Week in Review, 10/13 – 10/19

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FUCK THE POLICE

Bit of a light load this week, as my copy of Pokemon X arrived in the mail Wednesday, thus ensuring I did absolutely nothing else with my free time at home, and today was the Boston Book Festival. I did end up deciding to drop Coppelion, because episode two was stunningly horrid, but also because, quite simply, its not as easy for me to get to watch the streams as it is for all the Crunchyroll-licensed titles. I’m just not willing to cough up the money to Hulu to be able to watch animu streams on a tablet or my phone. Why am I willing to pay a CR membership but not a Hulu one? Honestly, probably just since I am accustomed to doing so with CR but am not with Hulu. As for the question of, “Well, why not get used to Hulu, too?” – I just dropped my Netflix subscription in part to save money, so, yeah, don’t think I’m gonna be digging into a Hulu one instead.

So, TL;DR, no more Coppelion for me.

Ranking shows currently watching:

  1. Galilei Donna
  2. Yami Shibai
  3. The Unlimited
  4. Beyond the Boundary
  5. Samurai Flamenco

Yami Shibai, ep. 9

Um, well, really, not much to say here. Yami Shibai is still capable of being ultra-creepy.

The Unlimited, ep. 3-7

I continue to enjoy this show overall, although some things stand out as terribly irritating, chief among them the accusations of lolicon-ness lobbed against a couple of the characters in situations where normal human beings would never do so. Andy does a solid job of understanding nine year old Yuugiri as a child, i.e. what sorts of things motivate her and what sorts of things she has an interest in, and other characters giggle and say, “Oh, a lolicon!” Hyobu demonstrates a sincere concern for the well-being of Yuugiri, and the characters elbow each other and chuckle about how he is such a lolicon. Its the sort of thing which forcibly ejects one from the story, because its just such an anime thing to do that it calls attention to the fact that, hey folks, you’re watching an anime!

Then, in episode seven, everything goes sledgehammer mode in a seeming attempt to make us all believe that subtlety is entirely a lost art.

I know I’m being fairly negative, but I do continue to enjoy this show. It still feels very much like Terra e… but with much more violent psychics, as the drive of the plot ultimately is that a lot of people dislike psychics and discriminate against them. It certainly isn’t the most original story out there, but the execution is fairly competent, and a few of the personalities in the mix (primarily Hyobu) are just interesting enough to keep it from being merely bog-standard for the sort of show it is.

Beyond the Boundary, ep. 3

Speaking of annoying things that are so anime, sigh, Beyond the Boundary this week… so Hiromi has a sister complex. And he is totally okay and cool with letting the world know about it. Only in anime, folks. The entire exchange betwixt Hiromi and Akihito about their fetishes felt so hideously artificial and like something that a person with little to no experience in interacting with others would write. And this is something the show keeps getting snagged by, these moments that just don’t work, where either it feels much too fake or the ultra-seriousness of the proceedings gets too heavy and the audience remembers that a lot of it is patently absurd in the chuunibyou-type sense.

Beyond the Boundary frequently feels like a show that is inches at best from collapsing under its own weight. It takes things right up to the edge of where they could work, then stumbles across it. Mirai and the bucket in the first episode is probably the perfect example – fine, I can roll with a heroine who is a bit klutzy, not thrilled with it, but I can deal. But a girl who is soooo damn out of it that she can’t tell the difference between a bucket on her head and the lights being off? Now that’s kind of fucking special, and not in a good way.

Yet I do keep watching. There’s just barely enough in it still that intrigues me such that I remain engaged and curious about where its all going – especially since the whole Hollow whatever it is thing seems like something that should be popping up in episode ten or so, not episode three. There also remains that slight sinister smell to the entire thing. And, who knows – maybe I’m just drawn to seeming allusions to self-harm, which is what I myself see in the manifestation of Mirai’s abilities.

Galilei Donna, ep. 2

In this week’s installment of everyone’s favorite anime about Galileo’s descendants and a goldfish mecha, we continue to get a strong message that the police aren’t all that great.

Saving the best for last, I unabashedly love Galilei Donna so far. Unfortunately, fact-checking does not seem to be this show’s strong point – A-1 continues to claim that Galileo was all about geocentrism, which is absolutely, totally, completely not the case. If Galileo had been all hot for geocentrism, this anime wouldn’t exist, because he’d be like a massive amount of other people of his era and the Catholic Church would then have had little reason to shriek about him and excommunicate him. His thing was heliocentrism. And then there were these revolvers in this episode used by the police that apparently carry something like forty-five rounds each somehow, as they fired them as if they were automatic weapons.

In this episode, women and girls continue to save themselves and each other, which is still just as thrilling and as much a breath of fresh air was it was in the premiere. Its difficult for me to fully convey how monumental this feels to me. Just pleaseeeee keep up this trend, A-1, ok? I really like it.

This week we find out that the apparent police chief is named Cassini. You may recognize this name from the Cassini-Huygens (more commonly known as the Cassini probe) that was launched in 1997 by NASA to go to Saturn, and which is still to this day chilling out around Saturn, gathering data. This is in part named after Giovanni Domenico Cassini, a 17th century French-Italian astronomer who also had several descendants who were important astronomers as well.

The name of the episode was Messier, after either Charles Messier, a French astronomer, or the objects that bear his name, Messier objects. Messier objects are over one hundred star clusters and nebulae that Messier listed in an effort to help prevent confusion on his own part in identifying comets. At the time it wasn’t known what these objects were, exactly, except that they weren’t comets even though they could be mistaken as such.

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