The Winter Season Moves On

Having your 4-year-old son dissect a supernatural being is just what any loving father would do.

Maybe this weekly update needs to be fine tuned a bit. The 5th episode of Durarara!! was my favorite episode of the week, but in the process of writing a post I found it quite difficult to actually put something together. It could be the echoes of James Joyce that I find in the series narrative that I find interesting, it could also be the fact that it isn’t too hard to find certain Ikebukuro landmarks in the series on Google Earth or a number of other things. Trying to put that together in just a single weekly update would probably be cheapening it up a bit. Whether I will ever get around to writing that particular post is an open question. Anyway, this will be more of a standard weekly update.

Conversations in dark places seem to be a trademark of this series

Two episodes of Dance in the Vampire Bund this week in which there was an assassination attempt on Mina, a vampire underclass, some conflict between those vying for Akira, a harsh critique of parliamentary democracy and a whole lot more. I have to say my opinion of this series improved over these two episode. It wasn’t really in danger of being dropped, but more forgettable than anything. Now I’d put it in the category of average.

The Slasher

Yet another strange character in this town

The first of 2 episodes of Durarara!! served as an introduction to headless biker Selty Sturluson, a Dullahan from Irish folklore, and Kishitani Shinra who had been housing her. The emphasis of the episode seems to transition to her search for her missing head, and his attempts to get her to accept what she is at present. The 2nd episode was mostly a narrative of Kida Masaomi’s life in the city with bits of back story involving Sonohara Anri and the color gangs. No real change in my perception of the series at this point.

Hanamaru Kindergarden was more of the same as far as that series was concerned. The first part has Anri arranging a lunch time date with Tsuchida with some help from Koume and Hiiragi. The second part has him out of the picture, which allows Anri to get closer to Yamamoto who is covering for his class for the day. That I continue to watch this series considering the topic is surprising, but maybe the realism of the characters plays a role in it as well.

The temperature always drops several degrees when Selnia is in the room.

Ladies versus Butlers! examined the relationship between Selnia and Tomomi. Turns out they are both very similar though extremely competitive. Only Akiharu can see this completely as an outsider, though. There’s also the revelation, though not much of a surprise, that Kaoru is a reverse trap. While I could question the realism in Akiharu ending up as a roommate, I am just going to let it go as typical harem anime fare.

With the field trip complete, time for some depressing scenery.

ソ・ラ・ノ・ヲ・ト had the younger squad members go on an epic field trip through the Swiss countryside in finding three observation stations. This was really just another character bonding filler episode. I would worry about there being enough content to fill 24 episodes or however long this is supposed to run if they are already throwing these kind of episodes out there. There was a bit of a reveal at the end of the outside world, but not much of an explanation.

Apropos of nothing, this crying man is about to be mauled.

Then finally there’s Ookami Kakushi, which fulfilled my long held wish (okay 3 weeks) of Issei’s gory death. There’s also a group of people who go around monitoring those from the Old Town and there’s lots of forced drama in this episode. It’s only a matter of time before the events of the opening minutes happen. However, I just can’t bring myself to continue.

Winter 2010 Ranking So Far

  1. Durarara!!
  2. Ladies versus Butlers!
  3. ソ・ラ・ノ・ヲ・ト
  4. Dance in the Vampire Bund
  5. Hanamaru Kindergarden
  6. Ookami Kakushi – Dropped Episode 5
  7. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu - Dropped Episode 2
  8. Chu-Bra - Dropped Episode 1
  9. Omamori Himari – Dropped Episode 1
  10. Seikon no Qwaser – Dropped Episode 1

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