「曇色」 (Kumori Shoku)
“Color of Clouds”
We’re back on track this week with the action and the story plot advancements. Unfortunately, I can’t decide if I’m pleased or disappointed with the story revolving Sakura. On one hand, I think Sakura has potential to be a well-defined character and she can become more permanent and prominent in the future. On the flip side, this episode doesn’t showcase her background story very well and her motives for trying to kill Mirai aren’t very solid. In the flashbacks, they show that Sakura already understands what Mirai is going through, so why is she seeking revenge now? The sandwich scene was self-explanatory and a touching story between the relationship that Mirai and Sakura have, but that all gets flushed away when Sakura clearly hates Mirai for killing her sister. This is what bothers me about anime original characters because it feels like they’ve tried too hard to force Sakura into the story when she’s not meant to be there. It creates more plot holes and discontinuity that the writers will have to cover up… which leads us down the path of an anime original ending or other fillers to try and make use of Sakura. Like I said, it’d be nice to see Sakura as a more prominent character since her arc has ended. However, I think it’s more likely that she’s going to fade away into the background now that she’s been used as a plot device. She barely talks too… what’s up with that?
These past two episodes have been fairly offside to what I was expecting out of Kyoukai no Kanata. If anyone else has been rather confused by the pace or the subject of each week, well you’re not alone. This is because they’ve both been anime original – last week being… more comedic and fun, and this week focusing on a new character. I didn’t mind last week as much though because it turned out to be a fun one-off event. The focus on Sakura this week just felt like it didn’t tie in very well to the rest of the story. Normally I’m very forgiving when it comes to anime original plot twists, but when you’re expecting something (something epic!) and it ends up being rather anticlimactic, you can’t help but feel a little disappointed. Sakura’s resolution at the end just came very abruptly and the only interesting thing that came out of that was Fijimu’s involvement. He does seem rather ominous right? No one can say that they weren’t expecting that twist. I’m a little skeptical now what’s going to happen going forward… I hope this is the turning point that brings us back to the original source material. In my eyes, this is still meant to be a dark fantasy and not a comedy with drama.
That being all said, the comedic moments are another hit and miss for me. It’s always enjoyable to see references to things outside of the anime realm and it makes the audience feel more involved when they talk about J-pop groups for example. I love seeing the interactions between Hiroomi and Akihito because they behave exactly how I would imagine my friends acted back in high school. They’re being used mainly for comedic relief right now and that’s the part which throws me off. I was under the assumption that the show would be more serious and the slice-of-life moments are fun, but don’t add any value to my experience. It’s never a bad thing to have a good mix of tones, but it’s to the point that I think it distracts from the true underlying plot line. It needs less of the “objectifying my sister” feel and more of Mituski herself. That’s a better way to spend my 20 minutes than simply being left with a 30-second cliffhanger.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: For an anime original, Sakura wasn’t a bad character although she lacks a bit of depth… Needs more Mitsuki =P #kyo_kai