Norn9: Norn + Nonet – 02

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Last week’s episode-ending bang came from an attacking ship from the outside. One of its two crew members boards the Norn, testing Mikoto’s defensive powers and warning her that she and the other ten are the true “disaster.”

So begins an episode full of mysteries big and small, most of which remain too obscure to really care about. Rather than feeling all that enticed, I felt a bit left out as the episode kinda did its own thing, darting from one activity to another.

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It actually reminded me of playing a game with lots of long cutscenes, which while very technically impressive and pretty, are still cutscenes, meaning I’m waiting to get back control of the game.

Seeing Koharu’s powers in action was pretty righteous, but was undercut by the just-along-for-the-ride, autopilot feeling emanating from the rest of the episode.

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With the attackers repelled, the second half of the episode focuses on who their foe was and what they want. It is believed someone was “working on the inside”, so everyone suspects everyone else, and gets paired up so they can keep an eye on/out for one another.

In two of the three cases of guy-girl pair-ups, it is implied the guy and girl have some kind of unpleasant past that drew them apart, but everyone’s very tight-lipped on what those pasts entailed, only that they were painful in some way.

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Naturally, Koharu gets paired up with Kakeru, and they set to work replanting the orchard she accidentally incinerated, her love for him growing with each planted sapling and descending sakura petal. He even has a little fun with her isolated upbringing by joking that they must sleep and bathe together…ribbing that was more awkward than witty.

Then, one morning, while Koharu is watering her garden, some snot-nosed kid from 2016 shows up, having no idea how he got there. We saw him earlier in the embrace of a mysterious woman in a big pretty blue chamber, perhaps the core of Norn; now he’s out and very confused.

I know how he feels! This episode was a random jumble of strange events, mysteries, and clashing tones, resulting in a kind of indifferent shrug…and I’m only now mentioning the bevy of miniature duck slaves who serve the Norners their meals! My resulting impression was…a lot more ambiguous than last week. Ethereal scenery alone will not save this show!

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Author: magicalchurlsukui

Preston Yamazuka is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

One thought on “Norn9: Norn + Nonet – 02”

  1. I thought there was an attempt at a little character development for all the characters this episode. Someone would get a bit, then it jumps to the next one etc. Plus we had action too with the attack on the ship to weave in around the characters and to propel the story line along too. Though really I didn’t think they were too perturbed by it at all.. Someone shots holes in their ship sort of randomly, and they all sit down and hold a meeting about. No-one was chewing the scenery about this potential life threatening event at all.

    The great artwork and design is still evident of course. It tends to draw you in and at times dominates over what the characters are doing to the point I found myself admiring it’s artifice and then found myself wondering what the characters had been doing. Koharu’s ability scene was awesome and was really well done I thought. I thought it was interesting that Koharu’s reality is 1919, the new character’s is 2016 – I wonder what the other characters’ life periods are?

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