Our first finale of the season… and a late season drop! Any guesses as to which it was? Hit the jump and see if you’re correct! (And let me know down in the comments.)
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 10
Chise travels alone to meet with Lindel and obtain her wand. While there, we learn Lindel’s backstory and he relates the first half of Elias’ backstory. Some very nice character bits here… We learn why Chise is so willing to remain dependent on Elias. Elias for his part seems particularly lonely with Chise absent.
But… It’s a bit late in the season for yet another infodump/zig in the storyline. I’m enjoying my time in their world, but I’ve all but given up hope of the current-time story going anywhere.
Anime Gataris, ep 10
Just when you think things couldn’t get any zanier… We discover the reason the Principal is so down on anime. He had a career in anime, a career brutally cut short when the show he was directing was cancelled after a single episode. And, it turns out that was the anime Minoa has been searching for all this time.
Through the power of the internet and crowdsourcing they assemble a crowd of people who loved the anime – and the principal slinks off in defeat. I guess it really is true, there’s no anime so bad that somebody doesn’t rate it as their all time favorite.
Still some plot threads left hanging, and a couple of more mysteries introduced. I think the anime club still isn’t out of the woods.
Blend-S, ep 10
Getting back to basics this week and concentrating on the core cast… My wife and I chuckled all the way through.
Girls Last Tour, ep 10
As I’ve said before, there’s some eps of some shows that I’m not even capable of reviewing… This week, I sit in slack-jawed awe over GLT.
I must admit to being curious what role the cat/rat/weasel thing will play in upcoming episodes. Despite the encounter with the fish, Yuu doesn’t seem to have much use for anything living that she can’t eat.
Idolmaster: SideM, ep 10
Kind of an odd story choice this week. Other than W (who has yet to make their debut), all the units have had their focus episodes… So I figured it was either time for W’s focus and debut or something leading up to the 315Pro concert. (Unusually for the iM@S franchise, that lead up has been remarkably drama free.) Instead, the episode focused on HighxJoker… Preparing for their school festival, they were dismayed to find out they’d been scheduled to play a concert that day – however, it turned out they’d been hired to perform at said festival. After the usual hijinks and soul-searching, the concert was a success.
Inuyashiki, ep 9
More senseless killing by Shishigami. No real plot advancement. I just can’t deal with it anymore. Dropped.
Just Because, ep 9
Ena continues her unabashed pursuit on Eita… Frankly, she’s got it bad. Eita remains rather uncertain about the whole thing (even after she inadvertently confessed) because he remains focused on Mio. Mio for her part, goes through some rude awakenings… Just as she’s chased a fantasy version of Haruto, her choice of college was made more-or-less on autopilot. (It’s the college her older sister went to.) Her comment last ep (how she was jealous of those with their futures figured out) takes on especial poignancy considering how her view of her future is now shifting…
Konohana Kitan, Ep 10
Mostly a quiet episode, nothing at all wrong with that. This week both segments focused on Satsuki – and her adjusting how she views the world around her. Bit of a twist at the end… Turns out she wasn’t sent to Konohanatei because she didn’t make the grade, but because her sister didn’t make the grade. Unless the family owed some kind of duty to Konohanatei, I’m a little confused. Wouldn’t you want the more reliable and mature daughter representing the family as a priestess?
Land of the Lustrous, ep 10
Another show that this week I don’t quite know what to say… It was fascinating to watch Bort take Phos under their wing, and interesting how the much changed Phos still retains her fear of the overbearing Bort. The sequence of Dia fighting the Lunarian monster… chilling as hell. We’re used to seeing Dia in her gentle, sweet mode (emphasized earlier in the ep) and not thinking of her as a skilled and determined warrior.
Battered, broken and undaunted – she defends the school and attacks the Lunarian with her own leg… As Bort watches in horror.
Love Live Sunshine, ep 10
This episode was a mixed bag… Sunshine follows in the footsteps of it’s predecessor and begins to say goodbye to its third-years with three episodes left to run. As I’ve said all along the series really shines when it lets the characters interact naturally – and this (other than the suddenly introduced convenient backstory) was one of the finest examples of both seasons. It really worked well to show how valuable their past and their friendship was to Kannan, Dia, and Mari – and how uncertain that makes them about their futures.
March Comes in like a Lion, ep 9
Simply awesome. Capping both of the current arcs, and tying them neatly together. When Rei (with his newfound empathy) sussed out where Hinata had to be hiding and sought her out to comfort her… Well, there may have been some onion ninjas running around my apartment.
Recovery of an MMO Junkie, ep 10 – Finale
Coming into this episode, the big question was will they or won’t they get together? And they pulled a fast one on us – by coming up with a different answer: They’re cool with just being awkward friends and awaiting developments. A low-key no-drama approach that would have been frustrating in any other show… But just coasting to the closing credits turned out to be the perfect approach here.
MMO Junkie is nowhere near the AOTS (and never could be except in the weakest of seasons), but it was still a darn fine show.
Wake Up Girls: New Chapter, ep 10
More random fussing about and emphasising how hard the girls work to stay a cohesive unit… something we already knew. It just feels like they’re trying to run out the clock before the budget runs out. Animation quality, never WUG’s strong suit to begin with, has taken a visible hit since the skipped episode. Fanboy that I am, even I’m starting to get frustrated.
Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero: Hero Chapter, ep 3
Yuuki Yuuna sets a new record for grim… Which is actually a pretty high bar for this series. The grim arises from the sharp contrast between the two intertwined stories. The first of these is a light slice-of-life tale of the Hero Club’s daily life and activities. The second is a series of incidents, accident and injuries that befall the members of the club. (Culminating in Fu being seriously injured in an auto accident.) Yuuki despairs because every time she starts to mention the mark she bears, she sees the same mark on her friends – and another accident happens. She’s trapped in a hellish place, her friends are getting hurt, and she believes that it’s all her fault.
And… there you have it! Another week in review… Let me know how your week went in the comments!