Hey, two weeks in a row. One more week and this might become “a thing.” Unfortunately, that won’t happen, because I’m going away for the weekend to Ohayocon. Ah, Ohayo. I don’t really like the convention that much, but it’s an opportunity to see a lot of my friends from around the Midwest. Since the next opportunity for that won’t be until the end of April, I’ll take what I can get. In any case, my personal life isn’t all that interesting, and if you’re here to read anything, it’s my thoughts for the week. So let’s get this show on the road. As always, check out the Anime Power Rankings for yourself week over week to keep up with the trends in the aniblogging community!
Oh, and one more thing. Today, 2DT announced the closure of his blog. He capped it off with another of his fantastic posts, and you should definitely head over to the Teleidoscope to read it and wish him well.
1. Guilty Crown
Okay, how much did I love this episode? We’ve got MISSILE KICK!, Segai’s amazing disguise, and Ayase on rocket boots. We see not only the physical aftermath of the recent catastrophe, but also the start of the social ramifications. People try to get away with more things, they let themselves be controlled by greed, and they suffer from isolation, uncertainty, and sooner or later, the depression. Morale’s going to become a precious resource, to be sure. I think I can definitively say I am finally on board with this series.
2. Daily Lives of High School Boys
Last week I felt like the show was too hit and miss, at least for me. This week has put that concern to rest. I am an absolute sucker for RPG parodies, and the first segment was brilliant. I also want to see more of the butlers in the new “Daily Life of a Lady” segment. And, what is it with little sisters and being mildly sadistic bullies? So many unimportant questions and so much time. The male Nichijou is definitely on my to-watch list now.
Chihaya lost just as predicted. Really, losing was the theme of this episode. Not just the pain failure can bring, but also the drive for success it instills. Our friendly neighborhood karuta team is ready to train harder than ever to have a strong showing at the next tournament. So is Arata as he reenters the world of karuta, and Shinobu as she works to crush the indomnitable Chihaya when the next meet. The second half is shaping up to be more exciting than ever!
4. Persona 4
Ano Natsu tried to do the whole drunk hangout thing, but Persona 4 did it better, and they weren’t even drunk! I thought it was pretty funny that the girls weren’t put off by Narukami’s frank observation they were staying at a love hotel, when he’s CLEARLY the biggest stud of them all. We got even more of the friends’ escapades in preparation for next week, where things get back to the plot. You know, the plot. The whole murder thing. You remember, right? …right?
5. Future Diary
Kousaka is brilliant, and I’m glad his brilliant diary filled with brilliant accomplishments has become an brilliant Future Diary which makes him even more BRILLIANT! It’s also about time Yukiteru’s balls dropped. Of course, this sets up the inevitable confrontation where Deus’ and Mur Mur’s bet will conclude. As much as Yuno wants to believe in her happily ever after, it’s got to be lost forever at this point. I guess that’s what happens when you’re a psychotic murdering stalking sociopath.
And seeing as I’m writing something for everything in the off chance it’s left in my Top 5, here’s two more for kicks.
6. Mouretsu Pirates
I have never been so excited about absolutely nothing happening. That’s how I felt as the girls waited to disembark from the airlock. No, not that way you pervert. The sense of adventure, it’s difficult to quantify, but it’s present. Of course, a spacewalk is really nothing as the show looks poised to drop them into the fire with a potential space battle. Now if only they’d give a little more personality to the girls who AREN’T Marika…
7. Ano Natsu de Matteru
Watching Ichika try to talk her way out of things was amusing. The girl couldn’t lie her way out of a paper bag if any of the characters paid close attention to her. Then we have Lemon, who’s probably more disruptive than the alien amongst them. It seems like she’s up to more than just screwing with a bunch of high schoolers. All that, plus a love triangle means a lot of stuff can go on at any time. I hope the directors can keep it together.