Another dream, another art style and this one is super cute for the dark story you end up being a passenger in. What really bewilders is that Haruto doesn’t save the day, the witch, or really do anything. He is literally dragged along in the wake of the story standing in for the audience and then the story ends and he still hasn’t acted in anyway along the narratives course.
This leaves you with a very confused feeling about what Haruto’s role in the narrative of 18if is (or even if there is anything resembling an ongoing story in this collection of tales about witches in the dream world). For awhile it seemed there might be a larger narrative but the further along we get the less it seems we’ll actually get that story and even if we do, does this anime still have time to develop it?
Anyway, the story this week steals unapologetically from a myriad of stories but mostly makes use of The Wizard of Oz. It is a confusing and yet emotive journey, just don’t expect a happily ever after.
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