Week #7 – Spring Anime 2016

Week number seven is upon us with the Spring anime season. What’s in store this week?!

As always I’m live reacting (though typing it out to be posted later) to each episode I watch and going over what happens in each episode with the occasional quip and joke here and there. So for those trying to avoid spoilers, this entire article is full of them!

Also, as an added bonus to the article now, I’m screencapping some of my more favourite moments from each episode. If I thought it was an image worth saving, it’ll show up at the end of each summary as well!

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online (Ep.6)

After another flashback of Rusian’s past having to do with marraiges, even the idea of talking about marraige with Ako sets him off. It’s becoming clear that he is indeed falling for Ako in real life as well and is having a lot of trouble approaching it from that real-life perspective. At school, even Yui is having trouble calling Hideki by his real name now, oh dear. Ako’s also losing her shit with teen girl magazines which Akane has a bunch of, though referring them as “offline high-school girl strategy wikis”, so she can cheat so to speak on how to be a normal girl at school. The struggle is real for them. The spend the club time helping Sette so more, which of course Ako’s not happy about. Finally, Sette transforms into the super sexualized version of her avatar, complete with her pink hair, becoming a Summoner and using the power to summon a puppy as her familiar. However, she’s as much of a dunce cap in the game as Ako, which Akane uses against both of them. The next day, summer vacation is on the rise, the final tests on the horizon. Hm…how much do you wanna bet Ako’s gonna be the one close to failing, so they have to help her for a while. Sure enough, she’s doing terrible. Also for about fifteen seconds we’re introduced to Hideki’s sister before he leaves her alone for his lovely wife. They start to test her and she struggles like a child through it. Yui’s also there, clearly not wanting her to fail so she can have her own summer vacation. The tests are over and somehow she makes it through it, white as a sheet from it all. With Ako and Yui gone, he asks Kyoh and Akane advice about actually trying to confess his love to Ako. They give him a real look as he took way too long to get to this point, they clearly saw right through him. But they can’t really help, as they’re all relationship-less. So Kyoh planned a camping trip for them during the summer. So now the checklist begins. Beach? Hot springs? Ako trying to sleep in the same tent as him? Stuff like that. Alone with Ako, he tries to set up a moment to confess to her, obviously having tons of problems getting the words out. He finally does and she says no?! And that’s the episode. So let’s go through my guess here, Ako being the shut-in she is doesn’t want someone physically close to her, as it’d be too much for her to handle. We’ve seen how she is at school, struggling to deal with anyone talking to her that isn’t from the guild. Perhaps she doesn’t want a real-life relationship because she could care less about real life.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Anne-Happy

Anne-Happy (Ep.6) 

FIELD TRIIIIIIIIIIIIP!!! They’re going into the mountains so immediately Ruri’s all like “Uh, you’re following me, you two.” to Anne and Botan. And you know Hibiki is fucked. They go in rounds and Anne picks last for the three of them and Ruri knows things are gonna suck. It’s amazing Botan is alive after all this walking they’re doing too. The luck decreases even more as an army of black cats show up and everything just goes wrong for Botan and Anne, Ruri not so much it appears. Next is a wooden bridge so naturally Anne starts to fall through it. Timothy, who’s painted gold as a good luck charm tries to help but trips and falls off the cliff himself. So after saving her, Ruri decides to have Anne hold her hand, figuring it may reduce their luck, Botan also follows…and her hand somehow doesn’t shatter! Ren and Hibiki also come across them during this and all five of them are on the bridge…while monkeys start cutting the bridge with a knife. They managed to survive and reach the first checkpoint. The monkeys however ruin it for Anne as they stole her lunch. She tries to eat mushrooms and weeds and stuff before Ruri and Botan give her extra food. Hibiki also can’t cook for shit so she gets food from them as well. During lunch, Ruri reveals she pretty much lives alone all the time, her parents working overseas. Because y’know, the kid never goes with them. Anne leaves to go wash the utensils she borrowed, time to find her floating in the river as per usual. She’s gone missing and her clover hairpin is all that’s left. The teacher calls in the big guns on this one, noting that Anne’s “Devil’s Luck” can’t be taken lightly. While looking for Anne, Ruri finds a construction sign and gets all weak in the knees. Botan even calls it her boyfriend, but Ruri refutes it, saying not yet. They finally find Anne behind the sign, out cold. Here’s the train of events that happened to lead her to that point:

  • She was washing the utensils and noticed her hairpin was missing
  • Then she fell in the river while looking for it
  • Rocks fell on her while trying to climb out of the stream
  • Of course, she got attacked by fish until she finally climbed out and passed out

Sweet Jesus, Anne. THEN A FUCKING BEAR SHOWS UP!!! Oh please let it be female, that’ll be hilarious! Botan passes out immediately. Timothy shows up but doesn’t notice the bear until it’s too late and he gets smacked hard. It approaches the girls as they try and scare it off, but to no effect. Finally, the teacher shoots it down with three darts, damn why couldn’t it be female?! Holy shit she can carry the bear too!!! It seems that this episode is the first time we’re really seeing Hibiki and Ren being friends with the other three, looks like the five will be together more often now. A fun episode once again.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Asterisk War: Season 2

Asterisk War: Season 2 (Ep.7)

No episode this week.

Episode Score: /5

Bakuon!!

Bakuon!! (Ep.7)

Uh…the girls are in maid outfits. That’s not gonna be fun to ride on. Hijiri is having a blast planning this whole race out, clearly. Still not sure why the maid suits are around. Rin’s having an even worse time because none of the girls outside of the club even know Suzuki make bikes. We finally learn Raimu’s handicap, which is that she gets a Kawasaki scooter. She’ll still whip their asses. Hijiri one-ups herself again, dressing up as the MC and looks badass doing it. They get ready to start the race and they actually have an audience, a relatively large crowd. The principal planned this and puts like…$300,000 on Raimu but fails as she makes the odds go 1 to 1 rather than 11 to 1 as it was when she bet. Also, Raimu crashes immediately cause she went too fast. They hit the first turn and then the race is as lame as it gets, they all slow down ridiculously. The only points they hit any speed are the straight-aways. When Onsa’s bike starts smoking a bit, Hane suddenly gets the desire to go into the front and shoots past them. And that’s when the girls start driving faster. Two laps in, Raimu finally gets up and now it’s on!!! And then she flips up her helmet flap for a second but we see nothing before it’s back on and she’s off. And now she’s about to destroy them. Catching up, the girls start to take it even more seriously, especially Rin though it’s not shocking at all. The final lap has arrived and Raimu’s almost completely caught up. Hane actually jumps the last ramp and it’s a three person race until Raimu shows up. Her scooter’s smoking badly though and she tries the “cool your engine” panel and the bike explodes. It’s a photo finish, how silly will it end? But everyone’s fighting over who won in the crowd, which Onsa actually loves. Rin actually wins by the slightest of hairs. It seems there’s a new girl to be coming in, Chisame. She’ll be a first year the next schoolyear. She seems to hate bikes and believes they shouldn’t be ridden on public roads. GET HER THE FUCK OFF THIS SHOW!!! RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!! Also…still don’t know why the maid outfits. A fun little episode, but not nearly enough comedy this week.

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Episode Score: 4/5

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Big Order (Ep.5)

HOT SPRINGS!!! And rock girl is with them…and she’s flirting with Rin too. Oh dear. Apparently she really likes girls and breasts, fondling everyone she can like she’s a Senran Kagura character. She also grabs Iyo to which she screams saying only Eiji can touch her. Oh dear, he’s got two girls on him already. The fun finally stops as Sena has apparently woken up, so they rush back to her. Now the game of trying to keep her in the dark about everything that’s happened. Hiiragi also lets it slip she has about six months to live, something she didn’t know up until now. She tells him that she had an idea how bad things were and is convinced she has no chance to be cured and is upset at Eiji for trying to take all the burden for himself. Then Hiiragi tells Eiji about an Order who can cure uncurable illnesses, which I can’t help but think is a way to get Eiji to help them invade further, like dangling a carrot. However afterwards, we see Hiiragi getting “the real test results”, left to wonder what’s really going on. And then implied incest again, god damn it anime! After she’s taken by Hiiragi again, he tries to stop him once more, but his time powers are just too much for him to handle, so we return to square one, Sena as the hostage. They take Hiroshima quickly and the next goal is likely Izumo where the person with the cure Order lives. He and Rin go on a little date afterwards in Hiroshima, though it’s more like Rin taking advantage of the situation she’s in as best she can. Even though she knows she’s being used by the Order, there’s a part of her inside wondering why she’s doing the things she’s doing, as if to admit she might be going along with things more than she thinks. During all this, a dangerous looking male has been following them, so now we wait for the upcoming fight. And then he shows up, saying he can grant her her wish and then her wedding chain disappears. Eiji also gets attacked by Yakuza and for some reason he can’t control them, cue the dangerous man, Hatori Hanzou. He reveals Rin, who’s ready to go back to killing again. She’s also wearing headphones which I now deduce is what’s stopping Eiji’s Order, as the other two guys were wearing them. She slices off his left hand before Narukami and Iyo show up to help. Hiiragi decides he has to go as well and calls for Ayahito as well. Iyo reveals that the Group of Ten was actually created initially to kill this man. Rin also lands a strike on Iyo, slicing her side. He tries to kill Hatori, but it turns out he’s manipulating another person in his stead and then goes to finish off Eiji before Hiiragi shows up and completely reverses everything, including everyone’s wounds. Wow, Hiiragi’s power is super OP. Everyone retreats, including Rin. Eiji demands to know what they’re up against…and the Order granter girl reveals that it’s his biological father. Oh shit! Though the episode wasn’t nearly as good as the last two weeks, which have been amazing.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5 

Bungo Stray Dogs

Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.7)

With a massive bomb now in play, the Agency is frantically trying to figure out their next steps. Coincidentally, they do not have Rampo at their disposal which makes the bomb an actual threat now. Doppo enlists the help of Rokuzou, the hacker on this mission. Meanwhile, of course Osamu is out on a date with the girl they saved last week and Doppo is not happy with him, as per usual. However the girl offers an interesting hypothesis, that perhaps the Azure King, the leader of the Azure Flag terrorists may have faked his death and is still alive. Rampo is finally available and gives them the location he’s deduced by phone. Sure enough, they find the bomb, but it’s not movable and may not be deactivated in time. The three boys get separate calls at the same time, two about the bomb, one about the taxi driver suddenly dying out of nowhere. They reach a new destination, attacked immediately. A man arrives on the scene, giving Doppo “a number” similar to the now dead taxi driver. Apparently he can control anyone with a number and once it hits zero, game over, they’re dead. He also breaks the key to release the bomb. Naturally Osamu cancels out this man’s abilities and once again, the two easily handle the men and stop the bomb just in time, about three minutes left. After all that, Osamu calls Doppo to meet alone, saying that there’s another mastermind above all this and believes he knows who it is and is to show up before them. And it’s Rokuzou, or we are to think before he’s shot and killed by Sasaki, the girl they saved. Her husband was the Azure King and knows they won’t shoot her, but Rokuzou is still alive and does so for them before he dies as well, his father being killed by the Azure King. Doppo is crushed by all this and Osamu warns him that he’ll turn into someone similar to the Azure King if he doesn’t change the path he’s on. Interesting turn of events here!

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Flying Witch

Flying Witch (Ep.6)

Clearly Makoto doesn’t practice at all, not being able to last very long on the broom. Akane being the smart one shows Makoto that all she has to do is levitate herself too and not just the broom, so she doesn’t have to hurt her precious butt riding the broom. It also appears Akane’s staying for a little while this time. Chinatsu has really taken to her to the point she actually asks Akane to teach her to be a witch. But it’s actually far more serious than Chinatsu thinks, mainly because she wasn’t born one. Of course, Mom and Dad just want her to stay as happy as she is, so they say it’s okay for her to try. So Akane accepts to at least show her some things about witches to see if Chinatsu’s actually this serious about it. Makoto and Chinatsu have a talk during grocery shopping where they say their goals as a witch, as unsure as they both are, doesn’t matter when Chinatsu’s cute the whole time. Then Akane teaches them how to make a “trick-and-treat” which turns snacks into a spell on the person who eats them. Makoto’s the guinea pig and it causes her to cry at anything. Chinatsu tries the other snack and she does the opposite, laughing at everything. The cats come in to investigate and Chito is not impressed. Then after it’s all calmed down, Dad eats everything and is simultaneously crying and laughing. I know it must’ve seemed boring with such a short post but this episode was super good, a nice, calm, sit and enjoy episode.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Hai-Furi

Haifuri (Ep.6) ***ON NOTICE***

I re-scored last week’s episode as I took a much better look at it, because I asked myself the question “What am I watching this show for?” and I couldn’t come up with an answer. When re-watching the episode, I found it boring and offering nothing much to keep my interest. So this week, the show’s on notice again.

Apparently even more ships have gone missing, including the German ship Wilhelmina came from. Of course, the only ship that’s left to deal with the Musashi is the Harekaze. I have a bad feeling of the pure bullshit the show’s going to come up with to have them survive that massive ship. Also, Akeno doesn’t fully crash, back on the speeder and heading back to the Harekaze. Also, the entire ship’s electronics are down. It’s also very weird when politicians talk about how to deal with the Musashi while the girls are undressing to bathe on the ship. After bath time’s over, a faint radio signal is coming from the sick bay and that red-eyed hamster continues to show up while the fat cat tries to catch it and this time actually does. Akeno tries to touch it and then the doc tells her no. Suddenly their electronics work, the rat acting almost like an EMP. Before they can contact the school, they’ve stumbled into a minefield. When two girls start dealing with the mines and take a hit, Akeno tries to go alone again, but this time Rin insists on joining too. Either way, Mashiro is beyond pissed that Akeno continues to leave the ship. The girls are safe though and that’s essentially the episode.

What isn’t safe is the show. After giving it second thought, I’ve really found nothing to take from the show other than the absurdity of tiny high school girls running a Navy battleship. The story is non-existent, the majority of the characters aren’t all that interesting, it’s really just meant to be a cute show. And while I enjoy cute, it’s not enough, I need some sort of story and some sort of entertainment beyond that. And Haifuri at its halfway point still hasn’t done that, so it’s gone.

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***DROPPED***

Hundred

Hundred (Ep.7)

Right off the bat, swimsuit episode and they don’t let all the guys get away with it either, Fritz actually wearing a speedo. Sakura and Karen show up and the nurse is with her too and showing off all the goods. Emilia is not happy and since she can’t show the fact she’s female, Sakura’s left to do whatever she wants with Hayato and she can’t get back at her yet. Everyone’s there though, including Claire, who’s showing off just as much. It’s also really cute to see the couple of Fritz and Reitia, who while aren’t openly clinging off each other, it’s very obvious they’ll be an item. Sakura’s really using this time as best she can, showing herself off every moment she has the chance to. Still in the dark (somehow) about Emilia’s real gender, she flat-out asks her if “he’s” gay, which turns into an “I’ve known him longer” contest, which Karen wins, although I don’t think she’s allowed the grand prize in this situation. No time though, volleyball! Can’t argue! Then they use their energy too and it just gets way out of hand to the point Erica takes offense while simultaneous wanting to oil up Claire and Liddy butts in. Somehow during all this commotion, while chasing the ball of course Hayato has to run too far and into Claire and if you’ve been watching the show…you guessed it, INTO THE BOOBS! Then a helicopter just has to show up out of the blue with Claire’s older brother in it and of course he has to flatter her appearance. STOP THE IMPLIED INCEST, GODDAMNIT!!! And the party’s over. Later on, they’re all called into Claire’s office for another operation. Reitia and Fritz are officially welcome in as well for this mission. But before they leave, big brother has to have a chat with Hayato, pulling him away from the others. You know it’s not gonna be good. He’s going to show Hayato the power source of the entire massive ship and it turns out to be a girl frozen in an egg. It’s the real LiZA, her real name Liza Harvey, Claire and this guy’s sister. Claire shows up with a gun aimed at him, demanding to know why he brought Hayato down there. He gives the usual bullshit response but then claims he has the royal blood needed to revive Liza. He asks Hayato to touch the egg, Claire also allows it. When he does touch it, the whole world explodes! Actually, nothing happens at all. He also mentions Vitaly’s name again, saying she intends to destroy Liza. He leave suggesting the two of them to marry, though jokingly…maybe. Finally time for the mission, there’s about 50 Savages this time and they fully suspect the three Hunters will be there as well. Then the real problem occurs, LiZA didn’t suggest this at all, Judar (the brother) suggested the whole thing. You know it’s going to go badly. Then out of nowhere, someone tackles Emilia, calling her Princess Emilia to boot. The girl’s name is Claudia, from Gudenburg where the two met. Emilia then reveals she is indeed a princess. She tells Claudia she intends to never return home. She also claims she loves Hayato more than Claudia which sets her off more than it would’ve Claire. Sheesh! So they have an actual duel for Emilia. You know Hayato will win easily or something like that. It isn’t quite easy, he gets called a manwhore too, hilarious! But he does win in the end. The Hunters are also around as we see at the end of the episode. That was a fun episode, loved every second of it. I think the number of screencaps I had to grab tell you exactly why, hahaha!

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Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***

KIZNAIVER

KIZNAIVER (Ep.6)

We see a bit into Maki’s past before the intro starts. Seems she has a friend who may or may not either be suicidal or just super prone to accidents. Back in the present, they lament over the craziness that was last week and the revelation that they truly can feel each other’s emotions too, so far Chidori’s emotions towards Katsuhira. Maki leaves the group immediately afterwards and Nico joins her for whatever reason, perhaps trying to reach her. Of course it jars memories of that friend of Maki we saw at the start of the episode. Clearly something horrifying happened to this girl to make Maki not want friends of any sort. Noriko is in a meeting with the city’s mayor where it’s revealed the projects was leaked out and the government is growing increasingly impatient. Back with Maki, an old “friend” shows up talking about a movie of sorts and the guy is a real creeper. Yuta deals with him as Maki wants out. Naturally, Maki’s not happy he was there to help out. He reminds her how the only reason he found her is because of their abilities to feel other’s emotions. Yuta returns with a manga that Maki was a part of and they mention the old rumors that one of the two creators died, likely being Ruru, this other girl, not that they know. Just as they talk about it, Noriko calls and now they have a new mission, to save Maki. Maki returns to school, by mission order and a TV crew is there to film her in a documentary about the manga. She gets completely overrun with people and snaps, but Tenga and the rest swoop in just in time. The mission is a quick success, but when Tenga reveals they completed a mission, she snaps again and runs off, thinking they just did it because they were told to and not because they’re friends (not that she reveals it). I love how Yoshiharu calls Chidori’s emotional pain “Saibaman level” compared to Maki’s. That’s still dangerous, y’know? Ask Yamcha. Katsuhira suddenly comes out and suggests they go to Ruru’s house, but leaves them to do something alone. As I expected, it’s Noriko, alone playing a old-timey sounding piano song. He essentially reveals some real emotions from himself, saying he’s disappointed in Noriko for her actions with them last episode, but not angry. And that’s where we’re left. Another strong emotional episode.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

SPACE PATROL LULUCO

Space Patrol Luluco (Ep.7)

Wow they put even less effort in the intro, hahaha! Now the guy’s just shouting things over the song. Now the group is lost in space and have to re-find her Mom’s pirate ship and the city, wherever that’ll be. She wakes up with Nova right above her, so close to a kiss, but Dad’s gotta ruin the moment. Finally he shuts down, the brain only going so far without the body. Apparently that planet is a tourist hub, so they go down to investigate there. Apparently there’s a lot of knock-off Ogikubos here. Luluco gets lost and starts to see even a fake Nova who’s a shapeshifter of her heart’s desire. So pissed off in realizing it’s not the real one, she transforms but can’t go into her gun form with all the threads twirling around everyone. Over Justice burns the fuck out of him and then the three of them arrest him for committing “some kind of space crush gib energy plox huehue scam”. Did I mention how much I love this fucking show? He burns himself, trying to destroy the whole planet and they just leave while he keeps screaming until the planet finally dissolves. So good.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

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