Barakamon Episode 3

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Decent episode. That face that Naru had at the beginning was frightening! I am still really impressed with how Kinema Citrus did the character designs on this show, however this episode had a lot less moving animation and exceeding amount of still shots. Especially Tamako’s manga scenes. Really funny stuff right there. Following a different formula than the previous episodes it was nice to see the plot switch between Tamako’s lifestyle to the mochi picking event. Do have to wonder why the creators did not use the opportunity at the event here to pull in more village scenes. Everything looked so bland. The first episode did a great job with that and the 2nd spread out the background scenes a little bit more- yet here all the scenes in Seishu’s place, Tamako’s house, the grocery store all felt the same. The animation definitely was not as detailed as the previous episodes. There was only one scene that looked great and it was a long horizontal shot of the group walking back home at the end of the episode. The amount of detail in those crops! Why couldn’t the whole episode look like this?

OVERALL IMPRESSION: 5/10

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