Well, I’m certainly glad they didn’t try to go back on their ending and save Isla from her fate somehow. The final episode ends up being not too bad because Tsukasa’s new partner is purposely hidden from view, meaning I can choose to believe it’s not actually Isla’s body being used again. Because let’s be real…what kind of people would torture a guy by making him work next to the one he loves with none of the memories? Of course, if you’re of the opinion that this is okay, you can choose to believe that it actually is Isla’s body at the end…
In all, I’d say this series was not too bad, but somewhat disappointing. I had hoped it would become a bit more serious than it actually was…most of the series was just fluff in my mind. I guess it works as a simple romance, though. I’m curious, though. Is this ending really a sad ending if it was stated at the very beginning of the series that this would happen?
This week’s episode seems to be more filler before the inevitable separation of Tsukasa and Isla…the two pretty much just spent some more time together (with assists from everyone else, of course). I don’t know about everyone else, but it felt really awkward to me watching a full episode where the two are fairly at-peace with what’s about to happen. I don’t really have much else to say about this episode. I will say as a side note, though: I’m really surprised they didn’t try to milk the “Kazuki is a bad drunk” gag one last time.
Wait, so are they really trying to push a Tsukasa and Michiru ending? This week’s episode seemed to throw Michiru into Tsukasa and Isla a lot. There was even that awkward moment near the end where Tsukasa and Michiru are talking at the party and Isla seems to notice something between them. Now I’m starting to worry about what the ending will be next week…I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Well, I guess this week’s episode was a bit of a cool-off from last week’s big confession. Given that there are only two episodes remaining, I was honestly expecting the episode to end with some big shock scene where Isla realizes that her time really is running out. However, I guess they really wanted to make this episode a respite. I’d say a lot of the episode was pretty cringe-worthy for me while I was watching, though. Those two are so awkward…
We’re very close to the end of this series. I assume they wouldn’t try to end it all at once, right? I’m hoping that next week’s episode starts the final struggle and we’ll finally figure out what kind of ending this show is going to take. There honestly doesn’t seem to be much more than that to say. We’ll just have to see.
Hmm…not a bad confession, I have to say. When all is said and done with this show, I definitely like the fact that you can approach Isla’s in a somewhat unbiased manner. The fact that she’s an android removes things like souls and the idea of the afterlife because recognizing that Isla has an afterlife is very much like saying my laptop will have an afterlife (can we please avoid giving a machine a soul?). She’s able to look at her death without wondering what happens to herself after it happens and focuses on what happens to everyone around her.
While this episode is somewhat surreal and airy, we now have to return to reality. Despite all of this, Isla’s retrieval is still imminent…definitely something I’m curious to see. I feel like there are numerous ways for the ending of this series to be screwed up and my pessimistic self can only focus on them. If the story cops out with a forced happy ending, I’m probably going to be really upset at this point.
Well this entire episode, my main thought was “how could Michiru be so cruel as to stall the relationship between Isla and Tsukasa when Isla has so little time remaining.” I didn’t really consider that she had no idea what Isla’s lifespan was, so I guess she gets a pass for now. Other than that, Isla’s reaction to Tsukasa’s confession was pretty predictable. I’m still curious about how this show expects a happy ending given the progression (I still vote for bittersweet though).
It looks like Tsukasa has run out of time with Isla if Kazuki is dissolving their partnership. That being said, I can’t discount the possibility that this conversation is some sort of test that she’s giving Tsukasa to test his resolve and actually solidify his relationship with Isla. Does it make sense for her to call them into a room at night to end their partnership? Maybe I’m trying to read too much into this (I know it’s unusual for me to take the optimistic route).
So this week’s episode answers a few of the questions I’ve been having throughout this series (finally). First off, Andie answered my question about whether retrievals happened early…apparently, Terminal Service One is much more inefficient than other services because they wait closer to the last minute to appease the owners. Secondly, I was curious about the notion of running into an android after its memories were reset. Apparently, it can happen, but why does it seem like such a rare occurrence in this world? And why doesn’t it cause more problems?
Man, they’re really building up this relationship between Isla and Tsukasa while simultaneously crushing all hope of Isla remaining after her retrieval. How are they going to dig themselves out of this one? Don’t get me wrong…I’ve never had a problem with bittersweet endings. I actually think they’re much more realistic. But it looks like I’ll be one of the few willing to accept how this series ends…
While I understand that last week’s episode basically started a relationship between Isla and Tsukasa and this week’s episode was attempting to build that relationship, it’s still frustrating to watch what felt like absolute filler to me. I guess we’ve reached a bit of a low point in this show. If I were to place a reason on it, I’m guessing this week’s episode was put here to rope back in those who had a bit of trouble stomaching the incident with Marcia (that means it’s gearing up to do something like that again, right?).
Well, I can only hope that the story gets more interesting from here. I’m assuming it should be back to retrievals starting next week. But given that the black market syndicate was taken down, I’m guessing it’s just going to be vanilla retrievals from here, right? I suppose there is some hope in that Tsukasa’s growing attachment to Isla will theoretically make her own retrieval quite difficult. I’m still quite curious how that will be handled and it may be one of the few reasons I’m still interested in watching this show.
So as expected, it’s still too early for Isla to disappear (though I’m not sure I understand how an encounter like last week was enough to put her into maintenance mode for two days). That being said, I think the most important part about this week’s episode was that thing that was said about the black market syndicate being taken out while Isla was out. An entire crime syndicate was eradicated so quickly after a single incident? I understand that the place where Marcia was found was probably their base of operations, but isn’t that a bit too easy?
I assuming now that this whole business with the black market is dead, we’re right back to Isla’s lifespan. The lack of previews in this show is somewhat worrying…are we back to episodic business as usual next week? Or will there be another mini-arc to carry us to the end? Given the trouble that Isla and Tsukasa have had with their retrievals up to now, it’s hard to imagine how Tsukasa will be able to retrieve Isla when the time comes, especially with the relationship they’re building.
So this week’s episode wasn’t too eventful. It really played out like a poor attempt at a comedy skit. It makes sense that Isla would be averse to making connections with people knowing how limited her remaining life is. That being said, watching Tsukasa trying to bend over backwards to get her to open up to him was pretty cringe to watch for me…honestly, I don’t know why he was trying so hard.
This week’s episode has me pretty worried about the plot of this show. At this point, it seems like it will go with a pretty standard route of slowly opening Isla up and exposing her to the fun of life. Then it will end with her either accepting her death or finding some sort of cheap way to avoid it. I’m really hoping there’s some more depth to this show, especially given how interesting I thought the initial premise was.
Well, I honestly knew very little about this show before watching it other than the basic premise about human-like androids with a limited lifespan. I was curious how things would play out…it turns out it’s a pretty simple story about a group of people tasked with retrieving the androids that have reached the end of their lives. The show really plays into the idea of personality and how even the same sets of initial conditions (genetics, for example, in humans) can lead to completely different personalities and tendencies because of the conditions of the environment. That’s the essential idea of these androids, right? Presumably, they are all sent out with fairly similar software, but their interactions shape who they become. Honestly, this is probably one of my favorite things to think about in neurology.
As a random note, I honestly expected there to be a cheap scene where Tsukasa reveals that he saw Isla crying in the elevator and embarrasses her in front of the entire group, but maybe that’s just something that will come later. Back to the point, though, there are a couple of questions I found myself asking after watching this first episode. First off, what happens to the androids after they are “retrieved”? Are the bodies just re-uploaded with a new personality and sent off into the world again? That really seems like it could cause some potential confusion if one manages to run into people from its “previous life”. But the alternative is some sort of destruction, right? Also, what should I expecting from this show? Will some androids start becoming more violent? Or does it continue along episodically trying to keep each retrieval interesting?
And my final question: whose bright idea was it to give the androids the ability to become aware of their own inevitable “death”? That’s just asking for them to rebel against their creators…