Week # 6 – Winter Anime 2018

Week #6 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’!

NOTE: There aren’t a lot of pictures this week. It’s not from laziness, I legitimately didn’t find a need to grab that many screenshots this week. Really surprising to me that so many episodes yielded no reactions from me.

***WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!***


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Another fun episode with a lot of fun and a little bit of drama. This time around we get to see Hinata in a light we don’t normally see. She’s usually the one that shows zero guards and is always peppy and positive. After “losing” her passport however and being faced with the decision of how to operate now that it’s possible she won’t be able to join them, we see her reveal a lot more about her when it comes to how she internalizes things. I actually got a bit of a potential love interest sort of vibe during the moments where they were talking to each other before going to sleep, I did get a bit of a sense that maybe there’s something more there with Shirase and Hinata. Opposites attract after all. But yeah, very fun and some good drama in there as well

THE GOOD

  • Fun, over-the-top episode mixed with some good drama
  • Hinata really stood out this week

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

No Hotaru in the entire episode. I have nothing else to say.

Episode Score: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!/5


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Welp! Looks like the harem’s definitely started now. It’s obvious Zena’s into him, now we for sure have a second in there with Arisa, one could argue Lulu’s already semi in there and even Martha’s kind of in there, albeit in a more playful manner perhaps. Also…Arisa being a real woman (I assume) who passed away in Japan and was reborn in the game makes things interesting, aka gives them an excuse to have an 11 year-old naked all the time and wanting to fuck the shit out of Ichirou. This game world is actually quite interesting the more we dive into this show and with a rounded cast of lovely ladies and two adorable little ones, we’ve got all we need for a harem. Now we just need an end goal.

THE GOOD

  • Well they’re definitely not hiding the ecchi anymore
  • Arisa’s origins are quite intriguing

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

I’m tired. I’m tired of Sophie crying every week, I’m tired of the story getting worse and worse since leaving the city, minus that one episode with Luke on his own. The show went from being badass and interesting to completely void of ideas, logic and sense. This is only a point where I’ve brought to what is my last nerve and that’s Zaruba’s sacrifice. I’m not mad that he sacrificed himself, I’m mad that he did and the main cast literally shows up five seconds later, thus nullifying the point of the sacrifice. Some of you who are keeping up with the show will say “But Sword absorbed the ring to be even more powerful now!”, to which I say that didn’t he beat Dark Knight the last time they fought? At this point he’s under zero pressure to add more power to his arsenal, so why now?

I don’t want to do this, hell I didn’t think I would’ve had to do this, but I’m putting the show on notice. I can’t believe I’m doing this after loving the first 12 episodes as much as I did, but this second half has been absolutely horrendous for the most part, just a lot of filler, wastes of time and bad decision making, especially since we’ve really started getting closer and closer to El Dorado. The show continues to waste time, make no effort to give us a reason as to why all this is happening (AND IT’S EPISODE 17 ALREADY!!!) and just throw shit at the wall to see if it sticks. I’m convinced at this point that Sophie’s brother is King and I don’t know if there’s a good enough reason as to why this would happen, in fact I’m assuming that if I manage to make it to the point where King does his villainous “Why I’m doing what I’m doing” speech, it’ll be piles of bullshit, drivel and nonsense that makes him a weak end villain.

But then again, in order to do that…it has to survive next week.

THE GOOD

  • Cool battle in the beginning, even Sophie getting a turn in the fight

THE BAD

  • Extreme waste of a sacrifice with Zaruba, no reason behind it
  • I’m just getting fed up with all this filler, time wasting and nonsensical plot

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Not a bad episode, but more of a setup for who will likely be the villain for the rest of the season, or perhaps just this arc, given how surprisingly short the first 4-episode arc was. There’s clearly a setup for a rival to Banba, aka the Niwaka Samurai, with the aptly named “Submarine Ninja”. I don’t know how I feel about this one, though part of me just figures due to the baseball nature of the show and that this new hitman is a pitcher, he’ll survive and be recruited onto the team by the end of the arc. At least that’s my guess. But nothing too special here, just an average episode.

THE GOOD

  • A new villain/rival has arrived
  • Lin is learning a little more on the job

THE BAD

  • Nothing interesting really to speak of

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Another solid episode with Asa now getting her own pet, the orange dragon we’ve been seeing all season so far. Everything is starting to run on all cylinders now, the three of them have pets of their own, they’ve all met now, making friends with each other, Kaede’s becoming a consistent character, there’s really everything going for the show right now. Yet we haven’t even seen this blonde-haired guy that the OP shows, at least I don’t think we’ve seen him, have we? Either way, as of right now, the show is at a very strong form and I can’t wait to see where they take the show from here.

THE GOOD

  • Asa is now a consistent character with Isao
  • Show is running on all cylinders now

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Overlord II (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Wow! I was not expecting A, to see a half-episode sidestory with Sebas and B, for it to be really REALLY good and intriguing. It’s moments like these that really make Overlord stand out, as we see all these what were once NPC characters in a game, slowly develop emotions and personalities of their own. Sebas in this case takes from his master, Lord Touch Me (the best fucking name ever), where his master was the type of person who wanted to save everyone he could, because that’s what you’re supposed to do. It’s carrying on with Sebas and that was extremely interesting to watch as he rescues what I assume was a human slave. Really interested to see where this goes.

Also, we know have our major players for the rest of the season. The Eight Fingers syndicate will be the end goal, but the real question I have is if they’re the only enemies. After all, these new girls we saw with the sexy as fuck ninja twins and others, they called their leaders “fiendish”, which does beg the question if when it’s all said and done, will they be good(ish) guys that will fight alongside Ains and company (not that they need help), or will they be enemies as well and feel his wrath, much like Clementine in Season 1? Either way, I’m super interested in where this goes.

THE GOOD

  • A really touching sidestory with Sebas/Tuare
  • Intrigue with the new villains and possible allies

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Yeah, I think this show has just about hit the same level Dagashi Kashi has. It’s not bad, but it’s not going above and beyond anymore. Each skit does exactly what you’re there to see, but doesn’t really go all that far otherwise. Sure, there was a little story in between the last skit with the lost girl, but did that really add to things? Not really. The show is what it is, you get a few different kinds of ramen that you want to eat after watching, four pretty girls and one of them being an absolute crazy stalker type, even though she’s (to me) easily the hottest girl on the show.

I swear though, this episode being in the summer heat just made me want them to finally do a swimsuit episode already. Koizumi is like at the bottom of the list for me and she’s the only one we’ve gotten anything from.

THE GOOD

  • Same things I’ve liked before in the past

THE BAD

  • The little girl arc didn’t really add anything
  • Same old, same old, good but didn’t overwhelm

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

I can’t speak too much of this episode in terms of story, other than the dealings they all have with losing. However I can say for sure that what this episode did is add at the very least two more EXTREMELY lovely ladies into the harem (that aren’t grade schoolers, so that’s nice) in Asuka, who we probably won’t see again (maybe) and that red-haired girl with the fangs who in that shot of her grabbing Yaichi by the collar, may have the best butt of the entire season. But yeah, the episode was largely fan service for sure and the aforementioned story of dealing with shogi losses. Otherwise, it’s really just Yaichi trying to beat one player he can’t seem to beat.

Side note, it’s getting kind of irritating that Yaichi is supposed to be the best player currently, yet he loses almost every game he participates in.

THE GOOD

  • Some really good fan service with Ginko, Asuka and red-haired fang girl
  • Some realness with Ai being broken up about beating her friends

THE BAD

  • Frustration of the entire show being about how one of the best players in shogi apparently can’t win games to save his life

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Another pretty fun episode. This time we’re back to Nadeshiko and Rin, which of course is when things are at their best. The shopping trip, eating chocolates, riding in cars, anything these two do together just ends up being so entertaining to watch. We also got a little more of Nadeshiko’s sister this time around too, who is really a nice woman, one you actually look at and think “Y’know…I’d totally date her.” rather than just stare and drool like it’s very easy to do with anime girls. But yeah, a really enjoyable sit down and watch as usual from this show.

THE GOOD

  • Nadeshiko and Rin back together for more hijinks
  • Really liking Nadeshiko’s sister

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

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