Week #6 – Summer Anime 2017

Week #6 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.6)

THOUGHTS

Oh great, it’s a bullying episode. As I type this the show is five minutes in and I’m dreading a suicide story…

It ended up going that route, though luckily the girl in this episode doesn’t end up going through with it and falls into SBS before committing the final deed. It’s still a rough episode, as any episode featuring the psychotic breakdowns of a bullying victim, but the shows handles it and then proceeds to get as random as possible, turning the final stages of the episode into the most cliche bad 90’s anime show and I loved it. I did also appreciate the flip side of when she returns and her bullies are now being harassed incessantly by the people who stayed quiet for so long.

THE GOOD

  • Good take on bullying/suicide subject matter
  • Another lovely girl to be interested in

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Aho Girl (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Oddly enough, the show when it concentrates on ecchi actually puts out its worst episode of the season thus far. Funny thing though? It’s still a decent episode. The hot spring exchange and especially the dog being the first person ‘to get’ Akuru were very fun parts of the episode. The beach section was okay, I was kind of hoping they just censor out the sand penis Yoshiko made on a buried Iinchou, but oh well. The dance section as the end was dumb, that was easily the worst part of the season thus far.

And honestly? I’m shocked that Iinchou didn’t win, but yeah Yoshiko wins this episode’s swimsuit contest!

THE GOOD

  • Destruction of sand dicks
  • Teaching about dicks in the hot spring
  • A dog finally getting Akuru to stop being a dick for a few moments

THE BAD

  • Weaker part-episodes, especially the Bon Dance section

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Centaur no Nayami (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

This was quite the serious episode, especially during the second half. The first half was a fun little escapade of seeing what the various girls looked like with different haircuts. I have to admit, Manami in short hair without the halo is perfect, while Nozomi in long hair…kill it with fire! The second half though focuses on the girls when it comes to working in their spare time, Nozomi at the dojo, Kyouko helping her father who is a writer and Manami taking a job as a priestess to help keep her family afloat as her father is a painter and often slacks behind. It’s an interesting and very serious look at the situations some people in high school run into, especially when they’re children of low-income families. Wasn’t the most fun episode, but didn’t rub me the wrong way either.

THE GOOD

  • Realistic look on high-schoolers who have part-time jobs
  • Fun little escapade on hairstyles

THE BAD

  • Not really anything funny or cool in this episode

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Gamers! (Ep.5) *On Notice*

THOUGHTS

Yeah, I gave this show enough chances. It had one really good episode but since then, the show has become an absolute bore and a complete mess of over-the-top dialogue. I enjoy the over-the-top, but in this show’s case, it doesn’t work, it actually comes off extremely annoying. Keita and Aguri specifically are just the worst and both of them would be #1 in their respective gender Worst Character award lists for the season, they’re horrific. The only saving grace has been Chiaki with her tendency to double-speak, but that’s nowhere near enough to get me interested in a terribly written rom-com that just happens to thread video games into it. So it’s time to go.

THE GOOD

  • Nothing beyond Chiaki

THE BAD

  • Annoying characters, annoying dialogue, the show all-around is extremely frustrating to watch

Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***


Isekai Shokudou (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

I’ve got to say that halfway into this show’s first season (if it ever gets more than the one), I cannot believe how much time it has devoted to absolutely nothing. For the first time the show has a full episode rather than two half-episodes mixed into one. And was it anything cool, exciting and story-driven? Nope, it was just 10 minutes of the customers arguing over what’s the best meal on a sandwich, including the freaking dessert girls! After that, the other 10 minutes was filler and Aletta showering/eating.

So because of that, this show after six episodes that slowly got more and more boring, it’s going on notice. This show as of right now was a great start but never does anything different so every episode gets staler and staler as the format never changes, just the characters and the food and none of these characters beyond Aletta shine enough to offset the same-y feeling.

THE GOOD

  • Aletta looking adorable in strawberry underwear

THE BAD

  • The show seems to refuse to change its format, thus it’s getting more and more boring each week
  • The arguments are dumb, I know it’s the point but that doesn’t mean it’s interesting to watch

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

 

 

 


Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

The more this show goes on, the more I like it. I can understand why people probably dislike it, the show is essentially that of the main character being as OP as OP gets. But for me, it’s fun watching this cast of characters go on epic quests and just wreck anything that comes into contact with them. 28 bandits? Paralyzed in an instant? Dragon? No prob, slice off its wings and giant laser beams for the win! It’s a show that doesn’t demand your attention and just tries to have a good ol’ time. The best way I can describe it, is that it’s an anime that plays like a JRPG does when you set it to the easiest difficulty and then on top of that use cheat codes to have your characters at a higher level to start off. It’s fun wrecking things, leaves more time for the good stuff, like using your phone to watch girls changing through the wall. Y’know, the important stuff.

THE GOOD

  • Continuing it’s glorious OP main character ways
  • Linze and Yae continue to get better as best girls

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Jikan no Shihaisha (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Easily the weakest episode in the series thus far, which is easy to say when there’s zero fighting, nothing but dialogue and a lot of drivel when it comes to whether Mina is really Victo’s wife and Kiri’s mother, not to mention whether Victo truly loves her or not, whether she really is his wife or not. But hey, big brother Blaze is there to pick of the pieces.

THE GOOD

  • A little interest in regards to Victo and Mina’s past, as well as their relationship
  • Blaze and Kiri are too funny together

THE BAD

  • Zero fighting, too much dialogue

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Game!! (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

A nice episode that got pretty serious towards the end. The early focus is on Nene finally finishing her game and impressing the hell out of her friends and it’s an adorable section of the episode. What really hits hard though is the reality of business where the company wants to go in the direction that even though Aoba’s the character designer, they want Kou to do the marketing art for the game because she’s got a reputation and they’ve put a high budget on this game. It’s not personal, it’s about maximizing profits. Now I’m a little upset because you know they’re going the route of Aoba managing to convince them all she’s good enough, but I think it would be a great lesson for viewers if her efforts still ended in her coming up short. In reality, you will not win everything. Show them that.

THE GOOD

  • Cute section with Nene/Aoba/Hotaru
  • Very strong realistic moments with Aoba

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

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One comment

  1. Gamers has definitely not gone in any direction anyone seemed to expect. While I don’t dislike it, it has kind of lost its game focus which is a bit of a shame. And I’m with you on Smartphone. I get why people might dislike it, but I am just having so much fun each week watching it.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the season.

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