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Week #8 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #8 has arrived with this Winter 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!

NOTE: I HAVE INTERNET!!! SCREENCAPS ARE BACK, BAY-BAY!!! The only episode not getting one this week is Konosuba, as I watched it before the new internet got installed.


Akiba's Trip: The Animation (Ep.1)
Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.8) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

The gang is on the hunt for a rice cooker, for reasons. Apparently Tamotsu takes weeks to cook one thing, because reasons. They come across two people, one with a shitload of boxes balanced on his head and Arisa claims it’s her master and our boss this week. She gives a little background on her history, aka she’s the ultimate prodigy, because again, reasons. Of course, all the rice cookers are sold out, because reasons. Arisa tries again but no answer, he’s clearly either a Bugged One or hypnotized. Apparently the woman is a promoter and she intends to conquer Akiba, because out of everywhere in the world, this is the place, for the umpteenth time, because reasons. It’s clear she’s controlling him as he struggles a little bit before finally beating the everloving shit out of all of them. Arisa’s the only one who at least has a shot against him, but the fight ends when the owner of the store they’re fighting in stops them. So they set up an actual fight to decide things, a tournament. The anime is trying to make me like it again with wrestling. Cheaters. It’s so bad, it’s hilarious! All the in-jokes, even the Spanish announce table got some love. Arisa gets a chance, but Niwaka and Matome are held hostage and you know stripping will occur. It doesn’t actually happen, but Tamotsu does drive an ATV into the locker room to save them. Failing, the woman slaps her master and he does a face turn on her, but he still wants to fight her for fun now. In the end she wins. The woman attacks her after and Tamotsu enters to strip her and end it. Arisa and her master talk for the first time in a while, thanking each other and the world (Akiba) is saved once again.  

Show’s still on notice, but that may have been the best episode I’ve seen all season.

THE GOOD

  • Wrestling anime, how the fuck did Tiger Mask W not become something as funny and fun as this episode did?!

THE BAD

  • I cannot say anything bad about this for risk of lying to myself

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)
Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.8)

SYNOPSIS

The girls get to see their test scores, Himari #2 and Kyouko #5. Hikari’s a little jealous cause she’s terrible at her studies. Tetsuo is not happy with her upon seeing her scores. Upon her over-exaggeration, she knocks a book out of Yuki’s bag and it falls under a table. Hm…that won’t come into play later. Sakie finds it and Yukki approaches her in time to find it, a manga not a textbook like I suspected. She’s embarrassed about liking it and tries to hide it (poorly), my my our cute little Yukki’s quite the little pervert. Later on, the girls are studying in the library. Hikari is constantly having trouble, so Kyouko helps as best she can. They somehow segue back to Tetsuo praising them for studying, so naturally Kyouko wants to place #1 next time to get the best praise from him. We then get treated to the most random competition ever. The “Hikari Cup” which is basically which arm between Kyouko, Yukki and Tetsuo she’d prefer biting the most. Yukki wins easily because of her being cold. Through this, he wonders about the girls pertaining to Sakie, whether her effects would work on them at all. The next scores comes up, Yukki making the list and sure enough Kyouko ranked #1, shocking both girls.

THE GOOD

  • A cute episode, nothing too special mind you

THE BAD

  • Nothing really grabbed me this week either, but it wasn’t a bad episode, just nothing over-the-top to talk about

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Fuuka (Ep.1)
Fuuka (Ep.8)

SYNOPSIS

The time is now and the band steps out on stage. Before they start however, a bottle is thrown, his bass is broken and he’s bleeding. Now he’s shattered a bit. His sister tries to help and only makes it worse, so Koyuki has to emerge. Because of this, she’s trampled by fans and someone starts streaming it and her agency gets a hold of this. The lights suddenly go out and the band plays anyway, Yuu getting a new bass, likely one from HEDGEHOGS. They wow the crowd. I do love how apparently there’s backup vocals in the song even though there’s no backup singers yet. Afterwards, Fuuka gets Koyuki to come on stage with her to sing a song together, another HEDGEHOGS song, but slower. They “battle” in song, almost like they’re fighting for Yuu’s affection, not that we’re 100% sure Fuuka’s actually interested in him. Afterwards, Koyuki apologizes once again and the fans finally seem to forgive her and move on. After the show, the band tries to actually figure out name and settle on “The Fallen Moon”, which is meh at best in my opinion. Back with Koyuki, she gets a light scolding and even worse, is asked to not contact Yuu for a while. It’s been a while since and that has held up, even worse, events and things have been cancelled that Koyuki would’ve been a part of. Now rehearsing for the only show she has, she’s clearly lost the will to sing, the stress perhaps building up to a point she’s drowning in it. Even worse, she overhears fans excited to go see her at the concert she will now not be performing at either. Yuu finally hears the news she’s going on hiatus as well. Finally after so many missed calls, she finally picks up. She tells him it’s fine, but it’s obvious she’s not. Oh boy. He runs off, I have no idea where he thinks she is. He knows it’s like when they last parted ways for a while, so he’s not doing nothing this time. By anime magic, he finds her. She tells him she can’t sing right now and tries to brush it off, but he knows it’s not something simple. He embraces her after she apologizes for loving him. 

THE GOOD

  • There was a real moment there with the bottle tossing, used to freak me out that it could potentially happen to me when I fronted a band in bars

THE BAD

  • The episode was meh at best, a little too depressing this week for what I’m used to

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)
Gabriel Dropout (Ep.8)

SYNOPSIS

Raphiel is suffering from a major problem for girls in anime, her boobs are too big. Even worse for her, everyone’s having a physical fitness test. So with a bra that could snap at any moment, let’s do lots of movements. Serves her right for all her deviancy. Gabriel wants none of it, obviously, but Satania takes this as her chance to prove herself better than Gabriel. Somehow she’s going to fail, I imagine through a lot of falling. Vignette bribes Gabriel with food to participate. Huh…Satania actually runs fast and doesn’t fall. Raphiel in fact is almost as bad as Gabriel with her limitations. Satania is having the time of her life, being first in everything. The last event is a 1000m run and Gabriel tries to get out of it, actually able to run. So she’s not exactly out of shape, she just chooses when to be. Gabriel pleads with Raphiel to at least defeat Satania in this event and she accepts, even if her bra falls off. The two go at it, and are neck and neck, at least until until it breaks…and Satania falls, so Raphiel still wins. Another time, the girls are having an “interview exam”, whatever that is. The interviewer is the teacher Satania always pisses off. Gabriel helped her out with this, but obviously the opposite kind of help. The teacher however isn’t snapping at everything Satania does. He does give her a talking to afterwards though. Back to Gabriel, she’s starving because she’s broke and the president brings up the cooking club as something she’s in and Gabriel’s interested for the potential free meal. The two other girls seem to be good, but the president may not be. They make food for her and she scarfs it down. During her eating spree, the girls turn her hair into twin-tails and she doesn’t even notice. She wants to join, of course to get food, but the girls seem to be okay with it. On a rainy day, Raphiel suckers in Satania who didn’t bring her umbrella. She knows something’s up, but what other option does she have? But she’s not actually doing anything to her. It gets even better for her, she discovers Raphiel hates frogs. She finally has something on her!

THE GOOD

  • The physical tests were so damn funny
  • Raphiel actually has a weakness now, two in fact. Frogs and tight bras!

THE BAD

  • Vignette really didn’t have a part this week, kind of disappointing

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

……..BEACH EPISODE!!! Lucoa is immediately disqualified for “performance enhancers”. The beach staff agree and take her away because her bikini is too skimpy. Kobayashi admits she’s not a big fan of the beach however. I don’t sunburn like she does, but I agree sand is awful, I hate the feeling. Tohru tries to get Kobayashi to put sunscreen on her, while Lucoa does the same with Shouta. Meanwhile, Kanna eats a crab. They start playing, which goes as over-the-top as you’d expect, as Kobayashi forgot to tell them to ease off their power. A moment causes Kobayashi to talk about her family, while Tohru remembers a much more…violent memory. She talks a little more about her family which makes Tohru wonder if dragons really can accept humans when such a normal human like Kobayashi can accept her. She asks Tohru if they can all ride her and they go further out into the ocean. They both talk about perhaps seeing their parents again, though Tohru also wants her to meet her own parents, but won’t because she suspects they’d kill her without hesitation. Back home, Kobayashi has fireworks, the girls are disappointed, so Tohru makes a much better version. Now they’re at Summer Comiket, helping out Takiya. Even Fafnir’s participating now, apparently drawing manga of his own. Tohru has no idea how powerful manga is in Japan. Meanwhile, Kanna is doing homework which is bug collecting eating. Back at Comiket, Fafnir is dying from his first time at the event and has been selling death curses apparently instead of manga. Outside, Tohru spots actual non-humans in their actual forms since it’d just be cosplaying, but they run off when they discover her real form is a dragon. Because of this, she wants to be a dragon for a bit and she’s allowed to sprout her wings, horns and tail for a while. Naturally, she enjoys all the attention from photographers thinking she’s cosplaying. The event ends and we’re back home where Kanna has summer homework, but the topic is open. So she decides to study Kobayashi. 

Tohru wins this week easily, wasn’t even a competition. Probably wasn’t meant to be, now that I think about it.

THE GOOD

  • Kanna again winning with adorability
  • Tohru really found a place she belonged in with Comiket

THE BAD

  • I felt that while I enjoyed the episode, there was a little too much of a flurry of small events this time around

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 


Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

It appears being debt-free has changed Kazuma and Aqua quite a lot, to the point Megumin is freaking the fuck out! She apologizes for something…and asks him to turn back to normal. Darkness calls her over and we see what happened. But during all this, Vanir is still around and kicking. He and Aqua have a nice little…chat and it appears he’s been working with Kazuma and offers to buy some things from him for A LOT OF MONEY. Back in the present, Megumin’s losing her mind more and more as this “wealthy” version of Kazuma and Aqua continue to drive her insane. Darkness however is started to enjoy this, wondering what Kazuma will become as a wealthy snob, aka what he’ll try to do to her. Megumin manages to convince the group to go to a hot spring and it appears there is still a little bit of Kazuma left in him. He visits Vanir before leaving and ends up taking Wiz with him, because we need two sets of big boobs in the bath. In the carriage, there’s a baby red dragon, nothing will come of that being there…right? Anyways, the journey begins. Megumin’s taking a liking to the dragon, but pouts and states Chomusuke is still cuter. Along the way, they’re attacked by a bunch of Running Hawk Kites who are after Darkness because of her armor. Naturally, Darkness stands in the middle of it to take all that damage and even gets in the way of another adventurer’s Bind spell and gets tied up, because of course she does!

THE GOOD

  • Vamir continues to be awesome
  • D’awww, baby dragon!

THE BAD

  • No hot springs yet, boooooooo!

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)
Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.8)

SYNOPSIS

Not expecting it, Aki is actually calling Masamune’s cell phone. Apparently he left one of his bags behind on their trip, so they’re meeting the next day to retrieve it. He talks to Yoshino about it and warns him that at this point one small mistake could destroy everything now. It gets worse, he finds the picture of him and Aki when he was younger is missing and suspects Neko has it. Meeting with Aki, he’s a bit out of it because of the picture and Aki takes notice and leaves. Now things could be real bad. Neko calls afterwards about going to the pool the next day, Tae starting off this event. He invites her to meet up, likely for the picture, but really never thought things through. He excuses himself to the washroom, but is really looking for the picture. I’m fully expecting him to barge into the older girl’s room. He finds a lot of romance material before Neko finds him. He finally asks her point blank about the picture and pulls it out (of her breasts) and flirts some more with him. She admits liking him even as a fat kid in the photo. He questions if she means it and is starting to lose himself and she presses even further and actually kisses him. Then she starts taking him down on the bed and keeps moving forward. In these moments, it appears as if he no longer wants to chase after his revenge. He also admits a large part of why things were bad for him were actually his fault, he had a bad personality. However, he somehow figures out that she doesn’t actually like him either and doesn’t want to continue further with a girl who isn’t serious. How does he actually know this, if it’s true? Neko seems to be taking it hard though for someone who apparently wasn’t into him. The next day at the pool trip, Masamune looks like he’s in rough shape and they are sure he’s lost weight. Neko was supposed to show up as well, but hasn’t and canceled. No time to waste, we finally got some Yoshino bikini! But I still say Tae wins. Afterwards, Neko’s driver Shidou suddenly shows up and she’s pissed. Apparently Neko’s gone missing and thinks he’s responsible. Upon the revelation that she really is very sick, he understands that everything she’s done is real with a minor facade so she doesn’t look weak. Shidou also knows he saw her yesterday, so he just spouts out the semi-truth, that he went to formally decline her offer to be together because he chose Aki.

THE GOOD

  • Finally getting Yoshino in a bikini
  • Neko is such an interesting character with goals and objectives that seem to constantly change

THE BAD

  • Not getting Yoshino’s butt in a bikini

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.1)
Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.8) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

The remaining first year is gone, only the club members are left. However, Fuyune’s leg cramps up so she has to leave early, so now it’s down to three. But the battle has been shortened, the third-years are being blocked and the swim team girl is the only second-year going forward. So the winner will either be the bear cosplay guy, the swim team captain, or let’s be honest here, Hiromi. Tomoe goes back and Natsumi’s shoulder is getting worse too. The final lap arrives, the two girls plus Mr. Bear and swim girl are right with each other now. They pass him and take the lead. But Natsumi’s at her limit, so Hiromi’s on her own now. At the very end, swim girl uses Mr. Bear to get an advantage and now she passes him and the two girls are neck and neck. It’s a photo finish and Hiromi barely makes it with the win. Then shit gets weird. I want to try to explain it, but the best I can say is that for whatever reason Hiromi thinks her prize for winning is a pegasus that can talk to her. I’m assuming at this point she passed out or something after the race. Apparently this is later on at the pool or hot tub. We see Natsumi healing up and then getting approached by some girl in a wheelchair. She’s Rei, Fuyune’s sister. She talks about Fuyune’s motivations for joining the club, as a promise to her sister. Meanwhile, the adults are talking about secretly getting Hiromi’s own bike ready for her. 

So after the race has now ended and the first real “story” of the show has ended, I’ve come to the ultimate decision to drop the show. This is not however because the show is bad, it all honestly it has its good moments, it’s very pretty and has fun once in a while. The problem I have is there just isn’t anything to latch on and I’m honestly surprised I made it this far with nothing at all. Just goes to show you how much hope I placed in this show. I did however take a peek at Episode 9 to see if anything unique happened and while I was shocked to find out Mr. Bear is actually a hot blonde with big boobs, the formula still hasn’t changed and therefore I’ve had enough.

THE GOOD

  • The race is finally over and the Cycling Club has fully come together

THE BAD

  • Kuma… (Mr. Bear lost)
  • Hiromi somehow edging out swim girl is the same anime bullshit I always get mad about, she shouldn’t have won based on how that race was going

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

 

 

 


Nanbaka (Ep.14)
Nanbaka (Ep.21)

SYNOPSIS

Uno explains that this side of Nico is basically his body completely taking away the limits that we have as human beings, the medicine he takes acting as a way to keep him at a normal human level. Nico smells the medicine Pigman has and demands it or else he’ll kill him. He starts attacking, biting him while Upa destroys the talisman on the guard. The backstory on Nico’s past where his side effects were caused are horrifying. Qi comes out to deal with Nico, who immediately attacks him now. He injects Nico with medicine after sustaining a pretty bad bite wound. He then injects something into Pigman instead of handling Upa and Liang. He made a special medicine that will completely paralyze him, knowing that Pigman was going to kill him in the end, so why not beat him to the punch? Qi explains he only did what he did knowing that if the two knew about this, they would’ve acted early and Enki probably would’ve killed them. We learn that Upa was kidnapped and some of his organs were sold off and Qi gave some of his to save Upa, but we’re not told specifically what. Nico wakes up during this conversation and Pigman is still mobile, seems the medicine wasn’t strong enough to act as fast as Qi expected it to. But they handle things by using another poison, that Qi claims is even stronger. Apparently this poison makes Pigman choke himself out.  

THE GOOD

  • Crazy Nico was quite interesting
  • The Qi/Upa backstory actually had some interest from me

THE BAD

  • Crazy Nico lasted about two minutes. No fair!

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)
Youjo Senki (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

Tanya’s trying to stall things on the front lines as long as she can, but the generals aren’t having any of it. Back with her own officers, she actually guesses their real plans of attack and ends up getting moved forward with this very plan. We keep focusing on an Alliance soldier who I can’t remember if it’s supposed to be possibly Viktoriya’s father or just some other character entirely. Tanya and company jump from a plane and intend to attack an Alliance base. The older man remembers Tanya and chases after her, but she doesn’t care so much now that her mission’s been completed and just leaves. But he still charges forward anyway and he kills him with ease. She recalls seeing him before, but could care less and sends him packing to the icy waters below. In the generals’ eyes, the war is nearly over. 

THE GOOD

  • More war realism, always works well

THE BAD

  • This episode didn’t really bring much, couldn’t care less for that man and there really wasn’t crazy Tanya at all, just bored Tanya

Episode Score: 3/5

Week #7 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #7 has arrived with this Winter 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!

NOTE: With the new place I’ve moved into, the internet right now is terrible to the point I’m watching it in SD on my laptop rather than in HD on my PS4 where I can easily screenshot things. So until I get the internet upgraded, there won’t be anymore screenshots.


Akiba's Trip: The Animation (Ep.1)
Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

Seems it’s cameras this week, so the real question is how much peeping will there be this episode? Tamotsu breaks one of Niwaka’s figurines and oh boy is he in trouble, not that he cares, he’s more interested in the shots he took before breaking the figurine. So naturally, it’s time for another part-time job to make some money again. This time he hits a maid/butler cafe that pays much higher than normally and the owner’s quite creepy, doesn’t give off a Bugged One vibe at all. The place is all kinds of fucked up, the attitude way over the top and not in the good kind of way. The next day, things get better for him, becoming the restaurant’s photographer, but things still remain strange, something’s quite off. Meanwhile, Niwaka approaches the girls, wanting to make up with Tamotsu, but isn’t sure how to go about it. As time goes on for Tamotsu, he’s clearly exhausted and tired, but the group is very brainwashing in their nature to keep him working hard and the words “Thank you!” being a major part of it. It’s to the point he’s not coming home it seems. And now he’s a maid when the girls finally go to the bar to see how he’s doing. So Niwaka smacks him hard to wake him up…followed by a home run swing from her as well. With him no longer brainwashed, the Bugged One is revealed. While they fight the workers, the boss takes Niwaka hostage. The little enemies start stripping them before Tamotsu breaks free and defeats him, while momentarily having to disrobe his own sister. Oh dear. Afterwards, she apologizes and Tamotsu replaces the figurine he broke. 

I think it’s time after all these episodes just being really bad comedy with a lot of stripping to put the show on notice. It’s later in the season, but the show is definitely getting less and less worth watching. There’s nothing of note other than the stripping sequences, let’s be honest here.

THE GOOD

  • I honestly have nothing of real positivity this week

THE BAD

  • Beyond the stripping, what does the show really have? The characters are single jokes repeated over and over, the villains aren’t interesting and there’s just nothing to latch onto

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


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)
Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

Hikari thinks she saw someone suspicious at school, making Tetsuo think it’s a bear. Meanwhile, Sakie finds a “pretty boy” named Kurtz in the hallway, he’s part German. He seems suspicious so she tries to ask him about what’s going on, gets nothing. She even gets touched by him and nothing happens, which immediately raises the flag of Kurtz actually being female. Guess we’ll have to see, not that the very feminine voice is hiding this fact well. They find the man and Kurtz goes full ninja on him…and he knows Kurtz…and is a police detective. Sakie apparently meets with him often, but wants to know why he’s at the school. He knows how to push her buttons and eventually calls Kurtz a “weapon” against succubi. Then it gets awkward as he tells her to maybe think about starting a family and the like. She does however admit there is actually someone she’s interested in, which really gets the man’s attention. He then brings up how Tetsuo (without knowing his name) probably did get turned on by her aphrodisiac, but didn’t show it. She completely loses her mind thinking about the situation between her and Tetsuo. Meanwhile, Kurtz runs into the girls who naturally are very friendly to him, because as a foreigner, he’s a bit of an outcast like they are. Running away, he runs into two boys looking at a picture taken of Sakie that’s a little risque and scolds them, but lays off when it sounds more like they don’t just like her because she’s a succubus. Tetsuo finally gets to talk with the police officer and learns that the man and Kurtz work for a division of the police force that deal with demi-humans. He admits though his work has certainly lessened since demi-humans became more accepted in society. He also says that most of his cases now are related to succubi, especially with how in this day and age, a succubus could literally just make a man molest her so he can get arrested, because she may not like him or just for fun. He asks Tetsuo to take care of Sakie (and then eventually groups the other girls with her), which confuses Tetsuo for a moment, but accepts the gesture.

THE GOOD

  • The Sakie bits were really adorable

THE BAD

  • Unfortunately, the rest of the episode wasn’t that great. The detective didn’t add much, hell even Kurtz who I was sure would be revealed as a female in this episode (could still happen later) didn’t offer much either
  • An episode where the three girls get almost no screen time really brings the show down

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Fuuka (Ep.1)
Fuuka (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

The practices continue in preparation for the festival as they continue to get better as a group. On another day, his sisters (one is half-dressed, of course) show them a leaked photo of him and Koyuki, so now it’s become a PR nightmare for her. At school, Yuu’s being hounded about it. Fuuka shockingly is not happy with him again. When he has time, he goes to see her on the roof to talk about it, but she brushes him off and denies that anything’s wrong, which is not great considering the show is tomorrow. But she does reveal she’s mad he didn’t tell her he saw her again. With Koyuki, at a TV show she kind of tells the truth about what happened, even after her PR company denied everything, however she does add that he’s her unrequited love. Oh dear, Fuuka is hit by this, not to mention how Yuu’s probably feeling right now, though he’s more worried about the trolls saying they’ll come to his concert and ruin it. The band members are all very upset though with the responses that people have given Yuu. Sara especially wants to know how she can help and his brother told them she ought’a shut ’em up with her guitar playing. Back with Yuu, he’s aware how bad this can still turn out for Koyuki, but with his sisters egging him on, he understands he will still have some fans to play for, even if there’s a ton of people who want to ruin it. The day of the festival arrives, naturally Koyuki’s sneaking in to try and see it. There are A LOT of people at the show, but mostly Koyuki fans who either want to fuck her or beat the fuck out of Yuu. He’s however ready and raring to go! 

THE GOOD

  • A VERY accurate representation of Japan’s ridiculous idol system with how they can’t have relationships and an accurate representation of dumbass fans who feel a romantic connection with a celebrity
  • That little Kazuya rolling around scene was fucking hysterical!

THE BAD

  • I’m really getting sick and tired of Fuuka’s pouty nature because Yuu doesn’t tell her everything he does, it’s kind of irritating

Episode Score: 4/5


Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)
Gabriel Dropout (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

‘Tis just a normal day for Vignette, same goes for Gabriel, sleeping all day. Everything seems normal, until both of them notice they’re getting less funds for daily life, likely due to both girls not playing the roles they’re supposed to be playing. Raphiel suggests a few things to help Vignette, but you know she’s joking around, aka dressing her in a bear outfit. Depressed, she goes to the coffee shop and the owner approaches her, worried about her as she’s not being herself. She asks him how to do bad deeds, which freaks him out and makes him think she’s being forced into doing bad deeds, like she’s roped into a gang or something. But he offers to help as best he can…which is just dressing slightly bad girl-ish and saying dumb phrases. She’s almost worse than Satania now. The last resort comes into play, she tries to skip class, which for someone like Vignette may be harder than killing someone. So instead, she just doesn’t take notes and almost fails the entire class to do absolutely nothing. Even then, Gabriel has no reaction and she gets dejected and walks off, running into Satania along the way and she notices Vignette’s clothing change and she gets so happy about it. Except her money doesn’t increase, obviously. A couple days later, things get even worse for Vignette as she catches a cold. She gets a visit from Satania and Raphiel while she’s sick. Satania tried to gift her with melon bread but it appears the dog doesn’t care if Satania wasn’t going to eat that one. She kicks them out not long after cause they want to play games and Vignette just wants to sleep off her cold. If only she could. She tries counting animals and ends up waking up with Gabriel drawing cat whiskers on her face. It appears she somewhat cares about Vignette’s condition, but mostly because she won’t have anyone to copy notes and homework from. Okay, 100% because she wanted Vignette to do her homework. 

THE GOOD

  • A nice, cute episode
  • I love Vignette, so an episode centered on her was perfect

THE BAD

  • There wasn’t a lot of jokes beyond “No one cares about me!!!” with Vignette

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Tohru got challenged to a maid battle of sorts by Kanna’s friend from school, Riko. This maid seems to really throw Kobayashi off, maybe it’s because she’s an actual maid. Oh dear, Tohru’s about to get really jealous. While the maids and Kobayashi get acquainted, the little ones play Twister together and it goes…perhaps a little too close for comfort, so video games it is! Kobayashi and Georgie have massive maid talks and Tohru sits in the background. When Kanna and Riko get real close again, before it’s about to get WAY TOO CLOSE, the other girls burst in, Tohru not able to take the boredom and jealousy anymore. Now we learn Quetzalcoatl the next day has moved into the city as well, already living with someone. Apparently a kid was practicing a ritual and she got bored and actually appeared for the girl as her servant. She asks Kobayashi however to help clear up a misunderstanding that she’s not a demon, much like everyone else in the house thinks. The girl, Shouta arrives and –oh wait, it’s a boy?! Could’ve fooled me…ahem! She’s made it worse, sleeping with the boy and bathing with him. Shocking he’d be nervous with boobs that big around him. When asked by Tohru why we made that circle, he apparently wants to be a full-powered mage, apparently there are many in the world but live quiet lives. In the end, it’s almost like she was summoned for nothing, so Shouta’s seriously considering having her leave the house. The next day, it appears Fafnir’s getting along with his own place, helping Takiya with things such as a video game he’s working on. He even admits that he the one who wants to kill all humans, has found someone he can tolerate. 

THE GOOD

  • A very cute episode, Kanna at full force as usual
  • Fafnir adjusting into the human world is quite the nice story as well

THE BAD

  • The Riko/Kanna thing was a bit much, I mean…I know one of them’s technically older than 18, but dragons don’t count!
  • Lucoa (aka Quetzalcoatl) is literally just boobs to make Shouta blush, well that’s sooo interesting…

Episode Score: 4/5


Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

The girls want to go outside and adventure again, while Aqua wants to stay inside where it’s warm. We flashback to when the party goes to tell Wiz that they slayed Vanir, who would be an old comrade of hers. Except, Vanir’s there at the store. Darkness is not happy. Apparently he wanted to leave the Devil King’s army anyway so now the barrier around his castle is gone. Later on, Kazuma goes to a weapons shop and apparently had a katana made for him and new armor too! Only problem is the armor’s too heavy for him to move in and the katana is too long so he’s clumsy moving around with it strapped around him. They then take a quest killing Lizard Runners and it goes extremely well. And by extremely well, I mean Aqua fucks everything up. Kazuma falls from a tree and breaks his neck, dying. He sees the new goddess after Aqua and has a calm conversation with her. During this time, he realizes what he’s missing in his life, a heroine to fall in love with, Eris the goddess being the one he’s interested in. He contemplates being reborn as well but after realizing the girls are doing messed up things to his dead body, he caves and goes back. Apparently Megumin did something really bad to his body, because Darkness is even more flustered and Aqua is pissed off. Why? She undressed him and wrote on his stomach, an arrow pointing down to his crotch saying it’s Excalibur. Yep.

THE GOOD

  • It’s a little interesting having Eris as a potential love interest for Kazuma
  • I’m happy to see Vanir’s back, he works so well with Darkness

THE BAD

  • This one was a lot more boring than usual, this episode’s plot really didn’t do much for me

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)
Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.7)

SYNOPSIS

It’s summer vacation, so you know what that means…! He tries to invite Aki out, but she already “planned” something and to stick it to him further, she invites only Koujuurou. But it backfires on her and now everyone wants in. So let’s see who wins this show’s swimsuit episode, shall we? My money’s on Yoshino. Speaking of, she approaches Masamune and tells him she can’t read Neko at all, she has no idea what’s got her so interested in him. She then gives him an ultimatum, he has to make progress or he’ll tell Aki everything. We then flip to some random woman who likely got dumped as the kids all arrive. Oh, it’s her father’s secretary, that makes sense…huh? She thinks there’s only one boy, not counting Koujuurou. Out of nowhere, he claims to be dating Aki as a gamble. At first, she hates this, but when it gets Midori, the secretary off her back, she kind of lets it slide for now and goes with it. He’s now playing Aki like a fiddle with Midori’s name being more than enough to get her flustered. ALL RIGHT, BEACH TIME! Tae looks awesome, Neko looks like she has no bottoms, Koujuurou is wearing a t-shirt and almost got dressed in a girl’s swimsuit, because I’m still unsure if he’s a boy or not. Neko naturally starts making moves before Aki shows up to stop it, having to keep up appearances. Speaking of which, a skirt?! Come on, you’re robbing us of Aki butt! Yoshino’s the only one not showing off yet. Taking him away, she plays him to be her little servant for a while, making him get her food. Along the way, Midori gives him an idea to take her somewhere scary, knowing Aki’s easily scared and that could work to his advantage. Apparently though, Midori really hates Masamune, because she enjoyed this sadistic man-hating Aki. All the kids go to this scary place together, they draw numbers to do first and it works out well as he’ll go after Aki. Now how does his plan get foiled? Midori is apparently there waiting to scare the hell out of Masamune to make him look pathetic, but Yoshino finds her first before she messes up that plan. Everyone is scared shitless by her and Yoshino. But in the end, instead of carrying Aki around, he’s carrying Midori after finding her unconscious, having run into a pole and getting knocked out. So naturally instead, this is a moment where he gets over with Midori. He also reveals to her that the relationship is a lie and was just trying to show off to Aki. He thinks he failed as they leave the island the next day, but Yoshino tells him he actually made progress through Midori.

Oh and we never got sexy Yoshino swimsuit moments, so the winner is…TAE!!!

THE GOOD

  • That whole test of courage segment was awesome
  • Not-bitch Midori seems really beautiful

THE BAD

  • No Yoshino swimsuit
  • No Aki butt…boooooooooooooooooo!

Episode Score: 4/5


Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.1)
Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.7) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

So we’re getting the race and somehow the bear costume is leading. They’re aware how behind they are, so Natsumi takes charge and they try to catch up. Along the way they run into the swim team girls again and they intentionally fall back to chase them and prove they’re better. The girls after getting some advice from Shiki are actually showing signs of improvement, even Hiromi. Shiki and company however worry about their chances after the slow start, but Korone claims to have taught Hiromi in particular a special skill. With the swim girls catching up, it’s time to get serious. The number of laps are also rapidly decreasing, so time is running out. The third-years are also closing in fast. All the girls are doing their own thing to help out, now Hiromi needs to find the thing she needs to do to help her team. Two laps to go, Natsumi’s shoulder begins to hurt and Fuyune’s pretty much gassed. Tomoe however has an idea in that they’ll make a gamble so one of them wins and not any of the second or third-years, naturally I’ll guess it being Hiromi, who’s still trying to figure out what she can do. 

THE GOOD

  • Finally, some freaking bike racing!
  • You really do get the sense now that these four girls aren’t just classmates and/or acquaintances anymore, they’re friends and they’re close
  • …KUMA! KUMA KUMA KUMAAAAAA!!!

THE BAD

  • I still wish there was a lot more cheesiness to the show

Episode Score: 4/5


Nanbaka (Ep.14)
Nanbaka (Ep.20)

SYNOPSIS

Nico somehow managed to join Upa and Liang, because naturally he wants to watch his master fight. Upa puts him aside and tells him not to watch, knowing that if Nico tries to mimic the moves they’re about to do, the amount of stress on his body would be too much. Pigman throws poison smoke at them, revealing that Qi has betrayed them to make said poisons. A flashback, Pigman offered to pay off his debts in return for his services. We see a little history of the three before all this took place, including Liang at a younger age seeing Pigman beating his teacher. In the end, his teacher gave up Liang as a bargain to save himself and the temple. They also worked for Pigman where it starts to look more like Qi’s doing this for now until he can figure out how to kill him. Back to the fight, Nico actually saves them from an attack, fighting for his friends. And this is where I get a really bad feeling. Then sure enough, a bunch of poison needles strike Nico…except as we remember, poison has the opposite effect on him. The talisman-ridden guard returns to the battle as well and even knows qigong, making things even worse. Upa wants to use qigong, but doesn’t want Nico to be influenced by it. Pigman because of this hesitation hits Upa hard and Nico tries to help again, but Pigman grabs him by the throat, choking him, the intent to kill. He starts to convulse, wanting to know where his medicine is and then dies? But instead, appears to turn into something much scarier, like a second personality.

THE GOOD

  • Nico really saved this episode, especially with the interest now of this second personality

THE BAD

  • Upa, Liang and Qi just don’t sell an episode for me, they don’t add much to the show in my opinion
  • Nico could potentially become a real bad character if this second personality doesn’t add anything

Episode Score: 3/5


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)
Youjo Senki (Ep.6.5)

SYNOPSIS

This entire episode was a retelling of the story up until this point. So since there’s nothing new to add, I will not be doing a synopsis this week and will resume next week with Episode 7.

THE GOOD

  • N/A

THE BAD

  • N/A

Episode Score: N/A

Best of Q2 – Winter Anime 2017

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

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

Best OP

  1. Fuuka
  2. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  3. Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas
  4. ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
  5. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

Note: Because Nanbaka already won last season and the theme hasn’t changed (other than the vocals), it will not be available for this award. 

Best Art Direction

  1. Nanbaka
  2. Youjo Senki
  3. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  4. Fuuka
  5. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

Best Character Design

  1. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  2. Nanbaka
  3. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  4. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
  5. Gabriel Dropout

Best Story

  1. Youjo Senki
  2. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  3. Fuuka
  4. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  5. Nanbaka

Funniest Show

  1. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
  2. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  3. Gabriel Dropout
  4. Nanbaka
  5. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

Most WTF?! Inducing Show

  1. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  2. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
  3. Gabriel Dropout
  4. Nanbaka
  5. Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Best Ecchi

  1. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  2. Fuuka
  3. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  4. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  5. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Best Screencap

01

 

— Something so dangerous, yet so adorable and funny looking — Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

 

01

 

— A callback to one of my favourite episodes from the first season — Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

01

 

— The entire scene this screencap is from, because the cat just paws Wiz’s boobs for the entire freaking scene! — Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

01

 

— Yes, pat me! — Nanbaka

 

01

 

— The single scariest screencap of a child I may ever take in an anime — Youjo Senki

 

Sexiest Screencap

01

 

— In a show about stripping people to their underwear, someone has to go commando! — Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

01

 

— Matome finding a way to look sexy in a school swimsuit AND while fighting! — Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

 

01

 

— Usually it’s a male vampire enjoying a lovely lady, but no complaints from me here! — Demi-chan wa Kataritai

 

01

 

— Sometimes a swimsuit gets matched so perfectly to a girl AND is still sexy as fuck! — Fuuka

 

01

 

— Why I’m glad I have no sisters, let alone attractive ones — Fuuka

 

Best Couple/Duo

  1. Kyouko/Tetsuo – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  2. Hikari/Tetsuo – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  3. Hikari/Himari – Demi-chanwa Kataritai
  4. Kobayashi/Tohru – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
  5. Fuuka/Yuu – Fuuka

Sexiest Female Character

  1. Hibiki – Fuuka
  2. Sakie – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  3. Arisa – Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  4. Fuuka – Fuuka
  5. Darkness – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

  1. Kyouko – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  2. Aki – Masamune-kun no Revenge
  3. Matome – Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  4. Yoshino – Masamune-kun no Revenge
  5. Tohru – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Prettiest Female Character

  1. Fuuka – Fuuka
  2. Kyouko – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  3. Megumin – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
  4. Tae – Masamune-kun no Revenge
  5. Aki – Masamune-kun no Revenge

Best Male Character

  1. Yuu – Fuuka
  2. Hajime – Nanbaka
  3. Tetsuo – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  4. Kazuma – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
  5. Masamune – Masamune-kun no Revenge

Best Female Character

  1. Tanya – Youjo Senki
  2. Kyouko – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  3. Hikari – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  4. Fuuka – Fuuka
  5. Satanichia – Gabriel Dropout

Best Show

  1. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  2. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
  3. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
  4. Youjo Senki
  5. Fuuka
  6. Nanbaka
  7. Gabriel Dropout
  8. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  9. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  10. Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club

Week #6 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #6 has arrived with this Winter 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!

NOTE: With the new place I’ve moved into, the internet right now is terrible to the point I’m watching it in SD on my laptop rather than in HD on my PS4 where I can easily screenshot things. So until I get the internet upgraded, there won’t be anymore screenshots.


Akiba's Trip: The Animation (Ep.1)
Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Tamotsu’s computer is somehow garbage, how the hell is that the thing he’s taken so long to update?! Naturally it appears that he’s going to end up buying a new brand that’s run by a Bugged One. But a friend ends up getting him to go the “build your own PC” route. However he forgets to buy an Operating System, so the Professor makes him use her own OS she just created. He can talk back and forth with it, so naturally he doesn’t leave its side now, cause it’s a girl. Matome as usual is jealous except Arisa and Niwaka have noticed and confirmed it. He’s sad cause he’s leaving Pyuko, the OS, so the Professor gets the idea of making a mobile version of it, a giant robot. Now he’s taking Pyuko with him on patrol instead of Matome. Now the computer’s learning to be like a teenage girl in love as Tamotsu being the idiot otaku he is calls her pretty. The next day, all those Bugged One PCs are turning into robots. Pyuko goes along with them and finds the store completely empty of all things…except the Bugged One. Even worse, after stripping her a little bit, she turns into a chubby woman and disappears as all the robot PCs are congregating in one place. They fuse together into one giant mech robot. Naturally, Arisa gets tied up in a bondage pose, Matome starts losing her clothes to CDs being fired at her. Tamotsu discovers an outlet though and unplugs it. However because there is a lot of porn on that robot’s hard drive, the machine must self-destruct. So Pyuko has to make the ultimate sacrifice and flies into the air with the robot in tow. Crushed, Tamotsu is alone on the roof when the Professor comes up to comfort him with the usual speech, followed by a memory montage. I was expecting something at the end, but nothing. That was weird.

THE GOOD

  • Pyuko was a funny addition to the episode

THE BAD

  • I didn’t get much in terms of anything other than a little funny bit with Pyuko. The episode was not that interesting, the villain had a minute of total screen time at best and there wasn’t any real good jokes otherwise

Episode Score: 3/5


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)
Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Oh dear, Hikari and Himari’s father invited Tetsuo over to talk with him. Luckily, it’s mostly to thank him for helping his girls settle in. Tetsuo notes as the two girls come home just how different the two are from each other, especially with how they’re always fighting. He ends up staying for dinner at the father’s request, so the mother eventually shows up as well and more conversations start. The next day, Himari really starts to nail down Hikari for all her quirks and negligence. The one thing Tetsuo points out to her though is that because of Hikari’s vampire quirks, there are little things that Himari has been overlooking all this time, like how Hikari needs her to do her hair because she can’t see her reflection in a mirror. So she runs off to go find her sister, who seems to be missing. Ten bucks says she’s in the bathroom trying to do her hair and can see her reflection in a mirror. And…while she doesn’t find her in the bathroom, the mirror thing was a false idea and Himari is crushed by how much she worried for nothing, though Hikari cheers her up like only she can and admits the only reason she relies on Himari so much is really laziness and her negligence. At the end of the day, Hikari gets a text that really puts a smile on her face and runs off. After school, Tetsuo finds Kyouko asleep in his office…for some reason. He ends up falling asleep as well so Kyouko comforts him (except he’s not asleep at all, but doesn’t let her know). Then Hikari’s father suddenly shows up to pick up Kyouko as her parents are busy, not that Hikari told her because her sense of humour is awful. As her head leaves, the body will soon follow but writes him a note thanking him once again. 

THE GOOD

  • Hikari and Himari really are a fun to watch set of fighting sisters
  • I liked the angle this week with how parents deal with their kids, makes me want to see the same thing with Kyouko and Yuki’s folks too

THE BAD

  • Nothing this week

Episode Score: 5/5


Fuuka (Ep.1)
Fuuka (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

It appears something’s on Koyuki’s mind as her singing doesn’t seem to be up to par. Apparently Yuu’s childhood confession got to her, which seems strange cause shouldn’t she seem really happy? We see a bit of their relationship when they were younger. Koyuki had a rough upbringing, her parents fighting a lot. At one point when he hears her sing, Yuu suggests they be in a band together when they grow up. Perhaps that’s a bit of a sticking point with her now today. The worst happens as on her freaking birthday of all days, her parents tell her they’re getting divorced and her mother will be taking her away. Even worse, she never actually said goodbye to him when she left. Back in the present, she goes to his house to give him a concert ticket for a Christmas show. She ends up coming inside and of course no one else is home except Yuu. When he starts talking about his band, Koyuki starts getting twitchy and leaves. Oh you jealous bitch, if you want to nail him down now, you better do it soon! As she leaves though, she asks to renew their promise, so that one day they will play on the same stage together. On the way home, of course Koyuki runs into Fuuka. It’s the first time we ever see the two together, so naturally after getting splashed with mud by a truck, the two go to a bathhouse together, cause that’s how you bond! They talk about music, eventually getting onto the topic of Fuuka’s band and again Koyuki gets distant about it, but Fuuka keeps pressing. She does reveal how she writes her songs with her childhood crush (Yuu) in mind. They part ways and it appears Koyuki’s got a newfound energy to really go after Yuu now, perhaps she thinks after talking with Fuuka that there’s no romance in her mind when it comes to Yuu.

THE GOOD

  • Y’know what? Screw it, let’s flip the script and ship Fuuka and Koyuki together. I’m not even saying this because I want more scenes of the two naked together, I think they actually are really good together

THE BAD

  • Nothing at all this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)
Gabriel Dropout (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

Satania is up to her usual tricks (and failing) with Gabriel, when she sees a Hell Shopping Network with a surefire way to get revenge on an angel…a gun. Oh dear. The ammo will make the person laugh for 10 minutes straight. Naturally, Raphiel wants to see all this as well, because she knows how bad it’ll end. Gabriel surrenders quickly, which shocks Satania, before she realizes she’s won. Too bad she falls for Gabriel getting the gun and shoots her immediately. Another day, she visits her house to try again, but Gabriel’s too busy playing video games. Raphiel as per usual, just shows up because she’s gotta watch. She convinces Satania to challenge her to shogi, a game she’s never played. I’m sure you can figure out how this goes, except they just make up rules as they go along to screw with Satania even more. Back at school, we’re introduced to the class president of Gabriel’s class, posing weirdly for an art class, because Satania wants to draw her in a “cool” pose. Shenanigans ensue, including her wanting the president to strip nude. Then the next time we see them, apparently it’s Halloween? Gabriel throws beans at them in response for trick or treating at her place. Vignette made them all costumes, so I wonder what she made for Gabriel, which ends up being kitty pajamas. They all then go out and bother their homeroom teacher, except he actually has candy for them, including melon bread…which the dog shows up to steal.  

THE GOOD

  • Oh my god, Gabriel in cat pajamas!!!

THE BAD

  • Uh…where was Tapris this episode? Doesn’t she live with Gabriel right now?

Episode Score: 4/5


Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

It’s a good morning for Tohru, she went a whole morning without getting scolded by Kobayashi…until birds start pecking at the laundry and she starts destroying shit again. At work, one of her co-workers notes that Kobayashi seems happier now, more open. She notes to herself that it has been two months now since she met Tohru. Speaking of which, Tohru’s still trying to learn things pertaining to Kobayashi like how to gain her affection. Back at work, she’s helping out her co-worker and then we see that Tohru’s just walked into the office and used magic to hide herself just so she could watch her work. She stays hidden long enough until a boss really pisses her off by yelling at Kobayashi and trips him up. He returns later on to yell some more and she trips him again…and again…and again…and again and again and again and again. The day’s finally over, so it’s time to head home, except Kobayashi figures out that Tohru was watching, so she reveals herself, apologizing and saying she just wanted to learn more about her. Everything seems fine so they head home. We learn not long after Kobayashi got the boss fired as she had proof he was abusing his power. Another day, Tohru’s walking about and comes across Fafnir out of nowhere, inviting him home with her. He’s decided to live in the human world for a while and she decides to help him find a place so he doesn’t turn into a dragon to fly to a nearby mountain and attract all the attention. He notes that she’s becoming too much like a human and asks if she could kill one again if she returned home. He even asks what she’ll do when Kobayashi inevitably dies, but Tohru’s more concerned with now rather than the future. Back to the house hunt…they finally realize the whole ‘money’ thing. Then she gets an idea and goes to the gamer friend that introduced him to video games and he’s willing to take Fafnir in for a bit. He’s cool now with video games around him. Later on the girls are watching an ESP magician and try to recreate it, by bending all the spoons in their house. So Kobayashi after scolding them shows them how it’s done. Kanna finds a book on it and Tohru takes it as training for her and flies off to try it out. We get the training montage now including the sitting under a waterfall, balancing on a finger, karate practice, lots of sparring matches and more! But after that, she still can’t perform magic tricks. She’s not happy that a human is capable of doing something she can’t. Kobayashi finally shows her how to do the trick and calms her down. 

THE GOOD

  • The little Kanna clips in between all this were so freaking cute
  • I loved the training montage spoof

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week, weaker episode but nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

Turns out the monsters Megumin had to deal with were caused by Kazuma and Aqua when they were in the dungeon. I agree with Kazuma, they can’t just blame everything on him. In actuality, it’s because the circle Aqua used on that lich is keeping all the monsters from staying in the dungeon. They now have to find the cause of all these monsters that are being summoned and seal it away. They’re self-destructing dolls. So naturally Darkness wants in and it’s just her and Kazuma this time, Aqua still traumatized from their last visit into the dungeon. Darkness is actually able to hit these monsters too and I’m shocked a bigger deal wasn’t made of this. They find the source of the summons, the next Devil King commander, Vanir. He’s only there to check on the headless horseman…who’s obviously not around. Vanir really just wants to die in a glorious final battle and is trying to find the right dungeon to do just that in. He can also read minds so he starts messing with them both, particularly with Kazuma’s plan to eventually seduce Darkness because of the bet they made. But most importantly, he intends to deal with Aqua for creating that magic circle preventing him from full taking over the dungeon. Darkness starts fighting Vanir and Kazuma sneaks up on him…except he trips and falls into him…BUT KNOCKS HIM INTO DARKNESS’ SWORD AND SHE KILLS HIM!!! Well, not really, as the mask suddenly floats onto Darkness’ face and takes her over. Except she’s okay with Kazuma attacking her, for obvious reasons. He just leaves ‘them’ alone while he destroys the magic circle, but Vanir’s not letting him leave, though Darkness is driving him nuts so he tries to leave, but Kazuma uses a seal to keep him there till they get outside and Aqua purifies him. He runs out with her body as Vanir intends to attack Aqua, but she exorcises him immediately, feeling an evil presence. And he knows Aqua and the Axis. She just makes fun of him and tries to finish him off, but he isn’t going that easily. Kazuma wants her to remove the mask as soon as he gets the seal off. He uses a fire spell to burn it off, but she can’t get the mask off. So she tells Aqua to give it all she’s got and even wants Megumin to use Explosion if she has to. Obviously the girls don’t want to kill her. So Explosion it is. We are to assume Darkness is gone, but of course it wouldn’t be that easy, right? He is cleared of execution finally though and sure enough she’s perfectly fine, but lost her armor. She’s gifted with a brand new set, though she’s lost her cherished armor. Also, the crazy thing Kazuma did to Darkness was have everyone now call her by her real name, Lalatina, which is far worse than anything she thought he was going to do to her. But the best news is their debt has been cleared completely through that mission and he cries himself into a happy frenzy.

THE GOOD

  • Oh my god Vanir and Darkness were so fucking funny together
  • And now she’s going by Lalatina? Oh this is going to get so much funnier as this goes on

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report!

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)
Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

So are we getting a kiss or not? Who knows, we start with Yoshino getting approached by Neko who really wants to know where Masamune is, but she doesn’t know. Yoshino really doesn’t appear to like her at all, in fact looks really nervous around her. All right, now we’re finally back to the two lovebirds. The kiss to him was the grand finale and now she’s pushing this on him already? He wasn’t ready for it. Seeing he’s not gonna do it, she goes to leave but he pulls her in, inches away now and goes for it but she uppercuts him. Cause anime girls. Tae shows up with the swim club just after that. Aki just leaves as well, making it seem like he was being a horndog the whole time while it’s clear she’s starting to fall for him. Alone now, Neko manages to find him. She gives him some tea and is clearly showing herself as the ‘perfect wife’. So he bluntly asks Neko why she likes him, as a way to learn how to answer Aki if she asks that question again. But she answers perfectly to the point he’s caught way off guard. She leaves and we see Yoshino’s been following her, prepared to push her out of the picture completely if she can. She tails her until her driver finds her, clear that Neko’s no pushover and isn’t buying Yoshino’s innocent charade either. Back with Masamune, he comes home to NEKO AND YOSHINO IN APRONS COOKING DINNER?!!!  Ahem…so he drags Yoshino away to ask what the hell’s going on. Turns out his mother came across them, as of course Neko was going straight to Masamune’s house. She thinks both girls are there because of her son and goes all crazy, inviting them both inside. Naturally Neko follows not long after so she can see her love’s room. Dinner’s served and during it Masamune’s picky about fats and Neko is downing a shitload of nutrient pills. Clearly Yoshino’s happy to eat, it’ll only make her boobs bigger, because anime logic. To make matters worse for him, his little sister convinces the girls to stay a little longer to light off fireworks and so the girls can wear yukatas too, just for good measure. During the night, he admits to himself that if Neko wasn’t such a pathological liar, maybe he could’ve felt something with her. The night ends and Neko heads out, Yoshino heading out as well but he at least walks her to a taxi stop where along the way she tells him not to get caught in Aki’s pace. At the end, we see Neko stole a picture of him and Aki as a kid, seeing where their acquaintance came from, not to mention the truth about Masamune and his weight before.

THE GOOD

  • More Aki Butt. That is all…
  • It’s hard for me to pick between innocent and monotone Yoshino, both are super adorable!

THE BAD

  • A little too much happenstance this week, the one that really got me was Masamune’s mother just happening to have two yukatas available that fit Yoshino and Neko

Episode Score: 4/5


Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.1)
Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.6) *On Notice*

SYNOPSIS

The girls return to the store where Fuyune and Tomoe have their bikes now polished off and ready to go. Hiromi marvels over their bikes, but is left behind since she doesn’t have hers yet. Korone isn’t happy though that Hiromi will actually have to ride a “mommy bike” in this race so she ends up making her one with a bunch of old parts leftover from past bikes. But it’s only to borrow, she’s not giving it to her. So the girls start training, Shiki joining them at times as well. Just before the even, the uniforms show up, those ridiculous pink outfits. They’re a little weird about it at first because it’s flashier than they thought and they didn’t know that you wear the racing pants without underwear on, to prevent chaffing. Finally it’s the evening of the race. Everyone else is there too, including Korone and Nagisa. Swimmer girl is there as well. Turns out the principal set all the sports clubs against each other in this race since they were all stealing members from each other. Even the cultural clubs are joining in as well, everyone seeing this as an opportunity to show themselves to other students. Naturally, everyone’s got it out for the Bicycle Club too, which of course freaks out Hiromi, as if she’s skittish enough already. As the race starts, Natsumi either gets caught on something or her bike isn’t working so she starts late. So Hiromi gets off to help her and the others return too so they can race together. Because friendship!!! 

Y’know what? I’m just putting this show on perma on-notice and I’ll just drop it if I feel that bad about it. I enjoy watching it, but one episode can be so pointless while others have something to offer. As the show runs into its second half, I really hope to see a lot more adventuring and hijinks, because I’m not interested in just watching four girls bike around and that’s it.

THE GOOD

  • It’s nice to see the club actually doing something now
  • Seeing everyone so far coming together was a nice touch

THE BAD

  • The vibe however from this episode was weird, it felt like this was Episode 12 with the way it ended, didn’t it?

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


Nanbaka (Ep.14)
Nanbaka (Ep.19)

SYNOPSIS

On the first level, they now know how to deal with these guards, not that it stops Uno from getting the shit scared out of him by them. His screams attract a ton of the guards and they’re all on the run. They end up in a closed off management office and hide there for now. Nico is starting to look bad now that he’s gone a while without his medicine. Jyugo looks around the room for anything that might help, but instead finds an old locked box with a bunch of paperwork on various criminals and finds one that grabs his attention, likely himself. It seems Enki has met Jyugo in his monster form before. Sure enough, Jyugo finds a paper on himself and sees “human experimentation” on it, so someone else knows about it. About to get to the second floor, a guard attacks Liang and has a talisman on him, so it’s not one of the villains, it’s a brainwashed guard. Upa has to save him as Liang can’t seem to avoid the attacks. The two leave the group to stick around and deal with the guard and block the door so Jyugo and the others can’t stop them. Except, uh…how do they get out now? Liang talks about the day the others told him about Jyugo and how useless he is at everything beyond jailbreaking. Why? Because he feels useless himself now after all that’s happened and Jyugo freeing him gave him clarity of mind. But now it’s not just the one guard, another is out as well, this one however one of the villains, looking like if Leatherface mixed with the pig guy from the Saw series. Back with the others, Jyugo is bewildered as to why he’s being trusted saving them all and Trois takes his turn trying to get him on the right path. However, Nico’s suddenly gone missing in the commotion and pig boy is ready to fight, with a giant freaking hammer!!! …Next week!

THE GOOD

  • Upa and Liang getting a chance to shine in battle really brought them to the forefront a bit
  • This particular pig guy is actually for once a scary villain. Why? Because we don’t see his face, nor even his hair, which is the show’s primary way of making each character unique

THE BAD

  • I’m starting to really tire of mopey Jyugo

Episode Score: 4/5


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)
Youjo Senki (Ep.6)

SYNOPSIS

All seems well with the battle with Dakia, but the generals worry about the battle on the other front which has been far more of a struggle, especially when their supply lines are barely making them last the winter. So the commanding officer figures fuck it, let’s send Tanya instead. And she’s starting to think God’s using his power again to alter things to keep Tanya busy once more. We see how the battle on the other front is going so badly, losing mages by the dozens in an instant. That is until Tanya arrives. She intentionally denies reinforcements to make her soldiers really work and earn their accolades in the unit. A company of bomber planes show up and Tanya goes on her own to deal with them all, once again using God’s power to do it. She checks one plane to see if she can get information from the survivors, when God talks to her once again through one of the corpses. It’s rather horrifying that a God would do this with a dead body. We see after that the Allies are aware of Tanya and have been slowly starting to track her, however she’s already found them and deals with them quickly too. With command again, she’s being sent to the front lines once again and oh, she’s not happy about this. At the end, it appears Tanya and company may actually at some point be fighting against Viktoriya’s father, as an old photo suggests.

THE GOOD

  • It is very ironic that Tanya is using God’s own power to kill and I love that

THE BAD

  • Not nearly the same amount of pure insanity from Tanya, was disappointed after last week’s fantastic episode

Episode Score: 4/5

Week #5 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #5 has arrived with this Winter 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!

NOTE: With the new place I’ve moved into, the internet right now is terrible to the point I’m watching it in SD on my laptop rather than in HD on my PS4 where I can easily screenshot things. So until I get the internet upgraded, there won’t be anymore screenshots.


Akiba's Trip: The Animation (Ep.1)
Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

It’s arcade time this week and Tamotsu’s playing dirty mahjong games. Wow, they actually got Street Fighter 2 licensed in this show. Then someone takes him on and whips his ass royally. Then as the anime does, things get weird and the arcade turns into a giant crane game and it takes Niwaka. The little girl he faced earlier shows up, seemingly the Bugged One this week. His orders from the kidnappers tells him he has to enter into a Street Fighter V tournament now, the winner getting to face her. It just so happens that for this, the Professor creating a special fighting game training machine. It’s a parade of death machines with zero training in the actual game. The first match begins the next day and he loses without landing a hit. It’s almost as if he didn’t learn anything from the actual game. But then apparently he won the entire losers’ bracket and won the tournament, no explanation. Oh, anime. Facing the girl now, he wins the first round, but she’s only playing around to figure out her opponent’s style, almost always dropping the first round. Then she strips to her underwear, once again, because anime. In the final round, he undresses as well and apparently he’s able to come back a bit. She continues to strip and he responds by taking his underwear off (which somehow lands directly on Matome’s face and she starts sniffing it) and wins. He nearly dies, but the girl saves him by throwing her hoodie on her (he’s still completely naked on the bottom) and Matome takes her hat off, revealing that she’s not a Bugged One, in fact it’s one of the announcers who’s actually the Bugged One and Tamotsu beats him with one punch. They “rescue” Niwaka who was just playing a difficult game. He’s still half-naked.

THE GOOD

  • I was impressed by an anime like this actually having Street Fighter in it
  • The ridiculousness of stripping to increase your gaming abilities, oh my god!

THE BAD

  • I don’t like how they just up and had Tamotsu win every match after losing without landing a hit, like there was no explanation as to how he figured out how to play all of a sudden

Episode Score: 4/5


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)
Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

So it’s finally interview time between Tetsuo and Yuki. In her younger days, things were easier living in a rural town, but now moving into a bigger area for high school has been a much tougher transition. She reveals her fears more have to do with her own powers, that she could accidentally cause damage to others around her if she’s not in control of herself. After lunch, he asks Yuki to come back after school. While waiting for the time to come, he tries to research as much as he can on snow women, trying to identify where this sudden burst in her power might be coming from. As he talks to her about the history of snow women, he notices that she gets a cold aura around her when she’s nervous. So he tests this, getting a pot of hot water and has her put her bare feet into it. He has her read old stories about snow women and sure enough she starts to generate that cold aura and generates ice from a cold sweat that happens when she’s emotionally stressed. So it’s identified she’s not losing control of her powers, she’s just got a few extra quirks that tie to her emotions. Now a lot more relaxed, she starts to open up a little, including hanging out after school with the other two demi girls. We start to wonder if maybe, just maybe Hikari has a little more in her head than just being friendly with Yuki, staring at her neck a lot now and getting uncomfortable. Remember how sucking blood for vampires according to her is more akin to a romantic act? Yuki apologizes for being very cold (hahaha!) and distant in the beginning and offers her full friendship (which includes all rubbing against her she wants) to Hikari. She asks to bite Yuki, but not for blood, almost like her teeth are itching, it ends up being almost ticklish to Yuki. Kyouko also comes in as well, offering her friendship to Yuki. The next day there’s a fun conversation about using first and last names between Tetsuo and the three. Yuki has now opened up a ton now, even asking a boy to hang out with her and friends (though he thought it was a date…). 

THE GOOD

  • Hikari biting is so freaking random, cute and hilarious
  • Yuki opening up really brings out the remaining necessary happiness this show requires

THE BAD

  • I will admit, there does seem to be a bit of unnecessary nudity in this show, not that it should be unusual to see a girl in the bath, but they spent a little too long with that in this episode

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Fuuka (Ep.1)
Fuuka (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

Oh dear, Koyuki lives close to Yuu, so she’s visiting now. They’re looking through old photos and reminiscing. Naturally, he lets it slip that he liked her and didn’t get to tell her before they parted ways for a while. She leaves after that, happy that her feelings weren’t one-sided. Back at school, Makoto and Kazuya (track guy) seem to be having a nice little BL relationship going on. Fuuka tells them that the HEDGEHOGS are going to teach them how to play, which I think might be a little much, maybe they should’ve given these kids a little talent. While looking for a place to sit, they take the only emptyish table with one stuck up girl who will obviously be in the band and some point, but she leaves for now. At their first practice, it goes terribly and a commotion happens where the guy’s little sister apparently rubbed a band the wrong way. Sure enough, it’s the same girl from earlier. Even worse, Yuu trips and runs right into her boobs. But she accepts Fuuka’s offer to join anyway. Sara is less than stellar at talking with people and is very negative towards Yuu, not happy with how he’s a first-time bass player and rubs it in his face constantly. To make matters worse for him, the crew see what’s happening and leave him and Sara alone. He tweets back and forth with a girl on Twitter that we’ve see for a while, The Admiral. And it’s actually been Sara the whole time. The second she realizes this, she completely changes her personality, happy as hell. Oh dear, we have another girl in the harem. She admits afterwards she’s aware how bad she is at talking with people. Makoto makes a call home, saying he won’t be coming back yet, sticking around where he is because he found something musical to do. Yuu meanwhile is practicing his bass a lot, to the point his fingertips are hurting a lot, which made me so happy to see that detail, as first-time guitar players need time for their fingertips to adjust to the amount of pressure they’re putting on the strings at first. At the next practice, the studio’s completely booked, so Kazuya offers his place, specifically the garage. The practice goes a lot better, everyone having practiced their parts and it’s starting to come together. Sara tries to tell Yuu how good he was, but Fuuka beats her to it, so instead Sara prods her with the head of her guitar. Then to end the episode, Fuuka announces their first show will be at the school fair in two months.

THE GOOD

  • As a musician, seeing these early stages brings so many memories back to me
  • Sara’s character is quite curious, I kind of prefer her stoic version with the ocassional happy unlocking
  • Fuuka continues to be such a beautiful character

THE BAD

  • Nothing at all this week

Episode Score: 5/5


Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)
Gabriel Dropout (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

Someone’s walking around town in a space suit? A cat starts clawing her and she runs away. It must be another angel or something who’s really nervous about the human world. Sure enough, she looks a little bit like Gabriel. Now this girl has a gas mask on and is at the school, seeing Gabriel. She thinks Gabriel is trying to rob her and Raphiel arrives to see what the hell is going on, thinking this girl looks a lot like Tapris, another angel from their class. She came strictly to see Gabriel, without knowing the first girl she met was her. Naturally, Raphiel tries to fuck with Tapris, but Gabriel spills the beans immediately, shocking Tapris with her “faillen angel” status. Afterwards, Tapris pulls Raphiel aside, thinking a demon must have done this to Gabriel. Naturally, Raphiel gets an idea and brings Satania into the fold. She tried to have a special entrance from a locker, but it fails miserably, as Satania always does. She claims responsibility for Gabriel’s fall, showing a picture of her as a waitress as proof. However, that interests Gabriel, because clearly she likes her more than just as someone she looks up to. So when Satania has a nude photo of her, that really gets Tapris’ attention. The two are prepared to fight each other…in Old Maid! Raphiel is trying so hard no to burst out laughing. Satania in the end wins their ultimate battle and she runs off, Satania so happy to finally beat an angel and Raphiel has had the time of her life. While running away, Tapris gets lost and runs into Vignette, who she freaks out at as well. Of course, Vignette continues her role as the level-headed nice girl and Tapris starts falling for her too, much like she did with Gabriel before she left Heaven. However, Gabriel shows up to spill the beans that Vignette is a demon and now she’s distant as all hell, Gabriel not helping at all. She runs off, but does state she’d still like to have tea with Vignette some time. Going home with Gabriel, just being in her room is already tainting her halo. So she tries the same thing Vignette tried, cleaning, get her to eat right, but like Vigne before her, it ain’t gonna work. The following morning she wakes up and Gabriel did actually put a blanket over her at night, but she pisses away that good will immediately by leaving a garbage bag for Tapris, disguised as a gift.

THE GOOD

  • Tapris really brings out the best in Satania when I thought she was already at her best!
  • Raphiel finally did something entertaining through her mischief

THE BAD

  • Nothing this week either

Episode Score: 4.5/5


Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

A bunch of kids are on a trip and they pass by the apartment and Kanna is watching. Kobayashi gets idea to maybe try putting her in school. Kanna gets pissed off though when they go shopping for clothes and stationery and they’re not getting her cute stuff. The amount of misinterpretations of everything Tohru finds are hilarious. A hundred bucks later, it’s backpack time. Apparently a normal looking backpack goes for almost 400 bucks?! Dafuq?! When she sees how much Kobayashi is spending on her, Kanna was about to grab a charm for her bag but decides not to ask her to buy it as well. Now with everything done, clothes included, it’s time to get ready for her first day. Tohru watches over her as she has her first day. Naturally, there’s one girl a little bit jealous of Kanna as she comes in, Riko’s her name. She challenges her to arm wrestling, but Kanna tears up just wanting to be friends with everyone. Tohru knows she was faking it and after school asks why Kanna wanted to go to school in the first place and she admits there’s some curiosity after living with Kobayashi for Kanna to see what else is out there with humans. At home, Kobayashi gives her that charm she wanted the other day. We then see an event where apparently all the dragons destroyed a park. Fafnir and Quetzalcoatl are at the apartment when Kanna comes home with Rika, who’s crying. Apparently on the way home they went to a park, but a bunch of older kids (specifically one asshole) bully them, so Rika challenges them to dodgeball tomorrow for access to the park. She didn’t figure out what they’d do after. So of course Tohru thinks the four dragons should team up and beat these guys. Kobayashi specifically tells them not to kill the guys, but as we’ve seen before, the dragons aren’t exactly good at holding back once they’re worked up. They win easily, but they’re still worked up so they fight each other, thus the park getting destroyed. Thankfully Quetzalcoatl is capable of restoring the place and erasing memories. 

THE GOOD

  • An episode solely directed to have Kanna being cute? I’m in!
  • I never thought I’d see the day a boy would be scared of a girl walking towards him with giant bouncing boobs…

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week, show continues to get better and better!

Episode Score: 5/5


Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.4)

SYNOPSIS

Sure enough, all the money was indeed spent on booze. So he’s going to sell a special bottle she’s been hiding and steals her raiment as well. Then some random blonde witch girl walks in, none of the three know who she is. She’s actually Darkness. I should’ve known…giant boobs. Turns out the lord wanted her to marry his son. Initially, he’s not happy, but then realizes this is a chance for him to get rid of Darkness. Though he does also suggest she marry him and then ruin the relationship, so neither they or her family get hit. That prosecutor girl comes back calling again needing help, so he tries to send Megumin alone and she falls for it. Now just the three of them, Aqua and Kazuma acting as Darkness’ butler and maid for the time being. Her father asks Kazuma to ensure she doesn’t cause a scene during the whole thing. The son arrives and she tries to just knock him out, but Kazuma continues to thwart her. It’s so obvious that Darkness doesn’t want to marry because she’d stop adventuring and her perverted side would have to be suppressed. She hates this guy because he’s too nice, handsome and treats ladies properly. Eventually she snaps as rips her dress, wanting to fight the man and prove his worth to her, but he’s too nice. However, he does admit he came down to refuse the marriage, yet he’s taken a liking to her. So they have their sparring match and she’s just keeps taking it and taking it. Even worse, he wants to see what Kazuma has done to make Darkness respect her so much. So he uses water magic he’s learned from Aqua to make her dress see-through. Eventually she starts fighting back and he tries many tricks in the book to stop her. But then he figures to have some more fun with it, saying the winner gets to tell the loser to do anything they want. He uses her weaknesses to make her try less to fight and when it seems like she’s about to lose she’s overcome with pleasure and passes out. The man admits defeat, that Kazuma can certainly make Darkness happier than he ever could. Without knowing that the marriage is called off, she lies that she and Kazuma are expecting a child and he leaves. Prosecutor comes by with Megumin to end the episode. Uh-oh, what’d she do now?

THE GOOD

  • We really get the full extent of Darkness’ depravity and pervertedness
  • I find it so interesting all the different skills Kazuma has

THE BAD

  • I can’t like an episode that doesn’t have Megumin really in it… *sadface*

Episode Score: 4/5


Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)
Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

So new girl is still in his arms and she has boobs too, Aki’s at a real disadvantage here. But this girl is super religious, she’s already in my bad boobs–I mean books! I like her driver better anyway, I’m getting the sexy tomboy look from her. After they leave, holy shit Aki is pissed off and she leaves, almost getting hit two more times crossing the street. Trying to win her back with food, Yoshino appears and starts shooting at him with a BB gun, Aki telling her he’s not allowed to come near her. He has the chance to go inside anyway, but just leaves the food outside. The next day, he’s still trying to remember who this girl is from the other day. So naturally, she’s a new student in his class, Neko, yes that’s her name. Somehow though there’s no open desk next to him so she’s a couple desks down, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?! THIS IS AN ANIME!!! The girls all gravitate to her too, so he can’t be alone to talk with her. When he finally approaches, she apparently told all the girls she transferred in specifically for him. Apparently three years ago around Christmas time, he donated some money to whatever thing she was running and gave her his coat. Apparently at this point he was already thin, however Masamune tells us he was still fat at that point. So he finally just grabs her by the arm and leads her away. Apparently she easily weakens and starts bleeding from the mouth…only it’s ketchup. Getting her back on topic, he asks her why he’s telling a lie about how they met and she calls the truth embarrassing to the point she doesn’t want to say it. So he just up and says he has someone else he likes. Upon seeing who her competition is, Neko thinks she won’t be a problem and walks right over to Aki and talks to her. Then wind blows and apparently this very-religious girl doesn’t wear panties. Aki tries to leave and somehow in the two being alone, they get dragged into cleaning the pool together, because that’s the best way to connect. So he sprays her with water. He then looks at her as she’s just in a swimsuit and says she’s lacking, but her legs are nice. He’s full of shit, she has a really nice butt too. She wants to dump water on him, but she makes the bucket too heavy and causes her to fall in the water and appears like she can’t swim. He goes to save her, but she was in the shallow end. He says he moved on his own and she’s mad that’s all, but when he says he likes her too, not that she’d believe him. So she tells him to prove it, saying he should kiss her. CLIFFHANGAR!!! 

THE GOOD

  • So her name is Neko, she’s religious, yet is super dirty, manipulative, vindictive and doesn’t wear panties? Huh…she’s actually kinda interesting…
  • Aki butt. That is all…

THE BAD

  • It annoys me a little bit when characters say a girl has nothing to offer because she’s flat-chested

Episode Score: 4/5


Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.1)
Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

Well now, someone’s arrived in Japan from overseas. She has a cat tail and ears for some reason. The principal announces they have three months to “produce results” otherwise the club will be disbanded. The girls can’t even buy bikes yet as the shop hasn’t re-opened, likely because catgirl hasn’t shown up. Sure enough, there she is, Korone, the tiny catgirl manager. She finally opens up shop and she has quite the selection. She gives them a crash course in all the different types of bikes so they can pick one that suits them best, though she does suggest they go with road racers. They try several bikes but Hiromi can’t seem to find one she likes, or at least one that stands out. But she finally comes across one that gives her the experience she desires. However, it’s a four thousand dollar bike, so the girls (except Fuyune likely) will have trouble getting one. Shiki suddenly arrives with a race flyer that the girls might be interested in trying out, a way to produce results.

All right, last straw for the show. I just took it off notice, but it’s going back. Why? Because the show is not doing anything other than saying “bikes are cool!” and that’s not enough for me. Next week is Episode 6, if the show is at the halfway point and the girls still aren’t going on any adventures, that’s it.

THE GOOD

  • Korone is freaking adorable, I love the cute little adult girl trope

THE BAD

  • Once again, I like the characters and the vibe, but I want to actually see the girls do something. Nothing interesting is happening here yet

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


Nanbaka (Ep.14)
Nanbaka (Ep.18)

SYNOPSIS

The boys end up falling into a cell with Liang and Upa, who are shackled. Hajime meanwhile is put in his own cell with shackles that will blow his hands off if any impact comes to them. Samon is also in a cell, beaten. Jyugo unlocks the shackles off Liang and Upa  as well. It appears Samon’s brother has been in the underground cell all this time and has now escaped. The new recruit as well to Building 5 is among those helping his escape. Jyugo once again, easily unlocks the cell and now needs to help Nico, who’s lost his medicine bag. We see Qi is also among the villains as well and has the medicine bag. We go back a few hours to see how everything happened, Samon investigating the missing talismans before Enki escaped. Investigating into that now, he finds Ruka, the aquamarine-haired boy (who of course is naked) who also escaped and then Enki shows up and destroys Samon. Back in the present, Hajime knows the Samon has been holding back and gives him shit for it, saying the next time the two brothers meet, he should kill him and not hold back. The five now walking around the cell, find Hajime’s nameplate and continue to look for the guards, their only real way of escaping without their sentences being raised even further. Along the way, they find Honey and and Trois who also got captured, it appears Kiji was as well. They free the two pretty boys and it’s time to continue on…next week!

THE GOOD

  • Jyugo solving every puzzle easily kept breaking the ice of every tense moment and I loved it

THE BAD

  • There pretty much was no real comedy and all story, which for me is when this show is at its weakest
  • The villains just aren’t interesting to me, they’re just powerful brutes, nothing more

Episode Score: 3/5


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)
Youjo Senki (Ep.5)

SYNOPSIS

Tanya is not all that happy to see Viktoriya back in her care. Even worse, she already got a bunch of people to come out, so Tanya will be spending even less time in the office. Now having to pick her unit, Tanya’s really stretching it out and failing a ton of people. They order her to speed up the process and she starts putting soldiers through horrible training that could even kill some of the soldiers. Crazy, evil Tanya’s coming out, folks! During the training, an avalanche occurs and buries them all alive. Somehow surviving, Tanya’s shocked that they’re all continuing the training, clear that she was trying to drive them all out so the unit wouldn’t be formed. The majority of them survive, much to her dismay. Back at HQ, she meets with Erich and argues with their first deployment, but to no avail. They’re expected to ship out to an entirely new area and the first attack from this new country seems like they’re weak and unprepared for war, but Tanya cannot believe they’re this inept. She views this though as a live training exercise for the new soldiers. This enemy looks years behind in tactics and weaponry and can’t even fight back against this air force. She gets further annoyed when she sees one of her units falling back for a moment and joins in the battle herself. She questions whether this is really an invasion or men just walking to their deaths. So she sees them personally and it goes as well for the enemy as you’d expect. So she decides to have fun and just go straight to the capital and see if she can just take the entire country herself. She has her sights set on an arms factory and decides to give them a heads up of their attack…in a child’s voice, so they don’t take it seriously and they can just kill them all. She uses God’s power as well to destroy them. 

THE GOOD

  • This was so fucking great, watching Tanya finally delve back into twisted, sadistic and evil!
  • Viktoriya’s reaction to Tanya speaking like a child was hilarious!

THE BAD

  • Not a damn thing this week, this is exactly what I want to see from this show!

Episode Score: 5/5

Best of Q1 – Winter Anime 2017

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

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

Best OP

  1. Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas
  2. ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
  3. Fuuka
  4. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  5. Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Note: Because Nanbaka already won last season and the theme hasn’t changed (other than the vocals), it will not be available for this award. 

Best Art Direction

  1. Nanbaka
  2. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  3. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  4. Youjo Senki
  5. Fuuka

Best Character Design

  1. Nanbaka
  2. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  3. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  4. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
  5. Gabriel Dropout

Best Story

  1. Youjo Senki
  2. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  3. Fuuka
  4. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  5. Nanbaka

Funniest Show

  1. Nanbaka
  2. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  3. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
  4. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  5. Gabriel Dropout

Most WTF?! Inducing Show

  1. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  2. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
  3. Gabriel Dropout
  4. Nanbaka
  5. Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Best Ecchi

  1. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  2. Fuuka
  3. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  4. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  5. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Best Screencap

01

 

— Something so dangerous, yet so adorable and funny looking — Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

 

01

 

— A callback to one of my favourite episodes from the first season — Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

01

 

— The entire scene this screencap is from, because the cat just paws Wiz’s boobs for the entire freaking scene! — Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

01

 

— Yes, pat me! — Nanbaka

 

01

 

— The single scariest screencap of a child I may ever take in an anime — Youjo Senki

 

Sexiest Screencap

01

 

— In a show about stripping people to their underwear, someone has to go commando! — Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

01

 

— Matome finding a way to look sexy in a school swimsuit AND while fighting! — Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

 

01

 

— Usually it’s a male vampire enjoying a lovely lady, but no complaints from me here! — Demi-chan wa Kataritai

 

01

 

— Sometimes a swimsuit gets matched so perfectly to a girl AND is still sexy as fuck! — Fuuka

 

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— Why I’m glad I have no sisters, let alone attractive ones — Fuuka

 

Best Couple/Duo

  1. Kyouko/Tetsuo – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  2. Fuuka/Yuu – Fuuka
  3. Hikari/Tetsuo – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  4. Kobayashi/Tohru – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
  5. Aki/Masamune – Masamune-kun no Revenge

Sexiest Female Character

  1. Hibiki – Fuuka
  2. Sakie – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  3. Arisa – Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  4. Fuuka – Fuuka
  5. Darkness – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

  1. Kyouko – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  2. Aki – Masamune-kun no Revenge
  3. Matome – Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  4. Yoshino – Masamune-kun no Revenge
  5. Tohru – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Prettiest Female Character

  1. Fuuka – Fuuka
  2. Kyouko – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  3. Megumin – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
  4. Tae – Masamune-kun no Revenge
  5. Aki – Masamune-kun no Revenge

Best Male Character

  1. Yuu – Fuuka
  2. Masamune – Masamune-kun no Revenge
  3. Hajime – Nanbaka
  4. Tetsuo – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  5. Kazuma – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Best Female Character

  1. Kyouko – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  2. Hikari – Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  3. Tanya – Youjo Senki
  4. Fuuka – Fuuka
  5. Satanichia – Gabriel Dropout

Best Show

  1. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  2. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
  3. Nanbaka
  4. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
  5. Fuuka
  6. Gabriel Dropout
  7. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  8. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
  9. Youjo Senki
  10. Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club

Winter 2017 Anime Preview

So we are just a couple weeks away from the start of the 2017 winter anime season! So before we get to the end of this current season, it’s time for me to preview all the anime listed to air during this season and see where my interest is at for each of them.

Before we get started however, I’m laying down a few ground rules:

  • If a show is a second season or further and I haven’t either watched the anime yet or dropped the previous season, I will not be previewing those shows.
  • I will try to preview as many as I can, but there may be a couple where the synopsis may turn me off before even clicking the link to the trailer.
  • Please understand that these trailers are all in Japanese and usually don’t come with subtitles, so a lot of what I talk about is more what I see and perceive rather than what’s actually being said and going on in the trailer.
  • Also understand that I am deciding on shows based on my own personal tastes. Obviously there will be shows you think are at the top of your list, but they don’t interest me and vice-versa.
  • At the end of each preview I will give the show a “Yay” or “Nay”. Should be self-explanatory as to which one means I’ll be watching those shows
  • And for any show that does get previewed on this list, even if I give it the go-ahead, if it’s not on Crunchyroll where I can easily access it on my PS4 (which makes my screencaps really easy too), I will not watch it and will not have it on my weekly reviews. I’m aware there are other routes, but my time is limited and I also don’t like resorting to torrents and such.

Anyways, let’s get this show on the road!


ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka

SYNOPSIS

The kingdom of Dowa, which is subdivided into 13 states, is celebrating its monarch’s 99th birthday. These thirteen states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant organization known as ACCA. Within ACCA, Jean Otis is the second-in-command of the inspection agency. His agency has 10 people placed in each of the 13 states, with a central office in the capital city. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state’s ACCA office flowing towards the central office. Jin also often has business trips from the capital to the other districts, to check on the situation and personnel there.

(Source: MangaHelpers)

THOUGHTS – YAY

While thus far, police/spy anime really haven’t gotten my attention much, aside from Bungo Stray Dogs, but that’s due to its over-the-top comedy, I still continue to have enough interest in these kinds of shows to at least give the series a single episode shot. I’m not confident it will gain my attention, but who knows, maybe this is the one that finally lures me in.


Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

SYNOPSIS

The Akiba’s Trip games take place in a reproduction of Tokyo’s Akihabara district, where the player must fight vampires by tearing off their clothes and exposing them to the sunlight.

(Source: game franchise summary via Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

It’s going to be trash, I know it is. The game is so bad it’s good, so I have to think the anime will be the same. I’m hoping this show will yield similar results to what Keijo!!!!!!!! did for me last season, being a show that knows it’s a fanservice anime and revels in it and laughs at itself when doing so.

The only thing I admit that worries me, is that I’m a bit unsure about how I feel with the show’s animation style. It seems almost a bit too cartoonish, like it’s supposed to be a kids anime.


BanG Dream!

SYNOPSIS

Kasumi Toyama felt a fateful meeting with a star-shaped guitar in a pawnshop one day. There are four girls who, like Kasumi, have a dream of looking for a place that can spark them.

(Source: MAL News)

THOUGHTS – NAY

What was going to determine whether I would be interested in the show or not was the music. And the music in the trailer was bad, the kind of J-Pop idol music that causes blood to spill out of my ears. I thought having the girl with such a badass guitar, the music might be badass too, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Booooooooooooo!!!


Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari

SYNOPSIS

No synopsis available, show is based off a mobile game.

THOUGHTS – YAY

If that’s the animation style throughout the show, it’s gonna have to be pretty bad to get me to drop it. Why? Because the animation looks like the current Fire Emblem games’ cutscenes, which by the way…BADASS!!! So yeah, by looks alone, I’m curious as to what this show’s about.


Demi-chan wa Kataritai

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x533jlv

SYNOPSIS

Monsters of legend walk among us, going by the name “demi-humans.” Ever since he’s discovered the “demis,” one young man has become obsessed with them. So when he gets a job as a teacher at a high school for demi-girls, it’s a dream come true! But these demis, who include a rambunctious vampire, a bashful headless girl, and a succubus, have all the problems normal teenagers have, on top of their supernatural conditions. How to handle a classroom full of them?!

(Source: Kodansha Comics)

THOUGHTS – YAY

The moment I saw the headless girl, I was sold on it. Now I don’t expect this show to be anywhere near as ecchi-ridden as Monster Musume was, but because of that show, I’m certainly more than open to a show where one guy deals with several monster girls, granted this one is more centered around demi-humans rather than monsters, but either way, I’m far more open to the concept than I was before.


ēlDLIVE

SYNOPSIS

Chuuta Kokonose is an orphan who lives with his aunt. For as long as he can remember he’s had a voice in his head, but other than that he’s a normal boy – right until the day when a strangely-looking thing follows him home and teleports him to a place filled with more fantastic creatures. It’s a space police station, and Rein Brickke, the Chief of Solar System Department, tells him that he’s been chosen by the computer as a possible candidate to join the police force, although Misuzu Sonokata, a girl from Chuuta’s school with an angelic face and ill temper who turns out to be one of Rein Brickke’s subordinates, doesn’t think him suitable for such a job. Chuuta, who was shocked at first, decides to take aptitude test after being urged by the voice in his head and to prove Misuzu wrong.

(Source: MyAnimeList)

THOUGHTS – NAY

While I really like the animation style and the music was pretty badass, I cannot get past the idea in my head that this is a kids anime and that immediately turns me off the idea. Especially given that this is also a shounen anime, which I have really never has much success with watching, there’s just too many things about the show that make me positive it’s not for me.


Fuuka

SYNOPSIS

New meetings always come suddenly! The protagonist, Yuu Haruna, moves into a new town where he meets a somewhat strange girl who doesn’t have a cell phone. The girl, Fuuka, seems to have a strange allure that draws people to her, very much like a summer breeze. Looks like Yuu has been caught up in one wild love story!

(Source: Crunchyroll)

THOUGHTS – YAY

The ecchi is there to at least grab my attention, which since I’m simple and like keeping my ecchi show count high just to piss off feminists and anime purists alike. My only worry is the vibe I’m getting from the show is similar to shows like ReLIFE, which have burned me in the past as well. I’m going in with low expectations and hoping this one flies in under the radar.


Gabriel Dropout

SYNOPSIS

Chief Angel has come to Earth! However, she became so used to the life on Earth that she skips school and keeps playing online games, thus into self-destruction. It’s a school comedy that Gabriel turns into a lazy angel!

(Source: MAL News)

THOUGHTS – YAY

The synopsis has me very curious. It’s almost like it’s as if Umaru from Himouto! Umaru-Chan! is now an angel instead of a regular human. The animation and character designs are all pretty good too, so there’s a lot for me to like here. Hopefully the comedy’s good and that’ll keep the show in my good graces.


Hand Shakers

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4xeawe

SYNOPSIS

The anime takes place in Osaka in “AD20XX,” and revolves around the Hand Shakers — partners who can summon “Nimrodes,” weapons born from their deep psyche by joining hands. In order to grant the pair’s wish, the Hand Shakers compete with and fight other Hand Shaker pairs. The top pair will then meet and challenge “God.”

“They, the receivers of the Revelation of Babel. They, the challengers to God.
They, who inevitably throw themselves into battle with their partners. What does God want from them?
And did they want powers exceeding that of Gods? The chosen ones, their souls linked, join hand and hand for the Ziggurat where the fighting shall ensue.”

(Source: ANN)

THOUGHTS – NAY

I can’t get past the “Nimrodes” name. Then to make it worst, I don’t like the animation style, the emphasis on hand holding is bugging me and for fuck’s sake, any anime that ends with fighting “God” just turns me off of it. So yeah, way too much I don’t like here, not interested in the slightest.


Kemono Friends

SYNOPSIS

The story takes place in Japari Park, a “gigantic integrated zoo.” In the zoo, due to the mysterious “sand star” substance, the animals start turning into human-shaped creatures called Animal Girls. Japari Park is a place where many people visit and have fun at, but one day a lost child wanders into the park. The lost child starts a journey to return, but because so many Animal Girls join in on the quest it becomes an unexpected grand adventure.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

Probably a kids anime and a short. I also don’t like the animation style much either. Not much else to talk about, just not interested in this one.


Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

–No trailer available–

SYNOPSIS

Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end!

(Source: Seven Seas)

THOUGHTS – YAY

I’ve been very fortunate over the last year of anime with slice of life shows and the plot to this one sounds like a funny one that’ll be another nice sit-down sort of show. Hopefully I’m right without a trailer available to give me an idea of this.


Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

SYNOPSIS

After a traffic accident, Kazuma Sato’s disappointingly brief life was supposed to be over, but he wakes up to see a beautiful girl before him. She claims to be a goddess, Aqua, and asks if he would like to go to another world and bring only one thing with him. Kazuma decides to bring the goddess herself, and they are transported to a fantasy world filled with adventure, ruled by a demon king. Now Kazuma only wants to live in peace, but Aqua wants to solve many of this world’s problems, and the demon king will only turn a blind eye for so long…

(Source: Crunchyroll)

THOUGHTS – YAY

One of a few shows I’m watching the next season of, Konosuba was a super funny show last winter that kept me in stitches after many of their episodes. Hopefully this time around the season isn’t so short, it was weird having the show just suddenly stop at 10 episodes rather than the traditional 12 or 13. If you haven’t checked this show out yet, you really should if you’re looking for a slapstick sort of comedy.


Kuzu no Honkai

SYNOPSIS

17-year-old Awaya Mugi and Yasuraoka Hanabi appear to be the ideal couple. They are both pretty popular, and they seem to suit each other well. However, outsiders don’t know of the secret they share. Both Mugi and Hanabi have hopeless crushes on someone else, and they are only dating each other to soothe their loneliness. Mugi is in love with Minagawa Akane, a young teacher who used to be his home tutor. Hanabi is also in love with a teacher, a young man who has been a family friend since she was little. In each other, they find a place where they can grieve for the ones they cannot have, and they share a loneliness-driven physical intimacy. Will things stay like this for them forever?

(Source: MangaHelpers)

THOUGHTS – NAY

I’m probably going to be wrong on this front, it’ll probably be a fan-favourite knowing my luck. But from the plot and the preview, I get too many vibes of a show like Orange that I got completely turned off of after a single episode. Generally speaking, romance anime just bore the hell out of me, so due to my own personal biases, I can’t convince myself that this show is interesting to me and therefore worth watching.


Little Witch Academia (TV)

SYNOPSIS

The story revolves around Akko, who as a child watched the witch Shiny Chariot perform a show, and from then on dreamed of becoming a witch. She enters the Luna Nova Academy, a school for witches that Shiny Chariot attended. In this new town she meets new friends and starts a new school life. At the school she has lessons on riding brooms and the wonder of magic, but Akko and her friends Lotte and Sucy keep getting wrapped up in tumultuous events.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

It’s a Trigger anime, of course I’m going to watch at least the first episode.


Masamune-kun no Revenge

SYNOPSIS

As an overweight child, Makabe Masamune was mercilessly teased and bullied by one particular girl, Adagaki Aki. Determined to one day exact his revenge upon her, Makabe begins a rigorous regimen of self-improvement and personal transformation.

Years later, Masamune re-emerges as a new man. Handsome, popular, with perfect grades and good at sports, Masamune-kun transfers to Aki’s school, and is unrecognizable to her. Now, Masamune-kun is ready to confront the girl who bullied him so many years ago and humiliate her at last. But will revenge be as sweet as he thought?

(Source: manga synopsis via Seven Seas Entertainment)

THOUGHTS – YAY

I really like the concept of this show, I just hope the show can back it up with some comedy, a good set of characters (as I’m afraid Masamune might be an easily hate-able main character) and maybe a little ecchi to spice it up.


One Room

No trailer available–

SYNOPSIS

The series will tell “three stories raised in your (one) room.”

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

I have a feeling this is going to end up as a short, but who knows. The reason I’m giving this the green light is solely based on the art, as while I can’t recall the name of this artist, I know the style very well and love it, so I’m at least curious to see where it’s going.


Seiren

SYNOPSIS

The anime is an omnibus work that will consist of four-episode arcs focusing on each of the main heroines. The three planned story arcs will focus on Hikari Tsuneki, Touru Miyamae, and Kyouko Touno. The love stories take place in the summer of the main characters’ second year of high school. The protagonist Shouichi is anxious about growing up, and his homeroom teacher calls him to talk about his career plans. Shouichi meets various girls and heads to an unknown future.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

Like with Kuzu no Honkai, I’m getting the Orange vibe from the show that’s burned me before, so from this feeling, once again I feel confident that it’s a show that won’t really click with me. I will admit though the animation looks really nice with this show.


Tales of Zestiria the X 2nd Season

SYNOPSIS

Sorey is a human youth who grew up among the “seraphim” (tenzoku), spiritual beings not visible to humans. Sorey believes in the folklore that says “long ago, every human was able to see the seraphim” and dreams of unraveling the ancient mystery to make the world a place where people and seraphim can live together in peace.

One day, Sorey visits the human capital for the very first time. He becomes embroiled in an incident during which he pulls out a holy sword imbedded in a rock and ends up becoming a “Shepherd,” one who casts away calamity from the world. He begins to realize the gravity of his mission, and his dream of coexistence between mankind and the seraphim becomes more intense—

And thus, the Shepherd embarks on an amazing journey with his companions.

(Source: official English website)

THOUGHTS – YAY

Second season of a really good (and holy shit is it ever beautiful!) show, hoping it can keep up what it started in its first season.


Urara Meirochou

–No trailer available–

SYNOPSIS

This is Meiro-machi (Labyrinth Town), the town of fortune-telling. In town, there is a fortune-telling shop called Urara, where girls aspiring to be fortune-tellers come from all over the country. Chiya, who was raised in the mountains, comes to the town with a purpose, but what is it exactly? There, she meets Kon who is always serious, Koume who loves all things western, and the shy Nono. Their fun days of living together as apprentice fortune-tellers are about to begin.

(Source: MyAnimeList)

THOUGHTS – YAY

Likely a short, but anything that sounds like a silly comedy to me gets my attention. The character designs also grab my attention a little bit, so even without a trailer, there’s something keeping me curious as to what this show is.


And that’s it! So at this time, the total number of shows I’ll be watching at the start of the winter season will be…13!

Wow, this number ended up being a lot smaller than I was anticipating. A large part of it is due to now that I’ve had over a full year under my belt of catching every simulcast, there’s a lot of shows that are sequels to shows I didn’t like, which reduces the list a lot more. That and honestly, since my free time has lessened recently, I’m becoming harsher and harsher with each show, not wanting to waste time with shows I’m not looking forward to watching every week. Now because the number’s so low to start, if I happen to hear a show I haven’t greenlit is really good, I might check it out and if it is good, I’ll add it to the list the following week. But as of right now, I expect the number to start at 13 and get to 10 and maybe even lower after the first 2-3 weeks.

See you in January!