Mmmmm… the smell of the impending fall season has me so excited I almost forgot to watch the summer shows! Not that they’re all worthless, but if I can be brutally honest for a minute, aside from Someday’s Dreamers and Antique Bakery, the summer season has brought us little more than moe heroines tripping over their shoelaces for comic effect and buckets of bouncing boobs (now there’s an arresting image).
More after the break, as usual, dear reader!
Koihime Musou (episode 08)
Because of overtime and a lingering cold I didn’t have time to dedicate a post to discussing Koihime Musou earlier this week. There’s quite a bit to discuss too… including the picture linked above. If you’re at work and your boss glances over your shoulder just as you click it, don’t blame me if he calls security after asking you to clean up your desk! I warned you.
In this episode we’re introduced to the fifth and last Tigress general, Huang Zhong, who continues Koihime Musou‘s tradition of granting its heroines gravity-defying attributes. Yet I am in love(!) with her character design, and she has an actual story explaining the situation that leads to her meeting with Guan Yu and company! Oh, and mad archery skillz too. The latter tempted unscrupulous bandits into kidnapping her daughter to force Huang Zhong to assassinate a powerful official during a parade, and so it’s up to Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Zhuge Loliang and Sun Ce to help her out of that predicament.
(Never mind that there aren’t many cell phones in 3rd-century China. Huang Zhong could probably beat up her captors, then stroll to the compound and smother the bandits guarding her daughter to death with her enormous love cushions before they could hurt Lili.)
Hang on, did I say Sun Ce? Whuh? Yes, Sun Ce makes an appearance as a demanding loli princess that the girls meet early on in the episode, and she accompanies them as part comic relief, part loli jailbait whose purpose is to distract the bandits while Guan Yu and Zhang Fei set in motion Zhuge Loliang’s brilliant plan: run in and kick the bandits’s ass to rescue Lili. Of course since I watched this episode on my way to work on the subway it just had to be the one where Koihime Musou breaks out the naked lolis. Sigh. Anyone know a good way to get rid of the sting of pepper spray?
P.S. Where the fuck did Ma Chao go?
P.P.S. Two of my favorite things in the world in close proximity to each other:
Sekirei (episode 09)
Haven’t watched it yet. Are you as shocked as I am?
I think I’ll survive.
Code Geass (episode 20)
For all its plot holes and unanswered questions (OHGI WTF?), Code Geass possesses a strong streak of character consistency, Orange-kun aside. If Lelouch’s mother had been an empty-headed motherly figure I would have cried foul. But here she appears in episode 20, seemingly back from the dead, plotting, scheming, and even outwitting Bismarck with on-the-fly acting her son would applaud. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree after all. As for the true nature of her Geass… Taking over people’s minds, probably? Or was Anya cloned and raised as Marianne #2, as some have surmised?
Bah. Pointless speculation. I’m sure you all want what I want: Lelouch breaking down into tears and yelling “MOMMY!”
As for Bismarck? I fucking knew it. In the world of Code Geass people’s eyes aren’t sewn shut for no good reason. Either he had a Geass of loyalty/memory alteration cast on him by the Emperor, who then did this to him to prevent him from being affected by another such Geass, or (more likely) Bismarck has a Geass of his own whose use is so destructive and counter-productive that sealing it away was the best course of action. Either way, fookin’ awesums shit.
At last: Suzaku has realized it. A snotty “I told you so” would be in order, since I’ve been screaming from the rooftops that this is exactly Suzaku’s true nature for a while now, but in the tumult and chaos that Code Geass has become who knows what may happen next. In two episodes Code Geass has shattered the polarization it had painfully established between Britannia and the Black Knights. Now it’s everyone for himself, and if you’re smart like me you suspect “plot twists a’hoy” may become your motto for the remaining five episodes.
Here’s my personal guarantee. Remember the business with Lelouch knowing C.C.’s true name during the Mao arc? How many of you want to bet that shit’s gonna come up before Code Geass is over?
Someday’s Dreamers (episode 06)
I am again falling behind… and beginning to seriously consider giving up on the fansubs and just watching Someday’s Dreamers‘s raws instead. No doubt I’ll miss a lot more than I do watching the Koihime Musou raws, but at least my Japanese is improving at a steady pace, so much so that basic comprehension is no longer pie in the sky but a distant speck on the mental horizon. Woohoo!
In this episode Sora and friends decide to use their afternoon off to go shopping instead of studying as the academy would prefer. They meet a little girl who asks them to magically give her a baby and blah blah blah… don’t get me wrong, it’s all solid characterization, but it pales in comparison to what happens to Gouta.
In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if I wasn’t wrong all along, or if Someday’s Dreamers isn’t playing mind games with me. Am I sure Sora is the show’s heroine? Because with every episode I like Gouta more and more. Don’t get me wrong, Sora-chan’s funny and determined, but Gouta’s the one whose life has been one interminable uphill battle. I actually muttered “fuck yeah” when I saw the tennis ball.
And “fuck yeah” is pretty much the highest form of praise I know for an anime show or character.