「Memory in Children 1/3」
The story of Sagrada Reset went in a completely different direction than what I anticipated after researching it for the Season Preview. In all honesty, I was probably expecting an anime closer to Hyouka but it ends up being a much more serious slice-of-life featuring two teenagers with special abilities. Asai Kei (Ishikawa Kaito) first asks about Souma Sumire (Yuuki Aoi) after she invites him to meet him on the school’s rooftop. Kei think it’s a confession, and when he does make his way up, he finds Haruki Misora (Hanazawa Kana) there instead. Apparently Sumire set Kei up with Misora because she wanted the two of them to be friends. It’s here that Misora uses her “reset” abilities to go back in time – except the catch is that Kei’s powers actually allow him to remember everything. He can recall that he’s living his life the exact same way the second time around and confronts both Sumire and Misora about it. And it’s here where he starts to learn more about Misora, her powers and how he wants to partner up with her to do good. But first – he has to gain her trust.
The story is a bit confusing to follow at first and I’ll admit that I had to rewatch the episode twice; focusing really hard on what they were saying. I blame myself for not completely being present while watching, but I also think the premiere wasn’t very captivating either. It doesn’t grasp me (even the way Alice to Zouroku did) and it felt very monotoned and calm during the entire episode. That’s probably the mood and setting that the creators are going for, but it doesn’t make for the greatest first impression. While the animation, character designs and overall imagery felt very standard, there were a lot of awkward transitions or close-ups for no apparent reason. At the same time, there’s not a whole lot of plot driving the story either so I found myself zoning out during conversations. The only point of interest came at the end when they confronted “Mari” and by then, the episode was over.
That’s not to say that it was all bad but Sagrada Reset does require more effort to sit through. It’s a shame because I was expecting great things from their source material and staff members (especially from the same director that did Kokoro Connect and episodes of Durarara!!). The light novel even has its own live-action film adaptation so the source material must have more substance than this. As a result, while I don’t think the first episode was amazing or even average by any standard, I will stick around to see if it gets better (*cross fingers and toes*). The presentation and animation (or lack thereof) is the downfall of this adaptation and it’s a shame that it couldn’t live up the hype. Not to say that it won’t get better later on, but I’ll need to readjust my expectations going into the second episode. I’d like to hear what others think of the show so far and what it could improve on. Maybe there will be more of the mystery aspect that I’d be keen on seeing.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Ummmm… So #sagrada_anime ended up taking me longer than I would’ve liked to finish… Not particularly excited for #SagradaReset anymore after this premiere… but I’ll give it a few more eps before judgment.
ED: 「トナリアウ」 (Tonari Au) by THE ORAL CIGARETTES