Week #13 – Summer Anime 2016

Week #13 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.13)

SYNOPSIS

The next battle will be a tough one, they’ll be down five to one in size, not to mention they’re all exhausted. This time however, Ikta plans to go into battle as well, leaving Matthew behind in charge. He also tells Matthew to protect the place safely, but if at any time he feels that it’s not safe, leave so they are safe. With Nana and Yatori he devises a new plan to trick Jean into thinking he’s making a simple plan but in reality is an advanced trap to get in close to their horses and air rifles. He’s trying to force Jean to stop the battle, keying into his and Ikta’s own frustration with things being chaotic. He and Jean begin to negotiate now, Jean wanting them to surrender, Ikta just wanting Jean’s troops to go back behind the forest wall until they can retreat in two days. Neither accept each other’s terms. He possibly bluffs Jean that Torway is in the distance, lined up to shoot him. Even Jean thinks it’s a bluff, but he’s not 100% sure and he doesn’t like it when the math doesn’t compute to a full 100%. Sure enough, Ikta was bluffing, Torway’s not even there. Jean and his force retreat and the fire burning continues. Before leaving though, he asks Ikta his motivations for protecting the Empire. However Ikta says he doesn’t want to protect his country, but people and that people like Jean will be tossed aside as soon as he’s worn out, saying that all heroes die of overwork. They all finally return back to Chamille and upon seeing Ikta, she tacklehugs him. A month later, the General is demoted and to be executed. Alone with Chamille again, Ikta tells her how downhill the Empire is going and as much as she hates to admit it, she agrees with him and demands he move up through the rankings so he can be the one to change the Empire for the good of the nation. She then tells him that when he has control, lose the war intentionally so that essentially instead of the Empire being gone for good, they and Kioka will in time converge together and bring the change the nation needs. Basically, lose but don’t lose so bad there’s nothing left. In the post-credits, Ikta and Yatori are together once more, talking about his father. He also tells Yatori that he will do what he can to ensure she isn’t caught up in the collapse.

THE GOOD

  • A victory by the skin of his teeth, Ikta didn’t win by sheer force or tactics, he just outsmarted his opponent enough to get away
  • No real sequel-bait, just the knowledge that there will be a second season and if you enjoyed the first season (which I certainly did), come back next season, it’s not leaving you hanging

THE BAD

  • I wish there had been more time set aside for the post-battle, you don’t get to see Torway at all this episode, how Suwa’s feeling afterwards, it’s just a sudden end

Episode Score: 4/5


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Momokuri (25 & 26)

SYNOPSIS

There’s plans for the group to go to a hot spring inn together for the holidays. Upon getting there, Yuki is very upset there are no peep holes. Upon talking about how much he enjoys snow (which in Japanese is called ‘yuki’), Shinya breaks as he blushes so much he blows a gasket. While Yuki and Norika are in the bath, the other three girls grab him and have a “girls’ meeting” with him. Upon Yuki walking in, instead of getting jealous when she sees Yuzuki touching his face, she thinks they look cute. Shinya upset about this, leaves the room and Yuki’s confused, so Norika sends her out to find out (the obvious reason) why. Shinya notes to himself that he understands why Yuki acted how she did, but there’s still a part of him that wants her to act how a normal girlfriend would, though also admits it’s a bit on his part too that he’s still not quite adjusting to Yuki and her personality. He takes her aside and admits at first he was more just happy to have a girl that liked him, but over time came to truly love her as well. Cue the classic fall on the boyfriend from Yuki and she cries in his arms, but a happy cry. She finally starts being truly physical and close (literally) with him. Out of nowhere, he tries to kiss her but she turns last second and gets her cheek, which drives Yuki over the deep end once again. He notes that while their versions of love are slightly different, the amount of love they have for each other is the same. Cue the vacation montage! However as we see, Shinya’s smartening up a little more to Yuki’s “plans” for getting anything he touches. 

THE GOOD

  • That near-kiss moment was super cute
  • Yuzuki is always going to be best girl of the show though, she’s super adorable

THE BAD

  • Once again, I don’t like how the series ended without truly unraveling Rio’s story with Shinya

Episode Score: 4/5

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Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)

The Morose Mononokean (Ep.13)

SYNOPSIS

Itsuki clearly has a plan in place and asks Yahiko for help. Back at school, Zenko is keeping up appearances with Hanae, especially omitting the fact that Fuzzy’s been with him the entire time. It appears however his senses are starting to come back, hearing a noise and investigating but doesn’t see anything, yet Big Boss Scree was in that very room he entered into. He returns to the various places he met yokai at before returning home. He hears more sounds, being the birds, but still can’t see anything. He goes to a shrine Zenko talked about earlier the next day and is greeted by Okina, who uses a leaf that he can see to show he’s still aware of yokai. Hanae goes into the shrine, only to be trapped inside. He sees a floating bone head and it’s not Okina, so it’s much more dangerous, though it’s likely just all the yokai he’s met gathering around him. He can sense they’re staring at him, but also that they’re not hostile. He suddenly grabbed by a hand behind the wall and he faints. Sure enough, it was all the yokai messing with him, Itsuki revealing that his ability awakened because he and Fuzzy shared the same feelings when crossing paths. So knowing Fuzzy would be with him and that Fuzzy is afraid of Yahiko, by scaring Hanae as well would sync them up together again. They all say their goodbyes as they return to the underworld. Turns out that hand was Itsuki, since Hanae’s vision was still gone, he couldn’t see the Mononokean door open up and Itsuki reaching out to move him over. Okina secretly tells Hanae that Itsuki set this all up for him. Itsuki also apologizes and offers Hanae to return to work. Alone with the Mononokean, Itsuki reveals the true reason for him distancing from Hanae, the fact that he’s too close with yokai and they both understand that one day Hanae will have to realize this and adjust accordingly. But they’re happy to have him back.

THE GOOD

  • A great way to end things
  • The Mononokean having emotes will never grow old

THE BAD

  • The reasoning for Hanae’s vision returning was not said very well through the episode, you had to make a couple extra assumptions to make it sensible

Episode Score: 4/5

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Qualidea Code (Ep.1)

Qualidea Code (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

The episode begins with a look at Gutoku first adapting to his new vision and meeting Airi for the first time. She essentially killed him but saved his life in the end, curious as to why he reacted how he did to first seeing her. Back with the kids though, he admits he’s become fond of the Unknown over time and refuses to allow them to destroy the gate. Aoi betrays them as well, refusing to kill Gutoku and Airi, her power to block other Worlds. She runs off, Asuha giving chase. Meanwhile, Hotaru and Maihime start fighting the Unknown monster waiting for them. Gutoku transforms into an Unknown/human hybrid as well, the kids now in trouble without their Worlds. Asuha is having trouble fighting Aoi as her ability is also reading her mind, so she’s telegraphing her movements. Canaria tries to find them meanwhile, not wanting anyone to fight. We see Canaria while getting lost, becoming very close to the gate, so she goes for it. Hotaru has taken a lot of damage in her fight, bleeding a lot. Canaria reaches a point and starts singing. Hotaru, unable to use her arms, HOLDS HER SWORD WITH HER TEETH!!! Asuha eventually chokes out Aoi and Maihime defeats the Unknown, which turns out of course to be Airi, her wish complete, to die for her childrens’ sake. She pats Maihime’s head before vanishing. Maihime knows what’s happened and tries to hide it from Hotaru, needing to save the kids in cold sleep first. Realizing this, Gutoku tells the boys to leave with everyone, the gate destroyed and the tower about to fall on them. Aoi however is recovered by Gutoku who is told by Airi’s spirit to take care of her. The kids are out doing various things, most importantly Maihime and Hotaru plant a grave for Airi, the others joining them later. The pairs all go their separate ways, aiming to rebuild their respective cities. 

THE GOOD

  • Gutoku’s transformation looked badass
  • A decent ending to the show, though if I had it my way, I’d have given this final encounter one more episode

THE BAD

  • Aoi’s betrayal comes so sudden and ends so easily to the point it’s unimportant in the grand scheme of things
  • The kids won way too easily in the end
  • I’m sad there wasn’t even an attempt at the co-existence possibility that was expressed last week

Episode Score: 4/5 

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

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.13)

SYNOPSIS

Soma’s all set to make his own dish for the competition at Kojirou’s restaurant on the final day. Oh dear, a bunch of various Totsuki alumni including Hinako (who immediately hounds Kojirou) are joining them as guests on the last day, likely for the competition. At this time, Soma asks him what made him decide to lean towards French cuisine, discovering it’s because his mother loved it so much that he wanted to specialize in it so he could make her smile all the time, not that he tells Soma this though. He does tell Soma however the reason he opened a restaurant in Japan was to go back to his roots and prove to himself he wasn’t just good at one kind of cooking. Turns out the alumni weren’t supposed to stay, but they want to stay and watch Soma go up against Kojirou again. Roland notes how unlikely it is for Soma to pass given that he has little to no knowledge of French cuisine. Not only that, but all the cooks have something to prove as well. He makes a chicken and egg rice bowl, but an untraditional version using quail, the egg and risotto inside the quail. He also used a similar style to the Shokugeki he had with Kojirou, like he was proving to himself and the others that he was that close to Kojirou. However, it’s too low-quality for SHINO’s, however Kojirou instead of failing him, tells him exactly how to make it better. In other words, he survives Kojirou. He tells Soma to make sure he captures the first seat. We see many others in their journey to become better. As it turns out, his dish is the new item on the menu after all, improved by Kojirou. Returning to the dorm, he has a massive list of Shokugeki challenges from second year students and he doesn’t hesitate to start them. All the Polar Star members return as well, also passing. Hisako and Erina return and find out about Soma battling second years. After winning the first challenge, he issues open challenges to anyone at anytime. 

THE GOOD

  • Everything about the last few episodes are what the original season got so over with me on
  • Seeing all the original characters return, including alumni and Polar Star dorm members was a nice touch to the end

THE BAD

  • The fact that three-quarters of this show was so bad when the other episodes were all 5’s is insane to me

Episode Score: 5/5

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Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.13)

SYNOPSIS

Dezel, the badass green-haired Seraphim has finally appeared in response to Alisha’s injuries. In response as well, Rose snaps and goes straight for the leader, more than willing to kill him. Meanwhile, the Lord of Calamity approaches. He tries to purify him, but it clearly won’t be that easy, though he does manage to see the lord’s human form for a moment. Even with all three Seraphim, he’s no match for the lord. He gathers all the malevolence and fires it right at Sorey and he manages to parry it and keeps on fighting. Meanwhile, Alisha is back with the soldiers, though they’re struggling to stop her bleeding. She opens her eyes for a moment, smiling when hearing the fighting has stopped before passing out again. Rose rushes off to get something or someone, praying she’ll live long enough. The lord leaves the battlefield, waiting for the day Sorey becomes the world’s last hope, just so he can crush it. Dezel is with Rose and is directing her to Sorey. Reaching him, they return to Alisha who’s still alive and is starting to recover, even able to sit up. He asks her to become his Squire and gives her a true name to the Seraphim, allowing her to see and communicate with them now. The next day they’re about to separate when the general has become a hellion, pissed off that his military victory has been robbed. Upon hearing he’s the reason Alisha nearly died, this guy is fucked. He purifies him instantly after everyone believed he would straight up kill him and let the malevolence take him over. Rose calls in that favour with Sorey and asks him to come with her to Rolance to help in negotiations with a troublesome client. It works out anyway since they intended to go that way. 

THE GOOD

  • Dezel is awesome, he’s like Johnny from Guilty Gear
  • Brief fight with the Lord of Calamity was perfectly animated

THE BAD

  • How is Alisha able to sit up and even stand so easily after suffering such a terrible wound?
  • Why is Alisha leaving him again?
  • Clear sequel bait, not that I expected 12 episodes to cover an entire game

Episode Score: 4/5

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