I’m not seeing that many people talk about Shadows House. Am I the only one watching this series? If I am, everyone else is missing out! It’s been a great season so far. Ok so I’ve only watched like 1 episode of most shows but I’m enjoying everything. And Shadows House is currently near the top of my list for airing anime. That’s saying something
The soot is clearly a metaphor for a lot of things and the fact that so much of the main character’s life is to just literally sweep it away is, well it’s very heavy handed. Depending on how things develop, I could see it getting a bit annoying. But it could also be a fun red herring.
The thing about Shadows House is that its giving us exactly what it said it would So far nothing has been a twist or a lie. It’s just that everything is so mysterious that just discovering the basic facts of the plot is really interesting and feels like your uncovering something. Still though, I can’t shake that feeling.
For instance, there were two big conflicts this episode. Emilico accidentally damaged a stuffed toy of Kate’s and Kate got mad. Emilico worked hard to fix it and the girls made up the next day. The other was that they ran into an older kinda mean girl in the garden. She said some petty things and the girls went on their way. Other than that, Emilico got to see the world outside of Kate’s room and meet other dills. Everyone was very nice and the mansion seems beautiful. What a peaceful existence.
And yet, when the dolls started singing their work song, I got chills down my back. I mean whenever anyone starts to sing a work song it should be a huge red flag but here, there was more to it. The eerie lyrics, the fact that the song was acapella when the instrumental soundtrack is otherwise very present throughout the episode. (And great, once again Shadows House has a fantastic soundtrack!) All of these little just won’t allow me to relax. It brought back echoes of early season 1 The Promised Neverland. And of Never Let Me Go. Actually, it also reminds me of The Remains of the Day, what with that shiny veneer. Maybe I’m digging this show so much because of all the Ishiguro parallels I can make.
Finally, the scene in the garden really did a great job showing me just how weird the notion of being someone else’s face really is. There’s so much here and it’s frustrating to have to wait an entire week for more.