In this episode your humble scribe briefly discusses his second favorite food and this week’s episodes of way-too-many anime. Also, a drop, a new show, and the first shows to cross the three episode threshold. Grab a slice of pizza, hit the jump, and let’s dive in!
The shows that I’m watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics,
strikethrough marks dropped shows and (*) marks shows with no comments this week.
A reminder for the Winter 2021 season: Due to the large amount of shows this season, brief comments and no comments are likely going to be common… This is about the only way I can remain sane.
Attack on Titan: The Final Season Episode 6/65
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season
I missed that you saw them for just a flash… But I realized it as fast as Pieck did. That sound. Omni-directional mobility gear. The Scout Regiment. As I thought, this isn’t Eren on his own. This is a full blown assault on Marley by the Paradisians. A pre-emptive strike in the war they knew was coming.
And the moment… That’s got a lot of places in turmoil. Mikasa is absolutely correct – Eren has crossed a line that cannot be uncrossed. But who can say he’s not justified given how the Eldians of Paradis Island have suffered at the hands of Marley for centuries? (Presuming you think such things can be justified at all, something I am not comfortable with asserting flat out.) It’s a complicated situation, and in the end… there’s no Good Guys in war. It’s not black and white, and there are endless moral quandaries and quagmires. (Given my former lifetime with strategic weapons, it’s an issue that strikes uncomfortably close to home. One I’ve wrestled with for many years.)
Random notes the close it out… I like the Scout’s new design, I am not so fond of the new character designs. It’s fascinating to see the Scouts working with much more modern equipment.
What’s going on with the Marleyean military and political structures? Seems almost like a coup from within. Willy and Magath seem to have a side game running, and I don’t grasp the rules.
Where is Reiner? Where is Falco? Where is Reiner?
Cells at Work!! Episode 2
Cells at Work! Code Black Episodes 2-3
Hataraku Saibou BLACK
Honestly, I don’t think either series is really standing up, even without comparing them to the first season of Cells at Work!. In particular, Cells at Work!! seems… unfocused? More sizzle than steak? As much as I complained about the original format, I guess I’ve become used to it. I don’t think U-1146 (White Blood Cell) has enough oomph to carry episodes on his own.
Third Episode Status: Cells at Work!! – mild keeper, hopefully it will right the ship and resume the course.
Third Episode Status: Cells at Work! Code Black – On pace for a mid season drop. On top of the general (and constantly shoved in our face) darkness… AA-2153 (Red Blood Cell) is simply an uninteresting and unsympathetic character.
Dr. Stone: Stone Wars Episode 1
To paraphrase something someone said in chat last night: “This episode was awesomely competent”. It wasn’t particularly good or bad, it just did a decent job of re-introducing the scenario and setting the events of the new season into action.
That being said… I have a couple of questions. Did they change goals when I wasn’t looking? Because their new one, taking control of the revival cave, doesn’t strike me as accomplishing their long term goal of defeating the Empire of Might. I mean the Empire is still going to be out there.
And that plays into the second question. What was their strategy before Gen came up with the current froot-loop one? Because this one doesn’t strike me as very viable. And it seems very odd that Senkuu doesn’t have an exit strategy or an endgame. He’s not usually rash and impulsive. There’s always a reason. But it’s also not always obvious…
The more I pondered on this show, the less substance I found to it. And the less satisfied I was. Now that I’ve got my whole schedule page laid out, I can actually see how crowded this season is.
And, as I said in my First Impressions comment on Gekidol “merely being ordinary isn’t enough”. As I’m already falling behind on stuff I should be watching… Gekidol gets a pre-emptive drop. There’s just too much other Better Stuff stacking up.
Horimiya Episode 2
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun
I was 100% onboard with the first part of the show… The second, I was disappointed with.
Hori doing work the student council seems to run counter to her established homebody persona… And the mean streaks exposed in her Miyamura are not very pretty. Back to rom-com please!
Idoly Pride Episode 1
I wasn’t originally going to check out Idoly Pride, but I just can’t resist an idol show.
Overall, the show was a bit confusing… It opened looking like one kind of show, centered on an idol group. Then it time skipped backwards into a prologue that (while fairly predictable) promised a different kind of show, more producer centric. Then it time skipped forward (but not all the way to the present day), and dropped an unexpected bomb… The idol who died at the conclusion of the first part of the prologue popped back up as a ghost! What in the fresh h*ll is going on here?
And then the OP rolled…
It’s not unusual for the OP to come at the end of a premiere episode… But it doesn’t bode well in this case. It’s a generic OP for a generic idol show. The producer and the ghost are nowhere in evidence. It’s not impossible the OP is trolling us, but it’s uncommon enough that I’m not inclined to bet that’s the case here.
Though Xenodude’s tweet on the question of idol shows this season is funny as heck.
Idoly Pride Episode 2
Don’t want to spend a lot of time here… But the second episode makes me feel a little better. The ghost is still there, but being played straight. (Think Anohana.) So far they’re being sparse with the cast… Sure, there’s a raftload coming but they didn’t dump them all on us in this episode. They spent a lot of time establishing what appears to be the main characters.
I’m still suspicious, but it looks like they’re putting in the work. Just might be a bit above the paint-by-numbers level. Crossing fingers.
Laid-Back Camp 2nd Season Episode 2
Yuru Camp 2nd Season
Good choice Rin! When given a choice of pizza, always choose pizza! Of course, your humble correspondent had two slices of leftover homemade pizza for breakfast just this morning…. (I also once ate pizza for seven meals across three days. And was sad we had no more pizza.) But then, I think long time readers of this blog are well aware of my predilection for pizza.
Ok, one last thing about pizza and we’ll move on, I promise… I just enjoyed this bit of microfiction that popped up in my feed yesterday:
Other than that, this was your usual well done episode. The only question it left me with was this: Will we actually get to meet and spend some time with Camping Ojiisan? I know adults don’t play a large part in this series, but I certainly hope so.
Non Non Biyori Nonstop Episode 2
I’m with Renge, bell peppers are not the most desirable members of the vegetable family. And as usual, she was the star of her segment.
The rest of the episode, cute but weak IMO. They’re leaning way too hard on the new characters… Which isn’t something the series needed at all.
Otherside Picnic Episodes 2-3
I am not at all sure that I understand where this show is going. More on Sorawo’s part than Toriko’s, I think both leads grasp that there’s a relationship building. Two HUGE roadblocks stand in the way of that. The first is Toriko’s obsession (?) with Satsuki. (Strongly implied to be more than just friends.) The second, and more important I think, is that the Otherside appears to operate on a primal, emotional, level. Maybe it’s just amplifying what’s already there but it’s certainly taking advantage of it.
Third Episode Thoughts: As I said above, I am not at all certain where this show is meandering towards. And I think meandering is appropriate, it’s certainly in no hurry. (Not that that’s a flaw in this case. You can go too fast for the underlying story too!) But I am 100% onboard with staying around and seeing more.
So I’m a Spider, So What? Episode 2
Kumo desu ga, Nanika?
The ANN reviewer is taking to calling her Kumoko – “Little Spider”. That seems to work, so I’m going to adopt the same convention.
Not a whole lot to this episode… Kumoko goes all in on being and leveling up as a spider. The meat probably lies in the hints they slid in about dragons and evolution.
The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 2
Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season
The first part of the episode could rightfully be called an infodump. Masterfully done, nicely showing Emma and Ray’s mounting horror… But also giving a glimmer of hope. And Emma especially is nothing if not determined and hopeful.
But I have to wonder how the “free” Humans will react to refugees from the Demon half of the world. I mean, they’re taking a wrecking ball to the social order that’s persisted for a millennium. But they’ll also be reminding them of the price they paid in other’s blood.
To understand the second half of the episode, we have to go way, way back to the very first episode… to Emma and Norman discovering Conny’s body.
Now we understand the significance of that scene. And how much, culturally, the “good” demons and “bad” demons share.
This scene was… wow. Honestly, after collecting the screenshots for these two slideshows, I had to take a break and go do something else for a bit.
Emma learning to kill was powerful to begin with. But this, this was something else entirely. Either there’s nothing that can break Emma, or she’s headed for one king hell of a breakdown/outburst.
And when she returns to the shelter, she immediately breaks her promise to be honest and truthful with the other children when something is bothering her.
Also, did anyone else notice Don and Gilda are seriously stepping up as co-parents alongside Emma and Ray? Interesting.
The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Episode 2
Go-Toubun no Hanayome ∬ (Second season)
Lot’s of shenanigans going on, and some that leave me unsettled. Why is the episode titled “Seven Goodbyes – Part 1”? That doesn’t bode at all well.
The quint’s background is a little heartbreaking.
But it’s the end that’s really got me wondering… I’ve seen it supposed in some quarters that the Adult Mysterious Quint is a hallucination. I think it’s an actual quint… But why? Why now? How did Futaro end up in pond? Why did Yotsuba blow him off? Why did he seek Nino?
Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 2 Episodes 2-3
Third Episode Thoughts: Pretty Derby suffers badly from sequelitis – they’re stuck with the setting, but there’s not really much they can do with the characters already on the board. Still, it’s entertaining enough and Special Week and Best Horse Girl Silence Suzuka have regular cameos.
(*) With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun Episode 14
Inu to Neko Docchi mo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii
Because I know the question is going to be asked… My favorite food? BBQ. The real stuff – low & slow, smoke & heat. I have a definite preference for Lexington Style, but so long as the sauce isn’t mustard or mayonnaise based I’ll fill my plate with it.
Anyhow, that’s it for me this week. What’s your favorite food? Opinions on pizza or BBQ? Thoughts on this week’s shows? Whatever you want to talk about, the comment section is all yours. Drop a comment and let’s chat!