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Given ep 9. Mafuyu finally got the catharsis he had been looking for, and it was awesome. The entire band's performance was wonderful. But I also like the implication that this is only the start of the healing process. As much as I like theme that music (or any form of self-expression) can be a good way of sorting out complicated feelings, I appreciate the show not completely healing Mafuyu's trauma with one song.




Machikado Mazoku ep 9.

Lilith went hard on the emotional manipulation this ep. I liked Shamiko still going against her wishes, showing belief in herself and showing Momo the respect she had always shown her. I also liked Shamiko rooting for the zombies during the movie.
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Still a bit behind, but here are my rankings for third quarter of Summer 2019. This might end up being the strongest season I've had since I started watching seasonal anime again a few years ago. As usual, all standards for artistic merit are completely subjective and arbitrary.

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo
Symphogear XV
Given
Machikado Mazoku
Granbelm
Aikatsu Friends (62+)
Cannon Busters
Re:Stage! Dream Day
Dr. Stone
Kanata no Astra


Don't have the energy to type as much nothing as I usually do in these.

O Maidens is likely going to top 3 for my year, maybe my AotY.

XV has been the best season of the franchise, although I will be disappointed if it didn't take its relationships all the way.

Given has managed to avoid a lot of anime romance tropes I don't like to present a solid love story. Still wish it had better character acting.

Machikado Mazoku has managed to elevate itself above average CGDCT with stellar comedic and dramatic timing, and by pushing aside the struggle between good and evil for more personal and universal themes.

Aikatsu Friends sure feels like it's wrapping up now, but it's fine. Still a consistently easy watch.

Granbelm is starting to fall of for me. I still love the painful self-reflections of Shingetsu and Mangetsu but grew kinda tired of Anna, and later Suishou’s, melodramatic acts. When your show’s character writing draws on such different narrative legacies at the same time, a somewhat lopsided experience like this is to be expected.

Cannon Busters took several episodes to go above being just a fun, shallow action romp, but it's getting there.

Re:Stage has risen above average idol anime by prioritizing motivations and development over CGDCT, and by daring to do hand-drawn performances.

Dr. Stone feels like it's heading back on track after a somewhat iffy start to this village arc.

Astra really benefits from anime structuring. Even though its twists have been fun, I don't think I could tolerate more than one cour of this mystery box bullshit.
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O Maidens ep 10. I can't believe how well it stuck this landing. They didn't chicken out, and still had a conclusion that was consistent for both characters, while fully and respectfully fleshing out Hongo's feelings. Earlier in the series, I thought Kurosawa Tomoyo was going to be wasted on this character, but I was so very wrong. What a goddamn scene.

I was relieved that Momko was able to fight back against her ex's attempt at gaslighting her. It feels a little quick that she would swap teams based on one encounter, but I dunno, maybe that is true-to-life. And at least it goes against the anime convention that she would go the reverse direction.

I liked the show framing Momoko's confession as something that Sugawara had never encountered. Sugawara had been "loved" (i.e. sexualized) most of her life, so it was interesting that she was hit that hard by this. It was also interesting that Momoko took it as hard as she did. You always see characters not wanting to confess their love to their friend because they're afraid of ruining their friendship, but this feels different. This feels like a story about love tearing friends apart.



This show is both too much and not enough. (And it's always in the back of my mind that we probably won't resolve all of this this season.)





Granbelm ep 10. This ep lays the existentialism on thick. Mangetsu's story somehow managed to get even more cruel. I had suspected that the events in the mages' lives have been orchestrated by someone, but I expected that someone was Shuisho. I wasn't expecting her to also be fighting against the Magiaconatus in her own way. It doesn't make me sympathize with her more, but I do like that both she and Ernesta are basically fighting to end the system.

It's interesting that this show is specifically heading towards the main pair's worst nightmares. I like the conundrum they are in — that they cannot both be saved — but with all the ass-pulling in the past couple of eps, I'm not completely confident this show will resolve that in a satisfying way. But maybe it'll surprise me.


Dr. Stone ep 10. I dunno about this direction they're going with Magma. Is the plan just to win a physical confrontation for the village's hearts and minds? At least the show has the main party fighting on multiple fronts, so it's not all about that.

Symphogear XV ep 10. Of course Noble Red is back, and they still can't catch a break.

This ep was more setup, and showing off new toys. The scene with the team welcoming back Tsubasa had real good character acting.
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