So, this was my first full week having being under ten shows. It was nice. I’m hoping this upcoming week allows with few shows allows me to catch up on blogging about things I’ve been wanting to blog about (aka catching up on those BBB posts), but we’ll see how things go. Otherwise, I’m still trying to get used to balancing anime and blogging with work in my headspace—considering taking naps right after work to see if that helps me shift gears better. I’m a work in progress, that’s for sure!
Sound! Euphonium, Episode 8: Make sure to check out yesterday’s post on the experience of watching the episode! The further away I get from this episode, the more I like it.
Ore Monogatari!!, Episode 8: So close to actually being back on schedule with Ore Monogatari!!
Danmachi, Episode 9: There are only three episodes left of this show and I’m sad about it. Danmachi always was something of a speculative pick for me due to knowing its weaknesses from the light novel, but it’s really turned out to be a show that means a lot to me. The family themes I wrote about weeks back are still prominent, but (obviously) Danmachi doesn’t have any traditional families, just ad hoc groups of people who form for mutual benefit. The next step, though, is the important one and it’s repeated once more in this episode with Bell and Welf: if you’re open to it, mutual benefit can turn into mutual affection. As with Hestia, then Lili, now Bell’s family has grown once more from a relationship based on a business partnership into bonds than run much deeper. I think that’s a pretty cool message to be sending. Sure, Danmachi‘s writing is lazy and sure, it’s riddled with obnoxious fanservice, but the earnestness with which it pursues its ideas about growing closer together and reaching for your dreams just works for me.
Nisekoi:, Episode 8: The Magical Patisserie Kosaki-Chan segment of the episode is honest the most offbeat Nisekoi has ever been, and not necessarily in a good way. It was amusing, definitely, but there was some obviously annoying stuff that cropped up. The second half of the episode was pretty dull as well—Haru just doesn’t bring the energy to the screen that Chitoge (or even Marika!) does and the “man-hater” trope is among my least favorite ever. Turns out the Onoderas are all boring.
Blood Blockade Battlefront, Episode 9: If I’m being honest, this episode didn’t connect into the realm of emotional “liking,” staying at the more intellectual level of “liking.” I think that’ll change upon inevitable rewatch, but it’s interesting because I haven’t reacted to BBB like that…since episode 3, I guess. I’m a bit sad a number of people in my immediate circle seem to have cooled on the show, but that’s not stopping me. And, as I said in the intro, I’m hoping to start catching up on the posts for the show this week!
Yamada-kun, Episode 8: I think we all knew Yamada-kun would eventually end up running into trouble with its pacing, but this is really the first time I truly felt it. Others have noticed it earlier, but I think Noa being one of my favorite side characters and her arc containing some more emotionally charged material made obvious how, despite Michiko Yokote’s admirable work on series composition, missing the extra emotional beats and extra comedic gags really does hurt Yamada-kun‘s overall ability to be both fun and emotionally effective. Noa’s struggle and passion for helping her friends is quite poignant, but trying to build up all that emotional weight within a single episode is a tough request—one that inevitably couldn’t be fulfilled. It’s a shame because I think Michiko Yokote is good enough that with more flexibility they could have really smoothed the edges of Noa’s story. But alas. It was not to be.
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic, Episode 9: After a weaker episode last week, Kinmoza was back in form with more Karen, more Karen, and more Karen! I suppose that is all I have to say about that, really. And what more is there to be said?
And…that’s the end? Wow, these posts are short—and I even included everything I watched! Maybe I’ll start throwing in notes on shows I’m watching out of my backlog, if you guys would be interested in them. Also, please don’t stop commenting with your thoughts on the stuff you guys are watching! Even if I’ve dropped a lot of stuff, that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in hearing what other people are thinking about them.
Finally, stayed tuned for a Super Big Awesome Crazy Announcement Thing coming later tonight. The official time for the news to break is 7:05 PM Central, but that’ll be on Twitter. A blog post with more details will go up a little after that.