What I Watched the Week of August 11

My attempt at drunk politics this week was not as happy as this

And so another week passes in this rather ordinary summer. The weather has thankfully been cooling off. On the other hand, the new season of my other fandom has kicked off this weekend. That could mean the end of these weekly recaps even though they feature the only shows other people are watching since episode 4 proved to be the ragequitting point of Koichoco for a good number of people. So here is how they turned out:

Currently Airing

Oh no, my secret impersonation skills have been exposed. I was really Madoka all along.

Rinne no Lagrange

I was quite impressed with this week’s effort. At least enough to put it in my top spot for the week. After the initial confusion of the body swapping between Madoka and Yurikano, which was all rather predictable, the episode went completely in the right direction. Madoka was able to parse Yurikano’s feelings in being caught between her brother and Dizel, who she really loved. Sacrificing herself to the very end to try to prevent everyone from being sad, she hopefully did manage to bring closure to the conflict between Dizel and Vilagiulio. As for where the story goes for the second half, I’m a little worried.

I figured out your mystery, now let me go back to being the lazy asshole I was meant to be.

Hyouka

This episode was really the triumph of Hotarou as a character. He’s been in the background being driven by the other characters and events happening around him. This week, he not only solved the Juumoji mystery, but he used it to create a return to his low-energy lifestyle. It was horribly cruel on Satoshi who put lots of effort into trying to solve it himself, but Hotarou is in another class altogether.

The fairies are the equivalent of Q, just accept it.

Humanity has Declined

This is such an easy episode for someone to over-analyze. The fairies, for whom scientific principles do not apply, want sweets immediately, and they use the protagonist to make a ton for them in their own way. That’s all there was to this episode. Even Watashi herself says that there are people out there who would be looking for more from this episode. There is none.

Akechi is merely redecorating her room.

Sengoku Collection

The story between Mitsuhide and Oda is filled in during this episode, while also learning that Akechi was the one responsible for sending them away from their home world. It is a fairly ordinary story. Akechi wanted to be close to Nobunaga, but was always getting passed over for special treasures and conquests because she thought Nobunaga was threatened by her. In reality, Nobunaga wanted her to stay close to her as the conquests seemed to be coming to an end. I do like the conflicting feelings between the two of them as well as the fact that Akechi chose not to accept her fate.

Deep down, I’m really a prick. Not a selfless freak like you people keep calling me.

Kokoro Connect

Sometimes it’s the desire to say what’s really on your mind that can hurt the ones you are close to most. I think the main concern going into this episode was that the characters would pull Yui or Inaba-type actions and start beating up or seducing random people. They were rather more restrained this time in their physical actions, but it ended up turning into the Taichi and Inaba show. Inaba simply wants to keep the group together because she doesn’t want any of them to die out of a desire to sacrifice themselves. Taichi is turning psychotic because no one else is willing to show the same level of sacrifice to make everyone else happy that he is. Now the group is in a shambles until Heartseed steps in again.

Mutta is once again cockblocked.

Space Brothers

The time in the enclosures has ended, yet there is no real closure. No one outwardly comes out and says who won the game of janken. All we learn is that Kenji is hoping for one of the wild card entries, and in the midst of Furuya’s character development section that he was one of the losers. Also, will the Mutta/Serika ship ever set sail?

I do like the idea of a Japanese man in Paris walking around in stereotypical Mexican clothing.

Moyashimon Returns

A rather bland episode this week considering that most of it took place in France. I can’t see how any reasonable person would think foie gras is a cheap dish. Where in the first season this show began to pick up, this seems to be getting ever more dull by the week. I think it’s leading up to Sawaki crashing Haruka’s wedding.

You know the whole episode was contrived so you would get just this scene.

Dog Days’

Improbably I am still watching this. This week was just about seeing all of the cast as small children, and Cinque as an adult. I don’t even understand how people can watch this anymore.

Emperor J’s Updated Average of Anime Power Ranking Ballots

Season Rank Year Rank Change Anime
1 2 ↑1 Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
2 3 ↓1 Kokoro Connect
3 8 Sengoku Collection
4 10 ↑3 Rinne no Lagrange
5 12 ↓2 Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
6 13 ↓2 Moyashimon Returns
7 19 ↓1 Uchuu Kyoudai
8 23 ↑1 Hyouka
9 Dog Days’

Terribad

With hair like that, it’s a miracle that they aren’t playing children’s card games on that motorcycle.

This week’s terribad feature the 1998 adaptation of a fighting game called Psychic Force. There’s a grand plot about psychics being treated poorly by the rest of society. In reality, this was really a story about how the love between the main characters Keith Evans and Burn Griffith is interrupted by intruding women and a racist Chinese caricature. As for the other details about this fine work, the phrase “background-chewingly awful voice acting” came to mine as they were hamming it up. Also, the whole psychic power thing is never really explained. And for unintentional comedy moments, they made sure that the story begins in Alaska, and that Burn’s hometown is America…all of it. Overall, it’s well worth watching if you like to watch faux-BL ironically. For everyone else, you won’t have a clue what’s happening. (33.2/100)

12 thoughts on “What I Watched the Week of August 11”

  1. Dog Days: Why keep watching? Because it’s joyous and fun. There are a lot of engaging characters, and the three main ones are having the time of their lives, and NO ONE IS ANGSTY! No one!
    Lots of cool ki-effects, and fun stories where no one really gets hurt, and it’s just very pleasant.

    Besides which, Yukikaze!

    1. Yukikaze is undoubtedly the only reason I’m still watching this. My main problem is having this as a non-threatening fun show appealing to children with all of the fanservice of the worst harem anime.

      1. I’m not saying you cannot enjoy Dog Days. Hell, I’ll even defend your right to enjoy it. My argument here is that I personally find aspects of it troubling.

      2. Why do you automatically associate “non-threatening fun” with “for children”? Dog Days is emphatically Not For Children, but its still exactly what Steven says it was, and I watch it for the same reason he does. Its pure, unadulterated, fun.

      3. I wasn’t. I’m just saying that if you took out all of the gratuitous nudity, who would that Dog Days be targeted at. Take something like Mouretsu Pirates, which is both non-threatening fun and aimed at a wide audience.

  2. It was horribly cruel on Satoshi who put lots of effort into trying to solve it himself, but Hotarou is in another class altogether.

    I love this sentence so much. You are so very observant.

    1. It wasn’t that hard an observation to make honestly. I just felt bad for Satoshi being put through the wringer only to have it solved with minimal effort by his rival for this arc.

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