Fall 2017 Grab Bag Week 5: Sangatsu no Lion, Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, Mahou Tsukai no Yome, and Ousama Game

Making up for last week by adding in another show.

3-gatsu no Lion S2 Episode 4

While I really liked this episode, I'll be the first to admit that I don't identify with Hina at all. I like to think I'm better now, but I know I wouldn't be the guy trying to help the bullies' target in school. I would say I identify more with Rei, the outcast who tried to look busy in school just for the sake of keeping others from interacting with him. I can also relate to his trouble with find ways to help Hina given how wildly different he was in school.

When I first saw the scene at the end of the episode (while reading the manga), I instantly identified it as one of my favorite scenes. I really liked the idea of Hina's resolve in a rough situation saving Rei from the ill memories of his own childhood. It kinda reminds me of the whole concept of meeting the right people to pull yourself out of a bad place.

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou Episode 5

This show continues to be a welcome break every week. Honestly, I didn't really get the dream sequence in this week's episode, but it was funny enough. I liked the idea of showing the girls "imagining" their dream home, though. It's very fitting for a post-apocalyptic world. The way that the show expressed their differing priorities was pretty cool too. The sedentary lifestyle that we find normal is completely foreign to them in a world where they're constantly searching for supplies to sustain themselves.

The final story in the episode was just a fun and relatable experience for me. I've always enjoyed the sound of rain, so I can understand how easy it is to just sit and listen.

There was something strangely grand about this final line from Yuu after the credits. In a world that's so beaten down, she notices something wondrous and questions whether the sounds she's just experienced were always there. It's probably a simple nod at the little things we take for granted.

Mahou Tsukai no Yome Episodes 4-5

I'm kinda curious how others are seeing Chise at this point. I think when I was reading this part, I was a little disturbed at how devoted she was to Elias. It's especially interesting given the scenes from earlier where she questions whether Elias would lose faith in her if she couldn't purify the corruption.

I also found this story to be particularly interesting. It's always said that cats have nine lives, so why don't we use those lives?

There's a fun comment about Chise's ability of "sight" in this episode too. I wonder if it's just a reference to her empathy built from her own suffering. Still, it's nice that she isn't simply distilled into her Sleigh Beggy powers.

Ousama Game Episode 5

I've been trying to keep quiet about this show because I have very little to say about it that's nice. I'm just really shocked that the random side comment I made in the first episode about how strangely dumb the characters were turned out to be my main complaint with the show. They seemed so innocuous in the beginning.

I guess I just don't understand what the show is trying to accomplish with the retelling of the "first" Ousama Game. Based on how Nobuaki's memories are being presented, the show seems to indicate that it just wants to take a block of time to tell the first game's story before getting into the second game. In that case, what is really gained from introducing the second game? By the time we get back to the second game, I'll have forgotten all about Natsuko's quirks.

It also doesn't help that I actually think the first game is more interesting than the second game for one simple reason. The first game is much less overt about the supernatural pieces of the game. You could actually explain away a lot of what we're shown with purely natural causes. In a different show, I'd be praising that. The second game just shows you in the beginning that there's something more to the deaths.

This episode in particular was just ridiculous. I'd be willing to respect this show more if the king was more reasonable, but a vague order like "don't do anything unnecessary" is just a dick move. It's silly if the game master expects you to figure out the rules by waiting until someone breaks them.

Hey, idiot. I know you want to be kind to Yousuke, but aren't you basically asking him to make Kaori cry here? You know, the thing you just promised you wouldn't let happen?

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