Fall 2017 Grab Bag Week 3: Sangatsu no Lion, Mahou Tsukai no Yome, and Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou

This is starting to become a bit of an experiment in talking about shows I would normally just watch on my own. I'm sure I'll figure out a consistent format for this eventually.

3-gatsu no Lion S2 Episode 2

I really liked the development of Gotou from this episode. Characters are much more interesting when they're not black and white. We were introduced to the cruel, harsh version of Gotou in the beginning, but this episode really explored the idea that there was more to him. Rei's own conflict was pretty telling of this fact, as he struggled to reconcile the man that he despised with the man that was defending his mentor.

As we're introduced to Gotou's wife, the show starts to answer the question of what might be driving Gotou's behavior. Perhaps he allows Kyouko to follow him around because it helps him cope. Maybe he's rough to others because he always has his hospitalized wife on his mind. I tend to like stuff like that.

The episode also does a good job of relating things back to the pro shogi world with Kumakura, showing a similar duality within a seemingly stoic character. Despite it all, he wouldn't be a pro unless he truly cared about the game.

Mahou Tsukai no Yome Episode 3

This episode was pretty nice for Chise. Despite her unfamiliarity with the magic world, she's given a legitimate chance to help someone. Given her past, that's probably a pretty huge thing for her. I thought it was really nice that Chise's uncontrolled Sleigh Beggy powers are what give Nevin to share a final dream with Chise. Nevin also had some pretty good lines.

The beginning of this episode is probably my only issue with this episode because it confirmed that the ending of last week's episode was unnecessary tension. The flashback just felt awkward because it was effectively expanding a scene that should have happened last week.

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou Episode 3

I was quite impressed with this episode because of how it took the vague concept mentioned at the beginning of the episode and applied it to what was happening. In the first episode, the question about why people went to war felt way too forced and overt. In this episode, the random question of why people live isn't even answered in the beginning of the episode. I almost missed it.

However, the episode ended up covering a person who had identified himself so strongly with a something he had done only to lose it. It kinda goes into the idea of how we define ourselves and what matters. The series covers physical objects, but I've always been interested in the ideas we use to define ourselves. You can become overly attached and sacrifice anything not to lose these ideas. Just a thought.

But all that aside, this line was gold.

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