In Knights of Sidonia 2 9, something finally happens.
Okay, it takes a while. First we have Nagate and Izana off on their romantic visit to the Thousand Year Village, with its cherry blossoms, zero-gravity hot spring, Nagate’s thickness, and Izana’s growing frustration, which causes her to fling him and herself into the lovely giant window shielding them from the vacuum of space. But Yuhata and Tsumugi are somehow peering in, i.e., the show is in full romcom mode so nothing much happens except for some blushing afterward.
Thankfully we get back to more pressing matters after that. They’re close enough to planet nine to send out recons with that armor thing protecting them, and we get an interesting scene where … was that Samari … spits out bile at Nagate because he’s not going out with them. I often wonder how the other pilots react to Nagate’s status. Also, Izana is herself going, replacing a pilot who deserted (another useful look at Gardes morale). And guess what? She sees a gauna, before anyone else does, even the sensors, interesting in itself but that can wait, because this gauna is as nasty and full of tricks as all the others, but it’s to be continued yet again. Damn, if they had cut back on the harem antics we could have gotten this battle already.
Kekkai Sensen 10 promises a big fight, but sort of weasels its way out of it.
It’s really a dirty trick. I mean, we get the makings of a fight between the good guys and the Thousand Regioka Brothers, in Chinese battle suits, but the show decides to get stylish again and so us why Leo was crying over the burger and spaghetti being plunked down in front of him at the diner, basically a tour of the weird and disgusting restaurants in NYC. Sure it’s fun, both for the extreme meals and the trios’ reactions to them–I especially enjoyed Leo’s hallucinatory encounter with the God of Chow, but all the while I was hoping to get back to the big fight they were promising. Sigh. So all we get out of the non-adventure is a little more background on Black, or whoever’s inside him, apparently a caster of high reputation, not that it matters. And as far as the overall story goes, White tells Leo she wants his eyes. We don’t get to see his reaction, for a more ordinary type of messing with the viewer than the show usually employs–the episode ends. Next weeks seems to be a recap, too. Damn.
DanMachi 10 has Bell (now level 2), Werf, and Lili traipsing merrily into the middle floors, where things get very nasty for them. Nasty enough that Hestia organizes a rescue party and is prepared to break the rules and go in herself. I wonder if that would make Bell happy, to get rescued again. Well they haven’t found them yet, and I hope that the moment1t the rescue team gets too far they encounter Bell’s team happily limping their way up with no need for rescue. Probably won’t happen. Hestia spent too much time making a team for such an anticlimax.
Meanwhile, while we and Bell have been told how nasty the middle floors can be, I wonder if Freya has a hand in this. Maybe not. Ouka’s group had just as much trouble. Maybe the floors are really this bad. If so, maybe everyone should have prepped a little more, or made a larger team. It makes you wonder how earlier adventurers survived it. On the other hand, I hope she interferes now. It sort of bugs me to see Hestia and Hermes going into a place where gods aren’t allowed. It would be funny if the gods proved to be completely useless at this and need rescuing themselves.
Nisekoi 9 is in two pieces. In the first half, Raku is forced to clean the school pool and calls upon Chitoge and Chu, and naturally everyone else shows up too, all wearing cute swimsuits. And we meet Fuu, a friend of Haru’s and another new girl for the harem, but after introducing her the story completely forgets she’s there and goes on the usual pool-cleaning comedy bits like slipping on the slimy floor and splashing each other with hoses while Paula hangs back and pretends she’s too cool for them. … and that’s about it. In part two Onodera is sick, Raku is sent to take care of her, and naturally Haru is there to display her jealous rage, until SHE turns out sick, too. Apart from Raku getting the locket back (remember the locket?), nothing much happens in the second half either. I like Haru’s jealous rages, but it’s time the show moved on to other things …