The new season has me in a bit of a pinch, schedule-wise. Sundays were (as usual) the busiest day of the week last season, and that problem has only gotten worse with most of my Sunday series from last season carrying over, and joined by several of the top tier of Summer shows (bear in mind, Saturday late-night shows like Barakamon and Aldnoah.Zero are Sunday shows for me). As a result I may have to make a few cuts – either temporarily, while I get a handle on the new season, or indefinitely – and right now Captain Earth and Haikyuu are the prime candidates.
The reasons are quite different. In terms of execution Haikyuu is certainly the better show, and I certainly like it more than enough to blog it. If it were a Tuesday or Wednesday series this wouldn’t even be under consideration. The thing about Haikyuu for me, though, is that it’s a pretty straightforward show – it doesn’t (so far at least) leave a whole lot out there that’s begging to be interpreted. I won’t say it doesn’t need to be blogged because no anime needs to be blogged, but Haikyuu is one that seems to stand up especially well on its own.
I have no final decisions yet on whether I’ll be taking a break or not – we’ll see how things look next weekend. I’m certainly still enjoying Haikyuu as much as ever, but with First Impressions posts popping out left and right and shows like Baby Steps carrying over, the creative well is running a bit dry. We’ve got the inter-high arc coming up so it may very well be that proves so compelling that I can’t wait to blog about it – for now, I’ll definitely be watching and I’ll play it by ear. Stay tuned.
Captain Earth – 14
As for Captain Earth, the equation is a bit simpler. As I look at all the shows I’m currently covering and specifically those on the weekend, CE is somewhere near the base of the pyramid. I like it, and at its best I like it a lot – but it hasn’t been at its best as often as I’d like. The fact that the last few episodes have been quite good does complicate things, though.
I think this was another pretty strong episode, more in-line with the style of the first several episodes of the series. It started out looking like it was going to be a romance/comedy, with Akari manouvering the Vice-commander into giving the Knights a vacation and then booking Hana and Daichi into the same hotel room. But it also dipped its toes into the deepest parts of the larger plot, and ended up focusing on a rather urgent life-and-death crisis.
Several interesting moments stand out this week, starting with the revelation (courtesy Teppei) that the reason Hana doesn’t kiss Daichi when he’s awake is because she doesn’t want him to glimpse the real her through their species’ telepathic powers. We also have the ironic spectacle of Kube Masaki claiming that Puck is “the other employee I can control”, and Amara and Moko seemingly fed up with him to the point of asking Puck to eliminate him. Puck refuses for the moment – he’s still playing his cards close to the vest – but does agree to Moko’s Plan B. That is, to drop Kube’s modified asteroid, Legacy – a crucial part of the Krivitos Plan – on Tanegashima, thereby eliminate the annoyance of the GLOBE base and screwing Kube over big-time. Hana is forced to call on the Orgone powers of Blume to stop Legacy from destroying Tanegashima completely.
I’m still interested in Captain Earth – certainly more than a month ago, in fact. But boy, Sundays are brutal. At this point the deal with CE is pretty much this: it depends on how good the next few episodes are. Unless I’m so pressed for time that I just can’t swing it, I’ll probably end up covering it if I’m bought in fully. Otherwise, Captain Earth is another candidate for a hiatus, at least until the season settles in and things clarify themselves. Again – stay tuned.