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Looking into Saekano Flat Episode 10: Rivals and Revivals

Woah! I swear it is pure coincidence that the episode title and my review title both contain the word ‘Rivals’ – that was the most recurring theme in my head as I watched it.

As I’ve said in my short review, this episode still somewhat took on the original storyline, added anime original contents and then full on accelerated the sailing speed of Tomoya x Katou ship. I really don’t know of what Fumiaki-sensei’s plan is for the last episode, honestly.

What we got now is some further exploration into a few internal factors that drove Eriri into her path of choice, all the while discovering that Utaha has been understating herself for quite a while, too.

Let us just forget about the whole timeline thing – this episode is throwing back and forward really hard. It will take a couple of watches to figure out where each plot is in relation to the previous episode.
That’s right, this episode is pretty much tightly tied with the previous one. You can basically call it The Betrayal Arc.

Lastly, this is pretty much an explanation/contemplation episode where I shouldn’t be writing a lot about since the characters do all of the work with their reasoning. I was hoping to write less for this episode than I did for the previous. Thank God, it’s going to be the case for me~


Taking sides

 

After getting mentally wrecked by Kousaka Akane, the duo leave for a breather just outside, not too far from Akane’s headquarters. Here I get to see Eriri’s character on full display.

Prideful Eriri

She initially rejects the idea of working with such an egotistical producer that is Akane.

 

Indecisive Eriri

She lists her worries that will come to life in near future has she not actually take any action against them.

 

Apologetic Eriri

Bingo. Eriri admits for the hundredth time that she’s in a slump, really using it as an excuse to stop Utaha from saying anything at all.
You guessed it – the Ice Queen isn’t the one person to easily be sympathetic. She chooses the wrong person to seek sympathy from.

 

“That is about the only issue I agree with Kousaka Akane on.”

Whose side are you on, Utaha?!

 

Kasumigaoka Utaha debunks Eriri’s display of character in reverse order, starting from her being a slump as a mere excuse. The former follows up by outright telling her that she has only been listing the reasons as to why she can’t draw and that she has not taken any action or made any decisions regarding what she wants to really do or what she wants to have happened.

“…whether you want to continue as an artist, or…”

She cuts Utaha off at this point. I would, too, because the Ice Queen Utaha really is no chill when it comes down to beneficial truth. Though, seriously – where was this Utaha in the last few episodes? Instead of talking it out with Tomoya just like how she’s doing it with Eriri right now, she goes for the apologetic betrayal route! Ugh.

A little info: this scene actually takes place before her betraying Tomoya, hence all the more salty I am.

Finally, the last part of Eriri’s facade, her pride, gets the shatter from Utaha’s roundabout encouragement.

Can you?
Coming out of the Tsundere closet in 3…2…1…

 

Notice that Eriri is sweating. She has really been holding in her excitement, in hopes of not actually having to show Utaha her rotten self (Yes, rotten – that’s nearly everyone’s reaction to the things they find to be epic to their tastes. Take Fujoshi for example).

She held it all in, until now.

Look, we all know why we love Tsundere girls. The excited Eriri here shows us just that.

 

So Akane’s taunt has worked on Eriri in a rather positive way. She actually doesn’t care that much for Akane despite Utaha calling out the name, but rather she is taking an extreme interest in being a part of Fields Chronicle XIII, a major game that came out and got popular before she was born. Now I can actually be on the same page as Eriri – I’d be dead ass happy too if I’d been allowed to work on remasters of my favorite NES games.

It is then Eriri’s head really clicks in after her rotten head carries her words ahead of herself.

Carried away Eriri
“Sorry”

 

She realizes that Akane has not mention anything along the lines of Utaha’s importance in the project.
As Akane has said herself, she created her proposal with Eriri’s participation in mind while she considered Utaha to be a potentially useful baggage, or what Utaha herself calls an afterthought.


Get good

 

At least in this very moment, that’s what of Utaha is known within the gaming community.

She’s a noob compared to Eriri. And noobs will need to ‘get good’.

In the show’s context, Eriri had asked Utaha on her thoughts about the way Akane treats her as an extra to the former’s participation.
Oh boy, here we go.

Kasumigaoka Utaha lets out her inner jealousy in pretty much about the same way noobs in competitive games do.

With anger and false claims.

“Eh f*ck you c*nt! I’m not tilted ya f*cking moron! You ain’t (hitting) shit. Can’t even kill their healers and you call yourself a Master player?! Why the f*ck am I in Gold, seeing noobs like you?!”

Sorry, that ain’t her line but I’m sure you see the similarities.

“I’m angry. I’m obviously angry! Being treated like some extra to an amateur illustrator! How could that not bother me when I’m the professional?”

What truly separates Utaha the good noob and the horrible, tiled noobs is the fact that she accepts the reality. She acknowledges the fact that she is inferior to Eriri at this stage. But most important of all, she’s willing to improve herself. This is basically the queue for a rivalry moment in which I fully expected. I’m glad Saekano doesn’t overlook simple things.

“So prepare yourself.”

If you decide you want to join this project...

 

And with that, she reaffirms that Eriri is solely the deciding factor on whether she gets in to the project or not. Eriri’s reaction is oddly cute and all but there is one thing she has to say to Utaha, only to have the latter walk away in an attempt to create the beginning moment of a happy rivalry.

Walkin' around downtown~


Alma mater – the more reason she needs to keep up

 

Utaha reaffirms that she’ll not slack behind with her novel job as she gets the start on Fields Chronicle XIII.

The fact that Machida asks Utaha about what she’ll do about Blessing Software pretty much hints that the scene happened before episode 9. The former also asks of what Utaha should do if Tomoya is really to block her path.

“I am a professional.”

vlcsnap-error464

 

Spot something for me.

Yaaas. Utaha is full of shit on this part. She lost herself over Tomoya then called Eriri out on losing herself over Tomoya. It’s actually good of Machida to remind her that emotions got the best out of her not too long ago.

Taking the truth like a bullet, Utaha isn’t willing to stay for more. Before she is able to leave, Machida interrupts and asks of Akane.

More background story reveals that Machida and Akane were in the manga club together in the university.

She’s quick to compliment Akane on her methods to success whereas Utaha is just as quick to throw the insults. It is until she lets Utaha know that Akane is just simply moved by her passion for the craft – she’s not doing it for fame or money.

“In order to keep up with her, or rather fight alongside her, you’ll either need talent, mental stability or a combination of both.”

Utaha’s confidence isn’t wavering a lot but as she thinks deeper, she can only see Eriri in her slump.

But…


Slump no more!

 

Eriri calls to wake Utaha up on her free day. While she initially isn’t happy about it, she gets a reminder of the fact that it is 3 p.m..

Now, I know that Utaha sleeps pretty much anytime that she can at school (including the opening ceremony in the very first episode), seeing her getting up so late in the afternoon is a first. Haha!

It's 3 P.M.!
Afternoon titties. Can you imagine her night pair?!

 

 

Over in Eriri’s personal art room at Toyogasagi Academy, she welcomes Utaha to see that she’s no longer in a slump. Utaha’s reaction can be viewed in two different ways.

Where's yer sketches?!

 

One is that Utaha acts quite like a mother whose child just completed their homework. Oh dear, shout out to many mothers of the generation X!
The other and the real one is that Utaha’s excitement comes from the fact that throughout the entire time, it is her task to get Eriri out of her slump.

Eriri somehow manages to get out of it on her own at a cost of her romantic feelings, her loved one.

 

Wow. Thanks for the flashback of their quarrel. Now something really clicks for me as well.

How far she has come alongside Tomoya…

“You’ve come this far. You’re faster and more consistent!”

“Then become amazing next!”

It’s unfortunate for both of them but, she’s going to become amazing without Tomoya.

Then we get to the flashback of Episode 4 but with Akane’s taunting words this time.

Now this is going to sound freakish of me but consider the fact that…

Eriri is probably a true masochist.

She does say that, “Tomoya won’t force me to draw either.

Not only that she cannot draw when she’s beside Tomoya, but because he won’t force her on top of that? I’m not going to state anything here so decide for yourself.

Lastly on this scene, THEY DID IT! They actually used Sakuga on Eriri’s emotion turnover. I know this is something Kyoto Animation does in every one of their drama series so I’m really happy someone else is picking up the pace. Right from her cute “Utaha” (see, the same old reason I can’t help but like Tsundere – they are just freaking cute), smiling to laughter in which turns into a breakdown upon realizing that Tomoya’s push has got her so far, only to be able to get pushed further by someone she doesn’t morally align with.


Rivals – An enemy of my enemy is my friend

 

Still at school, Eriri lets Utaha in on more of her past with Tomoya, especially on how she had once betrayed him. To her surprise, Utaha already knows that much. Also the fact that it will be Eriri’s second betrayal to Tomoya. Utaha, however…

...unfortunately, you'll have an accomplice this time.
You’re never alone~

 

Someone please make a compilation of every single time Eriri calls out ‘Kasumigaoka Utaha’ – the result may actually shock you.

For this moment at the very least, her callout is with a sad tone. Eriri is prepared for the worst to come once Tomoya finds out about their move. Utaha is still being all motherly, willing to be the ears to Eriri’s problems in the future. What she doesn’t realize is that she still has problems of her own, the one that Eriri wishes to solve way earlier but she walked away on it.

Eriri gets REAL

 

“Don’t let Kousaka Akane look down on you, Kasumi Utako. You’re a professional too, aren’t you?”

“She made one mistake. She underestimated your talent, your determination and just how bad you are at giving up.”

“Not understanding how amazing Kasumi Utako is means Kousaka Akane isn’t special at all!”

Two types of victory
This perfectly illustrates the two types of victory

 

So the roles got reversed in a matter of few minutes. Eriri indeed has the encouragement factor that gets underrepresented most of the time. She resorts to this move when she’s emotionally stable and clear of any potential guilt. Pretty understandable, actually. A Tsundere acts mostly according to emotion, after all.

Come on, if you managed to read this far then I’m sure you should realize that Eriri is a Tsundere well made.

 


Rivals – A friend of my enemy is also my enemy

 

In an intermission, Iori gets his own spotlight in his confrontation with the great producer Akane. He comments on how directly approaching the duo with her bold, merciless methods will not work out as well as she plans and that she should have gone to talk to Tomoya first.

Akane has her focus on the things/people she needs and will disregard everything else in the way.

I need them
I need them

 

Iori remarks that he has heard that line before. I don’t even think it’s a spoiler because it has already happened. Tomoya in the very first episode of this show spewed that very line to both Utaha and Eriri in his plead for them to join Blessing Software. Ah how nostalgic.

Iori then comments on how Akane’s methods are the biggest reason she gathers many enemies in her path to success, to which she admits that she’s the ‘go hard or go home’ type of person. Iori then admits that he’s not quite ready to follow Akane’s path just yet and would like to still be able to laugh with others at work. Akane, being extremely experienced in the field of production, mercilessly corrects Iori’s thought as an intention of leaving Rogue en Rogue.

 

Unlike Eriri and Utaha, Iori shows us the correct way of leaving a circle.

Thank you for everything you've done for me.
MY MAN

And now, let the hate resume for the duo. Lol!

Akane’s experience is then put to the show in a form of wise words from her to Iori.

“As long as you’re trying to make it in this world, there’s no easy path. You have to claw your way up, making enemies along the way.”

DAMN TRUTH. It has been spoken, really. You cannot please everybody once you’re at the very top. Think about top game companies or even more relevant, anime studios! I’m going to point out that Kyoto Animation exists as the most successful anime studio in Japan but for any haters out there, you can actually tell that most of what KyoAni produces are short of action. The studio outright avoids shounen battle titles as it has a very large fanbase and therefore is impossible to please everybody. What they do instead is pick the most hailed genre of entertainment in the country and adapt/create anime within that very genre. We know they are predominantly drama and slice of life with some addition of comedy, romance and fantasy.

Okay, enough about them. Back on the topic.

Iori claims that he’ll still be the co-boss in his future, to which Akane wonders if such a person who’s willing to cooperate with him exists.

a person who plunges ahead without any regard for anyone else.
“a person who plunges ahead without any regard for anyone else.”

And that’s a hint number one.


Revival – From Zero

 

Tomoya meets Iori in the same cafe that they had their Valentine’s encounter.

I spy YAOI
I spy Yaoi~

Wait. Is she excited or disgusted this time?

 

Iori intends to apologize while admitting that it was because of him Akane even got the chance to discover Eriri and Utaha. Tomoya however barges in with a reason that’s probably valid for half of us watching the show. To be honest, I can go and talk about it again just like my continuation of episode 9 Looking Into. Tomoya’s reason being that “it’s an incredible opportunity for the duo” will most likely be agreed on by those who have a career and/or are working on a job.

“How could I hold it against them?”

Tomoya goes on to say that the fact Akane discovered the duo at all means that he’s a great producer. Oh man, how half assed can he actually be? Self complimenting while shaking vigorously like a vibrator.

Iori lets Tomoya know that he and his little sister Izumi have left Rogue en Rogue and that it is not done in order to atone for his misdeeds towards Tomoya’s loss.

We found love!
Dude winked – Go YAOI route!

“Something we can’t do in our current team (Rogue en Rogue).”

Tomoya asks Iori of a favor to take care of Izumi because no way in hell will he let her talents go to waste, to which Iori confidently replies that he’s already found the best place where Izumi can exhibit her talents. And that folks, is a hint number two.

“So you should continue with your doujin team, too.”
“Don’t quit game developing, don’t quit creating. You can’t give up on chasing your dreams.”

A hint number three.


Revival – A fateful encounter to a fateful restart

 

Tomoya walks home, taking the hill route.

The cherry blossoms are blooming.
Completely different from last year, the flowers are blooming.
…No, the cherry blossoms are the same.
It’s just that everything else is different.

He realizes that it has indeed been a very year long journey of welcoming times from the writer/illustrator duo. He’s definitely missing something from the year long experience and that very thing he’s missing appears.

Erm. For goodness’s sake – please stop stealing the show in a few minutes, Megumi!


Megumi asks him out on a date?

 

Yeah. Something doesn’t feel quite right with this part. I’ve mentioned before in my short review that the second ‘date’ event doesn’t actually happen until midway of Volume 8. It really looks like the second season will end on the last note of the seventh volume. It’s a massive plot skip if this is really the kind of alteration Fumiaki-sensei is going for.

Otherwise I think there’s another possibility…

The date can be completely anime original (it kind of already is since Megumi is never the one to ask Tomoya out on a date) and acts as an event to stabilize Tomoya’s emotional downfall. This is actually something Megumi is best known for – being there for her friends. So with this in mind I’m actually, extremely excited to see how the finale will go down.

Please let it be diabetes just like Episode 8!


Tomoya is actually a crybaby

 

So in the light novel, instead of him balls up seeing Megumi’s approach to ask him out on a date, this is how it goes…

“It’s been a while. We meet…again. What a coincidence, ahaha…”

“…Katou?”
Short…bob?
“I’m glad you still recognize me…Tomoya Aki-kun.”
Short, bob…
“Come to think of it, we haven’t seen each other for almost a month now right?”
“Why…”
Why a short bob…?
“Ummm, actually I just went to your place and saw your mother. She said you haven’t gone out for a while.”
“No…”
That’s why a short bob…
“But she said you’d be back before dinner.”
“That’s not…”
That short bob is…
“She did say that I could wait for you inside…”
Short bob…
“But it’s already spring, and there’s cherry blossom…”

Spinning the hat on her finger, Megumi slowly walks downhill.
The white one piece dress she’s wearing and the hair style, they feel so nostalgic no matter which one I look at.
No. That’s exactly what she’s aiming for.

“That’s why, I was waiting for you here…the whole time.”
“Uh…”

And so, before me stands the ‘Megumi from a year ago’.
Like that time, with an unbelievably cute expression on her face, she smiles.

“Welcome back…Aki-kun.”
“Sorry for not contacting you.”
“I needed some time to sort myself out.”
“That’s why…I’m sorry for not being by your side when you were going through tough times.”

“No…I should be the one saying sorry.”
I’m really sorry.
I know how worried Katou must be. I know how sad she must be.
Because I had just found out how much she loved our circle.
That’s why it wouldn’t be surprising at all if she’s all depressed.

“Katou…”
But she’s not.
She has returned to her usual self again.
“I, I…”
The opportunity again comes from I asking Katou for help.
That’s why I must make proper decisions for the future.
Make decisions like a representative should.
“I…I will continue the circle.”
“Mhm.”
“Even if Michiru left too…well knowing her, it’s hard to say when things are like this.”
“Mhm.”

“Still…I want to make games!”
I will follow my dream.
Selfishly dragging in Katou again.
Never leave…no, never exclude her.

“…Mhm.”
Arrogantly, forcefully, wholeheartedly…follow the dream that’s no lesser than the one from last year.

“That’s why, Megumi Katou…please be my main heroine once more!”
“Make me…the main heroine who’s envied by everyone again okay?”

…Together with the best partner.

“…”
“…Haha.”
“Ah, haha, ha…”
“Mhm, mhm…”
“Hahaha…haha…uh”

“Aki-kun…”
“…uh, wuh…ugu…u”
“…Mhm.”
“Ueeh, uu, gu…uwaaaaa…”
“…”
“Ueeeeh…ahhhhh…ahhhhh…!”
“…”
“Uwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, ahhhhhhh!”

Unable to hold back his tears any longer, Tomoya breaks down in front of Megumi.

 

Cute, right? Tomoya practically lets out his weakness whereas Megumi lends him her strength. In other words it’s a working combination!


 

I’ll be making a continuation of this post. I can’t put it here because it ain’t a ‘review’.

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29 thoughts on “Looking into Saekano Flat Episode 10: Rivals and Revivals

    1. all i can see here is some possible scenarios
      1- He breaks before giving her an answer about the date ( based on the mood he changed his mood when he saw Megumi so most likely will not happen at this moment )
      2- The scene on the train on vol 11 will happen ( assuming they go on a date and take a train which is shown on the opening, however i don t see any other connection to the train on the opening , it might not mean anything on the anime since nothing on the opening makes reference to the light novel except the train part but seems wrong because is Megumi who is on the opening and not Eriri and Utaha , )
      3- Assuming the date happen , it will possible that we will see some flashbacks because at this point we haven’t see how did Megumi knew about the separation of the team , she knew about getting them together but not about the proposal that they got and the reason why they left and the reasons why they wont join anymore , and at this point we might see either Megumi or Tomoya breaks for a moment then go straight to planning the creation of the game with the members described on the volume 8

      sorry i took so long to describe but I am still in shock of why did that last part of the episode happened ,that end felt like is killing the chances for a third season

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      1. It is the power of cliffhanger, my friend!

        If we’re getting to see Megumi confront Eriri on her betrayal then I hope it gets finished quick so the pain will be less!

        Another hint as to why this will unlikely be the 8th volume event is Tomoya’s glasses – he’s still wearing them.

        Ah! I’m just excited for the ending. Iori literally dropped three big hints about the future of Blessing Software so if I don’t see the third season, riot will happen.

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      2. I think those scenes must be happen in final episode is train scene and new members appear. Even if they do it real quick, it will take almost half episode.
        The other half maybe original date scene like Shokamoka said

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  1. Thanks for analyze, especially for the mistake moment at the end of the episode 10. I share to saekano in indonesian forum to tell the true story about this. Can’t wait for the last episode now. Fight for the last and make it diabet like ep 8. Its right ?

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      1. i want ask you, about Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Memorial Fanbook bundled with Nendoroid Megumi Katou Heroine Clothes Version, to be released in March 2018. Pre-orders start October 10. what the meaning of memorial ?

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      2. Memorial is just an item in which serves to preserve the memories of something you love.

        Basically it’s the exact same reason for anyone who should be buying the Nendroid.

        Until the contents of the book is shown, once can only guess that it will contain some exclusive stuff like a draft of Katou, because it’s obvious that Maruto-sensei didn’t straight up illustrate Katou Megumi in one go and forever uses it as for what she looks like now. Lol!

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  2. This is one the best anime for for 2017 so far…. Its sad though it will be coming to and end… Would any know where I can find a translated Light novel in english… pls pls

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    1. This series is quite underrated but maybe that’s because of the general hate for harem romance comedy.

      Fan translations got taken out a long time ago since there are licensed releases of the translation.

      There are fan translated summaries, though.

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  3. The SS Katou has sailed the world 3 times over now she could be there for a second and the show would be hers. Eriri breakdown scene was touching everything about was perfect it almost made me want to forgive her. Then she cancels that out by literally saying she’s going to betray him again which again shows the sin in her silence but at least she’s resolved to show her she’s not to be trifles with. Tomoya flashback up the hill was also touching you could literally see the heartbreak emanate off him and who else should be his savior but the mightiest main heroine Katou Megumi!

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  4. today is the next episode, so its really skip to the middle of LN volume 8. really ? please dont say that. i want to see tomoya come to kato house. its not fair if they skip first part of volume 8. i think the date its only original anime. i read again on volume 8 they didnt go to rokutenba mall but go to garden ? i read from Magnavalon.

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    1. sorry, i read the summary again and yes. they really skipped bunch of stuff from the LN 8. Now iam worried about season 3 at first episode. what will happen ? really” sad to know that cuz stroy LN 8 from first until middle is about to fighting between iori and kato. i want to see iori say “your girlfriend is pretty severe”

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      1. I can’t read Fumiaki-sensei’s mind!

        Yes doing this for the last episode to make it all feel more conclusive in case the third season never gets a green light.

        It’s one of those things that happen under the table – obey the higher ups or you won’t make a living. That’s the way of mangaka and light novel authors.

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  5. and what will be show on episode 1 season 3 if they just skipped too much bunch of stuff ? because now we didnt see continuation manga after chapter 42. or they will make after anime s2 ended. now im bit confuse. i really dont know what happen under the table, i think because political issue from all saekano staff there.

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    1. if there last ep its conclusive, they should put iori to the last PV stage. but it didnt. and i think. new season will be first intense fight between iori and kato. You should do Fumiaki. Please…… your novel is too good but after you re-telling story to the anime it really confusing. now i just want too wait and see the next. i hope will be good and better with another alternative.

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      1. yes”. i think your sentence about “because the profit” on last ep is true. kadokawa will made much money. really scary industries. i know megumi stuff will be really like hot cakes like you said. but It will sell well without you having to skipped on anime version. saekano is too good to people who like, so kadokawa didnt have to worried about that. yeah, its just my opinion. kadokawa still kadokawa. i dont know how about next.

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