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Melicans



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:26 pm Reply with quote
This series is pretty much my favourite light novel at the moment. I love the way it twists the concept of isekai and messes with their respective timelines. It looks like it is on pace to adapt the first four volumes, which makes perfect sense if you've read the series. It is pretty much the ideal stopping point.

I thought episode 1 was really well adapted. In particular, the aftermath of the crash was really well done. Episode 2 was slightly too quick-paced for my taste, especially regarding future (far future) developments for Christina and Flora that were basically just skipped/skimmed over. With the amount of stuff to go through the time skip makes sense, though trying to cram it all into one episode really hurt the development of the noble bullies.

The voice changing to Mr. Protagonist himself took me by surprise; I generally like all his roles, but I don't know if it really suits Rio that well.

Episode 3 was done well on a pacing front, but the animation in the Minotaur fight and the "fall" was a bit lackluster. I hope that improves.

spoiler[We have probably already seen the last of Christina, Flora, Roanna, and the noble brats. Celia may show up in one or two short scenes reading his letters, but apart from that she won't appear either.] But now Latifi is entering the series, and her story is just fantastic. Her voice seems a great pick for it, I'm really looking forward to seeing what is next. I'd guess that spoiler[Liselotte will get her single appearance next episode (honestly, the OP tells much more of her story than we will see animated this season) and the spirit folk in episodes 5 and 6.]
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Yune Amagiri



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:02 pm Reply with quote
although my fondness for Celia would make me prefer a stopping point at the end of volume 5, i too feel like stopping at volume 4 is the best for pacing reason. The opening seem to tease as much too.

I had some worries at first but so far subtle changes to the LN didn't impact much, in fact some like the crash were even better than their original version.
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Lirsen



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:57 pm Reply with quote
Taking into account the opening they will end in novel five spoiler[ the fight between dual dagger rio and the knight is from when he "kidnap" Celia]
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Yune Amagiri



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:26 pm Reply with quote
Lirsen wrote:
Taking into account the opening they will end in novel five spoiler[ the fight between dual dagger rio and the knight is from when he "kidnap" Celia]


You're right, i forgot this scene happened during spoiler[Celia's wedding arc], then it's a given they will at least adapt until vol.5.
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Melicans



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:23 pm Reply with quote
Yune Amagiri wrote:
Lirsen wrote:
Taking into account the opening they will end in novel five spoiler[ the fight between dual dagger rio and the knight is from when he "kidnap" Celia]


You're right, i forgot this scene happened during spoiler[Celia's wedding arc], then it's a given they will at least adapt until vol.5.


That completely slipped my mind. Then it begs the question of what will be compressed to be able to include it. I guess they could compress volumes 2 and 3 into 2 episodes each; episode 4 could be spoiler[Rio traveling, meeting Liselotte for probably her only appearance, and ending with the fight with Latifa]. Then episode 5 could be spoiler[Latifa's backstory, finding out they knew each other pre-reincarnation, and meeting the spirit folk in the forest]. It would mean some heavy compression but depending on what they decide to cut it could make episodes 6-7 spoiler[the first real mention of Aisha, going to Yagumo and reaching the hometown, then meeting his grandparents and learning about his parents].

It's been a very long time since I read volume 3 so my memories of it are a bit foggy, but I don't think there is anything particularly plot-heavy in it and it feels like the most likely spot to skip over stuff, though it's a shame it will mean less time with the spoiler[Yagumo people]. In the books the round journey took about three or four years, so by the time they reach volume 5 there will be a lot of Beltrum backstory to catch up on.
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Yune Amagiri



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:19 am Reply with quote
It seems like the most plausible pace to me, it's a pity for the spoiler[Yagumo people] but importance-wise they are last, if one of the first 5 volumes has to draw the short straw and be compressed then while it's the longest, it can't imagine another than the 3rd volume, spoiler[Sayo and Ruri] barely appear in the op/end and spoiler[ Komomo is nowhere to be found] .
By the way the ending was even more a given than the opening for the spoiler[Wedding arc with Celia wearing her wedding dress and long-haired Liselotte].
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:12 am Reply with quote
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unless they weren't so much reborn as had their consciousnesses implanted in already existing people all around the same time.

That was my impression. Both Rio and Latifa seemed to be unconscious or nearly so when they were hijacked by the Japanese wandering spirits. Smile Latifa doesn't seem to have grown up much over the years, but Stewart looked as young in the flashback as Rio was. I'd guess Liselotte probably had a serious fever or something back then, since her life seems to have been pretty cushy otherwise.
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