FranXX 22, Hisone 11, Steins;Gate 12

Darling in the FranXX 22, post Grande Crevasse battle, has the kids trying to prepare for the next stage in their lives, or so they think. So they dutifully plant vegetables, which die because there's no life in the earth anymore. Meanwhile, everyone learns what we already knew--that Kokoro is pregnant, and she's given choices, … Continue reading FranXX 22, Hisone 11, Steins;Gate 12

Steins;Gate 0 11, Comic Girls finale

Steins;Gate 0 11 has one more confrontation with goons and then seems to turn into a finale, but, of course, there are too many loose ends to take care of. Important things get accomplished: Rintarou finally tells Maho most of the truth about the time machine, and then there's her emotional decision about what to … Continue reading Steins;Gate 0 11, Comic Girls finale

Hisone 9, Steins;Gate and Comic Girls 10

I think Hisone to Masotan topped itself with episode 9. A big crisis ensues that threatens the entire mission, and it's done within the show's witty style; a script that sneaks humor into places you don't expect, and the usual deceptively simple artwork. It also doesn't quite work the way I expected. I thought the … Continue reading Hisone 9, Steins;Gate and Comic Girls 10

Comic Girls 8-9, Steins;Gate 0 8, Hisone 7-8

The first half of Comic Girls 8 was the usual stuff, Kaos agonizing over another rejection, the girls comforting her, and then a study session since exams are coming up. At least Kaos didn't fail those. Things improve in the second half when the attention turns to Ririka, Mayu, and Miharu having a post-exam drinking … Continue reading Comic Girls 8-9, Steins;Gate 0 8, Hisone 7-8

Steins;Gate and Hisone 6, Franxx 18, Comic Girls 7

Steins;Gate 0  7 has bad guys busting into the lab while everyone's there, but they haven't killed anyone yet. It would be interesting if they killed Mayuri again, well, maybe not, as it would make Rintaro such a basket case that the story couldn't move forward. Also, they burst in but don't do anything except … Continue reading Steins;Gate and Hisone 6, Franxx 18, Comic Girls 7

Steins;Gate and Hisone 5, Comic Girls 6, FranXX 17

I just finished Steins;Gate 0 5 and find I have little so say about it. Again, the plodding writing sometimes threatens to pull me out of things, but they threw in enough surprises, especially the doozy at the end, that it didn't matter. And, to be fair, while I might gripe about the writing, this … Continue reading Steins;Gate and Hisone 5, Comic Girls 6, FranXX 17

Steins;Gate 0 4, Comic Girls 5, Hisone 4, FranXX 16

I'm have three problems with Steins;Gate 0. The first is the obvious one: I can't remember all the characters. It's been seven years, after all. So it took me a long moment to figure out why Rintarou was so freaked out by Moeka's appearance. Rintarou's flashbacks helped. The second problem is that Rintarou is still … Continue reading Steins;Gate 0 4, Comic Girls 5, Hisone 4, FranXX 16

Catching up with Steins, Comic girls, and Hisone

It's apparent without checking that Steins;Gate 0 is going to run through two cours, because they're taking their time with everything. This is not a complaint. I don't think the show is stretching anything needlessly. It's working in a patient, orderly fashion. Episode two was getting Rintarou to meet the AI Kurisu, and that pretty … Continue reading Catching up with Steins, Comic girls, and Hisone