Still a little behind after the rush and madness of the Faire last weekend… But I managed to watch and write up the majority of the shows.
Hit the jump 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.
Three episodes behind, and I’m not sure I’m motivated to catch up… Teetering on the edge of dropping it.
Alice & Zoroku – Eps 8-9
Still trying to wrap my head around it… Pondering on how Hatori’s descent into being a ‘evil witch’ mirrors Sana’s attempts to become human. But the mirror flips at the end of the ep with Hatori choosing to isolate herself and Sana getting ready to bring the pain to Ayumu for her part in messing with Zoroku. She is not hesitating one bit to become a monster in service of (in her eyes) protecting her family.
Those of you who dropped or stalled because of the SOL elements might want to get caught up…
Atom: The Beginning – Ep 7
Honestly, this tweet from Scott at Mechanical Anime Reviews sums it all up…
Atom: The Beginning is never going to be as good as is opening, is it? *Sigh*
— My Scott Academia (@MechAnimeReview) June 5, 2017
For reference… the OP in question:
Honestly, it’s the best OP this season, and the only one this season that I watch every week. And it’s increasingly the best part of the show… Witness this week which, despite giving some character development time to Ran, was essentially filler. Less than two minutes was developed to furthering the actual plot (setting aside Six’s actions, which were a repetition of What Has Gone Before anyhow). Even that, reminding us that a character from four episodes before was still around, was clumsily handled. I’m rapidly getting to the point where I’m not sure why I’m still watching.
Re:Creators – Ep 9
Mamika’s death hit me pretty hard… Partly because of the loss of her idealism and her newfound conviction and strength. Partly because it took what was becoming the most interesting character in the show off the table.
Magane I understand, I just don’t care for her much. (Though her glee at being unfettered by the confines of her story and antagonist was certainly a sight to see.) Sitting here watching her natter and chatter on for the bulk of the episode was actually pretty painful as it didn’t really bring anything thematically and was repetitive as hell. On the other hand, Sota’s role in the whole affair is now coming out in the open…
Sakura Quest – Ep 9
Sakura dropped a bit in my estimation this week as basically everyone’s problems were so neatly and simply resolved. It felt more like a sitcom than a drama. (And once again their hit or miss comedy, missed.) Despite its vast improvement over the earlier episodes, Sakura is still struggling to find its groove.
Tsuki ga Kirei – Ep 8
The best episode this week, and the best episode of Tsuki to date. It opens with Kotarou and Akane dealing with the fallout of their revelation… And I loved how she dealt with her classmate’s questions so forthrightly – love isn’t always complicated. Sometimes it just is. Realizing this is the beginning of wisdom.
I was particularly taken with the middle sequence… Having a casual conversation together (without blushing and awkward silences) show how their relationship has grown. Kotarou’s willingness to wait for her (even though he had to be prompted), and her interest in his activities emphasize their growing closeness.
The festival sequence… the festival sequence… What can I say but wow! Their easy conversation. Her desire to celebrate his birthday. His assisting in bandaging her foot… practically pitch perfect.
And finally, our young couple find themselves alone and a moment of quiet…
Despite the CGI horror of the background characters, Tsuki has been a tour-de-force of framing and composition… And in this scene, they once again flat out nail it. I love the intimate feeling created here.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – you should be watching Tsuki ga Kirei.
We’re not caught up on Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia, or Saekano. But things are calming down a bit now that June Faire is over, and we should be all caught up in time for next week’s entry.
Also, just hit the ‘buy’ button on the first volume (in English) of Sound Euphonium, due out in just two weeks…