Anime Review: Rewrite Episode 7

August 14, 2016

Kotaru leaning on Kotori

I hope that everyone is doing well during their final few days of summer vacation.

There have been a few things that added more stress than usual, but it is always nice to be able to relax and watch something enjoyable.

As many of you know, I have decided to cover two simulcasts this season, and they have both entered their second third this month.

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.

Occult club engage in combat

Inoue has disappeared after deciding to investigate what the Occult club found and the adults have all given up on finding her, instead deciding to place blame on the Occult club.

However, when strange things start happening, Kotaru ends up learning a few things about his fellow club members and stumbles upon new things about his own abilities.

Occult club hunting

With how the first third of this series end in a disappointing way, I was not too sure if things could be as good as they once were, which is not something that can be guaranteed to occur after only one episode, though the previous episode did end up being better than the two that came before.

After watching this, I enjoyed the episode.

I liked how it pretty much picked right where the previous episode left off.

Yes, Kotaru was not speaking alone with Akane, like he was at the end of the last episode, but things started to focus on the events that transpired because of Inoue's disappearance.

By doing this, 8bit allowed me to learn a bit more about which group each of Kotaru's fellow club mates belonged to, and even what group the guy that Kotaru encountered while chasing the girl with white hair may have belonged to, though the identity of the Key has not been confirmed like it has on Rewrite's wiki and the visual novel, at least from what I could dig up.

Besides, unless the group's identity is part of the greater mystery, much like the true name of Black Org in Detective Conan has been a mystery, with some people saying that the true name of Black Org will automatically unmask the identity of the boss, I do not really see much point in trying to hide the identity of other groups, especially now that it has been revealed what group Shizuru and Lucia associate with.

As a result, I have to give 8bit quite a bit of applause, because there are works of fiction out there, in which the people behind it decided to only answer these things using a flashback scene, though it is not usually done too poorly to the point where it does not make sense.

Good job, 8bit, on taking an approach that makes the most sense.

I also liked how believable Kotaru's feelings were during the course of this episode.

For example, within the first few minutes of the episode, where he still believes that everyone is getting along just fine, we find it is revealed that not only has the activities of the occult club have been suspended but that the club itself would be no more, he tried getting everyone to get behind an idea to save the club.

While I have not really had strong feelings about anything to the extent that Kotaru has about things, I have encountered people that have been ruining what little of a good relationship they have had with another person, because that individual, who I considered a friend, was treating the other individual as a project for the local parish, instead of as a real friend, and it felt like the three of us were breaking apart in a bad way.

Likewise, Kotaru has been through quite a bit with the other club members and seeing things fall apart, and I can kind of sympathize, though it was his own fault that things ended up like this, much like how I ended up ruining good things in my life in one way or another.

This is a direction that I expect to occur in a series of any kind, at least for it to be any good.

After all, Edward and Alphonse Elric from FMA were together for a very long time and if their parting, before Edward gave up his ability to use alchemy, did not have any emotional impact, the series would not have been good as it is, though I will not call it the best series ever, otherwise series like Pandora Hearts would not have been able to shine like they have.

Good job, 8bit, it looks like things really are turning around, and, maybe, if the final route to be covered ends up giving me as much feeling as how FMA and Pandora Hearts did when they ended, this will end up being a pretty decent series, though it probably will not match the experience the visual novel fans read.

The thing that I liked the most though was the emergence of Kotaru's new capability with his powers.

Even though this could be tied in with what I talked about last, this really stood out on its own.

Many times, in anime and manga, the protagonists develop some new ability and either they seem to be just okay with it, which happens more often than not, or, in the case of Kuwabara from Yu Yu Hakusho, the enemy thinks that the character can use it at will or the characters are still learning what their true power really is.

Here, however, Kotaru thought he had a full grasp of what his ability was and he was even shocked that this occurred.

True, Kotaru's situation is much like Kuwabara's situation in the penultimate saga of the Yu Yu Hakusho anime, since Kuwabara had a pretty good grasp on how his spirit sword worked, but Kuwabara had no idea how he got out of the thing that entrapped him and his friends and his rage did not leave him enough time to question how he could have done it, whereas Kotaru did have some bit of time to be able to ask how this new manifestation came about.

Hopefully, Kotaru gets to find out how to control this ability more, because he will probably have to fight a bit more once the girl with white hair gets more focus than she has so far.

If 8bit does not do so, it really would just be the same kind of plot convenience kind of thing that people complain about it many other series, of which, I would also include the explanation of how Eisuke and Rena were related that cropped up in Detective Conan Volume 58, though it at least was theoretically possible in real life.

For now, I am just glad that 8bit handled this in a believable way and that does deserve some applause.

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

Because I was allowed to find out who each character allies with and the feelings expressed by Kotaru were pretty believable, which made something that would normally be called a plot convenience become a bit believable, this episode was actually pretty decent.

Akane goes over details

Although I like the episode, there are some issues.

Fortunately, aside from some things that are probably too minor to even bother talking about, nothing really bugged me too much.

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

Consider that there was quite a bit to like, this was definitely worth watching.

I mainly recommend this to fans of Rewrite, because those are the people that are going to be able to enjoy this the most.

As for everyone else, this was not so bad that trying it would not be worth it, but it might be better to wait for the series to end at this point.

What are your thoughts on Rewrite episode 7? Did you like it or hate it? Do you think that what happened with Kotaru is going to be just another plot convenience or that he will learn to control this new ability? Was there something you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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