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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:14 pm Reply with quote
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If you want extra appreciation of some of the events that will be shown in season 2, then you owe it to yourself to watch them.

So the big question, then, is whether or not Crunchyroll is going to pick these up and make them available before the next season debuts.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:22 pm Reply with quote
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If you want extra appreciation of some of the events that will be shown in season 2, then you owe it to yourself to watch them.

So the big question, then, is whether or not Crunchyroll is going to pick these up and make them available before the next season debuts.



And that is the question of the day.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:36 pm Reply with quote
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If you want extra appreciation of some of the events that will be shown in season 2, then you owe it to yourself to watch them.

So the big question, then, is whether or not Crunchyroll is going to pick these up and make them available before the next season debuts.


You know, I got spoiled by steins;gate because in one of it's reruns it changed the ending slightly; thenit was revealed as a set up for a second season. In teh case of rezero, there could be a small epilogue or after credits scene added, where they show a certain thing that happens in the novels right as that arc ends, but that they skipped in the anime, because that event completely changes the tone of that arc's end.


spoiler[ in the trip back, rem gets erased by the whale priest.] but, well, I guess we will get a double feature first episode where they will start with that scene.

Come to think about it, umineko kept that scene as an epilogue to the anime series, but the second season never materialized.
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The villain talks a big game but ultimately comes off as a "monster of the week"-type throwaway villain, who is only really there to make Puck show off the full extent of his abilities.


The worst part is that the entire backstory of the main villain is the single biggest cut they made from the source material. I know it was for time and if we're being frank it's probably the obvious choice for removal since it won't have much relevance going foward, but it was still a shame it didn't make it in.

Anyhow, it's good to hear that Watanabe ceding the director chair to Kenichi Kawamura didn't seem to have much of an impact on the production, even if the former was still involved with development in one form or another.

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If you want extra appreciation of some of the events that will be shown in season 2, then you owe it to yourself to watch them.


Well if the recent rumors of Season 2 debutting in the first half of next year pan out, not much hope of that for the vast majority of people reading this. I will say this tough, watching Bond of Ice after Season 2 would actually be an experience closer to what the hardcore Re:Zero fans in Japan experienced, as the events in Season 2 were published in Web Novel format before Frozen Bonds was published.

In fact, going into this OVA already knowing where Season 2 will take Emilia and knowing all the secrets that this prequel dances around to avoid spoiling the main story would probably negate some of the issues Kim seemed to have with the OVA not really moving Emilia's resolve foward and teasing emotional beats it's not actually ready to uncover yet. International fans who watch this afterwards may actually end up benefitting from the delay in that regard.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:59 pm Reply with quote
This review, I think, is pretty genuine and restrospectively accurate in its evaluation of how it's supposed to be taken. People who already have the context from the next arc will benefit from this as extra depth. Those who haven't read ahead will be best treating this as a hint toward the next arc rather than something meant to stand on its own. As I've said many times before, I don't think this OVA will change the overwhelming support for Rem compared to Emilia in the fanbase "waifu wars", but it will sow the seeds needed to convert people over to the Emilia camp later. =P
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:26 pm Reply with quote
Yea, hope this won’t end up like Psycho-Pass with the Sinners of the System movies being unlicensed in the west while the next season airs.
Crunchyroll got the Konosuba OVAs this summer, so maybe they can do something about it.
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