Week #3 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #3 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.3) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

Liu a week later (episode-wise) finally falls to the ground and Shin actually manages to fight off one of the monsters so Anji and Ifen can run away. Other prisoners are still trying to survive, dynamite being added into the mix. Fong is still alive, not moving really until he finally throws a clump of dynamite at the door of the building, causing part of the building to collapse, but does open a hole in the prison. Liu saves Anji again and Ifen as well, seemingly having the ability to leap like the gravity is low. They escape in a vent while Shin continues to fight them off and lead them away. The exit they found is a dead end still and more prisoners continue to die while Chao and Fong’s fates are still up in the air. Liu reveals what a hemomancer is, essentially a super-powered Bloodivore. He’s also sure this isn’t some random occurrence, there’s some experimentation going on here and he’s sure he’s not the only hemomancer there. Sure enough there are more with abilities and together, they build a wall with the pods to keep the monsters from coming into the opened wall. The three finally exit into the vent into what looks like an office and the building is certainly abandoned. They look around for anything useful to scavenge and he finds on the wall a floor map that says the building is to be finished two years from now, yet it looks like a very old building. The name on the map is something he recalls from his childhood, a time when at school the BST showed up and he was left in the classroom while the rest were evacuated. We return to the present in time to see the girls changing and Ifen messing with Anji a little bit. She reveals that she was sentenced because she killed her husband, apparently married five time already at this point. Back in the flashback, we see a Bloodivore took him hostage that day and his father did nothing to help him. Not only that but the teacher left him there and told the Bloodivore where he was, like he was nothing more than a sacrifice. As he falls to his death, the windows around him shatter and we return to the present where he’s very much alive and something on his wrist begins to glow.

The anime will remain on notice, only because it’s still keeping me intrigued, but just barely.

THE GOOD

  • I’m still intrigued with what’s going on in this show
  • Shin was a badass this week

THE BAD

  • I’m still confused as to what’s going on here, why the monsters are there and what they are, what a Bloodivore truly is, there’s so much information I really need to make sense of what I’m watching

Episode Score: 3/5 ***ON NOTICE*** 

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Brave Witches (Ep.1)

Brave Witches (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

We’re officially introduced to the other 502nd members. Along with Gundula at the command, there’s Aleksandra who seems relatively normal so far, Waltrud who sounds like she’s 40, yet is probably only 19 or something, Edytha who’s their instructor, Georgette who’s the shy one, Sadako who’s also normal so far and finally Nikka, who looks a lot like Eila from Strike Witches and also introduces Naoe, the girl who already hates Hikari. During dinner, Hikari’s beyond tired and passes out, waking up in her room. That cold morning, Naoe and Nikka find Hikari running outside, so of course Naoe starts competing, but Hikari’s got more stamina. She yells at Hikari for being in Takami’s place because she was weak and forced Takami to use her hidden power. In a meeting, they are aware of three major Neuroi nests they’ll have to deal with, but the new one that formed over the sea takes priority. Nikka shows Hikari around the base including the now deserted town of Petersburg which used to home two million people. Also, Naoe’s training extra hard after losing to Hikari. They then make Hikari get into Chidori again, however upon research, Hikari lacks the magical power to control Chidori. So they plan to send her back when she reveals she could see Neuroi cores. So when one appears, they send her out with the unit, to see what happens. However when fighting, she can’t see the core now and takes a hit. But she refuses to run and nearly gets killed, if not for Naoe saving her. The girls destroy the Neuroi and Hikari’s really in trouble now. Again, they’re about to send her home when they’re told Nikka crashed, her unit getting damaged. So they send her with Naoe to find her and Hikari actually finds her. Naoe for a moment isn’t a bitch and they take her home, until a Neuroi appears. However, because she’s too high up, Naoe’s unit starts to fail. So of course, even though there’s no way she should be able to help, especially while carrying Nikka, Hikari insists on helping and they’re able to distract the Neuroi long enough for Naoe to destroy it. On the way back they’re all punished for damaging their units as Hikari also crashes because she sneezed. But because she helped out, they’re giving Hikari a week with Edytha to see if they can get something out of her.

THE GOOD

  • I really appreciate how Hikari is pretty much starting from the ground up, in Strike Witches Yoshika had some skills already, whereas Hikari pretty much is incapable of fighting at this time

THE BAD

  • This cast of characters after this episode makes me wonder if they’re as diverse as Strike Witches, I’m worried they won’t be as unique

Episode Score: 3/5

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Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

We begin with the flashback of Kogane’s father’s murder at the hands of Shuusaku. As it turns out though, we see more and Shuusaku did not kill him, it was a grunt soldier who fired the bullet that killed him, but he took the blame for Kogane to have someone specific to vent her anger out on when she grew up. Back in the present, the fights between the Bubuki users begins. Azuma’s team easily deal with them, understanding the proper usage of their Bubuki, while the others fight with fear and a need for power. Lakshmi specifically asks Hiiragi how they can fight like they’re enjoying themselves, but he says they don’t, but with Azuma at the helm being the airhead that he is, they can at least enjoy their time together. Azuma is the only one to not truly defeat his opponent, just running from Kaoruko’s attacks, not wanting to fight her. Switching to America, we see the Americans have their Buranki in full form now fighting rogue Buranki. We flip to Guy and it appears they’ve been doing research on Reoko and Entei, learning someone else could potentially be the new heart of Entei, which is worrisome considering Reoko’s life is literally attached to Entei as the heart. Back with Azuma and Kogane, turns out they did meet each other as kids, including when Kaoruko was still with the family before being left in Taiwan by their father. When asked about him, Azuma says he died a year ago when venturing up to treasure island. Then suddenly Shuusaku returns, Kogane still looking pissed as ever upon the sight of him. Instead, he asks for their help…to save Reoko, so she’s still alive and imprisoned. Kogane fights him, but he offers no resistance now to her, instead telling her what actually happened the day of his murder. Shuusaku actually tried to save him after the shot was fired, but was unable to, with no power left in her father, there was no way to save him. In fact, we see more, that Righty activated on its own and attached to Kogane and started trying to kill everyone and nearly killed Kogane in the process, almost draining all her power. In the end, he fires a shot at Righty, causing that scar on it and it fled with Kogane. Frustrated, she refused to forgive him in the present, Shuusaku more than accepting of that. He adds that his intention was to destroy Righty so she wouldn’t have the burden of being a Bubuki user. He tells her to allow him to protect her for the remainder of his life and also reveals that now having a child, his powers are no more. In fact, Migiwa is the only user whose powers have remained since having children. In the end, Kogane while close, cannot kill him, no matter how badly she wants to and she finally breaks down and lets out years of emotions with her tears. Facing him once more, she allows him to do as he wants, but will never forgive him regardless. Guy makes the decision that Kaoruko will be the one to try and become Entei’s heart. 

THE GOOD

  • Wow this episode was emotional, the whole Shuusaku/Kogane conflict has come to an tearful end
  • Knowing that Reoko is not only alive but now technically a good guy makes me so happy

THE BAD

  • Does Kaoruko know who Entei and its owner was and did to her mother? If so, she’s the biggest idiot in all of anime

Episode Score: 5/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.15)

SYNOPSIS

So Odasaku is not dead and according to Osamu, the guys Ango left with weren’t Mimic either. When finding out the Mafia and Mimic are going all out against each other, he gets out of his hospital bed and leaves. Akutagawa takes on the leader, Gida and is about to be easily killed by the Mimic leader when Odasaku shows up and runs off with the injured Akutagawa in tow, though he’s not happy with him, since he’s jealous that Osamu pays attention to Odasaku and not him. Gide goes after Odasaku as well and can see his own predictions and adjust to them. He claims that Odasaku is the only person who could kill him, but his lack of interest in fighting drives Gide mad. He also reveals the reason he doesn’t want to kill is because of his dream to become a writer, feeling like a person who takes lives shouldn’t be allowed to write about them. He gets shot four times, but is wearing a bulletproof vest. In the end, Gide leaves, not killing him because in the end Odasaku will have to do what he doesn’t want to eventually, Gide’s end goal dying on the battlefield and since Odasaku is the one worthy of doing so, he won’t ever kill him. Back with Osamu, neither are sure what to do next. All they have to go on, is Ango once again. And because nothing’s changed for some reason, Ango’s at the bar they frequent. As it turns out, Ango was a mole in the Mafia that became a mole in Mimic. His mission was to monitor the Mafia and that Mimic encroaching on the Mafia would’ve made things hell, so to try and reduce casualties he became a Mafia spy in Mimic as well. Ango leaves their photo behind as he leaves the bar. Odasaku returns home to find the cook shot and killed and the kids in a van that blows up. We see Odasaku screaming as it’s clear his no-kill policy is now gone forever.

THE GOOD

  • Very emotional episode
  • Having someone countering Odasaku’s ability brings a sense of unease to every moment between him and Gide

THE BAD

  • Dead kids. Not a fan

Episode Score: 4/5


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Drifters (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

The Octobrists worry about this new dark enemy coming further towards them, while the soldiers think nothing’s wrong. The leader believes they won’t last even two days, that the Drifters’ power still won’t be enough to help them, even if the Drifters were fully on their side. So they try to convince the army to let those two older Drifters who were fighting each their last week lead them in the upcoming battle. One of them is Hannibal Barca, a legendary Carthaginian tactician, the other is Scipio Africanus, the Roman adversary of Hannibal during what was the Second Punic War (218-201 BC). However, when the soldiers won’t listen, Octobrist decides they all need to escape before the Black King shows up. We see during the soldiers running, there’s two Wild West men in this world now as well. The Black King and his army have arrived, dragons, orcs, many monsters in the world on his side. He also has Drifters on his side, most notably Joan of Arc, who does not look like a nice lady. When the battle looks lost, it appears that man opened the portal once more and a fighter jet coming roaring through, the Japanese pilot from 1945. One of the Black King’s men, Hijikata enters are going on a killing spree, like a ghost with how quick his strikes are. Joan of Arc really loves fire, how ironic. Anastasia has ice powers. The city goes up in flames, thousands upon thousands of innocents are killed. The fighter pilot has flashbacks to his own home being bombed and freaks out on them. The Wild West guys are given Hannibal and Scipio and are told to flee. But they have hope that if they can join up with Toyohisa and his crew, there’s a chance they could live through this. The two Wild West guys by the way, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Fuck yeah! They make their escape and before a dragon can defeat them, the fighter pilot attacks it head on and kills it, going after the others in the sky. The Black King intends to erase humanity from this world and to make the Drifters extinct. In the post credits, the girl spying on the three is finally caught by them. She finally explains to them what Drifters are and that they were brought to this world to fight the Black King and the “Ends”, but the three could care less. 

THE GOOD

  • More new badass characters

THE BAD

  • Why is Joan of Arc a villain?!
  • An episode without the main three isn’t as fun (post-credits doesn’t count)

Episode Score: 4/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

It appears the two got separated after whatever happened to them at the end of last week’s episode. Papika passes out in this desert world and is found and imprisoned by a race of anime Jawas. There’s one girl though who isn’t afraid of her and breaks the chain of the ball around her ankle. And then the world goes full Mad Max crazy as the village is attacked by a bunch of muscleheaded masked man who Papika deal with easily. However, Cocona is their leader?! The village elder says it’s not her. She starts attacking the village as well and the two start fighting. Papika goes Super Saiyan and the Dragon Ball Z-style fight begins. Though Papika is sure it’s Cocona and she headbutts themak until it breaks, revealing it is indeed Cocona. Then the girl who helped Papika in the beginning reveals herself as this creepy Midna-looking girl that Cocona came across (with her harem of BDSM girls) and put the mask on her that made her fight Papika. Though according to this girl, the mask only amplifies feelings the person has. The Jawa-like people take Papika back while this girl looks to be taking Cocona once again. But when Cocona refuses her, the girl aims to take her fragment (which apparently requires a loving caress to the inside of her thigh) before Papika awakens and attacks the girl. Apparently eating a potato in this world makes them go Super Duper Saiyan, which is actually a Sailor Moon transformation. The girl of course hasn’t reached her final form yet and does so, a giant tentacle monster, because anime. They’re hit so hard they orbit the planet before returning. The momentum though damages the monster so they can create some giant rainbow cannon and defeat the monster. Cocona apologizes for hitting Papika, who also apologizes for kicking the shit out of her too. The monster however returns before another few Illusion members deal with it…AND ONE OF THEM IS YAYAKA! She and two others take the fragment and Papika tries to follow, seeing these three are under a different authority, one far more cult-like, so Yayaka’s a villain now. 

This may just be the best episode of anything I’ve ever watched. Oh my god it had everything!!!

THE GOOD

  • Mad Max mixed with Dragon Ball Z mixed with Sailor Moon mixed with a ton of other crazy shit! That was incredible!
  • The fighting in this show far exceeds any expectations I could’ve had
  • Yayaka being revealed as a potential villain is a crazy twist I never would’ve expected

THE BAD

  • WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO SAY?! IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME!!!

Episode Score: 5+/5

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Girlish Number (Ep.2) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

Chitose has already developed the biggest head since learning she has a leading role. Heading to a meeting with the main cast, she sees a colleague she worked with in her first project and the ego is in full display at this point. Then she learns that she’s not the lead role, she’s one of five heroines in a harem show. Not only that but they’ll be releasing a CD, even though none of the three girls really have singing experience. The other two girls will be Momoko and Kazuha, the two stars from Chitose’s last project. 

And at this point I couldn’t take it anymore. At about the 11:30 mark, I’d completely lost my interest in the show and decided to turn it off. The problem I have with this show is that quite frankly, the lead character is no unlikable, it’s painful to watch her, not to mention a lot of the other characters are extremely unlikable as well. It’s almost like this show is trying to maybe be too real and by doing so, really reduces the entertainment value of it. This show is terrible!

Episode Score: 1/5 ***DROPPED***


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Izetta, The Last Witch (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

The Germanian takeover continues, Eylstadt standing no chance against their blitzkrieg tactics. We’re with a couple of soldiers talking about their chances of winning and they have hope. It’s too bad that hope doesn’t really put a dent in planes and tanks. Back with Izetta an Finé, she announces that she will fight to protect the country. Back with the young soldier from earlier, he awakens from a bombing to see his commanding officer died protecting him and he stands to her the cries and screams of the dying. Finé is horrified knowing all they’re doing now is buying time for civilians to evacuate. The soldier’s name we learn is Jonas, we’ll see if it matters by the end of the episode. The soldiers with Finé demand to join their friends who are being slaughtered, but she refuses, as they can’t protect anything by running into battle just to die. Jonas is still alive and watches as it looks like they’re all about to die in bombings when Izetta using medieval lances from the castle stronghold as weapons to destroy the planes and succeeds…and then hits a tree cause she wasn’t paying attention. She recovers and starts flipping tanks, using a shield of swords to protect herself from tank shells. Finé through morse code tells the soldiers that Izetta is an ally and to fight with her. They join the battle and aid her for the remainder. The Germanian commander cannot believe what he’s hearing, how both a tank unit and air force unit couldn’t defeat an army that had zero tanks of their own. Finé is upset with her, but happy she’s alive. In the end, the soldiers sing (assuming their anthem) upon the Princess’ arrival to them, via Izetta and her flying machine gun. We’re left seeing Finé’s father dying after hearing the news of the White Witch being with his daughter.

THE GOOD

  • Man this episode was a horror episode for what World War II was like
  • Jonas survived!!!
  • Izetta looking badass as usual

THE BAD

  • Nothing

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Apparently after that Vacuum Butt Cannon, Nozomi seriously injured her hips. Later though she returns in okay condition again and learns what she missed, that there’s three types of Keijo fighters. An “infighter” is a close-range power fighter, an “outfighter” uses their speed to stay away from their opponent while striking and a “counter” fighter basically uses their opponent’s own momentum against them. The three girls have to go get new swimsuits, Nozomi’s still unsure why when Hanabi and Mio show up. Hanabi talks about the Vacuum Butt Cannon, how it’s so strong, it can use air to slice through things. Another elite girl, Rin enters the fray, claiming because Nozomi is capable of such a move, she shouldn’t be in the regular class. Rin is even faster than Sayaka, possibly the fastest out of all the girls. She also gropes Non till she faints. She also claims none of the regular class are different in level, so Nozomi’s wasting her time in that class and should join them in the elite class. She leaves while mentioning a “class-change race” but doesn’t get specific about it. The girls get their classes and Nozomi is asked to see Nagisa about her Vacuum Butt Cannon and is told to not use it again, because the risk of it had girls retire early because of hip problems, which makes me positive that this happened to Nagisa, causing her to become the giant girl she is now, because of the depression she sank into after missing her chance to make her mark in the sport. However, Nozomi begs her to teach her more about it, so she makes Nozomi wear a super tight full-body that makes it impossible for her to stand straight. It makes it impossible for her to train, let alone eating and sleeping, as she’s not allowed to take it off. Meanwhile, Sayaka is training really hard, trying to be as fast as Rin was that day. At the baths, apparently Kazane can read people’s strengths by massaging their butts. During this time, Kazane telling Nozomi she needs to relax her muscles, gives her the idea that helps her learn to use that full-body suit properly. Days later, the schedule for the class-change race comes, which is a four-person battle with one elite member per battle. In order to get into the elite class, you have to defeat that elite member. Nozomi’s elite member is a new girl, Kotone, who wears headphones for some reason. Sayaka of course gets Rin in her battle, Non gets some muscle girl named Atsuko and Kazane has Mio. So next week will be these battles.  

THE GOOD

  • Nozomi continues to get better and better
  • Meanwhile, Sayaka and especially Kazane are making their own marks

THE BAD

  • They don’t really explain how Nagisa’s rubber suit works, we’re just expected to accept whatever it is

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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March Comes in Like a Lion (Ep.2) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

So the fat idiot is the opponent in Rei’s next match…and boy oh boy is he an idiot. He follows Rei all the way up to his room and keeps trying to talk strategies with him, much to Rei’s frustration. The next day, Rei talks about how much he likes the river and goes to a shrine to pay his respects before a qualifying match and at game time his opponent Issa (who isn’t the fat kid, why aren’t they playing?) is an even bigger idiot. Either way, Rei wins, but he’s forced to treat him and another as a hostess bar…and the hostess is Akari. We see they met through the exact same circumstances, he was left by the two after one night at the bar and she took him home with her. So after I thought they were family, that’s not actually the case. He notes the next day that it was meeting Akari and her sisters that really got him out of a dark place, having people to visit. At the supermarket he runs into the three girls who get upset with him for not visiting for dinner and just buying instant noodles and sweet buns. Through this, they sucker him into helping them and in turn, coming with them for dinner again. During Rei’s internal thinking during this time, we briefly see a car wreck, likely how his parents were killed. 

I really want to like this show, but it’s so boring and depressing, not to mention it runs along with shogi, which I know nothing about, so it’s even more confusing to watch. So unfortunately, I’m going to have to drop the show.

THE GOOD

  • The cats and Momo are literally the only fun things about the show, everything else falls so flat

THE BAD

  • I feel like the show tries so hard to make characters likable, but they fail miserably
  • The facial expressions in this show are so bad and easily depressing

Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***

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My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Hayato is approached by a boy who claims to be his best friend. He’s also there to show off the underground site of the school’s photography club, aka HOT, SEXY TOTALLY ILLEGAL PHOTOS!!! Hearing this, Ui and the gang go to the club room, but Rin’s already there causing a ruckus. The president, Honoka waves her off, saying humans pursue beauty, that’s just how it is. Obviously Rin’s not a fan, but Ui interrupts as well. However, Honoka lets Rin and Hayato know that she saw what happened at the festival, so she’s essentially blackmailing them so they can keep doing what they’re doing. The next day, they stop by again and it appears that Rin and Ui have also been added onto the gallery. However, a picture of Rin confuses her, as she knows she doesn’t wear any bras like what’s in the photo. Then for some reason, Honoka starts stripping and the others as well and they start posing for more pictures. Turns out, they photoshopped photos of the girls, hoping to make enough money to get cameras that could work to get the real thing. During the whole exchange though, Ui switched the SD cards and now holds the one with the festival pictures on them. And then she bites the card and ruins it. She offers the club a chance of redemption, to work for them as photographers.

THE GOOD

  • It’s always fun when there’s more girls making Ui jealous
  • The idea of girls making sexy photos of other girls for guys to buy is genius, you know it would totally work

THE BAD

  • That is the biggest cocktease I have ever seen, I feel so bad for Hayato this episode

Episode Score: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.3)

 

A new convict is being brought into Cell 13. As Hajime prepares for him, Seitarou complains that the four prisoners don’t take him seriously, because as we find out, he’s so easily scared that the four pretty much mess with him constantly. So Hajime teaches him how to distract the guys and make them behave, which is actually really easy when Hajime spells it all out. Finally, he reaches the warden who tells him that he’ll be taken to Cell 13, as this prisoner also has a massive jail-breaking record. The new inmate is Tsukumo who looks like he was pulled out of an episode of Naruto and slapped onto this show. Everyone other than Jyugo loves him automatically cause they’re interested in ninjas. Apparently he was arrested for trespassing and has been breaking out ever since. But he gets back to work and challenges Jyugo to see who’s better at breaking out of prison. Hajime naturally catches them real quick and as we find out, Tsukumo’s ninja skills are essentially useless. As it turns out, he’s a missing movie star, not that it’s officially revealed, but if you paid attention, that’s what’s happening. It’s New Year’s Eve so everyone’s cleaning. Naturally Hajime gets Momoko’s office and that goes as hilariously well as you’d expect. Afterwards, all the head guards meet up for some sort of competition between the blocks, but Hajime doesn’t want to bother this year with those five idiots. But Momoko since she thinks he’s so cool, signs up Cell 13 anyway without him knowing yet. The episode ends as the four decide to make a New Year’s jailbreak.

THE GOOD

  • Momoko has thrusted herself forward as the best character in the show and quite possibly the entire season of anime thus far
  • The addition of Tsukumo brings an opportunity for sudden screw-ups

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Souta ran off after seeing the tanuki and hides at home, yet Poco remains outside, sad, but waiting for him to return. In the morning, Souta goes outside thinking it’s gone, but it’s right back at latches onto his back. Turns out it got caught tearing up the fields nearby. Giving up, he tells the tanuki that he can come to his home when he’s hungry. He feeds him and bathes him after he gets all muddy, as if he was the father of a toddler now. He also makes Poco promise not to show his tail and ears in public. So they go to a store to buy him some actual clothes. Along the way, he reminisces about how things used to be when he was younger and it’s possible on the train he’s sitting near a girl he liked back in high school, but doesn’t say anything to her, just in case it’s not her. At the store, some brat girl knocks over Poco and the mother is ACTUALLY that girl he liked in high school. Officially he has to pick a name for Poco as he’s asked about the tanuki boy’s name. They catch up at a coffee shop, where we learn Souta has a job making videos for online pages. The little girl continues being bratty until Poco calms her down. During this, the mother notes that the two almost look like they’re family. On the way back though, he turns into a tanuki again, too tired to keep his appearance up. 

THE GOOD

  • Poco gets cuter and cuter each episode
  • It’s nice to see they’re not spending the anime lamenting on Souta’s parents being deceased

THE BAD

  • I’m assuming it’s some mystical legend in Japan, but not really knowing how or why Poco has come to exist really frustrates me

Episode Score: 4/5

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Scorching Ping Pong Girls (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Throughout all of Agari’s childhood she strove to be the best, but was always average at best at anything she did. So when ping pong became that thing she was good at, now we understand why it’s such a soft spot for her. But now it’s time for the match for the #1 spot. Once again, everyone assumes Koyori is going to win and have completely thrown Agari away. She takes the first point, but as we know it just makes Koyori happier. She goes up 8-0 at one point, so cue the comeback. And when Agari gets the adulation from the club again, she loses her focus. And the points for Koyori start coming, now tied 8-8. The other girls note this is only happening because Agari won’t play her normal game anymore, instead trying to fight Koyori smash for smash and letting her emotions get the best of her. But out of nowhere, she starts playing her forehand again and takes a 9-8 lead on Koyori. She’s playing the game the way she likes to, not the way that allows her to win. But the game suddenly ends with Koyori winning 11-9, never giving us that moment. But Agari isn’t upset, in the end playing to have fun and not to win. The club members are however a fan of her again and not just devoting all their attention to Koyori.

So I know I took the show off notice last week, but in the end, I’ve decided to drop it after this episode anyways. However, it’s not because it’s a bad show per se, I’ve just come to the conclusion after this week that the show is going to follow a format I know I’m not going to enjoy. I know it’s going to be the same as AOKANA with how Asuka keeps winning matches she shouldn’t be winning (after all, Koyori went from 0-8 to winning 11-9, come on!) and unlike AOKANA having Misaki, there’s no one on this show I’m interested in at all to really keep me invested in the show. I think for those this anime is designed for, they’ll love it. But for me, given my tastes and interests, this show as it moves forward will not be where I want it to be.

THE GOOD

  • It’s nice to see a less angry Agari for once

THE BAD

  • Koyori isn’t losing yet and that really bothers me, you have to lose at some point and I know she won’t lose anything really important as the series goes forward

Episode Score: 3/5 ***DROPPED***

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  1. The kids actually being dead in Bungo (and not somehow saved) was definitely a bit harsher than I was expecting. That said, it gave us a really great episode but killing orphans feels like it should be a don’t go there kind of thing.

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    1. CSRadical · · Reply

      At the very least it lets us know that we’re still human. Clearly all the butts in Keijo!!!!!!!! hasn’t destroyed my sanity (yet).

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