07-20-09, 4:10 PM
- Sora no Manimani Episode 2: (3/5) I wasn't looking forward to the second episode of this since I wasn't all that impressed by the first, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself really enjoying the story, and the humour seems to have kicked it up a notch. I particularly enjoyed Hime's INSTA-DEATH gut kick.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Episode 16: (4/5) Another impressive episode, where Ed, Al and Winry find out about Hughe's death. The pacing felt absolutely right in this episode, and I was glad to see they're no longer rushing through the content. The whole "zoom in on the phone booth" for 10 seconds was quite the "Remember this guys? This is something important" kick in the guts from Bones this week.
- Canaan Episode 3: (3/5) Yet another impressive episode on display this week, although perhaps a bit less focused on the action of the previous two, with a lot more fanservice, although the ending still kept it alive. Enjoyed the calmer scenes with Maria and Canaan, but Mino's scenes with Hakkoo stole the show.
- Bakemonogatari Episode 2: (3/5) Not entirely sure how I managed to forget posting about last week's episode of Bakemonogatari. It's no comment on the show itself, but more on my own forgetful nature. Although full of fanservice, the chemistry between our leads Araragi and Senjougahara was captivating. I was hoping they might have followed through with the mention of Araragi's extra "baggage" at the end of the episode, but it seemed to be completely ignore by the next episode.
- Bakemonogatari Episode 3: (4/5) So there was so much dialogue in this episode, they actually cut out out the opening song. Yet despite the constant of stream, it was another great episode. As with every episode (I don't think it needs be mentioned further) the series is really visually impressive. But the story and the characters aren't exactly lacking. This is the start of a new arc about Mayoi, the snail girl, although the episode didn't really concentrate much on her, devoting most of its time to conversation between the two lead characters. Still leaves me impatiently wanting more!