The end of the season is nigh, with Chaika being the first show to finish up this week. The crazy time of ending reviews and first impressions (and wow I need to get moving on those Toradora! posts) is almost here.
So have some Chaika while you anticipate!
Your Lie in April, Episode 9: Thank goodness for Best Girl Emi—this episode would have mostly been a flop for me if not for her.
Akatsuki no Yona, Episode 10: I thought I wouldn’t have much to write about. I was wrong.
YuYuYu, Episode 9: It doesn’t matter how sad your tragic premise is if you can’t make it felt, and wow, did YuYuYu do exactly that this week. Your Lie in April started reflecting on the emotion guilt this week, but YuYuYu‘s engagement with guilt was infinitely more moving. Fu’s terrible sadness at feeling responsible for dragging her little sister and her friends into the Hero Club was executed with painful brilliance, both vocally and musically and in writing. It’s been made clear: she loves Itsuki more than anything in the world and wants her little sister to be happy more than she wants herself to be happy. And so she lashes out in her pain, at anyone and everyone. Yuna’s the hero here, make no mistake—sacrificing her own body, literally, to stop Fu’s rampage. She’s probably right: they probably would have still fought to protect their world even had they known about what would happen to them. It’s an awful situation, but that’s what they would have done. Anyways, who says Kishi can’t direct drama? This was effectively executed to the point it was painful. Two episodes left (unless this is headed for a split cour)—I’m totally hooked.
Shirobako, Episode 9: This one was on the more standard side of Shirobako‘s quality continuum (which is still above where most shows are at all), but, as always, there were some really soul crushing lines and some really uplifting moments. I actually really like the way this episode juxtaposed Misa’s artistic agony at the CG company with Kinoshita’s wild creative breakthrough—I mean, dang, sonic engines sprouting off the wings of winged horses? I would like to watch that. As far as portrayals of creativity go, this is one of the best examples I’ve ever seen of how suddenly all ideas seem great and they all come at once and suddenly you’re miles from where you started but it’s exhilarating getting there even so. And the writer leaves with one of the best lines of the episode, “I just came her to play catch.” What an incredibly humble thing to say and to do, to put aside your own ego as an artist and facilitate someone else’s creativity.
Argevollen, Episode 22: How do you like some plot twists in your Argevollen, eh? So, the commander units have had the function to shut down all other units “from the beginning?” We all know what that means, right? That Namie didn’t have to die. Samonji’s clearly been driven beyond the realm of reason by his feelings of guilt, to the point where he’s willing to turn on the men he led for so long. Tokimune’s furious outburst about Samonji making decisions for him was great. He’s right; he made a decision long ago that he wasn’t fighting just to die, but to live. And Samonji has effectively taken away his ability to make that choice. It’s pretty gratifying to see Suzushiro being moved by her unit’s pleas—they all want to stop the captain they love, they all want the same thing. Izumii, it seems, is just trying to enable Samonji, but Suzushiro’s response, “A man’s friendship? I can’t understand that,” was right on point. Do you want what’s best for your friends or all you willing to stand by and let them destroy themselves if they wish to do so?
Hitsugi no Chaika -Avenging Battle-, Episode 10 [END]: And so it ends. In Chaika terms, there’s not a lot more you could really want from the ending to this charming show. Toru makes the contract, Akari and everyone else get to fight, Gaz is betrayed by Niva Lada, and everyone basically lives happily ever after. We don’t get to find out if Chaika recovers her memories or not, but I don’t think it matters that much. Toru has made the decision to stay with her and protect her, and that’s what counts. Peace is restored to the kingdom and everyone lives happily ever after. Well, at least most people who aren’t kicking down doors…
In a Sentence
- Amagi Brilliant Park, Episode 10: One of my favorite episodes of the show yet and it was one with little comedy and a lot of moving character drama for Kanie.
- Log Horizon 2, Episode 10: Well, I’m fired up for this next fight now, so it better live up to the hype that Log Horizon is so good at building.
- Yama no Susume 2, Episode 21: Some uncharacteristically off-model character drawings in a few places for a show that’s usually as close to perfect as you can get with production values.
- Garo the Animation, Episode 10: Piles and piles and piles of solid execution.
- selector spread WIXOSS, Episode 10: Who will be the lucky girl that gets Ulith as her LRIG next?
- Inou Battle, Episode 10: That was a pretty lame episode.
- Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, Episode 10: Please, let Rita be safe!