September 24, 2011
Rather than recap the final episode of Kamisama no Memo-chou (God’s Notebook), I’m going to start right in on my final thoughts. I will try to avoid spoilers, however for those who just want the bottom line, this was an interesting show, that didn’t always live up to its potential; at a mere 12 episodes, it was worth a watch as a mystery series, particularly for its depiction of the darker side of modern city life.
September 10, 2011
I had been waiting for an arc of Kamisama no Memo-chou (God’s notebook) to be dedicated to Ayaka, who I thought was an excellent character in the first episode, but has been mostly sidelined. Episode 10 formally kicks off that arc, and it turns out to be a rather dark and tragic one.
September 4, 2011
I have a low tolerance for filler episodes, so a one-off like episode 9, in which the cast of Kamisama no Memo-chou (God’s Notebook) gets together to play baseball against some yakuza isn’t high on my list of favorite shows I’ve seen this week. As with the earlier filler episode, the whole thing was rather implausible. The second best thing that can be said about it is that it is over in one episode.
The best thing that can be said, is that it was a very roundabout way of returning to the matter of Ayaka’s missing brother. Ayaka’s brother was mentioned missing from the very first episode. Ever since then I have been expecting this to become a plot point. Finally this episode ends with Ayaka being told her brother is nearby. This is quite good news, because I thought Ayaka was one of the most interesting characters in episode 1, and after that she has shrunk into the background. This sudden appearance, and the hints dropped right from the beginning make me think we are finally getting an Ayaka-focussed arc, and it will be the final arc of the show! It seems, like Nemo-san, the producers were holding back their strongest pitch for last.
August 20, 2011
Episode 7 of Kamisama no Memo-chou (God’s notebook) really surprised me. All previous mysteries have been resolved in one or two episodes, so, this being the third episode, and the initial mystery seemingly resolved, I expected a quick wrap-up. Instead the mystery deepened, and we ended with a cliff-hanger. I love it when a show defies my expectations (in a good way)!
Due to continuing circumstances, this is another batch update with very brief comments on each series.
Batch Update: Tiger and Bunny 19, Kamisama no Memo-chou 5, Cardfight Vanguard 30, Mawaru Penguin Drum 5
August 8, 2011
I’m having an Internet service disruption, so I have to post this at the town library. Consequently I don’t have a lot of time to mull over these posts and am submitting comments for Tiger and Bunny 19, Kamisama no Memo-chou 5, Cardfight Vanguard 30, Mawaru Penguin Drum 5 all together. Read on for random musings about life, giant rodents, and more.
July 30, 2011
Not much to report about episode 4 of Kamisama no Memo-chou (God’s Notebook). The main focus was on Min-san’s big rack. The “mystery” was resolved in a single episode, so hopefully we get back to work next week.