I can’t beleive it took me this long to realize but now, with only two episodes left to go, I’ve finally remembered which show The Night Beyond the Tricornered window reminds me of.

It honestly is a wonder I didn’t catch on sooner. The two are so similar that they could be different seasons of the same series. Right down to the implied romantic relationship between the two male leads…

Did I keep you in suspense long enough? I feel like some of you are going to get annoyed since this is a series not a lot of people watched. I’m talking about Pet, a show I reviewed episodically over on 100 Word Anime.

Both shows have supernatural elements and feature individuals capable of twisting people’s minds and spirits. Both have these confined otherworldly spaces where the characters can go and the laws of physics don,t quite apply. Both feature organized crime elements and use these supernatural powers in less than legal ways. And like I said, both heavily imply romantic feelings between the two male leads, if somewhat unrequited.

It’s weird that they seem to be attracting such very different audiences.

I also would say that I am having similar experiences with both shows but for different reasons. In the case of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, I think it’s just because the narrative is sort of uneven and the pacing is bad. At first, I thought that maybe this was because it was the work of a new author. Some of these elements could be an indication of a lack of experience. But when I looked it up, it seemed that the magaka did have quite a few works under her belt.

I also noticed at the same time, that the manga is considerably higher rated than the anime. For the record, that isn’t always the case. I looked up Given and Dakaichi, which I figured may have a similar audience and both of those had the adaptation and manga just 2 points apart, rather than 20. This leads me to believe that something didn’t quite translate from the page to the screen.

Sometimes, it’s just that the adaptation failed on some level. Adapting works is very difficult after all. But there are also some stories that work much better in a particular medium. And I,m willing to believe that The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window is a much better read than it is a watch. In fact, I’m a little tempted to seek out the manga and see for myself.

Have any of you read the manga? Would you recommend it?

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3 thoughts

  1. I haven’t read the manga, but pretty much everyone who has says they’ve cut important stuff, and the direction is sort of dull.

    I’m still enjoying the show actually, whereas I dropped Pet fairly early on. They have a completely different feel for me, but to the extent that I can remember what little I’ve seen of Pet I can see the commonalities.

    1. For me, it’s really hitting the same at this point. But the again, I didn’t hate Pat as much as most people did

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