The final week of the Spring anime season is here.
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 the final week, not every show is in this post because they’ve already ended and one show will have two episode reviews here, since it took a little longer to finish up. I will also have an end of season awards post again, hopefully by the end of today.
It’s finally time for the festival preparations and the group of course is busy capturing that fort. Though Hideki reveals he talked to the Wallenstein guild master and was told they don’t like defending, they prefer attacking. So with Yui’s fan group, they begin their attack. However, the guild from last time has taken over again. Nanako being a summoner now has a giant robot armor and she begins their attack. In the end, they manage to take the fort, now it’s time for Wallenstein to make their move. They have twenty minutes left. Emperor Sword returns first to attack and repel them off. Now it’s definitely time for them to show up. And it’s a hopeless battle still, but Akane manages to take out one of them. Nanako surprises them and makes them use up their skills and they take out two more. Bats takes out Yui and others while Hideki struggles with their tank. So Bats is just able to walk right into the throne room. It’s just him and Kyoh, but we’re also aware Ako’s around somewhere. And Ako takes a stun shot for Kyoh, sacrificing herself. And just making it to the end of the time, Kyoh uses a shit ton of her items to keep herself alive. So Kyoh lost thousands of dollars doing that. Of course with all that done, Ako forgot about the festival and y’know, the whole maid thing. Yui takes the festival montage by singing and playing guitar. You win! At the end, Ako demands a reward for hanging in during the festival. The reward? A real-life kiss, but of course the group ruins it at the last second.
This show was super adorable at times, Ako while being very annoying has her moments throughout the show. Really all the main cast are great characters. Quite a bit of fan service in this one, but you know that’s not an issue for me.
Episode Score: 4.5/5
Overall Show Score: 4/5
Now because it’s the last episode, I’m torn on whether they’ll lose horribly again or actually win one. At this point it’s only Anne’s team who have all their members…except Hibiki naturally walks right to where the teacher is. Ren meanwhile gets help from all the female creatures out in the forest in stopping the chasing mini-Timothys. She also finds one of their carvings too. But she has to take a nap first. Hibiki’s finally caught as well. Ruri and Anne are still together and she notes that this forest was clearly built for a purpose, since there are very little poisonous plants in the entire area. Botan meanwhile is as pathetically useless as always, except her clumsiness actually finds another carving! Ren wakes up and all the animals have brought her food except one rabbit, who actually considers roasting itself. Oh dear. Ren puts a quick stop to that though and continues this week’s adorable episode of Ren & Friends. She’s found by Mega Timothy though, assuming she’s run off, hard to tell if she was caught or not. Ruri and Anne find a third carving. We see everyone caged, including Hibiki and Ren, so it’s down to 3 of them. We also see that this little girl is Timothy’s source, also the one voicing him. They only have one more hour as well. Botan actually finds a second carving and it’s starting to look like the forest might be catching fire. Also a ton of animals rush the cage, presumably because of Ren, including a bear! That tiny rabbit makes use of not roasting itself too and gets the key for the cage to Ren. Now everyone’s back in the game. Ruri and Anne find the last carving, though they don’t know Botan has two and Ren has one. Then the ground suddenly shakes and a landslide causes Anne and Ruri to tragically pass away (probably not). The teacher notes it’s definitely Anne’s luck causing this unnatural event. We also see Mega Timothy’s taken damage from it’s showdown with the bear, foreshadowing something. Ruri and Anne are barely hanging on a cliff and Botan saves them…except she’s falling too. So Hibiki and Ren return and save them as well. Mega Timothy also shows up, escept he explodes right into them and they all fall. Then Anne blows an emergency whistle? And the teacher shows up, somehow saving them all. So they all lose, in last place as expected. Except they actually have all their carvings, yet it still doesn’t matter apparently. They do get to go into a hot spring where the giant hole was. By the end of this, Ruri and Hibiki are also finally on first name terms as well. So the show ends with a montage of the girls setting up their beds for the night and then them just talking over the entire day. The show officially ends with the opening theme playing over as the girls walk to their next day of school, looking bright and happy.
This show was a ton of fun to watch and unbeknownst to me there was even a little fan service in there as well. But all in all, the show was best at its strengths, being ridiculously over-the-top hilarious. And it did that in spades.
Episode Score: 4.5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***
Overall Show Score: 4.5/5
It’s a foggy day and Akane with Chinatsu meets with another witch-related person who delivers newspapers to witches. Apparently something big is flying over town that day, a giant whale. It surprises them from behind, massive and having land on its back that they can ride on and apparently was inhabited as well. They explore the inside more, finding almost like a ruin in there. Anzu’s also there as they later find out, a huge history buff and admits she’d like to be an archaeologist, which Chinatsu notes she’ll have to practice running away from giant boulders. I love her. Needing to eat still, they invite Anzu for breakfast with them. We learn during the time waiting for pancakes to be finished that Kenny knows Anzu as he taught her about the whale and other things, as he studied and now teaches anthropology, because of course he does. Then when the food is done we get an origin story on hotcakes/pancakes, I thought I was watching Dagashi Kashi again. Anzu calls home to tell her Mom where she is and she’s asked if Akane is with her. So right afterwards, an owl arrives with a carried message, which freaks out Makoto. The message is a 59,000 yen tab. Very nice episode, one more to go!
Episode Score: 4.5/5
While doing some cleaning, she comes across her witch robe she made in junior high. It’s also torn up a bit to which she asks Chito if she was chewing on it and Chito freaks out, likely apologizing over and over again. She asks Kei’s mother for direction to a fabric store and it’s a far walk, so you know it’ll be a fun trip for the girl who has zero sense for directions. It’s by this point that Makoto’s fully mastered flying with a broom. I love how she’s casually flying over the town and no one notices. Along the way we see Akane getting trashed and Inukai telling fortunes, kind of a refresh of some of the other characters of the show. I wonder if that means we’ll see a little more of the cafe and perhaps Nao as well? Sure enough, Nao comes across Makoto as she’s delivering booze. She asks Makoto if she has plans and suggests they go to the festival together. At the shop, she finds materials for her new robe while Chito finds a glow-in-the-dark cat spread, so Makoto buys a metre of it as well for something. She also finds it’s very cheap so she considers making a second robe but doesn’t need one. Chito suggests something though and she’s all for it, which I assume is a robe for Chinatsu, our apprentice witch. Later that night we’re back with the pretty Inukai-san now and a drunken Akane approaches. Back at home, Chinatsu now has her robe and drunken Akane shows up at home. During that time, we’re introduced to Earthfish, fish in the ground. Of course, Akane gets them drunk too. It’s a cute little ending to the show with a montage of the festival during the credits.
I loved this show, not because of anything special in particular, it was just always a sweet, cute watch for after being dragged through the mud of feels and action-packed shows that I also watched. It’s one of my favourite shows of the season for sure!
Episode Score: 4.5/5
Overall Show Score: 4.5/5
All right, one more episode of the feels! It’s really like she’s gone evil, even the Gomorins have new colours. The bullies all of a sudden again take the fight to Hajime for some reason and it’s revealed they’ve bonded with Noriko, no longer feeling any pain. With Katsuhira, the female teacher tells him that Noriko plans to join with as many people as possible, however she will break eventually when she takes too much in. She also believes that Noriko thinks that if she opens up all her wounds to as many people, she might actually save those kids. Katsuhira calls up Chidori but the power goes out before he can tell her what to do. Honoka believes there’s no point in doing it and Nico threatens to headbutt her and actually does. Nico also says she could basically give a fuck about Noriko, but because Katsuhira’s involved with Noriko, she wants to help because he needs their help with her. Chidori finally accepts this as well, realizing that Noriko is the reason Katsuhira has changed for the better, so she should help him retain that. He confronts Noriko on a raised bridge, reminiscent of the flashback he kept having of her. Noriko blows up one bridge entrance to the city, looking to intend to isolate the city as a full experiment. The others show up to encourage him during this as well. Honoka has to be the one to talk sense into all of them, saying that it’s the beauty of having to wonder what others are thinking that leads to natural friendships in the end. Katsuhira finally tells her to just let go of everyone’s wounds, she doesn’t have to share them, that they won’t disappear just because she lets go of them. He also finally confesses his love to her and demands she give him back his pain. They both fall into the river, bonking heads and both of them feeling it. Noriko notices her scar on her neck has vanished. Katsuhira also feels a ton of pain now after all that. Honoka and Yuta are clearly developing a relationship, Chidori officially rejects him while Nico watches in hope that she’ll get to him someday. The five kids are also slowly coming back, though the teachers note it’ll still be a while before they fully return to normal. In the hospital, Noriko and Katsuhira talk alone for the first time since that night, both of them seriously hurt and wrapped up. They get a little close and the group of course interrupts it. Noriko even admits their relationship will be pure for a while, unless “Katushira pushes her to the ground”. It ends with a smile from Noriko.
I was hoping for a slightly more detailed resolution, but I’ll take what we got here. This show was super good, definitely a Top 5 for me this season. Lots of feels, fantastic animation, great characters. A lot to like with this show!
Episode Score: 4/5
Overall Show Score: 4/5
Here we go, the last episode of this crazy show. So Nova’s brain activates a micro black hole and is about to consume him and Luluco goes all out with a love gun morphing and beats the shit out of the villain. However it’s not quite enough and Nova has to use himself as the final bullet to end it all and Luluco reluctantly fires her first love to send the villain packing. Dad tells her though to just chase her love all the way to the ends of the universe again. So she’s being called Miss Trigger now and after doing a quick look online, apparently she’s become one of the “Trigger Girls” and the post-credits shows the Little Witch Academia connection as well, as Trigger will be making an anime series of it.
The show as crazy and silly as it is, was a great watch. There were some episodes where there wasn’t as much going on as others and some episodes that just weren’t as interesting, but when the show was on its A-game, it was fantastic!
Episode Score: 4.5/5
Overall Show Score: 3.5/5