Week number nine 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!
Ugh, I know I’m gonna hate watching this next bit cause I can’t stand depressing parts of comedy anime. Anyways, Hideki keeps getting dropped from the game and then eventually his password has been changed officially now. He figures it out right away and realizes what’s happening. He rushes to Ako’s room to tell her what happened and she dives into his arms, thankfully accepting his reasoning. He checks the chat logs and sees that this hacker was very assertive with her, to the point of harassment, as one would expect. Ako even understands that this isn’t the way Hideki would talk to her. Wow…Ako actually…used her brain there. That’s shocking for anime. If anything, she’s upset with herself for calling someone else Rusian for a moment. The rest of the girls including Yui come in and see the situation as well and they discover worse. Rusian’s character has been completely erased. This definitely hits Ako hard, even though the real Rusian in sitting next to her. The girls leave to try and find all the stolen items he’s lost and now he logs in as a sub-character and goes to that weird clan head he spoke too a while back while still soloing and the player offers to help immediately. Yui has her fan club work with her as well. Oh dear, that hacker’s gonna get fucked up. Kyou and Hideki look through storefronts that may have a bunch of his items and find one. He gets a message from someone who found at least his ring, which is a minor but big relief. Alone with Kyou, Hideki admits that while he’s pissed about his character and items being gone, he’s more pissed off that someone essentially sexually harassed Ako in-game, asking for pics and such. The next day, they talk about how the admins (as most do) aren’t really doing anything about the situation as they don’t have sufficient evidence. The black magician guy from another clan shows up with a URL to this person’s blog where he boasts about the stuff they do. Akane perfectly encapsulates our feelings and tries to swear, but the game blocks it, so pig sounds come out instead. Hilarious. This guy also does real money transfers for in-game currency, which the group decides is their only option to try and find this guy out. During this process, Ako interrupts Hideki by showing up at his house, looking all cute and stuff. And he shuts the door on her right away, loved that moment. After letting her in, he really pisses her off by saying technically they’re marriage doesn’t exist anymore since Rusian doesn’t exist. She thinks he means they’re divorced and flips her shit. She then asks Hideki what their relationship is and he says friends, which she sadly pulls out a bento box and surprises him with food. Geez, just kiss already, you two! You’re pretty much a married couple as it is! After this we see the black-haired male who’s been hacking all this time and he notices the group’s RMT postings. They manage to have him hang around long enough for the admins to catch them and successfully do so. The admins have also restored Rusian’s character. And because of what happened, the two get remarried in-game, except this time they actually have an audience. He also tries to real-life confess to her again and she clearly takes it the wrong way again, not differentiating the two, or at least that’s how I read into this. A really nice episode, liked every moment of it.
Episode Score: 5/5
It’s final exams time, so it’s time to see how bad Anne does. But first, they have a “Special Happiness Test” surprised on them. So it’s back to the underground arena. Seems Hibiki’s doing the worst though at the actual tests, as Ren notes. They all put on VR glasses and Ruri takes off momentarily to see Timothy is actually naked. Oh dear. Also, the place is a virtual casino. Well Anne’s fucked. They play ten games of chance and lose ten percent of their grade for every loss. Anne’s so fucked. Timothy offers them a game to make up points, so because Anne’s fucked anyways, they decide to go with her. It’s a battle game and cue the transformation sequences. Ruri goes first and ends up fighting Ren, who royally kicks her ass. Hibiki gets Botan. Oh dear, this is gonna be funny. Botan’s already self-conscious about her looks in her outfit, as she always is when she looks good. Hibiki’s an archer, the possibilities for failure here are endless. How can she shoot straight when she doesn’t know her left from her right. If she shoots herself, I will die laughing. Botan trips and takes damage, cause of course she does. She tries to heal herself and damages herself too. But she wins by casting a sleep spell on Hibiki. So that leaves Anne (who’s a Dancer class) to face…no one else, they’re all done. So the teacher steps in and is a Black Knight. Oh Anne’s real fucked now. When threatened with summer break though, Botan somehow is allowed to step in and Ruri eventually does the same. Ren decides to help to, so naturally Hibiki follows. And the teacher straight up snaps, NO SWEARING AT THE STUDENTS, LADY!!! Oh my god, they change into magical girls, god damn it, hahahaha!!! And they win, but the teacher takes all their points, and transfers Anne’s remaining 10 points between them, leaving them at 2%. But they don’t have to take extra classes? I’m confused now…this episode was probably the most meh of them all, which is disappointing cause I love this show. But this one didn’t do as much as I hoped.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
With Ayato at full strength, AR-D is actually enjoying himself for once, though he’s still overpowering the two of them combined. It’s actually to the point that Ernesta is being told to shut him down, but she’s enjoying herself to and says she actually has faith that Ayato and Julis can stop it. Now fully aware of his full power though, AR-D intends to end the battle now and goes right after Ayato. He’s so powerful that he pretty much destroys the entire inside arena, the main shields of the arena barely holding up. Julis however is pretty weak now after that hit. With whatever power she has left, she infuses her own power into Ser-Versta and Ayato transforms the sword into a much smaller one to increase his speed, making the sword into his own personal version of it. The two have a showdown where Ayato hits amazing speeds and agility and finally with another new hidden style, slashes into AR-D and slices his badge off and the match is finally over. I do love how they have shots of all the competitors during the award presentation, even the ones we never actually saw. We then see the ninja walking in the sewers when he’s approached by an unknown man who looks like he’s to assassinate him or something. Oh shit, that’s Eishirou, the reporter guy! Camilla and RM-C approach the group of Ayato, Claudia and Saya where she admits that Saya’s father’s weapons were indeed better than RM-C and they vow to fight again another day, but on much better terms. Erneste meanwhile basically tells red-haired fatass douchebag to fuck off, but then he reveals he knows about her third creation she’s working on, one she hasn’t even told Camilla about. So she changes her tune a little bit. Everyone’s reunited back at the hospital, Flora included and she finally cries her eyes out with Julis after holding up for that whole ordeal. Finally alone together for a moment, they thank each other for being the reason why they both have become what they have and that’s it. Sigh, anime and its refusal to allow relationships to just naturally form. The episode actually wasn’t too special, even though the fight was the final finish. There just wasn’t a lot of fun to it.
Episode Score: 3/5
Uh-oh, we have new students approaching! Was this girl in the intro this whole time?! No way, they had to have done a new intro for this. If so, that’s impressive that they’d take the time to do that and add her into everything. I’ve now realized that Hane’s sister is younger than her, I always thought she was the older sister. The new girl is Nakano and is a bike veteran at her age, kind of like Raimu. Oh dear, does she finally have competition?! During the entrance exam she has a tough time not thinking about biking and takes out her frustration on the Bike Club by getting all the girls they suckered in back out and onto the Bicycle Club rather than the Bike Club. It comes to their attention later on that Raimu’s a third-year (regardless that she’s in her 30s), so she should be graduating. They go to plan a party for her and she overhears it and runs off, for why we can’t know cause y’know, the whole helmet thing hiding her emotions. The principal is talking with Nakano’s mother on the phone who must’ve been part of their pit crew back in the day. She had no idea that this friend got married and had a child, which Nakano’s mother notes it was hard to find a time to bring it up, given that the principal always struggled around men. She also notes that she’ aware Raimu is still there and wonders when she’ll actually graduate and thus leave. Raimu finally goes up to the girls and reveals she’s repeating the year. With all the new students in now, they’re trying to recruit new members but it becomes difficult when they’re told they can’t bring a bike on stage for their orientation pitch to the students. So they do a terrible song and I mean terrible and then Onsa makes Hane try to sell people on bikes and then talks about all the bad things about them instead. Hane, you’re dumb. But then she talks about how much fun she has with her friends and it catches Nakano’s attention at least, someone who always rode alone. So she gets on stage and let’s her racing training take over, selling the sport aspect of it, which gets her laughed at more than the girls doing the dumb song. Well that was…an interesting episode to say the least. At moments it was funny, cool and then downright odd.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
So it is official, the healer woman was killed. And there’s nothing that they can do about it. Ayahito lets it slip though that Gennai may have been the one behind the Great Destruction and Eiji immediately picks up on this. While demanding answers, Yoshitsune snaps at him, grabbing him by the collar and telling him another secret, that he and Gennai worked together in a research facility about a decade ago. They were producing something called a VECON coil, a way to take people’s will and convert it into energy. Well we fully expect a massive explosion of sorts, don’t we? And then one day, he just snaps and goes insane and develops what ends up being Daisy, a being solely meant to grant wishes. So by technicality, Gennai is responsible for the Great Destruction while Eiji inadvertently with his wish actually did it. Gennai now is planning to create a second Great Destruction and Yoshitsune reveals their true objective, to dominate the world so that Gennai’s influence cannot spread. We then flip to Rin undressing because that’s how fast anime works. God damn this girl is hot! Couldn’t screencap anything though, disappointed! Daisy shows up to Eiji and it’s Rin looking to speak with him, while the villains are planning something and it appears to involve Sena. A couple of Orders try to stop the intruder going after Sena, but is getting directions from someone else on how to deal with each of them and continues to progress forward. It appears though someone is double-agenting the villains and gave Yoshitsune more information to prepare for this attack. However, Gennai appears through Daisy’s portals and Eiji seems him face-to-face for the first time since he was a child and appears to grin like he’s won and sure enough Sena has vanished. Sena wakes up and only wants to know where Eiji is. I feel like that’s going to start something, like her snapping. And then we suddenly turn to Rin and Sena bathing together for some reason. Sena admits that she knows Eiji was being the Great Destruction. Back on the ship, Eiji’s furious, but they won’t let him leave knowing the danger of things. He goes as far as removing the binds on the entire Group of Ten and leaves. Back with the bath, Sena pleads with Rin to not kill Eiji, saying his death would grant him satisfaction. Instead, she should kill Sena instead to make Eiji suffer. Ayahito helps him leave and when he speaks badly of Sena for a moment, Eiji snaps again, beating the hell out of him. Back with the villains, Sena actually confronts the villains herself and the traitor. She doesn’t care if she dies now, considering she only has six months anyway. She tells the traitor to use her as a bargaining chip of his own, knowing they want her life to goad Eiji into fighting with them. This show has now officially gotten confusing. Like seriously, I’ve read through this live reaction several times now and I’m still trying to figure out how Sena has suddenly gone from the frail dying girl to this cold, calculating girl with a deathwish. Dafuq?! The episode all and all was rather boring though, not even Rin undressing could save this one, especially when I couldn’t screencap it with the subtitles, since you can’t remove them on Crunchyroll’s PS4 app.
Episode Score: 3/5
It appears this week will be centered a bit on this girl Atsushi saved last week, Kyouka. Doppo tells him right away that she’s a lost cause he’s brought back. They try to question her, but she’s not speaking much at all, until she let’s it slip she will if they get her specific tofu. And then she starts looking like Clarion from Pandora in the Crimson Shell when she’s eating and I’m in love with her instantly. She’s also eating a ton and it’s coming out of Atsushi’s pay, poor bastard. She talks, saying the Port Mafia took her in at a very young age as an orphan. She reveals Akutagawa is the one behind her being used as an assassin and Doppo pulls Atsushi aside and tells him to take her to the military police but if he wants to save her, he’ll sink trying to take care of two people in this situation. Meanwhile, Akutagawa visits the chained up Osamu, noting that he just up and left the Mafia and joined the Agency without a word. We see a more serious side of Osamu where he’s grinning and laughing at the threats he’s given. He’s told that the Agency will be destroyed and they will capture Atsushi, followed by his execution. Back with Atsushi and Kyouka, he’s torn with just handing her over to the police, knowing she will be executed if he takes her there, after all she technically killed 35 people, regardless of whether she was in control or not. Out of nowhere, he calls their time right now a date and both blush brightly from it. They see various landmarks and she finds a crepe truck which catches her attention as she’s memorized all the buildings and structures in the city…except a moving food truck doesn’t count so she’s beyond interested. The expression she has holding this crepe may be the cutest thing I have ever seen in anime, holy crap she’s adorable! She also gets a plushie from a crane game and gets to ride a ferris wheel with him, all while he’s staring into his now empty wallet. It’s about this point that I’m sure something bad is about to happen to her. Sure enough, the last place she wants to go is the police department. She says she’s had more than enough fun and now it’s time for her to go…forever. But before that, Akutagawa attacks Atsushi and says they have no intention of killing her. He had a transmitter on her the whole time, watching her. So they used this moment to capture Atsushi. Oh boy, Kyouka’s really going to want to kill herself. The Agency deduces this isn’t worth going after but the President walks in and suspends all activity until they recover him. He also gives them just three hours to do it. A new face in Chuuya approaches Osamu and he’s not happy to see him. There’s someone even Osamu doesn’t like seeing, oh dear. Chuuya’s his old partner and he knows Osamu’s planned something and then frees him, telling him to fight him. Turns out Osamu had undone the locks off his chains a while ago and was just waiting for a moment. Rampo doesn’t want to help, but when the President offers to praise him when doing so, that’s enough apparently. They’re on a boat, which means he’s being taken overseas. They’re to leave after him when the episode ends. Well that was a mixture of an amazingly cute first half and a meh second half.
Episode Score: 4/5
Still at the cafe, the trio enjoy their food while the ghost now is wearing a creepy mask to hide her face. I love her, hahaha! We then see two blonde haired girls driving to the cafe, a mom and daughter, both very pretty. The daughter says she’s home and Anzu is her name, the waitress welcoming her in and notifying her of the new customers so she goes over and greets the trio. Makoto is a little over-the-top with Anzu when introducing herself and likely is mistaking her for her mother, the actual owner of the cafe. So when Makoto sees the mother, she’s very confused, thinking the magic just wore off and caused her daughter to age. She goes full blown retard at this point when the daughter comes out too. Oh dear. Turns out the cafe has been around for over 200 years now. Chinatsu out of nowhere asks about the Harbinger coming to the cafe and Kei also asks if he and Chinatsu could be a problem being non-witches at the cafe. Then Anzu suddenly lets two ladybugs into the cafe, welcoming them like customers. They’re together on a date too and of course Makoto and Chinatsu after hearing they bring good fortune to those who land on them, they interrupt it and the two end up leaving. Then another customer enters, a massive veiled figure, simply called the Veil of Darkness, the person who brings the night. Naturally Chinatsu has to say hello as well and gets a piece of candy for her troubles. And then a fox shows up as well, I thought it was Inukai for a moment, but it’s not. They have to say hello as well to him and all three of them pat him simultaneously as he eats, which he seems to enjoy. This was a cute little episode!
Episode Score: 4.5/5
Claire immediately gets destroyed by the Hunters, ineffective in the rain with her cannons. Erica, Hayato, Emilia and Claudia arrive though before the leader can kill her. Emilia deals with both girls on her own very easily while Hayato takes on the leader. Somehow he seems to see the realities of these three, how they were enslaved and managed to escape from it, nearly dying as a result until they’re taken in by likely this Vitaly person. Hayato then pulls out his own full-body armaments and really takes it to this guy. Pissing him off now, it appears like he’ll give into his own Variant powers, like Hayato nearly does. Before that though, a Savage that looks like a dragon insect suddenly appears and starts wrecking shit left and right. Seeing the danger, the leader offers to kill it and returns the Hundred they were stealing, but on the condition they get its core. Except he can’t even penetrate its barrier. Hayato saves him from certain death as well now, which surely must be confusing both because of them being enemies and because it does look a little bit like a boy love moment in terms of their positioning. He does ask Hayato to at least protect the two girls, if anything. But you know Hayato, he’s gotta save everyone. They plan to have everyone with a long-range attack to shoot the barrier simultaneously and they get one of the two girls to destroy the jammer so they can set this attack up. So they fire the shots and it doesn’t work as not enough Slayers fired. Then LiZA comes up with a bad idea…for Hayato to share his Variant power with Claire, which of course requires them to kiss. And Emilia loses her shit. But they actually do kiss and she can already feel the power flowing through her, or maybe it’s just sexual urges, who knows. But they all fire again and this time it does break the barrier and Hayato takes out the Savage, while trying not to lose himself with the Variant power overflowing again. He falls into the water and Emilia rushes to him and gets a kiss in as well to cool his powers off. Everyone’s starting to recover and Judar has allowed the three Hunters into Little Garden as well, for why Claire has no idea but is sure he’s planning something. Sakura and Karen catch Emilia trying to kiss Hayato again while he’s asleep in the hospital which sets her off some more. Karen accepts they couldn’t have, but Sakura’s not buying it. HOW CAN NONE OF THEM TELL SHE’S NOT A BOY?! The episode ends with Vitaly standing in front of five vials that I’m willing to bet are artificially built Savages. A good episode again this week.
Episode Score: 4/5
It appears that after Honoka’s transformation, the researchers are seeing new signs in this experiment and decide to take things a step further. Meanwhile, Noriko is still fighting with the “disappointed in you” words Katsuhira echoed to her a couple episodes ago, stating she simply doesn’t understand what he means. Together again, the group are taking silly photos together. Katsuhira meanwhile is lost in thought and it becomes more obvious by the day that one of the children with Noriko during the initial experiments is Katsuhira with hair colour apparently. And then we look back at the photo booth and WHOA, NICO’S CLOTHES ARE ON THE FLOOR, THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?! Did…those things just strip everyone and put them in the clothes they wear to school?! It appears it’s time for another mission, but instead it’s more information on the project. Originally, it was merely about connecting emotions, but once it became apparent that physical pain made it much easier for emotional connection. It’s also revealed they indeed did the project on children as well, which Katsuhira puts more of it together and asks where they all are, which he’s told they’re all still alive. Now it’s obvious what’s happened, though everyone hasn’t put it together yet:
We are to assume that Katsuhira and Noriko were together as children, correct? Take into account that he somehow lost his hair colour and both of them are very expressionless and emotionless. I’m starting to think that if we find more of these kids at their current age they’ll be the exact same way. I believe the project ultimately failed in that run of kids and failed so bad they literally destroyed the emotional receptors in their brains, causing them to not feel pain the same way as everyone else. Consider how Katsuhira doesn’t feel physical pain much at all and after all these years he had no idea how much Chidori was hurting. It’s very possible this experiment damaged, if not destroyed his sense of emotions completely.
Back to the anime, the teacher throws Hajime onto the projector they were using and everyone gets some very uncomfortable pain, Nico even screaming that it feels like her butt ripped. I’m sure Yoshiharu is having the best time though. And then they get their mission, to get home safely once the typhoon calms down. Back with Noriko, she’s getting either injected with something, or having blood taken. Something’s up with her. We don’t get any real time to figure out what though, back with the group they’re trying to figure out what to do until the weather subsides. The plan seems to be to separate the group into units and intentionally into the pairs that seem to be developing feelings for each other, in particular Chidori/Katsuhira, Yuta/Maki and they even note Nico may actually like Hajime, while Hajime likes Chidori. But then they note that while Chidori likes Katsuhira, it’s possible that he may actually like Noriko instead, which she notes as well. So she decides to get involved as well. She also admits as she’s leaving that they indeed know each other from before and that he had these emotions for her then too. With everyone being separated, it’s time to see what happens. When Hajime calls Nico cute, she starts to get emotional and everyone starts feeling all warm and fuzzy, except Yoshiharu who then proceeds to piss Honoka off just to have her experience mental anguish again and so he can enjoy himself, though Yuta and Honoka have a brief moment that suggests something. So it’s now up to Noriko to see what happens between her, Katsuhira and Chidori. Chidori takes this opportunity to try and tell Katsuhira how she feels, but you know Noriko’s interrupting it but he flashbacks to the childhood experiments again and suddenly runs off out into the storm. Noriko nearly dies because of falling debris from the storm, Katsuhira saving her. She suddenly takes off her necklace and likely is revealing her marks from the experiment when the episode ends. Wow what an intense episode that was at the end.
Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***
The group is on another planet where it’s either all badgers or just these crazy detectives. Luluco originally asks about Ogikubo but when nothing turns up and she instead turns to relationship advice. And then utter chaos erupts when the mafia come to collect the Chief’s payments for a ton of stuff and then…I can’t keep up with this anymore. My brain can’t wrap around the tons of things going on. After all that chaos, Luluco’s about to be killed and Nova saves her. Of course she thinks he’s in love with her too, but I’m sure something else is going on. Turns out the real Ogikubo is at the Space Patrol HQ somehow and they all get rewarded…? All right, what’s about to happen? We don’t know yet, but that’s the 3rd season of Luluco (cause every season is three episodes, hahaha!). Uh…I don’t know how to rate this show when my brain’s all over the place with it. So my end result is the following:
Episode Score: WTF just happened?!/5