Week # 10 – Winter Anime 2018

Week #10 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.10)

THOUGHTS

An episode quite similar to Yuzuki’s episode early in the season, except this time the formula isn’t nearly as strong. Yuzuki ends up coming off more childish here and there really isn’t the comedy there needed to off-set things. The episode falls quite flat as a result of this, especially when the majority of the episode otherwise was spent on the girls getting things set up at the station, so there really wasn’t much to dig into here.

THE GOOD

  • Little bit of emotional value

THE BAD

  • Nothing to really dig into during the episode, quite flat and devoid of anything memorable

Episode Score: 3/5


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Good first half, second half not so much. The Internet(s) episode was fucking hysterical. As a guy who knows how to build websites and program, the sight of these two making such a big fuss over Javascript had me in stitches. HOWEVER! The second half was boring, didn’t do anything to enhance anyone’s character and wasn’t all that interesting.

AND HOTARU’S STILL NOT BACK! THE FUCK?!!!

THE GOOD

  • Hilarious first half

THE BAD

  • Bad second half
  • Hotaru is somehow still not back

Episode Score: 3/5


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Nowhere near as fun as last week, but still an okay episode. Touches on the realities that many humans are facing as they’re reincarnated into this world, but doesn’t go beyond that. Also with three episodes left, it’s hard to tell what an “ending” is really going to be here, sure there’s those spectral twin girls that were giggling after he killed the undead king, but there really isn’t an end goal in sight, which is a real shame, given how well the show has told its story thus far. Either way, with No.7, now named Nana in the party (and somehow Zena won’t be in this season), we have a blonde who can 100% walk around naked like nothing’s out of the ordinary. Y’know, as busty blonde characters do in anime.

THE GOOD

  • Continuation of a fun angle, holds up well
  • Happy to see No.7 (Nana) join the party

THE BAD

  • Weird to feel like there’s no end in sight with only three episodes to go

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.21)

THOUGHTS

I’m legitimately frustrated watching Martin in this episode. This entire time, it look to me like he never did what he should’ve done, which was to take a real job as he easily had the skills to do so, but instead was lost in his research to create a virtual world that would make Sophie happy. Why not just make her happy in the real world, where the ability to do so was clearly present. Martin is not redeemable in my opinion, he was lost in his own ego to accomplish his own personal project. Even if Queen states that he has no darkness in him, I 100% disagree with that statement. His motivations may have been pure, but he was lost in those motivations and forgot what truly mattered. He left Sophie behind, how can one make her smile by doing that, EVEN if he thought only six months had passed.

And after all that, when Sophie finally confronts him with the truth of what he’s done, the reality of what he’s done, he’s a coward and cannot cope with it. So he allows the Horror within him to finally consume him. And now we have our end villain. 100% irredeemable. Perfect. I’m wonderfully impressed with this recovery.

THE GOOD

  • Superb recovery from so many bad episode, delivering a villain worth wanting to see be destroyed

THE BAD

  • Queen’s gone (possibly), which is depressing. Nicest butt on the show

Episode Score: 5/5


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Dear anime, can we stop with the “somehow the bad guy is still alive!” bait and switch bullshit? I really liked this episode until the post-credits when it’s revealed that this red-haired guy, who’s clearly the end villain, is still alive. Here’s why it’s so dumb:

  • Lin’s backstory really emphasizes the harsh life he had growing up, so it would be fitting to have a strong finish, right?
  • And it was strong at first, the boy he spent years training with, one of them HAD TO DIE in order for the other to leave that prison.
  • It also seemed like a real climatic end when the red-haired boy turned on him, even though it honestly made no sense, as why would he waste so much time creating a bond with Lin over such a long period of time?!
  • In the end, the moment still works, with Lin killing this boy, thus making him numb.
  • THEN somehow this boy is alive?! I thought one of them had to die for this final exam to count? So if he didn’t die, WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THAT ENTIRE STORY?! It’s completely nullified now!

So yeah, great episode…it just doesn’t matter now.

THE GOOD

  • Great emotional story throughout, a good turn at the end

THE BAD

  • Wasted by doing the ol’ bait and switch

Episode Score: 4.5/5 + 2/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Another okay episode, this time centering on Tazuki finally getting closer to Conny, rather than the love/hate relationship the two have had thus far. Admittedly, the episode wasn’t all that interesting, wasn’t all that funny and it took until the very end to really get going. But the closing moments were pretty strong, seeing Conny cry really showed how much the moment meant, as it will likely be the only time we ever see the oni child shedding tears this season. So an okay episode, nothing special.

THE GOOD

  • Really strong ending

THE BAD

  • Other 15-18 minutes were pretty dry

Episode Score: 3/5


Overlord II (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Decent episode, though not without a few little quirks. So we know the Princess Renner we see is an act, she’s actually much crazier and benevolent on the inside, though I truly am worried about what this actually means for Climb. As for Tuare and Sebas, I enjoyed how this was handled, Sebas proved his loyalty while also protecting Tuare and getting her a spot at Nazarick. And now with Six Arms abducting her, we finally get what we want to see in this show, all the major players ready to fight once again. I’m hoping we see the lizardmen again as part of this task force, it’d make sense to go full circle with this. But other than that, I guess I’m just a little worried that there’s too much going on in that it might convolute the story as a whole.

THE GOOD

  • Sebas continuing to stand out this season
  • Renner is suddenly a VERY interesting character

THE BAD

  • Worried things might get too complicated here at the end

Episode Score: 4/5


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Look. I get it. The show needed some emotion before the ending, but man oh man considering how light-hearted this show has been up until this point, this was absolutely uncalled for. It’s a problem I have with anime as a whole, so many shows are so happy-go-lucky and then because we’re at the end, we suddenly have to get super serious and super depressing, or whatever the fuck. If you want to write these kinds of moments into shows, maybe pick one that isn’t over-the-top silly and full of loli ecchi, then you might be able to have that moment work. Otherwise here? It completely missed the mark for me, to the point I actually got pissed off watching, not because “you’re supposed to feel that way” with the story, but because after everything so far, they decide to push in the opposite direction, which makes zero sense to me.

Yaichi losing three straight makes sense, he’s facing arguably the greatest shogi player ever in history. Ai losing so easily however, makes zero sense. You don’t beat what every female player is calling the best and then lose so easily. I don’t care how emotional Ai is.

The only reason this episode isn’t a 1/5? Ginko. Holy shit!

THE GOOD

  • Honestly? Nothing other than red-haired fang girl being back for 30 seconds

THE BAD

  • Pure frustration in the sudden change of direction
  • Yaichi’s situation could’ve been written much more sensibly
  • Ai after beating the best female player, loses easily. Makes perfect sense…

Episode Score: 2/5

 

 

 


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Much like Yorimoi’s episode this week, there wasn’t too much to dig into with this episode. The majority of the episode just centers around either Rin camping alone (literally, like no one else at the campsite at all) and the girls planning for their Christmas trip. Sure, drunk lady turned substitute teacher is now their club advisor, but other than the usual whimsical humour the show has, there just wasn’t anything overwhelming this week. Just a relaxing episode.

THE GOOD

  • Same old ‘shtick, not that it’s a bad thing

THE BAD

  • Nothing memorable or anything to really laud about

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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