18if Ep. 2 Thoughts – Why won’t they tell us anything?

 

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I left episode one of this show thinking, ‘Ok, they told us nothing and I have no idea what the plot of the show is, but it’s only episode one.’ Now, episode two has passed and I still feel left in the dark. Leaving some mystery is what makes twists and conflicts exciting. However, this show seems to be going really out of its way to not explain a damn thing.

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Three quick examples are 1) How do the communicators work between dreams and real life? When asked, Katsumi simply ignored Haruto asking how it worked. Ok… Or you could tell us? 2) How does Mr. cat-man dream scientist always find Haruto in the dream world like it’s nothing? 3) How did he know that Haruto had shared a dream with the witch in the first place. To that, he says ‘don’t worry about it.’ Well, actually, I will because that seems important. Hopefully, these questions are answered later on in the show. On top of all the other ones, I mean.

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So, the big takeaways from this episode are seemingly massive reveals for where this show is going. First, is that Katsumi’s sister has Sleeping Beauty Syndrome and that’s probably going to be the focal point. An episodic plot with the overall plot of waking up his sister, Yurina. Maybe she just took Nyquil and needs a day or two. The other reveal is a lot more alarming. Apparently, if you get into a witch’s dream, or dream at all, you have the potential to affect things in the real world. Like, kill people. I’m not a cop, but I’m not quite sure how you would catch a dream murderer. Everyone is essentially Freddy Krueger now. Does that mean no one is?

The other reveal is a lot more alarming. Apparently, if you get into a witch’s dream, or dream at all, you have the potential to affect things in the real world. Like, kill people. I’m not a cop, but I’m not quite sure how you would catch a dream murderer. Everyone is essentially Freddy Krueger now. Does that mean no one is?

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I do have to say that this show is a lot darker than I originally anticipated. After seeing the murder scene of the witch’s family, that message came across loud and clear. Slit throats, broken bones, and gore galore. The witch is murdering the three people responsible that just were released from prison. They apparently did it for internet fame. Since they were minors, they weren’t tried to the full extent of the law. That kinda got her peeved. Gah, kids will be kids. What can you do?

As far as characters go, I’m beginning to like Haruto more. Granted, that’s being balanced by starting to get annoyed at Katsumi. Katsumi’s repeated attempts to stop the witch from murdering, just because he personally can’t stand to see it, is one of the tropes I hate most in anime. Well, I mean blind justice. Damn it, just let her murder them! Gosh, is that so much to ask for. He seems to be on a moral high ground that I just can’t really get behind. Maybe I’m being too cynical. On the other hand, the passive and uncaring nature of Haruto has briefly been cast aside as he decides to assist the witch. Knowing, or at least thinking, that revenge was the only way to let her continue life and, considering these people stains on society, he voluntarily helped her carry out their murder. Oh, Haruto. I knew you had an emotion or two in you. Only last episode you didn’t care if your limbs and heads got chopped off. Look at you now. I’m definitely showing them this post if I ever get asked to do jury duty.

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As always, I do have to say that this shows backgrounds, colors, and sceneries are always amazing to see. I can also say that the opening and ending songs are a very different take than what I usually hear. The opening, Red Door by TeddyLoid, sounds like music from a rave and the ending, Break the Doors by TeddyLoid,  is straight hip hop. Not sure yet how I feel about those, but they’re not the worst I’ve heard by a long shot.

Overall, I can see this anime turning more into a debate of ethics and morality. There are still a lot of unknown elements at play and I want to see where this goes. My biggest question is probably who’s Lily. She mentions at the tail-end of episode 2 that maybe someone was trying to tell Haruto something and that’s why he saw the dream. Maybe that’s Yurina? Also, am I crazy or is Haruto just an inhabitant of the dream world? Like, he doesn’t have a physical body, right? That’s why all the witches say they want to see him in real life because he doesn’t exist. It’s like a bad joke, I thought.

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