Finales: Another, Lagrange … also Kill Me Baby 12

Another 11, jam packed with craziness and deaths, apparently wasn't long enough to show them all. Another 12 picks up right where we left off. I think the first minute had three or four additional deaths thanks to the homicidal landlady and the hotel burning and all. And the chandelier that lands on a handful … Continue reading Finales: Another, Lagrange … also Kill Me Baby 12

Another knows how to build to a climax. Chihayafuru and Bakuman don’t care.

Whoa! Another is through with being a moody, eerie thriller. Episode 11's quiet moments happen only to briefly lull us after the last atrocity in order to sucker-punch us with another one. The surprises and twists and blood never stop. It's wonderful. And it's all because of people acting stupidly. Start with Teshigawa. He suspects … Continue reading Another knows how to build to a climax. Chihayafuru and Bakuman don’t care.

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

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 …

Ho hum four sevens … Another, Lagrange, Moretsu, Kill Me Baby

Another 7 gives us a Kubodera's spectaularly bloody death at the very start, and then speculation runs rampant. The fact that the pressures put on Kubodera from both teaching this doomed class and taking care of his sick mother might have driven him to slashing himself up before his shocked students (honestly, couldn't he have … Continue reading Ho hum four sevens … Another, Lagrange, Moretsu, Kill Me Baby

Chihayafuru 19, Another 6, I’m Your Father 6, Aquarion 7

Chihayafuru 19 is all battle with a little twist. The characters are battling each other. Chihaya (who lost in the first round) watches Desktomu and Kana finish up their match, even though the bigger fight is over on the B-side, so to speak. They give the Class D match more attention than I thought, especially … Continue reading Chihayafuru 19, Another 6, I’m Your Father 6, Aquarion 7

Last Exile Fam 13-14, Another 3, Listen to Papa 3

Last Exile - Fam 13 boils down to a battle where one side whips out a new weapon, the other side whips out a cooler weapon, and over and over until they're throwing exiles at each other. It's simplistic, but in spite of the show's remarkable animation and art, not to mention the odd backstory, … Continue reading Last Exile Fam 13-14, Another 3, Listen to Papa 3

Another 2, Chihayafuru 15, Ano Natsu de Matteru 2

Another 2 sets a mood much like the first episode did. It's fascinating to watch. When I think about it, very little happened this episode. It was mainly a series of conversations with Kouichi maybe learning in each one just a little more than he knew before. Misaki gives him more vague warnings. The class … Continue reading Another 2, Chihayafuru 15, Ano Natsu de Matteru 2