Week #5 – Summer Anime 2016

Week number five 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.5)

Talking with her little familiar, she admits that Ikta’s always been there to keep her in check when she goes too far and we see how he’s done that since her childhood. We see that Ikta’s been involved in the study of science since he was little and Yatori although being brought up to be a knight had a shared interest in it as well. He shows her a good time, having fun by being sneaky and silly kids and while she’s still her stiff, proper knight self, she does okay. During his time with his parents, it slips out that Rikan is Ikta’s uncle, the general who died earlier in the season, but they don’t make much note of it in this flashback. During their time together, he asks her to join him as a scientist with him instead of training to just be a soldier. After being left alone together, Ikta gets attacked by a pack of wolves and Yatori saves him for the time being. Realizing that they might survive but anyone looking for them might get attacked by these wolves, we see the two of them work together in dealing with them, Yatori with her battle prowess, Ikta with his strategic mind. This is also when we see how much Ikta hates fighting, not enjoying at all the thrill of battle. He also shows his opinion of wanting the option of least resistance and danger. They eventually overcome the wolves, though at the cost of burning down the building they were in. Not long after that day, Ikta’s father was arrested and Ikta and his mother disappeared. He wasn’t gone forever, they did meet again back in their teens, claiming he was taking her away from her soldier life to a better, brighter future. An interesting episode, but nothing too big of note this week, went by really fast though.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Amanchu! (Ep.1)

Amanchu! (Ep.5)

Since the first day at the club, Futaba’s muscles are beyond in pain, so much weight on her at once. They plan to take the next day easy for her, but Mato’s all like “Hell naw, bitches! You’re runnin’!”. Because the Swim Team uses the pool too, they’re training in other ways instead when the pool’s taken. Because she’s still sore, the run takes a toll on Futaba and Hikari slows down to stay with her, or at least she would have had Futaba not told her to go on without her, which she takes seriously and runs off. Along the way, she runs into the siblings she dove with I think last week? The girl found it hilarious that Hikari mistook her monkey hood for her panties and we see Hikari the most embarrassed she’s been yet. They ask her to join the Diving Club, and they know of two new members, but she hates them because they snuck into the room. So that brings up quite the conundrum. Ai (the girl) is super attractive too now that we see her in non-diving outfits. Mato insists she meet them, but Ai intends to just beat them up. They show up to the brother who warns them to run home now. Too late, a chase has formed. Confronting them, Hikari takes on Ai in a battle of…apologies? All the while, Futaba is half changed out of her tracksuit, her pants still at her ankles (she’s wearing normal gym clothes). Now Ai refers to Hikari as “Monkey Panties Girl” and Futaba as “Half-Naked Track Suit Girl”. I love it! Ai admits she’ll have to teach them diving herself, not trusting the two girls as they’re a bit too crazy for Ai to trust them with something as potentially dangerous as diving. So they have an emergency diving class. She scares the crap out of the girls, but admits she’s not mad about them sneaking into the club room anymore. Ai tells them their schedule for the next couple months, starting with conditioning and more pool diving. The goal though is to get Futaba certified so she can dive into open water with them in the summer. Then they start competing with drawings for some reason while Futaba wonders if she’s capable of getting certified in time, but admits she’s exciting for the potential memories she’ll get from this. Another good episode.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Handa-Kun (Ep.1)

Handa-Kun (Ep.5)

Oh great, now we’re getting the student council involved. The president is a girl named Sawako who intends to wear the boy’s uniform all the time, not sure if in school that’s actually allowed or not. Oh for fuck’s sake she’s an extreme feminist, it seems. She wants the age of males completely gone with women as the dominant force. Sigh…equality my ass! She also looks at Handa-kun as an enemy because all the girls idolize him more than her. Oh and her vice-president wears the girls’ uniform………………sometimes I love you, anime. She’s trying to find a weakness to use against him and because she’s a one-dimensional feminist, she figures using women against him is enough, because all males are misogynistic pigs, right? The first round he finds them simply by accident, because he also saw two stray cats in the bushes near where they were hiding. Essentially, the two school whores have now fallen in love with Handa-kun and want to refine themselves now. Frustrated, Sawako brings Handa-kun directly to her, he’s tied up too for good measure. She intends to sentence him for the disorder he’s brought to the school. The sentence, wearing a girls’ uniform for a year. He thinks by wearing it he’ll be the laughing stock of the school, but I imagine wearing the uniform would just make literally everyone fall in love with him now. Because of the vice-president diving at him, he is launched into the president who has obviously ended up in a precarious position. She goes back to her childhood memories of always hating boys, literally just because they’d tease her as boys do, we’re jerks when we’re little. She ends up straddling Handa-kun at the bottom of the stairs and it turns out he cushioned her. And now her heart’s pounding. After leaving, Handa-kun wakes up and he’s lost his memories because of the fall. Now Handa-kun’s talking to everyone like nothing’s wrong. Now some actual damage to his character is taking place. So the Handa Force decides to try and knock his memory back in. The upside though is most of them think he’s a fake, since they don’t know about his memory loss. Though the jealous girl from last week will happily take advantage of this Handa-kun. He’s also being chased by the Handa Force, with hammers intending to get his memory back, but he gets it back normally before falling down the stairs again. So now he’s gone to Evil Handa-kun, maybe. I’m unsure if it’s normal Handa-kun or not. An amusing episode again this week.

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Episode Score: 4/5

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

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.5)

Subaru is going to art supply store. Mizuki wants to go with him. Colette knows what’s up and stays out of the way, giving her the ol’ wink. Then because she’s bored, as Colette tends to get, she decides to paint a stone bust, but goes a little too far with it and hides it, running out of the room. Then Yumeko shows up into the empty room, sees Subaru’s drawing and writes on it (that’ll get her into trouble later) and then finds the painted bust, thinking it’s a decapitated head and faints. They find her afterwards and Mizuki runs off to get someone while Subaru is forced to perform CPR on a 3D girl. Poor guy. Before he does, the President comes across him doing so and Colette shows back up as well, but before she sees anything, he grabs her hand and runs off. She thinks she’s busted for the painting she did and confesses, but it only mixes things up further. They’re both so stupid. Finally Mizuki comes in and figures out what’s wrong, though it gets mixed up again. Finally, Mizuki gets to the club room and asks if he actually did CPR, but thankfully the idiot couldn’t bring himself to do it and Yumeko wakes up on her own. It’s all cleared up and Subaru finally notices his drawing’s been tampered with.

In the second sketch, the President finds out about Subaru’s number being in Mizuki’s phone and is sworn to secrecy, aka he tells Subaru the second he walks in the door. Then it gets weird…Colette gets a bird head prop put on her head as a “ritual” and now Colette is even more annoying than before. Yumeko enters shortly after and tells them that they got stuck with pool cleaning duty. Colette as usual makes a mess of it, immediately spraying Mizuki with the hose. We see Yumeko is struggling to put on the standard issue swimsuit cause y’know, big boobs. President also brought easily washable paint so they can mess around with the pool as they clean it. PAINTING MONTAGE!!! Oh boy, how big a clusterfuck is it going to be? And…oh, it actually turned out well. I have to admit, during all this, Mizuki in the swimsuit with a shirt on is more attractive than without the shirt on. Oh and the paint’s not coming off afterwards, the President brought non-removable oil based paint. Yumeko finally shows up in a bikini and…oh dear, what did you walk into? Another adorable episode, that’s what!

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Momokuri (Ep.9 & 10)

Yuki’s trying to figure out the right swimsuit for Shinya, but apparently they’ve been at this for five hours already with Norika. So by bad luck Rio runs into this as well. Poor girl. But she’s smart and gets out of there ASAP. We follow her home, where it seems she lives alone with her single father. We hear more about her through Norika and Yuki, mentioning she’s called a “Prince” at school as she’s popular with the girls more than the boys. Finally, it’s the day of the BBQ and it ends up being the “Make Shinya Blush Show” again. Rio continues to watch the couple, worried about Shinya. During this as well, it appears that Yuzuki and Shouta are developing a relationship as well, though as Rihito mentions, they’ve been close forever, it just appears different now that they’re older.

In the second episode, Shinya and Yuki are at a nearby store, buying ice and looking at other things in the store. Back with the other potential couple…they’re cousins. Oh dear. They promised to be around each other always as kids, but it’s hard to figure out if it’s friends or more than that. Back with the main couple, Shinya’s blowing bubbles and offers a round to Yuki, which turns into a massive indirect kiss debacle in her head. Afterwards, back with everyone else, Rio seems to be lost in space. Even worse, it’s not warm enough for swimming! Nooooooooooooo!!! So a bunch of them nap. Like almost all of them. Lazy kids! Pretty much Shinya, Yuki and Rio are the only ones that are clearly awake. Yuki’s very disappointed that it’s not hot, and Shinya think she wants to swim, but she just wants to see a shirtless Shinya. She lifts her skirt to show her bikini though and Shinya thinks she was panty flashing him initially until he realizes it’s safe(ish). He finally says she’s cute and that completely throws them both off. Adorable episode again this week.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)

The Morose Mononokean (Ep.5)

Apparently Shizuku lost Koura’s inventory list, oh dear. They also discover Hanae’s missing. Fuzzy tries to defend Hanae from the man and gets thrown into a wall and looks like it’s bleeding heavily. Then somehow, Hanae suddenly changes into a completely different person before Itsuki finds him and whips a jar at him. When the yokai realizes Itsuki’s the second master, he notes that he killed the previous master of the Mononokean to become the current master. He threatens the man with the authorities getting involved and the man runs off. Meanwhile, Koura gets a call (through a tadpole) from a “Mr. Legislation”, looking for Itsuki and is surprised when he learns that he has an employee, when Mr. Legislation told Itsuki to let him know when he was hiring. He leaves a message with Koura for him, saying that he’ll decide whether or not to approve the Mononokean’s new employee. Afterwards, Fuzzy gets treated and is back on Hanae’s shoulder, except being affectionate now rather than just a literal weight on his shoulders. Also we learn Shizuku is the Legislator’s sister. There are three rulers of the Underworld, the Legislator, the Justice and the Executive, while the Legislator makes the rules in the Underworld. Itsuki however as the master of the Mononokean is exempt from these rules, unless that rule is made specifically for him by the Legislator. Meeting with the man, he perceives Hanae to be weak and tells him to quit his job and also knows right away that he is a human as well. Itsuki argues that he hired him for a reason and wouldn’t have if he thought he wasn’t capable. And after Hanae explains his feelings on helping yokai, the Legislator manages to accept that. Fuzzy also wants to be hired so it can stay around Hanae. He also tells Itsuki on his way out that he understands now that after refusing all of his suggestions for employees, Itsuki just wanted to hire a human and not a yokai. Another good episode, I want to see this consistency out of the show from here on out.

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Episode Score: 4/5

New Game! (Ep.1)

New Game! (Ep.5)

Aoba’s first villager is now getting motions from Hajime, which really has her worried and excited at the same time. Hajime and Aoba are sent out to get a tablet pen for Rin and Hajime’s excited being a senpai to her. However, Aoba forgets her wallet and Hajime somehow dropped hers. When Aoba goes back to get hers, she finds that Hajime just left her wallet on her desk as well. They each talk about how they think each other is cute, though it appears no one really finds Hajime to be cute, rather her tomboyish nature takes over. We fast forward to summer hitting in full swing, so the girls are wearing less and thinner clothes than the last four episodes, though for Aoba specifically, it’s really just not wearing her suit jacket. Then at work, Hajime and Kou have an AC battle, Hajime getting cold and Kou being too hot. Yun even gets involved until Rin takes it out on all three of them. The next day, Aoba gets there early on a day where Kou isn’t sleeping (in her underwear), so she see some stuff on her desk, looking at designs and pictures of Kou when she first started. Rin shows up so they ask about Kou in the early days. She was very quiet, cold and unapproachable, never really all that good at communicating. But when she started taking more leadership roles, she started to push herself forward and try to be approachable to everyone. Hifumi wants to change as well after hearing this, but for her that’s gonna be a tough road. To end off the episode, Kou arrives with a huge bag, claiming to be several changes of clothes as she intends to stay at the studio for a little bit, so Aoba realizes that Kou is still the Kou of old, preferring to work alone. Not much this week, but given the kind of anime this is, it’s okay, the episode was still enjoyable.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Planetarian

Planetarian (Ep.5)

When the title of the episode is “Yumemi’s Wish”, I get a lot of bad feelings. After being able to successfully escape the first attack and even take out a leg of the robot, Kuzuya unfortunately breaks a leg as well after debris falls on him from a building. Now in severe trouble, he looks to be near death when Yumemi suddenly approaches the robot. The music gets really eerie at this point as she gets closer and eventually the robot fires while Kuzuya takes out the robot with his last shot. Yumemi clearly takes serious hits and now my depression will begin. He’s beyond upset with her, but it appears she automatically reacted by her programming to emergency shutdown what she perceived as a malfunctioning robots, as obviously they aren’t supposed to attack humans. She now has 10 minutes left until her charge is completely gone. Kuzuya wants to fix her but it’s very apparent that in this world, that’s just not possible. She goes through a ton of memories of kids and adults who used to visit the planetarium, as well as the scientists’ farewell to her. I just want this episode to end already so I don’t have to watch any be any further depressed, but there’s still ten minutes left. After the memories, she notes that she’s sure those humans are never returning and also that she no longer believes she’s broken, but the world is broken, yet she does not know why. With two minutes left, she asks Kuzuya to record one final message into her memory bank. In this message he claims he came there to get her and that beyond the wall there’s a place for her to work, though I imagine it’s his way of comforting her before her inevitable demise. Before she shuts down she tells him a wish, to take her memory card with him and deliver it to this new workplace so she’ll eventually be reborn in a new body. She asks as well that if she does go to Heaven, she doesn’t want robots and humans to be separated, wanting to work for humans forever. And then it’s over…so he takes the memory card with him and leaves that pendant with her and heads out.

God damn it…why the fuck does everything have to end so depressingly!!! >_<

It was a great short series though, was very happy with it up until the depressing conclusion.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Overall Score: 4/5

Qualidea Code (Ep.1)

Qualidea Code (Ep.4)

With Canaria seriously injured, even Ichiya has to admit that he’s powerless on his own. Hotaru and Maihime take a few shots at his expense when they come down to save him, letting him know that he’s not allowed to just give up and admit defeat that easily. With everyone safe, those that aren’t Canaria only left with minor injuries, while Canaria’s condition while not looking too serious, it sounds more like the worry is how she’ll be in battle after recovering. Ichiya’s called to the control room to get his proper punishment, however the other four join him anyway. He tries to just take all the blame on himself and gets a right good slap for it. It seems to wake him up as he claims he wants back into the battle, this time with everyone else’s help and not just going as a lone wolf. The plan is simple for the teams, get under the enemy’s armor and deal a direct blow. Canaria wakes up finally and naturally gets super worried when she hears they’re all back out in battle. So she gets dressed and attempts to leave and her friends help out with that. Ichiya’s group gets the small enemies, while the Chigusa siblings do this crazy thing where the have bombs on the train to make it extend over the bridge and fire rockets and anti-air shells at it. Finally, the most hilarious thing happens where Maihime is underwater and yells orders at them (with the bubbling voice added onto it) and the ship surfaces right next to the enemy and attack its armor directly. When it starts retreating, Canaria suddenly appears, singing to raise their power. With one chance left, Ichiya grabs Maihime (much to Hotaru’s dismay) to bring her close one more time to use that ultimate attack of hers, mixed with his gravity power as well. And after it’s over, Ichiya immediately takes the dumb Canaria back to the hospital. Good episode, if there’s a point where this anime needs to stay consistent, this is about what I’d like to see from it.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Rewrite (Ep.1)

Rewrite (Ep.5)

I’m hoping this is a Lucia-central episode this week, been wanting more of her since Episode 1. Holy shit, I think we know why now that Lucia wears gloves. The club gets a letter about a mysterious girl named Asahi Haruka, where whatever she touched would die. They also note a specific name of a victim in the letter they can use to corroborate this rumour on later on with someone else. But before that, Kotarou’s trying to see if he can mend fences with Chihaya and Lucia after the end of last week’s episode. He goes to Shizuru first, where she tells him Lucia’s “secret”, so long as he’ll be Lucia’s friend forever. We don’t hear it yet, but we instead get his phone call with Haruhiko who pretty much tells him nothing except to start watching his back if he keeps pushing into this case, specifically if “the glass shatters”. Though the following day he does give him a class roster from that year where this victim suddenly passed away. He steals a photocopy fee from Lucia’s card to replicate the list but afterwards she discovers a note in the tray, but such a paper didn’t exist. It reads “Do not wake me. Or else, you will…” and it ends and the glass around him shatters, the very thing Haruhiko warned Kotarou about. When Lucia asks him about this case, he says his intentions are to prove there’s no curse and to clear this Asahi Haruka person’s name. That seems to rattle Lucia just a little bit. On her own, a voice talks to Lucia, demanding to know why she woke her. Everyone Kotarou calls screams in terror the moment they’re asked about Asahi Haruka and something made of glass shatters there as well. Lucia meanwhile is being haunted by this ghost girl, claiming they’re both cursed. The news club girl gives him an old report on this events and learns that anyone related to the story constantly experiences such paranormal events. And then during one night, he’s approached by this girl, Lucia being her puppet, who passes out afterwards. She wakes up presumably in his bedroom and is slightly undressed, though Kotarou assures her he never touched her skin. So she shows him the curse she has, grabbing a leaf from a plant and how it suddenly turns black and crumbles. He wonders if this is all his fault for continuing his investigation, but this has been happening since she was little, hence her gloves. He tries to sympathize with her and refuse that she’s filthy and unclean, which is what she believes, but she’s having none of it. We see during the process, she touched him and he is now cursed. Going to the orphanage where this all began, he sees an old picture and makes the claim that Asahi Haruka is actually Lucia and not a paranormal being, revealing that when one name on the roster was no longer at the address on the paper Haruhiko gave him and yet the glass of that house shattered anyway. Only three people had the list, he and Haruhiko and now Lucia who used the data from the copier to make her own backup copy of it. And then he starts to collapse, showing the curse has indeed reached his entire body. He apologizes to her for failing to withstand her poison initially, so he could prevent her from suffering further. But with his rewrite powers, he’s able to rewrite his body to withstand her poison, therefore “accepting” Lucia and her power. This way, she can at least have someone she can touch. After crying in his arms, a group of full-body suit wearing individuals approach, a woman at the head of them, Lucia calling them her allies. It’s the girl with Shizuru from last week and finally reveals their organization as Guardian, an organization gathering those with special powers for a certain purpose, being to “protect the Earth” and all that cliched nonsense, saying The Key is a person capable of destroying everything and Gaia, an organization who want to shelter and protect this person, wanting the world to perish, or regenerate as they call it. In order to keep the secret, he jokes with Lucia that his only condition is to have her make him a lunch in a maid’s uniform and call him Master. Because y’know, why not? A nice episode, full of mystery, sorrow and some story elements we’ve been waiting for.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

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

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.5)

Soma even tells Subaru what he’s going to make in this battle and Ikumi especially barges in and runs off after saying her piece. Megumi asks why Takumi’s blade isn’t enough, he admits he wants to completely break Subaru from his heinous way. We see that Hisako refuses to see Erina after her defeat. But back at the dorm (you know that place, right? The anime forgot for a while…), Soma’s bombarded by Mitsuru, a journalism student who Soma actually puts in an armbar initially, thinking he’s a spy for Subaru. But Mitsuru wants to write an article about him for the paper, and Soma immediately shuts the door on him. But Mitsuru keeps trying until he finally bombards Soma enough times that he just accepts it, but it seems more like Soma just needed a taste tester. He also reveals that he fed Subaru this dish already. It seems like Soma’s intention is to have both he and Subaru on the same standing and then the actual match will be a test of who can make the base dish taste even better. He also admits that because of Subaru’s style, it’s like Soma’s battling himself more than anything else.

And then pause break for Erina’s Naughty Naughty Storytime! She’s reading romance manga and making impressions of the female lead. Hilarious! She also has a flashback to Alice asking her about boyfriends and then reveals Hisako got her all that manga. So when she goes to see Hisako, Soma’s at the door instead. Oh dear. Alice also let him in, because Alice is amazing. Soma wants her to taste test his dish. She refuses, but Soma offers to get her a missing piece of her manga collection if she does…and she actually accepts those terms. We see once again why she’s got the God Tongue, identifying Soma’s secret before even tasting it. She doesn’t even taste it, saying what he’s making isn’t even worthy of the competition, that beef stew isn’t gourmet at all and he needs to realize he’s not working in a diner anymore. Though while Mitsuru doesn’t understand what she meant, but Soma’s already questioning her true meaning to what she said. We see Subaru preparing, even going as far as imagining himself as Soma at the Yukihira Diner. Still preparing, Ikumi visits Soma and gives him a meat care package and still refusing to admit she loves him. Because of this high-quality meat, Soma finally understands Erina’s message and kicks Mitsuru out so he can properly refine his dish. DOJIMA-SAN’S BACK!!! And still naked in a bath. But it’s time to fight and Soma’s ready. Isami visits the clearly broken Takumi and says Soma came by, telling him to say to his rival “Come watch my match.”. A few of the judges just look right at Soma and think he’s royally fucked. Erina thinks he’s fucked too, but they all note he’s no longer working with beef, but oxtail. He intends to prove Erina wrong once more and that’s where we end. Better again this week!

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)

Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.5)

I’m watching this after Planetarian, please don’t be sad too like some of these episodes have been! Just be cute!

We start with Kotori and a friend after a movie. While her friend is going nuts about the movie, Kotori is more concerned about her food choices in the theater. After eating and leaving her friend, she sees Tsumugi but with someone that isn’t Kouhei. It comes off like a kidnapping and to make matters worse, her phone’s dead. She’s trying to get a good look at this guy, but can’t. We finally do, but it’s not like we’ve seen him before. After it looks like he’s giving her a cigarette, Kotori finally interrupts and Kouhei appears to get Tsumugi. The cigarette of course is a chocolate stick and the man is an old classmate of Kouhei’s, Yagi is his name. Yagi takes care of Tsumugi when Kouhei can’t get her to kindergarten or a sitter. After the topic of doughnuts pops up again and again, Kotori figures their next project should be just that, as Tsumugi hasn’t really found doughnuts she likes, although I’m beginning to wonder based on her facial expressions if this has something to do with Mom. So they go and make the doughnuts, with Tsumugi’s powerful kneading skills. While waiting for the batter to sit, she asks Kouhei if he thinks it’s okay for Yagi to be taking care of Tsumugi, to which he just smiles and notes it’s probably a good thing for Tsumugi to have someone she can just be a crazy kid around, rather than the more somber and normal girl we see with Kouhei, since he’s attached to her memories of her mother. That and Kouhei’s too normal to be a wild one for Tsumugi. While they have to wait another hour for the doughnuts, Kotori suggests the two of them go to the arcade so Tsumugi can spend some time with Kouhei and be a little wilder than normal. Back with the doughnuts, they burn the first batch as Kotori had the oil too hot, so they have to try one more time. This time, they get it right. Tsumugi is at her happiest I think at this point, which I really needed to see. She reveals though that doughnuts were difficult for her because she didn’t know what to make of them, whether a snack or a meal, but now she looks at them as things she eats on her days off with Daddy.

…AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

What a cute episode!

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.5)

The fight is going about as suspected, everyone but Bluesy is getting sliced into pieces. Finally, Justice shows up to take on Iltutmish. He takes one of her blades out, but she’s still very strong. While they learn that Iltutmish’s ability revolves around using other people’s sight to get a feel of the battlefield, there’s still too many pairs of eyes to keep Justice safe. Back with Lisa, the eyepatch cat is in the truck with her as she tries to get free. Meanwhile, Justice is near death and that suddenly activates Touko’s tattoo and she leaps at Iltutmish, overpowering her. She’s shocked that Touko can overpower her like this. While this happens, Justice has an internal conversation with the tattoo apparently, deciding whether to kill or save Iltutmish, eventually in one punch hitting her hard and looking like he’s going to finish her off, when eyepatch cat arrives to stop him. Though Justice does admit is he doesn’t want to negate her, just her words. And then the Princess is suddenly there behind him. She takes the weakened Justice and kisses him and Iltutmish dives at her to “purify” her lips. The Princess is impressed that he can already accurately use the Void Maker as he would’ve easily killed Iltutmish and Touko with that power. Then she disappears with her and the cat. Meanwhile, Bluesy’s still fighting that guy and finally realizes how to fight him and beats him to a pulp, though he has that weight machine again keeping her down. But before he can do anything else, Lisa saves the day and they finish him off, though the Princess returns to take him back. Back at base, Bluesy is with a Colonel Sanders, because why the fuck not? Her punishment for essentially failure if to continue keeping an eye on Justice.

And then shit gets weird, to the point I love it. While walking in the city, Justice and Touko suddenly come across the Princess and Iltutmish out of nowhere. She tells Justice to go buy the things they were getting and sends him off…so she can challenge the Princess to ping-pong to the terms of if she wins, the Princess has to leave Justice alone. But if she loses, the Princess can mess with her breasts. Yep, not bullshitting you. Touko loses so hard her top bursts. So they’re all together and Aryabhata is groping the shit out of Touko. Justice takes this time to ask her about the tattoos and she wants to know what his goals are. He simply wants to stop the war going on and prevent anymore death. She tells him that if her wish happens, the world will stop fighting (all the while she’s groping Touko to the point of ecstasy) and leaves him saying if he joins her, she’ll elaborate on how she’ll do that. He then meets with Tom and Bluesy to ask the same questions of what the US wants, to which it sounds like the US just want to be the major power, while she’s not clear on what the Kingdom want. He notes that he won’t join the US Army, but will join her if their goals are stopping the fighting. Oh and they’re living in Justice’s house now since he destroyed theirs. After the credits (which I only checked cause the episode’s end was very random), another man by the name of Brahman who was with the Princess challenges Justice and takes him down easily, revealing the tattoo on his tongue. Great episode again, loving the cheesy parts of this show.

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

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.5)

Sorey finally wakes up three days later with Mikleo and Lailah at his bedside, claiming he’d been out with a high fever. Apparently Alisha saved him after he collapsed and took care of him afterwards, while Lailah is wondering if his passing out has to do with him becoming her vessel, aka the Shepherd. While showing off his new Shepherd attire to Alisha, he also talks to Mikleo and Lailah, who Alisha still cannot see. So he introduces them, pushing Mikleo right next to Alisha, so close she could kiss him. I wonder if that would work? Lailah tells him to hold Alisha’s hand so she can speak to her through Sorey, but it doesn’t seem to work. Finally, after making Sorey hold his breath (though I figure it’s because Lailah covered his ears), she’s able to speak with Alisha. Over time, if Sorey commands his powers as a Shepherd better, he’ll need less crazy bullshit to make these communications happen. As Alisha has to go somewhere else, they three others are taken into the city. Once they get there, Sorey starts to feel sick again and Lailah notes it’s due to the mass amounts of malevolence in the area. Learning to concentrate and trace the source, they find a ruin on the outskirts of the city. Back with Alisha, the douchebag chancellor demands she give them the Shepherd, to which she naturally declines. Back at the ruins, Sorey’s inability to remember to give back the dagger to Alisha ends up helping them open a door, requiring the royal seal to get in, which the dagger had on the hilt. They find a dragon statue in the ruin, as well a massive bat hellion that drops down to say hello. After defeating it, Lailah reveals he can form pacts with seraphim which could enhance his power, Lailah is the first he’s done this with. She also mentions there being consequences from doing this, but doesn’t explain what that is yet. As the go deeper in, still feeling malevolence in the ruin, they find a scattering of bones and skulls, likely centuries of murders and assassinations of those of royal blood, or murders in general that the public was not to know about. She also mentions his end goal, to purify/defeat the Lord of Calamity, the being capable of bringing the most malevolence and chaos to the world. Suddenly, after discovering the ruin was somehow built either around or under a water source, it begins to flood, Lailah claiming it’s the world screaming out in pain. Outside is a massive storm, one that is much more than just a simple source of malevolence. Alisha and her master are talking about the chancellor going after the Shepherd and why he might be doing that, but as the storm intensifies, Alisha knows what’s really happening and goes outside, seeing a familiar friend: the tornado. The episode ends with Sorey standing in front of it, awaiting it’s arrival. A decent episode, though nothing too special this week.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

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