I really feel like I’m watching an overly long independent film with each episode of this show I watch.
Seriously, I still don’t know what this show is about and why I should care. Midori has a complex regarding her drawing abilities and how she can continue to make a living out of it. Great, but you know who else has that same complex? I haven’t looked at any statistics, but I assume more than 80% of the artists working in the animation industry. We care about them and the woes they bring up regarding why the industry because they’re real-life people.
Midori is not a real person. She’s a fictional cartoon. As such, it’s the anime’s job to make me care about her problems and it’s not doing a good job at that. The characterization is flat. The dialogue regarding her issues – along with the dialogue in general – looks like it was ripped straight out of an online Psychology tutorial. And to make matters worse, her problems are resolved so matter-of-factly with no real conflict or resolution that I struggle to understand why she gets focus in the first place.
A character drama should be insightful. It should feel important. I don’t like all of Makoto Shinkai’s stuff, but he gets that in every thing I’ve seen of him. I didn’t get that with this episode’s shift into the serious. I just got the same transparent “human” crap that people go nuts over at the Toronto International Film Festival.