Week number eleven 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!
Hideki starts off telling Ako a story about a player he used to play with and how she sometimes needed help but was too shy to ask for it, referring to Ako as someone just like her, except Ako being Ako just gets jealous again. Back from summer vacation, Akane wastes little time grabbing Hideki along to talk to him again in the usual format. Unsurprisingly, Ako doesn’t realize it’s back to school and is waiting for everyone to get online…naked in her room. Oh dear. She does show up, but only because Hideki wanted to see her, which is enough to make her get off her lazy ass. At the club again, the question comes up of how much of his stolen stuff he got back and it’s currently only at 20%. Yui however interrupts everything to talk about the Culture Festival, which the four kids all think is a nuisance, but Kyoh notes that as a club, they have to do something. So they plan to win a PvP tournament (somehow) and take control of the game’s castle and fly their school’s colours there, as if that actually counts as something. Ako and Hideki practice together, well…if you want to call caring for each other practice. Akane has to come in to break it up and because she attacked Hideki, Ako goes into action to protect him. Kyoh and Akane have their own fight and Akane royally whips her ass. Then Hideki whips Kyoh’s ass. And then Ako actually whips Kyoh’s ass. They all realize however their characters are so unsuited for PvP play that there’s not a single chance they could even make a dent in this tournament. But they try anyway…and they’re killed instantly…several times. So then of course the game ends by Nekohime’s fanboys winning the battle for her. Back at school, the class is setting up and we hear Ako outside refusing whatever’s coming to her. I’m guessing a maid cafe? And of course I’m right. Her class wants Ako to be the head maid of the cafe to which she notes she’s a housewife and not a maid. But she’s given responsibilities, so of course she’s upset, the lazy girl. But it appears the group still wants to take the castle, so they recruit Nanako and Yui to help. They also turn their attention to the smallest castle being fought over. Kyoh also spent money to recruit the best players in the game to help them, because of course she did. Another fun little episode.
Episode Score: 4/5
Summer vacation is the following day, so all the girls are preparing for it, unless Anne of course failed. Botan as expected gets too excited and falls badly. Ren and Hibiki joins them and Ren asks if they want to come to a karaoke place with them. Ruri blushes madly at the idea of it, since she’s never gone before, so Hibiki wants her to come for sure now so she can show her up. So you know Ruri’s got the pretty voice and Hibiki sucks. Actually, she’s pretty good, surprisingly enough. Botan lets it slip she’s got a “singing facility” in her house as well as others, so they all set up a day to stay at her place the following day to kick off their summer vacation. But more karaoke time and Ruri of course does have the prettiest voice. Now we wait for Anne to destroy it. Literally. Apparently every time she’s tried to sing, the microphone immediately starts screeching. Timothy suddenly shows up to say goodbye as he’s going in for maintenance over the summer, so he goes full on DJ TimoTimo on us. And it’s infectious to the point all the girls can’t get it out of their heads. Oh hey, that tiny blonde girl in the intro FINALLY showed up. She bumps into them and then runs off…and she has a tiny Timothy badge on her outfit. No way…did they make a humanoid Timothy to watch over the girls?! Ahem…anyways it’s time for something more important.
…BEACH TIME!!! So we start seeing the girls show up and HOLY FUCK ANNE, HOW DID YOU HIDE THAT CHEST?! All the girls are fantastic, but I as much as it pains me to not award the win to Ren, Hibiki does have the best getup in terms of making her look pretty and matching her personality. I keep getting thrown off by them making Ren look more feminine, I would’ve expected her to wear short shorts as her bottoms rather than bikini bottoms. They also missed an opportunity here to make Botan stand out like she did when she took off her glasses. Oh and it’s a manmade beach of course, cause Botan would die out there somehow. She also lets it slip that she has a younger sister. While racing each other, both Ruri and Hibiki nearly kill themselves and Hibiki is shocked to learn Ren was the one who performed a little CPR kissy-kissy action on her. And we’re only at the halfway point here!
The girls put on their yukatas and head out to a festival in the town the next day, no sleepover at Botan’s. Anne only fell into the river once this time before meeting up with the girls, that might be a record. During the festival montage, Anne and Hibiki get left behind and then of course they chase a shadow Timothy and really go off the beaten path. They end up in the school at night at which the girls hear Hibiki screaming from the school being too spooky! And we see the tiny girl behind a set of cameras watching the girls. They hear the DJ TimoTimo track in the school and try to find the source. Ruri’s also scared shitless, so Botan and Ren have a little fun at her expense. They find the room and Timothy’s in pieces but still functional and a bottom-only Timothy chases them. They make it to the roof and watch the fireworks display from there, temporarily forgetting their horror movie scene. Clearly this new girl is connected to Timothy in a significant way, it’s just a matter of finding out what. Regardless, this episode was super fun, loved it.
Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***
I fully expect these last two episodes to be a bit on the boring story side of things, so here we go. They’re all talking with Julis’ brother about the attack and who was behind it. They’re to be on police protection, but they all refuse it, wanting to take care of their own problems. The others leave while Ayato and Julis stay behind for a moment with her brother. And he point blank asks Ayato to marry Julis. They both try to deflect it, but what he’s heard from Flora says otherwise and is convinced there’s something up, but it’s also because if she doesn’t marry soon, she’ll be married off to some corporate member’s son. So it’s almost a matter of marrying someone she gets along with before she’s stuck with someone she’ll hate forever. Also, because she won the Festa, her “value” has gone up with these corporate members. Ayato however outright refuses as he won’t be her shackles. So her brother asks again, what if she doesn’t look at him as a shackle, would he accept the proposal? That changes his demeanor completely and makes it obvious (as if it wasn’t already) that he does have feelings for Julis, although they’re still developing. He also tells Julis to stay out of the Gryps Festa so her value doesn’t increase any higher, but she refuses and leaves. He tells Ayato that if they happened to win the Festa, she would be immediately put on the throne and be just another puppet of the corporations like he is as the current King. He finishes by directing Ayato to where Julis would go if she was upset. Meanwhile, Claudia asks Yabuki to find something (still assuming he’s a traitor) while Ayato runs to the orphanage where Julis ran to. The Sisters at the orphanage embarrass Julis a bit further, while the oldest lady there thanks them for saving Flora from the kidnappers. Turns out this lady is the one who trained Julis. Ayato notes a greenhouse outside and that brings up what sounds like a depressing death story and Julis immediately gets the fuck out of there as soon as it starts, Ayato following her. They walk around the city and we also see just how in shit condition it is, a lot of homeless and a ton of slums. We see in a flashback this girl being taken away in a limo, likely related to the corporation. So maybe it’s not a death thing. It almost screams “THIS GIRL WILL BE HER FINAL OPPONENT NEXT SEASON!!!” as loud as can possibly be, with this girl perhaps being brainwashed and shit. Then that limo from the flashback passes by and she thinks she sees this girl and she chases after it. They just end up in a forest with the snow intensifying. Ayato also notes the ground smells rotten as fuck. But this girl is there and Ophelia is her name, though I’m unsure if this is that childhood friend girl. So they have a little spat, Julis demanding Ayato stay out of it. Ophelia is a frightening opponent and she handles Julis without barely doing anything. However she doesn’t stop and tries to attack further, so Ayato has to get involved. He’s able to at least parry her attacks, but it takes a lot out of him and she goes to finish them both off when the old man from last week shows up, saying he’s being paid to kill them. And of course Douchebag calls Ophelia, so she’s with him. Fucking hell I can’t wait for that fat fuck to get obliterated. With her gone, the old man seeks to kill the two of them now with two massive monsters. Ayato cuts one in half while Claudia shows up to finish the other off. She also fights with two swords, so badass. Ayato passes out as well now as the episode ends. This story getting more serious is a tough read for me, I kind of just liked the whole tournament dynamic, but this political bullshit and endless assassin stuff is sort of annoying me cause it’s getting in the way. The episode was good, but a lot of distractions I’m not too interested in. Also, Dirk (aka Douchebag aka Fat Fuck) isn’t a villain with “I want you to get your comeuppance” kind of heat, he has “get off this show” heat with me.
Episode Score: 3/5
We start off with a couple of clear douchebag cyclists trying to play the awesome game. Don’t be stealing the Bike Club’s gimmick, they will sue you for gimmick infringement! So when the big dog cyclist encounters Hane and Onsa he’s not happy. They note the many tropes of cyclists, including how they don’t wear underwear under their bike shorts apparently. He’s a bigger douchebag and won’t let the girls pass. Until he crashes into a car…horribly. Like his pants rip horrible. The car is also Hijiri’s limo and is parked legally, so douchebag here is way in the wrong. Rin and Onsa take the train to class the next day presumably and both fall asleep. Waking up, Rin drools on Onsa’s hand and thinking it’s her own drool, Onsa licks it for some reason. Later in class, she passes out, turns all kinds of green and gets driven to a hospital. Three days later, Onsa’s still not back, Rin sure she has nothing to do with it and the teacher says it’s unknown causes and then when she visits Onsa, she finds her LICKING A SUZUKI BIKE?! THE FUCK ONSA?! How dare you lick another bike, cheating on your Serow like that! Because of Rin, Onsa has caught “acute Suzukiphilia” and now I’m dying of laughter. The doctor’s explanation and visual aids for the disease just make it funnier. Onsa is absolutely heartbroken that she’s being forced to like Suzuki bikes. Rin calls her out on all her bullshit about all riders being free to do whatever they want, but because of her pure hatred for Suzuki bikes and her total nerd-like behaviour with all models, Rin calls her the biggest bike snob there is. Just when she convinces Onsa to accept her new love, the rest of the family try reverse psychology on her and it completely snaps Onsa back to normal, as there’s too much Suzuki praise for her brain to handle. She balls when she realizes she hates Suzukis again. The two of them just need to kiss and make up already, I can totally see them as a classic married couple with the way they fight with each other. Back to the group now, Chisame’s finally looking to get a bike for the road, so everyone gets to make their sad, pathetic pitches to her. So to settle things, they take her to Onsa’s family shop and her Dad tells stories about Chisame’s father, none of them good. Hane points to another room, but it’s all scooters and Onsa tries to wave them off. So you know Chisame’s getting a scooter, large in part (pun completely intended here) to her size. The girls keep fighting over this, so the next day they start having sumo matches with each other. Uh…what? Hane wins the tournament, but Chisame’s long gone before that. Uh…did her dad just take the mole off his face and put it on Chisame? What the fuck just happened?! So she shows up the next day with her Dad’s old Honda PCX, which is a scooter. This episode was super fun too, I’m glad the show’s gotten out of this funk it’s been in the last two weeks.
Episode Score: 5/5
I don’t want to drop you, Big Order. Please be good.
Thousands were killed because of the Samurai’s dimensional blade and naturally they blame Eiji for it. Meanwhile, Iyo’s still totally raping(?) Eiji while he’s handcuffed to the bedframe. Also meanwhile, the rest of the group are at Gennai’s main base of operations, prepared to attack. With Iyo about to do the deed, Eiji finally breaks down and says what I didn’t want to hear the whole time. He wants that one in his life to be Sena. Iyo also proves to him that Gennai is his father, which brings out a ton of real memories into his mind and reveals this tiny robot thing on his head called an avatar. Daisy shows up as well and tells him that Sena is the key to the next Great Destruction. All right we’re ten minutes in, unless some crazy funny shit happens in the final ten or so minutes, this show is done for, I’ve had enough of its bullshit. Alone with Rin again, Sena asks her straight up how she really feels towards Eiji. But before she can answer, Gennai shows up to take Sena away. She leaves saying again that she cannot kill Eiji, because Eiji belongs to her. Gennai takes Sena to the gate. Apparently his research worked for a time before failing and losing all its financial support. When Eiji visited the lab at one time and asked him if the research could save Sena instead of generating power. And then he goes into another plane where minds sit, rather than the physical body. And that’s when Sena realizes she’s the reason for the events leading up to the Great Destruction. She was the original Order but the gate broke afterwards. Sena also has one of those robot things on her head. He commands her to remember everything and eventually is forced to do so. Meanwhile the remaining Miko are still killed under the watch of the members of the group, so Gennai’s plans are now complete. Iyo and Eiji finally show up to the base. The others know this is bad as Eiji being there sets up the potential of another Great Destruction. Confronting Gennai, it’s revealed the plan is to convert the two planes as one, making everyone an Order, able to grant all their wishes and live lives of freedom. Because that is totally what would happen. Then the anime goes the multiverse theory route and I’m done. Back to reality he goes to save Sena…and she stabs him, saying she’s the reason for the Great Destruction.
Yeah, fuck this show. I can’t believe after the midway point of it being so goofy over-the-top fun that it decided to go the most dull, boring, ridiculously trivial bullshit route to end this show. It’s now a “look how cool our concept is guys!” kind of show with so many twists and turns that it thinks it’s a good M. Night Shyamalan movie. Fuck that shit and fuck the creators for ruining what was an extremely entertaining and fun show into something so fucking mundane!
Episode Score: 1.5/5 ***DROPPED***
I’m still fearing that Kyouka is going to die and I will be super depressed if that happens. Atsushi now worries that Kyouka and the Agency will be at odds with each other forevermore, further hurting her. Well as you would expect from this show, she’s good with them in all of five minutes as they dress her in a maid outfit and enjoy her because she’s that goddamn adorable! Even Rampo adores her. The President steps in to reveal he asked Kyouka to come to the Agency. She wants to fight with them to, noting she wants to prove to Akutagawa she can do more than just kill people. We see Ichiyou (blonde Mafia girl) for the first time in a while talking with presumably the mastermind of this whole operation and when it looks like she’ll be killed for her failures, instead she’s told that perhaps she’s in the wrong line of work. Alone for a moment, she’s nearly killed anyway but it’s the rest of the Mafia letting her know that it’s very possible they could get the green light to kill her at any time. Meanwhile some armed soldiers walk into Akutagawa’s hospital bed and pull the plug on him. Turns out they took him hostage, by who’s orders we do not know. Ichiyou immediately springs into action to get him back. Weird how suddenly the villains are being placed in a somewhat sympathetic role this episode. How she lives during this battle alone with soldiers with assault rifles is beyond me. Eventually though she can’t defeat them all and is brought down until the rest of the Mafia show up to help, but only because she is their superior for the time being. Getting to Akutagawa, he wakes and actually apologizes to her for everything that transpired. Back at the Agency though, Atsushi unsurprisingly is tasked with watching over Kyouka during her time with the Agency. The local police show up and leave them a mission request. For the first time all season we actually get a little information about Kenji, the farmer boy. He’s from a very tiny village where police there pretty much do fuck all. So Atsushi shadows him on this mission where a car somehow crashed into a building several stories up. It leads them to a gang Kenji knows about, believing they made a bomb that caused this ridiculous accident. Doppo is pissed when he hears that Atsushi’s with Kenji, since his methods are extremely rare and kind of silly, but Atsushi being the naive person he is will take everything Kenji does as the standard practice. After believing the gang saying they did nothing, a clear lie, they leave and the gang actually attacks them anyway, thinking they had evidence. So the gang’s retarded. They smack Kenji hard with a lead pipe and Atsushi’s alone now. Or he would be if Kenji’s ability is that of fucking Superman, in particular super strength, but it’s only when he’s hungry. When he’s full he falls asleep. And that’s this week’s episode, wow this is ridiculous. And I love it!
I just realized too, they revealed a member’s full background finally…and next week’s the last episode of the season. Huh.
Episode Score: 4/5
Nao is beyond out of it today in class. Why? Because there’s a cooking class today and Nao is absolutely awful at cooking. Apparently as a kid she made a really bad error and has not wanted to cook since then. She tries making a hamburg steak which is a fun thing to watch, especially cutting onions as she tears up. She starts to get it after a while and pretty much succeeds. Makoto also makes Witch’s Pinky cookies which look like real fingers but are cookies meant for unrequited love between witches. Back at the house, Akane once again is out cold asleep. When she finally wakes up she finds out that the kids are all going out to thin apple trees. She actually goes with them too instead of being lazy. Mom and Dad are also going with them. Basically, they cut any branches going upwards so the trees can keep growing outwards, but without getting taller. Makoto whacks her head which causes Akane to laugh her ass off…before hitting her head as well. They also trim flowers from the branches so only the best quality apples can grow. When Chinatsu shows how good her climbing skills are in the trees, they call her a ninja and she would love to be one. However when reminded about her quest to become a witch, she changes her mind…she wants to become a ninja witch. Awesome. Makoto wants to try getting at the high branches too and whacks her head on a tree branch again. Afterwards, Makoto sees a beekeeping area and while the bees don’t sting, they bite and Makoto gets one for her troubles. Then they all eat cookies and the episode’s over. Another pretty and relaxing episode, it’s nice to watch this show after some more intense stuff.
Episode Score: 4/5
I suppose with Vitaly about to attack Little Garden here all the sexy fun may be coming to a close? Well, not until the concert comes to a close at least. Security finds Wendy, the girl that Vitaly brainwashed for a moment. She starts repeating about the Savage without a core. We also see that hijacked robot moving around. In the city a bunch of mechanical bees are self-destructing around the area with the intent of knocking out the power to the entire city. Turns out those bees are transforming from the robots Vitaly has been putting under their control. Charlotte arrives and knows it has to be Vitaly as well. Judar looks more and more behind this as well as he starts to walk away from the stadium. All the Hundred users are in the city now fighting all the bees while Hayato and Emilia are called by Claire for something else. Meanwhile a bee manages to get into the system and hacks it, unsure what exactly it’s going to do yet. Claudia, still outside the area is not happy that she’s just sitting still. She gets her wish though, as three aircrafts suddenly charge in and we discover the bee disabled their radar systems. A bunch of the coreless Savages emerge and start fighting. Charlotte notes this is clearly a declaration of war from Vitaly. Arriving at HQ, Claire orders Hayato and Emilia to guard the three Hunters so that Vitaly doesn’t take them. We officially have a name for these coreless Savages: Replicants. With the barrier surrounding the Garden taking heavy damage, Claire is forced to leave but everyone puts a stop to her as she needs to lead from within. So Hayato and Emilia go themselves. With the Hunters, they can hear the commotion outside, not-eyepatch girl noting Vitaly’s come to rescue them. However they note that she’s doing this during a festival and risking the lives of innocents, which she normally wouldn’t do. She does show up however, giving them their Hundreds back. However they do question why she’s attacking with civilians in danger. They also don’t believe the Slayers are as bad as Vitaly makes them out to be, so she activates some device that kills their hearing, perhaps a brainwashing device. Hayato and Emilia meanwhile arrive at where the Replicants are attacking the barrier, while Mei-Mai finds Vitaly and they have a fight. She knocks her down, but when she finds the Hunters clearly under control again, she gets shot. So the four of them walk off as we prepare for the final fights next week. Okay episode, but since we’re getting to the end, it’s not as funny and cheesy so serious stuff doesn’t do so well with me.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
After that painful night, things are settled down for the time being. Alone with Yoshiharu, Katsuhira is clearly not interested in anything right now after all that happened with Chidori and Noriko. Yoshiharu notes there’s been no sudden pain since that night. After all that, they decide to stay apart the rest of the summer, also noting that since all their friendships have been broken, they can no longer hear each other’s thoughts. Apparently as well, when the summer ends, the Kizna project should automatically disappear. The scar on Katsuhira’s chest is completely gone as well, has the bond with Noriko been removed now? Sure enough, back in class, the scars are gone now. The teacher doesn’t help of course, bringing up all the things they seven of them did. Hajime takes offense to it and goes to leave when the teacher trips him, everyone noting they feel no pain in response. My heart gets broken again when I see Nico barely holding back tears watching this happen. Yuta approaches Maki and she immediately gets out of there before he has the chance to say anything. Nico however does attempt to approach Katsuhira and Yoshiharu. She notes that regardless of how painful that last night together was, she had the most fun she’d ever had in her entire life that summer. She wants the seven of them to stay connected even though the Kizna project is over. They have no issue sticking with her, so we have three together. Hajime’s watching this as well, unsure what to do. Noriko meets with the mayor again and finds out the lab is being shut down as the government will be investigating them. She runs off, presumably to return to the school…or maybe not? She suddenly jumps off a ledge and Katushira feels it! The scar on his chest is returning. So the three of them go looking for her. The female teacher notices the three running towards the base and calls them out. They come out at Katsuhira wants to know if Noriko’s okay, noting that he came here because he can remember this place the most with where the two of them spent time together. There’s a moment where the teacher pats his head and says he hasn’t changed and it makes me wonder if maybe, just maybe this woman is his mother, or at the very least Noriko’s, one of the heads of the original project where both kids remember bits and pieces of. Turns out she didn’t actually fall, she passes out trying to. Katsuhira then notes it felt more like a heartfelt pain. The teacher notes that shouldn’t be possible, so Katsuhira finally demands information on the original experiment. There were nineteen kids in total and no she wasn’t the mother of any of them, both teachers just low-level researchers. The idea of nineteen kids was so the pain they’d all feel was the least possible. However it failed partially, one kid feeling the pain of five kids entirely on their own, no one else getting the pain. They tried to reverse everything, but one girl couldn’t be broken out of it, that being Noriko. Meanwhile, Hajime and Chidori cross each other and he straight up tells her to reject him now and get it over with. It only pisses her off more however. Back with Noriko’s history, it turns out she actually took on everyone’s pain herself. So the reason she’s so cold, is because they treat her every day to completely shut down her senses so she can’t feel any pain, as she can still feel all nineteen subjects’ pain. Some were released as they had some semblance of themselves left, Katsuhira being one of them. Now we know why he felt no pain, Noriko was taking it all. The kids who weren’t ever released however…they all remain in that playground, just sitting there like statues. In a way it’s horrifying to watch them, completely void of all pain and emotion. And then we see a memory where two of the girls sitting there lifeless are kids and telling Noriko that Katsuhira loves him and she turns around and says she loves him too, the memory changing from black and white to colour. I nearly teared up during this moment, that really hit hard seeing her smile and show a ton of loving emotion like that. Back to reality, he breaks down and cries harder than he had ever cried before. And the episode ends with a chill up my spine. Holy fuck, man…
Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***
Okay! Now what’s left in this insane show?!
Luluco’s completely out of the title sequence too. She laments over her memories, crying with a giant hole in her body, assuming from her heart being taken out. It’s clear she’s somewhere in hell and OH MY GOD, IT’S INFERNO COP!!! She talks about what led to her death and how it’s her fault for being in love, apparently. Inferno Cop talks about dying and coming back to life many times, that justice never dies. And then he just points to an exit, so she can just leave and come back to life, cause y’know…anime. She realizes Nova was himself the entire time and that maybe she just needs to clearly tell him how she feels, that her feelings won’t go away just because they were stolen. So she regenerates her first love back and she’s back to normal. And she bursts out of her coffin and a miracle of justice has been performed! Well that cameo was unexpected.
Episode Score: 3.5/5