The sixth episode of Otherside Picnic continues the adaptation of the third chapter of the light novel. Sorawo and Toriko arrive at Kisaragi Station in the Otherside.
With the US soldiers guiding them, Sorawo and Toriko arrive at the base at Kisaragi Station. They try to get into contact with Kozakura there, but that only seems to invite trouble.
Sorawo and Toriko respond to the incoming danger, but that leaves the soldiers suspicious of them. The pair decide it is best to escape.
So if the Station February could get two episodes for its adaptation, how come they couldn’t do the same for Time, Space, and a Middle-Aged Man? I still feel that it would have benefitted it. Oh well.
Of course, having two episodes means that the evens can play out very closely to the light novel. We have a pretty faithful adaptation, at least until the final part of the episode.
In the light novel, Sorawo asks Toriko about the weapons the soldiers are using (a mortar and an M2). That scene didn’t make it into the anime, but Sorawo does ask about the M14 EBR Toriko borrows.
As a side note, the M14 EBR is the main gun that M uses in Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online.
I’ve mentioned before that Sorawo wears a coloured contact lens, which is something we’re actually told in the light novel. This incident is the first time the anime actually mentions it – which would make sense if the chapters were being adapted in the same order as the light novel.
To not have it not brought up until this point does seem a little odd, though.
Following on from that, we have the train scene. I was hoping it would be animated, because it’s one of the most bizarre Otherside phenomena there is.
I wouldn’t exactly call it “animated”, though, but the vague imagery does work well for that scene. The light novel has more detail about what is going on for those who are curious.
The anime diverges from the light novel quite a bit after the whole train scene. In the light novel, Sorawo and Toriko wake up on a normal train in the normal world.
Here, if I had to guess, we are stepping into the sixth chapter of the light novel – expect to see a bit more skin. That’s all I’ll say about that for the time being.
Though Sorawo and Toriko end up in a different place from their light novel counterparts, we still have Kozakura listening to the message she received. She just does it alone in the anime, whereas Sorawo and Toriko are with her in the light novel.
Overall, a good episode. I’m glad they gave the Station February chapter two episodes. Great stuff.