This started out as a comment over at The Notaku Blog and I felt like talking about it a little more. In the most recent episode of Fate/Zero, episode 18, we meet Kiritsugu’s father. His name escapes me at the moment, but that’s not too important. The man wants to become what the Nasuverse calls a Dead Apostle, a kind of undying vampire. It would take a lot of time and a lot of pain to reach it the normal way, so he tries to create an elixir instead. An elixir requires test subjects. Well he won’t try it on himself, but some unsuspecting humans on the other hand are fair game. If he succeeded, it could create an immortal human race, if he was willing to share it. Since he wants to get the Akashic Record, I wouldn’t bet on it. But what if he did?
The focus on distance interested me most in this week’s episode of Space Brothers. We know the moon has quite a bit of size to it, but it’s so far away you can cover it with a really big thumb. I never thought about it until watching this episode, but that’s pretty neat. At the same time, the moon orbits close enough you could fly there in about 3 days time. The distance you can cover with the right equipment is amazing, even more so when you consider the brothers’ trip. They rode to their grandmother’s house in the same time it takes to fly to the moon. Do you know what time it is? It’s math time!
If you have experienced a number of interviews, you’ve come across a difficult question. The interviewer throws you a curve ball and no amount of preparation will save you. In this case, the psychologist asks Mutta if he notices any changes about himself. I don’t know about you, but took me a good half hour to figure out a good answer of my own to the question.
This week on Accel World, even more exposition! Kuro and Haru snack over at a café while she relates her experience in the game. The players view her as a traitor, so she needs someone to help her from the inside. Haru takes the job, putting him at potential odds with his childhood friend. He consults Taku, who naturally professes faith in his girlfriend. Great lot of use he was. He then goes to Chiyuri’s house on the premise of reconciling. In reality, he wants to filter through her files to find evidence supporting or denying her involvement in the game.
This week’s episode of Zetman got me thinking about something. Toward the beginning of the episode, Kouga mentally accuses Jin of helping people only for the promise of reward. I had already seen Jin ask Akemi for money before saving her from her attempted rapists. It turns out the first time the two boys met, the kid also asked for a reward. It looks like Kouga may be on the mark. I could just chalk it up to a rather obvious observation and leave it, but I’m interested in digging a little deeper.
This week on Sakamichi no Apollon, we meet Kaoru, the new guy. The kid has had a tough time of things, moving from one school to another. It’s all about to change as he meets Ritsuko, a sweet girl tasked with showing him around the school. He reads a bit too far into it, but oh well, let him have his fantasy. He also literally stumbles upon the resident “delinquent” Sentarou. The quirky trio don’t look like they share much, but they do have a love of music. Piano, drums… whatever Ritsuko is good at… it almost seems meant to be. Perhaps for the first time, Kaoru wonders what could make a guy like Sentarou so optimistic.
This week on Space Bros, Mu-chan and friends start the physical fitness testing. The regimine doesn’t just include endurance tests and feats of strength. They also have to go through the actual physical, with some humorous results. Kenji performs better than our protagonist at several categories but proves he’s the cool friend by continuing to offer encouragement. Serika, our current love interest, distinguishes herself by her extreme endurance and her impressive memory. With competition from these two and more, Mutta wonders if he really stands a chance. He determines to give it his best and spends the night dreaming of his first visit to JAXA.