Five Leaves 11, Daimaou 12 (finale)

I'm not going to say very much about House of Five Leaves 11, because I've lost track of the backstory, that is, the events that led to Sei becoming Yaichi, if that's the case. In the present day, the Five Leaves gang collectively feel that the end is coming. Ume no longer needs the money. … Continue reading Five Leaves 11, Daimaou 12 (finale)

Confusion: Angel Beats 12, Daimaou 11

I don't know what to make of Angel Beats 12. Let's start with the parts that make sense. Just about all the students not directly involved in the fighting move on, including Girls Dead Monster all at once. This raises the question: why is the SSS still there? What part of their existence remains unsatisfied? … Continue reading Confusion: Angel Beats 12, Daimaou 11

Five Leaves 4, Daimaou 6, Working!! 6

House of Five Leaves 4 gives us brief scenes of how Yaichi slowly put his group together, and beyond that does little but bring up more complications for our hapless ronin Akitsu. Akitsu still doesn't consider himself a part of Five Leaves, and he hasn't yet sent any of his ill-gotten gains to his family. … Continue reading Five Leaves 4, Daimaou 6, Working!! 6

Night Raid 4, Daimaou 5, Working!! 5

Senkou no Night Raid 4 doesn't push any overriding story arc, unless you count the brief appearance of the long-haired guy for the second straight episode. Rather it's a character study of sorts between Aoi and Kazura. It's also meant to be a comic episode. It doesn't work terribly well. Basically Fuu gets the boys … Continue reading Night Raid 4, Daimaou 5, Working!! 5

Five Leaves 2, Angel Beats 5, Daimaou 4

In spite of Akitsu's samurai training and the gang's line of work, it looks like House of Five Leaves is going to deal with characters rather than action. Akitsu doesn't want to be involved with the kidnapping trade, but he can't seem to extricate himself from it. Pressure from the gang, well, from those who … Continue reading Five Leaves 2, Angel Beats 5, Daimaou 4

More threes: Arakawa, Daimaou

Arakawa Under the Bridge 3 gives us a single story, albeit in two sections with a meaningless afterward. The Sister asks Recruit to attend confession, which is actually a place for Hoshi, the star-head guy, to confront him about his relationship with Nino. What's refreshing is that this time it's someone besides Recruit who's shocked … Continue reading More threes: Arakawa, Daimaou