Episode 2 of Bofuri continues to demonstrate a charming understanding of casual gaming and gaming just for the joy of it. Maple joins an event and then is joined by her IRL friend who also decides to go with a slightly unconventional build.
BOFURI is the kind of silliness that just works because it does. Whether it continues to entertain for an entire season remains to be seen but for now at least this first episode is mostly harmless fun.
The Ones Within or Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] is one of those anime that is better experienced than described. While it is certainly a flaw riddled viewing experience, not the least because it is incomplete, there's still plenty of reasons to give this one a shot. Particularly if you are in the mood for something a bit strange.
We resolve the issue of the lost companion and then have two final games, but as the anime ends with the story incomplete and it seems unlikely we'll get another season, it all feels just a little bit pointless. Unless you happen to like the child forms of the characters and the various flowers sprouting on their heads in episode 11.
The One's Within seemed to step back up after last week's apparent drop in quality. I think what works here is the unexpected but logical steps the characters and the story takes as the group try to recover their lost companion.
I'm kind of feeling like The One's Within has taken its first major dive in narrative quality. While the show has always been a little on the weird side, this episode was the first that actually bored me. Admittedly, I was pretty brain dead going into the episode from work related exhaustion but I don't know that I've felt so indifferent about an episode of any anime this season as I did about this one.
This week The Ones Within brings us an incredibly dangerous game but equally it makes us wonder whether or not the sense of danger is ever going to be more than just a lurking sensation. While I'm not advocating for wholesale slaughter, I am wondering how many near misses we can have before tension evaporates entirely?
Some down time for Iride is nice as this week's game focuses on Anya and Himiko and they navigate a dungeon they can't lie in. There's plenty of potential intrigue as we learn more about the cast and their individual quirks. I just really hope this is all going somewhere.
Multiple character back-stories, the llama headed guy intervenes in the game, and intrigue galore this week in The One's Within. It is starting to kind of feel like this is building toward something rather than just being random for the sake of it and I hope that is true because if it pulls off a decent end game this series could actually be a nice quiet achiever for the season.
The One's Within presents a challenge for a reviewer given its particular quirky tone is best experienced first hand rather than described in text. Honestly, this anime shouldn't work and yet I find myself fascinated by it.