Week #11 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #11 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.11)

SYNOPSIS

Electric Mayo has a big concert coming up and the three girls are all psyched for it. It’s a part of a huge festival in Akibahara. It appears someone is ruining everything they can claiming Electric Mayo is behind it. The vigilantes come and arrest them all for whatever crimes they’ve totally done. They manage to “barely” get out of it and claim to be off to catch the fakes that actually did this. They find the fakes at the concert stage littering it up and they start fighting, Matome having the most trouble, the fake her slashing most of her clothes off. But the two defeat theirs and help Matome until she disappears and it’s revealed she does look exactly like Matome. Now on the day of the festival and it’s concert time! But it’s shut down before it starts, the festival cancelled because politicians once again want to destroy otaku culture. Later, Tamotsu gets what I’m sure is a fake call from Matome to lure him away. She suddenly kisses him upon arrival, draining his power and leaves him to die in the river below.

THE GOOD

  • Two Matomes? I’m in heaven!

THE BAD

  • A enemy that actually has power and can beat them? Only goes to show how pointless the episodic villains have been

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)

Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

The girls and Tetsuo organize a meeting on the weekend to try and figure out how specifically Hikari and Yuki can get through the hot summer as both of them struggle as it is in the spring. The vice-principal approaches him however, reminding him that he’s to take care of human students too. Two boys stick up for him, but the fuckhead ain’t having any of it, claiming he’s trying too hard and causing the girls to rely on him too much, to the point there’s a risk of him being the only one they’ll ever approach. But the one boy is convinced that even if they stopped relying on him, not many would help them. Then with the two bullies from the beginning of the season, talks about discrimination begin. Great, we’re getting serious talk now. Though she has a point in that why would the girls go to anyone else when Tetsuo treats them like demis, whereas the students are treating them like humans, in a way almost discriminatory to them, because they’re not thinking about the unique traits these demi girls have. So in fact, it might not be that Tetsuo is trying too hard, he’s not trying at all, because he’s not focusing on anything other than helping them. But the talk really got to him and he tries to brush the girls off when they ask about their summer plan. Yuki wonders if they’ve maybe been taking advantage of him a little too often. So the girls turn to Sakie to see if she knows anything. Along the way though, she hears from one of the boys about what happened with Tetsuo and the VP. The girls intend to stick to their guns though and help Tetsuo cheer up. Speaking of, because he’s in that train of thought, he wonders if maybe he’s messed up by not allowing the girls to learn on their own. He gets a video sent to his phone where the girls thank him and tell him what they’ve done for him. Hikari catches him crying after watching the video and tells him in person how she feels, since she doesn’t in the video. He talks with the VP the next day and he’s told everything should be back to normal. Why? The girls are finally talking with others, through Tetsuo’s efforts. 

THE GOOD

  • A real interesting, thought-provoking episode that went a little bit into racism and discrimination

THE BAD

  • The video section was way too long

Episode Score: 4/5


Fuuka (Ep.1)

Fuuka (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

All right, let the frustration begins with the emotional episode. Koyuki senses something is wrong, but Yuu is keeping this very close to himself. The remaining members get together and reveal that for them, this was more of an escape than anything else. Kazuya’s out and super pissed off at Yuu. Speaking of pissed off, Fuuka’s starting her new solo career. Sara is now suddenly taking the chance of subbing for a band and Makoto is planning on returning home. That just leaves Yuu, who gets a visit from Koyuki. She knows something’s happened and that’s when the truth comes out. But then Koyuki pushes forward, wanting him to play with her now and she makes her move on him, but it’s clear that he doesn’t love her in that way and that it must be Fuuka he loves, even if he doesn’t know it. But seriously, is it really goodbye between the two of them? Childhood friends, my ass! This suddenly kickstarts Yuu and it appears he’s writing music. The next day, everyone’s doing their own thing now, but Yuu’s around wanting to get everyone back together, but it appears it’s too late. However he leaves them all with a CD of a song he wrote, hoping it’ll change their minds, but we’re left to assume it’s not changing anything and he’s just making it harder. Naturally, this just leaves Fuuka, but she doesn’t answer, just leaving the CD in her mail, while she’s standing right there behind the door. He requested they all listen and if they changed their minds, to join him on Saturday in the place they always were at together. Sara arrives first. Makoto is second. Kazuya is third. So that of course leaves a certain girl. She doesn’t show, but they practice, waiting for the day she does. He meets Koyuki later on, so it appears they’re not completely gone from each other, but it seems she’s at least come to terms with things now.

THE GOOD

  • The ecchi was on point this week, holy shit!

THE BAD

  • Other than that, this episode pissed me off, I never get into this emotional episodes, they’re very boring and illogical
  • Fuuka is behaving like a child, Koyuki just went from childhood friend to a tad bit slutty and everyone else in one fell swoop just gave up…how am I supposed to like these characters?

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 


Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)

Gabriel Dropout (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Oh no! Satania’s enemy stray dog got picked up for the pound. Apparently she doesn’t totally hate him and runs after the truck and rescues him. However there’s a problem still, the dog can’t stay at her apartment. She goes on her own to find a place for the dog to live and it appears she and the dog are actually getting along. The girls (well, minus Gabriel) show up to stop her when Satania suddenly gets the call from the apartment owner about letting pets stay there now. Turns out the cafe owner also owns the apartment and Gabriel convinced him to allow Satania’s dog to stay. Meanwhile we see Tapris is back, returning to the human world when her school is on vacation. She tries to learn computers and the internet to help Tenma finish playing faster so she can clean and cook. She goes real, real dumb trying to teach herself, to the point she knows how to code more than using an actual computer. When the other girls come over, Tapris is still very uneasy around Vignette. They’re having a takoyaki party. It actually goes without a hitch, even after Satania shows up. Wow.

THE GOOD

  • D’awww! Satania’s got a friend!
  • Tapris was freaking adorable this week

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report, nothing too special about this episode either though.

Episode Score: 4/5


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

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

It’s Christmas time and the people are asking Tohru to put on a show for everyone. The others want to help, but Kobayashi is busy. Well Fafnir is never impressed and Elma’s a tough sell when it involves Tohru. Riko ends up suggesting a play and that’s what they go with. Fafnir’s directing and it fails, so Lucoa tries. And by tries, I mean an excuse to dress up Shouta like a girl, so that failed. Elma takes a chance now and suggests Kanna take the lead, which Riko naturally likes the idea of it. Because it’s Christmas, Kanna hears things from Riko about Santa Claus and the questions begin. Naturally, once they start writing the script, it gets way out of hand. Come show time, it’s of course beyond out of control for an elderly audience, with magical girls, literal fire, ronin and a half-dragon Tohru. But everyone seems to enjoy it, so Kobayashi calms down and let’s it be. They party afterwards to celebrate and yes Kobayashi gets drunk again.

THE GOOD

  • Another super cute episode
  • Got a little more interest into Elma this week, which I sorely needed
  • The play was ridiculous and I loved it

THE BAD

  • 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.10)

SYNOPSIS

IT’S ONLY 10 EPISODES AGAIN?! FUCK OFF!!!

The group is running away from the Axis mob and try to escape into the church, but they’re not being allowed in, so they use Lalatina and her family lineage to get in, being a lord’s daughter and all. Sure enough though, the water actually is being contaminated and that angry guy from the last couple episodes is there, he’s the one poisoning the springs and Wiz recognizes him as Hans, calling him a deadly poison slime. It’s inevitable, a battle with a third member of the Devil King’s army will take place. Once he understands how serious it is, he runs and the others follow. However, the mob is in the other direction too, they’re in real trouble now. However, upon going back, Wiz’s “treaty” with the Devil King and his army is broken when Hans reveals he ate and killed the overseer of the Axis church, the only part of the treaty being that so long as no one in the Devil King’s army killed non-combatants, she wouldn’t interfere. So it’s okay for her to utterly destroy him and she changes completely and so does the slime. Darkness is in love. The followers see the truth and try to help Aqua while she tries to purify the springs. Needing to make him smaller for Wiz to freeze, Kazuma hatches a plan. He sacrifices himself (for death number…I don’t know anymore…) in a gorge to trap him, Megumin blows him to pieces with Explosion and Wiz freezes what is left. But it’s not over, a tiny bit of slimes remains…for Aqua to very angrily finish off with a legitimately pissed off God Blow and Requiem. Hilariously, it purifies all the hot springs, so technically the Devil King won by cutting off the Axis’ income. So they return home. 

THE GOOD

  • Wiz was a badass here!
  • A fun final battle

THE BAD

  • I’m really pissed off this show’s only 10 episodes again this season, it ends so suddenly and had room to go a little further

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)

Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

So the battle begins for Aki’s affection, without her permission. Tae is taking this so seriously to the point she’s driving Kojuurou away. He runs into Neko after escaping from rehearsal. Wait…THE BIG DAY’S TOMORROW?!!! Also, the anime points to Kojuurou falling for Neko now, good for him, now everyone can dream about the two scissoring. Gasou continues to make his way closer with her and then we learn the truth, he isn’t a childhood friend, he was mistaken for the real Masamune and is using this as his chance at wealth, as his family is poor. The day of the festival arrive and Masamune has a cold, so matters are even worse for his class. He tries to rest before his show, but Neko gets a hold of him, however it’s to help him rest because she sensed he was sick. It seems Aki’s friends plan to sabotage things with Masamune while Gasou is being lead away by someone in the old lady costume. Are they actually going to have Kojuurou and Aki do this together?! But first, he has the chance to talk with Neko again and try to be a man. They both go to see Masamune after and he’s vanished, kidnapped and locked in a room with the kendo girl. However, Gasou is also gone and it’s obvious Yoshino got involved. Back with Masamune, kendo girl reveals her motivations for protecting Aki, that being she idolizes Aki for having the courage to say no to men. Masamune turns things around on her however before anything comes of it, the main girl calls, wanting a truce, but he’s not playing with them now. She attacks him after finding out about Gasou but fails miserably. So he escapes and finds out they’re doing the play anyway without Gasou. 

THE GOOD

  • Kendo girl (Kikuon) is awesome!

THE BAD

  • I don’t know how they’re going to wrap this up in one episode, there’s no way without there being a second season

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Nanbaka (Ep.14)

Nanbaka (Ep.24)

SYNOPSIS

With Ruka now taking things seriously, Trois and Honey understand what’s going on and tells Jyugo and Uno to get out of there. But Jyugo comes back in his dark form and the fight shifts to him and Ruka. Even crazier, he takes the wind of Ruka’s attacks and is able to infuse it into the blade, seemingly destroying Ruka. Meanwhile it appears Enki is preparing to kill Jyugo, as he keeps referring to a monster and we know that name belongs to one person. Then out of nowhere, we finally see Hajime with Samon after being gone for a while! They’re just talking. Back with the boys, those two guards are back to normal and back to guard attitudes, not listening to the inmates. Once again, Trois and Honey take the front and the other two run, but Uno gets chained by a returning Ruka. Now Jyugo is going down to the final floor on his own. The three together now plan to escape and rescue Kiji along the way.  

THE GOOD

  • Finally getting Hajime back, albeit for five seconds

THE BAD

  • The episode was nowhere near as exciting as last week AND I’m pretty sure it was buggy on Crunchyroll, kept freezing every minute, so man was it a pain to get through

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)

Youjo Senki (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

The mission continues as the Empire draws the Republic forces into their trap. However the politicians are believing that everything that’s happening is killing them, however the generals are keeping their trap mission close to the chest until it’s revealed to be a success, much to Tanya’s happiness. Now all that’s left is to deal with the soldiers remaining…so they bomb them with a fuckload of TNT underneath the ground. Another day, Tanya’s forces are on a submarine when they hear the news about the success. They truly believe the war is nearly over now, but with Being X still watching over Tanya, you have to wonder. Their final mission yet though is a horrifying success and Tanya’s group have orders to just clear out the stragglers that managed to survive. Tanya is anticipating peace, but knows it’s not over yet and upon that thought they have orders to deal with an unknown force…and it’s the one if I’m remembering correctly is headed by Viktoriya’s father.

THE GOOD

  • More horrific imagery from a wartime setting

THE BAD

  • Another episode that just didn’t do anything for me, 20 minutes of success and 1 minute of not success isn’t all that interesting

Episode Score: 3/5

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