Penguindrum 13, iDOLM@STER 14, SKET Dance 27

After a few days of watching new shows go through their paces (and usually falling down), it's a relief to get back to some shows good, or at least decent enough that I haven't dropped them already. Mawaru Penguindrum 13 has a few moments of plot but mainly has the characters sitting around thinking and … Continue reading Penguindrum 13, iDOLM@STER 14, SKET Dance 27

Some shows continue, others finish or restart, and two cross over

I thought that The iDOLM@STER 13 was the final episode, but apparently they're just getting started. This episode does, however feel like a finale as the girls perform their first big show with some minor complications. Like the main act running late because of a typhoon, and then, just for fun, a flat tire, and … Continue reading Some shows continue, others finish or restart, and two cross over

Episode dump with some finales: Natsume, Memo-Chou, etc

Dantalian no Shoka provides us with a flashback episode as we go back to WWI and Huey's experiences there. But Huey is not the center of this story; that belongs to his friend, then enemy, Ilas. It's a typical episode for this series, beautiful to look at with occasional stunning animation and images, tied to … Continue reading Episode dump with some finales: Natsume, Memo-Chou, etc

Episode dump with a couple of finales

The Ikoku Meiro no Croisée finale has another Yune/Claude conflict, Yune trying to track down a nonexistent cat (though the bell sound, ever explained, was a nice touch), a crisis, and we finally learn enough about Claude's grump of a father to learn why Claude's a grump himself. Not for the first time, Yune becomes … Continue reading Episode dump with a couple of finales

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

Episode catchup dump post

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée 8 is another good episode, though it's a mystery to tired ol' me how the tension between Claude and Camille came about. All I know was that their little scene had so many secret meanings and unspoken facts going on that it tired me out just watching it. But it looks … Continue reading Episode catchup dump post

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

A few more things I watched before I stop watching for a few days

Because I can, I will tell you some more of the things I've been watching before I take an actual vacation ... Idolm@ster 3 splits the story between the girls' performance in the sticks, and Yukiho's fear of men and dogs. The sticks part works all right. The girls adapt and help out in ways … Continue reading A few more things I watched before I stop watching for a few days

I stumble through some more early episodes.

Idolm@ster 2, just like 1, isn't as bad as I feared. It's not good, either. It's not a show I'd recommend to someone I'd actually like to have a conversation with. It's often inane and it gives an overly-nice view of the idol business, but they do just enough to keep the episode from wallowing … Continue reading I stumble through some more early episodes.