Seikaisuru Kado Episode 11: The secret weapon is the element of surprise

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While I’m still not sure about how this series has progressed in recent episodes, I have to admit that Shindo’s final plan sounds intriguing. If we can bring things back around to a negotiation, it might make for a satisfying finale. I think a lot of the discussion about how we advance humanity and about how a futuristic version of humanity would look has been swept under the rug to focus on the major conflict between the main characters. Well, there’s only one episode left to see how it all goes.

What the heck am I seeing here? Yaha-kui wakes up to reveal that it’s a dream, but that’s not too helpful. Is it supposed to be a representation of the anisotropic world?

Despite the production limitations of both Wam and Sansa, Nanomis-hein is surprisingly easy to distribute.

Based on Tsukai’s comments here, I guess Yaha-kui plans to turn all humans, or at least as many as possible, into anisotropic beings to take out of our universe. I’m still not fully clear on this plan.

I understand how getting rid of the Fregonics protecting Yaha-kui would make him vulnerable to the cage, but how does that change Shindo’s human vulnerability? Is Fregonics also related to Yaha-kui’s ability to move his body parts through the anisotropic? I can’t remember that being mentioned in previous episodes. My understanding of the Fregonics was that it was just a barrier, so I would expect that Yaha-kui could still crush Shindo’s heart easily without it.

Also, I guess it’s a good thing that Tsukai asked Shinawa about how to break Fregonics just before she broke into Kado.

Assemble the team!

I’m wondering if seeing Yaha-kui brutally murder Shindo in public would be enough to make other people, specifically the other Shindo, question him enough to figure out what’s happening. That being said, Shindo probably doesn’t want to risk his life on that question, so this is a fair assessment.

Also, it looks like that episode 0 was relevant after all.

Hmm…this seems like a promising objective. Shindo doesn’t want to subjugate Yaha-kui and force him to submit (or leave). If he’s able to satisfy Yaha-kui instead without allowing the full anisotropic transformation to happen, that could make for an interesting ending.

I’m not sure I’m fully convinced about this turn of events yet, but I guess this relationship has been pretty set up before Tsukai was revealed to be an anisotropic being. Props to Shindo for going for it, though.

This looks a bit foreboding. Also, I’m curious what Shinawa expected Shindo to do with the Antagonics technology. Perhaps she just jumped on board because of her own curiosity…it would fit her character.

Shindo’s friendship with Hanamori has been an interesting (maybe somewhat underdeveloped) aspect of this series. That being said, this scene could either be Shindo’s acceptance that he will likely die in the negotiations or just some hidden plan to create a shocking reveal when everything seems to go awry in the final battle.

Uhh…

I get the sense that the main conflict of this series boils down to a love triangle.

Re:Creators Episode 12: Welcome to the Thunderdome

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I honestly wasn’t expecting to see more to Sota’s story this week. I think his actions make a bit more sense now. I admit that Sota’s past does bring up a bunch of points for discussion, which makes it interesting. This episode kinda hyped me up for an epic fight between all of the creations, but the conversation at the end of the episode made it sound like the event is still further down the road. It looks like we’ve still got some more characters to introduce. Altair’s team is looking a bit thin.

I guess Alicetaria doesn’t have any good company now that Mamika is dead. Also, this scene seems to act as a minor introduction to Blitz, who has been rather mysterious up to now.

This scene seems pretty damning for Sota, but I still see no particular problem with his actions. It was probably easier to forgive him when his only crime was inaction, but the scene shows him actively pushing Shimazaki away in the text conversation. That being said, I find it hard to fault him because all of the negative events surrounding Shimazaki came from independent sources. Sure, you can argue that Sota was the one person who could have pulled her out of her dark place, but I don’t think it’s correct to fault him for not being in the right mental state to do that. It still seems like an honest mistake to me.

One last farewell…

I can get behind Matsubara’s assessment of the situation. While Sota might not ultimately responsible, his guilt shows a willingness to take responsibility for what he did rather than make excuses for himself. It shows that he has grown from the encounter, which is all you can really ask.

Is it finally time for Alicetaria to actually think about her position?

I’m willing to give Alicetaria’s creator some leeway in this situation since I probably wouldn’t be able to think straight either. That being said, I have issues with how little responsibility he takes for his story when faced with his protagonist. Maybe it’s meant to parallel with Sota’s story about Shimazaki or something. I just don’t understand how he can sit there and say that Alicetaria has more control over the outcome of her world than he does when he writes it all.

Another possible explanation is he’s acknowledging that Alicetaria’s world would continue to exist after he stops writing about it. If he never planned to write a story about how the world gets saved, he could be saying that Alice will be the one to do it when he stops scripting her.

I hadn’t really thought about it before this point, but this is actually a really cool concept for Altair’s character. Basically, she has no legitimate story and is instead recognized by the “audience” as a sort of meme character. Because of that, she can be inserted into any story, which explains how she is able to interact with creations and pull them into our world. Basically, it’s not enough that she has multiple secondary creations. The audience accepts that she is that type of character. She effectively exists to be a reference.

Darn, I was a bit premature with my attempted explanation last week. I guess we finally get the explanation for Selesia’s power now.

You’re going to join the good guys?

So, the protagonists’ plan is to create the crossover character cage match that this series was meant to be? I have no problem with this. I’m actually just curious about the fact that they call it a “story world”. Are they creating another world to spare our world from the stress of that many powers being used? They also make it sound like they’re trying to make it a spectator event, so I’m not sure I get how that would work.

A new character!

Sakurada Reset Episode 12: We need to go deeper

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I guess the next step is to question reality itself in this series. I think my general impression of the episode is that I liked the ideas that were introduced, but I found the events themselves to be questionable. A lot of what happens in the dream world seems fairly standard for a setup like that and didn’t really surprise me. I will admit that it reminded me a lot of Inception, but that’s probably not too surprising. It’s still just the beginning of this arc, though, so we’ll have to see how it progresses.

I wanted to make a quick note about Sumire’s reintroduction into the series. It’s a bit strange to see her immediately return to controlling events from the sideline. But if you really think about it, she’s kinda been doing that the whole time.

This feels like an innocent statement at first, but it’s loaded with questions about agency. If someone can see the future and uses that knowledge to bring a “known” event into being, are the people involved exercising free will? I’m not sure if we’ve seen enough information about the ability yet to pass judgment for the world of this series, as we don’t know how changeable the foreseen future is. If time is too sensitive to change, then Sumire took a massive risk to let herself die.

There’s an annoying aspect to the way that Sumire talks, but I’m going to assume it has to do with her ability to see the future. She probably has to choose her words very carefully because of the events that are yet to come. It doesn’t change how I see her conversations overall, but it makes sense.

This statement feels so consistent with Kei’s personality that I can’t decide whether he’s joking or not. He explains his true plan shortly after this conversation, but I stand by my statement.

I see Sumire wasted no time getting back to her meddling ways. I would have preferred if Kei didn’t ask for a description of the “random girl” to confirm Sumire’s identity, but I’m guessing it’s a reference to the description he gave the Witch a few episodes ago.

This sounds like it could bring up a fun discussion on reality. If you boil everything down, reality is technically a construct built within our minds. We only call a dream “fake” because it’s fleeting and incomplete. When the dream world becomes more persistent, who’s to say which world is the real one?

I see Misora managed to get out of the acquaintance zone.

Am I the only person wondering whether the real Honoka is the bird? Maybe I’m thinking too much into it. Based on the scene that follows, the easier assumption is that Honoka is projecting her god-like status in this world onto a fake Chiruchiru so she can live as a normal girl in the dream world.

I guess it would make sense that the dream world power is restricted to the town of Sakurada given the fact that every power only exists within the town. It could also be indicative of the mentality of the people in the town. Maybe they all see Sakurada as a world of its own.

Also, what happened to Nono?

I knew there was something off about that bird…

Is this just some generic negative aspect of the dream world or does it have to do with the fact that nighttime is when people are typically dreaming. The dream world has aspects that are the reverse of the real world, so maybe there’s a connection somewhere.

Yeah, I figured as much.

This monster in the night isn’t too shocking either.

Little Witch Academia Episode 24: Closing the loop

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I stand by my disappointment with how this story has gone, but I still think that this episode did a decent job of wrapping things up. I didn’t really have any issues with Chariot and Akko’s reconciliation. On the other side of things, I’m not sure how I feel about Croix turning into a redeemable character. I would have been more convinced if last week’s episode didn’t set her up as a perpetually jealous character who was sabotaging Chariot from the beginning. I guess I’m just not convinced. Anyway, we’ll see how everything goes next week.

I don’t doubt that improving magic with science is possible in a world with magic, but it’s still a pretty funny thing to say.

Wow…they even added a lightsaber hum. This scene went full Star Wars.

I’m so surprised about this entrance that I’m questioning why Chariot didn’t bring in the other professors earlier. Though based on her reaction to their entrance, Chariot probably didn’t call them here.

Despite a huge boost of energy from human emotion, Croix still needs to drain the leyline of its magic. It’s probably because it makes it harder for the other witches to stop her or because she needs even more energy, but we’ll save that for later explanation.

Also, how convenient that Akko and friends are in the leyline when the magic goes out, which put them in Arcturus Forest in the very first episode. It’s like we’re coming all the way back around.

I wasn’t expecting a physical object to represent the world reconstruction magic, but I guess it’s just a stick.

I would say something about this scene, but I’ve met people who think this way, so I really can’t complain.

The one time the big death machine doesn’t have a self-destruct sequence…

This might actually be interesting. At first, I assumed that the Noir Rod went crazy because it received too much negative emotion, but I wanted it to be linked with Croix’s own emotional instability. Since Chariot never once triggered the Fuel Spirit, she’s probably doing the same now. So the Noir Wand probably isn’t rebelling against its master. It’s targeting another source of Fuel Spirit energy.

We really are coming full circle.

This feels like a familiar message…

I have to admit that the brief silence and “clicking” sound effect that happens right before the magic fully activates made me wonder if the spell would work on the first try. It was funnier than I expected it to be.

Hold on. We need to solve one last crisis before we’re done here.

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Final Episode (12): So much justice!

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Too many pieces of this final episode felt far too rushed, as if the series was scrambling to wrap itself up. While I respect that it tried to get through everything, it made for a disappointing viewing experience. Did we even find out why the big bad was so obsessed with fighting Glenn? And after the entire series was over, the Akashic Records were never anything more than a name drop. I admit that this series was overall more interesting than I expected it to be. But as a whole, I don’t think it really amounted to much. Maybe I’m just missing too much information from this adaptation. Do I also get to gripe that there was no after-credits scene in this episode?

A wedding ceremony? That sounds like a pretty convenient event for Glenn to interrupt. I guess he skipped the duel because he needed to make a bigger entrance.

Don’t do that, Rumia! Unleash Leeroy!

That happened sooner than I expected. This episode went straight from “Sistine is having a wedding ceremony” to “now we’re at the wedding ceremony”. I guess having Glenn miss the duel was just a way to end the previous episode on a cliffhanger because Rumia starts this episode by confirming that Glenn left with a plan.

This feels a bit heavy-handed to me. Sistine tells Glenn that Leos is a completely different person right as they’re attacked by people high on Angel’s Dust. It’s practically screaming that the two are linked.

It’s really unfortunate that we’re just now being shown the link between Sara’s death and the current situation. It feels like it was something that could have been set up more as the arc progressed. Instead, Sara’s introduction to the series feels random, but it magically becomes related at the climax of the story.

So, is his plan to use the Angel’s Dust-driven citizens to kill powerful mages? The Angel’s Dust doesn’t feel relevant yet, so I’m kinda wondering what’s going on.

Isn’t this only the second time the Akashic Records have been mentioned in this series? We’re at the final episode…something doesn’t add up. And when all is said and done, it seems to be a glorified MacGuffin device.

Sistine gets in some good words here, I guess. This scene also seems to be the reason we were shown that training scene a few episodes back, the one where Glenn teaches Sistine about military magic. Now, we just need to avoid an unnecessary flashback to that scene and we’re good.

The big, impressive avatar of justice goes down in a single shot from Sistine…come on.

Sigh…yep, that’s pretty subtle, guys.

This mana deficiency thing ends up being pretty tame for how flustered Glenn was when Jatice pointed it out.

Helpful as always, Celica.

Final Score: 6/10 (Maybe 6.5?)

Suka Suka Episode 11: Maybe not

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Yup, I stand by what I said about this show last week. Nothing tragic to see here. I guess I feel a lot better about the explanations from this week’s episode. Maybe I finally know what’s going on in this series (don’t kill me, LN veterans). And yeah, I noticed the preview for next week’s episode which showed the scene from the beginning of this series. I guess now I know who the red-haired girl jumping out of the airship is…

This sounds like the kind of answer I would give.

I don’t know how to react to statements like this because I’m constantly reminded that Chtholly is losing her memories. Is she lovestruck or just getting worse?

I actually remembered who Eboncandle was because Willem specifically named him, but it was a shaky memory at best. This reminder from Willem is probably warranted.

So much for that plan…

What is the sound effect that’s playing in this scene? It sounds like it’s supposed to be Willem’s back breaking, but he seems fine after it happens.

She looks familiar. Also, Chtholly’s new hair change doesn’t seem to bode well.

For how dramatic that cave fall seemed to be, Willem and Chtholly managed to get out of it pretty easily. I was expecting some fighting. But more to the point, this is your fault, Willem. You shouldn’t have proposed to her before the final battle was finished!

This reveal seemed more casual than I expected. Let me see if I got this. The war that Willem participated in was against the visitors, led by Elq, who was defeated by Lillia. The visitors were attempting to eradicate humanity, and the humans turned into beasts after winning the war. Did I get that right? It would explain why everyone hates humans and “disfeatured” so much.

This feels like something that wouldn’t need to be stated in a world like this.

This is actually a good internal conversation to explore the question I had last week about Willem’s proposal. I was curious how much of Willem’s proposal was genuine and this hallucination brings up some fair points. In many ways, Chtholly acts as a proxy for the regrets Willem has from his previous life. It calls a lot into question.

Is this the game over?

Willem can still take on a beast by himself?

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho Episode 11: What am I missing?

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This episode was just frustrating to watch. There were a couple of interesting revelations, but I didn’t come out of that episode with a very good impression. I think a lot of it has to do with a general “is that all there is to it?” response to everything that gets revealed. Anyway, next week’s episode is the ending, and it seems like we have a determined plan for the main characters. Let’s see how it goes.

I guess they made it a point to show that Zero and Thirteen diverge on the incantation for this spell. Since Zero is the creator of magic, I’m assuming that she changes the spell based on her knowledge of the underlying nature of magic.

I literally have no idea what’s going on with this magic battle. Thankfully, there’s some convenient mouth blood to tell me who’s winning.

Here’s what I don’t understand. If Zero rejects all magic in Wenias, how does “spreading the knowledge” again allow the Sorcerers of Zero to regain their magic? Don’t they already have that knowledge? Also, Albus is unintentionally proposing that the Sorcerers of Zero should be the sole authority deciding who gets magic and how it will be used. Maybe she’s just trying to trick the Sorcerers of Zero into following her plan, but it seems like a questionable idea at face value.

I get that Mercenary isn’t supposed to be that smart, but this reveal doesn’t feel like much…

Eh…I’m willing to grant you this cheap laugh. Fine.

I’m a bit conflicted about this scene. On the one hand, I think it’s a great revelation that Zero purposely put mistakes into her grimoire in an attempt to control its power. On the other hand, I didn’t really need to see a flashback of the first scene in this episode just to point out the fact that the incantations were different. That was pretty noticeable the first time I saw it.

Well, that was easy.

Is this just a convenient way of giving the Sorcerers of Zero a way to find Albus as she attempts to set up the giant magic circle? Why does Albus even hold out the map if she doesn’t need it? The other possibility is that she’s now lost without the map, but I’m hoping that’s not the case.

This might be a weird question, but where the heck did the Sorcerers of Zero in this scene go? They were surrounding Holdem and Albus before they were restrained by vines. They never appear again for the remainder of the episode.

I wasn’t going to say anything when the gem camera was first introduced, but this scene has forced my hand. Before Albus tests the camera with her hand, she is clearly angled away from Thirteen, but he is still somehow the only person on the projection.

Huh…I wasn’t expecting Thirteen to show remorse.

Also, you know what might be fun? What if the novice witch who started the plague was Albus?

What does this prove? Even if Thirteen annuls Albus’s contract, every other contract remains. Even if the Sorcerers of Zero are currently hunting Albus, I’m sure she still feels devoted to them. It’s not like she would eradicate them all by killing Thirteen.

Seikaisuru Kado Episode 10: Multiplying Shindos

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I stand by what I said last week, but this episode was still interesting to watch. I guess my main issue with it was that it’s hard to understand why everything happened without some knowledge of the anisotropic. My puny human analysis seems too weak. I have the same bias as last week…even after Yaha-kui justified his intervention in this universe, I still can’t agree with him. I would have been on board if he just wanted to take Shindo to the anisotropic for his personal curiosity, but he’s pushing the collective advancement of humanity. That makes him feel more like an unnecessary antagonist in this story.

Uhh…what’s going on? Did I step into the wrong show?

It took me about 3 minutes of watching the pretty colors before I came to the conclusion that this text is a conversation between anisotropic beings.

Is “Wa” supposed to be Tsukai? She sounds like a terrible researcher to interfere in the test protocol.

The pink sparkles from the previous scenes suggest that Tsukai has been living through organisms on this planet for billions of years. Was Tsukai the first human life she inhabited?

It’s really hard to frame my understanding of this scene because I’m not sure how aware Tsukai is of her anisotropic nature and the nature this world. Is she playing the part of a human? She might be pretending in order to avoid disrupting the experiment. Maybe she erased her memories or something. It’s hard to tell.

Given that the previous scene showed Tsukai’s father searching the entire town, I would say that this “overprotective father behavior” is justified.

When the anisotropic realized that this cocoon was different than the rest, why didn’t they try creating a new cocoon with the same initial parameters? I’ve been watching Sakurada Reset, so I can’t remember if this series has set up deterministic universe.

I really shouldn’t be surprised, but it turns out the “right answer” is the answer to the standard “what is the meaning of life?” question. Of course, this particular scenario is specifying that it wants to know the meaning of “human life” instead of life in general.

This is actually a pretty fair point. I can’t really say I can give a clear answer. On the one hand, Tsukai’s judgment is fair that a human who is removed of human restricts will likely think in a way that is not human. On the other hand, I would think that a human’s thinking in an anisotropic world would still be unique enough to be interesting. And if Yaha-kui only wants to converse with a single human, I’m not sure I see the harm.

Yeah, it wasn’t too hard to see this coming.

It’s an imposter!

How much danger was Tsukai really in if she’s strong enough to heal Shindo after he is fatally struck by the attack?

I’m surprised that Yaha-kui is going through with showing Nanomis-hein to everyone. If it can change the very parameters of the universe, that seems dangerous. Maybe you have to be able to use it correctly to get to that level of manipulation. That would surely explain why the functions of the previous devices seemed limited. Yaha-kui could be intentionally misleading humanity. Maybe we’re headed towards an ending where Shinawa figures out how to use Nanomis-hein against Yaha-kui.

Re:Creators Episode 11: Stop bully

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Wow, this episode felt like a lot of information. While I was a little disappointed in the predictability of Sota’s backstory, it’s nice to see it out on the table. The conversation Sota has with Rui in the first half of the episode was a great motivation for the reveal. I’m almost willing to say that Sota’s secrecy was worth it. Either way, we’ve hit the halfway point and it seems like we’ve come so far. I’m really curious to see where the series goes from here. It feels like we could easily have a final episode next week, so I’m looking forward to see what else is in store.

Given what happened to Selesia in last week’s episode, it’s a bit of a dick move to open the episode with Meteora. I know it immediately cuts to Selesia, but I still wanted to point it out.

Yeah, those seem like two relatively equal events.

I’m not sure if we’re going to get a full explanation, so I’ll give it a shot. Since everyone initially accepted the design after seeing the picture on social media, Selesia was able to gain the abilities depicted in the image. The reason the power went away was probably because there wasn’t enough of a story built around the power for the readers to accept it as part of the story.

There’s something about Matsubara’s line here and the specific terminology that’s used to describe the influence of the readers that makes me feel a bit excluded. It makes it sound like the reader truly has to see the life in a story in order to give life to a Creation like Selesia. I’ve never been one to think that way about a story. But then again, maybe it’s enough just to see the humanity of the fictional character and identify the traits that map to yourself. I can do that.

Huh…I hadn’t noticed because Rui didn’t have much of a role before this episode, but he’s actually perfect to have this pep talk with Sota. Most mecha anime protagonists start as whiny brats who are then thrust into the heat of war. As someone who has made it through this process, Rui would know Sota’s feelings better than anyone else.

It’s a bit strange that Rui thinks this way, but still prefers his own world. You could say that the very act of coming to this world has opened that same ability for himself. Now, he’s no longer constrained by the god of his world. But maybe that’s not case. I guess Rui will eventually have to return to his story and save his world. That path is already set. He could choose to forsake it, but it goes against his character, which is also set. There might be an interesting discussion about will in here somewhere.

An earlier screen showed a monitor with the words “Auto Drive” on it. Does Rui really need Sota to grab the phone for him if he’s not driving the Gigas Machina? Is this scene put here just to make a joke about mecha pilot bodysuits?

Woohoo! Finally!

First dates…

Seriously? Did we really need this? It’s bad enough that they’re able to get to these rafters without trouble. This random forced tension just feels strange. It’s almost like they’re trying to tease the suicide in Shimazaki’s future.

I’m sure it wouldn’t have fit Sota’s character, but I would have found his hesitation much more believable if he had instigated the online witch hunt against Shimazaki’s work. Of course, I can understand why he would still feel guilty for not being able to help his friend, but I guess I don’t see that as a crippling level of guilt. I guess my mind is a bit strange because I would see Shimazaki’s success as motivation to do better myself.

Attack on Titan Episode 37: Time for another season?

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Well, I give this season credit for not ending on a cliffhanger. I was honestly expecting it. Anyway, this episode ended up being a decent resolution for the arc, with the combination of Eren’s new ability and Hannes’s death. Overall, I felt like this season did a good job of putting the focus on some of the side characters. It sounds like a third season is coming, so that should be fun.

Ymir seems pretty willing to help despite this statement.

This is the second time we’ve had a scene like this, immediately cutting into a person being eaten by a Titan. I still haven’t decided whether it shows how devastating Titans are or how incompetent humans are.

Uhh…that’s a pretty cool song playing in the background.

At this point, Eren’s inability to transform when he needs it isn’t surprising anymore.

Yeah, he was getting a bit too much character development. It’s too bad, though. I was hoping Hannes might get some redemption.

This is probably the closest thing we’ll get to romance in this series.

A new power has been unlocked.

I was thinking the same thing, Reiner. Eren’s way too emotionally unstable for a power like that.

I’m not sure I understand why Ymir ends up going back for Reiner and Bertholdt, but it might have something to do with the stuff Historia said about living for herself. I wonder if Ymir accepts that Historia doesn’t need anymore protection or something.

I have no idea what this epilogue is saying. We’ve been watching the Scouts as they examined Wall Rose and declared that it wasn’t breached. However, this line doesn’t really mention that, making it sound like the authorities made up the story about Wall Rose being secure without any confirmation because of the overpopulation crisis.

You were the chosen one after all! Somehow Erwin knew the whole time!

I honestly wasn’t expecting this kind of reaction. I guess it raises a question of when we decide that a human is no longer human.

Final Score: 7/10