Why week 1.5? Well, I’m planning on posting each Monday, and after posting the last of the premiers last week I don’t want to wait a week and a half before posting week two and I wanted to get a few more premiers out of the way while they’re fresh.
So, hit the jump and let’s dive in! Be sure and let us know how your week in anime went, the Lounge is much more about you than it is about me.
Note: Crunchyroll is still not entirely functional… wasn’t able to watch any shows Saturday or Sunday night. They said, a week ago, that they were being DDOSed – but nothing since. These leaves me behind on a couple of shows I’d hoped to talk about this week. (And I need to get this written and posted so I can get on with housework… we had a busy weekend and the kitchen is a wreck.)
Just as a reminder, shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics.
OK, OK – I get it. It is a dang good show. Charming slice-of-life, appropriately funny in spots, appropriately serious in others. The way they turn long infodumps into charming character interviews is especially nice.
I’m curious to see how Kyoko’s interview is handled, as she’s the least (physically) human of the demi-humans.
The gang takes summer jobs working at a beach hut to earn money so their band can buy instruments. Well, not “their” band – Fuuka’s band. The others are merely being dragged along in her wake. Turns out not to be a beach episode, not in the usual sense, they actually go to work. Yu’s social anxiety is a handicap, and of course Our Heroine is an instant success – partly due to her bubbly personality, partly due to the fact that’s she’s a stacked teenager in a bikini. (Truly a major flaw in Fuuka, they keep reaching for the fanservice where it’s not needed at all.)
Through an unlikely series of events, Yu saves Fuuka from drowning, then Fuuka saves Yu from drowning… and they share their “first kiss”. (Though I wouldn’t classify rescue breathing as a kiss, it’s not romantic or sexy at all.) Despite this, and Fuuka’s emotional outburst after he recovers… they remain ambivalent about their feelings for each other. While they aren’t quite “real” teenagers as found in Sound Euphonium or Seiren… It’s a nice touch.
In the finale, the love triangle that is central to the show is introduced. This is actually the part I’m most interested in seeing… because the Other Girl isn’t just a classmate or some random girl. Instead, it’s someone who Fuuka is a fangirl of.
Masamume-Kun’s Revenge Ep2
Last weeks cliffhanger is resolved – the mysterious person from the past is revealed to be the Princess’s servant. Who, for yet-to-be revealed reasons is interested in helping Masamume… (I don’t think she knows his motivations.) Also, the Princess rejects Masamume’s attempt to get her email address – in her usual cruel manner. But really, most of the ep is spent treading water.
Schoolgirl Strikers Ep2
On the FB page for our local anime group, a gentleman described Strikers as “inoffensive, made-by-committee, paint-by-numbers sentai girls. Generic so far”. Which I think is pretty apt. (Though I had it pegged as magical girls, anyone care to enlighten me as to the differences?) This week, they paint in another color – the training episode. And of course, after a modest amount of training, they manage to defeat a monster all by themselves! (A trope I kind of object to… if they weren’t expected to do just that, why were they recruited and formed into a team in the first place?)
Scum’s Wish Ep1
Honestly, I don’t know quite what to say here. I read the first chapter of the manga after the show was announced, but set it aside as it didn’t quite grab me. Checked the anime out because it didn’t exactly repel me either… And I’m still conflicted.
Teenage romance is something covered in many an anime… Teenage infatuation with adults isn’t exactly unknown either. But Scum turns both up to 11 and adds a layer of eroticism that leaves me a little uncomfortable. (Note: I am not one of those who mistakenly believe that high schoolers are not sexually aware. Though it was a long time ago, I was one once.) I’m going to stay with it for a while and see where it goes.
Urara Meirocho Ep1
An interesting premise… girls seeking fame and fortune as fortune tellers, but very uneven execution. Urara can’t seem to quite make up it’s mind as to whether it’s going to be an over-the-top comedy or simply silly CGDCT. It’s not that the two are mutually incompatible, more like the two styles they’ve chosen don’t fit together particuarly well. The creepy fanservice doesn’t sit well either. Maybe one ep, maybe two.