Strong emotions this week in The Promised Neverland… Probably the strongest episode this week. And that’s saying something when you take Run with the Wind into account.
So, let’s hit the jump and 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.
Endro~! Episode 10
Back to the normal round of CGDCT – our stalwart girls are off on a Quest! Only the quest kinda gets forgotten due a monster encounter…
This episode felt, a little phoned in I guess. We’ve had a long of episodes that were better than you’d expect in a CGDCT type of show, and an average episode just felt out-of-place.
Didn’t help that they ran the episode’s one gag right into the ground.
Enjoyable, but Endro – you can do better. You have done better.
Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka / Mahou Shoujo Tokushusen Asuka Episode 10
Mixed feelings this week… On one hand, a LOT of red shirts died to fill time and convey how desperate the situation is. On the other, I love the interactions between Mia and Sayako. I can’t decide if Mia is resigned to her lot… Or actually believes that she was lucky to be chosen as a Magical Girl.
Run with the Wind / Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru Episode 22
Deciding to save some of the characterization for so late is an odd decision, but it seems to be working out. It was interesting to learn more about King, and how his prickly nature is a result of… Partly his disappointment in himself. Partly self-defense to cover up what appears to be some kind of social anxiety. Can’t quite get a handle on it, though it was relatable as hell.
I think I’ll talk more about Kakeru’s stunning run next week when we know more about his encounter with Fujioka.
Sword Art Online: Alicization Episode 22
After all the buildup to the fight versus Chudelkin… Kirito whipped out a new power, and it was all over in just a minute or two.
Let’s return to the days of yore, when Kirito could whip out a new power – and the show could make us care. When they could make it seem as if battles actually mattered.
(A tip o’ the hat to Karandi who inspired the above.)
Worse yet, that was only the first of two battles in the episode that were both quickly over and ultimately without consequence.
The Price of Smiles / Egao no Daika Episode 11
Jumping back and forth between the sides of the was has sometimes been a bit confusing, but we hit the payoff this episode….
On the Soleil side of things, Princess Yuki has once again seems to have (once again) changed her approach to the war. On the surface, with the help of a Vunderveapon, she’s going on the offensive – confronting the Empire directly. But… (isn’t there always) it’s an elaborate cover-up for a private scheme to shut down the chrars that power the planet’s civilization. While the offense begins, the Princess is way off to one side, sneaking past the Empire’s forces in hopes of reaching a conveniently available (and previously unknown) method of doing so.
Does she really believe that throwing the planet back into the stone age will end all conflict? Seems that just a few episodes back, Harold made it clear that it wouldn’t. (And he’s right.) Her advisers are, once again, conveniently unable to talk some sense into her.
Meanwhile on the Imperial side, without their commander, the Buerger squad is coming apart at the seams… And they’ve been shuffled off to guard a remote pass while the main action is taking place elsewhere…
Guess whose transport is using that pass? Gah. How convenient.
Yeah. The plot finally comes to a head here in this ep… But so do the many flaws of the series.
THE PROMISED NEVERLAND / Yakusoku no Neverland Episode 10
Tense, tense, tense… But left me wanting more!
At first I thought Norman’s departure was overwrought… But the more I think about it, just maybe a touch. The big question is, of course, is he actually dead? Neverland hasn’t been shy about this before – but here they’re playing it a little coy and inconclusive.
Isabella trying to recruit Emma as a Mother… creepy as hell. But it does make a certain kind of sense. Take your most rambunctious sheep and make them sheepdogs, and it gives them investment in perpetuating the system. (This has been exploited by tyrannies of all stripes.) That makes a whole lot of problems go away.
Emma’s face when Ray asks her if she’s given up… You ask me, that’s one of the most terrifying scenes in the show so far. That’s the face of a very clever, very strong individual – who has not given up. And never will.
It’s a frightening contrast to the happy and confident Emma at the start of the series.
The Quintessential Quintuplets / 5 Toubun no Hanayome Episode 10
Oooh boy. Futaro old chap, you’ve in a right bad spot right now. You’ve got three of the quints wanting to dance with you… and you’re also going to have to juggle two identities to avoid trouble. Well, more trouble. He’s perpetually in some trouble or another with them.
Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the whole mistaken identity shtick? Maybe hate is too strong a word, but it’s so often badly done. I expected it to happen with the girls, and they’ve done it well in those cases. I just don’t think Futaro (or the show’s staff) can carry it off.
So, that was my week… How did yours go? What did you think of this week’s episodes? Drop a comment and let’s chat!