Musings and Reflections – Summer 2017 Week 14

Ballroom e Youkoso (Ep. 13)

     One word that summarizes my opinion about the episode is “annoying”, and annoying as hell. The episode was centered around Chinatsu and I’m already fed up with her arrogance to fear the upcoming episodes. If I hadn’t already named the Jerk “the Jerk”, I’d gladly place the name on our newest heroine. Chinatsu seems a stereotypical tsundere (it’s a plain shounen so what did you expect) to the point of being almost unbearable. She may not like Tatara as a person or have some tear-jerking backstory but that doesn’t matter to me now because I can’t justify her behavior by any means. What’s her problem? Making fun of a sheep like Tatara isn’t commendable in the first place but then completely changing her stance when Sengoku’s girl is around and becoming this flustered and clingy girl isn’t anything I could easily stomach. Maybe there really are such people like her but anyway, why should Tatara try to pursue specifically her since even he himself is observant enough to know that Chinatsu means only trouble? Isn’t there any free girl who could at least decently dance apart from that redhead with attitude problems? Tsunderes in principal possess too contrasting sides of character but Chinatsu’s case makes me particularly annoyed. If you wan’t to dance then just dance and be grateful to a guy who offered a hand so what’s this stuff of looking down on him? Well, in the first place from where did all these Tatara’s problems with leading came if he did fairly well with Mako who certainly knows how to dance? Countless times it was said that she and the Jerk aren’t compatible, and the same can be said about Tatara and Chinatsu, only in terms of character. Of course later on they’ll learn how to sort out their differences but it’s still very grating at this point. And Tatara’s also an interesting specimen – ain’t it creepy to analyze girl’s spines during random lessons? Well of course she has a long neck, it’s I.G, isn’t it? Anyway, Chinatsu didn’t breach the ongoing trend of too stylized women in the show – they’re either complete lambs whose interests mean nothing or violent (and self-contradicting) jerks whose arrogance is very hard to stomach.

Made in Abyss (Ep. 13)

     If the finale of a show must wrap everything up and work as a particularly strong concluding statement that emphasizes the main thoughts of the show, Made in Abyss doesn’t qualify as having one. I’d say that the emotional peak was achieved in the episode 10 when things for Riko turned sour. This episode tries to repeat the strong emotions, and Nanachi’s plead to stop for a second before Mitty is fried was a very powerful moment. Still, for once, the show had already done something pity-evoking. Also, Nanachi’s backstory (as interesting as it was) spanned far shorter than Riko’s journey so it’s inevitably harder to care as much for Mitty.  The backstory also gives some clues for the future prospects of the travelers as we are told that this Bondrewd guy isn’t the nicest one and he still probably awaits somewhere in the deeps. Nanachi’s decision to end Mitty also marks a point when she’s able to leave her old problems and possibly confront their cause. It’s even a bigger moment for her considering how big of a graveyard she has outside her backdoor. I guess Nanachi’s choice to leave all these years of hope for Mitty to go waste shows that she was affected psychologically as deep as Riko when she got her near-death wound. Of course, the most interesting part and that is the journey even further down and the developing relationships between Riko, Reg and Nanachi are left to enjoy only for those who read the manga. Random not that appropriate jokes were pretty bad considering that only a few minutes before there was an emotional scene. By the way, the ascending balloon scene was very beautiful and fitting, reminding of all the journey of the group so far.

 

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