The sixth week of the year went by and I watched a bit more than last week. Overall, I’d put it at merely average, though, my opinion may actually over the course of this little recap.
Maria†Holic kicked off the week for me with plots devoted to hiding things and making new friends. Mariya’s secret room, while only possible within the universe of the show was quite hilarious in its existence. The bag monster will not be ignored, however. Kiri becoming friends with all of Kanako’s friends but not herself was a rather predictable conclusion to that segment of the episode I thought.
Minami-ke Okaeri was next up with a fairly solid episode largely devoted to Chiaki’s trials and tribulations. Makoto returned for the first time this season though in a relatively inconsequencial way. The highlight though continues to be Fujioka’s belief that Touma is a boy as played out in a game of tag.
Asu no Yoichi‘s fifth episode was the typical harem date episode featuring the main girl. Yoichi gets invited on a date by another girl at school and Ibuki goes with him on a “practice” date while the other sisters eventually end up following the two at some point. Yoichi causes loads of damage at a bowling alley and ends up wearing normal clothing for the first time in the series.
I continue to lag a week behind Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo so I was watching episode 4 this week. While a large amount of the plot seems to be devoted to getting Kannagi to wear as little as possible, the bondage club cart just being outright absurd, there actually appears to be some depth to this comedy series. Signs of civil unrest appear as does the reason Akiha is immune to prosecution for the events of the previous three episodes.
This week’s To Aru Majutsu no Index was a date episode of it’s own. Misaka was being stalked by someone she believed was the grandson of her school’s superintendent. She grabs Touma and goes on a pretend date including the some classic clichés (is that an oxymoron or merely redundant?). The guy ends up being someone trying to separate the two of them, but now Touma is aware that his accidental faction is under threat.
Axis Powers Hetalia presented a simplified version of the Treaty of Versailles and living conditions in Germany under the Weimar Republic. Then skipped to the beginning of World War II while ignoring some controversial bits.
Finally, White Album, continues to throw me off with it’s pacing and seemingly new way of putting together an adaptation of a visual novel. Touya is now trying to be a hero to all people, and it seems that he is at a point where he will either be redeemed as a person or continue on a path toward self-destruction. The latter would probably make a better story to me personally.
So on second thought, maybe it was a better week of watching than I initially thought. Next week will probably be worse, but you never know what is around the corner.