Anime Review: Rewrite Episode 2

Kotaru in Occult library

This is surprising, is it not?

As the summer simulcasts have started, I was expecting to be behind for a while, but since I chose to follow some shows that just started, it looks like I had no trouble catching up.

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

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

Akane & Kotaru

After his encounter with weird events at the school, he comes face to face with the girl known as the School Witch, who is the president of the school's occult club.

However, much to his disappointment, this club president more of a skeptic than a believer in the occult, and he must now prove to her that the supernatural in more than just fiction.

Shizuru & Kotaru

With the disappointment that was the previous episode, I was not too certain that this would be would be enough to redeem the series, especially considering that there are quite a few people out there who think that Rewrite is Key's best work.

Fortunately, after having watched this, I can say that I liked this episode.

I liked how this actually felt like the beginning of the story.

Yes, the series started in the last episode, but thing it really felt like things were being rushed to a start something.

If I had to say why it felt way, it was probably because that particular episode ran for too long, which clocked in at about 48 minutes, or the equivalent of an hour-long television episode, and did not seem to present a clear focus on what this series was actually going to be.

Here, however, there were not as many different things going on and the series has settled into the kind of setup that is pretty similar to the way things start in Planetarian and Clannad's visual novel, where it takes a while to finally build up to a satisfying story.

In fact, it makes me want to continue on with this series, and see how things develop between the different characters.

If 8bit had started the series like this, it would have been a lot more enjoyable, though it probably would not be the most unique beginning, since there are already a ton of stories where things really start to occur when groups are formed.

Seeing this kind of improvement with the second episode, I want to let 8bit know that they have certainly improved, but it might not be enough to make people change their opinion on whether or not 8bit can produce an anime that is just as good as FMA, more the manga ending, or Pandora Hearts, which ended its run in Japan a while back.

I also liked how things there were things that actually made me laugh during the course of this episode.

While it was not really a unique or higher plane of comedy, I was reminded of all the times that I found myself laughing at the expense of Sunohara in the Clannad visual novel and even the ridiculous items that end up getting used in the fights that occur early on in the Little Busters anime.

For a moment, I thought that Kotaru, the protagonist of this series got turned into the series butt monkey, especially because Kotaru seemed to be just as perverted as Sunohara, and I could not get enough of it.

This makes me really want to give 8bit a good round of applause, because it can be difficult to make things funny when one has seen too much of the same thing.

I hope that 8bit delivers more hilarity in the coming episodes, though I am not too sure the fans of Rewrite's visual novel will be seeing the scenes that they found the funniest, since adaptations do tend to cut things out and we can only hope that was is cut is nothing important enough to make us feel for the characters.

The thing that caught my interest the most though was the mysterious girl with white hair seemed to show up quite a bit, even looking in on the fully reformed occult research club.

Even though she is a major character in the visual novel, at least from what I could dig up through online searches, I am not too sure which route this anime will focus on.

The 2006 adaptation of Kanon did not seem to have a main focus on any particular girl, while Clannad, more so the After Story portion, focused on Nagisa, and Air seemed to focus on the mystery surrounding Misuzu.

This mysterious girl seems to want to be with Kotaru and has also caused him enough trouble that I want to know more about her, so I am hoping that this show focuses more on her than the other female protagonists, especially considering that this anime is going to be relatively short.

Again, I want to give 8bit and the staff they have working on this some bit of applause, while hoping that things do not end being as disappointing as how Boku Dake ga Inai Machi ended, because they have given yet another reason to continue on with this series.

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

Because this episode felt more like a beginning than the pilot episode did and it actually made me laugh, as well as giving good enough reason to continue watching this series, this was very enjoyable.

Kagari

Although I did like the episode, there are some issues.

However, aside from issues that usually plague the first few episodes in a series, nothing really bothered me too much.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was more to like than hate, this was definitely worth watching.

I recommend this to fans of Key's other works, such as Clannad, and those that want a good laugh.

As for everyone else, this may be worth trying out if you want something a bit different from the norm, but do not expect anything as amazing as the fans of Rewrite's visual novel says is there.

What are your thoughts on Rewrite episode 2? Did you like it or hate it? If you liked this, did you like it more than the pilot, like I did, or about the same? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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