I’ve really been thinking hard about this blog lately. Mainly the new season is coming up and on some sites there are polls where the audience is asked what shows should be blogged for the coming season. My big concern is that if I were to do something similar I’d end up with around 4 votes total. I’ve dealt with the relative unpopularity of this place before, but from a perspective of someone writing for an audience it makes it hard.
I can put it down to a single word: expectations. I basically do not have any. No one is holding me to any sort of standard. So I could just post a pile of horribly argued garbage filled with strawmen and it wouldn’t matter a bit. It really makes me wonder if I’m actually any better of a writer than I was when I started this back in 2008. So while I do enjoy writing, I guess I question whether it is doing me any good here. Especially with completely dropping the posts on Maou-sama and no one saying a word on it.
Anyway, on to the actual weekly recap. I’m actually getting really tired of writing on the shows that continue to be bad every week, so I’m going to a top 5 and a list of the rest. If there’s terribad, I’ll throw that in too. If anyone comes in expecting me to cover all 11 shows, you probably should have said something at some point. These will probably be more detailed in later weeks if they stick around, but for now, it’s probably best for my state to only stick to the normal level of detail. Sorry everyone.
Currently Airing Top 5
This was easily the most perverted episode to date, but it also expands on the secondary trio of girls in their class. Eventually it looks like it’s going to turn into a six-character show and I think they did well to introduce Fumi and Kei. Meanwhile, Yukari and Yuzu get obsessed by making Mom-sensei cry. She only cries in certain types of movies though. And I can’t ignore the last line in the episode when Kei tells Yui to touch Chiho’s chest because it’s amazing.
The team behind this series is having a lot of fun with these single episode stories. There are a lot of visual gags in this episode. My favorite was the samurai gag after Nonoka’s challenge. They transform into period costumes and after that gag ends they are still briefly wearing those afterwards. This isn’t a very sketchy episode either, and apart from a few moments early on those have been largely absent. Yet, I’m still questioned on why this isn’t just another fanservice heavy terribad anime. I’d write a post, but that would go unread.
Date A Live
The story finally kicks into something that resembles a final battle. Shido threatens to kill himself to save Kurumi, Kurumi kills one of her other selves only to show her true power in front of Mana then Kurumi uses her time shifting power and suddenly everyone is trapped when Kotori shows up to save the day. This series can do drama better than most series in this genre and Kurumi’s character mercilessly killing people has made it dark in a good way.
So I’ve silently dropped this from weekly individual posts. The reason for that is I don’t want to keep writing the same thing over and over this week. If anything from this episode is memorable, it would be Ashiya’s story he invented to explain the back story between Maou, Ashiya and Emi to Rika. That took plenty of thought and imagination to have that somehow make sense. The rest of the actual story seems to be heading to an obvious showdown between the guy at the chicken place and Emi while Suzuno puts pressure on her to kill Maou. There’s just no more focus on the mundane anymore, and it’s a shame for it.
This week’s episode was the Ruka episode. She would be the aspiring mangaka/idol who happens to have feelings for Hayate like everyone else. I think there really wasn’t much for Manglobe to screw up in this week’s episode. It’s a fairly tight story where she has to learn how to ride a bike and Hayate teaches her in the hardest way possible and then Hayate has to step in and cross-dress in order to step in as a backup dancer for her. The character designs still look horrible, but less so in Ruka’s case. I figure they will be back to screwing up Ayumu’s story next week.
The Rest of the Week
7. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
Updated Seasonal Average Weekly Ranking
|Season Rank||Overall Rank|
|Suisei no Gargantia||3||5|
|Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W||5||8|
|Date A Live||6||12|
|Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties||7||16|
|Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san||11||25|
|Attack on Titan (dropped)||12||26|
|Space Brothers (dropped)||–||10|