It is easy to be yourself until you have a reason not to. As soon as the scene changes and our true feelings are unacceptable, we’re often more than willing to put on another face or two. Situations become more difficult and confusing, but we’ll pretend we know what we’re doing and trust the people… Read More ACCA: The Search for Sincerity
So here we are at the last episode of Love Live! Sunshine!!, and what a ride it has been. This final episode is little more than a quick wrap-up to this season, one that puts the story at a good stopping point while leaving plenty of room for a continuation. The plot is pretty thin here,… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 13 (Season Finale): Is Your Heart Shining?
Love Live! Sunshine!! has its long-awaited You episode. With Riko officially gone to her piano competition (and props to the show for not finding some excuse to bring her back, I guess; no taking the easy way here), You is chosen to replace her as the co-center with Chika for their Love Live qualifier performance. The… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 11: Unbalanced Love
One thing I like about Love Live! Sunshine!!, especially episode 8, was how the drama focused on the girls’ attempts to achieve something and the trials they faced because of that. It is something well-suited to idol anime in particular, since idol activities combine an artistic element and a physical, sports-like element, as well as often… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 9: Say Anything
Up until recently, Naho was the main executor of all every plan to save Kakeru, despite being one of the least decisive characters. But now that all her other friends have banded together, it gives them an opportunity to manipulate events without either Kakeru or Naho’s knowledge, leading to some interesting results.
Wow. This might be the most emotional episode I have seen from either Love Live series. True to the foreshadowing from the last episode, things do not go well for Aqours in Tokyo; however, things go even worse than I had imagined. That said, this failure is arguably exactly what this series needed in order to… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 8: Loveless World
I do not have a lot to specifically talk about this week, because this week’s episode is largely setup. With the success of Aqours’s latest PV, the School Idol Association invites the group to Tokyo to perform at a special event. It is an opportunity the group naturally jumps at, being both a chance to further… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 7: Trouble Brewing in Tokyo
One of the complaints I hear a lot about Love Live! Sunshine!! is how it feels too much like a carbon copy of the original Love Live! anime, just in a different setting. The characters are similar, the episodes introduce characters and songs in the same places… Unfortunately, the latest episode does not help counter… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 6 (+ Locodol OVA): All Together Now
Behold, lowly mortals who are following the animate lore of Love Live! Sunshine!!, or this scribe’s records of its legends, for the fallen angel Yohane has descended upon the scene once more to grace us with an entire chapter dedicated to her legacy! Yohane, or rather, Yoshiko, is a “chuunibyou” character, which has gotten fairly popular… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 5: Larger Than Life
Orange has thus far been a sad but sweet anime with a fairly simple plot, and I assumed the most complicated aspect, time travel, would be left untouched. Instead, the effects of the letter have been well used and explored, and in this episode, the possibilities of time travel mechanics were finally discussed. I was… Read More Orange Episode 5: Would You Rather