Mid point of the season… Time to make a gut check and see what shows are really worth continuing to watch, and which shows aren’t. Hit the jump and let’s see what makes the cut!
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. 22/7 (Nanabun no Nijyuuni)
When episode 5 aired, I found myself avoiding watching it… The series is into the character roulette phase, and frankly I couldn’t bring myself to care. None of the girls were anything other than walking tropes, and frankly they were still largely indistinguishable from one another. The one thing 22/7 had going for it was The Wall, and that gag had worn thin. Peeking at the weekly reviews on ANN didn’t give me any sense that I would enjoy the episode either…
Dropped at 4 episodes.
A Certain Scientific Railgun T (Railgun S3) Episodes 5-6
I have long suspected that Kongo was (despite her behavior) a nice person… and this season has proved that in spades. And while her being nice cost her dearly – it finally pushed Railgun over the edge and snapped her out of her inactivity.
With the henchman (a particularly nasty one, even by Academy City standards) out of the way – it looks like the Big Bad is finally going to enter the fray. She’s already got two strikes against her though… She’s hurt one of Railgun’s friends, and she’s holding a Sister. If she was smart, she’d be practicing her “surrender to Railgun” speech long about now. But that would make for an awful short and boring show wouldn’t it?
Either way, I’m buckled in for the ride and looking forward to Railgun kicking her ass.
Asteroid in Love (Koisuru Asteroid) Episode 6
The school festival finally arrives… and the Earth Science Club’s science themed maid cafe goes off more-or-less without a hitch. CGDCT, competently executed. Just not much more to say.
BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense Episodes 5-6
(Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu.)
I kinda have a thing for samurai/ninja girls, so I was pleased that Kasumi has finally joined the cast… Watching the episode, I knew I knew her voice… and of course I did. The inimitable Hayami Saori – the seiyu behind one of the most amazing pieces of voice acting ever. (I do this all the time, recognize a voice actress, I need to remember to make note of it more often.)
Other than that, Ep 5 was largely unremarkable because of course Maple made friends with her. Episode 6, buying a house and finding a guild, equally unremarkable.
Bofuri has settle down into a comfy, largely mindless groove. Nothing wrong with that at all, I’m enjoying the heck out of it.
Chihayafuru 3 Episodes 18-19
I am honestly torn in several ways after this episode.
After spending most of the previous episodes on the Queen match, it’s unceremoniously shoved aside in favor of the Master match. I get it, Queen Wakamiya is back on her game and thus Inokuma is fated to lose… But they spent so much effort getting us invested in it that it feels kinda wrong to just leave it behind. A rare stumble on this series’s part.
The match between Harada-sensei and Master Suo… That puts us right in the heart of a moral dilemma on a scale Chihayafuru has never attempted before. On one hand, Master Suo has (as we’ve been shown) a rather nasty interpersonal play style. His victories are owed as much to his skill at manipulating his opponents into faulting as his own game skills. (Notably his ability to discern what card will be read next simply by the way the reader takes a preparatory breath.)
So in one sense, you could say that he almost deserves the way Harada-sensei is manipulating him… But it leaves a bad taste in my mouth to watch someone’s physical disability be taken advantage of. Even if that someone is a Grade A jackwagon who is fully deserving of being taken down a peg or three.
On the hand – karma is a bitch me lads, and it’s hitting Harada-sensei but hard. Matched against Suo’s physical disability is Harada’s own. His bad knee is making it’s presence known.
The show ends with the two in a luck-of-the-draw situation… Pitting Suo’s superb game sense against Harada’s unmatched ability to know which card(s) won’t be read. An irresistible force meets an immovable object.
One last thought, then I have to work on other shows… It occurs to me that there are several interesting parallels between Master Suo and Queen Wakamiya. I’ll have to work on those for next week.
If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die Episodes 5-6
(Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu)
Still working through the election… It was interesting to see the internal ‘politics’ of ChamJam at work. (OTOH, self-effacing idols are nothing new in the genre.) I’m starting to feel a little sorry for Maina, as her almost crippling self doubts are really starting to eat away at her.
However, the ongoing missed connections and unable-to-vocalize are getting to the point where I’m just about ready to throw things.
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasuna!) Episodes 6-7
First off, let me say that as a space nut… I appreciated the heck out of this reference. The whole scene was well done, maybe not quite strict with the details but certainly richly imbued with the spirit. Oddly enough, that’s something that actually wouldn’t sit well with either Midori or Tsubame… They’re both “details and precision” people. But isn’t spirit important? Isn’t that where the meaning lies?
That’s one topic that Eizouken hasn’t really tackled yet.
Meanwhile Kawamori continues to stay grounded… and Best Girl.
The gap continues to widen in the race for AOTS. It’s not even close any more.
Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★ Magica Gaiden Episode 6
(Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story)
Episode 6 introduces yet another rumor, and yet another cameo from the original series. In this case, Kyoko. And… yet another Magical Girl from Kamihama City.
This is getting old. The problem isn’t so much the two episode arc structure as the repetitive nature of the arcs. Three in a row is Just Too Much. I’m having a hard time bringing myself to watch the 7th episode, but I can’t somehow justify a clean drop.
My Hero Academia 4th Season Episodes 17-18
Karandi asks an interesting question: Am I Being Too Judgemental Or Is My Hero Academia Season Four Just Not Good?
I don’t think she’s being too judgmental, this season is still very watchable but it’s a long step down from the previous ones. The storyline is not nearly as compact, and it’s not really hitting the emotional targets with any strength. By the time Eri was rescued I mostly felt relief that the fight was finally over. I had a hard time feeling much over Sir Nighteye’s death as they hadn’t spent near as much time with him as with his protege. Etc… etc…
That being said, these two episodes are bridge material (not-quite-filler) into the next arc and what comes after… So there isn’t much to be said about them.
Room Camp (Heya Camp△) Episodes 6-7
Oghaki’s mother makes houtou (hōtō) pretty much the same way I make a lot of soups… The broth is pretty much standard, but often everything else depends on what I have on hand at the time.
I’ve got some udon noodles in the cabinet… Though my wife would probably kill me if I used the cubed up turkey I have in the freezer. Maybe next time chicken thighs go on sale I’ll make my own version of houtou. I think the big question is how strong to make the soup? Not as strong as a miso soup, otherwise the other ingredients won’t come through too cleanly. Lots of room to play though. That’s the fun part.
Well, there you have it! Drop a comment and let me know what your midseason thoughts are!