Like everyone else, I'm going through all the past episodes since I saw episode 8 on the front page. I hope you're enjoying your renaissance!
As I watched the first handful of episodes I noticed it was a lot of reading and that's normal for a story like this that's so dialogue driven; so, I just accepted it. Let me tell you, this episode was such a big step forward for you. The voice acting alone made the dialogue much more interesting because I get more of a feel for each character. The animation is now more dynamic with your uses of zoom and I noticed occasionally you stretched some of the sprites to give it a feeling of depth that really drew my attention.
I love the story and with this move forward I can only see things getting more and more interesting. I would also like to give you props for the Sonic R song choice, I had completely forgotten about those tracks. xD
P.S. - You and Seymour have really good voices and your performances for the voice acting felt the most real. Everyone else was good, but you guys just felt strongest this episode.