Winter 2018 Grab Bag Week 1: Sangatsu no Lion, Mahou Tsukai no Yome, and Slow Start

Given that a majority of these series are from the previous season, I decided to add another show. I'm curious. I feel like these are getting longer, so would it make more sense to split them into multiple posts? I'm starting to think that's a better idea.

3-gatsu no Lion S2 Episode 34

Hina's such a strong character that it's almost unbelievable at times. I really wanted Akari to be the one who spoke out against the angry mother in this episode, and I was pretty shocked to see that Hina was the one supporting her. That being said, perhaps it's a testament to how much support Hina's been getting from everyone else (like Rei) that we see Hina speaking up.

The scene with the previous homeroom teacher was okay. I personally still side with Hayashida that she should be the one intervening as a teacher. But I can understand the mentality that her work feels ultimately meaningless after constantly trying. I would just say that it means she should be getting help from another teacher. I'm not completely willing to see her as the victim in this scenario.

You know, I was going to cry foul with the way Kokubu asks for proof here. Typically, the burden of proof lies on the party making the claim that strays from the norm, which would be the claim that Hina is being bullied in this case.

However, I was really convinced with the way Kokubu explains himself and the general lack of proof in the situation. I still think the ethics cross into sketchy territory, but I don't think the grey areas apply as much in a middle school setting. I'd agree with siding with the victim.

Mahou Tsukai no Yome Episode 13

If I'm being completely honest, I'd say I found this episode questionable for this show. The episode opens with scenes we saw at the end of the previous episode, which looked like they were only teasers for events that were coming in the future. They made sense as a mid-season finale to hint at what's to come, but they make a lot less sense here. The new opening even reuses animation from the previous opening.

As for the episode itself, it felt like not too much happened. I will say, though, that I really liked Chise's story about her family, though. Despite the tragedy we've seen in her past, it's nice to see that her family truly did love her. I initially thought that she just had generically abusive parents, but those were only her foster families.

I guess this episode was setting up the next story. Chise is a fox now...woohoo?

Slow Start Episode 1

Uhh...I actually don't have a lot to say about this show. It looked pretty good visually, the characters were interesting, and the conversations were funny enough. My only real issue is the premise. Why is it such a big deal that Hana started school a year late? I get that kids are more likely to focus on smaller things like that, but it just feels like a really boring thing to use as a character's defining feature.

I thought the fact that the father is pacing in the background here was pretty funny. You don't usually get a lot of characterization for a parent in shows like this, but it demonstrated that Hana's mother isn't the only worrier (despite sending the flood of texts).

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