Week #12 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #12 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.12)

SYNOPSIS

Seems the evil black-haired lady is ready to finally make her move. Tamotsu wakes up, his hair back to normal, but then why’s he not dead? He then asks Matome to give him power again, but she refuses and then a ton of armed guards approach, demanding Arisa to come back to the US with them, to become a large company’s CEO. It’s serious so she actually leaves. So the only other fighter on the roster has now left (to return in the final episode somehow, of course), via a plan IN THE MIDDLE OF AKIBAHARA!!! The group is really down now, to the point Matome’s ready to go back on her own again. She leaves them too, while the vigilantes get the rest of them together to protest the Akiba Ban, but he leaves not long after, dejected. He leaves Akibahara for the first time since everything happened and returns home. The ban is getting worse and it’s turning into what Shimoneta was. Matome finally battles her (I’m assuming) sister for the first time since everything, while Tamotsu continues to sulk. But seeing the fight on TV, he leaps into action. Apparently the two girls consider the black-haired lady their Grandma. It’s anime, I don’t ask. As expected, Matome is losing the fight. Tamotsu runs into her with a scooter. He kisses Matome out of pure emotion and his powers return. He’s also even stronger and takes the fake to task. The two embrace afterwards, but the fake isn’t done yet, but a bikini-clad Arisa finishes her off. Huh…back already.

THE GOOD

  • Two Matomes again…still in heaven
  • Ridiculous returns where the story makes no sense, love it!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)

Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Come on, you didn’t think the show would go the whole season without swimming, did you? I’m convinced we’re just getting school one-pieces, which’ll suck cause if any set of girls need the chance to be unique, these are the girls.

Anyways, Tetsuo and Hikari are talking about a vampire’s eyesight and other pertinent things that make Hikari be, well…Hikari. She asks if she can borrow the school pool on Saturday. He also sees Hikari’s panties, naturally which she over-exaggerates to Himari about and stirs shit up. Sakie meanwhile is freaking out at home because she did ask Tetsuo in that video that they ought to go out for drinks. The following day she tries to ask him and he offers her to join him on Saturday…not that she knows about the pool. Though upon getting there, he intends to leave, but she ain’t letting him get away that easy. She wants him to join them and have fun, but he believes the opposite, since Sakie probably never gets the chance to wear a swimsuit and actually swim. He intended it to be girls only, so she had the chance to do so without having to worry about her effects. She tries during this conversation to confess to him, but you know she can’t get it out. And then she strips off her top and her bikini’s underneath and holy shit!!! He manages to hold it together somehow and they talk about what he’d do if a student confessed to him, hoping to get more out of him, but men are dense. Apparently the two former bully girls are there too and Shizuka (redhead) just won this episode. He turns his attention to Kyouko’s head and they talk about the origins of dullahan. Then Hikari comes over, wondering if Kyouko’s head never went underwater before, so naturally she starts teasing. When she finally does it though, she is mesmerized by the view. Afterwards, it’s just him and Hikari, who’s sunburned to hell. She admits she wanted to go outdoors even knowing she’d get burnt because she didn’t want everyone to go in the direction that protected her. 

THE GOOD

  • A very adorable episode
  • Sakie actually being somewhat able to show herself off really brought out the best (squeals) in her
  • This was actually a relatively tame swimsuit episode all things considered

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about, a solid show this season, in the running for #1

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fuuka (Ep.1)

Fuuka (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Fuuka’s mother is even worried now with what’s going on with her daughter and Yuu. Back with the band, Sara comes to Yuu saying they’re being asked to play at that club again, but what do they do without their singer? Yuu intends to somehow get her back, but…

All right, pause! Let me just clarify something. I’m assuming now that she started recording music with this new studio she’s with, that she’s actually signed, as in under contract. Look, I know anime bullshit exists, but in reality if she’s indeed signed a contract, it doesn’t matter how she feels, the studio can just refuse to void her contract and force her to do nothing. And if they wanted her that badly, why would they let her out of it? I’m not accepting a “she’s happy with them more than us” kind of reason. If they go that route, I will call them out on it.

Back to the show, Yuu calls her with a request to at least talk to her before their next gig, but she’s still refusing and lying to her mother about it all, lying to herself. At recording, she runs into Koyuki, oh boy this’ll be interesting. She reveals that she’s no longer pursuing Yuu, which does catch Fuuka’s attention. She also mentions how obvious it is after hearing Fuuka’s song “For You” that it’s really…”For Yuu” and she needs to be honest with herself about it. Another practice in the books and we learn Yuu’s been at Fuuka’s apartment every day. 

Pause again! Okay okay okay, I know what’s going on, but come on…that’s a little creepy at this point if he’s doing this every single day AND calling her over the phone.

Once again back to the show, his current trip has Fuuka not at home, he leaves something with her mother, I’m assuming it’s that charm. The two pass each other without knowing it of course. She returns home to see her mother watching a video of their first show at school and asks Fuuka straight up if she’s doing what she loves to do anymore, that she needs to be true to herself and not worry about it. She gives her what Yuu left and it’s a note asking her to listen to that song, he wants her to sing it with them. It’s show day and Fuuka’s still not there so they figure it’s time to apologize and cancel. Yuu wants to try her one more time, but they’ll barely make it in time even if they succeed.

PAUSE!!! I can’t help it, this episode is making me ask way too many questions. Uh…if she’s not actually showing up, what makes us all think she’s been even practicing the song?! Like…the logic in this episode is absolutely killing me!

So he runs and runs, heading for Fuuka’s, but she’s not home. So because of anime bullshit, he thinks to try the school rooftop (because the school’s totally open) and sure enough, there she is. She gives the “there’s no turning back” speech, but Yuu’s having none of it. He straight up confesses to her, finally saying the words “I love you” to her. She returns the words and they embrace before heading back to the club. So of course the show goes on without a hitch, right? Of course it does! And it’s even worse, the guy doesn’t just let her leave, but instead offers the band a deal instead. WHY DIDN’T HE DO THAT IN THE FIRST FUCKING PLACE?!!! Blah blah blah, happy lovey-dovey ending without a kiss, you know the drill.

THE GOOD

  • The music as always was fantastic

THE BAD

  • This ending episode was so painfully cliche and full of holes that I can’t even make the swiss cheese reference because there’s nothing left of it!

Episode Score: 3/5


Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)

Gabriel Dropout (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Oh dear, Gabriel’s older sister, who’s far better an angel than her, even before she fell. So Gab’s freaking out and then some. Satania just enjoys the idea of a stronger angel, but tries to leave when she realizes HOW powerful, but Gabriel’s not letting her. This sister apparently doesn’t understand the meaning of subtlety. Upon arrival, Gabriel is in a neko maid outfit and…being way too weird. I don’t believe she was like that at home before faillen angel status. She’s basically trying to use “little sister powers” on her. Vignette and Raphiel are still around, which means Satania is chained up and locked away somewhere. We basically are waiting until someone fucks up and I’m positive Satania has to do with it. Sure enough, a certain someone’s locked in the closet. Vignette’s struggling to hold it in and Gabriel keeps laying on the little sister love. Satania finally ruins it and bursts out of the closet but apparently her sister’s known forever about her faillen angel and is upset she tried to lie about it. She grabs her and they’re off to Heaven. A week has passed and she hasn’t returned. When she finally does, she’s back to her original form. She’s so good, she makes the hard-ass teacher cry. Satania was liking it at first, but once she takes her melon bread away, IT’S OVER!!! Raphiel suggests they try to return her to her faillen angel form. They try to re-create the moment she fell, but it doesn’t work…except the entire time Gabriel had just been acting, but her sister hears that and shows up again. She intends to take her back again, but the girls this time step up and plead with her to let her stay. Apparently friendship is enough to get her to stay, though she’ll just whip her into shape in the human world and live with Gabriel. However, when the dog shows up for melon bread, the sister freaks the fuck out and runs away. The episode ends with the usual Gabriel not showing up for a test and she teleports her skirt instead of herself to her desk…gag.

THE GOOD

  • The sister plot really made this last episode fun, especially when the dog showed up
  • Satania getting knocked out and tossed in the closet was so fucking funny!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report, fun show this season

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

It’s almost New Year’s and the gang are in the shopping district, when they spot a lottery. Upon trying it, Tohru wins them a kotatsu. It’s glorious. People keep coming by to give them extra food and she keeps giving them mochi…I’m assuming until there’s none left. They talk after about New Year’s related things and then it’s kimono time! They go to visit the shrine and all the others join them along the way. They gave good food, buy charms (Riko naturally trying a relationship charm with Kanna) and try fortune-telling as well. Riko lets it slip (no one notices) along the way that Georgie is not their maid, but in fact her sister who must love roleplaying a maid or something. It’s now a new year and it’s party time! Well slumber party time for the little ones while the adults eat and drink. A couple days later, it’s a boring day when Kobayashi’s mother suddenly calls after she sent her mother a card. It appears to be a nice conversation and nothing more. A talk between her and Tohru start about family again, Tohru worrying again about going back home.

THE GOOD

  • Nothing special from this week, just a nice episode to sit down and watch
  • Kanna in a kimono, so cute!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report, just nothing too special this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)

Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

The play is certainly going on and looks real good, Aki’s got more talent than I ever thought she’d have. Filled with guilt, he wants to get Yoshino to free Gasou, but she’s in the play, so she’s busy. So instead, you know he’ll take the prince role out of nowhere to surprise Aki. He asks Neko to do something, but we’re not privy to it. He makes it just in time to act the final scene, much to Aki’s shock. He’s struggling with his fever and such, but the adrenaline’s pumping. However, he falls and manages to hang in there, despite how weak his is right now, closer to passing out, but Yoshino’s thankfully there to help out and push him to the coffin. It’s supposed to be pretend, but it ends up being a real kiss and Aki ruins it by punching him. It leaves you to wonder if he passed out, thus the real kiss. Aki’s play wins, because the second play never started. Also, Tae denied Gasou replacing Masamune, for obvious reasons. Both sides intended to do karaoke, but only one room was available, so they’re together again. So they decide to settle the competition there now. Aki makes all the girls cry, naturally. Neko makes a situation when one isn’t needed. Then the girls try to mess up Masamune, thinking he’s not accustomed to karaoke, keep him from leaving. Neko and Aki get a little duet action in before it’s inevitably his turn. And his singing kills everyone. It’s just him and Aki afterwards and from the time he saved her from the guys before, she asks him what to do to properly thank him, so he calls her bluff and asks her to kiss him this time. She actually does…not. Shocking. Seems the start of next season will take them to France though…

I imagine this’ll get a second season, based on the not ending here. But if it does get a green light, I will not be continuing with it, honestly. There isn’t enough going for it to make me enthusiastic about a second season. And besides, I can tell that the anime will not end its story very well, it barely got through a single season.

THE GOOD

  • I’m shocked a kiss actually got in
  • The karaoke scene was a bit funny

THE BAD

  • You know me, I hate endings that don’t resolve shit

Episode Score: 3/5


Nanbaka (Ep.14)

Nanbaka (Ep.25)

SYNOPSIS

Now in his weapon form, he runs the gamut with a ton of those decoy guards. We see for a moment though Mitsuru and Kenshirou talking about what’s likely going on (I’m shocked Kenshirou hasn’t gotten involved during all this) and Kenshirou wonders if maybe, just maybe Enki’s kill was just that, a kill, that there must be more to it. It also appears Hajime and Samon have escaped while Trois is keeping Ruka busy as Uno and Honey finally free Kiji, who’s in a real bad mood. Ruka returns to the main group, but Kiji’s there to greet him and deals with him quickly. Meanwhile, Jyugo’s losing energy from fighting all the guards. Turns out it’s not Hajime and Samon that have escaped, so who is it? Jyugo does however arrive to free Hajime and Samon, though obviously Hajime is less than impressed. The main group find Nico and friends, so the group’s all together again. The main group tries to escape altogether, but there are a LOT of dolls left…and a lot more for Hajime too, but he could use a good workout. 

So, who’s ready for Season 3?

THE GOOD

  • Trois flirting with Ruka to get the keys, hahaha!
  • Kiji actually had a decent episode
  • Hajime’s back!

THE BAD

  • No ending…that’s really bad
  • I just realized…Momoko has been gone most of this season!!!

Episode Score: 3/5


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)

Youjo Senki (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Tanya and company return fire, we have a battle on our hands, folks! And this guy has divine intervention going on as well. They do damage but are heavily outnumbered, so they hide in the clouds. She’s really pissed off now, those evil eyes are back! Even worse for her though, the enemy is breaching war rules, using outlawed weapons. Koenig and Neumann go down, major players. Weiss like an idiot charges after them and forces Tanya’s hand to use her divine power as well. The two divine soldiers are now engaged in a dogfight and soon turns to a knife fight that she wins with a stab…except he’s not budging. Oh, I didn’t notice, it’s the guy we thought she killed with the bayonet earlier. Viktoriya shoots him a couple times to separate them and Tanya finishes him off…except he self-destructs?! Tanya does survive though, but she’s very annoyed right now, which is just as bad with her it seems. Koenig and Neumann are still alive as well and the battle is over, they’ve won. The Empire has won. Except we’re left wondering now, the Republic left the capital unguarded, seemingly suspicious. And we still have an episode left, of course, so there’s still time. Tanya’s happy with herself, thinking she’s defeated God. Back with Viktoriya, Tanya gets suspicious when she’s told the navy has withdrawn and they’re being told to end the war, not a surrender is happening. She realizes something bad has happened and orders everyone back from shore leave to attack a port. But the generals won’t let her leave. She believes they’re retreating to surprise them later and fully believes the war still has plenty of breath left in it, but he’s not letting her. She starts going into her annoyed, bored mode and lets him know straight up that she’s going on her own, despite their orders, but by using other orders they’ve been given. But it’s canceled by an armistice order, so now she can’t do anything. She’s beyond pissed now, punching things out of frustration. One episode left, crossing my fingers for an apocalyptic Tanya.

THE GOOD

  • Tanya nearly back at her best again!
  • Seeing the frustration really makes me feel we’re so close to tyrant Tanya

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

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