That most infamous of weeks! Week three, when either the plot is settled or the Big Twist hits. It’s also the usual point where folks make their “keep/drop” choice – and this season is unusual for me. There’s some weaker shows – but there’s no drops! Hit the jump and let’s see how each show stands.
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.
Farewell, My Dear Cramer (Crunchy) Episode 3
Sayonara Watashi no Cramer
The girls of Warabi Seinan manage to score a single point… Mostly though Nozmoi finally breaking out of funk and getting fired up. We knew she was competent, and at last we’re shown some of that. They kept focusing on Suo too, but I’m not sure why yet.
And the sooner that girl with the d_mmed oujo-sama laugh gets her comeuppance, the better. At the moment, she’s just annoying.
Despite it’s animation problems (both character and action), Cramer is finally showing signs of life. Which is a good thing, because it just narrowly avoided being a 3rd episode drop.
3rd episode status: Keeper, but still hanging on by the tips of it’s fingernails.
Fruits Basket The Final (Crunchy) Episode 3
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven
It was either Turn! Turn! Turn! or Bowie’s Changes… Both convey the essence of the episode, a liminal space as our main cast say farewell to their seniors and become third years themselves. I really don’t think I can comment and do this episode justice.
Also, Yuki x Machi. I’ll go down with that ship.
3rd episode status: Was this ever actually a question? Keeper.
HIGEHIRO (Crunchy) Episode 3
Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway
Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikosei wo Hirou.
I am… not sure what to say here other than I feel really sad for Sayu and whatever she went through in her past. What was she running from that was worth what she went through being homeless? What so thoroughly destroyed her self image?
Also pleased that Yoshida stuck to his guns despite her pleadings and supreme temptation.
But now… Yuzuha at least knows something not quite normal is going on. How will the play that? Where on the comedy-drama spectrum will it fall?
3rd episode status: Solid keeper.
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level (Crunchy)
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max ni Nattemashita
Forgettable. I mean, we’re already in the 2nd episode and we’re basically already repeating the plotline of the first. Someone shows up at Azusa’s house, challenges her, gets defeated, becomes part of the growing
Let’s Make a Mug Too (Crunchyroll) Episode 3
Yakunara Mug Cup Mo
After a brief edutainment segment, Cup Mo pretty much went full on SOL/CGDCT. Just not much to say otherwise.
3rd episode status: Keeper mostly, but if it stays on this track it’s going on the “watched but rarely commented” list.
Mashiro no Oto (Crunchy) Episode 3
Those Snow White Notes
Shuri’s connection with Setsu seems, I dunno, just too contrived. And the timeline is muddy too, for her grandmother to have been evacuated to the country side at a time when Grandpa Sawamura would have been old enough… He must have been old when he died. (Approaching 100?) The show pretty obviously takes place fairly recently and WWII ended three quarters of a century ago. So how old is Umeko that she has two relatively young sons? Or was it a May-December between her and the still unmentioned father?
Still, Setsu is rising to the challenge. That’s a good thing I think.
Why couldn’t Setsu perform for Ogata? (Who also has a tenuous connection with Setsu, but a plausible one. The top echelons of the samisen community can’t be that big.) Something seems off there… But there is this: Except for Umeko, this is the first time he’s confronted with someone who knows who and what he is. And that someone declined to publicly make an issue of it. Interesting.
And what’s with Yui? She has a… personal interest that doesn’t seem to make sense yet.
A lot of threads on the loom, and it’s not clear how they all fit together into a coherent whole.
3rd episode status: Mashiro has fallen a long way from it’s first episode… Which was so good that it had a long way to fall, but I’d still like to see it pick up some. Keeper for now.
Also helping my opinion – every episode so far has featured at least one incredibly strong samisen performance. Even Setsu’s “botched” performance in this episode was still pretty strong IMO.
My Hero Academia Season 5 (Crunchy) Episode 4 / Episode 92
Boku no Hero Academia 5
Though they had to work for it and everyone had to pull their weight, Class 1-A manages to pull out a win in the first battle. I enjoy the times the characters have to think and the balance doesn’t rest on brute strength.
The next battle will be interesting as it has two of Class 1-A’s weakest members (Shining Hero and Invisible Girl), Yaoyorozu (one of the most creative, pardon the pun), and Tokoyami – one of the strongest members of the class. (But with a potentially crippling weakness if Class 1-B can take advantage of it.)
3rd episode status: No comment keeper.
Super Cub (Funimation) Episode 2
A random thought that occurred to me… What if Laid Back Camp was told from Rin’s point of view rather than Nadeshiko’s? Wouldn’t you get something awfully close to Super Cub?
Either way, I’m really pleased with the role Reiko (Koguma’s new friend) played here… She’s certainly more energetic, but she’s not overbearing, not forcing herself into Koguma’s life.
But even that brief encounter… changes much. That was a well done sequence, showing her turning where she went straight before – and then going further than she has before.
Super Cub (Funimation) Episode 3
Another strong, quiet episode… Reiko takes more of a lead here, helping Koguma find a cargo box for her Super Cub and advising on helmets, but again isn’t overpowering. (Man, that’s a hell of a run-on sentence, isn’t it?) But it was nice to see Koguma solve the problem of protecting her eyes from the wind on her own.
And now, every so often, she feels the need for a little speed. Which is absolutely cute as hell. All through the last few minutes I kept going “there it is! The defining screenshot of the episode!” Finally I settled on this one.
3rd episode status: One of the few shows to maintain steady quality and pacing… Strong keeper, at or near the top of the season so far.
So I’m a Spider, So What? (Crunchy) Episode 14
Kumo desu ga, Nanika?
Our first solid connection between the timelines… Kumoko’s failure to kill a vampire baby leads to Big Problems on the human side fifteen years later. And before I forget, Sophia (the vampire) is also a reincarnate – the first we’ve seen among the Bad Guys.
Is Sophia one of the ones, or the one that Filimøs/Oka dodged talking about some episodes back? Is she the only Reincarnate among the Demon horde and it’s allies?
Either way, the human/elf coalition is in big trouble. Their leadership in shambles and under pursuit…
Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song (Funimation) Episode 4
So… turns our both Matsumoto and Vivy were right in a way… Estella did crash the hotel. Only it was a duplicate, an Evil Twin. One of the oldest tricks in the book.
And that evil twin raises questions. The first is the less troubling, why would Toak use AIs to further their ends? Aren’t they against AI? “Well, they’re just discrediting AI” seems too pat and simple. The more troubling question is “Nature vs. Nurture”? If Elizabeth is truly an identical copy of Estella (programming, memories, and all) – by both Nature and Nurture say she should have been a Good Twin instead of an Evil Twin. Why was she a failure? Why was she an Evil Twin? And why did she return to Estella’s side when her memories were (apparently) reset?
That’s either a complete ass-pull, or there’s something we don’t know yet. Crossing my fingers for the latter.
3rd episode status: Delayed because of the two-parter, but a strong keeper.
There we go folks! Week three in the books!
Big news of course is that Nana premieres on HiDive today. My wife and I have decided to savor the experience… Even though we’re getting two episodes a week, we’re going to watch them one-at-a-time on night when we’re not rushed.
Last week I mentioned my re-watch of Id@lmaster, which turned out to be a marathon of my favorite episodes. Accomplished that barely in time, with the last episode (featuring Chihiya’s amazing a capella performance) on Tuesday.
So, how did week three go for you? Any drops? Any shows that are amazing or just barely holding on? Hit the comment box and let’s chat!