Week # 9 – Winter Anime 2018

Week #9 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.9)

THOUGHTS

A great, emotional heavy episode. The focus was half on them reaching Antarctica, the other half on the relationship between Shirase and Gin, the one who was closest to Takako. There’s a brief “love story” with Toshio trying to get Gin’s attention, but based on the flashbacks, I think Gin has (or had) a much different goal than just another man.

Think about it. She and Takako were so close that she was being left with Shirase all the time, as if Takako wanted them to be like sisters. Also, nowhere in these flashbacks and even to this point in the season has there even been a mention of a father figure in Shirase’s life. With the idea that Gin is so seemingly out of touch with love, very nervous to even talk about it and through all the flashbacks, I think there’s only one option left: Gin was either in love with Takako and hadn’t confessed or they were together during this entire ordeal. Either option truly explains how she’s hit the hardest, perhaps even more than Shirase at times. If they were an item together, losing the one you love is always tough, but what if she never told Takako how she felt? Not only has she lost the one she loves, but she never even got to tell her that she did.

Either way, the emotional value of the episode was super high and it makes me excited to see how this all unfolds.

THE GOOD

  • Emotions are on high

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

FOUR EPISODES WITHOUT HOTARU?!!! I mean, this one was still really fun, but still!!! It is getting kind of ridiculous that the girl who is the only character in the first half of the OP, she hasn’t been on-screen for four weeks now. I think next week we need to see her again, they’ve established Owari and Yutaka, everyone’s basically met everyone now, so let’s get Hotaru back into the fray and have four absolutely bonkers episodes to end the season!

THE GOOD

  • Owari and Saya click super well

THE BAD

  • No Hotaru makes Adam a dull boy

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Really cheesy fun episode, taking shots at cliche RPG dungeons with 100+ floors in them. Weak monsters to start, getting stronger over time, but we don’t have time for that, so instead Ichirou fucks a couple loli dryads, rapes a blonde bombshell homunculi and buttfucks the final boss. Okay, so I lied about the third one and may have over-exaggerated the first two, but there’s no doubt this was a fan service episode taking potshots at cliche (and usually boring) tropes in RPG games. I enjoyed every moment of it, especially when he first kept breaking the rules of the dungeon set by the Undead King, who I fully believe is another person who was transported into this world, whether after dying or not and has also died in this world as well, living on to fulfill some sort of destiny he believes he’s needed for. We’ll probably know next episode if there is such a thing.

Either way, I enjoyed the hell out of this episode!

THE GOOD

  • Fan service up the ass (not literally) and I loved it!
  • Taking shots at boring 100+ floor RPG dungeons

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.20) *On Notice* 

THOUGHTS

This is truly the episode that will decide whether I stick it through for the final conclusions, or if they take one more misstep to end it all.

Martin is King. Martin has no idea what he’s done this entire time. Hell, he thinks Sophie hasn’t aged, that it’s only been six months, when it’s really been three years. Sophie understands what’s happened, the brother she knows no longer exists, thus she needs to kill him. Her own brother.

How can I drop a show after a moment like that? Now she likely won’t succeed, obviously the ancient Horror will appear to put a stop to this and we’ll see where things go. Assuming, I finish this show, I’m going to make a prediction. I believe that one of two outcomes will happen. One, the end boss will be defeated and Martin will die. Two, the end boss will be defeated and Martin will die…but so will Gina and Luke. Oh and by the way, Sophie will die in both of these scenarios, because she will somehow sacrifice herself in order to kill Martin and the Horror controlling him. Yep, you heard me.

THE GOOD

  • Interesting premise with a good cliffhangar

THE BAD

  • I’m still not sold, but I’m curious to see where it goes

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Really fun episode, loved all the meticulous planning and how they used “the oldest tricks in the book” to play the hacker group into their hands. Again, I stress how much it still does bother me that they keep beating the villains so handily, but we are now going to be entering into the final four episodes, so realistically speaking, I think this is just how things go. Now is there a chance this (presumably) final group actually cause some damage? Sure, but I don’t know if four episodes is enough time to establish anyone. So I’m not opposed to this “easy win” kind of show, if it’s going to be like that all the time.

THE GOOD

  • Loved all the work that went into capturing the hacker group
  • Everyone had a role that worked

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

A fun episode, especially given that we get to see a number of other deities during this show. It’s nice that they’ve finally solved the problem of what to do with the four pets when they all go to school, so of course Mii-kun has to go and fuck that all up by being a tiny child who can’t help but chase after shiny things. The story of Mii-kun trying to get back home was adorable, though I will admit the lack of dialogue for such a long period of time in the episode really slowed things down. Still a fun episode though.

THE GOOD

  • More deities, especially that fox one

THE BAD

  • Felt a little slow once the lack of dialogue kicked in

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Overlord II (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

WHAT THE FUCK IS RENNER, REALLY?!!! This entire episode was fine until the very end, Sebas and company took down the brothel, but then everything went topsy-turvy with Renner. I thought maybe someone had been possessing her, or even worse, had killed her and taken his place, but it appears more like there’s just another side to her that she doesn’t show. I don’t know what’s gonna happen, but oh boy am I curious.

Not to mention, we’ve yet to see why Momonga is meeting with Sebas. I think the creepy, jealous blonde snitched…

THE GOOD

  • Good resolve from Climb and Brain
  • Renner’s…personality is quite intriguing

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Well that was pointless. Ika lost to Ai this episode, no lead up, nothing at all, just a loss. All three have advanced too, Yashajin and Keika, which again I just can’t get behind. Ika’s a more interesting character than I initially thought, granted that interest stems from her being batshit crazy (and apparently liking to break into Yaichi’s house and wait for him while naked just to play shogi with him), but interesting nonetheless. Now I’m wondering what the end goal truly is, with Yaichi having a match against the best player in shogi, but the tournament isn’t over either. So where do we go? I don’t know if it necessarily matters with this show, but it’d be nice to have an idea.

THE GOOD

  • Ika is even more interesting than I thought

THE BAD

  • Ika lost way too easily and too soon

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

A fun little episode, as per usual. Taking away the funny moment of Nadeshiko trying to rush out of bed after getting over a cold, I wouldn’t say the episode was amazing, it was just a nice sit down with me smiling the whole way through. I’ve said it before, this show succeeds at being so consistently good, without having a low-point, or honestly, a super-high point. It’s just always a good episode.

Also, three episodes left, have to assume next week is planning the Christmas camping trip, and the final two are the trip itself.

THE GOOD

  • Same old, same old, just consistently good

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

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