Finales: Darker than Black, Seitokai no Ichizon, Sacred Blacksmith

I was hoping for something epic in at least one of these final episodes, and Darker came close, but ... Poking around the intertubes to see who had a better understanding of what the hell happened in the Darker than Black finale I found most people are just as bewildered as I am. That's sort … Continue reading Finales: Darker than Black, Seitokai no Ichizon, Sacred Blacksmith

Darker 11, Letter Bee 11, Fairy Tail 10

Darker than Black 11 contains more shocks for Suou and more power moves from the various parties, and I'm still not sure what to make of it. But it has become apparent that all the organizations trying to track down Dr. Pavlichenko, Shion and/or Suou are pretty much background in order to give us fighting … Continue reading Darker 11, Letter Bee 11, Fairy Tail 10

More Nines: Darker, Bantorra, Sasameki

I combined these three shows last week and was delighted. This time around there's a drop, but not a big one. I praise shows with complexity, but sometimes they baffle me. Such as with Darker than Black and its enormous roster of characters, some of them new, and others we met in the previous series, … Continue reading More Nines: Darker, Bantorra, Sasameki

Three Very Good Episode 8’s: Darker, Bantorra, Sasameki

Darker than Black has its overriding storyline, as convoluted as it is, with more attempts to capture or recruit (usually both) Suou, or Hei, while governments and secret organizations move chess pieces around and Kirihara dithers with no information, and there's the whole mystery of Yin. Then there's the more personal level of story arc, … Continue reading Three Very Good Episode 8’s: Darker, Bantorra, Sasameki

Darker than Black 6, Seitokai no Ichizon 7, Letter Bee 7

Last night I started to watch Darker than Black episode 7, only to get confused. Wait, wasn't there an ambush going on? What happened to the thingamabob everyone is after … Then I realized I hadn't seen ep 6 … Well, that's taken care of now. Quite an interesting episode. First there's chasing down the … Continue reading Darker than Black 6, Seitokai no Ichizon 7, Letter Bee 7

Darker than Black 5, Thriller Restaurant 1, and not much about Bakemonogatori 13

Another fairly slow episode of Darker than Black, though when I say that I recall that there were actually two battles in this one. More time is taken to flesh out the characters, get Suou to actually kill a living thing and Hei to eat something for a change. And Hei and Suou get a … Continue reading Darker than Black 5, Thriller Restaurant 1, and not much about Bakemonogatori 13

Cross Game 29, Darker than Black 3, Kiddy-Girl and 2

Cross Game 29 again demonstrates how a compelling series doesn't need much in the way of a budget. The baseball segment had my heart going even though I knew how it would turn out. Afterwards we get Aoba staring at the empty field, and an unmoving shot of Ichiyo behind her speaks volumes while nothing … Continue reading Cross Game 29, Darker than Black 3, Kiddy-Girl and 2