Whew! Catching up after a few IRL busy weeks/weekends. Some awfully good episodes while I was away. And the cliffhanger in the image above… Wow.
Hit the jump for all that and more!
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 6-8
Cuckoos is settling down into more-or-less standard rom-com/harem shenanigans. I do find the Erika/Sachi dynamic interesting. I really hope Sachi doesn’t go the whole harem competitor route.
I don’t have anything more to say than I hope it mixes up stuff a bit. Two cour of paint-by-numbers will be just too much.
(*) Aharen-san wa Hakarenai
Aharen-san Is Indecipherable – Episodes 9-11
Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness
Deaimon has settled into… A kind of excellent mediocrity? Does that make sense? It’s never going to be a classic, but despite my complaints earlier in the season I’m starting to find myself starting to look forward to it.
Yep, as I’ve been saying, Kanoko definitely has unfinished business… And that was nicely explored in this episode. She really needs to sit down and have a long heart-to-heart with Nagomu though. Both of them have (unconsciously?) put up some walls that I don’t think either really wants to be there.
But we won’t see that, this show isn’t about them.
Two parts to this episode that really bring home how far it’s come and neatly wrap up a lot of the show’s themes.
The first part was all about Nagomu and how he’s one hell of a nice guy. And how both his father and Itsuka are starting to accept him. The hatsumode scenes were practically a master class in how to make this come across without quite coming out and saying it outright.
The second part was… How do I phrase this? All about family, connections, continuity, and acceptance, but illustrated through community. I know I’ve b*tched about Deaimon‘s oblique approach in the past, but it really worked here.
Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task
Heroine Tarumono! Kiraware Heroine to Naisho no Oshigoto
Not too much to say here… I’m kind of waiting for the scandal arc to play out. And is it just me, or is it Ken (Aizo’s older brother) who is behind the photographs? We’ve already seen him spying on Aizo/Yujiro/Hiyori at least once before.
Oh, and before I forget, I loved the field day episode. It was nice to get a [more] purely Hiyori focused episode. I know LIP x LIP & their relationship with her is the focus of the show, but she’s not really as 3D a character as I’d like. They lads? They’re walking tropes, I’m just fine with them shading towards 2D.
On the flip side, Hiyori is the self insert isn’t she? I assume shojou has self inserts, right? Dawn, help me out here.
Love After World Domination
Koi wa Sekai Seifuku no Ato de
World Domination, like several shows this season, has settled into something of a rut… basically re-running the same schtick, over and over again. Me, not complaining too loudly because Fudo and Desumi have remained completely loveable dorks. What more can you ask for out of this series?
A pair of high schoolers in love, gotta have the school cultural festival episode to bookend the summer break beach episode, right? Right. And I chuckled at this one. Especially at the romantically frustrated Beast Princess being the Discipline Squad and devoted to breaking up couples.
The high point of the episode was Fudo and Desumi making like they were Red Gelato and Reaper Princess cosplayers. (And of course Desumi/Reaper Princess has a henshin sequence, which I just loved.) And this episode would have been the perfect finale…
And the after-credits was LOL. You did watch the after-credits? I always check for them, though I rarely watch the ED.
SPY x FAMILY
These two episodes introduce Yuri – Yor’s younger brother, serious siscon, and dedicated servant of the State as a member of Ostania’s Secret Police. And I didn’t care for them. Mostly because I didn’t care for Yuri himself. They really overplayed the ‘siscon’ hand. Spy x Family is at it’s best when it plays with expectations.
The Anya and Damien episode… Y’know, the more we learn about Damien, the more I feel sorry for him. He’s not actually a bad guy. But he’s ignored by his parents and he’s got toadies rather than friends. That’s gotta hurt.
Anya, was… well, Anya. Love her reactions faces during Yor’s more than over-the-top training sessions. And the complete flop of “Star Catch Arrow” had me in stitches.
But the screenshot-of-the-episode…
Well, that’s gotta go to Henderson sensei because the contrast of his formal Victorian era appearance and manners with gym clothes was just too funny. And he maintained his elegance throughout.
The Executioner and Her Way of Life
Shokei Shoujo no Virgin Road
I to get two episodes behind…. And found I have absolutely NO motivation to get caught up. I’m not even going to bother trying as the series has been on the precipice for a while now.
Ya Boy Kongming!
Paripi Koumei – Episodes 9-11
That was… incredible. Dramatic. And then the cliffhanger. As I said on Twitter, it left me broken in heart and soul.
Gonna go down these episodes by the bullet points, ‘cuz I haven’t been able to make ’em fit a coherent narrative. (It’s my blog, I’ll be as inconsistent as I want.)
- Kabetaijin. I have really grown to appreciate him over the last few episodes… His felt like one of the more natural “redemption”/growth arcs I’ve ever seen. I loved how Sekitoba Kung Fu sacrificed himself for him.
That being said, I hope he’s more than the quick throw-away gimmick he was in Ep 11. He really deserves a true moment in the sun.
- Azalea. Their story is kinda heartbreaking actually. They’ve sacrificed everything to Be Big. But they haven’t actually been achieving their dreams. They’ve been thwarted in that by Karasawa, who uses a very different metric for success. And though we’ve seen events only through Nanamin’s eyes, I suspect she’s not the only one unhappy as h*ll with where they’ve ended up.
- Kongming. One sly son-of-a-b*tch. And Ep 11 wasn’t a face-heel turn, because he’s not even on that spectrum. If sly and manipulative won’t win the day, he’s cool with dirty tricks. He’s got one goal and isn’t picky about the route he takes to reach it.
- Eiko. Oh, Eiko… Is she, like Nanamin, turning away from herself to reach her goals? I’m conflicted here, because she doesn’t really appear happy during Ep 11. Partly determined, partly… sad? Because of Nanamin?
Will she choose to sacrifice her dream in favor of rescuing Nanamin? She just might. She just might…
And of course after I come off of one hiatus due to being IRL busy… I have to announce another. The Kitsap Medieval Faire is this weekend, and as usual I’ll be taking part. (Stop by the Medieval Culinary Demo and say hi! I’ll probably be tending the fire as usual.) So from tomorrow until next Wens/Thurs I’ll be busy with that.
So, no post next week and a two-parter the week after that. Unless I decide to wait for all the finale episodes… And I have to get my season preview out too.
And of course the big news of the last couple of weeks – more Sound! Euphonium is on the way! A movie/OVA in 2023, and a third season in 2024. Of course, it goes without saying that I cannot wait. Everyone knows that Euph is one of my favorite anime.
Our weather has returned to cold and damp… We’ve been breaking records left and right for low temperatures and high precipitation. It is warming a little, but we’re still much colder than normal. Even by Seattle standards this is wonky.
But it did finally warm up enough over the weekend to get outside and fire up the grill… So that was nice.
Anyhow, enough of my blathering for a week (or two). What are your thoughts on the episodes of the last couple of weeks? Have any interesting or memorable meals recently?
Drop a comment, and let’s chat!