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Weekly Reflections 06

March 16, 2014

Weekly Reflections - Yuuko xxxHOLiC MirrorMostly bridging episodes this week, gradually hiking up the tension for finales.  However all overshadowed by this morning’s news that we are finally getting another series of Durarara!!  I can not even tell you how fecking excited I am!  Interesting that it isn’t at Brains Base (who haven’t really been on form anyway) but has the majority of the staff returning at another studio – still massively hyped, there is some great story arcs in the unadapted novels.

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Brilliant Groundhog Day episode!  Loved how our heroes are so dense they don’t actually realise they’re in a timeloop for quite some time, with even the narrator getting a bit irritated with them.  Episode also gave some much needed depth to Meow by introducing us to his home planet and large family.  It was sweet to see him make an effort to mend his relationship with his dad – great episode!

Gin no Saji Second Season - 09Silver Spoon – 09

God this was depressing!  What has happened to our food porn and lulzy agricultural school hijinks?  All this talk of the serious issues faced by farming families was just grim.  It was all done with a great degree of sensitivity and didn’t gloss things over or offer any easy solutions to the very real problem of debt and foreclosure, but it was still tough to see the affect things have had on Komaba and Mikage’s families.

Hachiken is a bleeding heart that can’t help himself from getting involved, but these are problems far beyond his ability to fix which leads to a lot of frustration.  Being an outsider this is all new to him, and he can’t really understand how everyone around him can just shrug and say “well that’s how things are” and move on.  Looking on as he is, it seems cold, but there really is nothing that can be done without a sudden cash windfall so there isn’t much point in dwelling on matters.  It is a tough lesson to learn, but one that is necessary…..although I’m fairly certain Hachiken won’t let things alone as usual.

When did Silver Spoon become so grown-up?

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Masayoshi really is slow on the uptake.  I can’t believe it took him so long to reach the obvious conclusion – the latest enemy has been conjured up by his own imagination.  The Universe explictedly told him this last episode!  All the enemies to date have been willed into existence by Masayoshi, it is no surprise that the final enemy will be himself.  Although it is interesting that this time the enemy is literally a figment of Masayoshi’s imagination – no one else has seen or heard the boy.

It is almost like a direct response to Goto’s imaginary girlfriend, as if Masayoshi’s desire to better understand and help his friend has put him in a strangely similar, yet distinctly different situation.  Goto only wants his girlfriend back, the woman who understands him best; Masayoshi still has that desire to fight evil and validate his existence.  They’re similar desires, yet take very different forms…..and unfortunately Masayoshi has reality warping powers bringing everyone around him into danger.  Some of the accidents that befell the other flamengers were stupidly amusing, but others were a bit sinister – as if the strength of attachment Masayoshi has to the individual caused more extreme incidents.  Overall an interesting episode.

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I love how very cartoonish the actions and violence surrounding Harime is.  I mean look at that picture above – I laughed so hard when Ryuuko chopped her arms off and Harime just freaked out while sporting twin blood geysers!

Next week is the return of Bancho Mako….so much hype.

Sekai Seifuku - Bouryaku no Zvezda - 10Sekai Seifuku – 10

I haven’t really talked much about Sekai Seifuku.  It’s been quietly doing its thing for most of the season, being solid without being too remarkable.  But there has been a gradual buildup of something bigger happening in the background, and this episode really brought that to the forefront.  It is hard to believe we’ve transitioned from last episode’s hotsprings hilarity to this much more serious tone, where the actual state of the world setting is finally addressed.

We’re talking a ruined country in the midst of a civil war, the town our characters live in is the last piece of neutral territory.  This explains the state of martial law casually thrown into the first episode.  The power games being played in the background start to truly affect the main characters upon the reveal that the Governor is Asuta’s father….and daddy doesn’t want his disobedient son back, preferring to use him as an excuse to wipe out Zvezda.

Sekai Seifuku somehow manages to hold on to its absurd tone, while also getting a bit more serious – it is a delicate balance to strike so I hope it continues to pull it off.

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Let us take a moment to truly appreciate how absolutely terrifying the mini-Poufs are.  Look at that thing – pure nightmare fuel!

Anyway this episode was once again used to manoeuvre characters around to where they are needed and give us a better idea of what Pouf’s abilities are.  Fella is utterly dedicated to the King, just like all the Royal Guard, but Pouf’s manipulative tendencies make him especially dangerous.  Pouf won’t move until he knows exactly what is going on, but when he goes into action he is a force to be reckoned with – looking forward to next week’s encounter with Pitou and Gon.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2014 11:55 pm

    I cannot even begin to say how excited I am about the second season of Durarara!!. I’ve been hoping for this for a long time – it’s honestly one of my favourite anime titles of all time. MY BODY IS READY.

    • March 17, 2014 4:29 pm

      I am massively excited. Unfortunately since I’ve now read the novels I won’t get quite the same experience watching the new series – half the fun of writing about Durarara!! came from making wild speculations about what was going on. I’m still very hyped though, there are some fantastic scenes to come that I’ve been dying to see animated!

      • March 17, 2014 10:56 pm

        I haven’t read any of the novels, so I get to make those crazy predictions – which in a series like DRRR is definitely a lot of fun. Hopefully the second season comes sooner rather than later, although as far as I’m aware, not even a release season has been announced.

        • March 17, 2014 10:58 pm

          Yeah, just the production has been greenlit – thinking Autumn personally.

        • March 17, 2014 11:06 pm

          Yeah, I doubt it’d be earlier than that if the series is still in production as we speak. But wow, it’s set to be a fantastic year for anime! Second season of DRRR, second season of Mushishi, revamp of Sailor Moon… so pumped.

  2. higgsbosoff permalink
    March 17, 2014 1:51 pm

    I’d argue Silver Spoon has always been grown-up, it’s just that now it’s making it obvious. The fundamental themes were mature also in Season 1, but this episode… God was that depressing. Excellent but depressing. I love however how it’s building up the Hachiken/Mikage relationship, with nice human touches rather than the rom-com hijinks we’ve seen 1000 times already. For once, the love interest isn’t just something that happens, we REALLY see why these two make a good couple.

    Kill la Kill was hilarious. Bancho Mako is teh greatest. And I’ll have to check out Sekai Seifuku today, that show has probably been the best sleeper this season. Hoping for a good finale now.

    • March 17, 2014 4:34 pm

      Silver Spoon has always been exceptionally well written, but the comedic edge made the grim realities of agricultural life somewhat easier to digest. This second season has been altogether more stark, and definitely more focused on the developing romance than the earlier focus on where food comes from. I think I prefer the earlier episodes to be honest.

      Sekai Sefuku has just been doing its own thing since the first episode – it clearly knows exactly where its going, I’m quite confident it will give us a good show on the way.

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