I wonder exactly when it was that the audience was supposed to connect with Mizuki and Kenta. I mean, they were in the sports carnival sequence, and Kenta did kind of stand up for Nobuaki when he was being beaten to death by his classmates. However, none of that really makes up for the fact that essentially these two characters existed so Nobuaki could narrate events from the previous game at the audience. That is literally their purpose in the story. So the whole doomed love story was destined to fall completely flat given these characters never actually served any purpose other than sound board.
Otherwise, this episode takes us into the village of plot convenience and character assumptions and of course it reveals just enough to make it feel like the story is progressing while actually revealing nothing at all.
Though one thing I will give this show credit for is its determination to press on as though it is an actual horror. Despite characters lacking faces in distant shots and a whole range of other issues with the animation, the show continues to deliver skewed images and weird zooms to really hit us with the horror atmosphere. In case that wasn’t enough, the creepy village, the birds, the scene that took place in a morgue all add weight to the attempt at horror even while the story essentially derails any actual sense of dread.
And so I leave another week of King’s Game wondering why I am still watching this and why do I get a sense of satisfaction from watching this train wreck. Ultimately I kind of hope everyone dies but in the meantime, just wondering how the writers will manage to make this story worse is more or less sufficient entertainment.
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