Week #7 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #7 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!

01

Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

Guy actually lets him leave?! Back at the house, Justin and Kaoruko’s old team have arrived to deal with them. The four try to fight the Buranki as best they can while Akihito and Shuusaku get Reoko out safely. Akihito returns with a plan and teaches the four how to properly use their Bubuki. Epizo meanwhile is off being an idiot as per usual, not returning to Guy now that they’ve possibly put themselves in danger and could be the next victims like the Russian squad. Finally reaching the base, Kaoruko and Zetsubi literally fall onto him. Laetitia finds the three of them while the four kids prepare to fight Justin once more. Even when escaping, Kaoruko is still furious with Azuma and finally lets it out as to why. She was smarter, but their parents treated him like he was the only one that mattered. However Azuma says otherwise and gives her what looks like a golden Buranki heart and we get a random flashback with just their parents that honestly seems out of place. She smacks what she calls a toy away and Azuma says their father died on Treasure Island and that hits Kaoruko really hard, since she never got to see her father again. He says Dad took him all around the world to make him strong so Kaoruko wouldn’t have to get involved in the battles. He apologizes and for once she doesn’t smack him, crying her eyes out. When Laetitia attacks, Souya suddenly comes in to save the day (and grosses out Kaoruko) on Zampasa and throws Kaoruko an artificial heart to it, giving her a Buranki to herself again. 

THE GOOD

  • Kaoruko finally getting past the dumb “I hate you, Onii-chan!” attitude has become a likable character
  • Epizo is golden whenever he’s on screen

THE BAD

  • Um…Azuma and Kaoruko were supposed to be escaping and they had enough time to spend almost five minutes having a moment.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.19)

SYNOPSIS

So like last season (I think), I missed an episode of the show because the way these get posted on Crunchyroll are weird, sometimes two episodes show up in a week and I don’t notice that. I briefly watched it to see if I missed anything, apparently I missed lemon bombs and Akutagawa being a badass motherfucker.

Episode Score: N/A


01

Drifters (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

The Ends arrive and start killing the Elves quickly. Yoichi gets Gilles de Rais while Toyohisa gets Joan of Arc. Olminu protects him from the fire, being able to use charms to summon stone walls. Yoichi is handling Gilles well, but he seems to be immortal. Oda handles the cavalry army easily, but Toyohisa is having the hardest time with Joan’s fire. But with a plan, he manages to mess with Joan enough that he knocks her into a well, which drives her mad because y’know the whole burned to death thing. He discovers Joan’s a woman and the misogyny kicks in, thus he won’t take her head. Yoichi meanwhile continues to struggle with Gilles, even arrows to the eyes don’t stop him. During all this, it also appears that one of Yoichi’s brothers may be a member of the Ends. Then Octobrist shows up WITH A FUCKING GATLING GUN to presumably kill Gilles, literally a torso, head and one arm. He finally dies, realizing that because he wanted to help Joan reach Heaven, in fact she would be going to hell, thus there’s no reason for him to live anymore. Oda demands to know what Octobrist really is, but we just get the usual “we help the Drifters” and his name of Abe no Haruakira, which I have no idea if that means anything.

THE GOOD

  • Wow the battle with Gilles and Yoichi was incredible

THE BAD

  • Already it seems like Joan and Gilles are sympathetic villains…someone has to be fully evil beyond just the Black King

Episode Score: 4.5/5


01

Flip Flappers (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

Iroha seems abnormal, throwing paintings away now and she’s seen being social when we haven’t seen that before from her. She’s like the polar opposite of herself now. After realizing what they did completely changed Iroha, Cocona doesn’t want to ever go into Pure Illusion again, afraid she’ll change something drastically again. She suddenly wakes up in a world where Papika is her sister. Then she disappears and the next day she’s a delinquent (and maybe a boy) and then disappears again. Now she’s a creepy girl and now I’ve given up on all the things Papika is becoming. The longer she’s in the world, the more it seems like either everyone else is invisible or Papika is everyone. She does eventually run into “Pretty Boy Papika” and gets blushy. She also runs into “Yuri Papika” too, which was a buzzkill for nothing happening. Eventually, Yayaka and company show up, seemingly already got the fragment and leave Cocona behind. A black hole appears and she nearly gets sucked in when the real Papika saves her while in a rocketship of course. It appears back with Yayaka she’s starting to have problems with the people she’s working with, but it looks like it’ll be too late when she inevitably switches sides. Papika after returning remembers a “Mimi” and that’s all we get. 

THE GOOD

  • More trippin’ balls, man…

THE BAD

  • My head hurts…

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Izetta, The Last Witch (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

The meeting of world leaders commences and it feels similar to World War II where the Americans aren’t interested in helping because they feel like they’re not involved. So where’s Japonia? They also start talking about Izetta, so of course Finé and Izetta show up. But how is her power working? I thought the ley lines didn’t spread this far? Finé has an idea to get them all to help, but eliminating the new Germanian aircraft carrier, the problem they’re all worrying about right now. They’re also introduced to a man that will lead a small group with them during this and he blatantly looks like a Germanian plant. But no time to think about that, Finé and Izetta are sharing a bed for the night and we have to watch Izetta blush madly at the entire event. They have a “tickle fight” before Finé tells her how she hates herself for putting so much pressure on Izetta as this is the biggest mission yet of hers. Even worse, we see Basler and Ricelt are on the carrier, it almost feels like something bad has to happen here. The day arrives and Izetta sets off with two planes. She leaves with four torpedoes in tow. We also see that the guy who Finé visited in Episode 1 before her re-capture is on the other plane, that tells me as well that bad things are going to happen. Izetta also tells herself there’s plenty of magic in the area so this should be do-able, another red flag for me. Sure enough, the ship isn’t there and she has to now follow it into the sea, so you know what’s about to happen. She loses a torpedo almost immediately and we are to believe she needed all four to succeed. She loses another and Basler’s in the sky on the attack, his new plane able to keep up with her. Finally, the other two fall in the water and she’s slowly being surrounded by planes. To make matters worse, the ley lines are coming and going, so her power keeps dropping and coming back every so often. She does however manage to recover the two torpedoes that were in the water and sends them into the carrier’s elevator. When she’s nearly killed, the Britannians with her help out and Izetta channels her inner Luke Skywalker and fires the last one. Berckmann calls Basler off however, saying the mission is complete. No one actually died in that battle. However, Berckmann now knows her weakness, the carrier being a decoy all along. We see a glimpse of another tank. The Germanians must have kept a second witch all along. He also wants to find the secret in the castle, aka the ley lines map and Ricelt offers to be the one to find it.

THE GOOD

  • The clear Star Wars ripped off battle was cool

THE BAD

  • I keep worrying about this show when it comes to the Germanians getting closer to her secret, they make it all seem so easy
  • Stop teasing us with the clear Izetta/Finé romance! Sheesh!

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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01

Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

Nozomi strips naked and asks Sayaka about her body, obviously distraught about her first day of training, trying to figure out what her weakness is. With the teachers, Kyouko says she sees a ton of potential in Nozomi and we also learn all the girls are going to be wearing the same bodysuit Nozomi wore earlier. During the second day or training, she understands her problem, her butt’s too thick since all the training she did for the Vacuum Butt Cannon. She has the power but her attacks will be too obvious. Kyouko takes Nozomi alone with her to a turnip field to teach her the Butt Flash…by pulling out turnips with her butt, but she fails the entire time. The girls are all told about the East-West War, a battle between the two Keijo schools in the country. Rio shows up on turnip training and does it first try, just to make Nozomi feel worse. She offers to teach her how to do it…if she’ll let her teach in her bed that night, which of course Nozomi refuses, much to my dismay. Finally because it starts raining (and because she figures it out herself), she manages to do it on her own. The last day of the camp has arrived, so a mock race happens for everyone and the girl who’s mad at Nozomi because Rio likes her, challenges her to a fight. 

THE GOOD

  • The ecchi was at its best this week!
  • The turnips section was absolutely ridiculous, it’s so Rocky-esque

THE BAD

  • Nothing again this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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01

My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

No point in wasting any time here, there’s Kei having a shower right off the bat! Then she makes Rin join her because why not? She also spills the beans about Ui living with Hayato. Someone’s in trouble! She leaves right away to confront them and Ui makes things worse, just pissing off Rin further (who’s totally jealous cause someone else is potentially banging Hayato before she gets to), who’s upset because she thinks they think she’s an idiot for not knowing until now. So she goes around checking the house for anything indecent, naturally. She finds a condom real quick, the one Kei gave him and Ui placed in an easy to reach place. Ui again makes it worse, finding his stash which has lots of big breasted pictures, which relieves Rin a little bit. So Ui makes him grab her breasts right there in front of Rin and naturally Rin takes the other hand on uses it on her too. Kei shows up to interrupt too and in the end, punch to face always ends it all.

THE GOOD

  • Well now…we’ve got ourselves a love triangle for sure now!
  • Kei really does bring out the best in everyone

THE BAD

  • Nothing really to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

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01

Nanbaka (Ep.7)

So Jyugo has reached his final form and the anime decided to break the fourth wall and fuck off from it. The ninja actor has a visitor, one of his Hollywood buddies, his manager in fact. ALSO THERE’S A BADASS BLACK CAT WITH A SCAR ON ITS EYE!!! And Jyugo overhears the conversation with the two. Apparently he is a real ninja in-training who was kidnapped as a child by a Hollywood director so she could have a real ninja act in a ninja movie. She lied to him, putting on an act to convince him that she was his long, lost mother. So that’s why he doesn’t want to go back to work anymore. The conversation finally over, Jyugo talks with the real Tsukumo now, who says he plans to wait until his release and then will try to go back to his village once again. 

THE GOOD

  • Kuu is the coolest cat ever!

THE BAD

  • It’s not that I don’t care about Tsukumo, but this was a terrible time to insert this backstory episode, even if on purpose by the show’s fourth wall breaking

Episode Score: 3/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Back in Tokyo, Poco is with Souta, because his company begged him to come back for a bit. He even takes him to work as well where his boss grills him a bit, obviously needing a person who works as hard as Souta does. The co-worker who called him is not happy about this either and really takes it badly, like I’m pissed off someone would react this way. We get a little backstory about how he met his boss, which is how he ended up deciding to go to Tokyo. Later on though, Poco looks depressed, unsure if it’s because of what Hiroshi (the co-worker) said, because of Souta neglecting him, or what I think, it’s because he’s away from the village. Though it seems more like he’s sick if anything else. Hiroshi shows up to apologize to Poco, but sees that he’s not a human. The following morning, Poco seems better. Souta and Hiroshi talk about work a little more, but Souta’s decided to return home. But not only that, he’s quitting after finishing this last project. So Poco gets a chance to see Tokyo Tower. During this, his boss tells Souta about a company near Kagawa that he might be able to find some work at there. 

THE GOOD

  • It’s nice to see Poco adapting somewhere else

THE BAD

  • This felt like episode 12, why is this episode 6? Way too soon for this

Episode Score: 3/5

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