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Barakamon - 10

Barakamon – 10

bkm1001

Being the audience this week is tough, because only we know it’s Seishuu’s last day on the island. No one, not even Naru, sees it coming from the way he acts on that last day, and maybe that’s the point. After helping Naru’s grandpa build a wall, he attends the village festival with Naru and Hina, and seems committed to not spoiling the little time he has left with them.

bkm1002

He does, in fact, try…

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Psycho-Pass – 03 & 04

Psycho-Pass – 03 & 04

pp3401

The first two episodes focused on Akane’s guilt from incapacitating Kogami. In these next two episodes, Kogami remains on her mind, but they’re not thoughts of remorse, but inner turmoil about how exactly to deal with him. Ever since entering this job she’s been torn between what feels right and what Cybil decrees to be right.

pp3402

As an inspector, it’s her duty to realize Cybil’s vision for a…

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Aldnoah.Zero - 11

Aldnoah.Zero – 11

az111

Unlike SAOII, A/Z has no episodes to spare, and so really brought it this week, throwing us into the decisive battle. Even then, it had to cut things short right in the middle, just when things were getting interesting. But despite the fact it left a lot on the table, this episode excelled on its own merits, heightening the peril and tension for the finale.

az112

The win was truly strong with this…

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Sword Art Online II - 11

Sword Art Online II – 11

Sinon's Ass, From Four Different Angles

Sinon’s Ass, From Four Different Angles

Those of you looking for some SAO action this week were surely disappointed, as literally absolutely nothinghappened this week. Kirito tells Sinon about his past and his mission and they formulate a new plan, while Asuna gets Kikuoka to spill the beans about Kirito’s whereabouts. But it’s all just talking, and most of it is while Sinon is in a needlessly…

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Tokyo Ghoul - 11

Tokyo Ghoul – 11

That guy with the light stick is one of the lucky ones

That guy with the light stick is one of the lucky ones

As the CCG, a thousand strong, stages a massive raid of Aogiri Tree, who number around half that, Anteiku wisely decides to use the ensuing chaos as cover for their rescue mission. Rather than dump us right into the middle of the biggest battle TGhas attempted yet, we get a little bit of the waiting time that precedes it, followed by a pretty…

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Zankyou no Terror – 09

Zankyou no Terror – 09

znt92

Betray your brother, run away, or die with the girl he’s come to care for. The day Twelve had been dreading, when things go bad and he has to make an impossible choice, arrives much earlier than he probably hoped. With a ton of bombs strapped to her and not enough time to defuse them, Twelve ultimately makes a choice based on where he is there and then. Giving up the location doesn’t mean Nine’s…

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Glasslip - 11

Glasslip – 11

gla111

—She’s kind and indecisive. She gets pushed around. She has trouble with it. And I’m making her even more confused. She made me realize I don’t know anything.
—I see. You like her.

gla113

That’s one hell of a great line by Kakeru, followed by a great response by his mom. The description of one’s love for someone can and has filled great libraries throughout the ages, but at the end of the day, love is…

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Rail Wars! - 11

Rail Wars! – 11

rw111

A good action story rule of thumb is that things are always more exciting on a speeding train. A train job is more exciting than a bank job; a bank train job would be the ultimate. Heck, a train shower is better than a shower in some lame stationary structure. Rail Wars! instinctively understands and capitalizes on this fact in its penultimate episode.

rw112

Like the draisine miniarc, the characters…

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Weekly ED: Psycho-Pass

It’s a couple years old, and I’ve only watched the first two episodes, but Psycho-Pass…

Majimoji Rurumo - 10

Majimoji Rurumo – 10

Paradisu!!!!!

Paradisu!!!!!

Placed in such a compliant environment as an inn with a mixed bath, Kouta can’t help but revert to his unrepentant, er, horndogging around. Smartly, the ladies prepared by having towels on under their towels, should he rip them off (which he does). Thus Kouta doesn’t accomplish everything he had hoped to, but just sharing a bath with the ladies is heaven enough for him.

mmr102

Table tennis…

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Hanayamata - 10

Hanayamata – 10

han101

Hanayamata wastes no time this week installing Machi as the fifth and final member of the yosakoi club, but she’s not here on a whim: she thought their performance at the department store was woeful, and she’s going to whip them into shape, come hell or high water. But first, with just three weeks left until Hanairo, they must now adjust their choreography and music for five.

han102

Tami, she of ample…

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Ao Haru Ride – 10

Ao Haru Ride – 10

ahr101

No one likes being left out, especially when it involves two people you’d rather not be together alone, as Kou and Yuuri are to Futaba. The fact that the same weird vibe is coming off them, and they make the same pause before assuring her “it’s nothing”, only make her more suspicious about it being not nothing, which it isn’t.

ahr102

“It”,in fact, is the very thing Futaba wanted to know: more about…

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Barakamon - 09

Barakamon – 09

bkm101

Seishuu may have acclimated somewhat to his remote island village home, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a city boy, and there’s still a lot he has yet to experience. Case in point, when his gas-fueled bath heater packs it in, he must resort to foraging for twigs and building a fire in the old wood heater. The village chief makes the point that if Seishuu had a wife, she’d tend the…

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Akame ga Kill! – 10

Akame ga Kill! – 10

akame101

This week Tatsumi is by Esdeath’s side almost the entire time, scores a lot of solid intelligence on the Jaegers, and is used as a body pillow. I’ll be honest: it’s a lot of fun watching him behind enemy lines. He (and we) end up seeing sides of Esdeath no one else has seen, a gentle, kind Esdeath, to the point he wonders if it would be possible to convince her to switch sides and join the…

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Space Dandy 2 - 10

Space Dandy 2 – 10

sd101

Yet again, Space Dandy demonstrates that it can handle a conventional human love story as deftly as the most tripped-out existential alien fantasy adventure. Of course, even the alien tales are based on elements of the human condition, but sometimes it’s nice for Dandy to have another actual human to relate to in a universe full of non-humans.

sd102

The only two recurring human characters are Honey,…

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Barakamon - 10

Barakamon – 10

bkm1001

Being the audience this week is tough, because only we know it’s Seishuu’s last day on the island. No one, not even Naru, sees it coming from the way he acts on that last day, and maybe that’s the point. After helping Naru’s grandpa build a wall, he attends the village festival with Naru and Hina, and seems committed to not spoiling the little time he has left with them.

bkm1002

He does, in fact, try…

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Psycho-Pass – 03 & 04

Psycho-Pass – 03 & 04

pp3401

The first two episodes focused on Akane’s guilt from incapacitating Kogami. In these next two episodes, Kogami remains on her mind, but they’re not thoughts of remorse, but inner turmoil about how exactly to deal with him. Ever since entering this job she’s been torn between what feels right and what Cybil decrees to be right.

pp3402

As an inspector, it’s her duty to realize Cybil’s vision for a…

View On WordPress

Aldnoah.Zero - 11

Aldnoah.Zero – 11

az111

Unlike SAOII, A/Z has no episodes to spare, and so really brought it this week, throwing us into the decisive battle. Even then, it had to cut things short right in the middle, just when things were getting interesting. But despite the fact it left a lot on the table, this episode excelled on its own merits, heightening the peril and tension for the finale.

az112

The win was truly strong with this…

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Sword Art Online II - 11

Sword Art Online II – 11

Sinon's Ass, From Four Different Angles

Sinon’s Ass, From Four Different Angles

Those of you looking for some SAO action this week were surely disappointed, as literally absolutely nothinghappened this week. Kirito tells Sinon about his past and his mission and they formulate a new plan, while Asuna gets Kikuoka to spill the beans about Kirito’s whereabouts. But it’s all just talking, and most of it is while Sinon is in a needlessly…

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Tokyo Ghoul - 11

Tokyo Ghoul – 11

That guy with the light stick is one of the lucky ones

That guy with the light stick is one of the lucky ones

As the CCG, a thousand strong, stages a massive raid of Aogiri Tree, who number around half that, Anteiku wisely decides to use the ensuing chaos as cover for their rescue mission. Rather than dump us right into the middle of the biggest battle TGhas attempted yet, we get a little bit of the waiting time that precedes it, followed by a pretty…

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Zankyou no Terror – 09

Zankyou no Terror – 09

znt92

Betray your brother, run away, or die with the girl he’s come to care for. The day Twelve had been dreading, when things go bad and he has to make an impossible choice, arrives much earlier than he probably hoped. With a ton of bombs strapped to her and not enough time to defuse them, Twelve ultimately makes a choice based on where he is there and then. Giving up the location doesn’t mean Nine’s…

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Glasslip - 11

Glasslip – 11

gla111

—She’s kind and indecisive. She gets pushed around. She has trouble with it. And I’m making her even more confused. She made me realize I don’t know anything.
—I see. You like her.

gla113

That’s one hell of a great line by Kakeru, followed by a great response by his mom. The description of one’s love for someone can and has filled great libraries throughout the ages, but at the end of the day, love is…

View On WordPress

Rail Wars! - 11

Rail Wars! – 11

rw111

A good action story rule of thumb is that things are always more exciting on a speeding train. A train job is more exciting than a bank job; a bank train job would be the ultimate. Heck, a train shower is better than a shower in some lame stationary structure. Rail Wars! instinctively understands and capitalizes on this fact in its penultimate episode.

rw112

Like the draisine miniarc, the characters…

View On WordPress

Weekly ED: Psycho-Pass

It’s a couple years old, and I’ve only watched the first two episodes, but Psycho-Pass…

Majimoji Rurumo - 10

Majimoji Rurumo – 10

Paradisu!!!!!

Paradisu!!!!!

Placed in such a compliant environment as an inn with a mixed bath, Kouta can’t help but revert to his unrepentant, er, horndogging around. Smartly, the ladies prepared by having towels on under their towels, should he rip them off (which he does). Thus Kouta doesn’t accomplish everything he had hoped to, but just sharing a bath with the ladies is heaven enough for him.

mmr102

Table tennis…

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Hanayamata - 10

Hanayamata – 10

han101

Hanayamata wastes no time this week installing Machi as the fifth and final member of the yosakoi club, but she’s not here on a whim: she thought their performance at the department store was woeful, and she’s going to whip them into shape, come hell or high water. But first, with just three weeks left until Hanairo, they must now adjust their choreography and music for five.

han102

Tami, she of ample…

View On WordPress

Ao Haru Ride – 10

Ao Haru Ride – 10

ahr101

No one likes being left out, especially when it involves two people you’d rather not be together alone, as Kou and Yuuri are to Futaba. The fact that the same weird vibe is coming off them, and they make the same pause before assuring her “it’s nothing”, only make her more suspicious about it being not nothing, which it isn’t.

ahr102

“It”,in fact, is the very thing Futaba wanted to know: more about…

View On WordPress

Barakamon - 09

Barakamon – 09

bkm101

Seishuu may have acclimated somewhat to his remote island village home, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a city boy, and there’s still a lot he has yet to experience. Case in point, when his gas-fueled bath heater packs it in, he must resort to foraging for twigs and building a fire in the old wood heater. The village chief makes the point that if Seishuu had a wife, she’d tend the…

View On WordPress

Akame ga Kill! – 10

Akame ga Kill! – 10

akame101

This week Tatsumi is by Esdeath’s side almost the entire time, scores a lot of solid intelligence on the Jaegers, and is used as a body pillow. I’ll be honest: it’s a lot of fun watching him behind enemy lines. He (and we) end up seeing sides of Esdeath no one else has seen, a gentle, kind Esdeath, to the point he wonders if it would be possible to convince her to switch sides and join the…

View On WordPress

Space Dandy 2 - 10

Space Dandy 2 – 10

sd101

Yet again, Space Dandy demonstrates that it can handle a conventional human love story as deftly as the most tripped-out existential alien fantasy adventure. Of course, even the alien tales are based on elements of the human condition, but sometimes it’s nice for Dandy to have another actual human to relate to in a universe full of non-humans.

sd102

The only two recurring human characters are Honey,…

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Barakamon - 10
Psycho-Pass – 03 & 04
Aldnoah.Zero - 11
Sword Art Online II - 11
Tokyo Ghoul - 11
Zankyou no Terror – 09
Glasslip - 11
Rail Wars! - 11
Majimoji Rurumo - 10
Hanayamata - 10
Ao Haru Ride – 10
Barakamon - 09
Akame ga Kill! – 10
Space Dandy 2 - 10

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