There was a slight delay in the broadcast schedule of Summer Time Render episode 8 due to production issues (I guess). But is it worth the wait? Definitely yes! Every episode of Summer Time Render has its own novelty and charm.
With that said, I appreciate the Summer Time Render content the most this anime season. Especially when I feel like every season is having too many clichés that forcefully cram harem, rom-com, etc., as well as some lousy sequels. That’s why my appreciation for this series deepens.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this was the balance between comedy and horror interspersed in the same scene. And Watanabe’s direction with Summer Time Render has never been less interesting, although I confess that the overuse of the “distorted faces” in episode 8 is a bit of a mess. I’m still not sure how I feel about that. Although I know that this detail is intended to be amusing, it feels like it is not really necessary and is somewhat overused.
Episode 8 Summer Time Render is definitely notable with the appearance of Ushio in the co-star role. Is she a giant question mark, is Shadow or human or simply a real jerk. More than that, Ushio’s presence here complicates things considerably. Hizuru was very clear in stopping Shinpei from following his heart, because emotions would confuse him between humans and Shadows. From Hizuru’s point of view, any hesitation could cost lives in this war, a war in which humans had fought the Shadows for so long. But that didn’t make Shinpei’s problem go away. To him, this was Ushio, in all respects it really didn’t matter.
Whatever the deal with Ushio, things are getting more complicated by the minute. When a girl can casually say “I look like some kind of monster,” you assume something is amiss. But Ushio’s usual personality seemed so odd that Shinpei didn’t even notice. Why is she at Kofune’s house? Because she saw what happened at the temple and she wanted to warn them. Ushio also doesn’t seem to know that Shinpei knows. It is also revealed that Shinpei fell in love with her, but he also left the island for Tokyo to enter a cooking school so he could earn a living. Shinpei basically didn’t want Alan to forever adopt him and had to become Ushio’s brother himself. Shinpei loves Ushio and wants to grow up, become more independent and then return to the island and marry her.
That only made all of this more difficult for Shinpei. When Mio Shadow entered the house directly this time (another example of Shinpei’s actions changing the “future”), it was Ushio who saved him once more. Whatever this Ushio is, she is sincerely his ally. At least for now. But I can respect Hizuru and Nezu’s views on this. No matter what Ushio is doing, she is still a Shadow – an enemy. Ushio can be “changed” at any time and revert back to bloodthirsty Shadows.
Hizuru’s compromise was not to kill Ushio. She even “repaired” Ushio’s injured arm by making it… disappear. But from here on Hizuru will end her partnership with Shinpei as long as Ushio stays with him. That I consider very reasonable.
In addition, there is another mystery added in episode 8 Summer Time Render, that is, Ushio was the one who called Hizuru and warned her about what was about to happen on the island. But that seems to be the human Ushio. And if so, how would she know? Or is it Ushio Ball? There are logical problems with that, too, as this is, as far as we know, the first time Ushio Ball has been caught in a Shinpei loop – but it probably won’t be her first. This Ushio has no memory of making the call, suggesting that it was the person before the real Ushio died. Maybe the video she found on Ushio’s phone at the end of Summer Time Render episode 8 solves the problem.
>>> See also: Summer Time Render episode 7: Unexpected variables
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