Blue Exorcist Episode 29

Review:

After three episodes of mostly teen angst, we finally get back to the whole someone stealing the eye thing and of course it’s the girl who got told one thing one time and decides it is an absolute regardless of evidence of lack of it. It’s amazing how easy it is to convince yourself of something when you perceive every event through the lens that what you think is true and you find a way to distort all the facts to fit that truth. I mean, she might be right, it isn’t like I think the superiors in the church are actually trustworthy given they all seem to have their own agendas, but it just seems that trusting Todo is a terrible idea.

Rin of course finaly figures out some basic flame control (thank goodness because I’m sick of sitting on the roof with him watching him destroy candles).

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And then of course loses control when confronting Bon about his father issues. It’s great that we’re reminded that Fujimoto was important to Rin and Rin is still harbouring guilt around his death, but when he interprets everyone else’s relationship through that lens it becomes irritating. Just because you’ve been through trauma does not give you the right to dictate the actions of others and while superficially the circumstances between Bon and his father seem similar, Rin is seriously butting in where he’s not needed. This is one of my pet hate character traits when watching anime. In honesty, I was happy when he got knocked out cold.

Blue Exorcist is available on AnimeLab.


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Poco’s Udon World Episode 12

Review:

We’re sickly sweet right up until the very end but this show managed to stay on the adorable and heartwarming side (at least for me) rather than the nauseating overload of sweetness some of these shows go for. This final episode is the perfect resolution and it really feels like this show has done exactly what it wanted to. Possibly the flashbacks with the father were a little overdone. We kind of got the point of where they were going significantly faster than that scene finished but that’s probably my own impatience getting in the way rather than an actual criticism. Anyway, I’ll do a full series review of this eventually but it was really sweet.

Poco’s Udon World is available on Crunchyroll.


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Bloodivores Episode 5

Review:

How do you even start with this? Why is the scar on Mi Liu’s arm on his inner arm when his father clearly grabbed him the other way? And in case we forgot that minor detail from episode 1, let’s have a flashback sequence to make it clear that the scar and the ‘Sapphire’ (whatever that might be) are in totally the wrong place. While we’re on that subject though, who taught Mi Liu how to conduct a search. Searching ‘Bloodivores’ is not going to get you anywhere and why would ‘death row inmates’ be password protected. I could understand specific information about specific inmates being protected but the entire search. Outside of location failure and technology failure we are given a brief view outside of the prison where Mi Liu’s father is getting grilled by a table of shadowy, angry men. While I’m loathe to say it, this scene just reminded me of Gendo Ikari in Neon Genesis and from there I couldn’t take it seriously at all.

The other prisoners were still trapped behind the wall except that one guy who is shirtless (mostly so we can distinguish him from all the other guys we don’t really care about), and shirtless guy runs into some orange haired guy who proves that the monsters aren’t that scary and effectively ends a crisis for the prisoners that has been running for four episodes. That said, it isn’t as if the monsters were the main problem. They’ve just been trying to keep things interesting on screen while the story fails to progress.

Anyway, if you were still watching at ep 5, you won’t drop the show from this, but if you haven’t picked it up yet, I’d recommend steering clear.

Bloodivores is available on Crunchyroll.

Sweetness and Lightning Episode 1

Overview:

Kohei is a widower who works as a teacher. He is struggling preparing meals and looking after his daughter but the two of them soldier on. Then they have a chance encounter with one of his students while viewing flowers.

Review:

For those who like their anime sweet, this first episode is for you. It is charming and there is an absolutely brilliant dynamic between father and daughter. The student didn’t fare so well in this first episode but she still has her own kind of sweetness about her and I’m sure in future episodes she’ll connect better with the core family. I have no complaints about this episode. It sets up its characters and the premise nicely, looks adorable and moves well. I also know I probably won’t see this series through unless it brings in a little more drama and tension because sweetness isn’t really my thing in continuous stretches (unless we are talking about chocolate).

Sweetness and Lightning is available on Crunchyroll.