Week number twelve 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 because this is week #12, next week will be the final week, any remaining episodes (even if there’s more than one episode left with a show after this week) will be posted in that final post.
We’re introduced once more to the Wallenstein mercenaries, Bats the leader. I have to wonder with this being the second last episode, is there going to be any significance of these guild members, or is this just to further the story of owning this fortress so they have “something” for the culture festival. Everyone gets the sense that these Wallenstein members are real jerks, but you’d think they’d played online games enough to know that this is just normal for those who are super hardcore into the game. When reaching the fort, Ako and Nanako are sent out essentially to draw out the main forces, being used as decoys. They’re all unhappy with how this is going so far and it only gets worse when the mercenaries step in and completely decimate the enemy forces. The Alley Cats are basically doing nothing the entire time, not getting to have any fun. Sure enough something bad does happen and Wallenstein suddenly drops the alliance with ten minutes left to spare and they start attacking the Alley Cats. Shocking that they’d betray them like that, it’s not surprising the most powerful PvP guild can be trolls. However, he’s shocked to find them just leave without raising a ruckus in response, taking the fun out of it for him and Wallenstein. Though leaving school, they’re all a bit broken about it, Ako of course in the worst shape because she feels bad things always tend to happen around her and she hates that she didn’t do anything to stop it, which in turn makes Hideki smile because she’s taking responsibility for things all of a sudden instead of just ignoring it all. So the group has one more shot left the next week to capture something before the festival. We flip to the next day presumably and when Hideki calls Kyoh “President”, she takes offense to it and suggest he call her by her actual name. For those unaware, being on a first-name basis with someone is a little closer than just mere acquaintances. So when he calls her Kyoh for the first time she gets super embarrassed, blushing up a storm and fidgeting about. Seems someone may have a crush on Hideki too, Ako’s not gonna be happy. She does note though that it’s the first time a male outside of her family has addressed her as such. So he leaves, goes into the club room and WHY THE HELL IS EVERYONE IN MAID OUTFITS?!!! Also of all people shouldn’t Akane not be happy to have Hideki see her in such an outfit, instead of grinning like she’s won him over? Though it doesn’t matter, Ako wins that contest with ease, the outfit suiting her so well. She’d win further, but of course she ruins the good will by procrastinating and being lazy, not remotely close to finishing her work in setting up the maid cafe that I totally forgot she got picked to be the head maid for. So Hideki has to show her to actually rely on people when she’s in trouble at times, something she has little problem doing in the game but not in real life. Back in the game, they recruit members from Yui’s fan club to help them on this one, as well as that creepy guy’s group just in but only in name to deter other people from messing with them. However, they’re going to try and reclaim the fort Wallenstein took from them. I’d love to see how the hell they can make sense of that. Well we’ll have to find out next week. An okay episode, but nothing special this week unfortunately.
Episode Score: 3/5
Everyone’s preparing for “outdoor school” and perhaps the best scene of the entire show happens when Hibiki is literally throwing animals around to clear the mess around Ren’s bed so she can get her lazy ass up. Timothy still hasn’t finished its maintenance so a bunch of mini Timothys take his place (and Anne still can’t pet one of them) on this trip. At the lodge, the five of them are sharing a room, much to Hibiki’s dismay. Their first task is carving, so you know Anne and Botan are in trouble and it goes as best as you’d expect. Because of her injuries, Anne has to feed Botan and again, fails every time until Ruri finally takes charge and Botan’s now super embarrassed about it all of a sudden. So when Ren tries to do the same to Hibiki, you know she freaks out even more, but because of her idiocy as usual, she fails to have that chance. Dinner’s over so it’s bath time and then bed. Anne starts rolling about in their room in a very hilarious scene. Ren’s already passed out while the others are still talking, obviously. They ask Hibiki if she and Ren have had a ton of sleepovers since they’ve been friends for most of their lives, which naturally elicits another set of stammers and blushing. Ren however suddenly wakes up and talks, saying they did when they were little, but not anymore. Hibiki tries to get close at night and Ren suddenly turns over, their lips literally inches away from each other and Hibiki freaks, rolling over so fast she crashes into the wall (and somehow wakes up no one). Ruri wakes up later, unable to sleep as she’s not used to a futon. Anne wakes up as well and offers to have Ruri hold her hand to help…which doesn’t help at all. We see that blonde girl again working on Timothy and then she shoots something into the sky? The teacher suddenly wakes all the girls up and have them in military formations for some reason. They are to play tag, the teacher being it…and Timothy who’s been remodeled to be like an attack mech. Oh dear. The rules aren’t explained, they just have to run. Ruri gets separated from everyone. Over a speaker system the teacher announces to everyone to open the bag they have, yet we don’t see what it is. Ruri finally finds Hanako, who’s riding upside down on a water wheel. Ren comes across Botan, which just leaves Hibiki, who really shouldn’t be the one who’s alone. They finally open the bag and it’s really a kit to help them survive, food, water, all that jazz. There’s also a rule book stating they’re scored based on how many times the members of their roommates that night get caught. So how badly is Anne going to screw this up for them? But the winners get a fancy dinner and suite for the second day, the worst team having to sleep outside. Gee, I wonder who that’ll be? Ruri flips out knowing that it’s likely going to be them, as she had trouble sleeping on a futon, let alone outside. However there’s a chance for them. If they find their carvings and then meet up, they get extra points. Having to carry Botan, Ren avoids a few mini Timothys but then leads them away to help Botan. Still on her own, Hibiki tries to find her own way, falling off a waterfall. We end the episode with the teacher talking about how she doesn’t like putting the girls through this stuff, but it’s essential for helping them overcome their bad luck. Now with next week being the last episode, I wonder if maybe they’ll actually win this one now. But a good episode this week!
Episode Score: 4/5
It’s the final episode of this second season! Ayato wakes up and for some reason Kirin and Saya are sleeping in the bed semi-on top of him. Julis enters as well as is way too calm about all this when she explains he’s been out cold for three days. She thanks Ayato for saving her life and Ayato responds by asking about Ophelia. Though it’s then he realizes Ophelia’s the friend from her childhood that hated fighting. I’m more curious as to why her hair is gray now. Julis explains that ruined building from last week was a lab that was researching the manufacturing of Genestella. Oh dear, we’re playing the failed experiment card. About to leave Julis points out that the girls were awake the whole time, because of course they were trying something. Flora bursts in saying a ton of dragons are attacking the city. What the fucking hell is going on here?! Julis knows Gustave, that old man assassin is behind it so she leaves, but not before everyone joins her and she hatches a plan. They rush over and find him and he summons a Hydra this time and vanishes again. Ayato tells her to help evacuating everyone while he holds off the Hydra. We see Claudia in that green limo, not doing anything about the Hydra, so we know more bullshit is going on here. The heads of it are regenerating as expected and Saya joins the battle, sniping from the other end of the lake. Returning to help out, Julis weakens it enough for Ayato to finish it off. The only person missing in all this is Kirin, I wonder what she’s doing. Sure enough, she found where Gustave was watching from. She deals with him real quick. Claudia meets with her father, letting him know Gustave has been captured and confronts him about it. He claims to be the only one behind it but she isn’t buying it, she knows the corporation is behind this as well. He begs her not to take part in the Gryps Festa but we’re still not hearing why they want her not to do it. She leaves him behind as he sobs. Back home and about to leave, Julis tells her brother she aims to win the Festa to increase their foothold in the country, her brother noting that the prize money would indeed allow them to do so. Ayato suddenly gets a call from the chairman, the guy who awarded him at the Festa: they found his sister. She’s been in a coma since that fight, naked in a tube at a hospital, because of course she’s gotta be naked. No one knows why she won’t wake up, but Ayato believes she’s binded herself the same way she did to him. I’m really pissed off about this, what a terrible way after two whole seasons to suddenly have his sister appear. Then some creepy girl named Hilda shows up claiming she can cure his sister, another big researcher from Arlequint, like Ernesta. Oh and she’s Magnum Opus, the woman who headed the research that caused Ophelia’s change. Together again, Claudia asks them one more time if they’re sure about joining, still not giving us details on why she’s doing all this and why Galaxy and her father are so against it. And that’s the season.
All right, this series as much as I like it is really pissing me off with their storylines. The first appearance of Ayato’s sister was a fucking nude girl in a coma inside a test tube! We still don’t know why this Gryps Festa means so much to all these people! All these things are bugging the shit out of me and now I’ve gotta wait another year for the third season?! Come on!!!
But the show was good nonetheless, the battles were always entertaining, the main characters are interesting, but man…the stories they’re trying to tell are getting a little ridiculous.
Episode Score: 4/5
Overall Show Score: 3.5/5
I’m so sad this show’s ending today! The episode starts off with the shocking discovery that Hane has yet to fall off her bike once. And the following day she proceeds to have the bike fall over. So she takes it to Onsa for fixing and they damage the tank worse to the point she needs a new one. They have one…from a training bike. Oh no, the perverted bike returns?! Hane recognizes it right away somehow and it tries to turn away from her (literally), not happy to be seen like this. Oh my god, yes! She was bought after retiring from the training center and got rammed from behind, only the tank being salvageable. Onsa catches her talking to the tank though her father notes she talks to her bike a lot as well. Baita also tells Hane to make sure she doesn’t demand too much from her bikes. Back on the roads, they start having history lessons on the Super Cub scooter model. They then go to a bookshop as watch Rin freak out at Katana articles in magazines. She finds Bike Jesus again buying a dirty bike magazine and gets slapped for pointing it out. Oh dear. Then she has a terrible nightmare (we presume at this point) where everyone is on bicycles and motorcycles don’t seem to exist? Rin however hasn’t changed, still a Suzuki nerd, just with bicycles now. However there’s one major snag, Raimu doesn’t exist. She decides to try and invent motorcycles in this world and naturally she’s looked at as a crazy woman. She gets super depressed when she’s left behind, seeing that in this world everything’s become so lonely to her. As she runs off frustrated, there is a Raimu-senpai! She wakes up, thinking she heard a bike and sure enough everyone’s outside and everything seems to have gone back to normal. Honestly, that second half was really dumb and not how I would’ve liked to end the series…
But all in all, this show was super fun and entertaining for me. Quirky characters, ridiculous concept, little bits of fan service, everything I could ask for, really.
Episode Score: 4/5
Overall Show Score: 4/5
So Atsushi wakes up after last week’s ordeal and Kyouka’s there waiting for him and has also prepared breakfast for him. And then we learn they’re roommates now because of the lack of rooms available. Back at the office as well, Osamu reveals the information he found about those pulling the Port Mafia’s strings, a North American group of gifted called The Guild, which Doppo immediately brushes off as an urban legend. This group though is rumoured to hold many positions of power and financial gain, which makes them wonder why they’d be so interested in Atsushi. But then that’s put on hold as a helicopter suddenly flies in, landing on a busy road near the Agency. The leader introduces himself as Francis, the leader of The Guild. He claims the attacks on the Agency via the Port Mafia was simply a mistake and aims to buy the Agency for their gifted business permit that allows the Agency to operate, something The Guild can’t buy with money. Obviously, no deal and they have to leave, telling the President on the way out to look in the following day’s newspaper. The following day, an entire building and those inside have vanished, part of the Port Mafia. Kenji also has disappeared. Then while walking with the incest duo, Naomi suddenly vanishes, Jounichirou finding the red-haired girl that was with Francis and chasing after her. It appears as if this girl, Lucy has control of a second dimension of sorts. Kenji and Naomi are locked behind one door, the exit is another. She says she’ll let everyone go if they just play with Anne, her familiar. It’s just the two of them and a random man looking for a young girl named Elise in the room with Lucy. The game is simple, play tag with Anne. If you’re tagged, you lose. If you can unlock the door before getting tagged, they win. She grabs Juni instantly and takes him away. Atsushi’s now alone along with this random man who will likely do something crazy to win it for them. Lucy reveals during the chase between Atsushi and Anne that they’re both orphans. She also lets it out that if she fails, she’ll be dumped by The Guild, possibly even killed. When Atsushi makes it to the door during this though, the key is a trap as well, cursed. Essentially there’s no way to win. Then Atsushi suddenly breaks for the exit when the random guy stops him. Clearly he’s something important to this whole situation. He convinces Atsushi to stay and fight. But he’s captured immediately after. Then the man shows his true colours or at least is about to when he reveals that Atsushi’s actually fine, Juni has created a false door with his illusions. He also tied a ribbon around Lucy and pulls her in, threatening to drag her in the room and no one will ever be freed, including her. So he convinces her by making her make a split-second decision as he lets go to drag them all into the room. Lucy runs off, completely upset with him while the random man has found Elise. Kyouka also arrives on the scene just to say hi. Everyone parts ways with each other, while Kyouka suddenly breaks down. We learn at the end as the random man walks into a Port Mafia murder scene where presumably that third Guild member lies in a pool of blood…and this random man is actually the leader of the Port Mafia. And that’s the first season, the second due in October.
This show was pretty good overall, consistently fun and having some great battles, interesting characters and some unbelievably hilarious facial expressions and gestures. Also, this Lucy girl is already challenging Kyouka for the cutie of the show and Lucy’s only had a single episode. Don’t know if she can top the crepe screencap though.
Episode Score: 4.5/5
Overall Show Score: 4/5
No episode this week.
Episode Score: N/A
With Vitaly and the Hunters headed for Liza, the final battles about to commence. Should Liza be free and mobile as this season ends? Depends on if the show will have a second season or not. If not, of course. If so, well we’ll have to see how this episode ends. Judar calls up Claire and tells her to leave Vitaly to him and then hangs up. Vitaly clearly cares nothing for the Hunters, using one as the brunt of a trap’s force. Mei-Mei returns to fight some more and Vitaly runs off, leaving the Hunters behind. She takes a shot in the leg this time, adding to the damage she’s taking at Vitaly’s hand. However, the red-haired vixen has made it to Liza, but Judar’s already there waiting. Both seemed to expect each other’s arrival there. She claims this is all in revenge for what he did to her, claiming to love her and then betraying her. The Replicants start sound-waving the Slayers into being unable to move. Judar then asks for her help again, but she refuses, firing at Liza, but the barrier holds up and Liza’s actually awake. He then asks her about Sakura and reveals that he planned this whole event to just get Vitaly to show up, Sakura’s singing able to wake Liza. The barrier also protects Judar from the bullets as well and then he shoots Vitaly once, thanking her for advancing his plans, holding her as she dies. Well that was pointless and dumb. He tells Liza to go back to sleep, but she refuses as well, saying she has something to do first. Meanwhile, the battle remains tough, Sakura wishing she had the power to help everyone, Liza then telling her that her singing is the key. And that apparently has her become unaffected by the sound waves and she starts singing. So she and Karen help the rest of the Slayers move again. Hayato goes full-force with his infected form and wreaks havoc on the Replicants. However in doing so, he shatters the barrier. Even worse, the big Replicant’s still alive. However the Hunters arrive just in time to help out, but they can’t do much either. Claire finally leaves her post to help out. Eyepatch girl snaps and goes Super Saiyan, or in other words forms her own full-body armaments…becoming a horrifying-looking human Replicant. They’re told killing her would essentially destroy the Replicant as well, so Hayato has to be told by Liza to save her…somehow. She also gives him a kiss, which now means two sisters gotta fight over him. He nearly gets killed in the early going, Emilia having to save him too. After the power of friendship speech, he somehow manages to literally pull her out of the Replicant (not noting she’s naked or anything), reminiscent of Ichika saving Laura in Infinite Stratos (yes, I referenced that show again) and the day is saved! Then fireworks at night, Emilia gets kiss #3 of Hayato. AND THE GIRLS KNOW NOW THEY’RE GAY TOGETHER!!! Until Claudia spills the beans. Shitty ending to the conflict and no idea of what Judar’s doing. Hints at a second season.
As an ecchi harem though, I’m more than happy with what I got, essentially watching an alternate-world Infinite Stratos-style anime and you’ll get no complaints from me on that front.
Episode Score: 4/5
Overall Show Score: 4/5
We start off with a little more background on Noriko. It appears she was always a very lonely girl and it wasn’t until Katsuhira and the rest of the kids came along. Then we return to Katsuhira still sobbing from last week and then back to Noriko waking up after collapsing. She claims she was trying to see “what she saw that day” and says she did. Back with the rest of the kids, Katsuhira asks the female teacher if there’s anything that can be done for those five vegetable-state looking kids and she says there’s a chance, but doesn’t bother to say what it is. On a train ride home, Nico badgers Katsuhira about those memories and also notes that they’re no longer connected by the Kizna system so they have to actually talk about it for them to understand. At home, he and Chidori actually talk for a moment over the phone, perhaps the first time they’ve spoken since. He tells her how he looked at his friends like they were dolls and now wonders if that’s how he looked to Chidori the whole time they were friends and thanks her/apologizes to her for all of it. She breaks down and cries again after he hangs up, thinking it’s like a rejection almost and now she hates him doing that and then realizes she did the same thing in a way to Hajime, refuses to outright reject him too. She realizes how selfish she’s been as well. We’re back with the mayor of company, they note that the experiment is pretty much being halted to a standstill now as most of the sponsors have pulled out. The two teachers aren’t happy about it and feel they need to atone for what they’ve done by at the very least granting Noriko’s wishes. Speaking of her, she shows up to class and Katsuhira immediately gets up and demands her attention so they leave. He mentions about seeing those five and understands why Noriko chose him to get his pain back, so he could help her. She says he’s wrong in that assumption but he’s not buying it. He returns to class and wants all of the group to get together with him. Hajime is the only one who refuses to look him in the eye. He asks them all how they actually felt during all their time together and reveals he had come to the conclusion that the reason they handled it all so well until that night was because they had already become friends by that point. They all trusted each other, were able to reassure each other. And he had completely forgotten how that felt. Then they all start feeling his pain again, except this time…it’s natural, not forced. And then he suddenly collapses. Noriko visits the five and one of them actually calls out her name as she walks off. Notice how all their hair is white too, like Katsuhira’s was at the start of the show and now he’s got a quarter his brown hair back. The female teacher meanwhile reassures the other kids who brought Katsuhira back to her that they indeed are feeling this pain of their own accord. Suddenly Noriko talks on the school microphone or perhaps everywhere? She looks like she’s going full villain here thought probably not, regardless she’s asking everyone to share their bonds with her. I will admit, this episode was rather boring, especially compared to how emotional last week was. Hopefully it ends strong.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
This is the second last episode, there are 13 to this anime. Immediately the group gets attacked and Lalaco’s there to save her? Oh no, she was extremely late to the funeral. She does ask her mom for help though with this final mission of hers (as Lalaco wrecks shit while listening to her daughter) and then Luluco docks with her mother’s ship. Finally Dad gets pieced back together and the two parents fight together, Judgement Gun Morphing and all. Fucking fantastic. But then Over Justice beats them all by having the secretary use him like a fucking shotgun. I was dying laughing at this part. Luluco finally finds Nova and talks to him once more, knowing it was a misunderstanding and properly confesses to him this time, which catches him off-guard. But the Blackholeian has to interrupt it. Nova steals her heart once again but she keeps reforming it and eventually overpowers him, showering Nova with a love-ing beam attack. So Nova forms his own heart and shields Luluco from a blast from the Blackholeian. He also loses his shirt, which I’m shocked Luluco didn’t immediately freak out about. Well she technically does, but it’s not as loud and obvious as I was hoping for. So the villain goes final boss form and next week is the last week. But holy shit the show finally went back to the pure insanity I wanted since the first few episodes. Fan-fucking-tastic!
Episode Score: 5/5