Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita Review: Many forms of love

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Miyako thinks logically

It’s been a while since I wrote one of these, and I don’t want to give the impression that I’m neglecting them. This series was one I was generally on the fence about during the winter season. The story centers around a socially awkward college student named Miyako Hoshino. Through her younger sister Hinata, Miyako meets the grade schooler Hana Shirosaki and immediately falls in love with her.

Miyako is super shy

This show is the strangest combination of the cute girls doing cute things concept combined with the general premise of Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru from the season before it. The two shows are eerily similar for how close their airing dates are. I know it’s a weird way to start, but that distinction was important for me. It takes a much lighter spin on the idea, whereas its counterpart steered straight into it with a comedic focus.

In the end, characters clinch the series for me. While I have no strong feelings for the main pairing of Miyako and Hana, I loved Hinata as a character. I’m not typically fond of the “ball of energy” character, Hinata adds an excess of warm feelings to the show overall. And while she has an unnatural attachment to her sister, their general relationship as siblings appealed to me. I also tend to like the character the supports the others from the sidelines, and Hinata is somehow that character.

Did she lie?

From a musical perspective, I definitely started off rough with this series. The general soundtrack felt somewhat annoying to me (though I liked the ending theme). It’s something you get used to after a while, but it was noticeable for me in the beginning. Other than that, the series looked okay for the most part, opting for a heavily pastel color style.

Hinata is killing her sister

If you’re still reading past the first paragraph and you’re looking for a relatively fluffy series to watch, I don’t have a problem recommending this series. It takes a light approach to personal insecurities, and I thought it was fun overall.

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Satsuriku no Tenshi Episode 12: Shocking truth!

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If this is truly the end of the TV release, then it was a really cruel cliffhanger to end on. This episode felt a bit strange to me, because it seemed like the tension and focus was pointed at the wrong things. Gray’s big reveal seemed like it should have been the important takeaway from the episode, but the episode itself seems to shift all of its attention to Danny (someone I really don’t like).

I actually think it’s hilarious that Rachel’s begging here makes her seem more normal. She sounds like a standard teenage girl who has embarrassed herself somehow.

Didn’t Danny want to kill Rachel to steal her eyes? Is this some extension of his character where he now wants to see Rachel’s eyes react to Zack figuring out her secret?

Watching Zack brute force through the puzzles was pretty entertaining.

The reveal that Gray apparently set up this entire murder house was way too casual. I mean, I guess it makes sense that Rachel’s faith is being tested by him.

So far, nothing in Rachel’s past seems particularly weird. Sure, she’s implicated in her parents’ murders, but Zack shouldn’t have a problem with that. So, Zack is clearly reacting to something else in the news report that’s been hidden from us, but I don’t really have a good guess as to what would cause him to recoil.

Satsuriku no Tenshi Episode 11: Finding God

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This episode was kind of strange, mostly because I didn’t get the sense that Rachel had changed too much after her mental battle with Gray. Maybe I’m missing some hidden significance in her declaration that Zack is her god, which is undeniably an interesting way to “defeat” Gray. Anyway, I think the TV release is close to its end, so I guess we’re going to end on something unsatisfying.

Gray is certainly his own kind of crazy, but I respect him for at least seeming to have his act together most of the time. Eddie was dramatically obsessing, while Cathy and Danny are more generically insane. In comparison, Gray seems like a break from the absurd.

I’m a little sad about how the hallucinogen is ultimately handled, since Rachel just calls everything an illusion and moves on. Still, I do appreciate the fact that she returns to her sense after cutting herself with Zack knife. It’s a common trope for breaking illusions, but it’s used in a subtle way that I liked.

In the end, it seems Rachel still has the same outlook of only killing those in her way.

The revelation that Gray care for Zack is a bit weird. From his conversations with Rachel, it seemed more like he cared about everyone else except her. Didn’t he call Danny and Eddie sweet boys or something?

While I’m not a fan of the idea that the truth needs to be ripped out of Rachel, I’m interested to see how this floor goes. It seems like it’s finally Rachel’s turn to be the floor master.

Satsuriku no Tenshi Episode 10: Couldn’t we have solved this with a duck instead?

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Honestly, this episode wasn’t the most enjoyable to watch. The witch trial itself seemed a bit too abstract for me, so it was hard to follow along and really stay attentive. At this point, I honestly just think it would be cool if Rachel killed Gray way back when she first hallucinated, and she’s just been having hallucinated conversations with him because of timed gas clouds.

Gray as a character really feels like he’s just trying to get at the question of why Rachel cares so much about the promise to God, but he’s been dragging it on a bit long for my taste. I guess the witch trial is meant to prove that God wouldn’t care about Rachel’s promise regardless of whether she truly made it to God or not.

So many colors…

The trial itself just seems so…strange. I’m sure I’m just missing something obvious, but it started to feel ridiculous. I don’t particularly have a problem with letting the characters twist Rachel’s past intentions, but I thought that last week’s episode was meant to force you to question Rachel’s previous actions. Why do it again this week?

To be fair, the different characters get a chance to show off their different personalities some more. It does a decent job of demonstrating the range of people in the facility.

Hooray?

Satsuriku no Tenshi Episode 9: What is real?

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I know Rachel had a pretty big meltdown in this episode, but I had trouble staying attentive while watching. Maybe it’s the combination of the elevator backtracking and Zack’s condition making him seem more lethargic. It just feels like things are grinding to a halt, at least as far as I can see.

Didn’t Danny start his obsession with Rachel before she became emotionless? I guess there was that moment when she shifts, but this still seems a bit sketchy.

I get the feeling that this won’t amount to much since we can’t necessarily trust Gray’s evaluation of Danny. Still, I almost want Gray to be right. Wouldn’t it be really cool if Rachel was just messing with all of the floor masters without realizing it?

Once again, I’m assuming that Gray is intentionally distorting things to guilt Rachel, but I’m kind of on his side.

Well, that’s a rare interesting question from Zack. I actually would have liked to see where this conversation goes.

Wait…so if the snake is real, what does that mean about the other illusions Rachel has been seeing? Did she see a fake snake that looked like the real snake? I guess she slashed the painting of the snake in the previous episode, so she could have known what it looked like. That’s actually not bad.

That gun didn’t last long. Also, Zack has been bleeding out for like three episodes now.

Satsuriku no Tenshi Episode 8: Attack of the ghosts

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Once again, I was mostly fine with this week’s episode. I felt like the sudden shift to Zack’s story was a bit annoying, since I just want to know what Gray’s game is, but I thought the story itself was interesting. The reversal of showing Rachel’s disregard for anyone in her way while humanizing Zack makes for an intriguing turn of events.

I’ve been really curious about Gray since he was introduced. So far, he seems a lot more levelheaded than the other floor masters have been, so I’m almost hoping there’s not much more to him. I get that sense that I’ll be really disappointed if he just ends up acting like the rest.

Was he?

Please tell me there’s more to this than the simple reveal that everything is an illusion later. Honestly, I think there was a missed opportunity here. Rachel has been seen false manifestations of the other characters, but Danny was the one we knew was still alive (it was hinted at when Zack and Rachel left his floor). It’s later confirmed that Danny goes to harass Zack, but it would have been cool if he had shown up in front of Rachel. There could have been a whole thing where Rachel can’t tell he’s actually real this time after the visions she’s seen.

Well, boys will be boys?

You know, I honestly thought Zack would just kill the guy and call it a day, but I was happily surprised with where this story went.

I mean, I’ll take it. This scene adds a tragic element to Zack’s past while also giving him a reason for his enjoyment of killing people with certain expressions.

Satsuriku no Tenshi Episode 7: The purple mist attacks

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The first half of the episode was a bit of a trip, but I think this week’s episode seemed intriguing overall. I feel like most of the symbolism has been lost on me, but shifting the focus to Rachel to force her to take more aggressive action seems to work. I’m a little worried that this floor will end up being oversimplified as an illusion, but we’ll see.

You think?

It’s kind of interesting that the illusion seems to be pushing Rachel to reveal the secrets we know she has. We’ve had hints of her past already, so this might be the start of the reveal.

That being said, I had trouble staying attentive during the “reading section”. It goes on for a while.

Introducing Gray as a priest should make things fun. I’ve been curious since Rachel initially latched on to Zack’s promise to God. There’s a chance that Gray disturbs or takes advantage of her beliefs. That could be cool to see.

Sounds like a convenient weapon for Rachel to use in some kind of conflict.

Anyone else wondering if the zombies are just an extension of the illusion from the first half of the episode. I’m starting to wonder if Rachel’s just been standing in the same spot the entire time. Hallucinogenic drugs can be annoying plot devices.

Satsuriku no Tenshi Episode 6: Well, that’s something to go on

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This week’s episode was surprisingly okay. It seemed a bit rough in the beginning, but it at least made me feel like Rachel and Zack were making some progress. The series still lacks the intrigue of the first episode, but I’m getting to the point where I’m curious again. Well, I’m also glad that the math problems are done.

I would have liked a bit more from Zack’s flashback. Randomly showing a slasher film on the TV to inspire him to stab the adults doesn’t seem like much. I guess I can’t expect too much from a kid.

Also, the timing of this flashback feels like it makes things awkward for no reason. I don’t see why we couldn’t have seen Zack kill the adults in the previous episode. And in this episode, it’s hard to make the connection between Zack’s bloodlust and the drugs from last week.

Oh hey…it’s the scene where a character trips while running in a straight line away from the killer. I know that scene!

It’s not particularly surprising that Cathy gets tricked, but I’m still having trouble with the fact that Zack has survived everything she’s done to him.

What exactly is the point of giving Rachel an unloaded gun? It doesn’t do anything from a narrative perspective except force Rachel to reveal her own gun. And from Cathy’s perspective, it makes less sense because she would essentially be watching Rachel pull a trigger. Maybe she was hoping Rachel would agonize more, but she should know better after seeing Rachel’s general lack of emotions.

Yay? At least the line from Rachel about no longer being tools was pretty good.

The fact that Rachel uses Zack’s name tag to unlock the elevator is an interesting touch. I hope there’s more to it. At face value, it could just mean that Rachel considers herself to be more of a sinner than Zack. She could also realize that she’s lying to herself with her bystander attitude. There are some cool things that can be done with this.

Me too…

Satsuriku no Tenshi Episode 5: Some seriously complicated puzzles…

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If I wasn’t annoyed before this week, this episode certainly did it. While I’m willing to admit that the puzzles on this floor provide a higher level of interaction than the previous floor, the puzzles themselves have been pretty disappointing.

Regardless of my gripes with the series, I have to admit that this toss made me laugh.

Also, I respect that the episode didn’t take a step backwards with this key card thing. The series could easily have introduced some gimmick where Cathy reveals that the card wasn’t actually important. Instead, the main characters force their way out of the room. I’m okay with that.

The tie-in with Zack’s background in this episode was admittedly interesting. I guess you could explain his wild personality with his memories of being forced to follow orders. But how did Cathy know about his past enough to recreate it in the dollhouse? Is it in his file or something? Why would the file even have that information? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the characters in this series seem overly familiar with each other.

This puzzle is easily the worst part of the episode for me. I can ignore the confusing notation (especially with the third expression on the first line), but I can’t ignore the fact that Rachel clearly gets the answers wrong. Come on…at least try to make the math cool.

Hey, I’ve played Portal 2 as well.

This is starting to get old.

Satsuriku no Tenshi Episode 4: Video game puzzles are tough these days

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This floor seems more promising than the previous floor because it has some puzzles to it, but the first puzzle we saw in this episode didn’t really inspire confidence. I guess I give the floor credit for actually feeling like it has some interaction, but I question the overall direction of the series. If it’s a simple “floor of the day” format with Zack acting as trap fodder for Rachel, I’m not sure I can keep it up.

After watching Eddie die with basically no character description, my main hope for this floor is to learn more about the floor masters, but we’ll see.

This series is acting sillier than I would have expected, but I still like some of the lighter moments. For example, I thought this scene was great because of the way Rachel quickly nods in agreement. It’s more emotion than I expect from her.

There’s also something funny about how Zack holds Rachel forward as if to scout ahead.

Let’s sit in the chair with obvious restraints on the arms. Great idea, Zack.

Really? Maybe this puzzle is going easy as an introduction, but I feel like destroying the dolls is a good first guess even without a hint.

I’m annoyed at this show for not going with the obvious joke here. Rachel could easily have responded to this question with “that would be fine with me”. I’m getting annoyed with how this series forgets that Rachel wants to die.

I know video game puzzles aren’t supposed to be super cryptic, but the fact that the “right foot” is repeated so many times in this inscription is just sad.