Sidonia and Mekaku 6, Kanojo Flag 6-7, Nisekoi 19

One last happy moment.
One last happy moment.

Knights of Sidonia 6 does what I hoped the series would do sooner or later, have Nagate apparently fuck up and cost Sidonia a life, Shizuka no less. While it’s nice to see the hero triumph, it gets dull if that’s all he does, misadventures adjusting to his new life on Sidonia aside. Mind you, we don’t see what happened, only that he’s getting blamed for it. It’s likely that Kunato is changing the story a little or a lot to make himself out to be the hero and Nagate the goat. And while we get battle scenes for next week’s preview we don’t know if it’s a flashback or not, well, I couldn’t, because I still have a hard time telling characters apart, especially when they’re wearing helmets. You have to feel sorry for Nagate; not only does he (apparently) fuck up, but the details are streamed and discussed for the entire colony to see, with status reports scrolling underneath like it was a post-game show.

Every harem has its own dynamic.
Every harem has its own dynamic.

I also think that if I was one of those soldiers, I’d start considering trips to the bathysphere as bad luck. We’ve been there twice before battles and both times it’s ended badly. It also marked the end of Nagate’s victory tour where he adds not only Yuhata to his harem but all of the sexy Honoka sisters. Of course, he lost the main harem girl in Shizuka, but it’s still a plus for him overall. The getting-into-the-bathysphere scene could have come out of any dozen harem shows. I should have figured that it would go downhill from there. And with Kobyashi receiving warnings from the dead guys that Nagate is a pawn, and that the fighting so far has helped to quell unrest in the colony, you wonder if the darkness and secret plotting in Sidonia is going to catch up to the frightening gauna outside it.

Takane, and a fish.
Takane, and a fish.

Mekaku City Actors 6 is, I guess, a flashback episode, but this is sneaked in when we learn that the grouchy, shy girl named Takane’s game name is Ene, or some variant of that, and a younger Shintarou defeats her at a game she was practically unbeatable at. Why she wound up as an avatar in Shintarou’s devices isn’t explained. Instead, we get an intro scene where she runs through a city that’s falling apart around her (with insert song, rather a good one. I liked both the songs this episode. The others so far I could take or leave), then grumbles as her teacher makes her and Haruka, her only friend, do a special event for the school festival. Various stuff happens, most of it normal apart from Kiba and Kano’s cameo, the growing realization of who Takane actually is, and the general weirdness you get with Shaft, like that fish. It’s a delight, a sort-of character study of Takane, who resents the things the world throws at her, or is afraid of them, but obviously liking her friend Haruka and cheering up adorably when he praises her. It makes me sad because I’d much rather watch Takane than the Ene she’s going to become.

Those plot flags are certainly convenient.
Those plot flags are certainly convenient.

Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara 6 brings us yet another harem member, possibly not the last, in Kurumiko, a poor middle-schooler who pops up to give Souta ice cream and watered-down drinks when he’s just tried going into the water again. She’s got story flags and death flags popping out of her head every other minute, and Souta has to deal with one or the other as they come, which is fine because there’s nothing else for him to do but sit on the beach. I’m a little curious as to why she didn’t get a “little sister” flag, but not enough to worry. Oh, there’s a weirdo evil council meeting at the beginning, and then we see a girl who will be next week’s new haremette. She’s got the same flag-seeing abilities that Souta has, so naturally the show introduces her and then forgets all about her until the final seconds. I still can’t figure out if this is because the show is clever or inept, or just unsure what kind of show it wants to be, which, I suppose, makes it the latter.

A tsundere is introduced to the rest of Souta's harem.
A tsundere is introduced to the rest of Souta’s harem.

But we get back to Mei in episode 7. Apparently all she’s really good for is shifting some plot levers. First she arranges for Kurumiko to move to the dorm (Mimori and Tsumugi as well, and Mei), then she takes Souta on a little ride through dimensions, then saves his life temporarily by messing with his death flag. For her trouble, Sakura shows up and wipes her memory. Not very nice of her. What we learn from Souta’s head-trip makes the story almost incomprehensible. I can understand witnessing the deaths of people he had saved scenes, but the person he saves on that ship turns out to be a teacher from another dimension who’s going to be the hero of HER story, in which she’ll be doing the same things Souta’s doing in HIS story. This was about the time I flung up my hands and decided to just count harem girls instead. I count ten so far, but I’m not sure if Tsumugi really counts. Grandmas aren’t normally considered harem girls.

Rehearsal.
Rehearsal.

Finally, Nisekoi 19 gives us another example of just how bad Onodera’s luck is. Last week or so she got assertive and came on to Raku, only to find he had fallen asleep. This week she was going to play Juliet to his Romeo for the school play, and she sprains her ankle. The gods of comedy in this series are certainly blatant, though I figured it would work out like this. This is annoying to me because the Raku/Chitoge relationship can go hang as far as I’m concerned. I am 100% on Onodera’s side and was thoroughly enjoying this episode when the two main characters were furious with each other. So it now looks like we’ll get a series finale with a hopefully entertaining production of Romeo and Juliet with a Juliet who really “hates” Romeo and doesn’t know her lines. While that sounds promising, we’ll also get poor Onodera watching from backstage, hopefully not crying her eyes out. Bah.

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