Late…. sorry… But there’s a lot of ground to cover here, so let’s just hit the jump and get right to it. There’s a LOT to talk about.
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 that are watched but not regularly reviewed.
Yaguchi is one interesting dude… He’s a delinquent, or at least puts on one hell of a show of being one. But he’s also a pretty serious student. And when he discovers art, he puts aside all pretense (and pretty much everything else) and pursues it with monomaniacal focus.
I also like how he uses art as something of a springboard to communication… Was he pretty taciturn before? I almost get the feeling he and his mother didn’t speak much before. The first interaction we see is her telling him they can’t afford to pay for college.
And boy do I understand this… As something of an artist myself (through my photography), this show is saying a lot to me. Things I have a hard time expressing myself.
I’ve been seeing a lot of comments here and there about how folks don’t like or understand the protagonist. For my part, I don’t think liking a protagonist is a prerequisite for liking the show… One isn’t a proxy for the other. You should however at least find the setup interesting. As to the second, it’s the first episode folks. Do you really expect the series to put all it’s cards on the table in the first twenty odd minutes? That’s certainly possible for simpler shows, but it would rob more complex shows and characters of their whole point for existing.
I’m satisfied to let things simmer for a while.
Also check out: Watch or Drop? Is Blue Period Worth Watching? over at 100 Word Anime for Karandi’s take.
Let’s Make a Mug Too 2
Yakunara Mug Cup Mo: Niban Kama (Let’s Make a Mug too: Second Kiln)
Naoko gets in an argument with her mother and comes over and sleeps at Himeno’s. They reminisce about their childhood.
0.o That’s it, that’s the episode. Kinda of odd for this series because so far it hasn’t done a lot of “lets randomly hang with friends” type of stuff.
Another odd episode… the centerpiece is a foreigner being inspired to visit by Himena’s art – and deciding to move to town after seeing it.
I think after this, Mug is going into the “watched but not reviewed” category.
Lupin III: Part VI
My first Lupin… Running out of time here, but I loved the hell out of the first episode.
My Senpai is Annoying
Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi
I expected a workplace comedy, maybe an inversion of Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! with the senpai in the gremlin role. But what we got was more of a mix of workplace/romantic comedy/drama. Pick one from column A, one from column B and somewhere in the episode there’s at least one scene that fits.
That being said, I’m liking the characters… particularly Takeda-san, who seems to be acting more like an older brother than a senpai. So long as they don’t go too far down the “but she’s a loli” route I think this one may be going places.
The predicted twist did in fact materialize… Seira is (by her own volition) out of the running and Suzune (MC-chan) is in. But it was nice that they spent some time establishing her character and didn’t simply resort to truck-kun or one of his kin. I don’t quite buy her motivation, but whatever. This episode was really about Suzune and her lack of confidence in herself and meek acceptance of whatever shore the tides of fate wash her up upon. In a well written show, that would bite her in the butt at some point in the future. It’s too early to tell if this is actually a well written show.
The number of stock characters doesn’t raise my confidence much though. (Of course the Hokkaido representative was raised on a farm and has a country accent…)
Much introduction of characters and scenario setting… And the show went exactly where I wished it hadn’t. The primary antagonist is the little sister of the dead main inspiration (and first winner of the Selection Project.)
Taisho Otome Fairy Tale
Taisho Otome Otogibanashi
The Taisho period (1912-1926CE) is one you don’t hear much about… It was brief, and is overshadowed by the preceding Meiji and following early Showa period. That being said, I’m not really entirely sure why this is set in the Taisho era.
Why? Because at the bottom of, it’s pretty much a bog standard “opposites attract” romance. Everything else is pretty much window dressing. It’s not helped by the fact that so far it can’t decide if it’s going to a comedy, a romance, or take a more dramatic course. There’s bits and pieces of all three, but they’re uncomfortably intermingled.
Status: Tentative keeper.
The aquatope on white sand
Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
Nope, we didn’t get the tale of the last six months from Fuuka’s point of view… So why did she abandon Tokyo and the path to stardom a second time to return to Okinawa?
sorrynotsorry I’ve been listening to a lot of Madness lately (they’re a favorite of mine) and this song really does belong here… Maybe it’s not love, but there’s something going on for certain. But Fuuka didn’t volunteer and nobody asked.
And I don’t think Kukuru appreciates the opportunity she’s been given – even with her experience, a pretty big position for someone just out of high school.
And just putting this Checkov’s Gun on the mantelpiece: Tingara is Very, Very Corporate – and also Very Dysfunctional, and not just in the belief that the former employees of Gama Gama are forming a faction. There’s conflict in the wind…
And… now we’re at the heart of Corporate Tingara. And the more laid back ex-employees of Gama Gama aren’t fitting in all that well. Except Kukuru – who seems bound and determined to fit in, do her best, and make Tingara a success.
But what price will she pay? Don’t know yet, but I suspect the bill is going to be staggering.
But speaking of corporate… Some nice touches here and there suggesting that many of the employees aren’t just drones. They strongly believe in what they’re doing for sea life.
Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Great Mankai Chapter
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: Dai Mankai no Shou
I have been trying for two weeks to shape my thoughts on this series into a coherent whole – and am failing utterly. So, we’re going to go for the ol’ run it down by the bullet points method.
= I am still unclear as to when the main action of this episode takes place… I’m pretty sure it’s somewhere after the first season. But some things put it closer to the first if not overlapping, and others seem to be close to S2/P2 if not overlapping.
= Which basically means I don’t understand WTF is going on and how this series fits into the larger scheme.
= The Taisha seriously lacks people skills. They should be able to convince the Sentinels that even though they’re second string, they’re still important. But… they’re not even trying. Their only messaging seems to be “shut up and do your job and don’t ask questions.” Which is actually more-or-less consistent with their history. But it shouldn’t it be pretty straightforward to motivate girls who want to be heroes?
= But also some of the unwillingness on the girl’s part could also be an indicator of why they weren’t chosen as heroes.
= The CGI for the Sentinels seriously sucks ass. CGI, at least as used in anime, is not ready for the prime time.
(Wing, I know you’re deep into the Yuuki Yuuna metaverse, non spoiler explanations would be welcome!)
Been a crazy two weeks, and I apologize for the delay. This season is going to be hard to cover because all eight shows basically drop on Fri and Sat. That’s a big hunk o’ work to face Monday morning.
But hopefully from here out, I’ll get this out by Wednesday. I’ll be way late to the discourse on a couple of shows, but so it goes.
Anyhow, over to you! Drop a comment and let’s chat about this week’s anime or anything else you want to talk about!