Well, here we are… Most shows moving into their final arcs and starting to build towards the climax. Some are doing their own things, but that’s OK too.
Hit the jump, and let’s dive right in shall we?
Just as a reminder, shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics.
Ancient Magus Bride, ep 9
Honestly, in the manga this was probably a nice bridge between arcs. On the screen, it felt mostly like filler. It had enough material that it wasn’t actually filler… but it still felt like it.
Anime Gataris, ep 9
After a stretch of decent episodes… This week Gataris overplayed it’s hand. Their “anime is for everyone” and “anime connects us all” themes are good and all, but they took it to a level that’s completely beyond ridiculous. The show simply isn’t strong enough to spoof itself. The episode closed with the return of the pointless “club is to be shut down” plot, in the person of the principal himself.
Blend-S, ep 9
Gotta say, I didn’t care for this week’s ep. Once again, by concentrating on side characters, Blend-S loses touch with the workplace comedy and inter-personal hijinks that it does so well.
Girls Last Tour, ep 9
Sometimes there comes an episode where I just can’t even do it justice… This is one such episode. Like March Comes in like a Lion, this week Girls Last Tour manages the impossible and simply surpasses itself.
Idolmaster: SideM, ep 9
Everyone else having had their time in focus, this week they returned to Jupiter. This ep took a more personal turn than Jupiter’s previous episodes, and looked at them as individuals and on their individual personalities. (315Pro’s other units have had this focus, but Jupiter really hadn’t until this week.) Building neatly on their roles as leaders last week, they also showed how Jupiter’s experience and professionalism inspire the other idols.
But as the final arc gains steam, I find myself a little bit sad… Unlike the previous two outings in the franchise, it appears that Side:M will only be one cour. That’s a crying shame.
Inuyashiki, ep 8
Honestly, I clicked play this week expecting to drop Inuyashiki. After basically four episodes centering on Hiro and his heel-face-heel turns with the titular character being all-but-absent, I’ve had just about enough. But… the short piece with Mari gave me faint hope even as the longer segments of Hiro all but crushed those hopes.
Oh, and they casually dropped da bomb – what I’m guessing is the final arc of the story, some more conventional super-heroics. I may yet drop the show.
Just Because!, ep 8
Ena defies Mio’s ban and (with some assistance from her cat) asks Eita out on a date. They encounter Mio – and Mio is pissed. Can’t quite figure out what’s she pissed at though. Definitely pissed at Ena and Eita to some extent, but also at herself I think. As shown in the first segment, the party at Hazuki’s, she’s very uncertain about her future – and her relationship with Ena is a huge part of that uncertainty. I think she knows she wants something more, but lacks the courage to reach out and grasp it. We’re also given hints that she’s on her current path more-or-less by default, and now (after the conversation with her sister) she knows it too.
Konohana Kitan, ep 9
A bit of an odd and uneven episode… But it had it’s funny moments and those were a nice change of pace after the increasing seriousness and depth over the last few weeks.
Land of the Lustrous, ep 9
This week, Lustrous managed something I thought it never would… It made me pity Phos. She’s finally became everything she ever wanted, a seasoned veteran and
quite possibly the most powerful of the gems in terms of sheer combat capability. But despite her newfound exterior strength, inside she’s broken under the weight of the price she paid. It really hurt to watch the blank emotionless Phos who now inhabits the body of the formerly ebullient Phos.
Outstanding episode, though I could have done without the other gems dressing and acting like pre pubescent schoolgirls. Other than Bort of course, Bort is always Bort.
Love Live Sunshine, ep 9
Poor Ruby… Not only is she stuck as the eternal little sister, her chance/episode to shine was buried under irrelevancies and stale
Yoshiko (Yohane!) jokes – zura. They didn’t even try when it came to final reveal and it had all the impact of a bowl of cold oatmeal. In the end, we didn’t even get to see Saint Aquors Snow perform… Instead, once again, we got a music video (with the full cast rather than the two sisters) dropped in place of a proper in-world performance.
March Comes in like a Lion, ep 8
This sounds kinda trite – but WOW. Somehow 3-gatsu managed to not only raise it’s already high bar, but then effortlessly vaulted it. In the first segment, Rei did what he should have done quite a ways back – brought his teacher/mentor into the loop with regards to Hina and the bullying. In the second, we finally get Nikaidou’s full story… How, despite his illness and how easy it would have been to be a dilettante supported by his inherited wealth, he’s chosen a more difficult path. And he takes that path seriously.
In the end though, Rei has to work through a difficult realization – he can’t smooth Hina or Nikaidou’s paths. Trying to do so would not only make things worse and would threaten friendships he’s grown to treasure. Sometimes doing nothing is the hardest thing to do.
Recovery of an MMO Junkie, ep 9
This episode is all about Moriko and Yuta stumbling and bumbling their way through the fallout of last weeks bombshell – Yuta is Lily. (A bombshell to them, we the audience have known for weeks and weeks.) Neither is at all sure where they want to go from here – as online friends, as IRL friends, or as something more. Still, charming and relatable as all hell. As a side note, Koiwai has resigned from the game. I still don’t fully trust his motives, but he’s man enough to know he doesn’t belong on this field.
Wake Up Girls: New Chapter, ep 9
Something of a stumbling mess… Everyone is still trying to figure out how to make the tour work and overcome the three years they’ve spent spinning their wheels. Hayasaka makes a brief appearance, sends the music for a new song to the Girls, and then vanishes stage right. The virtual idol plot is still stalled, and nobody understands what the hell the I-1 club is up to. Well, President Shiraki no doubt does but he keeps his own counsel as always.
Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Hero Chapter, ep 2
It was all so easy wasn’t it? Sonoko bullies the Taisha into returning their phones and they set off on their rescue mission.
Something bothers me about the phones though… Yuna, Fu, Itsuki, Karin, and a slot for Mimori’s. What about Sonoko’s?
We didn’t get a full henshin sequence (the episode was actually packed pretty full), but we did get this shot post transformation.
Something else to note… They only have one fairy guardian each, their original (pre-old system Mankai) one.
Transformed and fully powered up, they set off determined to rescue Mimori from the hell she’s imprisoned herself in. The Taisha may have facilitated her, but she’s still determined to punish herself for her actions and the danger she put the world in.
And… mission accomplished. Mimori is rescued, the world is stable and safe. (Here we can also clearly see Wasshio/Mimori and Sonoko’s mirror image ribbons.)
But then the final, terrible, reveal. It’s never that easy in the Yuna-verse, there’s always a price to be paid. Always. I think the Taihsa has lied to the girls, again.
And there we have it… Big things moving in a lot of shows. How did your week go, what did you think of your shows?