I said this last week, and I’ll say this again; Tsurune is a beautiful anime! This week’s episode stirred up more than a few feels courtesy of Minato and his continued attempts to overcome his target panic. This is definitely one of the slower series of the Fall 2018 season, but, don’t let that stop you from checking out this gem of a series!
The Kyudo club is moving right along as they prepare for an upcoming competition, but Seiya still hasn’t given up on Minato. Meanwhile, Minato stumbles upon Masaki practicing his archery in the dead of night and the two strike up an unusual relationship.
Flashback: Midway through the episode we get a flashback to 10 months before the start of the series when Minato was at the top of his game at the prefectural competition. We finally get to see what happened during the competition and the beginning of his target panic.
Masaki/Minato Heart to Heart: Last week Minato stumbled upon Masaki practicing late at night and he was mesmerized by his beautiful form. This week, we actually get to see the two of them interacting with one another, and the older boy serves as a mentor of sorts to Minato.
Themes & Trivia
Theme Idioms: During the next Kyudo meeting, Tommy breaks the ice with some archery themed sayings, such as: ‘To show one’s hand’ which refers to someone giving away a secret technique; ‘Straight as an arrow’; and ‘Time flies like an arrow’. These are real idioms.
Nocking Point: Nock points are made using various items (string, metal, or plastic) and are typically placed on the bowstring to allow for consistent placement of an arrow. This makes for more consistent shooting.
Target Panic: Minato is suffering from Target Panic, a psychological condition that manifests in a number of ways, namely a heightened sense of fear and anxiety which interferes with one’s performance.
I’m still getting some serious Pocahontas vibes from all the magical leaves, but even with that, this is a really beautiful anime! Visually and narratively, it’s only been 2 episodes and I am already fully invested in this series and each and every one of the characters. And, it’s not like this is an original concept or anything either. This is about as standard a premise as a sports anime can get, and yet I am in love. There is just something endearing about Minato and his reluctance to join the Kyudo club. You know he will eventually, but right now it’s all about him coming to terms with his own shortcomings. This is not an issue that will be fixed overnight, it’ll take time and it’s nice to see him working through everything at his own pace.
Also, they seriously got me with the Masaki fakeout. I seriously thought Minato was talking to a spirit. So good on the anime for making me think Minato was seeing ghosts!
A Little More Each Day
At Wit’s End was yet another great episode. I know we just started this journey, but there is really something special about Tsurune. The pacing is great, taking its time to build up the characters before delving into the competitive bits. This anime is playing a long game, setting us up for what promises to be a heartwarming story.
I’ll be back next week with another Tsurune review, but in the meantime, be sure to check out MANGA.TOKYO’s other amazing Fall 2018 reviews!!
NEXT TIME: Just as They Met
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