Spring 2021 – Week 7/8, Catching up.

OK, back online. With an aged machine. With an aged Mac (and me a PC person). Still, better than nothing… Lets me get a post out and that’s what matters, neh?

So, let’s hit the jump and get caught up on the last two weeks.

The shows that I’m watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italicsstrikethrough marks dropped shows and (*) marks shows with no comments this week.

Fruits Basket The Final (Crunchy) Episode 7

Well then!  All of our theorizing about what breaks the bonds (see last week’s post and comments) was for naught.  Hiro’s bond seems to have broken spontaneously.  So…  Is there some external force at work?  Is it simply time for the Zodiac to dissolve?  That doesn’t sit right with me.  New theory:  The bonds are strong in relation to Akito’s confidence and control.  And both of those are breaking down, no thanks to Shigure and Ren’s manipulation of emotions and events.

Fruits Basket - The Final - Akito and Tohru(Yes, I know I said no screenshots in my earlier post…  But this was written before I started having computer problems on Tuesday.)

Is that why she imprisoned (and basically tried to kill) Isuzu?  Is that why she tried to kill Kureno?  (The outcome of her attempt is as yet unknown.)  To re-establish her control over the Zodiac and by extension her confidence?

Fruits Basket The Final (Crunchy) Episode 7

Kyo’s story…  horrifying almost beyond belief.  And in this series, that’s saying something.  But it also seems all-too- convenient.  I dunno.  My says she thinks it’s diverging from the manga here.

That being said, I can forgive him for choosing himself over Kyoko.  He’s been deeply conditioned to hide from himself, and to hide himself from others.  The big question is…  Can he forgive himself?  His self image is absolute shit.  How is he going to accept that Tohru understands?  Damm, what a mess.

And Tohru, her struggle was so visible.  She’s as much trapped by her past as any member of the Zodiac.

Finally, there’s Akito.  She’s killed Kureno, the original betrayer.  And now she’s poised to kill Tohru, the woman who stole the Rat from her.  And there’s no rescuer in sight.

Damm.  Damm.  Damm.

HIGEHIRO (Crunchy) Episode 7
Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway
Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikosei wo Hirou.

Most of this episode was all about Yuzuha being a meddler and a bully…  Upbraiding Gotou because she’s so passive about Yoshida.  Then bullying Yoshida into giving her his contact info and pressuring him into accepting a date.  (Which he resists, good for him!)  Damm, I kinda get what she’s trying to do (have people get their sh*t together so either she has a clear shot or not), but that’s not the way to go about it!

Meanwhile, Sayu wants to start thinking about the future – but can’t actually bring herself to be open with Yoshida.

But then – her past catches up with her.

HIGEHIRO (Crunchy) Episode 8

More of Yuzuha meddling…  I mean, it’s good that she protected Sayu, but she just couldn’t leave it at that.  (Of course not, given her feelings for Yoshida.)  I don’t like her much.

And we also got a preview of the “coming attractions” (pun very intended!) with Sayu and Yoshida in that most romantic of anime settings – the summer festival.  I’m not sure I’m entirely comfortable with the pairing, but I also don’t blindly reject it like so many.

And once again, the episode ends with Sayu’s past rearing it’s carefully groomed head…  Only there’s no escape this time.

(*) I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level (Crunchy)

Episode 6-7
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 7-8
Yakunara Mug Cup Mo

Mashiro no Oto (Crunchy) Episode 7-8
Those Snow White Notes

Not too much to say about these episodes, except they were mostly transition/set up for the upcoming competition.

Setsu…  He’s gone back to being something of a self-centered little snot.  He’s busy mentally preparing himself, without communicating with his club mates.  Yui, damm, what is her deal?  Except for Shuri’s brief arc, she’s gotten the most screen time/attention of all the club members and I still can’t figure out how the pieces fit together.

Mai…  Good to see she’s not just the little brat she’s seemingly been all these episodes.  She’s serious, and she has the skills to back up her desire to challenge Setsu.  Still not clear why though.

Poor Yui, gets half-a-loaf, half an episode of a half ass attempt at character development.   Is that all?  Pretty disappointing and explains very little.

My Hero Academia Season 5 (Crunchy) Episode 9
Boku no Hero Academia 5

I actually wanted to cheer a little bit for Bakugo here.  He’s still a jerk – but he’s not a self centered jerk anymore.  Well, mostly not.  He’s still firmly focused on his goal, but he’s unbent a little and grasped that sometimes you have to work with/as a team.   He still places himself front-and-center as leader and star of the show though…

Super Cub (Funimation) Episode 6-7

I liked these two episodes (school trip & school festival).  But am I the only one that thinks they feel a little “off”?  Like they jumped the expansion of Koguma’s world just a bit too much?  Initiative and all is fine, but you can overplay it.

OTOH, Koguma & Reiko bombing down the coastal highway together was worth it.

Super Cub (Funimation) Episode 8

This was the episode I wanted, what Super Cub does best…  Koguma and Reiko just derping about.  I don’t know how big a role Shii is going to play going forward (she is the OP…), but she and her family were charming and welcome additions to the cast.

“I came here to buy this bento box.  I just decided.”  I loved that part.  Koguma is increasingly speaking up.  Cool.

May write a post about coffee memories some time…

So I’m a Spider, So What? (Crunchy ANN) Episode 19
Kumo desu ga, Nanika?

Soo…  The Elves have been gathering up the reincarnations and sequestering them.  Interesting. Also Sensei (Philimos) is up to her neck in it, and Shun & Co. are starting to figure out that she’s not exactly been truthful with them.  (That’s been obvious to the viewer for a while now.)

But the gathering and sequestering also throws a different light on why they were trying to kidnap baby Sophie…  A project they seem to have given up on since in the current Human side timeline, she’s alive and free.

I’m starting to seriously hope Spider gets a second season.  Despite how uneven it can be, I’m intrigued by the mysteries being woven. 

Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song (Funimation) Episode 7-9

Honestly, Vivy lost me with these three episodes.  They really did nothing with Diva-as-Diva…  Who has apparently known all along that Vivy was still there, deep down in the Archive.  Why the subterfuge?

I imagine that if I tried, I could have come up with a more lame origin story for Toak.  But it’s not really worth it.

And the whole Ophelia-and-Antonio plotline was just a muddled mess.

Sad, really, given how well the first half of the series went.

They’ve got three episodes to recover enough to reach ‘average at best’, but I’m not confident.

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Not much to say here that I haven’t already said here or on Twitter.

I have figured out how to take screenshots, but it came too late to include them in the post.  So, more return to ‘normalcy’ come next week.

Anyhow, over to you!  Anything you want to comment about, feel free!  Let’s chat!

6 thoughts on “Spring 2021 – Week 7/8, Catching up.”

  1. @Fruits Basket: Hiro’s an onii-chan now; that’s a fairly powerful situation at that age. The moment the bond broke was pretty random, but the context not so much, I’d say.

    And I’m not sure Akito ever had much confidence. She’s always been acting out, but if she’s not playing the role she’s been given she’s got nothing. I believe she dislikes the curse as much as anyone, maybe more than anyone, but she’s also mortally afraid of it going away, because then she’s left with nothing. Give a kid too much power and no moral guidance, and she might end up like that. Confused and frightened and clinging to nonsense. I didn’t see it coming that she’d go for Tohru, but in retrospect it’s obvious. Her paying her “respects” at the restort was one of the few times she ever took initiative in this show.

    @Higehiro: I’m fine with Yuzuha, and I sort of understand where she’s coming from, but I don’t like what she represents in the show. I think her talking about emotional dependence was a fairly good point and it’s valuable that she said it, but her context and character frames that emotinal dependence as romance, and I’m not entirely sure whether this isn’t the position of the show, too. And this makes me a little wary.

    There’s just so little to say about Mug or Slimes, isn’t there.

    @Mashiro no Oto: Any music show always must push towards contests and winning. It’s fine if this just a fun context, but they’re inevitably taking it all so seriously. The performances are gold, though. All those different styles. I’m not that invested in the story, but the musical part is really great.

    @Super Cub: I thought Koguma deciding to help with the festival was harking back to her courier job and a natural development (and it turns out it’s the same school they’re going to). Also, Super Cub has one of my favourite musical score this season. Even the occasional classical piece fits really well.

    @Spider: Yeah, I wonder what’s going on. I’m beginning to guess that they gave up on Sophia, because they’re dragging the elves and church are dragging the demonlord into the mess. It’s obvious that at some point Kumoko and Ariel at some point will team up; not sure how that will happen consider she’s trying to kill her right now. (I’m assuming at that point that Kumoko is the white silent woman on the Demon Lord’s team, the one who killed Shun’s brother. Mainly on account of the colour scheme, and plot synergy’s, which is really dodgy though. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a show I can predict so little. [There are shows I can predict pretty well, and then I turn out to be wrong. That’s a different situation.])

    @Vivy: Yeah, that arc was the weakest so far, but I never felt Vivy was particularly strong. Also, I’ve forgotten who the guy was who wanted to awaken her, so I’m probably not paying proper attention.

    Once again, I really, really like this season. The best in quite a while.

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    1. @Fruits Basket:

      Hiro’s an onii-chan now; that’s a fairly powerful situation at that age. The moment the bond broke was pretty random, but the context not so much, I’d say.

      Good point… But doesn’t that circles us back to the theory that breaking the bonds is based on an emotional connection not to Akito? Which then doesn’t explain Kureno. We, or at least I, are missing something.

      Also, good points about Akito. I can’t really add anything cogent. Might quote you next week… I haven’t seen any spoilers, but lots of hints that next week is an emotional gut punch.

      @Mashiro no Oto:

      The performances are gold, though. All those different styles. I’m not that invested in the story, but the musical part is really great.

      And on top of the density and diversity… All the performances are in context. They have a reason to exist. Otherwise, yeah, I agree… I don’t know how you’d do it, but it would be nice to have a show about music that wasn’t ultimately about “winning with music”.

      @Spider:

      I’m assuming at that point that Kumoko is the white silent woman on the Demon Lord’s team, the one who killed Shun’s brother.

      You’re not the first one to make that supposition, I’ve seen it in several places. But, that means Kumoko has become subservient to Ariel and I can’t quite see that happening. Not voluntarily on Kumoko’s part anyhow.

      It’s an above average season, right now mostly on the strength of Mashiro, Spider, and Cub. Busy too now that Nana is airing… With two episodes each of Oishinbo and Nana each week, it’s like having four additional series. But while we’re keeping up with Oishinbo, we’re kinda catching up as we can with Nana. It’s a show we want to sip rather than gulp, while Oishinbo isn’t a show that lends itself to much deep watching. It’s pretty mindless.

      Also, Princess Principal: Crown Handler Pt 1 is out, so it’s probably a good thing it’s a three day weekend this weekend…

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  2. Didn’t really sink in for me just how strong this season was until I actually tried to put together my watchlist. I started out way behind on this season due to binging series at the end of the winter season that I’d fallen behind on and wanted to finish. While I don’t have much to say about any particular series… yeah, I guess I’m watching a lot, almost to the point of biting off more than I can chew.

    Fully caught up:
    86[2]
    Fumetsu no Anata e[2]
    Hige o Soru. Soshite Joshikousei o Hirou.
    Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san
    Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui
    Kumo desu ga, Nanika?[1]
    Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san[1]
    Mashiro no Oto[2]
    Nomad~ Megalo Box 2[2]
    Super Cub
    Vivy~ Fluorite Eye`s Song
    Yuukoku no Moriarty[2]
    Zombie Land Saga Revenge
    [1] – holdover from winter season
    [2] – AotS contender

    Soft dropped (series I liked to one extent or another but fell behind and realistically won’t be catching up):
    Kyuukyoku Shinka Shita Full Dive RPG ga Genjitsu yori mo Kusogee Dattara
    Mars Red
    Odd Taxi
    Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai LoveCome
    Shadows House
    Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max ni Nattemashita
    Tokyo Revengers
    Yakunara Mug Cup mo

    Hard dropped:
    Cestvs~ The Roman Fighter
    Dragon, Ie o Kau.
    Jouran~ The Princess of Snow and Blood
    Sayonara Watashi no Cramer
    Shakunetsu Kabaddi

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    1. Sorry for the late reply, holiday weekend and all that…

      Of your AOTS contenders that I’m watching… I’m thinking Mashiro no Oto is going to narrowly lose out to Super Cub. Mashiro has just spent too much time spinning its wheels on this competition arc and has lost a lot of momentum. Cub on the other hand has recovered nicely from it’s minor stumble and gotten back in it’s groove. I’m really starting to think Mashiro needed to be two cour to have time to work out it’s various ideas and to have a little room to breathe.

      You and Dawn both seem to think this is a strong season, I guess I’m in the minority thinking it’s just “above average”. That’s partly of its own nature, partly coming off the strong Winter 2021 season.

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      1. Interestingly, while we both think it’s a strong season, we pick very different shows for AotS canditates, with the only clear overlap being Fumetsu no Anata e. I take that to mean that this is one of the season’s winners.

        Of the shows you’re watching, I’d rank Super Cub and Fruits Basket pretty highly, but really nothing else. For me, the rest of the elite is made up of Fumetsu no Anata e (overlap with Jorge), Odd Taxi (soft drop), Shadows House (soft drop), and Pretty Boy Detective Club (nowhere on the list). Higehiro, Mars Red, Zombieland Saga Ravenge, Seijo, and Spider are pretty entertaining, too (and each would have made a really good season last year).

        Jorge has other shows as seasonal picks: 86 (I’m actually liking it, but it’s nowhere near the top for me), Megalo Box 2 (I’ll have to give them credit for not going where I feared they would, but it’s still bit too on-the-nose for me; I can totally see it as a AotS candidate, though: the characterisation is pretty much perfect), and Moriarty 2 (which I decided not to pick up, since I only half-enjoyed season 1).

        Mashiro no Oto is probably the harshest drop in enjoyment for me; it started near the top, but lavishes near the middle for me. At this stage, I can honestly say I liked Kono Oto Tomare more. Mashiro no Oto is much better with the music aspect, though, so it’s not quite that clear cut.

        Also, from what I’ve heard so far about the season, I might be the person who likes Dragon the best. It’s only gotten better as the season went on. I was fearing diminishing returns, but instead the show’s actually growing on me. Still not more than a mid-tier show, but it’s charming me.

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        1. Of the shows you’re watching, I’d rank Super Cub and Fruits Basket pretty highly, but really nothing else.

          Mashiro no Oto is probably the harshest drop in enjoyment for me; it started near the top, but lavishes near the middle for me.

          That’s the disappointing part. Mashiro should be up there… But it’s been steadily losing steam, dropping from “damm good” to merely “very good”. But for me, I’d say it’s a hair better than Koto Oto Tomare… Mostly because it’s so focused. But I will give and grant that Koto was much better at characterization over it’s whole cast. It’s main flaw was it’s pacing. It could have been much better if it had tightened up some.

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