What’s the show? Caligula, Episode 2.
Ah, the pretentious show that you raved about last week… still pretentious? Not nearly enough!
Oh, so things have changed in this second week? Somewhat, a lot less literary references, less psychoanalysis, less stream of consciousness.
So basically everything you liked about the show is gone now? Not gone, just less. And I mean I get it, I should have realised that it wasn’t something the show could have kept up. It’s not Bakemonogatari quality after all, but—and this is a big but—but I’m actually okay with it.
Huh? So even if it dispenses or reduces a lot of elements I really dug, it adds enough different things that made me appreciate the wider vision the show has, even if it takes until the end of the episode to become clear (or at least as clear as this show want’s to be at this point).
You’re being kind of vague about it, I doubt people reading this expect these episode to episode accounts to be spoiler free. Oh so I’m allowed to spoil now, am I?
Sure, go nuts. Well it seems like the show’s got a Matrix thing going on, or at least we’ve got some elements of it, our protagonist and the side characters have all now realised they’re world is artificial (or they’re about to realise it), and it’s being created by a virtual idol program called μ who’s controlling people with her music? Again it’s all kind of vague and I kind of love it about the show, I’m never fond of shows that have great, big exposition dumps at the start of the first episode that explains everything about the situation. I love being as clueless as the characters in the show, especially in this genre of show.
Anything else? Oh there’s an annoying little floating chibi character that makes a brief appearance, Aria I think it’s called. Not fond of it at the moment but maybe it’ll have a point later on.
So despite it losing a lot of what drew you to the show in the first place you still sound pretty positive about it. I am! I want to know more about what’s going on but I’m content for it to be dolled out gradually over future episodes. And while it’s very entertaining and interesting I am fully prepared for it to let me down by either giving too much away too quickly or never answering anything in a satisfying way, but right now I’m happy with how things are progressing!