Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Rewrite Episode #10 Anime Review

The place where I finally fit in slipped through my fingers all too easily.

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)
With an all-out Gaia/Guardian war on the horizon, it's time for Kotarou and his counterparts to get serious. The only problem is that Kotarou isn't necessarily the most well-versed character in terms of actual combat. In fact, apart from his cool handblade thing and his uncanny ability to escape trouble a good 99% of the time, he's basically useless when it comes to fighting. But that all changes (Kind of) when Sakuya shows up inside Kotori's realm one day.

Somehow capable of forcing his way through the barrier with nothing but brute force, Kotarou and the others initially believe that Sakuya has come to claim Kagari and take her back to Gaia. However, he quickly reveals that he has come at the behest of Chihaya and Akane and that he has been tasked with becoming their new 'butler'. Of course, no one turns down a free butler and Sakuya quickly becomes a pillar for life in the druid realm. Along with normal butler tasks, however, he winds up using his spare time to train Kotarou in terms of combat. After all, no one's really sure how the future is going to pan out, so the best course of action is to be prepared for anything.

After going into the city one day, Kotarou winds up reuniting with Akane. Instead of fearing for his life or trying to defend himself, he instead goes back to that whole, "Let me touch your boobs," thing from way back when in the series. I mean of course there's other dialogue before that, but it can really all be paraphrased with 'Akane isn't a total bitch and is still kind of a cool person'. As they depart, Akane tells Kotarou that this is the last time the two of them will meet, signifying that something big is about to happen. She's probably just talking about that dinosaur her friends were sacrificing themselves to make from the end of last week's episode.

Meanwhile, Guardian realizes that it's time to make some moves as well. Thanks to their surveillance equipment literally all over Kazamatsuri, they are able to identify Kotori's continued appearance in the forest. Considering her appearances are coinciding with an area of the map they are unable to fully uncover, they decide that it is in their best interest to keep constant eyes on her. With this, Lucia winds up heading out to scout the area. The thing is, Gaia has a few scouts of their own out there -- and one of them is that mean blonde guy with the dogs. 

Lucia and dog-man inadvertently run into each other and their meeting breaks out into a huge battle that I am not going to spoil the end of. Just go watch the damn episode. It was decent.

In Summary:
The tenth episode of Rewrite is slightly underwhelming considering its overall place in the series. We've already had a 'calm before the storm' episode in last week's installment, so this attempted secondary plot build-up seems to go against its purpose and actually distract from the war looming on the horizon. That being said, it was still nice seeing Akane and Kotarou reunite for a brief moment of fanservicey goodness. The only flaw (albeit a big one) in this episode is that Rewrite is making it harder for us to care about everything that's about to happen in the following episodes. That is slightly numbed, however, by an exciting ending to this week's chapter.

Grade: C+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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