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Fall 2016 Anime Awards

So the fall anime season has ended (or at least every show has had their 12-13 episodes), so an awards show is in order! These awards will be for both the good and the bad of this season’s anime, nothing I watched this season gets a free pass!

NOTE: So because I ended up watching less shows after the first week, a lot of the ‘Worst’ categories may have less than the usual 5 nominees in them.


Worst OP

“NENTEN” by Mili – Bloodivores

“Ashita no Tsubasa” by Yoko Ishida – Brave Witches

“Serendipity” by ZAQ – Flip Flappers

Winner: Brave Witches

The problem with the Brave Witches OP isn’t even that it’s bad per se, it’s just so unoriginal, it sounds like every other cliche anime song ever written. There’s nothing unique about it, there’s nothing catchy about it, it’s just your standard run-of-the-mill anime opening. Which I guess fits for an anime that I found extremely boring this season for the few episodes I watched of it.


Worst Story

Bloodivores

Flip Flappers

Izetta, The Last Witch

Winner: Bloodivores

While I’d love to nail Izetta for being non-sensical towards the point I dropped it and Flip Flappers for making zero sense all the time, Bloodivores literally at no point ever made any sense to me and as an added bonus, wasn’t even that interesting. At least Flip Flappers was cool to watch! Bloodivores on the other hand just throws random shit at you, doesn’t explain a damn thing about it and just expects you to go with it. I don’t care if everything got explained in say…Episode 8 or something (I don’t know what happens beyond the episode I dropped it at), you can’t take that long to explain major plot points in an anime, especially when it’s not that interesting to begin with.


Biggest Disappointment

Brave Witches

Izetta, The Last Witch

Tiger Mask W

Winner: Brave Witches

I was really looking forward to this show as I loved the Strike Witches series. So when every single character in the show had what I felt was zero personality, I was beyond disappointed by the show. Not only that, but they write the main character as being a placeholder and completely useless for the first quarter of the entire show. At least Yoshika in Brave Witches was capable early on, she had the magical power to make up for her lack of experience. Hikari literally has nothing.


Best Start, Shit Finish

Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Drifters

Nanbaka

Winner: Nanbaka

I know this show was more of a comedy anime, but when a major plot point in the show never gets remotely closed, I’m a little annoyed by that. While Drifters’ ending was a bit light on closure and Bubuki’s ending just got stitched together, Nanbaka literally turns around and walks away from the story they were telling at the start of the final episode. Sure, it was a nice moment watching the four break out of prison together again, but what happened to the elf and the man with the scar? Completely bypassed at the end.


Worst Male Character

Liu Mi – Bloodivores

Azuma Kazuki – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Jyugo – Nanbaka

Winner: Azuma Kazuki

Last season, the award when to Bubuki as well, but with Hiiragi. This time around, Azuma’s getting hit for just being so boring and not really offering anything beyond being the character who is always depressed and needs the quirky females and the jackass male to get him back to reality. Azuma literally could be replaced by anyone and you wouldn’t notice he was gone. Man! This show has such great characters, why are the bad male ones only the main two?! 


Worst Female Character

Naoe Kanno – Brave Witches

Laetitia – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Cocona – Flip Flappers

Usagi Tsukishita – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Koyori Tsumujikaze – Scorching Ping Pong Girls

Winner: Koyori Tsumujikaze

Koyori isn’t necessarily a bad person, but she’s a kind of character I absolutely cannot stand in anime anymore. She’s the character that is apparently really good at whatever she does, but only when she’s about to lose and then she stumbles her way into winning, like she’s the best ping pong player ever. I’m so sick and tired of this, either have her be a really good player from the start, or have her on the path of getting better as the show moves on. Stop it with the whole “Oh no, I’m about to get destroyed in this match, better start playing for realsies now!” bullshit! It’s not interesting at all.


Worst Show

Brave Witches

Girlish Number

March Comes in Like a Lion

Scorching Ping Pong Girls

Tiger Mask W

Winner: Tiger Mask W

I wanted a wrestling anime. Instead what I got was a shitty Saturday morning cartoon level of wrestling anime that made no fucking sense whatsoever, had terrible writing, terrible characters and a terrible overall feeling around it. Not even New Japan Pro Wrestling characters can save this show in my opinion, it’s beyond bad.


Best OP

“Gospel of the Throttle” by Minutes Til Midnight – Drifters

“DREAM×SCRAMBLE!” by AiRI – Keijo!!!!!!!!

“Answer” by BUMP OF CHICKEN – March Comes in Like a Lion

“Rin! Rin! Hi! Hi!” by Hashiguchikanaderiya hugs The Super Ball – Nanbaka

“S.O.S.” by WEAVER – Poco’s Udon World

Winner: Nanbaka

This is actually the first opening theme music for an anime that after the moment I heard it, I tried to Google how to play it on my guitar. The opening guitar riff is just so damn good and once the vocals kick in, the song becomes very light-hearted and bouncy and on top of that, super catchy. Couple that with the vibrant colours and animation in the OP and you’ve got a fantastic winner this season for Best OP!


Best Art Direction

Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Bungo Stray Dogs

Drifters

Flip Flappers

Nanbaka

Winner: Drifters

Look, I’d love to give this to the other four shows because all of them have great art styles and animation, but I have to be completely biased and give this to Kouta Hirano for Drifters. I absolutely adore this art style and had missed it dearly since Hellsing Ultimate, so upon Drifters finally coming out, I was sold on it from day one and enjoyed it all the way through. It also made me attracted to a male character (Yoichi) and that doesn’t happen very often!


Best Character Design

Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Bungo Stray Dogs

Drifters

Keijo!!!!!!!!

Nanbaka

Winner: Nanbaka

When it comes to unique character design however, I do have to give the award to Nanbaka for its vibrant, colourful, wacky over-the-top character designs. Hair that defies gravity so well, Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII would be proud. Every character looked unique, no one felt like a copy of another. It’s very rare to find that in anime, most characters tend to be loosely copied from one another, in Nanbaka however, there’s just no one close to each other. And I love it! Even if there’s literally only one female character in the entire show!


Best Story

Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Bungo Stray Dogs

Drifters

Keijo!!!!!!!!

Poco’s Udon World

Winner: Poco’s Udon World

It’s really the only show where I was fully invested in the story it was telling all the way through the show’s season. Each show otherwise had moments where I drifted off and just watched it for the entertainment value, in the case of Poco’s Udon World, I never strayed away from the emotional story it was telling the entire way through. Almost cried a few times during the season as well.


Funniest Show

Drifters

Keijo!!!!!!!!

My Wife is the Student Council President

Nanbaka

Poco’s Udon World

Winner: Keijo!!!!!!!!

Look, if I made a list of all the butt and boob puns throughout the season, you’d understand why. “Shoryucans”?! I’m done.


Most WTF?! Inducing Show

Bungo Stray Dogs

Drifters

Flip Flappers

Keijo!!!!!!!!

Nanbaka

Winner: Flip Flappers

Sometimes a WTF moment is shocking, story-related, or just really funny. But in Flip Flappers’ case, the WTF is literally just that, what the fuck?! I don’t know what the hell I was watching the majority of the time, all I knew was that it looked cool and beautiful, that’s all. 


Best Ecchi

Brave Witches

Flip Flappers

Izetta, The Last Witch

Keijo!!!!!!!!

My Wife is the Student Council President

Winner: My Wife is the Student Council President

It’s a show that’s basically one step away from just being hentai, of course it’s going to have the best ecchi. Keijo!!!!!!!! came close, but you just can’t compete with actual bare breasts and loads of sexual tension.


Best Screencap

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— No. That, is, CTHULHU!!! — Bungo Stray Dogs

 

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— The greatest anime villain ever: BDSM Midna — Flip Flappers

 

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— Do I even need to say anything? — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

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— How all cats are, let’s be honest — March Comes in Like a Lion

 

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— It’s a badass black cat with a badass scar and a badass hat. What else do you want?! – Nanbaka

 

Winner: March Comes in Like a Lion

I’m a cat lover so that picture really says a lot about what’s really going on with cats. While the show bored me, this moment was one I’ve shown to a lot of friends and they all loved it too and fully agree with it. It’s just such a great display of realism mixed with comedy.


Sexiest Screencap

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— The younger sister TOTALLY just checking out the scar under her breasts and nothing else… — Brave Witches

 

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— What I’ve been waiting so long for with Kinoa and Shizuru! — Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

 

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— Apparently even in a professional match, you gotta save time for pleasuring twin sisters — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

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— Nozomi asking a question I’d need a fortnight to answer fully — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

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— There’s just so much to stare at… — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

Winner: Keijo!!!!!!!! (Locker Room)

It’s a show about butts, so naturally I am picking the best picture that had butts from the Keijo!!!!!!!! girls. Granted, it’s mostly just Non and Kazane, but holy shit it’s Non and Kazane! You may not get Rin or Hanabi but in this picture, but they’re still looking gorgeous as well. This image most importantly though, got me looking at Kazane when I hadn’t been before this. That’s not foreshadowing anything…


Best Couple/Duo

Nobunaga/Toyohisa – Drifters

Cocona/Papika – Flip Flappers

Finé/Izetta – Izetta, The Last Witch

Nozomi/Sayaka – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Hayato/Ui – My Wife is the Student Council President

Winner: Finé/Izetta

While the show itself got really bad by the time I dropped it, the relationship between Finé and Izetta remained unchanged, easily my favourite of the season. They really brought the best out of each other and the relationship felt very realistic as being childhood friends that were separated for many years, tied by one saving the other. Granted, there’s clearly some yuri/lesbian hinting going on between the two, which only adds onto things, but taking that aside, their relationship looking the most natural and is a real joy to watch on screen when the show’s writing isn’t digging itself into a deeper hole.


Sexiest Female Character

Kinoa Ougi – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Olminu – Drifters

Nozomi Kaminashi – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Sayaka Miyata – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Honoka Saijou – My Wife is the Student Council President

Winner: Kinoa Ougi

Yes, this is literally just because I finally got to see her in a bikini this season. That picture alone sold me on Kinoa for good. She really is that perfect body type and on top of that she has unique hair and glasses to boot. So put that gorgeous young woman in a fiery red bikini and I’ve got an image in my head that’s not going away anytime soon!


Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

Akiko Yosano – Bungo Stray Dogs

Kaoruko Kazuki – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Bianca – Izetta, The Last Witch

Kazane Aoba – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Ayane Niikura – My Wife is the Student Council President

Winner: Kazane Aoba

What? No, I didn’t foreshadow this award winner at all earlier! You’re crazy! But in all seriousness, Kazane was a real sleeper for a while this season, hints of her being really hot here and there. But it wasn’t until her battle in the East-West War that I got a really good look at her and realized that holy hell she’s a lot hotter than she looks the majority of the show! A lot of it has to do with how conservative she dressed outside of Keijo and you can only look so gorgeous in a one-piece (in my opinion), so when you finally get to see her in a bikini, she really hits you hard with the beauty she’s been hiding.


Prettiest Female Character

Kyouka Izumi – Bungo Stray Dogs

Lucy Maud Montgomery – Bungo Stray Dogs

Bianca – Izetta, The Last Witch

Ortfiné Fredericka von Eylstadt – Izetta, The Last Witch

Rin Misumi – My Wife is the Student Council President

Winner: Lucy Maud Montgomery

I love me some Lucy, I can’t help myself when it comes to red-haired girls. But what really gets me with Lucy is how she looks very much like a real girl, she actually appears to have imperfections in her design, which in my eyes is a rarity if there ever was one. She’s not overly sexualized, she’s not overly prettied up, she’s just a more normal (for anime) looking girl, one that’s crazy as shit, but god damn does she look pretty!


Best Male Character

Sakunosuke Oda – Bungo Stray Dogs

Osamu Dazai – Bungo Stray Dogs

Oda Nobunaga – Drifters

Yoichi Suketaka Nasu – Drifters

Poco – Poco’s Udon World

Winner: Yoichi Suketaka Nasu

I’m still struggling to fully call Yoichi a male character, but hey that’s his gender and thus he’s the easy pick this season. He’s such a beautiful badass, what can I say? He brings out the best in people, especially during the few times he actually brings out the comedic side of himself. Literally every scene he’s in, he looks like the biggest badass of them all and that’s saying something when you’ve got Toyohisa, Oda and JOAN OF FUCKING ARC ON FIRE!!!


Best Female Character

Shizuru Taneomi – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Kyouka Izumi – Bungo Stray Dogs

Ortfiné Fredericka von Eylstadt – Izetta, The Last Witch

Nozomi Kaminashi – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Momoko Hyakushiki – Nanbaka

Winner: Momoko Hyakushiki

She is the scariest and yet the most adorable character this season. I was nearly in tears laughing so hard the first time Momoko changed from her “I will fuck you…” scary personality to her “Omigosh, Hajime! Fuck me!” cliche anime schoolgirl personality who’s completely enamoured with Hajime and wants every inch of him to herself. Every time she was on screen I was smiling and soon laughing my ass off. 


Best Show

Bungo Stray Dogs

Drifters

Keijo!!!!!!!!

Nanbaka

Poco’s Udon World

Winner: Keijo!!!!!!!!

I know a lot of people will think that it’s because I love ecchi content and the show is literally a walking, breathing ecchi monster, but this show to me is so much more than that. It has some of the most cleverly written comedy, actually has a good story with extremely unique and interesting characters and knows exactly what it is and doesn’t hide it. Keijo!!!!!!!!! doesn’t use ecchi as a crutch, it uses it as the basis of its show and revels in what it is. And if you have a problem with that, then Keijo!!!!!!!! just isn’t for you, that’s all. For me, it was easily the most entertaining show out of them all and it wasn’t just the ecchi that got this reaction out of me. It was far more than just boobs and butts.


And there you have it, that’s my best of this season’s anime at the three-quarter mark. If you’ve got your own lists, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below!

Week #12 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #12 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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Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

It appears everything is over and now they’re trying to live normal lives again. Azuma’s now enrolling in school, the same one as Kogane, perhaps others too. Azuma tells us it’s been a year since everything now. He gets a letter from Epizo saying he and his friends are on a quest trying to figure out how to bring his heart back to life, so it appears upon the defeat of the god, all Buranki have ceases to function. Hiiragi and Kinoa meanwhile are talking about Azuma transferring, but haven’t heard from him in a while. We learn from Hiiragi that Kinoa’s gone deep into lacrosse as her new venture now. Hiiragi also appears to want to completely push away his “Buranki life” for a more, normal life. We see Shuusaku with Azuma now (and Zetsubi too who’s car sick like a motherfucker…because she’s pregnant!), talking about Laetitia and other things. Akihito is visiting the Russians’ graves. Reoko apparently has been in hiding and asleep for pretty much the full year since everything happened, Souya taking care of her. Azuma visits her, who doesn’t appear to be too happy to see him, almost acting like she’s not even herself anymore, a normal high school girl. Souya tells us she’s no longer who she was, Entei gone from her and now she’s a normal girl with new memories to make, in fact no memories at all. Even though she’s no longer “Reoko Banryuu”, she is being kept in a facility away from the public, Souya knowing there’s more than enough people who would love to put a bullet in her head the second she walks out. Kaoruko is moving into her own place as well and apparently is still causing trouble for herself. Back with Azuma, he remembers Guy’s words before his death, how his life will be nothing more than mundane for the remainder of it. He stops going to class and starts to ponder everything when Kogane finds him somehow. She notes how they don’t talk amongst each other anymore and she doesn’t want to pretend it all just never happened. Then Kinoa shows up (with her Bubuki?) along with Shizuru and Hiiragi eventually as well. All four have their Bubuki for some reason. It appears today was the year anniversary since it all ended. And then Shizuru deduces real quick that Kinoa and Hiiragi are dating, which throws them all off. They all cheer up Azuma and decide to make their own adventure together.  

THE GOOD

  • Lot of nice things ending, Zetsubi’s pregnant, Reoko’s starting at her cute age again, Kogane has adorable glasses

THE BAD

  • REALLY KINOA?! YOU PICKED HIIRAGI?!!!
  • The idea of everyone wanting to push away these memories feels so stupid to me, they were all so happy together, but now the moment it’s all over, they don’t want to remember it anymore?!
  • The end was very weak and considering I don’t know how you make a third season of this, it should’ve had a better closure

Episode Score: 3/5

FINAL OVERALL SCORE: 3.5/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.24)

SYNOPSIS

The fight continues, Atsushi and Akutagawa not doing much at all to Francis. Osamu meanwhile tells Kyouka that if she’d like, he can set her up with a life of killing again. Back to the battle, Akutagawa actually rescues Atsushi from falling off the ship and combines his power with Atsushi for one big punch with the ol’ classic Dragon Ball Z standoff. Francis eventually runs out of money defending against it and loses, falling off the ship. Akutagawa took the control terminal during that moment and thus begins an actual comical moment between the two of them. We then see that even though they stopped it, someone’s hacking the terminal and making it continue to drop. Kyouka suddenly chimes in, saying if they destroy it while it’s still in the air, they can stop it. You know this means she’s sacrificing herself. God fucking damn it. She’s going to crash the plane she’s in into the ship. But then she talks about the exam and how she’ll pass it. Suddenly I have a feeling that this is a test for her and the ship will climb once her intentions are for sure. But then the plane does indeed crash into the ship and sends it into the water. Osamu and the president shows up and reveal that the president’s ability takes control of an Agency user’s abilities and thus she was able to escape at the very last possible second. He then walks up to Akutagawa and tells him that after defeated Francis, he must be strong, so Akutagawa faints. The next day, Ango is talking with Herman asking about any members that weren’t involved so they won’t be arrested and reveals that he knows Herman was once the leader of the Guild himself. Mark, John and Louisa also talk amongst each other as to what their plans are now, with the Guild in complete disarray. John specifically plans to try and stop the disarray in the Guild. Lovecraft is also still alive and leaps into the water to sleep. Now it’s finally time for Kyouka to take her first step into the Agency office as an official member. Doppo takes the time to scold Atsushi for going solo before Akiko gets involved and makes him congratulate the two on their job well done. Atsushi finally takes the time as well to apologize to Haruno and Naomi for beating them up because of Q’s ability way back when. They forgive him, but Junichirou hadn’t heard about this and he’s not so forgiving. Poe actually shows up to say hello as well. Kouyou and Chuuya meet with the Boss, celebrating their victory. He asks her why she didn’t try to escape when she was captured by the Agency, to which we learn that she was somehow instrumental in Kyouka’s survival, but we’re not sure exactly what that was. We see Osamu disappeared during the party to meet with Hirotsu of the Mafia, the two working together to set up the entire plan that would stop the Moby Dick and save Kyouka as well. They intentionally wanted Atsushi and Akutagawa to hook up and work together, as Osamu tells us that “the real disaster is coming soon”. We then see the hacker that tried to divert the Moby Dick, his name is Fyodor, working with Nathaniel of the Guild and possibly Margaret, who is still unconscious. Osamu talks about how he feels while Akutagawa is a great commodity, he works better in a supporting role, hence having him with Atsushi as a test. The season ends with Atsushi and Akutagawa facing off once more.

THE GOOD

  • Gah, the heartstrings they pulled with Kyouka, even though I knew what the plan was, they fooled me just long enough to create a sense of doubt
  • A funny, lovely end to another great season

THE BAD

  • The final battle was a bit short
  • I’m not so sure I’m overly interested in Fyodor, hopefully in Season 3 they’ll pick it up a bit more

Episode Score: 4/5

FINAL OVERALL SCORE: 4.5/5

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Drifters (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

The domination from the Drifters continue however Oda notes that he’s getting a bad feeling about this, like the battle that had him being betrayed. Enter Hijikata of the Shinsegumi. Toyohisa realizes this man while he knows about the Shimazu, he’s from the future, so his clan must’ve done something pretty bad after he was gone. Hannibal is his insanity gives Oda an idea though. They figure out where the retreating troops end goal takes place and adjusts accordingly to match them. The Count starts to ponder the plans of the Ends and even wonders if he actually knows who the Black King is, which makes me wonder if it’s Hitler. Hijikata and Toyohisa continue their fight, neither side giving an inch. Toyohisa is quite the expert however in pissing his opponent off. During the fight however, his blade breaks and he takes a ton of slices in response. Meanwhile, Oda corrals the army into one place and blows it up with fire arrows and guns. Toyohisa admits he messed around like he did as a way to prolong Oda’s strategy so he’d succeed, willing to die just for that alone. When Toyohisa manages to get the best of him, the Black King demands Hijikata withdraw from the battle. He reluctantly does so, which pisses off both of them, but really Toyohisa the most. But then he passes out. It also appears the man who sought to kill Oda in history is now an End as well.

THE GOOD

  • Great battle sequence between Toyohisa and Hijikata

THE BAD

  • What a weak ending!
  • Nothing is resolved at the end of this season, hell, no one even died at the end!

Episode Score: 3.5/5

FINAL EPISODE SCORE: 4.5/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

In Pure Illusion, Papika recognizes this place and can even smell Cocona. Salt and company work on getting their systems back up, seeing what the mixture of Pure Illusion into the world has done to the real world thus far. Salt leaves, telling them to use “Asclepius’ Box”. When Yayaka and Papika get too close, Mimi rises into the sky and approaches them. Papika wants both Cocona and the real Mimi back, but all Mimi hears is that she wants to take Cocona from her. So she traps them in that cage world that Papika and Cocona we’re in before, Yayaka now Flip Flapping with Papika. It appears as if they’re going through each and every world they went to, including my favourite world where BDSM Midna lives. Mimi and Cocona watch as the two girls are slowly being beaten. The twins meanwhile are still at the base, the boy injured. Back with Yayaka, when it looks like she’s about to die, she reveals that over time she actually did really like being around Cocona and wanted to apologize to her for deceiving her. Then the fragment she holds activates, granting her wish and she Flip Flaps into a new form and defeats her once again. Salt reaches an old facility which is the villain’s base, after a prototype piece of technology. Hidaka takes the glasses off and gives Bu-chan actual power armor and because he’s still an idiot, Bu-chan basically does the bare minimum. Once again, Papika tries to talk to Mimi, but she ignores them and brings them into the mech world. Papika nearly gets to Cocona and starts to get Mimi a little more vulnerable. She recalls them talking together while Mimi was still pregnant, but before she can say something specifically, Mimi sends a tentacle of sorts into the back of Papika’s head, like she took the memory literally out of her head. Then it appears the good part of Mimi separates from evil Mimi and talks to Cocona, telling her she needs to choose the world she wants to be a part of. Papika remembers that Mimi wanted Cocona to live freely, a life Mimi never had. The two girls transform in a new way now and evil Mimi snaps, transforming into that large monster from the mech episode…and the girls One Punch Man her? And the episode ends? Huh?

THE GOOD

  • BDSM MIDNA CAME BACK!!!

THE BAD

  • I have no understanding of the last couple minutes of this episode

Episode Score: 3/5

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Nozomi is bruised badly, silver Maya (or Kaya as she’s called) is apparently the school’s #1, because split personalities can be considered two different people here. She kicks her own teammate off, leaving just herself with the four girls. One goes down immediately and the castle continues to sink. She does some random boob stuff to disorient Nozomi and starts fucking her up. Even together, the three can’t do anything to Kaya. Nozomi knows she needs to use the Vacuum Butt Cannon, but with her injuries, she can’t perform it. So Hanabi uses her boobs to make Nozomi go Super Saiyan, while Kaya takes her and Rin out, leaving it one-on-one. Nozomi literally is becoming Goku, shaking off heavy attacks all of a sudden. Nagisa explains it like Hanabi used her boobs like acupuncture to unlock all the potential in Nozomi. Now the fight truly begins. Nozomi demands to see Maya, so they can have a proper race they can both be proud of. Kaya tries to play instead, but Maya takes over again. So Nozomi decides to go for one last Vacuum Butt Cannon. They have their epic final attack and in the end she uses Maya’s own momentum to have an even more powerful attack and Nozomi manages to win it for Setouchi. Afterwards, she sees Maya apologize to her team for losing, expecting them to hate her, but the coach embraces her lovingly, apparently her mother (I’m feeling stepmother honestly). The interviewer from episode 1 approaches Nozomi for comments on the win. They all get together for dinner, but Maya doesn’t show up, absolutely exhausted and passed out in her room. Maya’s coach meets with Nagisa, talking about the tournament. Eventually Maya does show up though, expressing her desire to fight Nozomi again some day. The girls graduate, Nozomi and Sayaka in the same region together along with Rin and Yuko, but the rest will be elsewhere. They all take photos together, including Mio getting a kiss on Nozomi’s cheek. At their branch, it appears Nozomi and Sayaka already have a reputation. 

THE GOOD

  • A Dragon Ball Z-esque finish to the final battle, how awesome
  • The jokes were in full swing this week

THE BAD

  • I was hoping for a better final battle, but it wasn’t terrible
  • Either I haven’t noticed it before or this just started happening, it almost feels like the half-assed some of the animation and facial expressions in this last episode, like they were crunching at the very end
  • I will be really upset if this show doesn’t have a second season

Episode Score: 4/5

FINAL OVERALL SCORE: 4.5/5

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My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Ui’s having trouble figuring out how to make her first Christmas with Hayato super sexy. Karen reacts about how you’d expect. The Eve arrives and the Student Council and Disciplinary Committee join together at Hayato’s for a party. Ui is not happy. Hayato tries to leave, but Mato has a crossdressing picture to keep him there, but it’s too late, everyone sees anyway. Ui’s more upset he hid this from her and Rin gloats about how she knew about his “crossdressing”. So Ui solves this by helping him crossdress. Naturally Kei helps out because she’s not going to miss this. Mato’s upset, but only because he’s flat-chested. She suggests Rin take off her bra and have Hayato wear it. And just to make it worse, Honoka shows up as well. They take a group photo to end the show’s second season. 

THE GOOD

  • All of Hayato’s nightmares in one episode, perfect!
  • Honoka and Kei at the same time really is the worst case scenario for Hayato

THE BAD

  • Nothing really to report, just a meh finale

Episode Score: 4/5

FINAL OVERALL SCORE: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.12)

We get some back story on Musashi, how he’d always had a higher than normal body temperature and it started really affecting him around high school. He suffered spontaneous combustion and barely survived. Rumours ran rampant after this and he was outcasted, believed to be an arsonist. Then we see his parents’ place was burned down and the person who made people think it was him is that blonde elf-looking motherfucker that we’ve seen appearing to be in cahoots with “that man”. After that, the experiments happened and Musashi is what he is today. Kenshirou reveals he’s been working on trying to out this organization since he was a cop and intends to continue until he ends them. But now it’s finally time for Uno’s game room to be revealed. It’s empty, cause he wants input from everyone first on what goes in it. Musashi shows up as well, but nothing big comes out of it. At night, Uno and Jyugo chat about how Jyugo for the first time appears actually really happy. Jyugo goes out alone when he’s approached by the elf guy as the episode ends. 

THE GOOD

  • There was a few good jokes in this episode

THE BAD

  • The episode was really not interesting at all this week, I didn’t care for the Musashi backstory, Uno’s game room was uneventful and honestly the elf guy getting involved again, it feels almost too late now, it doesn’t carry the weight I want it to

Episode Score: 2.5/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Once again, Rinko brings up the whole “he’s not your kid” issue with Souta. His goal is to figure out a way to make things work so that he can live with Poco forever. During an incident, he comes across and old photo album and camera. We learn that over time he became uninterested in taking over the restaurant and we go back to his injuries where he met his future boss. Speaking of which, he gets a call from Manabu about a job opportunity, the first job being to help them livestream a festival. At home later he cries a bit, sad his father wasn’t alive to see him actually enjoy doing something for a change. Rinko and Shinobu visit the next day and he finally reveals that Poco isn’t a friend’s child. She then brings up the visions they had at their parents’ grave, but he doesn’t know about that either. Then Rinko teases Shinobu about his marriage interview, to which it obviously didn’t work out, so he’s still free. They all go to the festival, Mai and Nozomi joining them. Souta is working during the festival as well and he’s done a fantastic job. He gets some time away and talks with Mai about potentially “adopting” Poco. Shunsuke and Sae show up as well, naturally Sae asks about the udon again. Then during the fireworks display, his tail pops out. They try to cover it up, but everyone’s noticed. 

THE GOOD

  • Well we’ve certainly got a cliffhanger for the final episode
  • Seeing everyone together was nice

THE BAD

  • Nothing really bad this week either

Episode Score: 4/5

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Week #11 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #11 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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Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Justin can’t even leave a mark on the god, when Epizo arrives and gives everyone a weapon of Laetitia’s to help them. So with Epizo and Kaoruko together, they attack once more. So Guy strikes, easily handling both Epizo and Justin. Azuma and company wake up inside the god while Migiwa continues her spiritual journey. She’s explained that the Buranki never intended to do anything on the planet and would’ve soon decayed completely if left alone. He then calls Migiwa a literal human Buranki but doesn’t really explain how she became to be. She then sees the past where she tried to break Reoko from Entei and failed. She’s told of her immense power and is actually not seeing the past, she’s in it. So she fuses herself into Entei’s brain, perhaps being the reason all along that Reoko is immortal, a time paradox per se. Reoko perhaps realizes this now as well, just as Azuma arrives. Upon the realization of Migiwa’s deeds for her, she is upset with herself for not truly living after Migiwa gave her the life she has. They agree to work together and fuse Oubu and Entei together, grabbing the other four and heading towards Guy. Just as Kaoruko’s about to fight, they arrive and begin the final fight with Guy. Then the true realization comes in, Entei has left the god, which means it will self-destruct soon, so Guy needs to put her back in quickly. He tries to harm Azuma enough to force him into the brain of Oubu but he refuses and even tries to straight up kill them, but they continue to push forward and finish guy off, but Reoko does the hit for him, so Azuma doesn’t have to have blood on his hands. Guy has one last speech for Azuma, trying to use the boredom of basic life to change his mind, but Reoko just kills him right then and there, in very grizzly fashion. Then Entei starts to rise, Migiwa talking with her about how it’s time for her to join her people and for Reoko to return to normal life herself, taking her immortality away perhaps and asking her to take care of Azuma and Kaoruko for her. The head of the god rockets off into the sky as the body returns to the sea. It appears all the teams are returning home.

THE GOOD

  • Hearing the old OP made me really happy, I love that song
  • Entei-Oubu was cool

THE BAD

  • Guy was defeated a little too easily I think
  • What do they do for one more episode?
  • Why don’t I get to see older Reoko yet?!

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.23)

SYNOPSIS

The fight is avoided between Atsushi and Akutagawa as Osamu has him through his intercom away, telling Akutagawa that Osamu wanted to talk with him, jumping over the edge to grab the intercom while Atsushi runs off. He reaches Francis, with about half an hour left before the end. He gives Atsushi a chance to grab the device controlling the self-destruct mechanism, but Francis is too fast and stops him, playing with him. He then shows his ability, able to give himself physical strength equal to the money he spends on it. Akutagawa shows up as well. We then see Kyouka who doesn’t want to do anything else when Osamu tells her that she’s being freed and it’s time for her test, however she knows she’ll fail, but Osamu reminds her that as a former killer himself, he was able to overcome that. Back on the Moby Dick, Akutagawa ignores Francis to kick Atsushi while he’s down, literally. Francis however, doesn’t like being second place and intervenes, also raising his power another 500,000 dollars to defeat him easily. Atsushi gets up and attacks, instead of y’know, going after the self-destruct device. Francis then brings up Atsushi’s past, how the man at the orphanage nearly killed him twice, which sets him off a bit. Now there’s ten minutes left and Akutagawa suddenly sends both he and Atsushi deeper into the ship, saying he understands him now, not that’s it a good thing, he hates him for not living for himself but for the acceptance of others. Francis returns again, annoyed he was ignored once again. Back with Kyouka, Osamu continues his speech by saying her killcount of 35 is nothing compared to what he’s done during his time in the Mafia. Atsushi and Akutagawa escape in a cargo elevator but this will only lead them to a corner they can’t escape from. Akutagawa snaps and tells him how he hates how Atsushi mopes about the past when in the present he has so much more than most. Back with Francis, Akutagawa perhaps shows us the full extent of his power, tearing off his clothes and armoring himself with Rashoumon. Atsushi may have also powered up more than ever before as well. So the two yell at each other while trying to fight Francis alone. After Francis pisses them both off by calling them the same, they both punch him with everything they have and they transform back to normal. He returns and tells about his daughter who died and intends to bring her back somehow. It then appears he puts either all of his money into himself or damn near close. The ship draws near the city once again and it appears Atsushi is prepared to die to end this once and for all, Akutagawa walking with him. 

THE GOOD

  • Atsushi and Akutagawa really do bring the best out of each other
  • Francis’ power is very metaphorical to reality, just how “powerful” one is when they’re rich

THE BAD

  • The fights could’ve been so much better, but they weren’t all that spectacular

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Drifters (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

The Count is bringing in a bunch of the Drifters and their army deep into Arte to attack from within. The Count after hearing their names knows who all three of them actually are, seemingly a Drifter from much closer to the present. The Count calls all of Orte’s leaders to announce that Orte is finished and Toyohisa will be their new leader. However, the Black King has already infiltrated, Rasputin being revealed as an End, able to puppeteer people as a spectral being. A bunch of soldiers arrive, but Toyohisa slices them real good real fast. Then he sends a message to Rasputin, kicking in the face of Rasputin’s minion while completely ignoring him. Oda grins like a motherfucker and Rasputin retreats, pissed off as hell. So now the Ends’ plan is total destruction. The Count’s army arrives and they’re all sexy shirtless men. They all get the new rifles that the Dwarves created. So Oda has the riflemen, Toyohisa the Dwarves and Yoichi the Elves. They attack the first wave in terrifying fashion and deal with them quite easily, leaving an End watching from above holding his own katana, not happy with Toyohisa one bit. So next week will likely feature a battle with him, maybe the only End to be featured in this final episode of the season, as I expect a second season for sure given how much still needs to be done.

THE GOOD

  • With all three commanding their own specialty armies, the Drifters are a terrifying powerhouse
  • Oda’s handling of Rasputin was hilarious

THE BAD

  • Wasn’t the whole plan for the Ends to kill all humans? Why would they try to take Orte without any bloodshed?
  • I really want to know who the Count actually is

Episode Score: 4/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

The villains have captured Cocona who is currently in Mimi form. She immediately encases one of the men in flowers and starts doing the same to the robots, a deadly girl apparently. She doesn’t want anyone to touch her or “Cocona”. She pretty much kills everything except for like…a couple dudes? She says Pure Illusion only exists for Cocona and vanishes. Salt we learn has left to go after Mimi. That new girl is about to kill Hidaka and Iroha before Yayaka shows up to make the save. Salt is waiting for Mimi to arrive and she does, seemingly at the place they used to sit at with Papika. He notes she’s in the form of her daughter, so it’s confirmation that Cocona is her daughter, but who’s the father? It likely is Salt, as there doesn’t seem to be any other option. We see in a flashback that he finally got promoted to a researcher and starts working with Mimi. We also see Papika and she’s older as well, so something has definitely happened between then and now. We also see a woman in another container who looks suspiciously like a younger “Cocona’s grandmother”, but it’s actually Salt’s father, so I was a tad bit off. We then see the two girls entering that strange gate again and his father is screaming at Salt to break the borders between reality and Pure Illusion. The two approach Salt, saying they want to leave and explore the outside world, when he reveals his feelings that their recent discovery (likely the gate) has driven his father completely insane. So they leave without him and a year later, they captured Papika and bring her back and they also have Mimi back, demanding they give Cocona back to her. That’s when we see the baby, so it appears Mimi left because she was pregnant and wanted Cocona to have a proper life. Now understanding the truth, they try to run again, but Papika’s anklet prevents her from leaving and while trying to help her, it’s too late. They recapture her and his father takes Cocona from her for good. When at her worst moment mentally, she seemingly ends up in Pure Illusion on her own where an alter version of herself takes over her body, the evil version that starts killing people. Papika follows her into Pure Illusion. Salt now in the present has a gun pointed at her and a bunch of…electronic devices that don’t really stop her. Papika arrives just as Mimi starts to attack Salt. She thinks he won’t pull the trigger and because of this, she seeks to kill him and throws him into the water. Mimi has gone full crazy now and attacks Papika as well, leaving her. Cocona awakes in her mist dream again, talking with her mother for the first time. She breaks down, being able to see her mother for the first time, not knowing who she has become. Papika meanwhile tries to find Salt and breaks down herself, remembering how she’s now been told by both Cocona and Mimi that she hates her. Back in Pure Illusion, Mimi appears to be preparing to build a world specifically for Cocona. We then see in the real world, Pure Illusion in leaking in and anyone not safe is being affected by it. Hidaka and Iroha are with Yayaka and Nyunyu (the new girl) when an injured Salt arrives as well, asking for a favour. So Yayaka goes to retrieve Papika and even gives her the fragment he’s been carrying for years now. She is mad at her for moping around when both of them should be saving Cocona right now. So together, they fly into Pure Illusion to go save her.

THE GOOD

  • Holy shit young adult Papika is gorgeous!
  • “Cocona” being the end villain is kind of an interesting turn of events

THE BAD

  • I really want to know who the father is, I mean I have to assume it’s Salt, but who’s to say?

Episode Score: 4/5

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Kazane is devastated after her loss. But no time to dwell on it, the final match has arrived. The land this time is a freaking castle! Oh dear, there’s a giant fat girl on the opposing side. And the school’s #2 in Maya (the blonde girl) is there too. There’s a pink-haired girl with a mask who can make a card appear out of her ass, because of course she can. Maya of course is your stereotypical “I don’t care about anything so long as I win” girl that Nozomi will make by the end of the race love Keijo, just for the fun of it. Hanabi gets the mask girl, Rin gets grabbed my some green-haired girl with a hard ass. And then Nozomi decides to…put her head into Maya’s ass to sniff it?! Maya thinks she’s a giant pervert now. Nozomi understands her technique now and when the fat girl tries to take Nozomi out, Maya actually stops her, because she wants to be the one to beat her, no one else. The other girls are struggling but Hanabi figures out the mask girl’s illusions at least, but they still can’t do much to them. So Rin rips off her top, to cover the sunlight that’s causing the mask girl’s flashing illusion, but she can’t eliminate her. So the mask girl and green-haired girl combine into one like they’re a fucking transformer! Hanabi saves Rin from elimination, gives a friend speech when the random new girl who looks like a samurai (Saya) throws the fat girl into the two to stop their attack. Oh my god, she unsheathes her boobs like it’s a katana! They finally eliminate the green-haired girl and the mask girl. So because the race has taken so long, the land is starting to sink. Returning to Nozomi and Maya, the struggles continues. A Vacuum Butt Cannon finally gets Maya to at least move a little bit. But you know that by using the attack again and again she’s gonna weaken herself very soon. Maya gets emotional and goes Super Saiyan almost, becoming a completely different person with silver hair.

THE GOOD

  • The powers this week were even better, come on, Saya uses her boobs like a katana!
  • Nozomi has a potential rival now beyond her friends

THE BAD

  • I don’t like the character cliche of Maya being the lonely girl who has always fought alone, it’s boring and overdone

Episode Score: 4/5

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My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Oh dear, Karen’s getting involved too now this week. Why? Because she forgot to put panties on when she overslept (because people forget that, apparently) and he covers her up. She punches him and even hair slaps him in response. Ui investigates when learning the two had a little “spat”, calling Karen cute which Hayato tries to avoid thinking about, but when seeing a girl naked from the lower half, it drives him nuts. He suggests she wear her PE uniform, but that’s at home too. He basically wants her to cover up so he can stop thinking about it. So Ui makes it worse and puts them together for stuff which means he’s seeing that butt even more. Hell, Karen’s intentionally doing this to him as well. Then Honoka shows up just to make things even worse and likely snaps a few shots of Karen’s bare butt when the wind blows in. Karen reveals she did this secretly because someone paying attention to her even for a moment caught her attention, because no one ever looks at her like she’s anything special. He does find a newfound liking to her, understanding what makes her cute.

THE GOOD

  • The episode actually made Karen somewhat likable, that’s impressive
  • Honoka again like Kei is the hijinks starter

THE BAD

  • Nothing really to report

Episode Score: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.11)

We learn that a nightmare for Rock is eating shitty food. Why’s he having these nightmares? Because his reward is coming today, aka the stone oven. Liang, the guy Rock fought asks for him, to give him a slice of this stone oven pizza, so they’d understand why wanted this so badly. Jyugo notes how much Rock has changed, but Rock says Jyugo’s a major part as to why this change has occurred, helping Rock break out of their first prison together just so he could eat good food. Nico meanwhile is partaking in his usual medical stay where the doctor and a scientist have a spat and the robot nurse acts like a child during a potential divorce. Yep, I didn’t make that up. Also, Nico’s game system is here as well. But it’s an arcade, not that he’s complaining. He also has the psychic kid come over as well to show him the arcade. Jyugo’s never played video games before, the poor bastard. It appears that Jyugo also broke Nico free from his situation, to add him to his group. So it’s sounding like Jyugo’s actually the one who brought them all together, so now in return the others are helping him out. But before we see Uno’s prize (unless it’s next episode), Musashi suddenly shows up but he’s not looking for a fight. In fact Uno gets him to apologize and now they’re all friends. He’ll be allowed to join them in Uno’s game room the next day, but only if he tells Kenshiro more about his past.

THE GOOD

  • This was a nice light-hearted comical episode

THE BAD

  • No Momoko makes Adam a dull boy

Episode Score: 4/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

Tomorrow is the anniversary of his mother’s death, so Rinko is around as well. Shinobu’s also there, saying he was convinced into partaking in a marriage interview. Rinko also offers to cook them lunch, which both of them are wondering if something’s up, unlike Rinko to not sit down and just drink sake. But it’s comically bad cooking and Souta gets mad at her, which pisses her off too and she runs off. Shinobu follows her the entire time for some reason, something that’s happened before too, walking with her around the reservoir until she stopped crying. They talk this time instead of comforting her and admits when they were younger he had a crush on her and she politely turns him down, calling him family to her. They also talk about how Souta looks like he plans to raise Poco and then when Shinobu goes to light a cigarette she freaks out. Ten bucks says she’s pregnant! And my hunch is correct. Ever since she was little, Rinko wanted to be a mother just like her mom before her, playing the role all the way through since her mother passed away. Then the waterworks start as we see the days after she passed away and the pain they all felt. Souta remembers this as well and goes to find her and apologize. Shinobu then spills the beans that Rinko’s pregnant. The next day they visit their parents’ graves and tells them the good news as well. They pray for her to be a good mother and suddenly Poco transforms into his tanuki form, like he’s granting that wish for her. They see vivid memories of their childhood as well, it’s real and not metaphorical. They return to normal, Poco comforting her and Souta says she’ll be a great mother too, since she took such good care of him. Souta also had a memory viewing of him promising his father to become a udon cook as well, obviously before he changed his mind and left for Tokyo. 

THE GOOD

  • I was right on the the tears this week, nearly shed some myself
  • Rinko really evolved in this episode and turned up the emotions

THE BAD

  • Nothing really to complain about

Episode Score: 4/5

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Best of Q3 – Fall Anime 2016

So we’re three-quarters the way through the fall anime season. So here’s the Top 5 lists for various things that I look for in all the shows I watch, ranging from music, design and characters. Remember, this is only based on the shows I’ve watched and while I try to include all shows, including those I drop, for some categories that will almost not be an option.

So anyways, here’s the best of the 2016 fall anime season at the three-quarter mark!

Best OP

  1. Nanbaka
  2. Drifters
  3. Keijo!!!!!!!!
  4. Izetta, The Last Witch
  5. March Comes in Like a Lion

Best Art Direction

  1. Drifters
  2. Nanbaka
  3. Bungo Stray Dogs
  4. Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
  5. Izetta, The Last Witch

Best Character Design

  1. Keijo!!!!!!!!
  2. Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
  3. Drifters
  4. Nanbaka
  5. Bungo Stray Dogs

Best Story

  1. Bungo Stray Dogs
  2. Poco’s Udon World
  3. Drifters
  4. Keijo!!!!!!!!
  5. Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Funniest Show

  1. Nanbaka
  2. Keijo!!!!!!!!
  3. My Wife is the Student Council President
  4. Poco’s Udon World
  5. Drifters

Most WTF?! Inducing Show

  1. Flip Flappers
  2. Keijo!!!!!!!!
  3. Nanbaka
  4. Drifters
  5. Bungo Stray Dogs

Best Ecchi

  1. Keijo!!!!!!!!
  2. My Wife is the Student Council President
  3. Izetta, The Last Witch
  4. Brave Witches
  5. Flip Flappers

Best Screencap

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— No. That, is, CTHULHU!!! — Bungo Stray Dogs

 

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— The greatest anime villain ever: BDSM Midna — Flip Flappers

 

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— Do I even need to say anything? — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

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— How all cats are, let’s be honest — March Comes in Like a Lion

 

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— It’s a badass black cat with a badass scar and a badass hat. What else do you want?! – Nanbaka

 

Sexiest Screencap

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— The younger sister TOTALLY just checking out the scar under her breasts and nothing else… — Brave Witches

 

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— What I’ve been waiting so long for with Kinoa and Shizuru! — Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

 

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— Apparently even in a professional match, you gotta save time for pleasuring twin sisters — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

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— Nozomi asking a question I’d need a fortnight to answer fully — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

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— There’s just so much to stare at… — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

Best Couple/Duo

  1. Cocona/Papika – Flip Flappers
  2. Finé/Izetta – Izetta, The Last Witch
  3. Hayato/Ui – My Wife is the Student Council President
  4. Nobunaga/Toyohisa – Drifters
  5. Nozomi/Sayaka – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Sexiest Female Character

  1. Kinoa – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
  2. Olminu – Drifters
  3. Nozomi – Keijo!!!!!!!!
  4. Sayaka – Keijo!!!!!!!!
  5. Finé – Izetta, The Last Witch

Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

  1. Ayane – My Wife is the Student Council President
  2. Kaoruko – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
  3. Kazane – Keijo!!!!!!!!
  4. Bianca – Izetta, The Last Witch
  5. Gin – Bungo Stray Dogs

Prettiest Female Character

  1. Lucy – Bungo Stray Dogs
  2. Finé – Izetta, The Last Witch
  3. Rin – My Wife is the Student Council President
  4. Kyouko – Bungo Stray Dogs
  5. Bianca – Izetta, The Last Witch

Best Male Character

  1. Yoichi – Drifters
  2. Poco – Poco’s Udon World
  3. Osamu – Bungo Stray Dogs
  4. Nobunaga – Drifters
  5. Odasaku – Bungo Stray Dogs

Best Female Character

  1. Momoko – Nanbaka
  2. Shizuru – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
  3. Nozomi – Keijo!!!!!!!!
  4. Kyouko – Bungo Stray Dogs
  5. Finé – Izetta, The Last Witch

Best Show

  1. Keijo!!!!!!!!
  2. Drifters
  3. Nanbaka
  4. Poco’s Udon World
  5. Flip Flappers
  6. Bungo Stray Dogs
  7. My Wife is the Student Council President
  8. Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

And there you have it, that’s my best of this season’s anime at the three-quarter mark. If you’ve got your own lists, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below!

Week #7 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #7 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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Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

Guy actually lets him leave?! Back at the house, Justin and Kaoruko’s old team have arrived to deal with them. The four try to fight the Buranki as best they can while Akihito and Shuusaku get Reoko out safely. Akihito returns with a plan and teaches the four how to properly use their Bubuki. Epizo meanwhile is off being an idiot as per usual, not returning to Guy now that they’ve possibly put themselves in danger and could be the next victims like the Russian squad. Finally reaching the base, Kaoruko and Zetsubi literally fall onto him. Laetitia finds the three of them while the four kids prepare to fight Justin once more. Even when escaping, Kaoruko is still furious with Azuma and finally lets it out as to why. She was smarter, but their parents treated him like he was the only one that mattered. However Azuma says otherwise and gives her what looks like a golden Buranki heart and we get a random flashback with just their parents that honestly seems out of place. She smacks what she calls a toy away and Azuma says their father died on Treasure Island and that hits Kaoruko really hard, since she never got to see her father again. He says Dad took him all around the world to make him strong so Kaoruko wouldn’t have to get involved in the battles. He apologizes and for once she doesn’t smack him, crying her eyes out. When Laetitia attacks, Souya suddenly comes in to save the day (and grosses out Kaoruko) on Zampasa and throws Kaoruko an artificial heart to it, giving her a Buranki to herself again. 

THE GOOD

  • Kaoruko finally getting past the dumb “I hate you, Onii-chan!” attitude has become a likable character
  • Epizo is golden whenever he’s on screen

THE BAD

  • Um…Azuma and Kaoruko were supposed to be escaping and they had enough time to spend almost five minutes having a moment.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.19)

SYNOPSIS

So like last season (I think), I missed an episode of the show because the way these get posted on Crunchyroll are weird, sometimes two episodes show up in a week and I don’t notice that. I briefly watched it to see if I missed anything, apparently I missed lemon bombs and Akutagawa being a badass motherfucker.

Episode Score: N/A


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Drifters (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

The Ends arrive and start killing the Elves quickly. Yoichi gets Gilles de Rais while Toyohisa gets Joan of Arc. Olminu protects him from the fire, being able to use charms to summon stone walls. Yoichi is handling Gilles well, but he seems to be immortal. Oda handles the cavalry army easily, but Toyohisa is having the hardest time with Joan’s fire. But with a plan, he manages to mess with Joan enough that he knocks her into a well, which drives her mad because y’know the whole burned to death thing. He discovers Joan’s a woman and the misogyny kicks in, thus he won’t take her head. Yoichi meanwhile continues to struggle with Gilles, even arrows to the eyes don’t stop him. During all this, it also appears that one of Yoichi’s brothers may be a member of the Ends. Then Octobrist shows up WITH A FUCKING GATLING GUN to presumably kill Gilles, literally a torso, head and one arm. He finally dies, realizing that because he wanted to help Joan reach Heaven, in fact she would be going to hell, thus there’s no reason for him to live anymore. Oda demands to know what Octobrist really is, but we just get the usual “we help the Drifters” and his name of Abe no Haruakira, which I have no idea if that means anything.

THE GOOD

  • Wow the battle with Gilles and Yoichi was incredible

THE BAD

  • Already it seems like Joan and Gilles are sympathetic villains…someone has to be fully evil beyond just the Black King

Episode Score: 4.5/5


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Flip Flappers (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

Iroha seems abnormal, throwing paintings away now and she’s seen being social when we haven’t seen that before from her. She’s like the polar opposite of herself now. After realizing what they did completely changed Iroha, Cocona doesn’t want to ever go into Pure Illusion again, afraid she’ll change something drastically again. She suddenly wakes up in a world where Papika is her sister. Then she disappears and the next day she’s a delinquent (and maybe a boy) and then disappears again. Now she’s a creepy girl and now I’ve given up on all the things Papika is becoming. The longer she’s in the world, the more it seems like either everyone else is invisible or Papika is everyone. She does eventually run into “Pretty Boy Papika” and gets blushy. She also runs into “Yuri Papika” too, which was a buzzkill for nothing happening. Eventually, Yayaka and company show up, seemingly already got the fragment and leave Cocona behind. A black hole appears and she nearly gets sucked in when the real Papika saves her while in a rocketship of course. It appears back with Yayaka she’s starting to have problems with the people she’s working with, but it looks like it’ll be too late when she inevitably switches sides. Papika after returning remembers a “Mimi” and that’s all we get. 

THE GOOD

  • More trippin’ balls, man…

THE BAD

  • My head hurts…

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Izetta, The Last Witch (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

The meeting of world leaders commences and it feels similar to World War II where the Americans aren’t interested in helping because they feel like they’re not involved. So where’s Japonia? They also start talking about Izetta, so of course Finé and Izetta show up. But how is her power working? I thought the ley lines didn’t spread this far? Finé has an idea to get them all to help, but eliminating the new Germanian aircraft carrier, the problem they’re all worrying about right now. They’re also introduced to a man that will lead a small group with them during this and he blatantly looks like a Germanian plant. But no time to think about that, Finé and Izetta are sharing a bed for the night and we have to watch Izetta blush madly at the entire event. They have a “tickle fight” before Finé tells her how she hates herself for putting so much pressure on Izetta as this is the biggest mission yet of hers. Even worse, we see Basler and Ricelt are on the carrier, it almost feels like something bad has to happen here. The day arrives and Izetta sets off with two planes. She leaves with four torpedoes in tow. We also see that the guy who Finé visited in Episode 1 before her re-capture is on the other plane, that tells me as well that bad things are going to happen. Izetta also tells herself there’s plenty of magic in the area so this should be do-able, another red flag for me. Sure enough, the ship isn’t there and she has to now follow it into the sea, so you know what’s about to happen. She loses a torpedo almost immediately and we are to believe she needed all four to succeed. She loses another and Basler’s in the sky on the attack, his new plane able to keep up with her. Finally, the other two fall in the water and she’s slowly being surrounded by planes. To make matters worse, the ley lines are coming and going, so her power keeps dropping and coming back every so often. She does however manage to recover the two torpedoes that were in the water and sends them into the carrier’s elevator. When she’s nearly killed, the Britannians with her help out and Izetta channels her inner Luke Skywalker and fires the last one. Berckmann calls Basler off however, saying the mission is complete. No one actually died in that battle. However, Berckmann now knows her weakness, the carrier being a decoy all along. We see a glimpse of another tank. The Germanians must have kept a second witch all along. He also wants to find the secret in the castle, aka the ley lines map and Ricelt offers to be the one to find it.

THE GOOD

  • The clear Star Wars ripped off battle was cool

THE BAD

  • I keep worrying about this show when it comes to the Germanians getting closer to her secret, they make it all seem so easy
  • Stop teasing us with the clear Izetta/Finé romance! Sheesh!

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

Nozomi strips naked and asks Sayaka about her body, obviously distraught about her first day of training, trying to figure out what her weakness is. With the teachers, Kyouko says she sees a ton of potential in Nozomi and we also learn all the girls are going to be wearing the same bodysuit Nozomi wore earlier. During the second day or training, she understands her problem, her butt’s too thick since all the training she did for the Vacuum Butt Cannon. She has the power but her attacks will be too obvious. Kyouko takes Nozomi alone with her to a turnip field to teach her the Butt Flash…by pulling out turnips with her butt, but she fails the entire time. The girls are all told about the East-West War, a battle between the two Keijo schools in the country. Rio shows up on turnip training and does it first try, just to make Nozomi feel worse. She offers to teach her how to do it…if she’ll let her teach in her bed that night, which of course Nozomi refuses, much to my dismay. Finally because it starts raining (and because she figures it out herself), she manages to do it on her own. The last day of the camp has arrived, so a mock race happens for everyone and the girl who’s mad at Nozomi because Rio likes her, challenges her to a fight. 

THE GOOD

  • The ecchi was at its best this week!
  • The turnips section was absolutely ridiculous, it’s so Rocky-esque

THE BAD

  • Nothing again this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

No point in wasting any time here, there’s Kei having a shower right off the bat! Then she makes Rin join her because why not? She also spills the beans about Ui living with Hayato. Someone’s in trouble! She leaves right away to confront them and Ui makes things worse, just pissing off Rin further (who’s totally jealous cause someone else is potentially banging Hayato before she gets to), who’s upset because she thinks they think she’s an idiot for not knowing until now. So she goes around checking the house for anything indecent, naturally. She finds a condom real quick, the one Kei gave him and Ui placed in an easy to reach place. Ui again makes it worse, finding his stash which has lots of big breasted pictures, which relieves Rin a little bit. So Ui makes him grab her breasts right there in front of Rin and naturally Rin takes the other hand on uses it on her too. Kei shows up to interrupt too and in the end, punch to face always ends it all.

THE GOOD

  • Well now…we’ve got ourselves a love triangle for sure now!
  • Kei really does bring out the best in everyone

THE BAD

  • Nothing really to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.7)

So Jyugo has reached his final form and the anime decided to break the fourth wall and fuck off from it. The ninja actor has a visitor, one of his Hollywood buddies, his manager in fact. ALSO THERE’S A BADASS BLACK CAT WITH A SCAR ON ITS EYE!!! And Jyugo overhears the conversation with the two. Apparently he is a real ninja in-training who was kidnapped as a child by a Hollywood director so she could have a real ninja act in a ninja movie. She lied to him, putting on an act to convince him that she was his long, lost mother. So that’s why he doesn’t want to go back to work anymore. The conversation finally over, Jyugo talks with the real Tsukumo now, who says he plans to wait until his release and then will try to go back to his village once again. 

THE GOOD

  • Kuu is the coolest cat ever!

THE BAD

  • It’s not that I don’t care about Tsukumo, but this was a terrible time to insert this backstory episode, even if on purpose by the show’s fourth wall breaking

Episode Score: 3/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Back in Tokyo, Poco is with Souta, because his company begged him to come back for a bit. He even takes him to work as well where his boss grills him a bit, obviously needing a person who works as hard as Souta does. The co-worker who called him is not happy about this either and really takes it badly, like I’m pissed off someone would react this way. We get a little backstory about how he met his boss, which is how he ended up deciding to go to Tokyo. Later on though, Poco looks depressed, unsure if it’s because of what Hiroshi (the co-worker) said, because of Souta neglecting him, or what I think, it’s because he’s away from the village. Though it seems more like he’s sick if anything else. Hiroshi shows up to apologize to Poco, but sees that he’s not a human. The following morning, Poco seems better. Souta and Hiroshi talk about work a little more, but Souta’s decided to return home. But not only that, he’s quitting after finishing this last project. So Poco gets a chance to see Tokyo Tower. During this, his boss tells Souta about a company near Kagawa that he might be able to find some work at there. 

THE GOOD

  • It’s nice to see Poco adapting somewhere else

THE BAD

  • This felt like episode 12, why is this episode 6? Way too soon for this

Episode Score: 3/5

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Week #6 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #6 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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Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

We learn that Guy in the beginning got Kaoruko to follow based on her desire to see her parents. It’s also why Treasure Island was sunk, Guy wants all Buranki to be extinct after all. Back in the present, it appears almost like there’s a human inside Entei’s brain, though they don’t confirm what my eyes see. Now Kaoruko is imprisoned in a tower, much like Reoko was. She wakes up to Guy walking in and we for the first time see the real man he is. He plans to force her back into Entei and killing every last Bubuki user. But it gets worse. After knocking her out, he reveals their plan to use her brain and fuse it into Entei. So in other words, off with her head. Back with the main group, Reoko upon waking up actually calls for Azuma, of all people. They leave the two of them alone where she reveals his plan to resurrect a Buranki god, likely how he’ll kill the rest of the Buranki and their users so he’s the almighty god of the world. They have a week left before a comet will land on the Earth and the god is related to it. So they must find the sunken Treasure Island first and according to her, destroy it. They argue for a little before Azuma suggests they go outside, where he tries to show her there’s more than just humans in the world, as she’s hellbent on just fighting for humanity and caring about nothing else. Also during this time, we see Guy has a bunch of children living with him, for what reason we do not know. But Azuma claims he’s leaving to save Kaoruko, but he wants Kogane to stay behind?! Why’s he not bringing the rest for y’know, Oubu?! Whatever, time for Kaoruko’s head to be cut off. OH MY GOD, ZETSUBI WAS GUY’S HELPER THE WHOLE TIME, A DOUBLE AGENT!!! Oh no, it’s bad though. Azuma without knowing who Guy is, gets picked up by him in a car.

THE GOOD

  • Kaoruko really shined this week, looking like a tough girl
  • Zetsubi’s reveal was fantastic

THE BAD

  • WHY THE FUCKING FUCK IS AZUMA GOING ALONE INTO A SECRET BASE TO SAVE KAORUKO?! WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK IS THIS SHIT?!!!

Episode Score: 3/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.18)

SYNOPSIS

Okay okay okay. Some guy stabs his neck, plants a seed and a grape tree grows from his neck that allows him to see where Naomi and a friend are. Uh…okay?! They try to kill the two girls when her brother and Doppo show up. Steinbeck and Lovecraft are the two Guild members and handle the two Agency members pretty easily. But through Junichirou’s ability, he causes a truck to crash right into them and the girls are able to escape on a train. However, some really weird little girl who likes like anime Two-Face. Atsushi and Osamu are waiting for the train, but Osamu leaves to deal with two Mafia members who he senses, Ichiyo (that blonde woman) and a ninja who is definitely female and I’m probably going to fall in love with by the end of this season. Ichiyo tells him that the boss wants to know if he’s interested in returning to the Mafia, to which he laughs it off. He talks about Gin being a little girl and then she becomes adorable as fuck. Apparently Ichiyo didn’t know her gender. The two girls arrive from the train, where we see the girl again, Ichiyo revealing it’s Q and that freaks out Osamu, as (I assume) she was imprisoned because of his mind control ability. He also realizes Q is there with them and runs to stop it. Q (aka Yumeno) retreats after Osamu breaks the ability, saying she can’t wait to break him too. Atsushi is broken because he tried to kill again because of Q and thinks he doesn’t deserve anything again, nothing but a danger to everyone. Back at the Agency, he sees that the girl that tried to kidnap Kyouka is still there, saying she made a deal with Osamu to stay put until Kyouka returns. Speaking of which, Osamu meets with a government agent, who turns out to be Ango! It appears he’s trying to strike a deal with the Gifted Special Operations Division to help them. She tells Atsushi to take care of Kyouka, knowing full well she won’t be able to escape Demon Snow. Back with Ango and Osamu, Ango reveals the Guild have diplomatic immunity (when will it be revoked?!) but before he can say much more, a car crashes into them. Atsushi is approached by another Guild member who wants him badly, but Kyouka arrives to help as the episode ends.

THE GOOD

  • Lovecraft!
  • Gin while she’s not at Kyouka’s level is already making strides to be best girl

THE BAD

  • It still bugs me how the villains are writers. If all the others are as well, it’s okay cause I don’t know any Japanese writers, but it feels weird knowing John Steinbeck, H.P. Lovecraft and other names are in this show.

Episode Score: 4/5

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Drifters (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Uh…so Hitler was a Drifter apparently sixty years ago. They don’t outright say his name, but it’s pretty obvious. When Oda hears about Toyohisa finding the soldiers, he gets annoyed mostly because that kind of “job” is for him and not Toyohisa. So they kill all the soldiers. Well they spare one, who claimed to be a virgin and just transferred in. As we see, the Elves begin to take their states back, slowly pushing Orte back to just their own country. Easy (the Ends girl) is not happy when learning of the Drifters’ attacks. Now we see pirates attacking Orte ships and a Japanese Navy Admiral at the helm, because of course there are pirates and a Navy Admiral. Some Kefka-looking Count stops by to see how Orte is going and upon realizing how fucked they are now, he gets the hell out of there, deciding he wants to visit the Elves to. Wanting to replicate more rifles, the next objective for the Drifters is to visit the Dwarves in hopes of them being able to make more. But they’re interrupted by the Ends approaching them, a battle about to start between the two sides already.

THE GOOD

  • More oddball characters, always a good thing
  • We’re about to get the first look at Drifters vs Ends now

THE BAD

  • Minus the beginning of the episode, the majority of this episode just felt like filler

Episode Score: 4/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Cocona once again revisits her fog dream, nothing new though. The two girls visit the art girl, who says something weird right off the bat. She notes that she “doesn’t have the right to paint her nails”. But there’s no time for explanation, as they’re back in Pure Illusion and defeat a monster, but Yayaka steals the fragment, so they start fighting. They get knocked underground where they find a portal. Yayaka tells them not to go, but it’s too late, they’re sucked in. It’s hard to say for sure but it looks like Cocona (it could also be Papika) is in a world where she’s re-living her childhood. I also notice a wagon that looks a lot like Bu-chan. Then it gets even more weird, Papika “switches” with this girl and we see her parents fighting. They get tossed out of the portal, Yayaka and the other two leave with the fragment and the two girls go back in to figure out what was happening. We see the “aunt” that this little girl hangs around is getting up there in age and looks to be weakening. The day then comes where it appears she passed away but her parents wouldn’t tell her. Oh never mind, she’s in hospital, but she’s lost her memory. Some more weird stuff happens and they finally figure out the way to solve the world, reminding the aunt what this girl’s name is. To make it even weirder, it appears to be the name of the art girl now that they’re back in the real world. Iroha’s nails are painted too. That’s how the episode ends.

THE GOOD

  • A very dark and real story many kids experienced

THE BAD

  • I’m so confused!!! What the hell was all this representing?

Episode Score: 3.5/5


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Izetta, The Last Witch (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Naturally, Jonas has to tell of all people the Germanian plant about the secrets pertaining to Izetta that he overheard. Back in the city, it’s an off-day for both Izetta and Finé, so they try to dress her up and Finé has to make boob jokes cause she’s got the tiniest of them all. Also, Izetta has to learn to dance as well. There must be some ball coming up or something. Sieg sends a man after Jonas, after finding the picture he left behind at the scene, while Berckmann gets access to a secret underground research facility where he hopes to learn secrets that may help him figure out Izetta’s weakness. After being found at a cafe, the girls return home and Sieg tells Finé he wants to go to Britannia, to attend a meeting where many countries are planning on dealing with Germania. However, she thinks it’s best if she and Izetta go instead. However, during things, Sieg gets a call about Jonas, saying there’s a spy within his platoon. To deal with this, he sends the girls out, likely to deal with the issue at hand. We see however, Jonas still hasn’t told him anything and because of this, he shoots Jonas to make him tell the secret, using his family as a bargaining chip. But before he says a word, they reach him in time…and then Sieg kills him! HOLY SHIT!

THE GOOD

  • Well they certainly fixed the problem I had with last week’s episode!
  • HOLY SHIT WAS THAT EVER A TWIST OF FATE!!!

THE BAD

  • Really? We had to make boob jokes, even though Finé isn’t flat-chested?

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

With the four girls now in the elite class, it’s time for good food! They’re also going on a trip to a training camp in Kyoto. They get three hours of free time early on and Sayaka wants to go see sights with Nozomi but she’s victim of people putting her to the side and goes alone, at least until Nozomi finds her, along with the other two. They have fun until it’s training time. They’re practice in groups based on their classes, Nozomi officially given the role of an infighter. The girls take a chance to call home and Sayaka does as well, where we see that her father is likely not happy with her choice to leave judo and purse keijo instead. The girls all race a jogger who turns out to be one of their instructors, Kyouko, a pro player, the most popular one in fact and the one Nozomi watched at the beginning of the series. She’s also the infighter trainer, a tough one at that. She’s also a perfectionist if there ever was one. She has all of them fight her one-on-one and Nozomi goes first. Let’s see if she even last ten seconds. She does, but only because Kyouko just keeps moving around, avoiding everything she’s got. So Nozomi tries the Vacuum Butt Cannon, but that’s when Kyouko stops her and takes her out with an “Anal Probe Missile” attack. Yep! She tells Nozomi she has a great flaw and needs to figure it out.

THE GOOD

  • We finally have someone that is above all the others, something to shoot for
  • Having the entire group now involved makes this anime even better, not just the main four anymore

THE BAD

  • Nothing at all this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

AH! SURPRISE AYANE BUTT! So Hayato and Ayane are together because she wants to “experience lovey things too”, so Ui sent them out together on a “date” because she’s scared of all the other boys, so she needs to get comfortable. She’s nervous about this, cause Ui is as jealous as they come. She has no clue what to do, so naturally when she goes underwear shopping, the clerk pushes Hayato right into the changeroom with her and Ayane doesn’t bat an eyelash. She’s also so carefree that she keeps him in there when changing and even though she has him turn around, she doesn’t notice the mirror that doesn’t really stop him from seeing her. She also without noticing (somehow) that she slid off her panties along with her clothes, so after that fiasco, when she puts them back on, of course she trips and falls into him so perfectly, his face is right between her legs…and the panties still aren’t on. So that happened. Then afterwards they sit on a park bench (well, he does, she sits in his lap, because she’s the flaky girl) where as the night has arrived, she wants to go to a love hotel, learn how to put on a condom and other stuff. So Ui finally has to get involved. However, Ayane continues to look at things like it’s a threesome. Oh dear…

THE GOOD

  • HOLY SHIT AYANE CAME OUT OF LEFT FIELD THIS WEEK!

THE BAD

  • I don’t know whether to put this in the bad section or not, but since I have nothing else to add…holy hell this show has gone further in the “hentai without actual gentalia” direction than last season, to the point I’m unsure if that’s a good thing or not

Episode Score: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.6)

We learn that in that last round, Building 13 should’ve easily lost as both Nico and Hajime were secretly drugged. But Nico is unaffected by drugs, but that leaves Hajime. How was he able to withstand the poison without looking a tiny bit weaker? Too late, time for the final round! They have to open a sake barrel. Jyugo gets kicked into this one, which makes sense anyway, cause he can open anything. Hajime wants to leave cause he’s tired, but he gets forced into it. We learn the officer of Building 4 resents Hajime as well, because he loves the Warden, but Momoko’s eyes are on Hajime and not him. The inmate with him is apparently an old cellmate of Jyugo’s and Jyugo isn’t happy to see him. The entire battle, Momoko is one step away from climaxing as she’s enjoying the badass Hajime so much. Meanwhile, Jyugo’s really struggling with the inmate, who claims Jyugo isn’t even trying to fight, as he was so fierce that he destroyed his eyes, the reason he wears a blindfold. He also wants Jyugo’s shackles, but he can’t unlock them. But once he hears that the man knows about the “man with a scar”, he snaps and goes all-out on him. The inmate however can control fire somehow so he stays on the offensive. But then Jyugo unlocks his own power, which apparently turns his arm into a blade? He ends the episode noting that this man also tampered with his body.

THE GOOD

  • More badassery from Hajime and pseudo-masturbation from Momoko
  • We have an actual plot line now in this show!

THE BAD

  • I really don’t like Musashi’s design all that much, to be honest

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

If this is a Shinobu-central episode, I’m not interested. He gets invited to lunch with Souta and Poco (he has to drive the two of them) and asks for a favour: to go visit their old high school, asked to make a video for a class reunion. At the school, they meet with a teacher where we learn Shinobu is training to possibly run a hospital his father currently runs. They go around seeing old sights and Souta notes he hasn’t gone to any class reunions since he moved to Tokyo. During a moment of zen between the two, a dog finds Poco to cue the adorable comedy sketch. The owner of the dog comes forth as Sae, her dog is named Merukuru. Afterwards, the three go visit Shinobu’s folks, tricked into doing so, much to Shinobu’s annoyance. Because of his father’s back though, the mother suggests the four men go to a hot spring together. Shinobu takes care of Poco while Souta listens to his father talk about Shinobu since he left for Tokyo. During their time there, Poco transforms into full tanuki and then forces it back, causing him to pass out. Alone with him, Souta suggests Shinobu at some point talk things over properly with his father, figure out what he’ll actually do in life. Back home, Shinobu sees that his father has been growing pineapples in a greenhouse in the yard, his favourite fruit. At the end, Souta gets a call from work, saying the company’s in big trouble.

THE GOOD

  • Super adorable episode, Poco was on his A-game this week!
  • I laughed so many times this week
  • Nice side story with Shinobu that thankfully wasn’t too overwhelming
  • Merukuru!!!

THE BAD

  • Nothing really to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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Week #2 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #2 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!

Bloodivores (Ep.1)
Bloodivores (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

We start off with Liu’s father speaking about BST research, showing his son, this being perhaps a decade at most in the past. A woman approaches claiming to be Liu’s mother and that he’s the world’s first half-Bloodivore, his father the Bloodivore and herself, a human. Liu wakes up from the nightmare and is still alive in prison, but with two unknown people. A backpack is also there with his clothes and a gun. He tries to see what’s in the other bags when one of the guys suddenly attack him. They were all sentenced to death. We see now that the four main characters were never shot, just tranquilized, it’s likely his father set things up to stage their deaths. We’re officially introduced to Ifen, a fraud artist and Shin, an assassin. Their door opens, revealing a room full of these canisters, a ton of people in them. A large door opens and a woman approaches, saying this is a special prison for them all and that their death sentences have been removed. The woman looks like Anji, but the real one suddenly taps Liu on the shoulder to confirm her identity. The fake tells them they will be living the rest of their lives in this prison. A prisoner takes exception to this and rips her shirt off, presumably to rape her right there in front of everyone, when Fong comes in out of nowhere, kicks him in the head and tosses his shirt over her to cover her up, clearly thinking she’s the real Anji. Liu sees the collar glow and tells Fong not to fight back. Now the prisoners are getting fiesty, wanting the girls. Chao is involved too now and Fong is being pummeled by the man he kicked. There’s now a countdown on this man’s collar and when it hits zero, his head explodes. The fake says the collars are new and rigged to explode if they fight each other or try to remove them. Finally, she says their mission is to stay in the prison and just survive. We see that the van has been investigated and through this we learn the BST were not actually involved in this. Then without warning, there’s a giant monster in the prison?! What the fuck just happened?! It starts killing prisoners and the four along with Shin and Ifen start running away. Well except Fong, who stands there as the now revealed to be mechanical Anji says something’s gone wrong. More monsters are showing up while Liu tries to find a way out. We’re left to assume pretty much all the prisoners are dead at this point, Shin and Fong are nowhere to be found, Chao is barely managing to keep himself from death and Ifen is cowering in fear. Liu and Anji find Ifen before a monster finds Liu. Before it touches him, something(?) happens and Liu is launched across the room, Shin watching and claiming he has great power and is a hemomancer, whatever that is.

This show is going on notice because I’m lost. I have no understanding of what the fuck I just watched this episode and instead of a badass psuedo-vampire anime, I’ve gotten…well, something. So next week if the show can’t explain itself to me, it’s gone!

THE GOOD

  • I’ve got nothing this week, I’m just to confused

THE BAD

  • I’m so confused as to what I just watched, nothing makes any sense here
  • Why did we go from maybe vampires to giant monsters without explanation?!

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

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Brave Witches (Ep.1)
Brave Witches (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Hikari and Takami are sent out to different locations anyway, because why would you keep the sisters together?! We see the leader of the St. Petersburg, Gundula getting set up for Takami’s arrival, but we switch back to Hikari, still on a ship waiting to arrive is Suomis, which is anime Finland for those keeping score. Takami is still on the ship though, practicing her flight with her Striker unit she’s named Chidori. She lets Hikari try out Chidori and Hikari fails miserably, the unit unlike the ones she learned to fly with. The following morning a Neuroi alarm goes off, one appearing in their path. Takami goes off alone, telling Hikari she’s not ready to fight yet. It’s not one Neuroi either, it’s thirty units, an unusual sight if you watched the original series. She’s holding her own, but the numbers are too much and planes and ships begin to get destroyed. Hikari like Yoshika before her rushes to fight, regardless of her odds. Except this time, her Striker unit is destroyed before she gets the chance. Takami then decides to use a power called Absolute Eye, which turns her hair red and slows down time so she can take multiple shots. However, she still gets shot in the side and she falls, Hikari having to catch her. It gets worse, they stumbled into a Neuroi nest. Now Hikari has to fight and learn how to fly Chidori. We do see six members of the 502nd approaching though. Hikari can’t fight well though, she can’t sense the core–oh wait she does have that ability too. But in the end the six girls show up and save the day. They think Hikari’s her sister and the one girl isn’t happy to see that it’s not. Takami’s wound gets sealed up however using her ability nearly killed her, her temperature and pulse are beyond below normal, like she’s hibernating. There’s no determination as to when she’ll wake up either. Gundula knows what she used and decides to send her back to Fusou and Hikari shows up demanding she take her sister’s place. One girl takes offense, saying the only reason she’s alive is because they saved her, so Hikari says to allow her to join until she dies. Gundula asks her friends what they think and ends up allowing her to join, however she’ll have to get stronger before she’s allowed to fight.

THE GOOD

  • A nice twist with the Neuroi nest suddenly showing up and a new kind of Neuroi appearing, no longer sticking to the usual formula of one big one

THE BAD

  • This was a very weak episode, almost like a carbon copy of Episode 1 of Strike Witches, just changing Yoshika and Mio’s relationship to a sister relationship with Hikari and Takami
  • As of right now, none of the 502nd members are all that likable, but they haven’t really been given any time

Episode Score: 3/5

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Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

We have five hearts together, Epizo, Maxim, Leticia, of course Kaoruko and a new one. The man running them all claims Leticia has done a fantastic job in Europe. The Buranki attacking in Taipei is Maxim and the Russians. Shizuru from afar however notes that while all five are in the Buranki, none of them are “in it” and we see the four aside from Maxim looking like they’re brainwashed, robotic. We see that Guy has forcibly sealed the other four’s souls into their Bubuki, now without free will. Kaoruko finally shows up and Black Oubu is created once again to fight Maxim. He tells her now that the Buranki nest has fallen, Guy’s next target is a comet nearing the Earth that Kaoruko recognizes while still on Treasure Island. He then defeats her easily. Azuma finally shows up after the battle has ended. Naturally, Kaoruko is not happy to see him again, for whatever reason that may be. She gets further upset when he doesn’t react how she wants either. He tries to talk about their parents, but she interrupts yet again and reveals she’s the one who told Epizo to tell Azuma to break the heart and cause Treasure Island to sink into the sea. She then makes the mistake of talking about her mother like a witch, which Azuma gets real upset about. She also says though that even though Treasure Island sand into the sea, the barrier’s still active, so their parents are fine. Then out of nowhere, Maxim appears, wanting a piece of Azuma. He grabs Kaoruko and runs, while Shizuru starts fighting the Buranki. Finally after securing Kaoruko, the five become White Oubu. They start fighting, putting up a better fight than Kaoruko did. We see the team working together better than they ever have before, Kogane and Kinoa getting some good shots in and they defeat Maxim. They also fucked up the city big time. Kaoruko demands afterwards Azuma give her the true Oubu heart to her and since he won’t, she’ll take it by force. Now each team has a Bubuki fight ahead of them.

THE GOOD

  • Seeing Reoko in the OP makes me so happy to know she’s still around for sure, along with Shuusaku and the rest of her team
  • The improvements to the main cast’s teamwork makes it feel like there’s some real progression going on

THE BAD

  • I want to punch Maxim even harder than I did last season, I suppose that was their goal
  • They destroyed half the city and no one’s talking about that!
  • I really don’t like how if you’re not on Azuma’s team and your not the heart, you pretty much just follow whatever the heart does, regardless of how your personality would actually dictate your response. Lakshmi seems so nice, then just because Kaoruko starts a fight, she’s bloodthirsty.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.14)

SYNOPSIS

Odasaku continues his mission for finding the missing intelligence officer for the mafia. Osamu tells him that these assailants are remnants of an organization that fled from Europe to Japan. So far as well, everything found points to Ango the intelligence officer betraying the Port Mafia. He reviews all the information thus far and remembers the first time they met Ango. Catching a few Mimic soldiers, they were supposed to interrogate them, but most of them killed themselves and our first re-sighting of Akutagawa killed the only remaining one. Osamu shows how scary he can be, punching Akutagawa and shooting him three times (forcing him to use his gift in a defensive manner for the first time). They also talk about Odasaku being useless, to which Osamu tells them that if Odasaku was ever to decide not to keep everyone alive, they all would be dead before they even drew their weapons and specifically tells Akutagawa he couldn’t beat him in 100 years. Learning a location, Odasaku checks it out at night before the Mafia gets there, acting on a hunch. Sure enough, he finds Ango tied up and reveals that he knows Ango’s truth, that he’s not a Mimic spy in the Port Mafia, but the opposite, a Mafia spy in Mimic, hence why they’ve suddenly appeared in Japan. He has to hurry before the bombs go off and his ability lets him know this and they barely make it out. He learns about Gide, the leader of Mimic. A ball is suddenly thrown and it’s poisoned, Odasaku’s ability however not allowing him enough time to discover this, since the ability needs time to refresh. And as it turns out, Ango is a double agent and leaves with the Mimic soldiers. We’re left to assume that Odasaku has either died or is near death.

THE GOOD

  • Osamu, Odasaku and Ango are a fantastic trio
  • Great double turn at the end

THE BAD

  • I WANT THE OLD CAST BACK TOO!!!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Drifters (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

There are two Drifters from the Roman Empire era presumably fighting each other and a member of Octobrist is told to deal with them. Back with the two elves who saved Toyohisa, they’re scolded for getting involved. The three Drifters wake up to fires coming from the Elven village. Hearing who the Elves are, Toyohisa suddenly rushes, the other two following not long after. They get there just in time before the two Elves that saved him are killed and we also learn that they can’t understand the people of this world at all. But afterwards, Oda gets the idea of claiming that village. Now we sort of understand Octobrist’s intentions, they feel like the Drifters will inevitably just try to take over the world, the only thing they know what to do. It turns out the reason for the Elves being attacked is because of those two kids with the Drifters, but it’s far worse. They’re being essentially enslaved and their women have been taken away. The end goal is for all demi-humans to go extinct and kill 50% of the population, specifically sparing the life though of the older brother of the two children who saved Toyohisa, but says they’ll be killed as well. An emergency comes in as the wheat fields are being burned, Oda behind it, his tactic for claiming the village, by cutting off their food supplies. Toyohisa charges in and starts up another kill count. The commander takes him on and does absolutely nothing, instead is beaten to death by Toyohisa’s sword sheath, or at least we think, but he leaves him so immobile he can give the Elves the opportunity to kill him themselves, a chance at some sort of vengeance. We see the man who sent Toyohisa into that realm, reading a newspaper telling him what just happened when the room suddenly goes black, a gothic girl walking in, claiming no matter how many Drifters he sends in there, she will win. The leader of Octobrist tells the girl that’s been watching them no to bother, that the war has already begun. 

THE GOOD

  • All three mains are so badass
  • The way Toyohisa defeated the commander and how he made the Elves finish him off, that was so badass

THE BAD

  • I’ve still got nothing bad to say about this show

Episode Score: 5/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

We begin to wonder if everything may have been a dream, Cocona waking up at home and everything is back to its normal state…at least until she gets on the bus and Papika is flying right next to it, calling her name. Cocona disacknowledges her, at least until Papika just grabs her and flies off. Cocona scolds her and tells her to leave since if the school finds her, they’ll kick her out. So sure enough, the robot comes by with a present for Papika which has to be a school uniform. In class, Cocona finds that her pet rabbit hopped into her schoolbag, but before she can truly react, sure enough Papika walks in…but in a magical girl dress? She keeps following Cocona until Yayaka aids her in escaping. Though Papika catches her shortly and causes Cocona’s rabbit to run off, apparently really not liking Papika. Finally after the rabbit gets sucked into a vacuum that came out of a statue (yep!), Cocona snaps, revealing how she hates how carefree Papika is and how it nearly got her killed last time. Then out of nowhere they get sucked into the vacuum and presumably a portal opens again. This world is even trippier, holy hell I’m glad I’m straight edge. Cocona is even more frustration being turned into a rabbit/human hybrid, including her teeth changing and having the sudden urge to bite. Naturally Papika fucks everything up when she grabs the fragment and triggers a massive vacuum where Cocona is, causing her to get cut several times. But she’s suddenly saved by what appears to be a badass pet rabbit in human form, however they’re caged and about to be drawn into lava to their deaths. So it’s Papika’s turn to go Super Saiyan and save Cocona. They escape the portal and Papika understands now how Cocona felt last time. Afterwards, Papika takes Cocona to FlipFlap for the first time, meeting Sayuri, Hidaka and Dr. Salt. They’re put into a tiny container and she demands to know why Salt’s collecting the fragments, to which he replies “to liberate Pure Illusion”. Then when they activate whatever goes on in that container, we see they’ve disappeared.

THE GOOD

  • Holy hell that world was trippy as shit!
  • Papika is a such a fantastic cheesy happy character and Cocona is a great counter to her

THE BAD

  • Holy hell my eyes hurt…

Episode Score: 4/5

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Girlish Number (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Huh, turns out it got on Crunchyroll after all!

We see the story of Chitose, a new voice actress in her first project. There’s a focus early on with the two lead actresses in the series, Momoka and Kazuha. Kazuha however is pissed off for having to appear at a fan event for the show, perhaps a bit of a stuck up bitch. Chitose goes to an afterparty while the main actresses don’t show up. Her older brother is with her in a production role and tries to keep an eye on her while she learns the ropes. At home she notes how messed up the business actually is when you think about everything going on around her. She’s a little annoyed she only has tiny roles but when one comes up but it’s a light novel and not a manga, she’s a little picky with it. At her next read-through her bratty nature gets her in trouble when she walks right in front of Kazuha and doesn’t say a word to her, or apologize. She’s approached by Momoka afterwards as well who helps her out when faced with the danger of having to have dinner with the author, who isn’t a handsome guy. The two talk about the guy behind his back and then split off to go their separate ways. At a bar with Gojo and a couple co-workers, they start to work on a new project and it’s suggested that Chitose get the lead role, while Gojo knowing it’s his sister tries to deflect it, as he wants her to break in slowly. They meet with her and start stroking her ego by talking nice about her, while Gojo knows it’s gonna fuck with her brain.

This is going on notice, despite a ton of potential. Why? Because pretty much everyone in the show is unlikable. Hard to watch something every week when you don’t like a single character.

THE GOOD

  • I actually like how Chitose isn’t your average cliche girl in the clouds because she’s so happy about her job, she’s actually a bit negative about the things around her

THE BAD

  • However, at times Chitose is a real brat herself
  • Actually, all the girls are brats…wow!
  • They’re all very unlikable!

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***

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Hagane Orchestra (Ep.1)

(Not available to me for streaming) ***DROPPED***


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Izetta, The Last Witch (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Overhearing the plane crash on the radio, an air squadron goes to check the crash site. Back with Izetta and Finé, she finally sees that Finé took a bullet to the shoulder and she points out a fortress they could and at. Those fighter pilots find them in the air and we then see the horrors that lead to Izetta’s capture, a lot of death and executions. So in frustration, Izetta fights these pilots and uses the rifle she’s riding as a magical weapon. During this chase, she notes that Finé is likely drawing a fever from the infection in the wound. She then bites her finger, bleeding on the snow and causing it to spike up and snare a plane, destroying it and causing another to get distracted and crash into the mountains. They get over the mountains, just one fighter left, however Izetta’s power is weakening. Finé tells her to point the muzzle of the gun at the jet and Finé fires a shot at it, disabling it enough that he has to retreat. On the ground now, she starts to carry Finé towards the nearest place she can get help. Back in Finé’s home, we hear how the country is slowly losing to the Germanian invasion. Izetta finds her way to an Eylstadt force in retreat after the fortress fell. Apparently, Finé has an old wound on her side because of Izetta as well, which seemed to have happened when they first met as kids. We hear a little about Izetta’s past, when she first met Finé, how she lived from place to place with her grandmother, etc. She notes that because of Finé, she began to like her power and herself, things she hated before, like it was a curse. The doctor treats Finé and then works on Izetta’s injuries. However when the doctor asks if the two girls are friends, she denies it, saying she’s not worthy to be a friend of Finé’s. Later on, she finally wakes up and the following day we see the troop aiming to reach an abandoned mansion as their new outpost for the time being. Now aware again, Finé asks about the current situation in the war and decides to tell Izetta to leave, not wanting her involved, especially after already breaking her own taboo not to use her powers on other people. We then see Finé’s injury was a result of the villagers trying to kill Izetta, when she protected her. The Germanian men from last episode are at the plane wreckage and one believes Izetta may actually be the real thing, a witch. And Izetta tells Finé that she will protect the country.

THE GOOD

  • The relationship between Izetta and Finé comes off so natural and not forced
  • Izetta riding a gun will never get old
  • It’s so refreshing to see such a weird mixture of fantasy and semi-real history and it’s so interesting to me

THE BAD

  • Nothing again, I’m really liking this show so far

Episode Score: 5/5

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Yup! We’re kicking off with butt exercises. Sweet Jesus, hahaha!!! As we see, Nozomi and Sayaka are doing fine, but Hon and Kazane are having trouble early on. The teacher tells them that on average one in every five students drop out by graduation. Then we see the new class of Asstronomy and it’s as hilariously stupid as you think it is. After one long ass day (hahahahaha!!!), they note how hard it is and they’ll have to do it every single day. After all this, they haven’t gotten on the Land, while the Elite class constantly does. They then separate into groups and the last place will be penalized, so obviously Nozomi and company will be that. They’re supposed to do 30 hits with a beach ball with only their butts, but can’t even get back one hit. The penalty is just more exercise. They do it again the next day and there’s a prize for the winners: gelato! They can’t get a hit again and tell Kazane she needs to lead them, because she actually can figure out where the ball’s going. But she’s very shy and reserve so she’s against it. So Nozomi figures out how Kazane’s reading the wind and takes charge for her, but on the last one to win, Nozomi intentionally messes up the call so Kazane is forced to call it out. Turns out she’s not shy, she’s just embarrassed about her dialect cause Nozomi made light of it when they first arrived. Finally the next day they get on the Land for the first time since arriving. Their first exercise is a 4-on-1 against their teacher. And she’s good. But the girls get the big girl instead of their normal teacher. They actually put up a good fight and Nozomi uses an attack so strong…it rips the other girls’ swimsuits? The teacher calls it a Vacuum Butt Cannon. I adore this show!

THE GOOD

  • This is so stupid, I love every second of it!
  • All the girls are continuing to be unique, also the main four not being traditional Japanese characters in terms of their dialect is crazy unique too

THE BAD

  • Hm…what was actually wrong? I mean it was a butt-specific episode, so…not enough boobs?

Episode Score: 5/5

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March Comes in Like a Lion (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We start off with a long, uneventful intro of the main character waking up in the morning and heading to a Shogi Hall. He sits down at a table and says nothing when spoken to by an old man. It appears that he was very successful as a kid when it came to Shogi. He plays a game with the old man and says nothing the entire time, looking sad, depressed, whatever. Leaving, he gets a text from a girl saying to come by for dinner. He tries to refuse, but he gets roped into buying groceries too. Finally when he gets home, the depression sequences stop, the three sisters, happy to see him, especially the youngest cause she gets milk pudding. We see that their mother and grandmother have passed away as well. Names are finally given for everyone, Rei is the male, oldest sister is Akari, followed by Hinata and then Momo. Through a semi-nightmare in his head, it’s hard to tell, but it’s possible that old man is Rei’s father. He falls asleep after eating and their grandfather stops by, talking with Akari about Rei not eating or sleeping well. The next day, he wakes up to an owl-looking cat and a family rushing to leave the house. Rei notes he’ll try to go to school that day. He eats his lunch on the roof where a teacher joins him, at least until he realizes Rei makes more monthly playing shogi than he does working as a teacher, so he leaves him. He returns to his sisters and helps out at the shop, but will be returning home and not joining them. At home, he’s waiting for his next match to come in the mail, when some fat bully holds it in his hands.

I kinda liked the show, but because of the sheer amount of sadness and depression in this show, I’m putting it on notice, solely because I try to avoid really sad and depressing anime.

THE GOOD

  • Having the cats talk makes them even funnier
  • The sisters are super cheerful and counter-balance the sadness in Rei

THE BAD

  • I’m really having a hard time telling whether this anime’s supposed to be funny or super depressing
  • The sad faces in this anime are really dumb looking

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

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My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Ui, Rin and Mato are changing into their yukatas for the summer festival in Izumi’s house, making things as uncomfortable as possible for him to the point of course he hears a noise and walks in on Ui messing with Rin and having her massive breasts exposed. They go to the festival and since seeing Rin topless, he can’t stop staring, so Ui gets jealous and tries to make hers bigger using water balloons. When Rin confronts him about staring, he talks about it’s a natural reflex and when he says it doesn’t have to be her specifically, she gets upset and runs off. Alone, she notes that she hates it when strangers stare at her, but hasn’t really decided how she feels about Izumi staring at her yet and she’s conflicted about it. Izumi finds her and apologizes but someone bumps into him so he goes head first into her breasts. But Rin doesn’t kick the shit out of him this time and even notes to herself that she doesn’t mind him staring now. He tries to bring them back to Ui and Mato, but Rin suddenly drags him away because her bra unhooked. But instead of hooking it again, she takes it off and demands he touch her breasts, claiming it’s to help him “vent his urges” away from school, so he doesn’t do it at school where she’s in full Disciplinary Committee mode. She makes him grab them and eventually he gives in, fondling them. He gets her to moan and that is what apparently sets her off to punch mode again. 

THE GOOD

  • For the first time the entire series for me, Rin really pushed herself out into the forefront. She looked gorgeous this week!
  • It’s nice again to see a little competition going on between Ui and Rin, though neither of them will admit it’s a thing

THE BAD

  • Why was only Mato invited to go with them and not Karen and Ayane as well?

Episode Score: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.2)

SYNOPSIS

Hajime’s getting grilled by the Warden, as she’s perplexed as to why the four inmates’ time at Nanba so far has been “uneventful”. Turns out, Momoko (the warden) has a massive crush on him, especially when he talks tough to her and her voice goes full schoolgirl when she fauns over him. Returning to wake up the four, only three are there, but when he puts the prison on full alert, he finds Jyugo is just sleeping in the night duty room because it’s the only quiet place to sleep. After breaking for food by the anime version of Spider-man’s Kingpin, the inmates have their work period and the boys are making dressers and engraving wood, which brings hilarious results, all deserving of beatings courtesy of Hajime. Speaking of which, he and Seitarou are freaking out for when the warden actually learns how many times the four are trying to break out of prison, when of course Jyugo’s there too, which only adds to Hajime’s stress. We get a sense for how big the prison is, there’s a freaking monorail that loops around the buildings. We see more of the supervisors, all of them even crazier looking than the next. She’s in full squee mode before he even enters. Their hands touch and she squees even more before her guard attacks Hajime for being such a brute, so Hajime whips his ass. When asked why the four have been escaping from various prisons, Hajime offers to say it personally as it’s too complicated to write on paper. Nico kept escaping custody because he hates needles and medication, which is what he had to be given due to various allergies and illnesses, but the tasty oral medications he takes makes him happy in Nanba. Rock kept leaving prisons cause the food was shit, where the food at Nanba is great. Uno keeps escaping because he has dates and now stays in Nanba cause he has none. Finally, Jyugo escapes because it’s simply a hobby to him, that’s all. The four together talk about being comfortable at Nanba when we see a dangerous looking guy outside their cell.

THE GOOD

  • The show is so over-the-top stupid it continues to be great
  • Momoko is the best character on the show right now

THE BAD

  • A little too much time spent with Hajime, in my opinion

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We’re introduced to the Kagawa Prefecture, also known as the Udon Prefecture for the famous Tawara family udon. Souta, the main character has returned home for his father’s funeral and with a friend of his, who asks why he isn’t staying home and running the family restaurant, as he lives in the city, whereas the restaurant is out in the sticks. Returning to the home restaurant, he notes how he never thought at age 30 he’d return home and it’d be empty, so we’re to assume both his parents have passed away. A noise comes from a storage container and a tiny boy is sleeping in there with a bag of wheat. Waking up, he grabs the bag of wheat and runs off, Souta so confused as to what just happened. Walking around again, he runs into a neighbour who asks if the kid is his, but with it not being the case, they wonder who this little guy is and where he came from. Returning to the restaurant, the kid is there again, so he tries to talk with him and brings him inside, about to cook some udon, but the kid just happily eats it raw. Souta decides to bring him to the police, but first finds an old raincoat he used to wear as a kid. He gets call in the meantime from his sister and during the conversation, he finds his father’s old recipe book. But before he can finish talking with his sister, the little boy is chasing a frog around the house. Seeing an old family picture, he notes that his mother passed away when he was very young. Dressing the boy in the raincoat, seeing him happy reminds Souta of his own childhood. Then a random schoolgirl shows up, asking if the restaurant is open, a repeat customer before his father passed away. She leaves not long after, but demands to be told when the restaurant re-opens. Finally, he starts to take him to the police station, but it appears Souta hurt his leg at some point. They take a detour at a shrine where a man there warns him about a shapeshifting tanuki who can hide its identity as a child. Hm…I wonder who that is? Another set of people ask about the restaurant which brings up more bad memories, being bullied for the smell he’d have from the restaurant and when he told his father he wouldn’t take over the restaurant and would be running away to Tokyo (he also had crutches then too, explaining his leg injury from earlier). The little guy takes exception to this couple and starts hitting the male before Souta grabs him…and there’s the tail and ears! He takes the kid and runs off before the two people see who the kid actually is. The kid’s fully turned into a tanuki now. 

THE GOOD

  • Another show going the Chinatsu from Flying Witch route, just like Tsumugi in Sweetness and Lightning
  • The show is very light-hearted, despite the whole dead parents thing that Japan loves (a little too much)

THE BAD

  • The customers badgering Souta about the restaurant was a bit rude and a bit much

Episode Score: 4/5

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Scorching Ping Pong Girls (Ep.2) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

Agari’s still pretty upset with Koyori taking the spotlight off of her, but Mune’s keeping Koyori close so she doesn’t get discouraged. However as we see in training, Koyori for a girl who’s pretty good at ping-pong, is seriously out of shape. When the four girls (minus Mune) eat lunch together, Hokuto will be Koyori’s next opponent, the #3. Apparently she’s really good at reading people, including their panties, as Hokuto calls Mune “Thong-senpai”. Match time arrives and she already throws Koyori off by calling out her current panties. We see Hokuto’s skill is in making her opponents play where wants the ball to go and plays almost like she’s literally calculating every shot. The score is 7-0 for Hokuto and both are starting to tire, but Koyori’s not giving up. Thus begins the cliche comeback, a long rally where Hanabi notes that Hokuto’s entire game style has changed, playing rougher than normal. She continues to wonder why Koyori is smiling and enjoying this so much. Hokuto finally loses a point in a long rally and in the end, she loses 11-9 to Koyori. The next day, Agari usually the first one in, arrives to find Koyori there before her. She asks if Agari will practice with her, but she avoids it, obviously because she’s worried about losing her spot and whatever she has left in her mind that puts her above Koyori. She’s now actively avoiding Koyori if she can, though not sure why she’s being like this. We see later in the day Koyori challenging Hanabi for the #2 spot next. When Agari returns from her run, Koyori has beaten Hanabi 11-7 and is now #2. Now it’s unavoidable, the two will have to fight at some point. Agari is beyond pissed now, because she’s watching as everyone who once cheered for her has completely moved onto Koyori, not even taking into account that Agari could actually beat her and hold her #1 spot. With Hanabi and Hokuto, she talks about how she feels like Agari’s avoiding her, but they assure her she’s a nice girl deep down, she just has a rough exterior to her. Alone with Hokuto, Hanabi asks her if playing Koyori made her feel completely different than any match they’d had before. Practicing with Mune, she asks Agari why she’s not using her forehand, saying she had more fun when she used it. So she’s aware Agari is playing a different game now, wanting to win, not to play. She calms Agari down a bit, saying that her hard work won’t betray her, so relax and just play her game. The next day, it’s Agari who demands the match, not Koyori.

That was a much better episode, so it’s safe again.

THE GOOD

  • Hokuto is absolutely adorable and hysterical
  • I like how they’re actually making it seem like Koyori coming in and is potentially doing some harm, while inadvertent
  • I kind of enjoy the idea of a close relationship forming between Agari and Mune

THE BAD

  • I really don’t like how this show is treating Koyori the same way Asuka from AOKANA was developing, I hate characters who get destroyed the first half and then miraculously win every game
  • My brain is more than aware of the fact that even though there’s a hint of a relationship with Agari and Mune, it’s anime and it’s Japan, so they’ll tease it and that’s all

Episode Score: 4/5

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2016 Fall Anime Preview

So we are just a couple weeks away from the start of the 2016 fall 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 or Funimation where I can easily access it on my PS4 (which makes my screencaps really easy too), I will not watch it and 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!


3-gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion)

SYNOPSIS

Rei Kiriyama is a 17-year-old boy who recently started living alone, financed by his salary as a professional Shogi player. Despite his independence, however, he’s yet to mature emotionally, and his problems continue to haunt him in his daily life. His relationship with his adoptive family is strained, and he has difficulties interacting with his fellow high school students. Meanwhile, his professional career has entered a slump. Burdened with the heavy expectations placed on him as the fifth to become pro in middle school, his wins and losses are fluctuating as his record and progression into the ranks begin to stagnate.

Acquainted with Rei are the three Kawamoto sisters: Akari, Hinata, and Momo. Unlike Rei, they live happily in their modest home, which they warmly welcome Rei into as if he were one of their own. Despite his reservations about becoming too close to the family, he frequently visits, interacting with them and receiving the kind of care and affection he never quite had while under his foster home.

This is the story of Rei’s triumphs and failures, relationships new and old, and his growth as a person.

(Source: TV Tropes)

THOUGHTS – YAY

It’s a tough one to judge because I don’t like from the main concept that it’s all that interesting and from the majority of what I said in the video, it looks rather boring. However, the feeling I’m getting from this show is very reminiscent of how I looked at Amanchu! and it ended up being one of my favourites from this last season. So because of that event alone, I’m going to give it a shot, but I’m fully expecting to drop it after Week 1.


All Out!!

SYNOPSIS

In Rugby, there is no Ace Striker and there is no No.4 Batter, so who is the star of the team? The story begins at school entrance ceremony of Kanagawa High School where Kenji Gion, a small but gutsy go-getter joins the rugby club.

Kenji joins with his classmate, Iwashimizu, who has a complicated past, and sub-captain Hachioji, who always takes good care of his Club members. Lastly, there is Captain Sekizan, who has overwhelming powers, but keeps his cards close to his chest. With such differences in both personality and physical performance, the team must learn to work and grow together to become the best.

(Source: AnimeJapan 2016 flyer)

THOUGHTS – NAY

I know why so many people are curious about this show. Just Google Image Search this show and you’ll find that the men in this show may have the best butts in all of anime, including the girls! But from the video, it just looks like another sports anime and none of them have ever grabbed my attention, it’s just not my cup of tea. Sorry ladies, but this one ain’t for me, but you’re more than welcome to go enjoy all the boy butts.


Bernard-jou Iwaku.

(No video preview)

SYNOPSIS

The short gag manga is about the love of famous works of literature. It follows Sawako “Miss Bernard” Machida, a lazy girl who wants to be a well-read person — but does not actually read much. The manga recounts the conversations between “Miss Bernard” and her bookworm friends about the Bible, The Tale of the Heike, Guns, Germs, and Steel, The Door into Summer, The Great Passage, Fermat’s Last Theorem, and more masterpieces that she has not necessarily read.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

It sounds like it’ll be a short show so I may not cover it, since I don’t do shows under 5 minutes on my weekly anime posts, but anytime a show comes out and the main character is a lazy fuck in a comedy anime, I’m in.


Bloodivores

(No video preview)

SYNOPSIS

60 years ago, a strange case of insomnia struck the population, forcing them to stay awake for more than a full week. The victims, completely sleep deprived, all went mad. To cure this illness, a new medicine was produced, but the side effects turned the patients into vampires. Humanity went to war against this new species and triumphed, but some of the vampires managed to survive. Born from a Human and a Vampire, the main character Mi Liu, “The Child of Hope”, is to represent the new hope that will connect the two species. Ringleader of a bank robbery, Mi Liu is arrested and transferred to a special prison of the National Defense Agency that monitors Vampires. Trying to break free with Anji, Mi Liu is attacked by strange monsters and he finds out that the prison location corresponds to the birthplace of Vampires, the old capital “Blue Town.” Why are Vampires trapped in Blue Town? What are those strange monsters attacking them? Our heroes must fight to solve those mysteries.

(Source: Emon via Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

Unlike Servamp which ended up being a shitty action comedy vampire show, Bloodivores sounds a lot more like an action mystery vampire anime which has my attention a little more. Unfortunately at this time not all the information on the show has come out yet, but the plot synopsis has my attention and the cover art for the show looks pretty nice so at the very least, there’s a foundation here.


Brave Witches

SYNOPSIS

In September 1944, allied forces led by the 501st Joint Fighter Wing “Strike Witches” successfully eliminate the Neuroi threat from the skies of the Republic of Gallia, thus ensuring the security of western Europe. Taking advantage of this victory, allied forces begin a full-fledged push toward central and eastern Europe. From a base in Petersburg in the Empire of Orussia, the 502nd Joint Fighter Wing “Brave Witches,” upon whom mankind has placed its hopes, flies with courage in the cold skies of eastern Europe.

(Source: MAL News)

THOUGHTS – YAY

I don’t give a shit about how people feel about the Strike Witches series, I fucking adored it! So what if it’s a glorifying ecchi show, the concept is still super cool, the action sequences are pretty good and the diverse cast of characters makes the show very unique. So to have an entirely new set of characters (despite the fact a few of them look like copies of Strike Witches characters) in a new setting more than has my attention. I’m ready to return to the battle against the Neuroi in a fantasy World War II-era world where apparently girls don’t wear pants.


Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Season 2)

SYNOPSIS

The plot synopsis I have seen is basically the summary of last season, so on my own I’ll summarize what I think will happen. The show will continue after Season 1, where Azuma and company manage to repel the various threats on Treasure Island and protecting the remaining Buranki (mechs) there. The expectation I have is that they will continue this fight against the American, Russian and whatever new Buranki team that Azuma’s sister is a part of. I would also anticipate Reoko and company to continue playing along, but I don’t believe they will be the central villains this time around.

THOUGHTS – YAY

This show was a sleeper hit for me when the first season was out, so I fully expect this one to do the same for me. As I’ve said before, the animation style of this show is one of the coolest things about it, not to mention the amazingly designed diverse set of characters, no one feels similar to someone else, you can tell everyone apart. The only thing that worries me is that towards the end of Season 1, they got a little too crazy and made the sheer amount of new characters cause the show to get a little dizzying at times. I’m hoping that they’re able to properly establish everyone this time and make sense of it all, especially with the idea that Azuma’s sister Kaoruko is going to be fighting him, they’re going to need a pretty good reason for that.


Bungo Stray Dogs Season 2

SYNOPSIS

Another case where the synopsis pretty much just summarizes Season 1. So the fight against the Port Mafia and other faction that came at the end of the first season (and I can’t remember the name of) will continue on with Atsushi and the gang of supernatural misfit detectives he works with. I’m unsure if the current situation will lead to this being the end of the show, but it’s plausible that this could be the final season given how they could use the 12 episodes they have to full-on fighting everyone.

THOUGHTS – YAY

Loved this show’s first season, so it’s a no-brainer to keep things going. I miss characters like Atsushi, Dazai and of course the super adorable crepe lover, Kyouka. The animation style, in particular the facial expressions are just so damn good and funny, even when the show’s story is meh at best, the animation and comedy keeps you involved. Can’t wait to get back into this show.


Cheating Craft

(External site: http://www.bilibili.com/video/av5546671/)

SYNOPSIS

University Exams are one of the most influential factors in one’s early life. Depending on the results, a fantastic, high class, honorable life may await you. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, you may be left only leftovers. In this type of battlefield atmosphere, students are always doing their best to “evolve” and survive. “Learning Types” are students who have studied hard their whole lives and legitimately memorized everything they have studied, while “Cheating types” are those who, as the name suggests, only managed to climb the educational ladder by cheating. Though sometimes they must cooperate with each other, there is a great rivalry between the two types. How will the hero “Mumei”, a C Type, followed by the heroin “Koi” a L-Type, struggle in those tests. Now a new battle, one beyond imagination, is about to begin.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

This looks so much like your average school fighting anime where the main character slowly gets better and better and gets to the top of the rankings, that it completely turned me off the second I started watching the video. It looks so devoid of personality too, like it’s just trying to take from all the shows before it that were successful and mix them all together in hopes of creating a hit anime. Nope! Not for me.


Drifters

SYNOPSIS

Shimazu Toyohisa, while involved in the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically wounded in the process. As he walks from the field wounded and bleeding, Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors where a bespectacled man at a desk waits for him. This man, Murasaki, sends Toyohisa into the nearest door where he wakes up in another world. There, Toyohisa meets other great warriors like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as Drifters.

This world contains both native humans and a number of fantastical races, including elves, dwarves, and hobbits. However, the world is at war, with the humans waging a losing war against another group of great warriors, the Ends, who wish to take over the world and kill all the Drifters. Under the Ends’ command are many terrible creatures, including dragons, which they use to destroy everything in their wake. At the start of the series, the Ends’ army has control of the northern part of the continent and is currently trying to invade the south through a pivotal fortress at the northernmost tip of a nation called Carneades. Meanwhile, the Octobrist Organization, a group of human magicians native to this world, attempt to bring together the many individual Drifters to save their world from the brutal Ends.

(Source: Wikipedia)

THOUGHTS – YAY!!!

Holy shit! It’s fantasy-era Hellsing anime! Seriously, the manga was done by Kouta Hirano who did Hellsing. Also, of all people NBC Universal got a hold of this one and the only other show I’ve watched of theirs was And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online, which was fantastic! I’m never good on violence, but Hellsing was the exception to that rule and this is looking so similar to that. I am beyond ready for this show, I was not expecting this to be what it was until I researched further and discovered that this indeed is a fantasy-era Hellsing anime. I cannot wait for this one!


Flip Flappers

SYNOPSIS

Many things in Pure Illusion will stand in the girls’ way on their search for the mysterious crystal called the “Shard of Mimi,” an item that is said to grant any wish. However, when the girls find themselves in danger, the Shard of Mimi shines, and they are able to transform.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

I am fully prepared to drop this one after the first episode, but it’s just weird looking enough and the clip of the girl like…airboarding looked pretty cool, so my interest was piqued just enough to at the very least take a look at this show. It seems very magical girl like, which so far has failed to grab my attention, but who knows, maybe this one’ll be a sleeper hit for me. We’ll have to wait and see.


Fune wo Amu

SYNOPSIS

The publication of a new dictionary titled The Great Passage progresses. Mitsuya Majime, originally from publisher Genbu Shobo’s sales department, has been recruited by Kouhei Araki, a veteran editor of the dictionary department who is looking to retire soon. The dictionary department is known internally as the “money-eating insect,” but Mitsuya uses his perseverance and attachment to the words in order to become a great editor. Mitsuya, who has poor social skills, finds himself working with another man named Masashi Nishioka, who is able to express himself better.

(Source: MAL News)

THOUGHTS – NAY

What I got from the video is that the show looks really boring, not to mention the majority of the cast is male and for whatever reason (you can try to pull the feminist card on me), shows with pretty much all male characters don’t grab my attention ever, mostly because males in anime are usually boring characters. But yeah, zero interest in this show after watching trailers and reading the summary of the story.


Gakuen Handsome

(No video preview)

SYNOPSIS

The “school love story” is set at Baramon High School, a private boys’ school for the prefecture’s most elite. The protagonist transferred into the school and meets various major players on campus, such as the “outlaw teacher,” the soccer captain, and a childhood friend whom the protagonist has not seen in seven years. The school presents opportunities for friendship, love, and conflict. The tagline of the game is, “Whenever you exited the school gates, you were handsome.”

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

Yaoi harem, not interested. Also the art looks like garbage to me. Sorry ladies, but this is beyond my horizons and then some.


Girlish Number

SYNOPSIS

The story follows the lives of Chitose Karasuma, a college student who aspires to be an idol voice actress, and other young women in the industry.

(Source: Animation News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

Seems like your standard idol anime with a slice of life vibe to it, so there’s nothing in the previews that make me hate it, however like a lot of these shows, it’s very likely I won’t finish it, A Seiyu’s Life being the most recent attempt and lasting about 4 or 5 episodes before I was bored with it. Hopefully this show can do differently, I do like the character designs with this show, so there’s a little promise going in.


Hagane Orchestra

SYNOPSIS

There’s no summary given, but the anime is based off a smartphone RPG in Japan.

THOUGHTS – YAY

I don’t know what the fuck I just watched, but it’s so cheesy and over the top, I love it. That’s all I really have to say about it.


Idol Memories

SYNOPSIS

In the near future where Idols are active in the space of virtual reality, two units from the Shiritsu Kanon Gakuen, which are currently ranking down, are aiming for the top of idol league! Who will be getting the honorable tiara?

(Source: MyAnimeList News)

THOUGHTS – YAY

The same thing I said about Girlish Number applies here, although this idol anime is more futuristic so who knows, maybe that’s intriguing enough to make me stick with it. But based on the preview I saw, I’m getting the feeling that this one won’t grab me, but who knows, maybe I’m just being pessimistic here.


Keijo!!!!!!!!

SYNOPSIS

Kaminashi Nozomi (17) is an exceptional gymnast. So much so that colleges with some of the best gymnastic programs are trying to recruit her. Unfortunately for them, she has other plans. Due to her family being extremely poor, money is everything to her. That’s why she wants to step into the world of “Keijo.” “Keijo” is a type of gambling sport where girls stand on a small floating platform and compete against one another. The aim is to push the other contestant off of the platform into the water, but they are only allowed to use their butt or breasts to push the others off. Will Nozomi be able to compete in the intense world of “Keijo” and bring wealth and fortune for her family?

(Source: MangaHelpers)

THOUGHTS – YAY

You know that for something so stupid, I have to watch it, right? But this will be a show that could be either the best thing ever or the dumbest thing ever, I don’t think there’s any gray area here. The show will either be so silly it’s amazing, or so dumb that it’s unwatchable. We’ll just have to wait and see which one that is.


Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki

(No video preview)

SYNOPSIS

This is the visual diary of Kiitarou’s experience with youkai. He’s a boy with a very strong spirit sense, but when he entered a forbidden storehouse, he was kicked out of his home. He soon found a new place to live, where he met a zashiki warashi (house spirit) named Suzu. He and Suzu soon began to attract all kinds of spirit creatures, starting with a nurikabe (appears as a wall that impedes travelers) and mokumokuren (appears as eyes in a torn paper wall). What kind of folkloric creature will he meet next?

(Source: Baka-Updates)

THOUGHTS – YAY

After a show like Mononokean, I’m now a little more interested in shows dealing with the spirit world and yokai, so based on that alone I’m willing to give this one a shot. That and from the poster, it almost looks like the show is a yokai harem anime, which if that’s the case, I gotta see how this fucking mess ends up being like!


Long Riders!

SYNOPSIS

The manga follows Ami Kurata, a first year college student with no special qualities. One day she happens to notice someone riding a folding bike, immediately falls in love with it, and uses all her savings to buy one. She eventually gets introduced to the world of long-distance bicycling and road racer bikes, and she forms a cycling team called Fortuna with four other female college students from the same school. Their goal is to ride in a “brevet” or long-distance event called “Fresh.”

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

Another NBC Universal show and this one almost reminds of a slightly toned down Bakuon with bicycles instead of motorcycles. So I’m definitely a little curious about the show, but I have my suspicions that this one won’t quite live up to my expectations. Either way, it’s worth a look for me.


Luger Code 1951

SYNOPSIS

Grand Prize winner of the Shonen Jump + × Animax Anime Scenario Award.

The story centers around the young linguistic genius and university professor Testa. He is introduced by his senior, Sergeant Rossa, to the Allied Cryptanalysis Department. There, he is tasked to break the enemy werewolves’ code, which the werewolves are using to encrypt their radio transmissions. Testa is astounded, as the only sound the encrypted code produces is the howling of a wolf. His research yields no results, and he resolves to capture a live werewolf for better cryptanalysis. After exhausting all possible means, he finally finds a female werewolf, Yonaga.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

I’m so turned off by the word ‘werewolf’ that the second I read that in the synopsis, the only show that might’ve pulled me out of it is if the Drifters video was in that spot. But honestly, this show might actually be really good, but my biases are kicking in here and telling me to back the fuck away from it.


Magic-Kyun! Resistance

(External site: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3crjyi)

SYNOPSIS

A world where art becomes magic. In this world, people who can inspire passion with their Magic Arts are called Artistas, and are employed in show business. In Hoshinomori Private Magical Arts High School, where Artistas are taught, a strange new student named Ohana Aigasaki transfers into the school.

Ohana is placed on the planning committee for the school’s yearly Hoshinomori Summer Festa cultural festival. She spends her romantic school life with six other boys who aim to become entertainers in the future.

Each of the boys specializes in his own Arts, and aims to make Hoshi Fes a success. In addition, the boys also aim to be chosen alongside Ohana as the school’s Artista Prince and Princess, only chosen once a year.

A Magic-kyun for you! A new renaissance starts here! Magic-kyun! Renaissance is a multimedia project where you can create great memories with Artistas of greatly varying personalities!

(Source: official website via Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

Reverse harem, looks way too cheesy and clearly marketed to a female audience. Yeah…I’m way out on this one.


Nanbaka

SYNOPSIS

The series focuses on Jyugo, Uno, Nico, and Rock, four young prisoners at a unique prison where inmates are divided into groups and assigned numbers. They comprise group 13 and, despite the circumstances, take every opportunity to have fun, much to the chagrin of their guard Hajime. However, Jyugo’s leisurely life is upset when he learns there is more to his past than he remembers…

THOUGHTS – YAY

Remember what I said about not getting my interest piqued by male-dominant shows? Yeah fuck that, this looks so stupid and funny that I have to watch this one. Not only that, but holy shit what were the artists of this show on when they designed these characters?! Holy fucking hell it looks like someone tripped over while holding 10 different colours of paints and they all splashed onto the canvas. My eyes! My eyes!!!


Occultic;Nine

(External site: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4ogz5g)

SYNOPSIS

The “paranormal science” story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals, linked by the “Chōjō Kagaku Kirikiri Basara” occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Yūta Gamon. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

This was a tough one to decide on, because on one hand I feel like this show might be kind of fun, but then on the other hand I feel like this one’s gonna be really dark despite the fun exterior it’s showing thus far. And as the guy who really doesn’t deal well with dark themes and violence, this one’s a hard one for me to go for after watching that video.


Okusama ga Seito Kaichou!+!

SYNOPSIS

Another synopsis where it just references the first season. Basically, the show is a continuation of the romantic (and very ecchi) comedy between Ui and Hayato who are together in the student council but Hayato suddenly has his home invaded by the airheaded Ui who claims to be his wife, an arranged marriage set up by their parents. The show in a nutshell is an endless stream of sexual innuendo as Ui tries to court Hayato into becoming her husband, while he can’t keep himself out of trouble with other girls around him as well.

THOUGHTS – YAY

I absolutely adored this show in its first season, they were short 9-minute episodes and did their job well. Get in, sexual humour, over-the-top facial expressions and the odd nipple popping out, then get out. And all the characters are pretty unique and interesting so even though the show is pure ecchi, it’s still entertaining in other ways as well, though it’s definitely not for everyone.


Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume

SYNOPSIS

The story follows middle school students Koyori Tsumuzikaze and Agari Kamiya as they enter the world of girls’ middle school ping pong.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

It’s a stupid cheesy looking anime about tiny high school girls and ping-pong, how can I not be curious about this show?! Will it have staying power, that’s a harder question to answer, but at the very least the show is so random that I have to give it a first look.


Shuumatsu no Izetta

SYNOPSIS

In 1939, the imperialist nation of Germania launched a sudden invasion of its neighboring countries. This conflagration engulfed all of Europe in one fell swoop, and the era was dragged into the maelstrom of war. Then in 1940, Germania set its sights on Elystadt, a tiny principality blessed with breathtaking greenery and water in the Alps.

The story centers on Izetta (pictured right in image at right), a descendant of a clan of witches who had passed down mysterious powers for generations. She can cast these powers on anything she touches and manipulate it at will. Since she was little, she and her grandmother lived their lives on the road, traveling between European countries in order to hide these powers. The anime also centers on Fiine (pictured left), the sole daughter in line to succeed Rudolph III, the ruler of the Principality of Elystadt. From a young age she has been adored for her wisdom and kind heart by not only her retainers, but by all the citizens. Since her father has been stricken by illness, she has been busy preparing for Germania’s invasion in his stead.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

Man, what’s with all the shows liking having their stories set during World War II lately? Either way, the show looks like a World War II version of Alderamin on the Sky, which certainly has my interest thus far. It also takes a bit from Strike Witches with the whole clan of witches during World War II kind of concept, but a little more serious than Strike Witches. Will it be good? Who knows, but I’m certainly interested in seeing if it is or not.


Soul Buster

SYNOPSIS

An adaptation of author Bai Mao’s Chinese novel series based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

THOUGHTS – NAY

It looks too serious for me and anything based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novels really have never been able to grab my attention thus far, can’t imagine it starting now. Might be really good for those into this sort of thing, but for me I’ve got zero interest in this one.


Soushin Shoujo Matoi

SYNOPSIS

It is 2016. Matoi Sumeragi, a second-year junior high school student, works part-time as a shrine maiden at Tenman Shrine in the city of Kamaya. Ever since being separated from her mother in early childhood, Matoi has been entrusted to her grandparents on her father’s side, but three months ago, she finally began to live with her father Shingo. In those circumstances, she only wishes for a peaceful, normal life.

Her close friend and part-time workmate Yuma Kusanagi is part of the family of the shrine’s chief priest, and is a candidate to be the successor shrine maiden. For generations, her family has performed exorcisms of evil spirits. She invites Matoi to one of these exorcism ceremonies, a so-called “Divine Possession” that she will attempt.

One day, Matoi and Yuma walk from the school to the shrine as usual, but when they arrive, they are greeted by the shrine’s now damaged grounds, and Yuma’s parents have both collapsed from their wounds. Matoi’s father Shingo, a police detective, launches an investigation, and he comes upon a man who does not seem entirely sane: his only witness. When he holds down the man, Yuma begins the ritual of Divine Possession.

Something strange then happens, not with Yuma, but with Matoi. Matoi Sumeragi, who had only wanted a normal, peaceful life, takes the role of a god, and gains the power to banish evil spirits! To get her precious everyday life back, Matoi must conduct exorcisms!

(Source: official website via Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

Looks like a fantasy magical girl kind of anime, haven’t really found one that grabs my attention either and this one really does nothing to change that for me. Design-wise it looks pretty decent, but the summary doesn’t do anything to interest me.


Tiger Mask W

SYNOPSIS

In “The Tiger’s Hole,” the behind-the-scenes organization of the revived wresting world, two young wrestlers take a stand. One of those fighters has inherited the training facility and mask of a tiger that Naoto Itō left at the foot of Mount Fuji. The other fighter has been victorious at fierce competitions since entering The Tiger’s Hole, and has obtained the black Tiger Mask. A Tiger Mask that walks down the path of light, and a Tiger Mask that walks down the path of shadow. Neither of them have ever seen each other’s face… In the ring, the two are fated rivals, but their goals are the same: “Crush The Tiger’s Hole!”

(Source: official website via Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

Please let this be the professional wrestling anime I’ve always wanted, not the sexually central Wanna Be The Strongest In The World!!, I want Pro Wrestling: The Anime and if the show is centering around Japanese wrestling legend, Tiger Mask (who’s had four different iterations over the years), this may be the best chance we have at just that!


Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo “Shounen Tantei-dan” Yori

SYNOPSIS

It is the 2030s. The Boy Detectives Club gathers under Kogorō Akechi, the mysterious detective. The group solves cases great and small using their unique skills. One day, a member of the club, Kensuke Hanazaki, meets the boy Yoshio Kobayashi. Kobayashi’s body cannot die due to the effects of the “Unidentifiable Mist,” but he yearns for death, and shirks from contact with other people. Taking an interest in him, Hanazaki invites him to join the Boy Detectives Club. Their meeting is connected to the fate tying together Kogorō Akechi, and the era’s greatest villain, the Fiend With Twenty Faces.

(Source: official website via Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

This almost comes off like a less cheesy over-the-top version of Bungo Stray Dogs, which already has me curious. Upon viewing the video, the animation looks really good as well so the show’s certainly worth a look at for me.


Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari

SYNOPSIS

Souta Tawara is a web designer working in Tokyo. When he visits his family’s Udon place in his hometown Kagawa Prefecture, he discovers a young boy. Upon confronting the boy, Souta soon learns his secret and decides to quit his job in order to take care of the boy, Poko. The daily adventures of the two slowly enfold as Poco energetically navigates his way through Kagawa, the “Udon Kingdom,” along with Souta.

(Source: MyAnimeList)

THOUGHTS – YAY

It’s like if you took Sweetness & Lightning and just changed Tsumugi into a boy. I don’t know if this show will carry a similar style of storytelling as Sweetness, but after watching that show in the summer, I’m more than game for a second round if that’s what this show is.


ViVid Strike!

SYNOPSIS

There’s no synopsis available but the anime is from the same creator as Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.

THOUGHTS – YAY

There’s barely enough interest in this show to get me to watch it, as the show comes off very mainstream to me with it’s setting, style and the kind of story I’m sensing from what I watched in this video. But it’s not like there’s anything easily notable as bad from that video, so I can’t really justify saying no just yet. I just don’t expect this show to stay on my weekly posts for very long.


Yuri!!! on Ice

SYNOPSIS

The story revolves around Yuuri Katsuki, who carried all of Japan’s hopes on his shoulders to win at the Gran Prix Finale ice skating competition, but suffered a crushing defeat. He returns home to Kyushu and half feels like he wants to retire, and half feels like he wants to continue ice skating. With those mixed feelings swirling inside him, he confines himself inside his parents house. Suddenly the five-time consecutive world championship ice skater Victor Nikiforov appears before him, and along with him is Yuri Plisetsky, a young Russian figure skater who is already defeating his seniors. Victor and both Yuris take up the challenge on an unprecedented Gran Prix series.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

A boys’ figure skating anime? Yeah…somehow I don’t think that’s up my alley…like at all. I can imagine female anime watchers being very interested in this show, but holy hell does this look like something I need to stay far away from.


And that’s it! So at this time, the total number of shows I’ll be watching at the start of the fall season will be…22!

We’ll have to wait and see if all 22 will be available on Crunchyroll and/or Funimation so that I can watch it. But fully expect after Week 1 for that number to be under 20, I’m becoming harsher and harsher with shows now because my time to watch anime every week is shrinking and shrinking. So for shows to last, they have to not just be okay, that’s not going to cut it anymore like it did especially in the Spring and Summer.

See you in October!