Trapeze Finale, Cross Game 38

Trapeze finishes with a bang. This time around we revisit the household of Yuta, the cell-phone kid, and examine his father, Tsuda, and to a lesser extent, his mother. Tsuda is an overworked ER physician with little time for his wife and son, and the early scenes take on a darker, more desperate tone than … Continue reading Trapeze Finale, Cross Game 38

Seitokai 11, Trapeze 10

Because of its lack of plot and predilection towards quick, meaningless gags, sometimes it's hard to find anything to say about Seitokai no Ichizon. Ironically the girls in episode eleven have a hard time thinking up anything, too, because Ken is out with a fever. But they somehow manage get through an afternoon of silly … Continue reading Seitokai 11, Trapeze 10

I Quarrel with Letter Bee 10, Seitokai 10 and Trapeze 9

For those of you who were tired of backstory in the last episode, Letter Bee 10 is mostly backstory again, even with it being Lag's first official day on the job. Aria tells us what happened, let's see, 12 years ago on day 311 or something like that, when the artificial sun that puts the … Continue reading I Quarrel with Letter Bee 10, Seitokai 10 and Trapeze 9

Seitokai no Ichizon 9, Kimi ni Todoke 9, Trapeze 8

I suppose I shouldn't have watched any anime yesterday after seeing Kiki's Delivery Service for the first time. Anything else is bound to be a letdown. So I chose Seitokai no Ichizon 9 in hopes that its fast delivery and silly, referential humor would provide at least a change of pace. It pretty much succeeded. … Continue reading Seitokai no Ichizon 9, Kimi ni Todoke 9, Trapeze 8

Cross Game 34, Blacksmith 8, Trapeze 7

Cross Game 34 takes place around New Year's, the off-season, but the boys (and one girl) have little else on their mind but baseball. Three of them go to a shrine to pray for the team. Azuma goes home but returns early because of boredom. Aoba plays around in the batting cage. Azuma tries to … Continue reading Cross Game 34, Blacksmith 8, Trapeze 7

Cross Game 32, Winter Sonata 3, Trapeze 5

Akane continues to turn everyone upside-down in Cross Game 32. The hussy! In this single episode she leaves Kou with her art supplies box, and when he returns it to her all-girls' school he defeats a pervert with his throwing arm! Aoba does serious research on her, and later scares off a jerk who tries … Continue reading Cross Game 32, Winter Sonata 3, Trapeze 5