Week #9 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #9 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.9)

SYNOPSIS

The calm before the storm, the airship nearly back home in Japan. Souya meanwhile gets a call from an unknown person. And now the ship’s under attack by the American squad. He admits if not for Laetitia, the two teams would’ve been friends. Sure enough, it was Migiwa who is paying Guy a visit. It’s clear Guy views humans as the gods of the planet, while Migiwa knows that humans are merely allowed by the planet to exist. Back to the fight, why is Epizo still talking like the potential of immortality for Laetitia is possible, when we’ve clearly heard that it’s not? Back to the conversation, Guy says he hates the Buranki because they “tainted” the human race through what essentially became a new evolution. When the Buranki crashed on Earth, they dissolved in the seas and through the transfer of their essence through various lifeforms, they eventually reached humans and thus children with Rinzu began to be born. His goal is to purify the human race through the elimination of all Buranki, Bubuki and any human with Rinzu. Naturally, this means he intends to kill Migiwa as well. Back to the fight once more, Azuma is actually losing the fight thus far, though neither side is truly winning. Suddenly, Laetitia enters the fray as well, back with Epimew. He tells her to meld into the Buranki’s brain, so she’ll have a full body of her own. However, after Azuma tells him what’ll actually happen if she does that, he realizes Guy once again was tricking him to get Laetitia to essentially kill herself. However when she tries to leave, her teammates are under Guy’s control, just like the Russians before their deaths. She’s forced into the brain and she begins to drown, much like Azuma nearly did last season. Epizo is taking heavy hits in the meantime, while Azuma’s team tries to stop everything. Oubu opens a hole in Epimew’s head and Epizo dives in to get Laetitia out. She has a crazy nightmare before we revert back to Epizo, Farrah (the cheerleader) waking him up. Apparently, Epimew immediately shut down upon Epizo’s arrival into the brain. However, Laetitia is dead. Migiwa after watching this whole thing is horrified and leaves with Zampasa, Souya piloting it. She asks him to take her to where Treasure Island sank. Azuma and company leave, while the Americans and Laetitia’s remaining team mourn. They learn they have to destroy Treasure Island in order to stop what Guy’s planning to do. They reach it, the island still completely intact, however the barrier is still up. Reoko approaches Kaoruko while they’re still on the ship, having something very important to tell her. Back with Azuma, they can’t destroy the barrier and Azuma nearly tries to go into the brain again. Zampasa shows up, but no Souya, Migiwa stealing it from him. It becomes obvious before she says it that she’s going to sacrifice herself to destroy the island. However, Azuma will not let her leave again, so she forces him to go with Zampasa. However, it appears her sacrifice literally did nothing but speed up the comet.

THE GOOD

  • A heartbreaking episode

THE BAD

  • Anime…are you kidding me with the dead parents angle again?!
  • I really like the show less and less when it’s not being funny

Episode Score: 3/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.21)

SYNOPSIS

Doppo is shocked that the President of the Agency actually considered meeting with the Mafia to join up with them and deal with the Guild. He’s also the only person who didn’t know Osamu used to be in the Mafia. Osamu, Doppo and the President meet with the Mafia boss, who’s with a few cronies, including my new love, Gin. He tells the boss that he had no intention of considering this partnership, but since Atsushi has been hunted by the Mafia and nearly killed so many times, that if he thinks allying with the Mafia is necessary, he really sees it like it’s their only option. They have a brief standoff before it’s clear a partnership isn’t possible. The Agency claims they will rescue Q that night and Osamu reminds the boss about how he killed the previous boss to take his place. Osamu is surrounded by Guild members, including Steinbeck and Lovecraft, however Chuuya joins him, a one-night alliance, the boss calling the two of them the most fearsome duo in history when together. Osamu has the option to kill Q, but of course he doesn’t, knowing that so long as Q is alive, they need Osamu and therefore won’t kill him. He gives Q to Chuuya, but keeps the doll. On the way out, Lovecraft meets with them and the battle begins. Osamu can’t disable the tentacles for some reason, deducing that Lovecraft’s power isn’t a gift, this is the real thing. After they damage him, his turns into full Cthulhu. So they devise a plan for Chuuya to unlock the chains and go full power, which could kill him if he keeps the form too long, so Osamu would have to disable his power. However, Lovecraft continues to regenerate immediately after every hit. But Osamu secretly placed a bomb inside Lovecraft and with Chuuya’s final attack, they completely disintegrate Lovecraft. 

THE GOOD

  • That Lovecraft fight was awesome!
  • The Chuuya/Osamu dynamic is really entertaining

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Drifters (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

The Drifters head for Gadolka where the Dwarves are being enslaved. This won’t be as easy however, the miltary strength heightened much more since the land is essentially a mass armory for Orte. But the Elves bomb the fuck out of the main area with the new black powder they’ve made and Yoichi now have explosive arrows too. But then the big armored soldiers show up, not so easy to slice and dice. But with Olminu’s magical power, she traps them all in a wall of stone before they bomb the fuck out of it. When the gate closes however, all looks lost, but Hannibal appears to do something that gives Oda an idea. They use the remaining charms to create steps along the wall for those to walk on and infiltrate the castle. They begin to free the Dwarves, who are weak to the point of death from a concentration camp level of slavery. So before attacking the castle, Toyohisa feeds them all, who were all extremely malnourished, so it’s a party for a moment. In the end, the remaining soldiers surrender and they take the keep. We see the leader of Octobrist and a cat boy looking over the Ends’ base, where they’ve recruited one of the six Great Dragons. The monsters are also being taught agriculture, which tells Octobrist that the Ends don’t intend to eradicate the world, but just the human and demi-human races, leaving only monsters left. 

THE GOOD

  • Yoichi once again stealing the episode
  • The tactics in this episode were fantastic

THE BAD

  • I’m kind of sick of waiting for what the Black King is supposed to be other than a cloaked figure

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Someone has now replaced Yayaka, but she’s given one last chance, however she must steal all the fragments Cocona has. So the soon-to-be face turn from Yayaka is coming soon. And then something appears to be wrong with Cocona, she’s arguing with Papika for what I feel is no reason at all, unless there’s something I’ve forgotten about. In Pure Illusion, they all meet up again, so it’s time to fight this time. After collecting the fragment, something traps Cocona and the twins, leaving Papika and Yayaka to fight, as she’s trying to get the other fragments they’ve collected. The other three decide to ceasefire until they get out and we finally learn the names of the two. Toto (short hair) and Yuyu (long hair). Even worse Yuyu is lying to Cocona about what Papika is saying to Yayaka, as they’re both too tired to fight. So they’re trying to instill a hatred between Cocona and Papika. They start fighting again and we get a brief moment where it appears Yayaka hates Papika because she took Cocona away from her. We see how they became friends as kids and when Papika gets past her to free Cocona, Yayaka kicks her really hard, saying she doesn’t deserve to be by Cocona’s side. When Cocona thinks she’s about to die trying to save her, she calls out Papika’s name and the trap shatters. We then learn Yayaka was specifically put with Cocona by these people who Yayaka’s collecting fragments for, so they knew Cocona would be a part of this too. The fight resumes, Yayaka intending to take back all the fragments. She kicks out Papika and surrounds just herself and Cocona in crystal, so it’s just them against each other. She even leaves a cut on Cocona’s face. On the crystal walls as they fight, memories of their time together are pictured there. In the end, she beats Cocona handily and takes the fragment and all that’s left is the fragment in Cocona’s leg, but she can’t get herself to cut it out. So the twins attack and Yayaka shields Cocona, taking the full blow and likely nearly dead as the episode ends.

THE GOOD

  • Yayaka’s feelings out on full display was a powerful representation of how some certainly do feel on the inside
  • Really good battle sequences this week

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week, a much better episode than recently

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Izetta, The Last Witch (Ep.9) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

Izetta continues to become more and more famous as her exploits continue to front page world news. It’s been three months since the party and Germania hasn’t really attacked Eylstadt since, Izetta now helping resistance members in other countries nearby. My guess, Berckmann is trying to test out the ley lines and see exactly where she’s weak. Bianca is reporting to Sieg about their full investigation of the old castle attack. However, she believes nothing was taken, not knowing the dead body they sniped had his things taken before they arrived. Sieg reveals after she leaves that he has something of note in his desk, we’re unsure what specifically. The scouts reveal a new attack readying in the west again, with a new weapon at hand. Though Eylstadt themselves have developed new weapons as well based on Izetta’s experiences. Finé talks with her alone, saying she might accept a ceasefire from Germania if things go well in the next few battles, however it’s not the full promise of completely ending the war and world peace she made with Izetta. She’s okay with this for now, the first step to their goal. Readying for battle now, they attacked from the east instead, having Izetta in the west so she’s not around to intercept them. They’re flying her there, since there are weak spots along the way. When she arrives however, she’s intercepted by that other witch, her name is Sophie. We go back in time to when Berckmann first meets her in the underground labs. Sophie is a clone of the original White Witch! When she first woke up, she had zero power. But Izetta’s blood triggered something in her and awakened her power. She claims to be trying to stop the war and demands Izetta stop as well, but anyone with half a brain can see it’s a trap. Thankfully, Izetta promised to fight and will anyways, so Sophie shows her true colours and attacks. She thinks Izetta is being controlled by Finé, which isn’t hypocritical at all, given Sophie’s situation. It appears that stone they found with the map acts either as a magic jammer or magic power when the ley lines are low-powered. The stone is indeed a magic jammer. She bounds Izetta in chains and intends to give her the same treatment Sophie had done to her when Eylstadt betrayed her. Eylstadt is hammered with bombs and the true horrors of war begin. The palace is bombed as well and in two hours, it’s over. 

This was a tough call to make, but after a good five minutes of deliberation in my head, I’m still deciding to drop the show. This episode wasn’t terrible by any means, but it still does the one thing that I’ve been constantly talking about disliking as the show for me has gotten worse and worse. The writing continues to be very poor, just throwing in plot twists rather than creating a steady flow. The entire show is in two parts, the happy ecchi parts and the sudden plot twist parts. There’s no consistency, no sensible story beyond “Germania is bad!” and you have no time to settle into the story, they just keep changing things up on you. And since around Episode 5, I’ve become frustrated with that flow and it’s gone on long enough before I refuse to deal with it further.

THE GOOD

  • The realism in this episode is truly horrifying

THE BAD

  • The hypocrisy of Sophie’s reasoning for joining Germania is ridiculous
  • I really REALLY could’ve done without bloody bondage Izetta, that was a bit much for what the show has been the rest of the time
  • Once again, the writing is sloppy and has no flow

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***DROPPED*** 

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Sayaka immediately goes after the girl who called her out for “running away from judo”. The twins meanwhile take the unknown teammate of Sayaka, Kotone and Rio down. The three of them knock off the muscle girl. The twins go after Rio, who’s enjoying the idea of a threesome with twin sisters. Kotone nearly gets knocked off so Sayaka gives herself a wedgie to speed up and save her. However, her leg strength is now weakened, so Kotone has to save her now. However, this girl can identify a girl’s weak spots on her butt and body and hits all Kotone’s weak points, apparently able to literally see the weak points. But Rio comes in to save her too, before going back to the twins. One strike has them moaning and groaning and then she goes on the double offense, “working” on the both of them. Eventually, Kotone succumbs to her and it’s 3-2 for the opponents. Sayaka is saddened by watching Kotone fall like that and she snaps on the girl, W-Acceleration at an even higher rate, her swimsuit tears right off. So feel the wrath of a bare butt. But just as she’s about to win, her body shuts down on her. During this her father hears the fans cheering for her, so when she’s about to fall, she wakes up and starts fondling her breasts for some reason. Okay, I’ll try to explain this. First she gets her nipples hard, then grabs the girl’s swimsuit with her nipples AND JUDO SHOULDER THROWS THE GIRL WITH HER BOOBS OFF THE LAND!!! Rio finishes off the twins and it’s a 2-0 victory for Setouchi in the first race. So round two will go to the other side so Nozomi can win it in race number three. Her father finally sees how she did and accepts it, bringing tears to her eyes. Afterwards, we see the rivalry start between Nozomi and Sayaka, as now Sayaka wants to become the prize queen, the position Nozomi wants.  

THE GOOD

  • Sayaka really came out of her shell this week
  • Rio fighting the twins the whole time was so fucking hysterical

THE BAD

  • Nothing again this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Rin continues to be a nuisance in Ui’s attempts to be all lovey-dovey with Hayato. Oh dear, now Hanako’s taking a chance to get involved as well, Hayato claiming she’s been snooping around lately as well. So he tries to talk to her alone and settle things, but naturally she sexes things up as well, just to make everything worse on him. When asked about things, she “claims” that she just wants to learn about romance and Hayato is the one she wants to show her. Rin naturally gets involved as well. In the end though, she meant romance for a photo contest she’s partaking in. Rin gets picked (by draw) to kiss Hayato and clearly gets upset when she wants out and Ui offers to take the spot. Then things get weird, at one moment it seems like Hanako through her shorts and panties on Mato’s head. Rin eventually pushes Hayato before they kiss and Ui once again comes into the fray before Hayato finally gets himself out of there. Sure enough, Hanako finds him after and yep, no panties on or anything. Apparently she only meant to take off her shorts. Either way, she claims she needs more from the love triangle (and possibly turning it into a four-way affair) and will continue to stalk them.

THE GOOD

  • I really like Honoka, she and Kei are the characters that really drive the shenanigans of the show

THE BAD

  • Nothing really bugging me this week

Episode Score: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.9)

Three days later, Hajime is back. Somehow none of the inmates tried to escape during that time. The dog guard suggests to him that Musashi and Jyugo meet again, though not physically of course, tossing Hajime a walkie-talkie. With Jyugo now, he claims he doesn’t want to do anything anymore, not even attempt to escape. Then Musashi starts talking to him from the walkie-talkie, revealing he’s also after that man and intends to kill him if he finds him. During the entire conversation, Hajime senses someone watching over them, but doesn’t leave. Musashi also reveals that the doctors at Nanba have somehow suppressed his ability. Hajime after the conversation ends, confronts Jyugo, saying he has no greed and is merely doing whatever he does in life because the objective is given to him, essentially calling him empty, having no will of his own. Jyugo admits this to be semi-true, but since the shackles and meeting the other inmates, he’s found something in his life. However, since attacking the three, he has nothing again and refuses to do anything once again. Then Hajime reminds Jyugo that they won the tournament, so he gets one thing he wants. He gives him five minutes to decide on something, as in five minutes, he’ll no longer be an inmate of Building 13, therefore that one wish will no longer exist for him. He remembers how alive and how much the other three wanted to do when they left the prison. With seconds left, he demands to be given a chance and Hajime tosses his prison ID. If Jyugo takes it back, he’ll return to Building 13. That’s his chance. And he take

THE GOOD

  • I love how the entire time Jyugo’s broken, he has no colour, as in this show, no colour really means something

THE BAD

  • It’s

Episode Score: 3/5


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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.8)

SYNOPSIS

So the phone call instead was about setting up an interview with that place in Shodoshima. So Souta and Poco are heading that way and apparently Hiroshi is heading that way too, by bike of course. He reaches the office of Team Planet and it’s a small little office and the boss appears to be a very pretty lady named Yukie. Ah damn, never mind, the boss is still out. While waiting, Poco gets to run on a beach road that only exists when the tide’s out. During this time he questions for a moment just how long he’ll be able to stay with Poco, especially given the story he’s told everyone. Hiroshi meanwhile arrives and runs into Souta’s sister and is now in love. Then problems really start. Souta falls asleep and Poco finds a boat with Gaogao on it and falls into the baggage trap and the guy runs off. Saeki finds Hiroshi completely lost in space after falling to get the girl’s number and Souta asks them about Poco, so they all split up to find him. He’s further worried about the potential of him being found as a tanuki. He finds a wild tanuki and runs after it thinking it’s Poco. During that, he nearly gets hit by a car and his sister finds him like this too. She snaps him out of it and gets him back on track. He thinks he hears his voice and he sees him return on the boat, happy as can be. He scolds him for running off like that, especially with a stranger. Naturally, the stranger who drove the boat is Souta’s potential new boss, Manabu. Hiroshi comes back into the fray and gets a second chance at Rinko. Except she’s married, of course. Bwahahahaha!!! 

THE GOOD

  • I love the relationship with Yukie and Manabu

THE BAD

  • Nothing to note in this episode, just the usual nice sit-down slice of life show

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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3 comments

  1. Wow, you really dropped Izetta that close to the end? I’ve not been tempted to drop Izetta but it has continued its free fall down my list of shows I am enjoying this season as it seems to have gotten worse more or less every episode (either that or my tolerance and ability to wait for it to get better have). The introduction of Sophie definitely hasn’t helped the show’s credibiltiy in any way. She’s just such a cliche of a villain and her motives are either completely shallow or totally ludicrous depending on how critical you want to be.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the shows this season.

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    1. CSRadical · · Reply

      I really didn’t want to drop the show, I really loved the first 3-4 episodes. But when you stop looking forward to a show to the point you dread the next episode, it’s probably about time to drop it.

      That and I’m not above dropping shows late in the season, hell I dropped Big Order the episode before it ended, because it was that bad.

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      1. Smart move with Big Order. I couldn’t do it after that much time investment. No matter how bad it was going to be I’d have to watch.

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