Week number two has arrived with this Summer 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!
Back with the guards finding him, Ikta is pleading that they don’t shoot, that he’s fleeing from the Empire. Learning it’s only three guards around, he calls the rest of his allies to help out, knowing they’re already watching this unfold and they strike. Holy fuck, Yatori! She’s decapitates one and stabs the other through the chest. Seemed like these soldiers were actually being very nice. Like seriously, it looked more like they just murdered three soldiers to me! One’s barely alive though and they ask him questions until he dies. The Princess is pissed about this, not happy with them having to kill and take three lives. Later on, Ikta’s alone with the bodies, claiming he’s memorized their names and is depressed with what happened. Well, uh…they weren’t going to kill you, you didn’t have to kill them, Ikta! You fucking imbecile, you could’ve gotten the drop on them and taken their weapons. The next day, they take the soldiers’ blimp to ride it across the border. However Ikta has another plan. He dresses in the soldier’s uniform and sets the blimp off on its own as a way to barter them passage. He’s the only one disguised while the other five are not. He’s claiming someone is in the blimp when no one actually is. The plan works perfectly. The only downside is they left their weapons on the blimp, including Yatori’s swords. They return to home soil and Chamille introduces her five helpers. A month later, they’re all staying in a luxury hotel courtesy of the royal family. Bad news arrives though as a major region falls to the Republic, a major officer dying in the battle as well. Turns out when they returned home, Ikta warned that very officer to withdraw his troops from the area, saying it was a lost cause. They’re approached by a soldier saying they’ve been granted an audience with the Emperor. Perhaps Ikta’s words brought attention to him. Yatori warns him that she won’t be there to stop him if he gets out of hand like with that officer. He names them all Imperial Knights for their work saving Chamille. Ikta however isn’t happy about it, likely because it means he’s being forced to become a soldier now. It’s also something that’s never happened before, the title only ever given to people already recruited as soldiers. Chamille admits however she’s only setting this precedent as a way to counter the people’s sorrow with the loss in the Eastern Region and instead have something they can happily parade around. He demands Chamille’s intentions, to which she replies by giving him his real identity, Solork not his real last name, Sankrei the real one, a name Ikta mentioned while yelling at that now dead officer. His father was one of the most renowned generals, who was arrested for disobeying orders. She also talks smack about his mother and he snaps on her. At a party for them, they’re given their weapons back, the blimp falling into Imperial territory. Alone together, Ikta notes this is the greatest day of Yatori’s life, but for him it’s the worst. He became three of the things he never wanted to be, a noble, a soldier and a hero. A tough episode to watch, I really am not sitting well on them essentially murdering three soldiers just doing their job. But it is war after all.
Episode Score: 4/5
All right, let’s see if this show continues to shock me after not liking its preview. Thirty seconds into the show and I’m convinced that unless this show sucks terribly somehow, Hikari will be my best female character when this is all said and done. Her peppy attitude is infectious. We also see how she’s a morning person and Futaba…is not. She’s also still checking her messages. On the bus, she doesn’t notice Mato was behind her on the bus and they get off at the same stop. But for some reason they decide to race to school? Mato cheats by catching a bike ride with her feminine charms. To be fair, she is gorgeous, it’s an unfair advantage she has. Being stupid, Hikari takes a high jump in chase and hurts her legs a bit. Turns out through recognizing what Hikari did and called her jump, Mato reveals she’s a diver as well. In class, everyone’s told to look into clubs, Futaba preferring the Going Home Club. After school, she follows Hikari and gets dragged into the Diving Club. However, the only person in there is that cat. While there, Futaba does show an interest in the diving suits on the racks. Without hesitation, Hikari strips to try on a drysuit and show Futaba how they work. She manages to convince Futaba to put one on as well. Even further, they go into the pool, which you know they’re about to get into trouble since they’re doing this without supervision and not as club members. It’s during this time that we’re seeing the first moments of potential feelings she has for Hikari. And that’s how the episode ends. Another fantastic, beautiful episode. Sweetness and Lightning is definitely going to have competition for the #1 spot this season.
Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***
Wow, I boot up the MAL page on this show and rating’s barely above a six. Either this is really bad, or really sexy so people just downvote it. Let’s see which it is!
Presumed MC, Saya, is set to attack an Ouroboros, at least that’s what they’re calling this carbon-fiber looking thing with a ton of little objects flying out of it. A bunch of girls come to help her out, I’m not getting nearly enough time to catch all their names here. We then get a rundown of the five worlds in this anime, the Black World, basically an eternal night world with magic. The Red World, which is religion world to me. The White World, which is all about science and technology, so the best world. The Green World, which is a military world, shocking. And the Blue World aka Earth. All five worlds were connected by something called the Halo without notice. Apparently when all the worlds’ crystals lose their power, they’ll collapse into each other and everything’s destroyed. So each world sent a bunch of superpowered girls to Earth to gather in one place and fight the Ouroboros, who they haven’t explained their goals yet. I’m already understanding the potential reasons for the low rating, a ton of bullshit just being thrown out into the void here. And back to the girls, they’re bathing! Well there’s the other likely reason. Even one of the girls stops another from explaining the Ouroboros, saying it doesn’t matter. Wow. Saya’s being super serious and Miumi’s trying to tell her to chill the fuck out already (being super nice about it, of course). She leaves the bath, still naked…oh there’s more girls in ANOTHER bath. The rating reasons keep getting more obvious. EVERYONE’S NAKED, WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?! She’s even outside where anyone with binoculars or a telescope could see her. Sheesh! She has a flashback and we’re still naked after that. Now there’s even more girls naked, it never ends! Saya meets with a girl…still naked. Seriously, this is anime, why isn’t anyone blushing at all?! THEY SLEEP NAKED IN PODS TOO?! WHAT THE FUCK?!!! More girls, yes of course they’re naked. I’ve lost count. Yep, I really know why now the rating’s so low. I think it’s been ten minutes now since first nudity and it’s still going. I want to tell you there’s a story going on, but I cannot pay attention to it. Something about Saya wanting to be stronger, other girls wanting to get to a higher level. Whatever it is, they were naked during this, that’s all that matters. It’s around 18:30 that clothes finally become a thing again. A bunch of girls spar against each other and Saya’s team loses badly.
This is not worth live reacting anymore, I think you’ve gotten the gist of it. If anything, I’m going to check out Episode 2 just to see if it’s this bad. From 6:48 to 18:24, no one had clothes on. Yeah, this isn’t a good show.
Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***
Preview Score: 3/5
Above/Below Expectations?: -1
The Mexican standoff continues! The two girls fight over him while Handa stares in confusion. Though when he’s told he can leave, he just leaves like nothing was wrong in the first place. Maiko however does manage to get free and give him a love letter…or she would have if he didn’t reject it because the writing was sloppy. So the two girls vow to learn better calligraphy so they can write good letters to him. We’re then introduced to Junichi, a young man always getting to be the class representative…until he faces Handa-kun! And in the end, they tie. But Handa-kun wins in rock, paper, scissors to unfortunately be stuck with the role. So he steps down to get out of it and just leaves. Smooth, bro! Except that still doesn’t work. We’re then introduced to pretty boy Reo, the hot guy to all the girls…until you guessed it, HANDA-KUN!!! So he starts stalking Handa-kun to try and figure out why the girls love him so much. Along the way he gets scouted to be a model and Reo freaks the fuck out. But Handa-kun being Handa-kun, he completely backs away from it and shifts all the attention to Reo. It’s a fun show to say the least, though I’m starting to wonder if it’s really good or just good. Tough call after this episode.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
Kaho wakes up and meets her landlord finally, Kanade’s father. In the morning as well, Atsushi, one of the residents shows her the ins and outs of the building. The boys leave to go jump rope and she’s then exposed to Arashi’s love for a feminine male anime character. As if the show isn’t weird enough. And then she visits the boys and they talk about dicks for way too long. She then goes with Atsushi into his room for a welcome party and then…WHAT THE FUCK?! IS HE ABOUT TO RAPE HER?! And then Kanade saves her, giving him a swift punch in the face. And then the episode ends.
Uh…so what happens now? Does he get arrested? Does she even say anything after this?
I’m sorry, but after a second episode of this show, it’s not funny to me anymore. It’s more annoying with the childish humor, the endless dick jokes and conversations and now an attempted rape just happened. I think the first episode was a “WTF?!” kind of reaction, whereas this week it’s more of a “Fuck off!” reaction. This is too much.
Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***
Mizuki’s friends are poking fun at her, making her think something might actually happen with Subaru. To make things worse already, Subaru and the president spill a can of paint and knock Mizuki’s apple painting face-down into it. They try to keep her out and fail, so the president puts in a last-ditch effort and makes it look like a murder scene. Naturally, Mizuki isn’t retarded and catches on real quick. Even worse, that painting was meant for a competition that would keep the club functioning. After an event leading to her falling princess-style in Subaru’s arms, she eventually learns the truth and is now forcing Subaru to put one of his waifu paintings on display, which he refuses. He wins second place. The second sketch starts with Mizuki having a sleepover with a friend of hers and talks about when she first started liking Subaru. While going out to buy supplies, a woman approaches them looking for help finding a lost child. They find the girl with some weird girl in a mask who suddenly leaves on them after telling the kid the two of them are bad people. So Subaru draws the girl’s mother by memory and that convinces her to come with them to her mother. That moment made her think Subaru’s not a bad person. The third sketch starts with Subaru getting a love letter in his shoe locker…and it’s not from Mizuki, so she’s a little unhappy about it. He wants to turn the girl down bluntly, but even Mizuki’s not letting that happen. When he rejects the girl formally, she asks if it’s Mizuki he likes, which suddenly gets the spying girl’s attention, but he flat out refuses her too. He then stares at a elementary schoolgirl after school, though it’s the 2D girl strap on the girl’s bag that he’s looking at, not that the little girl knows. So guess who her older sister is that she tells the story too? The girl Subaru just shot down. This show was a little better, funnier jokes and Mizuki continues to be adorable.
Episode Score: 4/5
I forgot how much I don’t like the character design with this animation style that I first saw with One Punch Man. We’re starting with Arataka, presumably a psychic who helps in the exorcism of ghosts and demons. He’s useless, so he calls a friend to take care of the problem for him, Shigeo, an actual psychic and the MC of the show. It’s clear Arataka is merely using him as a way to keep his shady business afloat when actual supernatural events happen. At home, everyone’s aware and for the most part support him. At school, there’s a girl he’s super into, but he’s the most unpopular person around, not that smart, can’t play sports, it’s bad. Back with Arataka, it’s time to exorcise a major demon in a tunnel. It turns out to be a biker gang leader running the tunnel or that’s what we’re meant to think. After Shigeo deals with it, there’s another massive demon even more powerful, in there for centuries. And deals with it easily. That’s pretty much the episode.
I have the same problem with this show I did with One Punch Man. I don’t like the art style at all with this show and I don’t like how the MC (at least thus far) just walks into a situation and ends it in seconds. So because of that, just like after one episode of One Punch Man, I have zero interest in continuing Mob Psycho 100 as well. It’s a show that my eyes perceive as being crazy, but I’m still bored watching it.
Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***
Preview Score: 2/5
Above/Below Expectations?: 0
The morning starts off with a present from Yuki to Shinya, returning his cardigan he gave her last week’s episode during the rain. We seem to quickly fast-forward though to another day where it appears they’re going on their first date. The sound she makes peeking from behind a bush when she’s seeing him in casual clothes for this first time is incredible. They watch a movie together and then go to a cafe, the normal things to do, while Yuki goes through a million perverted options in her head. While at the cafe though, he thinks about getting something with strawberries and remembers her bra and nearly passes out alone from that memory. He also tries to look more mature by drinking black coffee and eating bitter foods, like apparently blueberry cheesecake somehow. We see the next day she made him a cheesecake for his birthday, but kind of fucked it up when she ran smack into a pole and dropped it on the ground. That episode ends with them walking home together after that day and someone, assuming it’s a male, following them.
The second episode starts with Yuki and Shinya’s friends all joining together…to help Shinya study because he’s dumb and is failing, so Yuki needs to help him so she doesn’t miss two weeks of summer with him. Naturally, it’s suggested they go to Shinya’s house, which sends Yuki off the deep end as usual. Her friend is curious as to why Yuki wouldn’t have just insisted on studying alone with Shinya and she actually calls that indecent. His friends really hammer the embarrassment into him throughout their study session, but also inadvertently make him a little jealous as they’ve become familiar with Yuki as well. The episode ends with the girls leaving to buy groceries for dinner and that person following Yuki again, though this time I think it might be another girl. This show is freaking hilariously adorable!
Episode Score: 4/5
Hanae’s now seeing yokai at school and Haru doesn’t care if it’s not a job. So when Hanae sees a girl being affected out of nowhere by a yokai, he gets involved anyway even though he’s told to ignore all yokai he sees. Now he’s getting a reputation of having ESP. He now feels a serious chill from the yokai he picked up and it’s far worse than the first one. He gets trampled by a ton of these yokai, keeping him from moving. He calls a portal to that tea room and the yokai back off for some reason. Haru figures there’s a boss of all these yokai and seeks to exorcise that to get rid of all of them at once. Hanae convinces him to use him as bait, even though it scares the shit out of him to do so. The boss is huge and freaky as shit! It also talks. It also knows about Haru. It wants to be sent to the Underworld, along with the little ones. However it can’t actually be sent, rooted in the world, like an incurable disease that will inevitably kill it. Hanae claims he’ll try to send it to the Underworld even though it’s impossible in every way. Haru has an option, but it’s a painful one, many yokai died taking this option. He takes it, the roots on fire, the pain clearly visible. It does survive though and gets sent as well. It even cries leaves when the little ones are waiting for it. Haru notes Hanae actually did something useful, getting the big yokai to want to be exorcised, but suddenly passes out as the episode ends. I’m not being blown away by the show so far, but I can’t help but be interested in it.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
You’d think after a week, Aoba would switch out of that suit she wears, that can’t be comfortable for her to be sitting in all day animating. She notes her desire to be just like Kou, her idol when she was little, except she aims to at least wear pants at all times, unlike Kou. So the next day will be Aoba’s official welcoming party, aka when we see the majority of the girls drunk, especially Rin and Kou. We get a little more backstory on Hifumi, who has a hedgehog and is apparently really shy around men. Thank god this anime decided an all-girl cast, amirite?! She’s even so shy that when she shows a picture of her and her hedgehog where she’s smiling, she offers money to Aoba to forget the image. The next day, she finally gets her first project, making NPCs for a town in the game. But it’s time for the party, so time to get drunk! Yun passes out right away, but apparently Hifumi handles her liquor surprisingly well. Shizuku shows up to mess with Kou a little bit before leaving after one drink. Then clearly after a few, Kou gets personal, asking if Aoba has one. However when it’s turned around on her, Kou gets all blushy like a high school girl herself. And then Rin gets trashed. Then Kou wants an afterparty, but it just ends up being her with Kou and a passed out Rin. That was an adorable episode, I think this show might be my Flying Witch this season. Just sitting down and enjoying it, nothing more, nothing less.
Episode Score: 4/5
We more of the horrifying origins of why the world is what it is now. WMDs hitting major cities and sending the world into war and chaos for years. So we see the Junker has returned and is actually trying to fix the broken machine at the planetarium. We also learn that Yumemi only has about a week of charge before she will go back to sleep for another full year to recharge again, the electricity so weak in the building now that her recharge would take a long time. While fixing the machine they have a talk about the feeling of shedding tears and things a robot does not understand. The third day he has finally fixed the machine and the episode ends with an adorable smile from Yumemi. A shorter episode to, about 12 minutes. It’s a curious show and if MAL’s to be believed, it’s only five episodes altogether. So it’s a short series. Either way, it’s been a nice sitdown.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
How do you start off an anime with a bang? With bombings, of course! We see an absolute war zone in the city, nothing but destruction around. A lone boy cries out as we watch this alien looking force just decimate everyone and everything. But a lone girl, presumably his sister consoles him during this event. And then the city gets Independence Day’d. We’re now presumably in the present day with a guy with only one arm’s worth of a knight’s armor and can cast magic. He goes to town on a ton of drone looking enemies while a girl (being carried on a platform by two other girls) shouts at him for acting alone…and the proceeds to fall into the ocean below and he sighs as he has to save her. Something tells me this is a common occurrence. So of course blondie has to take a shower now, gotta get them nudie shots in! The two of them afterwards head by train to anime school. Ichiya (boy) and Canaria (girl) arrive, heading for a meeting of sorts. We’re introduced to what’s like a council of the school perhaps, Maihime is a super-peppy girl dressed like a goddamn pirate lord, Hotaru is your standard super serious girl and then there’s Kasumi (boy) and Asuha (girl) the monotone, boring brother and sister combination. We get a few adults in there, Airi and Gutoku, but I’m assuming the six kids are the central group here. Outside, Ichiya laments over the group, sure that he’s all they need. They talk about their powers called “Worlds”, he has the ability to control gravity. I still can’t get past how they just call the alien enemies “Unknown”. Naturally, you can’t have a long conversation before alarms go off, so they’re off to go fight again. Maihime fights with a massive Claymore-like sword, she’s awesome. Canaria’s power is like a power-up song she sings that affects everyone. Asuha’s a badass duel-wielder and Kasumi snipes from afar. And Hotaru fights with a katana. Sweet. However the battle is so easy for everyone that sides are fighting each other over getting the most kills, as there’s a large ranking system to not only individuals, but the various cities. Eventually, Maihime just decides to end it in one fell swoop and kills everything…and also destroys a bridge by accident. She’s a bit dumb apparently. They try to put the blame on Ichiya, but Gutoku ain’t having none of it. So clearly the anime’s gonna start a “Let’s work together!” storyline, possibly throughout the whole thing.
Normally, because I see a lot of dumb flaws in the show, I’d drop it first week. However I do see a little potential in this show, there’s some fun to it, I just think the show’s suffering from a cliche, boring plot. So I’ll give it one more week to see if it can at least be entertaining, or if the story’s just too stupid to keep it above water. I don’t want to drop the show, Maihime’s too damn awesome!
Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***
Preview Score: 3/5
Above/Below Expectations?: -0.5
Day two for Arata, don’t pull out the cigarettes this time. So Kazu and Chizuru aka handsome boy and obvious love interest are made the two class reps based on the test scores from last episode. Speaking of which…HOLY FUCK DID YOU FAIL BADLY, ARATA!!! HOW DO YOU GET FOUR PERCENT ON A TEST?!!! Kazu offers to tutor him and then all of a sudden Ann wants in as well, also failing every test. Who knew the smart looking girl can be the failure? AND SHE GOT WORSE THAN ARATA?!!! You’re suddenly less attractive now. But then again, she is the same voice actress at Hane from Bakuon, so being a little airheaded seems to be in the cards for her characters. Ann during lunch with the two boys asks straight out if Kazu and Rena are together but he dismisses it immediately. He sees Chizuru in a little trouble and helps out, giving her 1000 yen when it’s discovered she didn’t bring money for lunch. Apparently having ten bucks on you is unusual for a high schooler in Japan, certainly wasn’t for me where I went to school. Seeing her again after school, they have another little chat, in particular Chizuru lamenting over her lack of friends, likely because of her expressionless demeanor. But she finally comes out with it, demanding his friendship, though it’s unclear if it’s genuine or if she’s using him as a first attempt in making a friend. At home, a tough realization comes to mind…how will he buy cigarettes as a high schooler? First major step of his ReLIFE period may actually be quitting smoking. Kyo also reminds Arata that once the period’s over, everyone will forget about him. Which will likely be the end conflict of how do you get someone to love you after they forget about you? Either way the episode ends with Arata indeed intending to break the habit of smoking and gets to work studying.
However, this show is getting put on notice. Why? Honestly, because it’s not remotely where I’d like it to be. Nothing’s really happening. I know it’s slice of life, but I’m not quite getting the enjoyment out of this show I’d like. The characters are decent, the concept’s interesting, but I’m not seeing anything developing at all and we’re nearly a quarter the way done already. So if next week doesn’t show me something worth sticking around for, it’s gone.
Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***
The witch is named Akane. He talks about the things he saw last episode and laughs it off, reverting to the questionnaire he did indeed do when walking into her office. She wants to know in particular his answer to the change the life or yourself question, but he dodges it as he wants to just get his situation fixed. So she gives him a charm (a paperclip) to help, also demanding he join her in the Occult Research Club. That night, he dreams of one of the papers she also gave him talking to him about protecting him from Ribbon Girl and just like that she shows up in real life and the paper cutout dives at her and she just bites it and spits it out. Some job it did. Or did it do well because she climbs into bed, but it appears the taste of the paper threw the girl off and she leaves. The next day he sees the paper destroyed on the floor and cries about it. Then he decides to be a crazy person and warn people about the giant monster and stuff, you stupid idiot, why would anyone believe you?! Oh dear…he spikes a sundae with tobasco sauce and tries to give it to Haruhiko and when he pushes it aside, it’s next to Lucia’s similar sundae and he grabs the wrong one. Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh…OH FUCK!!! RUN!!! Though she seemed to like it, but Kotarou still eats it and it is indeed spiked, so he still gets a swift uppercut for his troubles. Afterwards he sees Shizuru asleep outside and goes to wake her but she has the loudest alarm ever to solve that problem. Apparently Touka, one of the teachers, she really likes Shizuru and tries to tackle hug her, but the tiny girl is swift as can be. While visiting Akane again, it becomes apparent she could actually care less about the occult and really just wanted the room to herself. He demands they investigate to prove that the occult is real, but she’s not interested at all. And then because it’s anime, the deal ends up being that if he proves what he saw was real…he’ll get to touch her boobs. No fucking joke here. Night #2 and the same thing happens, except Ribbon Girl swats it this time before it gets to her mouth. Except this time…he farted. So she leaves. The next day, he recruits Kotori to help him investigate and then we see Chihaya show up, already a member of the club apparently. Night #3 he fantasizes about touching Akane’s boobs…so he touches Ribbon Girls, well…boobs? Somehow she doesn’t kill him and just leaves. Now Shizuru’s joining the investigation as well. He also somehow gets Shizuru to tell Lucia over the phone she’s in love with Kotarou and wants him to “eat her up”, so we’re waiting for an incoming Lucia beating in 5…4…3…2…OW!!! Lucia’s not happy but even Shizuru has the right state of mind to understand that a teenage boy is interested in boobs. So Lucia joins just to make sure he’s not defiling Shizuru. The club just got slightly larger. This show is going to be super amusing if it keeps this up, I really loved this episode, a ton of humor in it.
Episode Score: 5/5
Realizing he wasn’t dreaming, Mahiru rushes to class looking for the friend that got bit last episode. He’s alive and well, but has his neck bandaged up. However, they’re calling what happened a car accident and they don’t recall him even being there with him, like their memories have been completely altered. Also didn’t realize he had the pink hair magician doll in his possession still and it starts being loud. Then they’re enveloped in a blood wall and this Tsubaki guy with the Joker laugh shows up. He also claims Kuro is his older brother, but Kuro’s never heard of him. He also notes there are seven Servamps. One of them’s the Faust looking guy, I want to see him now. But Tsubaki claims he’s the forgotten eighth. He wants Kuro to gather all seven of them, likely so he can kill them all. Before he’s about to die, another Servamp seems to save them. Then two young ones appear, demanding his presence and then a guy on a throne suddenly appears as well. Sheesh! A little warning, please! His name is Misono, the master of one of the seven Servamps. The vampire shows up, a butterfly familiar and is named Lilly. He’s half stripped for Mahiru, a pervert it seems. He gets dressed and tries to strip again, but Misono’s got him on a tight leash…that he might enjoy. However before allying, Lilly and Misono want to fight him and make Mahiru their servant, as he feels they are worthy of fighting alone, incapable of such. Appears that Misono is a rich snob who demands respect. Eventually, Mahiru convinces him to allow them to ally but without the servant moniker, both of them wanting to just save people. Alone with Sakuya, the show’s pretty much going out of its way to hint that Sakuya’s a vampire himself, or at the very least a servant. He appears to get attacked at the end of the episode. Another good episode, just a little weaker than last week’s though.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
Alice is crying like a child, oh dear. Erina rubs it in as she leaves the area, Alice is not happy about the insults. Megumi congratulates her for his victory and she’s the next one up. I want to assume she’ll win just for Soma inevitable final opponent to kick her ass, but then again, it’s very possible she loses early. She’s facing Ryo, Alice’s Hot Topic-looking friend. The theme: ramen. Ryo already knows exactly what he’s going to do, while Megumi is going to use the day she has to prepare to figure out what she wants to do. She’s having trouble figuring out her plan of attack when her mother sends her ingredients and she decides to use those to help her win. At the match, Ryo’s going seafood ramen and so it Megumi, the difference being Megumi’s will be lighter, as we’ve seen before with her more gentle approach to her food. Alice shows up and gives a little backstory on Ryo, being a head chef even at a young age. Ryo’s dish is first and it makes the judges react like they’re in one of those terrible “eyes in the back of their heads” hentai animations. Megumi’s up next and she shocks them all with her own dish. While Ryo’s was violently delicious, her ramen is super happy. Even Ryo wants to try the dish, interested with how she’s competing with him. They then summon a familiar based on their dish and start having a Dragon Ball Z-style battle as the episode ends, no winner announced yet. I’m not fucking joking. THIS IS WHAT I MISS FROM FOOD WARS!!! YES!!!
Episode Score: 4/5
After asking to cook and eat with the two, Kotori is of course asked why she wants to be involved like this, which because it’s anime, she has to be thrown off guard by it. It’s not like Kouhei should be confused as to why essentially a stranger to him until today suddenly wants to be extremely involved in his daily life. Tsumugi’s all for it though! The next morning, he tries his hand at cooking again. There’s a bit of burning going on. He’s unsure what to do with Kotori and asks one of his superiors at the school for advice, to which he suggests going to her mother and asking her directly about it. Tsumugi is clearly obsessed with Kotori and the restaurant now, even adding her to pictures she draws of her and Kouhei. He approaches Kotori the next day to ask to see her mother about the issue and Kotori jumps into action saying she’ll be home tonight and they should come and eat. Turns out Mom got an emergency work call and while Kouhei tries to leave, Tsumugi’s not letting this get away from her, so they’re making pork soup and hamburg steak. During the process, it seems Kotori has either a fear of knives or just knows she’s bad with them…and it’s a fear. Moving onto something else, he notes that this is making him feel better with the whole situation with Tsumugi. They never get to the steak, but they finish the soup and Tsumugi looks to almost happy cry eating it, so Kouhei nearly breaks down again. Kotori however still has a bit of a sad expression on her face until Kouhei assures her there will be a next time, he just needs to make rules for it first. Another adorable episode.
Episode Score: 4.5/5
Justice has woken from his battle with the big guy last week and the girl and her friend are in there digging around. She says they’re from the US Army trying to retrieve all the tattoos. However once they’re put on, they’re hard to take off, so he either better join them and shake hands…or they’ll just take his hand. They also note his tattoo is very unstable and it could kill him. He challenges them but like before, she deals with him easily and during an exchange she tells him that she’s trapped in a child’s body forever. I mean…if that’s what a child’s body is to her. Her name is Bluesy Fluesy by the way, she’s from Los Angeles. She prefers being called Izzy. She makes things worse by going to his school and claiming they’re together, which pisses off all the guys because in anime school, boys actually have courage in dealing with the guy who nabs the hottest girl. Touko also doesn’t take to this claim very well and Bluesy’s annoyed she’s losing by far in the chest department, so she grabs them, because that’s the correct response. Finally, Justice gets to approach her about this whole thing and states it’s simply to stay close to him and the tattoo. He asks about the aging, to which that friend of hers shows up and says she’s actually older than him, but gets a swift kick before being able to state her age. She says her case is a very rare one though. He asks her also if joining them means he may do things that are very dangerous or dirty and she doesn’t deny they will. He also wants to know why they joined the army and they simply say to prevent war, that “the Kingdom” knows more about tattoos and wants to use them as weapons of mass destruction. Are they referring to the United Kingdom or just some fictional thing. She leaves him saying that she knows his trigger, blood, so he should be wary of that. It appears there’s far more behind their motives though as Bluesy says to her friend afterwards that they will not get in contact with their superiors for a while, knowing they’d just take Justice in as a lab rat right away. Then we see presumably the villains and it’s an elegant gamer girl, a wild west butler and a giant panther. Quite the combination, if I do say so myself. Justice is sent to Bluesy’s home where he expects a crazy gun collection, cause y’know…’Merica. I expect her to be walking around with just a towel on because he’s early or something. Touko’s also following him this whole time, knowing something suspicious is going on. Then a creepy blonde girl with chains shows up and attacks her. In the home, it’s just Tom there, Bluesy hasn’t shown up yet. Tom also gets a call about the situation in the Kingdom where the Princess killed everyone to take the throne. Before he can call Bluesy, the doorbell rings and it’s probably blondie. It’s Touko, fighting with the umbrella the blonde girl had, clearly under a spell or something. Bluesy is also attacked by another tattoo user. He fights with a whip, oh dear. He’s a sadist and a pervert. So we’ve got two fights for next week going on. Another good episode, starting off strong.
Episode Score: 4/5
After the horrors of last week, Alisha’s alone in the pouring rain, trying to find shelter after quite frankly losing everyone. She ends up in an old ruin of sorts and without realizing it, there’s a tiny animal thing at her feet. She’s attacked by a swarm of insects and this tiny thing defends her until she breaks through a wall and ends up in a water line, falling hard to the floor and getting knocked out. She’s in this weird ruin where the water is the ceiling. Outside, she finds an ancient pedestal of sorts with the symbol of the fabled Shepard on it. Then the pedestal starts to move on its own towards a waterfall and lights up, revealing a passage into the mountain. We’re suddenly flipped to a male character, who’s parkour-ing along a rock formation. His name’s Sorey and he’s with a partner, Mikleo. They’re exploring a ruin when their grandfather tells them they’re not allowed to explore a specific ruin beyond where they are currently. The have a long scene about a bunch of historical stuff I won’t be able to remember and then we’re back with Alisha. She’s clearly freaked out, but then again who wouldn’t be after watching everyone die in a tornado, being attacked by a swarm of evil beetles and then faceplanting into an underground ruin? Sorey gets into that ruin anyway and finds a glove with the Shepard’s symbol on it. But then in response a lightning storm rushes into the building. Somehow Alisha seems to have exited at this same ruin it would seem. Then the floor gets shocked and crumbles, Alisha can’t catch a break, she’s out cold again! Sorey and Mikleo also because of the storm fall into a pit but Mikleo saves them from the fall with water magic. In this new room they find the unconscious pretty girl (aka Alisha) and note that she’s a human and shouldn’t be there. There’s a transparent bridge in this room, so the technology and/or magic of this ancient society is very peculiar. Sorey’s able to stir her awake. Alisha asks if he’s a Shepard and that’s how we’re left. Not nearly as good as last week, but the show still looks gorgeous.
Episode Score: 3.5/5