A new time loop has begun as we shift our focus to a different character in Summer Time Render Episode 6. Does that mean something different for this island mystery? Let’s find out in this review!
Summer Time Render Episode 6 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 6 and Summertime Render Episode 6. You can read our review of the previous episode of this show right here!
– Summer Time Rendering Episode 6 Review does not contain spoilers –
Summer Time Render Episode 6 Review- Capability
Things are starting to get interesting. So interesting, in fact, that it is hard to imagine what the show plans on doing for 24 episodes. This seems like a story built and paced like a tight 12 episode narrative that starts and ends really strong and is filled with a ton of twists and turns in the middle to keep the audience interested. What I mean is this looks like more of a Sonny Boy than a Steins Gate, and that is said with full respect, pointing back to the fact that Sonny Boy was this author’s best anime of 2021.
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This episode featured the mysterious bespectacled girl as the main focus, as we finally found out that her name is Hizuru and that she has a prior connection with the island. She is a great character, one who is extremely smart, capable, and fun to follow around. She also knows a lot more than she lets on, and the show needed a character like her to serve as a base for all of our knowledge about the shadows and the killings. What we know is mostly too scrambled and in disarray for giving it thought without writing an entire thesis on the subject, so it’s good to have a character to ease us into things.
The time loop aspect also gave us an insight into what Hizuru has been doing in every reset, and it was highly entertaining. For someone who is supposed to be a writer, she comes across as resolved and more capable than almost everyone on the entire island. She is every bit as mysterious as the rest of the island, making her a not-very-safe person to align with, but who else has Shinpei got? It is either her or the absolutely useless police officer who spends more time snacking than policing. Considering what we already saw happen to him, maybe it’s even a good thing that he stays at home and rests.
The situation is also increasingly desperate for our protagonists, as more and more people are uncovered to be shadows in the show. In a world where you can’t even trust your own shadow, it becomes really hard to tell who is a friend or an enemy, a fact that this show abuses mercilessly. So many people will act all awkward, and you’ll be left wondering who is a shadow and who isn’t quite often. The entire vibe of the show is off, leading to episodes tenser than anything airing right now.
This was a grittier outing than most other outings but not as horrifying as the massacre that took place in the last one. The show can switch from goofy to murderous on a whim and make sense while doing it. It is building up to something that is hopefully spectacular, otherwise, all this setup will have been for nothing. At least we don’t have to worry about it ending for quite a while now and can just enjoy the events as they occur. If the show lets us, at least.
Summer Time Render Episode 6 was a gritty and intense outing that put up a lot more mysteries while hinting at answering some of them. The intrigue is increasing by the episode, and this much shouldn’t even have been possible in the first place.
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