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 italics,
strikethrough 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.
(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)
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.
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!