Week # 11 – Spring Anime 2018

Week # 11 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.11)

THOUGHTS

A nice episode with a GIANT FUCKING TWIST!!! So…Kokoro was male this entire time. Remember how I’ve talked about how I’ve never been fooled by a character’s gender before? Yeah that record’s gone now. Though I refuse to take it lying down, the show clearly designs Kokoro to look like a girl in every way. Perhaps that was the intent so the reveal would be so big a surprise? Who knows, but I’m not letting them get an easy win over me!

In terms of the episode itself, it was enjoyable. Hikari getting sick on her 16th birthday fucking suuuuuuuuuuuuuucks! I could’ve done without the whole burning dead grass thing, that was kind of dumb, but hey, if that was going to get Kokoro’s gender revealed, whatever floats your boat. That part just didn’t offer me anything.

NOTE: If there are no pictures on this episode, it’s because for whatever reason, my PS4 stopped connecting to Twitter, so I couldn’t post them as I normally do.

THE GOOD

  • Shocking reveal of Kokoro’s gender
  • Fun little bits with Hikari’s birthday

THE BAD

  • The burn-out stuff was a little silly

Episode Score: 4/5


Butlers X Battlers (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

So we’re still left with questions, but we have some answers and a couple things I can deduce. First off, we know Tenna knew the ritual would go wrong, so in order to save J and Hayakawa from being swept away in essentially a black hole, she pushed them into the future, knowing full well she’d die and that there’s no changing this part of history, so at the very least her brother, the one she truly loves, he still survives. Now we don’t know why the Headmaster is doing what he’s doing yet, but we at least know the gardener’s reasons. The second part, which is my conclusions, is that this girl he courted using Hotaru’s candy, is the present day’s Blood Spirit. Why he needs her and what for, that I have no idea.

It’s a time-travel, interdimensional anime. You can’t expect me to have answers. Usually, the anime doesn’t either.

THE GOOD

  • Everything is set in place for the final two episodes

THE BAD

  • A little too much confusion as to why the events are unfolding still

Episode Score: 3/5


Comic Girls (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

I want to say I enjoyed this episode, but I can’t. For this show so close to the end to suddenly stop dead in its tracks the sweet, adorable, hilarious path it had been flying away on, I cannot with a straight face say I enjoyed this direction. Yes, we knew the dorm was closing, but for the writers to bring that change in this way was not a fun way to do it. I’m also very irritated that they’re kicking the girls out of the dorm, yet there’s no explanation as to what they’ll do afterwards.

Sure, Kaos finally found her stride, she accomplished what she set out to do, but the almost depressive nature of that middle part of the episode when they started cleaning out the dorm drew away from what really mattered. It’s something that continually bothers me about anime, especially comedies. They can’t just be fun for the whole season, there’s gotta be that one moment that turns the show into the other direction. That needs to stop. Stick to what’s working in your material, don’t just change the tone with literally one episode to go. Not every anime needs to teach you life lessons by depressing the fuck out of people.

So yeah, as much as I love this show, I really…REALLY hated this episode

THE GOOD

  • Kaos finally made it

THE BAD

  • But it came at the cost of a huge turnaround in the tone of the show and completely set me off course the rest of the way

Episode Score: 2/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hinamatsuri (Ep.11) 

THOUGHTS

Not a good episode, once again, no comedy to speak of, at least in my opinion. The documentary half was really bad, like…colossally bad, I was bored and hated it from start to finish. The payoff of the fake documentary was not funny, not interesting, not worth any time. The second half was fine, Anzu being adorable is always enjoyable, but once again a joke that doesn’t hit ruins it. Nitta trying to send Anzu back to her old self because of jealous, it’s not a funny joke and nothing within that entire second half could be conceived as such.

I’m going to point this out in my end of season video, but seriously, I read article after article about how unbelievably funny and how much of a breath of fresh air this show is for comedy anime and I sit here as someone who is 100% enveloped in comedy anime and I’m going “WHAT IS SO FUNNY ABOUT THIS SHOW?!!!”. The vast majority of anime I’ve watched and continue to watch are comedies, what is it about this one that isn’t clicking?! It’s genuinely starting to bug me, with how many articles are calling this a revolutionary show, one of the best comedies in years and yet I’m sitting here as an avid watcher of comedy anime and I have no idea how this is the one that’s changing the game.

THE GOOD

  • Anzu being cute, I guess?

THE BAD

  • Once again, nothing funny about this show! I don’t get it!!! >_<

Episode Score: 2/5


Mahou Shoujo Ore (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

Again, this hilariousness of how the show continues to go in the complete opposite direction. Konami basically has zero evil intentions, he’s just a lazy demon who wanted to go to the human world to get away from his shit job and meet magical girls. Sure, he’s all kinds of fucked up, but hey, it’s better than wanting to rule the world, right? Makes you think in the final episode, Saki’s just going to defeat him because he’s an idiot. That’s it. And I love that.

THE GOOD

  • Absurd reasoning for the villain doing his villainy things

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Space Battleship Tiramisu (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

Another callback with Bitsy and an overall silly episode that while it isn’t putting me back on track with my love of the show at the beginning of the season, it’s definitely making me happier than recently. Just the fact too that Subaru lost his chance to be on TV because of womens’ volleyball is fucking hysterical to me as well.

THE GOOD

  • Bitsy’s back!
  • Hilarious ending

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4/5

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