And I’m back for another week! I can sense your excitement from here! Hit the jump and let’s 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.
A Certain Scientific Railgun T Episode 21-22
No specific comments… Other than to say Academy City is it’s usual mucked up self.
I just thought y’all would find that amusing/interesting. They’re all superpowers in reality, but it seems that franchises have to have their own terms for things.
Deca-Dence Episodes 9-10
A lot going on, all of which you’ve seen and none of which I particularly need to comment on. Despite what the Tankers think, the war ain’t over yet.
What I do want to comment about is… Now I’m really confused. The cyborgs are physically present in their cartoon bodies in the same dimension (for lack of a better word) as the Deca-Dence. But I thought Deca-Dence was inside a game? There’s some levels here that I’m not groking yet.
It does go towards a theory that I’ve been bouncing around for some time – we haven’t seen the “real” world yet. Have we? Episode 10 reminded us that Natsume’s father found a robot body inside the game world way back in Episode 1.
Was that a cyborg’s “cartoony” body? Or a cyborg’s actual physical body? Somehow inside the game world, which we’ve been told several times isn’t “real”. But that isn’t a “real” world – then what exactly are the Tankers?
Either they’ve massively mucked up their worldbuilding, or we still haven’t been given the whole picture. (My money is on the latter.)
Fruits Basket 2nd Season Episodes 22-23
Tohru x Kyo – I ship it. Though I’m kinda surprised that Yuki took himself out of the running…
Yeah, I’m being a little light hearted there, but I can’t come up with much sensible to say. Fruits continues to overwhelm on a weekly basis.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax Episodes 8-9
(Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan)
Poor Yuigahara… She actually has two wishes, but she can’t give voice to either.
The first is that the three of them stay just the way they are – forever. And she’s self aware enough to know this is impossible. Yukino is already pulling away to follow her own path, and Hachiman is going to follow her. Though he knows damn well she’s already rejected that path – she seems to view partnership as incompatible with her heart’s desire for independence. Yuigahama is doomed to be the fifth wheel.
The second is that Hachiman chooses her over Yukino, or at least gives her a fair shot. But what she’ll get if she asks for that isn’t the real thing she actually wants – for him to make a free choice. She’s too proud (and sensible) to saddle Hachiman with that burden.
It’s not clear to me how much Hachiman is aware of all the undercurrents…
Rent-A-Girlfriend Episodes 8-9
Kanojo is supposedly a rom-com, but so far it’s managing neither. This episode was neither romantic, nor funny… In fact, after quickly disposing of last week’s plot (and thus wasting an entire episode), it was pretty much garbage from end-to-end.
I thought I’d heard the show got better, but I’m still waiting.
Pure dumpster fire.
There’s still a couple of weeks left to go in the season, but I’m calling it now because there’s no competition whatsoever… Rent-A-Girlfriend is officially the show for Summer 2020 that I wish I could go back and tell myself to skip.
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld: Part II Episodes 8-9
And now… we’re just about to the climax. Miller was defeated in one hell of a well done battle. And they once again reminded us how much Kirito depends on the strength and inspiration of those around him.
The battle on the Ocean Turtle was a bit hard to follow… Again, the good guys won – this time due to the intervention of a literal deus ex machina. Akihiko Kayaba himself taking control of a robotic body. It took an unexpected form, but I’ve been expecting him to put in an appearance for a couple of episodes now… Wherever Kirito is, Akihiko isn’t far away.
Also not surprising is Asuna. If Kirito is going to be imprisoned for 200 years, of course she’s going to be right there with and for him. Unfortunately the story of their time in the Underworld is apparently in a side story out of the main stream of the novels. And with the few episodes we have left, we’re unlikely to see much (if any) of it.
On the other hand, SAO is big on “bang, we’re done” and not much on epilogues. So they can pack a bit more into those episodes than most series.
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Episodes 8-9
(Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!)
This episode was everything I’ve been waiting on… Sakurai-senpai finally grasping that gets that Uzaki is kinda into him. That’s why she chased him down way back in the first episode. And, he discovers he’s kinda OK with that.
Episode 9 however… not so good. Right back to the awkward and awkwardly executed sexual comedy of the first episode. C’mon, they can do better than that.
I did however enjoy seeing Saori Hayami pop up as Uzali Tsuki, Hana’s mother. When I first encountered her, I didn’t much care for her. But she’s slowly becoming one of my favorite VA’s.
Everything is moving towards it’s climax… those shows that are going to have a climax anyhow. Others, likely headed for a “now go read the manga/LN!” ending. Overall it’s been a mixed bag, but with one exception nothing I regret.
Your thought’s this week? How do you feel as the season rounds the corner and sprints for the finish line? Drop a comment and let’s chat.