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2017 Spring Anime Awards

So the 2017 spring anime season is in the books. Either every show has ended or it’s continuing through into the summer season. Either way, a season has ended, a new one is about to begun or has already begun, depending on when you’re reading this, so it’s time to give awards to the best that the spring season had to offer.

This time around we’re going to do things slightly differently. Obviously last season I started to not do “Worst Of…” awards anymore, this time the format is going to change a little bit as well. Instead of just doing each category by having the nominees and then the winner, we’ll have a few smaller awards still retain that format, but for the more important awards, I’ll give a brief speech about why I nominated the very nominees for that award.

So with that being said, let’s get this show on the road!

Most WTF?! Inducing Show

Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Eromanga-sensei

Hinako Note

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine

Renai Boukun

Winner: Eromanga-sensei

In the end, while Hinako Note can get really random and Renai Boukun can get REAAAAAAALLY RANDOM, how can I give this award to any other show than the anime that has a girl who looks like she hasn’t hit puberty yet demanding that other girls around her age strip for her so she can draw lewd pictures of them? It’s impossible!

…Also there’s another girl who also looks like she’s not a teenager and she plays the piano naked in her house!!!


Best Screencap

 

— Death awaits to those who dare take Re=L’s strawberry tarts — Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

 

 

— My validation for all these years. It’s not just me… — Eromanga-sensei

 

 

— Marie channeling how I play JRPGs — Granblue Fantasy

 

 

— The anime girl version of me in a nutshell — Granblue Fantasy

 

 

— Failing to realize that a “close call” isn’t something an immortal being can say happens to them — Renai Boukun

 

Winner: Renai Boukun

Any one of these screencaps could’ve won, actually I’m surprised I went this route, I was sure I was going to pick Sagiri justifying her need to see cute girl’s panties, because it was such a ridiculous line, but I decided on this specific picture because that was the moment where I was dying laughing at the first episode of Renai Boukun and thus started my absolute love for that show (at least for the first few episodes before they tried to be somewhat serious). It really established the humour and lunacy the show would continue to have and I’ll never stop loving absolute anime lunacy!


Sexiest Screencap

 

— How a girl says hello to another girl in anime “language” — Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

 

 

— Muramasa making up for not being best girl, by being sexiest girl — Eromanga-sensei

 

 

— If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Lyria was naked and sexy time was starting — Granblue Fantasy

 

 

— Hinako can only hide her super secret sexy body for so long… — Hinako Note

 

 

— Belphegor showing off the best butt thus far in the spring season — Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai

 

Winner: Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai

It’s funny how I dropped this show so long ago and yet this picture is easily the best one I’ve seen and it’s so tame compared to the rest of Sin, though this picture is fantastic and it doesn’t have that shitty censorship blocking it! The other shows this season, while they had ecchi, the quality in the shows I watched just weren’t that great and in the end, the best butt in anime this season that I’ve seen, it’s an easy win. So congrats, Belphegor, for essentially doing nothing. Makes sense, that is her character.


Best Couple/Duo

Glenn/Sistine – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Elf/Masamune – Eromanga-sensei

Karva/Marie – Granblue Fantasy

Heine/Leonhard – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine

Akane/Seiji – Renai Boukun

Winner: Eromanga-sensei

As much as I love Marie and Karva, in the end I had to give this award to Elf and Masamune’s pure and naturally developed relationship. I really don’t care what people think about shipping him with Sagiri, that relationship is clearly forced, it’s hard-written into the story because of course the show has to be about pseudo-incest. But Elf and Masamune, their relationship felt natural, almost accidental in a way. And for once, we actually saw a girl properly address her love to the main character, rather than hiding behind every conceivable thing possible, or through a tsundere kind of character. Both look like the truly enjoy each other’s company and their personalities clash so perfectly. They argue like a married couple, the talk to each other like a married couple, it’s impossible for me to think any other couple in anime this year beats them.


Sexiest Male Character

Gran – Granblue Fantasy

zaShunina – KADO: The Right Answer

Heine (Young) – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine

Leonhard – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine

Licht – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine

Winner: zaShunina (KADO: The Right Answer)

He’s a bit weird, a bit too forthcoming and well…he’s crazy! But goddamn if there was any male in anime this season that generated a reaction from me, that alien in that tight bodysuit, he’s the one! I mean I’ll be honest, he would’ve had competition, but Leonhard wears a girl’s nightgown and it completely throws me off.


Sexiest Female Character

Celica – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Marie – Granblue Fantasy

Whoever This Girl Is – Granblue Fantasy

And Whoever This Girl Is Too – Granblue Fantasy

Belphegor – Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai

Winner: Marie (Granblue Fantasy)

Marie almost lost. I actually wrote some of this article ahead of time and in Episode 12, the blonde girl (who I later discovered is named Zeta) had her beat. Then Episode 13 aka the Swimsuit Episode came into existence and Marie got the #1 spot right back. It’s that great mix of sexiness combined with a colorful palette on top of an extremely eccentric and quirky character. And come on, that body in white/orange stripes, how could I not pick that?


Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

Sistine – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Muramasa – Eromanga-sensei

Hinako – Hinako Note

Akua – Renai Boukun

Maki – Sakura Quest

Winner: Muramasa (Eromanga-sensei)

Originally, this was Akua’s award, as you know me, I love the tomboys! But when we were introduced to Muramasa, I saw nothing in her whatsoever, had zero interest in her. Then the swimsuit episode came and I got everything from her. I should’ve known, of course the girl wearing a yukata all the time, she would have the largest breasts on the show, I was an idiot to not catch that. But yeah, Muramasa in that blue bikini alone really puts the context of this award fully in play. So Akua, it’s your fault for not wearing a bikini! This could’ve been yours!


Prettiest Female Character

Katalina – Granblue Fantasy

Saraka – KADO: The Right Answer

Ririko – Sakura Quest

Shiori – Sakura Quest

Yoshino – Sakura Quest

Winner: Saraka (KADO: The Right Answer)

I had no idea how strong Saraka was going to become as this show moved on. I was 99.9% positive that Katalina was going to win this award, because she is absolutely gorgeous. But then Saraka comes along with her angry blushy face, looking like a million bucks! It’s odd for me, because generally speaking when an anime girl is in business attire all the time, it’s hard for me to get really into them. Before we see Saraka in normal clothes, before she becomes *SPOILERS* (you know what I’m talking about if you watched the show), she was already an absolute beauty. So anything after that was just icing on the cake.


Best Voice

Re=L – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Vyrn – Granblue Fantasy

Siero – Granblue Fantasy

Hinako – Hinako Note

Elf – Eromanga-sensei

Winner: Siero (Granblue Fantasy)

This category got made specifically because of Siero. I’m sure there’s many people that listen to characters like Vyrn, Elf and Siero and hate them because some people don’t like the overly high-pitched cheesy voice. But I love it and the Queen of that type of voice this season was Siero, holy freaking hell it was Siero. I could not help but smile while listening to her voice. Congrats Emiri Katou, you nailed it!


Best OP

Eromanga-sensei – ClariS once again with “Hitorigoto” does a fantastic job with doing an OP for a romantic comedy harem anime. The song is a perfect blend of catchy and cute music, the tune is infectious and since first hearing the song it has not left my head.

Granblue Fantasy – BUMP OF CHICKEN have always been a solid artist when it comes to anime OP’s and this new tune in “GO” has done the same thing. They do such a fantastic job with being a softer, yet effectively intense melody, especially with the singer’s voice really emphasizing the chorus.

Hinako Note – If you’ve seen my usual winners for these awards (see Anne Happy and New Game!), you know I absolutely adore these kinds of songs that are overly bouncy and moe as all hell. The voice cast of the show do a great job with “A E I O U O Ao!”, getting you set for what will be a ridiculous over-the-top show.

KADO: The Right Answer – Mao Ichimichi, the voice of Saraka does the vocal track for “Tabiji”, the OP of this anime and it’s such a beautiful, serene track. In fact, it’s the one song that makes my spine tingle, with the melody that plays after the initial chanting. The beat is very strong as well, it’s not the best overall song out of them all, but it makes the most impact. 

Renai Boukun – Wake Up, Girls much like Hinako Note, use a very bouncy, silly style of music to really get you set for the insanity that is Renai Boukun. “Koi? de Ai? de Boukun desu!” almost comes off like a classic 90’s comedy anime tune, it’s very simple and cheesy, it’s hard not to love.

Winner: Eromanga-sensei

Combining both the music and the animation together, Sagiri dancing in her mask is more than enough to win this award for her team. ClariS may just be my favourite artists that create music for anime, their songs are so catchy and impossible not to like. It’s almost an unfair advantage going in, when I knew they were doing the OP for this show, I was already hyped for how good the song would sound. And it doesn’t disappoint.


Best Art Direction

Granblue Fantasy – I initially didn’t like the visual style of this show, but after a couple episodes, it grew on me. The diverse visuals with each place the crew travels to, the battle animations, the vistas, the airships, there is so much the show does that looks fantastic in the style it runs with.

Hinako Note – When your show is all about cute girls doing cute things, you gotta employ a visual style that fits perfectly with that and the show very much does. There really isn’t a moment in the show where you aren’t bludgeoned over the head with the cuteness that the animators employ on the show.

KADO: The Right Answer – The background visuals with the giant cube alone make for an incredible art direction, the beauty of a modern Japan mixed with the unbelievable sci-fi fantasy visuals that zaShunina brings with him, it’s such a great mixture of gorgeous sights.

Renai Boukun – The cheeky, over-the-top visual style this show employs does nothing but add to just how funny the show is. Not every show needs to be gorgeous, it has to suit the tone it’s setting and the visuals for Renai Boukun absolutely fit with the insanity that this “romantic” comedy runs with.

Sakura Quest – While I did drop the show, there’s no doubting the striking visuals that the show has. When the show is set in a gorgeous village outside of the city, you’re getting a massive amount of gorgeous vistas, backgrounds, buildings, all that jazz. The animators did a great job creating a calm, beautiful village.

Winner: Renai Boukun

This award could’ve gone either way, with KADO being the more beautiful show. But in the end, I have to give the award to the show that accentuates itself the most with its animation style. Renai Boukun thrives because of the insane visuals it adds along with its writing and voice acting. Without the over-the-top visuals it employs, the show would be nowhere near as good, nowhere near as funny as it is.


Best Character Design

Eromanga-sensei – Chalk full of cuteness, Eromanga-sensei has a wide range of characters (that are young girls) that have an incredibly over-the-top accentuation of their respective personalities. Their designs add to this extremely effectively, for example with how everyone is adoring Sagiri because the show does such a fantastic job at making the cute little sister be just that.

Granblue Fantasy – A massive range of character designs, this show clearly runs away with the number of unique characters in terms of style, clothing, body type, everything to differentiate them and give the independence. And mixed with the fantastic art style the show has, it’s a match made in heaven.

Hinako Note – Being the king of facial expressions and reactions this season, the main cast, in particular Mayuki and Hinako really are allowed to let their personalities shine through the great attention to comedic timing and detail that the animators bring to their many escapades and situations.

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine – It’s a tough hill to climb being an all-boys show in order to get into this category, but Oushitsu through a great team manages to make five separate male characters be extremely unique in their style, posture, expressions, all that jazz. It’s quite amazing to me that they pulled this off not just once, but an entire season.

Renai Boukun – Much like the reasons they won the previous award, Renai Boukun has a fantastic attention to comedic detail with their facial expressions and character designs, by making each character seem quite quirky and in the case of Akane, Guri and especially Shikimi with her “heart eyes”, they end up standing out tremendously because of this.

Winner: Granblue Fantasy

In this case, I gave the award to the sheer scale of diverse characters that the show offers and I was giving the award to them before Episode 12 when we got barraged with amazing character after amazing character. There isn’t a single character that I can think of that didn’t grab my attention visually. While the expressions and reactions aren’t as incredible as other nominees, they make up for it in the beauty and coolness that each respective character employs, to varying degrees. There’s so many standout characters in this show.


Best Story

Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor – The crazy idea of a lazy magical school instructor shouldn’t have offered any sort of intriguing story, but the show manages to scrape together a relatively interesting narrative (up until the end) with almost nothing, giving you reasons to be interested in certain characters.

Eromanga-sensei – A show about the potential relationship between step-siblings shouldn’t have offered any sort of story, yet in the second half of the show, it actually has an intriguing romantic narrative where you will actually have a horse in the race, whereas so many harem anime just haphazardly throw in several girls who might want the main character’s adoration. This show makes you believe every girl in the race legitimately loves him.

Granblue Fantasy – While the show spends almost every episode having a different mini-story going on, almost every episode was very interesting and well-written with a goal in mind and still keeping the main story move forward. There are flaws and there were moot points, but when the show was at its best, the story was a major part of why.

KADO: The Right Answer – The lone serious show with a story I managed to watch, KADO does something that few anime could ever hope to do, use its narrative to force me to ask questions in my own head. The intrigue I’ve had through the many questions about what we would do if an alien landed on Earth, it’s massive. The story along with these questions are so well-constructed, I was in a constant state of impatience waiting for the next episode.

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine – Another show that I never would’ve expected much of a narrative from and yet it shocked me with an incredibly well thought out narrative about four princes slowly maturing in hopes to become the next king one day. The show revolves around its comedy, but the serious tone on the side really accentuates the story that pushes forward as Heine continues to train the four princes on how to become essentially an adult.

Winner: KADO: The Right Answer

This was a no-brainer, while the other shows had decent stories, KADO blows them all away with its incredibly unique narrative and a constant barrage of introspective questions I’ve been asking myself through watching this show. Much like how ERASED got me constantly guessing, KADO has me constantly asking questions, but not in confusion, but in interest of furthering my knowledge and piquing my curiosity to a far distant future.


Best Comedy

Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor – I knew the show would have its moments, I was not aware just how many it would have. Glenn is the shining star of this show through his over-the-top lazy, yet intelligent character. He’s much like Ikta from Alderamin, except he’s hilarious. The show’s crude humour and constant random hijinks really give the show a quirky side that it desperately needed, as it would’ve been a cringeworthy half-serious magical school anime otherwise.

Eromanga-sensei – It’s hard not to have good comedy in a harem anime, at least in my opinion. Eromanga makes the most of the moments it has in its comedic sections, while other nominees are more of a barrages of humour, this show bides its time and gets you comfortable before smacking you in the face with some hilarious jokes and situations, mostly due to Sagiri’s innate pervertedness.

Hinako Note – If you’ve seen this show at all, you know exactly why this show is on the list. There really isn’t a moment where the show isn’t trying to make you either laugh or smile. The animation style is specifically designed to elicit a reaction from the viewers and the cast of characters are so overly quirky, it’s impossible not to find something funny about them. Once they get going, the ride doesn’t stop until the credits roll.

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine – This show does such an incredible job at taking nothing and making it supremely funny, the facial reactions are on point, the constant insulting between everyone gets so good at times, there’s a never-ending supply of jokes and silly situations that the show employs to keep you smiling through the entire 20 minutes.

Renai Boukun – Pure insanity is the key with this show, as the show never stops trying to make you burst out laughing with all its craziness, whether it’s the characters, the story, the cliches, the parodying, there’s a constant barrage of humour thrusted at you to the point it’s impossible not to laugh at some point during each episode, no matter how shrewd you are.

Winner: Renai Boukun

Every nominee here deserves the award, if there’s any award this year that anyone could’ve won, this is it. I chose Renai Boukun however, because of its first episode. I truly mean it when I say I was in pain from laughing at the first episode of this show, it’s randomness and insanity was beyond anything I had expected for the show. It caught me so off-guard and I paid for it with my chest after laughing so hard. The show continues to uphold it’s hysterical comedic style the best out of any other show, I think though, so that adds to why I put this anime above the rest.


Best Ecchi

Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor – While it calmed down a lot in the second half, Akashic certainly owns a high ranking for the most overly sexualized school uniforms in anime history. The show doesn’t hide the fact that yes, it’s a silly school anime that has a ton of pretty girls, you know they’ll be half-naked at some point and in a swimsuit at some point. And it’s glorious.

Eromanga-sensei – I mean come on, “ero” is in the freaking title! I know a lot of people will be thrown off, given the ages of the characters in this show, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this show does not hide its ecchi at all. While there isn’t clear nudity anywhere remotely close to these girls, there’s a lot of suggestion and it’s unmistakably there.

Hinako Note – I’m still surprised just how much ecchi this show has. I thought it was going to be a strong moe show, I had no idea that it was going to be extremely sexual to the point it’s almost uncomfortable at times, because you’re not prepared for it in the same way you are with other shows, in particular harems. But with Hinako and especially Chiaki, ecchi is EXTREMELY strong with them.

Renai Boukun – Putting aside Guri-chan’s love for shipping random guys together in sexy, sexy boy love, the show is still a pseudo-harem romantic comedy, it’s impossible not to have ecchi in it. The game is strong as well, more in a cliche 90’s anime manner, with the over-the-top bouncing boobs with Akane and the extreme masochistic nature of Shikimi.

Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai – The show is essentially hentai, I mean come on, do I need to explain it any further? Breasts are grabbed constantly and clothes are repeatedly ripped off! I’ll spoil this one though and say that Sin has the best ecchi HOWEVER IT IS DISQUALIFIED FOR HAVING THE SHITTIEST CENSOR GRAPHICS I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

Winner: Hinako Note

I cannot believe that this show won the award, it may have been the show I was least likely to give it when I had my list of shows to watch this season. I assumed it would be cute girls doing cute things, but holy shit with Hinako being far more “proportioned” than I thought and the endless barrage of Chiaki in some of the most sexually explicit poses I may ever seen in an anime that I wouldn’t consider a “one step from hentai” show, it’s hard to ignore the fact that this show is overflowing with ecchi.


Best Male Character

Glenn – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor – The lone reason I kept any interest in this show after Episode 1 is strictly due to Glenn. His laziness, how downright hatred for the very subjects he teaches and just his overbearing self, it was so goddamn funny to watch and because of that overwhelming negativity surrounding him, he becomes one of the most likable characters this season.

Heine – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine – For someone so short in stature (I imagine him puffing his cheeks right now), Heine is certainly not short in supply of comedic and entertainment value. He’s a dead serious character with a heart of gold and some of the best comedic timing I saw all season. How can I not love that?

Kai – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine – The first of two princes to be nominated, Kai is the most random amalgamation of anime tropes and I love it. He’s got the cold glare, speaks softly and sparingly, looks like he could punch a whole in the Earth, yet is madly in love with anything soft. He is impossible not to love.

Leonhard – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine – The second prince nominated, Leonhard plays his role as the lovable dunce cap so, so well. His overwhelming naivety helps him shine, as a lot of clueless anime characters tend to do, at least with me. 

Seiji – Renai Boukun – In a show where absolute insanity is the name of the game, Seiji still manages to stand out as the lone straight man on the show. While everyone else is off their rocker, he works diligently to keep things on the ground before they get lost in the clouds. And because of this, he manages to bring the best out of all the crazy characters on the show.

Winner: Kai (Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine)

There was no doubt this season for me, Kai was just running away with this award from the moment his first solo episode came into play. The guy is such a random trope mixture, yet it works so perfectly, he easily became the character I rooted for the most and I actually do legitimately think he would be the best choice to be king out of the four.


Best Female Character

Re=L – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor – In a show where a lot of its female cast is relatively boring, Re=L has all the opportunity to stand out and oh boy does she ever! She reminds me a lot of Akatsuki from Log Horizon, in that she’s super serious and unintentionally funny. Also, come on…she’s super cute!

Elf – Eromanga-sensei – When you have to deal with the never-ending supply of pseudo-incest, how the hell can you compete as another female character vying for the main character’s attention? You have a unique design and you become one of the most honest, almost lifelike characters I’ve seen in anime in quite some time. Yes, she plays the piano naked at home, but you tell me after watching her confess to Masamune that she’s not a strong female character. She actually has the guts to say something to him and not just dance around it and try to make the MC realize her feelings!

Siero – Granblue Fantasy – For the same reasons she won the Best Voice award, Siero’s undeniably adorable look and voice makes her an unique presence on the show. There’s never a moment when I see her that I don’t smile uncontrollably, she really adds a cute flare to the show that’s already a pretty good show.

Kanata – KADO: The Right Answer – Sweet baby Jesus this girl! An unprecedented level of hyperactive behaviour in what acts like a super serious show, Kanata sticks out like a sore thumb that’s swollen to unhealthy proportions. It’s impossible not to notice her when she’s on-screen and whenever she’s on-screen, you’re never not smiling.

Guri – Renai Boukun – Take away her Demon form in the late game of the show and you have an extremely eccentric, hilarious character in Guri-chan. Her cluelessness to love and adamant desire to ship EVERYONE makes the show an entertaining experience and she truly is the leader of the insanity, which makes the show so great.

Winner: Elf (Eromanga-sensei)

I can’t give this award to anyone else, as much as I love Re=L, Kanata, Siero and Guri. Elf is a character who over the course of this season had me gradually falling in love with her in the same way that she slowly fell in love with Masamune. Underneath that lazy, silly personality she shows the majority of the time, there is an absolutely beautiful woman underneath that once she gets older, she will be an unmistakably beautiful personality. So spoiler alert, if she pops up on ‘Waifu, FWB or One-Night Stand?’, she’s going in the Waifu tier. There’s no doubt about it.


Best Show

Eromanga-sensei – A show that had a rough start, by the second half of the season, I really started to get on the side of this show. The humour got better, the story got better, the characters got better and we added a little more in Muramasa to round out the harem. Also come on, I’m biased to Oreimo cameos as well. But the show itself was a fantastic romantic comedy, one that I looked forward to the most as we headed to the end of the season.

Granblue Fantasy – In all honesty, I think this was the most consistent show of them all. Each episode, while some were certainly far better than others, none of them really had anything terrible that made me really dislike the episode a lot. The cool vibes I got from a show that revolves around an airship crew travelling from place to place and getting into some crazy situation each time, it was a nice watch that didn’t demand too much of my attention.

Hinako Note – Speaking of shows that didn’t demand to much of my attention, the simplicity of this show really helped it out. Sometimes you don’t need a great concept to make a good show, all you need is a fun premise and a fun vibe to the show. Much like Granblue, Hinako Note was very consistent, though there unlike the aforementioned Granblue, this show didn’t have that runaway episode that really blew me away. But this show kept the 3s and 3.5s absolutely solid with its great humour and unbelievably “Awww!” inducing moe.

KADO: The Right Answer – KADO is a show that did something different than most anime. It made me question things, it made me think about things, it made me write articles completely unrelated to anime. The show took a really interesting concept and didn’t fuck around with it, the show actually commits to it and does a fantastic job at bringing unique and thought-provoking questions out from it. I would normally expect an anime to half-ass around such a concept, this show commits to it!

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine – This show was the one show that my girlfriend got really into watching, so it ended up being our show to watch together, which isn’t a rare thing, she loves watching random anime bullshit with me, but it’s rare for her to demand I wait for her to watch a specific show. I don’t blame her, this show was fantastic, for an all-male show, I was enamored by how cleverly written and funny this show actually was. I fully expected it to be meh at best and it was actually one of the most entertaining shows of the season with a great cast of characters.

Winner: KADO: The Right Answer

I finished with seven shows, the lowest number I’ve ever finished with (mostly due to Amazon and Anime Strike…), so I worried that I was not going to find a diamond this season. I never expected that the diamond would be a show that seemed like a show that would’ve just been an anime with an interesting concept, but never fleshes it out. Instead, KADO grabs me from the very start, getting me intrigued like I expected it to do, but it didn’t stop, it never stopped. As more technology came into the world via zaShunina, I began to ask more and more questions about how that would work in our current society, how humanity would react to such a scenario. All these amazing questions started coming out, hell it started a new freaking series of articles I’ve started (What If?), no other anime has done this!

So out of all the shows, it’s no surprise that this is the one I picked. There were some really good shows I stuck with, but when an anime goes beyond just a television program to me, it’s hard to ignore it. KADO made me think, made me ask questions and deliberate the answers to them. When an anime makes you think about the future of humanity and society as a whole, goddamn it must be a really good show!

Addendum: When I wrote this, it was before watching Episode 12 of the show. I had it completely in mind that there was no way the show would lose itself in the last episode, so I stuck with it. After Episode 12, the show still wins on its merit of being such a thought-provoking, interesting anime, however it’s lack of a good ending and in my opinion, an extremely bad ending, the show has lost a ton of luster.

So for shits and giggles, if you want a runner-up that arguably stands next to Kado now, I would go with Eromanga-sensei in that spot. It’s a supremely funny show with enough ridiculousness and ecchi that if you’re into that sort of thing like I am, you’ll definitely enjoy it.


And there we are, there’s my best of this season awards! Hope you enjoyed them, don’t forget to leave your own winners in the comments below! See you in the summer!

Week #13 – Spring Anime 2017

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

Just like every week, I’ll be watching my selected shows for the season and giving my brief feelings on the episode, along with things I liked and things I didn’t like. So let’s get a’watchin’!

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


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.13)

THOUGHTS

Surprise 13th episode of Demi-chan! Figured I’d drop it in here for fun!

It was an adorable episode, much like the previous 12 episodes were last season. The three main girls are always a handful and they kept at it in this summer festival episode. Though I’ve gotta give credit to the latter half with Himari leading the charge, the “test of courage” section was really funny.

Side note, there’s a fourth student and she’s an invisible woman? That won’t lead to ecchi at all…

THE GOOD

  • A nice reminder of my favourite show last season
  • The addition of a fourth girl perhaps for a second season, I’m more than happy with this!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report

Episode Score: 4/5


Granblue Fantasy (Ep.13)

THOUGHTS

Look, I don’t know what happened, whether Djeeta is perhaps the female version of the MC, but can we just stick to this reality? Marie is a member of the crew, just make it permanent.

Speaking of which…guess who won the swimsuit contest? It was a massive contest, so I have to actually go with a top five because there were so many.

#5 – Rosetta

#4 – Djeeta

#3 – Lyria

#2 – Katalina

#1 – MARIE!!!

Not shocking of who the number one was, but man, Lyria and especially Katalina finally came out of the woodwork this week!

Anyways, the episode as a whole was what you’d expect, pure and utter fanservice, nothing more and nothing less. I will admit that without Gran there, it was a bit odd, I would’ve preferred the anime to at least give the show a constant topless male for the female fans to stare at too, it did get a little ridiculous with the excess girls. But then again, we knew what the point of the episode was.

So honestly, I’m not going to rate the episode, because it isn’t really a proper episode, it’s just fun after the real season actually ended.

Episode Score: N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 


KADO: The Right Answer (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Sigh…I really wanted this to end in a cool way, but instead it copped out and gave us a more “surprising” finish that lead to humanity being right back to square one. Look, seeing Koujirou lose and die was a rough moment, it worked. It made the reveal of he and Saraka’s daughter, Yukika that much bigger. However, the ending we got was way too rushed and didn’t really conclude anything. Just…everything disappeared. Kado is gone, zaShunina is dead, Koujirou is dead, it appears Saraka has left, Yukika isn’t around, even Kanata’s disappeared to go do something. There really needed to be more shown to us, but instead we’re left with more questions than answers and while this show caused me to ask a lot of good questions, the last episode has forced me to ask more questions I didn’t want to have to ask.

THE GOOD

  • The Yukika reveal was a surprise

THE BAD

  • Why did the main character have to be sacrificed?
  • What do we learn from everything disappearing?
  • What effects did this whole thing have on people?
  • The show gives us zero time to find out answers to these questions

Episode Score: 3/5

Week #12 – Spring Anime 2017

Week #12 has arrived with this Spring anime season. What’s in store this week?!

Just like every week, I’ll be watching my selected shows for the season and giving my brief feelings on the episode, along with things I liked and things I didn’t like. So let’s get a’watchin’!

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


Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Meh. That’s about how I can sum up this final episode. Here I was wondering if it would disappoint me in the worst way, or be an absolutely perfect closing and instead, it was just a meh episode. The villain who’s supposed to be extremely powerful was defeated because of a student, so why should I care about anything further? Glenn doesn’t really ever suffer a catastrophic defeat beyond the loss of Sara before the show starts. Even I’d argue his ‘loss’ to “Leos” initially was more a matter of a lack of preparation than anything else.

I’m unsure whether I’ll continue this show if it does indeed get a second season. It’s so hard to figure it out, because I loved this show so early on, yet it trailed off so hard at the end. I guess we’ll have to see, won’t we?

THE GOOD

  • The action was pretty good

THE BAD

  • The villain once again means jackshit in the show
  • The comedy was completely gone again
  • No real ending

Episode Score: 2.5/5


Eromanga-sensei (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Well this was quite the fun episode to end a season, hopefully just a season and not the series entirely. I really enjoyed this show, especially looking back and thinking it was going to be a weaker show on the list, if it managed to survive. But in the end, the show stuck to what worked the best and in the end, this show may have had one of the better finishes this season. It kept getting more entertaining and didn’t take its foot off the gas. I will admit I think the show may put Sagiri’s perverted nature maybe a little too much, but remember this is coming from a non-Japan resident who lives and grew up in this culture that is far more comfortable with sex than out here in the West.

For those outside looking in, Eromanga-sensei is a show that will certainly push things quite a bit for those who are a little more uncomfortable with this level of subject matter. But if you can handle the sexual nature of the show, there’s a lot to love, a great cast of characters, some really good comedy and of course some lovely ecchi and moe. A lot to love with this show

THE GOOD

  • A fanservice episode if there ever was one
  • The idea that everyone aside from Muramasa (and sort of Masamune) being basically clueless about human anatomy and sex, it’s so ridiculous and yet super funny

THE BAD

  • *sniff* It’s over…

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Granblue Fantasy (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

First off, I assume there were a bunch of characters from the actual game in this episode, because there were a number of “new” characters that came off extremely established and awesome. But more importantly, MARIE AND KARVA RETURN!!!

Secondly, HOLY FUCKING SHIT THIS ANIME BASICALLY BLEW ITS MASSIVE LOAD ALL OVER THIS EPISODE!!! The action was unbelievably cool and badass, the number of awesome characters only made me want to see more. And lastly, THERE WAS TECHNICALLY A FUCKING SHARKNADO IN THIS EPISODE!!!

I’ve already seen the screenshot for the final episode, so I think the main conflict is over for this season. So next week looks like the fun fanservice episode. Seriously I will cry if I don’t get Marie in a swimsuit. But yeah, this episode was absolutely fucking fantastic, it may just be my favourite episode all season. There was so much to love here, so much that I can’t even remember it all now! If only a show could be remotely like this every week, it could be my favourite show of all-time. But one of my favourite episodes of all-time? That’s not a bad place to be either.

For next season, I want all these awesome characters we saw in this episode to be more permanent sights. Get that shit done!

THE GOOD

  • Um…everything!
  • So much fantastic action, the character designs were unbelievable, just everything was on point this week!

THE BAD

  • Nothing at all!

Episode Score: 6/5

Note: Anyone who understood the reference of this rating, I love you!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hinako Note (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Hinako Note has always been a show where it’s cute girls doing cute things. The show never tries to do much more than that and with the way this season ends, it’s very much the same, just another episode of cute girls doing cute things, with the odd ecchi moment thrown in there for good measure. I’m a little disappointed that these last couple episodes didn’t result in some sort of play or anything like that, it was just a basic episode. Sure, they looked at their big goal, but we don’t see them reach it and honestly, I’m not sure this show will have a second season in order to do that.

Would I watch a second season of this show though? I would, it’s an average show that offers enough moe, ecchi and comedy to keep me satisfied almost every episode. Though if a second season does end up happening, it’ll be the real test to see if the show still holds up, as it’s very possible this kind of anime would get old the longer I watch.

THE GOOD

  • Mayuki doing Mayuki things. Kawaii desu!
  • It was nice to see the girls get a good look at their main goal, getting them motivated

THE BAD

  • It’s a shame we don’t see them accomplish something here at the end
  • I’ve seen enough of the ditzy girl getting lost

Episode Score: 3/5


KADO: The Right Answer (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

I’m sad to say that out of every episode thus far since the show really hit the high notes for me, this was easily the weakest, which is crazy considering we got minutes of Kanata going crazy AND Koujirou/Saraka’s first kiss! But the sudden insane attitude from zaShunina mixed with presumably the deaths now of a ton of humans, it comes completely out of nowhere and kind of gets off track for me. With one episode away now, hopefully the recovery is smooth and puts the show back on track for a great ending. But this one just didn’t do much for me beyond the two aforementioned positives.

THE GOOD

  • Saraka finally got her wish for his love!
  • Kanata being Kanata

THE BAD

  • zaShunina’s descent into madness happened way too fast, makes no sense now
  • Are we to assume that millions of people just died, as we’re to assume they can’t handle being brought into the anisotropic?

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 


Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

A fitting end to a pretty good show. This truly was the standout episode for the characters’ performances, especially Kai. Bruno seemed like a slightly more intense version of himself, while Licht and Leonhard really felt like they were pushing themselves almost too hard during their big speeches. But in the end, all’s well that ends well and things are back they way they should be. I like how Einz, the prince we have not really seen actually makes a bit of an appearance and wants to win on his own power, rather than have someone do the dirty work for him. He’s still an asshole for being a noble first kind of king, but he’s at least an honorable asshole.

If there was a second season, I’m definitely in, though I’m assuming there won’t be, considering there’s (in my head) nothing left they can really do now.

THE GOOD

  • Solid end to a good show
  • Princes really stood out this week

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5


Renai Boukun (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Well thankfully the show ended decently when I thought the show was going to drop like a rock. However, it’s not to say that this was a great ending, it just managed to make up for the horrendous couple of episodes before that lead to this point. The whole fallen angel thing with Guri was done terribly, it came out of nowhere and the characters behind the event weren’t that great either, especially given Maoh’s motivations for why, it’s just plain dumb. But in the end, the show managed to bring back a little of its humour and remind me why I loved the show so much in the first place. Can you imagine how much I’d love this show if it was just 12 episodes of straight comedy?!

Would I watch a following season to this show? Absolutely, the comedy is more than there still and I can never say no to over-the-top anime comedy.

THE GOOD

  • A return to comedic form at the end

THE BAD

  • The motivations for Guri’s fall was a little dumb
  • Demon Guri is still extremely boring

Episode Score: 3/5

Week #11 – Spring Anime 2017

Week #11 has arrived with this Spring anime season. What’s in store this week?!

Just like every week, I’ll be watching my selected shows for the season and giving my brief feelings on the episode, along with things I liked and things I didn’t like. So let’s get a’watchin’!

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


Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

Sigh…everything was going so fine, until the inevitable controlling douchebag comes in and forces a girl to do whatever he pleases. Not to mention we’re one episode left and the show’s all like “Glenn’s gone and never coming back!” to us. I’m going to finish the show, but mark my words, unless something amazing happens in this final episode, there will be no better candidate this season for the “Best Start, Shit Finish” award that this show. I’m stunned by how badly this show has turned around since absolutely loving it in the first half.

THE GOOD

  • The first half was promising, Glenn was back to his usual goofy self

THE BAD

  • The second half basically was a round of what I truly understand feminists getting upset about, men taking women by the hand and forcing them to live as they see fit
  • There better be a damn good reason why Glenn just up and leaves like this and “You revealed my secret!” ain’t going to cut it

Episode Score: 2.5/5

 

 

 


Eromanga-sensei (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

This was a cute episode, nothing too special, just a sweet retelling of their childhood and how they became a writer and artist respectively. Though I will admit all this episode did is make me want to see their parents come home now for this last episode, seriously…Sagiri’s mother is awesome! The idea that Sagiri was Masamune’s first fan makes sense, their motivations came rationally, all that worked out pretty well. The show really tried its best to make you understand their affection for each other. However I still have to say that I look at these two as best friends, not as anything more, the romanticism still feels forced, whereas for example Masamune and Elf have appeared (in my view) to have developed a natural romantic kinship.

But that’s not as important right? The entire episode I was just watching along and then the full main cast of Oreimo showed up. I marked the fuck out.

THE GOOD

  • Oreimo. Fucking Oreimo!
  • Sagiri’s mom is so freaking cool (and a giant pervert like her daughter)

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Granblue Fantasy (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

I don’t think I truly realized how much I enjoyed this cast of characters until the halfway point of the episode when Gran and Lyria re-connected. My secret softie form nearly came out in full, eyes almost started watering, was kinda shocked myself. We learned a little bit more about things going on, though not enough to really define was Lyria is yet. Perhaps she’s the child of the divine powers, something like that. We also now know that either Gran’s father is alive and well, or he at the very least accomplished his dream, as Rosetta was one of those who was with him for his own journey. A very fun and emotional episode, was very happy this week.

THE GOOD

  • Nearly cried during Lyria’s big moment, usually don’t get that welled up
  • I’m glad to see that crystal destroyed, seems we’ll hopefully not have to see the usual “You’re a monster” bullshit again

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hinako Note (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

This was another normal episode of the show, quite cute, a little funny, just a nice sit down and watch. It’s nice as we head to the final episode next week that Hinako is at least starting to grow up, finally. However it’s very realistic in that her change isn’t extreme right off the bat and considering how she lives with essentially two child-like minds, her progress will naturally be slower as well. Thank god Chiaki and Hinako (who’s secretly hot as hell) make up for the child-like material we get and at least mature it out a little bit.

THE GOOD

  • Everyone playing their roles well this week
  • The deer…I mean come on!

THE BAD

  • Nothing really to report, other than the episode not having anything too amazing to note, aside from the deer

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


KADO: The Right Answer (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Well now we understand why Saraka is so significant at the end of the OP, huh? I will admit I didn’t like a bit of Saraka’s childhood, in that her father spoke like he was some super brilliant mind, talking about how us humans die easily and words like that, no father would talk like this. While zaShunina’s motivations are still a little confusing, it’s pretty basic to figure he’s a man who just spent so much time on something and wanted to finally make that big push, not truly understand the consequences of his curiosity. Saraka on the other hand, she senses that what he wants to do will destroy what amazed him in the first place. And it draws out the ultimate question of our existence as human beings: Would we truly accomplish anything at all if we knew our lives were endless? Perhaps the reason we’ve accomplished so much as a race of people is because we have at best a century to live.

Oh and away from the seriousness, I swear if Koujirou and Saraka aren’t married by the end of this series, I will be greatly disappointed.

THE GOOD

  • Saraka…just…Saraka, holy shit…
  • The flood of thoughts running through my head through this episode based on our evolution, it’s incredible what this show is doing for me

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

It was quite the somber episode. Obviously Heine has resigned as the royal tutor and we learn the backstory with how Viktor and Heine met. Sweet Jesus if you’re into anime guys were you ever spoiled this episode! Apparently Heine in his teens was the most feminine looking boy on the planet, even rivaling Leonhard and his nightgown pajamas. The backstory itself was nothing too big of a deal, same went for the truth as to why Heine was imprisoned in the first place. In the end, the episode was a backstory episode and didn’t do all that much.

THE GOOD

  • If you like anime guys, you had a lot to look at this week

THE BAD

  • The backstory didn’t really bring out any emotion as we all expected his resignation during all this

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Renai Boukun (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

When the fun is taken away, the fun of the show also ends. This is a core problem I have with almost every single comedy anime, they have to have that second-last episode that gets overwhelmingly serious and completely destroys all the fun the show had in all the episodes prior. With one episode left, I will finish the show, I’m attached enough to do so, but I am so sick and tired of anime having to have its “serious drama” in a comedy show. I got to Episode 11 because I was smiling, because I was laughing, why the fuck would you go completely in the other direction now?! But because you need that bit of drama so you can consider your work a piece of art, you had to make Guri, the funniest character on the show, to be the most unfunny, uninteresting character on the show.

Fuck off.

THE GOOD

  • I suppose Demon Guri looks pretty hot

THE BAD

  • The idea of a show this funny being completely void of humour absolutely drives me crazy, this was not a fun episode to watch

Episode Score: 2/5

Week #10 – Spring Anime 2017

Week #10 has arrived with this Spring anime season. What’s in store this week?!

Just like every week, I’ll be watching my selected shows for the season and giving my brief feelings on the episode, along with things I liked and things I didn’t like. So let’s get a’watchin’!

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


Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor (Ep.10) *On Notice*

THOUGHTS

Certainly a better episode than last week, enough to now make me finish the final two episodes, so long as next week doesn’t offend me in the most ridiculously asinine way. With Leos being introduced, I admit I’m a little perplexed as to why we’re getting a new villain so late in the game (assuming this is a one season show) and one that honestly isn’t that interesting. But anything to get Glenn/Sistine going again, I will happily take. Still not a great episode by any means, but it’s shifted back in the right direction.

THE GOOD

  • Back to its comedic roots and not being super serious
  • Re=L’s lack of care during the peeping scene was hilarious

THE BAD

  • I don’t like Leos, but not in the sense of I want him to get his ass kicked, he’s just a bland character to me

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Eromanga-sensei (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Much like last week’s episode, this episode had us seeing Muramasa making the same claims that Elf did last week. However I will say that this round was far weaker than Elf’s pseudo-proposal, by a country mile in fact. I see a relationship between the two, but in my opinion it’s nowhere near as strong as Masamune and Elf’s, especially in terms of a natural development. What I really see I think is a loving rivalry between the two, an unbreakable bond of friendship between two writers that give each other the strength to keep writing.

Oh yeah and the King’s Game was fun, but way too short!

THE GOOD

  • Elf’s reaction to her real name being called was the most wonderful thing I’ve seen in a while
  • Muramasa gave it her all in trying to thwart Elf for best waifu in this series, I’ll give her that

THE BAD

  • The King’s Game section was way too short, I wanted so much more!
  • A minor detail the anime goofed on was during the King’s Game. Elf undressed to her swimsuit during the game and when her brother returned, she was magically dressed again

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Granblue Fantasy (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Same as Akashic, this was a much better episode, though again it didn’t quite stand out as a great episode, especially given that a lot of this episode was filler. I didn’t like the villain’s overly cliche reason to get Lyria down in the dumps, the ol’ “It’s your fault!” reasoning really doesn’t work well anymore, especially when we the audience haven’t seen any negative things from her. But there’s a bit of mystery as to what will happen now and I’m curious to find out just what that is.

Side note, it’s been two episodes and no Marie/Karva. I’m worried they were a one-shot deal…

THE GOOD

  • A good emotional episode, rather than the usual cliche bullshit that just turns me off an “emotional” episode

THE BAD

  • I absolutely despise the cheap villainous method of telling the lead character that it’s her fault that everything’s happen, because she wanted to be free

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Hinako Note (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

This episode for the most part was a costume party ridden episode with ecchi pouring out of it. I’m not complaining don’t get me wrong here, there was a great mixture of ecchi and comedy in this episode. I’ll admit though by the time the got set up for the actual play, I was tuning out again, just because that’s when the best comedy goes away for a constant barrage of Hinako crying and freaking out, which is cute the first time, but after the fifth minute of it, you start to get a little bored.

THE GOOD

  • Mayuki having the dirtiest mind is hilarious
  • If you wanted a funny ecchi-ridden episode, this is the one

THE BAD

  • By the end, I was starting to tune out, a little bored

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


KADO: The Right Answer (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Well shit, this ramped up real fast didn’t it? I never really came up with the idea that zaShunina might be a God, but here we are. Not only that but this new tool has clearly shown us that there is a lot more than human advancement on his mind. While for now I’m unsure how sinister his motivations actually are, it’s clear that his need for information will likely mean a constant reset for humanity, as in complete eradication of the current population and starting from scratch. Hell, who’s to say that this current human race we’re seeing in the show is the original? What I REALLY didn’t expect was Saraka being a God too, not only that but the one who essentially made everything that zaShunina talks about and shows. This is about to become a VERY interesting final three episodes.

THE GOOD

  • Saraka got hotter
  • We’ve now hit a point where there literally is too much for us to handle and I love that feeling everyone is getting from it

THE BAD

  • My brain is being overloaded with information and questions to ask

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Another fun filler episode for the show as we head into what will be the final two episodes where we’ll really learn what’s going on with Heine’s backstory and what the deal is with Rosenberg and the eldest prince. The shenanigans this week weren’t nearly as chaotic and hilarious as previous episodes, but it’s a reminder of just how much fun they are capable of being when a good episode is on. Two more to go, hopefully it doesn’t end terribly. This show’s got a #1 spot to protect.

THE GOOD

  • Despite the clear path towards our ending which will surely have some seriousness and emotion, the episode still had a good chunk of comedy and shenanigans

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Renai Boukun (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

This episode finally got back to form with everything I loved about the show initially. The randomness, the sexual tension, the over-the-top romantics, everything’s here. And on top of that, we get the best Akua section yet with her finally overcoming Stolas. There was so much this week to love, the slumber party was full of hilariousness and ecchi, the Akua second half was adorable and really brought me closer to just absolutely falling in love with this perfect tomboy. So much to love here.

THE GOOD

  • The slumber party was so good, full of comedy and ecchi
  • Akua has finally come out as a major player and still hasn’t even had to look all girly to do s

THE BAD

  • Not a thing to report this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

Best of Q3 – Spring Anime 2017

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

So anyways, here’s the best of the 2017 spring anime season at the three-quarter mark!

Best OP

  1. Eromanga-sensei
  2. Granblue Fantasy
  3. Hinako Note
  4. Renai Boukun
  5. KADO: The Right Answer

Best Art Direction

  1. KADO: The Right Answer
  2. Sakura Quest
  3. Granblue Fantasy
  4. Renai Boukun
  5. Hinako Note

Best Character Design

  1. Hinako Note
  2. Renai Boukun
  3. Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  4. Granblue Fantasy
  5. Eromanga-sensei

Best Story

  1. KADO: The Right Answer
  2. Granblue Fantasy
  3. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  4. Hinako Note
  5. Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine

Funniest Show

  1. Renai Boukun
  2. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  3. Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  4. Hinako Note
  5. Eromanga-sensei

Most WTF?! Inducing Show

  1. Renai Boukun
  2. Hinako Note
  3. Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  4. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  5. Eromanga-sensei

Best Ecchi

  1. Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai
  2. Renai Boukun
  3. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  4. Hinako Note
  5. Eromanga-sensei

Best Screencap

 

— Death awaits to those who dare take Re=L’s strawberry tarts — Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

 

 

— My validation for all these years. It’s not just me… — Eromanga-sensei

 

 

— Marie channeling how I play JRPGs — Granblue Fantasy

 

 

— The anime girl version of me in a nutshell — Granblue Fantasy

 

 

— Failing to realize that a “close call” isn’t something an immortal being can say happens to them — Renai Boukun

 

Sexiest Screencap

 

— How a girl says hello to another girl in anime “language” — Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

 

 

— Sistine at her best, if only it didn’t require her nearly being raped… — Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

 

— If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Lyria was naked and sexy time was starting — Granblue Fantasy

 

 

— Hinako can only hide her super secret sexy body for so long… — Hinako Note

 

 

— Belphegor showing off the best butt thus far in the spring season — Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai

 

Best Couple/Duo

  1. Karva/Marie – Granblue Fantasy
  2. Akane/Seiji – Renai Boukun
  3. Heine/Leonhard – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  4. Elf/Masamune – Eromanga-sensei
  5. Glenn/Sistine – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Sexiest Male Character

I can’t guarantee a Top 5 with this, but I felt it was time to try and create one.

  1. zaShunina – KADO: The Right Answer
  2. Leonhard – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  3. Licht – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  4. Gran – Granblue Fantasy

Sexiest Female Character

  1. Marie – Granblue Fantasy
  2. Celica – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  3. Karva – Granblue Fantasy
  4. Belphegor – Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai
  5. Sturm – Granblue Fantasy

Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

  1. Akua – Renai Boukun
  2. Hinako – Hinako Note
  3. Maki – Sakura Quest
  4. Sagiri – Eromanga-sensei
  5. Sistine – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Prettiest Female Character

  1. Saraka – KADO: The Right Answer
  2. Katalina – Granblue Fantasy
  3. Yoshino – Sakura Quest
  4. Shiori – Sakura Quest
  5. Ririko – Sakura Quest

Best Voice

  1. Vyrn – Granblue Fantasy
  2. Siero – Granblue Fantasy
  3. Re=L – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  4. Hinako – Hinako Note
  5. Elf – Eromanga-sensei

Best Male Character

  1. Kai – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  2. Glenn – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  3. Leonhard – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  4. Heine – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  5. Seiji – Renai Boukun

Best Female Character

  1. Kanata – KADO: The Right Answer
  2. Re=L – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  3. Guri – Renai Boukun
  4. Siero – Granblue Fantasy
  5. Elf – Eromanga-sensei

Best Show

  1. Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  2. KADO: The Right Answer
  3. Eromanga-sensei
  4. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  5. Renai Boukun
  6. Hinako Note
  7. Granblue Fantasy

Week #9 – Spring Anime 2017

Week #9 has arrived with this Spring anime season. What’s in store this week?!

Just like every week, I’ll be watching my selected shows for the season and giving my brief feelings on the episode, along with things I liked and things I didn’t like. So let’s get a’watchin’!

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


Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

I’m very frustrated with this anime right now. How does one with so much fun and comedy, yet mixing action and story thus far suddenly stop doing this? This episode was pure garbage, the random test tube story with Re=L’s true identity, the lack of interesting villains with this episode, hell even whatever Eleanor’s doing right now, it makes no sense, we have no real idea what’s actually going on. I cannot believe how after 6-7 episodes of a really good show, it just suddenly stops being that!

So I’m doing something I don’t want to do. I’m putting this show on notice. Either quit being this boring, cliched magic anime bullshit that it’s been the last two episode, or be dropped in the same way I dropped Big Order at the very end.

THE GOOD

  • Not a damn thing

THE BAD

  • Really?! The two girls barely freaked out seeing the bloody bedroom?!
  • The two new villains that were also defeated ever so quickly, neither of them were interesting, had no investment in their battles
  • Re=L being a copy of a murdered girl doesn’t do anything, in fact it makes me like her less, which I don’t want to do
  • What was the point of that sidestory? There was no connection to be made at all, it was just pointless, trivial backstory
  • The fact we’re three episodes from the season end and we have no idea what the final villain is or what their goal is, that’s not good

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


Eromanga-sensei (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

This was a great episode if you’re into the Elf/Masamune pairing. The development in this pair has been fantastic and it finally comes to a head when Elf formally “proposes” to Masamune. We obviously know he has eyes for Sagiri, because of course he has eyes on the least interesting girl, but what Elf does here is so much different than so many other harems. So literally tells Masamune, even knowing he’s in love with someone else that she intends to make him fall in love with her, that she will be such a great match for him, that he’ll have to consider her. She’s not hiding her feelings, she’s not settling in the background, she knows what she wants and isn’t budging. This is why I firmly believe in this relationship being the best one.

Now on the side notes, Muramasa looked stunning in her swimsuit, winning easily. But to be fair, it was her vs Elf and she has much bigger boobs, so it was an unfair fight. Which also sucks, because we have no Megumi, no Tomoe and no Sagiri, though what were the chances of getting Sagiri in a swimsuit, right? Also, the funny fake yaoi moment with the boys was great, I loved that joke. A fun episode for sure.

THE GOOD

  • The relationship between Elf/Masamune hit its high note here
  • The yaoi joke between Chris and Masamune was pretty funny

THE BAD

  • A swimsuit episode and only two out of the five girls are there. Shame!
  • If it’s hot enough to be okay for girls to be out in the skimpiest of bikinis, for fuck’s sake why are the boys wearing shirts, including Masamune who’s wearing a fucking hoodie?!
  • It’s a little frustrating knowing that Masamune only has eyes for Sagiri, when he and Elf truly are developing as a pair

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Granblue Fantasy (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Sigh, another episode that really undoes all the good things it had been doing as of late. This episode originally would’ve just been a filler episode, nothing special, but now with Gran being such a giant dumbass and not taking Lyria with him, FOR A SINGLE FUCKING ERRAND, now she’s captured and he’s lost her. Seriously, she wasn’t tired, sore or anything, he just left her alone for no reason whatsoever! Anime, for fuck’s sake, at least try to make sense once in a while, would ya?!

THE GOOD

  • Nothing really to be honest, just a filler episode full of conversations

THE BAD

  • Gran’s dumbassery just went up way too many points to count
  • Nothing happened beyond the last minute, I just sat and stared

Episode Score: 2.5/5


Hinako Note (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

This episode wasn’t nearly as crazy funny as last week, but still a decent watch for sure, at the very least for the many moments of the girls being scared, well mostly Yua being scared out of her mind. I don’t know how Mayuki could ever be scary to anyone, but hey, that’s what makes anime so goddamn hilarious at times.

THE GOOD

  • The “horror” parts of the episode were super cute and funny
  • We seem to have an end goal in mind now, which is nice

THE BAD

  • What was with the random panty shot on Chiaki there? Way out of place!

Episode Score: 3.5/5


KADO: The Right Answer (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

It’s quite the dilemma isn’t it? With Saraka wanting things to be as they were and let humanity evolve naturally rather than getting a rocket strapped to them and thrusted well into the future. We see as well that Koujirou is starting to have second thoughts about everything and now the real question is starting to become whether Yaha-kui zaShunina is actually helping humanity or himself. That smile at the end makes you question everything now. It makes sense to have him as a villain of course, our fear in the unknown, our fear of the outside world, what a fantastic villain that fear makes. We’ll see where things go from here

THE GOOD

  • The question of whether we should accelerate our evolution or not, how thought provoking is this show?
  • The potential of a Yaha-kui zaShunina heel turn (becoming a villain) is now floating in my head and making me more interested
  • Saraka just stole my heart this episode in the way Marie (Granblue Fantasy) did last week

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report

Episode Score: 5/5


Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

For an episode that ended up becoming very serious, the show still managed to have quite a lot of fun with it. I knew pretty early on in this series that there would be something very unique about Heine and it’s definitely been confirmed now. However, I’m unsure how I feel about Heine just being this all-knowing, battle-skilled person. Characters that go this route end up being quite shallow and boring, so thankfully the show balances it out with his chibi form and comedy. This Rosenberg plot continues to mystify me as to why this needed to be brought into a perfectly great comedy.

THE GOOD

  • Despite the seriousness, the show managed to retain a good chunk of its comedy
  • Kai in full king mode this week, got over really well

THE BAD

  • The seriousness is still turning me off a bit, I didn’t want this kind of story involved in such a cheesy, hilarious show

Episode Score: 4/5


Renai Boukun (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Sigh…this show really can’t help itself trying to have a serious, heartbreaking plot in this ridiculous, over-the-top anime, can it? Seriously, what is it with Japan and not just sticking to a core concept and sticking to it? When this show is at its best, it’s not worrying about stupid sidestories like what Shikimi is trying to do to get Akane away from Seiji. This isn’t your average romantic comedy, you can’t just stop the insanity for an episode to bring in the feels, it doesn’t work in the same way a Nisekoi can do it. Even further, the focus on the group doing Guri’s job as a cupid has been completely thrown out the window now in hopes of finding her true love that she doesn’t know how to deal with yet. It’s still a fun show, but man has it fallen in this second half.

THE GOOD

  • The randomness was still on full display with the play they did

THE BAD

  • The play was also getting a little annoying, especially when no effort was made to try and fit Yuzu’s situation in with everything going on, it’s like they just bypassed the play, it was a missed opportunity
  • This serious plot that Shikimi’s involved in, it’s really turning me off this show

Episode Score: 3/5

Week #8 – Spring Anime 2017

Week #8 has arrived with this Spring anime season. What’s in store this week?!

Just like every week, I’ll be watching my selected shows for the season and giving my brief feelings on the episode, along with things I liked and things I didn’t like. So let’s get a’watchin’!

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


Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Huh…well my worries were certainly on the money, weren’t they? Now look, I’m not necessarily upset with this episode, but it’s something that happens in a lot of comedy anime series that really drives me crazy. I cannot stand a half-season of pure comedy gold that suddenly turns into a dark, bloody, depressing series in the second half.  Re=L’s betrayal doesn’t come as too big a surprise, given Albert’s warnings, but the violence against Glenn and Rumia really change the entire landscape of the show now and as someone who’s been comfortable with the series thus far, it’s a hard change to accept. There’s almost an expectation to keep the status quo and this show has completely gone in a different direction now. Hopefully it doesn’t get so bad that it doesn’t pull a Big Order.

THE GOOD

  • The shock value was certainly there in this episode
  • Re=L’s character continues to be interesting one way or another

THE BAD

  • The lack of explanation to what just happened does not help the viewers from overcoming the shock of it all
  • I worry about this drastic change in the show’s style

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eromanga-sensei (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

This was a really good episode, full of comedy, moe and just interesting dialogue. The relationships between Masamune and Sagiri have ramped up again, same with Muramasa. Personally, I’m still on Team Elf, but hey, we’re making progress, who gives a shit right now, eh? I didn’t like how they just brought in Shidou without any real introduction, he just appears and may not even exist after this episode anyways. After all, we can’t have any other guys in our harem, right? Either way, there was a lot to like in this episode, Sagiri’s house security check was adorable, Muramasa being all flustered was fun, including the reaction from their agent. The party had its moments too, so there was a lot to love this week.

Also, how about that Oreimo cameo, eh?

THE GOOD

  • Really good comedy and relationships being pushed forward
  • Sagiri, Elf and Muramasa all have been pushed forward in their character development, which is fantastic for this harem

THE BAD

  • DEAD. FUCKING. PARENTS!!!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Granblue Fantasy (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Wow. This episode could not have been better. It was so silly, over-the-top and fun action with two new characters that are impossible not to fall in love with. This is everything I can ask in an anime, it was funny, it was cute, it had good action and no one’s parents died. What else could I possibly ask for? Even beyond that, we’ve got progress with all of this fun, Gran’s got a legendary sword it seems. But in reality, it’s Marie and Karva that sell me on this show now, please tell me they stick around, please please please please please!!!

THE GOOD

  • Karva and Marie in the first minute of this episode may have already won the best pair award for this season, even if they never appear again, which they better not!
  • The episode was so lighthearted and fun, I’ve been needing a really good one lately and here it is!
  • The slam dunk bomb, I love it!

THE BAD

  • Not a damn thing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hinako Note (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Another episode that brought me back in, this episode was pure fun and adorable as all hell to watch. The constant barrage of stupidity from the girls as they tried to cure Hinako’s cold, especially Kuina and Yua were just so funny to watch. I’m a little disappointed though that we’re at Episode 8 and it looks like Hinako’s still flipping back to her full-scarecrow side, even though we’ve been led to believe she’s gotten better.

THE GOOD

  • I was dying of laughter during the constant trying to cure Hinako with random shit scene
  • Comedy and moe at their best this week

THE BAD

  • Hinako’s still over-the-top nervous, it almost feels like she’s made zero progress

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


KADO: The Right Answer (Ep.7)

THOUGHTS

***IF ANYTHING HAPPENED IN EPISODE 6.5 BEYOND A HALFWAY POINT SUMMARY, I MISSED IT***

It’s nice that due to the 6.5 episode, I’m actually caught up to Kado’s simulcast now. The sci-fi insanity has really been turned up now, with the ideology of us existing in multiple dimension. So comic book multiverse theory is a reality here. This is how they explain the no-sleep mechanic from last week, you can have another you in an other dimension sleep for you while the one in this universe doesn’t have to anymore, yet experiences the same effects of having slept. Yaha-kui zaShunina this time wants the media, specifically our trio of journalists to spread the Sansa, this new piece offered to help humans understand the anisotropic and the ability not to sleep. A lot of the positive and negative reasons they bring up to match my What If? article about the prospect of never having to sleep. To end it off, now it’s getting a little interesting with Saraka telling Koujirou she wants to send Yaha-kui zaShunina back where he came from. Why? We’ll have to find out next week.

THE GOOD

  • Yaha-kui zaShunina in different clothes looking gorgeous, it was a fun scene
  • I was really interested in the positives/negatives spoken about the no-sleep concept, especially after writing about it

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Any Kai-central episode is going to be a lot of fun to watch and it definitely lived up to those expectations. The sidestory with Adele and Shadow was also super adorable, not to mention the zoo trip that lead to a few jokes as well, including Licht getting hit on by a male ostrich. As far as I’m concerned, Kai out of the group seems to be the best fit as a king if he’s able to overcome his own flaws, his selflessness and strong heart really pushes him forward as a leader in my eyes. If he can get past his communication problems, he’s the best for the job if we’re being realistic here. We’ve got probably four episodes left, here’s hoping this villain story doesn’t get too crazy, which I was shocked how it wasn’t mentioned at all this week after being around the last two episodes.

THE GOOD

  • I will never stop loving Kai’s character, he brings out the best in everyone
  • The zoo brought out some very good jokes
  • Adele/Shadow made for a great sidestory

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Renai Boukun (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

A better episode than last week for sure, we got all the main players involved, though I still want just a little more out of Akua, she’s so much fun! Being able to push forward with a couple romances really helps and getting a little backstory on Akane and Yuzu’s parents helps as well. The comedy was much better this week as well, the jokes were hitting their marks almost as accurately as blades were hitting Guri’s head. This is the kind of episode that brought me to this show and hopefully it stays on this course, rather than being boring and depressing like last week’s episode was.

THE GOOD

  • The comedy was back in full form
  • Akane and Yuzu really brought out their game for this episode

THE BAD

  • The episode started a little slow, but once Akane’s mother entered the frame, things picked up

Episode Score: 4/5

Best of Q2 – Spring Anime 2017

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

So anyways, here’s the best of the 2017 spring anime season at the halfway mark!

Best OP

  1. Granblue Fantasy
  2. Eromanga-sensei
  3. Renai Boukun
  4. Hinako Note
  5. KADO: The Right Answer

Best Art Direction

  1. Sakura Quest
  2. Granblue Fantasy
  3. Renai Boukun
  4. Hinako Note
  5. KADO: The Right Answer

Best Character Design

  1. Hinako Note
  2. Renai Boukun
  3. Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  4. Sakura Quest
  5. Granblue Fantasy

Best Story

  1. KADO: The Right Answer
  2. Granblue Fantasy
  3. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  4. Hinako Note
  5. Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine

Funniest Show

  1. Renai Boukun
  2. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  3. Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  4. Hinako Note
  5. Eromanga-sensei

Most WTF?! Inducing Show

  1. Renai Boukun
  2. Hinako Note
  3. Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  4. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  5. Eromanga-sensei

Best Ecchi

  1. Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai
  2. Renai Boukun
  3. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  4. Hinako Note
  5. Eromanga-sensei

Best Screencap

 

— My validation for all these years. It’s not just me… — Eromanga-sensei

 

 

— The anime girl version of me in a nutshell — Granblue Fantasy

 

 

— Scarecrow powers ACTIVATE!!! — Hinako Note

 

 

— Failing to realize that a “close call” isn’t something an immortal being can say happens to them — Renai Boukun

 

Sexiest Screencap

 

— How a girl says hello to another girl in anime “language” — Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

 

 

— Sistine at her best, if only it didn’t require her nearly being raped… — Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

 

— If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Lyria was naked and sexy time was starting — Granblue Fantasy

 

 

— Hinako can only hide her super secret sexy body for so long… — Hinako Note

 

 

— Belphegor showing off the best butt thus far in the spring season — Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai

 

Best Couple/Duo

  1. Akane/Seiji – Renai Boukun
  2. Heine/Leonhard – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  3. Glenn/Sistine – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  4. Masamune/Elf – Eromanga-sensei
  5. Rumia/Sistine – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Sexiest Male Character

I can’t guarantee a Top 5 with this, but I felt it was time to try and create one.

  1. zaShunina – KADO: The Right Answer
  2. Leonhard – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  3. Licht – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine

Sexiest Female Character

  1. Celica – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  2. Sanae – Sakura Quest
  3. Belphegor – Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai
  4. Sturm – Granblue Fantasy
  5. Shikimi – Renai Boukun

Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

  1. Akua – Renai Boukun
  2. Hinako – Hinako Note
  3. Maki – Sakura Quest
  4. Sagiri – Eromanga-sensei
  5. Sistine – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Prettiest Female Character

  1. Katalina – Granblue Fantasy
  2. Yoshino – Sakura Quest
  3. Saraka – KADO: The Right Answer
  4. Shiori – Sakura Quest
  5. Ririko – Sakura Quest

Best Male Character

  1. Kai – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  2. Glenn – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  3. Leonhard – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  4. Heine – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  5. Seiji – Renai Boukun

Best Female Character

  1. Kanata – KADO: The Right Answer
  2. Guri – Renai Boukun
  3. Re=l – Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  4. Katalina – Granblue Fantasy
  5. Siero – Granblue Fantasy

Best Show

  1. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
  2. Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
  3. Renai Boukun
  4. Hinako Note
  5. Granblue Fantasy
  6. KADO: The Right Answer
  7. Eromanga-sensei

Week #6 – Spring Anime 2017

Week #6 has arrived with this Spring anime season. What’s in store this week?!

Just like every week, I’ll be watching my selected shows for the season and giving my brief feelings on the episode, along with things I liked and things I didn’t like. So let’s get a’watchin’!


Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Oh my god I am praying that Re=l is around more often as the series moves further. I’m shocked that the Queen didn’t get killed through all this, I thought with Japan loving dead parents as much as they do, it was a sure thing! The episode had a bit of everything, comedy, badassery, a little trickery even. Somehow though, no real ecchi in sight! The only criticism I have about this week’s episode is that I thought the reveal of him using his card to nullify the necklace was pulled out a little too late, there was too much time for things to make zero sense, so even with that reveal making sense of it, I had already settled in on the opinion of “She should be dead…?”.

THE GOOD

  • Any series that uses tarot cards to label their characters gets a thumbs up from me (giant Persona fan here)
  • Albert and Re=l being in the picture just make the show so much more fun, as if it needed any more already!

THE BAD

  • The reveals at the end of the conflict were a little haphazardly thrown in

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Eromanga-sensei (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Okay okay okay okay! Um…what the fuck is Muramasa’s problem?! I guess we’ll find out next week, won’t we, but still! The fuck, man! Anyways, speaking of what the fucks, um…Sagiri should be arrested. Like right now. She’s really racking up the sex crimes here. Serious jokes aside, it’s nice to see Megumi getting involved as well now, bringing our main cast to four, with Muramasa likely being the fifth to really pull things together. Tomoe might come in as well, but I’m getting the sense she’s a side character now. Also, I’m really impressed with the way they’re quietly pairing Masamune and Elf together, it’s coming off very naturally!

THE GOOD

  • Masamune/Elf is getting more and more interesting

THE BAD

  • I think adults were needed this week. Poor Megumi…
  • I know they’ll probably explain why next episode, but what the fuck is Muramasa’s problem?!

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Granblue Fantasy (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

So after a sixth episode, where do we stand? Personally, I’m a little frustrated, because while the adventure is fun, the story is either non-existent or confusing, depending on where you stand with it. I’m trying to figure out what’s going on and I can’t, but yet there’s so much to enjoy here that it’s hard to put it down. Sturm constantly stabbing her comrade is hilarious every single time, Vyrn’s voice alone makes me smile and then there’s Siero, oh my god I want to hug her so bad! But yeah, this episode was basically 20 minutes of pointless storytelling that went nowhere and ended with a terrible cliffhanger. So yeah. And Io’s kind of annoying…

THE GOOD

  • Every time I see Siero, I want to give her a giant hug. But I’d probably crush her.
  • I really want this anime to never stop having Sturm on screen, I love her!

THE BAD

  • The story is going nowhere as far as I can see it, it’s just a constant flurry of mysteries
  • Io’s really annoying with her constant “MASTER?!!!” callouts

Episode Score: 3/5


Hinako Note (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Another cute episode with cute girls doing cute things. Once it got to the play, I was a little out of it, since the comedy and cuteness really went out the window, but I did enjoy the many culinary escapades on Kuina and friends. Well, I mean…the kazoo music was fantastic! All in all, it was a fun episode, but like I’ve said before, the show just isn’t a wow-worthy show, it’s just a good show.

THE GOOD

  • Kuina when she’s hungry is at her best
  • The kazoo music just sold that scene so well

THE BAD

  • The play performance did end up boring me
  • I worry that as this show goes further, the best parts of Hinako, aka her shyness, will slowly go away

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


KADO: The Right Answer (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

My my my, what a great ending to an episode filled with dialogue. This one wasn’t nearly as interesting for the first 15 minutes, minus any time we spend with Kanata, of course. But the idea that in the end, Japan does give into the United Nations, but then completely trolls them by showing the entire world how to make their own Wam, is such a great and hilarious decision. Because you know out of 196, all 196 would go to the six major powers and no one else. And World War III would begin. Because you know especially the United States, Russia and China would be doing everything in their power to have the most of them and ensure no one else gets them.

THE GOOD

  • Kanata on fire this episode
  • The ending was a great troll of the United Nations

THE BAD

  • First 15 minutes were not that interesting

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Once again, a fantastic show that never ceases to entertain me. The whole cafe set-up was a great way to really get us to enjoy the personality that Licht has when he’s not in his royal setting. Even further than that, having his father, the freaking king joining him as a waiter there, that was so funny to watch as he trumped his son in every possible way. However, I have one worry, this whole trying to take the throne story with Rosenberg. Again, I don’t want something to happen that breaks the show’s pace, so I have to be cautious with this now.

THE GOOD

  • Licht out of royal setting is very entertaining
  • His father is even more entertaining out of royal setting

THE BAD

  • I worry with Rosenberg added into this show and making a semi-conflict level of plot now

Episode Score: 4/5


Renai Boukun (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

I mean, I’ll be honest, the beach half of the episode is what really got me, especially the volleyball stuff, that was hilarious. We got a little more Akua finally, though still nowhere near enough to quench my thirst, I really want to see more of her. The haunted school portion of the show was still fantastic, mind you, all the references and horror tropes were so funny. The “story” is furthered as well, with Akane questioning Guri’s “love” for Seiji, given that she doesn’t really understand love still. They can have whatever story they want, just keep this comedy coming.

Oh and the winner of this week’s swimsuit episode? Of course it’s Akua!

THE GOOD

  • The beach sections were really funny, in particular the volleyball scene
  • All the horror tropes and callbacks flooding in was great as well

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sakura Quest (Ep.6) *On Notice*

THOUGHTS

I tried, I really did. I thought that a show like this that had such an interesting country town atmosphere, a plethora of beautiful girls and a quirkiness to it, there was a show here I could really get behind. But instead, the show is a snail-pace moving slice of life that has zero comedy, zero ecchi, zero fun. The anime thus far has been about depression, reality and looking at pretty things. Either it’s built for a female audience or it’s built for someone who likes material that has nothing exciting going on. And this show is going to go 25 episodes?! There’s no way I’m committing to that when the show consistently bores me and offers little to no response from me beyond “Well, she’s pretty cute.”. I don’t care if the show picks up around Episode 9, 11, 13, whatever. It doesn’t excuse it for being boring for the first six!

THE GOOD

  • The zombie bit was kinda cool

THE BAD

  • The show is boring as hell, plain and simple
  • There’s nothing to laugh at, nothing to smile at, the show is just a boring, depressing real life look and that’s not why I watch anime

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