SAO 14, Space Bros 27, Onii-Chan-long-name 1, Bakuman 3 1

A rather unexpected conclusion in Sword Art Online latest arc, to say the least. "Fuck it! Let's just go to the ending!" Except it isn't. We're all ready to watch our heroes continue their struggle against the giant centipede thing, and it winds up taking maybe two minutes. It's dead. That was the first surprise. … Continue reading SAO 14, Space Bros 27, Onii-Chan-long-name 1, Bakuman 3 1

Still More Finales: Bakuman II, Amagami+, Kill Me Baby

Other finales have the villains defeated, or the hero getting the girl, or vice-versa, but in the Bakuman world the heroes reach a goal only to get another one thrust before them. The boys spend the episode overworking, again, changing their chapter one manuscript in any way they can to improve it, not even attending … Continue reading Still More Finales: Bakuman II, Amagami+, Kill Me Baby

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.

Nisemonogatari ends (I think) early, Ozma begins early, Bakuman plods along

I've seen other blogs call Nisemonogatari 11 the final episode, and it certainly acts like one, but ANN says the series is twelve episodes long but elsewhere says it's ended. Don't ask me. Episode 11 feels like an ending from its start. The conversations are straightforward, not sidetracked. After important background information about the phoenix, … Continue reading Nisemonogatari ends (I think) early, Ozma begins early, Bakuman plods along

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

Chihayafuru 21, Natsume Shi 9, Bakuman II 21, Kill Me Baby something

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

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

Back to ongoing shows: Chihayafuru 14, Last Exile Fam 12, Bakuman II 14

Now that I've survived the crush of new shows, it's time to look at three that have been on awhile. In Chihayafuru 14, Arata has promised Chihaya that they'll play again, which means it would be in a tournament, but not this one. He's gone just as quickly as he left. The only reason he … Continue reading Back to ongoing shows: Chihayafuru 14, Last Exile Fam 12, Bakuman II 14