David Production’s anime adaptation of Kono Yutaka’s debut novel series Sagrada Reset began airing this April, and even if you aren’t familiar with the source material, a quick glance at the episode list makes it clear that director Kawatsura Shinya has opted for a rather unconventional approach in bringing the story to the screen. The books are not only being adapted out of order, they’ve been split up and restructured, giving anime viewers a notably different experience.
Now, I’m not necessarily saying this is a bad thing—changes are inevitable when adapting a story from one medium to another, and a director that slavishly follows the source material is likely to produce something either dull or simply unsuited for anime (see: Kishi Seiji’s attempt at Danganronpa). However, some of the decisions made in the first few episodes are a bit confusing—especially for newcomers—so I wanted to elaborate somewhat on where and how the anime diverges from the novels. Rather than an in-depth analysis, though, this’ll mostly just be a scattershot collection of thoughts I had while revisiting the novels to put together my other posts on the series.
It goes without saying, but MAJOR SPOILERS for the first 11 episodes follow.