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Week # 12-13 – Winter Anime 2018

The final two weeks have arrived with the 2018 winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

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

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


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

…Wow. One more hit and I would’ve started balling. I got close to tears as this episode hit its conclusion. After taking the snowcats, they find and old station with a few boxes, so the girls frantically try to find something that shows Shirase’s mother being there…and they find her laptop. So naturally Shirase boots it up back at the station and…it works and her e-mail inbox gets flooded with all the mails Shirase had sent her dead mother since the day she disappeared. Hoo boy that was tough. So I assume Episode 13 is to make a grave for her? Maybe they return home? Either way, the emotional damage has been done this week, we’ll see what the final episode has in store for us next week.

THE GOOD

  • Emotional highs, nearly cried
  • The show did its job, getting you ready for the inevitable tough moment

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 5/5


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.13)

THOUGHTS

It’s bittersweet. A show that I enjoyed as much as I did and here I expected a resounding finale and instead, I’ll be quite honest…it was very disappointing. I couldn’t really tell you what I was expecting, maybe I was too emotionally drained after Shirase’s heartbreaking cry, but either way, the end was so bittersweet like I said, that I almost have a bad taste in my mouth. I’m also admittedly disappointed with Shirase choosing to leave her mother’s laptop behind. I get why she did it, she’s moving on, but she can move on with the memory of her mother beside her as well. Even her mother’s message that remained in her outbox, it wasn’t even that strong either. Maybe that was intent, maybe I expected so much more, but either way…MAN WHAT A BUZZ KILL!!!

Oh and Shirase’s hair looks stupid now.

THE GOOD

  • I mean…it was a pleasant send-off

THE BAD

  • BUT IT WAS SUCH A BUZZ KILL!!!

Episode Score: 3/5 — Overall Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

Huh…that was rather depressing, but very realistic. Well, except for Hotaru showing up out of the blue, FINALLY! It almost doesn’t work, I cannot believe that this moment actually came off as “meh” for me. I’ve been begging for Hotaru to come back and by the looks of things…SHE PROBABLY JUST WENT TO SCHOOL OVERSEAS OR SOME SHIT! I’m confused, like…Hotaru’s usual craziness was gone, what the hell happened?

Welp, you got one episode left, better be damn good.

THE GOOD

  • Realistic approach to Kokonotsu’s manga review

THE BAD

  • WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT SHIT WITH HOTARU?!!!

Episode Score: 2.5/5


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

A nice silly finish to this season. As always, nothing’s really changed. Kokonotsu is still unsure where his future will go, he still hasn’t told Hotaru how he feels (and also hasn’t seen the light, so he can go Saya’s direction instead) and well…that’s really it, nothing’s changed. Typical anime, am I right?

This season has no doubt been an up and down affair. Some episodes were just god awful, while some were freaking hysterical. That was the show in a nutshell, the only difference is that in Season 1, the first few episodes were incredible and then it tapered off, while this season, the good episodes were scattered about, making this season far easier to take in without much frustration. But between the two seasons, their overall score remains the same.

THE GOOD

  • Nice to see Hotaru back in full form

THE BAD

  • Nothing’s changed
  • In fact, I’m now super frustrated that the season’s over, because we had zero episodes were everyone was fully together and interacting

Episode Score: 3.5/5 — Overall Score: 3.5/5


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

Nothing overly special, just set up for the final “arc” of the season, dealing with douchebag nobles. I’m relieved nothing overly serious is ending this show after being what it’s been all season, so colour me interested for the final episode next week. There’s honestly not too much to say, other than Ine getting crushed by that giant bird, I was laughing my ass off at that. Otherwise, it was just a nice sit-down and watch, nothing too special to talk about.

THE GOOD

  • Ine was quite entertaining

THE BAD

  • Nothing special, just a nice watch

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

It’s kind of disappointing that the show really didn’t just use this last episode to have a load of fun, like most harems do. Come to think of it, there was no swimsuit episodes all season. I think that might be a first…

The episode as a whole was mostly standard fare, overcoming another villain in over-the-top, overpowered action. It’s why I loved Isekai no Smartphone to Tomo ni so much. But the difference between that show and this one is that Death March doesn’t 100% embrace what it truly is, a colossal harem. Sure, Nana was making him touch her naked body to “recharge her” and Arisa’s trying to get Satou to plow her anywhere and everywhere at all times, but realistically, who’s really pushing aside from Arisa? Nana’s technically not, Liza is perceived to be uninterested, Lulu doesn’t have the nerve to say anything, Zena’s just being a housewife-like girl, Monica isn’t a main character and the rest are too young (not that it stopped Ryuuou no Oshigoto…). Smartphone made sure everyone went after him, this show basically tells you it’s a harem and then doesn’t double down on it. So while I still enjoyed the show a lot, it really suffered from not going all the way with the ideas it was running with.

THE GOOD

  • Funny moments with Nana and Arisa’s jealousy

THE BAD

  • Nothing special happened, pretty mediocre finale

Episode Score: 3/5 — Overall Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.23)

THOUGHTS

Uh…what? King is dead, Queen is dead. Bishop is somehow alive and never got his hands dirty and yet Dark Knight is still in this? Lemme guess, it’s a battle for pride now, CAUSE MEN!!! Yeah, if that’s the case, that’s a pretty lame way to go out, not to mention I’m still expecting some trickery and bullshit to end this, since Bishop is alive. I’m also confused, did she accept Martin’s gone and deleted him from the world as well, thus killing him? Still a few unanswered questions I’d like answered…

BUT HOLY FUCK THOSE BATTLES WERE AWESOME!!!

THE GOOD

  • Badass visuals and battles between the three major players

THE BAD

  • Bishop left unscathed and was the most boring of the three “guards”
  • Confused on a number of things

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.24)

THOUGHTS

I see what this show wanted to do, having the ultimate final battle. But before I really delve into this episode, can I just say how unbelievably infuriating it was to watch that battle and realize Luke wasn’t the one to end Dark Knight? Y’know…THE MAN WHO KILLED HIS MOTHER (and is his father)?!!!

Also…the battle wasn’t even that long, nor impressive. It came off like a waste. At the very least the second half was meaningful with Sophie regaining her memories and now even going as far to wanting to became a Makai Alchemist herself. So that was really cool, despite how apparently after a single year Sophie can go from looking like she’s 12 to 18, if not in her 20s. That was weird. But yeah, all in all the show has a lot of ups and downs, but at the very least it ended on an up.

THE GOOD

  • Satisfied with Sophie’s new end goal
  • Bit of fun and humour at the end

THE BAD

  • Waste of a “final fight”

Episode Score: 4/5 — Overall Score: 3.5/5


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

Yeah, while I still enjoy the show as a whole, I cannot get behind this final villain. He’s boring and his motivations just aren’t interesting. He’s not evil enough, nor is he redeemable either, there’s just no interest here. The mixture of Banba, Lin, the Submarine Ninja and everyone else works for the show, but this guy, this final villain, he just doesn’t offer anything. As the episode stands, the usual fare of death and faux betrayals was good as it always is, but knowing where the end goal is, it just won’t be as satisfying as other “arcs” in the show have been.

THE GOOD

  • Standard fun fare

THE BAD

  • Fei-Lan continues to be a terrible villain and not worth the finale

Episode Score: 3/5


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

It was about what I expected, nothing special. I wonder if maybe the show just never intended to have that harsh an ending arc, it was just a string of small, fun arcs. If that’s the case, they did a pretty good job, as it’s not like these episodes haven’t been enjoyable. But from the perspective of having a strong emotional connection with this show, it never had one in terms of its story. HOWEVER! The characters in the show make up for that pretty well. Banba, Lin, Sarucchi, they all do pretty well at making a pretty damn entertaining show, shit villain or not.

THE GOOD

  • Same hijinks you know and love, ends well

THE BAD

  • End really didn’t have any value to it, didn’t feel Lin really overcame anything

Episode Score: 3.5/5 — Overall Score: 4/5


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

So we go through all the trials and tribulations of Sora and Tazuki mending their friendship and we’re ending the story with someone still Mii-kun, presumably that man who beat that dragon and Tazuki when he was younger. I suppose it’s a fair way to end things, but given the light-heartedness of the show up until this point, I don’t know if this is the right direction for the show to finish. Well…we’ll see what happens, I guess. The episode was nice as a whole, up until the end and then things got a little “Eh…I don’t know if I need this.”.

THE GOOD

  • The inugami were entertaining
  • Glad to see Sora and Tazuki finally being open

THE BAD

  • Not really interested in what the finale is selling

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

An unnecessary villain in the first half, with zero closure, but the second half was quite entertaining. I’m frustrated with the villain, because it really should’ve been that guy Tazuki remembers from his past, really could’ve given both him and Sora something to overcome and 100% their friendship. Instead, it’s a quick resolution and we move onto the second half of a makeshift festival for all the pets to enjoy. It was meh and then fun at best, which really puts the show where it belongs. Generally speaking, it’s a load of adorable fun, but at times is susceptible to some really pointless bullshit. But I loved this show, really surprised me this season.

THE GOOD

  • Festival half was really fun

THE BAD

  • First half was pure garbage

Episode Score: 3.5/5 — Overall Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Overlord II (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

I thought this was the last episode. Thank god it wasn’t, cause holy hell what a cliffhanger that would’ve been! The episode itself wasn’t bad, after all watching Evileye want to fuck the holy hell out of Momonga was fucking hysterical. The curiosity however now 100% rides on what happens to Climb. We know this thing with Demiurge is a charade for something, but now the real horse in this race is Climb, as we now know Renner has been trying to send him to his death again and again and yet he survives. She wants him resurrected in a weakened state so she can nurse him back to health, a sick, twisted, sadistic personality hiding behind that facade she has. Man this is so weird and I fucked adore it!

THE GOOD

  • Climb/Renner have somehow become the final end goal here
  • Evileye being a teenage girl again

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5


Overlord II (Ep.13)

THOUGHTS

A fun ending as all the other episodes have been. The silliness of Momonga and Demiurge having a fake fight, Nabe and the other three just doing fuck all the whole time while Evileye (who under the mask wasn’t as attractive as I was hoping. She’s cute, but that’s all.) was working her ass off. It was the same ol’ fun Overlord fodder that I’ve been enjoying all season here.

Y’know, it’s been a good ride, though disappointing only in that the lizard folk that I enjoyed so much never make another appearance this season. Though there’s good news…

WE’RE GETTING A THIRD SEASON IN THE FALL!!!

So yeah, lots to look forward to. More adventures, new characters and the same fun stuff I’ve been adoring since Episode 1 of the first season. Now I’m still a little sour that perhaps Climb’s journey has come to an end, as I’m unsure if we’ll see them again, but who knows what will come in Season 3. I’ve loved this show all the way through and it hasn’t changed one bit.

THE GOOD

  • Hilarity of the “final battle”, lots of jokes
  • Promise with the third season

THE BAD

  • No returns from the lizard men
  • Climb’s story is left unfinished

Episode Score: 4.5/5 — Overall Score: 4.5/5


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

Okay okay okay, decent episode, shit finish. Yaichi did what we all expected, he overcame the odds and beat the Meijin somehow…except they rush through the other three games and they’re just like “Yeah, he won them all.”, time for everyone to come together and end the season! Let’s be honest here folks, this show was such a mixed bag, it’s frustrating. But it’s a good frustration in the end, I really enjoyed my time with this show, despite the creepiness of the time spent on naked children and shit like that. This show has a fantastic cast of unique characters that you can’t help but love. This episode shows all this show does, the good and the bad. And you know what? I’ll take the good.

THE GOOD

  • Yaichi overcoming the odds in a realistic format, he didn’t win with ease, he played his ass off

THE BAD

  • Rush through the final minutes, really needed more time celebrating

Episode Score: 4/5 — Overall Score: 4/5


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.12)

THOUGHTS

As I said on Twitter, I will only accept this show ending if there’s a second season and it’s set in the summer. It’s really sad that this show is over, because it was always a fun, mindless watch. This episode was no exception, it’s not like there was anything special per se, but if you’ve watched this show all the way through, that’s been the show in a nutshell. It’s just infectiously enjoyable. Was very happy with this show, hope there really is a second season.

THE GOOD

  • As the show’s always been, a nice watch to just kick back and smile along with

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5 — Overall Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

Week # 11 – Winter Anime 2018

Week #11 has arrived with the 2018 winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

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

NOTE: There aren’t a lot of pictures this week. It’s not from laziness, I legitimately didn’t find a need to grab that many screenshots this week. Really surprising to me that so many episodes yielded no reactions from me.

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


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

A good episode at best, nothing too special for me here. Sure there was quite the backstory and overcoming of her past in Hinata, but really this episode was just a giant bunch of “we’re with you!” stuff with her friends, specifically Shirase trying to help her overcome her swim teammates’ bullying that caused her to quit school. It’s what you’d expect, petty bullshit that led to a much more extreme path than it ever should have, but it’s nothing that got me overly invested and the conclusion wasn’t THAT satisfying either. There was some fun stuff in there, but I left thinking this was a real waste when now we’ve only got two episodes to resolve Shirase and her mother.

THE GOOD

  • A bit of emotional value through an anti-bullying measure

THE BAD

  • Ended up feeling more like a throwaway episode, when Shirase should be the focal point now

Episode Score: 3/5


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Pretty fun episode, given the ridiculousness of Kokonotsu’s dad being the one in the hospital (Hotaru likely being the one who sent him there) and the show actually taking a moment to put him back on the manga track. Also, based on the preview for next week, it appears Hotaru is finally back.

So that’s okay…having your main character off the show for half the season…morons.

THE GOOD

  • Hilarious opening act with the hospital delivery
  • Hotaru potentially coming back
  • Focus on Kokonotsu’s manga again, which was the whole background to his story with the shop

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Now this is where I’m really interested in the show. The fact that real-life objects are appearing in this game world and Ichirou exploring all the systems of this world, specifically the storage system. There’s a lot of interest here in this world beyond just it being full of cute girls and I love the direction it’s taking, even if this means no end villain. To be fair, Isekai wa Smartphone didn’t really have one either, it was just fun and I’m more than happy if this show does the exact same.

THE GOOD

  • Real interest stemming from the mechanics of the game world

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.22)

THOUGHTS

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand right back to the boring depression bullshit. Holy hell this show can’t decide if it wants to be badass or depressing as fuck. The biggest cliche in the book is active as well, as Sophie thinks somehow this is all her fault. Look, I can understand the stress and shock of seeing her brother turn into a fucking monster, but to feel like she’s responsible, SHE LITERALLY JUST TRIED TO KILL HIM BECAUSE SHE KNEW HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE LIVES LOST!!!

I mean come the fuck on, stay consistent in your storytelling here! Speaking of over-the-top changes, how is Zaruba back and there isn’t any explanation as to how? I’m kind of annoyed I have to finish this show now…

THE GOOD

  • …I guess the shock on Sophie’s face when Gina kissed Sword was funny

THE BAD

  • Total reversal, Martin is no longer a thing, Sophie is filled with regret and we’re right back to where we started

Episode Score: 2/5

 

 

 


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Well here goes the final arc, I guess for another two whole episodes more. It’s kinda weird how the end boss will surely fall so quickly, I feel like Fei-Lan should’ve been around since about Episode 6, y’know? Either way, we’ll see how it goes, but in all honestly, unless they throw something extra in the mix, he’s not really the best end boss. He’s not despicable, he’s not dastardly, he’s just a killer through and through, there’s nothing special about him beyond his history with Lin. So his killing at the end of the series (assuming that’s what’ll happen) isn’t exactly going to be all that great.

The episode as a whole though? Nothing special either.

THE GOOD

  • Nothing really stood out for me

THE BAD

  • Fei-Lan is a very weak final villain

Episode Score: 2.5/5

 

 

 


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

…HOW THE BLOODY HELL DID A NEW CHARACTER JUST COME IN NOW AND BE BETTER THAN MII?!!!

But yeah, that exactly what Aayan, this Anubis figurine that contains a soul inside of it, he’s done just that. I imagine a lot of it has to do with the voice, but either way, his way of speaking alone made him so freaking entertaining and just adds to the already absurd randomness the show is chalk full of. The episode as a whole was still quite good as well, full of comedy and silly moments like the pets trying to cure Sora’s hiccups because they thought he was dying (the whole you die from 100 hiccups superstition) and ended up scaring the hiccups out of him in the most ridiculous and hilarious way possible. But yeah, somehow this show continues to recover from “meh” episodes, coming right back with an interesting premise, some hilarious skits and a new character that not only adds to the show, but in my opinion soars above the rest of them thus far

THE GOOD

  • I freaking adore Aayan
  • Hilarious moments like the pets trying to cure Sora’s hiccups

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 


Overlord II (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

HOLY FUCKING SHIT THE FIGHTING IN THIS EPISODE!!!

So…if you watched the first season, you know this show is capable of going from “intriguing” to “OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!” like the snap of your fingers. This episode? Exactly that. Intriguing story with Sebas/Tuare, interest from Climb/Renner, all of it coming to a head…and then…HOLY FUCKING SHIT ENDLESS FIGHTING FILLED WITH DECAPITATIONS AND OVER-THE-TOP DEMON FIGHTING!!!

But more importantly, aside from how fucking badass this episode was…um…how is Momonga considering Demiurge, ONE OF HIS FUCKING MINIONS, a potential foe? Unless he’s using his adventurer cover for this, that’s the only reason, but either way, this is REALLY intriguing now. Goddamn I love this show!

THE GOOD

  • Just watch the episode, bloody hell…

THE BAD

  • See above

Episode Score: 6/5

 

 

 


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

Wow, I pretty much hate Yaichi now and I don’t even care that he was stressed out of his mind. You never, EVER refuse the love of a tsundere (my good buddy Fenris would 100% agree with me on this one)! So now he has Ai and Ginko on his shit list, though then again, Ai loves everyone, so is he really? Regardless, a lot of good still happened. Yashajin is still winning, Keika finally became a pro player and now Ai is as well (despite the wedding-like ceremony, which was awkward as fuck!), so a lot happened. Now we see if Yaichi can finish the season and come back down from a 3-0 deficit. Me? I think he’ll still lose, the idea being that this is only the beginning of his journey to become the best shogi player ever. But then again, would it be that surprising if he takes the next four games to win it all?

THE GOOD

  • Keika finally achieving her dream
  • Both Yashajin and Hinatsuri are becoming stupid successful

THE BAD

  • Pure hatred for Yaichi, if he won’t take Ginko, there’s a line of us tsundere lovers waiting to have a crack at it (yes, I’m aware she’s not real, it’s a joke folks)

Episode Score: 2/5


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.11)

THOUGHTS

A fun getaway, plenty to love here. Over-the-top food enjoyment, Toba being drunk as hell again and all the girls really meshing well together, it’s all here and it’s nice to have everything in the fold. In this episode, I got everything I wanted from this show and was able to just shut my brain off and enjoy what I saw. I’m not going to say it was an amazing episode, but it was a very enjoyable one. Actually, if anything, this show really got me fully into Rin now. There were episodes where I’m like “Eh, she’s fine, but I still want more…”, whereas this episode I left going “Yep. She’s cool.”.

THE GOOD

  • Everyone’s together and it’s meshing perfectly
  • Finally got behind Rin 100%

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Week # 10 – Winter Anime 2018

Week #10 has arrived with the 2018 winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

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

NOTE: There aren’t a lot of pictures this week. It’s not from laziness, I legitimately didn’t find a need to grab that many screenshots this week. Really surprising to me that so many episodes yielded no reactions from me.

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


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

An episode quite similar to Yuzuki’s episode early in the season, except this time the formula isn’t nearly as strong. Yuzuki ends up coming off more childish here and there really isn’t the comedy there needed to off-set things. The episode falls quite flat as a result of this, especially when the majority of the episode otherwise was spent on the girls getting things set up at the station, so there really wasn’t much to dig into here.

THE GOOD

  • Little bit of emotional value

THE BAD

  • Nothing to really dig into during the episode, quite flat and devoid of anything memorable

Episode Score: 3/5


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Good first half, second half not so much. The Internet(s) episode was fucking hysterical. As a guy who knows how to build websites and program, the sight of these two making such a big fuss over Javascript had me in stitches. HOWEVER! The second half was boring, didn’t do anything to enhance anyone’s character and wasn’t all that interesting.

AND HOTARU’S STILL NOT BACK! THE FUCK?!!!

THE GOOD

  • Hilarious first half

THE BAD

  • Bad second half
  • Hotaru is somehow still not back

Episode Score: 3/5


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Nowhere near as fun as last week, but still an okay episode. Touches on the realities that many humans are facing as they’re reincarnated into this world, but doesn’t go beyond that. Also with three episodes left, it’s hard to tell what an “ending” is really going to be here, sure there’s those spectral twin girls that were giggling after he killed the undead king, but there really isn’t an end goal in sight, which is a real shame, given how well the show has told its story thus far. Either way, with No.7, now named Nana in the party (and somehow Zena won’t be in this season), we have a blonde who can 100% walk around naked like nothing’s out of the ordinary. Y’know, as busty blonde characters do in anime.

THE GOOD

  • Continuation of a fun angle, holds up well
  • Happy to see No.7 (Nana) join the party

THE BAD

  • Weird to feel like there’s no end in sight with only three episodes to go

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.21)

THOUGHTS

I’m legitimately frustrated watching Martin in this episode. This entire time, it look to me like he never did what he should’ve done, which was to take a real job as he easily had the skills to do so, but instead was lost in his research to create a virtual world that would make Sophie happy. Why not just make her happy in the real world, where the ability to do so was clearly present. Martin is not redeemable in my opinion, he was lost in his own ego to accomplish his own personal project. Even if Queen states that he has no darkness in him, I 100% disagree with that statement. His motivations may have been pure, but he was lost in those motivations and forgot what truly mattered. He left Sophie behind, how can one make her smile by doing that, EVEN if he thought only six months had passed.

And after all that, when Sophie finally confronts him with the truth of what he’s done, the reality of what he’s done, he’s a coward and cannot cope with it. So he allows the Horror within him to finally consume him. And now we have our end villain. 100% irredeemable. Perfect. I’m wonderfully impressed with this recovery.

THE GOOD

  • Superb recovery from so many bad episode, delivering a villain worth wanting to see be destroyed

THE BAD

  • Queen’s gone (possibly), which is depressing. Nicest butt on the show

Episode Score: 5/5


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Dear anime, can we stop with the “somehow the bad guy is still alive!” bait and switch bullshit? I really liked this episode until the post-credits when it’s revealed that this red-haired guy, who’s clearly the end villain, is still alive. Here’s why it’s so dumb:

  • Lin’s backstory really emphasizes the harsh life he had growing up, so it would be fitting to have a strong finish, right?
  • And it was strong at first, the boy he spent years training with, one of them HAD TO DIE in order for the other to leave that prison.
  • It also seemed like a real climatic end when the red-haired boy turned on him, even though it honestly made no sense, as why would he waste so much time creating a bond with Lin over such a long period of time?!
  • In the end, the moment still works, with Lin killing this boy, thus making him numb.
  • THEN somehow this boy is alive?! I thought one of them had to die for this final exam to count? So if he didn’t die, WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THAT ENTIRE STORY?! It’s completely nullified now!

So yeah, great episode…it just doesn’t matter now.

THE GOOD

  • Great emotional story throughout, a good turn at the end

THE BAD

  • Wasted by doing the ol’ bait and switch

Episode Score: 4.5/5 + 2/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Another okay episode, this time centering on Tazuki finally getting closer to Conny, rather than the love/hate relationship the two have had thus far. Admittedly, the episode wasn’t all that interesting, wasn’t all that funny and it took until the very end to really get going. But the closing moments were pretty strong, seeing Conny cry really showed how much the moment meant, as it will likely be the only time we ever see the oni child shedding tears this season. So an okay episode, nothing special.

THE GOOD

  • Really strong ending

THE BAD

  • Other 15-18 minutes were pretty dry

Episode Score: 3/5


Overlord II (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Decent episode, though not without a few little quirks. So we know the Princess Renner we see is an act, she’s actually much crazier and benevolent on the inside, though I truly am worried about what this actually means for Climb. As for Tuare and Sebas, I enjoyed how this was handled, Sebas proved his loyalty while also protecting Tuare and getting her a spot at Nazarick. And now with Six Arms abducting her, we finally get what we want to see in this show, all the major players ready to fight once again. I’m hoping we see the lizardmen again as part of this task force, it’d make sense to go full circle with this. But other than that, I guess I’m just a little worried that there’s too much going on in that it might convolute the story as a whole.

THE GOOD

  • Sebas continuing to stand out this season
  • Renner is suddenly a VERY interesting character

THE BAD

  • Worried things might get too complicated here at the end

Episode Score: 4/5


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Look. I get it. The show needed some emotion before the ending, but man oh man considering how light-hearted this show has been up until this point, this was absolutely uncalled for. It’s a problem I have with anime as a whole, so many shows are so happy-go-lucky and then because we’re at the end, we suddenly have to get super serious and super depressing, or whatever the fuck. If you want to write these kinds of moments into shows, maybe pick one that isn’t over-the-top silly and full of loli ecchi, then you might be able to have that moment work. Otherwise here? It completely missed the mark for me, to the point I actually got pissed off watching, not because “you’re supposed to feel that way” with the story, but because after everything so far, they decide to push in the opposite direction, which makes zero sense to me.

Yaichi losing three straight makes sense, he’s facing arguably the greatest shogi player ever in history. Ai losing so easily however, makes zero sense. You don’t beat what every female player is calling the best and then lose so easily. I don’t care how emotional Ai is.

The only reason this episode isn’t a 1/5? Ginko. Holy shit!

THE GOOD

  • Honestly? Nothing other than red-haired fang girl being back for 30 seconds

THE BAD

  • Pure frustration in the sudden change of direction
  • Yaichi’s situation could’ve been written much more sensibly
  • Ai after beating the best female player, loses easily. Makes perfect sense…

Episode Score: 2/5

 

 

 


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.10)

THOUGHTS

Much like Yorimoi’s episode this week, there wasn’t too much to dig into with this episode. The majority of the episode just centers around either Rin camping alone (literally, like no one else at the campsite at all) and the girls planning for their Christmas trip. Sure, drunk lady turned substitute teacher is now their club advisor, but other than the usual whimsical humour the show has, there just wasn’t anything overwhelming this week. Just a relaxing episode.

THE GOOD

  • Same old ‘shtick, not that it’s a bad thing

THE BAD

  • Nothing memorable or anything to really laud about

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Week # 9 – Winter Anime 2018

Week #9 has arrived with the 2018 winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

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

NOTE: There aren’t a lot of pictures this week. It’s not from laziness, I legitimately didn’t find a need to grab that many screenshots this week. Really surprising to me that so many episodes yielded no reactions from me.

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


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

A great, emotional heavy episode. The focus was half on them reaching Antarctica, the other half on the relationship between Shirase and Gin, the one who was closest to Takako. There’s a brief “love story” with Toshio trying to get Gin’s attention, but based on the flashbacks, I think Gin has (or had) a much different goal than just another man.

Think about it. She and Takako were so close that she was being left with Shirase all the time, as if Takako wanted them to be like sisters. Also, nowhere in these flashbacks and even to this point in the season has there even been a mention of a father figure in Shirase’s life. With the idea that Gin is so seemingly out of touch with love, very nervous to even talk about it and through all the flashbacks, I think there’s only one option left: Gin was either in love with Takako and hadn’t confessed or they were together during this entire ordeal. Either option truly explains how she’s hit the hardest, perhaps even more than Shirase at times. If they were an item together, losing the one you love is always tough, but what if she never told Takako how she felt? Not only has she lost the one she loves, but she never even got to tell her that she did.

Either way, the emotional value of the episode was super high and it makes me excited to see how this all unfolds.

THE GOOD

  • Emotions are on high

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

FOUR EPISODES WITHOUT HOTARU?!!! I mean, this one was still really fun, but still!!! It is getting kind of ridiculous that the girl who is the only character in the first half of the OP, she hasn’t been on-screen for four weeks now. I think next week we need to see her again, they’ve established Owari and Yutaka, everyone’s basically met everyone now, so let’s get Hotaru back into the fray and have four absolutely bonkers episodes to end the season!

THE GOOD

  • Owari and Saya click super well

THE BAD

  • No Hotaru makes Adam a dull boy

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Really cheesy fun episode, taking shots at cliche RPG dungeons with 100+ floors in them. Weak monsters to start, getting stronger over time, but we don’t have time for that, so instead Ichirou fucks a couple loli dryads, rapes a blonde bombshell homunculi and buttfucks the final boss. Okay, so I lied about the third one and may have over-exaggerated the first two, but there’s no doubt this was a fan service episode taking potshots at cliche (and usually boring) tropes in RPG games. I enjoyed every moment of it, especially when he first kept breaking the rules of the dungeon set by the Undead King, who I fully believe is another person who was transported into this world, whether after dying or not and has also died in this world as well, living on to fulfill some sort of destiny he believes he’s needed for. We’ll probably know next episode if there is such a thing.

Either way, I enjoyed the hell out of this episode!

THE GOOD

  • Fan service up the ass (not literally) and I loved it!
  • Taking shots at boring 100+ floor RPG dungeons

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.20) *On Notice* 

THOUGHTS

This is truly the episode that will decide whether I stick it through for the final conclusions, or if they take one more misstep to end it all.

Martin is King. Martin has no idea what he’s done this entire time. Hell, he thinks Sophie hasn’t aged, that it’s only been six months, when it’s really been three years. Sophie understands what’s happened, the brother she knows no longer exists, thus she needs to kill him. Her own brother.

How can I drop a show after a moment like that? Now she likely won’t succeed, obviously the ancient Horror will appear to put a stop to this and we’ll see where things go. Assuming, I finish this show, I’m going to make a prediction. I believe that one of two outcomes will happen. One, the end boss will be defeated and Martin will die. Two, the end boss will be defeated and Martin will die…but so will Gina and Luke. Oh and by the way, Sophie will die in both of these scenarios, because she will somehow sacrifice herself in order to kill Martin and the Horror controlling him. Yep, you heard me.

THE GOOD

  • Interesting premise with a good cliffhangar

THE BAD

  • I’m still not sold, but I’m curious to see where it goes

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Really fun episode, loved all the meticulous planning and how they used “the oldest tricks in the book” to play the hacker group into their hands. Again, I stress how much it still does bother me that they keep beating the villains so handily, but we are now going to be entering into the final four episodes, so realistically speaking, I think this is just how things go. Now is there a chance this (presumably) final group actually cause some damage? Sure, but I don’t know if four episodes is enough time to establish anyone. So I’m not opposed to this “easy win” kind of show, if it’s going to be like that all the time.

THE GOOD

  • Loved all the work that went into capturing the hacker group
  • Everyone had a role that worked

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

A fun episode, especially given that we get to see a number of other deities during this show. It’s nice that they’ve finally solved the problem of what to do with the four pets when they all go to school, so of course Mii-kun has to go and fuck that all up by being a tiny child who can’t help but chase after shiny things. The story of Mii-kun trying to get back home was adorable, though I will admit the lack of dialogue for such a long period of time in the episode really slowed things down. Still a fun episode though.

THE GOOD

  • More deities, especially that fox one

THE BAD

  • Felt a little slow once the lack of dialogue kicked in

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Overlord II (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

WHAT THE FUCK IS RENNER, REALLY?!!! This entire episode was fine until the very end, Sebas and company took down the brothel, but then everything went topsy-turvy with Renner. I thought maybe someone had been possessing her, or even worse, had killed her and taken his place, but it appears more like there’s just another side to her that she doesn’t show. I don’t know what’s gonna happen, but oh boy am I curious.

Not to mention, we’ve yet to see why Momonga is meeting with Sebas. I think the creepy, jealous blonde snitched…

THE GOOD

  • Good resolve from Climb and Brain
  • Renner’s…personality is quite intriguing

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

Well that was pointless. Ika lost to Ai this episode, no lead up, nothing at all, just a loss. All three have advanced too, Yashajin and Keika, which again I just can’t get behind. Ika’s a more interesting character than I initially thought, granted that interest stems from her being batshit crazy (and apparently liking to break into Yaichi’s house and wait for him while naked just to play shogi with him), but interesting nonetheless. Now I’m wondering what the end goal truly is, with Yaichi having a match against the best player in shogi, but the tournament isn’t over either. So where do we go? I don’t know if it necessarily matters with this show, but it’d be nice to have an idea.

THE GOOD

  • Ika is even more interesting than I thought

THE BAD

  • Ika lost way too easily and too soon

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.9)

THOUGHTS

A fun little episode, as per usual. Taking away the funny moment of Nadeshiko trying to rush out of bed after getting over a cold, I wouldn’t say the episode was amazing, it was just a nice sit down with me smiling the whole way through. I’ve said it before, this show succeeds at being so consistently good, without having a low-point, or honestly, a super-high point. It’s just always a good episode.

Also, three episodes left, have to assume next week is planning the Christmas camping trip, and the final two are the trip itself.

THE GOOD

  • Same old, same old, just consistently good

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

Week # 8 – Winter Anime 2018

Week #8 has arrived with the 2018 winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

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

NOTE: There aren’t a lot of pictures this week. It’s not from laziness, I legitimately didn’t find a need to grab that many screenshots this week. Really surprising to me that so many episodes yielded no reactions from me.

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


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

A decent episode, mostly focusing on the girls adjusting to life at sea, aka throwing up a lot cause they get seasick. It’s really the first step in their journey to Antarctica and only the beginning of many trials to come. Though I must admit, this expedition is going to be quite short, episode-wise, as at best they have five episodes left now and I’m semi-convinced Episode 13 will be after they’ve returned home. So with that in mind, they may only be spending four episodes in Antarctica, which honestly seems less than ideal. It also means that any time for emotion will be quite short as well, considering I’m still bracing for the final realization from Shirase that her mom is indeed gone.

THE GOOD

  • Entertaining to watch the girls adjust to life at sea

THE BAD

  • Slight worry with the amount of time left in the season

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.7)

THOUGHTS

…I mean…Owari’s not a bad character, but how did she become as hyper as she is?! I swear after how Yutaka was talking about her, she was going to be some shy and quiet girl that Hotaru would work her way around to “breaking”, the same way she’s done to Kokonotsu and Saya. Instead, we get the classic hyperactive ditzy girl who’s late all the time. So she’s half-Hotaru, but with lateness. Not bad, but not quite what I was expecting. Also, I think I need to see her with the other girls, especially Saya, before I really make judgments on her. After all, she already has the advantage of being gorgeous, so seeing Kokonotsu’s reactions to her aren’t at all surprisingly.

Also, now I’m annoyed that Hotaru has been gone for three whole episodes. She’s literally the entire intro and she’s been MIA for three weeks. What the hell, man?!

THE GOOD

  • Owari is a fun character

THE BAD

  • Owari also wasn’t quite what I was expecting, nor what I think the show needed
  • Hotaru being gone for three straight episodes now really shows

Episode Score: 3/5


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.7)

THOUGHTS

The intrigue moves up from here as what will likely be the plot of the rest of the show is starting to surface. With Mia, the elf girl now awake and mobile, we have enemies that want her back, thus more adventures to have. The episode itself wasn’t much to praise though, there’s your usual adorable moments with Tama and Pochi, but realistically speaking, this was a filler episode through and through, nothing too special, but nothing harmful either.

THE GOOD

  • A plot is starting to surface

THE BAD

  • Filler episode, nothing truly of note to speak of

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.19) 

THOUGHTS

Meh at best. Again, the villains overpower Sword and Luke, a new villain dies as soon as he appears and we’re left as Sword and Sophie are in dream land where their loved one is alive and well. The only question I have is still what Martin’s role is, whether he is King, or if he’s nothing more than another statistic used in the experiments that lead to the “true” El Dorado. I’m admittedly frustrated, because it feels like they’re biding their time before they can actually follow through into the final few episodes. Really makes me believe this show is a season too long.

So we’re back on notice again, just after being brought off of it. I’m no longer demanding anything story-wise, I just want a good episode. And they’re not delivering right now.

THE GOOD

  • Nothing really beyond a small amount of plot advancement

THE BAD

  • New villain, killed immediately by other villains
  • Clear delay of the true meeting of Sophie and Martin whether he’s dead or alive

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


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.7)

THOUGHTS

Decent episode as we start a new sidestory with Enokida being targeted by an anti-hacker hitman group. The set up was all right, the enemies in this case are not really all that interesting (their hacker’s cute though), but there’s more interest in Enokida’s backstory, aka the fact he’s supposed to have been killed by orders of his father for hacking into a police server during election season where his father was running. So there’s definitely interest on my part, but the villains here are pretty weak, in my opinion.

THE GOOD

  • Interesting backstory with Enokida
  • Fun little setup episode

THE BAD

  • Villains for this anti-hacker group are pretty weak

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.7)

THOUGHTS

And we’re all rounded out now. Daichi’s in the fray, he’s got his own adorable pet now and we’re officially at a full cast and now the question becomes “Is there a story?” or is this just hijinks the rest of the way? I’m down either way, so long as the story isn’t some bullshit like someone coming back to take Mii home, or some weird sort of story in that aspect. I’m not invested in this show so we can have some overly depressing story to end the series on a happy note.

THE GOOD

  • More cuteness with new characters

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Overlord II (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

I really am so put off that the majority of this series really has nothing to do with Momonga, but man am I impressed how well the show has been able to do without him really around. This Sebas arc has brought so much intrigue now after the end of the Lizardmen arc. It’s brought real emotional investment and now brings in a number of characters I have an interest in seeing progress and overcome their own conflicts whether external or internal. Climb specifically is a story we can all get behind, someone who knows he’s weak and shouldn’t be able to accomplish what he wishes he could, yet with the right teacher, the right person watching over him, he can learn to pull out a miracle. It’s a story I’m enjoying and can’t wait to see where it ends.

Well…so long as Climb doesn’t die.

THE GOOD

  • Very strong sidestory
  • Amazing how well the show does without its main cast ever being around

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

Pretty standard filler episode as we set up for the tournament arc that will finish this season. Got some wins for both Ai’s and Keika, more over-the-top loli bullshit, which admittedly I think crossed a social line, as I have to ask how Yaichi even has a career after what happened on the broadcast. But most importantly, the direction I feel the tournament arc is going to go, it severely bothers me. With the introduction of Ika, who I presume will be the end boss for the girls, you know that Ginko is going to lose to her in the round before the finals and somehow Hinatsuri is going to be the one to face her and somehow defeat her. Yes, a nine year-old girl is going to be the winner of a female professional tournament and it’s going to drive me absolutely insane. I can see this a mile away and I will be shocked if I’m wrong.

Also maid Ginko is sexy as fuck!

THE GOOD

  • Villain introductions bring the end game out
  • Maid Ginko

THE BAD

  • Filler episode, nothing overly special
  • The “Loli King” angle is starting to really become a little too much

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.8)

THOUGHTS

A fun episode to say the least, as we watch the girls go on a camping store journey and get extremely depressed with how they can’t afford anything that’s cool. It was entertaining to watch, but man oh man was there really nothing happening. The only real thing of note aside from their plan to go camping over Christmas, is that their new substitute homeroom teacher is the crazy drunken lady from last week’s episode (I believe it was last week, if not, it’s the week before), which can only serve to make things even funnier as we edge closer to the end of the season.

THE GOOD

  • Fun watch, easy to just sit down and relax to

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

Week # 7 – Winter Anime 2018

Week #7 has arrived with the 2018 winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

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

NOTE: There aren’t a lot of pictures this week. It’s not from laziness, I legitimately didn’t find a need to grab that many screenshots this week. Really surprising to me that so many episodes yielded no reactions from me.

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


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.7)

THOUGHTS

A tougher episode to swallow, given the focus on Shirase’s mother. There’s a clear motive here on the part of the expedition to do something very important that they don’t want to divulge into with the girls. My guess, either to at least construct a grave for Takako or even darker, try and find her remains. I truly get the sense from the overwhelming positive and funny nature of the show that the other shoe is going to drop and I’m 99.9% sure that this motive is what will bring the show to that very moment. Still a fun episode, I just know now for the final six episodes I’m going to be bracing for impact.

THE GOOD

  • Fun, yet somber, really good emotion

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

No Hotaru in the entire episode. I have nothing else to say.

…OR AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT I WOULD’VE SAID LAST WEEK, BUT HOLY HELL THIS EPISODE WAS FUNNY!!! Yutaka is fucking hysterical and really brings out the best in Kokonotsu, just like Hotaru does. By the way, I know he’s going to be her brother, he’s the same level of insane and he has the same violet spiral eyes as Hotaru, it so fucking obvious, you’d have to be blind not to see it. Also we finally saw that other girl, for two seconds in a picture and walking across the street and falling. So I’m assuming we’ll finally see her next week?

But seriously, two episodes without Hotaru is a fucking travesty.

THE GOOD

  • Yutaka is the fucking best
  • Jokes are on full high here

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Not a bad episode, but nothing spectacular this week, aside from two pretty elves. The first half with the market and play stuff was actually pretty boring, but once we got to the introductions to the pretty boy elf things picked up a little bit. But all in all, there just wasn’t anything truly exciting about it, the only real notable stuff was that of a fan service nature this week and while the show is indeed partially that, it usually has other interesting things going for it as well. Just a weak episode, I suppose.

THE GOOD

  • Pretty boy and girl elves

THE BAD

  • Very boring throughout most of the episode
  • Flying ant attack wasn’t that interesting to watch either

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.18) *On Notice*

THOUGHTS

I’m starting the episode now. El Dorado is in their sight. It’s time to see if this show is going to try or fail one more time to lose itself to me.

And after this episode…it’s survived. The episode itself wasn’t overwhelmingly good, but it did what I asked it to do, it finally got them to El Dorado and we even know that Sophie’s brother is involved in what El Dorado is slowly becoming. Whether he’s actually King or not, that’s still yet to be seen, but the groundwork has been laid. The action was fine, Sophie having an actual use now makes her no longer just a crying little girl, so there’s definitely progress finally taking place. Apparently, Gina had to leave in order to facilitate it, but whatever right?

Can I also note how amazed I was to see that hacker not die, ESPECIALLY after he said “I will give you this information in case something happens to me.”?!

THE GOOD

  • Sophie finally has a role beyond crying about everything
  • El Dorado is finally here and we have information on Sophie’s brother

THE BAD

  • The loss of Gina for really no reason other than her to come in and save the day in a later episode

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

I’m really hoping the Ninja and Samurai live through this series, they’re such perfect rivals. I thought Lin and Banba were good together, these two however are just hysterical, a natural rivalry. Pretty good episode as a whole, though I’ll admit I’m kind of getting tired of “the big villains” getting killed off so easily. Speaking of be killed off, we now have another character I don’t want dead, in that woman that killed the Kakyu leader. She’s drop dead freaking gorgeous!

THE GOOD

  • A fantastic new rivalry is born
  • More characters I’m interested in

THE BAD

  • Why are the “big villains” so easy to kill in the show?

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Pretty good this week, nothing over the top levels of special, just a really solid episode featuring our three pairings thus far. Got your adorable stuff with Isao hugging the shit out of Mii and Conny, you have some “action” so to speak with the mandrake getting loose, there’s quite a bit to go after. The only negative I’d say this week is that the three pets learning to write and going nuts, that bit lasted a little bit too long and didn’t end up yielding any jokes really, which is what I was waiting for. But regardless, a solid effort.

THE GOOD

  • Everyone getting a moment to shine

THE BAD

  • Writing section lasted a little too long, with no real payoff.

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Overlord II (Ep.7)

THOUGHTS

I don’t know what to think here. I know Sebas isn’t turning against Momonga, so is it Solution just being afraid of him acting so “human”, or is she a villain who’s turned from her own free will? Either way, I’m intrigued. As for Climb and company, I’m not sure what to think about them either, much the same way I struggled with the Lizardmen in the early going. However, I get the sense this group will be harder to judge and I now expect more from them, since the Lizardmen have set a bar to reach. We’ll see what happens.

THE GOOD

  • Intrigue continuing from the Sebas mini-arc here

THE BAD

  • Unsure about Climb and Princess Renner

Episode Score: 4/5


Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ep.7)

THOUGHTS

So it’s at the point that I’ve come to the decision to drop the show, but with a caveat. I’m not actually dropping the show off my viewing lineup, I’m just dropping it here on the page, because I cannot for the life of me say anything new about the show anymore. It’s delicious ramen and pretty girls, they’re not exactly changing the formula. The show is an average of between 3 and 4 out of 5, it’s nothing too special, it just has fun with a bunch of girls eating delicious food. If this is your thing, it’s good, I don’t feel like I can explain it much further anymore.

THE GOOD

  • N/A

THE BAD

  • N/A

Episode Score: 3.5/5 ***DROPPED***


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.7)

THOUGHTS

An emotional episode with an ending so cheesy, I better eat it now before it starts getting all moldy. The whole episode revolved around Keika as her fall continues to worsen, but finally finding enough strength in herself to get her game back and seemingly restart her journey into becoming a player. She claims she’ll nullify her demotion point or quit…yet when she loses her second game to Ai, she decides not to, thus nullifying the bittersweet loss we saw. I thought it would’ve made sense to take the focus off her completely as she decides her talent would be better served teaching than trying to go pro, but instead the loss really was meaningless and makes this entire episode a colossal waste of time. The emotional value was strong, but in the end when you really think about it, nothing was gained or lost here.

THE GOOD

  • High emotional value

THE BAD

  • Waste of an episode if nothing changes in Keika’s situation, apart from “she’s better at shogi now”

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.7)

THOUGHTS

Very fun episode this week as like I’ve said before, Rin and Nadeshiko together really bring out the best the show has to offer. This time we get an actual camping trip, equipped with endless “Umai!”s while eating food, lovely sights and a drunken neighbour camper who insists on trying to give the two high school girls rum. It was a very fun episode with all the shenanigans involved on this trip and just makes you want to see this with the other two from the club as well. Also, who’s this fifth girl in the picture? We still haven’t seen her yet, unless that’s supposed to be Rin’s friend, maybe?

THE GOOD

  • The duo once again make the best out of the episode
  • A lot of funny moments

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

Week # 6 – Winter Anime 2018

Week #6 has arrived with the 2018 winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

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

NOTE: There aren’t a lot of pictures this week. It’s not from laziness, I legitimately didn’t find a need to grab that many screenshots this week. Really surprising to me that so many episodes yielded no reactions from me.

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


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Another fun episode with a lot of fun and a little bit of drama. This time around we get to see Hinata in a light we don’t normally see. She’s usually the one that shows zero guards and is always peppy and positive. After “losing” her passport however and being faced with the decision of how to operate now that it’s possible she won’t be able to join them, we see her reveal a lot more about her when it comes to how she internalizes things. I actually got a bit of a potential love interest sort of vibe during the moments where they were talking to each other before going to sleep, I did get a bit of a sense that maybe there’s something more there with Shirase and Hinata. Opposites attract after all. But yeah, very fun and some good drama in there as well

THE GOOD

  • Fun, over-the-top episode mixed with some good drama
  • Hinata really stood out this week

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

No Hotaru in the entire episode. I have nothing else to say.

Episode Score: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!/5


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Welp! Looks like the harem’s definitely started now. It’s obvious Zena’s into him, now we for sure have a second in there with Arisa, one could argue Lulu’s already semi in there and even Martha’s kind of in there, albeit in a more playful manner perhaps. Also…Arisa being a real woman (I assume) who passed away in Japan and was reborn in the game makes things interesting, aka gives them an excuse to have an 11 year-old naked all the time and wanting to fuck the shit out of Ichirou. This game world is actually quite interesting the more we dive into this show and with a rounded cast of lovely ladies and two adorable little ones, we’ve got all we need for a harem. Now we just need an end goal.

THE GOOD

  • Well they’re definitely not hiding the ecchi anymore
  • Arisa’s origins are quite intriguing

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

I’m tired. I’m tired of Sophie crying every week, I’m tired of the story getting worse and worse since leaving the city, minus that one episode with Luke on his own. The show went from being badass and interesting to completely void of ideas, logic and sense. This is only a point where I’ve brought to what is my last nerve and that’s Zaruba’s sacrifice. I’m not mad that he sacrificed himself, I’m mad that he did and the main cast literally shows up five seconds later, thus nullifying the point of the sacrifice. Some of you who are keeping up with the show will say “But Sword absorbed the ring to be even more powerful now!”, to which I say that didn’t he beat Dark Knight the last time they fought? At this point he’s under zero pressure to add more power to his arsenal, so why now?

I don’t want to do this, hell I didn’t think I would’ve had to do this, but I’m putting the show on notice. I can’t believe I’m doing this after loving the first 12 episodes as much as I did, but this second half has been absolutely horrendous for the most part, just a lot of filler, wastes of time and bad decision making, especially since we’ve really started getting closer and closer to El Dorado. The show continues to waste time, make no effort to give us a reason as to why all this is happening (AND IT’S EPISODE 17 ALREADY!!!) and just throw shit at the wall to see if it sticks. I’m convinced at this point that Sophie’s brother is King and I don’t know if there’s a good enough reason as to why this would happen, in fact I’m assuming that if I manage to make it to the point where King does his villainous “Why I’m doing what I’m doing” speech, it’ll be piles of bullshit, drivel and nonsense that makes him a weak end villain.

But then again, in order to do that…it has to survive next week.

THE GOOD

  • Cool battle in the beginning, even Sophie getting a turn in the fight

THE BAD

  • Extreme waste of a sacrifice with Zaruba, no reason behind it
  • I’m just getting fed up with all this filler, time wasting and nonsensical plot

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Not a bad episode, but more of a setup for who will likely be the villain for the rest of the season, or perhaps just this arc, given how surprisingly short the first 4-episode arc was. There’s clearly a setup for a rival to Banba, aka the Niwaka Samurai, with the aptly named “Submarine Ninja”. I don’t know how I feel about this one, though part of me just figures due to the baseball nature of the show and that this new hitman is a pitcher, he’ll survive and be recruited onto the team by the end of the arc. At least that’s my guess. But nothing too special here, just an average episode.

THE GOOD

  • A new villain/rival has arrived
  • Lin is learning a little more on the job

THE BAD

  • Nothing interesting really to speak of

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Another solid episode with Asa now getting her own pet, the orange dragon we’ve been seeing all season so far. Everything is starting to run on all cylinders now, the three of them have pets of their own, they’ve all met now, making friends with each other, Kaede’s becoming a consistent character, there’s really everything going for the show right now. Yet we haven’t even seen this blonde-haired guy that the OP shows, at least I don’t think we’ve seen him, have we? Either way, as of right now, the show is at a very strong form and I can’t wait to see where they take the show from here.

THE GOOD

  • Asa is now a consistent character with Isao
  • Show is running on all cylinders now

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Overlord II (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Wow! I was not expecting A, to see a half-episode sidestory with Sebas and B, for it to be really REALLY good and intriguing. It’s moments like these that really make Overlord stand out, as we see all these what were once NPC characters in a game, slowly develop emotions and personalities of their own. Sebas in this case takes from his master, Lord Touch Me (the best fucking name ever), where his master was the type of person who wanted to save everyone he could, because that’s what you’re supposed to do. It’s carrying on with Sebas and that was extremely interesting to watch as he rescues what I assume was a human slave. Really interested to see where this goes.

Also, we know have our major players for the rest of the season. The Eight Fingers syndicate will be the end goal, but the real question I have is if they’re the only enemies. After all, these new girls we saw with the sexy as fuck ninja twins and others, they called their leaders “fiendish”, which does beg the question if when it’s all said and done, will they be good(ish) guys that will fight alongside Ains and company (not that they need help), or will they be enemies as well and feel his wrath, much like Clementine in Season 1? Either way, I’m super interested in where this goes.

THE GOOD

  • A really touching sidestory with Sebas/Tuare
  • Intrigue with the new villains and possible allies

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

Yeah, I think this show has just about hit the same level Dagashi Kashi has. It’s not bad, but it’s not going above and beyond anymore. Each skit does exactly what you’re there to see, but doesn’t really go all that far otherwise. Sure, there was a little story in between the last skit with the lost girl, but did that really add to things? Not really. The show is what it is, you get a few different kinds of ramen that you want to eat after watching, four pretty girls and one of them being an absolute crazy stalker type, even though she’s (to me) easily the hottest girl on the show.

I swear though, this episode being in the summer heat just made me want them to finally do a swimsuit episode already. Koizumi is like at the bottom of the list for me and she’s the only one we’ve gotten anything from.

THE GOOD

  • Same things I’ve liked before in the past

THE BAD

  • The little girl arc didn’t really add anything
  • Same old, same old, good but didn’t overwhelm

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.6)

THOUGHTS

I can’t speak too much of this episode in terms of story, other than the dealings they all have with losing. However I can say for sure that what this episode did is add at the very least two more EXTREMELY lovely ladies into the harem (that aren’t grade schoolers, so that’s nice) in Asuka, who we probably won’t see again (maybe) and that red-haired girl with the fangs who in that shot of her grabbing Yaichi by the collar, may have the best butt of the entire season. But yeah, the episode was largely fan service for sure and the aforementioned story of dealing with shogi losses. Otherwise, it’s really just Yaichi trying to beat one player he can’t seem to beat.

Side note, it’s getting kind of irritating that Yaichi is supposed to be the best player currently, yet he loses almost every game he participates in.

THE GOOD

  • Some really good fan service with Ginko, Asuka and red-haired fang girl
  • Some realness with Ai being broken up about beating her friends

THE BAD

  • Frustration of the entire show being about how one of the best players in shogi apparently can’t win games to save his life

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Another pretty fun episode. This time we’re back to Nadeshiko and Rin, which of course is when things are at their best. The shopping trip, eating chocolates, riding in cars, anything these two do together just ends up being so entertaining to watch. We also got a little more of Nadeshiko’s sister this time around too, who is really a nice woman, one you actually look at and think “Y’know…I’d totally date her.” rather than just stare and drool like it’s very easy to do with anime girls. But yeah, a really enjoyable sit down and watch as usual from this show.

THE GOOD

  • Nadeshiko and Rin back together for more hijinks
  • Really liking Nadeshiko’s sister

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

Week # 5 – Winter Anime 2018

Week #5 has arrived with the 2018 winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

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

NOTE: There aren’t a lot of pictures this week. It’s not from laziness, I legitimately didn’t find a need to grab that many screenshots this week. Really surprising to me that so many episodes yielded no reactions from me.

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


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Sigh…there’s always gotta be pointless drama in anime where it’s super happy. Look, I get why they had Megumi be jealous and try to put a stop to Mari’s plans for Antarctica, I get the whole “You didn’t actually need me, I was the one who needed you.” bullshit, but it’s just that, bullshit. It wasn’t necessary, they could’ve just done a “Megumi feels like she’s being left behind” sort of story, it didn’t need the plotting behind the scenes crap. Either way, it appears we’re past the bullshit now and it’ll be time for the actual adventure. Hopefully we’re not too held down in the drama of that as well.

THE GOOD

  • Touching moments

THE BAD

  • The Megumi angle at the end was unnecessary and could’ve been something a little less extreme

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

A better episode this week and there’s actually a plot to be had. We get the idea that it’s 100% confirmed that Kokonotsu has eyes for Hotaru (a real shame for Saya) and for whatever reason, this moment appears to be the last for the two, as Hotaru has vanished and not returned for her usual dagashi lessons and harassing of Kokonotsu at the shop. Now next week I guess we’ll find out why. It’ll probably be something dumb, that’s just how the show is.

Also…where is this new older woman? She still hasn’t shown up yet.

THE GOOD

  • Hotaru/Kokonotsu inching closer
  • There’s an actual story to be had leading into next week

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

A better episode than last week, full of action and interest now that there are two new slaves being brought into his party, one of them actually knowing who he is, which is VERY curious, especially given her voice. She comes of very much like she’s actually an evil girl and perhaps trapping him into something down the road. Either way, a nice story this week, the three girls got battle experience, Ichirou has now become a hero, which I’m unsure if he’ll just be that or if his “alter ego” that he dressed up as to take on the demon lord, if that’ll be his hero image. There’s even a continuation on the humans learning to accept demi-humans story with that douchebag that kicked them the episode before. A lot going on and my interest is not waning on this show.

THE GOOD

  • Lots of battles
  • Ichirou becomes what he wants to be, a hero
  • More girls into the fray!

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.16)

THOUGHTS

These filler episodes are hit and miss. Luke’s recent filler episode was really good, this one? Not so much. Nothing happened, there were zero horrors to speak of, the main villain of the episode didn’t get any real comeuppance (that the main cast would’ve seen) and hell, the backstory to Sword was lazy as all hell. He started training because someone (presumably his father?) and then he lost his little sister in an explosion (that seems like a Horror caused) at a research facility next to the school she was at. It’s a weak story, he doesn’t see her die in the way Luke saw his mother die, how is the main character’s motivations so half-assed compared to Luke, who’s clearly a supporting character?

But yeah, very weak episode this week.

THE GOOD

  • Intrigue with the Pedro/Monica story

THE BAD

  • Extremely weak delivery and completion of this sidestory
  • Bad backstory for Sword, didn’t care at all

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

I knew right away Banba wasn’t dead, after all you don’t have someone so imperative to the story in the OP that much and kill him a third the way through. However, I didn’t expect him to be the Niwaka Samurai AND for all the villains of this story to be either dead or in prison. It’s weird seeing all the loose ends tied so soon, which only means the real danger is coming in the next eight episodes or however long this season goes for. Which yes, also means that at some point, a couple of these characters we’re used to, they’re going to die. It’s a tough idea to hang onto, but who knows, maybe it actually goes the route of Bungo Stray Dogs for example and no one major actually dies. But given the amount of death in this show, I’m expecting at the very least the baseball pitcher and probably the avenger to be killed.

Also, the idea the show name comes from this baseball team of hitmen and such, that’s hilarious.

THE GOOD

  • Everyone getting their comeuppance

THE BAD

  • Felt way too soon to get everything we wanted, I would’ve thought this episode would’ve been Episode 11 or 12, drawn out after a while

Episode Score: 3.5/5

 

 

 


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

A good episode, now that we’re starting to see other characters gets pets of their own. Conny is going to be an interesting one, mostly because he’s the derp of the pets and has a really silly gimmick where he just gives the thumbs up to everything. He got like the derp horse eyes which is hilarious to me. He helps anyway because it gives Tazuki something to build off of, rather than just wanting to torture Mii all the time. So we’ll see where this goes, not to mention we’ll be seeing Asa get her own little dragon at some point as well.

THE GOOD

  • Tazuki has something to work with now
  • Conny is a giant derp and I love it

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 


Overlord II (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

MUCH happier with this episode. The battle went as expected, they lost handily to Cocytus, to the point none survived. Believing they have use still, Cocytus convinces Ains to at the very least revive Zaryusu and we’re led to believe his brother will be as well. As for the remaining chiefs, it’s hard to say, though if anyone, the brute Zaryusu actually fought will probably be the only other one to be revived as the other two were only important in their unique looks and nothing more.

Also, they peeped in on Zaryusu and Lulu fucking!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

THE GOOD

  • A fitting conclusion to the Lizard Man arc
  • THEY FUCKING PEEPED ON THE TWO LIZARDS FUCKING, BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

THE BAD

  • Aura and Mare are scarred for life

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

Decent episode, but it’s definitely making me think that this show only has so many legs to stand on here. The more this goes on, the less and less I’m finding it overwhelmingly good. I don’t think the show is bad by any stretch, but it’s starting to have the same feeling I get from a show like Dagashi Kashi, where the show isn’t bad, but it’s no longer doing anything that really props me up and want to rate it highly. The girls are still funny to watch and holy freaking hell do I want some ramen, but the show is no longer blowing me away as it did in the first three episodes.

THE GOOD

  • I really REALLY want to try that tomato ramen Koizumi was eating

THE BAD

  • The show appears to have stopped being super interesting and just something I watch that’s at a consistent 3-3.5/5 rating

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

I was on board the entire way until Ai’s third match in her exam…was Ai. That makes zero sense, how does this Ai get a far “easier” match, when the original Ai (I already hate the show for having two Ai’s) got Ginko in her third match?! Not to mention, Hinatsuri had won earlier in the match but didn’t notice and Yashajin ended up winning in the end. Sure, it sets up a rivalry, one that maybe started too soon, but a rivalry nonetheless. They’re both growing up, as shogi players and as young women as well, so it’s a good progression. But I’m still admittedly frustrated with how they set up Yashajin’s exam.

THE GOOD

  • Strong character growth from both Ai’s

THE BAD

  • Piss poor setup of Yashajin’ exam

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.5)

THOUGHTS

A fun episode again, filled with hot spring trips, hot spring failures and a lot of food, sleep and gorgeous starry night sky views. This is the kind of show you want to just turn your brain off and watch, it doesn’t demand too much and yet rewards you with just enough silliness and really relaxing content that you can just let your eyes take in and not need to think about it too much. Now I’m just hoping the next trip we get has Rin with everyone else, it’s time to come together and not be a loner all the time.

Also, switch to summer at some point too, I don’t need to think about cold weather every time I watch this show.

THE GOOD

  • Everyone played well this week
  • A bit of everything, hot springs, food, breathtaking views, all that jazz

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Week # 4 – Winter Anime 2018

Week #4 has arrived with the 2018 winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

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

NOTE: There aren’t a lot of pictures this week. It’s not from laziness, I legitimately didn’t find a need to grab that many screenshots this week. Really surprising to me that so many episodes yielded no reactions from me.

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


A Place Further Than The Universe (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

A good episode, though not nearly as impactful as last week’s episode. Though the emotion turned up slightly when the subject of Shirase’s presumably dead mother came up, I didn’t feel nearly as emotional as I did with Yuzuki breaking down when she finally had some friends to be around. It was still a fun episode to watch, I feel like it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with these four girls, as together they are just remarkably entertaining and their overwhelming joy is infectious. But compared to other episodes, this one didn’t have the same levels of fun as the first three.

THE GOOD

  • Continues to be a entertaining foursome

THE BAD

  • Nothing truly momentous on this episode

Episode Score: 4/5


Dagashi Kashi 2 (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Nothing special here, a little Beyblade-esque action, Hotaru ripping off her skirt (as she tends to be a constant tease) and a little past Hotaru we see while she was still a child. There really wasn’t anything memorable this week, as the show continues to just be “okay” at best. It really is the facial expressions and especially Saya that keeps me into this show. Because it’s certainly not its overwhelming charm.

THE GOOD

  • Hotaru sans long skirt

THE BAD

  • Boring overall episode, nothing special

Episode Score: 3/5

 

 

 


Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

What a strange spot to end an episode. Don’t get me wrong, the episode was still quite good, we got introduced to more of the world and now the three slaves are with us full-time now it seems. But for the episode to end with no cliffhangar and I’m unsure if they’re even “halfway” through this labyrinth, it felt like an odd spot to stop the episode. I felt they could’ve spent less time with Zena showing him around the city, maybe add another two minutes to the dungeon and establish a real end point. But either way, it wasn’t terrible.

THE GOOD

  • Happy to see Tama, Pochi and Liza as party members now

THE BAD

  • Odd point to end the episode
  • First half spent a little too much time showing him around town

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Garo: Vanishing Line (Ep.15)

THOUGHTS

That was an interesting episode, although when this new character is just another Horror and ends up dying, it kind of wastes the entire episode. Sure, does it introduce us to the villains a little more? Yes, but at the cost of an entire episode? I’m not so psyched. The episode was enjoyable, don’t get me wrong, but with no one to attach to, the scar-eyed Horror’s death meant nothing. If anything it only served to show how sexy that villainess is and that’s it.

THE GOOD

  • Intrigue with scar-eyed Horror character and female villain

THE BAD

  • 100% wasted potential, deaths were meaningless, carried zero weight/impact

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

Pretty good episode, keeps the mystery running as we see a little bit of backstabbing from Banba’s informant as Lin seeks to kill that piece of shit guy who’s been killing all these young women. I like how everything is constantly moving, there’s nothing falling by the wayside, no one’s getting lost in the shuffle, the plot and all the characters in it are moving at the same pace towards their separate goals. Only one or a few of them however will reach the end, while the rest will meet their end. Really enjoying the show thus far.

THE GOOD

  • Everyone’s involved and moving
  • Healthy amount of mystery and intrigue

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4/5


Märchen Mädchen (Ep.3) *On Notice*

THOUGHTS

I lasted about 5-7 minutes into this episode and I’m lost. There’s too much going on, too much terminology and the girls just aren’t selling it well at all. Couple that with the show being a magical girl show mixed with tournament formats and you get a show that’s too complicated for how simple it actually is. Not worth trying to follow.

THE GOOD

  • Butts?

THE BAD

  • Overly complicated for a simple premise
  • Characters just aren’t that interesting

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


Miira no Kaikata (Ep.3)

THOUGHTS

HOW DOES THIS SHOW CONTINUE TO BE SO DAMN CUTE?!!! With both Sora and Mii catching a cold, the cuteness and funny stuff actually got turned up. Not only that, but with Kaede now being put into the forefront, we continue to round out the main cast, especially now that we see her “alter ego” upon wearing glasses. Everyone does their job to keep things running smoothly and keeping smiles on our faces. Hell, even Pochi’s really putting work in. Really fun episode this week.

THE GOOD

  • Everyone’s playing a part in the show, no one’s getting buried

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 


Overlord II (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

I actually left this episode confused and slightly irritated. I know, Ains has been ruling under the expectations his guardians have towards him, it’s become really his new life now. But the way that he treats the Lizard Men is quite uncomfortable and it obviously is by design. I don’t have to like it, it’s a reality of how things are, but it doesn’t discourage me from being a little miffed at it. The show currently is taking a direction that I’m not 100% behind, so I’ll admit that while the cast is still fantastic, the story as it’s progressing is not nearly as fantastic and that worries me.

THE GOOD

  • Ains and the Lizard Men finally cross paths
  • Crusch is getting impatient and wants love, making things even funnier between the two of them now

THE BAD

  • I really don’t like the direction of things right now, there’s no real villain in this fight currently

Episode Score: 3.5/5


Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

Not a bad episode, but this one definitely had the least amount of funny and/or memorable moments out of all the episodes thus far. Everyone got a chance to have their ramen climax, but none of the skits this time around felt all that memorable. I wonder if it’s because they’ve exhausted all of the really good options, or if this was just a weak episode as a whole? Either way, not the best episode in the world

THE GOOD

  • Ramen. Just ramen.

THE BAD

  • Nothing memorable at all this episode

Episode Score: 3/5


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

An okay episode this week. I’m not sure how I feel about Yaichi taking on another disciple, especially one that shares the same name and similar looks to Ai. It makes things a little too weird, a little too off-putting. Also putting in the “drama” of him basically “cheating” on Ai by taking on another disciple, it just muddies the waters even further, NOT TO MENTION YOU DON’T CHEAT ON A NINE YEAR-OLD GIRL, BECAUSE THERE SHOULDN’T BE ANYTHING THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!

Don’t even get me started on him letting Charlotte think he’s taking her as his bride…

THE GOOD

  • Some good jokes here and there

THE BAD

  • New Ai is a little off-putting
  • The show’s getting a little too uncomfortable with the “he likes grade school girls” gimmick

Episode Score: 3/5


Yuru Camp△ (Ep.4)

THOUGHTS

A better episode given Nadeshiko’s overwhelming insanity, holy crap was she ever on full-hyper mode during this episode! With the trio doing their own thing and Rin doing her own thing, you got different sights and different hijinks, Rin’s being a little odd. I’m surprised she stood there waving at the camera as long as she did. Once again, this show is very much one that you can relax watching, it’s just that occasionally we’ll get episodes like this where Nadeshiko really sells you and goes over the edge to the point you have a wide smile on your face. Because she’s just that damn infectious.

THE GOOD

  • Nadeshiko upping her game this week
  • Variation with the trio and Rin doing their own separate trips

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week

Episode Score: 4.5/5