Musings and Reflections – Winter 2018 Week 3

Violet Evergarden (Ep. 2)

     The production remains wondrous and outstanding (as expected) but the story seems to have lost its momentum a bit. The first episode primarily followed Violet as she first saw this entirely new to her post-war world. Everything felt like it spanned precisely the amount of time it needed, and I don’t get this feeling this time. It’s natural to add more characters to juxtapose normal people with Violet but then the focus is lost in order to familiarize with other employees and create the general atmosphere of the company. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but staying too long in one place was especially felt when Violet continuously screwed with her duties. I get the point, need you repeat it time after time? I think everyone more than gets what kind of character Violet is at this point and it’s really treading the line of being too much exaggerated. Come on, is it even possible to make a human being so inhuman? I doubt that even this training, no matter how strict, may change Violet to make her a suitable letter-writer. She probably needs to have a huge emotional blow (such as learning something bad about that Gilbert guy) to change, though I can hardly think of anything that could break that steel heart of hers. She’s just like a diode (speaking electrotechnically) – her words can hurt anyone but other eople’s emotions seem to have barely any effect on her. On the other hand, Violet seemed moved when Erica told that she’s incapable of becoming what she wants. Well, Violet and Erica may be seen as polar opposites as Erica writes in a too safe and polite way that the initial meaning of words may even be lost. Erica also seems to have found sort of a relief because even if she makes mistakes, Violet is far worse. If Violet became more open, there could be some fine moments of these two interacting.  Anyway, it’s quite funny that a service whose employees are called “dolls” is far too complicated for a real doll-like character. I begin to wonder how anyone could have thought that Violet should do well without a complete change of her personality. To Cattleya Violet really seems more like a toy, a doll that can amuse by being incompetent in a cute (sort of) kind of way.

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (Ep. 2)

     Despite liking Violet Evergarden way more before the airing, I think I feel far more strongly towards this one as of second episode. There’s just something very likable about all this, age gap or no age gap. The episode and especially Akira’s running scene (beautiful, wasn’t it?) reminded me strongly of Tsuki ga Kirei – the girl also was a runner, though a far happier one. And Akira also wants to run. It’s nothing strange that even after officially quitting track and field team she misses that sorely, and any pretext to go running is just what she craves for. Naturally, the outcome was as expected. The anime to a great effect employs visuals to show Akira’s self-consciousness while being near Kondou. And Kondou is as clueless as ever. Well, he’s a male lead in romance series, so that’s not unexpected. There’s still a far road for Akira to break the ice and even to make Kondou believe that they can be thought of as a potential couple. Now he’s treating Akira pretty much as a porcelain statue that could as well be his daughter. I wonder how he did get married in the first place. It’s just as if Kondou was a high-schooler and Akira was a mature lady. Kondou so far being the primary source of comedy also works rather well most of times. As this new guy came to work in the restaurant, the comedic role could be transferred to him so Kondou could be free to be more sincere. Shoujo sparkles weren’t as prevalent this time. Cool. Koi wa Ameagari no You ni pretty much is a sleeper hit, and at least for me – a huge one.

Ito Junji: Collection (Ep. 3)

      I guess the first story was of that kind when Junji Ito just randomly tried some random idea without much thought about it. Generally it’s just a waste of time. For example, who would think a crossroad fortune-telling would be a good idea? Come on, you can’t even talk about luck being involved in that – a passerby can actively say what he thinks, and a vicious person can roam the streets and actively destroy people’s dreams. Well, it’s true that there’s some chance involved as you can’t be sure what you’ll encounter but even a coin-toss would seem to be more appropriate thing. And to believe every bit of nonsense a random passerby can spit to the point of committing a suicide? Even without this terrible set up there’s nothing else – that mysterious walking bishounen does nothing but walks, and I guess the main point was that the MC told enough good fortunes and therefore was able to reunite with his sort-of-girlfriend? Really? The second story felt way more like Ito’s usual stuff, though it still was way too predictable and more funny than scary. Snails in Uzumaki were far more interesting and effective. I’m sorry, guys at Deen, I’m afraid you’re not doing any justice to the source material and I don’t see anything likely to improve. I’m afraid you wasted your time, as well as mine and other viewers’.

Mahoutsukai no Yome (Ep. 15)

     Interesting. I expected Chise to have a whole course of recover procedures and that it would span more time. And by time I mean not time in the story but the actual time required to show everything. Still, I can’t complain. The fairy country was gorgeous to say the least. There can be many opinions about the show itself but I think that pretty much everyone can agree that the backgrounds are created masterfully. Last episode we saw that even if love may be possible between humans and magical beings, a happy ending isn’t given. Now in a form of this doctor and her husband we see that everything is possible actually. Well, right from the start both the human and the fairy were shoved in directions that brought them together. The human seems to be too fairy-ish and the fairy too human-like, but it pretty mush forms an yin and yang connection when both partners are polar opposites but at the same time share many traits that they shouldn’t have. Yet, in order to become like that, the human must have shed his humanity, and Elias isn’t letting Chise do that regardless of her opinion. Elias so feverishly pursues humanity that it looks like he would never consider letting anyone lose it. I wonder if it’s actually possible for Chise and Elias to become as inseparable and connected like the punk-doctor and her husband – Elias severely lacks human side and therefore must stay in human world while Chise only learns about magic, and that should be far easier in the fairy world. Paradoxically it seems like in order to grow closer they should live in different worlds. Of course, the story as a whole looks like one with a happy ending so I would expect some hard work should make anything possible regardless of our couple’s choices. Moving on to the second part, at first I was curious why did Silky’s backstory ended up precisely in this place. In the end I think everything makes some sense. It’s applaudable how much information the show conveyed without much words. Silky’s main wish has always been to have a home, a place where she could have a little space of her own and just to be around people that matter to her. It’ hard to close an old door and open a new, but Silky just as Chise a bit earlier is shown to have found a place to call home from the bottom of her heart. This long departure of Elias and Chise worked well to emphasize that. Silky’s presence usually is minimal but it’s finally shown that she deeply cares about everyone – even such a seemingly cold person can be moved enough to smile or to lose her composure and run in order to hug someone. Well, I would’ve liked to see more of Silky’s tender side because she seems severely underused but with time already spent by practicing brutal revival methods on Chise (is it a usual technique to gamble with a life of a patient?) left only hope for some time in the future.

 

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  1. I agree with what you wrote about Ito Junji collection. That first story just felt really uninteresting to me. The second one was okay, but also more of a laugh than a scare. It still feels like I am watching the Twilight Zone series. But then the bad episodes of that show lol.
    As for Violet Evergarden, it wasn’t as solid as the first episode I definitely agree, but I still enjoyed it enough. I do hope that the story will become a little bit better, and it doesn’t only turn into a show that relies on it’s amazing visuals.

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    • About the Collection, someone else wrote somewhere that the fact that it’s episodic may be a saving grace – you never know when a random segment, in no way connected to bad ones, may turn out to be great. I don’t think probability of that happening is high, but yeah, there is hope.
      There’s definitely much to enjoy about Violet. The first episode just left too strong impression for the second one to be as effective. I guess any other show would be ecstatic to have something of such quality.

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      • Well, sometimes it’s good to just keep our hopes up. And I guess that is true, as these are pretty much stand alone stories, there is a chance for something cool to come along at one point as well.
        As for Violet: I think that one wil continue to impress the father along we get. I think this series is going to be a slowburner. 😊😊

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        • Yeah, Violet should start to acquire (or to be more precise unlock) her personality very soon, and I’m very excited about how it will go.

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