I’m guessing it’s time for a Yase episode. Eager to see how her own feelings reflect on those of her siblings – Kurama and Myoe each want out of the Mirror Capital for their own reasons, and I assume Yase will have a still different take. Let’s find out.
1:50 – The opening of this show has so much of the narrative locked inside of it – that image of each of them within their beautifully decorated little box pretty much says it all. Everything is lovely here, but the seams are visible on all the walls
2:28 – So many pretty images. I love Yase’s eyes
2:59 – It’s kind of strange to me that the same people who created that original ONA created this series. While the world is obviously the same, now all of these great whimsical details and ideas are actually used to underline the strong character focus, instead of just existing for their own sake. Which makes it less “hey, look at these cool ideas” and more of an actual story enriched by the wondrous corner details
4:28 – “Fun” seems like kind of a loaded term in this world. They exist in one giant playground, but only the outsider actually appreciates this
5:13 – A very resonant idea. Would you apply it to their memories? They’re all stuck in the past, and can’t throw elements of their old selves away. How central is the idea of letting go to the narrative? Would you apply it to these characters themselves? Kurama once offered the solution of having Yase and himself be thrown away in order to preserve the rest of the family – now they live in a place where nothing can be thrown away or forgotten
5:45 – That’s pretty nice
6:22 – Damn this art style is well-constructed. Can’t get over what a good effect those jagged white outlines are
Which kind of works with the structure of this whole story, and those ideas of entrapment and letting go. Nothing can be removed from a book – everything that has or will happen is all there, trapped in the same place as you flip through the pages. And this story does that as well, flipping back and forth through the similar pages and similar days of these characters’ lives. They live within a painted world, and no matter how pretty it is, that painting can never change.
8:30 – Hard to say no to that face. Love her voice, too – this is definitely not the Kugimiya Rie I’m used to
8:49 – Yase’s so great
9:05 – Another great indicator of their static lives – the “station opening” is one of a set of regular events. What would normally be a marker of fundamental change is here just another regular holiday
10:34 – What a Yase-ish storage system. Again, more great details revealed incidentally through the exploration of what makes these characters tick
11:40 – God, what a gorgeous idea. Preserving the tree from a precious memory itself as a marker of that moment, safe eternally in its own little box. This is the kind of vision anime is for
12:43 – Kurama, ever the pragmatist. And now we understand Yase. Man, this episode’s getting to me
13:55 – It is a very lovely cup
14:19 – This is a great shot. Not really an inch of space wasted here
16:19 – More things anime is incredibly good at. This method of recalling memory comes off so naturally here
16:41 – And here it links. Yase’s the only one who doesn’t want to change and escape the past, and of course the mother she still longs for told her that was okay
17:01 – She isn’t, though. She’s still stuck in her mother’s shadow
17:59 – “Nothing important ever comes back once lost.” But Yase’s response isn’t to accept that as an inevitability – it’s to try and ensure she never loses anything important
19:45 – Kurama’s pretty great
20:49 – All the pretty colors. Also, looks like we’re starting to move towards the conflict from episode 0. I still kinda wish it didn’t exist – I don’t need the show to give away a climax like that to get me invested in the first place. But I guess we’ll see how it goes – this show’s smart enough that it might not be that simple
23:21 – They do have that much in common
Oh jeez, the best show of the season had another great episode? Color me surprised.
So we got our Yase episode. Her feelings are certainly very different from those of her siblings – Yase expresses no discontent with the world they’ve been given, and in fact obsesses over preserving the past. She seems to feel no ambition beyond reconnecting with the mother who accepted her. They portrayed that wonderfully – that scene where she visited her archives definitely had me misting up a bit, and that tree was one of the best little details I’ve seen in a long time. The link between Koto and Lady Koto was made pretty clear through that doll, though the exactnature of the link remains clouded. And with that, each of the protagonists has been given their own establishing episode. I’m very excited to see where we go from here.