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Best of Q2 – Fall Anime 2016

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

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

Best OP

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

Best Art Direction

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

Best Character Design

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

Best Story

  1. Bungo Stray Dogs
  2. Izetta, The Last Witch
  3. Drifters
  4. Keijo!!!!!!!!
  5. Poco’s Udon World

Funniest Show

  1. Nanbaka
  2. Keijo!!!!!!!!
  3. My Wife is the Student Council President
  4. Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
  5. Drifters

Most WTF?! Inducing Show

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

Best Ecchi

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

Best Screencap

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— Remember kids, never hit girls in the boobs. Those are sacred — Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

 

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

 

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— Izetta showing us the improper use of a machine gun — Izetta, The Last Witch

 

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

 

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

 

Sexiest Screencap

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

 

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

 

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— Finé knowing exactly where the camera is so she can show off her butt to the world — Izetta, The Last Witch

 

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— Sayaka sneakily being super sexy! — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

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— Legitimately the first thing you see in Episode 2 — My Wife is the Student Council President

 

Best Couple/Duo

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

Sexiest Female Character

  1. Kinoa – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
  2. Olminu – Drifters
  3. Sayaka – Keijo!!!!!!!!
  4. Finé – Izetta, The Last Witch
  5. Honoko – My Wife is the Student Council President

Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

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

Prettiest Female Character

  1. Finé – Izetta, The Last Witch
  2. Rin – My Wife is the Student Council President
  3. Sayaka – Keijo!!!!!!!!
  4. Izetta – Izetta, The Last Witch
  5. Papika – Flip Flappers

Best Male Character

  1. Osamu – Bungo Stray Dogs
  2. Yoichi – Drifters
  3. Seitarou – Nanbaka
  4. Nobunaga – Drifters
  5. Odasaku – Bungo Stray Dogs

Best Female Character

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

Best Show

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

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

Top 10 Sexiest Girls – Winter Anime 2016

It’s no secret that I have zero issue putting over girls for being cute, beautiful, sexy, all that jazz. So I figured it’d be a great idea now that the winter anime season for this year has ended, to do a Top 10 list for the sexiest girls that were in all the shows I watched this season. So remember, these are my picks from only shows I watched and they are pertaining to my own personal tastes. So to all the Mai lovers out there who watched Myriad Phantom Colors World, I’m not sorry!

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It’s funny to me that Pina makes this list after her being not even on my mind after Season 1, I was mostly into Tuka cause y’know how can you not love sexy blonde elf girls? But over time in Season 2, Pina’s really grown on me, large in part to her natural beauty mixed with the elegance she carries with her as a Princess. She also has the unfair advantage of having red hair, which never stops working on me. I think most of all though, it’s because every few episodes we’d get a scene of her naked in the bath and then for the end of the season she was only in a prisoner’s garb, which as terrible as the situation was, allowed her skin a little more airtime. But no matter how you slice it, Pina Co Lada, the dumbest name for a character ever in anime, she’s drop dead gorgeous.

09

Yeah! How you like them apples, Mai fans?! I didn’t even pick Reina, the other girl who gets a little sexy air time during the show, I pick the one we pretty much see nothing of the entire series. Koito gains ground on the two with her tomboyish look (I’m aware Mai can be considered one too, but I’m sorry the giant breasts don’t do it for me) and her shorter hair compared to the rest of the girls. She has the kind of hair I’d expect my girlfriend to have back when we were first dating, so that also makes me a little biased. She’s also got a wonderful singing voice, which strikes a few chords in me. Ha, chords…cords…did you get the music pun? Did’ja? All right, I’ll stop. But most of all, the artwork for the show that doesn’t appear in the anime actually completely turns me in favour of Koito. This picture pretty much cemented her for me as my favourite girl of the series, she looks absolutely stunning in that picture. Not that Reina isn’t just as gorgeous in that picture too, but Koito’s got my heart here.

08

This might be the one that surprises the most. Why? Because this girl has pretty much zero meaningful airtime and has zero airtime where she’s in anything over than her ALCA uniform. A couple of the girls got some undressing time in the series (and Chloe’s battle attire is pretty much straps and a thong), but Valkyrie always stood out to me. She has a very unique look to her, the red hair and the cut she has add onto it. She’s also the one goddess (other than Menace) who isn’t designed like a large-chested beauty queen, again the tomboy effect on me is in full swing (makes sense given who her partner is) and works as well as it always does. And lastly, she has a underrated kind of appeal to her that most people never mention: The fact that you never see her in anything other than one outfit makes you use your imagination to create all kinds of possibilities, which is always far better than being given all the keys right off the bat.

07

Okay, come on! How could anyone not fall for a super hot assassin version of Velma Dinkley? Super old cartoon references aside, Barbara is impossible to ignore even with really only two episodes of screen time. She’s easily the most sexually designed character on this list and that’s saying something when several characters on this list are actually naked at some point in their respective shows. But pretty much everything Barbara does is shot with sexual tension, her clothes pretty much do nothing to hide the assets she has, and come on…the entire time we see her training Haruhiro, it looks more like she’s trying to get rid of some excess hormones rather than training him to fight. I mean look, so long as she doesn’t break my arm during the process, I’d have zero issue getting some training in with her.

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Two Grimgar characters back to back, we have the #6 spot given to the character who caused a gimmick to be added to the show’s weekly review. And almost every week, the “Official Yume Ass Shot Counter” did not disappoint, hence why I couldn’t help myself using one of those butt shots for Yume’s photo here. Aside from her presenting her ass to the camera every time it’s pointed at her, Yume truly is a beautiful young woman, again the red hair knocking her up a few spots, but the reason she’s above Barbara when she clearly doesn’t have the assets Barbara has (and that includes her butt!), Yume comes off a lot more like someone you could share a relationship with, rather than a one-night stand with Barbara, cause I’m pretty sure that’s all you’d ever get. Yume truly comes off like a friend, a partner and to me that adds on to a girl’s sexiness. It’s not just about the body to me, the knowledge that not only is a girl gorgeous, but I’ll be happy hanging around her does make a girl even more sexy to me and Yume gives off that feeling in spades.

05

Long silver hair, gorgeous body and you rarely get to see her that much so you don’t get too comfortable with her. That really puts the ball in Sylvia’s court. Like a couple other girls on this list, it took me a little while to get into Sylvia, likely because I had to get past all the incest innuendo. But this soldier is absolutely stunning, an extremely brave woman who you know if the war wasn’t a thing and hadn’t caused all the mental trauma she likely had over the course of the show, she’d be an absolute wonderful person to be around. And yes, a large part of her sexiness is in fact due to that it looks like she doesn’t wear a bra under her uniform and she had the zipper of her top down pretty far. You looked too, don’t judge me!

04

Everything about Kinoa is a plus for me, her body is perfectly designed, her unique hair works wonders, she wears glasses which actually adds onto her beauty for me, she dresses so well for her frame and her personality when she’s not a pissed off young woman has her as the perfect girl to fall for when you were around that high school age again. You’re probably thinking well if she’s that perfect, why’s she only #4 and not even in the top 3. Well other than me preferring the next three girls above her, I think her hot-headed attitude can be a little much at times. But then again she did seem to be into older guys, not that I’m crazy old. But if the shaved head had anything to do with it, fuck that I’m out!

03

I had zero intention of even listing Aika at all during the entire season. Then getting the hot spring scene with her completely turned my attention around on her and really started noticing just how absolutely perfect this girl’s body is. I’m also not crazy into blonde hair, but because of how unique her hairstyle is and just how perfectly it matches her frame and fashion style, I was more than willing to accept that over a lot of the redheads on this list. Something that might perplex a few people reading this, probably the biggest thing that brings my attention to her however is that cluelessness to the real world that this game NPC has. I really entertain the idea of being the person to really accommodate a girl who knows nothing of the world she’s in, including basic societal customs like I don’t know…entering the men’s bath completely naked. It’s that silly trope that never gets old for me, it always creates great ecchi moments where she doesn’t even flinch at the idea of the MC looking at her full naked body, which every other girl would kill him if it happened to them. It’s a shame she can’t stay in the real world because of her work, she comes off like the kind of girl that over time, you know she’d be a perfect fit as your partner forever. And again, man…that body. Come on!

02

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Sometimes the sexiest of all are the crazy evil ones. Before even being aware of Reoko’s immortality, the moment I saw this woman who should be in her 40s, I was hooked, regardless of how downright batshit crazy this woman is. Red hair: Check. Small, slim body: Check. Having the opportunity to fantasize about the main villain taking a momentary break from her craziness to share a lovely night with you: Double fucking check! I knew from day one that this girl would be a nominee for the Sexiest Girl of the Season award and at no point did I ever second guess that. And most of all, come on…if she stays immortal, that perfect body’s there as long as you can go. Like you wouldn’t be salivating at that opportunity.

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The #1 spot through the entire season flip-flopped between three girls: Kinoa, Reoko and this girl, Misaki. In the end what pushed Misaki over the other two was honestly the unfair advantage of being constantly presented as a purely drop dead sexy girl. Pretty much every episode she’s in her Flying Circus attire, which does nothing but show off her assets. Like come on, I don’t care how much they portray Asuka as the best girl, Misaki’s got the butt to put her above all the female characters in that show combined. When you match that up with her perfect figure in a tight bikini and a bathing scene where you’re left to visualize Reiko giving her quite the hot massage, it’s impossible to not have this girl on your mind the entire time. And most of all, minus her super sleepy mornings, she’s pretty much just your average run of the mill kind of girl. Which when combined with that body, it’s a knockout punch for me.


Hope you enjoyed this top 10 list, I have to apologize for not posting these in a while. Honestly, it’s for the most part a time issue and a lazy issue. These articles take longer than any of the other weeklies I post and because of that (and partially because I was running out of topics I could actually gush about without stopping) I didn’t have the desire to do them. That should be changing soon, with my potential new job having me work at home as well, giving me a little extra time to work on other things and not leaving me physically tired like my current job does.

Anyways, as always if you have any comments or perhaps your own lists, don’t hesitate to post them in the comments below. Cheers!

 

Winter Anime 2016 Awards

So the winter 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!

And just to remind you all, along with this post, I plan to do an audio podcast going over each series that I finished in greater detail than my live reactions that I’ve been posting weekly. This will include things like who I liked and didn’t like (both personality and looks), the overall story, moments I enjoyed/hated and anything else I want to talk about pertaining to each show. I don’t know if I’ll be separating each show or do it as one big podcast, depends on how long the recording goes. So stay tuned!

Worst Opening Theme

“Contrail ~Kiseki~” by Mami Kawada – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

“Golden Life” by AKINO with bless4 – Active Raid

“white forces” by fripSide – Schwarzesmarken

“YPMA☆GIRLS” by Galko (Azumi Waki), Otako (Miyu Tomita), Ojou (Minami Takahashi) – Please Tell Me! Galko-chan

“Zessei Star Gate” by Shouta Aoi – Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

Winner: “Golden Life” by AKINO with bless4 – Active Raid

The song is just overly cheesy to the point that it’s gone too far. It’s bad enough how boring and confusing the anime was for me, the intro song didn’t make me any more interested in watching the action about to unfold in front of me.


Worst Ending Theme

“Ame to Namida to Otome to Taiyaki” by Otome Shinto – Nurse Witch KOMUGI R

“CONTRAST” by vistlip – Divine Gate

“Hoshizora Rendezvous” by Sekkou Boys (Tomokazu Sugita, Shinonosuke Tachibana, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono) – Sekko Boys

“Kanashimi ga Jidai wo Kakeru” by Zahre [Katia Waldheim (Minami Tanaka), Irisdina Bernhard (Nozomi Yamamoto)] – Schwarzesmarken

“Meiyaku no Kanata” by Emi Nitta – Luck & Logic

Winner: “Kanashimi ga Jidai wo Kakeru” by Zahre [Katia Waldheim (Minami Tanaka), Irisdina Bernhard (Nozomi Yamamoto)] – Schwarzesmarken


Worst Story

AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

BBK/BRNK

Dagashi Kashi

Luck & Logic

Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn

Winner: Luck & Logic

There never really was much of a story to speak off in Luck & Logic until the very end and it was terrible and cliché. The first 10 episodes are essentially introducing the characters one-by-one and then the final two episodes are the most cliché writing of a final battle you could possibly have. It was just so boringly predictable.


Biggest Disappointment

Active Raid

AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

Dagashi Kashi

Divine Gate

Luck & Logic

Winner: Dagashi Kashi

Oh my god, man…this was primed to be my favourite show after the first couple episodes! And then the jokes got stale…and they kept going with it like it was still funny. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still good comedy here, the art style is cool and there are some interesting characters in the show, but after such a great start the show just kept declining for me and never really recovered.


Worst Female Character

Asuka – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

Aqua – Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-

Beatrix – Schwarzesmarken

Irina – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

Nana – Prince of Stride: Alternative

Winner: Irina – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

I’ll attribute this to professional wrestling. Irina for me had “X-Pac heat”, which is basically I hate you not because you’re a bitch, evil or whatever else that makes you a good bad guy, but because you’re so uninteresting and shitty that I just want you off my TV screen. Irina isn’t evil, she isn’t menacing, she’s not even really that bad. She’s just an annoying, coy little bitch with nothing of redeeming value, she isn’t even that pretty either AND ALMOST EVERY GIRL IS PRETTY IN ANIME!!!


Worst Male Character

Hiiragi – BBK/BRNK

Moguzo – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Olga – Luck & Logic

Ranta – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Shion – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

Winner: Hiiragi – BBK/BRNK

Why does every show with a group of over 4 characters have to have one character that is so unlikeable that you constantly want to punch him? Hiiragi was the biggest example during this season, there’s no redeeming qualities about him, he’s a pure unadulterated jackass and even at the very end when he’s trying to be a good team member, I still wanted to punch him.


Worst Show

Active Raid

Divine Gate

Nurse Witch Komugi R

Ojisan and Marshmallow

Sekko Boys

Winner: Divine Gate

Out of all the early drops, Divine Gate is the only one that pissed me off to the point of dropping it, Active Raid was disappointing, but Divine Gate is just pure garbage. It’s one of the most pretentious shows I’ve watched, it only serves to annoy me, which is a damn shame because the art style is fantastic in that show.


Best Opening Theme

“Beat your Heart” by Konomi Suzuki – BBK/BRNK

“Checkmate!?” by MICHI – Dagashi Kashi

“Genesis” by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION – Dimension W

“Re:Re:” by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – Erased

“Stride” by OxT (Masayoshi Oishi x Tom-H@ck) – Prince of Stride: Alternative

Winner: “Genesis” by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION – Dimension W

All five of these tracks could’ve won, but Genesis is the only song I’ve been actively singing for no apparent reason this season. It’s such a wicked rock/techno tune, the video aspect of this song is fantastically animated as well. It’s a song I have zero issue with playing loudly in my car with the windows down, even with the Japanese vocals.


Best Ending Theme

“ANGER/ANGER” by MYTH & ROID – BBK/BRNK

“Contrast” by Fo’xTails – Dimension W

“LoSe±CoNtRoL” by Nene Nanakorobi (Sanae Fuku) & Clarion (Manami Numakura) – Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn

“Rare Drop☆KOI☆Koi! One More!” by Rina Izumi (Ayaka Suwa) & Aika Suzuki (M.A.O) – Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

“Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no Youna” by Sayuri – Erased

Winner: “ANGER/ANGER” by MYTH & ROID – BBK/BRNK

That intro is so good to the song and to center it around Reoko who’s off the charts sexy and awesome was a fantastic choice. The song’s a weird mixture of darkness, sadness and badass…ness? Also if you listen to the full song, kind of reminds me of early Evanescence. Can’t go wrong with that.


Best Art Direction

BBK/BRNK

Dimension W

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Myriad Colors Phantom World

Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn

Winner: BBK/BRNK

It’s like if RWBY’s art design was adapted into a Japanese anime, that’s essentially the art style of Bubuki Buranki. It’s a blend of beauty, 3D and over-the-top designs. Kind of looks a little bit like Fire Emblem’s current art style too. Look, you can’t go wrong with any of these names I’m referencing!


Best Story

Dimension W

Erased

GATE: Season 2

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Schwarzesmarken

Winner: Erased

Is anyone surprised that this one came out on top? It had me guessing the next events constantly and begging for more every time the credits rolled. It’s been a while since I’ve been that into a 12-episode series and the story is the big reason why.


Biggest Surprise

Erased

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-

Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

Schwarzesmarken

Winner: Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

Even though it didn’t end as I’d hoped it would, this show was such a late bloomer, really the second half being what kicked it off. The first half was just good enough not to get me to drop it, but once the student council video game bullshit got tossed aside for some real world integration, the show picked up tenfold.


Sexiest Female Character

Aika – Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

Kinoa – BBK/BRNK

Misaki – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

Reoko – BBK/BRNK

Sylvia – Schwarzesmarken

Winner: Misaki – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

She gets an unfair advantage being the girl out of the nominees with the most screen time in various states of undress, but Misaki really does earn her keep here. She is drop dead gorgeous, clearly in tip-top shape with the Flying Circus sport being as athletic as it is and well…come on, she’s got the best butt out of all the girls this season!


Best Male Character

Haruhiro – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Kyouma – Dimension W

Loser – Dimension W

Satoru – Erased

Shuusaku – BBK/BRNK

Winner: Shuusaku – BBK/BRNK

It’s crazy that Shuusaku walks away with this award because at no point he was even listed until the very end here. But while I hated him early on, I realized pretty quick it’s just how good a bad guy he is, kind of how you gotta give props to really good heel characters in professional wrestling. But what really got him over the hump with me is just how much his badass voice really grew on me, he comes off like a total badass, the voice, the look, the fighting style, everything about him screams awesome.


Best Female Character

Barbara – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Clarion – Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn

Megumin – Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-

Reoko – BBK/BRNK

Shizuru – BBK/BRNK

Winner: Shizuru – BBK/BRNK

Another late edition to these lists, Shizuru flies in under the radar, both in the awards and in the show she’s from. I had no care in the world for this girl until her first fight scene and then I was hooked. This silent but deadly girl is absolutely fantastic, being quiet the entire show, but piss her off and she fights like a goddamn Super Saiyan with a sniper rifle, considering how fast she is. Every fight scene she has in the show is a must-see and makes her a must-watch character.


Best Show

Erased

GATE: Season 2

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-

Schwarzesmarken

Winner: Erased

How shocking! I’m assuming this is the #1 show on over half of all anime watchers’ lists, this show was just fucking fantastic to watch and I’m usually not even into serious anime like this. But it has everything, great art direction, great music, great characters, great storylines and fantastic, memorable moments. From the first kill to Kayo’s breakfast breakdown, the show is an emotional roller coaster, one I may never forget. This will likely be the show of the year as I have a hard time seeing anything capture my heart as well as this has. This may just be the best show I’ve ever watched.


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

Best of Q3 – Winter Anime 2016

So we’re now at the 75% mark of the winter anime season, at least for most shows. A lot of the list will likely not be too different, if anything it’s really the order changing up. Though this time around there are a few new additions to some of these lists.

A heads up though for those who have been keeping up with me during this season, I will post a final awards section at the end of the season which will not come out until every show has finished, or at the very least hit the 12-episode mark and any bonus episodes afterwards.

Secondly, along with that final post, I plan to do an audio podcast going over each series in greater detail than my live reactions that I’ve been posting weekly. This will include things like who I liked and didn’t like (both personality and looks), the overall story, moments I enjoyed/hated and anything else I want to talk about pertaining to each show. I don’t know if I’ll be separating each show or do it as one big podcast, depends on how long the recording goes. So stay tuned when the main season is over!

But anyways, here’s the best of the 2016 winter anime season at the three-quarters mark!

Best Opening Theme

Here’s my top 5 for opening themes, though they likely won’t change by the end of the season, unless new ones show up and wow me. I’m only doing openers and not ending themes (will be in the final season post), as I honestly haven’t listened to many of them.

  1. “Genesis” by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION – Dimension W
  2. “Re:Re:” by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – Erased
  3. “Checkmate!?” by MICHI – Dagashi Kashi
  4. “Stride (ストライド)” by OxT (Masayoshi Oishi x Tom-H@ck) – Prince of Stride: Alternative
  5. “Beat your Heart” by Konomi Suzuki – BBK/BRNK

Best Art Direction

This is the top 5 in terms of their art style and the character designs. They’re not necessarily the prettiest, but the most striking and attention grabbing.

  1. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  2. BBK/BRNK
  3. Dimension W
  4. Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn
  5. Luck & Logic

Best Story

This top 5 shows the most intriguing and interesting stories I’ve encounter so far, to the point I’m impatiently waiting the next episode.

  1. Erased
  2. Schwarzes Marken
  3. GATE: Season 2
  4. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  5. Dimension W

Sexiest Female Character

Since I have so much to choose from here, I’m going to make this a top 10, instead of a top 5.

  1. Reoko – BBK/BRNK
  2. Misaki – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue
  3. Yume – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  4. Kinoa – BBK/BRNK
  5. Sylvia – Schwarzesmarken
  6. Mira – Dimension W
  7. Valkyrie – Luck & Logic
  8. Mary – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  9. Tuka – GATE: Season 2
  10. Koito – Myriad Colors Phantom World

Best Male Character

The top 5 male characters. Basically the few that haven’t been annoying me this season. Looking right at you two, Ranta and Hiiragi!

  1. Kyouma – Dimension W
  2. Satoru – Erased
  3. Haruhiro – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  4. Itami – GATE: Season Two
  5. Loser – Dimension W

Best Female Character

While we had the sexiest female characters, this is the top 5 best overall characters. The ones that have the best personalities, rather than looks. Not that they aren’t pretty though.

  1. Clarion – Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn
  2. Megumin – Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-
  3. Reoko – BBK/BRNK
  4. Mira – Dimension W
  5. Barbara – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Best Show

In this category I will list every show here that remained after Week 3, since I haven’t dropped any shows since. So anything I did drop will not be here until the final posting which will also have the Worst Of awards. Just because a show’s at the bottom on this list though doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad, just not as strong as the rest. They’re all on my list, which means there’s some value in them.

  1. Erased
  2. BBK/BRNK
  3. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  4. GATE: Season 2
  5. Dimension W
  6. Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-
  7. Prince of Stride: Alternative
  8. Myriad Colors Phantom World
  9. Schwarzesmarken
  10. Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation
  11. Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn
  12. Dagashi Kashi
  13. Luck & Logic
  14. AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

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

Week #4 – Winter Anime 2016

Week number four is upon us with the Winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

It seems like we’re at the point where shows will not be getting put On Notice or even Dropped, so it’s safe to assume this list of 14 will be staying with us for the remainder of the season. Which is a relief when I realized how many shows I started with, holy crap!

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AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

We meet the annoying character of the series in Minori who’s part of the Broadcasting Club. She’s getting access to the team because she helped Mashiro pass her makeup exams. Yeah, she’s a bit on the annoying side. During training though they see more of Asuka’s untapped potential, having incredible jumping ability, even without the Grav Shoes. Though she admits she didn’t do it intentionally, it’s almost as if these amazing moments she has are purely out of instinct. Mashiro seems out of focus now, she’s not as into FC right now. She’s super jealous that Asuka’s getting closer to Misaki’s level faster than she is, so she feels threatened with their friendship, like Misaki will think of Asuka higher than her. Brief changing scene, though again Misaki’s the only one we get a good look at it, she’s the only one in her underwear. She’s becoming hotter just by attrition. Completely losing focus, she accidentally runs into Rika, who’s wearing clothes again! Amazing! She asks Rika to teach her the basics so she can try and catch up. She manages to learn quite a bit and develops a pretty strong bond with Rika. She also has a “Eureka!” moment and during practice completely demolishes Asuka with her speed, realizing that with her style and body type, she’s far better off as a Speeder than a Fighter. She has a secret move too, “Distraction!”, well done mi’lady. A random girl shoes up to save Asuka’s phone from certain death and speeds off like a fighter jet. Gee, I can’t imagine she’ll be a key opponent in the summer tournament or anything! I loved this episode, was a cute, enjoyable one.

Episode Score – 5/5

BBK/BRNK

We return to Kogane getting her ass handed to her once again by Shuusaku, while Azuma finally comes into the fight and actually challenges him a little bit. Watching the intro, I still can’t get past the fact Reoko looks like a girl in her early 20s, yet in storyline has to be at least almost or just over 40. Could she be my anime MILF of all-time? Also the more I watch this series too, the more it reminds me of RWBY. Anyways, they try to fight him with Oubu, but holding Entei’s heart allows Shuusaku to prevent this. He starts a Bubuki battle with Kogane which prevents anyone from getting involved and is essentially a battle for each other’s weapon. He reveals their plan is to take all their weapons and use Oubu themselves. The rest are forced to leave before Reoko and her group converge on them, while Azuma sees something he might be able to help with. This entire fight is a testament to how awesome Kogane actually is, her facial expressions whenever she’s fighting Shuusaku are top-notch. We get a little more background on her father’s murderer and the moment she meets the Bubuki for the first time. I love Shuusaku’s laugh, by the way! But the sight of her father lying there dying while they look on careless is truly horrifying. Azuma saves her, by simply standing in the way, not fighting as the Bubuki will still protect his own life, but it only works for so long. It’s enough for Kogane to sneak in and grab his arm, but again it doesn’t work. Except he realizes he’s been chained to the tracks and OH SHIT! So Shuusaku admits defeat before he’s killed and thus his Bubuki will no longer work until the rest of the battles have ended. Souya shows up to fight Horino, except Kinoa’s taken the spot. He talks about how “big” she’s grown (which is true by the way) and now you’ve pissed her off. And you don’t piss off my Kinoa. Kick his ass, girl! Awesome episode!

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

Dagashi Kashi

I ended up watching this away from my laptop, so because I’m not re-watching this and using up another 20 minutes, I’ll quickly go through what I remember from seeing it yesterday. The episode was essentially two skits, the first half was devoted to Kokonotsu and Hotaru’s blind fugashi tasting competition where hands were tied and food was fastball-thrown into mouths. I enjoyed the later part of this section as I was a little bored from the over-explanation of fugashi candy. It was like an episode of Food Wars without the sexual innuendo, kinda takes all the fun away from it. The second half was devoted to the race back to Saya’s cafe when Kokonotsu leaves his drawing notebook there and Tou took it upon himself to redraw Saya and Hotaru to reflect their bust sizes, also writing about their sizes too. The ridiculous of a piece of caramel allowing you to run an extra 300 metres is hilarious and the cliche “Go on without me!” moment just added onto it. I feel though if Saya likes him so much, she should know him well enough that he wouldn’t draw/write what was in his notebook, the moment he says Tou did that, she should’ve stopped, it’s clearly obvious how perverted he is, while Kokonotsu is pretty reserved on everything. Either way, pretty enjoyable episode.

Episode Score – 4/5

Dimension W 

Anytime I see “Yasogami” in a title I get disappointed cause it has nothing to do with Persona 4. This week on Scooby-Doo, I mean Dimension W, we have ghosts! Mira insists she keeps seeing the ghost of a woman, presumably from an incident 21 years ago she also vaguely mentions. They’re not helping that the music sounds kinda Persona-like. We go back 24 hours where Albert informs Kyouma of a mission they have for him, involving that strange drowning death we saw at the end of Episode 3. Why would this matter to Kyouma who’s only interested in coils? Nothing really, he’s just stuck with it. We resume with them approaching the hotel where the man died. Mira has the mission of acting like a normal robot, which will prove difficult given she’s already freaking out about ghosts. It already gets weird when the blonde Elizabeth approaches and nearly causes her to lose it already. To make matters worse for Kyouma, Albert is joining them. I’m surprised he didn’t just walk out on Albert there. Albert reveals he knows Kyouma’s been asking about the Numbers coils and they started fighting immediately, kicking his ass and Albert leaves. Kyouma tells Mira that Albert was in the same group he was in the past, the Beasts of Grendel. Earlier there were three people eyeing Kyouma as he entered and now we get to them. Redhead’s hot as shit, by the way! There’s a moment we see the owner of the hotel before going to bed, she actually kind of reminds me of Fuuka Yamagishi if she was much, much older. Yes, another Persona reference, leave me alone, I’m waiting impatiently for Persona 5, okay?! While Mira researches in the dead man’s study, Kyouma drives off to look for clues around the surrounding dams. And the returns, scaring the shit out of Mira who lets out one hell of a high-pitched squeal. Another death, the asshole reporter from earlier is drowned. Kyouma meets with Albert and tells him that he knows there’s a Numbers coil here, possibly part of the incidents going on. Albert mentions that while it’s possible the Numbers coil has nothing to do with the incident 21 years ago, the fact it was active during it is the only reason this is of any interest to him and New Tesla. He also notes that nothing had happened in ten years, so the investigation had stopped, this death only caused it to resurface. SHOWER TIME WITH MIRA! I know she’s a robot, but fuck man! During this time, something changes around her, the world is different, her things are missing and her functions are reduced. She’s attacked by a strange woman with a sliced up arm. Meanwhile, Koorogi calls Kyouma to show him and Albert what really happened with the robot and the drowned man. He was attacked by a bunch of ghosts, those who died in the incident 21 years ago. Mira continues to run through this 21 year-old nightmare, the sight of all these victims seemingly like zombies ripping each other apart. Investigating the reporter’s death, he notes that Elizabeth must be a Collector as well. And now shit gets really weird. The three people from earlier attack the hotel owner, saying her dreams are connected to the Numbers. Kyouma tries to stop them, but they kidnap her and flee. The episode ends with Mira chained in this nightmare world and the one not-dead person in the incident, Shiro Kamiki reveals he’s actually Shijuro Sakaki, the first man killed in these recent incidents. So we have our first multi-episode conflict. I have zero idea what’s going on now…and I love it!

Episode Score – 5/5 

Erased

God I hope this doesn’t kill me as bad as last week, my heart can’t handle that. Satoru retraces more of his steps, figuring out around the time on March 1st Kayo disappeared. We’re less than a week away now until that day. He plans to thwart the events further on Saturday by taking her to a Science Center. Kayo refuses as her mother wants her home early so she can beat her and accidentally kill her. That’s my assumption right now so far, she goes too far and actually causes Kayo’s death. Satoru tries to talk her mother into letting her hang out with him and nearly gets a smack for it until his mom saves the day. We hear from Satoru that she was (or still is) a news reporter so her mind’s sharp, she has an idea what’s going on just from assessing that situation. Saturday comes and he notes that the abuse seems to have stopped, at least for the time being. During the trip, he gets deja vu, even though he doesn’t remember this happening. It happens a second time and realizes this did happen exactly, just under different circumstances. Last time he just ran into her, this time he took her to the same place. He can’t figure out if this is a mistake though, nor how to fix it. So he tries random things to alter events, changing his attitude, but in the end his friends all show up too, noting this didn’t happen last time. Monday comes, things still fine, but he lets it slip out that he thinks she’s pretty, which catches Kayo way off guard. The next day is the big day so he ensures he sees her early in the morning to make sure he gets to her. He even holds her hand, trying everything to convince her to stay close to him. Realizing it’s past the time he lost her, he takes the chance to bring her home, praying everything’s changed. He admits this seems all too easy. So he goes there when the clock strikes midnight, symbolic perhaps? He gets up super early to see her and ensure he’s changed history. And she’s alive. So it’s birthday party time! More deja vu along the way, so far unrelated to Kayo though, of course, she was dead at this point before. I totally forgot Kayo and Satoru share birthdays, so they’re celebrating both. Kayo gets emotional, revealing the reason she wanted to go home early wasn’t due to her mother but because she wanted to finish a present for him. He gives her a present, a new pair of gloves. She really appreciates what he’s done for her and bids him farewell, planning to give him his present tomorrow. He’s convinced he’s won, but has he yet? Or did he just prolong it? I’m still suspicious. He’s nearly late for class until guess who’s missing…Kayo. Episode over. I’m convinced it’ll be something silly like she was sick, she didn’t get any sleep so that’s an option. But man…it’s a tough cliffhanger to swallow.

Episode Score – 5/5

GATE – Season 2

This week’s episode is named with the Fire Dragon in the title, seems like it’s finally time for us to get back into things! We start off with the bunny girl, Delilah getting an order of sorts, perhaps she’s an Italican spy and she’s been given a kill order? No time, we’re back to rapey bunny girl and the foot-licker. She reveals the plan is for Delilah to kill Noriko, the hostage saved earlier in the season. She also mentions she’s the queen of her race and Delilah during a ritual calls her a traitor, so I have zero idea what’s going on now. The commanding officer sends out troops to aid Itami, saying even though he’s an idiot, he’s our idiot. So it turns out that old man Itami talked with is a king, geez royalty just passes through here like it’s nothing. They work out a deal to escort him home in turn for mining rights (and tax exemption) for anything not related to the world’s currency. So they’re looking for oil, shocking. We go onto to Noriko who’s still struggling with the fact her family is probably dead after the attack in Japan. She wishes she could die, so of course Delilah shows up. She nearly succeeds when Akira finds them and they have a one-on-one battle, the first real even match we’ve seen in the entire series. She stabs him and he frantically shoots her dead…or so I thought. Both are somehow still alive. The people are shocked to hear that no one’s banished after this, the guilty by association not applying in this world. Forensics also play deeply in this investigation, another thing the people beyond the gate don’t know of. Two fighter jets are scouted the skies, trying to find the dragon, you know they’re about to die. They test what the dragon’s capable of and one of the jets gets a fire bath, though surprisingly no casualties. Itami’s group reaches the area Yao’s clan lives and as they’re approached by the people, the fire dragon also shows his ugly face. Tuka’s frozen solid. Out of all of them, Rory poses the best fight. Itami finally tells her as she’s looking at the fire dragon that her father is dead and he’s not her father. He has her fire an RPG blast at it to try and help her, but it misses the mark and she is about to snap when the episode ends. Now things are getting interesting!!!

Episode Score 5/5

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

This anime’s slowly becoming my favourite just from being so mysteriously interesting and (for a game world anime) very realistic. A clear focus is put at the start of Shihoru’s hardships with talking to boys as her time with Manato shows. With success, they’ve all learned a new skill, some to help them with other problems, Yume learned a dagger skill in case things get close-range, Manato learned a bash skill for the same reason as a healer. Ranta however seems to be just wanting more power and clearly has bloodlust now, always diving in to get the killing blow, even if the enemy’s already dead. We start to get background on the lore of the world too, Yume talks about her God as a hunter. Manato clearly shows his leadership, seeing all the ways the entire group has improved, not just through skill. And then Haruhiro gets his shit pushed in by an archer, one in the shoulder, one in the shin, no knee shot unfortunately, so he can still be an adventurer. They get overwhelmed, it’s a miracle no one died in the skirmish. Or did they? Manato takes a bad shot in the back at the end and can’t heal himself and dies. Holy fuck, the healer died in Episode 4?! And they don’t handle it well at all, especially Haruhiro, he pretty much snaps and goes crazy. They’re told they have five days to bury him before he becomes undead. Holy shit, shit just got real. Shihoru takes it really hard too, though quietly for a moment and then straight up snaps, crying her eyes out. So no respawns, eh? And then another long music section kills the moment, I really don’t know what this show’s obsession with extended musical sections is. There’s a long moment too where it’s just a looping animation in the wind, probably 15 seconds. Come on guys, you had my full attention and you fucked it up! This would have been the best episode of the week, its first one, but unfortunately that last two minutes was too damning.

♥ OFFICIAL YUME ASS SHOT COUNT! – 2 (there were two semi-ass shots, not as blatant as ones like in the pic above) ♥

Episode Score – 4/5 

Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!-

I was right, this blonde knight is probably the most fucked up of them all. As if the other two have problems, she apparently hasn’t landed a single hit on any enemy. Oh and she’s also masochistic. Greaaaaaat. Kazuma starts t think about his future with the skills he can have and makes the mistake of leading Megumin into thinking he’s learn her explosion skill before Blondie jumps in, with some super hot blue-haired girl with her. Just him refusing Blondie makes her tingle all over, man she’s weird. Blue hair’s name is Chris, but is she weird too? She offers to teach him a skill, ‘Steal’ specifically while others are quickly brought in. So when Chris gets him to try out the Steal skill on her, I’m taking bets before this. She says he’ll still a magic dagger, I’m betting on either panties or the little fabric covering her small bust. Survey says…PANTSU!!! And he goes nuts, even to the point Blondie’s weirded out…or did it? So he tries again and steals Megumin’s panties too. Best skill ever! Though she takes it a little better than Chris did. Blondie still tries to get into his party, gets rejected and moans like she’s seconds away from climaxing. Sheesh! So Haruhiko tries to play the certain death by the hands of the Devil King card, but that only makes her more interested. He tries to get Megumin out too, but she goes full Rikka Takanashi Tyrant’s Eye on him, so that ain’t working either. An emergency quest interrupts all this, all the adventurers line up to defend the town…from an army of flying cabbages. What. The Flying. Fuck. Eventually the cabbages overrun the entire group and Blondie ends up taking a ton of hits, enjoying every single one of them. Of course the armor begins to rip and she enjoys it even more. So Megumin ends it all by using her explosion magic to destroy everything. Somehow Blondie’s got her armor back like nothing ever happened. This group continues to get weirder and weirder. Of course they don’t seem to recruit Chris in as well, cause there’s nothing wrong with her. Damn it! Also, I’m aware her name now is Raratina, she never mentioned it this week, did she give her name last week? I don’t remember. Either way, this episode was all kinds of WTF, the good kind though, I enjoyed it.

Episode Score – 4/5

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Luck & Logic

We get a little background on Chloe and (I think it was) Tamaki, how each of them started. Chloe at 13 basically tells Tamaki as she’s being stretchered out after fighting that she can be a Logicalist just because she thinks she can fight better. Sheesh! We get some alone time with her as she trains, she gets prettier every episode, I swear. Chloe’s trying to find someone, a girl that came close to that 9.8 Paradox person. I’m not sure what her goals are with her, she only asked questions about his looks. A set of Paradoxes appear and are dealt with, except no one appeared after defeated them. Tamaki is pissed at Chloe for disobeying orders while Chloe’s pissed that they wanted her to simply pass by a bunch of enemies that were in her path. Another set of Paradoxes appear, same ones as before, but everyone’s told to hold back until Yoshichika has healed and can fight again. In the meantime, we see Olga still trying to form a contract with that Paradox enemy they fought in Episode 1, to extremely failure again. Still upset with each other, Venus and Valkyrie suggest Chloe and Tamaki just get everything out of their system with each other. Still arguing, they set out to help out Yoshichika. Can I note how weird it looks chest-wise between Trances for both Tamaki and Chloe. Tamaki looks like she doubles in size when Tranced, while Chloe looks almost flat. It’s like they exchange bust sizes during Trancing. Finally working together, they managed to defeat the threat. With their logic rate going down lately, Athena admits the reason is because she’s worried since she saw Lucifer. Pretty good episode, I wish they’d do a little more character work like this though on everyone, I don’t feel like I have enough on everyone to root for them still.

Episode Score – 4/5

Myriad Colors Phantom World

So Reina’s officially female Goku. So the start of this episode decided to get trippy as shit for a bit. It seems like a Phantom bus appeared at some point and has now messed with Reina’s perception of reality, but time will tell how far down the rabbit hole we’ll go. Koito arrives to confirm Reina that she’s been possessed by this bus she stepped on the night before. Showing up again, Reina automatically walks onto it and Haruhiko follows in response to try and save her. Koito know there may be no return for Reina if this keeps up. Arriving in a FUCKED UP place where Reina’s family are rabbits, Haruhiko is beyond flabbergasted. Interestingly enough, the animation style changes slightly between Haruhiko who isn’t falling for this, while the rest appears cartoonish until finally Haruhiko is drawn in as well. And then it gets weirder, incest jokes and all (they’re not related in reality, by the way). Somehow getting to Reina’s place, it appears that her parents are really strict and assholes, which would explain this alternate world and family she has now under the bus’ possession. She tells everyone her parents are against Phantoms and her getting involved, so she hasn’t told them she’s a part of the club. Third time around, Mai makes the mistake of joining them. I’m convinced Koito’s having to save them now. After being completely trampled, Mai starts to decode a little of what’s going on in this world, until Ruru fucks it all up and accidentally has Mai fall prey to the trap. Somehow the bathroom of all places fixes the problem and slowly but surely everyone gets fixed up, Haruhiko having to suffer a suplex into a toilet. Awesome. The world though begins to implode, trying one more time, offering her a chance to stay in that world forever, or leave forever. She attempts to stay, but Haruhiko manages to snap her out of it. It’s an emotional moment to say the least, not quite cry worthy, but emotional nonetheless. So no Koito rescue. Reina tells everyone afterwards she mustered the courage to tell her folks and thankfully they accepted it, for the time being at least. I enjoyed this episode a lot, though I’m sure all the Mai fans out there are pissed. She didn’t rub shit this week! You poor bastards…go stare at Hestia for a while.

Episode Score – 5/5 

Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn

Takumi immediately wants to dissect BUER, but Clarion puts a quick stop to that, admitting Uzal told her to watch it and that she would also prefer it being destroyed than protected if the situation called for it. Nene is being interviewed to enroll into a school and gets into Auror University. In the meantime, Takumi still insists on trying to examine BUER, to various degrees of failure. For homework (already), Nene goes to a workplace to observe. YAY! NEWSGIRL!!! Awww, she didn’t get destroyed this time. Also, bunny girl is watching them again. No matter where Nene goes, she’s given the utmost special treatment due to Takumi’s influence, which kind of throws her off-guard, she doesn’t like it and it’s too much for her. The two end up stopping at a charity festival where she finds a TV reporter (that isn’t blondie, booooo!) and asks to observe her work instead. It gets interrupted by a bunch of thugs, you know that’s not going to go over well with Nene and in turn, Clarion. Bunny girl’s behind them and the moment she realizes Clarion’s there, she gets the hell outta dodge! With all the food damaged that was cooked, Nene and Clarion (somehow) fix the problem, which of course involves hand into panties as usual. Oh my god, Clarion looks badass. Also, COOKING MONTAGE!!! And the day is saved, thanks to…Nene and Clarion! There’s some dastardly plan going on, though nothing’s really said as to what that is still. Guess we’ve got some episodes to go until that. Decent episode, not as hilarious as the rest though.

Episode Score – 3.5/5

Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

Rina asks Itsuki to go somewhere with her, IT’S A DATE! Or is it? Surprisingly, it sort of is, they go to a PSO2 convention. Rina’s all over the place at this event, ranging from excited to super judgmental. Kota discovers he’s with her at this event when he asked Itsuki to go with him and after an episode hiatus, Aika’s watching them. Itsuki meets a bunch of the players he’s been with and they’re all way different, ranging from older men to kids. Kota remains depressed while all this is going on, poor guy, Itsuki when Hos before Bros! Aika, while costumed, sort of saves him. Itsuki pulls Rina towards the people he’s met, trying to help her out of her solo-play attitude. While searching for Aika, Kota gets knicked by someone, likely Aika in her spy mode. Kota’s character calls him in-game to get him to help him with whatever situation he’s in. So with Rina and the rest of the group, they seek to find him. The group has some real-life setbacks with each other and Rina as SORO has to come in a fix it. They eventually find his dropped phone and after a “We’re all friends! Yeah!” speech, they find him…in a bathroom, nothing had happened. The episode ends with Aika in-costume slaying something in a room that looked like a room they passed by in real-life. Huh? Either way, a fun little episode.

Episode Score – 4/5

Prince of Stride: Alternative

The team learns their first opponent in the tournament, Mihashi, thus the training begins for the End of Summer races. Having trouble with the parkour jumps, Ayumu gets Hozumi to help him get past that hurdle (almost literally). The girls get their own hot springs cliche with the boys, including Takeru getting a little too in-depth with everyone’s muscles. Meeting the opposing team, we have a real dickhead on hand for the Honan boys to defeat. After some crazy cliche attempts from Ayumu that fail, it’s time to race! 1st round goes bad again for Riku, starting off way too fast. Takeru makes up some time and we realize the relationer for Mihashi may not even be the relationer. Heath gives Honan their first lead and now it’s time for Ayumu to overcome his problems, but the uphill portion has him stuggling again, but he hangs in and even takes a crazy shortcut to try and catch up, cutting himself in mid-air but still finishing up to give Hozumi the last leg, who somehow makes up a 4-second gap and winning. The ending has Kyousuke talking with Riku’s brother over the phone, he’s coming back to Japan and wants to run with him. Pretty good episode as always from this show, a consistent action-packed race. I love these episodes.

Episode Score – 4.5/5

Schwarzes Marken

We have a new pilot! Lise. Oh yeah, that’s Theodor’s brother! Well that was sudden. I almost want to call it that she dies in this season just because this is resolved so out of the blue. It’s shown that they’re not blood-related brother and sister, he was adopted by a distant relative as a young boy. The others are suspicious, since she was just brought in out of nowhere, they wonder if either she’s a spy or if she’s even his sister at all…and also a spy. Irisdina is convinced she’s arrived to get Theodor to switch sides, though he’s unsure himself. Together now, she teases him a bunch right away, giving away that he’s way into blondes exactly like Irisdina, though she completely disacknowledges that the topic’s even coming up. When alone together, he asks Lise if she remembers what happened after they last saw each other, though she forgets, the most recent memory of it being awake in a hospital. And then she takes a hard turn, going right back to Irisdina’s betrayal of her family. Seriously, it’s like we need a counter for this. And then she trusts her immediately just cause Theodor says he does, very suspicious. Katia’s clearly a little off as well, she thinks Lise is a spy and I’m sure she’s a little jealous that some attention’s been lifted off her from Theodor. He admits his suspicions as well, telling her to give him some time until he figures out if she’s Lise or not. For the first time we see a different country’s army, the US Navy’s mechs are around, as well as Britain’s forces. For a moment they join up together as a part of the UN to destroy a BETA army. We see Thi-Rang is moving around again, but cannot fight. Because of her being out, Gretel is being put in charge of Theodor’s fleet, but has little experience leading, so he’s asked to help her out while still protecting Katia AND on top of that trying to figure out who Lise is. Storming the beaches, the 666 make their way in to clean up the remaining BETA forces after a heavy shelling from warships. Katia nearly gets into serious trouble again, but Lise manages to save her. With more BETA suddenly appearing and the battle situation making it difficult to see allied forces, they’re in a pickle, not to mention the warships plan to fire regardless if there are allies in the area. Then they find out they’re the ones in artillery range. Gretel clearly doesn’t have the capacity to properly lead as she’d prefer staying and fighting to prove the East’s superiority, while Irisdina has to come in and change plans to get things moving again. We end on an odd note, the West are fighting and Irisdina ends it by saying to Gretel that this is how the world is, they hate the East. That’s it. A weird way to end, but it was still a good episode.

Episode Score – 3.5/5

Quickie: Best of Q1 – Winter Anime 2016

So we’ve passed week 3 of the winter anime season. So I figured I’d do a quick top 5 kind of post for the best at the time of post. So here are my best of the winter season at the quarter-way point!

Best Opening Theme

Here’s my top 5 so far for opening themes, though they likely won’t change by the end of the season, unless new ones show up and wow me. I’m only doing openers and not ending themes, as I honestly haven’t listened to many of them.

  1. “Genesis” by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION – Dimension W
  2. “Checkmate!?” by MICHI – Dagashi Kashi
  3. “Stride (ストライド)” by OxT (Masayoshi Oishi x Tom-H@ck) – Prince of Stride: Alternative
  4. “Re:Re:” by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – Erased
  5. “GATE II: Sekai wo Koete (GATE Ⅱ ~世界を超えて~)” by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets – GATE: Season 2

Best Art Direction

This is the top 5 in terms of their art style and the character designs. They’re not necessarily the prettiest, but the most striking and attention grabbing.

  1. BBK/BRNK
  2. Dimension W
  3. Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn
  4. Luck & Logic
  5. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Best Story

This top 5 shows the most intriguing and interesting stories I’ve encounter so far, to the point I’m impatiently waiting the next episode.

  1. Erased
  2. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  3. GATE: Season 2
  4. Schwarzes Marken
  5. Dimension W

Sexiest Female Character

Since I have so much to choose from here, I’m going to make this a top 10, instead of a top 5.

  1. Yume – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  2. Kinoa – BBK/BRNK
  3. Misaki – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue
  4. Reoko – BBK/BRNK
  5. Mira – Dimension W
  6. Valkyrie – Luck & Logic
  7. Chloe – Luck & Logic
  8. Asuka – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue
  9. Irisdina – Schwarzes Marken
  10. Tuka – GATE: Season 2
  11. *SPECIAL MENTION* Mai – Myriad Colors Phantom World. I figure if I don’t put her somewhere, people will get pissed. Seems everyone’s into her (I’m sure her rubbing her body every episode and having a huge rack is the reason why, it was the same with Hestia in Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon)

Best Male Character

The top 5 male characters. Basically the few that haven’t been annoying me this season. Looking right at you two, Ranta and Hiiragi!

  1. Kyouma – Dimension W
  2. Haruhiro – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  3. Satoru – Erased
  4. Takeru – Prince of Stride: Alternative
  5. Riku – Prince of Stride: Alternative

Best Female Character

While we had the sexiest female characters, this is the top 5 best overall characters. The ones that have the best personalities, rather than looks. Not that they aren’t pretty though.

  1. Hotaru – Dagashi Kashi
  2. Clarion – Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn
  3. Mira – Dimension W
  4. Nene – Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn
  5. Misaki – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

Best Show

In this category I will list every show here that’s left after Week 3’s ratings. So anything dropped will not be here. Just because a show’s at the bottom though doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad, just not as strong as the rest. They’re all on my list, which means there’s some value in them.

  1. Erased
  2. Dagashi Kashi
  3. Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn
  4. Dimension W
  5. Prince of Stride: Alternative
  6. AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue
  7. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  8. Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-
  9. BBK/BRNK
  10. Myriad Colors Phantom World
  11. GATE: Season 2
  12. Luck & Logic
  13. Schwarzes Marken
  14. Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

 

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