Week # 4 – Spring Anime 2018

Week # 4 has arrived with the 2018 spring 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!!!***


Amanchu! Advance (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

Well this was a weird episode, now wasn’t it? It’s not to say that this show hasn’t had its over-the-top weird stuff in there, just not almost ten minutes of Futaba having a lucid dream levels of weird. It’s nice to see Kokoro back and getting to know a little more of her as well, but overall I think the episode really wasn’t at its best this week. A lot of more random stuff, a little more calming, that kind of episode. Not saying it’s bad per se, but in terms of giving this episode a rating, it didn’t go out of its way to earn the highest ratings I can give an episode. Nothing wrong with that, not every episode needs to blow me away. Hell, I still love this show, even during its weaker episodes. It’s soothing, relaxing, beats being frustrated trying to understand a story or dealing with shitty arcs.

Side note though, how dumb is it that Futaba didn’t get the girl’s name, yet woke up right after she did and didn’t think to check the table next to her? You could make the argument she forgets everything after waking up, but I remember lucid dreams a lot, so I’m not letting that one get by so easily.

THE GOOD

  • Relaxing episode
  • More of Kokoro
  • Liked the other new girl, hope we see her again

THE BAD

  • Nothing overwhelming

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Butlers X Battlers (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Pretty standard in-between episode this week. Mostly investigations, one legitimate, one random and leading nowhere, like Hotaru stalking the music teacher, who’s actually just his older sister. Not saying incest isn’t out of the question (this is anime after all…), but this was clearly just a side plot to go with what was a filler episode as Kouma is getting closer and closer to Tsubasa and Tenna’s pendant. Nothing really too special going this week, just sort of setting the stage for things.

THE GOOD

  • Randomness of Hotaru’s stalker sidestory
  • Short battle between Kouma and Tsubasa was actually pretty cool

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4/5


Caligula (Ep.4) *On Notice*

THOUGHTS

Y’know what? When I really put my mind to it, the show isn’t really as bad as it seems like it is. The animation is great, the action is cool, the world is interesting, there’s a lot going for the show. However when you have a concept as complex and mysterious as Caligula’s story is, you need to be able to explain it well, otherwise you’re going to lose the viewership. And that’s exactly what this show has done to me. I don’t hate the show, but I’m tired for four weeks in a row having no clue what the message or story is that this show is trying to tell me. It feels like the show is trying to tell small sidestories like 18if did, however that show actually conveyed the story with absolute clarity, while this show is making it more confusing each passing episode.

I don’t think this show is bad, but I cannot let things slide if a show is not going to put any real effort into making sense of the complexities they’re trying to tell in their story.

THE GOOD

  • Interesting referencing with the Lord of the Rings books

THE BAD

  • Show continues to be extremely confusing, doesn’t explain anything really well

Episode Score: 2.5/5

 


Comic Girls (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

I loved this episode, it’s a great look into what it probably really is like for someone who gets their first real taste of fan adulation. The struggles of keeping up appearances, worrying that people will think of you differently now that they see you in real life, y’know all that stuff. Instead, reality does set in and the adulation comes forth, sending Ruki into an insurmountable bliss. I only hope that I can attain even remotely something close to like what we saw in this episode, one that was really enjoyable to watch this week.

THE GOOD

  • Touching moments with Ruki
  • Kaos actually being useful!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hinamatsuri (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

Another not-so-great episode. Some fun stuff towards the end with Hitomi and Anzu, but I’ve gotta say, Hina on her own is actually quite boring at times. I think I need to see more stuff to what Episodes 1 and 2 were, it’s starting to get a little too far on the slice of life and isn’t really adding anything to the show we’ve got so far. I really want the show to be funny and I think it’s trying a little too hard to be funny while having some serious issues. Problem is, only a few shows can do that successfully and this show when it tries to do so, just isn’t one of them.

THE GOOD

  • Hitomi continues to be the shining star

THE BAD

  • Hina on her own is not as fun as I thought it’d be
  • Boring episode overall

Episode Score: 3/5


Last Period: Owarinaki Rasen no Monogatari (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Another silly episode, going even harder on the memes and mobile game/anime references. I think I have to agree with Liza calling Choco “Meme Girl”, it works pretty damn well. Only better name would be “Chocopool”, I think. But yeah, the show continues on with the silliness, chalk full of dumb puns, jokes and idiotic plot devices. This really is a show where you watch it take the piss out of any and every cliche in the book and it’s freaking awesome

THE GOOD

  • Meme Girl
  • Classic “girl scared shitless” trope

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Mahou Shoujo Ore (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

This is one of those shows where you’re not being blown away by it, but it’s also not really doing anything wrong to warrant dropping. The show is actually really funny, weird and random, which is indeed the kind of anime I’m drawn to, but for whatever reason it’s not blowing me away to the point it’s hitting 4s and up. I do enjoy the absurdity, the facial expressions and the humour, but it almost feels like it’s missing something. Unfortunately for this episode, the cyborg guy didn’t really add anything that really helps the show, he’s just another character kind of lost in the shuffle almost. I think maybe what we really need is a good villain that can work off the girls, and if it’s that idol boy that keeps trying to steal Mohiro away from Saki, I don’t think he’s the one, unless when he shows his true colours, he goes way off the spectrum.

THE GOOD

  • Humour is still certainly there

THE BAD

  • For whatever reason, the show just isn’t doing anything to get past its plateau

Episode Score: 3/5


Space Battleship Tiramisu (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

A massive need to pee and a talking pubic hair…yup! This is the show that I’m liking the most so far this season! Seriously, the absurdity still keeps climbing and Subaru continues to be arguably my favourite overall character this season. The guy is so perfect, yet has the most ridiculous flaws at the same time, it’s impossible not to love him. Now we just need Ligier to put him off edge and you almost want a guy to also throw him off in that sense too.

Speaking of which, I’m still waiting for the blonde with the eyepatch!

THE GOOD

  • Bonkers second half
  • Subaru continues to shine

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Tachibanakan Triangle (Ep.4) 

THOUGHTS

Well I guess it had to have a bad episode in there. Basically the entire episode is about Konomi being unable to go to the bathroom cause of random shenanigans. Wasn’t funny, no real good ecchi in it, just an overall stinker of an episode. Doesn’t make me want to put it on notice, just a really, REALLY bad episode

THE GOOD

  • …Girls?

THE BAD

  • Konomi-centered episode
  • Gross premise for the entirety
  • Nothing good to note of really

Episode Score: 2/5

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