Durarara15, Angel Beats 4, Working 3

Ah! I THOUGHT the slasher who appeared at the end of last week's Durarara!! looked a little different. It looked like he was wearing a trenchcoat. In ep15 my suspicions are comfirmed. That, however, doesn't mean I was confused as all getout. We meet (again) Niekawa, the reporter trying to find the strongest man in … Continue reading Durarara15, Angel Beats 4, Working 3

Durarara 14, (deep breath) Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitte Iru 1

Durarara 14 pours on information like it's nearly the last episode. Luckily for me and others who confuse easily, most of the points were already made, or inferred, especially from the events of last week. Most of these come from Shingen, Shinra's father, who wastes no time verifying what we suspected. In a hilarious opening … Continue reading Durarara 14, (deep breath) Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitte Iru 1

Durarara 12, Baka to Test 12, Hanamaru 11

After the wildness of last episode Durarara 12 almost feels like a final episode. Things settle down, life goes on. On the other hand there's a lot of talking about what to do next. It's as if the show itself isn't really sure. But this is after a rather large revelation. Mika Harima didn't die. … Continue reading Durarara 12, Baka to Test 12, Hanamaru 11

Another doozy from Durarara … oh, and Hidamari Sketch 10

At first Duradura 11 appears to be one of the quieter episodes, but it soon veers gleefully out of control. Just the way I like it. When I say “quiet” I don't mean the opening parts were not tense. We get a meeting between Mikado and Namie over the whereabouts of Celty's Head (which is … Continue reading Another doozy from Durarara … oh, and Hidamari Sketch 10

Kimi ni Todoke22, Durarara 10, Ookami 10

Kimi ni Todoke 22 shows us Sawako's biggest weakness: the fear of hurting or disappointing people, even when she's perfectly justified in doing so. But it's a Christmas episode, so it's all happy in the end. Really, a Christmas-themed episode in March is just the wrong time. By now I'm thoroughly sick of anything having … Continue reading Kimi ni Todoke22, Durarara 10, Ookami 10

Kimi ni Todoke 21, Durarara 9, Letter Bee 20

Kimi ni Todoke 21 works a little differently than most episodes. Instead of splitting things up between one character and another, one situation or other, this one devotes all but a minute or two to Yoshida on one single evening. I was surprised that they compressed so much of her closure over Tooru into one … Continue reading Kimi ni Todoke 21, Durarara 9, Letter Bee 20

Durarara 8, Letter Bee 19, Hidamari Sketch 7

Durarara 8 starts with Selty pining for her head but soon expands onto a theme of things lost and found in general. From Anri's missing shoes (some jerk keeps stealing them), to Erika and Martin missing each other downtown, to Selty and Shizuo trying to remember what building used to occupy a now-vacant lot. It's … Continue reading Durarara 8, Letter Bee 19, Hidamari Sketch 7

Durarara 6 is fantastic, Hanamaru 5 isn’t, but it’s happy

Durarara 6 gives us some more information about the missing people, the dollars, perhaps Selty's head, and other little things that will make sense later on, I hope. But none of that is important. It's rare that a single anime episode can take me on such a wild ride as this one did. It's sheer … Continue reading Durarara 6 is fantastic, Hanamaru 5 isn’t, but it’s happy