Week #4 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #4 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.4) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

Apparently as we see with a detective, all these inmates, including Liu are already listed as accidental deaths. Not only that, but the files of Liu are classified. Back at the building, Liu and the other two start making their way out again. Then they casually talk like they may be in another dimension? Huh? Back with Fong, the barricade seems like it’ll break and someone intends to blow them all up with a grenade when Chao appears and shoots the man dead, but is crushed by doing this. After semi-snapping him out of it, Fong goes to the barricade and tells the hemomancer keeping the barricade in to open it up enough for him to go back inside. His plan is to use that grenade to blow the door on the other side of the danger room. Back with Liu, a monster somehow sneaks up on them, Liu uses his power, which is revealed to be that he can leap anywhere within ten metres in an instant and tries to deal with a monster. However, another shows up and Ifen pushes Anji into it as a distraction so she can escape. Anji is about to die when Liu sends the monster he has into the one about to kill Anji. She’s taken a bad hit to the side. Even worse, the two monsters are still alive. Liu grabs her and Ifen returns to try and help them but he passes her by and only one monster follows him, the other appears to kill her but we don’t see the attack. Liu somehow manages to give this monster another heavy hit but the momentum causes it to crash into him. And that’s the episode.

All right, I’ve given the show enough chances. Four episodes in and I still don’t know a thing about the show and each episode after the first keeps ending in really dumb spots. Sorry, Bloodivores, you had promise, but you’re not surviving a third trip to the drop list. It really pisses me off too, because the cover image with the masks really intrigued me, yet a third into the show, we don’t know what they symbolize. Shame on you, Bloodivores. Shame on you.

THE GOOD

  • It remains mysterious

THE BAD

  • However it’s too mysterious, there’s nothing to attach to
  • We’re early in the show and there’s already betrayals and sacrifices. Why?
  • How is it Episode 4 and we still don’t even have a good explanation for the monsters, or even Bloodivores/Hemomancers in general?!

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


Brave Witches (Ep.1)

Brave Witches (Ep.4)

No episode this week

Episode Score: N/A


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Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Kaoruko is trying out her new Buranki, without any of her comrades as well, the lone user of Entei, like Reoko before her. Guy gives her a mission to hunt down a traitor in their ranks, another Bubuki user. My money’s on the blonde girl Guy has been using to destroy the most Buranki, likely the lone threat to him. But it could just be Azuma, because y’know siblings. Back with the crew, Shuusaku picks them up in a giant airship, because he’s a boss. They’re heading to France where Reoko is being imprisoned. We finally hear what Demokratia is, an organization designed to hold the rights to all things Buranki-related. Azuma however won’t help Shuusaku for free, that in return he’ll help Azuma rescue Kaoruko as well, as she’s been deceived by Guy. Kinoa notes how he’s the only survivor of the crew aside from Reoko, to which he goes “Uh…the fuck are you talking about?” and that they’re all alive as well. Apparently Souya after shooting Shuusaku last season healed him immediately afterwards. Akihito is also working on getting Reoko back as well, though Zetsubi he says is in a bit of a different place. We see the Russians together, but all the others are no longer robotic now. Beyond Maxim, they don’t remember fighting Oubu. So even Maxim has to admit after that defeat, he needs the four as themselves. His hunger for power may still exist, but he no longer wants to go the crazy route. Then out of nowhere, Dersu is shot, condition is unknown. Back with the crew on the airship, everyone’s asleep except for Shuusaku and of course Kogane. But as anime goes, when in the air, bad things happen. The ship crashes into the snowy forest below. Outside, they find a girl passed out in the snow, somehow alive though. Then they fall through the ice into a cave. Dersu is now revealed to us as dead. Was he Kaoruko’s target?! Back with the main cast, a purple Oubu has now showed up. The girl they saved knows the Buranki and it talks to them, thanking them for saving her. It explains the origins of the Buranki, crashing onto Earth near the race’s extinction. They split the limbs for humans to use because their brains no longer worked, so having a human brain attached to them was the lone option. The headless Buranki are the ones that chose not to split, so their minds fully decayed. And of course when Kinoa complains about the cold enough, the Buranki hits the ground where a hot spring is underneath. She starts stripping without even thinking and it turns out Shizuru knew there was one, so she had the girls put on the swimsuits they bought in Taiwan before leaving. Finally asking the Buranki about the girl they found, apparently the people looked at it like a God. Kinoa asks why the Buranki came here in the first place, to which it answers in defense of its race, that humans by killing, stealing and altering the planet, they’re destroying the planet and not the Buranki. Back with the Russians, they’re still under attack, Ignat dies protecting the other three and then it’s revealed one of the sisters is still brainwashed, her Bubuki killing one of the sisters. So Maxim was actually the target. Maxim deduces the test was for Kaoruko and Entei, so they’re no longer needed. Holy fuck, all five are dead! Guy is talking with Reoko and reveals his plan is to kill all Bubuki users, but we don’t hear the main part of his plan, but it shocks Reoko. Back with the main crew, the Buranki talks about humans killing each other like it’s a disease they have. The boys have finally woken up and Azuma notes that humans can in time, change. He asks it why it never contracted with a human and it says it’s the same reason why Migiwa stopped all the Buranki hearts and also notes that she is still alive.  

THE GOOD

  • Wow…just…wow…
  • And then there was the Russians dying twist! Oh…did you think I was going to say the hot spring?
  • I now want to see Guy die a horrible death

THE BAD

  • I hated Maxim, but the other four being killed, especially the two boys, that’s a tough pill to swallow, I really didn’t like that
  • Guy won’t die a horrible death, I know this will not happen, because it never happens

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.16)

SYNOPSIS

Odasaku is PISSED!!! Meanwhile the leader of the Mafia meets with Ango and who I assume is his actual boss. Ango gives the terms of a contract between the two, one being his safe removal from the Mafia, the second for the Mafia to dispose of Mimic, but that one’s tough to swallow without something in return. So Ango’s boss offers something that makes him Joker laugh. Osamu finds Odasaku and tells him not to do what he plans on doing, but it’s obviously way too late to stop him now, regardless of the end result. Oh hey! Ranpo’s here! Well, Odasaku ran into him. His ability tells him that Odasaku will die if he goes wherever he is going and he knows this and is content with it. He racks up kills like it’s nothing. Meanwhile, Osamu asked the boss for a squad to help rescue Odasaku before it’s too late. He sees that envelope that was given in the deal and understands what’s going on, whatever it may be as guards are now pointing guns at Osamu. The duel between Gide and Odasaku is to be expected, while Osamu reveals that the boss did all this setup between the three parties, to eventually get a permit to operate an organization of gifted, perhaps Osamu steals this to create the Detective Agency? Osamu has one problem with everything, the orphans’ lives being used to incite Odasaku into fighting. Back with the duel, Gide reveals the reasoning for the group’s creation, they were used and betrayed by their home country during the war. Their lone purpose became to just find worthy opponents and keep fighting until they all eventually died, as soldiers. Finally, the battle ends, both taking fatal hits. Osamu makes it in time to see his friend off, who tells him that he needs to get away from the violent life in order to find what he’s searching for. And then he dies. Two weeks later he meets with Ango’s boss, looking for a new job. 

THE GOOD

  • Very emotional episode
  • A tough ending, but to bring back the main cast will be worth it (hopefully)

THE BAD

  • Again…dead kids are not fun
  • I know it was inevitable, but to lose such a great character after only four episodes, it sucks

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Drifters (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

The spy girl explains to them again what Drifters and now Ends are. Oda laughs at Olmine after hearing how Octobrist acts as a unit, as in…they’re not a unit, they get help and try to put Drifters in charge. He also suggests that if they really want to solve the problem, the Drifters should be in charge of the state. He puts Toyohisa as the leader of this new conquest he has in mind. Olmine is shocked by this, fearing the worst to come from this. The Black King reveals his intent was to save the humans, but after they rejected him he changed sides to the demihumans and now plans to destroy all humans, as if the course of history is about to completely change, humans becoming extinct instead of the many races that may have died before we truly stamped our mark on the world. Meanwhile, the fighter pilot looks like he’s about to crash, his plane giving out. The elves are also freaking out even more than ever, knowing they have to rebel or else they’ll all die out. But Yoichi interrupts them, learning very basic language of the world until Olmine reveals the Grand Master gave her a charm to have instant fluency in whatever language she wants. Oda asks about the situation with the Elves and who they are. Finally getting a charm to communicate, Toyohisa rallies them up and declares that together they will get their state back. Then Toyohisa once again asks why he’s the commander and not Oda and then really shakes him up when he bluntly tells him that he is not his son, that his son is dead. So he nails him back with talk about his territory being in the boonies and they start fighting. And then for no reason Yoichi starts fighting them too, because it’s fun. One of the Elves comes forth, Shara, the son of the murdered elder and the older brother of the two little ones that saved Toyohisa in the beginning. Together, they understand that in two days time, their village will be destroyed by the returning force. Then they learn that even the young Elves are older than most of them and Oda freaks out (and grabs Olminu’s boob for some reason). We also learn that dwarves and hobbits were enslaved as well, like the Elves. The day comes and 200 troops are deployed to destroy the village. Upon reaching it, there’s no one in the village at all, they’re all hiding in the forest, waiting for nightfall.

THE GOOD

  • A lot more comedy this episode, which is where I think Hellsing and this show really shine
  • Finally getting some explanation to the world, not to mention Olminu finally is out in the open

THE BAD

  • Nothing really bugging me this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

The group want Papika and Cocona to live together so they can learn to sync to one another, making that Sailor Moon transformation a consistent thing they can do together. Cocona has that weird mist girl dream again, still don’t know what it means. The next day in class, Yayaka is nowhere to be found. She does run into that art club girl again. Yayaka finally does show up though and they talk a little about things, mostly she wants the two to join her, but Papika’s not interested, especially when Yayaka reveals the end goal is world conquest. Why? Who knows. The girls are staying in that pipe in the forest, after some remodeling by Papika. They eat, shower and sleep together (NOT IN THAT WAY, SHEESH!) for the first day. The second day they go fishing, but during this, the hoverboard disappears into the ocean, so they’re stranded on an island. Even worse, they get separated after a while too. Eventually, Papika finds her and even helps her decipher which foods are good and which ones aren’t. Because of this, Cocona remembers what last week’s villain told her, how she was empty. That night, she asks Papika what she’d wish for in the end, but it’s a secret. Cocona on the other hand, wishes she could see her family, having died when she was a baby. The following day, they build a raft to try and get back home. And then a portal opens up, of course, as they’ve begun to synchronize.

THE GOOD

  • A nice funny episode, but nothing too special
  • …MINUS ALL THE NUDITY, HOLY SHIT!!!

THE BAD

  • JAPAN! ENOUGH WITH THE DEAD PARENTS!!!
  • Compared to last week’s episode, this one isn’t even close at all to how good last episode was

Episode Score: 4/5

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Izetta, The Last Witch (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Finé makes it home just after her father has passed away and finally she can’t hold her tears anymore. We see the leader of Germania and apparently he’s believed in witches all this time and starts to set up plans to counter this new threat. Izetta awakens in the castle and meets Lotte, one of the maids and Bianca, likely one of the main guards of the castle. With Finé, she decides to keep her father’s death a secret until her coronation. Naturally, the generals want to use Izetta as much as they can, but Finé’s keeping her close by. In the bath, Lotte wants her to show off some magic but Izetta’s iffy about it. Bianca then gets on her high horse and in the commotion a statue nearly falls but when Izetta grabs a hold of it, a piece falls onto her head. When she’s okay, Finé brings her in with everyone else, asking her to help, however they’re concerned as to how she’s so powerful but didn’t block that falling piece that hit her head. Izetta reveals her powers can’t just be activated at any time, having to do with ley lines around the country. So in the capital, there’s no magical power for her to take from. However, one strategist says they should outright say they have the White Witch, bluffing to their enemies that the almighty power is available to them at any time. They introduce her to Elvira Friedman, an American (Atlantan in the series) journalist who tutors Finé. Her job will be to advertise Izetta to the world. She’s also…quite into Izetta and her body…well girls in general. Away from the groper, Izetta suggests they go to the castle in the old capital where the legend of the White Witch may have more information for them. Sure enough, they find an old passageway but we don’t see what was down there. Driving back home, Bianca asks her about her relationship with Finé and we finally see the moment where Finé took a pitchfork to protect Izetta from being killed by the villagers. It turns out what they found in the castle was a map of all the ley lines. We also see a memory with Izetta’s grandmother, calling the White Witch a traitor and that she shouldn’t be like her. It pretty much guarantees that at some point, Izetta’s power will go out of control and nearly destroy everything she vows to protect. She and Finé vow to together bring peace to not just Eylstadt, but the entire world.  

THE GOOD

  • Izetta’s boobs, let’s be honest…wow!
  • Finé finally having that cry her eyes out moment was a long time coming, even though it’s only been four episodes

THE BAD

  • Nothing of real note happened this week, it was a bunch of Izetta being naked or fondled scenes and a bunch of transitional scenes

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

The match between Sayaka and Rin begins and the other two are gone immediately. And now the game of speed butt begins. Rin toys with her, but as we see, so was Sayaka, playing weak in the beginning. While it looks like Sayaka has the better of her, you realize that Rin still is the far better fighter, far more stamina than Sayaka. However, Sayaka (yes…) pulls up her swimsuit and it makes her even faster and she actually wins her match! But her butt tightens up and clearly she can’t use this for very long, because reasons. The two agree to train together. When Kazane massages Sayaka’s butt, it’s clear the damage done. Non’s up next, likely to get destroyed by the muscle girl, who has an Iron Butt. So Non’s fucked…except her giant soft ass…wins easily?! She absorbed the iron butt and repelled it. Kazane is next…I mean someone has to lose, right? I mean…she’s facing Mio! Though she’s more excited about having three girls to “play” with. However, Kazane communicates with the other two girls to react to Mio’s every move. However, Mio’s still too good, even with Kazane at her best, she suddenly changes into almost a crazy girl and her boobs become hypnotic, causing the girls to freeze up and Mio wins. Nozomi the only one left, has the headphone wearing Kotone next week.

THE GOOD

  • Once again the ridiculousness is at full play

THE BAD

  • I don’t know how I feel about Non lucking into a win while Kazane gets utterly destroyed

Episode Score: 4/5

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My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Hayato is still having trouble getting past Rin’s breasts and she also offers to help him relieve tension like last time at the festival, but not without Ui’s intervention. She also spills the beans to Ui, which naturally sets her off. But you know instead Ui’s gonna try to top her. Rin also feels happy about the situation. Later on, Rin tries to get Ui to come to a meeting after seeing that there are suddenly more and more couples at the school, but she walks off with Karen and leaves her with Hayato (and Ayane) instead. However, along the way to the meeting, Rin finds a couple trying to sneak off for some fun and follows them (with Hayato) and somehow gets them into a weird spot where they can’t really leave nor move much. However, upon watching the two, instead of stopping them, Rin gets all hot and bothered too. Finally though, it’s a hand into the girl’s panties that finally sends her off the deep end and she stops them. However, Rin admits that maybe every sexual act isn’t as indecent as she first thought. In other words, she wants Hayato grabbing her boobs more often.

THE GOOD

  • Rin’s finally becoming more of a girl and less of a bitch, I like that

THE BAD

  • Ui’s pretty much non-existent this week
  • I don’t think we needed to suddenly interject two unknown characters into a sex scene, they’ve been doing just fine without this beforehand

Episode Score: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.4)

So the New Year’s Tournament is set to begin. The four are pissed when they learn they get one item they want and Hajime didn’t choose them…except of course Momoko put them in because of Hajime. The first event is kakizome, which is penmanship and as hard as Jyugo tries, he sucks. But Hajime and Yamato just happen to be masters in calligraphy, so they win the first round. Second event is…something with mochi pudding? Either way Rock and Yamato participate on behalf of Cell 13. Rock’s opponent is an old “friend” from when he was first in Building 5. Rock completely throws him off though when he says his one item will be stone oven for the kitchen. Once insulted about his choice, the fight is over. Even three is…Hyakunin Isshu? Whatever it is, apparently Seitarou must be good at it, as he’s picked. Uno’s just interested because it’s a card game. Seitarou wins so easily it’s not even funny, oh wait yes it was. Uno however is getting destroyed, looking to not win a single card. Jyugo ends the episode saying Uno has more than just one skill.

THE GOOD

  • Wow this episode went by so fast!
  • The ridiculousness keeps ramping up, which means I just like this show more and more

THE BAD

  • Nothing again this week, I was dying laughing this episode

Episode Score: 5/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

It appears an old friend has stopped by to see Souta…AT 3:00AM!!! His name is Shinobu. Despite him not wanting to go, he gets dragged (with Poco) fishing with Shinobu. We also see that apparently Souta has an old injury with his legs. Bored, Poco starts running around on his own, even pulling the ears and tail out, without Souta noticing. The two talk about their lives, getting girlfriends and even possibly staying and taking over the restaurant, which we see was a point of contention for Souta when he left for Tokyo. In the end, they catch an octopus, who promptly ink blasts Poco. Some more memories of the two fishing together back in high school come up and back in the present, Souta for a moment remembers just how nice life used to be in the village. Then at the house, some girl shows up, unsure if it’s a friend, or Souta’s sister.

THE GOOD

  • Poco shining once again
  • It was a relaxing episode this week

THE BAD

  • I feel like it’s a bit early for Souta to already be half-considering staying, it makes me worry the show’s going to run out of gas sooner rather than later

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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