Busy, busy week as many shows are either setting up for or diving into their finale arcs! Lots to chat about this week and lots to look forward to.
Hit the jump and let’s chat!
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 13
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season
Jorge, you were absolutely correct in your comment to last week’s post… I was absolutely not ready for this. Once again the viewer is asked to mourn Sasha and to see the impact of her death on the community around her.
But worse yet, and harder, we’re asked alongside the cast to stand in judgement of Gabi. But what, ultimately, is she guilty of? From one point of view, she killed Sasha in practically cold blood (as opposed to active combat). From another, it was justifiable retribution for the Scout Regiment’s attack on her people. But there’s an elephant in the room – Gabi was raised and indoctrinated as a weapon of vengeance. Was her choice to kill really a choice? And what end does punishing her serve?
Papa Braus stays his hand and asks the folks in the room to look inside themselves and asks them to consider their role in bringing about these circumstances. Gabi is a symbol, a scapegoat being held individually responsible for collective actions.
That’s very hard to think about.
On the other hand… there’s Eren. He knows damm well what he’s doing and what he’s responsible for. And he walks into the restaurant pretty as you please to explain himself. What does he hope to accomplish? Does he expect to sway them and gain forgiveness for the genocide he all but openly espouses?
Final Episodes Trailer:
Crunchyroll has released a final episode trailer. and though I haven’t gone through it in detail, it looks… WOW. While it’s common for trailers to be designed to “WOW”, given what’s happened so far I don’t think they had to work too hard in this instance.
There’s an ending coming, and I don’t think it’s going to happy for anyone.
Dr. Stone: Stone Wars Episode 8
This episode was everything I’d hoped for. The Kingdom of Science didn’t gain an easy victory… But the Empire of Might (Tsukasa) can’t simply steamroll them.
Tsukasa stands there, with one individual at this side – against the Kingdom, who individually and jointly declare their fealty to Senku, the community he has built and the ideals he represents. A fascinating study in contrasts. Even if, at the end, they weaken it a little bit by casting as a brain-versus-brawn contest with the Kingdom only fighting to buy time.
But while the Kingdom was busy declaring their humanity – they forgot one thing. Not one person even tried to go to Ukyo’s aid. It was all about Senku. While the episode was everything I’d hoped for in terms of action, that gaping hole in terms of humanity and community does cast a pall.
Horimiya Episode 9
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun
I am… not sure what I think about this episode.
I get it that having Miyamura overcome his past is big part of the plot. And he’s been making great strides on that front. But having Tanimura repent his bullying (and apologizing for killing the school’s rabbits) because Hori assaulted him just seems to send the wrong message. And having Miyamura accept him as a friend on that basis also seems off.
Forgiving someone is good, especially when the repentance is honest (which this one isn’t really). But it gives an air of desperation to go beyond that and makes friends with them.
And that’s doubled down in this case… Where Miyamura is reluctant to stand up to Hori. That girl is entirely out of control, and increasingly self centered. I can’t see anyone being happy in the long term and Miyamura is certainly uncomfortable.
That’s the big hurdle coming in their relationship. Can Miyamura stand up for himself – and can Hori deal with it? Can they come to an equitable balance and remain a couple? I’m hoping that issue is addressed in the remaining episodes.
Worth Reading: The Glorio Blog takes a First Look: Horimiya (live action)
Idoly Pride Episode 9
All about working out the implications of Sakura having Miss Mana’s heart… and of Sakura essentially being possessed by Miss Mana. Something she’s not very happy about.
I’m not sure where they’re going with this. I’m not entirely confident they are either.
Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House
Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san
Turns out, this will be aired monthly… So I’ll cover an episode whenever a new one comes out.
Laid-Back Camp 2nd Season Episode 9
Yuru Camp 2nd Season
I wanted to call this a “Rin focused” episode, but it really wasn’t… More like a “Shima family focused” episode. Without laying it on too thick, they really showed how supportive they are of Rin. (The adults in this series really are positive role models – almost too perfect.)
And then, this…
Beautiful. It’s everything I didn’t know I wanted in having Ojīsan finally appear in the story.
OK, there was more than Rin to this episode, which was mostly about everyone getting ready for the Big Trip. (And probably the finale arc to the season.) And when I say everyone, I mean everyone. Rin was right there with the Outclub and taking part in the planning.
Two days of chill camping around the Izu Peninsula. I can’t wait.
Non Non Biyori Nonstop Episode 9
This week was all about Komari… Surprising and a bit unusual because it’s usually Natsume or Renge who get the focus lately, but it was a darn good episode.
So I’m a Spider, So What? Episode 9
Kumo desu ga, Nanika?
Big reveal this week – the human and spider sides are fifteen years out of sync. Which makes sense as Kumoko was born in the first episode, and in the same ep we meet the humans as teenagers.
Will we see the plot lines sync up this season? Will a huge time skip even make sense on the spider side? I have no idea, and they don’t have many episodes to go.
And for all that… there’s a lot of plot lines going on. Kumoko’s encounter with a game admin. The demon lord & demons they took a lot of pains to introduce us too… And if I’ve got everything straight, Shun just ascended to heir apparent. (Complicating the political dimension in the human world.)
(*) The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 8
Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season
Snarky rant deleted, show demoted to “watched-but-no-comment”.
The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Episode 9
Go-Toubun no Hanayome ∬ (Second season)
The episode is basically all Nino and Ichika… So, to take each in turn:
Poor Nino… She gets the job, but she knows she’s not ahead in the game. Miku is hard on her tail and not giving an inch. Miku isn’t Best Girl, but in this episode she shows why she’s always been in second place for me.
But when Nino gets some face time with Futaro, she uses it to her best advantage. I can’t say I blame her for not wanting to hear Futaro’s answer. She’s not exactly been the friendliest in the world, and hitting someone with a Mickey Finn in order to break up with them is bound to have relationship repercussions.
Was trying to figure out how to screenshot it, when I found that Crunchy had posted the important parts of the scene. I’m guessing I need to spend more time looking at YouTube and Twitter accounts… Save me a lot of work.
And… well, Ichika this episode. Forcing your sisters to work, even if it’s really for your own selfish reasons, is sorta justifiable. But then she disguises herself as Miku and….
Ichika, no. NO. This is the very definition of a Really Bad Idea.
There’s no way this will end well.
All’s fair in love and war… and this is no longer a competition. Ichika has just declared war.
Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 2
Episode 9 – Tokai Teio is injured again. That’s three times this season…
Episode 10 – not watched this week.
(*) With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun
Inu to Neko Docchi mo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii
Our usual Tuesday show was a repeat, so started randomly looking through the Tivo’s suggestions… and found (and watched) the original (American, 1956) Godzilla, King of Monsters.
First time I’ve seen it in decades, and certainly since I really understood the impact of the Lucky Dragon incident on Japanese society and how that relates to the themes of the film.
Knowing the American version chopped up and altered the Japanese original, now I’m curious to dig up a copy and see (and try to understand) it in the original.
Also -just got a text from my landlord, and the new washer is scheduled to be delivered and installed next Tuesday. Right in the middle of when I do most of the work on my weekly blog post.
So, I’ll try and work around it, but we’ll have to wait and see.
So, you thoughts on this weeks shows? Especially Stone Wars and Titan? Drop a comment and let’s chat!