Winter 2018 Grab Bag Week 4: Sangatsu no Lion, Miira no Kaikata, and Grancrest Senki

This week's episode of Mahoutsukai no Yome didn't have too much going on, so I'm rotating in another show I haven't mentioned yet.

3-gatsu no Lion S2 Episode 37

Even though I know basically nothing about shogi, I still enjoyed the game this week. Between the commentary from the other spectators and Rei's own commentary, I definitely felt like I had a good sense of how the game was progressing. It's pretty much a given that Rei would lose, but I liked how it seemed like Souya and the other spectators were acknowledging him.

Part of me related to Souya a bit in this episode. I've always been hard of hearing as well, so I will often respond based on what I think the other person is saying rather than constantly asking for it to be repeated. Souya kinda takes this to another level. Still, his single comment to Rei is pretty cool. The show's really pushing the similarities between the two without being too overt about it. In other shows, you'd probably have side characters saying that the two players play in a similar style or something. Instead, we're given these small hints that they think similarly.

I really liked how Souya was presented after the game. We've been given clues so far that he might be a bit of an airhead. As we saw in the previous episode when wine was spilled on Souya's suit, the chairman always seems to be doting over him. It makes Souya seem less self-sufficient. However, he still wordlessly acts as a guide as Rei attempts to handle their predicament.

Miira no Kaikata Episodes 1-3

You know, I was really going to skip this show, but the mummy won me over. I didn't think I'd find a tiny mummy adorable, but I do. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be too much more to the show quite yet, so I can understand not finding it appealing.

There's a certain mystery around the mummy that I also find interesting, but I'm not going to act as though that's a major factor in my enjoyment. I barely caught this comment from Kaede, which seemed pretty curious. I'm not sure if it was a throwaway joke.

Additionally, I'm still not sure why Mii had to be a mummy specifically. Other than the whole idea of finding out what's beneath the bandages, has anything really required a mummy in particular? I mean, he came in a casket and eats dog food, after all.

Grancrest Senki Episodes 3-4

Okay, I'm finally caught up with this series...and it's really not that impressive so far. I admit that I don't particularly hate the show, but I don't feel like it does enough.

This entire skirmish overall has a bit of a strange impression. Because we're only concerned with seeing what the named characters are doing, the battle looks really one-sided in the heroes' favor. But the reality is that the heroes are fighting a losing battle and it shows in the end. However, we're shown so many scenes where the main characters are routing their enemies pretty easily, which gives a completely different impression.

Aishela's "death" was particularly frustrating for me. I didn't believe for a second that a major character who hadn't even been developed yet would die from an attack that wasn't even shown on screen. However, she's given a death scene that doesn't even have time to feel dramatic before it's yanked away by the priest. What was this meant to accomplish?

This whole "old timey" death scene for Savis didn't really work for me.

I just feel like this show could have accomplished more if Siluca was a bit more mysterious with her motives. Instead, the series makes it blatantly obvious that she's fallen for Theo, so it's really hard to suspect her motives like some of the other characters.

I couldn't ignore this scene. During this entire scene, the dying soldiers on the ground were frozen in their death pose. It was pretty hilarious and sad at the same time.

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