What’s the show? Seven Senses of the Re’Union, Episode 6.
The previous episode ended on a cliffhanger with our protagonist having to face off against thousands of other players all by himself. He gets slaughtered right? Logic would presume so, but no he defeats them all, he does have some help from Satsuki and Takanori but even so it’d pretty unrealistic but at the same time, who cares?
What do you mean by that? Well I don’t know—you kind of have to take for granted the fact that our protagonists, at least where they are in the narrative, are pretty invincible right now because of the nature of this type of story. It’s not trying to tell a story about how this group of fighters defeated a literal army. It’s telling the more personal story of this once unified group, disbanded by tragedy and time—coming back together—slowly I might add.
You thought it’d be quicker? In hindsight, no, it makes total sense that this reunion in ‘Re’Union’ is going to take most—if not all season. But it kinda feels like it’s dragging its feet a little toward the inevitable resuming of the elite squad known as “Subaru” and I guess in that respect it feels slow.
So does the action feel inconsequential to the story? Yes and no. It feels inconsequential in that the conclusion is undoubtedly going to be in favour of our heroes because otherwise there is no story—they literally can’t die otherwise they’ll be logged out of the game forever and if that happens then they can’t contact Asahi, so we know they can’t be killed. ~However~ the action in this episode is legitimately compelling and well put together so that’s points in favour of spending so much time on the battle between our heroes and the guild leaders of ‘Divine’.
Anything else you wanted to add to this review? Satsuki has a nice sort of arc in this episode, so she’s going to be less of a raging jealous crazy person from here on out—also she has a really cool moment where she straight up incinerates one of the guild leaders, who had already surrendered. Not only is it a badass moment but it also means he’s not going to lamely recur like so often happens in anime where the heroes let the bad guy go. Also we get a look at one of the ‘missing’ Subaru team members, Clive, who’s been watching over the battle with Elicia—the mysterious loli.
So you’re still on board with this show, despite its errant predictability? More or less, it’d be silly to drop it now anyway even if I was getting tired of the predictability. Besides, ‘fixing’ Satsuki is going to go a long ways to making this show more enjoyable as she is kinda my best girl—at least superficially speaking. The tease about where Asahi has ‘been’ the previous six-years, what with flashes of doctors and talks of “failed experiments” proves interesting but I think it’ll be a while before we get any concrete answers to those questions. Either way I’m happy to follow this show wherever it decides to take me, just hoping its not a road too well travelled.
Previous Seven Senses of the Re’Union Reviews:
Haruto and Asahi’s High School Re’Union – Episode 1 Review
Ghost In The Machine – Episode 2 Review
Promises Beyond The Grave – Episode 3 Review
The Shape of Love – Episode 4 Review
Reviving The Past – Episode 5 Review
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Categories: Summer 2018 Anime