Seiren – 06
「宮前透 第2章 タイセン」 (Miyamae Tooru dai 2-shou – Taisen)
“Miyamae Tooru Chapter 2 – Versus”
First of all, a little of RL intrustion: I apologize for the lateness of this post. I hurt my knee while on vacation skiing last week, and between the inability to walk and the pain, I just couldn’t bring myself to blog as quickly as I woulda liked. I’ll try to stay on top of it, but if posts are late for the next few weeks, that’s why. Also, if I’m not as excited as usual, ditto. At least until the blasted swelling goes down. It suuucks!
Now, onto the episode.
First of all—and I know I’m repeating myself—but what the heck is with this show and its weird games? The bus driver one was weird enough (don’t we usually have to pay people to do that job?), and then there was the milk princess thing, and now the deer are mating? Honestly, I think they’re leaning too much on whimsy with these weird add-ons, when a Gundam expy like GusGal works much better without yanking me out of immersion. Then again, YMMV (trope!).
The conflict with episode primarily centered around Hikari helping her boss’s kid, and her warning to Shouichi. The episode continued the problem where characters other’n Shouichi don’t really feel like the characters for the previous arc, which remains jarring. Hikari is the biggest casualty, since we never heard hide nor hair that she played video games enough to be a serious GusGal competitor to Tooru, though Ikuo felt more like the Ikuo of last arc when he took time off gaming to study, so that was appreciated.
More than that, though, Hikari’s warning would have rang more true if they had been showing the danger of Tooru’s playstyle rather than talking about it, as the three boys do at the rabbit cages. It’s like when Hikari brushed off the gossip last arc—they really don’t seem bothered by any deleterious effects Tooru is having on their gaming group. If this is the drama, play it up! Seeds need to be sewn, and then ruthlessly harvested for delicious drama. Seiren seems overly fond of half-measures to me.
My favorite moments were undoubtedly call backs to Amagami SS—Makoto referring to her onee-chan (her full name is Kamizaki Makoto), the pump shed—which isn’t a great sign. That means my fondness for Amagami SS is still the primary force that is driving my viewing of Seiren, blogging requirements aside. Though honestly, I probably would have enjoyed it more if my leg wasn’t hurting, and if I hadn’t spent the last several days reading The Name of the Wind, which makes a mid-tier harem anime look like gutter trash in comparison. Art appreciation is all about the context, after all. Something to think about next time your opinion clashes with the majority thought.
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