Anime Review: Rewrite Episode 1

Kotaru Tennouji contemplating

I hope everyone is doing, now that the summer simulcasts have started.

This summer schedule has had a few shows that I was interested in seeing, but because the Crunchyroll Windows 10 app was acting up where I was when things started up, I could not watch without issues, forcing me to do maintenance on this place instead.

Fortunately, now that I am back in place with a reliable ISP, I can finally get to the shows, though I will have to catch with what is available to me.

Today, I will be doing just that by reviewing an episode from one of those shows, which is Rewrite episode 1.

Kagari attacking Kotaru

Kotaru Tennouji is a somewhat ordinary high school student, able to talk with everyone, yet does not seem to fit in anywhere, living an ordinary life.

However, when he meets a girl that he never saw before and is attacked, he started experiencing weird things and must maintain his normal life, while trying to find out if his dream was just a dream.

Madam Rikako

While I have encountered and enjoyed a few titles from Key, such as Clannad, whose visual novel I have yet to complete, Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet, and Kanon, there have also been titles, like Air, that have not really impressed me too much.

Having watched this episode, I am not too sure about this title.

Fortunately, there are some good things, so I do not need to jump right into what I hated.

I really liked how this episode started off a bit slow.

Even though this is no Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, which had a great pilot episode, I did not feel like I was lost for much of the episode and I had just as many questions about what was going on that Kotaru did during the course of this episode.

After all, I doubt that anyone would want to start and finish a show by just being thrown into things and not getting an explanation.

This kind of what I expect from a pilot episode, regardless of whether it is okay, like most pilots, or stands outs from the rest, such as Boku Dake ga Inai Machi's pilot episode, and seeing as 8bit is the studio behind this show, it looks like things are being handled relatively well, though it probably is not up to the same kind of standard that can be found the anime adaptations of Key's other works, with the Kyoto Animation adaptations being widely acknowledged as the better quality adaptations.

Since this is the first title from 8bit that I started watching while knowing that they are the ones behind it, I hope that it improves from here, since there are a few people that seemed to have liked it more than Clannad, though the limited amount of data I can find on the visual novel, the original source, and not having gone through said novel, I cannot really say if it is indeed better.

If it fails to impress me, I might have to make this the first title based on a Key Visual novel that I dropped.

Of course, I am going to give more than one episode to try and get me hooked, because the Key visual novels that I read through tended to go at a slow pace.

I also liked the comedy, at least what little of it that there was, that was present here.

While there has not been anything at this point that is even close to being able to witnessing the treatment that Youhei Sunohara receives, some of which, like Sunohara being locked up in a bathroom stall, seem to only be present in Clannad's visual novel, I did feel like chuckling a bit.

Seeing how things were relatively peaceful this episode, this does give me something to enjoy, though those new to the anime and manga scene probably will not see the humor in it, mainly due to not understanding it.

Maybe, things will get a bit funnier as time goes by, and I will actually find something to laugh about, but if a chuckle is all I get, it will be a bit disappointing.

For now, I will just say that 8bit did okay in making me feel like chuckling.

The thing that I liked the most though was soundtrack from the game, which I have and is available on iTunes, seems to have been mostly left intact.

Now, this is nothing really new between the anime adaptations of Key's work, since I have listened to the Air, Clannad, Kanon, and Little Busters soundtracks, but it does help me invest myself in the scenes a bit more than if 8bit had used a different soundtrack, though that does not change the fact that 8bit may decide to use a score that is not appropriate for a scene.

Still, for those that have read the visual novel, it might be a big plus, especially because the song that might be the opening theme is the thing that makes me want to continue on with the show the most, in spite of the fact that I could listen to it whenever I feel like it, and 8bit does deserve some credit for keeping the original music and placing it relatively well in this episode.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I liked, especially because I am not too sure what to expect from this series yet.

Because things started off slow enough that I did not feel like I was overwhelmed or lost and that there were some mildly funny things, as well as the fact that the soundtrack from the visual novel is present, did make this somewhat enjoyable.

Yoshino Haruhiko angry

Although there were things to like, there are some issues.

However, aside from the many issues normally found in pilot episodes, only two things really bothered me.

First, the episode was rather dull.

Yes, pilot episodes of many television series are not that great, but after watching Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, and seeing how well that was received after the pilot aired, I was kind of expecting the ante to be up a bit.

Unfortunately, nothing really big happens in most of the episode that makes me want to continue.

This title may not be anything like Key's other works, but at least the anime adaptations of Key's other works did not feel as dull as this one, even if they did not have the action that was present in this episode.

Come on, 8bit! You have been behind various other works and you cannot make a decent pilot episode?

This might be the reason why a lot of people seemed to lose interest in this series when they learned 8bit was behind it.

They should just be glad that I am willing to go through more than one episode, because I already know that Key's visual novels all tend to take a lot of time before the stories get really exciting.

Unfortunately, without knowing what genres this series fits under, beyond what I could find on the Wikipedia page, I cannot really think of any ways that this pilot episode could have been improved, but 8bit could have definitely done better if they tried.

For now, I will just have to wait for the series to conclude, before I can determine whether or not this was the best way to start this series.

The thing that I hated the most though was how I could not tell what the storyline behind this series was, enough so that I had a difficult time trying to think of a way to summarize this series.

Is this a romance series? Is this an action series? What is it?

True, I will find out eventually where to put this series, whether it be the genres that people have already listed it as or not, but many other series have something start off on.

For example, even though Boku Dake ga Inai Machi was not technically a mystery series, both the manga and anime started off with an air of mystery by killing of Satoru's mother and a mysterious person around the scene.

As a result, I was pulled into the series and really wanted to find out who was responsible for the murder of Satoru's mother, before becoming what it really was.

However, seeing as romance is one of the genres people label this series, the best examples of a good start that come to my mind are Toradora! and The Ancient Magus Bride.

Nothing too major happened in the beginning of those series, but they both started in a way that romance was a main focus of the series and gave me reasons to continue on through to the end.

Here, however, there is nothing like that.

Just when things seem to go through a romantic route, things turn into a mystery and Kotaru investigates the mysterious girl, like many fighting anime, then it goes back to things that like a romantic vibe, and finally back to finally meeting mysterious girl again.

How am I supposed to be able to determine how well things are progressing and if the people working on this series are doing a good job, if I cannot tell what the storyline is supposed to be?

This should improve over the course of the series, but, if it does not, then 8bit deserves all the hate that they get.

Nevertheless, 8bit could have definitely done better by focusing on only one element at a time, instead of two or so in the first episode, and should be held responsible for making a poor pilot episode, especially since this series is not exactly a long one.

While there was not too much wrong with the episode, the fact that it was rather dull and did not give me a good idea of what this series was put a damper on my enjoyment over all.

Despite the fact that there were a few things to like, the negative outweighed it enough to make good enough to only kill time.

I would recommend this only to fans of the other Key anime adaptations, at least until more episodes come along.

As for everyone else, this is worth giving a shot, but you will not be missing anything if you decide to not watch this show.

What are your thoughts on Rewrite episode 1? Did you like it or hate it? If you read the visual novel, how does this episode compare to how the visual novel began? Was there anything you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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