This show is incredibly frustrating. Sagrada Reset this week took us back to Kei’s first experienced reset and his first time realising his ability as well as his first encounter with the Bureau. That in and of itself is more than enough information for an episode if they deal with any of it but instead it is more a check list that we go through before rushing on to the apparent point of this episode which is bringing a dead girl back to life by bringing her out of a photo.
There’s also plenty of discussion around the MacGuffin, the idea of writing a plot or program, stories and protagonists, and motives but ultimately we’re still completely in the dark about anything except that the girl did die but she died knowing she’d come back to life so didn’t really seem to care. Oh, and all the discussions about robots, swamp people etc came back because why not throw every confused conversation into one episode, not develop it any further or confirm anything, but kind of give every character a knowing kind of look like any of them have a clue what is going on either.
Part of me really wonders why Sagrada Reset is determined to tell its story in non-chronological order. For some shows it works and keeps things interesting but for this show, where we’re already moving back and forth in time through resets, it really just makes it harder to string together the timeline and basically you end up feeling like these events lack context.
This episode takes us back to two weeks after Soma’s death and to be honest it does answer a few questions. We start to see Misora’s absolute dependence on Kei for the resets, even if her reasoning is pretty ordinary, and we also see how Kei made the decision to continue with resets despite the death of a friend. It’s a nice bit of information about the characters but would it have made any difference if we’d seen it back when we first had Soma’s death?
The other thing I picked up that I’d already kind of figured out is that Kei is really good t sophistry. His rationalisation of his choices has always been based on a range of assumptions (some more believable than others) and his decision to use the resets anyway was no different. What was a bit different was that Misora actually picked up on the fact that most of Kei’s spiel was just that. He believed he needed to reset but didn’t believe any of the rest of his own arguments.
This show remains fun to pick apart and theorise about, but individual episodes are still pretty slow and fairly ordinary to watch. This episode was no exception basically being an extended flash back full of dialogue and absolutely no action of any kind (unless you count eating a Kit Kat).
This episode was surprisingly compelling after last week’s little bit of a stall for this very odd series. We started four years ago watching a young Kei Asai on a train being given a phone and essentially lured by curiosity to continue onto Sakurada. This surprised me because I thought I remembered Kei saying his parents had left and he’d chosen to stay, but now it looks like his parents were never in the town (maybe I just mis-remembered).
Jumping back to now we see a little more of the Bureau, though nothing that resembles an actual explanation, and Kei is asked by more than one person to hand over the MacGuffin only as far as we know it doesn’t do anything. That said, in terms of characterisation, this episode was leaps and bounds ahead of previous ones and we even get some actual reflection from Kei about the choice he made to die two episodes ago.
I kind of like that there are lasting impacts of this choice both on Kei and the girl he let kill him and remember doing it. The episode ends with a red eyed girls declaring herself to be a villain threatening to take Misora’s reset ability away and Kei asking Misora to reset. Between new characters, hints at the Bureau’s beginnings, character development, and quite a number of scene changes, this is a fairly dense episode for all that it feels laid back. Still no idea where this is going though.
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