Week #3 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #3 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!


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

Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

There’s a really shitty idol on TV that Niwaka and Arisa seem to love, but upon seeing her for the first time, it seems to trigger something in Tamotsu. Naturally, it’s him being a massive weeb and fell in love with the shit idol too. Of course, this is now getting in the way of patrolling with Matome, so she goes to a restaurant and eats several hundred burgers, because that’s what you do. Over time, he falls into the trap of buying stupid expensive audio equipment so he can listen to this shit idol’s music with the “best quality”. Naturally, this jacks up his credit card bill ridiculously, so he has to find a job, which pisses off Matome again because it’s another thing keeping him away from patrolling. Along the way, the three girls get approached by a very sultry woman who wants to make them idols. Niwaka and Matome aren’t really interested, but Arisa takes over this decision before they ruin it for her. Thus begins the idol training montage! Which looks suspiciously like they’re just being used for softcore video footage than anything else. Eventually, they try to get Arisa to strip and that’s the point they refuse and they reveal themselves as Bugged Ones. Out of nowhere, Tamotsu shows up, but only because he was a janitor at the same place at the time. He strips the woman, but the photographer is giving them the most trouble. Eventually though, Tamotsu defeats him. The woman wakes up, normal again and apologizes for everything and can’t remember what happened to cause her to become a Bugged One. However she still believes the three have potential as idols and they end up doing so anyways, just with less cleavage this time. And no one showed up to their first show. 

THE GOOD

  • This was an interesting parody of the ridiculousness of idols in Japanese culture

THE BAD

  • Compared to the last two episodes, this one was certainly the weakest, not a terrible episode, but nowhere near as funny or over-the-top as the previous two

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)

Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Apparently Sakie wakes up at 4AM?! Poor girl. She introduces us to herself, being 24 and single, she can’t ever hope for a decent relationship due to her being a succubus. She gets up early to avoid the majority of people on the trains, due to her “fear of men”. Seeing Tetsuo, she feels bad for how she talked to him the first time, but did what she did due to being a succubus and she can’t get too close to men. She also reveals she dresses how she does because if she dressed more normally as a woman, she might cause aphrodisiac effects to all the men around her. Even just bumping into her and they get aroused by her. Even crazier, if she falls asleep around men, she causes them to have sexy dreams. She jokes with herself at home about the idea of marriage, believing any man’s interest in her would be fake because of her powers. And then she starts drinking, finally being more like herself. Then another day, going through the motions, except she’s tired and maybe a little hung over. She trips and is caught by Tetsuo, except he doesn’t seem to be affected by her powers for some reason. She’s beyond enamoured with him now because that’s never happened before to her. However, the second he gets away from her, he was actually suppressing those desires for her sake. In his office, Hikari arrives to chill (literally) in the room because it’s getting hotter. She finds the report he’s writing about his experiences thus far. She ends up getting herself caught in conversation pertaining to the relationship between bloodsucking and romance and the topic of sex even comes up, which really throws Hikari into overdrive. He notices that Hikari’s way out of it and adjusts his conversation to try and calm her down. Then to prove how things are, she pecks him on the cheek to show that perhaps kissing is easier than sucking blood for vampires in terms of a romantic value. Kyouko and Sakie are together putting books away in the library when she talks with her about romance as well. We’re left to believe that Sakie may in fact, still be a virgin. Kyouko also talks about a person she likes and lets it slip that she likes Tetsuo, which Sakie (probably to herself) notes that same thing. Kyouko is asking her about this kind of stuff because she believes that Sakie is the perfect embodiment of a mature woman who has experiences with this sort of thing. She tells Kyouko though that most “maturity” in adults is a facade, as they want to look that way to the younger generation. They gush about Tetsuo some more and Sakie suggests she change her look a bit, but her hair is not one of the things that can change much, since she can’t grow it out long. Yuki meanwhile is walking down the hall when she hears two girls talking badly about her after a situation earlier in the episode where two guys were hitting on her. As Tetsuo is walking around the school at the end of the day, the area is really cold and he finds Yuki alone, curled up against a wall.

THE GOOD

  • Another great episode!
  • The focus on Sakie was surprising, I was sure we were getting a Yuki episode this week, appears to be next week now. But this Sakie-central episode was really interest, a look into the thoughts of a young adult who’s trying to find a romantic relationship

THE BAD

  • Absolutely nothing again to report this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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Fuuka (Ep.1)

Fuuka (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Yuu, Fuuka and Makoto thus far have joined together to start a band. Needing money for instruments, a teacher coincidentally gives them a job over the summer and they get to stay at a beach house during this time. How perfect. Even more coincidental, the owner of the beach house has a set of drums. Fuuka and Makoto have an easy time with the job at a restaurant, but Yuu is struggling due to his shyness. Getting yelled at for failing over and over, he’s getting it in his head that he should just go home, that being in a band would only accentuate the problems he’s having now. Fuuka calms him down a bit, saying she appreciates him because he’s always trying his best, no matter what it is. Apparently that’s all it takes and now he’s picking it up. Just to make things more interesting, it appears Koyuki is on her way to the same area for a photo shoot or something. Getting some free time another day, naturally it’s swim time and Makoto intentionally leaves him so it’s just Yuu and Fuuka. She’s also unintentionally making things really difficult for Yuu to focus, due to her swimsuit being very revealing, not to mention she has him push her while she’s on a float and her butt is inches from his face. Then somehow they go pretty far out and Fuuka’s leg cramps too, what a classic moment (that I actually don’t like much). Yuu nearly drowns trying to save her and wakes up with Fuuka’s lips on his, but there isn’t time to really react as she bursts out crying into his arms. Back at the beach house, her lips are the only thing on his mind now, so at least her butt is off his mind for a bit. Later, she asks Yuu not to mention that CPR kiss, because actually that was her first kiss. Koyuki then texts him and they two meet up later in the night. Fuuka meanwhile to escape Makoto’s curiosity of what happened earlier, leaves to go find Yuu. Of course, after her umbrella flies off in the wind and she gets closer to Yuu, that’s when Fuuka arrives. However as the episode ends, my question is will her reaction be related to Koyuki being so close to Yuu…or seeing her idol, Koyuki? 

THE GOOD

  • A fun episode this week
  • Fuuka looked absolutely stunning in that bikini, it matched her perfectly
  • It was also nice to see Yuu start to get a little more comfortable around people

THE BAD

  • I could’ve done without the close-up of Fuuka’s butt, it felt really out of place, a little too naughty for the kind of atmosphere the show gives off. I know Fuuka’s panties have been a normal sight, but we didn’t need an extreme close up of her butt and left to imagine what her bottoms were covering up

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)

Gabriel Dropout (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Gabriel has taken on a job at a coffee shop to pay for microtransactions and by chance she finds an idiot for an employer who accepts her poor personality. The only reason she wants to stick around is because it’s a slow cafe where it never gets busy. She also demands to only have one shift a week because she’ll die of exhaustion otherwise. At school, Vignette is shocked knowing that Gabriel and Raphiel are #1 and #2 out of their angel school, given how the two actually are. She tries to talk with Raphiel to get to know her better. It doesn’t go terribly, but it’s evident that Raphiel is a very special case. Then Satania meanwhile goes to a cafe which just happens to be the coffee shop Gabriel is working at (apparently it’s been a week) and she gets punched immediately for showing up. Serving her a cop of coffee is an even bigger problem. It’s when Vignette arrives after Gabriel and Satania have left for the day that the old man finally gets someone who understands a good cup of coffee. Back at Gabriel’s, her air conditioning isn’t working and her room is filled with mosquitoes. To make matters worse, Satania has shown up to her house, so she gets a door kicked at her hard. Gabriel just leaves her unconscious body there and inserts herself into Vignette’s place where there is air conditioning. Hijinks ensue, including a holy light covering up any nudity to keep the show family-friendly and Gabriel sexily squealing whenever cream is put on one of the bug bites on her body.

THE GOOD

  • The jokes at the end with Gabriel and Vignette were really funny, that’s the kind of silly stuff I want to see from this show
  • The coffee shop skits were pretty good too, especially Gabriel and Satania

THE BAD

  • I just can’t get into anything Raphiel is doing, she makes it so hard to stay interested in the show when she’s on-screen

Episode Score: 4/5

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

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Tohru burned all the food (literally), so she and Kobayashi go shopping together for the first time. Everyone seems to know Tohru and love her so Kobayashi wonders if maybe there’s more to her than she’s bothered to learn. During their trip, a thief takes a purse so she goes superhuman to stop him, but instead of fearing her, everyone is happy she helped out. After they leave, it appears a tiny girl is following them, likely another dragon, I’m willing to bet. Sure enough she rings the door not long after, a friend of Tohru’s and demands Kobayashi breaks up with her, thinking she’s seducing Tohru. When Tohru comes back from shopping, she makes it worse momentarily by thinking Kobayashi’s cheating on her. But everyone calms down and she introduces the little girl as Kanna and continues the idea that they’re dating, only making Kanna try to kill Kobayashi, which because the mana level is so low, she basically lightly pounds Kobayashi’s chest, like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum. Kanna tells the two that she was exiled from home from pulling a prank and Kobayashi offers her a place to stay until things calm down. The next day, the three go…somewhere to play, because Kanna’s bored. So the two dragons fight to the death, or “roughhousing” as they call it. Back at home, it appears Tohru is still trying to get Kobayashi to eat her grilled tail, but she’s not very good at hiding this, so she gets caught every time. Another day when Kobayashi leaves for work, Tohru teaches Kanna basic things about the human world, which mostly ends up with them eating crepes and ice cream. After everything, they talk about how Kanna though Tohru had died, but apparently Kobayashi saved her, thus why she’s her maid now. 

THE GOOD

  • OH MY GOD KANNA’S SO FREAKING CUTE!!!
  • The three together are such a weird, yet perfect mixture of characters

THE BAD

  • Nothing of note this week, much better episode

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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

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

SYNOPSIS

Megumin found a cat to bring in…and it only scratches Aqua?! SOLD! She calls it Chomusuke. They’re all worried about Darkness, as she hasn’t returned since leaving for the Lord’s mansion. They all assume she’s being sexually abuse (much to her enjoyment probably), when that prosecutor girl shows up. Oh dear, they’re on a giant frog kill quest again, because of Megumin’s explosions. Kazuma learned another skill for long-range purposes, but it fails. Now all the girls, including Sena (the prosecutor) are being eaten when finally someone saves them. A new girl arrives, claiming to be Megumin’s rival, but she’s forgotten this girl. Her name’s Yunyun, another crazy Crimson Demon girl. She wants to duel Megumin, but since she can’t use magic, they agree to do hand-to-hand combat, which it appears that Megumin will lose terribly in. But she uses the stench of the frog fluid on her body to make Yunyun submit, but she still hugs her anyway and covers her in the fluid. We see for a second that Darkness is going through something without her armor, but I imagine it’ll be something stupid like she’s being put in a dress she doesn’t like wearing. Then the two fight for the first bath, which includes stripping. The two actually share a bath together and don’t really think much about it until Aqua comes home. Kazuma tries to block the door with ice magic (can’t remember if he learned that in Season 1) but fails and now he’s being called a Pedo-NEET by Aqua. The next day, the three head to Wiz to try and figure how to deal with the debt when Yunyun is there. I’d tell you something important about the conversation, but the entire time Chomusuke is pawing Wiz’s boobs. During their visit, they find a magic crystal that apparently helps the user make friends, so the two duel through it to see who is the stronger magic user. During this, they see several memories of the girls that embarrasses them both. Megumin then breaks the crystal and now increases Kazuma’s debt. But in the end, Megumin wins the “not a child” contest when she reveals that she and Kazuma have a relationship where they bathe together and that sends Yunyun running, since she’s as dumb as Megumin is, perhaps worse.

THE GOOD

  • Yunyun really brings out the best in Megumin
  • And now we have a cat in the show as well
  • I’m actually quite interested to see if this moment between Kazuma and Megumin actually leads anywhere or if this was just a single episode thing

THE BAD

  • No Darkness this episode, kind of disappointing

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)

Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

The school has decided to give any student supplementary classes for a month if a they fail an upcoming test. So Tae is naturally freaking out as the class representative for everyone. Naturally there’s a designated dumb student and it’s apparently Kojuurou. Apparently as well Tae is a BL fantasizer, so the idea of Masamune and Kojuurou studying together brings a few too many ideas into her head. Naturally when he helps him study, they end up sharing a study room with Aki and Yoshino. It causes him to remember Yoshino giving him Aki’s e-mail. But instead of using the easy route, he makes a wager with Aki. If he and Kojuurou get a better grade on the test, he and Aki will go on a date. However if Aki and Yoshino get the better grades, Aki can give him whatever nickname she wants and he’ll wear it on his back until graduation. However, Aki changes her win condition to that Masamune will buy her lunch until she tells him to stop. Afterwards, Aki doesn’t seem to want to study and even after Yoshino reveals he got a perfect score on his transfer exam, she’s still not bothering, over-confident. Later that night, Yoshino calls him and tells him he won’t help him with the wager, that she has her own timing of things to worry about. The day arrives and things seem to be going fine until the final test. Masamune suddenly starts to feel sick, thinking Yoshino spiked a drink she gave him. But instead it was the lunch his mother made that made him sick. Even crazier, Aki was sick and didn’t show up to class. It appears because of his sickness, he failed the last test, so he’s stuck in a supplementary class, the only one in his class too, even Kojuurou was fine. But Aki is also in this class. Even crazier, Yoshino appears to have set up a date for the two anyway. EVEN CRAZIER, she’s dressed in cosplay! It appears a certain “someone” told her that’s what you wear on a first date. They go watch a movie and Aki being the spoiled rich girl she is, rented the whole theater to the two of them. The movie is…YAOI ZOMBIES?!!! Aki is scared shitless by this movie, though it appears to be the zombies and not the yaoi. Even worse, now she’s super hungry. He finally asks her if something caused her appetite to expand, but before she says something, a little girl asks her about the costume and she starts spewing Yoshino’s nonsense before Masamune gets her the hell out of there. He reveals to her that this isn’t actually a normal thing to do on a date, so she immediately rushes into a clothing store to get some new clothes. When she starts crying in the changeroom, Masamune being an idiot MC checks on her and gets destroyed for it. He remembers Aki as a kid again, but one thing he notes is that she can be just as kind now as she was when he fell for her as a kid, as he wakes up on a bench with his head resting on her lap. Talking with Yoshino one more time, it appears her plan through Masamune is to make Aki reflect back on herself so that when he dumps her, she’ll really fall hard and full re-examine who she is. However, out of everything that happened, the lap thing was not planned, that was Aki herself.

THE GOOD

  • This was a very adorable episode, Aki showing a much different side to her than we’re used to seeing, one I can definitely get used to seeing more of as the season goes on

THE BAD

  • Nothing really irked me this episode, just could’ve been a lot better in comparison to the 4.5s and 5s I’ve given so far this season

Episode Score: 4/5

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

Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.3) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

It’s time for all the new students to start looking for clubs. Basketball’s the first try and that goes over so well as Tomoe takes a ball to the head during the game. Swimming is also a no-go cause she can’t swim and Natsumi is there to save her and join the girls now. Natsumi is a great swimmer but she doesn’t like the lack of room she has to swim in the indoor pool. Fuyune happens to be in the nurse’s office because her muscles are sore from their bike ride, since she clearly doesn’t do much exercise, being driven around all the time. She joins them as well now. Fuyune needs to go somewhere and they’re led to a house next to the school. There’s a person inside not moving and Hiromi thinks she’s dead, but the old lady in there was just asleep. They learn that Fuyune is the granddaughter of the school’s principal, Ryuko, the woman they’re visiting. The girls find old pictures of Ryuko and friends back when she was a student and she was a part of a Cycling Club at the school. The idea of a club just going places and seeing sights reminds Fuyune of her sister who is bound to a wheelchair and wants to see sights that only you can see by going there with your own two feet. She realizes that Ryuko invited her to this place to show her this because of her sister. When asked why the Cycling Club disbanded, Ryuko explains that once cars and trains became prevalent in society, less and less people wanted to go on bikes, because it was slower. When she became principal, the club room which was the house they’re standing in now was a massive mess, so she cleaned it up and now uses it like a personal hideout. Fuyune then gets the idea in her head to resurrect the club, having liked the bike ride the day before. The other three join her as well and the club is formed. Ryuko gives them the key to the place, happy to see it being used again. She has one condition, for the girls to ensure they have many unique experiences during their time in the club. So basically, don’t just be lazy and hang out in the club room. 

The show is going to stay on notice for one more week, this episode was a little better, a much more enjoyable slice of life episode. I just want to see a little more from the show and to prove to me this wasn’t a one-off.

THE GOOD

  • A much more enjoyable episode, there were moments I smiled and chuckled a little bit

THE BAD

  • There’s still not much to this show, but hopefully with the club formed now we’ll start to see some more unique and silly situations going on with the four girls

Episode Score: 3.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***

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Nanbaka (Ep.14)

Nanbaka (Ep.16)

SYNOPSIS

Rock gets himself into trouble real quick, challenging Samon to a fight since he thinks he’s not that strong given that he couldn’t even scratch Hajime. Samon destroys him easily, proving once again that the prison guards are far stronger than the inmates. Oh and there’s a new guard at Building 5 with Samon now and this person may just be a relative of Momoko. Speaking of which, she’ll be leaving the prison for a special meeting and leaves the main guards in charge of the prison until she returns. The guards talk amongst themselves about an incident that happened in the past that seems to have everyone outside of Nanba worried about the prison, but we’ve yet to learn what that incident was. Samon gets challenged as well by a lesser supervisor, claiming the only reason he’s in the position he’s in is because of his older brother, who we know nothing about too. We learn finally that his brother killed an inmate and nearly a couple guards as well. Samon walks away pissed off and reminisces about his brother, how he was the strongest of them all and wanted to become like him until the incident. Then a woman shows up to see him, he first calls her “Big Sister” but it sounds more like they’re not blood-related. She is the older sister of the new guard in his building, not Momoko. She asks him about his older brother, but he doesn’t have much to say and lies about his whereabouts. Back at Building 13, Seitarou asks Hajime if Jyugo’s okay, saying he’s been different since he tried to break out the last time because he wanted to not get his friends involved. Then all of a sudden, something’s wrong, Rock and Yamato look like they’re in a trance and start fighting Jyugo and Hajime.

THE GOOD

  • Honestly nothing to note of this week, wasn’t a terrible episode but nothing grabbed me

THE BAD

  • This was a very weak episode, Samon’s backstory meant nothing to me and the sudden trance twist at the end came beyond out of nowhere

Episode Score: 3/5


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)

Youjo Senki (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

With her wounds healed, much to Tanya’s shock she’s not sent to the front lines, but exactly where she wants, on the rear front as an instructor. She’ll also be testing a prototype which is not safe, so perhaps this rear front work isn’t what she was expecting. She is constantly fighting with the lead doctor on the project because the prototypes keep failing and exploding on her. So after enough failed attempts, she puts in a transfer request and because of this, the project even gets shut down. She thinks this means she’ll get a nice cushy job in the capital, when suddenly “Being X” or whatever deity it is arrives. It notes that the man’s faith has not changed one bit in the time he’s been Tanya. So he’s interfering once more. She awakens from what appeared to have been a dream and it’s back to testing still. It appears that instead of Tanya, the deity converted the doctor to a believer from an atheist and because of this, he removes the safety from the prototype. Just before her death, Being X contacts her again and tells her that in order to use the jewel, she must pray to God. With no cards to hold, she has no choice and does so, the jewel granting her an exponential increase in power. We appear to return to the present day now back at the Rhine Theater battle. During an off-period, Tanya offers Viktoriya an officer track that will take her off of the front lines, much to her shock. She wonders if this is Tanya doing something like those other two officers, but she shrugs it off. It appears this is because Tanya got another promotion and is getting sent back home to a military academy. She reveals to us that she offered what she did to Viktoriya only to give people the idea she’s an officer who cares about her soldiers. Once again, she believes she’s managed to get herself back on the path of a cushy life on the rear front and once again, God intervenes and places Tanya’s name on a list of potential candidates for a new unit to be in all battles.

THE GOOD

  • Tanya continues to stand out as a character this season
  • The “battle” between Tanya and God is quite intriguing as this keeps moving forward

THE BAD

  • I really hope this show doesn’t go too far down the religious path though, I’m not interested at all if it does. The show can stick to the fight between the two, but I just don’t want the show to turn into a “praise God” kind of show

Episode Score: 4/5

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