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.

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 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.

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!

Sakurada Reset Episode 2: I’m still not sure about this

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This second episode didn’t do much to quell my worries with this series. Is Kei supposed to be a bad person in this series? I honestly think his actions in this episode are questionable, but the series doesn’t give me enough information about his motives to really make a judgment.

If I had to summarize my general impression of the episode and the series, it’s that it presents what could be interesting and discussion-worthy moral situations, but chooses not to bring up any of the actual arguments. Instead, the series continues focusing on how Misora is changing, which isn’t really what I care to see.

Part of me wants to see where things go and another part of me is really worried about committing to it. So I’ll leave this as an open question. Should I keep going?

Hmm, this could be an interesting discussion about existence depending on where the conversation goes and how the power that created Mari works. More than likely, it’s going to relate to the conversation from last week about the clone who is following the original. The important question for me is longevity. Is the clone’s existence dependent on anything, specifically the living status of the mother as an example?

This Bureau they keep mentioning is some kind of city-level authority, right? This guy’s awful calm about letting a kid boss him around. What exactly is his authority? Also, the Bureau guy states that Mari will grow up normal despite the fact that her mother is leaving the city (and therefore forgetting her power), which suggests that Mari is, for all intents and purposes, a normal human being. I can understand a mother being distraught about the loss of her child and not being able to see the clone of her dead daughter without feeling pain, but calling the clone a “fake” is just inaccurate.

I have to say I’m a little upset about this development. I don’t like the existence of this guy who can transfer Kei’s power to Misora. It makes Kei’s power feel cheaper and less useful in the story. The lack of real trust between Misora and Kei is an interesting dynamic to the relationship of their powers, the transfer power completely nullifies that. Of course, I understand that Kei contributes through his actions as a normal human. I’m just annoyed with the way his power is treated.

They really managed to bring the Three Laws of Robotics in here? They’re really shoving in our face how robotic Misora’s personality is, aren’t they? Anyway, Misora’s rules touch on something I mentioned last week. How does Misora have these rules if she doesn’t remember what happened before a reset? As far as she knows, nothing negative ever happens when she resets because no one can change anything. Her rules only make sense if she created them after meeting Kei.

And while my time travel investigations make me want to say that her resets inherently change things because they can’t possibly reset everything, we’ve already been shown that this isn’t the case with the scene where she seems Mari crying a second time and fails a reset.

Are we being real here? This isn’t even clever. I expected more from this show.

I’m sorry, dude, but I’m gonna have to ask you to back up your claim here. That’s kind of an inconsiderate thing you’re asking Mari’s mother to do.

Well, this doesn’t seem fair. Neurological studies have shown that a mother’s brain physically changes during childbirth, so reminding her of these feelings feels like cheating.

This conversation makes it feel like they’re aware of the grey area that Kei is in, but it just feels so disjointed from the events of the episode.

Uhh…okay.

Come on, man!

I mean, I get that she was the one that was on the bridge in the first episode, but were we being shown something that happened in a reset timeline? Or did that happen in both timelines? It seems like the reset changed the timeline, but it also seems like…it didn’t?

I’m surprised that Sumire’s death didn’t stop Kei from using his powers. This is also a random timeskip.