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Anime of the Week (7/7 – 7/13)

Anime of the Week – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
Touma confronts Misaka

We shoulder the bruden of the mistakes we’ve made in the past—as well as the burden of mistakes others have made. But there is no reason to take on those burdens all by yourself if it means breaking down to the point if self-destruction. Seek help from those you trust and who trust in you so that we may make each other better.                              

July 7 Monogatari 2 Ep. 1 With Araragi absent, there’s a lack of insightful dialogue that comes from the clash of male and female perspectives.
Attack on Titan Ep. 13.5 Bleh. This clip show really shows just how much time this series wastes with unnecessary, boring storytelling.
July 8 Prisma Illya Ep. 1 I might like this spin-off better than its parent series—it’s not so full of itself and Illya is my favorite character.
Genshiken N Ep. 1 It never ceases to amaze me just how many parallels there are between Genshiken and my own college anime club experience.
Kami-nai Ep. 1 While the setting is very intriguing, I must say I can’t find any logic in the actions of the main characters thus far.
July 9 Blood Lad Ep. 1 This is one of those anime with an off the wall premise of questionable quality, but it’s somehow caught me in it’s pace.
July 10 Free! Ep. 1 Be mindful of the adage, “Nothing good is ever free.” Not that this show is bad, per se. But I’ll leave it for the fujoshi.
Fantasista Doll Ep. 1 With all the Japanese TCGs I play, there’s just too many card game references in this series for me to pass it up.
July 12 Leviathan Ep. 13 And so the journey goes on. If this series gets a second season I’d watch it. But I highly doubt it will ever come.
July 13 Railgun S Ep. 14 Just because when you pray and god doesn’t answer, it doesn’t mean if you ask people for help nobody will come to your aid.
Servant x Service Ep. 2 I’ve figured out why I like this series so much. It was created by the same guy who came up with the idea for Working.
Stella C3-bu Ep. 1 This looks like the start of a really touching story about coming out of your shell with a Girls und Panzer twist.
Neptunia Ep. 1 I’m still in shock that this concept was made into a game; much more so that the game was popular enough to warrant an anime.
Stella C3-bu Ep. 2 I’m interested to see how Yura’s relationship with the other girls develops since she sort of joined this club by default.

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Mawaru Penguindrum Ep 1

Himari does a Lady Gaga impressionInitial impression – unimpressed

Himari and her two brothers Kanba and Shouma haven’t drawn the best lot in life.  They live in a run-down, tiny house and Himari’s poor health has her constantly in and out of the hospital.  One day they decide to forget their troubles by visiting the aquarium where Shouma buys her a penguin hat.  Later that day Himari’s illness accelerates and her life ends before the eyes of her shocked brothers.  But just as they begin to plan the burial rites, Himari awakens in the morgue to the brothers’ jubilation.  However, there’s a catch.  Himari’s penguin hat has possessed her body and now demands compensation from the brothers for extending her life.

Mawaru Penguindrum has a glaring lack of tone control.  One minute the anime is dealing with the serious vicissitudes of free will and fate while Himari lies on her deathbed.  Then the next scene involves Himari marching down a flight of stairs dressed like Lady Gaga; possessed by said penguin hat, talking about finding “strategies for survival.”

I have little hope for the future of this anime producing anything entertaining after that glaringly inconsistent first episode.  I’m willing to give it a little generosity because there’s a few redeeming gimmicks.  The style is at least attempting to go somewhere with a plot, which is more than can be said for other wacky anime of this caliber.  But what may just keep my attention is finding out what is to become of Himari when the penguin hat has fulfilled its goal.

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