What a day. Some people on Reddit shreddedone of my posts, but I’m glad because they also made me realize the comment system was broken. Here I’ve been inviting people to comment for months, & it’s probably been impossible this whole time.
The act of watching anime inherently forces you to SUFFER. Every minute you spend in the world of Japanese animation leads you down a path of pain. No matter your feelings on this visual medium, you cannot escape this Curse.
I mentioned in an earlier review how deliberately Volume 6 of RWBYprogresses its plot. Chapter 9 continues the tradition, and it seems to work pretty well. This week we get to experience a number of character moments that reinforce our cast’s motivations, for good and ill. At the same time, the show struggles with recurring problems at the root level. You probably notice on some level but maybe can’t articulate WHY the show feels “eh.” Read on to find out why.
Merc & Em: Cinder Death Set-up?
At the beginning of the episode, Mercury & Emerald have a nice chat. True to form, Emerald feels that her personal loyalty to Cinder doesn’t align with Salem & WTCH’s goals. As we saw way back in Volume 3, Emerald feels that she owes Cinder for helping her out of the gutter. Aside from that, the illusion-using young lady wants to take over the world…NOT. She clearly feels out of place & consults her partner.
This is probably going to be a LONG ONE. I have a lot to say about this show. DO NOTE: If you’ve never seen the isekai anime ReZero, I’ll provide a kind of mostly spoiler-free review up to a point. After that, I’ll put SPOILER WARNING and switch to a discussion for people who’ve made it through the emotional anime saga.
Admittedly, I’m late to the party. The two-cour of Re:Zerodebuted in 2016, a period when I spent more time in school. At that stage of my anime fandom, I’d cemented the idea of writing my own shonen, a goal that’s still in the pipeline. Dissatisfied with the romantic subplots in my chief inspirations of Naruto& Fairy Tail, I determined to research romance anime. I’m sure real-world loneliness probably played in as well. But for the most part, my interest in rom-com was academic, a desire to observe the story structure and emotional beats.
I hope you’re all having a nice December! I’ve been taking some time off the blog after a few hectic weeks of posting. However, I have TONS of ideas for posts and nowhere near enough time for them all. I hope to bring you useful & entertaining content in this next year.
If you’re a regular reader, thanks for coming back. This job is all very new and difficult at the moment, but I feel like it’s what I’m suppposed to do.