Ace of the Diamond Act II ep 8
Woo, beginning to get a proper look at the first years. Should mix things up a bit.
Wise Man's Grandchild ep 7
Of courseblue-haired girl's (I can remember literally none of the character's names in this series) family's territory is a hot spring town. Because why not. Oh well, it wasn't a bad episode other than the generic.
Rising of the Shield Hero ep 20
Same problem as the last couple of weeks, really. It's also got that annoying habit of completely unexplained power-ups and abilities. I'm also curious as to how they're going to fit the remainder of the stuff that's shown in the OP into the remaining 5 eps, because I don't remember it being a short arc in the books.
Been very lax recently, also busy, hence I've not had a lot of time to watch let alone comment on anything, but I did (re)start GE 999, since I forgot where I got up to and I don't think I was paying a right lot of attention the first time.
Galaxy Express 999 (TV) Episodes 1-6
So we're six episodes in and while the movie re-jigs events somewhat, about half the events of the first movie have already occurred, some even having what feels like less time devoted to them Claire particularly, what the Hell? In the movie her relationship with Tetsuro and her sacrifice for him feels important but in the show, they've literally known each other for about five minutes before she sacrifices herself and Tetsuro mourns her like she was some life-long friend. Considering the series is 113 episodes long, I'm intrigued to see where exactly this will go. I kinda wish it wasn't quite so episodic in nature, I was expecting certain plot threads to be more fleshed out in the series because of the obvious extended running time, but it turns out they still need to be crammed into 20 minute episodes. As was the style at the time, I suppose.
I still love Matsumoto's design work - Even if all his female characters do look pretty much exactly the same and Tetsuro looks somewhat hideous in the series (though I don't discount the possibility that's intentional, it would probably give him even more drive to desire a mechanical body and you don't really see a lot of ugly anime characters, at least not good guys) I do very much enjoy the strange mixture of old and new that is the GE999 universe, with its elements of steampunk and cyberpunk without really being either.
Autumn 2018 Season - 9 titles: Goblin Slayer - 12 of 12 Completed Golden Kamuy (Season 2) - 12 of 12 Completed JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind - 30 of 39 up-to-date Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai - 3 of 13 Senran Kagura Shinovi Master - 10 of 12 SSSS.GRIDMAN - 8 of 12 Sword Art Online: Alicization (Season 1) - 24 of 24 Completed That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime - 24 of 24 Completed ZOMBIE LAND SAGA - 12 of 12 Completed
Winter 2018 Season - 9 titles: Boogiepop & Others - 18 of 18 Completed Domestic Girlfriend - 12 of 12 Completed Dororo - 19 of 24 up-to-date Kaguya-sama: Love is War - 12 of 12 Completed Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka - 12 of 12 Completed Mob Psycho 100 II - 13 of 13 Completed The Promised Neverland - 12 of 12 Completed The Quintessential Quintuplets - 12 of 12 Completed The Rising of the Shield Hero - 20 of 25 up-to-date
Spring 2019 Season - 14 titles: Attack on Titan (Season 3 Part 2) - 4 of 10 up-to-date Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - 3 of 26 (Currently at 7) Fairy Gone (Season 1) - 3 of 12 (Currently at 6) Fruits Basket 1st Season - 7 of 26 up-to-date The Helpful Fox Senko-san - 5 of 12 (Currently at 7) Isekai Quartet - 7 of 12 up-to-date Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life (Season 1) - 7 of 13 up-to-date One Punch Man (Season 2) - 7 of 12 up-to-date RobiHachi - 6 of 12 (Currently at 7) Sarazanmai - 6 of 11 up-to-date ULTRAMAN - 13 of 13 Completed We Never Learn: BOKUBEN - 5 of 13 (Currently at 7) Wise Man's Grandchild - 4 of 12 (Currently at 7) YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of This World - 8 of 26 up-to-date
Princess Sara Episodes 1-14
Thought I'd break up GE999 with a bit of World Misery Masterpiece Theatre, since I enjoyed Alps Story: My Annette a little while back. Geez, and people think we get a lot of child suffering in today's anime. Probably one of the more cynical takes on humanity I've seen a while. The moral of the story so far seems to be that everyone will bend over backwards for you if you're fabulously wealthy and kick you to the curb if you're poor, and being a nice person has little to no effect. Also the middle classes spend their time fawning over their betters waiting for an opportunity to screw them over and take their place or hoping to get trickled down on and the working classes just want someone lower than them to kick. Actually this all seems quite well observed, clearly not much has changed in the past hundred years.
Horrible self-serving caricatures though almost every adult in this show might be, at least some of the kids are slightly more interesting. The fact that Sara is rich and spoilt but isn't a total brat and is instead one of the nicest characters is kind of refreshing, usually stories like this of wealthy people who've known nothing else ending up dirt poor have them learn a lesson about being better people or something, however that's clearly not a lesson Sara needs to learn. But I am interested to learn what the point of the story is exactly, if it ends up being "virtue is rewarded" after all this unbridled cynicism it's going to feel a bit jarring. But then I guess the children, relatively innocent as they are (except Lavinia, who I feel ambivalent towards because despite her needless cruelty and petty jealousy, she's also the only character savvy enough to see through all the adults' bull****) are going to be the heart of the story - Sara's ability to transcend class boundaries and genuinely care for people (in a way almost no-one else in her world seems to) is leading somewhere.
That all said, Princess Sara has still hooked me with its drama, aesthetic and pleasant pacing just the same way Annette did, so I feel like I might get a lot of mileage out of these shows in the coming years.
Fruits Basket (2019) episode 8 “How does she feel right now?”
Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu episode 8 Bocchi and Kurai become friends.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind episode 31 Mold versus branches.
Senryu Girl episode 8 Buying swimwear and a pool episode.
City Hunter 2 episodes 58-63 (Complete. A good successor that improves the series formula by featuring more two parters with some deeper plot and character development to keep things interesting. ) 3.5/5