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Kuzu no Honkai
(Three episodes watched):|
The thought occurred to me while watching this show is that if you're an viewer like me who often complains about a lack of depth and character development in anime characters, romance anime is probably the best genre to watch, since a lack of action and magic (usually) means the characters absolutely need to be interesting or else the whole story will quickly fall apart. Here we have an intriguing premise--a couple who see each other as little more than 'replacements' for their preferred lovers, and have vowed not to fall in love. But it seems a safe bet that that will happen anyway. It makes you wonder, to what extent do we choose lovers via free will and to what extent do our genes and DNA make the choices for us? Hanabi and Mugi seem like OK but not exemplary people, which only makes them more interesting. Anyway, I wonder where this story will go from here, and will gladly watch additional episodes.
The network of who loves who and who knows what and so forth quickly becomes complicated and I fear that I have lost track of too much. Two characters look a lot alike and I mistook one for another. Going into episode three, I found that I had forgotten some important stuff--like 'who is this girl? Was she introduced in the last episode? I don't remember what her links to the main characters are'. This is probably partly my fault and party the fault of the plot not keeping focused enough. If it isn't kept fairly clear what the states of the various relationships are, I will inevitably become confused and won't be able to summon the concentration to keep track of what's going on. Already, I wonder to what extent Hanabi and Mugi are still devoted to their original, frustrated choices of lovers and to what extent they have already fallen for each other. Twice already the two have almost had sex, which was kind of titillating once but now I worry it is now being used as a cheap shortcut to 'wow' viewers.
What was that I said about romance animes needing developed characters? Hanabi and Mugi were initially given semi-interesting personalities due to the odd relationship they are in--but it seems that since then little has been done to expand them. They--and everyone else--haven't become three-dimensional enough, and as a result I can't care all that much who wins and who loses in the complex web of secrets and betrayals. All the twists and turns which are being added to the plot only confuse me when I'd rather the story concentrated on the male and female protagonist rather than add additional (shallow) characters. If I can't get to know them and sympathize with them, everybody will be scum as far as I'm concerned--and if everybody is scum, who am I supposed to root for? I get the feeling that my confusion will only get worse if I continue to watch, so I think I will drop Kuzu no Honkai. If I hadn't fallen far behind (as usual) in watching this season's anime, perhaps I would give this show another chance; but I cannot afford that luxury just now.
Last updated Monday, March 06 2017. Created Wednesday, January 25 2017.