Finally… The scene I didn’t know I was holding my breath for…
Anyhow, I probably shouldn’t use the intro blurb to gush too much! It’s a busy week, both IRL and in various anime worlds – so hit the jump and let’s get to it!
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.
Fruits Basket The Final (Crunchy) Episode 6
Damm… After all this time, Tohru finally says it out loud. Finally starts to accept that it’s “OK” to be selfish. That it’s OK to live for herself.
Now she just needs to get the courage to tell Kyo to his face. I think he’s just about ready to accept it… But that ending. What did he remember? What horror is he about to relive? C’mon, it’s the Sohma’s, there’s very little chance of a happy memory.
Also, WTF Shigure? Why are you so blatantly stoking the fire? Has your love/hate relationship with Akito tipped back towards blind rage? Do you no longer care about the effects of your actions on others?
Lynn over at The Otaku Author crystallized something I was thinking after Dawn’s comments last week: Somehow, breaking the curse is tied to believing in, loving someone other than Akito. Except for Kureno, who outright breaks that theory… Could it be that he loves Akito-the-person rather than “loves” Akito-the-incarnate-god? (The latter is practically in their DNA.)
HIGEHIRO (Crunchy) Episode 6
Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway
Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikosei wo Hirou.
That was… wow, dark. And somehow, not unexpected because at least some of Sayu’s past abusers were bound to be serious pieces of garbage. They’re all somewhere on the garbage scale, but some are further down. Much further down.
And I don’t buy that he’s reformed one bit. His “honorable” act of “keeping” his promise is him covering up the fact that he’s a rapist and liable for criminal prosecution – and he knows it. The worst part, he’s still there. He’s still where Sayu can be reminded on a regular basis.
Yoshida and Asami (and Gotou) supporting her is only going to go so far… And on that topic, I specifically wish the adults were less vague. So far it’s all about what they want her to be, and less about what they can do to help her. So much is on Sayu’s shoulders alone… And only Asami seems to be really reaching out emotionally.
(*) 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
Let’s Make a Mug Too (Crunchyroll) Episode 6
Yakunara Mug Cup Mo
That went in an unexpected direction. I get what they’re trying to do, edutainment and tourism and all that… But they keep coming so close to being (for lack of a better term) a “real” show. With just a little more effort on the part of the production staff this could have been a really good show.
Mashiro no Oto (Crunchy) Episode 6
Those Snow White Notes
There’s a number of shows this week that veered a little off course, but in a good way. And Mashiro is practically the poster child.
It started out looking pretty much like that standard of school club anime – the training camp. But the trainer brought so much more to the table. He also shared the history of Tsugaru-style shamisen… and shed light on Grandpa’s struggles. I also
like love his enlightened viewpoint of the tradition, “the past is prologue”. It’s a living, growing thing. Not a museum piece frozen in time.
Other than that, he was a typical trainer in that he didn’t actually take much part in the club’s practices. Concentrated practice is a good thing (BTDT with some of my Navy training), but why call it training camp when there’s so little training? Is it a translation thing? Or just an oddball anime trope?
Along the way, we get some nice character moments for/from Yaguchi and Shuri. And why has no anime ever used the “swap the rinse water for cold water” schtick before? At least in retrospect it’s so d*mm obvious!
My Hero Academia Season 5 (Crunchy) Episode 7 / Episode 89
Boku no Hero Academia 5
Not much to say here other than Tenya, d*mm son. That’s beyond hardcore.
Super Cub (Funimation)
Not watched (yet) because this is being posted before my wife gets home. Will watch when she gets home.
So I’m a Spider, So What? (Crunchy) Episode 17
Kumo desu ga, Nanika?
It was fascinating and informative to see Kumoko from the human side as the “Nightmare of the Labyrinth”. Schun is also markedly growing into his role as a leader and The Hero.
But beyond that, there wasn’t a lot of progress or to comment on this week. There’s a ton of little mysteries introduced, and no way to talk about them with any feeling of certainty.
Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song (Funimation) Episode 7
I was fairly disappointed in this episode. It made some sense to start with, after the previous arc Diva/Vivy seems to have suffered the equivalent of a mental breakdown. As a result she was rebooted, and all the effects of her previous experiences seemed to have vanished as a result. This was partly foreshadowed in Eps 3-4, where memory transfers (from Estella to Elizabeth) seem to have caused psychological issues of some sort… enough to deem the experiment a failure. But why didn’t the reboot Elizabeth? Why was she simply discarded?
But even so, Diva seemed awfully eager to chase after Matsumoto and force him to give her an explanation. The whole “I’ve had these strange things in my head” they used to justify her actions just didn’t sit well.
Early post this week because I have my 2nd vaccination appointment tomorrow… and so I’ll be busy getting ready for potential side effects and then at the clinic. I’ll review this weeks episode of Super Cub next week, but feel free to comment. (I’ll stay away from the comments until I’ve seen it.)
Also it’s been nice to have warmer weather finally. Got out and went walking and geocaching [Wikipedia link] the last two weekends. Nine caches this last weekend! And some great views along the shore and walking the trails along the Greenway.
I’ve also gotten out some during the week if you’ve been watching my twitter.
I really need to get some time to get back up there and contemplate this log and some of the other trimmed trees nearby. I hate it when my muse is all secretive and mysterious!
Anyhow, over to you! What did you think of this week’s shows? Has your muse spoken recently? Drop a comment and let’s chat!