Week #9 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #9 has arrived with this Winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

As always I’m live reacting (though typing it out to be posted later) to each episode I watch and going over what happens in each episode with the occasional quip and joke here and there. So for those trying to avoid spoilers, this entire article is full of them!


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

Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.9) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

Oh god, if there’s anything that might turn me off this show for good, it’s a card game episode. Never mind, they just made a US election joke. Arisa is doing a pack opening stream, naturally. She gets nothing, out of like…four box sets. Now that’s actually impossible! She’s devastated when Tamotsu arrived. He opens one pack and gets a legendary card that’s extremely rare. Oh dear, he’s now in deep, he’s got super stupid looking hair now! All the vigilante groups are dismantling now all of a sudden, due to a bunch of girls that are getting into the groups and breaking them from within. Cause y’know, you girls have to ruin everything! The four find a posting from a place called Princess Company, which has all these girls employed. Hm…no Bugged One at the end of this one. They go there and Tamotsu’s already interested. The CEO is there, bathing in a hot tub of money, oh my god. The hair colours turn on, so you know what’s about to happen, a giant pile of stripped teenage girls. Yep. He then comes out of the tub and uses a card to slice Matome’s bat…and her skirt. Man she’s got a great butt…ahem! It’s card battle time between him and Tamotsu though. The card anime jokes are hilarious the more they do. The girls are really confused as it looks like a boring-ass card game from their eyes. Matome just wants to smack him, but she “can’t”. Tamotsu nearly loses, but as the protagonist of a card anime always does, they win via random “heroic” bullshit, aka luck of the final draw. Matome’s not impressed and is very confused. 

I want to drop it so bad…and then it throws two hilarious episodes at me…I can’t…

THE GOOD

  • Everything…they took every trope about card game anime shows and destroyed them

THE BAD

  • I can’t say anything bad…I really can’t!

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)

Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Sakie’s getting drunk again and dreaming of things Tetsuo would do to her…? She suddenly gets a call from that detective and he’s aware that she’s into Tetsuo and tells her to just move forward rather than trying to hold back. She actually agrees with him, but is really embarrassed with the idea of trying to seduce him. The next day, she goes the interview route with him, being the easiest way to get in close. Holy hell, Sakie with her glasses off looks amazing! Tetsuo is trying so hard not to reveal how turned on he is and also offering suggestions and advice. He figures that there’s actually no real difference in humans to succubi, only her aphrodisiac effects just ratchet up how high those feelings become compared to a normal human. To him, feelings are still feelings, her effects just create so much more of a sexual aura around said feelings. She does however manage to get a bit of a blush out of him for the first time. The next day, she says it out loud a bit and Yuki’s right there to hear it, trading manga. Yuki then goes to Tetsuo, asking how it could be possible for her to eventually learn to control her own powers. So they try and see if she can, by trying to act sad since it’s how her powers are triggered. She’s terrible at it. Hikari arrives to see what’s going on. As the summer rolls on, the girls are outside for gym class and for Hikari and Yuki, it’s miserably hot. Meanwhile, Kyouko runs into Tetsuo during the class, along with the other two who are dying from the heat. So they go to his office after where it’s cooler. The two summer suckers fight over who has it worse in the hot weather, before cracking each other up. The girls are trying to figure out ways to stay cool during the summer and resort to…ghost stories? And Kyouko shows off her boobs, which depresses the other two girls. Well at least Yuki will create some cold air, maybe.

THE GOOD

  • Sakie opening up more is always a great thing, she’s such a delightful woman
  • I really like how the show does just enough to have a little sexuality in it, but doesn’t go that extra mile like most anime does, no panty shots, nothing like that

THE BAD

  • Nothing to really complain about this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Fuuka (Ep.1)

Fuuka (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Yuu and Koyuki are going on a date together. I guess with all the time off she has now, she has no fucks left to give. Apparently her voice is better now, shocking now that she’s getting to hang around Yuu again (sarcasm). She brings up the promise of them standing on the same stage together…as if it didn’t happen the episode before? I guess that one doesn’t count. She admits her selfishness has caused problems for him and her agency, because it’s crazy for a famous idol to like a boy. That’s half a joke and half reality. They part ways after a while, Yuu having practice to attend and she demands next time they go somewhere he wants to go. He’s late of course and the band teases him about it. Turns out the band is going to have their first actual gig, opening at a club. However, Fuuka pulls them all aside and wants to instead write an original song to play at this show, Fuuka will be writing it, which they’re all perplexed by since she doesn’t know how to play any instruments. While they’re shooting ideas around, Koyuki calls Yuu so he steps outside for a moment. Fuuka looks a little upset over it, but the question is whether she’s mad because he’s not around for their talk or because she is a little sad he’s “close” with Koyuki. At home alone, it’s clear where the feelings are coming from and it’s the latter. Naturally she’s playing the whole “I don’t know what I’m feeling…” game right now. With the melody down now, each of the members start forming their own parts around it, while Fuuka works on the lyrics. We apparently hear them play the outro to the song (and it sounds like the same HEDGEHOGS song!) and they’re very happy with it. She still hasn’t gotten the lyrics down and time is starting to run out. On a call with Koyuki, she gets really distant all of a sudden when he starts talking about Fuuka writing lyrics and such, I guess someone’s worried her spot’s going to get taken. Another day, Hisashi introduces Fuuka alone to a guy who wants to sign her…only her. Well we know where that’s going to go, right? She’s not leaving her friends. After leaving, she runs into the two lovebids and jealousy strikes her even harder. 

THE GOOD

  • Progress with the band’s cycle, now playing a legit gig amps things up
  • The love triangle is definitely official now and both girls are playing ridiculously as anime girls do

THE BAD

  • The show has three episodes left, not a lot of time left to really close things up

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)

Gabriel Dropout (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Christmas has arrived, so Vignette is naturally being extra cheerful, even though it’s a Heaven-based holiday. Satania on the other hand wants to wreak havoc on this day. Maybe the dog’ll be nice and give her melon bread. No matter, they force her to participate. Raphiel tempts her with melon bread. The plan works so far, so Raphiel takes advantage of this opportunity and dresses her in a reindeer outfit while she’s in a Santa suit, that makes it more like a BDSM thing. They then make a cake and go to call Gabriel when Raphiel spills the beans on Christmas. When Gabriel arrives, Satania is tied up and the dog is eating her melon bread. ‘Tis what she gets for not behaving on Christmas. The dog even slaps her around. When she finally can talk again, Gabriel bribes her with food, but she’s having none of it and is Scrooge-ing it up now. Vignette however has had enough once again and puts a stop to that. Raphiel then brings up presents, but she’s got to be a good girl. Gabriel tries to leave during this, but Vignette puts a stop to that as well. No one’s ruining Christmas for her. Now flipping to New Year’s, the girls are visiting a shrine. Nearly avoiding the apocalypse…twice, the new year is nearly upon them. Gabriel being Gabriel buys a lottery ticket and makes it so she’d win…except Vignette destroys the ticket. Then the girls accidentally grab some sake and Gabriel is finally cheerful, aka drunk. She turns into an angel and aims to blow the apocalypse trumpet again and no one seems to care. They apparently survived and now everyone is apparently going home for the holidays. Gabriel’s dressed nice again to hide the fact she’s a fallen angel. Together, they reach the fork between heaven and hell and they go their separate ways. Gabriel tries to smuggle her video games…and Satania tries to get in herself, but obviously fails. Back to Gabriel, she obviously fails at some of the things she tries, but somehow manages to get her laptop past…or not, bahahahaha!  

THE GOOD

  • Satania runs this show, man…
  • …Well, at least when Vignette isn’t throwing forks at you…

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.8)

SYNOPSIS

Kanna’s going on a field trip soon and needs a lunch, so Tohru and Kobayashi fight over who makes it…cause that’s a thing. They bring in Lucoa, Fafnir and Kanna as judges. Kobayashi only has two cherry tomatoes, Tohru has a giant salad, but Kobayashi wins because Tohru’s can’t fit in a lunchbox. Tohru wins round two, so the final dessert round will decide it all. Kobayashi admits that they’re fighting, but feels this is indicative that they feel they’re equal now, which pisses off Fafnir a little bit, naturally. The final round begins and Tohru cheats with food from her world…that tries to bite Kobayashi right after. So Tohru loses by disqualification. Oh and it appears a new dragon will be arriving soon, following Tohru…and crashing into the apartment. Her name’s Elma and she intends to take Tohru back home, Kanna saying the two girls are on very bad terms together. Kobayashi scolds her hard, which throws Elma off, clearly the ditzy girl of the group…AND THAT’S SAYING SOMETHING!!! Elma’s shocked to see Tohru listening to a human and goes into another dimension to fight, except Tohru just leaves her there. She returns a day later, but is starving, so Kobayashi has to win her with food. Tohru bribes her with more food to get her to leave for now. Now at work, Elma shows up there too, but in a normal human form. She may have bit off more than she could chew, taking a computer job. Why’s she doing this? She needs money to live in the world now, since she can’t go back. As the days go on, it seems Elma is an unbelievably fast learner. Tohru meanwhile finds out Kobayashi has been “cheating” on her with another dragon so now she’s trying to do everything to impress her, including trying to get her to eat her tail again. So they talk about her being around Elma now. But before that, Elma shows up with a charm before getting blasted away by Tohru. She admits she’s being selfish and thinks Kobayashi is being mean to her by not showing her any affection. Kobayashi admits that for her, this whole being wanted thing is completely new and she doesn’t know how to react to it. 

THE GOOD

  • A sweet episode for sure
  • Elma feeds off Tohru pretty well

THE BAD

  • There wasn’t much for Kanna to do this week, which has been my main source of smiles for the show

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


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

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.8)

SYNOPSIS

They continue to fight enemies on the road, while Darkness continues to get worse and worse, now being tied and dragged by the buggy. To put a stop to these enemies, they stop at a cave and use Darkness to draw them into it, so Megumin can use Explosion to get them all at once. Everyone is congratulating them but he wants no praise, knowing it’s all because of them that this happened in the first place. At night, Kazuma wakes up thinking someone odd is happening. Darkness is up as well and everyone else wakes up soon after. There’s a ton of undead outside the camp. He thinks it’s their chance to make up for the kites, except he realizes Aqua is the reason the undead are there. She nearly kills Wiz again during this time. Yunyun meanwhile is still trying the mansion to see if Megumin’s home. The group finally makes it to Arcanretia, so you know what that means…not hot springs yet. Boo. It gets worse, the city is Axis territory, so the crazies show up. Aqua and Megumin have gone to the church, while Kazuma and Darkness are taking care of Wiz. They leave to take a look around, but it’s just more time for Axis crazies to get at him. Darkness being a part of Eris, apparently is enough to make them all hate her and leave, naturally she enjoys this. It happens again and again, to the point Kazuma clearly regrets coming to the city entirely. Darkness wants to stay here forever though. Along the way, they find a girl who fell over and they help her out, thinking nothing bad could happen here. But sure enough…he almost falls for it. 

THE GOOD

  • Oh my god, the faces this week were so good
  • Darkness really turned it up a notch and I didn’t think that was possible

THE BAD

  • As an atheist…yeah, I feel Kazuma’s pain…

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)

Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Back where we finished off last episode, the group decide regardless to try and find Neko, completely ignoring whatever Masamune said. Aki obviously is not happy with him, as always and Yoshino’s also pretty annoyed. They all get in the car and leave him behind. He figures one place that’s left…and Aki’s there too, how perfect. Out of nowhere, he asks the question if she remembers the nickname he gave her. WHY IS HE SAYING THAT?! THAT BREAKS EVERYTHING!!! But before she answers, there’s paper airplanes flying in the air and apparently that’s enough to show that Neko is there. Apparently it’s an imitation of the books he read that she found in his room. Finding her, she’s very weak and Aki leaves to get Shidou. At the hospital, she’s in stable condition and wants to speak with Aki alone. Masamune now wonders if maybe, just maybe Neko was serious about how she felt about him. Aki returns and says he’s up next. He enters her room and she talks about her past, how her condition drove her to just wanting to experience the feeling of love…and she just picked him out at random. She also admits that it was a fun excursion, but it certainly wasn’t genuine, yet enjoyed the experience regardless. She asks him however if he can continue his own charade until the very end. It also sounds like she will be leaving once she recovers. During this time outside, Tae even admits she likes Masamune too, but felt it was better to keep it hidden. When he comes back, he completely ignores Aki, almost as if he’s decided to stop the charade. But it turns out, the two did meet as kids and seems like she still is a little heartbroken. Back with Masamune, Neko’s words really hit him hard, but he’s determined still to not only achieve his goal, but in a better manner than Neko ever could. We finally see what Neko said to Aki, telling her to stop playing the tough game and she’s now alone trying to convince herself it’s not love she feels for Masamune. She recalls Masamune as a child, not knowing that same kid is the Makabe she knows now. And then…a chubby Masamune shows up? DAFUQ?!!!

THE GOOD

  • I…I don’t know what to say now, this episode was all over the place…

THE BAD

  • I’m so confused now…this love story has gotten so convoluted…

Episode Score: 3/5


Nanbaka (Ep.14)

Nanbaka (Ep.22)

SYNOPSIS

Upa suspects Enki isn’t the one behind the charms, but has no idea who it could be. Nico worries his friends are in danger if this kind of thing is happening to everyone else, but Upa assures him their only goal is to get things back to normal, including the happy things. We revert back to Tsukumo, who I admit completely forgot about. He’s trying to figure out when Yamato and Rock could’ve been charmed, but stops when he overhears that the doctor took in a civilian, a female civilian, maybe someone related to Enki? Back with Uno though, he wants to go back to get Nico but the other three keep him from doing so and that’s when a water trap activates. Jyugo drowns and the pretty boys fight over who has to give him CPR and it ends up being Honey. They find a secret door after he’s saved and they go through it, finding an armory of all those doll guards. Trois finds something that interests him inside the dolls that might help them deactivate them in the end. Honey and Uno talk about Jyugo, specifically how Uno tolerates him. By the time they start though, they’re found by the mermaid-looking guard. They’re more upset that another gay guard has shown up in drag than anything else. Two more talisman-wearing guards are with him. Right next to them all is Kiji, who is beyond pissed himself. Because he knows Honey and Trois are in danger, he bribes Ruke (mermaid guy) with makeup to let him out. Ruka’s actually considering it, it’s 50/50 at this point. The others continue to run until Trois appears again with A FREAKING ROCKET LAUNCHER and fires it at the two guards. Apparently he’s a master builder, using parts he found. NOW HE HAS A FLAMETHROWER!!! They think they’re in the clear, but Ruka takes a hold of Jyugo, knowing he’s the key to saving everyone. 

THE GOOD

  • We finally got a kiss on the show!!!
  • Honey and Trois actually became interesting!

THE BAD

  • Could’ve done without the whole “queer” thing

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)

Youjo Senki (Ep.8)

SYNOPSIS

Tanya continues to be annoyed, every time she thinks they’ve put a crippling end to the Alliance, the war still rages on and she stays on the front lines. Urgent news comes in, a key supply line destroyed by a rebellion within the city, followed by a Republic attack. They are to destroy the mages and the artillery will wipe out the city, civilians remaining there included, now considered Republic soldiers. Some of Tanya’s men are a little worried about this and it’s clear something will go horribly wrong, the question is what. The attack begins, snipers trying to take them down. For the first time however, they’re actually being challenged, which further pisses off Tanya, not to mention her soldiers are hesitating and not getting the job done quickly. Once she’s finally allowed to attack the civilians, however…her face lights up and it’s time to kill. It’s a horrific sight, men, women and children bombed. The Republic are horrified by this. The sights the Imperial soldiers see as well are too much for them as well. They still have soldiers to shoot, but one of her men tells her to stop killing the civilians, but Tanya knows at this point all this will do is create more soldiers, they’ve gone too far now, it has to be done. She hits him a few times and reminds him that they’re soldiers and to do what they’re told to do. He looks about to snap and takes his gun and fires, but we don’t know if it’s at Tanya or at the civilians. Impressed with Tanya and her tactics, the generals intend to use her to end the war with the Republic once and for all.

THE GOOD

  • More blood and violence at the most painful and real point possible

THE BAD

  • This has become pure insanity in its terrifying realism of war, it’s so interesting

Episode Score: 4/5

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