Week #6 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #6 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.


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

Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Tamotsu’s computer is somehow garbage, how the hell is that the thing he’s taken so long to update?! Naturally it appears that he’s going to end up buying a new brand that’s run by a Bugged One. But a friend ends up getting him to go the “build your own PC” route. However he forgets to buy an Operating System, so the Professor makes him use her own OS she just created. He can talk back and forth with it, so naturally he doesn’t leave its side now, cause it’s a girl. Matome as usual is jealous except Arisa and Niwaka have noticed and confirmed it. He’s sad cause he’s leaving Pyuko, the OS, so the Professor gets the idea of making a mobile version of it, a giant robot. Now he’s taking Pyuko with him on patrol instead of Matome. Now the computer’s learning to be like a teenage girl in love as Tamotsu being the idiot otaku he is calls her pretty. The next day, all those Bugged One PCs are turning into robots. Pyuko goes along with them and finds the store completely empty of all things…except the Bugged One. Even worse, after stripping her a little bit, she turns into a chubby woman and disappears as all the robot PCs are congregating in one place. They fuse together into one giant mech robot. Naturally, Arisa gets tied up in a bondage pose, Matome starts losing her clothes to CDs being fired at her. Tamotsu discovers an outlet though and unplugs it. However because there is a lot of porn on that robot’s hard drive, the machine must self-destruct. So Pyuko has to make the ultimate sacrifice and flies into the air with the robot in tow. Crushed, Tamotsu is alone on the roof when the Professor comes up to comfort him with the usual speech, followed by a memory montage. I was expecting something at the end, but nothing. That was weird.

THE GOOD

  • Pyuko was a funny addition to the episode

THE BAD

  • I didn’t get much in terms of anything other than a little funny bit with Pyuko. The episode was not that interesting, the villain had a minute of total screen time at best and there wasn’t any real good jokes otherwise

Episode Score: 3/5


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)

Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Oh dear, Hikari and Himari’s father invited Tetsuo over to talk with him. Luckily, it’s mostly to thank him for helping his girls settle in. Tetsuo notes as the two girls come home just how different the two are from each other, especially with how they’re always fighting. He ends up staying for dinner at the father’s request, so the mother eventually shows up as well and more conversations start. The next day, Himari really starts to nail down Hikari for all her quirks and negligence. The one thing Tetsuo points out to her though is that because of Hikari’s vampire quirks, there are little things that Himari has been overlooking all this time, like how Hikari needs her to do her hair because she can’t see her reflection in a mirror. So she runs off to go find her sister, who seems to be missing. Ten bucks says she’s in the bathroom trying to do her hair and can see her reflection in a mirror. And…while she doesn’t find her in the bathroom, the mirror thing was a false idea and Himari is crushed by how much she worried for nothing, though Hikari cheers her up like only she can and admits the only reason she relies on Himari so much is really laziness and her negligence. At the end of the day, Hikari gets a text that really puts a smile on her face and runs off. After school, Tetsuo finds Kyouko asleep in his office…for some reason. He ends up falling asleep as well so Kyouko comforts him (except he’s not asleep at all, but doesn’t let her know). Then Hikari’s father suddenly shows up to pick up Kyouko as her parents are busy, not that Hikari told her because her sense of humour is awful. As her head leaves, the body will soon follow but writes him a note thanking him once again. 

THE GOOD

  • Hikari and Himari really are a fun to watch set of fighting sisters
  • I liked the angle this week with how parents deal with their kids, makes me want to see the same thing with Kyouko and Yuki’s folks too

THE BAD

  • Nothing this week

Episode Score: 5/5


Fuuka (Ep.1)

Fuuka (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

It appears something’s on Koyuki’s mind as her singing doesn’t seem to be up to par. Apparently Yuu’s childhood confession got to her, which seems strange cause shouldn’t she seem really happy? We see a bit of their relationship when they were younger. Koyuki had a rough upbringing, her parents fighting a lot. At one point when he hears her sing, Yuu suggests they be in a band together when they grow up. Perhaps that’s a bit of a sticking point with her now today. The worst happens as on her freaking birthday of all days, her parents tell her they’re getting divorced and her mother will be taking her away. Even worse, she never actually said goodbye to him when she left. Back in the present, she goes to his house to give him a concert ticket for a Christmas show. She ends up coming inside and of course no one else is home except Yuu. When he starts talking about his band, Koyuki starts getting twitchy and leaves. Oh you jealous bitch, if you want to nail him down now, you better do it soon! As she leaves though, she asks to renew their promise, so that one day they will play on the same stage together. On the way home, of course Koyuki runs into Fuuka. It’s the first time we ever see the two together, so naturally after getting splashed with mud by a truck, the two go to a bathhouse together, cause that’s how you bond! They talk about music, eventually getting onto the topic of Fuuka’s band and again Koyuki gets distant about it, but Fuuka keeps pressing. She does reveal how she writes her songs with her childhood crush (Yuu) in mind. They part ways and it appears Koyuki’s got a newfound energy to really go after Yuu now, perhaps she thinks after talking with Fuuka that there’s no romance in her mind when it comes to Yuu.

THE GOOD

  • Y’know what? Screw it, let’s flip the script and ship Fuuka and Koyuki together. I’m not even saying this because I want more scenes of the two naked together, I think they actually are really good together

THE BAD

  • Nothing at all this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)

Gabriel Dropout (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Satania is up to her usual tricks (and failing) with Gabriel, when she sees a Hell Shopping Network with a surefire way to get revenge on an angel…a gun. Oh dear. The ammo will make the person laugh for 10 minutes straight. Naturally, Raphiel wants to see all this as well, because she knows how bad it’ll end. Gabriel surrenders quickly, which shocks Satania, before she realizes she’s won. Too bad she falls for Gabriel getting the gun and shoots her immediately. Another day, she visits her house to try again, but Gabriel’s too busy playing video games. Raphiel as per usual, just shows up because she’s gotta watch. She convinces Satania to challenge her to shogi, a game she’s never played. I’m sure you can figure out how this goes, except they just make up rules as they go along to screw with Satania even more. Back at school, we’re introduced to the class president of Gabriel’s class, posing weirdly for an art class, because Satania wants to draw her in a “cool” pose. Shenanigans ensue, including her wanting the president to strip nude. Then the next time we see them, apparently it’s Halloween? Gabriel throws beans at them in response for trick or treating at her place. Vignette made them all costumes, so I wonder what she made for Gabriel, which ends up being kitty pajamas. They all then go out and bother their homeroom teacher, except he actually has candy for them, including melon bread…which the dog shows up to steal.  

THE GOOD

  • Oh my god, Gabriel in cat pajamas!!!

THE BAD

  • Uh…where was Tapris this episode? Doesn’t she live with Gabriel right now?

Episode Score: 4/5


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

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

It’s a good morning for Tohru, she went a whole morning without getting scolded by Kobayashi…until birds start pecking at the laundry and she starts destroying shit again. At work, one of her co-workers notes that Kobayashi seems happier now, more open. She notes to herself that it has been two months now since she met Tohru. Speaking of which, Tohru’s still trying to learn things pertaining to Kobayashi like how to gain her affection. Back at work, she’s helping out her co-worker and then we see that Tohru’s just walked into the office and used magic to hide herself just so she could watch her work. She stays hidden long enough until a boss really pisses her off by yelling at Kobayashi and trips him up. He returns later on to yell some more and she trips him again…and again…and again…and again and again and again and again. The day’s finally over, so it’s time to head home, except Kobayashi figures out that Tohru was watching, so she reveals herself, apologizing and saying she just wanted to learn more about her. Everything seems fine so they head home. We learn not long after Kobayashi got the boss fired as she had proof he was abusing his power. Another day, Tohru’s walking about and comes across Fafnir out of nowhere, inviting him home with her. He’s decided to live in the human world for a while and she decides to help him find a place so he doesn’t turn into a dragon to fly to a nearby mountain and attract all the attention. He notes that she’s becoming too much like a human and asks if she could kill one again if she returned home. He even asks what she’ll do when Kobayashi inevitably dies, but Tohru’s more concerned with now rather than the future. Back to the house hunt…they finally realize the whole ‘money’ thing. Then she gets an idea and goes to the gamer friend that introduced him to video games and he’s willing to take Fafnir in for a bit. He’s cool now with video games around him. Later on the girls are watching an ESP magician and try to recreate it, by bending all the spoons in their house. So Kobayashi after scolding them shows them how it’s done. Kanna finds a book on it and Tohru takes it as training for her and flies off to try it out. We get the training montage now including the sitting under a waterfall, balancing on a finger, karate practice, lots of sparring matches and more! But after that, she still can’t perform magic tricks. She’s not happy that a human is capable of doing something she can’t. Kobayashi finally shows her how to do the trick and calms her down. 

THE GOOD

  • The little Kanna clips in between all this were so freaking cute
  • I loved the training montage spoof

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week, weaker episode but nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4.5/5


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

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

Turns out the monsters Megumin had to deal with were caused by Kazuma and Aqua when they were in the dungeon. I agree with Kazuma, they can’t just blame everything on him. In actuality, it’s because the circle Aqua used on that lich is keeping all the monsters from staying in the dungeon. They now have to find the cause of all these monsters that are being summoned and seal it away. They’re self-destructing dolls. So naturally Darkness wants in and it’s just her and Kazuma this time, Aqua still traumatized from their last visit into the dungeon. Darkness is actually able to hit these monsters too and I’m shocked a bigger deal wasn’t made of this. They find the source of the summons, the next Devil King commander, Vanir. He’s only there to check on the headless horseman…who’s obviously not around. Vanir really just wants to die in a glorious final battle and is trying to find the right dungeon to do just that in. He can also read minds so he starts messing with them both, particularly with Kazuma’s plan to eventually seduce Darkness because of the bet they made. But most importantly, he intends to deal with Aqua for creating that magic circle preventing him from full taking over the dungeon. Darkness starts fighting Vanir and Kazuma sneaks up on him…except he trips and falls into him…BUT KNOCKS HIM INTO DARKNESS’ SWORD AND SHE KILLS HIM!!! Well, not really, as the mask suddenly floats onto Darkness’ face and takes her over. Except she’s okay with Kazuma attacking her, for obvious reasons. He just leaves ‘them’ alone while he destroys the magic circle, but Vanir’s not letting him leave, though Darkness is driving him nuts so he tries to leave, but Kazuma uses a seal to keep him there till they get outside and Aqua purifies him. He runs out with her body as Vanir intends to attack Aqua, but she exorcises him immediately, feeling an evil presence. And he knows Aqua and the Axis. She just makes fun of him and tries to finish him off, but he isn’t going that easily. Kazuma wants her to remove the mask as soon as he gets the seal off. He uses a fire spell to burn it off, but she can’t get the mask off. So she tells Aqua to give it all she’s got and even wants Megumin to use Explosion if she has to. Obviously the girls don’t want to kill her. So Explosion it is. We are to assume Darkness is gone, but of course it wouldn’t be that easy, right? He is cleared of execution finally though and sure enough she’s perfectly fine, but lost her armor. She’s gifted with a brand new set, though she’s lost her cherished armor. Also, the crazy thing Kazuma did to Darkness was have everyone now call her by her real name, Lalatina, which is far worse than anything she thought he was going to do to her. But the best news is their debt has been cleared completely through that mission and he cries himself into a happy frenzy.

THE GOOD

  • Oh my god Vanir and Darkness were so fucking funny together
  • And now she’s going by Lalatina? Oh this is going to get so much funnier as this goes on

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report!

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)

Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

So are we getting a kiss or not? Who knows, we start with Yoshino getting approached by Neko who really wants to know where Masamune is, but she doesn’t know. Yoshino really doesn’t appear to like her at all, in fact looks really nervous around her. All right, now we’re finally back to the two lovebirds. The kiss to him was the grand finale and now she’s pushing this on him already? He wasn’t ready for it. Seeing he’s not gonna do it, she goes to leave but he pulls her in, inches away now and goes for it but she uppercuts him. Cause anime girls. Tae shows up with the swim club just after that. Aki just leaves as well, making it seem like he was being a horndog the whole time while it’s clear she’s starting to fall for him. Alone now, Neko manages to find him. She gives him some tea and is clearly showing herself as the ‘perfect wife’. So he bluntly asks Neko why she likes him, as a way to learn how to answer Aki if she asks that question again. But she answers perfectly to the point he’s caught way off guard. She leaves and we see Yoshino’s been following her, prepared to push her out of the picture completely if she can. She tails her until her driver finds her, clear that Neko’s no pushover and isn’t buying Yoshino’s innocent charade either. Back with Masamune, he comes home to NEKO AND YOSHINO IN APRONS COOKING DINNER?!!!  Ahem…so he drags Yoshino away to ask what the hell’s going on. Turns out his mother came across them, as of course Neko was going straight to Masamune’s house. She thinks both girls are there because of her son and goes all crazy, inviting them both inside. Naturally Neko follows not long after so she can see her love’s room. Dinner’s served and during it Masamune’s picky about fats and Neko is downing a shitload of nutrient pills. Clearly Yoshino’s happy to eat, it’ll only make her boobs bigger, because anime logic. To make matters worse for him, his little sister convinces the girls to stay a little longer to light off fireworks and so the girls can wear yukatas too, just for good measure. During the night, he admits to himself that if Neko wasn’t such a pathological liar, maybe he could’ve felt something with her. The night ends and Neko heads out, Yoshino heading out as well but he at least walks her to a taxi stop where along the way she tells him not to get caught in Aki’s pace. At the end, we see Neko stole a picture of him and Aki as a kid, seeing where their acquaintance came from, not to mention the truth about Masamune and his weight before.

THE GOOD

  • More Aki Butt. That is all…
  • It’s hard for me to pick between innocent and monotone Yoshino, both are super adorable!

THE BAD

  • A little too much happenstance this week, the one that really got me was Masamune’s mother just happening to have two yukatas available that fit Yoshino and Neko

Episode Score: 4/5


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

Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.6) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

The girls return to the store where Fuyune and Tomoe have their bikes now polished off and ready to go. Hiromi marvels over their bikes, but is left behind since she doesn’t have hers yet. Korone isn’t happy though that Hiromi will actually have to ride a “mommy bike” in this race so she ends up making her one with a bunch of old parts leftover from past bikes. But it’s only to borrow, she’s not giving it to her. So the girls start training, Shiki joining them at times as well. Just before the even, the uniforms show up, those ridiculous pink outfits. They’re a little weird about it at first because it’s flashier than they thought and they didn’t know that you wear the racing pants without underwear on, to prevent chaffing. Finally it’s the evening of the race. Everyone else is there too, including Korone and Nagisa. Swimmer girl is there as well. Turns out the principal set all the sports clubs against each other in this race since they were all stealing members from each other. Even the cultural clubs are joining in as well, everyone seeing this as an opportunity to show themselves to other students. Naturally, everyone’s got it out for the Bicycle Club too, which of course freaks out Hiromi, as if she’s skittish enough already. As the race starts, Natsumi either gets caught on something or her bike isn’t working so she starts late. So Hiromi gets off to help her and the others return too so they can race together. Because friendship!!! 

Y’know what? I’m just putting this show on perma on-notice and I’ll just drop it if I feel that bad about it. I enjoy watching it, but one episode can be so pointless while others have something to offer. As the show runs into its second half, I really hope to see a lot more adventuring and hijinks, because I’m not interested in just watching four girls bike around and that’s it.

THE GOOD

  • It’s nice to see the club actually doing something now
  • Seeing everyone so far coming together was a nice touch

THE BAD

  • The vibe however from this episode was weird, it felt like this was Episode 12 with the way it ended, didn’t it?

Episode Score: 4/5 ***PERMANENT ON NOTICE***


Nanbaka (Ep.14)

Nanbaka (Ep.19)

SYNOPSIS

On the first level, they now know how to deal with these guards, not that it stops Uno from getting the shit scared out of him by them. His screams attract a ton of the guards and they’re all on the run. They end up in a closed off management office and hide there for now. Nico is starting to look bad now that he’s gone a while without his medicine. Jyugo looks around the room for anything that might help, but instead finds an old locked box with a bunch of paperwork on various criminals and finds one that grabs his attention, likely himself. It seems Enki has met Jyugo in his monster form before. Sure enough, Jyugo finds a paper on himself and sees “human experimentation” on it, so someone else knows about it. About to get to the second floor, a guard attacks Liang and has a talisman on him, so it’s not one of the villains, it’s a brainwashed guard. Upa has to save him as Liang can’t seem to avoid the attacks. The two leave the group to stick around and deal with the guard and block the door so Jyugo and the others can’t stop them. Except, uh…how do they get out now? Liang talks about the day the others told him about Jyugo and how useless he is at everything beyond jailbreaking. Why? Because he feels useless himself now after all that’s happened and Jyugo freeing him gave him clarity of mind. But now it’s not just the one guard, another is out as well, this one however one of the villains, looking like if Leatherface mixed with the pig guy from the Saw series. Back with the others, Jyugo is bewildered as to why he’s being trusted saving them all and Trois takes his turn trying to get him on the right path. However, Nico’s suddenly gone missing in the commotion and pig boy is ready to fight, with a giant freaking hammer!!! …Next week!

THE GOOD

  • Upa and Liang getting a chance to shine in battle really brought them to the forefront a bit
  • This particular pig guy is actually for once a scary villain. Why? Because we don’t see his face, nor even his hair, which is the show’s primary way of making each character unique

THE BAD

  • I’m starting to really tire of mopey Jyugo

Episode Score: 4/5


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)

Youjo Senki (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

All seems well with the battle with Dakia, but the generals worry about the battle on the other front which has been far more of a struggle, especially when their supply lines are barely making them last the winter. So the commanding officer figures fuck it, let’s send Tanya instead. And she’s starting to think God’s using his power again to alter things to keep Tanya busy once more. We see how the battle on the other front is going so badly, losing mages by the dozens in an instant. That is until Tanya arrives. She intentionally denies reinforcements to make her soldiers really work and earn their accolades in the unit. A company of bomber planes show up and Tanya goes on her own to deal with them all, once again using God’s power to do it. She checks one plane to see if she can get information from the survivors, when God talks to her once again through one of the corpses. It’s rather horrifying that a God would do this with a dead body. We see after that the Allies are aware of Tanya and have been slowly starting to track her, however she’s already found them and deals with them quickly too. With command again, she’s being sent to the front lines once again and oh, she’s not happy about this. At the end, it appears Tanya and company may actually at some point be fighting against Viktoriya’s father, as an old photo suggests.

THE GOOD

  • It is very ironic that Tanya is using God’s own power to kill and I love that

THE BAD

  • Not nearly the same amount of pure insanity from Tanya, was disappointed after last week’s fantastic episode

Episode Score: 4/5

One comment

  1. “I didn’t get much in terms of anything other than a little funny bit with Pyuko. The episode was not that interesting, the villain had a minute of total screen time at best and there wasn’t any real good jokes otherwise” – this kind of sums up my thoughts about Akiba’s Trip this week, though in my case it was enough of a final nail to actually drop the show.
    Thanks for sharing as always. It is great reading your current impressions of the shows.

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