Week 3 is traditionally a make-or-break week, and I was recently reading a thing on Uma Mususme‘s second season – and I just couldn’t resist the pun. And do you know how hard it is to come up with a weekly title sometimes?
What shows are gone in the third week? What makes the cut? Hit the jump and find out!
Akebi’s Sailor Uniform Episode 3
Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku
Akebi is settling into school… She’s still the Weird Kid, but her classmates and friends accept her as the good kind of different. She’s more… Energetic? Enthusiastic? Probably doesn’t hurt that she’s so gosh-darn open and friendly.
Probably going to see “friend of the week” (interpreted the same as “monster of the week”), but that’s not a bad thing at all. They’re doing a pretty good job of popping the friends out of the background and not leaning too hard on tropes.
Over on Twitter I’ve already pronounced Dress-up Darling as the front runner for AOTS… But the more I think about it, Gojo and Marin should keep an eye behind them. Akebi isn’t just derping about. This show, Akebi herself, are giving it their all.
Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 Episode 3
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2 (C/F AP)
I was ready for Just About Anything, and I half expected everything that did happen – until Gabi reverted to type and pulled the trigger.
And then. Wow. Just. Effing. Wow. That I didn’t expect.
Can’t decide if it’s an ass-pull or a revelation that builds on What Has Come Before… Either way, the One Tree is some pretty powerful symbology. (I think.)
And now… We know that Eren has had an alternate plan all along. Or maybe he’s just making it up as he goes along? Mysteries within mysteries.
Either way, Zeke now has the power he’s sought for so long… And Eren is a hapless prisoner.
In the Land of Leadale
Leadale no Daichi nite
While watching this week’s episode, I kept finding myself checking my watch… and cringing at the over-the-top behavior of the siblings. Really not enjoying myself, and annoyed that we’re getting only oblique references to the show’s central conceit.
Lupin III: Part 6 Episode 15
That was… one hell of an episode. And something I’d have never expected of Jigen. Well, honestly I wouldn’t have expected it from any of them. Lupin’s gang isn’t exactly the most chivalric in the world. Not evil or cruel, but rarely going out of their way if that makes sense.
More Jigen-centric episodes please!
My Dress-Up Darling Episode 3
Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru (C/F/V AP)
Poor Gojo… Marin is a force of a nature, and he’s caught in the hurricane. But to her credit, she’s not quite a self centered as she seems. She listens to him, and acknowledges his areas of expertise. And, most unsettling to him, treats him as a human being. Not that her *ahem* ‘earthy’ side doesn’t unsettle him…
Not that she means to unsettle him. There’s no cruelty in her at all.
Status: Strong keeper.
Police in a Pod Episode 3
Hakozume: Koban Joshi no Gyakushuu
Another strong episode. And one that affected me pretty deeply because it dredged up things I hadn’t thought about in over a decade.
(I apologize for the crappy screenshot, either Funi has changed their player or I’ve managed to forget the secret incantation for taking clear screenies.)
(OK, now I remember and it’s something of a PITA. Will use it next week.)
My dad-in-law died at home in his sleep, and was found by his housekeeper. She called the ambulance and me. The EMTs called the cops… The police were nowhere near as invasive as depicted in the anime, and they were equally serious though perhaps not quite as respectful. I know they had a job to do and in retrospect I don’t begrudge them that one bit. But trying to keep myself together while answering all their questions (and there were quite a few) was… Almost more than I could handle. Especially since my wife was out of town on a business trip, and so everything landed on my shoulders all at once.
I think I’ll just stop there. It’s still hard to write about. And I still miss my Dad.
Status: After a weak and unpromising start, I’m glad we stuck with. The second and third episodes were a real improvement. Keeper, and crossing fingers they can keep it up.
Slow Loop Episode 3
This episode wanders around a bit, and the series as a whole doesn’t give much to chew on. May end up “watched but not commented”?
I do like how they’re confronting Hiyori and Koharu’s mourning and family issues head on. These could so easily be skipped over or minimized in what’s essentially a CGDCT/SOL series.
Also, Koharu’s genki and ditzy knobs have been tweaked down a bit, and the series is much better for it. I get it, Koharu and Hiyori stand in contrast and serve as mutual foils, but you can overdo it.
Status: Yes, keeper
The plan for this season is to get back to weekly write-ups and to get my ass in gear and get this out on Mon or Tues, so I don’t overlap with Police in a Pod and aren’t too far behind Titan. That’s the two shows I think I’m going to end up talking about the most. We’ll see how it goes.
Any how, not much else to ramble on about this week, so over to you! Drop a comment and let’s chat!