Ritual ★★★★

so much of this is among the most beautiful and cathartic stuff i've seen, but the emotional beats in the last act didn't really connect in the ways the ones prior did. definitely feel like some of those elements seem fairly last-minute in contrast to the prior care taken to lovingly render these characters' inner worlds but regardless i still loved this and it's aesthetically unparalleled. also i was scrolling through reviews and are we just calling any portrayal of a woman with mental illnesses a usage of the manic pixie dream girl trope now? if somebody has - god forbid - done this with kotoko as well, then perhaps it's time to retire the reductive term from your critical vocabulary

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