First batch of second episodes (which sounds weird as I type it) and last (for now) batch of premiers! Hit the jump and let’s *go*!
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.
Aharen-san Is Indecipherable – Episode 2
Well, that was a bit of a disappointment. The angry figure at the end of the first episode turned out to be Reina’s self-appointed one-note childhood friend/guardian.
The post credit scene over the Reversi board was pretty funny. It was nice to see Reina’s character fleshed out a little. (And some fun send ups of shonen & other battler tropes.) Raidou at the end there, what a jerk – you had lost the game fair and square dude!
Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness
I’m targeting my weekly post for Wednesday, so that means I’ll steadily be a week behind. I’ll pick up with Ep 2 next week.
Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task
Heroine Tarumono! Kiraware Heroine to Naisho no Oshigoto
Just like Deaimon above, the second episode hasn’t aired yet. Will pick up with Ep 2 next week.
Love After World Domination
Koi wa Sekai Seifuku no Ato de
OK, so the main couple is cute as hell. Well written, and well acted. The send up of Super Sentai Teams was spot on. The funny parts did make us laugh.
But all the same, I think the show is skating on thin ice. Loveable dorks trying to figure out how to be in love? Can be hard to pull off without being too repetitive. Couples that must keep their relationship a secret? A comedic staple so old it’s beard is greyer than mine. And also hard to sustain.
I enjoyed the heck out of this episode, but there are also signs and portents that make me wary.
Trivia note: One of the bad guys was Culverin Bear… Nice touch, a culverin is a historical type of gun/cannon.
Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie
Kawaii dake ja Nai Shikimori-san
I had high hopes for this one… Unfortunately, by about five minutes in, you’d seen pretty much every conceit and joke on offer. And not only was the execution wooden – they kept repeating the same jokes.
They absolutely drove it into the ground.
SPY x FAMILY
Oh. Em. Gee… Have you ever watched a premiere episode so good you couldn’t wait for the second – but also fear that it can’t be that good again? That’s how I feel after the premier of SPY X FAMILY.
The beating heart of the show is undoubtedly Anya. The nailed her characterization – she’s a child, with a child’s view of the world. Not an adult in a tiny body. She absolutely stole the show. (Renge, Naru, slide over. I think you’re about to have company and competition.)
And they nicely balanced all the character and the heartwarming parts with the action parts. Not too much or too little of anything. Not too big a rush, though they managed to pack a lot in. I like shows that take a few moments to breathe.
Status: SOLID KEEPER, HOW IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION?
The Executioner and Her Way of Life
Shokei Shoujo no Virgin Road
A bit of… slow and contemplative(?) episode? If the first episode was mostly about worldbuilding and background, this episode was all about the scenario. And it was pretty good, even if they did keep beating us over the head with Akari’s… ditziness? That’s not quite right, I don’t think she’s stupid or anything. Just out-of-sync, probably still shocked by all the changes and trying to fit them into her world.
On the other hand… I get this tickling feeling there’s something in her background. She’s not chunibyo, but there’s something there. Some reason she’s so eager to have escaped her previous life and found a friend. But she didn’t really act dismayed when told she was being sent home. It’s puzzling.
And now that I’m looking at that screenshot as I’m editing the post – does Akari look hypnotized or otherwise controlled? I think she kinda does. Maybe that explains her behavior.
Momo is the same kind of annoying pain-in-the-ass that Kuroko Shirai (Raildex) is. But they introduced Kuroko by showing her dedication and capability first – and emphasized those qualities throughout the series. Momo? We just don’t know enough yet. I hope she’s more than just a stock character, more than an annoying kohai.
Ya Boy Kongming!
Paripi Koumei – Episode 2
*Sigh* Y’all know how I hate “monster of the weak” type episodes, and that’s what Kongming delivered this week. Very well executed, granted, but still…
I get it, they need to really drive home how insanely smart Kongming is. I’m just hoping this doesn’t serve as a template for too many future episodes.
Thought I had just now while doing the dishes… You know what could be fun? A monster-of-the-weak episode where it blows up in his face – where his raw genius and vast experience is unequal to our modern world. Kongming, Super Genius, is kinda fun. But that would be an interesting avenue to explore.
And yeah, I sometimes do my best writing in the shower, while doing dishes, while out having a smoke… The core of at least two of this week’s writeups originated thus. The problem is consistently being able to remember by the time I get to a keyboard and then express it coherently.
This is how insane the weather has been here the last few days:
Though there was no accumulation, it actually snowed for a little while yesterday! Cold(er) days in April aren’t unheard of, but this above and beyond.
And, that’s pretty much it for me this week. What are your thoughts this week? How’s your weather?
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