Week # 3 – Summer Anime 2018

Week # 3 has arrived with the 2018 summer 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: A word of warning, I’ll be at a convention Friday-Sunday, so there’s a chance next week’s post will be a day late, as I won’t have the weekend to watch all the shows like I normally do.

***WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!***


Angels of Death (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Decent episode, back to the crazy creepy setting that I liked from Episode 1. Though I will admit Eddie really didn’t capture me the same way Isaac at first did and especially the doctor did. To also have Rachel actually be a part of the actions that lead to Eddie’s death was surprising, I figured Isaac would have to be the one doing all the work and getting frustrated once again that Rachel is being useless and lifeless. But hey, she’s growing and it only makes me wonder what she is. Yes, I said what and not who, I’m becoming convinced she’s not just some normal human being caught in some sick ritual or some shit.

THE GOOD

  • Back to the creepy aesthetic

THE BAD

  • Eddie killed way too easily and quickly

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cells at Work! (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

So far, so good, the formula keeps working because they introduce more new characters. In fact, I think having almost no focus on the red blood cells helped, we weren’t overridden with red-hair girl and a copious amount of platelets. Mixing it up by having the T Cells and the new Macrophage really gave the episode a chance to shine, instead of picking up the same old formula of red blood cells running in fear, being scared shitless and the white blood cells having to save the day. There was a major difference in approach here, thus making this week’s show very well put together.

THE GOOD

  • New characters, new situations
  • Great insight as to what your body does during the flu

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Chio’s School Road (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

I basically got what I wanted with more Bloody Butterfly hijinks, followed by a ridiculous second act with a big-breasted girl who is obsessed with touching other girls. To see the biker guy just go with it, now that he knows she isn’t a real assassin, that was great and then on top of that we’ve got another girl that completely shakes up the trio we already have, especially Yuki. But y’know, with that athletic body, I’d expect her to turn every female on the show into a bisexual. But yeah, fantastic episode, had a massive smile on my face the whole way through.

THE GOOD

  • More Bloody Butterfly
  • Madoka rounds out the main four

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 


Hanebado! (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Once again we revert back to the bullshit that I didn’t like from episode 1. All drama, no fun. An endless parade of sorrow, depression and self-loathing. I don’t understand why shows decide to start off so dramatic and negative. Wouldn’t you want to draw in your audience with a colorful and lively start to things and then bring in the drama? Like man oh man the struggles I’m having staying interested in this show when it just keeps trying so hard to be a massive buzzkill.

Sure, the ending was better, but come on man, we’re three episodes in and we’re at a massive downer. Rock bottom is supposed to come after the halfway point, not right at the fucking start!

THE GOOD

  • I mean…the ending was happy?

THE BAD

  • Once again going back to an overtly negative tone way too early
  • It’s hard to like characters that are never positive, like Ayano
  • I’m also struggling to care about Elena, she has zero depth after three episodes

Episode Score: 2/5

 

 

 


Harukana Receive (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Another super fun episode as we round out the main six girls it seems. Holy freaking hell I thought no one could compete with Narumi, but Claire (and swimsuit Emily) are doing just that, maybe Claire can even take Narumi on and win. Though I will admit, Claire with the ponytail just isn’t as good as her with her hair down. Me falling in love with more beach volleyballers aside, the episode once again does its job at successfully showing growth between both Haruka and Kanata, with Haruka learning more skills and Kanata loosening up more and more, instead of worrying about her play.

But mostly it’s just me fawning over Claire this week. She gets it. Swimsuits and butt smacks for everyone!

THE GOOD

  • I absolutely adore the Thomas twins
  • Haruka and Kanata continue to slowly grow

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


How Not to Summon a Demon Lord (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Not as good as the first two, but this has been its first real setup episode, so no harm done. Plenty to enjoy, the “fight” with Emile was pretty funny, Shera as per usual on the front lines when it comes to the sexual humour and now we have our first real conflict of the anime, both in this dark elf girl that might actually give Diablo his first challenge, and that douchebag mage turning himself into a Fallen while Diablo’s not around to make the fight easy. I imagine Rem and Celes together shouldn’t have too much trouble, but we shall see. Either way, a decent setup episode, really curious about how this dark elf girl not only loses, but likely how she’ll end up being courted over to Diablo’s side as well.

THE GOOD

  • I love dark elves…
  • Good setup for the first conflicts of the anime

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Island (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

A weird episode to say the least. I’m not really sure what the attention was supposed to be directed at, whether it’s Rinne “regaining” memories or Karen trying to escape her father…by asking Setsuna to impregnate her?!!! Yep, things escalated real fast this week. Little swimsuit action, though the tease of Rinne in a bikini was not cool (even if she got a hot spring scene instead), but then again given how much ecchi we’ve seen thus far, it’s only a matter of time until the four are playing strip poker, Twister, or King’s game, whatever excuse the show can come up with to have all three girls parading around in their underwear and making Setsuna look like King Pedo.

Speaking of which…Karen obviously winning the swimsuit contest this episode. Though to be fair, I don’t think Rinne at her best can compete with half-assed Karen.

THE GOOD

  • Good ecchi moments, both in swimwear and hot springs

THE BAD

  • Confusion as to where the show is trying to go
  • Completely random moment at the end with Karen

Episode Score: 2.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Overlord III (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Wow, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen Enri and Nphi from Carne Village, eh? I almost forgot about ’em. So I guess this is going to be our first mini-arc, like the lizardmen were at the beginning of season two. Now I don’t know if these two factions that the goblin kid mentioned at the end mean anything, I’ve admittedly forgotten the relevancy of those two names if they have been mentioned before, but it appears we’re hearing about either our major villains of the season, or for at the very least, this arc. As an episode, this was relatively uneventful and quite honestly, kinda boring once we moved back to Carne Village. The little bit at the start with Demiurge completely misunderstanding Momonga’s plans and thus forcing him to kind of just go along with it, it was funny, but didn’t really add much to what ended up being a ‘meh’ episode.

THE GOOD

  • Nice to see the Carne Village folks back

THE BAD

  • Relatively boring and uneventful episode

Episode Score: 2.5/5


Phantom in the Twilight (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

And the quality is getting lowered. Really didn’t find myself interested in much during this episode, the fighting wasn’t that great, there was no real story additions to things, other than establishing the main villain and who Vlad really is, aka Dracula, which was TOTALLY an absolute shock!!! Sarcasm aside, yeah this episode really didn’t do much in terms of positives with me. I’m finding myself really annoyed with Ton now, as all she seems to do is get herself further into trouble and then yell out people’s names. Not very creative or original, now is it? So yeah, unless next week proves to be much better, this show is on the chopping block.

THE GOOD

  • Well…it wasn’t offensively bad

THE BAD

  • Lack of interesting storytelling, fights, etc.
  • Ton is beginning to be really annoying

Episode Score: 2/5 ***ON NOTICE***


Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

If there was ever a clear message that this show is going back to the good ol’ days of over-the-top ecchi-ridden harem anime, this episode certainly did the trick, eh? There’s no doubt about it, this show is pure ecchi through and through, with a haphazardly thrown together story that honestly doesn’t matter. The comedy shines through with the ridiculousness of the show and the diverse cast of girls come together to create an almost perfect mix. What’s missing, you might ask? Well duh, the classic “guy who comes into the fray, but is actually a girl” trope! Get that in there and this show is solid harem gold.

THE GOOD

  • Copious amounts of ecchi
  • Comedy shines through when the ecchi isn’t running

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

2 comments

  1. Yeah, I want Ton to step up a bit.

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    1. CSRadical · · Reply

      She’s too bland. And when the guys aren’t overly good either, it’s a real problem when no one stands out.

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