Busy, busy week… and, as I posted earlier, I spent time reading that I should have spent watching anime. And that’s something I never thought I’d post. (My love of reading and learning is well-known among my IRL friends.) But it also reflects my approach to this blog – firmly intending for anime watching and blogging to remain fun and not become a chore.
Anyhow, I got to most everything important this week, so hit the break and let’s dive in!
Just as a reminder, shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics.
Alice to Zouroku – Ep 3
The third episode “sudden reveal/turn to the dark” is now an established trope in anime… and Alice falls victim to it. Though I guess I can’t really say “falls victim”, as there wasn’t anything unheralded was there? We already knew the Facility (where Sana was held) had other Alices. We already knew that someone had ‘independent’ Alices and was opposed to the Facility. Episode 3 just showed us where the puzzle pieces fit. And now I’m even more suspicious of Zouroku…. Calling an old friend is one thing. Calling an old friend who just happens to be the head (or at least very high up) in an organization that happens to stand against the Facility? Sometime in the past, he’s BTDT for certain. ‘Florist’ is just a cover for a guy who has retired after a long and possibly unsavoury career. Another clue? Look back at the first ep, where one of this first actions was to ditch his car after it was ‘compromised’. Zouroko knows his stuff and I’m really starting to doubt that he’s an innocent bystander.
And just who are the good guys? The Facility? Those fighting against them? I’ve got a weird feeling here because we still don’t know the whole story.
And then there’s Minnie C. She has to be one of the more chilling villains I’ve seen in quite a while. Yonoga and Ashai were no doubt manipulated in the believing they were ‘helping’ their friend… But Minnie C. is a willing participant with her own motives and agenda.
Atom: The Beginning – Premiere
Gotta say – despite the way they threw a whole bunch of stuff at us all at once, I’m liking Atom even though I can’t quite put my finger on why. I’m especially liking the leads and the world building… Though the number of characters they tossed at us does give me pause. I will say this, no prior knowledge of the Astro Boy universe is needed to enjoy Atom. If that’s been holding you back, feel free to dive right in. You might just enjoy it.
Attack on Titan – Ep 3
Sadly, the bits hinted at in last weeks preview are quickly skimmed over. That’s kinda understandable because answering the questions raised thereby are, I think, the whole point of this season. (And they made sure to let us know they haven’t forgotten about Eren’s basement.) Humans and Titans are deeply linked – and when they answer the question of how and why, I suspect the answers aren’t going to be at all pleasant.
Especially since there’s a ton of Titans inside Wall Rose – and no hole in the wall for them to have entered by. The monsters are not only inside the Wall, they’re inside us. (Which also hinted at in the OP…)
My Hero Academia – Ep 3
A fun episode, spending (for the first time this season) less time on exposition and more time on character interaction (one of Academia’s strong points) and out-and-out action. Particularly interesting was watching the various characters work out how to use their Quirks to succeed in the challenge. Good training for their future as Heroes.
Sakura Quest – Ep 2
P.A. Works is almost always at it’s best when the plot leans heavily on character interactions… Though it’s still not firing on all cylinders (mostly because most of the girl’s personalities aren’t that well sketched out yet), this week was a vast improvement over the premiere. Rather than a forced series of setups, this week’s plot arose naturally from the setup and flowed with the personalities and interactions between the main characters. I expect it will only get better as the characters get filled in. That they aren’t so far is a sign of strength, not of weakness… Room for the characters to grow is room for the show to grow after all. Fully grown early on is quite often a sign of a show that’s going nowhere. Nobody sensible expects to be handed everything on a silver platter before the credits roll on the first ep.
Still… In some ways, I hope this week isn’t a harbinger of things to come. As strong as Shirobako was in the end, sometimes it leaned a bit too much on the Roadblock of the Week. Despite being a spiritual sister, Hanasaku Iroha was not a P.A. Works original as Shirobako was, so I suspect I’ll be referring back to the latter more than the former. (And interesting, my spellchecker knew the correct spelling of Shirobako.) The Roadblock of the Weak does indeed allow for character growth as they overcome it, but it can get a bit repetitive.
Tsuki ga Kirei – Ep 2
Our two sweethearts-to-be spend the entire episode just barely connecting… but that’s OK. Even though they don’t connect, they do interact in the sweet shy way that’s become Tsuki‘s hallmark. Kotarō taking time out to find Akane’s lost ‘mascot’ (the puppet she squeezes when anxious) was especially nice. Still loving the slow quiet aspects of the show. Not loving the hints of sensei-student interaction, we had enough of that last season with Demi-chan thankyouverymuch! Confused by exactly the short bits post credits were supposed to accomplish…
Not watched this week due to time constraints: Anonymous Noise • Hinako Note • Twin Angel Break
Dropped without remorse: Clockwork Planet • Renai Boukun • Sakurada Reset
(OK, I did feel a little remorse dropping Renai Boukun as the OP is sung by my beloved WUG-chan, but my distaste for the show exceeds my desire to support them.)
Still on the to-be-checked-out list: SukaSuka
Completely forgot to review: Saekano
Which leaves my schedule looking like this:
– Weekly post (before watching Tuesday’s show).
- Anonymous Noise
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (For the first part of the season anyway.)
- Sakura Quest
Clockwork Planet Renai Boukun
- Hinako Note
- Twin Angel Break
- My Hero Academia
- Attack on Titan
- Atom The Beginning
- Alice & Zoroku
Nine shows is a little below my usual, but really need to watch my schedule this season.
Spring is finally springing here in the Pacific Northwet, and that means the weekends start filling up. This weekend is the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival. (Watch my twitter feed for pictures, plus I’ll post here once all is said and done.) Coming up in May is Memorial Day Weekend, which my wife and I by long tradition (and rain or shine) spend geocaching… And the just as this season ends and the next begins comes the annual June Faire madness (a solid week plus of getting ready/setup, followed by a week to recover).
And I want to find time to watch a little baseball, especially now that the Mariners appear to be getting their stuff at least in the same sock drawer.
And finally, WordPress informed me this week that I now have twenty followers! Soon I’ll be the best known anime blogger in the entire tri-state area!