Captain Earth — My favorite line in all anime! Fortunately in this context it sort of makes sense since the other guy is complaining that he isn’t himself. Which itself makes no sense but at least they pointed it out. Watching this show’s awesome space bases and stuff is depressing though. Why don’t we have anything so awesome?! Physics is sad. Also the bad guys can just go to Earth and drive their crepe truck around? Why do they need to attack from the moon anyway? I wonder if they’re actually just normal humans from Earth who created an enemy so they could get funding for planetary defense.
Mahouka — So, this week’s episode is Entitlement 101. Revolutionaries have infiltrated the school. Their demands: equality! Those bastards! As any reasonable person knows, those who demand equality are actually just cover groups for terrorists who want to weaken Japan so that they can be invaded by China. Equality is impossible and wrong, since people are different! Like look at Tatsuya, he has mad skills and is superior to everyone else. Because he works hard! People who don’t have magic don’t work as hard and so they should be grateful to lick the nobility’s asses. The only thing wrong with the world is that people don’t know how to recognize Tatsuya’s skills as they should.
I guess conservatives are the same all around the world. Don’t want to invade Iraq? Think “terrorists” deserve a fair trial? Think less money should be spent on the military? Think the best solution is not always dropping bombs and showing off your balls? You’re making American weak! Letting the terrorists win! It’s the exact same argument in Mahouka.
Then there’s the whole “the nobility deserve it” angle which is basically the core of conservatism. Because they work hard! Unlike those lazy black people who are all welfare queens. Even though the rich get most of their money from investments they don’t even have to get out of bed for and the poor often work at multiple jobs and still can’t make ends meet. They’re lazy! Plus Tatsuya is (I assume) misrepresenting the demands of those who want equality. He is arguing against the idea that magicians and non-magicians should be treated exactly the same, be paid the same, have the same schooling, etc., etc., even though they’re different. But I doubt anyone is actually making this argument. The non-magicians just want some fucking respect and to have the magical elite stop treating them like second-class students. Regardless, a typical conservative rationale for their policies: by arguing against strawmen.
Anyway, this show’s portrayal of discrimination is hilarious. It’s not the 1% vs. the 99%. It’s the 0.01% vs. the 0.02%, all enrolled at the country’s elite magical institution. If this is how the country’s leaders treat their fellow students at this elite school, can you imagine how they treat the rest of the population? And here Tatsuya is whining about how he deserves it and the rest of the country, when they demand some basic respect and human dignity, just don’t fully appreciate how great he is and want to make the country weak on behalf of foreign powers. In the immortal words of Guilty Crown: “It’s not discrimination, it’s distinction!”
Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii — Actually not bad this week. The “romance” stuff in this show is awful. But the politics and fantasy parts aren’t so bad.
Brynhildr in the Darkness — The people dissolving into ooze and alien eyeball pods is gross. Yeah, it’s gross in a silly way, but I still don’t want to look at it. Some pretty good fanservice this week though. Don’t mind looking at that.
Mekakucity Actors — Huge improvement over the last episode. When stuff’s actually happening this show isn’t bad, SHAFT aside. It’s hard to set SHAFT aside though, since they shove themselves in your face at every possible opportunity. It’s obnoxious. Still, good episode.
Kanojo ga Flag wo Oretara — This is growing on me. Sort of. The animation is awful, as are most of the characters, but I’m actually a bit curious as to whatever weird modern day fantasy components they seem to be tossing in.
Date A Live II — Yeah this is what I wanted. Two thumbs up.
Knights of Sidonia — Well that was depressing. I love it!