Thoughts on power and parenthood in Gundam Mercury… And on poor Twice…
And now that we’re into week 3, it’s also time to see what’s making the grade and what isn’t.
All that and more after the jump.
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.
Akiba Maid War
Akiba Maid Sensou
The episode opens with Ranko stitching her own wound… And by the timing, I don’t think it’s from the gunfight in Ep 1. I think she went out again after Nagomi fell asleep. There’s stuff going on off screen.
And though Nagomi is kind of the MC, Ranko is the character I’m starting to pay attention to. Especially after she pulled a gun from freakin’ nowhere and started blasting away… And the “cool girls don’t look at explosions” moment right towards the end was just *chef’s kiss*.
Also, Manager-chan is an out and out worm. She doesn’t care for anyone or anything but her own skin. A stock character, but well done anyhow.
Bocchi the Rock!
Not the best episode… It was almost all the band sitting around a table talking and good part of that was once again spent inside Hitori’s head. I can see what they’re going for, but it’s causing the show to draaaag.
After Ep 2, my wife is dropping the series and it goes from an “us” show to a “me” show.
Do It Yourself!!
I do not like Juliet Queen Elizabeth VIII, at least not as she’s been portrayed so far. Maybe now that she’s fitting into the club… And the club itself is pretty interesting in how it’s becoming a friend group, a bunch of misfit toys finding a home.
And once again, we see Purin (Pudding / Miku) and Kokoro eyeing the DIY club from their privileged perch. It’s interesting that they keep coming back to that.
Week 3 Status: Comfy keeper
More on the tools in the show.
Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit
Yama no Susume: Next Summit
A nicely done summary of Hinata and Aoi’s relationship arc in the second half of S2. They even managed to work Honoka in there. Which is very weird given how little attention has been paid to Kaede and Kokona.
Doesn’t matter how many times I see this scene… Damm, it’s just good.
Week 3 Status: If you know me, you already know the answer. For those that don’t, unquestionable keeper.
Management of a Novice Alchemist
Shinmai Renkinjutsushi no Tenpo Keiei
Not watched this week.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury
Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo
So, the world of Gundam Mercury isn’t just a corporate state… there also a strong streak of “power belongs to those who can grab and enforce it”. I think that’s the real meaning behind Guel kneeling before Suletta and proposing. He’s not proposing marriage per se, he’s recognizing her authority and strength and proposing an alliance. (Who will be the senior partner?)
And that leads to further confusion as to what exactly is going through Miorine’s mind with regards to Suletta. She’s no uncaring, but she is a creature of the system even as she seeks to undermine or destroy it. And she did throw away her chance at escaping….
Those thoughts were inspired by iblessalls’s tweet, and then Scott’s post (quoted below) leads to further thoughts.
Poor Sulleta who doesn’t realize how manipulative her mother actually is because she is too honest and pure at all.Mechanical Anime Reviews – WEEKLY SEASONAL WATCHES: FALL 2022 ANIME SEASON WEEK 2
Scott is absolutely right, and I should have realized it myself… Ultimately, there’s very little damm difference between Prospera Mercury (Lady Prospera née Elnora Samaya) and Vim Jeturk. They both using their children to further their own goals.
There are some differences though. Sueletta is completely oblivious to the nature of the situation. In theory, Guel shouldn’t be and he isn’t entirely… But he’s a self centered SOB, and his father has done a shit job of educating him on the nature of the system. Guel seemingly has (or at least had) no ambition beyond being the Holder.
Does Vim Jeturk see Guel as his heir? Or simply a means to an end?
Either way, Vim is in a bit of a rough patch – both of his sons are in rebellion. Guel, now openly so, and the other (who I cannot find a name for) feels strong enough to object to his father’s methods.
Week 3 Status: Solid keeper, AOTS front runner.
My Hero Academia 6
Boku no Hero Academia 6
Most of this weeks episode was a drawn out farewell to Twice… a guy who fate shit on, who then found a home among villains and outcasts, and who was executed for the crime of defending the only people who ever valued him.
If MHA wants to illustrate the darker side of how it’s society is set up… This episode is Exhibit A. Gentle Criminal more or less made a conscious choice, Jin Bubaigawara never even had that chance.
And damm Hawks. You’re no pure knight in shining armor. What the f*ck are you actually?
And my boy Tokoyami got at least a short moment in the spotlight.
Week 3 Status: Keeper.
SPY x FAMILY: Part II
Wrapping up the first arc of the season, and bringing Bond home. Nothing about this episode really stands out except for Yor kicking a speeding car and causing it to crash… and the way too cute image at the end of Anya and Bond asleep together.
Speaking of Yor… Is she going to stop being kind of a side character to Loid and Anya’s adventures? I mean, she is the Thorn Princess and all.
Week 3 Status: Keeper.
(*) Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! W
Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! W
Uzaki isn’t wrong, but it’s more that they are compatible and comfortable together and should just start dating already.
Today is the first cool day we’ve had in months. Late September weather in late October! Tomorrow, blessed rain is in the forecast… Hopefully enough to quench the forest fires and wash this @#$ smoke from the air. It’s long overdue.
With the exception of Play It Cool, Guys which should soon pop up on Crunchyroll, I’ve seen all the premiers to date that I intend to. So, it’s open season in the comment section.
Not that it ever really isn’t – the comment section is yours to make of as you will… And that being said, that’s all I have this week. Over to you!
Drop a comment and let’s chat!