Week #12 – Summer Anime 2016

Week #12 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.12)

SYNOPSIS

Chamille is pissed when she arrives at the fort and finds the General already back in full retreat, being a coward. Ikta starts re-drawing out his plans, though noting that their failure to defend the barricades. Nanaku meanwhile tries to apologize once more to Suwa and she breaks down finally, more upset that she had to kill so many people and feels like she can’t be forgiven for it. When it’s time to send a force to stop a small Aldera unit, the Captain offers to go, which likely signifies the moment where Ikta will end up fully in charge as the Captain will die. Ikta demands Torway’s unit go with them and he accepts. It almost feels like Torway’s being death flagged as well. Ikta officially takes over, telling them to take the lazy way, work when it’s time to work, rest when it’s time to rest. Ikta is switching out companies on the fly, but there’s something Jean is doing that’s confusing the hell out of Ikta, like they’re waiting for something. Even Torway senses it and has his men set up in the rear, where sure enough the cloaked men from Kala Karm are and they kill them off before they do any damage to the main force. Apparently Ikta specifically told him to set up for this on that specific day. Turns out that’s what the enemy was waiting for, so with that plan dead (literally), the Aldera force finally attacks the Captain’s stronghold. Afterwards, Yatori and Ikta share a moment together as he’s starving. She’s a little upset that with the new air rifles, the way of the sword is dwindling, but Ikta’s happy it’s gone this way, as the burden she has to carry is getting lighter. On the 6th day, something big is coming to them and they’re massive solar cannons. Horses leap through the fire and Ikta notes that this commander in Jean has clearly got zero morals when it comes to war. Even worse, they still have two days left before they can retreat. 

THE GOOD

  • More horrors of war
  • Suwa properly displays the average soldier with how one feels about murdering other people

THE BAD

  • I’m not sure how I feel about the show right now showing Ikta getting beaten every time, especially when you know he’ll win in the end, seems like a massive change of fortune has to happen to turn the scales here

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Amanchu! (Ep.1)

Amanchu! (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

The day is finally here, Futaba’s first open water dive. Naturally she’s a bit nervous, but Hikari is there to keep her head above water (pun intended). Slowly but surely they start going down and Futaba notes how new and scary it is once you lose your bearings of what is up and down. They finally reach the bottom and Futaba is on Cloud Nine. Then the real test comes is, Mato making her clear her mask way underwater, along with other tests. After completing her first dive, she’s recording her first log, still full of energy too. Mato arrives to give Futaba her first diving license. Afterwards, Hikari admits to her she was so mesmerized by Futaba the first time they met, she decided to become friends with her and dive with her. Futaba returns her thanks for everything Hikari’s given her, for giving her the chance to finally find something to love. It’s hard to tell if the show is implying that they’re best friends now, or something more than that. 

THE GOOD

  • Oh my god, the cats…I can’t…it’s too much for my little heart!
  • A nice, sweet ending to this show

THE BAD

  • Nothing wrong this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Handa-Kun (Ep.1)

Handa-Kun (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

For some reason, Kuro High students are running roughshot at the school and are allowed to walk around the grounds? The fake Handa has created an army of Handa clones through makeup. When Kasumi and especially Maiko hear about this, the kill switch has been turned on. Shiro High has shown up as well, why the fuck are all the other schools just allowed to walk in, don’t they have class or something?! When the Kuro High kids and Shiro High kids show up together at the play room, Handa-kun for some reason has it in his head he has to say a line like the play’s actually going on. He shouts at them to stop fighting while the Eraser claims another victim during the chaos. With everything calm again, the end of the festival draws near. Everyone tries to get near Handa-kun, but fail when he looks at them. There’s also awards, the Bishoujo Club winning the Club Award. The class award SHOCKINGLY going to Handa-kun’s class. Handa-kun thinks he’s about to be destroyed on stage, when Takao interjects and offers to take Handa-kun’s burden because they’re friends. People lose their shit and start a riot. However, we finally see that everything Handa-kun’s seen has been in his own head, all the battles all the insults, we’ve been seeing Handa-kun’s twisted perspective. However, Handa-kun says the helmet is for everyone. Then there’s a giant Handa-kun float and both he and Takao are confused as hell. Then the float burns in the fire and the idiots in the Handa Force make it sounds like a good thing that happened. Though we see the next day, Handa-kun at the very least is not holding up his barrier all the time now. 

THE GOOD

  • Certainly far better than the last two episodes
  • Some good jokes in there

THE BAD

  • The show still has a lot of issues to fix in the end, but at the very least this week I found it entertaining again

Episode Score: 3.5/5


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

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

It’s a rainy day. That’s the gist for the first five minutes at least. Then Kaori takes Mizuki’s umbrella without her permission, so it’s an all-in-all bad day so far for her. Lucky for her, Subaru’s still around. Turns out Kaori set the two of them up. Then the next day the worst happens, she finds Subaru confessing his love for her to Maria, however we all know it’s that character on his umbrella and not her. So when they’re alone for a moment in the club room, the truth comes out and Mizuki is beyond pissed. The President was there the whole time and lets her know if she wants to go for it, she’s gonna have to soon before she becomes too busy in her third year. So at the place she cried at before on the bridge, she gets to him again and tells him he’s not allowed to use her first name so easily. Doesn’t matter anyway, the newest episode, he hates the character now because she has a boyfriend. So everything’s back to normal, he’s drawing waifus again.

THE GOOD

  • Mizuki is at tip-top form with her cuteness

THE BAD

  • There’s definitely something very wrong with someone if they’re going to flat out tell someone they’re in love with a 2D character
  • Terrible ending to the series, last week would’ve been a far better way to end the show

Episode Score: 3/5

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Momokuri (Ep.23 & 24)

SYNOPSIS

Winter has arrived, which means Christmas isn’t far behind. However, there’s a worry that Shinya will be doing make-up exams in the winter, so a few of them are studying together to help him out. Also, he’s being made fun of for just allowing Yuki to make a Christmas party with everyone and not the cliche thing of a Christmas date between just the two of them. After a classic falling on your significant other (except of course Yuki does it to him), we change over to Yuki hanging out with Rio. She notes how Yuki is trying to learn to do all the things she’s bad at as a way to really show her love for Shinya. Sure enough, Shinya fails his exams, so the party is a no go. Not only that, but Yuki’s caught a cold. So Norika secretly invites him over after his exams to surprise Yuki. He gets her a present and it stresses her out more than not only does she not have a present for him, but the party never happened either. He nearly ends up kissing her while she’s asleep but that’s put a stop to as well. 

THE GOOD

  • Yuki was really at her cutest this week
  • Shinya is at least trying to grow a pair it seems

THE BAD

  • It’s kind of disappointing how they’ve just dropped Rio’s storyline with how she feels about Shinya too

Episode Score: 4/5

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Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)

The Morose Mononokean (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Seeing the Legislator, Itsuki tells him that he released one of his employees, Hanae. The Legislator notes after hearing why, he’s perplexed as to how that’s the only reason he’s letting Hanae go, especially when Itsuki told him initially that he’d have to make a rule to force him to fire Hanae. Finally, he comes clean, saying that Hanae’s gotten too emotionally invested with yokai, but the Legislator knows that he’s doing this because of his own experiences over his time working with yokai, so there’s a hidden story with Itsuki we don’t know about. Shizuku calls asking for Itsuki and it sounds urgent, but we’re back with Hanae now who’s starting to settle in with his friends in the Photography Club. Along his way home, he runs into Zenko who knows what’s happened with him, as Yahiko spilled the beans. She tries to get Hanae’s sight back by having him get bit by Yahiko, which is how she got her ability to see yokai. At her house, her father’s suddenly interested in him, because of his exorcism abilities, or at least the abilities he thinks Hanae has. Zenko finally pulls him outside where Yahiko is still mad at him for throwing a shoe at him. However, he doesn’t even feel the bite and nothing changes. Back with Itsuki, Shizuku tells him there’s someone at the store who wants to see him and it’s Big Boss Scree!!! They all ask him about Hanae and Shizuku is told to leave so Koura can properly talk with him about what’s happened with Hanae. They want to help him, but Itsuki doesn’t intend to do anything, which pisses Scree off so he takes it upon himself to find the yokai who borrowed Hanae’s sight. Reluctantly he accepts them to help, regardless of his feelings. We see the little ones visiting all the prior exorcised yokai from the season, but nothing turns up for a while. Meanwhile, Itsuki is pissed off because he believes asking yokai to help him makes him pathetic, as he’s supposed to be helping yokai, not the reverse. Scree returns having found the yokai, takes to Nobuo, the scarecrow yokai. The others have joined them too. Finding Tomori again, Itsuki talks with her and she notes that had she known this would happen, she wouldn’t have accepted Hanae’s offer, as every other time this happened, at most the sight was back after a few days. She also thinks there’s a risk Hanae either has or will soon lose his sight permanently. Itsuki’s about to return home when he suddenly gets an idea. Hanae meanwhile leaves Zenko and she doesn’t tell him that Fuzzy’s been with him the whole time, not wanting him to hurt even further.

THE GOOD

  • A very strong emotional episode
  • Itsuki’s finally not being so much of a douche anymore
  • BIG BOSS SCREE!!!

THE BAD

  • The Legislator really feels useless to me

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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New Game! (Ep.1)

New Game! (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Damn and blast! It’s winter time, swimsuits are so not happening in this last episode, are they? The girls are all meeting up together to see the game’s launch at a major store. Turns out, Hifumi and Hajime are in line, wanting the extra goods, only the higher-ups in the company getting them, or at least they used to, so Kou runs to get in line along with everyone else. They’re all enjoying the looks on everyone’s faces when they leave with their own copy. Hajime and Nene also worked together to get all the goods from other stores. Nene however spills some beans and they gotta run out of there, but it’s too late as it’s already spreading on the internet. Luckily though, it ended up being people who got early copies, but Umiko shows up to give Nene shit anyways. Umiko also gets Kou back by dropping the magazine with Kou’s cute picture (that I hate) in it. Now at a release party with the company, Kou’s on hosting duty but forgets her lines, while the girls cheer her on to just be normal already. She gives a nice little speech and then others come up themselves. Aoba has to help Hifumi get an autograph with one of the voice actors and Hifumi is as adorable as she always is. Aoba however has someone else she wants an autograph from, of course it’ll be Kou. But first, Shizuku butts in to tell Kou she plans on making her the new Art Director and bumping Rin up to co-producing the next game. Kou very upset because Rin never said anything and now she’s worried no one will follow her. Back at the party, there’s a lottery going on and Nene wins the third prize, which of course is a model assault rifle from Umiko’s collection. She also learns that she won’t be debugging anymore as they’ll be hiring a professional team next time, but Umiko does give her a business card so they can speak whenever. Kou suddenly walks out for a moment and Shizuku reveals that Kou once was an AD for Fairies Story 2 and it was a tough ride for her, as she was a little too strict with everyone and hated herself for being that way. Aoba runs out to see her and finally asks for Kou to autograph her copy of Fairies 3, but also to thank her for everything. Kou tears up a little before they return to the party. 

THE GOOD

  • Hifumi still in tip top shape with her cute game

THE BAD

  • I was actually extremely underwhelmed by this finale, for a show I loved so much, it did not end as well as I had hoped
  • For a show that was mostly comedy, the ending was a little too emotional
  • I really want there to be a second season, but odds are that it won’t have one, so that’s depressing

Episode Score: 3.5/5 

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Qualidea Code (Ep.1)

Qualidea Code (Ep.11) 

SYNOPSIS

It appears the Unknown are deciding to throw whatever they have left at the humans, one big final battle is ahead. Airi and Gutoku are suddenly killing their own (the Unknown) and Airi intends to close the gate forever between the two worlds, perhaps killing herself in the process. Aoi however believes that after being with those two for so long, the idea of the two races never co-existing seems like an ignorant opinion. During the attack, Asuha and Kasumi’s mother takes a hit. Asuha finally accepts her as her mother, though she notes it’ll still take some time before she can adjust to having a Mommy’s Little Girl kind of relationship with her. Alone with Hotaru, Maihime notes she doesn’t just want to protect her friends, she wants to save the world, including the Unknown as best she can, wanting to stop the needless fighting and death. The kids all get together afterwards to fight on their own terms. Kasumi demands Canaria and Ichiya join them, to help them go after Airi and Gutoku. When he doesn’t want to help, Kasumi pulls the “Look good for Canaria” card on him. So for the first time since the swimsuit episode, all six are working together again. Their goal is to reach the area where all the kids are still in cold sleep, save them and then deal with Airi and Gutoku after that. Along the way, they see the trail of bodies the two left on their way. Maihime and Hotaru reach the cold sleep factory, while the kids find Gutoku, yet he still looks human, revealing he always was human. I’m willing to bet Airi however is not and the two fell in love over time. Lastly, Maihime and Hotaru are approached by a single Unknown monster, but we’re unsure if that’s Airi or something else entirely. 

THE GOOD

  • Character development! Thank you!
  • Thankfully, they’re not treating the Unknown like they’re just death machines, they have emotions too
  • Gutoku being human all this time is a fantastic twist and tells the co-existence story perfectly, hopefully we get more backstory on this in the final episode

THE BAD

  • Don’t really have anything bad to say this week, it was a great episode

Episode Score: 5/5

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

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Dojima’s sending the Magician of Legumes (Kojirou) a student to help him with his new restaurant opening and if he’s going to get one he wants it to be an Autumn Elections finalist. Be careful what you wish for. Enter Soma-kun! However, Kojirou actually grins to this and doesn’t get upset. Soma realizes the challenge now, leaving a mark on a super-tough chef’s restaurant. Right off the bat though, he’s doing cleanup and construction work, the restaurant not even finished yet. The head chef already hates Soma because he’s immediately friendly with Kojirou. The rest of the staff note he’s really mellowed out since returning to Japan. Kojirou asks Soma why he picked his restaurant for the Stagiare, when picking a small local place would be easier. Soma responds with the simple answer: I want to find and create my specialty, clearly knowing he needs to be around the best of the best to find what that is. The get to eat some of his food too, which turns the girls into magical girls AND THEN removes their clothes. However, Soma watches as Kojirou isn’t remotely impressed with his own dish and then watches him further as he prepares to challenge Soma to his limits. With a pre-open (private testing of the menu and staff) ready to go, Soma’s all ready to go as well. But upon the first meal, the completely different tension in the kitchen throws Soma off. Also, the workload is far more than he’s ever taken on before. He has to now worry about not falling behind just to catch up himself, he’s got other workers to worry about. But it doesn’t phase him, his intent is to be considered a member of the staff by the end of the pre-open period. At night instead of sleeping, Soma starts working on Kojirou’s menu, trying to find his own ways to keep up with the dishes he has to prepare. For more help, he does all the prep work himself just so he has the time to ask the other chefs how they do things as fast as they do. Everyone’s shocked by how unphased he’s been the entire week, berating every day but acting like nothing’s happened the next. The experience for him is helping him master his technique. It gets to the point that Kojirou allows him to start finishing dishes himself instead of just prepping everything. Kojirou all this time as well never gave him a single piece of advice, noting that after challenging him to a Shokugeki last season, Soma wouldn’t fail something like the Stagiare with the gumption and potential he has. To finish his final day, there’s a dish competition at the restaurant, and Soma wants in, to leave his mark. 

THE GOOD

  • Once again, this is the anime I remember falling in love with last season
  • It’s nice seeing a lot of referencing to last season’s event, like the Shokugeki with Kojirou

THE BAD

  • I’ve honestly got nothing bad to say again this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)

Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Kotori and Shinobu are shopping together when she spots Kouhei and Tsumugi in the distance looking really sad and remembers when she first heard he lost his wife. Back at home, Kouhei’s tired so he asks Tsumugi if they should eat out, so they head out. They stop at an okonomiyaki place, but she gets bratty when she discovers she doesn’t get to mix to food herself and starts having a temper tantrum. The next day, Kotori tells him that her Mom’s going to be free next week and wants to join their next session. Then he tells her about the fight two had at the restaurant, so naturally the only option is to make their own okonomiyaki at the next session. After school, Tsumugi keeps hammering it home that she’s mad at her Dad, but once she hears what the next session will be like, she’s excited. But upon getting there, Kotori’s pissed off, cause her Mom left for work again. Yagi’s also there, but tries to leave when he knows her Mom’s not there, aware he’ll be stuck at Cooking School again. Alone with Kotori for a moment since Tsumugi’s intentionally bugging Yagi, he asks about her mother and Kotori’s just upset cause her mother didn’t really tell her till the very end, so she feels like she’s not that important to her. But during the conversation, Tsumugi gets out of hand and has to get scolded, so he finally has a real father to daughter talk with her, about how he has to scold her but doesn’t want to, so he wants her to do her best to not make him scold her but at the same time promises to do his best to scold her properly too so neither of them leave hurt. Finally they finish the meal and suddenly Kotori’s mother shows up and thus begins the bow train between her and Kouhei. They eat and Tsumugi doesn’t understand why it’s so much better than the restaurant, to which Kotori’s mother says it’s because it’s filled with Kouhei’s affection for her. She wants to keep eating food from him now because of it. 

THE GOOD

  • A sweet ending to the series
  • It was also nice to see Kotori’s mom finally

THE BAD

  • I’m sorry, I know she’s a little girl, but holy hell she started freaking out at the restaurant because of that?!
  • I’m very upset that the show never even bothers to try and have Kotori overcome her own fears when cooking, aka using a knife

Episode Score: 4/5

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Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Aryabhata is completely dominating him to the point his powers are being overused. It also turns out Wiseman was using him to feed him to Aryabhata as well. His wounds are too bad and Souha offers to hold her off so they can get him out, but Bluesy stays behind as well, telling Tom to get Justice out. But again, she overpowers them, however Bluesy does manage to land a hit on her while losing her mechanical arm. That only pisses Aryabhata off further and suddenly she gets serious, causing a massive explosion. Sanders intends to detonate the nuke, a suicide bomb and hits the button, but nothing happens. Justice then drops out of the helicopter to go after Bluesy, not wanting to lose another person. He tries to sacrifice himself to the beast to stop what he can, but it doesn’t work either and Wiseman suddenly activates something that envelops him in a new beast. He notes that Aryabhata made two mistakes, the first is that she thought that Sealed only consumes those after they’re burned out their power and the second was that she formed a link with Justice when she kissed him. So it’s a battle of the beasts now. By the power of…justice? Justice overcomes everything and in the end defeats Aryabhata, along with some other crap that really doesn’t matter like the oldest “sister” sacrificing herself to keep the others from feeling pain, blah blah blah, good guy wins somehow. Also, Souha somehow survived, that’s what’s really important. Then Season 2 preview stuff, blah blah blah. I’m not planning on watching the second season of this.

THE GOOD

  • I got to see Iltutmish’s butt one more time, that’s the only positive I’ve got beyond Souha surviving

THE BAD

  • The beast battle may have been one of the dumber looking things I watched this season
  • The dumbest most anti-climatic season ending I’ve seen in quite some time
  • They do a horrible job convincing you to watch Season 2, unless you think this show was a 10/10 show, there’s not much to be interested in

Episode Score: 2/5

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Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Alisha and the gang are all headed to where the war is about to start at. Alisha is aware she and her force will be far outnumbered and a soldier returns to relay that they’re outnumbered 20,000 to about 1,200. She and Sorey talk at night, both unable to sleep. He also talks with Mikleo, both noting about how it seems not long ago they were home in Elysium. When they get there, the battle’s already started, Alisha will be heading to convince one side to stop fighting, while Sorey heads straight into the battleground. The malevolence is forming immediately, the souls of the dead turning into Hellions. Alisha and Rose separate from the group to stop the general but he refuses and tells his soldiers to capture her and Rose. Back with Sorey, the malevolence is hitting him hard as he continues on, while Rose and Alisha are dealing with their own fight, but while trying to keep Rose from killing the soldiers, Alisha is stabbed in the back. After purifying the battlefield, he senses something wrong and runs off, finding another battlefield. Rose snaps and somehow force pushes everyone away, but Alisha realizes what’s actually happening, there’s a Seraphim with them. And the episode ends with Sorey being confronted by a human hellion, which he calls the “Lord of Calamity”.

THE GOOD

  • I like the new archer girl, Ian, she’s adorable and a badass!
  • The stakes have been raised significantly now

THE BAD

  • HOW DARE YOU STAB ALISHA! I’LL FUCKING KILL YOU!!!

Episode Score: 4/5

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One comment

  1. “•The dumbest most anti-climatic season ending I’ve seen in quite some time” Total agreement on this point about Taboo Tattoo.

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