I’m kind of wondering to myself if this is the new normal for me—will I never feel as to blog and writer as I did before the real world came? I’m hoping it’s just the transition affecting me more than I realize, but it’s a bit upsetting how much of a non-positive effect I feel the move to the real world has had on my blogging. I’m gonna keep at it, though! There are shows that must be championed, even this late in the season!
Ore Monogatari!!, Episode 9: Nothing like complaining and then second-guessing your own complaints for 1000 words!
Sound! Euphonium 9: Well, as expected, this episode wasn’t really anything like last week’s episode. But different doesn’t always mean worse. This week’s Eupho had its own share of moments, although they were certainly quieter than the brash decadence of episode 8. Natsuki and Hazuku not making it through auditions was especially rough, but the generally tense atmosphere of the entire runtime was impressive. Add to this the pressure points of the existing character drama and you’ve got one heck of an episode—everything seems wound up again after the release of the hilltop song and I wouldn’t be surprised to see another solid portion of drama coming our way before all is said and done.
Danmachi, Episode 10: I continue to be impressed by Danmachi‘s ability to turn in episodes that capitalize on everything I love about the show. This week’s combination of camaraderie, uncertain adventuring, and more of that sweet familial touch via Hestia imparted was delightful, and the fact that J.C. Staff is still actually animating fights after episode 8’s blockbuster battle against the minotaur is hugely gratifying. As far as the actual story goes, the biggest thing that caught my attention was how Bell went absolutely berserk on the minotaurs that corner him, Lili, and Welf towards the end of the episode. Easily lost in the wow factor of Bell’s hero skill activating is that, even after having defeated what was the symbol of his humiliation in front of Aiz, Bell continues to be triggered by the sight of these particular monsters—my interpretation is that they have come to represent exactly everything he fears being, and so his only reaction is to strike and fight back against the physical manifestation of his own insecurities. But I think Danmachi seems to be angling towards pointing out that he can’t do it alone, although how Hestia’s rescue pans out will be integral in how that particular theme is articulated.
Nisekoi, Episode 9: Just please bring back the Chitoge episodes; the show is dull without her. Or, actually, maybe don’t. I’m loathe to see SHAFT’s obvious production struggles mar her pretty face…
Blood Blockade Battlefront, Episode 10: This might be the last new episode of BBB I watch for a month, as I’m considering waiting until the finale airs to watch episodes 11 and 12. This episode, though, was an absolute riot—a welcome throwback to the zany, unkempt energy of the early episodes that so endeared the show to me.
Yamada-kun, Episode 9: A nice recovery episode for Yamada-kun, which for all my craze definitely had a sort of stumble last week. The inclusion of humor in the episodes really seems to be an important element that holds Yamada-kun‘s charms solidly in place. When the show strays too far into drama-only territory, it starts to lack energy. On the other hand, it seems nothing can slow down the power of the Yamada x Urara ship, which continues to be hugely impressive in its communicativeness, trust, and (obviously) adorableness. Although I doubt we’ll get the pleasure of actually seeing them get together in the anime, Yamada actually giving us a straightforward confession (even if it was to Miyamura) puts Yamada-kun‘s relationship status far beyond what most anime do ever. How do we start a campaign for more women mangaka to write shounen manga? More of this and we might actually see high schoolers thinking that healthy relationships should be the norm!
Kinmoza, Episode 10: Easily one of my favorite anime beach episodes ever; although, considering how banal and crass most are, that’s not a huge compliment. I don’t mean to damn with faint praise, though—this was a delightful episode from almost all of the characters, which was nice. Karen’s definitely capable of carrying an entire episode by herself, but I like when she doesn’t have to.
Rose of Versailles, Episodes 17-40 [END]: Yeah, I know. It was a lot of anime over the weekend. A lot of you said you were interested in reading about what I was doing with my backlog, so here it is! I finished Rose of Versailles over the weekend to review it for the Otaku Review. It’s an amazing show; well-deserving of it’s classic status. It also features the most doomed ship I have ever had the misfortune to board. It was agonizing in the best way possible. I’ve already got a few solid paragraph down for a longer reflection on the show. Look for it sometime later this week!