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

Space Bros 13, Sankarea 11, Eureka Ao 10, Natsuiro 12, Polar Bear 12

Most of Space Brothers 13 was a question: Why are we spending billions of dollars sending people into space when we could devote the funds to something more worthwhile?" The three teams in their little environments are asked to write a rebuttal to a harsh TV critic, and while they do so we're presented with … Continue reading Space Bros 13, Sankarea 11, Eureka Ao 10, Natsuiro 12, Polar Bear 12

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

Nines and an Eight: Natsuiro, Sankarea, Eureka Ao, Kore wa Zombie, Polar Bear

Natsuiro Kiseki 9 continues the story on the island in a rather sweet episode where, surprisingly, Yuka says the most important thing: some things you can't do anything about. This is contrasted by the behavior of Ko, the rude boy from last week who's actually a girl, who misses the doctor who practiced on the … Continue reading Nines and an Eight: Natsuiro, Sankarea, Eureka Ao, Kore wa Zombie, Polar Bear

Sevens and EIghts: Eureka Ao, Sankarea, Natsuiro, Kore wa Zombie, Polar Bear

Eureka Seven Ao 7 starts out in the worst way possible, then gets a lot better. First we have the attack on GenBleu headquarters by that smug asshole calling himself "Truth." I got what I expected. Truth going around blowing things up at will, guards running around helplessly, and more Truth blowing things up, smirking … Continue reading Sevens and EIghts: Eureka Ao, Sankarea, Natsuiro, Kore wa Zombie, Polar Bear

Lots of shows: AKB0048, Tsuritama, Natsuiro, Eureka Ao, Sankarea, Polar Bear

AKB0048 3 is just as insane as the first two, hurrah! It's going to be hard to talk about this episode without spoilers, and I'll do my best, but you are warned. Because for this episode the other side of future-idoling comes into play--the combat. The girls have reached the mothership and are immediately put … Continue reading Lots of shows: AKB0048, Tsuritama, Natsuiro, Eureka Ao, Sankarea, Polar Bear

Space Bros 6, Fujika 5, Sankarea 5

Space Brothers 6 has the shadow of Munta's past in nearly every scene. We already know he was turned down last week, now we watch him go about his NASA touring first without that knowledge, then with it. Before, he lets his wonder and incredulous mix in the usual way, admiring his brother's training ethic … Continue reading Space Bros 6, Fujika 5, Sankarea 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