With my schedule being what it is I don't have the time to look at as many new shows, let alone follow them. so I'm afraid that this season I will be a lot more picky about what I'll watch and skip shows I would normally take a look at. Sorry about that. As usual … Continue reading Abbreviated new shows fall 2016 1
PA Works is one of my favorite studios. Their shows look great, with great direction, and their attention to detail is one of the best around. But they often get meandering, slightly self-indulgent material to work with and they had fallen into a rut, until, well, you know. So now we see their latest: Charlotte. … Continue reading New Summer 2015 #3
With these two episodes, I have officially run out of shows to watch, at least of the ones I'm following. I even watched the Toradora! special (what's with the art?) and the one for God Only Knows (zzzz ...) to fill out my watching, not to mention my Bakemonogatari rewatch to get ready for that … Continue reading Running out of stuff to watch. Working’!! finale, Bakuman II 13
Since Chihayafuru 12 became available to me the moment I had finished with #11, I might as well take care of it now. The prelims are done, the nationals are head, Mizusawa is going to represent all of Tokyo ... and nobody else cares. That's the nice irony that this show gives us, the fact … Continue reading Episode dump: Chihayafuru, Tomodachi, Working’!!, Tamayura, Horizon
I'm not sure why, but Mawarau Penguindrum 23 seemed to have absolutely no sound to it. Okay, voices talking (Sanetoshi's low voice especially), the alarm noise used to introduce flashbacks, and clocks ticking, and a song during the closing credits, but everything else around them felt completely silent, like unimportant things had been stripped away. … Continue reading Penguindrum 23, Working’!! 11, Horizon 11
In Chihayafuru 10, I find it improbable that Chihaya's team would go to their first tournament and actually win the thing. It doesn't feel right for a series that has done so many other things well, so far. On the other hand, they have a crisis and overcome it, and everyone uses their strengths to … Continue reading Chihayafuru 10, Working’!! 10, iDOLM@STER 23, Horizon 10
With Chihayafuru 9 the show has moved from an interesting, complex story about three young people and how their relationships can affect their desires to a more routine show about forming a club with lots of newbies and going for a championship. Not to say it's going to stay like that. Arata, that absent force … Continue reading Normal, everyday people in episode nines: Chihayafuru, Bakuman II, Working’!!