B Gata H Kei, nostalgia and shows with guts
B Gata H Kei has certainly been a ride so far - I had this theory building up for episodes 1-3 that under its absurd premise the show was best classified as a “monogamous harem” - the sort of harem characterized by Love Hina, Ai Yori Aoshi and the like - which has been somewhat on the decline in recent years. The cast of girls in a monogamous harem are there primarily, if not purely,...
K-ON!! hits its stride
My unwarranted optimism for K-ON!! seems to, as of episode 3, be paying off. The hinting at more serious development of the maturity angle wasn’t just a fluke, and they’re actually managing it well this time. Episode 2 was reasonably explicit in its reference to Azusa’s growing estrangement from the others, shown in the straightfaced moment where Azusa noticed the freshmen...
Ashita wa, donna hi ni naru kana?
Hidamari Sketch is over. Yes, the most recent season is over, but in a more broad sense I’d posit that we won’t be seeing a fourth season in the style of Hoshimittsu. Shaft seem to have said about all they can with this. Episode 12 of Hoshimittsu essentially wrapped up everything I proposed in my previous HS post. Nazuna and Nori have become part of the Hidamari Apartments in-group:...
K-ON!!, growing up, and the heart of slice-of-life
So, the first episode of the new season of K-ON!! has aired, and under all but the most superficial scrutiny it’s a completely different show - whether for better or for worse, one can’t yet know. But it’s definitely not just another 13 episodes of K-ON!. I side firmly with the crowd who loved the hell out of season 1 - it sits among the 10/10s on my MyAnimeList account, for a...