NOTE: Will be using a lot of the American version’s names than the Japanese version’s
This is going to be strange because I’ve played the games, it’s very rare I watch an anime where I know the story. But I’m so excited for this show! It’s also going to be weird live reacting and telling a story I already know. I might be more gushing than retelling here. The voice for Phoenix is about what I’d expect him to be, so that’s good. Everything looks exact to the game, the courtroom is the same, even some of the camera angles mimic the old DS games. Larry Butz immediately makes me happy, realizing they’re not holding back on the facial expressions either. The first case from the game is in full swing now. I wonder though how they’ll handle the detective work Phoenix would do outside of the courtroom. There are TVs in the courtroom which I think are new. The hammer isn’t going down hard enough though, I’m disappointed. There are little things there like the witness testimony transitions with Phoenix and whoever’s opposing him. I would laugh so hard if Phoenix spends five minutes of the show asking dumb questions to the witness. God damn that OBJECTION is powerful! As per the game, Phoeni wins his first case and confetti falls into the courtroom still. Awesome. Now we wait for Mia to be killed off next week. This show will be fun to watch, but I’m going to drop this from the page and enjoy it on my own time. The anime will be awesome, but I already know the story and just reading this tells me reviewing this every week won’t work.
So watch it, just don’t expect me to be talking about it. Just assume I’m gushing the entire time it’s on.
Episode Score: 4.5/5 ***DROPPED***
Debuts April 7th
Debuts April 7th
I watched the first season before I started doing these weekly anime reviews, so it’s great to have this one back as well, albeit it’s not nearly as high on my list as other recent first seasons I’m awaiting a second of. For those who missed this one, long story short, school with students that have magical powers and fight in duels. They have a ranking system in each school and the two lead characters Ayato and Julis are together in a (I think) country-wide tournament involving all the surrounding schools called the Phoenix Festa. I think we’re down to the final 16 now? Unsure where we left off after Season 1 ended. Just happy to be back seeing the four girls again, Julis, Saya, Kirin and Claudia.
We see a new girl training, seems like she’s stuck in the samurai world. She’s blindingly fast and agile, clearly looking like a very tough match for Ayato and Julis, especially given his 5-minute time limit to his power. Oh, she’s a Master, not a fighter in the tournament. Twins at this place assume they’re facing the people Ayato and Julis will obviously be defeating, so they’re already overconfident. So we know our next opponents after anyway. I like the opening, it almost makes the Festa look like a real sports event. The song’s a lot better than last season’s opener too. I’m already assuming the way this season will go is that Kirin and Saya will lose in the semifinals to that android team before Ayato/Julis face them in the finals. It’s just a matter of the journey before that point. Julis is not happy that their biggest secret is already out before any real progress has been made in the Festa. She also notes that in this fight, at full-strength this would be an easy fight for them, but because Ayato hasn’t had enough time to get his five-minute timer back up, he’s at a much weaker form for this fight. Turns out this is starting from the final 8 teams, so there should only be three fights left for the duo? That seems short, unless the show’s version of a quarterfinal setup is different. Julis has a plan, making a mark on the ground for him with conditions to be met for the plan to go off without a hitch. It works for now, separating the two teams into one-on-one matches so Ayato can’t be double-teamed any further. They execute a crazy double-switch between the wall and surprise both opponents, defeating them at the same time, an incredible feat. So they will indeed have the twins next. Their opponents in that last match approach them in the hallways to actually congratulate them and warn them their tactics will not work against the next team they’ll face. That the twins are far better with deception and tactics than anyone else around. Julis says they need three more wins…but from what I see in the bracket, isn’t it two? I’m so confused. She asks him about his sister again since she’s the one who put the seal on his power, but Saya and Kirin interrupt and allow a girl in to see Julis and it’s sounds like a friend or a maid of Julis, since she’s a princess. Holy crap her voice is high-pitched. And that’s the episode. Not bad, honestly the show last season ranges from 3s to 4s, none of the episodes were ever worthy of a 5, it’s just a nice average-level anime with some good ecchi moments.
Episode Score: 3/5
The intro music was all I needed to hear, reminds me of FLCL, I’m already psyched! We get the black-haired girl for a moment before moving onto Hane, who is not riding a motorcycle, but a bicycle. Poor girl, that’s a giant hill she’s gotta go up. Even worse, black-haired beauty shows up on the motorcycle and shows off against a speedy bicycle which immediately invigorates Hane, perhaps a bit too much. Turns out she’s not interested in motorcycles for anything other than that she’s lazy and doesn’t want to have to bike herself up the hill. The two girls go to the bike club and get scared shitless by another girl wearing her helmet like it’s normal. This blue pigtailed girl gets Hane to ride with her and she experiences the thrill for the first time, while also getting face-whipped by the pigtails. Awesome. Also apparently the bike went so fast it turned that cyclist into a member of Team Rocket. Then it gets momentarily depressing, seems Hane’s parents have passed away, so it’s just her and her older sister. She plans to get her license, but she’s a bit of dunce cap and doesn’t understand the whole getting a license thing. Onsa (black hair) tries to show Hane the lifting of a bike but the pigtailed girl’s bike is far heavier and can’t at all, while this girl does it like it’s nothing more than a paperweight. Hane also can’t during her actual test, likely stuck with a small-bike license when she’s done. But on a second try, she figures it out and does it. Oh, parents aren’t dead, just in the US, that’s slightly less depressing now. Also apparently she can literally talk to bikes and that bike is a bit sexual in her words. Oh my. And during training a crazy blonde in a pink racing suit crashes hard, like over the top. Her name’s Rin and I love her already. Apparently it’s the bike’s fault. The four girls now go to the store together to marvel over all the bikes. They fight over the badass boys’ bike, but mostly because Rin is a Suzuki girl and loves them all. This show is going to be so much fun, I love it!
Episode Score: 5/5
Debuts April 16th
So this will be a five episode anime like a prequel to the game (I’m assuming) I’m patiently awaiting for its September 30th release. Whoa, that’s a lot of blood to start with, what the fuck just happened?! A lamia with six arms seemingly killing someone before being saved by an old man with magic swords he can shoot. Looks like the kid was Noctis. He awakens in the car with the rest of the foursome on whatever journey they’re on next. Oh please give me Cidney, please please please please please! It’s so weird knowing this Final Fantasy game will be the closest to the present day for us that we’ve ever gotten. Hamburgers and fries?! Holy shit, it’s so…normal! While at this diner, the Magitek soldiers start to show up and it’s time to go. Noctis narrates how a war changed the entire political structure to where it’s at today, but is more concerned with getting to see ‘Luna’ whoever this girl is. They’re on a road trip to his and Luna’s wedding, so I imagine we’re getting up to the point I believe a terrorist attack happens causing real friction between the two nations. At least that’s what I remember of the story for the game onwards. The Magitek again stand in their way to the point a fight’s inevitable now. The fight sequences are awesome, loving the use of Noct’s teleportation powers and his switching of weapons. They get overwhelmed though by another ship which also releases a lamia, go figure the same one that nearly killed him. Great episode to start, I like that they’re short 10-minute hits too.
Episode Score: 4/5
Guy be dying of hunger, pushed out of an orphanage but not willing to steal to stay alive. Please, a pretty boy with unique hair homeless, hah! He ends up trying to steal from a man in the ocean but ends up saving him instead. The guy’s not happy with his savior though, trying to commit suicide. Another guy shows up, not happy with the suicidal maniac now. Everyone hates someone so far. Orphan is Atsushi, Osamu is suicide guy, other mad guy is Doppo. Wow what a weird start to the show, I like it! The two men are private investigators…oh also they’re of a supernatural kind. They’re a great pair, can’t stop laughing at them. Anyways, they’re apparently looking for a tiger, yup I didn’t misspeak. Atsushi wants the hell out of there, but they grab him before he leaves, actually knowing something about it…well…it was after him specifically, the reason why he was kicked out. The tiger was attacking the orphanage to get to him. Again, he wants no part of it…until the reward for the tiger’s removal gets his attention. When Osamu and Atsushi are alone, he’s confronted with the reality that the tiger is actually Atsushi himself, his own supernatural ability, only available in moonlight. Osamu handles him handily, his ability being that he can render all abilities null by just touching them. And then tosses Atsushi asides by simply saying he’s not interested in men. Hilarious. Doppo returns with more members, Akiko, a lovely woman, Rampo a newsboy looking guy and Kenji a farmer boy. This cast is ridiculous, I love it! Osamu’s makes the call to have Atsushi join them and use his ability. Well now, I think I’m going to like this show a lot.
Episode Score: 5/5
Well this is a dark start–oh hey there sexy lady! Seems like you’re in quite the pickle, huh? You a sacrifice? I bet you are. For a giant dragon, no less. Oh wait, you can defend yourself…CARRY ON! She and others try to seal the dragon and fail and it tries to kill a child, however something happens to prevent his death…? Anyway, no time for that, we’re now in a desert city that looks like shit! Young man who’s probably the same child shows up and starts walking around. Add in a tiny cat girl, a handsome rich man and money being literally thrown at people and this is a strange place, man. I already don’t like the complicated names I might have to remember here. A kiddy thief steals something and this gigantic oaf grabs him, the young man now having to get involved. Turns out he was just being a pain and gets further involved with this little gang of thieves. Finally get the young man’s name, Hiiro, the kid thief, Tomitte. Turns out also, there’s bounty hunters (likely) trying to find Hiiro. Oh the handsome rich man has a baby dragon, can’t imagine that being a key thing later on. Wow, this guy be a dick, eh?! We’re introduced to the Grand Trowa, this glowing stone that must be crazy powerful or some shit. But no time for explanations, we have to see a naked girl turn lava into ice! And then back to Hiiro because no time to waste! Hiiro’s been practicing his Assassin’s Creed, enjoying himself with this chase. He ends up saving a kid’s life during this process and now another kid’s about to be executed for trying to steal the Grand Trowa. The crowd is not impressed with this display, but what can they do? Nothing…BUT HIIRO CAN!!! Tiny catgirl sends the troops out and of course that goes over well, but no kills. Oh that sword was sheathed the whole time. Damn. Apparently he can’t hit for shit either. Oh wow, Hiiro is having a Vash moment. But this bounty hunter helps him out, calling Hiiro ‘Young Master’, confirming Hiiro must be royalty. Catgirl grabs the Grand Trowa and uses it, Hiiro calling it his father’s sealing treasure. The trio are about to die when that dragon from before blocks the shot and rises from the ground, Dagan Zot. It appears the dragon and Hiiro are connected as they share the same magical tattoo. But the episode ends before we learn more. This could be a very interesting show, I like the design for sure.
Episode Score: 4/5
Wow the vocals in this intro are bad. Anyways, we start off with a young man named Shun, a high school kid obsessed with crystals. It becomes apparent where the obsession comes from as his mother is an archaeologist. I have to say the background music of this show is really solid. Shun’s preparing for his Dad’s birthday that day, so you know something’s going to happen. He hasn’t shown up when he was supposed to, so Shun goes to get him from his work. We see his Dad is a researcher, so it cements it. Something he does will either kill him or do something to Shun to set up the entire premise of the show. We then see another male with a dagger for some reason before being back with Shun at the research facility. It becomes clearer that Shun is going to be the Earthling in another dimension/fantasy world, a classic anime premise. Shun gets to his father’s office but no one’s there, however he does see a beautiful crystal there and of course has to touch it. You idiot! It activates and shows him a whole ‘nother world and then the crystal disappears inside of him as he walks through the portal like the dumbass a lead anime character is. Rule #1 of anime: DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING, STUPID!!! This other male approaches a sleeping older man, pulling out the dagger and goes to kill him before being stopped by the man, fully aware of his presence. The younger man’s name is Emilio, seems he’s trying to avenge his father’s (possibly) murder who was a King. He summons a spear and the two fight, him losing the battle very easily against this man. Feels very Star Wars lightsaber battle-like in the way it’s shot. He loses and is imprisoned for his troubles. We get a flashback where it’s revealed his father’s been dead for years until finally finding out the new King was his father’s enemy. Watching his little sword practice made me think he was playing Link in Super Smash Bros, it almost sounds identical. Suddenly, that portal opens up and Shun comes tumbling out. Neither of them have an iota of a clue what’s going on. Guards show up and are about to kill him when a sword emerges out of his body. He swings it, a massive energy wave destroying the bars imprisoning Emilio. Back on Earth, his father finds the crystal gone and Mom’s calling to ask if Shun’s with him. Trying to leave without getting caught is not an easy task for the two boys as Shun again is a classic idiot protagonist. They’re greeted by Leomon…well someone who looks a lot like him. Emilio starts fighting Leomon and Shun can’t figure out how to summon his sword again. Apparently he needs to be in danger to do it. They’re both knocked into the water, Leomon getting told he wasn’t supposed to kill them, by orders of the King. They survive, now running through the sewers. Emilio finally tells him this place is Endora and Shun has no clue about this place and-HOLY FUCK IT’S A BABY CAT…DRAGON THING!!! It’s so cute-HOLY FUCK IT’S A HOT GIRL!!! She gives it away that Emilio’s a prince. Awww, just when it was getting good! This could be an interesting show.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
Debuts April 10th, may not be on Crunchyroll or Funimation (which I have access to)
Debuts April 10th
Brother and sister trying to survive giant monster attack, these Savages are ugly as fuck! Also, holy shit on the blood, yo! S’okay, kid, bad dream, bad dream! He’s a teenager (shocking, right?) heading for an academy on a ship in the ocean. Also, intro theme is fucking badass, it’s like Nightwish/Within Temptation. Apparently Hayato here is the best Hundred candidate ever, so people are very interested in him. And then he’s tackled by a white-haired girl named Emile. Another girl in Reitia is very loud…and short. Oh by the way Emile’s a boy, but I know he’s not, it’s not hard to tell. We get introduced to staff members, including Claire, who’s the council president and fucking gorgeous! She also attempts to kick out two students for being late, which Emile takes offense to, Hayato just a little as well. Then she tosses Emile and Hayato has to finally get involved. So of course they have a fight to decide the fates of the three girls, because of course they have to. To prepare, Emile takes her to a friend, the lead researcher on the ship, Charlotte. This is looking more like Infinite Stratos every moment further. He then gets sniffed by her assistant Meimei. Clearly, Char’s about to call her Emily when she gets the cheek pull treatment. We’re also introduced with LiZA, the central computer of the ship, who may only speak English. He’s then given his Hundred, a stone that will be his transformation device. They wear tight-fitting suits for the battles, again an IS trait. Emile is so blatantly obviously a girl, god damn even IS didn’t try this hard to lie to you. Hayato uses his Hundred for the first time, a similar style to Ichika with the samurai sword. Seriously, did the IS team make this anime?! Emile on the other hand has a ton of blades, similar to Cecilia’s Blue Tears. I will make IS references the entire season if this keeps up. EMILE EVEN SAYS THE LINE “I’M GOING TO RIDE YOU HARD!” WHEN THEY’RE PRACTICING, OF COURSE SHE’S A GIRL!!! He reveals to her afterwards he has a sister who’s very ill, Hayato being at Little Garden only because if he did she’d get the best possible health care. Oh she’s not happy with him that he was late, but a kiss on the forehead helps. HOLY SHIT THAT NURSE HAS GIANT BREASTS!!! Hayato goes home to his room so you know Emile’s changing and there it is! Emile’s an Emily!!! How shocking!!! He dies and then wakes up in her lap. Oh of course he’s so dumb that he doesn’t know Emily is a girl. Okay, pause. She freaked out at him because he walked into THEIR room while she was changing. Then when it’s time for them to figure out that they’re roommates, EMILE already knows this and is now smiling about it. Japan, sometimes you write really shit logic. Anyways, she stabs herself with a needle and then he puts her finger in his mouth…what the fuck is going on with these two?! He admits ever since an encounter with the Savages he reacts to injuries like they’re all big and need to be treated immediately. The next day it’s time for the fight with Claire, though I suspect the show is ending before it gets anywhere. And my timing as usual is impeccable as we’ll have the duel next week! The show could be good, but I’m seeing a few red flags so far, so we’ll see next week how it goes.
Episode Score: 3/5
I love Japanese voice actors doing English, it’s so bad it’s good. This is a curious setting, it’s during the beginning of World War II in Japan, though right off the bat they have a disclaimer that this show is based off nothing true that happened then. Seems like a spy anime too, this could be badass. They’re trained in every way, even in seducing women. Guess someone had to train James Bond too. Only eight survived all these tests (not literally) and that’s our team of spies. This’ll already be a tough sell for me though, it’s a male-dominated cast. The main character and the eight spies have a poker night together and a ton of cigarettes are smoked. Turns out they weren’t playing poker, they were playing the ‘Joker Game’. Essentially it’s a charade of a game of poker where spies challenge each other and screw over each other without them even knowing. It’s a metaphorical idea of nothing is ever fair and square and we get a pretty long speech about it. I’m getting the feeling this one’s going to be too serious for me. With an American suspected of being a spy, the school sends one of the students out to get proof that he is one with the MC. When they all go, one of the spies tells the American the MC will harakiri himself if they find nothing. It appears at the end they’re just playing the Joker Game again, and the MC has drawn the Joker. I don’t know, this show was really boring for me. It sounds like it could be pretty good, but it’s not in my wheelhouse.
Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***
Debuts April 9th
It’s exactly as the title says. Girl goes into woods and bear is in woods too. Girl lives with bear. Yay! Machi is a 14 year-old girl who lives with Natsu a brown bear. She wants to go into the city to go to school, but the bear’s having none of it. He gives a bunch of reasons, but honestly she’s sick of the essentially technology-less village she’s in. He let’s her have her way, saying she’s old enough to make her own decisions, but he starts crying because they won’t be able to play together anymore. They also break the fourth wall during this process. He suddenly gives her a quiz on being a city girl, if she loses she has to go to a local school instead, which y’know isn’t letting her make her own decisions. She somehow manages to get a right answer even though she doesn’t know it, but then gets the next one wrong. She loses her shit on Natsu. We then see her older cousin with a couple kids walking back to the village. Even the kids are tech-savvy to the point they ask her cousin why he doesn’t tell stories on PowerPoint instead of using picture cards. He then goes to tell them a less kid-friendly story even saying there are sexy parts, which makes the little girl freak out and call out sexual harassment. And then he tells the story…in very descriptive detail to the point it’s kind of creepy. It seems originally that a bear and woman got together (gross) and the village started that way. The kids see the bear for the first time and freak the fuck out. Natsu carries in Machi as she has zero interest in this tradition, still in the “I want out of here” mood. Then the question is popped to Machi if she and the bear did it and all hell breaks loose. The kids are nosebleeding. Yoshio (her cousin) think she has, she’s freaking the fuck out and Natsu after all that finally says he’s been neutered. I don’t know how to feel about this show yet, need another episode to get into this.
Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***
Something about fallen angels, Noah’s ark, some shit that’s confusing to me so far. Is this a suicide bus?! A ton of introductions and I’m already bored, this anime’s pushing my patience here. Seriously, the five-minute mark’s about to approach and they’re still doing this shit. Literally it stops at the five-minute mark. Seems they’re all escaping their normal lives to live in this unknown village that barely anyone knows the location of. Well the intro music starts so this anime has about another ten minutes or so to do something that makes me not drop it, that was really annoying. I’m also getting a vibe similar to Danganronpa or Assassination Classroom and if that’s the case, I want out as soon as I figure that out, unless the anime stays on this terrible course and I drop it anyway. There’s a ton of rumours about the place, one saying it’s an old spy camp that had everyone killed in a cover-up and abandoned ever since. Others include toxic fumes, spirit possession and other random shit. Then they start singing, oh dear god, this anime really wants me to turn it off. The bus takes a pit stop and two guys start chatting it up, one of them only coming along to see if it’s a real thing or fake. The other truly intends to start a new life. There’s one girl who seems really sick but it’s more like she’s really freaking out, that something bad’s going to happen. Hm………..the bus is going to crash, isn’t it? Well as long as Lion doesn’t die (the only one I liked immediately after seeing her), I’ll be happy. Probably still dropping the show, but happy nonetheless. She comments to the perceived male lead that she wonders if they’ll all turn into cannibals eventually. He leaves and she says that while he’s the nice one, they might want to watch him the most. After making him read an imaginary suicide note, the bus driver snaps and starts talking people to go back to their own lives and that kills all the mood on the bus. Then he completely freaks out with massive nightmares. And the bus driver snaps again, this time speeding up and you know the crash is coming now, trying to kill himself and everyone on the bus. Sick girl pukes on the bus driver after another guy fights the driver and somehow the bus is fine. The girl and the lead start talking and he starts crying. Then music starts playing from the clock as it strikes midnight and a girl starts singing very morbid lyrics, turns out she’s the one who knew the location of the village. Back on the bus, they continue on until reaching a bridge and the episode ends as they go across.
…Yeah fuck this show, that was one of the biggest piles of shit I’ve ever watched in anime. I’m sure there’s an interesting mystery to all this, but I have no patience to keep going with this one. I know it’s going to be full of murder and other horrifying shit, so I’m out anyway. Ugh that was a chore.
Episode Score: 1/5 ***DROPPED***
So it’s a world where a lot of people have superpowers, except lead character Izuku doesn’t have any. The cause for superpowers to suddenly start being born in children is unknown still to this day. Now 80% of the world’s population have powers. A villain is running rampant and several heroes try to stop him. The range of powers is already very interesting, super strength, transformation, wood stretching, even firefighters have powers. Oh and a giant woman who falcon kicks the shit out of the villain out of nowhere. And she’s got a nice ass…and makes ass puns. Oh my. But Izuku has an obsession with Quirks (aka powers), likely due to his lack of them. There’s a kid in his class, Katsuki (who kicked Izuku’s ass as a kid) who’s acing top ranking tests and intends to become the best superhero ever. Izuku’s also trying to follow the same path, which everyone laughs at him of course. Another criminal is on the run and I think our main hero, called All Might is about to make an appearance. Y’know, I know it’s to set up the character arcs, but watching Katsuki and his buddies bully the shit out of Izuku really pisses me off, brings up some bad memories. We go back in time to see Izuku seeing a video of All Might for the first time, becoming obsessed with him as a child. We then see when he’s told he has no powers at all, even though he’s a fifth-generation child in a family full of superpowers. Izuku’s absolutely crushed by this, even watching that video now doesn’t bring a smile to his face. Back in the present he’s attacked by a villain when an unmasked All Might saves him, perhaps retired from being a hero. Nope turns out he’s just on his day off. Izuku is fanboying out harder than a teenage girl with Justin Bieber. All Might tries to leave, but Izuku holds onto his leg when he jumps and thus the hilarity unsues, the animation is just so good. With All Might finally leaving this time, Izuku tries to ask him one more thing, having trouble getting it out though, all the memories coming up. But finally asks if he can be a hero without a Quirk. He narrates how this day would completely change his fate, though we have to wait till next week to see what it is. This is going to be a very interesting show to say the least.
Episode Score: 4/5
A 3-minute short about a girl named Minami starting high school and making new friends. She goes crazy when one classmate has a keychain of several types of bread, her name’s Yuu. A childhood friend of Yuu’s rolls in, her name’s Fuyumi. She gives Minami free bread and she suddenly wants to date Fuyumi now, but she’s already attached to Yuu, who’s not aware that this is a thing. Minami asks Fuyumi to teach her how to make bread and the journey begins for her. A cute little short, will be watching this more as the season goes on.
Episode Score: 3/5
Oh my god that theme is so cheesy bad, hahaha! So Luluco lives in a town where humans and aliens co-exist. The animation style is a weird amalgamation of Kill la Kill and Panty & Stocking, it’s so weird that I love it. So her Dad eats a pill that freezes him, she drops him, his head splits into pieces and she rushes him to a hospital and is attacked by the show’s version of Inferno Cop who is a Space Patrol officer and his assistant who starts poking the shit out of Luluco. She goes to school now where her grades are basically holding at average. Then something suddenly activates in her head and a siren comes out of her head and CUE TRANSORMATION SEQUENCE!!! And then she turns into a gun, literally and gets laughed at before firing at destroying everything (we think).
…THAT WAS FUCKING AWESOME!!!
Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***
I have a feeling this will be way out of my jurisdiction, but hey, I’m an equal opportunist! Also, it starts off in Canada, yeah! O…Canada!!! Our home and native, all right all right I’ll get on with it! This light-haired male is returning home to his Mother who is a famous novelist and also has a new child she’s taking care of. Haru grabs the child and he bites him, Ren the little one’s name. Apparently Mom faked her being really sick or dying just to get him back there. Mom’s…kind of a bitch. WHAT THE FUCK?! HARU HAS WOLF FRIENDS?! This is already super weird. Haru’s so good at everything it annoys the fuck out of Ren. Seems Haruko took the boy in when the dogs (not wolves apparently) took a liking to him. But she obviously ain’t that great a mother with Ren being as crazy as he is. Apparently Ren only knew his name and age when he was found on the street. This story is much darker than it seems though, Ren must’ve been terribly abused before being in Haruko’s care, noting plenty of cigarette burns under his feet. Oh dear, the boy love is starting though, even though they joke about it otherwise. Haru gets a call from Japan and Ren overhears that he’ll be going home soon, which after connecting with Haru so much that he runs off and the dogs didn’t even follow this time. Ren’s staying in the riverbank where it’s dangerous. Apparently he wanted the rice balls in the bag he dropped in the river. Ren finally asks Haru about him going home soon, which Haru eases him on this, telling him things he wants to do with him before leaving and Ren starts to cry, saying nice people are scary and since Haru is who he is, that scares him the most. Haru gets sick after being out in that rainstorm and Ren is charged with taking care of him. And more boy love goes on, except Haru gets a punch for a kiss on the mouth. Haru tells Ren that if he wants, one Haru graduates and has his own place, Ren should live with him. Back in Japan at the end of summer break, his other parents (it’s complicated) even know about Ren and want to know more. Well I certainly didn’t think I’d enjoy the show this much, that was actually pretty good!
Episode Score: 4/5
Debuts April 11th
Debuts April 12th