Week # 12-13 – Spring Anime 2018

We’ve reached the final episodes with the 2018 spring anime season. How will these shows do as they come to their conclusion?

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.12)

THOUGHTS

A fitting end to another wonderful season of this show. As I’m writing this, while this is the first show you see every week on here, it’s the last show I watch every week. This particular week, not counting the final episodes I’ll see in what will be week 13, was terrible. Almost every show ended either poorly or terribly. So imagine my level of happiness after this episode came through.

Everything I could’ve ever wanted from this show happened. Futaba successfully got her advanced license, she completely overcame her fears and her sadness. They have two new members coming into their Club now with Kotori and Kodama and I imagine Kokoro will factor into it too. Hikari and Futaba are closer than ever and we’re to also assume that Mato and Peter might be working back to being an item once more, now that she knows who Peter is. The only thing really that was missing, was a kiss. Didn’t have to be Hikari/Futaba mind you, but just one relationship to truly bloom and flourish. But perhaps that’s a topic for a third season?

Do I think there will be one? I don’t know. But to be fair, I had no expectations of there being a second season, so who knows, there could be another. Either way, what a wonderful 12 episodes this show was.

THE GOOD

  • Everything culminated perfectly, Futaba specifically
  • Leaves a lot open for a possible third season, without making the viewers upset

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 5/5

OVERALL SCORE: 4/5

 

 

 


Butlers X Battlers (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

Still a little confused, but we have a few answers to at least go with. I’m left to assume Hotaru’s sister is this generation’s Blood Spirit, Mikuni is the one who caused Tenna to lose control and send J and Hayakawa to the present day and both Mikuni and the garden boy lost their parents, thus their desire for returning to the past is strong. Mikuni seems to have the stronger resolve, as his parents were part of a second bloodline that caused the distortions by travelling back in time, rather than just sealing the distortions when they were still manageable.

In the end, I think everything’s pretty clear here. Without returning to the past in this episode, it’s obvious J is going to save the world over his sister and ideally will save everyone except for Mikuni. There will probably be some sort of way he gets to speak with Tenna one more time, but regardless the ending seems pretty straightforward at this point.

In the next and final episode, I will go through what I think this show really fucked up hard on and needs to correct with a second season, albeit the likelihood of that seems very unlikely.

THE GOOD

  • A few more answers to help us

THE BAD

  • For a final battle, everyone’s essentially useless

Episode Score: 3/5


Butlers X Battlers (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

I don’t know what changed between this episode and the previous 11, but holy fucking shit was the animation bad in this episode, to the point I was completely taken out of it. I’ve never seen fight animation this bad since watching old animations on Newgrounds. How did a show that had some pretty good fights between J and Hayakawa have an episode like this?!

Animation aside, did the episode at least come through with a good conclusion? Absolutely fucking not. Nothing is really resolved, just your basic bad guy loses and the MC cries because he’ll never see the love interest ever again. The only reason this show isn’t getting a 1/5 rating is because the end reverts back to fun, light-hearted cast that had me like the show from the very beginning. Though the “Is that girl maybe Tenna somehow?” bit at the end was silly, since there’s no context given to us.

But yeah, this was a terrible episode and one hell of a terrible way to end a series. Way too much time wasted, causing a really half-assed scrapped together final episode. Do I hope for a second season? Not if their budget is going to be pinched again and that animation quality is going to plummet like a motherfucker. But then again, how about no in general, because I don’t see a show getting more light-hearted, it’ll only get more serious. And this show sucked when it tried to be serious.

THE GOOD

  • I mean…it was fine at the very end again…

THE BAD

  • Half-assed story
  • Quite possibly the worst animation I have ever seen. Just watch the fight scene in that episode and tell me that’s not some of the laziest, most horrendous thing you’ve ever seen

Episode Score: 1.5/5

OVERALL SCORE: 3/5


Comic Girls (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

I am extremely pissed off now. Essentially the final episode does the opposite of what made it so good the previous 11 (well maybe 10, last week wasn’t very good) episodes before. The girls are all gone, Kaos is essentially on her own and she basically struggles all episode. That joke is good, but in bursts, not an entire episode. Also, without the other four girls, there isn’t anyone to really bounce off on Kaos, thus the humour is gone and the show feels empty. Sure, her struggles and overcoming them end up being a feel-good story, but without the others, without the jokes and without the overwhelming moe that the show normally brings, I felt myself getting more and more annoyed watching the episode and it continued getting worse until the very end.

And sure, they all came back together after the credits, as apparently they were kicked out so the dorm could be renovated? I’m assuming that’s what happened, it’s never fucking stated in that final scene. But that doesn’t excuse the last two episodes of a total emotional flip. This show had 5/5 potential and in the final two episodes, it ultimately crashed and burned. I 100% want a second season, but only if it’s just as a comedy anime. This show absolutely does not work when it’s trying to be more realistic and serious. I never want to see this show have episodes like the previous two ever again.

THE GOOD

  • Kaos overcomes once more

THE BAD

  • Does not excuse leaving the entire cast aside from the Matron out of the majority of the episode
  • Almost no humour or moe to speak of in this final episode
  • Horrendous way to close a hilarious series

Episode Score: 1.5/5

OVERALL SCORE: 4/5


Hinamatsuri (Ep.12) 

THOUGHTS

Oddly enough, the show I’ve had the most trouble with ends pretty well. The Hina and company getting lost in the snow arc had its moments, especially them trying to fool Hina with snow being ikura so she’d stop being hungry. I thought it was a surefire plan. But it’s the second half with Mao that things once again were just plain ol’ fun again. The same, tiresome jokes weren’t being reused again and again, the characters were interesting, everything about it was just fun to watch. And with Mao making her way to Japan now, it’s left to be assumed a second season is planned and given the overwhelmingly positive reactions to this show, I don’t see how it wouldn’t get one.

Now I’ve said it several times that I don’t get the over-the-top praise the show gets. I’ll never tell you that this show is bad, far from it. But at least from my perspective, as someone who I at least think has watched enough comedies to get a good sense of what works and what doesn’t, this show isn’t anywhere near one of the best comedies, but has had the potential to become one and ultimately kept stepping backwards whenever it got close. I have a love and hate relationship with Hina, her humour is very hit and miss and is often repeated to death in the worst episodes this season had to offer. Anzu is the shining star of this show as she keeps improving, while Hitomi, as much as I still love her, has gotten stale several times throughout the show. There’s a lot to be had, but the show needs to find a few more jokes it can throw into the mix, as they repeat the same jokes way too many times. That’s the key problem, the jokes are stale as fuck. But as a whole, the show is fine, just needs some more work.

THE GOOD

  • Both arcs were very enjoyable
  • Mao was the shining star to end this season

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4/5

OVERALL SCORE: 3/5


Mahou Shoujo Ore (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Honestly? A very meh way to end the series. Konami never intended to hurt them and when Saki refuses to hurt him as well, he tries to end himself for the “greater good”, but fails due to Mohiro. The demons then become self-aware, try to defeat the magical girls and fall in one big over-the-top attack. Konami gets arrested, the girls retire as a magical girl idol duo and start over again as their normal selves.

There really wasn’t any good joke to cap it off, hell even PRISMA showing up one more time didn’t really do much. So it’s disappointing to say that this show really didn’t deliver at the very end. I said it before, the show never really does anything horribly wrong, it just never takes a consistent step forwards. Every time it does something good, it stops doing that. Frustrating to watch when the potential was certainly there.

But magical girl shows have always been disappointing for me, so it’s not all that surprising.

THE GOOD

  • Honestly? Nothing really

THE BAD

  • Very lackluster end
  • Not even any good jokes to cap it all off

Episode Score: 2/5

OVERALL SCORE: 2.5/5


Space Battleship Tiramisu (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Speaking of shows coming to a disappointing end, we’re one episode away from this show’s end and it continues to get away from good episodes with really boring and dumb follow-ups. Yes, we get the joke, Subaru’s a neat freak and he gets into a disgusting mech, hardy-har-har, it really wasn’t that funny. I swear man, all the fun stuff has gone away from this show. Subaru’s not insane, he’s just annoyed now, Ligier basically doesn’t do anything, Isuzu just stopped appearing, the people getting the screen time are Shigeko and Vulgar, the two worst characters on the show!

Bleck.

THE GOOD

  • Not a damn thing

THE BAD

  • Old, retired neat freak jokes
  • Shigeko and Vulgar being the only two getting screen time

Episode Score: 2/5


Space Battleship Tiramisu (Ep.13)

THOUGHTS

So with one fell swoop (or in this case, both Subaru and Isuzu being idiots), the Durandal is destroyed, Subaru’s on Earth and the season ends. Apparently we’re back up in October, although I will admit I’m undecided whether or not I’ll continue the show. Will probably depend on what’s available in the fall.

The show was great to start and then went off the rails, both in a good and mostly a bad way. I like the show still, but there’s a lot wrong with it, the jokes stopped being funny and the characters who are the most interesting have been getting a backseat to more boring ones. There was a lot to like, but also a lot to hate.

THE GOOD

  • Silliness causing the two to crash into Earth

THE BAD

  • Nothing of real note, disappointing end

Episode Score: 2.5/5

OVERALL SCORE: 3/5

One comment

  1. Whether Space Battleship Tiramisu continues or not, I’m done with it. Honestly I was amazed I watched it this season, but the mid-season episodes were quite good. But the final episodes really convinced me that there is just no point continuing and were quite frustrating to watch.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these shows.

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