Summer Time Render episode 9 – There are three Ushio running around at the same time. Is there a limit to that – could the shadow create an army of Ushio if it wanted to?
Normal image quality has been restored, at least in episode 9 Summer Time Render. And that means the mystery has returned, trying to connect what’s going on. This continues to be an entertaining and utterly brilliant series, a delightful blend of consistency and variety.
Episode 9 Summer Time Render still moderates the mystery, but in terms of the level of surprise, the episode has some well-made passages. Episode 8 Summer Time Render is pretty funny even if you ignore the contorted faces, but episode 9 is completely underwhelming. No, it’s not funny when two or three Ushio are running around everywhere.
But honestly, even after revisiting what happened, I feel like I don’t really understand it all. I’m not even sure what’s going on. It seems to me that there are at least three new elements here that were previously unknown to us:
A shadow can create multiple copies of the same person. A shadow can transform into other things – like a necklace and then revert back to its “human” form. A shadow can also play back “videos” of its memories and bring humans inside it.
According to what Ushio Shadow said about the “data” of darkness disappearing unless it kills humans. I don’t think that’s ever been explicitly stated, but it’s pretty easy to deduce. From the moment both Ushio appeared on the video, a flood of new information has poured in on us. The key to everything is Shiori, who turns out to be complaining to Ushio about the problem of being followed by something but not being noticed. I think Ushio tried to save her anyway but the guilt about that is unforgettable.
Make sure there are three Ushio running around at the same time. Is there a limit to that – could the shadow create an army of Ushio if it wanted to? Is the human still alive to be copied for each new shadow, or is the shadow copying its own copied data? The real Ushio cut the video because she will eventually die saving Shiori, it seems like Shinpei will definitely help Ball Ushio against the threat. But Haine suddenly appeared and physically interacted inside what was supposed to be a “watch-only” experience and not only that, she left her mark on Shinpei’s arm. That can’t be a good thing at all.
There is also an abandoned Hishigata clinic in the mountains near the shrine, possibly where we see a shadowy figure in a wheelchair (perhaps in the distant past). Rumors of it being haunted pretty much guarantee that it was at the heart of shadow activity or closely related to it. And it seems pretty safe to assume that the Hishigata family is complicit in this whole mysterious phenomenon that has spanned generations. Sou seems to be the only one who doesn’t know anything about it.
I guessed that the mark on Shinpei’s arm meant that he was now “tethered” to Haine. And it seemed pretty obvious that he would have to die and repeat at least a few more times. You know, we have 16 episodes left.
Episode 9 Summer Time Render also has deep philosophical questions with intrigue. The most obvious is how Shinpei feels towards Shadow Ushio if it’s all over and the two of them are still alive. But that seems likely to be delayed for quite some time, as there are more urgent and immediate practical issues that need to be addressed.
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