Finales: Chihayafuru, Ano Natsu de Matteru, Papa finally catches a break

More goodbyes today. I hope Chihayafuru isn't saying goodbye forever. With no tournaments to play, or major crises to confront (minor ones, yes), the show spends time sowing seeds for the next season. We start with the end of the men's championship and more time with Suo, the four-time champion who seems almost inhuman in … Continue reading Finales: Chihayafuru, Ano Natsu de Matteru, Papa finally catches a break

Lagrange 10-11, Papa’s Falling Apart 11

I don't know how I managed to fall two episodes behind with Rinne no Lagrange ... well, I neglected to download 10, tried to watch 11, and say "Wait, what's Madoka doing on that boat, and why is she so pissed off?" After watching episode 10 it's easy to understand why. She was betrayed by … Continue reading Lagrange 10-11, Papa’s Falling Apart 11

BRS 7, Papa’s getting boring, High School Boys, and Inu x Boku 10,

The seams are beginning to show in Black Rock Shooter. I was afraid this would happen. What started as a bizarre and entertaining metaphor where young girls' pain is shouldered by fighters in another dimension is beginning to lose its power because they feel an obligation to explain everything. I shouldn't have expected anything else, … Continue reading BRS 7, Papa’s getting boring, High School Boys, and Inu x Boku 10,

BRS 6, Lagrange 9, Amagami+ 10, Papa is not really in this episode 9

Black Rock Shooter 6 gives us some background, but not enough, rather, just enough to be confusing. Mato is now in the fighting world and not enjoying it at all. Every time Black Rock Shooter takes a hit, Mato feels the pain, so you can imagine her state of mind when the fighter's arm is … Continue reading BRS 6, Lagrange 9, Amagami+ 10, Papa is not really in this episode 9

Amagami+ 9, Moretsu 9, Papa drops a plate 8, Kill me Baby … er …

Sae, being so quiet and shy, could have been the weakest girl in the original Amagami SS series, but they covered for that by adding more comic bits. With Plus the same bits are back, and again what could have been a deadly-dull episode was ... satisfactory. There are still dead spots. While Sae has … Continue reading Amagami+ 9, Moretsu 9, Papa drops a plate 8, Kill me Baby … er …

Nisemonogatari 8, Symphogear 8, Amagami+ 8, Papa gets evicted 7

Hoo boy, with Nisemonogatari, half the time I don't know whether to be appalled and amused. But I try to keep my perspective. Let's start with the "amused" part. We wrapped up the Karen arc last week, and this week I fully expected an arc starring the littler little sister Tsuhiki, a rather mysterious thing … Continue reading Nisemonogatari 8, Symphogear 8, Amagami+ 8, Papa gets evicted 7

Chihayafuru 19, Another 6, I’m Your Father 6, Aquarion 7

Chihayafuru 19 is all battle with a little twist. The characters are battling each other. Chihaya (who lost in the first round) watches Desktomu and Kana finish up their match, even though the bigger fight is over on the B-side, so to speak. They give the Class D match more attention than I thought, especially … Continue reading Chihayafuru 19, Another 6, I’m Your Father 6, Aquarion 7

Chihayafuru 18, Ano Natsu 5, Papa Forgets his Phone 5

There's a lot on the line in Chihayafuru 18, but it doesn't feel like it. The team is off to a tournament, nothing particularly big about it. The only thing worth notice is that it's Chihaya's first tournament match as an A player. What's more, it's not limited to high school players. So in the … Continue reading Chihayafuru 18, Ano Natsu 5, Papa Forgets his Phone 5

Episode Dump: Amagami 4, Papa no Iukoto 4, Aquarion 5, Kill Me Baby 4

Amagami SS+ 4 has almost nothing to it. Even that so-called cliffhanger last episode is resolved the way you'd expect. Makabe just shrugs and walks away. Junichi is quick to decide he's in love with Rihoko--all it took was that overheard conversation and a flip through a scrapbook. Now all someone has to do is … Continue reading Episode Dump: Amagami 4, Papa no Iukoto 4, Aquarion 5, Kill Me Baby 4

Last Exile Fam 13-14, Another 3, Listen to Papa 3

Last Exile - Fam 13 boils down to a battle where one side whips out a new weapon, the other side whips out a cooler weapon, and over and over until they're throwing exiles at each other. It's simplistic, but in spite of the show's remarkable animation and art, not to mention the odd backstory, … Continue reading Last Exile Fam 13-14, Another 3, Listen to Papa 3