Now I know some people are saying that they don’t like how little we see of the dolls, and in many ways I agree. But like I said before, the unwound Jun’s story is a much more mature story than previous series. And at the very least, it knows how to build-up the more mysterious bits too.
Ok, so i’ve heaped praises about Jun’s lifestyle being the focus, but since we’re more than halfway done with the show, I guess I have to address problems at this point. Because i’d be lying if I didn’t say the lack of dolls so far haven’t taken a hit at my enjoyment of the series.Jun isn’t exactly the most interesting person to watch. He’s spiteful, unsocial, and can’t decide what to do with his life.
On top of that, the fact that he’s a grown man means he realizes that everyone has to go through the same issues as he does, making his position less sympathetic. This may be intentional, as it shows the lack of dolls affecting Jun’s character and how the few moments he does interact with them feel that much more alive. But nevertheless, it’s a gripe old fans may not like.
To its credit, this ep does cover what exactly is going on in young Jun’s world and how Old Jun is affecting the plot overall. Young Jun is currently stuck in the N-world with Kanaria, and is only able to contact Kanaria’s master at the moment. Yet he continues to receive responses from the Old Jun, which we know are responses to whoever sent him texts in ep 6. Thankfully, young Jun is still smart as ever, figuring out Kirkishou is trying to make Old Jun make her a body, and he needs to somehow convince him to stop.
If I had to sum up the series so far, it’s excelling in one aspect tremendously, but severly lacking in the other. It’s definitely great at expressing character issues and visual direction, but lacking in plot development and overall fun. I really hope things get exciting later on.