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.
This week’s mission takes place at another warehouse, and we even have a cameo from everyone’s favorite loan shark: Franky! This episode seems to focus on Chise’s feelings, her cultural exchange, and newfound understanding that the life of spy is lonely one. We’ve settled into a rhythm of “mission of the week,” which I don’t consider a bad thing at the moment; however, I do feel like Princess Principal has the ability to do more than offer us this slow life spy story.
Each episode thus far has had some relative focus on one of the girls, and this round it’s time for Dorothy to shine. Since Beatrice has become the viewer’s perspective character when it comes to backstories and understanding the Albion world- it’s time for another adventure featuring the adorable Bea and a spy friend!
The Reflection makes an effort to proceed with the plot this episode, but I’m still left a little confused why we are following such a stretched lead across the United States.