The Week that Was January 15-21

Apropos of nothing, this week failed to give us an answer on how much one man (above) can be worth for kicking a ball around a couple hours a week.
Apropos of nothing, this week failed to give us an answer on how much one man (Kaka, pictured above) can be worth for kicking a ball around for a couple hours per week.

As my viewing pace falls, so does the length of this little weekly summary. On the bright side, it might actually give me some time to put a little depth into each series rather than one or two sentence blurbs. I’ll get back to you on that.Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai

Kyoto Animation gets some plus points from me for this first episode. Mainly for efficiency rather than artistic merit, but that is beside the point. Basically they took an existing OVA and slipped it in between a new OP and ED. Blame it on the recession, though even that is becoming cliche. On the downside, that title is really way too long for me. It’s petty, I know, but I need something to shorten that to. I just can’t think of anything at the moment.

Genji Monogatari Sennenki

Ah, the Tale of Genji. With Puffy doing the OP for a period series. Quelle surprise. With a first episode filled with things like sex and nudity with illicit relationships, you’d think I’d like it. However, it’s still the Tale of Genji, and it seems doomed to fade badly after a pretty decent start.

Asu no Yoichi!

After a good first episode which pretty much established what this show was all about, the second episode saw an introduction to some of the characters. Ayame is really nothing more than a typical tsundere character, and also lacks the ability to cook. Washizu is there more for comedy rather than as any real rival to Yoichi. Through two episodes, it’s fairly apparent that there’s not much special here, but it’s still rather enjoyable at a basic level.

Kurokami

Worryingly, here is a series that seems to may be heading toward a rather predictable pattern in each episode. Kuro and Keita made their contract and the plot looks to be moving along at a decent pace. However, it seems like each episode may become some plot before a set piece battle and a set up to the next episode. Hopefully, the third episode is a bit different in flow.

White Album

I really don’t know what to expect from this series anymore. Is this some sort of directorial masterpiece? Is it still a pile of crap? Perhaps it’s been good to watch this because I’m having these kinds of thoughts. Anyway, Rina messes around with Fujii some more, but lets him have some time with Yuki. Though it still seems there’s plenty happening in the background to keep things occupied.

Akikan!

I know nothing is going to happen.
I know nothing is going to happen.

A few years ago I probably would have hated myself for continuing to watch this. Now I just watch as though it’s some sort of drug. With the somewhat poorly conceived shonen part of the show getting started through the introduction of Budoko and Yell as rivals to Melon. However, the part I really cared about was Najimi’s relationship with Kakeru. Clearly, she would jump him the second he showed interest, but that won’t happen here. I keep on watching. God help me.

Chrome Shelled Regios

The second episode of this series focused on Nina’s back story, in particular a devastating defeat that she suffered, and Lei-fong’s failure with the women close to him. He clearly has more fighting ability than anyone around him, but for whatever reason he tries to hide that. Need to watch further it seems.

Also Watched:

Maria†Holic ep 3 – Really need some time to rewatch this episode again

Gundam Evolve eps 7-15 – Sure it’s just a combination of marketing and experimental animation, but I really enjoyed watching it. Though it doesn’t make me want to buy the models, so it fails on that level.

Casshern ep 1 – Not Sins, but the original series. Unusually dark for a show at the time, but my god, the plotholes are numerous already.