Anime Review: Rewrite Episode 9

August 27, 2016

Kotaru thinking

I hope that everyone is having a good weekend, regardless of whether it is back to the daily grind or the seasonal break is drawing to a close.

Things have been somewhat stressful, mainly because, like a lot of people out there, I have to deal with people who think they know what I need and are trying to make me somebody I am not, but it is nice to be able to just sit back and watch something that I can enjoy.

As most can tell, I have been following two simulcasts this season and it looks like they are both drawing to a close soon, since next month will be seeing the première of the final four episodes of both of them.

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

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

Kagari & Kotaru in Kotaru's room

Kotaru and Kagari start trying to find out more about who Kagari is, while have a relaxing time outside.

However, after coming into contact with members from both Guardian and Gaia, an old friend asks Kotaru to bring Kagari, promising to answer the questions they have.

Kotaru & Kagari confronted by Gaia member

I kind of liked this episode.

I liked how was not too confused about what was going on, even though it did not really pick up where the last episode left off.

Yes, there was not really much to go off of around the end of the previous episode, since the only thing of relative importance that occurred was that Kagari, who had not been not been named for a large part of the show, in spite of the fact that her name was already revealed on Rewrite's wiki and the fans of the visual novel already knew who she was, finally got an official introduction and how Kotaru's life changed when she received much more focus.

However, that does not mean that 8bit does not deserve some praise for doing something right.

After all, I cannot think of any reason why people would want to go through the events that happen every hour or every day if things do not change all that much, otherwise people would not have been as annoyed with how Harumi Suzumiya's Endless Eight ended up showing what appeared to be the same scenes over and over again eight times.

If I had to say what a good amount of time to cover the boring stuff, I would probably say limit it to three or four days, at most, and then use a time skip to when things finally change.

Besides, the only reason that a reader or viewer should see what happens each day of a week or longer is if those details are actually important to the story, though adding in those days can help make the work long enough to make a print release of a story worthwhile, since many companies that people use to publish work on their own requires different minimum page counts for different sizes.

In the case of this episode, 8bit chose to end the mundane, yet hilarious, peaceful days that Kotaro and Kagari had and really focus on revealing more about Kagari.

Seeing as this series will only have 13 episodes, I would have been mad if 8bit did not start really exploring Kagari like they should have since the beginning of the show.

I also liked how the comedy that had been present in the series so far continued on this episode.

While parents may have some issues with some of the things present, mainly some things that Kagari does out in public, I got a huge laugh out of all of them.

Of course, it was even funnier that, unlike Youhei Sunohara, these things did not all necessarily happen because of something Kotaru wanted to do.

Hopefully, 8bit can determine when to not implement comedy, because any issues that may crop up in the upcoming episodes, or even ones that may be present here, have the potential of hurt the series much more than in the past episodes.

Because of this fact, I would hesitantly give them a thumbs up and just wait to see if they can pull off what fans of the visual novel say will be impossible in the span of 13 episodes.

Another nice thing was how the identity of the key, which was kind of obvious once it was revealed who everyone swore allegiance to, was finally confirmed.

For quite a while, at least from a few of the comments I saw on Crunchyroll for a few episodes, though I kind of prefer using their apps instead of the site itself, people have been trying to determine what the key was, but because, unlike Detective Conan, I have only read through what was available online, I did not know for sure how accurate things were.

Now that Kagari has been revealed to be what everyone was looking for and that she has to make the same kind of decision that Hikari had to make in This Ugly Yet Beautiful World.

This makes me much more interested in seeing how she will grow during the last few episodes that this series has, which is definitely more than the amount of time each of the girls in the occult club got in this adaptation.

However, just because 8bit has given her enough time to be fleshed out, it does not mean that they will handle her in a way that things would end in a way that is as satisfying as how Pandora Hearts and the FMA manga ended.

Hopefully, 8bit has learned from the mistakes that they made in the early episodes and deliver something remarkable, otherwise this series will become one of the worst of 2016, and will make me even less interested to go through the Rewrite visual novel the moment it sees an official translation where I live.

For now, I will just give 8bit some minor praise and warn them to not make the same mistake A-1 Pictures did in the final episode of Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, which wasted its potential of being the best anime of the year.

The thing that I liked the most though was how this episode actually felt like it was setting the stage for the final four episodes.

In my time alive, I have seen series come and go. A few of them, such as the FMA manga, Pandora Hearts, Yu Yu Hakusho, and the Rurouni Kenshin manga, ended with little or nothing left to the imagination and gave a proper send off.

However, there are some, like Mx0 and even at least one show produced where I live, get canned and never receive the kind of closure that we get from the works of fiction that great because they are great, not because they are called classics and big name critics say that it was spectacular.

In works that have a satisfying conclusion, people can see that the ending is coming soon and everyone, from the protagonist and their allies to the main antagonist, are gearing up for one more trial, while a few of the truly terrible works just end.

For Edward Elric, this moment came when he had to face Truth after he and his allies defeated Father, and had to decide what he would sacrifice to get Alphonse Elric back.

For Yusuke Urameshi, he had to find the reason that he was still fighting, even though he was no longer the jerk that he was in the beginning, during his fight with Yomi.

In the case of this episode, everyone seems to have their sights on Kagari and she is just beginning to learn who she is.

Even though I would have liked to have more focus on her in the series overall, this seems like that perfect point to explore how Kagari and Kotaru will be able to handle the truth from this point forward.

Because there is so little time now to focus on Kagari, this is starting point of what will make or break 8bit, and I am interested seeing where things will go, especially since it has not been revealed how Gaia and Guardian differ on their plans to achieve a common goal.

All I am asking for right now is for 8bit to not ruin things just when they have finally made up for the issue of not being able to feel sympathy for the two girls that had received focus in the last part of the first third.

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

Because some questions were finally answered and the key was revealed, as well as the fact that it actually felt like things were about to end, this episode was fairly enjoyable.

Lucia & Shizuru

Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.

However, aside from things too minor to talk about and my leeriness about whether or not 8bit can deliver a satisfying end, nothing really bothered me too much.

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

Considering that there were quite a few important things that happened and 8bit did a lot right, this was definitely worth watching.

Seeing as the series is two thirds of the way through, I only recommend this to fans of Rewrite.

What are your thoughts on Rewrite episode 9? Do you think 8bit did well in setting things up for the final four episodes, like I did, or did they already make a major mistake that will hurt the series? Was there something you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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