That’s… hard to imagine.
|Well, it’s another week of Amnesia and yaaaay! Miyu is back! So this week on Amnesia? …More confusion, but yet, less confusion. It looks like they’re finally moving on to the route material instead of throwing the storyline all over the place.|
|I’m baaaack! Have been busy with settling some admission admin things/listening to useless talks at junior college :c I’m nearly always sleep-deprived now. Anyway, hope you’ll enjoy Kara and I tagging on Amnesia from now onwards! :3|
K* This episode was surprisingly straightforward. The story going on was 100% Shin’s route and it actually went in chronological order. So yeah, Shin is childhood friend #1, and he’s extremely blunt, but he does care about the heroine in his own way. He also figures out the amnesia thing pretty fast, but the heroine has an excuse as she just fell off a cliff and was in the hospital. …I don’t remember her rejecting him so much in the game, so it was kind of hard to watch the heroine interact with him. I mean, besides the ‘I killed someone’ and ‘Your accident was my fault’ lines (though really, that could be attributed to the fact that he feels like he cornered her into running away… if her memories from that time are correct), he obviously cares about her, even if she doesn’t have memories of him anymore. Again though, I guess there’s the whole factor that the heroine just lacks trust. Normally, I don’t think trust would be an issue, but after the events of the first episode and being threatened, they set up a good reason for the heroine to be cautious about all of this.
M* So the anime is now following Shin’s route in the game, which is a good start I guess. With all how stressed and confused the heroine looks with just one guy (okay maybe two, but Touma really didn’t do anything this episode) finding out and trying to help her, all five coming onto her at the same time might give her a nervous breakdown. Shin is the classic childhood friend turned lover, and although they were probably an adorable couple before the memory loss happened, now their entire relationship just feels really awkward to me. Shin’s obviously concerned about her, being the first one to find out about her amnesia (although how everyone else didn’t is stange, considering how bad the heroine has been at covering up her feelings/thoughts).
Yay, can’t wait until he’s back to narrate EVERYTHING that happens
K* Orion is missing, but it actually works here. He’s there in the game to fill in for the fact that the heroine has no personality/to narrate, so otherwise, he’s just a third party observer to everything going on. The anime doesn’t need that really, so I can see why they’d take him out. He was there to explain the fact that the heroine has lost her memories, but that’s all he’s really needed for. …Plus it adds to the whole mystery of the heroine trying to figure out what the hell is going on and why her memories aren’t adding up. That was something new to the anime, and I’d say that it was actually added in really well. If the mystery of each arc isn’t enough, there’s the overlaying plot mystery in here too. It’s a great way to connect this story altogether. Though It was frustrating watching her go through the episode knowing things, but not bothering to speak her mind about them. She knew Shin and Toma’s names, but they had to introduce themselves to her all over again. So much of the episode was wasted on reintroduction on things we already knew.
M* What really puzzles me is what happened to Ikki and Kento. So with the start of Shin’s route, those two just conveniently disappeared into thin air? I guess the most logical way to understand it is to think of it as parallel worlds, and that they do exist (not as a “random photographer”, but as a friend), but just not in this world.. or route. What are they going to do from now onwards? As she finishes one route, the heroine just magically teleports into some other world where all her human relationships are different and be like BAM! you’re xxx’s boyfriend now, deal with it! If things are going to happen this way, even I would be stressed out watching it, needless to say the heroine. It’s not possible for her to enter every route thinking “oh haha all that was just a dream”, right? The big question is how they’re going to link all these parallel worlds and characters up in the end (while keeping the heroine sane) to reveal the final true story/memories of the heroine… If they even decide to at all. Gosh, just thinking about it is making me confused.
Also, who/what is Ukyo? He seems to have seen and known all the different parallel worlds – is he some all-seeing superhuman or can he jump between timelines? I couldn’t resist the temptation and checked wiki for more info but all it told me is that Show ▼
The more I think about it, the deeper and more complicated the story gets in my head. I wonder if it’s going to be something mind-blowing. Although the execution of the storyline so far has been pretty bland, the premise itself is what’s keeping me going. More things just need to start happening soon.
K* It was good pacing for the episode, despite not much happening (in my mind anyways; maybe this was an eventful episode for you). It was a lot of the heroine walking around and not saying much, but now we have a better grasp on how her life was before the amnesia hit. In the process, it probably helped fill you guys in on who Shin is as well. It’s not quite the high tension story it was before, but at least they’re not trying to throw romance with 4 characters at you all at once. Shin is clearly the heroine’s boyfriend. There’s no having her date multiple guys,which would probably just confuse her even more if she had to keep track of what she tells each person and such. Plus relationships require trust and the heroine clearly isn’t ready for trusting one person, let alone more. However, now that they’re actually covering route material, I’m worried about how long this is all going to take. Shin was missing for a huge portion of the route before the mystery was wrapped up, so I wonder how many episodes they’re going to spend on this… unless they switch to someone else’s route randomly again in the middle.
…Once again, my part of the review became a huge analysis of the differences between the game and the anime. OTL My thoughts on the actual episode? Well, the background music felt kind of off at some parts (like when they were exploring her school, there was electric guitar in the background as if they were doing something more exciting). The animation is still really pretty to look at though and I can’t get enough of the OP song. …I also notice something about the ED that now makes it unintentionally hilarious to me, but I’ll go into that later when it pops up in the story line. Yeah, I don’t have much to say about Shin until later in the storyline when a few things come to light and even then, he wasn’t exactly my favourite route since he was absent a lot of it. Oh well, the storyline is making progress. I know a lot of people don’t like him, but I’m really curious about what happened to Orion too. He didn’t disappear like that in the game until the heroine had all of her memories back, so I wonder what the explanation behind that will be.
Every week I hope for the best for Amnesia, but every week it just doesn’t quite hit it. I think the heroine’s passed her amnesia on to me, because I swear at the end of that episode I just couldn’t recall what happened at all. It was that forgettable. Sure, some things were revealed this episode, but I wish they could’ve used the time more efficiently to get the story progressing. If the heroine would justtt speak up a bit more (and speak faster), all the content covered up in this episode could’ve taken up half of the screentime, and more productive things could’ve happened. Frankly, I can’t stand the heroine – completely helpless on her own and also the serious lack of a personality, but I’m still sticking around for the intriguing premise (whatnot with those parallel worlds and all). I’m just trying to convince myself that next week will be better.
On a random note, WHAT DID THEY DO TO WAKA THIS WEEK?