A few more quick ones …

Fortune Arterial 10 has Erika's continuing struggle to sustain herself on blood pouches (and why those aren't as nutritious as blood from a throbbing vein they don't tell us). And it has not only more "Let's work together!" festival preparation scenes, but a beach trip and firework-watching with yukatas as well. You begin to get … Continue reading A few more quick ones …

Zakuro 9, Soredemo 8

It looked at first that Otome Youkai Zakuro 9 was going to be another silly filler episode in a series that is running low on episodes, but at the end they toss a little surprise. A Kokkuri is a sort of manifestation of maidenly thoughts of love. One's been going around freaking people out. Hanadate … Continue reading Zakuro 9, Soredemo 8

The threes continue: Bakuman, Zakura, Samurai Girls

So far in Bakuman the boys' dreams move forward with nary a glitch. Miho has agreed to marry Saiko when he becomes successful. His father and grandfather (though not his mother) have given their blessing. Now in episode 3 the boys get to invade his uncle's studio. It's a learning experience, especially for Akito, who's … Continue reading The threes continue: Bakuman, Zakura, Samurai Girls

More twos: Zakuro, Yumeiro Pro, Yosuga

Otome Youkai Zakuro has a good overall theme, that of westernization conflicting with ancient tradition, which in shows like this can bite back, but the second episode doesn't convince me that it will lead to an interesting story. After viewing a scary and prophetic Zakuro dream about persimmons we move on to more culture-clash. Agemaki, … Continue reading More twos: Zakuro, Yumeiro Pro, Yosuga

More ones: Bakuman, Otome Youkai Zakuro, Yosuga no Sora

I haven't seen the manga for Bakuman but heard a lot of whining that it was no Death Note. Well, who the hell cares? The first episode of the anime gives us a promising start after some early doldrums. We meet Moritaka Mashiro, who everyone calls Saiko, a adolescent sleepwalking through school and the responsibilities … Continue reading More ones: Bakuman, Otome Youkai Zakuro, Yosuga no Sora