Gen’ei wo Kakeru Taiyou – 07
「華麗なる休暇」 (Kareinaru Kyuuka)
“A Lovely Holiday”
A relaxed day with dire undertones.
Taking Their Time
This show oscillates between trying to do too much and too little. This episode bent more towards the latter, but I think it worked fairly well. The overriding theme was “the calm before the storm”, and I think they succeeded in giving the girls a fun outing while still weaving in the creeping dread of an uncertain (and probably bleak) future. By now it’s simply been well established that this isn’t a story where the main characters are getting a happy ending easily (if they do at all), so good times are automatically met with suspicion, but the meeting back at school and the fortune-telling later on both served as counterpoints to the light tone of the episode.
Show, Don’t Tell
As a storyteller I’m really glad I’m covering this show, because it’s forcing me to think about what they’re doing right and wrong. Here’s an example of both.
In the right column, their use of the tarot cards to foreshadow was done well. This is probably the only time I’ve ever seen fortune-telling used to good effect (to me). Not that it isn’t used all the time, I just think that fortune-telling is a load of bunk, so it’s only in a world where it has already been established that fortune-telling is real that it works. This is playing to their strengths, and though it’s not exactly unexpected, that’s fine. It works and they did it before whatever they’re foreshadowing became blindingly obvious, as proper foreshadowing should be.
On the other hand, the moment between the four girls the morning after (hur hur hur) was as unsubtle as a crashing plane. Don’t just have them narrate on their motivations, show them! Seira doing 400 sit-ups a day or Akari asking Seira to teach her how to work out both show something about them without them having to explain it. Having them soliloquize is lazy.
It’s official – buildup time is over, and now we’re getting to the plot…next week. It’s dangerous to make assumptions like “the Daemonia are like viruses” (as if viruses aren’t dangerous enough), so it was smart of the triplets to look into the double Daemonia. Now it sounds like the lost wielder of The Lovers and that creepy boy(?) that has been corrupting people will finally come to the fore. About time! Give me some plot dammit!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Relaxation episode with dire undertones. It’s It’s official, buildup time is over, it’s onto the plot…next week. #geneitaiyou 07
- Is it just me, or does Luna giving out signals that she’s going to go yandere for Akari?
- Of course Seira is a scardy-cat. Honestly, that’s a touch too cliche for my tastes.
- AHHHHH!! He’s way scarier without the bed sheet, RUN AWAY!!
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