Sousei no Onmyouji – 05
I’m still enjoying Sousei no Onmyouji quite a bit, though whether or not there’s enough here to blog is another matter. It does fall on a slow day, it’s true, but this is pretty standard-issue shounen so far, and doesn’t invite a whole lot of embellishment or analysis. The appeal is that it happens to be quite good for standard-issue shounen.
This episode was apparently anime-original, which of course invited the Pavlovian wrath of manga readers everywhere. Speaking for myself I didn’t see a noticeable drop in quality from the first four eps, so I’m fine with it. The new player (there are actually two, but the identity of the second is still a mystery) is Ikaruga Shimon (the always reliable Ishikawa Kaito) who despite being only 16 is one of the legendary Twelve Guardians of Onmyoudo (named after Abe no Semei’s familiars). He’s sent to Narukami ostensibly to investigate the strangely plentiful Kegare, but in truth it’s a ploy by the always-meddlesome Arima to make sure the Twin Stars stay motivated by throwing someone really powerful in their faces.
If I have a complaint about Sousei no Onmyouji, it’s that the episodic plots themselves are somewhat repetitive. And we’ve already seen the events of this episode essentially play out a couple of times in the first four episodes. If there’s anything that makes me most hesitant about blogging it that would be it, so we’ll have to see if the series starts to break some new ground in the next couple of episodes.
Bungou Stray Dogs – 05
I’m sad to say it, but I’m out on Bungou Stray Dogs. It was Kamiya Hiroshi at his smarmiest as Edogawa Ranpo that might have sealed the deal, but the decision was based on a mountain of cumulative evidence that I just don’t like this show very much. Barring a couple of modestly interesting violence orgies surrounding the Port Mafia, Bungou has grown more and more to resemble one of those bad otome game adaptations Brains Base specialized in after most of their creative talent fled to Studio Shuka.
This hurts, because Bungou Stray Dogs was one of my top picks going into the season and it always hurts to be so dead wrong about those. But there’s no point in denying the obvious so it’s time to move on.