Week #1 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #1 has arrived with this Fall 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!

Bloodivores (Ep.1)

Bloodivores (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We start off with a badass police chase with presumably our main character, Liu and his friend, Anji. However when a BST (basically a special task force for Bloodivores) tank approaches we get moved to another time where he’s at a cafe, watching the TV where it explains something about a drug possibly causing side effects that turn humans into vampires, aka Bloodivores. We see one do just that and the police suppressing him almost immediately after biting a woman. We then jump to two main characters and a friend, Chao breaking into a vault. Then along the way out, a kid finds them and Anji tries to keep Chao from shooting him, since the kid saw his face. Then her collar goes off, meaning she’s being tracked now, so the others don’t want her in the car with her, but Liu takes off with her and leaves the other two with the money. Now we resume the police chase where the tank and BST have caught the two of them and the other two part of the robbery were arrested as well. Being interrogated now, Liu is revealed to be the son of the director of the BST. He’s also well aware of how he can get out of jail time, but then it’s revealed that all the people in robbery, including the child are dead, which shocks Liu immensely. Now on trial, facing execution, Liu tries to figure out who could’ve done this, but none of the four could’ve possibly done it. They’re all sentenced to death. In the prison, he’s approached by his father who asks him why he did it, suggesting possibly Liu found his mother and grabs his father upon hearing those words. Then his father grabs his wrist and looks like he’s burning the fuck out of him. The episode ends with the four in a vehicle being transported to another prison when the BST approaches the car and shoots them all. 

THE GOOD

  • I really like the animation in this show
  • The police chase was pretty good for an anime
  • Nice reveal at the halfway point with the murders

THE BAD

  • I still have zero idea what’s going on, especially with that ending.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Brave Witches (Ep.1)

Brave Witches (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

For those unfamiliar with the “Witches” series, it takes place in WWII-era where instead of fighting that war, an alien threat known as the Neuroi attack and invade the world. When humanity’s normal weaponry can’t do much, they turn to witch clans to send young girls to do the fighting. Because of course only girls in their 10s can fight a massive alien threat, right? Also, pants aren’t a thing apparently.

This time around, we’re with the 502nd Joint Fighter Wing, the “Brave Witches”. We’re in September of 1944 now, with Hikari the new Yoshika aka the main character of this series. Naturally, she wears no pants and a school swimsuit are her bottoms, just like Yoshika (she just doesn’t look 12…she looks 13). She goes to visit her father, an radio engineer in the navy. A message comes in and the navy unit Hikari’s sister is on is returning home. She shows off her skills of skipping on water…before falling in on the third step. Something new we’re seeing too, there’s actual schools for Witches to train with the striker units they use to fly. When she tries to compete with a bitch witch (ha!), she crashes and burns hard, but the president of the school, Fumika notices her. No time to worry though, her sister’s back home…and has to save her when Hikari falls. Back home, they read the newspaper and see an article on the 501st, Mio and Yoshika in the picture. Together again, the sisters are bathing together when Takami tells Hikari she’s not staying, she’s being deployed to Europe, where the Neuroi threat is at its worst. The school announces they’ll be sending a volunteer to Europe as well and the bitch naturally raises her hand and so does Hikari. So the two will compete for that spot. At home, her parents are naturally worried about her because she’s nowhere near finished school, but she gets upset and runs off. She tells Takami who follows her that if she fails, she’ll quit because she’s too weak. The bitch girl of course is annoyed she’s even having to do this. Hikari tries to keep up, faltering here and there but staying afloat. The weather takes a turn for the worst, storming. But Hikari’s actually catching up now that it’s raining. Because the bitch stopped paying attention, they crash into each other. Hikari saves her from drowning without even realizing she crossed the sea for the first time without falling into the water. Either way, they both failed the exam. However, when seeing her father again, a message comes in saying that Hikari has still been chosen to be deployed to Europe with Takami. 

THE GOOD

  • I like that Hikari at least has had some training with the striker units while in Strike Witches, Yoshika had zero training and joined the Strike Witches anyway
  • It’s nice to see they’re still referencing the Strike Witches and not just tossing them aside completely
  • I would’ve like to see Misumi (the bitch) also join in the end, so Hikari has someone to slowly make up with, but oh well, someone already in the 502nd will get that role

THE BAD

  • If there’s anything that really bugs me about the show is that a lot of the new girls look too much like the original characters when you look at all of their pictures. Hikari looks like Yoshika and then when you look at the girls we’ll likely see next week, Naoe looks like Francesca, Nikka looks like Eila, Gundula looks like Charlotte and Fumika looks like Mio. They should’ve tried a little harder to make these girls all unique

Episode Score: 4/5

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Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We start off seeing a wheelchair-using girl, Leticia fighting Buranki and destroying them, a man calling her a modern day Jeanne d’Arc. Then we’re back with the main cast, a half-month after the end of the first season. Kogane and Kinoa are getting a little too into their tour of Taiwan, while Shizuru is trying to read in peace and Hiiragi wants to kill all of them. Azuma meanwhile is at the airport still and also still gets very testy when people call his mother a witch. Hiiragi finally speaks up and reminds them they’re in Taiwan to find Oubu who fell into the ocean and then an alarm goes off, a Buranki wreaking havoc at the airport and they rush off to catch up with Azuma. However upon arrival, there are already Bubuki users there, new ones in fact. Leading them is Azuma’s sister, Kaoruko who’s almost as dumb as the American guy from last season with her dramatics. They create an Oubu of their own, but a black one. The first hit on Oubu is right in the breasts, which Kaoruko makes special note of. They do defeat the Buranki and upon hearing Azuma’s name, she starts freaking out, not wanting to be associated with him. After holding back Kinoa from smacking her (and Kogane grabbing her boobs), they all meet up at a restaurant, introduced to Chou (a real cutie), Lakshmi (my new favourite sexy girl in the series) and the other two boys that we don’t get the names of yet. She also loves to put down her teammates and no one on the team seems to care. When asked about the heart, she shows the black heart she got from a man named Guy, the president of Demokratia, an organization intending on destroying all evil Buranki. Walking around Taiwan, we note every character has someone to talk with, but Kaoruko has no one, since Azuma’s stuck in the air on a plane. She shows them a secret school for Bubuki users and reveals she was left there by her father, intending to train Azuma and not her. Then a man shows up demanding the limbs back, being the four users and they’re all very afraid of him. Haku and On are the two boys’ names. Hiiragi takes exception to this, grabbing the man, Ryuuki. He calls the limbs nothing more than servants, allowed to do whatever he pleases to them. Meanwhile, a light flashes in the sky and a Buranki has fusioned, Kaoruko and the others running off to defeat it. 

THE GOOD

  • I’m loving the over-cheesyness of the show, even more than last season
  • All the girls are fantastic so far, personalities are so over-the-top, it’s so great

THE BAD

  • A weird way to kick off the show, we’re not really sure as to what’s going on yet

Episode Score: 4/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.13)

SYNOPSIS

Yay! Bungo’s back! We start off with a flashback to four years ago when Osamu was still a member of the Port Mafia. He was a suicidal dunce cap then too. He’s drinking with two friends from the Mafia, nothing spectacular about either of them, at least that we see. They however do toast to the stray dogs as a random reason to toast. Osamu wants them to take pictures together, leaving us to think this is when Osamu left the Mafia, but we’re told one of them died not long after that day. One of them, calling himself the lowest-ranking member, is called to headquarters. He knows he has no reason to be there, but the boss’ word is to be followed. He enters and the boss is there with his VERY YOUNG DAUGHTER WHO IS TOPLESS, trying to get her to try on a dress he bought for her. After forgetting that, the boss wants him to find someone, the other guy that isn’t Osamu that was with them in the bar, who has vanished. He’s given a paper that will allow him to order any member of the Mafia in order to help him find the man. Back with Osamu (who’s playing a Gameboy), he’s arrived to hear about a Mafia armory being attacked, three guards are dead. Seeing some photos from the security cameras, he recognizes a gun worn by one of the men who was killed in a gunfight Osamu had been in the night before. He deduces they have a traitor, as he believes the attack on him was a distraction. He talks about an organization, Mimic, a name he got out of an attacker before he killed himself with a suicide pill. The other man continues his search and finds a secret lockbox before nearly being sniped, his power being to sense seconds into the future, so he manages to avoid it. He calls up Osamu to tell him what’s going on and he helps out without the need of that paper (a Silver Oracle). He nearly dies again before Osamu and friends shoot the two men about to kill him. Osamu takes the lockbox and opens it with a paperclip and in the box is the same kind of old pistol the other members of Mimic carry. They begin to suspect this man is a traitor, but Osamu says it could’ve been a plant. However, through his memory, Osamu deduces this man didn’t go to a deal like he said at the bar that night, but met with someone before showing up. One of the men that we thought was dead stands up, full of holes and pointing a gun at Osamu. He thinks his death is finally here and the gun is fired and the man is killed. The bullet grazed Osamu, blood trickling down his face, but no real damage to speak of. He tells the man to find Ango, the man they’re looking for.

THE GOOD

  • I like seeing Osamu in Mafia form, he’s a lot more cunning and dangerous
  • The low-level man (I can’t recall his name) is an interesting character as well

THE BAD

  • It’s almost disappointing to be back with this show and other than Osamu, the entire cast from last season doesn’t show up this first week!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Drifters (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We are in the year 1600 and a massive battle of swordsmanship is taking place. Our MC, Toyohisa is racking up quite the kill count. His side is losing greatly but he’s not stopping his kill count. He demands his uncle, the army’s commander to retreat so he doesn’t die in this battle and Toyohisa will take care of the rest, even it means he dies. The rest of his soldiers die, so it’s just him and the big wig of the force he’s fighting. He lunges into ten spears, getting impaled by several, but still manages to pull out a gun and fire it right at his head. The army retreats after this, much to Toyohisa’s frustration. Bleeding badly, he stumbles in the now pouring rain, a trail of dead bodies on his way home, not that he’ll make it with his injuries. He suddenly finds himself in a Matrix-like white room, presumably the moment he died, he was transported into this realm. The man writes something and he’s suddenly pulled into a portal-like door. Before returning to him, we see a soldier, likely from around the Vietnam War appear as the next person. Toyohisa arrives in a new world and two Elven boys find his body. He awakens for a moment to see them, calling them “Devils”, thinking he’s been sent to hell. They try to drag him to a deserted castle, but an archer stops them. The Elves call Toyohisa a Drifter, like the archer and leave him there, running away. A voice echoes from the castle ruins, telling the Archer to bring him inside. We now have another man who claims to be Oda Nobunaga, who has been dead for a long time. He tries to kill Nobunaga, but the archer puts a stop to that with…the task of plucking feathers? Nobunaga is curious about the details of his death, Toyohisa saying it’s been eighteen years since his death was rumoured. The archer laughs, claiming to be Yoichi, a 400 year-old legendary warrior. Upon learning Toyohisa’s lineage, they both laugh, his clan being a backwater farm clan of warriors. Hearing about Nobunaga’s journey into the white room, it appears he died in a fire and was not actually murdered. Yoichi also notes meeting that man in the white room. Nobunaga gets further pissed off when he hears what happens to Japan over the last eighteen years, especially with how his clan pretty much disappeared and his son dying in battle not long after. We see a girl watching from the distance outside, talking to someone through a crystal ball. That person seems to be a member of an organization called Octobrist and they appear to view the Drifters as world-ending figures.

THE GOOD

  • The curious concept of a place where those from multiple eras show up simultaneously brings out the multi-dimension theory, which I always love
  • The art design of this show is spectacular, just like Hellsing was
  • There are already three significantly unique characters in Toyohisa, Nobunaga and Yoichi and they’re all very interesting characters and have fantastic chemistry together

THE BAD

  • I literally have nothing bad to say about this so far
  • Well…other than no more Nazi’s being killed, hahaha!

Episode Score: 5/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We’re in a quiet room for a mock exam when someone else starts running out of (I think) a secret headquarters of something. It’s a tiny girl carrying a giant surfboard. Her name’s Papika. She’s giving no fucks to those ordering her around right now. Also, this mock exam was going on at night…the hell?! Are kids being forced into midnight school?! We’re now with the blue-haired girl from the mock exam, Cocona. It’s hard to nail down this world, but my best description is it’s like 1980s San Francisco with slight Studio Ghibli influences. Cocona watches as Papika crashes above her but no one else seems to see her. Cocona is having trouble decide where she wants to go when she graduates. She doesn’t just want to randomly pick somewhere, but she doesn’t know what she wants to do. Along her walk she finds an opening in the forest that leads to a junkyard of sorts. And then Papika scares the shit out of her, being right behind her and then starts getting real close and sniffing her. Then a robot captures the both of them and the acid trip begins. They go through some sort of portal where colour doesn’t exist before emerging in a snowy world. Cocona is beyond confused (as am I) and they discover the snow is extremely sweet. But it breaks Cocona to the point of laughter, which the stoic girl tries to suppress. Spending the night there, Cocona asks what this world is, since they saw no one the entire day. Then a monster suddenly starts moving through the forest and in the commotion, she loses her glasses to the monster. So Papika takes charge and goes to get them. She takes a few hits and grabs the glasses but the monster dives into the icy cold sea with her in tow and the sea immediately turns to ice. Emotional, something awakens in Cocona and in one episode finds a new Super Saiyan level, now with purple hair. She creates a massive shockwave that breaks the ice and she grabs Papika. Papika also cracked her glasses anyway. Finally the robot sends them back into the portal and return to the normal world. Papika wants her to adventure with her again and Cocona’s all like “Hell naw!”. And then Papika is trapped in a net while robots kidnap Cocona.

THE GOOD

  • Papika is a lot like Hikari from Amanchu!, very upbeat and happy, love it!
  • This show is like Studio Ghibli and Dragon Ball Z mixed together to make one insane sci-fi fantasy anime

THE BAD

  • Holy fuck watching this sober and not high is confusing!
  • At no point is Cocona even noting about how y’know…she isn’t home

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Girlish Number (Ep.1)

(Not available to me) ***DROPPED***


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Hagane Orchestra (Ep.1)

(Debuts on October 10th)


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Idol Memories (Ep.1)

(Not available to me) ***DROPPED***


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Izetta, The Last Witch (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We start with Finé, a young girl on a train in a world similar to pre-WWII, Germania and Westria the countries involved thus far that we know of. The Germanian soldiers are looking for her and she along with two men run across the train to escape. We learn that Finé is a princess, likely travelling to negotiate with a neutral country. They fight on top of a train before ending up in a storage cart where she also finds a container of sorts. Inside it looks to be a person, likely the red-haired witch the show is named after. One of her guards gets shot and she makes a daring escape off the train into the river below. In the end, the soldiers are killed by an older man after seeing the top-secret container. After the jump, the guard with Finé dies from the bullet wound. We get more background on the potential war, very much reminiscent of Nazi Germany in 1939. Finé’s country is their next target to take over. In neutral territory now, the container is being carried further along, a young male noting to the older man that the girl in this tank took out an entire company on her own, or so the legends are being told. She tries to negotiate help from Britannia, even offering to take herself off as the heir to the throne and accept the Prince of Britannia’s hand in marriage. However, upon a message from the top, she learns Germania has just invaded her homeland. Even worse, they’re already there as well and kill her other guard and soon after, take her prisoner. On a plane with the container as well, it starts to generate readings. Magic starts to envelop the plane and deactivate it, starting to fall from the sky. The tank begins to open and a soldier shoots Finé in the arm. Izetta finally opens her eyes, recognizing Finé’s voice, apparently she saved Izetta once before when they were younger. The tank bursts open and she emerges from it, both recognizing each other before Finé passes out. Izetta snaps and the flood of power from her causes the plane to burst in half, Finé falling out. Using a fucking machine gun like a broom, Izetta catches her before she falls to her death. 

THE GOOD

  • The true horrors of war are on full display here, tank battles, bombings, all of it
  • Finé is a fantastic leading lady, very strong young woman
  • I’m loving the world and plot so far, very realistic (minus the whole witch thing) to what WWII was

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week on the bad front!

Episode Score: 5/5

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Yup! It’s a sport where girls use their boobs and butts to knock other girls off platforms over water. We’re introduced to Nozomi, an 18 year-old who plans to graduate high school and become a professional Keijo player. With her friend Sayaka, they’re entering a school for Keijo players together, but apparently Sayaka has some attention because she’s a famous judo athlete. A reporter, Shiomi approaches Nozomi but her boss tries to pull her away, saying she’s not worth reporting. We also meet another friend of Nozomi’s, Hanabi who got into the elite class. We also see Mio, the highest ranked person on the entrance exam. She looks Nozomi over and hugs the shit out of her, followed by grabbing her ass because she likes cute girls. We then see the qualifiers six months before where Nozomi, Sayaka and especially Hanabi really do some damage. However, after Hanabi knocks out everyone in one singe hit, Nozomi doesn’t falter and hangs in there with her, but eventually Hanabi knocks her out after a long fight. But Nozomi isn’t upset, in fact she’s happy there’s such a high level of competition. Back in the present, Nozomi asks Sayaka why she didn’t stick to judo, to which the simple response was “I wanted to wear cute swimsuits.”. At the dorms, they find out their roommates are each other, but they’re given the “empty room” with two other girls. The room is called that cause those who get put in that room are usually the weaker ones who run away and never finish their training. They’re names are Non who’s the clumsy one and Kazane who is the one who gives zero fucks. The room’s first task is to battle this massive woman.

THE GOOD

  • This show is so bad, it’s amazing!
  • The opening is the most hilarious thing ever
  • There’s so many butts I won’t even attempt to have a butt shot counter.

THE BAD

  • There were only like…20 butts and not 30 butts. For shame!

Episode Score: 5/5

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Long Riders! (Ep.1)

(Not available to me) ***DROPPED***


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March Comes in Like a Lion (Ep.1)

(Debuts on October 8th)


Miss Bernard Said (Ep.1)

Miss Bernard Said (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Endou spends a lot of time in the school library, but a girl who insists on being called “Miss Bernard” (real name is Sawako) always makes a ruckus, liking the smell of paper and ink, but hates books that are just words. She wants to be an avid reader, but hates reading. Another girl is sick of her acting like she knows everything about books and goes to give her a piece of her mind. But she doesn’t shut up about book revisions, so the other two get bored.

A 3-minute short, so it’s getting dropped because of its length, I don’t like trying to do weeklies for something so short. After the first episode though, I think the show has some potential, so check it out.

THE GOOD

  • It’s a silly little 3-minute short
  • I can sympathize, books are boring

THE BAD

  • I’m always turned off by the massive amount of text thrown on the screen

Episode Score: 3/5 ***DROPPED – ANIME SHORT***


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My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

(Side note to those new to the series, I’m watching the ‘uncensored’ version of the show, which does contain some sexual content. There are both uncensored and censored options on Crunchyroll with this show.)

Also to those new to the series, the TL;DR of the first season is Ui and Izumi are the student council president and vice-president respectively. One day, Izumi finds Ui moved into his home, claiming their parents arrange a marriage between them when they were little. Sexy hijinks ensue for 12 episodes. And now we’re here with Season 2.

It appears that everything is still normal with Ui, she’s still lauded for her sexiness from the rest of the school as their student council president. But there appears to be a new face involved, someone’s stalking her, or at least that appears to be the case. With Izumi now, he notes that while they’ve managed to keep the secret that he and Ui have been living together (for the most part), Ui seems to be getting more and more needy nowadays. Back at home, Ui’s being very physical with him, wanting to be a wife he’ll give more attention to. So by allowing her five minutes of her time, she starts trying to please him with her foot and saying porn-like lines of dialogue, because fellow member of the student council Karen suggested that. Finally he gets out of there so he can go study. She doesn’t stop though, still teasing him a bit to which he gets a bit annoyed and leaves the room for a bath. We see Ui sticking around in his room afterwards, noting she’s still not getting enough attention with him. So she grabs Izumi’s blanket and starts masturbating…and gets caught by Izumi. She gets upset with him for not touching him lately and the devil side of him comes out in full force before being interrupted by his neighbour, who’s a bit drunk. Her younger sister is Rin, the president of the Disciplinary Committee. When Izumi gets a little cross with her, the older sister reminds him that she knows about him and Ui and better watch himself, otherwise everyone and especially Rin will know about it.

THE GOOD

  • Seeing Ui and Izumi back makes me happy, they’re an adorable couple
  • It’s nice to see that at least thus far they’re not overloading the second season with new characters
  • I’m glad the animation style hasn’t really changed, there’s the cheesy chibi facial expressions, along with the baby birds when Ui gets flustered

THE BAD

  • Ui is being a little over-the-top for sure
  • But more importantly, geez Izumi, you’ve got a hot girl living with you who wants your affection, just be done with it already!

Episode Score: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

The highest-level prison, Nanba Prison, no one has ever successfully escaped from the prison…until now, by four sexy boys with ridiculous hair. These four boys have escaped a ton of prisons before and continue to deal with each trap that comes their way during their escape, including the classic Indiana Jones rolling ball of death. Apparently the deputy supervisor joins the four for “night training” and starts chasing them happily. The androgynous looking boy, Nico, he gets shot (by a tranquilizer) but the drugs have the opposite effect on him. He also literally turns guard Dobermans into furry puffballs of happiness. At the final big door, the hacker, Jyugo fucks up big time, initiating a self-destruct, but stopping it with one second left. The big guard, Hajime remains outside, waiting for them. He beats two of them, causes Nico to faint and then he finishes the last one off. So back to their cell they go. Apparently they’ve already tried several times that day to escape. The pretty boy guard, Seitarou tells Hajime than Jyugo wants to speak with him, but only cause he’s bored. We’re then given the names of Uno, the genius of the group and Rock, the muscle. After learning another murderer is coming to the prison, they beg Hajime not to bring him into the cell with them, like a bunch of children not wanting to play with a certain person. Apparently this prison though is pretty good to its inmates, so Jyugo considers just making this his home, since he doesn’t have one. Though he tries to escape again, but gets caught quickly…BUT HE SAW A GIRL!!! HOLY SHIT!!! Oh dear, the girl sounds like a boy. Never mind, false alarm! Sure enough, it’s Hajime’s younger brother. But there is a lady coming…the warden, Momoko. Because the brother is bored (and Jyugo escaped again), he asks if Jyugo can be his visitor instead so he has some to talk to, since Hajime left him real quick to go see Momoko. She tells Hajime not to underestimate the four, in particular Jyugo, who’s the son of a famous inmate at the prison. Back with Jyugo, the brother asks about Jyugo’s ability to unlock anything, yet keeps the shackles around his neck and wrist, which turn out to be an unknown kind of shackles, no one knows how they unlock. He does remember the guard who gave it to him though, at least from a unique scar on his neck (that looks like it’s a 3-star Kill la Kill character) and says he will find this man.

THE GOOD

  • The comedic number of ridiculous traps was hilarious!
  • The animation style is so fucking vibrant and over-the-top!
  • I love the the randomness of Jyugo’s eyes, how the anime even states his heterochromia eyes change colour at various angles
  • Nico’s my favourite, he’s an anime lover too!

THE BAD

  • If it’s intentional then it’s fine, but all the bleeping out of curse words is kind of annoying

Episode Score: 5/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.1)

(Debuts on October 9th)


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Scorching Ping Pong Girls (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

A nine-years straight championship school lost in straight sets in the first round to an unknown school. At another school which is our main school, their best player being Agari, who plays in bloomers instead of shorts, because of course she does. She’s so happy being the ace, so you know a new girl’s about to show up and beat her. Their club hears about that tournament result, not able to participate in that very tournament themselves. The next day, Agari comes across a strange red-haired girl sitting on top of the gates of the school, who is too scared to get down. Upon hearing that Agari plays ping-pong, this girl wants to join as well, Koyori is her name. She gets to see the room for the first time and is a little too freaked out about it. Agari offers to play with her until the club shows up and during this, Koyori shows some shockingly fast reflexes. So Agari starts playing serious and Koyori can more than keep up with her, but before they can truly find out who’s better, the rest of the club shows up. We’re officially introduced to Hanabi, Hokuto and Mune, the other big shots of the club. Koyori is very shy to everyone, though is okay with Agari. She gets pulled away however for an interview and comments that while team isn’t weak, they’re missing their X-factor. Meanwhile, Koyori is beating everyone on the team, one-by-one and without surrendering a point. She’s already earned the #10 spot in the club. Because of the attention on her, Agari’s now a little annoyed and jealous, being the ace of the club. Later in the day, Mune challenges Koyori, so it’s #10 against #4. Koyori loses her first point right away. She continues to struggle, down 3-0 but then she adjusts to Mune and starts to beat her and eventually wins 11-8. Mune also notes that Koyori has made it further in tournaments than Agari so now the attention is fully off her now, believing she’s the ace now. Agari is not impressed.

I’m not convinced yet that this show is all that good, however I’m not convinced it’s bad either. So I will give it one more episode to impress me or cause me to drop it.

THE GOOD

  • I like the attention to detail with the girls sweating over time in the match
  • The main cast is designed pretty well

THE BAD

  • That intro was horrendous, the show seems to come off as funny and that was as serious and cringeworthy as it could’ve possibly been
  • The hairpins on Agari, Hokuto and Koyori are dumb as fuck. Seriously? An arrow, carrot and a bone? Come on!

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***

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Tiger Mask W (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Naoto and his brother watch as their father is beaten to…death(?) in a wrestling match by a man known as the Yellow Devil. Both brothers claim they will end this man one day. We see Naoto training…WHY IS THERE A BEAR?! Naoto also suplexes the bear. A man drives up afterwards, saying the Tiger’s Den wrestlers are coming. Then guys are climbing a mountain and the other brother, Fujii throws one man to his death? He’s greeted at the top by Miss X, an agent? She gives him a black Tiger Mask, saying he will now be known as Tiger the Dark in the ring. Back in Japan, Naoto hears of a tournament featuring his brother, who he doesn’t know is Tiger the Dark, along with the man who was with the Yellow Devil during that match. Apparently it’s the first event by Global Wrestling Monopoly (stupid name) in Japan since that match. Now in New Japan, Naoto is talking with star of the promotion, Kazuchika Okada about the GMW event and Naoto decides to go see his father, who is alive but bound to a wheelchair. He tells his father he will end GMW, but his father is not happy to hear that. At the event, his trainer convinces the man supposed to be fighting the man who was with Yellow Devil to switch out with Naoto, who has taken the helm of Tiger Mask. Odin doesn’t want to fight him, but Miss X forces him to, demanding he beat the everloving shit out of Tiger Mask. He dislocates Odin’s shoulder with a suplex and Miss X tells him if he doesn’t get up and fight, he will be given a Tiger’s execution. But for some reason, after knocking Odin out, Naoto just leaves the ring and gets counted out, though it’s noted Tiger Mask clearly won the battle. 

This show is being dropped on the basis of A, not being what I wanted from the show and B, not being a good show at all.

THE GOOD

  • Seeing Okada in there was cool
  • Haruna was the one bright spot of the main cast

THE BAD

  • This is not the kind of wrestling anime I was hoping for… *sadface*
  • I think Wanna Be The Strongest In The World had better wrestling than this show did
  • The two brothers are so boring and bland
  • Everything about the show is so 80s/90s Saturday morning cartoonish and it doesn’t translate well here.

Episode Score: 1.5/5 ***DROPPED***

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Trickster (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Wow, kicking things off with attempted rape, suicide and murder, eh? While a guy fights off two men attempting to rape a girl, another guy tries to kill himself by falling off a building, no luck…and then tries to stab himself in the throat with a piece of shattered glass, but it breaks into tiny pieces and vanishes before the shard reaches his throat. Then we jump to a robot landing in the city and two older detectives take the job to deal with it. Meanwhile the guy who saved the girl earlier is running around with an owl talking to him, or at least one controlled by a girl who appears to a master hacker as well. One of the older guys gets into a building and confronts a man on the computers, calling him by a certain criminal name, but before he can capture him, he vanishes. Back with the younger savior, he comes across the suicidal kid after chasing a dog around the city. When the dog tries to get close to the suicidal kid, the dog is killed by a barrier of sorts. They play the chase game for a while, but even though this suicidal kid can’t die from long falls, the other kid’s able to keep up with him somehow. After talking with him for a bit, the nice kid leaves, though his wallet is left behind. The suicidal kid follows him to a burning building where he’s saving lives and while he can’t physically pull them out, his ability also seemingly blows holes in walls, so that comes in handy. The savior kid then offers the suicidal kid to join him and the other detectives he works with and promises in return when he can figure out how, he’ll kill him. 

THE GOOD

  • The owl girl was kinda interesting…

THE BAD

  • The show is all over the place, it reminds me a lot like Active Raid, too much trying to fit in one episode at a time
  • I absolutely do not enjoy the themes of suicide
  • I think the anime’s trying too hard to be rich in personality, so much that it’s overblown

Episode Score: 1.5/5 ***DROPPED***


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Vivid Strike! (Ep.1)

(Not available to me) ***DROPPED***


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Young Kiitarou and His Youkai Picture Diary (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

A great war will soon begin with Yokai split down the middle, fighting each other with a human at the helm of each side, children nonetheless. Turns out they’re fighting because the boy ate something of hers and she hasn’t been doing her chores. They also didn’t tell the yokai to actually fight like it was a literal war. They both admit it was a dumb thing to fight over.

Also this is a 4-minute short, so I’m not going to keep covering it on the weeklies. It’s too short to do a proper synopsis. But it’s a nice little show, doesn’t require much of your time. Go watch it.

THE GOOD

  • The animation looks really good, especially with the yokai theme

THE BAD

  • Not enough time to have anything bad to talk about

Episode Score: 3.5/5 ***DROPPED – ANIME SHORT***

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