Week #7 – Summer Anime 2016

Week number seven 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.7)

Being left in prison an extra day, Ikta’s in a bad mood. But Yatori saves the day with water and food that she totally didn’t save for him because she likes him or anything obvious like that, how could a girl as tough as Yatori ever lose a little bit of that barrier she has to a guy she may or may not like, that would be silly and never at all happens in anime! At a town, he runs into Kanna, the book girl from last week and drags her into town with him, working his charms as per usual, though she even straight up asks him if he’s a lady-killer type, to which he claims that it’s just “all the older women conspiring to seduce him”. Sure, buddy. They talk about the asshole too from last week and apparently he likes being a prick to everyone. We also discover what was in the prison that Ikta saw, a fuck-ton of spirits being imprisoned, perhaps stored as they can’t move without light, Ikta calling it spirit abuse. The Lieutenant says they took only wind and fire spirits from the Sinack and Ikta knows it’s because they’re fighting ability is lessened a ton without those specific spirits, a desperate measure to break the will of the Sinack. Ikta believes if anything it’s an invitation to war. Back with Kanna, there’s a brief religion talk as the Sinack leave Alderamin (God) out of their teachings. And sure enough during things, the Sinack start attacking influential members of the Army. But the conversation continues when Kanna pretty much denotes religion and Ikta congratulates her for breaking the curse of God. Yatori hears gunshots and sure enough, the Major and others are dead. Yatori gives chase and Ikta/Kanna arrive later to investigate. They also find Alderamin pilgramage clothes there, but no idea why. Yatori stops her force when seeing an ambush ahead and demands to know why her comrades were killed, to which that woman from last week notes how it must feel for the Army to watch their friends die too and also claim they stole their Hahashiku, I’m assuming meaning all the spirits. She also notes that the kingdom has exiled them from places where they can sell their crafts, can buy very little produce and other things that would keep them a bustling community. Yatori tries to get demands from them, but they’re intent on just killing the Army rather than negotiating, calling this a holy war. Naturally when the Army gets word, they look at it as an opportunity to purge the world of the Sinack. The soldiers are torn between those who want to kill and others who oppose a war with the Sinack, thinking this as murder rather than what it would be if it were a war with Kioka. There’s something however that is bugging Ikta and that’s the fact the Sinack are calling this a holy war, when it’s a term that this religion-less tribe shouldn’t be using. Yatori thinks it’s because of the spirits they want back, but Ikta is convinced that someone’s put the idea of a holy war in the heads of the Sinack. So our choices are either Kioka or someone within the Army wanting to purge the Sinack and just needing an excuse. Either way, the soldiers are being prepped for an attack the following day. Even Chamille knows this is madness to be attacking their own citizens when a potential all-out war with Kioka could happen at any moment. Ikta again is smart to know that the person in charge of the fortress here has not told the main force about this situation, acting alone. He’s also preparing for battle, showing some new guns to Torway, calling them a trump card if needed. I’m now worried as fuck about Kanna as this war begins. Well things are really starting up now.

Episode Score: 4/5

Amanchu! (Ep.1)

Amanchu! (Ep.7)

The rainy season has started and all the kids at school are not in the best of moods, way off their game. Ai is even more pissed off than usualFutaba is long gone and Hikari is as all over the place as ever. After school, Mato knows Futaba’s going to swimming lessons, but notices Hikari isn’t going with her and isn’t even going the right way home, so she gets curious and checks on her. I guess Mato has nothing better to do, she even follows her on the train when she has a car of her own. Finally, Hikari notices her stalker and tells her it’s a happy day and “it’s almost time”, which turns out to be the train passing by a ton of blooming flowers, very pretty. It lasts for only a second and that’s literally the only reason Hikari is going this far by train. But it appears Hikari is just filling her life full of happiness and Mato can’t help but admire that. Later in the summer, the rain’s stopped at it’s hot as fuck. Even worse, the pool’s closed for maintenance. So Mato makes them play Red Light, Green Light and they start enjoying themselves, to the point Mato even joins in. A cute episode, but nothing too special.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Handa-Kun (Ep.1)

Handa-Kun (Ep.7)

Midterms are over so it’s time for people to take the supplementary exams who failed. For sure’s are Reo and Akane…and GASP! OH MY GOD! Handa-kun may be the worst of them all! No! It can’t be! The Handa Force are in full effect for getting the two failing members back into the good grades. Even worse, only three people failed, so you know who the third is. Junichi is shocked when the revelation that he was 1st and not Handa-kun. So they devise the crazy hypothesis that Handa intentionally failed so he wasn’t 1st. I just wanna know how they’ll react to Handa-kun having the worst score out of all of them. At test day, the fake Handa and the runner, Kotarou are there as well. Sure enough, Handa-kun shows up himself. They all start wondering how in god’s name he’s in the room with them. They all devise the idea he forgot to write his name down, but don’t think that’s possible either. But he did and would’ve finished 25th, but the teacher made him take this exam anyways as punishment so he won’t forget that again. Everyone passes the exam, so all is good and they also believe Handa-kun only took the exam to bear the shame of failing with those who actually did. Oh, and he forgot to write his name again.

The next sketch starts off with a new girl, Kasumi, the school librarian who apparently has no eyes. The place is a ghost room, but thankfully all is not lost and Handa-kun frequents the library to borrow books. She’s head over heels for him in the creepiest way (think Tharja from Fire Emblem), to the point she snuck a romance novel between the coolest kid in school and a dull librarian for him to find, as if that could influence him. But he doesn’t take it, despite the girl’s hopes. Or at least we thought, she snuck that book under the cover of a calligraphy book. The Handa Force barges in after he leaves and she absolutely loses it when they knock over a few books as well from the Handa Corner. She also becomes super cute when going over the top about her love for Handa-kun. Then the idiots try and change the library to “Handa-kun’s tastes”, which are not actually true, it’s their over-the-top ideas of Handa-kun. The library is bustling again, so Kasumi is busy as hell now, which also means Handa-kun isn’t showing up anymore. Because of this, apparently her hair stays parted so her eyes show up. So when Handa-kun finally returns to return the books and even praises a little bit of the romance novel she snuck in there, her hair goes right back over her eyes again. But then she screws her chances over after telling Handa-kun she isn’t ordering any more calligraphy books and says he doesn’t have to come to the library anymore. Uh…WHAT WAS SHE THINKING SAYING THAT?! Back with Takao, it turns out Handa-kun’s words to the librarian about the book where Takao’s words and not his own. Decent episode, first sketch was bad but the librarian sketch was fantastic. Oh and now Kasumi reveals her plans, to stalk Handa-kun instead of waiting for him to show up in the library.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

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

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.7)

A big art competition is around the corner, so Yumeko’s getting Subaru and Mizuki all revved up and ready to go. Though Subaru has absolutely zero interest in the competition, wanting his waifus to only be for his eyes. Mizuki tries to work his pride into painting something, but he’s so careless that it doesn’t make a dent in him. Then some douchebag (who must’ve won first place in that last one) gets into Subaru’s face and makes fun of his waifu drawing that got second. Mizuki’s so pissed off she doesn’t even let the douchebag introduce himself. She decides they’re going to beat him with the very drawings that he made fun of. So for the first time ever, the two of them are working together on a painting. The next time we see them, after hanging up his uniform shirt as he took it off due to the heat, Mizuki makes the mistake of saying she’s not Subaru’s mom, which he replies with (since he’s so straight-forward and doesn’t care) the fact that of course she wouldn’t be, given their ages she’d be his wife, not his mother. Naturally, that sends Mizuki as far off the deep end as you can go without reaching Yuki from Momokuri levels of being off the deep end. I have to note though how every time a girl has a marriage or married life daydream, it looks absolutely stupid. For reference sake, Mizuki also has to wear a maid outfit for Subaru. During her inner thinking and getting lost in space, she inadvertently showed him her panties for like…a while. Then we get a DRAWING MONTAGE!!! And sure enough…they win first place. They forget too why they worked together on this, being that the douchebag was part of it. Speaking of him, he didn’t even place. KARMA, BITCH!!!

In the second sketch, Colette’s boring us with filling out a career future sheet. The president wants to open a futon shop and Mizuki is too embarrassed to say what she wrote down. Finally, she spits out wife and the two laugh at her. Snapping back she makes Colette cry, because Colette is a crybaby little bitch, so whatever. Naturally, she finds Maria out on the roof being a weird chuunibyo girl, meditating. She and Colette are going to be good (stupid) friends. Colette wants Maria to be her master, but after hearing the fight she had with the Art Club, Maria wants her to make up with them before she’ll take her on as a student. The next day, she’s now wrapped in bandages, just like Maria is. A silly little episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

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Momokuri (Ep.13 & 14)

Shinya’s worried that Yuki doesn’t look at him like he’s a man and his friends just look at him saying “You’re thinking about this now?!”, as if it hasn’t been obvious the entire time. Sure enough, they tease him further to admitting they haven’t kissed yet, but “he’s said her first name a couple times!”. They let him know it’s not necessarily due to his looks, it has more to do with his personality and such, especially his constant desire to get bigger by drinking strawberry milk, the most manliest of drinks! They also suggest he stop being so timid and non-threatening, basically stop being your typical loli girl personality trapped in a boy’s body. He’s also sick and before he has a chance to figure out what’s going on, guess who the boys call? You guessed it, YUKI-CHAN!!! Except they also riddle the text in innuendo, so that helps. She actually goes alone, despite trying to get Norika and Rio to come with her and failing as they’re both busy, though Rio is devastated she’s missing this moment. When giving him a thermometer that she plans to use as the piece de resistance of her Momo-kun museum, he lifts his shirt up for…some reason, either way it drives Yuki beyond crazy. Attempting to be more manly, he tries to be aggressive and kiss her but he passes out from the fever, or he faked passing out, not having the guts to follow through with the kiss. Wow…an amazing moment happens where Yuki actually opts not to take a cute Momo-kun photo while he’s asleep and instead makes him some food. When checking his temperature, he grabs her hand and says in his sleep that her hand on his forehead feels good, so her sense of reason literally trying to fly around and she has to grab it so she stays composed, a hilarious metaphorical exchange there. She notes at that time while she’s stared at the photos she’s taken forever and ever, she’s never really taken the time to admire him in person the same way. Of course because it’s anime, she falls asleep doing that very thing. They both wake up very late, the sun starting to set, I guess they’re still too early in to think about a sleepover. Now alone in bed, Shinya’s lamenting over the fact he has such a hard time calling Yuki, well…Yuki. We see a flashback of him attempting to call her that for the first time and they both react as you’d expect, beyond abnormally. They’re so freaking cute. Just like the episode, super adorable.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)

The Morose Mononokean (Ep.7)

Itsuki actually thanks him for his help with the ring, which really throws Hanae off. ZENKO’S BACK, YAY!!! She gets a hold of him while at school, the first time seeing each other since he helped her out with her father. She reveals to both Hanae and Itsuki bite marks on her arm that no one else could see. Now all of a sudden, she can see yokai as well, since the bite she suffered from a dog, but then a fox shows up, the real culprit of the bite. Itsuki didn’t even sense it until it touched him, so he’s visibly shaken. It also seems to know Itsuki, though when he was little, it also claims that it’s just wanting to play with Itsuki, however it uses Zenko as a way to keep them from refusing. So they’re to play hide-and-seek, if they find the fox, it’ll remove the mark on her arm. But Zenko outright refuses and the fox throws a tantrum, but it’s because the three still have classes to attend, of course. So they all agree to meet it at Zenko’s family temple after school. I imagine this fox will turn out to be that small dog-looking humanoid in the main intro. He ends up being beyond late and arrives later in the day with them still looking for the fox in a graveyard just as Itsuki found him. However it demands to go one more time, turns out this one more time was number 23, the fox acting like a child as it probably is. Hanae continues to struggle sensing the yokai until finally Itsuki decides to try and capture it. Turns out though, Hanae actually guesses that this Itsuki was the fox all along. During the scuffle, Itsuki finally remembers the fox (Yahiko) and it transforms sure enough into that humanoid. It turns out Itsuki has been an employee of the Mononokean since the age of seven and that the name of the master at the time was named Aoi. But then it suddenly stops acting happy, turns up the pain on Zenko’s arm and transforms into an even larger fox, demanding to know if he killed Aoi like the rumours say. And that’s how the episode ends. Huh, interesting episode to say the least.

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Episode Score: 4/5

New Game! (Ep.1)

New Game! (Ep.7)

That dark-skinned girl that keeps Shizuku in line goes up to Aoba (apparently she’s on the programming team) because her NPCs are creating a ton of errors. I have to wonder, as someone unfamiliar with the process of game development, what could Aoba have messed up in drawing a character in 3D that caused errors in the programming department of things? Apparently Kou never told Aoba about this stuff, so tanned girl is pissed! Tanned girl’s also a bit of a bitch, but it seems Aoba’s so adorable that she’s kind of accepting this for now. Her name’s finally given to us, Umiko. Aoba asks if that’s her last name and it becomes a soft spot for her, it seems her last name is embarrassing, not sure why Ahagon is so embarrassing, but it’s embarrassing enough that when Kou interrupts and says it, she gets a BB gun shot to the face! She demands she’s called by her first name. After she leaves, Kou’s calming Aoba down, saying Umiko’s actually far nicer than she looks and we see her alone being devastated by being way too hard on Aoba. The girls all talk about Umiko afterwards, Hajime way into her collection of airsoft guns and it’s pretty much given that she’s a bit short-tempered. She later comes back and thanks Aoba for the corrections and apologizes for earlier. She even gives Aoba an empty shotgun shell she got from an American soldier as a gift, which Aoba is a little put off by. By a simple comment about Umiko’s love for military things, she suddenly wants to get Aoba involved in her life, first with airsoft, but because of Aoba’s lack of athletics, she tries to get her to play FPS games with her, to the point she’s a little obsessed and Kou has to interrupt. After work, she convinces Aoba to come with her and Kou (though Kou wasn’t invited) to Umiko’s “secret training field”, which appears to be a shooting range Umiko built on the roof of the building? She teaches Aoba to fire a rifle and then shows off with dual-wielding pistols. Kou thinks she can do this easily, so they have an old-school Wild West duel and it seems they fight to a stalemate.

Another day, they have a company check-up day, which is a thing in Japan, I guess. Aoba’s excited to have a “barium enema” and I suddenly got chills up my spine. Why? Because I’ve had one…and it ain’t pleasant. Either way, it’s a scene for the girls to undress, go figure. We start with Aoba and Yun looking cute and then Hajime’s robe is a little thin and shows off her chest and HOLY FUCK, HIFUMI!!! *nosebleed*

Ahem…so when they exit, Kou’s looking sick cause apparently she gets a bit sick when seeing blood. Hifumi takes deep breaths like she’s having birth, that was funny. Aoba on the other hand has some crazy new girl dealing with her, but it’s all right. Umiko does what a rumor went around saying, she takes her own blood, being impatient. OH WAIT, OF COURSE THERE ARE MEASUREMENTS TOO!!! Yun gets super jealous because Hajime’s in shape and has a thin waist and abs. Umiko’s also fantastic. Shizuku returns after her barium enema, poor girl, I feel her misery. Meanwhile, Rin’s getting super embarrassed with Kou sleeping in her lap this whole time, just accept you love her already, will ya?! After the check-ups are over, Kou notes they’ll be getting part-timers soon for debugging the game. That was a fun episode once again!

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

Qualidea Code (Ep.1)

Qualidea Code (Ep.6)

With the major Unknown attack underway, you have to wonder how in the fuck they’re supposed to even have a decent fight in this situation, let alone win it. Also, how are the Codes related to the Unknown, since their bar codes are clearly reacting to it. With Aoi, Hotaru is on the way to the attack location. They’re attacked during this drive, but Hotaru deals with it until seeing the mass cloud of Unknown and turns around, sensing Maihime being in danger. Students are being killed left and right, almost as if the Codes are making it easy for the dropping Unknown to target them easily. Maihime’s not going down easily though and back with the Chigusas, Ichiya’s officially snapped and seeks to destroy everything around him, but the Unknown take first priority. Figuring he’s got it, the siblings leave to join the main fight where Maihime is. The main battle’s almost like watching the Avengers New York battle in anime form. Airi even though she can’t fight doesn’t want to leave, but Maihime forces her to, saying she can’t die or she’d be very sad, as everyone looks at her like a mother. Before leaving though, she tells Maihime to hold for about 40 minutes, until she can “do something” to help them out. She also gives Airi a locket or something for her to hold onto, which worries me, if I’m about to watch another main character die, I will be pissed. Not kidding, if they kill another main character this soon, I will drop the show. We see in a flashback to Maihime’s childhood that the jacket she wears is her grandfather’s from when he was a military man, a very important one at that. She also made a promise to Hotaru when they were younger to meet at her grandfather’s home when the war was over, perhaps unaware they’d be together through all of this. With the big Unknown appearing and knowing they can’t fight it, Maihime sends everyone to retreat while she holds it off. I swear to god, anime…I’m warning you…

After defeating a ton of them, she still doesn’t accept the chance to escape safely and is now left alone. Next week, the show is getting its warning, like I said earlier. If Maihime or even in a twist of fate Hotaru dies when she inevitably comes in to save her, I will drop this show. Why? Because of the basis of the show needlessly killing main characters in an attempt to exert some sort of emotional reaction. What happened to Canaria was so poorly done and something that should’ve been saved for a second season, not Episode fucking four. So there’s your notice, Qualidea Code, despite the score of the episode. Don’t piss me off.

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Episode Score: 4/5 ***ON NOTICE***

Rewrite (Ep.1)

Rewrite (Ep.7)

For some reason, the school is demanding that the Occult Club be suspended apparently having to do with Inoue’s disappearance and it’s only their club because Kotarou is the last person she was in contact with. Um…why does the school think that another student is the reason and also feels that the club needs to suffer because of it? The fuck kind of sense is that? Not only that, but all the girls are accepting of this. WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON HERE?!!! They claim they all feel the same way as him, well then fucking display that! Kotarou suggests they rewrite (ha, see what I did there?) this wrong and try and find Inoue themselves, cause the police are dumb as fuck, they never solve anything, right? They go back into the forest and we see a flashback from the night before where Chihaya’s butler warned him to stop sticking his nose in where it doesn’t belong. Hm…not foreshadowing at all. It appears after following a trail of prints, Inoue hid her tracks so they’ve lost the trail. The girls leave him for a bathroom break and after thirty minutes (because Kotarou zoned out) they’re still not back, so he’s looking for them. Then he runs into a hooded figure and a bunch of those wolf monsters from before. In order to escape, he rewrites his body to be even faster than before but it’s not enough and he’s bitten a bunch, forced to rewrite his body further and somehow turns his hand into a Wolverine-style claw and kills the main monster. He hears Lucia’s voice and finds her and Shizuru surrounded by raptor-like monsters. However, the girls have little issue with them as Lucia pulls out a katana and Shizuru pulls out two dagger and they go to town on them. Shizuru heals his wounds and tells him these monsters are Gaia’s soldiers, Guardian’s enemy. They tell him to find Kotori and Chihaya, more than able to deal with the monsters currently there. He finds the other three girls (forgot about Akane) and it’s not long before a giant dragon-like monster appears above them. It almost kills Kotori, but Kotarou gets in the way. It drags him around while seemingly sucking his energy out, forcing him to use the claw again, but it’s not intentional, it seems to activate on its own. He’s still in a losing battle and is about to die when Ribbon Girl slices the enemy’s tail clean off and then kills it easily. Still fearing her due to his nightmares of her, he tries to attack her but Kotori’s there and stops him, holding him back and demands Ribbon Girl leave him alone too. He realizes she can see the girl too, but doesn’t say anything about it. Back together with everyone, shit suddenly gets seriously as Lucia is asking Akane questions. Turns out when she and Chihaya showed up, the monsters didn’t attack them, in fact it’s almost like they were defending the two of them. Lucia and Shizuru aren’t buying Akane’s answers. Finally, it’s revealed that the two of them are a part of Gaia and Sakuya shows up as well to take them away. Chihaya’s sad, thinking she made some friends, but if they’re from Guardian, she can’t be with them. Kotarou collapses from his injuries and awakens later in his room. In class, both Chihaya and Lucia are not in class, as well as the teacher (Guardian superior). So now high school life is over, time for the serious shit.

This is tough because this new revelation has suddenly made me very annoyed at the show. I’m okay with Akane being a villain, if that’s the end goal of the show, but it makes zero sense to have Chihaya on that side, especially with the reactions she displays during this revelation. After enjoying the show halfway through, they’ve now thrown a curveball in that I’m not so psyched about. So it has one week to explain to me why I need to still care about this story when I’ve suddenly lost my interest in it.

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Episode Score: 3/5 ***ON NOTICE***

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

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.7)

Well Akira’s set to absolutely fucking destroy Ryo. Apparently Soma just wandered into Erina’s VIP box and sat beside her, which is fucking hysterical. While asking about the competitors, Erina tells Soma about how Ryo only cooked good enough to pass when she was in the same class, while Alice interrupts to ensure that Ryo’s skills aren’t measured by logic alone, that he’s cooking to stay alive, that for him, a match is where he thrives, while a class just doesn’t have that need for him to intensify himself. During their battle, they take a moment to have a metaphorical Yu-Gi-Oh! battle and it appears that they’re both working into a stalemate, but Akira seems to be the most confident and finishes first. But it appears after each dish is consumed that Ryo’s is much more explosive. The judging takes place and after a long period of deliberation and by a score of 3-2 and needing the last vote to decide, the winner is…no one? The last girl can’t decide, so the idea of a rematch get brought up, but the judges are all busy, so it’s decided for the first time ever, they will make the finals a three-way battle. Ryo is furious, not accepts a draw. The theme for the final will be pacific saury, a fish that uses to be a commoner food and has gained popularity in high-end restaurants and all three participants have an advantage with this dish, so it’s an even match. Here we go! Hopefully this tournament ends next week, but I imagine it’ll be a two week match. I want this tournament done with, it’s boring.

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Episode Score: 3/5

Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)

Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.7)

Oh no! Kouhei’s sick! Tsumugi’s unsure what to do with her dad down and out for the count. After watching her favourite show (which has naked transformation sequences, of course, why wouldn’t it?), she gets the crazy idea to go out on her own and I’m assuming go to Kotori’s for help. She also has the most adorable song she sings when making sure she walks on the line on the side of the road. Her journey is like a quest in her head, avoiding sharks, dinosaurs and more, it’s really neat to see that the staff on the show taking the initiative and bringing some realism to this journey to Kotori’s, as if the mind of a child was in full swing. Nearly there, Kouhei wakes up so here comes the moment when he realizes his daughter is gone and runs off to find her. Meanwhile, Tsumugi makes it to Kotori’s but no one’s downstairs, but thankfully Kotori is at home and hears her. They make a care package for Kouhei and set off back home and then Kotori says something strange to me. She says she can only bring her back to close to Tsumugi’s house, but there’s no reason given as to why. I know it can’t be anything serious, but what’s preventing Kotori from taking her all the way home? Not that it matters anyway, Kouhei’s not far from the restaurant and he freaks the fuck out at her and she starts crying. When he comforts her, she’s having none of it and fights her hardest, it’s actually quite uncomfortable to watch, like when you see a child throwing a temper tantrum in public. Eventually, they settle on going back to the restaurant. Kotori offers them food but Kouhei’s really in a bad mood now. She tries to make good pot rice like before and cheer them up, while the two family members try to patch things up. But because she looked on too long, Kotori burned the rice. So instead, she tries to remember how to make gohei mochi out of the now hard rice. Success and everything’s okay again! A cute and heartwarming episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.7)

Justice and the Americans are on a mission! Also along with Colonel Sanders, there’s two more soldiers, Wang and Johnson. This show is fucking amazing with their names! Okay, so there’s Burns as well, but who cares at this point?! Lisa’s with them as well, rested up from her kidnapping. The only thing I don’t like is how when Sanders gives a speech to his predominantly American troops, he does in Japanese. Come on guys! I have to note as well, being Episode 7 and this is a 12-episode season and we’re still missing who look like major enemies alongside Iltutmish and Aryabhata, I have to imagine this show is intended for more than just this one season. There’s no way they can sum this whole thing up in six episodes, can they? Well they can, but without being shit? Wiseman lets BB know what Bluesy and the Americans are doing and refuses to let him out before his code healing or whatever’s going on is complete, otherwise not only will he die, but he’ll die in vain and do nothing anyway. The mission begins, a hailstorm of bullets raining down on this base. Speaking of new characters, there’s samurai girl that we’ve been seeing in the intro. Right off the bat, the American’s Johnson gets cut in half, that’s gonna sting. It doesn’t even look like she swung her sword, though we sure see it when she decapitates him. OF COURSE ARYABHATA’S GRUNT SOLDIERS ARE WOMEN IN MAID OUTFITS!!! In response, Aryabhata sends out Iltutmish to help and increases her power as well, as if it’s necessary, because as if Cal’s (samurai girl) powers aren’t enough OP, she also has bullet time and invisible walls to shield herself. The fuck is this bullshit?! Oh, she removed one sleeve, she must be half-serious now and slices the fuck out of Seigi to make him immobile. And again, the maids are super strong too. And now Iltutmish in full-beast mode (WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK?!) is now on the loose. Suddenly, she’s not that pretty to me anymore. Of course now Bluesy realizes how dumb this mission was, the Kingdom is on a completely higher level than them. Finished in the crystal, Aryabhata emerges with new tattoos and gropes the maid with her because of course she had to. Now with Sanders, Bluesy’s trying to fight Cal and at least manages to land a hit on her. Sanders loses three limbs after that and then is finishes off brutally. Bluesy’s seriously injured as well, though anime healing between episodes are real high. But before Kar finishes her off, BB’s arrived. Oh, apparently Sanders is still alive, just blinded, not killed from that last slash. Aryabhata deals more damage to Justice as well, her powers seeing to be forming shapes from the earth itself. She reveals she leaked the information to the US and drew them there to kill off the majority of them, including Bluesy and in turn, BB. SHe then stabs him several more times and this show is really making me wonder how the hell anyone survives anything. Back with BB and Cal, apparently asking her if she loves him is enough to stop her dead in her tracks for a moment. He then pisses her off further by saying Bluesy has his heart. As the episode ends, it appears he’s serious now and is aware this was all a trap set for him and came prepared. A bloody episode, that’s for sure!

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.7)

We continue where we left off with Velvet and Seres as they approach Artorius. However, the blonde man we saw earlier isn’t him, but merely a guard of his named Oscar. He insults Velvet right away saying that even though she’s a Daemoneater, he’ll treat her with respect because she’s a woman, so she whips a brick at one of his men and that changes his mind quickly. The battle then begins, Oscar parrying her attacks with relative ease and eventually he knocks her into the sea. He admits he does not plan to kill her, his intention is to get her back in that prison so she can continue to devour Daemons. Velvet also reveals that the little boy that Artorius sacrificed was her younger brother, so she refuses to accept the world that was brought by her brother’s life. Then because you always need a moment to disturb the peace, a dragon suddenly shows up, beyond a rarity in the world, most never seeing one before. Oscar claims it’s a Daemon, Seres disagrees. And just to make things more fun, some hot jester-looking girl shows up behind Velvet, pissed that her sleep was just disturbed. She’s over-the-top in a show like this? I love her. Meanwhile it appears Oscar continues to try and seal the dragon but fails, so Velvet’s next up now, taking a heavy hit. So because you always need a sacrifice, Seres tries to sacrifice herself for Velvet’s sake, so she can continue on to kill Artorius, but they both take a heavy hit from the dragon. So jester-girl, finally named Magilou and then Rokurou returns to help out. Awakening, Velvet sees Seres is definitely fucked and demands Velvet eat her so she can take her powers. Seres gives her a comb, presumably from her younger brother. She does so and returns to the battle where the two are struggling with the dragon. She takes it down easily, but Oscar tries to stop her from eating the dragon, knowing how strong she’s become, but she’s unaffected and finishes the job, telling him to let Artorius know her name and that she’s coming for him. So the crew makes their way by ship towards Lawgress. An intense episode, shit’s picking up, though I wonder how this relates to Sorey and company.

Also apparently Velvet and company are part of Tales of Berseria, so I imagine these few episodes are like an advertisement for the new game (in fact, it was released on the 18th, last Thursday in Japan) but I’m unsure how long this goes on for before reverting back to Zestiria.

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Episode Score: 4/5

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One comment

  1. Last week certainly gave us some entertaining episodes. Momokuri and Alderamin were particularly good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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