Anime Review: Rewrite Episode 5

July 30, 2016

Kotaru reading letter

I hope that everyone has been having a good weekend.

Things were a bit exhausting for me, but it is always nice to be able to sit down and watch something to take my mind off of that stuff.

As many of you know, I decided to cover two simulcasts that began airing this month and the first third of each one will be complete before this month is through.

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

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

Lucia suffering

There are rumors of a cursed girl named Asahi Haruka going around and Kotaru wants know more about the class rep because of what she recently said.

And when Kotaru starts investigating the cursed girl, things seem to start happening to the people he tries to contact, while the other girl he is interested in finding out more about starts to suffer psychology trauma from the past.

Chihaya Ohtori eating

I am not too sure about this episode.

Fortunately, there were a few things that I liked, so I do not have to skip right into what is wrong with this episode.

I liked how things started off like a real mystery.

If one took a look at a lot of the reviews have posted and removed the numerous manga, anime, and light novel reviews, there would be a few titles that fit into the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, which seems to be where my best work here comes from, though I cannot guarantee that it would be anything close to a masterpiece, since I know that not everything I write is great.

From this knowledge, you guys can clearly see that I know how a good mystery should start and what creates a good mystery.

This episode pretty much covers all a lot of the things needed for a decent mystery, even though it is not one that involves crimes like Detective Conan or many of Agatha Christie's works, and more of a mystery that digs into the past.

Not too much, if anything, was really that obvious and all of the little hints that cropped did have me guessing a bit.

This is what I was hoping to see for Shizuru's past back in the last episode, though it still probably would not give me the emotional feels that Kotomi Ichinose's route in the Clannad visual novel gave me.

Honestly, if it had gone like this, it would have been a much better episode than it was.

Unfortunately, things do not always go the way that we hope that they would, which is why I am not as optimistic as many people would have liked me to be.

Otherwise, there would be no challenge in life and people would not be looking up reviews to see if a movie, book, or show is any good.

If 8bit can deliver a good mystery setting here, I wonder if they could handle a series where mystery is the main focus, and I would not be against trying to see if they could, even though they do not seem have any experience with such series, according to page about them on My Anime List.

For now, I will just give them a thumbs up for at least going in the right direction.

I also liked how I felt kind of sad Lucia during the course of this episode.

While I have not read all of Key's works, I was able to feel the pain that the characters were going through in the works from them that I have read and have come to really expect the same kind of huge feelings of emotion that I got from their visual novels in the adaptations, even though adaptations do tend to fall short when compared to the original source, much like how Boku Dake ga Inai Machi ended better in the manga than it did in the anime adaptation that aired earlier this year.

Here, I could actually get some of those feelings that I wanted to feel, though not even at the levels that I got from the Clannad anime.

For example, during one of Lucia's flashbacks, we see her waking up and interacting with somebody that seems to be her teacher, but just like the flowers in the beginning of the episode, as soon as that teacher and her come into physical contact, the teacher started to disintegrate and Lucia blamed herself for what she did, much like what had happened in the story Shizuru told to Kotaru about Lucia earlier in the episode.

Yes, the feels were not the typical stuff that one would find in Key's visual novels, but I at least could feel and understand Lucia's sadness, which is the very minimum that I expect in an adaptation of Key's work.

Great job 8bit. If this keeps up, you may be able to actually create work that is as good as the Pandora Hearts manga or even FMA sometime in your future, but this title may not be that work that gets you there.

If more shows and stories were like this where I live, I would not have any troubles finding something that I can enjoy investing my time in them, instead of how things are right now, in which the quality of fictional work just keeps getting worse over time.

Hopefully, 8bit can improve on this is the upcoming episodes and really deliver on the emotional side of things, especially because I am not the only one who was dissatisfied with how things were handled with Shizuru.

The thing that I liked the most though was there information revealed that may concern the girl with white hair, who did not show up at all this episode.

Back in episode 3, there was somebody chasing after that girl that wanted to do harm to her, but Kotaru got in the waw, which made me think that this girl with white hair was going to be as important in this show as she was in Rewrite's visual novel.

Now, in this episode, it is revealed that Shizuru and Lucia are not just close friends, but also members of the same group who has some business with something called the Key.

If I had to take a guess, I would say that the girl with white hair is that key that is being talked about, though there are people thinking otherwise.

I am not going to say if I am correct or not, and I request that anyone who has read through the Rewrite wiki or read Rewrite's visual novel not confirm anything, but with how often that girl with white haired showed, this seems like the most plausible answer.

After all, she would not have been chased around if she was neither this so-called key nor somebody that knew what it was.

I guess the only way to know for sure is if either Guardian does something during an incident involving the girl with white hair or if the guy seen back in episode 3 is identified as either an enemy or ally of Guardian, which should happen in the coming weeks, since the second third of this series starts up next week.

Still, that does not take away the fact that this may shed some more light on who the girl with white hair, and I am hoping that 8bit will answer this soon.

Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked, at least without giving some of the people who read the visual novel to give out any major spoilers.

Because this episode had a few elements of a mystery that were handled properly and it made me feel what one of the characters felt while watching it, as well as the fact that this may lead into more information concerning the girl with white hair, it ended up being fairly decent.

Yoshino on phone

Although there were things that I liked, there are some issues.

Fortunately, only one thing really bothered me.

While finding out about Lucia's backstory did make me feel a bit sad and understand her situation, I could not really get the kind of emotional feel that I wanted.

I know, I know. Rewrite is not a tragedy story, unlike Narcissu and the first ending of the After Story route in the Clannad visual novel, but I really expected to see something as heartbreaking as Kotomi Ichinose's backstory and how Tomoya had forgotten all about her, especially because of the way this episode began.

If I had to say why I did not get the feelings that I wanted, it would have to be because Lucia did not receive enough focus, beyond the strangeness of not wanting to touch a plant and why she ran away.

That is not how to make somebody interested in a character, 8bit.

In order to get me interested in a character, the protagonist should probably be with that character for more than one episode, and their time together being the focus of it, much like how Mei Sunohara received the more focus in Clannad than anyone else when she was trying to get Youhei back onto the soccer team.

Unfortunately, Lucia was nothing more than the stereotypical tsundere type for much of the series and there did not really seem to be any kind of buildup in the relationship between her and Kotaru, except for a few nice acts.

Seriously, 8bit! Why are you only giving each character only one episode and expecting me to feel something for these characters?

The anime adaptation of A Certain Scientific Railgun's Sisters Arc lasted way longer than one episode and surpassed the original source in almost every area, with Accelerator's defeat being one of the few areas where the manga was better than the anime.

Yes, they are most likely doing this because they have six or seven different stories to cover from the visual novel, and supposedly one incident that will be anime exclusive, into 13 episodes, but that does not change the fact that there have been two backstories that should have made me feel sad, but did not make me feel that emotion.

Besides, how am I supposed to feel any sense of accomplishment by what Kotaru is supposed to do in this series when I have been feeling any strong emotions from the episodes that come before the halfway point?

Come on, 8bit! You have shown that you at least capable of making decent work and now you just disappointing me to the point where I do not even think that anybody should get this series when it comes out on Blu Ray and iTunes.

Hopefully, things will improve in the second third of this series, but that might not happen at this rate.

While there was only one thing wrong with this episode, the fact that it was the second backstory featured in the series and right at the end of first third of the show hurt the quality very badly.

Despite the fact that there was quite a bit to like, the negative outweighed it enough to make this episode good enough to only kill some time.

I only recommend this to fans of the Rewrite anime.

As for everyone else, unless 8bit can really improve in the second third, it might be best to look for something else to watch.

What are your thoughts on Rewrite episode 5? Did you like it, hate it, or find it okay? If you hated it or found it okay, did you think that that Lucia's backstory was handled better than Shizru's, but still lacked something, like I did, or did you just not care? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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