And I’m back! Here with two weeks worth of thoughts and comments! With no further ado, let’s hit the jump and run ’em down!
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 4-5
Segawa-san, what’s her deal? She runs hot and cold on MC-kun, with no discernable pattern. They’re in a competition, but I’m not exactly certain what the prize is beyond bragging rights… OTOH, that’s sufficient for many.
But on the flip side, she’s determined to be involved with him…
And there’s definitely a pattern forming here – Erika is fast becoming friends with her putative romantic rivals. First Sachi, and now Segawa. Yes, squicky as it may be, Sachi is thinking along those lines.
(*) Aharen-san wa Hakarenai
Aharen-san Is Indecipherable – Episode 7
This made me chuckle, the funniest line in the whole episode. (Not that there was a shortage. Aharen-san excels at one liners.) And it’s so true. Never change Raidou-kun.
The festival story… Man, that was just so on-brand and practically perfect for this show. (Except for the parts with Toubaru sensei, her schtick leaves me cold.) But darned if it didn’t feel like a finale.
Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness
I am… not entirely happy with Itsuka being (quasi) abandoned by her mother for a second time. That badly needed some explanation rather than simply being presented as fact. I kinda get that she doesn’t feel fit as a mother, and that Itsuka has a new family, but it just doesn’t sit right.
Seventh verse, same as the first… We’re introduced to fairly two dimensional new character whose sole purpose it to make Nagomu look good and then be forgotten.
Deaimon has a huge problem in that respect, there’s not a lot of growth. It’s not running in place either… It’s just slow walking.
Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task
Heroine Tarumono! Kiraware Heroine to Naisho no Oshigoto
I am not fond of the “potato girl gets a makeover and is actually a beauty” trope… And how will it play with the childhood friend? Will he confess because he never realized how pretty she was? (I hope not.) Will he prefer her in potato form (usually because she was already pretty to him in that mode)? These are pretty much the usual ways this scenario plays out.
Well, the childhood friend doesn’t always win… But I guess he didn’t lose per se, because Hiyori’s answer was a solid “not now”, rather than being turned down cold. And even if he does take over the family restaurant, some exposure to the outside world is never bad – right?
And good on Hiyori for standing up for herself. She needs to do that more often. Though we all know the plot driven reason – Aizo and Yujiro are waiting their turn. And they weren’t above shoving Nagisa out of the way either. Ah well, all’s fair in love and war. And the boys are at war on several fronts.
Midseason thoughts: As a music show, it’s kind of OK. Unlike, say, Chihayafuru, the not romance part is definitely secondary because Hiyori is not a direct participant. The romance part isn’t progressing all that quick either – I suspect that’s because this isn’t intended to end with a romance.
Midseason status: Might as well keep at it.
Love After World Domination
Koi wa Sekai Seifuku no Ato de
Teenagers on summer break, or couples in love, both routes invariably involve the fabled Beach Episode. With both things in play here, it was inevitable. And this rendition was hilariously good – especially with Beast Princess misinterpreting everything Desumi did.
And of course Gelato Five has a combining super robot – why wouldn’t they?
And it’s really funny how both Fudo and Desumi casually give away their teams secrets…
After teasing us a little bit last episode… We get the rest of Desumi’s background, and it wasn’t bad. It explained what needs to explain. But she’s also connected to Gelato Green, and unlike Pink – he hasn’t picked up that Desumi is also Reaper Princess. Plot hole, or Chekov’s Gun?
Midseason thoughts: Mostly predictable, mostly workmanlike, pretty much stays in it’s lane. Nothing particularly objectionable or praiseworthy. And, honestly, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that as it’s a fun little show.
Midseason status: Keeper.
SPY x FAMILY
Last show to cover, and I’m running out of steam… This pair of episodes have been all about Anya and they’ve been charming as hell. I do sort of feel sorry for her though… She’s got a lot of weight on her shoulders, and she’s quite aware of it. She’s not really a happy camper, and Loid isn’t helping much.
In some ways, he is acting more and more like an actual father… But then he snaps back into the Mission Is Everything Mode. And he’s not at all aware of the tension between the two.
Midseason Thoughts: Mostly a jumble? Just a teeny bit dissatisfied because they keep recycling the same material… But engaged because they do it so feckin’ well?
But I am enjoying the ever-lovin’ heck out of it! I look forward to it every week, and that’s the bottom line, no?
Midseason status: Despite the grumbles, solid keeper.
The Executioner and Her Way of Life
Shokei Shoujo no Virgin Road
This pair of episodes are largely exposition and setup for what’s no doubt going to be the final arc as they head into a “our battle goes on/go read the source” ending. They were neither particular good nor particularly bad.
Two things I did notice: Folks are paying a lot more attention to Menou as Flare’s successor than they previously were. Makes sense given the setup… But it doesn’t seem to be something Menou thinks of herself as.
And where is Flare? She is curiously absent and there’s been no mention of her fate. And neither Menou nor her enemies seem to care one way or another.
The other thing, there was quite a bit of re-used animation episode 8. And it’s not from Akari re-winding time…
Ya Boy Kongming!
Paripi Koumei – Episodes 7-8
I’m thinking that Kongming is basically a Three Kingdoms era Batman. His real superpower, the whole point of the Stratagems, is to foresee and be ready for every eventuality. But… I don’t think he foresaw Namami. (And it’s not clear that Eiko has told him about here.) And what is up there – what is she (Nanami) hiding? There’s definitely something she’s not telling Eiko.
That being said, it’s good to see Eiko out making choices on her own. For too long she’s simply been dragged along behind Kongming.
And let’s not forget Kabetaijin – he’s not as flashy as Eiko, and a lot more self-effacing (which is saying someting)… But he’s out there doing his best as well.
The full OP has been released (and it’s available on iTunes!), and… I dunno. Usually I can pretty easily make the choice between buying the TV sized or full length versions. For some reason, it’s difficult this time.
Also came across this fan made live action version of the OP, it’s absolutely cute as hell.
Man, do I sound even grumpier than usual? (And that’s a pretty high bar.) I was sick for over a week, and yesterday was the first day I felt anything resembling normal. Still not completely back in battery, but getting there.
And I feel kinda bad after missing last week, but the next two week’s posts may be very short form or skipped as well. This weekend is a holiday weekend in the US, and we traditionally spend it geocaching. So, dunno whether we’ll be able to watch this week’s shows or if I’ll feel up to writing.
The next weekend is our anniversary (32 years!) and then my niece and her husband will be in town visiting her husband’s folks and we hope to get to spend some time with them. So, may not have time to watch shows, and may not have time to write about them.
Spring has finally sprung here… after a long cold
March May the weather is finally, finally truly turning warm. Still some cold in the forecast, but at least a couple days I’ve been in short sleeved shirts rather than my flannels.
How’s the weather in your part of the world?
Anyhow, that’s all from me this week – over to you! Drop a comment and let’s chat about this week’s shows, the weather, or whatever else crosses your mind!