Finales: Chihayafuru, Ano Natsu de Matteru, Papa finally catches a break

More goodbyes today. I hope Chihayafuru isn't saying goodbye forever. With no tournaments to play, or major crises to confront (minor ones, yes), the show spends time sowing seeds for the next season. We start with the end of the men's championship and more time with Suo, the four-time champion who seems almost inhuman in … Continue reading Finales: Chihayafuru, Ano Natsu de Matteru, Papa finally catches a break

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

Another 10, Ano Natsu 10, Chihayafuru 23

After watching Another 10 I don't exactly want to strangle Mei, but only because she's too cute. I'd just shake her to make that fake eye rattle a bit. Mei has always been the person in the class that makes everone uncomfortable. Her appearance and demeanor must be a sort of living reminder of the … Continue reading Another 10, Ano Natsu 10, Chihayafuru 23

Bakuman and Chihayafuru 22, Ano Natsu and High School Boys 9

Bakuman II 22 is one of the more lighthearted episodes, and considering the pressures the boys have been under, it's a relief. Of course, things are dire at first, with two failed attempts out of three, they have to come up with a decent idea. But Hattori is at their desperation meeting as well as … Continue reading Bakuman and Chihayafuru 22, Ano Natsu and High School Boys 9

Eights: Another, Lagrange, Ano Natsu …

When Another began getting plot and exposition heavy in the past few episodes, some of the sense of dread enhanced by the background music suffered for it. This episode is light on exposition, only Matsunaga's bit near the end really mattered. Just about everything else was mood, and the sounds returned. And by "mood," I … Continue reading Eights: Another, Lagrange, Ano Natsu …

Chihayafuru 20, Ano Natsu 7, Inu x Boku SS 7

So much seems to happen in Chihayafuru 20, but we'll only see the consequences later. First up we get Chihaya and her nearly failing grades, so she can't to go the next tournament, but study under the tutelage of that sadistic taskmaster Desktomu. But Chihaya really isn't the focal point here. Taichi goes to the … Continue reading Chihayafuru 20, Ano Natsu 7, Inu x Boku SS 7

High School Boys 6, BRS 3, Ano Natsu 6, Bakuman 19

Daily Lives of High School Boys seems to work best for me when I get the full context. When one of the boys talks about the loneliness of playing NES games I don't really get what he's talking about because I don't play those games. The soccer sketch was a little better. It's when the … Continue reading High School Boys 6, BRS 3, Ano Natsu 6, Bakuman 19

Chihayafuru 18, Ano Natsu 5, Papa Forgets his Phone 5

There's a lot on the line in Chihayafuru 18, but it doesn't feel like it. The team is off to a tournament, nothing particularly big about it. The only thing worth notice is that it's Chihaya's first tournament match as an A player. What's more, it's not limited to high school players. So in the … Continue reading Chihayafuru 18, Ano Natsu 5, Papa Forgets his Phone 5

Black Rock Shooter 1, Ano Natsu de Matteru 4

I suppose it's unfair to consider Black Rock Shooter as an invading enemy. It's a franchise that has made a lot of money and was turned into a strange OVA a couple years ago in order to make more money. Now the series appears on that bastion of deep and mature anime, noitaminA. noitaminA hasn't … Continue reading Black Rock Shooter 1, Ano Natsu de Matteru 4

Nisemonogatari 4, Ano Natsu de Matteru 3

I go off and relax for a few days, watch some shows WITHOUT writing about them (feels odd), and when Nisemonogatari 4 showed up I figured it was time to get back on this horse and polish off the Karen Bee story arc. Silly me. Plenty of of conversations to go before something happens. Every … Continue reading Nisemonogatari 4, Ano Natsu de Matteru 3