Looks like Spy X Family is going to be my main source of header shots for this season… Ah well, what ya’ gonna’ do? If it’s earned the spot, it’s earned the spot.
Hit the jump to see more on the scene above and about the rest of this week’s shows.
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.
A Couple of Cuckoos
Kakkou no Iinazuke – Episodes 1-2
I’m somewhat at a loss of something to say here. We’re pretty much still in the setup phase, and it’s mostly bog standard rom-com/harem stuff.
I do like how Nagi’s very overactive imagination is being used to good effect. And do keep an eye on him, he’s not at all a nice guy. He’s got a nasty streak he keeps well hidden from his family. I mostly like Erika’s characterization but I do hope they back off a bit on the “rich girl” schtick. That can so easily be overused. They’re trying to make us sympathetic to her plight, and it’s mostly working.
Of the relationships with the real parents… It’s interesting that Nagi hasn’t even tried. (But, to be fair, he really hasn’t had a chance.) Erika, supposedly the rich bitch, is the vulnerable one who appears to actually care what the Uminos think of her. But she seems strangely indifferent (?) to her adoptive parents.
First Impressions: I kinda like it. I’m a little apprehensive about what’s to come in the next couple of episodes… But so far Cuckoos carries off the tropes pretty nicely. Keeper.
(*) Aharen-san wa Hakarenai
Aharen-san Is Indecipherable – Episode 5
Sometimes I think this series would have been better served by being a short.
Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness
I’m not sure what the segment on Saki is going to lead to, but I do appreciate that it was handled with discretion. Lots of chances to go wrong, and show steadfastly refused to take those chances.
The pool – we’re either being teased, or set up. And I’m not sure which.
Nagomu’s missing sempai? Itsuka’s missing dad? Both?
And confirmed, Kanako has unfinished business with Nagomu. Whether she seeks closure or to pick back up, I dunno.
Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task
Heroine Tarumono! Kiraware Heroine to Naisho no Oshigoto
Hiyori appears to secretly harbor feelings for the lads… at least in her dreams. Foreshadowing or red herring? The OP strongly implies foreshadowing.
And speaking of the lads… Boy, do they have issues. Yujiro very obviously has some deep family baggage – but still no hint of why his mother had to fetch him from police custody. As I think I said before, I think he’s got some anger issues. Aizo, I don’t know what his deal is. Going catatonic in the presence of girls is just weird. And judging by his brother he’s got family things going on too.
Wrapping up the episode is a development I sort of anticipated – Hiyori’s dedication to her work has lead to an injury. An injury that’s going to put a halt to her participation in her beloved track club.
Love After World Domination
Koi wa Sekai Seifuku no Ato de – Episode 4
I do not care for the “jealousy because of mistaken impression” or the “I’m not worthy of love” tropes… And having said that, I’ll just move on.
It’s interesting that Desumi is also a high school student. It would have been a bit creepy had she been an older woman. Instead it’s creepy in a different way because of her uniform/outfit. But, to be fair, they’ve never used overt fanservice or made a big deal of it, so there’s that to their credit.
I’m not sure what to make of Haru-chan,but it’s standard rom-com fare competently executed, so no complaints.
Ah, well. I enjoyed the episode despite it’s weaknesses. That’s what counts at the end, neh?
SPY x FAMILY
Let’s split the review of this episode into the two parts it falls neatly into…
The first, the Forger’s procession into Eden Academy, was ZOMG! over the top stupid. And I chuckled right through it. So well done. Family sometimes toys with spoofing the genre and itself, and has never failed to nail it.
The interview… Wow. They’ve foreshadowed Loid becoming fatherly in spite of himself, but I never expected Yor’s switch to flip so fast and hard. I mean, I expected it eventually, but I almost think it’s in spite of herself? (If that makes any sense.)
I’ve seen a lot around and about the ‘net about Yor going full Mamma Bear on that jackass… (And make no mistake he deserved it.) But I’d also like to give a shoutout to ya boy Loid and his reflexes. Not just his impulsive defense of Anya, but his self control in not turning that piece of garbage into a grease spot. Bravo!
And looking at it as I’m editing… Is it just me, or is the look on his face shock at what he’s doing and why?
But I’m not going to neglect Yor… What she did was far, far scarier. She deliberately changed into Executioner (Assassin) mode. She wanted Swan to know that he’d fucked up and now faced Death personified. This was very nicely foreshadowed this back in episode 2 – “may I have the honor of killing you?”
A tip o’ the hat to Crow for giving that train of thought a nudge to get it started.
I don’t know where this is going next, but that last scene in the Forger’s apartment was both hopeful and just a little bit heartbreaking.
The Executioner and Her Way of Life
Shokei Shoujo no Virgin Road – Episode 5
I have been trying all week to write coherently about this episode without lapsing into profanity. It hasn’t been at all easy. Basically, I am very pissed at the show – it took all of it’s careful world and character building and tossed it overboard in favor of a cheap ass-pull of a plot twist.
Ya Boy Kongming!
Paripi Koumei – Episode 5
A bit of a zig in the plot here… With Eiko and Kongming once again simpatico, the focus shifts to Kabetaijin. A talented and driven natural rapper – who can’t perform in public because of stress. (Over what it’s never made quite clear.) Kongming want to recruit him to help with the “100,000 Likes Project” and… somehow manages to. (By intriguing him? It’s also never quite clear.)
I’m not sure how this is supposed to work, and I don’t much care for Rap. But Ya Boy hasn’t disappointed me so far, so I’m just going to hang on for the ride.
And did anyone else notice Kabetaijin reading a Three Kingdoms manga?
Weather is finally turning seasonal after being pretty cold the last couple of weeks… I’m actually sitting here with the sliding door open and in a t-shirt. It’s getting cloudy and starting to cool though, so that’s gonna change.
I have Jury Duty next week, so if I get called in/when I get called in may muck up next week’s post or possibly the week after that.
And that’s it for me this week! Drop a comment and let’s chat about this week’s shows or whatever else you want to talk about.