Phew, it’s been a long, long week since last Wednesday. The retreat went really well last weekend, but now I’ve got a career fair coming up a week from today and then I’m hoping things will really have settled by the time that ends, hopefully leaving me with more time to knock out some of the blog posts I’m really itching to write.
Your Lie in April, Episode 17: Pretty much a typical KimiUso episode; lots to love and lots to be annoyed about.
Akatsuki no Yona, Episode 19: Weaker episode this week, but generally saved by Hak.
Shirobako, Episode 18: People who stress out Aoi-chan and get in her way should just quit! It would not be an exaggeration to say that nothing makes me sadder during the week than seeing Aoi get stressed, worried, and bothered by the incompetent people who seem to care only for dragging Third Aerial Girls down (at least, nothing except for when my real life friends get stressed out). Following last week’s sudden and visceral emotional attachment to Aoi has made Shirobako a continuous exercise in loving worry, as there’s nothing I can do for our Best Girl Production Desk besides clench my fists and knit my brow in anxiety. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. The point is that I really like Shirobako and I really like Aoi and I just want everyone to be happy. Thank goodness Yano is back.
Garo, Episode 18: Hoo boy, was that an episode or what? Despite my displeasure with Lara essentially being reduced to a “girl dies so hero can move on in his journey” trope (which essentially implies that it’s less noble to love in peace than it is to fight), I can’t deny that this was the episode of the week. Putting aside for a moment how incredibly good Leon and Alfonso’s duel looked and worked in the context of the show’s themes and general narrative, there were a bucketload of other good moments, not the least of which were German and Ximenia’s anguished parting and Leon’s conclusive confrontation with his own rage. And then, yes, there was that amazing fight—animated brilliantly and perfectly weighted with all the emotional potency of Leon’s long-awaited redemption and return to knighthood.
Log Horizon 2, Episode 19: Maybe I’m getting distracted by stupid stuff like Roe 2’s identity, but this episode baffled me mentally like Log Horizon never has been. Granted, I was absolutely exhausted by the time I watched the episode on Sunday night, but I still felt like there were a lot of connections that I missed between Tohya, the Oydessy Knights, Minori, and Isuzu. The emotional logic just didn’t make total sense to me between the poignant reveal of Tohya’s circumstances before Elder Tale and Isuzu and Minori’s respective declarations of intentions. I dunno. It was probably just me being dumb. One thing that did stand out, though, was Rudy’s face while hearing the Odyssey Knight ridiculing their current existence as a mere game. Rudy’s been to the literal point of death in this world and, furthermore, it’s the place where he’s always lived. To him, at least, the world of Elder Tale is no triviality.
Death Parade, Episode 6: It seems it doesn’t matter what gender the idorus are—I love them all. And their fangirls. The unrestrained, wanton energy of Mayu and Harada, whether it was fangirl shrieking or “DON’T UNDERESTIMATE AN IDOL!,” provided a beautifully bitter contrast to Ginti’s stoic grouchiness and their overall goodness of spirit did the same with his psychopathic treatment of the judgement game. Beyond that, the narrative irony of a game meant to drag out the darkness of the human soul ending up demonstrating the potential beauty of human relationships causes me a certain level of self-satisfied smugness. The judgement system is obviously broken (as are those administering it), and so to see people overriding the inherent dysfunction and unfairness of the situation makes me quite happy. To do it with an idol and his crazy fan in such a campy way just makes it all the better.
In a Sentence:
Durarara!! x2, Episode 6: Many things going on, but of primary interest to me is the looming reiinvolvement of Mikado and Anri in the action of Ikebukuro.
Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!: Dropped. Shows have to give me a reason to want to come back each week, and when I approach falling two weeks behind without caring, that’s a sign it’s time to reclaim another half hour of my week.
Behind On: Absolute Duo, Assassination Classroom, Rolling☆Girls