Musings and Reflections – Winter 2017 Week 7

ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka (Ep. 6) 

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    If ACCA’s ultimate goal is to confuse the viewers, it’s already achieved. The story clearly isn’t very hard to grasp, but I have no idea what each of the characters thinks and what can be expected further on. Grossular has been portrayed as a guy who seriously could be the main antagonist, but now he’s been made a good guy? Sorta? But he kinda denies that? Well, ACCA is a game and even if we are halfway (possibly) through, the cards in each of the players hand are not shown, unless it’s only a quick glimpse that may or may not provide worthy information. Mauve also gets into that imperceptible category, organizing her own intelligence unit and moving behind the shadows no one knows what for. It’s just as everyone is expecting a huge firework and they know that the fire is already ignited but it’s unclear from which side the explosions will start. And that big thing will probably determine the overall reception of the show, and that’s a good and also a bad thing. We have a fair amount of buildup, but the outcome is likely to be binary – either everything will surpass the expectations or will die slowly and inconclusively like a forgettable firework.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep. 6)

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    Once again a pretty unremarkable episode. Sure, it had its moments of usual goofy animation that were exceptionally well made, but the story is not going anywhere. I understand (as Kazuma finally does) that the original goal of defeating the Big Bad Demon has lost its importance, and Kazuma more or less enjoys his current life. It’s still weird that even Aqua, who explicitly states that (although she also doesn’t really hate her new life) she wants to regain her status as a goddess, doesn’t push the group to go on, at least to move somewhere from the town where level 1 adventurers start off. The little (mis)adventures of the group certainly have charm but for me it’s starting to feel rather pointless. Characters also miss every opportunity possible to move on, and that’s to some extent understandable since the whole appeal of the show is based on the twisted characters and their inter-play. Still, I’m starting to lose interest in the same joke being played over and over again. The last part with Kazuma dying again felt a bit rushed and not very characteristic of our main dude – Kazuma usually shows that he has at least some capability to think, but this time he just somehow lost that ability just because someone began doing something to his body, which shouldn’t concern Kazuma in any way since he’s already dead and had apparently decided to move on. Such moments feel like a rather crude attempt to maintain status quo by all means, denying any possibility of character or plot development.

Kuzu no Honkai (Ep. 6)

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    It’s nothing short of amazing that Kuzu no Honkai continuously manages to move forward and avoid any apparent hiccups. The pace is also well-maintained, and as this episode marks half-seasonal point, the show also has already covered approximately half the manga. Getting into the episode itself, Hanabi realizes what she has done when Ecchan was unleashed. Still feeling lonely, Hanabi understands that now even Ecchan is beyond her grasp as just a friend without any ulterior desires. Ecchan sees no stopping points, and even pushes Hanabi further down, so that she would remain the only person that cares for Hanabi. Hanabi tries to get some satisfaction from going the Akane route, even if she’s able to understand that she differs from Akane by still caring about others. Hanabi wants to enjoy what’s she’s doing but ultimately there’s no joy to be had, only internal denial. Sure, Hanabi has some talents at seducing, but without satisfaction there’s no point in them. Also, she should be aware that in any kind of relationship (even a day-long) you have to give something in return, be it your body, emotions, or anything else, and Hanabi clearly isn’t ready for that. What’s even more frustrating, Hanabi doesn’t even know that the guy she’s hitting on doesn’t even interest Akane anymore because he stopped being exploitable.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen (Ep. 7) 

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    So, we get some clarifications about the death of Sukeroku and Miyokichi. The story Yakumo told certainly didn’t involve any stabbing, and his decision to take all the blame and thus save Konatsu from her memories of her involvement is an honorable one. Still, all those stabbing circumstances would benefit from more light shed on them. But when I think about it, I feel that now we have moved too far away in time from the death scene, and revealing everything now may be a bit late – every character has already moved on, as well as the viewers. Every now and then having Yakumo see some ghost of Sukeroku is fine and encouraged, but getting the truth so late diminishes its impact on the principal characters. Anyway, at present Yakumo starts to feel exceptionally old, since the ability of one thing that he could do properly is leaving him. It will be interesting to see if Yotaro’s knowledge about Yakumo’s real past will have any effect on the old rakugoka. At least Yotaro is smart enough not to tell a secret that doesn’t belong to him to Konatsu, but the moment between the couple was very nice.

3-gatsu no Lion (Ep. 18) 

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   I could probably best describe my feelings towards the show and this episode in particular by one word only – indifference. Apparently many people enjoy 3-gatsu a lot, but I fail to find enough relatable material. It might be expected after all, since I’m lucky to have never experienced depression, o just anything as hard as Rei had and still has to overcome. When relatability isn’t the main virtue, what is left isn’t that much. Of course visuals maintain the quality that is expected of Shaft, the usual motivating messages are also here, but everything else just doesn’t resonate that much with me. The argument by Nikaidou and the other dude was the same like the last time, and as a person who doesn’t understand shogi I got the point already, so I don’t think there’s a need to reiterate the same thing. As far as Shimada is concerned, I’d very much like to see some his internal thoughts, as so far he’s just portrayed as a good sensei character. It was heartwarming to see Hina worrying about Rei’s well-being, but did Rei really need to overreact so much when someone just asked who his sister was?

     Anyway, this time I must leave Zestiria and LWA for the next week, since I’m going on a trip and so far I’ve no idea how much anime (if any at all) I’ll be able to watch during it. Still, the season certainly provides some entertaining material, so it’s only a mater of time when I’ll be back on track.

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  1. I love March Comes in Like a Lion, but I get your point that if you don’t relate to, or feel a connection to, the characters there really isn’t a lot going on with the story. For me, it is following Rei on his journey that has been truly amazing but if you haven’t connected with him I can see how the show would leave you fairly indifferent.

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    • It’s not that I dislike the show (b-b-baka!) and there’s still much to get from it, but yeah, there have been anime characters more relatable to me.

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