The end of the year steadily approaches. This week’s highlights include some penultimate episodes and another Star Wars movie! It’s the closest thing to a good space anime movie Hollywood will ever make. (Update Dec 18: Occultic;Nine 11)
I am definitely a huge Star Wars fan, because nerds tend to wander around nerdy genres pretty freely. Force Awakens felt a little forced… but it’s a fun ride. Very excited to see what a darker take on the franchise with stunning visuals and the same old Star Wars magic can bring. Early reactions are extremely positive. I’ll be sure to record my thoughts in next week’s post, so be sure to check out the extras section then.
As per usual, see the full reviews for more thoughts and plenty of screenshots.
Dragon Ball Super
This Week’s Episode: 70
“Champa’s Challenge! This Time We Fight With Baseball!”
Summary: Baseball. The American pastime revered by the Japanese. Can the fighters of Universes 6 & 7 have a nice, friendly game to see who is best once and for all? Of course not, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
The level of parody in this episode is off the charts. Pretty much everything is touched upon from character interactions and stereotypes to the ever meme-tastic Yamcha. Even the preview for next week gets in on it. These comical episodes of Super have been quite fun when the focus is actually the comedy. It might be time to get back to something serious and consequential though.
8.5/10 (Home Run)
Hibike! Euphonium S2
This Week’s Episode: 11
“First Love Trumpet”
Summary: Kumiko and Reina’s relationship hits rough waters for a while as Reina’s angst overtakes her. How do you set yourself up as a rebound respectably and not be just a rebound? Reina tries to understand her dead competition.
I don’t think I can get any more pro- Reina x Kumiko. This season is just making it too easy. To be fair, Reina will need a backup plan once her love for Taki-sensei is quashed by the inevitable conflict of interest wrapped in emotional baggage. A girl can hope though.
8.9/10 (Still Great)
This Week’s Episode: 11
“We Want the Airwaves”
Summary: It’s hard to tell whether this show is revealing truths or still expository. Either way pretty much everything is a twist and nobody is what they seem.
It is looking more and more insurmountable a task for this series to finish on a high note. The concept does make sense on a certain level, but the wordiness and excessive amount of twists has really pulled it all in to the absurd. Even the characters are all mostly interesting. More show, less talk please.
Realistically speaking, it’s a busy time of year, and also a time with random amounts of freedom. Who knows what’ll show up here.