Week # 12-13 – Summer Anime 2018

The final two weeks have arrived with the 2018 summer anime season. How well will all these shows end?!

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!!!***


Cells at Work! (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

So we’re basically in part one of two when it comes to a legitimate life-threatening injury. There isn’t much to speak of here, beyond the rookie that RBC is training (horribly). She’s all knowledge, but once this massive attack happens, she’s completely inexperienced to danger. This episode is only the set-up, so honestly there isn’t too much to talk about here beyond like I said, the rookie training. It’s hemorrhagic shock, which is basically the body going into shock when you lose over 20% of your blood, fluids, etc., so it’s basically potential death situation here. We’ll see how it gets solved in the final episode.

THE GOOD

  • Of course RBC can’t train anyone
  • Real dire straits here, shows you just how “dead” your body would look like when you’re near-death

THE BAD

  • There wasn’t anything particularly memorable in this episode

Episode Score: 3/5


Cells at Work! (Ep.13)

THOUGHTS

The body is saved thanks to blood transfusions bring new red blood cells back into the body and solving the problem. RBC’s training pays off, as she’s the one who keeps her cool even when the body is literally moments from death. Very much like that last episode though, this was just a little too serious for my liking, so it was tough to enjoy it in the same manner as other episodes.

But I’ve gotta say, this show at the end of the day, did a fantastic job at creating an environment where you can be entertained and yet learn so much about the realities that your body faces every day and just how bad the worst of the worst conditions can be for your body as well. They did a great job at showcasing that with this show and that absolutely needs to be applauded. Well done!

THE GOOD

  • RBC actually being useful somehow

THE BAD

  • The episode was just too serious for my taste, the comedy works better for me with this show

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 


Chio’s School Road (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Honestly? I don’t have much to say about this episode, it was really disappointing. The stuff with Andou’s sister was very boring and didn’t amount to anything and even the public flashing segment really didn’t offer much either, there just wasn’t any real good jokes in here. For a show that was really good the whole way through, they really saved their worst episode for last, I didn’t like anything I saw. But hey, at the very least I got some of my favourite stuff in this show. And I want a goddamn Bloody Butterfly anime.

THE GOOD

  • Honestly? Nothing

THE BAD

  • Both segments were very boring and had zero jokes
  • Not even a segment being devoted to Yuki wanted to be naked brought anything fun

Episode Score: 2/5


Harukana Receive (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

They won. That’s absolute bullshit, I’m sorry but I don’t believe that at all. A pair who’ve played together for years and years lost to a girl who was “retired” for years and a girl who’s only played for less than a year. That’s absolutely ridiculous. I don’t care what the reasoning for the story they have, when you’re creating a sports anime, there has to be a little more realism to it.

As for the remainder of the episode, it was enjoyable as the five enjoyed celebrating the end of the tournament. There’s a set up for a second season with nationals (which I’m afraid they’ll also beat Ayasa and Narumi as well, which will also bother me), which is good but who knows how that’ll go with certain characters like the Thomas sisters getting less time, as you know that’d be the case, with more pairs entering the fray. Obviously I’ll watch if there’s a second season, but I’m VERY nervous about it.

THE GOOD

  • Good ending emotionally between Claire and Haruka specifically

THE BAD

  • I do not like the outcome, it’s not believable
  • The second season (if it happens) will likely mirror the same outcomes

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


How Not to Summon a Demon Lord (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

A ridiculous end to the show, which I absolutely wanted. He beat Krebskulm easily, used the enslavement collar to solve the problem of her reactivating again and basically saved the world, only to add Klem, Edelgard and Alicia into the harem in one fell swoop. Just throw Sylvie in there for good measure and we’re ready to go. I want a second season of this so badly, I loved this show and can see there being far more to this show, especially now that Edelgard and Klem are consistent members of the party. But given that Isekai wa Smartphone hasn’t gotten a second season, I’m willing to bet this is a show that’ll follow the same route of not getting one either.

THE GOOD

  • Fantastically absurd ending
  • The harem grows with Edelgard, Klem and Alicia officially being a part of it.

THE BAD

  • I’m sad this show likely won’t see a second season

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Island (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Time travel I feel will never be done well, especially in anime. So the gist of everything is that Setsuna and “Steampunk” Rinne are not from the future, as the machine they used is not a time machine, in fact it only stops time. Therefore, they’re from the past, a past where humans eventually reverted back to the stone age and began anew. The result is a very complicated and rushed explanation that really we could’ve spent another episode fleshing out, but we had to rush it so the two could kiss and get married for realsies. A 13th episode would’ve really benefited this show, as it could’ve been used to delve a little deeper as to why the human race keeps resetting, it would seem. Not only that, but you could use this question as a basis for another season, but judging by the writing of this show thus far, it would probably make even less sense.

I still enjoyed my time with this show, albeit there’s still so many things I don’t understand, nor have an answer to. There’s no explanation for the origins of the machines they used to travel into the future, there’s no explanation as to why these characters like Setsuna, Rinne, Karen, Sara, etc. are being repeated throughout history, it’s way to coincidental for them to not only carry the same name, but look so similar (other than present Sara being flat chested). There’s so much unanswered and while I’m happy seeing Setsuna and Rinne reunited, there’s still a sour taste in my mouth.

Also major question…what’s their daughter’s name now? Because having both of them called Rinne is going to be EXTREMELY complicated. That girl is going to hear their parents fucking one day…oh dear.

THE GOOD

  • A nice end with the two reuniting

THE BAD

  • Extremely complicated reasoning for everything, with almost no detailed explanation
  • Too many unanswered questions

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Overlord III (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

Well, it would appear that Ains has no fucks left to give now. Anyone in his way will perish. It makes me worry further for characters like Brain, Gazef and Climb who all will either die this season, or certainly will in battle next season. You have to imagine at this point that this series is going to turn more into a “someone needs to stop Ains” arc, rather than what we’ve seen before. We’ve gone from a more comedic kind of show, to one that is much more unapologetically violent. And with Prince Barbro the first of many to come, we shall see how far down the rabbit hole this goes.

THE GOOD

  • We’re going to get a lot more badassery as this goes forth
  • Very adorable moment between Enri and Nphi

THE BAD

  • I’m not sure how I feel about the direction the show is taking

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Overlord III (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Death certainly came, didn’t it? No one major has died yet, but with Gazef ending the episode looking to duel Ains, you kinda know where it’s gonna go, eh? I wonder why Ains wanted Gazef to be a subordinate of his, especially when humans are the least useful it would appear out of all the races. Perhaps he wants the best human fighter he knows, in order to test just how far the human body can go in the world? Who knows, but it looks like Gazef’s going to be quite dead in the final episode of the season, so it won’t really matter. Perhaps Climb comes into play, perhaps Brain sacrifices himself at one point, who knows. Honestly, though? I’m not liking what I’ll be walking into when the final episode arrives.

THE GOOD

  • Honestly? There isn’t any real positives for me to point out here

THE BAD

  • I’m extremely worried about the direction this will go, in many ways
  • The episode as a whole wasn’t anything special, it was just a lot of people dying instantly

Episode Score: 2/5


Overlord III (Ep.13)

THOUGHTS

Three seasons and the show I went from being over the moon with, I’m now struggling to accept the clear change in direction that the show is taking. Perhaps I’ve grown too fond of the characters I grew to know in Season 1, making it difficult to see them as villains as the show has clearly progressed towards. There’s no doubt in my mind that this show aims to go the path of Ains becoming more and more of a true villain until he loses himself completely, therefore needing someone to kill him, whether it means kicking him out of the game or dying altogether.

This comes further upon the predication that Gazef Stronoff, a character we’ve grown to like since the very beginning, not only is he dead, but was killed without even a chance to fight. Ains with the cheap tactics of time magic and an instant death spell, he kills Gazef in the most cowardly way, in my opinion solidifying Ains as switching from an idiot NEET who doesn’t know how to be a villain, to a self-centered, egomaniac who is truly finding comfort in those villainous shoes he’s been wearing for some time now. I was disgusted yet again, in the same manner as I was when the foursome adventurer group was slaughtered so mercilessly.

So I’d love to say I’ve enjoyed this season, but I haven’t. And maybe that was the point of the writing this season.

THE GOOD

  • Brain could become a very important character

THE BAD

  • The absolute cowardice shown by Ains against Gazef was despicable
  • I’m unsure whether this season has been bad writing or intentional in trying to get me to hate Ains and company

Episode Score: 2.5/5


Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

A decent episode. As to be expected, he dealt with the monster really quickly so we can go back to the ecchi-ridden goodness that was a mass hot springs scene and of course a hide under the futon scene that in this case, tripled down on the embarrassment. The second half was fun too, of course Sagiri being the one who got the love potion was obvious, so that made for some extra fun. I will admit though, I’m starting to dislike the whole “I’m not feminine” trope when it comes from arguably the hottest girl on the show. It just doesn’t work, y’know?

So with one episode left, it’s fair to say nothing bad will happen, right? Right?

THE GOOD

  • Hot springs mania!!!
  • Sagiri getting the love potion couldn’t have been more perfect

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Why can’t shows end better in anime? The romantic couple ghosts segment was relatively boring, honestly. Having the bulk of the cast not around during this final episode really didn’t help either. The gist really is that both Kogarashi and Yuuna intend to stick together as long as possible, him not wanting Yuuna to become an evil spirit and will do everything in his power to prevent that.

So with the season ending like that, does that leave the door open for a second season? Of course it does. Will it get one? I really, REALLY hope so, but I’m not holding my breath with a show like this. I enjoyed every episode this season, to varying degrees of course, but this show certainly had its share of 5/5’s and probably more than any other show this season. Show of the season? We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?

THE GOOD

  • I mean, we got a lot of Oboro ecchi, especially her voice when getting oiled up, that was hot!
  • Pretty big door open for a second season

THE BAD

  • Ghost couple segment was very boring
  • Half the cast not being around for the finale was not great

Episode Score: 3/5

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