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Mashiro no Oto
(Three episodes watched):|
Episode one of any new show has a problem it must overcome: since I don't know anything about it, it seems by default uninteresting at first. If it can't pique my interest within 23 minutes or so, I'd rather it just be over. Mashiro no Oto managed to pass this first test, probably by making main characters Setsu and Yuna likable and interesting. They seem like good people and they've each got a problem they need to overcome--Setsu feels 'empty inside' since his grandfather's death, and Yuna has been obliged to engage in degrading sexually oriented performances to make a living. As a result I'm curious to see if they will. One thing that impressed me about episode one was that as much of a jerk as he is, apparently Yuna's two-timing ex-boyfriend Taketo won't just be dropped from the cast after he is taught a lesson (which is what most shows would do) but rather will continue to play a part, and not just as a two-dimensional villain. He says a few intelligent things. I was sure that Taketo would offer Setsu a job as an ongoing opening act for his rock group after his impromptu performance was well received, but that didn't happen. It did take a little suspension of disbelief to buy that an audience that was waiting for rock music would be moved by some of the traditional sort. In some ways this show seems formulaic, like Setsu needing to invent his own unique sort of music rather than imitate his grandfather's. But things remain interesting at the end of episode one as yet another colorful character, Umeko, appears.
Maybe it's my fault, but the impression I got from episodes two and three was that I was having a hard time keeping up with the plot. Numerous new characters are introduced, and it seemed that we don't really get to know one and understand his/her significance to the plot before yet another appears. For example, there's the virtuoso Shamisen player whose only telltale action (so far) is that he warns of jealousy. Didn't Setsu have a sort of domineering mother not long ago? Maybe I'm taking too long between watching succeeding episodes. But I like the humble girl who single-handedly keeps the Shamisen club at Setsu's school going. Why did Setsu suddenly lose a good chunk of his talent in episode three? I don't get it. Maybe there are too many plotlines running at once.
Last updated Monday, May 03 2021. Created Monday, April 05 2021.
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