Week #11 – Summer Anime 2016

Week #11 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.11)

SYNOPSIS

The new rival for Ikta is aware that someone else is pulling the strings now with these plans, aware that the fat General couldn’t think of something like this. Chamille wakes up and hears that the Aldera army is coming to attack them and she worries about Ikta, who hasn’t returned in over a month. Ikta now says it’s time to fight, knowing that there’s a small path that a small number of soldiers could strike them from behind from. So fighting them now will prevent the opposing forces to think about flanking them when they’re already on the attack. His plan is to pin the enemy down to a fixed location for at least a week. At this point, all seems lost, it’s 12,000 against under 1,000 in Ikta’s mind. The first battle starts and while they take down some enemies, they see that the first wave was a suicide wave to put up walls for them to use and shield themselves. Yatori and Nanaku want to be sent out to be in close-range combat and start taking down the walls. During this fight, Nanaku goes too far and they’re attacked by long-range guns. She survives, but now they’re in trouble already and Ikta has a tough decision to make, the safe route which will sacrifice the Sinack or keep fighting. In the end he chooses the honourable route and they start attacking head on and recover the wounded they can before retreating further back. Suya sees the end result, many dying later on and wants to go tell Ikta, but he’s gone off on his own for a moment. Suya leaves to find him along with Haroma and they find him with Nanaku and he’s told the numbers of losses. Suwa’s upset because he doesn’t say anything in response to those who died, since it was due to them saving the Sinack and blames Nanaku for their deaths. She doesn’t want to accept a friend of hers died because they tried to save people they were just fighting days ago. Yatori arrives to tell her that if anyone’s to blame, it’s herself because Ikta knew she would go and save the Sinack, so he gave the order with confidence. Lastly, Suya should be prepared to take orders than conflict with her values. So she asks Yatori if she’d kill Ikta if told to, which gets an immediate yes. Ikta however does take the hit, that she should be allowed to hate him for this. He also asks Yatori how he’ll kill him, which almost gives it away that it’s going to happen, not necessarily this season mind you.

THE GOOD

  • More reality checks in war, both in loss and sacrificing lives for the right decision
  • Seeing emotions like this from many characters really gives the show even more life

THE BAD

  • I’m trying to figure out how this ends in two episodes, realistically it shouldn’t even be close to over for a while

Episode Score: 4/5

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Amanchu! (Ep.1)

Amanchu! (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

The big open-water course is two days from now, so the kids have the weekend to prepare. Futaba notes her desire to ensure that during this process, she doesn’t hold anyone back. After following Cha around for a while, Futaba gets all blushy with her, wanting to essentially do something with Hikari that neither have them have done before, though they’re both unsure what that’s going to be, so they just walk on a road they’ve never gone on before, seeing new sights. Then they see a bird attacking a little kitten and they save it. They decide to wait a while and see if its mother shows up, but when nothing happens and it’s looking hungry, they go shopping so they can feed it and take it to Hikari’s grandmother’s. The problem now is Hikari’s mother is allergic to cats and Futaba’s apartment doesn’t allow animals. She does take it in just until they can find a home for it. They take it to school and leave her in the club room until their next break. Mato catches on and asks them about what they’ll do if no one can take the kitten and the responsibilities they’ll have to face with this situation. Futaba’s upset though because while even she has someone, if they leave the kitten, it’ll be all alone. She wants to do with the kitten what Hikari’s done for her. In the end, Hikari convinces her mother to let her take the cat in until someone takes the kitten, that way it at least has a home where there’s no risk of it getting kicked out. As it turns out, Cha is actually the principal’s pet and is named Aria, he overhears their conversation and after seeing the kitten interact with Aria, he wants to take the kitten in. With that all taken care of, tomorrow comes around and it’s course time. The two cats are also there, Hikari naming the little one Ohime in reference to the word ‘Hime’ which is Princess in Japanese.

THE GOOD

  • Oh my god the happy tears in this episode!
  • Despite the weird designs of the cats in this show, the sounds this kitten made were just too cute!

THE BAD

  • Watching an episode like this when it gets real for a moment always depresses me

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Handa-Kun (Ep.1)

Handa-Kun (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

There’s a Culture Festival going on at the school, but the president wants to rename it the Handa Festival, but they end up naming it the Seishu Festival, as that’s Handa-kun’s pseudonym. Handa-kun’s class go through several unoriginal and several ridiculously stupid ideas. They leave three options for him to pick, a calligraphy class, Romeo & Juliet, or a maid cafe. By accident, he picks the maid cafe and runs off. The president catches him and also ask him to write the signs for the entire festival. He returns to the class to set things right, but upon returning he finds out they change ideas and mixed everything together into a Romeo & Juliet Cafe…with no calligraphy class. The entire class pretty much prevents Handa-kun from doing anything at all, which puts him off. On the day of the festival, the cafe goes absolutely ridiculously terribly. Kasumi as the narrator’s pretty sweet though. Handa-kun is casted as Elizabeth I and Taiko can only stare in shock as he bears witness to all this before Handa-kun makes up a random line to leave the room. 

THE GOOD

  • Well…Kasumi was in it…

THE BAD

  • So much was bad, I was bored as hell, none of the jokes were funny and having Handa-kun come out looking ridiculous as Queen Elizabeth still didn’t elicit any reaction other than “Ngh…”
  • I’d drop the show, but there’s only one episode left so it doesn’t serve much purpose at this point

Episode Score: 2/5


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

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

It’s Culture Festival time at the school! Upon learning that the Art Club usually doesn’t do anything at the festival, Yumeko takes it upon herself to find something for them to do. She’s been collecting tin cans so they can make “tin can art” and while Mizuki’s interested, Subaru’s really not interested, but gets roped into it anyway. They end up making a model of a tube of paint, but the process is really mundane and it drives the President to a forced nap. But because of a misunderstanding (since Maria can’t just speak normally to anyone), a teacher thinks all the boxes of cans were to be thrown out and it’s done, so they have nothing now. The president gets the idea to replace them with supermarket cans after selling them to students. Then the douchebag artist suddenly shows up and challenges Subaru to a drinking contest which ends terribly. Everyone shows up, even Moeka to get a cold drink and replenish their can collection. In the end, they manage to accomplish the piece and it ends with a photo montage of the festival.

THE GOOD

  • Colette was actually bearable this week, not only that but she also fell on her ass and got bonked on the head, which was great
  • It’s nice seeing the whole cast coming together for an episode finally

THE BAD

  • This feels like it should’ve been the last episode, but there’s one more left. How do you end the series better than this?

Episode Score: 4/5

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Momokuri (Ep.21 & 22)

SYNOPSIS

It appears that nothing’s really changed since Yuki revealed she collects things Shinya touched, but she’s still fretting about it. They go to an arcade together and clearly Shinya’s changed, teasing her and joking around a little bit, something he’d never do before this. He’s also being very forward too. He wins a stuffed animal for her and she brings up the collecting again. Shinya reveals however (since he’s a dumbass) that he’s not sure what she actually meant by that and just rubs the stuffed animal on his face for her. He also admits that he thinks about her a lot and thinks that’s weird (again, dumbass). Back at school, the teasing continues now that Shinya’s finally “growing up” and calling Yuki by her first name, among other things. To thank him for the arcade, Yuki actually makes him a boxed lunch (and has several band-aids on). He is noting that Yuki is a bit weird now and is strangely aware of things he likes regardless of the fact he isn’t telling her these things. Later on, he sees Yuki around another guy and gets super jealous (even though it clearly looks like nothing to worry about). There’s a little more hinting at Yuzuki and Shouta’s relationship forming as well. As we see, the boy she was talking to what just giving her more information, in exchange for cute pictures of his sister (I really hope that’s not incest flagging!). When he goes to brush a spider web out of her hair, Shinya sees this and snaps on him and runs off with her. He notes that friends shouldn’t just touch each other’s hair, but Yuki immediately brings up how his friends pat him on the head all the time. So she “evens” things out and pats him on the head. 

THE GOOD

  • It’s nice to see both of them making efforts to do something for each other, especially Shinya

THE BAD

  • Holy crap these two are the dumbest couple I’ve ever seen!
  • Creepy older brother…

Episode Score: 4/5

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Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)

The Morose Mononokean (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

With everything back to normal, Fuzzy is a normal size again, but Zenko’s dad suddenly shows up, pissed off as hell but hurts his back, because Yahiko is being a prick. After Hanae solves it, her dad starts to wonder if he’s a healer or something. Back at the Mononokean, they’re suddenly approached by a God in the human world, needing their help visiting another yokai who wants to be exorcised. This yokai also can’t see, so when visiting her, Hanae offers her an opportunity to see the world once more before being exorcised, by taking his sight temporarily, only his yokai sight though. Because of this, Itsuki sends him home, since he can’t see anyone. Hanae goes home, overly depressed about not being able to see Fuzzy after only minutes. However, it appears that his yokai sight is not coming back. After five days, Itsuki tells him to quit, since he’s of no use to him anymore. Hanae snaps and whips a shoe at him (and hits Yahiko, not that he knows) and claims he’ll be back. Itsuki goes to the underworld to see Koura for more medicine and we hear Big Boss Scree is doing really well and misses them. Itsuki also asks where the Legislator is and goes to pay him a visit, while even hearing Hanae’s name gets to him.  

THE GOOD

  • Yahiko getting hit in the face with a shoe was priceless
  • I’m glad the major conflict towards the end of this show isn’t a badass yokai, but in fact Hanae, who is the central focus here

THE BAD

  • While we now have a major conflict going on, the episode was still rather boring in its execution for the first half

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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New Game! (Ep.1)

New Game! (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Eagle Jump is preparing for a game exhibit where the first footage of Fairies Story 3 will be released to the press. However images have leaked out on the internet, so the team’s slightly depressed about that. Kou sends the three girls (Hifumi’s already there) out to the exhibit. While there, the three try to find Hifumi, but as it turns out, she’s cosplaying on the show floor. While seeing their work up on the screen for the first time, they get all emotional, their first game to be released to the public. Another day comes and Aoba’s suit is still at the dry cleaners, so she freaks out trying to pick out an outfit that isn’t her normal suit. At work, Kou tells Aoba her art of Sophia will be in a magazine, so it’s her first time getting her work published. Also, the company is getting interviewed about the game, so Rin dresses up etra nicely and even brings Kou a change of clothes, which sets her off, but in turn pisses Rin off too cause she picked it out. Kou tries to use privacy as a way to escape, but Rin covered that too and catches her trying to get away. Kou notes she doesn’t like looking fancy and prefers looking more boyish. She gets suckered into changing though and I agree with her, her charm is gone now. Another day, and tomorrow’s the development deadline. Umiko’s clearly getting stressed now with any bugs that crop up, snapping a bit when Nene points out a game freeze. She and Aoba get sent out to buy food and energy drinks for the programming team, since they’ll be staying late. Nene is also on her last day. They piss Umiko off further by getting her a really strong energy drink and also get the wrong kind of receipt for it. But when she tries it, it wakes her the fuck up. Late at night, Kou talks with Aoba and notes how surprised she is that Aoba fit in so quickly, noting as well that herself, it took a while to settle in. With everyone together, Rin tells Nene that even though she’s done working with the company, she’s welcome to visit on occasion, so long as they’re not busy. 

THE GOOD

  • The trailer for the game looked very authentic. The animation style was similar to most JRPGs…AND THERE WAS NO GAMEPLAY!!! Full realism there!

THE BAD

  • Nene’s crying like a tiny child was not that entertaining
  • (Potentially Bad) If the last episode isn’t swimsuit-related, I’m gonna be very disappointed with the show!

Episode Score: 4/5 

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Qualidea Code (Ep.1)

Qualidea Code (Ep.10) 

SYNOPSIS

So the Unknown all this time have been helicopters and other military vehicles. All six are now on the good side and Aoi as well has been adjusted. So to explain everything, is Asuha and Kasumi’s mother?! After a big hug, the true Unknown are the ones who took all the kids and are making them believe that the humans are the Unknown. 30 years ago, after the first Unknown attacks, all the kids were put into cold sleep and the Unknown started finding their pods and implanted them with those barcodes on their neck that made their minds flip everything backwards. We see the two officers talking, while Airi believes that what’s starting to happen with the kids being brought back to the right side, it’s what she hoped would happen one day. Canaria alone with Ichiya explains she made it past a no-entry zone where the barrier ended and her vision suddenly changed and is also the reason for the air attack as with help she destroyed the entire barrier. Ichiya however has no idea what to do now, his entire world being flipped upside down. Aoi is having second thoughts about killing all the real Unknown now, especially when the kids aren’t doing anything now. The information Kasumi found reveals that if they destroy a set of dimensional portals, it will prevent further Unknown from ever showing up again. The real Unknown launch a full-scale attack at them and the kids all go to help, regardless of that they aren’t needed, or at least that’s what they’re told. During this, Ichiya ends up saving Kasumi and they all set out to aid in the attack.

THE GOOD

  • This show has gotten so much better since the reveal
  • The characters are all developing further now instead of being boring (except for Maihime, of course)

THE BAD

  • Why the hell couldn’t have they sped this up a couple episodes?!

Episode Score: 4.5/5 

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

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Jun tells the three about the Stagiare program, which is like I figured an internship so to speak. Not only that but a passing grade isn’t just doing well, but leaving a visible mark after leaving. The first task Soma gets has him paired with someone…naturally it’s Hisako, Erina’s aide. The place they’re going to is a small restaurant but apparently has the worst customers I’ve ever seen. The owner is also an idiot, so that doesn’t help. Hisako’s on a downer after losing to Akira and refuses to have herself around Erina anymore. Turns out the restaurant is unique because they get people from the train and catching another, so the need for speed is in high gear. Hisako is freaking out but Soma is calm and collected with his diner experience. Hisako gets beyond upset with Soma giving her orders but holds her ground and gives it her all, wanting to become better so she can bring herself to be around Erina again. Bad luck for Megumi, she’s with Erina and she’s being a cunt, as expected. Soma notes after the third day, that he doesn’t feel like they’re leaving a visible mark yet. He tells Hisako that he’s sure she doesn’t think the restaurant is where she wants it either and that it needs a change. She finally realizes that the second they leave, things will return back to normal, so they need to fix things up so they stay positive in the future. So they change the restaurant to be for reservations only, to avoid having customers that come in and never get served as they’re catching a train. Megumi and Erina also find their ways as well, improving the menu. They all pass and are to receive their next locations tomorrow. Erina giving Megumi a lift notes how amazing it is that Megumi’s been so under the radar. When she reveals Soma’s a big part of it, Erina gets all upset. Turns out as well, Erina’s worried sick about Hisako, so the bitch actually has a little bit of a heart it seems. Hisako admits as well to Soma that she’s gotten complacent and just assumed that by being next to Erina, she would get the better of most. He calms her down and gets her to return with an extra reason, having a bunch of those manga given to her. Soma as well knows he has to get away from being better than his father and just being a better cook with his own style.

THE GOOD

  • THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING 11 EPISODES FOR!!!
  • By having the show finally away from the school, it allowed for more characters to really flesh out their personalities, especially Hisako
  • Knowing both Hisako and Erina aren’t always bitchy, it’s a breath of fresh air

THE BAD

  • Why wasn’t this starting around Episode 6 or 7?!

Episode Score: 5/5

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Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)

Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

The preschool is doing a play and a bitch girl makes Tsumugi feel weird cause she wants to play the pink stuffed animal. At the high school, Kotori overhears that their class is doing a crepe stand for some festival and that triggers the next cooking idea! The rest of her class also put a ton of pressure on her to come up with a different kind of crepe to make, something unique. She gets a fire in her eyes thinking about it. In that class, Kouhei also realizes that Tsumugi’s never had a crepe before. So together, the two of them decide to bring Tsumugi to a crepe taste testing session, so she gets to try crepes and Kotori can figure out a crepe for her class. But when he tells Tsumugi, she’s clearly fussy after what happened at school. But things aren’t much better the next day at class, the girl still being bitchy for whatever reason. But it’s still crepe time and the whole gang’s there as well, Yagi and Shinobu joining them. Yagi gets impatient as Kotori and Kouhei are learning, but Shinobu stays on him to make sure they’re getting learning time in. But Tsumugi’s still a little upset, annoyed that Kouhei talks about food a lot and not about girls, which brings up the idea that maybe it’s not just because of the problems she’s having at school, but it’s very possible that Kouhei hasn’t even entertained the idea of dating another woman. But after Yagi and the others set her straight, she relaxes. Then they all finish the crepes, sweet potato crepes to be exact. However upon hearing that Kotori’s friends wanted to know her opinions on a crepe, Tsumugi gets sad as her friends don’t care about what she likes. But again, Kouhei settles her down and shows her a costume he’s making of Mr. Galigali, so that when she dresses up tomorrow, everyone’s curious about the costume. Then at the festival, Kotori gets dressed up as a witch as well, but the crepes do well, as does Tsumugi’s play.

THE GOOD

  • I want crepes now…
  • Tsumugi as Mr. Galigali is the cutest thing ever

THE BAD

  • I REALLY WANT CREPES RIGHT NOW!!! >_<

Episode Score: 4/5

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Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Greeted by Kar underground, Justice faces his first major match at the end here. As the three battles rage on, the amount of sexual innuendo is almost painful. Bluesy manages to knock Iltutmish out of Lisa, while Lurker kills one of Bluesy’s friends before she shoots him in the head with a venomous bullet and kicks him in the balls for good measure. Meanwhile, the crazy needle girl tries to force the fourth wall breaker dude to die while killing her as well, but before he can, Bluesy kicks the pretty much dead corpse of Lurker into her to finish her off. That just leaves Justice and Kar at this point and he’s still losing handily. However upon hearing that when Aryabhata succeeds, she’ll completely change into someone else, Justice now understands why some of the “sisters” oppose this, because she would no longer be Aryabhata. Kar, ready for one final attack strikes but Justice somehow manages to get away and strike her right in the stomach, presumably knocking her out, since he doesn’t believe in killing. However, he’s too late as Aryabhata has seemingly finished her ritual and just needs the two keys, Justice is carrying. She deals with him very easily in the early going, noting that by becoming a vessel of hatred, he’s weakened his resolve and thus his power has been lessened, also noting that before becoming what he is now, he could’ve beaten her. Getting into the ruins, Bluesy and the others find Sanders who tells them to get moving and help Justice. He reveals after they leave that he has a nuke stored underground there, just in case. 

THE GOOD

  • A great line by Justice to Kar: “If I beat you, don’t fall for me. I’m a kid.”

THE BAD

  • Sure let’s kill off the majority of the remaining cast in one single episode because we forgot we were only a 12 episode series
  • The total sudden change in Justice makes him even more boring than he already was
  • I’m going to miss Needle Girl…

Episode Score: 3/5

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Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Back together, Sorey and Mikleo set out to purify Marlind’s water supply, putting the final touches on reverting the town back to normal. They’ve been working on it for three days so far. With the dragon purified, we see Rohan, a Seraphim and the person who was touched by the malevolence and turned into that creature. Alisha joins the Seraphim for lunch, at least able to hear them now. She thanks him and the Seraphim for everything thus far, wishing they could all see each other and live together again. While emergency supplies are coming in, Rose is among them. Seeing Sorey, it’s now time for him to pay back the favour he owes her. Alisha is approached by her master and Shiller, one of her personal riders and is told they’ve been ordered to go to a very dangerous place between their nation and another, the Chancellor wanting to incite a war it seems. However, Lailah tells Sorey not to go when he wants to, that a battlefield is the last place a Shepherd wants to be, the sheer amounts of malevolence could get to him easily. Along the way, they believe to sense a Hellion and investigate to find that it’s a human Hellion. When he strikes at it, he feels something internally, but manages to purify the human. As Lailah says, purifying a human has the Shepherd take the malevolence. So a war battlefield would be beyond dangerous because of that. Sorey visits the grave of the person the human Hellion apparently murdered and puts his sword into the grave to take the malevolence from the dead soul. Alisha then is attacked by more assassins, however after allowing herself to be the first death of this war, they suddenly stop. Not only that, but Alisha demands them to come with her and watch her triumphant stop an entire war. And as it turns out, the leader of this group is in fact, Rose. The Sparrowfeathers are more than just merchants, they are a mercenary group. Alisha tells her that if she in fact dies on the battlefield, that Rose tell everyone that revenge is forbidden, that way malevolence doesn’t carry. 

THE GOOD

  • Alisha carrying the show once again this week

THE BAD

  • I’m confused, what was the point of the Sparrowfeathers attacking Alisha?
  • Very underwhelming episode overall

Episode Score: 3/5

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