Musings and Reflections – Spring 2016 Week 6

Flying Witch (Ep. 5)

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     Well, the episode this week could easily stand for a definition of the slice of life genre. The whole time was spent just tracking Chito-san, walking, observing surroundings, walking again and just doing nothing. I can’t say that it made the most exciting time of the week, but as a random laid back experience it wasn’t bad. Yes, I would love to get more story and I probably will, since there are still some characters in the OP that are to be introduced and all of already introduced ones still haven’t been explored that much. Akane slept through the whole episode and I really can’t blame her. Still, I can only applaud the cat-ness of Chito-san, from his walking style to climbing trees or going around in a circle thrice before finding the best position to roll for a nap near Chinatsu. He may not have the voice and more edgy personality of Sakamoto-san form Nichijou, but well, I just can’t escape noticing their similarities. It’s not that often to see a cat that genuinely feels like a character.

Joker Game (Ep. 6)

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     I’m more content with this episode than the last one, and the story seems more interesting and engaging, but some things just appear to mar overall enjoyability. Speaking about flaws, I doubt it’s so simple to keep an alive pigeon hidden in your jacket (even so when the costume looks just perfectly sewn for a lean guy) unless the spy is missing a few ribs. Not to mention that pigeons just love to leave plenty of droppings everywhere. Having your safety depending on one little bird that can be lost or just killed very easily doesn’t seem that reliable. And one last thing – why would the conductor after the assassination change into some civil clothes and after some time change back again into his uniform? Apart form all these things and a strong wish to have known all the characters better, somehow I find a strange pleasure in the Japanese’ thwarting some plans of the Soviets. I guess the fact that the Soviets had done some nasty things to my country transcends even to the enjoyment of an anime.

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Ep. 5)

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      …And I just don’t know how to take that ending. Attack on Titan (Made of Zombies) now really looks like a decent alternative title for the show. Somehow the episode felt a bit like a slice of life – nothing that important happened, but I feel pretty content about that. Yes, the crew needed to clear another obstacle, Mumei again behaved not that refined, and that pretty much is it. Somehow I’m troubled how Mumei looks to have immense martial ability but fails miserably in the psychological field, while Ikoma, who still may not have grasped all of his new abilities and stuff that being a Kabaneri comes with, feels a lot more grounded and just knowing what to do. It appears that Mumei (as probably everyone else) has some dark past that turns out her brain off and enhances her stubbornness just to prove what she’s capable of while caring not a fig about feelings of the others or just simple and pretty logical thinking. Of course, this provides a huge possibilities of growth, but the series must do something more to make Mumei not just an arrogant fighting brat.

Sakamoto desu ga? (Ep. 5)

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     First, structurally there could have been some wiser choices made, as now the main story spans more than half of the time but less than a full episode, and other little sketches before and after it doesn’t make much sense and looks like they were put there just to extend the episode to the normal length. Apart from those filler-ish things, I quite liked what Sakamoto desu ga? had to show this time. Even if “lending a face” doesn’t sound that natural in English as it probably does in Japanese, the joke as well as others (especially that one with the teacher’s haircut) were some decent grinning material. Mr. 8823 himself was shown to be more complex character than just a typical king of the delinquents, having some honor and respect for others that can at least be a fair match to him. Was the episode ground-braking? No, but it was entertaining enough and probably one of the better ones of the series.

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