Norn9: Norn+Nonet Episode 6
Keywords: Confused, perplexed, why, what, WTF, annoyed, adjustments, bizarre…
This was a weird episode for me, but I am glad they finally settled down to confirming (which had to be now or never at this stage of the series) we are now locked onto Sakuya’s route. But while doing so, it left me scratching my head and super frustrated with their bizarre changes they have made, along with the way this whole episode was “organized”.
Let’s start off with the insane amount of adjustments they have made to many of Sakuya’s events. While Natsuhiko x Mikoto is my OTP, I also love Sakuya’s and Itsuki’s routes as well (in my opinion, she has the best group of guys). So since they settled onto Sakuya’s route I was ready for that, but they did not deliver in the way I had anticipated them to.
It frustrated me with how much they had adjusted his events. What was the point of making all those adjustments if they weren’t actually going to change routes? They didn’t need to change up the entire scene, minor adjustments would have been enough, plugging in Anime-Original Content as part of the add-on feature. Furthermore, it drive me nuts how little of a follow up we had for Mikoto and Sakuya. Right now, of all the couples, they are the ones who are lagging behind the most because of the lack of screen-time used to to permit further development. Instead, rather than focusing on Sakuya and Mikoto development (which quite frankly was almost non-existent this episode), they took the opportunity to reveal Ron is the one causing mayhem on the ship AKA the traitor. By doing so, Ron ends up being the primary focus. And it infuriates me because they could have easily taken care of both had they just stuck to the original contexts of the events, and insert minor Anime-Original details. And pardon me but YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY EVEN CUT OUT ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE TWO (ALSO HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SCENES). LIKE WHY, WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU SKIP SUCH A HEART-WRENCHING AND BITTERSWEET SCENE?! IT JUST, WHY DID YOU HAVE TO CHANGE IT SO MUCH?!?!!?! I can see them making up that said scene some other time (though it’s hard to imagine… >_>), but COME ON, with all the tension and “forbidden” love struggle going on, this was the time to do it- not to adjust it!*HUFFS* This leads to my next problem:
Who in the world thought it would be a genius idea to suddenly they decided to throw in (literally, out of the blue) the whole development going on between the bandit desperately trying to stop a man who wants to start a war?
As we see this take place, they start talking about the RESET, which at this point I was throwing my hands up in the air shouting, “WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT!?” because I just… I can’t. Not only was it in the position to be incredibly forgettable and overshadowed by everything else, but they threw it in so randomly, and the follow up was so poor- I was baffled by how abruptly they had brought it up, and I wouldn’t be surprised if an Anime-Only viewer felt lost during the entire conversation. And while the audience can safely assume this battle is taking place in a entirely different time zone, the whole night and day difference really did not do them any favors. Instead it only made it feel even more out of place.
I understand and respect Norn9 is ridiculously difficult to adapt, but ugh, I feel like they could have been a lot smarter than that. I don’t know what they were thinking or why they wanted it to plug it in right then and there.
With that being said, I will tell you right now: I would honestly prefer to wait for the more appropriate time to delve into the subject, because if I discuss it now, you are only going to be spoiled.
While the vast majority of the episode was making my head spin and inner fangirl rage about their adjustments, I was at least able to cherish the fact they did follow up on Nanami x Akito’s post-dream conclusion. I literally cheered when I saw Akito standing outside in the morning, telling Nanami it wasn’t him who was strangling her, he would do that, and conveyed how upset he was about how she didn’t try to protect herself and proceeds to hug her (OH MY HEART! *GROSS SOBBING* BEST SCENE OF THE EPISODE). Koharu and Kakeru also follow up on their dream, being shy and awkward around each other, which I will admit considering how I don’t particular like Kakeru- was adorable to watch and made my heart flutter a bit. They too were able to confirm they had both experienced the same dream and what happened was indeed very real. By the end of the episode, Koharu ends up finding Kakeru’s ear-cuff whcih was in Ron’s hands. While snatching it back, she hears an ominous comment from Ron, of how Kakeru has finally been acting on his own again. Still, she returns it to him but along with the information she had learned from Ron and Kakeru looks pretty horrified at the news. Will be interesting to see where it goes from here.
I’m pretty much done with this week’s episode. My head hurts from all the changes and I feel like I need to lower my expectations even more despite being cautiously optimistic. Presently, I am very disappointed with how much Mikoto’s relationship developments have been left on the back-burner and I sincerely hope they will use their time wisely from here on out because we are now half-way through the series and Koharu x Kakeru and even Nanami x Akito are way ahead of them in terms of development.