Fall 2022 – Catching Up…

Do It Yourself - Purin joins the DIY club.

Take a week off for the holiday, hit a writer’s block, and all the sudden I have four weeks to catch up on…  Which I have finally managed to do more-or-less.

You know the drill, hit the jump and let’s run ’em down!

The shows that I’m watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italicsstrikethrough marks dropped shows and (*) marks shows that are watched but not regularly reviewed.

Akiba Maid War
Akiba Maid Sensou

Episodes 7 – 8  Tried, especially at the ball game, to straddle a weird line between Maid Sensou‘s rather direct approach and Nagomi’s newfound devotion to a non violent path.  It didn’t really work.

Akiba Maid War - Lady Omoe ClimbEpisode 9  The festival was much more in line with what had been established earlier in the season…  Competition and violence and weird devotion to it’s established mythos.  And Nagomi not really giving a fig (not even really being aware) about Oinky Doink’s ordained position the world.

Episode 10 Veered off into very strange territory.  But to be fair, they established Ranko’s willingness to help someone else get out of the life way back in Episode 4.  So I can’t blame her for grabbing at the brass ring.

Haven’t decided how I feel about Okachimachi being a people in a panda suit.

Bocchi the Rock!

Episodes 7-8

Mostly more of the same from Bocchi-chan…  Except for this.  Bocchi pulling the other girls into sync and forcing them to do their best with the sheer power of her music.  Beautiful.  And did you notice the shots from her POV?  She’s bold enough to initiate that solo – but she’s looking at the floor.  Baby steps, baby steps.

Also, Nijika has figured out that Bocchi is guitarhero…  But she’s not bothered that Bocchi hid it.  She’s happy to have Bocchi, herself.

Episode 9

A fun episode, but what amount to a pure CGDCT episode seems a bit out of place.  On the other hand, it shows how the girls aren’t really a friend group yet.  They’re just co-workers and bandmates.  I hope they don’t go the “we gotta become as one to become a band” route.

And – they brought up the school festival.  Yep, final arc – ready, GO!

Episode 10

So they are going to do a school festival concert…  Kinda nice how Kita gave her a little nudge.  She was apologetic that she did so, but I don’t think she was wrong.  More than anything Bocchi needs friends who understand here – and who give her that little nudge.

Do It Yourself!!

Episodes 8-11

Al nicely done…  This is one of those shows that’s getting harder to comment about because it’s just so smooth….

– Not all surprised with Serafu’s grades.  She’s never been coded as stupid, just absent minded and clumsy.  Sadly, some people mistake those for not being bright.

Do It Yourself - Purin joins the DIY club.– Nor am I surprised at Purin joining the club, It’s basically been telegraphed since Ep 1.  But I am glad it was done so naturally.  And she’s so obviously so happy to belong.  For undisclosed reasons she’s been lonely and missing Serafu for a very long time.

Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit
Yama no Susume: Next Summit

Episode 8

– Finally Honoka!  I have a soft spot for a fellow photographer.  This is also why I’ve been complaining about expanding the cast – it’s more about not using the existing cast effectively.

Episode 9

– So that’s where Aoi’s father has been.  He doesn’t live at home because of his job.  And Hinata’s mother is everything I would have expected had I thought about it.  That apple, as Aoi observes, didn’t fall far from the tree.

And this is the 2nd episode in a row with a bit of a Kokona focus.  I approve.  Also, they’re time skipping like nobody’s business.  Handy for the growing “we’re growing up and moving on” background plot, also for getting back to mountain climbing season.

Not enough time left for a Mt Fuji arc (if one is forthcoming), so the only question is:  Fifth season when?!?

Episode 10

Some nice, and much needed, growth for Aoi in both halves of the episode. I get it that characters can’t change too much – but if time is going to pass, they can’t stand entirely still either.

Episode 11

Screenshot (470)So, they are off to Mt Fuji are they?  In retrospect, I’m not surprised as it will make a perfect ending for the series.  I wish it had gotten another half or full episode though as the experience isn’t going to have time to breathe.

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And for the last couple of days the OP has been earworming me…  It’s a darn good one.  And I love the part from about 00:57 to about 1:08, where the girls are setting off.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury
Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo

Episodes 7-10

Man, so much has happened here and I didn’t keep up with writing.  Nor do I even know how to sum up, though I’ll try.

– Minorie seems to be trying to destroy the system from the inside?  But I don’t see how.  Maybe she’s just trying to show up dear old Dad by beating him at his own game, by being more than just a prize.  But…  she’s still cleaving to Suletta.  All very confusing.

– Poor Earth House, caught up in the middle and being used by Minorine.  And not realizing because, I think, “the enemy of my enemy is my ally”.

– Poor Suletta caught up in everyone else’s games.  And her poor self image, social awkwardness, and general inexperience aren’t helping.

And last but not least – the Vanadis Incident was twenty years ago.  Suletta seems to be in her teens.  Things that make you go hmm….

My Hero Academia 6
Boku no Hero Academia 6

Episodes 8-11

Lots of father son / action here…  All For One and Shigaraki, Dabi and Endeavor, All Might and Deku.  (And only the latter isn’t crazy dysfunctional.)

– All For One embedded himself into Shigaraki, not trusting him, not wanting to be “absent” from his moment of triumph.  (And not without cause, Shigaraki has his own agenda.)  An interesting comparison with the previous holders of One For All, who seem to be more a team supporting Deku.

– Speaking of Dabi and Endeavor and the huge reveal…  MHA is leaning heavily into the question of validity.  What makes a hero, a hero?  What sin, what activity, what behavior makes them worthy or unworthy of the mantle?

Play It Cool, Guys
Cool Doji Danshi

Episodes 7-11

Now that our entire cast is gathered into the orbit of the cafe…  It seems to be settling into a low key workplace/slice of life/comedy.  And I am so here for that!

And like many such low key shows, it’s hard to comment about.

SPY x FAMILY: Part II

Episodes 8-11

I have not enjoyed this arc.  Nightfall was just annoying and the whole thing just served to further minimize Yor’s role in the family and the show.  (Which, I give and grant, is repetitive since they’re one and the same.)

(*) 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.

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That’s about all I have to say…  With th Christmas holiday approaching, may or may not get a post out next week.  (Busy, busy.)  Plus that’ll let me take a little while longer to write up the final episodes…  I think everyone by Gundam Mercury will wrap up this week or next.

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So, over to you!  Drop a comment and let’s chat!

8 thoughts on “Fall 2022 – Catching Up…”

  1. Maybe I really will get back to Yama no Susume one day. Really, I can’t remember why I stopped watching it (I deliberately don’t say “dropped” since I remember no such decision). I liked what I saw, and it’s really one of my genres, too. One day.

    Gundam has the usual Gundam pattern for me: the plot gets going and I lose interest little by little. Usually, the setting’s great, the characters are great, but the plot doesn’t pull me in. Usually that shouldn’t be problem, since I’ve never really prioritised plot, but pretty much all Gundam’s I’ve tried I quit around half-way through. I did finish the first season of Iron Blooded Orphans, but never came back for second, so… still half-way through – in a way. Is this a two-cour? If so, I might not be here anymore next season. And it’s not beause it’s bad, or I dislike it. It just… doesn’t pull me in. And that keeps happening with Gundam shows.

    Yeah, nothing much to say about Do It Yourself, but I love it to bits. The character designs are definitely one of the show’s big strengths. I mean looking at the screenshot, I see how well the respective haircuts describe the characters in question.

    I was fine with this arc of SpyXFamily. I don’t think the problem’s minimizing Yor’s role in the family, though – it’s more the imbalance that we know next to nothing about her job, her contacts, etc. compared to Loid. This is a problem in two ways – imbalanced worldbuilding, and “reducing the female character to her role in the family, even though that’s clearly not all there is to her”. Still, the show’s fun enough.

    And I’m really glad we have both Cool Doji Danshi and Bocchi the Rock; though I don’t have much to say.

    The surprise of the season is Shinobi no Ittokki. I thought it would be a boring by-the-numbers shounen fighter, but there’s actually some pretty good world-building in there, and while nothing’s new all the character work is competently executed. This is not a recommendation, though. But then expected, a lot better, but still… just sort of okay.

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  2. I did finish the first season of Iron Blooded Orphans, but never came back for second, so… still half-way through – in a way. Is this a two-cour?

    Honestly, you didn’t miss much. The first cour was far superior… Yes, Mercury Witch is two-cour.

    Yeah, nothing much to say about Do It Yourself, but I love it to bits. The character designs are definitely one of the show’s big strengths. I mean looking at the screenshot, I see how well the respective haircuts describe the characters in question.

    That’s what’s been so great about it, isn’t? It’s just firing on all cylinders… I’ve a couple of quibbles with it, but they’re seriously minor.

    Same with Play It Cool Guys. Two shows that aren’t getting nearly enough chatter.

    I don’t think the problem’s minimizing Yor’s role in the family, though – it’s more the imbalance that we know next to nothing about her job, her contacts, etc. compared to Loid. This is a problem in two ways – imbalanced worldbuilding, and “reducing the female character to her role in the family, even though that’s clearly not all there is to her”.

    That might be a better way to put it… But I think in the end, we’re in violent agreement.

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  3. Realized I have even more to catch up on, having not posted all season… here’s what I’ve watched at least an episode of, this season:

    4-nin wa Sorezore Uso o Tsuku:
    Watched the first three eps, not bad but “soft drop”… never consciously decided to drop it but not motivated to catch up.

    Akiba Maid Sensou:
    Loving the hell out of this… I don’t find the rapid tonal gear-shifts between silly and serious to be as jarring as you do. I’ve got half a mind to go try to dig up which old yakuza movies they’re riffing on.

    Bocchi the Rock!:
    Was not on my radar at the start of the season, binged the first five eps over Thanksgiving, may catch up over Christmas.

    Chainsaw Man:
    This season’s hyped shounen battler… very similar to Jujutsu Kaisen but I’m actually liking Chainsaw Man a bit more.

    Do It Yourself!!:
    This season’s comfy relaxing TV anime.

    Eiga Yuru Camp:
    Movie based on a previous season’s comfy relaxing TV anime. And I have to say… 24 minutes is about the right dose for this show. Two hours was… tedious.

    Fumetsu no Anata e Season 2:
    Has moved on from season 1’s “tragedy of the week” pattern. Started getting interesting again after a fairly substantial time-jump, with some good world-building about the effects on society of having an immortal being walking around in it.

    Fuufu Ijou, Koibito Miman.:
    Kept expecting to hit a breaking point with this series, especially after the ridiculous premise, but the characters have been just engaging enough to keep me around to the end.

    Golden Kamuy:
    This season was just getting good when it got put on hiatus due to the unexpected death of a key staffer.

    Kidou Senshi Gundam~ Suisei no Majo:
    The setup could be called Revolutionary Gundam Utena but it’s moved on a bit from that. Not my favorite Gundam series but not bad either.

    Lupin Zero:
    Was just reminded that the first two eps are out… haven’t watched it but intending to check it out.

    Ren`ai Flops:
    See 4-nin wa Sorezore Uso o Tsuku.

    Spy x Family:
    Agree more backstory on Yor would help… simultaneously I’m getting impatient at the slow pace of the main plot.

    Tonikaku Kawaii~ Seifuku:
    Cute little OVA based on the cute little TV series.

    Urusei Yatsura:
    So we’re just not going to talk about this series? Although I wouldn’t put it quite on the level as Yamato 2199, it’s a very high quality remake. After the first couple of episodes, it starts skipping ahead in the manga. As I understand it, they’re trying to cover all the fan-favorite eps in this series’ 46-episode run, but they have quite a few secondary characters they have to introduce first.

    Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! Double:
    Like you, not much to say week to week. I keep thinking there will be some actual plot movement and the show keeps teasing in that direction.

    I don’t have a clear front-runner for AotS even at this late date. This season is heavy on “good” shows but light on obvious “great” shows.

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    1. Realized I have even more to catch up on, having not posted all season…

      With what just ended, I bet you’ve been pretty busy the last couple of months. (I assume you’re involved, you’ve never said one way or the other.)

      Quite a dump though, so I’ll just hit the high spots.

      Urusei Yatsura: So we’re just not going to talk about this series?

      I’m not watching it… Did some reading on it, decided it wasn’t for me.

      Tonikaku Kawaii~ Seifuku: Cute little OVA based on the cute little TV series.

      A little more… suggestive than the main series too. I don’t dislike it, but I don’t know that I like it either. Either way, a nice little appetizer for the upcoming 2nd season.

      Eiga Yuru Camp: Movie based on a previous season’s comfy relaxing TV anime. And I have to say… 24 minutes is about the right dose for this show. Two hours was… tedious.

      Agreed. They really needed to trim 30-45 minutes.

      You really should get caught up on Bocchi. The penultimate episode was a banger, and I can’t wait to see how they play the finale.

      Speaking of comfy, Cool Doji Danshi is settling into a nice SOL groove. And IMO, it’s not getting nearly the buzz it deserves.

      I don’t have a clear front-runner for AotS even at this late date. This season is heavy on “good” shows but light on obvious “great” shows.

      I think Yama no Susume S4, DIY, and Bocchi are going to end up in my “trembling on the edge of greatness” tier. The latter two may rate hire depending on the way they stick the landing.

      Akiba Maid Sensou: I’ve got half a mind to go try to dig up which old yakuza movies they’re riffing on.

      Do I hear a guest post coming? :) :)

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      1. With what just ended, I bet you’ve been pretty busy the last couple of months. (I assume you’re involved, you’ve never said one way or the other.)

        Nah, I’m involved with the other 60’s knock-off. But a lot of former colleagues were working this one so I was rooting for them.

        I’m not watching it… Did some reading on it, decided it wasn’t for me.

        Fair enough. It’s a big nostalgia trip for me, and it was an influential series that spawned a whole genre… but if you don’t care for the genre and don’t have that nostalgia tie to the original… I can easily see giving it a pass.

        You really should get caught up on Bocchi. The penultimate episode was a banger, and I can’t wait to see how they play the finale.

        Ultimately I did and I’m glad I did. Still no closer to picking an AotS winner, and thinking maybe I just don’t need to, this season.

        Speaking of comfy, Cool Doji Danshi is settling into a nice SOL groove. And IMO, it’s not getting nearly the buzz it deserves.

        This one I didn’t start… mostly because I sidetracked myself and finally finished Death Note, which I started watching back when it was new but fell behind on and never finished. I was all primed to be disappointed by the ending but it was somewhat better than I expected.

        Do I hear a guest post coming? :) :)

        Don’t hold your breath. :) If I’m going anywhere with this idea, I’ll need a lot of help from a friend who is into yakuza movies but maid anime, not so much.

        Also, I dropped Lupin Zero after about ten minutes. Hopefully Lupin III vs Cat’s Eye will be better (I was a fan of Cat’s Eye back in the 80s).

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        1. Ultimately I did and I’m glad I did. Still no closer to picking an AotS winner, and thinking maybe I just don’t need to, this season.

          Bocchi, Do It Yourself, maybe Gundam Witch if it sticks the landing.

          Also, I dropped Lupin Zero after about ten minutes. Hopefully Lupin III vs Cat’s Eye will be better (I was a fan of Cat’s Eye back in the 80s).

          Lupin III:The First is streaming on Hulu and rentable/buyable on others. It’s a fun little romp.

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  4. Well episode 8 turned me around on Bocchi. It was the episode I had been hoping for (and expecting from episode 1). I still think the show spent too much time on Hitori’s anxiety but at least they were innovative about it at times. The concert footage was fine and i did like the PoV looking down on her guitar. That was different and felt right too. I didn’t think that was due to her anxiety, more that is what you do when you play, even players who don’t seem to be looking at their instrument are keeping an eye on their action and fingering from time to time, and it is what I would expect from a young musician out to do her best in her first real gig,

    Apart from the concert footage (jumping ahead a little here) I have liked that they have dialed Hitori’s anxiety down a bit and this has allowed the other characters to step forward more. As a result their dynamism has also improved the show for me.

    In summary I still find Akiba Maid War the AotS, due to its unpredictable originality. MSG Witch of Mercury is a fun watch and looks good but at its heart it’s a story line we have seen before (Struggling outsider with a special skill at a new school plus extras). Bocchi and Do It Yourself come close – I’ve been watching DiY and have found myself comfortably drawn into their world each time I do. Its a great slice of life show.

    Best fantasy/Isekai so far is probably Eminence in Shadow with Studio A-Cat’s farmer hero show close behind. Its kind of dumb but where else would you see a villain taken down with a turnip (or Daicon)? I will give a nod to Beast Tamer which is likeable enough for a fluff harem fantasy show due to its engaging characters. It is a good way to burn 25 minutes.

    Happy holidays everyone! (time to watch the Gabriel Dropout Xmas episode now) :)

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    1. Sorry for the late reply, slipped my mind post-Christmas.

      Well episode 8 turned me around on Bocchi. It was the episode I had been hoping for (and expecting from episode 1).

      I’ve spent most of the season telling people to watch Bocchi, when I haven’t been telling them to watch DIY or Play It Cool Guys. :) Glad you stuck with it.

      In summary I still find Akiba Maid War the AotS, due to its unpredictable originality.

      Maid lost me in mid-season, when the plot took a zig. I stuck it out, but I was never as happy as I was in the beginning.

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