Midseason – when I traditionally give a mini-review of what I’m watching, and sometimes drop shows that aren’t really making the grade. <drumroll> What shows survive the cut? Hit the jump and find out!
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 6
Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku
Episode 6 was… Well, not very good. It fit the show’s friend-of-the-week pattern, but the storyline wasn’t all that interesting and Erika was never really fleshed out as a character.
Midseason thoughts: Despite the weakness of the last couple of episodes, Akebi is still decent. It’s not without redeeming qualities even if the overall structure is weak. The fanservice and voyueristic elements are really starting to grate…
Midseason status: Against my better judgement, I think I’m going to stick with it at least a couple more episodes.
Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 Episode 6
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2
I’m running out of synonyms for “gut punch” and I’ve giving up even trying, because this week Titan delivers yet another one.
Weirdly enough, it’s effective because hews to a very old Titan trope – the quality of an episode is inversely proportional to how much screen time and how many lines Eren gets. He delivers his apocalyptic pronouncement, bows off, and the grim remainder of the episode are the dominoes he’s set in motion toppling.
Everyone is fighting for the lives… Though some factionalists take the opportunity to advance their cause – almost everyone is simply fighting for their lives.
Poor Gabi though… Her worldview takes another beating. And this time, I think she’s finally cracked. There’s a ton of death flags a’ flying because she’s the type to take this personally, to decide she must atone for her sins.
The big one is the cliffhanger though… Another key turns, another basement door (metaphorically) opens.
Lupin III: Part 6
No Lupin this week due to the Winter Olympics.
Midseason thoughts: Since Lupin is a two-cour series, it’s not really mid-season. I’ve enjoyed the heck out of it, and will definitely miss it when it wraps up in a few weeks.
Midseason status: Strong keeper!
My Dress-Up Darling Episode 6
Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru
Marin is certainly a girl of passion, and she’s discovered that willing or no, Goujo is now her passion. And she’s not at all certain what to think, what to do, how to feel.
Unfortunately, just about as soon as that’s established – the narrative train was entirely derailed by Inui’s appearance. It’s going to be interesting to get another view of cosplay, but hopefully they won’t shove Marin x Gojou into the background. And parenthetically speaking, I’ve never been fond of the “romantic distraction” trope – where one partner is distracted by a third party before realizing their One True Love.
Midseason thoughts: Despite the plot upset this episode, Sono Bisque remains a very solid show. Marin is just a delight, and Gojou is a very believable clueless blockhead. (Not the least because I’ve been him at time or two. I get him.)
Midseason Status: Right now, the race for AOTS is essentially over. Given the paucity of strong shows elsewhere in my line-up, Dress-up Darling would have to seriously stumble to lose the top spot.
But what about Titan you ask? Titan is Titan -a unique category all of it’s own.
(*) Police in a Pod Episode 6
Hakozume: Koban Joshi no Gyakushuu (F)
I actually had to go quickly skim the episode on Funimation’s website to remember what had happened, which was nothing much of note.
Midseason thoughts: Hakozume has settled into a groove of forgettable mediocrity without much in the way of character growth.
Midseason status: Keeper since there’s no competition on a Wednesday night. Demoted to “watched but not regularly commented”.
Salaryman’s Club Episode 3
Ryman’s Club (C/V)
Settling in to be an unobjectionable sports drama… The brainstorming (SWOT) scene was pretty well done, the guys do take their work seriously. Not sure how much of Shiratori’s rant I bought though, the characters are mostly not that well established. We’ve really only seen Shiratori and Miyazumi in action.
And now we know Shiratori’s drama… And I think I agree with him that Miyazumi relies more on raw power than any well thought out style of playing. He’s not actually a good partner.
Midseason / third episode thoughts: Mild keeper, but I hope there’s more than just tournament action coming though… There’s not enough character establishment to carry that narrow a focus.
Midseason / Third episode status: Keeper
Slow Loop Episode 6
I want to comment, but it’s kinda hard… Because this was just another quietly well done episode well within it’s lane. But I don’t want to demote it to “watched but not reviewed” either.
Midseason thoughts: Loop has backed off on the found family elements, but the friendship and sibling plot threads have stepped up to more than fill the gap. Koharu has gotten a lot more chill, and that’s also helped things a great deal. About the only thing I could wish for is a lot less of Koi and her family getting in the way of things.
Midseason status: Keeper. And if you’re into quiet shows emphasising family and friends, you should be watching Slow Loop.
A couple of weeks back, I entered the Attack on Titan X Secretlab Gaming Chair Giveaway. And just now I found out that I won one of the two chairs! Very, very cool.
Screenshots… This week Dress up Darling breaks Titan‘s streak of appearing as the featured image at the head of the post. Partly because that was such a good scene, partly because there’s no ‘one’ screenie that really sums up Titan this week. (The shot of Annie is more enigma than anything else. So it didn’t work for me.)
That’s really why my posts this season has featured fewer screenshots than in times past. I’ve been trying to use better ones rather than using whatever to fill out the post. Probably need to find a happier medium as the more I look at them, the more my posts seem a little “bleh”.
Anyhow, that’s all I have this week! Drop a comment and let’s chat about this week’s anime, the weather, whatever crosses your mind or floats your boat!