Impressions! Summer 2016, Week Three

Been ill and falling behind on blogging, so apologies if these episodes already feel like ancient history! I’ll be catching up in no time.

Amaama to Inazuma

Food can’t fill up every hole in your life. When something gets you down things start to taste sour. Of all the simple struggles of children I’ve seen in anime, Tsumugi’s this episode was the greatest. She was not only falsely accused, but falsely understood by her father. She couldn’t eat happily with people until she felt secure about herself.

It shows how intelligent a girl she is already, and reminds us how grateful she is for all the food provided for her. She never demanded, like we’d expect from a child, better food, like the boy demanded her to return the clay. She even wants to give back. The incident at school reads like a sign of her relationship with food; she doesn’t just eat what people cook for her. She gives back warmth and happiness to them. To her father.

And her father, in neglecting his birthday, proves to be as humble as her. These are worthy role models for any family.

Mob Psycho 100

Already the cracks are beginning to show. Mob has incredible power, and the more he associates with people other than Reigen, the more he’s going to understand how severely he’s being held back. But in flouting the cliche of joining a club that suits his abilities, he’s also telegraphed how he won’t be held back by genre either.

Being mistaken for a girl speaks of how nondescript his physical personality is. Joining the body-building club at the end may seem like just a twist at first, but those body-builders are men concerned about their image, about masculinity. Reigen is all image, no substance. Mob is all power, but no image. He’s not after fame or attention, and carries his deadpan expression everywhere.

I’m sure his upcoming ‘explosion’ will change all of that drastically.

Re:Zero

Subaru’s at his lowest. It may look like he’s bounced back from despair and is soldiering on to become a ‘hero’, but his conversations with great figures who are all the heroes of their own stories reveal to him how much he lacks; this time not in strength, but in simple conversation skills.

He was a shut-in before all of this, enjoying adventures scripted for his ‘wants’. But the candidates for the throne get what they want because they’re able to give, even if what they give is a ploy, a ruse. Even as Suaru begins to apply this to the travellers in giving them what they want, he still doesn’t care about them; he forgets the danger of the white mist, and now has put all their lives at stake.

He still doesn’t care about Emilia either. In only wanting to slay the cultists, he still only cares for himself. And it’s incredible to witness.

Kono Bijutsubu

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Colette seamlessly weaves her way into our cast. The irony of her being so historically minded, but treasuring things so simple as little photos of herself, and forgetting said photo is in her pocket while she can keep so much knowledge in her head, makes for great comedy. She also has great chemistry with everyone else already.

The conflict between ‘normal’ romance and Subaru’s ‘waifu’ obsession is fleshed out more this week with her friends invading the club room and shaking things up. Subaru is oblivious to the ‘indirect kiss’ he receives, and Mizuki begins to wonder if having her friends around got her closer to him. I’m excited to see whether she’ll follow up on it, and swamp Subaru with even more of the ‘normal’, for her quasi-romantic gain, or for the development of him too.

91 Days

We see many subtle differences between the Orcos and the Vanettis this week. The former dine in luxury and spit on those who don’t meet their standards, butthey seem led by wildcards; the others at the table barely speak at all. The Vanettis seem far more engaged with each other. While the Orcos are led to ignore Fango’s behaviour, conflict between the Vanettis looks to be a bigger deal. And conflict between the families is only set to rise.

The heirarchy of authority is felt, and flouted, frequently. Avilio is a firm-faced rebel for his cause, but also knows how to toe the line. Fango is his perfect foil; rebellious for his own pleasure, and cruel with authority. Their shootouts always have me tense, because it feels like Fango could bite the bullet any time. Or he could live to the end. He’s a great villain – though it looks like we’ll have a new baddie to deal with next week.

Orange

I knew we were having too much success with changing the future. Overconfidence leads you to forget that people you can’t influence can end up changing things drastically. Choices are fickle things. Naho’s delay on reading the eraser message, and her neglect of the letter’s demand to tell Kakeru how she really felt, combined with whatever caused Udea to demand her answer early, have led to a real mess of emotions and perceived intentions.

What will Kakeru think of her ‘no’? Naho’s future self writes in detail how to change the future, but Naho expects a single word to change Kakeru’s mind. I fear a gap can only grow between them now, and it’s going to take Naho getting out of her diary-like introspection and more words than ‘no’ to get a hold on Kakeru’s future again. We certainly aren’t being invited to trust Udea with it.

It feels like we can’t trust anyone, especially Kakeru, since he’s heading for suicide.

Short-Cuts

  • Bananya. There’s something very postmodern about channel-hopping comedy. Bananya’s getting smarter every episode.

The Drop Zone

  • Rewrite. I give up. This is already unbearable, even for my more witty side to consume.
  • Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan. Still watching it, but I’m running out of things to talk about. It’s not much of a show to ‘talk about’ beyond pointing out how expertly the comedy is created, and on that matter I’m probably going to repeat myself a lot. But I repeat: still watching it. And still loving it.

That’s all for this week. See you next time!

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