AKB0048 finale, Muv-Luv 4

I didn't expect a finale in the middle of a season ... So what's next for AKB0048? I had expected a two-season series but was wondering (when I think about this show at all) what they'd do to top the return to Lancastar. When they return I guess they'll concentrate less on the new girls … Continue reading AKB0048 finale, Muv-Luv 4

AKB0048 12, Space Bros 16, Muv-Luv 3

AKB0048 12 is full of little drama-bits but manages to keep its direction until we get to the understudies performance. Let's see, we get Takamina, still not 100% after her injury, considering retirement, or graduation as they call it, to make room for Kanata. Heavy stuff, but there's so much going on here that it … Continue reading AKB0048 12, Space Bros 16, Muv-Luv 3

Moretsu 25, Kanojo X 12, Hyouka 10, AKB0048 9

A really big issue comes up in Moretsu Pirates 25. Ironbeard brings it up. Will the pirates in this "frontier" area of space continue working under the letters of marque or will they go off somewhere and be real pirates? It's rather different than the big issue I THOUGHT they were going to bring up: … Continue reading Moretsu 25, Kanojo X 12, Hyouka 10, AKB0048 9

Space Bros 11, Moretsu 23, Sankarea 10, AKB0048 7

Space Brothers 11 continues with the third test and gets interesting in a new way. The candidates are put into three groups to live in sealed environments for two weeks before deciding which two of them should be accepted as astronauts. This is a cruel way of doing things as it turns what should be … Continue reading Space Bros 11, Moretsu 23, Sankarea 10, AKB0048 7

Three shows that are more or less about space, and one that isn’t

Earlier in Space Brothers I wished I could have seen more of the testing process. Well, I didn't need to see all of the physical exams, but I wanted to see what sort of physical and mental testing astronauts have to go through. With episode 10 we finally get a better look. The whole procedure, … Continue reading Three shows that are more or less about space, and one that isn’t

Moretsu 21, Spacebros 9, AKB0048 5, Shining Bread 7

A hell of a lot of fun in Moretsu Pirates 21, one of those episodes where a lot of things could happen and they do--all at once. First they have to set it all up. Hakou's dinghy team arrives to the obvious fear and consternation of the other participants and the Chairwoman, who remembers all … Continue reading Moretsu 21, Spacebros 9, AKB0048 5, Shining Bread 7

Five episodes of little consequence: Fujiko, Ao, AKB0048, Zombie, Polar Bear

The latest Lupin/Fujiko is a near-miss. There's something about the franchise that this episode lacked--a sense of fun, maybe. You might argue that the show was concerned with weightier issues than crime capers, that the show was trying to do something different, but in that case I'll argue that their way of approaching the time … Continue reading Five episodes of little consequence: Fujiko, Ao, AKB0048, Zombie, Polar Bear