Fall 2017 Grab Bag Week 9: Sangatsu no Lion, Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, and Mahou Tsukai no Yome

I'm back to business as usual, I suppose.

3-gatsu no Lion S2 Episode 30

While this week's episode was a bit of a shift of focus towards Nikaidou, it still acted as very welcome characterization for an otherwise questionable character. It was great to see how much he understood Rei and how far he was willing to go to help Rei. In his moment of weakness, Nikaidou is able to display his strength in that way.

I especially liked this line from Nikaidou. He recognizes that he's generally a pitiable person, so he is especially hurt when he's treated as such in the one area where he finds strength.

Hayashida was also great in this episode. I still find his passion as a teacher refreshing as well as his immediate willingness to step in and offer assistance.

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou Episode 9

This week's episode focuses on a bit of an old concept, but it's done in a pretty interesting way. The question of whether "intelligent" robots could ever be alive is not a new one, but this episode does a nice job of exploring how we judge life by weighing a robot's life against a fish's life.

I'm curious. Am I the only one who disagreed with the final decision to destroy the giant robot? I'm sure that was the point of the episode, but it felt to me like the robot, which was capable of socializing with the other robot was more deserving of life than the fish. We're kinda programmed to associate organic material with life, but this was an interesting alternative.

Mahou Tsukai no Yome Episode 9

This week's episode is a bit of a cooldown from last week, but it still brought up some nice ideas. Chise's reaction to Angelica's warning about Elias brings an interesting element of doubt to the series. It's pretty weird that Chise seems so attached to Elias, and it's fair for Angelica to point it out. It makes you wonder whether there's more to Chise's attachment.

The second story of the episode also seemed to be tied together with Chise's conundrum, showing off a rather unconventional form of love. I really liked what the leannan sidhe said about her affection being something separate from love because it defied the standards of her species. It fits with the unnatural relationship Chise has with Elias.

Silky, what you got there?

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