If you took 100 ordinary people and screened KanColle for them, you’ll find that it’s objectively kind of a nothing show. But I’m going to have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. All this probably boils down to how susceptible to moe I am – KanColle is about moe anthropomorphisms of Japanese WWII-era warships roughly reenacting the Pacific War. If that summary sounds appealing for you, congratulations! You’re part of KanColle‘s surprisingly large target audience.
If A Certain Magical Index is a wild, unfocused exposition of superpowered fantasy, then its spin-off A Certain Scientific Railgun is a slightly more grounded work that mixes in character development and an actual plot. I’ve always preferred Railgun to Index for that reason – superpowers are more fun when you care about who’s wielding them. The continuation, A Certain Scientific Railgun S, takes the same approach as the first season but moves away from the mostly lighthearted feel of the original.
The thing about Railgun is that I can’t not enjoy it. It manipulates me like Margaery Tyrell, pulling dirty tricks like opening with a shot of loli BiriBiri. What am I supposed to do against such power?
When we left off, Saki and crew discover a living archive of knowledge from around the time of the downfall of civilization. As I expected, episode four covers a lot of those events in exposition. Roughly half the episode is devoted to telling us what happened between the awakening of psychokinesis (which happens in 2011) to the five hundred year Dark Age.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo) is the fifth major film by Makoto Shinkai. It’s a fantasy yarn about Asuna, a young girl living in a rural Japanese village, who visits a certain mountain to listen to signals on an unusual radio. One day she hears a haunting melody, and soon after meets a young man named Shun. This sets off a chain of events leading to Asuna’s discovery of Agartha, a world underneath the earth where the gate between the living and the dead is believed to be.
I suspect something might have happened in this episode, which looked pretty important. We start once again with an out-of-context flashback, an assassination attempt on Empero Jikoutei 430 years before present day. The dude gets stabbed, and… cut to canoeing.
Looks like Super Serial’s back for the time being, but never doubt my ability to not finish what I start. Today’s feature is the first episode of Shin Sekai Yori, the anime adaptation of a novel by Yusuke Kishi. It opens with some horrible things, goes on to do some mysterious things, and ends with a sad thing all set to striking imagery.