Week #5 – Spring Anime 2017

Week #5 has arrived with this Spring anime season. What’s in store this week?!

Just like every week, I’ll be watching my selected shows for the season and giving my brief feelings on the episode, along with things I liked and things I didn’t like. So let’s get a’watchin’!

NOTE: My apologies for the delay, folks. Work this week really ramped up and my spring sports started up, so I had less time this week to watch shows than usual. Now that I’m aware how strict my schedule’ll have to be, should be better off going into next week’s round!


Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Okay just for starters, what the fuck is with Re=l’s name? Japan, sometimes you go the wrong kind of route for a “WTF?!” reaction out of me. The episode was fine up until the moment the Imperial Guard started to demand Rumia’s execution. Sure, you get a little more time to digest what’s probably going on, but they move this part of the story way too fast. This isn’t really a mystery anime, so why are we wasting time in confusion? The rest of the show thus far has bludgeoned us over the head with simple, straight-forward storylines. Hopefully next week clears up this rough patch, I don’t think it’ll take much. Glenn/Sisti continues to be a cheesy relationship and the addition of Albert and Re=l (I’m gonna hate this name, because I know if she keeps this up, she’ll be in my top 5…) just adds to the great cast we’ve got thus far.

THE GOOD

  • Re=l. She’s awesome and adorable
  • Glenn/Sisti has become quite the interesting relationship

THE BAD

  • Re=l. Her name is awful!
  • The sudden execution storyline was put together way too fast and needed more explanation than what we got in this episode

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Eromanga-sensei (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Well that escalated fast! But then we revert right back to the stupid male character trope and we’re okay again! This episode brought something to life that needed to be done so badly: Elf and Sagiri meeting. These two together bring out the best, especially Sagiri who finally once in a while is getting away from her painfully over-the-top shy and embarrassed little sister character. Of course, Megumi will potentially run into this situation as well and I can only imagine it’ll get so ridiculous after that. Though personally, I’m more curious about Tomoe, who’s the most “normal” of all the girls we’ve seen thus far. This episode altogether was far better than last week’s atrocious attempt, funnier, added a lot more both in charm and personality. And yes, there was much more ecchi.

Also seriously…what was with all those fat man running transitions?

THE GOOD

  • Elf broke Sagiri out of her boring side, I love her now
  • With Megumi and Tomoe on the way to butt into things as well, we’re getting close to rounded out cast

THE BAD

  • I continue to feel awkward watching this show. Ah well…

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Granblue Fantasy (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

This episode was a normally good episode. I don’t have anything necessarily negative to say, but I don’t have anything overwhelmingly positive to say either. The episode for the most part furthered the plot a little bit more with us getting a main villain to think about later on and furthered our group’s formation with Rackam officially joining the cast and setting off for their next mission. This plain and simple was a moot point episode. Nothing special, just a decent run this week.

THE GOOD

  • The airship sequences looked really cool
  • I’m curious to see what the other gods/goddesses will look like now after Tiamat

THE BAD

  • There wasn’t anything special of note this week, just an episode essentially right down the middle for me

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Hinako Note (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Once again, a very good adorable episode. We got a little more ecchi out of this episode than we’re usually getting, mostly with the running joke that Hinako is hiding some big breasts and Yua is naturally jealous as fuck about it. As this series has gone on so far, I’m finding that oddly enough, the most experienced member of the main cast is easily the weakest, in Chiaki. She’s continuing to offer almost nothing in terms of comedy, she’s really the girl with big boobs and walking around without pants on.

THE GOOD

  • Hinako continues to walk the tightrope of cute and sexy
  • Yua with Hinako is a fantastic pairing

THE BAD

  • Chiaki is really starting to bore me

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


KADO: The Right Answer (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

Immediately, I love Saraka’s thought process of the Wam, that we shouldn’t have access to infinite energy just like that, it’s far too early for that. Speaking of which, holy hell is she cute as hell when she’s angry! Once again, the realism of the situation comes off very accurate here with the United Nations immediately demanding all the Wam to be given to them for further deployment, almost as if they’re looking at them the same way as nuclear weaponry. It shows just how unprepared we actually are for such a technological breakthrough. Lastly, Kanata’s about to get a bigger role, so I am more than okay with this!

THE GOOD

  • Again, the realism is on point here
  • Saraka’s opening up and Kanata’s about to get a more mainstaying role it seems

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

A Leonhard-heavy episode, which isn’t necessarily bad, it was filled with jokes, over-the-top facial expressions and chalk full of sheer stupidity. Because apparently Leonhard is a dunce cap. I could go on about how impossible it should be to go from scoring 1/100 to 60/100 in three days, but it’s anime so I’ll drop it. However, I’m not sure how I feel about the end of the episode. Sure, I don’t mind Heine and Viktor, the king knowing each other for what appears to have been a long time, but this sudden half-seriousness about Heine’s past, I don’t know how I feel about it. I worry that might break the fun this show has been for me after five episodes thus far.

THE GOOD

  • Leonhard-central episode, always great as he’s a fun character to watch
  • Viktor naturally also has a fun quirk to him

THE BAD

  • I don’t know if Heine’s past will end up being okay for the show’s health or not

Episode Score: 4/5


Renai Boukun (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

With the addition of Shikimi and now the “plot” of Seiji trying to teach Guri what love actually is so she can take essentially the role of God from her father, there’s enough to finish off what’s needed for the show. We have a “villain’ of sorts in Shikimi and a “plot” of sorts in Guri’s quest to learn what love is. Mix that with the over-the-top comedy and the ecchi and we’ve got a pretty good show rolling about. Though this week, I could’ve done with a little less of the Kami scene, it dragged on a little too long for me.

THE GOOD

  • Shikimi brings to the table what the others cannot, a threat to Akane
  • The addition of a “plot” gives the out of bounds anime something to shoot for so that it does eventually come back in-bounds once in a while

THE BAD

  • Nothing really to report aside from the Kami scene being too long

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Sakura Quest (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

I’m really struggling with this show. A lot of people are comparing it to Shirobako, which is honestly a show I was super bored watchingand this show is no different. I have to admit it’s extremely beautiful and the girls are all unique and interesting, but the actual plot and pace of the show is so slow and offers almost nothing. I know it’s slice of life, but I’ve watched so many other slice of life shows that at least have good comedy, good story, or hell, good ecchi in them, something to keep the show interesting!

So…it’s got one week to give me a reason to keep watching. Cause I’m tired of waiting and the season is running for 25 episodes. I’m not watching boring episode after boring episode.

THE GOOD

  • I’ve honestly got not much to say, it just wasn’t offensively bad

THE BAD

  • The most boring episode yet, literally just an episode filled with pointless dialogue and scene after scene of “isn’t this piece of art amazing?!”, which by the way, I could care less for art in terms of paintings, carvings, sculptures, museum-level shit
  • How does a show that has so many lively characters come off so dull?!

Episode Score: 2/5 ***ON NOTICE***

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2 comments

  1. Did something happen with your entry on Granblue Fantasy as it doesn’t seem to be complete?

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  2. CSRadical · · Reply

    Huh, appears a save didn’t go through, will fix in a moment! =D

    Like

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