Yakusoku no Neverland First Impressions (1): And suddenly…

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Emma is coming for you

Well, I can’t really pretend to be surprised by the content of the episode since I knew it going in. That being said, this adaptation seemed pretty solid to me, with interesting visual representations and music. I do like the concept of the series as a whole, with the idea of a happy orphanage for kids holding some dark secret. Honestly, I think part of what turned me off from the manga was that the uncertain nature of manga release made me question whether I could handle the constant tension that’s inherent to a story like this. Perhaps it makes more sense in anime, which tends to have more defined time constraints.

An intense game of tag

I do like how the episode puts emphasis on the game of tag, though, since it’s such an innocent game on its own. This scene gains a lot more weight given the comparison at the end, and the constantly ticking clock is a valid representation of the central opposing factor in the show. The scene serves a great dual purpose of setting an early tone that is light while representing the harsh truth.

The fence is really low

Given the nature of kids, it’s hard to believe that no one has jumped this fence before. These kids are eleven years old, right? That’s a long time to notice something.

No one who leaves ever writes

As always, it’s fun to see these kinds of hints when you’re watching a scene for the second time. This conversation is pretty suspicious even on its own, and it’s fun to see how much the episode emphasizes the fact that Conny isn’t one of the brightest kids. I think it’s a testament to how well the episode builds itself to its reveal, dropping hints while keeping the tone light.

Conny leaves to be with her foster family

Honestly, I find it pretty funny that the orphans who leave to meet their “foster families” end up going in the dark. You’d think that this sort of event suits the break of dawn or something.

Making sure the shipment is right

I can’t remember what kinds of creatures these guys were, but I’m not sure I was ever convinced in the manga that they were especially important. Sure, they’re the entire reason for the system that’s in place, but it feels like they could have been anything. Shock factor?

Mama finds the bunny

The way the music abruptly cut out at this scene was amazing.

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Mayoiga Episode 3: And so it begins…

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Starting right where we left off last week with the missing members of the group. Is it finally time for the deaths to begin?

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Everyone’s favorite game! The blame game! Everything’s falling apart!

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Wow…that eye looks super creepy. Still, maybe it’s just bad sound quality/choice, but the growls sounded like they were coming from multiple “creatures”, not just one.

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So did they really kill the black guy first? Because it’s looking more and more like they did! Either that or he was the culprit all along (always suspect the people who die earliest).

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This is probably the most interesting part of the story. Why does Yottsun say this? It’s like he noticed something weird, which makes no sense because they haven’t been in the village long enough for him to notice anything out-of-place.

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I don’t actually understand why everyone doubts her so much. We, as the viewers, have much more of a right to doubt her story because she’s being introduced as too innocent in a mystery series, which tends to be suspicious. However, I see no reason why the other characters would be hounding her about her story…I don’t even understand which parts of her story are supposed to be inconsistent.

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Yeah, the bus driver abandoned the bus and walked all the way over to the village because the bus started working again…makes sense.

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Definitely not suspicious at all that the bus driver doesn’t want to go back to the bus…

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Uhh…if I recall correctly, you guys all used those mountain trails in the middle of the night and no one was injured, so in what way are they more dangerous than the village?

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…this argument about how to do rock, paper, scissors is supposed to be funny. I’m totally laughing! No joke!

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I’m not agriculturalist, but is it normal for crops to remain organized when they’re left untended? Is this supposed to suggest that the deaths of the villagers were recent?

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Oh sweet…so I’m not totally crazy.

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What kind of team is this? I’m guess he means a video game team of some sort (obviously not an MMO because he would have said “guild” or “clan”). We know that these people all met online, but were they playing the same game? Frequenting the same forum?

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Well, that escalated quickly. This is what happens when you get too accustomed to anonymity on the Internet and say whatever you want…

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Yeah, there’s always a criminal in every Internet group. Take that, Reddit! I feel like I should be insulted…

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I believe in you! I’m going to get tired of this guy really quickly.

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She’s a little bit too interested in executions. Is she just supposed to be the obviously suspicious one that everyone thinks is the culprit? I don’t get it…

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…you realize a system designed by humans will always be vulnerable to human error, right? You might as well ask him to draw a red line with green ink (link if you don’t get the reference).

Anyway, they tried to make us forgive Valkana pretty quickly, huh?

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Aaaaand they made this joke…seriously? He’s being drowned, guys…

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RIP

There’s something off about this, though. They obviously want us to believe that Yottsun’s death is related to the claw marks on the tree from earlier, but he doesn’t look mutilated. Even next week’s episode is titled “Yottsun’s Drowning”, meaning that his cause of death wasn’t related to any wild animal attack. And I’m guessing they’re trying to imply suspicion by having Lovepon do almost exactly the same thing to Mitsumune?

This show obviously has issues, but I’m having fun poking at it…

 

Parasyte First Impressions (1): Time to start wearing headphones to sleep out of paranoia?

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This type of show really falls out of my normal spectrum…it’s not that I dislike horror. I’m just not a huge fan of grotesque monsters. The premise of this show, parasites invading people’s brains and taking over, seems familiar to me for some reason, but I haven’t quite put my finger on it yet. It looks like our main character Shinichi Izumi is put in a unique position of retaining his conscious mind. It also looks like this “invasion” is no coincidence. Either these parasites are really aliens and they’re invading the Earth (it looked like they were coming from space) or it’s some elaborate conspiracy for some scientific testing.

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Not too much to say about the music in this series. I think the background music throughout the episode was probably more enjoyable than the opening or ending themes to be honest. I’ve seen this series in manga form in bookstores around me, but I never really had the motivation to read it. I guess my only motivation here is that the anime adaptation exists and I was curious.

I was probably drawn in by the psychological tag, but it doesn’t seem to be much. My guess is that it won’t amount to much more than the standard “these guys were originally human, so is it okay to kill them?” sort of thing. Random side note: I’m curious about the whole bug thing with Shinichi. It’s true that the simple explanation is that the parasite took over and handled the spider, but maybe there’s some sort of subtle neurological influences going on here?