Winter 2018 Grab Bag Week 5: Sangatsu no Lion, Mahou Tsukai no Yome, Koi wa Ameagari no You ni

Hey, I got another new show to mention this week.

3-gatsu no Lion S2 Episode 38

In case you're not aware of it already, the next 3 episodes of 3-gatsu are supposed to be on hold because of the Olympics. There's always the small hope that the episodes are released anyway, but we'll have to find out as we go. I'm just putting this out there in case I have to drop it from the lineup next week.

I'm a big fan of how Souya was portrayed in this episode. While he does fit into the eccentric genius stereotype pretty well, I like the idea that the media's reaction to him partly fuels that perception. His inability to hear makes him seem like an oddball, when the reality is much simpler. I also laughed at the fact that Souya just answers the generic questions he expects to get because he can't hear the actual questions.

I did find it a bit odd, though, when the episode opened with repeated scenes from the previous episode. I was thinking it was an attempt to show the events from last week in Souya's perspective, but I would have expected something different in the audio.

Nikaidou's return was also presented well. His genuine ambition is always refreshing. I also liked this line from Nikaidou about wanting his own name on a technique. It makes sense for him to think that way given his sickly nature, as he'd probably want to make his mark before his sickness consumed him.

Mahou Tsukai no Yome Episode 17

I have a very skewed opinion of the story in this episode. I didn't think it was too bad, but I've seen something similar in a previous show. xxxHolic has an episode devoted to the potentially destructive power of words that I was constantly comparing to this story. In the xxxHolic episode, the story focuses on a girl who is constantly being told by her sister that she is incapable of accomplishing anything. These words cause her to fail at her endeavors.

In contrast, this episode felt a lot more mundane, focusing on a pretty standard sibling fight. It felt less impactful because the words of children really shouldn't have as much weight behind them. Also, I might be biased because I was really annoyed with the guy who was abducting Ethan. Since we know nothing about him, he just comes off as a jerk.

That being said, it was nice to see Chise saving the day herself despite having her magic restricted. She's coming a long way.

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni Episode 4

I'm getting in the game late with this show and I've always been bad at talking about romance shows, so I don't want to spend too much time catching up. Overall, I think the story's been pretty interesting so far, and the show does a great job with visual presentation (especially with eyes).

With episode 4 specificaly, we got Tachibana and Kondou's first date together. I really liked how the episode paralleled the main couple's date with the fake date Tachibana has with Kase in the first half. This particular scene in the cafe was funny for me because it showed how Tachibana didn't want Kondou to find out about the other date without drawing too much attention to itself.

Similarly, the episode had some nice focus on Kondou and his own thoughts on the situation. It illustrated how self-conscious he was about his age and how much of a barrier it was without drawing too much attention to that fact.

I had a bit of a gripe with how the episode started, though. Kase seemed to get dragged into the story with a brief phone call showing his preference for high school girls. It felt a bit too forced as a way to get him interested in Tachibana just in time to mess with her date. It's not that I think he shouldn't be there for drama. I just think that he could have been introduced in a better way.

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