Like, fifty weeks ago or something: questions about the running gag in Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, the enjoyable school scenes in Chihayafuru 2, solving Haruka’s problems quickly in Kotoura-san, and something I dread with every episode of Space Brothers now.
Best episode of the week: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Anime trending up this week: Tamako Market
Anime trending down this week: Senran Kagura
Zetsuen no Tempest (Episode 19)
Despite Mahiro being a personality blinded by rage and revenge, he still retains a considerate and amiable side to him when it comes to Aika or Yoshino. During the revelation when Yoshino told Mahiro who had been dating his younger sister, one might expect Mahiro to display signs of anger or confusion, especially since he’s been rather angry and mystified throughout the whole series. Instead, he remained calm and collected when talking to Yoshino, even after Yoshino provoked him a few times with suggestive or lewd comments on Aika. It goes to show that even though Mahiro is intent and focused solely on the revenge of Aika’s death, he still has some character to him from before these inexplicable events and it was shown again during the conversation with Yoshino in the cemetery. You almost wonder if, in the end, that this will be the personality we see from Mahiro and that this whole revenge factor was merely a passing fancy or a rouse for which to direct his anger of the murder of Aika. I wouldn’t be surprised, especially after this scene.
Tamako Market (Episode 7)
Considering that Choi is familiar with Dera, knowing him to be rather lazy and unreliable, and considering the fact that she relies on Dera for her fortune-telling capabilities, you really have to question why Dera was sent out on his own to search for a bride for Ouji. Like, it doesn’t make sense for Dera to go out on his own for such a mission. Instead, why not pair him up with Choi so that she could continue her fortune-telling capacity from a remote location and ensure communication between the search party and the homeland. Or better yet, why not send Choi on her own to search for a suitable bride for Ouji? The fact that the monarchy sent Dera out on his own with no supervision seems rather nonsensical or irresponsible to me, especially after seeing how Choi treats Dera. Or maybe, it’s actually the opposite. Maybe Choi sent Dera out on his own knowing that he would be unable to find a bride and then she could make her move on Ouji since she has romantic feelings for him. Now wouldn’t that be something?
Space Brothers (Episode 46)
After forty-six episodes of Space Brothers, I’m tired of the soundtrack. Every episode has the same 3-4 songs that they play over and over and over and over and over again, and they’re always played during the same types of scenes, too. What started off as a pleasant, respectable and enjoyable soundtrack has become exhausted and overplayed throughout the course of the series. It’s not that they’re bad songs but after hearing them again and again and again episode after episodes after episode about 46 times, it just want to mute the anime and listen to something else.
Senran Kagura (Episode 8)
So what exactly do these girls do once they graduate? There has been several mentions of previous shinobi graduating and taking on missions, but who exactly hires them and what do they do on these dangerous missions? Although we’ll never see this in the anime, I am curious what happens to these girls once they’re finished with their training and are placed out in the real world as professional ninjas. Do they compete against each other? Do they work with some of the Serpent girls on joint missions provided they have the same employer? What kind of job market and prospects are these girls looking at while training at the Hanzou Academy? And another point, this time about the scrolls, why do they have such valuable artifacts around, looking to use them on students when they already had ninjas advance and graduate through the respective academies already? I know, I know, I’m thinking too much about an that’s main focus is boobs but it seems odd that we’ve had such an emphasis on graduating when there really is no point to it in this anime. Maybe I should just focus on the fanservice and fights from now on like I should be doing…
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai (Episode 7)
We never see the face of Kamiomi, I get that, but is this zany gimmick limited to us, the audience, or are we supposed to recognize that no one sees his face at all? What I mean to say is, do the characters in Sasami-san see his face at all or is it always obstructed like it is to the audience? There are plenty of instances where the characters should have a clear view of his face given the positioning of the briefcase or foreground objects but at other times, his face is covered by a bucket or some other object that would block the view of any character looking at him. To expand on that, none of the characters seem to be surprised or perplexed by his behavior either, so either they accept that he walks with a briefcase on the side or front of his head sometimes or that they never see his face (the same as us) and just don’t care to see what he really looks like. I’m almost certain that the characters see his face given some of the events and conversations that have occurred but then that would make his behavior more irrational and enigmatic to the characters if they’ve seen his face a few times. Maybe there’ll be a surprise at the end where we finally see his face and, depending on the reactions of the characters, this question may be answered indirectly. If not and we never see his face and this gimmick is never explained, well then I’ll pretend that Shaft forgot to hire someone who could draw a man’s face and just said, ‘whatever, let’s roll with it.’
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (Episode 19)
Is it just me or do all these dorm/housing-themed anime always end with the students trying to save their home from being demolished for whatever reason? Like, it isn’t the most common storyline in anime, but this genre of anime seems to enjoy concluding itself with some event where everyone comes together, strengthens their friendship/romance with each other and saves their cherished building from being destroyed by ‘evil’ outside forces. If played out well, it might not be a bad turn-of-events for Sakurasou, especially if it provides some resolution to the issues in this anime but, nevertheless, it’s still a cliché ending with everyone now fighting to save Sakurasou from destruction (which I might add, is too late for the anime, but good luck with the building).
Pscyho-Pass (Episode 18)
I can’t help but wonder how large and expansive the police force is in Psycho-Pass. You’d imagine that for a city of this size and stature, that there’d be an extensive police force to manage its population. Of course, with the Sibyl System constantly scanning everyone and evaluating their brainwaves or thought patterns or other psychobabble scientific gibberish, it makes their lives easier, but it’s not like a crime occurs by every camera or a person snaps right as they’re being scanned. Additionally, there are quite a few criminals who are able to evade the Sibyl scanners themselves and people take their crimes and rebellious nature online, so you figure there needs to be some force to fill in the holes left by the Swiss-cheese like surveillance of Sibyl. But the most we’ve seen of the active policing force in Psycho-Pass is about 15-20 officers when being briefed by Director Kasei before engaging with the rioters. You’ve seen the government building that they work in and the size of the city, but there are less than a couple dozen officers managing this metropolis? You can’t help but wonder where all the other officers are (other locations?) or how a city of such a massive scale manages with just a few detectives and a handful of enforcers.
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (Episode 8)
So yeah, what ever happened to the three mages that we saw at the beginning of the series? Remember, there was that one scene where they went off searching for Hero and then… they’re sleeping in some kinda hourglass thingymabobber? Yeah, what ever happened to these characters and why are they so far removed from the plot when the sleepy mage was one of the Hero’s companions when he was off to slay the Demon Lord? I suppose we’ll be owed an explanation sometime, but really, I can’t help but feel this is attributed to the directionless and illogical pacing of the anime where we have no clue what’s really going on in reference to location, timing, plot and purpose. Oh, and to make things worse, the three mages will probably be the best characters in this anime, too, and they saved them for the final 3 episodes.
Little Busters! (Episode 20)
Episodes where Rin takes the focus, that is she’s not the focus but assumes the role of the protagonist, lead me to believe that Little Busters! would be better with Rin as the sole protagonist rather than Riki. Unlike Riki, Rin is actually genuinely entertaining and fun to be around. Riki is dull and boring and the only times he’s ever funny is when he’s already making a comment after a joke has occurred. Further, Rin is able to accomplish various missions, too, albeit being a bit awkward or shy or even stupid in some of her plans but everything works out in the end. Rin also has a problem that she’s trying to get over too, her shyness, which would combine well with everyone’s storyline since she could be making steps at overcoming her shy personality while helping everyone with their own personal problems. Oh, and she has a rival too, can’t forget to mention that! But, because Little Busters! was already developed as a game years ago with Riki as the male protagonist, there was no way that this adaptation would insert Rin over him since it’d completely destroy the dynamic established in the game. Still, I can’t help but observe that having Rin as the main character throughout would be a significant improvement for the anime, especially when it comes to the best aspect of Little Busters! right now, the comedy.
Kotoura-san (Episode 7)
It isn’t so much that Haruka is ostracized due to her psychic powers but rather due to her lack of social awareness and courtesy to others. If you cure that, you pretty much cure everything for Haruka. Think about it, if Haruka had the same psychic powers that she always has but never acted on the minds she reads, she’d be having a decent life with her mother and father and at a normal school as any normal student. Instead, Haruka always has the impulse to blurt out everything she learns like about which girls like which boys, who their parents are secretly dating, and when people are having super lame sexual fantasies about her (yes, Manabe, your fantasies are boring). You know, it’d be the same for anyone without psychic powers too, who learn of rumors second-hand and blurt them out to all the wrong people. The psychic powers aren’t the source of the problem for Haruka, it’s her lack of understanding how to act around others and when is the right time to bring up these topics. You know that if they focused on this problem first rather than anything relating to her psychic powers, then Haruka would be pretty normal and accepted by her classmates, strangers and even her mother that abandoned her. Too bad Haruka can’t read my mind and figure this out for herself.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Episode 20)
Damn, you know, JoJo’s knows how to be a satisfying anime. Really, is there anymore I need to add from this episode? JoJo’s knows how to keep its audience happy and content and that couldn’t be more apparent with this episode. Damn, I really can’t wait to see what happens next.
Chihayafuru 2 (Episode 7)
Often times, I find the school aspects of anime to be intolerable or dreadful but not with Chihayafuru. Rather than going on and on about school festivals or stupid romances or whatnot, Chihayafuru actually has some rather endearing and entertaining scenes that take place in the classroom. Although there are a few that are like every other anime within the school setting, most of these scenes prove to be worthwhile as either an entertaining scene or in some ways, meaningful to the characters. Not only that, these scenes are often the only times we see anything develop that’s meaningful outside of karuta since most of the progress and advancement that occurs in Chihayafuru is related to karuta in one way or another. In a way, I actually look forward to the school scenes in Chihayafuru as a way of breaking up the karuta matches and practices. Not only do they redirect the focus of the series away from the card game to the characters but they’re often amusing and comical which acts as a nice balance to the action and drama of the karuta matches.