Finales: Fujiko, Nyaruko … also more bread.

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.

Fujiko 12, Apollon 11, Tsuritama 11

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

Four more before two days off: Apollon 10, Tsuritama 10, Fujiko 11, Kanojo X 10

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

Apollon 8, Fujiko 9, Tsuritama 8

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

Sevens and one Eight: Apollon, Fujiko, Tsuritama, Nyaruko

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

Five episodes of little consequence: Fujiko, Ao, AKB0048, Zombie, Polar Bear

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 Bros 7, Fujiko 6, Accel (dropped), Kore wa Zombie (not dropped, in spite of everything)

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)

Space Bros 6, Fujika 5, Sankarea 5

Space Brothers 6 has the shadow of Munta's past in nearly every scene. We already know he was turned down last week, now we watch him go about his NASA touring first without that knowledge, then with it. Before, he lets his wonder and incredulous mix in the usual way, admiring his brother's training ethic … Continue reading Space Bros 6, Fujika 5, Sankarea 5

Episode dump: Sankarea, Accel, Fujiko, Moretsu, Polar Bear

I had expectations for Sankarea 4. Rea had died and come to life, now the story really starts! But this episode dithered and little got accomplished. It started well enough with Dan'Ichirou realizing what must have happened to Rea after she walked away from him. He must be at Furuya's! Get him! So I was … Continue reading Episode dump: Sankarea, Accel, Fujiko, Moretsu, Polar Bear

Threes: Fujiko, Accel, Amnesia, Acchi Kocchi

Fujiko 3 ... I don't know much about steam trains, but I figure if the drivers are killed then no one is feeding coal to the engines, and the train would have stopped not long after leaving the station. And cutting off the freight car wouldn't do anything to decrease its acceleration. Putting that aside … Continue reading Threes: Fujiko, Accel, Amnesia, Acchi Kocchi