Tons of feels and big moments this week… Harakuna squares off against Eclair. Historia puts her foot down. Hinata… Oh, Hinata – why?
All this and more after the jump!
The shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics, and
strikethrough marks dropped shows.
Attack on Titan 3 / Shingeki no Kyojin Ep 8 (Ep 45)
I may or may not have let out a heartfelt FINALLY! when Mikasa mentioned the basement. That d_mned Chekhov’s Gun has hanging over our heads ever since the first episode of the first series – all the way back in 2013. Well, it still is… but it was nice to seem them acknowledge it.
Also liking Historia’s new “take charge and move the eff out” persona. It was SO FREAKIN’ COOL to see her walk into that conference room – back straight and battle ready. Up until now I’ve not been too terribly impressed with her character. The last two eps have given me cause to rethink that position.
Cells at Work / Hataraku Saibou Ep 10
This week, Cells goes back to its well worn formula. But oddly enough, it seemed to work. The abundance of Platelet fanservice also helped smooth things over.
Speaking of platelets…
Chio’s School Road / Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro
No comment this week.
Encouragement of Climb 3 / Yama no Susume 3 Ep 11
Oh my… I thought Hinata would do something monumentally stupid and oh boy is she exceeding my worst nightmares. Not only is she holding on to her mad, but it has also caused her to injure herself and her stubborn prideful streak is causing her to hide it.
CGDCT has turned unexpectedly dark(er)… I’m loving it, and hating it. (If that makes any sense.) I’ll actually be really annoyed if they just laugh it off with no consequences. This series, these girls, are strong enough for tears. It’s the audience I worry about.
Grand Blue Dreaming Ep 9
I went and double checked the manga (which I should have been doing all along), and they didn’t really rush either segment of the episode… It just felt awfully rushed. I dunno.
Anyhow, this episode was a swing and a miss for me with many of the jokes failing to land… But they are going to close out the season with at least part of the Okinawa arc.
Hanebado! Ep 11
- Delayed due to the earthquake that struck Hokkaido on 9/6.
Harukana Receive Ep 10
I grant it’s an odd comparison, but Harakuna Vs. Eclair this week reminds me of my wargaming days. We were no doubt the best of friends (and thirty plus years later, still are), but once we sat down at the table – everything changed. We all played no mercy and to the best of our abilities. And there’s no better feeling than surprising someone who knows your playstyle inside and out.
Of course, there’s also the ancient trope (often associated with chess) of the child beating the father at a game he taught him. (Presuming of course that Harakuna wins over Eclair…)
All and all a darned good episode, if not the best of the season to date.
My Hero Academia 3 / Boku no Hero Academia 3 Ep 22 (Ep 60)
Is it just me, or is the scoring system in the Provisional Licensing Exam very oddly constructed? It seems designed to reward those who played it safe and cautious and took the fewest risks. On one hand, that seems to be a good thing – you don’t want fledglings overreaching their capabilities. On the other, we had a saying when I was in the Navy – “you fight like you train, so train like you intend to fight”.
On the gripping hand, the second years seemed to know what they needed to know. The problems were with the first years who are being accelerated through the course without adequate preparation.
And also, once again no serious consequences for the failures and eff ups.
Music Girls / Ongaku Shoujo
Still watching, no particular comment beyond it’s been disappointing the last few eps.
Just an hour ago the Liz and the Blue Bird theatre list was updated, and it’s coming to Seattle! AND I HAVE TICKETS! I am very pleased.
I don’t know if any of my readers are threatened by Hurricane Florence, but if you are please be smart and stay safe!
And how did your week go? Your thoughts on the shows this week? Drop a comment and let us know!