Another week in the books… And more than a few really good episodes this week. 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 8
Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku
Friendship via competition, that’s new ground for Akebi-Chan, and the series is much the better for it.
I swam competitive backstroke in a city league in high school – and Riri makes as sweet a flip turn as I’ve ever seen. The whole scene is beautifully animated, and this sequence just nailed it.
It’s also when I knew Akebi had lost. She’s pretty physically active, but her turn was clumsy and slow… (She doesn’t know what she doesn’t know.)
Fortunately both girls were good sports about it. Not that Akebi is ever going to leave us with characters pissed at us.
Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 Episode 8
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2
I mean seriously, that was… so well done. Normally Titan goes for One Big Reveal, but this was more like a card game. Slowly and deliberately revealing one card at a time – building towards a royal flush.
Politics makes for some mighty strange bedfellows – but this coalition against
Armageddon Eren is one of the strangest ever. Eldians, Marleyans, and the poor Volunteers whose only crime is to be caught up in the middle of the war between the other two. (And between them accounting for the Cart, the Colossal, the Female, the Armored, and the Jaw Titan. Five of the Nine…) It’s a not inconsiderable force, but I’m not sure what they can do. Eren isn’t going to be amenable to reason, and I don’t think Ymir will be either. Not that I can see how they’d get in contact with either in the first place.
Once again Titan leaves us on the edge of our seats.
(Jorge, now I understand why you couldn’t write anything in last week’s comments.)
Lupin III: Part 6 Episode 20
Not bad, but not their best? Seemed to be floundering, and the major plot beats were telegraphed all to hell and back. Ah well, “not their best” Lupin is still pretty darn good.
My Dress-Up Darling Episode 8
Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru
The first part, about cosplay photography, was a bit eye-glazing… But that’s mostly just me. I’m a photographer and I know this stuff already. I think they oversold the cost a bit, but then I’m not familiar with Japanese prices. At least here in America you can get a decent starting setup under $1000, maybe even under $500-750 if you catch something on sale.
I should post some of my cosplay photography some day…
The second part confused me. I thought they were renting a studio – so why the sudden pivot to location scouting and an abandoned building? I’m just not following.
The third part… all about Marin. While Gojo remains blithely clueless about what’s going on, Marin gets ever closer to being open about what she wants. And honestly, I’m loving it. Marin is usually all about her passion-of-the-moment, but now she wants something more. Not commitment, not yet, but definitely more time and more closeness.
I think along with her cosplay, this is really the first time she’s encountering something “bigger than herself”. I’m not saying she’s self centered or anything, because she decidedly isn’t.
(*) Police in a Pod
Hakozume: Koban Joshi no Gyakushuu
Airs on Wednesday, and by Friday Funi had not gotten English subtitles published. (Though they had released Spanish and Portuguese!) I have not been motivated to go back and check if they’re out yet.
Not watched this week due to scheduling issues.
Slow Loop Episode 8
Another quietly good episode… It was good to see Hiyori coming out of her shell and the two of them growing ever closer (as siblings).
And no. I am NOT damming this show with faint praise. It’s just good.
In other news… the chair has arrived! It’ll be the weekend before we get the chance to assemble it though.
And the darn thing is going to end up costing a couple hundred bucks once we get a new desk to match, and new glasses for me. But the end result will be the less stress on my back when I’m sitting at the computer (which I spend a lot of time doing), and hopefully reduce the aches and pain. So it’ll be worth it.
Big news this week… The Crunchymation merger finally gets underway with Funimation moving huge chunks of extant content and all future streams to Crunchyroll. For all intents and purposes Funimation is pretty much dead.
Which I’m not liking very much. Crunchy’s Roku app sucks, which means I’m stuck paying for VRV… whose Roku app doesn’t suck quite as much. But at least it consistently works, which is more than I can say for the Funi app.
And of the horror show that it Crunchy’s website, the less said the better.
But they pointed out Crunchy’s manga section in the FAQ, which is a good thing. Means I don’t have to pay for a different service to continue reading Grand Blue Dreaming.
So, that’s my week. How has yours been? What’s your thoughts on this weeks anime and/or the progress of the merger?
Drop a comment, let’s chat!