As a show, The Reflection works on a few fronts. It is delivering a commentary on society as a whole as well as American culture. The stark, thick lines and simple animation make the show stand out in the current anime market where most shows look to be in the same vein.
It’s time to delve into the overarching how and why of Princess Principal, and episode two starts us off with some shocking events.
The show is able to move quickly through plot without leaving the audience behind and confused, and it’s got an uncanny ability to make you think just a little harder about each girl’s action- especially after Ange’s reveal
The summer season is well underway, and all the new anime have finally premiered! Below is a list of the anime I’m watching this season and my first impressions of each. This anime season has some great pinch hitters, and some- not so great additions to the anime universe.
This is it! The moment we have all been waiting for! The resurrection of the evil demon lord, Zelucifer! … Is what it’d like to say, but the actual final battle is a little hectic and Zelucifer never has the chance to fully rise to power. Not a lot actually happens in this episode in terms of a final climatic battle. In fact, the battle has more to do with Meguru’s internal conflict than the fate of world.
The promise of season three in 2018 helps keep you from being too worried about the state of this bloody battle as things begin to look bleak toward the end. I think this announcement does wane the dire situation, but there isn’t much you can do about spoilers in this day and age. With a final episode for the season comes more reveals to keep you baited for season three, but luckily these aren’t portrayed as cliffhangers and we can rest assured that we are on our way to discovery. It’s frustrating to still be out of the know at the end of all this, but just think about how the scouts feel- they know even less than we do as viewers.
I have developed quite the soft spot for Twin Angels BREAK, but no amount of pure affection can mask the subtle frustration I have with the pace of these last few episodes. Our last act is being drawn out, and it feels slow compared to the breakneck speed we had toward the beginning. While TAB has been taking its time since the halfway point, I am noticing an even slower crawl at the end here. The expression pauses and general banter would have been better served cut down and replaced with action scenes or even preserving the final episode as a fan service “thank you” with the extra time saved from removing the extraneous material.