Finales: Hyouka, Mankind has Declined … also Chocolate 10

Rather a fitting ending to Hyouka. A little mystery surrounded by bigger events and drop-dead beautiful animation. Chitanda enlists Houtarou to help out in her villages annual doll festival. There is considerable time taken in him waiting at the place while the festival guys try to work out a crisis involving a bridge the procession … Continue reading Finales: Hyouka, Mankind has Declined … also Chocolate 10

Hyouka 21, School had declined 11

All of the mysteries of Hyouka, save one or two, are trivial matters. More often than not they are merely frameworks on which to hang what the episodes or arcs are really about. Such is the case with episode 21, possibly the least cheerful Valentine's day episode I've ever seen. Many anime Valentine episodes are … Continue reading Hyouka 21, School had declined 11

Religion had Declined 10, Hyouka 20, Lagrange 21

My take on Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 10 written here is a rambling mess, because sometimes it's good for the mind to ramble about a show, especially one as odd as this one. We go back to Watashi's first days as a mediator, er, researcher, whatever it is; just so she can avoid working in … Continue reading Religion had Declined 10, Hyouka 20, Lagrange 21

Jinrui 8, Hyouka 18, Lagrange 19

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 8 explains everything! Even the dog! Okay, it doesn't explain the underlying question how? We get a nice stab at Why, though. Assistant, never given an opportunity to develop a personality because he grew up in isolation, decided to look for one, and used the suggestions by Watashi and all those … Continue reading Jinrui 8, Hyouka 18, Lagrange 19

Kokoro 6, Tari Tari 7, Bananas have increased 7

In Kokoro Connect 6, Dung Beetle, er, Balloon Vine has apparently gotten bored with the body switching and has something even nastier set up for our poor victims. With the body switching, at least the kids were aware of what was going on and deal with the problem rationally, but now that their bodies "act … Continue reading Kokoro 6, Tari Tari 7, Bananas have increased 7

Kokoro 4, Tari Tari 5, Electricity has declined 5, Joshiraku 3

Kokoro Connect 4 manages to salvage a dreary episode with something unexpected. After Inaba has told Taichi that she can't trust anyone, she was born that way, etc., he gets her to say this to the rest of the gang, and gets humorous variations on the theme that basically say "What's the big deal?" Aoki's … Continue reading Kokoro 4, Tari Tari 5, Electricity has declined 5, Joshiraku 3

Catching up … Hyouka 14, Tari Tari 4, SOA 3, Manga has Declined 4

Mystery? Hyouka doesn't need a mystery to be good. Oh, there's a mystery all right, the missing Go stones, the tarot card, and this week the ladle that nearly cost the Classics club the cooking contest title. Up until now it hasn't gotten anyone's interest except Satoshi's; you can tell by his grin that he … Continue reading Catching up … Hyouka 14, Tari Tari 4, SOA 3, Manga has Declined 4

Mankind has Declined 3, Tari Tari 3, LagrangeII 2

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 3's new story is as unexpected as the last one, but more predictable. We meet a character named Y (the names in this series are happily easy to remember), a government slacker, er, worker who is supposed to be gathering data for the Human Monument, which seems to be exactly what … Continue reading Mankind has Declined 3, Tari Tari 3, LagrangeII 2