Week # 2 – Fall Anime 2017

Week #2 has arrived with the Fall 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!!!***


Anime-Gataris (Ep.2) *On Notice*

THOUGHTS

I’ve gotta say, with all these new characters thrown together, I’m now far more interested in the show than I was after the first episode, with the only reason it stayed alive is because I saw potential with said new characters. Now the show will remain on notice for one more week, because literally after all these characters got together, they are in danger of being kicked out of their club room, which to me is an absolutely retarded chain of events, it could’ve been done after a couple more episodes of hijinks. So the true test for this show comes next week, how do they handle such a dumb, cliche plot conflict? If all goes well, the show will continue on with me. If it’s handled terribly, then even with it’s potential, I will drop it.

THE GOOD

  • New characters really flesh out the show’s potential
  • Endless possibilities for hijinks with this show

THE BAD

  • Really, REALLY dumb and cliche storyline with their club being “cancelled” before it really even begins

Episode Score: 3.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***

 

 

 


Blend-S (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

I’m so relieved that this show’s fantastic first episode wasn’t a fluke. The comedy continues at full speed in this episode, with Maika starting to (dare I say…) blend in at her new job and starting to (unintentionally) get a hang of the sadist personality her waitress character operates under. At this point, Maika and Mafuyu are running away with being the best characters on the show, so it ended up being even better that the two worked together on an in-house contest where they one, due to Maika’s accidental sadism. It’s no longer a question to me as to whether this show will be good or not, now it’s where in the Top 5 this show will finish.

THE GOOD

  • Comedy continues at 110%
  • Maika and Mafuyu rule the show together

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Code:Realize: Sousei no Himegimi (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

I’m really surprised, this show is not only staying interesting to me, but actually got better as well. A little more action added in, some new characters that really flesh out the cast, Van Helsing in particular and even Cardia already showing some progress, although granted it’s still “I don’t know what to do…” attitude, but she’s at least putting a foot forward now. We’ll see as the show progresses if it actually can keep this going, as part of me thinks this story can easily fall off the rails.

THE GOOD

  • Van Helsing is a great addition to the cast
  • Cardia opening up a little bit, less Bella from Twilight now

THE BAD

  • Villains seem at this point like they could knock the story right off its rails

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dies irae (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

Nothing too special this episode, just establishing some of our main characters outside of the Nazi banner. The main character is what you’d expect from a male lead, a bit clueless and boring, while the girls lead the way, Kasumi being the tsundere keeping the male lead in check and Rea, the monotone girl who is all kinds of perverted and weird, just the way I love those characters. Story-wise, there isn’t much to go through, by episode end we know the Nazis are on their way into the city and that’s about it, like I said this was just another character introduction, this time for the good guy.

THE GOOD

  • I really love Rea and Kasumi
  • Encapsulating atmosphere

THE BAD

  • Male lead isn’t all that great so far

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Another fantastic episode. Not as cool as the first, but there wasn’t as much action this time around. This episode was a bit more story-focused as we see our first character that goes through the full transformation into a full-fledged Horror, only this time the damage is limited.  It was hard to watch though, you feel extremely bad for the man, after all the reason for his troubles that lead to him turning into a Horror were not his fault, it was an accident that injured him and forced him into that state of mind. We’re also introduced to Luke, who’s playing a great ying to Sword’s yang. Everything I liked about this show is continuing, the visuals and music are top-notch, the action is fast-paced and everything just looks so fucking cool!!!

THE GOOD

  • Badassery continues
  • Luke adds a great foil to Sword’s personality
  • Interesting villain this episode, easy to sympathize

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 


Imouto sae Ireba Ii. (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

I’m just gonna say it: If you can’t stand excessive ecchi, get out while you can. This show will clearly be just that, as the majority of this episode featured somebody either topless or completely naked. The difference between a show like this and something like Highschool DxD or Masou Gakuen HxH, is that this show is actually providing something beyond that. The overwhelming absurdity of not just Itsuki as a personality, but Nayuta as well, it’s such a draw for me. Not to mention the good comedy the show has and a character to root for in Miyako, which you almost assume will be the endgame for Itsuki, should the show actually provide a romantic couple (it likely won’t). But yeah, because I’m okay with ecchi-ridden content, this show’s sticking around for me, but man oh man I’m not surprised the ratings are so low on MAL.

After all, too much ecchi automatically means the show is shit, right? *sigh*

THE GOOD

  • Absurdity and comedy drawing me to it
  • Miyako is impossible not to love

THE BAD

  • Not for me, but it’s bad for Chihiro…she is “secretly” Itsuki’s little sister after all

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Well it wasn’t as dark as last week, but this “beautiful journey” so far has yielded quite the death count, has it not? This time is Colosseum form, where Kino gets the urge to participate for what I assumed was to win and the new rule she’d get to put into play was the abolishing of said Colosseum. However, likely due to the crowd demanding blood, she no longer wants to save them and calls for further bloodshed, saying (after killing the king with a “stray bullet”) that they all fight and the last man standing is king, essentially destroying the country from the bottom up.

I have a theory. Based on her cold-blooded nature, her gun skills and the fact she threw rocks at her own reflection at the end of the episode, I think we’re going to find a lot more about Kino’s past as we get further in. I think she’ll be similar to Vash the Stampede in Trigun, she’ll be an ex-mercenary, a cold-blodded killer, one who’s trying to escape that past. Well, we shall see as the series pushes forward, won’t we?

THE GOOD

  • Another shocking conclusion
  • Interesting development with Kino, including her hot streak

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Konohana Kitan (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Definitely not as fun as the first episode, but not bad either. The first half was very good, the light-hearted nature of the show was on full force. Once we got to the two demigods(?) however, it kind of started to falter. The older sister didn’t offer much beyond tripping and the little sister was annoying as fuck and their “resolution” didn’t exactly come off well either. Along with Satsuki’s backstory, it kind of felt a little disappointing when we saw where her older sister was. I thought it’d be something more serious, but no…she’s just…jealous maybe? It’s not even that clear, so it was a tough second half to sit through.

THE GOOD

  • The light-hearted nature of the show is still shining bright
  • Yuzu and Satsuki continue to shine

THE BAD

  • A very poor second half in plot, new characters and its resoluton

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Net-juu no Susume (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Picking up right where it left off, the show continues it’s adorable, awkward trip through an adult romantic story featuring a bunch of hardcore MMORPG players. Moriko continues to shine as an overly introverted woman in her 30s and now things get more interesting with everyone believing she’s far younger (and male), not to mention the overlap has now hit even further with her actually becoming acquainted with Yuta, the player (we’re to assume) behind Lily. Getting very interesting and it’s just such a cute show thus far.

THE GOOD

  • Moriko still rocking it
  • Interesting overlap between the game and reality

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Osake wa Fuufu ni Natte kara (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

This show is so freaking adorable. It really does remind me a lot of how me and my girlfriend are at home, except neither of us drink all that much. The relationship between Chisato and Sora is super adorable and semi-realistic. She just wants to spend time with him, that’s all. Even if it means not having food or getting the laundry in before it rains.

But if there’s no booze…GTFO!!!

THE GOOD

  • Very cute relationship

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

The show really has returned to what I loved about it in season one, everyone is busy doing there own thing while the main narrative is active. Soma is busy fighting Kuga, but Alice is trying to stay involved, Takumi is still trying to be Soma’s #1 rival, Erina STILL hates/wants to fuck Soma, Hayama, Ikumi, Akira, they’re all busy doing something. In the tournament format of the majority of season two, it was terrible, it was too focused. When this show is being silly, light-hearted and random while keeping a tiny bit of focus on the end goal, it’s top quality and that was exactly what this episode was. I’m curious how a tiny booth is going to beat Kuga’s temple though…

THE GOOD

  • Everyone’s involved, no spotlighting
  • Great humour with Erina and Alice especially

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week (other than Kuga’s shitty hair)

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Two Car (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

I’m not going to be patient with this show if it’s not going to show me anything interesting. This entire episode was a whole lot of nothing, there wasn’t any comedy, there wasn’t any interesting storylines (because teammates bickering is so cliche, it’s nothing special) and hell, there wasn’t even any ecchi, there’s nothing to give me a reason to watch on, whether it’s for legitimate or ironic reasons. It’s just a show that does nothing with nothing, there isn’t an interesting thing about it, hell I’d say even the concept doesn’t really have legs. For me, a racing anime needs more than teammate quarrels or slow-mo decision making, that stuff doesn’t work with me at all.

THE GOOD

  • I mean…there’s a lot of cute girls?

THE BAD

  • Nothing interesting to grab onto
  • Teammate quarreling doesn’t elicit any reactions from me

Episode Score: 1.5/5 ***DROPPED***


Urahara (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

After two episodes of this show, I’m going to drop it. Not because it’s bad necessarily, in fact I really like the art style of this show. The problem is that I cannot for the life of me figure out the show at all, it’s confusing as all hell and I’m not really attaching directly into anything. It’s definitely a show that a certain type of crowd would love the hell out of, and I don’t blame ’em. Me? It’s cute looking and seems very fun, but I have no inkling to keep watching it, it’s like staring at artwork rather than an anime. And I don’t feel like staring at artwork for 20 minutes straight.

THE GOOD

  • Lovely/crazy art style

THE BAD

  • I can’t follow anything that’s going on, nor understand it
  • I have no inkling to watch, it’s the kind of show I’m more interested in seeing screenshots, rather than a 20-minute episode

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***DROPPED***

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