Category Fall 2016

3-gatsu no Lion – Episode 22 (END)

Not the best ending I was looking for, but who cares? 3-gatsu was magnificent. Episode 22 was supposed to be an optimistic send-off, but for some odd reason that I’m still trying to explain, I was feeling restless instead. It isn’t because of the episode itself, but rather, in the same way Rei asked why we […]

3-gatsu no Lion – Episode 21

Episode 21 made me fall in love with 3-gatsu and with Japanese culture…. again. Ahh, Japanese culture and tradition. It’s a topic I haven’t discussed that much before given that we’re mostly not well-versed with the subject matter, but this episode certainly is jam-packed to the brim of reasons why I want to visit Japan. […]

3-gatsu no Lion – Episodes 19 & 20

Still remember how Shimada-san used to be a “side-character” Rei presumed as a hurdle? He’s owning the show now. That’s just one way you can translate the aphorism everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, and with consistent finesse, 3-gatsu was able to convey how arduous the path Shimada-san took. This has been […]

3-gatsu no Lion – Episode 18

Can you believe that we only have 4 episodes left of 3-gatsu no Lion? Not much to say about this episode, honestly, but that part with Hayashida and Rei (again) pretty much spells out what 3-gatsu has been aiming for, despite its lack of an objective in sight. I mean, I remember asking myself before […]

3-gatsu no Lion – Episodes 15-16

What do you do when you’re on a slump? Like, when you feel like you can’t do it anymore, or inspiration won’t come regardless of how hard you search for one? It’s a fairly simple answer, and you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that you just have to stop doing it. Pause, take a step […]

3-gatsu no Lion – Episode 14

Guess what? If 3-gatsu ended in 2016, it would have been my anime of the year. Seriously. Episode 14 had nothing flashy going on in it, which made me question whether or not Shaft deliberately aggravated the tone of the last episode to make Shimada’s “wake-up call” to Rei more apparent this week. I have […]

3-gatsu no Lion – Episode 13

I’d say this episode is the most Shafted episode I’ve seen for this series. I don’t how to put it, but it feels like it’s 3-gatsu and isn’t 3-gatsu at the same time. I guess it just feels weird because all of the other episodes had this balance between fluffy and depressing, whilst episode 13 […]

3-gatsu no Lion – Episode 12

Rakugo and 3-gatsu airing back to back? I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend my weekend for the next three months. I’m getting dizzy with all the new shows airing left and right that I can no longer decide on how to start my Winter 2017 bonanza. But amidst the hubbubs of the […]

Haikyuu!! S3 – Afterthoughts

I got to watch Haikyuu‘s third season in one satisfying seating on my first day of 2017. I’ve already read the manga up until the epic Karasuno-Shiratorizawa arc, but given how phenomenal the adaptation is, I figured that telling that godly chapter through animation is going to be another level of ecstasy. And sure enough… To […]

Flip Flappers – Episode 13 (END)

I seem to have entered a love and hate relationship with Flip Flappers. I love it for the myriad of reasons I’ve written about — with some of which still stuck in my head yet to be voiced out — and I hate it because, well… I think it’s more apt to say that I […]