Some shows bring joy to my heart this week… and others bring out my grumpy old man. And a bit of a side trip into canned coffees. All that after the jump!
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 12
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season
Watching this episode was a combination of “oh, wow. oh, fudge” and “wait, WHAT?” Even though they’ve been hinting and laying the foundations for a number of episodes now, it was still a shock to feel the rug pulled out from under and to be sent into free fall.
WTF does Eren actually intend to accomplish here? He’s not stupid. He knows that both Paradis and Marley are gunning for him and intent on stopping whatever he plans to do… Or is it his plan? After all, his first step is to head off the free Zeke. Has this (whatever “this” is) been Zeke’s plan all along? To establish a world order enforced with the power of Titan Shifters backed up by the threat of the Rumbling? A new Eldian Empire? Or are the Jaegerists pawns in Zeke’s game? Yeah, I think it’s pretty clear that Eren is cooperating with Zeke. It’s unclear though whether he (Eren) is part of Zeke’s game, or running his own side game.
And now, Marley is back in the game too… with Pieck present on Paridis, inside the walls, Reiner’s retributive strike is plainly underway. With or without the cooperation of the Marleyean goverment?
It’s gonna be a long wait for Sunday…
Cells at Work!! Episode 8
After Regulatory T Cell see’s the light (that Cancer Cell isn’t a “good” cell), he’s easily disposed of. And the last Lactobacillus comes to the rescue of Ordinary Cell at the last possible moment.
The End. Roll credits.
I guess that sounds more critical than I mean it to be? It’s not like Cells is a particularly complicated show… This was a perfectly ordinary and unobjectionable episode by it’s standards. It’s just I’m moderately unhappy with the series overall (as this seems to be the finale) because of it’s limited range. Just like the first season, it was mostly about the immune system.
Dr. Stone: Stone Wars Episode 7
Good news, bad news time…
Good news, the Kingdom of Science of has an unexpected ally in the form of Ukyo, one of Tsukasa’s right hand men. This is on top of making progress in subverting Tsukasa’s subjects.
Bad News. Very Bad News. Tsukasa is now aware that someone in his Empire has been in contact with the Kingdom of Science. I think he’s made the conceptual link to a traitor in his ranks, and the potential of subversion.
In the middle of this, they humanized Tsukasa by showing him memorializing his fallen subjects. I actually like that he’s not a one-dimensional cardboard villain. And I suspect that Hyouga is going to be in real trouble if/when Tsukasa learns the truth.
Time-and-space (which this season has made a right hash of) skip, and we cliffhanger with the start of the assault on the Cave of Miracles.
Horimiya Episode 8
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun
Man, there’s a lot going on in this episode, so let’s just start from the top and run it down…
Miyamura’s conversation with his younger self really struck home. There’s been plenty of points in my life that I wish I could back and re-assure my younger self. I imagine that’s not actually that uncommon.
Hori is… a bit of an enigma here. She definitely takes the lead in their relationship most of the time, but she’s also got a hidden submissive side. And that dovetails neatly with Miyamura’s hidden more aggressive side. (Which we’ve seen before… When he confronted Kakeru, when he took the candy from her mouth.) Problem is, Miyamura doesn’t much care for that side of himself.
I liked that Remi turned out to actually like books, all too often in anime one partner or the other fakes liking something for the sake of getting attention. I hate that trope. Despite their positive contributions to the show’s theme of hidden sides, I don’t care for Remi or Kakeru as a character.
And poor Yuki, her lack of self confidence is really hurting her.
My wife has started reading the manga, and was telling me about some of the bits left out… Which lead to a long interesting conversation on the adaption process and what goes into it.
In the same vein… There was this exchange of tweets between Scott and I the other day (Click through to see the whole thread) :
Idoly Pride Episode 8
I like what they did, the plot points they set up and resolved… I just don’t care for how they did it. For Sakura’s thread, they just kept hammering on it rather than being more subtle and letting the viewer work it out. Kotono’s thread was simply wrapped up too neatly and too fast. AKA “Oh. Crap. We’ve only got three minutes left in the episode and we can’t leave it to the next.”
(I.E. minimal comment this week lest it turn into a rant.)
Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House
Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san
I commented on this show last week because it aired on Wednesday, and I actually posted on Thursday. Since this post is going out, as scheduled, on Wednesday, coverage will pick up next week… So I’m constantly going to be a week behind. Which sucks.
What also sucks is this show is not (near as I can tell) getting any attention or traction out in the community. Anyone want to write a guest post on it?
Laid-Back Camp 2nd Season Episode 8
Yuru Camp 2nd Season
Going into this episode, I somehow though there would be a lot more minor misadventures… But reflecting, that’s not really Nadeshiko is it? She’s a bit impulsive, a bit of an airhead, but she’s never been portrayed as anything resembling incompetent. And though this is her first solo camp, it’s not like she doesn’t have any camping experience. And she was smart enough to consult Rin first…
That being said, she did violate one my personal culinary rules – never try anything the first time when it’s important. Or, maybe, she had some curry cup noodles back in camp… Just in case. I would.
I did think the bit with Rin and Sakura was a bit overblown and maybe played with what was possible in terms of time and space… But charming nonetheless. Sakura cares a great deal for her sister, and Rin cares a great deal for her friends. And getting the two together has been a Good Thing overall for the show. I’d love it if this week’s (upcoming) episode covered their dinner together.
Non Non Biyori Nonstop Episode 8
Classic Natsumi – from the first throw to her final, irrevocable, screwup. Never change lass, never change.
Akane’s flute performance out in nature, ranks right right up there among the best scenes Non Non Byori has ever offered.
Also, that one outdoors nighttime shot, with all the crickets… powerful nostalgia for my aunt’s lake house way out in the boonies. (Back then. Practically in the ‘burbs nowadays.)
So I’m a Spider, So What? Episode 8
Kumo desu ga, Nanika?
I am… thoroughly confused by what’s going on over on the human side. From what I’ve gathered, the can be laid at the source material’s feet. Not helping, this week was a mish-mash from the light novel and the webtoon.
I laughed at the bit about carbonated coffee, but more on that in my comments at the end of the reviews.
Over on the spider side… I thought that the Parallel Processing Personalities would be annoying. But it turns out, they’re actually amusing. And they’re showing up just as Kumoko’s monologue schtick was wearing just a bit thin. It’s still a monologue, but it’s not a monologue (if that makes sense). Aoi Yuki’s voice work is just killing it.
The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 7
Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season
I am so completely frustrated with this season and this episode was the pinacle for me.Lynn Sheridan, The Otaku Author
The Promised Neverland (Episode 19) – Daishichiwa
I think Lynn sums it best, and I pretty much agree with the rest of his post.
A show this bad would probably have long since been dropped by most if it wasn’t a sequel to one of the best shows of recent memory. And this episode neatly showcases why.
The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Episode 8
Go-Toubun no Hanayome ∬ (Second season)
I have to say… I was not impressed with this episode overall. We get it, Futaro can’t tell the quints apart (except maybe by their asses?), but they kind of drove it into the ground. I suspect that’s an adaptation thing – manga readers didn’t have the voice actresses giving the game away.
Not without good parts though. I liked Ichika finally understanding that’s OK for her to live for herself. And Miku finally admitting to herself that she has feelings for Futaro… Itsuki and Yotsuba better get themselves in gear soon, because they’re losing emotional ground rapidly. Futaro isn’t going to stay a self-centered clueless jerk forever.
Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 2
Episode 8 – Rice Blessing wins against Mejiro McQueen… and I actually feel a lot bad for Rice. And kinda pissed that the show simply wrote her off rather than giving her a redemption arc. I mean, the horse girls and Bourbon in particular respecting her is cool – but that doesn’t offset the hate she’s getting from the racing public.
Episode 9 – not watched this week.
(*) With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun
Inu to Neko Docchi mo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii
As mentioned above… canned carbonated coffee. I tried the new Coca Cola Coffee, and honestly I didn’t much care for it. It was too sweet, and had this weird dark caramel middle note. I’ll stick with Mr. Brown, my 2nd favorite brand of canned coffee. And my regular grocery store carries it now, so I can pick it up whenever rather than having to stock up when I go to a local Asian grocery.
My favorite brand is Boss Coffee, finally available in the US again, but it’s pretty expensive ($2.75/can versus $1.50)… So it’s more of a special treat than a regular thing.
I think that about covers it this week… What did you think of your shows this week? Anything I missed in my shows? Drop a comment and let’s chat!