Week #3 – Summer Anime 2017

Week #3 has arrived with this Summer 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!!!***


18if (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

I don’t want to give this episode a 5/5 rating. It depressed me very hard, made me extremely sad. But if an episode, in a single 20-minute timeframe where the main character focused in the episode never existed in the series at this point, that being Kayo. If that episode can elicit an emotional reaction as strong as it did, aka I got really depressed and nearly cried, which I rarely ever experience that level of emotional distress from an entire series let alone one episode, well then that episode’s certainly a good one. What a painful and unfair story and unfortunately a reality for many kids who are afflicted with life-ending diseases before they’re truly allowed to live. Makes you appreciate your own life that much more…

…Fuck this was my second episode that I watched during this current sitting. I need a break, my heart’s broken.

THE GOOD

  • Extremely emotional
  • Kayo is such a wonderful character

THE BAD

  • The sheer depression of such a life-loving soul being forced into an early death, it’s not fair and it frustrates me, even with the knowledge that this character is 100% fictional

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Aho Girl (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

So this is the show I watched after that depressing episode of 18if. And boy am I glad this show exists this season, I need this so badly. The over the top comedy is so good that it’s impossible not to smile, even after a depressing episode minutes before. This show really does everything I want in a comedy, hell it even has its random ecchi just for good measure. 18if brings the emotions, Aho Girl brings uncontrollable laughter.

THE GOOD

  • I’m not sure if Yoshiko is a pervert or just stupid, either way she’s awesome
  • Her mother is just as insane as she is, who knew?

THE BAD

  • No Iinchou this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Centaur no Nayami (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

This is as slice of life as it gets, nothing special at all happening this week, just a plain ol’ episode of anime. Sure, the kids were adorable and the terrible explanations given for why girls kiss or don’t kiss, there wasn’t anything really to sink your teeth into, it was just an average run-of-the-mill slice of life episode where nothing of note happens. And considering two of the three main cast members weren’t even around in the episode, you can tell this was a bit of a throwaway.

THE GOOD

  • Lots of cuteness
  • The kissing debacle was entertaining

THE BAD

  • Barebones slice of life episode, can be a bit of a drag
  • Two of three main characters absent

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 


Gamers! (Ep.2) *On Notice*

THOUGHTS

WOW! What a turn-around! Specifically with the sidestory between Tasuku and Aguri, it’s such an adorable story! The idea that the overly nerdy Tasuku in middle school before becoming the class hottie he is now, Aguri already knew him, loved him before his change and even changed herself just for him. That’s such a cute romance story that could’ve been its own anime, I think. Along with that, the comedy got better, the expressions and reactions got better and the show became more about having fun with games than being serious. That’s the kind of show I wanted to watch in the first place, I hope it tries to stick around this route more often than not.

THE GOOD

  • A fantastic romance sidestory with Tasuku and Aguri
  • All the Arc System Works games, it’s drawing me in so easily

THE BAD

  • I’m still struggling to like Keita, he’s a bit too much at times

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Isekai Shokudou (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Things are getting more interesting now with the restaurant. We now know the chef is not the first, the restaurant has existed long before and maybe for more than just one or two generations. This episode didn’t bring anything nearly as interesting as the dragon girl or the adventurer girl, but not every episode has to knock it out of the park. It’s still a nice sit-down anime that makes me want to eat. A lot. And I’m okay with it just being that.

THE GOOD

  • A little more interesting information on the origins of the restaurant, really makes me curious about where the show’s going to take this narrative

THE BAD

  • Where is this elf girl the OP keeps showing?!!!

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Yet another above average episode. A few filler segments like the lost girl that kicked off the episode and led to nothing, but all in all a nice watch. The emphasis on shogi kind of took me back a bit (I’m really bad at it…), but in the end there was an interesting setup with the ruins and the magical beast. I’m curious as to what the secret of the royal capital being moved was, I imagine it’ll be the end motivations perhaps of this series, wherever it goes. Also, I’ve noticed a lot of people don’t like Touya because he’s basically being given every power imaginable. I on the other hand actually enjoy it, it’s like watching someone play a video game with cheats on, it’s funny to watch.

THE GOOD

  • The ruins and magical beast were a good plot line for the episode
  • Every character continues to stay on the positive track

THE BAD

  • Over-emphasis of shogi
  • No new characters

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Jikan no Shihaisha (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Another interesting episode, naturally this one starting to get into Victo’s origins a lot more, especially with the revelation that Mina just might actually be his daughter, in which case, hoo boy this is going to get awkward real fast. Also, we appear to have met Chronos already, at least that’s what I got out of the final moments of this episode. So in that case, take enjoyment in the fact that Victo disrobed God and had her at metaphorical gunpoint. God I’m really loving this show.

THE GOOD

  • We’re now starting to question and hypothesize things in the show, like Mina’s true identity for example
  • Victo basically disrobing God is pretty funny
  • ORANGE JUICE!!!

THE BAD

  • I really don’t like Blaze, his voice is extremely annoying

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


New Game!! (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

A much better episode than last week, back to the cuteness and comedy that I always love. This episode especially took a good run with Umiko and Nene, them being programmers and all. I used to dislike Nene in the first season, now I’m starting to come around on her, either that or because she has a real goal now, she’s less random and unbearable. I’m still wavering a little on Aoba getting a little too depressed over nothing, but she’s a teenage girl in a ridiculous role, what else would happen? So I’m letting that go for the time being, so long as it doesn’t get too extreme, like it did last week.

THE GOOD

  • Back to form with the moe and comedy
  • Nene and Umiko really standing out this week

THE BAD

  • Still a little depression squeaking in

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


The Reflection Wave One (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

I cannot believe how bad this was. Stan Lee was a part of this project, how can the writing by this bad? The animation is one of the worst I’ve ever seen, sure I get they’re trying to go the comic route, but for an anime, this is absolutely horrendous. The music was over played, there’s a lot of awkward pausing and even the fights weren’t that good. There isn’t a single thing this episode got that was right and the superhero genre is one of the easiest to do!

I’m sorry Stan Lee, I love ya, but if you had any actual input on this show (because I believe it’s just your name that’s really attached to this), you’ve really lost touch. Not only that but the crew you worked with are akin to college kids learning to animate, because this looked so bush league compared to everything else out there. Wow was this ever horrible!

Enjoy the Bryan Alvarez reference! (if anyone gets it)

THE GOOD

  • I’ve got nothing good to say about this

THE BAD

  • The animation sucks
  • The characters suck
  • The writing sucks
  • The show looks like it was done by young animators and writers just starting out

Episode Score: MINUS FIVE STARS!!! ***DROPPED***


Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou (Ep.3) *On Notice*

THOUGHTS

I’M DONE! I’ve stopped this show at 8:36 because the show decided to just casually throw in a story where a child is murdered, a dog then kills the murderer in response and gets beaten to death by other humans in response. If a show is willing to go that far down when on the surface it looks like a light-hearted slice of life show, I can’t support it. You can’t go that far down the horrific and depression side of the things and still be looked at as a light-hearted show. That’s bullshit and now I’m pissed off and I need to go watch Aho Girl again just to take the edge off!

THE GOOD

  • Fuck off, anime!

THE BAD

  • Murder casually tossed into a light-hearted slice of life, what were the writers thinking?!

Episode Score: 1/5 ***DROPPED! GTFO!!!***

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