Week number three 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!
I already hate this. Yatori’s in soldier gear, she looks dull as fuck. Notably though, Chamille is not just watching from afar, she’s participating too. So the six are now stuck in training, well to Ikta he’s stuck in training. Some douchebags try to get to him by throwing a centipede in his food, but he just sucks it down after removing the head to avoid venom. In a classroom for tactical training, Chamille tries to have a conversation with him, but it goes downhill when he just talks about women. However when the teacher calls upon him to ask about historical battles, his knowledge and understanding of battle tactics is impeccable. After another bit of training, another douchebag approaches in Torway’s brother. He claims his brother is a giant coward and will run at the sight of trouble. Ikta, annoyed that he can’t sleep above them in his hammock intervenes. So he gets a beating for it, but Ikta proudly talks more shit to the man. Eventually, he tags Yatori in and she deals with the rest. Before she can get to the main course, the brother retreats. Afterwards, Chamille tells Ikta she knows that he set up the fight perfectly knowing that Yatori and herself were coming. Later on, each of the six are given their own platoons to run. He has a new and interesting right-hand lady in Suya, the daughter of a woman he used to be intimate with. Oh dear. So naturally his troop won’t listen to him and Torway’s brother takes note of that. Afterwards, a mock battle is set up, Ikta and Torway’s platoons against Yatori and his brother’s platoons. So in response, he pulls Suya aside to talk with her. He learns she’s not against him because he fucked her mother, rather she just doesn’t see him as fit to command, noting that he’d be far better off with desk work. So he works a deal with her, if they win the battle and he’s a major reason as to why, he’ll command the platoon. If they lose, no matter what happens, he’ll take a desk job like she wants him to. While walking to the site, Yatori notes to Chamille that thinking about what Ikta’s going to do is meaningless, because he factors that into his decisions as well, so fighting him ends up being more reactionary at best. Along the way, Suya questions everything Ikta does but so far he’s done everything to complete mastery, even remembering an entire map for 30 kilometers. With the day of battle upon them, he uses Torway’s brother as a way to get them off-guard, putting the fight in a different place and counting on the brother’s timeliness to get their quickly without properly scouting the area. And that’s where we end. I’m super impressed with how they’re writing Ikta’s character now, how he truly is a tactical genius, makes this that much more interesting.
Episode Score: 4.5/5
Futaba is having trouble trying to fit in with the class and notes she’s fine by herself. I guess she’s completely forgotten about the girl she’s nearly made out with and went swimming with last episode. HOW CAN YOU FORGET ABOUT HIKARI?!!! Walking home with her after school, she notes how cowardly she is while Hikari has no issue looking past that. Hikari admits herself she has trouble saying what she wants half the time, so the whistle and her peppy nature comes in handy whenever she has trouble. Hikari cheers Futaba up though with the cliche sight of Sakura trees. The next day, it’s the trial period for clubs, so it’s time to join the Diving Club. Mato’s there, clearly the advisor of the club. But she’s also there after hearing there were people who snuck in last week, though Hikari doesn’t deny it, so she gets a whack on the head with a flipper. Futaba also admits fault, so Hikari gets a second whack. Mato starts teaching them on diving as a way to introduce them to it, though it’s more specifically tailored for Futaba. Mato also during this calls the girls by their nicknames, clearly acting as a friend rather than a superior. By the end of things, Futaba’s finally settling down and actually calls Hikari by her nickame, Pikari for the first time. Cute as always, but not as bright and hilarious as the previous two episodes.
Episode Score: 4/5
Handa-kun is stuck with delivering something to a truant student. The guy looks very feminine, or at least one would expect…but the guy is freakishly huge. Meet Akane (and his baseball bat). He tries to scare off Handa-kun and thinks he’s not intimidated, but in reality he’s just so quick Handa-kun can’t react to it. Turns out he was super cute and feminine before but all the bullying due to his attractiveness caused him to bulk up a ton and turned into quite the delinquent. Akane gets approached by a bunch of punks who after seeing Handa-kun, talk about a million different ridiculous rumours and run off. Somehow through all this, Akane thinks Handa-kun’s the man and now idolizes him too along with everyone else. So now Handa-kun has a bodyguard essentially. In the next section we’re back with Yukio, the normal one of the four Handa-kun fan club members from Episode 1. Together with Akane, Reo, Junichi and Handa-kun, they’re cooking together as a group. Let’s see what happens! He tries to make his own pudding, not using the instructions. Oh dear, he’s creating a nuclear bomb. He also sets the room on fire. Except the idiots think he did all this just to get them to stop fighting. They also try the pudding and even though it’s terrible, they eat it anyway. In the final sketch, Handa-kun notes he actually has one friend in Takao, but before we hear more, we’re back in class with a fallen eraser that sends Handa-kun into chaos. After that, he ends up meeting Takao again and they run into problems when people show up to say hello and Handa-kun naturally has to hide from everyone, even it meets getting stuck. His evasive maneuvers aren’t exactly good. Apparently he only does this when Takao’s around, like he doesn’t want people to know they’re friends. Handa-kun finally notes that he’s amazed Takao is friends with him, when Takao is super popular at school. However, Takao explains how he’s actually the reason Handa-kun is what he is today. Jealous and annoyed he made a joke after a love letter was given to him to give to Handa-kun, but he turned into the wall-driven person he is and hasn’t snapped out of it since. And that’s the episode, again, the show’s really losing its luster with me, the first episode perhaps was just a fun shock and now the jokes are already running stale. It’s still enjoyable, but I’m not giggling like I did first episode.
Episode Score: 3/5
We’re finally introduced to Colette, a first-year. She’s a bit…unique. She’s looking for a locket with an important photo in it…so you know that photo will be dumb as shit. Even worse, the locket was in her pocket the whole time. Well, we know who the dunce cap of the show is now. In the next sketch, Colette’s being a bored bratty girl with everyone being late for the club tries to amuse herself, which ends up hilarious results as one would expect. Mizuki being the last to show up finds that Subaru is in a drawing slump and is super depressed about it. When she finds out it’s due to him being unsure of a hairstyle for his next waifu, she suggest he use her hairstyle, but Colette ruins it before anything gets started between the two. So after school she gets the idea to go to a bookstore and bring him a magazine featuring a bunch of different hairstyles. In the third sketch now, her friends want to hang out with her, but she’s got her club to attend. So to sneak into things, they join as trial members. They use this chance to put the two “not lovers” together, making them be models for the three friends to draw. Naturally, Mizuki’s the only one getting flustered about it. When the worst artist buys drinks, she gets him a cola, which he hates. However, her friend gives him her drink and Mizuki loses it because it’s an indirect kiss. So Mizuki steals his drink and takes it all. So naturally, he steals her drink. Mizuki’s gone now. A good episode again, though I didn’t laugh out loud like I usually do.
Episode Score: 3.5/5
We’re back with the girls shopping and along the way they get help from some blonde/orange haired girl that Yuki’s friend Norika says looks familiar. Back at home, she uses an excuse to be alone in Shinya’s room. So naturally she lies in his bed and returns to her crazy self. When Shinya catches her, she freaks out thinking he’s gonna think she’s crazy (which she is), but he just thinks she might be sick. The next day she’s one away from 200 pictures on her phone, so her goal for this milestone is to take a picture with him. We’re finally introduced to this blonde girl, Rio, a star tennis player at the school. Turns out she got interested in tennis because of Shinya. Uh-oh, don’t fuck with Yuki, Rio…you’ll be torn apart…literally (maybe). She notes that Yuki isn’t worthy of him in her eyes due to her flaky personality. She notes that she’s athletic and pretty smart, but she worries the fact she’s mistaken for a boy sometimes has her at a disadvantage when Yuki has the cuteness thing going on. We’ve got ourselves a rival, folks!
Second episode starts. It’s exam time and because of the scheduling, he leaves the school with his friends (including Rio) without Yuki around. Exams are finally over for Yuki, who’s still taking used straws from Shinya. Meanwhile at the ice cream shop, his friends keep teasing him about Yuki, which has him turning all shades of red and pink. The next day with Rio we see how her reasons for liking Shinya honestly has to do with similar reasons why Yuki likes him, he’s tiny and adorable. She also notes that perhaps that feeling has become much stronger during this time. Finally trying to get that 200 milestone picture, but he ruins it by putting a hand on her shoulder for the first time. She does eventually get the picture though. Later on, Rio actually catches Yuki spying on Shinya. Yuki however manages to explain her reasons to Rio without getting herself into trouble, in fact Rio sympathizes with her, though not meaning to let that fact slip out. But then Yuki digs her grave by talking about the straws. Rio notes as Yuki’s leaving that she’s not just a cute, easygoing girl…she’s a pervert. Great episodes as usual!
Episode Score: 4.5/5
So Haru was actually just tired and passed out for a nap. ‘Cause of course he is. So the Mononokean is the tearoom itself, a scroll on the wall displaying it’s words. It’s greeting is the best. The door to his house comes into the room so he can just go home right away from there. Mom has no idea what’s going on, she just assumes high school’s harder nowadays. A yokai is in the tearoom today, and he can’t express emotions unless putting on specific masks to represent that emotion. He’s lost his laughing mask and someone’s been possessed by it. The only way to remove it is to show the person a crying face and with Hanae easily crying, that’s an easy task. A young girl is waiting outside thinking he’s trying to steal stuff from the shed. Turns out her dad is the one with the mask as he rarely laughed until recently. Oh, she’s not young, she’s fifteen, her name’s Zenko. She doesn’t believe yokai exist but if there’s a chance her dad can go back to normal, she’ll take it. Dad wants to kill him immediately, thinking she’s got a boyfriend now. He also notes that seems to piss him off and he breaks laughter for a moment. Regardless, Hanae tries to cry but the situation’s too weird to cry. Zenko offers to give him some time to calm down and has him help her with some cleaning just to keep him busy. It becomes clear she’ll probably be the one to cry, as memories of her father refusing to pass down the temple he runs to her is weighing on her. He talks about how he’s in a similar situation with his mother’s flower shop. He suggests that maybe her father just wants to her find her own dreams and go for them, not just take over someone else’s dream. She starts crying and dad sees this, the mask appearing. Haru appears just before Hanae gets his clocked cleaned by Zenko’s father, thinking that Hanae made her cry. They two leave and Zenko’s how indebted to Hanae. The yokai notes before he leaves that while humans are invaluable, he’s also dangerous and that Haru needs to be careful with him. The best episode the show’s had, I want it to stay like this, but I have a feeling we’ll be back to 3s soon enough.
Episode Score: 4/5
Uh-oh, Aoba’s late for work! She’ll probably get zero trouble from it. She dreams of bad scenarios, the one we see being Kou punish her by making her stay the night in her underwear only, because apparently that’s a really bad punishment. Not liking being suspended or even fired is an option. Turns out Yun’s late as well and she’s not worried at all about it. They’re both terrible runners and Aoba’s the worst, falling over and they also catch up with Hifumi along the way. Kou tries to be strict, but after learning Aoba fell along the way, she gets more worried about her and just drops it. At least until she discovers why they were late in the first place, especially Hifumi. She enjoyed breakfast too much, that’s why she was late. She finishes her first NPC and Kou notes it’s very good for a first timer but needs to look at more details when making them, always room for improvements. She ends up staying late for the first time and as she leaves, she watches how Kou’s still working late into the night. She’s clearly got a bit of affection for her boss. The next day we see her go through many trials and errors with the NPC she’s working on, a ton of detail required, so we watch her learning more and more. She asks Hifumi for advice and simply gets a “make them cute to the point you think they’re cute” from her. Another late night for Aoba as well and she’s worried it’s not finished, but Rin comes by to tell her that she’s doing just fine and they go home together. On the train ride home she also tells Aoba the model she turned in that morning was actually good enough, but it’s clear Kou wants to challenge her to do better than just good enough as she has high hopes for Aoba. After getting off the train, she talks to a friend over the phone about her work and she starts to understand how personalities can help her in her drawings. So the next day she finishes that sucker off, coming in early to do so, because we need another shot of Kou waking up without pants on. So now the next one should be done in three days. When told the expectation is to get one done a day, Aoba freaks out thinking she’ll have to pull all-nighters and doesn’t want to sleep in her underwear. Sheesh, girl, you need to calm down on that. Another cute episode, loving this show after the first quarter so far.
Episode Score: 4/5
With the machine fixed, Yumemi is happy to finally have Miss Jena show off her stuff and thus starts the special projection she claimed in Episode 1. If you’re curious about the stars and a little ancient history, this is actually a very educational showing. Even Kuzuya is enthralled in what he’s watching. He also notes how amazing it is to hear such passion and dedication when the world is the way it is, a product of her design and lack of awareness of the outside world’s current state. However the show is cut short and the machine suddenly shuts down. After checking the fuse box, he realizes they just used up the remaining electricity in the building. And thus we’re brought to the sad reality of things now. Once Yumemi’s power supply runs out, that will be the end for her, there will be no more power supply to recharge her. So to ease her with the projection never being used ever again, he tells her to just do it with her words alone. During this special projection, we hear just a little bit of the world before the chaos erupted, a clear case of political and ethical war brewing. The overall projection is very saddening when you understand that unbeknownst to Yumemi, her end is now days away, yet because she’s incapable of emotion, she goes forward like nothing’s changed. Kazuya tries to remember the world before the disaster, only inciting more emotions. When he leaves though, this time she opts to come with him, which shocks him. Wow this episode was tugging on the heartstrings, a fantastic episode.
Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***
We start the episode off with the sibling Asuha and Kasumi. I can’t get past the fact this guy shares the name with DOA’s giant-breasted ninja. Asuha’s also quite the troublemaker for him, I like her. The six are in a meeting with the staff again talking about the repairs to the Aqua Line THAT MAIHIME DESTROYED! So they’re being told to guard the area while it’s being repaired, due to Unknown suddenly appearing in the area again, so the students are too scared to work. Ichiya’s not happy and they all agree it’s Maihime’s fault. Hotaru however says she did the right thing, claiming the students would start attacking each other if she hadn’t ended the battle then and there. Everyone starts arguing while Canaria just stands there going “Uh…uh…uh…”. They decide to split into two groups of three, the first being Canaria, Asuha and Maihime, Ichiya, Kasumi and Hotaru the other. So all the pairs have been split up. One’s the happy group, one’s the miserable one. Take a guess on which one. Hotaru’s going through Maihime withdrawal the whole way through. Sweet Jesus those two boys are assholes. Nothing likable about them. Both Canaria and Asuha are clearly getting sick and tired of the boys’ bullshit. Uh-oh, the big boss has a job for them and it requires swimsuits. They need to explore the ocean to find the Unknown hiding there. So naturally there’s the classic changing scene where the girl with the tiniest boobs gets upset at every one else. Hotaru is the clear winner here, Asuha’s a close second, Maihime’s third and Canaria is last, though they’re all fantastic. Even Ichiya at least wears a shorter pair of shorts, so the boys aren’t all getting away with things. Asuha nearly gets attacked, but Kasumi saves her using his echo-radar skill. That ends up being the only one they can find. They note however on the train ride home that there should have been a gate opened when that Unknown appeared, so why didn’t that happen? A far better episode, definitely happy to have one show get brought back on instead of dropped for once. And no, it’s not due to swimsuit episode, the characters are entertaining (as much as the boys are jackasses) and the setting is really cool.
Episode Score: 4.5/5
All right, two slow episodes, let’s see if ReLIFE uses its last chance properly. Chizuru returns the 1000 yen she borrowed, by folding it up and sticking it in a letter so it looks like a severed head. Ooooooooookay. In class, we see both Arata and Ann’s test scores are somehow getting worse. So…below 4s and 2s?! Also because Chizuru is trying to make friends, she inadvertently makes Rena think that she’s actually trying to take Kazu from her (assuming Rena likes Kazu). But no time, we have to watch Arata fail fitness tests now rather than exams. He fails badly. Ann on the other hand can actually do sports, surprisingly enough. We’re also introduced to Honoka, Rena’s teammate and rival from her volleyball team. There’s also a bit of a prick in Aki, who gets upset super easy when it comes to anyone looking at Honoka. During a sprint, Arata falls over and injures himself to the point one of the boys carries him princess-style. Yup. We see at night Ryo making notes for the day and how suddenly things have started to change in Arata’s ReLIFE, but notes that they have an immediate concern and the camera ends on a picture of Rena.
I don’t know what they’re talking about, but after three episodes, I’m still not interested in this show, regardless of how interesting the concept is. I cannot believe that with some of the interesting female characters we have that I’m still finding nothing to latch onto and carry me through this series. There’s nothing all that funny about it and because of that, slice of life anime tends to get pretty dull and boring and unfortunately ReLIFE suffers from just that with me. It’s dull and boring.
Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***DROPPED***
Everyone’s preparing for the Harvest Festa. I can’t think of that name though without thinking Asterisk War is in its fifteenth season and they ran out of badass names for Festas. Some random guy is in the room and Akane for some reason is in an open robe IN A SCHOOL! He apparently has something to deliver to Chihaya, her lunch. He claims to be her big brother, but is actually more of a butler to her. So naturally, Kotarou not liking Sakuya very much, uses every chance he gets to annoy him by acting all friendly with Chihaya. Lucia isn’t a fan of this butler thing either until he bribes her with a parfait. Now he’s her best friend. They go on their first outing as a club looking for a tsuchinoko, essentially a snake. During the search, of course mistakes are made and Kotarou accidentally grabs Lucia’s ass. Oh dear. You’re fucked now. They do find the snake and it’s slippery as can be until Chihaya literally just grabs it casually. Trying to get away she pulls it back and an older lady with a fishing rod comes flying in with the snake. She’s Tsukuno, an UMA hunter. Afterwards, it’s lunch time and he spots Shizuru. Remembering their promise to eat together, he joins her. She also reveals what’s under her eyepatch and because she looks so much like Rikka Takanashi, naturally she’s got a golden eye, though it’s unclear if it’s actually a contact or not. Afterwards, Lucia sticks him with helping her deal with recycling around the school as punishment for grabbing her ass. He definitely got off easy. Well until he embarrasses her further so he gets destroyed again. On his way home at night, he thinks he sees Ribbon Girl again, except this time a massive dog is chasing her. Then all of a sudden…wait…did he already have these Rewrite powers before the show started?! He’s now running at super speed and high agility. He jokes that if he just revealed his superpowers to Akane, he could fondle her right away. He notes however he can’t go back to normal now. But if he can rewrite his body in terms of speed and agility…couldn’t he reduce it as well? Ugh, anime logic hurts my brain. Losing the two though, he runs into another hunter, except this guy’s dangerous. He spawns a monster so Kotarou runs for it. Stuck at the edge of a cliff though, he gets knocked into the water below and looks to be drowning. But he’s saved by presumably another hunter. He wakes up with two older men who also appear to be hunters but are actually online gamers. And then Shizuru just happens to show up. He shows her a cut on his hand but she says there’s nothing there and sure enough, the cut’s no longer there. So clearly Shizuru’s got powers too. After walking her home, he heads home himself when running into Sakuya. Nothing comes of it other than the lights starting to flicker around them. It’s starting to appear like a large amount of these characters have supernatural abilities they’re hiding. A curious episode to say the least.
Episode Score: 4/5
So apparently Kuro was supposed to give Mahiru a weapon, but the lazy fuck didn’t even bother yet! So he reluctantly transmits Mahiru into his soul it appears. The inner Kuro is creepy as fuck! And his weapon ends up being a broom, because of course it does. He also now has a mark on his wrist, which he covers up with the armband Sakuya gave him. Speaking of Sakuya, of course he has to do with the vampires, he’s also a subclass, as if his red eyes didn’t give it away. Back with Mahiru, he’s having a ton of trouble calling his weapon at will, a necessity if he wants to fight and survive. He then goes through a friend talk, including Sakuya who he’ll likely be fighting soon now. Speaking of, he’s visiting him after class after he’d missed a few days of class. Now for some reason he’s having trouble remembering all the information he knew about Sakuya. He finally approaches Mahiru and starts telling lies maybe and then lures him into an alley, telling more lies. Joker’s back and on the attack and it’s revealed he is Tsubaki’s subclass. Sakuya places a ton of fake memories into his head, likely only in his life for a matter of days rather than years. Sakuya claims the two of them would’ve been friends if he had just trusted Sakuya with the truth about Kuro. Speaking of which, Kuro knows drinking his blood won’t do anything either as his power is based on Mahiru’s resolve and it’s way low right now. Thankfully, Misono and Lily come in for the save, but only for so long until the villains get the upper hand, a third subclass around as well, a girl who controls through strings like a puppeteer. Mahiru snaps and calls his weapon, even though Kuro suggests they run while they can. Though he notes he’s not in full control and because of that, he ends up intending to kill Sakuya. But we do not see if he finishes the job as the episode ends. Huh. This show’s getting more boring each episode, I’m now starting to worry. So because of that, I have to enforce my rules and put it on notice. It started off well and the character designs are fantastic, but the plot makes no sense and they’re playing the “we’re friends, right?!” card, which never works well.
Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***
The Dragon Ball Z food battle continues until the big boss makes his decision. The winner…Ryo. Megumi however earns a lot of point with the students, knowing now she wasn’t a fluke. Focusing on Akira now as his match is likely next, we see the spice professor (I’ve forgotten her name) wishing him good luck, but telling him not to overdo it. Seems his opponent will be Takumi. Hisako’s also getting ready for her match as well. But one person’s missing, I’ve forgotten who’s left. It’s that’s big guy, Subaru. I didn’t even know he existed. The next match is about to start, hamburger the theme. The participants…Akira vs Hisako. Well this is an easy one to call, Akira will win. HISAKO’S KILLING A TURTLE!!! FUCK YOU!!! Her burger turns the big boss and herself into a Godzilla movie fight, if you’re questioning whether I’m telling the truth or not, you clearly haven’t watched this show at all. Akira however keeps the audience’s attention with the smell of his food. Looking at his Indian-style hamburger in pita bread makes me want to try and recreate something like that. The judges even admit that Akira could actually rival Erina. At the end, Takumi tells Soma to be ready for their match after he wins this one, so they can settle their score. I’m willing to bet however Subaru will beat him anyways. And I do not like him at all. An okay episode, there wasn’t much of note this week, minus the Godzilla moment.
Episode Score: 3/5
Kotori is home alone in the morning when she discovers her mom’s on live TV this morning. It appears Kouhei is already improving at home with his own cooking. At school, Kotori’s a little upset because they had her mom wearing a sailor outfit on that morning show. At Tsumugi’s school there’s a bratty boy there who after her friends gave her some clay to use, he calls her a thief for taking it and naturally an argument between kids can get out of hand with misunderstandings. So he has to come pick her up and she’s not exactly being a nice girl either, refusing to listen to an apology afterwards. She’s clearly upset because she knows she did nothing wrong and yet she got torn apart. It’s so upsetting that even on hamburg steak day, she’s still not over it. She starts to pay more attention though as they cook and the smells get better and better. He tries to use the shaping of the patties to get her doing stuff, but she’s still not interested. After Kotori tells him to listen to her more, she reveals she’s not upset about the boy anymore, rather how she was given clay by her friends and wasn’t planning on giving it back. Finally cheering her up, they start making the patties together. Tsumugi starts crying after her first bite, likely because she’s finally letting her feelings about the whole situation out. Somehow too, he forgot his own birthday. Kotori tries to give him the best bite of hers but he passes, much to her disappointment. Another near-cry episode for me.
Episode Score: 5/5
Touko finds herself in some weird spectral kind of world where some people have colour, the rest are shadows. We see a homeless girl knock into some rich girl and after trying to attack her, the rich girl stops her…and kisses her? AND GRABS HER BUTT?! The homeless girl’s name is Iltutmish. Back with Justice, the girl reveals Touko is just being possessed by her. Both fights are now starting with Justice/Touko and Bluesy/Whoever the fuck that whip guy is. Bluesy’s pissed now because her new school uniform got ruined. I dunno, I’m okay with that right now. Gorgeous. She manages to distract him and run away to head back to base presumably. Meanwhile, Justice is having trouble just staying alive and takes the umbrella right in the shoulder. Touko meanwhile is trying to stop Iltutmish in her own head. Eventually overpowering her, Bluesy’s friend (still haven’t remembered his name) literally pulls the girl out of Touko’s body. Pissed off now, Justice loses control of his power, about to use the Void Maker power. But Touko pulls him away and instead causes the building the half disappear into the void. The girl retreats. Touko thanks him for fighting for her and then he sees that there’s now a tattoo on her head. Back to more sparing with Bluesy, she still kicks his ass all over the place. The friend also reveals his tattoo is a copy and can be peeled off, but his powers aren’t nearly as strong. Bluesy also shows the horrifying potential the Void Maker has, showing what it can do to the human body. They also give him and Touko a charm that will let them know if a tattoo is activated nearby and will also transmit the location to Tom and Bluesy. After they leave, the two rewatch the Kingdom’s change of power and wonder how information on Justice leaked so fast to the Kingdom. Tom suggests they take him back to America, Bluesy’s response is to go think on it with a shower. Good call. There’s a brief moment where Justice/Touko run into a stray cat and it tells her off, it’s hilarious. Out with her friend Lisa, Bluesy gets more information on everything with her over a cup of coffee (and clothes shopping where breast sizes are compared as per usual anime fodder). Lisa notes things are moving faster, America sending more people in response. So shit’s about to get real, as if it hasn’t already. Another good episode.
Episode Score: 4/5
Back with Sorey/Mikleo and Alisha, she’s upset that there’s no Shepherd there. The boys note after they start exiting the shrine that it’s odd that Alisha isn’t telling them her name, not knowing the royal blood that runs in her veins. Geez Alisha, just make up a name for now! When seeing a bunch of people, Sorey runs to introduce them and Alisha calls out for Seraphim, assuming they’re out there. Turns out she can’t see anyone except Sorey in the group. The boys’ grandfather is pissed that they brought a human to the lands. Regardless of the fact Sorey himself is human, he’s told to get Alisha back to her own realm, saying that humans can not co-exist with Seraphim. Later on, Sorey and Alisha talk a little about where she’s from, Sorey realizing that she’s from the place where the sacred blade rests, the history and ancient artifact part of him getting excited. At night, Mikleo approaches Sorey letting him know that Gramps will allow her to stay until she’s ready to go, saying that forcing her out could bring disaster as well. Alone with Alisha again (well…with Gramps half watching them), Sorey notes he’s never left the village. That night, Alisha has a recurring nightmare of the tornado and tells him about it after waking up. Talking about it, she confirms Sorey suspicions about her being after the Shepherd, admitting that after what’s happened to her, the legends are all she has left, but now she believes after being where she is now, it’s all a fairy tale. The next day however he shows her the Shrine in the sky, as well as the glove he and Mikleo found, trying to ease her pain and worry about the Shepherds being fairy tales. He gives her the glove and sees her off finally. Before she leaves, she gives him her name and tells him to come to the Trial of the Blade and take it as well, giving him the glove back. She half-believes the Shepherd may actually be him. Right after she leaves, Gramps knows someone has invaded the village and we see that creepy assassin from Episode 1, they call him a Hellion. Sorey and Mikleo hold their own against him and Gramps shows up, the Hellion leaving afterwards. Thankfully, the man he attacked earlier isn’t dead either. That night, he realizes the Hellion is actually after Alisha and leaves the village to find her. So the Shepherd’s quest is beginning. Mikleo however knows he’s leaving and joins him. Because you need a party member at the start of a game! He shows a dagger Alisha left in the ruins, noting how on royalty has those markings on their things. So they’re off! Fantastic episode this week, great character arcs and quite the intense battle at the end.
Episode Score: 5/5