Right? The point of this part of the story is that Ami’s cram school is SUPER ADVANCED, so as to lure all the smartest kids in the area. Not only that, but it helps to show that the Dark Kingdom has the perfect line on how realistically far our technology has gone and exactly what kind of shiny things draw in we foolish humans. It indicates that they have the knowledge, and the RESOURCES, to set this place up to attract our best and brightest.
Then I look at what the episode is showing us, and I’m surprised that “Compatible with Windows ‘95” isn’t on that disc.
Apart from the fact that the monitors are flatscreens, there’s really nothing to distinguish this from what we might’ve seen in the original anime.
Big clunky towers, standard keyboards, single monitors. From a school with the level of prestige that we’ve been encouraged to expect from this Crystal Seminar. (And with the limited amount of time the creators have to sell this believably, every shortcut is important). I’m not expecting something impossibly Star Trekian here, but these kids could be on tablets and apps on their smart phone, using advanced wearable interface devices ala Google Goggles, having 3D printers to demonstrate math or science concepts.
Instead, all that differentiates this cram school from the one of twenty years ago is an optical disc and a flatscreen.
Seeing how Crystal adapted itself to fit into today was something I was really looking forward to. As I mentioned in tags, once again I feel a golden opportunity slipped through Crystal’s fingers, and none of the reasons I’m coming up with for why are especially comforting to me.
As I’ve been saying, this isn’t a deal-breaker for me. This is me doing what I always do: sharing my thoughts with you guys as I have them. I’m still on-board for Crystal. I really hope it begins to do better than this, though, and soon. I believe it CAN do better, which makes it all the more frustrating to see it barely try.