Sonny Boy is simultaneously about the deep existential horror of loneliness and kids goofing around. Sonny Boy Episode 6 is just like the rest of the series, very unnerving. Let’s see how well it did in this review!
Sonny Boy Episode 6 Overview
Sonny Boy is based on an original story written by prominent director Shingo Natsume, previously known for directing shows such as One Punch Man. Studio Madhouse is producing it, the powerhouse anime studio behind absolute classics such as Hunter x Hunter, Death Note, and No Game No Life!
If you would like to refresh your memory about the happenings inside Episode 5, or if you’re new to the series and Episode 5 is the first one you decided to watch, you can check out my review of Episode 5 of Sonny Boy here!
– Sonny Boy Episode 6 review does not contain spoilers –
Sonny Boy Episode 6 Review- The Plot
Every episode of Sonny Boy has you thinking that you’re watching the series out of order. What is this, Haruhi Suzumiya? The way that Sonny Boy chooses to go forward in time is to skip forward without mentioning it because time isn’t real anyway. At least in “This World”, 5000 years can go by, and the kids wouldn’t know the difference. What’s the point in showing every second?
I chose to mention this because Sonny Boy Episode 6 was already a very confusing episode of television. It didn’t need any more bafflement and mystique built into it. The plot of this episode moved forward at a breakneck speed and didn’t even leave a minute to spare. Above all else, it could still fit in emotional scenes, comedy, character moments, character introductions, twists, and plot reveals without feeling like it was rushing at any moment.
Sonny Boy Episode 6 felt like a mid-season finale, which it probably was. It closed some doors for the students, but it’s still not over yet. There’s still a lot more story left to tell and a lot of confusion left to eradicate. I feel that this is one of those series that will require a youtube video or 10 to understand what it meant.
Sonny Boy Episode 6 Review- The Characters
Nagara is mystifying. I fail to see what motivates him, what made him this way, or his intentions. He is a blank slate of a protagonist, with the power to change his and his classmates’ entire worlds. That is a potent combination, which should yield a lot of great moments in the coming season. Nozomi is stuck in one place and not going anywhere as a character. She needs something to do with haste.
Now, let’s talk about Asakaze. His story reminds me of Ron going away from Harry and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Both of them were influenced by something, Ron by the Horcrux and Asakaze by the big-chested lady. Ron was still a great character before and after that ordeal, but Asakaze isn’t. He has no character to speak of, and he is just there to serve as a foil to others right now. That should change soon, so I am hopeful.
Hoshi has a lot of saviour complex now, but they and the rest of the student council have mellowed out quite a bit since episodes 1 and 2, maybe since they realised that their authority didn’t hold much weight between a class of superpowered children. Mizuho is operating at a reduced capacity, and I’m not fond of that at all. Give her more to do, Madhouse. Also, the dog is a fantastic character and a big wrench to the current theories about the show. He’s going to be a major player, and it will be great to see that.
Sonny Boy Episode 6 Review- Art and Music
There was a music track other than the ending, so that’s the cause of celebration on its own. It fit the sombre tone of the episode very well, and the events that transpired during that point of the show were greatly enhanced by it. There isn’t much to say about the art as it was the same as always. Please don’t take this in a bad way, I still loved it. There just wasn’t anything to comment on.
Sonny Boy Episode 6 was the best episode of the show so far. It was funny, emotional, thoughtful, and set up the story for the next half of the season very well. It was a nice little bow to the first half of a delightful season, and I also expect great things from the other half.
If you liked this review of Sonny Boy Episode 6, you’d also enjoy our review of the next episode in the series, available right here!