What’s the show? ISLAND, Episode 4.
So what’s new on the Island? Quite a lot in fact! I dare say this is the single most eventful episode of the show so far—kind of funny that it’s come at Episode 4 where a lot of people probably stopped watching at Episode 3 because of that silly ‘three episode rule’. But whatever, their loss!
You sound bitter… are you bitter? Oh always, especially when it comes to shows I am ~particularly~ fond of like this one.
Right. So what’s so “eventful” about this episode? Hurry up and convince people to watch past episode 3. I don’t think there’s anything I could say that would convince people who’ve dropped this show to pick it up again but I’m going to ‘speed round’ the basic plot points to show just how much happens in this episode. Karen is ‘arranged’ to be married in order to secure the family name in accordance with Island tradition—she goes to Setsuna for help and she agrees to break up the wedding, with the help of Sara who is officiating the ceremony as well as Karen’s brother and a sea captain. Escaping the Island, Karen and Setsuna arrive in mainland Japan in order to search for Karen’s mother. After following the directions provided by her brother they arrive at the intended destination, only to find her mother’s grave. After some initial grieving Karen is interrupted by a hyperactive girl named Momoka who used to work with Karen’s mother! Turns out Karen’s mother didn’t leave the island to pursue another man as her father always told her but because she was offered a professorship in marine science—a subject she was passionate about! With this sense of closure, and most of her questions answered Karen and Setsuna return to the island with a sense of purpose—to change the archaic traditions of the island and bring about a revolution!
Okay… I admit, that’s a lot for just one episode. And that’s not even to mention all the little character moments like with Rinne’s more positive outlook and Sara’s anxiety over not having the power to cure the Sootblight Syndrome and Karen’s brothers seemingly overeager willingness to help in everything and the biggest piece of information the episode drops (repeatedly) that the current year in the anime is 1998!
Uh, okay. Why is that important? I don’t know, but it is! The camera lingers twice on a calendar reading that date as well not-so subtly referencing paper tickets for catching trains (which are obsolete in Japan and have been for a while) and also name-dropping Y2K. Being that this show is ~eventually~ going to incorporate some time travel elements, the fact that the year is brought up so much means there’s undoubtedly going to be a time skip soon!
And I take it you’re excited for that? Of course I am! Time skips forward are among my favourite narrative devices—even if it’ll probably just be brief. But then again who knows! This show is like an intricate puzzle-box and I have no idea where it’s going or what’s around the next corner but I’m loving every minute of it all the same!
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Categories: Summer 2018 Anime