Hanasaku Iroha finale

Hanasaku Iroha 26 has two main plot points to take care of: Ko, and what's going to happen to Kissuiso? But, bah, plot. It's the things around the often silly stories that make this show great, and the finale does not scimp. The show wastes no time in resetting the mood it established last week … Continue reading Hanasaku Iroha finale

Penguindrum 10, Hanasaku 25, Natsume San 12

I suppose you could say we've started a new episode arc in Mawaru Penguindrum 10. Though attention is paid to Ringo and her diary, focus shifts to Kanba and slingshot girl. But it doesn't feel like a new arc, it feels like a variation on a theme: stalkers. But before we get to Slingshot Girl … Continue reading Penguindrum 10, Hanasaku 25, Natsume San 12

Episode dump, Natsume, Usagi Drop, too many others

Natsume Yuujinchou San 9 begins a two-parter, but it's clear that the underlying theme will again be friendship, the "Trust them" variation. Most interesting to me was the way Natsume and his friend Tanuma react to the situation. Natsume can interact with youkai and Tanuma can sort of see them, so there's nothing they have … Continue reading Episode dump, Natsume, Usagi Drop, too many others

Episode dump: little bits about Hanasaku, Steins;Gate, Croisee, etc

There's no way to describe the plot of Hanasaku Iroha 23. It moves forward, but in little ways, different characters, different scenes. As usual, most of these scenes are spot-on, gentle humor undercutting when things are about to get too maudlin. What I found most interesting was Ohana's new, fumbling relationship with a woman who, … Continue reading Episode dump: little bits about Hanasaku, Steins;Gate, Croisee, etc

Penguindrum 7, Natsume 8, Hanasaku 21

Through another rough work week and a head cold, I watch on ... Mawaru Penguindrum 7 continues with the sad and desperate Ringo story arc, which only gets worse, and buries us with another truckload of visual quirks that either have profound meaning or are the workings of my cold-addled head, I can't tell anymore. … Continue reading Penguindrum 7, Natsume 8, Hanasaku 21

Usagi Drop, Hanusaka, Sacred Seven, Prince-Sama, Idolmaster–a mess of a post while I catch up

While I was too busy to write last week, I wasn't too busy to watch an episode or two and scribble notes, which I've hastily assembled here and dare to call a coherent blog post. Usagi Drop 4 and 5 manage to balance Daikichi's problems with the sheer cuteness of the situation. The big crises, … Continue reading Usagi Drop, Hanusaka, Sacred Seven, Prince-Sama, Idolmaster–a mess of a post while I catch up