Fall 2021 – Week 7/8

Yuuki Yuuna - Karin challenges the godsYeah, whoops!  The holiday week and my wife taking vacation days caused my scattered brain to lose track of days…  So, don’t want to lose the momentum which means really quick thoughts this week.

Hit the jump and let’s go!

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 that are watched but not regularly reviewed.

Blue Period

Episode 7

Once again, Yatora encounters a roadblock…  and Ooba-sensei‘s advice is even more impenetrable and opaque than before.  It’s…  philosophical?  Something is wrong with Yatora’s mental state or game?  Who knows?  Either what, Test Day arrives and what can Yatora do but what he’s been doing all along – mostly bulling his way through by sheer force of will.  He’s here, it’s inevitable, might as well have fun.

Blue Period - Self PortraitIt’s Yuka’s reaction to the assignment “draw a self portrait” that’s most interesting.  They simply draw an ‘X’ across the paper – and walk out.  They have to know this isn’t an abstract assignment, and even if it was they’re a student.  Students can’t get away with that sh’t.

But the assignment strikes are the core of something they’ve hinted around but never really brought into the open – their self identity.  Damm.  Does anyone know if this is two cour?  As interesting as Yatora’s journey, this ‘x’ is glimpse of something on the horizon.  A glimpse of something that makes me go “Huh, let’s go check that out!”

(*) Let’s Make a Mug Too 2

Yakunara Mug Cup Mo: Niban Kama  (Let’s Make a Mug too: Second Kiln)

Lupin III: Part VI

Episode 7

With the holodeck two-parter behind us, we return to the main plot…  And I can’t say I’m surprised to find out that Lupin isn’t a killer.  I don’t know all that much about the franchise, but that seemed way the hell out of character.

The central mystery now is who is the killer?  An agent of Raven?  They’re certainly ruthless enough.  An enemy of Holmes’?  Not impossible either, we just don’t know enough about him to judge.

My Senpai is Annoying

Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi
Episode 8

Futuba and Takeda have settled into a nice chummy relationship, and it’s enjoyable to watch.

Annoying Senpai - Sakurai

But the best part of the episode – Souta.  He finally gets it, and makes the decision to deliberately spend more time with Touko.  How many episodes has she been hinting?   They’re the couple to watch here.  I could watch an entire anime with just those two.  (But then I think my predisposition to shows that are on the quieter, slower side is well known.)

But lest I forget – it’s not just all about Souta.  Sakurai pretty obviously returns the sentiment.  Now if the two lovebirds would just confess.

SELECTION PROJECT

Yeah, they went there.  Akari’s heart is beating in Suzune’s chest.  This series was on thin ice to start with, and that’s all it took.

Dropped without a backwards glance.

Taisho Otome Fairy Tale

Taisho Otome Otogibanashi
Episodes 7-8

I am… not entirely certain what to think here.  Tamahiko’s character development is far from unearned.  But I also have this chilling feeling that there’s…  Well, not another shoe to drop, but a boot coming down from his father.  And Tamahiko hasn’t come far enough not be crushed by the oncoming boot.

The aquatope on white sand

Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
Episodes 20-21

Kukuru took a very adult approach to the problems besieging her – and a page out of Fuuka’s book.  She ran away.  This is where not fleshing out Fuuka’s story kind of hurts the show, as now there’s no foundation for comparison and/or contrast.

Not fleshing out Fuuka’s story, dropping the emphasis on magic and imagination, and the Okinawan fairy has vanished from the main action…  aquatope has, for me, become defined by the holes in it’s plot.  With less than a handful of episodes remaining, it’s going to have to work very hard to stick it’s landing.

Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Great Mankai Chapter

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: Dai Mankai no Shou
Episode 8

And so the story of the first generation of heroes ends…  Not with a bang, but with a whimper.  It’s interesting that their sacrifice (in the form of a fire ceremony) stopped the attacks for 300 years.  Casts a new light on Togo’s attempted sacrifice and what interrupting it cost the world.

Episode 9

For the first time I’m confident of where we are on the main timeline – right after Episode 4 of the Hero Chapter.  But back then, that aired during the holiday week, so I didn’t say much about it.  Xenodude and his outstanding episode review to the rescue!

I should have gone back and watched the relevant parts of the Hero Chapter, but that didn’t occur to me until just now when there’s no time.  Ah well, something to add to the top of my never ending To Do list.  (Before next week!)

Yuuki Yuuna - Karin challenges the gods

Meanwhile, back in the current time…  Man, Best Girl is pissed.  At the gods, at the Taisha, at Yuuki, at herself.  And her only reflex is to challenge the gods to single combat.  (The gods, understandably, decline the invitation.)   In many ways, she’s grown and grown up, but in others…  she’s still the adolescent she is in calendar years.

Of her interaction with Mebuki…  I dunno.  On one hand, it really does show how Karin now moves in a different world, and once again drives home how the Taisha keeps it’s minions in the dark…  On the other, “You’re a f’in hero, get your sh’t together and f’in act like one” is a well worn trope and hard to carry off in the best of circumstances.  The sparse storytelling style of the Great Mankai Chapter is not the best of circumstances.

Forgot to post this a couple of weeks ago…  a very astute and timely observation by Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews:

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That’s it for me this week!  Hope all the Americans among my followers enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday.

Drop a comment and let’s chat about anime, holidays, whatever you want to talk about.

Over to you!

2 thoughts on “Fall 2021 – Week 7/8”

  1. I can’t really say much about Blue Period, as the episode that’s stuck in my memory is the one after that. Let me say Yuka’s reason for walking out isn’t what I expected, but it makes sense, and what’s to come is great. I don’t remember Ooba’s advice, but I remember nodding my head.

    No specifics about Mug either, but I’ll just say I’m enjoying this season a lot more than I was enjoying season one. It feels more energetic and fun.

    Yeah, the annoying sempai show really is about the side show for me, too. The titular angle gets annoying every now and then. Loved Souta, the dolphin.

    @Selection Project: … I don’t regret dropping the show. Oddly enough, I didn’t consider the possibility while I was still watching, even though now that I read it, it’s actually the most cliché thing to do … Now I know I’m not looking back.

    And I still don’t have much of a problem with Aquatope. I just delte a jumbled mess of a paragraph trying to explain why. It was a jumbled mess, because I don’t know why. The upshot is that show’s got quite a few balls in the air, and I can’t tell how good the show is at juggling, but if it drops most of them, I’ll still have had a good time watching.

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    1. re: Blue Period I’ll be looking forward to it!

      re: Mug Agreed. I think it’s because it’s branched out a bit and is actually telling stories.

      re: aquatope It’s that I dislike it or aren’t enjoying it or anything… Individual episodes and sub arcs range from pretty good to fantastic. But when you pull back a bit and look at it as a whole, the disconnects and missing pieces are really obvious to me. It bothers me mostly because almost all the pieces are there for a truly great show.

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