Not much to say. Got that Monogatari post out which makes me feel accomplished. Top 10 of the year coming out either on the 31st or 1st. These posts are continuing into the new year, but it might be weird since there’ll be a bit of a break before the winter shows start, but I’ll figure something out. Enjoy.
Flip Flappers – Episode 12
Once again, this was an episode which is clearly not going to be loved by everyone, but I thought it was fantastic aside from some shaky pacing. The biggest possible complaint, that Mimi’s motivations aren’t that interesting, isn’t incorrect. But I think it looks at Mimi in an uninteresting way. “Dark” Mimi is a reflection of Cocona’s insecurities, and I think she serves that role perfectly. Cocona is very afraid of betrayal, so Dark Mimi locks her away. Cocona is afraid of making her own choices, so Dark Mimi makes them for her. It’s true that Dark Mimi isn’t all that sympathetic, but she doesn’t really need to be.
The best part of this episode was, of course, the fact that Cocona finally admitted that she loves Papika as well. It’s been a long time coming, and Cocona has had a hard time grappling with her feelings, especially after feeling like Papika betrayed her. But to see her finally reciprocate them and truly try to live her life as she wants to made this entire episode fantastic all by itself.
3-gatsu no Lion – Episode 11
After last moment’s serious moment of catharsis, we got a quieter, more down-to-earth episode with the Kawamoto family. Rei’s built up stress and fatigue from his matches and conflicts with Kyouko were reflected in his illness, and both his mental and physical issues were greatly treated once again by a loving family. This was best exemplified at the end of the episode, where Rei is finally able to sleep peacefully. I also liked Akari making it clear that Rei is a positive influence as well. He might not be all that aware of it, but he has a profound effect on others, just as they do on him.
JoJo Part 4 – Episode 39
Once again, this show will be on my end of the year list, so I won’t talk much about the show itself. This episode was the perfect ending to this Part, and David Pro executed it excellently. The visuals were on point, with Kira’s final Bites the Dust looking fantastic, and all the scene transitions were great. From a writing perspective, Araki really delivered here. We knew at the end of last episode that Kira lost, but the BtD fake-out only added to the despair Kira felt at the end, and to my enjoyment of his loss. Seeing that everything worked out in the end was great, and overall it was just a fantastic finale.
Girlish Number – Episode 12
Girlish Number’s final episode served more as an epilogue, tying up loose ends and driving in the main themes after Chitose’s realization in last week’s episode. This was a great episode, solidifying this series as a show of the year. If you want more of my thoughts on this show’s themes, you’ll have to check out my top of the year list.
Yuri on Ice – Episode 12
This episode was quite solid, but only if we get another season, and it failed as a finale in a lot of ways. Victor and Yuri’s relationship got no closure, and I’m not satisfied with Yuri just getting silver. This is still a very good show, which would make it on my end of the year list if it were finished, but it’s so blatantly the first part of the series that I can’t really call it one of my favorites of the year until it’s truly completed.
Hibike Euphonium 2 – Episode 12
This was another disappointing one, though not for shipping reasons. The scene with Shuuichi didn’t come across as romantic to me, and seemed more to be two friends making up, and I’m fine with that. What made this episode less enjoyable was mostly that it felt off. We didn’t get to actually see the concert performance despite the large buildup, and further focus on Reina’s crush was entirely unnecessary. That said, there were two moments I really liked. It was great to see Asuka feel proud when complimented by her dad, and it was also great to see the final scene with Kumiko and her sister. Unfortunately the episode as a whole was somewhat boring and lacking, continuing an unfortunate season-long trend.
IBO Season 2 – Episode 13
This was a very somber episode of IBO. Orga is finally coming to terms with the fact that his ambitions are ultimately hurting those he values, but he’s totally unable to stop and fix things at this point, leading him to press forward in spite of his doubts. This is most reflected in Mika, who has lost most of his bodily function at this point, and seemingly his mind as well, viewing himself as nothing more than a tool to fight. As Teiwaz and Gjallarhorn’s internal conflicts flare up, it’s clear that we’re not going to get too many more happy episodes in IBO.