I wonder how many people are still watching The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window. I had put it on my maybe list because I did find the description very intriguing but I bumped it up because a lot of people had very positive things to say about the first episode. There was a clear exception to that but I figured I would see for myself.

I wasn’t super impressed by the first episode but I just sort of fell into watching the show. However, now that we’re past the halfway mark, I still don’t really get it. In fact, I’m not entirely sure I could tell you what the point is or what themes are being explored outside of generational trauma. I guess there are still five episodes to clear that up.

This week’s episode of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window brought us some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Seako is fine, the bad news is that Erika is also.

I’m sorry to all you Erika stand, I know the character has a lot of fans but I,m not one of them. I think in isolation the character is just fine but her storyline is tedious to me and I, therefore, enjoy the show more when she’s not around. But she still is and from what I can tell, she’s going to be not only around but central for the coming episodes at least. Youpi!

I have an inkling that I’m essentially watching the show wrong, as in I’m not picking up what The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window is laying down because I feel like 90% of it is filler. And this applies yet again this week. Sure we got some progress by actually defining a conflict and a goal for the plot. At episode 7. Good job! And I guess the formation on the little paranormal avengers was fine.

But the entire first half of the episode was useless, no? Erika threatening Mikado, having an episode then going back to being his friend. In fact, the entire altercation between Erika, Hanzawa and Seako was just a detour. The cop could have found the wallet and they would have kept an eye on him for that, then gone to Mikado for help. Why add all that extra fluff?

And I suppose that if I was enjoying the series and thought these characters were interesting with fascinating dialogue, I would actually appreciate these little extras. Consider them character-defining or something. But to me, it seems like over the past 4 episodes or so, the show made an effort to push the characters in one direction just so they could go back to how they were before.

Oh well, maybe at episode 8 the series can start. That would be a nice change.

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2 thoughts

  1. I didn’t get around to this episode yet, and I actually thought I was caught up with everything I’m watching. It’s not one of my favourites this season, it seems. Still, I also immediately thought I need to get back to it, so it’s also not one of my least favourites. I don’t mind Erika. I couldn’t tell you anything, off the top of my head, about the show’s themes, but I do have an intuitive feeling of coherence.

    Honestly, I’ve got the feeling that I’m enjoying the show slightly more than you do, and that’s not something I’d have guessed during the seasonal preview post. That said, if it dropped off the face of the internet, I probably wouldn’t miss it.

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