Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
Now I am convinced that this season of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is more about acceptance and upholding family values. Yet this does not make the series any less excellent. In fact, I really appreciated how this week further humanized the characters who made their extreme positions softer all through the years.
I broke down once in this episode, when Yotaro performed his version of Inokori over the radio. It seems like whoever is handling the direction knows how to give different spins of this rakugo piece. I remember guffawing with the Sukeroku – Kikuhiko dynamics last season. This time, the faint piano piece strikes again along with a vintage of people going about their everyday lives. It feels like Yotaro fulfills his role as a storyteller – step aside in favor of the story. That was made more powerful by the dialogue of Konatsu and Yakumo thanking each other for all these years. Yeah, good luck holding your tears back with that scene.
Yet that is not the highlight of this episode; well, I can point out three more things that captured my attention and my heart. First, Yotaro and Konatsu are finally acting like a real couple. I couldn’t contain a grin when Konatsu told Yotaro that she is pregnant with his child. So count me gushing over that development. Next is when Yotaro asked Higuchi if he has rakugo pieces for women. Man, the dude surely knows how to do gender equality right.
The last one, perhaps, is what I disagree with others as far as the emotional impact is concerned. Apparently, Yakumo may be dead but not without getting over his regret. This is the highlight of this episode, as the spooky Sukeroku appeared once again. However, I cannot say that this is actually brooding since Yakumo has already accepted his regrets, what ifs and pains for the past decades. I think it felt more of a relief than anything else.
ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
So the classic power behind the power shtick was used as the ultimate plot device. Grossular was not actually the main perpertrator but uhh… the brown-haired character instead. Hmmm? I can say that this is decently done but I think the show’s pacing and plot developments demand for two-cours. I imagine how things will be in fastforward after this episode.
The peace the series shows begin to tremble, and in a good way because its placid storytelling was sometimes driving me off to sleep. However, I cannot seem to comprehend how stupid some of its scenes are, like the cat and mouse chase between Lotta and the Dowa Royalties. I honestly scratched my head in confusion and disappointment.
Little Witch Academia
Too much consistency may only bring you so far as Little Witch Academia is getting a tad formulaic at this point. I get that I might enjoy these episodes if I watch them once in a while but this is not your weekly type of thing. This episode is about the headmistress’ love story and I can say it is just as good as the episode centered on Sucy.
Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen
I intended to put this episode under very good but I am irked by how strong Todo is. His insane strength was entertaining for the first few weeks, but just got annoying after then. Other than that, I mostly enjoyed what I saw in this episode. When you got some convincing moments such as Rin’s determination to sheathe the Koma Sword and Suguro’s realization that they’re friends, I guess you are up to a good ending.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
Meanwhile, KonoSuba is set to deliver a decent ending because of the Hot Springs arc. The show is back with its insanely ridiculous flair between these scum characters and this is what I had sought for so long. I wish I could sympathize with Aqua on the fact that even her worshippers do not believe in her but I was busy laughing at her circumstances. It was a good wake up call for her delusional stance right in the beginning of the episode where Kazuma has to release some skeletons in his closet to force her out of the confession room. Needless to say, there were repetitive jokes – fortunately these aren’t enough to spoil my fun for this episode.
Fuuka tried its best to shift from its cliched romantic developments this week but unfortunately succumbed in the very end. The truck scene was a cop-out and the romantic drama between Haruna, Fuuka and Koyuki went really mushy. For the most interesting part of this episode? Mikasa got some background and he got his resolve only to be trolled later by Fuuka quitting the band. Yeah, your version of “What the Hell?!” is in full effect here.
Uhh… I guess Fuuka is now beyond redeemable. Time to sleep. Good night!