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Episode 21

Back to Japan goes Kotarou, and he reunites with Kagari as she lets him know that the world is headed on a path of destruction. Kagari gives him the mission of filling her head with fond memories. So to figure out what Gaia is up to, he joins Gaia as an undercover member and while Kagari is asking Kotarou to get rid of Gaia, and then Guardian, Kotarou thinks it's a bad idea. In his infiltration, Kotarou learns that there's a rift that he could potentially expose. And once more, Kotarou meets Kotori in the druid sanctuary in the forest, but it's not exactly a happy reunion with Kotori creating monsters in bringing her parents back to life. Kagari sure has suddenly become sharp-tongued there telling Kotarou all sorts of things to get him upset. Kotarou is losing his head there, and seeing that the world's future at stake it's no wonder why.
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Episode 21

Once Kotarou returns to Japan he meets Kagari and she informs him about the destruction of earth. In order to prevent that he needs to fill Kagari with fond memories and he agrees to help her out. He joins Gaia as a undercover agent in order to keep taps on them and learn how to use magic to summon monsters. While keeping tabs on both groups he meets kagari and happens to come across Kotori who tells him about her druid powers and the fate of her parents. With the fate of the world at stake Kotarou is making rash decsions that even Kagari calls him out on it.

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Nice to see City of Stone adapted



Kagari's role this week gave me the chills honestly. Nice to see Chihaya making a cameo too.
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Episode 22

Kotarou finally meets up with Kashima, and Suzaki knows about it. And then Suzaki introduces him to an underground city of stones where monsters live freely. Esaka moves overseas and Kotarou lives a busy live taking over the cafe, as well as being double agents for Guardian and Gaia, all while all is peaceful for now as there's a cold war going on between Guardian and Gaia. So as a Guardian agent, Kotarou is tasked with rescuing Tsukuno and Akane from Kashima, but it fails, and he sure did piss off Kagari by saying that he would let world destruction happen to maintain those trivial ties to those strangers. Kagari sure went ballistic there, especially with the way Kotarou responded by confessing her love like that.

That Super Kagari-chan tank sure is a force to be reckoned with.
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Episode 23

Kotarou has made his decision to follow Kagari, his lodestar. So in doing this, he continues to play both sides, killing Oonishi from Guardian, while battling the summoners all to protect Kagari. So now that he has what he needs out of both organizations and with Kashima having made her move that his role as Bondo Suzuki is over. With that, humanity is on the verge of extinction with the song being activated, all while Kotarou kills Esaka. Things sure did escalate pretty quickly and once again it all comes down to what Kotarou does as the last time this happened, the world ended. One more episode left to go.
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Mini Shizuru!



So I guess the finale will determine if the world will be saved or not? I'm hyped to see what will happen. Kotarou's choice was a tough one to make this week as there are risks and consequences.
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sigh... Too many pacing issues to really count at this point. There were a few decent episodes in the middle of this season but its really gone off the rails now. Its like they just read the visual novel and decided well this has to happen then this has to happen etc.

The fight with Esaka was extremely anti-climatic compared to the one in the visual novel, probably because they didn't do much to actually develop their relationship in the anime.
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Episode 22

Kotarou has a meeting with Kashima where he informs her that he wants to work under Suzaki. After hearing about the meeting Suzaki lets Kotarou in on the underground city that they built just in case something happens. We also find out what happened to Nagai as her memories were erased and has joined Gaia taking care of Akane. Later Kotarou is given a mission to kidnap Nagai and Akane but is cancel as Kotarou prepared ahead. After all that he meets Kagari where he lets her know that he loves her and surprised about it runs off.



Episode 23

This episode is crazy as Kotarou still playing both sides takes care of anyone trying to find Kagari. The good thing is that we finally get to see Lucia and Shizuru after all this time. After that nice scene Kotarou is back to taking care of anyone looking for Kagari that he even goes one on one with Esaka. The fight is a one sided fight with Esaka easily countering anything Kotaoru does, but doesn't predict the trap he set for him. In the final scene Kotori shows up to fight but Kotarou being how he is kills her parents and leaves her crying in tears.

That last scene was hard to watch as both of them had a family in one time line and this is how it's come for them in this one. Lets see how things will turn out in the final.

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I dropped this early in this cour. By the looks of it; I'm not missing anything. Pity since I liked the first cour.
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So just in case anyone wants to know, nothing was announced at the end of today. I'm not expecting to see anything related to Rewrite anime for awhile.
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Episode 24 (Finale)

In the end, Kotarou couldn't save Kagari as he ends up killing Kagari at her request to put a stop to this madness. Once again, Kotarou was too late to stop the song and the world is on the verge of destruction, but this time around Kagari hung on long enough to make that request. Seeing that he is tasked with saving the Earth that it was really the only choice he had, and he lets her know that he loves her in her parting moment. Years later, the earth is living in an Ice Age, but the city is protected with a barrier. After spending so many years in the tree, those girls pull him out and Kotarou takes everybody to the moon. Well, that was rather anticlimactic and after all that, Kotarou still couldn't save Kagari (albeit a different one), but at least it's great to see the girls again.

Final Thoughts

This season is a huge improvement over the first in that the story nicely laid out and wastes no time with the sidetracks that the first season had too many of. The feels and other emotional stuff that are typical in a Key series are more pronounced, all while the storytelling is much improved seeing that it's all canonical from start to finish. That said, the story for this season was rushed, especially the Moon arc where things just happened way too quickly for it to leave the intended impact, and it opted to only last 11 episodes when it could have used one more. Not to mention, it was only about Kotarou and Kagari while the other girls are pretty much irrelevant. In summary, this seasons continues to build on the first season's strengths with the characters, foundation, soundtrack, all while telling an improved story that's all about Kotarou, while the weaknesses are pacing (this time too fast as opposed to too slow with the first), cohesion, and animation seeing that as a Key show it had some pretty lofty expectations it couldn't quite deliver on.

Grade: C (low 7/10) season 1, B- (high 7/10) season 2, C+ (7/10) Overall
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Well at least the kiss was nice?

Idk how to feel about this season overall although in a way, it was better than the first season with the lesser comedy and much more focus on storytelling.

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Let me preface this by saying I absolutely love the visual novel.

That final episode really sums up my feelings of the entire series of rewrite as an anime. There were critical parts of the story that were removed or altered even in this final episode mostly for the sake of time, For instance, the scene in the city of stone that was just removed completely or the ending with moon-Kagari in which she was actually still on the moon waiting instead of just being a flower bud (I could talk for hours about how this breaks the plot in many different ways but I will spare you that torture).

8-bit was actually able to take all of the fun out of one of my favorite visual novels and make an anime that has literally not redeeming qualities. As an actual fan of the "franchise" of rewrite, I'm not even sure who this anime was made for. At first, I thought the original season was made to promote the release of Rewrite plus in Japan, however, the fact that they kept going and animated the Moon and Terra routes seems to suggest otherwise.

This anime was not for fans of the visual novel, as most of the parts that I would have wanted to see animated where removed or mangled beyond reproach. This anime was not meant for some one who had never played Rewrite because it doesn't provide enough information about the plot to really follow or get into (ripping 5 of the 6 heroine routes out of a visual novel can do that).

I am kind of dumb founded that I was able to sit down and watch this thing all the way to the finish. I guess I was just holding on to some kind of hope that perhaps they would be able to do some of the ending pieces of the story some justice. Unfortunately, the bad CGI and animation really didn't help with that.

Rewrite as an anime was never really meant to work out from the start; the plot is too non-linear for an anime and the amount of time that it would take to properly animate all of the routes and story just isn't realistic. They would have needed to find a way to either squish all of the common routes into one while making sure to not give away too much of the overarching plot (which I don't really see being possible) or they would have needed about 60-70 hours worth of content which is like 150 episodes to cover the entire Visual Novel.

I hope Key is done with anime for a while. They really need to get back to making visual novels.
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abeltensro wrote:

This anime was not meant for some one who had never played Rewrite because it doesn't provide enough information about the plot to really follow or get into (ripping 5 of the 6 heroine routes out of a visual novel can do that).


I don't think you really have any basis to say that, considering you say you're a huge fan of the VN, meaning you know the story there. As someone who has first come across Rewrite in anime form, I highly enjoyed the series, even though it had its faults, and it has gotten me highly interested in the VN (although I'm gonna wait for the official English release that's in the works). So it actually does do a good job of pulling in people who haven't read through Rewrite, and from what I've seen, people who haven't read the VN like the show and are now interested in the VN, while it's only the VN-first crew that are acting like this is the highest form of blasphemy. Heck, going into this whole thing, the VN crowd should have known they couldn't animate an entire visual novel that relies on playing the multiple routes in just 12-24 episodes. This helped raise awareness of the series for people who haven't heard of Rewrite before the anime, and it did its job well.
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Episode 24

For the final episode Guardian finds out that Kotarou betrayed them and captures him but gets aways due to using his true abilities. Chasing after him Guardian runs into monsters and most of them are killed all but Touka and Arata as Kotoura comes in to save them. He intrust Kotori to Touka as he knows that he won't be coming back alive. He than heads to Gaia's headquarters and fights a monster and after defeating it finds all the members dead due the song. Heading to the hill where Kagari is she informs him that the memories won't due, and he has no choice but to kill her.

After confessing that they love each other Kotarou stabs Kagari in order to spare the earth and turns into a tree. After some time Kotori and the rest of the occult club revive him as their familiar and refusing to listen to them is willing to at least take them to the moon. When he takes them to the moon everyone takes the appearance they did when they were in the occult club and Kotarou is reunited with Kagari and they kiss while the girls watch in surprise.



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