Guess which show I’m dropping: Apollon, Tsuritama, Medaka Box

Sakamichi no Apollon 5 continues to strengthen its narrow love-story thread with other, minor threads that are just as interesting. Right now the show prefers to juggle different things (can you juggle threads?) in order to keep one angle from getting stale. Jun suggests the group practice and play a concert at a gaijin bar … Continue reading Guess which show I’m dropping: Apollon, Tsuritama, Medaka Box

Two good shows and Medaka Box 4

Sakamichi no Apollon 3 is another good one in a number of ways. One thing the show does extremely well is take situations and scenes we've seen before and make them feel compelling. Take the scene where Kaoru and Sentarou make up. They sit there, glumly, at their instruments. You know they're going to make … Continue reading Two good shows and Medaka Box 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

New: Medaka Box, Kore wa Zombie 2, Sankarea, Polar Bear’s Cafe

Medaka Box has nothing you haven't seen in other anime shows, student council presidents, sarcastic narrators, moe-blob side characters, bouncing boobs, kendo goons, etc., but if feels odd. The show (and apparently the universe) revolves around Medaka, 1st year student council president with delusions of grandeur that, all her life, she has lived up to. … Continue reading New: Medaka Box, Kore wa Zombie 2, Sankarea, Polar Bear’s Cafe