Week #8 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #8 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: I HAVE INTERNET!!! SCREENCAPS ARE BACK, BAY-BAY!!! The only episode not getting one this week is Konosuba, as I watched it before the new internet got installed.


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

Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.8) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

The gang is on the hunt for a rice cooker, for reasons. Apparently Tamotsu takes weeks to cook one thing, because reasons. They come across two people, one with a shitload of boxes balanced on his head and Arisa claims it’s her master and our boss this week. She gives a little background on her history, aka she’s the ultimate prodigy, because again, reasons. Of course, all the rice cookers are sold out, because reasons. Arisa tries again but no answer, he’s clearly either a Bugged One or hypnotized. Apparently the woman is a promoter and she intends to conquer Akiba, because out of everywhere in the world, this is the place, for the umpteenth time, because reasons. It’s clear she’s controlling him as he struggles a little bit before finally beating the everloving shit out of all of them. Arisa’s the only one who at least has a shot against him, but the fight ends when the owner of the store they’re fighting in stops them. So they set up an actual fight to decide things, a tournament. The anime is trying to make me like it again with wrestling. Cheaters. It’s so bad, it’s hilarious! All the in-jokes, even the Spanish announce table got some love. Arisa gets a chance, but Niwaka and Matome are held hostage and you know stripping will occur. It doesn’t actually happen, but Tamotsu does drive an ATV into the locker room to save them. Failing, the woman slaps her master and he does a face turn on her, but he still wants to fight her for fun now. In the end she wins. The woman attacks her after and Tamotsu enters to strip her and end it. Arisa and her master talk for the first time in a while, thanking each other and the world (Akiba) is saved once again.  

Show’s still on notice, but that may have been the best episode I’ve seen all season.

THE GOOD

  • Wrestling anime, how the fuck did Tiger Mask W not become something as funny and fun as this episode did?!

THE BAD

  • I cannot say anything bad about this for risk of lying to myself

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)

Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.8)

SYNOPSIS

The girls get to see their test scores, Himari #2 and Kyouko #5. Hikari’s a little jealous cause she’s terrible at her studies. Tetsuo is not happy with her upon seeing her scores. Upon her over-exaggeration, she knocks a book out of Yuki’s bag and it falls under a table. Hm…that won’t come into play later. Sakie finds it and Yukki approaches her in time to find it, a manga not a textbook like I suspected. She’s embarrassed about liking it and tries to hide it (poorly), my my our cute little Yukki’s quite the little pervert. Later on, the girls are studying in the library. Hikari is constantly having trouble, so Kyouko helps as best she can. They somehow segue back to Tetsuo praising them for studying, so naturally Kyouko wants to place #1 next time to get the best praise from him. We then get treated to the most random competition ever. The “Hikari Cup” which is basically which arm between Kyouko, Yukki and Tetsuo she’d prefer biting the most. Yukki wins easily because of her being cold. Through this, he wonders about the girls pertaining to Sakie, whether her effects would work on them at all. The next scores comes up, Yukki making the list and sure enough Kyouko ranked #1, shocking both girls.

THE GOOD

  • A cute episode, nothing too special mind you

THE BAD

  • Nothing really grabbed me this week either, but it wasn’t a bad episode, just nothing over-the-top to talk about

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Fuuka (Ep.1)

Fuuka (Ep.8)

SYNOPSIS

The time is now and the band steps out on stage. Before they start however, a bottle is thrown, his bass is broken and he’s bleeding. Now he’s shattered a bit. His sister tries to help and only makes it worse, so Koyuki has to emerge. Because of this, she’s trampled by fans and someone starts streaming it and her agency gets a hold of this. The lights suddenly go out and the band plays anyway, Yuu getting a new bass, likely one from HEDGEHOGS. They wow the crowd. I do love how apparently there’s backup vocals in the song even though there’s no backup singers yet. Afterwards, Fuuka gets Koyuki to come on stage with her to sing a song together, another HEDGEHOGS song, but slower. They “battle” in song, almost like they’re fighting for Yuu’s affection, not that we’re 100% sure Fuuka’s actually interested in him. Afterwards, Koyuki apologizes once again and the fans finally seem to forgive her and move on. After the show, the band tries to actually figure out name and settle on “The Fallen Moon”, which is meh at best in my opinion. Back with Koyuki, she gets a light scolding and even worse, is asked to not contact Yuu for a while. It’s been a while since and that has held up, even worse, events and things have been cancelled that Koyuki would’ve been a part of. Now rehearsing for the only show she has, she’s clearly lost the will to sing, the stress perhaps building up to a point she’s drowning in it. Even worse, she overhears fans excited to go see her at the concert she will now not be performing at either. Yuu finally hears the news she’s going on hiatus as well. Finally after so many missed calls, she finally picks up. She tells him it’s fine, but it’s obvious she’s not. Oh boy. He runs off, I have no idea where he thinks she is. He knows it’s like when they last parted ways for a while, so he’s not doing nothing this time. By anime magic, he finds her. She tells him she can’t sing right now and tries to brush it off, but he knows it’s not something simple. He embraces her after she apologizes for loving him. 

THE GOOD

  • There was a real moment there with the bottle tossing, used to freak me out that it could potentially happen to me when I fronted a band in bars

THE BAD

  • The episode was meh at best, a little too depressing this week for what I’m used to

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)

Gabriel Dropout (Ep.8)

SYNOPSIS

Raphiel is suffering from a major problem for girls in anime, her boobs are too big. Even worse for her, everyone’s having a physical fitness test. So with a bra that could snap at any moment, let’s do lots of movements. Serves her right for all her deviancy. Gabriel wants none of it, obviously, but Satania takes this as her chance to prove herself better than Gabriel. Somehow she’s going to fail, I imagine through a lot of falling. Vignette bribes Gabriel with food to participate. Huh…Satania actually runs fast and doesn’t fall. Raphiel in fact is almost as bad as Gabriel with her limitations. Satania is having the time of her life, being first in everything. The last event is a 1000m run and Gabriel tries to get out of it, actually able to run. So she’s not exactly out of shape, she just chooses when to be. Gabriel pleads with Raphiel to at least defeat Satania in this event and she accepts, even if her bra falls off. The two go at it, and are neck and neck, at least until until it breaks…and Satania falls, so Raphiel still wins. Another time, the girls are having an “interview exam”, whatever that is. The interviewer is the teacher Satania always pisses off. Gabriel helped her out with this, but obviously the opposite kind of help. The teacher however isn’t snapping at everything Satania does. He does give her a talking to afterwards though. Back to Gabriel, she’s starving because she’s broke and the president brings up the cooking club as something she’s in and Gabriel’s interested for the potential free meal. The two other girls seem to be good, but the president may not be. They make food for her and she scarfs it down. During her eating spree, the girls turn her hair into twin-tails and she doesn’t even notice. She wants to join, of course to get food, but the girls seem to be okay with it. On a rainy day, Raphiel suckers in Satania who didn’t bring her umbrella. She knows something’s up, but what other option does she have? But she’s not actually doing anything to her. It gets even better for her, she discovers Raphiel hates frogs. She finally has something on her!

THE GOOD

  • The physical tests were so damn funny
  • Raphiel actually has a weakness now, two in fact. Frogs and tight bras!

THE BAD

  • Vignette really didn’t have a part this week, kind of disappointing

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


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

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

……..BEACH EPISODE!!! Lucoa is immediately disqualified for “performance enhancers”. The beach staff agree and take her away because her bikini is too skimpy. Kobayashi admits she’s not a big fan of the beach however. I don’t sunburn like she does, but I agree sand is awful, I hate the feeling. Tohru tries to get Kobayashi to put sunscreen on her, while Lucoa does the same with Shouta. Meanwhile, Kanna eats a crab. They start playing, which goes as over-the-top as you’d expect, as Kobayashi forgot to tell them to ease off their power. A moment causes Kobayashi to talk about her family, while Tohru remembers a much more…violent memory. She talks a little more about her family which makes Tohru wonder if dragons really can accept humans when such a normal human like Kobayashi can accept her. She asks Tohru if they can all ride her and they go further out into the ocean. They both talk about perhaps seeing their parents again, though Tohru also wants her to meet her own parents, but won’t because she suspects they’d kill her without hesitation. Back home, Kobayashi has fireworks, the girls are disappointed, so Tohru makes a much better version. Now they’re at Summer Comiket, helping out Takiya. Even Fafnir’s participating now, apparently drawing manga of his own. Tohru has no idea how powerful manga is in Japan. Meanwhile, Kanna is doing homework which is bug collecting eating. Back at Comiket, Fafnir is dying from his first time at the event and has been selling death curses apparently instead of manga. Outside, Tohru spots actual non-humans in their actual forms since it’d just be cosplaying, but they run off when they discover her real form is a dragon. Because of this, she wants to be a dragon for a bit and she’s allowed to sprout her wings, horns and tail for a while. Naturally, she enjoys all the attention from photographers thinking she’s cosplaying. The event ends and we’re back home where Kanna has summer homework, but the topic is open. So she decides to study Kobayashi. 

Tohru wins this week easily, wasn’t even a competition. Probably wasn’t meant to be, now that I think about it.

THE GOOD

  • Kanna again winning with adorability
  • Tohru really found a place she belonged in with Comiket

THE BAD

  • I felt that while I enjoyed the episode, there was a little too much of a flurry of small events this time around

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 


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

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

It appears being debt-free has changed Kazuma and Aqua quite a lot, to the point Megumin is freaking the fuck out! She apologizes for something…and asks him to turn back to normal. Darkness calls her over and we see what happened. But during all this, Vanir is still around and kicking. He and Aqua have a nice little…chat and it appears he’s been working with Kazuma and offers to buy some things from him for A LOT OF MONEY. Back in the present, Megumin’s losing her mind more and more as this “wealthy” version of Kazuma and Aqua continue to drive her insane. Darkness however is started to enjoy this, wondering what Kazuma will become as a wealthy snob, aka what he’ll try to do to her. Megumin manages to convince the group to go to a hot spring and it appears there is still a little bit of Kazuma left in him. He visits Vanir before leaving and ends up taking Wiz with him, because we need two sets of big boobs in the bath. In the carriage, there’s a baby red dragon, nothing will come of that being there…right? Anyways, the journey begins. Megumin’s taking a liking to the dragon, but pouts and states Chomusuke is still cuter. Along the way, they’re attacked by a bunch of Running Hawk Kites who are after Darkness because of her armor. Naturally, Darkness stands in the middle of it to take all that damage and even gets in the way of another adventurer’s Bind spell and gets tied up, because of course she does!

THE GOOD

  • Vamir continues to be awesome
  • D’awww, baby dragon!

THE BAD

  • No hot springs yet, boooooooo!

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)

Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.8)

SYNOPSIS

Not expecting it, Aki is actually calling Masamune’s cell phone. Apparently he left one of his bags behind on their trip, so they’re meeting the next day to retrieve it. He talks to Yoshino about it and warns him that at this point one small mistake could destroy everything now. It gets worse, he finds the picture of him and Aki when he was younger is missing and suspects Neko has it. Meeting with Aki, he’s a bit out of it because of the picture and Aki takes notice and leaves. Now things could be real bad. Neko calls afterwards about going to the pool the next day, Tae starting off this event. He invites her to meet up, likely for the picture, but really never thought things through. He excuses himself to the washroom, but is really looking for the picture. I’m fully expecting him to barge into the older girl’s room. He finds a lot of romance material before Neko finds him. He finally asks her point blank about the picture and pulls it out (of her breasts) and flirts some more with him. She admits liking him even as a fat kid in the photo. He questions if she means it and is starting to lose himself and she presses even further and actually kisses him. Then she starts taking him down on the bed and keeps moving forward. In these moments, it appears as if he no longer wants to chase after his revenge. He also admits a large part of why things were bad for him were actually his fault, he had a bad personality. However, he somehow figures out that she doesn’t actually like him either and doesn’t want to continue further with a girl who isn’t serious. How does he actually know this, if it’s true? Neko seems to be taking it hard though for someone who apparently wasn’t into him. The next day at the pool trip, Masamune looks like he’s in rough shape and they are sure he’s lost weight. Neko was supposed to show up as well, but hasn’t and canceled. No time to waste, we finally got some Yoshino bikini! But I still say Tae wins. Afterwards, Neko’s driver Shidou suddenly shows up and she’s pissed. Apparently Neko’s gone missing and thinks he’s responsible. Upon the revelation that she really is very sick, he understands that everything she’s done is real with a minor facade so she doesn’t look weak. Shidou also knows he saw her yesterday, so he just spouts out the semi-truth, that he went to formally decline her offer to be together because he chose Aki.

THE GOOD

  • Finally getting Yoshino in a bikini
  • Neko is such an interesting character with goals and objectives that seem to constantly change

THE BAD

  • Not getting Yoshino’s butt in a bikini

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.8) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

The remaining first year is gone, only the club members are left. However, Fuyune’s leg cramps up so she has to leave early, so now it’s down to three. But the battle has been shortened, the third-years are being blocked and the swim team girl is the only second-year going forward. So the winner will either be the bear cosplay guy, the swim team captain, or let’s be honest here, Hiromi. Tomoe goes back and Natsumi’s shoulder is getting worse too. The final lap arrives, the two girls plus Mr. Bear and swim girl are right with each other now. They pass him and take the lead. But Natsumi’s at her limit, so Hiromi’s on her own now. At the very end, swim girl uses Mr. Bear to get an advantage and now she passes him and the two girls are neck and neck. It’s a photo finish and Hiromi barely makes it with the win. Then shit gets weird. I want to try to explain it, but the best I can say is that for whatever reason Hiromi thinks her prize for winning is a pegasus that can talk to her. I’m assuming at this point she passed out or something after the race. Apparently this is later on at the pool or hot tub. We see Natsumi healing up and then getting approached by some girl in a wheelchair. She’s Rei, Fuyune’s sister. She talks about Fuyune’s motivations for joining the club, as a promise to her sister. Meanwhile, the adults are talking about secretly getting Hiromi’s own bike ready for her. 

So after the race has now ended and the first real “story” of the show has ended, I’ve come to the ultimate decision to drop the show. This is not however because the show is bad, it all honestly it has its good moments, it’s very pretty and has fun once in a while. The problem I have is there just isn’t anything to latch on and I’m honestly surprised I made it this far with nothing at all. Just goes to show you how much hope I placed in this show. I did however take a peek at Episode 9 to see if anything unique happened and while I was shocked to find out Mr. Bear is actually a hot blonde with big boobs, the formula still hasn’t changed and therefore I’ve had enough.

THE GOOD

  • The race is finally over and the Cycling Club has fully come together

THE BAD

  • Kuma… (Mr. Bear lost)
  • Hiromi somehow edging out swim girl is the same anime bullshit I always get mad about, she shouldn’t have won based on how that race was going

Episode Score: 3/5 ***DROPPED***

 

 

 


Nanbaka (Ep.14)

Nanbaka (Ep.21)

SYNOPSIS

Uno explains that this side of Nico is basically his body completely taking away the limits that we have as human beings, the medicine he takes acting as a way to keep him at a normal human level. Nico smells the medicine Pigman has and demands it or else he’ll kill him. He starts attacking, biting him while Upa destroys the talisman on the guard. The backstory on Nico’s past where his side effects were caused are horrifying. Qi comes out to deal with Nico, who immediately attacks him now. He injects Nico with medicine after sustaining a pretty bad bite wound. He then injects something into Pigman instead of handling Upa and Liang. He made a special medicine that will completely paralyze him, knowing that Pigman was going to kill him in the end, so why not beat him to the punch? Qi explains he only did what he did knowing that if the two knew about this, they would’ve acted early and Enki probably would’ve killed them. We learn that Upa was kidnapped and some of his organs were sold off and Qi gave some of his to save Upa, but we’re not told specifically what. Nico wakes up during this conversation and Pigman is still mobile, seems the medicine wasn’t strong enough to act as fast as Qi expected it to. But they handle things by using another poison, that Qi claims is even stronger. Apparently this poison makes Pigman choke himself out.  

THE GOOD

  • Crazy Nico was quite interesting
  • The Qi/Upa backstory actually had some interest from me

THE BAD

  • Crazy Nico lasted about two minutes. No fair!

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)

Youjo Senki (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

Tanya’s trying to stall things on the front lines as long as she can, but the generals aren’t having any of it. Back with her own officers, she actually guesses their real plans of attack and ends up getting moved forward with this very plan. We keep focusing on an Alliance soldier who I can’t remember if it’s supposed to be possibly Viktoriya’s father or just some other character entirely. Tanya and company jump from a plane and intend to attack an Alliance base. The older man remembers Tanya and chases after her, but she doesn’t care so much now that her mission’s been completed and just leaves. But he still charges forward anyway and he kills him with ease. She recalls seeing him before, but could care less and sends him packing to the icy waters below. In the generals’ eyes, the war is nearly over. 

THE GOOD

  • More war realism, always works well

THE BAD

  • This episode didn’t really bring much, couldn’t care less for that man and there really wasn’t crazy Tanya at all, just bored Tanya

Episode Score: 3/5

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