Anime Review: Rewrite Episode 11

Kotori thinking things through

I hope that everyone is doing well, especially after needing to deal with the daily grind for the past few weeks.

With people thinking that I have more free time than I do, which is what happens when one pursues something not considered a normal job, it is nice to be able to sit down and watch something enjoyable.

As many people know, I have decided to follow two shows this season and both of them started airing their final four episodes.

Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode of one of those shows, which is Rewrite episode 11.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

Kotaru & friends find Lucia injured

The night battle between members from Gaia and Guardian have concluded and Kotaru and friends find a friend bleeding on the ground.

However, even though Kotaru and his friend are still living a peaceful life in the woods with Kotori, Gaia begins to make their move and their means of fulfilling their goal may not be something that Kotaru thinks is right.

Kotaru & friends gather at Kotori's

After the atrocity that was the previous episode, I really felt like dropping this series, but because I am close to the end of the series anyway, I decided to stick it out, to see if things actually do improve, even though it might not save the series anyway.

Having now seen this episode, I am glad that I did, though I cannot say that I liked it entirely.

I liked how the episode went over how Lucia survived the battle that she engaged in in the previous episode.

In many anime, and even enough times in Disney movies to the point that it becomes cliché, whenever we think that somebody died, they either somehow come back to life or survive what should have killed them.

Depending on the genre(s), the audience may get an explanation, such as how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle explained how Sherlock survived the incident at Reichenbach Falls when he wrote in The Adventure of the Empty House, which can be found in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, or, in the case of Disney, no explanation at all.

However, according to a post by D.P. Lyle, who has a medical background and helped many novelists and writers behind well-known crime shows, on The Writer's Forensics Blog, says that many of the wounds everyone thinks are fatal and result in instant death, much like the wounds that Lucia received in the last episode, do not always kill people as quickly as we think we do.

Most of the time, people survive because they get proper medical attention and first aid, and the deaths that do occur are because the people did not get that treatment and had a relatively weak will to live.

Fortunately, in this episode, Lucia survived because she did get adequate treatment for her wounds, though I would not say that it was the proper kind of treatment that a hospital can provide, so I would kind of question whether or not she would live through what she did, especially considering that what happens after receiving supposedly fatal injuries are not very predictable, which Lyle's post agrees with.

If 8bit did not have Kotaru and the gang find Lucia like they did, I would have been a lot more annoyed to find out that she survived, because she obviously did not move around too move after being wounded like she was.

I also liked how there were a few funny moments and none of them felt out-of-place.

In the previous episode, there was one scene had almost everyone laughing because 8bit covered something that had happened in the visual novel and then decided to skimp out.

However, I was not laughing because the whole atmosphere of things was completely ruined because Kotaru decided to give in to his lustful desires, instead of taking Akane's momentary hint of sadness into account.

After all, just because everyone else found something funny, it does not mean that I have to think that they are funny too.

If I did have to think like everyone else, I would be saying that the church that I affiliate with is really the same church that Jesus established in the Bible and that whatever the leaders say truly comes from God, instead of questioning them like Alan Rock Waterman, in his series of posts talking about taking the lord's name in vain, and Anonymous Bishop, in his posts entitled Zion Postponed and Profits, Sewers, and Elevators, say that they should be questioned, like everyone else that claims they know God's will.

Here, however, the comedic moments do not feel out-of-place at all and actually makes me want to laugh, even though this is the antepenultimate episode.

As a result, I have to give 8bit some praise for not continuing to ruin things even more than they have.

If they can keep this up, Rewrite may actually end on a decent note, but because of the way this series has played out, I do not really see that happening.

Hopefully, they can prove me wrong in the final two episodes.

I also liked how Guardian's and Gaia's objectives were explored in this episode.

For the longest time in this series, both groups were relatively unknown in basically every capacity.

However, when Kotaru reunited with Kotori, he found out that Gaia shared a similar goal, but the series still did not really give out enough details about what each group intends to do, especially considering that one member of Gaia wanted to strike down Kagari, while the other two did not.

In this episode, it is revealed that Gaia intends to protect the key and rid the Earth of humans, while Guardian intends to kill Kagari and save mankind, which is confirmed with scene that involves Akane and the guy that purused Kagari early on in the series.

While it is kind of late to be revealing these kinds of details, I am glad that this stuff has finally been revealed at this point, instead of waiting for the final two episodes of the series.

As a result, this makes me want to see even more which route Kotaru and his friends decide to pursue, because it has already been established that not everyone in either of the two groups is entirely onboard with the objectives of their organizations and Kagari holds the fate of the world in her hands, much like Hikari from This Ugly Yet Beautiful World held the fate of the world in her hands.

For now, I just hope that 8bit can pull off something believable in the end, because that is the only way this will end well, and with only two episodes left, that is going to be quite difficult.

The thing that caught my interest the most was how Kagari heard Gaia's song of destruction and started to act in conjunction with them.

From the moment that Kagari has officially taken center stage, she had no idea who she was and there were moments in which she did not seem to be like herself in the moments after she and Kotaru went to stay with Kagari.

In this episode, it showed that Kagari could be easily manipulated, and makes me wonder if Kotaru and his friends would act in the upcoming episodes to prevent the loss of life that Gaia intends to cause or if Kagari really intends to ally with them.

While seeing these kinds of developments happening right now does kind of bug me, this is at least does provide a good point to really develop Kagari like she should have been during the majority of this series.

Please, 8bit, do not make things worse than you already have, because I have already lost faith in your ability to produce something great to the point where I most likely will not watch anything else that they produce.

Still that does not mean that they should not be praise for doing a few things right, and I will wait to see whether 8bit can pull off the impossible at this point.

Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked.

Because this episode did not have Lucia mysteriously come back to life, like a Disney movie, and had comedic moments that did not feel out-of-place or ruin the atmosphere, as well as the fact that the objectives of Gaia and Guardian were reveal and Kagari brought some mystery, made this episode somewhat decent.

Akane talking to fellow member of Gaia

Although I liked some things in the episode, there are some issues.

Unfortunately, a few of the things that I liked about this episode also contributed to its problems.

Thankfully, only two of them were present.

First, I hated how 8bit waited until now to reveal what the true objectives of Guardian and Gaia were.

In terms of revealing objectives of groups, it should not be done in the last few episodes or chapters.

If a person goes through a whole story where one or more groups are involved, they do not want to be left in the dark as to what the intention of that group is, unless the story is in the same kind of realm as Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.

People should be given a reason to root for one group or the other for most, if not all of the story, and, unfortunately, that does not happen in this series.

Honestly, 8bit, do you guys really have any competent writers among your staff?

There is only one time that a true objective being revealed near the end is acceptable and that is when it is revealed that the objective that was thought was being pursue true out to all be a lie.

The perfect example, at least in my mind, that did this right was Pandora Hearts.

Throughout the course of that series, the audience is led to believe that Jack Vesalius was the valiant hero who stood up against the evil Baskervilles that caused the Tragedy of Sablier, and Oz relies on him heavily in his time of need.

However, later on in the series, Jack Vesalius was revealed to be the real perpetrator and Oz grew to hate Jack when he learned the truth.

I am not saying that 8bit should have done something exactly like this, but this is one of the proper ways to do this and have the audience feel engaged, and even create some great scenes later on, like how Oz put aside his differences and made a deal with Jack in Pandora Hearts Volume 22, in spite of his hatred towards him, in order to accomplish what he did in the final volume.

If 8bit did do things properly, I would be more interested in this series than I am right now, and even consider giving the visual novel a try.

Unfortunately, what they deliver here does not do that, and makes me hate their work even more.

Hopefully, 8bit learns to go back to the drawing board once they complete this series, because they have done an awful job with this adaptation so far.

The thing that I hated the most though was how Kagari became zombie-like during the last few minutes of the episode.

While it was not exactly as bad as the thing I brought up earlier, this was the worst thing present because of where it occurred.

This is something that would have actually worked out pretty well if it first occurred in the middle of the series and played out a few times thereafter, but, since there are only two episodes left, there is no time to be doing things like this.

Yes, Kagari did zone out before now, but it did not seem like she was being controlled in those moments, whereas it appears that she is now.

Really, 8bit? Did you really think that this was the perfect place to do something like this?

If so, you really do have terrible writers on your staff and should feel ashamed.

The only way I see this playing out well is if this was the final conflict that Kotaru and his friends have to face and it takes quite a while to bring Kagari back to reality, much like how it takes a lot of time for people to realize that they have been deceived by those they thought they could trust and believe in.

However, knowing that 8bit has made a ton of mistakes, I am not too sure that they will actually go this path, and, even if they did, I would not really find too much enjoyment out of it, because 8bit never really gave much time for everyone to grow attached to Kagari.

I hope that I am proven wrong in the next few episodes, but if not, then they definitely deserve the terrible reputation that they get.

While there were only two things wrong with this episode, they were bad enough to take this episode from being okay to garbage.

Despite the fact that there were a few things to like, the fact that some of them came up later than they should have in the series made this episode a complete waste of time.

Even though this is the antepenultimate episode, I strongly recommend that everyone avoid this one like the plague, because I do not really see this series ending well.

What are your thoughts on Rewrite episode 11? Did you like it or hate it? If you hated it, do you think 8bit made so many mistakes that it would be near impossible to redeem this series, like I do, or do you think they still have time to turn things around? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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