Lots of development and/or drama in many of this week’s shows… And the cliffhanger in SAO raises many questions. Hit the jump and let’s dive into that and more!
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 Scientific Railgun T Episode 17
A very Kuroko-centric episode… And actually I enjoyed it. We don’t get to see her in serious mode that often, and it’s a refreshing change. Only minor story progression though, but whatever. That’s Railgun for you.
Deca-Dence Episode 4 (ANN)
Natsume happens to be thrust into her first battle by no fault of her own, but there’s no way she’s just going to stand around and watch. She borrows some tank gear and runs into the thick of it. Even when a Gadoll impales one of her fellow fighters and blood splatters everywhere, she heads towards the danger. Like a soldier. This is your place and time, a voice must be saying in her head. Don’t let it go to waste.
Interesting write up from Braverade over at Rabujoi.
For my part, I can’t help but wonder if Kurenai is actually aware of what a “bug” is… and if she just doesn’t care. It’s not impossible that all of Tankers in The Power are bugs – and killing them is the whole point of the upcoming event. If you’re responsible for a herd, as the cyborgs are for humanity, isn’t culling a logical necessity?
I also wonder what “death” is for cyborg characters… Is this an Iron Man campaign? (Where death is permanent and you have to restart your character?) Or do they just go back to a spawn/healing point? I think it’s more than the latter because the game masters treat it seriously… There’s frustratingly little information on that side of the world given how important it is to the plot.bu
Fruits Basket 2nd Season Episode 18
Damm. Damm, damm, damm. DAMM.
Lapis Re:LiGHTs TV Episode 5
First part of a two parter, almost no focus on the core group – but setting up for a dramatic mid season climax.
Meh. I’m finding it increasingly hard to care about this mess. So many possibilities in this series, but sloppy execution and lack of focus is bringing it way down.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax Episode 4
(Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan)
Poor Yuigahama… She’s discovered that she’s Friend A, and it’s breaking her heart. But what makes her feel worse, is that can’t not be Friend A – because that would mean betraying her friends. Betraying herself.
Also, a pox on Haruno for suggesting that their complicated relationships are toxic (codependent).
Rent-A-Girlfriend Episode 4
A swing… and a grounder to second. They go for a bit of an emotional route, but they’ve haven’t established the characterization needed to support it.
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld: Part II Episode 4
After the last couple of weeks of ever increasing pressure, I didn’t think it could get any worse. And then.. I… I… Never thought I’d see the day when Asuna buckles under the load. Especially when she has to know that it puts Kirito in immediate and potentially mortal peril.
After three cour – Alicization is finally not only making me feel, but making it work. I can’t say those long wearying weeks weren’t wasted, but they have redeemed themselves to an extent.
Then… There’s this in a post credit scene:
If you don’t recognize it, that’s Shigemura’s SAO server from Ordinal Scale…
Almost certainly has something to do with Kirito’s awakening… but… Who powered it up? Why did they power it up? And why now?
1 – Akihiko Kayaba could be about to intervene, not impossible as he takes a great deal of personal interest in Kirito. (And the end of Ordinal Scale solidly established that he’s still out there, somewhere, as a ghost in the machine.)
2 – Yui is about to enter the Underworld. I’d honestly be a bit disappointed because of how often she serves as a literal deus ex machina. But with Papa and Mama in peril, now is about the time for her to get pissed. (Though I think she’s inhibited from causing harm to a human being given her original purpose.)
3 – “Idol” Yuna (the AI idol from Ordinal Scale, not “Ghost” Yuna – who is dead) is stepping on to the stage. I can’t imagine what role she’d play, but seems that Ejii has made cameo appearances. And he’s one of the possibles for the mysterious character in last season’s cliffhanger. (And it’s canon that her code and data were recovered and placed in a Yui style AI.)
Of the three, I’d say I was most interested in the possibilities of option 1 – Kayaba.
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Episode 4
(Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!)
Our odd-but-not-a-couple takes a few tentative steps towards becoming an odd-but-not-actually-a-couple this week. I’m liking this slow change, it’s a considerable improvement. Toning Uzaki-chan down a notch or two doesn’t hurt any.
Now if only Shinichi wouldn’t be such a dipshit…
Up above, I mentioned the “ghost in the machine”, and reminds me of the 1981 album the same name by The Police.
“Invisible Sun” – my favorite song from that album.
And there we have it, that’s all for me this week! Drop a comment and let’s chat about whatever!