Week #2 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #2 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.2)

SYNOPSIS

We start off with Liu’s father speaking about BST research, showing his son, this being perhaps a decade at most in the past. A woman approaches claiming to be Liu’s mother and that he’s the world’s first half-Bloodivore, his father the Bloodivore and herself, a human. Liu wakes up from the nightmare and is still alive in prison, but with two unknown people. A backpack is also there with his clothes and a gun. He tries to see what’s in the other bags when one of the guys suddenly attack him. They were all sentenced to death. We see now that the four main characters were never shot, just tranquilized, it’s likely his father set things up to stage their deaths. We’re officially introduced to Ifen, a fraud artist and Shin, an assassin. Their door opens, revealing a room full of these canisters, a ton of people in them. A large door opens and a woman approaches, saying this is a special prison for them all and that their death sentences have been removed. The woman looks like Anji, but the real one suddenly taps Liu on the shoulder to confirm her identity. The fake tells them they will be living the rest of their lives in this prison. A prisoner takes exception to this and rips her shirt off, presumably to rape her right there in front of everyone, when Fong comes in out of nowhere, kicks him in the head and tosses his shirt over her to cover her up, clearly thinking she’s the real Anji. Liu sees the collar glow and tells Fong not to fight back. Now the prisoners are getting fiesty, wanting the girls. Chao is involved too now and Fong is being pummeled by the man he kicked. There’s now a countdown on this man’s collar and when it hits zero, his head explodes. The fake says the collars are new and rigged to explode if they fight each other or try to remove them. Finally, she says their mission is to stay in the prison and just survive. We see that the van has been investigated and through this we learn the BST were not actually involved in this. Then without warning, there’s a giant monster in the prison?! What the fuck just happened?! It starts killing prisoners and the four along with Shin and Ifen start running away. Well except Fong, who stands there as the now revealed to be mechanical Anji says something’s gone wrong. More monsters are showing up while Liu tries to find a way out. We’re left to assume pretty much all the prisoners are dead at this point, Shin and Fong are nowhere to be found, Chao is barely managing to keep himself from death and Ifen is cowering in fear. Liu and Anji find Ifen before a monster finds Liu. Before it touches him, something(?) happens and Liu is launched across the room, Shin watching and claiming he has great power and is a hemomancer, whatever that is.

This show is going on notice because I’m lost. I have no understanding of what the fuck I just watched this episode and instead of a badass psuedo-vampire anime, I’ve gotten…well, something. So next week if the show can’t explain itself to me, it’s gone!

THE GOOD

  • I’ve got nothing this week, I’m just to confused

THE BAD

  • I’m so confused as to what I just watched, nothing makes any sense here
  • Why did we go from maybe vampires to giant monsters without explanation?!

Episode Score: 2/5 ***ON NOTICE***

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Brave Witches (Ep.1)

Brave Witches (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Hikari and Takami are sent out to different locations anyway, because why would you keep the sisters together?! We see the leader of the St. Petersburg, Gundula getting set up for Takami’s arrival, but we switch back to Hikari, still on a ship waiting to arrive is Suomis, which is anime Finland for those keeping score. Takami is still on the ship though, practicing her flight with her Striker unit she’s named Chidori. She lets Hikari try out Chidori and Hikari fails miserably, the unit unlike the ones she learned to fly with. The following morning a Neuroi alarm goes off, one appearing in their path. Takami goes off alone, telling Hikari she’s not ready to fight yet. It’s not one Neuroi either, it’s thirty units, an unusual sight if you watched the original series. She’s holding her own, but the numbers are too much and planes and ships begin to get destroyed. Hikari like Yoshika before her rushes to fight, regardless of her odds. Except this time, her Striker unit is destroyed before she gets the chance. Takami then decides to use a power called Absolute Eye, which turns her hair red and slows down time so she can take multiple shots. However, she still gets shot in the side and she falls, Hikari having to catch her. It gets worse, they stumbled into a Neuroi nest. Now Hikari has to fight and learn how to fly Chidori. We do see six members of the 502nd approaching though. Hikari can’t fight well though, she can’t sense the core–oh wait she does have that ability too. But in the end the six girls show up and save the day. They think Hikari’s her sister and the one girl isn’t happy to see that it’s not. Takami’s wound gets sealed up however using her ability nearly killed her, her temperature and pulse are beyond below normal, like she’s hibernating. There’s no determination as to when she’ll wake up either. Gundula knows what she used and decides to send her back to Fusou and Hikari shows up demanding she take her sister’s place. One girl takes offense, saying the only reason she’s alive is because they saved her, so Hikari says to allow her to join until she dies. Gundula asks her friends what they think and ends up allowing her to join, however she’ll have to get stronger before she’s allowed to fight.

THE GOOD

  • A nice twist with the Neuroi nest suddenly showing up and a new kind of Neuroi appearing, no longer sticking to the usual formula of one big one

THE BAD

  • This was a very weak episode, almost like a carbon copy of Episode 1 of Strike Witches, just changing Yoshika and Mio’s relationship to a sister relationship with Hikari and Takami
  • As of right now, none of the 502nd members are all that likable, but they haven’t really been given any time

Episode Score: 3/5

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Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

We have five hearts together, Epizo, Maxim, Leticia, of course Kaoruko and a new one. The man running them all claims Leticia has done a fantastic job in Europe. The Buranki attacking in Taipei is Maxim and the Russians. Shizuru from afar however notes that while all five are in the Buranki, none of them are “in it” and we see the four aside from Maxim looking like they’re brainwashed, robotic. We see that Guy has forcibly sealed the other four’s souls into their Bubuki, now without free will. Kaoruko finally shows up and Black Oubu is created once again to fight Maxim. He tells her now that the Buranki nest has fallen, Guy’s next target is a comet nearing the Earth that Kaoruko recognizes while still on Treasure Island. He then defeats her easily. Azuma finally shows up after the battle has ended. Naturally, Kaoruko is not happy to see him again, for whatever reason that may be. She gets further upset when he doesn’t react how she wants either. He tries to talk about their parents, but she interrupts yet again and reveals she’s the one who told Epizo to tell Azuma to break the heart and cause Treasure Island to sink into the sea. She then makes the mistake of talking about her mother like a witch, which Azuma gets real upset about. She also says though that even though Treasure Island sand into the sea, the barrier’s still active, so their parents are fine. Then out of nowhere, Maxim appears, wanting a piece of Azuma. He grabs Kaoruko and runs, while Shizuru starts fighting the Buranki. Finally after securing Kaoruko, the five become White Oubu. They start fighting, putting up a better fight than Kaoruko did. We see the team working together better than they ever have before, Kogane and Kinoa getting some good shots in and they defeat Maxim. They also fucked up the city big time. Kaoruko demands afterwards Azuma give her the true Oubu heart to her and since he won’t, she’ll take it by force. Now each team has a Bubuki fight ahead of them.

THE GOOD

  • Seeing Reoko in the OP makes me so happy to know she’s still around for sure, along with Shuusaku and the rest of her team
  • The improvements to the main cast’s teamwork makes it feel like there’s some real progression going on

THE BAD

  • I want to punch Maxim even harder than I did last season, I suppose that was their goal
  • They destroyed half the city and no one’s talking about that!
  • I really don’t like how if you’re not on Azuma’s team and your not the heart, you pretty much just follow whatever the heart does, regardless of how your personality would actually dictate your response. Lakshmi seems so nice, then just because Kaoruko starts a fight, she’s bloodthirsty.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.14)

SYNOPSIS

Odasaku continues his mission for finding the missing intelligence officer for the mafia. Osamu tells him that these assailants are remnants of an organization that fled from Europe to Japan. So far as well, everything found points to Ango the intelligence officer betraying the Port Mafia. He reviews all the information thus far and remembers the first time they met Ango. Catching a few Mimic soldiers, they were supposed to interrogate them, but most of them killed themselves and our first re-sighting of Akutagawa killed the only remaining one. Osamu shows how scary he can be, punching Akutagawa and shooting him three times (forcing him to use his gift in a defensive manner for the first time). They also talk about Odasaku being useless, to which Osamu tells them that if Odasaku was ever to decide not to keep everyone alive, they all would be dead before they even drew their weapons and specifically tells Akutagawa he couldn’t beat him in 100 years. Learning a location, Odasaku checks it out at night before the Mafia gets there, acting on a hunch. Sure enough, he finds Ango tied up and reveals that he knows Ango’s truth, that he’s not a Mimic spy in the Port Mafia, but the opposite, a Mafia spy in Mimic, hence why they’ve suddenly appeared in Japan. He has to hurry before the bombs go off and his ability lets him know this and they barely make it out. He learns about Gide, the leader of Mimic. A ball is suddenly thrown and it’s poisoned, Odasaku’s ability however not allowing him enough time to discover this, since the ability needs time to refresh. And as it turns out, Ango is a double agent and leaves with the Mimic soldiers. We’re left to assume that Odasaku has either died or is near death.

THE GOOD

  • Osamu, Odasaku and Ango are a fantastic trio
  • Great double turn at the end

THE BAD

  • I WANT THE OLD CAST BACK TOO!!!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Drifters (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

There are two Drifters from the Roman Empire era presumably fighting each other and a member of Octobrist is told to deal with them. Back with the two elves who saved Toyohisa, they’re scolded for getting involved. The three Drifters wake up to fires coming from the Elven village. Hearing who the Elves are, Toyohisa suddenly rushes, the other two following not long after. They get there just in time before the two Elves that saved him are killed and we also learn that they can’t understand the people of this world at all. But afterwards, Oda gets the idea of claiming that village. Now we sort of understand Octobrist’s intentions, they feel like the Drifters will inevitably just try to take over the world, the only thing they know what to do. It turns out the reason for the Elves being attacked is because of those two kids with the Drifters, but it’s far worse. They’re being essentially enslaved and their women have been taken away. The end goal is for all demi-humans to go extinct and kill 50% of the population, specifically sparing the life though of the older brother of the two children who saved Toyohisa, but says they’ll be killed as well. An emergency comes in as the wheat fields are being burned, Oda behind it, his tactic for claiming the village, by cutting off their food supplies. Toyohisa charges in and starts up another kill count. The commander takes him on and does absolutely nothing, instead is beaten to death by Toyohisa’s sword sheath, or at least we think, but he leaves him so immobile he can give the Elves the opportunity to kill him themselves, a chance at some sort of vengeance. We see the man who sent Toyohisa into that realm, reading a newspaper telling him what just happened when the room suddenly goes black, a gothic girl walking in, claiming no matter how many Drifters he sends in there, she will win. The leader of Octobrist tells the girl that’s been watching them no to bother, that the war has already begun. 

THE GOOD

  • All three mains are so badass
  • The way Toyohisa defeated the commander and how he made the Elves finish him off, that was so badass

THE BAD

  • I’ve still got nothing bad to say about this show

Episode Score: 5/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

We begin to wonder if everything may have been a dream, Cocona waking up at home and everything is back to its normal state…at least until she gets on the bus and Papika is flying right next to it, calling her name. Cocona disacknowledges her, at least until Papika just grabs her and flies off. Cocona scolds her and tells her to leave since if the school finds her, they’ll kick her out. So sure enough, the robot comes by with a present for Papika which has to be a school uniform. In class, Cocona finds that her pet rabbit hopped into her schoolbag, but before she can truly react, sure enough Papika walks in…but in a magical girl dress? She keeps following Cocona until Yayaka aids her in escaping. Though Papika catches her shortly and causes Cocona’s rabbit to run off, apparently really not liking Papika. Finally after the rabbit gets sucked into a vacuum that came out of a statue (yep!), Cocona snaps, revealing how she hates how carefree Papika is and how it nearly got her killed last time. Then out of nowhere they get sucked into the vacuum and presumably a portal opens again. This world is even trippier, holy hell I’m glad I’m straight edge. Cocona is even more frustration being turned into a rabbit/human hybrid, including her teeth changing and having the sudden urge to bite. Naturally Papika fucks everything up when she grabs the fragment and triggers a massive vacuum where Cocona is, causing her to get cut several times. But she’s suddenly saved by what appears to be a badass pet rabbit in human form, however they’re caged and about to be drawn into lava to their deaths. So it’s Papika’s turn to go Super Saiyan and save Cocona. They escape the portal and Papika understands now how Cocona felt last time. Afterwards, Papika takes Cocona to FlipFlap for the first time, meeting Sayuri, Hidaka and Dr. Salt. They’re put into a tiny container and she demands to know why Salt’s collecting the fragments, to which he replies “to liberate Pure Illusion”. Then when they activate whatever goes on in that container, we see they’ve disappeared.

THE GOOD

  • Holy hell that world was trippy as shit!
  • Papika is a such a fantastic cheesy happy character and Cocona is a great counter to her

THE BAD

  • Holy hell my eyes hurt…

Episode Score: 4/5

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Girlish Number (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Huh, turns out it got on Crunchyroll after all!

We see the story of Chitose, a new voice actress in her first project. There’s a focus early on with the two lead actresses in the series, Momoka and Kazuha. Kazuha however is pissed off for having to appear at a fan event for the show, perhaps a bit of a stuck up bitch. Chitose goes to an afterparty while the main actresses don’t show up. Her older brother is with her in a production role and tries to keep an eye on her while she learns the ropes. At home she notes how messed up the business actually is when you think about everything going on around her. She’s a little annoyed she only has tiny roles but when one comes up but it’s a light novel and not a manga, she’s a little picky with it. At her next read-through her bratty nature gets her in trouble when she walks right in front of Kazuha and doesn’t say a word to her, or apologize. She’s approached by Momoka afterwards as well who helps her out when faced with the danger of having to have dinner with the author, who isn’t a handsome guy. The two talk about the guy behind his back and then split off to go their separate ways. At a bar with Gojo and a couple co-workers, they start to work on a new project and it’s suggested that Chitose get the lead role, while Gojo knowing it’s his sister tries to deflect it, as he wants her to break in slowly. They meet with her and start stroking her ego by talking nice about her, while Gojo knows it’s gonna fuck with her brain.

This is going on notice, despite a ton of potential. Why? Because pretty much everyone in the show is unlikable. Hard to watch something every week when you don’t like a single character.

THE GOOD

  • I actually like how Chitose isn’t your average cliche girl in the clouds because she’s so happy about her job, she’s actually a bit negative about the things around her

THE BAD

  • However, at times Chitose is a real brat herself
  • Actually, all the girls are brats…wow!
  • They’re all very unlikable!

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

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Hagane Orchestra (Ep.1)

(Not available to me for streaming) ***DROPPED***


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Izetta, The Last Witch (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Overhearing the plane crash on the radio, an air squadron goes to check the crash site. Back with Izetta and Finé, she finally sees that Finé took a bullet to the shoulder and she points out a fortress they could and at. Those fighter pilots find them in the air and we then see the horrors that lead to Izetta’s capture, a lot of death and executions. So in frustration, Izetta fights these pilots and uses the rifle she’s riding as a magical weapon. During this chase, she notes that Finé is likely drawing a fever from the infection in the wound. She then bites her finger, bleeding on the snow and causing it to spike up and snare a plane, destroying it and causing another to get distracted and crash into the mountains. They get over the mountains, just one fighter left, however Izetta’s power is weakening. Finé tells her to point the muzzle of the gun at the jet and Finé fires a shot at it, disabling it enough that he has to retreat. On the ground now, she starts to carry Finé towards the nearest place she can get help. Back in Finé’s home, we hear how the country is slowly losing to the Germanian invasion. Izetta finds her way to an Eylstadt force in retreat after the fortress fell. Apparently, Finé has an old wound on her side because of Izetta as well, which seemed to have happened when they first met as kids. We hear a little about Izetta’s past, when she first met Finé, how she lived from place to place with her grandmother, etc. She notes that because of Finé, she began to like her power and herself, things she hated before, like it was a curse. The doctor treats Finé and then works on Izetta’s injuries. However when the doctor asks if the two girls are friends, she denies it, saying she’s not worthy to be a friend of Finé’s. Later on, she finally wakes up and the following day we see the troop aiming to reach an abandoned mansion as their new outpost for the time being. Now aware again, Finé asks about the current situation in the war and decides to tell Izetta to leave, not wanting her involved, especially after already breaking her own taboo not to use her powers on other people. We then see Finé’s injury was a result of the villagers trying to kill Izetta, when she protected her. The Germanian men from last episode are at the plane wreckage and one believes Izetta may actually be the real thing, a witch. And Izetta tells Finé that she will protect the country.

THE GOOD

  • The relationship between Izetta and Finé comes off so natural and not forced
  • Izetta riding a gun will never get old
  • It’s so refreshing to see such a weird mixture of fantasy and semi-real history and it’s so interesting to me

THE BAD

  • Nothing again, I’m really liking this show so far

Episode Score: 5/5

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Yup! We’re kicking off with butt exercises. Sweet Jesus, hahaha!!! As we see, Nozomi and Sayaka are doing fine, but Hon and Kazane are having trouble early on. The teacher tells them that on average one in every five students drop out by graduation. Then we see the new class of Asstronomy and it’s as hilariously stupid as you think it is. After one long ass day (hahahahaha!!!), they note how hard it is and they’ll have to do it every single day. After all this, they haven’t gotten on the Land, while the Elite class constantly does. They then separate into groups and the last place will be penalized, so obviously Nozomi and company will be that. They’re supposed to do 30 hits with a beach ball with only their butts, but can’t even get back one hit. The penalty is just more exercise. They do it again the next day and there’s a prize for the winners: gelato! They can’t get a hit again and tell Kazane she needs to lead them, because she actually can figure out where the ball’s going. But she’s very shy and reserve so she’s against it. So Nozomi figures out how Kazane’s reading the wind and takes charge for her, but on the last one to win, Nozomi intentionally messes up the call so Kazane is forced to call it out. Turns out she’s not shy, she’s just embarrassed about her dialect cause Nozomi made light of it when they first arrived. Finally the next day they get on the Land for the first time since arriving. Their first exercise is a 4-on-1 against their teacher. And she’s good. But the girls get the big girl instead of their normal teacher. They actually put up a good fight and Nozomi uses an attack so strong…it rips the other girls’ swimsuits? The teacher calls it a Vacuum Butt Cannon. I adore this show!

THE GOOD

  • This is so stupid, I love every second of it!
  • All the girls are continuing to be unique, also the main four not being traditional Japanese characters in terms of their dialect is crazy unique too

THE BAD

  • Hm…what was actually wrong? I mean it was a butt-specific episode, so…not enough boobs?

Episode Score: 5/5

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March Comes in Like a Lion (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We start off with a long, uneventful intro of the main character waking up in the morning and heading to a Shogi Hall. He sits down at a table and says nothing when spoken to by an old man. It appears that he was very successful as a kid when it came to Shogi. He plays a game with the old man and says nothing the entire time, looking sad, depressed, whatever. Leaving, he gets a text from a girl saying to come by for dinner. He tries to refuse, but he gets roped into buying groceries too. Finally when he gets home, the depression sequences stop, the three sisters, happy to see him, especially the youngest cause she gets milk pudding. We see that their mother and grandmother have passed away as well. Names are finally given for everyone, Rei is the male, oldest sister is Akari, followed by Hinata and then Momo. Through a semi-nightmare in his head, it’s hard to tell, but it’s possible that old man is Rei’s father. He falls asleep after eating and their grandfather stops by, talking with Akari about Rei not eating or sleeping well. The next day, he wakes up to an owl-looking cat and a family rushing to leave the house. Rei notes he’ll try to go to school that day. He eats his lunch on the roof where a teacher joins him, at least until he realizes Rei makes more monthly playing shogi than he does working as a teacher, so he leaves him. He returns to his sisters and helps out at the shop, but will be returning home and not joining them. At home, he’s waiting for his next match to come in the mail, when some fat bully holds it in his hands.

I kinda liked the show, but because of the sheer amount of sadness and depression in this show, I’m putting it on notice, solely because I try to avoid really sad and depressing anime.

THE GOOD

  • Having the cats talk makes them even funnier
  • The sisters are super cheerful and counter-balance the sadness in Rei

THE BAD

  • I’m really having a hard time telling whether this anime’s supposed to be funny or super depressing
  • The sad faces in this anime are really dumb looking

Episode Score: 3/5 ***ON NOTICE***

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

SYNOPSIS

Ui, Rin and Mato are changing into their yukatas for the summer festival in Izumi’s house, making things as uncomfortable as possible for him to the point of course he hears a noise and walks in on Ui messing with Rin and having her massive breasts exposed. They go to the festival and since seeing Rin topless, he can’t stop staring, so Ui gets jealous and tries to make hers bigger using water balloons. When Rin confronts him about staring, he talks about it’s a natural reflex and when he says it doesn’t have to be her specifically, she gets upset and runs off. Alone, she notes that she hates it when strangers stare at her, but hasn’t really decided how she feels about Izumi staring at her yet and she’s conflicted about it. Izumi finds her and apologizes but someone bumps into him so he goes head first into her breasts. But Rin doesn’t kick the shit out of him this time and even notes to herself that she doesn’t mind him staring now. He tries to bring them back to Ui and Mato, but Rin suddenly drags him away because her bra unhooked. But instead of hooking it again, she takes it off and demands he touch her breasts, claiming it’s to help him “vent his urges” away from school, so he doesn’t do it at school where she’s in full Disciplinary Committee mode. She makes him grab them and eventually he gives in, fondling them. He gets her to moan and that is what apparently sets her off to punch mode again. 

THE GOOD

  • For the first time the entire series for me, Rin really pushed herself out into the forefront. She looked gorgeous this week!
  • It’s nice again to see a little competition going on between Ui and Rin, though neither of them will admit it’s a thing

THE BAD

  • Why was only Mato invited to go with them and not Karen and Ayane as well?

Episode Score: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Hajime’s getting grilled by the Warden, as she’s perplexed as to why the four inmates’ time at Nanba so far has been “uneventful”. Turns out, Momoko (the warden) has a massive crush on him, especially when he talks tough to her and her voice goes full schoolgirl when she fauns over him. Returning to wake up the four, only three are there, but when he puts the prison on full alert, he finds Jyugo is just sleeping in the night duty room because it’s the only quiet place to sleep. After breaking for food by the anime version of Spider-man’s Kingpin, the inmates have their work period and the boys are making dressers and engraving wood, which brings hilarious results, all deserving of beatings courtesy of Hajime. Speaking of which, he and Seitarou are freaking out for when the warden actually learns how many times the four are trying to break out of prison, when of course Jyugo’s there too, which only adds to Hajime’s stress. We get a sense for how big the prison is, there’s a freaking monorail that loops around the buildings. We see more of the supervisors, all of them even crazier looking than the next. She’s in full squee mode before he even enters. Their hands touch and she squees even more before her guard attacks Hajime for being such a brute, so Hajime whips his ass. When asked why the four have been escaping from various prisons, Hajime offers to say it personally as it’s too complicated to write on paper. Nico kept escaping custody because he hates needles and medication, which is what he had to be given due to various allergies and illnesses, but the tasty oral medications he takes makes him happy in Nanba. Rock kept leaving prisons cause the food was shit, where the food at Nanba is great. Uno keeps escaping because he has dates and now stays in Nanba cause he has none. Finally, Jyugo escapes because it’s simply a hobby to him, that’s all. The four together talk about being comfortable at Nanba when we see a dangerous looking guy outside their cell.

THE GOOD

  • The show is so over-the-top stupid it continues to be great
  • Momoko is the best character on the show right now

THE BAD

  • A little too much time spent with Hajime, in my opinion

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We’re introduced to the Kagawa Prefecture, also known as the Udon Prefecture for the famous Tawara family udon. Souta, the main character has returned home for his father’s funeral and with a friend of his, who asks why he isn’t staying home and running the family restaurant, as he lives in the city, whereas the restaurant is out in the sticks. Returning to the home restaurant, he notes how he never thought at age 30 he’d return home and it’d be empty, so we’re to assume both his parents have passed away. A noise comes from a storage container and a tiny boy is sleeping in there with a bag of wheat. Waking up, he grabs the bag of wheat and runs off, Souta so confused as to what just happened. Walking around again, he runs into a neighbour who asks if the kid is his, but with it not being the case, they wonder who this little guy is and where he came from. Returning to the restaurant, the kid is there again, so he tries to talk with him and brings him inside, about to cook some udon, but the kid just happily eats it raw. Souta decides to bring him to the police, but first finds an old raincoat he used to wear as a kid. He gets call in the meantime from his sister and during the conversation, he finds his father’s old recipe book. But before he can finish talking with his sister, the little boy is chasing a frog around the house. Seeing an old family picture, he notes that his mother passed away when he was very young. Dressing the boy in the raincoat, seeing him happy reminds Souta of his own childhood. Then a random schoolgirl shows up, asking if the restaurant is open, a repeat customer before his father passed away. She leaves not long after, but demands to be told when the restaurant re-opens. Finally, he starts to take him to the police station, but it appears Souta hurt his leg at some point. They take a detour at a shrine where a man there warns him about a shapeshifting tanuki who can hide its identity as a child. Hm…I wonder who that is? Another set of people ask about the restaurant which brings up more bad memories, being bullied for the smell he’d have from the restaurant and when he told his father he wouldn’t take over the restaurant and would be running away to Tokyo (he also had crutches then too, explaining his leg injury from earlier). The little guy takes exception to this couple and starts hitting the male before Souta grabs him…and there’s the tail and ears! He takes the kid and runs off before the two people see who the kid actually is. The kid’s fully turned into a tanuki now. 

THE GOOD

  • Another show going the Chinatsu from Flying Witch route, just like Tsumugi in Sweetness and Lightning
  • The show is very light-hearted, despite the whole dead parents thing that Japan loves (a little too much)

THE BAD

  • The customers badgering Souta about the restaurant was a bit rude and a bit much

Episode Score: 4/5

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Scorching Ping Pong Girls (Ep.2) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

Agari’s still pretty upset with Koyori taking the spotlight off of her, but Mune’s keeping Koyori close so she doesn’t get discouraged. However as we see in training, Koyori for a girl who’s pretty good at ping-pong, is seriously out of shape. When the four girls (minus Mune) eat lunch together, Hokuto will be Koyori’s next opponent, the #3. Apparently she’s really good at reading people, including their panties, as Hokuto calls Mune “Thong-senpai”. Match time arrives and she already throws Koyori off by calling out her current panties. We see Hokuto’s skill is in making her opponents play where wants the ball to go and plays almost like she’s literally calculating every shot. The score is 7-0 for Hokuto and both are starting to tire, but Koyori’s not giving up. Thus begins the cliche comeback, a long rally where Hanabi notes that Hokuto’s entire game style has changed, playing rougher than normal. She continues to wonder why Koyori is smiling and enjoying this so much. Hokuto finally loses a point in a long rally and in the end, she loses 11-9 to Koyori. The next day, Agari usually the first one in, arrives to find Koyori there before her. She asks if Agari will practice with her, but she avoids it, obviously because she’s worried about losing her spot and whatever she has left in her mind that puts her above Koyori. She’s now actively avoiding Koyori if she can, though not sure why she’s being like this. We see later in the day Koyori challenging Hanabi for the #2 spot next. When Agari returns from her run, Koyori has beaten Hanabi 11-7 and is now #2. Now it’s unavoidable, the two will have to fight at some point. Agari is beyond pissed now, because she’s watching as everyone who once cheered for her has completely moved onto Koyori, not even taking into account that Agari could actually beat her and hold her #1 spot. With Hanabi and Hokuto, she talks about how she feels like Agari’s avoiding her, but they assure her she’s a nice girl deep down, she just has a rough exterior to her. Alone with Hokuto, Hanabi asks her if playing Koyori made her feel completely different than any match they’d had before. Practicing with Mune, she asks Agari why she’s not using her forehand, saying she had more fun when she used it. So she’s aware Agari is playing a different game now, wanting to win, not to play. She calms Agari down a bit, saying that her hard work won’t betray her, so relax and just play her game. The next day, it’s Agari who demands the match, not Koyori.

That was a much better episode, so it’s safe again.

THE GOOD

  • Hokuto is absolutely adorable and hysterical
  • I like how they’re actually making it seem like Koyori coming in and is potentially doing some harm, while inadvertent
  • I kind of enjoy the idea of a close relationship forming between Agari and Mune

THE BAD

  • I really don’t like how this show is treating Koyori the same way Asuka from AOKANA was developing, I hate characters who get destroyed the first half and then miraculously win every game
  • My brain is more than aware of the fact that even though there’s a hint of a relationship with Agari and Mune, it’s anime and it’s Japan, so they’ll tease it and that’s all

Episode Score: 4/5

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