The Napping Princess features a young girl, Kokone Morikawa, entering her senior summer, the last one before high school graduation. Amidst her own conflicts of where to attend college, a distant father, and the omnipresent Tokyo Olympics set to occur in three days- Kokone dreams of fairy tale world her father spun when she was a child.
Removing the focus from the main cast and focusing on a separate party to add more depth was a solid move, especially considering the new orders from Control which will likely throw everything into chaos. I’m worried about Ange since she will likely not attempt to kill her best friend, and I truly hope Dorothy will understand when the time comes.
The Reflection presents with another episodes that adds to a long line of static where the story fails to progress, but somehow manages content enough to fill all 20 minutes. Honestly, I’m disappointed with this episode because we remain stagnated as the creators “tease” information about the characters they are attempting to breathe life into. The best we can hope for is a good finale, but the ever approaching end of season has me worried. We are gearing up for the climax in a child’s roller coaster.
While Chise has taken up the role of perspective character the past couple of episodes, she shines in her own personal journey this round. Chise is having a ton of trouble adjusting to her new life, and most of the episode revolves around her letters to her sister back in Japan. Learning more about Chise is nice, but not quite as nice as seeing her friends cheer her up after a series of awkward misunderstandings.
The Reflection pushes the story forward while harboring itself in the safety of the main cast. I get more and more worried each week that this show will finalize the season on a cliff hanger or a rushed end card. While a lot happens with main troupe of heroes this episode, Ian is the focus as we return to exploring his immature tendencies and selfish behavior.
At this point in the show, I think we’ve all guessed the basics of Charlotte and Ange’s backstory, but it’s nice to be presented with the entire picture so we can fully understand each girl’s raison d’etre that I’ve been wildly guessing this entire time. Not only does Princess Principal offer some insight into our main players, but we are also given a very real look into the poor’s life and conditions within the Kingdom which helps us discern why the uprising happened in the first place. It’s a very learning heavy episode, but it doesn’t feel weighted, slow, or cumbersome because the information download is spread out through the entire 20 minutes.
It turns out that an episode of The Reflection isn’t complete without a good ‘ol town hop. This time the crew moves from New Orleans to San Antonio to Los Angles. Though The Reflection still has to learn that focusing too much on disposable characters halts meaningful progression- we are finally making way into the climax. This episode manages to keep a better balance between cast members, and remind us how little we really know about Eleanor who may become quite the key player toward the end of all this.