Someone in the public planning department was apparently incompetent
|Yeah, episode 5 is already out, but I’m going to post this anyways so there’s less catch up for Kyo and I later. We’ve both been kind of busy this week. …Or more like, Kyo’s been busy and I’ve been busy reading some really cliche shoujo manga. OTL|
There were a few more characters introduced this episode. Hibiya was kind of already introduced and Hiyori appears as a central figure in the ED, but Konoha was definitely new. …Though he’s not as important this episode as Hibiya and Hiyori are. I don’t know if the brief character interactions at the beginning of the episode was enough to make anyone even care about the two. Or even if what they showed justified some of the actions. They obviously showed that he had a thing for Hiyori and that she didn’t quite reciprocate, but they just sprung the death cycle on the viewer. Perhaps Hibiya was more sympathetic since he had a lot of interaction with Momo in episode 2, but I suppose that limited exposure is a downfall of having the storyline jump around episode to episode like this.
Maybe they’ll explain this in the next episode, but I’ll just hand you the answer here, since you probably might have already guessed it between the somewhat nonsensical animation and song lyrics. Hiyori keeps dying over and over again and Hibiya can’t really do anything because if she doesn’t die in one situation, something else comes along to kill her. But now that Hibiya died in her place, things are better, right? If you noticed the dialogue shift between Hiyori originally saying that she hated summer to not minding it and Hibiya going from not minding it to hating it, maybe not. They also gradually reversed most of the red and the blue as the sequence went on while Hiyori and Hibiya’s positions were switched too, which was an interesting effect.
Also, Shaft. Always Shaft.
I was wondering why some scenes were more Shaft than others, but this episode all made it make more sense. …Minus that bit with Hibiya trying to go to the city, being thrown outside multiple times, and all of that nonsense in between. Even I have no idea what all that was about. Perhaps it was some profound symbolism for Hibiya’s struggle, but it just came off as being rather silly. …Actually, that was probably the point.
Anyways, in regards to Shaft, I’m specifically talking about the traffic light-ish place at the end of the episode. Shaft’s surrealism actually plays a role in the plot it seems, as opposed to Shaft being Shaft for Shaft’s sake alone. Every encounter with the scarf wearing girl has taken place in a weird area, which could have just been taken as the animation trying to make the conversations seem more profound. With the second half of the episode though, things got weird pretty fast and nothing made sense. …Only, the Shaft will make sense later. Here, it served to make the whole sequence more dream-like, which is good planning due to reasons that won’t be explained just yet, and also good because that probably helps explain why the characters acted like they did. It’s not outside the norm for weird things to happen in dreams (or people acting strangely) and might explain why the characters sometimes felt like something was “calling” them. Also, people are more accepting of things that happen in dreams at the time.
I’m not exactly saying that this whole thing IS a dream, but the choices with Shaft’s animation helps the character’s acceptance of their situations make a bit more sense. If this took place in the normal city with the characters acting this way, things might be a little more questionable, since despite resisting and trying to avoid death, they’re not exactly making wise choices. Hibiya’s actions at the end were a bit more extreme, but a lot of the situations just involved running away.
If you couldn’t tell from my rambling above, I love what they did with the second part of the episode. They used the same kind of imagery that was in the original video (all of the traffic lights and the red/blue theme), and had the whole story seem so removed from how we saw Hibiya and Hiyori living their lives before. …It probably makes absolutely no sense to most of the people watching it, but hopefully they’ll be explaining it soon. Actually, I’m not entirely sure how this whole thing ends either. I only know about what happens afterwards and what this whole thing results in, so this should be interesting to see.
The next episode is titled “Kaien Panzermast”, which was an instrumental track on one of the CDs instead of a song on Nico like they’ve had so far. The versions I found (I don’t know if this was on the original CD) have some dialogue done by Ene’s seiyuu talking about finally meeting someone. …Which probably gives a hint to at least one of the character interactions that will happen (yaaay), but doesn’t really have much to do with Hibiya or Hiyori.