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Dimension W Episode 4 (The Mystery Hidden in Lake Yasogami) Review

Numbers and Ghosts.


Have you ever watched a horror film only to have it leave you paranoid and very alert during the middle of the night? Maybe you sleep with the lights on? Perhaps you don’t sleep at all! Well, this episode of Dimension W could do that and more! But wait, this is a sci-fi series, not a horror one, so what could possibly be going on? Let’s get into it and find out!

SPOILERS AHEAD! If you haven’t seen this episode, I would recommend that you stop here. If you haven’t watched the series, please have a look at my first impression of Dimension W, it’s spoiler free!

Right off the bat, we see out first horror-like anomaly, which is….a ghost? How interesting, and it’s made even more so since Mira cannot display the image of what she saw either. It turns out the death from last episode is what this episode is focusing on. It is also related to the mission given to Kyoma and Mira by new tesla. Our victim is a novelist, Shijuro Sakaki, and the cause of death is a mysterious drowning. As soon as Kyoma and Mira get to the hotel, the tone starts shifting. Usually, we have the sci-fi elements with robots, energy, and coils. But this episode felt so different by having elements of horror, mystery, and supernatural in it. The atmosphere felt the same as it did in Another where everything felt gloomy and everyone looked suspicious. I do not believe this is a bad thing, as a matter of fact, adding in different elements of other genres in a genre-specific series is a great thing; it shows that the author is willing to step outside his or her boundaries to incorporate some creativity. Which I think could make that series even better, and that is something the director and writer of Dimension W did that I respect.

JuJu Reviews: Dimension W Episode 4 (The Mystery Hidden in Lake Yasogami)JuJu Reviews: Dimension W Episode 4 (The Mystery Hidden in Lake Yasogami)Speaking of suspicious, the characters we get introduced to this episode give off a negative feeling, as if they know something. We get introduced to Elizabeth Greenhough Smith, and given her character design, she looks more important than a background one-time character and she is definitely going to play a part soon. The music during the hotel scene was something that stood out to me too; it sounded eerie, which fit the atmosphere of the scene. As soon as Kyoma and Mira walk into their room, we get to see Albert Schumann and after some exchange of words, we get to see a mini-fight breakout between the two. I have to mention the animation once again; it’s good to see that even in small moments like these, Dimension W still holds strong with its production quality. Yes, it’s the small things that matter and they’re well done in Dimension W. After the exchange, we find out that Albert was also a Beast of Grendel, which shocked me and makes me wonder who else is a Beast of Grendel.

JuJu Reviews: Dimension W Episode 4 (The Mystery Hidden in Lake Yasogami) JuJu Reviews: Dimension W Episode 4 (The Mystery Hidden in Lake Yasogami)As Kyoma and Mira investigate the lake to get to the bottom of the death, we find out that numbers are involved and every incident that happened was due to numbers going out of control, which lead to accidents and deaths of people from 21 years ago. This is where I believe the mystery element comes into play; seeing Kyoma and Mira investigate felt like detective work.

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On Mira’s side, we can see that when she reads Sakaki’s novels, they are very descriptive, as if he lived through the madness he wrote about. Hmmm… We also find out that Mira can project what she sees or knows into a visual image. Although, when we see her do this, she is naked and depending on how you feel about fan service, the scene where she is projecting the image can be distracting due to the camera angles all over her body; Mira posing in a sensual manner doesn’t help either. Despite that, the episode becomes intense from there and characters start making their move.

JuJu Reviews: Dimension W Episode 4 (The Mystery Hidden in Lake Yasogami)JuJu Reviews: Dimension W Episode 4 (The Mystery Hidden in Lake Yasogami)

It turns out the “Ghosts” are a manifestation of Dimension W reliving the event from 21 years ago. This is all due to some people bringing numbers with them, which explains the entire situation and Mira’s situation. After another drowning, we find out that Elizabeth is after numbers too and it looks like our shady bunch from the hotel has made their move. What interests me is their kidnapping of Marisa Sakaki and how her dreams are connected to the other side. What side? What dreams? Could they mean Dimension W? Why do they need the other side? They’re after numbers as well, so this could tie into their objective. Finally, we have also Mira reliving the events from 21 years ago, but her meeting someone who seems to be Sakaki is the biggest cliffhanger of all. There is definitely more to get into and explore, and I look forward to how the next episode will resolve everything.


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(Screenshot Credits: FUNImation)

 

 

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