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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I’m going to get this out of my system first: Why didn’t Misora tell Kei what she learned in the dream world? He reset it out of existence and because he didn’t know about it, it’s gone except for Soma’s malicious comment at the end. She may not have trying for malice, but telling someone they erased a crucial character development point from the girl they just admitted to liking is malicious no matter how you want to spin it.
Okay, this episode ends the whole dream world story though to be honest the resolution was pretty much believe in yourself and reach out to friends or whatever and even the show itself didn’t really seem to care in the end about what happened to Michiru so I doubt we’re supposed to either. It really feels like this whole arc was just an excuse to get all the other players into place.
This show is still incredibly slow even when it packs that much information into an episode the pace of events feel like they are crawling, but I kind of need to know what Soma is up to, so next episode here we go.
Review Episode 16:
This episode starts a new story arc and I must say this one has started in a pretty interesting manner. Then again, this show has never had a problem with intriguing ideas, it is more delivery and characterisation that it falls flat in.
Soma is playing a fairly dangerous game by the looks of it and she’s most definitely dragging Kei (and by default, Misora) into the mess. From a relationship side, Kei finally actually spoke to Misora and made sure she saved after that point so for once he won’t reset their relationship progress out of existence. That’s a step forward. Too bad it took 16 episodes to get there.
Okay, I am going to finish this show. I was thinking of dropping it now the new season had started but I can’t help it. I’m curious and want to know how this ends.
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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.
I was 99.9% sure that at the end of this episode I was going to drop the show. Dead girl is no longer dead, I have no further investment in the characters or mystery, and now we’re kind of getting a filler episode following the apparently human character who is making most toasters look like they have a personality. Actually, I’m sure my toaster has more personality. Although worst of all is probably the absence of Asai Kei. While he isn’t the most dynamic character ever, his presence in this show keeps things kind of clicking over and without him we really are just stuck looking at sleeping cats and buying ice-cream.
So why am I not declaring this show dead boring and being done with it? Because I stupidly watched the preview and once again it looks like things might become interesting. Why I would believe that when this show has squandered almost every chance it has had at being interesting is an interesting question and one that I’m sure I’ll come back to in a few week’s time. For now though, despite going on a break very soon, I’ll probably continue with this show into the next season which means I’ll catch up on episode reviews after my break. Either that or announce that I’ve officially dropped it.
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).
Is it wrong that I felt an immense satisfaction at the end of this episode as one of my suspicions about the girl who died off camera not being dead was kind of confirmed. We don’t know why or how yet because why explain anything quickly but at least that’s one piece of the puzzle slotted into place now.
However, this episode. This was a bit of a fizzle after the build up for this confrontation with Eri Oka. Pretty much, she lost before she started and her plan was pretty flawed. The more significant part came from my deep concerns about Misora (which I already had but this episode made them a little worse).
Did I miss something where there was ever an established reason why Misora essentially believes everything Kei says without a single thought process of her own? I know she set the rule for resets around Kei’s say so but that was only because she couldn’t trust herself and she couldn’t remember the reset anyway. But trusting Kei on everything else regardless of even her own memories seems a little insane.
I did enjoy this three part story in amongst this odd little narrative given we got some actual reveals even if we’re still kind of in the dark, we met some fairly interesting characters even if they didn’t end up doing much, and Kei actually seems a bit more proactive as a character so maybe that’s progress.
I still do not actually get what is Oka Eri’s issue with Kei other than the fact that he gave her advice that apparently he has decided was not so great while she disagrees, but she is dominating this episode with her brash personality like a force of nature. In a show full of very serious characters who seldom emote, Eri’s open hostility and playful cruelty (even if her motives seem pretty vapid when not entirely muddled) is a breath of fresh air.
Of course, we’re still obsessing about the MacGuffin and I still don’t know if it is in anyway significant.
I just had one question specifically about the end of this episode though. If Oka Eri actually uses her ability to implant a memory in Misora, doesn’t that mean Misora’s reset ability will come back. And after that happens, as long as Misora actually does reset before the time limit passes, won’t the false memory be erased? So would Misora gain her reset ability back with pretty much no consequence? And if that is the case and I wasn’t totally lost on the explanation of how Eri’s power worked, doesn’t Eri realise that using her ability again on Misora would have that effect? Or does the reset not effect an implanted memory?
Well, part three of this sequence is next week and I’m guessing we’ll get to some sort of conclusion.
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