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I Loved Amanchu’s Bonus Episode 13

I’m so happy we’re starting to see OVAs and bonus episodes being uploaded to Crunchyroll as well now. I half-watched Nanbaka’s bonus episode, but didn’t like the “delinquent school” format and shut it down, but Amanchu’s bonus episode? That’s a completely different story.

For anyone unfamiliar with the anime, Amanchu is about a girl (Futaba) moving to a new place where she’s already a bit of an introverted loner to begin with, she only had a couple of friends at her old school and now she feels like she’s all alone. When running into a new girl at school in Hikari, she embarks on a journey of discovery, both visually and mentally. It revolves around scuba diving and becomes a major part of the revitalization of Futaba’s life, taking her out of the shadows and into the light. Well…the deep dark light of the ocean.

This bonus episode features the two friends she had before moving away visiting Futaba in her new home during the summer break. Naturally, it’s what you’d expect from a first meeting in what’s almost an entire year: happiness, overjoy, all that lovely jazz. But once Hikari is brought into the fold, things start to change for one of her two friends. She starts to get jealous because when she sees Futaba with a different look and personality to her, she’s upset in a way because she wasn’t the one to do it and immediately despises Hikari for being the one who essentially got Futaba out of her shell. This causes a bit of a stir for a good chunk of the episode, but as the show does over and over again, a nice dive in the ocean solves everything.

What does it though isn’t necessarily this friend just getting over it, Hikari legitimately saves her life once, perhaps twice depending on how you look at it. When she sees how Hikari just instinctively helps those around her, she understands that she’s not trying to change Futaba to be better than how she was before leaving her friends, nor is she trying to cut her old friends out. Hikari just thrives on making people happy and upon that realization, this friend loosens up and chills out a little bit. After all, you can’t be mad at Hikari for very long, ESPECIALLY when Cha’s (their cat advisor) around.

If you enjoyed Amanchu in it’s first 12 episodes, this bonus episode is a real hit for you. It does everything you want it to do, brings back the nostalgia, makes you smile, makes you laugh and you watch on as more young women better themselves through scuba diving, which is totally a real thing that totally happens all the time…totally.

Sexy, Beauty or Cutie? #2

Welcome to Sexy, Beauty or Cutie, where I go through random anime characters through animecharactersdatabase.com and decide whether they best fall into the sexy, beauty, or cutie spectrum when it comes to looks. Now because of this, I’m only selecting anime girls that I actually think look good, which is generally most of them, but this does mean my own personal preferences will keep some girls out. Generally speaking, that just means old women, as in seniors and what anime designs as a “fat girl”, which generally is morbidly obese, as anime is always an over-exaggeration of everything.

So with that being said, let’s hop to it! We’ve got three lovely contestants for you today, let’s bring them out!

Hikari Tsuneki – Seiren

I didn’t end up picking Seiren as a show to watch when it was on simulcast, the show didn’t interest me. But I did see that there was quite the cast of pretty ladies and here’s one now in Hikari. She’s certainly got a body that leans towards the sexy side of things, but she equals that out with having your standard pretty girl ponytail hairstyle and her general facial expressions also leans towards the pretty side as well. Though I also see a bit of an alluring gaze to her eyes in some cases. She also seems to carry a bit of a cheerful personality that can have a bit of an “I know I’m sexy” kind of swagger, she seems to pose herself perfectly at times for such a scenario.

Aside from the basic school outfit, she seems to have a sexy tomboy kind of look to her with her black tanktop and denim shorts. However she seems to still carry that pretty aura in that outfit. So upon seeing her in a bikini, this is where I’ve ended up going with her:

It was a toss-up between sexy and beauty the entire time, but the bikini pic finished it off for me. You could still get a sense of beauty from her in that picture, but her body type for me swings just a little more towards the sexy side. I can’t complain either way, she’s a gorgeous girl and looks like a lot of fun to be around.

Pipirika – Magi: Adventure of Sinbad

Right off the bat, her hairstyle, eyes and general facial expression makes me think of Papi from Monster Musume and she leans heavily on the cute side. Though in Pipirika’s case, she isn’t a tiny harpy girl, she’s got some size to her, especially in her chest. Though with her bust, she doesn’t show it off at all, in fact the most you see of her is her shoulders as her top is strapless. She appears to carry a tomboyish personality that delves into an energetic, happy-go-lucky sort of attitude.

Her outfit definitely isn’t intended to be sexual, she is very conservative in her attire, doesn’t show off much and certainly doesn’t call attention to herself. That’s what her hair is for.

Pipirika doesn’t really show off as a flashy girl, one that calls attention to her. But she also isn’t the kind of anime girl that runs in a gorgeous style, she’s just an average, cute girl with silly looking hair. Maybe there’s more to her, but Google Images didn’t give me much to work with, so this is what I came up with.

Yuuko Kumagai – World Trigger

Right off the bat, the picture I used for Yuuko makes her look very beautiful, like a really hot average-looking girl. She doesn’t come off as being too flashy, which I really like, sometimes less is more. With a bit of an older look to her, she certainly isn’t leaning towards the cute side at all, so the real question is whether she can lean towards being sexy or not. Seeing her in a more skin-tight outfit, she’s got a thin build, but I don’t think her body really calls the eyes to her all that much. I believe it’s her face and her smile that really brings you in.

Her outfits are similar in that regard, they’re nothing spectacular, nothing that calls your attention to a certain body part. She’s not sporting excess cleavage, she’s not showing off her butt a lot, she’s very average, not that it’s bad in this case.

As I stated at the end, Yuuko is an average looking girl. She doesn’t stray towards the cute or sexy side much at all, she’s just a pretty girl. There’s nothing calling your attention over, nor does she really want to. She’s definitely the kind of girl where her personality defines her and not her looks. I hope I’m right on this, I haven’t watched World Trigger.


And that’s it for this week’s edition of Sexy, Beauty or Cutie! Thank you so much for checking it out, I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s edition! Don’t forget to comment below about what you think about this week’s contestants!

Sexy, Beauty or Cutie? #1

For almost 50 straight weeks now, I’ve been talking about anime and game girls I know about and have watched and I’ve been talking about whether their personalities meshed with me to the point that I thought I could fall in love with them, or if at best they were a one-time only thing. Now I think it’s time to give the girls I don’t know a thing about a chance to let their looks speak for themselves.

Thus, welcome to Sexy, Beauty or Cutie, where I go through random anime characters through animecharactersdatabase.com and decide whether they best fall into the sexy, beauty, or cutie spectrum when it comes to looks. Now because of this, I’m only selecting anime girls that I actually think look good, which is generally most of them, but this does mean my own personal preferences will keep some girls out. Generally speaking, that just means old women, as in seniors and what anime designs as a “fat girl”, which generally is morbidly obese, as anime is always an over-exaggeration of everything.

So with that being said, let’s hop to it! We’ve got three lovely contestants for you today, let’s bring them out!

Hinata from Legend Seven (Visual Novel)

At first glance, Hinata certainly leans towards the cute side. Bright pink hair, twintails, dresses in very cute clothes, seems pretty straightforward, right? Maybe not so fast on that. Upon further research, there’s also a lean towards the other two sides as well, she has some very beautiful looking moments and upon the revelation that she has a larger chest than her kind of look generally has, she adds a little bit to her sexy side, as admittedly the 18+ picture show. She’s definitely got a hotter body than the initial first look shows off.

However, her style choices really lean towards the cute side for sure. The bright pink wardrobe, a cute little hairpin, she definitely goes out of her way to look cute more than anything else, despite the surprisingly sexy frame she has.

There’s definitely a hidden sexiness to Hinata, but based on what I see, she leans heavily on the cute side. Out of her clothes, she’s got a real hot body hidden underneath those clothes, but the Hinata you’re seeing 99.9% of the time is without a shadow of a doubt with her heavy reliance on pinks and her twintail hair, she’s an absolute cutie!


Kiyomi Mounai – Koi-iro Sora Moyou (Visual Novel)

Not as much to go on here, but from the couple of pictures I see of Kiyomi, mostly in uniform, she’s definitely straying away from the sexy side for sure. While she has a bit of a bust, her hairstyle, her general stature, none of it screams out sexy at all, rather she comes off more innocent and well-composed, a very pretty, adorable girl that probably gets passed on many times because y’know it’s anime and there’s a plethora of sexier girls with bigger breasts and are more likely to fall over and expose their panties. Kiyomi doesn’t come off that way to me, she’s definitely a lot better than that.

She doesn’t go out of her way either to show off. Her uniform looks very standard, the one picture I found of her out of uniform was very conservative, sure a little tight and showing how large her chest actually is, but she’s not over-the-top with showing off her body. She’s very much a flower.

Kiyomi leans to the beauty side for sure, but in all honestly she’s not exactly the prettiest girl either. Nothing really screams at me in any direction to a large extent, she’s a very average-looking anime girl, which in real life is at least a 7 out of 10. She’s pretty, but there’s nowhere near as much there as so many other anime girls out there.


Hinano Kudou – Mirai Nostalgia

Now here’s an interesting case! I’ve come across this girl before through my various runs through Zerochan and boy is she deceptively sexy. Of course, in this picture you can see she’s got quite the chest, but Hinano’s still wearing a very elegant, pretty dress and looking like a million bucks. But upon deeper looks into her, she really shows off just how hot she is when that dress is off and she’s walking around at home in her green/white striped underwear that would make Hatsune Miku jealous for pulling it off so well. There’s no doubt about it, she’s got an extremely sexy body, one of the most perfect examples of a girl with glasses who’s a hell of a lot sexier than the average perception we have of girls with glasses.

In terms of her wardrobe, her underwear choices aside, Hinano does stay quite conservative. She can wear a short skirt, but she tends to go the route of the longer dresses and retain a more elegant, gorgeous look to her. She can’t really do much with those dresses to hide her chest, but she does what she can otherwise to retain that image.

Hinano comes oh so close to a sexier lean, but there’s no denying her main look of that being an absolutely gorgeous young woman. I’m glad the randomizer led me to her cause I’d totally forgotten about her and man do I feel like an idiot for forgetting her. The artists on the visual novel did a fantastic job with her design, a perfect mixture of elegance, beauty and a real secret sexy body underneath it all. Man oh man, there’s going to be few girls that get featured in this series who encapsulates the same level of beauty that she does.


And that’s it for this week’s edition of Sexy, Beauty or Cutie! Thank you so much for checking it out, I hope you guys enjoyed this first attempt at a new series of articles. This one’s certainly easier for me than the Waifu, FWB or One-Night Stand as I don’t have to know anything about them, I just have to call it as I see it, literally.

See you next week!

Week #4 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #4 has arrived with this Winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

As always I’m live reacting (though typing it out to be posted later) to each episode I watch and going over what happens in each episode with the occasional quip and joke here and there. So for those trying to avoid spoilers, this entire article is full of them!

NOTE: With the new place I’ve moved into, the internet right now is terrible to the point I’m watching it in SD on my laptop rather than in HD on my PS4 where I can easily screenshot things. So until I get the internet upgraded, there won’t be anymore screenshots. Some this week still have them because I watched them before the move, but some will not.


Akiba's Trip: The Animation (Ep.1)
Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

It would appear Tamotsu is bored of idols now and is now interested in radio this week. Not enough time to react though, Tamotsu and the three girls are spying on someone now. Oh wait, it’s just bargain price items they’re after, shocking. And we’re back to radio stuff again, as he wants better tech so they can talk to each other better…for bargain price otaku stuff. Matome as usual doesn’t understand a thing about his insanity and just wants to get shit done. Then a loud sound occurs and a massive EMP blast starts blowing up radios and phones. Some random tower has just shown up out of nowhere, naturally the Bugged Ones behind it. Even worse, the waves are so strong, they can melt clothes off, so that’s real bad for Tamotsu and Matome. Then they just start burning down Akihabara. Back at the base, the professor thinks she knows the person who has become a Bugged One and aims to seek help from her own teacher. She talks about how the tower is one that was supposed to have been built before but the original plans didn’t take place. This teacher is all the way in Brazil, so they use morse code to try and contact him. They fail all night, until the pizza girl of all people tries for two seconds and they get an answer. The response is “ALMHK”. The professor eventually figures it out and dashes off. They use what I think is aluminum foil to wrap it around themselves to bounce the waves off them. So they win quite easily. After she’s stripped, the girl is visited by the professor who tries to understand what happened. The girl was about to kill herself when a woman arrived and turn her into a Bugged One. As we see at the end, the girl actually goes to Brazil to work with that teacher.

THE GOOD

  • The radio stuff was quite interesting, I’ve had a tiny interest in that technology, so it was cool to see a couple facts about it
  • The aluminum foil suits were stupid and I loved them

THE BAD

  • Another episode that was entertaining in spots, but the overall story this week just wasn’t all that interesting. I mean the radio stuff was cool, but the actual attempt at a story was pretty lackluster
  • The “final battle” was way too fast, there really wasn’t a fight at all. I know the villain this week likely didn’t have fighting skills, but still…

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)
Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Clearly the girls’ words really hit Yuki hard, she’s struggling to get past it. When she tries to go and see Tetsuo, assuming she heard about what he did for Hikari and Kyouko, he’s not there. Thus we resume the cliffhangar from last week’s episode. She’s convinced it’s due to her being a demi, so Tetsuo comforts her as she cries hail. He’s aware this in reality is probably just common gossip going around, but with Yuki being a demi, it’s a much bigger deal now. Later on, Sakie approaches him (don’t know what happened with Yuki after this, assuming we don’t see this conversation) and notes that she’s aware how considerate he’s been to demis and apologizes to him for her initial treatment of him. Sakie gets a little too enthusiastic and lets her succubus side maybe get a little too prevalent there. But her heart’s in the right place as she wants to help Tetsuo with any other problems that occur. So they talk about the situation with Yuki currently going on and she wonders if Yuki has a specific reason for being very solitary as she doesn’t hang out with people much, much like how Sakie tries to stay away from men. He overhears Hikari dragging Yuki somewhere and it’s where those two gossiping girls are. Hikari intends to shut the two up and confronts them, pissed off with the whole “everyone talks about people behind their back” excuse. She reveals she promised her sister to do this and then runs off holding back tears. Yuki follows and apologizes if she came off cold and distant. Tetsuo meanwhile catches Hikari and consoles her for her help. The next day, he gets the four demis together and tells them that he and Sakie are there to help them whenever they need guidance. Hikari demands a hug cause the other two got one and tacklehugs him. Then Sakie wants to join in, but he puts a stop to that one quickly. Yuki’s the last to get one and he consoles her, letting her know he’s there if she wants help. Himari overhears of this meeting and reveals that she doesn’t trust Tetsuo just yet, so naturally they cross paths after school. It’s an awkward talk for a while but eventually she starts to understand why her sister likes him so much. She’s about to fully trust him when Hikari ruins it by giving her an over-the-top text about Tetsuo’s hug. But she learns Hikari was over-exaggerating and things seem okay.

THE GOOD

  • Another adorable episode
  • Sakie’s starting to open up, maybe a little too much but then again, that’s what makes it entertaining

THE BAD

  • I’m honestly disappointed we still haven’t gotten an “interview” episode with Yuki yet, I really want to see the chemistry between her and Tetsuo

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Fuuka (Ep.1)
Fuuka (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Seems I was wrong about my assumption that Fuuka would just fangirl out at Koyuki. She runs off almost immediately and Koyuki resumes cuddling against Yuu. Koyuki’s clearly playing a game as well, whether she even knows it or not. The next day he tried to explain things to Fuuka but she’s having none of it. When he tells her that the two are old friends, she’s even more upset that he never mentioned this before. She’s now ignoring him the rest of the day. Makoto’s not buying that nothing happened either, so he gets in Fuuka’s face about it and she at least admits there is a little fight going on. Pissed off himself, Yuu approaches Fuuka and apologizes for not saying anything, but he says something wrong again and causes her to walk away once more. So the ignoring continues. Then even worse happens, the teacher and that track team douche shows up, once again to try and recruit her. There’s a third person with them and it turns out that this guy and the teacher, along with the owner of the beach house restaurant are members of HEDGEHOGS, because of course they are. They say the other two members have vanished, hence their hiatus. The track asshat tries once more to recruit her and it leads to Fuuka having to show off how good a singer she is…with the three members of HEDGEHOGS. Douchebag thinks she’ll suck, we all know she won’t. Yuu gets to play bass for the first time as well. Makoto however pulls him aside before showtime to ask about things. Yuu explains things better with Fuuka not there…except she is and overhears him. Makoto leaves so she can talk to Yuu and they both apologize this time. It’s showtime and of course she sings fantastically. Koyuki elsewhere overhears it and so do others who come by to check things out. The track fuckface lets it slip that he used to play drums and Fuuka shoehorns him in the band now. It’s now the last night they’ll spend at the beach house and Yuu and Fuuka talk alone on the beach. Naturally, the classic “I’m cold!” event happens and they get close again. When he goes to leave, they fall over and he nearly pulls her top off. 

THE GOOD

  • We’re starting to get into the music stage of things, which is where I’m most interested now
  • Fuuka continuing to be such a freaking cutie!

THE BAD

  • I could’ve done without the almost accidental undressing as the ending, they could’ve done another minute afterwards

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)
Gabriel Dropout (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Vignette wants to go on a beach trip, obviously Gabriel doesn’t want to do shit. Satania’s mad they’re not asking her to come with them. Raphiel uses this to fuck with her further, so Gabriel adds on top of it and Vignette has to finally invite her. The four organize when they’ll go but exams are left, so the threat of not being able to go on the beach trip exists. But it’s okay, they all make it…and it’s raining. So Raphiel makes a call and the rain is gone, much to Gabriel’s disappointment. To my surprise, Satania easily wins this show’s swimsuit contest. Gabriel without hesitation pulls out her laptop and starts surfing online in the shade. Satania is convinced she can get Gabriel to want to come out to the water and proceeds to fail at surfing on an inflatable dolphin. Vignette tries the sand castle route, you know exactly what’ll happen, right? Yup, Gabriel gets bored. Raphiel lastly needs Satania for her attempt and it’s of course splitting a watermelon, except they don’t have one, just Satania. Naturally, Gabriel is interested now. The blindfold isn’t even on properly, so Gabriel has an easy shot. Then the cliche splash game starts, except Satania and Gabriel splash sea cucumbers and jellyfish at each other. Amongst other things, they have fun. Changing out of their swimwear, Satania forgot to bring underwear, so Vignette went out to get her some. Raphiel strikes again! Gabriel admits there were moments she enjoyed as they head home. With the last day of summer vacation, Vignette seeks to enjoy her last day, but naturally Gabriel didn’t do her homework so she comes over to copy it. Naturally, Satania swings by as well, so Raphiel has to join in too. At some point, Vignette ends up telling a story that happened on her first day in the human world. That’s when she comes across Gabriel for the first time, though it’s the original perfect angle version not the current one. Satania constantly interrupts the story because she simply can’t believe this perfect girl is the lazy, terrible girl she’s sitting next to in Gabriel. During the stories, Gabriel walks away to go nap on the bed, as she would do. 

THE GOOD

  • This was a less over-sexualized swimsuit episode compared to most, then again the show is more directed towards the comedy
  • I actually didn’t despise Raphiel for one episode!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Living with the two girls now is making life for Kobayashi a little tougher as the two don’t really have much in terms of manners. It’s also cramped now so she considers looking for a bigger apartment. They find one where they all have access to the roof and that’s gets the two dragons’ attention. So it’s time to move. Kobayashi and Tohru talk about cleanliness, both in body and home. During packaging they find an old photo album and Tohru lovingly looks at pictures of her as a kid. Even worse for her, Tohru finds a maid dress that Kobayashi already owned and wants her to try it out. When that fails, she puts it on herself instead. It looks nice, but you know the big boobs joke had to be made. Moving day arrives and they’re now setting up shop there. Kobayashi takes her first bath in the new place and Tohru joins her to wash her back…but actually keeps the dress on, surprisingly. So the next day, she washes Tohru in full dragon form on the roof. After a rough day at work, Kobayashi gets so thrown off she goes to the old apartment instead. Hungover and tired, noisy neighbours make it worse for her. Tohru goes to the various neighbours to see what all the noise is about and all the noises are random. Then the three neighbours argue who’s being the loudest. Kobayashi finds Tohru nearly about to kill them, so she calms things down and sets up a timetable between them all where they’d prefer the noise to be quieter. Kobayashi later on is planning a party with some work friends and Tohru asks if she can invite her dragon friends, which naturally makes Kobayashi nervous. On arrives who is very evil and comes as a full dragon at the door, Fafnir. The other is Quetzalcoatl, who has giant tits (and short shorts), because of course she does. Fafnir and Kobayashi’s friend Makoto bond over a video game while Quetzalcoatl notes how Tohru normally doesn’t smile, so she’s happy to see her like this. Then Kobayashi gets stupid drunk and tries to strip the girls for some reason. 

THE GOOD

  • A very cute slice of life episode this week
  • The party gave us two new ridiculous characters and they’re fantastic

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Oh dear, the daily Explosion routine is still happening! Low on money as always, Kazuma wants to go into a dungeon they’ve been in before but a passage was discovered and they’re getting the first crack at it. They’re still without Darkness, so this will be quite interesting. Kazuma goes in alone at first, since Aqua’s useless and Megumin’s even more useless, being that using Explosion indoors is suicidal. But Aqua ignores him and follow anyway. In the dungeon, they reach the passage and now the unknown begins. Megumin is outside spewing nonsense to stay amused while the two go in. A single monster nearly kills them right off the bat. The entire run is them either bumping into stuff in the dark, or being scared shitless by EVERYTHING. Megumin and Chomusuke are play fighting meanwhile and that was super adorable! They finally find a treasure chest, which I assume is either a trap or worse, a mimic. Sure enough, it’s a wall mimic. We see more of Darkness’ “struggles” again and it looks more obvious she’s being dressed into something nice by several maids. Back in the dungeon, Aqua keeps sending souls of the dead to the afterlife and Kazuma senses something wrong, so now I’m assuming after they mentioned some mimics take human form, Aqua disappeared at some point during their run and has been replaced. Why? Cause she’s being useful, actually killing monsters. Kazuma gets even more suspicious with how many undead are in the dungeon, like it was a requirement for an arch priest like Aqua to be with him during this. They find the boss room, an undead wizard who kidnapped a king’s daughter. But he’s actually quite nice. He asks them to purify him so he can join his beloved in the afterlife. He apparently turned himself into a lich after suffering mortal wounds, so he could still protect the woman he loved. Thankfully, there’s a little treasure left over for them to take. Then he realizes the undead are only going after Aqua due to her excessive holy power, so he tries to separate from her, not that it works, of course. But eventually he uses Lurk to escape. Back at the tavern, things seem to be looking up once again but when they catch him giving the guild lady a drink, the other adventures get him to buy drinks that night. They also ask him to do his panty stealing trick, which happens just as Chris shows up. Oh dear, another callback. Yunyun shows up meanwhile to challenge Megumin to a drinking contest, but that fails too. By the end of the night, Aqua’s puking rainbows again, but we’re not aware if they kept all the treasure or not.

THE GOOD

  • Two callback scenes this week?! Oh this anime is ticking off all the nostalgia boxes!
  • I’m surprised that Aqua wasn’t a mimic, I’m wondering what this will mean down the line now that we’ve seen Aqua actually being capable
  • Megumin and Chomusuke play fighting…oh my god that was so funny

THE BAD

  • Nothing again, as always with the show thus far

Episode Score: 5/5

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Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)
Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Still doing supplementary classes, he’s now staring at her constantly to make her uncomfortable and trying cheesy pick-up lines on her, but Aki’s not your average girl. Turns out she thinks his recent efforts are extremely creepy. Yoshino tells him this and tells him to back off her for a while, that he can’t just keep pushing, he’ll outstay his welcome. Instead of constantly giving her affection, she tells him to be cold to her for a while. When he tries it, she’s beyond thrown off now. All she wants to do is return the umbrella he gave her too, so it’s almost a little too much. She tries to play it cold on him too, Yoshino advising him to keep on the course and not give in. Worrying he’s fucked up, Aki finally approaches him, very pissed off. He tries to escape again so she just whips the umbrella at him and now won’t let him escape. She grabs him by the tie and shoves him to the ground and starts shaking him about. Finally she asks why he’s ignoring her and she suddenly goes red in the face, super cute. He’s about to say he likes her when she suddenly asks him what he likes about her, something he wasn’t anticipating. He runs off before he can properly answer. Yoshino is amazed that he’s so idiotic for nothing thinking she’d ask such a question. The next day he tries again, but she suddenly pulls a 180 on him and is back to hating him. Yoshino tells him to stay out of things and she’ll handle it, but he doesn’t want to get his revenge through someone else. So he finds her alone in a park, skipping class for the first time and is really on-edge now. It turns out she saw the two talking to each other about how to deal with Aki. Yoshino finds her first and calms her down a little bit. It appears something also happened to Aki when she was younger to make her hate all boys, so she’s convinced herself she’ll never like one. Yoshino poses the question of if Aki likes him or not and that completely shuts her brain off for a moment and doesn’t notice Yoshino disappearing. So now she’s walking around aimlessly and also reveals something in her past caused her to intentionally be cruel to everyone, rather she’s distant to everyone than close to someone so she can get hurt again. Then she nearly gets hit by a car when Masamune saves her. He gets really upset with her and it’s unclear if he’s acting or actually opening up to her inadvertently. They have the first kiss tease of the season when a girl from the car that nearly hit Aki shows up, apologizing. The girl recognizes Masamune and cuddles up to him suddenly. He has no idea who she is.

THE GOOD

  • We’re getting some more plot now and closer to the turn around with these two
  • Initially I was cold of Masamune/Aki, but after this week, I’m starting to root for it, though I still think it’d be really cool if he ends up falling for someone else anyway in the end

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

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Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.1)
Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.4) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

The girls are celebrating the Cycling Club being reinstated and are trying to get Shiki to be their club adviser and treat her in hopes of getting her to come aboard. It’s a perfect fit and she agrees to be the club adviser. She asks what they want to do first, for now they want to just bike and see where they go. They have ideas to travel far, but for the time being they want to just get used to each other. Then the swim team who look really pissed off approach Natsumi, claiming she already promised to be on the team before joining the Cycling Club. So they settle it by having the top athlete race Hiromi? She gives Hiromi all kinds of advantages, knowing she’ll win anyway. Shiki however goads her into one more advantage that secretly prevents her from using all her leg muscles, thus slowing her down. The race starts and it’s a lot of screaming from Hiromi’s part. In the end, she still loses though, despite Shiki’s help. However, the girl isn’t taking Natsumi with her, she just wanted to have some fun with them at Hiromi’s expense. Going to the cafe after, Hiromi’s re-acquainted with the shrine girl from Episode 2 when she got lost, who’s Tomoe’s sister. Yuika designed the girls a uniform, the ones you see in the picture above.

After two episodes on notice, while the show isn’t amazing and blowing me away, it’s still enjoyable enough that I don’t have reasons to drop it right now, so it’s safe for the time being. Now that the club is in full swing, I’m hoping for more silly moments and adventures. Perhaps the first two episodes were just a slow start and nothing more.

THE GOOD

  • While not a great episode, the show was a very nice, fun little episode that didn’t require too much of my brain to be on, much like most slice of life anime
  • It was quite entertaining watching the swim girl keep adding handicaps because Hiromi is so bad

THE BAD

  • I despise the cliche of a contest for a person to join their group instead of the one they’re in, I’m pretty sure you’re allowed as a human being to just say no. I know it’s fiction, but it’s a constant storyline that I cannot stand
  • If Hiromi’s going to talk about her butt so much, the anime owes it to the viewers to show it

Episode Score: 3.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***


Nanbaka (Ep.14)
Nanbaka (Ep.17)

SYNOPSIS

We resume where the cliffhanger ended. Hajime deals with Yamato easily, but Rock on the other hand is beating the shit out of Jyugo. Tsukumo actually helps Jyugo before he takes a fatal punch. He tells him that he was following Rock because he noticed something odd about him and Yamato. Jyugo again is beating himself up because he knows it’s because he’s still here in the prison. They finally find a talisman on Rock’s neck and try to take it off him. When Rock’s about to deliver a fatal blow, Tsukumo manages to take it off. Hajime does the same with Yamato and recognizes them. Samon notices them gone from Building 5, the ones similar to the ones they put on Upa to suppress his powers. With both taken care of, all the injured get treated in the medical ward. Rock is there too, sleeping, they can’t find anything wrong with him now. During this time, Tsukumo slips out of his normal ninja speech and Uno and Nico catch it, freaking out cause they think he’s not a ninja now. Tsukumo recognizes that Upa had a talisman on him, so if it can control someone with a large amount of power,what could it do to a normal person? Even more interesting, he’s unsure how he didn’t get hit with a talisman as well. Uno suggests they go to Building 5 themselves, but Hajime’s having none of that idea. So you know they’ll just escape if he doesn’t take them with him, so because the other two guards are injured and Momoko’s gone, Hajime knows he has to take them with him. When they get to Building 5, no one’s there, Mitsuru tried to contact them as well and no one responded. When they go inside, Hajime gets trapped in a cage and shackled. The three get dropped into a pit. The person responsible appears to be that lazy guard that Samon always gives a lot of shit to.

THE GOOD

  • With the serious story picking up again, there’s an interest beyond the comedy again
  • Not that the comedy needs to be pushed aside, there was a good mix of comedy and story this week

THE BAD

  • While the episode was good, when you’re used to the majority of the show being comical, a more serious toned episode feels a little weird

Episode Score: 4/5

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Youjo Senki (Ep.1)
Youjo Senki (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Even though we were to think Tanya got sent to front lines again after some divine intervention, it’s been six months since we last saw her and has remained in the background at the academy. Tanya is excelling greatly at the academy, really pushing for an elite office job. We see she’s constantly preparing her rifle, for the day she has to fight, even if she gets lucky and has the opportunity to shoot Being X. While in the library, she’s approached by the Director of Strategy who has heard of her success and wants to meet with her. Tanya believes this is the chance she’s been waiting for, I believe it’ll be the opposite. He asks her what she thinks the war will become and she believes it’ll turn into a world war before it ends. She has ideas on how to try and solve this but she gets a little too aggressive in her thoughts about attacking the enemy that she inadvertently gives the Director ideas of their next move and there’s no doubt Tanya will be put into this force. We see Erich (blue hair guy) on the train reading the proposal Tanya made, though doesn’t know her name is attached to it. He’s very upset with this opinion and gets a strange feeling from the writing, recognizing it. At a cafe, a Captain approaches her that she knows well and asks her why she joined the military, so she perhaps makes up a reason. He’s worried only because he has a daughter and seeing Tanya as a soldier makes him think his daughter will one day do the same. She plays him so that he’ll drop out of the promotion race she’s aiming for. The military leaders meet and discuss their next move and that’s when the mage battalion is suggested and sure enough, Tanya is brought up to be a part of it. She’s not gonna be happy when she meets with a few leaders for dinner. They talk about her post-graduation plans and they all appear to be safe spots in her eyes. But then she’s given one more, which is the real path they intend to put her on, which is to lead the battalion. Oh she is pissed! The paperwork is flooding her too so she thinks she can take her time on her own, but Viktoriya is put with her to help, once again a stop to her plans.

THE GOOD

  • Tanya’s frustrations really bring the best out in her, along with her devilish trickster kind of attitude towards people

THE BAD

  • This episode was a lot of talking and nothing really special going on, just setting up her return to war

Episode Score: 3/5

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Waifu, FWB or One-Night Stand? #40

It’s week #40 of Waifu, Friend With Benefits or One-Night Stand!

For those new to the article, this is not a post that talks about the “fuckability” of three randomly selected female characters from various anime and video games. I’m already attracted to them, it’s to be implied that I would share a bed with them already. What this article is meant to do, is go through their personalities, interests, anything pertinent to answering the question if they’re a one-time only, a friend that I might accept the occasional booty call from, or someone I would absolutely spend the rest of my life with.

So without further to do, let’s meet this week’s contestants!

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Kicking off this week’s show is the self-proclaimed 16 year-old girl who is totally without a family to go home to. From Working!!, it’s Aoi Yamada.

Aoi is a very special case on the show, she’s a runaway who somehow convinced a restaurant manager that she was homeless and was allowed to stay in the attic of the restaurant. As a way to pay “rent” for living in the attic, she becomes a part of the waitress staff at the restaurant and immediately proceeds to throw everything out of wack from there on out. As a waitress, there is quite possibly no one clumsier than Aoi, she constantly breaks dishes and glasses and on top of that, she steals food both after everyone’s gone and even during her shifts.

In terms of her personality, we’re to assume she’s a spoiled girl with a bit of an airhead side to her. She plays the innocence game to try and gain sympathy, but also has a trickster side of her. The airhead part of her comes out in the early-going especially when she’s not quite nailed down her new identity when she’s at the restaurant, as she doesn’t respond to her “real name”. She’s not the brightest girl either, so couple that with her airhead side and you have a girl that’s very naive and really doesn’t have a firm grasp of anything that went on outside of her house that she ran away from. Lastly, she’s very clingy to people she takes a liking to. Over the course of the series she takes three people at the restaurant and tries to label them as her real father, mother and brother and spends all her time with them, at least until someone rips her away and tries to get her to get back to work.

So after reading this, I’m sure you’ve figured out my decision on Aoi:

♠ ONE-NIGHT STAND ♠

I liked Aoi when I was watching the show, I thought she was the cutest thing, I just wanted to give her a big hug. Upon reflection however, she has such a terrible personality and is such a pain in the ass that there’s just no way I’d want to spend any amount of time with her if I had the option to choose. She’s clearly got some issues whether it’s something that needs legitimate help or not, she’s very unintelligent and as you all know, I kinda lean towards smarter girls. But the biggest of all, I AIN’T LETTING THIS GIRL NEAR MY STUFF!!! I like my shit intact!

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Second up is the student council president that has no problem putting on a sexy outfit two sizes too small. From Infinite Stratos, it’s Tatenashi Sarashiki.

The most notable personality trait of Tatenashi is clearly with how she interacts with Ichika on a consistent basis. It’s very clear that Tatenashi is aware that she has one of the best bodies out of all the girls at the IS Academy and has a high self-confidence in her body. It could just be because he’s the only guy in the entire school (and he’s so hot every girl in the school wants him all night long), but when it came to Ichika, whether she had feelings for him or not, she proceeds to tease him as much as she possibly can, whether it’s being half-naked around him, or even asking him to undress her. While it’s shown that she’s never actually had a relationship and can get a little flustered and nervous around Ichika, especially once she truly discovers she has feelings for him, it’s pretty apparent that if Tatenashi finds someone she likes, she’s more than comfortable enough in herself and her body to show it off…and then some.

When it comes to Tatenashi after putting her overly sexual personality aside, she’s still a very well-respected, charismatic leader. As the student council president, she’s values perfectionism and strong leadership and is a girl very well-renowned amongst her peers. She still retains her playful side when she’s serious however, so for some it’s hard to tell just how serious she’s taking things. Lastly, we see through her relationship with her sister than she really cares deeply for those very close to her, though in Kanzashi’s case because of their rivalry, Tatenashi tends to be a little more insecure when it comes to her relationship with her sister.

So, here’s my call on Tatenashi:

♦ FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS ♦

With her playful, sexual personality a major part of her, I find it really hard to put her at the top tier, just because I believe it would be really hard to nail down where the “real” Tatenashi lies and where the part of her personality that’s turned up to 11 lies over top. So while it’s hard for me to think that Tatenashi could be the kind of girl I could live with for the rest of my life, I think it’s possible she could be that girl, I just don’t have enough evidence to tell myself that’s true. However, she’s still a very fun girl, seems like the kind of person I’d enjoy chilling at a bar with, watching a movie with, y’know a good friend. A good friend that might try to put on a skimpy catgirl swimsuit costume and pounce on me (not that I’d mind if I were single…), but a good friend nonetheless!

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Finishing off this week’s show, we’ve got the Yahama-loving member of the bike club from Bakuon!!, Onsa Amano.

There’s no Wiki page on her to help me fully remember her personality, so I’ll be going off this from memory, not that it’s too difficult to remember the main part’s of Onsa’s personality. Onsa is a very wild tomboy, easily the most charismatic member of the Bike Club and out of all of them, she was easily my favourite (though Raimu’s amazing too) on the show. When it comes to bikes, as the daughter of a mechanic she’s second to none when it comes to her love for motorcycles, constantly talking about the many little details about so many bikes.

When it comes to a more personal basis, Onsa does have a much more innocent and reserved side to her. We see in the episode where all the girls have swimsuits on, she was easily the most conservative with her swimsuits (Raimu doesn’t count, we already don’t see her face, of course she’s not wearing a skimpy bikini either). I don’t recall how she was during the iconic bath scene where we see Rin’s “butt brand”, but when she’s stripped of her shirt by I believe it was their teacher/club advisor, she certainly drops her entire charismatic personality for a more nervous, shy part of her. Granted, her shirt did get taken off without permission…

Anyways, here’s my call on Onsa:

♥ WAIFU ♥

Admittedly, there’s a little bias in this decision, but it’s about my future wife, I’m allowed to be! Onsa immediately grabbed my attention from Episode 1 on the show, she looked so different to your average anime teenage girl, her hair was unique, her skin was a little more tanned (and when it comes to anime, I’m a sucker for tanned girls) and as I’ve said so many times now on this page, let alone just this series of posts, tomboys in anime are almost guaranteed to land in the top tier with me. She’s such a wonderful personality, one I could talk about anything with and not have to worry about saying something that will shut her off. And she’s a hidden beauty, as most anime tomboys are. You never expect them to be super hot, but cue the swimsuit episode and holy shit! It’s a no-doubter for me than Onsa’s in the top tier.


So that’s this week’s edition of Waifu, FWB, or One-Night Stand, hope you enjoyed it! Leave any comments you’ve got below, whether it’s your own choices between the three or maybe I’m missing something that could’ve turned the tide on my decision with any one of these girls.

Week #3 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #3 has arrived with this Winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

As always I’m live reacting (though typing it out to be posted later) to each episode I watch and going over what happens in each episode with the occasional quip and joke here and there. So for those trying to avoid spoilers, this entire article is full of them!


Akiba's Trip: The Animation (Ep.1)
Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

There’s a really shitty idol on TV that Niwaka and Arisa seem to love, but upon seeing her for the first time, it seems to trigger something in Tamotsu. Naturally, it’s him being a massive weeb and fell in love with the shit idol too. Of course, this is now getting in the way of patrolling with Matome, so she goes to a restaurant and eats several hundred burgers, because that’s what you do. Over time, he falls into the trap of buying stupid expensive audio equipment so he can listen to this shit idol’s music with the “best quality”. Naturally, this jacks up his credit card bill ridiculously, so he has to find a job, which pisses off Matome again because it’s another thing keeping him away from patrolling. Along the way, the three girls get approached by a very sultry woman who wants to make them idols. Niwaka and Matome aren’t really interested, but Arisa takes over this decision before they ruin it for her. Thus begins the idol training montage! Which looks suspiciously like they’re just being used for softcore video footage than anything else. Eventually, they try to get Arisa to strip and that’s the point they refuse and they reveal themselves as Bugged Ones. Out of nowhere, Tamotsu shows up, but only because he was a janitor at the same place at the time. He strips the woman, but the photographer is giving them the most trouble. Eventually though, Tamotsu defeats him. The woman wakes up, normal again and apologizes for everything and can’t remember what happened to cause her to become a Bugged One. However she still believes the three have potential as idols and they end up doing so anyways, just with less cleavage this time. And no one showed up to their first show. 

THE GOOD

  • This was an interesting parody of the ridiculousness of idols in Japanese culture

THE BAD

  • Compared to the last two episodes, this one was certainly the weakest, not a terrible episode, but nowhere near as funny or over-the-top as the previous two

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)
Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Apparently Sakie wakes up at 4AM?! Poor girl. She introduces us to herself, being 24 and single, she can’t ever hope for a decent relationship due to her being a succubus. She gets up early to avoid the majority of people on the trains, due to her “fear of men”. Seeing Tetsuo, she feels bad for how she talked to him the first time, but did what she did due to being a succubus and she can’t get too close to men. She also reveals she dresses how she does because if she dressed more normally as a woman, she might cause aphrodisiac effects to all the men around her. Even just bumping into her and they get aroused by her. Even crazier, if she falls asleep around men, she causes them to have sexy dreams. She jokes with herself at home about the idea of marriage, believing any man’s interest in her would be fake because of her powers. And then she starts drinking, finally being more like herself. Then another day, going through the motions, except she’s tired and maybe a little hung over. She trips and is caught by Tetsuo, except he doesn’t seem to be affected by her powers for some reason. She’s beyond enamoured with him now because that’s never happened before to her. However, the second he gets away from her, he was actually suppressing those desires for her sake. In his office, Hikari arrives to chill (literally) in the room because it’s getting hotter. She finds the report he’s writing about his experiences thus far. She ends up getting herself caught in conversation pertaining to the relationship between bloodsucking and romance and the topic of sex even comes up, which really throws Hikari into overdrive. He notices that Hikari’s way out of it and adjusts his conversation to try and calm her down. Then to prove how things are, she pecks him on the cheek to show that perhaps kissing is easier than sucking blood for vampires in terms of a romantic value. Kyouko and Sakie are together putting books away in the library when she talks with her about romance as well. We’re left to believe that Sakie may in fact, still be a virgin. Kyouko also talks about a person she likes and lets it slip that she likes Tetsuo, which Sakie (probably to herself) notes that same thing. Kyouko is asking her about this kind of stuff because she believes that Sakie is the perfect embodiment of a mature woman who has experiences with this sort of thing. She tells Kyouko though that most “maturity” in adults is a facade, as they want to look that way to the younger generation. They gush about Tetsuo some more and Sakie suggests she change her look a bit, but her hair is not one of the things that can change much, since she can’t grow it out long. Yuki meanwhile is walking down the hall when she hears two girls talking badly about her after a situation earlier in the episode where two guys were hitting on her. As Tetsuo is walking around the school at the end of the day, the area is really cold and he finds Yuki alone, curled up against a wall.

THE GOOD

  • Another great episode!
  • The focus on Sakie was surprising, I was sure we were getting a Yuki episode this week, appears to be next week now. But this Sakie-central episode was really interest, a look into the thoughts of a young adult who’s trying to find a romantic relationship

THE BAD

  • Absolutely nothing again to report this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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Fuuka (Ep.1)
Fuuka (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Yuu, Fuuka and Makoto thus far have joined together to start a band. Needing money for instruments, a teacher coincidentally gives them a job over the summer and they get to stay at a beach house during this time. How perfect. Even more coincidental, the owner of the beach house has a set of drums. Fuuka and Makoto have an easy time with the job at a restaurant, but Yuu is struggling due to his shyness. Getting yelled at for failing over and over, he’s getting it in his head that he should just go home, that being in a band would only accentuate the problems he’s having now. Fuuka calms him down a bit, saying she appreciates him because he’s always trying his best, no matter what it is. Apparently that’s all it takes and now he’s picking it up. Just to make things more interesting, it appears Koyuki is on her way to the same area for a photo shoot or something. Getting some free time another day, naturally it’s swim time and Makoto intentionally leaves him so it’s just Yuu and Fuuka. She’s also unintentionally making things really difficult for Yuu to focus, due to her swimsuit being very revealing, not to mention she has him push her while she’s on a float and her butt is inches from his face. Then somehow they go pretty far out and Fuuka’s leg cramps too, what a classic moment (that I actually don’t like much). Yuu nearly drowns trying to save her and wakes up with Fuuka’s lips on his, but there isn’t time to really react as she bursts out crying into his arms. Back at the beach house, her lips are the only thing on his mind now, so at least her butt is off his mind for a bit. Later, she asks Yuu not to mention that CPR kiss, because actually that was her first kiss. Koyuki then texts him and they two meet up later in the night. Fuuka meanwhile to escape Makoto’s curiosity of what happened earlier, leaves to go find Yuu. Of course, after her umbrella flies off in the wind and she gets closer to Yuu, that’s when Fuuka arrives. However as the episode ends, my question is will her reaction be related to Koyuki being so close to Yuu…or seeing her idol, Koyuki? 

THE GOOD

  • A fun episode this week
  • Fuuka looked absolutely stunning in that bikini, it matched her perfectly
  • It was also nice to see Yuu start to get a little more comfortable around people

THE BAD

  • I could’ve done without the close-up of Fuuka’s butt, it felt really out of place, a little too naughty for the kind of atmosphere the show gives off. I know Fuuka’s panties have been a normal sight, but we didn’t need an extreme close up of her butt and left to imagine what her bottoms were covering up

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)
Gabriel Dropout (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

Gabriel has taken on a job at a coffee shop to pay for microtransactions and by chance she finds an idiot for an employer who accepts her poor personality. The only reason she wants to stick around is because it’s a slow cafe where it never gets busy. She also demands to only have one shift a week because she’ll die of exhaustion otherwise. At school, Vignette is shocked knowing that Gabriel and Raphiel are #1 and #2 out of their angel school, given how the two actually are. She tries to talk with Raphiel to get to know her better. It doesn’t go terribly, but it’s evident that Raphiel is a very special case. Then Satania meanwhile goes to a cafe which just happens to be the coffee shop Gabriel is working at (apparently it’s been a week) and she gets punched immediately for showing up. Serving her a cop of coffee is an even bigger problem. It’s when Vignette arrives after Gabriel and Satania have left for the day that the old man finally gets someone who understands a good cup of coffee. Back at Gabriel’s, her air conditioning isn’t working and her room is filled with mosquitoes. To make matters worse, Satania has shown up to her house, so she gets a door kicked at her hard. Gabriel just leaves her unconscious body there and inserts herself into Vignette’s place where there is air conditioning. Hijinks ensue, including a holy light covering up any nudity to keep the show family-friendly and Gabriel sexily squealing whenever cream is put on one of the bug bites on her body.

THE GOOD

  • The jokes at the end with Gabriel and Vignette were really funny, that’s the kind of silly stuff I want to see from this show
  • The coffee shop skits were pretty good too, especially Gabriel and Satania

THE BAD

  • I just can’t get into anything Raphiel is doing, she makes it so hard to stay interested in the show when she’s on-screen

Episode Score: 4/5

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Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Tohru burned all the food (literally), so she and Kobayashi go shopping together for the first time. Everyone seems to know Tohru and love her so Kobayashi wonders if maybe there’s more to her than she’s bothered to learn. During their trip, a thief takes a purse so she goes superhuman to stop him, but instead of fearing her, everyone is happy she helped out. After they leave, it appears a tiny girl is following them, likely another dragon, I’m willing to bet. Sure enough she rings the door not long after, a friend of Tohru’s and demands Kobayashi breaks up with her, thinking she’s seducing Tohru. When Tohru comes back from shopping, she makes it worse momentarily by thinking Kobayashi’s cheating on her. But everyone calms down and she introduces the little girl as Kanna and continues the idea that they’re dating, only making Kanna try to kill Kobayashi, which because the mana level is so low, she basically lightly pounds Kobayashi’s chest, like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum. Kanna tells the two that she was exiled from home from pulling a prank and Kobayashi offers her a place to stay until things calm down. The next day, the three go…somewhere to play, because Kanna’s bored. So the two dragons fight to the death, or “roughhousing” as they call it. Back at home, it appears Tohru is still trying to get Kobayashi to eat her grilled tail, but she’s not very good at hiding this, so she gets caught every time. Another day when Kobayashi leaves for work, Tohru teaches Kanna basic things about the human world, which mostly ends up with them eating crepes and ice cream. After everything, they talk about how Kanna though Tohru had died, but apparently Kobayashi saved her, thus why she’s her maid now. 

THE GOOD

  • OH MY GOD KANNA’S SO FREAKING CUTE!!!
  • The three together are such a weird, yet perfect mixture of characters

THE BAD

  • Nothing of note this week, much better episode

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Megumin found a cat to bring in…and it only scratches Aqua?! SOLD! She calls it Chomusuke. They’re all worried about Darkness, as she hasn’t returned since leaving for the Lord’s mansion. They all assume she’s being sexually abuse (much to her enjoyment probably), when that prosecutor girl shows up. Oh dear, they’re on a giant frog kill quest again, because of Megumin’s explosions. Kazuma learned another skill for long-range purposes, but it fails. Now all the girls, including Sena (the prosecutor) are being eaten when finally someone saves them. A new girl arrives, claiming to be Megumin’s rival, but she’s forgotten this girl. Her name’s Yunyun, another crazy Crimson Demon girl. She wants to duel Megumin, but since she can’t use magic, they agree to do hand-to-hand combat, which it appears that Megumin will lose terribly in. But she uses the stench of the frog fluid on her body to make Yunyun submit, but she still hugs her anyway and covers her in the fluid. We see for a second that Darkness is going through something without her armor, but I imagine it’ll be something stupid like she’s being put in a dress she doesn’t like wearing. Then the two fight for the first bath, which includes stripping. The two actually share a bath together and don’t really think much about it until Aqua comes home. Kazuma tries to block the door with ice magic (can’t remember if he learned that in Season 1) but fails and now he’s being called a Pedo-NEET by Aqua. The next day, the three head to Wiz to try and figure how to deal with the debt when Yunyun is there. I’d tell you something important about the conversation, but the entire time Chomusuke is pawing Wiz’s boobs. During their visit, they find a magic crystal that apparently helps the user make friends, so the two duel through it to see who is the stronger magic user. During this, they see several memories of the girls that embarrasses them both. Megumin then breaks the crystal and now increases Kazuma’s debt. But in the end, Megumin wins the “not a child” contest when she reveals that she and Kazuma have a relationship where they bathe together and that sends Yunyun running, since she’s as dumb as Megumin is, perhaps worse.

THE GOOD

  • Yunyun really brings out the best in Megumin
  • And now we have a cat in the show as well
  • I’m actually quite interested to see if this moment between Kazuma and Megumin actually leads anywhere or if this was just a single episode thing

THE BAD

  • No Darkness this episode, kind of disappointing

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)
Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

The school has decided to give any student supplementary classes for a month if a they fail an upcoming test. So Tae is naturally freaking out as the class representative for everyone. Naturally there’s a designated dumb student and it’s apparently Kojuurou. Apparently as well Tae is a BL fantasizer, so the idea of Masamune and Kojuurou studying together brings a few too many ideas into her head. Naturally when he helps him study, they end up sharing a study room with Aki and Yoshino. It causes him to remember Yoshino giving him Aki’s e-mail. But instead of using the easy route, he makes a wager with Aki. If he and Kojuurou get a better grade on the test, he and Aki will go on a date. However if Aki and Yoshino get the better grades, Aki can give him whatever nickname she wants and he’ll wear it on his back until graduation. However, Aki changes her win condition to that Masamune will buy her lunch until she tells him to stop. Afterwards, Aki doesn’t seem to want to study and even after Yoshino reveals he got a perfect score on his transfer exam, she’s still not bothering, over-confident. Later that night, Yoshino calls him and tells him he won’t help him with the wager, that she has her own timing of things to worry about. The day arrives and things seem to be going fine until the final test. Masamune suddenly starts to feel sick, thinking Yoshino spiked a drink she gave him. But instead it was the lunch his mother made that made him sick. Even crazier, Aki was sick and didn’t show up to class. It appears because of his sickness, he failed the last test, so he’s stuck in a supplementary class, the only one in his class too, even Kojuurou was fine. But Aki is also in this class. Even crazier, Yoshino appears to have set up a date for the two anyway. EVEN CRAZIER, she’s dressed in cosplay! It appears a certain “someone” told her that’s what you wear on a first date. They go watch a movie and Aki being the spoiled rich girl she is, rented the whole theater to the two of them. The movie is…YAOI ZOMBIES?!!! Aki is scared shitless by this movie, though it appears to be the zombies and not the yaoi. Even worse, now she’s super hungry. He finally asks her if something caused her appetite to expand, but before she says something, a little girl asks her about the costume and she starts spewing Yoshino’s nonsense before Masamune gets her the hell out of there. He reveals to her that this isn’t actually a normal thing to do on a date, so she immediately rushes into a clothing store to get some new clothes. When she starts crying in the changeroom, Masamune being an idiot MC checks on her and gets destroyed for it. He remembers Aki as a kid again, but one thing he notes is that she can be just as kind now as she was when he fell for her as a kid, as he wakes up on a bench with his head resting on her lap. Talking with Yoshino one more time, it appears her plan through Masamune is to make Aki reflect back on herself so that when he dumps her, she’ll really fall hard and full re-examine who she is. However, out of everything that happened, the lap thing was not planned, that was Aki herself.

THE GOOD

  • This was a very adorable episode, Aki showing a much different side to her than we’re used to seeing, one I can definitely get used to seeing more of as the season goes on

THE BAD

  • Nothing really irked me this episode, just could’ve been a lot better in comparison to the 4.5s and 5s I’ve given so far this season

Episode Score: 4/5

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Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.1)
Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.3) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

It’s time for all the new students to start looking for clubs. Basketball’s the first try and that goes over so well as Tomoe takes a ball to the head during the game. Swimming is also a no-go cause she can’t swim and Natsumi is there to save her and join the girls now. Natsumi is a great swimmer but she doesn’t like the lack of room she has to swim in the indoor pool. Fuyune happens to be in the nurse’s office because her muscles are sore from their bike ride, since she clearly doesn’t do much exercise, being driven around all the time. She joins them as well now. Fuyune needs to go somewhere and they’re led to a house next to the school. There’s a person inside not moving and Hiromi thinks she’s dead, but the old lady in there was just asleep. They learn that Fuyune is the granddaughter of the school’s principal, Ryuko, the woman they’re visiting. The girls find old pictures of Ryuko and friends back when she was a student and she was a part of a Cycling Club at the school. The idea of a club just going places and seeing sights reminds Fuyune of her sister who is bound to a wheelchair and wants to see sights that only you can see by going there with your own two feet. She realizes that Ryuko invited her to this place to show her this because of her sister. When asked why the Cycling Club disbanded, Ryuko explains that once cars and trains became prevalent in society, less and less people wanted to go on bikes, because it was slower. When she became principal, the club room which was the house they’re standing in now was a massive mess, so she cleaned it up and now uses it like a personal hideout. Fuyune then gets the idea in her head to resurrect the club, having liked the bike ride the day before. The other three join her as well and the club is formed. Ryuko gives them the key to the place, happy to see it being used again. She has one condition, for the girls to ensure they have many unique experiences during their time in the club. So basically, don’t just be lazy and hang out in the club room. 

The show is going to stay on notice for one more week, this episode was a little better, a much more enjoyable slice of life episode. I just want to see a little more from the show and to prove to me this wasn’t a one-off.

THE GOOD

  • A much more enjoyable episode, there were moments I smiled and chuckled a little bit

THE BAD

  • There’s still not much to this show, but hopefully with the club formed now we’ll start to see some more unique and silly situations going on with the four girls

Episode Score: 3.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***

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Nanbaka (Ep.14)
Nanbaka (Ep.16)

SYNOPSIS

Rock gets himself into trouble real quick, challenging Samon to a fight since he thinks he’s not that strong given that he couldn’t even scratch Hajime. Samon destroys him easily, proving once again that the prison guards are far stronger than the inmates. Oh and there’s a new guard at Building 5 with Samon now and this person may just be a relative of Momoko. Speaking of which, she’ll be leaving the prison for a special meeting and leaves the main guards in charge of the prison until she returns. The guards talk amongst themselves about an incident that happened in the past that seems to have everyone outside of Nanba worried about the prison, but we’ve yet to learn what that incident was. Samon gets challenged as well by a lesser supervisor, claiming the only reason he’s in the position he’s in is because of his older brother, who we know nothing about too. We learn finally that his brother killed an inmate and nearly a couple guards as well. Samon walks away pissed off and reminisces about his brother, how he was the strongest of them all and wanted to become like him until the incident. Then a woman shows up to see him, he first calls her “Big Sister” but it sounds more like they’re not blood-related. She is the older sister of the new guard in his building, not Momoko. She asks him about his older brother, but he doesn’t have much to say and lies about his whereabouts. Back at Building 13, Seitarou asks Hajime if Jyugo’s okay, saying he’s been different since he tried to break out the last time because he wanted to not get his friends involved. Then all of a sudden, something’s wrong, Rock and Yamato look like they’re in a trance and start fighting Jyugo and Hajime.

THE GOOD

  • Honestly nothing to note of this week, wasn’t a terrible episode but nothing grabbed me

THE BAD

  • This was a very weak episode, Samon’s backstory meant nothing to me and the sudden trance twist at the end came beyond out of nowhere

Episode Score: 3/5


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)
Youjo Senki (Ep.3)

SYNOPSIS

With her wounds healed, much to Tanya’s shock she’s not sent to the front lines, but exactly where she wants, on the rear front as an instructor. She’ll also be testing a prototype which is not safe, so perhaps this rear front work isn’t what she was expecting. She is constantly fighting with the lead doctor on the project because the prototypes keep failing and exploding on her. So after enough failed attempts, she puts in a transfer request and because of this, the project even gets shut down. She thinks this means she’ll get a nice cushy job in the capital, when suddenly “Being X” or whatever deity it is arrives. It notes that the man’s faith has not changed one bit in the time he’s been Tanya. So he’s interfering once more. She awakens from what appeared to have been a dream and it’s back to testing still. It appears that instead of Tanya, the deity converted the doctor to a believer from an atheist and because of this, he removes the safety from the prototype. Just before her death, Being X contacts her again and tells her that in order to use the jewel, she must pray to God. With no cards to hold, she has no choice and does so, the jewel granting her an exponential increase in power. We appear to return to the present day now back at the Rhine Theater battle. During an off-period, Tanya offers Viktoriya an officer track that will take her off of the front lines, much to her shock. She wonders if this is Tanya doing something like those other two officers, but she shrugs it off. It appears this is because Tanya got another promotion and is getting sent back home to a military academy. She reveals to us that she offered what she did to Viktoriya only to give people the idea she’s an officer who cares about her soldiers. Once again, she believes she’s managed to get herself back on the path of a cushy life on the rear front and once again, God intervenes and places Tanya’s name on a list of potential candidates for a new unit to be in all battles.

THE GOOD

  • Tanya continues to stand out as a character this season
  • The “battle” between Tanya and God is quite intriguing as this keeps moving forward

THE BAD

  • I really hope this show doesn’t go too far down the religious path though, I’m not interested at all if it does. The show can stick to the fight between the two, but I just don’t want the show to turn into a “praise God” kind of show

Episode Score: 4/5

Week #2 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #2 has arrived with this Winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

As always I’m live reacting (though typing it out to be posted later) to each episode I watch and going over what happens in each episode with the occasional quip and joke here and there. So for those trying to avoid spoilers, this entire article is full of them!


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ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka (Ep.2) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

Okay, I made an honest attempt at watching this episode, but at the 8-minute mark, I couldn’t any further. I don’t know if I can consider this show bad per se, but it’s definitely not my cup of tea. To me, the show is slow, boring and lifeless and the lifeless part is what really makes this an impossible show to watch.

THE GOOD

  • N/A

THE BAD

  • As I explained above, the show just isn’t capturing my attention, in fact it feels like work just trying to watch

Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***


Akiba's Trip: The Animation (Ep.1)
Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Matome explains that these kids were all cosplayers turned into Bugged Ones, taken over by demons called Kurobugs. Most of them are weak-leveled, but some are much stronger, like Commando girl last week. She reveals that she is a Hazoku, a stronger demon that can infect humans, but instead chose to fight for humans. She keeps trying to talk to him about helping, but he tries to get away every time, not interested in “working”. However, he cannot leave Akibahara. Niwaka and Arisa find the two and the four go to some warehouse where a girl professor is waiting, explaining a little more about Tamotsu and his transformation. When he asks the question about what’ll happen if his clothes are taken off, Matome gets all hush hush about it. So because he can’t leave Akiba, he stays with Matome and the professor, to live with them. Arisa joins up with them as well, because we need giant boobs at all times. They meet up in a maid cafe to discuss their plan of attack where a potential job opportunity arises and turns out to be another Bugged Ones area, so the fighting starts. They however can’t get close as the enemy apparently has rounds that can rip through clothes. They gain the help of the vigilantes afterwards (mostly due to Arisa’s boobs) and they get back into the fight and eventually win. However, the leader disappears completely, Matome revealing the same will happen to him or anyone who is infected by a Hazoku. Watching from above, perhaps their next opponent is preparing to make her move.

THE GOOD

  • Tamotsu’s reactions to everything are perfect, he just wants to buy shit and be an otaku, that’s all that matters
  • Matome and Arisa are good at balancing each other out

THE BAD

  • Nothing negative to report, just wasn’t as perfect an episode as last week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)
Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Getting his first interview with Kyouko, Tetsuo is still a little thrown off by the whole headless thing. We learn the fire where her head should be isn’t hot and touching it is like putting pressure on her nerves. She’s also been cities away from her body before and has been all right. She does note however how hard it is establishing friends during first meetings, as her appearance throw people off. It’s also hard for her to associate with the other girls since none of them know or understand how her life is as a dullahan. Tetsuo suggests she try telling jokes with her friends and try to establish a tone with them. He also reveals the fact that Kyouko is only one of three dullahans in the entire world, so she’s an even rarer case than we thought. Out of nowhere, she asks him to hug her head, embarrassed about it, but it appears to be a way to help her calm down. Naturally, this is when Hikari suddenly shows up and decides to tease him by saying she’ll shout what she saw to everyone. After school, the two girls meet up with Yuki, who after seeing Kyouko however breaks away from them, though it’s hard to tell if she’s shy or uncomfortable with Kyouko. The next day, Kyouko appears to want to go on a date with someone (we’re to assume it’s Tetsuo) and Hikari takes the time to ask questions about how she’d like to interact with a boy on a date. Sure enough, she reveals that it’s Tetsuo she wants to hang out with. So Hikari being the devilish girl she is, she sets the two up to go shopping together. However, to really throw both of them off their game, she only allows him to take Kyouko’s head. Somehow, Kyouko’s body can still communicate by writing while her head is off elsewhere, thanking Hikari for setting this up as she’s enjoying her time with Tetsuo as they’re just sightseeing and such. However, Hikari gets bored, seeing that it’s going too well, so she “lightens” things up by poking Kyouko’s boobs. After things go back to normal, the two talk about Yuki and how she reacted the day before. Then she realizes her body needs a bathroom break and that’s when Hikari’s sister, Himari (that red-haired girl) shows up and naturally only sees a headless body. Through this experiment however, Tetsuo helps out Kyouko by having the principal allow her to use a backpack instead of the regulation bag, as it turns out how Kyouko doesn’t get motion sickness from walking is that her arms act as a balance point for her and since she has to use one arm to carry her bag around, there’s an inbalance. Sakie notices his efforts and is happy to see someone helping out demi-humans in such little ways.

THE GOOD

  • Another very cute episode
  • Kyouko really stood out this week, she is super adorable

THE BAD

  • Absolutely nothing again this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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Fuuka (Ep.1)
Fuuka (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

The next time Yuu and Fuuka see each other, she looks sad, almost like she’s crying and runs off. He connects this to another guy who he thinks she may like but ignores her. Naturally, all three of them get roped into cleaning the pool together, because that’s a thing that happens. Panties get seen of course, but she only gets mad at Yuu and not Makoto. Turns out though, Makoto’s gay, so there’s no love between him and Fuuka. The misunderstanding of her crying naturally was her crying to the music she was listening to. She does however admit that she has no idea what she wants to do, track being one of the things she tried, but it never stuck. The next day Makoto wonders if Yuu might actually be the person who can free Fuuka from the metaphorical birdcage she’s in. Then out of nowhere he gets a call from Koyuki, his idol childhood friend. She wants him to come see her at a concert, but that’s a day he promised to Fuuka. However they do agree to call each other now and again. It’s clear she has feelings for Yuu, happy to talk to him again. Turns out however (not surprisingly though) what Fuuka wanted to do was go to Koyuki’s concert. She spots him in the crowd and somehow there’s no misunderstanding about him being with Fuuka, though she does notice a change in Koyuki during the show, obviously due to Yuu being there, not that she knows this. She sings an excerpt of one of her songs, which grabs Yuu’s attention immediately. He tells her she ought to try singing and it seems to confuse her, like she wasn’t anticipating that. The next day, she drags Yuu with her to a shrine so she can pray and wish for luck in becoming a musician, finally finding something she wants to do.

THE GOOD

  • Fuuka continues to be a very realistic, interesting character

THE BAD

  • This episode was extremely light on content this week, was nowhere near as interesting as the first week

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)
Gabriel Dropout (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Gabriel is voicing her displeasure being around so many humans, once again being very unangelic. Vignette wants to go to the cafeteria with Gabriel and wants to invite Satania as well, but she always runs off around lunch time, so they tail her this time around to see what’s up. They find her eating alone and she proceeds to drop both rice balls on the floor and when she breaks out her melon bread, that dog shows up out of nowhere and takes it. She tries to hide that she has no one to eat with and prefers to eat alone, but the girls insist and it confuses her that people would want to eat with her. She tries to play it cool, but they just leave her so she gives up and follows. Apparently none of the three have ever ordered food at the cafeteria before so they’re all playing the stupid role, Satania naturally taking the lead on that front. Gabriel messes with Satania, making her spice the fuck out of her udon. Joke’s on Gabriel, Satania loves it. Then we see Raphiel is bribing the dog to mess with Satania, because of course this angel bitch is doing that. Later on, the class president overhears Gabriel and Vignette talking about Heaven and Hell stuff, which confuses her and interprets it more like they’re courting men. The next day the girls have cooking class together, so the question becomes how bad will it be? Well the fish Satania gets is alive and from hell, Gabriel gets the wrong ingredients. When Vignette is to cut the fish (who Gabriel names Satania), she can’t do it. Satania tries and the fish knocks her the fuck out! Eventually they cut the fish and while they’re working on the vegetables, Gabriel just starts frying the fish and after pissing her off for the last time, Vignette knocks her the fuck out too. In the end, what they make is deathly bad. Well, Satania liked it at least. Then the next morning it appears Raphiel to mess with her further…SNEAKS INTO SATANIA’S BED!!! She’s not happy, but when Raphiel asks her to be her apprentice, that really grabs Satania’s attention. In reality, she’s using Satania for her own personal gain, but Satania’s not letting her get away with things that easily, firing her when Raphiel tries to get her to leave the bed just for her. 

THE GOOD

  • Satania once again standing out on top
  • The comedy was definitely stronger this week

THE BAD

  • I really REALLY don’t like Raphiel, she’s not playing the foil role very well

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Apparently no one notices the giant dragon flying around the city as it waits for some random girl (at least I think it’s a girl…) to get up…and then turns into a maid girl. Apparently she got drunk and met Tohru, the dragon girl. She offered her place to the girl, but obviously didn’t mean what she said and tries to get her to leave. Except when she realizes this isn’t a dream (and she’s late for work), she recruits the dragon girl to help her out for the time being. After work, they return home and she tries to see what Tohru is capable of as a maid and it’s bad, real bad. Out of nowhere though, she reveals her romantic feelings for Miss Kobayashi and wants her to use her however she’d like. So the plan is to have her stay home and “protect” the apartment. Naturally, people try to break into the house almost immediately, they almost die. That night, Kobayashi goes out with a co-worker and Tohru watches over them, thinking he’s trying to court her. Drunken Kobayashi settles her down by going even further over the top than Tohru was. And then…she strips Tohru, just cause. The next day, she buys Tohru an outfit to wear beyond just her maid outfit and then we see how strong she really is, able to clear the clouds in one fell swoop. It appears someone knows who she is as well and has been trying to find her, though we don’t know who yet. The two girls are also sleeping together now, where Tohru starts to have nightmares about fighting humans and being killed by them.

THE GOOD

  • Tohru and Kobayashi are quite the curious pair
  • Tohru is very deplorable, at times it’s enjoyable

THE BAD

  • This anime is real weird, man…I have no idea what I’m walking into here

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Apparently Kazuma got in trouble with the law because of that giant thing he teleported away, it ended up landing in a lord’s mansion. They first try to defend him, but once they could be thrown in jail along with him, they all change their tune real quick. Well…other than Darkness, she’s curious about “jail play”. Now in jail, Aqua and company are actually helping him break out. Well Aqua doesn’t really do shit to help, as usual, so he’s still in prison. He gets interviewed a few days later by a woman and has a magical lie detector item. So he eventually just admits all the boring truths to everything. She changes her tune real fast and once he realizes this, he really treats her terribly and it eventually backfires on him and eventually he gets into further trouble and is to be executed, well unless he can get out of this last trail. But with his friends “helping” him, it seems unlikely, doesn’t it? Chris returns as a witness but before she can explain what happened with her panties, another random woman puts the nail in the coffin on him before that. The other adventurer as well gets involved, along with two other girls and he’s really fucked now. When he realizes however that if the question is phrased differently, he truly does have no connection to the Devil King, he should be free. But the lord pushes the judge to sentence him anyway. So Darkness steps in and uses her own nobility to protect him, for the time being anyway. He’s under surveillance, but his life is spared. Because she owes the lord a favour, she leaves the group temporarily. Kazuma meanwhile now has two missions, to prove he’s not affiliated with the Devil King and to reimburse the lord for the damage caused. So they lose everything. 

THE GOOD

  • It’s great to see them all back
  • Aqua wants even terribly annoying (yet)
  • MEGUMIN!!!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)
Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Masamune’s unsure who sent the letter, because he thinks Aki would’ve waited for a better time to send such a letter. He’s also worried now that his secret could get out of being a fat kid in elementary school. Believing it wasn’t Aki, he now has to worry about getting found out before he can enact his plan. Along the way, he watches as Yoshino struggles to get Aki food for lunch and just lies there with her panties showing for a long time. But he helps her out, equating her to Cinderella getting bullied by her ugly stepsisters. He follows her to Aki, waiting until Yoshino runs off to buy her something else. He deduces during their brief time alone that Aki definitely didn’t send the letter, as she doesn’t gloat to him. So he uses his sister’s romance manga as a learning tool to talk to Aki and try and court her, seemingly starting to work. Then it’s revealed after trapping him, that Yoshino sent the letter and has an idea about his plan. He didn’t know she was in the picture when he was a kid too, being a maid for Aki since she was little. However, when it looks like his plan is screwed, she wants to help, it would seem she’s been harboring a lot of hatred towards Aki as well. In the meantime, he wants to start collecting e-mail addresses and tries to practice on Tae, the class rep, but fails miserably, still having trouble getting that level of information from girls. Then out of nowhere, after helping her out, Tae asks him to watch a movie with her, but because he’s so held up with his plan with Aki, he can’t say yes to her and she leaves. Aki’s there however and after playing games with him, declines his offer to exchange e-mail addresses. Yoshino shows up again and offers once more to help out and even just puts Aki’s contact information into his phone.

THE GOOD

  • To watch Masamune’s plans constantly go up in smoke and then somehow work anyway is quite funny
  • Yoshino is becoming a very…interesting character to say the least

THE BAD

  • At times this story gets really mundane while other times it’s fun and I’m having a rough time figuring out which side of the fence I’m on pertaining to this issue

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.1)
Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Hiromi is getting a tour of the area with Tomoe when Shiki suddenly joins in the fray and joins them. During this time, the girls get a couple rental bikes, but Tomoe ends up getting a cross bike, which she’s never ridden before. Luckily, Shiki knows what’s going and helps her out. Along the way, another girl who appears to be the cliche rich girl is trying to take good pictures of birds when the three girls ruin it for her. Riding in the back of a car being driven around, they get stuck in traffic and apparently watching one cyclist whiz by is enough to get her to want to go to a shop and buy one. Meanwhile, the girls take a break and Shiki decides to nap so the girls are stuck for a moment. So Hiromi asks Tomoe if she can use the cross bike for a test run and goes off on her own. Naturally, she doesn’t bring her phone with her and gets lost. So Shiki calls her sister who apparently runs a bakery for cyclists? She sends three boys out to find Hiromi in exchange for some free food. Meanwhile, the cyclist the rich girl saw approaches her, thinking it’s a bike shop and so does the rich girl as well. The sister helps out with the flat tire and the rich girl takes an interest in the cyclist in the meantime, the cyclist named Natsumi, the rich girl named Fuyune. Eventually, Shiki and Tomoe arrive and Hiromi with the boys not long after. The sister’s finally named, Nagisa. In the end, the two girls join the three and they go riding elsewhere. 

So after this episode, I’m going to put the show on notice, strictly because while yes this is a slice of life show if there ever was one, there’s really nothing about this show that’s really hooking me. Shows like Flying Witch and New Game! had something to pique my interest, this one isn’t really doing anything beyond just being about a bunch of cute girls on bicycles. Bakuon!! at least had some good humour to it as well, this one…just exists.

THE GOOD

  • It’s a nice, easy watch, doesn’t demand much of your attention

THE BAD

  • The problem however is that the show just doesn’t have anything to hook you, there’s not a lot of comedy, there’s not a unique character, it’s just as normal as normal gets and for an anime, that’s not exactly a good thing for me

Episode Score: 3/5 ***ON NOTICE***


Nanbaka (Ep.14)
Nanbaka (Ep.15)

SYNOPSIS

Momoko’s got a new set of recruits to go through, which must mean Hajime’s getting a new co-worker! Speaking of, no one told Hajime he was getting another guard, Mitsuru keeping the fact away from him. IT’S HIS CROSSDRESSING BROTHER!!! The inmates harass Hajime as much as possible, only pissing him off further. Hitoshi wants to help Hajime, but he’s so much slower that he’s only holding him back. It appears what Hitoshi has is an ability to take punishment, almost like his skeleton is made of steel. Mitsuru comes by to pick up Hitoshi suddenly though, only assigned to Building 13 for a single day. Naturally, he’s actually assigned to Kenshirou in Building 4. As the shenanigans are finally over, it’s time for someone dangerous to arrive, this time it’s not Kuu.  

THE GOOD

  • Hitoshi as another foil to Hajime brings out the comedy

THE BAD

  • Not nearly as funny as last week, but still a good episode

Episode Score: 4/5

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One Room (Ep.1)
One Room (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

The door opens. There’s a pretty neighbour coming by to greet us. I’m already convinced this show is in first-person where we are the “protagonist”. Her name’s Yui, a nice young girl. Apparently she could use some help studying and asks you to do so.

This is a 3-minute short so it’s already coming off the list due to the length. But honestly, this style of storytelling is really weird to me. Without having a male character to represent the person she’s talking to, it just seems wrong. So yeah, not keeping this one, but mostly because of its length.

THE GOOD

  • Animation’s pretty nice

THE BAD

  • The first-person style has always been creepy as shit to me, I cannot stand it

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***DROPPED***


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)
Youjo Senki (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

So this got confusing real fast. Some salaryman in the present…got killed and the devil reincarnated him as Tanya in the past. W-WHAT?! The idea was the deity who did this to him wanted him to convert and believed that the only way for him to accept a God was to put him in the most dire straits, a poor orphan girl. He establishes himself quickly in the army once his magical aptitude began to rise.

Even though I now know it’s a guy, so not to confuse anyone, I will still refer to Tanya as she/her.

When on her first mission she’s attacked and left to die, the “God help you” line pisses her off and now she attacks them head on, maniacal in her attacks, as if she’s fighting God herself. Eventually she holds out long enough, but because she survived and got a kill-count now, she’s pushed to the front lines, now failing in her objective to stay on the rear lines and be as close to a salaryman in the army as one can be. 

THE GOOD

  • Tanya when in crazy bitch mode is scary and entertaining as fuck!

THE BAD

  • This revelation is weird and still settling in with me

Episode Score: 4/5

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Week #1 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #1 has arrived with this Winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

As always I’m live reacting (though typing it out to be posted later) to each episode I watch and going over what happens in each episode with the occasional quip and joke here and there. So for those trying to avoid spoilers, this entire article is full of them!


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ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

I have to say it immediately, the art style of this show really does bug me. But the intro reminds me of Persona music, so there’s that. The main character Jean, is a member of a police unit that monitors all the various branches of the country. However their branch is to be shutdown as they’re no longer needed. Those up top believe they’re not needing as they find unrest and they don’t see there being any. Jean meets up with a partner, Eider and they drive off. At another station, he finds something wrong with the time of a particular day of data transferring, so they go to that corresponding station and he uncovers a little black market dealing with a few constables. Afterwards, the two talk about their branch being shut down. He returns the next day to find out they’re now not getting shut down because of Jean’s findings, proving how useful their organization is. We then see a higher-up ordering for Jean to be monitored. He feels that he’s being watched and returns home. There’s this rookie cop who seems to not like him and shows up often during Jean’s travels, thinking he’s a rich spoiled overpaid cop and Jean eventually lets him know that he and his kind are paid less than one would expect. Jean hits his first branch for an audit when the director-general is also there for an audit, which confuses Jean a little bit. He meets a few more higher-ups later on, giving Jean a little background on how the branch managed to stick around a little longer. They also note how there seem to be a lot of fires going on in the city as of late. The jerk takes his lighter and sounds like he’s thinking about framing Jean for a fire. We end the episode though hearing one of the higher-ups talking with an unknown person about a coup d’etat.

THE GOOD

  • The mystique is certainly there
  • The quirky girls in his unit help balance out the calm and mysterious nature of the show

THE BAD

  • I have no clue what’s going on
  • The animation style bugs the hell out of me

Episode Score: 3/5 ***ON NOTICE***


Akiba's Trip: The Animation (Ep.1)
Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Yes, this is an anime based off a game where the main mechanic was stripping characters down to their underwear so they’d burn in the sun, being synthetically engineered vampires. The lead character Tamotsu is of course a NEET, but his background really helps him in scaring off a solicitor, which was an entertaining moment. He meets up with his younger sister Niwaka afterwards and out of nowhere a girl crashes nearby from the sky, with a baseball bat in hand. And then she starts fighting off a bunch of mascot looking monsters and one younger girl. She strips her to her underwear and she explodes in a cloud of purple smoke. Some vigilantes arrive to take this girl in, but she leaps onto a building and escapes. Niwaka afterwards talks about what they saw and recalls the rumours of the “Bugged Ones” people that gain superhuman abilities and go berserk, attacking other humans. Then Tamotsu gets an important e-mail (likely a friend finding a figure he wants) and he runs off. Sure enough he finds a super rare figure, but another girl shows up and tries to take it. In the end, boobs win and she gets it. So he at least wants to have her as a friend so they can gush about the same things they like. Her name’s Arisa, her last name sounding Finnish, much like the blonde big-breasted girl Kati Raikkonen, they’re both designed very similar, both in hair and costume design and colours. Suddenly, the store is attacked by that bat girl and she attacks Arisa, believing she’s a Bugged One. Arisa actually puts up a fight, but only attacking after the girl wrecks some figurines. Then Tamotsu overhears an explosion at the cafe Niwaka was going to visit and rushes over there. Reaching the cafe, the people there all look like zombies and start attacking him. They’re all stripped and the pink-haired girl shows up again. She saves him one more time, but takes a fork in the shoulder in doing so. She tells him to take Niwaka and run. Then in another cosplay costume, Arisa shows up again. The girl goes through costume changes all the time, it seems. Or as she explains, the girl ripped off her original outfit. He asks Arisa to take care of Niwaka as he intends to find this girl and figure out just what the hell is going on. The girl is completely outnumbered now and her bat has broken. She is half-stripped now when Tamotsu arrives with a fire extinguisher. And then he takes a stab wound for her, except this one is in the chest and far more fatal. He dies without finishing his final words, which she notes first before the fact he died. So she kisses him to convert him into the same superhuman she is. So he stars undressing the enemies when they show up again, except for the main girl, who apparently doesn’t wear underwear. The girl’s name is Matome. Unlike the game though, it appears that those under the power of the Bugged Ones don’t vanish, they just revert to normal. 

THE GOOD

  • I thought this would be bad, but it’s a lot like Keijo, it knows it’s dumb and relishes in it
  • The battle sequences are actually really fucking good!
  • Niwaka and Arisa especially are very entertaining characters

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari (Ep.1)
Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

War. Death. It feels like we’re starting off at the final battle of a JRPG, maybe an MMORPG. The hero appears to fall and the villain demands who appears to be his daughter to give him a book and a fairy with her. 

Okay side note here, I nearly shut the show down right at this point cause I watched the villain get a moment away from literally squishing the fairy into mush in his hands. Wow that was a bit much, now I’m on edge with this show already, as you know most shows with violence are hard for me to get past.

So after hitting the hero once more, the girl’s screams suddenly activate the book, it splits in half, the fairy vanishes and the darkness begins to form. The good guys lost. There is now a massive violet shield around the castle as everyone retreats. The hero, Yuri is still recovering, the alliances formed to defeat the Black King have disbanded and are returning to their respective countries. The general feeling is very depressing and somber, admittedly making it hard for me to really get interested right at the start here and at the halfway mark, I’m currently considering a drop. Waking up, the girl with the book is in tears at his bedside and Yuri intends to just return home as well, the fight over. Another character plays the cliche thief helping the poor role and we revert back to Yuri. We see the land is dying and the people are pissed off at them for failing and leaving now. This is 18 minutes in and it’s literally been nothing but sadness. The darkness attacks the citizens and the other try to help, but the fog is weakening them. Yuri continues to hear the words “All shall be stained black.” in his head and watches as his friends continue to be in trouble. The thief however manages to keep fighting and eventually Yuri joins the battle. They naturally overcome the darkness. The thief introduces himself as Aram and the episode ends.

Okay this might be unpopular, given the current MAL rating for the show, but here’s how I am with anime. If your first episode doesn’t wow me and in this case, is extremely depressing pretty much the entire way through, it’s not staying with me. On top of that, nothing made any sense, there’s no establishment of who the characters are, the world or why all this happened at the start. Why did all these factions join up to fight one enemy? There’s literally no explanation for the opening, this felt like Episode 9 being done Week 1. I’m sorry, but this is just bad.

THE GOOD

  • That brief first-person fight sequence was neat
  • The character designs are really good

THE BAD

  • Nothing made sense, no motivations or backgrounds were given
  • Nothing but depression and you should not be having that in the first episode

Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)
Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We start off with Tetsuo, a professor who is studying demi-humans, who are indeed known to be in the world but are in small numbers and he has yet to meet one in person. It doesn’t take long for that to change when a new teacher arrives, a young (maybe) woman named Sakie, who is a succubus. We see that in the present day, there’s even welfare available to demi-humans who are struggling, so it appears literal racism isn’t as prevalent. He approaches her for the first time and it’s clear she’s trying to hold back her powers, dressing very unattractive (yet she’s still beautiful) and avoiding any action that could result in evoking sexual thoughts. However, he clearly met a demi-human before Sakie, a young blonde student with very suspicious hair. They meet again as she needs help carrying a student to the nurse’s office, the blonde revealing her name to be Hikari. Oh that student that needs help? It’s a dullahan without her head. Then another demi-human appears, a snow woman who apparently got too hot. Tetsuo is so confused that he knows three demi-humans now and then learns Hikari is a fourth, a vampire. Not long after, he meets her sister, Himari, but isn’t a demi-human. Forever he’s wanting to interview demi-humans and Hikari offers to do it easily so long as she’s allowed to hang out in his biology prep room, as we find she likes because it’s shaded and cooler. When he asks her about the normal stereotypes we link with vampires, she laughs at them, as she loves garlic, crosses are just fashion items and doesn’t need to drink blood, in fact she replaces that with tomato juice, though the government apparently does provide them with blood if need be. She equates those who can get by without ever drinking blood as humans do with vegetarians (except they think they’re amazing, I think they’re crazy). She admits she’s thought about drinking the snow woman’s blood, since she likes how cold she is. Even more interesting, she only wants to drink girls’ blood, potentially implying she might be gay, since she talks about drinking her blood in a semi-erotic manner, though she admits she’s just more nervous about drinking boys’ blood, since she’s yet to fall in love. She then gets a good chance to talk with Kyouka, the dullahan and they bond a bit through the troubles they have as demi-humans. So she gets the idea to bring her into Tetsuo’s office too. Kyouka’s definitely a far more shy girl and is relieved that he’s willing to talk to her as well. 

THE GOOD

  • This was super cute, I was hoping for a nice silly little slice of life kind of show, these always help me balance out my viewing when most shows are more story heavy and intensive
  • Hikari is a wonderfully fun and light-hearted girl
  • I’m glad that there’s a monster girl show where it’s not overly sexualized, it’s nice to have the balance

THE BAD

  • Absolutely nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 5/5

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Fuuka (Ep.1)
Fuuka (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

What a way to meet, a boy and a girl smacking into each other and she kicks his ass (and destroys his phone) for no reason. He goes home and his sisters tease him endlessly about his day, since he posts everything on Twitter, they knew everything that happened. He just lives with his sisters, but thankfully there’s no dead parents, they’re just overseas. It appears an old childhood friend of his is now a famous idol, her newest song hitting #1. The next day, he transfers to a new school and starts looking around. Naturally, the same girl who broke his phone is there and another misunderstanding occurs. The girl’s an old-school kind of girl, not owning a cell phone, listening to CDs. Back home, all of his sisters are parading around the house in their underwear or just a towel on, because that’s a thing. We also learn he never found his phone. The next day, he introduces himself to the class and naturally that girl is in his class as well. Later on, he finds a guy bullying her and despite what she’s done to him, he can’t help himself and intervenes. But as it turns out, he’s just trying to recruit her for the track team, so he runs off, embarrassed. She finds him and gives him the phone back and gives her name, Fuuka. He then stands on the rooftop, looking at two tickets to a romance flick his sister gave him. Fuuka sees them and is immediately interested, she’s also a big fan of his childhood friend’s music, which is featured in the movie. So they go see it together. They both don’t notice they’re at the meetup spot and go full stupid, not seeing each other. So she screams at the top of her lungs to finally get his attention and then she falls on him again. She then convinces him to play boyfriend/girlfriend with her just to get a charm. She gives him one of the charms before she leaves, claiming that it isn’t certain they won’t be a couple.  

THE GOOD

  • Very light-hearted, an easy watch, doesn’t require much of your attention, you just enjoy it
  • Fuuka minus her violent tendencies is a super fun character

THE BAD

  • I know it’s a normal anime thing, but the destruction of Yuu’s phone just cause he may have saw her panties…really?

Episode Score: 4/5

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Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)
Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

The plan was simple, a young angel who graduated with top marks is now taking school in the human world as they all do. She’s a real shining star of what to be as a perfect girl. But the moment she’s exposed to a video game, it all goes downhill from there. She’s convinced now her perfect self was a fake as an angel, so she intends to be a lazy gamer in the human world the rest of her life. She tries to cheat and teleport to school instead of walking, but she only sends her panties instead and now wants the world to burn and forget about what happened. She does eventually go to school and meets a girl intending on being an archdemon, who is shocked to discover how deplorable the angel is. Her name’s Satanichia and she’s amazing. The tiniest thing is the most evil to her. The teacher however, is pretty damn scary! Back with Gabriel, her friend Vigne is not happy that she didn’t show up for shopping with her, so she breaks in and forces her to clean her room finally instead. Gabriel comes to the realization they’re both like opposites, she’s really a demon and Vigne’s really an angel, based on how they act in the world. A cockroach interrupts and the room is destroyed in response. We’re then back with Satania, who’s fighting a dog for her melon bread and some new girl who’s probably an angel. It appears this girl however really likes to fuck with people. Gabriel knows her, Raphiel, that friend from the start of the episode when she was still in Heaven. She piques Vigne’s interest, at least until she offers melon bread to Satania, if she licks her foot like a dog.

THE GOOD

  • Satania to me is the one who’s gonna steal this show
  • I like the character designs a lot with this one

THE BAD

  • The concept itself is not bad, they just need to push the lazy Gabriel a little further, she’s not interesting and funny enough at this point

Episode Score: 4/5

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Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Debuts next week

THE GOOD

  • N/A

THE BAD

  • N/A

Episode Score: N/A


Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Debuts next week

THE GOOD

  • N/A

THE BAD

  • N/A

Episode Score: N/A


Little Witch Academia (Ep.1)
Little Witch Academia (Ep.1)

I am absolutely shocked that this didn’t get picked up on Crunchyroll, this seemed like the biggest no-brainer on the list! So naturally, since I don’t have any other way of watching it, I guess I’m sadly taking this off the list…

Episode Score: N/A ***DROPPED***


Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)
Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Masamune is being a little narcissistic in the mirror when his sister interrupts. Also, his mother is tiny, looks younger than the rest of them. He clearly is watching his weight, not willing to eat anything high in calories. He believes that if you’re not attractive, you’re not human. He’s transferred into a new school and after a week, he’s already the talk of the school, making girls’ panties wet just from the sight of him. We then see a public confession of love, where the girl in question completely ruins the life of the boy. The school calls her the Cruel Princess. Then he crosses paths with her not long after. He’s completely distracted the rest of the day, but being the pretty boy he is, he gets away with it and the girls around him in his class are happy to help him. The Cruel Princess shows up again, she grabs him by the tie, demanding to know if a certain person is there. When he reveals himself, she wrecks him the same way she did the other boy earlier. The classmates tell him her name and that brings flashbacks to him. He knows her. So he follows her until she’s alone and finally approaches her, though losing her along the way. He finds the girl who usually is with her and in doing so, finds Aki. He gets scared by a spider and reveals himself to the two girls. Apparently Aki has a massive appetite and gets really embarrassed about it. This only makes Masamune grin further. It appears from then on, he starts becoming friendly with her, or at least that’s what they think, according to him she’s been mean to him ever since. It’s clear she treats her friend Yoshino terribly as well, making her buy her food all the time. It’s to the point she’s weak, having trouble sleep. So when she sends her off for food, she’s suddenly attacked by the Pudding Prince she nicknamed in class earlier in the episode, pissed off that she accepted Masamune’s letter but not his. He’s about to cut her hair, when Masamune arrives just in time. He gets a wound on his hand for grabbing this scissors. As it turns out, he was fat as a child and fell in love with Aki, but she rejected him and called him Pig’s Foot. So his plan is to make her fall in love with him, so he can reject her and get his revenge. The next day, he gets a letter in his locker and it reads “Pig’s Foot”.

THE GOOD

  • The concept of a guy getting revenge on a girl for rejecting him is a really interesting one
  • The main cast thus far all are interesting, the dynamic between Aki and Masamune will surely grow over the season

THE BAD

  • I feel like the episode would’ve done better to explain the past when he first heard Aki’s name, we went a good ten minutes not knowing what was going on

Episode Score: 4/5

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Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.1)
Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

This show was added to the list in response of the sheer number of shows dropped because they’re not available on Crunchyroll where I do all my viewing. Hopefully it’s worth keeping aboard!

Hiromi reminds me a lot of Hane from Bakuon!! and as it turns out, it’s the same voice actress. She’s moved to a new place and is starting a new school, usual slice of life plot. She’s riding her old childhood bike for the first time in years and apparently forgot how to ride one completely. Naturally, her idiocy causes her to crash and meets another girl who goes to the same school, Tomoe. She tries to help teach Hiromi, but it seems this girl is beyond bad. But finally they manage to make some sort of progress before they’re too late for school. She shows her around the town for a bit along the way. We switch to another girl who’s clearly a racer but also appears to be trying to get to that school as well, though she looks older and could be a teacher. Finally at school, they discover they’re in the same class, of course, otherwise this first half would’ve been pointless. It appears to be an all-girls school as well. Of course too, the woman from earlier, Shiki is their homeroom teacher. She gives them a welcoming speech, the whole you can do anything kind of one. On the way home, they’re passed by several cyclists and Hiromi looks at them in awe. Naturally, this means Tomoe needs to train her more if she wants to get better. As it turns out as well, Hiromi had actually never been on a bike without training wheels before this episode.

THE GOOD

  • Having that familiarity with Reina Ueda as Hiromi makes this an easy show for me to give a shot
  • It’s a calm watch

THE BAD

  • I want to see a little more next week from this show, there just wasn’t enough to really sink my teeth into this first episode

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.14)
Nanbaka (Ep.14)

SYNOPSIS

Surprise! Nanbaka is still going on!

Things haven’t changed a bit either, well except in this episode, someone different is singing the lyrics (assuming it’s one of the voice actors). But Jyugo is still constantly escaping, usually for a better place to sleep. Momoko hasn’t changed a bit either, schoolgirl-ing when she knows Hajime’s coming to visit and report about Jyugo’s recent escape. When Mitsuru messes with her though (a picture of Hajime on his face, she whips his ass all over the room. Naturally, Hajime comes in after this, sees the blood on her face and runs off. Mitsuru as the narrator keeps flipping to different buildings to find some action, but it’s either heartwarming stuff or information already revealed in the first season, much to his dismay. He moves onto the guards instead, the inmates giving him nothing, but it’s not much different, just the idiots arguing with each other. Finally we think someone’s about to attack Hajime, but it’s just Kuu, the cat. I don’t know if this was revealed last season, but Kuu is Hajime’s cat. More shenanigans ensue around Kuu and Momoko specifically, a flood of comedy. Then everyone suffers from Random Hair Colour Syndrome and everyone freaks out. Mitsuru sadly realizes the show is a comedy anime and gets frustrated about it as the show is coming to a close. 

THE GOOD

  • Kuu is amazing, I love him
  • The random hair colour debacle created some really stupid looking hairstyles, I loved it
  • All the best of Nanbaka’s comedy was on display this week

THE BAD

  • Not a thing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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One Room (Ep.1)
One Room (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

To possibly debut next week, not picked up by Crunchyroll yet

THE GOOD

  • N/A

THE BAD

  • N/A

Episode Score: N/A


Tales of Zestiria the X 2nd Season (Ep.1)
Tales of Zestiria the X 2nd Season (Ep.1)

So I was hoping that with the Crunchyroll/Funimation merge of products, this would get carried over to Crunchyroll and it hasn’t. I no longer have a Funimation account now and since I don’t like illegally watching shows, unfortunately this show unless it suddenly shows up on Crunchyroll, will not be part of my weekly posts now. Which sucks, cause I miss Alisha.

Episode Score: N/A ***DROPPED***


Urara Meirochou (Ep.1)
Urara Meirochou (Ep.1)

Another show that didn’t get picked up by Crunchyroll. Really sucks to have so many shows off the board this season when last season that pretty much didn’t happen at all.

Episode Score: N/A ***DROPPED***


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)
Youjo Senki (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Now I know I didn’t review this one in the previews, but I heard a lot of interesting things about this show before the season started, so I’ve added it to the list. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about it, so let’s just watch and find out.

Reminiscent of I think World War I, we see the harsh realities of war. Except mages exist in this war. The leader of the mages, is a young blonde-haired girl and holy fuck does she look like an evil motherfucker! Her name is Tanya, the platoon leader. While renaming everything, the enemy is from Germany, we’re to assume Tanya and company are from Russia. The leaders talk about the fallout and the current situation at the Rhine Theater, where they estimate half their soldiers have been killed already. Back with Tanya, two corporals disobey her orders during the fight so after the battle, she sends them home. When they refuse her orders again, she’s about to kill them, but the other girl, Viktoriya manages to stop her before it’s too late. She finds out afterwards the two were instead sent to the rear. With an important mission coming up, Tanya wants Viktoriya to stay behind, clearly exhausted, but she manages to convince her to let her continue to fight. Tanya charges at the enemy mages alone, 10 to 1, yet she takes them out with ease. The Republic (Germany) learn of their failure and destruction at the hands of a single young girl. We also find out those two corporals even though they were sent to the rear, they were killed. And it turns out she sent them there on purpose, knowing they’d be killed. 

THE GOOD

  • Tanya is a horrific, yet interesting character
  • The realities of war were on full display

THE BAD

  • I want a lot more than just war battles from this anime, I don’t feel like there’s any story yet, it’s just “look how badass this little girl is!”

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Week #13 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #13 has arrived with this Fall anime season. What’s in store this week?!

As always I’m live reacting (though typing it out to be posted later) to each episode I watch and going over what happens in each episode with the occasional quip and joke here and there. So for those trying to avoid spoilers, this entire article is full of them!


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Flip Flappers (Ep.13)

SYNOPSIS

We see that Papika was entrusted with Cocona and Mimi disappeared and that’s when for whatever reason, she aged backwards back to her child form. Papika also lost her memories at that moment and “met Cocona” for the first time. Back to the present, Mimi’s still very much evil, so the two girls continue fighting. Mimi’s gotten even more crazy, looking more like a literal monster every passing second. Yayaka tries to get involved too, but she doesn’t have the power levels to really fight back. Meanwhile, the real world is nearly completely engulfed in Pure Illusion, everyone barely staying intact. Salt plans to create another layer around Pure Illusion and gets into the prototype machine. Mimi now completely traps the girls inside her own monster when Salt suddenly appears, the ground around him black and lifeless. When Mimi freaks out again, the world starts to break and when Yayaka nearly falls into the abyss, Uexkull shows up in badass buff rabbit form again and saves her. Mimi plans to destroy everything and rebuild it again. To make matters worse, she Flip Flaps into her own evil final form. Finally, we get the revelation that Salt is indeed Cocona’s father, the “good form” of Mimi with him, telling him to trust in their dear friend and their child. The two girls make up and once again defeat evil Mimi in one shot. Salt gets Mimi to forgive him for everything before he disappears, unable to stay in Pure Illusion anymore. However, Mimi for whatever reason cannot leave Pure Illusion. Then for some reason, Papika sends Cocona out of Pure Illusion and stays behind. Cocona wakes up in an unfamiliar place with Sayuri. When she asks where Papika is, Sayuri starts by telling her not to freak out. Why? Because Pure Illusion can no longer be reached. Seeing Yayaka, she can’t go in either and has Uexkull at her home, who looks like a normal rabbit now. To find out for herself, she goes to see if the scar is still there and Papika suddenly appears, revealing that in actuality all this is, is another world of Pure Illusion. So they return home.

THE GOOD

  • Badass Uexkull returns!

THE BAD

  • This episode once again just ended everything so suddenly and not really explaining anything, stuff just happens
  • Salt being in the world should’ve meant so much more and how does the show actually end without him embracing his own daughter?!
  • Abrupt ending

Episode Score: 3.5/5

FINAL OVERALL SCORE: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.13)

Elf boy found Jyugo again, but he doesn’t remember him at all. And then the elf stabs him, cause why the fuck not? Yet there isn’t a scratch on him, but he sure as hell felt it. Once the elf brings up the man with the scar though, he’s got his full attention now. When he demands to be taken to that bastard, the elf attacks him. It appears that someone let him out of the lab where he was being kept, but it’s not known who. About to kill him, one arm activates on Jyugo in defense. He talks about Musashi, but he doesn’t know a thing about him, making me wonder if this elf is a clone. When he’s about to activate the second arm, the elf retreats. He wants to give chase, but doesn’t and Hajime makes sure of that as well. The next day, Jyugo’s really silent and waits till the end of the night to sneak out again, but since he’s acting strange, the other three keep an eye on him and go with him this time. So they have a prison break together for the first time in a while. Just like the first episode, they escape everything, but Hajime lies in wait. This time however, Jyugo locks the other three behind and faces Hajime alone. They realize he’s actually seriously this time about escaping, as Jyugo doesn’t want the elf to be around here where all his friends are. He’s got both blades out and aiming for him. The others plead with Seitarou to let them out and stop him, but he won’t. Eventually though when things are getting bad, he lets them out and Rock and Uno get in between the two of them. He tells them how he’s doing this so he won’t lose them and then Nico knocks him down, the other two pinning him down. They all make their case for him staying with them, well except Uno, he’s pissed now because Jyugo scratched his face. So it appears the show’s being written for a Season 2!

THE GOOD

  • Jyugo’s really becoming his own person now, with his own motivations

THE BAD

  • The ending left a little too much to be desired, nothing really got closed up

Episode Score: 3/5

FINAL OVERALL SCORE: 4/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

With people seeing Poco with his ears and tail, he runs off suddenly. While chasing after him, Souta’s leg gives out and Poco stops running. He suddenly brings Souta back to the past when his father was still alive, he’d been watching Souta the entire time and they’d met long before. And he’s also the reason Souta hurt his leg, saving the tanuki Poco from being struck by a car, thus injuring himself. Poco continues to show him memories, trying to establish how much his father loved him, when Souta used to believe he didn’t care about him. This only makes Souta more upset though that he never said anything to his father before he died. So while I’m unsure if it’s real or just in Souta’s mind, Poco arranges a chance for them to speak. His father’s proud of him for what he’s done with his life. He also gets the old family recipe book that his father specifically wrote for Souta when he grew up. More memories of his life ensue before his father leaves him, saying he’ll always be watching over him. However, because of this, Poco now no longer can become human and realizes his time is up and he vanishes as well. The next day, Souta goes to see the priest about Poco, who had his suspicions the entire time. He calls Dahama and informs him he will be staying in Kagawa for good. With Shinobu and Rinko, she’s gotten better at cooking too! There was a moment where there may have been no photos of Poco, but when he found Dad’s camera, he accidentally took a single photo of the two of them, though Poco is blurry in the photo. Souta is now learning to make his father’s udon, not to re-open the restaurant, but just for his own nostalgia. After the credits, we see that a tanuki is messing around in the neighbour’s field again, though nothing more happens. 

THE GOOD

  • The heartstrings are really being tugged in this final episode
  • A nice ending that while doesn’t wrap everything up, you do feel a sense of closure

THE BAD

  • I was hoping to see a little more into Souta’s future, maybe fast-forwarding to a couple years later and he’d found someone and they’re about to have a child of their own, Souta becoming a father for real

Episode Score: 4.5/5

FINAL OVERALL SCORE: 4.5/5

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Winter 2017 Anime Preview

So we are just a couple weeks away from the start of the 2017 winter anime season! So before we get to the end of this current season, it’s time for me to preview all the anime listed to air during this season and see where my interest is at for each of them.

Before we get started however, I’m laying down a few ground rules:

  • If a show is a second season or further and I haven’t either watched the anime yet or dropped the previous season, I will not be previewing those shows.
  • I will try to preview as many as I can, but there may be a couple where the synopsis may turn me off before even clicking the link to the trailer.
  • Please understand that these trailers are all in Japanese and usually don’t come with subtitles, so a lot of what I talk about is more what I see and perceive rather than what’s actually being said and going on in the trailer.
  • Also understand that I am deciding on shows based on my own personal tastes. Obviously there will be shows you think are at the top of your list, but they don’t interest me and vice-versa.
  • At the end of each preview I will give the show a “Yay” or “Nay”. Should be self-explanatory as to which one means I’ll be watching those shows
  • And for any show that does get previewed on this list, even if I give it the go-ahead, if it’s not on Crunchyroll where I can easily access it on my PS4 (which makes my screencaps really easy too), I will not watch it and will not have it on my weekly reviews. I’m aware there are other routes, but my time is limited and I also don’t like resorting to torrents and such.

Anyways, let’s get this show on the road!


ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka

SYNOPSIS

The kingdom of Dowa, which is subdivided into 13 states, is celebrating its monarch’s 99th birthday. These thirteen states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant organization known as ACCA. Within ACCA, Jean Otis is the second-in-command of the inspection agency. His agency has 10 people placed in each of the 13 states, with a central office in the capital city. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state’s ACCA office flowing towards the central office. Jin also often has business trips from the capital to the other districts, to check on the situation and personnel there.

(Source: MangaHelpers)

THOUGHTS – YAY

While thus far, police/spy anime really haven’t gotten my attention much, aside from Bungo Stray Dogs, but that’s due to its over-the-top comedy, I still continue to have enough interest in these kinds of shows to at least give the series a single episode shot. I’m not confident it will gain my attention, but who knows, maybe this is the one that finally lures me in.


Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

SYNOPSIS

The Akiba’s Trip games take place in a reproduction of Tokyo’s Akihabara district, where the player must fight vampires by tearing off their clothes and exposing them to the sunlight.

(Source: game franchise summary via Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

It’s going to be trash, I know it is. The game is so bad it’s good, so I have to think the anime will be the same. I’m hoping this show will yield similar results to what Keijo!!!!!!!! did for me last season, being a show that knows it’s a fanservice anime and revels in it and laughs at itself when doing so.

The only thing I admit that worries me, is that I’m a bit unsure about how I feel with the show’s animation style. It seems almost a bit too cartoonish, like it’s supposed to be a kids anime.


BanG Dream!

SYNOPSIS

Kasumi Toyama felt a fateful meeting with a star-shaped guitar in a pawnshop one day. There are four girls who, like Kasumi, have a dream of looking for a place that can spark them.

(Source: MAL News)

THOUGHTS – NAY

What was going to determine whether I would be interested in the show or not was the music. And the music in the trailer was bad, the kind of J-Pop idol music that causes blood to spill out of my ears. I thought having the girl with such a badass guitar, the music might be badass too, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Booooooooooooo!!!


Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari

SYNOPSIS

No synopsis available, show is based off a mobile game.

THOUGHTS – YAY

If that’s the animation style throughout the show, it’s gonna have to be pretty bad to get me to drop it. Why? Because the animation looks like the current Fire Emblem games’ cutscenes, which by the way…BADASS!!! So yeah, by looks alone, I’m curious as to what this show’s about.


Demi-chan wa Kataritai

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x533jlv

SYNOPSIS

Monsters of legend walk among us, going by the name “demi-humans.” Ever since he’s discovered the “demis,” one young man has become obsessed with them. So when he gets a job as a teacher at a high school for demi-girls, it’s a dream come true! But these demis, who include a rambunctious vampire, a bashful headless girl, and a succubus, have all the problems normal teenagers have, on top of their supernatural conditions. How to handle a classroom full of them?!

(Source: Kodansha Comics)

THOUGHTS – YAY

The moment I saw the headless girl, I was sold on it. Now I don’t expect this show to be anywhere near as ecchi-ridden as Monster Musume was, but because of that show, I’m certainly more than open to a show where one guy deals with several monster girls, granted this one is more centered around demi-humans rather than monsters, but either way, I’m far more open to the concept than I was before.


ēlDLIVE

SYNOPSIS

Chuuta Kokonose is an orphan who lives with his aunt. For as long as he can remember he’s had a voice in his head, but other than that he’s a normal boy – right until the day when a strangely-looking thing follows him home and teleports him to a place filled with more fantastic creatures. It’s a space police station, and Rein Brickke, the Chief of Solar System Department, tells him that he’s been chosen by the computer as a possible candidate to join the police force, although Misuzu Sonokata, a girl from Chuuta’s school with an angelic face and ill temper who turns out to be one of Rein Brickke’s subordinates, doesn’t think him suitable for such a job. Chuuta, who was shocked at first, decides to take aptitude test after being urged by the voice in his head and to prove Misuzu wrong.

(Source: MyAnimeList)

THOUGHTS – NAY

While I really like the animation style and the music was pretty badass, I cannot get past the idea in my head that this is a kids anime and that immediately turns me off the idea. Especially given that this is also a shounen anime, which I have really never has much success with watching, there’s just too many things about the show that make me positive it’s not for me.


Fuuka

SYNOPSIS

New meetings always come suddenly! The protagonist, Yuu Haruna, moves into a new town where he meets a somewhat strange girl who doesn’t have a cell phone. The girl, Fuuka, seems to have a strange allure that draws people to her, very much like a summer breeze. Looks like Yuu has been caught up in one wild love story!

(Source: Crunchyroll)

THOUGHTS – YAY

The ecchi is there to at least grab my attention, which since I’m simple and like keeping my ecchi show count high just to piss off feminists and anime purists alike. My only worry is the vibe I’m getting from the show is similar to shows like ReLIFE, which have burned me in the past as well. I’m going in with low expectations and hoping this one flies in under the radar.


Gabriel Dropout

SYNOPSIS

Chief Angel has come to Earth! However, she became so used to the life on Earth that she skips school and keeps playing online games, thus into self-destruction. It’s a school comedy that Gabriel turns into a lazy angel!

(Source: MAL News)

THOUGHTS – YAY

The synopsis has me very curious. It’s almost like it’s as if Umaru from Himouto! Umaru-Chan! is now an angel instead of a regular human. The animation and character designs are all pretty good too, so there’s a lot for me to like here. Hopefully the comedy’s good and that’ll keep the show in my good graces.


Hand Shakers

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4xeawe

SYNOPSIS

The anime takes place in Osaka in “AD20XX,” and revolves around the Hand Shakers — partners who can summon “Nimrodes,” weapons born from their deep psyche by joining hands. In order to grant the pair’s wish, the Hand Shakers compete with and fight other Hand Shaker pairs. The top pair will then meet and challenge “God.”

“They, the receivers of the Revelation of Babel. They, the challengers to God.
They, who inevitably throw themselves into battle with their partners. What does God want from them?
And did they want powers exceeding that of Gods? The chosen ones, their souls linked, join hand and hand for the Ziggurat where the fighting shall ensue.”

(Source: ANN)

THOUGHTS – NAY

I can’t get past the “Nimrodes” name. Then to make it worst, I don’t like the animation style, the emphasis on hand holding is bugging me and for fuck’s sake, any anime that ends with fighting “God” just turns me off of it. So yeah, way too much I don’t like here, not interested in the slightest.


Kemono Friends

SYNOPSIS

The story takes place in Japari Park, a “gigantic integrated zoo.” In the zoo, due to the mysterious “sand star” substance, the animals start turning into human-shaped creatures called Animal Girls. Japari Park is a place where many people visit and have fun at, but one day a lost child wanders into the park. The lost child starts a journey to return, but because so many Animal Girls join in on the quest it becomes an unexpected grand adventure.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

Probably a kids anime and a short. I also don’t like the animation style much either. Not much else to talk about, just not interested in this one.


Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

–No trailer available–

SYNOPSIS

Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end!

(Source: Seven Seas)

THOUGHTS – YAY

I’ve been very fortunate over the last year of anime with slice of life shows and the plot to this one sounds like a funny one that’ll be another nice sit-down sort of show. Hopefully I’m right without a trailer available to give me an idea of this.


Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

SYNOPSIS

After a traffic accident, Kazuma Sato’s disappointingly brief life was supposed to be over, but he wakes up to see a beautiful girl before him. She claims to be a goddess, Aqua, and asks if he would like to go to another world and bring only one thing with him. Kazuma decides to bring the goddess herself, and they are transported to a fantasy world filled with adventure, ruled by a demon king. Now Kazuma only wants to live in peace, but Aqua wants to solve many of this world’s problems, and the demon king will only turn a blind eye for so long…

(Source: Crunchyroll)

THOUGHTS – YAY

One of a few shows I’m watching the next season of, Konosuba was a super funny show last winter that kept me in stitches after many of their episodes. Hopefully this time around the season isn’t so short, it was weird having the show just suddenly stop at 10 episodes rather than the traditional 12 or 13. If you haven’t checked this show out yet, you really should if you’re looking for a slapstick sort of comedy.


Kuzu no Honkai

SYNOPSIS

17-year-old Awaya Mugi and Yasuraoka Hanabi appear to be the ideal couple. They are both pretty popular, and they seem to suit each other well. However, outsiders don’t know of the secret they share. Both Mugi and Hanabi have hopeless crushes on someone else, and they are only dating each other to soothe their loneliness. Mugi is in love with Minagawa Akane, a young teacher who used to be his home tutor. Hanabi is also in love with a teacher, a young man who has been a family friend since she was little. In each other, they find a place where they can grieve for the ones they cannot have, and they share a loneliness-driven physical intimacy. Will things stay like this for them forever?

(Source: MangaHelpers)

THOUGHTS – NAY

I’m probably going to be wrong on this front, it’ll probably be a fan-favourite knowing my luck. But from the plot and the preview, I get too many vibes of a show like Orange that I got completely turned off of after a single episode. Generally speaking, romance anime just bore the hell out of me, so due to my own personal biases, I can’t convince myself that this show is interesting to me and therefore worth watching.


Little Witch Academia (TV)

SYNOPSIS

The story revolves around Akko, who as a child watched the witch Shiny Chariot perform a show, and from then on dreamed of becoming a witch. She enters the Luna Nova Academy, a school for witches that Shiny Chariot attended. In this new town she meets new friends and starts a new school life. At the school she has lessons on riding brooms and the wonder of magic, but Akko and her friends Lotte and Sucy keep getting wrapped up in tumultuous events.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

It’s a Trigger anime, of course I’m going to watch at least the first episode.


Masamune-kun no Revenge

SYNOPSIS

As an overweight child, Makabe Masamune was mercilessly teased and bullied by one particular girl, Adagaki Aki. Determined to one day exact his revenge upon her, Makabe begins a rigorous regimen of self-improvement and personal transformation.

Years later, Masamune re-emerges as a new man. Handsome, popular, with perfect grades and good at sports, Masamune-kun transfers to Aki’s school, and is unrecognizable to her. Now, Masamune-kun is ready to confront the girl who bullied him so many years ago and humiliate her at last. But will revenge be as sweet as he thought?

(Source: manga synopsis via Seven Seas Entertainment)

THOUGHTS – YAY

I really like the concept of this show, I just hope the show can back it up with some comedy, a good set of characters (as I’m afraid Masamune might be an easily hate-able main character) and maybe a little ecchi to spice it up.


One Room

No trailer available–

SYNOPSIS

The series will tell “three stories raised in your (one) room.”

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

I have a feeling this is going to end up as a short, but who knows. The reason I’m giving this the green light is solely based on the art, as while I can’t recall the name of this artist, I know the style very well and love it, so I’m at least curious to see where it’s going.


Seiren

SYNOPSIS

The anime is an omnibus work that will consist of four-episode arcs focusing on each of the main heroines. The three planned story arcs will focus on Hikari Tsuneki, Touru Miyamae, and Kyouko Touno. The love stories take place in the summer of the main characters’ second year of high school. The protagonist Shouichi is anxious about growing up, and his homeroom teacher calls him to talk about his career plans. Shouichi meets various girls and heads to an unknown future.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

Like with Kuzu no Honkai, I’m getting the Orange vibe from the show that’s burned me before, so from this feeling, once again I feel confident that it’s a show that won’t really click with me. I will admit though the animation looks really nice with this show.


Tales of Zestiria the X 2nd Season

SYNOPSIS

Sorey is a human youth who grew up among the “seraphim” (tenzoku), spiritual beings not visible to humans. Sorey believes in the folklore that says “long ago, every human was able to see the seraphim” and dreams of unraveling the ancient mystery to make the world a place where people and seraphim can live together in peace.

One day, Sorey visits the human capital for the very first time. He becomes embroiled in an incident during which he pulls out a holy sword imbedded in a rock and ends up becoming a “Shepherd,” one who casts away calamity from the world. He begins to realize the gravity of his mission, and his dream of coexistence between mankind and the seraphim becomes more intense—

And thus, the Shepherd embarks on an amazing journey with his companions.

(Source: official English website)

THOUGHTS – YAY

Second season of a really good (and holy shit is it ever beautiful!) show, hoping it can keep up what it started in its first season.


Urara Meirochou

–No trailer available–

SYNOPSIS

This is Meiro-machi (Labyrinth Town), the town of fortune-telling. In town, there is a fortune-telling shop called Urara, where girls aspiring to be fortune-tellers come from all over the country. Chiya, who was raised in the mountains, comes to the town with a purpose, but what is it exactly? There, she meets Kon who is always serious, Koume who loves all things western, and the shy Nono. Their fun days of living together as apprentice fortune-tellers are about to begin.

(Source: MyAnimeList)

THOUGHTS – YAY

Likely a short, but anything that sounds like a silly comedy to me gets my attention. The character designs also grab my attention a little bit, so even without a trailer, there’s something keeping me curious as to what this show is.


And that’s it! So at this time, the total number of shows I’ll be watching at the start of the winter season will be…13!

Wow, this number ended up being a lot smaller than I was anticipating. A large part of it is due to now that I’ve had over a full year under my belt of catching every simulcast, there’s a lot of shows that are sequels to shows I didn’t like, which reduces the list a lot more. That and honestly, since my free time has lessened recently, I’m becoming harsher and harsher with each show, not wanting to waste time with shows I’m not looking forward to watching every week. Now because the number’s so low to start, if I happen to hear a show I haven’t greenlit is really good, I might check it out and if it is good, I’ll add it to the list the following week. But as of right now, I expect the number to start at 13 and get to 10 and maybe even lower after the first 2-3 weeks.

See you in January!