Of course I would choose a picture of Best Girl being gleefully happy for this week’s featured image! One of the best scenes this week. (And there were a number of contenders.) Anyhow, hit the jump and let’s look at how things went this week.
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
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season
No review this week, as the episode’s broadcast was interrupted by news coverage of the Wakayama earthquake.
Crunchyroll will air both episodes next Sunday, March 21st.
The good news is that as far as I can discover, there was no loss of life and minimal property damage. This wasn’t a big quake, but Japan is understandably on edge as this quake comes on the heels of the tenth anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake.
Dr. Stone: Stone Wars Episode 9
Mixed feelings about this episode…
I’m glad they found a way to preserve Senku’s commitment to a less violent solution. Or, at least controlled violence and saving everyone by not killing anyone. Though I have to ask – what about those who won’t compromise? Tsukasa isn’t the only extremist out there. And he hasn’t surrendered or deviated one iota from his goals.
The whole truce thing feels a lot cheesy though. It works in one sense that declining or postponing hostilities works in favor of Seknu’s slow burn “capture more flies with honey than vinegar” strategy. But a little sister with a terminal (?) illness? Come on, that’s about the oldest and hoariest trope there is! And we’ve already been there, done that with Ruri.
Then there’s the matter of Ukyo. Glad he’s not dead, the show is sticking to it’s guns… But a narrative where bad guys end up dead (even if they are faceless mooks), but the good guys never suffer consequences just feels wrong.
Horimiya Episode 10
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun
They made the wise decision this week to shift the focus away from Hori’s possessiveness and her increasingly toxic relationship and onto the secondary characters… And the result was probably the best episode of the last handful or so.
I feel kind of sad for Toru and Yuki though. The wall between is so very obviously artificial and both want to break through it. But both seem more than a little afraid of what might happen if they do. Neither seems to be picking up the signals the other is so loudly broadcasting.
What I hope for, now that we’ve seen Yuki’s side, to see at least a little from Toru’s side.
Idoly Pride Episode 10
The whole affair of Sakura and Miss Mana’s voice was wound up with a neat little bow and no consequences. It seemed almost like the in-world audience didn’t even notice. It wouldn’t have taken much to show confusion / acceptance / happiness on the part of the audience… It would have made for a much better episode and conclusion.
But Miss Mana herself… She appears to fading as Sakura’s star rises and her self identity strengthens. Curious to see how that is resolved over the next couple of episodes.
Laid-Back Camp 2nd Season Episode 10
Yuru Camp 2nd Season
For the first time this season, Camp switches to full bore travelogue mode, and (as usual) handles it with complete confidence and competence. I love how Rin (in contrast to last season) was completely unruffled by the whole affair.
Aoi and Akari teasing Nadeshiko was absolutely priceless. One of the highlights of the episode.
Also @surwill gives us a tour of the real life locations from episodes 1 & 2.
Non Non Biyori Nonstop Episode 10
Man, it’s easy to forget what a self-centered little piece of stuff Hikagi can be sometimes… But Konomi neatly turns her greed against her. That was funny.
Also, more Candy Store is always a good thing. She’s one of the few older characters that really gets the kids (the main characters) and their world. And she’s got a soft spot the size of a medium sized continent for Renge.
Spin off with Candy Store as the main character and the candy store as the main setting when? I can’t be the only one who would enjoy seeing that.
So I’m a Spider, So What? Episode 10
Kumo desu ga, Nanika?
So Kumoko killed human beings… And doesn’t seem to have been effected by it.
I get it, they were invading her home, they were hunting her, so it’s not like she was entirely unjustified. But what’s happening/happened to her humanity? Is this the first step on the path (as some have theorized) of her becoming the Demon Lord? Or some other kind of high level monstrous being?
Many questions. No answers.
Also interesting that she was seen as a monster by the humans. Apparently the “cartoonish” spider we the viewers have become accustomed to isn’t her real form. It’s her self image? Which has disturbing implications for the questions I asked above. It looks like she doesn’t even realize how others perceive her. Or that she can’t communicate with them.
The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 9
Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season
In a well written show, the opening scene would have been heart wrenching and the cliffhanger would have left us tense and pensive.
TPN2 is not a well written show.
The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Episode 10
Go-Toubun no Hanayome ∬ (Second season)
It’s taken almost two full seasons, but finally Unquestionably Best Girl gets a serious chunk of airtime. And it was glorious.
Let’s see… what else? Unsurprising that Ichika has expanded her manipulation to all of her sisters. And equally unsurprising that to a woman they blew her right the heck off. And annoying that they cut them giving Futaro his birthday gifts down to one consequence free still shot.
Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 2 Episodes 10-11
As was trivially predictable, Tokai Teio will attempt to run again. I wish the series would spend
less time advertising the mobage more effort on the difficulties she’s facing. Even for a paint-by-numbers series, they’ve fumbled that a little. Especially since it’s the third such, and they hyped a lot of drama around the low odds of recovery.
(*) With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun
Inu to Neko Docchi mo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii
It’s been a busy week… But we finally got the new washer installed, so yay!, no more trips to the laundromat.
It’s also been a year since the start of quarantine. And probably another month before I know when I’ll be eligible for the vaccine.
And though we woke up to dusting of unseasonable snow Monday, it’s finally warming up. Most afternoons I can crack the windows and let a little fresh air in. And now that the weather is nice, should get off our butts and get outdoors more often on the weekends. It’s been a long dreary winter.
Speaking of spring… It’s almost time for the Spring Preview isn’t it? Man, how time flies. Anyhow, look forward to it in the next week or two.
Anyhow, that’s it for me this week. Over to you! Drop a comment and let’s chat!