Question: Am I bad luck? Because as Tim and I realized this week, whenever I ask for something to happen in an anime, it never ever happens, even if it would be self-evidently awesome and the writers are nuts for not going wi... | subscribe
After all the insanity from last week, it's time for Hazama to take it easy. We can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the peaceful world he's helped create. No serious crimes, no violence, just an average life. It's so peaceful it's almost unsettling. I highly doubt that something crazy would happen abruptly and throw everything into chaos again, right? Right?!
Just when the plot was going somewhere a couple weeks ago, we're left with episodes like this one, last week's, and the week before, where the relationships are made up and the little sisters don't matter. I'm confused as to why all of a sudden we're being relegated to what is essentially filler when we're so close to a "conclusion" -- unless there's going to be a second season for some reason. There are a projected 12 episodes and there's so much mucking about with Mitsuki going to the aquarium, screwing around with after school clubs, and now wasting time falling asleep under a kotatsu and getting into a cooking battle. I want to say there was some weird creepy fetishy stuff happening in this episode, but the truth is, like last week, it was boring. I struggled to stay awake.
Last week's Kill la Kill predictions proved to be true.
I think ultimately the last thing anybody wanted was for this particular mini-arc to get dragged out for longer than a handful episodes. In a show that is often very fast paced, it was especially important that we didn't get stuck with a renegade Ryuko for too long. With the show coming up on its climax, Imaishi and his team needed to bring her back to the side of light and make her a contributing member of the party again sooner rather than later.
Sorry for the interruption! I swung by Japan for a couple weeks with the hopes of catching a glimpse of the actual Wake Up! Girls! in the flesh. To no avail, their events in Tokyo at the time were booked solid and I was way too late in on the act, so like many I had to make do with their Wonfest stream. This also means we have a three-episode recap this week since actually trying to watch late-night TV while traveling is a major pain in the rear.
What struck me as the giant elephant in the room, where WUG and real life converges, is how I-1 is a clear representation of AKB48 and the successful mainstream idol groups. Both have a humongous presence as a pop cultural icon. For what little that we see of the I-1 club, it passes poorly as a sane work environment. The highly competitive and borderline mind-numbing practice environment paints a strong visual image of what it takes to be successful. It's easy to see why Mayu feels generally negative about being an idol coming from that place.
However, Wake Up, Girls! is a story that will tackle face-on the reality of trying to make it in the entertainment business. Sweat and hard labor are just the beginning; it forms the foundation for the negative drama and energy between competing members as pressure forms cracks within friendships. At the same time, overcoming such things are the true marks of an idol group tested by fire. Creator Yutaka Yamamoto shows this to us in the space these episodes.
We’re getting close to the end now. We’ve got the last battle to determine the Elite Four of the Gunpla World Championships. It’s a battle between “Italian Dandy” Ricardo Fellini and Aila, the stoic lover of meat buns. It’s a battle that will pit Sei and Reiji’s friend against the crazy Newtype of the show, so you know there’s bound to be a great amount of drama.
In short, yes, there’s a ton of drama and an equal amount of fallout afterward. So much so that we finally get some plot development from a character who has managed to remain pretty mum about their background.
Hit the jump to get the skinny on Sei and Reiji’s continued fight toward the top of the gunpla world!
You know how I've been calling Moyo "The Demon Paralegal?" Well, I think that name needs to be revised to Moyo: The Paralegal Who is Also Satan, Lord of Darkness. In addition to stopping time and sporting some pretty impressive Glowing Red Eyes of Uh-Oh, in this episode we learn that she can also teleport 9,000 miles whenever she feels like it and simultaneously incinerate two different people (who happen to be 600 or so miles apart) with glowing blue lightning.
I mean...what the literal hell? Why is Macal so obsessed with freakin' Cecil? Has the all-knowing cult somehow failed to notice that there's another lady in town rocking the powers of a vengeful God like it ain't no thang? I think maybe they're looking at the wrong prophecies.
Hi, Karen here--I'm taking over for Josh this week because he appears to be having some sort of technical trouble: if I recall correctly, his way of putting it was that his computer now resembled "Jenga pieces in a hurricane" or something like that. Still, the show must go on, so the rest of us pitched in to bring you your regular coverage of Sakura Trick, Pupa, Saki: The Nationals, Onee-chan ga Kita!, Hozuki no Reitetsu, Tonari no Seki-kun, Magical Windslash Bike Fairy Manami and Engaged to the Unidentified.
You may also notice that this is something like the fourth week in a row that the header image for the Roundup has been from Hozuki no Reitetsu, and you know what? I'm not sorry about it at all. If other anime want to get a shot at Roundup stardom, they need to start portraying more dancing cows and demented, Willy-Wonka-esque music videos.
Well folks, we certainly hit the drama mother lode in this episode, with a reveal that's going to carry us all the way to the end of the series. I'm not about to spoil it up here in the preview, but make sure you've seen the latest episode before you read anything below the jump. You've been warned!
In other news, hearing Yui Horie voice Wagon in Ressha Sentai ToQger is incredibly disturbing. She's using her Koko voice for a creepy-looking robot (as if that whole show isn't creepy) and I'm not entirely sure I can deal with that.
I always say that the best part of Space Dandy is seeing the individual talents of each director and animator every episode. Variety is the spice of space, and Dandy visits just about everywhere. Even the plants are alive thi...
Much like last week's romp, Kill la Kill episode 20 spends lots of time with the secondary characters as we watch them make a rescue attempt by diving deep into enemy lines. Ragyo continues to taunt her youngest daughter, pushing her to come to Honnouji Academy and face her head on. Ryuko of course completely falls for it, abandoning her comrades and charging straight into the the trap laid out by Nui and Ragyo.
Things naturally go sour, but Satsuki manages to free herself via the power of toenails, regrouping with Nudist Beach and the Elite Four on board the Naked Sun. The situation goes from bad to worse when Ryuko, now brainwashed and equipped with Junketsu, crashes the party, threatening to destroy the entire ship and everybody on board. Satsuki steps up to the plate donning Senketsu, and the battle begins.
No, really. WHAT IS GOING ON? Samurai Flamenco, how can your writing be so good? It has no right being this excellent, given your material. This is probably the best episode of SamuMenco yet, but if you haven't followed the s...
Can you see it? Can you see the ending of this show that apparently lurks a mere five weeks away? Five more episodes to go, and assuming we don't find ourselves in a second season, we'll have our conclusion. Surely before the end we're due another large helping of drama? Something that will really shake up the relationship between Koko and Banri one last time? I think so.
Until then, we'll just have to put up with Banri and all these darn celebrations he keeps having. N-not that I'm jealous of the attention he's getting or anything, idiot.