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Posted 3/1/19 , edited 3/1/19

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Anime has a funny way of making music grow on me. At first I was snickering at the opening and now I'm "Finding my life in the Kemurikusa!" a little more enjoyable each time. I feel a little cheated that I didn't get to see Ritsu/Midori go smash some bugs and instead the show skips right to just making me concerned.



The team probably decided to cut the whole battle scene to put more time in developing the story in that 24 minutes time frame. I think it is a smart decision. But I thought 3 more Rina died when I first see this shot:



Lucky we now have Wakaba as a healer.



I think we found how Wakaba was no longer starving to death. He even found yolk-like kemurikusa to top it with? Really? So how much lore am I supposed to take from this commercial? Are Rina-tachi going to develop a taste for heating and seasoning their metallic munchies now?


The video looks like a side story more than a commercial.
Rina-tachi might use cup noodles as weapon... No, probably not.



To keep in the spirit of things, sometimes you've got to... you've got to DEEP BEEP. I couldn't help myself.


Yep! DEEP BEEP~!
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Posted 3/2/19 , edited 3/2/19

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The team probably decided to cut the whole battle scene to put more time in developing the story in that 24 minutes time frame. I think it is a smart decision. But I thought 3 more Rina died when I first see this shot:


Whoa. I was so concerned with Ritsu that I didn't notice what Wakaba was doing or that three Rina had fallen. That feels really abbreviated for something so important. That was the first time we saw Wakaba heal a leafling right? Looks like he was using a red kemurikusa on a body. I don't even know if this was a backup or her personal leaf. What was Momo? Is that her leaf?
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Posted 3/2/19 , edited 3/2/19

Shenseiken wrote:


kiratachibana wrote:

The team probably decided to cut the whole battle scene to put more time in developing the story in that 24 minutes time frame. I think it is a smart decision. But I thought 3 more Rina died when I first see this shot:


Whoa. I was so concerned with Ritsu that I didn't notice what Wakaba was doing or that three Rina had fallen. That feels really abbreviated for something so important. That was the first time we saw Wakaba heal a leafling right? Looks like he was using a red kemurikusa on a body. I don't even know if this was a backup or her personal leaf. What was Momo? Is that her leaf?


I think that could be Momo Wakaba is holding? Different from Midori (Green), Momo (peach color) is a kemurikusa that only Rina-tachi can use. The original Rina used it to split herself into 6 Rina-tachi (Rinazo died before the anime started, and Rinako died in the first episode). BTW, the color of leafling's kemurikusa is most likely magenta.
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Posted 3/2/19 , edited 3/3/19
The more I think about it the more I am convinced the red mist is made of nano machines. I think this world we are seeing is the after math of an AI induced apocalypse of some sort where one faction of the machines has become corrupted and become the red mist, bugs, roots etc. and they are consuming the rest of what remains of the world.
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Posted 3/6/19 , edited 3/6/19
This show is starting to get old. A group of sisters along with a single guy have done nothing but wonder around the landscape for nine episodes. The guy doesn’t seem very concerned at all that he just a appeared in this strange land with no previous memory whatsoever. The anime is 9 episodes in And we’re not 1 inch closer To figuring out what is actually going on. The show hasn’t given us much of anything in the way of clues or hints as to what might be going on. Only questions with the answers nowhere in sight. I care more about a good story. I know a lot of fans only require a group of cute and quirky characters over the actual story, but unless there ‘s a fantastic and unexpected surprise ending, then I blah blah blah...
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Posted 3/6/19 , edited 3/6/19
Episode 9

The interaction is so hilarious.



Now there's a possible solution to the red root and bugs - with Wakaba controlling it.

The souls of the three "dead" sisters were bind to a single kemurikusa, and this is how they "survived." But was Wakaba the only one able to see them?

The whole point of the show, to me, is to discover the world together with the characters while they search for their utopia. I enjoy not just the show itself, but also all the theories people come up with while watching it, in twitter and blogs (mainly in Japanese though).
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Posted 3/6/19 , edited 3/7/19
They beep if you pet them! I want to pet a beep.
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And we meet Ryou, she's a funny ol' one. Olfactory that is. Her passion is fighting and she wants to fight anyone she likes. I guess that isn't much of a distinction though if she fights whatever opposes her too. Then what a surprise! We learn that Ryoku is sharing her form and she is none too happy about Wakaba reading her diary.


...and then everything is fine after a commercial break. Perhaps they worked things out over a bowl of Donbei Cup Noodles.


I wonder if Riku is a part of Ryou and Ryoku too. The conjoined didn't seem to share information until the other one "woke up," so that seems possible. Particularly so if Riku's use of kemurikusa avoids some of her own drain, but that leads me to another question. Ryoku said she didn't like using her leaf unnecessarily and relinquishes dominance to Ryou. Does that mean what Ryou does is independant of Ryoku's potential or is this some oversight by the show or character? It's also a possibility that Ryoku would use more energy than Ryou would normally or by Ryoku following her scientific passion. Oh, this is a dark idea. If passion is a drain on the being that might explain Ritsu's health. There's no way all of that is the connection to make.

I find it funny that the scientist and the brawler are sharing a form. I suppose they're both problem solvers though. What is Ryoku's specialty I wonder? I'm not drawing any connections with hair unless hers is something cerebral. She did mention giving eyes to Rin, but that doesn't seem to confirm much about herself.

Lastly, I wonder how does one "pet a beep." Making music is what springs to mind. That's kind of beautiful. Like sharing love with sound in basic form. Truly harmonious!
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Posted 3/6/19 , edited 3/6/19
I'm in love with Ryoku's voice. She kinda sound like Ren-chon from Non Non Biyori at times. All the sisters are so unique and interesting, I want to know more about them. I wish this series was 2 cour instead. 12 ep doesn't seem enough, it feels like there's still so much to explore.
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Posted 3/7/19 , edited 3/7/19

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I wonder if Riku is a part of Ryou and Ryoku too. The conjoined didn't seem to share information until the other one "woke up," so that seems possible. Particularly so if Riku's use of kemurikusa avoids some of her own drain, but that leads me to another question. Ryoku said she didn't like using her leaf unnecessarily and relinquishes dominance to Ryou. Does that mean what Ryou does is independant of Ryoku's potential or is this some oversight by the show or character? It's also a possibility that Ryoku would use more energy than Ryou would normally or by Ryoku following her scientific passion. Oh, this is a dark idea. If passion is a drain on the being that might explain Ritsu's health. There's no way all of that is the connection to make.

I find it funny that the scientist and the brawler are sharing a form. I suppose they're both problem solvers though. What is Ryoku's specialty I wonder? I'm not drawing any connections with hair unless hers is something cerebral. She did mention giving eyes to Rin, but that doesn't seem to confirm much about herself.



Watching Episode 6 again, I think Riku is also part of Ryou and Ryoku, since Riku tried to wake Ryoku up.

Ryoku's specialty is vision (and the ability to read and write), she gave her vision to Rin when she "died." Rin's original specialty is probably physical strength, since Ryou said Rin is stronger than her.


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I'm in love with Ryoku's voice. She kinda sound like Ren-chon from Non Non Biyori at times. All the sisters are so unique and interesting, I want to know more about them. I wish this series was 2 cour instead. 12 ep doesn't seem enough, it feels like there's still so much to explore.


Ryoku's CV is Akira Sekine, also voice Kurumi from Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka this season.
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Posted 3/13/19 , edited 3/13/19
Episode 10

They have arrived at Tokyo! (The place is Shinjuku Bus Terminal)


But Rin and Wakaba have to go to the root without Rina-tachi and Ritsu...

Gosh... This Rin is so cute.


Wakaba finally gets the permission to touch the Leaf of Memory, and interesting enough, the cloth design of the little girl in the Leaf of Memory is the same as Wakaba's in the prototype Kemurikusa.



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Posted 3/13/19 , edited 3/14/19
It just occurred to me how strange a notion a walking tree-bus is.
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It just occurred to me how strange a notion a walking tree-bus is.


It is actually a trolley from the Hiroshima Electric Railway.



The trolley #1904 has a nickname called Kamogawa (lit: duck river)
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Posted 3/20/19 , edited 3/21/19
So... Wakaba's a conehead?

Or maybe a Thermian.

I'm not sure the reveal was worth him being annoying the last 10 episodes, but it does work, and we're here now.

I'm glad there was more to it than "oh it's nanobots." And it's still not entirely clear what past Wakaba was even doing.
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So... Wakaba's a conehead?

Or maybe a Thermian.

I'm not sure the reveal was worth him being annoying the last 10 episodes, but it does work, and we're here now.

I'm glad there was more to it than "oh it's nanobots." And it's still not entirely clear what past Wakaba was even doing.


It appears that the world the show is set in probably isn't actually the earth but rather an artificial space or dimension where elements from the original are replicated via advanced technology of some form or another. Wakaba's job seems to be to replicate and preserve the the cultural assets of alien societies he or his species has encountered. It's almost like he is a curator for some sort of grand museum where they copy and preserve the great engineering works of advanced civilizations.

Some sort nano machine like technology still seems like the most likely basis for kemurikusa, but in the words of Arthur C. Clark, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Which is to say we may never be given a real answer to what the kemurikusa technology is exactly or how it works. All we really can tell is that machine logic seems to apply to its functionality and it is capable of manipulating matter and building things on the molecular scale. (This assumes this strange space they inhabit even follows the same rules of physics and has things like matter. This whole thing could be built in some sort of higher dimensional space, or computer simulation, etc.)

Earlier in the series I had guessed the red kemurikusa was likely some sort of malfunctioning or glitchy technology. It turns out it is working exactly as it was designed to. It was its creator that made a terrible error in judgement rather than a malfunction in the red kemurikusa itself. Basically the little human girl built a nasty self replicating technological virus.

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