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

Chihayafuru2 and Tamako 8

Chihayafuru2 8, i.e., first round of the Nationals, is relaxed (mostly) and funny. A good way to start what's going to be a very tense story arc. After the usual settling in routines (Why aren't they wearing formal garb this time?), such as Retro trying to get in some friendly trash-talking with Taichi, Akihiro amazed … Continue reading Chihayafuru2 and Tamako 8

New Winter 2013 shows pt. 2, or I’m beginning to get worried.

Moving on from those mostly regrettable first episodes from my last post, let's look at some more!  Surely things will get better!  Er ... Next we get Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru, hell, let's just call it Oreshura like everyone else.  It stars Eita, a high school boy bent on getting into … Continue reading New Winter 2013 shows pt. 2, or I’m beginning to get worried.