Chihayafuru 11, Kimi to Boku 12, goodbye to C3

Chihayafuru 11's national Karuta prelim final match had the ups and downs you'd expect, but for some reason, for me, it didn't have quite the energy and excitement that the previous episode did. Maybe because I had accidentally learned the outcome before. But it still should be exciting to see HOW they all succeed, right? … Continue reading Chihayafuru 11, Kimi to Boku 12, goodbye to C3

Last Exile Fam 9, Tomodachi 10, C3 11

Last Exile - Fam had two terrific battle episodes in a row. So you can't blame them for easing up on the blam-blam-blams for #9. So it's time to crank up the political intrigue and bring Sara and the conspirators back into the fun. Surprisingly, apart from a cryptic opening scene and the arrival of … Continue reading Last Exile Fam 9, Tomodachi 10, C3 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

Penguindrum 20, Chiayafuru 8, C3 9 and Bakuman 9

Mawaru Penguindrum 20 was more low-key than others, but the confusion factor is raised yet again. The show loves to work with phrases and images, such as "survival strategy" or, this episode "low-lifes who will never amount to anything." But this time they are both said by the father Takakura at one of his secret … Continue reading Penguindrum 20, Chiayafuru 8, C3 9 and Bakuman 9

Working’!! 7-8, Tamayura 7, Boku wa Tomodachi 7, C3 8

I'm tired for reasons I don't get, too tired to write, but here are some extra-quick thoughts about some shows. Working'!! 7-8 exhibits some of the show's strengths and weaknesses. There's a molester who hangs out on the way Inami goes to work. This alarming news reaches the Wagnaria staff, and is diffused in a … Continue reading Working’!! 7-8, Tamayura 7, Boku wa Tomodachi 7, C3 8

Episode dump: Guilty Crown, UN-GO, Kimi to Boku, etc etc etc

Guilty Crown 4-5 brings us Shu's indecision between following a repressive regime who thinks it's saving the world from evil viruses, and the rebels headed by a megamaniacal handsome guy who everyone claims is wonderful. He wonders if he's just jealous because of Gai's charisma and the fact that everyone follows him blindly and tells … Continue reading Episode dump: Guilty Crown, UN-GO, Kimi to Boku, etc etc etc

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