Sakurada Reset Episode 11: Making friends

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While this episode posed an idea that I found interesting, it was largely nothing. I get that this was the point, but I guess I don’t like Misora’s character enough to follow an episode like this. I’m not really saying it’s a waste of time because it showed how Misora thinks, but there really isn’t much to say about it overall.

I really should put more effort into keeping track of the timeline for this series, but I was completely lost in this episode. I remember the scene that triggered this episode, but I can’t remember where it is in relation to the other episodes. I think we’ll have to see how everything turns out in the end, but I think the jumpy timeline is the most frustrating part of this series. I still haven’t seen a major benefit to it yet.

This line is brutal.

She’s learning!

In Misora’s defense, I feel this way about most people. But getting away from the scene itself, I’m not a fan of this translation. I don’t understand how you can “have like” for something.

It took me a second to understand this conversation. It’s a bit distracting to use cats in an example meant to illustrate the power of words, but the person proposing the scenario is someone who is most accustomed to conversing with cats. I think it says something about the way I think that my first reaction is “words have no effect on a cat because it wouldn’t understand them”.

I admit I don’t know enough about people to fully evaluate this conversation. My understanding is that Misora’s solution is targeted towards providing immediate comfort that could backfire without follow-up. That’s why she mentions that the cat could be facing the same hardships the next day without similar “hope”. Nono attempts to give a persistent form of comfort by providing empathy instead of hope. The idea is that the cat could take comfort in knowing that someone out there is going through the same thing if it suffers the same hardships the next day.

I’m not sure I totally agree, but it’s something I don’t normally consider. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but I wonder if it’s similar to the “give a man fish/teach a man to fish” adage. It falls apart a bit in the second part, but you could argue that teaching is a manifestation of empathizing with a person enough to understand the root problem instead of the immediate need.

Misora went through that entire conversation just to be stuck in the acquaintance zone…

If the plan has a fancy name, then it has to succeed!

Just…no.

Are you trying to make me empathize with Misora? Well, it’s working. I can think of countless conversations that I’ve had that were similar to this one.

I see the internet research that Misora’s been doing is paying off.

That’s an unhealthy level of worship for Kei’s abilities.

I’m surprised that Misora never noticed that she was being followed, but I guess it makes sense given how much she was overthinking her home visit at Kei’s place. I still don’t understand how Minami sent the fake text, though.

Sakurada Reset Episode 10: Back from the beginning

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I still can’t decide whether I like this series overall or not. I think I’m starting to come around as more information is put on the table. This week’s episode did a pretty good job of putting things from the past episodes together to bring back Sumire. I was quite surprised that they handled it so quickly. I thought for sure it would end up being some kind of climax for the series. Instead, it looks like we’re headed towards some other kind of story before the first half of the series is finished.

I liked Kei’s flashback this week too, because it seemed to say something similar to what I’ve said about this series in the past. This series can be strange and confusing, but that tends to lead me to a few explanations that can possibly make any sense. Kei does the same when he deduces why the Bureau is interested in him.

I was wondering why we’re seeing this scene again for the third time, but this line is new. It either suggests that Kei will change the future with the knowledge he gets from the Witch or that Misora’s resets are changing the future. I’m personally guessing that it’s the latter. I’m getting tired of hearing about Sumire in these repeats, though. That part of the scene hasn’t changed.

Ahh, I see what you’re trying to do here, Kei. If you can bring a petal out of the photograph by using this combination of abilities, you might also be able to bring out a human. I thought he was just testing to see if he could go into the photograph more than once using Misora’s reset ability.

I feel like I should know who this guy is…

I think I understand what they’re trying to accomplish here, but it still feels weird. It feels like a paradox for Kei’s power to supersede the rules of the town, but Kei’s introduction to the town of Sakurada heavily features the idea of breaking the rules of the world with abilities. Kei then proceeds to break the rules of the town himself with his own ability.

How exactly does the Bureau erase someone from existence without leaving the town?

Sakagami? That’s the power sharing guy, right? I see…he’s trying to share Murase’s power with Sumire since she can’t hold Sumire in her hand like a petal. I was wondering how that would work.

So, I guess we finally have confirmation that the MacGuffin was an actual MacGuffin in this series. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea that this was all Sumire’s plan.

This line reminds me of conversations I’ve had in the past about the concept of knowing the future. I’ve said something similar where either you can have perfect knowledge of the future, trapping yourself into a deterministic chain of events, or free will exists and the future you see is constantly changing.

This idea of using the message power to determine whether this Sumire is real or fake is interesting and also a bit confusing. It only makes sense if Sumire can see anyone’s future. If she can only see the future of someone she touches (like the Witch), then she should be able to test her theory by looking at her own future. If she can see events past her own death, then the clone version of herself is real. But maybe that delves into a level of identity philosophy I’m not equipped to explore. Personally, I would argue that the clone is a different “self”, but these concepts are admittedly quite complicated.

Perhaps Sumire wanted to create a fake version of herself. That might be why she goes to such great lengths to confirm whether or not she’s the real Sumire. Maybe she’s trying to break the Bureau or something. She makes it sound like we’ll find out soon, but it’s hard to tell with anime time.

This last line is interesting. It initially sounds like she’s answering Kei’s question about hearing the message from herself, but then she bounces the question back to Kei. It’s like she wants him to decide whether he will consider her to be the same Sumire or not regardless of what is ultimately true.

Sakurada Reset Episode 9: Back to the past

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I found this episode to be more interesting than I expected it to be. While there’s still a lot we don’t know, this episode did manage to answer a few of my questions from the series. I’m starting to get real curious how this series will look when everything gets laid out on the table. Anyway, it looks like next week’s episode will finally complete the first arc in the series by having Kei meet with Sumire in the picture. I hope it’s not too cryptic…

One interesting idea that was brought up in this episode was Kei’s story of the man who is saved by a reset. He mentions that the man could start a family with a woman who could have otherwise started an even happier family. Because of the nature of the reset ability, it tends to be very restricted in its scope. As such, we never get a good glimpse at the far-reaching effects the ability can have. While it seems noble for Kei to save people with the reset, we have no way of seeing whether these actions can cause misfortune in the future. Perhaps things would have been better if certain people weren’t saved. I think Kei’s motivation is simply to reduce the amount of suffering that he has to see. It’s an immediate thing. I’ve said for a while that Kei really isn’t a moral person, so I think it plays into his character.

What the heck is this sentence? Anyway, this entire introduction to the episode is nothing new. It just suggests that this week’s episode will be taking place in the past.

This teacher clearly knows that the incident with the boy using his ability was an accident, so why is the solution to the problem just to go back in time and pretend it never happened? This only makes sense if the boy did something particularly traumatizing to his friend.

This should explain why the present Kei always insists that Misora can’t use her reset without his orders, but I feel like it really doesn’t. It doesn’t really make sense for Misora to block her reset ability because of Sumire’s death. It was Kei’s call that caused it to happen. The reason her reset isn’t activating is likely because she decided she would only follow Kei’s orders. The block is coming from the fact that Kei himself is unable to ask for a reset because of the consequences of his seemingly benign reset two weeks earlier.

Well, I had already guessed that resets don’t change the flow of events without the intervention of another ability user, but I think it’s the first time in the series that this has been established. There’s a fun discussion about free will that’s possible here, but I’ll save it for another time. I’ll just say that I define free will as the ability to make a different decision when it is presented a second time, something the reset allows to happen.

Okay, this is new. It still doesn’t seem related to Sumire’s death, but it explains why Misora refuses to reset unless Kei orders her to do it. Now that she knows someone can remember her resets, someone she cares about, she doesn’t want her decision to use the power to cause him pain.

Yeah, that’s not foreshadowing at all.

It sounds like her ability involves creating some sort of separation between two things. If she put some kind of invisible barrier (or fence) between a chunk of the Moon and the rest of it, she could create a hole. Similarly, she could place a similar barrier around the bridge to keep people from falling off. It sounds like she adopts Kei’s “fence” terminology just to force certain assumptions about her ability, so I’m not entirely sure.

The US motto for KitKat is “gimme a break”, so I looked this up. Apparently, “have a break” is the international motto. Either way, seeing the KitKat motto used for this line made me cringe.

It’s nice to see the show actually acknowledging the far-reaching effects of the reset.

I think it’s also interesting that Haruki sees through Kei’s words here. It makes her seem like less of a mindless reset bot.

I guess this is a pretty reasonable thing for Kei to do.

This scene gives me a troubling thought. How much of Misora’s thought process throughout this episode was invalidated by this reset? I feel like I have to consider that every time it looks like Misora is taking a step forward.

Sakurada Reset Episode 8: To the future

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While I’m really disappointed with how Eri’s big scuffle ended, I have to admit that this episode had some interesting uses of powers. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how they’d handle the Witch in this arc, but it ended up being my favorite part of the episode. And as for the tease they gave us at the end of the episode, I’m just going to completely ignore that. I do have one question, though. If Murase was only holding the photographs that Sasano took inside the Bureau when the reset occurred, does that mean that Kei no longer has the photograph of Sumire? I’m guessing he still has it. Otherwise, there’s literally no point to show him receiving it in the previous timeline.

After all of the drama from last week, it’s a bit frustrating that Kei is able to just walk out of the photograph. Did the ten minutes pass or was that just a minor inconvenience?

That being said, at least they made an attempt to explain why Eri wasn’t pulled into the photograph by having Kei say that she tore the photograph from outside the view depicted in the photograph. It’s an attempt at an explanation even if it’s a bad one. Even if she was at arm’s length when she tore the photograph, Kei is clearly on the railing, so there’s plenty of room here for Eri to stand.

I see Kei is once again using recordings to thwart other people. I’m a little disappointed because I wanted to see a demonstration of the brain’s ability make up memories. We like to think that we’d be able to notice a fake memory easily because it would be inconsistent with the rest of our memories, but the brain is actually really good at filling in the gaps.

Please tell me this isn’t over so easily…

It’s really frustrating to see this battle devolve into “my power is better than yours” when it showed so much promise as a battle between two minds.

That was easy.

I’m not sure I fully got this one. My understanding of the conversation is that the Eri’s loss to Kei has driven her to search for a stronger power, the power to see the future. As a result, she will attack the Bureau earlier than planned to get to the Witch. This has all been planned by the Witch outside of the photograph, but I don’t understand why it’s a betrayal. Is it because she has gotten greedy and chosen to leave the Bureau earlier at the risk of Eri’s future? Could it be counted as a betrayal if she also brought Kei into the photograph to get him to save Eri? You could argue that she “put them at risk”, but that’s not really true if she can see the future.

I can tell I’m still upset about Eri’s interaction with the photograph from earlier because I’m happy that Murase has a valid reason to stay outside of the photograph.

Hmm…discount tsundere?

The thought experiment that the Witch proposes to Kei is slightly different from the one proposed to Misora. In this case, she leaves out the detail that the one he loves “becomes” the stone. Sure, it’s implied, but there’s an easy answer that the stone is just a stone as far as you know because you’ve received no indication that it has every had a thought. Maybe it’s just a bad translation.

How does the thought experiment relate to the Witch, though? It sounds like it might be as simple as her saying that she’s worried that she and Sasano no longer have the same feelings for each other given that they’ve spent so much time interacting with each other through their powers. Sasano is interacting with a past version of the Witch in his photographs, and the Witch is just seeing Sasano’s future actions through others. Maybe that’s all there is to it.

Crap, this is good. I completely missed this use for the photographs because they never made a big deal about where a person exits the photograph. However, it gives a good reason for why the user must be standing in the spot depicted in the photograph before ripping it and actually ties Sasano’s power together nicely. In the end, she just enters the photograph to walk through the open door and exit the photograph from the other side.

I don’t think anyone is surprised that the Witch is talking about Sumire here. However, the nature of the series makes it impossible to draw any kind of conclusion from this statement. Since pretty much any power is possible in this town, it’s hard to tell whether this is meant to mean that Sumire is still alive or that she will be brought back to life in order to become the next Witch.

Sakurada Reset Episode 7: Haunted by the past

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Honestly, I’m starting to feel like this series has a pattern of presenting explanations that sorta make sense and then dropping some big piece that doesn’t make any sense. In this episode, it’s Eri’s statement to Kei near the end about giving Misora a bad memory. Earlier in the episode, we were told that a new application of Eri’s power would remove a previous application. So, she would effectively be giving Misora her reset ability back. As long as the bad memory doesn’t change Misora’s resolve to follow Kei’s lead, she won’t remember any of it after Kei gives her to command to reset. So…why do it?

I also wonder if there are too many elements going on in this arc. There’s Sasano’s story going on in the background as well as a nod back to Sumire. How the heck are these all going to get linked together?

This memory of Sumire reminds me of the oddball questions she tends to ask. I’m starting to think it’s a good thing she was removed from the show early.

This evidence seems a little bit convenient, but I guess the series needs to paint Eri’s father as the generic bad guy.

Well, this seems like a bad flag. Misora’s practically asking to lose her power. But she asks a fair question. I can’t imagine how Kei would interact with Misora if she couldn’t reset.

I really hope this is a bad translation. It doesn’t seem like there’s any sort of confirmation when Misora’s save actually works, so I would hope that Kei is a lot more precise when he’s making sure that 24 hours has passed.

I really hope that this scene is establishing Eri as someone who is intellectually on par with Kei. It would make this encounter a lot more interesting.

Okay, this definitely has to be the witch. It’s also a very interesting use of her power combined with Sasano’s power. This conversation also relates well with a previous conversation that Kei has. Kei is told that Eri is working for the Bureau, which would explain why she took Sasano’s power.

That’s very discreet.

I’m really curious why this doesn’t work. I was honestly expecting Kei to come up with an explanation. Plus, it would clear up the remaining question I had from Murase’s arc.

She knows!!

Darn, it seems I’ve been baited by the double meaning of the word “steal”. This make sense too, but the conversation still leaves the open question of how Misora learned to use her power in the first place.

The fact that Eri refers to the stark contrast between the Kei of the past and the Kei of the present seems to reinforce something I’ve thought for a while now. In the first two episodes, I remember pointing out that many of Kei’s actions to save Mari were extreme and arguably “evil” things to do. I think there was also a conversation about justice and evil between Sumire and Kei. It all suggests that Kei was not really a good person before he met Misora, which makes me feel a bit better about myself.

Why does the power activate only on Kei when Eri was the one who ripped the photograph?

Sakurada Reset Episode 6: Future stuff

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Looks like this episode is going back to the random philosophical talks. Honestly, I thought they were better than the ones proposed in the first two episodes, but I still find them tedious for the most part. It depends on how they will end up linking back to the story compared to the irrelevant-feeling stuff from the beginning of the series. The episode also brings up a lot of the mystery surrounding the Bureau and how it came into existence. It seems like it’s also heavily suggesting that the Bureau is linked to the appearance of the powers in the town. I sure hope there’s something like that going on…

The ending of the episode also raises quite a few questions. It’s possible that Misora’s reset will fail because her ability gets stolen, but assuming it doesn’t, what happens to the conversation with the Witch? Does she continue to see the future? Will she reach out again?

Is this scene meant to show me that Kei had horrible parents? Because what kind of kid listens to a sketchy guy like this?

Asai Kei: The Origin Story. There’s no way she actually wants to keep Kei away from the town, right? For a kid, these kinds of statements are practically bait.

Presumably, the opening scene was meant to show us that this woman that Kei’s meeting was the “witch” on the phone. Does this mean we’re learning more about the Bureau this week? I’m not opposed to that.

So he can basically turn photos into a full experience? That’s pretty cool. Assuming Kei has near-perfect recall, you could argue that Kei and this man have very similar abilities. Although, based on the next scene with the picture of Sumire, it looks like the old man’s ability would allow you to get more information from the past if you interact with a person.

It’s a fair question, but when the characters in the series deny the existence so strongly, it makes me doubt my own belief that the MacGuffin is just a mundane object.

I feel like the fact that Misora shows up just now in the episode is reinforcing the idea that she doesn’t contribute much outside of her reset ability.

This thought experiment seems like more “mystical” version of the teleporter problem. If you body is disassembled and reassembled in a different location, are you the same person? Were you technically dead during transit? The Swampman is a similar idea. If the composition of your body hasn’t changed, then I would argue that you had a moment when you were technically dead, but you are alive again. In this situation, the concept of a soul is generally introduced as the distinguishing factor between the two, but I’ve never been one for that idea.

This question is very important to remember for the future. Misora’s reset ability makes it possible for a scenario like this to happen. So if Misora’s ability had reset Sumire’s death and brought her back to life, how would Kei have reacted? He’s capable of remembering both the dead Sumire and the living one. Would he be sad for the Sumire that died? Heck, you could even argue that since Misora’s power reconstructs the world, she’s killing herself every time she uses it.

So she’s basically Misora on overdrive? She talks about some of her limitations, but I’m more interested in knowing how far she’s able to see. I’m also curious how her power works with Misora. Does she see the future resets or just the future assuming there are no resets?

I was really hoping she wouldn’t say that…

Is this supposed to be some heavy foreshadowing of Kei’s future? I’m not sure how to evaluate this scenario. I get that it’s meant to question what is truly loved in a relationship, but I feel like I can’t agree with Misora’s judgment unless there’s some future potential for communication with the stone. Still, I’d be willing to agree that nothing is definite, so maybe there’s always the possibility that Kei would return if he were to become the stone with a mind. Maybe that’s the point?

I’m going to assume that this girl is not so dumb as to tell Kei her plan and expect him not to reset, so surely she has some counter-measures against the reset that Kei asks for when Misora joins them.

Speculation on Sakurada Reset: Random thoughts on the reset power

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Spoilers really only go to the second episode if you haven’t watched it.

I have too much of a history with talking about time travel series, so I’m here to add Sakurada Reset to the list (are people still watching this show?). As the name of the series may imply, one of the main characters of this series, Misora Haruki, is able to reset the world to a previous point in time. This story’s twist, though, is that Misora is also reset, and therefore loses her memories of her own reset. Though the series explains that the reset works by reconstructing the world at a previous point in time, I would argue that this does qualify as a form of time travel. I suppose it’s a cheap way of getting past the paradox of two diverging timelines…by just destroying one and rebuilding an entire universe. Okay, maybe not so cheap.

The determinism question comes into play here pretty easily. Since we know nothing about reliving a scene twice, it’s impossible to know whether a reset would cause a scene to occur in the same way the second time. Honestly, I think the show handles this issue fine. The concept of a “reset” itself carries an implication of a perfect repetition and the series has so far never shown us a case where events after a reset can be altered outside of a power that cheats the reset. So I see no problem with making the assumption that a reset without any outside influence will always play out the same way as the original timeline.

If you’ve been following my posts on this series, I’m going to sound like a broken record. My recurring question with this series has been how Misora knows so much about her power if it affects her as well. In her first meeting with Kei, the other main character who is capable of retaining memories across resets, Misora is able to explain all of the rules of her ability. She has forgotten every successful activation of her ability, so she’s never actually seen it work. It doesn’t actually matter whether the events on the second timeline are the same as the original or wildly different because she only knows one timeline. Initially, I thought that people in Sakurada inherently knew about their powers as a side effect of living in the town, but a couple of characters have been introduced in recent episodes that have no idea how their powers work.

This all leaves me with one remaining conclusion: someone must have told Misora about her power. Given the dynamics of the town, I think it would have to be the Bureau, since they seem to be involved in anything related to people with powers. They could easily have access to someone with the power to know what another person’s power is. The only remaining question is…is that relevant? If we see the Bureau as the benign observers they claim to be, then this may not even be relevant…just a random bit of flavor to explain the odd circumstances of Misora’s ability with no real impact on the story.

However, I have to admit that we don’t really know all too much about the Bureau yet, meaning they could very well be a shady organization. We’ve already seen evidence that they’re willing to drop their observer role if there’s an incident, specifically a case where a person with abilities harms another person with abilities. In a similar post on 100WordAnime, Karandi proposes that the Bureau could have orchestrated the death of Sumire Soma in order to test Misora’s power or scout her for her current role with Kei helping others with powers.

I don’t doubt the possibility that Sumire’s death was staged by the Bureau, but what if it’s simpler? What if they’re just keeping Misora’s power a secret and imposing rules on her to keep her from abusing it? In a recent episode, Kei mentions that the powers in Sakurada activate in response to the wishes of the user. So would it be possible to impose artificial restrictions on a person’s power by convincing them that their power won’t work under certain conditions? That’s my crackpot theory of this post.

I admit, though, that I hesitate to fully accept this theory because I don’t really like what it implies. If Misora’s power is truly stronger than she knows, then one potential conclusion of the series is to use this new power to go back to the day that Sumire died and save her. While it brings things around full circle, it’s erasing two years of the world and effectively erasing the events of the entire series.

Before I finish up, I want to touch on another theory. I originally thought that Misora’s power may not apply to the entire universe and only affected a local area, maybe the town or the planet as a whole. Honestly, it’s still possible since we’re talking about a town of people with physics-breaking powers, but I think it unnecessarily overcomplicates the story. In both examples I gave, the stars would go out of alignment, so any stargazer would be notice. Even if the idea of replicating an entire universe seems implausible, I think the story has to explain a lot of complexity if it goes down another route.

But anyway, that’s what I think of Sakurada Reset, focusing specifically on the “time travel” power. Do you have your own theories? Think I’m completely nuts? Let me know.

Sakurada Reset Episode 5: Mirror Master

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I really couldn’t wrap my head around this episode. Sure, the concept of the girl who doesn’t like to break the rules is simple, but the parts of the episode that were designed to give it depth felt ultimately meaningless. What did the “pure object” thing really accomplish? I don’t like breaking rules either, but it has nothing to do with preserving any kind of purity. Maybe I just couldn’t resonate with the message there. But in the end, what did the episode accomplish? Sera performs an action that makes her feel like she would lose the pure object in her heart, but Kei reveals that it didn’t. Doesn’t that reinforce her desire to preserve the rules? Maybe the episode was one big “you’re fine the way you are” message the completely went over my head. Anyway, I’m just glad to be done with it.

Wait, so Murase’s return to school is the lead into the next ability user on the list? There’s no way that’s a coincidence. Also, mental note to self: key word for this mystery is “pure”.

I agree with this statement with regards to Misora’s power, but Kei’s power should useful alone. He can access any memory, right?

Well, this mystery is already seeming less violent than previous ones.

Honestly, I think “inside the marble” is more accurate. If I had to guess, I would say “alternate dimension bounded by the marble”, which isn’t too different from “inside the marble”. The reflection should just be the light returning from the marble, which implies that she exists in the normal world for the marble to reflect.

I understand that there’s an ulterior motive here, but she’s literally just telling you about her day. While I am willing to believe that Kei is learning about Sera’s personality through this conversation, it doesn’t make it any easier to sit through.

Also, they completely skip over the fact that Sera has used her power twice in the past. How did she get out before? Shouldn’t this be the first thing you ask?

Huh? I know I haven’t been fully paying attention, but when did Sera mention being close with a classmate from middle school? Who is Kei talking about?

I think that Sera is making a distinction between “weird” and “special” here based on the value that is placed on each word. I think that Misora’s response is valid. It can be argued that something that is weird is rare and can therefore be called special. We just assign a negative connotation to the word “weird” and a positive connotation to the word “special”. This concept, however, is completely ignored in this conversation.

This flashback is meant to be a response to the question “why was it okay to skip the entrance ceremony?”

Huh…her backstory was surprisingly less interesting than I expected. She wanted to keep herself pure and followed the rules as a result? Isn’t that…common?

If there’s one thing I like about this series, it’s watching Kei rip apart the “deep answer” that someone else has come up with to explain the situation and propose a much simpler explanation. I think it’s common for us to think that our thoughts and decisions come about through careful consideration or some underlying mental block. But in the end, sometimes the simplest of thoughts can trigger the decisions we make.

What really changed here? Is the point of the ending to ease Sera into the idea of breaking the rules? At the end of the day, she didn’t actually break a rule, but you could make the argument that she convinced herself to break the rule, which is a step in that direction.

I never really asked this before now, but…when did this story happen? Was it before the previous arc or after it?

Sakurada Reset Episode 4: That looked painful

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I really don’t like how this series constantly makes me feel like nothing has been thought out. I admit this episode did make more sense than some of the previous episodes, but the experience of actually watching it was really frustrating. I think it’s because the main revelations in this episode are largely obvious because the scenes that lead up to them are too absurd otherwise. And the vaguely explained powers really aren’t helping.

My main unanswered question of the episode is why did the second reset actually work on Murase? In both instances, she says the same thing to activate her ability, and yet the reset in the first fight of the episode erases her memory while the reset in the second fight doesn’t. If you ask me, I think that the scene is put there solely so that Kei can figure out that she’s keeping her memory after the reset. If she was trying to fake out Kei in the first fight by acting like she was going to keep her memory after the reset when she really wanted to forget, she wouldn’t need to say anything.

Side note: I don’t particularly mind the multiple flashbacks to Sumire in this episode. I think it’s meant to show that Kei is constantly reminded of the last day he spent with her or that he purposely revisits it to try and figure out what happened.

Well, this is awkward. I was going with “people in Sakurada inherently know how their powers work” as an excuse for why Misora knows how her reset works. I guess not.

This girl’s pretty expressive for this series. To be fair, I quite like it, but it still needs to be said.

I’m sure this is a translation thing, but “information” is a really vague word. For example, you could argue that a person’s entire existence is a sum of information. What exactly does he steal? Memories? Thoughts? This is actually interesting, but apparently it’s more important to liken him to a vampire.

First off, let me just say that this scene feels way too casual for what’s at stake. Murase’s trying to erase Kei from existence, right? Next up, she chooses to erase gravel, which I’m assuming is an attempt to make it so she can’t trip when she’s moving around, but it creates a much bigger problem. Why does she restrict the “human body” erasing bit to her right hand?

This fight is clearly a distraction, right? That’s the only way I can reconcile everything. It’s probably meant as an empty threat to force the reset to happen. That would explain why Murase handicaps herself by only using her right hand and why the scene doesn’t feel dramatic. It even explains the scene where Kei notices that the erased things return to existence after some time has passed. Why erase Kei from existence if he would reappear soon after the fact?

Hah! Get it? It’s a literal MacGuffin! Funny, right? Right??

I’m having the hardest time believing this.

This ability is so confusing. Why does she need to specify that the fingernails stab people? Does declaring a purpose for the body part in the first sentence change the way the ability manifests? Does it make that so that the ability only activates if she’s stabbing a person with her fingernails? Either she’s purposely misleading Kei about her ability or this series has no idea how her power works either.

I’ve watched this entire conversation twice and I still don’t understand why Kei should save this girl. Plus, what’s up with this line? The Bureau will punish Murase severely for harming another ability user? What if she harmed a non-ability user? Shouldn’t that receive even harsher treatment?

Again, why is she here?

Change the Bureau from within it! Where have I heard this before?

While this explanation is largely okay, I still don’t understand what the MacGuffin had to do with anything. It seems like it’s only purpose was to get Murase and Kei to interact together more seriously. Maybe it was just a misdirection for Murase’s true intentions, but when you look at the entire story in the context of Murase’s goal of saving the cat, it has no business existing.

This is the problem with a series revolving around a magic town where any ability is possible. There’s literally no way this doesn’t get undone, so it has no impact.

Just in case you thought Misora was actually changing after seeing Kei’s death, here’s a reminder that she gets that wiped clean.

Sakurada Reset Episode 3: The cat is both dead and alive

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Eh, I thought this episode was okay. In fact, I’m wondering how much better my opinion of the series would have been if the first two episodes hadn’t happened. Compared to the last two episodes, this episode felt less like it was being bogged down by the dialogue. Sure, there are still a lot of questions to be answered, but I don’t think I have as many complaints.

Misora’s role in conversation is something confuses me as well. I mean, I was generally bothered by Kei’s responses to Sumire’s weird questions in the previous episodes, she served the purpose of forcing Kei to explain himself much of the time. Misora on the other hand seems like pure fluff in conversations…as if she’s put there just as a distraction.

You mean like a prism? Or I guess the internet if you really want to see the bow.

What? Is this supposed to be a play on the overused request of rescuing a cat stuck in a tree? Excellent use of time travel superpowers.

So you’re telling me that the girl was able to get rushed special permission to save a cat? Is this supposed to be telling me that the girl is impossibly important or that there’s some funny business going on in the organization?

A cat expert? I’m guessing the idea is they’re going to try and find the lost cat before it’s supposed to die, but I’m not sure why they have to do that if they know the accident location. Although now that I’m saying it, Misora’s reset power gives them only one shot at saving the cat, so that’s probably to give them as large a window as possible to complete the request. Eh…I’m fine with that.

As for the random comment at the end of the call, my understanding of a MacGuffin device is that it’s an object or “thing” that exists in a story only to advance the plot, often some mystical object that the heroes must protect from evil or something. So…that means the cat is a distraction?

Alright, this is my shot in the dark with the information I have so far. Given that Nono is unfamiliar with the cat that Kei describes and she’s supposed to be an expert, I’m going to assume that the cat doesn’t exist or at the very least is supposed to be some form of misinformation. It explains the MacGuffin reference and would give a reason why the requester was eavesdropping on the conversation with Nono.

Nothing?

You were just saying earlier that the approval for this request was suspiciously quick, so it’s weird that this isn’t more important.

Something about how indirect this conversation is bothers me…

Nono asks Kei to tell her something to make her sleepy and he forces her to answer questions? That seems…counter-productive.

This explains a lot, Kei.

That’s a new one. It seems she was able to specify a body part and reduce gravity’s influence on it. But what all can she specify in the second bucket?

Ghost girl!