It’s been a week… But, we’re here again. It’s also the mid-season gut check, where shows that aren’t making the grade get tossed overboard. There’s really only one candidate this season, and anyone who’s been reading knows the show and it’s probable fate…
So, let’s just hit the jump and dive right in shall we?
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 18
OK… This episode did make clear that Indian Poker (I loathe that term) is pretty powerful and can have significant impact on a persons life… I just wish they hadn’t chosen such a cheesy way to demonstrate it.
It was interesting that Saten is caught up in Indian Poker, and not in over her head as she was with the Level Upper and Poltergeist/Sisters arcs. (At least, not so far.)
Deca-Dence Episode 5
As one era ends… another is born in blood and mourning. Kinda fancy wording, but it does sum up what I feel about the episode. And new era is appropriate I think, Kaburagi having passed the torch to Natsume. (Though I don’t think she realizes it yet.)
I’m also starting to wonder if the world the cyborgs inhabit isn’t virtual reality of some kind. A cyborg is a fusion of biological and artificial parts… And the world we’ve seen so far doesn’t seem to indicate that. You’d expect something more like individual that materialized at the end of the episode.
On the other hand, how did they suddenly materialize? Mysteries and enigmas.
I’ve probably spent way too long thinking about it, but then that’s something I enjoy doing. I like to look at how the stories are put together and try to spot the clues to what’s really going on. Basically, I think I may have stumbled onto a couple of theories that I’m going to lay out before the next episode airs.
Lynn at The Otaku Author also takes a swing at deciphering some of the show’s mysteries.
Note: I have watched episode 6, but I’m not sure what to think about it yet. I’ll take a swing at it next week.
Fruits Basket 2nd Season Episode 19
Tohru’s well of kindness and compassion seems infinite… And that’s a dang good thing, as Rin needs it. It was interesting so see Rin’s abandonment issues juxtaposed with Tohru’s… It’s been a while since they brought up her background, but it hasn’t been forgotten.
Lapis Re:LiGHTs TV Episode 6
The second of a two-parter, a great deal of faffing about with little plot progression… Culminating with yet another badly animated concert performance by yet another new group.
All the worldbuilding they did in the first and second episodes has been completely forgotten and wasted for four episodes now.
I am so done here. Dropped.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax Episode 5
(Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan)
No comment this week other than noting the show turns in it’s usual excellent performance… Oh, and the gauntlet has been thrown and Final Showdown between Yukino and Hachiman is underway. Two bullheaded people, probably perfect for each other, if they’d just let their defenses down just a little bit.
Essentially, he believes that it’s better to be hurt yourself if it means that others don’t get hurt. That, in an ordinary story, would be considered a good thing. Sad, sure, but heroic.
jernahblunt at Jonah’s Daily Rants takes a dive into Hachiman’s character to see what makes him tick and how he’s progressed over the course of the series.
Rent-A-Girlfriend Episode 5
So, looks like Mami is temporarily out of the picture. No doubt nursing her wounds and preparing for her next attack… She’s not going to bow out easily. Meanwhile, looks like Kazuya and Chiziru are reaching a kind of accommodation to their growing mutual interest. With the number of girls seen in the intro though, I sense a plot zig incoming… Which is kind of annoying, because they could do so much with just what they’ve already put on the table.
That being said… Creepy, predator grandma’s are very creepy. And hopefully there’s nothing else coming down the pike like that bath scene or the masturbation scene. I really want to like this series, but sometimes it makes itself very unlikable.
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld: Part II Episode 5
I won’t deny that Eiji deserved a redemption arc. He’s an ass, but not actually a bad guy. (Folks motivated by love and poor self image rarely make good choices.) But this was a particularly bad place to insert his story. A good third of the episode was basically wasted on a side story that wasn’t even originally part of the source material. All of the fairly tight plotting and pacing of this season tossed out the window like it had never happened.
Either way, looks like Kirito is going to return to the stage momentarily… No doubt after a flashback/internal monologue episode. If they go that route, it’s going to have to be DAMM good to restore the momentum.
But, it’s not all bad… I love how they’ve been using the original SAO S1/S2 soundtrack these last few episodes, which have concentrated heavily on characters from SAO.
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Episode 5
(Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!)
Not sure what to make of this episode. I kinda liked the slight increment of progress between our main not-quite-a-couple. I was less fond of the amount of time spent on side characters. As they tone down Uzaki and make her more appealing, they increase the annoyance of the side characters – and that’s not a step up by any means.
Also, I keep meaning to get some choco-mint ice cream! It’s pretty warm here, and it sounds awfully good. OTOH, I do have some Thin-Mints in the freezer… Thank heaven I stocked up the first time I saw them available, because they shut down the state the very next week.
A day late and a dollar short… and I apologize for that. My new theory for getting back into my groove is to get something out each week to break the lack-of-consistency problem. Once I can do that, then I can up my game and eventually get back to where I was.
Anyhow, drop a comment with your thoughts on this week and let’s chat! Have a good one and see you next week!