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 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
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 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
Whoa, a real bloodbath in Another 9. And it took me only a moment to realize that the show was using some cruel logic on me. But the fun, if you can call it that, happens mostly at the end, as usual. Before that the show does some tidying up. Nakao probably died because of … Continue reading Another 9, Natsume Shi 10, Symphogear 9
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 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.