Orion, the eternal third wheel
Miyu is a bit busy with junior college this week, so it’s just me with Amnesia this time. If you couldn’t guess from what I just said, the two of us will be tagging this for better or for worse. …I’ve decided to take the stance that this isn’t as bad as the first episode made it out to be since nobody knows what’s going on yet. I’m not saying that this doesn’t have flaws, but I AM saying that you might not want to write this off just yet. It’s just going in a direction that’s hard to tell what the end result will be. …Yeah.
Well, I complained about the (still nameless) heroine in the last post, but it seems like they’re starting to give her more lines. At least she’s kind of trying to have a personality now and cover for her amnesia as opposed to all of her lines being “Eh?” or “What?”. It’s still a miracle that they even gave her lines in the first place, in my opinion. Anyways, with her lines and attempts to cover the holes in her memory, it seems less like she has no personality and more like she just has no idea who she is. A little confusion is natural when you have no idea who you are.
It’s not like she has anyone besides Orion to talk to either. Not just because whoever she confides in might cart her off to the hospital, where she’ll (apparently) lose all of her memories and become just a shell of a person (which I don’t exactly buy and even in the game it felt like it was just a plot device to keep up the heroine’s pitiful charade that nothing was wrong …and of course she doesn’t question it).There’s also the fact that a group of girls kind of (but not really) assaulted her for reasons she can’t remember. Attacking her with scissors either would have happened or happened in memories or… something. Anyways, they said she betrayed them, so who knows who else she might have betrayed? She can’t really afford to trust anyone at the moment. …And now she’s really screwed over by the fact that Orion has gone missing.
Now as for the characters… Toma, Ikki, Shin and Kent all (kind of) had some exposition this episode. It was mostly overshadowed by the plot putting so much emphasis on the heroine, but hopefully you have a better grasp on their characters now. …Or maybe this just opened up new questions. For one, Kent didn’t seem to remember ever going to a shrine with the heroine, despite that being in her memories. Another thing is Shin, one of the childhood friends, admitting to killing someone in the past. Oh, and then there’s Ukyou (who if you couldn’t tell, is my favourite character), the guy who saves the heroine from oncoming traffic one moment and then starts talking to himself like a psychopath the next. The characters all seem to have secrets to them, but Amnesia isn’t really doing more than just saying ‘oh, the characters are mysterious’ and then throwing more unsolved things at the viewer to question. The way the plot is moving back and forth, I wonder if the characters will ever get proper exposition.
Argh, they are trying to combine all of the routes. On one hand, this is going to be confusing as hell because nobody who hasn’t played the game knows what’s going on. We were just at August 1st, all of the stuff with Ikki and the hazing happened, time passed (and we somehow landed somewhere in Shin’s route), the heroine fell off a cliff and now we’re at August 1st again at the beginning of Shin’s route, where the first episode started with Ikki’s. I’m not saying following the game script to the letter is necessary, but if they keep cutting between routes like that, they’re only going to have people confused longer. On the plus side though, they’re kind of showing the Steins;Gate part of the plot this early, which is one of the good plot points of the original. …The only difference is that Steins;Gate had at least 10 episodes setting up the characters and general scenario before things went awry with the plot and Amnesia is just screwing around right from the beginning without bothering to let the viewer know what’s going on.
Game CG to scene comparison. Maybe it’s not exact, but it’s still waaaaaay better than any other otome game to anime thus far.
I wonder if they’ll ever give the heroine a name once she starts regaining more of her memories. I guess it’s an out there concept adding to the whole idea of her having no idea who she is, but at the same time, it’s kind of awkward having everyone avoiding naming her. Plus she’s a university student with ID. If she bothered going through her things at home to try to regain her memories (which seems like the smart thing to do), she would have easily found her name by now.
I can’t say that the show isn’t being ambitious in it’s own way since A.) the bishies are taking the back seat right from the beginning because of the heroine’s problems, which NEVER seems to happen in otome game adaptions. We know their names, but we haven’t seen a good portion of their personalities yet, which normally seems to take priority in these adaptions. Reason B.) for this show being ambitious is that it threw the viewer right into the middle of the plot without explaining things. I mean, the heroine doesn’t even have a name. Now, I’m saying these things are ambitious, but they’re not necessarily good for the anime overall. If you don’t have any idea who the characters are, then why should you care about the show? If you don’t have any idea where the plot is going, that’s not a good thing either. It’s cool that they’re making this a huge mystery from the beginning and unravelling it from there, but I’m afraid that by the time things start making sense (and the plot gets really good), this will have lost a lot of it’s audience from the confusion and flat cast.