Another long week, except somehow this week I was caught up early in the weekend and got behind again at the beginning of the week. But, overall, it was a really good week! Two shows (Shirobako and Akatsuki no Yona) impressed me enough to merit their own episodic posts, Your Lie in April pulled me back in and everything else pretty much held steady. Twintails and YuYuYu are the shows that I’m still not sure about.
Shirobako, Episode 5: First impromptu episodic write-up of the season!
Akatsuki no Yona, Episode 6: Yona was also good enough this week for a full write-up! Sakuga!
Your Lie in April, Episode 5: There’s something about this show that pulled me back. You may remember, last week I said I was putting it on hold because of all the noise that was surrounding it after the past couple episodes, but I saw a couple people on Twitter posting screencaps of the episode on Thursday and…I just had to go back. I’m actually thinking I might rewatch these first few episodes again because I have a feeling they just might hit me the right way this time. The biggest danger I see for Your Lie in April going forward (and this goes beyond the freedom-classical dynamic Enzo wrote about last week) is over-simplifying things—Kousei’s past, the music, even the relationships. There’s a lot of depth here, or at least there should be, and as long as Your Lie in April takes the time to let everything breathe, it should be just fine. Like Kousei.
Log Horizon 2, Episode 6: It’s pretty awesome how much better this season of Log Horizon has been than last. Pacing was the first season’s biggest problem, but this season has all but resolved those issues in the last few weeks—things are happening, and they keep happening, all over the world of the game. Akatsuki’s approaching the end of her character arc seemingly about to make big breakthroughs both personally and in combat ability, and her short adventure through the gray world from where she came was well-executed and appropriately discomforting. Equally as atmospheric was her time with Shiroe in the in-between land where the adventurers’ sacrificed memories reside—beautiful, quiet, reflective. What’s even better is that things are happening with Crusty, who we’ve barely seen this season, just as the arc with the murderer is coming to a close. I also feel that I need to apologize to Studio DEEN for my earlier comments on their work in this show because Log Horizon has looked pretty darn good the past few weeks.
selector spread WIXOSS, Episode 6: Okada just keeps running with this, and I’m both ashamed and glad to say that WIXOSS just keeps working for me. There’s something about this show, despite being written in a way that I would find hilariously campy elsewhere, that keeps me invested. It could just be that I feel a sense of commitment to pushing this narrative all the way it can go, clichés and caricatures be damned. Some of this, I’m sure, is indebted to the solid direction and continually superb sound direction. The atmosphere of the show still might be the best thing about it; good enough, in fact, to prop up WIXOSS despite its other flaws.
Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, Episode 6: I dunno where all this nonsense about this week being a recap episode came from. Guess you shouldn’t believe everything you hear on the internet. This was pretty standard Bahamut fare: some silliness, some seriousness, some awesomeness (courtesy of the best rendering of Joan of Arc I’ve yet seen in a fictional story), and the plot continuing to move forward. I’m a bit confused about the demon goals in this situation—it doesn’t sound like Bahamut reviving would be good for anyone at all, so why are they so keen on acquiring the God Key? Will it give them leverage over heaven or something? Either way, it seems their politics have forced Azazael to mount an attack on humanity to try and recover Amira. I’m hoping for some serious Jeanne vs. Azazael action next week!
Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle, Episode 6: Like Bahamut, I pretty much know what I’m going to get each week with Chaika, in a good way. Chaika and Niva make hilarious conversation partners, but the main focus of the episode was the plot (again). It looks like the end game for the story will be here in Hartgen and I have a lot of hopes for how this all could turn out. I kind of wanted Chaika to just blast through the castle walls with Niva Lada, but I suppose that would just be too simple, huh? At the very least, all I want really want to for Frederica to really have a chance to go nuts at least once before we’re done.
In a Sentence:
- Argevollen, Episode 18: The political maneuvering has started in earnest, but it still remains to be seen where the path out of this darkness is.
- YuYuYu, Episode 5: The show’s paced a little bit too fast for me—both in-episode and overall—which is a little bit worrisome for the rest of the season.
- Ore Twintails, Episode 5: At this point, I’m just watching for the ultra moe kaichou (and being pissed off that she’s much less cute transformed).
- Amagi Brilliant Park, Episode 6: Grudging and disappointed respect to Sento for making it through the entire episode without confessing her attraction to Kanie.
- Garo, Episode 6: The episodic structure still isn’t my favorite thing about this show (by a long shot), but I’m more or less just having fun watching Leòn and Germàn go about being themselves with Ema showing up not quite enough.
- Inou Battle, Episode 6: Another really slow moving episode (writing and animation-wise), but I’m sticking around for more Tomoyo and because this is the most sensitive harem anime I’ve ever seen.