This was an exciting week both for the site and for anime. This will have been the first full week I have covered. I am very happy with the number of views I am getting. While lower than I had hoped, I have managed to accumulate two-hundred and forty. What I am more excited about, however, is finally reaching ten followers. In the last couple of days, though, that number has increased to sixteen. While still rather low, it is both exciting and nerve-wracking knowing that sixteen people are following Animation Anonymous.
On another note, you might have noticed that my posts these last couple of days have been rather poor. I must apologize. I have been busy these last couple of days and my posts have suffered because of it. Normally, after writing a post I will go back to it an hour later and make revisions. Unfortunately, I just have not had the time to do so as of late. When I finally find the time, I tend to value releasing new posts over revising older ones. For this, again, I apologize. I will be making the revisions after I publish this weekend report.
Best Episode of the Week: Noragami
I have seen some things, man.
It was very difficult deciding between Noragami and Space Dandy. In the end, though, I had to go with Noragami as it had more substance. While Space Dandy had me laughing hysterically, Noragami had me on the edge of my seat in anticipation chuckling. Noragami has planted the seeds of intrigue with this weeks showing. I can not wait to see what they grow into.
Worst Episode of the Week: Kill la Kill
“This may be our first screentime, but we are a big deal and our loss is a huge blow to the Kill la Kill universe.”
In the span of just two episodes, TRIGGER managed to bring the entire show to a full circle. While some might say that the loss of Nudist Beach is a huge development in the Kill la Kill universe, I disagree. It is much like learning that your great aunt Sally finally succumbed to old age. Who is this great aunt Sally? This is the first time I have ever heard of her. I understand that her loss is tragic, but how am I supposed to feel having never met her before? How are we supposed to feel when this is the first time we have ever seen the Nudist Beach organization?
Most Entertaining Episode of the Week: Space Dandy
Forget orally, this bad-boy can be transmitted digitally!
I rarely, if ever, laugh at comedies. I will understand that something is funny, perhaps acknowledge that it is funny with a smirk, but rarely will I ever laugh. There were several times throughout episode four that I found myself laughing hysterically. From now on whenever I try to get a friend into anime I will show them Space Dandy episode four. They will succumb. They must…
Best Ending of the Week: Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
Benio roofies Kobeni.
For a love comedy, Mikakunin de Shinkoukei really knows how to grab your attention. The cat is out of the bag this week as Kobeni learns of her accident. I am very excited to see how her relationship with Hakuya will evolve from this revelation. If my theory is correct, we can expect to see Kobeni be a lot more dere around Hakuya next week.
Biggest Surprise of the Week: Nobunagun
“Watch as I laugh derisively.”
I really had given up on Nobunagun. It was fun to watch, but once the credits began to roll you quickly forgot about it. I was really left with no lasting impressions week after week besides the fact that Ogura was olev. With this weeks episode I can firmly say that I am excited to see how this series will pan out. I hope this week was not just a fluke and that we continue to get entertaining episodes like this one more often.
Biggest Disappointment of the Week: Buddy Complex
Coincidently, Aoba engages in battle with Hina.
Whoa there, Sunrise, thanks for ruining any semblance of a dramatic reunion. Heaven forbid Hina is actually an exciting part of the Buddy Complex cast instead of just a foot-soldier who will occassionally bump heads with Aoba. I was really hoping that she would not show up for at least seven episodes. I wanted her to be out of Aoba’s mind and then just shatter his new world with her entrance. Instead we get this. I really have no expectations when it comes to the future of this series.
“That makes me a terrible person, does it not?” Yes, Kobeni, you are a terrible person for suffering from brain-damage. No doubt God is punishing you for your terribleness by having you suffer from brain-damage for forgetting something due to brain-damage. Trust me on this one, God works in mysterious ways. Especially those Japanese Gods. Bunch of crazies. Enough about Gods, though. We already talk about them plenty what with Noragami and Hoozuki no Reitetsu airing at the same time.
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei continues to be a delight to the sensations this week as we finally see our Mashiro venture into the unknown depths of the Student Council room. On another exciting note, after much anticipation she partakes of the British Scones. “All this and more, next week on Mikakunin de Shinkoukei!” Enough of that, though that is how they should hype up the previews.
Mashiro laments her role as Benio’s plaything.
You might recall, or are just learning now, that I was worried over how Dogakobo intended to introduce the first element of drama we have seen in the series: Kobeni’s accident and subsequent brain-damage. Now, I am going to continue calling it brain-damage because that is what it is. If you feel that is too harsh a label for what happened to her and are perhaps upset that I am calling a character you may have drawn attached to brain-damaged, tough luck.
Really, I have no idea why I keep digressing. Getting back on point, I was worried that the introduction of drama would be jarring considering how light everything has been up to now. I can safely say, however, that Dogakobo did an amazing job informing us, and Kobeni, about her accident.
Benio roofies Kobeni.
I really can not think of a better way they could have done it. Since it is at the very end of the episode, but not the very end, we will most likely find our cast beyond the confines of Benio’s room next week. There is little reason to believe that we will find ourselves continuing this conversation when we tune in for the next episode. This works well because we do not want to dwell on this little piece of drama. This is a comedy. It should never get too heavy.
Now, I am just overjoyed with Kobeni’s reaction. With this development it seems our boy Hakuya might be getting some requited love, though it may be out of a sense of guilt more than anything else. Running with that thought, if that happens I can foresee Hakuya realizing Kobeni guilt over the incident and getting upset, something along the lines of “Do not feel you have to love me, yada yada yada” making her realize just how in love she is with him. This is the kind of “drama” I can see down the road. Luckily, we will have plenty of potholes filled with comedy along the way. Mashiro and Benio will make sure of that.
“Do not jump. You are damaged enough as it is!”
Well, I have plenty more to say about this series, but I do not want to take up any more of your time. Now this next bit I am writing more for myself, but I think I will continue to keep my posts rather brief except I plan to occasionally write up a larger post about my thoughts on a broader level. This post is for episode three. It would not seem right to get to far ahead or behind this weeks episode in this post.
Either way, this site is still rather new. I have all the time in the world to figure out what new things I can do with it. For the time being, I am just going to keep things simple. I digressed far too much in this post…
Given that I only started this blog a couple days ago, Friday to be specific, I am quite happy with the progress I have made. In the span of just three days I have managed to type up nine posts. I was hoping to cover all sixteen titles I am currently watching, but I realize now that was never going to happen. Either way, I am very happy ending the week with ten posts.
The purpose for these end of the week reports will be to comment on the ups and the downs of the weeks showings. If I happen to reach some kind of milestone I will also briefly comment on that.
Biggest Disappointment of the Week: Tonari no Seki-kun
My expression when I realized which chapter they were covering.
The biggest disappointment this week, hands down, was realizing that Tonari no Seki-kun would only cover chapters one through twenty-one. There are so many amazing chapters that we will never get to see animated because instead of taking the time to just go through the manga and pick the funniest chapters they went ahead and picked them by their chapter release.
Biggest Surprise of the Week: Hoozuki no Reitetsu
This is Hell, Hell, a wonderful Hell.
I went into Hoozuki no Reitetsu expecting absolutely nothing. I had no idea what genre it was. I did not even know if it was a short, which I thought it was. This show was not just a surprise, it was a welcome change of pace. I have not felt so enthusiastic about a series since Hyouge Mono. If the series continues like this it will be, hands down, my AOTY.
Best Episode of the Week: Hoozuki no Reitetsu
“I live my life cheerfully and with an open heart.”
Somewhat of a no-brainer after all the praise I have given it. I think this is the only episode I did not pause once. Not only that, I was shocked when the credits began to roll. It had felt like I had only been sitting there for a couple of minutes.
Worst Episode of the Week: Tonari no Seki-kun
Content with the substandard.
Moving beyond my disappointment with Shin-Ei Animation, I just did not find this sketch funny. It was too down-to-Earth for Tonari no Seki-kun. The only redeemable part of the episode was the ending and that lasted all but fifteen seconds.
Most Entertaining Episode of the Week: Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
Mashiro’s smile is a miracle of the universe.
Mashiro is, hands down, my favorite character of the season. She is just a bundle of joy that I just can not wait to listen to every week. There is something about that nasally voice that she and Nonon from Kill la Kill have that just makes me laugh uncontrollably. It was great having Mashiro as the spotlight of this weeks episode.
Best Ending of the Week: Noragami
A god of war, Yato does battle with a cat.
I am very excited to meet this spirit that seems to have some kind of connection to Yato. I have a feeling that she has been stalking him longer than just three episode. I am eager to see if she makes her presence known next week.
I have never been all that interested in romances. Now, while we have yet to see any real romance aside from blushing and loli-abuse, I am already rooting for Benio and Mashiro. Sparks just seem to fly when the two of them share the screen. I am very impressed by Dogakobo for this rather elaborate setup. There was a time when I was just as naive as you were, thinking they were pairing Kobeni and Hakuya. Boy do I feel stupid. Benio and Mashiro take the spotlight and run away with it during this weeks episode.
Given that Hakuya does not show up much outside of the series, that is to say the promotional material, I was not exactly expecting him to play a large rule on the screen. Still, I would like to see more Kobeni/Hakuya dynamic. I understand that this is only the second episode and that his character is supposed to be reserved, but I would like to see him dragged into all the zaniness that is happening around him. I was very pleased with his project constantly being destroyed. Call me simple, but I laughed every time it came tumbling down.
How can you stay mad at a bundle of joy like Mashiro?
What I really like about this episode is that it shows us that this is not going to be a show that focuses exclusively on Kobeni and Hakuya. We are not going to see Mashiro and Benio serve simply as foils to the development of their relationship. It seems all too often that good characters do not get fleshed out because they had the misfortune of being drawn up as part of the supporting cast.
While I am sure that Kobeni and Hakuya will take the spotlight away from these two in due time, I think we will have gotten our fill of the rest of the cast by then. Mind you, never can you have too much of a good thing. Mashiro, Mashiro, Mashiro. Her voice actress, Yuri Yoshida, is doing a superb job for her first role. In all honesty, I thought she was Mayumi Shintani, Nonon from Kill la Kill.
Mashiro’s smile is a miracle of the universe.
I am sure that most of us have an idea of what happened between Kobeni and Hakuya after seeing this episode. Personally, I am rather concerned as to how it will slip into the story. We have not yet run into anything even remotely dark, the exception being making Mashiro crying, so I am really at a loss as to how Dogakobo intends to introduce this incident. I can imagine how jarring it would be if things suddenly got grim in the Yonomori household.
Well, I am sure we will not be having Kobeni remembering anything for a number of episodes. Japan would not stand for any actual romance that extended beyond a couple of episodes.