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Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro 2nd Attack 3
Trigun Stampede 3

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While I completely understand her coldness and resentment, I really wish Rosa's last words to Vash didn't make her sound like a total bitch out of context. Kinda makes me wish she died, really. Fuck her.

On a more positive note, I'm looking forward to seeing how the dub works its way around Senpai not having any idea what Nagatoro's first name is.

 

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My Hero Academia 118
Rizelmine 6

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I can't believe it, an episode where Rizel didn't explode anything! I look forward to future few-and-far-between "Tomonori actually does care" episodes.

 

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Demon Slayer Entertainment District 1

Junji Ito Tales 1.

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Demon Slayer Entertainment District 2-3

Record of Ragnarok S2 1-3.

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One Piece 602

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I'm not sure what the purpose of that random apple transforming into a Devil Fruit was, but it was freaky cool.

 

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Made in Abyss S2E7/8
The [email protected] Cinderella Girls 18
Last Period: the journey to the (end) of the despair 12
Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- 12

Last Period is a decent show. I started it in late 2019, and the reason it took me so long to finish is its first two episodes are easily the weakest, being more childish and featuring repetitive fourth-wall breaking jokes. Immediately after that, the show's writing picks up, and it becomes a funny parody of gacha games and related stuff that's surprisingly pointed at times. Also, I wasn't a fan of this show's OP and I guess I still ain't, while I eventually came around to the ED in spite of it being... a little much, mostly visually. Interestingly, the show's rating on Crunchyroll is just 3.2, whereas every recent show I've watched on the platform (not that any of them are all that bad) are close to 5.0 as a matter of principle. And the first review I saw of this show was negative. What gives? Life's too short to be a hater; do it too much, and you might even turn into a Spiral.

The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Episode 18: "A little bit of courage shows your way."

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Totokira Academy is off to a flying start, and it's all because of a bunch of idols who lied about their ages. And it's getting new segments, like Ankiranking, where Anzu and Kirari talk about... stuff. Like sports. But also gossip, and fun places to go around town. Chieri and Kanako will help out by taping an interview segment. This episode continues Cinderella Girls's march toward a muted and drab-looking future, but at least the music has some pep. I didn't really feel anything about it other than some warm fuzzies, but that might be because of an acute case of brain fog I acquired after coming down with COVID over six months ago.

For starters, all the characters do what they're programmed to. Chieri is looking for four-leaf clovers, because that's her image object, while Kanako brings cookies with one of them shaped like a four-leaf clover. Kirari is happy-happy all the time, whereas Anzu can only muster up a little effort after she eats some candy. Oh, and KYBD shows up again, this time dressed as flight attendants. Sachiko is smarmy and self-centered and knows you want a good time, but only if it serves herself. I think every franchise should have a character as inherently bully-able as her, if only for the LOLs. They end up colliding with Chieri and Kanako in Edo, where the latter two are going to visit an artisan who makes pretty glass vases and bowls. It is here that... Kanako collapses, because she's on a diet and I guess not having sweets at every waking moment is enough to kill her. And then there's something about Chieri saying the word "frog" as a means to act all stoic. Huh?

They end up fixing their problems in the end, of course, with TakeP (haven't mentioned him yet) using the candy he got from Kirari earlier as the requisite Chekov's gun to fix Kanako, and this is juxtaposed with some surprisingly low-stakes scenes of Anzu asking Kirari why they like each other so much, like it was ever in doubt. Next!

Random thoughts (there are a lot of them this time):

  • Clockwatch: Right at the end, it shifts from 5:54 to 5:55, definitely PM. I'm guessing the minute hand is what matters here.
  • Nao watch: She gets a grand total of two lines in this episode, one of which is shared with Karen. That's the real disappointment of this episode. And she hasn't even made her CD debut yet. Aww. Maybe she'll get one in time for the Cinderella's Ball, regardless of whether or not it's successful and the Cinderella Project faces being dissolved as a whole.
  • Kudos to whoever animated the hell out of Anzu blowing on her hair, causing it to briefly pop up. The shot lasts not even two seconds, but it's enough to make me wish the rest of the show was like that.
  • More Pinya content is welcome, even if the first time they appear has them jump really high, probably not someone in a costume like that could do. But hey, this is an idol show.
  • There's a pretty good amount of cameos in this one, between all of the fake kindergartners, Love Laika and the Veteran trainers appearing near the halfway point (but after the commercial break), and then Yuki and Sae also looking pretty as stewardesses. There's also one idol who appears twice, and her presence makes me smirk knowing how she'll contribute to the plot later on. See? Even though I've been spoiled on a few things this time, I can still have fun with the show.
  • Chieri manages to find a four-leaf clover, but when she goes to take it out of a book it was used as a bookmark in, one leaf falls off. I'm thinking that's bad luck.
  • Rated TV-G. Goddamnit. This is one of the most boring shows to rate I've ever watched, ya horsey bastards. At least throw in some unfitting profanity next time.
  • Da music - "Heart Voice": Electronic, and very pleasant. Not a fan of how the show continues to have a good chunk of each song play w/ voices over them, but hey, at least we get a longer cut than usual for this ED. By the way, Kanako sings it w/ Ankira.
  • Meme (self-promotion edition):

[omnibus next week?]

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Record of Ragnarok S2 7-10.

The last time a Netflix anime got this popular this quickly was Cyberpunk Edgerunners, which single handedly saved that game.  It’s kind of crazy.

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Sword Art Online: Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night

Why? The reasoning will become clear in two days.

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