Spring 2015 – Week 13 in Review

The final week has arrived! And there’s… basically nothing to talk about. With JoJo already over and Blood Blockade Battlefront resting up before its oversized finale, the only non-ANN shows I actually had to watch this week were Unlimited Blade Works and Ore Monogatari!! And I didn’t even watch OreMono! Sorry OreMono, I just couldn’t find the time/interest for you – as I’ve said before, OreMono isn’t one of those shows that fills me with desire to catch up when I’m not watching it, and considering the sort of static rhythms it’s gotten into over time, it’s just hard to muster up the enthusiasm. So we’ve got a mini-sized Week in Review this week, but don’t worry – with the summer season about to begin, there’ll be pleeenty to talk about soon enough. The preview guide is waiting. I can hear its call. Soon, soon, all will burn.

Alright, let’s run down what we’ve got!

Sound! Euphonium 13: A fantastic finale to a stunning show. This has been KyoAni’s strongest show since Hyouka by miles, and overall is likely more consistent than even that one. It’s a welcome return to form for a very talented studio, and this episode was a pretty strong reflection of everything great about it. Lots of nice character moments that played off how much we’ve learned about the whole band, lots of thematic reflections bouncing across the cast, and some absolutely gorgeous bits of animation scattered across both the performance and the little character interactions. Euphonium ends strong, securing its place in both my end-of-year and all-time lists.

Sound! Euphonium

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 13: And the disappearance arc ended with one more strong episode, this one focusing more on Nagato’s emotions than the creepy mechanics of her situation. I thought it went a bit over the top at a couple moments, but was overall a very effective resolution to the arc, buoyed by strong color work and general direction. Here’s hoping the show doesn’t immediately go back to derpy romcom lala land.

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 25: That was a nice epilogue! This episode was calm and endearing and full of the kind of nice character moments that occasionally made the first half work so well. There was a randomly fantastic fight scene (I don’t even know why they put that here – if they had a trick like that stored up, couldn’t they have used it somewhere the second season actually needed it?) and lots of silly Rin faces and a great cameo by Waver. The backgrounds were lovely, the music was peaceful, and the whole thing just felt light and friendly and enjoyable. The show’s felt intensely labored for a long time, so it was nice to see it seem comfortable with itself again before it headed off. This second half has been a disaster overall, but it’s always good to end on a high note.

Unlimited Blade Works

Oregairu S2 13: Oregairu is over, but my heart will go on. I’m actually perfectly satisfied with this resolution; we got key steps forward from both Yui and Yukino, and the overall episode gave us a bunch more cute moments with the main three just enjoying time together. There’s certainly more the show could say (and considering its success, it seems likely we’ll see more), but there’s always more to say. Growing up is a process, and Oregairu has depicted that process with empathy and insight. This second season was an unexpected gift, and I feel almost weirdly proud of how far the show has come.


Ore Monogatari!! 12: Yes, I did indeed say I hadn’t watched OreMono. But I wrote that opening blurb at around 8 PM on Tuesday, and after that found myself with a little more free time, and so I snuck the dang thing in. And the episode was… well, definitely an OreMono episode. Lots of silly faces, lots of Yamato being adorable and Takeo being a dork, and a couple solid jokes. My favorite gag this time was far and away Suna just slowly closing the door on Yamato snuggling with Takeo, but I was also a fan of the more easy chemistry this episode compared to the very Anime Romance beach trip. The show’s still sitting in a pretty static and intimacy-averse slice of life neutral (comparing this show to some of the far-more-heated scenes from Euphonium kind of hammers in how chaste all of this is), but it’s certainly pleasant enough. I’m not sure if I’ll make it to the end, but I’m holding on for now!

Ore Monogatari!!

9 thoughts on “Spring 2015 – Week 13 in Review

  1. With OreGairu and Euphonium two shows close to my heart ended this season :’)
    I see lots of people (mostly on reddit) not being satisfied with how the 2nd season of OreGairu concluded but it worked perfectly fine for me. It’s been more of an emotional conclusion to a lot of threads throughout the whole cour than a “plot” conclusion.

    • Yeah, I can see how people might have wanted a more definitive ending, but I think this one certainly said what the show needed to say. Although we’ll see if it actually ends here…

  2. Honestly, after all the cringeworthiness in the second half of Fate/Stay Night, it’s actually rather frustrating to see such a nice epilogue.

    I’m still not sure if the VN was really this bad as well and I was just too young and chuuni to notice or if it is simply much worse when you switch the medium (largely because I can’t actually bring myself to replay it), but it’s very easily seen that the weakest parts of UBW were whenever it was the most faithful to its source material and that its best parts were the more or less original content.

    It’s a shame that the studio didn’t get free rein with this and apparently was most obligated to keep quoting pages upon pages of text during the supposedly dramatic confrontation with Archer.

    • Yeah, the Caster episode sure was incredible. Gotta say Ufotable’s writers crafted one heck of a character with Mr. Gatorade.

  3. With OreMono you’re going to get something resembling a bit of plot from Episode 13. Not sure if you’ll enjoy it though. It comes at the cost of having to cope with a character who’s the most annoying (and creepy) yet.

  4. Oregairu and Euphonium. Between the two of them dunno which was the better anime. Maybe the fact that it was Oregairu’s second season makes the characters dearer, but for some reason the heart insists Hachiman over Kumiko. Euphonium is a masterclass in execution though. Just nailed it almost every time, whereas there were moments where Oregairu veered ever so slightly from its most potent. Great spring.

  5. Yea both Euphonium and Oregairu endings were great.
    Though pretty much all of Oregairu attempts at jokes failed hard during that last episode…

    Actually also watched Punch Line since one of my friend was really into it. It ended up being a pretty nice show and the panty antics calmed down at the mid point. Just a neat little story imo.

    • Yeah, I enjoyed Punch Line as well. The whole “panty” thing was really shoehorned in, it almost looked like an afterthought – overall the show was way less ecchi/fanservice-y than one would expect from such a premise, and mostly plot- and character-centric. I still think the ending was a bit disappointing though, mostly because it felt like it didn’t explain everything properly (which I suspect will be left to the upcoming VN).

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