The Yuuji butt begins.
Grisaia no Kajitsu Episode 2 Review.
Le Fruit de la Grisaia Episode 2 Review.
This is the visual novel adaptation that many have been waiting for, and from the looks of the comments surrounding these first two episodes, this has been a good adaptation so far. As I did not play the visual novel, I cannot provide you with my opinions on how good it is as an adaptation. What I can give you, however, is an anime-only viewer perspective on what has transpired in these first two episodes. Hopefully, that’ll give even visual novel readers an idea of what people with a different perspective think about this title.
Grisaia no Kajitsu Episode 2 Impressions
Usually, I’d actually analyze what went on during the episode. In this particular episode’s case, I would talk about why Sakaki Yumiko is acting in such a way, and my guesses as to the various characters’ pasts. But since this is a well-known visual novel that many have read, doing that would be a lot less fruitful than it would usually be. After all, it is only the beginning and I’d be shooting in the dark anyways. Basically, I’d end up looking like an idiot making random guesses. Instead, I’ll just focus on critiquing it¬†for now until things develop to a point where I can analyze the character in a way that’s beneficial for everyone.¬†Firstly, let’s discuss the pacing. For visual novel adaptations especially, the story can be uncomfortably quick paced. This is due to a combination of the long length of the source material and the multitude of different routes to consider. Thankfully, these first two episodes, at least from my anime-only perspective, have been very well paced. The first episode gives an introduction to the personalities of the various characters (along with some quality Yuujibutt) while focusing¬†more on Yuuji’s buttcheeks, Amane’s titties, Sachi the maid overlord, and Michiru the best tsundere actor. This second one then focuses on Yumiko the Gahara V2, and Makina the drooler while adding bits and pieces in between involving everyone. This creates a nice balance of development between the characters¬†which makes me¬†feel like I’m going through the “prologue” of a visual novel where everyone is introduced before I pick a route that I want to take. No one is being neglected, and character screen times have been even.
The other reason it feels well paced is the flow of scenes in both episodes. What I mean by this is that adequate time is used for a single scenario. For example, the Michiru tsundere introduction in episode 1 was given almost five minutes, sitting around and talking to Makina took the same amount of time, Sachi just showing Yuuji his room and introducing herself took three, and so on.¬†This adaptation is clearly not rushing through the portrayal of the various characters if it’s dedicating that much time to these scenes that don’t have a lot going on. Now, on paper this sounds like a bad thing since one would probably think that a¬†story should have interesting things going on. Isn’t that the point? Well, the thing is that jumping into interesting things right away isn’t necessarily a good idea when we don’t know much about the characters at all. As long as there are hints of more intriguing plot points, which there are (ending of episode 1 for example), that should be good enough¬†to pique an anime-only viewer interest. Even with that aside, the character interactions are already enough to convince me to follow this anime every week. Yuuji may have the look of an asshole, but he certainly has good chemistry with the other characters given his nature. It greatly helps that the female protagonists are distinct enough from the others to stand on their own in… interesting ways. I mean, at the end of this episode we see that Sachi is probably making those masochists among us very happy.
Nothing has truly started yet. We don’t know what pasts the girls, or even Yuuji have. We don’t know whether this will be more focused on Yuuji and one single girl or Yuuji, one single girl with the other four greatly supporting the story as well. Currently, the anime is simply letting us become accustomed to the personalities of these girls so when the drama comes around, we’ll care that much more. Without looking at the thirteen episode limit on MAL, it¬†seems like this¬†has a great amount of potential, but sadly, there is a thirteen episode limit, and we have to discuss the limitations that it brings for a visual novel adaptation like this. Look, the gradual pace is great. There’s no doubt about that. Visual novel readers are for the most part, happy with these two episodes. The problem is sustaining this gradual pace with a thirteen episode limit without rushing it later on.¬†Now, I’ve asked a friend about how long the common route is, and he said that it’s a lot longer than the individual routes (not collectively of course). At this pace, he says that it’ll¬†take much longer than 1-cour to complete the common route. With this information, I’m¬†becoming a lot more doubtful as to how well the rest of the anime is going to turn out.
So far, while this anime has by no means been fantastic, it’s been solid with what it’s trying to do. After all, it is only until later when the drama starts rolling¬†that we can see whether the writing and execution are¬†truly good or not. These two episodes have been a good sign of what’s to come, but with such a limited number of episodes, I’m not sure how they’re going to do this. While they obviously don’t want to butcher this by rushing it, they didn’t give themselves enough time in the first place by making it thirteen episodes. It seems unlikely that they’d rush through the rest given how they’ve paced everything so far. The best case scenario is that this is a split cour anime. The worst case is that they rush it heavily later on. The case in between is if they keep the pace and end¬†it at a cliffhanger. Even though people would undoubtedly be angry if it does end at a cliffhanger, and I would be irritated as well, that’s far better than rushing it since a continuation can be done for this season in the future should they decide to take this route which would be unavailable if they rush through¬†later on. It would be a huge disappointment if this adaptation starts off¬†this strong, and ends up as a rushed mess. That, is the one thing I hope it avoids becoming even if this season is to end at a cliffhanger with no second season in sight. At the very least, I’d be able to enjoy these thirteen episodes instead of being disappointed¬†at a visual novel adaptation once again.