Musings and Reflections – Summer 2017 Week 6

Made in Abyss (Ep. 5)

     Reg is damn useful in everything Riko needs. She probably would’ve died hundreds of times was it not some help from him – first of all unlimited shortcuts and now even some bird-frying capabilities. Reg’s showdown even makes me wonder if there’s anything he can’t do. At least from the narrative perspective the fact that Reg has amnesia lets him as well as us discover new and new abilities in a way that doesn’t break the show. With the introduction of these corpse-eaters (no wonder that cry for help sounded somewhat fake) and these sort-of-monkeys straight from Ghibli production the descend in the Abyss gains more and more darker colors – as a monster designer Koh Yoshinari certainly did well. Also it’s proven that even the slightest try to go upwards takes a heavy toll on human physiology. Still, even with lots of theoretical knowledge about the places they are going through, Riko can’t even fathom what actually is to encounter the reality of  the Abyss. I wonder if there will be a point that could break her not very founded optimism. Maybe the new White Whistle character who seems to know something about Reg’s origins may be of help?

Sakura Quest (Ep. 19)

     Not the most impressive stuff so far. In theory the dealings with the festival were connected to the new opportunity for Maki quite well but everything ended up being rather forced. Why would the girls visit the school at night? Joke about mistaking Maki’s dad for a monster probably was the only reason for that, and it’s not the funniest thing in the first place. Chitose bickering with Kadota has also gotten old. I can appreciate the continuity when a sent application (ages ago) finally got a reply but Maki’s reaction to it leaves something to be desired. Of course Maki isn’t a person who would show her emotions on her sleeve but saying “no I won’t” then walking for a bit and changing her opinion “yep, I will” in an instant isn’t the most entertaining thing to watch. Maki having an argument with her dad was a bit frustrating not because of the way it was portrayed but for a simple reason that both of them care for each other but are too stubborn and inflexible to make up even though it would take so little effort. It’s just like in real life some people argue a lot despite having no need to. And that rigidness is annoying.

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