Fall 2017 Grab Bag Week 8: Sangatsu no Lion, Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, and Mahou Tsukai no Yome

There's only a recap for Fate/Apocrypha this week, so I'm doing this early.

3-gatsu no Lion S2 Episode 29

This episode definitely had a lot of nice things going for it. Akari's really interesting to me as a character because I like how her insecurities are shown. Despite the fact that she's been working to provide for her sisters alone, this episode showed how quickly she would turn to others to take her place because of how unsure she was with herself.

Hina's scenes were cool too, but I'm more looking forward to what's to come. Her conversation with the teacher was just a tragedy to watch too, as the teacher was clearly trying to push any responsibility off of herself.

We also got a pretty long shogi match this week. I liked the way the match was presented and how it was linked to both Rei and Hina. The veterans did a good job of pointing out Rei's similarities with Hachiya. And Rei's reactions during the game about how someone could behave in such an irritating manner without any regard for others is remiscient of the bullying situation.

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou Episode 8

I wasn't totally on board with the graves story this week, but I liked the other stories. Maybe the point of the graves story was that Chi and Yuu were imposing an explanation on something that may not actually be true, in which case I'm more on board. I just didn't really care as much.

The spiral story was a pretty cool one. It seemed like a nod to the repetition of everyday life and its potentially dizzying effects.

The last story seemed to be more of a reference to the old tale that the full moon causes people to go crazy. It was pretty funny that the series introduced a physical cause in the form of beer, though. Nothing wrong with getting the characters drunk, right?

Mahou Tsukai no Yome Episode 8

I really enjoy Ruth's story in this series. A large part of that might be because of Chise's explosive display of magic in this episode. It was nice to see her actually using her power and being more than a helpless pawn that Elias pushes.

I also really liked that Ruth didn't dwell too much on Isabelle as many characters like him would. Chise's able to convince him pretty reasonably that the Isabelle chimera wasn't the girl he loved.

It still seems a bit cheesy sometimes, but it's nice that Chise continues to accept Elias so easily. I'm happy that her responses go further than the standard "you don't scare me" that others might give.

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