Genshiken N 12, Watamote and Teekyuu finales

Genshiken Nidaime 12 has two stories running in it that are sort of related. In the first and more "fun" section the Saki/Madarame arc finally finishes. Not only has he more-or-less admitted that he's had a thing for Saki for years, now he's forced to go face the rest of the club and discover they … Continue reading Genshiken N 12, Watamote and Teekyuu finales

Railgun S 23, Watamote 11

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S 23 is an episode of long talks that I suppose were necessary before we get to the big battle next week. The first, inevitably, comes from Aritomi, one of those smirking speeches bad guys give that give away just about everything, along with some twisted logic involving espers and normal … Continue reading Railgun S 23, Watamote 11

Watemote and Genshiken N 10, Teekyuu still slumping

After a shocking opening bit, Watamote 10 settles down and becomes simply depressing. There's a seating change and Tomoko suddenly finds herself stuck right in the middle of that group of chatty, flirty kids. I can sympathize with her. Being stuck with in with a group of people who are everything you're not day in, … Continue reading Watemote and Genshiken N 10, Teekyuu still slumping

Railgun S 21, Watamote 9, Teekyuu’s still in a slump

Two things stand out in Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S 21. One has to do with the show's essential message, the other is just an annoying term. It was an action-free episode where the girls get up and start working on the Febri situation. Misaka gets clues from a lot of different sources, things that … Continue reading Railgun S 21, Watamote 9, Teekyuu’s still in a slump

Uchouten and Watamote 8, plus disappointing Teekyuu stats

Uchouten Kazoku 8 starts with last week's surprise, as well as some startling new information which doesn't add up until the end. It's also an elegy of some sort for the old man, for us, really, as the family had said goodbye long ago. In that respect it's a lovely episode of memory, and it … Continue reading Uchouten and Watamote 8, plus disappointing Teekyuu stats

Sevens: Watamote, Uchouten Kazoku, oh, and Teekyuu

Watamote 7 shows Tomoko on the first eight days or so of summer break, sometimes agonizing because she's not doing anything. But the thing is, she actually is. Sure, little of it can be called productive. She surfs the net, she watches tv, she reads books and magazines, and from time to time she worries … Continue reading Sevens: Watamote, Uchouten Kazoku, oh, and Teekyuu

Titan 18, Watamote and Genshiken N 6

Parts of Shingeki no Kyojin 18 doesn't work very well, like when someone says something. Other parts are great, like whenever the female giant is around. I swear, after all those episodes of "normal" giants lumbering around looking grotesque and eating people, it's a relief to see one who does her killing with such panache. … Continue reading Titan 18, Watamote and Genshiken N 6

Fives: Watamote, Genshiken N, Uchouten K, shows that don’t care about story arcs, oh, and Teekyuu stats

Watamote is stuck in the same basic rut it was before. Tomoko wishing she was popular (while sneering at the popular girls) tries a lamebrained scheme to make herself more popular, which doesn't work. The show doesn't seem interested in going beyond this basic premise, which is their call to make, but it means we … Continue reading Fives: Watamote, Genshiken N, Uchouten K, shows that don’t care about story arcs, oh, and Teekyuu stats

Genshiken N 4, Titan 16, Watamote 4, Teekyuu 17

A problem I'm having with Genshiken Nidaime at the moment is that not only do I not know all the anime/manga/game references the show makes (who was Sue dressed as?), but I don't know all the references to the show itself. It's been a while since I read the original and I've read none of … Continue reading Genshiken N 4, Titan 16, Watamote 4, Teekyuu 17