Backlog: Week 18

There was no Backlog last week, because I hadn’t watched enough and therefore had nothing to write about — I had only watched 1 episode per day and hadn’t finished anything. This week I did better and watched 2 episodes per day.

Natsume Yuujinchou Go Specials

These are two episodes bundled in with the BDs. As with all Natsume Yuujinchou works, they are consistently high quality in storytelling and very good in animation.

The first special, or OVA, is about the youkai makers of the so-called “One Night Cups” who come to the area, because a spring will produce water that will strengthen anyone who drinks it. The bond between the makers is nicely portrayed — their worries about their livelihood and each other.

The second OVA is about Natsume stumbling into a game of youkai hide and seek when he’s trailing Nyanko-sensei going to a drinking party. It’s not as heartwarming as One Night Cups and actually a little scary.

In other news, we are on our honeymoon (yes, I’m blogging on my honeymoon) and won’t be able to watch anime and blog about it next week. So see you in two weeks!

Backlog: Week 11

This week was awful as far as anime goes. I was very busy and when I had some free time, I’d study and not watch anime. I watched 21 episodes, including 12 shorts.

Natsume Yuujinchou Go

New seasons of Natsume Yuujinchou are always a safe bet. I was having a hard time watching stuff at the beginning of fall last year and was looking for something I could depend on to be soothing and well-done. Well, this is it. There are a good number of regular “youkai-of-the-day” episodes, but there’s also some development with the Matoba clan and Natori-san gets one episode. Overall, exactly what you’d expect.

Young Natori

By the way, the next season, Natsume Yuujinchou Roku, will start airing on Wednesday. Continue reading