Fall 2017 Grab Bag Week 6: Sangatsu no Lion, Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, and Mahou Tsukai no Yome

Eventually, I'll have a standard format for this kind of post.

3-gatsu no Lion S2 Episode 27

The first half of this episode was actually one of my favorite parts when I was reading the manga. It was a scene that demonstrates why I like Hayashida a lot as a character. He's always acting as comic relief, but he sincerely cares about Rei, as demonstrated by the panic he shows the second Rei mentions bullying.

Hayashida's reaction to Hina's story was also really cool. Rather putting more undue pressure on the victim, he immediately reacts from the perspective he knows best, the proper behavior of a teacher.

But as much as I liked the first half in the manga, I really liked the second half of the episode in the anime. I had forgotten about this scene from the manga, and it felt a lot more meaningful the second time. I'm not saying I empathize completely with Akari's situation, but I can undersatnd the pressures of being the eldest.

I also found Akari's story interesting because of the way she trivialized the "platitudes" she said to Hina. I've always thought that a platitude that's useless to me shouldn't be said to others. But it was interesting that the sayings she identified as useless were the ones that Hina incorporated into a strong sense of justice. It's something for me to think about on my own.

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou Episode 6

I was honestly convinced that things were going to go bad in this week's episode. After all, it was an episode devoted to hopelessness, so I was expecting a bad ending. I guess it doesn't fit the overall tone of the show...not that I'm complaining. I suppose the show really pushes the idea of making the best of a bad situation.

I really liked Yuu in this week's episode because of how she was perpetuating the theme of hopelessness. It was funny to watch her get her hopes up only to have them shot down by Ishii in the base. I enjoyed watching her reactions.

This episode was kind of an interesting presentation of the idea of trying and failing over not trying at all. The episode ends with Ishii showing a sense of liberation, no longer weighed down by the dream of flying to a new place. It's a simple theme, I suppose.

Mahou Tsukai no Yome Episode 6

I don't have all too much to say about this episode because it was mostly cooling down from the previous two episodes. I like Titania and Oberon as characters, but I honestly don't have much to say on the episode. I just think it's cool that Oberon acts like a goof, but he still illuminates the strong and weak areas of the relationship between Chise and Elias.

Also, Titania's facepalms in this episode were amazing.

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