noitaminA finales: Sakamichi no Apollon, Tsuritama

Interesting conclusion to Sakamichi no Apollon. Not all of it worked, but the conclusion lived up the the show's standards. What made the least sense to me was Kaoru's lunge at Ritsuko, and his unfortunate words while he was doing it. My first response was "what the hell is he doing? That's not like him." … Continue reading noitaminA finales: Sakamichi no Apollon, Tsuritama

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

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