Lupin III - Mine Fujiko to lu Onna has an effective but underwhelming finale. (some spoilers here ...) Two reasons for this. The first was the big mystery itself. Instead of getting what we expected, we get additional characters and a story even more convoluted. It was great to look at; I loved the elaborate … Continue reading Finales: Fujiko, Nyaruko … also more bread.
Lupin III - Mine Fujiko to lu Onna 12 is a hell of an episode, and I finally kinda sorta know what the hell's going on. Frankly, I had found the events leading up to now confusing. I had figured out that Fujiko had been taken at a young age and "raised" by Count Almeida, … Continue reading Fujiko 12, Apollon 11, Tsuritama 11
Sakamichi no Apollon 10 gets down to business now that the bad romance has left town and sets up some major plot kernels, but mainly it's about Kaoru screwing up. Kaoru has some wrong assumptions about what's going on. Now that Yurika's gone it's logical to assume Sentarou will fall back on Ritsuko, such is … Continue reading Four more before two days off: Apollon 10, Tsuritama 10, Fujiko 11, Kanojo X 10
After last weeks emotional high on Sakamichi no Apollon, we get an episode where many people are looking for their bad end. You knew they would pay attention go Jun this week; there wasn't anyone else left. Kaoru and Sentarou are reconciled, it's too soon for Ritsuko, and Yurika's been in a holding pattern ever … Continue reading Apollon 8, Fujiko 9, Tsuritama 8
Sakamichi no Apollon 7 begins by giving us a twist. After Kaoru's temper tantrum last week I expected a lot of episodes of regret from all parties, and I got that. I also expected Kaoru to regress and go back into his shell, to be alone again. But that didn't happen. Well, it looks that … Continue reading Sevens and one Eight: Apollon, Fujiko, Tsuritama, Nyaruko
The latest Lupin/Fujiko is a near-miss. There's something about the franchise that this episode lacked--a sense of fun, maybe. You might argue that the show was concerned with weightier issues than crime capers, that the show was trying to do something different, but in that case I'll argue that their way of approaching the time … Continue reading Five episodes of little consequence: Fujiko, Ao, AKB0048, Zombie, Polar Bear
Space Brothers 7 seems to be puttering around, building up Mutta's self-recriminations as he both watches his brother train and waits for an announcement he is certain he won't like. Yeah, Hoshika (flowing-hair man) is still on his side, but making no headway in convincing the people who really matter. Meanwhile we get asides where … Continue reading Space Bros 7, Fujiko 6, Accel (dropped), Kore wa Zombie (not dropped, in spite of everything)