Arakawa BxB 9, Yumeiro Pro 10

Two typical vignettes in Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge 9. In the first, Shimazaki has fallen either for Whitey, or his line-making discipline. Much to Ric's shock. As usual. Oh, they throw in an imagined (by Ric) domestic drama angle to make it more interesting. In the second, Last Samurai, disgusted by the girls' … Continue reading Arakawa BxB 9, Yumeiro Pro 10

Three Eights: God Only Knows, Arakawa, Arterial

The World God Only Knows 8 is a silly filler episode in 3-4 parts which intertwine, but it doesn't work very well. In part one Elsie has quite rightly realized she's pretty useless and decides to counterattack by making Teima a delicious strawberry cake, using her own ingredients. I don't bake much, but I can … Continue reading Three Eights: God Only Knows, Arakawa, Arterial

Arakawa x 2 and God Only Knows 7

Once again, in Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge, the show works better when Ric cooperates with the other bridge folk, rather than just reacting to them. On the other hand, this episode wasn't much anyway. Shiro and the Mayor have an argument over who will live longest, and so Ric's company brings in some … Continue reading Arakawa x 2 and God Only Knows 7

World God Only Knows 3, Arakawa 3, Shinryaku 3

The world God Only Knows 3 polishes off the Mio story. It starts well enough, but takes a dull turn. Frankly, I think every story arc will. Keima and Elsee learn Mio's secret, but she learns that they were eavesdropping. Normally this would be trouble but Keima is resourceful enough to use it to his … Continue reading World God Only Knows 3, Arakawa 3, Shinryaku 3

Shiki 12, Arakawa 2, Fortune Arterial 2

Shiki returns after a couple of weeks, and things get even bleaker. We don't see Toshio and Seishin this episode. Instead attention is paid to Natsuno and his friends and family, including the risen ones. Natsuno, though bitten, is still healthy enough to tell the kids to leave the village and, in an interesting scene, … Continue reading Shiki 12, Arakawa 2, Fortune Arterial 2

More premieres: Awakawa 2, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Shinryaku! Ika Musume

Awakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge starts on probation. I liked the first season well enough but by the time it was over I thought it had run its course. The sequel is certainly going to be the same—the citizens acting weird and Recruit reacting to them. That's pretty much what I got from this … Continue reading More premieres: Awakawa 2, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Shinryaku! Ika Musume

Twelves: Arakawa, Neko Overrun, two finales that really aren’t

There's one more episode, but Arakawa under the Bridge 12 was, I assume, the official climax. Even the prologue seemed more poetic and poignant this time around. The construction under the bridge crisis is halted, to the ignorance of the bridge denizens, who go about doing their typical weird things. Turns out Recruit didn't have … Continue reading Twelves: Arakawa, Neko Overrun, two finales that really aren’t