After last week’s disappointing performance, this week’s episode did a rather good job at translating what makes the manga so good into the anime. Sort of.
While I’ve always questioned just how ridiculous the power of one’s true name has in this show, boy was I wrong when I thought it couldn’t feel any more awkward than it did in the manga. Somehow listening to the characters actually talk about this built-in weakness was almost too much to bare. Which kind of caught me by surprise since at its core, the idea itself is pretty cool if you look at the symbolism behind it. In the end though, it’s just a shame since I think it could become a really interesting plot point if everything weren’t move so damn fast.
Bake Neko or Baka Neko?
I mentioned this briefly last week but one of the biggest reasons why I’m able to put up with this wild adaptation is because of Tama. She’s hands down my favorite character and I think is managing to hold the show together. If Shinichirou is supposed to be our straightman and Sakuya is our tsundere princess, Tama is the one who isn’t bound by some silly character trait and can do whatever she feels like. From acting silly and cutesy with Shinichirou to directly calling out Sakuya and at times making fun of her, she’s the silly side-character that leaves you wanting for more. (If I haven’t made myself clear, she’s freaking awesome.)
As much as I don’t want to be biased, it’s hard not to notice the stark difference between the manga and the anime. The decisions to move certain things ahead of others without taking the time to develop them left a foul taste in my mouth — and I doubt it’ll improve. If I had to give a specific example, it’d have to be just how useless Sakuya’s been. I understand needing to create some dramatic tension between her and Shinichirou but gimping her to the point where she feels like a wimpy heroine that needs Shinichirou just doesn’t feel right. If I remember correctly, she’s supposed to be pretty awesome and in return her housework skills are supposed to be crappy.
Anyways, as much as I don’t like to drop series, this one might be one of the few that are too tough to stomach. While it still has one more episode to change my opinion in a drastic way, I’m not feeling too optimistic. Not unless there’s more Tama or something. See you next week, maybe.