I can’t really figure out how to say this well, so I’ll just go for blunt: this is probably going to be my last post on here for a while. The lead-off is that I’m leaving tomorrow on a 10-day business trip. I’ll be staffing a big conference put on by my workplace, and I’m not anticipating much free time to watch anime—let alone write about it. The second part is that I’m feeling kind of burned out these days. As seriously as I take this blog as something I’ve made a commitment to (primarily because of my readers), continuing on like I have been for the past month or so seems like a surefire way to entirely sap the joy out of writing. To a large extent, the pressure I’ve been putting on myself to continue churning out content is probably mostly to blame—and the only way I can see to purge myself of that mentality is to put myself in a blogging time-out of sorts; that is, a hiatus.
I don’t expect it’ll last forever (and maybe even that long). If I continue to watch anime, I’m going to have things to say. And if I have things to say, you can be darn sure I’ll start writing again! But, for now, forcing myself to write stuff I’m not excited to write is making me feel like I’m not putting out stuff that’ll make people excited to read it. When I can do that again, I’ll be back!
With all that said, I apologize in advance for what’s going to be a rather abbreviated Anime Weekly post. I’ve still got to pack for my trip tonight (Tuesday)!
Gakkou Gurashi, Episode 5: Without a doubt, the most fascinating thing about this show is Yuki’s head. Well, not her actual head, but what’s going on inside of it. In the space of a single episode, she goes into what seems like total shellshock at the sight of the zombies, so much so that we get a scene in a nursery in which Yuki falls asleep—even the setting indicates the childlike state her mind is in—and we also get Yuki acting with certainty of purpose as she dashes in amongst the zombies to save Miki. And the, right afterwards, we see she’s reverted to her old self. So, what gives? Split personalities? Faking her cluelessness? Who can say at this point…what’s clear is that there are more layers to this whole situation than it seemed even after the premiere’s twist and that Manga Time Kirara titles should continue getting anime adaptations.
Classroom Crisis, Episode 6: A strong return from last week’s less-than-stellar episode. Mizuki continues to be one of the season’s most genuinely charming characters thanks to her sheer goodness of spirit. It was also really interesting getting to watch Mizuki and Kaitou’s (rather similar) reactions to hearing the truth about Nagisa’s past life. It’s easy to tell that the two siblings (in stark contrast to the relationship between Nagisa and his brother) are very similar in their empathy and genuine care for other people. While Seekirasee (my affectionate nickname for the show) has been edged out by Akagami no Shirayuki-hime as my favorite of the season, there’s still so much that I love about this show—I’ll be there until the very end!
Durarara!! x2-2, Episode 6: The story continues to move along this week, albeit a bit slower thanks to the diversion into Ruri’s backstory (which boasted some of Durarara!!‘s best visuals since I dunno how long). As long as people continue to bounce around in this show, I’m going to be happy—and I’m super curious to see what the wider implications of this stalker arc are going to have on the city of Ikebukuro at large. Someone’s going to take him out, but who? Shizuo? Celty? Anri? Mikado and his gang? Kida (nah)? Whatever happens, I hope the momentum the show’s built up to this point carries through the end of the arc and keeps the story of Ikebukuro rolling.
Working!!!, Episode 6: Sorry, are you seeing what I’m seeing? Are you seeing love blossom in the air?? I am, and as someone who’s liked Inami from the basically the beginning, I’m super thrilled to see her relationship with Takanashi really starting to progress. Although…it is a bit weird to see all these plot threads that were formerly jokes coming to an end…
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, Episode 6: Elegant, demure, restrained, dignified, beautiful. All these words describe Shirayuki-hime right now and I’m loving every moment of it. Shirayuki continues to be an absolute joy to watch on screen, while Zen and the rest of his posse (Obi, Kiki (who is great!), and Mitsuhide) continue to provide excellent support for the main relationship and a nice variety of color to the story. And, as always, Oshima’s music and Ando’s direction are beautiful compliments—both to each other and to the show as a whole. Watch Shirayuki-hime, guys. It’s great.
Gatchaman Crowds insight, Episode 6: How long until things really start to go south for the Gelsedra-led Japan—I can’t wait!
Ushio to Tora, Episode 6: Continuing to dig this, although I’d like for Asako not have to be rescued every episode…
Gate, Episode 6: Aaaaaaand here it comes—uncomfortable sexually charged, violence-induced scenes and ridiculous militaristic fetishism…except Gate is so transparent about it that it ends up being kind of comical, if slightly unnerving to see.
Castle Town Dandelion, Episode 6: Little comedy in an episode mostly interested in light character drama—I was a fan, and I think this break to flesh out some of the characters a bit more will benefit the show in the long run.
I haven’t got to Overlord yet, but I have finished the second season of Kuroko’s Basketball (which I found somewhat less good than the first season due to lower production values, but still good enough to marathon 18 episodes at once) and have started watching Heartcatch Precure!, the first episode of which I greatly enjoyed. I’ll probably be watching more Precure! during my trip, since hotel wifi is notoriously sketchy.
Anyways, that’s all for me for now! I’ll still be writing Aniwords over on Crunchyroll and doing review on Otaku Review during this hiatus—and I’ll make sure I continue to post those links over here for you guys. Again, I apologize for the hiatus, but I’m hoping it’s a good thing in the long run.