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3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season | Episode 10 and 11 Review

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Episode Ten and eleven Thoughts

Considering how long it’s taking me to finish the second season of 3-gatsu no Lion, I’ve come to the conclusion that longer length anime regardless of how good they are, is something I have trouble with. I’ve become spoiled and accustomed to the typical twelve and thirteen episode length anime.

I just cannot get over how beautiful the animation of 3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season is, it’s absolutely stunning. The way the animation is used to better display the emotions all the different characters are feeling, exaggerating their inner thoughts and highlighting their internal struggles. How the animation is used to amplify their hidden emotions, adds that extra bit of flavor and spice. It adds a different dimension to the story being old, coupled by the characters own narration over their thoughts and feelings. Junkei Yamazaki‘s arc was just beautifully done, especially with the background music and sound that had accompanied it.

It was actually refreshing having something else other than Rei and company take center stage for the episode. Instead the episode focused on a supporting character (Junkei) and ran with it. They also gave him a wonderful background story, which held its own. It carried meaning, highlighted personal struggle and gave him hope at the very end. This is the kind of story telling I love and is something I would love to see more in anime. I’m sure we will never hear or see of Junkei again, but episode ten made such a good impression that I think that Junkei’s arc was needed in pushing the overall story of 3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season forward.

Episode ten was a wonderful episode, for sure. As for episode eleven, that is a different story. if I were to compare episode eleven to episode ten, then episode eleven is a definite downgrade; and I am not too sure why. I do not understand how you could go from something extremely well done in episode ten to a slice of life/comedy the next.

How could you go from an extreme high to an extreme low in a matter of minutes? Not a clue. There wasn’t much that really happened either during the episode, all we know is that Rei would eventually have to face Touji Souya. All that being said and despite of the lack there of entertainment for me during episode eleven, one thing I cannot get over is just how beautiful the art is. I’ve talked loads about the animation and how it’s used to visualize the emotions the characters feel. Like the animation, the art is stunning. Everything feels like it was coloured in with watercolour and it looks so good. A+ for that.


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