Week #4 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #4 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!

NOTE: With the new place I’ve moved into, the internet right now is terrible to the point I’m watching it in SD on my laptop rather than in HD on my PS4 where I can easily screenshot things. So until I get the internet upgraded, there won’t be anymore screenshots. Some this week still have them because I watched them before the move, but some will not.


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

Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

It would appear Tamotsu is bored of idols now and is now interested in radio this week. Not enough time to react though, Tamotsu and the three girls are spying on someone now. Oh wait, it’s just bargain price items they’re after, shocking. And we’re back to radio stuff again, as he wants better tech so they can talk to each other better…for bargain price otaku stuff. Matome as usual doesn’t understand a thing about his insanity and just wants to get shit done. Then a loud sound occurs and a massive EMP blast starts blowing up radios and phones. Some random tower has just shown up out of nowhere, naturally the Bugged Ones behind it. Even worse, the waves are so strong, they can melt clothes off, so that’s real bad for Tamotsu and Matome. Then they just start burning down Akihabara. Back at the base, the professor thinks she knows the person who has become a Bugged One and aims to seek help from her own teacher. She talks about how the tower is one that was supposed to have been built before but the original plans didn’t take place. This teacher is all the way in Brazil, so they use morse code to try and contact him. They fail all night, until the pizza girl of all people tries for two seconds and they get an answer. The response is “ALMHK”. The professor eventually figures it out and dashes off. They use what I think is aluminum foil to wrap it around themselves to bounce the waves off them. So they win quite easily. After she’s stripped, the girl is visited by the professor who tries to understand what happened. The girl was about to kill herself when a woman arrived and turn her into a Bugged One. As we see at the end, the girl actually goes to Brazil to work with that teacher.

THE GOOD

  • The radio stuff was quite interesting, I’ve had a tiny interest in that technology, so it was cool to see a couple facts about it
  • The aluminum foil suits were stupid and I loved them

THE BAD

  • Another episode that was entertaining in spots, but the overall story this week just wasn’t all that interesting. I mean the radio stuff was cool, but the actual attempt at a story was pretty lackluster
  • The “final battle” was way too fast, there really wasn’t a fight at all. I know the villain this week likely didn’t have fighting skills, but still…

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)

Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Clearly the girls’ words really hit Yuki hard, she’s struggling to get past it. When she tries to go and see Tetsuo, assuming she heard about what he did for Hikari and Kyouko, he’s not there. Thus we resume the cliffhangar from last week’s episode. She’s convinced it’s due to her being a demi, so Tetsuo comforts her as she cries hail. He’s aware this in reality is probably just common gossip going around, but with Yuki being a demi, it’s a much bigger deal now. Later on, Sakie approaches him (don’t know what happened with Yuki after this, assuming we don’t see this conversation) and notes that she’s aware how considerate he’s been to demis and apologizes to him for her initial treatment of him. Sakie gets a little too enthusiastic and lets her succubus side maybe get a little too prevalent there. But her heart’s in the right place as she wants to help Tetsuo with any other problems that occur. So they talk about the situation with Yuki currently going on and she wonders if Yuki has a specific reason for being very solitary as she doesn’t hang out with people much, much like how Sakie tries to stay away from men. He overhears Hikari dragging Yuki somewhere and it’s where those two gossiping girls are. Hikari intends to shut the two up and confronts them, pissed off with the whole “everyone talks about people behind their back” excuse. She reveals she promised her sister to do this and then runs off holding back tears. Yuki follows and apologizes if she came off cold and distant. Tetsuo meanwhile catches Hikari and consoles her for her help. The next day, he gets the four demis together and tells them that he and Sakie are there to help them whenever they need guidance. Hikari demands a hug cause the other two got one and tacklehugs him. Then Sakie wants to join in, but he puts a stop to that one quickly. Yuki’s the last to get one and he consoles her, letting her know he’s there if she wants help. Himari overhears of this meeting and reveals that she doesn’t trust Tetsuo just yet, so naturally they cross paths after school. It’s an awkward talk for a while but eventually she starts to understand why her sister likes him so much. She’s about to fully trust him when Hikari ruins it by giving her an over-the-top text about Tetsuo’s hug. But she learns Hikari was over-exaggerating and things seem okay.

THE GOOD

  • Another adorable episode
  • Sakie’s starting to open up, maybe a little too much but then again, that’s what makes it entertaining

THE BAD

  • I’m honestly disappointed we still haven’t gotten an “interview” episode with Yuki yet, I really want to see the chemistry between her and Tetsuo

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Fuuka (Ep.1)

Fuuka (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Seems I was wrong about my assumption that Fuuka would just fangirl out at Koyuki. She runs off almost immediately and Koyuki resumes cuddling against Yuu. Koyuki’s clearly playing a game as well, whether she even knows it or not. The next day he tried to explain things to Fuuka but she’s having none of it. When he tells her that the two are old friends, she’s even more upset that he never mentioned this before. She’s now ignoring him the rest of the day. Makoto’s not buying that nothing happened either, so he gets in Fuuka’s face about it and she at least admits there is a little fight going on. Pissed off himself, Yuu approaches Fuuka and apologizes for not saying anything, but he says something wrong again and causes her to walk away once more. So the ignoring continues. Then even worse happens, the teacher and that track team douche shows up, once again to try and recruit her. There’s a third person with them and it turns out that this guy and the teacher, along with the owner of the beach house restaurant are members of HEDGEHOGS, because of course they are. They say the other two members have vanished, hence their hiatus. The track asshat tries once more to recruit her and it leads to Fuuka having to show off how good a singer she is…with the three members of HEDGEHOGS. Douchebag thinks she’ll suck, we all know she won’t. Yuu gets to play bass for the first time as well. Makoto however pulls him aside before showtime to ask about things. Yuu explains things better with Fuuka not there…except she is and overhears him. Makoto leaves so she can talk to Yuu and they both apologize this time. It’s showtime and of course she sings fantastically. Koyuki elsewhere overhears it and so do others who come by to check things out. The track fuckface lets it slip that he used to play drums and Fuuka shoehorns him in the band now. It’s now the last night they’ll spend at the beach house and Yuu and Fuuka talk alone on the beach. Naturally, the classic “I’m cold!” event happens and they get close again. When he goes to leave, they fall over and he nearly pulls her top off. 

THE GOOD

  • We’re starting to get into the music stage of things, which is where I’m most interested now
  • Fuuka continuing to be such a freaking cutie!

THE BAD

  • I could’ve done without the almost accidental undressing as the ending, they could’ve done another minute afterwards

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)

Gabriel Dropout (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Vignette wants to go on a beach trip, obviously Gabriel doesn’t want to do shit. Satania’s mad they’re not asking her to come with them. Raphiel uses this to fuck with her further, so Gabriel adds on top of it and Vignette has to finally invite her. The four organize when they’ll go but exams are left, so the threat of not being able to go on the beach trip exists. But it’s okay, they all make it…and it’s raining. So Raphiel makes a call and the rain is gone, much to Gabriel’s disappointment. To my surprise, Satania easily wins this show’s swimsuit contest. Gabriel without hesitation pulls out her laptop and starts surfing online in the shade. Satania is convinced she can get Gabriel to want to come out to the water and proceeds to fail at surfing on an inflatable dolphin. Vignette tries the sand castle route, you know exactly what’ll happen, right? Yup, Gabriel gets bored. Raphiel lastly needs Satania for her attempt and it’s of course splitting a watermelon, except they don’t have one, just Satania. Naturally, Gabriel is interested now. The blindfold isn’t even on properly, so Gabriel has an easy shot. Then the cliche splash game starts, except Satania and Gabriel splash sea cucumbers and jellyfish at each other. Amongst other things, they have fun. Changing out of their swimwear, Satania forgot to bring underwear, so Vignette went out to get her some. Raphiel strikes again! Gabriel admits there were moments she enjoyed as they head home. With the last day of summer vacation, Vignette seeks to enjoy her last day, but naturally Gabriel didn’t do her homework so she comes over to copy it. Naturally, Satania swings by as well, so Raphiel has to join in too. At some point, Vignette ends up telling a story that happened on her first day in the human world. That’s when she comes across Gabriel for the first time, though it’s the original perfect angle version not the current one. Satania constantly interrupts the story because she simply can’t believe this perfect girl is the lazy, terrible girl she’s sitting next to in Gabriel. During the stories, Gabriel walks away to go nap on the bed, as she would do. 

THE GOOD

  • This was a less over-sexualized swimsuit episode compared to most, then again the show is more directed towards the comedy
  • I actually didn’t despise Raphiel for one episode!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5


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

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Living with the two girls now is making life for Kobayashi a little tougher as the two don’t really have much in terms of manners. It’s also cramped now so she considers looking for a bigger apartment. They find one where they all have access to the roof and that’s gets the two dragons’ attention. So it’s time to move. Kobayashi and Tohru talk about cleanliness, both in body and home. During packaging they find an old photo album and Tohru lovingly looks at pictures of her as a kid. Even worse for her, Tohru finds a maid dress that Kobayashi already owned and wants her to try it out. When that fails, she puts it on herself instead. It looks nice, but you know the big boobs joke had to be made. Moving day arrives and they’re now setting up shop there. Kobayashi takes her first bath in the new place and Tohru joins her to wash her back…but actually keeps the dress on, surprisingly. So the next day, she washes Tohru in full dragon form on the roof. After a rough day at work, Kobayashi gets so thrown off she goes to the old apartment instead. Hungover and tired, noisy neighbours make it worse for her. Tohru goes to the various neighbours to see what all the noise is about and all the noises are random. Then the three neighbours argue who’s being the loudest. Kobayashi finds Tohru nearly about to kill them, so she calms things down and sets up a timetable between them all where they’d prefer the noise to be quieter. Kobayashi later on is planning a party with some work friends and Tohru asks if she can invite her dragon friends, which naturally makes Kobayashi nervous. On arrives who is very evil and comes as a full dragon at the door, Fafnir. The other is Quetzalcoatl, who has giant tits (and short shorts), because of course she does. Fafnir and Kobayashi’s friend Makoto bond over a video game while Quetzalcoatl notes how Tohru normally doesn’t smile, so she’s happy to see her like this. Then Kobayashi gets stupid drunk and tries to strip the girls for some reason. 

THE GOOD

  • A very cute slice of life episode this week
  • The party gave us two new ridiculous characters and they’re fantastic

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

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

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Oh dear, the daily Explosion routine is still happening! Low on money as always, Kazuma wants to go into a dungeon they’ve been in before but a passage was discovered and they’re getting the first crack at it. They’re still without Darkness, so this will be quite interesting. Kazuma goes in alone at first, since Aqua’s useless and Megumin’s even more useless, being that using Explosion indoors is suicidal. But Aqua ignores him and follow anyway. In the dungeon, they reach the passage and now the unknown begins. Megumin is outside spewing nonsense to stay amused while the two go in. A single monster nearly kills them right off the bat. The entire run is them either bumping into stuff in the dark, or being scared shitless by EVERYTHING. Megumin and Chomusuke are play fighting meanwhile and that was super adorable! They finally find a treasure chest, which I assume is either a trap or worse, a mimic. Sure enough, it’s a wall mimic. We see more of Darkness’ “struggles” again and it looks more obvious she’s being dressed into something nice by several maids. Back in the dungeon, Aqua keeps sending souls of the dead to the afterlife and Kazuma senses something wrong, so now I’m assuming after they mentioned some mimics take human form, Aqua disappeared at some point during their run and has been replaced. Why? Cause she’s being useful, actually killing monsters. Kazuma gets even more suspicious with how many undead are in the dungeon, like it was a requirement for an arch priest like Aqua to be with him during this. They find the boss room, an undead wizard who kidnapped a king’s daughter. But he’s actually quite nice. He asks them to purify him so he can join his beloved in the afterlife. He apparently turned himself into a lich after suffering mortal wounds, so he could still protect the woman he loved. Thankfully, there’s a little treasure left over for them to take. Then he realizes the undead are only going after Aqua due to her excessive holy power, so he tries to separate from her, not that it works, of course. But eventually he uses Lurk to escape. Back at the tavern, things seem to be looking up once again but when they catch him giving the guild lady a drink, the other adventures get him to buy drinks that night. They also ask him to do his panty stealing trick, which happens just as Chris shows up. Oh dear, another callback. Yunyun shows up meanwhile to challenge Megumin to a drinking contest, but that fails too. By the end of the night, Aqua’s puking rainbows again, but we’re not aware if they kept all the treasure or not.

THE GOOD

  • Two callback scenes this week?! Oh this anime is ticking off all the nostalgia boxes!
  • I’m surprised that Aqua wasn’t a mimic, I’m wondering what this will mean down the line now that we’ve seen Aqua actually being capable
  • Megumin and Chomusuke play fighting…oh my god that was so funny

THE BAD

  • Nothing again, as always with the show thus far

Episode Score: 5/5

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Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)

Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Still doing supplementary classes, he’s now staring at her constantly to make her uncomfortable and trying cheesy pick-up lines on her, but Aki’s not your average girl. Turns out she thinks his recent efforts are extremely creepy. Yoshino tells him this and tells him to back off her for a while, that he can’t just keep pushing, he’ll outstay his welcome. Instead of constantly giving her affection, she tells him to be cold to her for a while. When he tries it, she’s beyond thrown off now. All she wants to do is return the umbrella he gave her too, so it’s almost a little too much. She tries to play it cold on him too, Yoshino advising him to keep on the course and not give in. Worrying he’s fucked up, Aki finally approaches him, very pissed off. He tries to escape again so she just whips the umbrella at him and now won’t let him escape. She grabs him by the tie and shoves him to the ground and starts shaking him about. Finally she asks why he’s ignoring her and she suddenly goes red in the face, super cute. He’s about to say he likes her when she suddenly asks him what he likes about her, something he wasn’t anticipating. He runs off before he can properly answer. Yoshino is amazed that he’s so idiotic for nothing thinking she’d ask such a question. The next day he tries again, but she suddenly pulls a 180 on him and is back to hating him. Yoshino tells him to stay out of things and she’ll handle it, but he doesn’t want to get his revenge through someone else. So he finds her alone in a park, skipping class for the first time and is really on-edge now. It turns out she saw the two talking to each other about how to deal with Aki. Yoshino finds her first and calms her down a little bit. It appears something also happened to Aki when she was younger to make her hate all boys, so she’s convinced herself she’ll never like one. Yoshino poses the question of if Aki likes him or not and that completely shuts her brain off for a moment and doesn’t notice Yoshino disappearing. So now she’s walking around aimlessly and also reveals something in her past caused her to intentionally be cruel to everyone, rather she’s distant to everyone than close to someone so she can get hurt again. Then she nearly gets hit by a car when Masamune saves her. He gets really upset with her and it’s unclear if he’s acting or actually opening up to her inadvertently. They have the first kiss tease of the season when a girl from the car that nearly hit Aki shows up, apologizing. The girl recognizes Masamune and cuddles up to him suddenly. He has no idea who she is.

THE GOOD

  • We’re getting some more plot now and closer to the turn around with these two
  • Initially I was cold of Masamune/Aki, but after this week, I’m starting to root for it, though I still think it’d be really cool if he ends up falling for someone else anyway in the end

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

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.4) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

The girls are celebrating the Cycling Club being reinstated and are trying to get Shiki to be their club adviser and treat her in hopes of getting her to come aboard. It’s a perfect fit and she agrees to be the club adviser. She asks what they want to do first, for now they want to just bike and see where they go. They have ideas to travel far, but for the time being they want to just get used to each other. Then the swim team who look really pissed off approach Natsumi, claiming she already promised to be on the team before joining the Cycling Club. So they settle it by having the top athlete race Hiromi? She gives Hiromi all kinds of advantages, knowing she’ll win anyway. Shiki however goads her into one more advantage that secretly prevents her from using all her leg muscles, thus slowing her down. The race starts and it’s a lot of screaming from Hiromi’s part. In the end, she still loses though, despite Shiki’s help. However, the girl isn’t taking Natsumi with her, she just wanted to have some fun with them at Hiromi’s expense. Going to the cafe after, Hiromi’s re-acquainted with the shrine girl from Episode 2 when she got lost, who’s Tomoe’s sister. Yuika designed the girls a uniform, the ones you see in the picture above.

After two episodes on notice, while the show isn’t amazing and blowing me away, it’s still enjoyable enough that I don’t have reasons to drop it right now, so it’s safe for the time being. Now that the club is in full swing, I’m hoping for more silly moments and adventures. Perhaps the first two episodes were just a slow start and nothing more.

THE GOOD

  • While not a great episode, the show was a very nice, fun little episode that didn’t require too much of my brain to be on, much like most slice of life anime
  • It was quite entertaining watching the swim girl keep adding handicaps because Hiromi is so bad

THE BAD

  • I despise the cliche of a contest for a person to join their group instead of the one they’re in, I’m pretty sure you’re allowed as a human being to just say no. I know it’s fiction, but it’s a constant storyline that I cannot stand
  • If Hiromi’s going to talk about her butt so much, the anime owes it to the viewers to show it

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


Nanbaka (Ep.14)

Nanbaka (Ep.17)

SYNOPSIS

We resume where the cliffhanger ended. Hajime deals with Yamato easily, but Rock on the other hand is beating the shit out of Jyugo. Tsukumo actually helps Jyugo before he takes a fatal punch. He tells him that he was following Rock because he noticed something odd about him and Yamato. Jyugo again is beating himself up because he knows it’s because he’s still here in the prison. They finally find a talisman on Rock’s neck and try to take it off him. When Rock’s about to deliver a fatal blow, Tsukumo manages to take it off. Hajime does the same with Yamato and recognizes them. Samon notices them gone from Building 5, the ones similar to the ones they put on Upa to suppress his powers. With both taken care of, all the injured get treated in the medical ward. Rock is there too, sleeping, they can’t find anything wrong with him now. During this time, Tsukumo slips out of his normal ninja speech and Uno and Nico catch it, freaking out cause they think he’s not a ninja now. Tsukumo recognizes that Upa had a talisman on him, so if it can control someone with a large amount of power,what could it do to a normal person? Even more interesting, he’s unsure how he didn’t get hit with a talisman as well. Uno suggests they go to Building 5 themselves, but Hajime’s having none of that idea. So you know they’ll just escape if he doesn’t take them with him, so because the other two guards are injured and Momoko’s gone, Hajime knows he has to take them with him. When they get to Building 5, no one’s there, Mitsuru tried to contact them as well and no one responded. When they go inside, Hajime gets trapped in a cage and shackled. The three get dropped into a pit. The person responsible appears to be that lazy guard that Samon always gives a lot of shit to.

THE GOOD

  • With the serious story picking up again, there’s an interest beyond the comedy again
  • Not that the comedy needs to be pushed aside, there was a good mix of comedy and story this week

THE BAD

  • While the episode was good, when you’re used to the majority of the show being comical, a more serious toned episode feels a little weird

Episode Score: 4/5

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Youjo Senki (Ep.1)

Youjo Senki (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Even though we were to think Tanya got sent to front lines again after some divine intervention, it’s been six months since we last saw her and has remained in the background at the academy. Tanya is excelling greatly at the academy, really pushing for an elite office job. We see she’s constantly preparing her rifle, for the day she has to fight, even if she gets lucky and has the opportunity to shoot Being X. While in the library, she’s approached by the Director of Strategy who has heard of her success and wants to meet with her. Tanya believes this is the chance she’s been waiting for, I believe it’ll be the opposite. He asks her what she thinks the war will become and she believes it’ll turn into a world war before it ends. She has ideas on how to try and solve this but she gets a little too aggressive in her thoughts about attacking the enemy that she inadvertently gives the Director ideas of their next move and there’s no doubt Tanya will be put into this force. We see Erich (blue hair guy) on the train reading the proposal Tanya made, though doesn’t know her name is attached to it. He’s very upset with this opinion and gets a strange feeling from the writing, recognizing it. At a cafe, a Captain approaches her that she knows well and asks her why she joined the military, so she perhaps makes up a reason. He’s worried only because he has a daughter and seeing Tanya as a soldier makes him think his daughter will one day do the same. She plays him so that he’ll drop out of the promotion race she’s aiming for. The military leaders meet and discuss their next move and that’s when the mage battalion is suggested and sure enough, Tanya is brought up to be a part of it. She’s not gonna be happy when she meets with a few leaders for dinner. They talk about her post-graduation plans and they all appear to be safe spots in her eyes. But then she’s given one more, which is the real path they intend to put her on, which is to lead the battalion. Oh she is pissed! The paperwork is flooding her too so she thinks she can take her time on her own, but Viktoriya is put with her to help, once again a stop to her plans.

THE GOOD

  • Tanya’s frustrations really bring the best out in her, along with her devilish trickster kind of attitude towards people

THE BAD

  • This episode was a lot of talking and nothing really special going on, just setting up her return to war

Episode Score: 3/5

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