Mid-Season Means The Feels Cometh | Spring 2019 Week 7 | Weekly Anime Redux


Were I not such a heartless bastard, I’m sure I’d be bawling uncontrollably, right now.


Featured Shows
Kimetsu no Yaiba (Episode 7)

Kimetsu no Yaiba

Seriously. Damn. That ending.
Full Review: Episode 7

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (Episode 7)

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai

Fumino takes the spotlight and, I’ll be honest. This show continues to be a delight. Even if it’s taking its time.
Full Review: Episode 7


Unfeatured Shows
Black Clover (Episode 83)

Black Clover

A pretty solid, albeit bittersweet conclusion to the overall clash. Zora remains the absolute bright spot of this arc, frankly. He’s just a much more interesting character – from the time of his introduction – than pretty much every other character that’s shown up. And a nice microcosm of what makes Asta work, as a character… when he’s not annoying the hell out of me. That being said, the actual clash felt kinda… meh. But it was still a good episode, as far as this show is concerned. Super Effective.

Fruits Basket (2019) (Episode 7)

Fruits Basket

Oookay, I lied. The episode didn’t quite have the emotional impact on me that it did literally everyone else I see talking about it. But, then, we’ve been over this. If I’m not in the mood to feel sad, I’m not gonna. So it’s entirely possible that part of me was just switched off. That said, this episode was fantastic on a narrative level. Bringing to life Hatori’s backstory through the parallels between his former love and Tohru, who he’s there to warn from getting involved with the family as a result of the very thing he suffered. It was a heavily emotional and beautifully put together episode, joined with a bit of comedy. As they say – Spoonful of Sugar. This episode was, by far, a top-class showing of World’s Finest proportions.

One-Punch Man II (Episode 6)

One-Punch Man

Not really a lot to say, here. This episode was reasonably fun. Looking forward to seeing how the tournament shakes out. I’m frankly more interested in that than anything going on outside of it, barring Garou. Junk Food

Kenja no Mago (Episode 6)

Kenja no MagoKenja no Mago

This show really is blatant wish fulfillment. So far, anway. And I’m entirely okay with this. Because it’s doing so in the most unashamed way imaginable. Shin is the epitome of this. And it works to the show’s benefit to just exploit this. That said, I do appreciate the show’s ability to use him almost like a side character in his own show as a way to illustrate a point. For example, the “joint” exercise. The knight squad with them needed a lesson in humility, and boy did they get one. That aside, the series remains thoroughly entertaining, if simplistic and not overly serious. A solid episode of Super Effective quality, I’d say.

Carole & Tuesday (Episode 6)

Carole & Tuesday

Hey. They can’t all be hits. This was a solid episode that maintained a lot of the fun the show’s given us, so far. But also introduced some very real and unfortunate hardship beyond just “work hard, and you’ll make it.” Realistically, that’s just not how things work. Working hard is only part of the equation, after all. Super Effective

Older Shows
Kotoura-san (Episode 7)

Kotoura-san

Crisis Averted, or so it seems. I’m still not entirely certain what to think of Kotoura’s mother. She’s obviously horrible. But I can’t tell if part of the line during her departure was her expressing a desire not to hurt Kotoura or if it was just her being bitter and resentful. This show’s also continuing its trend of total mood whiplash, which can be severely jarring. Especially in concert with the weird pacing that comes from this being based on a 4-Koma. A fun episode, to be certain. And a touching one. But also one that puts the show’s more technical aspects on display. They’re all very intentional. It’s doing the thing it’s set out to do. I just can’t decide if it’s working to its benefit or detriment yet.


Achievements

No unique awards, this time. Just the big stuff.

Overall Episode Medalists

Fruits Basket gets the Gold, as if you didn’t already know that. The Silver, though, I’ll be giving to Carole & Tuesday, again. Just a really great episode, across the board. Some bitter feels towards the end, but I like how the show doesn’t spend large amounts of time brooding over it. They take a lump, they pick themselves up. It’s the kind of energy I think a show like this needs and would probably be inspirational to a lot of people. Seeing that the characters aren’t immune to hardship, but they love what they do so much that they bounce back, damn near instantly. Then there’s the Bronze winner of the week, Kimetsu no Yaiba. Setting aside how technically solid the rest of the episode was, that ending basically got it this spot, entirely on its own merits. It was that good.

MVP: Hatori

Fruits Basket

…Do I really even need to say why?


Conclusion

And that’s everything. We’re over the halfway mark, folks. What’d you think of these episodes? Have a favorite? Let me know, down below! And don’t forget to check out EvilBob’s coverage! Thanks for reading, as always, folks! Keep up the Awesome!

Take Care,
Voyager

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