Sukitte Ii na yo 9 brings one story arc in for a soft landing and immediately revs the engines for the next one. Since the big crises mostly happened last episode there's not much to the first half. We start right off with Yamato telling Megumi he's giving up modeling. I could argue that maybe … Continue reading Sukitte and Busters 9, Space Bros 35, and a Teekyuu screenshot
Few of the revelations in Shin Sekai Yori 9 will come as a surprise to anyone who's thought or talked about the show. Nevertheless the episode is full of suspense and surprises. Such is the level of storytelling here. Shun, as promised, has been missing for three days. Saki has told the others what he … Continue reading Shin Sekai 9, SAO 21, Busters 8
Of course, Kirito's annoying detour in Sword Art Online to break up a peace-treaty ambush instead of heading straight for the World Tree and Asuna (who finally uses that code to sneak out, by the way, after three or so episodes) works to his advantage, as the two sides on the peace treaty are so … Continue reading Space Bros 33, SAO 20, Busters 7
Sukitte Ii na yo 6 is interesting from a high school romance anime story because it invents an improbable and contrived conflict yet doesn't fall into any of the usual traps. We meet Megumi, a popular model who just happens to transfer to Mei and Yamato's school, funny how that happens. She sees Yamato and … Continue reading Sukitte and Busters 6, Spacebros 32, and a Wooser screenshot
Space Brothers, being all about, you know, space and space exploration, pauses from any sort of plot development for an episode while Hibito gets launched. Which is as it should be. They've been leading to this from episode one. We see the launch from different perspectives and it's hard to say which one takes precedence. … Continue reading Space Bros 31, SAO 18, Busters and shinki 5, and two of those really short shows
Shin Sekai Yori turned up its intensity last episode and in episode 5 it doesn't relent. Episode 4 started with a lot of exposition, but very powerful exposition, before the monk showed up and the attack by the queerats or wererats, depending on your translation. I wasn't ready for the episode to end, and this … Continue reading Shin Sekai Lori 5, SAO 17, Busters and Teekyu 4
Little Busters is certainly charming even if doesn't make sense at times. Riki chats up a weirdo (well, they all are) named Kamikita, who goes on about being happy, sweets, and other adorable things. In the meantime Rin (or maybe Riki) encounters a message tied to a cat telling her (or him) about a secret … Continue reading Twos: Busters, Ixion, Panzer, Pet, and goodbye Darkness.
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, based on a manga older than that mask, treats us to some old school fisticuffs and shouting. The theme of episode one, at least, is that naive good is always in danger from insidious evil pretending to be good, or maybe it's a critique of 19th century nobility. It starts with George … Continue reading New: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Little Busters, Busou Shinki