Week number ten 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!
The girls are having a sleepover together at Kyou’s, however Hideki is not allowed and Ako has to deal with Nanako as well. Oh and they’re also doing this because she hasn’t done any of her summer homework. It might as well be hell for her. As they enter, the maids and butlers are in tears over Kyou actually making friends. Oh and they’re not maids, but they don’t exactly tell us what these people are. Maybe they are at least servants, but they don’t wear the traditional outfits? Either way, after torturing Akane with her setup, it’s time for Kyou and the rest to study. Ako’s a grumbly mess, as to be expected. Nanako goes with her to the bathroom, all of them pretty sure she was going to run away anyways. Afterwards, Ako has to go exploring the house and finds a massive library and she actually figures out a secret passage in the house and it’s a photo album, so the maid from earlier shows up to take it as Kyou is embarrassed about it, as it’s full of pictures of her as a child that we aren’t allowed to see. Meanwhile Kyou questions Akane about how she treats Hideki in-class compared to the club and that gets her all flustered. And then they hear a commotion where the maid is chasing the other two girls around the house so they hide under a table and perhaps get a little too close to each other. Once Ako finally realizes it, she gets all upset and Nanako asks her if she hates her, which Ako says no, she just can’t accept her. Also during all this time, Ako accomplished none of her homework. After dinner it’s time for a bath and it’s at this point that Akane gets a little upset that she’s the only girl without at least D-cups. It’s okay, Akane, your B’s are just fine. When they start talking about what Hideki likes, Ako decides to call him to ask…and make it a video call. And she’s hellbent on making this work. But even Hideki has the smarts to not answer his phone and eventually the crisis is averted. Then Nanako point-blank asks her the most important question pertaining to how her real-life relationship with Hideki is. Ako seems to just think it’s weird to be married in two different places. Then when the subject of cheating comes up, the girls frantically ask for Hideki to help them out with Ako’s insanity. A cute episode, nothing too special just the usual Ako grumbling fodder, which is always entertaining.
Episode Score: 4/5
We have a new teacher in the fray, who’s more than willing to deal with a problem quickly, as Anne gets stuck on a light pole or something saving a cat, so the second she gives the teacher the cat, the teacher kicks the pole so hard it loosens up Anne and sends her into the river. Why’d the teacher do that without hesitation? Because the average temperature of the water at that time is 26 degrees Celsius, so Anne won’t catch a cold. Makes perfect sense to me! At school, the class is joining up with another class for cooking and of course the kick-happy teacher is teaching it. Anne trying to cook goes as well as you’d expect. The teacher notes after Anne starts a fire that this happens every time they have a joint class with the Happiness Class. The teacher makes a ton of notes pertaining to that class, noting they have a massive lack of awareness. She also notes after Ruri messes up her food, that she doesn’t understand why they have a Happiness Class to begin with. This really affects Ruri, she’s completely lost from this point on. But the girls try to cheer her up with a sleepover at Ruri’s place. They embarrass the fuck out of Ruri by talking about the color of underwear she wears, because I keep forgetting that the show will go in this direction once in a while. Anne also talks about drinking milk to increase her breast size, which gets shot down pretty quick. Poor girl. Confronting Ruri about her little spell earlier, she admits she always seems to cause trouble for people at the most critical of times, which seems tough to believe considering Anne is the walking black cat of luck. The two teachers meanwhile have a little talk where the new one suggests possibly lowering their grades so much that the class could be cancelled for good. But no time to dwell on that, it’s SWIMSUIT TIME!!! But it’s just the default school one-pieces so boooooooo! Ren’s such a sleepyhead she even falls asleep when swimming, oh dear. Anne and Botan also have a hold your breath contest and somehow neither dies, though it’s worth it when Kodaira fishes her out and Ruri pushes the water out of Anne’s lungs, which shouldn’t have been as funny as it was. So of course the bitch teacher has the athletic class race against them to expected results. Then it suddenly gets super dark and stormy. So of course Anne gets stuck in the pool. The girls try to help out before lightning strikes the pool. Botan actually saves them by sending them deeper inside the pool. By displaying such courage, bitch teacher decides to leave them alone for a little while. Also Anne retained an electric charge so she goes mad and looks Super Saiyan when doing so. Awesome! A funny episode for sure.
Episode Score: 4.5/5
So I don’t know how I didn’t catch this until now, or how it even happened. Maybe two episodes got released quickly, I don’t know. But I missed an entire episode where Julis and Ayato fought that Knights team. I have no idea how I missed this. Anyways! With the winter break looming, Julis has an idea for the five of them (including Claudia) to go to Julis’ hometown of Lieseltania with her. I will note that now that the Phoenix Festa is over, it’s a bit lazy on the show’s part to not change the intro to reflect that. It’s what they get for ending the tournament so early, traditionally there are still another two episodes left after this one. Julis returns home to flip out at her brother (Jolbert) for the parade they got when arriving to the city. It’s also pretty obvious that he sees perhaps more than just a partnership between Julis and Ayato. We get a brief look on the politics that have made the country into what it is today and how Julis desires to change it all so the country is a thriving place and not one of a puppet state. At night Saya disappears so Ayato goes out to find her. She apologizes to him for the time they were no longer in contact, admitting she was the one who stopped contact altogether until they reunited at school. She also half-confesses to Ayato, but not remotely clear enough that the male MC of an anime can figure it out. At dinner, Claudia suggests that the four of them join her as teammates in the following year’s Gryps Festa (aka Season 3). From what we’re told, this will be the ultimate tournament, all the best in the world competing. They all accept. It’s time for a banquet though and holy shit Ayato looks terrible when his hair’s done up nicely. He looks like he’s fucking thirty. The girls on the other hand, especially Kirin (Julis could’ve done without the ribbon though) look fantastic. At the banquet, she talks about her brother, specifically how he’s really a giant puppet for the government and big businesses. There’s clearly a spy watching this too, Claudia seems to be aware of it as well. When Julis leaves her for a moment, he saves Kirin from being bombarded by people and we are forced to watch her play the “I’m shy and really not that pretty even though I’m probably the cutest of all the girls” trope for a couple minutes. Thankfully, Saya steps in to break it up as well and we see the first resemblance of a harem in this show in a while, both of them trying to link arms with him. A man then shows up and tells them it’d be best for them not to join her team, claiming to be saying this on behalf of someone else. And then he creates a monster and they’re all defenseless, no weapons. Oh, except Saya, she snuck one in. Ayato also has hidden skills for unarmed combat as well. Julis is also able to perform magic attacks as well, so the three of them deal with the monster. This old man looks like a tough customer regardless of his age and has a Joker-level creepy laugh. I wonder how this will turn out with two episodes left, what can they accomplish leading up to Season 3 which we’ve now discovered has to be either most or all of the Gryps Festa? Either way, an intriguing episode at best.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
With her friends, Chisame gets exposed to a bike racer game and hilariously loses. The other girls are there as well, Raimu just playing Space Invaders giving zero fucks about everything else. The others try it and it looks like Rin breaks it a little bit and Chisame gets on it next and sure enough, it breaks more and she falls off. Hane offers to help her further and lets her ride with her, except Chisame just keeps assuming every way she could crash. We see Chisame at home later with her father (who hides his face, he must be Raimu’s brother) and she actually holds off racing for a while, perhaps due to the Bike Club’s antics. Speaking of which, Onsa’s been promoted to captain of the club. So the first problem she brings up is that they have no new members, so they talk about Chisame a bit. So when they talk to her, Onsa finds out a GP racer she idolizes a bit is actually Chisame’s father. She takes a bit to Rin as a way to try to get her away from the Bike Club. However by doing so, Rin takes an interest in her and actually allows her to ride her Katana, calling them “Team Secret Pigtails”. She gets really upset now, because of her short stature, she doesn’t want to embarrass herself. So she finally screams about her legs and the girls are all like “Huh?”. Hane adjusted her bike so she’d fit, same with Onsa. This actually upsets Chisame more because she’s a by the manufacturer kind of girl. Onsa tells her she should just be herself instead and she cries more. She’s going to create a new body of water if she keeps this up. But she decides instead of racing, she’ll get her license and take the roads. Everyone assumes it’ll be a piece of cake for her, you know she’ll fail miserably and she does. So now she’s bonding with Hijiri, who’s also training at the driving school. However, she just keeps getting passed without actually being taught anything. This is bad. It gets to the point she breaks down again because she knows on the road, Hijiri is somehow better than her, so she asks her to train her. Also Hijiri was wearing some stupid harness thing, so when she undresses we see the marks from it. So they agree that Chisame won’t mention that and Hijiri won’t tell anyone that Chisame was balling like a little girl. An okay episode, the show’s really lost a lot of its hilarity as of late though.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
With Sena being transported to her Father, Eiji’s somewhere and the rest are also going somewhere. They talk about this elaborate plan Gennai has to open a portal of some sorts and ley lines and a reverse pentagram and yeah, I got lost with this one. While alone with Rin, Sena clearly understands that Eiji did not cause the Great Destruction and asks her about this before she finally meets her father. And for fuck’s sake, anime!!! Father/daughter slight incest?! God fucking damn it! Sena puts it out in the media that Eiji was not responsible. Back with the main group, they’re sending out people to protect the various Miko that they suspect will be killed. Gennai however reverses Sena’s plan to reverse attention on Eiji and now the entire world is really set on killing him, the true objective of this meeting for Gennai. Eiji approaches the castle while Gennai prepares to leave with Sena. And then Eiji’s leg and arm is sliced off by the samurai’s sword, going through dimensions. Apparently Sena is the reason the initial Destruction happened, though we’re not told why. But both she and Eiji are keys to this portal he wants to open. Using Eddie to dominate his severed limbs, he gets back up to fight the samurai himself. After somehow landing a shot on him, Gennai calls the battle off and leaves, saying if he wants what’s happiest for Sena, he should follow them. Eiji wakes up later handcuffed in hospital. Iyo greets him, revealing they’re in an underground tunnel, set up as a base of operations. She tells him their goal is a straight attack on Gennai’s headquarters, however Eiji is prohibited from joining them. Iyo begs him not to go and even offers herself as something to keep him busy. The Miko they went to secure have been saved for now and it appears it’s time to attack.
Now here’s the problem…
This episode was boring as fuck, trivial as fuck and has turned so far down the serious spectrum that I’m disgusted with it. Sena is a fucking awful charater and now being brought into the forefront like a main character is failing miserably to the point I’m completely disinterested in the show now. So I can’t believe I’m doing this so late in the game, but I have no choice.
Episode Score: 2/5 ***ON NOTICE!***
While Atsushi’s down and out, Osamu and Chuuya are having quite the fight, however Osamu’s being ridiculously outmatched in unarmed combat to the point Chuuya doesn’t even need to use his powers. He admits though the reason he let himself get caught was to find out who put the bounty of Atsushi’s head. He also mentions to Chuuya how the people even above him are to meet as he sent them a letter beforehand saying that if he was killed, all the secrets of the Mafia would be leaked out. So he’s allowed to live and it turns out this was all a game to him for just harassing his old partner, which royally pisses Chuuya off. So he leaves Osamu promising next time he’ll bring him a pretty girl who wants to die with him and now Osamu loves him again. Atsushi wakes up and Kyouka looks to be saving him when Akutagawa pulls him out of the container, pissed off as hell that he’s still alive. She tries to stop him, but without her powers, she’s useless. Doppo finally shows up to the ship and Kyouka sets off a ton of explosives, as if she’s doing whatever it takes to save Atsushi, even if it means she dies. But Atsushi of course won’t leave her behind. Saving her, the final battle appears to be on between the two. After barely surviving a few serious attacks, he lands a good shot on Akutagawa. Clearly he’s also annoyed that Atsushi gets such an incredible ability and seems to be just a little jealous that Osamu considers him stronger than Akutagawa. But Atsushi is further annoyed by the fact Akutagawa said such terrible things to Kyouka. So even with his inexperience he wins by nearly punches Akutagawa’s face off…like in Face Off. Both escape the ship with Doppo while Osamu discovers who put out the bounty and even he’s shocked. We see a man who’s clearly the master villain, his ability called “The Great Gatsby”. A great episode if you enjoy fights.
Episode Score: 4.5/5
As we learn right from the start, Kei and Chinatsu’s mother is a professional writer and children’s picture book designer. After a little fun reading with Chinatsu, Inukai shows up to say hello and see Akane, but of course Akane’s gone when she shows up. And Chito resumes his gaze on Al from the past episodes. But she does play with him a little bit instead of attacking him. So it turns out Inukai’s here to apologize for the last time they met and to properly tell Makoto’s fortune. However none of the kids can think of any pertinent problems or worries worth fortune telling, so Inukai decides to just tell them tomorrow’s fortune. So of course it ends up being some sort of problem for Makoto when she leaves the house tomorrow, but she’ll be rewarded when overcoming it. When Chinatsu’s up, her fortune is that she’ll discover a new side of herself and will find a new treasure because of it. Kei’s worried about a test, so he gets the it should be fine if you study treatment. So the next day arrives and we’ll see if the fortunes are true or not. At school, Makoto and Nao have lunch together and she notes that when talking to Makoto that it’s like talking to her grandmother, which confuses the hell out of Makoto. Returning home, she finds Akane dozing off again, returning from her recent trip. She shows off her vegetables to Nao and also points out that she replanted the mandrake from the beginning of the show. She also attempts to point it out and Nao stops her before it’s too late. And then Akane wakes up and gets super weird around Kei, not speaking English to him either, turns out it’s just because she thought Nao and Kei were boyfriend and girlfriend so she was just messing with him. After the fun’s over, it’s time for the girls to pick a ton of radishes and that means a farming montage! And then at night when Makoto’s in her room, paper cranes show up and call the kids into the living room so she can give them terrible gifts as always, which turns out to be the fortunes. A very cute episode, this show’s always good for a nice sit down and watch.
Episode Score: 4.5/5
The savages they’re fighting all of a sudden have no cores and now there’s a new woman in the fray, unless that’s Vitaly, couldn’t tell. They found her lab, but everything important was erased, so knowing she’s on the loose, they’re increasing security like crazy for the Festa. No this isn’t a crossover with Asterisk War, as much as I wish it was. Hayato goes to visit Karen at the hospital and finds Sakura going elsewhere, turns out Karen is practicing with Sakura to perform at her concert. Karen now has a Hundred of her own too, that won’t come in handy at all in these last few episodes at all. And then Sakura kicks him out. With the Festa going on, we have a moment with the Hunters alone in their room set up in the Garden. They show that they took their Hundreds, except for eyepatch girl, cause she’s be blind without it. Hayato and Emilia are walking around when they find Reitia and a super embarrassed Erica dressed up at a maid cafe. Hayato’s now all hot and bothered in this cafe. Emilia notes she wishes she could dress up like a girl for him and Erica thinks that’s a great idea and they drag her away. Oh dear, secret’s out. She comes out, unsure if those are her real boobs or not, seems they are. So naturally all the girls demand he squeeze them too. They’re definitely real. Emilia’s far calmer than she should be, which is very unusual for a harem anime. I like that. Judar’s shown up as well simply saying “It’s almost time”, like it’s not obvious he’s a villain here. Concert starts and more singing with Sakura not actually moving her mouth. This woman for earlier is also here and seems to have a girl under control, she’s gotta be Vitaly. Karen comes on stage and of course her Hundred makes her look extremely sexy, as if Sakura’s wasn’t bad enough. As the episode ends, Vitaly drops a cigarette which the automatic cleaning robots go after, but it does something to it that we’ve yet to see. An okay episode, some good parts here and there.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
Whoa! Katsuhira’s hair is getting color back! Noriko reveals that part of him is inside of her and then collapses. Is that part the rest of his hair color? Hajime and Nico find Chidori alone, clearly very upset that Katushira left her alone to look for Noriko. Not enough time to get upset though, the mascots are really getting violent. They all end up in a room together where they’re being shown a live recording of Katsuhira and the now awake Noriko where she asks him point blank if he likes her. He says he doesn’t know but he can’t stop thinking about her. Chidori loses it hearing all of this. Katsuhira then refers to his childhood and how he barely remembers it, except for that little girl we’ve seen a few times now in flashbacks. He recalls it properly now and knows it’s Noriko that was this girl from his childhood. Chidori’s crushed further as now she realizes she actually knows less about him than Noriko does. Hajime rushes out to stop this and it’s then Nico realizes the truth as well, that while she likes Hajime, he instead likes Chidori. Now we have two depressed girls in love alone together. Chidori doesn’t want to go and Nico snaps at her so she can get properly rejected while Chidori refuses to directly let it happen to her. Back with the two, Noriko explains more about the experiment’s history, which also reminds me that the children in these initial experiments were kids of the company, researchers, executives and such. So Katsuhira’s parents must’ve been directly associated with the experiment as well. We’re also left wondering if the female teacher is also a mother of one of these kids. Noriko reminds him of the other kids which sends him into another deep flashback. We also see the misery that was the experiment as well, the kids in a lot of pain. He sends out a huge shockwave to everyone, a unique pain in his heart. Noriko undoes his shirt to expose the scar on his chest glowing and notes she’s still inside him too. We see him cry for the first time possibly ever as he holds her close, not even sure why. His memory appears to have fully returned now or at least it’s beginning to. Oh for fuck’s sake, Chidori! They all show up and she runs off right away after seeing the two of them together. Because of Hajime’s treatment of Noriko, Nico snaps a bit as well and Noriko spills the beans right in front of everyone, including Hajime, so Nico runs off as well. Tsuguhito and Honoka now give him shit for not chasing after Nico. Chidori is beyond broken, actively trying to get Katushira away from her. He grabs her arm and her scar glows, actively telling him to hold her. At least Nico has reasons to be upset, someone spilled her secret before she had the chance to properly get herself rejected. Everyone now hears her voice and Noriko is shocked to hear this, clearly a major breakthrough just came through. However, the female teacher leaves to go stop this once and for all, saying the kids will break soon. The male on the other hand actively tries to stop her, so he gets a swift kick to the nuts. Finally, he does hold her and her response internally is “You’re so cruel.”. So Hajime punches him when he arrives. Now his emotions are coming out, revealing his love for Chidori. JESUS CHRIST, HAJIME, THE FUCK DID YOU DO TO HIS FACE?! Nico is in even rougher shape, upset that she won’t get Hajime and now all her friends are fighting. Honoka finally breaks everything, saying there’s just no way they can be friends and they all collapse, reminiscent of Katsuhira’s childhood. And he then realizes he can feel pain again. The rain has finally stopped, everyone is clearly broken now. At this point, all they have to look forward to is the summer ending so they can be removed from their wounds. God damn this was an emotional episode…
Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***
All right, let’s see if I can make more sense out of this week’s episode. Oh hey! The intro’s back in full! As I expected though, Nova’s a traitor and the Space Patrol commander is actually a Blackholeian, so his head is a black hole. Nova literally took Luluco’s crystal heart from her, so she’s out of it completely now. Also, apparently Ogikubo is the center of the universe and Luluco’s foolish first love “Aflutter Jewel” has more value than anything. Also, Nova’s a Nothingling, so he’s kind of like a Nobody from Kingdom Hearts, the most sense I can make of it. And when he continues his nothing attitude to her, Luluco’s crushed. On Nova’s fucked soon. Then the Blackholeian crushes her heart and Mom and Dad hear it well. So assuming she’s dead, everyone has a funeral for her and episode over.
Episode Score: 3.5/5