Week #9 – Summer Anime 2016

Week number nine 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.9)

SYNOPSIS

Ikta and company are now on the front lines, much to the shock of the First Lieutenant from earlier, now Captain. He takes their five platoons and makes them into one company, with Ikta at the helm. Their first task is to light bonfires, which is actually burning Sinack villages down. While everyone’s upset about it, Ikta knows the Captain actually stopped the real plan, which was to just murder them all and in fact is saving these innocent lives and moving them to another village to keep them safe, albeit as hostages. Ikta however notes the map that shows their battle strategy will fail immensely, that there’s too much space in between the three battles they’ve set, reinforcements are nigh impossible. A child attacks Ikta and he reasons with him and flicks his nose to get him off, however apparently that was hard enough to make the kid bleed. So the big burly guy who challenged Yatori earlier a few weeks ago suddenly appears and punches Ikta, giving him hell. When Suya tries to defend him, Ikta stops her and actually thanks him for the reminder. Suya’s upset bu Ikta reminds her that they’re job should be to kill only the ones they’re fighting. The night before the big battle, Ikta notes amongst the group that the army started with 18,000 and he estimates half of them have died. After the girls leave to bathe, the boys talk about, well…relieving stress during a war. Yeah…that was a thing. The following day, Ikta bets on a surprise attack in the mountains and sure enough there is one, except it’s not the Sinack, but clearly someone wanting to take advantage of the weakened army. The Sinack attack first though, from above and not from the side. The side attack happens as well and they’re people with the sniper rifles Ikta used as well. Remember what he said, what the old man Anarai brought when he fled, what Ikta knows and has, so do the enemy. Yatori and the Sinack woman face off and she actually has a match this time. This girl fights like she’s Voldo from Soul Calibur, a style Yatori doesn’t know how to predict. She figures out that this woman uses a spirit to push her body high into the air and create momentum for her and ends up stabbing her apparatus containing a wind spirit. Meanwhile the burly man is killed and the surprise attackers flee, while the woman also gets away. It’s a resounding loss for Ikta. The woman returns to see her village burned to the ground, so you know shit’s just gotten worse. 

THE GOOD

  • The horrors of war continue, including the loss of innocent lives
  • Ikta finally has someone or something to match up again, same as Yatori

THE BAD

  • After losing Kanna, the idea that a hinted relationship with Suya’s already developing is a little disheartening, even though we know Ikta is a ladykiller
  • I’m not willing to accept these men can just leap down cliffs without injury and without anyone being able to see a flash from a spirit helping them

Episode Score: 4/5

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Amanchu! (Ep.1)

Amanchu! (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Futaba recalls a bit of her life before meeting Hikari and company before we’re back to the present…and Cha’s wearing a cape now. Taking more pictures, it comes up that her phone no longer has space for photos. It hits her hard, regardless of the fact she can transfer some pictures onto a hard drive, but in the end it makes those images no longer memories to her, but easily movable objects. Through more memories, we see just how big a deal her old friends actually were to her, they pretty much were the only friends she ever had. It’s also the realization that over time, they will talk less and less and grow distant. So for Futaba, it’s like saying goodbye to the only two people she ever knew. The rest of the group go shopping for something to help out Futaba, I want to say a camera or something like that, something that allows her to take more photos. Telling her to meet up with them, Futaba heads to that port place from a couple weeks ago, where Hikari gives her a present and it is something similar, a digital photo frame so the pictures don’t have to be just data. She breaks down and cries in happiness. She gets a call from Akane, her friend later on and they start talking again, this time about new things, so they both can move forward and not lament about not being able to see each other.

THE GOOD

  • This episode really was a great representation of the inner feelings and depression of leaving your friends for a new place, it was nice to finally see Futaba let out her emotions
  • Cha in a cape is perfect!

THE BAD

  • This was a very emotional episode and I never do well with depression and sadness, especially when this show has been very happy the whole way through

Episode Score: 4/5

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Handa-Kun (Ep.1)

Handa-Kun (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

We’re introduced to Hideo, Handa-kun’s homeroom teacher. He’s very upset that he’s not being allowed to have the classic frog dissection lesson in class. So he gets the idea to use Handa-kun to get the entire class to want to do this. However, Handa-kun has no interest in the idea. But Handa-kun gets forced into it and even when he tries to get out of it, it flips around on him anyway. On the day of dissection, he gets the biggest frog and freaks out, causing a mess of frogs everywhere. And then everyone goes full retard when he says he’s leaving, but they think he’s just been possessed by a frog. But after all that, everyone learns a valuable lesson at Handa-kun’s expense as always. In the second sketch, because Handa-kun is avoiding attention, the Handa Force again goes full retard and believe someone’s stalking him. Well with that girl, that’s probably true…but that’s beside the point! Sure enough, Miyoko is stalking him, but she’s just a classmate and the leader of all of Handa-kun’s fans, so she’s cool (apparently). Miyoko also comes across my favourite librarian, Kasumi and ties her up because she’s in the way of her fandom, but again the Handa Force thinks she’s protecting him from all the rest, but let’s be honest, she’s eliminating all other female attention to Handa-kun. The longer this goes on, the sooner I suspect they’re mistaking Takao as the stalker. Thinking he escaped everyone, Handa-kun manages to end up right back where everyone’s collected now. He actually snaps on them, telling them to leave him alone, but again, they’re all retarded (except Yukio) and think he wasn’t talking to them. 

THE GOOD

  • Any episode with Kasumi in it is a good episode

THE BAD

  • I feel dumber when watching everyone aside from Handa-kun, Takao and to some extent Kasumi, go full retard
  • I think Hideo’s proof that the show’s introduced enough characters now, there’s too many people to count

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Maria and Colette are looking for the Necronomicon which totally is at the school, while it turns out the President kept that eroge magazine the group found last episode. Mizuki finds out about this and is pissed and suggests they get rid of it before the school finds out. Just then, Yumeko arrives and through Maria and Colette’s adventure, make the group think the dangerous book she’s looking for is the eroge book they’re currently in possession of, when it’s actually the Necronomicon she’s after. There’s a title on the magazine called Neko Milk On!! so naturally things only get worse. They manage to slip the book out of the room and Mizuki/Subaru run off to dispose of it. But when they run into Colette only the worst things can possibly happen. They try to stop things but in the end the book falls out and Colette starts reading as Yumeko shows up again. The beans have been spilled! After a scolding, Subaru returns only to cross paths with the douchebag artist again, not that Subaru remembers who he is. He tries to challenge Subaru, but he doesn’t have any shits to give until begging gets him to agree. They have 10 minutes to model Mizuki and she roots for douchebag just because he’ll actually draw her. The problem with that is he’s a virgin so having a girl on his side distracts him. Subaru wins, even though he actually drew Kogane from Bubuki Buranki instead, because the other guy drew nothing. He runs off afterwards. Another day, the kid from earlier in the series shows up to interrupt the President’s outdoor nap. She mentions her Grandpa works at the school, so she must be the granddaughter of Koyama-sensei. He shows her around the school until they finally run into sure enough, Koyama-sensei.

THE GOOD

  • Moeka continues to be super cute!
  • We finally get to see a little more of Mizuki, at least some stomach, I don’t count the guy’s dream image

THE BAD

  • Once again, the chunnibyo girl is amazing at sports somehow

Episode Score: 4/5

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Momokuri (Ep.17 & 18)

SYNOPSIS

Summer has ended so the new semester has begun and things are back to normal. Yuki clearly hasn’t gotten over Shinya’s assertiveness, so when they see each other again, he’s assertive once more, but this time in seeing if she’s okay. Once again, Rio is back to being more and more worried about Yuki’s creepiness, but everyone else sees it from the outside as the two of them being very friendly. Both Norika and Rihito are also aware and talking about Yuki as well, but don’t intend to barge in and tell Shinya. However, Norika seems to be suspicious about Rio’s feelings for Shinya. In the second sketch, the two lovers go to an amusement park on a date, Yuki is as high in the clouds as you’d expect. Naturally, the haunted house comes up so Shinya is at his most adorable (and afraid), but in fact it’s Yuki who’s the cute one after a power outage turns the haunted house pitch black. Shinya for once actually has to be the lead. Rio catches him heading home afterwards and it’s obvious she’s conflicted about hearing things from Shinya’s end and knowing that what’s actually going on in Yuki’s head is different than how he views it. She sort of lets it slip that she likes him, but her wording makes him think she meant Yuki, so basic dunce cap boy stuff. 

THE GOOD

  • We finally got to see some real couple-like interactions between Yuki and Shinya
  • We’re inching closer to Rio finally not being an idiot and admitting she’s in love with Shinya

THE BAD

  • I was disappointed to not see Shinya freaking out at a haunted house
  • Maybe it’s just me, but I thought Yuki looked ugly as all hell in her dress at the amusement park
  • All in all, the episode was actually very boring and light on the comedy

Episode Score: 3/5

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Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)

The Morose Mononokean (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

For the first time since being an employee himself, a human has come forward looking for help from Itsuki. The two go to a mansion where a pretty girl awaits and leads them to her room for an exorcism. Even Fuzzy’s scared of going in that room. He goes in with Fuzzy and keeps Hanae out to make sure the girl doesn’t enter the room. When the girl’s mother comes home and is pissed that she hired an exorcist. Thankfully, they don’t enter the room out of frustration and Hanae’s alone with the mother for a moment. She questions him on his and Itsuki’s credentials, not believing at all in the paranormal, as she’s a science lady. How dare she believe in the facts that she can see with her own two eyes! While this is happening, the young girl of course sneaks into the room while the mother is telling Hanae he should quit his job. The entire house starts shaking as the yokai has escaped the room because of the dumb girl. But the mother demands they leave, but Itsuki won’t leave with the house in the shape it’s now in. The house now looks diseased, full of black spots. Cornering the yokai once more, we see that it’s actually still a semi-cute hedgehog yokai, but a pissed off one at that. Hanae however suddenly walks over towards the yokai and comforts the yokai, believing it felt alone and scared of humans. It calms down and emerges, becoming instant best friends with Fuzzy before leaving to the Underworld, now named Spiky. Leaving angry with the mother, Hanae hasn’t quite grasped that humans who can’t see yokai can have a very unfavourable opinion of people like himself and Itsuki. The next day, Hanae gets a call from Zenko saying that Yahiko’s in trouble at the temple. Without knowing what it is, the episode ends with a scarecrow yokai seemingly polluting the farmlands.

THE GOOD

  • Fuzzy and Spiky. Love it!
  • There’s a great representation of normal human interaction with the supernatural, those who are way too interested in it (the daughter) and those who are whole-heartedly against it (the mother)

THE BAD

  • I really don’t like it when shows go on with dual cliffhangers, regardless of how important they are or not

Episode Score: 4/5

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New Game! (Ep.1)

New Game! (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Nene is bug testing and is looking for panty shots while Shizuku and Umiko argue whether these should be in the game or not. Meanwhile, Rin is sick and Kou’s not accepting her excuses and takes her home, so they can work from home rather than getting everyone sick in the office. Even Yun hints of the clear yuri potential of Rin and Kou. Naturally without the two of them, the younger girls aren’t getting anything done, being seriously immature and irresponsible. It’s so bad that Hifumi actually has to step up, or would’ve until Umiko found them messing around. Confronting Nene, Umiko learns that she took the job because she was worried about Aoba fitting into her new job, mentioning that Aoba spent a lot of time deciding whether to join Eagle Jump or go to college. Back at Rin’s, she for some reason demands Kou feed her. Back at work, they all find out they’ll have the weekend off because of electrical work being done, but the main group will be staying the night in response to the lost time. After finishing work and the first train of the morning still a ways away, the girls decide to go to a bath house to relax before leaving for home and a long ass nap. Back at work after the weekend, both Rin and Kou are now out sick too. Not only that, but Umiko has moved Nene to her cubicle so she can keep an eye on her. 

THE GOOD

  • The fact that Nene thinks making sure every skirt-wearing girl has panties on is bug testing is hilarious
  • It’s amazing how it took the show nine episodes to remember “Hey! We’re an ecchi anime! We don’t have to limit oursevles to underwear! SHOWER AND BATH SCENES, WOOOOOOOOO!!!”
  • The scrolling shots for Kou and Hifumi’s showers were top-notch
  • I’m enjoying the relationship forming between Umiko and Nene, it’s so unlikely that it works so well. The sheer number of possible legitimate intimate relationships keep increasing

THE BAD

  • Nene at times is still a bit too childish and over-the-top when we already have girls like Hajime, Yun and Aoba for that role
  • I know it’s very late, but what are the odds of the four of them being alone in this entire bath house?
  • Why didn’t Kou think to wear a mask while at Rin’s? Did she think she wasn’t going to get sick?

Episode Score: 4.5/5 

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Qualidea Code (Ep.1)

Qualidea Code (Ep.8) 

SYNOPSIS

The belief continues that Hotaru and Maihime are dead, but it’s not confirmed that the two actually died. In response though, Aoi is given Maihime’s position and Asuha and Kasumi are to be separated as well, Asuha to be sent inland, to no longer be on the front lines, but she doesn’t want to go. This new big-breasted woman from HQ is looking more like a villain now. Ichiya finds out about everything and loses his shit on Kasumi and is also looking more like a potential villain. Kasumi goes out alone with Aoi and Asuha finds them after getting bored and going out around the city and starts following them. Big Boobs tries to get to Kasumi to try and figure out how to convince Asuha to transfer and convinces him to meet with her later than night. Finally we hear what Hotaru said before disappearing, that the world is fake. So let the speculations begin. At home, Kasumi starts to mess with Asuha’s barcode and she thinks it’s him being gross and making a move on her. Now with Big Boobs, Kasumi is given the truth that they’re being put asleep in this fake world and overpowers him easily, having her own World, even though she shouldn’t as an adult. Asuha followed of course and learns the truth as well, freezing Big Boobs and Kasumi kills her after, Asuha burning the place to the ground. It’s possible Kasumi died, but it’s more likely he’s passed out. Sure enough, post-credits, he’s in bed and has an eyepatch and after taking it off and opening his eye, the world is fucked up around him, specifically with that eye, like a red glow with everything.

THE GOOD

  • There is a real sense of “What the fuck is actually going on?” now
  • That moment of Asuha being caught off-guard by Kasumi with the barcode elicited a super cute reaction from her, seeing a bit of her beyond the badass, monotone-ish girl we normally see

THE BAD

  • Incest insinuation between Asuha and Kasumi. Ugh…
  • The idea that the show has killed off three major characters (possibly), all of them women is frustrating
  • Because of the episode being mostly ridden with mystery, the majority of the episode was very boring

Episode Score: 3.5/5 

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

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

The match has started and Ryo/Akira already believe Soma’s not even on the same level as them, like he’s not even in the match. The arena roof opens and the moon is the timer, because of course it is. We learn Ryo lost a series of cooking battles (for two years) and they kept going since, almost attached at the hip out of spite and rivalry. He also finishes first and gets a similar reaction to his draw with Akira, but this time playing Akira’s game with a massive shot of aroma. Apparently when Alice’s mother really likes a dish, she speaks Japanese like she’s being fast-forwarded. Akira’s up next and has a dish that isn’t crazy on aroma, it’s like Ryo and Akira are beating each other at their own game. He also uses a blowtorch to seal the deal. In my opinion though, Ryo is still ahead of Akira, regardless of Ryo being caught off-guard. Soma’s finally up and delivers his dish and isn’t taking a back seat to the two powerhouses. Soma ends the episode insisting they have seconds after it seems he’s not even close to Ryo and Akira, saying he has an edge to finish the match. Unsurprisingly though, we’re not getting the winner until next week.

THE GOOD

  • Ryo is basically cooking Vegeta and I fucking love it!
  • We’re at a point now where we have three characters and they’re all on an even playing field, it’s no longer obvious Soma’s winning every match

THE BAD

  • I’m getting super annoyed with Alice’s mother’s Japanese, like they had the voice actress intentionally butcher it. Even though I can’t understand Japanese, the voice itself is as bad as when a Japanese voice actor does really bad English
  • Another episode of just cooking and reactions, nothing in between to get away from the constantly repeated formula

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)

Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

After a family event at Tsumugi’s school, she remembers the curry her mother used to make, so Kouhei is now motivated to try and replicate it. With Tsumugi at school for a sleepover, Kouhei’s left alone to his own devices. After a phone call with Yuusuke, he’s for the sure on the path now and starts texting Kotori about a potential recipe they can make next time. During this, he finds his wife’s old recipe book and it clearly gets to Kouhei a bit, lost in staring at the book, another memory of his wife. At Kotori’s things get really tense when she watches Tsumugi use a knife and then gets ashamed of herself when she now knows that the kid can cut things with a knife and she’s still afraid to try again. When it’s all said and done, Tsumugi’s an unstoppable eating force. We get our first real intimate flashback of Tsumugi’s mother during this and it really hits hard how someone so beautiful in body and mind could be taken away so soon. After all this though, Tsumugi finally comes to the realization that now that Daddy’s making the curry her mom used to make, it definitely means she’s not coming back. 

THE GOOD

  • It was really nice to finally get some semblance of an idea of what her mother was like before she passed away
  • Watching Kotori get so sad at herself for now being scared of a knife when Tsumugi isn’t was so adorable

THE BAD

  • Usual depressing and nearly crying as usual
  • Tsumugi seemed to be a little too forced with her happiness this week in terms of her expressions

Episode Score: 4/5

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Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Justice gets exposed to BB’s memories as he sees his past when he was with Brahman. No long after joining he works with the King and one of his elite in exposing the Princess, who turns out isn’t even the King’s daughter. A year and a half later, knowing Aryabhata will be making her move shortly, BB and this other guy take their last chance to infiltrate the lab she’s taken over that does tattoo research. After infilitrating, they’re shown that every one of these girls we’ve been seeing are all clones in a way of Aryabhata, explaining how these random maids are so powerful. Kar is sent out to make sure BB doesn’t leave. It’s also revealed that Arya is also a creation due to the King’s terrible abuse of humans in order to create the ultimate soldier in a way. Confronting him, the King takes BB to an underground railway and tells him to flee with the information he has. At the end, we see him fighting his way out of an assassination attempt, including users such as Iltutmish, Kar and an older man that looks like he was ripped right out of Trigun. 

THE GOOD

  • It’s nice finally having a little more backstory as to what the holy hell has been going on all season
  • Anytime I get to see Kar in an ecchi moment is fantastic
  • Of course Aryabhata has sexy slumber parties with everyone!

THE BAD

  • I wanted to know more about Ganesha beyond her just being the quiet girl that only makes sounds like she belongs in a hentai animation
  • The amount of convoluted plot points now is insane, I don’t understand most of what I’m watching, just that it’s either sexy or badass. In terms of the story, I’m beyond lost

Episode Score: 4/5

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Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Finally after so many episodes, we’re finally introduced to Edna and Zaveid, one who literally falls into Sorey’s lap (Edna). After Zaveid easily kills a Hellion, a dragon appears and it turns out that it once used to be Edna’s older brother. Even worse, he cannot be saved, the only way to stop him now is to kill him. Meanwhile, Mikleo finds the artifact in the ruin, a giant bow and now has a level of purification power to help Sorey on his journey. Sorey meanwhile is convinced that there has to be a way to purify dragons, regardless of the fact nothing has been found on that topic in any ruin. Fighting with Zaveid now, fully transformed, Sorey does his best to help out against the dragon. Finally though, after Edna puts herself in danger, the dragon actually recognizes her and flees before causing any more damage. Now with the idea that Eizen (her brother) is able to have some control over himself, Zaveid promises to not kill the dragon unless Edna tells him otherwise. In return, Edna joins them on their journey. Emerging from the ruins, this time instead of a tornado, a massive flood begins.

THE GOOD

  • I love the absolute variety in character designs we get with this series
  • Anytime a dragon is on screen it’s one of the best looking moments
  • I’m glad we’re not just worrying about tornadoes as the lone type of storm, makes me wonder now that we have wind and water in play if there will be a fire and earth related storms, aka earthquakes, firestorms, volcanoes, whatever works

THE BAD

  • Edna’s a terrible liar, she’s not the prettiest girl, it’s absolutely Alisha

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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One comment

  1. Have to agree with you about Alderamin and the guys going over the cliff edge. How were they planning on surivivng that? Or justifying their survival? Also Food Wars back in the kitchen just cooking away. I know it is a cooking show but they used to offer bits inbetween the cooking that kept the story ‘moving’ sort of.
    Thanks for sharing.

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