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Summer 2016 Anime Awards

So the summer 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 OP

“Signal” by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure – 91 Days

“miele paradiso” by Iori Nomizu – Masou Gakuen HxH

“99” by MOB CHOIR – Mob Psycho 100

“Tomodachi Meter” by The Super Ball – The Morose Mononokean

“Ao to Kurenai no Forzato” by Tatsuhisa Suzuki & Takuto Kirisawa – Scared Rider Xechs

Winner: 91 Days

Holy crap I cannot stand the vocals in this song! It sounds like a guy who is really shy when it comes to singing and has a sore throat so he’s trying not to use his vocal chords as much as possible. The actual music isn’t too bad, but man are the vocals horrendous. Out of any OP this season, this is the one that I cannot sit through the full minute and a half of. 


Worst Story

The Morose Mononokean

Rewrite

Servamp

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Taboo Tattoo

The “story” of this show spends the entirety of the series making zero sense. While some might watch Taboo Tattoo and think it’s just another random-filled anime, but by especially the second half of the show, it’s all nonsensical bullshit and not just entertaining bullshit. The ending is also absolutely atrocious, you wanna talk about anti-climatic, you wanna talk about boring and dull, this show takes the cake on that and its shitty store is large in part due to why.


Biggest Disappointment

Orange

ReLIFE

Rewrite

Servamp

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Winner: Rewrite

This show from the very beginning had my attention. I like the diverse range of characters, I really like Lucia and Shizuru, just to name a few. Then the mid-series turn came and I lost all attention to this show. By suddenly removing its comedic and light-hearted nature, the show went completely dull and boring and I had zero reason to keep watching. At its highest point, this show was #4 on my list during the season and in one fell swoop, I dropped it completely.


Best Start, Shit Finish

Handa-Kun

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Momokuri

The Morose Mononokean

Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Taboo Tattoo

Rewrite would’ve won this award, but of course I didn’t finish it. Not that Taboo Tattoo is far off from being as terrible though. Like I said earlier in the Worst Story award, this show’s ending is horrendous. After all the time spent with the characters, after all the ridiculousness, all the “emotion”, all the fun the show had, especially in the first half of the season, the show’s ending is one of the most dumb, boring, anti-climatic endings I have ever watched for an anime series. Not to mention it’s sequel-bait as well. It won’t have me back next season, that’s for sure.


Worst Male Character

Matthew Tetojirichi – Alderamin on the Sky

Kanade Takahashi – Hatsukoi Monster

President – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Ichiya Suzaku – Qualidea Code

Subaru Mimasaka – Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Winner: Matthew Tetojirichi – Alderamin on the Sky

None of the characters on this list are particularly bad, not like Hiiragi (Bubuki Buranki) levels of bad, these guys are all just either meh or forgettable. And no one fits that better than Alderamin’s Matthew. The show could’ve easily just had four survivors instead of six and push him and Haroma out and just leave Ikta, Yatori, Torway and Chamille. Because throughout the entire season, Matthew either isn’t around or is really just there to say two lines and then disappear for the rest of the episode. For a guy who was looking like a main character, he sure as shit offers absolutely nothing to the show.


Worst Female Character

Colette – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Nene Sakura – New Game!

Canaria Utara – Qualidea Code

Akane Senri – Rewrite

Touko Ichinose – Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Colette – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Oh my god I hate Colette! In the second last episode where she trips and falls, I laughed my ass off, so happy to watch her dumbass fall to the ground. She offers nothing but stupidity to the show and while some might find that goofball personality of hers funny and entertaining, for me it offered nothing but “Ugh, get off my screen!” level of feelings while watching her on the show. She really doesn’t offer anything other than trouble and it’s not like there’s anything like a villain in the show. So she’s just a nuisance, nothing more.


Worst Show

Hatsukoi Monster

Masou Gakuen HxH

Orange

Scared Rider Xechs

Servamp

Winner: Masou Gakuen HxH

Like the ecchi-only shows like Queen’s Blade and Highschool DxD before it, Masou Gakuen HxH is a show that is literally just an exchange of sexy screencaps and animations to post on Gelbooru or Tumblr. That might sound like something for me, given my content, but like I’ve said before, while I enjoy anime that has no problem featuring a ton of ecchi, I still like having a decent story, or decent characters, or it’s really funny, or the concept is really interesting, things like that. Masou Gakuen HxH is literally “girls fight things, guy sexually assaults them to recharge their powers” and nothing more. It’s not funny, it’s not interesting, no one’s interesting, there’s nothing there but jiggling tits and a guy squeezing them. If I wanted to watch hentai, I would just watch hentai, not a show trying so hard to be hentai without being hentai.


Best OP

“The LiBERTY” by Fo’xTails – Handa-Kun

“STARTING NOW!” by Nana Mizuki – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

“SAKURA Skip” by fourfolium (main voice cast) – New Game!

“Deal with” by OLDCODEX – Servamp

“Kaze no Uta” by FLOW – Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: Tales of Zestiria The X

This was such a hard decision to make. New Game’s OP is so cute and entertaining, Servamp (while the show sucked) has such a badass metal song, so does Handa-kun, Fo’xtails returning for another award year and Konobi has a really catchy track as well. But the only song out of these five that not only give me goosebumps hearing, but still does give me goosebumps hearing, is Tales of Zestiria’s OP track, “Kaze no Uta”. That brief guitar intro is a cool lead in, the string section kicking in with the bagpipe or whatever that instrument is before the vocals kick in is a fantastic hit to the ears. And the acoustic guitar during the actual verse is a really nice riff, I love every second of that song.


Best Art Direction

Alderamin on the Sky

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Taboo Tattoo

Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: Tales of Zestiria The X

There’s no competition here, holy shit the animation in Tales of Zestiria The X is incredible! I had no idea that Ufotable did shows before that, but after learning they did the more recent Fate/Stay Night anime, it makes sense where their animation track record lies. I’ve never watched an anime and been more amazed by the visuals of the show. It’s not even close to anything I’ve seen this year, let alone years before. And I’m not sure anything not by Ufotable will come close to this. It’s that damn good.


Best Character Design

Alderamin on the Sky

New Game

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Taboo Tattoo

Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: Taboo Tattoo

Despite how terrible the show became, the diverse cast of characters still looked very good and very interesting. Putting aside more normal looking characters like Justice, Bluesy and Touko, take girls like Iltutmish, Aryabhata, Lisa, Kar and others, not to mention guys like B.B. and that dude who became an insect (no idea what his name was). There were so many characters designed with unique looks, unique expressions, unique outfits, not to mention their powers. Every character except for the Void Makers, they all had something different to offer. 


Best Story

Alderamin on the Sky

Amanchu!

New Game!

Planetarian

Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: Planetarian

There really weren’t that many shows this season that I’d consider having a really good story. But in the case of the 5-episode short, Planetarian, that was a fantastic and heartbreaking story. In the beginning it was a little silly, but by Episode 3 I was all the way in and by the end I was all emotional. For a show to do that in five episodes, rather than the usual 12, that’s incredible.


Funniest Show

Amanchu!

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Momokuri

New Game!

Taboo Tattoo

Winner: New Game!

There were a lot of really cheesy, funny shows this season, but none of them really had me laughing as much as New Game did. Whether it’s Umiko shooting Kou constantly with her BB gun for being a smartass, Aoba’s innate fear of not wearing pants, or anything Hifumi does, the show offers a ton of comedic moments through the series and made the show a perfect trio of adorable, sexy and funny.  


Most WTF?! Inducing Show

Handa-Kun

Hatsukoi Monster

Momokuri

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Taboo Tattoo

There’s a guy that looks like a Wild West character and then turns into a giant insect!!! Need I say more?!


Best Ecchi

Ange Vierge

New Game!

Qualidea Code

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Taboo Tattoo

As tempted I was to give Ange Vierge the award based on Episode 1 having over half of the show devoted to an endless number of girls bathing together, Taboo Tattoo for an entire season kept up the sexual content, even in its darkest moments. Someone just died, ah well, the villain will send a video of them capturing one of the good guys while having a beach party. How does the villain get a new lackey? By walking up to a homeless girl, kissing her and grabbing her ass. Speaking of butts, there’s a ton of them in this show and they don’t half-ass (pun intended) them, whether it’s Bluesy, Touko, Aryabhata, Kar (especially Kar!), Iltutmish, Lisa and many more. The show knows what it wants to be, at least in terms of its ecchi content. I wish it had that devotion for the rest of the show as well.


Best Screencap

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— A horrifyingly beautiful end to a battle — Alderamin on the Sky

 

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— Why Cha is the best character on the show. — Amanchu!

 

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— Hifumi trying to buy your memories of how cute she is from you — New Game!

 

 

— How I imagine the best slumber parties looking like. — Taboo Tattoo

 

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— Scratch attack!!! — Taboo Tattoo

 

Winner: Slumber Party, Taboo Tattoo

You’re trying to infiltrate the secret laboratory of an evil villainess who seeks to essentially restart the entire world. You gotta be expecting a massive maze of traps, automated defenses, guards and many other things that could potentially kill you, right? Nope! In Taboo Tattoo, there’s pretty much no one guarding the place except for one tough customer, after that it’s a giant slumber party with the villain and all her cloned sister, playing video games and other fun things in their underwear. That’s fucking hysterical! 


Sexiest Screencap

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— Kou’s episodic gimmick — New Game!

 

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— When two girls (Kou/Rin) just had to wait till opening hours to get it on! — New Game!

 

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— Everyone knows all small-chested girls HAVE to do this to large-chested girls! — Qualidea Code

 

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— When Monster Musume crosses over with Food Wars. — Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

 

 

— Remember kids, always knock before you open doors to rooms you don’t know about. — Taboo Tattoo

 

Winner: Kou/Rin – New Game!

What a hilarious and super sexy looking moment. After spending the night at work, Rin wakes up to seeing her best friend and co-worker Kou in her usual state, asleep and with her pants off. After being teased that she should try doing the same as well the night before, Rin decides to give it a shot and actually enjoys it, only for Kou to wake up just in time to see it and tease her some more. But if that wasn’t enough, Aoba shows up to work and of course instead of returning to her sleeping bag where she could put her pants back on without anyone seeing her, she tries to keep Kou from spilling the beans, which ends up having Aoba walk in on them looking like something super sexy and scandalous was about to go on. And cue the doujins.


Best Couple/Duo

Futaba/Hikari – Amanchu!

Hikari/Mato – Amanchu!

Shinya/Yuki – Momokuri

Kou/Rin – New Game!

Aoba/Kou – New Game!

Winner: Kou/Rin – New Game!

Putting aside their sexual escapades at work, Kou and Rin are easily the most genuine and entertaining pairings this season. While it’s hinted at here and there that maybe there’s something more going on between the two, or at the very least about to go on, whenever these two are together, especially alone together, they look like the best of friends and it’s not forced, it comes off very natural. 


Sexiest Female Character

Ai – Amanchu!

Kou – New Game!

Aryabhata – Taboo Tattoo

Bluesy – Taboo Tattoo

Kar – Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Kar – Taboo Tattoo

Wow this was a tough one to call, just getting five on the list was a hard enough decision. But in the end, I’m going with Kar from Taboo Tattoo on this one, mostly because she’s badass and sexy, not just sexy. Ai and Kou are just super hot, Bluesy’s a little more cute than sexy and Aryabhata while she’s very sexual and devious, she’s just not as cool looking while still being super sexy as Kar is. Want her just looking super hot? There’s the section where BB walks in on her changing (my oh my, what a butt she has!). Want her looking badass and sexy? There’s the battle scene towards the end with her and Justice (again, what a butt!). Any time she’s on screen, she makes the most of it and then some! 


Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

Mizuki – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Aoba – New Game!

Hifumi – New Game!

Rin – New Game!

Alisha – Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: Rin – New Game!

It was pretty much a guarantee that a New Game character was going to take this award, it was just a matter of who. In the end, I’m going with Rin, because aside from the one time we see her pantsless with Kou, the rest of the anime she’s spent looking proper and elegant. So by getting one good moment with her and seeing that perfect butt of hers while trying to shut Kou up before Aoba finds them, there is no better example of a girl being secretly super sexy, than Rin.


Prettiest Female Character

Mizuki – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Hifumi – New Game!

Rin – New Game!

Asuha – Qualidea Code

Alisha – Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: Alisha – Tales of Zestiria The X

This was a no doubter. As much as I’d love to give this to Hifumi, there’s no one who I was more attracted to by her beauty (rather than sexiness) than Alisha from Tales of Zestiria The X. In particular, I prefer her the best when her white/pink garb is off and it’s just her shirt, shorts and thigh-highs. She looks absolutely stunning in that outfit, but not sexy in terms of wanting to see more (aka what’s underneath), but in terms of just looking so pretty you want to stand in front of her and embrace her. Unlike a girl like say Kar, who I would love nothing more than to have a hell of a long night with, Alisha is the kind of girl I just want to hold close to me.


Best Male Character

Ikta – Alderamin on the Sky

Handa-Kun – Handa-Kun

Shinya – Momokuri

Soma – Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

BB – Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Ikta – Alderamin on the Sky

Ikta’s the easy pick here, because unlike the majority of male characters, he’s not a total dunce cap. While yes, he’s a bit of a womanizer, a flirt, whatever you may call him, he’s easily the most intelligent character on the show, maybe even in all the anime I’ve watched this season. He’s a tactical genius and uses his knowledge and brilliant strategic mind to use all the time. It’s not like your usual anime character who just happens to have some hidden power that helps him in the end, Ikta constantly plans ahead of time and they show that, not to mention that he doesn’t win every time, sometimes his plans go to shit and he has to go back to the drawing board. Also, the guy cut his damn finger off to apologize to the leader of a tribe after they slaughtered over half their people. Props to the guy!


Best Female Character

Hikari – Amanchu!

Kasumi – Handa-Kun

Hifumi – New Game!

Kou – New Game!

Tsumugi – Sweetness & Lightning

Winner: Hifumi – New Game!

Was there any doubt? As much as I’d love to give it to Hikari for being such a ball of happiness, to Kasumi for being the anime reincarnation of Fire Emblem’s Tharja, to Tsumugi for being Chinatsu 2.0 and to Kou for well…not wanting to wear pants, Hifumi is the easy pick here, without question. She’s so goddamn funny, so goddamn adorable, hell she tries to pay the main character off for seeing her smile! Every time Hifumi was on screen, I couldn’t help but smile. In fact, if I wanted to, I could’ve made a separate screencap award specifically for her! There’s so many good ones! But yeah, best girl without a doubt is New Game’s Hifumi.


Best Show

Alderamin on the Sky

Amanchu!

New Game!

Sweetness & Lightning

Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: New Game!

And in the end, the best show of this summer season for me is New Game! All five of these shows were fantastic, take nothing away from them. But the only show that I truly waited week after week for was New Game, no other show was I counting down the days until the next episode. New Game was a perfect mixture for me, the show concept is ridiculous, an all-girl game development company and they’re all younger than 25, the show is super funny at times, the cast of characters are diverse both in looks and personality, and because I’m a sucker for it, there’s a surprisingly good amount of tasteful ecchi. It’s not overly bouncing breasts or anything like that, it’s just attractive young girls either in their underwear, or naked in the bath where you can’t see below the top of their chest. Everything I want in an anime is right here in New Game.


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

Week #12 – Summer Anime 2016

Week #12 has arrived with this Summer 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!

Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (Ep.1)
Alderamin on the Sky (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Chamille is pissed when she arrives at the fort and finds the General already back in full retreat, being a coward. Ikta starts re-drawing out his plans, though noting that their failure to defend the barricades. Nanaku meanwhile tries to apologize once more to Suwa and she breaks down finally, more upset that she had to kill so many people and feels like she can’t be forgiven for it. When it’s time to send a force to stop a small Aldera unit, the Captain offers to go, which likely signifies the moment where Ikta will end up fully in charge as the Captain will die. Ikta demands Torway’s unit go with them and he accepts. It almost feels like Torway’s being death flagged as well. Ikta officially takes over, telling them to take the lazy way, work when it’s time to work, rest when it’s time to rest. Ikta is switching out companies on the fly, but there’s something Jean is doing that’s confusing the hell out of Ikta, like they’re waiting for something. Even Torway senses it and has his men set up in the rear, where sure enough the cloaked men from Kala Karm are and they kill them off before they do any damage to the main force. Apparently Ikta specifically told him to set up for this on that specific day. Turns out that’s what the enemy was waiting for, so with that plan dead (literally), the Aldera force finally attacks the Captain’s stronghold. Afterwards, Yatori and Ikta share a moment together as he’s starving. She’s a little upset that with the new air rifles, the way of the sword is dwindling, but Ikta’s happy it’s gone this way, as the burden she has to carry is getting lighter. On the 6th day, something big is coming to them and they’re massive solar cannons. Horses leap through the fire and Ikta notes that this commander in Jean has clearly got zero morals when it comes to war. Even worse, they still have two days left before they can retreat. 

THE GOOD

  • More horrors of war
  • Suwa properly displays the average soldier with how one feels about murdering other people

THE BAD

  • I’m not sure how I feel about the show right now showing Ikta getting beaten every time, especially when you know he’ll win in the end, seems like a massive change of fortune has to happen to turn the scales here

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Amanchu! (Ep.1)
Amanchu! (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

The day is finally here, Futaba’s first open water dive. Naturally she’s a bit nervous, but Hikari is there to keep her head above water (pun intended). Slowly but surely they start going down and Futaba notes how new and scary it is once you lose your bearings of what is up and down. They finally reach the bottom and Futaba is on Cloud Nine. Then the real test comes is, Mato making her clear her mask way underwater, along with other tests. After completing her first dive, she’s recording her first log, still full of energy too. Mato arrives to give Futaba her first diving license. Afterwards, Hikari admits to her she was so mesmerized by Futaba the first time they met, she decided to become friends with her and dive with her. Futaba returns her thanks for everything Hikari’s given her, for giving her the chance to finally find something to love. It’s hard to tell if the show is implying that they’re best friends now, or something more than that. 

THE GOOD

  • Oh my god, the cats…I can’t…it’s too much for my little heart!
  • A nice, sweet ending to this show

THE BAD

  • Nothing wrong this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Handa-Kun (Ep.1)
Handa-Kun (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

For some reason, Kuro High students are running roughshot at the school and are allowed to walk around the grounds? The fake Handa has created an army of Handa clones through makeup. When Kasumi and especially Maiko hear about this, the kill switch has been turned on. Shiro High has shown up as well, why the fuck are all the other schools just allowed to walk in, don’t they have class or something?! When the Kuro High kids and Shiro High kids show up together at the play room, Handa-kun for some reason has it in his head he has to say a line like the play’s actually going on. He shouts at them to stop fighting while the Eraser claims another victim during the chaos. With everything calm again, the end of the festival draws near. Everyone tries to get near Handa-kun, but fail when he looks at them. There’s also awards, the Bishoujo Club winning the Club Award. The class award SHOCKINGLY going to Handa-kun’s class. Handa-kun thinks he’s about to be destroyed on stage, when Takao interjects and offers to take Handa-kun’s burden because they’re friends. People lose their shit and start a riot. However, we finally see that everything Handa-kun’s seen has been in his own head, all the battles all the insults, we’ve been seeing Handa-kun’s twisted perspective. However, Handa-kun says the helmet is for everyone. Then there’s a giant Handa-kun float and both he and Takao are confused as hell. Then the float burns in the fire and the idiots in the Handa Force make it sounds like a good thing that happened. Though we see the next day, Handa-kun at the very least is not holding up his barrier all the time now. 

THE GOOD

  • Certainly far better than the last two episodes
  • Some good jokes in there

THE BAD

  • The show still has a lot of issues to fix in the end, but at the very least this week I found it entertaining again

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.1)
Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

It’s a rainy day. That’s the gist for the first five minutes at least. Then Kaori takes Mizuki’s umbrella without her permission, so it’s an all-in-all bad day so far for her. Lucky for her, Subaru’s still around. Turns out Kaori set the two of them up. Then the next day the worst happens, she finds Subaru confessing his love for her to Maria, however we all know it’s that character on his umbrella and not her. So when they’re alone for a moment in the club room, the truth comes out and Mizuki is beyond pissed. The President was there the whole time and lets her know if she wants to go for it, she’s gonna have to soon before she becomes too busy in her third year. So at the place she cried at before on the bridge, she gets to him again and tells him he’s not allowed to use her first name so easily. Doesn’t matter anyway, the newest episode, he hates the character now because she has a boyfriend. So everything’s back to normal, he’s drawing waifus again.

THE GOOD

  • Mizuki is at tip-top form with her cuteness

THE BAD

  • There’s definitely something very wrong with someone if they’re going to flat out tell someone they’re in love with a 2D character
  • Terrible ending to the series, last week would’ve been a far better way to end the show

Episode Score: 3/5

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Momokuri (Ep.23 & 24)

SYNOPSIS

Winter has arrived, which means Christmas isn’t far behind. However, there’s a worry that Shinya will be doing make-up exams in the winter, so a few of them are studying together to help him out. Also, he’s being made fun of for just allowing Yuki to make a Christmas party with everyone and not the cliche thing of a Christmas date between just the two of them. After a classic falling on your significant other (except of course Yuki does it to him), we change over to Yuki hanging out with Rio. She notes how Yuki is trying to learn to do all the things she’s bad at as a way to really show her love for Shinya. Sure enough, Shinya fails his exams, so the party is a no go. Not only that, but Yuki’s caught a cold. So Norika secretly invites him over after his exams to surprise Yuki. He gets her a present and it stresses her out more than not only does she not have a present for him, but the party never happened either. He nearly ends up kissing her while she’s asleep but that’s put a stop to as well. 

THE GOOD

  • Yuki was really at her cutest this week
  • Shinya is at least trying to grow a pair it seems

THE BAD

  • It’s kind of disappointing how they’ve just dropped Rio’s storyline with how she feels about Shinya too

Episode Score: 4/5

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Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)
The Morose Mononokean (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Seeing the Legislator, Itsuki tells him that he released one of his employees, Hanae. The Legislator notes after hearing why, he’s perplexed as to how that’s the only reason he’s letting Hanae go, especially when Itsuki told him initially that he’d have to make a rule to force him to fire Hanae. Finally, he comes clean, saying that Hanae’s gotten too emotionally invested with yokai, but the Legislator knows that he’s doing this because of his own experiences over his time working with yokai, so there’s a hidden story with Itsuki we don’t know about. Shizuku calls asking for Itsuki and it sounds urgent, but we’re back with Hanae now who’s starting to settle in with his friends in the Photography Club. Along his way home, he runs into Zenko who knows what’s happened with him, as Yahiko spilled the beans. She tries to get Hanae’s sight back by having him get bit by Yahiko, which is how she got her ability to see yokai. At her house, her father’s suddenly interested in him, because of his exorcism abilities, or at least the abilities he thinks Hanae has. Zenko finally pulls him outside where Yahiko is still mad at him for throwing a shoe at him. However, he doesn’t even feel the bite and nothing changes. Back with Itsuki, Shizuku tells him there’s someone at the store who wants to see him and it’s Big Boss Scree!!! They all ask him about Hanae and Shizuku is told to leave so Koura can properly talk with him about what’s happened with Hanae. They want to help him, but Itsuki doesn’t intend to do anything, which pisses Scree off so he takes it upon himself to find the yokai who borrowed Hanae’s sight. Reluctantly he accepts them to help, regardless of his feelings. We see the little ones visiting all the prior exorcised yokai from the season, but nothing turns up for a while. Meanwhile, Itsuki is pissed off because he believes asking yokai to help him makes him pathetic, as he’s supposed to be helping yokai, not the reverse. Scree returns having found the yokai, takes to Nobuo, the scarecrow yokai. The others have joined them too. Finding Tomori again, Itsuki talks with her and she notes that had she known this would happen, she wouldn’t have accepted Hanae’s offer, as every other time this happened, at most the sight was back after a few days. She also thinks there’s a risk Hanae either has or will soon lose his sight permanently. Itsuki’s about to return home when he suddenly gets an idea. Hanae meanwhile leaves Zenko and she doesn’t tell him that Fuzzy’s been with him the whole time, not wanting him to hurt even further.

THE GOOD

  • A very strong emotional episode
  • Itsuki’s finally not being so much of a douche anymore
  • BIG BOSS SCREE!!!

THE BAD

  • The Legislator really feels useless to me

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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New Game! (Ep.1)
New Game! (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Damn and blast! It’s winter time, swimsuits are so not happening in this last episode, are they? The girls are all meeting up together to see the game’s launch at a major store. Turns out, Hifumi and Hajime are in line, wanting the extra goods, only the higher-ups in the company getting them, or at least they used to, so Kou runs to get in line along with everyone else. They’re all enjoying the looks on everyone’s faces when they leave with their own copy. Hajime and Nene also worked together to get all the goods from other stores. Nene however spills some beans and they gotta run out of there, but it’s too late as it’s already spreading on the internet. Luckily though, it ended up being people who got early copies, but Umiko shows up to give Nene shit anyways. Umiko also gets Kou back by dropping the magazine with Kou’s cute picture (that I hate) in it. Now at a release party with the company, Kou’s on hosting duty but forgets her lines, while the girls cheer her on to just be normal already. She gives a nice little speech and then others come up themselves. Aoba has to help Hifumi get an autograph with one of the voice actors and Hifumi is as adorable as she always is. Aoba however has someone else she wants an autograph from, of course it’ll be Kou. But first, Shizuku butts in to tell Kou she plans on making her the new Art Director and bumping Rin up to co-producing the next game. Kou very upset because Rin never said anything and now she’s worried no one will follow her. Back at the party, there’s a lottery going on and Nene wins the third prize, which of course is a model assault rifle from Umiko’s collection. She also learns that she won’t be debugging anymore as they’ll be hiring a professional team next time, but Umiko does give her a business card so they can speak whenever. Kou suddenly walks out for a moment and Shizuku reveals that Kou once was an AD for Fairies Story 2 and it was a tough ride for her, as she was a little too strict with everyone and hated herself for being that way. Aoba runs out to see her and finally asks for Kou to autograph her copy of Fairies 3, but also to thank her for everything. Kou tears up a little before they return to the party. 

THE GOOD

  • Hifumi still in tip top shape with her cute game

THE BAD

  • I was actually extremely underwhelmed by this finale, for a show I loved so much, it did not end as well as I had hoped
  • For a show that was mostly comedy, the ending was a little too emotional
  • I really want there to be a second season, but odds are that it won’t have one, so that’s depressing

Episode Score: 3.5/5 

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Qualidea Code (Ep.1)
Qualidea Code (Ep.11) 

SYNOPSIS

It appears the Unknown are deciding to throw whatever they have left at the humans, one big final battle is ahead. Airi and Gutoku are suddenly killing their own (the Unknown) and Airi intends to close the gate forever between the two worlds, perhaps killing herself in the process. Aoi however believes that after being with those two for so long, the idea of the two races never co-existing seems like an ignorant opinion. During the attack, Asuha and Kasumi’s mother takes a hit. Asuha finally accepts her as her mother, though she notes it’ll still take some time before she can adjust to having a Mommy’s Little Girl kind of relationship with her. Alone with Hotaru, Maihime notes she doesn’t just want to protect her friends, she wants to save the world, including the Unknown as best she can, wanting to stop the needless fighting and death. The kids all get together afterwards to fight on their own terms. Kasumi demands Canaria and Ichiya join them, to help them go after Airi and Gutoku. When he doesn’t want to help, Kasumi pulls the “Look good for Canaria” card on him. So for the first time since the swimsuit episode, all six are working together again. Their goal is to reach the area where all the kids are still in cold sleep, save them and then deal with Airi and Gutoku after that. Along the way, they see the trail of bodies the two left on their way. Maihime and Hotaru reach the cold sleep factory, while the kids find Gutoku, yet he still looks human, revealing he always was human. I’m willing to bet Airi however is not and the two fell in love over time. Lastly, Maihime and Hotaru are approached by a single Unknown monster, but we’re unsure if that’s Airi or something else entirely. 

THE GOOD

  • Character development! Thank you!
  • Thankfully, they’re not treating the Unknown like they’re just death machines, they have emotions too
  • Gutoku being human all this time is a fantastic twist and tells the co-existence story perfectly, hopefully we get more backstory on this in the final episode

THE BAD

  • Don’t really have anything bad to say this week, it was a great episode

Episode Score: 5/5

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Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.1)
Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Dojima’s sending the Magician of Legumes (Kojirou) a student to help him with his new restaurant opening and if he’s going to get one he wants it to be an Autumn Elections finalist. Be careful what you wish for. Enter Soma-kun! However, Kojirou actually grins to this and doesn’t get upset. Soma realizes the challenge now, leaving a mark on a super-tough chef’s restaurant. Right off the bat though, he’s doing cleanup and construction work, the restaurant not even finished yet. The head chef already hates Soma because he’s immediately friendly with Kojirou. The rest of the staff note he’s really mellowed out since returning to Japan. Kojirou asks Soma why he picked his restaurant for the Stagiare, when picking a small local place would be easier. Soma responds with the simple answer: I want to find and create my specialty, clearly knowing he needs to be around the best of the best to find what that is. The get to eat some of his food too, which turns the girls into magical girls AND THEN removes their clothes. However, Soma watches as Kojirou isn’t remotely impressed with his own dish and then watches him further as he prepares to challenge Soma to his limits. With a pre-open (private testing of the menu and staff) ready to go, Soma’s all ready to go as well. But upon the first meal, the completely different tension in the kitchen throws Soma off. Also, the workload is far more than he’s ever taken on before. He has to now worry about not falling behind just to catch up himself, he’s got other workers to worry about. But it doesn’t phase him, his intent is to be considered a member of the staff by the end of the pre-open period. At night instead of sleeping, Soma starts working on Kojirou’s menu, trying to find his own ways to keep up with the dishes he has to prepare. For more help, he does all the prep work himself just so he has the time to ask the other chefs how they do things as fast as they do. Everyone’s shocked by how unphased he’s been the entire week, berating every day but acting like nothing’s happened the next. The experience for him is helping him master his technique. It gets to the point that Kojirou allows him to start finishing dishes himself instead of just prepping everything. Kojirou all this time as well never gave him a single piece of advice, noting that after challenging him to a Shokugeki last season, Soma wouldn’t fail something like the Stagiare with the gumption and potential he has. To finish his final day, there’s a dish competition at the restaurant, and Soma wants in, to leave his mark. 

THE GOOD

  • Once again, this is the anime I remember falling in love with last season
  • It’s nice seeing a lot of referencing to last season’s event, like the Shokugeki with Kojirou

THE BAD

  • I’ve honestly got nothing bad to say again this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)
Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Kotori and Shinobu are shopping together when she spots Kouhei and Tsumugi in the distance looking really sad and remembers when she first heard he lost his wife. Back at home, Kouhei’s tired so he asks Tsumugi if they should eat out, so they head out. They stop at an okonomiyaki place, but she gets bratty when she discovers she doesn’t get to mix to food herself and starts having a temper tantrum. The next day, Kotori tells him that her Mom’s going to be free next week and wants to join their next session. Then he tells her about the fight two had at the restaurant, so naturally the only option is to make their own okonomiyaki at the next session. After school, Tsumugi keeps hammering it home that she’s mad at her Dad, but once she hears what the next session will be like, she’s excited. But upon getting there, Kotori’s pissed off, cause her Mom left for work again. Yagi’s also there, but tries to leave when he knows her Mom’s not there, aware he’ll be stuck at Cooking School again. Alone with Kotori for a moment since Tsumugi’s intentionally bugging Yagi, he asks about her mother and Kotori’s just upset cause her mother didn’t really tell her till the very end, so she feels like she’s not that important to her. But during the conversation, Tsumugi gets out of hand and has to get scolded, so he finally has a real father to daughter talk with her, about how he has to scold her but doesn’t want to, so he wants her to do her best to not make him scold her but at the same time promises to do his best to scold her properly too so neither of them leave hurt. Finally they finish the meal and suddenly Kotori’s mother shows up and thus begins the bow train between her and Kouhei. They eat and Tsumugi doesn’t understand why it’s so much better than the restaurant, to which Kotori’s mother says it’s because it’s filled with Kouhei’s affection for her. She wants to keep eating food from him now because of it. 

THE GOOD

  • A sweet ending to the series
  • It was also nice to see Kotori’s mom finally

THE BAD

  • I’m sorry, I know she’s a little girl, but holy hell she started freaking out at the restaurant because of that?!
  • I’m very upset that the show never even bothers to try and have Kotori overcome her own fears when cooking, aka using a knife

Episode Score: 4/5

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Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)
Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Aryabhata is completely dominating him to the point his powers are being overused. It also turns out Wiseman was using him to feed him to Aryabhata as well. His wounds are too bad and Souha offers to hold her off so they can get him out, but Bluesy stays behind as well, telling Tom to get Justice out. But again, she overpowers them, however Bluesy does manage to land a hit on her while losing her mechanical arm. That only pisses Aryabhata off further and suddenly she gets serious, causing a massive explosion. Sanders intends to detonate the nuke, a suicide bomb and hits the button, but nothing happens. Justice then drops out of the helicopter to go after Bluesy, not wanting to lose another person. He tries to sacrifice himself to the beast to stop what he can, but it doesn’t work either and Wiseman suddenly activates something that envelops him in a new beast. He notes that Aryabhata made two mistakes, the first is that she thought that Sealed only consumes those after they’re burned out their power and the second was that she formed a link with Justice when she kissed him. So it’s a battle of the beasts now. By the power of…justice? Justice overcomes everything and in the end defeats Aryabhata, along with some other crap that really doesn’t matter like the oldest “sister” sacrificing herself to keep the others from feeling pain, blah blah blah, good guy wins somehow. Also, Souha somehow survived, that’s what’s really important. Then Season 2 preview stuff, blah blah blah. I’m not planning on watching the second season of this.

THE GOOD

  • I got to see Iltutmish’s butt one more time, that’s the only positive I’ve got beyond Souha surviving

THE BAD

  • The beast battle may have been one of the dumber looking things I watched this season
  • The dumbest most anti-climatic season ending I’ve seen in quite some time
  • They do a horrible job convincing you to watch Season 2, unless you think this show was a 10/10 show, there’s not much to be interested in

Episode Score: 2/5

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Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)
Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.12)

SYNOPSIS

Alisha and the gang are all headed to where the war is about to start at. Alisha is aware she and her force will be far outnumbered and a soldier returns to relay that they’re outnumbered 20,000 to about 1,200. She and Sorey talk at night, both unable to sleep. He also talks with Mikleo, both noting about how it seems not long ago they were home in Elysium. When they get there, the battle’s already started, Alisha will be heading to convince one side to stop fighting, while Sorey heads straight into the battleground. The malevolence is forming immediately, the souls of the dead turning into Hellions. Alisha and Rose separate from the group to stop the general but he refuses and tells his soldiers to capture her and Rose. Back with Sorey, the malevolence is hitting him hard as he continues on, while Rose and Alisha are dealing with their own fight, but while trying to keep Rose from killing the soldiers, Alisha is stabbed in the back. After purifying the battlefield, he senses something wrong and runs off, finding another battlefield. Rose snaps and somehow force pushes everyone away, but Alisha realizes what’s actually happening, there’s a Seraphim with them. And the episode ends with Sorey being confronted by a human hellion, which he calls the “Lord of Calamity”.

THE GOOD

  • I like the new archer girl, Ian, she’s adorable and a badass!
  • The stakes have been raised significantly now

THE BAD

  • HOW DARE YOU STAB ALISHA! I’LL FUCKING KILL YOU!!!

Episode Score: 4/5

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Week #11 – Summer Anime 2016

Week #11 has arrived with this Summer 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!

Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (Ep.1)
Alderamin on the Sky (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

The new rival for Ikta is aware that someone else is pulling the strings now with these plans, aware that the fat General couldn’t think of something like this. Chamille wakes up and hears that the Aldera army is coming to attack them and she worries about Ikta, who hasn’t returned in over a month. Ikta now says it’s time to fight, knowing that there’s a small path that a small number of soldiers could strike them from behind from. So fighting them now will prevent the opposing forces to think about flanking them when they’re already on the attack. His plan is to pin the enemy down to a fixed location for at least a week. At this point, all seems lost, it’s 12,000 against under 1,000 in Ikta’s mind. The first battle starts and while they take down some enemies, they see that the first wave was a suicide wave to put up walls for them to use and shield themselves. Yatori and Nanaku want to be sent out to be in close-range combat and start taking down the walls. During this fight, Nanaku goes too far and they’re attacked by long-range guns. She survives, but now they’re in trouble already and Ikta has a tough decision to make, the safe route which will sacrifice the Sinack or keep fighting. In the end he chooses the honourable route and they start attacking head on and recover the wounded they can before retreating further back. Suya sees the end result, many dying later on and wants to go tell Ikta, but he’s gone off on his own for a moment. Suya leaves to find him along with Haroma and they find him with Nanaku and he’s told the numbers of losses. Suwa’s upset because he doesn’t say anything in response to those who died, since it was due to them saving the Sinack and blames Nanaku for their deaths. She doesn’t want to accept a friend of hers died because they tried to save people they were just fighting days ago. Yatori arrives to tell her that if anyone’s to blame, it’s herself because Ikta knew she would go and save the Sinack, so he gave the order with confidence. Lastly, Suya should be prepared to take orders than conflict with her values. So she asks Yatori if she’d kill Ikta if told to, which gets an immediate yes. Ikta however does take the hit, that she should be allowed to hate him for this. He also asks Yatori how he’ll kill him, which almost gives it away that it’s going to happen, not necessarily this season mind you.

THE GOOD

  • More reality checks in war, both in loss and sacrificing lives for the right decision
  • Seeing emotions like this from many characters really gives the show even more life

THE BAD

  • I’m trying to figure out how this ends in two episodes, realistically it shouldn’t even be close to over for a while

Episode Score: 4/5

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Amanchu! (Ep.1)
Amanchu! (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

The big open-water course is two days from now, so the kids have the weekend to prepare. Futaba notes her desire to ensure that during this process, she doesn’t hold anyone back. After following Cha around for a while, Futaba gets all blushy with her, wanting to essentially do something with Hikari that neither have them have done before, though they’re both unsure what that’s going to be, so they just walk on a road they’ve never gone on before, seeing new sights. Then they see a bird attacking a little kitten and they save it. They decide to wait a while and see if its mother shows up, but when nothing happens and it’s looking hungry, they go shopping so they can feed it and take it to Hikari’s grandmother’s. The problem now is Hikari’s mother is allergic to cats and Futaba’s apartment doesn’t allow animals. She does take it in just until they can find a home for it. They take it to school and leave her in the club room until their next break. Mato catches on and asks them about what they’ll do if no one can take the kitten and the responsibilities they’ll have to face with this situation. Futaba’s upset though because while even she has someone, if they leave the kitten, it’ll be all alone. She wants to do with the kitten what Hikari’s done for her. In the end, Hikari convinces her mother to let her take the cat in until someone takes the kitten, that way it at least has a home where there’s no risk of it getting kicked out. As it turns out, Cha is actually the principal’s pet and is named Aria, he overhears their conversation and after seeing the kitten interact with Aria, he wants to take the kitten in. With that all taken care of, tomorrow comes around and it’s course time. The two cats are also there, Hikari naming the little one Ohime in reference to the word ‘Hime’ which is Princess in Japanese.

THE GOOD

  • Oh my god the happy tears in this episode!
  • Despite the weird designs of the cats in this show, the sounds this kitten made were just too cute!

THE BAD

  • Watching an episode like this when it gets real for a moment always depresses me

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Handa-Kun (Ep.1)
Handa-Kun (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

There’s a Culture Festival going on at the school, but the president wants to rename it the Handa Festival, but they end up naming it the Seishu Festival, as that’s Handa-kun’s pseudonym. Handa-kun’s class go through several unoriginal and several ridiculously stupid ideas. They leave three options for him to pick, a calligraphy class, Romeo & Juliet, or a maid cafe. By accident, he picks the maid cafe and runs off. The president catches him and also ask him to write the signs for the entire festival. He returns to the class to set things right, but upon returning he finds out they change ideas and mixed everything together into a Romeo & Juliet Cafe…with no calligraphy class. The entire class pretty much prevents Handa-kun from doing anything at all, which puts him off. On the day of the festival, the cafe goes absolutely ridiculously terribly. Kasumi as the narrator’s pretty sweet though. Handa-kun is casted as Elizabeth I and Taiko can only stare in shock as he bears witness to all this before Handa-kun makes up a random line to leave the room. 

THE GOOD

  • Well…Kasumi was in it…

THE BAD

  • So much was bad, I was bored as hell, none of the jokes were funny and having Handa-kun come out looking ridiculous as Queen Elizabeth still didn’t elicit any reaction other than “Ngh…”
  • I’d drop the show, but there’s only one episode left so it doesn’t serve much purpose at this point

Episode Score: 2/5


Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.1)
Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

It’s Culture Festival time at the school! Upon learning that the Art Club usually doesn’t do anything at the festival, Yumeko takes it upon herself to find something for them to do. She’s been collecting tin cans so they can make “tin can art” and while Mizuki’s interested, Subaru’s really not interested, but gets roped into it anyway. They end up making a model of a tube of paint, but the process is really mundane and it drives the President to a forced nap. But because of a misunderstanding (since Maria can’t just speak normally to anyone), a teacher thinks all the boxes of cans were to be thrown out and it’s done, so they have nothing now. The president gets the idea to replace them with supermarket cans after selling them to students. Then the douchebag artist suddenly shows up and challenges Subaru to a drinking contest which ends terribly. Everyone shows up, even Moeka to get a cold drink and replenish their can collection. In the end, they manage to accomplish the piece and it ends with a photo montage of the festival.

THE GOOD

  • Colette was actually bearable this week, not only that but she also fell on her ass and got bonked on the head, which was great
  • It’s nice seeing the whole cast coming together for an episode finally

THE BAD

  • This feels like it should’ve been the last episode, but there’s one more left. How do you end the series better than this?

Episode Score: 4/5

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Momokuri (Ep.21 & 22)

SYNOPSIS

It appears that nothing’s really changed since Yuki revealed she collects things Shinya touched, but she’s still fretting about it. They go to an arcade together and clearly Shinya’s changed, teasing her and joking around a little bit, something he’d never do before this. He’s also being very forward too. He wins a stuffed animal for her and she brings up the collecting again. Shinya reveals however (since he’s a dumbass) that he’s not sure what she actually meant by that and just rubs the stuffed animal on his face for her. He also admits that he thinks about her a lot and thinks that’s weird (again, dumbass). Back at school, the teasing continues now that Shinya’s finally “growing up” and calling Yuki by her first name, among other things. To thank him for the arcade, Yuki actually makes him a boxed lunch (and has several band-aids on). He is noting that Yuki is a bit weird now and is strangely aware of things he likes regardless of the fact he isn’t telling her these things. Later on, he sees Yuki around another guy and gets super jealous (even though it clearly looks like nothing to worry about). There’s a little more hinting at Yuzuki and Shouta’s relationship forming as well. As we see, the boy she was talking to what just giving her more information, in exchange for cute pictures of his sister (I really hope that’s not incest flagging!). When he goes to brush a spider web out of her hair, Shinya sees this and snaps on him and runs off with her. He notes that friends shouldn’t just touch each other’s hair, but Yuki immediately brings up how his friends pat him on the head all the time. So she “evens” things out and pats him on the head. 

THE GOOD

  • It’s nice to see both of them making efforts to do something for each other, especially Shinya

THE BAD

  • Holy crap these two are the dumbest couple I’ve ever seen!
  • Creepy older brother…

Episode Score: 4/5

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Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)
The Morose Mononokean (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

With everything back to normal, Fuzzy is a normal size again, but Zenko’s dad suddenly shows up, pissed off as hell but hurts his back, because Yahiko is being a prick. After Hanae solves it, her dad starts to wonder if he’s a healer or something. Back at the Mononokean, they’re suddenly approached by a God in the human world, needing their help visiting another yokai who wants to be exorcised. This yokai also can’t see, so when visiting her, Hanae offers her an opportunity to see the world once more before being exorcised, by taking his sight temporarily, only his yokai sight though. Because of this, Itsuki sends him home, since he can’t see anyone. Hanae goes home, overly depressed about not being able to see Fuzzy after only minutes. However, it appears that his yokai sight is not coming back. After five days, Itsuki tells him to quit, since he’s of no use to him anymore. Hanae snaps and whips a shoe at him (and hits Yahiko, not that he knows) and claims he’ll be back. Itsuki goes to the underworld to see Koura for more medicine and we hear Big Boss Scree is doing really well and misses them. Itsuki also asks where the Legislator is and goes to pay him a visit, while even hearing Hanae’s name gets to him.  

THE GOOD

  • Yahiko getting hit in the face with a shoe was priceless
  • I’m glad the major conflict towards the end of this show isn’t a badass yokai, but in fact Hanae, who is the central focus here

THE BAD

  • While we now have a major conflict going on, the episode was still rather boring in its execution for the first half

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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New Game! (Ep.1)
New Game! (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Eagle Jump is preparing for a game exhibit where the first footage of Fairies Story 3 will be released to the press. However images have leaked out on the internet, so the team’s slightly depressed about that. Kou sends the three girls (Hifumi’s already there) out to the exhibit. While there, the three try to find Hifumi, but as it turns out, she’s cosplaying on the show floor. While seeing their work up on the screen for the first time, they get all emotional, their first game to be released to the public. Another day comes and Aoba’s suit is still at the dry cleaners, so she freaks out trying to pick out an outfit that isn’t her normal suit. At work, Kou tells Aoba her art of Sophia will be in a magazine, so it’s her first time getting her work published. Also, the company is getting interviewed about the game, so Rin dresses up etra nicely and even brings Kou a change of clothes, which sets her off, but in turn pisses Rin off too cause she picked it out. Kou tries to use privacy as a way to escape, but Rin covered that too and catches her trying to get away. Kou notes she doesn’t like looking fancy and prefers looking more boyish. She gets suckered into changing though and I agree with her, her charm is gone now. Another day, and tomorrow’s the development deadline. Umiko’s clearly getting stressed now with any bugs that crop up, snapping a bit when Nene points out a game freeze. She and Aoba get sent out to buy food and energy drinks for the programming team, since they’ll be staying late. Nene is also on her last day. They piss Umiko off further by getting her a really strong energy drink and also get the wrong kind of receipt for it. But when she tries it, it wakes her the fuck up. Late at night, Kou talks with Aoba and notes how surprised she is that Aoba fit in so quickly, noting as well that herself, it took a while to settle in. With everyone together, Rin tells Nene that even though she’s done working with the company, she’s welcome to visit on occasion, so long as they’re not busy. 

THE GOOD

  • The trailer for the game looked very authentic. The animation style was similar to most JRPGs…AND THERE WAS NO GAMEPLAY!!! Full realism there!

THE BAD

  • Nene’s crying like a tiny child was not that entertaining
  • (Potentially Bad) If the last episode isn’t swimsuit-related, I’m gonna be very disappointed with the show!

Episode Score: 4/5 

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Qualidea Code (Ep.1)
Qualidea Code (Ep.10) 

SYNOPSIS

So the Unknown all this time have been helicopters and other military vehicles. All six are now on the good side and Aoi as well has been adjusted. So to explain everything, is Asuha and Kasumi’s mother?! After a big hug, the true Unknown are the ones who took all the kids and are making them believe that the humans are the Unknown. 30 years ago, after the first Unknown attacks, all the kids were put into cold sleep and the Unknown started finding their pods and implanted them with those barcodes on their neck that made their minds flip everything backwards. We see the two officers talking, while Airi believes that what’s starting to happen with the kids being brought back to the right side, it’s what she hoped would happen one day. Canaria alone with Ichiya explains she made it past a no-entry zone where the barrier ended and her vision suddenly changed and is also the reason for the air attack as with help she destroyed the entire barrier. Ichiya however has no idea what to do now, his entire world being flipped upside down. Aoi is having second thoughts about killing all the real Unknown now, especially when the kids aren’t doing anything now. The information Kasumi found reveals that if they destroy a set of dimensional portals, it will prevent further Unknown from ever showing up again. The real Unknown launch a full-scale attack at them and the kids all go to help, regardless of that they aren’t needed, or at least that’s what they’re told. During this, Ichiya ends up saving Kasumi and they all set out to aid in the attack.

THE GOOD

  • This show has gotten so much better since the reveal
  • The characters are all developing further now instead of being boring (except for Maihime, of course)

THE BAD

  • Why the hell couldn’t have they sped this up a couple episodes?!

Episode Score: 4.5/5 

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Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.1)
Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Jun tells the three about the Stagiare program, which is like I figured an internship so to speak. Not only that but a passing grade isn’t just doing well, but leaving a visible mark after leaving. The first task Soma gets has him paired with someone…naturally it’s Hisako, Erina’s aide. The place they’re going to is a small restaurant but apparently has the worst customers I’ve ever seen. The owner is also an idiot, so that doesn’t help. Hisako’s on a downer after losing to Akira and refuses to have herself around Erina anymore. Turns out the restaurant is unique because they get people from the train and catching another, so the need for speed is in high gear. Hisako is freaking out but Soma is calm and collected with his diner experience. Hisako gets beyond upset with Soma giving her orders but holds her ground and gives it her all, wanting to become better so she can bring herself to be around Erina again. Bad luck for Megumi, she’s with Erina and she’s being a cunt, as expected. Soma notes after the third day, that he doesn’t feel like they’re leaving a visible mark yet. He tells Hisako that he’s sure she doesn’t think the restaurant is where she wants it either and that it needs a change. She finally realizes that the second they leave, things will return back to normal, so they need to fix things up so they stay positive in the future. So they change the restaurant to be for reservations only, to avoid having customers that come in and never get served as they’re catching a train. Megumi and Erina also find their ways as well, improving the menu. They all pass and are to receive their next locations tomorrow. Erina giving Megumi a lift notes how amazing it is that Megumi’s been so under the radar. When she reveals Soma’s a big part of it, Erina gets all upset. Turns out as well, Erina’s worried sick about Hisako, so the bitch actually has a little bit of a heart it seems. Hisako admits as well to Soma that she’s gotten complacent and just assumed that by being next to Erina, she would get the better of most. He calms her down and gets her to return with an extra reason, having a bunch of those manga given to her. Soma as well knows he has to get away from being better than his father and just being a better cook with his own style.

THE GOOD

  • THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING 11 EPISODES FOR!!!
  • By having the show finally away from the school, it allowed for more characters to really flesh out their personalities, especially Hisako
  • Knowing both Hisako and Erina aren’t always bitchy, it’s a breath of fresh air

THE BAD

  • Why wasn’t this starting around Episode 6 or 7?!

Episode Score: 5/5

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Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)
Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

The preschool is doing a play and a bitch girl makes Tsumugi feel weird cause she wants to play the pink stuffed animal. At the high school, Kotori overhears that their class is doing a crepe stand for some festival and that triggers the next cooking idea! The rest of her class also put a ton of pressure on her to come up with a different kind of crepe to make, something unique. She gets a fire in her eyes thinking about it. In that class, Kouhei also realizes that Tsumugi’s never had a crepe before. So together, the two of them decide to bring Tsumugi to a crepe taste testing session, so she gets to try crepes and Kotori can figure out a crepe for her class. But when he tells Tsumugi, she’s clearly fussy after what happened at school. But things aren’t much better the next day at class, the girl still being bitchy for whatever reason. But it’s still crepe time and the whole gang’s there as well, Yagi and Shinobu joining them. Yagi gets impatient as Kotori and Kouhei are learning, but Shinobu stays on him to make sure they’re getting learning time in. But Tsumugi’s still a little upset, annoyed that Kouhei talks about food a lot and not about girls, which brings up the idea that maybe it’s not just because of the problems she’s having at school, but it’s very possible that Kouhei hasn’t even entertained the idea of dating another woman. But after Yagi and the others set her straight, she relaxes. Then they all finish the crepes, sweet potato crepes to be exact. However upon hearing that Kotori’s friends wanted to know her opinions on a crepe, Tsumugi gets sad as her friends don’t care about what she likes. But again, Kouhei settles her down and shows her a costume he’s making of Mr. Galigali, so that when she dresses up tomorrow, everyone’s curious about the costume. Then at the festival, Kotori gets dressed up as a witch as well, but the crepes do well, as does Tsumugi’s play.

THE GOOD

  • I want crepes now…
  • Tsumugi as Mr. Galigali is the cutest thing ever

THE BAD

  • I REALLY WANT CREPES RIGHT NOW!!! >_<

Episode Score: 4/5

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Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)
Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Greeted by Kar underground, Justice faces his first major match at the end here. As the three battles rage on, the amount of sexual innuendo is almost painful. Bluesy manages to knock Iltutmish out of Lisa, while Lurker kills one of Bluesy’s friends before she shoots him in the head with a venomous bullet and kicks him in the balls for good measure. Meanwhile, the crazy needle girl tries to force the fourth wall breaker dude to die while killing her as well, but before he can, Bluesy kicks the pretty much dead corpse of Lurker into her to finish her off. That just leaves Justice and Kar at this point and he’s still losing handily. However upon hearing that when Aryabhata succeeds, she’ll completely change into someone else, Justice now understands why some of the “sisters” oppose this, because she would no longer be Aryabhata. Kar, ready for one final attack strikes but Justice somehow manages to get away and strike her right in the stomach, presumably knocking her out, since he doesn’t believe in killing. However, he’s too late as Aryabhata has seemingly finished her ritual and just needs the two keys, Justice is carrying. She deals with him very easily in the early going, noting that by becoming a vessel of hatred, he’s weakened his resolve and thus his power has been lessened, also noting that before becoming what he is now, he could’ve beaten her. Getting into the ruins, Bluesy and the others find Sanders who tells them to get moving and help Justice. He reveals after they leave that he has a nuke stored underground there, just in case. 

THE GOOD

  • A great line by Justice to Kar: “If I beat you, don’t fall for me. I’m a kid.”

THE BAD

  • Sure let’s kill off the majority of the remaining cast in one single episode because we forgot we were only a 12 episode series
  • The total sudden change in Justice makes him even more boring than he already was
  • I’m going to miss Needle Girl…

Episode Score: 3/5

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Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)
Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.11)

SYNOPSIS

Back together, Sorey and Mikleo set out to purify Marlind’s water supply, putting the final touches on reverting the town back to normal. They’ve been working on it for three days so far. With the dragon purified, we see Rohan, a Seraphim and the person who was touched by the malevolence and turned into that creature. Alisha joins the Seraphim for lunch, at least able to hear them now. She thanks him and the Seraphim for everything thus far, wishing they could all see each other and live together again. While emergency supplies are coming in, Rose is among them. Seeing Sorey, it’s now time for him to pay back the favour he owes her. Alisha is approached by her master and Shiller, one of her personal riders and is told they’ve been ordered to go to a very dangerous place between their nation and another, the Chancellor wanting to incite a war it seems. However, Lailah tells Sorey not to go when he wants to, that a battlefield is the last place a Shepherd wants to be, the sheer amounts of malevolence could get to him easily. Along the way, they believe to sense a Hellion and investigate to find that it’s a human Hellion. When he strikes at it, he feels something internally, but manages to purify the human. As Lailah says, purifying a human has the Shepherd take the malevolence. So a war battlefield would be beyond dangerous because of that. Sorey visits the grave of the person the human Hellion apparently murdered and puts his sword into the grave to take the malevolence from the dead soul. Alisha then is attacked by more assassins, however after allowing herself to be the first death of this war, they suddenly stop. Not only that, but Alisha demands them to come with her and watch her triumphant stop an entire war. And as it turns out, the leader of this group is in fact, Rose. The Sparrowfeathers are more than just merchants, they are a mercenary group. Alisha tells her that if she in fact dies on the battlefield, that Rose tell everyone that revenge is forbidden, that way malevolence doesn’t carry. 

THE GOOD

  • Alisha carrying the show once again this week

THE BAD

  • I’m confused, what was the point of the Sparrowfeathers attacking Alisha?
  • Very underwhelming episode overall

Episode Score: 3/5

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Week #10 – Summer Anime 2016

Week number ten has arrived with this Summer 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!

Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (Ep.1)
Alderamin on the Sky (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

Oh dear, looks like Ikta and that Sinack girl (Nanaku appears to be her name) knew each other when they were kids. Even worse, it was meant to be some adult escapade, but since they’re kids, they just share a bed. Back in the present back with her seeing the fire in the village, she somehow can’t take out four soldiers alone even though she just gave Yatori a run for her money and the show pulls the potential rape card before Ikta and company show up and put a stop to things. He punches the one guard and points a crossbow at the other two, having Yatori free Nana. The war appears to be over, pretty much all the Sinack warriors are dead, but Ikta knows it’s not over, that there’s the “Kala Karm”, those hooded figures that killed the big man, apparently from Kioka. He notes that the Sinack were using guerrilla warfare tactics, something they should not have known. Suddenly an Aldera force show up and tell the commander that they violated a ton of laws in the region. Freaking out, they send Ikta’s team to chase them down and stop them, but there’s a ton of them, invading on behalf of God. Oh dear, it’s time for a holy war. Ikta puts it together that Kioka convinced the Sinack to start a war and in turn cause Aldera to also get involved, weakening the Empire even further for a full Kioka invasion later on. So planning to delay the Aldera long enough to have the main force retreat, Ikta approaches Nana to try and convince her to have the Sinack help them. Nana’s not taking this nicely, but Ikta does apologize for the slaughtering of civilians but not the casualties of battle. So to apologize, Ikta’s willing to cut off a finger, something the Sinack do to apologize, reminding that was a story she told him when they were kids. So Nana realizes who Ikta is now and is in shock by this revelation. He has three favours to ask of her, one, to accept his apology, two, to is to have the remaining Sinack who can fight help them repel the Aldera force and cuts his finger further to make it worth while in the eyes of the Sinack. He also guarantees them a safe place to live after it’s all over. Finally the third favour, is just so he can keep calling her Nana. So they’ll have an additional 800 men for the battle. The captain promotes Ikta and Yatori as first lieutenants, but Matthew, Haroma and Torway are made second lieutenants. He also tells Matthew and Haroma their units will be retreating and not repelling the Aldera. Matthew however takes this badly, upset that Ikta’s selfishly sacrificing himself while sending others back, Haroma agreeing and they both demand to fight with them. Ikta’s plan is to burn the forest down that the Aldera will have to pass through and it appears to work for the time being, giving them a little more time to plan. But the Aldera immediately start burning their end of the forest so it spreads faster and gives them less time before it all burns down. And now Ikta has a rival, while he’s the lazy one, this Kioka officer, Jean, never sleeps. 

THE GOOD

  • Ikta finally has a rival

THE BAD

  • Potential rape and/or sexual assault, not cool

Episode Score: 4/5

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Amanchu! (Ep.1)
Amanchu! (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

Apparently on weekends, Ai is lazy as fuck. So when the girls suddenly show up at her place, she’s slow to wake up as she forces herself out of bed to hang out with them. They go shopping so Futaba can get her first logbook, as her pool course starts the next week. They each end up getting one of the same series but with a different colour, so they’re all linked together. Then the get stopped at the swimsuit store. Oh dear. Ai knows she’ll drop a ton of money, so she tries to stop herself, but Hikari pushes them all in. After getting jealous of Ai’s big boobs, they all manage to buy a swimsuit for themselves and that’s their shopping trip. Futaba notes to herself that there’s something she has to tell Hikari, but is afraid to do so. What could possibly be happening? But before they leave for the bus, Hikari suggests they go to the ocean and swim at her grandmother’s diving place. They have a blast but her grandmother notices something very wrong with Futaba and talks with her, noting she hasn’t brought her phone out during all that. Futaba’s bothered by how after all that’s happened, there’s really nothing she can think of to do in order to repay Hikari. But her grandmother notes that there’s no reason for her to think she owes her anything. Finally later on, she opens up to Hikari and says what she was worried about saying to her…that she’s worried that even if she passes the course and gets her license, she’s not going to be able to be her diving buddy and keep Hikari safe, like she’ll do for her. Hikari calms her down and tells her that’s it okay to be a little lost and they’ll overcome it together. She passes her test and now it’ll be time for her ocean training. 

THE GOOD

  • Ai has the best style of all the girls outside of school, by a fucking landslide!
  • And then she also wins the swimsuit contest, again by a landslide
  • It’s nice to see Futaba actually saying things instead of being a shy introvert all episode

THE BAD

  • Futaba’s choice for a swimsuit may have been the worst I’ve ever seen, it’s basically looks like a sundress

Episode Score: 4/5

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Handa-Kun (Ep.1)
Handa-Kun (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

We’re getting a little Yukio this week, spending time with him as a normal guy when suddenly there’s a love letter on his desk. Akane thinks it’s a trap but Junichi after seeing the name on the letter notes that she’s as average as it gets, so it’s a perfect match for Yukio. Everyone however is looking at him, so he thinks they’re all jealous and envious of him. But then when he meets the girl, she simply tells him to leave the Handa Force, because he’s too average. He’s crushed by this and runs off. He meets Handa-kun along the way and gives him a pressed flower card that he had that originally read “how you feel” on it, but after smudging, it somehow turned into “you fool”, so Handa-kun still thinks he’s being bullied all the time. Moving on, we’re now watching the Bishoujo Club as Junichi is eliminating them due to the fact the school doesn’t want to spend funds on a club that is a personal taste. Though he suggests they make a manga with Handa-kun in it, the club refuses to make a manga with a male main character. However when they come up with the idea to genderswap Handa-kun to turn him into a Bishoujo, they go for it. So in order to get the best character, one character tries to interview him by seducing him with a figure (not kidding) and it backfires in the usual way where Handa-kun accidentally makes them turn over a new leaf. The three members fight each other over what Handa-chan should be before the Chief’s drawing of the morally good Handa-chan blows them away. However they throw the copies on top of the recycled paper and it gets thrown out by Handa-kun, without knowing. Seeing what happened, Handa-kun saves the day and gets the copies back before they’re driven away. But when he sees one of the more perverse ones that were drawn, he’s at a loss for…anything.

THE GOOD

  • There’s real truth to this, a Handa-kun manga would sell like crazy at the school

THE BAD

  • This episode pretty much offered no good jokes this week, at least for me

Episode Score: 2.5/5


Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.1)
Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

For some reason Mizuki and Subaru are being praised for some volunteering or something? Am I forgetting something that happened? Anyways, Mizuki’s preparing for the next competition but when she arrives, the club room is filled with boxes. Apparently Subaru couldn’t find a certain colour and pulled everything out. During the commotion between the two, Sayaka from the Newspaper Club stops by to talk with the two because of the event that they were singled out for. Then another teacher approaches Mizuki and tells her that she should run for student council…for some reason. She clearly is troubled by it and Subaru just tells her to say no, but she just keeps avoiding the subject and runs away from the teacher whenever he tries to talk to her. Then when she’s called to the office, she can’t avoid it now and slowly makes her way over. She arrives to find out the idiot already put in her application for her. Uh…isn’t that illegal? But Subaru comes by suddenly and instead of confronting the teacher he gives Mizuki shit for not doing any work on her competition piece, though it’s meant to get her out of running. Though in the end, it’s also because he can’t find another colour of paint again. In the second sketch, Colette and Subaru are arguing over manga when Yumeko enters and is beyond pissed. Turns out, both of them did horrendously on the last exam. So she has them taking a new exam later and they better do better or else. Mizuki offers to help him study at her place and Colette and the President join them, because Mizuki would pass out the moment she remembered the two of them were alone together. Subaru appears to have some brains while Colette is just a dumbass. When he needs to take a nap, since the couch is taken by the President, Subaru actually ends up sleeping in her bed for a little bit. Even crazier, she actually appears to use the moment to kiss him, but instead actually draw something on his face. Colette is aware of what’s going on, so when it’s time to wake him up, Mizuki makes Colette wake him up after she knows she’s being teased. But of course, Colette actually passed out as well next to him which not only pisses Mizuki off because they both slept but super jealous too. The two of them passed with flying colours this time but are exhausted. In the short third sketch, Kaori is furious about Maria “stealing” Subaru from Mizuki. So she decides to start tailing Maria. She fails miserably and trips and hurts herself and Maria treats the small cut perhaps a little too much, aka full leg bandaging. So when Maria’s super nice to Kaori, she doesn’t know how to react, believing this girl was a nuisance at best. So the next day, she’s now completely turned her opinions around. 

THE GOOD

  • Regardless of his reasoning, Subaru helping out Mizuki brings them closer to what’ll hopefully be at least an admission of each other’s feelings, though given the show it’s likely he’ll be a dunce cap till the very end
  • I actually thought Mizuki actually went for a kiss and I was super shocked and happy about it

THE BAD

  • The first sketch this week was all over the fucking place
  • The third sketch was absolutely pointless and dumb

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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SYNOPSIS

Shinya admits that while he’s proud of his parents for working as hard as they do, he’s really sad that he doesn’t get to spend any time with him, and it seems to be a major part of why he might not be seeing the creepiness of Yuki’s stalker demeanor, because she’s the first person in a long time to devote her full attention to him. At school, we see he’s been stuck with the role of competing in a costume contest for the Culture Festival, so naturally the girls are having fun with the idea of taking a cute boy and dressing him up. Not only that, but Rio’s the female participant in the class, so naturally she’s given the cool role while he’s the cute one. Alone with Yuki, he remembers Rio’s words about her trying to keep distance between them and tests it out and it’s true, but naturally he finds a way to think it’s something else. He also wonders about her ability to get jealous and can’t seem to get her to bite, which frustrates him a bit. On the day of the costume contest, Yuki got access to a camera to take pictures of her own class, but now has a way to take pictures of him in better clarity as well. Sure enough, they come out and Shinya is beyond cuter than Rio and Yuki loses it. Out of nowhere, Shinya snaps at all the thoughts of Rio’s words to him and leaves the stage and grabs Yuki and leads her away. He confronts her and asks why she’s never mad when other girls are interested in him and why she can’t be just a little jealous. She tries to respond after realizing that he really likes her (don’t know why that wasn’t obvious to her…), but he stops her to finally officially confess to her. Once again, Yuki goes beyond nervous now as the person she stalks is actually fulfilling all her inner dreams. Then she just blurts out how she’s been collecting his things and other perverted things. Oh dear.

THE GOOD

  • Shinya finally grew a pair!
  • The show looks like it’s finally about to have some conflict

THE BAD

  • Rio looked dumb in her outfit, like really dumb

Episode Score: 4/5

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Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)
The Morose Mononokean (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

It turns out Yahiko grew way too big and is now stuck, Itsuki noting that usually yokai grow when distresses, but Yahiko claims there’s nothing wrong with him. They trace it to a batch of potatoes and after another smell, Yahiko smells a yokai’s scent from the dirt in the potatoes. The three of them go to her family’s farm to check out the grounds and it’s foul as hell, at least to Hanae and Itsuki, who senses a yokai in the fields. Fuzzy gets in the mud and grows as well, confirming that something’s there. Sure enough in the field, there’s that scarecrow we saw at the end of the last episode. He calls himself Nobou and he’s cheerful as fuck, not having talked to anyone in a long time apparently. Nobou says some mud formed in the ground and since then he gets more and more depressed and is trapped in the ground. When the boys try to get him out, another yokai seems to be around, making it impossible for them all to leave. Itsuki thinking Nobou’s the source however, tries his best to exorcise him but during this, Nobou reveals that his friend, another scarecrow who was “killed” in a grass fire is keeping him in the field. However, Itsuki believes that Nobou is doing this all himself to keep himself in this world so he doesn’t have to confront his friend after watching him burn and not trying to save him. He refuses to exorcise Nobou until he can free himself from his own “world” formed from the smoke. Overcoming his loss, Nobou does manage to leave on his own. With everything back to normal, Itsuki can finally send him to the Underworld.  

THE GOOD

  • Giant Fuzzy, good memories from Episode 1
  • Nobou was actually a very interesting character

THE BAD

  • It’s a shame with the interesting character of Nobou that this episode was just so boring to watch

Episode Score: 3/5

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New Game! (Ep.1)
New Game! (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

Nearly sleeping past her stop, Aoba almost starts off her day in terrible fashion. She notes that while she loves her job, it sucks having to work overtime on the weekends. Kou surprises her from behind and they all buy donuts for everyone…except upon arrival, they find Hifumi who also did the same. Aoba also learns that the part-timers don’t work weekends because they’d get paid more with overtime, which makes her realize being a full-time contracted employee means her wages are fixed, unlike the part-timers. Aoba grabs a box of donuts to bring to Umiko, while she texts Nene about them and makes her super jealous. Hifumi also falls victim to Umiko’s adoration, being as adorable as she is, so Aoba may have an airsoft partner one day. Upon returning, both Hajime and Yun also bought donuts and then Rin and Shizuku do as well. Holy hell I want all these donuts. Yun’s worst nightmare just occured. Back on weekdays, we see Nene and Umiko interact for the first time and it’s basically Nene talking about Aoba after a minor spat about Aoba overworking and Umiko enjoying the company. Aoba meanwhile is struggling, a mixture of stress and sleep deprivation starting to get to her. Aoba and Kou talk about each other’s relationships with Nene and Rin respectively, how their respective friend gives them hell for their work schedules. Umiko convinces Nene to say something to Aoba but she’s gone on an errand. And then while running in the hall, she trips right in front of Aoba in the most graceful way. They both apologize for what they said to each other and make up. She also demands Aoba give her the first autograph when she releases her first game. After the credits, Hifumi sneak a present on Aoba’s desk and then Kou suddenly runs off after getting a text. Rin spies on her and it’s her Mom calling her for a Mommy call. Awww, Kou’s not all grown up yet!

THE GOOD

  • Again, great attention to detail with the coding, the structure on Umiko’s screen looks very sound and professional
  • I WANT THOSE FUCKING KITTY DONUTS!!!
  • Hifumi was on Best Girl setting this week

THE BAD

  • Even though they’re supposed to be best friends, at times I cannot stand Aoba and Nene together

Episode Score: 4/5 

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Qualidea Code (Ep.1)
Qualidea Code (Ep.9) 

SYNOPSIS

Kasumi is still definitely seeing something and he’s starting to figure out what’s wrong, feeling his malfunctioning barcode. He tells Asuha not to trust any of the officers, now that one of them tried to kill him. A side note, there’s no way Canaria, Hotaru and Maihime are dead now, not with them still in this new intro and the world being “fake”. Either that or specifically with Canaria, something was set up, while Hotaru and Maihime learned the truth. Kasumi is now leaving to do something himself and specifically tells Asuha not to follow and play dumb, knowing they’ll mess with her if they think there’s anything wrong with her too. He also tells her to try and work with either Aoi or Ichiya, so she’s at least around someone that the officers deem on their side. Kasumi goes to an open abandoned area and finds an office with working computers and starts looking around for any information that can help him figure out what’s going on. He finds a hidden wall with tons of books containing mentioning of a “mana plant”. Uh-oh, are humans being “killed” to become energy sources? Meanwhile, Asuha approaches Ichiya and he refuses her right away before she has to run off to help with another attack. Ichiya actually shows up to help though, but he says it’s a one-time-only thing. In the battle as well, when Kasumi takes his first new look at the Unknown (while we don’t know what he sees) he asks if they really are the enemy before telling the others to leave and he’ll deal with it himself. An officer tries to stop Ichiya from fighting and he’s killed by a sniper and Ichiya knows it was Kasumi. They have a fight of their own but that lady Unknown helps Kasumi and he protects her now. That Unknown goes after Asuha and another one destroys her bar code and now she sees what he’s been seeing. Still fighting, the two are now having a manly fist fight. The lady Unknown arrives again and picks up Canaria’s hat that Ichiya dropped. Kasumi starts humming Canaria’s song, saying he’s never heard the song until now and notes the Unknown before them is actually Canaria or at the very least the manifestation of her. Ichiya looks at this Unknown and she embraces him, signalling that it has to be Canaria and she breaks his bar code and sure enough, there she is. The Unknown to those who can’t see them, they’ve been fighting and killing other humans the entire time. We finally see the real world, like if the city was in fact ruins for centuries, growth all over the building, a red sky, all that creepy jazz.

THE GOOD

  • I love the new show intro, a lot more rough
  • I’m so glad I hung in there with this show now

THE BAD

  • It annoys me that this show had to make the show almost infuriating to watch for a few weeks before finally tipping its hand

Episode Score: 4.5/5 

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Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.1)
Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

It seems Satoshi knows someone in the Elite Ten with him wanting Soma to lose to Subaru and directed him to challenge Soma to a Shoukgeki and humiliate him, though he notes that he’s probably not the only one in the school, maybe the majority wanted Soma gone because of what he represents, a commoner amongst the elitists. Back to the match, Soma has seconds ready, this time with a white soup to add into it. This time, the Director goes bare-chested right away. Back with Satoshi, he also notes that even though Soma nearly beat Akira at his own game, beat Alice who’s related to Erina and beat the unbeatable Subaru, they still don’t think he’s capable of anything. Why is that? Because they can’t acknowledge his effort as it would undermine their own. Now it’s finally time for the winner to be decided, I’m willing to bet it’s still not Soma, he needs to lose this as a way to get him to improve even more. Sure enough, because his dish isn’t all that original, he loses to Akira due to the fact that his style is yet recognizable alone, while Soma’s is not original at all in comparison. He’s cooking like his father, likely a product of Soma trying to beat his father as his own cooking for years, developing a similar style. It’s a bit of a dumb way to decide that, but whatever works. Jun with bubble tears, congratulates Akira for all his hard work and he embraces her in thanks. Afterwards, Dojima warns Akira that his talent may overcome him in the end, as he senses that Akira was never doing this for himself. Upset himself, Soma demands to taste Akira’s dish, as does Ryo and they bicker endlessly about each other’s placements among the first years. With the tournament FINALLY OVER!!!, it’s back to normal, aka partying in Marui’s room. However, Soma gets a call from his dad, asking how the tournament went and makes fun of Soma for essentially losing to Jun. Soma however does thank his dad for sending him to Totsuki, noting he’s seeing so many things he never would’ve noticed otherwise. In the post-credits, a few days after the finals, we’re finally back to the norm, random cooking contests, Satoshi naked in his apron, all the normal shit. Meanwhile, the three finalists are together again, trying to outdo each other once more, specifically Ryo and Soma trying to make a better version of Akira’s winning dish. Jun warns the three about the next challenge for the first-years, The Stagiaire, which appears to be like a Food Wars level of internship training.

THE GOOD

  • THE TOURNAMENT’S OVER!!!
  • Soma had to lose, the MC can’t be winning every battle, especially the most important ones

THE BAD

  • I can’t say anything bad when it feels like the show is finally going to revert back to the style I loved in the first place

Episode Score: 4/5

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Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)
Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

Kouhei and Tsumugi have gone to the beach, except neither of them, especially Tsumugi seem to want to bother going in the water. Meanwhile, Kotori and Shinobu are dying from the heat as they’re doing homework for the summer. When she gets a text from Kouhei, she literally hops out of excitement as Kouhei and Tsumugi are swinging by with fish they got. Tsumugi’s really depressed lately for whatever reason, but Shinobu having younger siblings is at least able to knock her out of her little sad spell and plays with her. Kouhei wants to fillet the fish but no one knows how, so Shinobu introduces him to YouTube, where there’s help videos to everything. During the process, Tsugumi watching a fish essentially get dissected is kind of horrifying for her. But after tasting a raw slice with soy sauce, she finds excitement in how a process so scary can end up tasting so good. Then she starts dancing for Kouhei which includes a bit of twerking? In the end, they could a pretty good meal and Yagi shows up later as well to make it a dinner party for the second time together with the five of them.  

THE GOOD

  • It’s nice to have someone around in Shinobu that can counter Tsumugi when she’s sad and play with her
  • I love how they finally had a situation where they needed to Google (or in this case Lightning) search for how to cook and prepare the dishes they were making

THE BAD

  • Ugh, I hate fish…

Episode Score: 4/5

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Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)
Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

Struggling to accept any responsibility after losing Touko, BB convinces him (while in his mind) to fight on and he starts to train his powers. According to Bluesy, it’s been nearly a year now since the failed mission and they’ve been hiding out at Wiseman’s hideout ever since. She notes he’s getting taller now that he’s a year older and nearly falls over as she fails to support her weight with an arm that no longer exists. Training, Justice has clearly gotten stronger over that year, able to take on Bluesy and two others simultaneously. Afterwards, they find the house they were staying in attacked by the Kingdom and a DVD saying “LETTER” left behind. Meeting with Wiseman, they play the DVD and it’s Aryabhata on the beach mocking him a bit…and then shows Lisa in their care. Wiseman however refuses to allow him to leave as he hasn’t finished the anti-tattoo virus he’ll give Justice to destroy the ruins and the tattoos for good. However, Bluesy’s not having any of it, willing to risk it all including her own life to make sure Justice is alive and they can save Lisa as well. They break the fourth wall a bit as one background character says his goodbyes, asking his girl to marry him if he comes back alive, but notes how many death flags he’s raising by doing this. Wow, there’s even more tattoo users as well, I can’t keep track of them all! The fourth wall breaker challenges the girl who attacked the hideout, she has needles coming out of her crotch. What the everloving fuck?! Also for some reason, Lisa is evil now? Was not aware brainwashing was a thing? After the credits, a ninja attacks Sanders and company, but Aryabhata commands her to keep him alive for now. 

THE GOOD

  • I love how Aryabhata’s way of sending kidnapping videos is by having a beach party
  • The fourth wall breaking scene was fantastic
  • The fact that random characters who look like major characters die in two seconds after showing up is hilarious

THE BAD

  • Nothing fucking happened! No one major died, nothing moved forward!

Episode Score: 3/5

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Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)
Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.10)

SYNOPSIS

The storm rages on and Alisha and company rush to another route, needing to get to Marlind. Sorey and company on the other hand, they know that this storm isn’t natural. They’re heading for Rolance where ruins of dragon gods lie, Sorey wanting to learn more about dragons. Lailah meanwhile tests his abilities as a Shepherd for a moment, noting he has high potential, but his desire to help everyone will make him frail. Mikleo still alone suddenly finds himself having to save a tiny mascot character from an angry tree. This mascot also melds into his power, raising his power as he fires it away. Mikleo calls him a Normin spirit who names himself Atakk and says he has the power to enhance the abilities of the Seraphim. Finding guards, Sorey is given a horse and rushes to find Alisha. The tornado forms again, but this time it’s a different hellion, a serpent.  Getting a different set of powers from fusing with Edna this time, he fights the serpent until a dragon shows up and starts fighting the serpent as well, so now Sorey has two problems to deal with. However the dragon runs off quickly and we’re to assume Sorey defeated the serpent? Mikleo is getting close to where Sorey is, at most a day behind him. Sorey arrives in Marlind and the place is a mess, destroyed by the plague that the dragon is likely the cause of. Finally seeing Alisha, Sorey meets with her and his power is increasing as she can hear Edna and Lailah without needing to hold his hand. However the meeting is bittersweet, Alisha is distraught as the medicine she brought is not working, as it’s tied to the dragon. He senses the dragon and with her help finds the nest he’s hiding out at. Once again, they fail to deal with it and Mikleo’s close by as well to help, however he’s busy with a ton of wolves. He finally makes it and fuses with Sorey to give him the range he needs to take down the dragon. The sky has cleared and the city is saved!

THE GOOD

  • Alisha without her armor is the prettiest girl ever!
  • I’m loving the variance in abilities that Sorey has access to

THE BAD

  • In the spirit of getting things done quickly, having Edna solve the bridge problem instantly kind of makes things feel rushed

Episode Score: 4/5

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Best of Q3 – Summer Anime 2016

So we’re three-quarters the way through the summer anime season. So here’s the updated top 5 lists for various things that I look for in all the shows I watch, ranging from music, design and characters. And this time around, I’m trying to be a little more fair overall, so just because a show has been dropped, there are some categories I will try and keep them involved in, though it’ll be hard for those shows to stick till the very end when they’ve only had a few episodes and the other shows have had the entire season.

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

Best OP

  1. Tales of Zestiria The X
  2. New Game!
  3. Servamp
  4. Handa-Kun
  5. Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Best Art Direction

  1. Tales of Zestiria The X
  2. Alderamin on the Sky
  3. Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara
  4. Taboo Tattoo
  5. Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Best Character Design

  1. Alderamin on the Sky
  2. Tales of Zestiria The X
  3. Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara
  4. Taboo Tattoo
  5. New Game

Best Story

  1. Alderamin on the Sky
  2. Amanchu!
  3. Planetarian
  4. Tales of Zestiria The X
  5. Taboo Tattoo

Funniest Show

This category is simply for the show that has the best comedic moments in the show, whether intentional or not. If the show’s making me smile or laugh, it’s on this list!

  1. Momokuri
  2. Amanchu!
  3. Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!
  4. New Game!
  5. Taboo Tattoo

Most WTF?! Inducing Show

As the title states, this category is for the shows that make me say “WTF?!” the most while watching it.

  1. Hatsukoi Monster
  2. Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara
  3. Handa-Kun
  4. Momokuri
  5. Taboo Tattoo

Best Ecchi

Pretty sure this is straight forward here, this category is devoted to the show that has the best scenes and moments that are ecchi-related, whether it’s undressing, hot springs/swimsuit episode stuff, groping, panty shots and of course, two people falling onto each other in the most sexual way possible.

  1. New Game!
  2. Taboo Tattoo
  3. Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sara
  4. Qualidea Code
  5. Ange Vierge

Best Screencap

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— Why Cha is the best character on the show. — Amanchu!

 

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— How I imagine the best slumber parties looking like. — Taboo Tattoo

 

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— Scratch attack!!! — Taboo Tattoo

 

Sexiest Screencap

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— Kou’s episodic gimmick — New Game!

 

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— When two girls had to wait till opening hours to get it on! — New Game!

 

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— Everyone knows all small-chested girls HAVE to do this to large-chested girls! — Qualidea Code

 

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— When Monster Musume crosses over with Food Wars. — Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

 

 

— Remember kids, always knock before you open doors to rooms you don’t know about. — Taboo Tattoo

 

Best Couple/Duo

As simply as it gets, this category is for the best couples and duos whether it’s those involved romantically, having a strong friendship, or maybe are just two rivals that work off each other so well. Either way, if the anime is better when the two are together on-screen, they apply to this list.

  1. Kou/Rin – New Game!
  2. Hikari/Mato – Amanchu!
  3. Shinya/Yuki – Momokuri
  4. Futaba/Hikari – Amanchu!
  5. Umiko/Nene – New Game!

Sexiest Female Character

  1. Kou – New Game!
  2. Bluesy – Taboo Tattoo
  3. Aryabhata – Taboo Tattoo
  4. Velvet – Tales of Zestiria The X
  5. Kar – Taboo Tattoo
  6. Lisa – Taboo Tattoo
  7. Hotaru – Qualidea Code
  8. Yatori – Alderamin on the Sky
  9. Lucia – Rewrite
  10. Ai – Amanchu!

Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

This extra category will go towards the characters that on the outside wouldn’t normally fall into the category of being called sexy or hot, but because of moments throughout the anime (usually ecchi-related), we discover that they’re much hotter than we give them credit for being.

  1. Hifumi – New Game!
  2. Aoba – New Game!
  3. Hikari – Amanchu!
  4. Iltutmish – Taboo Tattoo
  5. Maihime – Qualidea Code
  6. Mato – Amanchu!
  7. Alisha – Tales of Zestiria The X
  8. Rin – New Game!
  9. Umiko – New Game!
  10. Mizuki – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Prettiest Female Character

Because not every girl is designed to be the sexiest girl on Earth, this category goes to the female character that stands out as not just being the subject of endless dirty thoughts, but as also just being an absolute beauty on-screen. Though the girls who top the Sexiest Female Character list are still available to take those spots as well.

  1. Hifumi – New Game!
  2. Kou – New Game!
  3. Alisha – Tales of Zestiria The X
  4. Asuha – Qualidea Code
  5. Kotori – Sweetness & Lightning
  6. Rin – New Game!
  7. Kasumi – Handa-kun
  8. Lucia – Rewrite
  9. Mizuki – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!
  10. Mato – Amanchu!

Best Male Character

  1. Ikta – Alderamin on the Sky
  2. Handa-Kun – Handa-Kun
  3. Shinya – Momokuri
  4. BB – Taboo Tattoo
  5. Soma – Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Best Female Character

  1. Hikari – Amanchu!
  2. Hifumi – New Game!
  3. Tsumugi – Sweetness & Lightning
  4. Kou – New Game!
  5. Kasumi – Handa-Kun

Best Show

  1. New Game!
  2. Sweetness & Lightning
  3. Amanchu!
  4. Taboo-Tattoo
  5. Alderamin on the Sky
  6. Momokuri
  7. Tales of Zestiria The X
  8. Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!
  9. Planetarian
  10. Handa-kun
  11. Qualidea Code
  12. The Morose Mononokean
  13. Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

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

Week #9 – Summer Anime 2016

Week number nine has arrived with this Summer 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!

Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (Ep.1)
Alderamin on the Sky (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Ikta and company are now on the front lines, much to the shock of the First Lieutenant from earlier, now Captain. He takes their five platoons and makes them into one company, with Ikta at the helm. Their first task is to light bonfires, which is actually burning Sinack villages down. While everyone’s upset about it, Ikta knows the Captain actually stopped the real plan, which was to just murder them all and in fact is saving these innocent lives and moving them to another village to keep them safe, albeit as hostages. Ikta however notes the map that shows their battle strategy will fail immensely, that there’s too much space in between the three battles they’ve set, reinforcements are nigh impossible. A child attacks Ikta and he reasons with him and flicks his nose to get him off, however apparently that was hard enough to make the kid bleed. So the big burly guy who challenged Yatori earlier a few weeks ago suddenly appears and punches Ikta, giving him hell. When Suya tries to defend him, Ikta stops her and actually thanks him for the reminder. Suya’s upset bu Ikta reminds her that they’re job should be to kill only the ones they’re fighting. The night before the big battle, Ikta notes amongst the group that the army started with 18,000 and he estimates half of them have died. After the girls leave to bathe, the boys talk about, well…relieving stress during a war. Yeah…that was a thing. The following day, Ikta bets on a surprise attack in the mountains and sure enough there is one, except it’s not the Sinack, but clearly someone wanting to take advantage of the weakened army. The Sinack attack first though, from above and not from the side. The side attack happens as well and they’re people with the sniper rifles Ikta used as well. Remember what he said, what the old man Anarai brought when he fled, what Ikta knows and has, so do the enemy. Yatori and the Sinack woman face off and she actually has a match this time. This girl fights like she’s Voldo from Soul Calibur, a style Yatori doesn’t know how to predict. She figures out that this woman uses a spirit to push her body high into the air and create momentum for her and ends up stabbing her apparatus containing a wind spirit. Meanwhile the burly man is killed and the surprise attackers flee, while the woman also gets away. It’s a resounding loss for Ikta. The woman returns to see her village burned to the ground, so you know shit’s just gotten worse. 

THE GOOD

  • The horrors of war continue, including the loss of innocent lives
  • Ikta finally has someone or something to match up again, same as Yatori

THE BAD

  • After losing Kanna, the idea that a hinted relationship with Suya’s already developing is a little disheartening, even though we know Ikta is a ladykiller
  • I’m not willing to accept these men can just leap down cliffs without injury and without anyone being able to see a flash from a spirit helping them

Episode Score: 4/5

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Amanchu! (Ep.1)
Amanchu! (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Futaba recalls a bit of her life before meeting Hikari and company before we’re back to the present…and Cha’s wearing a cape now. Taking more pictures, it comes up that her phone no longer has space for photos. It hits her hard, regardless of the fact she can transfer some pictures onto a hard drive, but in the end it makes those images no longer memories to her, but easily movable objects. Through more memories, we see just how big a deal her old friends actually were to her, they pretty much were the only friends she ever had. It’s also the realization that over time, they will talk less and less and grow distant. So for Futaba, it’s like saying goodbye to the only two people she ever knew. The rest of the group go shopping for something to help out Futaba, I want to say a camera or something like that, something that allows her to take more photos. Telling her to meet up with them, Futaba heads to that port place from a couple weeks ago, where Hikari gives her a present and it is something similar, a digital photo frame so the pictures don’t have to be just data. She breaks down and cries in happiness. She gets a call from Akane, her friend later on and they start talking again, this time about new things, so they both can move forward and not lament about not being able to see each other.

THE GOOD

  • This episode really was a great representation of the inner feelings and depression of leaving your friends for a new place, it was nice to finally see Futaba let out her emotions
  • Cha in a cape is perfect!

THE BAD

  • This was a very emotional episode and I never do well with depression and sadness, especially when this show has been very happy the whole way through

Episode Score: 4/5

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Handa-Kun (Ep.1)
Handa-Kun (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

We’re introduced to Hideo, Handa-kun’s homeroom teacher. He’s very upset that he’s not being allowed to have the classic frog dissection lesson in class. So he gets the idea to use Handa-kun to get the entire class to want to do this. However, Handa-kun has no interest in the idea. But Handa-kun gets forced into it and even when he tries to get out of it, it flips around on him anyway. On the day of dissection, he gets the biggest frog and freaks out, causing a mess of frogs everywhere. And then everyone goes full retard when he says he’s leaving, but they think he’s just been possessed by a frog. But after all that, everyone learns a valuable lesson at Handa-kun’s expense as always. In the second sketch, because Handa-kun is avoiding attention, the Handa Force again goes full retard and believe someone’s stalking him. Well with that girl, that’s probably true…but that’s beside the point! Sure enough, Miyoko is stalking him, but she’s just a classmate and the leader of all of Handa-kun’s fans, so she’s cool (apparently). Miyoko also comes across my favourite librarian, Kasumi and ties her up because she’s in the way of her fandom, but again the Handa Force thinks she’s protecting him from all the rest, but let’s be honest, she’s eliminating all other female attention to Handa-kun. The longer this goes on, the sooner I suspect they’re mistaking Takao as the stalker. Thinking he escaped everyone, Handa-kun manages to end up right back where everyone’s collected now. He actually snaps on them, telling them to leave him alone, but again, they’re all retarded (except Yukio) and think he wasn’t talking to them. 

THE GOOD

  • Any episode with Kasumi in it is a good episode

THE BAD

  • I feel dumber when watching everyone aside from Handa-kun, Takao and to some extent Kasumi, go full retard
  • I think Hideo’s proof that the show’s introduced enough characters now, there’s too many people to count

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.1)
Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Maria and Colette are looking for the Necronomicon which totally is at the school, while it turns out the President kept that eroge magazine the group found last episode. Mizuki finds out about this and is pissed and suggests they get rid of it before the school finds out. Just then, Yumeko arrives and through Maria and Colette’s adventure, make the group think the dangerous book she’s looking for is the eroge book they’re currently in possession of, when it’s actually the Necronomicon she’s after. There’s a title on the magazine called Neko Milk On!! so naturally things only get worse. They manage to slip the book out of the room and Mizuki/Subaru run off to dispose of it. But when they run into Colette only the worst things can possibly happen. They try to stop things but in the end the book falls out and Colette starts reading as Yumeko shows up again. The beans have been spilled! After a scolding, Subaru returns only to cross paths with the douchebag artist again, not that Subaru remembers who he is. He tries to challenge Subaru, but he doesn’t have any shits to give until begging gets him to agree. They have 10 minutes to model Mizuki and she roots for douchebag just because he’ll actually draw her. The problem with that is he’s a virgin so having a girl on his side distracts him. Subaru wins, even though he actually drew Kogane from Bubuki Buranki instead, because the other guy drew nothing. He runs off afterwards. Another day, the kid from earlier in the series shows up to interrupt the President’s outdoor nap. She mentions her Grandpa works at the school, so she must be the granddaughter of Koyama-sensei. He shows her around the school until they finally run into sure enough, Koyama-sensei.

THE GOOD

  • Moeka continues to be super cute!
  • We finally get to see a little more of Mizuki, at least some stomach, I don’t count the guy’s dream image

THE BAD

  • Once again, the chunnibyo girl is amazing at sports somehow

Episode Score: 4/5

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Momokuri (Ep.17 & 18)

SYNOPSIS

Summer has ended so the new semester has begun and things are back to normal. Yuki clearly hasn’t gotten over Shinya’s assertiveness, so when they see each other again, he’s assertive once more, but this time in seeing if she’s okay. Once again, Rio is back to being more and more worried about Yuki’s creepiness, but everyone else sees it from the outside as the two of them being very friendly. Both Norika and Rihito are also aware and talking about Yuki as well, but don’t intend to barge in and tell Shinya. However, Norika seems to be suspicious about Rio’s feelings for Shinya. In the second sketch, the two lovers go to an amusement park on a date, Yuki is as high in the clouds as you’d expect. Naturally, the haunted house comes up so Shinya is at his most adorable (and afraid), but in fact it’s Yuki who’s the cute one after a power outage turns the haunted house pitch black. Shinya for once actually has to be the lead. Rio catches him heading home afterwards and it’s obvious she’s conflicted about hearing things from Shinya’s end and knowing that what’s actually going on in Yuki’s head is different than how he views it. She sort of lets it slip that she likes him, but her wording makes him think she meant Yuki, so basic dunce cap boy stuff. 

THE GOOD

  • We finally got to see some real couple-like interactions between Yuki and Shinya
  • We’re inching closer to Rio finally not being an idiot and admitting she’s in love with Shinya

THE BAD

  • I was disappointed to not see Shinya freaking out at a haunted house
  • Maybe it’s just me, but I thought Yuki looked ugly as all hell in her dress at the amusement park
  • All in all, the episode was actually very boring and light on the comedy

Episode Score: 3/5

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Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)
The Morose Mononokean (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

For the first time since being an employee himself, a human has come forward looking for help from Itsuki. The two go to a mansion where a pretty girl awaits and leads them to her room for an exorcism. Even Fuzzy’s scared of going in that room. He goes in with Fuzzy and keeps Hanae out to make sure the girl doesn’t enter the room. When the girl’s mother comes home and is pissed that she hired an exorcist. Thankfully, they don’t enter the room out of frustration and Hanae’s alone with the mother for a moment. She questions him on his and Itsuki’s credentials, not believing at all in the paranormal, as she’s a science lady. How dare she believe in the facts that she can see with her own two eyes! While this is happening, the young girl of course sneaks into the room while the mother is telling Hanae he should quit his job. The entire house starts shaking as the yokai has escaped the room because of the dumb girl. But the mother demands they leave, but Itsuki won’t leave with the house in the shape it’s now in. The house now looks diseased, full of black spots. Cornering the yokai once more, we see that it’s actually still a semi-cute hedgehog yokai, but a pissed off one at that. Hanae however suddenly walks over towards the yokai and comforts the yokai, believing it felt alone and scared of humans. It calms down and emerges, becoming instant best friends with Fuzzy before leaving to the Underworld, now named Spiky. Leaving angry with the mother, Hanae hasn’t quite grasped that humans who can’t see yokai can have a very unfavourable opinion of people like himself and Itsuki. The next day, Hanae gets a call from Zenko saying that Yahiko’s in trouble at the temple. Without knowing what it is, the episode ends with a scarecrow yokai seemingly polluting the farmlands.

THE GOOD

  • Fuzzy and Spiky. Love it!
  • There’s a great representation of normal human interaction with the supernatural, those who are way too interested in it (the daughter) and those who are whole-heartedly against it (the mother)

THE BAD

  • I really don’t like it when shows go on with dual cliffhangers, regardless of how important they are or not

Episode Score: 4/5

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New Game! (Ep.1)
New Game! (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Nene is bug testing and is looking for panty shots while Shizuku and Umiko argue whether these should be in the game or not. Meanwhile, Rin is sick and Kou’s not accepting her excuses and takes her home, so they can work from home rather than getting everyone sick in the office. Even Yun hints of the clear yuri potential of Rin and Kou. Naturally without the two of them, the younger girls aren’t getting anything done, being seriously immature and irresponsible. It’s so bad that Hifumi actually has to step up, or would’ve until Umiko found them messing around. Confronting Nene, Umiko learns that she took the job because she was worried about Aoba fitting into her new job, mentioning that Aoba spent a lot of time deciding whether to join Eagle Jump or go to college. Back at Rin’s, she for some reason demands Kou feed her. Back at work, they all find out they’ll have the weekend off because of electrical work being done, but the main group will be staying the night in response to the lost time. After finishing work and the first train of the morning still a ways away, the girls decide to go to a bath house to relax before leaving for home and a long ass nap. Back at work after the weekend, both Rin and Kou are now out sick too. Not only that, but Umiko has moved Nene to her cubicle so she can keep an eye on her. 

THE GOOD

  • The fact that Nene thinks making sure every skirt-wearing girl has panties on is bug testing is hilarious
  • It’s amazing how it took the show nine episodes to remember “Hey! We’re an ecchi anime! We don’t have to limit oursevles to underwear! SHOWER AND BATH SCENES, WOOOOOOOOO!!!”
  • The scrolling shots for Kou and Hifumi’s showers were top-notch
  • I’m enjoying the relationship forming between Umiko and Nene, it’s so unlikely that it works so well. The sheer number of possible legitimate intimate relationships keep increasing

THE BAD

  • Nene at times is still a bit too childish and over-the-top when we already have girls like Hajime, Yun and Aoba for that role
  • I know it’s very late, but what are the odds of the four of them being alone in this entire bath house?
  • Why didn’t Kou think to wear a mask while at Rin’s? Did she think she wasn’t going to get sick?

Episode Score: 4.5/5 

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Qualidea Code (Ep.1)
Qualidea Code (Ep.8) 

SYNOPSIS

The belief continues that Hotaru and Maihime are dead, but it’s not confirmed that the two actually died. In response though, Aoi is given Maihime’s position and Asuha and Kasumi are to be separated as well, Asuha to be sent inland, to no longer be on the front lines, but she doesn’t want to go. This new big-breasted woman from HQ is looking more like a villain now. Ichiya finds out about everything and loses his shit on Kasumi and is also looking more like a potential villain. Kasumi goes out alone with Aoi and Asuha finds them after getting bored and going out around the city and starts following them. Big Boobs tries to get to Kasumi to try and figure out how to convince Asuha to transfer and convinces him to meet with her later than night. Finally we hear what Hotaru said before disappearing, that the world is fake. So let the speculations begin. At home, Kasumi starts to mess with Asuha’s barcode and she thinks it’s him being gross and making a move on her. Now with Big Boobs, Kasumi is given the truth that they’re being put asleep in this fake world and overpowers him easily, having her own World, even though she shouldn’t as an adult. Asuha followed of course and learns the truth as well, freezing Big Boobs and Kasumi kills her after, Asuha burning the place to the ground. It’s possible Kasumi died, but it’s more likely he’s passed out. Sure enough, post-credits, he’s in bed and has an eyepatch and after taking it off and opening his eye, the world is fucked up around him, specifically with that eye, like a red glow with everything.

THE GOOD

  • There is a real sense of “What the fuck is actually going on?” now
  • That moment of Asuha being caught off-guard by Kasumi with the barcode elicited a super cute reaction from her, seeing a bit of her beyond the badass, monotone-ish girl we normally see

THE BAD

  • Incest insinuation between Asuha and Kasumi. Ugh…
  • The idea that the show has killed off three major characters (possibly), all of them women is frustrating
  • Because of the episode being mostly ridden with mystery, the majority of the episode was very boring

Episode Score: 3.5/5 

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Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.1)
Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

The match has started and Ryo/Akira already believe Soma’s not even on the same level as them, like he’s not even in the match. The arena roof opens and the moon is the timer, because of course it is. We learn Ryo lost a series of cooking battles (for two years) and they kept going since, almost attached at the hip out of spite and rivalry. He also finishes first and gets a similar reaction to his draw with Akira, but this time playing Akira’s game with a massive shot of aroma. Apparently when Alice’s mother really likes a dish, she speaks Japanese like she’s being fast-forwarded. Akira’s up next and has a dish that isn’t crazy on aroma, it’s like Ryo and Akira are beating each other at their own game. He also uses a blowtorch to seal the deal. In my opinion though, Ryo is still ahead of Akira, regardless of Ryo being caught off-guard. Soma’s finally up and delivers his dish and isn’t taking a back seat to the two powerhouses. Soma ends the episode insisting they have seconds after it seems he’s not even close to Ryo and Akira, saying he has an edge to finish the match. Unsurprisingly though, we’re not getting the winner until next week.

THE GOOD

  • Ryo is basically cooking Vegeta and I fucking love it!
  • We’re at a point now where we have three characters and they’re all on an even playing field, it’s no longer obvious Soma’s winning every match

THE BAD

  • I’m getting super annoyed with Alice’s mother’s Japanese, like they had the voice actress intentionally butcher it. Even though I can’t understand Japanese, the voice itself is as bad as when a Japanese voice actor does really bad English
  • Another episode of just cooking and reactions, nothing in between to get away from the constantly repeated formula

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)
Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

After a family event at Tsumugi’s school, she remembers the curry her mother used to make, so Kouhei is now motivated to try and replicate it. With Tsumugi at school for a sleepover, Kouhei’s left alone to his own devices. After a phone call with Yuusuke, he’s for the sure on the path now and starts texting Kotori about a potential recipe they can make next time. During this, he finds his wife’s old recipe book and it clearly gets to Kouhei a bit, lost in staring at the book, another memory of his wife. At Kotori’s things get really tense when she watches Tsumugi use a knife and then gets ashamed of herself when she now knows that the kid can cut things with a knife and she’s still afraid to try again. When it’s all said and done, Tsumugi’s an unstoppable eating force. We get our first real intimate flashback of Tsumugi’s mother during this and it really hits hard how someone so beautiful in body and mind could be taken away so soon. After all this though, Tsumugi finally comes to the realization that now that Daddy’s making the curry her mom used to make, it definitely means she’s not coming back. 

THE GOOD

  • It was really nice to finally get some semblance of an idea of what her mother was like before she passed away
  • Watching Kotori get so sad at herself for now being scared of a knife when Tsumugi isn’t was so adorable

THE BAD

  • Usual depressing and nearly crying as usual
  • Tsumugi seemed to be a little too forced with her happiness this week in terms of her expressions

Episode Score: 4/5

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Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)
Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Justice gets exposed to BB’s memories as he sees his past when he was with Brahman. No long after joining he works with the King and one of his elite in exposing the Princess, who turns out isn’t even the King’s daughter. A year and a half later, knowing Aryabhata will be making her move shortly, BB and this other guy take their last chance to infiltrate the lab she’s taken over that does tattoo research. After infilitrating, they’re shown that every one of these girls we’ve been seeing are all clones in a way of Aryabhata, explaining how these random maids are so powerful. Kar is sent out to make sure BB doesn’t leave. It’s also revealed that Arya is also a creation due to the King’s terrible abuse of humans in order to create the ultimate soldier in a way. Confronting him, the King takes BB to an underground railway and tells him to flee with the information he has. At the end, we see him fighting his way out of an assassination attempt, including users such as Iltutmish, Kar and an older man that looks like he was ripped right out of Trigun. 

THE GOOD

  • It’s nice finally having a little more backstory as to what the holy hell has been going on all season
  • Anytime I get to see Kar in an ecchi moment is fantastic
  • Of course Aryabhata has sexy slumber parties with everyone!

THE BAD

  • I wanted to know more about Ganesha beyond her just being the quiet girl that only makes sounds like she belongs in a hentai animation
  • The amount of convoluted plot points now is insane, I don’t understand most of what I’m watching, just that it’s either sexy or badass. In terms of the story, I’m beyond lost

Episode Score: 4/5

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Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)
Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.9)

SYNOPSIS

Finally after so many episodes, we’re finally introduced to Edna and Zaveid, one who literally falls into Sorey’s lap (Edna). After Zaveid easily kills a Hellion, a dragon appears and it turns out that it once used to be Edna’s older brother. Even worse, he cannot be saved, the only way to stop him now is to kill him. Meanwhile, Mikleo finds the artifact in the ruin, a giant bow and now has a level of purification power to help Sorey on his journey. Sorey meanwhile is convinced that there has to be a way to purify dragons, regardless of the fact nothing has been found on that topic in any ruin. Fighting with Zaveid now, fully transformed, Sorey does his best to help out against the dragon. Finally though, after Edna puts herself in danger, the dragon actually recognizes her and flees before causing any more damage. Now with the idea that Eizen (her brother) is able to have some control over himself, Zaveid promises to not kill the dragon unless Edna tells him otherwise. In return, Edna joins them on their journey. Emerging from the ruins, this time instead of a tornado, a massive flood begins.

THE GOOD

  • I love the absolute variety in character designs we get with this series
  • Anytime a dragon is on screen it’s one of the best looking moments
  • I’m glad we’re not just worrying about tornadoes as the lone type of storm, makes me wonder now that we have wind and water in play if there will be a fire and earth related storms, aka earthquakes, firestorms, volcanoes, whatever works

THE BAD

  • Edna’s a terrible liar, she’s not the prettiest girl, it’s absolutely Alisha

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Week #8 – Summer Anime 2016

Week number eight has arrived with this Summer 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!

Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (Ep.1)
Alderamin on the Sky (Ep.8)

The battle is not going as well as the General had planned, in fact after nearly a month, they’re not even close. Ikta’s worst nightmare is a reality now as he and the others are no longer on the reserves and are being sent to the front lines. Kanna meanwhile is still struggling to hang in there, exhausted from battle. At Ikta’s camp, they’re suddenly attacked at night. Ikta swings his commanding officer around so his troops have a lesser role, but still look useful. Using light beams, they blind the enemies and attack them when they can’t see. Not only in the end do they win the battle, but they have zero casualties, Suya admitting that it was almost too easy, Ikta’s strategy allowing for the least amount of danger with the same end result. Back with Kanna, it’s becoming more apparently that if she survives, Ikta’s in her future. However, the empty fortress they settled into ends up being a trap and they’re surrounded. Ikta gets another job he doesn’t want, but to shut the commander up, he tells him he’ll take a fortress in less than an hour, Torway and him agreeing that it could take 20 minutes. Because of science, they’ve figured out how to make their rifles better at an even larger range than normal and because of that alone, they win easily. So there’s that trump card Ikta had. So because of this now, the Sniper class is born. After their victory, a soldier from the fortress Kanna’s at asks for help and Ikta does so without hesitation, even though no one from the main lines. However, they will camp for two days which shocks everyone, but Ikta notes because of how high they are up in the mountains, they need to adapt to the changes in the air. However, by the time they reach the fortress, the battle’s already over and they’ve lost. And much to my and Ikta’s dismay, Kanna’s gone too. A harsh lesson in war, sometimes you can’t save everyone and sometimes you have to make tough choices that result in those being lost. A rough episode.

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

Amanchu! (Ep.1)
Amanchu! (Ep.8)

Apparently Makoto is very apathetic towards girls, not taking much interest in them thus far. His friend notes it’s probably because he has a hot sister and he doesn’t deny that she is a very pretty girl when she’s normal. However, she also is a typical older sister and kicks him whenever she wants for no reason whatsoever. He also has a bit of a spider sense whenever he’s around her, which is a blessing and a curse in some ways. He thinks he spots a love letter in her locker and she suddenly runs off without saying a word. He actually gets her to show him who sent it though, surprisingly enough. When he comments about it being a love letter, instead of kicking him she actually gets super flustered and red in the face, a side of Ai we haven’t seen and it actually creeps Makoto right the fuck out. Though she hasn’t read the contents of the letter yet. But it’s not that at all, as we can see from her reaction and she runs off again. Turns out it was meant for the girl with the locker below hers. But again, Makoto’s shocked that she doesn’t snap on him this time either and walks off back to the club. She’s actually having a laugh about it, how this guy put everything into this letter and was so nervous that he put it in the wrong locker. Finally after a nice moment, she kicks him again like everything’s back to normal. Now the script flips and it’s from Ai’s perspective towards Makoto. It seems he’s a keeper of memories, perhaps a bit of a hoarder, but not to the extreme. She flips to Futaba though and takes about how much she likes her, considers her the first friend she made in high school, going over the top about how pretty she is. For me honestly, Futaba’s at the bottom of the list though. Well, now it’s time for another anime cliche, physical testing aka measurements. Somehow Futaba and Hikari get separated in a SCHOOL GYM!!! Futaba takes her first test, with a step stool and stubs her toe the first time. The second time, falls over after one rep. Good lord, girl, get your shit together! Her grip strength is also brutal. Naturally, Futaba spends the majority of this time being super depressing, as she’s prone to do. But as we see later on, she actually has some athletic ability, she just lets her nerves get the best of her. She’s also prone to giving up, even when she’s doing well. Hikari notes that the athletic stuff may not be the issue, but that when there’s something she doesn’t like, she gives up and wants to get away from it. So before the last test, a marathon run, she says something to Futaba and they relax the first few laps and then rush the last lap and finish far ahead of what you would’ve expected. This has actually gotten Futaba enthusiastic about running and Hikari deduces that Futaba just doesn’t like losing, something Futaba never thought about herself either. An adorable episode this week.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Handa-Kun (Ep.1)
Handa-Kun (Ep.8)

Handa-kun’s got a school trip coming up and wants to stay at home so badly. We now have a new challenger as well in Asahi, the most popular guy in another high school. He’s so popular he swoons all the girls from Handa-kun’s school too. At the hotel, things just get weirder, they have Handa-kun bathe alone in his room so the girls don’t have the chance to peak. He also starts a solo pillow fight and makes a mess of the place. The show is just an endless dick measuring contest of each high school’s king. Each of the members of the Handa Force have an equal opponent in Asahi’s group, a delinquent and brainiac, a hot boy (or in the rivals’ case, an androgynous boy…I think?) and the normal follower. After several rounds of attempts on Asahi’s part to be the ultimate high school king, the two are finally alone together and Asahi tries to pull stuff out of Handa-kun and try to become friends with him. Whether that’s a ploy or not, I don’t know yet. However, Handa-kun refuses the friend request, inadvertently making Asahi understand that all his followers are actually his friends, not just subjects. Finally after all the bullshit, Yukio snaps on one guy and slaps the shit out of him…while also knocking Handa-kun off a bridge. Yeah…this episode was a little much.

Episode Score: 3/5

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.1)
Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.8)

Because Colette’s a giant (tiny) idiot, Mizuki has one less thing to draw for referencing, since Colette scribbled on that stone head. Learning they had a storage room as well, she and Subaru go exploring in the clearly unused room for an extended period of time. Then the president checks up on them and for some reason shuts the already jammed up door. Hm…this doesn’t seem like a really stupid way to lock the two potential lovers in a small room, now would it? Sure enough, neither of them can open it. While trying to work together, they both fall to the ground and are lying next to each other, which sends Mizuki over the deep end, as we all expected. Colette shows up as well but can’t open the door, but the little idiot’s also blaring music in her headphones, so she doesn’t hear them calling her for help. Minutes later, the sun’s already going down, because that’s how anime time works. It’s also getting colder in the room, so out of nowhere Subaru actually holds Mizuki close for warmth, because this totally isn’t a dream in Mizuki’s mind or anything. Ta-da! Of course it is! He notes though after she has a little freak-out session that it’s not the two of them alone and then pulls out a figurine, causing Mizuki to burst out laughing. So then shit gets random. The figure has flashlight eyes, so they figure to use it and hopefully someone’ll see it out the window of the door. Naturally, the teacher walking around and night is Yumeko. Two questions. One, why are all the lights off? I’ve been in schools late at night, the hall lights are always on until everyone’s left for the night. Two, why is Yumeko, a newer teacher still at the school so late? You’d imagine she’d be out sooner with less to do. But anime logic always wins, so she’s walking around to be scared by the spooky lights. When she sees the doll in the window, she faints. They find an older photo in that club room and there’s an extra door that was covered up. They get free, a locker being on the other side of that door in the main room. So the next day, with a new plaster head, Colette fucks that one up too, because of course she does.

The next sketch things get worse, now Maria’s getting involved in this new secret room and it’s taking Subaru away from the main group, so naturally Mizuki’s super jelly. In one of the old books, Maria finds some envelope with a secret treasure quest thingy inside. Originally, she and Subaru would go alone, so Mizuki can focus, but she realizes that means Subaru gets time alone so she joins them. They actually manage to find the box, hidden under a tile outside. What’s in the box?! HENTAI!!! YES!!! Hilarious ending to the episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

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Momokuri (Ep.15 & 16)

It’s pool time again, but this time the swimsuits are actually out! Naturally, Norika is a little envious cause Yuki’s actually showing some skin and also has a bit of a bust to her. Don’t worry, Norika, Rio will probably take the top spot. And as we’ve been expecting for a while now, Yuki’s reaction to seeing Shinya in his swimsuit for the first time is as disgustingly over-the-top as we all thought it would be. WHAT?! RIO COULDN’T MAKE IT?!!! Returning to the group Norika seeing Shinya and Yuki being normal annoys her and seeks to mess with them. Speaking of Yuki, she’s unsure if it’s a reward or a punishment having to play with a ball full of Shinya’s breath and becomes destroyed when the ball deflates. On the way home, Yuki is the assertive one again and gets them to hold hands, which bothers Shinya, making him think once again he’s not being the man and leading, that he must be uncool because of this. So for once, he takes the lead and stops her from going home just yet, thus starting the second sketch. They stop at a park and despite his efforts to be more mature, he’s still the shy, adorable guy Yuki first got into. She grabs his hand and actually notes that he’s stronger than her, so he has a man’s hand, which causes Shinya to almost snap and pull her in, nearly for a kiss, just to say it’s not just his hand, he is a man. The shock of it drives her off the deep end once again and falls off the swing and Shinya catches her just in time. I’m starting to wonder if the last few weeks will be Yuki fighting with the idea that she’s only in love with the cute Shinya and not the more assertive, “manly” Shinya. Back in Yuki’s room, Norika is questioning her on keeping food Shinya gives her and notices a cabinet with curtains over it. Oh dear, it looks like it’ll be real bad. We never see what it is, it’s too hot for TV so it’s all censored, so Norika walks out, comes back with garbage bags and they’re all gone. Then the real issue comes out. As I suspected would happen, since that day Shinya declared himself as a man, Yuki has not gone out with him since. She claims it’s because she’s now more nervous around him and is unsure how to act around him. Maybe I’m wrong about the only loving cute Shinya part, maybe she’s just actually in love with him, as in married love, not just “I want to be around this cute guy” kind of love. A cute episode once again.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)
The Morose Mononokean (Ep.7)

It starts to become more apparent that Yahiko is a lot more dangerous of a yokai than his personality would first suggest. Answering Yahiko’s question about being the master, he understands that it’s a special honour that the yokai all want, but to him it’s a burden. Not only that, but if Aoi heard the rumours about her murder, she would’ve laughed. He overpowers Yahiko even as a giant fox and tells him he did nothing to Aoi at all. Turning small again, Yahiko notes he didn’t believe the rumours up until seeing the older Itsuki, thinking he’d changed. Finally, they get him to remove the mark and he does note that Itsuki has definitely gotten scarier since they last met. He agrees to help around Zenko’s temple for a year as well. On the way home, Hanae finds something that looks like a hooded spirit from Alderamin. It frantically asks for the Mononokean and needs help. Its name is Jomatsu, a bird yokai looking for Princess Amno who’s missing and apparently falls in love with a lot of different things in the human world, including a fucking jet plane!!! Apparently all these relationships end in heartbreak and she hides in an eggshell until she’s gotten over it. However this time around she’s been in there for over a month, way longer than usual and she’s growing larger as well. Hanae goes alone to find the Princess, as Itsuki has another client that day. The egg has grown gigantic and she’s not responding so Hanae gets the idea to break the shell, much to Jomatsu’s dismay and warning of imminent peckings if he does. However during the process, he accidentally hits Jomatsu with a rock and the Princess finally reacts to that. Turns out he didn’t hit him at all and just tested the Princess’ own feelings towards Jomatsu after already realizing he’s madly in love with the Princess. But it’s when Hanae mentions how Jomatsu collapsed on the roadside because of how worried he was for her that she really reacts to that and he tells Jomatsu to finally confess to her. He does and the Princess reacts happily to it and all seems well again, Hanae actually solved something on his own! …Except when Itsuki arrives, she falls in love with him instead. Oh dear. As the episode ends, Itsuki notes how everything’s going wrong today, including the job he took before arriving. Another cute episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

New Game! (Ep.1)
New Game! (Ep.8)

The episode name is “It’s Summer Break!!”. Well, guess it’s finally swimsuit time this week! Wait…THAT MEANS IT’S OKAY FOR KOU TO HAVE NO PANTS ON!!! What the hell is Aoba going to do then?! Anyways…

Aoba and Eagle Jump don’t have a summer break. So when her friend Nene sees an ad for the company (likely as a game tester), you know what’s coming this week. Sure enough, Nene’s arrived and Umiko’s her supervisor. Poor girl, I’m amazed she didn’t shoot her for being late. Umiko wonders if she’s a spy from another company, but Nene’s just a goofball, nothing more. Seeing that Nene’s here, Aoba’s hiding from her as well. Finally after nearly getting tossed out for sneaking around to find Aoba, she finally comes clean about Nene being a friend of hers. We see a slightly less realistic representation of being a debugger, as Nene’s seeing a lot of freezing, but over the years I’ve read that it’s A HELL OF A LOT MORE THAN THAT!!! Naturally during lunch when Shizuku sees Nene for the first time, she does her usual shtick and makes things as complicated and awkward as possible. Then more realism comes in as Nene is bored as fuck as it’s the same thing over and over. However the anime actually gets very detailed and shows just how much Nene is noticing from a debugger’s and a fan’s perspective, noting actual bugs and then inconsistencies with the game’s story compared to the previous games. She shows off to Aoba later than even though her jester girl is supposed to die in the game, she found a way to keep her alive (albeit the game freezes after) by cheating the game. Then the worst possible thing happens. Because she was told there’s dessert in the fridge she can take, Nene took the last pudding (or what she thought was the last of many) and it was actually Kou’s and she’s devastated. But Rin’s too busy to deal with Kou’s petty bullshit, as it turns out the beta is being released the next day. After sending an e-mail out about the stolen pudding, Nene goes over the deep end with regret and the next day leaves a new one in the fridge with an apology note. Rin ends up getting it as she helped out and Aoba gave Kou one for helping her out as well, so all’s good. Rin knew pretty quick that it was Nene and messes with her just a little bit in jest, without giving it away.

Now this time I wasn’t dumb and noticed the timestamp was far sooner than usual for the episode end, so I caught the post-credits stuff! It’s  Nene getting into the elevator with Umiko, it feels like danger is on the way, but actually we get the nice side of her, thanking her for noticing stuff beyond the bugs. Nothing special, but that’s besides the point!

KOU HAD PANTS ON THE WHOLE EPISODE!!! HOLY SHIT!!!

Ahem…but yeah, fun episode again this week.

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Episode Score: 4/5 

Qualidea Code (Ep.1)
Qualidea Code (Ep.7) *On Notice*

This show is on notice this week simply because I’m sick and tired of the show just killing off main characters like it’s nothing, as you guys saw with Servamp I’m not too accepting of deaths without meaning, so because I fear they’re going to kill off their most entertaining character, the show’s gotten a warning. So because I’m assuming this episode will determine Maihime’s status, the show’s staying power depends on how she ends up after this episode ends. Anyways…

Can I note how stupid it already is that Canaria is still in the intro like she’s still there and a prolific character? The remaining characters that aren’t Ichiya (who’s letting off some steam) are returning to the city. Asuha in particular is pulling out her badass card and using it very well. Though she’s so lost in the fighting, she doesn’t notice Kasumi has fallen behind. Hotaru tells us about her past, being a secret service soldier for a while before meeting Maihime again. They run into Kasumi on the way and pick up him. Maihime’s staying strong in her own battle before the big ship finally comes for her along with the big boss. We hear through the reports that everywhere except Tokyo is now clear of Unknown. It appears though that this boss Unknown can either reduce or counter Maihime’s World. She can’t do any damage now and is on the brink of death when Hotaru finally shows up. Now she’s pissed, you harmed Maihime, you’re fucked now! Airi manages to meanwhile reactivate the barrier, preventing further Unknown from showing up. However, a bad sign happens, Maihime’s communication status is in “Error” status. Does that mean…? Oh right, her bar code thing got hit. She also stops Hotaru from destroying more Unknown for some reason and breaks Hotaru’s bar code. Now they’re seeing different things than what’s actually going on. She slashes at Kasumi, breaking his scope so he can’t see what happened. Aoi thinks the two girls have died, but we know something else has happened. Is it safe to assume that they’re all being lead in the wrong direction? We’ll see next week, as the show survives to see another episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5 

Rewrite (Ep.1)
Rewrite (Ep.8) *On Notice*

So I put this show on notice last week specifically because I had completely lost all care in the world for the show’s story. So I feel like I need to outline what the show needs to do in order to get itself back into my good graces, so here’s the bare minimum:

  1. The show needs to establish a logical reason for why I should accept the Occult Club to not only be split in two, but fighting each other. Fanaticism will not be acceptable at all.
  2. The show has to revert back to at least a somewhat light-hearted feel to it. I didn’t sign up for this show halfway through for it to suddenly become serious.
  3. I want to see a side picked from Kotori. She’s the catalyst in all this.

If at the very least the first two don’t happen, there’s a pretty good chance I’m dropping this show. Anyways…

We start with a bullshit space intro that leads to admittedly a funny moment when Ribbon Girl looks to be defending the world from an asteroid, but just gets dinked in the forehead by the tiny rock left and makes a cute sound as well. Not a bad start. Now we get a refresher in Kotarou’s mind of what happened and returning to school without seeing anyone since that day, let alone hearing from them. Kotori however has also not returned since, which confuses Kotarou as she has no allegiances to either group. Haruhiko knows something’s wrong, but isn’t ready to fully confront him about it. Back at home, he’s training his abilities and trying to see if there’s more to his body than just rewriting and enhancing his abilities, in other words the green Wolverine claw. Meanwhile, Ribbon Girl was on his roof when she was knocked out and wakes up. And now she’s finally speaking, claiming this is an emergency and falls into his arms. News breaks at school that Inoue has reappeared and is in hospital with no physical injuries. Her family is so shocked from everything, they straight up leave the town. Shizuru finally shows back up at school just to say goodbye to him, saying not to worry and then leaves. He comes home to see his house rummaged through like someone broke in, but a trail of ribbons remain and he finds her hanging around (literally) in his room and the reveal again, is actually pretty funny. She reveals her name is Kagari, but that’s all she really knows, trying to find her memories. So she’s hanging around him now. This new Kagari is actually super cute and funny. Then things ramp up when she shows up to class in an uniform, but Haruhiko ain’t lettin’ her in! Too bad she whips his ass (well more his face) with her ribbons. She arrived there because of the internet, finding out a lot on Kotarou and humans. Apparently as well her dress can change into whatever she wants as well, the black dress able to turn into a school uniform. After school, he finds Inoue, but she’s lost so much of her memories. She hands him a memory card, not knowing what’s on it, but knows she held onto it tightly, even when unconscious. She’s actually super cute all of a sudden now, too bad she’s probably gone forever. At Gaia’s headquarters, there’s a little girl around as well, unsure her relation to either Akane or Chihaya. Now I’m annoyed again, they’re making the girls look normal and happy again yet we’re to perceive them as the villains. They note that Akane sheltered Inoue when she was found, Kotarou may have a mark placed on him by both Gaia and Guardian and Kotori, well…she doesn’t have proof yet of whatever Kotori likely is, after all she must have powers too otherwise she’s not a main character, right? We see Shizuru and Lucia fighting a monster that may have actually been the one that caused the fire at her home as a child and Shizuru kills it. The episode ends with Chihaya’s butler approaching those two fairies from Episode 1 who apparently made a pigeon crap on Chihaya. Meanwhile, Kotarou looks through the memory card seeing evidence of an actual occult group working with the monsters. Sure enough, Kotori is magical in some way, sitting amongst a ton of forest spirits.

Well let’s review: While the episode was indeed a little more light-hearted, nothing came out of the plot, no one’s motivations, a reason, anything. I still like the show, but I am not going to try to make sense of it anymore with these live reactions. The plot is all over the place and I have no clue what the fuck is going on anymore. I just know there are cute girls in it and that’s about it. So unfortunately, it pains me to do this, but I am dropping this show because of the fact I’m not only lost, but I don’t even care about the show anymore. Which is sad, cause this show was Top 5 at one point this season for me.

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Episode Score: 3/5 ***DROPPED***

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.1)
Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.8)

Soma’s up super early to go to the fish market to get ideas for the final match. Megumi joins him and Ryo and Alice are also there, running into them. They have a contest to see which of the two can identify the fresher fish and Ryo wins. Not only that, but Akira was there before both of them and is able to judge the best fish by smell. Soma now knows he’s at a major disadvantage with both of them. He also knows that he doesn’t have the time to figure out what the best fish are, so Soma’s going to have to figure out a way through his dish to maximize his flavour when it won’t necessarily come from being the best picked fish. Back at school, everyone believes that the battle will really be Ryo vs Akira with Soma trailing in the background. Soma finally figures something out and starts grabbing all his friends, including some of the side characters like Ryouko (who of course was changing at the time) and Shun. With Megumi and Ikumi as well, he reveals his plan to age the fish, Ryouko and Shun experts on aging food, Ikumi an expert of aging meats, specifically. With the three aging experts. he has three different methods now to try out. He has enough time to try each method out twice and all three bring out great results, but Megumi thinks Ryo’s fish still tasted better and he did nothing to it. Soma’s now real troubled, unsure where to go next, with one more aging attempt left before he has to focus on an actual dish to cook for the final. Then through Fumio he gets an idea and goes to work on it. Turns out he stopped showing up to the fish market after that day and has a grin on his face after his testing is done. At the match, Soma’s getting no respect from the crowd whatsoever. The big hit as the episode ends are the judges, Alice’s mother being the big name. Her quirk? Her Japanese is fucking terrible. The episode was okay, it was nice to have a non-tournament episode for a change though.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)
Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.8)

Kouhei is not at school today as he’s at a family showoff sort of day at Tsumugi’s school. Not knowing this though, Kotori is beyond worried and starts eating just to try and calm herself down. There’s some odd thing about handcrafted bags or whatever and Kouhei noticing Tsumugi’s bag being a bit on the old side. Tsumugi continues to show that she’s the cutest, as you would expect. Back at home, she tells Kouhei that Mikio (the brat boy) told her he’d marry her, which worries the fuck outta Kouhei, cause y’know, Daddy stuff. But again, she comes outta nowhere which her response, sticking her tongue out and going “Nope!”. He also tells her about getting her a new bag, but she doesn’t want a different one, because that one was Mom’s, which really grabs his attention. So instead of a new bag, he tells Tsumugi he’ll make something Mom used to make that she loved, and she demands Squid and Taro Stew. So the next Kotori visit will be for just that. The initial stage of removing part of the squid brings hilarious results, grossing both Kouhei and Tsumugi out. During this process too, nearly cutting his finger sends Kotori a bit into shock from her own childhood memories of doing it to herself and likely gives us the reason she has trouble wanting to learn to cook now. Finally done, Tsumugi is beyond happy with the results. As they leave, she gives them the leftovers and Kouhei also asks Tsumugi if he can at least put a patch over the stain on Tsumugi’s bag. Another adorable episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)
Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.8)

Seeing a flashback of Bluesy with BB, we learn she actually hates tattoos, likely because of them she’s no longer in her normal body and because of that, it’s sort of ruined her relationship with him. Back in the present, it’s time for BB and Kar to fight. Bluesy leaves to get Justice back as everyone else is in full retreat. Speaking of Justice, he’s having a bad day. Not only that, but Aryabhata’s own Void Maker is preventing his own from being used. Touko naturally runs off to find Justice during this scuffle. Lisa and Burns are currently dealing with giant kitty Iltutmish as well. Burns takes the killing blow in place of Lisa and sacrifices himself. Bluesy tries to stop Aryabhata but gets tentacled for her troubles. BB also takes a hit and lands right at their feet, Kar dealing with him very well. In desperation, BB tries to tell the Void Creator inside him to at least give him five more minutes of full power in his final moments. Aryabhata finally reveals her plan, to completely wipe the human race and start over with a new breed, essentially wanting to become God. Justice then asks his own source to give him the power to overwrite Aryabhata’s seal and helps BB just enough so he can get a hold of Kar and defeat her. With the source now taking over BB’s body, he demands Justice to consume him and his source does so without his order. Aryabhata approaches him once more and we see Touko appear. So you know what’s about to happen…Iltutmish kills her. Justice is alone somewhere and Wiseman approaches and tells him why BB did what he did, also showing to Justice that he was the man who gave him the tattoo. Bluesy’s also there with a gun pointed at him and a missing left arm. Wiseman tells them both he was helping BB and asks them to follow him and help him finish what BB’s wish was: destroying all tattoos. He also tells Justice he needs to grow the fuck up, essentially. Wow, a heavy episode to say the least.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)
Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.8)

So we’re back with Sorey and the gang (and the tornado). Now I’m actually slightly annoyed because those last Berseria-central episodes made me completely forgot the tornado was a cliffhanger three weeks ago. Turns out a dragon’s inside that tornado too, by the way, wish we could’ve learned that two weeks ago. It heads for Alisha and the castle but Sorey get in front of it and apparently that’s enough for the dragon to up and leave. The three Seraphim can’t believe their eyes, a real dragon has appeared. Clearly they haven’t seen the one Velvet and company fought. Alisha and the townspeople believe it was all because of him, even though Sorey feels like he did nothing at all. Then the Chancellor douchebag shows up and demands Sorey’s attention, which worries Alisha, but he insists she come with him, which eases her a bit. Along the way, they stop at the destruction point of the town and they all can feel the malevolence forming, but can’t do anything yet. At the mansion, Alisha is told she’s been called away and Lailah’s not stupid, knowing they just don’t want Alisha with them there. Sure enough, the first question brought up by the Chancellor is Sorey’s relationship with Alisha. He also wants Sorey to work with him, but Sorey intends to put the dragon first on his list of priorities and will have nothing else in his way for the time being. Afterwards, Alisha is officially leaving them for good this time, going separate directions than them. Also the Chancellor clearly has evil plans, setting up for war, whatever that may be. Shocking, the old fucker’s bad! At night while Sorey’s asleep, Mikleo and Lailah talk about how Sorey is without hesitation going for the dragon, but Mikleo doesn’t know what he wants to do himself, though he does note it’s hard for him to think about leaving Sorey behind. Lailah sends Mikleo to a set of ruins where there is a divine artifact, possibly something Mikleo can use and be able to actually help Sorey during his journey. Seeing Alisha off the next day, Sorey gives her the dagger and he joins them briefly until their paths split away. Back with Mikleo, before he reaches the ruins, he’s attacked by something, presumably a Hellion and falls off a cliff, but it’s anime so it’s just a scratch. Then at the camp, a Hellion also attacks the soldiers, so Sorey deals with it quickly. Back on the road, we learn a little more about Sorey’s childhood, how he was able to see them from the very beginning when he was brought in as a baby. He also wonders if they may be the reason for the calamities starting to happen, as humans and Seraphim used to live in peace, but now no one can see the Seraphim anymore. Both Sorey and Mikleo reach their respective destinations and that’s the episode. Really nothing special of note here and we may have seen the last of Alisha this season, which would also be depressing.

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Episode Score: 3/5

Week #7 – Summer Anime 2016

Week number seven has arrived with this Summer 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!

Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (Ep.1)
Alderamin on the Sky (Ep.7)

Being left in prison an extra day, Ikta’s in a bad mood. But Yatori saves the day with water and food that she totally didn’t save for him because she likes him or anything obvious like that, how could a girl as tough as Yatori ever lose a little bit of that barrier she has to a guy she may or may not like, that would be silly and never at all happens in anime! At a town, he runs into Kanna, the book girl from last week and drags her into town with him, working his charms as per usual, though she even straight up asks him if he’s a lady-killer type, to which he claims that it’s just “all the older women conspiring to seduce him”. Sure, buddy. They talk about the asshole too from last week and apparently he likes being a prick to everyone. We also discover what was in the prison that Ikta saw, a fuck-ton of spirits being imprisoned, perhaps stored as they can’t move without light, Ikta calling it spirit abuse. The Lieutenant says they took only wind and fire spirits from the Sinack and Ikta knows it’s because they’re fighting ability is lessened a ton without those specific spirits, a desperate measure to break the will of the Sinack. Ikta believes if anything it’s an invitation to war. Back with Kanna, there’s a brief religion talk as the Sinack leave Alderamin (God) out of their teachings. And sure enough during things, the Sinack start attacking influential members of the Army. But the conversation continues when Kanna pretty much denotes religion and Ikta congratulates her for breaking the curse of God. Yatori hears gunshots and sure enough, the Major and others are dead. Yatori gives chase and Ikta/Kanna arrive later to investigate. They also find Alderamin pilgramage clothes there, but no idea why. Yatori stops her force when seeing an ambush ahead and demands to know why her comrades were killed, to which that woman from last week notes how it must feel for the Army to watch their friends die too and also claim they stole their Hahashiku, I’m assuming meaning all the spirits. She also notes that the kingdom has exiled them from places where they can sell their crafts, can buy very little produce and other things that would keep them a bustling community. Yatori tries to get demands from them, but they’re intent on just killing the Army rather than negotiating, calling this a holy war. Naturally when the Army gets word, they look at it as an opportunity to purge the world of the Sinack. The soldiers are torn between those who want to kill and others who oppose a war with the Sinack, thinking this as murder rather than what it would be if it were a war with Kioka. There’s something however that is bugging Ikta and that’s the fact the Sinack are calling this a holy war, when it’s a term that this religion-less tribe shouldn’t be using. Yatori thinks it’s because of the spirits they want back, but Ikta is convinced that someone’s put the idea of a holy war in the heads of the Sinack. So our choices are either Kioka or someone within the Army wanting to purge the Sinack and just needing an excuse. Either way, the soldiers are being prepped for an attack the following day. Even Chamille knows this is madness to be attacking their own citizens when a potential all-out war with Kioka could happen at any moment. Ikta again is smart to know that the person in charge of the fortress here has not told the main force about this situation, acting alone. He’s also preparing for battle, showing some new guns to Torway, calling them a trump card if needed. I’m now worried as fuck about Kanna as this war begins. Well things are really starting up now.

Episode Score: 4/5

Amanchu! (Ep.1)
Amanchu! (Ep.7)

The rainy season has started and all the kids at school are not in the best of moods, way off their game. Ai is even more pissed off than usualFutaba is long gone and Hikari is as all over the place as ever. After school, Mato knows Futaba’s going to swimming lessons, but notices Hikari isn’t going with her and isn’t even going the right way home, so she gets curious and checks on her. I guess Mato has nothing better to do, she even follows her on the train when she has a car of her own. Finally, Hikari notices her stalker and tells her it’s a happy day and “it’s almost time”, which turns out to be the train passing by a ton of blooming flowers, very pretty. It lasts for only a second and that’s literally the only reason Hikari is going this far by train. But it appears Hikari is just filling her life full of happiness and Mato can’t help but admire that. Later in the summer, the rain’s stopped at it’s hot as fuck. Even worse, the pool’s closed for maintenance. So Mato makes them play Red Light, Green Light and they start enjoying themselves, to the point Mato even joins in. A cute episode, but nothing too special.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Handa-Kun (Ep.1)
Handa-Kun (Ep.7)

Midterms are over so it’s time for people to take the supplementary exams who failed. For sure’s are Reo and Akane…and GASP! OH MY GOD! Handa-kun may be the worst of them all! No! It can’t be! The Handa Force are in full effect for getting the two failing members back into the good grades. Even worse, only three people failed, so you know who the third is. Junichi is shocked when the revelation that he was 1st and not Handa-kun. So they devise the crazy hypothesis that Handa intentionally failed so he wasn’t 1st. I just wanna know how they’ll react to Handa-kun having the worst score out of all of them. At test day, the fake Handa and the runner, Kotarou are there as well. Sure enough, Handa-kun shows up himself. They all start wondering how in god’s name he’s in the room with them. They all devise the idea he forgot to write his name down, but don’t think that’s possible either. But he did and would’ve finished 25th, but the teacher made him take this exam anyways as punishment so he won’t forget that again. Everyone passes the exam, so all is good and they also believe Handa-kun only took the exam to bear the shame of failing with those who actually did. Oh, and he forgot to write his name again.

The next sketch starts off with a new girl, Kasumi, the school librarian who apparently has no eyes. The place is a ghost room, but thankfully all is not lost and Handa-kun frequents the library to borrow books. She’s head over heels for him in the creepiest way (think Tharja from Fire Emblem), to the point she snuck a romance novel between the coolest kid in school and a dull librarian for him to find, as if that could influence him. But he doesn’t take it, despite the girl’s hopes. Or at least we thought, she snuck that book under the cover of a calligraphy book. The Handa Force barges in after he leaves and she absolutely loses it when they knock over a few books as well from the Handa Corner. She also becomes super cute when going over the top about her love for Handa-kun. Then the idiots try and change the library to “Handa-kun’s tastes”, which are not actually true, it’s their over-the-top ideas of Handa-kun. The library is bustling again, so Kasumi is busy as hell now, which also means Handa-kun isn’t showing up anymore. Because of this, apparently her hair stays parted so her eyes show up. So when Handa-kun finally returns to return the books and even praises a little bit of the romance novel she snuck in there, her hair goes right back over her eyes again. But then she screws her chances over after telling Handa-kun she isn’t ordering any more calligraphy books and says he doesn’t have to come to the library anymore. Uh…WHAT WAS SHE THINKING SAYING THAT?! Back with Takao, it turns out Handa-kun’s words to the librarian about the book where Takao’s words and not his own. Decent episode, first sketch was bad but the librarian sketch was fantastic. Oh and now Kasumi reveals her plans, to stalk Handa-kun instead of waiting for him to show up in the library.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.1)
Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.7)

A big art competition is around the corner, so Yumeko’s getting Subaru and Mizuki all revved up and ready to go. Though Subaru has absolutely zero interest in the competition, wanting his waifus to only be for his eyes. Mizuki tries to work his pride into painting something, but he’s so careless that it doesn’t make a dent in him. Then some douchebag (who must’ve won first place in that last one) gets into Subaru’s face and makes fun of his waifu drawing that got second. Mizuki’s so pissed off she doesn’t even let the douchebag introduce himself. She decides they’re going to beat him with the very drawings that he made fun of. So for the first time ever, the two of them are working together on a painting. The next time we see them, after hanging up his uniform shirt as he took it off due to the heat, Mizuki makes the mistake of saying she’s not Subaru’s mom, which he replies with (since he’s so straight-forward and doesn’t care) the fact that of course she wouldn’t be, given their ages she’d be his wife, not his mother. Naturally, that sends Mizuki as far off the deep end as you can go without reaching Yuki from Momokuri levels of being off the deep end. I have to note though how every time a girl has a marriage or married life daydream, it looks absolutely stupid. For reference sake, Mizuki also has to wear a maid outfit for Subaru. During her inner thinking and getting lost in space, she inadvertently showed him her panties for like…a while. Then we get a DRAWING MONTAGE!!! And sure enough…they win first place. They forget too why they worked together on this, being that the douchebag was part of it. Speaking of him, he didn’t even place. KARMA, BITCH!!!

In the second sketch, Colette’s boring us with filling out a career future sheet. The president wants to open a futon shop and Mizuki is too embarrassed to say what she wrote down. Finally, she spits out wife and the two laugh at her. Snapping back she makes Colette cry, because Colette is a crybaby little bitch, so whatever. Naturally, she finds Maria out on the roof being a weird chuunibyo girl, meditating. She and Colette are going to be good (stupid) friends. Colette wants Maria to be her master, but after hearing the fight she had with the Art Club, Maria wants her to make up with them before she’ll take her on as a student. The next day, she’s now wrapped in bandages, just like Maria is. A silly little episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

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Momokuri (Ep.13 & 14)

Shinya’s worried that Yuki doesn’t look at him like he’s a man and his friends just look at him saying “You’re thinking about this now?!”, as if it hasn’t been obvious the entire time. Sure enough, they tease him further to admitting they haven’t kissed yet, but “he’s said her first name a couple times!”. They let him know it’s not necessarily due to his looks, it has more to do with his personality and such, especially his constant desire to get bigger by drinking strawberry milk, the most manliest of drinks! They also suggest he stop being so timid and non-threatening, basically stop being your typical loli girl personality trapped in a boy’s body. He’s also sick and before he has a chance to figure out what’s going on, guess who the boys call? You guessed it, YUKI-CHAN!!! Except they also riddle the text in innuendo, so that helps. She actually goes alone, despite trying to get Norika and Rio to come with her and failing as they’re both busy, though Rio is devastated she’s missing this moment. When giving him a thermometer that she plans to use as the piece de resistance of her Momo-kun museum, he lifts his shirt up for…some reason, either way it drives Yuki beyond crazy. Attempting to be more manly, he tries to be aggressive and kiss her but he passes out from the fever, or he faked passing out, not having the guts to follow through with the kiss. Wow…an amazing moment happens where Yuki actually opts not to take a cute Momo-kun photo while he’s asleep and instead makes him some food. When checking his temperature, he grabs her hand and says in his sleep that her hand on his forehead feels good, so her sense of reason literally trying to fly around and she has to grab it so she stays composed, a hilarious metaphorical exchange there. She notes at that time while she’s stared at the photos she’s taken forever and ever, she’s never really taken the time to admire him in person the same way. Of course because it’s anime, she falls asleep doing that very thing. They both wake up very late, the sun starting to set, I guess they’re still too early in to think about a sleepover. Now alone in bed, Shinya’s lamenting over the fact he has such a hard time calling Yuki, well…Yuki. We see a flashback of him attempting to call her that for the first time and they both react as you’d expect, beyond abnormally. They’re so freaking cute. Just like the episode, super adorable.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)
The Morose Mononokean (Ep.7)

Itsuki actually thanks him for his help with the ring, which really throws Hanae off. ZENKO’S BACK, YAY!!! She gets a hold of him while at school, the first time seeing each other since he helped her out with her father. She reveals to both Hanae and Itsuki bite marks on her arm that no one else could see. Now all of a sudden, she can see yokai as well, since the bite she suffered from a dog, but then a fox shows up, the real culprit of the bite. Itsuki didn’t even sense it until it touched him, so he’s visibly shaken. It also seems to know Itsuki, though when he was little, it also claims that it’s just wanting to play with Itsuki, however it uses Zenko as a way to keep them from refusing. So they’re to play hide-and-seek, if they find the fox, it’ll remove the mark on her arm. But Zenko outright refuses and the fox throws a tantrum, but it’s because the three still have classes to attend, of course. So they all agree to meet it at Zenko’s family temple after school. I imagine this fox will turn out to be that small dog-looking humanoid in the main intro. He ends up being beyond late and arrives later in the day with them still looking for the fox in a graveyard just as Itsuki found him. However it demands to go one more time, turns out this one more time was number 23, the fox acting like a child as it probably is. Hanae continues to struggle sensing the yokai until finally Itsuki decides to try and capture it. Turns out though, Hanae actually guesses that this Itsuki was the fox all along. During the scuffle, Itsuki finally remembers the fox (Yahiko) and it transforms sure enough into that humanoid. It turns out Itsuki has been an employee of the Mononokean since the age of seven and that the name of the master at the time was named Aoi. But then it suddenly stops acting happy, turns up the pain on Zenko’s arm and transforms into an even larger fox, demanding to know if he killed Aoi like the rumours say. And that’s how the episode ends. Huh, interesting episode to say the least.

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Episode Score: 4/5

New Game! (Ep.1)
New Game! (Ep.7)

That dark-skinned girl that keeps Shizuku in line goes up to Aoba (apparently she’s on the programming team) because her NPCs are creating a ton of errors. I have to wonder, as someone unfamiliar with the process of game development, what could Aoba have messed up in drawing a character in 3D that caused errors in the programming department of things? Apparently Kou never told Aoba about this stuff, so tanned girl is pissed! Tanned girl’s also a bit of a bitch, but it seems Aoba’s so adorable that she’s kind of accepting this for now. Her name’s finally given to us, Umiko. Aoba asks if that’s her last name and it becomes a soft spot for her, it seems her last name is embarrassing, not sure why Ahagon is so embarrassing, but it’s embarrassing enough that when Kou interrupts and says it, she gets a BB gun shot to the face! She demands she’s called by her first name. After she leaves, Kou’s calming Aoba down, saying Umiko’s actually far nicer than she looks and we see her alone being devastated by being way too hard on Aoba. The girls all talk about Umiko afterwards, Hajime way into her collection of airsoft guns and it’s pretty much given that she’s a bit short-tempered. She later comes back and thanks Aoba for the corrections and apologizes for earlier. She even gives Aoba an empty shotgun shell she got from an American soldier as a gift, which Aoba is a little put off by. By a simple comment about Umiko’s love for military things, she suddenly wants to get Aoba involved in her life, first with airsoft, but because of Aoba’s lack of athletics, she tries to get her to play FPS games with her, to the point she’s a little obsessed and Kou has to interrupt. After work, she convinces Aoba to come with her and Kou (though Kou wasn’t invited) to Umiko’s “secret training field”, which appears to be a shooting range Umiko built on the roof of the building? She teaches Aoba to fire a rifle and then shows off with dual-wielding pistols. Kou thinks she can do this easily, so they have an old-school Wild West duel and it seems they fight to a stalemate.

Another day, they have a company check-up day, which is a thing in Japan, I guess. Aoba’s excited to have a “barium enema” and I suddenly got chills up my spine. Why? Because I’ve had one…and it ain’t pleasant. Either way, it’s a scene for the girls to undress, go figure. We start with Aoba and Yun looking cute and then Hajime’s robe is a little thin and shows off her chest and HOLY FUCK, HIFUMI!!! *nosebleed*

Ahem…so when they exit, Kou’s looking sick cause apparently she gets a bit sick when seeing blood. Hifumi takes deep breaths like she’s having birth, that was funny. Aoba on the other hand has some crazy new girl dealing with her, but it’s all right. Umiko does what a rumor went around saying, she takes her own blood, being impatient. OH WAIT, OF COURSE THERE ARE MEASUREMENTS TOO!!! Yun gets super jealous because Hajime’s in shape and has a thin waist and abs. Umiko’s also fantastic. Shizuku returns after her barium enema, poor girl, I feel her misery. Meanwhile, Rin’s getting super embarrassed with Kou sleeping in her lap this whole time, just accept you love her already, will ya?! After the check-ups are over, Kou notes they’ll be getting part-timers soon for debugging the game. That was a fun episode once again!

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

Qualidea Code (Ep.1)
Qualidea Code (Ep.6)

With the major Unknown attack underway, you have to wonder how in the fuck they’re supposed to even have a decent fight in this situation, let alone win it. Also, how are the Codes related to the Unknown, since their bar codes are clearly reacting to it. With Aoi, Hotaru is on the way to the attack location. They’re attacked during this drive, but Hotaru deals with it until seeing the mass cloud of Unknown and turns around, sensing Maihime being in danger. Students are being killed left and right, almost as if the Codes are making it easy for the dropping Unknown to target them easily. Maihime’s not going down easily though and back with the Chigusas, Ichiya’s officially snapped and seeks to destroy everything around him, but the Unknown take first priority. Figuring he’s got it, the siblings leave to join the main fight where Maihime is. The main battle’s almost like watching the Avengers New York battle in anime form. Airi even though she can’t fight doesn’t want to leave, but Maihime forces her to, saying she can’t die or she’d be very sad, as everyone looks at her like a mother. Before leaving though, she tells Maihime to hold for about 40 minutes, until she can “do something” to help them out. She also gives Airi a locket or something for her to hold onto, which worries me, if I’m about to watch another main character die, I will be pissed. Not kidding, if they kill another main character this soon, I will drop the show. We see in a flashback to Maihime’s childhood that the jacket she wears is her grandfather’s from when he was a military man, a very important one at that. She also made a promise to Hotaru when they were younger to meet at her grandfather’s home when the war was over, perhaps unaware they’d be together through all of this. With the big Unknown appearing and knowing they can’t fight it, Maihime sends everyone to retreat while she holds it off. I swear to god, anime…I’m warning you…

After defeating a ton of them, she still doesn’t accept the chance to escape safely and is now left alone. Next week, the show is getting its warning, like I said earlier. If Maihime or even in a twist of fate Hotaru dies when she inevitably comes in to save her, I will drop this show. Why? Because of the basis of the show needlessly killing main characters in an attempt to exert some sort of emotional reaction. What happened to Canaria was so poorly done and something that should’ve been saved for a second season, not Episode fucking four. So there’s your notice, Qualidea Code, despite the score of the episode. Don’t piss me off.

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Episode Score: 4/5 ***ON NOTICE***

Rewrite (Ep.1)
Rewrite (Ep.7)

For some reason, the school is demanding that the Occult Club be suspended apparently having to do with Inoue’s disappearance and it’s only their club because Kotarou is the last person she was in contact with. Um…why does the school think that another student is the reason and also feels that the club needs to suffer because of it? The fuck kind of sense is that? Not only that, but all the girls are accepting of this. WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON HERE?!!! They claim they all feel the same way as him, well then fucking display that! Kotarou suggests they rewrite (ha, see what I did there?) this wrong and try and find Inoue themselves, cause the police are dumb as fuck, they never solve anything, right? They go back into the forest and we see a flashback from the night before where Chihaya’s butler warned him to stop sticking his nose in where it doesn’t belong. Hm…not foreshadowing at all. It appears after following a trail of prints, Inoue hid her tracks so they’ve lost the trail. The girls leave him for a bathroom break and after thirty minutes (because Kotarou zoned out) they’re still not back, so he’s looking for them. Then he runs into a hooded figure and a bunch of those wolf monsters from before. In order to escape, he rewrites his body to be even faster than before but it’s not enough and he’s bitten a bunch, forced to rewrite his body further and somehow turns his hand into a Wolverine-style claw and kills the main monster. He hears Lucia’s voice and finds her and Shizuru surrounded by raptor-like monsters. However, the girls have little issue with them as Lucia pulls out a katana and Shizuru pulls out two dagger and they go to town on them. Shizuru heals his wounds and tells him these monsters are Gaia’s soldiers, Guardian’s enemy. They tell him to find Kotori and Chihaya, more than able to deal with the monsters currently there. He finds the other three girls (forgot about Akane) and it’s not long before a giant dragon-like monster appears above them. It almost kills Kotori, but Kotarou gets in the way. It drags him around while seemingly sucking his energy out, forcing him to use the claw again, but it’s not intentional, it seems to activate on its own. He’s still in a losing battle and is about to die when Ribbon Girl slices the enemy’s tail clean off and then kills it easily. Still fearing her due to his nightmares of her, he tries to attack her but Kotori’s there and stops him, holding him back and demands Ribbon Girl leave him alone too. He realizes she can see the girl too, but doesn’t say anything about it. Back together with everyone, shit suddenly gets seriously as Lucia is asking Akane questions. Turns out when she and Chihaya showed up, the monsters didn’t attack them, in fact it’s almost like they were defending the two of them. Lucia and Shizuru aren’t buying Akane’s answers. Finally, it’s revealed that the two of them are a part of Gaia and Sakuya shows up as well to take them away. Chihaya’s sad, thinking she made some friends, but if they’re from Guardian, she can’t be with them. Kotarou collapses from his injuries and awakens later in his room. In class, both Chihaya and Lucia are not in class, as well as the teacher (Guardian superior). So now high school life is over, time for the serious shit.

This is tough because this new revelation has suddenly made me very annoyed at the show. I’m okay with Akane being a villain, if that’s the end goal of the show, but it makes zero sense to have Chihaya on that side, especially with the reactions she displays during this revelation. After enjoying the show halfway through, they’ve now thrown a curveball in that I’m not so psyched about. So it has one week to explain to me why I need to still care about this story when I’ve suddenly lost my interest in it.

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

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.1)
Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.7)

Well Akira’s set to absolutely fucking destroy Ryo. Apparently Soma just wandered into Erina’s VIP box and sat beside her, which is fucking hysterical. While asking about the competitors, Erina tells Soma about how Ryo only cooked good enough to pass when she was in the same class, while Alice interrupts to ensure that Ryo’s skills aren’t measured by logic alone, that he’s cooking to stay alive, that for him, a match is where he thrives, while a class just doesn’t have that need for him to intensify himself. During their battle, they take a moment to have a metaphorical Yu-Gi-Oh! battle and it appears that they’re both working into a stalemate, but Akira seems to be the most confident and finishes first. But it appears after each dish is consumed that Ryo’s is much more explosive. The judging takes place and after a long period of deliberation and by a score of 3-2 and needing the last vote to decide, the winner is…no one? The last girl can’t decide, so the idea of a rematch get brought up, but the judges are all busy, so it’s decided for the first time ever, they will make the finals a three-way battle. Ryo is furious, not accepts a draw. The theme for the final will be pacific saury, a fish that uses to be a commoner food and has gained popularity in high-end restaurants and all three participants have an advantage with this dish, so it’s an even match. Here we go! Hopefully this tournament ends next week, but I imagine it’ll be a two week match. I want this tournament done with, it’s boring.

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Episode Score: 3/5

Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)
Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.7)

Oh no! Kouhei’s sick! Tsumugi’s unsure what to do with her dad down and out for the count. After watching her favourite show (which has naked transformation sequences, of course, why wouldn’t it?), she gets the crazy idea to go out on her own and I’m assuming go to Kotori’s for help. She also has the most adorable song she sings when making sure she walks on the line on the side of the road. Her journey is like a quest in her head, avoiding sharks, dinosaurs and more, it’s really neat to see that the staff on the show taking the initiative and bringing some realism to this journey to Kotori’s, as if the mind of a child was in full swing. Nearly there, Kouhei wakes up so here comes the moment when he realizes his daughter is gone and runs off to find her. Meanwhile, Tsumugi makes it to Kotori’s but no one’s downstairs, but thankfully Kotori is at home and hears her. They make a care package for Kouhei and set off back home and then Kotori says something strange to me. She says she can only bring her back to close to Tsumugi’s house, but there’s no reason given as to why. I know it can’t be anything serious, but what’s preventing Kotori from taking her all the way home? Not that it matters anyway, Kouhei’s not far from the restaurant and he freaks the fuck out at her and she starts crying. When he comforts her, she’s having none of it and fights her hardest, it’s actually quite uncomfortable to watch, like when you see a child throwing a temper tantrum in public. Eventually, they settle on going back to the restaurant. Kotori offers them food but Kouhei’s really in a bad mood now. She tries to make good pot rice like before and cheer them up, while the two family members try to patch things up. But because she looked on too long, Kotori burned the rice. So instead, she tries to remember how to make gohei mochi out of the now hard rice. Success and everything’s okay again! A cute and heartwarming episode.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)
Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.7)

Justice and the Americans are on a mission! Also along with Colonel Sanders, there’s two more soldiers, Wang and Johnson. This show is fucking amazing with their names! Okay, so there’s Burns as well, but who cares at this point?! Lisa’s with them as well, rested up from her kidnapping. The only thing I don’t like is how when Sanders gives a speech to his predominantly American troops, he does in Japanese. Come on guys! I have to note as well, being Episode 7 and this is a 12-episode season and we’re still missing who look like major enemies alongside Iltutmish and Aryabhata, I have to imagine this show is intended for more than just this one season. There’s no way they can sum this whole thing up in six episodes, can they? Well they can, but without being shit? Wiseman lets BB know what Bluesy and the Americans are doing and refuses to let him out before his code healing or whatever’s going on is complete, otherwise not only will he die, but he’ll die in vain and do nothing anyway. The mission begins, a hailstorm of bullets raining down on this base. Speaking of new characters, there’s samurai girl that we’ve been seeing in the intro. Right off the bat, the American’s Johnson gets cut in half, that’s gonna sting. It doesn’t even look like she swung her sword, though we sure see it when she decapitates him. OF COURSE ARYABHATA’S GRUNT SOLDIERS ARE WOMEN IN MAID OUTFITS!!! In response, Aryabhata sends out Iltutmish to help and increases her power as well, as if it’s necessary, because as if Cal’s (samurai girl) powers aren’t enough OP, she also has bullet time and invisible walls to shield herself. The fuck is this bullshit?! Oh, she removed one sleeve, she must be half-serious now and slices the fuck out of Seigi to make him immobile. And again, the maids are super strong too. And now Iltutmish in full-beast mode (WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK?!) is now on the loose. Suddenly, she’s not that pretty to me anymore. Of course now Bluesy realizes how dumb this mission was, the Kingdom is on a completely higher level than them. Finished in the crystal, Aryabhata emerges with new tattoos and gropes the maid with her because of course she had to. Now with Sanders, Bluesy’s trying to fight Cal and at least manages to land a hit on her. Sanders loses three limbs after that and then is finishes off brutally. Bluesy’s seriously injured as well, though anime healing between episodes are real high. But before Kar finishes her off, BB’s arrived. Oh, apparently Sanders is still alive, just blinded, not killed from that last slash. Aryabhata deals more damage to Justice as well, her powers seeing to be forming shapes from the earth itself. She reveals she leaked the information to the US and drew them there to kill off the majority of them, including Bluesy and in turn, BB. SHe then stabs him several more times and this show is really making me wonder how the hell anyone survives anything. Back with BB and Cal, apparently asking her if she loves him is enough to stop her dead in her tracks for a moment. He then pisses her off further by saying Bluesy has his heart. As the episode ends, it appears he’s serious now and is aware this was all a trap set for him and came prepared. A bloody episode, that’s for sure!

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)
Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.7)

We continue where we left off with Velvet and Seres as they approach Artorius. However, the blonde man we saw earlier isn’t him, but merely a guard of his named Oscar. He insults Velvet right away saying that even though she’s a Daemoneater, he’ll treat her with respect because she’s a woman, so she whips a brick at one of his men and that changes his mind quickly. The battle then begins, Oscar parrying her attacks with relative ease and eventually he knocks her into the sea. He admits he does not plan to kill her, his intention is to get her back in that prison so she can continue to devour Daemons. Velvet also reveals that the little boy that Artorius sacrificed was her younger brother, so she refuses to accept the world that was brought by her brother’s life. Then because you always need a moment to disturb the peace, a dragon suddenly shows up, beyond a rarity in the world, most never seeing one before. Oscar claims it’s a Daemon, Seres disagrees. And just to make things more fun, some hot jester-looking girl shows up behind Velvet, pissed that her sleep was just disturbed. She’s over-the-top in a show like this? I love her. Meanwhile it appears Oscar continues to try and seal the dragon but fails, so Velvet’s next up now, taking a heavy hit. So because you always need a sacrifice, Seres tries to sacrifice herself for Velvet’s sake, so she can continue on to kill Artorius, but they both take a heavy hit from the dragon. So jester-girl, finally named Magilou and then Rokurou returns to help out. Awakening, Velvet sees Seres is definitely fucked and demands Velvet eat her so she can take her powers. Seres gives her a comb, presumably from her younger brother. She does so and returns to the battle where the two are struggling with the dragon. She takes it down easily, but Oscar tries to stop her from eating the dragon, knowing how strong she’s become, but she’s unaffected and finishes the job, telling him to let Artorius know her name and that she’s coming for him. So the crew makes their way by ship towards Lawgress. An intense episode, shit’s picking up, though I wonder how this relates to Sorey and company.

Also apparently Velvet and company are part of Tales of Berseria, so I imagine these few episodes are like an advertisement for the new game (in fact, it was released on the 18th, last Thursday in Japan) but I’m unsure how long this goes on for before reverting back to Zestiria.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Best of Q2 – Summer Anime 2016

So we’re halfway through the summer anime season. So here’s the updated top 5 lists for various things that I look for in all the shows I watch, ranging from music, design and characters. And this time around, I’m trying to be a little more fair overall, so just because a show has been dropped, there are some categories I will try and keep them involved in, though it’ll be hard for those shows to stick till the very end when they’ve only had a few episodes and the other shows have had the entire season.

So anyways, here’s the best of the 2016 summer anime season at the halfway mark!

Best OP

  1. Tales of Zestiria The X
  2. New Game!
  3. Servamp
  4. Handa-Kun
  5. Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Best Art Direction

  1. Tales of Zestiria The X
  2. Alderamin on the Sky
  3. Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara
  4. Taboo Tattoo
  5. Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Best Character Design

  1. Alderamin on the Sky
  2. Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara
  3. Momokuri
  4. Rewrite
  5. Taboo Tattoo

Best Story

  1. Alderamin on the Sky
  2. Amanchu!
  3. Planetarian
  4. Tales of Zestiria The X
  5. Taboo Tattoo

Funniest Show

This category is simply for the show that has the best comedic moments in the show, whether intentional or not. If the show’s making me smile or laugh, it’s on this list!

  1. Momokuri
  2. Amanchu!
  3. Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!
  4. New Game!
  5. Taboo Tattoo

Most WTF?! Inducing Show

As the title states, this category is for the shows that make me say “WTF?!” the most while watching it.

  1. Hatsukoi Monster
  2. Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara
  3. Handa-Kun
  4. Rewrite
  5. Momokuri

Best Ecchi

Pretty sure this is straight forward here, this category is devoted to the show that has the best scenes and moments that are ecchi-related, whether it’s undressing, hot springs/swimsuit episode stuff, groping, panty shots and of course, two people falling onto each other in the most sexual way possible.

  1. New Game!
  2. Taboo Tattoo
  3. Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sara
  4. Qualidea Code
  5. Ange Vierge

Best Screencap

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— Why Cha is the best character on the show. — Amanchu!

 

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— Hifumi trying to buy your memories of how cute she is from you — New Game!

 

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— The beginning of my depression this season. — Planetarian

 

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— Scratch attack!!! — Taboo Tattoo

 

Sexiest Screencap

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— Light Streaks: The Animation — Ange Vierge

 

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— Kou’s episodic gimmick — New Game!

 

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— When two girls had to wait till opening hours to get it on! — New Game!

 

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— Everyone knows all small-chested girls HAVE to do this to large-chested girls! — Qualidea Code

 

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— The result of a lost ping-pong match. Poor Touko. — Taboo Tattoo

 

Best Couple/Duo

As simply as it gets, this category is for the best couples and duos whether it’s those involved romantically, having a strong friendship, or maybe are just two rivals that work off each other so well. Either way, if the anime is better when the two are together on-screen, they apply to this list.

  1. Kou/Rin – New Game!
  2. Hikari/Mato – Amanchu!
  3. Shinya/Yuki – Momokuri
  4. Futaba/Hikari – Amanchu!
  5. Kuzuya/Yumemi – Planetarian

Sexiest Female Character

  1. Kou – New Game!
  2. Bluesy – Taboo Tattoo
  3. Yatori – Alderamin on the Sky
  4. Lucia – Rewrite
  5. Hotaru – Qualidea Code
  6. Asuha – Qualidea Code
  7. Lisa – Taboo Tattoo
  8. Aryabhata – Taboo Tattoo
  9. Velvet – Tales of Zestiria The X
  10. Ai – Amanchu!

Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

This extra category will go towards the characters that on the outside wouldn’t normally fall into the category of being called sexy or hot, but because of moments throughout the anime (usually ecchi-related), we discover that they’re much hotter than we give them credit for being.

  1. Aoba – New Game!
  2. Hikari – Amanchu!
  3. Iltutmish – Taboo Tattoo
  4. Maihime – Qualidea Code
  5. Mato – Amanchu!
  6. Alisha – Tales of Zestiria The X
  7. Hifumi – New Game!
  8. Chihaya – Rewrite
  9. Mizuki – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!
  10. Yumeko – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Prettiest Female Character

Because not every girl is designed to be the sexiest girl on Earth, this category goes to the female character that stands out as not just being the subject of endless dirty thoughts, but as also just being an absolute beauty on-screen. Though the girls who top the Sexiest Female Character list are still available to take those spots as well.

  1. Hifumi – New Game!
  2. Kou – New Game!
  3. Alisha – Tales of Zestiria The X
  4. Asuha – Qualidea Code
  5. Shizuru – Rewrite
  6. Ai – Amanchu!
  7. Lucia – Rewrite
  8. Bluesy – Taboo Tattoo
  9. Mizuki – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!
  10. Maihime – Qualidea Code

Best Male Character

  1. Handa-Kun – Handa-Kun
  2. Shinya – Momokuri
  3. Soma – Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara
  4. Ikta – Alderamin on the Sky
  5. BB – Taboo Tattoo

Best Female Character

  1. Hikari – Amanchu!
  2. Hifumi – New Game!
  3. Yuki – Momokuri
  4. Tsumugi – Sweetness & Lightning
  5. Bluesy – Taboo Tattoo

Best Show

  1. New Game!
  2. Sweetness & Lightning
  3. Amanchu!
  4. Taboo-Tattoo
  5. Momokuri
  6. Rewrite
  7. Alderamin on the Sky
  8. Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!
  9. Tales of Zestiria The X
  10. Planetarian
  11. Qualidea Code
  12. The Morose Mononokean
  13. Handa-Kun
  14. Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

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

Week #5 – Summer Anime 2016

Week number five has arrived with this Summer 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!

Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (Ep.1)
Alderamin on the Sky (Ep.5)

Talking with her little familiar, she admits that Ikta’s always been there to keep her in check when she goes too far and we see how he’s done that since her childhood. We see that Ikta’s been involved in the study of science since he was little and Yatori although being brought up to be a knight had a shared interest in it as well. He shows her a good time, having fun by being sneaky and silly kids and while she’s still her stiff, proper knight self, she does okay. During his time with his parents, it slips out that Rikan is Ikta’s uncle, the general who died earlier in the season, but they don’t make much note of it in this flashback. During their time together, he asks her to join him as a scientist with him instead of training to just be a soldier. After being left alone together, Ikta gets attacked by a pack of wolves and Yatori saves him for the time being. Realizing that they might survive but anyone looking for them might get attacked by these wolves, we see the two of them work together in dealing with them, Yatori with her battle prowess, Ikta with his strategic mind. This is also when we see how much Ikta hates fighting, not enjoying at all the thrill of battle. He also shows his opinion of wanting the option of least resistance and danger. They eventually overcome the wolves, though at the cost of burning down the building they were in. Not long after that day, Ikta’s father was arrested and Ikta and his mother disappeared. He wasn’t gone forever, they did meet again back in their teens, claiming he was taking her away from her soldier life to a better, brighter future. An interesting episode, but nothing too big of note this week, went by really fast though.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Amanchu! (Ep.1)
Amanchu! (Ep.5)

Since the first day at the club, Futaba’s muscles are beyond in pain, so much weight on her at once. They plan to take the next day easy for her, but Mato’s all like “Hell naw, bitches! You’re runnin’!”. Because the Swim Team uses the pool too, they’re training in other ways instead when the pool’s taken. Because she’s still sore, the run takes a toll on Futaba and Hikari slows down to stay with her, or at least she would have had Futaba not told her to go on without her, which she takes seriously and runs off. Along the way, she runs into the siblings she dove with I think last week? The girl found it hilarious that Hikari mistook her monkey hood for her panties and we see Hikari the most embarrassed she’s been yet. They ask her to join the Diving Club, and they know of two new members, but she hates them because they snuck into the room. So that brings up quite the conundrum. Ai (the girl) is super attractive too now that we see her in non-diving outfits. Mato insists she meet them, but Ai intends to just beat them up. They show up to the brother who warns them to run home now. Too late, a chase has formed. Confronting them, Hikari takes on Ai in a battle of…apologies? All the while, Futaba is half changed out of her tracksuit, her pants still at her ankles (she’s wearing normal gym clothes). Now Ai refers to Hikari as “Monkey Panties Girl” and Futaba as “Half-Naked Track Suit Girl”. I love it! Ai admits she’ll have to teach them diving herself, not trusting the two girls as they’re a bit too crazy for Ai to trust them with something as potentially dangerous as diving. So they have an emergency diving class. She scares the crap out of the girls, but admits she’s not mad about them sneaking into the club room anymore. Ai tells them their schedule for the next couple months, starting with conditioning and more pool diving. The goal though is to get Futaba certified so she can dive into open water with them in the summer. Then they start competing with drawings for some reason while Futaba wonders if she’s capable of getting certified in time, but admits she’s exciting for the potential memories she’ll get from this. Another good episode.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Handa-Kun (Ep.1)
Handa-Kun (Ep.5)

Oh great, now we’re getting the student council involved. The president is a girl named Sawako who intends to wear the boy’s uniform all the time, not sure if in school that’s actually allowed or not. Oh for fuck’s sake she’s an extreme feminist, it seems. She wants the age of males completely gone with women as the dominant force. Sigh…equality my ass! She also looks at Handa-kun as an enemy because all the girls idolize him more than her. Oh and her vice-president wears the girls’ uniform………………sometimes I love you, anime. She’s trying to find a weakness to use against him and because she’s a one-dimensional feminist, she figures using women against him is enough, because all males are misogynistic pigs, right? The first round he finds them simply by accident, because he also saw two stray cats in the bushes near where they were hiding. Essentially, the two school whores have now fallen in love with Handa-kun and want to refine themselves now. Frustrated, Sawako brings Handa-kun directly to her, he’s tied up too for good measure. She intends to sentence him for the disorder he’s brought to the school. The sentence, wearing a girls’ uniform for a year. He thinks by wearing it he’ll be the laughing stock of the school, but I imagine wearing the uniform would just make literally everyone fall in love with him now. Because of the vice-president diving at him, he is launched into the president who has obviously ended up in a precarious position. She goes back to her childhood memories of always hating boys, literally just because they’d tease her as boys do, we’re jerks when we’re little. She ends up straddling Handa-kun at the bottom of the stairs and it turns out he cushioned her. And now her heart’s pounding. After leaving, Handa-kun wakes up and he’s lost his memories because of the fall. Now Handa-kun’s talking to everyone like nothing’s wrong. Now some actual damage to his character is taking place. So the Handa Force decides to try and knock his memory back in. The upside though is most of them think he’s a fake, since they don’t know about his memory loss. Though the jealous girl from last week will happily take advantage of this Handa-kun. He’s also being chased by the Handa Force, with hammers intending to get his memory back, but he gets it back normally before falling down the stairs again. So now he’s gone to Evil Handa-kun, maybe. I’m unsure if it’s normal Handa-kun or not. An amusing episode again this week.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.1)
Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Ep.5)

Subaru is going to art supply store. Mizuki wants to go with him. Colette knows what’s up and stays out of the way, giving her the ol’ wink. Then because she’s bored, as Colette tends to get, she decides to paint a stone bust, but goes a little too far with it and hides it, running out of the room. Then Yumeko shows up into the empty room, sees Subaru’s drawing and writes on it (that’ll get her into trouble later) and then finds the painted bust, thinking it’s a decapitated head and faints. They find her afterwards and Mizuki runs off to get someone while Subaru is forced to perform CPR on a 3D girl. Poor guy. Before he does, the President comes across him doing so and Colette shows back up as well, but before she sees anything, he grabs her hand and runs off. She thinks she’s busted for the painting she did and confesses, but it only mixes things up further. They’re both so stupid. Finally Mizuki comes in and figures out what’s wrong, though it gets mixed up again. Finally, Mizuki gets to the club room and asks if he actually did CPR, but thankfully the idiot couldn’t bring himself to do it and Yumeko wakes up on her own. It’s all cleared up and Subaru finally notices his drawing’s been tampered with.

In the second sketch, the President finds out about Subaru’s number being in Mizuki’s phone and is sworn to secrecy, aka he tells Subaru the second he walks in the door. Then it gets weird…Colette gets a bird head prop put on her head as a “ritual” and now Colette is even more annoying than before. Yumeko enters shortly after and tells them that they got stuck with pool cleaning duty. Colette as usual makes a mess of it, immediately spraying Mizuki with the hose. We see Yumeko is struggling to put on the standard issue swimsuit cause y’know, big boobs. President also brought easily washable paint so they can mess around with the pool as they clean it. PAINTING MONTAGE!!! Oh boy, how big a clusterfuck is it going to be? And…oh, it actually turned out well. I have to admit, during all this, Mizuki in the swimsuit with a shirt on is more attractive than without the shirt on. Oh and the paint’s not coming off afterwards, the President brought non-removable oil based paint. Yumeko finally shows up in a bikini and…oh dear, what did you walk into? Another adorable episode, that’s what!

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Yuki’s trying to figure out the right swimsuit for Shinya, but apparently they’ve been at this for five hours already with Norika. So by bad luck Rio runs into this as well. Poor girl. But she’s smart and gets out of there ASAP. We follow her home, where it seems she lives alone with her single father. We hear more about her through Norika and Yuki, mentioning she’s called a “Prince” at school as she’s popular with the girls more than the boys. Finally, it’s the day of the BBQ and it ends up being the “Make Shinya Blush Show” again. Rio continues to watch the couple, worried about Shinya. During this as well, it appears that Yuzuki and Shouta are developing a relationship as well, though as Rihito mentions, they’ve been close forever, it just appears different now that they’re older.

In the second episode, Shinya and Yuki are at a nearby store, buying ice and looking at other things in the store. Back with the other potential couple…they’re cousins. Oh dear. They promised to be around each other always as kids, but it’s hard to figure out if it’s friends or more than that. Back with the main couple, Shinya’s blowing bubbles and offers a round to Yuki, which turns into a massive indirect kiss debacle in her head. Afterwards, back with everyone else, Rio seems to be lost in space. Even worse, it’s not warm enough for swimming! Nooooooooooooo!!! So a bunch of them nap. Like almost all of them. Lazy kids! Pretty much Shinya, Yuki and Rio are the only ones that are clearly awake. Yuki’s very disappointed that it’s not hot, and Shinya think she wants to swim, but she just wants to see a shirtless Shinya. She lifts her skirt to show her bikini though and Shinya thinks she was panty flashing him initially until he realizes it’s safe(ish). He finally says she’s cute and that completely throws them both off. Adorable episode again this week.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Fukigen na Mononokean (Ep.1)
The Morose Mononokean (Ep.5)

Apparently Shizuku lost Koura’s inventory list, oh dear. They also discover Hanae’s missing. Fuzzy tries to defend Hanae from the man and gets thrown into a wall and looks like it’s bleeding heavily. Then somehow, Hanae suddenly changes into a completely different person before Itsuki finds him and whips a jar at him. When the yokai realizes Itsuki’s the second master, he notes that he killed the previous master of the Mononokean to become the current master. He threatens the man with the authorities getting involved and the man runs off. Meanwhile, Koura gets a call (through a tadpole) from a “Mr. Legislation”, looking for Itsuki and is surprised when he learns that he has an employee, when Mr. Legislation told Itsuki to let him know when he was hiring. He leaves a message with Koura for him, saying that he’ll decide whether or not to approve the Mononokean’s new employee. Afterwards, Fuzzy gets treated and is back on Hanae’s shoulder, except being affectionate now rather than just a literal weight on his shoulders. Also we learn Shizuku is the Legislator’s sister. There are three rulers of the Underworld, the Legislator, the Justice and the Executive, while the Legislator makes the rules in the Underworld. Itsuki however as the master of the Mononokean is exempt from these rules, unless that rule is made specifically for him by the Legislator. Meeting with the man, he perceives Hanae to be weak and tells him to quit his job and also knows right away that he is a human as well. Itsuki argues that he hired him for a reason and wouldn’t have if he thought he wasn’t capable. And after Hanae explains his feelings on helping yokai, the Legislator manages to accept that. Fuzzy also wants to be hired so it can stay around Hanae. He also tells Itsuki on his way out that he understands now that after refusing all of his suggestions for employees, Itsuki just wanted to hire a human and not a yokai. Another good episode, I want to see this consistency out of the show from here on out.

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Episode Score: 4/5

New Game! (Ep.1)
New Game! (Ep.5)

Aoba’s first villager is now getting motions from Hajime, which really has her worried and excited at the same time. Hajime and Aoba are sent out to get a tablet pen for Rin and Hajime’s excited being a senpai to her. However, Aoba forgets her wallet and Hajime somehow dropped hers. When Aoba goes back to get hers, she finds that Hajime just left her wallet on her desk as well. They each talk about how they think each other is cute, though it appears no one really finds Hajime to be cute, rather her tomboyish nature takes over. We fast forward to summer hitting in full swing, so the girls are wearing less and thinner clothes than the last four episodes, though for Aoba specifically, it’s really just not wearing her suit jacket. Then at work, Hajime and Kou have an AC battle, Hajime getting cold and Kou being too hot. Yun even gets involved until Rin takes it out on all three of them. The next day, Aoba gets there early on a day where Kou isn’t sleeping (in her underwear), so she see some stuff on her desk, looking at designs and pictures of Kou when she first started. Rin shows up so they ask about Kou in the early days. She was very quiet, cold and unapproachable, never really all that good at communicating. But when she started taking more leadership roles, she started to push herself forward and try to be approachable to everyone. Hifumi wants to change as well after hearing this, but for her that’s gonna be a tough road. To end off the episode, Kou arrives with a huge bag, claiming to be several changes of clothes as she intends to stay at the studio for a little bit, so Aoba realizes that Kou is still the Kou of old, preferring to work alone. Not much this week, but given the kind of anime this is, it’s okay, the episode was still enjoyable.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5

Planetarian
Planetarian (Ep.5)

When the title of the episode is “Yumemi’s Wish”, I get a lot of bad feelings. After being able to successfully escape the first attack and even take out a leg of the robot, Kuzuya unfortunately breaks a leg as well after debris falls on him from a building. Now in severe trouble, he looks to be near death when Yumemi suddenly approaches the robot. The music gets really eerie at this point as she gets closer and eventually the robot fires while Kuzuya takes out the robot with his last shot. Yumemi clearly takes serious hits and now my depression will begin. He’s beyond upset with her, but it appears she automatically reacted by her programming to emergency shutdown what she perceived as a malfunctioning robots, as obviously they aren’t supposed to attack humans. She now has 10 minutes left until her charge is completely gone. Kuzuya wants to fix her but it’s very apparent that in this world, that’s just not possible. She goes through a ton of memories of kids and adults who used to visit the planetarium, as well as the scientists’ farewell to her. I just want this episode to end already so I don’t have to watch any be any further depressed, but there’s still ten minutes left. After the memories, she notes that she’s sure those humans are never returning and also that she no longer believes she’s broken, but the world is broken, yet she does not know why. With two minutes left, she asks Kuzuya to record one final message into her memory bank. In this message he claims he came there to get her and that beyond the wall there’s a place for her to work, though I imagine it’s his way of comforting her before her inevitable demise. Before she shuts down she tells him a wish, to take her memory card with him and deliver it to this new workplace so she’ll eventually be reborn in a new body. She asks as well that if she does go to Heaven, she doesn’t want robots and humans to be separated, wanting to work for humans forever. And then it’s over…so he takes the memory card with him and leaves that pendant with her and heads out.

God damn it…why the fuck does everything have to end so depressingly!!! >_<

It was a great short series though, was very happy with it up until the depressing conclusion.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Overall Score: 4/5

Qualidea Code (Ep.1)
Qualidea Code (Ep.4)

With Canaria seriously injured, even Ichiya has to admit that he’s powerless on his own. Hotaru and Maihime take a few shots at his expense when they come down to save him, letting him know that he’s not allowed to just give up and admit defeat that easily. With everyone safe, those that aren’t Canaria only left with minor injuries, while Canaria’s condition while not looking too serious, it sounds more like the worry is how she’ll be in battle after recovering. Ichiya’s called to the control room to get his proper punishment, however the other four join him anyway. He tries to just take all the blame on himself and gets a right good slap for it. It seems to wake him up as he claims he wants back into the battle, this time with everyone else’s help and not just going as a lone wolf. The plan is simple for the teams, get under the enemy’s armor and deal a direct blow. Canaria wakes up finally and naturally gets super worried when she hears they’re all back out in battle. So she gets dressed and attempts to leave and her friends help out with that. Ichiya’s group gets the small enemies, while the Chigusa siblings do this crazy thing where the have bombs on the train to make it extend over the bridge and fire rockets and anti-air shells at it. Finally, the most hilarious thing happens where Maihime is underwater and yells orders at them (with the bubbling voice added onto it) and the ship surfaces right next to the enemy and attack its armor directly. When it starts retreating, Canaria suddenly appears, singing to raise their power. With one chance left, Ichiya grabs Maihime (much to Hotaru’s dismay) to bring her close one more time to use that ultimate attack of hers, mixed with his gravity power as well. And after it’s over, Ichiya immediately takes the dumb Canaria back to the hospital. Good episode, if there’s a point where this anime needs to stay consistent, this is about what I’d like to see from it.

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Episode Score: 4/5

Rewrite (Ep.1)
Rewrite (Ep.5)

I’m hoping this is a Lucia-central episode this week, been wanting more of her since Episode 1. Holy shit, I think we know why now that Lucia wears gloves. The club gets a letter about a mysterious girl named Asahi Haruka, where whatever she touched would die. They also note a specific name of a victim in the letter they can use to corroborate this rumour on later on with someone else. But before that, Kotarou’s trying to see if he can mend fences with Chihaya and Lucia after the end of last week’s episode. He goes to Shizuru first, where she tells him Lucia’s “secret”, so long as he’ll be Lucia’s friend forever. We don’t hear it yet, but we instead get his phone call with Haruhiko who pretty much tells him nothing except to start watching his back if he keeps pushing into this case, specifically if “the glass shatters”. Though the following day he does give him a class roster from that year where this victim suddenly passed away. He steals a photocopy fee from Lucia’s card to replicate the list but afterwards she discovers a note in the tray, but such a paper didn’t exist. It reads “Do not wake me. Or else, you will…” and it ends and the glass around him shatters, the very thing Haruhiko warned Kotarou about. When Lucia asks him about this case, he says his intentions are to prove there’s no curse and to clear this Asahi Haruka person’s name. That seems to rattle Lucia just a little bit. On her own, a voice talks to Lucia, demanding to know why she woke her. Everyone Kotarou calls screams in terror the moment they’re asked about Asahi Haruka and something made of glass shatters there as well. Lucia meanwhile is being haunted by this ghost girl, claiming they’re both cursed. The news club girl gives him an old report on this events and learns that anyone related to the story constantly experiences such paranormal events. And then during one night, he’s approached by this girl, Lucia being her puppet, who passes out afterwards. She wakes up presumably in his bedroom and is slightly undressed, though Kotarou assures her he never touched her skin. So she shows him the curse she has, grabbing a leaf from a plant and how it suddenly turns black and crumbles. He wonders if this is all his fault for continuing his investigation, but this has been happening since she was little, hence her gloves. He tries to sympathize with her and refuse that she’s filthy and unclean, which is what she believes, but she’s having none of it. We see during the process, she touched him and he is now cursed. Going to the orphanage where this all began, he sees an old picture and makes the claim that Asahi Haruka is actually Lucia and not a paranormal being, revealing that when one name on the roster was no longer at the address on the paper Haruhiko gave him and yet the glass of that house shattered anyway. Only three people had the list, he and Haruhiko and now Lucia who used the data from the copier to make her own backup copy of it. And then he starts to collapse, showing the curse has indeed reached his entire body. He apologizes to her for failing to withstand her poison initially, so he could prevent her from suffering further. But with his rewrite powers, he’s able to rewrite his body to withstand her poison, therefore “accepting” Lucia and her power. This way, she can at least have someone she can touch. After crying in his arms, a group of full-body suit wearing individuals approach, a woman at the head of them, Lucia calling them her allies. It’s the girl with Shizuru from last week and finally reveals their organization as Guardian, an organization gathering those with special powers for a certain purpose, being to “protect the Earth” and all that cliched nonsense, saying The Key is a person capable of destroying everything and Gaia, an organization who want to shelter and protect this person, wanting the world to perish, or regenerate as they call it. In order to keep the secret, he jokes with Lucia that his only condition is to have her make him a lunch in a maid’s uniform and call him Master. Because y’know, why not? A nice episode, full of mystery, sorrow and some story elements we’ve been waiting for.

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.1)
Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Ep.5)

Soma even tells Subaru what he’s going to make in this battle and Ikumi especially barges in and runs off after saying her piece. Megumi asks why Takumi’s blade isn’t enough, he admits he wants to completely break Subaru from his heinous way. We see that Hisako refuses to see Erina after her defeat. But back at the dorm (you know that place, right? The anime forgot for a while…), Soma’s bombarded by Mitsuru, a journalism student who Soma actually puts in an armbar initially, thinking he’s a spy for Subaru. But Mitsuru wants to write an article about him for the paper, and Soma immediately shuts the door on him. But Mitsuru keeps trying until he finally bombards Soma enough times that he just accepts it, but it seems more like Soma just needed a taste tester. He also reveals that he fed Subaru this dish already. It seems like Soma’s intention is to have both he and Subaru on the same standing and then the actual match will be a test of who can make the base dish taste even better. He also admits that because of Subaru’s style, it’s like Soma’s battling himself more than anything else.

And then pause break for Erina’s Naughty Naughty Storytime! She’s reading romance manga and making impressions of the female lead. Hilarious! She also has a flashback to Alice asking her about boyfriends and then reveals Hisako got her all that manga. So when she goes to see Hisako, Soma’s at the door instead. Oh dear. Alice also let him in, because Alice is amazing. Soma wants her to taste test his dish. She refuses, but Soma offers to get her a missing piece of her manga collection if she does…and she actually accepts those terms. We see once again why she’s got the God Tongue, identifying Soma’s secret before even tasting it. She doesn’t even taste it, saying what he’s making isn’t even worthy of the competition, that beef stew isn’t gourmet at all and he needs to realize he’s not working in a diner anymore. Though while Mitsuru doesn’t understand what she meant, but Soma’s already questioning her true meaning to what she said. We see Subaru preparing, even going as far as imagining himself as Soma at the Yukihira Diner. Still preparing, Ikumi visits Soma and gives him a meat care package and still refusing to admit she loves him. Because of this high-quality meat, Soma finally understands Erina’s message and kicks Mitsuru out so he can properly refine his dish. DOJIMA-SAN’S BACK!!! And still naked in a bath. But it’s time to fight and Soma’s ready. Isami visits the clearly broken Takumi and says Soma came by, telling him to say to his rival “Come watch my match.”. A few of the judges just look right at Soma and think he’s royally fucked. Erina thinks he’s fucked too, but they all note he’s no longer working with beef, but oxtail. He intends to prove Erina wrong once more and that’s where we end. Better again this week!

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Amaama to Inazuma (Ep.1)
Sweetness & Lightning (Ep.5)

I’m watching this after Planetarian, please don’t be sad too like some of these episodes have been! Just be cute!

We start with Kotori and a friend after a movie. While her friend is going nuts about the movie, Kotori is more concerned about her food choices in the theater. After eating and leaving her friend, she sees Tsumugi but with someone that isn’t Kouhei. It comes off like a kidnapping and to make matters worse, her phone’s dead. She’s trying to get a good look at this guy, but can’t. We finally do, but it’s not like we’ve seen him before. After it looks like he’s giving her a cigarette, Kotori finally interrupts and Kouhei appears to get Tsumugi. The cigarette of course is a chocolate stick and the man is an old classmate of Kouhei’s, Yagi is his name. Yagi takes care of Tsumugi when Kouhei can’t get her to kindergarten or a sitter. After the topic of doughnuts pops up again and again, Kotori figures their next project should be just that, as Tsumugi hasn’t really found doughnuts she likes, although I’m beginning to wonder based on her facial expressions if this has something to do with Mom. So they go and make the doughnuts, with Tsumugi’s powerful kneading skills. While waiting for the batter to sit, she asks Kouhei if he thinks it’s okay for Yagi to be taking care of Tsumugi, to which he just smiles and notes it’s probably a good thing for Tsumugi to have someone she can just be a crazy kid around, rather than the more somber and normal girl we see with Kouhei, since he’s attached to her memories of her mother. That and Kouhei’s too normal to be a wild one for Tsumugi. While they have to wait another hour for the doughnuts, Kotori suggests the two of them go to the arcade so Tsumugi can spend some time with Kouhei and be a little wilder than normal. Back with the doughnuts, they burn the first batch as Kotori had the oil too hot, so they have to try one more time. This time, they get it right. Tsumugi is at her happiest I think at this point, which I really needed to see. She reveals though that doughnuts were difficult for her because she didn’t know what to make of them, whether a snack or a meal, but now she looks at them as things she eats on her days off with Daddy.

…AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

What a cute episode!

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Episode Score: 4.5/5

Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.1)
Taboo-Tattoo (Ep.5)

The fight is going about as suspected, everyone but Bluesy is getting sliced into pieces. Finally, Justice shows up to take on Iltutmish. He takes one of her blades out, but she’s still very strong. While they learn that Iltutmish’s ability revolves around using other people’s sight to get a feel of the battlefield, there’s still too many pairs of eyes to keep Justice safe. Back with Lisa, the eyepatch cat is in the truck with her as she tries to get free. Meanwhile, Justice is near death and that suddenly activates Touko’s tattoo and she leaps at Iltutmish, overpowering her. She’s shocked that Touko can overpower her like this. While this happens, Justice has an internal conversation with the tattoo apparently, deciding whether to kill or save Iltutmish, eventually in one punch hitting her hard and looking like he’s going to finish her off, when eyepatch cat arrives to stop him. Though Justice does admit is he doesn’t want to negate her, just her words. And then the Princess is suddenly there behind him. She takes the weakened Justice and kisses him and Iltutmish dives at her to “purify” her lips. The Princess is impressed that he can already accurately use the Void Maker as he would’ve easily killed Iltutmish and Touko with that power. Then she disappears with her and the cat. Meanwhile, Bluesy’s still fighting that guy and finally realizes how to fight him and beats him to a pulp, though he has that weight machine again keeping her down. But before he can do anything else, Lisa saves the day and they finish him off, though the Princess returns to take him back. Back at base, Bluesy is with a Colonel Sanders, because why the fuck not? Her punishment for essentially failure if to continue keeping an eye on Justice.

And then shit gets weird, to the point I love it. While walking in the city, Justice and Touko suddenly come across the Princess and Iltutmish out of nowhere. She tells Justice to go buy the things they were getting and sends him off…so she can challenge the Princess to ping-pong to the terms of if she wins, the Princess has to leave Justice alone. But if she loses, the Princess can mess with her breasts. Yep, not bullshitting you. Touko loses so hard her top bursts. So they’re all together and Aryabhata is groping the shit out of Touko. Justice takes this time to ask her about the tattoos and she wants to know what his goals are. He simply wants to stop the war going on and prevent anymore death. She tells him that if her wish happens, the world will stop fighting (all the while she’s groping Touko to the point of ecstasy) and leaves him saying if he joins her, she’ll elaborate on how she’ll do that. He then meets with Tom and Bluesy to ask the same questions of what the US wants, to which it sounds like the US just want to be the major power, while she’s not clear on what the Kingdom want. He notes that he won’t join the US Army, but will join her if their goals are stopping the fighting. Oh and they’re living in Justice’s house now since he destroyed theirs. After the credits (which I only checked cause the episode’s end was very random), another man by the name of Brahman who was with the Princess challenges Justice and takes him down easily, revealing the tattoo on his tongue. Great episode again, loving the cheesy parts of this show.

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

Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.1)
Tales of Zestiria the X (Ep.5)

Sorey finally wakes up three days later with Mikleo and Lailah at his bedside, claiming he’d been out with a high fever. Apparently Alisha saved him after he collapsed and took care of him afterwards, while Lailah is wondering if his passing out has to do with him becoming her vessel, aka the Shepherd. While showing off his new Shepherd attire to Alisha, he also talks to Mikleo and Lailah, who Alisha still cannot see. So he introduces them, pushing Mikleo right next to Alisha, so close she could kiss him. I wonder if that would work? Lailah tells him to hold Alisha’s hand so she can speak to her through Sorey, but it doesn’t seem to work. Finally, after making Sorey hold his breath (though I figure it’s because Lailah covered his ears), she’s able to speak with Alisha. Over time, if Sorey commands his powers as a Shepherd better, he’ll need less crazy bullshit to make these communications happen. As Alisha has to go somewhere else, they three others are taken into the city. Once they get there, Sorey starts to feel sick again and Lailah notes it’s due to the mass amounts of malevolence in the area. Learning to concentrate and trace the source, they find a ruin on the outskirts of the city. Back with Alisha, the douchebag chancellor demands she give them the Shepherd, to which she naturally declines. Back at the ruins, Sorey’s inability to remember to give back the dagger to Alisha ends up helping them open a door, requiring the royal seal to get in, which the dagger had on the hilt. They find a dragon statue in the ruin, as well a massive bat hellion that drops down to say hello. After defeating it, Lailah reveals he can form pacts with seraphim which could enhance his power, Lailah is the first he’s done this with. She also mentions there being consequences from doing this, but doesn’t explain what that is yet. As the go deeper in, still feeling malevolence in the ruin, they find a scattering of bones and skulls, likely centuries of murders and assassinations of those of royal blood, or murders in general that the public was not to know about. She also mentions his end goal, to purify/defeat the Lord of Calamity, the being capable of bringing the most malevolence and chaos to the world. Suddenly, after discovering the ruin was somehow built either around or under a water source, it begins to flood, Lailah claiming it’s the world screaming out in pain. Outside is a massive storm, one that is much more than just a simple source of malevolence. Alisha and her master are talking about the chancellor going after the Shepherd and why he might be doing that, but as the storm intensifies, Alisha knows what’s really happening and goes outside, seeing a familiar friend: the tornado. The episode ends with Sorey standing in front of it, awaiting it’s arrival. A decent episode, though nothing too special this week.

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Episode Score: 3.5/5