I think about 50% of the episode consisted of shots of Saki’s crotch and butt. If they were going to do this, you think they would have invested in animating these two body parts well. But alas, no. Seriously, this is awful. I can barely even tell this is a human body when they cut out the heads.
The butt shots are even worse. Are they even trying to animate this show?
Of the remainder of the episode, about 20% were pictures of Shun’s mask, and the rest was random spooky lights and floating balls. This episode was basically a clip show.
As for the contents of this episode (aside from the “fanservice”, if you would deign to call it that) this episode felt emotionally cheap and exploitative. They kill off the dog we met five minutes ago and everyone starts wailing. “She… she was my only friend!” Wah wah wah. I feel myself giving zero shits right about now.
Shun’s confession felt the same way. Dude, if you always loved her, why were you just making out with that other guy the other day? Again, the show doesn’t spend the time to convince us that there is weight behind these characters’ words.
We are learning more about the world (while we stare at Saki’s poorly animated behind, of course) but with animation and storytelling like this, I can’t really bring myself to care. It takes more than an interesting world to tell a good story. If that were the case, Horizon would be the best anime ever. (Ok, no, it would still stuck because the world is complex but remains completely retarded.)
I really want to like this show, but they sure aren’t making it easy.