What you are reading here is going to be the scheduled (hopefully) weekly post for the blog. Wednesday nights will be the best time for you to keep up with my output, as I will be linking to anything else I have posted throughout the week here.
Last thing, which will only be relevant for subsequent Status Updates: For the shows that do air on Wednesday, I’ll be talking about the episode that aired last week, not the episode that airs today. Okay, let’s get started!
(Note: I’m going with a snappy and informal rundown of my reactions to these episodes, continuing with the vague ranking system used before. I’ll also be including screenshots here and there and perhaps some links to tweets. If I write an extended piece on a title, it’ll get its own episodic post which I will also link to here.)
OreGairu Zoku #2 – A fantastic episode that summates everything we know thus far about the characters. It delves into exactly what makes them tick, perfectly laying out what each of them thinks of each other, themselves, and the distance between them. I highly recommend checking out Guy’s post about it.
Arslan Senki #2 – After the first showcase of the hilariously unfitting but nonetheless awesome OP, we got some delicious irony from Vahriz. Prince Arslan’s maiden battle ends up in tatters, (due to his father not heeding Daryun’s advice), as he sees his subordinates cut down, he is forced to make his first kill himself, before ending up betrayed by mutineers. The music, the heavy clashes of weaponry and the thunder of horses pull the weight where the animation can’t keep up, as I mentioned before, the series is noticeably limited visually. However, even through the use of stills in some places, the direction keeps the sense of war and chaos tangible, and is able to drive in the sheer terror Arslan feels.
Hibike! Euphonium #2 – While I didn’t much like the extended comedy segments that lead up to each of the girls picking their own instruments, this was a good episode. The voting scene doesn’t only demonstrate the acuity and experience of the new music teacher, it further fleshes out the themes introduced in the first episode, of the push and pull between the uncompromising hard work and ambition embodied by characters like Reina, and those who just want to have fun or “make memories”. It chooses to paint Kumiko as one of the many taking the path of least resistance, who forego announcing their own intentions to avoid conflicts. While that was the highlight of the episode, it’s followed up by contemplative and beautiful outdoor scenes as Kumiko and Aoi talk, KyoAni displayed all of their greatest strengths here.
Owari no Seraph #2 – I thought this show would turn completely trash after the transition to high school, but I was mildly surprised to find out that was not the case! We got a lot of nice action this episode, along with new characters like Shinoa and Yoichi, who will join Yu as he is finally allowed to join the Moon Demon Squad.
Unlimited Blade Works #14 – After Caster’s backstory, which contained a healthy dose of irony with the whole Rule Breaker thing and all, we got what appears to be the setup of a battle royale at the Einzbern mansion. Gilgamesh appears and gets to be his merry self, decimating all in his path while acting like the smug bastard he is. Kirei continues being the gleeful priest he always is, it’s basically confirmed he is Lancer’s Master now. The hateful Shinji is essentially a big fool of a character right now, and the show delights in making him suffer for the audience, can’t say I’m too opposed really.
Blood Blockade Battlefront #2 – You might remember I was quite negative about this show initially. I took some time to readjust my expectations and revisited ep1 before watching this episode. I enjoyed it a lot more this time now that I am more accepting of the story we are getting. It’s good I did that because now I am even more impressed with the visuals and direction than I was the first time around, it would be a shame if I missed out on this otherwise. I haven’t changed my opinions on some things about it though.
Plastic Memories #2 – I really don’t want to say this, but this was kind of a dud of an episode? I still have faith in the show, but it felt really sluggish in this episode, the comedy with Kazuki and Yasutaka was obnoxious and while we did get some nice stuff between Isla and Tsukasa, my main reaction to this episode was to divide 2000 by 24. Eek.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure #38 – The funniest Jojo episode we’ve had in a long time. There is endless humour to be derived from Iggy acting like a badass and the soul-piercing glare of Pet Shop the falcon. Also, dead dogs, that’s a thing.
Assassination Classroom #12 – The show has been consistent in its delivery of fun and engaging episodes over its first half, with only a few falls. This one is no different, I’ve always loved anime baseball episodes, but this was extra cool, with the absurd tactics and mindgames going on between both teachers. It does suck that they changed the OP to a much worse one, but the great ED remains intact.
Show By Rock!! #2 – (I’ll talk about both episodes next time because I haven’t watched the episode yet and I want this post out in timely fashion, sorry!)
DanMachi #2 – Err… stuff happened, boobs were indeed strung, and I must say that the only reason I am still watching this is because of the Hestia meme. Oh, it seems like there will be action next week, whatever.
Shokugeki no Souma #2 – I wasn’t a big fan of the first episode, and the second has done little to change my mind. It’s a packed season anyway so I’ll be dropping this.
Shorts – I am still watching I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying, Teekyuu, and Takamiya Nasuno Desu! but I likely won’t be talking about them every week beyond this.
Closing Message – The future for this blog
I know some readers will be wondering where the third part of Winter 2015 Final Thoughts is, unfortunately I must announce that I am putting it on indefinite hold. The reasoning behind this is multitude: I am currently unhappy releasing it in its current, incomplete form, what I have written about Durarara and Maria just come off as “it was pretty good, I guess”, there’s better writing on Death Parade already out there that I can’t match up to, and I am finding it very hard to explain my conflicted opinion on Yuri Kuma Arashi coherently. That just leaves Tokyo Ghoul √A, which I haven’t even got around to watching yet because of how hectic the new season is.
However, do not despair, while that one post might not be seeing the light of day anytime soon, there won’t be a dearth of content for this blog. I have new content already in the works, and plenty of post ideas, and that is all in addition to episodic coverage for airing shows like this entry itself. Please check back every Wednesday for that, and look forward to unscheduled content popping up every now and then too!