Bungou Stray Dogs 9 looked at first to be following the story: Kyouko, the assassin-girl, and Atsushi, the boy who feels sorry for her, not to mention what is happening with Dazai, but now it looks like the two incidents are two different stories with two different motives, with only Kyouko linking them. One is straightforward; Atsushi doesn’t want to turn the girl in to authorities, then the bad guys abduct him (and Kyouko), and now he’s or maybe they are being shipped into international waters. And next week, judging from the previews, there will be a big fight. The other one, Dazai vs whoever is in front of him, is more interesting, because we don’t know why Dazai let himself be abducted, or why the Port Mafia even tried in the first place. He’s got a big fight coming up, too, but since we don’t know why they’re fighting, I’m more interested in it than the Atsushi/Akutagawa bout, though I do wonder what they’ll do about the girl.
Kuromukuro 9 has the big story, fighting off the enemy mecha, but in order to do that they have to take care of other stories. Yukina awakens in a cave filled with her dad’s paraphernalia, but is immediately drugged or something by the robot that’s what’s left of her dad, and left at that old bus stop for that love-struck kid and streaming-boy sidekick, not to mention Kennosuke and the UN. They’re working the “it must have been a dream” angle at the moment, probably for the best because otherwise it would distract her from the more immediate threat, and the show has to concentrate on getting Yukina willingly back into the black relic, though it looks more red to me.
Scenes like this annoy me. Not that Yukina doesn’t deserve someone asking her nicely to return to battle (a thought that had occurred to no one until she said it), and Kennosuke’s “death wish” needs further examination, but because evil robots are coming and they’re just dithering around. That German scientist’s battle-suit description was even more annoying because there was no reason for it. Once they get battling it’s okay, and the strategy to wrap Kennosuke up and send him up via tractor beam was a good one. Firing missiles at the beam seemed a bit easy, but I do like how the alien technology isn’t invulnerable, unlike other shows. Not the most exciting mecha battle I’ve seen, but it wasn’t bad, and the dam was a good choice of locale. Now we have to figure out why this particular villain is surrendering and not blowing everything up. Maybe the aliens didn’t want to damage the dam…
Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge 9 mostly takes place in the WacDonalds, the first half featuring the core pair, and a worker who has too vivid an imagination, and it doesn’t work terribly well. Tanaka tries to suck the straw too often and the worker’s imagination is so vivid that I got a little annoyed at her. Things pick up with their second trip there because we meet another new character, Saya, Ohta’s kid sister and, as it turns out, Rino’s best friend. She’s painfully shy, but after some early jitters she seems to become interested in Tanaka. How he’s assembling this harem without trying is amazing. Anyway, it gives us more chances to see Rino’s jealousy at work (her best friend is the sister of her biggest rival!), we get to see Ohta be nice and supportive to a different person for a change, and it ends in a nice, sweet way with the siblings in their homes being domestic, Rino being, maybe, actually happy. Hard to tell with her.