Sunrise on Mt Hiwada… Such a darn good sequence.
Anyhow, time to wrap up the week. Some good eps, some great eps, some otherwise. All that and the last of the mid-season mini reviews 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
Maid Sensou just took a big headfirst leap into uncharted waters. It’s become serious – and, it’s not working really well. Three mistakes… First, for five episodes Ranko has been more or less the MC. She practically doesn’t appear in this episode. Second, Nagomi has been something of a one dimensional character, too slender a thread to hang this episode on. Third, the whole drama of the episode hinges on a side character we’ve gotten maybe a minute or two of screentime with.
The only reasonable event in this episode was Nagomi freaking out over someone getting killed. That’s pretty much the sum of her character for the last five episodes.
Midseason status: Before Ep 6, I would have wholeheartedly recommended Maid Sensou because it took a thoroughly ridiculous premise and played it straight. Now, it suddenly wants to be taken seriously – without having actually putting in the required setup work. The whole structure is groaning under weight it was never designed to take.
Therefore, downgraded to provisional keeper.
Bocchi the Rock!
Bocchi finally meets someone who (not knowing her) doesn’t just blow her off… and gives her a much needed metaphorical kick in her metaphorical ass. As a result, she gains a measure of self confidence and takes a huge metaphorical step forwards.
This is something Bocchi badly needed. Question is, can she do the hard part and accept it? Like many people with self-doubt and self-confidence issues, Bocchi is often her own worst enemy.
Hopefully we see more of Kikuri, I kinda like her.
Mid season status: With the last couple of episodes, we’re finally getting some solid movement plot wise. Not that Bocchi has ever been bad, but it’s always nice to see and just confirms my thoughts: Solid Keeper.
It’s still anyone’s game for AOTS-that-isn’t-Gundam Witch… But with Maid Sensou‘s stumble, it’s going to be hard to dislodge the trio of Bocchi, Do It Yourself, and Encouragement of Climb from their spots at the podium.
Do It Yourself!!
A bit of a different episode because they spent a lot more time telling us (instructing us) on the details of the projects. Not that the fun SOL parts were lacking… Though, as a cook myself, I really hate it when people aren’t honest with me about my cooking. It’s no kindness to mislead people!
Frog-kun has an interesting post up: The Do It Yourself!! Anime Will Be My Bible.
Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit
Yama no Susume: Next Summit
The first part of the episode was pure undiluted classic YamaSu, loved it to pieces. Though it neatly illustrated how much Aoi has grown over the course of their adventures, I’m not really so sure about the second. Not really fond of the sudden introduction of so many new side characters.
Seriously. This screenshot, the whole sequence atop Mt Hiwada is pure undiluted best of why I love Yama no Susume. And I’m glad Aoi finally had the courage to ask Hinata about what happened at Fuji’s summit.
And something else that occurred to me this week… Much was made over how this season was getting “full length” episodes, except we really aren’t. We’re getting two short episodes back-to-back. Not really complaining though! It’s still one of my all time favorite shows.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury
Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo
No episode this week, instead a recap episode which was not streamed on Crunchyroll.
My Hero Academia 6
Boku no Hero Academia 6
More back-and-forth fighting… All setting up the inevitable, getting Class 1-A and 1-B into the fight. Still no word on Hawks’ condition, so that’s a Chekov’s gun still sitting on the table.
Most interesting part of the plot… Shigaraki rejecting All For One’s Prime Directive. There’s a lot of back and forth over that. And of course Deku worries about that, because he fears One For All being stolen above all else. And he’s right to worry, because Shigaraki is still intent on confronting him.
And Dabi, self appointed heir to Stain’s mantle. I suspect he’s headed for a collision with Shigaraki over that.
Play It Cool, Guys
Cool Doji Danshi
More slice-of-life, this time between Shun and Souma. Kinda funny that Shun’s sister and Souma’s employer were the same person – but the gag was telegraphed way in advance. Overall, fun though… especially Souma’s antics and the way Shun reacted to them (even though he’s the same).
Midseason status: Solid keeper. I wish more people were watching and talking about this laid back slice of life.
SPY x FAMILY: Part II
Two more self contained one-shot mini episodes. And I really feel sorry for poor Yor. She’s become something of a meme within her own show.
I’ve been given to understand we’ll be back to arc content soon enough, so looking forward to that.
(*) Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! W
Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! W
Demoted to “watched but not commented” because, well, there’s just not going to be much to say each week. It’s simply the nature of the show.
Another unseasonable warm patch… this is getting really old.
Went and saw Wakanda Forever last week. Left us with more questions than answers. Still don’t have a good handle on the meta-plot of this arc, if there even is one.
Remember, there won’t be a post next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Should be back the week after with a double length post.
That’s all from me this week! Over to you. Drop a comment and let’s chat!