Musings and Reflections – Summer 2016 Week 11

Orange (Ep. 11)

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    After the pretty light-hearted end of the sports festival New Year’s celebration strikes with more emotions and not so bright a future ahead. It occurred to me that the concept of the future in the show portrays it as not having such a diversity as one could think of. There are some milestones (even with identical dialogue) that are reached by very different means. Kakeru in the new timeline is certainly loved more openly and has far better relationships with everyone but when the time comes, everything turns out the same way as in (now) drastically different old timeline. It’s quite counter-intuitive that even when the timelines have diverged, the letters still appear to be a very good source of information. Then is it really worth struggling if after all everything burns down to the same scene where Naho manages to fail? I find it a bit hard to believe that the older Suwa openly questions his past choices when he has apparently a perfect family and would abandon it so easily. Yes, he certainly has a good heart and it shows in the new timeline but in this way he looks not to be cherishing his life at all. A bit disrespectful to his baby and Naho. By the way, Hagita’s officially joined not that populous male tsundere contingent.

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep. 10)

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     To be frank, I’m disappointed. Shirayuki proved to be a very unprofessional assassin. It’s almost funny when the conversation goes something like “I’ll kill you.” – “No you don’t. Wait, kill me.” – “No, I won’t.” – “OK, pack your things, we’re leaving tomorrow.” Even the identity of the assassin was pretty clear from the start. Other than that, the episode remained uneventful – the last arc with epidemic and stuff got wrapped up and only the introduction of (almost) new character moved the story forward. If a Shepherd takes in malevolence when purifying a human, it would probably makes him more likely to become a dragon (or something like that) himself. It would be a nice twist when everyone would have to fight the strongest dragon of them all. Sadly, as it’s very unlikely, abilities of the animators will have to be shown in some other way. I finally remembered what has been bugging me about Alisha’s character design, to be more precise the hair – it seems that the character designer watched too much Shiki.

Amaama to Inazuma (Ep. 11)

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   Well, to be frank I can’t say much more about the episode that I haven’t said about the last one or even earlier ones. The episodic nature of the show doesn’t allow it to grow, to have character interactions that would be relevant in more than just one episode. Yes, the right atmosphere above all other things could be the thing the staff is trying to achieve but you can do so much without introducing something new. And introducing some variety wouldn’t be so difficult, just try and change the usual (and sadly becoming a bit boring) formula by for example exploring Kouhei’s and his wife’s relationship or going on a trip somewhere or just anything that would change the scene or usual accurately timed cooking and non-cooking segments. Sure, the episode had some funny moments, it was nice to see all the important characters gathered together and Tsumugi dealing with her problems but pretty much everything falls into the category of “been there, done that”. All these ramblings actually are quite irrelevant since there is only one episode left but just for the record – any more of the same formula would definitely make me yawn.

91 Days (Ep. 10)

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     Starting from the end of the episode, I feel quite confused as when I was sitting with an all-knowing grin thinking “there’s no way Angelo will do that” and, well, he actually did. I’m still pondering if everything’s really as it looks or that’s just a false cliffhanger. Either way, the Vanettis will probably get the short end of a stick considering the look on Angelo’s eyes – the sincere smile on his face (I don’t remember him smiling for a long time) wasn’t long-lived. Even Nero seems to have decided to let Angelo choose where his loyalties lie and I’m not sure if that’s the best decision for him to make. Yes, Corteo did turn against the family but maybe it would have been better to persuade him (somehow) and keep Angelo loyal and not angry. Everyone should already know that angry Angelo can do things. Now Nero looks to have chosen his own fate without much hope of reconciling with his new (and probably already ex) best friend. In the end the uncle also chose not to help Angelo so his dreams of power will probably shatter. At this point I don’t even know if I’m more sad about all the unfortunate doings of the Vanettis or disgusted that almost all the members of the family are ready to employ any means available to get more power.

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