Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 8 Review: Not Cute Enough To Love

Hey, more mechas! That can only be a good thing, right? Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 8 featured a ton of action and even more heart to hearts. Let’s see how all of that went down in this review!

Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 8 Overview

Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 8 Title

Trapped In A Dating Sim, or Otome Game Sekai wa Mob ni Kibishii Sekai desu is a fantasy, romance and isekai anime based on a light novel written by Yomu Mishima and Monda. The anime is being directed by Kazuya Miura, known for previously directing anime such as Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai, and Shinichi Fukumoto, who served as the assistant director of Tantei Wa Mou Shindeiru.

The series is being animated by Studio ENGI, which was also behind director Miura’s previous directorial work, Uzaki-chan. The series is being published by Kadokawa, which is the entity behind several other anime giants like Your Name, Mushoku Tensei, and the Fate series. This episode is also known as Mobuseka Episode 8, or The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs Episode 8. You can find our review of the previous episode of the show here.

– Otome Game Sekai wa Mob ni Kibishii Sekai Desu Episode 8 Review does not contain spoilers –

Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 8 Review- Heart To Heart

Purple vs Red Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 8

One of the first things that you hear when you start watching an anime is its opening theme, and it usually sets the tone for your enjoyment of the entire series. A good opening can lift up a struggling anime, and you can look at Guilty Crown and Platinum End for shining examples of this. I bring this up because the show we are talking about right now has a tremendous opening, and I’d like to talk about it first before getting into the rest of the review.

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Mobseka has a phenomenal opening theme that goes very well with the show’s overall aesthetic. It is great to see the survival and prosperity of rock music in Japan. This song manages to invoke some heavy early 2000’s nostalgia in this infinitely listenable earworm and even has the visuals to go along with it. Enough has been made about the bad animation that this suffers from, but the opening cinematic flows very well with the opening song and make the opening moments of the show as excited as possible. A catchy song with a great cinematic sound like a winning combination.

Leon Mecha Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 8

As for the actual contents of this episode, it was more about the concept than the execution here. Sure, there was a lot of action with the mechs and warships getting involved, but they were pretty standard and below par, as we have come to expect from this show’s animation. Instead, let’s talk about something that’s actually unique and quite interesting to witness- the relationship between our protagonist, Leon, and the girl who is actually supposed to be this game’s protagonist, Olivia.

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Olivia was written to be a standard rags-to-riches game character, one that gets the riches and love despite being a commoner. She would have gotten there if it wasn’t for those meddling siblings, it seems. Now, she has been practically cast aside by the game and the show for the sake of Leon in the show’s case and Marie in the game’s. What does a character like that have, if not for the story, that is supposed to uplift her? She came from nothing and will end up with nothing, and that is a really hard situation to imagine feeling comfortable with. Olivia is an extremely sad yet realistic character who is an unexpected hit.

No matter what the show tried to get her into this position and how awkward its current position and situation are, it managed to get here speaks volumes about this not just being a heartless Otome show. It tells you that despite all that may be off with it, there is an endgame in mind that is far from shallow. It is a unique experience that might not be perfect, but it is good enough to make you think. Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 8 wasn’t a very special episode and featured a dud storyline, but it was used to get to a good arc, and thus it gets a pass.

Verdict

Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 8 was more about the end than the destination. It was a pretty uninteresting affair until it got into its story’s deeper, more existential parts. It then took things to a very intriguing crescendo.

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SUMMARY

Trapped In A Dating Sim Episode 8 was more about the end than the destination. It was a pretty uninteresting affair until it got into its story's deeper, more existential parts. It then took things to a very intriguing crescendo.

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