Another week in the life, another week in anime! Coming into the final third of the season, there’s a lot going on… Hit the jump and let’s run ’em down!
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 20
This episode kinda made me sad… We got a long look at Frenda’s character, and she’s been pretty interesting these last couple of episodes. But there’s a reason why she didn’t show up for dinner at Saten’s – she dies in Index III. (Railgun T and Index III are happening concurrently.)
Not to dismiss that, but maybe we’re getting close to the end of the crossover plotline and actually getting on with Railgun‘s storyline. There’s only a handful of episodes left and a lot of plot threads left to tie up in the Dream Ranker arc.
Deca-Dence Episode 8
As the saying goes, very interesting… On the surface, most of the story presented is what you’d expect. Kaburagi and Donatello putting the plan to destroy the Gadoll factory into motion. (With lots of nods to classic heist films.)
What caught my eye is Minato. He’s not willing to burn the system down, in fact he wholeheartedly support it. But he does have a collection of avatars that were supposed to have been destroyed. A collection he could get a great deal of trouble into over if it were discovered. There’s a subversive streak there… I’m going call it now, it’s Chekov’s Gun. Keep an eye on him.
Fruits Basket 2nd Season Episode 21
I have to admit to being a bit ambivalent about this week’s episode… On one hand, the deep dive into Yuki’s past is powerful stuff. On the other, it didn’t really bring much new to the table. I hesitate to use the word filler, because the episode wasn’t without meaning… But it also didn’t noticeably advance the plot.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax Episode 7
(Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan)
Hachiman is taking his anti-prom more seriously than he’s ever taken anything before. That’s a bit of character development that goes unmentioned in all the concentration on the relationships… Over the course of his time with the Service Club, he’s gone from slacker to actually caring about the people he’s involved with.
Ah, so in the end it still comes down to relationships…
Poor Yuigahama, caught in the middle and the only one who sees that working so hard for each other is actually tearing them apart.
Rent-A-Girlfriend Episode 7
Now we know Ruskai’s deal. She wants to be with Kazuya, and she’s pissed that the guy who she’s interested in resorting to a rental girlfriend. Which, I guess I kinda don’t understand… Seems to me that would be something to be happy about – I mean doesn’t that (in theory) mean he’d prefer a real girlfriend?
And in truth, that’s exactly what he wants. Unfortunately for her, the real girlfriend he wants is Chizuru. Though he hasn’t 100% figured that out yet…
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld: Part II Episode 7
What else is there to say about this episode?
OK, fine. We’re finally reaching the endgame… (Man, that’s hard to say nowadays. The MCU has really hung a lot of baggage on that word.) POS, I mean PoH has finally been defeated. And I loved how Kirito imprisoned him. I got vibes of this scene from Dr Who:
He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing. The fury of the Time Lord. And then we discovered why. Why this Doctor who had fought with gods and demons, why he’d run away from us and hidden. He was being kind.
Anyhow, all that aside… Now our attention swings to Alice’s desperate fight at the World’s End Altar. Kirito, Asuna, and Sinon are hurrying to her aid. Will they arrive in time? (Of course they will.)
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Episode 7
(Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!)
Not a bad episode, not a great episode, but not a bad episode… Plays to the show’s strengths, which is our not-quite-a-couple awkwardly hanging out with each other. Oh, and that first hangover, that’s a killer isn’t it? They’re actually worse now that I’m getting up there in years, but decades later I still have vivid memories of that first.
Another week done… Some feels, some laughs, mostly a good week overall. Also making it a good week is that the temperatures have finally broken and it’s swung back to the cooler side hereabouts. About the usual time too, warm days after Labor Day start getting scarce, and that’s only two weeks away.
Anyhow, what are your thoughts on this week’s shows? Hows the weather in your corner of the world? Drop a comment and let’s chat!