Whew! Two weeks to catch up on (again)! Sorry for the delay, but I had my hands full with the Thanksgiving holiday. (A full week of dancing on the culinary high wire without a net – I love it!)
So, let’s hit the jump and get right to it!
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.
A Certain Magical Index III Eps 7-8
Over at 100 Word Anime, Karandi asks a very good question: Shouldn’t I be enjoying this series more? I was really looking forward to a new entry in the franchise, but eight weeks in I’m finding it increasingly hard to summon any enthusiasm. (Not helped by the fact that the last couple of episodes have been particularly weak.)
Anima Yell! Eps 7-8
Nothing specific to say about these two episodes… Anima Yell! remains a solidly character driven CGDCT series. While I wouldn’t say that it tops Three leaves, Three colors, it’s not missing by much.
Bloom Into You / Yagate Kimi ni Naru Eps 7-8
So, is Sayaka going to make her move or just remain a pain in the ass hovering around in the wings? Make a decision girl! (Though as it stands, you’ve lost the race.)
Also, the umbrella/bench scene was diabetes inducing levels of sweet… and also nearly perfectly done.
Bunny Girl Senpai Ep 9
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai / Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai
Is it jut me, or did Bunny Girl Senpai know another one out of the park this week?
Part of that is no doubt due to Mai once again being front and center, even if she is in Nodaka’s body. Bunny Girl has always been at it’s best when she and Sakuta are sparking off of each other.
I find it fascinating how Nodaka has bought into being compared with Mai, even though she knows she’s been forced into it. It’s not quite something like Stockholm Syndrome, but not far off it either I wager. Even though she’s still ahead of almost everyone (being a debuted idol), she still feels second best, like a consolation prize.
For Mai’s part… I think it’s telling that she was watching Sweet Bullet last episode. She thinks more about her sister than her sister knows. (And no doubt the contents of the forbidden cabinet are going to make that clear.)
Iroduku Sekai no Ashita kara / IRODUKU : The World in Colors Ep 8
This week we got a nice long look at Grandma-chan’s character, and it was magnificent. It really drove home that she wasn’t (isn’t?) the randomly destructive teenager that the school portrayed her to be. On the other hand, here and in the past we’ve seen that she isn’t always mindful of the consequences of her actions or the effects they might have on other people. She’s not malicious, just a bit clueless.
There’s been speculation here and there about how/when/if Hitomi will return to her native time… And think this episode dropped a huge hint: The effects of Kohaku’s time magic always wear off. Is that something she learns to overcome, or is Grandma sixty years in the future depending on that? Did she spend sixty years growing a spell powerful enough to send Hitomi back? Or was she growing a spell that would hopefully last long enough for Hitomi to find her answers?
As Hitomi has found a home in the present that she never had in the future, that could make for a very bittersweet ending.
This line pleased me… Because capturing and conveying light is what photographers do after all.
Release the Spyce Ep 7
What a complete mess… I guess we were supposed to have some feels over Hatsume and Goe’s relationship and the complications springing from Hatsume and Theresia’s “re-union”. But the whole thing was so hamfisted and drawn out I felt nothing. Yeah, I’m done here.
It’s official, dropped at Ep 7.
Run with the Wind / Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru Eps 8-9
These two episodes can probably be neatly summed up as Kakeru’s fall from grace and redemption. He starts off pissed at himself for what he sees as his poor performance at their first track meet – and he starts taking it out and those around him. Poor Prince is the main target of his ire, and we cliffhanger there to end Ep 8. But we the viewers have seen something Kakeru didn’t, or discounted if he did… Prince is, in his own way, actually trying to better himself and obtains a treadmill so that he can work out while reading his beloved manga.
Episode 9 was a work of art… The team attends a track meet, but Haiji doesn’t schedule them all to run. Kakeru is pretty pissed at this too. (To be honest, that boy has chip on his shoulder and a really short fuse.) But the race… the race changes everything. Even Kakeru gets caught up in the heat of the moment and yells his fool head off to encourage the runners. For their part, the runners respond and put the spurs to it… None of them make the needed official time, but feeling part of the team goes a long way towards making up for that. I really liked the way they were breaking down their own performances afterwards. Not bitter for not making the time, but honest assessments of what they did wrong and need to improve on.
We then get a brief glimpse at another thread running through the episodes… Nico-chan senpai denying himself food and forcing himself to work out. Haiji does his level best to reign in this self-destructive behavior, and reveals how deeply he’s been looking after the team in the background. (Though we’ve seen some of that in how he’s set the training regimen.)
Episode 9 ends on a bleak note… With Haiji collapsing in the kitchen.
Sword Art Online: Alicization Ep 8
Finally, some action! And some hints on what is going on… Kirito and Sortiliena both make a big deal over how “the power of imagination” lends powers and capability to a combatant. My guess is that this is somehow related to the Mystic Arts (“System Calls”) we’ve seen previously.
My guess is that not just anyone can overcome the limits programmed into them via the Taboo Index and reinforced by strong social mores. It takes a certain strength of will to do so… And that makes me think that the Rath project should be investigating Levanteinn and his ilk rather than Alice who violated the Index more-or-less by accident. On the other hand, it’s not clear to me that Kikuoka and his team actually have any detailed knowledge of what’s going on. And they’re not talking with Kirito, the one guy who could tell them.
Huh… it just struck me as I was typing that paragraph. They aren’t trying to contact Kirito and so far as we know have no idea of what’s actually going on. That strikes me as odd, especially since it’s a research project. Do they know more than they let on to Asuna? (Yeah, we can probably take that as a given.) It’s all very odd.
The climax of the fight is set to Swordland – my second favorite piece of music from the SAO OST.
My favorite piece is Luminous Sword – among other places, it’s used during Asuna and Yuuki’s duel (SAO II, Ep 19), and a remixed version is used during the climactic boss battle in Ordinal Scale.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime / Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Ep 8
This episode was… Unexpectedly good. So far, Slime has given characters who aren’t Rimuru pretty short shrift so I didn’t expect the poignant focus on Shizue’s fate. Honestly, the first episode so far to make me lean forward, pay attention, and actually care.
The Girl in Twilight / Akanesasu Shoujo
Reading the reviews over the last two weeks… It doesn’t look like Twilight has improved much and the odds are against it doing so… Therefore, I’m going to make it official:
Dropped at 7 episodes.
Tsurune / Tsurune: Kazemai Koukou Kyuudou-bu Eps 5-6
I’m trying to come with something insightful to say here, but so far Tsurune hasn’t exactly been a deep or insightful show, has it? It certainly hasn’t been bad though. I enjoyed the training camp ep and watching the boys come together as a group. The girls are still being almost criminally ignored… Tommy-sensei and Masa-sensei‘s conversation was interesting. I’d been wondering about their background. I wonder if Masa’s grandfather also trained Tommy? He seems awfully familiar with him, too familiar to have been by reputation alone.
Also yay – my 200th post! Hadn’t even realized I was close.
And there you have it! How did your shows go the last two weeks? Drop a comment and let’s chat!