Summer Time Render Episode 10 Review: Attack Of The Shadows

After having watched the brutal murder of Ushio by the hands of a shadow, Summer Time Render Episode 10 can’t really get any bleaker. Let’s hope that the showrunners don’t take this statement as a challenge and get on with the review!

Summer Time Render Episode 10 Overview

Summer Time Render Episode 10 Title

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 Summer Time Rendering Episode 10 and Summertime Render Episode 10. You can read our review of the previous episode of this show right here!

– Summertime Rendering Episode 10 Review does not contain spoilers –

Summer Time Render Episode 10 Review- Challenge Accepted

Ushio Summer Time Render Episode 10

Ignore the first paragraph. After watching this episode, there is nothing but regret on my mind after writing the intro blurb before actually having watched the episode for myself. The showrunners absolutely could make this darker and bleaker than the previous episode, and they did take those words as a challenge. This was a stomach-churning episode of the show at times, which had you on the edge of your seat for most of it. It should come as no surprise that this was the episode where we explored the deep and dark underworld of the island.

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Absolutely nothing good could come out of the warning that the mother of shadows (that’s what I’m choosing to call her until the show gives us more of her details) gave Shinpei and Ushio in the previous episode. They came ever so close to being murdered by her in a memory that she should have never been able to get into in the first place. This isn’t going to be an easy enemy to defeat or an easy mystery to solve, exacerbated by the fact that the show has just introduced another huge detail that could throw a wrench in everyone’s plans, most of all Shinpei’s.

Memory Summer Time Render Episode 10

We got to see the mythological and spiritual roots of the mythos behind the existence of the shadows, and while a level of knowledge in Japanese culture seems to be necessary to make the most of it, a layperson could still understand the gist of what is happening quite easily. It is also reminiscent of a certain Ari Aster movie, but the manga was running parallel to the movie when it was released, so it might just be one of those strange coincidences. It also isn’t that similar to the movie, it’s just the origin of the shadows. Saying anything else will spoil both the movie and the show for you, so I’ll refrain from that.

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This episode was scored very well, and it helped with increasing the sense of tension and horror that dissipated from every one of its frames. I know I sound like a broken record when I bring this up every episode, but the show really does look as good as very few other anime have looked. Even in episodes where the effort is noticeably less pronounced than the show’s best outings, the show looks and sounds better than everything else in the current season and probably the next one.

The action in the show isn’t all that impressive because that’s not the kind of show this is trying to be. The storytelling and mystery are more important than putting the nailgun to an inanimate shadow any day of the week. While some cool moments are associated with the fast pace in which shadows appear and attack, for the most part, their package is more of a horror and less of an action movie antagonist. Shinpei has a background that the show hasn’t revealed yet that should help with some of the issues people have with him. One would hope that to be true, at least.

Verdict

Summer Time Render Episode 10 was one of the best episodes of the show so far and delivered one of the most intense and horrifying scenes in all of anime this season. This ride just keeps getting wilder.

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SUMMARY

Summer Time Render Episode 10 was one of the best episodes of the show so far and delivered one of the most intense and horrifying scenes in all of anime this season. This ride just keeps getting wilder.

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Summer Time Render Episode 10 Review: Attack Of The ShadowsSummer Time Render Episode 10 was one of the best episodes of the show so far and delivered one of the most intense and horrifying scenes in all of anime this season. This ride just keeps getting wilder.