I was actually hopeful after the first two episodes, but after this, I am forced to admit this anime is on the fast track to failure. I almost want to imagine they actually don’t even care about Kajitsu and only care about a proper adaptation of the 2nd/3rd games, but really, with how these 2 episodes went, I’ve given up on anything close to a good adaptation. As I mentioned before, my greatest fear was a 1 cour adaptation, and given the pacing, that now looks like the reality. At least I don’t have to defend the anime anymore. Since it does seem like they will still adapt all the routes, I’m happy enough to continue writing on the themes but I may need to give some extra explanation that the anime is skipping.
Episode 3 ended up adapting several skits from the common route, without a single regard to transitions, making for an incredibly disjointed episode. Granted, the actual common route is like this but given the nature of a VN and vast amount of additional text, it worked out fine. As an anime, it is pretty darn lazy to just immediately cut from one skit to another with no explanation or transition, though the foreshadowing (which doesn’t really matter anymore now does it?) was impressively on point.
The first skit involves Amane sneaking into Yuuji’s room to wake him up. Little does she know he is already returning from a morning jog, and upon seeing her, he concludes she must be trying to assassinate him. Nope, actually she ends up just doing some censored things. This is the least uhh interesting scene that readers care for. Yes, I chose to just censor everything.
Next, Sachi accepts everyone’s requests for drinks and heads out, following her duties as a maid character. Amane and Makina also leave, remembering they are responsible for setting up the projector. Yumiko mentions how Amane is much different now compared to before, and that she is aware Amane has some kind of mental illness. Meanwhile, Sachi was heading to Hokkaido to obtain some milk. Then again, no one in this school is normal, including Yuuji.
Yuuji is reading when he hears Michiru…being assaulted by an adorable cat. She seems to not like it, so Yuuji decides to mess with her, getting her swing her twintails at the cat in an attempt to scare it away; unfortunately, it loves her more. When it finally runs away, she slips that she’s already given it a name. Tsundere even to cats.
Another random cut to another random scene. Yuuji has agreed to something with Sachi. This is the kind of humor that the common route excels at. Basically, Sachi started talking about how glorious sharks are, and Yuuji decided to auto-pilot the conversation by replying with only 3 phrases: “I see,” “amazing,” and “It’s not your fault.” In fact, it essentially works, except he just agreed for Sachi to make him a shark pouch to wear 24/7, without even realizing it. In an attempt to buy some time, he asks Sachi if it can be changed to a bush dog instead; it will take some extra time: 20 minutes. Unable to figure out how to get out of his predicament, Sachi arrives with a shiny bush dog pouch. Michiru, however, suddenly grabs the pouch and convinces Makina how great it is. If she wants it that much, Yuuji has no choice but to let Makina have it! He thanks Michiru but she seems confused, and if you were paying attention, her eyes changed color…
Suddenly Amane hurts her ankle and Yuuji takes her to the nurse office and treats her. She then asks him to be her boyfriend and confesses to him. He seems annoyed, so she decides to change the offer to being his older sister, but he’s still not interested. She manages to get him to play along though, and she ends up cooking him a bento. With Makina included, he has 2 new sisters. Amane notes she’s being nice to him not for his sake but for her own. Even so, he wonders if he has the right to be happy with his current life.
Episode 4 is where there is a quick shift from the common route to Michiru’s route, wherein a ton of content is skipped. The episode starts with Yuuji and Michiru talking on a hill. She is getting along well with the cat from earlier. Although the conversation goes dark quickly when she starts talking about death.
The other girls discuss how Michiru might be an alien…or rather that sometimes she acts like a completely different person. Suddenly, a loud scream is heard and Yumiko is crouching on the ground. A door bursts open and Michiru comes out with some strange outfit. Apparently she occasionally does a strange dance – turns out she was bleaching her hair.
In another event, the characters discuss whether guys and girls can be friends. When they ask Michiru, she runs away. Yuuji chases after her to find her in great pain and she runs away again. He continues after her to the hill where they were before. After some talking, Yuuji asks who she is, as she is definitely not the Michiru he knows, but she brushes it aside and talks about life and death. She ends up kissing him as an apparent experiment, and then the normal Michiru returns, quite confused as to what is happening.
Yuuji is pondering about Michiru’s different personalities and ends up trying to repeat the kiss with Michiru, at her request, since she pretends to know what he’s talking about. She runs away, takes some pills, and yells at the cat who then runs away from her. In regret, she goes looking for him, and Yuuji also finds her on the same hill as before. Yuuji remembers some business and sends Michiru ahead of him. Turns out he actually found Nyanmeru – in the street, presumably run over by a car. Michiru comes back to find them, and breaks down. They get in a taxi to try and save him, but Nyanmeru coughs up a lot of blood and stops moving.
It’s unfortunate that the pacing is going to be so poor and so much content is skipped which should otherwise provide more emotional and even logical impact. To be fair, I suppose they chose the best scenes to adapt given the restraint of “adapt a route in 2 episodes.” I can tell they have thought about how to storyboard this quite well, and the foreshadowing has been great with the exception of episode 1’s ending. However, trying to fit a ~60 hour story in 13 episodes is simply going to bad no matter how you do it. For comparison, Unlimited Blade Works is roughly a 20 hour route and it’s getting 2 cours.
That said, I’ll summarize what we now know about Michiru. The first is she clearly has a split personality. There is the normal personality we see who acts like a tsundere and is essentially the idiot character you still love, and there is the inner personality who is far more calm and collected but still has her quirks. Both Michirus seems to have an uncanny interest in the topic of death. The inner Michiru seems to know everything but the regular Michiru is apparently unaware of her other self. Then again, we did see her taking some medication. Furthermore, Michiru has trouble with idea of “friends,” which seemed to trigger a painful response. I’m not sure how a single episode expects to detail the real problem, explain how it happened, and solve it, but if it’s truly 13 episodes total, we’ll be getting this 2-episode formula for the rest of the season.