Last week’s weather was spring-like, and now we’re back to a bit more winterish… And the winter season of anime is rounding the corner into the final sprint! Hit the jump and see what happened!
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 9
Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku
Something we haven’t really seen since early on, something closer to a true CGDCT episode. Akebi and the gang are ostensibly at the mall for supplies for the upcoming Field Day – but get distracted and derp around shopping for everything but.
Some nice character moments for Kojou… But the centerpiece of the episode is Akebi rallying the troops to help out her friend. It’s her show, but it’s nice to see the scope widened a bit.
Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 Episode 9
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2 (C/F AP)
On one hand, Titan seriously needed a rest-and-reset episode after the frenetic pace and repeated gut punches of the last few episodes. On the other hand… Titan really, really sucks at exposition heavy sequences/episodes. Even as we’re coming into the homestretch they remain heavy handed and dull. And it’s all the worse since so much of it is essentially a recap.
But there’s also quite a bit of both of confronting some very unpleasant truths about the whole enterprise. Annie isn’t wrong – the Scouts are going to have to make some unpleasant decisions in the hours and days ahead. Can they, will they, ultimately confront that terrible choice and decide in favor of the world over their friend?
I’m not sure how much faith I have in that.
Lupin III: Part 6 Episode 21
My favorite moment from the episode. I really love how Fujiko takes precisely zero crap from Lupin.
Overall, that was… odd. Fun as hell, funny as hell, enjoyable as hell… But very odd.
And maybea bit misplaced considering how close we are to the end of the series with the Tomoe arc as yet unresolved. Lupin experts, have they carried arcs forward to a new season in the past?
And <censored> <censored> <censored> HiDive – it’s 2022 and there’s no damm reason why I should have to log into the website every single time I visit
My Dress-Up Darling Episode 9
Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru (C/F/V AP)
Marin, Marin, Marin… Gojo is not a pervert – he’s a perfectly normal teenage boy. And sooner rather than later you’re going to stop hurting him.
That’s an interesting, but little explored (so far) side of Marin’s character. As I’ve said before, she’s not mean or evil or anything… Just a bit clueless when it comes to the feelings of people around her and the boundaries on behavior. You can also see that by how she was pushing Juju into a partnership.
As for the cosplay scenes at the end, I appreciated the heck out of what the show was trying to do… But it telegraphed it’s punches way, way in advance. The result was the flashback that filled most of the segments runtime seemed draggy and redundant. A rare miss on the show’s part.
And I did not miss that the character Shinju cosplayed is the character Juju’s cosplay character is pining for. Laying it on a bit thick there folks.
Police in a Pod
Hakozume: Koban Joshi no Gyakushuu
Episode 8 dropped last week without subtitles, and they still weren’t available by Sunday… And we never could muster the motivation to go back and check after that. So, now, we’re two episodes behind.
Dropped at 7 episodes.
Couldn’t get to episode 5 weekend before last because IRL scheduling. Couldn’t get to episode 6 last weekend partly because also missing episode 5 put us two episodes behind.
And when we (my wife and I) discussed it over the weekend, we decided we’d rather keep working on our rewatch of Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
So, yeah, it wasn’t a bad show by any means, it just wasn’t compelling enough to make time for.
Dropped at 4 episodes.
All that being said, I’d be just fine if the universe would stop messing with my head for a week or two. Just. Fine.
Slow Loop Episode 9
The episode I didn’t know I was on the edge of my seat waiting for… Along with fifth wheel and general wet blanket Koi, Hinori and Koharu finally set out on an actual adventure. <shrug> Maybe I’ve spent too much time with Yama no Susume and Non Non Byori, but I like my MC-chan’s to have a bit more independence and agency. Koi is… kind of an ill fit in that respect. It’s not that she’s not serving a role, but more that she’s like a shirt that’s a size too large and bit itchy. She just doesn’t feel integrated into the main cast and plot as well as I’d like.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still an excellent show. I love how this episode showed Hiyori growing and Koharu getting her act together… I just don’t care much for Koi.
When I saw this comic the other day, I seriously LOLed… Who hasn’t seen this same thing between LN/manga readers and anime onlies?
It’s an eternal debate.
I’ve been playing a lot (some might say too much) Sims 4 recently… And I just love this house by a little stream. Probably should have taken a picture of the house, or at least waited until the one character got off the toilet… But the light and shadows of the sunset caught my eye.
Anyhow… Enough from me! What are your thoughts on this week’s shows? How did your week go? Been playing any games lately?