The season’s ending is upon us, meaning I get to slack off and only do like half a post, hurray. And in the spirit of that, I’m tired of writing this intro and am stopping now.
Hitsugi no Chaika 12: I didn’t find this episode quite as stellar as 11, mainly due to some kinda awkward pacing in the first half, but it was still pretty great. Frederica chestbursting herself was awesome, and a nice subversion of how you’d expect her death-fakeout to resolve. Toru’s “what you’re doing isn’t fighting – you’re just stabbing people” was kind of hilarious, but also really works for where he’s at in his narrative. The little psychopath is uncomfortably close to what he maybe could have become – Toru was originally searching for a reason to justify his fighting, and this kid has basically arrived at “violence just because.” But as someone who now fights purely to protect someone, it’s understandable Toru would be disgusted as this possible shadow-self.
And then Chaika blew away Blue Chaika and rescued Toru! And then they almost kissed! And Gillette got lasered to death, and then Vivi actually became a goddamn Chaika! So yeah, plenty of shit went down this episode. Chaika’s always been a kind of humbly solid show, and this week once again demonstrated that it is very much Adventure Done Right.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 13: Jotaro’s thoughtful “it could be a stand user… or it could just be some random asshole” has to be one of the highlights from this week, but it shares the bill with the JoJo crew just totally ramming that dude off the road PRE-stand-knowledge and muttering “well, that guy sure was a dick. Guess he got what he deserved.” And also deciding the best way to find the guy they want to beat up is to beat up EVERY GUY. JoJo heroes DO NOT FUCK AROUND. This was a pretty silly episode, but silly JoJo episodes are solid JoJo episodes, and it at least ended with that absurd group laugh. I’m not really sure what the show’s going to do once we kill off the fortune teller lady – apparently this season is going to go on for over fifty episodes, and I’ve heard we don’t actually run into Dio until the last quarter, so I guess we’ve got a whole lot of nonsense ahead of us. It’s clear this season is unlikely to reach the breakneck speed and creativity of Battle Tendency, but I’m still solidly along for the ride.
Knights of Sidonia 12: Normally, a season finale will at least attempt to offer some element of resolution, and maybe at least gesture towards clarifying a few of its threads. But Sidonia’s getting a second season either way, so instead of resolving a goddamn thing, its finale was just one giant action scene. And it was great! Tanikaze had an insane duel with Benisuzume, the rest of the team staged a daring attack on the core of the Death Star, and Izana even got to do something! Action scenes have always been one of this series’ premier strengths, and it went out on a great one, ably demonstrating how well this CG lends itself to manic choreography. Although it did leave time to offer a couple cliffhangers, Sidonia primarily decided to go out guns blazing, and remind of us what we’ll all be missing. I’m ready for the next act.