Abbreviated new shows Fall 2016 2

The last installment had me considering a lot of shows and saying "no" a lot. This time we'll begin with ... Natsume Yuujinchou Go ... YES! YES! YES! Instant approval! I will watch this series no matter what! After some usual re-intro scenes and a bit of mystery, Natsume meets a girl in a pot … Continue reading Abbreviated new shows Fall 2016 2

Natsume Shi Finale, Moretsu and Symphogear 12

Natsume Yuujinchou finishes up its fourth season in a typically warm, forgiving, but a little underwhelming finale. I've said before that the show doesn't work as well with great drama. It's the quiet, bittersweet stories work the best, but this two-parter could have used some drama considering what they gave us last week. After introducing … Continue reading Natsume Shi Finale, Moretsu and Symphogear 12

Some near-finales for you: Natsu, Ano Natsu, Last Exile Fam

We're getting a lot of pre-finale cliffhangers this week, a lot of characters in crises of various kinds, some of more interesting than others. We start with Natsume Yuujinchou Shi, where our boy heads to his first home, but before he gets there he's assailed by youkai and memories of the past. The two work … Continue reading Some near-finales for you: Natsu, Ano Natsu, Last Exile Fam

Natsume 11, Last Exile Fam 20 (I think), Moretsu 10

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 11 is the beginning of a two-parter that doesn't feel like one. Natsume learns that the house he first lived in is going to be sold. It has happy memories for him, about the only ones he had until he moved to where he is now, so he has struggled to forget … Continue reading Natsume 11, Last Exile Fam 20 (I think), Moretsu 10

Chihayafuru 21, Natsume Shi 9, Bakuman II 21, Kill Me Baby something

A solid episode of Chihayafuru. A little of everything: foreshadowing, old rivals, new rivals and friends, and a good karuta match. We start with the most revealing scene involving Taichi for a while. After we figure out what everyone's reacting to (did they plan that shot where it looks like everyone's looking at his crotch?) … Continue reading Chihayafuru 21, Natsume Shi 9, Bakuman II 21, Kill Me Baby something

Natsume Shi 7, Inu x Boku 6, Amagami 6 and Kill Me Baby something.

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 7 concludes the help-me-I'm-stuck-in-a-jar story arc with a great episode. The plot involves rescue and escape, but the emotional story in a Natsume episode is always closer to the heart. In this case, Tanuma. He's tried to find the Natsume-jar and stumbled into youkai land where there's a big banquet to celebrate … Continue reading Natsume Shi 7, Inu x Boku 6, Amagami 6 and Kill Me Baby something.

Natsume 5, Aquarion 6, Kill Me Baby 5

There are a few set pieces in fiction which I dislike. One of them is where a character cannot be somewhere so someone else, through magic or just disguise, takes their place, interacts with the person's friends and family, and generally makes an ass of himself. That's exactly what happens in Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 5 … Continue reading Natsume 5, Aquarion 6, Kill Me Baby 5

Fives: Nisemonogatari, Natsume Yuujinchou Shi

Same deal with Nisemonogatari this week. A couple things are accomplished in-between long conversations. The ongoing arc shows no sign of stopping soon, but that's all right. This time we actually get to see an event! Well, it's a flashback, but still ... Conversation 1--Araragi/Tsuhiki: a rehash of "don't be mad, big brother." Considering her … Continue reading Fives: Nisemonogatari, Natsume Yuujinchou Shi

Natsume Yuujinchou shi 3, High School Boys 3-4, Inu x Boku SS 3

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 4 is about Yobiko, a youkai skilled with voices who wants another youkai to repair an old letter ... no, it's about two lovers who meet every day at a shrine ... no it's about a youkai who falls in love with a human, ah, forget it. The whammy comes at the … Continue reading Natsume Yuujinchou shi 3, High School Boys 3-4, Inu x Boku SS 3