The week of no bad episodes (almost), with the only stragglers being Rolling Girls, which has really fallen off badly since the Kyoto arc, and Absolute Duo‘s disappointing finale. But that’s a small price to pay for the absurd level of excellence pretty much everything else on the schedule brought out. It was a very good week to be an anime fan.
Your Lie in April, Episode 22 [End]: And that’s all she played, you know?
Akatsuki no Yona, Episode 24 [End]: Second season when?
Shirobako, Episode 23: Episode of the Week! Bleh, hate this show. It’s the worst, really. Super mean and hateful and abusive and just bad. UGH. UGHHHHHHH. I was late getting to this episode due to having family in town, so I knew something was coming, but I didn’t realize it would be like this. Not like this. Like most Shirobako episodes, I feel like it’s a bit difficult to talk about the episode because there was so much going on. Yeah, the cowboy scene was great. Yeah, Nogame and Kinoshita’s conversation was really cool. Hell yeah, it was satisfying to see Funny Story-kun getting blasted back by Nogame shouting at him. But all that fades in comparison to the final scene. As much as I rejoice for Zuka-chan and celebrate her finally getting a break, it was Aoi who brought me to tears because the achievement of her dream is so much more relatable for me. Aoi’s conclusion to her existential crisis has been that she wanted to support others as they create and now all her work has come together to allow one of her dear friends to achieve a dream. I’m just happy for everyone. Now, cry with me.
Garo, Episode 23: When Garo is on its cinematic game, it’s truly an awesome thing to see. This episode was packed not only with good action, but with a wealth of beautifully done shots, lending a great deal of aesthetic impact to the force of the fights. It’s one thing to have good fights; it’s another entirely have good fights in combination with cinematography that enhances the merits of the scene beyond the mere excitement of the battle. In terms of the actual plot, I’m a bit bitter about how it seems pretty much everyone besides Leon is going to die (thankfully the show didn’t kill Ximenia this episode). I just don’t see the point in layering on more deaths at this point besides for shock value. If Ema dies, to what end? German is presumably dead; to what end? Is there a point beyond some sort of martial verisimilitude? I don’t really see one.
Death Parade, Episode 11: Whew, that was pretty surreal. Moving from KimiUso‘s final performance of unreal beauty to Death Parade‘s splendid ice skating sequence was a super neat effect. Long moments without dialogue are pretty darn rare in anime, so the trust extended by the creators to their material (and audience) in this episode of Death Parade is really something special—even more so considering this is a show that ends in another episode, so to assume that the audience has the capacity to understand everything that the show is trying to communicate without using words is…a gamble, but a successful one, I think. Contrasted with the somewhat ugly, but ultimately kind, ending to the Maya-Harada saga, Chiyuki’s ongoing suspension manages to achieve a sort of existential tension from the memories of her human life with the immediacy of impending judgement.
Durarara!! x2, Episode 11: That was some riotous fun! Besides the knockout joke at the very end of the episode—sorry, Celty—I had a blast watching this episode, despite the subpar animation (at least by the standards of a semi-climactic episode) thanks to all the different plot lines converging behind on schoolgrounds, because where else would you set a fight between rival gangs? There was also the element of seeing more Kida than we have in a long time, along with Saki giving him a bit of a boost. Both of them are still a bit of a mystery to me, but Saki’s little speech about the difference between girlfriends and friends (not that I necessarily agree with her) was a fascinating little bit of character revelation. I’m anticipating Kida’s return to the fields of play, hopefully outside of Izaya’s poisonous influence.
In a Sentence:
- Assassination Classroom, Episode 10: You know, it’s almost like the students are the side-characters and the various assassins are the actual main characters (along with Koro Sensei)—starting to wonder if the series’ gambit is to place the audience in the students’ seats…
- Log Horizon, Episode 24: Lots of great parts to this episode—like the intensity of the raid—but, of course, the defining moments was the Log Horizon B team boosting Shiroe up with the lessons they learned on their own journey and Akatsuki giving him his glasses back.
- Rolling Girls, Episode 11: Errr…things happened, but not enough of those things were understandable or cool action sequences.
- Absolute Duo, Episode 12 [End]: Final arc kind of puttered to a halt, but at least we got to see K as a Gundam.