Last Exile 20 (22?), BRS 8, Amagami+ 12, Inu x Boku 11

Last Exile 20 (or 22) overcomes the problems the show has developed by giving us terrific action. We've pretty much had our moral issues discussed. It's time for the fighting! Okay, though this show has been something of a letdown with its clumsy storytelling (and that happens in this episode as well), it's handled the … Continue reading Last Exile 20 (22?), BRS 8, Amagami+ 12, Inu x Boku 11

BRS 7, Papa’s getting boring, High School Boys, and Inu x Boku 10,

The seams are beginning to show in Black Rock Shooter. I was afraid this would happen. What started as a bizarre and entertaining metaphor where young girls' pain is shouldered by fighters in another dimension is beginning to lose its power because they feel an obligation to explain everything. I shouldn't have expected anything else, … Continue reading BRS 7, Papa’s getting boring, High School Boys, and Inu x Boku 10,

BRS 6, Lagrange 9, Amagami+ 10, Papa is not really in this episode 9

Black Rock Shooter 6 gives us some background, but not enough, rather, just enough to be confusing. Mato is now in the fighting world and not enjoying it at all. Every time Black Rock Shooter takes a hit, Mato feels the pain, so you can imagine her state of mind when the fighter's arm is … Continue reading BRS 6, Lagrange 9, Amagami+ 10, Papa is not really in this episode 9

BRS 5, Nisemonogatari 9, InuxBoku 8, High School Boys 8

Black Rock Shooter 5 almost makes sense. The fighting world is more of the same. This time it's Yomi and Mato's girls squaring off. The former now has all those skulls working for her while the latter, as usual, doesn't rely on anything else besides her blade(s) and that big gun of hers. Not that … Continue reading BRS 5, Nisemonogatari 9, InuxBoku 8, High School Boys 8

BRS 4, Last Exile Fam 17, Moretsu Pirates 8

As I see it, the fighting world in Black Rock Shooter is a reflection of what's going on, a muddled reflection, sure, but nothing happens in that world that isn't started in the real world. In the real world we got a lot of teen angst which is interesting only in that the girls are … Continue reading BRS 4, Last Exile Fam 17, Moretsu Pirates 8

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

Moretsu Pirates 5-6, BRS 2, Symphogear 5

In Moretsu Pirates 5 and 6 Marika confronts challenges, but since one is finishing and arc and the other starting one, the challenges are quite different, and in the latter, a little silly. In episode 5 Marika is still on board the Odette II, the yacht club's practice vessel, with some odd thing lurking behind … Continue reading Moretsu Pirates 5-6, BRS 2, Symphogear 5