「剣士殺し I」 (Kenshi Koroshi)
“Sword Eater I”
This week marks Ayatsuji Ayase’s official introduction!
Manga vs Adaptation
While I try to take the viewpoint of an anime-only viewer whenever I write these posts, even I can’t ignore some of the big changes in how things “felt” in the anime versus the manga. The biggest being how the pacing felt just a little too quick with Ayase and her development. From start to finish, I just wasn’t all that satisfied with the way she was depicted. She literally leapt onto screen after hiding behind a tree and it quickly snowballed into her becoming pretty chummy with Ikki to completely disappearing after realizing she’d have to fight him. Because from what I remember, Ayase is supposed to be one of those characters that really tug at your heart and emotions because of what’s to come in an episode or two.
That said, once I took some time to think about things again, things started to make sense if you look at from the viewpoint that she’ll just be a minor character. A very minor character.
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Romantic Pitfalls 2
I get a little giddy every time I get to write these paragraphs. Time and time again, I love it when our couple of the season avoids the sticky messes that every other anime couple tend to get caught up in. This week, I think Stella had all the right to be concerned with how close Ikki was getting to Ayase. Some of those up close shots were entering pretty risque territory and if I were Stella, I don’t know if I’d be able to hold myself back. Luckily, the two hashed things out pretty quickly and we saw a really cute moment that helped solidify their relationship that much more.
With just a short shot of Ayase in all white, it looks like we’ll have to wait until next week to find out just what’s she planning to do with Ikki. While things look innocent enough, I doubt you’d randomly call someone out at three in the morning just to have a chat. Besides that, it looks like another jerk has arrived and I’m willing to bet we’ll be seeing more of him in the future. See you guys next week!