Week #11 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #11 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.11)

SYNOPSIS

Justin can’t even leave a mark on the god, when Epizo arrives and gives everyone a weapon of Laetitia’s to help them. So with Epizo and Kaoruko together, they attack once more. So Guy strikes, easily handling both Epizo and Justin. Azuma and company wake up inside the god while Migiwa continues her spiritual journey. She’s explained that the Buranki never intended to do anything on the planet and would’ve soon decayed completely if left alone. He then calls Migiwa a literal human Buranki but doesn’t really explain how she became to be. She then sees the past where she tried to break Reoko from Entei and failed. She’s told of her immense power and is actually not seeing the past, she’s in it. So she fuses herself into Entei’s brain, perhaps being the reason all along that Reoko is immortal, a time paradox per se. Reoko perhaps realizes this now as well, just as Azuma arrives. Upon the realization of Migiwa’s deeds for her, she is upset with herself for not truly living after Migiwa gave her the life she has. They agree to work together and fuse Oubu and Entei together, grabbing the other four and heading towards Guy. Just as Kaoruko’s about to fight, they arrive and begin the final fight with Guy. Then the true realization comes in, Entei has left the god, which means it will self-destruct soon, so Guy needs to put her back in quickly. He tries to harm Azuma enough to force him into the brain of Oubu but he refuses and even tries to straight up kill them, but they continue to push forward and finish guy off, but Reoko does the hit for him, so Azuma doesn’t have to have blood on his hands. Guy has one last speech for Azuma, trying to use the boredom of basic life to change his mind, but Reoko just kills him right then and there, in very grizzly fashion. Then Entei starts to rise, Migiwa talking with her about how it’s time for her to join her people and for Reoko to return to normal life herself, taking her immortality away perhaps and asking her to take care of Azuma and Kaoruko for her. The head of the god rockets off into the sky as the body returns to the sea. It appears all the teams are returning home.

THE GOOD

  • Hearing the old OP made me really happy, I love that song
  • Entei-Oubu was cool

THE BAD

  • Guy was defeated a little too easily I think
  • What do they do for one more episode?
  • Why don’t I get to see older Reoko yet?!

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.23)

SYNOPSIS

The fight is avoided between Atsushi and Akutagawa as Osamu has him through his intercom away, telling Akutagawa that Osamu wanted to talk with him, jumping over the edge to grab the intercom while Atsushi runs off. He reaches Francis, with about half an hour left before the end. He gives Atsushi a chance to grab the device controlling the self-destruct mechanism, but Francis is too fast and stops him, playing with him. He then shows his ability, able to give himself physical strength equal to the money he spends on it. Akutagawa shows up as well. We then see Kyouka who doesn’t want to do anything else when Osamu tells her that she’s being freed and it’s time for her test, however she knows she’ll fail, but Osamu reminds her that as a former killer himself, he was able to overcome that. Back on the Moby Dick, Akutagawa ignores Francis to kick Atsushi while he’s down, literally. Francis however, doesn’t like being second place and intervenes, also raising his power another 500,000 dollars to defeat him easily. Atsushi gets up and attacks, instead of y’know, going after the self-destruct device. Francis then brings up Atsushi’s past, how the man at the orphanage nearly killed him twice, which sets him off a bit. Now there’s ten minutes left and Akutagawa suddenly sends both he and Atsushi deeper into the ship, saying he understands him now, not that’s it a good thing, he hates him for not living for himself but for the acceptance of others. Francis returns again, annoyed he was ignored once again. Back with Kyouka, Osamu continues his speech by saying her killcount of 35 is nothing compared to what he’s done during his time in the Mafia. Atsushi and Akutagawa escape in a cargo elevator but this will only lead them to a corner they can’t escape from. Akutagawa snaps and tells him how he hates how Atsushi mopes about the past when in the present he has so much more than most. Back with Francis, Akutagawa perhaps shows us the full extent of his power, tearing off his clothes and armoring himself with Rashoumon. Atsushi may have also powered up more than ever before as well. So the two yell at each other while trying to fight Francis alone. After Francis pisses them both off by calling them the same, they both punch him with everything they have and they transform back to normal. He returns and tells about his daughter who died and intends to bring her back somehow. It then appears he puts either all of his money into himself or damn near close. The ship draws near the city once again and it appears Atsushi is prepared to die to end this once and for all, Akutagawa walking with him. 

THE GOOD

  • Atsushi and Akutagawa really do bring the best out of each other
  • Francis’ power is very metaphorical to reality, just how “powerful” one is when they’re rich

THE BAD

  • The fights could’ve been so much better, but they weren’t all that spectacular

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Drifters (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

The Count is bringing in a bunch of the Drifters and their army deep into Arte to attack from within. The Count after hearing their names knows who all three of them actually are, seemingly a Drifter from much closer to the present. The Count calls all of Orte’s leaders to announce that Orte is finished and Toyohisa will be their new leader. However, the Black King has already infiltrated, Rasputin being revealed as an End, able to puppeteer people as a spectral being. A bunch of soldiers arrive, but Toyohisa slices them real good real fast. Then he sends a message to Rasputin, kicking in the face of Rasputin’s minion while completely ignoring him. Oda grins like a motherfucker and Rasputin retreats, pissed off as hell. So now the Ends’ plan is total destruction. The Count’s army arrives and they’re all sexy shirtless men. They all get the new rifles that the Dwarves created. So Oda has the riflemen, Toyohisa the Dwarves and Yoichi the Elves. They attack the first wave in terrifying fashion and deal with them quite easily, leaving an End watching from above holding his own katana, not happy with Toyohisa one bit. So next week will likely feature a battle with him, maybe the only End to be featured in this final episode of the season, as I expect a second season for sure given how much still needs to be done.

THE GOOD

  • With all three commanding their own specialty armies, the Drifters are a terrifying powerhouse
  • Oda’s handling of Rasputin was hilarious

THE BAD

  • Wasn’t the whole plan for the Ends to kill all humans? Why would they try to take Orte without any bloodshed?
  • I really want to know who the Count actually is

Episode Score: 4/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

The villains have captured Cocona who is currently in Mimi form. She immediately encases one of the men in flowers and starts doing the same to the robots, a deadly girl apparently. She doesn’t want anyone to touch her or “Cocona”. She pretty much kills everything except for like…a couple dudes? She says Pure Illusion only exists for Cocona and vanishes. Salt we learn has left to go after Mimi. That new girl is about to kill Hidaka and Iroha before Yayaka shows up to make the save. Salt is waiting for Mimi to arrive and she does, seemingly at the place they used to sit at with Papika. He notes she’s in the form of her daughter, so it’s confirmation that Cocona is her daughter, but who’s the father? It likely is Salt, as there doesn’t seem to be any other option. We see in a flashback that he finally got promoted to a researcher and starts working with Mimi. We also see Papika and she’s older as well, so something has definitely happened between then and now. We also see a woman in another container who looks suspiciously like a younger “Cocona’s grandmother”, but it’s actually Salt’s father, so I was a tad bit off. We then see the two girls entering that strange gate again and his father is screaming at Salt to break the borders between reality and Pure Illusion. The two approach Salt, saying they want to leave and explore the outside world, when he reveals his feelings that their recent discovery (likely the gate) has driven his father completely insane. So they leave without him and a year later, they captured Papika and bring her back and they also have Mimi back, demanding they give Cocona back to her. That’s when we see the baby, so it appears Mimi left because she was pregnant and wanted Cocona to have a proper life. Now understanding the truth, they try to run again, but Papika’s anklet prevents her from leaving and while trying to help her, it’s too late. They recapture her and his father takes Cocona from her for good. When at her worst moment mentally, she seemingly ends up in Pure Illusion on her own where an alter version of herself takes over her body, the evil version that starts killing people. Papika follows her into Pure Illusion. Salt now in the present has a gun pointed at her and a bunch of…electronic devices that don’t really stop her. Papika arrives just as Mimi starts to attack Salt. She thinks he won’t pull the trigger and because of this, she seeks to kill him and throws him into the water. Mimi has gone full crazy now and attacks Papika as well, leaving her. Cocona awakes in her mist dream again, talking with her mother for the first time. She breaks down, being able to see her mother for the first time, not knowing who she has become. Papika meanwhile tries to find Salt and breaks down herself, remembering how she’s now been told by both Cocona and Mimi that she hates her. Back in Pure Illusion, Mimi appears to be preparing to build a world specifically for Cocona. We then see in the real world, Pure Illusion in leaking in and anyone not safe is being affected by it. Hidaka and Iroha are with Yayaka and Nyunyu (the new girl) when an injured Salt arrives as well, asking for a favour. So Yayaka goes to retrieve Papika and even gives her the fragment he’s been carrying for years now. She is mad at her for moping around when both of them should be saving Cocona right now. So together, they fly into Pure Illusion to go save her.

THE GOOD

  • Holy shit young adult Papika is gorgeous!
  • “Cocona” being the end villain is kind of an interesting turn of events

THE BAD

  • I really want to know who the father is, I mean I have to assume it’s Salt, but who’s to say?

Episode Score: 4/5

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Kazane is devastated after her loss. But no time to dwell on it, the final match has arrived. The land this time is a freaking castle! Oh dear, there’s a giant fat girl on the opposing side. And the school’s #2 in Maya (the blonde girl) is there too. There’s a pink-haired girl with a mask who can make a card appear out of her ass, because of course she can. Maya of course is your stereotypical “I don’t care about anything so long as I win” girl that Nozomi will make by the end of the race love Keijo, just for the fun of it. Hanabi gets the mask girl, Rin gets grabbed my some green-haired girl with a hard ass. And then Nozomi decides to…put her head into Maya’s ass to sniff it?! Maya thinks she’s a giant pervert now. Nozomi understands her technique now and when the fat girl tries to take Nozomi out, Maya actually stops her, because she wants to be the one to beat her, no one else. The other girls are struggling but Hanabi figures out the mask girl’s illusions at least, but they still can’t do much to them. So Rin rips off her top, to cover the sunlight that’s causing the mask girl’s flashing illusion, but she can’t eliminate her. So the mask girl and green-haired girl combine into one like they’re a fucking transformer! Hanabi saves Rin from elimination, gives a friend speech when the random new girl who looks like a samurai (Saya) throws the fat girl into the two to stop their attack. Oh my god, she unsheathes her boobs like it’s a katana! They finally eliminate the green-haired girl and the mask girl. So because the race has taken so long, the land is starting to sink. Returning to Nozomi and Maya, the struggles continues. A Vacuum Butt Cannon finally gets Maya to at least move a little bit. But you know that by using the attack again and again she’s gonna weaken herself very soon. Maya gets emotional and goes Super Saiyan almost, becoming a completely different person with silver hair.

THE GOOD

  • The powers this week were even better, come on, Saya uses her boobs like a katana!
  • Nozomi has a potential rival now beyond her friends

THE BAD

  • I don’t like the character cliche of Maya being the lonely girl who has always fought alone, it’s boring and overdone

Episode Score: 4/5

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My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Oh dear, Karen’s getting involved too now this week. Why? Because she forgot to put panties on when she overslept (because people forget that, apparently) and he covers her up. She punches him and even hair slaps him in response. Ui investigates when learning the two had a little “spat”, calling Karen cute which Hayato tries to avoid thinking about, but when seeing a girl naked from the lower half, it drives him nuts. He suggests she wear her PE uniform, but that’s at home too. He basically wants her to cover up so he can stop thinking about it. So Ui makes it worse and puts them together for stuff which means he’s seeing that butt even more. Hell, Karen’s intentionally doing this to him as well. Then Honoka shows up just to make things even worse and likely snaps a few shots of Karen’s bare butt when the wind blows in. Karen reveals she did this secretly because someone paying attention to her even for a moment caught her attention, because no one ever looks at her like she’s anything special. He does find a newfound liking to her, understanding what makes her cute.

THE GOOD

  • The episode actually made Karen somewhat likable, that’s impressive
  • Honoka again like Kei is the hijinks starter

THE BAD

  • Nothing really to report

Episode Score: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.11)

We learn that a nightmare for Rock is eating shitty food. Why’s he having these nightmares? Because his reward is coming today, aka the stone oven. Liang, the guy Rock fought asks for him, to give him a slice of this stone oven pizza, so they’d understand why wanted this so badly. Jyugo notes how much Rock has changed, but Rock says Jyugo’s a major part as to why this change has occurred, helping Rock break out of their first prison together just so he could eat good food. Nico meanwhile is partaking in his usual medical stay where the doctor and a scientist have a spat and the robot nurse acts like a child during a potential divorce. Yep, I didn’t make that up. Also, Nico’s game system is here as well. But it’s an arcade, not that he’s complaining. He also has the psychic kid come over as well to show him the arcade. Jyugo’s never played video games before, the poor bastard. It appears that Jyugo also broke Nico free from his situation, to add him to his group. So it’s sounding like Jyugo’s actually the one who brought them all together, so now in return the others are helping him out. But before we see Uno’s prize (unless it’s next episode), Musashi suddenly shows up but he’s not looking for a fight. In fact Uno gets him to apologize and now they’re all friends. He’ll be allowed to join them in Uno’s game room the next day, but only if he tells Kenshiro more about his past.

THE GOOD

  • This was a nice light-hearted comical episode

THE BAD

  • No Momoko makes Adam a dull boy

Episode Score: 4/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

Tomorrow is the anniversary of his mother’s death, so Rinko is around as well. Shinobu’s also there, saying he was convinced into partaking in a marriage interview. Rinko also offers to cook them lunch, which both of them are wondering if something’s up, unlike Rinko to not sit down and just drink sake. But it’s comically bad cooking and Souta gets mad at her, which pisses her off too and she runs off. Shinobu follows her the entire time for some reason, something that’s happened before too, walking with her around the reservoir until she stopped crying. They talk this time instead of comforting her and admits when they were younger he had a crush on her and she politely turns him down, calling him family to her. They also talk about how Souta looks like he plans to raise Poco and then when Shinobu goes to light a cigarette she freaks out. Ten bucks says she’s pregnant! And my hunch is correct. Ever since she was little, Rinko wanted to be a mother just like her mom before her, playing the role all the way through since her mother passed away. Then the waterworks start as we see the days after she passed away and the pain they all felt. Souta remembers this as well and goes to find her and apologize. Shinobu then spills the beans that Rinko’s pregnant. The next day they visit their parents’ graves and tells them the good news as well. They pray for her to be a good mother and suddenly Poco transforms into his tanuki form, like he’s granting that wish for her. They see vivid memories of their childhood as well, it’s real and not metaphorical. They return to normal, Poco comforting her and Souta says she’ll be a great mother too, since she took such good care of him. Souta also had a memory viewing of him promising his father to become a udon cook as well, obviously before he changed his mind and left for Tokyo. 

THE GOOD

  • I was right on the the tears this week, nearly shed some myself
  • Rinko really evolved in this episode and turned up the emotions

THE BAD

  • Nothing really to complain about

Episode Score: 4/5

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2 comments

  1. The fights in Bungo (ep 23) were just so ordinary. I really felt disappointed by how they decided to throw those three characters at one another.

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    1. CSRadical · · Reply

      It really was quite underwhelming for what is going to be the final fight of perhaps the entire series (unsure about a third season). Hopefully the last episode does it much better.

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