Week #6 – Summer Anime 2016

Week number six 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.6)

Everyone’s dealing with the events of the mock battle and short kidnapping of Chamille. With Ikta and Haroma, he talks about the old scientist we saw before and how he hid most of his research from those not close to him, but when seeking asylum in Kioka, he was to give away some of his research, the bits of it he’s letting out Ikta apparently knows about too. We learn the group is getting posted up north for their first assignment in a place generally very boring, but Ikta apparently was very familiar with the area up there (and the women) and tells a few stories about him being there with Anarai, the scientist. One of the main officers at the fortress there seems very ill right off the start so one would wonder if a spot for Ikta may be opening soon. Ikta’s approached alone by his instructor and shoots the shit a little bit before one guy makes a ruckus and calls out Yatori in a sparring match. You dumb bastard. Apparently this is a normal thing for her family to go through whenever they visit a garrison like this. She wins easily. Chamille passes it off as nothing, but Ikta reminds her that Yatori is as skilled as she is because she wants to protect her, believing her own life is worth less than Chamille’s due to what she believes she’s capable of changing in this world. The Lieutenant that talked to Ikta earlier shows the soldiers the area and notes that things have been very quiet. People are curious as to why they were sent there then, if there’s nothing to do. Ikta’s not even there, putting himself in detention, cause he’s lazy. He also gets involved with a superior officer trying to hit a female soldier, with a book by Anarai nonetheless. He also figures out this officer was just taking all the books to sell them, rather than what he claimed, which is ban them. Dealing with the asshole, Ikta of course weaves his magic with the girl he helped out. The Lieutenant finds him and drags him away to prison for insubordination, but he escapes his grasp beforehand and runs further into the building and finds something he’s not happy about seeing, I’m assuming it’s Anarai. We see a girl and a guy that probably belong to this Sinaki tribe or whatever they were called and she claims they’ll fight and reclaim the “other half of the world that was stolen”. It appears they’re a tribe of warriors who maybe fight off demons or just those of pure evil, who knows, it’s not clear yet. A curious episode, but again nothing special.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Amanchu! (Ep.1)

Amanchu! (Ep.6)

Seems like a Futaba-central episode this week, specifically with Mato getting her trained so she can dive with everyone else. It’s obvious that without Hikari with her that her nerves are heightened a little bit, not that she’s not there anyways along with the Ninomiya siblings to surprise her when she gets her license. Hikari however notes that Futaba is still having trouble clearing her mask, to which right after saying that Mato has her go underwater and completely fill her mask before emptying it. Mato makes her do it many times until she feels like Futaba’s gotten over her fear of that very skill. She passes all that and then we hit a critical snag. For some reason this never came up but…Futaba can’t swim. She tries to swim but sinks like a rock. So no license for her yet. Naturally, Futaba gets all over-dramatic in her head. Afterwards, Mato takes Hikari and Futaba on a drive and they end up at a rest spot by the water. After Mato leaves to buy them something, Futaba lets Hikari know that even though she failed this test, she intends to fight on until she can dive with her and the others, that this may be the first time she’s doing something of her own accord and not just following others. By the end of it and a little teasing from Mato, Hikari gets overly embarrassed again (the most adorable thing ever) and runs off. Futaba also assures Mato that she won’t be dead weight forever for the Diving Club. Hikari returns with joy ribbons they write a wish on, pray by a statue and tie it onto a nearby board afterwards. Futaba wishes to be able to swim so she can pass her test. Hikari however doesn’t want Futaba to see her wish, as it’s embarrassing: “Make Teko’s wish come true.”. Very cute episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Handa-Kun (Ep.1)

Handa-Kun (Ep.6)

With Handa-kun clearly extra fucked up in the head after being viciously attacked by everyone at school, Takao sets out to try and break Handa-kun out of this funk, so he suggests they chill after school, which immediately throws him off-guard. Did someone just ask him to hang out after school?! So to hide from everyone, he has a disguise that makes him look like either a girl or a very feminine young man who’s confused as to what hair metal actually was. Even worse, Takao invited a friend with him too, though no first name is given. So Handa-kun, I mean Hanzawa-kun (who’s totally from America) and Takao struggles not to burst out laughing during all this. He assures his friend is actually really nice and just wants Handa-kun to make more friends. First up is bowling, Hanzawa-kun has never played before. First shot…BAM! Hard fall to the floor! Second shot…drops the ball. So Takao takes over. Next? Darts. Oh dear, cue the bloodshed. But then again, his calligraphy arm might work. Sure enough, three straight bulls-eyes…and then it fucks up his arm. Finally, basketball is last and the friend of Takao takes over, an actual basketball player. Handa-kun actually starts taking a liking to this guy, at least until they’re left alone so he has to talk without Takao watching over him. But he’s enjoying the potential of having a friend, until said friend has three bullies approaching him. So now it’s time to evolve into Handa-kun again! He means to take the punishment for his new friend, but the bullies run off thinking he’ll kill them. The next day, back to normal he runs into this day and because he’s Handa-kun and not Hanzawa-kun, this friend of Takao’s is scared of him too, but as Hanzawa-kun, they’re still friends

In the second sketch, we’re shown Koutaro, the track and field ace of the school, who apparently refuses elite school offers just so he has the chance to embarrass Handa-kun. Good luck, bro. Apparently when they were younger, his aura worked so hard on Koutaro that it made him fuck up on his own accord, but blames Handa-kun, thinking he cheated. But when Handa-kun’s near him with that aura, he breaks down and can’t get himself to challenge him. So the doppelganger works with him to help him accomplish that goal. After failing to make Handa-kun run by accident, Koutaro gets scolded hard by his trainer or coach, whatever she is, as he’s wasting his time on Handa-kun and not on his team. But after that pep talk, Handa-kun’s running for some reason, so he chases after him, so naturally Handa-kun suddenly stops as he was avoiding a hump-happy dog. So now Koutaro’s back on the hate train for Handa-kun. Takao hears this story and he reminds Handa-kun that they were classmates before.

And then all of a sudden we’re introduced to a new girl who’s got a reputation as a fortune teller at school. Seriously, it comes out of nowhere. Her name’s Tsugumi, so…I guess that’s something. She’s with Miyo, the pink-haired girl that was fighting with the giant girl for Handa-kun’s love at the start of the series. She’s pretty good at reading people, whether by palm reading or her own observations. So naturally the subject shifts to reading Handa-kun’s palm. So when she gets to read it, it immediately shocks her how normal his palm looks. However, she does actually identify that Handa-kun has an extreme amount of paranoia, well done missy! But she won’t admit how bad he is to the four followers, so she makes up some bullshit burden he has, which naturally freaks him out. Then she reads more, sees he’ll never marry, but will have so many kids, TLC will have a show about him. She’s convinced she must not be a real fortune teller, because she read his palm improperly, so her quest to hone her skills is on. An entertaining episode, but too many sketches for one episode.

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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.6)

Awww, Mizuki’s getting all excited over random phone conversations with Subaru. At school, she learns that a new girl has transferred into Subaru’s class and she’s all right at best, though she’s got all the guys’ (except Subaru’s) attention. So naturally, Mizuki’s not that worried about the whole thing. Uh-oh…she’s super nerdy like Subaru though and got his attention early. Somehow, this girl, Maria gets Subaru to come with her alone to chat and reveals her love for manga and stuff. Even worse, Mizuki arrives just in time to see them shake hands, something he refused to do with her their own first meeting. When Subaru asks her about coming to his class to see him earlier she gets quiet and then a bit tsundere, throwing a pillow at his face. Subaru returns serve and then a full-on match starts between them. After they settle down, he actually accepts going out with her to buy a new strap for her bag. Ten bucks says he’s just mixing this with his other meeting with Maria. Sure enough, there she is. They head to a nearby bookstore and Mizuki is not happy one bit. Though after seeing the two of them react to manga together, Mizuki calms down a little, thinking it’s a friendship going on between Subaru and Maria. Then Maria out of nowhere asks if Mizuki and Subaru are dating and Mizuki freaks the fuck out. So naturally, Maria goes all-in on Subaru, or is she? It’s hard to tell if she actually likes Subaru or just sees Mizuki’s feelings and is trying to prod her into doing something. After the store, they come across a kid who’s balloon is stuck in a tree. In order to get it, Mizuki has to get on Subaru’s shoulders, which she’s worried about due to panties and stuff. They fail to get it, so Maria does it on her own because she can jump very high. By the end of this, Mizuki thinks she’ll be able to get along with Maria, but it will be a challenge. A nice episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

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Momokuri (Ep.11 & 12)

Why is it that anime characters are never responsible with their phone battery?! So we see that Shinya’s at a summer festival with Yuki who actually looks like a young lady in her yukata and possibly not a creepy crazy stalker girl. She’s clearly bringing him to every possible stand that might make him lose and get all embarrassed. She’s clearly taking the lead role on this date and because of the realization of it, he gets so lost in thought that they get separated. So with his battery dead again he goes to find Yuki but first gets glomped by a few older women. I don’t think Shinya understands how in this anime, he’s unintentionally a harem MC because of his cuteness. Finally, he’s saved by Rio, who’s gotten a bit of a tan. Naturally, the older women think she’s a boy as well so they try to bag both of them, but Rio and Shinya finally break away and run off. Yuki meanwhile is being the airhead she usually is when she’s on her own. Turns out she’s dressed like a boy so when she’s with her friends, no boys try to hit on the smaller girls. Shinya naturally has to cause further embarrassment by saying Rio would’ve looked great in a yukata. Rio actually has Yuki’s number, but because she’s a bit selfish, she has Shinya stay with the girls while she runs off and finds her alone, likely wanting to look dependable in Shinya’s eyes. Finding her, we learn though she wants to ask Yuki something directly before the others find her. Of course, Yuki makes Rio feel worse about the night, since she isn’t looking cute for Shinya, not that Yuki knows that Rio’s head over heels for her own boyfriend still. During their conversation, Rio starts to think Yuki isn’t that weird. They’re also bonding over the idea of how adorable Shinya is, something they can express about forever, it seems. Another cute episode.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)

The Morose Mononokean (Ep.6)

The mission this week is to find an old wedding ring of a now dead man whose wife lost the ring a while ago and after three attempts, they’ve yet to find it. Perhaps Hanae’s dumb luck will work to their advantage? After being six minutes late due to the teacher taking forever to finish homeroom, they meet with a snake yokai that is the dead husband. Hanae finds the ring in fifteen minutes, of course he does. Now the real mission comes, how they return the ring without being looked at as thieves and also being very respectful about it. Eventually, they decide on returning it quietly without any notice of them being around and much to Hanae’s dismay, not telling her about her late husband being involved. They go to deliver it into the mailbox, but naturally Hanae has to get a weird idea which prevents him from putting it in the box before the old lady comes around. Hanae then refuses at that point to say nothing and Itsuki even though he doesn’t want to, admits what’s actually happening and tells her about Manjiro asking them to return the ring. Hanae tries to interject as well, but Itsuki tells him to stay quiet. The old lady however doesn’t refuse the ring and in fact happily accepts it, more than in belief of all things spiritual. Itsuki now believes there is hope whenever these things happen, not everyone will refuse to believe that yokai exist. As the episode ends, someone speaks directly into Itsuki’s mind, claiming she has found him and we see paw prints on a wall before vanishing. A nice episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

New Game! (Ep.1)

New Game! (Ep.6)

After doing a ton of villagers from already pre-designed drawings, Aoba gets her first character she has to design from scratch by just using a description of who she is. Checking up on her, Kou tells us all that she was actually the lead designer at Aoba’s age, though because of her attitude, she wasn’t well-like in the early going. Aoba also admits that she’s a bit bitter about not being as good as her idol at the same age, though Kou lets her know it’s okay to be bitter when in defeat, but to also enjoy the victories just as much. Also, Kou isn’t the only person designing things in the game, so Aoba needs to remember that while Kou will get a lot of the recognition, she was just as important too. Afterwards, she finishes the character design, but is embarrassed when discovering this character was written to be a representation of Aoba herself. It’s the weekend so we finally get to see everyone in their casual lives. Yun’s got her hands full with her younger siblings, Hajime’s out taking pictures for more ideas for motion projects, Hifumi is smiling at things and Aoba’s just like Kou, lazy as shit in the morning. Though it’s a bit unfair when Kou looks a thousand times hotter, holy hell! Later on we finally get to see Aoba and her best friend Nene hang out together, no phone conversations this time. They go to see that Moon Ranger movie Nene was talking about on the phone in a previous episode. Turns out unbeknownst to Aoba, both Yun (with her siblings) and Hajime (alone) were also at the movie, even though it’s a kids movie. Back at work, Aoba now gets to 3D model the character she made earlier. Meanwhile, Kou and Rin get called into a meeting and during this, Hifumi notes that they are definitely behind schedule, which in the meeting is also displayed on the faces of Rin and Kou. So the character team will be coming in on weekends and maybe staying overnight. So Aoba brings a sleeping bag and SPECIFICALLY BRINGS A CHANGE OF CLOTHES!!! Kou has a little fun at Aoba’s expense and then HOLY SHIT, WHEN DID AOBA GET SEXY?! In a different change of clothes, Kou barely even recognizes her too, which is hilarious, as is Aoba’s bear sleeping bag. That was a very cute episode.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***

Qualidea Code (Ep.1)

Qualidea Code (Ep.5)

So…somehow I didn’t watch past credits and see that CANARIA FUCKING DIED?!!! It explains why Ichiya is clearly emotionally affected by Canaria’s note in his book at the start of the episode. But before we have time to react we get a flashback with Hotaru and Maihime when Maihime’s presumably parents (or one of them) passed away when she was young. But again, before we have time to react, we’re in the main room with the main cast except for Ichiya and now obviously Canaria. With both of them missing, one dead and one clearly unable to fight, the other four are asked to help out with keeping Tokyo safe until they can find replacements for those who were lost. Maihime wreaks havoc as the interim head of Tokyo to the point they’re all wishing Ichiya returns soon. It’s at this point that I’m convinced Canaria isn’t dead, as the death of a member of the main cast is being seriously underplayed here thus far. Maihime and Hotaru visit Ichiya in his room and it’s been beyond torn apart and he’s so far gone. Though Maihime really doesn’t help things with him, in fact probably made it worse. Though we do see she’s clearly been affected by Canaria’s death as well, finally having alone time with Hotaru to break down and cry. But to make things funny, of course it takes Kasumi pissing him off to start pushing him forward, literally. Before we get a conclusion though, we’re in a lab with the big wigs and Aoi is the subject, perhaps also in that attack that killed Canaria and six others. Her “code” has been replaced and because of the wrap around her neck, I imagine she’s been given Canaria’s power. And then the theories start as when she touches the older woman’s hand, she gets a sense of danger from her. Are the Unknown taking human form? Is that all a manufactured war? There’s so many theories I’ve developed from five seconds of anime now. Hotaru approaches Aoi and asks her if she noticed anything strange during that massive Unknown battle the last two weeks. Turns out, Hotaru has identified that all those who were attacked were part of the same group that attacked from a specific spot in that battle. Hotaru isn’t taking no or nothing for an answer and Aoi is not doing a good job of hiding things either. She says goodbye to Maihime along the way, which worries me slightly. Meanwhile, the Chigusa siblings have the dead inside Ichiya with them while guarding the entrance to Tokyo. Asuha is aware that Kasumi didn’t like Canaria at all, but because he only communicates through negativity and Canaria obviously was the one person who didn’t fall into that territory. An alert goes up immediately after all this and an attack pretty much buries Ichiya in rubble, though no one notes anything. We have two new soldiers to see, Ginko and Zakuro as well. Then the sky turns red and a massive flying Unknown appears along with a swarm of smaller enemies. Something strange happens as well, several of the students’ codes on the neck light up as the episode ends. Are they also being targeted or is the “code” much more Unknown based than we’re led to know? Guess we’ll find out next week.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Rewrite (Ep.1)

Rewrite (Ep.6)

So who’s episode is it this week? I’m wondering if it’ll be Chihaya. Be first, Kotarou’s kidnapped by Lucia for some reason. Because she’s wearing a maid uniform? W-What…what the hell?! OHHHHHHHHH!!! He asked her to serve him homemade lunch in a maid uniform as a condition (as a joke), but naturally Lucia would take it seriously. Though she admits that Shizuru helped her with the seasoning as her tastebuds are greatly reduced since her body became what it is today, explaining why she was stone-faced while eating that spicy parfait. After all that’s happened, even Lucia’s getting friendly with Kotarou now, addressing him by his first name suddenly. And now she and Shizuru are fighting over his “friendship”. Finally, the club gets to work, dealing with a holy sword stuck in a candy shop, but Chihaya pulls it out and breaks it. They also go through a number of other cases with dumb and hilarious results. On the weekend, they all go for a case in a nearby forest and Kotori brings her dog, Chibi-Moth as a bodyguard. It’s the cutest bodyguard ever and is probably a mammoth, being the secret Kotori has, but no one else notices it for the split second the tusks are out. While in the forest, I have to note how the music sounds so much like it’s coming from a Dark Cloud game, or maybe Rogue Galaxy or Suikoden. They note as they get further in, the bugs stop appearing and the greenery gets overpowering. Shizuru claims she saw an orthrus and Chibi-Moth leads the rest towards what looks like a poisoned part of the forest, as if the water is radioactively toxic, causing birth defects in animals, like the orthrus Shizuru saw, which was just a two-headed mouse. After leaving, he sees Ribbon Girl and chases after him. He ends up at the tree he recalls the dream with his murder by the hands of Ribbon Girl being from. When everyone reaches him however, she’s not there anymore and Kotarou is very weak. Later in the night, he sneaks into the school to write up what happened, but Akane is also there as well. She notes after what they saw what the world will do when the day comes that the Earth is beyond saving, a la what’s going on today with the environment. She notes how long it’ll take for the world to stop dreaming about the day they migrate to another planet and actually start working towards that idea. She has an idea of how to solve the problem, get rid of the source…humans. The next day he gets a call from the reporter girl who is aware that they went to that spot in the forest. One day at school, one of the members of the newspaper club tells him that the reporter girl has been missing for three days since that call she made. Another really good episode.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

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

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.6)

As usual Subaru is building his version of Soma’s dish to be slightly different and thus stronger. However Soma looks as unimpressed and unfazed as he normally does. We also learn that Subaru snuck up on the reporter with Soma and got all his information as well. However, Soma suddenly pulls out an entire new selection of meats and starts improvising his dish. He even runs off stage to bring his little clay stove that he burned the bitch’s business card on in Episode 1 last season. Subaru however knows that he went to see Takumi before the match and also got more meat on the way. He’s convinced he’s won, but we’re all not that stupid, are we? Soma reveals he planned around Subaru, even though his dish is improvised. And because of this, his dish is also very meticulously crafted but with even more ingredients. He then reveals this is a dish created through every piece of information, every attempt he’s ever made, this was a dish that took a lifetime to create. Soma wins 5-0 in the votes where he will obviously face Akira in the finals. Subaru intends to leave, but Soma won’t let him and neither with Takumi. But Takumi doesn’t take his mezzaluna back, in fact he gives it to Soma, intending to win it from him in a Shokugeki rather than just claim it back. At the end, he looks right at Erina and claims he’s one step away from being able to challenge her. An okay episode again, we’re back to me being not nearly as impressed.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)

Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.6)

We see Kotori’s mom for the first time without a TV screen, telling a woman about how Kouhei’s been helping out and keeping Kotori company lately and in turn this woman tells her daughter about it, who appears to be a friend of Kotori’s. She’s also asked to take some food over to Kotori and when she goes over there, that’s when Kouhei and Tsumugi are there. Her name’s Shinobu and Kotori is beyond freaked out that she’s here suddenly. Finally explaining things, Shinobu is very unhappy that Kotori never told her about this, so they must be best friends. She also admits she doesn’t even know who Kouhei is, since he’s so plain looking and unforgettable. So in turn, Shinobu wants to help Kotori learn how to cook as well. Tsumugi now looks at this new addition like a party and overdoes it, thinking it meant she could invite her friends to the next get-together. Kouhei has to change plans, much to Tsumugi’s dismay, so he limits the damage by planning a second party at their own place for her friends, which blows Tsumugi’s mind to have two parties in the same month. While messing up the designs of her invitations, they inadvertently plan their get-together to be making gyoza. On that day, she gives the two girls invitations to their party and then suddenly Yuusuke, the friend of Kouhei who helps with Tsumugi shows up. Appears she sent one invitation before Kouhei got to her. But the girls are okay with it, so he stays. During the process, Shinobu does a first in the recipe, adds something not in the recipe and that freaks out Kouhei and Kotori. Both Yuusuke and Shinobu are great cooks, so they’re skills are much higher than the two learners. They even make Kotori finally do some work, instead of telling Kouhei what to do. After a little, Shinobu asks Kotori to talk to her alone outside and asks her if these get-togethers are really important to her, seeing her smile a lot while this was going on. It seems Shinobu thought initially this was just about cooking food, but understands it’s more than that, there’s an emotional part to this. So when they get back, she keeps Yuusuke away from the cooking role as well so the three main characters can slowly get it done. After it’s all done and they’re eating, Kotori offers Shinobu the chance to do this again, but refuses until they’re better at cooking, now understanding the point to these meetings in the first place. I wonder if she sees that Kotori really likes Kouhei as well? Another very cute episode.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.6)

The man who attacked Justice at the end calls Izzy and appears to be an old friend of hers, she calls him Blood. He says he’s taking Justice for a little while and will return him in the morning. He takes him to one of the Kingdoms labs though intends to destroy it, Justice wants to help, noticing that the tattoo BB (his real name) has is the same as his own. During their run through the building, BB explains things Bluesy wouldn’t tell him, that there are four of these tattoos, the same as the number of Ruins in the world, America owning one, the Kingdom owning two, the final one somewhere in Japan. We’re to assume that Aryabhata and company are about to find this ruin and apparently this girl has an innate desire to grope everyone at any given moment. I like her. Back with BB and Justice, the get further into the facility, BB teaching him a few things in battle so he doesn’t have to use his power. The reach the main room with a mad scientist at the helm who seems like he belongs in a Hellsing anime rather than this one. He reveals his project, making copies of tattoos and testing it on random people. To make matters worse, if any of them are knocked out, they will explode, bombs inside their bodies. BB assures Justice that he would like to save them all as well, but it won’t be easy. As the battle starts, the mad scientist explains to his assistant that when BB left the Kingdom, his tattoo power was almost at his limit, meaning that if he uses the Void even a little, it will devour him. So basically that’s code for at some point in this series, he will sacrifice himself. So he uses his power, but somehow is fine. Not only that, but he conveniently removed all the bombs from the users without harming their organs. When they reach the mad scientist, he looks like he’ll kill them both but simply knocks them both out, explaining to Justice what it truly means to be a hero. At the Ruin, they find a crystal and because it’s anime, Aryabhata strips naked for the task of touching the crystal and vanishes inside of it. In a flashback with BB and the scientist, we learn that this scientist was the one who gave Justice the tattoo, calling the man Wiseman. It appears both of them are against whatever Aryabhata’s goal is. He’s now become a mentor and teacher for Justice to hone his skills with the Void. Afterwards, Bluesy approaches him alone asking him what’s going on and he assures her he won’t do anything bad to Justice, but that’s not what she wants to know. It seems that Bluesy is in love with BB, likely a close age as him in reality and not her body’s consistent age. He tells Bluesy that the Ruins are not just tattoo homes, but places that if all four are controlled by one person, they can rewrite the world with the sheer power. He also tells her to stop bothering with the fourth Ruin in Japan and just protect the one in America they have with whatever power they have left. He leaves after telling her that he will stop Aryabhata. Back with Wiseman, it appears the scientist has figured out how to at the very least add onto the code of the tattoo, but not rewrite it. Touko visits Justice the next day and apparently if a man is wide open for the taking in anime, you go for it, so naturally he wakes up before she gets a kiss in and in the process, well…sits directly on the hardest part of a man’s body in the early morning. She asks him afterwards if he thinks it was a good idea for her to have the tattoo copy on her forehead, so she can see the same things he sees. She also asks if she can stay with him and he accepts, ending the episode. Touko, it doesn’t matter if you want Seigi’s body every night, Aryabhata owns your chest, remember? Decent episode again this week, though last week was so much better.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.6)

We start off seeing who may be the sympathetic villain of this show, a girl possessed by a demon and has obtained horrifyingly dark powers. Her name is Velvet Crowe, imprisoned for years it seems, toiling away and fighting demon after demon until finally being freed by an unknown woman for an unknown reason. Velvet keeps mentioning a man she wants to kill, Artorius. The two are then attacked by four “Exorcists” and Velvet’s told she cannot defeat Exorcists with her power. So naturally Velvet just walks up and fights them off easily. They hide for a moment so Velvet can change from her revealing and torn outfit to a still very revealing and slightly torn outfit. During this time, she finally learns the location of this man and is told the history that led to this man becoming a very powerful man three years later now that Velvet’s free from her imprisonment. Then a man suddenly walks into the room they’re in, forcing them to hide, but he’s able to somehow sneak behind them and grabs a hold of Velvet. He demands they listen to his words, or else, but Velvet just laughs because she realizes he’s broken out of prison, just like him and it’s also revealed he’s a Daemon. He’s looking for his “partner” before he leaves and it turns out to be the large sword Velvet’s carrying, named Stormhowl. It looks like they’re about to fight, but she’ll give him the sword back on one condition, but they don’t flat out tell us what it is, we’re just to assume it’s to help them break out of prison together. I’m having such a hard time figuring out if these characters are supposed to be villains or not. Upon creating a major distraction, they reach the roof, but the fall is too large for Velvet, but as to be expected, she jumps anyway. She dislocates her shoulder and has to pop it back in before the other woman, Seres arrives and heals her. Then a ship arrives to the island they’re on and Seres claims Artorius is on this ship due to the high-class level of the ship’s banner. I really don’t know how to assume who’s a hero and who’s a villain in this situation, they’re designed to look like they’re evil, but we spend so much time with them it’s hard to assume otherwise. Artorius is designed to almost look similar to Alisha who we know is a good guy, but the backstory behind Artorius makes him seem far towards the other side. Either way, this episode was just confusing and while we have some interesting new characters, it feels more like they were just shoved on us.

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Episode Score: 3/5

One comment

  1. “Why is it that anime characters are never responsible with their phone battery?!” – Agree. This is becoming a weak plot device that is overused (not just in anime but in movies as well). While very rarely someone you know will have an unexpected dead battery with no way to charge it, this isn’t the norm for anyone as we’d hardly carry our phones around if they died that often.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the season so far.

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