For the first time in slightly more than a year, I can say that I’m completely caught up on all the currently airing anime series that I want to watch. It’s nice not having that feeling like I’m missing something good and it’s nice to have a large group of shows that I’m watching that fit the various different types of series I want to watch.
One star of this season is Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish). Though, I’ve decided I don’t like calling it Scum’s Wish because I think the word “scum” is a bit too harsh to describe the main characters and it conflicts with my desire to see all the characters end up genuinely happy. (Yes, even the music teacher.) So, I’m using the Japanese title because that removes the problem for this English speaker.
Normally, I’d leave discussing why I dropped a series for the mid-season post or season review post because, much like a child, one shouldn’t reinforce bad behavior by drawing attention to it. However, episode 6 of Majimoji Rurumo really got my blood boiling and I’m not going to be satisfied with just burying it amongst all the praise I’ll have for other series like Sabagebu! and Barakamon at a later point; so, here we are.
My brain broke a few days ago and I hope talking about the cause – Hunter x Hunter episode 116 – will start the healing process because I have a slew of mediocre to good anime series I’m watching right now that I’d like to finish and, right now, I have utterly no desire to do so.
That’s right; Norio Wakamoto – probably the coolest and most awesome vocal actor in anime – voices a character who makes his first appearance in episode 8 of the already excellent Space Battleship Yamato 2199. The above screenshot is of the character that he voices.
I don’t know how often we will get to hear Norio Wakamoto but the proximity of the character to the emperor during this episode leads me to think that he’ll be a semi-regular character, at least when the show shifts it’s focus to the emperor of the Garmillas Empire.
On one hand, it would have been nice if the emperor was the character that he voiced since that would be a bigger role; but, on the other hand, Norio Wakamoto would make the emperor sound too good and too sympathetic of a character when he’s supposed to be a slime ball. See the screen shot below, can’t you just hear the syrupy sweet, weaselly voice that an emperor that looks like that has.
As amazing as having Norio Wakamoto in this episode was, it was just one of the excellent parts to this episode.
Favorite screenshot from this episode – Time and again Sasuke reminds the viewers just how obsessed he is about tea and how it colors the rest of his life. Even when he’s supposedly given up on being an aesthetic, he can’t stop thinking about it.
Favorite screenshot from this episode – There was a real dearth of quality reaction faces in this episode so I went with this one of Hideyoshi. Even though he feels secure in his power, I sense his days are numbered and I’m going to miss his black teeth.