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

Natsume Yuujinchou 6-7 and other, mostly lesser shows

Natsume Yuujinchou San 6 and 7 gives us a two-parter, and a departure from the show's mood we've seen thus far, at least this season. The mood is darker than usual, and unlike most episodes, the greatest threat comes not from youkai, but from humans who are connected in some way to them. Natsume discovers … Continue reading Natsume Yuujinchou 6-7 and other, mostly lesser shows