Fairy Tail 507
World Trigger 162
Yuusha ga Shinda! 69 - 70
The Seven Deadly Sins 197
The Ancient Magus' Bride 33
Samon the Summoner 17 - 18
Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko! 448 - 450
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen 39
Apparently Wednesdays with Zeni is a thing now. Wednesdays with Poke is one too, albeit a completely different "thing".
Episode 25: My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute! (originally posted: October 19, 2016)
I might not have noticed this last episode, but when Kuroneko revealed that the next step in her dating with Kyosuke was breaking up with him, apparently Kyosuke read it and thought it was some type of joke. Well it's no joke, and apparently when Kuroneko breaks up with you, she cuts all ties. Alongside the breakup, she transferred out of the high school, moved out of her house, and worst of all, won't return his calls. When the gravity of the situation sets in, Kyosuke finds himself overcome with sadness, the only option to get over it being confidence in another. But instead of Manami, who gave him those words of advice to begin with, Kyosuke decides to confide in Kirino.
After explaining the situation to her and receiving a surprise calm-down from her, Kirino decides to help Kyosuke get over his girlfriend troubles by finding Kuroneko and convincing her to get back together with him, as well as put a stop to her sudden transfer. A brief text message conversation with Kuroneko, who's still in Kirino's circle of friends in spite of the transfer, leads them to a village whose tourism is based around the hot springs industry. After spending the better half of a couple hours asking the locals if they've seen her and turning up jack squat, they decide to break for food before resuming their search... and of course, it's only then that Kuroneko finally shows herself.
After Kirino explains why she and Kyosuke were looking for her, Kuroneko tells her two things. First, she only started going out with Kyosuke to help realize her "ideal world", the same one from last episode with Kyosuke and Kirino looking like they're getting along really well. She doesn't mention that part, though. Second, she doesn't buy that Kirino was really aiming to help Kyosuke get back together with her, especially considering the pained look on her face she spotted when she saw them together.
And that's where things get ugly, eye-opening, and surprisingly deep.
Kirino exclaims that she hates Kyosuke - no surprise there, what sibling doesn't hate their other sibling? - but hating him as a person isn't what gets her riled up most. One of the few things that she hates more than the brother himself is the idea of him having a girlfriend. This feeling's been with her for a long time, and her fake BF-GF relationship with Mikagami was her way of putting Kyosuke in her shoes, make him realize her feelings by having him admit that he dislikes her having a boyfriend. As expected, it worked, but then Kuroneko decided to confess to Kyosuke, and told Kirino before she did. Much to Kirino's surprise, she didn't do anything to stop it, assuming it would be easy to deal with, but that didn't work out so much. In fact, she was relieved to hear that Kuroneko broke up with him. But then Kyosuke started crying - the one thing about him Kirino hates most - and decided to cheer him up by going against everything she stood for and getting him and Kuroneko back together. After all, Kyosuke went to great efforts to help her out before; it's about time she repaid him in kind.
With Kirino's true feelings on the matter known (and also her passing out for some reason), Kuroneko comes clean as well. As it turns out, her breaking up with Kyosuke was actually tied to the transfer out of their high school, not the other way around. Her father got a promotion in his job, and with it a move to company housing in Matsudo, the "Mad City" of Chiba Prefecture. (Apparently called so because it has no working streetlamps.) As the distance would be too much for her and Kyosuke to continue dating as they have been, she felt that them breaking off their relationship was the best course of action. As for why she was in a hot springs town, her family was taking a vacation there while the forms for her transfer went through.
But just because she's not close enough to go to school with or date Kyosuke, it doesn't mean Kuroneko can't hang out with them. In fact, she invites him and Kirino over that weekend for just that purpose, and also completing her Destiny Note ceremony with the finalized version of her "ideal world", her joining Kyosuke and Kirino as they now get along. Partially true, since they still tend to bicker, but nevertheless satisfying.
I swear, this episode really surprised me with how well it pulled off the development for both Kirino and her relationship with Kyosuke. This episode really summed up the truth about siblings: they're difficult to live with, to the point of being downright hateable at times, but in the end, they care for each other and that's what truly matters. I felt that to be the case between Kyosuke and Kirino, as far back as the point where everyone started hating Kirino because she was bitchier than your standard run-of-the-mill imouto, and it's nice to see the show finally admit that truth.
A couple moments between those two I enjoyed:
Kirino putting Kyosuke in a chokehold before giving him a more natural and loving down-calmer; likely revenge for him slapping her awake.
Her complaining about his sudden lack of assertion the moment he's the one in a pinch, and her surprise at him not talking back even a little. I can't blame him there, this is the first time he's ever been in this situation, how else should he react?
Him suggesting that he'll only get a girlfriend when she gets a boyfriend, to which he's immediately called out by her for being contradictory. Still, not a bad idea...
Harsher than the "I luv my onii-san 5ever!" type of imouto like Taro's sister in MM!, and softer than the "I luv hurting my onii-san 6ever!" type of imouto like Kinjirou's sister in Mayo Chiki. Kirino is the perfect balance between those two types, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
WHY? Perhaps the biggest stand-out moment this episode was Kirino calling Kuroneko a "horny cat" upon seeing her in the maid outfit from episode 11 while at her new apartment. Second were the two times she said "pissed". After that, not much. Just some extremely vague incest references, one use of "damn", and a montage of Kyosuke getting hit by people for Kirino's sake.
SCREENCAPS: For act 1, the Destiny Record's next prediction, and for act 2, Kirino playing the dog to Kuroneko's, well... don't force me to explain it to you.
Yeah, that is pretty weird with the suicide screens and Mitarai. Come to think of it, they also could have made more use out of Monaca, as she was unaffected by it. I'm guessing the video doesn't work if one views it from a camera like she would have had to.
His original body could have been killed before he even met Emilia a century ago (which would explain her not recognizing the current Subarus). If he's been leaping to new bodies for that long, yeah, he could easily forget his original one when you add madness on top of all that. It's not like he can look at old pictures.
And before you say it, his original Subaru does not have to be contemporary with this time period, as it would seem Satella can drop him in anywhere in the history she likes.
One more thing, the guy who the tree was named for was from Japan too (as indicated by the carving in the trunk being in Japanese), and could well be yet another Subaru. Or not. :D Things can get pretty pretzeled with more than one leaper...
Like I said, it wasn't really a translation problem - you'd have to know the right spelling, and the kanji or kata wouldn't tell you. One thing I did learn was that they don't just take CR's subs and tweak them, they do their own in-house TL (which is probably cheaper than paying for the rights to use the existing subs). So basically, I think the only way to tell them something useful in advance is for arcane facts a translator probably wouldn't know. And seriously, no one would even care about this but me! :D I just happen to have a very, very, distant relative many times removed who wrote the book on the subject. ^.^
I was reading a blog on the last chapter of Bleach and the series overall, and the author brought up something I for some reason never even thought about. Ichigo and Orihime are both humans, and Rukia and Renji are both Soul Reapers. So if Ichigo and Rukia got together, Ichigo would grow old while Rukia stayed young. So, that would be kind of depressing in the long run. Sure, Ichigo would eventually die and go to the Soul Society, but still.
I also would have preferred the torch to be passed to Karin. But the kids are fine, I suppose.
Don't forget that many shows do this, it just seems like OP is worse because of its longer openings and no endings.
But for example, HxH does the whole Hunter explanation, plus opening and ending, which eats up time too.
That's true, but most shows don't occasionally spend up to seven minutes on that stuff and a lengthy recap. I just finished getting current with the anime series again (marathoned it from 678 onward) and a pretty decent amount of those episodes spent five to seven minutes on that stuff. Very few were anything shorter than that and a couple were actually a little longer.
I love One Piece to death, it's still my favorite series, I'm still completely opposed to them ever doing actual filler arcs, etc., but sometimes I feel like they're really going overboard with the padding. It's tolerable when marathoning it, but when I watch the show on a one episode per week basis it's pretty much hell.
Honestly if I could split this up a bit differently, I'd have to go for the late 90s to mid-late 00s. Think Bebop up until the time of E7 or so. There were multiple ridiculously-good series pretty much every year during that time.