Week #2 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #2 has arrived with this Winter 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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ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka (Ep.2) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

Okay, I made an honest attempt at watching this episode, but at the 8-minute mark, I couldn’t any further. I don’t know if I can consider this show bad per se, but it’s definitely not my cup of tea. To me, the show is slow, boring and lifeless and the lifeless part is what really makes this an impossible show to watch.

THE GOOD

  • N/A

THE BAD

  • As I explained above, the show just isn’t capturing my attention, in fact it feels like work just trying to watch

Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***


Akiba's Trip: The Animation (Ep.1)

Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Matome explains that these kids were all cosplayers turned into Bugged Ones, taken over by demons called Kurobugs. Most of them are weak-leveled, but some are much stronger, like Commando girl last week. She reveals that she is a Hazoku, a stronger demon that can infect humans, but instead chose to fight for humans. She keeps trying to talk to him about helping, but he tries to get away every time, not interested in “working”. However, he cannot leave Akibahara. Niwaka and Arisa find the two and the four go to some warehouse where a girl professor is waiting, explaining a little more about Tamotsu and his transformation. When he asks the question about what’ll happen if his clothes are taken off, Matome gets all hush hush about it. So because he can’t leave Akiba, he stays with Matome and the professor, to live with them. Arisa joins up with them as well, because we need giant boobs at all times. They meet up in a maid cafe to discuss their plan of attack where a potential job opportunity arises and turns out to be another Bugged Ones area, so the fighting starts. They however can’t get close as the enemy apparently has rounds that can rip through clothes. They gain the help of the vigilantes afterwards (mostly due to Arisa’s boobs) and they get back into the fight and eventually win. However, the leader disappears completely, Matome revealing the same will happen to him or anyone who is infected by a Hazoku. Watching from above, perhaps their next opponent is preparing to make her move.

THE GOOD

  • Tamotsu’s reactions to everything are perfect, he just wants to buy shit and be an otaku, that’s all that matters
  • Matome and Arisa are good at balancing each other out

THE BAD

  • Nothing negative to report, just wasn’t as perfect an episode as last week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)

Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Getting his first interview with Kyouko, Tetsuo is still a little thrown off by the whole headless thing. We learn the fire where her head should be isn’t hot and touching it is like putting pressure on her nerves. She’s also been cities away from her body before and has been all right. She does note however how hard it is establishing friends during first meetings, as her appearance throw people off. It’s also hard for her to associate with the other girls since none of them know or understand how her life is as a dullahan. Tetsuo suggests she try telling jokes with her friends and try to establish a tone with them. He also reveals the fact that Kyouko is only one of three dullahans in the entire world, so she’s an even rarer case than we thought. Out of nowhere, she asks him to hug her head, embarrassed about it, but it appears to be a way to help her calm down. Naturally, this is when Hikari suddenly shows up and decides to tease him by saying she’ll shout what she saw to everyone. After school, the two girls meet up with Yuki, who after seeing Kyouko however breaks away from them, though it’s hard to tell if she’s shy or uncomfortable with Kyouko. The next day, Kyouko appears to want to go on a date with someone (we’re to assume it’s Tetsuo) and Hikari takes the time to ask questions about how she’d like to interact with a boy on a date. Sure enough, she reveals that it’s Tetsuo she wants to hang out with. So Hikari being the devilish girl she is, she sets the two up to go shopping together. However, to really throw both of them off their game, she only allows him to take Kyouko’s head. Somehow, Kyouko’s body can still communicate by writing while her head is off elsewhere, thanking Hikari for setting this up as she’s enjoying her time with Tetsuo as they’re just sightseeing and such. However, Hikari gets bored, seeing that it’s going too well, so she “lightens” things up by poking Kyouko’s boobs. After things go back to normal, the two talk about Yuki and how she reacted the day before. Then she realizes her body needs a bathroom break and that’s when Hikari’s sister, Himari (that red-haired girl) shows up and naturally only sees a headless body. Through this experiment however, Tetsuo helps out Kyouko by having the principal allow her to use a backpack instead of the regulation bag, as it turns out how Kyouko doesn’t get motion sickness from walking is that her arms act as a balance point for her and since she has to use one arm to carry her bag around, there’s an inbalance. Sakie notices his efforts and is happy to see someone helping out demi-humans in such little ways.

THE GOOD

  • Another very cute episode
  • Kyouko really stood out this week, she is super adorable

THE BAD

  • Absolutely nothing again this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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Fuuka (Ep.1)

Fuuka (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

The next time Yuu and Fuuka see each other, she looks sad, almost like she’s crying and runs off. He connects this to another guy who he thinks she may like but ignores her. Naturally, all three of them get roped into cleaning the pool together, because that’s a thing that happens. Panties get seen of course, but she only gets mad at Yuu and not Makoto. Turns out though, Makoto’s gay, so there’s no love between him and Fuuka. The misunderstanding of her crying naturally was her crying to the music she was listening to. She does however admit that she has no idea what she wants to do, track being one of the things she tried, but it never stuck. The next day Makoto wonders if Yuu might actually be the person who can free Fuuka from the metaphorical birdcage she’s in. Then out of nowhere he gets a call from Koyuki, his idol childhood friend. She wants him to come see her at a concert, but that’s a day he promised to Fuuka. However they do agree to call each other now and again. It’s clear she has feelings for Yuu, happy to talk to him again. Turns out however (not surprisingly though) what Fuuka wanted to do was go to Koyuki’s concert. She spots him in the crowd and somehow there’s no misunderstanding about him being with Fuuka, though she does notice a change in Koyuki during the show, obviously due to Yuu being there, not that she knows this. She sings an excerpt of one of her songs, which grabs Yuu’s attention immediately. He tells her she ought to try singing and it seems to confuse her, like she wasn’t anticipating that. The next day, she drags Yuu with her to a shrine so she can pray and wish for luck in becoming a musician, finally finding something she wants to do.

THE GOOD

  • Fuuka continues to be a very realistic, interesting character

THE BAD

  • This episode was extremely light on content this week, was nowhere near as interesting as the first week

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)

Gabriel Dropout (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Gabriel is voicing her displeasure being around so many humans, once again being very unangelic. Vignette wants to go to the cafeteria with Gabriel and wants to invite Satania as well, but she always runs off around lunch time, so they tail her this time around to see what’s up. They find her eating alone and she proceeds to drop both rice balls on the floor and when she breaks out her melon bread, that dog shows up out of nowhere and takes it. She tries to hide that she has no one to eat with and prefers to eat alone, but the girls insist and it confuses her that people would want to eat with her. She tries to play it cool, but they just leave her so she gives up and follows. Apparently none of the three have ever ordered food at the cafeteria before so they’re all playing the stupid role, Satania naturally taking the lead on that front. Gabriel messes with Satania, making her spice the fuck out of her udon. Joke’s on Gabriel, Satania loves it. Then we see Raphiel is bribing the dog to mess with Satania, because of course this angel bitch is doing that. Later on, the class president overhears Gabriel and Vignette talking about Heaven and Hell stuff, which confuses her and interprets it more like they’re courting men. The next day the girls have cooking class together, so the question becomes how bad will it be? Well the fish Satania gets is alive and from hell, Gabriel gets the wrong ingredients. When Vignette is to cut the fish (who Gabriel names Satania), she can’t do it. Satania tries and the fish knocks her the fuck out! Eventually they cut the fish and while they’re working on the vegetables, Gabriel just starts frying the fish and after pissing her off for the last time, Vignette knocks her the fuck out too. In the end, what they make is deathly bad. Well, Satania liked it at least. Then the next morning it appears Raphiel to mess with her further…SNEAKS INTO SATANIA’S BED!!! She’s not happy, but when Raphiel asks her to be her apprentice, that really grabs Satania’s attention. In reality, she’s using Satania for her own personal gain, but Satania’s not letting her get away with things that easily, firing her when Raphiel tries to get her to leave the bed just for her. 

THE GOOD

  • Satania once again standing out on top
  • The comedy was definitely stronger this week

THE BAD

  • I really REALLY don’t like Raphiel, she’s not playing the foil role very well

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Apparently no one notices the giant dragon flying around the city as it waits for some random girl (at least I think it’s a girl…) to get up…and then turns into a maid girl. Apparently she got drunk and met Tohru, the dragon girl. She offered her place to the girl, but obviously didn’t mean what she said and tries to get her to leave. Except when she realizes this isn’t a dream (and she’s late for work), she recruits the dragon girl to help her out for the time being. After work, they return home and she tries to see what Tohru is capable of as a maid and it’s bad, real bad. Out of nowhere though, she reveals her romantic feelings for Miss Kobayashi and wants her to use her however she’d like. So the plan is to have her stay home and “protect” the apartment. Naturally, people try to break into the house almost immediately, they almost die. That night, Kobayashi goes out with a co-worker and Tohru watches over them, thinking he’s trying to court her. Drunken Kobayashi settles her down by going even further over the top than Tohru was. And then…she strips Tohru, just cause. The next day, she buys Tohru an outfit to wear beyond just her maid outfit and then we see how strong she really is, able to clear the clouds in one fell swoop. It appears someone knows who she is as well and has been trying to find her, though we don’t know who yet. The two girls are also sleeping together now, where Tohru starts to have nightmares about fighting humans and being killed by them.

THE GOOD

  • Tohru and Kobayashi are quite the curious pair
  • Tohru is very deplorable, at times it’s enjoyable

THE BAD

  • This anime is real weird, man…I have no idea what I’m walking into here

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Apparently Kazuma got in trouble with the law because of that giant thing he teleported away, it ended up landing in a lord’s mansion. They first try to defend him, but once they could be thrown in jail along with him, they all change their tune real quick. Well…other than Darkness, she’s curious about “jail play”. Now in jail, Aqua and company are actually helping him break out. Well Aqua doesn’t really do shit to help, as usual, so he’s still in prison. He gets interviewed a few days later by a woman and has a magical lie detector item. So he eventually just admits all the boring truths to everything. She changes her tune real fast and once he realizes this, he really treats her terribly and it eventually backfires on him and eventually he gets into further trouble and is to be executed, well unless he can get out of this last trail. But with his friends “helping” him, it seems unlikely, doesn’t it? Chris returns as a witness but before she can explain what happened with her panties, another random woman puts the nail in the coffin on him before that. The other adventurer as well gets involved, along with two other girls and he’s really fucked now. When he realizes however that if the question is phrased differently, he truly does have no connection to the Devil King, he should be free. But the lord pushes the judge to sentence him anyway. So Darkness steps in and uses her own nobility to protect him, for the time being anyway. He’s under surveillance, but his life is spared. Because she owes the lord a favour, she leaves the group temporarily. Kazuma meanwhile now has two missions, to prove he’s not affiliated with the Devil King and to reimburse the lord for the damage caused. So they lose everything. 

THE GOOD

  • It’s great to see them all back
  • Aqua wants even terribly annoying (yet)
  • MEGUMIN!!!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)

Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Masamune’s unsure who sent the letter, because he thinks Aki would’ve waited for a better time to send such a letter. He’s also worried now that his secret could get out of being a fat kid in elementary school. Believing it wasn’t Aki, he now has to worry about getting found out before he can enact his plan. Along the way, he watches as Yoshino struggles to get Aki food for lunch and just lies there with her panties showing for a long time. But he helps her out, equating her to Cinderella getting bullied by her ugly stepsisters. He follows her to Aki, waiting until Yoshino runs off to buy her something else. He deduces during their brief time alone that Aki definitely didn’t send the letter, as she doesn’t gloat to him. So he uses his sister’s romance manga as a learning tool to talk to Aki and try and court her, seemingly starting to work. Then it’s revealed after trapping him, that Yoshino sent the letter and has an idea about his plan. He didn’t know she was in the picture when he was a kid too, being a maid for Aki since she was little. However, when it looks like his plan is screwed, she wants to help, it would seem she’s been harboring a lot of hatred towards Aki as well. In the meantime, he wants to start collecting e-mail addresses and tries to practice on Tae, the class rep, but fails miserably, still having trouble getting that level of information from girls. Then out of nowhere, after helping her out, Tae asks him to watch a movie with her, but because he’s so held up with his plan with Aki, he can’t say yes to her and she leaves. Aki’s there however and after playing games with him, declines his offer to exchange e-mail addresses. Yoshino shows up again and offers once more to help out and even just puts Aki’s contact information into his phone.

THE GOOD

  • To watch Masamune’s plans constantly go up in smoke and then somehow work anyway is quite funny
  • Yoshino is becoming a very…interesting character to say the least

THE BAD

  • At times this story gets really mundane while other times it’s fun and I’m having a rough time figuring out which side of the fence I’m on pertaining to this issue

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.1)

Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Hiromi is getting a tour of the area with Tomoe when Shiki suddenly joins in the fray and joins them. During this time, the girls get a couple rental bikes, but Tomoe ends up getting a cross bike, which she’s never ridden before. Luckily, Shiki knows what’s going and helps her out. Along the way, another girl who appears to be the cliche rich girl is trying to take good pictures of birds when the three girls ruin it for her. Riding in the back of a car being driven around, they get stuck in traffic and apparently watching one cyclist whiz by is enough to get her to want to go to a shop and buy one. Meanwhile, the girls take a break and Shiki decides to nap so the girls are stuck for a moment. So Hiromi asks Tomoe if she can use the cross bike for a test run and goes off on her own. Naturally, she doesn’t bring her phone with her and gets lost. So Shiki calls her sister who apparently runs a bakery for cyclists? She sends three boys out to find Hiromi in exchange for some free food. Meanwhile, the cyclist the rich girl saw approaches her, thinking it’s a bike shop and so does the rich girl as well. The sister helps out with the flat tire and the rich girl takes an interest in the cyclist in the meantime, the cyclist named Natsumi, the rich girl named Fuyune. Eventually, Shiki and Tomoe arrive and Hiromi with the boys not long after. The sister’s finally named, Nagisa. In the end, the two girls join the three and they go riding elsewhere. 

So after this episode, I’m going to put the show on notice, strictly because while yes this is a slice of life show if there ever was one, there’s really nothing about this show that’s really hooking me. Shows like Flying Witch and New Game! had something to pique my interest, this one isn’t really doing anything beyond just being about a bunch of cute girls on bicycles. Bakuon!! at least had some good humour to it as well, this one…just exists.

THE GOOD

  • It’s a nice, easy watch, doesn’t demand much of your attention

THE BAD

  • The problem however is that the show just doesn’t have anything to hook you, there’s not a lot of comedy, there’s not a unique character, it’s just as normal as normal gets and for an anime, that’s not exactly a good thing for me

Episode Score: 3/5 ***ON NOTICE***


Nanbaka (Ep.14)

Nanbaka (Ep.15)

SYNOPSIS

Momoko’s got a new set of recruits to go through, which must mean Hajime’s getting a new co-worker! Speaking of, no one told Hajime he was getting another guard, Mitsuru keeping the fact away from him. IT’S HIS CROSSDRESSING BROTHER!!! The inmates harass Hajime as much as possible, only pissing him off further. Hitoshi wants to help Hajime, but he’s so much slower that he’s only holding him back. It appears what Hitoshi has is an ability to take punishment, almost like his skeleton is made of steel. Mitsuru comes by to pick up Hitoshi suddenly though, only assigned to Building 13 for a single day. Naturally, he’s actually assigned to Kenshirou in Building 4. As the shenanigans are finally over, it’s time for someone dangerous to arrive, this time it’s not Kuu.  

THE GOOD

  • Hitoshi as another foil to Hajime brings out the comedy

THE BAD

  • Not nearly as funny as last week, but still a good episode

Episode Score: 4/5

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One Room (Ep.1)

One Room (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

The door opens. There’s a pretty neighbour coming by to greet us. I’m already convinced this show is in first-person where we are the “protagonist”. Her name’s Yui, a nice young girl. Apparently she could use some help studying and asks you to do so.

This is a 3-minute short so it’s already coming off the list due to the length. But honestly, this style of storytelling is really weird to me. Without having a male character to represent the person she’s talking to, it just seems wrong. So yeah, not keeping this one, but mostly because of its length.

THE GOOD

  • Animation’s pretty nice

THE BAD

  • The first-person style has always been creepy as shit to me, I cannot stand it

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***DROPPED***


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)

Youjo Senki (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

So this got confusing real fast. Some salaryman in the present…got killed and the devil reincarnated him as Tanya in the past. W-WHAT?! The idea was the deity who did this to him wanted him to convert and believed that the only way for him to accept a God was to put him in the most dire straits, a poor orphan girl. He establishes himself quickly in the army once his magical aptitude began to rise.

Even though I now know it’s a guy, so not to confuse anyone, I will still refer to Tanya as she/her.

When on her first mission she’s attacked and left to die, the “God help you” line pisses her off and now she attacks them head on, maniacal in her attacks, as if she’s fighting God herself. Eventually she holds out long enough, but because she survived and got a kill-count now, she’s pushed to the front lines, now failing in her objective to stay on the rear lines and be as close to a salaryman in the army as one can be. 

THE GOOD

  • Tanya when in crazy bitch mode is scary and entertaining as fuck!

THE BAD

  • This revelation is weird and still settling in with me

Episode Score: 4/5

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2 comments

  1. It’s a shame ACCA didn’t work for you but I can see what you mean. I’m really enjoying it but at the same time from an event point of view very little is happening and even the characters are still very much just introducing themselves a little bit at a time. Looking forward to your thoughts next week.

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    1. CSRadical · · Reply

      Like I said, I think that style of anime just doesn’t suit me. I tend to lean towards the goofy, more comedic stuff. ACCA isn’t that and it’s also not grabbing me with anything. Shows like ERASED and Your Lie in April were so good they transcended the whole not being full of jokes and other things that normally suck me in. ACCA just offered me nothing to keep me invested when that kind of show is already on thin ice with me from the very start.

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