I didn’t write as much this week because some of what I wrote was deleted, but oh well. I managed to finish the show I was watching for my next actual article/essay, which’ll be out within two weeks. I’d like to increase my rate of posting “real” posts, but it might take a little setup to do that, so I can’t promise anything. Anyways, I hopefully will be adding Precure next week, so look out for that.
Rakugo S2 – Episode 4
This episode was so good. I’ve been wanted Konatsu to perform rakugo since the very beginning, and I’m more than satisfied with the result. Her performance added a ton of personality to an already funny story, making her rendition of Jugemu my favorite rakugo performance in the series so far, only matched by Kiku’s Shinigami. Konatsu and Yota’s family is fantastic, with the two of them acting cute as hell with their son, who’s already proving to be an adorable little kid. The only brief break from this episode’s levity came from Kiku’s scenes, showing that he’s still determined to be the end of rakugo, though we can see that won’t happen. With Yota beginning to popularize the medium, and Konatsu very possibly becoming the first major female rakugo performer, this episode showed that there’s still a chance for this art form.
LWA – Episode 4
Another brilliant episode. Lotte hadn’t gotten the focus she deserved up until now, and seeing her fangirl over this episode’s insane Twilight parody was adorable and really added another element to her character. The message that you should do what you want while ignoring those who seek to tear you down is obviously one that I sympathize with as well, making the episode much stronger. LWA’s TV series is turning out far better than I expected, and it isn’t a stretch to say it may soon become my favorite of the season.
MaiDragon – Episode 4
I really enjoyed this one. Kanna is adorable, and the more domestic aspects of this show are consistently great. I wasn’t expecting to get a discussion of the harmful nature of xenophobia in a show about gay dragons, but I’m glad I did. Mentioning gay dragons, it’s nice to see how cute Kanna and Saikawa are together. Kanna didn’t show any particular romantic feelings here but Saikawa sure did, and she was incredibly cute while doing so. This show makes me feel blessed as a yuri fan, and as a fan of good anime families. KyoAni really struck gold here, and this might be my favorite show of theirs since Hyouka.
3-gatsu – Episode 15
This episode was a bit disappointing. It was certainly quite enjoyable, and the moments between Kyouko and Rei were quite good. But I didn’t really care much about the shogi match, and the matches were focused on so heavily this episode that I couldn’t really ignore them. It’s unfortunate, because I managed to enjoy the previous matches despite my inability to understand what was going on, but they just didn’t work for me here, bringing this episode down.
Urara – Episode 4
I’ll be honest, I was kind of zoning out while I watched this episode, but I still enjoyed it. It was gay as always, cute as always, and managed to actually have some nice messages as always. This show is nothing if not consistent, and seeing as CGDCT shows fail hard when they’re inconsistent or not interesting it’s great that Urara is managing to remain both interesting and consistent. It’s not the best Kirara adaptation ever, but it’s nothing to sneeze at, and I do enjoy it.
GabDro – Episode 4
This episode didn’t make me laugh as consistently as the previous ones, but it was still funny by and large. The jokes regarding old Gabriel were great, and as always Satania was funny consistently. This show doesn’t really have a strong emotional core or characters who are interesting beyond their comedic usage, so inconsistent episodes like this really hurt, but it wasn’t so inconsistent as to not be enjoyable, so I’m still pretty happy with it,
Konosuba S2 – Episode 4
I was so hopeful after three great episodes, but I honestly thought this was a pretty bad episode. It displayed almost all of my least favorite parts of this show. It focused on my least favorite character in Darkness, and made her worse than usual by giving her boobs big to the point of creepy absurdity, while showing off all her stupid personality traits. Her gimmick is uninteresting because it presents the same reactions in all situations, something the others don’t suffer from. There were a few funny jokes, but overall this episode was a total miss for me. Aqua and Megumin were, as always, the sole saving grace.
IBO S2 – Episode 16
I had written a post for this part but it got deleted so this’ll be short. The use of backstory right before someone dies makes the deaths too clear and boring. Other than that I like the directions that this points the show, but the storytelling gets lazy when every single death is signaled like this.