Your average awkward gamer and otaku. Book girl. Tsundere. Freelancer. Struggling to become an author.
Hello, everyone! And welcome back to our weekly review of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Flat. With the anime getting a second season, the making of the in-anime game is obviously going forward as well! I’m pretty sure that many of you can’t wait to see the game completed (because let’s get real, that’s the whole goal of the anime, right?), and I am happy to let you know that we might have progressed much more in this one episode on learning about what the game’s actually going to be like, than in the whole past season!
Let’s get straight to the review!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 本気で本当な分岐点
You know the episode was a success when you don’t notice how time passed. I can’t believe that it has already been 25 minutes, the episode’s over and now we have to wait for a whole week to see what’s going to happen next.
We got to see a bit of a different side of Utaha: she was a bit kinder and trustful. Most importantly, it was a side of her that couldn’t decide what decision to make concerning the university choices she got, a side of her that wanted to stay close to Tomoya. However, this is exactly why something deep inside tells me that we are not going to see much of Utaha in the coming episodes.
Another point that stood out to me, was seeing Eriri and Megumi bond over stalking Utaha and Tomoya. Of course, Megumi is not the type to stalk people, but she is obviously interested in Tomoya, and she tags along with Eriri even though she had many chances to leave. This kind of bonding is quite important for the progress of this particular series. Why, you ask? Because making a game is all about teamwork, and it is crucial for the members of the team to work as one, be close and not fight.
Utaha writing a new ending for the story and leaving the decision to Tomoya, as well as Eriri not agreeing to help him in making the final choice is a huge step for Tomoya to move forward and grow as a director/producer. Being able to make important decisions and life-changing choices is an essential trait of a leader, and that is what Tomoya is trying to be.
Another thing that caught my attention in this episode was a line said by Utaha, when she was reading a book in the bookstore: ‘I want to finish this monogatari series (the series of this books/tale) before leaving.’ During the first season, you might have noticed many figurines in Tomoya’s room. If you looked closer you’d notice that those are figurines of famous and beloved anime characters. Now, Monogatari Series is a very famous and amazing anime/LN series. A part of me wants to think that this was a tribute-reference to that specific series.
Character development: Character development is an important aspect of every anime, movie, book. The balance of the story gets ruined when a show has literally no character development. For example, when they have the same plain personalities they had at the very beginning or when a show has a character development which is extremely fast-paced, i.e. the most helpless character suddenly turns into a great warrior nobody can take down.
Saekano is not exactly the most perfectly balanced anime out there, but it moves more or less in a proper pace. This is a huge plus. It is nice seeing your characters developing through trial and pain.
Choice: I wasn’t surprised when Utaha gave the burden of choice to Tomoya. I am pretty sure that the events will evolve in a way that she will stay close to Tomoya and the others and she will continue making games with them (well, 90% sure, to be fair). We often get to a point in our lives where we have to make important choices, and no matter what we choose, we are still going to have to sacrifice something in return. Making such decisions is usually quite hard, pressuring, and stressful. Hence, it is not that weird to see Utaha forcing her problems onto the guy whom she is attached to, has more or less romantic feelings for, and who, she thinks, can protect her.
Utaha: So far, we had seen Utaha’s creative side. She is a genius teenage author who is famous all over the country and has a huge demand. In this episode, we got to see a totally different side of hers: that of the reader. While being an avid reader myself I could totally relate to her when she was reading the books. Kudos to the creators for being so realistic. This is exactly what draws the audience into the story and makes you love it.
Eriri: A total otaku from the tip of the head to toes. And as a fangirl, she doesn’t really pay attention to tiny details. Unlike Utaha of course. This is where their characters clash and this is exactly the reason why the two do not get along. They are fundamentally different, like opposite sides of a magnet. Unlike Utaha who is quite the calm and cool character, we see Eriri get all emotional and cry over a movie just because it has a bit of resemblance to her own love-life. Sweet, isn’t she?
And with this, I shall conclude the review for the Episode 2 of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Flat. By the way, whose team are you on? Which girl do you think should be next to Tomoya as his lover? (Though he probably will choose a 2D girl over a 3D girl any day!) I am on Eriri team! She knows him the best and she definitely has a deeper connection with Tomoya compared to the other girls! What is your reasoning? Make sure to let me know what your opinion is in the comments below!
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