2015 new winter shows #3

There's really no story to Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 1. Instead, it's an episode-long character and background information episode that mocks the concept even while doing it. For instance, the girls are introduced by Tomoya, the unabashed nerdy male lead, while one of them, Utaha the scriptwriter, complains about the infodump way he's going about … Continue reading 2015 new winter shows #3

Finales: UN-GO, iDOLM@STER, Ben-To

Happy Holidays everyone! I had a great Christmas, I hope you had the same. Now it back to work. Today we say goodbye to three series and start to wrap up another season. Damn, this has been a good year. UN-GO came and went, delivering either a mystery that I didn't have the wits or … Continue reading Finales: UN-GO, iDOLM@STER, Ben-To

Episode dump; iDOLM@STER 23, UN-GO 10, BakumanII 12, Ben-To 11, Tamayura 11

iDOLM@STER 23 continues the Haruka story, rather, it's her turn to wander off in a funk and think things out while everyone else worries about her. It's practically a mirror image of Chihaya's crisis, though this one has no ridiculous bad guys behind it or painful past to overcome (but she does sit around at … Continue reading Episode dump; iDOLM@STER 23, UN-GO 10, BakumanII 12, Ben-To 11, Tamayura 11

Chihayafuru 10, Working’!! 10, iDOLM@STER 23, Horizon 10

In Chihayafuru 10, I find it improbable that Chihaya's team would go to their first tournament and actually win the thing. It doesn't feel right for a series that has done so many other things well, so far. On the other hand, they have a crisis and overcome it, and everyone uses their strengths to … Continue reading Chihayafuru 10, Working’!! 10, iDOLM@STER 23, Horizon 10

Penguindrum 21, UN-GO 7, two iDOLM@STERS and Horizon … oh, who cares?

Mawaru Penguindrum 21 is comparatively light on new metaphors, but they make up for it with plot developments which are just as weird. By the end, the Takakura "sibling's" "family" is shown to be as flimsy as the gaily-colored house they live in. There's a reporter snooping around who's discovered that Kanba is getting Himari's … Continue reading Penguindrum 21, UN-GO 7, two iDOLM@STERS and Horizon … oh, who cares?

Chihayafuru 7, Bakuman II 7-8, iDOLM@STER 20, Guilty Crown 6, Horizon 8

Chihayafuru 7 brings us a new player, Tsutomu, or "Desktomu" as they say, because he never leaves his. One of those diligent people, "shaped like a jelly bean," who harbours resentment toward everyone because they're stupider than he is, but prettier. Sort of like Kohta, but without the zombies to take out his rage on. … Continue reading Chihayafuru 7, Bakuman II 7-8, iDOLM@STER 20, Guilty Crown 6, Horizon 8

UN-GO 4, Tomodachi 5, iDOLM@STER 18, Tamayura 4

UN-GO 4 had a satisfying end to the Kazamori story, and a typical reaction from me when I watch a mystery: I follow right along until there's a moment I get distracted by something I forgot, and it's downhill from there. People say things, point at each other, other characters show up and I don't … Continue reading UN-GO 4, Tomodachi 5, iDOLM@STER 18, Tamayura 4

I try to catch up, I fail, I break a laptop. Episode dump.

How can anyone expect me to catch up if my laptop dies one me? ... Oh, that's right. No one does. Luckily, I never save anything too important on it, and I had a backup of Mawaru Penguin 16 on the desktop. But all my screenshots are gone. The gods of computers, at least the … Continue reading I try to catch up, I fail, I break a laptop. Episode dump.

Guilty Crown 2, Kimi to Boku 3, iDOLM@STER 16

After the second episode I'm still of two minds about Guilty Crown. There's nothing that really sets it apart from any other SF anime out there. All the gear and the standard plot bits are there. But they're oddly put together and I am not sure whether the creators are being inept or have something … Continue reading Guilty Crown 2, Kimi to Boku 3, iDOLM@STER 16

Penguindrum 14, Boku wa Tomodachi 2, and more

Mawaru Penguindrum is getting a little disturbing. Its world of fate and victims grows more insular. Is there any character in this show that isn't connected to that wheel of fate of theirs? In episode 14 we learn a lot about Yuri, we see her dump her lover from her theatre company and speed off … Continue reading Penguindrum 14, Boku wa Tomodachi 2, and more