A few more quick ones …

Fortune Arterial 10 has Erika's continuing struggle to sustain herself on blood pouches (and why those aren't as nutritious as blood from a throbbing vein they don't tell us). And it has not only more "Let's work together!" festival preparation scenes, but a beach trip and firework-watching with yukatas as well. You begin to get … Continue reading A few more quick ones …

More nines: Index II, Arterial

In A Certain Magical Index 9, Touma, Stiyl, and Motoharu continue their search for the elusive Orliana, with plenty of explosion, lights, thumping music and weird jargon. Touma's got a bead on the girl and gets the other two to join them, only to run into one booby trap after another, which the two, amusingly, … Continue reading More nines: Index II, Arterial

Three Eights: God Only Knows, Arakawa, Arterial

The World God Only Knows 8 is a silly filler episode in 3-4 parts which intertwine, but it doesn't work very well. In part one Elsie has quite rightly realized she's pretty useless and decides to counterattack by making Teima a delicious strawberry cake, using her own ingredients. I don't bake much, but I can … Continue reading Three Eights: God Only Knows, Arakawa, Arterial

Shiki 15, Fortune Arterial 6

In Shiki 15 Toshio has new challenges. As if torturing his undead wife wasn't enough. First, Seishin turns his back on Toshio for the whole unfortunate wife incident. He says that killing is never justifiable, no matter how noble the cause. We come back to this thought when Seishin returns and finds someone (probably Sunako) … Continue reading Shiki 15, Fortune Arterial 6

God Only Knows 5, Amagami 18, Arterial 5

The World God Only Knows 5 brings us Kanon, an idol singer, who, in an incredible coincidence, just happens to be in Keima and Elsie's class. Elsie and the rest of the school adore her. Keima couldn't care less, and in a long sequence involving Nazi-style rallies, makes it very clear why he prefers 2D … Continue reading God Only Knows 5, Amagami 18, Arterial 5

Fours: Index, Arterial, Letter Bee

A Certain Magical Index II 4 brings us plenty of what makes the series so fun to watch. The first part is surprisingly low-key. The Catholics have Orsola, and Anglicans can't interfere, Tatemiya goes off to fight them alone. Touma's job is done. There's a long bit where three characters just walk, and you can … Continue reading Fours: Index, Arterial, Letter Bee

Shiki 12, Arakawa 2, Fortune Arterial 2

Shiki returns after a couple of weeks, and things get even bleaker. We don't see Toshio and Seishin this episode. Instead attention is paid to Natsuno and his friends and family, including the risen ones. Natsuno, though bitten, is still healthy enough to tell the kids to leave the village and, in an interesting scene, … Continue reading Shiki 12, Arakawa 2, Fortune Arterial 2

Two ones and a fourteen: The World God Only Knows, Amagami, Fortune Arterial

The World God Only Knows 1 is about Keima, a nerdy student who can win over any 2-D game girl he wants. And now he's signed a pact with the devil to win the hearts of real girls. This raises a number of questions, first, with his reputation, how is he going to do it? … Continue reading Two ones and a fourteen: The World God Only Knows, Amagami, Fortune Arterial