Week 3 Winter 2016
Week 3 can only be described as disgusting, intelligent, and beautiful!
We can only work with what we got, and we’re all prisoners of the moment here so let’s overreact!
**May Contain Spoilers proceed with caution**
Overreaction: I don’t even know where to begin. I can’t remember the last time an anime had me with my eyes as wide as they could be, and my jaw on the floor the ENTIRE EPISODE! Episode three of Erased put the spotlight on what we all knew was happening in the background, but probably all felt to uncomfortable to really think about what it actually looked like–Child abuse.
This episode was textbook tale of two halves. It beautifully depicted what it means to know nothing but despair, as well as, what it’s like to have hope.
It’s still hard to put into words how I felt when I was hit with the one-two punch of Satoru finding Kayo and watching Kayo’s mom hold her head under ice water to soothe the bruising. I have watched my share of intellectual Animes that tell real stories that real people can relate to, but seeing the look on Kayo’s mother’s face as she looked at her child half naked in the dead of winter and covered in bruises put a sickening knot in the pit of my stomach–knowing full well that in reality this is happening somewhere in this world.
The episode was all dark and monstrous. No, there was something very beautiful shown for the first time–Kayo’s smile. From the moment Satoru asked Kayo if she wanted to go see a christmas tree till the credits rolled was absolutely perfect.
Overreaction: Dagashi Kashi just gave us another piece of mindless entertainment gold! We all work so hard every day, running our minds ragged really, studying for tests or crunching numbers at work. It’s nice to sit back turn your brain off and enjoy artistic comedy at its best!
Episode 3 of Dagashi Kashi had several elements to it. More zany antics by Hotaru trying to teach the gang the best ways to enjoy Dagashi, and sinister failed attempts to turn Kokonotsu into a Dagashi lovin’ man.
I really loved the whole pool scene. One would expect over the top Fanservice from such a scene, but instead what we got what nothing but good clean daddy dancin’ candy pool searchin’ fun!
Myriad Colors Phantom World
Overreaction: Mai an Introvert!? A Date!? Episode three dove into the complexities of memory and the character development of Mai–half of it was a lie, but that’s neither here nor there.
Now on Mai’s development.. I don’t know about you, but all of the tsunderes I’ve crossed paths with have been a tad bit more abrasive than shy! I can feel where she is coming from though. I’m sure we all have those memories of us being bullies that we would rather see as us.. well.. not being bullies..
After seeing last week that Mai’s powers were not just mere fanservice, but rather based the eastern belief that various organs represent each of the five elements in eastern mythology, I really felt there was gonna be something to the theory that memories are stored in the subconscious rather than the brain. After research I found Article #1 and Article #2 both of which support the theory in the show! It’s blowing my mind how deep and factual the little details of this seemingly fantasy/fanservice show has been!
That being said, the way they applied the theory was very bazaar. Now I have seen a lot of nonsensical power ups–I’m looking at you fairy tail–but this one I believe takes the cake. You have this knowledge of the theory, suggest it as a means of training without any real thought on how you to apply it, your teacher tells you Oh, that’s the power you have, you go on a date, get in a fight, and bang… heads.. and BAM! You got yourself a massive power up out of nothing.
Overreaction: Let me start by saying this was not in my original Anime watching plans this season seeing as I am not a big fan of the Mecha genre, but after reading an article on Random Curiosity talking about how this may be the sleeper of the season I felt I had to give it a shot.
So far I will have to respectfully disagree. While I don’t hate it, and it’s definitely not drop worthy, I just feel with three episodes in they have succeeded in leaving me with question upon question while doing nothing to answer any of them. 25% into a season it is understandable to have a few questions, but to have done nothing to build their world or answer any of the hows or whats is leaving me less than satisfied.
Utawarerumono The False Faces
Overreaction: Well episode 16 brought Utawarerumono back to it’s roots. After the epic and brutal war that was all of two episodes Utawarerumono went right back to a bunch of people sitting around drinking sake..
Seeing the way Haku felt after witnessing first hand the mass destruction of an entire city filled with innocent people is something I feel we could all relate to, but that doesn’t seem to be what he was so upset about. He seemed more upset with not being able to stop his friends from having to fight then the devastation he had witnessed.