M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane Episode 10

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This series is really underrated.  It is amazing how much Akashi and the others have gone through even after 10 episodes. Akashi’s brother Aoshi died, Emiru died, Heito is stuck inside the Lightless Realm and now we’ve just learned the secret behind the LIM- what is more is that we haven’t even reached the halfway mark of this series and here is where we get a nice good look at Aoshi’s past just a bit more.

Many shows at least that I’ve seen will struggle with developing characters that have died prior to the start of a series.  I am actually re-watching Strange Dawn right now alongside this series, and as far as I can see Sato manages to handle death as an extremely important aspect to the overall whole of a series. Perfect example was in episode 2 of Strange Dawn where a newly-introduced character died which had a huge impact on the entire village. This is how to strengthen your main cast! You’ll see a bunch of past sequences but here is where we finally can understand Akashi a little bit more. He is still getting over Aoshi’s death just as Kasane is but in a different way.  Kasane grieves over losing the love of her life and the pain of knowing that he’s a LIM has destroyed her- Akashi however misses the brother he looked up to, and regrets not fully grieving over him when he was younger.

One thing I will point out is how dramatic they’ve portrayed the entire main cast so far. I’d go as far to say this series has been very expressive.  I can see why M3 gets so much hate for being highly dramatic.  It can be annoying and unnecessary at times, but underneath it all is where the heart of the story lies.  This episode as overemotional as it was became a nice developing episode for Akashi accepting Aoshi as his LIM.


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