Week #13 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #13 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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Flip Flappers (Ep.13)

SYNOPSIS

We see that Papika was entrusted with Cocona and Mimi disappeared and that’s when for whatever reason, she aged backwards back to her child form. Papika also lost her memories at that moment and “met Cocona” for the first time. Back to the present, Mimi’s still very much evil, so the two girls continue fighting. Mimi’s gotten even more crazy, looking more like a literal monster every passing second. Yayaka tries to get involved too, but she doesn’t have the power levels to really fight back. Meanwhile, the real world is nearly completely engulfed in Pure Illusion, everyone barely staying intact. Salt plans to create another layer around Pure Illusion and gets into the prototype machine. Mimi now completely traps the girls inside her own monster when Salt suddenly appears, the ground around him black and lifeless. When Mimi freaks out again, the world starts to break and when Yayaka nearly falls into the abyss, Uexkull shows up in badass buff rabbit form again and saves her. Mimi plans to destroy everything and rebuild it again. To make matters worse, she Flip Flaps into her own evil final form. Finally, we get the revelation that Salt is indeed Cocona’s father, the “good form” of Mimi with him, telling him to trust in their dear friend and their child. The two girls make up and once again defeat evil Mimi in one shot. Salt gets Mimi to forgive him for everything before he disappears, unable to stay in Pure Illusion anymore. However, Mimi for whatever reason cannot leave Pure Illusion. Then for some reason, Papika sends Cocona out of Pure Illusion and stays behind. Cocona wakes up in an unfamiliar place with Sayuri. When she asks where Papika is, Sayuri starts by telling her not to freak out. Why? Because Pure Illusion can no longer be reached. Seeing Yayaka, she can’t go in either and has Uexkull at her home, who looks like a normal rabbit now. To find out for herself, she goes to see if the scar is still there and Papika suddenly appears, revealing that in actuality all this is, is another world of Pure Illusion. So they return home.

THE GOOD

  • Badass Uexkull returns!

THE BAD

  • This episode once again just ended everything so suddenly and not really explaining anything, stuff just happens
  • Salt being in the world should’ve meant so much more and how does the show actually end without him embracing his own daughter?!
  • Abrupt ending

Episode Score: 3.5/5

FINAL OVERALL SCORE: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.13)

Elf boy found Jyugo again, but he doesn’t remember him at all. And then the elf stabs him, cause why the fuck not? Yet there isn’t a scratch on him, but he sure as hell felt it. Once the elf brings up the man with the scar though, he’s got his full attention now. When he demands to be taken to that bastard, the elf attacks him. It appears that someone let him out of the lab where he was being kept, but it’s not known who. About to kill him, one arm activates on Jyugo in defense. He talks about Musashi, but he doesn’t know a thing about him, making me wonder if this elf is a clone. When he’s about to activate the second arm, the elf retreats. He wants to give chase, but doesn’t and Hajime makes sure of that as well. The next day, Jyugo’s really silent and waits till the end of the night to sneak out again, but since he’s acting strange, the other three keep an eye on him and go with him this time. So they have a prison break together for the first time in a while. Just like the first episode, they escape everything, but Hajime lies in wait. This time however, Jyugo locks the other three behind and faces Hajime alone. They realize he’s actually seriously this time about escaping, as Jyugo doesn’t want the elf to be around here where all his friends are. He’s got both blades out and aiming for him. The others plead with Seitarou to let them out and stop him, but he won’t. Eventually though when things are getting bad, he lets them out and Rock and Uno get in between the two of them. He tells them how he’s doing this so he won’t lose them and then Nico knocks him down, the other two pinning him down. They all make their case for him staying with them, well except Uno, he’s pissed now because Jyugo scratched his face. So it appears the show’s being written for a Season 2!

THE GOOD

  • Jyugo’s really becoming his own person now, with his own motivations

THE BAD

  • The ending left a little too much to be desired, nothing really got closed up

Episode Score: 3/5

FINAL OVERALL SCORE: 4/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

With people seeing Poco with his ears and tail, he runs off suddenly. While chasing after him, Souta’s leg gives out and Poco stops running. He suddenly brings Souta back to the past when his father was still alive, he’d been watching Souta the entire time and they’d met long before. And he’s also the reason Souta hurt his leg, saving the tanuki Poco from being struck by a car, thus injuring himself. Poco continues to show him memories, trying to establish how much his father loved him, when Souta used to believe he didn’t care about him. This only makes Souta more upset though that he never said anything to his father before he died. So while I’m unsure if it’s real or just in Souta’s mind, Poco arranges a chance for them to speak. His father’s proud of him for what he’s done with his life. He also gets the old family recipe book that his father specifically wrote for Souta when he grew up. More memories of his life ensue before his father leaves him, saying he’ll always be watching over him. However, because of this, Poco now no longer can become human and realizes his time is up and he vanishes as well. The next day, Souta goes to see the priest about Poco, who had his suspicions the entire time. He calls Dahama and informs him he will be staying in Kagawa for good. With Shinobu and Rinko, she’s gotten better at cooking too! There was a moment where there may have been no photos of Poco, but when he found Dad’s camera, he accidentally took a single photo of the two of them, though Poco is blurry in the photo. Souta is now learning to make his father’s udon, not to re-open the restaurant, but just for his own nostalgia. After the credits, we see that a tanuki is messing around in the neighbour’s field again, though nothing more happens. 

THE GOOD

  • The heartstrings are really being tugged in this final episode
  • A nice ending that while doesn’t wrap everything up, you do feel a sense of closure

THE BAD

  • I was hoping to see a little more into Souta’s future, maybe fast-forwarding to a couple years later and he’d found someone and they’re about to have a child of their own, Souta becoming a father for real

Episode Score: 4.5/5

FINAL OVERALL SCORE: 4.5/5

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