Week # 12-13 – Winter Anime 2018

The final two weeks have 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.12)

THOUGHTS

…Wow. One more hit and I would’ve started balling. I got close to tears as this episode hit its conclusion. After taking the snowcats, they find and old station with a few boxes, so the girls frantically try to find something that shows Shirase’s mother being there…and they find her laptop. So naturally Shirase boots it up back at the station and…it works and her e-mail inbox gets flooded with all the mails Shirase had sent her dead mother since the day she disappeared. Hoo boy that was tough. So I assume Episode 13 is to make a grave for her? Maybe they return home? Either way, the emotional damage has been done this week, we’ll see what the final episode has in store for us next week.

THE GOOD

  • Emotional highs, nearly cried
  • The show did its job, getting you ready for the inevitable tough moment

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 5/5


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.13)

THOUGHTS

It’s bittersweet. A show that I enjoyed as much as I did and here I expected a resounding finale and instead, I’ll be quite honest…it was very disappointing. I couldn’t really tell you what I was expecting, maybe I was too emotionally drained after Shirase’s heartbreaking cry, but either way, the end was so bittersweet like I said, that I almost have a bad taste in my mouth. I’m also admittedly disappointed with Shirase choosing to leave her mother’s laptop behind. I get why she did it, she’s moving on, but she can move on with the memory of her mother beside her as well. Even her mother’s message that remained in her outbox, it wasn’t even that strong either. Maybe that was intent, maybe I expected so much more, but either way…MAN WHAT A BUZZ KILL!!!

Oh and Shirase’s hair looks stupid now.

THE GOOD

  • I mean…it was a pleasant send-off

THE BAD

  • BUT IT WAS SUCH A BUZZ KILL!!!

Episode Score: 3/5 — Overall Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

Huh…that was rather depressing, but very realistic. Well, except for Hotaru showing up out of the blue, FINALLY! It almost doesn’t work, I cannot believe that this moment actually came off as “meh” for me. I’ve been begging for Hotaru to come back and by the looks of things…SHE PROBABLY JUST WENT TO SCHOOL OVERSEAS OR SOME SHIT! I’m confused, like…Hotaru’s usual craziness was gone, what the hell happened?

Welp, you got one episode left, better be damn good.

THE GOOD

  • Realistic approach to Kokonotsu’s manga review

THE BAD

  • WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT SHIT WITH HOTARU?!!!

Episode Score: 2.5/5


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

A nice silly finish to this season. As always, nothing’s really changed. Kokonotsu is still unsure where his future will go, he still hasn’t told Hotaru how he feels (and also hasn’t seen the light, so he can go Saya’s direction instead) and well…that’s really it, nothing’s changed. Typical anime, am I right?

This season has no doubt been an up and down affair. Some episodes were just god awful, while some were freaking hysterical. That was the show in a nutshell, the only difference is that in Season 1, the first few episodes were incredible and then it tapered off, while this season, the good episodes were scattered about, making this season far easier to take in without much frustration. But between the two seasons, their overall score remains the same.

THE GOOD

  • Nice to see Hotaru back in full form

THE BAD

  • Nothing’s changed
  • In fact, I’m now super frustrated that the season’s over, because we had zero episodes were everyone was fully together and interacting

Episode Score: 3.5/5 — Overall Score: 3.5/5


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

Nothing overly special, just set up for the final “arc” of the season, dealing with douchebag nobles. I’m relieved nothing overly serious is ending this show after being what it’s been all season, so colour me interested for the final episode next week. There’s honestly not too much to say, other than Ine getting crushed by that giant bird, I was laughing my ass off at that. Otherwise, it was just a nice sit-down and watch, nothing too special to talk about.

THE GOOD

  • Ine was quite entertaining

THE BAD

  • Nothing special, just a nice watch

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

It’s kind of disappointing that the show really didn’t just use this last episode to have a load of fun, like most harems do. Come to think of it, there was no swimsuit episodes all season. I think that might be a first…

The episode as a whole was mostly standard fare, overcoming another villain in over-the-top, overpowered action. It’s why I loved Isekai no Smartphone to Tomo ni so much. But the difference between that show and this one is that Death March doesn’t 100% embrace what it truly is, a colossal harem. Sure, Nana was making him touch her naked body to “recharge her” and Arisa’s trying to get Satou to plow her anywhere and everywhere at all times, but realistically, who’s really pushing aside from Arisa? Nana’s technically not, Liza is perceived to be uninterested, Lulu doesn’t have the nerve to say anything, Zena’s just being a housewife-like girl, Monica isn’t a main character and the rest are too young (not that it stopped Ryuuou no Oshigoto…). Smartphone made sure everyone went after him, this show basically tells you it’s a harem and then doesn’t double down on it. So while I still enjoyed the show a lot, it really suffered from not going all the way with the ideas it was running with.

THE GOOD

  • Funny moments with Nana and Arisa’s jealousy

THE BAD

  • Nothing special happened, pretty mediocre finale

Episode Score: 3/5 — Overall Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.23)

THOUGHTS

Uh…what? King is dead, Queen is dead. Bishop is somehow alive and never got his hands dirty and yet Dark Knight is still in this? Lemme guess, it’s a battle for pride now, CAUSE MEN!!! Yeah, if that’s the case, that’s a pretty lame way to go out, not to mention I’m still expecting some trickery and bullshit to end this, since Bishop is alive. I’m also confused, did she accept Martin’s gone and deleted him from the world as well, thus killing him? Still a few unanswered questions I’d like answered…

BUT HOLY FUCK THOSE BATTLES WERE AWESOME!!!

THE GOOD

  • Badass visuals and battles between the three major players

THE BAD

  • Bishop left unscathed and was the most boring of the three “guards”
  • Confused on a number of things

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.24)

THOUGHTS

I see what this show wanted to do, having the ultimate final battle. But before I really delve into this episode, can I just say how unbelievably infuriating it was to watch that battle and realize Luke wasn’t the one to end Dark Knight? Y’know…THE MAN WHO KILLED HIS MOTHER (and is his father)?!!!

Also…the battle wasn’t even that long, nor impressive. It came off like a waste. At the very least the second half was meaningful with Sophie regaining her memories and now even going as far to wanting to became a Makai Alchemist herself. So that was really cool, despite how apparently after a single year Sophie can go from looking like she’s 12 to 18, if not in her 20s. That was weird. But yeah, all in all the show has a lot of ups and downs, but at the very least it ended on an up.

THE GOOD

  • Satisfied with Sophie’s new end goal
  • Bit of fun and humour at the end

THE BAD

  • Waste of a “final fight”

Episode Score: 4/5 — Overall Score: 3.5/5


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

Yeah, while I still enjoy the show as a whole, I cannot get behind this final villain. He’s boring and his motivations just aren’t interesting. He’s not evil enough, nor is he redeemable either, there’s just no interest here. The mixture of Banba, Lin, the Submarine Ninja and everyone else works for the show, but this guy, this final villain, he just doesn’t offer anything. As the episode stands, the usual fare of death and faux betrayals was good as it always is, but knowing where the end goal is, it just won’t be as satisfying as other “arcs” in the show have been.

THE GOOD

  • Standard fun fare

THE BAD

  • Fei-Lan continues to be a terrible villain and not worth the finale

Episode Score: 3/5


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

It was about what I expected, nothing special. I wonder if maybe the show just never intended to have that harsh an ending arc, it was just a string of small, fun arcs. If that’s the case, they did a pretty good job, as it’s not like these episodes haven’t been enjoyable. But from the perspective of having a strong emotional connection with this show, it never had one in terms of its story. HOWEVER! The characters in the show make up for that pretty well. Banba, Lin, Sarucchi, they all do pretty well at making a pretty damn entertaining show, shit villain or not.

THE GOOD

  • Same hijinks you know and love, ends well

THE BAD

  • End really didn’t have any value to it, didn’t feel Lin really overcame anything

Episode Score: 3.5/5 — Overall Score: 4/5


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

So we go through all the trials and tribulations of Sora and Tazuki mending their friendship and we’re ending the story with someone still Mii-kun, presumably that man who beat that dragon and Tazuki when he was younger. I suppose it’s a fair way to end things, but given the light-heartedness of the show up until this point, I don’t know if this is the right direction for the show to finish. Well…we’ll see what happens, I guess. The episode was nice as a whole, up until the end and then things got a little “Eh…I don’t know if I need this.”.

THE GOOD

  • The inugami were entertaining
  • Glad to see Sora and Tazuki finally being open

THE BAD

  • Not really interested in what the finale is selling

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

An unnecessary villain in the first half, with zero closure, but the second half was quite entertaining. I’m frustrated with the villain, because it really should’ve been that guy Tazuki remembers from his past, really could’ve given both him and Sora something to overcome and 100% their friendship. Instead, it’s a quick resolution and we move onto the second half of a makeshift festival for all the pets to enjoy. It was meh and then fun at best, which really puts the show where it belongs. Generally speaking, it’s a load of adorable fun, but at times is susceptible to some really pointless bullshit. But I loved this show, really surprised me this season.

THE GOOD

  • Festival half was really fun

THE BAD

  • First half was pure garbage

Episode Score: 3.5/5 — Overall Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Overlord II (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

I thought this was the last episode. Thank god it wasn’t, cause holy hell what a cliffhanger that would’ve been! The episode itself wasn’t bad, after all watching Evileye want to fuck the holy hell out of Momonga was fucking hysterical. The curiosity however now 100% rides on what happens to Climb. We know this thing with Demiurge is a charade for something, but now the real horse in this race is Climb, as we now know Renner has been trying to send him to his death again and again and yet he survives. She wants him resurrected in a weakened state so she can nurse him back to health, a sick, twisted, sadistic personality hiding behind that facade she has. Man this is so weird and I fucked adore it!

THE GOOD

  • Climb/Renner have somehow become the final end goal here
  • Evileye being a teenage girl again

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5


Overlord II (Ep.13)

THOUGHTS

A fun ending as all the other episodes have been. The silliness of Momonga and Demiurge having a fake fight, Nabe and the other three just doing fuck all the whole time while Evileye (who under the mask wasn’t as attractive as I was hoping. She’s cute, but that’s all.) was working her ass off. It was the same ol’ fun Overlord fodder that I’ve been enjoying all season here.

Y’know, it’s been a good ride, though disappointing only in that the lizard folk that I enjoyed so much never make another appearance this season. Though there’s good news…

WE’RE GETTING A THIRD SEASON IN THE FALL!!!

So yeah, lots to look forward to. More adventures, new characters and the same fun stuff I’ve been adoring since Episode 1 of the first season. Now I’m still a little sour that perhaps Climb’s journey has come to an end, as I’m unsure if we’ll see them again, but who knows what will come in Season 3. I’ve loved this show all the way through and it hasn’t changed one bit.

THE GOOD

  • Hilarity of the “final battle”, lots of jokes
  • Promise with the third season

THE BAD

  • No returns from the lizard men
  • Climb’s story is left unfinished

Episode Score: 4.5/5 — Overall Score: 4.5/5


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Okay okay okay, decent episode, shit finish. Yaichi did what we all expected, he overcame the odds and beat the Meijin somehow…except they rush through the other three games and they’re just like “Yeah, he won them all.”, time for everyone to come together and end the season! Let’s be honest here folks, this show was such a mixed bag, it’s frustrating. But it’s a good frustration in the end, I really enjoyed my time with this show, despite the creepiness of the time spent on naked children and shit like that. This show has a fantastic cast of unique characters that you can’t help but love. This episode shows all this show does, the good and the bad. And you know what? I’ll take the good.

THE GOOD

  • Yaichi overcoming the odds in a realistic format, he didn’t win with ease, he played his ass off

THE BAD

  • Rush through the final minutes, really needed more time celebrating

Episode Score: 4/5 — Overall Score: 4/5


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

As I said on Twitter, I will only accept this show ending if there’s a second season and it’s set in the summer. It’s really sad that this show is over, because it was always a fun, mindless watch. This episode was no exception, it’s not like there was anything special per se, but if you’ve watched this show all the way through, that’s been the show in a nutshell. It’s just infectiously enjoyable. Was very happy with this show, hope there really is a second season.

THE GOOD

  • As the show’s always been, a nice watch to just kick back and smile along with

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5 — Overall Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

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