Week #8 – Spring Anime 2017

Week #8 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’!

***WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!***


Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Huh…well my worries were certainly on the money, weren’t they? Now look, I’m not necessarily upset with this episode, but it’s something that happens in a lot of comedy anime series that really drives me crazy. I cannot stand a half-season of pure comedy gold that suddenly turns into a dark, bloody, depressing series in the second half.  Re=L’s betrayal doesn’t come as too big a surprise, given Albert’s warnings, but the violence against Glenn and Rumia really change the entire landscape of the show now and as someone who’s been comfortable with the series thus far, it’s a hard change to accept. There’s almost an expectation to keep the status quo and this show has completely gone in a different direction now. Hopefully it doesn’t get so bad that it doesn’t pull a Big Order.

THE GOOD

  • The shock value was certainly there in this episode
  • Re=L’s character continues to be interesting one way or another

THE BAD

  • The lack of explanation to what just happened does not help the viewers from overcoming the shock of it all
  • I worry about this drastic change in the show’s style

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eromanga-sensei (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

This was a really good episode, full of comedy, moe and just interesting dialogue. The relationships between Masamune and Sagiri have ramped up again, same with Muramasa. Personally, I’m still on Team Elf, but hey, we’re making progress, who gives a shit right now, eh? I didn’t like how they just brought in Shidou without any real introduction, he just appears and may not even exist after this episode anyways. After all, we can’t have any other guys in our harem, right? Either way, there was a lot to like in this episode, Sagiri’s house security check was adorable, Muramasa being all flustered was fun, including the reaction from their agent. The party had its moments too, so there was a lot to love this week.

Also, how about that Oreimo cameo, eh?

THE GOOD

  • Really good comedy and relationships being pushed forward
  • Sagiri, Elf and Muramasa all have been pushed forward in their character development, which is fantastic for this harem

THE BAD

  • DEAD. FUCKING. PARENTS!!!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Granblue Fantasy (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Wow. This episode could not have been better. It was so silly, over-the-top and fun action with two new characters that are impossible not to fall in love with. This is everything I can ask in an anime, it was funny, it was cute, it had good action and no one’s parents died. What else could I possibly ask for? Even beyond that, we’ve got progress with all of this fun, Gran’s got a legendary sword it seems. But in reality, it’s Marie and Karva that sell me on this show now, please tell me they stick around, please please please please please!!!

THE GOOD

  • Karva and Marie in the first minute of this episode may have already won the best pair award for this season, even if they never appear again, which they better not!
  • The episode was so lighthearted and fun, I’ve been needing a really good one lately and here it is!
  • The slam dunk bomb, I love it!

THE BAD

  • Not a damn thing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hinako Note (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Another episode that brought me back in, this episode was pure fun and adorable as all hell to watch. The constant barrage of stupidity from the girls as they tried to cure Hinako’s cold, especially Kuina and Yua were just so funny to watch. I’m a little disappointed though that we’re at Episode 8 and it looks like Hinako’s still flipping back to her full-scarecrow side, even though we’ve been led to believe she’s gotten better.

THE GOOD

  • I was dying of laughter during the constant trying to cure Hinako with random shit scene
  • Comedy and moe at their best this week

THE BAD

  • Hinako’s still over-the-top nervous, it almost feels like she’s made zero progress

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


KADO: The Right Answer (Ep.7)

THOUGHTS

***IF ANYTHING HAPPENED IN EPISODE 6.5 BEYOND A HALFWAY POINT SUMMARY, I MISSED IT***

It’s nice that due to the 6.5 episode, I’m actually caught up to Kado’s simulcast now. The sci-fi insanity has really been turned up now, with the ideology of us existing in multiple dimension. So comic book multiverse theory is a reality here. This is how they explain the no-sleep mechanic from last week, you can have another you in an other dimension sleep for you while the one in this universe doesn’t have to anymore, yet experiences the same effects of having slept. Yaha-kui zaShunina this time wants the media, specifically our trio of journalists to spread the Sansa, this new piece offered to help humans understand the anisotropic and the ability not to sleep. A lot of the positive and negative reasons they bring up to match my What If? article about the prospect of never having to sleep. To end it off, now it’s getting a little interesting with Saraka telling Koujirou she wants to send Yaha-kui zaShunina back where he came from. Why? We’ll have to find out next week.

THE GOOD

  • Yaha-kui zaShunina in different clothes looking gorgeous, it was a fun scene
  • I was really interested in the positives/negatives spoken about the no-sleep concept, especially after writing about it

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Any Kai-central episode is going to be a lot of fun to watch and it definitely lived up to those expectations. The sidestory with Adele and Shadow was also super adorable, not to mention the zoo trip that lead to a few jokes as well, including Licht getting hit on by a male ostrich. As far as I’m concerned, Kai out of the group seems to be the best fit as a king if he’s able to overcome his own flaws, his selflessness and strong heart really pushes him forward as a leader in my eyes. If he can get past his communication problems, he’s the best for the job if we’re being realistic here. We’ve got probably four episodes left, here’s hoping this villain story doesn’t get too crazy, which I was shocked how it wasn’t mentioned at all this week after being around the last two episodes.

THE GOOD

  • I will never stop loving Kai’s character, he brings out the best in everyone
  • The zoo brought out some very good jokes
  • Adele/Shadow made for a great sidestory

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Renai Boukun (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

A better episode than last week for sure, we got all the main players involved, though I still want just a little more out of Akua, she’s so much fun! Being able to push forward with a couple romances really helps and getting a little backstory on Akane and Yuzu’s parents helps as well. The comedy was much better this week as well, the jokes were hitting their marks almost as accurately as blades were hitting Guri’s head. This is the kind of episode that brought me to this show and hopefully it stays on this course, rather than being boring and depressing like last week’s episode was.

THE GOOD

  • The comedy was back in full form
  • Akane and Yuzu really brought out their game for this episode

THE BAD

  • The episode started a little slow, but once Akane’s mother entered the frame, things picked up

Episode Score: 4/5

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