Minor spoilers ahead, so if you’re partial to any of the TV series (and one OVA) tagged but haven’t seen the latest episodes, tread carefully, dear reader. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Strike Witches (episode 2)
Here’s the deal. I will continue to watch your ridiculous panty shot love fest, since you’ve obviously put a lot of effort into making it look good and you’ve used arcane black magic to turn Miyafuji into a compelling heroine. Here’s your part of the bargain, though: if men in black break down my door, handcuff me, and confiscate my computer because Strike Witches has joyously trampled over the line between “cartoon” and “child pornography”, I’m tapping you guys for bail. Capice?
P.S. We all knew she’d join. Stop acting surprised.
P.P.S. Thank you for Miyafuji’s tears.
Code Geass R2 (episode 13)
Okay, so everyone and their mother called it. Shirley Frenette is no more. It was supposed to be a heart-wrenching moment that would showcase Lelouch in a more human light, except:
- The last episode attempted to reaffirm that Shirley is and always was Lelouch’s main love interest. That’s a load of horseshit. There’s C.C., there’s Karen, hell there’s even Rolo, if you swing that way, and a couple of underage princesses/empresses buzzing around. She was part of the harem, but hardly would have received top billing at any point in the show.
- Lelouch had already lost Shirley once. That was a powerful moment, when he used his Geass to make her forget that they ever knew each other. I never understood why the writers decided to keep Shirley around after that point: wouldn’t it make a lot more sense for Lelouch to send her and her family away with his Geass in order to protect her from this kind of violence? Sadly the series tried to have its cake and eat it too; but that means Shirley’s been living on borrowed time ever since, in my opinion, and her death was neither surprising nor saddening. Plain and simple, we all knew it was coming.
I’m slightly miffed that Jeremiah decided to have a change of heart and reveal his attachment to Marianne, Lelouch’s mother, thus declaring his loyalty to him. Come on, the guy’s been painted as a cyborg psycho since he was revived and given the Geass Destroyer. When I sit down and watch Code Geass in its entirety at some point in the future, I’ll have to examine this particular plotline very carefully and see whether or not the seeds of this loyalty had indeed been sown – ‘cuz to me, Jeremiah’s always wanted to kill Lelouch since he discovered his identity, and pulling this about-turn out of his ass does not make much sense, in retrospect.
Nevertheless, I do shudder to think of what Lelouch’s Geass and Jeremiah’s Geass Killer can accomplish together. Like, oh, I dunno, SAVE KAREN FROM THE EMPEROR ALREADY, YOU PRICKS.
Real Drive (episode 11)
Still no overarching plotline, although Haru and Kushima did drop hints that they know more about the Earth Order than we do, and that pisses me off. TELL ME. I WANNA BE IN ON THE SECRET.
Kushima’s always been a favorite of mine, and it was great to see an episode explore him as a character, but for fuck’s sake… The guy’s eighty yet doesn’t look a minute over thirty. Would you be so kind as to explain this glaring incongruity, Real Drive, or is it beneath you? Okay, fine, he used to play the violin, music is math, we get it. What about his age? TELL ME.
Amuri in Star Ocean (OVA)
Just watched the first episode of this three-part OVA series that features full CG animation, good music, and quite possibly the saddest children drawings ever. The sci-fi story follows Amuri, who was born as an Adapter, a new race of humans with “allergies” (i.e. powers). Although I hate to describe it thusly, think X-Men in space with cute girls and a wacky rabbit plush doll/computer. Fun stuff for the whole family, and I’m eagerly awaiting the rest; do check it out if this synopsis intrigues you.
Today’s Karen is: RELAXING