Goodbye to two happy shows: Polar Bear’s Cafe and Tamako Market

Maybe it was clear when Polar Bear's Cafe screwed around with the cardboard figures routine, sticking it in the middle of the episode, and in London, that maybe it was time the show had a rest. So with little regret I watched episode 50 today. As you would expect, all the characters have a moment … Continue reading Goodbye to two happy shows: Polar Bear’s Cafe and Tamako Market

Sasami-San 7, Robotics 18, Polar bear 45

After the latest episode of Shin Sekai Yori with its thoroughly depressing story of possible human extinction at the hands of rat-pigs, I turned today to a Sasami-San@Ganbaranai with its equally depressing story where Sasami is dragged off by the cruel fragments of her mother after all her friends got the shit kicked out of … Continue reading Sasami-San 7, Robotics 18, Polar bear 45

Chu2Koi 8, Bakuman3 7, Polar Bear 34

Thinking ahead to Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! 8 I was hoping for something really big. Rikka's been leading this little fantasy life of hers ever since her father died and now, having to accept reality, she prepares for an epic battle against the overlord, her older sister. It won't be the same after this. … Continue reading Chu2Koi 8, Bakuman3 7, Polar Bear 34

Psycho-Pass 6, K 7 and maybe the last, and Polar Bear 33

Psycho-Pass 6 gets down to business with the main story arc. It's true that we've seen the ultimate culprit already; he's been smirking on the sidelines in just about every episode, awaiting his turn to take the field ... er, manipulate another person from the sidelines. It only struck me now that the cops this … Continue reading Psycho-Pass 6, K 7 and maybe the last, and Polar Bear 33

Psycho-Pass 5, Polar Bear 32, K 6

Psycho-Pass's attitude toward new technology and the people who use them seem to be as old-fashioned as any other show. Many of the characters seemed unaware of the social networks' size and significance, while others wonder why people would bother. Only Akane, the youngest, seems to understand the what's going on. Masaoka seems to have … Continue reading Psycho-Pass 5, Polar Bear 32, K 6

Three threes and a thirty: Robotics, Psycho, Sukitte, Polar Bear

ROBOTICS;NOTES 3 continues to slip in a darker story around its lighthearted robot battlin'. Just a little at a time. We got the sudden blurriness Kaito experiences which could be easily attributed to fatigue (staying up all night because you don't have hotel room will do that to you) except the show makes too much … Continue reading Three threes and a thirty: Robotics, Psycho, Sukitte, Polar Bear

Two ep28s and more twos

Sukitte li na yo 2 continues to give the shoujo romance tropes little twists to keep them fresh, though some of the storytelling effects that made episode one stand out are missing this time. What amazed me the most about this episode was how quickly Mei accepts new friends. Naturally, she's a little uncomfortable being … Continue reading Two ep28s and more twos

Three shows where nothing really bad happens

One of the reasons I love Hidamari Sketch, besides the cuteness dosed with Shinbou's surreal imagination, is its happy, nonthreatening nature. Nothing seriously bad will happen to these characters, so I can bask in viewing their peaceful lives. Unfortunately that doesn't leave much for me to talk about. But one thing the new series cannot … Continue reading Three shows where nothing really bad happens