An exciting new mystery has begun with Summer Time Render Episode 1. Something supernatural is afoot, and it is time to see for ourselves what it is. Let’s find out in this review!
Summer Time Render Episode 1 Overview
Summer Time Render is the latest anime by the Anime Studio OLM, previously known for producing critically and commercially acclaimed anime like Komi Can’t Communicate and Odd Taxi. Ayumu Watanabe directs the series, a director whose career so far has been intrinsically linked with OLM, having previously directed Komi Can’t Communicate and Space Brothers for the studio. The anime is based on a manga written by Yasunori Tanaka.
The series is also referred to as Summertime Rendering or Summertime Render, making this episode’s name also be Summertime Rendering Episode 1 and Summertime Render Episode 1.
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Summer Time Render Episode 1 Review- Something Wicked This Way Comes
Mysteries set on an island are a well-known concept in this age, and we have seen and experienced them in all forms of media, from movies to TV shows to anime. There have been several iterations of mysterious floating landforms containing secrets of the occult variety. There’s just something about an isolated and slightly weird place that we as humans aren’t able to resist and are fascinated by. This is also what we are dealing with here, as this anime is a shining example of what we discussed.
Sometimes, the supernatural is hidden from the viewers for a while as the main character learns about it alongside the viewer, to be revealed at a later date. That is not the case for this sow, as we know from the very first second that something is weird about this world. There is a glitch in the matrix that the show does a good job of differentiating from the usual worldbuilding, and as a result, the atmosphere feels unwelcome and hostile to the viewer and the main character. This greatly helps the show in establishing the atmosphere it is going for.
It has to be said that this episode was incredible at what it was trying to do, introducing the audience to its unique and fascinating world in as little time as possible, and doing so in a way that didn’t make the show feel generic. Sure, there have been shows that have had a similar premise, a similar setting, or maybe even similar characters, but you wouldn’t know it while watching the show. It pulled you in with its unique setting of a death that was caused by a supernatural cause that our main character tries to uncover and deal with his personal trauma along the way.
The production of Summer Time Render Episode 1 was exquisite. OLM has done a wonderful job in animating and illustrating the show to draw out its best parts. The mystery island looks positively divine and alien in how it is portrayed and animated. The show is vibrant and colourful, but there is a sinister aura about it which is aided and abetted by the sound direction of this episode. There was no OST here, and the episode just featured the horror-movie-esque pronounced sounds made by everything that moves. It was creepy and set up the atmosphere very well.
The cherry on top of the whole package was a twist that happened towards the end of the episode. There is a certain type of story that isn’t told all that much in anime for some reason, and if you’ve been pining for that story to be told like this writer, you finally got your wish in Summer Time Render Episode 1. I won’t go beyond saying that for fear of spoiling this episode for you, but it was a great twist and a perfect ending to a whirlwind of an episode that did almost everything right and was able to successfully pull you in for the 25 episodes and two cour long ride.
Summer Time Render Episode 1 was the perfect start to a gripping and mysterious tale of several gruesome deaths and grievances. The animation, atmosphere, narrative and direction of this were amazing and filled one with a lot of hope for the future of the series.
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