Musings and Reflections – Spring 2016 Week 8

Flying Witch (Ep. 7)

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     Well, I got all emotional and very subjective suddenly. If anyone has forgotten how great anime (in general) is – that’s the very show to rekindle the love for the medium. Doubtlessly Flying Witch will remain my anime of the season (almost) no matter what. Slice of life by definition is a very down to earth genre and to make it as enjoyable as this episode was is an achievement. I just don’t have any complaints – music got much time to show its character, transition between the two parts was very smooth, all the jokes worked, Chito-san got a bit of spotlight, a shy character was treated very professionally… All of the main characters from time to time are shown to have some random but very believable personality quirks and even if I can’t include (so far) any of them as belonging to my favorite character list, but together they make one very realistic and endearing cast. Well, I just like this show. Very much.

Joker Game (Ep. 8)

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     As happy as I am because Joker Game finally showed some signs of escaping episodic storytelling, I can begin to question overall structure of the story. Yes, now it’s still too early to judge, but it doesn’t seem like the wisest decision to have some stand-alone type of episodes between the introduction (formation of the D-Agency) and the other important point of the overarcing story – that is the rivalry with the other spy agency. All those episodes from 3rd to 7th just showed that pretty much all the spies look like brothers and they are some damn good spies. I believe that going head on from the formation of the Agency to the rivalry part would have been better, since if our guys want to come out on top, they have to give their best. This way we would still have seen the point that spies are cool, but the point would have been integrated in the story and not just left floating without much reason. Speaking about this episode – it just worked as an introduction of the other Agency, some typical spy stuff happened and I still can’t say that I care for anybody out of all the characters. By the way, those chess pieces clearly weren’t the best CG I have seen.

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Ep. 7)

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     A pretty weird episode to be frank – not one Kabane showed up and we even had some sort of a festival. Apparently they still exist in that world. Considering all the plethora of action during earlier episodes, some still water here may mean that everything that’s left will be one huge ride till the very end, with a possible conflict between Mumei’s brother and Ikoma. It looks like even if the story is told through Ikoma’s eyes, Mumei is closer to being the main character with all of her complicated history and relationships. The show probably has too much to tell (especially about the whole world, not just the dealings of the main cast) for a one cour. Another thought – Ikoma’s lost a bit of cool thinking. Yes, it’s well and good to think big and dream of reconquering all the land, but is it the least bit possible? The show itself showed how stations are lost and how do you restore them when some damn titans are roaming around? Well, he may as well be head over heels for Mumei, talking about growing rice and stuff.

Sakamoto desu ga? (Ep. 7)

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     It’s quite odd to think that some under 18 kids would rather try to rent some juicy DVDs instead of going to some certain sites on the Internet. It appears that the time setting of Sakamoto desu ga? isn’t that contemporary. Anyway, again and again the dude shows how to deal with things, even if it requires some hypnotic abilities (I don’t know how a normal person would have mistaken his drawing for an “Alex” watch). Speaking about ages and appearances of people – it is very interesting how certain shows portray people of the same age – we have to go no further than this show and, say, Nichijou. It’s quite a shock when you notice that both shows happen during the 1st year of high-school. Returning to Sakamoto, the second half used the main guy just as a device to explore a bit deeper theme than usual – sacrificing something for another person, and, albeit it was just a tiny stray from shouting “Sakamoto’s cool!”, it was welcome as something a bit different.

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  1. I agree with your point about the sudden rival agency in Joker Game feeling a little contrived at this point in the series. That said, I was just happy to have a slightly more involved story.


    • Well, there is still time for the show to weave something interesting. It would be excellent to have those early stories somehow made important in the grand scheme of things, but that’s sadly doubtful.



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