elDLIVE Episode 4

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Review:

This episode does indeed seem to kick things into gear finally. Admittedly, it starts slowly with Chuta reminiscing about the past, though in this case it is kind of important to show he has changed since joining elDLIVE and it becomes important later in the episode. We are subjected to one moment of fairly pointless comedy in the middle and then we go into the final part of the episode where it seems like things might actually get dangerous. This final part of the episode is actually really interesting because you know everything is about to go wrong and yet they pace it quite well to keep you in suspense without dragging. And then, unlike every other episode so far, they don’t rush a conclusion but rather let it end on a cliff hanger. All and all this episode is definitely a step up.

A note on Chuta’s power. We were told that he can imagine what he wants to happen and we’ve seen that in the previous episode where he used ice instead of sewing. The problem seems to be that Chuta apparently lacks imagination because he defaults to sewing almost every time we’ve seen him use his power.

elDLIVE is available on Crunchyroll.


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March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 5

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Review:

March Comes in Like a Lion refocuses this week on Rei and we finally learn why he is a shogi player even though he doesn’t seem to like playing much of the time. We already knew Rei had tragic back-story syndrome (a common ailment of anime protagonists) but now we get to see parts of it directly through Rei’s reflections this week and they do quite a good job of making this tragic back story actually emotional rather than just an add on to a fairly generic character. That’s probably the ongoing strength of this series (other than its interesting visual choices). Rei’s character has depth. Not because someone scooped through a list of traits that make characters seem like they have depth but because they’ve actually worked hard to make him a real person where each layer of who he is and how he responds to situations is built on the culmination of previous experiences.While the story aspect of this show still leaves something to be desired, the characterisation has been more than immersive and hopefully can continue.

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March Comes in Like a Lion is available on Crunchyroll.