This week, in honor of yesterday’s Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, and because of a bit of writer’s block… my reviews are fast hot pitches right across the center of the plate.
If an anime with a baseball scene is a classic, an anime blog that makes baseball references must be up there too! Right?
OK, that’s the only tortured baseball reference I’ll make… Hit the jump and let’s dive right in!
The shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics. Question marks denote shows not watched yet (during the premiere weeks), and
strike through marks dropped shows.
A place further than the Universe / Uchuu yorimo Toui Basho Ep 3-4
All the pieces are in place – and now it’s off to Antarctica! After the girls go through a little training of course… Which is pretty realistic. Even professionals undergo refresher training before venturing into such dangerous places.
As a bit of trivia, though some of the details are off the GPS they’re using appears to be in the Garmin 60C family. I recognized it immediately because my own 60CSx (which I use for Geocaching) is about six inches from my left hand as I type this. This is actually a nice touch, as the 60C family is older (and discontinued) – exactly what you’d expect from an expedition that’s strapped for cash.
The latitude and longitude however… are out in the ocean off of Japan’s west coast.
Ancient Magus Bride Ep 15
Another cliffhanger neatly resolved before the eyecatch… On one hand, you have to admire a story that can churn along so briskly. On the other, it’s like admiring the landscape from an airplane window, there’s a narrow view and blink and you’ll miss it. Not that they give us a chance to miss it, they’ll circle back again, and again, and again…
The second half of the episode, Silky’s backstory, was much better done and much more interesting. As much as I disliked the Joel-and-Cranberry story, it effectively sold this week’s tale.
citrus Ep 3
Well, the third ep was no less trashy than the first two… But I’m kind of enjoying Yuzu’s brash assertiveness and self awareness. Mie remains something of an enigma. It’s a shame that two such interesting characters appear in such a problematic work.
How to Keep a Mummy / Miira no Kaikata Ep 2
Well, the second episode consisted to the two tropes I most loathe in this type of show: “Protagonist takes McGuffin to school” and “Protagonist loses McGuffin”. Neither was executed at any level than can be described as better than workmanlike. Let’s hope things improve from here.
Katana Maidens / Toji No Miko Ep 3
It seems our heroes have some unlikely allies. Are Kanami and Hiyori the only ones who know Something Is Up? Or does their ally simply trust them? My interest in Maidens has gone up a touch – but only a touch.
March comes in like a Lion Ep 14
A transitional episode, that wraps up the last of the loose ends from the previous arc and sets the stage for the next arc… Hayashida-sensei said pretty much the same things that Hina did, but coming from an authority figure carries more weight with Rei. And man, is Souya a case or what? Is he one of those cerebral figures totally disconnected from mundane reality? Or is he just crazy or under the influence of something?
Märchen Mädchen Ep 2
Another episode that, while useful, seemed to stretch some awfully thin material nearly to the breaking point. Then, in the final scene, they finally get to explaining the whole point to the series. Nearing the drop zone….
Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles / Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san Ep 3
Koizumi is actually starting to grow on me… They toned Yuu down considerably, and Koizumi herself showed some unexpected humanity. Otherwise it’s still pretty much a one-note performance. I can’t lay this at the feet of the production staff though, though it can be (and has been) done better it’s actually pretty typical of Japanese food based shows.
Slow Start Ep 3
Hana comes face-to-face with two classic dilemmas of the CGDCT protagonist… Do her newfound friends really like her? And how will they react when they see her home? Yes, and no big deal respectively. Bog standard fare well executed. I don’t foresee much much more coming from the show, and I have no problem with that.
Yuru Camp / Laid-Back Camp (ANN) Ep 3
My, my, my. Like so many other people, I had this one tagged as nothing more than CGDCT… But it is so much more – there’s huge iyashikei elements as well. If they want to make a whole season of the girls hanging out, eating, and watching Mt. Fuji, let me get comfortable and I’m so there.
And is Sakura the bestest sister or what?
So, how did your week go? Now that we’re at the traditional three-episode decision point, what shows are dropping for you and what shows are headed up on the charts? Let me know down in the comments!
And I’m totally not bitter and annoyed at the criminal stupidity of denying Edgar Martinez his place in the Hall. Not. one. bit.