Like any bad day, this show seems to have its bad episode with some unbelievable, corny and silly moments. I wonder, who is going to get an Anime adaption after they wrote their first light novel? If you guess Kirino, then you are right!
This episode obviously explores the processes in the Anime Industry and how adaptations are planned. Meetings like these are normal, except it involves big animation studios. It’s also true that shows only get 12/13 episodes for the trial run and they are given another season if the show is successful. From the looks of it, this is true, but this episode takes it a step further by making it really harsh and exorbitant.
I have a strong feeling that Kirino was a bit unreasonable with her demands with her choice of voice actors, story, endings songs, and etc. One of the biggest examples of her unreasonable demand is that her show needs to be 52 episodes long. The problem is that there isn’t enough material to cover. In addition, the Animation Studio is taking on a really risky project and don’t know how successful the show is going to be. On the other hand, the demands from the other side is unreasonable too, especially when they don’t want to faithfully adapt the original source material as the author intended. In a way, it feels a bit rage worthy.
After that meeting, Kirino becomes weak and depressed. Like the other incidents, Kyousuke has to bail her out again by meeting with the animation studio. After that, we get more rage between the party like the first part… and it gets resolved when Kyousuke yelled at the guys and then says that “if it doesn’t turn out right, she will die of depression.” This line kinds of screams The Room that what they are doing is “going to destroy Johnny.” Maybe not as bad since this episode isn’t like a horrible movie. I still think that reaction is pretty bad and basing on that, I expected Kyousuke to say, “Kirino is very sensitive.”
Also, Kuroneko takes the stereotypical haters and jealous girl role. She rants about how much she hates what Kirino watches, her light novel and how successful she is. In a way, she sounded pretty annoying, whiny and fell out of character. It makes me wonder, what happened to the characters? Why they are reduced down to nothingness?
After all of the begging from Kyousuke, they finally caved in. Now, they are incorporating most of the things Kirino wanted. UNBELIEVABLE!!
I still have to agree with the various comments in the blogosphere; I think this episode was a mess since it focused too much on the Meta of the Anime Industry. In a way, this episode felt like an Anime Original and had no relation to the original material. I have a gut feeling that the studio is crying in their tears since they are hypocrites over faithfully adapting the original source material. If you want to remain faithful, you wouldn’t insert original material that has the Anime Industry Circle Jerk written all over.
In short, Episode 8 is one of those episodes that you can skip. It wasn’t entertaining and I felt a sense of rage in myself… Hopefully this episode won’t fall into this pit again. ¶