Week #7 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #7 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.7)

SYNOPSIS

Seems it’s cameras this week, so the real question is how much peeping will there be this episode? Tamotsu breaks one of Niwaka’s figurines and oh boy is he in trouble, not that he cares, he’s more interested in the shots he took before breaking the figurine. So naturally, it’s time for another part-time job to make some money again. This time he hits a maid/butler cafe that pays much higher than normally and the owner’s quite creepy, doesn’t give off a Bugged One vibe at all. The place is all kinds of fucked up, the attitude way over the top and not in the good kind of way. The next day, things get better for him, becoming the restaurant’s photographer, but things still remain strange, something’s quite off. Meanwhile, Niwaka approaches the girls, wanting to make up with Tamotsu, but isn’t sure how to go about it. As time goes on for Tamotsu, he’s clearly exhausted and tired, but the group is very brainwashing in their nature to keep him working hard and the words “Thank you!” being a major part of it. It’s to the point he’s not coming home it seems. And now he’s a maid when the girls finally go to the bar to see how he’s doing. So Niwaka smacks him hard to wake him up…followed by a home run swing from her as well. With him no longer brainwashed, the Bugged One is revealed. While they fight the workers, the boss takes Niwaka hostage. The little enemies start stripping them before Tamotsu breaks free and defeats him, while momentarily having to disrobe his own sister. Oh dear. Afterwards, she apologizes and Tamotsu replaces the figurine he broke. 

I think it’s time after all these episodes just being really bad comedy with a lot of stripping to put the show on notice. It’s later in the season, but the show is definitely getting less and less worth watching. There’s nothing of note other than the stripping sequences, let’s be honest here.

THE GOOD

  • I honestly have nothing of real positivity this week

THE BAD

  • Beyond the stripping, what does the show really have? The characters are single jokes repeated over and over, the villains aren’t interesting and there’s just nothing to latch onto

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)

Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

Hikari thinks she saw someone suspicious at school, making Tetsuo think it’s a bear. Meanwhile, Sakie finds a “pretty boy” named Kurtz in the hallway, he’s part German. He seems suspicious so she tries to ask him about what’s going on, gets nothing. She even gets touched by him and nothing happens, which immediately raises the flag of Kurtz actually being female. Guess we’ll have to see, not that the very feminine voice is hiding this fact well. They find the man and Kurtz goes full ninja on him…and he knows Kurtz…and is a police detective. Sakie apparently meets with him often, but wants to know why he’s at the school. He knows how to push her buttons and eventually calls Kurtz a “weapon” against succubi. Then it gets awkward as he tells her to maybe think about starting a family and the like. She does however admit there is actually someone she’s interested in, which really gets the man’s attention. He then brings up how Tetsuo (without knowing his name) probably did get turned on by her aphrodisiac, but didn’t show it. She completely loses her mind thinking about the situation between her and Tetsuo. Meanwhile, Kurtz runs into the girls who naturally are very friendly to him, because as a foreigner, he’s a bit of an outcast like they are. Running away, he runs into two boys looking at a picture taken of Sakie that’s a little risque and scolds them, but lays off when it sounds more like they don’t just like her because she’s a succubus. Tetsuo finally gets to talk with the police officer and learns that the man and Kurtz work for a division of the police force that deal with demi-humans. He admits though his work has certainly lessened since demi-humans became more accepted in society. He also says that most of his cases now are related to succubi, especially with how in this day and age, a succubus could literally just make a man molest her so he can get arrested, because she may not like him or just for fun. He asks Tetsuo to take care of Sakie (and then eventually groups the other girls with her), which confuses Tetsuo for a moment, but accepts the gesture.

THE GOOD

  • The Sakie bits were really adorable

THE BAD

  • Unfortunately, the rest of the episode wasn’t that great. The detective didn’t add much, hell even Kurtz who I was sure would be revealed as a female in this episode (could still happen later) didn’t offer much either
  • An episode where the three girls get almost no screen time really brings the show down

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Fuuka (Ep.1)

Fuuka (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

The practices continue in preparation for the festival as they continue to get better as a group. On another day, his sisters (one is half-dressed, of course) show them a leaked photo of him and Koyuki, so now it’s become a PR nightmare for her. At school, Yuu’s being hounded about it. Fuuka shockingly is not happy with him again. When he has time, he goes to see her on the roof to talk about it, but she brushes him off and denies that anything’s wrong, which is not great considering the show is tomorrow. But she does reveal she’s mad he didn’t tell her he saw her again. With Koyuki, at a TV show she kind of tells the truth about what happened, even after her PR company denied everything, however she does add that he’s her unrequited love. Oh dear, Fuuka is hit by this, not to mention how Yuu’s probably feeling right now, though he’s more worried about the trolls saying they’ll come to his concert and ruin it. The band members are all very upset though with the responses that people have given Yuu. Sara especially wants to know how she can help and his brother told them she ought’a shut ’em up with her guitar playing. Back with Yuu, he’s aware how bad this can still turn out for Koyuki, but with his sisters egging him on, he understands he will still have some fans to play for, even if there’s a ton of people who want to ruin it. The day of the festival arrives, naturally Koyuki’s sneaking in to try and see it. There are A LOT of people at the show, but mostly Koyuki fans who either want to fuck her or beat the fuck out of Yuu. He’s however ready and raring to go! 

THE GOOD

  • A VERY accurate representation of Japan’s ridiculous idol system with how they can’t have relationships and an accurate representation of dumbass fans who feel a romantic connection with a celebrity
  • That little Kazuya rolling around scene was fucking hysterical!

THE BAD

  • I’m really getting sick and tired of Fuuka’s pouty nature because Yuu doesn’t tell her everything he does, it’s kind of irritating

Episode Score: 4/5


Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)

Gabriel Dropout (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

‘Tis just a normal day for Vignette, same goes for Gabriel, sleeping all day. Everything seems normal, until both of them notice they’re getting less funds for daily life, likely due to both girls not playing the roles they’re supposed to be playing. Raphiel suggests a few things to help Vignette, but you know she’s joking around, aka dressing her in a bear outfit. Depressed, she goes to the coffee shop and the owner approaches her, worried about her as she’s not being herself. She asks him how to do bad deeds, which freaks him out and makes him think she’s being forced into doing bad deeds, like she’s roped into a gang or something. But he offers to help as best he can…which is just dressing slightly bad girl-ish and saying dumb phrases. She’s almost worse than Satania now. The last resort comes into play, she tries to skip class, which for someone like Vignette may be harder than killing someone. So instead, she just doesn’t take notes and almost fails the entire class to do absolutely nothing. Even then, Gabriel has no reaction and she gets dejected and walks off, running into Satania along the way and she notices Vignette’s clothing change and she gets so happy about it. Except her money doesn’t increase, obviously. A couple days later, things get even worse for Vignette as she catches a cold. She gets a visit from Satania and Raphiel while she’s sick. Satania tried to gift her with melon bread but it appears the dog doesn’t care if Satania wasn’t going to eat that one. She kicks them out not long after cause they want to play games and Vignette just wants to sleep off her cold. If only she could. She tries counting animals and ends up waking up with Gabriel drawing cat whiskers on her face. It appears she somewhat cares about Vignette’s condition, but mostly because she won’t have anyone to copy notes and homework from. Okay, 100% because she wanted Vignette to do her homework. 

THE GOOD

  • A nice, cute episode
  • I love Vignette, so an episode centered on her was perfect

THE BAD

  • There wasn’t a lot of jokes beyond “No one cares about me!!!” with Vignette

Episode Score: 3.5/5


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

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Tohru got challenged to a maid battle of sorts by Kanna’s friend from school, Riko. This maid seems to really throw Kobayashi off, maybe it’s because she’s an actual maid. Oh dear, Tohru’s about to get really jealous. While the maids and Kobayashi get acquainted, the little ones play Twister together and it goes…perhaps a little too close for comfort, so video games it is! Kobayashi and Georgie have massive maid talks and Tohru sits in the background. When Kanna and Riko get real close again, before it’s about to get WAY TOO CLOSE, the other girls burst in, Tohru not able to take the boredom and jealousy anymore. Now we learn Quetzalcoatl the next day has moved into the city as well, already living with someone. Apparently a kid was practicing a ritual and she got bored and actually appeared for the girl as her servant. She asks Kobayashi however to help clear up a misunderstanding that she’s not a demon, much like everyone else in the house thinks. The girl, Shouta arrives and –oh wait, it’s a boy?! Could’ve fooled me…ahem! She’s made it worse, sleeping with the boy and bathing with him. Shocking he’d be nervous with boobs that big around him. When asked by Tohru why we made that circle, he apparently wants to be a full-powered mage, apparently there are many in the world but live quiet lives. In the end, it’s almost like she was summoned for nothing, so Shouta’s seriously considering having her leave the house. The next day, it appears Fafnir’s getting along with his own place, helping Takiya with things such as a video game he’s working on. He even admits that he the one who wants to kill all humans, has found someone he can tolerate. 

THE GOOD

  • A very cute episode, Kanna at full force as usual
  • Fafnir adjusting into the human world is quite the nice story as well

THE BAD

  • The Riko/Kanna thing was a bit much, I mean…I know one of them’s technically older than 18, but dragons don’t count!
  • Lucoa (aka Quetzalcoatl) is literally just boobs to make Shouta blush, well that’s sooo interesting…

Episode Score: 4/5


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

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

The girls want to go outside and adventure again, while Aqua wants to stay inside where it’s warm. We flashback to when the party goes to tell Wiz that they slayed Vanir, who would be an old comrade of hers. Except, Vanir’s there at the store. Darkness is not happy. Apparently he wanted to leave the Devil King’s army anyway so now the barrier around his castle is gone. Later on, Kazuma goes to a weapons shop and apparently had a katana made for him and new armor too! Only problem is the armor’s too heavy for him to move in and the katana is too long so he’s clumsy moving around with it strapped around him. They then take a quest killing Lizard Runners and it goes extremely well. And by extremely well, I mean Aqua fucks everything up. Kazuma falls from a tree and breaks his neck, dying. He sees the new goddess after Aqua and has a calm conversation with her. During this time, he realizes what he’s missing in his life, a heroine to fall in love with, Eris the goddess being the one he’s interested in. He contemplates being reborn as well but after realizing the girls are doing messed up things to his dead body, he caves and goes back. Apparently Megumin did something really bad to his body, because Darkness is even more flustered and Aqua is pissed off. Why? She undressed him and wrote on his stomach, an arrow pointing down to his crotch saying it’s Excalibur. Yep.

THE GOOD

  • It’s a little interesting having Eris as a potential love interest for Kazuma
  • I’m happy to see Vanir’s back, he works so well with Darkness

THE BAD

  • This one was a lot more boring than usual, this episode’s plot really didn’t do much for me

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)

Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

It’s summer vacation, so you know what that means…! He tries to invite Aki out, but she already “planned” something and to stick it to him further, she invites only Koujuurou. But it backfires on her and now everyone wants in. So let’s see who wins this show’s swimsuit episode, shall we? My money’s on Yoshino. Speaking of, she approaches Masamune and tells him she can’t read Neko at all, she has no idea what’s got her so interested in him. She then gives him an ultimatum, he has to make progress or he’ll tell Aki everything. We then flip to some random woman who likely got dumped as the kids all arrive. Oh, it’s her father’s secretary, that makes sense…huh? She thinks there’s only one boy, not counting Koujuurou. Out of nowhere, he claims to be dating Aki as a gamble. At first, she hates this, but when it gets Midori, the secretary off her back, she kind of lets it slide for now and goes with it. He’s now playing Aki like a fiddle with Midori’s name being more than enough to get her flustered. ALL RIGHT, BEACH TIME! Tae looks awesome, Neko looks like she has no bottoms, Koujuurou is wearing a t-shirt and almost got dressed in a girl’s swimsuit, because I’m still unsure if he’s a boy or not. Neko naturally starts making moves before Aki shows up to stop it, having to keep up appearances. Speaking of which, a skirt?! Come on, you’re robbing us of Aki butt! Yoshino’s the only one not showing off yet. Taking him away, she plays him to be her little servant for a while, making him get her food. Along the way, Midori gives him an idea to take her somewhere scary, knowing Aki’s easily scared and that could work to his advantage. Apparently though, Midori really hates Masamune, because she enjoyed this sadistic man-hating Aki. All the kids go to this scary place together, they draw numbers to do first and it works out well as he’ll go after Aki. Now how does his plan get foiled? Midori is apparently there waiting to scare the hell out of Masamune to make him look pathetic, but Yoshino finds her first before she messes up that plan. Everyone is scared shitless by her and Yoshino. But in the end, instead of carrying Aki around, he’s carrying Midori after finding her unconscious, having run into a pole and getting knocked out. So naturally instead, this is a moment where he gets over with Midori. He also reveals to her that the relationship is a lie and was just trying to show off to Aki. He thinks he failed as they leave the island the next day, but Yoshino tells him he actually made progress through Midori.

Oh and we never got sexy Yoshino swimsuit moments, so the winner is…TAE!!!

THE GOOD

  • That whole test of courage segment was awesome
  • Not-bitch Midori seems really beautiful

THE BAD

  • No Yoshino swimsuit
  • No Aki butt…boooooooooooooooooo!

Episode Score: 4/5


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

Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.7) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

So we’re getting the race and somehow the bear costume is leading. They’re aware how behind they are, so Natsumi takes charge and they try to catch up. Along the way they run into the swim team girls again and they intentionally fall back to chase them and prove they’re better. The girls after getting some advice from Shiki are actually showing signs of improvement, even Hiromi. Shiki and company however worry about their chances after the slow start, but Korone claims to have taught Hiromi in particular a special skill. With the swim girls catching up, it’s time to get serious. The number of laps are also rapidly decreasing, so time is running out. The third-years are also closing in fast. All the girls are doing their own thing to help out, now Hiromi needs to find the thing she needs to do to help her team. Two laps to go, Natsumi’s shoulder begins to hurt and Fuyune’s pretty much gassed. Tomoe however has an idea in that they’ll make a gamble so one of them wins and not any of the second or third-years, naturally I’ll guess it being Hiromi, who’s still trying to figure out what she can do. 

THE GOOD

  • Finally, some freaking bike racing!
  • You really do get the sense now that these four girls aren’t just classmates and/or acquaintances anymore, they’re friends and they’re close
  • …KUMA! KUMA KUMA KUMAAAAAA!!!

THE BAD

  • I still wish there was a lot more cheesiness to the show

Episode Score: 4/5


Nanbaka (Ep.14)

Nanbaka (Ep.20)

SYNOPSIS

Nico somehow managed to join Upa and Liang, because naturally he wants to watch his master fight. Upa puts him aside and tells him not to watch, knowing that if Nico tries to mimic the moves they’re about to do, the amount of stress on his body would be too much. Pigman throws poison smoke at them, revealing that Qi has betrayed them to make said poisons. A flashback, Pigman offered to pay off his debts in return for his services. We see a little history of the three before all this took place, including Liang at a younger age seeing Pigman beating his teacher. In the end, his teacher gave up Liang as a bargain to save himself and the temple. They also worked for Pigman where it starts to look more like Qi’s doing this for now until he can figure out how to kill him. Back to the fight, Nico actually saves them from an attack, fighting for his friends. And this is where I get a really bad feeling. Then sure enough, a bunch of poison needles strike Nico…except as we remember, poison has the opposite effect on him. The talisman-ridden guard returns to the battle as well and even knows qigong, making things even worse. Upa wants to use qigong, but doesn’t want Nico to be influenced by it. Pigman because of this hesitation hits Upa hard and Nico tries to help again, but Pigman grabs him by the throat, choking him, the intent to kill. He starts to convulse, wanting to know where his medicine is and then dies? But instead, appears to turn into something much scarier, like a second personality.

THE GOOD

  • Nico really saved this episode, especially with the interest now of this second personality

THE BAD

  • Upa, Liang and Qi just don’t sell an episode for me, they don’t add much to the show in my opinion
  • Nico could potentially become a real bad character if this second personality doesn’t add anything

Episode Score: 3/5


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)

Youjo Senki (Ep.6.5)

SYNOPSIS

This entire episode was a retelling of the story up until this point. So since there’s nothing new to add, I will not be doing a synopsis this week and will resume next week with Episode 7.

THE GOOD

  • N/A

THE BAD

  • N/A

Episode Score: N/A

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One comment

  1. Glad I didn’t miss anything when I dropped Akiba’s Trip and glad it didn’t suddenly start doing anything new or interesting. I always wonder when I drop a show if maybe I’m missing out on something, but that show was really wearing thin by the mid-season point.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the shows this week.

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