Sort-of finales: Cavalry and Asterisk

This time I'll say goodbye to our spiritual sister shows ... for now. First, Rkudai Kishi no Cavalry wraps up the way we figured it would. It looked like the show had a major dilemma on its hands.  Ikki was in no condition to fight, and Touka was damn near unbeatable.  While they are friendly … Continue reading Sort-of finales: Cavalry and Asterisk

Cavalry, Asterisk, and OPM 11, Teekyuu 70

Rakudai no Kishi no Cavalry 11 brings us to Ikki's family problems again, when a fake scandal is pumped up by the knights organization and he's brought in for interrogation, over a week of it and counting, with breaks to do his battles. It all follows a pleasant break where we learn what we expected, … Continue reading Cavalry, Asterisk, and OPM 11, Teekyuu 70

Tens: Owarimonogatari, OPM (and 9), Cavalry, Asterisk

It's not that I'm tired of all the talking. If I didn't like talking in anime I would have dropped the franchise long ago. But Owarimonogatari 10 is the second week in a row where a lot of talk can be wearying. I suspect it's because Gaen is doing all the talking and she has … Continue reading Tens: Owarimonogatari, OPM (and 9), Cavalry, Asterisk

Nines: Owarimonogatari, Cavalry, and Asterisk

Owarimonogatari 9 (week nine already?) has, of all things, too much talk. We start with that half-crab half-monkey apparition, dispatched by Araragi and Kanbaru and then again by Shinobu when the snakes come out ... Every time a familiar animal appears I try to make the connection to the times a character would be inhabited … Continue reading Nines: Owarimonogatari, Cavalry, and Asterisk

35 7, Asterisk and Cavalry 8

Taimado Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai has had story arcs opened and more-or-less finished for everyone but Ikagura, the more mature one who wears a lab coat. In episode 7 she gets her turn, and it's pretty weird. Apparently she was a clone of sorts, raised to wear a lab coat and do research on things … Continue reading 35 7, Asterisk and Cavalry 8

35, Asterisk and Cavalry 7, Teekyuu 67

The story arc introduced last week in Taimado Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai looked to be a longer one, what with Usagi's getting transferred out, that asshole Tenmyoji to deal with, not to mention Mephistopheles, but they managed to wrap it all up in episode six, neatly with a nice ribbon ... no wait, that was … Continue reading 35, Asterisk and Cavalry 7, Teekyuu 67

Sixes: Owarimonogatari, Asterix, Calvary, Comet Lucifer

Owarimonogatari 6 feels a bit odd as far as this franchise goes.  I think it's the extended happy-aftermath business at the end now that Sodachi knows what happened to her mother.  Long interior monologues from Araragi while the love theme variation of the ED plays in the background with simpering violins.  The final "what was … Continue reading Sixes: Owarimonogatari, Asterix, Calvary, Comet Lucifer

Fours: Asterisk, Owarimonogatari, Cavalry, Comet L, and Teekyuu 63

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 4 follows up on the "I'm here to protect Julis!" statements Ayato made last week before he jumped off that impossibly high place.  Knowing that, we watch the showdown between Julis and Silas (Lester's sidekick) with little interest, knowing that Julis would kick butt for a bit, then find herself in a … Continue reading Fours: Asterisk, Owarimonogatari, Cavalry, Comet L, and Teekyuu 63

Twos, threes: Owarimonogatari, Cavalry, Lucifer, Teekyuu

it struck me just now, while I was reluctantly settling down to write about episodes 2-3 of Owarimonogatari that, apart from possibly Ougi herself, nothing supernatural has happened in the new series yet (EDIT: Okay, I forgot about them being sealed in a classroom), not even a hint, again, save for Ougi, and apart from … Continue reading Twos, threes: Owarimonogatari, Cavalry, Lucifer, Teekyuu

2015 Fall new shows 2

We'll start this second installment with Heavy Object, which starts with a rather long explanation about where the world is at now that giant superweapons (objects) do most of the war-raging, and how it's effected the geopolitical climate (profoundly).  Then we move to an object base in Alaska where two cannon-fodder, er, soldiers named Qwenthur … Continue reading 2015 Fall new shows 2