A lot of finales … and Polar Bear 13 because I thought that was ending too

I think I've seen every season-ender for my shows except Acchi Kocchi. Now I'm ready for the deluge! The big fight in the Moretsu Pirates finale is underwhelming, but in a different way than usual. A great start, though. We see the pirate fleet prepare and sync up. Marika and the crew are taken aback … Continue reading A lot of finales … and Polar Bear 13 because I thought that was ending too

Moretsu 25, Kanojo X 12, Hyouka 10, AKB0048 9

A really big issue comes up in Moretsu Pirates 25. Ironbeard brings it up. Will the pirates in this "frontier" area of space continue working under the letters of marque or will they go off somewhere and be real pirates? It's rather different than the big issue I THOUGHT they were going to bring up: … Continue reading Moretsu 25, Kanojo X 12, Hyouka 10, AKB0048 9

Moretsu 24, Sankarea 00, Space Bros 12, Polar Bear 11

Moretsu Pirates 24 begins with action and then settles down for some intrigue and surprises. What's interesting about the battle in the first half, where the Bentenmaru is suddenly confronted with the Grand Cross in all its nastiness, is that Marika's bold declaration to fight was partly smoke. They had some ideas of what to … Continue reading Moretsu 24, Sankarea 00, Space Bros 12, Polar Bear 11

Space Bros 11, Moretsu 23, Sankarea 10, AKB0048 7

Space Brothers 11 continues with the third test and gets interesting in a new way. The candidates are put into three groups to live in sealed environments for two weeks before deciding which two of them should be accepted as astronauts. This is a cruel way of doing things as it turns what should be … Continue reading Space Bros 11, Moretsu 23, Sankarea 10, AKB0048 7

Three shows that are more or less about space, and one that isn’t

Earlier in Space Brothers I wished I could have seen more of the testing process. Well, I didn't need to see all of the physical exams, but I wanted to see what sort of physical and mental testing astronauts have to go through. With episode 10 we finally get a better look. The whole procedure, … Continue reading Three shows that are more or less about space, and one that isn’t

Moretsu 21, Spacebros 9, AKB0048 5, Shining Bread 7

A hell of a lot of fun in Moretsu Pirates 21, one of those episodes where a lot of things could happen and they do--all at once. First they have to set it all up. Hakou's dinghy team arrives to the obvious fear and consternation of the other participants and the Chairwoman, who remembers all … Continue reading Moretsu 21, Spacebros 9, AKB0048 5, Shining Bread 7

Kanojo X 7, Hyouka 5, Moretsu 20, Kimi to Boku 8

Nazo no Kanojo X 7 has Urabe at her most mysterious, and at the same time at her most "normal," and childish. Early on, taking a cue from Ako, she visits the flu-ridden Tsubaki, and after drool has been exchanged, leaves, not even showing him the swimsuit she had on underneath her coat, because she … Continue reading Kanojo X 7, Hyouka 5, Moretsu 20, Kimi to Boku 8

Hyouka 4, Kimi to Boku 7, Moretsu 19, Nyaruko I forget …

Hyouka 4's mystery, or continuation of a mystery, doesn't quite live up to the others so far, but its patient telling and production levels carry it along. Chitanda agrees, after some prodding by Houtarou so he won't have to do all the work, to let the other lit club members into her story. They research … Continue reading Hyouka 4, Kimi to Boku 7, Moretsu 19, Nyaruko I forget …

Moretsu 18, and Accel, Natsuiro, Acchi 5

That's how you do it! Moretsu Pirates 18 is one of the best yet. We get a chase, lots of light shows, strategy meetings (though I noticed the ship stopped rocking about during that scene, what was up with that?), sneaky strategy, a bizarre twist, calm characters letting loose, and who cares if the ending … Continue reading Moretsu 18, and Accel, Natsuiro, Acchi 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