Week #5 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #5 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!

Brave Witches (Ep.1)

Brave Witches (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

The 502nd are deliberately talking only about Takami to others so Fusou doesn’t cut off supplies to them. Edytha is now challenging Hikari for what will ultimately decide if she’s going home or not. She has a week to pass whatever test she has planned, otherwise she’s going home. However during the first test with a Striker unit, we start to wonder if Hikari actually has the power, but is either holding it back or doesn’t know how to turn up the power level. At times though, it’s apparent her power is just not strong enough. She leaves Hikari with a hat way up high that she has to get without a Striker unit. The idea Edytha has is to harshly show her that she does not have the power, so she has an understanding as to why she cannot be on the front lines. However, she starts to improve but there’s birds nesting nearby that take shots at her whenever she gets too close. We also see Naoe can’t do it either, but it’s not as important. Each day passes and she gets closer and closer but it’s to the point she’s draining herself trying to do it and actually passes out in the air, Naoe needing to save her. The sixth day rolls around and Edytha catches her up extra early in the morning and she tells Hikari about another girl much like her, who ended up not being able to fly again (I expected her to have died). The last day arrives and of course it’s a windy day to make things worse. But Edytha starts teaching her how to use her power properly, at least for what she can do. Then it starts raining heavily and a Neuroi threat arrives, so everyone’s leaving. Naoe gives her that last push, pissed off Hikari’s still not joining them in battle. She makes it to the top and Edytha tells her to suit up. In battle, she’s told to not try to be like her sister, find what works for her. Apparently running into the Neuroi also causes her to be able to see the core again and they all defeat it. They discover her power is the Contact Eye, but Gundula tells her she’s not to use it, due to it being connected with Absolute Eye, the spell that caused Takami to fall. 

I’ve decided that as much as it pains me to do so, I need to drop this show. I never put it on notice because of bias, I wanted to love this show, like I did with Strike Witches, but this new show is nothing like its predecessor. Strike Witches was funny, had a great cast of characters and didn’t waste time. Brave Witches has not been funny at all, I don’t like any of the characters after four episodes and these first four episodes have spent way too much time brooding over Hikari not fighting. Sorry Brave Witches, I wanted to love ya, but you’re just not cuttin’ it.

THE GOOD

  • The show tried to revert back to Strike Witches with the random out-of-battle shenanigans with the sauna and such, which was nice

THE BAD

  • As I mentioned above, the show just continues to keep me uninterested in the world and its cast

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***DROPPED***

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Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

Kaoruko sees the five dead, labeled as traitors and she questions how she’s never in the loop of these things. She then is told they were killed because they tried to leave and if she fails as well, she will share their fate. Also, she’s told they no longer need those five to pilot their Buranki. We finally have a true villain, folks! The airship is approaching the fortress and we see Akihito is already there, fighting on the ground. Welcoming the airship though is Laetitia and her Buranki. The plan is for them to create a diversion while Akihito gets Reoko out. Epizo’s Buranki joins the fight. He’s an idiot as always, just taking orders from Guy. Laetitia joins as well and because they seem to have a problem (or feelings) with each other, Epizo attacks her and they both vanish from the fight. So naturally Kaoruko alone with Entei arrives. She lets it slip that Guy killed Maxim and his team and all three sides aside from her are shocked. Even further, why Kaoruko is fighting with such rage against Azuma still is another thing. She knows she shouldn’t be fighting for him and is pained by the fact she is, it’s like now she’s fighting solely to stay alive. Epizo is struggling with this, but Laetitia seems content and attacks Azuma once again. She’s aware that Entei may be the only way that she can walk again. So she’ll fight until Guy gives it to her instead of Kaoruko. She deals with Azuma fast and Kaoruko picks up the pieces…but then tosses him aside and starts to fight Laetitia! Kaoruko takes a heavy hit (to the chest of course) and we suddenly shift to Guy who reveals Kaoruko is merely a test subject for how long a single person without immortality can last in Entei. The intent is for her to die anyways. She screams at Azuma to go save Reoko, while she feels like she’s burning alive in the Buranki. Epizo now is protecting Laetitia as well, though not for Guy, but for her, finding his reason to fight. Kaoruko loses control of Entei’s flames and Reoko is free before Azuma reaches her. She knows Entei’s seal has been broken so she can’t leave. She’s also aware that her strength isn’t back so she currently isn’t immortal. She then tries to kill herself and Azuma leaps to catch her and they fall together. He collapses after telling her she’s not allowed to die just because she finally can. Even worse, Oubu is no more with Azuma out cold. They all leave on the airship with Akihito as well.

THE GOOD

  • Laetitia and Epizo now have reasons to be around as well
  • Kaoruko for once isn’t a giant pain in the ass the whole episode

THE BAD

  • I do not understand how all this has happened already and we’re still not halfway into the season, they’re moving way too fast!
  • Seeing Laetitia and Epizo having significant roles only makes the loss of Maxim and company even more of a waste. Personally, I would’ve killed off Kaoruko’s team, with that other guy at the helm now

Episode Score: 3/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.17)

SYNOPSIS

The main cast is back! Naturally, we don’t start with the mains, but the incest siblings, of course! But we’re back with Kyouka (still love her to pieces!) and Atsushi, giving her a job to deliver evidence to a court case. However, the guard won’t let them through, so Kyouka breaks in her own way, which includes tasering the guard…and the judge for some reason. So she’s in a spot of trouble. But she gets a crepe anyway. When Atsushi brings up Demon Snow again though, she freaks out, not ever wanting to use it again. But then that cell phone rings again and she’s forced to stab Atsushi with Demon Snow. A new Port Mafia boss appears in a woman named Kouyou. When he tries to fight back, the woman has her own demon like Kyouka. Speaking of which, she refuses to return either, so the woman blackmails her to return by threatening to kill Atsushi. However, she quickly steals the woman’s phone and gets away from her and tries to call Demon Snow herself to kill the woman. Kyoyou claims she was once like Kyouka, wanting to find the light, but it betrayed her and she returned to the darkness. She also reveals that Demon Snow killed Kyouka’s parents. The battle ends with Kyouka again being lead back to the Mafia when Doppo and Kenji appear to help. To make matters worse though, two Guild members show up as well and four more appear afterwards. We see what looks like everyone dying and I mean everyone. But Atsushi can’t die, he has to deal with the medical expertise of Akiko! We do know however that Kyouka may be safe, Chuuya telling the Mafia boss that they’ve taken Kyoyou hostage. When she awakens, Osamu calls her ‘sister’. Kyouka however…is missing. Osamu takes it upon himself to get answers and it looks like he might be a master of torture. Whether that’s actual torture or Osamu-brand torture, we’ll have to wait and see. The Agency president tells Doppo that everyone is to leave the building and go to the place where the Agency was founded. Doppo is aware this means the Agency is prepared to go to war. He’s then attacked by unknown assailants, but they offer no match for him. At the new Agency hideout, the president tells everyone to prepare for war against both the Mafia and Guild. They will split into two teams, Osamu with Atsushi, Doppo with Junichirou. Their primary objective is to keep Akiko safe because so long as she’s alive, they cannot die. However as we learn, the Mafia through sneaky means already know the area their new hideout is, not that they know this. 

THE GOOD

  • It’s nice to see everyone back, especially Kyouka

THE BAD

  • The Guild members being named after famous authors (H.P. Lovecraft, John Steinbeck, etc.) is really dumb to me
  • I do not like how immediately the Mafia already know the new location the Agency are at, what was the point of moving them then?
  • I hope that the show reverts further into its goofiness, the crazy facial expressions were not remotely around this episode

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Drifters (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

They continue to plan for the battle ahead, but they’re also doing something fishy with the corpses of those that were killed. We learn why the woman were taken from the village, to make the race extinct, because there’s only one time a year they can reproduce. The night comes and the attack begins, catching them beyond off-guard. Toyohisa splits a bunch of the soldiers away from the main group and with the chance to set up, they burn the village down, saying farewell forever for the Elves’ lives as serfs. Even worse, they are coating the arrows in shit and the soldiers have no water. In the end, Oda knows very well that this army will not fight to the bitter end and will retreat if too many of them are dying. Toyohisa kills the commander and the remaining army runs away. However the battle is not over, they intend to take the lord’s castle. After the horrors of the battle, Yoichi admits it’s like his older brother’s tactics, calling him a monster. At the castle, they fake being returning soldiers and walk in without any problems. Toyohisa grabs the lord and demands to know where the women are. We also learn Oda plans to use the buried soldiers as a part of a black powder grow-op. They find the women. Oh shit, did they find the women…Toyohisa’s gonna rip them all apart.

THE GOOD

  • We got a real look this week at all three characters’ abilities, Toyohisa and Yoichi’s battle prowess and Oda’s tactical genius

THE BAD

  • I know that last moment with the Elven women was meant to shock but holy shit!

Episode Score: 5/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

The world this week seems to be far more realistic this time around, but creepy as shit. A girl shows up that Cocona claims to be Yayaka, but has a different hairstyle. Then it gets real creepy, like the girls in this school have no faces. They run outside to what appears to be bloody rain and they both pass out. They wake up together naked in a bathtub (because anime) and it appears the no-face girls are actually quite friendly, which makes you think something’s going on. It also appears they’re repeating the same day over and over now. After x-amount of days, Yayaka gets involved, waking Cocona up at night. She tells Cocona that the world slowly adjusts anyone who enters it into its own mindset of things, however Yayaka is different and doesn’t fall into this trap as easily. Papika’s nearly fallen and Bu-chan has, so they need to get the fragment quickly. They find the secret twelfth room where shit gets real and Yayaka and company are heading for the clock tower as well where the fragment likely is. Papika finally remembers the magic words to transform, but Cocona can’t seem to do it. Yayaka and Cocona get caught by the monster running the place and Papika saves them both. With Cocona finally able to transform, she destroys the trap and the world begins to break. Unable to leave, Yayaka drags them through their own portal, but only because Papika saved her. She demands the fragment, but Cocona refuses to give it up regardless. She tells them to be prepared for what comes next then and leaves.

THE GOOD

  • A far creepier episode, a great change in setting this week
  • Yayaka at least isn’t 100% evil, she’s trying to keep Cocona from dying in these worlds too

THE BAD

  • Honestly nothing, I loved this week’s episode

Episode Score: 5/5

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Izetta, The Last Witch (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

Finé is officially sworn in as the new ruler of Eylstadt. During the ceremony we see grenades thrown into the crowd…and they don’t explode? Oh they’re…bulbs? Must be some old-timey thing. Izetta is revealed to the world and the world reports it as anyone who messes with Eylstadt will incur the wrath of the legendary White Witch. The leader of Germania wants her real bad, not sure for what purpose yet (yes, I’m talking “that” purpose too, it’s anime, I can’t rule it out) and we learn the only reason they actually went after Eylstadt was to have an easy route between two territories so they can move freely between the Mediterranean and Africa. The reporters then see first hand Izetta destroying a nearby Germanian base and single-handedly destroying a dozen planes in seconds. Despite the losses, the two guys from the first episode (Berckman and Ricelt) aren’t worried, in fact they enjoy the challenge of Izetta. They recruit Basler, the lone survivor of the first aerial battle Izetta had. They also realize that the battle of Coenenberg could’ve ended before it began, but it took her two days to get there when she could’ve made it in minutes if she flew. He also deduces that if she really was that powerful, they’d just send her to Neu-Berlin and kill the Emperor. So she’s not almighty and she’s not invincible. They just need to figure out what her weak point is, aka the ley lines, not that they know that yet. For now though, things are going well for Eylstadt, other allies are seeking to join the fight, wanting to work with Finé if it means having Izetta on their side. You already see where things will fail, Finé is openly showing the generals the ley lines and they’ve made copies now of the map. This will likely backfire and one copy will fall into Berckman’s hands, I guarantee it. Without warning, Germania is advancing again and it’s in a ley line-less area. We’re back with Jonas in this new battle and they all assume Izetta will save them once again. Sieg apparently has a plan for this battle though and even Finé is nearby this battle. She notes the fog will help them in whatever this plan is. They have a girl acting as Izetta (who I really hope doesn’t get killed…poor girl) and Bianca is also in this fight, looking like she commands a stealth unit. Izetta however makes one request that we’ll see later. They have another fake Izetta that is a dressed up wooden figure fly in the sky and disappears into the forest after the Germanians surely see it, thinking she’s here. The actress speaks and makes it seem like she’s pushing their guns away when in actuality Bianca and her force are sniping the guns from their hands. They then blow up part of the mountain as if Izetta did it herself, likely killing the commander and some of their forces. Oh…apparently that was the real Izetta speaking, the girl that was supposed to act as her one of Bianca’s soldiers. Sure enough, we learn Berckman has set a spy in Eylstadt, as a low-ranking officer. Oh no, he’s off to see Jonas…and Jonas overhears that this was a setup, because Sieg and a general apparently have to talk out in the open about it. Sieg hears that someone was listening but no one is there, but finds a photo that belongs to Jonas.

THE GOOD

  • A little bit of strategic thinking this week
  • Izetta continues to get stronger as a person

THE BAD

  • I’m getting a little worried now about the show. While I’m still loving it, the storytelling is getting deeply flawed, writing in way too many easy ways for Izetta’s secret to come out, it feels like they’re rushing to get to the main twist of the show

Episode Score: 3.5/5


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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

Apparently this Kotone girl loves her yaoi. She’s also the daughter of a prize queen and her older sister is a Keijo pro currently, so she’s born and bred in the sport. The first thing Nozomi does when getting on the land and slip and pull down Kotone’s swimsuit, but she doesn’t budge, completely lost in her yaoi daydreams. Apparently her butt has a mind of its own, calling it Cerberus. When asking the girl about why she won’t face her opponents, she responds with Keijo just being work she can earn money with. With the two of them now alone, Nozomi starts to annoy Kotone by being able to avoid her and even worse, she can make her butt vibrate now, which works even more on Kotone cause she’s very sensitive “there”. So Kotone finally has to face her opponent and fight her seriously. Now all Nozomi can do is just dodge. With no other option, Nozomi decides to use the Vacuum Butt Cannon, but it misses. She keeps trying, even though she knows she’ll hurt her hips doing it. They go all-out at each other, but because Nozomi got more rotations, she wins due to sheer power. She tries to be friendly with Kotone after, but she leaves to go back to her yaoi. However she can’t hear anything, actually enjoying her battle with Nozomi. However, Nozomi’s not free yet, getting checked by Nagisa after using the attack. She notes that the muscle she’s put on in just a month shows that she can at least train to use this attack, but to remember that the risks of using it are still there and always will be there. Back at the dorm, it looks like Kazane intends to leave, about to give Nozomi the book with all the data she has on the girls. She’s convinced she can’t stay because she’s the only one of the three who lost. However, they find all four of them got promoted to the elite class, because Kazane put up a great fight against the #1 and forced Rio to use her hypnosis, which she was specifically told to never use at the school. Nagisa afterwards with other teachers reveals she promoted all four to keep them together, seeing how important it is for them to improve with the other three cheering them on.

THE GOOD

  • SHORYUCANS!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
  • Kazane definitely earned her promotion as well, so it’s nice to see them all still together

THE BAD

  • I don’t know how I feel about them being elite already, but then again there’s 12 episodes in this season, so who knows where the end point is? I’m assuming graduation

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

Ui has a cold! So he tries to take care of her, but anime is full of random sexiness and Ui makes it impossible for him to do so without making him feel like he’s about to explode…in his pants. It appears he tries to act on these desires, but Rin’s older sister, Kei shows up with leftovers. He asks her (since she’s the school nurse) to take a look at Ui. Apparently checking her heartbeat involves groping. And by giving him a pill to give to Ui rectally, because that’s Kei in a nutshell. Even worse, Ui refuses to do it herself. Naturally, sexy shenanigans happen in the process and he actually does it! And apparently Ui likes anal, oh dear. In the end, Hayato removes himself from the room as punishment. 

THE GOOD

  • Kei just makes every episode so over the top (and worse for Hayato)

THE BAD

  • No Rin at all, booooooooo!
  • The episode brought the sexy (and then some!) but really nothing too funny this week

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.5)

So what does Uno do to win his match? By reading his opponents tells to identify the cards, cause he can’t remember shit. He admits winning means more to him, because he wants to make a game room in the prison so he can gamble more with his friends. And the idiots win another round. The fourth round is next and it’s top spinning, but they’re basically playing a game of human Beyblade. They’re facing the monkey’s team. Because Nico saw one of the opponents floating, he freaks out and drags Hajime into the match with him. Nico ends up loving the chance to play anime hero and does so, going up against the floating kid. Hajime also starts fighting, which drives Momoko mad with lust. The floating kid apparently is a Dragon Ball Z character, doing a Kamehame(bleep)! But as we see, Nico is capable of copying techniques he sees and wants to become the kid’s disciple, which in fact is the goal of the kid if he won the tournament, which he won’t. Cause Nico wants the latest game system, but he can watch TV but there’s no video games. Meanwhile, Hajime’s finally had enough of these games, and destroys his opponent. Nico also goes full anime and wins as well. So the final round is set, facing the champions from last year.

THE GOOD

  • Nico finally getting a chance to shine, Uno as well
  • Momoko is still best girl

THE BAD

  • I…I have a complaint! The shows go by too fast…

Episode Score: 5/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Sure enough, the woman is Rinko, Souta’s older sister and Poco is immediately afraid of her. Apparently she’s really bad with kids even if she does nothing wrong. There’s a moment not long after where Souta considers what will happen to Poco once he goes home to Tokyo, like that’s going to happen, right? Anyways, it turns out she stopped by to clean the place up, assuming they’re going to sell the house off, again like that’ll happen. The three of them go to Yashima, where it’s ever so coincidental that there’s a lot of tanuki references around there. During the time, he hurts his leg again, so it’s obvious there’s an important injury we’ll be learning about soon. Afterwards the two siblings talk about how sad they are that their parents never got any grandchildren before they both passed away and Souta notes he never got his Dad to appreciate his Web work. Poco soon vanishes and they find him jumping on a bridge and falls through a bit. It’s then we see Souta tread carefully, even though the danger isn’t there. Either he’s deathly afraid of heights or bridges or the injury may be related. So Rinko ends up rescuing Poco and for some reason sings for him. Poco tells her that he loves Souta and now loves her too which hits her heartstrings full-on. Looks like someone’s gonna want a baby soon!

THE GOOD

  • A nice, relaxing episode, can always use one of those

THE BAD

  • I want them to show us what this injury is that Souta has with his legs

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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3 comments

  1. Aren’t all the Agency and Mafia characters named after Japanese authors? I thought they were which is why I didn’t really worry when the Guild members were named after western authors.

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    1. CSRadical · · Reply

      If the Agency members are, I wouldn’t know. My Japanese knowledge ain’t that broad.

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      1. I’m pretty sure they are so it is a logical follow on and at least I know who the Guild members are supposed to be so their power makes sense.

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