Batch Update: Cardfight Vanguard 31, Kaiji Season 2 ep. 19, Kamisama no Memo-chou 6
August 15, 2011
Due to continuing circumstances, this is another batch update with very brief comments on each series.
Cardfight! Vanguard 31
Misaki lost her match, as I guessed, and Aichi is still struggling through his. He is up against a tough opponent from the Foo Fighters team. I guess I should say “Teams”, since Foo Fighters has two teams in this tournament for some reason. I don’t know what to make of these continued cameos, I only watched the first couple of episodes of Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, so I’m not really sure what the connection between the two series is all about.
Kaiji season 2 episode 19
This week Kaiji’s plan for dealing with the plates was revealed. Again, the extents to which Kaiji is willing to go in order to win are pretty entertaining, especially when we get to see the revelation on his opponent’s face. I have no idea if the engineering required to pull off this cheat is technically feasible or not, but it was completely unexpected by me, so I’m happy. I also wanted to comment on these ending sequences. They really add to my enjoyment of the series, because they add another level of WTF-factor. The choice of quotations from the show is often bizarre, and the woman who breathily recites these “proverbs” is so divorced from the universe in which the show takes place that it can leave one’s head spinning. And yet it seems to be so fitting. The sayings lifted from the show are usually not particularly brilliant, but they are recited so seriously, that it is almost a perfect counterpart to the narrator’s excessive excitement, regardless of how little action is actually happening. All in all, Kaiji is a pretty strange show, but I always have a good time watching it.
Kamisama no Memo-chou 6
This episode of Memo-chou continues the “mystery” from last week. Honestly it played out pretty much as I had expected, so I am a little perplexed as to why this was spread across three episodes. I suppose that might become clearer in next week’s conclusion. I’m happy that there is a darker background to the mystery this week, with Yakuza and arson, and people getting beaten up, and so forth. That works for this show, but J.C. Staff managed to stuff all of that into the background, and highlight the stuffed animals and embroidered butterflies. This show has some good aspects, but it looks like it will be overwhelmed by some questionable choices in direction.