Waking up with a girl on top of him? Ohh, so it’s THAT kind of anime.
|As per the PV, the opening episodes to Sagrada Reset were indeed pretty slow. However, they were also pretty enjoyable.
The characters of Sagrada are interesting to watch so far, though maybe a little hard to empathize with. Misora’s transformation from having no emotions to following Kei’s orders without question seemed a little fast, but I’m sure that the events of the arc meant a lot to her character. In present day, she seems to have changed quite a bit in terms of having interests outside of just mindlessly resetting whenever she saw someone who was sad. As for Kei, I’m glad that Sumire bothered to point out that he was contradicting his sense of justice by trying to get Misora to have emotions because that contradiction was bothering me up until then. He seems to have calmed down about a lot of things over the time skip, though possibly it just seems this way because Sumire isn’t there to analyze his sense of justice all the time. Regardless, the two make a pretty good team in terms of… well, Kei planning everything and Misora just resetting and saving whenever Kei tells her to. Misora doesn’t really seem to be contributing much, but the duo wouldn’t even be there in the first place without her initial personality that inspired Kei and her ability itself, so she’s still really important.
Excuse me while I go move to this town. I need the power to share senses with cats in my life.
The setting is pretty interesting, since this power phenomena only happens in this one town, which really explains some parts of the premise, like why a big organization would rely on high schoolers to handle issues. The powers don’t seem to be wildly overpowered either, with the opening narrative explaining that they’re mostly useless. Sure, Misora and Kei’s powers seem to be a little special, but they need to work together to do anything useful with them.
I have questions about the reset thing that I feel like were kind of answered, but never quite wrapped my head around. Mainly, I’m wondering if Misora’s reset only affects the town, or if it can change the entire world. If it is only the town, then the entire place is probably a few weeks, if not months behind the rest of Japan due to Misora having used her ability throughout her lifetime. Seeing how the people with powers only reside in Sakurada, and Kei and Misora have no intentions on leaving the town (and the entire plot will probably revolve around power users in the town), if they don’t address this plot point then it’s probably fine because the entire anime could easily be contained within the town without need to address the outside world. However, Kei did mention something about “killing three days of the world’s time” when taking on Yoka’s request. I am glad that the power has some kind of rules though, aside from Misora’s self-imposed ones. The save function and limitations on how often it can be used makes things interesting and puts some kind of stakes in place. It was also nice that the story pointed out one of the worst case scenarios right away with a character being killed off just because they used a reset on a kiss.
I’m really interested to see what part 3/3 of the Memory in Children arc will bring to the story since it was skipped over. Sumire’s death definitely looked like a suicide, she always seemed to know slightly more about the situations than Kei ever did/she spoke cryptically, and (perhaps the most sure sign of all) she appears heavily in the OP as a trio with Kei and Misora, so that means that her character is still important in one way or another. It’s too bad that she (probably) died, since her mysteriousness and philosophical questions were interesting to watch. Oh well. Also interestingly with the way the Sagrada novels go, Memory in Children seems to be the 3rd book that was released as far as the internet tells me, so the anime seems to have decided to switch up the order of storytelling for some reason. It was probably done because this arc seems really good for introducing Kei and Misora to the viewer, but the hook with Sumire’s mysterious death seems compelling too. Especially since they obviously left a large chunk of the arc out for now.
As for the new arc, it seems more eventful since now the power users are (kind of) at odds. More than reuniting a clone child with her mother, this arc and the “mission” involved seems like it has something slightly larger going on behind the scenes just because there’s a lot of mystery involved. Hitsuchi and his mention of the MacGuffin seems to be leading to something anyways (even if only by the very definition of “MacGuffin”), so maybe this incident with the cat is the catalyst for the entire plot from here onwards.
The beginning of the anime was pretty slow, but it was also nice in a way, since it was thoughtful. Sure, the conversations bordered on pretentious, but unlike a lot of long drawn out conversations in anime explaining a character’s philosophical viewpoint, this one was actually easy to follow. Or at least, I found the Zen/Gizen thing pretty clever, so perhaps this is just my personal taste. I’m kind of on the fence about Kei as a character, just because the first few episodes relied so heavily on characterizing him almost exclusively through his world view. I want to see him as a character without needing the accompanying dialogue (which the anime may or may not allow, though the 3rd episode was thankfully way better with this). I do like how clever his plans were to reconnect Mari with her mother though. As for Misora, I’m sad she cut her hair (personal tastes, you know), and I’m looking forward to see what her newfound personality will bring to the duo as the anime goes on. So sure, it was a slow start, but with the show being 20+ episodes long, it can allow for that.