Busy week with many surprising developments and reveals in a lot of shows! 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,
strikethrough marks dropped shows and (*) marks shows that are watched but not regularly reviewed.
(*) A Certain Magical Index III Episode 00 – Crunchy (ANN)
Endro~! Episode 7
This week’s episode can basically be divided into two parts… The first, which I didn’t really think much of because it rode it’s one joke straight into the ground. On the other hand… It nicely set up the second part. As we saw back in ep 5, the Princess is in love with the idea of Hero more than the reality of a person. But on her trip with Fai, she seems to have gotten a lot more grounded in reality… Not just from the less-than-pleasant experiences she endured, but in how she learned to appreciate Fai as herself rather than as an abstract member of the Hero’s Party.
For a lightweight show, Endro does show some surprising depth now-and-again.
Zeria at Floating into Bliss has an interesting take on Endro‘s worldbuilding and some of the possible flaws thereof: On Cyclicality and Stasis in Endro.
Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka / Mahou Shoujo Tokushusen Asuka Episode 7
Is it just me, or did this episode feel like a bit of filler/holding pattern? Other than introducing Magical Girl Phoenix Tamara, we didn’t really learn anything new or progress the plot much.
Doing a little research on Japanese MRE‘s I found that weiner (Vienna sausage) curry is actually a thing… I love Japanese curry rice (karē raisu), but I haven’t had Vienna sausage in probably thirty years and I doubt I’d care for them today. Not at all sure I want to try the combination.
(*) My Roommate is a Cat / Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue
Run with the Wind / Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru
“Haiji is basically knighting all of his warriors before the final battle” – beautifully simple and oh so true.
I don’t have much to say beyond that I loved how they structured this episode… Swapping between the flashbacks as Haiji briefs the individual runners and being inside their head in the now as they ran was darn near perfect. Jotaro got a bit of short shrift in that respect, but did get considerable character development that has been lacking before – a fair trade. It also looks like we may have finally seen Hana reveal her feelings…
But… Damn, damn, damn. That PV. Wind has trolled us in the PV’s before, but… Damn.
Sword Art Online: Alicization Episode 19
An interesting juxtaposition between Alice’s salvation… and Eugeo’s seduction. (To the dark side – what did you think I meant?)
(*) That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 00 – Crunchy (ANN)
The Price of Smiles / Egao no Daika Episode 8
Is anyone else a little confused here? I’m a little confused here. It’s not like Princess Yuuki’s tactical acumen and strategic prowess haven’t been foreshadowed… But when we last saw her, she was willing to sacrifice herself to prevent further bloodshed and was raging against being kidnapped to prevent her from doing so. When did she go from resigned pacifist to level clearing badass? I feel a little like they’ve skipped something here.
As we move into the second half, the role of the Princess is a growing crack in the show’s basic structure. She’s a main character, so they can’t really ignore her. But they don’t really seem to know what to do with her either. Maybe there’s a larger pattern I’m not seeing or hasn’t been revealed yet. (Smiles certainly loves its sudden turns of the card.)
As to the matter of the new chrars… It’s interesting that Izana sent the data directly to the Princess. (We’d been shown earlier in the episode that the truth of the terrorist attack that took her parents had been kept from her.) Equally interesting, what’s been kept hidden in the Kingdom appears to be common knowledge (at least among the higher-ups) in the Empire.
THE PROMISED NEVERLAND / Yakusoku no Neverland Episode 7
Allying with Sister Krone is… working out to be an idea with mixed blessings. At the end of the day, she’s out for herself and nobody else. And she’s as smart as the kids, and far more experienced and knowledgeable.
Why is she more experienced and knowledgeable? Because the Sisters and Mothers are exactly what I’ve long suspected – they’re Ray, all grown up.
Alex at The Afictionado wrote an interesting essay: The Promised Neverland and the (Horrifying!) Ideal of Pure Childhood, which compares the growth of the idea of “childhood” in Victorian England and how that symbology plays out in Neverland.
The Quintessential Quintuplets / 5 Toubun no Hanayome Episode 7
Loved the heck out of this episode… Nicely paced, especially the reveals at the end… And who would have thought that it was Nino who would save the day? Is she entering the race, or acting as wingwoman? Time will tell!
If you haven’t, you should read Wing King’s Quintessential Quintuplets: Breaking Down the Contestants (published earlier this week here on the Lounge). Fun look at all the girls and their chances with Futaro.
Important news on the blogging front: Starting next week and running through May, I’ll be taking a photography class during the day on Tuesday… And that’s obviously going to cut into my blogging time as Tuesday is usually one of the days I work the hardest on that week’s entry. It’s taught by a well-known local photographer and teacher, and only once a year or every other year, so I need to grab this chance while it’s here.
So, how did your week go? Drop a comment and let’s chat!