It is a shame it has taken 17 episodes to get to this point where finally the audience is given some insight into how such a town came to be and what its purpose might have been. Though, outside of that, the story continues as Kei tries to correct everything he sees as wrong even though no one else seems to even care what is going on the Bureau continues to either be a faceless entity or represented by the sub-group who are clearly pushing a personal agenda that may or may not be problematic (I can’t see the future so what would I know).
Overall, Soma seems to still have things going her way but we’re still in the dark as to what it is she’s trying to ultimately accomplish. It would be nice if there was some clarity around that soon. As always, I find the idea of this show more interesting than its reality.
Review Episode 18:
That was actually a really good episode. Not just good compared to everything that had come before it, but just great to watch. You finally feel like there’s some pay off from watching through all the very stilted conversations this show has thrown at you.
The character motives still remain a little murky and at times you just have to wonder how they think things will be better if they succeed, but at least all the little incidents are starting to make sense as to why we sat through them (except the girl in the glass marble – that one is still a mystery).
There’s one more part in this particular arc and I’m really looking forward to it now. I still don’t actually think I should recommend this for people to watch. As a viewing experience it is still kind of lacking, but at least I’m starting to feel like it has been worth sticking it out.
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This episode kind of took talk fest to a new level as we had various characters insist they are right and that they know some sort of truth and the audience is left wondering what the point of any of it is given everything of consequence occurs only within the dream world. If they are asking us to wonder about the validity of actions within the dream world and whether they are of consequence and whether this is real or not, I guess it works, but otherwise I’ve kind of lost track of what the actual plot of this story is.
Next episode is the last in this particular story arc so I guess we’ll wrap up the dream world thing but whether that brings us any closer to knowing what this story ultimately intends, who knows.
Part of me wishes I didn’t care what Soma’s plan was, what Kei is ultimately trying to accomplish and whether Misora ever develops an identity outside of Kei. A lot of me wishes that I didn’t care about the nature of the entire town and whether they ever explain any of it. This isn’t fun to watch but I’m continually compelled to watch just one more in the hopes of some sort of answer.
Sagrada Reset continues to be a frustrating and yet intriguing watch. Once again, the delivery is pretty dull as characters have stilted and vaguely robotic conversations that don’t quite get around to telling us anything but sound like the should have a point.
Still, the introduction of a power that actually writes a perfect script including resets and predictions kind of makes the whole witch thing completely pointless so I have to wonder where they are going with this. And clearly that is the plan with this show. Just enough intrigue to prevent anyone from actually cutting ties with it even while failing to be a satisfying viewing experience.
That said, I kind of hope the guy from the bureau attempts to take Asai Kei out because that would be kind of entertaining.
Looks like my own sense of curiosity is dooming me to continue watching this one into the Summer season.
I’m kind of lost again with the timeline on this story. I think we jumped forward again after the resurrection/recovery of Sumire but I’m not entirely sure. That aside, she’s alive and giving cryptic messages and answers to people seemingly for the sake of them not explaining things. That really drives me crazy about this show. It seems she has no actual reason not to tell someone and yet she simply gives them the ‘that’s a secret’ line and the audience are left with nothing to go on and nothing to work with. If we at least knew the reason for her secret keeping that would be something.
Outside of that, I am glad that Sumire set Kei right about who was responsible for her resurrection and subsequent life. He didn’t listen, but she least explicitly pointed out it was her plan and he isn’t responsible for what happens next.
Now if only Misora could take a page out of this book and not just blindly listen to and follow Kei. I’m sorry, but Kei’s reaction to Misora’s reaction after the black out just kind of made me want to slap him.
About the episode itself, they go inside a dream world because Kei is interested in seeing whether this will help Sumire (even though Sumire has told him that it isn’t his problem) and for some reason they take the cat girl with them but we don’t see her again this episode (guess that’s important later), and for some reason there’s someone from the Bureau there as well. Other than that, I got nothing in terms of what this episode does. Well, Kei gets cookies.
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