Finales: UN-GO, iDOLM@STER, Ben-To

Happy Holidays everyone! I had a great Christmas, I hope you had the same. Now it back to work. Today we say goodbye to three series and start to wrap up another season. Damn, this has been a good year. UN-GO came and went, delivering either a mystery that I didn't have the wits or … Continue reading Finales: UN-GO, iDOLM@STER, Ben-To

Episode dump; iDOLM@STER 23, UN-GO 10, BakumanII 12, Ben-To 11, Tamayura 11

iDOLM@STER 23 continues the Haruka story, rather, it's her turn to wander off in a funk and think things out while everyone else worries about her. It's practically a mirror image of Chihaya's crisis, though this one has no ridiculous bad guys behind it or painful past to overcome (but she does sit around at … Continue reading Episode dump; iDOLM@STER 23, UN-GO 10, BakumanII 12, Ben-To 11, Tamayura 11

Episode dump: Ben-To 10, Bakuman 11, Tamayura 10, Kimi to Boku 11

Ben-To 10 makes me wonder about the use of magical items found in supermarkets. It's obvious to anyone who's used them that shopping baskets have some sort of fundamental magic to them, something which causes them to knock items off the shelf when you're not looking. But to have the weird black stuff coming out … Continue reading Episode dump: Ben-To 10, Bakuman 11, Tamayura 10, Kimi to Boku 11

Two nines: Ben-To, Tomodachi, and two tens: Kimi to Boku, C3

Ben-To 9 is a random episode where we see various characters doing the things they tend to do. It's not bad, though again little attention is paid to Sen. We got Ume and the twins confronting each other about people at their respective schools, allowing us not only a staredown but a freakout by Kyou. … Continue reading Two nines: Ben-To, Tomodachi, and two tens: Kimi to Boku, C3

Three shows not up to much this week: Ben-To 8. Tomodachi 8, Kimi to Boku 9

Ben-To 8 overall isn't much, just a long-winded way of introducing the twins Kyou and, er, the other one. I'll call her Nee-San. They are infatuated with Sen after seeing her in battle, and are, apparently, formidable wolves themselves. But the episode works more as a bunch of quick gag scenes, or rather, normal scenes … Continue reading Three shows not up to much this week: Ben-To 8. Tomodachi 8, Kimi to Boku 9

Still behind – Last Exile Fam, Ben-To, Kimi to Boku

Much of the fun in Last Exile : Fam, is watching the affairs of great nations at war contrasted with a kid's more innocent goals. The inner workings of the Ades Federation is interesting now, but it's only going to show its promise later, when Luscinia really gets his hands dirty. Right now, he can … Continue reading Still behind – Last Exile Fam, Ben-To, Kimi to Boku

Penguindrum 19, Last Exile Fam 6, Ben-to 6, Kimi to Boku 7

Mawaru Pengundrum 19 ... I am about to give up trying to figure out this show. After the crazy events of last week the show settles down to gather what what we've gone through--and twist it around again, just to annoy us, I think. Kanba being in touch with their father was expected after his … Continue reading Penguindrum 19, Last Exile Fam 6, Ben-to 6, Kimi to Boku 7

Penguindrum 18, Chihayafuru 6, Ben-To 5, Bakuman II 6

Another dazzling episode of Mawaru Penguindrum this week. It's one of the most suspenseful, yet doesn't sacrifice any of the eccentric imagery and humor that defines the series. It starts with an impressionist painting in Keiju's flashback, and continues to tell Keiju's story in a beautifully executed series of images and sounds, up until his … Continue reading Penguindrum 18, Chihayafuru 6, Ben-To 5, Bakuman II 6

Old episode catchup dump: Ben-To, Kimi to Boku, Bakuman, Horizon

Ben-To is one of those episodes where they introduce a new character who shakes things up a little and then settles into their role. Since this is Ben-To, the introduction of Shaga, Satou's eccentric cousin, is a bit more ... extreme than it would be on another show. Much of the first half has her … Continue reading Old episode catchup dump: Ben-To, Kimi to Boku, Bakuman, Horizon

Ben-to 3, Guilty Crown 3, Working’!! 5 (whoops), C3 5

First, it's time catch up (by one episode) on the two shows I'm watching that have backlogs. The thing is with shows like these is that they're usually the ones I'm enjoying the most. I'll be about to click on one, but think "I think I'll save it for when I need to watch something … Continue reading Ben-to 3, Guilty Crown 3, Working’!! 5 (whoops), C3 5