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As a direct continuation to the story that left off six months ago, the only thing that’s keeping this feeling like an actual sequel is the new title, REVERSE. To start, they spent a good chunk of time recapping how season one ended off. Lag had finally come into contact with Gauche after investigating the town of Honey Waters, only to find out he has no memories of his past and believes he’s a Marauder named Noir. In terms of new revelations, the man claiming to be someone who “couldn’t become a spirit” is revealed to be Lawrence (Yusa Kouji), and the one that convinced Gauche he’s a Marauder when he was amnesic. Not all that surprising to say the least, given how the opening sequence and just about everything else makes it plainly obviously that Noir is Gauche. What I did really enjoy about this episode though is how it served as a quick reintroduction to all the characters and the perpetually dark world of Amberground, and how I hadn’t had enough of them in this surreal story. On a subtle level, it got me more excited about this series than I thought I’d be, which yes, includes seeing Lag crying his eyes out.
In the little bit of development that did take place, we had Niche feeling like she failed Lag as his dingo and Sylvette learning that her missing brother’s still alive — the latter of which was pretty cute because Sylvette’s pretty adorable when she’s crying. Hearing Fujimura Ayumi playing Niche again was a bit odd at first, because I was immediately reminded of Ayuzawa Misaki from Kaichou wa Maid-sama after listening to her voice that role for the past six months. The voice she uses is different, but it’s still one that I’ve come to instinctively associate with Ayumi. That’s what having ears for seiyuu voices gets me. In any case, the focus looks like it’s going to shift to going after Niche who’s resigned from her dingo position by giving Lag’s underwear back to him, which probably won’t be too big of a deal but I’m still interested in seeing what comes from that. As for the new opening and ending themes/sequences, I liked Stereopony’s song on the very first listen. The ending song by Piko is pretty good as well, but what really caught my attentiong was the ending sequence itself. The serious-looking shadowy shots of Lag, Niche, Gauche, and Roda were a really nice touch.
As for the rest of the episode…
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