Crazy busy week this week… Lots of good episodes, and yours truly is also knee deep in stuff for the photo club. (A committee to overhaul our web/’net presence.) But still, I have Stuff To Say and that’s what you came for – right?
So, hit the jump and let’s dive right in shall we?
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 Episode9
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season
By the standards of this season, this was a slow episode… But it still hit pretty hard, filling in a lot of backstory. But there’s still bits and pieces missing – like how Zeke (Beast Titan) Yeager started working with the Paradisians in the first place. And they especially showed us the Titan who hasn’t put in an appearance so far this season – Annie/Female Titan.
I have to say, I lean more towards Eren’s side than Armin’s. This collision was set in motion a very long time ago. It’s not clear that it could have been avoided. OTOH, Eren’s violent decapitation strike probably increased the ante more than it needed to be. Unleashing the Attack Titan and the Colossal Titan may have put the Marleyans temporarily off balance – but it also reminded the world just how very dangerous the Wall Titans are.
In the end, I don’t think anyone had any good choices to make. Only bad choices and worse choices.
And is it just me… or is Eren imprisoned?
Cells at Work!! Episode 5
A pleasant finish to the two parter… I LOL’ed at the “childhood photographs” of the protagonists.
Dr. Stone: Stone Wars Episode 4
Chrome, you’re an idiot. Loyal as h*ll, and that’s to be commended… But you’re an idiot. But on the other hand, I don’t think arranging for Magma to be captured would have ended well either. He’s not bright enough to know when to stop fighting. He would have ended up dead.
I’m finding Tsukasa’s character more and more interesting. He took in Taiji and Yuzuriha when they needed shelter. (And didn’t imprison them.) He didn’t simply kill Chrome out-of-hand either. Despite his twisted views of what constitutes an ‘ideal’ world… he’s not an out-and-out monster. It’s not that I admire him or am rooting for him, but the humanization is a nice touch.
Cardboard cutout villains are boring.
Of course, the elephant in the room – what’s up with Ukyo? What’s his game? Is all not well within the Empire Of Might?
Side note: The Navy considered making me a sonar tech, but I was disqualified… Not because I was deaf or anything, but apparently I’m slightly tone deaf as well as having slightly below average hearing. (But I can hear stuff others can’t, not only volume wise but I can (or could when I was younger) hear higher frequencies than average.) Whatever. I ended up with what was (at the time) probably the best job on submarines (Missile Fire Control Technician) so I’m OK with all that.
I did eventually qualify Basic Sonar Operator, but that’s another story for another time.
Horimiya Episode 5
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun
Awkwardness and lack of communication are well worn anime tropes, but Horimiya actually makes it work… And doesn’t it make sense that two teenagers just figuring themselves and their feelings out would have a problem communicating who they are and how they feel? It just feels natural.
It’s also interesting that the “loner” is the one putting himself out there – while Hori is fairly reticent. Not that she denies or avoids, just avoids saying it out loud to Miyamura’s face.
And what the heck is up with her father?
(*) Idoly Pride
Not watched this week.
Laid-Back Camp 2nd Season Episode 5
Yuru Camp 2nd Season
Hot Pot Fairy Nabeshiko – I laughed and laughed. (Hopefully the video shows up in your browser.)
Fun decision by the writers to go off in a bit of a different direction not centering on Nadeshiko and Rin. (Though the former is certainly on the camper’s minds.) I don’t know why, but Aki never struck me as that capable before… But who knows? My only real complaint is that we didn’t get nearly enough Chikuwa time.
One thing I did find out poking around this week is the manga timeline… Seems it goes the Christmas Camp episode, but not the closing scene (1st season) -> Post Christmas (2nd season/current) -> Closing scene of the 1st episode. So maybe, just maybe, we’ll get the Rin-and-Nadeshiko “solo camp” this season. I sure hope so!
Non Non Biyori Nonstop Episode 5
Pretty much I just smiled all the way through. Classic!
So I’m a Spider, So What? Episode 5
Kumo desu ga, Nanika?
Kumoko levels up and evolves… Not much to say otherwise than the gusto she showed when finally getting to eat something tasty was fun to watch. Still not sure what’s going over on the human side.
The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 5
Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season
I was… massively underwhelmed by this episode. After a six month time-skip, it essentially all but reset the plot and setting entirely. We’ve gone from the kids boldly trying to escape and prosper to a largely static hardscrabble existence.
And what exactly has Isabella been doing for six months?
That Norman is alive doesn’t come as a surprise (folks were theorizing about that back in the first season). But I suspect there’s a story to be told as to how he’s alive (and free?) in a demon town and being helped (?) by demons. Is he actually free and in rebellion? Or a pawn?
The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Episode 5
Go-Toubun no Hanayome ∬ (Second season)
Best Girl makes her move!
The middle part of the episode is what I came for… The eternal conflict and comedy between Futaro and the quints. (And between the quints themselves as they dimly start to grasp they actually have feelings for him.) Poor Ichika though! She’s trashing her career (and her health) for the sake of her sisters. It’s not that her sisters don’t appreciate it – it’s that I don’t think they really grasp what it’s costing her.
The first and last part… Man, Nanako-san is a real piece of work. He sees to his daughter’s physical needs, but man… emotionally, he’s just not there. I can’t even see what role he thinks he’s playing in his daughter’s lives. I mean, he’s concerned about their grades, but it pretty much ends there.
Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 2 Episode 6
How are the going to continue the show? By resetting Tokai and Mejiro’s rivalry… After they both heal from unspecified injuries. (This is the second time this season they’ve reached for that McGuffin.)
(*) With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun
Inu to Neko Docchi mo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii
Still watching, still very good.
Whew… That was a good week anime wise. But things are gonna get crazy over the next few. I’ve got committee work for the photo club, and we’ve also picked up Disney+ so we can start watching Wandavision. Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House) premiers in two weeks, and it looks like we’ll be able to watch it on cable via NHK World. And in just over a month, Falcon and Winter Soldier premieres.
So, that’s it for me – over to you. What did you think of this week’s shows? How’s your life going? Drop a comment and let’s chat!