Week #8 – Summer Anime 2016

Week number eight 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.8)

The battle is not going as well as the General had planned, in fact after nearly a month, they’re not even close. Ikta’s worst nightmare is a reality now as he and the others are no longer on the reserves and are being sent to the front lines. Kanna meanwhile is still struggling to hang in there, exhausted from battle. At Ikta’s camp, they’re suddenly attacked at night. Ikta swings his commanding officer around so his troops have a lesser role, but still look useful. Using light beams, they blind the enemies and attack them when they can’t see. Not only in the end do they win the battle, but they have zero casualties, Suya admitting that it was almost too easy, Ikta’s strategy allowing for the least amount of danger with the same end result. Back with Kanna, it’s becoming more apparently that if she survives, Ikta’s in her future. However, the empty fortress they settled into ends up being a trap and they’re surrounded. Ikta gets another job he doesn’t want, but to shut the commander up, he tells him he’ll take a fortress in less than an hour, Torway and him agreeing that it could take 20 minutes. Because of science, they’ve figured out how to make their rifles better at an even larger range than normal and because of that alone, they win easily. So there’s that trump card Ikta had. So because of this now, the Sniper class is born. After their victory, a soldier from the fortress Kanna’s at asks for help and Ikta does so without hesitation, even though no one from the main lines. However, they will camp for two days which shocks everyone, but Ikta notes because of how high they are up in the mountains, they need to adapt to the changes in the air. However, by the time they reach the fortress, the battle’s already over and they’ve lost. And much to my and Ikta’s dismay, Kanna’s gone too. A harsh lesson in war, sometimes you can’t save everyone and sometimes you have to make tough choices that result in those being lost. A rough episode.

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

Amanchu! (Ep.1)

Amanchu! (Ep.8)

Apparently Makoto is very apathetic towards girls, not taking much interest in them thus far. His friend notes it’s probably because he has a hot sister and he doesn’t deny that she is a very pretty girl when she’s normal. However, she also is a typical older sister and kicks him whenever she wants for no reason whatsoever. He also has a bit of a spider sense whenever he’s around her, which is a blessing and a curse in some ways. He thinks he spots a love letter in her locker and she suddenly runs off without saying a word. He actually gets her to show him who sent it though, surprisingly enough. When he comments about it being a love letter, instead of kicking him she actually gets super flustered and red in the face, a side of Ai we haven’t seen and it actually creeps Makoto right the fuck out. Though she hasn’t read the contents of the letter yet. But it’s not that at all, as we can see from her reaction and she runs off again. Turns out it was meant for the girl with the locker below hers. But again, Makoto’s shocked that she doesn’t snap on him this time either and walks off back to the club. She’s actually having a laugh about it, how this guy put everything into this letter and was so nervous that he put it in the wrong locker. Finally after a nice moment, she kicks him again like everything’s back to normal. Now the script flips and it’s from Ai’s perspective towards Makoto. It seems he’s a keeper of memories, perhaps a bit of a hoarder, but not to the extreme. She flips to Futaba though and takes about how much she likes her, considers her the first friend she made in high school, going over the top about how pretty she is. For me honestly, Futaba’s at the bottom of the list though. Well, now it’s time for another anime cliche, physical testing aka measurements. Somehow Futaba and Hikari get separated in a SCHOOL GYM!!! Futaba takes her first test, with a step stool and stubs her toe the first time. The second time, falls over after one rep. Good lord, girl, get your shit together! Her grip strength is also brutal. Naturally, Futaba spends the majority of this time being super depressing, as she’s prone to do. But as we see later on, she actually has some athletic ability, she just lets her nerves get the best of her. She’s also prone to giving up, even when she’s doing well. Hikari notes that the athletic stuff may not be the issue, but that when there’s something she doesn’t like, she gives up and wants to get away from it. So before the last test, a marathon run, she says something to Futaba and they relax the first few laps and then rush the last lap and finish far ahead of what you would’ve expected. This has actually gotten Futaba enthusiastic about running and Hikari deduces that Futaba just doesn’t like losing, something Futaba never thought about herself either. An adorable episode this week.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Handa-Kun (Ep.1)

Handa-Kun (Ep.8)

Handa-kun’s got a school trip coming up and wants to stay at home so badly. We now have a new challenger as well in Asahi, the most popular guy in another high school. He’s so popular he swoons all the girls from Handa-kun’s school too. At the hotel, things just get weirder, they have Handa-kun bathe alone in his room so the girls don’t have the chance to peak. He also starts a solo pillow fight and makes a mess of the place. The show is just an endless dick measuring contest of each high school’s king. Each of the members of the Handa Force have an equal opponent in Asahi’s group, a delinquent and brainiac, a hot boy (or in the rivals’ case, an androgynous boy…I think?) and the normal follower. After several rounds of attempts on Asahi’s part to be the ultimate high school king, the two are finally alone together and Asahi tries to pull stuff out of Handa-kun and try to become friends with him. Whether that’s a ploy or not, I don’t know yet. However, Handa-kun refuses the friend request, inadvertently making Asahi understand that all his followers are actually his friends, not just subjects. Finally after all the bullshit, Yukio snaps on one guy and slaps the shit out of him…while also knocking Handa-kun off a bridge. Yeah…this episode was a little much.

Episode Score: 3/5

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

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.8)

Because Colette’s a giant (tiny) idiot, Mizuki has one less thing to draw for referencing, since Colette scribbled on that stone head. Learning they had a storage room as well, she and Subaru go exploring in the clearly unused room for an extended period of time. Then the president checks up on them and for some reason shuts the already jammed up door. Hm…this doesn’t seem like a really stupid way to lock the two potential lovers in a small room, now would it? Sure enough, neither of them can open it. While trying to work together, they both fall to the ground and are lying next to each other, which sends Mizuki over the deep end, as we all expected. Colette shows up as well but can’t open the door, but the little idiot’s also blaring music in her headphones, so she doesn’t hear them calling her for help. Minutes later, the sun’s already going down, because that’s how anime time works. It’s also getting colder in the room, so out of nowhere Subaru actually holds Mizuki close for warmth, because this totally isn’t a dream in Mizuki’s mind or anything. Ta-da! Of course it is! He notes though after she has a little freak-out session that it’s not the two of them alone and then pulls out a figurine, causing Mizuki to burst out laughing. So then shit gets random. The figure has flashlight eyes, so they figure to use it and hopefully someone’ll see it out the window of the door. Naturally, the teacher walking around and night is Yumeko. Two questions. One, why are all the lights off? I’ve been in schools late at night, the hall lights are always on until everyone’s left for the night. Two, why is Yumeko, a newer teacher still at the school so late? You’d imagine she’d be out sooner with less to do. But anime logic always wins, so she’s walking around to be scared by the spooky lights. When she sees the doll in the window, she faints. They find an older photo in that club room and there’s an extra door that was covered up. They get free, a locker being on the other side of that door in the main room. So the next day, with a new plaster head, Colette fucks that one up too, because of course she does.

The next sketch things get worse, now Maria’s getting involved in this new secret room and it’s taking Subaru away from the main group, so naturally Mizuki’s super jelly. In one of the old books, Maria finds some envelope with a secret treasure quest thingy inside. Originally, she and Subaru would go alone, so Mizuki can focus, but she realizes that means Subaru gets time alone so she joins them. They actually manage to find the box, hidden under a tile outside. What’s in the box?! HENTAI!!! YES!!! Hilarious ending to the episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

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Momokuri (Ep.15 & 16)

It’s pool time again, but this time the swimsuits are actually out! Naturally, Norika is a little envious cause Yuki’s actually showing some skin and also has a bit of a bust to her. Don’t worry, Norika, Rio will probably take the top spot. And as we’ve been expecting for a while now, Yuki’s reaction to seeing Shinya in his swimsuit for the first time is as disgustingly over-the-top as we all thought it would be. WHAT?! RIO COULDN’T MAKE IT?!!! Returning to the group Norika seeing Shinya and Yuki being normal annoys her and seeks to mess with them. Speaking of Yuki, she’s unsure if it’s a reward or a punishment having to play with a ball full of Shinya’s breath and becomes destroyed when the ball deflates. On the way home, Yuki is the assertive one again and gets them to hold hands, which bothers Shinya, making him think once again he’s not being the man and leading, that he must be uncool because of this. So for once, he takes the lead and stops her from going home just yet, thus starting the second sketch. They stop at a park and despite his efforts to be more mature, he’s still the shy, adorable guy Yuki first got into. She grabs his hand and actually notes that he’s stronger than her, so he has a man’s hand, which causes Shinya to almost snap and pull her in, nearly for a kiss, just to say it’s not just his hand, he is a man. The shock of it drives her off the deep end once again and falls off the swing and Shinya catches her just in time. I’m starting to wonder if the last few weeks will be Yuki fighting with the idea that she’s only in love with the cute Shinya and not the more assertive, “manly” Shinya. Back in Yuki’s room, Norika is questioning her on keeping food Shinya gives her and notices a cabinet with curtains over it. Oh dear, it looks like it’ll be real bad. We never see what it is, it’s too hot for TV so it’s all censored, so Norika walks out, comes back with garbage bags and they’re all gone. Then the real issue comes out. As I suspected would happen, since that day Shinya declared himself as a man, Yuki has not gone out with him since. She claims it’s because she’s now more nervous around him and is unsure how to act around him. Maybe I’m wrong about the only loving cute Shinya part, maybe she’s just actually in love with him, as in married love, not just “I want to be around this cute guy” kind of love. A cute episode once again.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)

The Morose Mononokean (Ep.7)

It starts to become more apparent that Yahiko is a lot more dangerous of a yokai than his personality would first suggest. Answering Yahiko’s question about being the master, he understands that it’s a special honour that the yokai all want, but to him it’s a burden. Not only that, but if Aoi heard the rumours about her murder, she would’ve laughed. He overpowers Yahiko even as a giant fox and tells him he did nothing to Aoi at all. Turning small again, Yahiko notes he didn’t believe the rumours up until seeing the older Itsuki, thinking he’d changed. Finally, they get him to remove the mark and he does note that Itsuki has definitely gotten scarier since they last met. He agrees to help around Zenko’s temple for a year as well. On the way home, Hanae finds something that looks like a hooded spirit from Alderamin. It frantically asks for the Mononokean and needs help. Its name is Jomatsu, a bird yokai looking for Princess Amno who’s missing and apparently falls in love with a lot of different things in the human world, including a fucking jet plane!!! Apparently all these relationships end in heartbreak and she hides in an eggshell until she’s gotten over it. However this time around she’s been in there for over a month, way longer than usual and she’s growing larger as well. Hanae goes alone to find the Princess, as Itsuki has another client that day. The egg has grown gigantic and she’s not responding so Hanae gets the idea to break the shell, much to Jomatsu’s dismay and warning of imminent peckings if he does. However during the process, he accidentally hits Jomatsu with a rock and the Princess finally reacts to that. Turns out he didn’t hit him at all and just tested the Princess’ own feelings towards Jomatsu after already realizing he’s madly in love with the Princess. But it’s when Hanae mentions how Jomatsu collapsed on the roadside because of how worried he was for her that she really reacts to that and he tells Jomatsu to finally confess to her. He does and the Princess reacts happily to it and all seems well again, Hanae actually solved something on his own! …Except when Itsuki arrives, she falls in love with him instead. Oh dear. As the episode ends, Itsuki notes how everything’s going wrong today, including the job he took before arriving. Another cute episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

New Game! (Ep.1)

New Game! (Ep.8)

The episode name is “It’s Summer Break!!”. Well, guess it’s finally swimsuit time this week! Wait…THAT MEANS IT’S OKAY FOR KOU TO HAVE NO PANTS ON!!! What the hell is Aoba going to do then?! Anyways…

Aoba and Eagle Jump don’t have a summer break. So when her friend Nene sees an ad for the company (likely as a game tester), you know what’s coming this week. Sure enough, Nene’s arrived and Umiko’s her supervisor. Poor girl, I’m amazed she didn’t shoot her for being late. Umiko wonders if she’s a spy from another company, but Nene’s just a goofball, nothing more. Seeing that Nene’s here, Aoba’s hiding from her as well. Finally after nearly getting tossed out for sneaking around to find Aoba, she finally comes clean about Nene being a friend of hers. We see a slightly less realistic representation of being a debugger, as Nene’s seeing a lot of freezing, but over the years I’ve read that it’s A HELL OF A LOT MORE THAN THAT!!! Naturally during lunch when Shizuku sees Nene for the first time, she does her usual shtick and makes things as complicated and awkward as possible. Then more realism comes in as Nene is bored as fuck as it’s the same thing over and over. However the anime actually gets very detailed and shows just how much Nene is noticing from a debugger’s and a fan’s perspective, noting actual bugs and then inconsistencies with the game’s story compared to the previous games. She shows off to Aoba later than even though her jester girl is supposed to die in the game, she found a way to keep her alive (albeit the game freezes after) by cheating the game. Then the worst possible thing happens. Because she was told there’s dessert in the fridge she can take, Nene took the last pudding (or what she thought was the last of many) and it was actually Kou’s and she’s devastated. But Rin’s too busy to deal with Kou’s petty bullshit, as it turns out the beta is being released the next day. After sending an e-mail out about the stolen pudding, Nene goes over the deep end with regret and the next day leaves a new one in the fridge with an apology note. Rin ends up getting it as she helped out and Aoba gave Kou one for helping her out as well, so all’s good. Rin knew pretty quick that it was Nene and messes with her just a little bit in jest, without giving it away.

Now this time I wasn’t dumb and noticed the timestamp was far sooner than usual for the episode end, so I caught the post-credits stuff! It’s  Nene getting into the elevator with Umiko, it feels like danger is on the way, but actually we get the nice side of her, thanking her for noticing stuff beyond the bugs. Nothing special, but that’s besides the point!

KOU HAD PANTS ON THE WHOLE EPISODE!!! HOLY SHIT!!!

Ahem…but yeah, fun episode again this week.

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Episode Score: 4/5 

Qualidea Code (Ep.1)

Qualidea Code (Ep.7) *On Notice*

This show is on notice this week simply because I’m sick and tired of the show just killing off main characters like it’s nothing, as you guys saw with Servamp I’m not too accepting of deaths without meaning, so because I fear they’re going to kill off their most entertaining character, the show’s gotten a warning. So because I’m assuming this episode will determine Maihime’s status, the show’s staying power depends on how she ends up after this episode ends. Anyways…

Can I note how stupid it already is that Canaria is still in the intro like she’s still there and a prolific character? The remaining characters that aren’t Ichiya (who’s letting off some steam) are returning to the city. Asuha in particular is pulling out her badass card and using it very well. Though she’s so lost in the fighting, she doesn’t notice Kasumi has fallen behind. Hotaru tells us about her past, being a secret service soldier for a while before meeting Maihime again. They run into Kasumi on the way and pick up him. Maihime’s staying strong in her own battle before the big ship finally comes for her along with the big boss. We hear through the reports that everywhere except Tokyo is now clear of Unknown. It appears though that this boss Unknown can either reduce or counter Maihime’s World. She can’t do any damage now and is on the brink of death when Hotaru finally shows up. Now she’s pissed, you harmed Maihime, you’re fucked now! Airi manages to meanwhile reactivate the barrier, preventing further Unknown from showing up. However, a bad sign happens, Maihime’s communication status is in “Error” status. Does that mean…? Oh right, her bar code thing got hit. She also stops Hotaru from destroying more Unknown for some reason and breaks Hotaru’s bar code. Now they’re seeing different things than what’s actually going on. She slashes at Kasumi, breaking his scope so he can’t see what happened. Aoi thinks the two girls have died, but we know something else has happened. Is it safe to assume that they’re all being lead in the wrong direction? We’ll see next week, as the show survives to see another episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5 

Rewrite (Ep.1)

Rewrite (Ep.8) *On Notice*

So I put this show on notice last week specifically because I had completely lost all care in the world for the show’s story. So I feel like I need to outline what the show needs to do in order to get itself back into my good graces, so here’s the bare minimum:

  1. The show needs to establish a logical reason for why I should accept the Occult Club to not only be split in two, but fighting each other. Fanaticism will not be acceptable at all.
  2. The show has to revert back to at least a somewhat light-hearted feel to it. I didn’t sign up for this show halfway through for it to suddenly become serious.
  3. I want to see a side picked from Kotori. She’s the catalyst in all this.

If at the very least the first two don’t happen, there’s a pretty good chance I’m dropping this show. Anyways…

We start with a bullshit space intro that leads to admittedly a funny moment when Ribbon Girl looks to be defending the world from an asteroid, but just gets dinked in the forehead by the tiny rock left and makes a cute sound as well. Not a bad start. Now we get a refresher in Kotarou’s mind of what happened and returning to school without seeing anyone since that day, let alone hearing from them. Kotori however has also not returned since, which confuses Kotarou as she has no allegiances to either group. Haruhiko knows something’s wrong, but isn’t ready to fully confront him about it. Back at home, he’s training his abilities and trying to see if there’s more to his body than just rewriting and enhancing his abilities, in other words the green Wolverine claw. Meanwhile, Ribbon Girl was on his roof when she was knocked out and wakes up. And now she’s finally speaking, claiming this is an emergency and falls into his arms. News breaks at school that Inoue has reappeared and is in hospital with no physical injuries. Her family is so shocked from everything, they straight up leave the town. Shizuru finally shows back up at school just to say goodbye to him, saying not to worry and then leaves. He comes home to see his house rummaged through like someone broke in, but a trail of ribbons remain and he finds her hanging around (literally) in his room and the reveal again, is actually pretty funny. She reveals her name is Kagari, but that’s all she really knows, trying to find her memories. So she’s hanging around him now. This new Kagari is actually super cute and funny. Then things ramp up when she shows up to class in an uniform, but Haruhiko ain’t lettin’ her in! Too bad she whips his ass (well more his face) with her ribbons. She arrived there because of the internet, finding out a lot on Kotarou and humans. Apparently as well her dress can change into whatever she wants as well, the black dress able to turn into a school uniform. After school, he finds Inoue, but she’s lost so much of her memories. She hands him a memory card, not knowing what’s on it, but knows she held onto it tightly, even when unconscious. She’s actually super cute all of a sudden now, too bad she’s probably gone forever. At Gaia’s headquarters, there’s a little girl around as well, unsure her relation to either Akane or Chihaya. Now I’m annoyed again, they’re making the girls look normal and happy again yet we’re to perceive them as the villains. They note that Akane sheltered Inoue when she was found, Kotarou may have a mark placed on him by both Gaia and Guardian and Kotori, well…she doesn’t have proof yet of whatever Kotori likely is, after all she must have powers too otherwise she’s not a main character, right? We see Shizuru and Lucia fighting a monster that may have actually been the one that caused the fire at her home as a child and Shizuru kills it. The episode ends with Chihaya’s butler approaching those two fairies from Episode 1 who apparently made a pigeon crap on Chihaya. Meanwhile, Kotarou looks through the memory card seeing evidence of an actual occult group working with the monsters. Sure enough, Kotori is magical in some way, sitting amongst a ton of forest spirits.

Well let’s review: While the episode was indeed a little more light-hearted, nothing came out of the plot, no one’s motivations, a reason, anything. I still like the show, but I am not going to try to make sense of it anymore with these live reactions. The plot is all over the place and I have no clue what the fuck is going on anymore. I just know there are cute girls in it and that’s about it. So unfortunately, it pains me to do this, but I am dropping this show because of the fact I’m not only lost, but I don’t even care about the show anymore. Which is sad, cause this show was Top 5 at one point this season for me.

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Episode Score: 3/5 ***DROPPED***

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

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.8)

Soma’s up super early to go to the fish market to get ideas for the final match. Megumi joins him and Ryo and Alice are also there, running into them. They have a contest to see which of the two can identify the fresher fish and Ryo wins. Not only that, but Akira was there before both of them and is able to judge the best fish by smell. Soma now knows he’s at a major disadvantage with both of them. He also knows that he doesn’t have the time to figure out what the best fish are, so Soma’s going to have to figure out a way through his dish to maximize his flavour when it won’t necessarily come from being the best picked fish. Back at school, everyone believes that the battle will really be Ryo vs Akira with Soma trailing in the background. Soma finally figures something out and starts grabbing all his friends, including some of the side characters like Ryouko (who of course was changing at the time) and Shun. With Megumi and Ikumi as well, he reveals his plan to age the fish, Ryouko and Shun experts on aging food, Ikumi an expert of aging meats, specifically. With the three aging experts. he has three different methods now to try out. He has enough time to try each method out twice and all three bring out great results, but Megumi thinks Ryo’s fish still tasted better and he did nothing to it. Soma’s now real troubled, unsure where to go next, with one more aging attempt left before he has to focus on an actual dish to cook for the final. Then through Fumio he gets an idea and goes to work on it. Turns out he stopped showing up to the fish market after that day and has a grin on his face after his testing is done. At the match, Soma’s getting no respect from the crowd whatsoever. The big hit as the episode ends are the judges, Alice’s mother being the big name. Her quirk? Her Japanese is fucking terrible. The episode was okay, it was nice to have a non-tournament episode for a change though.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)

Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.8)

Kouhei is not at school today as he’s at a family showoff sort of day at Tsumugi’s school. Not knowing this though, Kotori is beyond worried and starts eating just to try and calm herself down. There’s some odd thing about handcrafted bags or whatever and Kouhei noticing Tsumugi’s bag being a bit on the old side. Tsumugi continues to show that she’s the cutest, as you would expect. Back at home, she tells Kouhei that Mikio (the brat boy) told her he’d marry her, which worries the fuck outta Kouhei, cause y’know, Daddy stuff. But again, she comes outta nowhere which her response, sticking her tongue out and going “Nope!”. He also tells her about getting her a new bag, but she doesn’t want a different one, because that one was Mom’s, which really grabs his attention. So instead of a new bag, he tells Tsumugi he’ll make something Mom used to make that she loved, and she demands Squid and Taro Stew. So the next Kotori visit will be for just that. The initial stage of removing part of the squid brings hilarious results, grossing both Kouhei and Tsumugi out. During this process too, nearly cutting his finger sends Kotori a bit into shock from her own childhood memories of doing it to herself and likely gives us the reason she has trouble wanting to learn to cook now. Finally done, Tsumugi is beyond happy with the results. As they leave, she gives them the leftovers and Kouhei also asks Tsumugi if he can at least put a patch over the stain on Tsumugi’s bag. Another adorable episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.8)

Seeing a flashback of Bluesy with BB, we learn she actually hates tattoos, likely because of them she’s no longer in her normal body and because of that, it’s sort of ruined her relationship with him. Back in the present, it’s time for BB and Kar to fight. Bluesy leaves to get Justice back as everyone else is in full retreat. Speaking of Justice, he’s having a bad day. Not only that, but Aryabhata’s own Void Maker is preventing his own from being used. Touko naturally runs off to find Justice during this scuffle. Lisa and Burns are currently dealing with giant kitty Iltutmish as well. Burns takes the killing blow in place of Lisa and sacrifices himself. Bluesy tries to stop Aryabhata but gets tentacled for her troubles. BB also takes a hit and lands right at their feet, Kar dealing with him very well. In desperation, BB tries to tell the Void Creator inside him to at least give him five more minutes of full power in his final moments. Aryabhata finally reveals her plan, to completely wipe the human race and start over with a new breed, essentially wanting to become God. Justice then asks his own source to give him the power to overwrite Aryabhata’s seal and helps BB just enough so he can get a hold of Kar and defeat her. With the source now taking over BB’s body, he demands Justice to consume him and his source does so without his order. Aryabhata approaches him once more and we see Touko appear. So you know what’s about to happen…Iltutmish kills her. Justice is alone somewhere and Wiseman approaches and tells him why BB did what he did, also showing to Justice that he was the man who gave him the tattoo. Bluesy’s also there with a gun pointed at him and a missing left arm. Wiseman tells them both he was helping BB and asks them to follow him and help him finish what BB’s wish was: destroying all tattoos. He also tells Justice he needs to grow the fuck up, essentially. Wow, a heavy episode to say the least.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.8)

So we’re back with Sorey and the gang (and the tornado). Now I’m actually slightly annoyed because those last Berseria-central episodes made me completely forgot the tornado was a cliffhanger three weeks ago. Turns out a dragon’s inside that tornado too, by the way, wish we could’ve learned that two weeks ago. It heads for Alisha and the castle but Sorey get in front of it and apparently that’s enough for the dragon to up and leave. The three Seraphim can’t believe their eyes, a real dragon has appeared. Clearly they haven’t seen the one Velvet and company fought. Alisha and the townspeople believe it was all because of him, even though Sorey feels like he did nothing at all. Then the Chancellor douchebag shows up and demands Sorey’s attention, which worries Alisha, but he insists she come with him, which eases her a bit. Along the way, they stop at the destruction point of the town and they all can feel the malevolence forming, but can’t do anything yet. At the mansion, Alisha is told she’s been called away and Lailah’s not stupid, knowing they just don’t want Alisha with them there. Sure enough, the first question brought up by the Chancellor is Sorey’s relationship with Alisha. He also wants Sorey to work with him, but Sorey intends to put the dragon first on his list of priorities and will have nothing else in his way for the time being. Afterwards, Alisha is officially leaving them for good this time, going separate directions than them. Also the Chancellor clearly has evil plans, setting up for war, whatever that may be. Shocking, the old fucker’s bad! At night while Sorey’s asleep, Mikleo and Lailah talk about how Sorey is without hesitation going for the dragon, but Mikleo doesn’t know what he wants to do himself, though he does note it’s hard for him to think about leaving Sorey behind. Lailah sends Mikleo to a set of ruins where there is a divine artifact, possibly something Mikleo can use and be able to actually help Sorey during his journey. Seeing Alisha off the next day, Sorey gives her the dagger and he joins them briefly until their paths split away. Back with Mikleo, before he reaches the ruins, he’s attacked by something, presumably a Hellion and falls off a cliff, but it’s anime so it’s just a scratch. Then at the camp, a Hellion also attacks the soldiers, so Sorey deals with it quickly. Back on the road, we learn a little more about Sorey’s childhood, how he was able to see them from the very beginning when he was brought in as a baby. He also wonders if they may be the reason for the calamities starting to happen, as humans and Seraphim used to live in peace, but now no one can see the Seraphim anymore. Both Sorey and Mikleo reach their respective destinations and that’s the episode. Really nothing special of note here and we may have seen the last of Alisha this season, which would also be depressing.

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Episode Score: 3/5

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