Spring 2018 Grab Bag Week 9: Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru, Piano no Mori

I'm a bit behind on these shows, but the post must go on.

Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru Episode 8

I'm going to be honest. I actually like this second arc a lot more than the first arc, even if it gratuitously uses chess pieces to show off how smart characters are. I was a bit skeptical about the idea of the trapped genius, but I'm actually fine with the way in which the series seems to be jumping between two time streams to tell its story.

There's no way Zhuo Lu isn't Remedius in disguise. I guess the series isn't really trying to hide that fact. Remedius was listening to the story of the mythical Zhuo Lu, and none of the other rebels are blond. I think the idea of the sheltered genius sympathizing with rebels and fighting back is nice. It's almost like Iron Man.

I'm less interested in the stuff about the Magatsushiki, though. I'm sure it'll all come together eventually, but it feels like a mechanic of the setting that hasn't been explained well.

Piano no Mori Episode 7

The time skip in this series isn't super surprising given the older Kai we're shown at the beginning of the series. Part of me feels like it's a shame that Shuuhei hasn't really progressed in the time skip, but it fits with his personality.

I have to sympathize with Shuuhei here. The whole "play from the heart" thing is the kind of advice that's really easy to give and very difficult to interpret. Be specific, darn you.

I always like stuff like this. Talent can only do so much, so it's great that Shuuhei acknowledges Kai's efforts.

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