Summer 2013 #3: Girls, real and not, doing things for and against

Rozen Maiden Whicheverthisis looks great, let's get that out of the way. It's a show that I might watch all the way through just for that, even if the story doesn't work out. As for the story, it's too soon to tell. Way back in my early days of anime watching I watched Traumend and … Continue reading Summer 2013 #3: Girls, real and not, doing things for and against

New Shows: Space Bros, Hiiro no Kakera, Zetman, some Folktales … oh, and Symphogear ended

Space Brothers looks very promising ... but worrisome at the same time. Promising because it's a rare show where the main characters are all adults, doing adult things. The first episode, where we meet brothers Mutta and Hibito as they see a UFO and decide to become astronauts, but only one is going for it, … Continue reading New Shows: Space Bros, Hiiro no Kakera, Zetman, some Folktales … oh, and Symphogear ended

Natsume Shi Finale, Moretsu and Symphogear 12

Natsume Yuujinchou finishes up its fourth season in a typically warm, forgiving, but a little underwhelming finale. I've said before that the show doesn't work as well with great drama. It's the quiet, bittersweet stories work the best, but this two-parter could have used some drama considering what they gave us last week. After introducing … Continue reading Natsume Shi Finale, Moretsu and Symphogear 12

Elevens: Amagami+, Moretsu, Symphogear, Kill Me Baby

I've said before that so far Amagami SS Plus hasn't lived up to the original series. But the return of Haruka as the main girl has brought back a lot of the fun. She was the first girl in the original and has had to wait the longest for her return bout, but she's making … Continue reading Elevens: Amagami+, Moretsu, Symphogear, Kill Me Baby

Nisemonogatari 10, Symphogear 10, Inu x Boku SS 9, Kill Me Baby 10

Nisemonogatari 10 ... Well, Araragi-kun did keep saying that his sisters were fake ... We don't know if they both are. In fact, I don't see any evidence that Karen might also be a supernatural being. First, all her actions, her leaps and handstands and balancing, suggest someone attuned to the physical. Spirits may invade … Continue reading Nisemonogatari 10, Symphogear 10, Inu x Boku SS 9, Kill Me Baby 10

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

Moretsu Pirates 5-6, BRS 2, Symphogear 5

In Moretsu Pirates 5 and 6 Marika confronts challenges, but since one is finishing and arc and the other starting one, the challenges are quite different, and in the latter, a little silly. In episode 5 Marika is still on board the Odette II, the yacht club's practice vessel, with some odd thing lurking behind … Continue reading Moretsu Pirates 5-6, BRS 2, Symphogear 5

Silly SF fours: Symphogear, Lagrange, Pirates

Senki Zesshou Symphogear is losing my interest by overdoing some things and underexplaining others. Who the hell was that girl who attacked Tsubasa? Up to now we've been seing the noise only as brightly colored, often cute destroyers of human life. Now there's a girl in full armor trash-talking Tsubasa and claiming she's really after … Continue reading Silly SF fours: Symphogear, Lagrange, Pirates