Hello everyone! It’s been a while. I’d like to apologise for being late with my reviews, but a lot has been going on lately, hence the belated review. But things have settled down and it is high time to get into the review! Anyway, enough with the apologies, let’s get straight down to business!
With this episode of Saekano we are halfway through the season, and a lot has been going on. We finally got to see Blessing Software finish the game. Though through a lot of trials and pain, but they indeed managed to do it. However, some things never go smoothly no matter how much you try, and in this case we had Eriri passing out, collapsing just a day before the important deadline. Let’s see what will this result in.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 雪に埋もれたマスターアップ
From the ending of the previous episode, it was quite obvious that Tomoya would run to Eriri and take care of her while she is sick. This was also backed up by all of those flashbacks to Tomoya and Eriri’s childhood, when the latter was bedridden and the former was by her side all of the time. This episode also gave us a couple of flashbacks and I must say, young Eriri is extremely cute and adorable.
Coming back to Tomoya, from the very first season he struck me like a very eccentric person, who really cares only about his anime, games, and basically only about otaku culture in general. I was more than certain that Tomoya would either ask Kato to go with him, or just send her alone to take care of Eriri. What really surprised me was him asking for Iori’s, his eternal rival, help. Weird, right? Especially considering the fact that there are people who would run to help Tomoya with just one word of his. Makes you wonder, why did he ask his rival to help him?
But that aside, another thing that threw me off guard was Tomoya giving up on the game, giving up even after seeing the art that Eriri produced with her sweat and blood, the art that made her pass about and collapse in the middle of nowhere, all alone and by herself. I do consider it to be laudable of Tomoya to prioritize his friend and ally over the game, but believe me, that won’t make any creator happy. Which is also obviously the case with Eriri.
Then again, they manage to work things out, and release around 100 samples, by burning the CDs at home. Of course, this cannot be compared to other creators who have companies backing them up and release thousands of copies. The things is that after Blessing Software had released their demo and after the information went viral, a lot of people were interested in the game. All 100 copies were sold in less than half an hour, and in this way the first COMIKET for Blessing Software was finished. Makes you think about the hard work and dedication of the members of the circle. Hard work always, I say again, always pays off. It goes without saying that Utaha and Eriri’s fame had its influence on this success. What do you think, can this be called a defeat to Iori and Izumi-chan? I don’t really see it that way.
There are a couple of things I’d like to highlight about this particular episode. For starters, seeing Tomoya and Eriri playing a game together, just like when they were still kids. At the beginning of Season 1, Eriri didn’t even want to be seen together with Tomoya, but now she is comfortable with spending her time with Tomoya and being friends just like they were years ago. The making of the game has helped them overcome all the problems that lay between their friendship. Isn’t that just sweet?
Another interesting thing was having Tomoya accept Eriri as his number one artist. That is not really surprising considering that she created amazing art, even though they missed the deadline. We only got a glimpse of Eriri’s art, but from what I saw, it was splendid, unspeakable. An artist who managed to get out of their creator’s block, rise up from it as a phoenix and become an even better creator is not to be taken lightly. Eriri will still move forward, much forward.
Not many comments to make really, the episode spoke for itself. But I am a bit curious of what kind of music Michiru made for the game. I know the game is complete and they will either try to find a manager, or start making a new game for the rest of the show, but I would love to get to hear some of the songs. I am sure so would you.
With this the review is done, and so is the game. Saekano is showing another side, not just being a harem anime which I consider to be one of this show’s strong points. Seeing friendships being reborn and rivals being honest towards each other is rare these days. This is the appeal of Saekano for me. What is it that you find appealing about this anime? Make sure to tell us here on MANGA.TOKYO, we will be waiting for your comments!