Tatakau! Shoten Girl Episode 3 Recap/Review: All sorts of awkward

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Jdrama Photo Recap Disclaimer: Since this is both a recap and a review of the show, there will be spoilers here. I’m watching this without English subtitles and while I understand a lot of Japanese, I’m not fluent. There are occasionally parts where I don’t understand what’s going on. And lastly, the photo captions are just snarky jokes and not meant to convey actual dialogue. So if you’re cool with all this, read on and enjoy!

This week we continue with the romance drama and mostly ignore the bookstore again. It’s Aki’s turn to be sad for a while, while Riko picks up the pieces of her own love life again and Mita figures out what do to. The first half was a little slow but the last half of the episode got much more exciting. We even got an exciting cliffhanger at the end! Let’s talk about it!

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Field of Fire”

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photo credit: cbs.com

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season six episode “Field of Fire.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

After two really strong episodes, “Field of Fire” was an episode that was just sort of… there. It wasn’t bad like the disjointed episodes earlier this season, but it wasn’t all that particularly amazing either. It was a pretty standard NCISLA episode, but when we’re this close to the end of the season, I have to ask: why cut down on the momentum of the previous episodes to give us this?

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Orphan Black Review: “Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis”

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photo credit: @OrphanBlack

Here’s my review of Orphan Black season three episode “Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

To be good at juggling, you have to have very good hand-eye coordination. I don’t have that at all, so I’ve never been able to juggle more than two things at a time. Orphan Black, however, has always been really good a juggling plots and characters like it was nothing. But I’m a little concerned that there might be too many things in the air now since the introduction of the Castor project and the clones that have come with it. Of course, the show needed a new villain since Leekie got killed, the Prolethians burned, and Rachel got a pencil in her eye, but it has been difficult to keep up with all the shifting pieces of this story so far. Since there is just so much, I’m going to focus this review on the Castor clones and examine the question: is this episode an effective introduction to them?

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Elementary Review: “Under My Skin”

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photo credit: @ELEMENTARYstaff

Here’s my review of Elementary season three episode “Under My Skin.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

While there have been a plethora of excellent episodes this season, “Under My Skin” might be one of my favorites since the conclusion of Kitty’s arc. We’ve got not only an interesting (albeit gruesome) case, but also opportunity for everyone in the main cast to be useful. Plus Alfredo was there to do some strong character work, and really, you just can’t go wrong with Alfredo.

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Tatakau! Shoten Girl Episode 2 Recap/Review: Riko and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Really Bad Day

"Wait for meeee! It's time for the recap!"

“Wait for meeee! It’s time for the recap!”

Jdrama Photo Recap Disclaimer: Since this is both a recap and a review of the show, there will be spoilers here. I’m watching this without English subtitles and while I understand a lot of Japanese, I’m not fluent. There are occasionally parts where I don’t understand what’s going on. And lastly, the photo captions are just snarky jokes and not meant to convey actual dialogue. So if you’re cool with all this, read on and enjoy! 

You ever have a really bad day where all you want to do is just go back to bed and hide away forever? Yeah, me too. Everyone does occasionally. Episode 2 was all about Riko having a couple of really bad days. This episode was less about the bookstore and more about angsty complicated love. So let’s talk about it!

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Beacon”

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photo credit: yahoo.com

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season six episode “Beacon.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Arkady is such a fun character that adds color to any episode. It’s been a while since we’ve seen him, so it was nice to have a whole episode where he plays a prominent role. Like last week’s “Rage” episode, “Beacon” returned to character focus and that’s what made it an entertaining episode.

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Orphan Black Review: “The Weight of This Combination”

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photo credit: @OrphanBlack

Here’s my first review of Orphan Black starting with the season three episode “The Weight of This Combination.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

So Orphan Black is finally back and I realized that I’ve forgotten half of what happened during the last season. Oops! To be fair, a lot of things happened at the end of the last season and a lot of things happened in this season opener. Orphan Black has always been really good at ramping up the action to keep the audience on their toes. “The Weight of This Combination” was no exception to this, but the introduction of the Castors made things a bit more complicated.

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Elementary Review: “A Stitch in Time”

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photo credit: @ELEMENTARYstaff

Here’s my review of Elementary season three episode “A Stitch in Time.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I suppose that any episode after an Everyone episode is going to be disappointing, and while this wasn’t a bad episode, it just wasn’t a very exciting one either. “A Stitch in Time” lacked the strong character story we usually get and felt a little too convoluted to keep up with.

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Tatakau! Shoten Girl Episode 1 Recap/Review: Raise Your Hand!

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Jdrama Photo Recap Disclaimer: Since this is both a recap and a review of the show, there will be spoilers here. I’m watching this without English subtitles and while I understand a lot of Japanese, I’m not fluent. There are occasionally parts where I don’t understand what’s going on. And lastly, the photo captions are just snarky jokes and not meant to convey actual dialogue. So if you’re cool with all this, read on and enjoy! 

Tatakau Shoten Girl (trans: Fight! Bookstore Girl) is a romance drama airing Tuesdays at 10pm on both Fuji TV and KTV. It’s based on the novel series Shoten Girl by Aono Kei. The story follows Kitamura Aki (played by Watanabe Mayu of AKB48), a young new employee at Pegasus Bookstore, and her manager Nishioka Riko (played by Inamori Izumi). I’m not a huge fan of romance stories but I do like books, so I’m gonna keep an open mind. The first episode was exciting, so let’s talk about it!

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Rage”

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photo credit: cbs.com

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season six episode “Rage.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

“Rage” was definitely an improvement over the last couple of episodes. While the past few have seemed a bit rushed and hastily put together, this one had a solid story along with also incorporating some great character moments. There was a lot that could resonate with the audience on an emotional level and that’s what made the whole episode work.

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