I rarely pick an Episode of the Week (maybe I should?)… But if I did, this week’s episode of The Promised Neverland would be far-and-away the only possible choice.
Hit the jump and let’s take a look at that episode and everything else that happened this week!
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 21
Misaka herself is finally on scene – hopefully time for some Electromaster butt-kicking! (Please, please, please!!!)
Endro~! Episode 8
This ep continues the themes of the last ep – Rona (Princess) learning to appreciate the girls as people rather than as abstract roles in a story. It was touching as hell to see her reaction to Yuuria proclaiming that she didn’t ride to the rescue because she was a Hero… But because Rona was her friend.
It’s an interesting and different way of looking at heroism – using it as an ex post facto description of events rather than as a role or type.
But nobody seems to have remarked on Mao’s transition to and from her Demon Lord form. Did they just think it was an act, something powered by Cartado?
Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka / Mahou Shoujo Tokushusen Asuka Episode 8
This episode was… very freaking annoying.
The first annoyance was that the existence of a series of gaping plot holes was really driven home.
The bad guys can create Magical Girls. The good guys can’t or won’t.
The bad guys have access to sorcerers. The good guys don’t.
The bad guys have access to items and item users. The good guys don’t.
Now some of this can probably be chalked up to the penury of Japan’s magical defense organization… But, at least so far, none of the other good guy nations seem to be any different.
The second, and far greater, annoyance is that level of torture and gore has reached a level best described as purely gratuitous. None of that was really need to drive plot or establish character. The sexual content of the torture scene was basically there for titillation and nothing else.
I’m about this close to dropping Asuka and walking away.
(*) My Roommate is a Cat / Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue Episode 8
Run with the Wind / Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru Episode 20
And this episode is where Wind‘s bad habit of cliffhangers with no consequences came home to roost. They were really trying to deliver the feels as Takahasi struggled against his illness to complete one of the toughest segments of the Hakone Ekiden… But I couldn’t feel as much as they wanted me to because the team has never suffered even the most minor setback or slowdown.
Wind is excellent as a character drama, but it’s increasingly breaking down as a sports drama. It’s just so weird that the two halves are so poorly integrated.
Sword Art Online: Alicization Episode 20
Lots of talking, not a great deal of action… They teased the hell out of us getting to see Kirito dual wield again, only to have it (literally) snatched away at the last moment.
(*) That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 22
Seriously Rimuru? After the number of times you’ve swatted aside dire threats without breaking a sweat… Lines like this carry absolutely no weight.
The Price of Smiles / Egao no Daika Episode 9
Over on the Soleil side of things, Smiles has never really hesitated to moralize… In fact, one could argue that the whole reason for Yuki’s existence. But this episode, yuck. They laid it on about as thick as possible without actually becoming a non-fiction documentary.
Mind you, I’m not objecting to the moralizing per se! Allegory is a time-honored way of addressing real world issues and getting the viewer to think of things in ways they might not otherwise have done. Even straight up morality tales can provide a strong dose of thinking wrapped up as entertainment. I’m objecting to the particularly heavy-handed and clumsy way Smiles chose to clarify and deliver its message.
THE PROMISED NEVERLAND / Yakusoku no Neverland Episode 8
Just when I didn’t think Neverland could up it’s game any further… Everything got punched up to 11. Didn’t even ask me to hold its beer. Didn’t spill a drop either.
I think these two images neatly sum up the episode…
One of my odder hobbies is a fascination with true crime books. Isabella/Mom reminds me of several of serial killers and murderers I’ve read about – convinced that’s she’s saving her victims from something much more horrible. Her delusion is so all-encompassing that she even interpreted Emma’s attack as an act of love.
The Quintessential Quintuplets / 5 Toubun no Hanayome Episode 8
Yay! Finally, Yotsuba (undoubted Best Girl) gets her character episode and she really shines. They really got me with her false confession, especially since just moments before they’d shown us just how bad she is at lying. It was especially telling how she turned down the invitations from the basketball club.
The other half of the plot… meh. Childhood friends as so overdone.
And… that’s my week all neatly summed up. A bit short and a bit late because class on Tuesday (and a club photoshoot on Wednesday) really ate up my time this week.
How did your week go? Your thoughts on these episodes? Drop a comment and let’s chat!