They know it, don’t they? Shinbo, Nisioisin and co. know the best part of their show is Senjogahara. They know, and that’s why they love to do so much teasing with her reappearance. The bare handful of appearances she makes after the first arc rarely ever show her eyes and deliberately frame the camera so we never see her properly. The few times she talks it’s over the phone. When she finally does appear back in the show in person, they delay and delay her appearance. Make her talk over the phone as per usual, hide her face until finally we see her and she’s wearing Groucho Marx glasses.
And then Kaiki outdoes her.
Galilei Donna is one of those shows that does quite a few things well, but does enough disconnected, minor things wrong that it piles up and outweighs the good. What I’m saying is this is a post about those minor things, and so (somehow) has even less cohesion than usual. Also, Hazuki needs to be used more, because Hozuki just can’t carry a show by herself. I don’t expect much of Kazuki, so she gets a pass to sulk in a corner while the interesting people do interesting stuff.
Hazuki, and by extension the audience, just keeps getting shafted by the show. It feels like she’s only been onscreen in the last few episodes to get sick, or get shot at by someone who views the underclass as equivalent to tapeworms. Maybe she’s just been sober the past few episodes, so her ability to do cool shit is weakened. I mean there really isn’t much for a law student to do when the very same law wants her dead or imprisoned, but I’m sure it could do more than have her yap like a Chihuahua at pan-national corporations. And yet she’s still the second best character, right behind Grand Rosso.
just lol “naturals election” so dumb, and yet so beautiful
The whole election farce basically ends how everyone expected it to: with the Elite Four standing at the top and raring to take on Ryuuko. Satsuki may be planning something, but I think she also wanted to see some chaos because the mortals fighting each other for a taste of greatness is funny. Everyone put their all into dethroning the Student Council (well, one dude put two clubs together and tried a drive-by shooting), but the end result is that the finale is essentially rigged to provide the ideal result — the Elite Four vs. Ryuuko.
“Well, well. I see you aren’t called the Elite Four for nothing.” Ha. You ain’t foolin’ anyone. A big event as agent of change ends as reinforcement of the status quo, with Satsuki watching in amusement as her crew rumbles with her greatest enemy. You know, the Student Council wonders among themselves what Satsuki’s grand scheme is, but do any of them even factor in it? What if this is all just amusement to her as she does what she needs to in the shadows? She was ready to throw away Sanageyama in a hurry before he proved his devotion and became just a bit more amusing. Are they anything more than convenient toys to her? They probably don’t care all that much if that’s the case. At least Gamagoori seems self-aware enough to realize exactly what he is to Satsuki, so I imagine the others know that much, as well.
Never mind, I can still wring a few more drops from this dumb naming trend. So long as Lady Koto continues being the most adorable anthropomorphized rabbit in existence, anyway. She isn’t exactly dynamic or exciting, but her overwhelming motherly instincts are endearing as fuck. Even if the rest of the episode were utter trash, she’d sell it just because of her presence. Read More
Shinmaru and Inushinde wanted their opinions of this episode shared with the Cart Driver audience. On this very special episode. Very, very special episode. I recommend you maybe catch up before reading. Barely an hour after the episode aired my twitter feed was already starting to fill up with strings of whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats about this episode. Considering it comes out at the same time as the much more widely viewed Kill la Kill, to see that happen was quite a feat in of itself. There wasn’t even any spoilers, which is a rarity. I mean, how do you even spoil. Crying out “GUILLOTINE GORILLAAAAAAAA” doesn’t really give anything away.
As I did with 2001, 2002, and 2003, I’m looking for recommendations for what anime to watch from 2004. Wikipedia’s list is probably the easiest to browse. Same rules copy-pasting from last time. Don’t recommend anything too long (so no Sgt. Frog). Don’t recommend any sequels (so no
Bible Black New Testament Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig). Don’t go for the stupidly obvious (so no Bible Black New Testament Samurai Champloo). Try to recommend stuff that you think I will actually like and haven’t already seen, but don’t worry about those points too much. When in doubt, just recommend anyway because it’s always interesting seeing what people still hold up as being good from that year.
Year in Review of 2003 is coming shortly. I’ve put this out first because I’ve been bashing my head against this Last Exile review, which I want to publish first before rounding off the year, but it’s just not coming together. Not sure how long I’ll keep doing these 00′s retrospectives. At my current rate of covering 1 year every 6 months, I won’t be done until the end of 2016. By that stage it will be time to start the 10′s retrospectives in preparation for the end of the decade. Still, I enjoy having this project on the backburner and it’s a nice excuse to return to old favourites of mine
like Bible Black New Testament.
Good lord, man! Doesn’t this usually happen after you lose the game? How dare you subvert the normal rules of playing for your life!
Can’t really blame the King, though, since he’s an unknowing tsundere trying to make sense of the world. Our favorite snot-nosed Gungi master is bringing out that sweet deredere a little bit at a time, but because the King has never experienced such a thing in his life, he has no idea how to handle this clearly ridiculous turn of events. I know I’m not the only who thought the King looked all adorable grumping about at the beginning of the episode, right? So much tsuntsun spent toward figuring out the ways of the world. He should be annoyed, but instead he’s excited and doesn’t know why! Now I know why Komugi changes the King’s life so much: She introduces him to moe! The King will get to live out his very own light novel now.