Takagi-san, Evergarden, Dagashi and Takunomi … various eps

I know that new episodes for some of these shows are coming out already, but I’m off on a business trip for the next several days and wanted to put up what I have before I left.

She’s going to make fun of you anyway.

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san … Since this is a story I was a little familiar with before I want to like it, but what little I read had very little teasing and much more of Takagi and Nishikata interacting with people other than each other, and not the two girls. But right now it’s just the two of them and it’s getting tiresome. We’re basically wondering when Takagi is going pull the rug out, maybe sometimes wondering where she gets this almost clairvoyant ability to do so. And Nishikata really ought to hang it up already, or at least try to handle the hormones better. As for the three girls, they were a little better in episode 4. I like the blond one’s determined and idiotic attempts to drink things she doesn’t like and react to them, and I also liked the cat dubbing. But again, they’re funnier when they react to things in Takagi/Nishikata’s story.

Violet Evergarden 2 is working on its story and taking its time about it. Violet becomes an apprentice doll and screws up a lot in a way typical for artificial people in fiction: she takes what the customers say too literally, doesn’t read between the lines, and so some customers get upset at her. What I’d get upset with is the company. They didn’t even bother to proofread the letter that ruined the woman’s romance with the auto manufacturer. They really ought to work on their new employee training a little more. It’s not that she ccan’t learn; she’s already shown enough emotion of her own, such as when the emerald brooch is discovered.

The problems Violet is causing at work is the catalyst for character development. One girl, Iris is overly critical, but she has a point. We spend a lot of time looking at Erica, a quiet thing who finds herself defending Erica, partly because she has her own struggles as a doll, but I wonder if there isn’t more there. Hodgins tries to be patient with her, partly, I suspect, because of his memories of Gilbert. Speaking of which, they’re still afraid to tell Violet about him, but since much of the work of a doll is creative lying, will her training enable her to see through the facade?

Dagashi Kashi 2 is a typhoon episode, and these usually mean killing time indoors and possibly staying the night. Of course in this case it also means dagashi, and so we’re introduced to Baseball Board Game Gum, which tricks kids out of their pocket money by offering them a button to push. I get the concept, but why baseball? After that there’s what they call a Pop Pop Boat, even though it doesn’t pop pop at all. Otherwise it’s in incredibly cool little bathtime gadget I wish I had had as a child. The stories aren’t up to much in episode 2, in fact, it seemed a little flat. I hope the new studio and director aren’t going to have an adverse effect.

Takunomi continues its dual personality this week, with Michiru’s fitting into Tokyo and trying to figure out what to wear, and on the other side we get sochu highballs, the preparing and origin of them, which leads a digression about old-fashioned diners where the shochu originated, ham-egg-potato salad, returning to one’s roots, which inspires Nao to get through the next day, and Michiru too, I think. The show sort of lost track of itself at the end. The whole thing felt a little forced, like the creators felt obliged to make the drink reflect the week’s story.

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