Hibike Euphonium 12 ... It's going to take a while to get that little tune out of my head. It starts with Taki asking the Euphs to help play one particularly nasty passage. Kumiko can't handle it, but spends most of her time practicing, and gets better. Taki is still not impressed, but she promises … Continue reading Twelves: Euphonium, Nisekoi2, Finales: Show by Rock, Mikagura, and Teekyuu!
Houkago no Pleiades 11 is a pleasantly confusing as the episodes leading up to it. The main confusion this time around is the concept of change. Suburu, now powerless and unable to see the alien overlord thanks to her adventure with Minato, is told by her parents that she's changed, though she denies it. I'll … Continue reading Yuki-chan 12, Pleiades, Mikagura, and Nasuno-desu! 11
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 10 brings the Otone/Seisa rivalry to a head, and at the same we start seeing glowing things. About the latter, it looked like the ghost tracking story was just a flimsy plot thing to goof around with while Otone and Seisa squared off, but apparently there is something going on because we … Continue reading Mikagura and Pleiades 10, Yuki-chan 11
So the situation currently in Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku is that Eruna needs one more member to form a club, but just can't get one. Midway through, we find out that the only other member, Otone, being something of a celebrity, has attracted interested people, but she has driven them away. When Eruna sees this and … Continue reading Mikagura and Pleiades 9, Yuki-chan 10
I wonder if Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku is going to have a major story arc after all. True, in episode 8 they start setting up a rivalry between Seisa and Otone, and there's some darkness lurking elsewhere as well, but it all seems rather minor and disposable, like the rookie challenge battle arc which was over … Continue reading Mikagura, Pleiades, and Nasuno 8
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 7 introduces Otone, the girl who ruthlessly defeats Asuhi in the rookie finals. A monotone girl who seems cruelly indifferent to everything and everyone, turns out she's a flake, and a bigger one than Eruna. Eruna has the attention span of a gnat, but the motivations behind these swings are easily grasped, … Continue reading Mikagura, Pleiades and Nasuno-desu 7, Yuki-chan 8
While it's been clear for a long time that Nisekoi is going to play its ridiculous story out as long as humanly possible, and possibly not resolve at all, it doesn't mean that it can get away with too many meaningless side stories like we get in episode 6. Or maybe I'm annoyed because both … Continue reading Sixes: Nisekoi (actually 5), Show by Rock, Mikagura, Euphonium
Quick, because I don't have much time. I might be later than usual with my posts for the next week ... Hibike! Euphonium 5 ... I dunno. Half of it was information, how the band is organized how to march, the little chores they all have to do, uniforms, truck loading, and half of it … Continue reading Quickly: Euphonium and Mikagura 5
Hibike! Euphonium 4 has the expected turnaround from the band that sucks to the band that sucks a little less, because they practiced a lot. They also ran a lot of laps, did breathing exercises and bitched about how hard it was. Well, most of them did. Reina enjoys the hard work and the goal, … Continue reading Fours: Euphonium, Mikagura, ShowbyRock, Pleiades, Nasuno Desu
Shokugeki no Souma 2 and 3 take the usual steps for a "young underdog enters elite academy, makes enemies and friends, and shows his mettle." In episode 2 he makes his first enemy, Erina, she with the god-tongue, haughty demeanor and gobs of money and prestige, along with a knack for metaphors for bad dishes. … Continue reading Souma and Mikagura 2-3, and Nasuno!