Sagrada Reset Episode 23: When Going Back to the Beginning Works

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Review:

Sagrada Reset has been an odd watch and as watch the penultimate episode the show is truly demonstrating that if nothing else this was an incredibly well thought out project, even if that very calculated nature early on made the series a someone stilted viewing experience and one that wasn’t particularly enjoyable in the early stages. Despite that, this episode only works because of the foundation that was carefully laid out and these last four episodes and this final arc has been an incredibly satisfying viewing experience.

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As always, the characters take time out even during what counts as an action sequence, to discuss their personal philosophies and question the meaning of their actions in dialogue that really does not sound natural and yet after 23 episodes of this I’ve kind of gotten used to it as a viewer.

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Kei still settles issues with threats of self-harm rather than threats against others, a throw back to one of the very first cases he worked on where he actually cut himself before a reset. It is pleasing to note that Asai Kei isn’t on some epic journey of self-discovery. He is who he is and while his views might be a little off, he remains true to them and they dictate his every action. Personally I find him too idealistic and immature to really get the admiration many of the other characters seem to have for him, but as a character he is ultimately more interesting than someone who is just going to fight to get stronger every episode. I also like that the double agendas characters have used all the way through the series comes back in this episode where Kei is seemingly trying to convince Urachi but is actually working very solidly on persuading someone else to join his side.

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Unfortunately, Misora’s role in all of this was glorified secretary but it kind of looks from the preview like she’ll have a bigger part to play next episode. And I am really kind of wondering what is going to happen now Sumire has returned to Sagrada?

It is hard to say without seeing the final episode, but I really think this is a series that if you bailed out on early is worth giving another shot to now that you can binge episodes in bulk. This has become quite an interesting story when you look at the whole rather than the individual parts which admittedly are a little buggy.


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Sagrada Reset Episode 22: What’s Next, Kei?

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We’re so close to the end now and I have to say, this show has becoming surprisingly great to watch in its final arc. I’m actually thinking this story would have worked much better as a binge because all that set up wouldn’t have taken months, but hours and I’d probably have tolerated it better. However, that’s hindsight for you and it isn’t as though I can go back and tell myself just to wait until this finishes airing.

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Kei is getting the gang together and then faces off with Urachi in a last ditch effort to save Sakurada from having memories of powers removed. It is odd because I don’t want Urachi to win but Kei’s overall motivation is pretty flimsy. He likes the town and the powers. That seems like a really weak motivator for attempting to defy a government agency, reverse time, and now kidnapping.

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Still, Urachi is entirely self-motivated and really hasn’t thought about anyone outside of himself so I wouldn’t want to see him come out on top. It is also good to see Kei relying on the others to keep his plan, whatever it is, moving even if he does seem to be using his ‘friends’ like chess pieces in this match.

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From the looks, this show has two episodes left and I’m really hoping it can end on the high it seems to be heading for and doesn’t manage to fall apart by trying to be overly clever at the end. If it can do that, than this has the potential to be one of my favourite shows of the year despite how irritating I found a lot of the first half. Of course, that is ‘if it can do that’.


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