Abbreviated new shows fall 2016 1

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

New Summer 2015 #3

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

Running out of stuff to watch. Working’!! finale, Bakuman II 13

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

Episode dump: Chihayafuru, Tomodachi, Working’!!, Tamayura, Horizon

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

Penguindrum 23, Working’!! 11, Horizon 11

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

Chihayafuru 10, Working’!! 10, iDOLM@STER 23, Horizon 10

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

Normal, everyday people in episode nines: Chihayafuru, Bakuman II, Working’!!

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’!!

Working’!! 7-8, Tamayura 7, Boku wa Tomodachi 7, C3 8

I'm tired for reasons I don't get, too tired to write, but here are some extra-quick thoughts about some shows. Working'!! 7-8 exhibits some of the show's strengths and weaknesses. There's a molester who hangs out on the way Inami goes to work. This alarming news reaches the Wagnaria staff, and is diffused in a … Continue reading Working’!! 7-8, Tamayura 7, Boku wa Tomodachi 7, C3 8

Episode dump: Guilty Crown, UN-GO, Kimi to Boku, etc etc etc

Guilty Crown 4-5 brings us Shu's indecision between following a repressive regime who thinks it's saving the world from evil viruses, and the rebels headed by a megamaniacal handsome guy who everyone claims is wonderful. He wonders if he's just jealous because of Gai's charisma and the fact that everyone follows him blindly and tells … Continue reading Episode dump: Guilty Crown, UN-GO, Kimi to Boku, etc etc etc

Ben-to 3, Guilty Crown 3, Working’!! 5 (whoops), C3 5

First, it's time catch up (by one episode) on the two shows I'm watching that have backlogs. The thing is with shows like these is that they're usually the ones I'm enjoying the most. I'll be about to click on one, but think "I think I'll save it for when I need to watch something … Continue reading Ben-to 3, Guilty Crown 3, Working’!! 5 (whoops), C3 5