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

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

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

Sixes: Apollon, Kanojo, Tsuritama, Acchi

Sakamichi no Apollon 6 brings us something new: the threat of change. Its most blatant manifestation comes in the form of Beatles-fan Seiji, Sentarou's new classmate (the fact that he and Kaoru are now in separate classes is the first sign that things will now be officially different than before). He's recruiting a drummer for … Continue reading Sixes: Apollon, Kanojo, Tsuritama, Acchi

Apollon and Girlfriend X 5, Kimi to Boku 6

It's hard to tell where Sakamichi no Apollon 5 is going at first. We get a few scenes where the coincidences distract from their purpose. Kaoru just happens to be playing telephone-on-a-string with Sachiko, bringing up the fact that Ritsuko now hates him, when she passes by and takes the can from Sachiko. Sentarou just … Continue reading Apollon and Girlfriend X 5, Kimi to Boku 6

Fours and a three: Kanojo X, Amnesia, Shiny bread, Nyaruko

With Nazo no Kanojo X 4 we learn that Urabe isn't the only interesting girlfriend in school. Oka, Ueno's girlfriend, suddenly sits down at Urabe's desk and nap area and proceeds to feed her. This in itself is a serious breach of the school's status quo. Then things get really interesting. Inadvertently sharing spit from … Continue reading Fours and a three: Kanojo X, Amnesia, Shiny bread, Nyaruko