Welcome to my weekly post: Spring 2017 Anime Updates – Week 10. This is where I sum up my weekly viewing experience and thoughts on the anime season. This season I’m watching The Royal Tutor, Tsuki ga Kirei, and Sakura Quest.
The Royal Tutor
The Professor I Don’t Know
I really enjoyed this episode. It was the first episode to continue exactly where the last left off. Despite it being very focused around Heine we still learnt practically nothing about him. Interestingly, as we learnt about Heine so did the Princes and part of this episode was their realisation that they know nothing about their tutor.
It was nice to see them do something explicitly for Heine and I felt as though they almost cottoned on to Rosenberg being present every time that they had come across a problem. Almost, but no one explicitly said anything. It almost seemed as though Heine was getting ready to say goodbye too. With this being episode 10 of 12 I guess it’s very possible that the series will end with Heine leaving.
I don’t think we’ll find out about Heine’s criminal act (if there is one) in the next episode. We got pretty much double the amount of information in this episode so I expect the rest will conclude in the series finale. I hope it pays off.
The Dragon’s Soft Spot
Wooooooooo! We finally got to see more about Ririko!
That was my overwhelming thought all the way through this episode. She’s the most interesting character for me and seeing her get some development was wonderful. Albeit it was rather lacking in actual details but we saw a lot of her childhood. The tone of this episode was remarkably different from other’s too. It was already more downbeat with it being about Ririko, and that suits her character fine, but the end of the episode was something else altogether.
The way it was structured with the statue, the man, and the Ririko, got me concerned for her safety. It was probably the first episode to make me want to watch the next right away. We’re getting more two-part episodes now than we did towards the start of the show. As we near the half way point for the show it makes sense that something would come along to shake up this almost idyllic setting.
Tsuki ga Kirei
The Wind Rises
I love the pacing of this show. It’s slightly dreamy but grounded in reality too. The sense of not being able to control your own future while, at the same time, being told you have to make a decision that will decide your future… I remember that time. It was hard. It’s even harder when you consider the person you love too.
I almost reassessed my opinion of Chinatsu and my opinion of Takumi has changed too. I loved that Chinatsu didn’t mention Kotaro to Akane, I figured she realised it wasn’t any of her business. At the train station she seemed so supporting of Akane and Kotaro too and yet on the train and her conversation with Takumi… it’s as though she’s going to encourage him in the hopes it plays out well for her too.
My thoughts at the moment is that this series will not have a happy end. Not in the sense that Kotaro and Akane get to stay together, but only time will tell.
Stand Out Episode
I enjoyed Sakura Quest’s episode most this week. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Ririko more and the show feels as though it’s starting to move into a less predictable place. The story telling was wondering and it’s the first cliffhanger I’ve seen where I really wanted to watch the next one. The entire dragon story line and what that means for the town, and possibly the show, is a very interesting concept.
How were your anime episodes this week? Do you agree with my stand out episode choice? Let me know in the comments!