Week #4 – Summer Anime 2017

Week #4 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.4)

THOUGHTS

Well think was less depressing than last week, still a very real and downright tough look at the life of a single woman, but with a much better ending than last week’s, so I’m not desperate for a crazy comedy anime like Aho Girl to cheer me back up. I don’t know what this red-haired girl’s name was, I don’t think it was referenced in the episode, but man was she an interesting character. The idea that someone who on the outside looks so happy and full of life, yet alone she’s a solitary, depressed woman hellbent on ruining herself after the troubles of dealing with a relationship ending due to her physical appearance, something a lot of women fight with at some point in their life. The anime takes it very seriously, while still retaining its charm and over-the-top appearance, even with the crazy happy-go-lucky donut fairy girl, you understood the darkness behind that character.

Now aside from the story contained in this episode, we’re a third the way through. Are we actually going to get any information on the world itself, on Haruto, on Lily, on anything? Cause I’m starting to get a tad bit impatient.

THE GOOD

  • Extremely well-written episode looking at some very serious issues
  • Female this week was a great character as well

THE BAD

  • I’m starting to get impatient waiting for more information on the world and the characters in it

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 


Aho Girl (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

I can’t get enough of this ridiculous fucking show! I’m now sad that it’s only half the normal time, I want so much more content! This time around, the whole sneaking into Akuru’s bedroom at night was the sketch that really did it, the fact that after everything that happened, Yoshiko just decided right then and there that she’s sleepy and fuck it, time to go to bed…RIGHT NEXT TO HIM!!! I just can’t get enough of this comedy, guys.

THE GOOD

  • The comedy doesn’t stop!
  • Iinchou makes everything so much better than it already is

THE BAD

  • Not a damn thing again this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 


Centaur no Nayami (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

A little better this week, but still suffering from the usual problems I have with the show. While the first half dealt with some real problems teenage girls have and the second half was all about Nozomi (which I’ll never stop liking), in the end the show is still very slow, there’s too much filler and nothing really gets accomplished. At least now with Quetzalcoatl, a snake girl being brought into the fold, there’s now something to add to the mix.

Also seriously, the hell is with Quetzalcoatl being a named character in two anime shows the last 12 months?! Has Japan been on an Aztec binge recently?

THE GOOD

  • Interesting commentary from the first half of the show, aka girls exploring their bodies
  • SNAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!!

THE BAD

  • Still very slow, with loads of filler

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Gamers! (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Um…I’m in love. Chiaki both before and after her transformation is a secret beauty, not to mention a massive gamer, so how is that not super hot? Come on! Waifu daydreaming aside, this episode definitely had its flaws and I think this will the brunt of the show. This is not a gaming anime, this is a high school romance drama that video games are a link between. The idiocy of these characters (especially Keita) and the tons of misunderstandings are going to annoy me as they continue to happen, but for the time being the show is maintaining enough of a comedic vibe and some really entertaining reactions and expressions.

THE GOOD

  • Quite possibly the best girl in Chiaki has arrived

THE BAD

  • I’m starting to get annoyed with Keita being the virgin moron character, not to mention the overwhelming number of misunderstandings

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Isekai Shokudou (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

Another weaker episode compared to the first two and again another episode where this other waitress still hasn’t even appeared yet, not to mention the dragon woman, who I thought was going to play a part in an eventual story with the show. The lizardman section was extremely boring, as it was being told like a Discovery channel wildlife documentary, which are always boring. The elf girl was a little interesting, but I kinda lost interest when the vegan route got thrown at me. It’s a tough episode to swallow, but there wasn’t anything damning about it at all.

THE GOOD

  • Anime can never have enough beautiful elven women

THE BAD

  • Lizardman section was very boring
  • Elf section was full of vegan stuff

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 


Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

The episode was doing very well leading into the second half and then it just took off! Yumina is a very amusing character, not to mention the grounds of her engagement to Touya is actually quite fair. Her intent is to be his wife, but when he turns 18, if he still doesn’t have an interest in her, then her parents won’t fight it. I’m actually surprised the writers included that in there. Then on top of that, the continual OP nature of this team continues and now Touya has the best summon in the world and it’s a white tiger who’s turned into an adorable kitty to blend into normal, everyday life. This show continues to just be a fun little getaway for me and surprisingly has yet to really do anything wrong.

THE GOOD

  • Yumina, albeit underage, is an interesting character and her motivations are actually fine
  • Kohaku, that is all

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jikan no Shihaisha (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

So the longer this goes, the more confusing it gets. Well that’s time-based anime for ya! Mina apparently being Aisrehdar’s sister and alive for thousands of years now, I guess that’s a thing? Also seriously, do you expect us to believe that in the thousands upon thousands of years she’s been alive, only NOW with Victo she’s fallen in love?! Dumb shit aside, the episode was still good, a couple surprises, some decent battles, there’s still something there, albeit the show needs to get on track again, as it’s gotten quite confusing all of a sudden.

THE GOOD

  • Continues to have great battle sequences
  • Mina for sure being in love with Victo makes her less annoying now that we know she’s genuine

THE BAD

  • I’m so confused as to all this historical nonsense between the two girls
  • How is Kiri still alive as this episode goes on?

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


New Game!! (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

Can’t complain when an episode becomes very central to Hifumi, now can we? The first half with Hajime and Yun specifically was fun, but the second half with Hifumi finally hitting that breaking point and becoming the new team leader for the character team, that was the moment I really enjoyed. Of course, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying the potential of a Hifumi/Kou shipping, though to be fair I’ll never let Kou go anywhere without Rin after last season. That aside, a pretty fun episode, the show getting back on track with its light-hearted nature and returning to form.

THE GOOD

  • Hifumi breaking out of her shell
  • The moe was in full swing this week

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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One comment

  1. In Another World With My Smartphone remains surprisingly good and it one show I’m kind of amazed by how much I look forward to the next episode. Chronos Ruler on the other hand is a show that just doesn’t seem to want to do anything with the potential some of the ideas in the story have.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the season.

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