It has been a while, so let’s not waste a second as we head into Summer Time Render Episode 3. Was the cycle of murder and conspiracy broken this time around? Let’s find out in this review!
Summer Time Render Episode 3 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 3 and Summertime Render Episode 3. You can read our review of the previous episode of this show right here!
– Summer Time Rendering Episode 3 Review does not contain spoilers –
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The quality of this show is astounding and beyond comprehension. It feels surreal that a show like this is airing at the same time as shows like, say, Rising of the Shield Hero. The difference in the quality of everything, from the animation to the plot and how the characters interconnect to each other in the deepest levels, and the entire surrounding and environment of the show screams effort and quality, leading to it being the most exciting of everything that’s airing currently.
Let’s talk about the main character first. Shinpei is an anomaly in anime like these because even if he doesn’t look like it sometimes, he is surprisingly competent. He is able to adapt very quickly to such threatening situations in a manner that feels believable in a manner that is human, and desperate. His design is quite generic, but he is a treat to watch simply because of how easy to follow his actions are. There have been multiple protagonists of similar calibres in anime, like Okabe Rintarou and Subaru Natsuki, but he still maintains his own as the main character.
However easy to follow Shinpei’s actions are, the show itself is anything but that. The conspiracy that runs on the island is quite deep, and in the show’s own words, “Everything Is So Intricately Intertwined”. We have yet to learn about what makes the world works and how futile all of the actions currently being performed are. There is a sinister undertone to everything that the show does at the moment, giving an uncomfortable edge to every experience one has while watching it.
The happenings of the latest episode were quite substantial, and even though the show didn’t make much progress in the supernatural sense, it created a lot of moments that made this episode another can’t miss. We have already talked about the unease the show brings along, but the horror in Summer Time Render Episode 4 was also great and showcased how the show could look like a few episodes from now. The abject horror of the sheer concept of murderous shadows notwithstanding, the environment and aesthetics alone are enough to induce a lot of paranoia.
There is also a lot of subtlety and nuance to the repeat showings of the same scenarios. The show hasn’t yet fallen into the trap of too many restarts in a short period of time and is letting things breathe and having the characters earn a lot of shine on their own. These are interesting times in more ways than one, and the story of Mio, Ushio, and Shinpei is far from finished. Giving this much credit to a show that’s three weeks old and expecting it to deliver to this level might be a little too far, but the introductory signs have been very promising.
Summer Time Render Episode 3 showcased that this show remains the dark horse pick for the best anime of this season because of the quality it brings to the table. Everything from the plot to the animation is amazing, and more people need to check this out.
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