Only two weeks until the end of season review pile is upon me (or, for KimiUso, like…2 days)! I didn’t do any end of season reviews last season due to the whole Toradora! project, but I’m planning on doing a few this season. I’m still trying to decide on which shows I want to review, but I’m not certain yet. KanColle and Maria the Virgin Witch (yes, I’m planning on picking it back up) are probably both going to be completed by the end of the season, so let me know if you guys have any shows you’d really like me to cover!
Your Lie in April, Episode 21: Where did that episode come from? Best episode KimiUso has had in a long, long time.
Akatsuki no Yona, Episode 23: Episode of the Week! (Stolen from Shirobako) Ahh, it was so good. Make sure to check out my cinematographic breakdown of the Su-won sequence on Tumblr if you haven’t read it already!
Shirobako, Episode 22: A marvelous episode, if only for the beautiful new outfit Aoi got (sadly, only for a brief moment). Not that the rest of the episode was bad at all. Tarou and Hiraoka getting drunk together and talking about their dreams was an adorable, shippable, and touching scene, even if they were bashing Aoi during their drunken buddy time. And then there was Diesel-chan’s chilling line, “What scares me is not being able to become a script writer,” which was essentially a callout of my own exact feelings, and Ema’s dilemma (heh) over whether or not to take the assistant animation director spot being resolved with the help of her friends and Sugie’s wisdom and the heartbreaking scenes of Zuka-chan watching a newbie voice actress talk about her struggles and Mii-chan getting help from Ema even as Ema struggled and Kunogi actually uttering a complete sentence. You got me, Shirobako. You got me with all these wonderful characters and you’re not letting me go. Please don’t go…
Death Parade, Episode 10: Man, what a serene episode to follow up the high-pitched emotion of last week’s episode. We’re clearly getting set up for a fiery finish with both Ginti and Oculus looking like they’re about to make their moves. Somehow, though, Chiyuki (yay, we finally know her name—and it’s a lovely name) is the key to all this because she’s the key to Decim. Although I’m not sure of the details, it seems to me that Decim is Nona’s chosen pawn for overthrowing the judgement system. Part of me is really trying to draw parallels between Jimmy (Decim) and Chiyuki (Chovvo), but the pieces of the story seem too mixed up for it really to be a 1:1 comparison. Perhaps what really needs to happen is for Nona’s statement in episode two—”You know what the most primal emotion is? Fear.”—to be overturned with something else entirely. Love? Friendship? Sadness? Something else? I’m not sure and to have all that swimming around when the episode itself was a peaceful, friendly card game between a generous old woman and two dolls is pretty incredible.
Garo, Episode 22: I think it’s really cool that Garo can do masterfully crafted stuff like the three episode stint starting with Lara’s death and going through the Ema episode, where the visuals are incredible and the story moving, but also execute episodes like this with absolute confidence, even when the production schedule is clearly suffering. The whole “guarding the gate” thing that German does is classic for a “race to the finish” story like this, as are the obstacles that keep showing up in Leon & co’s path. But, slightly wonky character designs and all, Garo continues to execute scene after scene with effective weight. The pacing is basically perfect, cutting between German’s battle and Leon’s journey at perfect moments to build tension, and Octavia taking one more insane step in her chilling commitment to Mendoza sets her as the final gatekeeper, the distraction that will probably cost German his life at the hands of mobs he no longer has the energy to fight. I’m super excited for the final two episodes of this show; it’s been a great ride.
Absolute Duo, Episode 11: So, it all ends next week with one more big boss fight. To be honest, the whole Miyabi x Tor ship is pretty hard to get on board with when the yuri undertones are so strong with Miyabi x Tomoe (I mean, sheesh, y’all have seen third ED song, you know what I mean). And, anyways, Tor is so obviously devoted to Julie that I wouldn’t want that torn apart. Nor do I want Miyabi to be sad all the time, so a good, old-fashioned yuri ship seems like the best way to solve that problem, you know? Err, but the episode! I thought it was pretty cool that the group actually did Miyabi to deal with the obviously overmatched Tomoe. It fell right in line with Absolute Duo‘s surprisingly consistent presentation of a Duo’s bonds as being both paramount in importance and exceptionally strong. Generic? Of course, but it’s still working for me 11 episodes in!
In a Sentence:
- Durarara!! x2, Episode 10: Things continue to become more unraveled and more tangled up at the same time, and it’s a blast to watch.
- Log Horizon 2, Episode 23: I actually think Isaac and Iselus are more adorable to watch than Crusty and Lenessia were.
- Rolling Girls, Episode 10: I’m honestly just sticking with it hoping that we’ll get a few more really amazing looking fight scene before it ends and because of the music.
- Assassination Classroom, Episode 9: I thought Ritsu was going to be something of a wash, but she turned out to be a pretty great addition to the cast even if she isn’t human.