Bakuman3 8, Tonari 10

There's a lot to chew on in Bakuman3 8. We're introduced to an exciting newcomer named Tooru Nanamine who has contributed an excellent, if overly dark manga for the JACK contest. Turns out he's manipulating the editorial process in order to get a leg up on the competition. Rather sneaky. He puts his entry online … Continue reading Bakuman3 8, Tonari 10

Kanojo Pet 8, Tonari 9

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo 8 appeared to be a downer episode but to my relief the show refused to give in. Sorata's game design passes the first round and he has to give a presentation. Meanwhile, Mashiro's manga comes up for serialization consideration that very same day (I like to imagine the editors in … Continue reading Kanojo Pet 8, Tonari 9

Tonari 8, Kanojo Pet 7, Panzer 6

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun 8 manages to get stuff done amongst some silly scenes, to my surprise. And it made me think too: just how long is Shizuku going to put up with this? I think it's the show's lighthearted atmosphere of the school festival that threw me off. Starting off with Shizuku as a haunted … Continue reading Tonari 8, Kanojo Pet 7, Panzer 6

Tonari 7, Bakuman3 and Pet 6

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun doesn't seem to care if it makes any progress toward a happy couple ending or not. We start with Haru's dead aunt Kyoko, whose practical life aphorisms have gone whoosh over his head until recently. It's a testament either to the show or to Haru's strange way of thinking that she only … Continue reading Tonari 7, Bakuman3 and Pet 6

Bakuman3 5, Tonari 6, Panzer 5

Geez, Bakuman doesn't stop for anything, does it? It's not that the series feels rushed, well, busy maybe, it's that the the everyday working events are made dramatic by the precariousness of the manga artists' profession, and then emphasized by time jumps to the big moments. What happens in episode 5 occurs in a time … Continue reading Bakuman3 5, Tonari 6, Panzer 5

Panzer, K, Pet 4, Tonari 5, and this Lychee thing 1-2

Girls und Panzer 4 brings us one of the sillier armored combat battles you'll ever see. I'm sure it won't be the last. The friendly between our gals and the St. Gloriana (or whatever) Academy brings us back to the original episode, but, happily, very little repeated footage. We see Miho's tank draw off the … Continue reading Panzer, K, Pet 4, Tonari 5, and this Lychee thing 1-2

Tonari 2, Kamisama 2, Chuuinbyou 2, PSYCHO-PASS 1

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun sure didn't waste any time getting the romance started. At first I thought we were just going to meet some of the side characters for the first time. Out of the blue comes Asako, a dumb but beautiful girl who begs Shizuku to help her study for a make-up exam. Shizuku says … Continue reading Tonari 2, Kamisama 2, Chuuinbyou 2, PSYCHO-PASS 1