Fours: Index, Arterial, Letter Bee

A Certain Magical Index II 4 brings us plenty of what makes the series so fun to watch. The first part is surprisingly low-key. The Catholics have Orsola, and Anglicans can't interfere, Tatemiya goes off to fight them alone. Touma's job is done. There's a long bit where three characters just walk, and you can … Continue reading Fours: Index, Arterial, Letter Bee

Index II, Yakumo, Letter Bee, all threes

If you ignore the cult-babble A Certain Magical Index 3 almost makes sense. I suppose it helps to know that the Amakusa Church wants Orsola Aquinas (for different reasons than we think), and so do the Roman Catholics, though why they dragged the Church of England into this I don't know. But all you need … Continue reading Index II, Yakumo, Letter Bee, all threes

Twos: Letter Bee Reverse, Bakuman, Samurai Girls

Letter Bee Reverse 2 tells me that nothing in this series has changed. They're going to spend much of their time in side stories rather than the main one. And even with this side story of Lag reuniting with Niche the episode plods. Lag and Connor's searching scene plods, the Zazie/Sylviette scene as well, though … Continue reading Twos: Letter Bee Reverse, Bakuman, Samurai Girls

New season: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Letter Bee Reverse

I was going to start the new season with Iron Man, but the sub didn't work. So it's on to Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. By the way, you can gauge the popularity of a show by the number of fansubs that appear. Iron Man has hardly any while PSG has plenty, though not as … Continue reading New season: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Letter Bee Reverse

Kimi ni Todoke Finale, Letter Bee just won’t end.

Kimi ni Todoke ends the way everyone expects, without going as far as a first kiss. But can you imagine Sawako or Kazehaya brave enough for that step? The episode itself runs pretty much like the one before it. The two would-be lovebirds talking, doing the New Year things, cutting occasionally to Yano or Yoshida … Continue reading Kimi ni Todoke Finale, Letter Bee just won’t end.

Letter Bee 24, Ookami’s silly finale, and Hidamari Sketch 11

Letter Bee 24 had the potential to be quite an exciting episode, but, well … It starts off just fine, with Zazie making his surprise appearance and rescuing Lag, but then they flash back as to why he followed, sort of. Zazie likes to kill gaichuu, but says “I had intended to meet you coming … Continue reading Letter Bee 24, Ookami’s silly finale, and Hidamari Sketch 11

Cross Game 49, Nodame 10, Letter Bee 23

Cross Game 49 is indeed excruciating to watch. You may think, well, it's a sports show, so it has to end with victory, but this series has as many letdowns as triumphs. There would be a certain beauty to it if Seishuu loses, and Kou, Aoba and Akaishi don't realize their dream of playing in … Continue reading Cross Game 49, Nodame 10, Letter Bee 23