5 Line Recap – Time Spiral ep 8 + review

time spiral

Final episode!

5-line Recap

  1. Kentaro lectures Tatsumi about not giving up, since faith can change fate.
  2. The main professor, who only shows up to discuss time travel, showed up to talk about time travel with Natsuki and Tatsumi.
  3. Tatsumi and Natsuki kiss before he goes back to his own time – speaking of the kiss, it really looks really awkward, like he’s trying to eat her face or something.
  4. Tatsumi is back in his own time and Mami is alive; she’s also marired to Kentaro.
  5. Natsuki is also alive, but she doesn’t know who Tatsumi is…..only she does.

I guess this is the end. Only eight episodes, so it was short and sweet. The episode was mostly about Natsuki trying to convince Tatsumi to go back in the past and not save her. Her reasoning for this is that if he doesn’t go back and let things happen organically, then only him and Mami will suffer in the end.  She does make a good point here. The time travel business is clearly having a toll on Tatsumi and Mami keeps dying, so if Natsuki dies then two people will live on.

Her reasons made me feel like a bad person though, because I would probably tell Tatsumi to do something different so that we all live in the end. I may want to save others, but not at the expense of my own life.

With the way things were going, I thought that at least someone would die in the end so I’m a bit surprised by the happy ending. There’s still a few plot holes that were never solved, but I suppose that’s how it usually is with time travel stories.

As a whole, I don’t think I really liked this drama all that much. Initially, I thought it started well and I liked how things were playing out. I am a fan of time traveling stories, so I was really looking forward to how it would be used here. At first, I was all for it, but things are never really explained. I don’t know how Tatsumi started to time travel. I don’t know why he was the only one who could use it. I don’t why Natsuki was the only one who had deja vu like experiences, even though the other characters were part of the two time lines.

Nothing is really explained and while that would annoy me a great deal, the main fault with Time Spiral doesn’t lie in the story. It’s the characters who fall short and make the experience quite lacklustre. I don’t know if this is due to the acting or the direction they were given, but everyone felt very distant and cold. They were just like dolls really. Everyone had the same expression for every situation and that never really changed.

This not only made the story feel off, but it also messed up the romance aspect of the show as well. Natsuki was with Kentaro and I guess they were dating long enough that he wanted to marry her, but the moment Tatsumi shows up it’s like Natsuki doesn’t like or care about Kentaro anymore. It was like she didn’t even like him. I just didn’t get that. When Tatsumi told her that he’s going to make her fall in love with him and drive a wedge between her and Kentaro, she just accepts it because he’s the man who saved her.

That’s fine, but at least show us that you cared about Kentaro.

Speaking of Kentaro, he’s only purpose was to be with Natsuki and then Mami. He served no real purpose except for being a prize. Ah sorry, he was more like a chess piece for Tatsumi to use in order to save Mami. But that’s it. I also don’t know why those thugs in the beginning were trying to go after his family.

Even Gackt started to check out as the show continued to go on.

I’ve seen these actors in other things before, so I know that they are all capable and great actors. It’s just that nothing worked here in terms of properly conveying emotion or anything really. Even in this episode when Natsuki and Tatsumi kiss, it didn’t feel like two characters who are completely in love with each other. This was a kiss of goodbye, so it’s meant to be sad, powerful, and passionate, but it just felt like two people who decided to kiss for some reason or another. I was more focused on the tongue action from Gackt and how a simple kiss could look like he was devouring Meisa’s face.

I felt bad for her lips. That’s not how a kiss of that nature should come across.

The only character that had some life to them was Natsuki mom, played by Kayoko Kishimoto. Everyone else just felt flat and lifeless.

I think Time Spiral started off strong, but it slowly fell apart as the show progressed. This is mainly due to the characters though and not so much the plot. Even though there are plot holes, I was still interested to see how the story unravels. This had so much potential, which is why I’m disappointed by how everything turned out. For me, the characters simply ruined the experience.



Characters: 2

Story: 7

Overall Experience: 5

Final Score: 4.7/10


3 thoughts on “5 Line Recap – Time Spiral ep 8 + review

  1. lazycat66

    “speaking of the kiss, it really looks really awkward, like he’s trying to eat her face or something” – that’s exactly what I said as well. Everyone was going all crazy and happy about it and just looked at it and… all I can see is a badly executed scene. Even the angle was weird. The more I looked at it, the worse it got. And of course, I looked at it repeatedly… lol


    About Kentaro and Natsuki, I don’t think they ever dated. They were just friends who have been close since kids. I know it’s weird that Kentaro would purpose to her without even dating, but… I really don’t think they were actually dating.
    Kentaro kept close to her cause he felt guilty about the kidnapping, and adding Natsuki’s panic attacks and him being the one to be there for her, it developed into him wanting to take care of her. And on Natsuki’s part, she hid her panic attacks from everyone except Kentaro, he was that one person that she could talk to about it, so she grew dependent on him.

    Honestly I don’t think either of them was ever really in love with the other. You say you’re surprised that she would move on and get interested in Tatsumi so quickly (remember that the man who saved was her first love, so that seed was there already, just waiting to bloom), but what about Kentaro and Mami? His interest in her seems rather sudden as well, don’t you think? That’s why I’m saying that Kentaro and Natsuki never really loved each other (not in the romantic way, I mean).

    So yeah, the show seemed promising, but it wasn’t that good, and I think that’s the writer’s fault (and direction too, I suppose). The story line sounds good, but the actors just can’t deliver it, cause it seems to me they don’t have enough material to work with.
    I wish I knew Japanese so I could just read the book. I bet it’s a lot better. But I seriously doubt there’s a translated version. Oh well.

    I have yet to see Gackt eating his own fingers (I gotta go look for that episode), but hey, I got to see him eating Meisa’s face. xD
    By the way, if you want to see him doing yet another creepy character, watch Tempest. It’s a good show, actually. But it’s a completely different tone.

    1. mochirochi Post author

      Glad I wasn’t the only one feeling that way about the kiss. I rewatched a few times too, just to make sure. The first time it was because I was surprised there was tongue. The second time, I was wondering why Natsuki looked like she was laughing (maybe it was that bad). The third, fourth, and fifth time were for me trying to make sense of Natsuki losing her face to Gackt’s mouth. :p

      I agree about Kentaro and Mami, which is why I said he never had a purpose other than to be with Natsuki and then Mami. I guess I also agree about Kentaro and Natsuki never really loving each other, but I do feel like Natsuki did mention that they dated. Before, she would just call him a childhood friend, but they did break up which means that they were serious at one point.

      I don’t really mind Natsuki getting over Kentaro so quickly, especially with Tatsumi there, my issue was more that she never showed emotion. Some of her words came out with emotion, but her face never conveyed that. When she cried about the break up, but said it was good for them. I was wondering why she was even crying, if she never really cared about him to begin with.

      I’ll check out the Tempest! Gackt being creepy is awesome. The show where he bites his fingers off is Mr. Brain. Not sure which episode though.

      1. lazycat66

        I watched it a few more times than you…. xD I was watching her eyebrows twitching. I think she looked uncomfortable, actually. Then I was looking at the details, like his fancy earrings and the line where his make up ends… lol

        Her crying about the break up, well… whatever kind of relationship they had, it would never be the same again; they’d been close for years, and now, inevitably there would be some distance between them. So yeah, I can see why she would be crying, even though it’s for best, for both of them.


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