Week #5 – Summer Anime 2017

Week #5 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.5)

THOUGHTS

HOW IS THIS SHOW CONTINUING TO SURPRISE ME?!! Again, I thought I had gotten used to this show and then it comes out of nowhere with the twist at the end. Granted, that’s because I kinda forgot about Katsumi seeing Mirei and us not seeing her face, but man that threw me off! The story of Mirei herself is an interesting one because it shines a light on what so many celebrities probably feel as their lives get busier and busier and they feel their freedom slowly slip away. The idea of just wanting to live a normal life is one I can completely understand, so I totally feel for Mirei. But holy shit I thought we were getting treated to something sweet and while we did, I never thought of the possibility that Mirei had been in that coma for a lot longer than any other girl has been thus far. What this does though is raise so many questions pertaining to the “illness”. How long has this been a thing for? Why hasn’t anyone visited her world until now? If she’s been in that world for what had to have been at least 50 years, how did she never notice she hadn’t been aging? There’s a lot to think about.

THE GOOD

  • Interesting look on the life of a sudden celebrity
  • What a twist at the end!

THE BAD

  • There’s a pile of questions popping up from this dream world and they’re not getting answered at all yet

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Aho Girl (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Well, it’s beach time next week, so the first contest of the season is on its way! I don’t see how Iinchou doesn’t win that, but who knows, right? Either way, I’m starting to think this show’s getting a bit repetitive and old now…AHAHAHAHA, NO I’M NOT!!! The antics continue to make me laugh, the show really is like an even more ridiculous Three Stooges kind of show with more characters and well…ecchi, because Japan loves boobs and butts. I’m actually wondering if this will turn into a legitimate harem, as Yoshiko and Iinchou clearly have feelings for him, but we’re not 100% sold on Sayaka yet. Hell, I’m starting to wonder if Mom’s going to get involved at the rate things are going. Sheesh!

THE GOOD

  • The laughs still aren’t stopping
  • I will never tire of over-the-top physical violence
  • The show does a great job with its ecchi, it never fully tips its hand

THE BAD

  • Nothing as usual this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Centaur no Nayami (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

While the episode was not a shining star of an episode, the ridiculousness of Quetzalcoatl being the inquisitive girl she is with a smile that could kill (but not really), it really sold me on sticking with it, even though the show at times can drag on quite a bit. I’ve now got two characters who are really interesting to me, Quetzie (I’m so tempted to just call her Lucoa, cause I’ve got Kobayashi-san still in my head) now stands next to Nozomi as the two characters keeping me invested and of course this week we get them both having a dressup montage! I think what this episode really did though was show that moment when we were little and had that new kid from another country join our class. It brought up a few interesting points and then also made fun of a bunch of stuff along the way, like shitty monster movies.

THE GOOD

  • I really like Quetzalcoatl, she brings out the best in Himeno
  • Some decent commentary on race and politics

THE BAD

  • The show still needs to work on its comedy, there isn’t enough to smile at

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Gamers! (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

Unfortunately, this entire episode is devoted to Keita and Karen, essentially anime Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. While there is the odd funny moment and a nice message about the different ways you can enjoy video games, those two together are absolutely terrible, they don’t bring out the best in each other, they bring out the worst and it’s not that fun to watch in the same way Tasuku, Chiaki and Aguri make things fun. So this episode all in all was quite the dud.

Because of that, I’m going to put the show back on notice. It’s a lighter version however, I don’t think a bad episode next week will make it drop it, unless it’s REALLY bad, but I need to put this show back on notice because I need to remind myself and everyone reading this that the show is an extremely mixed bag, at least in my opinion.

THE GOOD

  • Nothing too major to speak of this week

THE BAD

  • I cannot stand this Karen/Keita relationship, it terribly done and not funny when it feels like that’s what they’re trying to do
  • None of the other major players even appear this week beyond Chiaki in a daydream

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***


Isekai Shokudou (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

I think at this point unless a story really starts to kick in, this show will continue to be a 3/5 on average show. The sidestories are now getting okay at best, the characters are not being fleshed out too much, hell Aletta and the chef are not really being expanded upon either. Also, we’re still learning nothing about the origins of the restaurant and how this inter-dimensional door exists. The show itself is nothing too terrible, it’s just not offering as much as a top-tier show does.

THE GOOD

  • The gladiator was ridiculously over the top with his love for that rice bowl, I loved it

THE BAD

  • Nothing special happening again
  • No elf waitress still

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 


Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Poor Kohaku, he’s going to be tapping out every episode it seems. This was a blatant harem episode if I ever did see one, two of the girls got a little closer to Touya this week and the first half of the episode was devoted to the girls getting their clothes finally melted away by green slimes, as we knew it would eventually happen. There wasn’t anything special about this episode, so if you were looking for something meaningful, this wasn’t the one, it was strictly a fun, harem episode of the show.

THE GOOD

  • Green slimes did their job as well as you could ask without giving the show an 18+ rating
  • Linze and Yae are starting to step ahead of the rest

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jikan no Shihaisha (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Another good episode for some really nice fighting, but what took the cake this week was the completely randomness that was Blaze’s backstory and eventual return to his goody-two-shoes ways. This is why I continue to like this show, it actually reminds me more and more of Bungou Stray Dogs where it’s good action that gets real serious and then out of nowhere hits you hard with the random comedy. I love it and surprisingly continue to love it even though I’m still waiting for that proverbial shoe to drop.

THE GOOD

  • Blaze’s backstory and face turn were so terribly cliche and random it was so funny
  • Fight scenes continue to be extremely cool to watch

THE BAD

  • The deus ex machina in this show is getting a little overwhelming

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


New Game!! (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Well we almost made it halfway through the season before someone got naked. This was a pure fanservice episode through and through, I mean sure there was a little character building with Hifumi learning to manage the team and Hajime/Aoba getting better at coming up with design ideas, but in the end the whole episode is memorable for either kisses or near-kisses. I’m not complaining because I’m okay with that kind of stuff, but this episode isn’t exactly the best one by any stretch.

THE GOOD

  • Small character building with the four main girls
  • If you wanted ecchi, you got it this week

THE BAD

  • And yet, Kou after five episodes has only been without pants on once. Shocking!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

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