Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rewrite Episode #11 Anime Review

Playtime is over, humans.

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)
So even after falling off a cliff and being slashed through her stomach, Lucia is okay. And while she might not be dead, it's still safe to say that she might be out of commission for a bit. After being sent by Akane to go meet up with Sakuya and the others, Chihaya comes across Lucia's body and quickly breaks into a panic because, well, her friend is essentially bleeding out right in front of her. Luckily, Kotarou and Kotori quickly show up and Chihaya is suddenly alleviated from all of her responsibilities in one fell swoop. The current problem (AKA Lucia) is still quite the issue, however. Kotarou and the others elect to bring her back to the druidic realm and attempt to use magic to heal her. When magic doesn't do much in terms of healing her wound, Kagari steps in and decides to use her ribbons to cover the gash. In the end, Lucia is healed but is still not going to be operating at full potential for quite some time. It is at that point where the difference in Gaia and Guardian is finally put out in the open.

While Gaia wants to preserve or 'shelter' the key, Guardian wants to destroy it. Kagari, being Kagari, accepts this immediately and attributes the alleged attempts on her life as just "her being too popular." Even though Lucia flat-out admits that her organization wants Kagari dead, she goes on to state that she will no longer try to kill her, seeing as she just saved her life and whatnot. Cool. Now Kagari just needs to save everyone else in Guardian's life in order to not be killed by anyone. Or does she?

Akane seems to be losing her grip on reality. As her grandmother begins to lose what little time she has remaining in life, Akane begins to inherit her consciousness, so to speak. And along with that comes a certain loss of her overall humanity. That blonde guy who messed up Lucia last week makes another appearance and this time even goes as far as threatening to kill Akane. However, the poison from Lucia's blade is slowly taking its toll on him. After a brief negotiation, Akane says that she can save his life -- but only if he takes on the responsibility of controlling that huge dinosaur from a few episodes ago. Needless the say, dogman accepts her conditions and becomes the new father of the "Earth dragon" or whatever they called it.

Meanwhile, something is happening to Kagari. After being visited by Kotarou in the middle of the night, she briefly loses consciousness and the light fades from her eyes. Though it does return just second later, it's absolutely clear that she might be regaining images of her past. That's even more apparent when the only words she's able to mutter are, "good memories." This loss of consciousness occurs one more time at the end of the episode, essentially signifying that something interesting is going to happen soon -- which is definitely a good thing after these last few episodes.

In Summary:
With only two episodes left after this one, Rewrite has a lot of picking up to do if it's going to come to a satisfactory ending. There is still a lot we're unsure of at this point in time, and even with all of the added time for exposition, something still seems amiss. That being said, I haven't necessarily lost hope for this series and am really hoping we'll get to see something past the next two episodes. This time around, however, we don't receive much apart from a fan-servicey hot spring scene and some more Kagari highlights. 

Grade: C+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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