Got busy, didn’t have time to watch let alone write, and so missed a week… Then was mostly caught up, but didn’t want to write because I wasn’t caught up… around and around in self-reinforcing cycle. Bad.
Gomenasai! I should have at least posted a note or something, and will do so in the future. You the reader can’t discuss weekly if I don’t post something each week.
Anyhow, let’s get caught up up and move forward…
Just as a reminder, shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics.
Mostly, this will be ‘quick looks’ to catch up to the present day…
Demi-Chan has slipped into a pleasant groove, neatly blending slice-of-life with deeper insights into the lives and challenges of demis. Finally, we’re learning more about Sato-sensei and just how deeply her succubus nature has shaped her life.
Much has happened in the last few weeks. I’m not terribly happy about Fujinomiya’s arc, as she was fated to suffer so Our Hero can find his True Path. On the other hand, that True Path is the whole point of the show… And now, just as Adagaki is realizing what’s happening – we cliffhanger. Is that Masamune in disguise, a ringer, or something else entirely? Given Masamune‘s tendency to veer off at odd angles, I’m not making any bets.
Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club – Ep 5 – dropped.
Formerly listed as “on hold”… and actually it was until I read this piece at There Goes My Kokoro, which crystallized my thinking on why I was increasingly unhappy with the show. So, dropped.
Miss Koyabishi’s Dragon Maid
Honestly, as time goes by I’m becoming less and less enamoured with Maid Dragon. While the brilliant character moments that made the show so delightful earlier on are still there… There’s just too many characters being introduced and too many interactions that are pulling away from our main duo (trio? family?). Fafnir at least brings something about humanity to the table, but Luoca is just annoying and pointless.
I did enjoy the ‘cosplay’ scenes in Episode 7’s visit to Comiket… They neatly wrapped up why I go to SCA events and cons and suchlike – it’s an opportunity to be myself and hang out with my tribe far from the concerns of the madding world.
And is it just me, or are a there more shows than normal going to Comiket this season?
Wish has been getting harder and harder to watch… but in a good way. Just as it usually is in real life, the character’s lives are messy and their inexperience just makes thing worse. Experience can also cause you to do things that make things worse too – you just can’t win.
And now, Ep 8. Wow. The crowning glory of the season so far. Possibly one of the single best episodes in the season to date. Setting aside Eechan’s scenes with her cousin (outstanding in their own right) – the heart of the episode are Hanabi’s and Mugi’s confessions to their love interests. Though the confessions went predictably, that’s because the writers have done such a job of building the characters. Hanabi has long known how her confession would go, and has steeled herself for it… and accepted Kanai’s gentle acceptance of her feelings and his equally gentle and unspoken rejection. For the first time, she’s happy. Mugi on the other hand, once again revealed himself as real piece of work. He knows going into things that Akane is going to manipulate the hell out of him – and willingly falls into her trap. Just as he did with Moca, he hopes to “save” herself from herself. This will not end well.
Seiren – Eps 5-8, Toru’s arc.
I know I complained about how Toru was too ‘perfect’ (top athlete, top scholar, top game…), but they did flesh out all but the athletics as the arc progressed. Overall, while still weaker than Hikari’s arc – I actually find the ending more believable somehow. Maybe it’s because their relationship, having common interests rather than just being thrown together, felt more natural.
That catches us up on all the biggies… I’m still behind on Bang Dream and Schoolgirl Strikers though. (Hopefully I’ll catch up this week or next.)
Speaking of next week, my entry will be rather thin if there’s anything at all. Thursday, my lovely wife and I are going to see SAO:Ordinal Scale. Fri-Sat-Sun I have an SCA event (Kingdom Arts & Sciences – a weekend of serious historical nerdery). Monday, our local indy movie house is showing The Red Turtle. So I’ll probably just drop a place keeper on Monday for all of you to post your weekly thoughts.
And with all that said… What do you think of the past few weeks? Anything you thought particularly cool or notably sucked? Let me know down in the comments!