5. Fate/zero 18:
Fate/zero of the Dead
To be honest, I couldn’t buy all this “zOMG TRAGEDY IN PEACEFUL VILLAGE” happening because it felt like a forced asspull to create “the shitty evil despicable daddy and the traumatized clueless son” trope, which didn’t work for me by the way. I felt a little bit sorry for his dad, and was baffled by what Kiritsugu did. When Kiritsugu was a cool mysterious character before, he could be thought of as a grownup version of some messed up kid now. That’s such an undesirable chara-development which was used a bit too much in shows like the 1st Naruto, therefore I suggest for it to be included in a list of what could be called “chara-development cliches”. Ahem, enough ranting anyway, let us pretend that was a valid excuse to bring one of the better animated zombie rising productions in recent memory. *lol totally ignoring the purpose of this post lol*
4. Lupin III: Mine Fujiko to iu Onna 6:
Fujiko/We Having a Gothic Nightmare
I was hearing a goddamn distressing noise and I thought there was something wrong with the sound, then I remembered I was watching arty Rupan Sansei haha! It wasn’t just bizarre fragments of Fujiko’s memories this time, I mean this flashback scene was indeed bizarre but also very, very, VERY disgusting which ended up being extremely disturbing to watch. Owl-men examining young Fujiko ojousama was sure creepy as hell, but it’s the image of defenseless loli!Fujiko with her mouth opened and drooling saliva coming out that will remain unpleasantly stuck in my mind.
3. Natsuiro Kiseki 6:
How It Feels Seeing Your Own Mistakes
“Maybe” non of us will ever experience such thing in reality, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relate to the kind of frustration Natsumi felt as she was watching her other-self doing mistakes she learned how to avoid. On the contrary, we all should be able to relate. I mean, didn’t you ever watch a video of yourself and was like “shit I shouldn’t have embarrassed myself like that”? Or once looked at your exam paper and regretted how stupid your mistakes were? Or even worse, as you just got out of an oral/discussion exam and you started remembering all the things you shouldn’t have said, or forgot what you knew you should’ve said? Damn that upsetting feel, I kind of envy Natsumi for having a chance to yell at herself like that..
2. Sakamichi no Apollon 5:
The Bittersweet Onigiri Of Love
Man, that scene was just like 10 seconds and it was still my favorite part in this episode. Have you ever tasted a food that made you feel unreasonably happy and then the moment you realized reality couldn’t be that sweet you saw your falling tears? I bet those were exactly Kaoru’s thoughts when he tasted the onigiri made by his unrequited love interest, Ritsuko. And I must give credit to the brilliant direction here, the hums in background, the starry night sky, and the reflection of Kaoru’s face all set the most perfect mood for such moment to break.
1. Hyouka 3:
The Pendulum of DokiDoki
The epitome of dokidoki! I know I should change the site banner to this SYMBOLIC pendulum now if I weren’t lazy to do so. Oh really no kidding, I couldn’t get enough of the intro scene in the latest episode of Hyouka! The atmosphere felt fluffy and pinkish, the speed of swinging pendulum matched that of heartbeats, and the direct gaze upon Chitanda’s feminine figure brought everything to a stop. The pendulum stopped, and Houtarou skipped a heartbeat. Dammit, how that delivered! Time moved with faster pace afterward, Houtarou was anticipating a confession from Chitanda yet acting as he couldn’t care less, but it was obvious! The awaited moment was drawing close. Suddenly, atmosphere turned back gray, and pendulum was altered circular instead of heart-shaped as before. Looking at Chitanda again, Houtarou woke up from his sugary daydream, and I think I was more disappointed than he was. I hereby declare myself an official shipper of Houtarou x Chitanda to the end, very end, very very end.
~Spring Season Watchlist~
1. Accel World
2. Eureka Seven AO
4. Hunter X Hunter
6. Kuroko no Basuke
7. Lupin III: Mine Fujiko to iu Onna
8. Natsuiro Kiseki
9. Sakamichi no Apollon