Monday, July 11, 2016

Rewrite Episode #02 Anime Review

I could carve out a place to belong all on my own.

What They Say:
Kazamatsuri, a modern, well-developed city renowned for its burgeoning greenery and rich Japanese culture, is home to Kotarou Tennouji, a high schooler least privy to the place's shared values. Content to fill his pockets with frivolity, the proud and nosy boy whiles away his time pestering the self-proclaimed delinquent Haruhiko and indulging in his amorous feelings toward the oddball Kotori.

Equipped with the superhuman ability to permanently rewrite any part of his body to multiply his strength or speed, Kotarou is naturally drawn to the supernatural. One special meeting with the lone member and president of the Occult Research Club, the "Witch" Akane Senri, leads to Kotarou reviving the Occult Club by recruiting Kotori and three other members: the clumsy transfer student Chihaya, the strict class representative Lucia, and the unassuming Shizuru. As Kotarou unveils hidden secrets of each member of the Occult Club through their shared adventures, he will inevitably encounter a fate that only he might be able to rewrite.

The Review:
Content: (Please note that the content portion of the review may contain spoilers)
When we last left off, Kotarou Tennouji was face-to-face with who we assumed to be the witch of Kazamatsuri, Senri Akane. Well, as it turns out, Akane is the witch -- but she's a little different than those of us who haven't played the game expected her to be. Even though she's the leader of the Occult Research Club, Akane seems a bit...disinterested in the paranormal and says things like that can't possibly exist. Regardless, she makes Kotarou a few charms out of paper that he can use to "Fend away the spirit/girl that has been haunting him." Luckily for him, it actually works for a little while. On the first night that the white-haired girl visits him while he has the charms in his possession, she's turned away after one...flies into her mouth? Huh. Obviously, Kotarou sees the charm in the morning and is immediately convinced that Akane is actually a real witch with magical powers or whatever.

Upon returning to her and freaking out about how he needs more charms, Kotarou winds up telling Akane that she shouldn't be taking the paranormal lightly. After a quick back and forth, the two strike up a deal. If Kotarou is able to prove that the paranormal actually exists to some extent...he get's to touch Akane's breasts. Great choice, Kotarou. You speak for all of us. Anyway, from this point on, our protagonist has to figure out exactly how he is going to win this bet. His first course of action -- recruiting more members for the Occult Research club. His first choice is [obviously] Kotori, who promptly learns what is on the line for this bet after Kotarou drags her into the clubroom. Regardless of the sheer lewd desires that are driving forth this pretty intense topic, Kotori agrees becomes the third member of the club. Wait, did I say third? I meant fourth. Apparently, Chihaya is a member as well since she "has ties to Akane". What does that even mean? Eventually, our other two heroines (Shizuru and Lucia) join the team and we suddenly have a motley crew of amateur ghost hunters.

Apart from that, nothing else really happens. This episode is almost entirely exposition and a set-up for how things are going to play out from this point on. We already have all five of our heroines united, so there won't be any "Kotarou goes out and convinces girls to hang out with him" like there was in Little Busters. There's a line at the end of the episode where Kotarou mentions something along the lines of, "There's more than meets the eye for Akane" and I think that pretty well sums up the general idea of this episode. Considering she didn't have much time (In fact, she didn't have any time at all) in the first episode to get her character across, this second installment does a good job at demonstrating exactly who she is -- or at least who she is right now.

In Summary:
Rewrite tones it down a notch and throws in some more lighthearted comedy and exposition as a set-up for the next several episodes. After uniting all of the heroines, our protagonist is ready to move on and advance toward his final goal of touching Akane's boobs. In all seriousness, though, even if nothing really happened in this episode, it still felt refreshing being exposed to some good old KEY character and plot building. This expository episode provides a nice break in terms of pacing in comparison to last week's 48-minute pilot and does an excellent job at propelling us toward episode three.

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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