Gundame AGE – 03
Nothing terribly groundbreaking in this week’s episode of Gundam AGE. Just about everything one might have predicted would happen did. Commander Bruzar sacrificed himself for the colony, though the specifics were interesting. Thank goodness there happened to be an extra command center after the first one was destroyed, and a maintenance vehicle handy to to zap away the obstruction that was blocking the colony core! There are a few mysteries, starting with Yurin. She’s obviously psychic, but just why or indeed who she is I can’t say. She bounced around on Flit’s lap for a while, held his hand and then when things were over, floated away without so much as a kiss or a tip on the night table – just a pink ribbon to remember her by. Will she be back? And then there’s those UE’s, who’re behaving very strangely. Why did the one Flit was doing battle with retreat just when things were getting desperate? I don’t believe these things are alien at all, but alien or human they seemed to come to Nora with a very specific agenda of what they wanted to accomplish.
C3 – 04
The pieces have apparently settled in place with C3. The scenario looks pretty clear-cut – Haruaki gallantly defends Fear and her cursed brethren as a form of atonement for having cursed them in the first place. There’s not too much in either the characters or scenario that makes the series distinctive at this point. The violence is a little more edgy and graphic – I certainly wasn’t expecting Barowei to kill Amanda/Mummy Maker, if indeed she’s dead (which I don’t believe she is). Konoha is the responsible osananajimi/protector, Fear the loli loose cannon capable of doing damage at any time without meaning to. Everything seems very neat and predictable, and the characters motivations seem very transparent and obvious. It looks great and has a terrific soundtrack, but the fundamental flaw of C3 is that it just isn’t very interesting – at least for now. For a series as stylish in appearance as it is, the show is remarkable indistinctive. The fanservice is a bit more blatant, the violence more graphic and there’s a lot of soft-pedal swearing like “cow tits” and “bitch”, but apart from that nothing really stands out. If things really pick up I might blog some eps at least in digest form, but for now it’s probably out.
Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!! – 04
I like some elements of Majikoi, but it’s determined refusal to identify just what exactly it’s trying to be is starting to grow a little tiresome. It feels as if random scenes from the VN are being adapted in no particular order, and while I did enjoy that sense of disorientation at first, an anime isn’t a VN and as someone who hasn’t played this one, we’re at the point where I need something more. I’m hopeful that this ep represents something of a conclusion of the intro chapters, as what I believe to be the last two major routes – Kawakami Kazuko (Tomonaga Akane) and Christine Friedrich (Itou Suzuka) get their feature scenes this week. I enjoyed listening to Yamato spout all his BS about Japanese values while trying to see Chris naked, though the scene went on quite a bit too long. Kazuko’s chapter was pretty bland, though another random popup by Fukumoto – this time using his crooked elbow as a stand-in for “plump asses” – was quite amusing. Also – the tomato is a fruit, Yamato, do your research next time.