The moment many have been waiting for… Yor Forger (née Briar) AKA Thorn Princess finally appears. Also, Anya being cute, and ditto Desumi. The first batch of 3rd episodes, so I have thoughts on them.
All that and more after the break!
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 wa Hakarenai
Aharen-san Is Indecipherable – Episode 3
More cute sketch comedy, more of Raidou’s devotion to Reina – often bollixed up by his overactive imaginations and a light touch of cluelessness.
Third Episode Thoughts: Loving this show, a keeper despite the constant intrusion of the well meaning friend. Possibly move to “watched but not commented”.
Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness
Oddly for a second episode, this was all about a side character. A nice heartwarming story that reflects well on Nagomu, but that’s about it.
Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task
Heroine Tarumono! Kiraware Heroine to Naisho no Oshigoto
So why exactly does Hiyori have to keep her job a secret, while literally the entire school knows who Aizo and Yujiro are? I mean, it’s not it would break any kind of kayfabe, right? Everyone knows entertainment personalities have “people” (staff)… It just makes maintaining her work-life balance even harder.
Happily, it does look like she does have actual friends to help keep her sane.
About her general lack of social graces… well, hopefully time will help there. And she is the titular Heroine after all.
Aizo and Yujiro’s storyline? It’s interesting, and not unrealistic, but it is being oversold. We get it already.
Love After World Domination
Koi wa Sekai Seifuku no Ato de
Aahh… That time worn staple of the romantic comedy and two dorks trying to figure this out genres – the Awkward Date. Mostly is serves to highlight some things we already knew, Fudou’s single mindness and general cluelessness and Desumi’s more girlish side. (As contrasted with how her co-workers see her.)
You did watch the after-credits scene, right? If you didn’t, you should go back and watch it. I think it might be important.
And wait – he’s a high school student? That’s pretty much par for the course in a Sentai style series… But how does the dude even find time between hero work and endless bodybuilding sessions? Yeah, I know, we’re not supposed to think too hard about this stuff. But I can’t help it.
SPY x FAMILY
I am so glad they didn’t run with “Franky as a woman”, that would have been too cliché.
That being said, the back half of the episode, from Loid and Yor meeting to the end was absolutely one of the most cliché ridden things I’ve ever seen. And I grinned like a fool all through it because it was executed so damm well.
The “wedding” scene was just so darned good.
As soon as I saw Yor… This comparison leapt immediately to mind. (I’m a huge Black Widow fan.) Make of it what you will.
Also, the Marin (My Dress Up Darling) fanart that had filled my twitter feed has been replaced by a swelling tide of Yor fanart. I approve of this development.
This week’s Anya-stealing-the-scene moment… I suspect (hope!) this does become a weekly thing.
The Executioner and Her Way of Life
Shokei Shoujo no Virgin Road
And now… The final piece of the plot is on the board. And boy, is Princess Ashuna a real piece of work – arrogant, vain, and headstrong. And while she came looking for a fight with a Priestess, she wasn’t ready to fight a Priestess.
Either Momo doesn’t have the same suite of capabilities that Menou does, or she was holding back for some reason. (Probably the former as she is some kind of apprentice or trainee.) But she still held her own…
However… Those twin fight sequences drug on way too long and were fairly pedestrian. In retrospect, they were clearly running out the clock.
But the real payoff comes at the end – Akari uses her Pure Concept… to undo Menou’s failing.
I’m calling it now: The Church will be unable to kill Akari. And Menou is going to rebel against the Church.
Third Episode Thoughts: Still too early… They’re taking their own sweet time building out a fairly complex world and set of relationships between the main characters & factions. A keeper I guess, it’s managing to keep me interested overall.
<mode=”train nerd”>And how in hell do you run a railroad without inventing switches & sidings? Even granting borrowed high tech, it’s an operational problem with a low tech (and obvious) solution.</mode>
And it also occurs to me that we haven’t seen any form of non-magical long distance communication.
Ya Boy Kongming!
Paripi Koumei – Episode 3
I much prefer this more usual form of “monster of the week”… Last episode, it was all pretty much laid out up front and the viewers were more or less lead by the hand. This week, it was more of a puzzle to solve. We saw what Kongming was doing but it was left for us to figure out why. The explanation was left to later, to fill in the blanks.
Also I liked how his was magnanimous in his victory when he could have been an *sshole. He’s very old school… It’s nice that the writers don’t forget that amongst the modernity. And it makes that he uploaded his remedy to “Cookingpad” doubly funny. (For those that don’t know, Cookpad is a recipe sharing site that’s enormously popular in Asia.)
Third Episode Thoughts: I think Kongming is still getting it’s feet on the ground… That’s neither a good thing or a bad thing. It just is. It’s also self confident as hell, and I love that. Solid keeper.
I’ve mentioned the OP before… but I’ve listened to it at least once a day for a couple of weeks now. I just love it to pieces.
In other news:
IKEA finally got the desk I wanted back in stock, and last weekend we tore apart the electronics wall and set it up. And I am seriously impressed with this chair. Still need to tweak some of the adjustments, but it’s made a huge difference in how tired/painful my back is after a day at the keyboard.
For the first time in two years, I have a SCA event this weekend… Which means I’ll be busy Fri-Sat and probably wiped out on Sun. This will almost certainly mean next week’s post will be short or possibly skipped entirely.
Well, that’s it for me this week. How is your week going? What are your thoughts on this week’s episodes or pretty much anything else? Drop a comment and let’s chat!