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Spring 2016 Anime Awards

So the spring anime season has ended (or at least every show has had their 12 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!


Worst Opening Theme

“Gyakuten Winner” by Johnny’s West – Ace Attorney

“Limit” by LUNA SEA – Endride

“Datte, Gyutteshite.” by Maki Hanatani – Kumamiko ~Girl Meets Bear~

“The Day” by Porno Graffitti – My Hero Academia

“Okaeri.” by Yuusuke Yata – Super Lovers

Winner: Endride

The lead vocals of this sound are excruciatingly annoying to me, oh my god! The music itself isn’t terrible, but holy shit those vocals did not resonate with my musician’s ear at all! Ugh!


Worst Ending Theme

“Message” by Rei Yasuda – Ace Attorney

“Kobore Sekai Oware” by Aki Hata – Big Order

“go my way” by Ryouta Fujimaki – Endride

“HEROES” by Brian the Sun – My Hero Academia

“Happiness YOU & ME” by Various Actors (main cast) – Super Lovers

Winner: Ace Attorney

Same kind of deal with the worst opening, the vocals in this song really didn’t go over well with me, the shaky female vocals did not work well at all in my opinion. Again, music itself isn’t terrible, but the vocals really bring the song down.


Worst Story

Big Order

Cerberus

Endride

Haifuri

Super Lovers

Winner: Super Lovers

The sheer amount of jumping around from place to place in the episodes I managed to stick around long enough to watch are enough to drive me mad. But the idea that nothing in terms of plot is established quickly enough to bring you in, it just brings the show down a ton. After a great first episode with a ton of story with curious at best characters, they decided to do the same thing every week with no real change. And you can’t do that without boring the everloving shit out of your audience.


Biggest Disappointment

Big Order

Cerberus

Endride

Haifuri

Super Lovers

Winner: Big Order

This may forever be the only anime I ever drop with ONE EPISODE LEFT! After a slow start, by Episode 3 I was hooked. The concept was great, there were tons of interesting characters, the art design was cool and the opening song is fucking badass! But then by Episode 6 and 7, the show decided “Hey! Let’s make the most uninteresting character in the show the main character all of a sudden!” and had Sena in a more leading role. And she fucking killed it…the show, not the role. The incest was appalling enough, but after taking a wacky, fun show and trying to make it super serious and thought provoking: No, fuck you Big Order. Fuck you.


Worst Male Character

Dirk Eberwein – Asterisk War: Season 2

Hiiro – Cerberus

Emilio Langheim – Endride

Shun Asunaga – Endride

Tsuguhito Yuta – Kiznaiver

Winner: Dirk Eberwein – Asterisk War Season 2

As a wrestling fan, we have a term we use called “X-Pac Heat” or “Go Away Heat”. Basically, it’s when you hate someone but not to the point you want to see them get their comeuppance, you hate them because they’re taking valuable time away from the show you’re watching. Dirk has X-Pac Heat, I don’t want him on the show and I don’t care about the comeuppance he’ll eventually get. I just want this fat fuck off my screen.


Worst Female Character

Flora Klemm – Asterisk War: Season 2

Rin Suzunoki – Bakuon!!

Sena Hoshimiya – Big Order

Saraato – Cerberus

Claudia Lowetti – Hundred

Winner: Sena Hoshimiya – Big Order

Already mentioned it earlier, but Sena is a boring young girl who gets caught in multiple incestual relationships. There’s already so much to like here, everyone! But when the show decided to stick a rocket up her ass and shoot her to the top, the show suffered immensely because of it and thus this award is given to the one character out of the five that actually brought the show down.


Worst Show

Endride

Joker Game

Kumamiko -Girl Meets Bear-

The Lost Village

Three Leaves, Three Colors

Winner: The Lost Village

Hey Adam! Do you want to watch a super mysterious, yet maybe serious and murderous show with over thirty uninteresting characters who you should totally remember after we spend half of the first episode introducing them all to you?! 

…No. Fuck off.


Best Opening Theme

“PUNCH☆MIND☆HAPPINESS” by Happy Clover – Anne Happy

“FEEL x ALIVE” by Sayaka Sasaki – Bakuon!!

“Disorder” by Yousei Teikoku – Big Order

“Bloodred” by D-selections – Hundred

“Lay Your Hands On Me” by Boom Boom Satellites – Kiznaiver

WINNER: Anne Happy

As much as I’d love to give this one to Boom Boom Satellites, especially with the saddening story of the band breaking up due to the vocalist’s health, I can’t not give this season’s award to Anne Happy. The song is so goddamn bouncy, catchy and infectious and the animation playing with it just adds onto how super happy and cheesy it is. This is how you make an opening theme for a comedy anime!


Best Ending Theme

“Ashita de Ii kara” by Various Actors (main cast) – Anne-Happy

“Voon! Voon! Ride On!” by Various Actors (Bike Club members) – Bakuon!!

“Namae wo Yobu yo” by Luck Life – Bungo Stray Dogs

“TABOOLESS” by Claire (M.A.O) & Liddy (Rika Kinugawa) & Erica (Yui Makino) –  Hundred (eps 4-5)

“Hajimari no Sokudo” by Sangatsu no Phantasia – Kiznaiver

WINNER: Bakuon!!

Another case of the animation really enhancing the song, Bakuon’s ending theme is a cute little pop-punk style song with a super adorable chibi animation, almost like the girls are paper cutouts. Very catchy tune.


Best Art Direction

And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online

Bungo Stray Dogs

Flying Witch

Kiznaiver

Space Patrol Luluco

WINNER: Flying Witch

Originally planned to give this to Kiznaiver the entire season, but after looking through all my screencaps, it’s very obvious that Flying Witch isn’t just about the cool character designs like Kiznaiver. Everything Flying Witch animates is beautiful, the characters are gorgeous, the background are gorgeous, even the little things like the plants they pick, the materials Makoto and Akane use for their witchcraft, everything has a significant attention to detail in them and it all looks absolutely stunning.


Best Character Design

Bakuon!!

Bungo Stray Dogs

Flying Witch

Hundred

Kiznaiver

WINNER: Bungo Stray Dogs

This was never put into question. When you have the super cheesy and ridiculous facial expressions and gestures that Bungo Stray Dogs have, there’s no way I can not give them this award. Shots like Kyouka’s love for crepes, Osamu’s various coy faces and the many weird poses Atsushi ends up in when he’s freaking out, everything character-related in this show is fan-freaking-tastic!


Best Story

And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online

Asterisk War: Season 2

Bungo Stray Dogs

Hundred

Kiznaiver

WINNER: Kiznaiver

Really the only show to get an emotional response from me this season, Kiznaiver easily gets this award. Especially towards the end where shit really hits the fan and the emotions get ramped up to an almost tear-jerking degree, I barely managed to get past Episode 10 without crying, it was a rough episode. Now the show has its episodes where the story is a little muddy, but when it’s on track, there’s nothing I watched this season in full that compared to it. 


Best Screencap

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— An average morning in Ren’s bedroom – Anne Happy

 

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— Kyouka’s newfound love for crepes – Bungo Stray Dogs

 

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— The proper way to get off a bus – Flying Witch

 

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— A wonderful shot of Claire’s first kiss – Hundred

 

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— The Gomorins at their best in random positions – Kiznaiver

 

WINNER: Kyouka – Bungo Stray Dogs

I thought the Gomorins screencap couldn’t be topped and then Kyouka had her first crepe and it was magic from then on. It’s the cutest thing I have ever seen in anime, I re-watched that reaction several times after it first happened. When the show already has such incredible facial expressions, it’s no wonder taking the cutest girl in the show and putting the cutest, innocent face on her and it’s because of food…how can I not give that the award?!


Sexiest Screencap

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— Ako looking her best – And You Thought There Was Never A Girl Online

 

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— Iyo getting her money worth before SOMEONE has to go for an implied incestual relationship – Big Order

 

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— Sakura running the show’s swimsuit episode – Hundred

 

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— The best Claire shot – Hundred

 

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— The holy shit hot springs scene – Kiznaiver

 

WINNER: Sakura – Hundred

As much as I wanted to give this to Claire’s flotation devices or the image that made me start screencapping in the first place (Kiznaiver), I can’t deny Sakura for using her time well to create the sexiest shot I watched this season in anime. For a girl who’s traditional designed the way she is as a more proper character, she literally turns heads by fully abusing her beauty and flaunting it every chance she has. In this case, she’s aware she’s wearing a bikini one size too small and the bottoms are clinging to her butt. But she doesn’t care, she wants you to know it. And look at it.


Sexiest Female Character

Ako – And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online

Ren – Anne-Happy

Rin – Big Order

Claire – Hundred

Sakura – Hundred

WINNER: Claire – Hundred

It’s so weird because I’m normally not into big-chested girls nearly as much as other characters. But Hundred really did a fantastic job of making me temporarily cast that rule aside and bring in Claire as the hottest girl from this season. Had I upheld this rule of mine, Rin would’ve taken the spot easily, but I can’t ignore Claire after the many sexy moments we had with her during the course of this even sexier version of an Infinite Stratos-style harem anime.


Best Male Character

Hideki – And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online

Atsushi – Bungo Stray Dogs

Osamu – Bungo Stray Dogs

Katsuhira – Kiznaiver

Yoshiharu – Kiznaiver

WINNER: Osamu – Bungo Stray Dogs

Not a whole lot of great male characters this season, but Osamu is one of the few who really took advantage of this shortage for me this season. The coyness, the stupidity, the overtly ridiculousness of his character and taking the great character design of the show, it only added to the sillyness of his character. And I enjoyed every moment he was on-screen because of it.


Best Female Character

Anne – Anne-Happy

Julis – Asterisk War: Season 2

Kyouka – Bungo Stray Dogs

Chinatsu – Flying Witch

Makoto – Flying Witch

WINNER: Chinatsu – Flying Witch

There’s no girl this season that I “Awww’d” more to than Chinatsu-chan! Normally this award goes more towards girls that exude great character and also being strong girls, but Chinatsu’s free spirit and pure cuteness throughout the show is just too OP!!! Her voice actress, Eri Suzuki does a fantastic job of making this little girl the most adorable character on the screen this season. And that’s not just including humans, that includes everything!


Best Show

Anne-Happy

Bakuon!!

Flying Witch

Hundred

Kiznaiver

WINNER: Anne-Happy

Bakuon was super funny and cool, Flying Witch was a fantastic sit down and watch kind of show, Hundred was action-packed and sexy as fuck and Kiznaiver brought the feels with a fantastic cast of characters.

But Anne Happy had me in so many stitches over the course of their 12 episodes, I’d be in debt the rest of my life if I lived in America (go free health care in Canada!). The main five are all hilarious and adorable, the animation style is fantastic, including their facial expressions, gestures and even the still frames that are more chibi and cartoonish. Every episode had its hilarious moments and even the worst episodes of the show were still super entertaining to watch. There is no show this season I looked forward to watching more than Anne Happy this season, by a longshot too.


And there you have it, that’s my best of the spring anime of 2016. If you got your own winners for the season, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below!

Final Week – Spring Anime 2016

The final week of the Spring anime season is here.

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!

And because this is the final week, not every show is in this post because they’ve already ended and one show will have two episode reviews here, since it took a little longer to finish up. I will also have an end of season awards post again, hopefully by the end of today.

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online
And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online (Ep.12)

It’s finally time for the festival preparations and the group of course is busy capturing that fort. Though Hideki reveals he talked to the Wallenstein guild master and was told they don’t like defending, they prefer attacking. So with Yui’s fan group, they begin their attack. However, the guild from last time has taken over again. Nanako being a summoner now has a giant robot armor and she begins their attack. In the end, they manage to take the fort, now it’s time for Wallenstein to make their move. They have twenty minutes left. Emperor Sword returns first to attack and repel them off. Now it’s definitely time for them to show up. And it’s a hopeless battle still, but Akane manages to take out one of them. Nanako surprises them and makes them use up their skills and they take out two more. Bats takes out Yui and others while Hideki struggles with their tank. So Bats is just able to walk right into the throne room. It’s just him and Kyoh, but we’re also aware Ako’s around somewhere. And Ako takes a stun shot for Kyoh, sacrificing herself. And just making it to the end of the time, Kyoh uses a shit ton of her items to keep herself alive. So Kyoh lost thousands of dollars doing that. Of course with all that done, Ako forgot about the festival and y’know, the whole maid thing. Yui takes the festival montage by singing and playing guitar. You win! At the end, Ako demands a reward for hanging in during the festival. The reward? A real-life kiss, but of course the group ruins it at the last second.

This show was super adorable at times, Ako while being very annoying has her moments throughout the show. Really all the main cast are great characters. Quite a bit of fan service in this one, but you know that’s not an issue for me.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5 

Overall Show Score: 4/5

Anne-Happy
Anne-Happy (Ep.12) 

Now because it’s the last episode, I’m torn on whether they’ll lose horribly again or actually win one. At this point it’s only Anne’s team who have all their members…except Hibiki naturally walks right to where the teacher is. Ren meanwhile gets help from all the female creatures out in the forest in stopping the chasing mini-Timothys. She also finds one of their carvings too. But she has to take a nap first. Hibiki’s finally caught as well. Ruri and Anne are still together and she notes that this forest was clearly built for a purpose, since there are very little poisonous plants in the entire area. Botan meanwhile is as pathetically useless as always, except her clumsiness actually finds another carving! Ren wakes up and all the animals have brought her food except one rabbit, who actually considers roasting itself. Oh dear. Ren puts a quick stop to that though and continues this week’s adorable episode of Ren & Friends. She’s found by Mega Timothy though, assuming she’s run off, hard to tell if she was caught or not. Ruri and Anne find a third carving. We see everyone caged, including Hibiki and Ren, so it’s down to 3 of them. We also see that this little girl is Timothy’s source, also the one voicing him. They only have one more hour as well. Botan actually finds a second carving and it’s starting to look like the forest might be catching fire. Also a ton of animals rush the cage, presumably because of Ren, including a bear! That tiny rabbit makes use of not roasting itself too and gets the key for the cage to Ren. Now everyone’s back in the game. Ruri and Anne find the last carving, though they don’t know Botan has two and Ren has one. Then the ground suddenly shakes and a landslide causes Anne and Ruri to tragically pass away (probably not). The teacher notes it’s definitely Anne’s luck causing this unnatural event. We also see Mega Timothy’s taken damage from it’s showdown with the bear, foreshadowing something. Ruri and Anne are barely hanging on a cliff and Botan saves them…except she’s falling too. So Hibiki and Ren return and save them as well. Mega Timothy also shows up, escept he explodes right into them and they all fall. Then Anne blows an emergency whistle? And the teacher shows up, somehow saving them all. So they all lose, in last place as expected. Except they actually have all their carvings, yet it still doesn’t matter apparently. They do get to go into a hot spring where the giant hole was. By the end of this, Ruri and Hibiki are also finally on first name terms as well. So the show ends with a montage of the girls setting up their beds for the night and then them just talking over the entire day. The show officially ends with the opening theme playing over as the girls walk to their next day of school, looking bright and happy.

This show was a ton of fun to watch and unbeknownst to me there was even a little fan service in there as well. But all in all, the show was best at its strengths, being ridiculously over-the-top hilarious. And it did that in spades.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***

Overall Show Score: 4.5/5

Flying Witch
Flying Witch (Ep.11)

It’s a foggy day and Akane with Chinatsu meets with another witch-related person who delivers newspapers to witches. Apparently something big is flying over town that day, a giant whale. It surprises them from behind, massive and having land on its back that they can ride on and apparently was inhabited as well. They explore the inside more, finding almost like a ruin in there. Anzu’s also there as they later find out, a huge history buff and admits she’d like to be an archaeologist, which Chinatsu notes she’ll have to practice running away from giant boulders. I love her. Needing to eat still, they invite Anzu for breakfast with them. We learn during the time waiting for pancakes to be finished that Kenny knows Anzu as he taught her about the whale and other things, as he studied and now teaches anthropology, because of course he does. Then when the food is done we get an origin story on hotcakes/pancakes, I thought I was watching Dagashi Kashi again. Anzu calls home to tell her Mom where she is and she’s asked if Akane is with her. So right afterwards, an owl arrives with a carried message, which freaks out Makoto. The message is a 59,000 yen tab. Very nice episode, one more to go!

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Flying Witch
Flying Witch (Ep.12)

While doing some cleaning, she comes across her witch robe she made in junior high. It’s also torn up a bit to which she asks Chito if she was chewing on it and Chito freaks out, likely apologizing over and over again. She asks Kei’s mother for direction to a fabric store and it’s a far walk, so you know it’ll be a fun trip for the girl who has zero sense for directions. It’s by this point that Makoto’s fully mastered flying with a broom. I love how she’s casually flying over the town and no one notices. Along the way we see Akane getting trashed and Inukai telling fortunes, kind of a refresh of some of the other characters of the show. I wonder if that means we’ll see a little more of the cafe and perhaps Nao as well? Sure enough, Nao comes across Makoto as she’s delivering booze. She asks Makoto if she has plans and suggests they go to the festival together. At the shop, she finds materials for her new robe while Chito finds a glow-in-the-dark cat spread, so Makoto buys a metre of it as well for something. She also finds it’s very cheap so she considers making a second robe but doesn’t need one. Chito suggests something though and she’s all for it, which I assume is a robe for Chinatsu, our apprentice witch. Later that night we’re back with the pretty Inukai-san now and a drunken Akane approaches. Back at home, Chinatsu now has her robe and drunken Akane shows up at home. During that time, we’re introduced to Earthfish, fish in the ground. Of course, Akane gets them drunk too. It’s a cute little ending to the show with a montage of the festival during the credits.

I loved this show, not because of anything special in particular, it was just always a sweet, cute watch for after being dragged through the mud of feels and action-packed shows that I also watched. It’s one of my favourite shows of the season for sure!

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Overall Show Score: 4.5/5

KIZNAIVER
KIZNAIVER (Ep.12)

All right, one more episode of the feels! It’s really like she’s gone evil, even the Gomorins have new colours. The bullies all of a sudden again take the fight to Hajime for some reason and it’s revealed they’ve bonded with Noriko, no longer feeling any pain. With Katsuhira, the female teacher tells him that Noriko plans to join with as many people as possible, however she will break eventually when she takes too much in. She also believes that Noriko thinks that if she opens up all her wounds to as many people, she might actually save those kids. Katsuhira calls up Chidori but the power goes out before he can tell her what to do. Honoka believes there’s no point in doing it and Nico threatens to headbutt her and actually does. Nico also says she could basically give a fuck about Noriko, but because Katsuhira’s involved with Noriko, she wants to help because he needs their help with her. Chidori finally accepts this as well, realizing that Noriko is the reason Katsuhira has changed for the better, so she should help him retain that. He confronts Noriko on a raised bridge, reminiscent of the flashback he kept having of her. Noriko blows up one bridge entrance to the city, looking to intend to isolate the city as a full experiment. The others show up to encourage him during this as well. Honoka has to be the one to talk sense into all of them, saying that it’s the beauty of having to wonder what others are thinking that leads to natural friendships in the end. Katsuhira finally tells her to just let go of everyone’s wounds, she doesn’t have to share them, that they won’t disappear just because she lets go of them. He also finally confesses his love to her and demands she give him back his pain. They both fall into the river, bonking heads and both of them feeling it. Noriko notices her scar on her neck has vanished. Katsuhira also feels a ton of pain now after all that. Honoka and Yuta are clearly developing a relationship, Chidori officially rejects him while Nico watches in hope that she’ll get to him someday. The five kids are also slowly coming back, though the teachers note it’ll still be a while before they fully return to normal. In the hospital, Noriko and Katsuhira talk alone for the first time since that night, both of them seriously hurt and wrapped up. They get a little close and the group of course interrupts it. Noriko even admits their relationship will be pure for a while, unless “Katushira pushes her to the ground”. It ends with a smile from Noriko.

I was hoping for a slightly more detailed resolution, but I’ll take what we got here. This show was super good, definitely a Top 5 for me this season. Lots of feels, fantastic animation, great characters. A lot to like with this show!

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Episode Score: 4/5 

Overall Show Score: 4/5

SPACE PATROL LULUCO
Space Patrol Luluco (Ep.13)

Here we go, the last episode of this crazy show. So Nova’s brain activates a micro black hole and is about to consume him and Luluco goes all out with a love gun morphing and beats the shit out of the villain. However it’s not quite enough and Nova has to use himself as the final bullet to end it all and Luluco reluctantly fires her first love to send the villain packing. Dad tells her though to just chase her love all the way to the ends of the universe again. So she’s being called Miss Trigger now and after doing a quick look online, apparently she’s become one of the “Trigger Girls” and the post-credits shows the Little Witch Academia connection as well, as Trigger will be making an anime series of it.

The show as crazy and silly as it is, was a great watch. There were some episodes where there wasn’t as much going on as others and some episodes that just weren’t as interesting, but when the show was on its A-game, it was fantastic!

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Overall Show Score: 3.5/5

Week #12 – Spring Anime 2016

Week number twelve is upon us with the Spring 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!

And because this is week #12, next week will be the final week, any remaining episodes (even if there’s more than one episode left with a show after this week) will be posted in that final post.

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online
And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online (Ep.11)

We’re introduced once more to the Wallenstein mercenaries, Bats the leader. I have to wonder with this being the second last episode, is there going to be any significance of these guild members, or is this just to further the story of owning this fortress so they have “something” for the culture festival. Everyone gets the sense that these Wallenstein members are real jerks, but you’d think they’d played online games enough to know that this is just normal for those who are super hardcore into the game. When reaching the fort, Ako and Nanako are sent out essentially to draw out the main forces, being used as decoys. They’re all unhappy with how this is going so far and it only gets worse when the mercenaries step in and completely decimate the enemy forces. The Alley Cats are basically doing nothing the entire time, not getting to have any fun. Sure enough something bad does happen and Wallenstein suddenly drops the alliance with ten minutes left to spare and they start attacking the Alley Cats. Shocking that they’d betray them like that, it’s not surprising the most powerful PvP guild can be trolls. However, he’s shocked to find them just leave without raising a ruckus in response, taking the fun out of it for him and Wallenstein. Though leaving school, they’re all a bit broken about it, Ako of course in the worst shape because she feels bad things always tend to happen around her and she hates that she didn’t do anything to stop it, which in turn makes Hideki smile because she’s taking responsibility for things all of a sudden instead of just ignoring it all. So the group has one more shot left the next week to capture something before the festival. We flip to the next day presumably and when Hideki calls Kyoh “President”, she takes offense to it and suggest he call her by her actual name. For those unaware, being on a first-name basis with someone is a little closer than just mere acquaintances. So when he calls her Kyoh for the first time she gets super embarrassed, blushing up a storm and fidgeting about. Seems someone may have a crush on Hideki too, Ako’s not gonna be happy. She does note though that it’s the first time a male outside of her family has addressed her as such. So he leaves, goes into the club room and WHY THE HELL IS EVERYONE IN MAID OUTFITS?!!! Also of all people shouldn’t Akane not be happy to have Hideki see her in such an outfit, instead of grinning like she’s won him over? Though it doesn’t matter, Ako wins that contest with ease, the outfit suiting her so well. She’d win further, but of course she ruins the good will by procrastinating and being lazy, not remotely close to finishing her work in setting up the maid cafe that I totally forgot she got picked to be the head maid for. So Hideki has to show her to actually rely on people when she’s in trouble at times, something she has little problem doing in the game but not in real life. Back in the game, they recruit members from Yui’s fan club to help them on this one, as well as that creepy guy’s group just in but only in name to deter other people from messing with them. However, they’re going to try and reclaim the fort Wallenstein took from them. I’d love to see how the hell they can make sense of that. Well we’ll have to find out next week. An okay episode, but nothing special this week unfortunately.

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Episode Score: 3/5 

Anne-Happy
Anne-Happy (Ep.11) 

Everyone’s preparing for “outdoor school” and perhaps the best scene of the entire show happens when Hibiki is literally throwing animals around to clear the mess around Ren’s bed so she can get her lazy ass up. Timothy still hasn’t finished its maintenance so a bunch of mini Timothys take his place (and Anne still can’t pet one of them) on this trip. At the lodge, the five of them are sharing a room, much to Hibiki’s dismay. Their first task is carving, so you know Anne and Botan are in trouble and it goes as best as you’d expect. Because of her injuries, Anne has to feed Botan and again, fails every time until Ruri finally takes charge and Botan’s now super embarrassed about it all of a sudden. So when Ren tries to do the same to Hibiki, you know she freaks out even more, but because of her idiocy as usual, she fails to have that chance. Dinner’s over so it’s bath time and then bed. Anne starts rolling about in their room in a very hilarious scene. Ren’s already passed out while the others are still talking, obviously. They ask Hibiki if she and Ren have had a ton of sleepovers since they’ve been friends for most of their lives, which naturally elicits another set of stammers and blushing. Ren however suddenly wakes up and talks, saying they did when they were little, but not anymore. Hibiki tries to get close at night and Ren suddenly turns over, their lips literally inches away from each other and Hibiki freaks, rolling over so fast she crashes into the wall (and somehow wakes up no one). Ruri wakes up later, unable to sleep as she’s not used to a futon. Anne wakes up as well and offers to have Ruri hold her hand to help…which doesn’t help at all. We see that blonde girl again working on Timothy and then she shoots something into the sky? The teacher suddenly wakes all the girls up and have them in military formations for some reason. They are to play tag, the teacher being it…and Timothy who’s been remodeled to be like an attack mech. Oh dear. The rules aren’t explained, they just have to run. Ruri gets separated from everyone. Over a speaker system the teacher announces to everyone to open the bag they have, yet we don’t see what it is. Ruri finally finds Hanako, who’s riding upside down on a water wheel. Ren comes across Botan, which just leaves Hibiki, who really shouldn’t be the one who’s alone. They finally open the bag and it’s really a kit to help them survive, food, water, all that jazz. There’s also a rule book stating they’re scored based on how many times the members of their roommates that night get caught. So how badly is Anne going to screw this up for them? But the winners get a fancy dinner and suite for the second day, the worst team having to sleep outside. Gee, I wonder who that’ll be? Ruri flips out knowing that it’s likely going to be them, as she had trouble sleeping on a futon, let alone outside. However there’s a chance for them. If they find their carvings and then meet up, they get extra points. Having to carry Botan, Ren avoids a few mini Timothys but then leads them away to help Botan. Still on her own, Hibiki tries to find her own way, falling off a waterfall. We end the episode with the teacher talking about how she doesn’t like putting the girls through this stuff, but it’s essential for helping them overcome their bad luck. Now with next week being the last episode, I wonder if maybe they’ll actually win this one now. But a good episode this week!

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Episode Score: 4/5

Asterisk War: Season 2
Asterisk War: Season 2 (Ep.12)

It’s the final episode of this second season! Ayato wakes up and for some reason Kirin and Saya are sleeping in the bed semi-on top of him. Julis enters as well as is way too calm about all this when she explains he’s been out cold for three days. She thanks Ayato for saving her life and Ayato responds by asking about Ophelia. Though it’s then he realizes Ophelia’s the friend from her childhood that hated fighting. I’m more curious as to why her hair is gray now. Julis explains that ruined building from last week was a lab that was researching the manufacturing of Genestella. Oh dear, we’re playing the failed experiment card. About to leave Julis points out that the girls were awake the whole time, because of course they were trying something. Flora bursts in saying a ton of dragons are attacking the city. What the fucking hell is going on here?! Julis knows Gustave, that old man assassin is behind it so she leaves, but not before everyone joins her and she hatches a plan. They rush over and find him and he summons a Hydra this time and vanishes again. Ayato tells her to help evacuating everyone while he holds off the Hydra. We see Claudia in that green limo, not doing anything about the Hydra, so we know more bullshit is going on here. The heads of it are regenerating as expected and Saya joins the battle, sniping from the other end of the lake. Returning to help out, Julis weakens it enough for Ayato to finish it off. The only person missing in all this is Kirin, I wonder what she’s doing. Sure enough, she found where Gustave was watching from. She deals with him real quick. Claudia meets with her father, letting him know Gustave has been captured and confronts him about it. He claims to be the only one behind it but she isn’t buying it, she knows the corporation is behind this as well. He begs her not to take part in the Gryps Festa but we’re still not hearing why they want her not to do it. She leaves him behind as he sobs. Back home and about to leave, Julis tells her brother she aims to win the Festa to increase their foothold in the country, her brother noting that the prize money would indeed allow them to do so. Ayato suddenly gets a call from the chairman, the guy who awarded him at the Festa: they found his sister. She’s been in a coma since that fight, naked in a tube at a hospital, because of course she’s gotta be naked. No one knows why she won’t wake up, but Ayato believes she’s binded herself the same way she did to him. I’m really pissed off about this, what a terrible way after two whole seasons to suddenly have his sister appear. Then some creepy girl named Hilda shows up claiming she can cure his sister, another big researcher from Arlequint, like Ernesta. Oh and she’s Magnum Opus, the woman who headed the research that caused Ophelia’s change. Together again, Claudia asks them one more time if they’re sure about joining, still not giving us details on why she’s doing all this and why Galaxy and her father are so against it. And that’s the season.

All right, this series as much as I like it is really pissing me off with their storylines. The first appearance of Ayato’s sister was a fucking nude girl in a coma inside a test tube! We still don’t know why this Gryps Festa means so much to all these people! All these things are bugging the shit out of me and now I’ve gotta wait another year for the third season?! Come on!!!

But the show was good nonetheless, the battles were always entertaining, the main characters are interesting, but man…the stories they’re trying to tell are getting a little ridiculous.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Overall Show Score: 3.5/5

Bakuon!!
Bakuon!! (Ep.12)

I’m so sad this show’s ending today! The episode starts off with the shocking discovery that Hane has yet to fall off her bike once. And the following day she proceeds to have the bike fall over. So she takes it to Onsa for fixing and they damage the tank worse to the point she needs a new one. They have one…from a training bike. Oh no, the perverted bike returns?! Hane recognizes it right away somehow and it tries to turn away from her (literally), not happy to be seen like this. Oh my god, yes! She was bought after retiring from the training center and got rammed from behind, only the tank being salvageable. Onsa catches her talking to the tank though her father notes she talks to her bike a lot as well. Baita also tells Hane to make sure she doesn’t demand too much from her bikes. Back on the roads, they start having history lessons on the Super Cub scooter model. They then go to a bookshop as watch Rin freak out at Katana articles in magazines. She finds Bike Jesus again buying a dirty bike magazine and gets slapped for pointing it out. Oh dear. Then she has a terrible nightmare (we presume at this point) where everyone is on bicycles and motorcycles don’t seem to exist? Rin however hasn’t changed, still a Suzuki nerd, just with bicycles now. However there’s one major snag, Raimu doesn’t exist. She decides to try and invent motorcycles in this world and naturally she’s looked at as a crazy woman. She gets super depressed when she’s left behind, seeing that in this world everything’s become so lonely to her. As she runs off frustrated, there is a Raimu-senpai! She wakes up, thinking she heard a bike and sure enough everyone’s outside and everything seems to have gone back to normal. Honestly, that second half was really dumb and not how I would’ve liked to end the series…

But all in all, this show was super fun and entertaining for me. Quirky characters, ridiculous concept, little bits of fan service, everything I could ask for, really.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Overall Show Score: 4/5 

Bungo Stray Dogs
Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.12)

So Atsushi wakes up after last week’s ordeal and Kyouka’s there waiting for him and has also prepared breakfast for him. And then we learn they’re roommates now because of the lack of rooms available. Back at the office as well, Osamu reveals the information he found about those pulling the Port Mafia’s strings, a North American group of gifted called The Guild, which Doppo immediately brushes off as an urban legend. This group though is rumoured to hold many positions of power and financial gain, which makes them wonder why they’d be so interested in Atsushi. But then that’s put on hold as a helicopter suddenly flies in, landing on a busy road near the Agency. The leader introduces himself as Francis, the leader of The Guild. He claims the attacks on the Agency via the Port Mafia was simply a mistake and aims to buy the Agency for their gifted business permit that allows the Agency to operate, something The Guild can’t buy with money. Obviously, no deal and they have to leave, telling the President on the way out to look in the following day’s newspaper. The following day, an entire building and those inside have vanished, part of the Port Mafia. Kenji also has disappeared. Then while walking with the incest duo, Naomi suddenly vanishes, Jounichirou finding the red-haired girl that was with Francis and chasing after her. It appears as if this girl, Lucy has control of a second dimension of sorts. Kenji and Naomi are locked behind one door, the exit is another. She says she’ll let everyone go if they just play with Anne, her familiar. It’s just the two of them and a random man looking for a young girl named Elise in the room with Lucy. The game is simple, play tag with Anne. If you’re tagged, you lose. If you can unlock the door before getting tagged, they win. She grabs Juni instantly and takes him away. Atsushi’s now alone along with this random man who will likely do something crazy to win it for them. Lucy reveals during the chase between Atsushi and Anne that they’re both orphans. She also lets it out that if she fails, she’ll be dumped by The Guild, possibly even killed. When Atsushi makes it to the door during this though, the key is a trap as well, cursed. Essentially there’s no way to win. Then Atsushi suddenly breaks for the exit when the random guy stops him. Clearly he’s something important to this whole situation. He convinces Atsushi to stay and fight. But he’s captured immediately after. Then the man shows his true colours or at least is about to when he reveals that Atsushi’s actually fine, Juni has created a false door with his illusions. He also tied a ribbon around Lucy and pulls her in, threatening to drag her in the room and no one will ever be freed, including her. So he convinces her by making her make a split-second decision as he lets go to drag them all into the room. Lucy runs off, completely upset with him while the random man has found Elise. Kyouka also arrives on the scene just to say hi. Everyone parts ways with each other, while Kyouka suddenly breaks down. We learn at the end as the random man walks into a Port Mafia murder scene where presumably that third Guild member lies in a pool of blood…and this random man is actually the leader of the Port Mafia. And that’s the first season, the second due in October.

This show was pretty good overall, consistently fun and having some great battles, interesting characters and some unbelievably hilarious facial expressions and gestures. Also, this Lucy girl is already challenging Kyouka for the cutie of the show and Lucy’s only had a single episode. Don’t know if she can top the crepe screencap though.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5 

Overall Show Score: 4/5

Flying Witch
Flying Witch (Ep.11)

No episode this week.

Episode Score: N/A

Hundred
Hundred (Ep.12)

With Vitaly and the Hunters headed for Liza, the final battles about to commence. Should Liza be free and mobile as this season ends? Depends on if the show will have a second season or not. If not, of course. If so, well we’ll have to see how this episode ends. Judar calls up Claire and tells her to leave Vitaly to him and then hangs up. Vitaly clearly cares nothing for the Hunters, using one as the brunt of a trap’s force. Mei-Mei returns to fight some more and Vitaly runs off, leaving the Hunters behind. She takes a shot in the leg this time, adding to the damage she’s taking at Vitaly’s hand. However, the red-haired vixen has made it to Liza, but Judar’s already there waiting. Both seemed to expect each other’s arrival there. She claims this is all in revenge for what he did to her, claiming to love her and then betraying her. The Replicants start sound-waving the Slayers into being unable to move. Judar then asks for her help again, but she refuses, firing at Liza, but the barrier holds up and Liza’s actually awake. He then asks her about Sakura and reveals that he planned this whole event to just get Vitaly to show up, Sakura’s singing able to wake Liza. The barrier also protects Judar from the bullets as well and then he shoots Vitaly once, thanking her for advancing his plans, holding her as she dies. Well that was pointless and dumb. He tells Liza to go back to sleep, but she refuses as well, saying she has something to do first. Meanwhile, the battle remains tough, Sakura wishing she had the power to help everyone, Liza then telling her that her singing is the key. And that apparently has her become unaffected by the sound waves and she starts singing. So she and Karen help the rest of the Slayers move again. Hayato goes full-force with his infected form and wreaks havoc on the Replicants. However in doing so, he shatters the barrier. Even worse, the big Replicant’s still alive. However the Hunters arrive just in time to help out, but they can’t do much either. Claire finally leaves her post to help out. Eyepatch girl snaps and goes Super Saiyan, or in other words forms her own full-body armaments…becoming a horrifying-looking human Replicant. They’re told killing her would essentially destroy the Replicant as well, so Hayato has to be told by Liza to save her…somehow. She also gives him a kiss, which now means two sisters gotta fight over him. He nearly gets killed in the early going, Emilia having to save him too. After the power of friendship speech, he somehow manages to literally pull her out of the Replicant (not noting she’s naked or anything), reminiscent of Ichika saving Laura in Infinite Stratos (yes, I referenced that show again) and the day is saved! Then fireworks at night, Emilia gets kiss #3 of Hayato. AND THE GIRLS KNOW NOW THEY’RE GAY TOGETHER!!! Until Claudia spills the beans. Shitty ending to the conflict and no idea of what Judar’s doing. Hints at a second season.

As an ecchi harem though, I’m more than happy with what I got, essentially watching an alternate-world Infinite Stratos-style anime and you’ll get no complaints from me on that front.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Overall Show Score: 4/5 

KIZNAIVER
KIZNAIVER (Ep.11)

We start off with a little more background on Noriko. It appears she was always a very lonely girl and it wasn’t until Katsuhira and the rest of the kids came along. Then we return to Katsuhira still sobbing from last week and then back to Noriko waking up after collapsing. She claims she was trying to see “what she saw that day” and says she did. Back with the rest of the kids, Katsuhira asks the female teacher if there’s anything that can be done for those five vegetable-state looking kids and she says there’s a chance, but doesn’t bother to say what it is. On a train ride home, Nico badgers Katsuhira about those memories and also notes that they’re no longer connected by the Kizna system so they have to actually talk about it for them to understand. At home, he and Chidori actually talk for a moment over the phone, perhaps the first time they’ve spoken since. He tells her how he looked at his friends like they were dolls and now wonders if that’s how he looked to Chidori the whole time they were friends and thanks her/apologizes to her for all of it. She breaks down and cries again after he hangs up, thinking it’s like a rejection almost and now she hates him doing that and then realizes she did the same thing in a way to Hajime, refuses to outright reject him too. She realizes how selfish she’s been as well. We’re back with the mayor of company, they note that the experiment is pretty much being halted to a standstill now as most of the sponsors have pulled out. The two teachers aren’t happy about it and feel they need to atone for what they’ve done by at the very least granting Noriko’s wishes. Speaking of her, she shows up to class and Katsuhira immediately gets up and demands her attention so they leave. He mentions about seeing those five and understands why Noriko chose him to get his pain back, so he could help her. She says he’s wrong in that assumption but he’s not buying it. He returns to class and wants all of the group to get together with him. Hajime is the only one who refuses to look him in the eye. He asks them all how they actually felt during all their time together and reveals he had come to the conclusion that the reason they handled it all so well until that night was because they had already become friends by that point. They all trusted each other, were able to reassure each other. And he had completely forgotten how that felt. Then they all start feeling his pain again, except this time…it’s natural, not forced. And then he suddenly collapses. Noriko visits the five and one of them actually calls out her name as she walks off. Notice how all their hair is white too, like Katsuhira’s was at the start of the show and now he’s got a quarter his brown hair back. The female teacher meanwhile reassures the other kids who brought Katsuhira back to her that they indeed are feeling this pain of their own accord. Suddenly Noriko talks on the school microphone or perhaps everywhere? She looks like she’s going full villain here thought probably not, regardless she’s asking everyone to share their bonds with her. I will admit, this episode was rather boring, especially compared to how emotional last week was. Hopefully it ends strong.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5 

SPACE PATROL LULUCO
Space Patrol Luluco (Ep.12)

This is the second last episode, there are 13 to this anime. Immediately the group gets attacked and Lalaco’s there to save her? Oh no, she was extremely late to the funeral. She does ask her mom for help though with this final mission of hers (as Lalaco wrecks shit while listening to her daughter) and then Luluco docks with her mother’s ship. Finally Dad gets pieced back together and the two parents fight together, Judgement Gun Morphing and all. Fucking fantastic. But then Over Justice beats them all by having the secretary use him like a fucking shotgun. I was dying laughing at this part. Luluco finally finds Nova and talks to him once more, knowing it was a misunderstanding and properly confesses to him this time, which catches him off-guard. But the Blackholeian has to interrupt it. Nova steals her heart once again but she keeps reforming it and eventually overpowers him, showering Nova with a love-ing beam attack. So Nova forms his own heart and shields Luluco from a blast from the Blackholeian. He also loses his shirt, which I’m shocked Luluco didn’t immediately freak out about. Well she technically does, but it’s not as loud and obvious as I was hoping for. So the villain goes final boss form and next week is the last week. But holy shit the show finally went back to the pure insanity I wanted since the first few episodes. Fan-fucking-tastic!

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Episode Score: 5/5

Week #4 – Spring Anime 2016

Week number four is upon us with the Spring 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!

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online
And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online (Ep.3)

So Rusian is talking with Nekohime for the first time since that fateful day. Part of me wants to believe that she’s actually a girl in real life and lied about it to have the easiest way to drop Hideki down. I feel like if she was his teacher, it’d be hilarious. Ako’s still pretty much being herself, to the point Yui (the teacher) pulls him aside and asks him about it, though noting it’s probably good for her, given she doesn’t seem to have many friends at school. At the club now, they share a funny moment where Ako refuses to equip good gear because she wears stuff that’s cute only. She also shows just how useless she actually is in-game. Afterwards they’re alone together talking about more married life stuff and Hideki notes he’s actually starting to get used to being called Rusian in real life. But as the days go on, Ako’s actually getting worse going between reality and in-game. Kyoh notes the club will also be shut down soon if they don’t get an advisor. He sees Nekohime again and asks his/her advice and notes he/she has heard a similar story recently, which only confirms my suspicions that she may actually be Yui. When he tries to talk to Ako, she gets all crazy wife on him. Later in-game she discovers who he’s been talking to and jealousy starts. Then things turn suddenly, missing school to me with a man she knows from the game and is starting to distinguish game from reality, but something’s clearly wrong. They figure out when and where and Hideki still believes it’s none of his business, but Akane gives him shit, asking him if he actually likes Ako in real life as well, which catches him off guard, but admits it and runs off. I WAS RIGHT!!! Nekohime is Yui! Now Hideki’s really messed up in the head, realizing he proposed to his teacher. Ako goes to attack her with a staff and Yui clotheslines her, hilarious. So she becomes the club’s advisor after the incident and has one condition, everyone has to attend school as much as possible, since Ako skips a lot, which she grumbles and accepts. Another entertaining episode this week!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Anne-Happy
Anne-Happy (Ep.3) 

So the redhead’s problem is that she constantly runs into stuff…like everyone other second. I’m going to love her. And then white hair just attracts armies of cats. Still a massive smile on my face when the intro plays, it’s not going to stop happening, the animation is too good. They’re to play a fun game of dice, which Botan notes no injuries can happen…which they will. And Anne says no explosions will happen…which somehow they will now. Oh dear the gym turned into an underground lair. Also redhead is named Hibiki and white hair is Ren. Oh dear, it’s a life-sized board game. Ruri wants none of it, so the teacher offers they play Russian Roulette instead. Dafuq?!!! Hibiki claims she’ll win this board game and Run gives her a good smack for her idiocy. They’re split into teams, Anne/Botan/Ruri and they fail miserably from the start. Hibiki’s back for more over-confidence while Ren keeps her in check again, rolling a six for her team with Hibiki…and she goes to wrong way, leaving the arena. The two of them get a chance to automatically win the game…my shouting the name of the person they love. Are they going to lose this challenge, just because Ren doesn’t raise her voice ever? They fail and get dropped through the floor. Botan of course drops the dice their next turn and breaks her feet. Now we await explosions. They have a cosplay challenge which forces Ruri to dress up like a sexy bunny girl, oh dear. Botan’s a squid and Anne gets nothing. The other two get a chance too for cosplay and reveals in her head her affection for Ren, wanting to be in a sexy bunny suit too since Ren loves rabbits. Oh my, Ren looks gorgeous in her white tiger outfit, while Hibiki’s in a giant bear suit. So everyone else finished by this point, the five of them failing miserably, to the point they change the game so it’ll end. So during transport, Ren catches Hibiki princess-style, sending her into blushing surprise, before she gets dropped for being too heavy. I LOL’d pretty hard at that point. They have three events, first the bread race. Anne gets the one piece of bread with wasabi in it. The second is a Lady and the Tramp-style chocolate stick eating game. Ruri’s embarassed about doing this with Anne, while Hibiki’s lovestruck with Ren, but the stick breaks before they touch lips. The final game is a single quiz question. It’s the shout the name of your love again. And when Ruri thinks she has to reveal her secret, but Anne does it for her…and fails cause it wasn’t a person’s name. They finish last. Their prize…extra homework. Suckers! This episode again was hilarious!

Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***

Asterisk War: Season 2
Asterisk War: Season 2 (Ep.4)

So what has “awakened” within Ayato? Julis has to take the both of them on while he searches for something. Perhaps he’s figured out a way to counteract his weakened state after his five minute time limit. Too bad, she gets bondage wrapped by a ton of talismans and they start to take her out piece by piece without her able to defend herself. The announcers note this is absolute cruelty by Shenyun. Ayato finally finds what he’s looking for though within himself, a key so to speak that unlocks the chains, perhaps breaking them forever. He finally gets back into the fight, freeing Julis, though notes he only got himself to the second level, not completely breaking the chains. He says he can now go probably an hour, which is more than enough. He uses a technique to sense everything around him and slowly starts destroying the talismans to get to Shenyun, who’s about to get fucked up for nearly stripping Julis with all those attacks. Shenhua tries to sneak on him but loses her badge in the process. After deflecting Shenyun’s biggest attack possible, he finishes the job by knocking the jackass unconscious, rather than destroying his badge. Claudia’s there to say hello, flirting as usual and pissing Julis off…as usual. Kirin and Saya are preparing for their inevitable defeat against the two robotic opponents from Arlequin. They’re approached by the two puppetmasters before the battle, talking a little trash as to be expected. In the battle, they get the one-minute period as well to attack them before they even try once. Kirin actually manages to break the “male” robot’s defenses, the first person to do so. It’s to the point the robot actually breaks its one-minute rule and attacks before it’s up. And now that episode ends as the battle truly begins, Saya also landing a shot. Oh and that fat fuck has clearly caputred Flora during this battle as well.

Episode Score: 4/5

Bakuon!!
Bakuon!! (Ep.4)

Booooooo, boring school swimsuits! They actually somehow manage to make Rin look less sexy too. The girls plan to take a trip somewhere farther away for the summer break, my money’s on Hokkaido because an all-girl cast, why not go to the place most Western folk know for beaches and hot springs? And Rin brings Hokkaido up immediately, yup I got it! After being really bad girls by going out and eating ramen at midnight, the girls head for the ferry to take them…except they’re late. Raimu jumps onto the ship and Hijiri crashes into the water when her butler tries to do the same. So the three of them left decide to make the long ass ride themselves, calling it their own version of the Cannonball Run. Onsa and Rin leave Hane behind as they’re racing and she’s miserable, tired, sore and whatever else. Along the way, she runs into Bike Jesus (that’s the best I can do) and they travel together momentarily until they get to a gas station, both pretty much out of gas. Then we get some great Photoshop work, I mean some solid Bike Christian artwork. We see Raimu crying through her helmet for a moment before Hane’s back on the road. She then wakes up in Aomori where they need to be, she also got there before Rin and Onsa somehow. Making it to Hokkaido, Hijiri is airlifted to where they are and some Ducati enthusiasts are not happy to see it defiled with a sidecar. Resting for the night, their shower doesn’t work so they plan to go to a hot spring the following morning. Onsa also looks really cute in those shorts she goes to bed in. They also left Raimu behind the whole time but she makes it there and strips and leaps in, but of course the helmet remains, how dare you think she’d be so perverted! Also…Rin’s got a Suzuki brand on her butt from a crazy accident as a kid. And even though she’s in her thirties, Raimu has a teenager’s body somehow too. Only in anime. Another fun episode as usual from this show!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Big Order
Big Order (Ep.2)

So Rin now has the curse upon her that will keep her from being able to attack Eiji or Sena. She immediately tries anyway and can pick up her sword and swing, but she’ll always stop just before striking him. She breaks down and Eiji actually tries to comfort her and then makes a massive mistake, saying the words “I’ll marry you” and his power activates on this. He tries to adjust it, but it’s too late, Eddie (I’m going to call this demon that cause it looks exactly like the Iron Maiden mascot) already puts it through. Fran, the guy commanding Rin uses his powers which are time control it would seem and captures the both of them. He’s in a cell Hannibal Lecter style when Rin shows up due to the Order on her keeping them from being apart. Though her intentions are all over the place, due to the marriage Order. Parts of her still show up to kill him, but when she’s with him it will constantly change. She takes the ducts to take a ricochet shot at him, figuring she just can’t kill him directly, but that fails too. So keeps trying to put him in danger but only ends up killing herself over and over and having to be revived. Hey, an iron maiden trap! Yay! It appears as well her Revival Order isn’t limited to just herself, raising a ton of dead flowers. It makes it pretty obvious that he will die at some point and she will revive him because she wants to be the one to kill him, no one else. She brings back up their marriage Order and…I think she squeezed on his balls…owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! We get a little more background on Eiji and Sena’s relationship, particularly that they aren’t related by blood. Then things get explained weirdly, so I’ll try to sum it up. He only went to the hospital to get away from the house, but his wish destroyed everything he had planned, saying everyone else messed it all up, that he only had to keep acting as Sena’s brother for six more months and then Sena would be dead. After that, he wouldn’t care what happened to him. So…does he actually love Sena? Does he feel a sense of guilt around her? Like…the fuck is going on here?! Too late to really explain it, as guards find the two of them. He and Fran play a game of chicken with grenades before a man leaps into action with a peace Order, stopping everything…and then a ton of weirdos appear. Huh? This was a test?! The ten of them are the highest ranking officers in the group, Fran is an unknown at this point. Apparently they intended no harm on him at all and intend to bring him into the new world he accidentally created, as a new sort of United Nations took of Japan after the Great Destruction. They also reveal they are on his side and no one else’s, declaring war on the rest of the world and making Eiji their King. They finally reveal they told the rest of the world he was the one to cause the Great Destruction, which could actually mean he never did anything to begin with. So it’s like he’s siding with the villains, but not by choice. Wow this episode has some balls to it with its storytelling so far. This continues to be a very curious show.

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Bungo Stray Dogs
Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.4)

Atsushi after having nightmares of the battle with Akutagawa, he wakes up and sees Doppo sitting beside him. Someone the incest duo are both alive and okay…WHY THE FUCK IS THE DOCTOR STRIPPING?!!! Doppo’s trying to keep him cool, but it’s clear the Mafia now being all over them because of Atsushi is clearly worrying him to the nth degree. It’s also apparently the idiot can’t see without his glasses on. We see another man from the Mafia appear and brutally killing a man and then commanding his men to kill everyone else there. They’re referred to as the Black Lizard, a spec ops level of goons in the Port Mafia. Just the thought of them frightens Atsushi to no end. So he calls up the blonde woman from last week and tells her he’s quitting the agency and running on his own, clearly trying to save the agency and putting the burden all on his shoulders. She calls for the Black Lizard. Atsushi now leaves the agency, Doppo confused as to what’s going on. We haven’t even seen Osamu yet so you know he’s going to suddenly appear at any point now. More members of the Black Lizard are introduced and get testy with each other, but the old man from earlier clearly is so powerful, they’re even scared of him. Turns out the Black Lizard’s target isn’t Atsushi though, it’s the agency. She wants them eradicated so they can’t interfere even if he truly has distanced himself from them. They barge right in, Osamu on the first floor as we see, while they begin their attack on the fourth. Atsushi continues to walk away from everything before hearing the gunshots, apparently not that far from the building. He fears the worst…except THE AGENCY DEALT WITH EVERYONE EASILY!!! Even the old man. Apparently to Doppo the worst case scenario was him being picked to make all the apologies around the neighboourhood, as this is nowhere near the first raid they’ve been subjected to. Osamu wasn’t even involved in this, it was literally Doppo, the farmer boy, the doctor and some other guy. The agency is scary, man…it makes you wonder who the real threat is when Atsushi held his own against Akutagawa and Osamu has yet to even show what he’s capable of. This is a curious show to say the least.

Episode Score: 4/5

Cerberus
Cerberus (Ep.4) ***ON NOTICE***

Oh hello there Sharisharuu, how are you doing? Taking a bath? That’s cool. Hey, you mind if I invite a giant tentacle monster to the party? That’s great! But before we can see the results, we’re back with Hiiro and company as the young Prince continues to be more and more unlikable as he continues to get more snobby. Saraato doesn’t seem to mind though as she keeps following him anyway. Though finally leaving him alone, Erin appears and it seems the two of them know each other. The two of them go to a healing spring, which looks suspiciously like the one Sharisharuu is in and it is, though she notes she has no interest in other girls. Shame. But Erin still stands out as being drop dead gorgeous. Also, where is the monster I brought her?! Hiiro’s still training with Giruu by the way, being annoyed that he can’t fight the end boss yet before even being able to defeat a slime. Saraato back at the spring almost slips in that she’s hanging around with Hiiro, which of course attracts Sharisharuu’s attention. Also, the tiny girl’s got nice legs, I gotta say! During the training, Hiiro appears to somehow get better, to the point Giruu has to protect himself and accidentally slashes Hiiro, now needing to take him to the healing springs. How coincidental. He admits that he only got that aggressive knowing there was a spring nearby. So while Sharisharuu is ready to strike, Erin is trying to stall her as much as she can. Hearing Hiiro’s voice finally, Sharisharuu sends the tentacle monster SHE STOLE FROM ME on the boys…instead it grabs Saraato instead and then it “tentacles” Sharisharuu and throws her away Team Rocket style. Giruu makes quick work of the monster and Saraato is safe…until Tomitte reminds him the situation they’re in. Back in town, the group is to leave finally and the kids are not happy to see them go, except Tomitte demands they take him with them…and they don’t even fight it, well the other kids do but the main group doesn’t. Why? He’s just a kid, what does Tomitte do for the group? As far as I know, nothing. But Erin’s joining them as well, she offers her sexiness…oh and Nambuuko’s location, so I guess that’s something. And yeah…I’m done with this one too. A lot like Endride, this show looks fantastic has a great design in terms of their characters, but a poor plot and uninteresting main characters is forcing me to drop a show with one of the more prettier girls of the season. I may just be getting more critical this season over the Winter season, or maybe this season truly has a lot more bad than good.

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***DROPPED***

Flying Witch
Flying Witch (Ep.3)

We start in the desert with who I hope is that white-haired woman in the picture, I want to see what her personality is like. Makoto wants to start learning more horticultural stuff as a witch so she’s gotta do a ton of work in the fields to prepare some farmland for planting vegetables. Then during this, she decides she wants to catch a pheasant for some reason and fails miserably, tiring herself out. So Chito takes a turn and fails too. Hilarious. With the work all done, they gotta wait two weeks for the soil to be good, so that’s the end of this half. So the second half Chinatsu’s gotta get scared by another friend of Makoto, like the Harbinger last episode. Returning home, Mokoto get surprised by the Siamese cat, Kenny…which takes her a minute to realize what’s going on. And there’s the white-haired lady, Makoto’s sister Akane. She’s a very talented witch, currently living as a nomad. So Chito let it slip that Makoto hasn’t used any magic at all since moving out. She’s not upset about it, but tells Makoto that she ought to cast spells once in a while just so her power doesn’t weaken. So she teaches her an easy spell she can learn and practice to keep her skills up, being able to summon a wild crow. So you wonder what Makoto will summon when she messes up. A massive murder of crows show up instead, because she used her own hair, witch hair being far more powerful, as Akane used Chinatsu’s hair for the spell. So then Akane leaves for the time being, teleporting. That was a cute little episode.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Hai-Furi
Haifuri (Ep.3)

We see Mashiro’s mother being de-briefed on how if this problem with her daughter’s ship isn’t resolved within the school, the entire program will be classified as a mutiny. Long story short, adults are stupid. The repairs continue on the Harekaze and it’s perfect for the story they can only receive messages but not transmit any. Misaki’s in a whole ‘nother world after the call from Moka. They intercept another message from a safety board telling all ports not to allow them to stop at any port and to sink them if they resist. So their only option is to return to the school. Seems this time a submarine is approaching and they’re all in slightly embarrassing clothes or carrying stuffed animals from waking up in the middle of the night. So of course it attacks them with torpedoes. I forgot about blondie from last week, she gets woken up by two more torpedoes approaching and she’s pissed! So she commands them hard!!! They finally locate the submarine and fire on it. So they’re in further trouble now, attacking another different school’s ships. Finally talking with the German, she says her ship has also mutinied from their own group. The get a school-wide message saying all ships return to port, which means all of them except the Harekaze, not that they know this yet. German girl’s name is ridiculously long, so they’re calling her “Mi”. And Mashiro’s room is the only one with a spare bed, so the jig is up on the stuffed animals. Another decent episode, but I really want some explanation to come in now, three episodes of this unknown crap is starting to get annoying.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Hundred
Hundred (Ep.4)

A shower and it’s not Emilia or Claire?! BLASPHEMY–oh…well she’s not too bad. Oh, that’s Sakura. She’s looking for a bodyguard for the next show since the last one was cancelled due to the Savage attack. Gee, I wonder who it could possibly be…? *GASP* COULD IT POSSIBLY BE THE MAIN CHARACTER, HAYATO SO THEY CAN ADD A THIRD GIRL INTO THE HAREM FOR HIS PENIS LOVE?! Speaking of Hayato, he and Emilia, I mean Emile are training with other classmates and he’s starting to control his virus ability better. The tiny girl he was fighting is drop dead gorgeous by the way, I’d put her right up there with Emilia and Claire. Speaking of Claire, she calls up Hayato and tells him the foreshadowed good news, he’s got another girl to be close to! Sakura indeed wants him. He tells Karen the good news and she freaks about it. She freaks out even more when he tells her he pulled strings to get her a ticket. She warns him that her tarot cards tell him to watch out for water (why?) and women (it’s a harem, he has zero control over this one). And speaking of such, Emilia went with him and they totally shared a bed together. But no time, the new girl needs her turn! And she wastes no time, already wanting him to call her by her first name…AND GET MARRIED TO HER?!!! She’s confused why the main character of a harem anime isn’t 100% on board with her hitting on him like this, poor girl…she knows so little. She’s planned this whole marraige thing out, down to every single detail. So he plays along? But it actually works and throws her off her game, not prepared apparently for him to react so well? So she showers again, as if we haven’t gotten enough of her long hair covering her butt. And then she asks him to bring something to her and of course she has to peek out the door, trip and fall over and reveal herself to Hayato. Well…Karen did say women AND water. Her assistant’s name is Souffle. Another poor girl. Uh…why is a pop star essentially wearing nothing for a show…oh…that’s her Hundred outfit before transforming. So she uses her powers on stage. And then Charlotte just happens to show up like a fucking ninja to explain Sakura’s Hundred. Seriously though Sakura, could you have picked a worse colour for your outfit, I get the pink, but the almost skin colour that takes up most of the uniform? Claire calls him up, likely jealous again that he’s on a first name basis with Sakura already and asks him to come to her summer home the next day. He’s back at the hotel or wherever he’s staying and goes into the public bath…and Emilia’s there waiting, but while she’s nervous, she’s not passing up this opportunity. She’s also jealous about the “Sakura” name thing. She demands he stop calling her Emile and now Emilia…and also look at her scar on her chest, doing a terrible job at hiding her boobs and I really hope that steam covered her bottom half, cause I’m pretty sure she was above water there. He asks her to come with him to the islands when he has free time. So BOOB PRESS TO BACK!!! And then she gets mad because he happens to look directly at her boobs (again, I might add after she essentially showed them off) while underwater in the bath that suddenly went from a tub to a pool with how deep it was. We then see a trio of users who kill a Savage and are clearly evil. My bet, they’re all carrying that virus as well. Another interesting episode, clearly not enough showers and baths though. I mean come on, there were only three instances! What is this, PG-13?! Come on!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

KIZNAIVER
KIZNAIVER (Ep.3)

Oh Maki did never kill someone. Come on, anime! Stop doing that! Noriko tells them all they just have to survive the summer season together and then the Kiznaivers will be disbanded. Katsuhira is lamenting on what Chidori confessed to him, while we discover he and Hajime are now living under the same roof together. What I hope would happen does happen, they start randomly feeling pain during the day and don’t always know who or why. Also Chidori and Katsuhira live right next to each other, so of course Hajime finds this amazing. Alone for a moment, Chidori tells Katsuhira that the love was past tense and once again he tries to just pass it off so neither of them have the worry about it. They deduce it was Tsuguhito although it turns out it was none of them at all. A number shows up for who gets hurt, so there’s a 7th. My guess, it’s Noriko, but then again we learn real quick it’s this new dude. They do a smarter test by having Nico slightly punch Katsuhira so they feel the least amount of pain and can see if anyone else feels it. They note one person missing from their class, who hasn’t shown up at all, named Yoshiharu. They learn he’s had many short-term hospital stays, everyone having different ideas as to what’s been happening to him. They eventually discover him and he runs off. All the girls are super attracted to him, especially Nico as they’re chasing him. They keep hurting each other to find him. Katsuhira manages to get to him on his own. So to convince him, Katsuhira leaps off a tall height just to show their convictions to him. He’s a bloody mess, but alive. Oh…and Yoshiharu is a masochist, because of course he is. I love this show.

Episode Score: 5/5 

SPACE PATROL LULUCO
SPACE PATROL LULUCO (Ep.4)

Luluco’s clearly fawning over Nova, but notes his attention is never on her, which makes her sad. Of course when a moment’s about to happen, the alarm goes off. Also Midori is with them now. They now have to destroy a meteorite about to crash into Earth, so I’m now waiting for the Aerosmith to start playing. Seems Midori also likes Nova a bit too. Midori’s transformation is what causes the ship to launch, leaving the two of them, then Nova blasts Luluco off on her own. She gets stuck on the meteor, so she transforms (reluctantly until Nova tells her to come back and makes her feel guilty). Oh and apparently her mother saves her, looking like a villain, a pirate. She was in the meteorite. I stopped trying to ask these questions. She’s hot though! Once again, ridiculous and awesome this week!

Episode Score: 5/5

SUPER LOVERS
SUPER LOVERS (Ep.4) ***ON NOTICE***

No show has been able to get off the “On Notice” board so far and this is the last one of the week, how will it fare?

So Ren’s graduated apparently, already a bad start, I hate how this show just jumps through time here. Haru’s also moving out of the apartment finally, the four brothers moving into a home together. Oh dear, you can already imagine how awkward that’s going to get. They finally tell how Ren decided to go back to Japan and apparently the “new rice season” was all it took. Meeting with the landlord, Ren discovers there’s a raccoon dog living under the stairs, which is code for “THIS DOG WILL BE THEIR PET!!!”, because anime isn’t always good at hiding things. Ren notes back at home that Aki and Shima are probably really upset with him now living with them full-time. Haru also sneaks another kiss and gets a kick for it. At the new home, Haru mentions he plans to quit the host job and open a store of his own, what it is, I do not know. Ren is also not enjoying the move much, getting lonely again. Mikiko suggests he get a dog, but Haru knows that means a wolf. Ren also wants to work, but Haru notes that his personality and his lack of ability is going to make things very difficult. He’s also still treating Ren like a child which is really annoying, regardless of his reasons. Seeing the landlord again, he broke his leg and Ren found him lying on the ground. Sure enough, it’s time for him to take the dog, as was obvious. He also is given the keys to the place and asked to clean it up, there’s a job for him. Aki goes to pick up Ren and they have a decent conversation about many things, including how both Aki and Shima are just like Haru, having trouble with women. Turns out the raccoon dog is a Pomeranian. Ah well, not like it matters, the show ends and I’m dropping it as well, the On Notice undefeated streak continues. The show had a fantastic opening and then suffered a thousand cuts. The timeline jumps constantly, all four brothers are annoying in their own way and the story (whatever it is) is all over the place. The fact it’s a boy love anime has nothing to do with it, after all I really enjoyed the first episode. But it brought out all its tricks in the first episode and that was it, it had nothing else in the tank. That sucks, I thought this would’ve been a sleeper hit for me after Week 1.

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

Week #3 – Spring Anime 2016

Week number three is upon us with the Spring 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!

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online
And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online (Ep.2)

I may never get used to seeing Universal’s intro before an anime. It really doesn’t fit. Still at the meeting, Kyou claims she earns all the money she spends in-game, regardless of how rich her family is. Apparently they also don’t allow her to really make any friends, but allowed her to play online games, so that’s been her real source of social interaction, which gets Ako excited since that means Kyou isn’t a “normie”. Now it’s finally onto game talk, they debate a lot but all agree that Ako’s a bad healer. After the meeting, they all enjoyed each other’s company, though Akane makes it very clear that Hideki not be friendly with her at school. Ako thinks she’s trying to get close to Hideki however and challenges it, though Akane also makes it clear she’s not intending on stealing Ako’s “husband”. Alone together for the first time, she asks him about how he believed she was a guy the whole time and the whole marriage thing in-game. He lets it slip that it wouldn’t have mattered what she was in real-life, he really liked her character and would’ve married her in-game regardless. A moment goes by where they nearly had a moment, but it’s only Episode 2, so no! None of that! He notes now how he’s having a hard time looking at the other male characters as such anymore and now it’s assumed they’ll look like girls in-game the rest of the series, with their real voices. Which means Kyou’s character literally only has straps over the center of her breasts. It seems more like the two will change based on the kind of conversation they’re having. The next day though, Akane’s already having trouble holding it together, now that they’re all chummy in real-life, but not at school. Ako comes into his class as well to say hi, calling him Rusian still in front of everyone. So naturally all the wrong ideas happen because of what she says, of course calling him her husband. She also lets Akane’s secret out too. Oh she’s pissed. They have to pull her aside and let her know that they have to keep the game and real life separate, which Ako takes the wrong way as well and then some. So they convince her to just call them by their normal names, which gets Ako in a tizzy. It’s clear that Ako’s life is solely in the game to the point she doesn’t associate it any different in real life. It’s to the point she’s treating her relationship in real-life with Hideki as if he’s her real husband. She’s extremely adorable, but it’s clear they have to at least change her personality a little bit, for everyone’s social safety. To do this, Kyou creates a game club so they can play together at school too. Akane doesn’t want in, but there’s too much to keep her involved. Kyou also claims she did this for Ako so she can see the differences between in-game and real life as they’ll be experiencing both simultaneously. That night, he’s approached in-game by the guy who played that catgirl that Hideki first proposed to, still using that avatar. Another cute episode.

Episode Score: 4/5

Anne-Happy
Anne-Happy (Ep.2) 

It’s interview time for everyone, Ruri of course is embarrassed over her construction sign fetish, Botan’s injured at all times and Anne is, well…Anne. However the teacher is confused as to how Anne seems to have decent luck so far. The next interview seems to be next and this person must be scary as all hell. Oh my god this intro is never going to get old with me, holy shit it’s so good and funny. God I was scared for a moment we were starting with panty shots, but we get nothing more than Anne’s stomach as she pulls her shirt down. The other two girls of the intro have a brief first line of the show before we have to concentrate on the three girls. Apparently it’s time for the physical exam, which Botan immediately groans over, because y’know she’s so ugly and fat. Then the girls tease Ruri about her being in love (yes, with the sign) and we actually get a flashback of her origins for loving “it”. Then an alarm goes off?! What the fuck is that sound?! It’s a rabbit in a suit, what da actual fuck?! It’s a robot also named Timothy and even Anne won’t get to touch this one either. The tests show Botan is just as incapable as she groaned on about being, though Anne doesn’t understand why she’s gaining weight as she’s not fat…well of course until she sees her bust and shatters Anne. During this process, it appears Anne can hear ghosts’ voices. After all this, we learn than Ruri is normal, Anne is your classic tiny flat-chested girl and Botan thinks she’s a cow. Yup. They send Anne out to get their food and drinks and she fails miserably, as to be expected. They all want to try and find a club to join, so Timothy guides them after the teacher asks it to follow those three specifically. Ruri’s clearly good at cooking, so her option’s pretty clear. Botan for some reason tries a sport club and it goes as well as you’d expect, she runs five metres before collapsing, and she breaks bones doing everything else. They find a pet club of sorts and you know Anne’s dead. They all rush out of the room and seek to destroy her, Ruri grabbing her and running, though Anne has the happiest face. Timothy looks like it’s about to save them but fails miserably, as expected. After all that, Ruri’s already deduced that Timothy’s been measuring their luck levels the entire time. We also see that Anne may have actually picked the right drinks, but someone loaded the machine wrong. Of course on the way back, there’s that sign there. She decides that she doesn’t want to join a club because it’ll interfere with her time seeing the sign. Sheesh. We then see Ren was the actual target of the cats, not Anne, but not to destroy her, but adore her. Looks like this presumably monotone girl is going to be super adorable. Another great episode!

Episode Score: 5/5 

Asterisk War: Season 2
Asterisk War: Season 2 (Ep.3)

We start off with a flashback of Ayato training with Haruka, it also appears Saya was watching him a lot during this time as well. Apparently she convinced Ayato to yell his move names out loud in battle. Back in the present, he and Julis were training, but he’s clearly distracted now with his sister possibly still being alive after last week’s revelations. This will clearly come into play in their next match. Julis isn’t blind of this either, noting that he may be afraid of what will happen if he actually sees her again, given her disappearance and the bind she put on his power. Saya appears at his doorstep, also knowing something’s up with him, Julis telling her all about it. She assures him Haruka wouldn’t just abandon him, knowing there has to be a very crazy reason for her disappearing and not contacting him. She pulls out a Favor Ticket, a prize they used to fight for, like granting wishes to each other. We see the two of them taking Haruka on in training, actually forcing Haruka to go all-out on them. Saya leaves him telling Ayato that he ought to lean on people more, and not just her, obviously referring to Julis. The two start preparing for their match against the twins, knowing that they’ll attack the one flaw they have and that’s Ayato’s time limit. The semi-finals are set except for this match, the likelihood is that like I said before Saya and Kirin will take on and lose to the robots, while Ayato and Julis will take on the team with the dude on a horse. Immediately the twins envelop the entire area in smoke. Ayato notes it’s actually a mirage, just holding back time, lowering the amount of time Ayato has on his power, their entire strategy to run out the clock. The boy splits into five, the girl going invisible. They both take tough hits and continue to be dominated. Julis even gets a bit of bad touch from the girl during this battle too. She tells him to just take out the boy without thinking about her. Ayato is clearly dumb guessing the copies and his power has hit its limit. Okay, how are they not going to lose here? Ayato pulls out a sword and still manages to surprise the boy and breaks his badge. Oh, it was a copy too. Going to finish off Ayato, he somehow manages to survive a massive assault and survives the final blow and Julis can apparently fly. He thanks her for “awakening him” and we’ll have to find out next week what that means. A really bad place to end, but the action was still good.

Episode Score: 3/5

Bakuon!!
Bakuon!! (Ep.3)

Hane got her license! Yay! She’s looking for her first bike and wants the Su-Four, but Onsa is saddened to hear that because Su-Four buyers only buy Su-Fours. They find a store to go to, but Onsa REALLY wants to avoid it……….LET’S GO THERE RIGHT NOW!!! Oh, it’s her family’s store, bwahahahaha!!! It’s bad too, dusty, broken, rusted, but Hane finds a bike she really wants, a pink Su-Four, to which even Raimu notes the colour. Onsa breaks down, not wanting Hane to buy at her shop, but she insists she buys that Su-Four. Rin objects as well but her Dad shows up and reveals that the bike she’s using also came from this shop. Well that changed her mind quickly. Onsa also offers to do all the tuning and servicing on the bike. Hane’s also the type to read the user agreement for about half a second before signing. She turns it on for the first time and rides off without thinking, enjoying her first ride alone. Oh, but the gas tank wasn’t full, hahaha!!! Now starting to ride together, the girls are enjoying themselves while Rin wants nothing to do with them. She tries to fit in with a crowd above her and fails, while looking down at a group under her. Man, she ain’t fittin’ in nowhere. She’s adorable when she’s on her bike though (and sexy when the camera’s behind her) and the girls enjoy that side of her (her personality, not her ass…well maybe, but we don’t know that for sure) so long as she keeps it in check. Oh and apparently the bike club’s been defunct for twenty years. Raimu used the room because it was empty and now they’re being evicted. They try to redo the club, but need four people, so Rin’s stuck as the fourth member until they figure out Raimu’s last name. We see some of her past as well as a racer and of course she raced in her school uniform while everyone else had race gear on. She was a great racer but had a shit pit crew of high school girls…WAIT, IS RAIMU AN ADULT?!!! Anyways, the club is back officially. Another funny episode as usual.

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Big Order
Big Order (Ep.1)

Finally, the last show to start watching. The music starts off cool. The question is posed to us: What would you wish for if you could have it granted? Well, other than money, let me be honest here. A machine able to shapeshift into whatever person or fictional character I wanted. Cause come on! How else am I going to fulfill also those anime/video game sexual fantasies over the course of my life?! Ahem, anyways the MC here says people simply wish for things that makes them happy, but without him knowing, it’ll be his turn now, so what does the guy, Eiji wish for? Whatever it was completely destroys the world in a frightening way. He wakes up in reality, in his sister’s bedroom, who’s clearly bedridden and sounds like she has six months. The world indeed was destroyed, called the Great Destruction, causing the appearance of Orders, which are these wishes. It appears Eiji did wish for world destruction. It appears the girl who granted his wish is this glowing pink-haired girl named Daisy. She notes he’s not using his power that he wishes for, likely due to the first time he used it causing his sister’s essentially inevitable death, but there’s no proof yet. However Daisy tells him his misremembers his wish, not for world destruction, but she won’t tell him what it was and leaves. He still believes however he caused the Great Destruction, even though we now have cause to believe that the end will show what really happened. He wakes up at Sena’s (his sister’s) bed again. It’s clear that Sena’s aware of her fate as well, even though Eiji’s lying to her in order to sugarcoat things. She asks what he’d wish for if he was an Order, not knowing he already is one. He lies that he’d want her to get better while she wants their parents back alive so they can be a family again. The next day a new transfer student shows up and I’m already convinced with how perfect she is, she’s the one behind the Great Destruction. Eiji’s immediately into Rin and turns out they know each other already, but he doesn’t remember. She also lives a floor above him and her key is broken. Oh dear, this is already getting crazy. Oh and then she tases him. She’s assassin sent to kill him, calling him the one responsible for the Great Destruction. She’s now fully crazy. So how will these two cooperate together for a full season? She stabs his hand with a katana, digging into it. WHAT THE FUCK, A POWER AWAKENS IN HIM AND CAUSES THE KATANA TO STAB HER IN THE STOMACH?! She falls over limp and now I’m starting to wonder if his wish was a wish taken out of context and is now a burden more than a wish itself. He freaks the fuck out over this. A guy with three watches is in a helicopter, noting Rin was only supposed to watch over him and not try to kill him. He’s on his way now. We move to room full of weird looking people, that I thought we were getting an Arc System Works fighting game here. Back with Eiji, he’s about to go see Sena again and I’m convinced she just got killed before he gets there. Close, Rin’s alive and has her in her possession. She stabs Sena in the shoulder and leaves in an elevator, saying he has to treat her soon or she’ll die. It obvious they’re forcing his powers out now, to which he does, not that we see it. He’s now in a underground parking lot, turns out he didn’t use his powers, he just knocked them out with a sign. Daisy calls Rin an Order as well, she was about to die and asked for regeneration powers. She limits his power to 1/10000 of its power, saying he should be able to accomplish his goal of saving Sena now without causing the destruction he did 10 years ago. I wonder now if as a kid he asked to be the most powerful being in the world or something and the wish backfired as he can’t control his powers. He notes how as a kid he loved a character named the Evil Ranger who wanted world domination for the purpose of peace, so he wished to rule the world and that wish backfired. Rin thinks she kills Eiji and then heals Sena before seeing Eiji still alive. So his power is summoning Eddie from Iron Maiden, I can get along with this! Essentially his power is that everything around him bends to his will, literally everything he wants. It also appears this applies not to Orders, or at least not as easily. But with his power he ties up Rin and says she’ll be the first person who fully submits to him. Then it sounds very sexual and that’s our ending for the week. Wow…that was…interesting.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

BROTHERHOOD FINAL FANTASY XV
BROTHERHOOD FINAL FANTASY XV (Ep.2)

No show this week, likely due to only being a 5-episode series, probably staggering the episodes out.

Episode Score: 4/5

Bungo Stray Dogs
Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.3)

Incest right off the top, for fuck’s sake. I like this show, why’s it gotta go that route?! He starts guessing everyone’s occupations before joining the Agency, guessing the incest duo as students, a shocking revelation and it turns out Doppo was a math teacher and Dazai…we don’t know. To the point there’s a reward within the Agency of 700,000 yen to guess it correctly, which of course gets Atsushi’s attention. After a few…several failures, a job is waiting for them. It’s a simple stakeout job, so it’s Atsushi’s perfect first task, except he’s stuck with the incest duo. Doppo however gives him a photograph of a man in a dark coat and black hair with white tips, saying to run if he comes across him, the leader of the Port Mafia and is very gifted. He shows up somewhere, kills two guards and bombs the place. Well done, sir! Also the stakeout is a trap, without any effort involved, the girl who asked for them traps the three of them and starts shooting. Naomi, the girl of the incest duo takes all the bullets and cue the regeneration gift. Junichirou activates his power and it starts…snowing? Apparently it makes him invisible of sorts so he gets the upper hand, but the main villain shows up as well. Well shit, this got real fast. He tells Atsushi his sole goal is to capture him and until he does, everyone around him will die. He manages to get a gun and fire, but even the coat of this guy is a literal monster, so fucking badass! So he does what he told Atsushi he will do and took his leg. Except it regenerates and he becomes the tiger, without the moon. He overpowers the villain with ease and bullets can’t hurt him. So the villain cuts him in half, except it’s also a mirage from Junichirou’s powers. It seems everything’s going full circle when Dazai turns off his power and stops the battle, the villain even not bothering to attack and retreating. Turns out the reason he wants Atsushi is a seven billion yen bounty on him. And the truth comes out as Dazai used to be a member of the Port Mafia. Well that was a badass episode, finally seeing the true colours of the show.

Episode Score: 5/5

Cerberus
Cerberus (Ep.3)

The blue-haired girl continues to listen to Hiiro’s heartbeat and demands she come with him, though obviously coming out of the mouth of a sand dragon makes anyone ask at least a couple questions. Her name is Saraato. The three try to sneak away and somehow do, no idea how she doesn’t notice them leaving. Back at Tomitte’s he teases Hiiro about being in love with this weird girl. Meanwhile, Sharisharuu is still looking for Hiiro but even her magic mirror can’t find him, malfunctioning right as Saraato is walking past her, coincidence? Nanbuuko is also running his own operations, preparing for a three-country war, getting new weapons ready for just this time. The person in charges of developing these weapons appears to be Saraato’s father as well. Oh and she found Hiiro without problem. The next day he’s back to training against the slimes, but only with Saraato this time. The slimes however leave as a giant wolf shows up instead. Guess that training’s getting pushed up a little. It passes right by him and goes after Saraato and he attacks again, somehow accidentally killing it. She was unaware of all this, apparently able to fall asleep with her eyes open. Dafuq?! She heals his wound suffered it the battle. Returning to town, he has to come across a bad deed going on and gets involved…losing easily too, the dumbass. Tomitte goes to break them out and of course Saraato follows without announcement. They get a secret ledger from the lord but are also captured, but then Giruu shows up to deal with things. At the end, a dangerous looking girl shows up in a cloak. I’ve gotta say, I don’t want to put this show on notice, but it’s suffering from the same problems Endride has been. The setting is fantastic, the characters look incredible, but the show is just not all that interesting.

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

Endride
Endride (Ep.3) ***ON NOTICE***

Can we not just land planes or anything that flies? Do they always have to crash? The four of them crash into another deep forest, presumably to a safe house of sorts. It’s a giant hole in the ground, holy shit is it a batcave?! Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na, END-RIDE! And Falarion is still adorable as all hell. Shun and Alicia discuss the potential of the two worlds knowing each other’s existence, as well as Emilio and Pascal. It’s safe to say neither side should have access to the other, the surface would just attack for resources and the wildlife of Endora would kill everything in sight. Pascal intends to fully destroy babel next time he reaches it, so no one can ever use it. This show’s not really that interesting at least not so far. It looks great, Falarion is adorable as fuck and Alicia’s hot as hell, but that’s about it. She’s got quite the butt, I’m sure Anita Sarkeesian is crying right now. Pascal leaves in disguise to get supplies and Alicia up and leaves the two annoying boys alone together. Emilio convinces Shun to help him take down the King in turn for getting him home. They plan to leave that night with Alicia asleep, that is if they don’t give it away like a couple buffoons. That night comes and they go to make their escape, seemingly successful in doing so. They find a camp not far and they’re immediately caught by a few soldiers, calling themselves Igunauts. Emilio calls them their reinforcements, but has yet to convince them, I assume. Well that’s too bad, cause I won’t see that, cause I’m going to drop the show. There’s nothing interesting of note in this show, it looks fantastic, the world is interesting and there’s a couple characters I really like in Alicia and Falarion. The problem is the story is nothing to speak of, the two main characters are both completely unlikable and I have no value in seeing anything through with this other than if I’ll get to hear Falarion being adorable or Alicia with her back facing the camera. And as much as I like butt shots, I prefer a story to go with them.

Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***

Flying Witch
Flying Witch (Ep.2)

We see what I can only describe as a male witch/ninja approach before the intro. Makoto is lost again on her walk to…probably school. Oh, Mom finally shows up with Chinatsu, looking normal too. Disappointed! Makoto returns home, claiming she never got lost, which we all know isn’t true. The doorbell rings and there’s the ninja. His mask looks like a Phantom of the Opera version of an owl. Chinatsu shuts the door and just WALKS AWAY! Good girl, stranger danger fully applies here. Makoto recognizes him and finally approaches, calling him the Harbinger of Spring. Apparently he’s here to cause the change in weather and wanted to see the new witch in town and get some medicine if she had any. So I’m sure she’s about to pull out the mandrake…and does, but just a couple pieces from it. He leaves but gives Makoto something to give to Chinatsu as an apology for scaring her. These things are going to scare her too, aren’t they? Oh, they’re just flowers in a pot. Second half of the show starts with Makoto sitting on a bench, waiting for something in Yokohama when Nao shows up…apparently she swam across the lake or river or…whatever?! She wants Makoto to look at this odd dot on her neck, and oh, it’s a dream. She tells Nao the dream is a prophetic dream, so when she saw the symbol for being super lucky on Nao’s neck, she thinks it may be true. They pick bakke along the way home, which Chinatsu’s not happy about when she discovers it, hating it as food. Chinatsu hates watching the two eat them and enjoying them, like they’re old people. This episode was still pretty good, but didn’t offer any real witch stuff this week, unless you count the Harbinger.

Episode Score: 4/5

Hai-Furi
Haifuri (Ep.2)

All right, so how are they making sense of this. I guess because the instructor still hasn’t woken up after the ship’s sinking, they believe that it was fired on for no reason, so a clear misunderstanding has taken place. Misaki (I know her first name’s Akeno, but I hate it and won’t call her that unless they start doing so) still wonders if this is training, while other crew members have their own thoughts. I’m realizing very quick I’m not going to remember all these names, so I’ll do my best to note them if I can, but there’s a whole crew on this ship to track! I know believe Mashiro’s mother is that high-ranked officer we saw at the beginning, shocked by her daughter’s ship’s mutiny. We get a flashback of Mashiro’s childhood, with her mother going to be an instructor at the time. Back on the ship, they start repairing the damages sustained. Imagining these tiny girls fixing a massive ship is tough. Apparently Misaki learned everyone’s names already, good on you girl, cause I ain’t. Rin suggests they take refuge on a nearby island. They also note that if they go to the rendezvous point, they’ll probably be arrested now regardless, so going to a port where they likely won’t fire on them again is the best option. A German exchange student ship is suddenly approaching them and starts firing. They’re way outmatched by this ship so they have to run, but the ship can’t go full-speed either with the damage sustained. So they use the smoke from their damaged ship as a way to hide. And Misaki decides to fire on this ship now too, firing live ammo this time, now they’re really in trouble. Then a tiny boat is approaching them for some reason, a single girl on it. So Misaki leaves Mashiro in charge so she can go save her. Wow, that’s a badass jet ski thing, Misaki. She collects the girl drifting in the water, just unconscious. She’s also very attractive. They manage to escape and of course we have a shower scene in between with Misaki, who actually looks five years older with her hair down. She visits the medic afterwards with the girl she rescued. And then more bathing crew members. Another phone call during this for Mashiro, wondering if it’s Mom. But it’s Moka calling for help and you know it’s fake, she’s being set up as Misaki’s friend to get them over there to be arrested. A good episode again.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Hundred
Hundred (Ep.3)

Claire again tries to not put Hayato and Emile out in the field, this time citing a high-level Savage out in the field, but Charlotte challenges her on this again and also reveals her brother is the CEO of what I can only guess is a military company that deals with battling Savages. Hayato also challenges her, not wanting to happen now what happened to him as a child. Charlotte also reveals LiZA, the AI system suggested the two rather than her. The plan is still to keep the two in the back while Claire, Liddy and Erica deal with the Savage. They do so very easily and the two make their descent as well to deal with another smaller Savage. The two of them also take down the Savage. With the big one left however, the experienced girls don’t do so well, Erica and Liddy knocked out of the battle. Hayato and Emile want to help Claire, but look Hayato, once you squeeze a girl’s boobs, she ain’t listening to you ever again! So of course she tries to take it on alone and fails, her energy falling low. Claire’s about to be killed, when of course boob-squeezer grabs her and lifts her away princess-style…and is squeezing her again. Claire also lets it slip that he’s taken another of her firsts, oh my! They are now in a tough spot, they have to block a massive energy shot or else it will kill a ton of people. Together, the two of them manage to deflect it. I can already tell how well these two will go off each other. Emile trying to save Liddy gets sliced…only to reveal THE SHOCKING TRUTH THAT SHE HAS BOOBS TOO!!! It’s then that Hayato realizes who she really is, his (I think) childhood friend, Emilia Hermit. He takes the big hit and suddenly awakens even more power, reaching his full-body armament and going literally into Beast Mode. He nearly gets Erica killed during this battle, so to stop him, Emilia kisses him. Cause that always works. OH MY! There was some tongue in there! Also, how her breasts haven’t popped out from her uniform yet defies all gravity. Back in control, he properly uses his power and slices the giant Savage in half and passes out in the arms (and bosom) of Emilia. Claire also points out this fact…and the kiss. Cause y’know, harem jealousy! Back home, Emilia is told to still act like a guy to hide the truth from everyone, so she will not become the series’ Charlotte (just yet). Which yes, means she and Hayato are still roomies. Claire’s not gonna like this. Awww come on, she’s not staying in the room now?! That’s bullshit, what kind of harem anime is this?! Emilia though reveals she’s been infected with a Savage virus and so is Hayato as he tried to suck the infected blood out of her during the attack. This causes them to become Variants (if they survive), which explains their massive Hundred scores and compatibility. There’s also less than ten of them in the entire world. She also lets it slip she acted as a guy to be in the same room as him. So of course he falls on her after that and believes it’s the virus, so she kisses him again (apparently tongue is needed every time) to stop it. Oh man, Claire’s gonna be pissed when she finds out about th-! Oh hey Claire! What’cha doing there?! Oh dear, he trips, falls on her and steals another first…her first kiss. Sheesh, just have the threesome and be done with it, already!!! So they have a kiss off during the credits, or at least that’s the assumption. As the credits roll, it’s starting to look like Sakura may actually be the villain in the end. How interesting. This episode was great, I think it’s hitting its stride now.

Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***

KIZNAIVER
KIZNAIVER (Ep.2)

After a very weird start that I’m still struggling to understand, their first mission…IS TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES!!! Apparently their names wasn’t good enough, so Katsuhira gets shocked and they share that pain. Noriko notes is their name and where they’re from really a descriptor of themselves, so they’re not intoducing themselves properly. Hajime gives more information and it ain’t enough. They’ve gotta get real personal here. Nico’s solution is to bide time, but Noriko already solved that problem, another shock. She then sends dogs on them, Hajime freaks out, revealing his fear of dogs, now there’s a personal fact. Honoka realizes this is a deepest, most hidden secret case. Now apparently the whole building is going to come down, being demolished, likely to cover up evidence of the experiments. Noriko continues to torture Katsuhira however, but with sexual tension. She finally releases him from the table while the others are trying to escape. Honoka clearly doesn’t want to tell hers and runs off and they have one minute to figure their shit out. I love Nico, holy shit. NICO DOESN’T BELIEVE IN FAIRIES?!!! Well that put an end to that. Apparently her craziness is to cover up her perfectness? Curious, yet she’s still a giant ball of human sugar. It becomes clear Tsuguhito’s secret is that he was a massively fat until high school. They note Chidori’s the only one left, as Honoka is long gone. She actually doesn’t know what that is, and Noriko actually accepts that, for now anyway. Noriko arrives in a forensic morgue kind of room, wow her secret’s gotta be dark as a presumably dead friend awakens. So now Chidori faces Katsuhira about to be dropped to his death if she doesn’t say her secret. Instead, Katsuhira offers his secret, that he can’t take an interest in anyone, because he can’t take an interest in himself. Chihiro is pissed hearing that and reveals during her yelling at him, that she’s in love with him, or was before he became this emotionless person. They fall anyway, but because of the correct answer, they land in a safety net, but pain still follows as she slaps the shit out of him. So Katsuhira changes his words, never thinking she liked him, nor really paying attention to it and is suddenly happy to hear something like this. It seems they’ve won…but we never heard Honoka’s secret, we just saw something we can presume. Noriko notes to herself, Katsuhira’s actually legitimately forgotten his secret. And there’s Honoka, saying she’s a murderer. And that’s the end. Okay, I’m definitely more interested in this show now!

Episode Score: 5/5 

Kumamiko -Girl Meets Bear-
Kumamiko -Girl Meets Bear- (Ep.2) ***ON NOTICE***

The second of three troubled shows this week, let’s see if this show isn’t as weird to me as last week was. So apparently either two straight episodes got posted, or the second one came up and Funimation didn’t update the queue. Either way, I’m only doing Episode 2 this week. The first bit isn’t helping, it’s very boring. I’m already getting the feeling this show isn’t for me, but I’ll finish the episode regardless, CAUSE I’M A PROFESSIONAL! *anime thumbs up* Anyways, Machi still intends to go to high school in the city, regardless of last week’s bet. SO SHE FIGHTS THE BEAR!!! GET HIM, GIRL! GET HIM!!! She whips his ass, man! If anything, that might be the only highlight of the show for me, watching a tiny girl beat the shit out of a bear. He finally agrees, so long as she learns how to fit in with the big city and gives her the first assignment of this preparation: But a HEATTECH item from some store, I think. She already runs into pointless problems before even starting. Yeah, I’m facepalming here, this might be entertaining to a certain crowd, but I ain’t a part of it. The next day, she can’t even cross the bridge as it’s broken. Of course Natsu being the bear fuck he is doesn’t give her an extra day. Now the next day, her bike has gone missing. So she takes Yoshio’s bike instead, which looks dumb as fuck. Also the brakes don’t work, even better and she crashes and the bike is destroyed. Somehow she’s okay, but now she’s screwed again. She won’t give up though, now walking to the store. She finds Yoshio who offers her a ride there. She gets the item, unknown to us, but she doesn’t seem very happy and beats the shit out of the two guys, including Yoshio. Back home she’s also not happy because she couldn’t do it on her own. She reveals that it was an undershirt she bought. Yeah…this was baaaaaaaaaaaaaad. The humour doesn’t work with me, the characters aren’t interesting and it just doesn’t capture my interest at all. It’s the kind of show I’d show a clip of just to weird people out, but that’s about it.

Episode Score: 1.5/5 ***DROPPED***

My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia (Ep.3) ***ON NOTICE***

The last show in danger this week, let’s see if this episode can recapture the interest I had in Episode 1 or if the value has already worn off. Resuming that moment we ended with last week, All Might finishes it by saying Izuku may inherit his powers. Wait what? That’s possible? Turns out All Might wasn’t born a hero, it was passed onto him. Even Izuku has never heard of such a thing being possible. But he does accept this proposal. But it turns out it’s not that simple, so Izuku suddenly has to start massive training. Because if he inherits the power with an unprepared body, he could apparently just explode and we kinda don’t want that. So he has 10 months to accomplish this training before the entrance exam to the hero academy he wants to attend. Eventually though Izuku overdoes it, saying he doesn’t just want to barely make it in, he wants to be the best out of them all, which of course impresses All Might. Whoa…the day on the entrance exam is my birthday, holy shit. Izuku’s got muscle and is yelling like he’s about to go Super Saiyan. All Might congratulates him for a successful 10 months and it looks like he’s about to receive the power he needs to become what he aspires to be, but he has to eat a strand of hair from All Might, basically taking in his DNA. At the exam, he notes he never had time to test out his powers, if he’s received any at all. He trips on the way there and is saved by a young girl, who gets him all excited for finally talking to one, even though he didn’t, she just talked to him. The test consists of them battling fake villains in these battle arenas. So Izuku sets up to conduct his test, but I won’t be watching this one either. I really like what this show wants to be, I really do. But other than its goofiness, I’m not actually that interested in the characters I’m watching and that’s a huge failure if three episodes in, I’m apathetic to the main character. So no more heroes for me, unless I’m going back to those Suda 51 games.

Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***

SPACE PATROL LULUCO
SPACE PATROL LULUCO (Ep.3)

Just like Anne-Happy, I don’t know if I’ll ever stop liking this intro, it’s so cheesy it hurts…from smiling so much. So Luluco and Nova look for Save the World at school. She asks an alien friend, Midori for information on this Blackhole app. Oh, Midori is Save the World. She notes how the Space Patrol won’t find them…and then Luluco and Nova open the door and attempt to arrest her. The silliest arrest conversation ever! Nova just wants to shoot her but gets captured instantly and then starts shooting everyone. Midori turns Nova’s gun on Luluco to which Nova casually tells her to fire at them and does, bank shotting endlessly and hitting her, winning. Luluco laments over all this, like a finale episode, it’s great. What a fun episode again!

Episode Score: 5/5

SUPER LOVERS
SUPER LOVERS (Ep.3)

Obviously the brothers still aren’t impressed with Ren’s arrival, jealous a bit too. Ren’s also confused as fuck about how Haru’s the exact same as he was back in Canada, even though he doesn’t remember Ren at all. And yes, that includes the scandalous kiss on the lips. Heading to work suddenly, Haru meets up with Mikiko who’s checking up on how Ren’s doing. Afterwards, a car crash causes Haru to remember the accident, a horrifying sight indeed. Ugh, this is depressing to watch. So he gets drunk and returns home, Ren having to take care of him for once, or at least he tries, but Haru just decides to leave him to go stay with a friend, noting he drinks a lot around Christmas, which it currently is. Staying with Iku, he notes that Haru may have a customer stalking him and it would appear she’s about to visit Ren…and she does. He tells her the truth, but she’s having none of it and enters in without permission. She starts to strangle Ren, but Aki shows up just in time. He snaps at Haru over the phone, so he runs back to see Ren. The girl is still there and Haru snaps on her too. Afterwards, Ren passes out, having been running a fever in the days Haru was away. He wakes up and Haru’s lying on top of him, because apparently this has to get as BL as possible. It’s now Christmas and it’s also Ren’s birthday. He returns home but no one’s home, Ren calls him up and says he’s going back to Canada. Of course it’s because Ren thinks he’s nothing more than a bother to Haru. So with him gone, Haru has to go to Canada again in response. Well after a great first episode, this one’s just getting boring with the same shtick over and over. So…

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

Week #2 – Spring Anime 2016

Week number two is upon us with the Spring 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!

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online
And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online (Ep.1)

…I was not aware Universal had any connection to anime. Wow. That alone is shocking to me. Anyways, we start off with a clear marriage proposal in-game from the girl, but the guy vowed to never fall in love again, though she ain’t listening to this. No time to dwell though, we have to have a battle montage with the two and another two party members with them. Clearly she’s way into him and pays all the attention to him, which doesn’t always work out, the MC often getting killed because of it. It’s curious how the actual game looks as we see it from the MC’s monitor and then in-game it looks way better, almost like they’re own fantasy representation of the game, rather than the actual graphics. MC, Hideki claims he’s found a wife, which the guys pass off as Otaku garbage. The popular girl approaches and as expected trashes him to death with her comments. He then bumps into a girl that’s clearly this girl who likes him and is very bashful towards him. Nothing special before going back to the game after school. The party is a clear misfit group, Hideki’s character taking all the blows, Ako (the girl) constantly getting lost or distracted and the other guys just being so blase about everything, one being one of those players who just spends all their money on in-game items. Turns out the two did get married in-game though. One member declares they actually got a real-life confession and Ako goes all crazy, wishing he’d die. Oh dear. During their conversation it finally slips out that Hideki once tried this before and the character was actually an older man in real life. He turns into that German kid who destroys his keyboard and vowed to never trust a girl in-game ever again. Ako actually claims she’s a real girl. Then the money-buyer claims he’s a girl as well and they should have a real-life meeting. Okay taking bets here. One’s obviously the creepy girl he bumped into. Second is the popular girl who was disgusted with him and third is the student council president because she’s the only other girl given any real screen time. Why do I think it’s all girls and Hideki? Well other than the cover picture, anime logic. Well Ako shows up and she’s a gorgeous one for sure, just as she said, a nerdy bookgirl. I’M TWO FOR TWO, the bitch girl (aka Akane) is the second to show up. YES! THREE FOR THREE, BITCHES!!! The president has arrived, Kyoh is her name. She’s the item buyer. Akane of course is embarrassed to be outed now. At a cafe together, Ako is just as touchy as she is in game. Akane learns for the first time her character’s name means ‘Pig’ in German and that sets her off. She’s also adorable as well. Ako lets it out that she’s been a loner at the school the whole time, no friends at all, so being able to see the three of them in real life is a huge step forward for her. Ako does her anti-normie stuff again and Kyoh joins in, but Akane reassures that she has zero interest in a relationship only because it’d interfere with her gaming time. Clearly there’s already something there with Hideki and Ako. Which makes this anime interesting because it’s being built like a harem. Great start to this show.

Episode Score: 4/5

Anne-Happy
Anne-Happy (Ep.1) 

This was the one I was looking forward to the most when looking through the previews, had an Azumanga Daioh feel to me, so let’s see how this one fares. It starts off rather normal, which given the potential comedy gold ahead I’m willing to expect until the show gets turned upside down. A girl is walking to school when she hears a dog and looks over the bridge…and there’s the dog…being held by a girl…who’s hanging on the bridge likely by either her shirt or hair somehow. And the cheesy music starts. The girl’s fine, minus the hair being snagged and the dog constantly biting her, y’know nothing special. She’s about to fall when the girl tries to help her. It’s the best introduction ever before she tosses the dog to the girl and falls into the river. But don’t worry, she’s okay…just dead-man floating before getting out, 100% fine. But no time to worry about a potential death (or how her clothes are somehow still dry), they’re going to be late for class. And then the funniest intro music I’ve ever heard in anime starts. Oh my god this is the best music ever!!! Back to the show, we’re back to things being normal again…BUT FOR HOW LONG?! About ten more seconds before another girl comes in late, and faints of embarrassment. Anne is so slow, but it’s the funny kind of slow and the super cute funny animations during this process only add to it. That new girl shows up, clearly being the overly dramatic character who’s a bit on the creepy side as well. Her name’s Botan and she has the softest bones ever known to man, a simple handshake destroying her fingers. Oh, forgot, other girl who saved Anne is named Ruri. So apparently this specific class was put together as a group of unlucky students for various problems, Anne and Botan so far are clear examples of this, though we’re yet to understand where Ruri’s misfortune lies. They’re left for the day with the old keep the egg safe for the whole day homework. Oh apparently Botan’s hand already healed. Ruri however leaves them for something else and a cat approaches Anne and gives her a right hook. This is gonna be funny all season long. Ruri’s stalking a guy she likes it seems while Anne insists on seeing this cat. Botan falls and her egg breaks, which the cat eats up all happily. Anne’s also stuck in the mud. Oh dear, how misfortunate. So when Ruri starts taking the path back, she’s approached by a bloodied up Botan and an Anne still stuck in the mud. Anne notes however that she’s actually lucky to have Ruri now to save her, so someone’s luck is actually going up. Then Ruri’s secret pops out in front of the girls…a photo of the guy she watches. The two girls don’t see the problem, which throws Ruri way off. Then we understand why, it’s not a guy, it’s a fucking sign at the construction site. What the fuck?! Hahahahahaha!!! The next day, everyone’s eggs broke…except Anne’s somehow AND IT HATCHES INTO A BABY CHICK!!! And it doesn’t attack her, how shocking. Wow this show is gonna be fun if it keeps this up.

Episode Score: 5/5 ***SHOW OF THE WEEK***

Asterisk War: Season 2
Asterisk War: Season 2 (Ep.2)

I was right, this girl Flora is a maid from the palace. She shows a bunch of pictures of memories of Julis and one of them is a picture of the two of them in the bath, which of course sets Julis off as Ayato has now seen her with just a towel on. Oh come on, Julis! He saw FAR more skin Episode 1 when he walked in on you in your underwear! Flora calls Saya and Kirin Julis’ rivals which of course they associate with Ayato instead of the Festa. At night Ayato calls Priscilla until Irene interrupts the call, but she asks him if he intends to talk to a man named Dirk instead and he nods, telling Irene to ask him about his sister, Haruka. After being scolded by Priscilla, her cool badass attitude changes and she thanks him properly which a giant blush on her face. She’s so pretty even without the nice demeanor. The following day, Julis calls him up as Flora’s insisting they all go to lunch together, something to ask him. Yabuki assumes it’s a date and sets off Julis as she always gets about Ayato. At the cafe, Ayato notes how well Julis handles a kid like Flora, almost like a big sister figure. Flora also lets it out the bonus money Julis gets for being a top-tier talent at her school is given to the orphanage. More tension between Julis and Ayato go on before Flora finally asks Ayato what she wanted to, which of course is how far have the two of them gone in their relationship. Turns out Julis’ brother is trying to prod information about his sister while she’s gone. A girl from another school suddenly approaches, it’s the secretary for the fat douche that was controlling Irene, he wants to see Ayato. Julis demands she go with him and douchebag says yes. Taking a limo ride, Ayato asks him about Haruka and he mentions the Eclipse Festa, a much more violent version of the Festa tournaments, explaining the bloody mess we saw Episode 1 of her. She lost her match but he heard that she hadn’t died, however no one’s seen her since. He then asks about Mesa, the chairman of the Festa committee, but he knows nothing and douchebag believes he has nothing and the trip is over. It becomes apparent that Flora is going to be in danger now as Korona tells the Tyrant about her and he’s suddenly very interested in her. And that’s the episode, just a bunch of talking, nothing special at all.

Episode Score: 2.5/5

Bakuon!!
Bakuon!! (Ep.2)

Hane continues her bike training, but it’s short-lived before we get a flashback of Rin as a child with her father and we get a clear idea of her reasons for wanting to bike and a little as to why she loves Suzuki bikes so much…and then it gets a tad bit dark. The two get into an accident and we’re left to assume he dies, but he’s fine a minute later when we’re back in the present. She’s riding her Dad’s old bike while he has one she won for him and hates him for not properly thanking him for it. Ohsa and her clearly have their issues still. Although it looks about to be over, it’s just a fake presentation on Ohsa’s part. She’s about to run over Ohsa with her bike when Hane actually compliments it and Rin uncontrollably cries about it. They’re about to settle their score for good when a new girl shows up, that violet-haired glasses girl from last week. Apparently Hijiri here is really attracted to the naughty things and bikers apparently present that the best for her. They all play chicken together, but Hijiri has her servant drive since she has no license. He and Raimu (girl who doesn’t take her helmet off) stare off before it’s a four-person competition. Ohsa and Rin are out super early at about the same time now, but Raimu ain’t stopping and neither is the servant. Raimu stops at the very edge and the two fall into the river and she’s all wet now for being such a delinquent…or maybe it’s just because of the water. Oh apparently the bike was a man who got “neutered” and turned into a woman because of certain parts. It seems like Baita’s never coming back as they’re replacing the bikes. Does this one talk? Nope! So Hane’s freaked out now. And she starts making mistake after mistake. With the girls cheering her on, she suddenly gets her stride back and barely passes the exam. Oh and apparently Baita talks to others too, it’s not just Hane that’s crazy. Another good episode, not as amazing as last week, but still solid!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Big Order
Big Order

Debuts April 16th

BROTHERHOOD FINAL FANTASY XV
BROTHERHOOD FINAL FANTASY XV

No show this week, likely due to only being a 5-episode series, probably staggering the episodes out.

Episode Score: 4/5

Bungo Stray Dogs
Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.2)

Atsushi’s woken up under a roof, how amazing! A cell phone rings and for a moment, you’d think Atsushi was playing a female role with that pose and the way his shirt’s hanging off of him. But he finally does answer the phone (after figuring out the button) and Osamu’s on the other line, as cheerful as ever for someone trying to kill himself. They meet for an emergency, which means it’ll be nothing out of the ordinary. Yeah, it’s just Osamu stuck in an oil drum after a dumb suicide attempt. Atsushi notes after getting Osamu out that he doesn’t know he could possibly be a part of the Agency if his powers are something he has zero control over. So he intends to find a job and Osamu offers his help in finding him one. Too bad Doppo finds him before it’s too late for whatever’s about to happen. Apparently they have to go to the agency as a bomber is in the office threatening to blow himself and hostages up. He wants to see the president of the agency. So the two play Rock, Paper, Scissors to settle who goes out and Doppo loses and fails miserably as the bomber recognizes the members. So Atsushi naturally has to go because he’s an unknown. After distracting the bomber long enough, Doppo reveals his ability, being able to create things by writing them in a book. They apprehend the bomber successfully…for about a minute. Then he’s allowed to move long enough to activate the timer on the bomb. So Atsushi for some reason grabs the bomb and covers it with himself. Oh, it was all a test. The bomber and the hostage are also related and GOD DAMN IT, FUCKING INCEST INNUENDO!!! The president of the agency shows up to congratulate Atsushi on his successful test and let’s Osamu officially hire him. He also guilts him into staying as the potential of people finding out about his power would just lead to problems down the road. So he’s stuck with them regardless. Another great episode, this is looking like a top 5 show this season at this rate.

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Cerberus
Cerberus (Ep.2)

The one thing I do not like about this show is all the complicated names I’m never going to remember, all the kingdoms, people, etc. They’re not common at all! Anyways, we once again see the matching tattoos between Hiiro and Dagan Zot and something changes in him, causing him to lunge at the dragon, but failing to amount any offense. The dragon however also protects Hiiro when soldiers start firing a barrage of arrows at them both. But after scaring the shit out of everyone, he vanishes back into the ground. Nanbuuko is laughing though, happy to have the terror back in the world. With the kids, Hiiro’s friend took him there and tells the story of what happened between Hiiro and Dagan Zot. The sealing process did indeed fail and not only did they all die except for Hiiro, they lost their souls too, no chance of revival either. So he trained every day for the next ten years with Giruu. They understand their next objective is getting back the Grand Trowa which was his father’s sealing item. Sharisharu is not happy with Nambuuko for leaving her in the town though, as he’s left to go elsewhere, telling her to deal with Hiiro. When the trio tries to get a meal, no one’s allowing them to even spend money, Nambuuko’s influence very high. Until that is a sexy big-breasted catgirl comes into the frame, as you’d expect in anime! I’m not usually too big (pun intended) on large-chested girls, but this girl’s really pretty. She also knows exactly who Hiiro is. Her name’s Erin, oh thank god a name I can remember. Giruu tells Hiiro not to get distracted by a pretty girl. Look dude, can you blame him on this one? They also just walk back into Tomitte’s lair and claim it as their sleeping spot for the night, which of course pisses him off. They’re such good friends, those two. But instead of chasing after the Grand Trowa, Hiiro needs to train his swordsmanship…cause it’s shit. So we start from the bottom up and slimes are at the bottom. Hiiro, you suck at this! During this, a sand dragon suddenly appears behind Parupa (the mini-dragon) and Hiiro attacks in head-on like an idiot. Oh and there’s a hot girl in the sand dragon’s mouth. Huh. She’s prettier than Erin, but nowhere near as sexy for sure. She hugs him right away though, claiming him. Maybe. A decent episode again like last week.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Endride
Endride (Ep.2)

Shun, Emilio and Alicia are walking together deeper into the forest, Shun with a million questions and Emilio not intending to answer fuck all. Dragon cat things, intervenes being the cutest threat ever! Remember how Shun loves crystals? The sun’s a crystal. Go figure. The mascot is Falarion, it’s sounds are just as adorable as you’d hope. They’re all headed to a man named Pascal, a researcher at the castle, the man who taught Emilio what he knows. Oh, Falarion grows into a full dragon, well that’s not as cute! It’s still kinda cute, but fuck that! This all happens as a few wild hogs appear and because of the danger, Shun’s relic pops out again and he kills the one attacking, however he and Alicia fall into a trap. Turns out the trapmaker is Pascal himself. They keep referring to Shun as from the surface and because of this he shouldn’t be able to use a Warp Relic. Pascal tells him that Earth is hollow and they seem to know more about Earth than Earth knows about Endora. Apparently Endora has been hidden to prevent the spread of religion, a weird reason to give. He gives Shun a book about the Earth which is older than he is, referring to the city of Babylon as a connector between the two worlds. The King was trying to reconstruct the way between the two worlds but has hit a snag in finishing the reconstruction of Babel, the connector. We also learn Falarion is not of the world, but a Warp Relic itself, so they’re not limited to just weapons. We find out Pascal intentionally fucked with Babel after believing the worlds should not be connected. Then a bunch of monsters rush the house, attacking. Some of the traps stop them, but not all. Doesn’t matter, the house is a rocket ship. W-What the fuck?! The show really didn’t do much for me, I’m really just staring at Alicia the whole time. Shun’s a very unlikeable MC so that doesn’t help. Well you’ve got next week to figure it out!

Episode Score: 2/5 ***ON NOTICE***

Flying Witch
Flying Witch (Ep.1)

Raven-haired girl: Check. Black cat: Check. Yup, looks like a witch anime already! She’s on a long journey it seems, stepping off a train and now on a bus to somewhere. The cat’s named Chito and is adorable as hell. A boy walks up to see the girl, named Kei, likely an old friend of this girl. She arrives at a house and says hello a girl named Chinatsu who’s completely forgotten about her. Finally we get the girl’s name, Makoto, a second cousin of the family. Holy crap she has a lot of stuff, the room is half full of boxes. Chinatsu is eaves-dropping and doesn’t understand how Makoto’s talking to this cat. She asks Kei how long he’s staying and he says until she’s “full-fledged”. At the table eating dinner, I don’t know why the camera felt like focusing on the nine year-old’s butt while the conversation was going on, that was a bit much. Makoto asks where the nearest store is and Kei sends Chinatsu with her, which of course sets her off, nervous about Makoto. Walking outside, Chinatsu asks where Makoto’s from and she says the big city of Yokohama. CUE THE SHOPPING MONTAGE!!! It ends with of curse Makoto buying a broom. Without hesitation she starts to fly on it which the reaction from Chinatsu is all that’s required. They suddenly fly to Kei on the broom while he’s buying beer from another girl that doesn’t seem to mind the whole broom flying thing. Her name’s Nao, whose family owns the local liquor store. Never mind, she said nothing because she was so confused by what her eyes just saw. No time though, it’s the next day and they’ll be late for anime school! 50% Off! joke, I couldn’t help it! She gives Nao a heart attack when she gets to class which isn’t helping. She asks why she’s staying at Kei’s and Makoto reveals that at fifteen, all witches are expected to move out of their parents’ place and find their own place in the world, but her folks wanted her to still live with family for the time being. There’s also other witches in the town, but Makoto’s the only one spilling the beans. Along the walk home, Makoto suddenly starts walking into a field, finding a present for Nao who’s walking her home for Kei. Now the question: Weird or nice? I say weird! Yup, definitely weird! WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?!!! A howling tree…thing?! Oh, it’s a mandrake! Nao really doesn’t know how to handle this. Wow that was weird…love it!!!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Hai-Furi
Haifuri (Ep.1)

Two young girls run to watch a massive ship make its landing. Apparently the girls on these ships are called Blue Mermaids. Nine years later, Mike (pronounced Me-Kay) is making her run for the port and trips, falling on another girl. Said girl then gets up, trips on a banana peel and falls in the water, oh dear, what luck. That’s a white uniform too. The school is a marine high school for girls…and it’s on a ship. Already we get this girl naked in a towel and her underwear out for the world to see. She meets up with Moka, her childhood friend also going to the school…on a ship. This is looking more like Strike Witches without the flying and aliens. Apparently they’re put on separate smaller ships and Mike got chosen as the captain of it. However Moka is not going to be on the same ship, but you know that naked girl totally is. On the ship with naked girl, she’s met by an old friend…and of course Mike! Apparently her actual name is Misaki and Mike was a nickname. Mashiro is naked girl and the old friend is named Hiromi. I’m still too fresh from AOKANA to think we’re now having a loving girl/girl relationship with another Misaki and Mashiro. The first class begins and we see all the students. Taking a wide shot of the room, there’s two girls not wearing their uniforms, one wearing athletic wear, the other looking like a nurse being my best bet. Suppose we’ll see down the line if this is important or if they just snuck this in for some reason. After class, Misaki asks the instructor why she was chosen to be captain when her grades weren’t very good, but the instructor reassures her that grades aren’t everything and she should find her best way to be the captain of the ship. Also that cat that’s been around the whole time of this show is on the ship and they jokingly name it Admiral which pisses off Mashiro cause now the cat outranks her too. We’re introduced to more girls, Misaki again as Captain, Mashiro as the Deputy-Captain, new girl Kouko as the secretary, nothing special about her to me, Mei as the Torpedo Officer, she looks like she’s got some spunk to her and a girl runs in late, Rin the Chief Navigator, please tell me she got lost, that would be hilarious. Hiding in the room though is a quiet, tiny girl named Shima, the Artillery Officer. Absolutely the girl behind the loudest guns is the quietest, perfect! And the ship sets sail, the others as well and they land at a nearby island. I was right, the navigator got them lost. Oh my god that cat is fat and hilarious. They they’re suddenly attacked?! They’re being bombarded by the instructor, likely for being late. Clearly a test as well for them. They keep trying to apologize and the bombs hit closer and closer. So out of nowhere, Misaki decides to fire a torpedo at them, her desire to protect her crew above all else. It directly hits the ship. It’s also super hot in the lower decks so all the girls start stripping, oh dear. A weird ending though, the ship they attacked sends distress signals to the mainland and it looks like this version of Japan is half submerged underwater now, likely explaining the schools on ships now. They all still think it was special training, but it sounds like it’s actually far worse. I was also right with the nurse, but the athletic wearing girl is still unknown. They then get a call that their ship has been declared a mutiny ship. Uh…WTF?!!! I want to put this show on notice for making zero sense, but I’m too interested in the show to do that yet.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Hundred
Hundred (Ep.2)

So the battle between Ichika and Cecilia–ah! I mean Hayato and Claire is about to start. This shot of Claire tells me her chest is about 75% the size of her head, maybe a little more. She’s really confident in this battle, declaring she won’t fight with full-body armaments, basically meaning she’s going to take it easy on him. Oh come on, Claire! Anime logic 101! The MC always kicks ass his first time. Wow. The match starts and he just flies right into her. They didn’t even fight before the breast grab happens! Sheesh! Just rush all these things why don’t you?! As the intro is playing, I have to note ANOTHER similarity to Infinite Stratos. The cast name has different nationalities. Anyways, back to the boob squeezing, he gets two more in and feigns ignorance, as the MC always does. So she’s going full power now on his ass. Even Emile’s pissed off at him for squeezing Claire’s tits. After a couple more failed attacks, he does his special move and fails again. He takes a heavy hit into the ground. But John Cena Hayato never gives up! So Claire decides to pump out the big guns (and then pulls out a large gun) to finish him off when something suddenly snaps in him and he goes Kaioken on her. And now he has full-body armaments, something he shouldn’t have developed so soon. So Claire puts everything on as well and goes to finish him off again and this time succeeds. While Claire won the duel, she excepts a loss because she did have to use full-body arms for the fight. Emile calls it as a draw and Claire walks off while Hayato is still out cold. He wakes up with Claire of all people there instead. She tells him she cancelled the order to expel the girls, which he’s relieved to her. She asks him just what the hell happened out there, how after two days he managed to nearly defeat her, the best in the school. Again, Claire…Anime 101. MC wins, lol! He has no clue how this happened either. Emile shows up just in time to intervene nothing at all and Claire storms off. In the limo with Erica and Liddy, she gets asked if she’s lost in thought about a man touching her for the first time, which gets a Cecilia-like blush out of Claire. Man it really is happening almost the exact same way. Although no one was jealous that they didn’t get to touch Cecilia’s boobs like Erica is with Claire. Back in their dorm, Emile’s still not fooling anyone with that girlish figure. She asks him to take her to the business district, actually calling it a date too. Seriously, not hiding it at all, I’m not evening going to try to call Emile a guy. The only reason I’m not calling her Emily is because they haven’t openly called her that yet. SHE EVEN FEEDS HIM! COME ON!!! Now people think they’re gay lovers, like Ichika and Charles. I DON’T WANT TO COMPARE INFINITE STRATOS TO THIS SHOW, BUT THEY’RE MAKING IT TOO EASY!!! At least they tried to make Charles look somewhat boyish, Emile just looks like a flat-chested girl. BOYS DON’T HAVE HAIR LIKE THAT!!! Sis finally calls Hayato to break the tension, hearing about the duel with Claire. She also believes (through tarot) he’s with a girl, which she’s not wrong. He denies it, but she comes to see for herself. Even she questions Emile’s gender. She constantly asks if Emile’s seducing him too. Well at least someone’s not stupid here. Oh look, Karen’s interested in an idol named Sakura and pink-haired girl. She totally won’t run into Hayato somehow and fall on him backwards so he sees her panties and becomes another member of the harem. Karen comes off a lot like Ayumi from Charlotte. Before they can enjoy their meal together, Claire and company show up and Karen does not like her at all. Hey an actual boy who’s Claire’s servant. My secret girl radar isn’t going off either. Claire asks Hayato to help her on the student council. Look Claire, we get it, you enjoyed your first bit of foreplay and you want more, we understand. She refers to them as Selections, the elite of the school and would include fighting Savages. Of course Hayato’s unsure and Emile wants in with him, but they refuse, so she challenges Liddy to a duel herself to prove her worth. They fight with hand-to-hand weapons only and Emile holds her own until an alert comes up and forces the match to stop. A Savage has arrived. Of course it’s where Sakura will be performing. They’re leaving Hayato behind, but Charlotte appears to tell Claire to take the two with them. And we’re done for the week. A much better episode. I don’t even care now that it’s an Infinite Stratos ripoff, I’ll take it.

Episode Score: Four Boob Squeezes/5

KIZNAIVER
KIZNAIVER (Ep.1)

Don’t know how this Trigger show will beat Luluco, but let’s see what it’s got. It starts off weird, a girl jumps off a building and a boy’s body suddenly decides to change its hair color from red to white somehow, like the two were connected. 12 years later we see said now white-haired male, Kacchon (real name Katsuhira). He’s walking with a lovely red-haired girl, reminds me a bit of Yume from last season’s show, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. Her names Chidori and when it slips out he’s being bullied and giving them money or else he gets beaten up, it really sets her off. Sure enough, those two show up and knock him out. He takes the beaten well, until another male intervenes by throwing his bag at one and throwing his ass at the other. He jokingly says if he gets Katsuhira’s money back he’ll get twenty percent back. Katsuhira notes it actually doesn’t hurt when he gets hit, having a high tolerance to pain, so of course the new guy has to test it, loving the fun he has trying, though a choke hold still works. We see a few more of the potential main characters of the show before more memories of Katsuhira’s childhood appear for a moment. A blue-haired girl is now alone with him, named Noriko, asking him about the Seven Deadly Sins. She notes how in Japan they’re a little different and we start getting introduced to everyone. Yuta, a aquamarine-haired ladies man called “The Cunning Normal”, Honoka, a blonde bookworm, “High-and-Mighty”, Chidori as “Goody Two-Shoes”, Niko the tiny hyper girl known as “The Eccentric Headcase”. She refers to preumably Katsuhira as “The Imbecile”, but also notes that because of his nature and ability, people can’t connect with him, hence his lack of friends and the amount of bullying he faces. Then Noriko starts approaching him aggressively and he keeps backing away till they’re stopped at a staircase. She asks him to raise his arms and when he does so, she pushes him down the stairs. Now heading to a hospital he starts tripping balls for some reason, or the hospital just in a massive looney house with Japanese mascots as nurses. When he’s stopped in his own room, the room looks more like an experimental facility than anything else. Noriko shows up with the other five characters we’ve seen and asks about their similar hometown of Sugomori City which grabs their attention. It was a city built as a giant experiment known as the Kizuna System. We get a speech about why people fight and then nicknames Hajime (the guy who saved Katsuhira) “The Musclehead Thug” out of nowhere during this process. The six of them were kidnapped and surgically implanted with a system that evenly distributes their wounds, so when Katsuhira should have died from the fall, they all shared the pain and saved his life. The others all leave, but Katsuhira wants to understand more. During the walk back, Niko ends up kicking Hajime and they all feel the pain and they test it further. Then Katushira just starts gushing blood for some reason and out of all their wrists, a symbol begins to glow and they are all officially now Kiznaivers. Well the premise is confusing, but the cast is really interesting. This wasn’t the best start, but I’m curious enough to go further.

Episode Score: 3/5

Kumamiko -Girl Meets Bear-
Kumamiko -Girl Meets Bear- (Ep.2) ***ON NOTICE***

No episode showed up by the time this article was posted.

Episode Score: N/A

My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia (Ep.2)

Remember how big All Might is? He’s a skinny bugger. The slime thing meanwhile gets very and attacks Katsuki. Back with Izuki, seeing the real All Might is a massive shock to him. He reveals a massive wound he suffered during his time and is now limited to three hours a day in his best form. Izuku even knows which fight must’ve caused this injury. All Might hits him hard, telling his best options for becoming a hero are likely to what police officers and such are. Back in town, the slime villain has indeed kidnapped Katsuki and is overpowering everyone. Katsuki continues to fight it though. Other familiar faces arrive from last week, but no immediate ass puns from Mt. Lady…disappointed! The sewage villain intends to swallow Katsuki and essentially steal his powers. All Might shows up and is crushed by being unable to do anything about this. Meanwhile Izuku is going through all his thoughts after hearing his favourite hero pretty much shut down his dreams. He then realized he inadvertently walked right to the scene of the crime and also realized it’s his fault the villain got free. Now Izuku’s even further crushed, he’s kept his hero from doing his job. Then for no reason, Izuku runs into the battle and instinctively uses his information gathered over the years to figure out how to deal with the villain. When the villain gets his bearings, All Might somehow has his power back and one-punches the villain into disintegration. Izuku gets scolded while Katsuki gets praised. Seems like Izuku will be the unsung hero character. Katsuki actually approaches Izuku while they’re alone, trying to refute getting any help from him. All Might suddenly shows up and gives him some positive words, about how every hero has a similar story about their first act, their body moving on their own. And he tells Izuku he can become a hero after all. This episode wasn’t that great either honestly, same with Endride there’s just one thing really interesting me and that’s All Might. Everything else isn’t quite grabbing me.

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***

Pan de Peace!
Pan de Peace! (Ep.2)

A tiny girl with a loaf of French bread gets mauled by girls for being cute, calling her bread a weapon before Fuyumi grabs her, the girl’s name is Noa and truly does believe that baguette is a sword. Minami of course is interested in the bread, addicted to bread now apparently. They get onto the topic of milk because Noa drinks four glasses a day, so of course it goes onto breast talk. And that’s the show. All right, this is too short to really live review, so I’m dropping it. However, it’s still an entertaining 3-minute short, so don’t hesitate to watch it.

Episode Score: 3/5 ***DROPPED***

SPACE PATROL LULUCO
SPACE PATROL LULUCO (Ep.2)

All right! Taking a deep breath before I start this one up. I gotta note how well the theme of this show gives you a heads up of the anime, it’s so goofy, it’s telling you straight up “THIS WILL MAKE ZERO SENSE AND YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!”. Anyways, Luluco has put a giant hole in the school and somehow the criminal isn’t dead. And…a meteorite hits and contains a transfer student, a pretty boy with blonde hair by the name of Alpha Omega Nova. Sure, I’ll go with that! Apparently he’s also a member of the Space Patrol. They take a walk around the town (with the criminal pretty much dead on a cart) and discuss the origins of the city. He’s astonished this dunce cap girl can’t tell the difference between humans and aliens here, literally. At the station, Nova morphs into his suit and “interrogates” the criminal Luluco arrested. Apparently the main baddie of this show is named Save the World. Oh dear. I love how justice in this show is just repeatedly shooting stuff, which also apparently attracts Luluco to Nova. So she shoots the criminal again for Nova to impress him. This show is fucking hysterical. Not as funny as last week, but it’s hard to top that crazy five minute escapade.

Episode Score: 4.5/5

SUPER LOVERS
SUPER LOVERS (Ep.2)

Well after shocking me by actually being pretty good last week, let’s see how this one goes. I guess back home, Haru is a host, well it makes sense, he is a pretty boy after all. He reminisces about five years ago when he winded up in hospital after a presumed car accident where we’re left to presume also that his parents in Japan died in this accident. I’m also assuming this is after he returned from Canada after Episode 1. We now learn he’s completely lost his memories about that whole trip, including Ren. So he shows up to finish that promise anyway, to live with Haru now that he graduated. Then we get depressing news, the dogs passed away a month after he left, coincidentally around the same time he woke up from his coma. He returns to work the next day, trying to keep things running like nothing’s changed. I like how it seems so far that the host job is sort of the bridge in between things, a way to cram in a few more pieces of the story before returning to the silliness of Haru/Ren at home. Speaking of which, it appears Ren’s still as bothersome as ever when it comes to baths. That moment knocks a deja vu into his head, a memory of that Canadian summer back in his head, but he can’t remember anything else. No time to think, his foster brothers are here! He makes Ren stay in the bathroom until he tells him to come out and that leads to him staying there even after Haru leaves the house which the realization after returning home bothers the hell out of him. The one thing bugging me with this show right now is that he tells the story like his brothers wanted nothing to do with him after the accident, but in the present day they’re showing up and happy like nothing’s wrong. I’m lost, man. Also they already know who Ren is and surprise him with that information the following day. Ren just shrugs them off, which pisses off Aki, the more hot-headed of the two other brothers. An okay episode, not nearly as entertaining as last week’s episode.

Episode Score: 3/5

Three Leaves, Three Colors
Three Leaves, Three Colors (Ep.1)

All three girls somehow meet up accidentally, Teru (blondie), Futaba (perky girl) and Youko (purple hair). Youko’s a stuck up rich girl and the other two are bothering her, but they don’t care and stick around with her. All right, this show is all over the place. Youko can’t deal with people, Teru’s getting in trouble somehow and wha…? The three girls meet up in the same spot the next day. Then a former servant of Youko shows up and lets it slip her parents’ company went bankrupt and she’s no longer rich. She worries it’s over for her and the two girls act like nothing ever happened. I have to admit this is very boring, it’s trying to be quirky but none of the jokes are funny, it’s just nonsense words with the cheesy animation. Take a show like Anne-Happy. That’s a show that is quirky and funny. This is just pure nonsense. And trying the bathhouse scene isn’t going to do much for this one either. That’s a telltale sign that the show is bad.

Episode Score: 1.5/5 ***DROPPED***

Wagamama High Spec
Wagamama High Spec (Ep.1)

A bunch of girls presumably in the student council are suffering on a hot day. The voices in the show are fantastic, Mihiro in particular (pink hair) is hilarious. So…the vice-president solves it by stripping to her underwear…then they all follow suit. Uh…sweet? Well except for Toa, they all have to strip her. After all that they accidentally turn the heat on and it’s all over, they die, show’s over! That was quite the entertaining first two minutes and yes, the stripping was part of why, don’t judge me! But I didn’t realize this was a 3-minute short, so because of that, I’m dropping it because it’s just not long enough to live review. But this seems like it’ll be a super entertaining show.

Episode Score: 4/5 ***DROPPED***