Anime Today: When Even One Supernatural Student is Missing (Even if She is Commonplace…)

Beneath the Tangles

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As carefree of a series as When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace (Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de) is, it has rather regularly hit on a rather serious topic, if only briefly. Charles focused on one of these two weeks ago, writing on perhaps one of the most impressive several minutes of anime monologuing in the past year or so. As you can see from the above screenshots (courtesy of Crunchyroll), the literature club’s protagonists are lamenting the disappearance of Hatoko, and the very integrity of the group after her absence.

Although only a brief moment in the episode, and completely dependent upon the events in the previous episode, this immediately struck home for me. To illustrate this point, I will provide two examples. The first of these comes from a piece of my childhood very near and dear to my heart.

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3 comments on “Anime Today: When Even One Supernatural Student is Missing (Even if She is Commonplace…)

  1. David A says:

    Interesting article.

    In various Transformers continuities, there is something similar to an afterlife where the sparks go.

    Like

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