Week # 3 – Winter Anime 2018

Week #3 has arrived with the 2018 winter 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!!!***


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

What a fantastic episode. Rounding out the cast with Yuzuki, our group of four has been set and the journey to Antarctica truly begins from her on out. This episode starts with the zany and silly antics of the three, while Yuzuki brings in the realism, the calmness of things to balance the group out. Her story is truly tragic, one where fame brought her pain in a different way, the opportunity to make friends never happening throughout her childhood. We experience this through her attempts to make friends with two girls in her class and watch as she continually has to apologize for not being able to attend social gatherings between the three of them. On the brink of full-on depression when her two potential friends appear to leave her for good, the three appear once more to ease her pain, proving she does indeed have friends if she so seeks. It was a really emotional and enjoyable episode, both from sheer entertainment value from the show’s fantastic comedy thus far, but also from an emotional standpoint, they really told a great story here.

AND I FINALLY GOT PICTURES!!!

THE GOOD

  • Cast is rounded out perfectly now with the addition of Yuzuki
  • Very powerful and emotional episode, while still retaining the show’s zany comedy

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Again, not a bad episode, but nothing overwhelmingly special either. Sure, see-through shirt and baths for the girls, but nothing really all that notable. I have to say, the longer the show has gone on, the more and more I’m rooting for Saya, knowing that Kokonotsu is probably set to end up with Hotaru somehow. Ah well, I’ll be Saya’s knight in shining armor.

THE GOOD

  • Fun little episode, loaded with ecchi

THE BAD

  • Nothing special happening, as per usual with this show

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

I’m really liking what I’m seeing so far, it’s definitely giving me an Isekai wa Smartphone vibe, only in Death March the main character is a lot more analytical as a game designer and is also fighting with the option of whether or not to try and “beat” the game, or just live in it like a normal person. The game world itself is very full of life, though yes it is unbelievably skewed to being just girls that surround him. It’s a harem, what did you expect? As of so far, there’s a decent set starting, though I’m afraid Martha is going to be pushed out soon in favour of more fighting ladies that will accompany Ichirou as an adventurer. So far, so good though.

THE GOOD

  • Well fleshed-out world both in visuals and realities
  • Entertaining characters thus far

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.14)

THOUGHTS

That’s really upsetting. What a fantastic episode where we got Luke finally in a really good way, where he’s not being a brooding moron and they add a new character in Stella who to me was on par with the intrigue I hold with Sophie. But what do they do? Stella is a one-off. She now thinks nothing happened and it was all superstition that she worried about. 100%, I think Stella would have made a great travelling companion for Luke, a Sophie to his Sword, someone who completes him, gives him something to fight for. I legitimately thought as well this battle would have gained him his own suit of armor, as he mentions throughout the episode he’s not a Knight, so I figured it was only poetic for him to gain the armor of a Knight who had lost his way. But nope, no armor and Stella’s gone. Really disappointed. Would’ve easily been a 5-star episode, but they fucked it up.

THE GOOD

  • Great episode in terms of the fighting, story and characters
  • I fell in love with Stella

THE BAD

  • Stella’s gone
  • No Armor for Luke when it would’ve made sense

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

I can see this is going to be a show that’s going to test my fortitude. Yep, after everything that happened, Ling is about to pay off his debt, only to find out the man who hired him has now sold off his little sister and she was killed by the sick son of the mayor. So a revenge anime it is. It’s strange, because usually these kinds of shows don’t grab me, but so far I’m quite intrigued. The characters are unique, the animation style and music fits very well, the only real complaint I have is that this sister was killed so early that it really doesn’t bring that much value to her death. If this was say…halfway though the season, then we’d have something here.

THE GOOD

  • Show continues to ramp up my interest

THE BAD

  • Wasted potential in Ling’s sister being killed, was done way too soon

Episode Score: 4/5


Märchen Mädchen (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Right off the bat, I’m putting this show on notice. However, this is not to say that it’s because the show is bad or trash, anything of the sort. In all honesty, what this really stems from is just that compared to everything else I’m watching right now, this is the one that seems to offer the least. The show itself is still decent, I didn’t hate the episode this week. However, I didn’t leave wanting more, I didn’t leave with any level of anticipation. The characters are okay at best, the story is already setting up a basic tournament arc and it seems like the show is trying to offset its mediocre concept with ecchi and it’s not even really all that good. So I’m giving it one more shot to show me something, otherwise it’ll be off the weeklies. Again, it’s not a terrible show, I’m just trying to thin out the herd and only watch the shows I can’t wait to see the following week.

THE GOOD

  • Hazuki is adorable
  • Yumelia is super attractive

THE BAD

  • Beyond those two, every other character doesn’t really offer much
  • The plot is so basic with a tournament arc, it’s almost lifeless

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


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Once again, this show manages to be so unbelievably cute that I can’t fathom how it does such a thing. The shenanigans are silly, the characters themselves apart from Sora aren’t overwhelmingly interesting, but just being around Mii kind of brings the most out of them and makes every scene better because of it. We know have seen all four main characters with Asa and the blonde-haired guy making appearances, so it’s only a matter of time before the show becomes less about learning how to care for Mii and more about the entire party going and doing silly things together. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us.

THE GOOD

  • The show continues to defy all expectations for something I didn’t expect to be that cute

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Overlord II (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Another really cool episode, getting a lot more action this time around. I really want to know what the hell Momonga’s planning though, this battle that he got Cocytus to wage on the lizardmen still doesn’t make any sense. Was he testing them? Was he trying to get the land for something? I really don’t know.

But I hope it’s testing them so he gains them as allies, because it’s means I get to see more of the main lizard and his new lady. Those two are perfect together.

THE GOOD

  • Badass battles
  • Humour between the two lizards becoming a couple is still there and fantastic

THE BAD

  • I just want to know what the hell’s going on

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Without doing the same shtick over again, I’ll just say once more I don’t understand the hate for this show…because this episode was my favourite yet! Comedy was on point in this episode, we got Yuu even closer to Koizumi than ever, I wanted to eat not one, not two, but three bowls of ramen after watching this, it was a great episode! To get everything I could possibly want from this show, good food that I’m now interested in trying, some really good comedy, plot advancement and hell, a little bit of ecchi with bikini-clad Koizumi going on, this episode was exactly what I was looking for from this show. It continues to keep going strong and exceed the horrendous ratings the show has been getting.

THE GOOD

  • Great comedy with Koizumi collapsing and the absurdity of the beach McDonalds english section
  • Yuu’s getting closer with Koizumi, I’m rooting for her!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

So, um…what the fuck?

  1. Ai won her first two matches and barely lost to Ginko
  2. Bitch mom is still a bitch, demands she stop playing
  3. Yaichi begs, making a formal approach to mentoring Ai this time
  4. Dad suddenly says yes, even though it’s been established he has no say in anything
  5. Bitch mom continues her bitch ways and ups the ante once she realizes how much money Yaichi makes: If Ai doesn’t hold a title by the time she graduates middle school, he marries her instead and moves up north, presumably to take over the inn? I got confused on that last bit

Either way, WHAT THE FUCK?! So much for this being a fun-loving shogi anime…

THE GOOD

  • They’re having Ai win matches through skill, not dumb luck like a lot of shows suffer from

THE BAD

  • Bitch mom, plus her weird stipulations. Unless that’s a thing in Japanese cultures?
  • No shenanigans, way too serious

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Another cute episode this week. We get a little more Nadeshiko/Rin time, while also advancing things on the club side with Aoi and Chiaki each getting part-time jobs to fund their club activities. Though this really was another Nadeshiko/Rin episode through and through. I’m finding this show very much in the Flying Witch department, I always go back to this show as one that’s consistently entertaining and a nice sit down and relax show that doesn’t exceed my expectations, nor fall under them. It’s just a solid show.

THE GOOD

  • Chemistry between Nadeshiko and Rin is just fantastic
  • Continues to be a solid show to just relax and watch

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

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