Man… After the gut punch last week, this week Titan delivers a nasty uppercut for a one-two knockout combo. All that and more after the jump!
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.
Akebi’s Sailor Uniform Episode 5
Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku (C/F/V AP)
Not every episode is going to be a hit, let alone a home run… This episode was a grounder to third. An easy out.
It’s been pretty obvious we’re going to meet a variety of personality types, but I didn’t care for Minoru’s obsession. It just seemed creepy. Creepy and schoolgirls are (IMO) a poor mix.
But I did appreciate that Akebi didn’t try to “redeem” or “save” her. She just accepted her for what she was.
I’d also like to give a shoutout to the soundtrack and the backgrounds… From the very first episode there’s been a lot of loving detail spent on Akebi’s world.
Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 Episode 5
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2 (C/F AP)
That was… wow. We finally get the full backstory of the Titans/Eldians. Or, at least as much as Eren wanted Zeke to see and how Eren wanted him to see it… (Though how the Eldians ended up enslaved and how Paradis was founded was glossed over or skipped.)
And the Chekov’s Gun that’s been precariously perched on the mantlepiece for a couple of seasons now is finally fired. For the reasons Eren has been laying out for two episodes now (and groundwork was laid much earlier), the Rumbling has been unleashed. Eren means to commit genocide on a grand scale, and feels fully justified in doing so.
And I mean… he’s not wrong.
From our modern perspective, genocide is absolutely, unquestionably bad. But our modern perspective is colored by the use of genocide by conquerors and the slavers. Titan turns that on it’s head – because the Eldians are the downtrodden and enslaved. But the history lesson shows their current state isn’t entirely unwarranted, as they themselves were once conquerors. But before that they were enslaved…
A never ending cycle of horror and oppression – which Eren is perpetuating in the process of ending. It makes my head hurt.
And they took time out to ensure we haven’t forgotten one important thing: Grisha isn’t the only surviving Eldian of royal blood. Historia is still out there, a wild card in everyone’s plans.
Lupin III: Part 6 Episodes 17-18
I thought the Love Lupin System was actually pretty clever myself. Alas, Ms. Wang suffered the same disappointment that everyone who tries to corner Lupin experiences.
Lupin is on the hunt for the mysterious Tomoe again… (Still?) And steps smack dab into the middle of some heavy duty domestic politics in the process.
And what’s up with Mattea? I’m not thinking her presence in Kotornica (a thinly disguised banana republic) is any kind of an accident.
My Dress-Up Darling Episode
Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru (C/F/V AP)
The “dramatic pause” (not quite a cliffhanger) between last week and this was very effective. Opening with Marin’s enthusiasm was an excellent move.
I loved it’s overall presentation of cosplayers… Addressing both the pro’s and the con’s. And simply presenting crossplayers as a matter-of-fact.
And no creepy photographers either…
My favorite bit was Marin’s reaction when somebody recognized who she was cosplaying. When I’ve done cosplay photography at cons, that can make someone’s day – especially if they’re cosplaying someone more obscure. I once recognized someone cosplaying Sumomo and I could see them light up that someone had recognized them. Arguably Chobits shouldn’t be that obscure, but it kinda is.
But the best part… the best part… Gojou referring to Marin as beautiful on the train ride home. Doubly so because it was unconsciously spoken from the heart rather than some dramatic confession. And Marin, she’s no dummy. She quite clearly remembers his exposition on beauty back in episode 3 and knows what he meant.
Police in a Pod Episode 5
Hakozume: Koban Joshi no Gyakushuu (F)
No comment this week as it was pretty much a standard episode, nothing stands out.
Salaryman’s Club Episode 2
Ryman’s Club (C/V)
Still following the more-or-less standard checklist for sports anime. Our Heroes are confronted with their first tournament and get curb stomped. Our Fated Pair (Shiratori and Miyazumi) are still not in sync, and the former only grudgingly accepts he’s got to up his game.
Slow Loop Episode 5
Simply… quiet and good. I can’t say much more about this episode.
Despite Akebi not being on top of it’s thematic game… All-in-all a good week anime wise.
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