Anime Review: Rewrite Episode 8

August 20, 2016

Kagari staring outward

I hope everyone has been having a good weekend.

Things have been a bit emotionally draining, but it is always nice to be able to sit down and watch something enjoyable.

Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode of one of the two simulcasts that I decided to follow this season, which is called Rewrite.

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

Kotaru officialy meets Kagari

With the disappearance of most of its members, the occult club is no more and people that were thought long gone have reappeared, some vanishing as quickly as they came.

However, Kotaru's life is about to get a whole lot more hectic when the girl with white finally takes center stage and asks him for help.

Kagari smiling

I liked this episode quite a bit.

In the previous episode, Kotaru manifested a strange power that neither I, nor Kotaru, thought was really possible with his ability, which he calls by its titular name, and I was interested in seeing him how to learn to control it.

Luckily for me, Kotaru was able to check things out a bit during the early portions of the episode and was able to reproduce the ability.

This shows that he can indeed summon it in a fight, so that he does not need to utilize his ability to enhance the muscles or the composition of his body to deal with things like he normally does.

The question that I have now is whether or not he can manifest it at will during battle.

Yes, he has somehow been able to produce a weapon from his ability a few times in the last episode, but that was the very first time he had pulled off a such a feat, and nobody, not even the geniuses of this world fully understood what they were doing or how things would work in less than 25 attempts.

8bit is off to a good start on this point, but if they cannot make really make this believable, though it is going to be a difficult task, considering that this is the penultimate episode of the second third of the series.

I also liked how the mystery surrounding Inoue's disappearance was somewhat resolved, even though it was not solved through a true investigation.

A lot had happened because of her disappearance, including the fact that the occult club decided to investigate her disappearance, only to breakup, and while this is not a big mystery in the same kind of league as the most interesting cases encountered by Sherlock or those written by Agatha Christie, it was nice that she did not mysteriously vanish from the story, like how Airi disappeared for much of Boku Dake ga Inai Machi.

It also seemed to suggest that Gaia was involved in other incident aside from the encounter in the forest and the guy that Kotaru encountered, when he noticed the girl with white hair fleeing from something, because Gaia was mentioned when Kotaru took a look at was on a device that looked more like an SD card than USB that he got from Inoue.

By doing this, 8bit makes me want to find out more about Gaia and why they seem to be as involved with the occult as Detective Conan's Black Org is with the criminal world.

Unfortunately, with only five more episodes left in the series after this one, I kind of doubt that Gaia would be explored as much as it was in the visual novel, since Kotaru is said to get involved with Gaia, according to his profile on the Rewrite wiki.

Still, if 8bit can give a bit more details before Rewrite's true end gets adapted, I will be satisfied.

For now, I will just give them a thumbs up for a job well done.

The thing that I liked the most was that the girl with white hair was now officially introduced.

Over the course of this series, she has appeared more than once, and in only certain situations, which, like Kotaru, made me think that she was not a real person.

However, only I and the few people who read through Rewrite's wiki or the actual visual novel, which is not available on Steam, so I cannot go through it, even if I wanted, knew her name before this episode.

Now, I can at least call her by name, since she is an important character in the series.

If I had to say why Kagari being officially introduced was so great, it was for two reasons.

First, there is a lot of mystery surrounding her and the fact that she has a more active role now is going to allow me to learn more about her, especially because she says that she want to find herself, which was a bizarre request.

With 8bit doing this before the final four episodes, I want to give them a big round of applause, because I would have been dissatisfied if they wait until the very end to confirm that Kagari was indeed important to the series.

The other reason that I liked her official introduction was that the havoc caused she at Kotaru's school made me laugh quite a bit, though not as much as seeing Sunohara suffering or Akio Furukawa's antics, and actions that probably put him in the same league as the crazy Chuck Norris jokes that used to be all the rage, before being replaced by Mr. Popo from DBZ Abridged.

I cannot remember laughing about something so much since the moment I read about Akio Furukawa getting involved in a bus hijacking in Clannad.

With all the serious stuff that I happening in Rewrite, I was wondering if things would remain that way or if there would be some comedy and Kagari comes along and provides it, even if it is still what the academic world would consider low-level comedy.

As a result, I kind of want to see more of her, as she goes about finding out more about herself in the final five episodes of this series, and want to give 8bit a major round of applause.

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

Because Kotaru started exploring his new ability and what happened to Inoue connected thing back to Gaia, as well as the fact that Kagari finally getting introduced officially brought in even more mystery, in addition to some comedy, this episode was fairly enjoyable.

Kotaru & Yoshino

Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.

Fortunately, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, nothing really bothered me too much.

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

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

I mainly recommend this to fans of Rewrite, because they will understand how important Kagari is to the series.

As for everyone else, I recommend waiting for the series to end and then start from the beginning, because the next episode will mark the end of two thirds of this series.

What are your thoughts on Rewrite episode 8? Did you like it or hate it? Do you think that Kagari will make things more interesting now that she has taken center stage or do you not care? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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