Week #4 – Summer Anime 2016

Week number four 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!

Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (Ep.1)

Alderamin on the Sky (Ep.4)

Ikta starts off by making them think he’s going to flank them from another part of the river. So douchebag brother sends Yatori’s force to intercept them, but she immediately questions the move, but douchebag’s having no part of it and sends them anyway. Turns out, Ikta made an underwater bridge overnight, to the point they can’t see it. So thinking it was deep, they didn’t expect Ikta to attack head on like that. They almost win immediately but Yatori stops the crossbow shot just in time. God damn it, Yatori! Everyone retreats and douchebag expects that they’ll be attacked soon, but Ikta thinks that’s tiring and decides to wait until the enemy makes the first move. So he has them wait at the exit of the area, because the enemy has to go there to get home, so it’s like winning by default. So when he goes to charge them all, douchebag gets shot from behind by Torway. So through that, they win in the end. But Ikta doesn’t let everyone go free, he gives a few guys shit for trying to be heroes and take on more than one enemy at the same time, telling them to be smart and make the matchup unfair in their favour, not the enemy’s. He also does a speech on winning the easy way and that following him will make their lives literally easier. So they all love him now, much to his shock and awe. Torway afterwards mentions that Chamille was running away from them and we see that she was drawn out by one of the men she was with and is eventually drugged and kidnapped. A message it sent by sound alerting everyone, so Yatori and ten men leave to retrieve her. After getting her free, the traitor reveals they did this because of their ties to General Rikan, the man Ikta warned. They’re avenging his death with the life of Chamille. He’s about to kill Yatori when Torway puts a bullet in his head and Yatori finishes the other men off. It’s clear after this horrifying sight, Yatori’s a little fucked up in the head after the battle’s over, but Ikta’s able to calm her down. We also get a flashback of them knowing each other since they were little. It’s a very gentle and horrifying scene at the same time. The traitor’s still alive and Ikta even admits he understands their reasons for doing what they did. He tries to tease Chamille as well but she breaks down, as any normal person would. Wow, Ikta. But the episode was good again, for sure.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Amanchu! (Ep.1)

Amanchu! (Ep.4)

Getting set to learn to dive, Futaba’s at Hikari’s grandmother’s scuba diving place to observe. They’re joined by a brother and sister pairing it looks like, Hikari their instructor along with another guy. The siblings definitely know their stuff as well and have kappa and monkey hoods for cold water protection. Futaba waits with Hikari’s grandmother while the four go diving. After they’re done, Hikari thinks she sees her spare underwear in plain sight and grabs it, but it’s actually the girl’s monkey hood. So the girl allows her to have it, thinking that’s why Hikari took it. Finally at school, it’s time for Futaba’s first dive. She has a ton of trouble at first, finding it very hard to breathe. So naturally she starts to get a little nervous thinking about what could happen if they dove deeper. After failing again and again, she tries to leave, but Hikari’s having none of it. She has a moment of clarity where she realizes she’s always been giving up and never voicing her disdain. So she finally openly admits to Hikari that she’s extremely scared and she comforts Futaba, helping her overcome her fear. Finally, Futaba adjusts to everything and is able to swim. Then the hard part comes, they go deeper and Hikari’s there for her every step of the way. A successful first dive! And also another good episode.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Handa-Kun (Ep.1)

Handa-Kun (Ep.4)

IS THERE AN IMPOSTER HANDA-KUN?!!! It appears someone is also good at calligraphy and looks like Handa-kun because someone’s writing poetry in the park and he knows it’s not him writing those. So in response, the fan foursome goes to find this imposter and once they find the buck-teeth imposter, Akane punches him immediately, as he should have! The imposter claims he’s born to be the true Handa-kun (almost like a Mileena version of Handa-kun), but once he’s threatened with getting his Handa-kun brand hairstyle cut off, he reveals his name is Kei Hanada and he’s been a fan of Handa-kun since first seeing him at school. He then gets grabbed by the “predatory third-year girls” and then swarmed by people, to the point he reveals himself to them too, unable to take the level of admiration Handa-kun gets. He’s dragged back to school to apologize to Handa-kun but a note is left telling him if he wants to copy him, he should be better at it. So we see Kei getting braces so he can get his teeth straightened, to look more like him. The next day, more rumours come Handa-kun’s way as he’s spotted talking to an older woman, so people think he’s got a girlfriend now. So now people are starting to hate him because he’s got such a beautiful girlfriend, to the point someone’s writing “Die.” on his desk. Though it seems later on that it’s a girl telling Handa-kun she’ll die because of what he’s done, as she’s the girl who sits next to him, the girl he gave an eraser to. And then it goes into a performance art, she sings a song of sorrow about the whole thing…with giant erasers as her backing vocals. Turns out she thinks he should belong to no one and before she jumps he’s standing in the room where she’s outside and says something to the desk that works with her enough to get her not to jump. Yukio hasn’t got a fucking clue what the hell just happened. Afterwards, she’s approached by the same girl that people think is dating Handa-kun. Oh, of course she’s Handa-kun’s mother. We end the show with a look at the parent/child meeting with Handa-kun and his mother where the teacher tells her about his lack of social skills at school. So naturally, Handa-kun takes the advice and tries to talk to anyone, but the first up is crazy jump girl, so no dice. Then he gets two words onto Junichi before he breaks down and cries, since Handa-kun actually talked to her. He then tries to get Akane to open window for him, but instead he takes it as breaking the window. Sheesh! So Yukio’s his last hope. He manages to have a (barely) conversation with him and walks off like he just won a championship. Wow, that was fun to watch. I’m glad it got stupid funny again.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.1)

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.4)

We start off with the teacher, Yumeko looking over Subaru’s profile, which appears to mean she’s the new advisor of the art club. Colette’s the first to meet Yumeko and believes some crazy trick is going on here, like she’s going to get kidnapped by this imposter advisor. She runs off, so Yumeko worries about the other three, but they actually know about her, Colette’s just dumb as fuck. While watching them, she notes how Subaru is apparently really skilled and has high hopes for him, at least until he pulls out a cardboard cutout of a waifu. You realize later on the two are probably drawing her and while Mizuki will take it seriously, Subaru’s probably drawn her in a bikini or something. Sure enough, they both drew her, though I was off on Subaru’s, he drew her like a cat girl. They officially welcome her to the art club this way.

In the second sketch, Colette’s walking alone after school or on the weekend. She meets that kid she messed with earlier in the series before getting the heck out of dodge. We get some time with Moeka and her mother now as they’re walking around the town. It appears Subaru really made an impression on her, she’s drawing a lot now, carrying a sketchbook with her. It’s a very short sketch as it’s just featuring Colette being stupid trying to stay out of the sun the whole time.

In the third sketch, Mizuki’s in her room dreaming about romantic things with Subaru. Oh wow, her Mom’s gorgeous as she wakes her up because Subaru called her. It’s seems to be personal-ish, so she kicks Mom out of the room as Mom’s very interested in this boy calling her daughter. Apparently she’s missing some handouts because of Colette’s bullshit. So Subaru’s coming to her house to bring them over and she dresses up for him and Mom’s not falling for her excuses. And of course she’s watching them too so Mizuki has to take this outside. He gets a compliment from her during this, since she’d taken a bath not long before, he without hesitation notes how nice she smells. She finally convinces him to exchange cell phone numbers and is way too happy about it, but Mizuki’s so adorable so I’ll let it slide. A fun little episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

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Momokuri (Ep.7 & 8)

To start off this first episode, we’re introduced to more of Rio’s friends, Ikue and Yuzuki, who appear to be way in love with her, making the love triangle even more complicated. We also get a little more background on when she first started liking Shinya. We get back to school though where Shinya thankfully passed all his exams, though he can’t even get a break to relax before the boys tease him some more. Also, unbeknownst to him, Yuki and Rio are meeting up after school, so he walks home alone for the first time in a while. He notes how he’s suddenly recalling all the things around him on his path home, without Yuki distracting him. He also walks to the bus stop by instinct where he normally sends Yuki off and while there sees her and Rio together. The next day he tries to ask Rio about it, but opts not to, thinking it’d be awkward to ask her and not Yuki. Rio tells us though that it was awkward as all hell, because Yuki just wants to take pictures of Shinya at the pool in secret. Rio notes she’s now extra worried about him now, because she views Yuki as being really dangerous. Shinya also notes that not seeing Yuki for like a whole 24-hour period is making him jealous…of who?

Anyways, second episode starts and Yuki wastes no time breaking that streak, though Shinya’s now unsure if she’s “busy” or not. We get a flashback where Norika simply tells her to just invite him on a date to the pool or beach, but for some reason Yuki thinks that’d be indecent, as if spying on him all the time isn’t. And with summer vacation on the way, she demands that Yuki get off her ass and just go on an actual date with him. He finally comes out with it that he’s jealous about her going out with Rio and that makes Yuki get a nosebleed for some reason. She also calls Shinya feminine, which probably annoys him more than being called short. At home, Yuki’s pissed at herself for forgetting to ask Shinya to a beach date, but suddenly gets a call from him at night, inviting her to a barbecue with his friends. Ten bucks says it’s at the beach too! Also just noticed, but holy shit Yuki dresses like a five-year old when she’s at home. Damn, no beach, but there’s a river nearby apparently. And in a flashback, Rio gets worried about it, knowing Yuki’s creepy desire to see him in a swimsuit. Cute episode, but nothing too special this week.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)

The Morose Mononokean (Ep.4)

Clearly Hanae still misses the fluff ball yokai from Episode 1 and that doesn’t telegraph at all that he’ll be seeing it again this week. Abeno is leaving him alone for a bit to meet with someone called the Kiyakudo, the apothecary in the Underworld he mentioned to the giant green thing from Episode 2. The Mononokean suggest Akeno take Hanae with him into the Underworld and eventually he agrees. Apparently the only way to be known that he’s working with Abeno, Hanae has to wear a women’s cloak. Hilarious. There’s also rules to follow (all of which Hanae will eventually break) and they’re off into the Underworld. Right off the bat, he breaks a rule, not telling Akeno when he gets sick. He also breaks another rule without thinking about it, so Akeno’s already way worried. The get to a village of sorts and meet with the apothecary and her assistant, who’s adorable. The apothecary has a real crush on Akeno though, although it seems to be more using his body for ingredients. The owner is Koura, her assistant is Shizuka. Koura wants Hanae’s ears now too. Also the medicine they came to get was given to Scree instead, so they have to wait for her to make more. In the meantime, they help out around the store. Unfortunately, Hanae’s left alone and he sees the fuzzball and runs after it, thinking it’s bleeding. It’s not the fuzzball and it runs off after being caught. And now Hanae gets caught in a misunderstanding. It’s when his crest is spotted that he’s abolished of his “crimes”…if he pays up, but he’s only got small change. So he must pay with his arm, but he’s saved by the actual fuzzball. OH MY GOD IT’S STILL ADORABLE!!! Interesting episode, we’ll see where it goes next week.

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Episode Score: 4/5

New Game! (Ep.1)

New Game! (Ep.4)

Leaving work, Aoba spends a little time with Shizuku (and Mokuzu) when walking home. Of course she has to bring up Kou sleeping without pants on, because that’s always going to be a thing in this show. Back at the studio, it appears the moment Kou realizes she’s alone, that skirt comes off. Well done, Kou! Except Rin’s still there. Kou calms down though and talks about how liberating it is for her and even suggests Rin do the same, which I would not complain about, of course! Unfortunately, she’s not into the idea. It’s hard to tell, but as the conversation drags, you wonder if there is an actual relationship developing between the two. Rin mentions how she thinks Kou should’ve been the AD and not her, but Kou stresses that it’s because of Rin that she’s been able to throw her personality into the game and also thinks because of said personality, no one would follow her. Aoba wouldn’t, who could follow such a perverted, pants-less boss?! Oh wait, I probably would…anyways! The next morning, Rin covers up Kou again as per usual but–HUH?! SHE’S ACTUALLY TAKING HER PANTS OFF?! Of course Kou wakes up just in time and let’s Rin have it. Aoba’s early too and of course finds the two of them in a VERY COMPROMISING POSITION. Later on, everyone gets paid, including Aoba for her first time. The group goes into conversations about payments, raises and how that’s structured. They then talk about what they usually spend their money on, specifically their first paychecks. Shizuku enters the fray and her age gets put into question, to which a friend of hers Umiko swings by to get the lazy director back on track. When Rin gets asked, Kou joins in as well and Rin is pissed she’s forgotten that it was to take a hot spring vacation together. They are such a couple. Kou returns to grill Hifumi on her first paycheck and she admits it was for a cosplay costume and she ain’t telling what it was. With the day over, everyone leaves to go spend their money, Hajime to buy more figures for her desk and Aoba gets the idea to buy some new clothes, but opts not to since her parents bought her the suit she wears currently. So instead she buys her folks a cake. What a good girl. I loved this episode, little bit of everything in there.

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Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***

Planetarian

Planetarian (Ep.4)

Right away, Yumemi is confused as to why the city is so quiet, again not knowing what’s happened. She’s also slowing him down a ton, stopping for breaks constantly. It’s shocking to me that the robots haven’t found them yet. It’s also odd how she doesn’t look at the buildings and notice all the inconsistencies. Finding a liquor store, he has a flashback about a friend of his being killed by a trapped bottle of liquor, so he’s hesitant to grab a lone bottle, thinking it’s trapped as well. After tripping for the fourteenth time, Yumemi’s asked if she ever thought about having another job, but naturally her programming keeps her happy with what she’s been doing her entire life. She also reveals her wish, for Heaven to not separate humans and robots, as she’d like to serve humans in the afterlife. He also notes to himself she’s going to essentially die soon and figures if he’s going to save her, he needs to get her out of the city somehow. Though it could just be the liquor. On the way back he sees a massive robot and seeks to destroy it. But before that, he gives her hell for wanting to just return to the planetarium and wait forever for what will never come. While aiming at the robot, he starts wondering what to do with her, how to help her. When he fires however, the shell doesn’t explode and the robot immediately turns around and fires a huge shell straight at the building. If I’m reading right, the next episode is the last, so you know this will be the end, happy or not. I have a really bad feeling we’re going to see Yumemi sacrificing herself and I will not be a happy camper.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Qualidea Code (Ep.1)

Qualidea Code (Ep.3)

The two heads meet up with another officer who gives them a list of transfers coming in and they quickly accept. They note however how this woman treats these transferred people like perishable goods. Back with the students though, Ichiya backs out of something to which this guy tells Canaria, WHO’S CHANGING IN FRONT OF HER COMPUTER–oh her webcam’s off. Ichiya visits a student in the hospital who’s getting transferred out of the program due to just not being cut out for the program and does his best to be “nice”. While dealing with a few Unknown, a random…thing pops out of the ocean and they call it the largest Unknown they’ve seen, though they’re very casual about it. So the misfits are sent out to deal with it, fighting the whole way through the meeting, Canaria trying to calm things down. After finding out why Ichiya skipped out on his patrol, Canaria rushes to visit him, but finds him flying off, possibly to fight the Unknown alone. Sure enough he shows up at the site, but nothing’s there. It appears Canaria meanwhile is texting everyone to tell them Ichiya’s off fighting on his own. Canaria and company show up with him already fighting a ton of them. The big one shows up again and gives him a hard time, so his friends help out, Canaria singing to raise his power. But with the sheer numbers game, he’s forced to actually play tactics with the group. However, something happens to Canaria and she stops singing, blood on her platform. The Unknown now shows it’s full form, massive in size and they’re forced to retreat. Oh dear, shit’s getting started now. Next week we start watching Ichiya learn to trust the other four. I mean come on, Maihime swings a giant sword! Use that!

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Rewrite (Ep.1)

Rewrite (Ep.4)

The club goes to meet with a person who is familiar with the supernatural and it’s that guy from the ramen stand. Naturally, Kotarou can’t find the stand now when he needs to. Alone, he bumps into some guy who tells him to look out for punks, so naturally he runs into them. Turns out they know Haruhiko and called him the slum king. Though they are harmless since he’s a “friend” of Haruhiko and actually help him find the antique shop where the old gentleman from the ramen stand is. He find Shizuru there too. We see how the two first met, Kotarou just helping her get to a committee meeting when she was first in school. He finally asks about the friend the man knows who’d seen mysterious animals and gets a few photos that show different ones. Shizuru the whole time keeps teasing him about his breast obsession. Because he buys her a CD and she (for some reason) doesn’t have a CD player, he invites her to his house to transmit the CD into his unused MP3 player. The next day, he notes that Ribbon Girl has stopped showing up in his room at night. So naturally she shows up at school. But they don’t see her, so she can easily just waltz over and bite him again. He’s about to go see Akane to shikigami the fuck out of the school, but Shizuru asks him to join her with Touka so she can show him one of her secrets. After dropping them off at Shizuru’s old neighbourhood, the two go alone to her old house. They wait until an older woman approaches them. Shizuru tells him to be quiet as a man shows up as well and then she drags him away. They stop though when a young girl runs out to say hi, Shizuka. Shizuru suddenly says she’s her little sister and walks off. She says Mom and Dad don’t know about her and she shows why. She makes him repeat her name and then boops him on the nose and suddenly he’s forgotten. Except shockingly to her, he actually manages to recall it after a minute. But after a monster destroyed her home and her left eye, she wakes up in hospital. Her eye has somehow healed, though the eyepatch remains, her eye is legitimately golden now. Even worse, her family allowed her to be taken away for FUCKING MONEY!!! It doesn’t matter that she said yes, it’s still ridiculous. EVEN WORSE, she returns a week later and her parents are fighting horribly, the money clearly changing them. Her power suddenly activated during this and her parents lost years of memories. What a fucking depressing episode. He realizes Touka’s related to this organization that wanted access to Shizuru and she simply says they’re in the business of “creating medicine”. She also secretly tells him how rich Shizuru actually is, saving her money to buy a house when she’s grown up. But most importantly, Kotarou is now aware that he’s not the only one with superpowers. Then for some reason the episode ends with Lucia and Chihaya fighting because for some weird reason (which I’m sure we’ll see eventually), Lucia doesn’t want to touch flowers. He goes after her and she’s crying, saying she doesn’t want to live that way and runs off again. Ooooooooooookay. Still a great episode though.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Servamp (Ep.1)

Servamp (Ep.4) *On Notice*

After a good start, the show’s really lost all its steam Let’s see if it gains some of it back or if the show drifts away into obscurity.

So with things at its worst, it would appear it’s time for Kuro to take a good bite out of Mahiru, which he does. And thus that creepy cat thing emerges as a shadow out of him and starts creating a black mist that drowns Mahiru. Sakuya however tries to save him before someone shoots Kuro in the back and YES!!! IT’S THE GUY WITH THE FAUST-LOOKING FAMILIAR!!! He finishes off Kuro until it turns into a cat. The puppeteer makes Sakuya retreat, but not before he throws Mahiru the armband back. Others show up to bring Misono to a hospital, the driver saying a certain person tipped him off as to where they were. Meanwhile the Wild West dressed guy and Faust walk over to Mahiru and messes with him a bit before telling him that he can teach him to nullify a Servamp contract. The next day, Mahiru’s clearly bothered by everything and isn’t going to school. He’s lost in the fold of things, unsure what to do, where he stands. Then for some reason, he leaves and sees Tsubaki in a restaurant and actually sits next to him. He asks him why Sakuya became his subclass and he pretty much gets a dumb story about how everyone around him lied to him and for some reason, his sister killed herself.

And at this point I actually lost my shit and turned off the episode. I’ve never done this before, but if a show is going to just throw a life away for such an idiotic reason, I can’t keep watching that. They literally made a girl kill herself by jumping off an apartment balcony for monetary gain and the protection of her brother. There’s no explanation as to why this deal was made and why she would so quickly do that. This show went from amusing and fun to WHAT THE FUCK AM I WATCHING?! And because of that, I’m done with it. It might seem petty, maybe the show got better afterwards, but I was so pissed off watching that moment that I honestly don’t care.

Episode Score: FUCK OFF!!!/5 ***DROPPED***

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.1)

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.4)

So for some reason Takumi and Subaru have turned this into a Shokugeki as well. He wants Subaru to apologize to his blade and his brother for the things he said. I want to think he’ll win, but at the same time, I feel like Subaru’s being set up as an unknown threat here and I honestly don’t expect Takumi to go far anyways. One of the side guys says Subaru’s 99-0 in Shokugekis, going out of his way to provoke people into them. Not only that, but he wins every one of them by making the exact same dish as his opponent. Well of course a 100-0 guy is a perfect opponent for Soma. Also, Subaru takes the loser’s tools as a trophy, so Takumi’s mezzaluna is on the line. He knows every single step Takumi’s taking and alters his own recipe just enough to guarantee a victory and okay I’m bored.

I honestly skipped through everything because I knew the result and I did not care. It doesn’t take a genius to see what happens, Subaru wins despite Takumi’s best efforts. So now Soma is facing him next and challenges Subaru to a Shokugeki where if he wins he gets all the stolen tools back from his 100 wins. But if he loses (of course Soma won’t lose), he’ll quit cooking forever. So yeah, skipped ten minutes of the show. I’m not putting the show on notice, because it is a good show, but this episode gets no rating at all, because I’m getting a little annoyed with the show’s current format. I liked Season One because it was random. This is not random. It’s endless exposition.

Episode Score: N/A

Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)

Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.4)

At home, Kouhei gets a package from his grandmother which is a ton of vegetables. Not only that he got a lot from one of his colleagues at the school. He’s got an overstock of veggies now. He makes a new dish including the veggies and that doesn’t sit well with Tsumugi, cause of course we all know how much kids looooooooooooove vegetables. Although I didn’t appreciate her crying pretty hard about one bite. He asks Kotori the next day about it and we hear what we all know, kids are a lot pickier when it comes to food. She also tells her Mom’s strategy to get her to eat when she was a picky little girl. So she suggests they make something with vegetables she’ll like. We finally see a little bit of school life for Kotori, a friend of hers who has a massive bag for lunch! Holy shit! The next day he tries again to make it work, but fails. Next time the three are together at the restaurant the two opt to make a gratin, hiding the vegetables in the sauce. During the process they also have her accept at least red bell peppers since it ends up looking like a cup to her and even drinks orange juice from it, so now she’s positioned to liking red peppers. After a long process, they finish it with Tsumugi’s help, including the most adorable clump spell you’ll ever see. She still doesn’t like the bitter peppers, but the rest of the dish is so good, she lets it pass. Or makes Daddy eat them all in one shot. Another adorable episode!

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.4)

Justice is now starting to train his abilities with Bluesy watching over him. We see Lisa and her squad just chilling at their base and the tiny blonde girl from last week is hovering over them by helicopter. Well I guess we’re about to see some death, though Lisa’s too important, she’ll survive. Sure enough, everyone except her is killed as the girl wields a massive sword that would make Cloud even jealous. Back at school, Bluesy notices that Touko’s athletic ability is rapidly increasing and the tattoo on her forehead is shining. Before she can investigate further, she gets the distress call from Lisa’s squad and they’re off. Back at the battle, Lisa takes a slash to the chest, but nothing deep. Her power is also creating combustible air at any time. She takes another shot to the shoulder during this skirmish, seemingly no match for the stray cat girl as Lisa calls her. When Bluesy gets close, her body suddenly gets heavy, another user making her watch as her friend dies, or so is the plan. Justice however doesn’t seem to be affected by this. The girl goes to finish Lisa off, but Lisa seemingly self-destructs and Justice has to leave Bluesy to help, noting that he’s never seen Bluesy so shaken up. He first sees all the dead bodies, one somehow still alive at the time. The machine keeping Bluesy there also explodes. He approaches the stray girl and we see Lisa’s still alive, hanging from a cable antenna. She doesn’t understand why Justice insists on his kind nature, saying it will only kill him. He gets launched off the building, saved by Tom, but the enemy leaves with Lisa. Returning back to school, Touko’s waiting for him, knowing something’s wrong. He accidentally grabs her arm too hard in a fit of rage, causing a bruise. Back at the hideout, Bluesy survived the bomb and they check out the damage. Lisa also left behind her phone intentionally with a recording (and a very provocative picture of Bluesy) on it. At the enemy hideout, Lisa’s bandaged up, she must be useful of some sorts to them to go this length. Back at their hideout, Justice and Touko arrive, revealing she was called there as well. Bluesy immediately handcuffs him and keeps him where he is, so he won’t interfere or get involved in this mission to retrieve Lisa, not wanting him to land in Kingdom hands. Touko’s also staying there because they believe her tattoo is related to the stray girl’s tattoo. But Justice isn’t playing around, he breaks through the handcuffs, takes out Tom and tries to use his power to get rid of the door…but destroys the rest of the house in doing so. So they’re off to help Bluesy. A badass episode to say the least.

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Episode Score: 5/5

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.4)

Heading towards the city, Sorey and Mikleo find themselves in the same place where we got those amazing cityscape shots, I think the place is called Ladylake? Sorey is beyond amazed by the bustling city, but they wait in line at a security checkpoint. They are approached by a pretty redhead who asked them if they’re there for the Trial of the Blade. She’s a member of the Sparrowfeathers, a group of merchants and uses her status to get the two of them past the checkpoint quickly…for 500 gold. But after seeing the royal dagger, she lets this go, believing this is a fate-drawn moment and thinks she’s in store for something now because of this. She however leaves them to go set up her business in the city, while the two of them go in further. However Mikleo starts to feel sick because of the malevolence in the city and sure enough they find that assassin again and chase after him, fearing he’s heading for Alisha. He reveals he’s not directly targeting her, but that there is still a bounty on her, he’s more just interested in what may come around her. We see a couple assassins talking with presumably a man in high power about Alisha’s assassination contract and it appears it’s the Chancellor doing it so war is not prevented, likely involving a power struggle and potential money from it. At the fifth day of the Sacred Blade ceremony, Sorey and Mikleo are there and they see a girl lying in front of the sword for some reason, but the two know she’s a seraphim. We see the assassins setting up to kill Alisha right there. Come to think of it, does anyone see the girl at the sword beyond Sorey and Mikleo? After all ten participants fail, Alisha tells more stories about the Shepard and urges people not to go to war. Mikleo is sick off the hook now with the evil he senses. Then shit hits the fan, a massive void forms in the room and a hellion pops out of it, forming into a dragon. The girl creates a barrier to hold it away from the sword and Sorey intervenes as well, going after Alisha. He also discovers no one can see the hellion. Sorey introduces himself to the girl and asks why she can’t help and she tells him only Shepards can vanquish hellions. At that point, the assassin strikes, but Alisha defends herself. The Chancellor tries to keep Alisha’s bodyguard to help as well. Sorey tries to help, but Alisha tells him to back off. He then goes for the sword as the girl requests, she also reveals her name as Lailah. During this, Mikleo is extinguishing the fires so people can escape. Sorey gives a speech as to why he wants to be a Shepard and is able to pull out the sword, but not before time’s frozen so he gets a classic speech from the gods about the power he’s about to hold, which are always boring and drawn out. He finally pulls out the sword and has transformed with the sword into a white-haired badass. He deals with the hellion quickly, vanquishing the darkness from the area. And of course because it happens in every anime when this level of power transmits into someone, Sorey passes out. Curious episode, the action’s starting now.

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Episode Score: 4/5

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