Randomly starting off the episode with bird taming. Also, what won’t hurt? Her hands won’t hurt? I think you mean “they won’t hurt you”.
Look at her shadow here. Her right hand is literally touching the ground right now. There’s no way in the world Manato will be able to do…
…this. If he were really there in time, we would have seen his shadow too in the previous scene. This is not how physics works.
Also, there’s no way Manato actually kept Shihoru from being injured here. There’s no way his right arm is cushioned enough to relieve the entire momentum of Shihoru’s fall…she would have at least hurt her back or butt here.
Animators taking a day off on the characters, huh? Also, sure…let’s start this episode off with some romance. It’s been hinted at between these for a while now, but we should display it in the open!
Taking some time at the start of the episode to introduce the party’s new skills? I’m totally fine with this. Show me what you got!
So Shihoru is officially the team’s only decent ranged character? Yeah, this is some solid team strategy.
I’m totally fine with Backstab for Haruhiro…he definitely needed a skill like that.
No it’s not…please tell me this is a translation error. I don’t think anyone has thought that “atrocious” is an elegant word…ever.
Shadow first? Surely, this doesn’t suggest anything. Also, I guess you can get away with being a debuff mage when your entire team is melee fighters…feels like a waste of potentially destructive arcane magic, though.
Also, WHY IS MANATO THE VANGUARD?
Ranta actually says the same thing I was thinking throughout Yume’s rant.
Wait…they explicitly foreshadowed Manato’s death? Wow…I guess they really were pulling out all of those death flags on purpose.
Oh, I see…this is one of those “pretend I’m fine until the danger passes” deaths…well, that feels like such an anticlimactic way for Manato to die.
WHAT? THERE WAS NO ARROW IN HIS BACK! LOOK:
That entire running scene was put there just to make us guess at how Manato was injured (I re-watched that scene three times looking for the arrow)…and then they just retcon the arrow in his back to mess with us.
First off, this is why the healer should never be the vanguard.
But in all honesty, there’s not much more to be said about the rest of episode because it just shows the team grieving. For those of you that may be worried about this episode being a launching pad for murdering more members of the team, I’d say put your worries at ease. Manato’s death was something that has been coming for a long time and it’s something that kinda had to happen. He coddled the team too much and kept them in a dangerous state of mind. It felt like everyone was seeing this situation as a game that they played together, but Manato’s death shocks them into realizing that this is their reality. Now, each character will have to step up and fill in the gaps that Manato left behind, so I think it’s really unlikely that anyone else will be killed. It’s a good development, but it lacked all emotion. Manato felt more like a device than a character…you could tell from the start that he was just going to be thrown away.
Anyway, it looks like next week’s episode will introduce a new character to the group to fill in the healer role. Hopefully, this one actually does her job…yeesh.