More shows fall over dead: Chocolate, Who’s the sister, Binbougami

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate ends with annoying obstacles tossed in Yuuki's path to election victory. The Katahina faction, whatever the hell they are, put in a last-day-last-ditch effort. The negative article mysteriously put in the online newspaper was bad enough, but they also kidnap Chisato and have Yuuki run around from telephone to telephone … Continue reading More shows fall over dead: Chocolate, Who’s the sister, Binbougami

SAO 12, Chocolate 11, Joshiraku 8

Sword Art Online 12 ... I figured it would end up like this. Since it was clear from the start that Yui wasn't from the real world it meant that the game could do all sort of things to her. And since she was, if not an anomaly, but a bit of code gone rogue, … Continue reading SAO 12, Chocolate 11, Joshiraku 8

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

Natsuyuki 10, Imouto ga Iru 9, Chocolate 9

The big line in Natsuyuki Rendezvous 10 comes at the end, where Rokka asks Shimao (still in Ryuusuke's body) where the Ryuusuke she fell in love with went. It's a nonsensical question because while Shimao told her that it had been him and not Ryuusuke for some of the events, he hasn't told her exactly … Continue reading Natsuyuki 10, Imouto ga Iru 9, Chocolate 9

Natsuyuki and Binbougami 9, Chocolate 8

Natsuyuki Rendezvous 9 is the most effective episode so far, though in a way it's the slowest-moving. There's only one event, but it's a big one. As we expected, Rokka encounters Shimao (still in Ryuusuke's body) up in the mountains. In the scenes that follow it becomes impossible for him to hide the switch, and … Continue reading Natsuyuki and Binbougami 9, Chocolate 8

Five episodes that more or less annoyed me

I'll probably watch Natsuyuki Rendezvous through to the end, but it gets harder and harder. It looks like Ryuusuke has found a way through the ridiculous impasse by the end of the episode, but his impetus, apart from scarily getting caught there forever by dwelling on the past, like Shimao perhaps, are unclear. Fairy Rokka … Continue reading Five episodes that more or less annoyed me

Natsuyuki 7 and two olympic refugees

Do I have to talk about Natsuyuki Rendezvous 7? Well, I'll say this. Shimao has completely screwed up the situation, but not in the way I expected. At the end he's given Rokka every indication that he's still around somehow, what with that ghostly appearance and the flower arrangements he left at the shop. Then … Continue reading Natsuyuki 7 and two olympic refugees