Fall 2017 Grab Bag Week 10: Sangatsu no Lion, Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, and Mahou Tsukai no Yome

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3-gatsu no Lion S2 Episode 31

I often wonder if I say stuff like this too much, but the bridge scene at the end of this week's episode was one of the scenes that I was most looking forward to seeing in the anime adaptation. It's an excellent display of how far Rei has come from the child who naturally avoided everyone around him. He's able to understand Hina enough to guess where she'd be in a completely different environment.

The discussion surrounding Nikaidou's game is also an interesting question of what really counts as "fair". I tend to come off as competitive, but I don't think I'm someone who could be described as willing to exploit anything to win. But I think it's somewhat fair to say that Nikaidou's physical condition is a weakness that is brought into the game as a factor.

I think Rei's criticism of his opponent are probably saying that there's a difference between a physical weakness that can't truly be eliminated and a mental weakness (in gameplay) that can be removed with the proper mindset. I think it's a fun discussion of where you draw the line because you could similarly argue that some minds aren't suited towards that "correct" thinking. What are your thoughts on that?

I do like, though, that it's ultimately Nikaidou's words that pull Rei out of his rage.

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou Episode 10

I might just be crazy, but this episode seemed to tie more into the other episodes than normal. It felt less isolated because it seemed to reference the music piece pretty heavily. Also, the "cat" that the girls find is probably related to the statues we've been seeing.

I do like the comparison made at the end between the sunset and the music that the girls heard. Since sound and light both have wave properties, it's pretty interesting to use the word "rhythm" to talk about light as well.

I feel like the ending of the episode kinda loses me a bit, though. I'll reserve judgment until I see where it's going, but it seems to be straying a bit far into the supernatural to have the radio transmit the new creature's thoughts.

Mahou Tsukai no Yome Episode 10

I don't have too much to say about this episode. I think it's nice to see more of Elias's past to hopefully explain why most characters try to warn Chise about him. I also think it's pretty important to show just how "fresh" Elias actually is to counter the aura he has of the wise mage.

There's something funny about this line being delivered while the speaker is holding a saw.

I also quite like this particular insight into the magic world. The idea that curses and blessings are similar in essence kinda mirrors the idea that good and evil often depend on perspective. As such, whether something is a curse or blessing depends on how you look at it.

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