We’re now into week 10 of the Fall 2013 anime season where many shows are entering their final stages to conclude within 2-3 weeks. This week I’ll be discussing my thoughts on White Album 2 episode 10, Valvrave S2 episode 9, Monogatari Second Season episode 23.
Valvrave S2 – This was one of the craziest episodes I’ve seen in a while, even for Valvrave standards. Bloodshed everywhere as the Magius continue to manipulate the humans to turn on the Valvraves and the rest of the JIOR people. It’s pretty weird seeing L-Elf in his depressed state, still torn over the fact that there was no way for him to save Lieselotte. Without him to make the decisions or to lead the JIOR nation, we can see that things are starting to fall apart. Haruto also continues to suffer with Shouko’s feel of betrayal towards him and ends up destroying their relationship. In addition, Haruto swore to take full responsibility for everything and end it all himself but yet we still see others being sacrificed for the sake of Haruto. Despite me coming into this after hearing that its “so bad that its good”, I actually really enjoyed the action throughout this series and found my adrenaline pumping while being emotionally devoted when watching this series. I’m hoping that this season of Valvrave will run two-cours since there is still so much to be answered and resolved.
You can watch Valvrave S2 on Crunchyroll (Free users have to wait an extra week to watch the newest episodes, may not be available in all regions)
White Album 2 – We finally arrive at the big confrontation that they have been building towards for the last few episodes. Touma is driven to a corner by Haruki being unaware of the full circumstances and not realizing that being just friends is too painful for Touma to bear. The entire confession scene was well done. It starts off with Touma hiding her face by turning her back to Haruki and putting up her cold facade but the second she’s confronted directly and can no longer hide, she breaks down into tears and finally reveals her feelings.
The second half of the episode is dedicated to the telling of Touma’s past and reveals more about her character. She never had much experience with interacting with others since she was considered like a prodigy which separated her from her peers in the music program. At the same time her mother was never there for her at home so she ended up not having any outlets for her to express her feelings. Instead she bottled everything up and kept to herself, that is until she met Haruki who approached her just like he would with any other student. He didn’t see her as a prodigy or a trouble maker but rather just saw her as another one of his peers and treated her like a normal person. On another note, I can’t help but feel bad for Setsuna while all of this is going on. She has a fear of those around her leaving her and here she is spending her birthday alone after making all the preparations. She sent her family off expecting to be having an intimate celebration with her new relationships but here she is being left behind again.
You can watch White Album 2 on Crunchyroll (Free users have to wait an extra week to watch the newest episodes, may not be available in all regions)
Monogatari Second Season – I’ve said this previously, but it’s just fascinating to sit there and listen to Kaiki talk for nearly 25 minutes straight. Just from his way of examining the smallest details about a person to draft a generally correct conclusion about their personality and behaviours really impressed me. The whole conversation between him and Senjougahara was well executed with the way he brought up the idea of people who bring their bags with them when they step out and those who don’t signifying whether or not they have things to hide and their insecurities. Afterwards when Senjougahara stepped out for a minute we can see that she also took her bag this time, despite saying she was not that kind of person, so she could hide her cries of relief.
Speaking of Senjougahara, I always had a somewhat narrow impression of her. While I did enjoy her witty dialogue, I always thought that she kind of lacked some sort of emotions and wasn’t necessarily afraid of anything (besides Kaiki in the past), but her reaction when Kaiki figured out a way to save her beloved Araragi showed me a different side of her. She’s really not that much different from a normal person, she has people and things she cherishes deeply and she also has moments where she just feels helpless and must reach out and ask others for help. It’s a shame not everything will be tied together this season but for the entire season so far, they’ve been dropping hints as to who/what exactly are Gaen and Ougi. Hopefully with the OVA arc with Kanbaru we’ll finally get our answers to these questions and tie everything together nicely to wrap up the series.
You can watch Monogatari Series: Second Season on Daisuki (May not be available in all regions)
You can check out my previous Thoughts and Impressions on Fall 2013: