Still More Finales: Bakuman II, Amagami+, Kill Me Baby

Other finales have the villains defeated, or the hero getting the girl, or vice-versa, but in the Bakuman world the heroes reach a goal only to get another one thrust before them. The boys spend the episode overworking, again, changing their chapter one manuscript in any way they can to improve it, not even attending … Continue reading Still More Finales: Bakuman II, Amagami+, Kill Me Baby

Finales: Another, Lagrange … also Kill Me Baby 12

Another 11, jam packed with craziness and deaths, apparently wasn't long enough to show them all. Another 12 picks up right where we left off. I think the first minute had three or four additional deaths thanks to the homicidal landlady and the hotel burning and all. And the chandelier that lands on a handful … Continue reading Finales: Another, Lagrange … also Kill Me Baby 12

Elevens: Amagami+, Moretsu, Symphogear, Kill Me Baby

I've said before that so far Amagami SS Plus hasn't lived up to the original series. But the return of Haruka as the main girl has brought back a lot of the fun. She was the first girl in the original and has had to wait the longest for her return bout, but she's making … Continue reading Elevens: Amagami+, Moretsu, Symphogear, Kill Me Baby

Nisemonogatari 10, Symphogear 10, Inu x Boku SS 9, Kill Me Baby 10

Nisemonogatari 10 ... Well, Araragi-kun did keep saying that his sisters were fake ... We don't know if they both are. In fact, I don't see any evidence that Karen might also be a supernatural being. First, all her actions, her leaps and handstands and balancing, suggest someone attuned to the physical. Spirits may invade … Continue reading Nisemonogatari 10, Symphogear 10, Inu x Boku SS 9, Kill Me Baby 10

Amagami+ 9, Moretsu 9, Papa drops a plate 8, Kill me Baby … er …

Sae, being so quiet and shy, could have been the weakest girl in the original Amagami SS series, but they covered for that by adding more comic bits. With Plus the same bits are back, and again what could have been a deadly-dull episode was ... satisfactory. There are still dead spots. While Sae has … Continue reading Amagami+ 9, Moretsu 9, Papa drops a plate 8, Kill me Baby … er …

Chihayafuru 21, Natsume Shi 9, Bakuman II 21, Kill Me Baby something

A solid episode of Chihayafuru. A little of everything: foreshadowing, old rivals, new rivals and friends, and a good karuta match. We start with the most revealing scene involving Taichi for a while. After we figure out what everyone's reacting to (did they plan that shot where it looks like everyone's looking at his crotch?) … Continue reading Chihayafuru 21, Natsume Shi 9, Bakuman II 21, Kill Me Baby something

Ho hum four sevens … Another, Lagrange, Moretsu, Kill Me Baby

Another 7 gives us a Kubodera's spectaularly bloody death at the very start, and then speculation runs rampant. The fact that the pressures put on Kubodera from both teaching this doomed class and taking care of his sick mother might have driven him to slashing himself up before his shocked students (honestly, couldn't he have … Continue reading Ho hum four sevens … Another, Lagrange, Moretsu, Kill Me Baby

Natsume Shi 7, Inu x Boku 6, Amagami 6 and Kill Me Baby something.

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 7 concludes the help-me-I'm-stuck-in-a-jar story arc with a great episode. The plot involves rescue and escape, but the emotional story in a Natsume episode is always closer to the heart. In this case, Tanuma. He's tried to find the Natsume-jar and stumbled into youkai land where there's a big banquet to celebrate … Continue reading Natsume Shi 7, Inu x Boku 6, Amagami 6 and Kill Me Baby something.

Natsume 5, Aquarion 6, Kill Me Baby 5

There are a few set pieces in fiction which I dislike. One of them is where a character cannot be somewhere so someone else, through magic or just disguise, takes their place, interacts with the person's friends and family, and generally makes an ass of himself. That's exactly what happens in Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 5 … Continue reading Natsume 5, Aquarion 6, Kill Me Baby 5

Episode Dump: Amagami 4, Papa no Iukoto 4, Aquarion 5, Kill Me Baby 4

Amagami SS+ 4 has almost nothing to it. Even that so-called cliffhanger last episode is resolved the way you'd expect. Makabe just shrugs and walks away. Junichi is quick to decide he's in love with Rihoko--all it took was that overheard conversation and a flip through a scrapbook. Now all someone has to do is … Continue reading Episode Dump: Amagami 4, Papa no Iukoto 4, Aquarion 5, Kill Me Baby 4