Week #8 – Spring Anime 2016

Week number eight 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!

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online (Ep.7)

Well the title gives it away, it’s time for a beach episode! Well everyone looks stunning in their summer clothes, Yui continues to make it difficult to keep her off the top 10 list for the season. So Kyou has organized a “24-hour No Net Connection Camp” for the group, which you know Ako is not gonna be happy about for a while. She also notes in a flashback that Ako also just doesn’t like her reality, so the camp aims to at least help her find things to look forward to in her daily life beyond Legendary Age. Kyou’s cottage is of course lavish as fuck. We finally get to the beach and as per usual the MC is wearing very conservative board shorts, though in Hideki’s case, I can absolutely accept that. Ako on the other hand…yeah, there’s no way she picked that bikini herself. Even weirder, her initial running towards him scene made her look way too over-the-top, yet from then on she looks fantastic, so perhaps the artists aren’t great at the whole big-breasted girl running thing. And of course she’s the first one out for some alone time with Hideki, I’m assuming the group did this on purpose. She also does reveal she picked the outfit herself, which I can’t believe. Yes, she likes cute things, but you’d think she wouldn’t pick something so revealing given her social anxiety and stuff. Then Akane comes out wearing a one-piece swimsuit with a skirt that makes her look like the beach version of Sailor Mercury, but the anime makes sure you get a butt shot in there, regardless of not seeing her bottoms underneath the skirt. And Kyou…well, giant breasts, take a guess where the camera aims towards that bikini. Uh-oh, Ako hasn’t put sunblock on yet. She’s extremely ticklish, as Akane finds out. Then the three of them wants to do Hideki…his sublock. And it’s weird as fuck, like he’s being molested. Yui finally shows up and is the conservative one with a one-piece as well, goddamn it! I keep thinking she’s gonna kill it and then she pulls this to tease me! They all go for a swim, but Yui doesn’t look impressed, cause they’re done already and they didn’t even play together and snaps on them like she’s in her catgirl character. Clearly Yui isn’t as addicted to Legendary Age as the four of them are. So volleyball instead. A few butt shots later, Hideki’s alone in the bath, but for how long? About ten seconds and she barges in, sees him naked and Akane pulls her away, though she insists she sees more as she’s being dragged away. They have a barbecue right after, so no girls in the bath. They have their cliche sparklers moment while Hideki and Ako talk. Kyou sets of fireworks to create a moment for the two and Ako starts tearing up, obviously very happy with the entire day. Hideki confesses again and Ako returns…but naming Rusian again, so it’s questionable to me. And sure enough, Hideki views it as another failure. I’ve now come to the conclusion that perhaps the only way to sway Ako is to actually propose to her in real life. They now go to a hotel which is having a Legendary Age event there. They participate, going to various places at the hotel and collecting items, Akane walking out with two full bags of gingerbread cookies. Back in-game, Ako calls Rusian into her “hotel room” and something bad’s happened. Pretty sure someone’s hacked his account. Oh dear. Well that creates an interesting conflict now. A fun episode, gonna be way too many beach shots this week, hahaha!

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Episode Score: 4/5

Anne-Happy

Anne-Happy (Ep.7) 

 

It’s a shitty rainy day and Hanako is late to class. You can only imagine how bad this could turn out. And as to be expected, the following happened to Anne on her way to school:

  • It literally rained cats on her
  • Her umbrella “meowed” away
  • She fell into the river
  • And probably a lot more that she’s forgotten about

The drying her off transition anime was adorable and funny. It’s pretty clear right after that she’s gotten sick from all these events and then it gets worse as the roof only above her opens up and more water pours in. Poor girl. Sure enough she went home early that day and the girls are naturally worried about her, since usually nothing stops Anne from finishing whatever it is she’s doing. So the girls do some shopping to find something for Anne, though it more ends up being stuff for them. As they approach her house, it becomes apparently just how bad Anne’s luck really is, the house is almost like a danger zone. Though on the inside it seems perfect, Mom looks super young and the house is spotless. Then Anne falls down the stairs while saying hello and everything’s returned to status quo. Mom trips and the two bash heads. Yup, normal. Turns out Anne’s mother was exactly in the same situation, went to the same class years ago and everything, so it’s like their bad luck is genetic. Then they start talking about cute hairstyles and Ruri becomes the guinea pig for Botan and Anne. So after Botan laments over her terrible looks again, the girls take her glasses off and let her hair down and she ends up looking absolutely freaking gorgeous! A shame though cause she’s blind without her glasses. It gets late so it’s time for the hair experiments to come to an end and they leave, though feeling like something bad’s about to happen around that house. Sure enough, the next day Anne isn’t on-time again and is sick at home once more. With Hibiki and Ren together with them, they decide to make teru teru bozus for Anne, as they’re Japanese traditional dolls that are to create good weather and prevent more rain. They make more crazy scary things than anything else, while Ruri is the only one that actually puts the correct effort in. While we’re not sure which one works, my money’s on the makeshift Timothy teru teru bozu from Ren. The weather actually does clear up and Anne is back in class. A cute episode, not as good as many others have been, but this is still good for anime in general.

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Episode Score: 4/5 

Asterisk War: Season 2

Asterisk War: Season 2 (Ep.7)

The final fight is finally beginning, obviously we expect Julis and Ayato to somehow pull out the win, but how long will Ayato go without using his Ser=Versta in this battle and somehow survive? They start double-teaming AR-D while tracking RM-C’s movements, but once again the armor of these two are way too much for them right now. And to make matters worse, they’re about to fusion again like the battle with Kirin and Saya. Ayato actually breaks RM-C’s badge, however the fusion is complete. Meanwhile, the girls are still trying to rescue Flora and are entering the room where she is, except we await the ninja guy to fight them. He proves to be quite the pain in the ass for them. Kirin sends Flora with Saya and tries to take it all on her own. She takes a serious wound and will die if not treated soon. But she’s still fighting regardless… DID SHE JUST SLICE HIM IN HALF?! Oh, it was a virtual sword, she gets a couple real shots in and Saya finishes him off. Before we see Kirin’s fate, we’re back to the match. They’re doing nothing to that armor at all, so the need for him to use Ser=Versta needs to happen soon or else. Ayato also comes to the realization that AR-D has been holding back the entire time, not fully knowing the extent of his power. Now he knows and shit’s getting even worse for the two of them. He can even cast barriers to keep them from running. It seems in the meantime, Claudia’s heading the the booth and tells Ayato it’s okay to bring it out now. With that, he pulls out Ser=Versta and cuts AR-D’s hammer into pieces. And the true fight will begin next week. A good fighting episode to say the least.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Bakuon!!

Bakuon!! (Ep.8)

It’s winter time now, so I have to wonder where the anime can possibly go. Generally most bike owners put them away in the winter. Onsa’s already dealing with reasons why, her bike has trouble starting in the cold. Hijiri’s birthday is coming up so the girls suggest she get her license to which she says she already has…as she paid an elaborate sum of money to get one rather than take the test. She doesn’t even know what a yellow light is. Dafuq, girl?! So Hayakawa buys her a really basic scooter for her safety and she falls over immediately. It’s like watching a child learn to ride a bike for the first time, Raimu’s even being the dad holding the back of the bike for her. She takes one fall like she should’ve broken her neck and leaves, returning with a sledgehammer to destroy the bike. And yet after thoroughly smashing it, it still turns on, much to her dismay. With it somehow surviving, she’s now determined to make it work. The bike however gets fixed and has training wheels on it specifically for Hijiri. They have a party together and talk about Christmas and when they found out Santa wasn’t real. Of course Hane’s the last one to figure it out and probably never would’ve if not for Yume. Rin suddenly leaves to work and they get random presents. Onsa draws first and gets a handmade Rin figure, which she breaks immediately. Then Hane dresses as Santa and leaves to give Rin her present. Of course, Rin’s a pizza delivery girl so finding her is nigh impossible. But don’t worry, Bike Jesus arrives to save the day. She finds Rin and delivers her present, a Yoshimura muffler (aka a handmade scarf, a terrible Hane pun). Then it’s New Year’s and the girls are each getting their respective luck, Hane again getting the worst. On a bike ride to the lighthouse again, Hane’s warmers fail and she grumbles the entire drive, even getting left behind. She makes it just in time to catch the sunrise with her friends. An okay episode this week.

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Episode Score: 3/5

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Big Order (Ep.6)

Eiji is convinced Daisy is lying about this man being his father, since he died during the Great Destruction. Daisy just ignores him and says they’re all heading to Izumo, so if he wants, he can go there and confront them. Iyo tries to cheer him up, but clearly the whole matter is bothering him at the moment. The two are alone together heading to Izumo and it’s clear that since the whole “baby” incident, Iyo has fallen for Eiji as well, cause that’s how anime works. She thinks he’s about to confess when he just vows to never touch his ribbon again. Poor girl, she doesn’t understand how anime MCs don’t understand girls and their feelings. Because of her emotions, she messes up with her divinations and causes them to suffer during a cave-in, nearly drowning, but Eiji saves her. She disappointed to find out though she didn’t get mouth-to-mouth. I love how Iyo exclaims about how they’re both alone without their clothes…yet Eiji’s still wearing pants and underwear and we assume Iyo’s got her white robe and underwear on. She actually snaps at him too for talking about Rin and takes her robe off, showing she has no underwear on, demanding Eiji look at her while she’s having this tearful emotional breakdown. She actually does something few anime girls actually do, talk about marraige and taking that step forward in confessing to him. And then people show up to interrupt all this, one of them’s the woman he’s told can fix Sena’s illness. She’s more concerned about how Eiji is not paying attention to this sexy naked Iyo next to him and she acts out what the scene should be, voice and all and it’s so fucking hilarious. I love this woman already. She then refuses to help Eiji heal Sena. So she challenges him to a game to perhaps change her mind. Iyo finally puts on clothes at this point. Even with her help, Eiji can’t win against this woman. He takes a break and Iyo tries to support him some more. He notes how he’s not used to being liked by anyone, so perhaps he has a reason for not dealing with Iyo’s advances. Finally though, they manage to catch the ball and win the woman’s game. And then a man shows up to kill her before anything happens. His power is water control and he tries to drown the three of them. Together, Iyo and Eiji’s Orders actually mix together and we get a Megaman version of Eddie, love it! And then they command fish to attack the man and thus the battle ends. That’s fucking amazing! And then Daisy shows up suddenly shows a portal where the rest of PS6 are waiting and a samurai looks to cut them all into pieces, though I’m going to assume in the end it’s just the woman who could cure Sena and maybe that water guy. Well that episode was really interesting!

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Episode Score: 4.5/5 

Bungo Stray Dogs

Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.8)

There a cute tiny girl and oh she found Osamu…oh…she found Osamu…well shit’s about to get real as she starts to form an aura around her. Back at the agency we now know he’s gone missing, no longer answering his phone, though everyone except Atsushi doesn’t care. And oh dear, the incest duo have healed it seems, at least the male has. The scary sexy doctor shows up and they all scatter, except for the unknowing Atsushi. While the two of them go shopping, he comes across that small girl and bumps into a real asshole who also messes with with the doctor and learns why you shouldn’t fuck with crazy. And of course while they’re on the train, they’re under attack likely by the Mafia, still after Atsushi. So he and the doctor get moving, though she admits this is off from the Mafia’s usual methods. We think he’skilled her, but given the Agency we know she’s far more powerful than you could think. The tiny girl’s also on the train and she’s to protect the bombs. Oh dear, this’ll be tough for Atsushi. Both take heavy hits, especially Atsushi who’s sliced and diced by a ghost samurai essentially. The doc meanwhile is left for dead with a ton of bombs. How Atsushi during all this hasn’t turned into the tiger yet is astonishing, but he finally does after a “coming to Jesus” moment and pretty much being faced with death. The doc survived the bombs, her ability to cure any wounds, but only those that are lethal and she deals with the bomber. Atsushi only with his left arm transformed easily handles the girl as well. She reveals she is the bomb. He gets the detonator from her but instead of deactivating it, he activates it and the girl sacrifices herself suddenly. Atsushi freaks out though, transforms into full arms and legs and rips the bombs off her quickly, just in the nick of time. Also, he’s badly cut up, Akiko (the doctor) is going to have a field day with him. Alone with Kyouka, he passes out before really being able to say anything to her, likely from the blood loss. We then see Osamu chained up with Akutagawa nearby. An okay episode, but nothing too good for me to speak about here.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Flying Witch

Flying Witch (Ep.7)

It’s good to see Nao again, she’s been gone a while. And those socks too, man. She walks to the house and says hello to Chito and then realizes she’s gained some weight and even he reacts like a person would. Hilarious! The main three along with Nao are going herb picking in the mountains together. It’s apparent Chito did not like the comments so she’s standing on Nao’s shoulders and tail whipping her. This is the first time I recall hearing Chito was female, I always thought Chito was male. Then we learn she’s seventeen and Nao notes how old she is too and digs her hole even deeper. We’re five minutes in and I’ve screencapped four times, all of them Chito-related. So this week is the Chito Show apparently. They reach the woods and Kei lays down some ground rules for everyone, in particular the whole Makoto can’t be alone rule. The show also does a lot of foreshadowing that there’s going to be a bear showing up so one of two things will happen. Makoto will cast a random spell that manages to scare it off, or Chito lays the smackdown on that bear’s candy ass! I’d love for the latter. Makoto catches a frog and Kei immediately tells her to show it to Nao, because “she loves frogs”. And without cue, she immediately backs away from it and screams which we see a bear hearing. Chinatsu has a turn scaring her and this time the frog jumps on her, a louder scream possibly scaring the bear off this time. Awww, no Chito bear fighting. They’re back home cooking with the herbs they picked. Chinatsu now trying to be a witch is eating more herbs now, reluctantly so. But because she was a real cutie and ate one, Akane’s bringing her and the others to a secret “witch cafe” of sorts for cake. Or at least she sends them out there. It looks like an old abandoned house, more scary than cute. Turns out praying to it like at a shrine, releases the spell and turns it into a beautiful cafe within a mansion. There’s no one there, but a note saying to sit down wherever. And then water just randomly appears with a note saying to order what they want. I guess we’re seeing the ghost girl from the intro finally. Sure enough after calling Akane, she tells Makoto that the waitress is indeed a ghost. Kei however is a little scared of ghosts so Makoto (actually cruelly) lays down a magic circle that will likely make her appear. Poor girl, she’s supposed to be shy. She appears and despite the initially face, she’s very pretty. And then Chinatsu spills the beans and she walks off embarrassed and starts breaking things. And then the episode ends there, kind of a weird place to stop. But it was a very cute episode, I loved it.

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

Hundred

Hundred (Ep.8)

I accidentally came across pictures of this episode before watching it, so I already know that this episode may be a very screencap worthy episode like last week. So the teams are split for this mission, Of course Claire’s got Hayato and Erica, but Emilia’s stuck with Claudia somehow. Liddy’s with Fritz and Reitia. I could’ve sworn during the first bit of battle after the intro I heard Claire shoot a gun that sounded like an Imperial Tie-Fighter weapon. That was kinda cool! Apparently the presumed teams don’t exist, Emilia’s still with Hayato. Claudia tries to show off in front of them both. After beating their Savage, Claudia asks Emilia if she now thinks she’s more useful than Hayato. I can’t help myself, Claudia…the answer’s no. Why? Cause you don’t have a penis. Ball game! The Hunters are watching on as they create more bodies for them to scavenger from later on. Everything’s going well so far, too good. The night comes so they have to split into shifts, Emilia wanting to pair with Hayato, Claire and Claudia putting a quick stop to that, both for different reasons. Emilia gets paired with Erica, while somehow Claire and Claudia are allowing Hayato to sleep in the same tent as them. Nothing happens on the first shift, but of course something’ll happen with Claire and Hayato, Sakura’s had too much go in her favour, it’s about time Claire gets a turn. And when she does, Claudia ruins it and sends them out to the lake even though she doesn’t come with them. Something’s fishy here. Likely, she’s trying to get those two close so his mind’s off Emilia and five seconds later I’m right in that assumption AND HER LAUGH IS FUCKED UP!!! Meanwhile, the Hunters seem to either send out a Savage or jam the group’s comms, maybe both. Either way the two seek to destroy the Savage, Hayato ending up saving her life again after she slips. Her suit’s all dirty now, oh my…what shall they do?! Emilia wakes up and Claudia’s second part of the plan starts, telling her that the two left to go on a date together. And then the screencaps start as Claire of course takes off her suit to wash it and is wearing nothing, not even panties under the suit. Sheesh, you’d think the girls would at least wear a thong or something just to cover up a little. Oh boy, Emilia’s gonna walk on this isn’t she? Though she does say even if Claire pairs up with him for real, she’ll still try to get him. Uh…that’s not good, Emilia. During the bath, Claire actually brings up Liza and how her embryo was injected with Savage fluid, making her a Variant from the very start. The intentions of her mother was to figure out a way to win the war, but after Claire nearly died, Liza released too much power and caused the crystal form she’s in now. All this is pretty much demanding I talk about Claire’s breasts the whole time, by the way, she’s pretty much in every possible pose by the end. It’s weird how she looks a little bigger when she’s not naked, she’s actually really thin other than her breasts. Must be the suit. And then after an emergency call she falls on him and now a fully naked boob grope. Oh dear. She asks if he saw her boobs, oh he saw everything, Claire. Probably felt everything too. The call is from a completely different squad, the Hunters have killed an entire group. Claire sends him to the tent to get Erica and help as Fritz shoots a flare and she intends to go help them. He goes down and Liddy’s alone to fight the Hunters and she can’t even do anything. Claire arrives already in full-body armament, she’s not fucking around! She asks about Vitaly and they are shocked she knows that name. She takes out one easily, but then the rain starts, which means her beam cannons are not as useful. Oh boy, this’ll be interesting next week. The breast episode ever! Couldn’t help the pun, I’m sorry. Episode was decent though. CUE THE BOOB SCREENCAPS!!!

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Episode Score: 4/5 

KIZNAIVER

KIZNAIVER (Ep.7)

I never want to start off an episode with a crying Nico ever again. On second thought, I just never want to see her cry again, she’s too adorable for that! We learn a little more about Ruru, she was diagnosed with a kidney disease soon after birth. The mother after overhearing Hajime talk about how Maki shouldn’t be feeling sorry if Ruru died from the disease snaps a bit, saying Maki pretty much left Ruru during her last moments, the now dead girl alone to battle the disease and in the end, lost. It’s then we see how Nico basically lost her cool as well and got them kicked out of that family’s house, though she also caused an emotional pain they all felt as well. We see a long flashback of Maki and Ruru’s time together, how they may have had a loving relationship and Maki suddenly wanting to leave the manga they were writing. Ruru’s words to her really haunt her now, as if Ruru knew she was soon to die. Katushira suddenly voices up within the rest of the group, saying they need to basically get off their ass and actually try to talk to her about it, since they never had, though of course he’s more emotionless with his delivery, Hajime takes care of the theatrics. We have a moment alone with Noriko where we see a curious photo of her as a child with a few others and some scientists. I wonder if the Kiznaiver project is much older than we think? They all scream at Maki’s apartment the next day and Nico takes it from there, talking about Ruru and after a minute, Maki hangs up the phone on it. It then starts to rain on cue and we get the best random moment of four of the mascots at a construction site and one of them’s smoking. I died laughing. After a while, Maki finally goes out on her own and sees Yuta’s been waiting for her the entire time. He’s been reading the manga to try and get an idea of Maki’s feelings, including the last one that Maki wasn’t a part of. He holds it out to her and demands she read it. He also asks her why she would lie to them saying she killed Ruru but she insists she did, that she killed their relationship before her inevitable death would’ve hurt her the most. They actually walk over to the beach where the others are and when fireworks don’t work, Maki actually suggests they just swim in the river. They all call her bluff and do so while Maki reads the letter Ruru put in the manga meant for only her. Whatever it is affects her deeply and we see her smile for the first time, the letter ending with “Because I love your smile.”. It appears that she’s finally overcome her loss, at least in the sense of feeling guilty about it. An emotional episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

SPACE PATROL LULUCO

Space Patrol Luluco (Ep.8)

At another planet that looks fantasy-like, Luluco and Nova are sent down together just the two of them, so Luluco is naturally all over the place here. Then they end up in what looks to be an all-girls witch academy, so Luluco gets jelly real fast with that potential. Luluco finds a trace of Ogikubo and fires herself up to the top of a tower where it appears to be this world’s Sorcerer’s Stone as another witch is not happy she’s trying to take the stone and starts…shoving…stuff…inside Luluco…oh dear. The witch’s name is Sucy and after stuffing Luluco full of mushrooms that should kill her in a couple more minutes. So believing that she’s about die, she demands Nova kiss her. He seems to be fine with it and the deed is done and she dies. Or she was supposed to, turns out the witch fucked up and it’s more like 60 years. Oh an Nova just wipes off his mouth afterwards. Poor girl.

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Episode Score: 4/5

2 comments

  1. Thanks for your thoughts on these anime. I didn’t really like the ‘fish attack’ in Big Order. It just kind of felt a little lame for their opponent to get knocked back by a swarm of fish.

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    1. CSRadical · · Reply

      Eh, what can I say? I like ridiculous anime bullshit, the Fish Gun to me was hysterical.

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