Week #6 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #6 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!

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Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

We learn that Guy in the beginning got Kaoruko to follow based on her desire to see her parents. It’s also why Treasure Island was sunk, Guy wants all Buranki to be extinct after all. Back in the present, it appears almost like there’s a human inside Entei’s brain, though they don’t confirm what my eyes see. Now Kaoruko is imprisoned in a tower, much like Reoko was. She wakes up to Guy walking in and we for the first time see the real man he is. He plans to force her back into Entei and killing every last Bubuki user. But it gets worse. After knocking her out, he reveals their plan to use her brain and fuse it into Entei. So in other words, off with her head. Back with the main group, Reoko upon waking up actually calls for Azuma, of all people. They leave the two of them alone where she reveals his plan to resurrect a Buranki god, likely how he’ll kill the rest of the Buranki and their users so he’s the almighty god of the world. They have a week left before a comet will land on the Earth and the god is related to it. So they must find the sunken Treasure Island first and according to her, destroy it. They argue for a little before Azuma suggests they go outside, where he tries to show her there’s more than just humans in the world, as she’s hellbent on just fighting for humanity and caring about nothing else. Also during this time, we see Guy has a bunch of children living with him, for what reason we do not know. But Azuma claims he’s leaving to save Kaoruko, but he wants Kogane to stay behind?! Why’s he not bringing the rest for y’know, Oubu?! Whatever, time for Kaoruko’s head to be cut off. OH MY GOD, ZETSUBI WAS GUY’S HELPER THE WHOLE TIME, A DOUBLE AGENT!!! Oh no, it’s bad though. Azuma without knowing who Guy is, gets picked up by him in a car.

THE GOOD

  • Kaoruko really shined this week, looking like a tough girl
  • Zetsubi’s reveal was fantastic

THE BAD

  • WHY THE FUCKING FUCK IS AZUMA GOING ALONE INTO A SECRET BASE TO SAVE KAORUKO?! WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK IS THIS SHIT?!!!

Episode Score: 3/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.18)

SYNOPSIS

Okay okay okay. Some guy stabs his neck, plants a seed and a grape tree grows from his neck that allows him to see where Naomi and a friend are. Uh…okay?! They try to kill the two girls when her brother and Doppo show up. Steinbeck and Lovecraft are the two Guild members and handle the two Agency members pretty easily. But through Junichirou’s ability, he causes a truck to crash right into them and the girls are able to escape on a train. However, some really weird little girl who likes like anime Two-Face. Atsushi and Osamu are waiting for the train, but Osamu leaves to deal with two Mafia members who he senses, Ichiyo (that blonde woman) and a ninja who is definitely female and I’m probably going to fall in love with by the end of this season. Ichiyo tells him that the boss wants to know if he’s interested in returning to the Mafia, to which he laughs it off. He talks about Gin being a little girl and then she becomes adorable as fuck. Apparently Ichiyo didn’t know her gender. The two girls arrive from the train, where we see the girl again, Ichiyo revealing it’s Q and that freaks out Osamu, as (I assume) she was imprisoned because of his mind control ability. He also realizes Q is there with them and runs to stop it. Q (aka Yumeno) retreats after Osamu breaks the ability, saying she can’t wait to break him too. Atsushi is broken because he tried to kill again because of Q and thinks he doesn’t deserve anything again, nothing but a danger to everyone. Back at the Agency, he sees that the girl that tried to kidnap Kyouka is still there, saying she made a deal with Osamu to stay put until Kyouka returns. Speaking of which, Osamu meets with a government agent, who turns out to be Ango! It appears he’s trying to strike a deal with the Gifted Special Operations Division to help them. She tells Atsushi to take care of Kyouka, knowing full well she won’t be able to escape Demon Snow. Back with Ango and Osamu, Ango reveals the Guild have diplomatic immunity (when will it be revoked?!) but before he can say much more, a car crashes into them. Atsushi is approached by another Guild member who wants him badly, but Kyouka arrives to help as the episode ends.

THE GOOD

  • Lovecraft!
  • Gin while she’s not at Kyouka’s level is already making strides to be best girl

THE BAD

  • It still bugs me how the villains are writers. If all the others are as well, it’s okay cause I don’t know any Japanese writers, but it feels weird knowing John Steinbeck, H.P. Lovecraft and other names are in this show.

Episode Score: 4/5

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Drifters (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Uh…so Hitler was a Drifter apparently sixty years ago. They don’t outright say his name, but it’s pretty obvious. When Oda hears about Toyohisa finding the soldiers, he gets annoyed mostly because that kind of “job” is for him and not Toyohisa. So they kill all the soldiers. Well they spare one, who claimed to be a virgin and just transferred in. As we see, the Elves begin to take their states back, slowly pushing Orte back to just their own country. Easy (the Ends girl) is not happy when learning of the Drifters’ attacks. Now we see pirates attacking Orte ships and a Japanese Navy Admiral at the helm, because of course there are pirates and a Navy Admiral. Some Kefka-looking Count stops by to see how Orte is going and upon realizing how fucked they are now, he gets the hell out of there, deciding he wants to visit the Elves to. Wanting to replicate more rifles, the next objective for the Drifters is to visit the Dwarves in hopes of them being able to make more. But they’re interrupted by the Ends approaching them, a battle about to start between the two sides already.

THE GOOD

  • More oddball characters, always a good thing
  • We’re about to get the first look at Drifters vs Ends now

THE BAD

  • Minus the beginning of the episode, the majority of this episode just felt like filler

Episode Score: 4/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Cocona once again revisits her fog dream, nothing new though. The two girls visit the art girl, who says something weird right off the bat. She notes that she “doesn’t have the right to paint her nails”. But there’s no time for explanation, as they’re back in Pure Illusion and defeat a monster, but Yayaka steals the fragment, so they start fighting. They get knocked underground where they find a portal. Yayaka tells them not to go, but it’s too late, they’re sucked in. It’s hard to say for sure but it looks like Cocona (it could also be Papika) is in a world where she’s re-living her childhood. I also notice a wagon that looks a lot like Bu-chan. Then it gets even more weird, Papika “switches” with this girl and we see her parents fighting. They get tossed out of the portal, Yayaka and the other two leave with the fragment and the two girls go back in to figure out what was happening. We see the “aunt” that this little girl hangs around is getting up there in age and looks to be weakening. The day then comes where it appears she passed away but her parents wouldn’t tell her. Oh never mind, she’s in hospital, but she’s lost her memory. Some more weird stuff happens and they finally figure out the way to solve the world, reminding the aunt what this girl’s name is. To make it even weirder, it appears to be the name of the art girl now that they’re back in the real world. Iroha’s nails are painted too. That’s how the episode ends.

THE GOOD

  • A very dark and real story many kids experienced

THE BAD

  • I’m so confused!!! What the hell was all this representing?

Episode Score: 3.5/5


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Izetta, The Last Witch (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Naturally, Jonas has to tell of all people the Germanian plant about the secrets pertaining to Izetta that he overheard. Back in the city, it’s an off-day for both Izetta and Finé, so they try to dress her up and Finé has to make boob jokes cause she’s got the tiniest of them all. Also, Izetta has to learn to dance as well. There must be some ball coming up or something. Sieg sends a man after Jonas, after finding the picture he left behind at the scene, while Berckmann gets access to a secret underground research facility where he hopes to learn secrets that may help him figure out Izetta’s weakness. After being found at a cafe, the girls return home and Sieg tells Finé he wants to go to Britannia, to attend a meeting where many countries are planning on dealing with Germania. However, she thinks it’s best if she and Izetta go instead. However, during things, Sieg gets a call about Jonas, saying there’s a spy within his platoon. To deal with this, he sends the girls out, likely to deal with the issue at hand. We see however, Jonas still hasn’t told him anything and because of this, he shoots Jonas to make him tell the secret, using his family as a bargaining chip. But before he says a word, they reach him in time…and then Sieg kills him! HOLY SHIT!

THE GOOD

  • Well they certainly fixed the problem I had with last week’s episode!
  • HOLY SHIT WAS THAT EVER A TWIST OF FATE!!!

THE BAD

  • Really? We had to make boob jokes, even though Finé isn’t flat-chested?

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

With the four girls now in the elite class, it’s time for good food! They’re also going on a trip to a training camp in Kyoto. They get three hours of free time early on and Sayaka wants to go see sights with Nozomi but she’s victim of people putting her to the side and goes alone, at least until Nozomi finds her, along with the other two. They have fun until it’s training time. They’re practice in groups based on their classes, Nozomi officially given the role of an infighter. The girls take a chance to call home and Sayaka does as well, where we see that her father is likely not happy with her choice to leave judo and purse keijo instead. The girls all race a jogger who turns out to be one of their instructors, Kyouko, a pro player, the most popular one in fact and the one Nozomi watched at the beginning of the series. She’s also the infighter trainer, a tough one at that. She’s also a perfectionist if there ever was one. She has all of them fight her one-on-one and Nozomi goes first. Let’s see if she even last ten seconds. She does, but only because Kyouko just keeps moving around, avoiding everything she’s got. So Nozomi tries the Vacuum Butt Cannon, but that’s when Kyouko stops her and takes her out with an “Anal Probe Missile” attack. Yep! She tells Nozomi she has a great flaw and needs to figure it out.

THE GOOD

  • We finally have someone that is above all the others, something to shoot for
  • Having the entire group now involved makes this anime even better, not just the main four anymore

THE BAD

  • Nothing at all this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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01

My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

AH! SURPRISE AYANE BUTT! So Hayato and Ayane are together because she wants to “experience lovey things too”, so Ui sent them out together on a “date” because she’s scared of all the other boys, so she needs to get comfortable. She’s nervous about this, cause Ui is as jealous as they come. She has no clue what to do, so naturally when she goes underwear shopping, the clerk pushes Hayato right into the changeroom with her and Ayane doesn’t bat an eyelash. She’s also so carefree that she keeps him in there when changing and even though she has him turn around, she doesn’t notice the mirror that doesn’t really stop him from seeing her. She also without noticing (somehow) that she slid off her panties along with her clothes, so after that fiasco, when she puts them back on, of course she trips and falls into him so perfectly, his face is right between her legs…and the panties still aren’t on. So that happened. Then afterwards they sit on a park bench (well, he does, she sits in his lap, because she’s the flaky girl) where as the night has arrived, she wants to go to a love hotel, learn how to put on a condom and other stuff. So Ui finally has to get involved. However, Ayane continues to look at things like it’s a threesome. Oh dear…

THE GOOD

  • HOLY SHIT AYANE CAME OUT OF LEFT FIELD THIS WEEK!

THE BAD

  • I don’t know whether to put this in the bad section or not, but since I have nothing else to add…holy hell this show has gone further in the “hentai without actual gentalia” direction than last season, to the point I’m unsure if that’s a good thing or not

Episode Score: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.6)

We learn that in that last round, Building 13 should’ve easily lost as both Nico and Hajime were secretly drugged. But Nico is unaffected by drugs, but that leaves Hajime. How was he able to withstand the poison without looking a tiny bit weaker? Too late, time for the final round! They have to open a sake barrel. Jyugo gets kicked into this one, which makes sense anyway, cause he can open anything. Hajime wants to leave cause he’s tired, but he gets forced into it. We learn the officer of Building 4 resents Hajime as well, because he loves the Warden, but Momoko’s eyes are on Hajime and not him. The inmate with him is apparently an old cellmate of Jyugo’s and Jyugo isn’t happy to see him. The entire battle, Momoko is one step away from climaxing as she’s enjoying the badass Hajime so much. Meanwhile, Jyugo’s really struggling with the inmate, who claims Jyugo isn’t even trying to fight, as he was so fierce that he destroyed his eyes, the reason he wears a blindfold. He also wants Jyugo’s shackles, but he can’t unlock them. But once he hears that the man knows about the “man with a scar”, he snaps and goes all-out on him. The inmate however can control fire somehow so he stays on the offensive. But then Jyugo unlocks his own power, which apparently turns his arm into a blade? He ends the episode noting that this man also tampered with his body.

THE GOOD

  • More badassery from Hajime and pseudo-masturbation from Momoko
  • We have an actual plot line now in this show!

THE BAD

  • I really don’t like Musashi’s design all that much, to be honest

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

If this is a Shinobu-central episode, I’m not interested. He gets invited to lunch with Souta and Poco (he has to drive the two of them) and asks for a favour: to go visit their old high school, asked to make a video for a class reunion. At the school, they meet with a teacher where we learn Shinobu is training to possibly run a hospital his father currently runs. They go around seeing old sights and Souta notes he hasn’t gone to any class reunions since he moved to Tokyo. During a moment of zen between the two, a dog finds Poco to cue the adorable comedy sketch. The owner of the dog comes forth as Sae, her dog is named Merukuru. Afterwards, the three go visit Shinobu’s folks, tricked into doing so, much to Shinobu’s annoyance. Because of his father’s back though, the mother suggests the four men go to a hot spring together. Shinobu takes care of Poco while Souta listens to his father talk about Shinobu since he left for Tokyo. During their time there, Poco transforms into full tanuki and then forces it back, causing him to pass out. Alone with him, Souta suggests Shinobu at some point talk things over properly with his father, figure out what he’ll actually do in life. Back home, Shinobu sees that his father has been growing pineapples in a greenhouse in the yard, his favourite fruit. At the end, Souta gets a call from work, saying the company’s in big trouble.

THE GOOD

  • Super adorable episode, Poco was on his A-game this week!
  • I laughed so many times this week
  • Nice side story with Shinobu that thankfully wasn’t too overwhelming
  • Merukuru!!!

THE BAD

  • Nothing really to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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