Thursday, February 25, 2016
Winter 2016 Stream: Myriad Colors Phantom World: Episode 7
The strong visuals and character animation have been for many the selling point of this series and this episode delivers from giant cat mansion spirit to Reina, Mei, Keito and Kurumi sprouting cat ears and tails (it's cheap pandering but man is it effective!). While the episode works in also showing little bits of character development such as a scene where Reina allows Haruhiko to touch her and does not comically fling him into the stratosphere. It's an interesting bit of subtle magical realism that feels self-contained and allows for character development and the clean visuals to shine. While still struggling to feel like a cohesive narrative over a number of episodes it may not feel contained until the end of the series. Still as a one-off story, something actually happened and even the over explained references that Haruhiko uses to make sense within the realm of the spirit they have to fight.