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Once again it’s GGK’s performance becomes my favorite of this week, and Angela’s style still is too mainstream for my taste. With the pacing of this episode I am more certain that this Brightest Mars competition is gonna take up the first half of the series. Things don’t look good for our duo, though, with a string of mishaps that go against their way period to their semi performance, some of them are good, some are cringe-worthy. On the positive side, Etergun becomes this round’s guest judge is an interesting move that I’m eager to see him facing up Carol & Tuesday again. Although I still find it strange that Ertegun still has no idea about the contestants at this point. On the opposite spectrum, Tuesday’s whatever-reason she’s still hang up on Cybelle is stupid, which makes it worse by the way the show intensifies that as the way the duo is “out of sync” (the bit where they’re just barely missed each other in the elevator is just dumb). Then we also have Carole failed give her birthday gift to Tuesday (why? You had all the time in the world since basically you’re living on the same roof now). Then as if the show doesn’t feel these are enough, they make sure to give Carole and Tuesday hell by having Tuesday injured by this bomb present box or whatever the hell it is. Sorry to be grumpy but all these developments are way too half-baked.

As for the performances themselves, Angela changes her song at last minutes (thanks to Tao’s godsend gut feeling) and shows the judge that she has range. I find the bickering between Gus and Angela’s Mama through Roddy is amusing. They sure get along well. At this moment I have no idea how the show handles Cybelle and Tuesday relationship. I hope I am in the wrong but it’s more likely that the one who sent the bomb gift was Cybelle, since she knows about Tuesday’s personal information. If that is the case, the show’s handling of Cybelle character is indeed very shaky. Well, not much else to say in this layer-thin episode beside that with Benito’s head over heels with Pyotr’s performance, I suppose Catherine will pick Carole & Tuesday and that would make Ertegun the one who holds the decisive gun regarding the duo’s fate. We all know the result but let’s see how the show handles all this.

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Hello all and welcome to another episode of Serial Experiments Lain! Apologies for the lateness and brevity on this one, was/am feeling rather sick as this week wrapped up. Oddly enough, the addled state of mind may have helped me understand Lain better. As this week we get a lot of answers, the Knights become more active and the line between Reality and Wired gets even thinner. Lets dive in!

Starting once again with Production, Lain did a lot of interesting things this week. Not that Lain isn’t interesting normally, but it got really experimental with it this week. Specifically, I am talking about the homeless man and his VR headset. Lain tried a lot of different filters to this, experimenting with odd changes to the footage. Whether it be taking real life footage and applying some kind of filter over it or just screwing with reality. It was a lot of fun to look at, and I really enjoyed the homeless man, even if he wasn’t a lead character. Basically, we got to see a lot of the tech/Wired aspect of the show, and I thought that was good. Now though, onto the actual story content of the episode.

This week, Lain showed us a whole lot about the Knights. We got a look into some of its members, how they join and what they do. Maybe even a little bit about what they plan. I found that whole side-bit to be fascinating myself. Following the old man was interesting, but more so was seeing the 3 different Knights members. Showing they can come from all walks of life, all working towards a similar goal. Testing and judging prospective members, and how Lain fits in. That last one is very important, and I will get to Lain in a moment. Really though, this was the first time we have gotten a look into the Knights and their organization/function. There isn’t enough to really come to any conclusions yet, but that it exists at all, and matches modern day Anonymous so much, is fascinating to me.

It was as if the Wired Lain was leading him towards his death the entire time. Really driving a wedge between her and our real Lain. The series actually did a lot with that this episode, having Lain herself finally see the difference. Forcing her to see her own image acting on its own in the Wired. This makes it clear the two are separate entities, or personalities, seemingly fighting for control. I say fighting because Lain’s reaction after learning all of this was of 2 extremes. Freaking out, before Wired Lain took control, and basically asking “what are you gonna do about it?”. To me, this struggle between the two is representative of the larger conflict of merging the Wired and Reality. Once the two Lain’s become one, so to will the two worlds so to speak. With the Men in Black fighting against said merging.

Speaking of the Men in Black, we got more information on them this week as well. Learning they directly oppose the Knights, and are trying to either get Lain on their side, or get her to chill out. Even testing her on her technology by having her finish a computer that is completely different from the ones she normally uses. My favorite bit for the Men in Black though was easily the fact that they lazer eyes could be taken off. I fully expected them to be some kind of weird cyborg or something. Eternally jacked into the Wired. Instead, the technology is just a tool to them, able to be removed at will. They are not enamored or controlled by the technology, unlike the Homeless man who was all but grafting it onto himself. It makes them much more human than we previously saw.

So, all in all, how was this weeks Lain? Well between my sickness and the weirdness, i’d say it was my favorite yet. We got some real progress here. Questions were answered, conflict was raised, and Lain is now aware of her struggle. Even Lain’s virtually fake family was called out this week by the Men in Black. Pointing out that Lain knew nothing about them. Like she didn’t belong with them at all. Whether that means they were constructed for her, or by her, is unknown. But it makes her home situation much… not clearer, but more defined I suppose. I am glad for all of this, as series like Lain often have an issue with scope. Always introducing new things, without ever consolidating the old. It looks Like Lain is planned out though and is ready to start consolidating and that makes me look forward to the ending.

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Sigh, it was nice having a free week of no OPM. No disappointment, not falling opinion of an acclaimed manga series. Just free time and no post I had to write. Now we are back though, and JC Staff has once again screwed it up. So join me as this week we talk music.

For me, the biggest issue with this week was the choice of music. Simply put, OPM S2 not only doesn’t have any good original tracks, but it reuses the same ones to much. For example, the “emotional” music of this episode was used a ludicrous amount. Being thrown over every scene they could. One or two of these is fine, its a fine piece of music. But when played over and over and over, it loses all power. And that’s not even mentioning if the scene even fits the music in the first place. Really, the sound design has been horrible across the entire series. From punches, to VA work and now to music, the general quality of the sounds in OPM are simply disappointing.

Sadly, I am going to have to cut this one short here though. While there isn’t much to say beyond this, I feel bad for leaving such a short post. But I seem to have come down with something, and its making even writing coherent sentences now difficult. Hopefully it clears up tomorrow, and I can get Lain written up for you. Until then though, suffice to say, OPM S2 is still a dumpster fire and if your actually still watching it, I pity you. Its not worth your time and I promise you, its not going to get a good score here.

So, my shame at writing virtually nothing aside, I will see you next week!

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Another week, another episode of Dororo. This time we follow up with Nui, the mother, Hyakki falls off the deep-end and Tahomaru gets one up on his brother. Lets dive in!

Starting off, recently I have been skipping the production portion of these posts. 22 episodes in, you know what your getting at this point. However, recognition where its due, Dororo looked good this week. Outside the battles everything was a standard, acceptable quality. Nothing worth really getting hung up on. However I found Hyakkimaru’s scenes to be a treat. The fire and depiction of the flaming horse looked great. Everything was stylized and in general I found it a joy to look at. Someone clearly had a lot of fun with the almost liquid fire effects we saw, the wind, and the motion of Hyakki atop the horse. It makes it clear that, when MAPPA wants to, Dororo can standout and look good. It’s just not often that Dororo does so, nor is it particularly consistent. Now though, onto the story.

This week saw Hyakki complete his fall into darkness, working with a Ghoul/Demon. I am ok with this in theory, Dororo is a tragedy obviously. However I have some questions, some concerns. You see, I don’t understand why the Demons would fight Hyakki’s fall so, going so far to help Tahomaru and co. Should Hyakki becoming a Demon not be good for them? On the flip side, if not, why is the flaming horse helping him? Perhaps I am mistaken in thinking of the Ghouls/Demon’s as this monolithic group. But we never really got any sort of distinction on that front. Something which I think would really help clear up what’s going on here at the end. That said, for as loose as Dororo is playing with its rules, I did enjoy the ending reveal.

Up until the last 2 minutes of the episode, I was getting disappointing with what Dororo had done with Tahomaru. But giving him and his retainers Hyakki’s body parts, locking them in to a confrontation to the death? I love this. First off, it gives the trio once last chance to fight back in their best form. Setting us up for another good fight. But second, it subverted my expectation’s without invalidating them. I was expecting Tahomaru to sacrifice himself to the Demon in some way, to make a new deal. He has still sorta done that, becoming a Demon himself, now with Loot Drops for Hyakki. Except this is a much more personal stab at Hyakki than what I was expecting, really tugging on his desire for his body. It could almost be a purposeful temptation on the Demon’s part, to push Hyakki over the edge. Regardless, its good.

Speaking of Hyakki’s family members, lets talk the Mother, the title card of the episode. I’m undecided on if Dororo is under or overusing her, I just know it isn’t using her correctly. On one hand, she should be dead. She should have died in episode 12 rather than sit around for 10 more episodes. On the other hand, her freeing Dororo works out. It fits with her character, not wanting to see more children die, and it ties into the theme of Mothers and love and all that. If I had to boil it down though, I think I would land on this: Its not Nui, but the entire family dynamic that is underused in Dororo. After the setup of the 1st Cour, the 2nd went right back to meandering episodic monsters with little actual progress. Leaving a great family dynamic to stew, unfocused, until this finale. Disappointing.

I also have to question the point of Dororo being captured if she is going to be freed 1 episode later. Dororo seems to just be playing with her life this cour. From trapping her in a basement of monstrous bugs, to trapping her under a rock, to throwing her in prison twice. She exists to push Hyakki to anger at this point. There is some small focus on her growing into her own person. The Itachi arc was just that and I enjoyed it. But it seems like Dororo recognizes the need for it, but refuses to do anything with it in the wider story. She is just as helpless as she began the story. There is only so many times a series can bait something like this without doing something permanent before the viewer gets fed up. This is me getting fed up with it.

Dororo has all the building blocks of a great story, left there by Tezuka. But MAPPA can’t seem to bring it all together into a cohesive ending. There are just so many loose threads out there, with no reason to exist. Ignoring the Monk again, take a look at the peasants. Dororo took the time to layout their growing discontent for us. The division among them from those who understand Daigo’s actions and those who are angry. Setting up would have have been some kind of minor revolution arc that involved Daigo, Tahomaru and their supposed love of their people. Dororo only have 2 episodes left however, with the big finale already being set. I don’t understand introducing these here when Dororo has had all season for show military discontent. A shame, because I think it could have been interesting.

So all in all, how was the episode? As far as independent episodes go, I enjoyed it. Now that we are back focusing on the family drama, everything is much more interesting. The mothers turmoil, Tahomaru’s bargain and Hyakkimaru’s rage were all portrayed well for the most part. Its only in the greater scheme of the entire series that my interest starts to wain. With the climax approaching you see all of these extra bits and bobs sticking out all over. Things that should have been answered, cut out or ironed down yet weren’t. Such as the Blind Monk, or Junkai’s apparent return once more to the story. Dororo might still be able to wrap it all up satisfactorily. But I highly doubt the series will end up as anything above “Oh yeah, that show was alright”. A shame for how it started.

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It’s Valentine’s Day for Fruits Basket, although in this episode the actual Valentine isn’t the main focus. It’s another week of “I wish something major happens” for me. At this point, I have come to believe that follow the manga’s structure stall the pacing for me, as the show pads out its material way too thin at this moment. We need new blood or some compelling drama. This isn’t to say this episode doesn’t provide any dramatic reach. Shigure’s complexity has been planted before in previous episodes, but only this week do we see the extent he’s willing to do to reach his goal. For whatever goal that is we’re pretty much left unknowingly. This episode we only aware of his childhood dream, the dream which still pretty much stay inside his adult self and guides him forward, even if it means that he would hurt the ones beside him, especially Tohru. I suspect the seed that he planted is to allow Tohru to stay over Souma’s house, which in turn change fundamentally both Yuki and Kyou. We also know that he harbors hatred towards Akito, probably for the thing he did regarding Hattori. We don’t know much about Akito’s situation but we can see he’s in pain right now, and Shigure’s hatred can come as far as enjoying Akito’s pain. This is some neat material right there.

Another significant action that Shigure did this week is when he challenges Kyou, and as he knowingly put it later on, he “went too far”. There seems to be an underlying reason that Kyou seems to be in conflict Yuki’s rat status, and that might have to do with Kyou’s violent flashback when he got out of control, somehow. There are still many things left unsaid here, and like what Shigure puts, they are merely a ripple on the water at the moment. Kaguya appears to Kyou for a Valentine double date, but surprisingly we get very little out of that date (which for me is for the better). The only detail that we gathered is an action anime they see in theatre, which ironically have more animation than the actual show.

It’s important to note that all the core cast of Fruits Basket have some sad memories about their childhood that perfectly form their personality and their motivation as they are now, which makes for a meaty drama. And I still consider when it comes to executing the drama, Fruits Basket rank amongst the best of its genre. The problem for me right now is that they need to move on from the status quo, and put our main cast into more conflicts. As of now if they all stay in balance, they have a tendency to become tropey (Tohru is the worst offender), so let’s hope that Fruits Basket will head to some meaty material soon.

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Episode 09 of Carole & Tuesday is essentially Brightest Mars part 2, as we spend an entire episode to the bottom half of the bracket. This is where I wish the staff spends that much attention to details to its writing, rather than music writing, because all the songs played in this episode are featured in full performances, and good ones on top of that. Angela’s performance, unfortunately, is amongst my least favorite one. It screams “Top 40” material for me. At many turns, I could see the show set itself up for some surprise payoff: like it could go the opposite way to make Cybelle the winner, for instance; or how Cybelle’s obsession can affect Tuesday in a more significant way, but they’re not the case at all. Instead, the whole thing plays out rather predictably, with Angela proves herself to be more “serious” in her music than the judges initially thought. But the issue with that is that, as we the audiences follow Angela right where she switches career, there’s little development from here to indicate that she’s actually serious about music at all. On a similar note, I was expecting the AI judge to comment about her music (as her music is monitored by the AI freak composer), but turned out he didn’t leave any comment at all. I believe he’ll be more critical later on but for now he works as comedic relief at best.

Otherwise, we have a rather fun episode of the remaining contestants showing their fangs. Hilarious and misguided in similar measure, the Mermaid plays a song consists entirely of swear words. Imagine what would have been to listen to this song with censored version: all we hear will be an uninterrupted beep. They say that this song says who they are, a gender-ambiguous state, but for me it’s more like their attitude towards the rest. But the tune is charming nonetheless. At the risk of taking these characters lightly (I do think the show is guilty of that), there’s still a fine craft to the songwriting there. The same can be said for GGK (I believe she’s based from real life FKA Twigs) and Cybelle’s songs, which have mysterious air, dreamy and exactly my kind of songs. In a perfect world, Cybelle’s performance would beat Angela’s at any time.

There are some hints towards other development Carole & Tuesday might tackle in the future. Earlier when we hear about Carole’s mother press, she mentioned the fact that the Earth has cast a shadow upon Mars (or so my sub implies). I don’t even know what she means but if it were a life-changing event, this thread might be tangled with Carole & Tuesday in the future (remember the “8 miniutes that changed Mars” bit). It’s also worth noting that Tao is noticing our girls’ talents, more as he notices the non-AI sound from our duo, which will add as a fuel for more rivalry between them and Angela. Gut and Angela’s Mama has some nice bounce off as managers from each side, but they again play more for laugh. Lastly, I like the way Cybelle controls over Tuesday, which makes a nice point that Tuesday has to voice up her own opinion, even if that’s a rejection. The factor that left me unsatisfied, however, is that this conflict is resolved way too quickly and slightly that it feels underwritten and awkward.

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The deadline approaches! To be considered for a staff position, get your applications in by Sunday, June 16th!

In June of 2017, I applied to be part of the team here at Star Crossed. Now, nearly two years later, I’m writing our new recruitment post. Time flies when you’re blogging anime.

With Aidan’s recent departure, it’s time for us to shore up our roster a bit. More writers means we’ll be able to cover more series, include more perspectives in our First Impressions posts, and perhaps introduce new features like Lenlo’s Throwback Thursday. Seasonal anime will always be our bread and butter, so we’ll be asking new recruits to give us a hand starting with the Summer 2019 season. If you watch anime week-to-week and want an established platform to write about it, then we’d love for you to apply.

Text blogging isn’t a glamorous job in this era of video sharing sites and social networks. If your application is accepted, your only rewards as a writer will be a sense of accomplishment and the rare message from an appreciative commenter. Keep at it long enough and you may even get one or two not-so-appreciative messages! Mario, Lenlo and I will be grateful to have you, though. We’ve all got different tastes, so you’re sure to find somebody you click with. We’re also flexible regarding upload schedules and show selection, though we’ll begin to expect a bit more once you’ve settled in.

Still keen on applying? Hit the jump for details!

1) Tell us a bit about yourself, talk briefly about some of your favorite anime, and provide a recent sample of your anime-related writing. It can be an episode writeup or a full series/film review. This is a chance for us to take a look at your writing style, as well as an opportunity for potential new bloggers to test themselves. Our posts are typically 500-600 words in length. See how long it takes you to hit that target while maintaining a level of polish and personalization that satisfies you. If you can do that up to three times a week, you’re exactly who we’re looking for.

2) Email your application to animarchmadness(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject: “[your username] psgels.net Writer’s Application.” The deadline will be Sunday, June 16th. Depending on the number of applicants, we’ll do our best to respond via email as soon as a final decision is made. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment on this post. One of the writers on staff will be happy to reply.

Anime blogging may not pay the bills, and it’s not a ticket to instant internet fame, but if you love the medium of animation and want an outlet to express it, it can be a fulfilling hobby. If you’re willing to take up the metaphorical pen, best of luck! We’ll see you on the other side.

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Wooper: The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and the anime just keeps on coming. It’s time for our quarterly season preview, which we’ve trimmed down so it can look its best for the summer. Unlike previous editions, we won’t be examining every new show in this post. Instead, we’ve picked the 16 most promising and/or popular shows to preview (though there’s a bit of fodder near the start), and kept the rest confined to the poll down below. We’re still planning to give our thoughts on every summer series during First Impressions week, but when it comes to the season preview, we want to highlight the good stuff – or at least the stuff that won’t make you wonder why you’re an anime fan.

Most seasons have just a few great titles concentrated at the top, and this one is unlikely to be an exception. What’s interesting about this particular summer, though, is that the three most anticipated non-sequels are all action or adventure series. Two of them are big shounen properties, which our authors tend to have mixed opinions on, but these appear to have some serious promise. Will this be the miracle season where we all agree on what’s top tier, or will a handful of underdogs steal the spotlight once July gets underway? We’ll find out in a few weeks, but for now, let’s run down what might be worth your watch this summer.

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Welcome to another week of Kimetsu no Yaiba, where we finish up another little arc. This time we get a lot of monologues and some brutal deaths closed out by some wholesome Nezuko. Let’s dive in!

Like always, Yaiba looked nice this week. Some may complain about CGI and such, but I think Yaiba is pulling it off quite well. It’s still obvious but Ufotable is leaning into it. In particular I enjoy the smoke effects and such, they work without being to campy. However Yaiba’s big problem this week in my opinion were the monologues. They really hurt the pacing, cutting between moments of action. Combined with last week, it feels to me like they could have combined most of the two into one. Cutting out a lot of the spurious dialogue for the same net result. Because what surrounds it is good fun mostly, I can look past it for the most part. However it does show that Yaiba isn’t free of all the usual Shounen tropes. That said, onto the contentious meat of the episode.

My first major gripe with the episode, and Yaiba in general now, are the combat moves. I was accepting of them at first. They were just sword techniques with some flashy animation placed over them. Granting some visual flare to otherwise simple swordplay. However this episode Yaiba has started to grant them traits beyond that. Using them to mechanically counter Demon techniques and the like. Once you start applying these techniques like this, more solid rules begin to be required. To ground them and make it less of an ass-pull when used to defeat an opponent. Take this week, where Tanjiro uses his techniques to counter the force of gravity. Falling/being thrown downwards, using a technique to counter the damage and survive the impact. Suddenly, these techniques are not just sword techniques, but something more. Personally, I would like some ground rules for all this.

That said, Susamaru was still good fun, even if the demonic kickball match felt out of place. Somethin about her VA and design just makes me happy. The kickball match though felt odd compared to other fights. Did Nezuko not lose a leg to this ball just last week? I suppose what I am getting at, between this and the sword techniques, is Yaiba is starting to feel arbitrary. The worst thing a Shounen can do really. It causes the fights to lose their weight, as everything becomes a DBZ shouting match kind of fight. Still, for all the plot armor around our leads, at least the villains got a great ending. Before I get into the detail, I thought it tied back nicely with the last Demon Tanjiro fought. Showing a real consequence had he spoken Muzan’s name.

On Muzan, I have to say though, this was a rather shocking end. Mostly because of the brutality. Yaiba did not hold back when it came to Susamaru’s death. Even not showing the worst of it, the sound effects did plenty of work. I can understand if some people don’t like this level of violence. Some can find it grotesque and unneeded. Personally, I didn’t think Yaiba went to far. It sold the brutality of the combat well enough and most of all, it sold us on Muzan. For a lot of villains, this kind of thing doesn’t work. However, since we have already met Muzan and know about him, we have someone to attribute this to. Not some nebulous entity, but an established character. Because of this, I think it works better than it does in your average Shounen.

My favorite part of the episode however is near the end, with Best Girl Nezuko. I still find the spell placed on her to be a bit cheap. However it did lead to a sweet scene with Tamayo and Yushiro. Wanting to be human once more, finally getting acknowledged as such by another person. It was a sweet scene that, aside from the interruption by a snippet of Yushiro’s backstory, did its job. Most of it I attribute to Nezuko though, as she really is just adorable. Falling asleep after Tamayo’s power and running around after the fight. If nothing else, Ufotable has given us Nezuko, and I am glad for it. It was a nice wholesome moment to close out the arc on. Sure, I find Yushiro himself a bit annoying, his jokes/obsession with Tamayo dull. But the arc as a whole was a success.

So, all in all, how was the episode? Good enough. It wasn’t my favorite but neither was it the worst. Had the monologues been removed, I would put it in the upper half. As is, the wholesome moment at the end really picked it back up. Long story short, i’d give the episode a 6/10 overall. The lost marks being the monologues and Yaiba completely forgetting Tanjiro supposedly had a broken leg the next morning. Still, I think we have something to look forward to next week. As it appears we are, finally, meeting the first member of the MC posse. A yellow haired whining demon slayer obsessed with… marriage. Oof. See you next week when we find out if this is any good.

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Love is in the air for seemingly every teenage character in Mix’s growing cast, and with no baseball game to distract them, this episode is entirely dedicated to complicating the show’s relationship chart. Even the cold open is a miniature romantic farce, with minor characters Nishimura and Arisa deluding themselves into viewing a conversation between their rivals as something sinister. Arisa proves far more adept at this deception, especially when you factor in the cluelessness of every male character to make it on screen before the OP. Honestly, I don’t remember the names of all Otomi’s would-be suitors, but when [Touma’s friend] and [Otomi’s classmate] came sliding down the hill and into an already crowded scene, I was kind of apprehensive. Sure, I got a chuckle out of the various characters’ desperation and exhaustion, but this felt like the opener to a lightweight episode – or so I thought. Thankfully, “Just aa Walk” ended up being one of Mix’s best episodes yet, and it’s all thanks to Haruka Oyama.

Until this point, Haruka hadn’t done much except fill the role of girl next door, but this episode gave her much more to do than that. It’s not as though this episode changes her proximity to the main characters’ house, or makes her any less attractive to Souichiro and Nan-chan (who’ve been frequenting the ramen place where she works part-time). But it does give her a lot more personality, and reveals her past acquaintance with Touma, who she met at a funeral at age three. Turns out she’s got a killer memory, having recalled their encounter from all those years ago – and she likes how he’s grown up. This sheds new light on her cryptic question to Otomi several episodes ago: “Are you worried?” Haruka was feeling her out even then, probably suspecting their shared crush on Touma, and now she’s making her move. Her method of sending him an invitation he can’t refuse was too cute, to the point that I started laughing when Touma automatically greeted her with the go-ahead phrase “good morning,” and she responded with a salute. Their date poses a problem for the hapless kid, as he understands the significance of Sou’s sudden ramen addiction, but after falling into her trap, what choice does he have?

Instead of getting sappy, Mix maintains its wry sense of humor even as the two go out; Touma’s impatience with their multiple train rides leads him to make several comments about the “walk” they were supposed to take. Said walk is mostly uneventful, but the show threads together Haruka’s admission of recognition with a separate funeral story, which depicts three year old Touma as a cheerful kid who had trouble processing his mom’s passing. This detail launched me back to a related one from early in the episode, where Touma remarked to his stepmother that Sou and Otomi were “depressed and unsociable” when he first met them. Connecting these dots was my favorite part of this week’s Mix, as they indicate that Touma still may not have grieved for his mother’s death. To have held on to the idea that two children mourning the loss of a parent were “unsociable” paints a picture of repression, at least in my view. Suddenly Touma’s isolated outbursts on the baseball field make a bit more sense, as well… I really do love Adachi’s character writing, and episodes like this one are great vehicles for it. Now, if only I knew how many more episodes we could expect before the show takes a hiatus.

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