Fall 2018 – Week 11

Alicization - Asuna

This was… a hell of a week for several shows as they build toward their finales.  SAO unfortunately was not one such show….  Anyhow, hit the jump and let’s run down this week’s episodes – what worked and what didn’t?
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.

Anima Yell! Ep 11

I guess I got my timeline wrong last week…  They’re actually still at the training camp.  Fairly bog standard episode overall, culminating in their performance at the Summer Festival.   “Bog standard” isn’t always derisive – in a CGDCT show, it’s pretty much expected and appreciated.

Bloom Into You / Yagate Kimi ni Naru Ep 11

This was…  basically a monster of an episode.  Where to even begin talking about it?

The bath scene was incredibly well done.   Toukou’s awkwardness, Sayaka trying so hard to play it cool that she came off cold…  But Yuu simply bulling through in a detached manner really sold it.  Serious kudos the staff for playing it straight and not giving in to the temptation to play to the male gaze.

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This…  the triple monologue, is easily the most impressive scene of the entire episode, if not of the entire series.  Each of the girls, so hungry, so lonely, yet so afraid…  I was fascinated by Yuu in the darkness finally giving in and no longer fooling herself.

The reveal about Touko’s sister.  I’m going to wait and see how that plays out.

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Yuu is not pleased though that Touko is confiding in Sayaka…  I don’t think she grasps how much things changed with her internal monologue the night before.

Bunny Girl Senpai Ep 12
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai / Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai

I…  don’t know that I was happy with this episode.  Kaede losing her memories, that made a kind of sense.  And I was quite pleased with how naturally her progression back into the real world was handled.

But the cliffhanger, the unheralded return of Kaede-san….  I don’t think I like that much, though given the show’s quality to date I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Iroduku Sekai no Ashita kara / IRODUKU : The World in Colors Ep 11

Aaaannnd – WOW.  In a single episode, they’ve seriously upped the ante.  Grandma’s time spell is wearing off, but rather than returning to her own time Hitomi is in danger of simply vanishing into time. Led by Kohaku, the gang rallies around trying to gather the materials needed to cast a spell that will stabilize her and return her to her own time.

But tellingly, nobody asks Hitomi her opinion.  Though, TBH, it doesn’t appear she has much in the way of options – it appears her choices are limited to vanishing or returning.  Either way, she’s going to lose the world and the people she’s come to love.

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The cliffhanger was…  heartbreaking.  There’s not going to be a truly happy ending for this couple is there?  Will Yuito live long enough to meet Hitomi in the future?  Probably…  But in some ways, it feels like that would be cheaping out.

Run with the Wind / Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru

On hiatus until Jan 8, so no episode to review…

Sword Art Online: Alicization Ep 11

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I can’t be the only one wishing this would actually happen!  Not only would it (finally) kick the storyline into high gear – SAO is always 10,000 times better when Asuna flips on her bad ass switch.  Am I right or am I right?

Anyhow, another long slow episode…  Mostly dedicated to dialog and Kirito being over powered and decidedly too clever.  I’m perhaps being a bit judgmental on the second,  he’s pretty consistently characterized as being intelligent and resourceful.

And what was up with the lunch?  I mean, they emphasized the page giving it to him and they even showed it sitting on his bunk in the prison cell…  And then it was left behind.

Tsurune /
Tsurune: Kazemai Koukou Kyuudou-bu Ep 9

Kind of an interstitial episode with the team preparing for the tournament…  Other than that, we get a long look into Seiya’s head, and it’s not a pretty place.  Seem’s he always been a bit of a loner and not a happy person.  We also saw that he came to kyudo more-or-less in Minato’s slipstream, which adds some weight to Shuu’s comment a couple of episodes back…  “You don’t love kyudo”.  No, he doesn’t.  He loves Minato.   And somehow, he’s tied up with Minato’s injury…  I expect that, given the cliffhanger, we’re finally going to get an explanation.

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Sorry if this is a bit rushed…  Losing an entire day of work because of yesterday’s windstorm really threw me off my game.  And I can’t delay it any longer because of other stuff on my plate.  As well as the climatic episodes of Iroduku and Bloom  airing today might make much of what I wrote obsolete!

Speaking of other stuff on my plate – expect next week’s post to be delayed, probably until the following Monday.  I think that will make sure I catch all of the finale episodes without ending up with a half post after the New Year.

Anyhow, drop a comment and let’s chat about this week’s ep!  If I don’t chat with you before then, have a good Christmas!

7 thoughts on “Fall 2018 – Week 11”

  1. Haven’t caught up with Tsurune, yet, so no comment there. Luckily, though, Christmas stress has prevented me from missing Run With the Wind; instead I’m relieved I don’t have to postpone watching.

    Bloom Into You was awesome this week; I can’t wait to get to the next episode (already out), but might not have time until after Christmas.

    There’s something I wonder about Iroduku: I always sort of assumed Grandma sent her back in time, in part, because of memories she has meeting her; but if they manage to “send her back”, how would they check on the success? Would you be motivated to send someone back in time, if the memory you have is one of uncertainty? If there’s risk with no clear closure? Grandma in ep1 didn’t seem worried, though. I’m curious.

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    1. I hate to say this, but don’t delay much watching the new ep of Bloom, it’s equally good!

      Iroduku keeps piling up the unanswered questions… But I don’t think I entirely mind, a bit of mystery is a good thing.

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  2. “SAO is always 10,000 times better when Asuna flips on her bad ass switch. Am I right or am I right?”

    Absolutely! She was second in command of the Knight of the Blood Oath, for heaven’s sake! She should be in there fighting!

    Did you see Ordinal Scale? I don’t want to spoilt anything in case you didn’t, but her role in the final battle was amazing!

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    1. I’m hoping that Asuna will get some screentime as a warrior as per the opening. That scene with her fighting alongside Kirito looks amazing.

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    2. Oh yes, I saw Ordinal Scale, drove an hour to do so!

      When she unleashed Mother’s Rosaria – there may or may not have been a brief encounter with onion ninjas.

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