Greetings ~ After two whole seasons packed with pure goodness, this season sure is slow. There are quite several spooky shows to honor the month of all things eerie and I’ve never been a fan of Halloween. I don’t fancy horror series in general, but there are a lot of ways a series can incorporate supernatural elements or lore and it can be fun! I’m having a blast catching up with Welcome to the Demon School Iruma-kun, for example. My top contender for this season is probably Blue Period.
Anyways, enough with the chit-chat. Before I start talking about my thoughts, a summary of what happened in this episode is due. After a good old exorcism session, Mikado and Hiyakawa are having their replenishing moment at their usual diner with steaks as they have to feast before the exorcism. To their surprise, Erika is glued to the window the two eating behind. It’s their first time interacting, and we also learn Erika is quite knowledgeable when it comes to curses, techniques, and all that. The second half focuses on another unexpected request Mikado gets from an old acquaintance, which again, gradually ties the case to Erika over the arching theme ‘family’.
Watching today’s episode, I found myself thinking if the studio (or a shady person) was holding the chief director and the director at gunpoint to work on adapting this series. To be honest, it felt very plausible. I can understand a lot of shortcomings, and as someone who’s been consuming BL for more than a decade, I don’t go into animated BL expecting things in the first place. I’d like to think it’s an accomplishment to get me frustrated when it comes to this.
It’s not fair to compare Tricornered to Yuri!!! on Ice for lots of reasons, but I’ll try to make a point. In the latter, while you could see the shortcuts taken especially when animating the characters skating, one must’ve been blind to not see the love and care poured into the series while making it. It’s also apparent from the interviews done with the creators, but watching the series alone is enough. And I think, for now, my frustration stems from the lack of care or thought. I know it won’t look as shiny on one’s resume as directing a hit series like, say My Hero Academia, but still, I wonder if this is the outcome Tricornered deserved.
I’m in a wet blanket mode right off the bat, but it’s solely because there are ideas that I genuinely like in the series. Especially the family theme in today’s episode and the different shapes that familial love takes in different households. Connected to that, the inexplainable side to what they do and how others treat Mikado and Hiyakawa in turn. I recently read Dolores Reyes’ novel Eartheater, which again revolves around how people are scared of the main character’s supernatural powers, yet they seek help from her when they feel helpless, all the while continuing to treat her with contempt. It also doesn’t help the main character who has to deal with all the painful, or at times disgusting, experiences but feels compelled to help because she has the power to do so. It’s an amazing theme to explore.
However, the flow of the narrative is doing these weird jumps all around and I wondered if Crunchyroll uploaded the wrong episode today because their meeting with Erika felt a little abrupt. My complaint isn’t about the adaptation not being 100% loyal to the source material. I’m frustrated because the way a series presents its ideas matter, and I can’t help but sigh thinking of unexplored or missed opportunities.
This doesn’t mean the episode was a waste of time. It was short, but I really loved the visual technique they used for the Ophelia-like curse in the pond, and the score supported the eerie feeling subtly. Red poppies amid murky greens and browns looked stunning and the art direction reminded me of This Boy is a Professional Wizard. I also like Erika as a character, or at least the premise made me want to get to know her and her circumstances more. It was also interesting that there seem to be people around her who know of her powers, and they link them to her virginity. Hoping these points will be explored more deeply as we go on.
Hiyakawa continues to be a jerk, and I like him for that. In a way you’d find something ugly charming in its own way. He has no appeal and is rather unlikeable. While I’m guessing some kind of redemption route might be awaiting him down the line and this change will probably be brought by Mikado, sometimes a shitty person is just… a shitty person. And as I always say, I enjoy variety. I’m planning to write more about this ‘redemption’ topic elaborately if I can gather my last two remaining brain cells.
I guess I complained more than I talked about the episode itself, but despite it all, I’m still looking forward to the next week. I also have a feeling that since the pieces have started to come together and Erika is finally in contact with Mikado and Hiyakawa, there will be fewer jumps in between cases and the plotline might become more connected from here on.
What did you think of this week’s episode? Are you sticking to the series or have you given up? Let me know in the comments, otherwise, see you tomorrow!
The rest of my The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window reviews:
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 1 — Encounter
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 2 — Binding
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 3 — Malediction
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 6 — (dis)belief
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 7 — Atonement
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 8 — Loneliness
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 9 — Confluence
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 10 — Resolve
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 11 — Confrontation
- The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 12 — Destiny
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