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TanyaTheEvil



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 1:16 pm Reply with quote
So far I am so loving this anime and the characters too. I really like Mion. I even started to read the manga
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Hiroki not Takuya



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:58 pm Reply with quote
Well, my dear Mr. Farris, for what it's worth I voted for Mr. Eisenseis to review this as he appreciates the main thrust as a legit mystery show. So far, I'm quite happy to see there is more "show" than "tell" and it is intelligently written so that reveals come after the audience has enough to deduce at least partially what is going on and why. I can already "see" each episode giving more clues to the big mystery and Ep3 just cements what should have already been the thinking viewer's suspicion that nothing here is by accident or random. The dream I see more as a teaser for the mystery.

Presentation of the backstories are a little clunky at present but at least the supporting cast is getting characterization. The protag's story for now only needs to establish his world view and aims which it does with economy. I expect we will see him treated as one of the show's mysteries that will eventually get expanded upon. Mion's VA I also find quirky but not grating.
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Melicans



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:09 pm Reply with quote
I felt the cat girl's voice in episode one was really bad, but then when it came to her exposition at the very end of the episode I realized it actually fits her perfectly. I didn't mind it at all during episode 2; if anything, it draws you into the mystery. Her assistant seems pretty pointless though. She's by her side all the time, she should know everything she is asking about. It's definitely done in a more "tell" rather than "show" manner.
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Hiroki not Takuya



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:26 pm Reply with quote
^My take on the last part is that the assistant sets up the reveal but clues to the answer are almost always delivered for the viewer before that so the "tell" is just a confirmation. If Mion was doing a mini "info dump" before the "show" then it would be in major violation...
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 1:08 am Reply with quote
This is ok so far. My main question right now is what was the point of the 1-on-1 battles, if it wasn't eliminating battlers? Guess we'll find out.

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It's supposed to be wrapped up in a formative hatred of 'random chance' that instead is exemplified mostly in the unavoidable happenings of life.

That's kind of the point? Where most people shrug and say, "these things happen," to her it's being reminded over and over and over of her mother writing her very existence off as something that "just happened" to occur and ruin her life, instead of something she wanted to happen, or wished for, or planned for.
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