Space Bros 13, Sankarea 11, Eureka Ao 10, Natsuiro 12, Polar Bear 12

Most of Space Brothers 13 was a question: Why are we spending billions of dollars sending people into space when we could devote the funds to something more worthwhile?" The three teams in their little environments are asked to write a rebuttal to a harsh TV critic, and while they do so we're presented with … Continue reading Space Bros 13, Sankarea 11, Eureka Ao 10, Natsuiro 12, Polar Bear 12

Tsuritama 9, Eureka Ao 9, Natsuiro 10, Kore wa Zombie finale, and Polar Bear 11

In Tsuritama 9 we get ... plot! Lots of plot. It starts with plot, it ends with plot, we have big armed forces plot, we have friendship plot, we have bro/sis plot. Really, what we get is everything the show has labored to develop finally coming to a head. Start at the beginning, we see … Continue reading Tsuritama 9, Eureka Ao 9, Natsuiro 10, Kore wa Zombie finale, and Polar Bear 11

Nines and an Eight: Natsuiro, Sankarea, Eureka Ao, Kore wa Zombie, Polar Bear

Natsuiro Kiseki 9 continues the story on the island in a rather sweet episode where, surprisingly, Yuka says the most important thing: some things you can't do anything about. This is contrasted by the behavior of Ko, the rude boy from last week who's actually a girl, who misses the doctor who practiced on the … Continue reading Nines and an Eight: Natsuiro, Sankarea, Eureka Ao, Kore wa Zombie, Polar Bear

Sevens and EIghts: Eureka Ao, Sankarea, Natsuiro, Kore wa Zombie, Polar Bear

Eureka Seven Ao 7 starts out in the worst way possible, then gets a lot better. First we have the attack on GenBleu headquarters by that smug asshole calling himself "Truth." I got what I expected. Truth going around blowing things up at will, guards running around helplessly, and more Truth blowing things up, smirking … Continue reading Sevens and EIghts: Eureka Ao, Sankarea, Natsuiro, Kore wa Zombie, Polar Bear

Five episodes of little consequence: Fujiko, Ao, AKB0048, Zombie, Polar Bear

The latest Lupin/Fujiko is a near-miss. There's something about the franchise that this episode lacked--a sense of fun, maybe. You might argue that the show was concerned with weightier issues than crime capers, that the show was trying to do something different, but in that case I'll argue that their way of approaching the time … Continue reading Five episodes of little consequence: Fujiko, Ao, AKB0048, Zombie, Polar Bear

Lots of shows: AKB0048, Tsuritama, Natsuiro, Eureka Ao, Sankarea, Polar Bear

AKB0048 3 is just as insane as the first two, hurrah! It's going to be hard to talk about this episode without spoilers, and I'll do my best, but you are warned. Because for this episode the other side of future-idoling comes into play--the combat. The girls have reached the mothership and are immediately put … Continue reading Lots of shows: AKB0048, Tsuritama, Natsuiro, Eureka Ao, Sankarea, Polar Bear

AKB0048 2, Eureka Ao 4, Kore wa Zombie and Polar Bear 5

After episode one of AKB0048 made its bizarre and entertaining statement, I figured episode two would settle down and work on basics, you know, more backstory, introduce more characters, that sort of thing. Well, it did. It was also as crazy as episode one. It was a lot of things. I'm amazed they packed it … Continue reading AKB0048 2, Eureka Ao 4, Kore wa Zombie and Polar Bear 5

Eureka Ao 3, Kore wa Zombie 4, Natsuiro 4

Eureka Seven Ao 3 is mostly bickering between the Okinawans and other governments and organizations that want the IFO, which, Ao learns, was actually called a Nirvash. Meanwhile, Ao gets abducted and rescued and so conveniently gets to hear different sides of story. Not that it matters to him. The core of the episode is … Continue reading Eureka Ao 3, Kore wa Zombie 4, Natsuiro 4

One new show (Hyouka) and a few twos and threes

Here's one of the last new shows to join the season: Hyouka, about a high school boy named Houtarou who's quite happy with his "low-power" life, never doing anything beyond what is required, and getting it done quickly. A downer of a guy, actually. He's forced by his sister to join the school's Classical Lit … Continue reading One new show (Hyouka) and a few twos and threes

One more new show: Eureka Seven Ao, plus Medaka and Polar Bear 2

Eureka 7 Ao, the sequel to you-know-what, opens with great expectations upon it and finishes episode one with a hell of a lot of questions. I glanced through Wikipedia to remind me of the original's main points but didn't look too closely. I figure I would recall whatever important things I needed to know while … Continue reading One more new show: Eureka Seven Ao, plus Medaka and Polar Bear 2