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The obligatory bleach episode falls on episode three this time. The early “yay playing at the beach” portion was pretty satisfying too; the well-endowed female characters were pretty well-drawn.

The episode as a whole wasn’t anything especially great, but it was definitely quite a step up from the previous one– there was a greater sense of urgency and tension this time, along with less pointless dillydallying. Still, for a series only twelve episodes long, I’d expect there to have been more development of plot and character than there has been up to this point. It’s a full one-fourth of the way in and the viewer still hasn’t really been given a whole lot of information concerning the setting and the characters all still seem pretty flat.

In any case, I’ll give this another episode or two to pick up before I give up on it; the art and music are enjoyable enough for it to not be a complete waste of time. As I mentioned last time, it’s really not that there’s anything bad about the show, but it doesn’t do much particularly well either; there are just better shows going on that are better to spend time watching right now rather than something merely average like this.

In short, the episode was pretty boring. That’s not to say it was necessarily bad, but nothing about it really caught my attention in any way. The whole “I hate spirits. Oh, they helped me. I guess I don’t hate them anymore.” thing felt pretty artificial and not very meaningful. Corticarte’s letting out her anger by helping with a demolition was cute, but at the same time pretty lame.  There was a little too much time-wasting idle conversation here that had little to do with either plot events or bringing out character traits. Speaking of character traits, the characters seem pretty bland so far, as outside of a couple conversations in the first episode, little effort has been made to familiarize the viewer with the characters. If they didn’t look and sound different, save for Corti, I probably wouldn’t be able to distinguish them from one another.

This needs to get better quickly, or I’m going to stop watching it pretty soon.


The picture speaks for itself, really.  


Watch out, Reimu– you have a new challenger for the title of slutbiri goddess.