Cop Craft

January 19, 2020

Time to change the buddy cop formula of anime a little bit. Instead of having 2 male partners in a police force like in Tiger & Bunny as well as Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, why not have a male and a female partner? Yeah, that’s what Cop Craft looks like. Everything else about them is as opposite as day and night. Total opposites. The guy is a seasoned human police officer while the female is a rookie noble alien knight. You can see where the clashes come from due to their cultural differences. Yeah, otherwise a very typical ingredient for a buddy cop genre because it is those differences that makes them clash as well as bond or get along.

Episode 1
As narrated, a hyperspace rift appeared in the middle of the ocean 15 years ago. An influx of alien culture arrived. This also mean an increase in crimes and thus the special police unit of San Teresa was established to deal with this. Kei Matoba and Rick Fury meet their clients to buy a smuggled fairy race. The duo are actually undercover police and right after the deal is made, they bust them. But one of the smugglers turned out to be a Semanian alien. He is much stronger and snaps Rick’s neck and then escapes with the fairy. Kei is left to do the worst, call Rick’s wife and inform the unfortunate. Like any normal dude, he wants to hunt down his partner’s killer but his boss, Jack Roth orders him to go pick up some VIP alien noble tomorrow since he is only one of the few detectives who can speak their language. It’s an order. Kei does so and he is shocked the VIP is a young girl. Tilarna Exedilica (that’s the very short of her very long name) is a Knight of Mirvor and she starts off as a proud brat. Kei isn’t sure her manservant but whatever. Back at HQ, Kei is not happy they are going to be partners especially an alien (that’s racist!). Tilarna’s mission is to retrieve a kidnapped fairy noble. Roth believes this partnership is necessary for all of them and will not change the partnership. Kei might be uncouth but he gets things done compared to some guy who has all the etiquette but ultimately useless. Now we see Tilarna a curious cat. Trying to touch everything (Kei’s warning is so unheeded) and asking lots of (sometimes dumb) questions. Just keep your mouth shut and follow him. Kei goes to see an informant, Bizz O’Neill and it seems the fairy has fallen into the hands of some Mexican. Then as they enter some building, Tilarna could smell danger so she transforms into her knight form and starts barging in. They catch the criminal just fresh from killing somebody. This is not the time for talk so bullets start flying first.

Episode 2
Though the duo get in each other’s way, it is also because of that they saved each other’s lives. Kei’s bullets can’t do much to this walking corpse and only Tilarna’s deep slash finally puts this corpse to eternal slumber. Tilarna can tell this person was already dead but some evil latena turned him into a living corpse (zombie?). As he is controlled by mildey (basically, magic), questioning him won’t do them any good either. Taking the body to Cecil Epps (who is also Kei’s ex), she conducts an autopsy and the only similarity she can find with the one who killed Rick is that they’re both dead before they turned zombie. Tilarna elaborates about the latena of a fairy being ingested regularly and this is the result. So basically that kind of ‘drug’ is called ‘fairy dust’ to us laymen, huh? Kei drops Tilarna at a motel for the night but is kicked out because of their no weapons policy. As a knight she cannot be without her sword. So Kei has to be the gentleman and bring her back to his place instead of letting her sleep in the park. Kei has a pet cat despite having cat allergies. Actually, Kei felt responsible for getting the cat injured as he was chasing a drug dealer. He is keeping it temporarily until someone can adopt it. No luck so far. Dennis Elbaji and Kareem meet to do business. Elbaji introduces him to Zelada who specializes in the dead. Showing him a prototype of a fairy bomb using fairy dust, he called a couple of cops here. Then he throws the bomb at them. Those who look into its light are dead instantly. Now that the cops are corpse (pun no intended), Elbaji has Zelada make them kill each other. As this is just prototype, the real deal will use the fairy’s entire body and the bomb radius can reach 5km and thousands can be controlled. Kareem wants this and will gladly pay for it. After attending Rick’s funeral service, Kei gets a call regarding a couple of missing officers. Their bodies are found dumped into the lake and as a veteran, he can tell they were killed elsewhere. Tilarna looks at the bodies and can detect use of fairy dust. Funny, if officers were using it, it would have been very obvious. They may be using gold which can be used as a catalyst to enhance latena’s power. However the best craftsmen in her world can even make this. So Kei thinks a device was used. Hence he suspects Elbaji because as a Semanian who owns a club and a dummy company, this guy is also interested in some manufacturing device. Tilarna wants him arrested now but Kei knows the red tape protocol as well as rights infringement thingy. Tilarna then excuses herself to the ladies but she is taking too long so Kei realizes she has fled. Oddly, she left her precious sword behind.

Episode 3
Tilarna has O’Neill get her some fake IDs as she enters Elbaji’s club. She is looking for that man himself and with such luck this guy shows up and wants to hit on her. So he brings her to his office and she gets down to business asking him to release the fairy. Since he doesn’t want to part with his ‘product’, negotiations ends, kill her. Tilarna has a hidden sword in her bag and cuts the bodyguards’ arms. Then Elbaji fights her and wins. Huh? A knight lost to this club owner?! There are things he would like to ask her so he won’t kill her yet and brings her to a temple in the middle of nowhere. Kei is already staking outside but since Roth says reinforcements will arrive in 30 minutes, no time to lose. Just be a hero and barge in! Tilarna manages to free herself from those agents. She looks around and stumbles into a room filled with vials of fairy parts. Elbaji shows off his latest fairy bomb and the money he could make from it. They fight once more and Tilarna is on the losing edge. Only if she had her real sword. What luck. Kei is here to throw it to her. With that, it’s like she levelled up and slashes Elbaji. She then realizes this fairy bomb is fake and the fairy is just a doll. The real one is with Zelada and he has made his backdoor escape. They go after him and as they arrest him, Roth pops up and shoots Tilarna! So this guy is in cohorts with Zelada as he lets the wizard escape. He is the one who set everything up from the start including making Tilarna as Kei’s partner just to slow him down as well as killing Rick. Because Rick was close in figuring out his true colours. Roth and Zelada have the same goal. They both hate to see humans and Semanians mix and want separation. Wow. Ross thinks by the third generation, humans will be ‘conquered’ and he fears that. He views himself as a human first than an officer. With Kei rejecting his offer to join him, then it becomes the quickest draw. Of course Kei besting Roth and shooting him in the chest. Guess he doesn’t have to fear about humans being wiped out now, eh? Kei and Tilarna race against time to stop Zelada who is most likely going to release the fairy bomb from the highest building in town. As they reach the top, Tilarna can tell that is the true fairy.

Episode 4
As they try to get the fairy, Zelada rains flames on them. Kei’s back is badly burnt while Tilarna continues to dodge. As Zelada remains hidden, Kei tries to find him via sound. So his hearing is damn good despite all that noise? Whatever. Kei shoots Zelada, enough for Tilarna to slice off his arm. He’d rather kill himself than be killed by her so he jumps off the building. So now what? How to stop the bomb? You mean they’re going to die together? Tilarna is grateful to this fairy because she helped her when she was lost in the woods. But the fairy then uses her life to save Kei. Tilarna has some healing magic but with the fairy’s life and powerful latena, Kei is healed and the city is safe. In the aftermath, they give their statement and testify in court. Then both part ways. Life returns to normal. One night Kei comes home and is shocked to see Tilarna making his place like home. So she changed her mind and decided to become his partner? Because Zelada’s body isn’t technically found and there are lots of crimes going on. Welcome aboard? On a mission to storm some smugglers’ hideout, their new chief, Bill Zimmer calls them out because Tilarna cut off a baddie’s finger. So this is also liable for lawsuit? Inside the storeroom is a coffin and upon opening it, there lies a corpse of a mummy. They take it to Cecil for autopsy but she reminds them she doesn’t specialize in old corpses. Let the archaeologists handle it. But Kei is pushy and wants a report by morning since Zimmer demands one. Because of that, Cecil and Tilarna become friends as they badmouth how much a jerk Kei is. Best part, they agree to take selfies of themselves before Kei’s dissected body after he dies! Tilarna and Kei go to interrogate the smuggler. Nothing like some Semanian beating down another just to get some info out. It seems they stole it from a graveyard in Doras Derill thinking it would be worth lots of money. Tilarna realizes the grave danger Cecil is and rushes back. Speaking of her, she has the misfortune in watching her assistant being devoured by the corpse! It’s alive! Luckily for her, Tilarna returns to fight it. She realizes this being is a vampire.

Episode 5
Tilarna can’t defeat the vampire but Kei can by spraying his fire extinguisher?! The vampire escapes so back at the police station, they receive word a truck driver has become her latest victim and thus Zimmer sends the duo to go investigate. They speak to the witnesses and since they can’t describe her clothes, Tilarna realizes that she has gained enough strength to cast some magic illusion that also serves as clothes. Tilarna traces the vampire holing up in the mall. She deduces after filling up her belly, she probably wants info on this world. They have the SWAT backing them up as they search every inch of the mall. Suddenly the vampire ambushes Kei. He got thrown a few floors down. Thank goodness for that shallow fountain breaking his fall! Kei’s comrades manage to rescue him but by that time Tilarna is missing. She fought and loss and is now a hostage. The vampire won’t kill her as she has things to ask. Learning about Earth, she thinks this world must be some prophecy as told in some ancient book called Niba. The vampire would have sucked her blood had not Kei and the SWAT barge in. How did they find them? Anyway, this vampire chick is so tough just like the last time that no amount of bullets could kill her despite taking heavy damage. They better have a truck load of ammo and never take their finger off the trigger! Of course, she escapes and they try to find her again thoroughly through the mall. Since there are no signs of her, it is deduced she must have escaped via the air ventilation that leads to the subway. In fact, some magic spell is leading her there. She meets this guy who supposedly guided her here. He hopes to serve her since his goal is Niba. However she doesn’t need his help and sucks his blood. Just in time since Kei and Tilarna are hot on her heels. Another round of fighting. Another round of pumping bullets. It gets to the point where they dice dangerously with death. Because vampire chick pins him down on the rail and a train is coming! I don’t know how Tilarna kicks Kei away but the train runs over the vampire and she got shredded to pieces. WTF?! A vampire can die from merely being run over?! What kind of low grade vampire is this?! But good riddance. Tilarna gets upset because Kei won’t thank her so she throws her repeated weak kicks at him.

Episode 6
The usual Kei-Tilarna spat. A runaway truck grazes into Kei’s car. You bet he is going to get some payback! Kei drives like a monster. Tilarna fearing for her life! Eventually Kei causes the truck to overturn. The culprit fled but all the truck’s contents spilled out. Porn magazines. As Kei talks to an officer, Tilarna take the liberty to park away his car. Apparently she didn’t apply the handbrakes so it slides down onto the path of an oncoming truck! There goes his baby! Worse, back at the office, Zimmer is scolding them for acting like cowboys and wrecking things. Kei too is so stressed up, complaining his car was damaged and that his request for a company car for business use fell on deaf ears. Yeah, these guys sure had it tough. In the end, Zimmer agrees to get him a new car but he must handle this porn case. I guess the alien world has no porn so curious Tilarna wants to know more about it. Her reaction is expected. Welcome to the real world! Since nobody is willing to help Kei on this case, I guess the only gay guy in the force got reluctantly dragged in. So Tony McBee goes see O’Neill and looks like they hit up on this young Semanian kid, Gavin. He is trying to sell porn in hopes to make some quick cash so Tony arranges to buy some for him at a designated time and place. Kei is pleased he is got a new sports car baby! Time to take her for a spin. Meanwhile Tilarna tries to learn how to drive with Cecil as her instructor. She is shocked to learn what an ex means. So Kei and Cecil were in that sort of relationship? Tilarna flusters when asked if she likes Kei. It’s not like that… Cecil thinks they look more like siblings. She tells a little secret that Kei had a sister but she died 10 years ago. Maybe that’s why she sees her resemblance in her. With all the police force undercover for this porn sting operation, Tony goes to meet Gavin for the exchange. However some rat pops up to steal the money. When Kei and the police move in, that guy takes Tony hostage and drives off. No time to waste. Tilarna now drives Kei’s car! OMG! After 1 lesson, she’s like a pro?! Driving on the wrong side of the road! Yeah, now it is Kei who is fearing for his life! You haven’t seen anything yet because Tilarna uses the car to crash into the culprit! Man, she really got balls. Miraculously, nobody died. The culprit is arrested. You think Kei wanted to give Tilarna an earful but she yells back at him that she is trying to learn about this world every day. If he doesn’t understand that, who will? So Kei now the bad guy? He apologizes for being a bit harsh. His car? Nothing like a bit of fixing up can do. And then it bursts into flames… Oh Kei, calm down, calm down… And then Tilarna makes her room (which is actually Kei’s place) into her own place. I guess Kei isn’t ‘mad’ about the loss of his car so yeah, everything is okay then!

Episode 7
Tilarna selling her body in a brothel?! Damn, she’s obedient as this guy starts going down on her. But luckily! Kei and the cops barge in. Everyone is arrested in this sting operation. Apparently Tilarna blames Kei for a second too late because that jerk touched her hair. Any later and she’d kill him! Woah! Calm down! As you’ve guessed, that guy is Coal Mozeleemay who is a mayor candidate. Like the politician he is, textbook answer to the press. Tilarna meets with Zoey who was one of the brothel girls and is released on bail. They hang out and become friends. She learns she is a photographer but I guess it was tough to earn a living that way so she sold her body. She claims she is giving up on this dirty job. Kei and the police force are trying to gather evidence to charge Mozeleemay. They have video recordings but apparently that isn’t enough these days. Kei picks up Tilarna and learns about her new friend. He advises her never to meet again since Mozeleemay will be convicted and she could be one of the witnesses to testify. If Zoey realizes Tilarna as a cop, she might feel betrayed. This causes a rift between them since their ideals of justice and the real world differ. Tilarna continues to hang out with Zoey. Then trouble hits the police department. Apparently there is a leak of the brothel’s customer name list. Some are fake, some are real. If Mozeleemay’s name comes up under the fake list, they won’t have a chance to prosecute him. The culprit is of course Zoey as she sold out the data to him. She meets Mozeleemay who pays her even more. Yup, he wants her body too. Halfway eating her out, she shows she is recording him. He gets mad and she lets him delete her recording before he kicks her out of his car. Kei and Tilarna are looking through some camera logs of those in the brothel who has access to the customer list. Other than the owner, the other turned out to be Zoey. Tilarna is shocked so she goes talk to her. Zoey seems disappointed to know she is a cop but before she could say any further, she is sniped. Kei goes after the sniper but unfortunately he dies of his wounds. Tilarna becomes a sad girl after Zoey dies. She is adamant Mozeleemay is behind this even though she has no evidence. But Zoey left a framed photo of Tilarna for her. And her camera too.

Episode 8
Kei and the cops are ready for this raid operation. Unfortunately the target spots them and tries to fly off in the plane. Can anybody seriously stop the plane? Well, Tilarna cuts it up as it crashes into the swamp. I’m amazed it didn’t explode. As Kei gathers all the items, he runs afoul of officer Hellmandes who is from CBP (Customs and Border Protection) who blames him for letting the target get away. Funny, Kei brought back all the items to his home. After he goes to sleep, seems his cat is being naughty with Tilarna. Accidentally it activates and fires a mini crossbow, shooting Tilarna in the arm. Don’t worry. She didn’t die but passes out. Next morning, Kei is shocked Tilarna is trying to get so close with him in bed while his cat is just being noisy and frantic. Because he is late, he thinks Tilarna is sick and goes off to work. At this point, we should realize that Tilarna has switched minds with the cat. Worse, Kei has taken out the garbage in which the crossbow accidentally fell in. Well, that’s not the worst part. The cat in Tilarna trying to take a dump in the kitty litter!!! Can’t unsee this!!! Tilarna the cat texts Cecil about this problem. Cecil doesn’t understand so she calls but only the cat’s purr is heard. Noticing something is wrong, she heads down there. The place is a mess and Tilarna the cat is so glad to see her. Cecil quickly grasp the situation but just before she can go out to look at the dumpster, big kitty jumps over Cecil. Man, I don’t want to think Tilarna is heavy but if that person jumps on you like that, surely you’ll pass out in no time. Kei continues his investigation and gets a stinging call from Hellmandes that 1 of the confiscated items is missing. He goes to see O’Neill but apparently his place had one hell of a party last night. Yup, lots of drunk people passing just about everywhere and a goat?! O’Neill is nowhere to be seen but he could be under this fat momma hooker! Kei has this nasty idea as he mixes some devilish hot sauce cocktail and pours it into her mouth! Sure to wake up! Eh, but isn’t O’Neill crushed further?! By the time Cecil wakes up, the garbage truck has already cleared the dumpster. Time to go after it. Could have been on its tail had not Tilarna the cat bugging Cecil to close the blinds so as not to let the world see big kitty parading her naked ass through the window!!!

Episode 9
Cecil calls the waste disposal company. Normally they don’t entertain but Cecil using her weak blackmail that they might be destroying evidence… By the time they get to the waste disposal centre and the guy doing some search which truck went to their place, just in time that truck just dump all its load into the disposal unit. Tilarna jumps into it to find the crossbow. Kei is already having a tough time trying to get O’Neill name some smuggler (that guy got stretchered in by the paramedics), then Cecil calls Kei and tells what happened since she is at a lost. Kei returns but doesn’t worry too much. Either he trusts his partner a lot or he doesn’t give a damn. Meanwhile Tilarna tries to trace the crossbow and sense its latena. She finds it but it is already heading towards the shredder! She fails to save it and the crossbow is destroyed. She laments her fate when suddenly she wakes up back at him. Hellmandes trying to hurt her real bad and demanding to know where the crossbow is because he wants to sell it for money. With Tilarna back in her own body, she starts kicking Hellmandes’ ass. Now this guy is scared. Oh, have you seen her this mad? Tilarna would have killed him for seeing her naked body but luckily Kei is back. Hellmandes is arrested and Tilarna is mad that Kei is not mad enough that she almost got violated. WTF… Meanwhile poor Cecil thinks Tilarna is a goner… One day Zimmer is having a pool party with his staffs. Then on the news that one of the mayoral candidates, Nathan Kahns got shot. This leaves everyone in shock as Zimmer calls an emergency meeting. The shooter has been identified and he is relatively a clean Semanian guy with no links to the underworld whatsoever. Normally their special division won’t get involved but Zimmer suspects something amiss. Because Zelada’s body was never found, he fears that somebody is using magic to control a corpse to do the killing. This is to stoke a race war since Kahns is a conservative human. Kei and Tilarna return to office just to identify the body. Don’t mind the beachwear. Tilarna can tell a rare form of latena coming out from the dead shooter’s body. As they leave, an officer scoffs at Tilarna. Surprisingly Kei confronts him to tell him off and make him answer why he did so. Apparently he got mad because his family voted Kahns so and he was shot by an alien. Tilarna doesn’t want Kei to continue embarrassing her but thanks him for standing up for her. They relay the news to Zimmer and now he has the headache to go tell all the departments to watch out for a certain wizard. While they dread looking for this guy, Tilarna suggests going back to basics. That is, questioning who would benefit from Kahns’ death.

Episode 10
The polarized polls has split the public. Either you’re on the humans’ side (aliens go home!) or Semanian supporter (aliens have rights too!). Kei and Tilarna head to Mozeleemay’s office to talk to him. A journalist, Kevin Randall tries to bug Kei for an interview but he has no time for him. Randall will email him some details and wants him to read it. It’s important. The duo confront Mozeleemay. He has nothing to say but apparently his wife, Marla is the one with balls and would gladly answer their questions. Of course regarding Kahns’ death, it is believed the Mozeleemay may gain a few hundred thousand voters. Marla replies that even if that is true, their only other mayoral candidate, Domingo Tourte stands to gain even more. As for using corpse as puppets, they should be aware that normal Semanians can’t use magic. The cops leave and they can tell that Marla is the one wearing the pants. As they are about to head to Tourte’s place, a gunshot is heard. Mozeleemay has been shot. Kei heads to the broadcast room to find the culprit. I am surprised that computer AI is able to pinpoint the kind of people Kei is looking for! I mean, right down to their body actions! F*cking precise?! So they manage to pinpoint to this Semanian guy. They look for him and they see him trying to coolly leave the place. When they try to arrest him, he fights back. Miraculously, the crowd isn’t injured so they start chasing after him. They manage to corner him but at this point he is already fatally wounded. His last word is “Leeze” before kicking the bucket. Shockingly, he reverts to human form and Tilarna realizes that this is transformation magic. However he cannot be a corpse puppet because she fought him and was using his own free will. Is it possible for humans to learn Semanian magic? Well, if Semanians can learn human technology, the reverse is true. Then they examine his gun, also transformed into something else. That was how he snuck it in. If you noticed why the whole place is deserted, yeah, I don’t know why either but the FBI arrives. Their jurisdiction. Get out. Back at office, Tilarna explains to her colleagues this vaifaht steel that the gun was made of. In short, it can be moulded into anything simple but it takes very talented craftsmen to do so. Hence something complicated like a gun is impossible for them to even do. Hence there could be a human and Semanian working together on this. Zimmer has the rest of the team investigate further on this but wants Kei and Tilarna to interview Tourte tomorrow. Meanwhile the protests on both sides continue to grow fiercely.

Episode 11
Kei and Tilarna discuss about Tourte who is a very right wing politician. I don’t know if this guy worked for Nike before because his campaign line: “Just! Do it!”. Yeah… Interviewing Tourte, he is upfront in telling how Semanians are lazy and to a point that they love Earth’s culture, the reason why they don’t want to go back despite humans have offered them so many options to return. He didn’t mince his words to tell them to obey Earth’s laws if they want to stay. Or get out! This of course upsets Tilarna but Kei asks him a question if he had to choose between being an Earthling or politician, which would it be? Without skipping a beat, he replies a politician and would have done the same if he was born in the other world. This has Kei thinking about his answer because his former boss, Roth definitely came up with a totally opposite answer. A couple of female police officers manage to get the identity of the assassin. He is Ethan Dole and is supposed to be dead. He was once from the military and went missing many years back in some Semanian operation. As the protests grows, Tilarna is shocked that Marla is running for candidacy. Yeah, you’ve spent so much money on the campaign trail, it’ll be a waste to bow out, right? You’d think Tourte is going to win this election unopposed, eh? Politics, people. Kei gets a call from Randall who keeps bugging him to see the email he sent. Kei checks but sees nothing. Panic, he wants to meet seeing it is utmost importance. A paranoid Randall shows Kei a picture of Marla meeting up and having an affair with somebody else. From the description, that person is Dole. So how is Kei related to this? Randall knows he arrested Mozeleemay at the brothel and thinks he is somewhat connected. This guy gets more paranoid thinking somebody is watching and out to get him. And then the FBI surrounds them. Tilarna can sense something wrong about them. They’re all dead. Except for the one leading the team, Ronald Chan. All of them are cuffed and thrown into the back of the van. Tilarna and Kei are shocked to see that Zelada is still alive and well.

Episode 12
Kei and Tilarna are put to sleep. Back at the base, Zelada speaks with Tilarna while Chan interrogates Kei. I guess it saves time as they reveal they are in cohorts together as their goals align. Yes, they don’t want humans and Semanians to coexist. The original plan was to kill Kahns and Tourte so that Mozeleemay can be the mayor as he is easy to be manipulated. However Ethan decided to go against that and killed Mozeleemay. It is hinted Ethan could have been trained by Tilarna’s master as “Leeze” means master in their language. Zelada wants war because he feels that Earth’s culture has corrupted the Semanians. Chan wants the photo Randall had that Kei uploaded because he wants to blackmail Marla. Kei won’t cooperate so he beats him up. Perhaps he got his guard down so Kei fights back and manages to suffocate him with his thighs! As he leaves, he sees Randall’s corpse in a bag. Tilarna mocks Zelada of being afraid of change. That’s why he is giving all this sort of excuse and resorting to terrorism. Despite this place is a filth, Tilarna believes she can find something that will shine. Kei must have been playing Resident Evil and a pro in it as he fights his way through those FBI zombies! Does he have unlimited ammo cheat code? Just in time before Zelada is going to kill Tilarna. Zelada makes himself invisible and this becomes a game of hide and seek. Kei manages to free Tilarna but she is too weak to fight. Eventually, Kei’s smart thinking has him shoot the sprinklers. Now that they can see Zelada’s outline, Tilarna uses Kei’s gun to pump lead into the old geezer and Kei finishes him off by decapitating him with Tilarna’s sword. Good riddance. In the aftermath, Kei asks Tilarna’s opinion if he should hand over this photo of Marla. She will get exposed and lose the sympathy votes, making Tourte win by a landslide. Or he could play dumb. Tilarna says just to hand in the evidence. She doesn’t care who the mayor of this city is because this is still a good city and there are still some good people in it. And most importantly, because Kei is here. In the aftermath, Marla is arrested and Tourte is sworn in as mayor. Life returns to normal. Yeah, all the protests and street fighting died down but the vices are still there. Back to business as usual. That racist cop apologizes to Tilarna so I guess they’re even now. Humans, Semanians, yeah we’re all the same!

Copped Out…
So this is how it ends? Feels like something is missing… Feels pretty odd that everything resumes to normal after election season is over. Like as though everyone got the message to deal with the winner and continue with their daily lives. I suppose the sins will stay more or less the same whoever is in charge, huh? Kei and Tilarna continuing to be partners for the sake of both the futures of their worlds, trying to tell us that everything is not as bad as it seems. There is always light in the darkest of darkness. Do not lose hope. So you see, human culture not only corrupted other alien cultures with its decadence, we also get to virtue signal that this is all part of development and civilization. Yeah, gotta bring more alien civilizations to our world and let them get a taste of our fun! Any troubles, just let the San Teresa special unit deal with them!

I don’t want to say that the stories are really that boring but it is nothing that interesting either. I mean, they feel just really run of the mill because what else can you have when dealing with aliens from another world getting involved with all sorts of vice and sins that we humans do pretty well? We got the case of smuggling fairies to the case of assassinating mayoral candidates. Pretty ordinary stories if you think about it. Nothing really spectacular or blow your mind. I feel that if they were better written and had better pacing, the little story arcs might be interesting to watch but alas they weren’t so I guess that’s why this series is just passable and mediocre to some. When you have many episodes that leave viewers in suspense especially on cliff-hangers, that is really one way to kill the mood. I know many animes are guilty of doing this but this series only has a dozen episodes and for example, when that vampire chick revived and started attacking, suddenly “To be continued…”. Like, WTF?! It was somewhat about to get exciting and then they cut it off! Next episode for those who are still interested…. Man, what a killjoy. And then some episodes feel like fillers and don’t really make sense. Like Tilarna getting swapped with Kei’s cat. Weird…

One of the worse factors that contributes to the mediocrity of this series is how not enough emphasis is given to flesh out the lore of the Semanian alien world. It’s like as though they are not really important in the first place. From what I can tell, the Semanian world is pretty backwater and not advanced despite having magic. Why is it that other worlds always have magic but lacking in technology? But with San Teresa having all the cool human stuffs, it is no wonder why aliens do not want to go home and stay here and continue to have fun. I mean, planet Earth has porn!!! PORN, PEOPLE!!! PORN!!!! Ah yes, even aliens share the same carnal desires. We living beings aren’t any much different, huh? After all, humans and Semanians look pretty much about the same and the only significant difference is their mini faux elf ears. Sort of. So having no real background or history of the Semanian side, it makes us not really wanting to care or even sympathize with aliens. I mean, really. We don’t. Heck, even that narration about San Teresa being a melting pot for both civilizations feel rushed. Here’s the setting. Nothing convoluted. Now let’s get on with the story. To hell with those Semanians. That’s racist! And other Semanian terms feel like just like plot convenience. Vaifaht steel what again?

This show couldn’t have been released in a more politically incorrect era. Because I’m sure with humans and aliens at odds at each other here, it is hard not to think that the Semanians are somewhat an allegory for illegal aliens, especially with the influx of migrants from other parts of the world into American and Europe. This gets more politically charged up with the final arc especially the race for San Teresa’s mayoral position. Local humans want those aliens out but those aliens screaming they have, uhm, whatever rights they have too. And then racial clashes. Oh yeah. Why does it look so familiar with today’s world? And I can’t help think that Tourte could be a metaphor for the current US president, Donald Trump. I mean, Domingo Tourte. Donald Trump. DT. Geddit?! Not so obvious because Tourte doesn’t sport that trademark orange bad hair day of his. Also, Tourte is very brash and right wing, reminds you of a certain orange man, no? Hmm… “Just! Do it!” sounds like “Make America Great Again!” if you look at it at a certain angle (because Make San Teresa Great Again would’ve been too obvious, alas MSTGA doesn’t have a nice ring to it). HHHMMMMM… And also, Trump has no other real candidates who can challenge him for his 2020 re-election… For now… HHHHHHHHHMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!! And is Marla like Hillary???!!! Because Mozeleemay is like Bill Clinton getting caught with his pants down once… HOLY SH*T!!! Better shut up now if I know what’s good for myself.

However, the thing that intrigued me is the Farbani language that the Semanians speak. I can’t seem to find online what kind of language on Earth they based on. Yeah, maybe my Google skills aren’t so good. To make it all look authentic, some dialogues are spoken in this Farbani language with Japanese subtitles. My sceptical guts tell me that they didn’t go all the way just to create a new language just for this series. And of course they don’t sound like they are spouting random gibberish as I feel there is a system in how their language is spoken. So I’m just really curious what kind of language is this really based on? I hope somebody can enlighten me. Good thing is that I’m not that and I picked up a few Farbani words myself. Rakebye. Rock-a-bye what? That’s baka AKA idiot for you who are still guessing. Heh… No, not any reference to that Shawn Mullins song.

A big fail for this series is how they depict to us the relationship between Kei and Tilarna. I believe that the story and other settings of this world have been side-lined so as to give this pair the focus but even that, they failed to save the series. At first, it was somewhat amusing to see both of them from different backgrounds trying to get along. You know, they’re new to each other, some communication and cultural problems. He is a tough veteran cop. She is a naïve Jedi knight. Both having although same sense of justice but different approaches to it. There is some dynamism between them but ironically the more episodes I see them together, the less I feel that they have actually bonded. I don’t know, their partnership seems somewhat superficial. Sure, they do care for each other in some ways but I just don’t feel that buddy cop thingy between them. You think Tiger and Bunny or even Doug and Kirill were bad enough in this department, boy, I have bad news for this pair for you then.

Some cute and funny moments in between them but nothing that makes me want to say that their partnership is solid as a rock. After all, Kei has been through his fair share of sh*t and seen lots of things including the death of his previous partner before his eyes. Then we have Tilarna whom you can tell is a bit naïve because of how emotional she gets when things don’t turn out the way she expected it to be. You can tell by the volume and emotion in her voice. And then Kei is like he has that I-don’t-give-a-sh*t tone in his voice because he knows better than to waste his breath and argue at the same pitch. In other words, Kei sounds like he doesn’t care but remember, he has been in this line for donkey years so sometimes taking a frontal approach and rushing things may not be the best idea. Despite having the focus a lot on the duo, there are a lot of other juicy details that were not really fleshed out. A lot of blanks to be filled in. For instance, remember what Cecil said about Kei having a sister who died 10 years ago? It would be interesting to know if a Semanian had a hand in that. What about Tilarna’s life as a noble? How did she end up where she is now?

So you see, when your main pair of characters already have this sort of problem in the character development segment, what about the other characters? They are worse. You don’t even care about them. Because I believe there are many other colleagues under this special department but they do not even get a sliver of screen time. I mean, we have Tony the gay guy, his chubby partner (what’s his name again?) and that pair of chicks too whose names I still can’t remember. Like, they don’t even matter unless the script says it’s their turn to do something. Like the final story arc whereby we see them doing something but by that time, it’s already too late. This series has been primarily Kei and Tilarna and then to suddenly see these minor characters thrown into the limelight… Just weird. Uh huh. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. And Zimmer is like your typical black cop boss. Loud in your face and can be verbally abusive but cares a lot for his men.

The one thing that bugs me is how Kei gets to have a new car. Twice! I am not sure if there is a special provision and budget allocation for this special unit but man, he does seem to get a brand new convertible sports car. Twice! F*ck, I thought he would get back at least his old model or some lousy second hand car but damn, this police department upgraded his car! Maybe it is the company’s car but who knows? Kei is driving it all the time so I’m going to think it belongs to him. Wow. All those crying and begging of OT must have really gotten Zimmer to just get him one and shut him up and do his job, huh? Unfortunately this won’t even happen to me in real life and I risk getting fired… Kei, you lucky bastard! You better take care of that new car!!!

Cecil being Kei’s ex? I guess it must be awkward for former lovers to be still looking at each other working at the same place but I guess they’ve got to be professional. Hence, if you are hoping if there is some sort of Kei x Tilarna romance, don’t even bet a cent on it because from the looks of it, I can tell that it won’t happen. Humans and Semanians can’t mix! That’s racist! Anyway, it would have also been interesting to note what happened between Kei and Cecil that didn’t work out. So sometimes I feel that both of them dedicating their hours on their jobs is like as though they are trying to run away and erase that whatever bad chapter in their fleeting moment. Bad romance? No wonder Kei won’t make this same mistake with Tilarna and plus, she might remind him more of his late sister than a lover. Rakebye.

The antagonists of the series also feel weak. It feels like they are the villains of the episode and nothing more. I thought Elbaji will be the final boss or antagonist or something. Nope. He got sliced dead. That vampire chick might be the final boss. Because you know, vampire clan. And then she too dies! Really? So what she said about that Niba book thingy, was that all just red herring? That’s why I said they should have developed the setting better instead of this half-baked thingy that don’t even matter. I didn’t think Hellmandes would be it either. But he’s such a sneaky guy I can tell he has bad intentions the moment he first popped up but I didn’t think he would get owned that easily by Tilarna. All bark and no bite, huh? Mozeleemay? Dead. Kahns? Dead. Marla? Obviously this chick is the one who hired an assassin to pop Zoey. Now facing prison time. And yeah, Zelada. Oh Zelada. Truly the ‘final’ boss of the series. Literally speaking. Aren’t you supposed to be surprised when the final comes around? Like as though once he is dead, it is endgame for this series. I mean, Kei got his revenge for his ex-buddy Rick so what else more?

On a trivial note, I wonder if the episode titles are parodies of other pop culture. For example, this obvious one, “Smells Like Toon Spirits” is of course based off one of Nirvana’s most famous songs. “Need For Speed” could be based on that video game of the same name. Could “Girls On Ice” be a parody of Yuri On Ice? I wonder if “In The Air Tonight” is based on Luck Be In The Air Tonight. I don’t see how an English nursery rhyme character could be in “Cock Robin, John Doe”. Maybe these episode titles are just random and I’m just overthinking.

Action wise, there are some action sequences. Mostly passable and some really exaggerating to the point it looks comical. Like when Tilarna became a pro driver and trashed his car. Yeah, that was like so WTF. Other than that, Tilarna can’t do more unless she’s in her special uniform and then using her sword to slash. Kei on the other hand only uses his gun. He has got to be one lucky guy because there are scenes where baddies just spray bullets and they all missed. I don’t think having a few gory and bloody scenes would help but yeah, having the setting of a city with vice and sins, this is only to be expected.

For the art and animation, they look pretty okay and it is without doubt that once more that a lot of things here look very American. Especially some of the characters who typically have that American style look like Zimmer (hey, doesn’t he look like Neil deGrasse Tyson?) and characters like Kei having very much this Japanese anime look. As said, Semanians other distinguishing feature is their elf-like ears and it is how you tell them apart from normal humans. Also, is it just me that Semanians have this one kind look on their face? I don’t know. Like a mild Down Syndrome or something! Oh sh*t! I don’t know, the more I look at Tilarna, the more… Forget it. And for those of you who can’t find Carmen Sandiego all this time, be glad to know that she turned into an old Semanian wizard named Zelada in this series. No, seriously. Sometimes the animation can be so low quality, for example when Ethan died, he didn’t have the face of a dead man or a corpse! I mean, he’s got that chillin’ look. Dude, WTF?! This anime is animated by Millepensee who did Teekyuu, the newer season of Berserk and Wake Up Girls.

The other reason why I decided to check this series is out is Kenjiro Tsuda as the voice of Kei. Yeah, I may start to like this guy’s low dreamy voice so I guess him being cast as Kei, I think he fits his character very well. The other casts I recognized are Hochu Ohtsuka as Zelada, Shinichiro Miki as Hellmandez as well as Mai Nakahara and Marina Inoue as those couple of police officers under Zimmer’s department. And that was Rie Tanaka as Zoe? The other casts include Mayu Yoshioka as Tilarna (Mayu in Wake Up Girls), Fumiko Orikasa as Cecil (Rukia in Bleach), Ryousuke Takahashi as Tony (Calibur in SSSS.Gridman) and Shinpachi Tsuji as Zimmer (Makarov in Fairy Tail). I have mixed feelings for the opening theme, Rakuen Toshi by Masayoshi Ooishi. This is quite a very jazzy and lively samba piece and sometimes I wonder if it really fits the pacing of the series. But hearing this song seems to somewhat remind me of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana. The ending theme… Meh. Connected by Mayu Yoshioka is a hard rock piece and definitely not suitable for this series at all. I don’t really like the frenzy rock pace at all (certain lines sound cacophonic) and I’m wondering if this song is a reflection of Tilarna’s real soul. Then there is this BGM that has that Indian or Arabic tune to it. Find it very weird…

Overall, this series could have been a lot better had the producers put more effort into the story and its characters. There were things that were not clearly explained or left forgotten, making it feel it was all unnecessary red herring and worst, Kei and Tilarna’s dynamic relationship failed to make an impact. And because all that supposed good stuff didn’t happen, it came out just another one of those ubiquitous mediocre animes. It also has some potential in thought provoking issues like race and the dark side of humanity but it turned out to be just some really ordinary if not less than stellar buddy cop series. I read online that the main cause of this production being produced below par is the budget. Yup. Eventually it all boils down to money. Unfortunately, first impressions count so I don’t think this would be getting a review for a second season. Hence, bye-bye… Rakebye.

Hataraku Saibou Specials

January 18, 2020

Haven’t you heard? Hataraku Saibou is getting another season! Hooray! And because of that, I stumbled upon a few Hataraku Saibou Specials that supposedly came out as 5 minute short extras along with the BDs. Time to remember what those cells are before I catch the next season. What do you mean it would be easier to take up those old school textbooks or surf Wikipedia to revisit all those cells and their specific roles?! Ain’t anybody got time for that!

Special 1
AE 3803 hosts a special quiz participated by U-1146 and Eosinophil. The first question asks about the sensor on U-1146’s head. U-1146 almost gave everyone a heart attack when his own sensor malfunctions and pops up. Eosinophil answers correctly. The next question is the last in which the winner takes all. It’s some ominously enigmatic line that Basophil says (he’s just hungry. Like, what?!). Eosinophil once again answers correctly. The prize for winning this is a trip around the body! Boring! I can see why Eosinophil doesn’t really want it.

Special 2
It’s time to visit Macrophage’s room where she can provide advice and blow away your problems. And looks like we have U-1146 as a guest. Actually he has detected some germs here. Are there? Macrophage assures that if there are any germs, she would have swiftly dealt with it with her cleaver. Yeah. Nobody messes with her. Because U-1146 wants to leave, she invites him to stay for tea. And also asks if he has any problems. Well, a certain RBC friend is always lost. Since trillions of RBCs come here, Macrophage isn’t sure and sketches a picture of her. OMG. That hideous drawing! Sure that’s not a germ? She’s so proud of it that she even autographs it! U-1146 can keep it as souvenir. Uhm… Thanks? The more he stares at it… All he can see is just one ugly germ mother…

Special 3
The usual drill Killer T Cell gives his underlings. But what’s this? All of them are depressed? More depressed than usual. What gives? They reveal that the recent fight with Cancer Cell revealed how useless they were. Because of the vast difference in skills, they are thinking of quitting. Of course Killer T Cell scolds them for thinking something so stupid. Then with some great charismatic speech of all the things they’ve overcome, these guys are back to their usual in no time. But… NK Cell is here to rain on their parade. Yup, she mocks this noisy choir and that a few of her is way better than a hundred of them. Man, their motivation levels are sinking to all time low. Of course Killer T Cell goes to pick a fight with her to take back what she said. It could have been a brawl had not the alert to mobilize sounded. Good timing. They’ll take it out on the battlefield then. And the subordinates think they’ll just do fine carrying on as usual…

Special 4
Helper T is thinking of throwing a party for all the cells. However Regulatory T Cell becomes a wet blanket. Accusing him of power harassment. Forcing others to join social events when they don’t want to. He feels bad about it but brushes it off as a no obligations meet up. Then he calls Dendritic for help. You mean part of the plan is to show some of the most embarrassing photos of the cells? How is this having a good time? Of course Dendritic warns it can backfire and since Helper T believes it will all turn out fine, he shows him a very embarrassing photo when he was in school. Yup, don’t want to remember those memories. He hopes Regulatory T Cell won’t see this but oops, she’s here! She tells him rather than worrying about other cells, as long as he is their competent commander, they will be happy. I guess she’s right. Back to work. Also, she doesn’t mind him pouring them tea. Something he will gladly do. Did he just become their gopher? Not sure about this later but did Regulatory T Cell and Dendritic have fun looking at all the embarrassing photos?

Special 5
Platelet visits Mast Cell at her work. She explains about her job but ends up getting mad about B Cell. This causes Platelet to be traumatic since she looks so scary. Mast Cell backs down and continues about her job description of just following the manual. When the alert is sounded, she checks some meter soaring. No biggies. Just follow the manual and apply some histamines. Hmm… Nothing happening. She amps up the dosage. Lots of screams of help heard before everything returns to normal. Ignoring what just happened, Mast Cell thinks she did a pretty good job. Until B Cell barges in to complain she almost killed them. A huge argument breaks out until Platelet butts in to stop them. No fighting. We’re cells. She then ties them up together in a fibrin net to make them get along. Let’s hope so.

Cell-ebrate To Health & Life!
It was fun while it lasted. I mean, they are only 5 minutes so there is only so much they can show us. You can’t be serious if you want all 37 trillion cells to make their cameo in these short episodes, can you?! It’s nice to refresh my memories after more than a year since I’ve watched the first season. Thanks to the characters and animation in chibi format, I guess watching this feels a lot fun. Can’t say they are really educational because as we can see (and also thinking logically), cells don’t hold quiz shows or tea parties. Heh. I’m not that stupid. Seriously! Watching these mini shorts makes me motivated to watch the second season when it comes out. Thanks for reminding me which cells are which. Phew. I thought I had forgotten about them. Hehehe. And then when the next season comes around, I would have forgotten them again. Damn, something wrong with my brain cells! Can somebody help my brain cells, please?

Nande Koko Ni Sensei Ga OVA

January 17, 2020

If you couldn’t get enough and want more of those students f*cking, uhm, I mean end up in very sexually ambiguous positions with their teachers, be glad to know that there is Nande Koko Ni Sensei Ga OVA for all those who managed to whip out a few bucks and pay for those uncensored tits of all your favourite sensei! I’m sure sensei still remembers you as a naughty boy…

A trip to adulthood…
It is after graduation where our quartet of pairs have booked a hotel for a pleasure trip. But upon arrival, the clerk says they didn’t have any reservations made and currently there are only 2 twin bed rooms. Can’t they just share? Because Tanaka-Tachibana and Hikari-Takashi pairs decide to go find somewhere else to stay. Tachibana knows a hotel where they can see the stars. However… That’s a love hotel!!! You bet Tanaka is panicking and even prostrates himself as a virgin and has no experience! After he goes to bathe, Tachibana is disappointed that the ‘stars’ is actually just some mini rotating ball device. Then she realizes this is a love hotel. Time for her to panic. Meanwhile Hikari and Takashi hole up at a manga café. Because Takashi is sleepy and only wants to sleep, Hikari overthinks that he wants to have sex with her. Her wild delusions cause her to just go to the bath and wash herself. Glad that this manga café is empty. Bet you that anybody would be shocked to see a sexy girl dressed so skimpy rushing out like that. Elsewhere, Satou and Kojima hear really ambiguous sounds next door. Yes. Really ambiguous talk that makes you think they’re actually getting it on. In actual fact, Suzuki is just giving Matsukaze a back massage. Feeling good? After hearing all that, are you not stimulated to make out too? Yup, Satou and Kojima get it going. Though, we just see them start with a kiss… Tanaka is shocked when Tachibana comes in to bath with him. I suppose she got this twisted misunderstanding of teaching him about sex. Yup, exposing all her parts to him. The school nurse teaching about sex ed. I want to sign up!!! Unfortunately she is so hot that Tanaka cums before anything else happens. Just foreplaying only, huh? Are we disappointed? In the end, they go to bed and Tanaka is beating himself up for being uncool. But Tachibana hugs him likes him for who he is. They accidentally kiss. She gives him motivation that they can try again next time if they fail. Hope they get it right the next time. Next day when all of them meet up, Tanaka’s happiness turns into sadness when Tachibana claims she is now feeling uncomfortable. She claims something inside her is making her feel not so good and the rest got the wrong idea…

Hot For Teacher…
Oh well. I guess that’s that. The ecchi and fanservice level feel mild compared to the TV series because the latter’s antics were just out of this world and outrageous. This OVA feels weak in comparison and makes it feel like this series ended on a weak finishing (I wanted to use the word flaccid but I feel it might be an insult to somebody…). Especially that last scene where everybody just meet up and that’s it. Uhm, that’s it, really? Alas, I feel that this OVA is mainly focused on Tanaka and Tachibana seeing that they get a lot of screen time compared to the rest that is just paltry. But all the teachers got their bare tits exposed equally so maybe that kept us all happy? So now that these guys have graduated high school, it is time to take the next challenge of becoming better lovers and graduating with flying colours. Perhaps the best part is that you don’t need to study those books and most of them are just hands on experience. Hey, like they say, if you fail, just do it again until you succeed!

Kimetsu No Yaiba

January 12, 2020

Time for another anime series about slaying demons. Kimetsu No Yaiba might start off having all the cliché ingredients. Normal boy from seemingly normal family has got his family massacred by demons. Trains up to become the best demon slayer to avenge his family and also find a cure to return his sister who is now a demon, back into human. Along the way, meets powerful allies as well as equally powerful (perhaps even more so) enemies while powering up himself with more powerful techniques. Well, if you judge a book by its cover and give a general opinion that if you have seen genres like this, you’ve seen them all, well, you’re wrong. Instead of explaining it all in this opening paragraph, might as well go watch it and see for yourself that this is not just another ordinary demon slaying anime.

Episode 1
Tanjirou Kamado is trying to be a good son. Yeah, with a single mom and like 5 other siblings, he needs to sell those coals so he can buy more goodies for them. He treks down the snowy mountains to town whereby we see him as a handyman too. Everybody needs him for something! He sells all his coal but as night falls, an old man Saburo tells him not to trek at night because of man eating demons. He forces Tanjirou to stay at his place. Tanjirou takes up his offer and the first light next morning, he returns home. To his horror, his entire family massacred by demons! Because his sister, Nezuko is the only one showing signs of life (albeit fading), he carries her down in hopes of saving her. However she awakens as a demon and tries to eat him! As Tanjirou has a great sense of smell, he believes she cannot be a demon who killed the rest as there was a different scent at home. Tanjirou tries to fend her off while trying to use words in hopes she’ll regain her humanity. Hah. Like that will work. Will it?! Then here comes Giyuu Tomioka, a demon hunter to cut her down. But Tanjirou protects her. She’s his sister for Christ’s sake! Tanjirou may sound naïve that he promises to find a way to turn Nezuko back but each time Giyuu counters it with grim reality. You can’t. Tanjirou gets desperate enough to beg but is told off by Giyuu for being weak. As Giyuu is about to kill Nezuko, Tanjirou moves in desperation to save her. Although he loses against Giyuu, the demon hunter realizes he was pretty innovative and creative in trying to attack him with his hatchet. Nezuko seems like she wants to devour Tanjirou to but to Giyuu’s shock, she protects him! This is unprecedented as no demons have ever done this as they devour humans for energy. When Tanjirou wakes up, Nezuko is already gagged. Giyuu wants him to see Sakonji Urokodaki who lives at the foot of Mt Sagiri. He also warns him of not exposing Nezuko to sunlight as that is demons’ weakness. After Tanjirou buries and prays for his departed family, they begin their journey.

Episode 2
Tanjirou makes a basket big enough for Nezuko to hide in so he can continue travelling during daytime. When he reaches a house, he smells blood. A demon is feeding on its victims. Tanjirou tries to fight it and could have lost had not Nezuko smacked him away! The demon despite being decapitated by Nezuko’s slap, he still lives and both parts move independently. The head tackles Tanjirou while the body goes after Nezuko. Tanjirou manages to make the head tangled with his dagger before going off to find Nezuko and pushes that body off the cliff. As Tanjirou is in a dilemma to destroy the head, Urokodaki tells him to finish him off. How? You figure it out yourself. Urokodaki fears his kindness even in killing the demon could be his downfall. In the end, it is the sunlight that burns up the demon. Urokodaki poses some hard questions for him and then slaps him for being too hesitant to answer. He believes his resolve is too weak and the moment Nezuko devours a human, he must kill her and then himself for allowing it to happen. Knowing that Giyuu sent him, Urokodaki is a trainer and will train him to see if he is fit to join the Demon Slayer Corps. So the first task is to have him climb the mountain. Then he must descend it and reach the foot by daybreak. Think it’s easy? Despite his great smell, the place is filled with traps. He gets owned by some of them but he mustn’t give up or at this rate he will not make it. And make it in time Tanjirou does. Urokodaki agrees to take him in as his disciple as he narrates Giyuu’s letter about something different in Tanjirou and Nezuko. He believes Tanjirou can become his heir since Urokodaki also possesses the same keen sense of smell.

Episode 3
With Urokodaki training Tanjirou, he also writes a diary for Nezuko. A convenient way to narrate and explain to us his exploits for the episode. Like how he has gotten better in avoiding the traps but Urokodaki has also ramped up the difficulty like as though he wants to kill him. He is also trained how to use a sword and different water breathing forms. Strangely, Nezuko has never awakened since his training started and he fears she would die in her sleep. After a year, one day suddenly Urokodaki tells him he can teach him no more. His final test is to cut this boulder. Do it and he will consider him qualify to take the final selection test to enter Demon Slayer Corps. Tanjirou continues his training and sometimes tries to cut the boulder. But nothing changes for another 6 months. Slowly, he grows frustrated since he trained so hard to breaking point and it yielded no results. Until one day this guy in a fox mask, Sabito fights him since he can’t stop complaining. Suck it up and be a man! Because Tanjirou is worried that he might hurt him with his real sword, Sabito finds this insulting because he thinks he can hurt this guy?! Let alone touch him?! After Tanjirou loses, Makomo takes over. This little girl with a fox mask is gentler as she corrects and guides the err of his ways. The duo aren’t siblings but are deeply grateful to Urokodaki. They claim they have been watching him all the while. Another 6 months passed. This time Tanjirou reeks of manliness to face Sabito in a showdown. For the first time, Tanjirou’s blade reaches Sabito first. He cuts off his mask. He sees his smile but a sad one. With Makomo reminding him never to forget this, the duo then disappear. Creepy? But not as creepy and astonishing when Tanjirou realizes he has cut the boulder in half!

Episode 4
Urokodaki didn’t want to send Tanjirou to the final selection because he doesn’t want more children dying. But because he sliced the boulder, he believes he is an amazing person. Tanjirou is given a mask as a protective charm. He is also told about demons grow stronger the more humans they eat. Once Tanjirou’s smell sense grows stronger, he will be able to tell how strong. Tanjirou leaves for the final selection. There are many other potential candidates. In this wisteria prison, they must survive for a week fending off demons inside. Tanjirou faces off with a couple of bickering demons. Remembering his training, he manages to kill them. It is also thanks to the special steel that demon hunters used and the sword Urokodaki gave him made out of Nichirin. Tanjirou stumbles upon the worst demon ever. This grotesque one has killed a few candidates. Tanjirou jumps in to save a fellow candidate. This demon thinks he is Urokodaki’s student because of the mask. He has a grudge against him because he was the one who caught and imprisoned him here so he makes it a point to kill all his students. The way he describes the best students he killed definitely he is referring to Sabito and Makomo. He further taunts them and how he ate them. But Tanjirou getting mad can only get him so far. He needs to think how to cut down this demon. His hands regenerate quickly and he has a very thick neck (every demon’s weakness is the neck and that’s the part you need to cut off). When Tanjirou is down for the count, it is thanks to his dead sibling’s voice that woke him up before he could be the demon’s next victim. Tanjirou then charges in, slicing everything in his way. The demon is confident the moment he fails to slice his neck, he will crush his head. That’s where he failed. Giving Tanjirou that one chance is more than enough as his entire head is suddenly decapitated!

Episode 5
Even when the demon disintegrates, Tanjirou feels sad for him and prays to God he won’t reincarnate as a demon. Tanjirou tries asking other demons for a way to turn back to human but they just attack and he is forced to kill them. In the end, it seems there are only 4 survivors. The invigilators talk about the uniforms and swords they are given as well as each getting a Kasugai Crow for communication. But one of them, Genya Shinazugawa calls out to all this BS and wants his sword now. He gets pretty rough so Tanjirou warns him to back down or he’ll break his arm. Next, they are to choose an ore in which their Nichirin sword will be forged. Weary Tanjirou makes his way home. He is overcome with delight and emotion when he sees Nezuko finally awakened. Even more surprise and tears for Urokodaki to see his student come back alive. He is told of that demon he slain and his dead students can now rest in peace. Tanjirou is also warned about higher demons who can use different types of arts. They will be very difficult to deal with. A few days later, a weird dude, Haganezuka comes by to give Tanjirou his forged Nichirin. Its blade changes colour depending on its wielder. Tanjirou’s Nichirin turns out pitch black. This frustrates Haganezuka because he was really confident it would become red. Then a Kasugai Crow flies in to give Tanjirou his first mission as a demon hunter. Go to a nearby village and slay the demon responsible for making young girls vanish.

Episode 6
Looking pretty dashing in a Demon Slayer Corps uniform, Tanjirou. Urokodaki has also made a lighter and more durable box for him to carry Nezuko about. Urokodaki theorizes that Nezuko’s long hibernation is because she might be replenishing her strength than eating human flesh. Arriving in town, Tanjirou hears rumours about Kazumi whose fiancée, Satoko was abducted by a demon. Immediately Tanjirou goes to hear him out. Using his keen sense of smell, he could sense the faint and strange demon scent. That night, the demon strikes again. With the surfacing of a stronger scent, Tanjirou manages to sniff the demon out and pull out the girl. He leaves her with Kazumi so as to fight the demon who can split himself into several clones and can hide in grounds and walls. Tanjirou despite managing to slice the demon, they are all shallow cuts and all vitals are missed. The demon can swiftly regenerate. Tanjirou cannot stray far from Kazumi and the girl if he is going to protect them. While trying to stave off this tricky demon’s attacks, he remembers Tanjirou’s talk about the only demon who could turn humans into one. He is no other than the first human who turned into a demon more than a thousand years ago, Muzan Kibutsuji. He might hold the answer to revert Nezuko back to a human. With Tanjirou managing to hold his ground, the demon gets annoyed that he must devour girls before reaching the age of 16 or they lose their taste quickly. Kazumi pleads to give back Satoko but apparently the demon keeps hairpins of those he devours as collectibles. Yeah, Satoko’s ribbon is there… When an attack is too close for Tanjirou to dodge, Nezuko pops out of her box to kick him away. Then she goes on the offensive to attack him while leaving him confused with this human-demon combo. Flashback shows Urokodaki doing some hypnotic suggestion on her during her sleep. All humans are her family and demons are her enemy. Never forgive those who brings harm onto humans.

Episode 7
Tanjirou wants Nezuko to protect Kazumi while he dives into the swamp to fight the demon. Thanks to his harsh training, he is able to withstand the murky swamp conditions and kill 2 of them. Then out back in time to defeat the last demon that is keeping Nezuko at bay. When Tanjirou asks about Kibutsuji, he suddenly becomes scared. He cannot tell him anything. Snippets show Kibutsuji warned him to keep his identity a secret. Or else. The demon becomes so scared that he starts going berserk and that is when Tanjirou is forced to kill him. He tends to Nezuko but realizes she is asleep to heal her wounds. Tanjirou knows Kazumi is sad but can only tell him to live on. This makes Kazumi mad at first but after seeing Tanjirou’s smile and noticing his rough hands, he realizes he went through the same thing. Tanjirou has no time to rest or start up his hatred for Kibutsuji because the Kasugai Crow tells him his next mission at Asuka. Get a move on now! Culture shock for Tanjirou. Big city with lights, people and tall buildings! Wow. While he takes a breather, a familiar scent that sends shivers down his spine. He follows this scent that was present at his home. It leads him to Kibutsuji but to his shock, Kibutsuji is with a human wife and daughter?! As Tanjirou continues to be paralyzed in shock, Kibutsuji quickly scratches a passer-by. He then turns into a demon and bites his lover in full view of the shocked crowd. What you gonna do now, Tanjirou?

Episode 8
While Tanjirou restrains the man, Kibutsuji escapes. Frustrated Tanjirou screams a warning to him that he’ll follow him to hell if he has to. The authorities think Tanjirou is restraining some drunkard. Tanjirou refuses to let go or else the man will kill. Before the authorities get violent, a strange scent saves Tanjirou. Tamayo and her assistant, Yushiro are doctors but also demons. They have a grudge against Kibutsuji. After Kibutsuji sees off his family, he tries to return to the scene but a few unfortunate drunkards bump into him. They pick the wrong time to fight with him because he easily kills them. For the last one, Kibutsuji injects his blood into her and causes her to melt since human cells cannot handle his perfect blood and transformation speed. Kibutsuji orders his subordinates to kill Tanjirou. It seems he has a grudge. At least towards a person who wears that same hanafuda earring pattern. Tanjirou is brought to Tamayo’s secret hideout. Note, because Yushiro is such a rabid fan boy of Tamayo, he has bad blood with Tanjirou and anything slightly crossed the line, this guy won’t hesitate to beat him up! Anyway, Tamayo explains as demons, they still need human blood. Although in small amounts, they manage to buy them under the guise for transfusion. She also explains although she was turned into a demon by Kibutsuji, Yushiro is one whom she turned into a demon after 200 years! Tamayo isn’t trying to create more demons but as a doctor, her job is to tend to those at the end stage of their life. She would then ask them if they would like to live on as demons. As for whether a demon can be turned back into a human, the answer is yes! But that’s just trolling because from a medical perspective, there is a cure for everything! Just that they haven’t found one for this! Sorry to get your hopes up, boy. Hence she has a favour of him. In order to create that elixir, she needs to study Nezuko’s blood as she has not been taking humans’ blood for years. Secondly, Tanjirou needs to gather blood samples from demons closely related to Kibutsuji. In other words, those who are as powerful as him. If that’s what needs to be done, he’ll do it. Just then, the place is ambushed by Kibutsuji’s underlings, Yahaba and Susamaru.

Episode 9
Susamaru has got homing balls that seem like they can move on its own. When Yushiro tries to dodge, it changes trajectory and explodes his head! Of course Yushiro is a demon so he can regenerate fast. Now he’s mad. Anybody who interrupts his Tamayo time will pay! Susamaru grows more arms so she can throw more balls. Yushiro gives Tanjirou a talisman so he can see the arrows guiding the balls. Now he can easily dodge without making any careless moves. When Nezuko is able to distract Yahaba and hinder the balls’ movements, Tanjirou cuts up Susamaru. Of course as a high ranking demon and part of the Twelve Kizuki (Demon Moons) who serve directly under Kibutsuji, she heals fast. She even dares Tanjirou to try and extract their blood. Yushiro tells Tanjirou to take care of Yahaba and his arrows first while the rest keep Susamaru at bay. Nezuko got careless and got her feet severed by a ball. As she is no full-fledged demon, her healing is slow so Tamayo has to administer some medicine. Tanjirou has a hard time keeping up with Yahaba’s arrows. He can’t even get near him as the arrows are hard to deflect and only vanish when they hit him. And it’s very painful when he takes a direct hit. So he can’t afford to take any more hits and need to change the arrows’ direction without touching it, Tanjirou comes up with a strategy that has the arrows flow along with his water based sword attacks. Along with other combos of his techniques, he is able to turn the arrows back and decapitate Yahaba with them.

Episode 10
Dying Yahaba tries to take Tanjirou down with him. His arrows constantly throw him about and Tanjirou has to do quick succession of moves to cushion the impact. It is only over when Yahaba disintegrates fully. So after all the tossing about, he only suffers a broken rib and leg? I guess that’s not bad. Even if he has no strength, he must go assist the rest. Speaking of which, Nezuko returns to help Yushiro. I’m pretty sure Tamayo’s medicine was just normal but Nezuko is now stronger than ever. Heck, she even plays kick ball with Susamaru. The strongest kick wins! Looks like Nezuko wins but before Susamaru could get serious, Tamayo mentions about Kibutsuji being a coward. Noticing he is always fearful of something, that is why he manipulates demons to fight among themselves so they cannot band together and attack him. With Susamaru denying all that, she carelessly mentions Kibutsuji’s name and this allows Tamayo’s spell to take effect. In this horror scene, arms start bursting through her body and they crush what’s left of Susamaru. It is believed to be Kibutsuji’s cells and they will slowly destroy her until she dies. After taking the blood sample, Tamayo believes both demons aren’t from Twelve Kizuki because their eyeballs have no numbers engraved on them. Also, they were far too weak. Tanjirou almost died and they’re like the weakest? Man, real serious sh*t is waiting for him. As the sun rises, Susamaru’s corpse disintegrates and Tanjirou even feels sad for the kind of life she has lived, especially how Kibutsuji treats all his demons even those who revered him. But good news for Tanjirou as Nezuko has healed up. She gives Tamayo a big hug and a pat on the head for Yushiro. Tanjirou believes Nezuko perceives them as humans instead of demons, the reason she protected them. Tamayo cries being considered their family. Yushiro remembers Tamayo giving him an option to live as a demon or die after he was at the end stage of a terminal illness. Tamayo and Yushiro will be moving away from this area since they are too close to Kibutsuji. She offers to take Nezuko with them but seeing that Nezuko is holding Tanjirou’s hand, safe to say that the siblings will be together. Good for you Yushiro, eh? With the Kasugai Crow bugging Tanjirou to go to his next mission, he sees a desperate guy bugging a girl to marry him.

Episode 11
Tanjirou pulls Zenitsu Agatsuma from the girl. Still persistent? She slaps him and tells him off she just took him in after seeing his pitiful state. Oh, she already has a fiancé. Now Zenitsu blames Tanjirou for getting in the way of his marriage and wants him to take responsibility. This coward goes on to rant he was supposed to die at the final selection test but was somehow lucky to survive (something about being swindled into debt that got him into all this). Now he is living in hell and wants to marry before he dies in the next mission. After calming down, they head their way to a house. They spot a pair of young siblings, Shoichi and Teruko cowering in fear. They claim a demon snatched their big brother, Kiyoshi into that house. Only Zenitsu seems to be able to hear weird sounds from the house. Suddenly a guy drops out from the house. He is sad that he finally managed to escape but succumbs to his wounds. Luckily though, he is not the siblings’ brother. Zenitsu initially doesn’t want to head in to rescue but with Tanjirou giving him that evil look, I guess he is coming. Unfortunately the siblings also follow them. Because Tanjirou left his Nezuko box with them, they got scared hearing something inside. Zenitsu’s panic mode has him blunder as they get separated. Tanjirou and Teruko realize the rooms change at the beat of the drum. They see this frustrated demon cursing he would have gotten that rare blood hadn’t that somebody interfered. Meanwhile Zenitsu is stuck with Shoichi and the young lad is disgusted with his cowardice. Yeah, his sharp words might have ‘killed’ the guy. Trying to find a way out, they stumble into a guy with a boar mask, Inosuke Hashibira. Run wild! Tanjirou tries to attack the demon but the room changes and throws him off balance. However Inosuke comes barging in. He is eager to kill this demon who will serve as his springboard to greater heights.

Episode 12
Inosuke is reckless and selfish, using anything just to get to the demon. This irks Tanjirou because he doesn’t care of Teruko’s safety. This sets Inosuke to attack him but with the demon attacking and the rooms changing, they are separated. Meanwhile Zenitsu has been yelling to keep quiet so as not to attract demons but the irony one pops up! Run! So scared this dude that he falls asleep! WTF?! But wait! As though he has a change in personality, suddenly he cuts the demon up in lightning speed! He returns to his cowardly demeanour once he wakes up. No sir, it’s not Shoichi who killed the demon! Inosuke kills another demon in his rage to find the drum demon. Speaking of which, flashback shows Kyogai was a former Twelve Kizuki. But Kibutsuji got disappointed with his limit and cast him away. Hence he believes in eating more humans to become powerful and regain his seat. Tanjirou and Teruko stumble into Kiyoshi. He explains what happened. After he was snatched, the 3 demons argued who should devour him. They started fighting among each other and when Kyogai got a drum ripped, Kiyoshi used it to change to change the room arrangements. That’s how he has stayed safe. Kyogai has been calling him Marechi so the Kasugai Crow explains it is humans with very rare blood. Feasting on one is equivalent to feasting 100 humans. Tanjirou goes off to face Kyogai. He has learnt the patterns of which drum rotates the house or attacks. However due to his nagging injuries that never fully healed ever since and that he has been holding it in silence, it is giving Tanjirou negative thoughts. He is pessimistic of his chances. Then he remembers Urokodaki’s teachings to adapt like water. Not going to give up now.

Episode 13
Kyogai rapidly rotates the house. Luckily for Zenitsu and Shoichi, the rotation has them thrown out of the house. When Tanjirou mocks Kyogai he won’t give up, this makes the demon mad. Flashback reveals he was a writer but his editor called his work trashed. The last straw came when he stepped on his manuscripts and was promptly killed. Kyogai now rotates the house even more rapidly. But with Tanjirou getting used to all the patterns, he finally unleashes his form and attack to decapitate him. As Kyogai vanishes, Tanjirou takes his blood sample as well as praises his great demon art. This brings Kyogai to tears as he realizes his writing was not trashed since he noticed took great effort to avoid stepping on them during their fight. He is now at ease that his work has finally been recognized. Tanjirou collects Kiyoshi and Teruko to bring them out. However he sees Inosuke beating up Zenitsu who is protecting Tanjirou’s box with his life. Flashback shows shortly after being thrown out of the house, Zenitsu tells us how he was born with very good hearing. Every living thing seeps off some sort of sound. So good his hearing that he can also hear other people’s thoughts. So he knew Tanjirou was carrying a demon with him the first time they met. He also knew Inosuke was the fifth survivor at the final selection test. But he came and went faster than anyone else. So when Inosuke came out of the house and wanted to kill the demon inside the box, Zenitsu went to great lengths to protect it. I know Tanjirou is having trauma seeing this scene like as though he is seeing his family killed again. But you’re just going to stand there and let Zenitsu get beaten up by this boar kid? Until Inosuke has had enough and threatens to skewer through him that Tanjirou finally intervenes.

Episode 14
OMG. Tanjirou’s Falcon Punch broke Inosuke’s ribs but that boar guy can still move like the wind! Because Inosuke thinks if fighting with swords is forbidden, then he’ll just go with his fists! Yeah, he even shows off how flexible he is. Finally Tanjirou head butts him. Fracture skull now, huh? His boar mask comes off. Everyone is shocked he has a girly face! Being illiterate, Inosuke’s goal is to fight the strongest. But the head butt is too strong and he passes out for real. When he wakes up, he is baffled to see Tanjirou and the rest burying the dead. Fight me! No way! Tanjirou thinks he is too injured to help with the burying. Everyone else better not retort… A Kasugai Crow tells them to head down the mountain. The siblings part ways and WTF Zenitsu doesn’t want Shoichi to go because who’ll protect him?! WTF?! Kiyoshi is given a charm made out of wisteria to help ward off demons. The Demon Slayer trio descend the mountain and looks like Tanjirou has a new role to play as the straight man. Zenitsu is being an absolute chicken while Inosuke is just barbaric and rude. At the bottom of the mountain, the Kasugai Crow wants them to rest and heal all wounds before their next mission. No, this lady is not a monster, Zenitsu! And please be polite, Inosuke. She’s not a weakling! They are treated and given food. Inosuke trying to piss off Tanjirou by stealing his food or get ahead of him but obviously that didn’t work. They learn Inosuke joined the Demon Slayer Corps because he stumbled into one, defeated him and stole his sword. Yeah… Then he heard about the final selection and the rest is history. When Nezuko is coming out of her box, Zenitsu panics big time. And then when he sees this cutie, he gets Super Saiyan mad. He gets the wrong idea that Tanjirou carries her around just to fool around. Zenitsu is so going to kill him…

Episode 15
So basically Zenitsu is in love with Nezuko? And he’s chasing her?! Everybody’s chasing everybody? Once their wounds are healed, they are told to head to Natagumo Mountain. Nearing it, Zenitsu once again chickens out. Even more so when they see a Demon Slayer Corps member suddenly being pulled back into the forest. Tanjirou and Inosuke head in and find a lone Demon Slayer Corps member, Murata. He explains there were 10 of them being called here but the moment they arrive, it’s like they’ve been controlled and started killing each other. Meanwhile Zenitsu is contemplating about things. Then he realizes Tanjirou went in with Nezuko! Oh no! Nothing makes you braver than the power of boners. Yup, Zenitsu’s turn to rush in to rescue his cutie pie. When controlled Demon Slayer Corps members appear to fight the trio, they can’t slash them because they are still alive. Tanjirou then realizes they are being controlled by spider webs. However even though he cuts them, those tiny spiders will repair the threads. The only way is to find the demon who is controlling them all. As the foul smell is preventing Tanjirou from detecting that demon’s position, he hopes Inosuke could do something about it. And we see Inosuke using his spatial awareness ability to track down that demon’s exact position.

Episode 16
Murata will hold back his comrades while the rest go ahead to find that demon. But the nearer they get, the threads get thicker and there are more Demon Slayer Corps to deal with. They are in a pitiful state and some of them have all their limbs broken and want to be given a quick death from the pain that their bones are piercing their organs. That’s because mama demon is getting desperate to kill them so she doesn’t hesitate to bend their bones in her haste to take them down. This is because her son, Rui is telling her to finish up quickly or he’ll tell daddy. Yeah, this sure makes mama demon shiver in fear. Tanjirou will still not kill so he comes up with this brilliant idea to toss his comrades and leave them hanging up the tree branch! Inosuke won’t be outsmarted and does the same thing. Was there a competition to see who can toss the most? This frustrates mama demon so she snaps all her doll’s neck! Tanjirou is sad but they have to move on. Now mama demon unleashes a huge headless demon corpse to fight them. Inosuke rushes in and almost gets killed had not Tanjirou quickly came to his rescue. Tanjirou calls the shots as he wants them to work together to take this enemy. After Inosuke cuts off the arms, Tanjirou cuts off the legs before Inosuke finishing off with a diagonal slash over its body. Inosuke then tosses Tanjirou up in the air. Now he can smell better and pinpoint the demon’s exact location. He drops in to slice her as mama demon fears she will die. However when she realizes she will be free, she ‘welcomes’ him with open arms. Tanjirou sees this and immediately changes his decapitation technique. Mama demon doesn’t feel pain but warmth. Flashback shows papa demon was always abusive of her. As she lies dying, she tells Tanjirou that a member of Twelve Kizuki is here.

Episode 17
Well Zenitsu, keep on b*tching. Until you stumble upon a spider with a human head!!! Freak out! More horror from him as he stumbles into spider boy’s lair. Yup, everything is hanging from a thread and spider boy has a head of a human and body of a spider. Freaking out yet? Yup. As expected. And even more when spider boy tells him he has been bitten by spider poison. In no time, he will turn into a spider and his slave. Zenitsu is cowering in fear that we get to see his flashback. As a coward, grandpa forcefully trained him hard. Then one day lightning struck him! Is that how his black hair turned blonde?! So scared at this point that he passes out. But as we know, this is when his secret ability activates. In his sleeping form, he is able to dodge anything in mid-air and anything else as fast as lightning. More flashback telling us that he could only master 1 single form of this lightning technique. But grandpa was okay with that. Hone it until perfection. It’s okay to run. It’s okay to cry. But just don’t give up. As an orphan, Zenitsu was a disappointment to many so they never had expectations of him. Except for grandpa who steadfastly reprimanded and trained him. Because no matter how hard Zenitsu tried to run away, grandpa always brought him back. He never abandoned him. Now Zenitsu is at his peak as his lightning technique decapitates spider boy. So fast that he couldn’t even see it coming! Zenitsu lies injured, lamenting his fate. However he remembers he can’t give up or take the easy way out or else grandpa will give an earful to him. When Tanjirou and Inosuke stumble into a demon child, she calls for his father. Immediately this big guy with a spider face comes jumping down to Hulk smash them. Stay away from his family!

Episode 18
Higher officers of the Demon Slayer Corps, Giyuu and Shinobu Kochou now enter the forest. Inosuke has injuries and can’t fight at his best. Tanjirou tries his best to fight off spider papa but is flung away! Shinobu stumbles upon Zenitsu and he is moments away from going numb. Tanjirou stumbles into Rui tormenting his demon sister. Rui tells him to stay out so Tanjirou calls their so called bond as fake. Just as to show us what Rui is capable of, a cocky Demon Slayer corps newbie who is definitely a jerk comes into the picture. Even spouting he will kill this demon and climb the ranks for money. Rui quickly slices him apart with his web! Inosuke is running away and hiding? Once he realizes he shouldn’t be influenced by Tanjirou, he stops using his head and goes on the attack. Using his sword as a hammer to pound it in till he cuts off an arm. Now it is spider papa’s turn to run? So he might look like cowering atop the tree but he is shedding his skin to become bigger, stronger, faster and scarier! Damn, now Inosuke’s turn to be scared? His sword breaks after trying to take him down. Oh dear. Inosuke really believing of succumbing to his fate and die?! Spider papa then starts crushing Inosuke’s head. Nothing much he can do about it. Just some weird flashbacks he himself can’t remember. But suddenly spider papa’s arm is cut off. It’s Giyuu. He is faster, swifter, stronger and more skilful as he cuts up the monster. Inosuke so impressed. Back to Tanjirou’s fight with Rui, the latter wants him to take back what he said but obviously Tanjirou won’t. Tanjirou has been waiting for a chance where the sharp smell has dissipate so he can predict his web move. But as he goes in for the strike, his sword breaks as he strikes the web!

Episode 19
Tanjirou dodges in time. Couldn’t have our young dying now, can we?! Inosuke wants to fight Giyuu and be the strongest but Giyuu tells him to go back to training. Since he won’t shut up, he ties up the boar kid. Shinobu administers her antidote into Zenitsu. As Tanjirou finds it harder to fight Rui, Nezuko pops out and protects him. This moved Rui. A sister who is a demon protects his brother nonetheless. This is the bond he wants. When demon sister tells him not to abandon her, he slices her up! If she wants to be his sister, then go kill other Demon Slayer Corps. Rui talks to Tanjirou on how moved he was. He wants him to hand over Nezuko and he will spare his life. As her new brother, he will create a new bond via fear. Of course Tanjirou will never hand over Nezuko. She’s not an object. He’ll kill him first. Rui dares him because he reveals himself to be a Twelve Kizuki. Rui somehow kidnaps Nezuko and when she struggles, he binds her in his web to teach her obedience. If she is still stubborn, he will leave her like that till day break. Tanjirou is mad and scared but he can’t let his emotions get the better of him. Rui mocks him and even lets him cut of his head. See? Not even a scratch! Rui beats up Tanjirou with ease but Tanjirou can’t give up now. Using his water technique, he manages to create force from his rolling momentum to cut the threads. Rui still has a trick up his sleeve, though. Using his blood to harden his threads, there is now way Tanjirou can escape this one alive. Is this it? Is Tanjirou finally done for? Ah, life flashback… He remembers Tanjurou, his father despite having a weak body, managed to dance about during the Hinokami Kagura dance in the snow. It’s all in the breathing. With that, Tanjirou turns his water dragon into a fire dragon! That’s not all. The spirit of mom wakes up Nezuko so she could go help her brother. She uses her blood to make the threads scorch and burn. And together with Tanjirou’s fiery power and force, Rui’s head is lopped off!

Episode 20
Tanjirou is feeling pain all over. But bad news. Rui still lives! Before his sword decapitated his head, Rui cut off his own head with his web. Now mad Rui is going to kill the siblings for good. Tanjirou done for? Not if Giyuu can drop in to save the day. He is on a whole different level. The toughest of Rui’s thread cannot even touch him and before Rui knows it, in a blink of an eye his head got decapitated! Didn’t see that coming. Meanwhile sister demon is running away and notes this is the first time she screwed up. Flashback shows she was hunted but Demon Slayer Corps. She stumbled into Rui. In exchange in saving her, she will be part of his family. She agreed and instantly her pursuers are cut up. She entered a ritual to become part of his family, which then included a lot more siblings. One day, another sister talked to her that she is through playing this pretend family. They should run away together. On the day Rui was supposedly away, they escape the mountains but waiting for them is Rui. It seems sister demon betrayed her by ratting her out. She was left to be burnt by the sun. Murata had the misfortune of stumbling into her and gets wrapped up in her ball yarn. The acid will soon dissolve him. She is pleased with this until Shinobu corners her. She pleads for her life but Shinobu doesn’t think they can be friends. Okay. Maybe there is a way. She asks how many people she has killed. Obviously she is lying when she said 5 because Shinobu stumbled loads of those ball yarns in a certain area. So the only way to be friends is that she will torture her for all the lives she has taken and then she can reborn again to be her friend. What do you say? Sister demon attacks her but this is all expected by Shinobu. She got slashed but felt her head still intact. Is she alright? Then she starts to choke and die from the poison within. Shinobu reveals that she is the only Demon Slayer Corps’ member who cannot decapitated demons. Because of that, she develops poison as she is a pharmaceutical expert and her sword was laced with wisteria poison. Bye. We go back to Rui, he narrates his intentions in starting a family is because he had no memories of his human form. By having a family bond, he hopes his memories would come back.

Episode 21
Rui was born with a weak body. All that changed when Kibutsuji met him. As a demon, he had to kill humans for their blood. His parents disapprove of it. Rui’s ideal parents are those who protect their child. However they tried to kill him so he killed them. Then he remembers. Mother’s last words were apologizing for not giving him a strong body. Dad not only wanted to kill him but the entire family too to take responsibility and atone the sins of his son a as a murderer. Rui realized that he broke that bond that night. He believed in Kibutsuji words that his parents were at fault just because he couldn’t bear the weight of what he had done. Ironically, even after creating a fake family, he felt empty. He was the strongest, nobody protected him. What he wanted to do was to apologize to his parents. He thought he won’t even see them in the afterlife since he is going to hell. But his parents show up and assure they will even follow him there. Rui apologizes in the warm arms of his parents. It’s over. Tanjirou could feel an immense regret from Rui’s body. Even though he cannot forgive all the innocent lives he killed, Rui was human. There are demons who regretted and lived in despair for what they have done. Shinobu tries to kill Nezuko but is blocked by Giyuu. Of course she is unaware of the circumstances so Giyuu tells Tanjirou to take her and run while he stalls her. Confused Shinobu thought he is just mad at her for quipping people dislike him. Tanjirou is ambushed and knocked out by Kanao Tsuyuri. Nezuko runs and can shrink herself! Kawaii! Giyuu doesn’t talk much or explain to Shinobu. How long more can she maintain her politeness? Kasugai Crows then relay a message that Tanjirou and Nezuko are to be taken custody back to HQ. Phew. Zenitsu has healed but is wrapped up like a mummy. He sees Kanao and recognizes her as one of the survivors of the final selection. He also notice the Kakushi crew cleaning up the place. They specialize in doing so after Demon Slayer Corps fight demons. Inosuke is also taken in. He is in shock that he isn’t strong enough to bring down a single demon. Tanjirou wakes up at the HQ before the presence of the Hashira level Demon Slayer Corps members.

Episode 22
Folks, meet the weirdo Demon Slayer Corps Hashira members: Apart from Giyuu and Shinobu, we have Kyojuro Rengoku (sunny passionate guy), Tengen Uzui (flamboyant guy), Mitsuri Kanroji (lover girl loves everything?), Gyomei Himejima (big stone guy always praying and crying?), Muichiro Tokito (daydreaming kid) and Iguro Obanai (snake guy). Most want to execute Tanjirou for merely having a demon by his side. They also want to punish Giyuu too for assisting Tanjirou but that can wait. Tanjirou explains about Nezuko but it is too far-fetched a story for them to believe. After all, that never happened in history, right? Plus, Nezuko is his family so all the more reason they can’t trust what he says. Sanemi Shinazugawa (crazy killer guy) provokes Tanjirou as he stabs the box with Nezuko inside. Tanjirou obviously gets mad and attacks him and then tells him off if he can’t tell the difference between a good and bad demon, he is better off resigning as a Hashira. The fight is stopped when the master of the Demon Slayer Corps pops up, Kagaya Ubuyashiki. He explains about Tanjirou’s situation and hopes they would agree to accept him as he has sanctioned their position. However some of the Hashira cannot accept it because it goes against their core beliefs. Ubuyashiki then reads a letter from Urokodaki that vouches for Nezuko’s circumstances that she has never devoured any humans even for the past 2 years. When that happens, not only she will die but Tanjirou, Giyuu and Urokodaki will commit seppuku. Still, this isn’t enough to convince the sceptical Hashira. Ubuyashiki accepts that there is no proof Nezuko will attack others. However the fact Nezuko refrained from devouring humans for 2 years and has 3 people putting their lives on it, for those who still reject must offer an even more convincing argument. He also tells them that Tanjirou has met Kibutsuji. This shocks the Hashira because none of them have met him. As they pound him for answers, Ubuyashiki continues as Kibutsuji has sent pursuers to kill Tanjirou, it may be because something happened to Nezuko that Kibutsuji never saw coming. Drawing Kibutsuji out is already hard so do they get what he is trying to say? Sanemi is okay with letting Tanjirou live but not the demon. He tries to provoke Nezuko as he cuts himself and drips his blood all over her.

Episode 23
Luckily for Nezuko, she remembers her family and Urokodaki’s words. She is able to resist the blood. Can this be proof that Nezuko will not attack humans? Ubuyashiki notes that even after this, not all can accept Nezuko. He hopes Tanjirou can work hard and further prove that they will be useful to the Demon Slayer Corps. Tanjirou finds his words soothing and promises to bring down Kibutsuji. Did Ubuyashiki just joke and say to start small by defeating the Twelve Kizuki first? Shinobu suggests to let Tanjirou and Nezuko stay at her place. As the Kakushi bring them away, Ubuyashiki tells Tanjirou and hopes to relay his regards to Tamayo. Arriving at Shinobu’s ward, oh damn Zenitsu just can’t stop complaining about his medicine intakes! Can this whiny guy just shut up???!!! Oh, there is Inosuke too. Lying there quietly. Lost his voice, huh? Uhm, Inosuke depressed and apologizing for being weak?! Man, this isn’t funny… Tanjirou is just glad they are alive. Ubuyashiki and his Hashira have a meeting. With the increase in demon attacks on humans, he is seeking their opinions in bolstering the ranks of Demon Slayers. Some find the quality of newbies have tremendously dropped. Ubuyashiki notes that with Rui popping up at Natagumo, it only means Kibutsuji wasn’t anywhere there. In addition, whenever he wants to hide something, he always creates a clever diversion to throw them off. The only way is to keep doing what they’re doing. Defeating Kibutsuji is the last thing Ubuyashiki swears he will do.

Episode 24
OMG… Zenitsu still complaining… Will this kid ever shut up?! Inosuke still lying there… Better leave him be. Murata visits Tanjirou. He looks fine but is depressed that after he gave his report, the Hashira complained about the deteriorating quality of Demon Slayer Corp newbies. Shinobu has Tanjirou and Inosuke undergo some rehabilitation training. But each time they return, they are more deflated than ever. This scares Zenitsu since he will be joining them soon. And then he finds out the kind of rehabilitation they undergo everyday seems to be body stretching, cup taking reflex and tag? Zenitsu then blows his top and gets mad at them. They returned from hell and got the chance to be with girls and they’re not happy? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU GUYS???!!! And so Zenitsu happily joins in. He loves being ‘touched’ by the girls and is even fast in grabbing the girls! Yeah, he got slapped. Won the battle but lost the war? Even motivated Inosuke got his groove back. Temporarily. Because when Kanao is involved, nobody could best her. So much so Zenitsu and Inosuke eventually give up. Only Tanjirou is left to continue the training. He still couldn’t beat her, though. Then he is given some advice by the loli triplets to concentrate on his breathing. He makes the effort to regain his stamina. One night as he is concentrating on his breathing, Shinobu comes to talk to him. He asks why she brought them in. Well, they were so banged up. She would also like to entrust her dreams to him. It is them Tanjirou could smell anger from her. Despite always smiling, he noticed she is always angry inside. She reveals her older sister, Kanae was killed by a demon. She too was a kind soul like Tanjirou and sympathized with demons even till her last breath. Ever since, that anger has been built up inside her. But she has to continue her sister’s legacy by always smiling. Seeing Nezuko defying the norm was shocking. She still believes demons only lie and murder humans indiscriminately. She hopes Tanjirou can find a way to cure Nezuko. Knowing he is working hard in her place reassures her to no end. You bet that will motivate him even more.

Episode 25
Tanjirou’s training is progressing well. Even asking the loli triplets to beat him up if he falls sound asleep! This has Zenitsu and Inosuke finally start thinking that they too need to get back to training. But trying out this total concentration breathing isn’t as easy as it looks. But with some ‘motivation’ from Shinobu, you bet they get their asses moving. Shinobu wonders if Kanao would like to join them since they were from the same class. She declines. Flashback shows she was from a poor and abusive family. To a point she just became unresponsive. One day when her family was about to sell her, Shinobu and Kanae stumbled into her. They ‘bought’ her as Shinobu scatters money into the air to her seller, enough a distraction for them to ‘steal’ Kanao. They clean her up and provide for her but because she is still unresponsive (only taking action when specifically told to), Kanae gives her a coin in which she could flip and decide. Tanjirou and Inosuke are visited by their sword makers. New Nichirin swords. Yay! Unfortunately mad Haganezuka blames Tanjirou for breaking his sword and tries to kill him?! Kanamori (Inosuke’s sword forger), is all zen and calm. Until Inosuke purposely makes holes in his swords like his last one. Kanamori now loses his cool and wants to kill him! Tanjirou has progressed so well in his training that he is able to best Kanao! Bad news for Zenitsu and Inosuke. Better ramp up their training. Shinobu gives Tanjirou the greenlight that he is completely healed and fit for real combat. When he asks about the Hinokami Kagura dance, she is unsure of it. Apparently there IS A DIFFERENCE between fire breathing and flame breathing. Kyojuro’s breathing is based on the latter and Tanjirou should consult him but he is out on a mission. It’s that time where Tanjirou speaks to sleeping Nezuko to give some sort of assurance. Maybe he is hearing things because it’s like Nezuko speaks to give him encouragement. Even if it’s all in his head, he is still happy to hear it.

Episode 26
The lower half of Twelve Kizuki is summoned. Before them is a woman. However it is Kibutsuji taking a new form. He tells them Rui has been killed and laments the lower half is useless. Throughout the century, it is the upper half that has managed to kill Hashira and even remain unchanged. But the lower half has always been changing. Maybe Twelve Kizuki should just be the upper half. Kibutsuji shows how fearsome he is as he kills off those who even tries to speak their mind, agree or disagree. If you even run, you’re dead. The last one is left. Any last words? He loves the despair and prepares himself to be killed by him. Kibutsuji likes his answer and injects him with his blood. If he survives this transfusion, he might gain more powers. Then be useful to him and kill more Hashira. And if he kills the one with hanafuda earrings, he will give him more of his blood. Back to the Demon Slayer Corps, a Kasugai Crow tells our young trio to assist Kyojuro in the Infinite Train incident where many people are going missing. Kanao finally talks to Tanjirou. It is only because her coin flipping finally allows her to. As Tanjirou finds it odd a coin decides for her, he borrows it to toss it so if it lands heads, she will decide with her own heart. And heads it is. He hopes her heart can grow as strong as she wants it. Tanjirou also thanks Giyuu for putting his life on the line for Nezuko. You can repay him by doing a good job. At the train station, apparently Inosuke has never seen a train before and thinks it’s some monster! Tanjirou thinks it is some spirit guardian… Tell it to them, Zenitsu… Because Inosuke attacks it, the police almost arrest them. Apparently Demon Slayer Corps isn’t officially recognized by the government so they can’t flash their swords in public. Really? No wonder demon attacks are so rampant… Stupid corrupted politicians… Don’t loiter around, guys. Don’t wanna miss the train… All aboard now.

The Shape Of Water; Every (Total Concentration) Breath You Take
Well, if you think all that wasn’t enough and also because there are still too much at stake to just ‘end’ there, be glad that there will be a ‘sequel’. At least the Infinite Train arc, the next sequel is in the form of a movie scheduled to be released some time in 2020. Though, I am not really sure if this movie would have Tanjirou as the main character because of its initial promotional poster that has only Kyojuro taking up every inch of the picture. Like Shinobu pointed out, he could be the guy who could help Tanjirou master his flame breathing or something. But we’ll have to wait and see.

I can easily see why many considered this to be one of the best anime for 2019. I feel the same way too. But too bad not the top because the third season of Shingeki No Kyojin was still better. Heh. But anyway, the story of this series is quite intriguing to watch and despite there are slow and draggy moments, it doesn’t totally feel boring to watch at all. This season has its plot divided into a few story arcs and sometimes some of the episodes might get a bit slow as they drag out a little the drama. But thankfully because of how intriguing the story and the characters were masterfully depicted, it doesn’t feel like a chore at all to sit through all the 26 episodes of this series. Looking back at all the things that Tanjirou has gone through, it is definitely all just scratching the surface and we have not even begun to dig an inch deeper into the lore and setting of this series. That’s why I believe this should get another season in the form of a TV series. It would be a shame to just leave it all hanging ‘forever’.

Besides the story, the other exciting factor that is the series’ strong point is its action and combat scenes. Can’ have a demon slaying anime without any demon slaying, right? In short, the fight sequences with the demons are quite exhilarating to watch. Although the fights with more ‘important’ demons are dragged out to several episodes, it doesn’t get boring or repetitive since Tanjirou is ever growing and improving himself. It is with great excitement to see him pull off different versions of his water breathing techniques and slowly mastering its various forms. So if you’re not into the blood and gore that are abundant in this anime, looks like you’re not fit and ready to watch this. Barney the purple dinosaur may be a better option for you.

Character wise, Tanjirou as the main character may feel like he is a typical main character for a shonen genre. Guy driven by a tragic past and with a great sense of justice and determination, he overcomes his obstacles. That is generally putting it and it wouldn’t be fair to just generalize and pigeonhole Tanjirou into that sort of generic main character although it is technically not wrong to say that he also fits that. Because we get to see up close and personal at how Tanjirou struggles with each obstacle and foe he comes across, this gives his character more credibility and hence why we also form a ‘bond’ with his character. For many instances when he fights with the demons, you just feel that you want to support and cheer on for him to win his battle. He has grown so much in such a short time and has a lot more room for improvement. And since we have been following his development, it is no surprise that we want to see him achieve greater heights and of course his end goal.

But the only ‘annoying’ thing that makes it all seem a bit absurd is that Tanjirou sometimes feel like Superman, especially in his desperation fights with a demon he is facing. What do I mean Superman? You see, Tanjirou is still human and since he is still considered a rookie Demon Slayer Corps member, obviously he takes a beating as the enemy shelves their techniques, trump cards and other moves on him. This means Tanjirou will have broken bones here, there and everywhere in his body. The ‘Superman’ part is how he is still able to continue fighting like as though he is no pain of those broken bones! I know. It is the cliché part of him having a much stronger will and determination that the pain is nothing. Or at least he must tolerate the pain for the sake of his Nezuko and defeat the demon before resting. Even with fractured bones and cracked rib cages, Tanjirou still looks pretty normal! I mean, he still looks good! No broken bones protruding his flesh whatsoever or blue black injury showing on his skin. It’s just unbelievable.

The other thing that makes the story and character development stand out unlike many of such anime of the same genre is that the demons (the important ones that Tanjirou fights) are given an equal back story to tell of their own. Generally, villains are not given much of the limelight and focus and even if they do, it is just a short one just to let us know why they are twisted and do what they do. But for this series, they take a step further by crafting the demons’ background. I’m not saying they too have a fair share of the limelight overall but with their stories fleshed out, it makes us understand and sympathize on why they become demons in the first place. Remember, demons are not born! They are made! So for Kyogai and Rui, they might not have a very elaborated back story but at least they have a background that ‘justifies’ why they become demons. Of course this doesn’t clear them of the guilt of killing innocent people but it shows us that these demons aren’t just one-dimensional villains who exist as a stepping stone for the hero to be defeated just because the story script says so.

As for the other characters, well, it’s too early to say or comment anything deep about them yet. We have a glimpse of Zenitsu’s background and why he is such a slacker and a very annoying whiner. Really. You want to hate this guy or feel annoyed but because he is such an excellent comical dude, I don’t know, I just forgave him and want to see him complain so more! It’s that conflicted state of mine that wants him to shut up but also don’t because a calm and cool Zenitsu who isn’t some flirt isn’t Zenitsu at all. I bet we were all shocked when he showed his real strength in his sleep mode, right? Nothing much on Inosuke yet at this point. Just some really hot headed kid who wants to be the strongest until he realizes that he wasn’t as strong as he thinks. It was really weird to see him come to terms with that after the Natagumo incident but at least with him acknowledging his weakness, this is nothing shameful but a step forward to becoming stronger. Perhaps it is Inosuke’s competitive nature that makes him so. Thus it is amusing to see him always trying to ‘compete’ with Tanjirou but the latter being so cool, Inosuke sometimes can’t help fall into his pace and starts feeling fluffy by his influence. Yeah, even the most badass of guys have their soft side! With these dorks by Tanjirou’s side, man he is going to have a hard time rounding in this circus.

With the introduction of the Hashira level Demon Slayer Corp members, it gives the series more colour and variation. Yes people, the most powerful group and team in the anime world is more than often made up of weirdoes. Powerful weirdoes. Each of them as briefly introduced have their own quirks and powers but at this point of the anime, they are not properly fleshed out yet and I think if we’re going to do justice to these characters, maybe a couple of more seasons will do the trick… I believe many of them have tragic encounters with demons so it is understandable why the hate demons so much and why they persevere to where they are now. Some showing their emotions outright and some hiding it with other weird personalities. Thus it is with irony that many of these Hashira members now have to live with the fact that they are sheltering a demon named Nezuko. It goes against the norm but sometimes like they say, you have to think outside the box. It’s not just always killing demons, more demons and demons dying. Because if Kibutsuji is already so cunning and sly, they need more than conventional methods if they are to really make humans win this war in the long run.

Speaking of Kibutsuji, this guy is really filled with enigma. At least for this season, they tease us enough to make us believe that he is the ultimate and true final boss that not only Tanjirou, but the Demon Slayer Corps will face. Kibutsuji showing up early (rather than in some animes where the real big bad guy shows up in the last few episodes or his shadowy presence only teased) and even before Tanjirou at least proves that his existence is real and not some fabled made up legend. After all, it is said that many Demon Slayer Corps and even the Hashira side have never seen how he looks like. Yeah, Tanjirou scoring at the lottery, no? Not the big jackpot but at least the lowest winning denomination. And before that, they’ve got the Twelve Kizuki to deal with (or is it Six Kizuki now that Kibutsuji decided to trim it down?). And since we don’t even know half of who they are (the upper ones), the suspense remains. Serves as a future plot for great and epic group battles, if you know what I mean?

Kibutsuji is also truly fearsome as seen in the final episode. It really gives weight as to why every demon who serves under him fears him like instinct. He is truly the essence of a demon. More than a dictator, his words are absolute and believes whatever he says is the truth. You cannot suggest, deny or even speak anything. You only exist to serve him and be useful to his needs. Otherwise, death awaits. He is brutally honest with all that and doesn’t need to raise his voice because he himself already gives off that aura of fear. I mean, who is going to really oppose him, right? So yeah, now you see why even thinking of his name sends shivers down their spine? I think even Satan himself fears this dude!

Then there is Nezuko who has become another bag of mystery ever since she became a demon. I believe it is the cliché factor that the strong sibling bond is stopping her from fully becoming a demon. Even all that has been explained about Nezuko’s uncanny demonic behaviour (especially from what Urokodaki said), it may all just be speculation. Nezuko sometimes feel like the ‘backup weapon’ for Tanjirou because if that guy is in a pinch and has exhausted his options, don’t worry, here comes Nezuko to help turn this into a tag team match! Yeah, you thought you’ve seen everything that there is for her to show us but now she can turn into a chibi version?! Like, WTF?! So kawaii!!! Makes you want to go own a chibi Nezuko keychain or nendoroid, eh? Are those on sale right now?!

All in all, there are too many ongoing development and with more new added characters to the fray, it is going to take some time to really flesh them out. Especially Tanjirou’s dad who seems to be just more than a sickly man. Kanao has got her small past explained but I believe it is just abridged and more could come in the future. After all, Kanao is part of the same group of survivors with Tanjirou who passed the final selection test and with 4 out of 5 them coincidentally ‘gathered’, it is going to be the future generation of the Demon Slayer Corps and humanity. WTF are they very subtly hinting Tanjirou x Kanao romance… I don’t even… Don’t forget about Tamayo and Yushiro too. They might be on the run but that doesn’t mean that they are gone forever. Still need that ultimate cure. Last but not least the big man of Demon Corps Slayer himself, Ubuyashiki. We’d like to know how he ended up with a hideous upper part of his face. No manga spoilers please!

One of the light-hearted and amusing sections is the next episode preview. At first I thought this Taisho Secret that Tanjirou or some other random characters of the series whisper to us, they are trivia about the Taisho era that this series is set in. Yup, I thought they were real facts or trivia. But the more I hear them whisper these secrets, the more I realize that they are just the small comedic trivia of the lore of this series. Yeah well, I’m not really that huge of a fan of this series so I don’t really think I can remember them nor do I really, really, really, care. Inosuke can only call someone’s correct name on the 7th time? Tanjirou’s parents always cook toast rice crackers for him after every festival? Uhm… Okay. Thanks for that bit but whatever. Only that one time this segment is switched to some Demon Slayer Academy! Oh man, this series having its characters in a high school setting? What are the chances this would be some silly spinoff?!

The art and animation are quite good. The series does feel have its own unique art style. It has that edgy looks to it and sometimes the art is cell shaded. Especially when Tanjirou unleashes his water styled techniques, they have this really cool mix of traditional Japanese art and cell shaded art to it. Of course there are some scenes whereby it gets comical and you can see how the character turn into its chibi form. Especially Zenitsu. This guy has incredulous eyes popping out?! Funny… Unlike many other action oriented series whereby the quality drops during fast paced action scenes, there are none here. At least, not that I noticed. Maybe I was so engrossed that I didn’t notice but I am sure that the series was putting in the quality in all those action scenes because they are rather important, especially Tanjirou unleashing his move for the first time or the technique that gives him the edge over his opponents. Smooth and awesome. The art and animation is such good quality and it is no surprise that Ufotable is the studio that was behind its production. They still got it there after their superb consistent quality in the Fate/Zero series as well as both seasons of Tales of Zestiria The X.

As for some of the character designs, notwithstanding at how some weird some the characters look (especially those Hashira guys), I happen to notice that some of the characters have dead eyes. Uh huh. Dead fish eyes. Giyuu, Shinobu, Kanao and even Tamayo all have this lifelessness look in their eyes. I thought they are blind or something but it’s just how their eyes look. And here is another big shocker character design: If you are old enough like yours truly :’(, the moment you first laid eyes on Kibutsuji, you’d be screaming to yourself, “WHAT THE HECK IS MICHAEL JACKSON DOING HERE IN THIS SERIES???!!!” OMG! OMFG!!! MICHAEL JACKSON STILL LIVES!!! Aaow! Hehe! Smooth Criminal! Oh yeah. Even looking at his name, the more I look at it, the more I feel it looks closely resemble to Michael Jackson. Mu-chael Kibu-Jackson… Sorry, bad pun. So MJ fans, the king of pop isn’t that. He just lived on as a demon. Uh huh. That Time When I Reincarnated As A Demon… And when I first looked at Tanjurou, I thought he looked more like a drug addict. Seriously. On a trivial note, the coat the Demon Slayer Corp members wear, well, somehow it makes them look bloated. Thankfully it doesn’t hinder their ability to fight demons. I wonder how they choose the design because it’s good to have them wearing different patterns and colours as it makes it extra easy to identify them visually. Can’t have them all wearing the same taisho uniform now, can they?

This series has a many seiyuus lending their talents and many whom I recognized, namely Natsuki Hanae as Tanjirou, Saori Hayami as Shinobu, Takahiro Sakurai as Giyuu, Satoshi Hino as Kyojuro, Kana Hanazawa as Mitsuri, Tomokazu Sugita as Gyomei, Kenichi Suzumura as Iguro, Jun Fukuyama as Yahaba, Mikako Komatsu as Susamaru, Junichi Suwabe as Kyogai, Ami Koshimizu as spider mama, Showtarou Morikubo as spider boy, Ryoko Shiraishi as spider sister, Takehito Koyasu as that grotesque hands demon, Ai Kayano as Kanae, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Genya, Hochu Ohtsuka as Urokodaki, Shinichiro Miki as Tanjurou, Shigeru Chiba as Zenitsu’s grandpa and Yuuki Kaji as Sabito. Phew. That’s a lot. And don’t think I didn’t spot my favourite Mamiko Noto as Inosuke’s mom making a very brief cameo in his short flashback! Hooray! But the one taking the cake are Hiro Shimono as Zenitsu and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Inosuke. Hiro Shimono is just freaking hilarious and annoying as the whiner while Yoshitsugu Matsuoka shows us he can cast off his heroic stereotypic voice in Kirito, Souma and Bell by voicing a character always in eternal hog grunting mode! Not easy to speak like that! Kudos!

The rest of the casts are Akari Kitou as Nezuko (Karin in Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu]), Toshihiko Seki as Kibutsuji (Senketsu in Kill La Kill), Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ubuyashiki (Julius in Black Clover), Kouki Uchiyama as Rui (Raku in Nisekoi), Rena Ueda as Kanao (Ayado in 3D Kanojo Real Girl), Katsuyuki Konishi as Tengen (Oga in Beelzebub), Kengo Kawanishi Muichiro (Rei in 3-gatsu No Lion), Tomokazu Seki as Sanemi (Chiaki in Nodame Cantabile), Maaya Sakamoto as Tamayo (Ciel in Kuroshitsuji), Daiki Yamashita as Yushiro (Midoriya in Boku No Hero Academia), Daisuke Namikawa as Haganezuka (Waver in Fate series) and Ai Kakuma as Makomo (Rossweisse in High School DxD). For a series with double cours, it is one of the very rare ones whereby it only has a single opening and ending theme. I guess when you have such a great story and action, you don’t need the gimmick of retaining or attracting viewers’ attention with a new opening and ending come halfway. The opening theme is sung by Lisa and Gurenge might sound like a song fitting this series as well as Sword Art Online because I’m just fresh off watching that Alicization story. The same can be said for the ending theme, From The Edge also by Lisa but featuring Fiction Junction. Uh huh. Sometimes hearing this song I could mistake them to be songs from Sword Art Online. A special ending theme, Kamado Tanjirou No Uta by Go Shiina featuring Nami Nakagawa is a very beautiful but emotionally powerful and slow ballad to say the least.

To summarize it all, this is definitely a very good series. Excellent story, characters and action sequences make it really worthwhile the quality and what truly means for anime to be anime. Just wished that it had more episodes and hopefully there would be more sequels in the future. Don’t make me turn into Zenitsu and start screaming and b*tching for a need to have another one! Sure, I can live with this kid’s incessant ear piercing screeches so long as I can get another season of this epic anime. I don’t mind hearing Inosuke’s uncouth speaking manner as long as they put up another sequel. I also don’t mind if they ever have that cheesy Tanjirou x Kanao romance as long as this show is having another sequel. But don’t kill off Mamiko Noto’s character in the next… Oh wait… She’s already… ARGH!!!! Just bring me the next season, okay?!

Apparently I was confused the last time. I thought the recap episode that was the final episode of the TV series was the first OVA episode. It wasn’t. Then I later realized that due to production issues at that time, the first OVA episode was delayed and hence the second OVA episode was released first. Now, this is the first OVA of Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken, finally making its release in December 2019. Better late than never.

Hey! Butts!
Rimuru has Vesta create some sleeping pills. The moment he takes it, he is completely knocked out. Yeah, dream world time. Dream world still the same with Shuna and Shion fighting over Rimuru. This time over which clothes he should cosplay. Rimuru then realizes he is fooling around when others are working hard. He fears they may wake up feeling empty. Hence he calls for an assembly and decides to introduce a sport where everyone can have fun: Sumo wrestling. He explains the rules but there are more don’ts than dos. Hey, they are monsters after all and sumo isn’t a blood sport to begin with. Just don’t hurt or kill your opponents, okay? The prize for the women’s division is getting to spend a full day with Rimuru. The prize for the men’s division is getting to sleep on Shuna’s lap! You bet they’re fired up. We have the first round of the men’s side pitting Geld against Kurobe. The moment they start, the women’s side is ready to take to the ring so Rimuru is interested to see that! Haha! Men’s side nobody is interested! By the way, Benimaru would go on to own the competition and perhaps win it because he isn’t letting anybody sleep on his sister’s lap. So the first match sees Soka against Shion. Shion is too powerful and accidentally rips Soka’s clothes. Embarrassed she runs out of the ring. Shion wins. Now you see why the women’s side is much more interesting?! Next match has Milim against Shuna. Rimuru imposes handicaps on her, that is she can’t use her hands or feet. But she can still use her head butt! She dives like a missile but luckily Shuna dodges. Then Milim uses her hair to latch onto her. She also uses all her muscles in her body to avoid touching to ground outside the ring. WTF hair got muscles?! The ring collapses and although Shuna is said to have fallen first, Rimuru declares Milim out because of the indecency rules as Milim’s loincloth came off.

The finals is between Shion and Shuna. Because of the destroyed ring, Rimuru turns it into a butt sumo. Oh yeah. You can see why the men can’t take their eyes of this match. With the ladies colliding butts, you bet they can see everything else clearly! But the butt collision is so great that this mini stump they are standing on also collapses! Luckily Rimuru to the rescue as he becomes their cushion. Oh yeah. Like they would fall to their deaths, huh?! I bet he just wants to be the ‘real winner’ because their butts are sitting on him. Anyway the match is declared a draw. Although sumo become the national sport, oddly it is butt sumo that is more popular. Yeah, I wonder how fish is going to play butt sumo?! Rimuru doesn’t mind as long as everyone is having fun. But this comes back to bite him in the butt because of Shion and Shuna’s draw, they are continuing to fight over him. Yup, they are tearing him apart!!! Will the slime finally be torn?! Cue for Rimuru to wake up from this dream. Later he has Vesta to forever seal the sleeping pills. There wasn’t any side effect and it worked like a charm. But because it is too powerful, that pill never see the light of day again. Sweet dreams, sleeping pills?

That Time When I Reinvented Sumo As A Fanservice Sport
Ah well. Fun as it is, I guess that is why they had to turn this into some sort of dream so that it would be canon. You know, so it doesn’t have any sort of unwanted or permanent effects in the real plot or story. Also, whatever absurd things that need to happen, happens inside a dream so it is somewhat valid. You know, it is all just a dream. So what happened in Rimuru’s dream, stays in Rimuru’s dream. And with Rimuru putting away the sleeping pills for good, let’s hope that there would be no more such nonsense in future instalments of the series! Better get going in getting more powerful, make more enemies into allies and taking over the entire world when the next season comes around!

Now I can see why sumo is traditionally a sport only for big fat men. I am sure there are underground rings for women doing sumo and for sleazy and shady reasons but let’s leave that there. Had sumo have beautiful and hot chicks pushing each other in loincloths, you bet this could rake in a lot of money and viewership. But thanks to Japan being such a conservative and traditionalist country, oh well, I guess you can’t have everything. That’s why if we really want to legitimately see a sport that involves sexy and hot babes in scantily clad clothes, thank goodness we still have beach volleyball for that! Oh Rimuru, you might reconsider reopening the vault and give those pills another shot for another awesome sexy ass time! Reintroduce beach volleyball to your nation! I bet we and you will not be sorely disappointed about it. No but(t)s about it, that’s for sure!

XL Joushi

January 10, 2020

OMG. Finally a theme that befits its porn setting. Seasons in, seasons out, we have pseudo short anime porn that usually involve themes surrounding men in different jobs or uniforms. But now with XL Joushi, the main theme is not that but condoms and a huge dick. Yes, you read that right. Those thin rubber sheath used by men in sex and a guy who possesses a big penis. Nothing gets as direct as these. And if you still need a storyline to connect condoms and the big dick, well, porn logic here you get. Some office lady needs cash and the best way is to review XL size condoms. Because yeah, at least you don’t have to dirty your own body and earn less without selling your body. And you might think how the f*ck can she test condoms without a dick? Ah, herald her male colleague who supposedly has an XL size dick… Now do you see where this is going? Why do I have a feeling that she too will become the test subject?

Episode 1
Saki Watase thought her much awaited package has arrived. WTF?! A box of XL condoms?! Stupid wrong delivery! As she drinks alone and complaining about this, her arrogant colleague, Keisuke Sudou joins in. Seems Sudou likes to lecture her on things too. But Watase gets drunk and complains how she wants to marry and settle down. Sudou brings her home only to find condoms everywhere! Boy, it’s going to be hard to explain she isn’t that desperate to snag a man! She tells the truth and what is the best way to test these condoms? Yeah… But does anyone have that dick size? Sudou claims he has! He is going to test it now! And so this is where the porn starts. Sudou molesting Watase so that he could get turned on and show us his (mosaic) erect dick. Wow. So big! Yeah, even the XL condom feels a bit tight?! Time to finish this. Finish her! Yup, penetration sex time. Oh Watase, that was great, right? Sudou leaves and takes the condoms with him. Can’t have her test it out with other men, right? And yes, he is going to test them out and give his opinion. Every one of them. Be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime…

Episode 2
Watase does her presentation well. But some sexist male thinks otherwise just because she is a woman. Of course Sudou stands up for her and tells the old f*cker to back down and accept it. Later Watase thanks him for it when some random guy bumps into her and sends her phone ringing. She tries to pick it up from her messy handbag. Well, it’s not her handphone. It’s he vibrator!!! WTF???!!! Is she intent on testing this?! Sudou thinks she is in heat and the best to solve this is to eat. You mean eat pussy? Okay! After dinner (the one with food), Watase asks Sudou to hand back the condoms because she wants to return it. No can do. Customer feedback is very important. Yeah, he wants to participate in this XL club. XL what? Time to eat desserts. Instantly they make out. I guess she’s feeling so good that she didn’t even bother to stop this nonsense. Of course they test out another condom for its lubricant. This girl so wet I don’t think any lubricant is needed. Here comes the penetration train! Wow. So good his dick inside him that she cums multiple times.

Episode 3
You mean Sudou f*cked her so hard that she can’t remember what happened after that?! She then hears Sudou talking to the boss who accepts his proposal. However she wants to assign him to a new team for it to work. But Sudou wants Watase to remain in the team and mentions all about her good points (good thing he left out how good her pussy was too! HAHA!). Boss accepts and the moment she mentions about his arranged meeting, damn Watase just got disheartened and runs away? Yeah, Sudou suspects somebody was eavesdropping because who the f*ck would drop coffee in front of the door just like that?! So back home a sad Watase is going to test the condom on herself? Oh, so that’s how she’s going to do it. But the condom over the vibrator and… Suddenly Sudou barges in. Don’t do this! You can tell she is sad over his arranged meeting because she tells him she will do the product review herself so he can do it with the new woman. Sorry to break it to you, girl. Sudou mentions he rejected his boss’ arranged meeting too. You know why? Because he is in love with you! And when he says the vibrator is no match for his real dick, why the f*ck does Watase feel so relieved and happy? I guess they waste no time in feeling each other and test this strawberry flavoured condom. Uh huh. Watase’s favourite flavour. First blowjob ever! And then he wants a piece of it too so it’s 69 position for them. After Sudou cums, his dick still so big. That’s because he still can go on for another round as he tests out this ultra thin condom. I suppose we need to have penetrative sex too. Working overtime, huh? And Watase commenting on his dick, so big, so wrong, so good… What else is there to review?

Episode 4
Watase receives an invitation from the company who makes the condoms to a conference. You bet Sudou wants to attend. Yeah, Watase getting freaked out seeing all the men here. They must really have large dicks!!! As she waits alone, Riku Narita starts to hit on her. He is supposed to come here with his girlfriend but just got dumped. Watase is uncomfortable but Narita won’t let her go. Yeah, he too has an XL dick and has her touch it! After all, it is no secret that everyone here has a big dick and tested out the XL condoms. So Watase must have tested it out on her ‘boyfriend’, right? His hands are all over her and good thing Sudou is within earshot of hearing her scream. Hence he confronts Narita and warns him to not touch other people’s girl. Thank goodness no violence. However jealous Sudou brings Watase to the toilet and when he learns she touched Narita’s dick, he is going to make sure that his dick is the true XL! HAHAHA!!! WTF???!!! Cue for him to rape her and what luck, he’s got a sample condom with him. A couple of guys come in (including Narita) so keep the noise down while you’re f*cking. It’s a miracle they’re having sex quiet enough seeing that his freaking huge dick is penetrating her to the max! Of course Narita is aware of certain strange sounds coming from the cubicle. Sudou finishes her! Narita just smirks!

Episode 5
You bet Sudou doesn’t want to come to this sort of conference again. Watase can’t agree more. And then this Narita guy just barges into their conversation and tries to hit on Watase like as though Sudou isn’t there. And when Sudou put his foot down, Narita claims he has a nice voice and they should settle it via karaoke. WTF Sudou agrees?! I don’t want to hear these guys sing and the only ‘music’ I wanna hear is Watase’s orgasmic moaning!!! HAHAHA!!! With Watase being close with Narita, you bet Sudou isn’t happy. So while they argue, Narita tries to spike Watase’s drink. Unfortunately it is Sudou who drinks it! Narita realizes he has screwed up and leaves. When Sudou starts to feel horny (OMFG! THAT BULGE!!!!), Watase realizes an empty bottle of some aphrodisiac from the conference. Yeah, they give those out too? Watase brings Sudou home. And that moment, his horniness takes off so he f*cks her. It can’t be that Sudou finishes so fast, right? Yup, second round! And more rounds to come because we see him use up several condoms!!! OMFG! How many condoms does it take to satisfy this monster???!!! Even Watase thinks she is going to die at this rate!!! Death by snu-snu???!! Her ass must be a crater right now! Maybe she’s already dead and halfway to heaven! Haha! Finally when the condoms run out, finally he cums. Just in time. In the aftermath, Sudou teases that he won’t use any sort of aphrodisiac any more. Because his huge dick is big enough to satisfy! So true! Oh Watase, you’re so dead…

Episode 6
Sudou walks into the hotspring and… All the guys are exclaiming how big his dick is!!! OMFG! Is he really Japanese?! Are they implying the standard Japanese size is way smaller than that?! Sudou and Watase are at the hotspring when Narita hugs her from behind and continues to flirt! This guy really didn’t learn his lesson. Watase doesn’t appreciate this so Sudou steps up to protect her. Since Narita won’t give up, he proposes a ping pong challenge. Too bad it is abruptly interrupted when his own girlfriend comes to take him away! What a jerk! Back in the room, Watase asks a stupid question that will of course lead to the obvious. Why invite her to the hotspring? It is only right to rest and relax after hard work. So Sudou is going to make her body feel relaxed. I can see where this is going… He first starts with an ordinary massage. And then it becomes not so ordinary with his hands all over her sensitive areas. And then here comes the big one! I hope they don’t taint the hotspring with his semen… In the aftermath, Watase is asleep and I hope he didn’t f*ck her till she tires out! Yeah, defeats the point of coming to this hotspring, no?!

Episode 7
Damn, Watase freaking out at Sudou’s morning wood. He calls it Morning XL!!! WTF?! Thinking she is interested, he lets her touch it and it quickly escalates to them having sex. Wow. Already f*cking when it’s this early in the morning? I guess it’s okay if Watase feels good. As they walk around town, they see Narita’s girlfriend arguing with him and then dumping him. You know they don’t want to get involve and walk away but instantly Narita spots them and quickly flirts with Watase. WTF???!!! Of course Sudou won’t allow that. He takes her away as Watase notices lots of young women staring at Sudou. Stupid girl, don’t you start overthinking and comparing your plain self to them… Because of that, she loses Sudou and bumps into Narita again. Damn, this guy is persistent, huh? Watase tries to dismiss him as he is not her type. So what is her type? She tries to describe Sudou’s good points. Really? That is Sudou? Narita doesn’t believe it since guys with big dicks go around f*cking people. You can tell Watase is shocked to hear that despite trying to put up a fake front she doesn’t believe him. And then Sudou returns with a couple of young ladies. Apparently he tried to help them who are lost. I’m thinking they’re just pretending to be lost just so as to hang out with him. Look at their big smiley faces… Because of that, stupid Watase now believes Narita’s words. In short, she tells him she doesn’t need him anymore and runs away in tears. What’s that about him that f*ck everything that moves?! Like, WTF?! And Narita has the last laugh, telling Sudou how Watase’s type of guy is honest but he doesn’t seem all that honest. Yeah, I mean, the only thing that has been 100% honest all this while is his dick, RIGHT???!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

Episode 8
Watase is depressed so this is an excuse for her to drink till she is drunk. She passes out but somebody carries her back to a room. She thinks it is Sudou but it’s actually Narita! This guy thinks of f*cking her with his XL but then he hears her mumble how sorry she is to Sudou. Yeah, I guess that killed the mood. When Watase sobers up, Narita lets her go but look who is at the door? Sudou! Narita tries to create trouble by saying his dick satisfy Watase more! Yeah, the guys asking whose dick she likes best! WTF?! She can’t say but she certainly did say she likes Sudou! That’s it, Narita. Your rejection. Let her go. Back in his room, Sudou apologizes and admits he isn’t an honest person just like Narita said. Then he hugs her and confesses he has liked her for a long time and only acted so because he thought she hated him. Really? I’m not surprised any girl would hate you if you keep f*cking her like that! I don’t think f*cking a girl without her permission all the time constitutes to apology, but whatever. Shockingly, she kisses him (on the lips, silly). After all that he’s done to her, you think she cares this will give the wrong impression? Though she can’t say she likes his dick, what she can say is that she likes him as a person. WTF his dick felt sad and started limping???!!! WTF???!!! SINCE WHEN DO DICKS HAVE FEELINGS????!!!!! Oh right. I understand. It’s the dick that made Watase feel good! Not Sudou, right?! And so they make out. Promoted from XL superior XL boyfriend. Yup, soon XL husband. With Sudou f*cking her hard, I guess that’s why Watase changes her stance. Yup, she also likes his XL dick. Oh yeah. Might as well. There’s a lot more where it came from.

Size Does Matter: The Bigger They Are, The Harder They F*ck!
Heh. She survived all that, eh? In the end, does Watase loves Sudou more or his super huge dick better?! That’s a no brainer eventually because she has to love the whole package! Haha! After all that incessant deep penetration, it probably fried some of Watase’s brain cells because now they are in love with each other and thus this gives Sudou a free pass to continue sticking it in her as he pleases. Now Watase loves him back. Goal achieved. Eternal f*cking can begin. The end. Imagine how a big dick can help develop such a loving relationship… HAHAHAHAHA!!! Sudou, be thankful to your little big guy for getting this relationship where it is today! And oh, I guess they don’t need that condom excuse to f*ck anymore, huh? Now every f*ck is not just a test. It’s real love now. Yeah…

I’ve seen so many of such fake porn shorts that I don’t know what else to say. You don’t really question the porn logic anymore and just go with the flow. Because for the umpteenth time, for this kind of story to work, the ultimate porn logic that the woman must enjoy and orgasm every time she gets f*cked. It is the only reason why she allows the man to f*ck her again and again and again and again. They also make her weak willed because that is also the reason that would make her decide to let the man have intercourse with her again and again and again and again. This is why when you have women like Watase having inner thoughts realizing that she would become a slut this way, she becomes confused in keeping he dignity or get a free pass in continuously feeling good. In the meantime, Sudou just keeps f*cking her. Until the next drama that puts this whole f*cking thing on the line.

That is the purpose of having third wheeler Narita in this relationship. Otherwise he would be just redundant. Because of his XL size too, he is like Sudou’s competitor. Hence Sudou has to thread and think carefully or he would lose his woman to another guy with the same rare goods. You think Narita is cool? He gives off this feel that he is more of a jerk than anything because of his shameless attempts to flirt with Watase. I bet the reason why his girlfriend dumped him was because she can’t take it anymore, his huge penetration is hurting all her holes! HAHAHA!!! Oops… But I think Narita is also taking advantage of Watase because anybody can see it is so obviously written on her face that she is a confused woman. Nothing blows away all those worries (temporarily) by having a big dick coming inside you! Hey, don’t blame me. Blame porn logic at its finest! Well, in a way it is a good thing that Watase chose Sudou (obviously) and hence Narita is a double loser for losing his girlfriend and now Watase. Nobody wants your XL, you loser. Oh well, what’s a guy and his big lonely dick got to do with each other? I’ll leave that up to your imagination…

And they need to ramp up the drama and finally confirm Watase’s feelings for him because that shoehorned setting that Sudou is really a looker and has the attraction of other women’s attention (heh, wait till they see his huge goods, that will make them think twice). I understand she’s worried. Worried that she is no longer monopolizing his XL!!! HAHAHA!!! Oops… Maybe after all the constant orgasms and feel good moments with his dick has clouded her judgment. And in the end, I still don’t think that the actual true love ruled the day. It is still more of lust. So keep f*cking, you happy sex maniacs in the name of love.

The other ‘big star’ of this series is of course no other than Sudou’s dick. Of course it is definitely mosaic out but I am sure of all the anime (mosaic) dicks I have ‘seen’, his takes the cake. The biggest of the lot. We are so used to seeing female characters having such huge monster tits that we don’t bat an eyelid. But then when we see this XL cock monster, well, it does sure give that weird feeling. And the company that manufactures those XL condoms, I wonder if they really want to penetrate (pun intended) the Japanese market. Because you know, your average Japanese men don’t have even L size dicks… HAHAHA!!! But seeing the response from that condom conference, damn, you sure this is Japan?! Sure you’re not exporting to western countries? Because if Japanese guys here already have XL size dicks, maybe the American counterparts have XXXL size penis!!! OMFG!!! You are truly f*cked then! And seriously people, a single woman trying to test XL men’s condoms on herself? Like, that’s the worst no brainer plot ever.

I’m sure I can make a lot more jokes about Sudou’s dick smashing Watase’s pussy until it becomes loose or like a moon crater but just thinking about it, I sometimes feel a little pain in my crotch for her. Because you know, Sudou’s penis is so huge, it is just a miracle wonder how he manages to fit inside her tight vagina and make her cum all the time. Don’t tell me her vagina is stretchable. She’s no Elastic Girl or Mr Incredible, you know. I worry that her pussy will be ripped and torn to shreds and by that time it will no longer be porn but horror porn. Yikes. Don’t want to go there. Not really into that. So yeah, it doesn’t matter how big your dick is, it’s how you finish her and make her feel good inside that counts! Hey, she is still alive every time she gets smashed so I guess that’s a good sign? But still, it is amazing that after Sudou’s extra large penis has been inside of Watase so many times, perhaps her pussy has really gotten used to it all. Porn logic at its finest as always… Now that I’ve seen everything that penises have feelings too, now I understand why porn stars always praise a guy’s dick… Always be kind to that little big guy to get it up. Yeah…

Do you know what the most epic thing about this series is? No, aside Sudou’s huge dick, the ending thing is just epic in its own right. XL BO$$ is so aptly named as well as its lyrics are just classic. Yup, Sudou singing about his ‘goods’. Forget about Magic Mike, let Sudou charm you with this hip hop and rock masterpiece. I am sure this song would also fit right in for male strippers doing their usual rounds. Such charm. If you didn’t get turn on while watching all the f*cking in this series, I’m sure this song would at least bring a smile to your face and make you in the mood. Not saying that it could top Barry White’s sexy songs or make you rush and go make out, but it’ll make your day. Just listen to it. Yup, “XL, XL, I can’t stop them anymore XL”… Can’t get any truer than that.

Overall, just another season of average pseudo anime porn. It follows the same formula like others before. Silly porn logic setting that leads to f*cking that eventually leads to the one true love. At least, porn’s version of what is called love anyway. Anyhow, I had a good laugh at how the big dick has authority over the pussy here. Hahaha! True! I doubt this series is going to see a spike in sales of condoms or even Viagra but seeing how you can never get rid of porn as long as there are humans (horniness is just part of our nature), well, at least you can f*ck responsibly by using a condom. Help stop breed future Darwin Award recipients by using a condom today!

N/B: It’s okay and cool to have a big dick but not cool to be a dick!

Hangyakusei Million Arthur

January 5, 2020

Excalibur throughout history has been the most famous legendary sword wield by the famous King Arthur of Britain. Countless tales and fiction are written about him and his sacred sword. So who in the world would really go all out to destroy it?! Well, in Hangyakusei Million Arthur, apparently the power of this sword went berserk and some freak miracle cloned million copies of it. Albeit many of them have a few slight variations in powers and effects. With the history of Britain being distorted by this, hence a group of 6 Arthurs from the future are sent back to the past to destroy all of them. Yup, count them. One million of them. Boy, this is going to take a while. I suppose there isn’t any repossessing or recalling service in Britain for Excaliburs, huh? Oh well, gotta do it the hard way and destroy them all one by one. Yup, count them again. One million of them, baby.

Episode 1
We see our sextet Arthurs: Danchou, Renkin, Yamaneko, Tekken, Kakka and Rurou taking on other rogue Arthurs and their fake Excaliburs while their respective fairies Nuckelavee, Bodach, Coupy, Titania, Brigitte and Bethor only watch. Flashback shows they are from the future. Distortions of Excaliburs were detected and causing to distort time in the past and future. Hence they are sent back to destroy every single last one of them all over Britain. There are a million of them, you know? Danchou is the leader of the group as she meets the rest who aren’t too amused with her. Because she thinks by being flirty or acting like a clown would do the trick in breaking the ice? Yeah, she’s just end up embarrassing herself. And also, nobody really likes her. Uh huh. You screwed up. It’s not your charm… But obviously the idiot doesn’t give up and thinks of inviting everyone to a home party. Too bad nobody notices the invitation she slipped in. Because they are busy investigating the thousands of Arthurs who are said to be hunting down the Arthur hunters (the sextet). Danchou, you need to get over why nobody came to your party and instead focus on this hordes of Arthurs who are coming. Obviously even with overwhelming numbers, our Arthur sextet could easily take out all those generic fake Arthurs and their fake Excaliburs. Not even a dragon can stop them! 10,000 of a million is only 1%. Long way to go but somebody has got to do the job. And can Danchou cut out her stupid ice breaker already? Don’t react lest you want to lose…

Episode 2
What did I say about not responding to Danchou’s sexy ice breakers? Tekken found out the hard way… Renkin despite her child-like stature, is the most knowledgeable Arthur. So to prove she is an adult, when the system detects a large amount of distortion in some area, she heads there herself. Danchou wants to go after her but the rest put their faith that Renkin is more than prepared if she decided to go herself. Of course Danchou went and finds Renkin. Still safe. Until a group of ruffians want to… Date Danchou?! I guess there are people with horrible tastes… So while Danchou dates them (really?), Renkin does research at the library. Since she meets a nice man, Bodach though romance is blossoming and lets them be. Danchou can see through those ruffians that they are Arthurs. Date plan failed. Attack! And lost! Danchou then realizes if she wasn’t the only one being targeted… Yup, that man whom Renkin is with is also an Arthur. She is kidnapped as he reveals his nefarious plans to take out the sextet one by one. Bodach tries to help but ends up locking herself in her own magic coffin. Bummer. Yeah, it makes her look so stupid. The man becomes despicable as his glasses shaped Arthur can also see through clothes! Lolicon!!! Danchou busts in to save Renkin before he could make the loli cry. Of course Danchou being an exhibitionist herself isn’t fazed when he sees everything through her. Because he relies heavily on sight, this is his weakness as both Danchou and Renkin bust his glasses and ass. In the end, Danchou and Renkin are friends. You think Danchou has an ulterior motive of using those glasses to see Yamaneko’s body but too bad as pointed out, only the owner can use it. Such a waste but thank goodness.

Episode 3
With simultaneous distortion readings at different places, Danchou hatches a scheme to become friends with Yamaneko by rigging the raffle to decide the teams. Of course Yamaneko sees through her and the plan fails. Yamaneko gets Renkin while Danchou ends up with Rurou. But this episode focuses on Tekken and Kakka. They head to a mining town to investigate but get caught up and become miners. While muscle brain Tekken enjoys it, obviously magician kid Kakka is all out breath. They also learn many miners come from other countries because invaders attacked their mines and they had to flee. Thanks to the generosity of the mining company’s president, Leicester, everyone is happy with things as they are. So as they continue their mining day job, they also investigate Leicester’s office. Having enough evidence, when Leicester is giving his speech to his men one morning about the booming business, they reveal the evidence that Leicester has been selling those mined minerals to the invaders to be made as weapons. This is why their country is spared from attacks. The miners are disillusioned but lost all respect when Leicester shows his true colours. Yeah, he summons an invader but luckily our heroes took out some of its parts so it won’t work. Leicester is an Arthur himself as he has strong drills as his Excalibur. But nothing beats Tekken’s fist of course and he is defeated. In the end, the miners return to their countries and drive out the invaders. With Tekken and Kakka being close enough, the rest think they are in a gay relationship and let them be.

Episode 4
When an Excalibur is detected in a town that grows takuan, Yamaneko surprisingly volunteers. Danchou thought it’s her chance to get close to her but damn she loses the lottery to Rurou. This town is about to celebrate its annual takuan contest but it’s like a ghost town. They witness a sniper shooting people and turning them into takuan! Roy saves them and in hiding he explains his sister, Loretta is behind this for revenge. Previously a year ago, an outsider who knew nothing about takuan won the contest and left their father in shame as he was the best takuan farmer. Disillusioned, Loretta left and during her journey she found an Excalibur. Thus she shoots anyone who is planning on holding this contest. Yamaneko and Rurou want the contest to carry on and they will be bait to lure her out. They thought of detecting her heat signature but she is smart enough to use a fake. Loretta begins sniping the townspeople. This scene triggers Yamaneko’s trauma since snippets show her family faced the firing squad. This distraction causes Rurou to protect her from a snipe and in turn he gets turned into a takuan. I don’t think blasting the mountain would do her any good. Loretta’s gone. To make up for her mistakes, Yamaneko once again heads out to lure Loretta out. Just when Loretta thought she got a clean hit on her, turns out Yamaneko is wearing a vest of takuan! Can’t turn takuan when it’s already a takuan! Yamaneko destroys her Excalibur and everyone in town reverts back to normal. Roy reveals the truth the outsider switched her takuan with their dad’s and by the time the townspeople discovered it, she already skipped town. After Loretta apologizes, the contest goes ahead with no further interruptions. As for Rurou and Yamaneko, they got a bunch of takuan. So eat up! There’s a lot more, way more from where that came from.

Episode 5
An Excalibur is detected in some all-girls’ elite high school. Kakka thought of heading down there to investigate but looks like Danchou is joining him. Heck, she makes him wear a girl’s uniform and he doesn’t protest? Oh well, this makes it easier to infiltrate. Kakka becomes popular with everyone on his first day. Danchou, Brigitte and Nuckelavee too but they’re more like fooling around rather than doing anything serious. Kakka then bumps into this art club president, Milia. Kakka notices various weapon props and could one of these be Excalibur? Unfortunately Milia and her club members turn Kakka into their paint model. This guy can’t say no, can he? Their horny creative turned on so they make him do sexy poses in various outfits. This is art! Finally he decides to escape but they corner him. That is when Milia uses her giant Excalibur paintbrush to trap him. She then reveals she knew he was a boy all along and set this up. Her ‘tragic’ story is that a cute boy betrayed her. Since art will never betray, she decides to capture a young boy’s prettiness before he starts betraying. After some tickling fanservice, she unleashes a couple of cross-dressing girls to flirt with Kakka. The humiliation lasts long enough for Danchou to bust in and easily knock everyone out. Seeing the perverted art Milia made, Kakka quickly destroys her Excalibur. However in the aftermath, Milia submits a humiliating art of Kakka and won first prize! Yeah, he forgot to destroy her art after destroying her Excalibur. More infuriating is that Danchou’s late appearance was because she was enjoying seeing Kakka’s humiliation! This guy has no more dignity left… Meanwhile Brigitte and Nuckelavee continue to become popular high school girls… Life must be good there, huh?

Episode 6
Swimsuit episode! Oh yeah! Our girls are enjoying themselves at a spa resort that belongs to Kakka’s estate. Of course there is trouble as there is a swimsuit thief swiftly stealing the tops and bottoms of the patrons’ swimsuit. Hence it is Danchou and the girls’ duty to catch the thief before this resort’s reputation plummet amidst the growing complaints. They separate into teams to sniff out the pervert but some of them fell victim. During the swimsuit competition, Danchou almost got hold of the culprit but he is faster than Sonic and she loses him. However noticing a hook has her have a good idea where this guy comes from. At the boring fishing section, they see a very strange man (because everyone else is just so boring looking) and true enough, Sander is the one stealing them. His Excalibur is a fishing rod that enables him to fish out from a distance. He claims he is doing it for Gaira, his brother’s sake. Long ago, Gaira was diagnosed with an illness. He wanted a star so Sander went on a journey to look for one but found this Excalibur. Then he fished in a star. A swimsuit with a star pattern. Since this isn’t what he wanted, he continued fishing but only fished swimsuits. And Gaira supposedly died from all the swimsuits suffocating him? The girls are shocked that Sander continues to do this because it became his hobby and fetish. Give back those tears! Danchou faces off with him and despite getting her top reeled, Renkin uses her hands to cover it. Hand bra defence! For an exhibitionist, she sure is worried getting naked. Sander tries to run away seeing he has got what he wanted but Danchou feels insulted because he isn’t interested what is underneath. After Sander is owned, it seems the real monster comes out. So this barbarian is Gaira? So he didn’t die and all that swimsuit suffocation instead turned him into a much worse monster? Yeah, he likes to fish the bottoms. Combining her might with some of the girls, they put him down, destroy their Excaliburs and end this reign of terror. Now they can go back to enjoying the rest of the day without the worry of their modesty being outraged.

Episode 7
Rurou is being washed away down the river! The gang gathers to look for him but Renkin tells them Rurou asking them to take care of Lucy. Not that anybody knows, not even in Bethor’s database. Rurou wakes up in the house of a young lady, Rose. He has been sleeping for 3 days. He finds it odd that she is too young to be the lord of this small territory so she explains her parents died in a carriage accident when she was young but they left her a beautiful rose garden. So helps distribute them to the villagers as its fragrance brings happiness. Hmm… Rose rose up to give roses. Yeah, I know. Bad pun, sorry… Then here comes the typical scumbag lord of the next region, Dokudami. He wants to marry Rose and of course she rejects his proposal for the umpteenth time. After all, rumours are rife he was the one who killed her parents. Look at that suspicious looking spanner Excalibur. Rose tries to get him off her back by having Rurou pretend to be her boyfriend. Dokudami gets mad and wants to fight. Rurou easily destroys his Excalibur and sends him fleeing like a coward. With Rurou’s heroics, they really think he should get hitched with Rose. Yeah, she thinks so too… However Rurou claims he only stirs up bad memories for her since she keeps talking about her parents. Soon Rurou reunites with his Arthurs. They are shocked to find this village because history goes after Rose’s parents’ died, she fell into depression and the village withered away as the people left. Rurou was sure he destroyed an Excalibur but you never know there could be more than one… Then Dokudami returns for revenge. While the other Arthurs keep him at bay, Rurou confronts Rose. Her Excalibur is a pair of shears. It brings life to anything it cuts but at the expense of sucking that life from other areas. Rose knows about his duty and realizes what is lost cannot be returned. She lets him break her Excalibur. Damn, I feel so bad about it. While the Arthurs defeat Dokudami and his army, Rurou destroys Rose’s Excalibur. Everything withers away… So sad… In the aftermath, the rest try to cheer him up. But they ask about Lucy. A wounded bird whom he found and tried to put back in the nest. But he slipped and fell into the river. Why do they look so disappointed now and Bethor wishing they never found him?!

Episode 8
Magical girl Arthurs? This sh*t is getting weirder. With Danchou and Tekken out sick because they challenged each other naked in the snow (don’t ask), Rurou watches over them so the rest head to a town whereby its famous wall kept out invaders. However there are no walls but 3 magical girl Arthurs easily destroying the robot invaders with their magic. They are also targeting our Arthur hunters as they know they are out to destroy the Excalibur wands. They fight but our Arthurs lose. Thanks to their fairies, they manage to escape with the skin of their teeth. Then they read a fairytale story that seems to mirror what’s happening. Uh huh. Town being attacked by invaders, girls pray to God, got the magic needed to bring back the smiles. With the Arthur trio facing off with the magical girls, the townspeople are sceptical because if their magical girls are defeated, who is going to protect them? Oh well. Here’s the second rematch of Arthur hunters vs magical girl Arthurs. And no interrupting or attacking until they finish their introduction! This time our heroes know their moves and are able to counter attack nicely. Before their Excaliburs can be destroyed, here comes the invaders. Time to call it a truce and work together to defeat the invaders. Their cooperation brings down the invaders but here comes the big mother invader. Ironically the magical girls got their Excaliburs destroyed by it. How will they protect the town without magic now? Then all the adults and kids rush out to protect them. I know this isn’t going to do anything much but I am thinking this is to show this symbolic metaphor that the people are the town’s true walls. Our Arthurs are so touched that now they go all out and destroy the mother invader at full force. There. Day saved. In the aftermath, the magical girls decide to get stronger by becoming Renkin’s disciples. Can this little girl act like a big sister?

Episode 9
While Tekken, Kakka and Yamaneko are on their way back, they stumble upon an idol, Kaguya. It seems she is running away from obsessed fans who want to just show their love. Because their pen lights are detected as Excaliburs, our Arthurs waste no time in defeating time. Easy. That would normally be the end of it but Kaguya doesn’t want to be left alone. What if more rabid fans like them attack her? Hence she wants them to serve as her bodyguard until she gets to her concert venue. Being the simpleton, Tekken agrees to see this through. Kaguya might be a brat and boss around, but the fairies detect her to be a knight. She admits she is one and an AI that was born to work under Arthur although currently she isn’t serving one right now. Kaguya has beef with Tekken. Although he compliments her, he also mentions her bad points with brutal honesty. So after beating up a doodled Tekken face on her pillow, she decides to go take a shower and strips. But Tekken enters. Oops. Wrong room. My bad. Bye. Hence she is going to make that guy pay. So next morning when they hear a scream from her room, they rush over to see the window open. Tekken instantly searches her throughout town. Yamaneko notices something amiss because everything happened too fast. True enough, Kaguya is hiding under the bed. She comes clean about wanting to get back at Tekken for shaming her. She apologizes but no biggies for Tekken who is glad she is safe. Later they go face off with the hordes of those fatty fans and destroy their Excaliburs. Is looking alike a dress code for them? That night, a mad doctor who is an obsessed fan of hers paralyses her. He is also interested in her knight genes. She ekes out a call for help. Normally the rest would think this is a prank but Tekken doesn’t think so and goes after the mad doctor. Despite the mad doctor sounding threatening, Tekken easily defeats him in one punch. Wow. So easy. The mission is done once Kaguya arrives at her concert. She is sad at them leaving and invites them to listen. However Tekken isn’t a music fan and passes. Kaguya saw this coming and accepts. Tekken might not be acting like a gentleman but he thinks music is for those who truly wants to hear them. But not hearing Kaguya sing, he can imagine how her songs sound like.

Episode 10
Our Arthur hunters are at it again. Destroying a whole bunch of Arthurs and their Excaliburs. And let’s check the tally how many are left. WHAT?! 900,000 left???!!! Meanwhile a group of shady Arthur bosses are discussing on how to deal with them. They’ll eventually meet since their goal is to destroy all Excaliburs. The next time our Arthur hunters do their usual, it seems those Arthurs abandon their Excaliburs and run away. They feel odd and suspicious because it is somewhat insulting for an Arthur to just abandon their Excalibur. Then they discover that all the remaining 900,000 Arthurs have banded together and are going to take them out! Those who ran away were just decoys while the rest gather more Excaliburs. So yeah, the actual figure is more than 900,000. Hey. Why are they worried? It’s not like they’ve never taken on such huge number before, right? RIGHT?! Oh sh*t. From Tekken’s simple solution to just fight them to Rurou’s surprising answer to run away, Danchou wants them to give her until tomorrow to make a decision. Hence everybody has a sleepless night. Next day, Danchou’s plan is to become a decoy to let others run away. But the rest saw through this plan and will fight alongside her. Even Yamaneko admits she prefers her idiotic Danchou than one who acts out of character! So okay guys, let’s do this! As usual, thanks to those dumb low level Arthurs, this looks easy. However as you can see because of the immense numbers, our Arthur hunters soon get tired and that is the plan of those shady Arthur bosses to go in for the kill. But wait! Suddenly divine intervention?! Pharsalia drops down from the sky and didn’t expect the Arthur hunters to be so weak. She decimates the others in a single blow! OMG! WTF she’s so overpowered?! Is she God?! When other Arthurs flee, Pharsalia turns to the Arthur hunters. She warns them she might have saved them today but if they can’t entertain her, she’ll crush them instead. So yeah. Time for Danchou and her motley crew to get serious go after those who got away.

Season 2

Episode 1
You know it’s a dream when Danchou is respected by everyone and Yamaneko even wants to get yuri with her! Reality is much worse. Yeah, Danchou trying to make out with Nuckelavee in her sleep! That’s not the bad news. Because reality hits when Nuckelavee points out everyone has left! Only letters left behind. Some addressing her pathetic leadership. And then Pharsalia visits her. She rubs salt into wounds as she finds it funny a leader with no followers. Pharsalia reveals that because she gets bored easily, she will wipe out history. In fact, that is her duty. She will decide if an era is worth preserving. Because Danchou is so amusing, she’ll let this era go on for now. So stay interesting. After she leaves, Titania comes to complain to Danchou about Tekken. Yeah, that muscle brain has been training ever since. He blames himself for being weak. Can’t get an idiot to rejoin him? Play his game! Because Danchou asks when he will turn stronger so as to defeat Pharsalia. Won’t fight a fight you can’t win? Is that the Tekken she knows? It’s not like him to say that without even trying! Yeah a punch in his face down the cliff should change his mind… That did the trick. With Tekken rejoining her, they find Renkin in the next town. She is firm she won’t rejoin them as she will not fight a losing battle. That’s that. Actually, Renkin has been trying to research a way to defeat Pharsalia. Fairy Combine? Sounds like a perverted move that Danchou will do to defile Nuckelavee. When a rogue Arthur targets our Arthur hunters with a homing missile Excalibur, Renkin uses her strategy by having Bodach suck it all up into her coffin and then easily defeat him. With Danchou getting her groove back to defeat the remaining Arthurs, Renkin rejoins the group and may regret a little after she tells her about Fairy Combine. Maybe she should have worded it in a different way…

Episode 2
Rurou and Kakka team up to defeat other Arthurs. Thanks to that, the Excalibur count is drastically reducing. As Danchou’s side is having a hard time fighting against some wine sommelier Arthur, Rurou and Kakka show up to defeat her with their combo. However they are not returning to Danchou and they view her as pathetic. They even sow doubts in Renkin and Tekken’s minds if she is worth following. This leaves Danchou worried and feels the need to do something despite Renkin and Tekken sticking with her. Renkin has a plan to make Danchou change her ways so the rest can return to her. Burn away her cosplay outfits? She can’t. She won’t be who she is anymore! With that, Renkin has had enough and leaves. More anxiety for Danchou. Her worst fears come true when Tekken also soon leaves. It seems both of them went to join Rurou and Kakka. Danchou is so desperate not to be left alone that she is throwing a tantrum! Okay, if she wants in, she must fight and beat Rurou and Kakka. Danchou gets a beating while the duo complain about her failure as their leader. Can’t read the mood, toying with them and worst of all, she tried to do things herself and that shows she didn’t need them. But of course with Danchou’s steely determined eyes and that vow she makes to protect them, turns out this is all an act just to see her determination. So I guess she passed, huh? Though, those harsh comments weren’t a joke. Rurou and Kakka will follow her since she has always been true to her heart. So about their chances to defeat Pharsalia? She’ll knock her out when it comes down to that. That’s Danchou alright. And we should’ve seen this coming as we see her dress up in a very revealing seashell bikini. This is how she is going to knockout Pharsalia? Uh oh. Time to consider leaving again…

Episode 3
Wow. Yamaneko living the peaceful countryside life? Until her Arthur friends show up. Oh dear. Yamaneko doesn’t remember them?! Is she acting?! But wait. When Danchou tries to flirt with her, she pulls out her bazooka! But she doesn’t know why. So she really did forget. Oh Danchou, panicking now? As explained Yamaneko left to train after that devastating loss to Pharsalia. Then when she soaked in this hotspring, an old man told time this hotspring makes one lose their memories. Although the Arthurs plan to bring back her memories, Danchou has a different idea… Yeah, she’s going to take advantage and spew lies that they are engaged to each other! Not that the rest would allow it. Yamaneko doesn’t get it despite all the lessons and training about their mission. Stupid Danchou trying to ruin it all with her flirting. You trying to waste their efforts? And then the town gets attacked by stereotypical villains. The Arthur goes to deal with them. Yamaneko helps the people evacuate but feels frustrated that she herself is already out of breath. And then Danchou protects her from a villain’s strike. Cue for stereotypical drama. Uh huh. Danchou as if she’s dying and Yamaneko getting emotional about that. Yeah, it’s like Danchou’s last wish is her death wish because she wants a kiss. Her hand is already groping her ass! The horrors of people suffering has Yamaneko’s memories return as she doesn’t want to go through that again. And hence she takes out her bazooka and starts firing all the way! Better get out of the way, Danchou! After the villains are rounded up, Nuckelavee deduces Danchou was acting so as to bring back Yamaneko’s memories. I’m sure that wasn’t it but whatever, let’s go with it. Danchou is still gunning for Yamaneko’s ass as she laments goodbye to that kind and innocent version. Then Yamaneko shoots her away. Welcome back, Yamaneko. But really, still want to rejoin this group? But some of the kind Yamaneko still remain because you can sometimes see that sweet smile.

Episode 4
So Yamaneko still a polite girl, huh? However she is still merciless towards pervy Danchou. Thank goodness. Renkin and Bodach continue to research on Fairy Combine and stumble upon this erotic material… Is this how it is done?! Oh dear! So in this hotspring area where there are many weird hotsprings with weird effects, I guess it is to help Yamaneko return to her original character. Pharsalia is also here but Danchou will not allow any fight as there are too many people around. After all, they are not strong to defeat her and even so, that is not their mission. She is okay they risk everything for their mission but not on a needless fight. OMG. Did Danchou say the coolest thing?! Until of course she tries to molest Yamaneko… I’m sure this is inspired from Ranma 1/2 because they try to let her dip into various hotsprings that turn her into a baby, a delinquent, a man and finally a flirty nympho! The commotion also has the rest falling in so we got an equally flirty nympho Renkin, a serious Danchou and the rest of the guys turned into girls! While this fiasco is ongoing, Touzoku faces off with Chapman, the hotspring owner who seems to be affecting the entire place with his Excalibur. It gets complicated when our messed up Arthur hunters enter the scene. Then this weird chase scene before finally Renkin decides to do Fairy Combine with Bodach. So it’s just mouth to mouth eating Pocky sticks? Everybody is looking with much anticipation… Eventually Bodach can’t do it. What a downer. Back to the action, by stopping the hotspring source, Chapman loses his ability and is defeated. In the aftermath, everyone returns to normal. The rest are suspicious of Touzoku since she is friends with Pharsalia. She assures she won’t do anything if they don’t attack first. As they are interested to see what they’re doing, Touzoku and her groupie would be watching them closely. Back home, some are reluctant about doing Fairy Combine. Some are daring though it is just one sided. Like Brigitte and of course Danchou. Oh Nuckelavee, you regretting Danchou has reverted to normal? But Yamaneko and Coupy just, uhm, eating Pocky sticks just fine. Nothing much happens. Want to have another go?

Episode 5
Kakka is out sick so Yamaneko plays the nurse? The rest head out to this town that is deserted. The fisherman explains some chef started challenging all the restaurants with his superior food. Because of that, all the shops closed down and those who supply food have a hard time selling it to him. Now he only serves the rich and wealthy. So our Arthur hunters go into his building to challenge him. He doesn’t want to fight but rather have a cooking showdown. Normally they won’t entertain him but stupid Danchou agrees. With their fairies as judge-cum-commentators, the chef finishes his dish and lets Danchou taste. Instantly she goes to heaven. Yeah, she lost. Next, Tekken tastes it to see why it’s so special. Instant heaven trip! Yeah, he lost too. When Renkin tastes it, she finds it normal. The chef is so insulted that he wants another showdown of clam chowder and acqua pazza at dawn tomorrow. As Renkin prepares her dish with the fisherman’s help, Rurou wonders why she is unaffected. Bodach explains Renkin was raised in an orphanage so she doesn’t care about fancy food. More importantly, the people who made food for her made it with love. Rurou goes to help Renkin. However her clam chowder poisons Bethor! Dawn is here. Not enough time. Rurou tells her to make the food she loves the most. And so Renkin arrives at the showdown with just a bun. The chef thinks he has already won and tastes it. Instantly a nostalgic trip down memory lane! The nostalgic taste has him remember he was once from the orphanage too but craved freedom and ran away. Many years later, he paid the price of being lonely. A bread that the rat didn’t even want to eat, he tries to steal it but it drops into the gutter. Then some gutter goddess gave him choose some breads and he chose the ordinary one. That taste reminded him of the same bread he had in his orphanage. And so when he wielded the Excalibur, he vowed to help hungry people around the world. Crap story, but whatever. He calls Renkin his saviour and returns to his roots. But no happy ending yet as Yamaneko scolds them to come back and help her with the ‘sick patients’.

Episode 6
Yamaneko receives a letter from Utahime that she’ll come to visit her. But she didn’t think she would come this soon! Turns out to be an imposter as she knocks her out and takes on Yamaneko’s appearance. Her plan is to infiltrate the base and take all of them out. However due to the alert, the Arthur hunters realize there is an intruder but cannot pinpoint where. As they go look, the imposter thinks of taking down Renkin first. WTF she thinks Renkin is Little Red Riding Hood and disguises as a wolf?! Arthur alert!!! She manages to escape and next she tricks Tekken and trips him down the chasm. Only, this guy climbs back up and loves this new training spot! Next, she tries to seduce Kakka but he alerts everyone she has Danchou Fever! WTF?! Anybody who cosplays sexily is deemed to have one and must be put to bed! You bet Danchou wants to look after her. The imposter doesn’t know and wants her to stay by her side. Big mistake. Because this turns Danchou on and suddenly the room becomes a love hotel and… Damn, the imposter so violated. I don’t know how she survived it but she remembers her original mission to usurp Utahime. When the real Utahime arrives, the imposter goes to greet her. Luckily the real Yamaneko returns. Oh no. Which is the real Yamaneko?! Easy. The imposter doesn’t have Coupy by her side. Time for some answers. But the imposter does the oldest trick in the book, “Look over there!”. The moment they do so and look back, oh no, which is the real Utahime?! Time to see if Yamaneko truly knows her stuffs. After a few deliberation, she blasts the imposter away. How she knows? She doesn’t have the same scent as in the letter. The imposter she was a queen of a certain kingdom. One day the magic mirror told her the fairest in the land is Utahime. Ever since she has been waiting for her chance to take her down and did lots of research. She also heard Utahime was going to see Yamaneko and that’s when she hatched another plan to take down the Arthur hunters. After criticizing her flawed plans, they are going to dispose of her but Danchou has a better idea. Meanwhile Utahime and Yamaneko talk. The former admits her lie that her schedule isn’t as hectic as she painted and is very free. Most of her jobs are just opening for other idols. She wanted to ask if she became a famous idol in the future but scrapped that thought. It is best she discovers that herself. Meanwhile Danchou the dominatrix queen wants the imposter to turn into Yamaneko and… Oh f*ck! This fate is worse than death!!!

Episode 7
You think you’ve seen everything? Think again! This time our Arthur hunters stumble into footballers! Captain Tsubasa Arthurs???!!! And of course we have to play a football match. Danchou as the coach agreed to this idea because they don’t know which item is Excalibur. The enemies will only give it to them if they beat them. Otherwise, forever be their slaves! You think this looks easy, right? Well, if you put Renkin as the goalkeeper… Poor little girl… She gets blown away by the impact of each goal shot! It’s a scoring spree! By halftime, Arthur hunters are down 0-23! And Danchou has the balls to complain?! Heck, they are even moving as they were told! However Renkin has an idea for the next half. This time when the opponents shoot, she uses her complex calculation of tai chi moves to stop the ball and send it to her comrade to score. This method allows Arthur hunters to take the lead 29-23. However the opponents are now getting serious and that is when the striker’s super special kick, Renkin can’t stop. Turns out his cleats is Excalibur. The score is now tied at 29-29. With Renkin at her limit, Danchou steps in to take over. I thought she was fired? She has Tekken be the goalkeeper because his Excalibur gloves are good in keeping those shots away. And this ridiculous winning goal… Danchou turns into some spinning fireball and shoots the ball that blows away the opponent’s clothes, the goalpost, the stadium and the mountain!!! WTF????!!!! Arthur hunter team wins 30-29! Showing great sportsmanship, the opponents hand over their Excalibur with no fuss. In the aftermath as our Arthur hunters recover from sore muscles, Tekken stumbles into another group of Arthurs… Ping pong Arthurs, anybody?! Let the madness stop already!!!

Episode 8
Danchou talks about unity until she hears the city of Florian in addition to having an Excalibur detected, there are lots of cute girls! Yup, she’s already halfway there! Until Kakka puts a stop to her and lectures her about stuffs. Since they’re almost there, Danchou and Kakka will handle this. However the place is decimated and where are the cute girls?! Anthony brings them to Lord Adam Christopher. He explains there is a civil war going on. That’s why he has the women and children evacuated. Apparently his general, Bartos now don’t see eye to eye with him and hence this war. Danchou and Kakka impersonate as maids to serve Bartos but he only wants Kakka! Danchou may leave. Don’t tell me this guy is shotacon… Anyway, Bartos abuses Kakka and believes women have no equal rights to men, the reason why this war started. It’s heart breaking to see Kakka’s bruised like that! Oh sh*t! When Bartos’ men attack, Christopher has the Arthur hunters escape. In the end, he loses his life. This might sound things will be easier since they will just need to defeat Bartos and destroy his Excalibur. But a message from Renkin saying that there is no Excalibur here. The counter was experiencing some difficulties and is now fixed. The real Excaliburs are somewhere else and is being handled by the rest. Real history of Florian is happening. Christopher dies, Anthony dies and Bartos takes over ruling the city. Kakka is infuriated because he will not sit by and let this cruelty happen. Only to be slapped by Danchou and reminded their true mission is to correct history and not distort them further. If he insists, he can leave the team. And so Kakka disobeys and goes to help Anthony’s side launch an attack. Kakka faces off with Bartos and tells him to surrender. But Bartos dares him to kill him. Since Kakka couldn’t he gets mocked that he is really a pussy, a woman in disguise. The Arthur hunters leave dejectedly. However Pharsalia is not pleased with this outcome. Whatever history she thinks is right will be that history. So she kills Bartos and decimates his entire castle! This allows Anthony and his men to declare victory.

Episode 9
Kakka is still affected from the last time that he almost got owned in battle. Meanwhile a group of previously defeated Arthurs, band together as Revengers to seek revenge on Arthur hunters. This time they have a mercenary on their side, Youhei who is part of Touzoku’s group. With another Arthur anomaly detected, Kakka rushes there to prove himself. Tekken follows him and they find a large Excalibur graveyard. Before them is Revengers. However they are not those Arthurs they defeated but rather their twin! Note the subtle difference! You see, after their twins got defeated, they turned over a new leaf and contributed greatly to society. Hence they are jealous that in comparison, their lives now suck! WTF?! As they fight, Kakka gets careless. Not only his Excalibur is stolen but Brigitte gets injured protecting him. Tekken forces them to retreat for now. With Kakka wallowing in depression, Tekken goes off to fight Revengers himself. Of course with Brigitte waking and Kakka making amends, time to get down to business. Tekken goes straight to face Leicester. However he has a device that would allow him to use and combine multiple Excaliburs. At this point, Youhei joins Tekken to take him down but they’re no match. Kakka returns to fight but is still no match. Can Brigitte protect Kakka in her weakened state? And this part where they stare at each other, suddenly something activates. So is this what Fairy Combine is all about? Yup, the duo transformed into a more powerful being. Uhm, don’t their character design look evil? Anyway, they are powerful enough to take down Leicester. In the aftermath, Youhei explains he was just using them as bait and waiting for a chance. When Touzoku stole blueprints of that device, they didn’t know where it was being hidden. Hence he had to wait for the chance when the device is being used to take action. Tekken wants a rematch with him but Youhei is not in the mood. Maybe some other time.

Episode 10
While everyone celebrates Kakka and Brigitte’s Fairy Combine, Renkin gets desperate and technical. So she wants to know the temperature and the atmosphere too? The rest try to calm her down but she views it as no one taking her seriously. As she decides to leave to do more research, a butler greets her because he is here to pick her up for his master, Andy. Apparently when Andy was ambushed by bandits, Renkin came to her rescue. Oh dear. Is he a lolicon? Because he now wants her to accept his proposal! Her Arthur comrades throw caution and that she should do some research on this guy first before committing. Unfortunately she finds their nagging a bit too much and decides to go to Andy. Yeah, this guy now wants to marry her! Lolicon alert! But then the bandits show up for revenge. Renkin will go fight them. However Touzoku cuts in and tells the truth that Andy has been stealing a lot from these people and that they are the real victims. Renkin is shocked but she still wants to confirm and talks to Andy about this. He then shows off his wives and claims they are here because they want to. Of course the real culprit is the butler whose ring is an Excalibur who can control others. WTF his weird satisfaction comes from watching Andy cleaning the ears of his wives?! Renkin tries to attack the butler but he uses the wives as a wall. Naturally Renkin pulls back and gets hypnotized. She is ordered to attack Bodach. Luckily Danchou and Tekken are here to help. Renkin and Bodach bump heads and this somewhat restores Renkin’s sanity. The rest head in to fight the butler as Renkin realizes her foolishness just so that she can be useful. When the others get hypnotized, Renkin faces Bodach once more. Touzoku easily snaps Danchou and Tekken out. Renkin is about to be sucked into Bodach’s coffin and realizes Bodach is not completely hypnotized because she is crying. Though she breaks her spell, both get sucked into the coffin. In this weird dimension, some weird bonding and then voila! Fairy Combine! Renkin now kicks ass. Although the butler buffs up like the Hulk, still no match for levelled up Renkin. With his Excalibur broken, now it’s his turn to pay from the angry men and wives. Our Arthurs now celebrate Renkin and Bodach’s Fairy Combine.

Episode 11
Because an Excalibur is detected in the gambling city of Loss Vegas (yes, you lose!), I guess kids and ‘uncontrolled adults’ are not allowed so it’s a job for Rurou and Yamaneko. Bethor’s plan has them dressed up as a rich newlywed couple so they could smoke out the Arthur who might be using the Excalibur to cheat and win big. But with stunning Rurou and Yamaneko seemingly close together (because they had to look the part), Bethor feels jealous. That is confirmed when the crowd pushes Rurou and he accidentally kisses Yamaneko’s forehead! Oh dear, is that Danchou here too? She’s on a losing streak. Then in the VIP room where the big money is, Bethor is not allowed because of her dress. So she scores in all the games to win big to buy herself a dress to go up against Rurou in this poker game. What gives? Rurou doesn’t understand why but eventually folds when Bethor bets all and wins. The real Arthur is the casino’s owner and he knows the Arthur hunters and will take action. Rurou confronts Bethor about that stint but she’s not going to say it straight to his face, right? When a woman says she’s not upset, you bet she’s upset. When penniless Danchou seeks money from them, it is a trap as they got captured. The owner wants them to return all his money and threaten to kill Danchou who is now reduced to a scumbag, trying to sell her cosplay outfits for money! If not, he’ll kill Bethor too. The duo manage to break free as they run amok to find and rescue their fairies. Yamaneko explains about Bethor’s jealousy and understands why she did so. The owner turns his casino into some flying fortress. When the fairies are rescued, Rurou apologizes to Bethor for not knowing her feelings. Maybe he did but didn’t want to acknowledge them. Then Rurou protects her from a bullet. Yamaneko gets mad and pumps her bazooka into the fortress. This allows her to Fairy Combine with Coupy to do more devastating damage. Sad Bethor’s tear drops on Rurou and you bet another Fairy Combine is happening. Just in time because the owner is escaping in his pod and is taken down with his fortress. Happy ending for our Arthur hunters. Except for Danchou. Seeing the bag of money, she tries to grab it but falls into the abyss. Some things never change…

Episode 12
Danchou fears everyone will mock her for not being able to Fairy Combine. I think it’s because she’s showing such a tantrum that they naturally have to… I mean, it’s a fact, right?! So I guess the counter showing Excalibur anomalies at different places would be the right time for those who can’t Fairy Combine to uhm, try and Fairy Combine? Good luck. After Danchou and Tekken defeat a few Arthurs, Pharsalia drops by to visit. Don’t worry, she’s not going to attack them but warns them that having too much power won’t make anybody happy. With Danchou having deep thoughts about it, Tekken being Tekken doesn’t care with all that. Power is just power. All that matters is what you do with them. They receive word that the next town over is being attacked by invaders. You mean those giant black balls? Danchou flops and gets injured. Titania sure pick a fine time to feel worried about not being as talented as she claims, huh? And of course, Tekken being Tekken, he always believed in her and never felt she held him back. Just stay the way you are. Titania gets back in the groove and joins him destroying the invaders. Yup, time for them to Fairy Combine! Oh Danchou, looks like all the jokes are going to be on you and only you… Pharsalia watches this and realizes that this power is too dangerous for the world. Hence her twisted reasoning is that the reason she exists in this era is to stop those Arthur hunters. Yup, she is going to destroy them all now, only to be stopped by Youhei. He thinks she should give them some time to think and decide. If they return to the future, then the current era won’t be in danger, right? While the Arthur hunters aren’t happy with this suggestion, it is better than fighting her and dying right where they stand. That’s right. They have no chance to defeat her at all. Pharsalia gives them 7 days to think it over. She will do nothing if they return to the future. Otherwise, total annihilation.

Episode 13
The Arthur hunters are discussing whether to run or fight. However Danchou disbands the team because she wants to give them the freedom to choose. At this point they shouldn’t be surprised with her decision but yeah, they fear she might go it alone again. So we see the Arthurs and their fairies talk things out, some talking to their Arthur counterparts in Touzoku’s group. And Danchou getting desperate to Fairy Combine with Nuckelavee. Trying to put on her this skimpy bikini and make out?! Fortunately it didn’t happen. Unfortunately, Fairy Combine didn’t happen either. So on the final day, all the Arthur hunters return. I guess they’ve decided. Let’s fight this. Facing off with Pharsalia, the rest has Danchou stay out. Without Fairy Combine, she might just get in the way. True. Despite giving all they’ve got, it’s hardly a scratch on Pharsalia. Now it’s her turn. You’ve never seen true fear until now! I think this is just a fraction of what she can do with her power. Danchou butts in but even Pharsalia doesn’t think she is a threat. Since she is stubborn, I guess upgrade status to threatening. Touzoku interrupts because the invaders are having a full scale attack. This doesn’t concern Pharsalia. She will eliminate the Arthur hunters first. She will rewrite their legend. Danchou agrees because being alive is her legend and she will not let others decide it. At this point she looks so cool that Nuckelavee dons that skimpy bikini so as to Fairy Combine with her. Yeah, finally it worked. That’s not all the Fairy Combine goes. Danchou absorbs her comrades into a giant sword that deals a lot of damage to Pharsalia! But they don’t finish her off and go deal with the invaders. Are you sure? Even if Pharsalia fights them in the future, they will fight back again. Simple. If she deems Fairy Combine as the greatest threat because of its power, they’ll show her how it is also the greatest power to protect. Danchou, so cool! 3 days later… Pharsalia asking for a rematch! Give them a break, they just finished fending off the invaders. But then the counter goes crazy. Looks like all over Britain there are now 10 million Excaliburs! WTF???!!! Every item that everyone has is now an Excalibur?! They suspect Pharsalia did this but they have to deal with this first. Otherwise they can’t return to the future. Get going now!

Special
Yamaneko and Renkin have this feeling somebody is watching them. Of course everyone instantly suspects Danchou. Heck, she admits she wouldn’t stop at peeping and would rather get physical right now! Over the next few scenes, the girls continue to get molested and this time the guys got their crotch squeezed! Instantly, Danchou is suspected again. Interrogation time. Though she is let off, the rest continue to ignore her. With Danchou so broken, Nuckelavee pleads to the rest she is innocent. Yeah, it’s so pitiful that they declare her innocent. Until Yamaneko’s panties get stolen. Back to the interrogation room! Because they find panties all over her room and secret sexy stash of Yamaneko pictures, this time the court finds her guilty and thus she is stripped of her leadership and exiled. With the pervert no longer around, it is such peace and quiet. Until Renkin’s panties are stolen. OMG. Is the culprit one of them? What’s this? Renkin’s panties in Rurou’s pocket?! Guilty! Exiled! Everyone is shocked at Rurou being a lolicon. Of course Rurou knows he has been set up and needs to clear his name. He finds Danchou who is living like a vagabond and tells what happened. Outside their base, they detect an additional figure running around the house. Could it be a ghost because that figure is running up close to Nuckelavee but yet she sees nothing. Suddenly all the other Arthur hunters and their fairies are being tied up. The culprit reveals herself to be an invisible Arthur. She has infiltrated and did all those despicable acts so as to break their team apart. Now she is going to enjoy themselves as she molests them to hear their squeal. Yeah, taking pictures to boot. Not sure if this is part of the plan as Danchou and Rurou crash in to rescue. Uhm, are you sure you can fight the unseen enemy? Fighting fire with fire, Danchou strips and the invisible Arthur gets a nosebleed. Oh look, she just marked herself. She tries to escape but Danchou and Nuckelavee Fairy Combine to take her down. The Arthur sextets return to their daily lives with Yamaneko and Renkin apologizing to the wrongly accused. But Danchou is enjoying the confiscated treasures of the invisible Arthur and then she got busted by the rest. Don’t need any trial. Guilty! Death sentence!

Ah Turds, Are There Utterly Other Arthurs?
Oh well, for the sake of the future of Britain, better get used to searching and destroying all the Excaliburs. Having fun, are we? No wonder the sextet are a kooky bunch. Prolonged Excalibur hunter has turned them into a bunch of clowns and jokers, even more so led by a self-admitting pervert. If you don’t hurry up, Pharsalia might impose additional penalties on you. Yup, howzabout one billion Excaliburs more to exterminate! Just when the Arthur hunters have whittled down to just a single digit of Excaliburs left, our fun loving sadistic Pharsalia ramps up the challenge and adds more Excaliburs to be hunted. Yeah, I’d understand why they’d go crazy. Can you blame Danchou of wanting to let loose some steam and be a pervert? Uhm, maybe not. She’s already broken to begin with. Those secret sexy stash of Yamaneko better help… She’ll need all the help she can get. Oh God save Britain… God save us all!

Having a million Excaliburs, oh sorry, ten million Excaliburs, I suppose it is one of the way to make many of the episodes as standalone fillers and episodic. I mean, nobody is seriously going to keep count on how many Excaliburs our Arthur hunters have destroyed, right? So in each episode, it gets somewhat predictable and boring. Counter detects some anomaly somewhere in Britain. Not all our Arthurs go there and mostly it will be 1 or 2 because this serves as a chance to give them some limelight and flesh out their character development. A lot of weird and dumb things happen in between. The obligatory Arthur fight and action scenes. Excalibur destroyed. Insert joke or punch line to finish the episode. Yeah, that’s the flow of how most episodes go.

But I have to be fair too because not all of the episodes are pretty generic and formulaic. Some of them are really funny like that football spoof one. Boy, I can never stop laughing when petite Renkin gets blown away from the impact! Yeah, I can’t stop chuckling even thinking back about this. Some are touching like that episode on Rose. It was really a sad one and I wished it could have ended in a better way. Some left my head scratching like that Florian episode. I thought it would affect and change the course of history or something but from what I can see, it feels the same like other episodes. After it ends, it is mostly forgotten like though it has no effect at all. So it doesn’t really matter, huh? The same case for those Renkin’s magical girl apprentices. Whatever happened to them after that episode? Forgot about them too? But it doesn’t beat weird ones like that time Yamaneko lost her memories and became a nice girl. Yeah, that was a weird episode.

Besides, the plot of having just 6 Arthurs from the future to hunt down and destroy all the rogue Excaliburs feel like a flimsy plot so as to give us that lazily written standalone and filler-like episodes. Remember, we don’t keep count on how many Excaliburs they have destroyed. So in the event if there is a huge group of rogue Arthurs and their rogue Excaliburs descending on our Arthur hunters, we can just go all out with one big cheap action scene of knocking out those unimportant enemies. Then they can knock off some ‘big numbers’ like a thousand Excaliburs or ten thousand Excaliburs that they have destroyed. Wohoo! Achievement! There, shaved off a few Excaliburs there. Hey, might be still far away from reducing it to zero but we are now closer to our goal when we first started, right? And then somebody got the bright idea of increasing it to 10 million more… Oh well, if Pharsalia can’t destroy them, might as well be amused and see them run around taking down as many Excaliburs they can. Better work their ass off for the sake of her entertainment. Hey, better than being destroyed, right?

Also, something that doesn’t make sense is that the rogue Excaliburs are only confined to Britain. So I am assuming other parts of the world is relatively safe from this Excalibur threat? It also makes no sense that the Excalibur threat pops up one by one as detected by the counter. I know, plot convenience. I mean, Britain isn’t really that big of an isle, right? It’s not like the size of Russia, right? And sure, Britain has a population of around 66 million people so having a million Excaliburs and then 10 million of them seems justified. Can’t the future send more Arthur hunters to deal with this? You’re telling me that in the future there are no qualified Arthur hunters than just the 6 of them? Boy, no wonder we don’t want to do some divisions and realize how many Excaliburs an Arthur hunter has to deal with individually. That will be 1,666,666.667 Excaliburs per Arthur to be precise, thank you please. Yeah, and everyone who wields a rogue Arthurs must be so dumb to think they’ve got the power to do whatever they want. No wonder they don’t last. Yeah, thank plot convenience again…

With so many distortions in the past, you wonder if the future of Britain will be the same. People’s lives are changed the moment they come into contact with the Excaliburs. So as long as they destroy it, it’s like the outcome in the future will be the same? I don’t get that logic. I don’t want to open Pandora’s Box by thinking about some time paradox thingy but I am sure that what the Arthur sextet are doing is correct and the past didn’t change at all because otherwise they would cease to exist. So I believe whatever tragedy happened still happened. Sad… And I hope they won’t give this lazy and lame excuse of a way out that Pharsalia rewrote the legends… Please don’t…

As for the characters, I can’t say that I am impressed with the main sextet. Sure, we had 2 dozen of episodes to flesh them out but sometimes I feel that they are poorly written and rushed. For instance, today’s episode we will have this Arthur hunter in focus. Some weird setting for the episode to serve as the plot too. After a few episodes, you can guess their primarily personality. Like Tekken who is has more muscles in his brain and prefers to jump in first. Yup, punch first, ask questions later. Then there is the prideful His Excellency Kakka who uses magic, the handsome wanderer Rurou, the stoic mountain cat AKA Yamaneko and the intellectual Red Riding Hood AKA Renkin who seems to be concerned about her small stature especially if being treated as a kid. It is too bad that we don’t know much about these Arthurs whose past ironically lies in the future. What drove them to become Arthurs and take on this mission? Unfortunately this series doesn’t delve much into that.

Of course the biggest ‘loser’ is no other than Danchou who can be described in just a word: Pervert. Yup, it’s basically funny because she’s female. Had she been a guy, this would be creepy as f*ck. So Danchou is basically the one who makes this series ‘funny’ because of her perverted antics and fetish. I know, we’re supposed to cringe rather than laugh. Hence she becomes the punch line when this backfires on her because she deserves it anyway. Her comrades don’t think much of her in high regards and it’s not surprising. They put up with her because she is their leader (mostly in name) and that she is amusing. I know they didn’t say that last bit but I’m guessing that if she was a strict and serious leader, the group would have been super boring. This series wouldn’t have been nowhere near a comedy and this would really suck. So with Danchou being an idiot because in some major animes where the team leader is always that my pace idiot, yeah, this group doesn’t feel as boring as it should. So be thankful for Danchou! Never change, Danchou. Never change. Of course there are times where she says the coolest and the most leader-like things but that is far and few in between her stupid and perverted exploits. I believe one of her life goals is to get lesbian with Yamaneko… That wild cat better maintain her distance and ignore her if she knows what’s good for her even though in the end, Yamaneko’s like more tolerant of her. Don’t ever let your guard down once around this pervert.

You know what they say about a leopard never changes its spots. This means despite all of Danchou’s promise to change, she’ll never keep her word and will be back to her usual perversion in no time. It’s a wonder that the group can still be cohesive and the irony of always suspecting her when perverted stuffs happened, they still let her hang around them. Yeah, I know the childish tantrums are one thing. You sure Danchou isn’t some rogue Arthur too? I can imagine if this is the trust level of the Arthur hunters, man, infiltrating and trying to break up and bring them down would be easy. We have seen that happened a few times. And then they get back together again. And then on the verge of breaking up again. Man, their trust is so fragile and fickle… Even when Rurou was accused as a lolicon, sure there were circumstantial evidence but you guys have been so long with each other that you should know better than to suddenly throw your trust out the window. Danchou is one case but Rurou? I suppose a group without a leader can’t get anywhere. That’s why the role of a leader is so important. You hear that, Danchou?! Ah forget it. I’m wasting my time talking to a pervert who just wants to get inside of Yamaneko.

I don’t even know what the fairy companions they have are really for except for the fact that it is to serve that monumental plot of Fairy Combine. Because otherwise I see them mostly as useless and don’t really contribute much. They’re just there by their Arthurs’ side, maybe give a little advice or something but nothing really that makes you feel like they should be a pair. The closest came in the form Bethor when she got jealous that Rurou looked close to Yamaneko. But still, the Fairy Combine episodes look somewhat rushed too seeing that they needed some reason and catalyst to power up our Arthur hunters. After all the times that they have gone through, you mean this flimsy setting and scene that looked just like any other moments that they have gone through before, becomes the means for them to do Fairy Combine? Whatever. I’m done.

Since this series is based on a game by Square Enix of the Million Arthur franchise, I subsequently discovered that there are many different other Arthurs depending on which game you play. Hence other Arthur characters like Utahime, Touzoku and Youhei come from the other titles of the game. Hence they are like making cameos here and it is unsure what their mission is. But I doubt it is helping our Arthur hunters in destroying the Excaliburs. Because otherwise they would have joined forces and it would ease some of the burden our Arthur hunters are facing. But for now, they have a totally different mission and I’m assuming there is something more than meets the eye. Different Arthur units with different missions, that would be interesting. Well, if they do make other spinoffs of this series then maybe it would be worth to check out.

Pharsalia seems like the antagonist of the series but it is hard to tell whether she is friend or foe. As long as you are amusing and not a threat to the world, I guess she will put on her cutie smile and looks. She claims she is some legendary fairy who rewrites legends. But I guess that doesn’t mean that she is God because for the simplest reason she failed to tackle our Arthur hunters, even more so after all of them make their Fairy Combine and then the ultimate Fairy Combine v2, it is safe to say that she isn’t legendary after all. Oh sh*t, I hope she won’t kill me off because I just ruined her legend.

I thought this was going to be an action genre series since we’re going to have Arthurs destroying Excaliburs. Well, the action sequences are just passable. It feels like it is something obligatory so that we could see something get smashed or the likes. I mean, that is the purpose of our Arthur hunters too, right? Nobody is going to gladly surrender their Excalibur peacefully. So watching the Arthur hunters in action sometimes feel like watching a low quality action series. They just do what they have to do with their limited power and thanks to the plot convenience, we all know it is going to end well. After all, Tekken only uses punches, Kakka his magic, Rurou shoots his twin pistols, Yamaneko her bazooka and Renkin her giant hammer. What else more of a variety can you expect from that? Don’t even get me started on Danchou using her sword. I feel that is only there for accessory… And if they are overwhelmed by countless enemies, it makes it all easier for the action scene to be sloppy. After all, that is the disadvantage when you have such huge numbers. You have to be careful not to hit your own comrades unless you’re the kind who doesn’t give a f*ck about others. And thus the big numbers make it easy for our Arthur hunters to rain their offensive power on them as they are such easy targets. And you think Fairy Combine has them wielding better firepower? Nah. Just looks like they have much flashier effects!

One of my favourite segments is at the end of each episode. No, not the part where they showcase one of the staff’s cute pets at home, but rather the very silly comical skits. If you have watched the very nonsensical Ai Mai Mi, you know what I’m talking about. Yup, the characters and animation are even drawn to the crazy chibi style of Ai Mai Mi. In this segment, everything goes. That is the best way to summarize all the stupid nonsense that happens here. Throw logic out of the window because for the last 2 minutes of every episode, you will be fed with so much nonsense that your brain won’t be fast enough to process whether it is funny or cringe worthy. Even if I don’t get it, I still laugh my ass off! And the best part of it all? That manjuu club song at the end!!! So epic to sing along! That nonsensical Dainagon Is Dead rock piece isn’t so bad too but nothing beats the manjuu song. We are omanjuu club!!! Oh yeah! Now it makes me wish we have another season of Ai Mai Mi…

Art and animation are pretty standard but I do notice that there are some scenes that are low and poor in quality. Sometimes it comes off as a bit cartoonish. Of course some of the character designs are weirdest especially the fairies. They looked more like oversized cosplay maniacs. Especially Bethor. She’s literally wearing a swimsuit. School mizugi for heaven’s sakes! Sure, she wears a jacket over it but a swimsuit is basically her official uniform. I don’t think this is Rurou’s fetish but I could be wrong… The other fairies are like Nuckelavee who is some sailor wannabe as she has 2 lifebuoys by her side. Bodach looks some gothic fashion, Coupy a fallen angel, Brigitte some race queen wannabe and Titania probably looking closest to what a fairy but comes off as human butterfly. And the designs of Fairy Combine at first I thought they look badass but the more I look at it, the more they seem weird. Just slap some wings and accessories and voila! Your Fairy Combine form! This anime is done by J.C. Staff and I can say this is not one of their best quality anime considering they did One Punch Man, Shokugeki No Souma, DanMachi, Bakuman, the Index and Railgun series to name a few.

For the voice acting, I recognized a few seiyuus lending their talents here. Notably, Ayana Taketatsu as Yamaneko, Yuuichi Nakamura as Rurou, Tetsuya Kakihara as Tekken (why does he remind me of Fairy Tail’s Natsu but without the fire firepower?), Natsuki Hanae as Kakka, Nao Touyama as Coupy and Ayane Sakura as Touzoku. The other casts are Sora Amamiya as Danchou (Aqua in KonoSuba – now you know why the idiocy is so familiar), Inori Minase as Renkin (Hestia in DanMachi), Himika Akaneya as Nuckelavee (Yatsumura in Mahou Shoujo Site), Rie Takahashi as Titania (Megumin in KonoSuba), Rina Hidaka as Bethor (Last Order in To Aru Majutsu No Index), Suzuko Mimori as Bodach (Umi in Love Live), Yuu Serizawa as Brigitte (Iroha in 3D Kanojo Real Girl), Ai Kayano as Pharsalia (Darkness in KonoSuba), Atsushi Abe as Youhei (Kokonotsu in Dagashi Kashi), Maaya Uchida as Utahime (Kaguya Date A Live).

The first season’s opening theme is Highlight by Ayaka Ohashi. Typical lively anime pop that suits the pacing and genre of this series. Quite okay if you hear it once in a while. The first season’s ending theme is Ki-te Mi-te Hit Parade sung by the fairy sextet. Feels like a weird song. Not sure if this is supposed to be a dance piece and it sounds like your typical idol pop music. Making it even weirder is the animation of the fairies rolling over the LP record. Is this record broken? Not going to be a hit anyway… The second opening theme sounds slightly better. Open The Worlds by Oresama has a very catchy finger drilling piano play although the overall song is just okay. Time to ramp up the sinfulness of sin city because the second season’s ending theme, Pearly x Party also by the fairy sextet has this disco feel and its animation revolves mainly around the casino and gambling. I guess I’m out of luck. The series also has other insert songs and special ending themes and the one I prefer the most is Utahime’s Ito Utsukushiki Hikari No Naka De, the special ending for the first season’s episode 9.

Overall, this is actually a mediocre anime series if you look at it in all aspects. The story is a big fail with a flimsy setting to begin with. The characters are also a big fail because at the end of the day you don’t feel like putting your support behind them. All thanks to pervy Danchou ruining it all despite her comrades are decent but even so they are still terrible. Action pieces are just standard and nothing to shout about. They’re supposed to entertain but it felt more obligatory than anything. And the biggest fail is that this is supposed to be comedy and the funny moments usually comes off as cringe and mostly are derived from Danchou’s perversion. You’ve got to be a kindergarten kid to find her shamelessness as funny. But thanks for the fanservice anyway. Not. The only comedy that saved the day was Ai Mai Mi’s spoof. But that couldn’t do much to save this series that was doomed from the start. Not because of the threats of rogue Excaliburs. Sometimes you think it is the Arthur hunters’ Excaliburs that could be the cursed ones and this crappy legend wouldn’t have arisen had this series not being made. Did I tell you there was live action TV show of this back in 2014 although it used an entirely different cast of Arthurs?! Yikes! I saw the surreal promo poster and was instantly put off. Sighs. Forget this series being just the level of a myth, fiction or fable. This is just crap. I guess some legends were never meant to be.

Finally. After being trolled by that side story that wasn’t actually the second season, the real season 2 is now here. Heh. Four years later. Thank fully, this is Dungeon Ni Deai Wo Motomeru No Wa Machigatteiru Darou Ka S2 for real. Yes. Not some side story of the perspective from another character. Thank goodness. Now we can move on and get the story going. So will Bell be able to pick up more chicks in the dungeon? Isn’t that what the title is all about? No? Okay. Whatever.

Episode 0
Don’t worry if you have entirely forgotten what this series is about. This special recap episode has Bell and Hestia narrating all you need to know, the important points and happenings of the first season with recycled scenes to go with that. Yeah. Sorry guys, still don’t remember. And I’m too lazy to go rewatch the series again or even read my blog.

Episode 1
We see Bell’s party finishing up yet another successful dungeon raid. But as they celebrate at the bar, some guys from Apollo Familia start mocking Bell. Normally Bell would ignore them. Until they badmouth Hestia. That’s it. Fist fight! Who wants a piece of me?! Bell and Welf are doing fine until Hyakinthos joins in and beats the crap out of them! He would’ve gone further had not Bete tell them to scram as they’re making his drink taste bad. So as Hestia treats Bell, she didn’t like how he got into trouble but appreciates how he stood up for her. Soon Daphne and Cassandra from Apollo Familia hand him a letter. It is from Apollo and he is inviting people to his party. So we see all the characters dress up fancily for this ball. Freya makes her entrance and Hestia tries to cover Bell’s eyes. With Hestia b*tching about every guy falling for Freya if they gaze into her eyes, Freya backs down. Maybe next time. But then there’s this childish rivalry going on between Hestia and Loki. Because Bell and Aiz are too shy with each other, Hermes intervenes. He trolls Bell by asking Aiz to dance with him. Then he backs out and lets Bell dance in his place. Just follow how the others are doing and you won’t go wrong. They sure make a cute couple dancing together. If only stupid Hestia and Loki can stop bickering and b*tching about this ‘betrayal’! Nice time comes to an end with Apollo making his announcement. He then confronts Hestia about her Familia causing some scene and wants compensation. You know he is a douche when he sets up his own men as witness and fake injuries. Knowing Hestia refuses to admit to this ‘guilt’, he hereby challenges her to a War Game whereby if Apollo wins, he gets Bell.

Episode 2
Realizing this is Apollo’s target all along, Hestia sees no reason to participate in this and leaves. Of course Apollo won’t let this be so next morning, he has his Familia attack Bell and Hestia’s place. Once Apollo sets his eyes on you, he won’t give up and will chase you till the ends of the earth to get you. And so the entire Orario is now a giant ‘playground’ for Apollo Familia to hunt Hestia Familia until Bell joins them or dies. Bell fights again with Hyakinthos and the latter complains how much he envies Bell and as much as he dislikes this, he will obey Apollo’s wishes to join his Familiar. But an ally sniper helps keep Hyakinthos at bay so Bell and Hestia could run and head towards the guild. Speaking of which, the guild can’t do anything because the only penalty is a hefty fine and Apollo Familia is willing to pay any high price. Bell’s allies like Takemikazuchi help fight other ruffians. Welf and Lily also help stave off the enemies but Lili is shocked to see her former captain of Souma Familia, Zanis Lustra. Shockingly, she abandons supporting Welf and claims she has to return to Souma Familia. Hiding, Hestia tells Bell their options: They fight a losing battle or they leave Oratoria and hope Apollo will give up on them. Of course she will follow him wherever he goes and this is supposed to be a cue for her to signal him to confess he loves her. Unfortunately he goes as far as to say he respects her. Disappointing? Yeah, enemies found them and she isn’t impressed of the interruption of this most crucial moment. Hence she now has Bell head to Apollo’s base. She agrees to his challenge in a War Game. Later, Welf reports about Lily’s case. Bell wants to go rescue her but Hestia reminds him of the important thing he must do now. So Bell heads over to Loki’s place to seek Aiz’s help to train him to become stronger.

Episode 3
Lily begs to Souma to allow her to leave. However Zanis threatens her about the price to pay in which she definitely can’t afford. Lily is imprisoned as Zanis reveals his true nature in getting her back. He wants her rare transformation ability to net him a handsome profit. In exchange for this, he will leave Hestia Familia alone. Hestia is relaying her plans to rescue Lily to Welf and other allies of Takemikazuchi Familia. Do they have time for this when War Game is so close? Because Bell recognizes the importance of allies, he recognizes their strength and knows how weak when one is alone. Even if War Game forbids help from outside other Familia, this is an important supporting factor for Bell. Hestia then attends a meeting among the gods with Apollo to decide the rules. Based on the lottery, the War Game will be siege. A bad outcome for Hestia since that game needs numbers. Apollo gives her the honour of attacking since one can’t simply defend with a single person. Apollo strikes down Hermes’ suggestion for outside help since this looks unfair. Until Freya mentions about Apollo being scared of helpers. With the other gods agreeing, Apollo agrees to only a helper but must be outside Orario. Zanis sees Lily because it’s business time. However their base is being attacked by Hestia and her allies. Zanis and his men go deal with them. The jailor frees Lily as he hates arrogant Zanis. Lily sees Hestia fighting and can’t understand why she is doing this. Do you think Bell will abandon her? Because now Bell needs her. So Lily goes to beg to Souma to stop the fighting. However he views her words as empty and lest she can say the same thing after drinking his divine wine, he’ll listen. She does so and goes into seventh heaven. Until Bell’s face pops up. She fights against the temptation to repeat her pleas. With that, Souma orders his Familia to stop fighting. This shocks Zanis because Souma never did anything. Anything. So now he wants to kill Lily? Not if Welf could help knock him out. Lily has one more request of Souma. That is, to leave his Familia and join Hestia. But it’s not only Lily who will be doing that. Welf and Mikoto plead to their respective gods to leave their current Familia and join Hestia. Hermes seems to be trying to convince Ryuu as that helper. Meanwhile Bell continues to be owned by Aiz and Tiona. Getting any stronger?

Episode 4
Bell returns in time to get the War Game started with his ‘extended’ Familia. Cassandra warns Daphne about her weird premonition she dreamt of Hestia Familia won but is dismissed because nobody thinks the odds are stacked against them. The War Games begin with Ryuu attacking the castle walls with her magic swords. Hyakinthos orders half his men to go out and take her out. Even if her magic swords get destroyed, her hand to hand combat is still superior. Mikoto gets into via the wall crack to hold off other men. But this is where the tables turn. It seems one of Apollo’s men turn traitor to open the main gate to let Bell and Welf in. This is actually Lily in disguise and the real person was kidnapped the day before and Lily managed to slip in the last minute before the War Game started as the Trojan horse. Welf keeps Daphne busy so Bell could go face Hyakinthos directly. Nothing like a little firebolt to shock everybody and make your grand entrance, huh? Daphne and Lily try to aid and save their respective leaders. Until Bell takes a near fatal blow from Hyakinthos’ homing blast. Because he still survives, Hyakinthos gets mad and is going to kill him. But this is all just a ploy as Bell is utilizing what Aiz told him about people getting predictable when they let their guard down. Bell is able to predict his moves, dodges and then slugs him one in the face to knock him out! OMG! One punch man?! With that, Hestia Familia wins! An upset! I bet all those who betted on Apollo Familia lost big. Hestia having the last laugh now executes her demands: All his property confiscated, his Familia disbanded and Apollo himself is eternally banned from Orario. This means Hestia Familia now use Apollo’s mansion as their base. Hestia draws their Familia’s emblem. Hmm… They say it is a mix of flame and a bell but I just see some lousy doodle… Or ink blot…

Episode 5
Lily says her final goodbye to Souma. Hestia Familia celebrates back at their newly and extensively renovated mansion to congratulate Bell in reaching level 3. Oh, everyone agrees he should also be their leader. Toast to a new Hestia Familia! Thanks to their victory in the War Game, their reputation has soared. This means lots of people want to join Hestia Familia! Lots of them! All mostly come from outside Orario. Everyone is sure agreeing to the hype Hestia is saying. And Lily making a list of people who can’t join. Hmm… Sexy pretty women… Loli characters that overlap hers… Suddenly Mikoto finds a strange letter. What’s this? Hestia Familia with 200 million valis debt?! And suddenly there were none. Not so hyped to join Hestia Familia now, eh? This letter has the signature of Hestia and Hephaistos. Remember that special knife she gave him? Yup. That’s how much it costs! Bell is so shocked at the price of the knife he has been using to slash, that he faints!!! Apparently Hestia forgot all about it but I guess sorry is a little too late. They have no money left from Apollo’s estate as it is mostly used for the renovation. More dungeon raiding to pay it off? Hestia doesn’t want to drag her family into this and will pay off the debts herself. Can she? 200 million sounds quite a lot… Once Bell wakes up, nothing like a talk in a warm nice bath with Welf to set things straight. Basically, lots of thanking and gratitude towards Hestia. Eavesdropping goddess so touched she wants to climb over to him right now?! And with that, Hestia vows to pay it off no matter how long it takes but hopes her family can help her out. While they are celebrating, Chigusa comes to see Mikoto. From the looks of it, bad news?

Episode 6
Mikoto sneaks out of the mansion. Bell, Welf and Lily tail her. They see her meet up with Chigusa as they enter the red light district?! I wonder if Bell is going to be traumatized with all the sexy women gunning for this cute innocent boy. Don’t worry. Lily the ‘protector’ will keep them at bay. When Mikoto is eventually busted, she reveals that she is here to look for a friend. Rumours has it that she who is born of a noble is working here and they want to see if this is true. Speaking of Bell, they realize he is no longer around. Swept away by the bevy of beauties, huh? He stumbles into Hermes who gives him some aphrodisiac to keep this a secret. Then he stumbles into Aisha Belka and her Amazon women who think they’ve scored big with this boy. He’s that War Game winner, right? They take him back to their home in which Bell realizes they are from Ishtar Familia. Before they could get their way with him, Ishtar Familia’s commander, Phryne Jamil wants to steal him. You mean this big ugly toad thinks she is helluva beautiful and that men can’t satisfy her?! I can see why so many men were ruined… To settle this, the Amazon chicks play a game of tag. Whoever gets Bell first, keeps him! Man, Bell must excel in running away. His chastity depends on it! Yeah, the word has now spread throughout the entire Ishtar Familia. He ends up in the quarters of a fox girl, Haruhime Sanjono. I guess both are newbies. So much so she passes out just by seeing his collarbone? She’s got a lot to learn as a prostitute… Later she learns the mix up and apologizes. They talk about themselves especially Haruhime who angered her father and was kicked out of her family and sold here as a slave. They both click well as they love reading adventure stories. It’s time for Bell to go so she leads him out through a safe passage. She laments her fate to be stuck here and no men will save her. Oh yeah. You know Bell’s next course of action… Meanwhile Hermes sees Ishtar to exchange some shady stuff. No men could resist her charms so after great sex, he spills all the beans. Including Bell. Hence she is now interested to steal him if he is the key to that woman’s weakness.

Episode 7
Boy, Hestia is not happy Bell went to the red light distract. That aphrodisiac isn’t making anything better. But she believes him he didn’t do anything weird. However she still doesn’t like the fact he went there and sends her Familia to clean the neighbourhood. Later Mikoto learns from Bell that he actually met Haruhime who is that noble she is looking for. But Lily warns them they can’t go save another person. Not just after their War Game. It is not right to put their own Familia in danger. Later Bell talks to Eina. She too freaks out learning where he went. He is here to learn about the Ishtar Familia. However it has records of its strong members and none about Haruhime. Eina then warns him that many years ago, many Familia accused Ishtar Familia of under reporting their actual strength. The Guild launch an investigation but found nothing. After that, Ishtar went after those who accused her and their Familia ended up destroyed. Furthermore, the Guild had to pay a fine as Ishtar claimed they exposed lots of her private detail. Mikoto tries to talk to Haruhime but the latter claims she doesn’t know her. She talks to Bell about this and cue for her childhood days with her. As a noble, she was always locked up in her home so Mikoto and co used to sneak her outside. After they left for Orario, they heard rumours she was tricked and sold off as a slave. As she is suffering now, that’s why she wants to save her. You bet Bell shares the same sentiments too. Coincidentally Hermes is here and they talk about this. Although they can’t risk a war between Familia, Haruhime being a prostitute makes things easier because she can be bought. As she is a non-combatant, she won’t be expensive. Hermes wants to know more details so he could speak to Ishtar about this. But the moment he learns Haruhime is a renard, he lets them in on a secret. That night he was delivering a Killing Stone to Ishtar. Speaking of her, Ishtar plans to kidnap Bell and turn him her slave so as to see Freya’s reaction. After the Killing Stone ritual, they will start a war with Freya. Right now they must kidnap Bell but not attract the public’s attention nor must Freya Familia find out about this. So as Bell and co fight monsters to earn money, Ishtar Familia use this dungeon raiding as a guise to kidnap Bell. Aisha attacks Bell the moment they come into contact.

Episode 8
Although Mikoto assists Bell, Aisha and her Amazon reinforcements are too strong for them to handle. Though captured, unfortunately Phyrne steals Bell for herself. This has Aisha and the rest initiate a huge search. You bet Bell is going to be traumatized if Phyrne starts eating him. Is it no wonder why he doesn’t have a boner? Let’s say Phryne will come back with something stronger than Viagra. Luckily Haruhime knows of this place and frees him. Bell is so happy that he can’t stop hugging her. Can we save this later before the fat toad comes back? As she leads him out, Bell tells of his Familia’s intention to buy her. But she doesn’t look relieved as she has already made her peace with what’s going to happen. Uhm, you want to walk faster too? Because Phyrne could catch up any time. Hestia and Takemikazuchi are brainstorming why their Familia were ambushed. Until Hestia mentions something about Bell telling her about Killing Stone, Takemikazuchi fears the worst. So this ritual is supposed to seal the soul of a renard? Even with a small fragment of the stone, it gives you the power known as youjutsu. Once the ritual is done, the stone is smashed into pieces. Yup, an irreversible ritual. Coincidentally, after Haruhime freed Mikoto, the latter snuck around and found a library containing contents of what the Killing Stone ritual is. The moment Bell and Haruhime emerge out on the streets, Mikoto angrily confronts Haruhime for she intends to be a sacrifice. Aisha then snatches Haruhime. She reveals Ishtar’s Familia to start a war with Freya Familia. Bell should have noticed their skirmish in the dungeon was because of the power of youjutsu. They have no qualms sacrificing Haruhime as her death was long ago decided. When Bell reprimands their actions, Aisha must have had time to tell some flashback story of herself. Eventually, it is how Ishtar Familia works and she cannot disobey her goddess. Then she throws back a question to Bell. Why does he not move to save Haruhime? Is he worried about dragging his Familiar into a war? She is disappointed he isn’t the man she envisioned him to be. In that case she cannot let him have Haruhime. With other Amazon reinforcements here, Mikoto is forced to take a stunned and depressed Bell by his hand and run. Is he really living up to Aisha’s criticism?

Episode 9
Oh Bell, you’re going to be depressed and think long and hard about this? Guess not. Because he decides to go save Haruhime even if it means making Ishtar Familia enemies. The plan isn’t just to save Haruhime because if that fails, they need a way to destroy the Killing Stone ritual. Bell makes his offensive attack. Damn, his firebolt so powerful the Amazons can’t do anything. Then he has to face off with the ugly toad and Aisha but Ishtar wants them to leave this boy to him and to prepare the ritual. Ishtar reveals her plans to take down Freya Familia. So it’s all about jealousy because the men consider Freya more beautiful than her? She is going to f*ck Bell and shut him up but apparently this guy can resist her charms. Looking at his stats, he has some spell that crystalizes emotions. This means he is immune to divine charms. While Ishtar is left in shock and possibly insulted, Bell got away. You’d think that Haruhime as an important factor for the ritual, she should have more than 2 guards guarding her. ONLY 2 FREAKING GUARDS. No wonder Mikoto easily dispatches them so we can have some argument why Haruhime doesn’t want to be saved. She thinks she doesn’t have the right to be saved with this tainted body. Even if there are those who are okay, she is not. Not when she knows it puts Bell well in danger. Then reinforcements come and Mikoto gets ‘defeated’. But she comes back in time just after they set everything up for the ritual. However she becomes a punching bag to Samira. Just before defeat, she plays dirty. It looks like she is clinging herself onto Samira and chanting a self-destruct spell. This panics her as she tries to get her off. Don’t worry, nobody died in this light purification magic. Just that Mikoto bows out and it’s cue for Bell to take over. Fast enough, he destroys the sword that would supposedly kill and seal Haruhime.

Episode 10
Ishtar is shocked that her domain is in flames. Well, Freya Familia is attacking. At the same time, Hestia and Takemikazuchi Familiar head in to rescue their comrades. Despite the ritual over, Haruhime still thinks she is not worthy of Bell because of her status as prostitute. That kind of status only taints the hero. But you know, Bell doesn’t care about that. He doesn’t want her to think she is worthless. He hasn’t heard her truth yet. Mad Phryne wants Haruhime to boost her up so she could crush Bell. However she boosts Bell instead. Haruhime pleads for Bell to save her as she is tired of selling her body and doesn’t want to hurt others anymore. He is able to fight on par with the mad toad. I think too much jumping has the ground collapsing? Don’t worry, only Phryne fell through. Of course she survives but stumbles into Ottarl. She tries to attack him but he easily twists her hand. She tries to weasel her way out and offer her body. But she did the unthinkable by comparing herself to Freya. Ottarl becomes mad and smashes her!!! One flat dead toad coming up. Bell is now left to face Aisha. Does she want to see how much he has grown as a man? Eventually after all that hard hitting moves, Bell emerges victorious. Got to be his trademark firebolt to finish her. Ishtar tries to escape but here comes Freya. She’s here to talk. More accurately, say goodbye. Ishtar is cornered and frustrated that Freya’s beauty stands far above her despite being the same. Same? Freya thinks the difference is elegance. Ishtar’s jealousy is at her peak so Freya slaps her off the ledge. Can goddess die from that fall? Well apparently now she becomes a beam of light. As explained, this means she is summoned back to heaven and can never return to this lower world again. Gee, I wonder who wrote such rules. Haruhime is glad now she is free. More happy news when their Familia comes to pick them up. It seems everything is part of Hermes’ plan although he didn’t think it would go out of control like this. He believes in creating Bell as the last hero. Something that Zeus failed to achieve that Orario will accomplish.

Episode 11
Ares, the god and ruler of the Kingdom of Rakia is trying to attack Orario. However his soldiers are only ordinary men so they naturally lose to the monstrous might of the Orario adventurers. Aisha sees off Haruhime since she is now under Hestia Familia. Aisha and some of her other Amazon girls are going to Rakia seeing that there is war going on, some men might be in need of their service. Bell talks to Hermes who tells him about the Three Great Quests that the world wants to see from Orario. That old ancient tale involved the great Familia defeating ancient monsters. Behemoth and Leviathan were defeated by Zeus and Hera Familia but were wiped out. The final monster is the Black Dragon. Since this ‘story’ has yet to be completed, every adventurer in Orario has a right to be that hero. Things must be easy with Haruhime as the maid. Hestia gets the wrong idea that Bell is flirting with Haruhime, gets jealous and imposes a no contact rule. This causes Lily to argue with her. I guess the same rules don’t apply to a goddess, huh? So Hestia asks if some goddess declares her love for him, will he accept? He right away rejects because there is no way that would happen as they both come from different worlds. Obviously, Hestia becomes mad at baka Bell and runs away. Yeah, everybody agrees it is Bell’s fault this time. Time to go look for her. Meanwhile Ares tells his aide, Marius that he plans to kidnap a god from Orario to turn things around! Yes, this guy doesn’t think… Bell meets Miach and Hephaistos and tells of his problem. They admit that gods sometimes do fall in love with humans and sometimes in different forms too. The idea is to respect a god’s love. You can accept or reject it but do not fear it. Hestia is sulking and somehow ends up doing some potato delivery errand? As she heads outside Orario’s walls, Ares who just arrived, spots her and promptly kidnaps her! Bell sees a commotion and good thing Aiz is nearby. She fills him in about Hestia being kidnapped. The problem is the enemy split into many groups and they can’t tell which is carrying the real Hestia. Don’t worry, Hermes will have Asfi guide them. Bell follows Aiz until they catch up with Ares. That guy really thinks he can fight Aiz. His sword broke! Hestia manages to free herself but slips off the ravine. Bell dives down to save her. Aiz too. Is this what you call leap of faith? Yeah well, rapid rapids below.

Episode 12
Don’t worry. When you see Hestia waking up in bed, everybody’s safe and sound. Yeah, thank goodness for the small village nearby. I bet Hestia wants to stay this way a little longer because you know, Bell by her side… Since the village is preparing for the festival, Bell helps out too. There are Black Dragon scales everywhere that the villagers worship as an altar as it keeps monsters away from attacking. This prompts Bell to remember about the Three Great Quests as the villagers feel the irony that if the Black Dragon is defeated, their village will no longer be safe. When Bell returns, Karm the village elder talks to him. Showing him an emblem, he was once in a Familia and was in love with a goddess. She reciprocate his love but he failed to protect her. By saving him from monsters, she was killed and returned to heaven. Karm miraculously survived and has thoughts on following her but realized he must not waste the life she has given him. So his advice to him is to take care of his goddess. That night, the festival gets underway. Hestia even learning some legend of the dance to become lovers. Yeah Bell, wouldn’t you like to ask your goddess’ hand for the dance? And he did because he remembers what Hestia said about a goddess loving him and also Karm’s words. Festival somewhat ruined because Karm is dying. Hestia goes talk to him as he mentions about the goddess he loved, Brigid. Hestia knows her as they used to play a lot in heaven. Dying man fears both to see and not to see her and because he still has regrets, Hestia acts and plays as Brigid to make his passing easier. Later Bell talks to Hestia if Karm would ever see Brigid. Hard to say. She thinks Bell still believes humans and gods shouldn’t be together. He worries that humans will die before them. Like when his grandpa died, he cried so hard and it didn’t change anything. So he fears that same thing again. Hestia assures she will always be by his side no matter what. Even when Bell is gone, reincarnated or aeons has passed between them or even Bell is no longer Bell, she will still come to find him. Enough assurance for you, Bell? Damn, he’s already bawling like a baby. Next day after praying at Karm’s grave, the trio make their way back to Orario.

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Prostitutes In A Red Light District?
Well people, looks like we don’t have to wait for another 4 years to get another season. Because there is a third season coming by mid of 2020. Good news, right? Yeah, this means there will be no time wasting in between the waiting years for another trolling side story. Phew. Glad we could just jump straight to a real sequel. Notwithstanding that final scene in the final episode whereby a new character was being ‘born’ in the dungeon (hence the catalyst for the next season), why does it feel like this final episode is just one big roundabout way to ascertain for sure about Bell and Hestia’s relationship? For the longest time their relationship has been in status quo. Bell just wanting to be with his goddess and Hestia trying to get naughty with him. With this mini experience, I’m sure they’ll take their relationship a little more seriously. I doubt it would be to a whole new level but better than the status quo than before. So love your goddess, eh? Ah well, can’t say the same for Aiz and Loki. See that girl avoid her goddess like the plague? Better quit Loki Familia and join Hestia Familia!

This season’s stories are rather okay. Sometimes I feel it isn’t living up to its name in the title anymore. Besides, I feel that there is practically no dungeon raiding this season. Sure, they venture into the dungeons for some adventure but it is hardly the setting of the story for this season. It’s like as though the dungeon has been side-lined and taken a back seat while the stories for this season unfolds in Orario. Oh well, the dungeon was the setting of the final arc of the first season so I guess this season they want to take the story to another direction and instead of fighting monsters in the dungeon, they are fighting for the freedom of others in Orario! Goodbye dungeon raiding, hello Familia wars…

Basically the second season can be divided into 2 main arcs with the first one fighting against Apollo Familia with the plot to establish Hestia Familia for real and the second storyline fighting against Ishtar Familia with the plot to add another member to Hestia Familia. While looking at it generally looks interesting but somehow I feel that it isn’t anything special. Sure, it is to develop and establish a family bond among the Hestia Familia and to see how strong Bell has grown. Like the War Games with Apollo Familia, I don’t know, it felt just easy for Hestia Familia to win. I know, they’re the heroes and main characters of this series. But with all the odds stacked against them, they actually did the impossible which is 0.001%, Hey, the chances aren’t zero. Also, Apollo Familia underestimated them and that contributed to their downfall. And only with such great obstacles that Hestia Familia is finally a whole seeing that it forced members from other Familia to seek permission to leave and join another Familia. Also, it gives Hestia Familia a (huge) place they can call home instead of that rundown ‘love shack’. Yeah… Then for saving prostitute Haruhime, it doesn’t feel so much about the Killing Stone ritual but more of Bell and Haruhime contemplating and coming to terms with what they want and must do. Because if Ishtar had been planning to defeat Freya for a long time, you don’t think she’d allow this little slip up and mistake to make her plans come undone so easily just like that, huh?

Bell and Hestia are the 2 main characters so we get to see more of them. Though, Haruhime seems to take more of the spotlight than Hestia in her arc. So we get it. Family ties are important. The bonds and everything. Hestia Familia might be the smallest Familia ever in all of Orario but at least they are close to each other, which could be impossible for a big Familia with so many members. Yup, the perks of being closely knitted when your family is small. This means many of the other characters fall by the wayside. Like Welf, Syr, Ryuu, Eina and even Aiz herself. With Bell being so busy trying to save Haruhime, it looks like they’re trying to set up some romance between them and erase the initial romance of Bell x Aiz. Still remember that elegant dance they had together in the first episode at Apollo’s party? Yeah, I almost forgot about it… Last episode almost hinted they might have another go had not that goddess thingy hogged it all and made Aiz just some lady in waiting literally. So Aiz, still thinking of not leaving Loki Familia for Hestia Familia? I bet Bell would be the happiest guy in the entire universe and heaven. Not so for Hestia, though… Lily had a fair screen time just so as to justify why she can leave her Familia officially. But after that, she’s more like blending in the background with the rest.

What are the odds that Bell becomes the centre of attention of 2 different gods? Both equally vain themselves. First we got Apollo who wants cute Bell for all himself because apparently his old toys aren’t giving him the same excitement anymore. And then we got sexy Ishtar who wants to get back at Freya just for being more beautiful than her and what a plan she has by, wait for it, involving Bell. Oh Bell, you’re such a lucky guy who wants to be loved by so many gods. Albeit for differing reasons. They only lose because they look down and underestimate our heroes. Yeah, even gods can falter. I see they have to involve Freya too because she feels like the final antagonist with an ulterior motive. I could be wrong but she always gives off that feel to me. The series hasn’t reached its climax or anything yet so no need for Freya to show us more than she needs to and keep us in the dark of her true motives. Hermes might look like he is playing some dumb cowboy but he could be the one pulling all the strings behind everybody’s back. So he is another one to look out for although for now he looks like is on Bell’s side.

One of the strangest lore that I am still confused just thinking about it is how gods and deities are banished from coming down to the lower world. Gods are eternal so that means if they are forever banished, you really mean that until the end of time they cannot return? So I guess Apollo must find his new entertainment in other kingdoms while Ishtar I don’t even know getting killed means you aren’t qualified to play with the mortals anymore. So theoretically if you kill a god or goddess, you can banish them forever? Don’t they get a second chance? I don’t know, maybe another reincarnation in a thousand years? Can’t current gods and goddesses just go back and forth from heaven and Earth as they like? Maybe I’m missing something here and I’m too lazy to research more about this since I’m not really that big of a fan of this series. Uh huh. Eventually my fault that I don’t get it. So for now, Orario is safe from Apollo being a dick to steal mortals he loves as well as the heavenly seduction of Ishtar. Oh man, is Orario going to be a clean and morally upright town now that Ishtar’s district no longer exists? Not even the gods here are absolute when they come down to the world of mortals.

With Hestia mentioning that mortals who die and their souls go to heaven, they become purified into some sort of clean slate of sheet (wiping out all memories and emotions in your previous life), the way she briefly explains it sounds like reincarnation is part of the setting of this world. Hence it got me thinking of this conspiracy theory that perhaps Bell is a soul whom Hestia knew for a very long time ago. Somebody that she was very much in love with. That is why she is flirty and trying to get so close to him because she found that person whom she has always been in love before. That is why when Hestia told Bell that she will always be with him no matter how old he grows or what state his soul is, this only makes me curious that this conspiracy theory might be very well true. Did you not notice Hestia saying all that in a very calm and confident manner? Because she already knew about Bell, who he was and all… And though Bell claimed he is being grateful to her and hence him sticking around her, something in his old latent soul attracts him to stick with her, making my conspiracy theory even more ‘credible’. Oh dear. I don’t know if this would be the ultimate twist of the story! I don’t even know if I should feel happy or worried if this ever turns out so! OMG… I just created an unnecessary spoiler and anxiety!!! Time to distract my mind and talk about fanservice…

Fanservice. I wonder with the red light district arc, did they ramp up the fanservice? Even with lots of sexy half-naked Amazon women running around, I just didn’t feel turned on. Yeah, the real killer is that fat ugly toad! Hope I never have to see this rapist in the next season ever again! And Hestia’s boobs are well, still there. Don’t worry, they aren’t going anywhere. Still jiggling them from time to time… Is it me or does Bell seemed like he was in danger of getting pseudo raped on many occasions? Yeah, with all that has happened, it is amazing that this guy still manages to stay a virgin and his chastity safe in the end. If you’re not into the fanservice, maybe the action scenes would entertain you. They look better and choreographed better this time.

With old seiyuus retained for this sequel, the new ones added to this season include Haruka Chigusa as Haruhime (Sylvia in Gakusen Toshi Asterisk), Akeno Watanabe as Aisha (Rito in To Love-Ru), Takako Honda as Ishtar (Hone Onna in Jigoku Shoujo), Kimiko Saitou as Phyrne (Chieko in Kuragehime), Ryota Ohsaka as Apollo (Vali in High School DxD), Kenn as Hyakinthos (Jinbei in Mushibugyou) and Chikahiro Kobayashi as Ares (Sugimoto in Golden Kamuy). Just like last season, Yuka Iguchi sings the opening theme, Hello To Dream. Since she wasn’t in her trademark cutie voice, I didn’t realize it was her singing this generic anime pop. The ending theme, Sayakana Shukusai by Sora Tob Sakana might sound a bit out of place. With its jazzy fanfare and jazzy bass pickings, it feels a lot like Broadway music and the carnival-like atmosphere of the song sounds contradictory to the tone of the series. Ah well, got to show how much fun Hestia Familia is having. A Familia that is happy together, sticks together. Obviously.

Overall, not really better than the first season and picky people might start to wonder if it derailed from its name. Uh huh. No more picking up girls in the dungeon and in place of dungeon raiding adventures, we have Familia starting wars with Hestia Familia just for the silliest of reasons. I don’t think jiggling more of Hestia’s boobs would save the season either since come to think of it, she is starting to feel a lot annoying and bratty with her whims and fancies. And oh, Bell x Aiz romance didn’t really go anywhere so it’s a bummer. Maybe now I understand that is why the third season will be coming in soon just a year later after the second season went on air. Because of this disappointment as well as Aiz’s side story a couple of years back, they might want to flush away all the frustrated feelings of fans who felt ‘cheated’ that the sequel didn’t live up to their expectations. Maybe the answer was already obvious in the title. It’s definitely wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon after all. Tinder, anyone?

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!!! Yeah. It has been a decade so I guess I’m still around watching animes. Last year had many ups and downs watching so many anime series and like always, I hope this year would bring about better ones. Oh well, another 10 more years hopefully for me.

Day O/ Daylight come and me wanna go home/ Come Mister Tally Man/ Tally me banana… Ah, yes. Bananas. That yellow edible fruit that everyone believes to be rich in potassium. A food that is also associated with monkeys because the media ‘brainwashed’ us into thinking it is their favourite food. That doesn’t mean that it is also not the favourite food for some humans. Hence listed below are the Anime Characters Who Love To Eat Bananas. Also a ‘naughty’ fruit if you’re thirsty and ‘hungry’ enough to associate with a certain male anatomy… Also, the most used ‘tool’ for gag comedy purposes because they’re the only fruits whose peel you can slip on. Wow. Bananas so useful in so many ways…

Anime: Aho Girl.
Banana lover: Yoshiko Hanabatake.
Thoughts: Currently the most famous banana lover across the entire history of anime. Stupid, annoying and full of energy. Makes you wonder if the bananas she consumed over the years are the one making her stupid or keeping her from wreaking even more havoc. Oddly, when she was young, she knew what a dick is but not a banana? And then Akuru introduced her to this delicious thing and the rest is history.

Anime: Girls Bravo.
Banana lover: Miharu Sena Kanaka.
Thoughts: You know a girl loves her banana by the way she touches, licks and sucks on them. It’s amazing no porn director has scouted her ever since. Just kidding! But thanks to this, the shop owner experiences an increase in business. Bravo to bananas!

Anime: Da Capo.
Banana lover: Miharu Amakase.
Thoughts: Hmm… Another banana lover by the name of Miharu? Well, at least this one has a different reason why she loves bananas. As an android, she is powered by bananas! Weird technology, but okay. If it’s the thing that gives you energy to move, might as well love it. Also to note that in Da Capo II, android Minatsu Amakase also consumes bananas for energy but unlike her Miharu counterpart, she hates them and only eats them so as to stay alive.

Anime: Azumanga Daioh.
Banana lover: Tomo Takino.
Thoughts: Coming from the mouth of the resident idiot herself. Yup, when asked what her favourite food is, she doesn’t bat an eyelid to say it is bananas. What else more is there to say for this lovable idiot?

Anime: Kage Kara Mamoru.
Banana lover: Yuuna Konnyaku.
Thoughts: Just how much does this girl love her bananas? Why, she loves them so much that she has an original song dedicated to it! Banana Song is just freaking cute and awesome to listen to if you can put aside that it also sounds cringe worthy at times. That’s what probably the judges of the talent contest think after hearing it the first time. I guess once is more than enough…

Anime: Love Hina.
Banana lover: Kaolla Su.
Thoughts: I don’t remember much about seeing Kaolla chowing down bananas like as though she is an obsessed maniac over it. But it is listed in her bio-data that bananas are her favourite food. I guess it is only natural that if you come from a tropical land, you’ll tend to like tropical fruits such as bananas. And maybe turtles?! Hope she just sticks to eating bananas and not go after Tama every time. Then I won’t have to hear, “Mmm… Turtles taste like… Bananas”!

Anime: Eyeshield 21.
Banana lover: Tarou “Monta” Raimon.
Thoughts: I didn’t see this American football themed anime at all. But I’m guessing that the only male on this list and wide receiver who looks a lot like a monkey would also show some monkey-like traits like making monkey cries occasionally, good at catching things and the love for snacking on bananas (by now you should know the link between monkeys and bananas are just a myth).

Anime: Inugami-san To Nekoyama-san.
Banana lover: Sora Sarutobi.
Thoughts: Oh, another character that is modelled after the monkey? Don’t worry. She doesn’t look close to one although she exhibits some of the monkey traits. Like her love for bananas. She might not want to admit it but her actions don’t lie. Try refuting all that with a banana in hand…

Going Bananas…
So why are bananas mostly associated with dumb people? Even we have that idiom, banana head referring to those who are silly. So are bananas the foods for the dumb ones? Let’s hope it is just a coincidence. A very big coincidence. Hey, there is no scientific research to make that direct correlation, right?!

This list is not meant to be exhaustive as there could be other anime characters out there who have a thing for bananas but unfortunately my Google power is not strong. And I thought this would be an easy topic but then I realized trying to list down and going back to my previous blogs and do some research, wow, there aren’t actually that many, huh? There are some that I exclude such as Mayuri Shiina from Steins;Gate because I couldn’t find any concrete supporting evidence to confirm that she actually loves banana despite I read somewhere that she is mostly seen eating this. Yeah, I didn’t see that anime so that’s that.

Others that I did not include are just one-off events. For instance, Momoka Sonokawa from Sabagebu. It was just an episode she went on a banana diet after becoming super size me. This has her mom thinking she likes bananas and continued to make banana dishes for her. Then there’s the case of the girls in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes and Yuru Camp whereby the former were just being the idiotic detectives they are by succumbing to banana treats instead of doing real investigating while the latter had them stranded on an island filled with bananas as their only source of food. It just happened in a single episode and doesn’t constitute to them being overall banana lovers.

So if you love those six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch, keep continue to chow down those potassium goodness. As long as you’re enjoying whatever food you love, there’s no reason to be ashamed of the way you eat them. Uhm, don’t go overboard eating them in too sexy a manner. Bye. Gotta make like a banana and split.

Top Bishoujos of 2019

December 29, 2019

Emergency! EMERGENCY ALERT LEVEL 5!!! I thought last year was the worst and couldn’t get any worse than that. But you know what? It did. I’m talking about the decline in the number of bishoujos for my year-end blog since 2015. What a steady decline (nosedive, to be more accurate) it has been ever since. So you think last year 31 was bad, huh? Wait till you see the total for this year. Uh huh. Drumroll please… this total year’s bishoujos amount to… 19 bishoujos! That’s right. Count them. OMG… OMFG! Wow. Really, I have to question if I am getting bored in this or my tastes have radically altered during the course of the year or the anime industry just couldn’t bother designing hot babes to my taste. Heh. Maybe it’s all of them. Oh well, the only ‘good’ thing with a lesser field of competitors is that I could spend less time in deciding who tops the final list. And here they are, the Top 10 Bishoujos of 2019 in alphabetical order:

1) Ann Takamaki (Persona 5 The Animation)

2) Esther Rosenthal (To Aru Kagaku No Accelerator)

3) Helmine (Uchi No Musume)

4) Lilietta (Otona No Bouguya-san)

5) Lily Someya (Joshikousei No Mudazukai)

6) Mamako Oosuki (Okaa-san Online)

7) Miyabi Takaoka (Midara Na Ao-chan Benkyou Ga Dekinai)

8) Myne (Tate No Yuusha No Nariagari)

9) Receptionist (Goblin Slayer)

10) Tomoe Koga (Seishun Buta Yarou Wa Bunny Girl Senpai Wo Yume Minai)

A big congratulations to the top 10 who made the cut. As for the balance 9 of them, well, here are their honourable mentions in alphabetical order: Charlotte de Valois (Ulysses- Jeanne d’Arc To Renkin No Kishi), Hephaestion (Lord El-Melloi II Case Fales: Zeppelin Grace Note), Hina Tachibana (Domestic Na Kanojo), Kitsuno Ikoma (Nobunaga-sensei No Osanazuma), Lecia (Tate No Yuusha No Nariagari), Nancy Schaal Bancroft (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi E), Niina Sugawara (Araburu Kisetsu No Otome-domo Yo),Reina Kuroda (Circlet Princess) and Tsubasa Arihara (Hachigatsu No Cinderella Nine).

Thank goodness I still have these duo in mind:

What are the chances next year not having enough to make a top 10 list???!!! Crossing my fingers that this unthinkable will not EVER happen. I’m hoping that I have already reached the bottom of the most bottom and when you are at that position, the only direction left is to go up, up and way up! Hah. Hopefully. Until then, I’m going to claim that this year’s lack of numbers is due to quality over quantity! Heh. You can’t put a quantitative measure on beauty! Long Live Anime Bishoujos!

Anime Awards of 2019

December 28, 2019

Ever since I have started watching anime so many years ago, never have I ever thought of making a list of the best and worst anime series for the year. Perhaps it was because a big majority of them fall under the ‘passable’ threshold according to my personal standards whether or not the show is good or bad or boring. Therefore I couldn’t really decide. Or too lazy to pick. But I could if I wanted too. Like this year. Uh huh. So for the first time ever, here are some of the awards for the top and best anime stuffs for 2019 (and also some worst ones):

Best 2019 Overall Anime Series:
Shingeki No Kyojin S3 (part 1 & 2)

Ah yes, this one easily tops all the other series thanks to its intense action and storytelling especially the climax and finale that it will be building up to come 2020.

Other notable mentions:
* Boku No Hero Academia S3: Plus Ultra! Young superheroes to the fore! Only bummer: All Might retired!!!
* One Punch Man S2: More superheroes! More monsters! More action! Only bummer: Cliff-hanger ending and not enough Saitama action!
* Overlord III: More Ains-sama ruling the world! Only discontent: Cliff-hanger ending.
* Kakegurui XX: More devilish gambling! Only let-down: Cliff-hanger ending.
* Golden Kamuy S2: The hunt for gold continues! Only disappointment: Don’t hold your breath, yup, it’s that damn cliff-hanger ending again.

Best 2019 New Anime Series:
Kouya Kotobuki No Hikoutai

Noticed somehow those in the best anime series are sequels? I suppose they have established something good in the previous season, it is mainly building from there that adds to the positive vibes. So I decided to put just another subcategory just for an entirely new series. This propeller themed flight series easily tops it because of its exhilarating first person view flight scenes. Definitely took my breath away.

Other notable mentions:
* Zombie Land Saga: Never judge a zombie flick by its cover. Oh, this isn’t a zombie flick in the first place.
* High Score Girl: OMG! Retro gaming! Screw that whatever love triangle. Retro arcade gaming da best!!!

Best 2019 Anime Short:
Joshikausei

The only reason why I loved this series because… It had no dialogue!!! If only the final scene didn’t ruin it with its first ever speech. Could have been utterly perfect…

Best 2019 Ecchi Anime:
Nande Koko Ni Sensei Ga

Getting into mind boggling fanservice situations with your teacher? No matter how absurd each embarrassing situation looks, it is like as though God really wants them to f*ck. And hence your great fapping material without resorting to porn!

Worst 2019 Anime Series:
Ore Ga Suki Nano Wa Imouto Dakedo Imouto Ja Nai

Bad production quality and dumb storyline, characters and everything literally ruined the entire series. Even more so, the ecchi rom-com genre that I so often love to watch. You know it is sleazy, cheesy and crappy but it really went overboard and even plummeted below the lowest of the lowest of expectations.

Other notable mentions:
* Kenja Na Mago: Oh no. Not anther f*cking isekai with an overpowered main character!!! Just one step short of being the worst anime because this guy got no Smartphone…
* Kemurikusa: Boring… Super boring!!!
* Satsuriku No Tenshi: Yawn… ZzzZzzZzz… F*cking boring and disappointing!!! That f*cking annoying promise they keep making to each other and reminding us viewers…
* Shoumetsu Toshi: Even worse than RErideD: Tokigoe No Derrida. This sci-fi parallel world thingy has so many plot holes that it makes a Swiss cheese look like a baby in comparison. Just gimme the scooter so I can ride out of this hellhole!

Worst 2019 Ecchi Series:
Nobunaga-sensei No Osanazuma

They turned a descendent of the great Nobunaga into some sleazy perverted teacher. Then they throw his horny concubines from the past to the present time just to fight over to be laid. Worst of all, they trolled us with that F*CKING GAY SEX MOMENT!!!!!! ARGH! MY EYES!!!

Weirdest 2019 Anime Series:
Sarazanmai

I never did drugs before but after watching this, I think I know what it’s like to be so high. Kappa and butt holes, I don’t even know what more to say…

Other notable mentions:
* Gyakuten Saiban S2: WTF???!!! IGI ARI!!! FYI, this is not how the court system works. I repeat, this is not how the court of law works!!!
* Pastel Memories: WTF?! Japan without all the otaku stuffs?! Girls trying to save the otaku world?! Could have been one of the worst animes had I not had fun spotting which anime it spoofed. This is not the future of Japan!
* Conception: WTF???!!! They trolled us with this pseudo sex thingy???!!! This is not how making babies work. This is not how any of this love making works!

Best 2019 Anime Song:
Onegai Muscle (Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru)

Ah, without a doubt, the catchy tune of this workout anime series really got my attention so much so I can’t stop listening to it even until today. Imagine listening to the song on a half hour medley and the boredom hasn’t even set in yet! How is this not the best song of the year?!

Other notable mentions: Love Is War (Kaguya-sama Wa Kokurasetai), Wagamama (Domestic Na Kanojo), Believe In Sky (Pastel Memories), Tsuujou Kougeki Ga Zentai Kougeki De Ni-kai Kougeki Mama (Okaa-san Online), Naked Flower (Murder Princess), Hibari (Lord El Melloi II Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note).

Weirdest 2019 Anime Song:
This Is Yuusha But Zannen (Uchi No Musume)

Imagine hearing the voice of Accelerator singing a f*cking cute song… I don’t find this song entirely bad but my hair can’t stop standing on ends…

And so that is this year’s list. Sorry if it looks and sounds a lot incomplete as it doesn’t include best and worst characters as well as splitting the anime series into other genres like sports, fantasy, romance, comedy, action, drama, etc. Well, maybe next year when I am more organized. Heh. This is officially my first time, you know ;p. Seeing that there are quite a number of animes that I like and outnumbering those that I really dislike (doesn’t count those that are bad but still passable and hence not listed), well it goes to show that perhaps there is still hope that there are good animes being made. Hopefully there would be better animes in the next coming year and while I really wish that there would be no worst animes, that isn’t quite realistic at all. With the good, there must also be the bad. We’ll see then when the time comes.

Strike The Blood III

December 27, 2019

Oh dear. Looks like with Strike The Blood III, I guess this means I have to watch the third season altogether now, huh? My third season of the series, huh? No, senpai. This is our third season! I didn’t think this would get another season but I was wrong. I did. And again, following its previous season’s format, it is released via OVA format and this means taking almost the entire year just to come out all 10 episodes for this season. Oh God. I don’t know why I must watch this series. It’s not that I am a huge fan of it. It’s not like I remember every detail of what happened in the previous season. It’s not that the harem and tits are… Oh wait. Maybe it’s that. All the headache and incomprehensibility just for some cheap fanservice that don’t even matter? Ah well, looks like my fight has just begun. Again. No, senpai. This is our fight! Again.

Tartaros Roses Arc

Episode 1
Kojou and his harem problems. More like his girls got problems. Like Nagisa reprimanding him not to wake up naked in front of her when she herself is in her lingerie. Then when he has no reaction, she gets jealous. What you want, girl?! And then a conversation with Yukina. Don’t know what she got so upset about. Did he say the wrong thing? And then Asagi… Never mind. Noticing that today’s class has many people late, it seems as Motoki reports, there has been a series of ships being grounded the moment they enter Itogami waters or passengers being food poisoned. What are the chances they aren’t coincidences? More women woes. Yukina already irritated seeing Kojou with Asagi. Nagisa takes a step higher as she shed tears the moment she sees them! Something not right… Now down to business. Kojou is captured by Natsuki to explain today’s problem. There has been already 21 cases of ship accidents today. The only thing in common is that all of them are heading towards Itogami. Because of this, no new people or goods can reach the island and so Itogami is effectively isolated. Natsuki suspected Kojou because only someone with vampire powers can do this. She thought capturing him would end this trickery but alas it didn’t. Yeah, we know this guy, why would he even do that?! After asking Yukina’s opinion on magical terrorism, this reminds Natsuki of a similar case whereby a Demon District in Europe was destroyed. The official reports said it was due to flooding but it was a deliberate terrorist act by Tartaros Lapus, a terrorist organization who commits magical terrorism in exchange for money. And the person behind it who can perfectly use feng shui like this is Takehito Senga. Yup, they need to find him to break this whatever diagram thingy. Then a call comes in saying that a director from Artificial Island Management Corporation has been sniped. Natsuki now well knows that this is definitely terrorism as they’re trying to throw their chain of command into chaos.

Meanwhile Nagisa is so confused about her feelings on Kojou that she runs away to a park and hangs out by herself. She meets and befriends December who claims she is here to witness the beginning of the end of the Demon District. Nagisa is then made unconscious and this summons out Avrora’s soul inside her. December assures her not to worry for this is their war and to return to her slumber. Then an explosion occurs at the administration’s HQ. Motoki is worried since it was his father, Akishige who is the president who got caught up in that explosion and his big brother, Kazuma who is a head of the operations won’t let him help. After Asagi learns from Kojou what is going on, she uses her hacking skills to get some info. But immediately she has to destroy her laptop as she was hacked back. Yup, some military grade virus not only infected her laptop but the Island Guard’s network too. Looks like Senga and December are in cohorts. The former is doing this because he has something he cannot forgive and thus putting an end to it all by using Tartaros Rose. Once Nagisa wakes up, December sends her back to Kojou. But the moment Kojou looks at December, those familiar and painful flashbacks flood his head. He realizes she is Avrora.

Episode 2
Kojou pretends nothing happened so December leaves. This has him thinking about December’s word that food is peace. This could mean Tartaros Lapus’ next target could be Itogami’s food stockpile. As they patrol around the warehousing site, suddenly huge golems attack. Apparently Natsuki was confronting Senga and they had a past. Just when she had the authorities surround to arrest him, here comes the golems. Kojou summons his familiar but is stopped by December who proclaims she is the leader of Tartaros Lapus. It seems she has the ability to control Kojou’s mind and seal whatever familiars she summoned. Luckily Natsuki comes to his aid. Then she realizes Senga and December are only distractions as Rogi the pyrokinetic is burning down the warehouses. As she is about to restrain them, December orders Carly to snipe Natsuki. Man, she really took a direct hit. December wants Kojou to join them but after he’s seen, no thanks. While Natsuki is okay but in comatose state, because of the hit from the magic bullet, Nina diagnoses she will take time to regain her consciousness. So Kojou and Yukina have a short while to lament their shortcomings. Can’t mope around forever. Better do Natsuki’s request to get more info on Tartaros Lapus. Just in luck, Rogi is here to bring them to see Senga who wants to talk to them. They are forced too since Carly has them in sights. Don’t want unnecessary casualties…

Senga explains that their aim is to destroy the Demon Districts. All the members in Tartaros Lapus have some history of being illegally used by the military and then abandoned. With Kojou still refusing to help, Senga reveals the true purpose of Itogami is an altar to resurrect Cain. Kojou laughs at this pathetic action of theirs. Even if they did try to ask for help and was shut down, was it because they really lacked proof? That’s not true because they themselves don’t believe in anyone else! So the irony of instead of destroying the Demon District to stop Cain’s resurrection, they should be saving the people who will be sacrificed for it! Well, he’s got a point. Senga realizes that their paths are different and since Tartaros Lapus will not back down from their methods, I guess this is it. After all, they have already set in motion to kill the Priestess of Cain which of course is no other than Asagi. Speaking of her, she visits Motoki who is puzzled with all the events happening. No word that Akishige has been found yet. Because if they wanted to throw the island into chaos, they would have killed Kazuma who is the real person in charge. Besides, it would take more than explosions to kill that old fart. Motoki’s sharp hearing saves Asagi from Carly’s snipe. Run! Kojou uses his familiar powers to rush over but is stopped by December. Then it becomes a battle of summoning and sealing familiars. Kojou looks like he is winning but Avrora’s soul plays cheat by asking if he is going to kill her again. Of course that guy can’t take any more pain to the head so he passes out. Senga comes to collect December and then has Ran to activate the Roses.

Episode 3
Kojou remembers the day he met Avrora and also that fateful day he become the Fourth Progenitor and killed her. A day known as the Scorched Banquet. Motoki and Asagi see demons hovering over the skies and those wearing demon bracelets are all incapacitated. Asagi realizes the hacking wasn’t for Island Guard but this. Now that they have been cut off, the only way is for Asagi to break into Keystone Gate and connect them back to Island Guard so the vaccine will continue to flow. Kojou wakes up after an hour. Mogwai telling him what has happened and it seems a large magic circle AKA Rose is hovering over Itogami. It is gathering magical energy from those bracelets. He hopes Kojou can take care of this as Asagi gets herself into Keystone Gate. With so many demons, can Kojou and Yukina handle it? Not if Sayaka, Shio, Yuiri and Grenda drop in to help. Nice timing for Yukina to take Kojou to a secluded room. She wants him to suck her blood because increasing his vampire powers could be the only way to maintain dominance over his familiars and defeat December. So why does she have to get naked if he is biting only her neck? Need to arouse the blood to the other head below?! HAHA! Oops, sorry… Anyway after blindfolding him, he digs in. Yeah, now I know. Can’t let the blood stain her nice uniform. No wonder her lingerie is also red. Apparently Kojou stops because at this rate her body cannot take it. Coincidentally Yuiri is here to bring Grenda to rest and Yukina gives permission to Kojou to do her in because it’s one-off. Isn’t every emergency one-off? With Kojou powered up, yeah those demons don’t stand a chance. But wait. The Four Heavenly Beasts that represent the directions in feng shui pop up. Is this what Tartaros Lapus is after? Sayaka then detects the one who activated the Rose. The location is Itogami’s abandoned district and Kojou realizes this would be the ideal place if Avrora is going to pop up one last time.

In order for Asagi to break into Keystone Gate, Motoki eats some pills to power up into some wind wraith and take out Carly. Meanwhile Natsuki returns as she restrains Rogi to find Senga’s whereabouts. Asagi manages to do all the hacking and it looks like it is going to affect Ran. She doesn’t mind dying this way but December unplugs her before she gets roasted. December narrates Ran’s tragic story only because maybe Kojou can understand why they’re doing this. Sure, he understands they have a reason to be angry. But instead of taking lives, he is going to save them. That’s why he will stop Tartaros Lapus. It’s his fight! No senpai. It’s our fight! When December summons Dabih-Crystallus, one of the Fourth Progenitor’s familiars, Kojou realizes that she is the Tenth Kaleid Blood and just a seal for the Fourth Progenitor’s powers like Avrora. December explains she was a captive for the Third Progenitor then, Chaos Bride. She was only released because she wanted to go to Itogami. Now that December has unleashed the seal, at the expense of her vanishing, at least the Four Heavenly Beasts will remain even if the Rose is gone. Not if Kojou and his girls can defeat them. Wow, they make it look so easy. December admits her defeat and hopes Kojou can send her comrades to a better facility. She gives him the power of the tenth familiar before vanishing. A before kiss before she goes. I guess Yukina allows it. Since it’s a sad occasion. Meanwhile Senga tries to continue with his mission but is shocked with the appearance of Akishige. Yeah, that old fart is still alive. It seems Akishige is pleased that Tartaros Lapus has done everything as planned including the Priestess of Cain entering the Coffin. Senga realizes too late that Tartaros Lapus was just pawns from the start and is killed off. Asagi is shocked to find herself that the spot she is in is Cain’s Coffin and Mogwai sounds like he did have an ulterior motive to lead her here.

The Time Of My Life Arc

Episode 4
With the restoration in progress, Kojou and co do some charity work to distribute food. All over the news is Asagi who has become a star after her hacking heroics. Heck, she is now an idol singing for peace! Woah! But Kojou feels something is wrong… Asagi looks a bit different. Then he finds out from her friend that this idol is just CGI and was done because the restoration wasn’t making any progress so they thought of cheering up the people this way. With Kojou looking so blur and oblivious, she can’t fathom why Asagi likes this dude. Yeah, he hasn’t even got a clue… Kojou and Yukina then goes to visit Motoki at the hospital but it seems he has been transferred to another hospital. Of course it is Kazuma who had a hand in this as he feels a normal hospital cannot protect him. Also, Kazuma wants him to succeed as the family head now that Akishige is assassinated since he has the proper lineage and abilities. Of course Motoki is free to decline and he will stopped being targeted. However doing so means losing their chance to save Asagi. Of course Natsuki will help them out. Sayaka is happy to become roommates with Yukina. Since nobody is home, she looks around and what’s this test kit?! It’s positive?! Freak out! Since Kojou lives next door, she knocks but only Nagisa is in. Asking about Yukina’s state, Nagisa describes what it seems to be pregnancy sickness symptoms! OMG! Can it be true?! Time to look for that bastard! Now Kojou and Yukina try to visit Asagi’s residence but it is heavily guarded by armed soldiers and you need a special permit. Come back again next time. On their way back, they are attacked by a mage who turns out to be Shike, Yukina’s master and also Nyanko’s true form. She was just testing her and looks like Yukina only powered up when Kojou was injured. Even so, she lost stamina after it’s over. Shike wants to confiscate her spear but Yukina won’t allow it and runs away with Kojou.

Yukina can’t go home now since she has disobeyed Shike, there might be pursuers waiting at home. So that’s what she meant when she said she doesn’t want to go home. It’s not like she wants to flirt with you, Kojou! Can’t stay under this bridge forever so Kojou takes her to a ramen store. Surprisingly they see Lydianne and Ibliss there. Lydianne tells them that she was infiltrating Keystone Gate but stumbled into Island Guard’s SSG, an official strike force comprised of demons who work directly under the administration’s board of directors. Lydianne tried to escape but SSG cornered her all the way. Just when she thought she was done for, Ibliss happened to be passing by and saved her. Since she is under his protection now, that’s how they ended up together. As for why she snuck into such a dangerous place, it is to rescue Asagi. You see, she is being confined in the deepest level of Keystone Gate. In the centre of this impregnable floor lies Cain’s Coffin where Asagi is imprisoned. Somebody needs to decipher that fake idol video because there is a hidden message from Asagi pleading for Kojou to save her!

Episode 5
Kojou and Yukina head down to Floor Zero to save Asagi. Gee, no security? Even with these weak sentries, Kojou is enough to dispatch them. But Yukina mad because he used his magic recklessly? Hey, he saved your ass! Inside this floor, they are shocked to see Meiga. He is also here for Asagi but unfortunately she isn’t anywhere to be seen. Since the guys hate each other’s guts, they start fighting. Meiga shows his true form as a manmade jiangshi AKA Chinese vampire. So he’s an immortal too, huh? And when he stabs Kojou, this shocks Yukina that she turns into an angel?! Hey, she should know that Kojou is immortal, right? So he gets back up and fires back at Meiga with his familiar. Suddenly the scene is cut to Kojou in a lab. Kanon is by his side as she explains they were found by Shike. Yukina is unconscious in the next room. But WTF Sayaka tries to kill him for ruining Yukina’s future?! Kanon’s dad and Shike enter to explain about Yukina having the power of a false angel known as Angel Faux (just like Kanon before). They also explain Meiga was once hired by Lion King to create divine weapons but died during one of its trial runs. However he was brought back to life and Shike suspected his grandfather, Senra turning him into a jiangshi. Due to his talents, Lion King hired him back but with lots of conditions. Hence Touka Fujisaka who was a Sword Shaman and first wielder of Sekkarou was tasked to observe him. Of course she is no longer is this world. She never returned after a mission. Immediately after that, Meiga turned bad before Natsuki threw him into prison. Although officially it is said that Touka died after fighting a group of mages on her own, the real reason is that she did not die. She evolved. She turned into Angel Faux.

Meiga finds himself alive and it is thanks to Vatler who saved him by interrupting Kojou’s familiar. Vatler knows about Meiga’s true objective to recreate the Cleansing that will wipe out everything from the face of the Earth. I guess Vatler has lived so long that he got bored of living? Kojou further thinks back on what Kanon’s dad and Shike explained about Angel Faux. Yukina will have no trouble if she continues to live a normal life but if she continues to use Sekkarou, this will rapidly progress her angel transformation and in no time she will be erased from this world and shift into some higher dimension. Then that pregnancy kit was actually some spiritual kit. Sayaka was devastated because this means Yukina knew about her condition beforehand. And she didn’t say anything to Kojou because perhaps a happy and ordinary life to her means being with Kojou? Oh, don’t start overthinking things now… Hence with Yukina out of action, tsundere Yukina will only help him save Asagi to save Yukina. Lydianne calls Kojou and has found Asagi’s whereabouts. The Coffin is docked in a submarine 400m below sea level under Itogami. Asagi seems to be enjoying her virtual life and has decent control over it. She is approached by Popess to make a deal. That is, she wants an eternal curse brand upon those who wield the power of the Sinful God. No can do. Asagi thinks she doesn’t benefit from this and would make everyone unhappy. I don’t think Popess is going to accept that since she wants to make everybody unhappy anyway. Kojou gets Natsuki to help him teleport to the Coffin. No can do. Got some magic barrier. But she notes it will resurface soon as the ritual for the Cleansing is almost complete. Then Meiga pops up. He is not pleased that Yukina is not with them. He is going to force her out then. Wow. All their combined powers can’t even scratch this jiangshi.

Episode 6
Natsuki warns Meiga’s power is the real deal because he can rewrite the laws of the world. So, basically like God? I don’t know how they can win this but they keep running until the Coffin shows up. And then Yukina pops up! And she turns into an angel to fend off Natsuki’s attacks. Meiga has help from Popess but ultimately it is Paper Noise who intervened and let Kojou and co escape. Wow. This is getting messy. In order to know why Meiga is trying to resurrect Cain, Natsuki calls a specialist who is no other than Kojou’s father, Gajou. Cleansing is about humans massacring demons on a large scale. But back then, demons were known as Gods. Cain was one of them and was somewhat banished. He met humanity and in his bid for revenge against the Gods, provided humanity with knowledge and tools like magic and magical artefacts. Even so, can humans defeat Gods like that? That is why Cain sought to rewrite how everything works. So by just turning Gods into demons, that loophole was enough to massacre them? Okay whatever. Of course the effect that Cain was also killed by a sect of divinity called Devas, those created and bestowed immense powers just for killing Gods. The strongest vampire, in other words, the Fourth Progenitor. We take slight distraction to see Sayaka in her drunk start. Meiga’s poison had alcohol so… Anyway Natsuki wants Kojou and the rest to leave Itogami so that they have a chance to fight back. Natsuki and Lydianne will decentralize the super computer. More Sayaka tomfoolery as she wants Kojou to suck her blood. Sexy time? Fortunately she passes out. Hence an excuse for Yukina to do it on her behalf. Because she sounds like this is the last time she will give his blood, Kojou refuses. Everyone will be sad if you’re gone! I guess that’s the reason why Yukina insists. Oh well. If she says so. Sorry to interrupt your feeding (why does it sound like sex… “Go deeper…”) but Shike is here to give Kojou a ring that will somewhat suppress Yukina’s Angel Faux. Why does this scene look like he is proposing to her, putting the ring on her finger?

Natsuki confronts Akishige trying to condemn the Coffin to the bottom of the ocean. However she won’t need to do anything as Meiga is here. Meiga doesn’t care if Cleansing destroys the world. That’s his intention anyway. Meiga thinks Kojou showing up isn’t a threat but Kojou knows that Meiga and Popess are not in real control of the Cleansing. Otherwise they won’t be down here at the control room because it is Asagi who has been protecting the Coffin’s contents, Cain’s wisdom all this time. Meiga is confident he can deal with her after he takes care of them. He doesn’t think much of Kojou summoning multiple familiars and it still won’t be any match for him. That would be the case if he and Yukina were his opponents. Popess turns into Mogwai and Lydianne has just rescued Asagi from the Coffin. The fight with Kojou was just to buy time for Asagi to do her preparations. With that, Meiga is defeated. Yukina collapses but it is not because of Angel Faux. She’s hungry?! Oh well, better than turning into an angel. Shike is glad it worked out because the ring links Kojou’s spiritual passes to her. So now she is his servant. Technically not yet his bride but his fiancée. Now I see… Meanwhile Paper Noise and Kazuma arrest Akishige. Old geezer thinks he can get away. True, if only he is the head. Too bad a new resolution has been passed to make Motoki the new head (since Akishige is thought to be dead, right?). With Asagi so famous, she has to wear disguise while walking in public. Nagisa then rushes to Yukina and hopes for the best, even taking things a bit far by talking about the name of her future baby! So will Nagisa be an aunt now? They didn’t explain it properly so I suppose that’s why Asagi also gets the wrong idea Kojou knocked Yukina up. Kojou’s battle has not ended yet… We see Meiga is still alive but Vatler kills him off and takes his Cleansing power. All as planned…

The War Of Original Vampires Arc

Episode 7
A council of shady hooded people… Oh well, what else? Destroy the Demon District! Meanwhile Kojou gets into some weird Valentine chocolates argument with Yukina, Motoki and Nagisa. I don’t even… Then they see Asagi getting into the car of Tobias Jagan who is one of Vatler’s men. Shio and Yuiri can’t determine the evolutionary system of Grenda. They also wonder if Grenda who was created to guard a lake treasure, could she be the treasure herself and that she is the guardian of Cain’s relic? They are attacked by Veres Aladar who serves the First Progenitor. It seems Grenda has been identified as a threat by the Holy Ground Treaty council and he is tasked to take her back to be sealed or recycled. Yuiri and Shio know they can’t defeat him but buy enough time just for reluctant Grenda to escape to Itogami to seek Kojou’s help. Aladar could have gone after her had not Kira intervened. Mimori sees this young girl, Kaleid Blood no. 6, Hektos who isn’t pleased she is going to resurrect her generation. Mimori’s goal is to clone a Kaleid Blood so she can transfer Avrora’s soul into that clone. In a way saving both her children. Hektos understands but tells her that her wish won’t come true. Hektos wants this body destroyed and does so. Kojou confronting Asagi getting into the car of Jagan. Geez, why he sounds like a jealous boyfriend? She ignores him and even her friend had to point this out. Heck, not satisfied, Kojou talks to Natsuki about this. Well, it’s Asagi’s freedom to do whatever she wants. So stop sounding like a jealous boyfriend and be one just because a woman got stolen! Kojou then spots Grenda on the roof. Can’t miss that big dragon. Before sad girl can explain, Aladar attacks. Kojou fights him and is of course no match. With Yukina and Natsuki showing up, Aladar knows better not to make enemies with Natsuki here. Hence he challenges Kojou to a duel at sunset today at a northern artificial island. If Kojou loses, Grenda will be taken away. If Kojou wins, Aladar will return Shio and Yuiri as well as swear on his First Progenitor name that they won’t chase Grenda anymore. Natsuki and Yukina can be the witnesses.

Kojou and Natsuki go talk to Shike about this. Shike paints this as a grim outlook that Kojou can’t win. She is unsure why they want the dragon but it doesn’t matter because Kojou will lose and Grenda will be taken away. 2 problems solved! And when Shike suggests Yukina give him something special as a final service, why does Sayaka have to get worked up and attack him? WTF?! And Yukina’s logic is that if Kojou wins, she doesn’t have to give that special service, right? Yeah, how she’d know he’d win? Shike criticizes Kojou that despite being the Fourth Progenitor which is supposed to be the strongest in the world due to the strength of his familiars, he doesn’t even dominate them. Theoretically, if he controls them, he can beat Aladar. Since this vampire thingy is something Shike is unfamiliar of, the only other person whom Kojou can think of is Vatler. But that guy isn’t going to give it to him easily, right? Yukina then suggests talking to Ibliss. He too doesn’t think he can win and even so, doesn’t have a reason to help Grenda. Is because he wants to save her enough of a reason? Because Kojou continues to be oblivious, Ibliss calls him arrogant. He has privileges of a king since even the enemy’s life is at his discretion. A discretion that only the very strong could have. It could be the reason why he is chosen as the Fourth Progenitor. Ibliss hints that there is another person he should consult. If he can figure out who, he has a chance of defeating Aladar. Or else, he’s done for. Meanwhile Asagi sees Lydianne and they do some exchange. Lydianne wonders why Asagi needs all these tanks. It’s to start a war.

Episode 8
Nagisa thought she saw December but is actually Hektos. She is here to bring Nagisa and Kanon to see Kojou and learn about the truth. Aladar is not pleased that Vatler has turned this duel into a grand show. Aladar insists the match will be over soon but La Folia disagrees and believes in Kojou. She adds to the bet that if Kojou wins, he must acknowledge him as the Fourth Progenitor as well as invite him to join Whisper Garden. Since Aladar is wary to accept, La Folia also throws in her virginity to him should Aladar wins. Kojou and Yukina arrive at the place to see it turned into a carnival. Yeah, high class and posh people waiting for the party to get started. And Sayaka instantly accusing Kojou of wasting his chances not speaking to anybody else and hence putting La Folia’s virginity on the line. Apparently it’s not because vampires are horny, if La Folia gives his blood memory to him, he will have knowledge of her kingdom’s secrets. So yeah, looks like the responsibility is on Kojou again to win. Before the fight begins, Kojou sounds like he is going to lose so it’s Yukina’s turn to tell him not to say it like that. Of course he promises to return. But in return she better prepare a lot of service for him! Holy sh*t! For real?! Let’s not jump to conclusions yet… The fight begins with Kojou pulling off a sneaky move to throw the first punch in Aladar’s face. But after that, Aladar goes all out and Kojou is on the defensive. Yukina is worried over her boyfriend’s beat down so Natsuki tells her to calm down and think why this is happening. This duel is most likely a setup by Vatler to make them fight so that Kojou’s Fourth Progenitor powers will awaken. Nagisa witnesses this fight and is shocked to learn the true nature of her brother. She is in shock as Vatler discloses more spoilers to her. She starts blaming herself that all this happened because of her. So shocked that she unleashes a power that temporarily freezes Aladar. Just in time because Kojou is about to get a real beat down.

Avrora possesses Nagisa to go talk to Kojou. With Hektos popping up and claiming to be Kojou’s familiar, Aladar is going to destroy all of them together. That is when Nagisa uses her power with Kojou’s to summon a familiar and fire through Aladar’s body. This isn’t enough to kill him but this opens Kojou’s eyes. He know understands what Natsuki said to him that he isn’t alone. The person Ibliss meant that he needed to talk to are those inside him. His familiars. As they are the ones who have been fighting for him. Hence Kojou warns Aladar to back down now or risk him summoning all his familiars at full power at once. This is when Vatler calls off the match and it is Kojou’s win. With unconscious Nagisa in a dangerous state, Natsuki teleports her to her dimension to recuperate. As for why Aladar was chasing Grenda, Vatler reveals that as the Holy Ground Treaty maintains peace between humans and demons, the council has deemed Itogami as a weapon of mass destruction and will thus be destroyed. As seen by what Meiga was trying to do, using this island as an altar, one can repeat the Cleansing. Therefore fleets from multinationals will soon surround Itogami. How is Grenda related to all this? She is the guardian for Cain’s relic. With this, Natsuki realizes Vatler’s goal is to do another Cleansing. As they try to figure out who else would be enchanting the Cleansing’s spell, they are attacked by Asagi’s tanks. She kidnaps Grenda and leaves the rest in shock that she is cooperating with Vatler. Then Asagi pops up on the news, announcing that the Holy Ground Treaty has sent a message to the Japanese government on their intent to destroy Itogami as a mass weapon of destruction. The attack is scheduled by 6am. Because it is impossible to evacuate everyone from the island and even more so there are not many cities in the world who can accept demons, she is urging all citizens to fight back.

Episode 9
Asagi further adds that the Japanese government has abandoned Itogami. But don’t worry, Vatler will be helping them. Also, she has Grenda activate fortresses that emerge and surround Itogami. These fortresses contain ancient weapons. With that, Grenda’s role is over because as the guardian of Cain’s relic, only she knows the dimension and coordinates of it. Thanks to this, Natsuki’s seal is also destroyed. While she assures there won’t be another Halloween Festa of magic criminals running lose, the more pressing issues is Nagisa. As Natsuki stopped her time, bringing her back to reality means restarting it. So the gang head to her side and Kanon tries hard to heal her. Apparently Hektos thinks she has done enough and knocks her out. Now it’s time to get started on their last banquet. So Hektos has them frolic in the sea? Is she naughtily flirting with Kojou just to stimulate him? So Hektos’ solution to save Nagisa is to extract the 12th familiar from her body. Wow. It’s that easy. But Nagisa disagrees because Avrora will disappear forever. Sure, but don’t do that and both will disappear. Hektos believes Avrora won’t disappear because she is their hope. It is that reason that Hektos believes herself to be the one to disappear. After giving her blood and familiar to Yukina, she starts sucking Kojou’s blood and lets the girls look. This is also to awaken Avrora and draw out the 12th familiar. Then Yukina summons her familiar to cut and extract that familiar from Nagisa.

All is fine and dandy now as the weapons manage to prevent the fleet from decimating Itogami. But as La Folia points out, that is the least of their problems now. Thanks to Vatler entering into alliances with countries not affiliated with Holy Ground Treaty, the world is now divided and on the verge of world war. A large one. This means Vatler intends to fight against the other 3 Progenitors. Stopping this madness depends on Kojou as she takes him to Whisper Garden, the place of the supreme council of the Holy Ground Treaty. The council is made out of 12 members, 3 of which are permanent members. Even if a decision has been made to go to war on Itogami, it can still be reversed by a veto. That right is held by the 3 permanent members who are the Progenitors. Of course that will be hard too seeing that they too might be itching for war. Kojou is teleported to Whisper Garden and tries to get them to cancel their attack on Itogami. No can do. Destroy Itogami = no more Cleansing = world peace. With Kojou realizing there is no negotiations in the first place, he uses his position as the Fourth Progenitor to veto on this war. Yeah, why everyone shocked by this? Like they didn’t see this coming? I mean, do they not know who Kojou is? However, Giada Kukulcan who is the Third Progenitor cannot agree to it because Kojou lacks something to claim himself as the Fourth Progenitor. Like a territory. Conveniently, Kojou claims his territory is Itogami since the Japanese government has abandoned it. Even so, he doesn’t seem like he has control over the island. But they give him a chance that if he can eliminate the threat of Cleansing without casualties, they will accept his veto. And he has only 24 hours to do so. With Kojou claiming Itogami as his territory, Asagi doesn’t welcome this news as she thinks he is trying to undo her efforts. Vatler on the other hand is pleased because he can fight Kojou. Asagi reminds him the deal is off if that happens. Vatler doesn’t mind. Asagi thinks of persuading Kojou to join them and Vatler also thinks this is a good idea. Kojou and him fighting against the 3 Progenitors. La Folia’s troops are now Kojou’s army and Aladar offers to help Kojou because he wants to punish the traitorous Vatler.

Episode 10
Aladar’s plane is under tremendous fire. Oh well, since they’ve reached the destination, prepare to crash land! It won’t be much of a story if anybody died, right? Aladar fights Vatler’s subordinates so as to let Kojou and Yukina go ahead. Meanwhile La Folia’s plane too is under heavy fire. At this moment she asks if Sayaka wants to marry Kojou. You see, Kojou will become the Lord of the Night Empire and he has the right to gather a harem as his blood companions. If Sayaka is not interested, she will not waste time with her anymore. Better think fast, girl. Sayaka claims it is to be with Yukina but to the rest of us, that’s a yes. Kojou and Yukina face off with Lydianne but she is easily dispatched with Natsuki and Astarte intervening. Yukina goes deal with Asagi so Kojou can face off with Vatler. Speaking of which, that vampire dude just sucked the blood of the delegates of the non-member countries of Holy Ground Treaty. That’s what they get for being scared and trying to escape. As Natsuki teleports them to safety, the epic battle between Kojou and Vatler we’ve been waiting for. Yup, Vatler has the power of Cleansing. Kojou is going to lose… Until Yuiri and Shio show up to stall him as Grenda takes him away. Meanwhile Yukina and Asagi’s fight… Looks like it is turning into some argument accusing the other. Yup, Kojou is the centre point. Accusing the other of being too close to him, having Kojou give them stuffs. What’s wrong with these girls? Bickering stop when Grenda delivers Kojou to them. Yukina goes off to fight Vatler since Shio is stalling him. Asagi slaps him to wake him up. Then she starts crying. Is this love? Whatever. After kissing him, she undresses so that he could suck her blood. I think it’s pointless to argue at this point so what the heck. Just sink it in. Can one actually suck gently?

If you’re wondering why Shio, Yukina, La Folia and Sayaka can fight on par with Vatler’s Cleansing, here is Motoki calling to explain that he temporarily has Yume to block Itogami’s dragon vein lines via Leviathan. So they have only 30 minutes to end this. Hence Kojou and Yukina go off to face Vatler. So he doesn’t need the rest of his girls? Whatever. Vatler is waiting for them at this spot where the Fourth Progenitor killed Cain. Kojou corrects him that is only because of the curse of the Devas. Afraid that the Devas could become Cain’s ally, he rebelled against them but was eventually defeated and split his powers into 12 beings and sealed. But all this doesn’t matter to Vatler as his real goal is to fight Kojou at full power. Vatler unleashes his power but Kojou scolds him for being a child. Just because he can’t overcome his boredom, he resorted to this childish manner. It won’t last. Uhm, you just made him madder. Point proven. So if Vatler wants to destroy the world, Kojou will protect it. Because it’s his fight! No, senpai. It’s our fight! Because Kojou’s familiars aren’t enough to fight Vatler, Yukina offers herself to give Hektos’ familiar to him. Yup, blood sucking time. Didn’t even hesitate. Now Kojou has all the power. Vatler even transforms himself and tries to be one with Kojou! They will become the new Fourth Progenitor together! WTF IS THIS GAY SH*T???!!!!! Unfortunately he loses to Kojou and Yukina’s combo. Too bad Kojou spares him because he doesn’t hate him that much. Really? After all that he has done? Because of that, his subordinates come to take him as the escape to another dimension. After all, Cain was also exiled. So is Vatler going to do Cleansing in another dimension? Right after this, the good news comes in with the Holy Ground Treaty rescinding their attack order on Itogami as they have recognized the island as Kojou’s territory. Time to go home. Even in the aftermath if Kojou is the lord of his dominion, he is still a high school student. So shut up and finish your homework! Oh, can you hear the alert that some magical being has escaped from the ward where Avrora is being treated? Time to go take care of it. Hey, it’s his territory, right?

Strike The What?!
Holy what?! You mean there is going to be a fourth season for this series?! A FOURTH SEASON?! Fourth season for the Fourth Progenitor. Heh. Sorry, bad pun. Still I can’t believe it. So my fight will continue?! No, senpai. Our fight will continue! I see this is what happens when you don’t finish Vatler and save us the trouble of getting another season! Sure, there would be other baddies who would want to use Itogami for their own nefarious goals but seeing Vatler had been the main antagonist and hiding in the shadows for a long time, by not getting rid of him means risking he will come back again in the future and bring a whole load of sci-fi sh*t that would threaten Itogami and the people living on it. So you regretting this decision not to finish him off when you had the chance, Kojou?

And as usual… I don’t really understand the finer details of what is going on. Yeah, yeah. I’ve always sounded like a broken recorder when it comes to sci-fi anime series especially those that have lots of those sci-fi jargons, terminologies and other crap words to make it sound oh so grand. Making it even worse is that I don’t really remember much of what happened in past seasons and compounding that misery of mine is that I was too lazy to go back and read my blog. I only refer to my old postings just to find names of the characters. Yup, I couldn’t remember some of their names. Yup, I dug my own grave from the start. And then me go on to blame how confusing this series is… And yet I still continue to watch… What irony! What hypocrisy! Strike the Irony! Strike the Hypocrisy!

And hence I do remember the series for the wrong reasons. Something that I believe is what the series is ‘consistently’. For instance, when Kojou’s harem isn’t fighting against the enemy, their hobby seems to be instantly accusing and blaming Kojou for being a pervert. It’s like their favourite pastime. Like as though they want some of his attention. Senpai, notice me, please! And now with Kojou having his own domain to rule over as the Fourth Progenitor, it becomes official of an excuse why he needs a harem. Not that the series needs a reason anyway to begin with but now this is incorporated into the plot so I guess it makes more sense for him to amass his girls. And I believe that his harem (emergency/spare blood bank would be a terrible name for them) would be further divided into tiers because when you have so many girls with you, it is hard to give them the same equal time. I’m guessing the top tier would be Yukina because since she is his observer and he has sucked her blood a lot more time than others. Next tier would be Asagi and Sayaka. And then Nagisa, Kanon and Yuiri. I could be wrong but I feel this is the pecking order from what I’ve seen. Oh yes senpai, this is your harem!

The other formulaic thing involves the fight and action sequences. Just like in many previous fights, when Kojou fights an enemy, the battle is always somewhat interrupted by a third party, be it ally or foe. This allows our main characters to retreat or escape, giving them some breathing space to plan or whatever. This is how they prolong the drama and the arc. You’d thought they would finish the entire fight the first time they meet but nope, sorry you’re not powerful enough yet or there are some more mysteries for you to uncover as the arc has not finished yet. So we’re going to shoehorn in somebody to break up the fight. Yup, that’s how it always feels. Oh boy. Everybody sure has their own problems to deal with. And for some reason they had to pick Itogami because, long revenge story or some vampire dude just got bored of living so long. Sheesh. Still can’t believe this guy wants to be one with Kojou to be the Fourth Progenitor. Safe to say Vatler won’t be in Kojou’s harem any time forever. Sorry dudes, women only. Also another thing I noticed this season, is it me or does Kojou seem to summon his horse familiar more often than others?

Having said all that, this makes me feel that some of the solutions for plots are written for convenience. Like as though they pull it out of the air for the answer. Take for example when Yukina was in danger of becoming Angel Faux. And guess what? Just one prototype ring created by Shike was enough to elevate the fear of Yukina ever disappearing from the face of the Earth. So easy, huh? You mean no one thought about it? That Yukina would turn into Angel Faux? Didn’t a precedent happen? And just like that, Yukina is safe with other technical loopholes because dumb people like yours truly don’t really understand it all. Also, this ring part is just to make it symbolic that Yukina is the main girl for Kojou. How convenient. I suppose that nothing in this world is neither perfect nor fool proof. You just need to find that weakness or loophole (which this series does quite often) and exploit it. I mean, Vatler’s Cleansing was supposed to be the ultimate destroyer, right? Nothing can stop it ever, right? Nope. Behold! Yume’s Leviathan did the trick. And to think nobody else actually thought of this beforehand. Also, it’s the only way Yume can get her 1 second cameo appearance. Remember that Kiriha girl? I certainly don’t. She didn’t appear this season at all so I guess she really left since the end of last season, huh? Oh well, don’t want to complicate the harem further…

Overall, this series is not for simpletons. Fans with sci-fi minds and interests are only ‘allowed’ to enjoy this. After all, everything that has happened so far, I believe it is just scratching the surface for Kojou since it is just the beginning of a new dawn for him as the real Fourth Progenitor. There are other quirky and shady characters or organizations to deal with so you bet they will ramp up all the drama and the likes in the next season. He won’t have to fight it alone, though. He’s got his harem. Truly, it is their fight. But for me, it’s just me and only me fighting in hopes that I would somehow by then understand and appreciate the fourth season. Fourth season, Fourth Progenitor, heh, it could finally be Kojou’s season. No senpai, this is our fourth season!

Wait a minute. A remake to a series that I have never even heard of? Well, Kono Yo No Hate De Koi Wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO was first released as an adult visual novel game back in 1996. Yup, starting to feel old now when I hear things that come out in the 90s. Then it got its anime adaptation in late 1998 but in the form of OVAs. However they are hentai. Ah, I see. No wonder. So I guess that since they are going to remake and adapt this for normal TV viewing, they got to do away with all the naughty scenes and substitute it with something more acceptable? Like having some cheap harem and cheap pantsu shots? Uh huh. I see. Oh, what’s this sci-fi about parallel worlds thingy? Oh no. Have a bad feeling about this. Can I just stay for the harem factor? Stupid promotional poster convinced me…

Episode 1
Takuya Arima is relaxing on the school rooftop when his sexy school nurse, Eriko Takedo wakes him up. Obviously he tries to get naughty with her. What a way to get over his dad, Koudai who recently died in a cave-in during a research expedition. Later Takuya is being bugged by his ‘disciple’ Yuuki Masakatsu to join some club. Takuya teases him that he is only trying to get Mio Shimazu in which of course he denies. Speaking of her, Takuya doesn’t seem to get along well with her and the only reason she is sticking with him is because she is a fan of Koudai’s works. Sure that’s the only reason? Takuya’s stepmom, Ayumi works at Geotechnics and since they are doing some construction at a controversial site, she has to do some PR work. As he is to help clear his father’s room, Kouzou Ryuuzouji wants to help continue with Koudai’s work. He asks if Koudai had given Takuya anything lately. Not that he can think of. I think they’re trying to establish Takeya as a chick magnet, because this hot teacher, Mitsuki Ichijou who is now working as Ryuuzouji’s secretary hints she can make him feel better to get over his depression over his dad’s death. I’m sure he’ll keep that in mind. On his way home, Kaori Asakura interviews Takuya since the usual street protest is going on. Back home, Takuya thought his porn package finally came. WTF is this strange artefact?! Then a phone call but nobody is at the other end. As the protest continue, suddenly lightning strikes. Takuya sees this live on TV and rushes to the scene. There are some worker casualties but Ayumi is safe. But Takuya dislikes her aide, Hideo Toyotomi who is your typical jerk. When Eriko introduces Kanna Hatano as the new transfer student, WTF Takuya strips before them as a prank!!! The whole class expects this but is amazed Kanna didn’t flinch (emotionless girl hint). Back home, Takuya receives another package. This time, it is a book written by Koudai. Parallel World Constitutive Theorem? Gee, looks confusing. But the artefact matches an illustration inside. Also there is a letter from Koudai addressed to him. It is hinted father is not dead but disappeared. Following the instructions to head to the cape and bringing the artefact, he thought Koudai will be there. But yikes, who this sexy naked elf girl?! After she disappears, Ryuuzouji and Ayumi approach him. After seeing this, Ryuuzouji pulls out a gun and wants him to handover the artefact. Something that allows one to cross time. He also hints Koudai and Takuya’s biological mom are actually living in a different world. Then some resonance happens. Lightning strikes. Takuya gets headache. Finds Ryuuzouji gone. Goes home. Sleep. Next morning at school he sees Ryuuzouji. He doesn’t remember what happened last night.

Episode 2
Takuya tests the artefact. It seems he can return to a certain ‘save point’. But an exception is that objects he holds stay with him. Then some flashback of Koudai giving his technical explanation of how different parallel worlds form because of the decisions that one make and don’t make. Confusing… Takuya as Mio and Yuuki help clean out Koudai’s room. Mio is interested in this article she found written by Koudai. Something about the 400 Year Cycle Theory. Because it was very controversial, the academic society disowned him. Then they head to the cape and see Kanna doing something. She leaves and will not admit what she was doing despite Mio threatening her. After their short research and heading home, they see Toyotomi being threatened by workers who refuse to work in this dangerous project. Of course he gives excuses and when he does the same to the kids, Mio is not amused. As she is the mayor’s daughter, she will bring it up to her father. This causes him to panic and run away?! That night, Takuya knows Ayumi will be working late. But he tries to visit her at the company and blackmails the guard (since she is slacking on the job) to tell her where she went. In some warehouse, a couple of ruffians threaten her to hand over some documents. Takuya uses his artefact as save point to barge in and save her (the baddies think this is part of the show). Of course he gets beaten up. Luckily he manages to reset back to that point and retry again. Each getting more outrageous and Takuya always end up getting owned. One point even ramming his scooter into them?! Still fail, though. Suddenly Toyotomi comes rushing in to save the day!

Episode 3
A few fake punches and the baddies run away. Oh, so he wants to look good before Ayumi, huh? Takuya gets patched up back home. Despite Ayumi worried about him being reckless, she was happy he tried to be brave and to rescue her. With the bruises, Takuya thinks he can skip summer class. Yeah, get his lackey Yuuki to substitute him! Heading into the infirmary, he sees Kanna there. But her accessory reminds him of a girl he once met before. When he asks her about it, she says it is her flame of life. Later Mitsuki comes to tell Takuya about Ryuuzouji’s strange behaviour lately. Please Takuya, stop with the bad jokes. She hopes he can help keep an eye on him. Ayumi calls Takuya and hopes he could help bring some documents she forgot. Inside Geotechnics, Toyotomi wants to take it from here but Takuya doesn’t trust this jerk and hands it directly to her. Of course later Toyotomi sneakily takes it away when nobody is looking and Ayumi left for a press conference. This conference is to assure the public that Geotechnics is putting safety first. However with the people accusing Geotechnics of literally just anything and that their construction might have angered the gods, it’s really tough for her. Even after it is over and outside, some jerk pelts her with eggs! Ayumi then goes on TV for another interview hosted by Kaori just to clear Geotechnics’ name but as we can see, she’s being bullied and asked lots of tough questions. It is no surprise she comes home drunk and acting like a baby before Takuya. When she sobers up, it is sad to see her slowly breaking down. She doesn’t know if she can keep doing this. Just for tonight, she hugs Takuya and cries as much as she wants.

Episode 4
Takuya has a bad dream Ayumi is tired of living and killed herself. He wakes up and tries to look for her. Oops. Caught her naked in the bath. Awkward. Meanwhile, Mio’s dad has transferred her to an international school in America next week. Because things are going to get busy around here, he doesn’t want her involved. I guess she has no say in this, huh? On his way to school, Takuya bumps into Kaori who asks him about Ayumi. As she is currently investigating Geotechnics, there are rumours the company and the mayor are colluding so she needs any sort of info from him. He doesn’t like how she words it but he won’t sell out his friends. While in school, Takuya is called to answer the phone. The legal department of Geotechnics can’t reach Ayumi. She isn’t at work and nobody is picking up the phone at home. He can’t say more but only reveals this could turn into a criminal case. So he rushes home only to see Toyotomi and Ayumi flirting with each other! Takuya gets violent but Ayumi stops him. Even to the point of slapping him when he won’t listen. With Ayumi more concerned about Toyotomi, disgruntled Takuya leaves. He bums out at the café until Kaori comes in. Seems she has more info and wants him to come to her hotel she is staying to talk. There, Takuya thought he saw Kanna. It seems she is also there and to see a shady man who has been stalking outside school for a while. In Kaori’s room, she reveals some secret documents have been stolen from Geotech. It is rumoured that Ayumi sold them to a rival company and can be fired. Of course she believes it isn’t her doing and is set up. She needs his help to switch Ayumi’s access card with this fake so she can get in and investigate further. Takuya is sceptical since her interview show that night embarrassed Ayumi. Takuya starts believing that Toyotomi is the culprit and that Ayumi is acting so because he was threatening her. He rushes home but something feels off. He finds Ayumi in the toilet. Water still running and she slit her wrists!!! NOOOO!!!!!!!!

Episode 5
Going back in time to when he was just starting to take the test, this time he confronts Toyotomi right before he begins his rape and punches him. After he kicks him out and threatens him never to come back, Takuya returns home only to see Ayumi hanged herself! That was fast! Time to go back in time again and try a different path. This time he takes Ayumi away. Trying to explain everything was a setup by Toyotomi, she snaps that he doesn’t understand anything. She is then tired of living and let herself get banged by a truck! So no matter what Takuya tries, Ayumi keeps dying. Damn, she kills herself in so many different ways that this is starting to become a tragic joke! So Takuya reads up on his father’s notes about all that sci-fi sh*t. In short, this is fate. Like hell he is going to let fate win. So Takuya goes to see Kaori and gives her the access card. In exchange, she gives him something juicy. I think baiting him to have sex with her wasn’t it. Now Takuya confronts Toyotomi before his raping. He throws down photos of him setting up things. Toyotomi runs away as Takuya tries to give chase. Luckily Kaori knocks a pot on his head. Though, she warns him the media will still lie in order to bait viewers so they can’t go to the police either. She will deal with the scumbag while he returns to Ayumi. In the nick of time, Takuya spots Ayumi attempting to slit her wrist. After struggling with her, the childish argument ends with Takuya slapping her. Did that do the trick? So they calm down and talk things out. The clincher probably is Takuya assuring he will always protect her even if he ends up going to another time or world. At least he looks cool saying that.

Episode 6
Takuya returns to his normal school life. He is soon called by Kaori and looks like she has some news that will have Toyotomi quit and transfer out in a few days. Hence she seeks his help to break into Geotech’s office. As she is a journalist, she can walk through the front door but Takuya must sneak in from the back and wait till she unlocks the door. What a close shave. But thanks to also the security guards being sloppy on their job. Yeah, the one supposed to be watching the overall surveillances is interested in watching her period soap drama! Using the blue card to access the room, Takuya sees lots of stones on display. Kaori explains Geotech’s real goal is to excavate these rocks. In the main room lies a glowing rock known as Psychite. It was first excavated beneath Mt Sankaku and it reacts to the human mind and creates vast amounts of energy. Some believe to be a living ore. However its weakness is that it loses its properties when exposed to air. Hence this Psychite is crystallized here. Ayumi’s job is to find a way to crystallize it properly. With Toyotomi framing Ayumi, his next step is to steal Psychite. Hence she wants Takuya to break the glass to make it look like Toyotomi did it. He does so but the moment he does that, Kaori knocks him out. The truth is revealed when Kaori is actually working with Toyotomi to steal Psychite.

Luckily for Takuya, he saved before entering this room. Now that he knows what has happened, everything plays out exactly the same. He still gets knocked out by Kaori but this time he is more prepared and doesn’t suffer too much damage. He makes them spill the beans on making him the fall guy. This is to further blame Ayumi. With the recent incidents, she will now resort to using her son to steal Psychite. Toyotomi also hints at Kaori’s ‘journalism’ in which she blackmails companies for money and then report them in her programme. Takuya isn’t fazed. Because his big boner is actually a walkie-talkie. Their confession is heard by the guards as they storm in to arrest them. After the duo are taken away, Ayumi expresses her gratitude to Takuya. She further elaborates how Koudai was obsessed in researching Psychite because he still loves his first wife and entrusted the research to Ayumi. Suddenly Takuya starts disappearing. Ayumi believes it is time for him to go since he is from another parallel world. After Takuya disappears, he sees Koudai before him. Some sci-fi crap about correction of chaos as it is impossible to resist causality. Because Takuya wasn’t meant to be there, he will be sent right back to the start and experience things again but with slight changes. He knows everything because he rests against the Tree of Vrinda that rules all over events, past, present and future. So this tree is basically God? And one last advice: Causality rules everything in this world.

Episode 7
Takuya returns at the start where he is at Mt Sankaku just off experiencing his headache. Some familiar scenes like Mitsuki complaining about Ryuuzouji’s strange behaviour. With Takuya, Mio and Yuuki invited to Ryuuzouji’s house, Kanna is not interested since she could smell something different of him. The trio are greeted by Ryuuzouji’s mom who thinks her son is no longer her son. Upon seeing him, she flees in fear. Ryuuzouji explains mom has Alzheimer and then proceeds to show them an old tapestry. A strange picture of people being burnt by the light? As Mio sketches it, Ryuuzouji talks to Takuya privately. A little bit of past with him and Koudai as they were studying in the same college and shared a common goal to unlock history. Things that weren’t put in textbooks. Of course, Koudai was kicked out after that controversial article so Ryuuzouji invited him to research in his university. Along with physicist Yurika Imagawa who specializes in magnetic and gravitational fields, eventually Ryuuzouji chose humans as his research subject but Koudai chose immortality. During their research, Imagawa’s notes spoke of a woman who lived in reclusion near Ken No Misaki. A blonde with pale skin who was also blind, Keitia later changed her name to Keiko and would be Takuya’s mother. Despite her condition, she took care of Takuya who was often sick as a kid. He can’t remember much, though. Ryuuzouji then asks if Koudai left him something. Takuya of course says no. Then he starts to feel heavy and dizzy. He knows Ryuuzouji is trying to do something to him and trying to force him to give that thing to him. Ryuuzouji notes he is able to resist Niarb. All this stop when his friends come by. Time to leave. Ryuuzouji’s mom shows them the way out but has them ponder about her earlier question about swallows and sparrows do not know geese and swans.

Episode 8
Mio researches on granny’s words. So basically it means that insignificant people will never understand what important people think? Then she overheard dad in some shady conversation and that scene of her dad telling her she’ll study overseas. Eriko trolls Takuya the best massage that will cure his headache. Not sex. The massage chair. He asks about Niarb and she explains it is some sort of hypnosis. You are conscious but unaware you are under that spell. Later he goes see Mitsuki and thinks Ryuuzouji has got them both hypnotized. As Mio has discovered something from the tapestry, she has Takuya meet her in her room. She believes it is a doorway to somewhere and something about the Takanoamahara people. Their next goal is to head to Mt Sankaku to ascertain it. But Takuya sees her changing and so when she freaks out, her dad of course knocks on the door and thinks there is a boy in her room. He better run because dad is going to kill him! Indeed. He’s going to use his shotgun to gun down the door! Saved by the bell because Yuuki is at the doorstep. Leave, kid. This distraction allows Takuya to escape. At Mt Sankaku, Mio and Takuya start digging to find that doorway. Just as Mio thinks she did, she sprains her ankle so Takuya stops her and brings her back to school to treat it. That is when Mio reveals something about her dad’s corruption with Geotech as well as her leaving of this place. Takuya is supportive of her but this conversation is interrupted when Misaki enters. All the gloves come off. Misaki accusing Mio of approaching her to even break up with Takuya. Mio denies it all but she getting emotional only proves Misaki’s point that she loves Takuya. It gets more complicated as we see Yuuki overhearing everything. That’s the fastest way to make a chirpy guy go depressed. Things take a nosedive the next day as Mio thinks Takuya has betrayed her. Posters denouncing the mayor are everywhere.

Episode 9
Takuya rips off the posters. Violation of free speech, you say? Free speech is only for those who can take responsibility! With the press hounding the mayor, others are talking bad about Mio behind her back. Takuya tries to talk to her but to no avail. Discussing this with Mitsuki, the way Takuya tries to pinpoint the culprit as to someone who would benefit with Mio’s absence, that sounds a lot like Mitsuki, right? After all, they’re both in love with the same man. But Takuya doesn’t believe it since she won’t resort to something so cowardly. The news is just in that the mayor has just handed in his resignation and hence the city council will withdraw all support for Geotech. Takuya is outside of Mio’s house. Lots of reporters waiting of course. However Yuuki is in distress. He tells him that Mio has run away. He was here earlier and the maid told him so as she left a letter for her dad. Along with Mitsuki, the trio look for her around town. Had Takuya not stumble into Kanna, he might not have guessed where she went. Yeah, Mt Sankaku. Well, she was kinda obsessed with that place so shouldn’t that crossed their minds? I know that place is dangerous and off limits but what is more dangerous is Mio’s disappearance, right? There, they see a dug tunnel. Most likely Mio has entered. Because Takuya wants Yuuki to stay put to keep watch, he starts complaining he needs to fix this since all this is his fault. He reveals he was the one who put up those posters because he was jealous after overhearing that incident. After Takuya punches him, he vows to bring Mio back so Yuuki can apologize to her. The boys go in while Mitsuki keeps watch. Deep inside the cave, they stumble into a strange room. Don’t be spook by human bones just yet.

Episode 10
Trekking deeper, they find Mio’s bag. Yuuki panics and rushes ahead. The ground collapses and he gets impaled by metal rods! The only way to save him? Rewind time. Outside the cave, this time he forces Yuuki to stay put and doesn’t want a useless idiot getting in his way. Now he descends with Mitsuki. Up to that same point, this time the ground collapses by itself. Everyone safe. Please Takuya, no groping in the dark. Then they find a ‘newer’ corpse. Based on the notes, this is the body of Imagawa. She was exploring this ruins and believed in Koudai’s 400 Year Cycle Theory. Some event collision led to humans importing technology and culture from a higher dimension. She also mentions about a device Koudai gave her in which she named Reflector Device (the one in Takuya’s hands). At this moment, Mitsuki changes. She demands Takuya hand it over and pulls out a gun. She fires a warning shot. But Takuya realizes this is Ryuuzouji’s Niarb since Mitsuki is trying to fight it but it is giving her a major headache. Eventually she couldn’t fight it and Takuya runs for his life. Oddly, he hides in some coffin but the ground gives way. Long way down. But light at the end of it. Thankfully an underground lake. This is where Mio is. The rocks are glowing and Takuya realizes they could be Psychite. He tries to find a way out but Mio says she has tried but there aren’t any. They talk about the defaming of her father in which she knew it wasn’t him but Yuuki (from the way he talked). Because Mio is scared to be alone and that death only awaits them, she wants Takuya to kiss her as she wants to remember this last moment with a kiss. So I guess that’s why she got wet and had to take off her clothes to dry so as to set up for this steamy sexy scene, huh? But Takuya only kisses her forehead. He won’t let this be her last memory and promises to get out alive. He is tempted to use Reflector Device but decides not to as he doesn’t remember the route here. Later he hears somebody calling him and assuring she is here with him. Uhm… Mom?!

Episode 11
Examining behind the waterfall, he finds a jewel. He recognizes it as one of the missing jewels of the Reflector Device. With Mio curious, he tells her briefly about this device as well as this time travelling thingy. She might find it hard to believe but why does she sound worried? Because if he reverts time, does this mean the kiss won’t happen? Yeah. That. And looks like there is an exit behind the waterfall. I guess Mio wasn’t thorough enough. On the way, Takuya picks up a rusty old sword. Just in case. They follow the strange humming sound that leads them to a room with a giant machine. If you don’t understand what it means, don’t worry, Mitsuki is here to explain for our convenience. It is a lightning generator and it strikes when Psychite is removed from the grounds. Hence that is what the tapestry means. Mitsuki hints they knew the machine existed but don’t know how to get to it but thanks to Mio’s deciphering, here we are now. With lightning starting to generate, it means Geotechnics is starting work. Meanwhile Kanna finds Yuuki and warns him about the people going to die if they don’t do anything. They head back to the construction site to stop Toyotomi forcing the workers to continue working. He defies and when lightning strikes and almost kills a worker, Toyotomi flees and thinks this isn’t his fault! Mitsuki tries to resist Ryuuzouji’s Niarb. However she realizes she can never disobey him so she wishes for the young ones to look after each other. Then she shoots herself. Before a slab falls on her! WTF AM I SUPPOSED TO LAUGH AT THIS TRAGIC OVERKILL SCENE?! Mio wants Takuya to go back in time to redo it all to save Mitsuki. Just promise to give her a real kiss next time. Oh. That. But Takuya won’t. Who knows what will happen to Mio in this timeline should he leave. And so they follow the path that leads them to the bottom of a well. Don’t worry. Somehow Kanna knew they would end up here and drops them a rope. Once out, Yuuki confesses and apologizes everything to Mio. No biggies. Then Takuya starts to disappear. I guess this isn’t his timeline too. He’ll save Mitsuki in another timeline. Once more Takuya sees his dad and spams him questions. Once more he is told to use his brain but hints Ryuuzouji is something else. He’ll soon find out.

Episode 12
We’re right back at the ‘starting point’. Takuya calls Mitsuki and is glad she is alive and safe. In school as he goes to see Eriko, he finds her sleeping underneath the bed on the floor. Without her clothes. Oddly, she is crying in her sleep. Something about not wanting to be left alone. She wakes up and mistakes Takuya as Abel. When Mio and Yuuki come in, they see a very ambiguous scene. Mio blowing the top of her head at this walking libido despite Eriko explaining the misunderstanding. Later Takuya talks to Mitsuki about Ryuuzouji and his behaviour. Then he hides in the closet of their office in hopes of catching what they are talking. Well, Eriko had the same idea so the hiding place is now super cramp. Mitsuki asks Ryuuzouji if he has changed. However he points out that it is her who has changed because everything else is still the same. Mitsuki is confused as he adds she might be lying to herself and perhaps she has feelings for him? WTF. He hugs her. Takuya, his face being smothered by Eriko’s boobs, can’t see anything and because he somewhat worries about Mitsuki, Eriko tells him to forget about her since she will disappear soon. After they left, Eriko wants Takuya to meet her at the café later. It is to show him Ryuuzouji meeting up with Kaori. Of course this doesn’t surprise Takuya and this confirms it for Eriko as she hints she knows he has been time travelling many times. Next she brings him to Ryuuzouji’s house because his mom decides to let them in on some info. However they find her hanged. Did Ryuuzouji silence her? Hearing a car screeching away from the scene, woah Eriko like a ninja chasing after it. However it soon crashes into the pole. When Takuya catches up and to his shock, the driver is Mitsuki and she is out cold.

Episode 13
Eriko brings her back to the infirmary. Takuya stays next to her till she wakes up. When he goes to get more bandages, Mitsuki strikes him with a fire extinguisher. Enough time to do a save point, huh? Tied up and presented with before Ryuuzouji, Takuya sees Eriko drugged out and Ryuuzouji mentioning that he and Eriko are old acquaintances and thought would be safe after Abel’s death. When Mitsuki shows him a jewel, Takuya’s shocked reaction proves he knows about the Reflector Device and Ryuuzouji wants it to hand it over. Hand over his ass because Takuya goes back to that save point. He is able to dodge Mitsuki’s fire extinguisher and Eriko returns to tackle her. Eriko then brings Takuya to Ryuuzouji’s storehouse and dig open a hidden wall. There consists of human bones. However no torso. This is believed to be Abel’s body with Ryuuzouji’s soul inside. Ryuuzouji’s body has been taken over by something else. Eternal dimensional criminal. Beings of pure thought who travel between dimensions to interfere with events. Eriko is from a parallel future and to arrest the being. She and Abel were lovers and scientist researching the Tree of Vrinda. Because of the branching out of possibilities, their goal is to find that root of source. Abel thought he had found the truth but stumbled into the criminal instead. He tried to outrun but was possessed. Abel returned changed much to Eriko’s dismay. After destroying the lab, he fled to another dimension via Abel’s body and then transferred himself to Ryuuzouji. Eriko takes Takuya behind the tapestry. A machine that allows travel between dimensions that the criminal escaped but it is now broken. That is why he is targeting Takuya. Ryuuzouji pops up and despite Eriko shooting him in the head, he is still alive. Eriko believes the body is only a body and there is a limit to how much damage he can take. Before she can fire some more, Mitsuki brings her down. Ryuuzouji and Takuya fire at each other but Mitsuki gets in between! Ryuuzouji feeling the body is at its limit, flees. I guess Mitsuki’s death is the much needed drama for 2 reasons: She confesses she loves him and passing him a jewel. After she dies, Eriko says no matter what world he goes to, it is Mitsuki’s fate to die. So he can never change that. You think Takuya will accept that? But Takuya starts disappearing as chaos is correcting itself. Eriko erases his memories of her and Ryuuzouji because the latter will go after him if he knows who he is. Once more Takuya hears Koudai’s lecture about causality. Sick of it, right? But this time he tells him to seek Kanna as she will be the one to show him the path. And a new path will open once he gathers all 8 jewels (he already has 7). So right back to that starting point and this time Takuya wastes no time in confronting Kanna. You’re going to tell me all about yourself.

Episode 14
Takuya tries to get to know Kanna more but the only thing he finds out is that she likes plants and hates the ocean. Despite she often stares at it, she claims it is her duty. With Kanna down with fever, Takuya takes her to the infirmary. Where is Eriko when you need her? Ah, time for some fanservice as he strips her just to wipe away her sweat. No repercussions! He talks about her necklace being familiar and could have seen it in some place dad dragged him to. Takuya takes Kanna to Mio and Yuuki’s club. Noticing the diorama of the place they made, Kanna points out that it looks different from the photo they took. As they head there, they see Toyotomi arguing with the workers to carry on work. Kanna pleads to them to stop since a lightning strike is going to happen. Well, what do you know, dark clouds forming. The workers heed Kanna and stop work, much to Toyotomi’s dismay. After inspecting Mt Sankaku, Takuya walks Kanna home to her apartment. Apparently she lives alone and this shady guy, Atsushi Hojo is seen waiting for her. He is trying to ask her out. She declines and his persistency has Takuya lock horns with him. Kanna doesn’t want a fight so she brings Takuya in. She feels yet another fever but goes to take a shower. Takuya still sees Hojo stalking outside. Takuya notices alcoholic drinks as well as her savings statement conveniently out in the open to see. Koudai has been depositing into her account until he disappeared. Claiming that Kanna knows a lot, he wants answers. Kanna admits it but he can’t tell him now. At least Koudai told her there will come a right time for her to tell everything. She offers him to stay the night but he leaves. Yeah, Hojo still there. He warns Takuya not to stay away from Kanna. Thinking Takuya’s turn is over and it’s his, Takuya changes his mind and stays. A strange dream whereby Takuya confronted Koudai about marrying Ayumi who is 20 years his junior and his student. Though, Koudai claims Takuya is in love with Ayumi. Then as he is about to reveal something about Keiko and history, time to wake up. Takuya sees Kanna cooking and has this weird feeling he has known her for a long time like as though she is family. He apologizes if Koudai did something weird to her but she wants him to have more faith in his father as he is not the kind of person he thinks he is. As Takuya wants to do something for summer, Mio suggests her private beach in the outskirts. Kanna doesn’t want to go claiming she is unwell but since Takuya puts it that nobody will be around if she collapses, I guess she has to come.

Episode 15
Taking a train to the beach, they notice Hojo is following them. So at the next stop, Takuya hatches a plan. In the toilet, Hojo comes to talk to him and believes he can get Kanna to reveal Koudai’s whereabouts. Just hold her pendant at ransom. Of course Takuya dismisses this idea. When Hojo comes out, he thinks the train is going to leave and jumps on board. The kids tricked him as they waited outside. He’s on the wrong train that will travel nonstop to the final stop. The kids continue their journey to the beach and the fun summer begins. They thought Kanna went missing but she went to buy a watermelon. Because Mio has never done watermelon splitting before (daddy doesn’t allow this barbaric activity), the guys troll her on her first go. Next is Kanna but it’s like she knows where to go and perfectly splits it. Mio lends an extra swimsuit so that Kanna can get into the water too. After all the fun in the sun, sand and water, they return to the villa and Kanna realizes her pendant is missing. Even their BBQ food is missing and the place is ransacked. Takuya also notices his Reflector Device is missing. Hearing noises from the basement, the boys head downstairs to see a wild dog growling at them. It escapes and it’s like it knows what to do because it drops over the fireworks and the lighter to starts the fireworks early before escaping into the bushes. Summer ruined? Takuya could have reset this timeline but won’t do it. Kanna feels fun that she get to do this together. Mio asks her opinions about Takuya. Her heart beats faster each time he is near her. Same for Mio. So are they rivals now? Meanwhile Yuuki is half asleep and thinks he found his missing BBQ frankfurters and bites Takuya’s dick!!! OMFG!!! GAYEST MOMENT YOU CAN”T FORGET EVER!!! When the kids return from their holiday, after Takuya sees off Kanna, that girl suddenly collapses.

Episode 16
So she’s just tired from all the excitement? Takuya finds an old photo of Kanna smiling. With her is a woman whom he thinks is her sister but he realizes the place of this photo is Mt Sankaku. He talks to Mio to find out the history of the place. From what Mio says, Takuya thinks Kanna is from 50 years ago? Even checking out the old geology of the place, it seems like as though something from another dimension ‘collided’ with the place. Meanwhile Hojo sees Kanna. Because she says this will be their last time, he agrees as long as she tells him where Koudai is. Otherwise he will make sure she will never return to school again. Takuya talks to Eriko about Kanna. It seems her parents are overseas and are uncontactable. Looking further into her record, it looks like she has transferred schools 20 times! Make that 21 times as she is filling out the form! Takuya catches Hojo stalking again. Hojo wants to make a deal with him to find out about Koudai’s whereabouts but Takuya refuses this detective’s deal. Next day when Takuya is out with Kanna, he asks her about the pendant and thought he saw someone who looked a lot like her when he was a kid. Was that person her? Instead, she talks about not wanting sadness in her life and is tired of being betrayed and hated. Sounds like she doesn’t want to be friends with him too. Hojo sees Takuya again and hopes he could plant a bug in Kanna’s room to eavesdrop. Yeah, Takuya squishes it! Hojo is seen talking to Ryuuzouji who has grown weary of waiting for his results. So he hypnotizes this sucker. Takuya is shocked that there is an article revealing Kanna’s dark past of going to love hotels with men. Pictures to prove it. With Yuuki and Mio helping out, they squash the rumours and shoo away those people who don’t care in the first place. Takuya talks to Eriko and oddly if you say that is the reason why she transferred schools, even more mind boggling she only transferred to schools within the area (like as though she needs to be near Mt Sankaku), how come nobody remembers this? You mean the rumours never spread? Anyway she has just submitted her transfer out form. Guess we know Takuya’s going to go to her now.

Episode 17
Confronting Kanna, he believes she is the same person he met when he was young and hasn’t aged. She kept changing schools to avoid that suspicion. But yeah, people so dumb not to remember this girl? Since Takuya bugs her to tell about herself, in third person she explains that woman in the photo is her mother. Both lived a normal life without aging until she died. Alone, Kanna had to resort to prostitution to stay alive. Until Koudai and his wife took her in. But that too only lasted until they disappeared. Takuya asserts she isn’t alone so her logic of stripping naked to ask if he can look at her right now. Hey, where’s the sex joke now? Then Hojo calls and threatens her to come to the park or he’ll kill Takuya. With that, Kanna tells Takuya to leave. Takuya sinking into depression until Mio tells him off about Kanna being their friend. Yeah, that was enough to get him going again. At the park, he sees Hojo getting rough with Kanna to spill the beans. He realizes this dude is under Niarb and is now crazy enough to take out a knife to kill. Kanna then admits about Koudai’s whereabouts. He is no longer in this world. Not in this dimension, that is. Dela Granto is a place from another universe where Kanna’s mom came from and every 400 years when it approaches this place, a few people cross over. As Keiko has left, Koudai also wanted to go on that journey. She left him the Reflector Device which originates from Dela Granto. Although history doesn’t repeat and flows 1 way, the flow of time is different. Hojo doesn’t believe this lie and during the struggle, Kanna’s pendant breaks off. After Takuya punches Hojo, he talks to Kanna and considers her his family. Care to live with him? After yet another fight with Hojo, now Eriko shows up to take care of this dude. However Kanna starts to weaken. You see, the pendant is her life and is made of Psychite. I guess it couldn’t crystalize and it’s the end of her. So how long must she wait if Takuya claims he is going to the other world where Psychite exists and bring it back? Hence she tells him Koudai’s last message. In order to get to Dela Granto, all 8 jewels are needed. The last one is in the grandfather’s clock. Gee, that was easy. And then head to the burial chamber underneath Mt Sankaku, use the Reflector Device to activate it. It’s working. Gee, why did he not bring Kanna? Did he just leave her to die in the park?

Episode 18
Koudai knows Takuya is here to save Kanna just like how he did for Keiko. These women can’t live without Psychite. Takuya, you’re new in Dela Granto. So don’t just charge in blindly! You fell off a cliff! Don’t know how he got back up but he heard a girl scream for help. After fending off the weak monster, he realizes she is a mute. I don’t think making funny faces is going to break the ice… It worked?! I don’t think writing Japanese words would make her understand… SHE DOES?! She is Sayless and is lost. Walking a little bit more, they come into the edge of the desert. Oh, there’s a house. Entering it, Ailia attacks him, thinking he is an intruder. She wants him to strip to search for hidden weapons. Not because she noticed your ‘Magnum’!!! But soon she passes out. When she comes too, after learning how they took care of her, Ailia explains she is a guard who defends the border of Dela Granto from invading monsters. She is the only one left. It seems their numbers are increasing and they are getting more aggressive. It could be Mother Nature’s wrath every 400 years. But there is hope, there will be a priestess who becomes the vessel of God. In exchange for divine power, she loses some ability like talking. At first she thought Sayless could be the priestess but how the heck did she trek across the desert? And of course Sayless is that priestess since back at the imperial city, the higher ups confirm her disappearance to the Divine Emperor. Ailia doesn’t know about this Psychite that Takuya is talking about. Across the desert is the imperial city and in between some quarries. Ailia fights off some monsters but loses concentration. Could have been killed if not for Takuya coming to save her. Apparently she is worried about her sister, Amanda who ran away. She doesn’t know about her whereabouts. Oh, Ailia is also dying of a disease. Next day after saving Sayless from another monster, Ailia collapses for real. She realizes Sayless is the priestess and believed she knew she would die today. She hopes Sayless would do her duty to protect the people. After burying her, Takuya decides to trek the desert and head to the quarries to find Psychite. With that kind of minimal gear?! Oh, off he goes. But he won’t let Sayless follow? He realizes his mini water container is leaking and thank goodness he might not have gone far because he turned back to the house. He realizes Sayless is not around. Realizing she could be lost in the desert, he goes look for her. How does he know where to look for her? Yup, her voice guides him. He kisses her to transfer water. She kisses him because their meeting is fate? I don’t get it…

Episode 19
Wow. Takuya must be getting used to life here because he is married to Sayless and has a daughter named Yuno!!! He lives the happy family life and takes over Ailia’s job of killing invading monsters. You know what they say when your child grows up so fast. Because literally in 4 years, Yuno is already like a teen! Of course Takuya has not forgotten about Kanna. He thinks Psychite are in those mines in the desert but no matter how much he searched, he couldn’t find them. One day, a female monster is found wounded in the garden. She attacks Takuya but weakens due to her injuries. Takuya finds out she comes from the imperial capital and from what it looked like, escaped with her child. Unfortunately she passes away from her injuries. But I guess Yuno know has got a pet friend whom she named Kunkun. Soon, Takuya thought he spotted some humans. However they quickly turn back towards the desert. They are guards from the imperial capital and as they report back to the Divine Emperor, they are ordered to investigate immediately. And then one day as Takuya is out with Yuno, from afar he sees those humans again at the house. He thought of going to ask them how to cross the desert but the moment he enters, they are all holding down Sayless. Damn, this looks like a rape scene. Sayless screaming from the top of her voice to Takuya to run.

Episode 20
This is really a weird way of checking one’s virginity! Takuya attacks but since the guards are better, he gets tied up. Sayless is left with no choice that she kills herself! OMFG!!! Sayless’ spirit then says goodbye to Yuno and then combines with her. The guards take Sayless’ body back to the imperial capital and they also confiscate the Reflector Device whom they recognize as a sacred treasure that Takuya stole. Takuya wakes up with Yuno by his side. She is not sad that mom is gone because she is now in her heart. Apparently Sayless does live in her heart and can sometimes communicate to Yuno. To others, she might look like she’s talking to an imaginary friend… The soldiers report back to the Divine Emperor. Knowing that Sayless has a child, the soldiers are ordered to find her as she will be the new priestess to continue with the ritual. Takuya and Yuno forcefully leave Kunkun behind because they’re going to cross the desert. Not enough food to bring. Can’t make that dragon kid their emergency food! Trekking the desert is tough. Almost being fooled by the mirage that the city is near. They also stumble into a weird grave of empty coffins. It boggles me how the soldiers can reach the city so fast but Takuya looks like lost for a long time. Yeah, maybe they had better navigation, I don’t know. Eventually their camel died and they have to eat it. Worse, Yuno grows weaker and sickly. And then a miracle. An oasis. Also, lucky sukebe for Takuya because hot elf chick, Sarah is bathing there. She calls him a pervert but hints of wanting to be done in by him? Sarah says she is from the imperial capital but ran away due to its problems. She laughs at Takuya’s revenge plot to go there and punch the Divine Emperor. So much so when they leave, she also wants to follow them to see through this. When it rains heavily, she leads them to take shelter in a temple. However it is a trap as she has all the soldiers waiting. Hey, Takuya has a big bounty on his head that is too good to pass. Yuno is taken away while Takuya is brought to some quarry prison.

Episode 21
As Yuno is taken to the Divine Emperor, Takuya is in prison and meets the ‘acquaintance’ of the prison warden, Bazuku. He also makes friends with fellow prisoners, Kartz and Deo. He learns the meaning of survival as Joe steals his food. If you wonder why nobody escapes this quarry as it lacks walls and guards, well, anybody who runs out gets zapped by the Tower of Garzel. So much like Mt Sankaku, huh? The prisoners’ job is mainly to mine holy stones (Psychite) which are then processed as ornaments for a coffin for the priestess’ ritual. One day, Takuya sees prisoners gathering around something. It’s Kunkun! Claiming this is his pet, the prisoners laugh at him and tell him such creatures are livestock. Takuya frees it and then pins the blame on Joe for trying to eat it. Because of that, Bazuku punishes him. Note, this guy is a pervert… Oh sh*t. But then Takuya gets caught trying to steal a Psychite and is now punished by Bazuku. This guy is going to interrogate his holes for he may hide them there! OH SH*T!!!! I hope those times f*cking Sayless was worth it. Takuya gets this idea to find a way out via the tunnels. So he searched every route for a year until the last route he finds it. THE LAST ROUTE. Want to shout louder? Bet nobody heard you. He goes to tell Kartz and Deo about it but apparently the guards are bringing in a rare female prisoner. They’re not ready to escape yet. After stealing a Psychite, Takuya goes to escape. But Joe usurps him and climbs out. Turns out the well is just right within Garzel and he gets zapped! Lucky Takuya, huh? Takuya is caught and imprisoned. Bazuku just finished torturing and interrogating that female, Amanda. Remember her as Ailia’s sister, they talk and it seems she is the leader of the resistance force trying to take down the Divine Emperor. You see, all that ritual thingy are lies. The truth is that the priestess is killed so the Divine Emperor can take her powers and rule over the people. Takuya agrees to help seeing she already has her members infiltrate this place. This hang loose/telephone sign is their signal? And when Takuya reunites with Kartz and Deo, he can tell they are part of the resistance force.

Episode 22
Bazuku continues to torment Amanda and blinds an eye. Takuya plans with Kartz and Deo on their escape. First they have to cause confusion and during that time they will also rescue Amanda and escape. But how when Garzel is activated? On the day they carry out the coffin, Garzel will be temporarily shut off. Of course they have a backup tower and they need to shut it down too. Takuya remembers the way to destroy it is sticking a sword into it. Take his word. He did it before. However can the 3 of them pull off this plan? Other prisoners want in because they too want to escape. Gee, it’s easy joining the resistance force. Takuya is then called to Bazuku’s room. Takuya sees that tapestry but Bazuku wants to offer him a deal. If he can make Amanda talk, he will let him see Yuno. Takuya agrees but wants Ailia’s sword. Bazuku agrees? On the night the coffin is carried out, Takuya goes to talk to Amanda. At the same time, the prisoners revolt. Bazuku wants Garzel to be activated despite it will kill many of the soldiers too. If they won’t do it, he will. During to riot, Kartz manages to throw a sword into the tower. You mean it really stuck there?! Like a charm, Garzel struck itself and crumbles. So easy! Bazuku activates the backup and people start getting zapped. Takuya frees Amanda as they head to the control tower. Bazuku ambushes them. Takuya fights him and makes this clumsy fatty destroy the controls. In a lucky twist of fate, Bazuku falls down (you mean there are no barriers on this high tower?) and falls into the coffin! The tower is going to explode and Takuya and Amanda are trapped. WTF Amanda wants to kill herself? Takuya won’t let her. So how? Here comes Kunkun flying down to save them! Man, Kunkun has evolved into part human, huh? Make that part hot chick! So you think Kunkun is going to carry them all the way to the imperial capital but then she gives out. Oh dear. Is she dying? Amanda gives Takuya a knife. As her owner, do what he needs to do. Kunkun will become their emergency food as the journey to the imperial capital is still very far. Oh my. Before she could be the next hot babe in Takuya’s life, she’s gone.

Episode 23
With the ritual nearing, the Divine Emperor sends more guards out to the quarry to retrieve the coffin. This may leave the imperial city with lesser guards but the Divine Emperor will leave it to a masked woman to take care of things. Amanda and Takuya part ways before entering the imperial city but will meet at their hideout. Takuya gets spotted by guards and is on the run. Thankfully he is saved by Eriko! What is she doing here? So Ryuuzouji is also here, huh? She uses some device to let him remember his memories. Eh? When did he forget them? Was having fun with Sayless made him forget his days on Earth? Anyway, more sci-fi mumbo jumbo from Eriko as she talks about causality and how she found out some spiral. This means certain events keep repeating like every 400 years, something terrible will happen to Dela Granto. There might be a collision. She gives him a device. You mean this small compass is supposed to detect disruption in event elements? Okay. Look how shaky its needle is. It shows how unstable Dela Granto is right now. Takuya goes to the hideout but they ambush him thinking he is a spy of the masked woman. Thanks to Deo and Kartz, he is saved. With Amanda joining the meeting, she relays info that the Divine Emperor has picked another priestess. As the ritual is in 2 days, the masked woman has been going around destroying the resistance’s hideouts. The plan is to attack the castle at dawn. I understand Amanda is nervous before the big raid and that they might not make it out alive. That’s why she can’t sleep that night. So she wants Takuya to sing a lullaby? Is that adult talk for f*ck you till you sleep? Hahaha… Oh wait. You don’t really mean it?! Oh sh*t! She wants him to f*ck her! TAKUYAAAA!!! Yeah, I guess it’s the only thing she can trust him to do. Next day, the team resistance is separated into groups. Amanda’s team managed to infiltrate inside the castle. Takuya’s side is supposed to come through via the sewers but is having trouble with the doors. Just then the masked woman finds them. Takuya fights her and when her mask comes off, isn’t that Yuno?! Why am I not surprised? Did she forget her father and continue attacking him?

Episode 24
Takuya manages to escape with a distraction and returns to his mission. In this underground cell, there is a prisoner locked within a barrier. The prisoner knows Takuya and Takuya instantly recognizes this haggard old fart as Ryuuzouji! Looks like he got outsmarted by the Divine Emperor and Mother. He mentions for a God to possess a priestess, she must give up 1 of her senses. That is why Keitia went blind, Sayless lost her voice and Yuno sacrificed her heart and memories. Ryuuzouji knows of a way to return Yuno to normal in exchange for freedom. Takuya will not do that and just in time, Eriko leaps in. While Takuya talks to her, Ryuuzouji hypnotizes Deo and Kartz to free him and then attack them so he could escape. Eriko goes after him so Takuya and the rest resume their mission. Outside the priestess’ room, lots of guards. Deo and Kartz sound the intruder alert and all of them left their position! WTF?! Takuya goes in and sees sleeping Yuno. She wakes up and tries to kill him. Takuya then tells Sayless within her to remind her daughter about their family. Yuno experiences headaches before some reckless attack breaks something (coffin?) and Yuno has her memories returned. He has her stay here while he goes deal with the Divine Emperor. Gee, no guards accompanying her? Before Takuya could attack her, she unmasks herself. It’s Ayumi! Again, why am I not surprised? In her room, Ayumi apologizes for all that she has done and returns the Reflector Device to him. She knew this day would come. She is going to tell him the whole truth of Dela Granto. Similarly, Amanda and the other resistance fighters enter a strange room (thanks to traitorous Sarah who is working here as a maid, picking its lock! A LOCK!) and a cute AI hologram also tells them the whole truth. Gee, what convenience.

The first time Ayumi was struck by lightning at Mt Sankaku, she arrived at Dela Granto. Ryuuzouji was already a ruler here. With his help, she took control of this super computer known as Mother since the locals lost their ability to control it. Ayumi then found out Ryuuzouji’s grand plan to use Mother to rule over the world and hence with Mother’s help, sealed him away. She took on the role as Divine Emperor since Mother’s words are absolute. Millions of years ago, there was an advanced civilization on Earth. But one day, scientists predicted meteors will rain and wipe out all life on Earth. Led by Grantia, they created a technology to carve out a piece of the world to another dimension! Gee, nobody noticed the odd crater on Earth then? No? Must be millions of years of rehabilitation then. However this dimension isn’t suitable for living and many lives perished. Hence the scientists modified living beings themselves to adapt. So the strange creatures you see here are because of the process of adaptability. But not all adapted and those failed turned into monsters. They can’t survive without a certain ore called Psychite. Grantia then miscalculated the orbit and hence Dela Granto will collide with Earth in 400 years. Since Grantia can only control the floating continent, she too knows she isn’t an immortal and hence uploaded her data into Mother. But its only flaw is that a catalyst is needed so that her mind can be synchronized and that is why a female human AKA priestess is needed. Soon, Dela Granto will approach Earth and that collision will destroy both worlds! That is why a priestess is needed to synchronize with Grantia to avoid this. Ayumi is sad to say that even if this is successfully, Yuno will still be annihilated. The resistance fighters are shocked to hear this. They are in a dilemma because succeeding in their mission would mean doom to all.

Episode 25
The resistance fighters are about to be executed but Divine Emperor stops this and instead pleads for their help to save the world. Takuya was also told that the ritual might send to priestess to another world, though that is a one in a billion chance. Hey, chances aren’t zero, right? So Takuya is stressing how to tell this to Yuno but she already knows. She has made peace with why she was born in the first place. Sure it wasn’t because of Takuya and Sayless’ labour of love? Sorry… So he gives her a jewel as a charm. So how is he going to teleport to her if she ever calls him? Meanwhile Eriko has caught up with Ryuuzouji. Seems she wants answers why he annihilated several event trees. Ryuuzouji is also interested to find the root since he can’t die. Wrong place, wrong time. Eriko gets washed away. Ryuuzouji escapes again. On the day of the ritual, everyone gathers at the plaza as Yuno enters a device to synchronize with Grantia. Yeah, the process is going to take a while so cue for Ryuuzouji to crash in. Don’t worry, Divine Emperor has seen this coming and enacts a strong barrier around. Ryuuzouji as an eternal being enjoys destroying lives since everything that lives will eventually die. He is just hastening the process. Since he saw this coming too, he has a trick up his sleeve. He opens a dimensional rift whereby out comes, uhm, dimensional ghosts?! From afar they look like swimming sperms… Those lost souls not only terrorize the people, but it is also trying to weaken the barrier. If they are formless, why do normal weapons get to hurt them? Anyway, Ryuuzouji also opens up rifts that suck people in. Yup, Amanda gets sucked into one. Takuya tries to save her but she lets go because she can’t drag him along too. Bye. No wonder last night was worth it. And still 15 minutes to go for the synchronization?! Man, lots more gonna die…

Episode 26
Ryuuzouji takes Ayumi hostage in hopes Takuya will destroy the barrier. Luckily no power of boners here. Because if he lets Ryuuzouji escape, the world will still be destroyed. Meanwhile one of the souls is Abel. He finds Eriko so that they could end this sh*t. Ryuuzouji uses Niarb on somebody to break the barrier. There. So easy. Should’ve done it in the first place. Now that Ryuuzouji is free, he kills Ayumi. You bastard!!! He turns into his true form to try and escape but Abel restrains him. But can Eriko shoot through both of them? That’s why Abel needs to tell her how much he loved her. He failed to find the root but found eternal love. Yeah. Bang! Ryuuzouji and Abel gone. With this mission over, Eriko is going to disappear as her mission is complete and is sent back to her dimension. Takuya has one last goodbye moment with Ayumi. You’d thought the world is saved but WTF the worlds will still collide even if the ritual is successful?! Yuno manages to talk to daddy one last time before she is sent to the other dimension. From what I understand, as Grantia puts it, she must move faster than the speed of light and go back in time. So she did just that and Dela Granto crashes into Earth before humans were even on it. Now we return to the time where Takuya just left Kanna. Then in a second he returned with a crystallized Psychite. Then he realizes Kanna’s mother is actually Amanda! So you mean Takuya is actually her father!!! Then Takuya starts to disappear. Can’t be in this timeline anymore. Because there’s another daughter he needs to be with. Takuya returns to the ‘starting point’. At Mt Sankaku, he rushes to that sexy naked elf girl who is no other than Yuno. She claims Dela Granto crashed here 8000 years ago and is still underneath this place. So Yuno is going to merge with the elements? Like disappear? Takuya won’t let her go alone and will always be alone. It might be only emptiness but they have each other. We see Koudai noting what he saw and is jealous of him. Because Takuya and Yuno can travel between rifts of time and this is the window of the truth of history he has always longed for. But he will continue to search his own way. Takuya and Yuno travelling as instants and eternity stumble into a small tree that remembers everything. They name it… Insert pun here!

Yuno; Gate – RetrieD: Tokigoe No Takuya
Wow. Gee, I don’t know if I am happy or sad with that kind of ending. Hey, at least he got to be with a girl in the end. Even though she is his daughter. Creepy to think that she looks more and more like his girlfriend than his daughter. Looking old enough to get f*cked. Incest! But technically she is still a minor so is this what you call a reverse legal loli? Anyway, with Dela Granto crashing into Earth thousands of years ago, maybe that is why over the years when Earth has slowly regenerated, that is why humans don’t get freaked out seeing some floating island approaching at lightning speed and then crash! Dig deep enough and you’ll find the hidden lost city of mole people! Haha! Just kidding. But it got me thinking if this was what wiped out the dinosaurs! Not a meteor from outer space but the collision of Dela Granto! Oh wait, that collision happened 8000 years ago and dinosaurs are long gone way before that. Maybe the impact was so great that the fragments go back in time and wiped out the dinosaurs? And I was under the impression the collision would destroy the entire Earth. Heck, it just ‘dented’ one small seaside town in Japan. WTF?! Even if it did collide, only Japan is affected, right?! Only this town and its vicinity, right? Damn Japan, don’t act like it’s the only place with living people in the entire world! Oh, I know now! Regarding that tree Takuya and Yuno were going to name? I call it… Three-some! Because technically Sayless is inside them so… Get it?! HAHAHA! Sorry… Better get serious now…

The overall series as we can see is divided into 2 main parts. The first part involving dimension hopping on Earth while the second part turned into some reverse isekai with our main protagonist finding himself on an alien fantasy world. Honestly, I find the first part to be more interesting than the second although it does have a lot of mind boggling flaws. Perhaps it was because everything was such a mystery and we were journeying with Takuya to try and resolve to get to the bottom of it all. And then when Takuya was sent to Dela Granto, it became somewhat generic. An adventure in a faraway fantasy world that became some sort of an ‘epic’ quest to save the worlds. Am I watching a different anime now? I may be wrong but I have a feeling that despite the dimension hopping is an interesting concept to explore, it is as though they ran out of steam in Dela Granto and everything felt boring and somewhat rushed. Remember, the first main arc had 17 episodes dedicated to it while the Dela Granto arc only had 9. But I’m not sure if it is a good thing to drag this out with more episodes if they decided to go on for another season.

While the sci-fi terms and ideas are not as convoluted as heavier anime series like Steins; Gate or even the To Aru Majutsu No Index series, there are lots of things that I do not understand and still find mind boggling. I don’t know, these feel like one of the biggest loopholes in the series that I could never get my mind around it. For example, I remember it is said that one doesn’t exactly travel to the past but to other different dimensions that run at somewhat different times. Okay. I think I can understand that. I also understand that with Takuya holding onto the Reflector Device, hence he is the only one (and those that he brings along) will be the only thing that moves in between the dimensions. So this is the biggest mind boggling question: You mean in those other dimensions in which Takuya has left, what the heck will happen to that dimension anyway?! So are you telling me that of all the infinite parallel dimensions, there is only one and one and only Takuya?! But there are infinite Mio, infinite Ayumi, infinite Kanna, etc. Remember the dimension in which Yuuki died? So Takuya restarted and went back and redo everything. That’s fine and dandy. So what about that dimension he just left? Yuuki died. Mio is left scared all alone in that cave. She’d probably die alone. And Mitsuki will forever be waiting outside the cave… See what I’m getting here? Because if Takuya claimed he can’t leave this dimension and redo it until he assured Mio’s is safe, then what about the other previous dimensions he left by restarting using the Reflector Device? Yeah, my mind is ready to explode…

Then it’s just like real WTF when Takuya starts to disappear and restart just because this so called dimension and timeline isn’t meant to be his. Like as though you’ve won the video game and now it’s time to go back to the start and try a different route. Gee, this is so twisted and confusing. You mean Takuya has no future in this timeline? And who is fate to tell Takuya that it isn’t his fate to be here? So everybody in that dimension gets to carry on living their normal lives without Takuya? How you’re going to explain it? Uh, looks like he went to another dimension. Period. That’s not going to cut it. F*ck that causality that Koudai claims to be the most important here because I sure hell don’t really understand it till the very end. How the f*ck is everything connected when Takuya as the only one with the Reflector Device can only travel between dimensions? What an unfortunate soul like me, can’t even connect these dots that might seem like a piece of cake to others with better intellect. Maybe that’s why I’m stuck in this damn dimension of mine… Oops, getting side-tracked here. But I guess it doesn’t matter because Takuya now being one with eternity together with Yuno, they’re like everywhere!

Also mind boggling that the priestess have to lose one of her senses in exchange for the divine powers. Assuming that the newly chosen priestess can choose which sense to give up, why not give up smell or taste? I’m sure that beats sight, voice, hearing or even memories. I mean, it’s much better to be unable to taste tasty and delicious food again than never having to see forever for the rest of your lives, right? And I don’t even know how the coffin plays a role in saving the world. I thought the priestess will be buried in it but apparently it is more of a plot convenience or something of that sort. You see Yuno entering straight up the synchronizing device. Coffin not needed in the first place. Yeah, they turned a part of the desert into a coffin graveyard. Ironic.

On to the characters, Takuya isn’t anything really special. Therefore I figure to make up for the absence of any sort of hentai material in this remake, hence Takuya is turned into some sort of smooth operator Playboy. It is either you’ll laugh or cringe at his dirty talk. This guy sure has his way with the ladies. He doesn’t pass up the chance to make sex jokes or dirty jokes. If this is his way to flirt or break the ice, well, I can’t say he is doing it entirely wrong. Because he has got at least most of the featured girls here in love with him for some reason. I bet it isn’t his dirty talk that gave him his charisma but it is all part and parcel of him. Yeah, love works in mysterious ways. Go figure that out in another dimension. But definitely not the kind of cheesy lines you want to use when you pick up chicks. Trust me, you don’t. Otherwise, pretty generic and cliché main character. You know the drill. Cares enough for his friends and loved ones to go all out and do the right thing. After all, he is the only who possessed the power to redo stuffs. So why waste it?

Then the rest of his harem, oh well, I guess they’re pretty generic too. Since this is a multi-branching type of story, I guess we can dedicate a few episodes for a pair and then move on. Nothing really special, really. It’s not like Amagami SS whereby the main character ends up with a different girl for a different arc. Takuya being the wandering Playboy on a mission he is, I guess that’s why he can’t settle down with one. Oh yeah, his love belongs to all! I bet he’ll say that if he had the chance. This harem formula is somewhat modified once he get to Dela Granto. It might be a bit misleading to call it a harem because it can’t be one if many of the babes keep dying! OMFG. Girls who love him and even had sex with him end up dying in some ways? This world sucks! From Ailia (died after just one freaking episode) to Sayless (dead but technically ‘living’ inside Yuno for a plot convenience – why do I have a feeling she is named after a pun of not being able to talk?) to Kunkun (died after becoming hot) and even Amanda herself (died after losing her virginity), looks like Dela Granto isn’t the place for Takuya to keep his harem. But I guess it is better than that streak of timeline where Ayumi killed herself in every conceivable ways! Finally as her role as Divine Emperor, she still got killed anyway. And Mitsuki coming in close because it’s like her fate to just die in the timelines we see. Yikes. Kanna almost died. Almost. Eriko returned to her timeline so I guess she is like ‘dead’ in Takuya’s life. Mio still lives but she’s going away so I guess that’s more or less the same thing. Good thing she has Yuuki as ‘backup’. Kaori? Nobody gives a f*ck about this b*tch. Oh yeah. The girls here sure have very grim fates if you think about it.

Ryuuzouji being the main antagonist, well, I want to say that he is on par with God because he is immortal and can exist across the dimensions. But I think because sometimes of his incompetence that makes him think he is just a villain just for plot convenience. Like relying on human goons to get the job done when he himself could have done it better. Oh, I don’t know if he wants to hide his identity because it’s like he doesn’t want others to know he is behind this. Is there some sort of limitation if he takes on a human body even if it is just some vessel? Takuya eventually knows he is the culprit but so what of it? So he might be immortal but he isn’t all that powerful. After all, what fun is there if you can destroy a world with the snap of your fingers. Better to have fun by plotting the worlds’ slow destruction and watch it yourself. Also, it gives time to our heroes and do something about it and prevent a bad ending. Ah, true villainy fail 101. And then got easily killed off by some special gun + the power of love. Ah, true bad guys die the cliché way 101.

I thought Takuya will eventually come into contact with Koudai and answer some of the questions but I guess it would be awkward for father and son to be meeting each other again after so many years. What are the chances of dimension hopping father and son meet again? Not highly likely in this sense but the chances aren’t zero. Hence Koudai here looks more like an unwanted cut scene that you can never skip. Uh huh. It’s not like he explains it thoroughly to his idiot son and leaves him hanging with more questions than answers. Not sure if this is his way to get his son to think and act but he seemed to be playing his cards right and walked the correct routes. So it got me thinking that people here don’t really die. They just go on to live on in another dimension! Maybe those who really died go to that other dimension called heaven or hell. But I don’t want to go over there and open another can of worms.

Art and animation look pretty okay. Nothing to shout about. But I’m guessing the artwork is given a huge update than its 1998 OVA predecessor (which could look very 90s and dated). In fact, I can’t really find any over the internet. Yeah, it’s that obscure and I suppose I’m too lazy or Google’s safety filter is making me lose my motivation. It’s hard to find details on that OVA series because I have a feeling that nobody is that old like me still watching anime. Hah. Even the few reviews put it as unworthy even for the very few hentai scenes. No hentai scenes in this remake but a few sexy tantalizing fanservice scenes like Mio getting close to naked in the cave just because a moment of insanity. And who’d thought that Erika likes to dress so sexy during her school nurse stint and give the male fantasies what we all want to see. I wonder if the director’s cut version will show some extra hentai scenes like Takuya banging Sayless or Amanda’s last night with our Playboy. Just maybe… This anime is done by Feel who did Yahari Ore No Seishun Love Comedy Wa Machigatteiru, Hinamatsuri, Dagashi Kashi, Dakara Boku Wa H Ga Dekinai and Papa No Iukoto Wo Kikinasai.

Voice acting also feels okay. A few recognizable veteran seiyuus like Rie Kugimiya and Yuu Kobayashi as Mio and Eriko respectively. However they sound meek and soft compared to their tsundere or loud crazy trademark that I am more familiar with. Others I recognized included Marina Inoue as Amanda and Fumihiko Tachiki as Koudai. I also misrecognized a couple like Yuuki and Kartz, I thought it was Daisuke Sakaguchi but instead it was Yuuki Fujiwara (Liang in Nanbaka). Kaori, I was sure it was Rina Satou but instead, Rena Maeda (Nike in Soredemo Sekai Wa Utsukushii). The other casts are Yuu Hayashi as Takuya (Ryuunosuke in Haikyu), Maaya Uchida as Kanna (Rikka in Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai), Kaori Nazuka as Ayumi and Divine Emperor (Tsukasa in Amagami SS), Saori Oonishi as Mitsuki (Aiz in DanMachi), Ari Ozawa as Yuno (Fai in Endro), Asami Sanada as Sayless (Dejiko in Di Gi Charat), Taiten Kusunoki as Ryuuzouji (Rock Bison in Tiger & Bunny) and Takuya Eguchi as Toyotomi and Deo (Tao in Grimms Notes The Animation).

The first opening theme is the same name as this anime and sung by Asaka. I don’t know, it could be a theme song suitable to be used for supernatural mysteries. Can this series be considered one? The first ending theme, Shinri No Kagami Tsurugi No You Ni by Konomi Suzuki is heavy on the techno side. She also sings the second opening theme, Mother whom I thought is trying to compete with Shingeki No Kyojin’s main theme because it starts out with those epic voices before the techno dubsteps drown it out and make it sound generic. Kami No Suushiki as the second ending theme by Asaka is also another techno song but a bit slower on the beat. All in all, these techno songs aren’t really my cup of tea and I have this feeling that prolong hearing of it will induce some sort of ringing deafness in my ears. I don’t know, I didn’t try it but that’s what my guts tell me… Maybe I should turn down my speakers’ volume…

Overall, this anime was interesting and had potential but somehow it lost its way and shine and then it became generic and boring especially in the second arc. Then there are a few mind boggling loopholes that will raise more questions than answers if you think too much on how it all works. Perhaps this anime has done better but it existed in another dimension way beyond our reach! I read many comments that you’d be better off in playing the game which has better storyline and everything. Including those delicious sex scenes of course. But of course, it has been through time and time when a game with so much content gets adapted to a medium that has very limited content, there are going to be lots of things left out. Maybe this remake is to get newbies to go check out the game which was remade back in 2017. But for me, I’m done dimension hopping. I’ll just live the rest of my life in this timeline of mine watching more or less the same kind of animes.

Once again, it is time for another Fate series. But this time we’re not going to go down that typical 7 mage Masters and their 7 summoned Servants fighting a battle royale. As we know, with the Fate universe and lore being so deep and huge, sometimes they have branched out to other genres even though it is non-canon. From slapstick comedy to even a cooking theme, now we have a detective theme, Lord El-Melloi II Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note. Hey, if Pikachu can do it, so can Fate! But this time it won’t be Shirou as the main guy playing detective but another wuss, Waver. Waver?! This weakling who was Iskandar’s Master in Fate/Zero is now the main character? Got to give some other characters some chance and love sometimes. This series takes place 10 years after the aftermath of Fate/Zero so you bet Waver isn’t going to look like some weak boyish wuss but a matured hardboiled teacher. Time really do change some people. A lot.

Episode 0
Lord El-Melloi II FKA Waver gives a lecture about mirrors and how it doesn’t reflect its image, the reason why some symbolize them as deities. Later he is praised by the other teaching staff for his work. We learn it has been 10 years since Waver fought in that Holy Grail War in which Kayneth perished. Waver then rebuild the modern magecraft theory and despite taking on Kayneth’s title, he is just merely a substitute until Reines El-Melloi Archisorte becomes of age to take over it. Waver returns to his room where his disciple waits, Gray. Waver is mad that staffs are trying to force him to take a stance in Clock Tower since it is all about power struggle. Because he nonchalantly curses them (though he doesn’t mean it), subsequently he experiences a few mishaps. Even more compounded when Gray’s stray cat keeps annoying him. One day while out in town, they spot the stray cat dying on the streets. Somebody ran over it. Waver despite never liking the cat, still takes it back to nurse it. Unfortunately it passed on and he buries it while lamenting he never had the necessary powers nor was he there on time when needed. Gray dismisses this and has always believed he was there for her. Gray then hears a cat purrs. They realize a cat’s shadow has been embedded onto Waver’s shadow. Calling his other students for help, Flat Escardos and Svin Glascheit, they detect the source of the curse to be the car that run over the cat. It seems the car owner has also latched the curse not only onto the cat but Waver too. This means he will suffer the same fate as the cat. But the culprit miscalculated because he didn’t know about Gray’s ties to the realm of death and had she not noticed it, Waver’s wounds would have been more severe. It would be easy to just counter this basic curse but doing so, Waver will never know the perpetrator. So they chase this guy down and manage to capture him. Waver laments that the real mastermind behind this will never be known because as Reines interrogated him, that guy never met his client and had his memories altered. He believes somebody is trying to kill him just because of his title. Again, Waver laments about the misconception of being saved. It’s all just in the mind. Again, Gray dismisses it because she is grateful he saved her. It is definitely the same for the cat. After coming to terms that fighting alongside Rider (Iskandar) was easy, Waver is resolved to fight his own battles from now on.

Episode 1
7 years ago, Reines interrogated Waver to force him to reveal why he borrowed loads of money to buy Kayneth’s class. After that Holy Grail War ended, Waver headed to Babylon, the city where Gilgamesh ruled and Iskandar died. However he was captured by a Clock Tower dropout, Barzan and put in some cell. In the same cell is his old friend, Melvin Weins. In short, he was scammed and locked up too. It seems Waver borrowed money from Melvin to go to Japan in exchange for some great story. I guess that Holy Grail War wasn’t it. But it was at that time Waver discovered how Kayneth died brutally. After they bust out, they stumble into Barzan and his team forcing other tricked people to dig for Iskandar’s tomb. Waver decides to level this place. He distracts Barzan by mocking the third rate magician he is while Melvin casts some spell to destroy the balance and let the evil spirits do the rest of the dirty job. The duo then fled and left Barzan in despair. Waver although is still heavily indebted to Melvin, still wants to borrow more money to buy Kayneth’s class. He feels responsible for his death and wants to take responsibility. Though, he has no collateral or guarantee to pay it back. Melvin is amused by his words. Of course he will lend him. In exchange, be his friend! Uh oh… And the rest is history. Still, Reines wonders why he is really doing it for since he is barely keeping the class afloat for 3 years. Despite not being a favourite student of Kayneth, he learnt a lot from his class and he doesn’t want to deny the opportunity to study to other students who used to be like him. Reines is amused with his serious answer and even more so he begs to spare his life. That’s because there is something he needs to do in the name of that king. Reines didn’t bat an eyelid to take advantage of his unfavourable position. First, she wants him to take on the debt by the El-Melloi faction. Next, try something to fully restore the magic crest of Kayneth that was almost destroyed in the Holy Grail War (it is said it will take 3 generations to fully restore but by that time the family will be in ruins). Lastly, be Reines’ stand in as Kayneth’s successor. As she is deemed too young to be taken seriously by Clock Tower, she will have Waver warm the seat and do things on her behalf until she comes of age. Waver is shocked at this large request but will accept it with the condition ‘II’ is added to the title. He might not like Kayneth as a person but he still respects him as a mage. After all, there is someone very important he is chasing after. Now in current time, Reines and Melvin visit Waver with a job that could help repay some of the debt.

Episode 2
Mary Lil Fargo was Waver’s student. Her family is a branch of the Animusphere family. Recently her father, Ernest suddenly died and his body dismembered. Many mages have thrown in the towel to solve this case so Reines believes Waver is fit for the job because he is poor and if he solves this, it will help reduce his debt. Waver and Gray head down to the mansion and meet the people who are there during the night of Ernest’s death. They are Mary, Alec (Ernest’s nephew), Fernando Li (Ernest’s friend and fellow researcher) and Claire (maid). He also investigates the site of the murder where Ernest’s dismembered bodies are scattered throughout the central hall. Some talk about astrology and how the 7 planets represent the 7 body parts. Waver believes everyone is a suspect. Alec owes Ernest money. Fernando is interested in his research. Mary would inherit both wealth and research. Claire was physically abused by the master. Lacking evidence, he goes to talk to Mary for more information and it seems Ernest is trying to do research on eternity. Because it is a mage’s dream to reach the Root, a human’s life is too short and that is why mages entrust it in their magic crest and pass it down their generations. As Waver continues to piece the puzzle together, Alec has been found murdered. Then Waver has everyone gathered in the hall as he explains his findings. From what I understand, Ernest is trying to become an immortal himself so that he could reach the Root. Therefore his dismembered body parts corresponding with the 7 planets is part of his plan in turning this mansion into a workshop designed to give himself eternal existence. Waver finds a hidden spot and summons out Ernest’s ghost. Ernest thinks this isn’t enough yet and wants Mary’s life. Waver leaves it to Gray to settle this. Using her familiar, Add, they transform into some grim reaper and destroy the ghost. In the aftermath, Waver talks to Mary. He believes she knew what Ernest was doing all along and that this experiment was doomed to fail since it was unstable and a deviation from the family’s traditional practice. Why did she not stop him? If Ernest achieved immortality, her situation would never have changed. She would have been kept in this cage for the rest of her life. And hence this was to prove that nothing is eternal. Ah yes, the lesson of how everything changes and people are no exception.

Episode 3
Waver is investigating an electrical malfunction at his favourite tea shop. While it might look like rodents have chewed the circuits, the staffs did call for pest control. However one of them went missing and the other was cowering in fear, claiming he witnessed something horrifying. As Waver treks deeper into the sewers to follow the monster footprint, he realizes a mage might be conducting a workshop underneath and that the monster is feeding on electricity to become bigger. And then… Waver gets attacked by a bunny monster! Gray then calls Flat. She is worried that Waver has not returned since his investigation. Don’t worry. Flat will get to it. Svin is jealous that Gray called him. Well, there is an obvious reason why she didn’t call you. You don’t have a handphone, right?! The trio head down the sewers and find an injured Waver. He managed to stave off the creature for now. Svin takes Waver back out while Flat and Gray investigate further. The duo stumble upon a skeletal corpse believed to be of the pest control. There are other skeletons too. This must be a feeding ground. A monster attacks but they are able to trap and destroy it. Finally they reach the workshop of Gueldoa Davenant. He doesn’t think he has killed innocent people because their lives are to serve his cause for him to reach the Root. When he has his bunny army surround them, cue for Waver and Svin to make their grand entrance. Waver then explains the source of his magic and deducing his goal from it all. Not that I really understand. This shocks Gueldoa a lot because he never thought he would know this much. Eventually, Waver points out that it is because of modern times and they are living in the age of information, thanks to the internet and news, he was able to put together the pieces easily like the surge in electric power and recent missing people. Above all, he has wrote in to some zoology magecraft department to strip Gueldoa of his position and they agree it. Gueldoa is in despair and gives up. After he is arrested, Waver reveals that half of his explanations were bluffs and they would have been done for had Gueldoa decided to act with force. Later Reines sees Waver as she has Luvia to inform him on her investigations regarding the Holy Grail War: Two positions for Association participants have now closed.

Episode 4
Wills Pelham Codrington, son of the recently departed Trevor seeks Waver’s help. Trevor was known as the greatest necromancer as he converted a wasteland into a workshop. However the workshop went berserk and many in the family died via lightning strike. The last was of course Trevor himself. If this incidents continue, the workshop will be taken by the main Codrington family. The rest he will tell when they arrive at the mansion. Upon arrival, Wills is arrested by Hishiri Adashino from Policies. It seems Waletta of the main family who is sent here to ascertain Trevor’s death, tried to summon Trevor’s spirit residual but there is no trace of that left. She accuses Wills of erasing all evidence and so happen that Wills has been present at all other deaths too. Wills says it is a misunderstanding. He did try to summon Trevor but failed. Waver believes it is all circumstantial evidence and since a lightning storm is locking them in, he will investigate and present his findings with evidence. Waletta is against this because modern magecraft has nothing to do with spirit evocation. But as Reines points out, it is the spirit evocation department that requested them to handle this case. Later Wills sees Waver who wants to know the other thing he wants to talk about. After sprinkling some magic dust, Waver is able to see a fairy. Wills claims he was born with that ability and everything a fairy appears, somebody dies. He knows it is some sort of warning but wants to know what is the fairy warning him against. Reines and Gray stumble into a secret underground passage. As they trek deeper, the power starts to affect Reines’ Mystic Eyes greatly. However guardian spirits start attacking thinking they are grave robbers but luckily Shishigou is here to save them and get them out. Reuniting with the rest, Shishigou explains he was taking the underground graveyard so as to avoid the storm above. He is a close friend of Trevor and came to express his condolences. Later Waver thinks he found the connection between lightning, Mystic Eyes and graveyard and goes to do some research to confirm something. Late that night, Gray comes knocking on Waver’s room. What’s the emergency? Waletta has been struck by lightning!

Episode 5
Wills is unable to summon anything from Waletta. Hence Adashino still suspects him and cordons him in his room. Waver will continue to investigate but needs Shishigou’s help to see this through. As Shishigou and Gray gather some research materials, they are being attacked by a Black Dog, supposedly evil spirits or fairies. To Shishigou’s surprise, Gray despatches it with her scythe. Reporting this to the rest, Shishigou wants to know about Gray’s Mystic Code. Waver reveals the scythe is just a disguise and its true form is a spear of King Arthur, Rhongomyniad. Waver then has everyone gathered to conduct a ritual that summons the fairy. Now she can talk because thanks to some combination of powers between Wills’ Fairy Eyes and Reines’ Mystic Eyes. Waver reveals the perpetrator is Trevor and this entire workshop is actually a weapon. Thus the lightning strikes weren’t accidents but premeditative murders. The workshop summons a Black Dog to kill humans in which they will be turned into another Black Dog. It is Trevor’s wish to control artificial fairies to serve under him. But why was Trevor murdered? The fairy admits she killed him because she heard how he was using them for his nefarious ends. But that did not stop the ritual and that’s why she sought help. And something about Wills in love with the fairy?! The place is then under attack by Black Dogs. Apparently Waver realizes too late that his ritual has an effect on Adashino’s barrier and opened up a gate to the other world. They go destroy the ravaging Black Dogs but since they are too many, Waver requests Gray to use her Rhongomyniad. Despite defeating the big mother, the gate is still open. Is it too late? Not that Wills can do something about it. But Waver doesn’t want him to sacrifice himself by going to the other side. Unfortunately, Wills being in love with the fairy claims he isn’t going to die but just join Trevor, Waletta and the rest on the other side. Thanks for uncovering this mystery. In the aftermath as everyone leaves, Adashino shows the results of her investigation. It seems Trevor created Wills’ eyes to be the foundation of this workshop. It is thought that one is born with Mystic Eyes but Waver remembers Rail Zeppelin, a phantom train that buys and sells such eyes. Adashino hands him a copy of Rail Zeppelin’s materials and Waver is not so pleased that this is Policies’ aim in the first place.

Episode 6
Gray notices Waver sometimes in distress so she goes to ask Reines what happened during his participation in the Holy Grail War. But first, Gray must accompany her shopping. At Carnac, it’s like Gray has become her dress up doll. Having fun? They stumble into Luvia. Apparently she is the new owner of Carnac and has done quite an extensive and lavish redecoration. Luvia offers to give them a tour of the place. Basically a high class girls hanging out, huh? During that time, Reines tells about that Holy Grail War and also Iskandar who had a tremendous effect on Waver’s life. Suddenly it’s like the trio are transported to another dimension. They’re still inside the store but nobody else is around. It seems they are trapped and their current magecraft cannot get them out. So as they ponder who would be targeting them, it eventually dawned to them that there might be no perpetrator and this might just be an accident. Because so far there is no moves from the perpetrator and it would be suicidal to target them together in the same place. Because of the extensive and lavish redecorations, that could be the trigger and it created an excessive reaction. They head down to the basement whereby there is a statue that Luvia has placed some magic on. This is to spur customers’ impulse to buy. It is an expensive lesson for her to learn from this as she prepares to destroy it. However, security bots pop up. As this is her store, Luvia will take care of this. Pro wrestling moves?! So much about the perfect security system. Is Luvia enjoying herself? After destroying the statue, they return to normal time. On the way back, Reines deduces that the trio are seen as valuable treasures so when they were leaving, this security barrier activated. Gray doesn’t have high self-esteem so she doesn’t see why but Reines points out that she holds the most important Noble Phantasm ever. When Gray returns to Waver, he looks even more distress. It seems the mantle of Iskandar he keeps in a box is stolen. In place is a note inviting him to a banquet. It is from Rail Zeppelin. He hopes Gray can come with him.

Episode 7
As Rail Zeppelin was created by some super vampire group, the guests are all going to be supernatural. Waver is accompanied by Gray and Caules as he recognizes some of the familiar faces like Adashino, Fernando and Yvette L. Lehrman (one of his students). Also on board is Olga Marie Arsimilat Animusphere, the daughter of the Astromancy Lord. She quickly warns him not to get in her way of the auction. Everyone is startled with the presence of Karabo Frampton as he is from the Holy Church. But calm down. He is here to participate in the auction too. Meanwhile Reines calls Shishigou and tells him about the stolen Iskandar mantle. She wants him to investigate and has Luvia as his assistant. She can’t use magecraft to solve this as she suspects an inside job. Waver tries to find who sent him the invitation but to no avail. Instead, he receives a letter of him snooping around believed to be from that thief and wants him to meet at some place. Olga then talks to Waver. He is willing to listen since it concerns about the next Holy Grail War. As there will be a very high class Rainbow Mystic Eyes on auction, she wants to get her hands on it. So if somebody else outbids her, she wants him to outbid that person. Even though he is broke? Because of his status as Lord, nobody would dare challenge him. She promises to reward him handsomely. She has her assistant, Trisha Fellows demonstrate her Mystic Eyes whose properties is premonition. Gray is suffering from motion sickness so Karabo gives her an apple to help with the nausea. The moment he touches her hand, he sees her past and realizes she isn’t a Mage. Trisha talks to Waver and has researched about his participation in the previous Holy Grail War. Because it was a life changing event for him, she cautions him about getting the Rainbow Mystic Eyes. To have Mystic Eyes is to accept and be bound by them. So please consider if he ever wishes to buy one. With Gray still fumbling to give her gift to Waver, and that guy still reminiscing to meet Iskandar even if there is a chance he might not remember him, suddenly they hear Olga’s scream. Trisha has been decapitated!!!

Episode 8
Olga blames Karabo and tries to attack him but is knocked out. Karabo conducts autopsy but couldn’t see much. Waver also conducts his autopsy and suspects Karabo is only here because he wants to sell his Mystic Eyes. Karabo admits that but even his Mystic Eyes wasn’t able to tell him the perpetrator. Oddly, Trisha would have taken action had she saw this coming. This means the killer is one who is invisible from time, past and present. Olga continues to show her displeasure, thinking this is Waver’s plan to make her family owe him one. Calm down, girl. You think everybody is out to get you? Later Waver confronts Adashino and suspects her motives on Rail Zeppelin. He cannot think of a reason for her to be here. Adashino tells him the sponsor for Gueldoa and Codrington are the same person but stops short in saying if that person is involved in Rail Zeppelin. Waver and Gray go meet the person who wrote that letter. Woah. Who this hot warrior chick? She isn’t the one who stole Iskandar’s mantle but the vassal of that thief. Anyway, she seems disappointed to see the kind of person Waver is and is going to kill him. Waver can tell she is a Servant. Gray protects him only to be hypnotized but luckily is cleansed by her scythe. Waver is shocked when she reveals herself to be Hephaestion, Iskandar’s confidante. She unleashes an attack to kill them but Waver cuts part of his hair to stem the flow of her thunder. Waver laments never knowing such a person who served under Iskandar before passing out. Turns out he has some burns on his body. Caules does what he can to heal him. Olga stops being a b*tch for once as she hands over some druid elixir to hasten his recovery. I guess they’re even now? Reines calls Luvia to tell him about Waver being injured but is interrupted when Melvin barges in. He is dismayed she never told him about Waver being invited on Rail Zeppelin. But no matter because Melvin is going to join Waver. He has used the financial powers of his family to get himself an invitation.

Episode 9
Olga learns about Hephaestion but finds it odd that a Servant is able to materialize and maintain her memories outside the Holy Grail War. Flashback on Waver’s lesson regarding some invocation theoretically makes it possible. Whatever. Olga also deduces that Waver isn’t here to buy Mystic Eyes but to find the thief who stole Iskandar’s mantle. Somebody forces the train to change tracks and now it has entered the forest known as Child of Einnashe where dead apostles reside. After coming to a full stop, several mages try to burn a path for the tracks but were promptly killed by the forest. Olga decides to hole herself up in her room until this situation is resolved. She reminds Gray that she isn’t her ally and will figure out Trisha’s murder herself. Shishigou meets up with his old friend, Jean Mario Supinerra who is now a celebrity chef. Trisha’s decapitation is similar to that headless corpses case in London. Clock Tower and the Holy Church limited any broadcast of it and confiscated what little that was broadcasted. He heard that there was a girl who wanted to hear about it. That girl is Trisha. Gray thought there is a zombie outside her window but it turns out to be Melvin! The forest attacked his helicopter but he miraculously survived. He wants to know who hurt Waver but looks like Karabo and Yvette have come to seek their help to move the train or otherwise risk the auction being cancelled. They have asked others for help but they refused and barricaded themselves in their rooms. While Yvette detects the leylines, Karabo will use his swords as markers and activate the tracks. Gray is supposed to come with them but she has to attend to some other more important business. Facing off with Hephaestion, that is. Olga finds a weird dimensional spell in her room. Activating it, the head of Trisha drops out! Karabo’s side has marked enough trees and head back to the train. But no sign of Gray. She’s going to take down Hephaestion right now because if she lets her escape, she might return to hurt Waver.

Episode 10
Gray is saved by Hephaestion? What the heck is this about warriors should be dying on the battlefield? I don’t get it. Anyway, Hephaestion views them as same but when Gray questions her about reprimanding Iskandar through her actions, Hephaestion forcefully makes her reveal what she saw in her dreams. Luvia and Shishigou now talk to Mary who is Trisha’s old friend. She claims Olga was abandoned by her father who was then obsessed in researching about the Holy Grail War. This also made Trisha research into this so as to find out why he abandoned his daughter and if this had any relation to the serial murder case 7 years ago. It is also noted that a man without a heart as he was named was also doing that research based on Olga’s father’s request. With that, Luvia has an idea who that person is. He has a step sister who is on board Rail Zeppelin now. Gray slides on Add back onto Rail Zeppelin as it leaves the forest. Adashino has gathered everyone to listen to her deduction. So she’s taking over Waver’s role? She admits the method used in Trisha’s murder is the same as that serial killer incident. From what I understand, Trisha was decapitated in a different place. Calling Olga as the witness, she shows everyone Trisha’s head. Because Trisha saw that she would be decapitated she opened some dimensional pocket to let her head fall into it when that happens. Hence her head is still alive when it dropped out. The last word she uttered was “Karabo”. I don’t really get this part as Adashino deduces Karabo sliced the air and since the train is travelling in a predetermined path, it made it easier for Trisha to be decapitated when she reached that point. Before Karabo can be accused as the perpetrator, Waver returns to call Adashino’s deduction just as delusions because she failed to establish a motive for the crime. At the same time, the deputy of Rail Zeppelin pops up to take Karabo’s Mystic Eyes as already informed. This has Waver think that Adashino planned this out in good timing so that Rail Zeppelin could back up her deductions. Later Waver asks Karabo if he was that serial killer. He cannot remember and it might be due to the effects of the Mystic Eyes forcing him to see what he does not want to see. If only he had his Mystic Eyes now, the truth can be revealed. Sure, they can buy it back at this auction but does Waver have that crazy amount of money? Don’t worry. What are (filthy rich) best friends like Melvin for?

Episode 11
Waver finds it odd that despite Hephaestion claiming herself to be Iskandar’s aide, he has not seen her once in his Noble Phantasm. Waver then goes to ask Olga for help and she gets emotional about I don’t know what but she hates them all. After Waver tells his own story, I guess it’s best just to cooperate. And something about Olga talking about everything to her seems fake like as though it is an afterimage. Shishigou pulls Flat and Svin from their special classes so they can conduct some new mission. Waver calls Luvia to note his suspicion on Olga’s father who seems to know about the Holy Grail War because that is a very tightly kept secret that only a few mages would know. It is no doubt that somebody made him move and got Trisha killed when she was investigating it. Waver takes a look at the leylines of the world and now he suddenly realizes everything. Something to do with Hephaestion being a woman or not inside Iskandar’s Noble Phantasm. But rather something is claiming to be Hephaestion. The auction begins and the attraction is the Jewel class Mystic Eyes. It’s like everybody against Adashino since each time somebody bids higher, she outbids them. So much so Melvin has to call a break because he is worried if Waver have that much money. After pulling some strings, I guess Waver has got a few additional funds to keep bidding should the price go higher. The auction resumes. High enough that Adashino backs down. However Waver finds himself with intense competition with Yvette. By the time Yvette bids 500 million, Waver uses this chance to explain about Trisha’s death since a second break isn’t technically allowed. He draws a conclusion that Trisha and the murders 7 years ago all have missing heads. Bringing in Trisha’s head into the room, from what I understand, it is the same perpetrator and that person decapitates the head so as to gain control over the Mystic Eyes. Showing some little Buddha statue that Olga showed him that was with Trisha’s head in the other dimension, this is used to block and interfere with Karabo’s vision. Adashino knew about this, that’s why she hid this important evidence. Trisha saw she would meet Karabo so she boarded this train to get answers from him regarding that serial murder. But she didn’t see this coming and lost her life. The same culprit who manipulated Karabo and the one responsible for the serial murders, only 1 person can do that. Suddenly Caules is bound.

Episode 12
Is Caules the culprit? Actually this person is impersonating him and the real one shows up with Reines. Thanks to Luvia, Flat and Svin combining their effort to spring launch them into Rail Zeppelin. It’s the only way to get there without an invitation. Huh? Waver knew this Caules is fake because his healing was perfect. The impersonator reveals himself to be the previous head of modern magecraft, Dr Heartless. With a name like that, it’s no surprise you can tell he is that man who got his heart stolen by fairies. Heartless also funded Yvette and had her cooperate with him. That is why Waver also had Adashino cooperated with him. The rest of Waver’s deduction I don’t really don’t understand but from what I can pick up, it seems Heartless can create his own Holy Grail. Or at least a variant of it. Thus killing Trisha and obtaining her Mystic Eyes was just an addendum to seek the Holy Grail War. Due to the leyline distortion when Rail Zeppelin clashed with Child of Einnashe, this allows him to summon a Heroic Spirit. This might not be enough to summon a Holy Grail War because the leyline must be in contact with Japan or something so Heartless needed something else like a Master of a previous Holy Grail War like Waver. Heartless then summons Hephaestion to attack Adashino before she can restrain him. Waver deduces that since the Holy Grail is fake, Master is fake and Command Spells are fake, it could only mean that Hephaestion is a fake Heroic Spirit. Something that Heartless calls this class as Faker. That’s why Hephaestion introduced her name instead of her class then. As for her different appearance and why she wasn’t in Iskandar’s Noble Phantasm, she is more like a shadow double for Iskandar. Hephaestion is like the residual image of the king, a magic double who protected the king by fabricating his appearance and existence.

Heartless and Hephaestion flee seeing they don’t want to risk fighting and destroy all the Mystic Eyes. Yvette won’t go along since she’d rather serve her punishment rather than living life as a fugitive. Waver and Gray aren’t done yet. Confronting them on top of the train, Heartless gives back the stolen mantle. Heartless orders a retreat but Waver’s deduction further provokes Hephaestion as she wants to kill him. Waver deduces about Hephaestion not being in Iskandar’s army is because she hates his army. Something about she is some dead twin and wasn’t given a name. When Iskandar wanted to give her a name, she refused. While Gray fights Hephaestion, Heartless summons Child of Einnashe to grind Rail Zeppelin to a halt. Karabo joins in to fight Hephaestion. He has gotten his eyes back since the auction is annulled. Olga and the other mages cast their spells to rain some magic meteorite to burn the forest. The conductor loads in a pair of Mystic Eyes to turn Rail Zeppelin into some mean cannon and blasts the core of Child of Einnashe. Hephaestion uses her Mystic Eyes to freeze Karabo and Gray. After disposing Karabo, she is going to do the same to Gray but Waver was waiting for this perfect timing as he drops that Buddha statue, enough time for Gray to land a fatal slash. In this final combat, Hephaestion rides her chariot to charge at her. Gray then unleashes all limits to fire Rhongomyniad at her. I guess (fake) Iskandar’s chariot isn’t as great as King Arthur’s spear. Vaporized!

Episode 13
Waver and Gray are recuperating fine. Waver could’ve healed faster had not Flat, Svin and Yvette bug him all the time. I suppose this finale is meant to tie up some loose ends but as usual, I don’t understand most of them. For those that I do, probably it isn’t that important. Like when Waver meets and talks to Adashino, all I understand is that Heartless is Adashino’s brother-in-law as they come from the same orphanage in Norwich. Melvin talks to Gray and tells her he is in possession of Waver’s magic crest. Because Waver shouldered the debts, it is only right for Melvin to be his tuner. Also, Melvin continues to call Waver by his name instead of his title because he might be lonely. It’s not like he is going to be a Lord forever, right? This makes Gray realize that this won’t last forever. A promotion ceremony is held for Svin as he has achieved a high ranking rank of Pride. Then we have a lengthy talk between Waver and Gray. Ultimately, Waver announces he will not partake in the next Holy Grail War. It might settle things personally for him but not for Iskandar. Hence his battlefield is not over there as his mission is now to uncover Heartless’ ploy using Faker. After Gray manages to give her gift to him, Waver hopes she can continue to fight alongside him. Her answer isn’t surprising. As Waver sleeps, Gray has this thought of stealing a kiss and would have done so had Add not teased her. Waver dreams a transient dream of meeting Iskandar. He believes he can’t stand beside him yet because must achieve all the pain and glory in real life as Lord El-Melloi II. Iskandar has only one thing to ask of him: Did he have fun during his journey? Yes. It was fun trying to follow his legacy.

Ghost Files: Spiritual Evocation Detective
Like they say it isn’t the destination but a journey. It might be over for this spinoff but not merely so for Waver by a long shot. Hence it is still a long and winding road ahead for Waver as long as he holds on to his Lord title. In a bid to somewhat become acknowledged as Iskandar’s equal, boy, he sure has gotten through a lot of sh*t. Knowing the kind of guy Iskandar is, whether Waver succeeds or fails to achieve it, he will surely accept him for who he is. So it’s mostly about Waver battling his own inner ghost, huh? Oh well, nothing is more a worse enemy than yourself.

As you would have expected from me, I am not really a fan of the Fate series and after watching so many of its spinoffs and alternate stories, there is still much that I do not understand about the lore nor do I ever felt that interest to go read up on more of it. This means that I am scratching most of my head as I watch Waver crack one case and another. I will not say that the cases are extremely complicated and it feels like they are just basic and simple. Because I am sure they don’t want to turn away viewers who aren’t very familiar with the supernatural terms by coming up with very complex and convoluted script. Hence when Waver explains his deductions, it feels as though he is reading it out of the script because he seems to be so damn observant and he can grasp everything and then explain to us once he has all the evidence and pieces of the puzzles put together nicely. That is why the format is not mostly a whodunit but rather a whydunit. Also, because I am not very accustomed with supernatural terms, hence many of Waver’s deductions come off as hogwash to me. I’m like, “What?! Don’t understand. Whatever”. It’s sad but yeah, that is how I mostly feel while watching all the episodes here.

Hence the storyline and plot isn’t anything much except about Waver and his assistant Gray going about solving supernatural cases. That’s about it. The first half gives us a taste of what this series is going to play out so that we can expect more or less something of this manner for the second half, which of course in itself is the main arc for this series. However I am left to ponder if I was somewhat deceived by the initial summary that was partly my reason to pick up this series. You see, earlier on there was this synopsis written that Waver received some inheritance note and is forced to participate in a battle of wits that includes other characters such as Luvia. Strangely, I was waiting for this to happen. After a few episodes in and I still didn’t see this part coming in, so I was thinking maybe they will reserve this for the final arc. And then Rail Zeppelin happened. No inheritance war whatsoever. So as I am at the penultimate episode, I decided to check online again if what I read was true. Oh damn, the synopsis is entirely different now! Just a general synopsis of Waver and Gray taking on cases assigned by Reines. Did I remember it wrongly? Were my eyes deceiving me? Was there some magic magecraft foul play involved? Well to be fair, when the anime first aired, nobody knew if the anime adaptation will follow the novel in which that inheritance battle synopsis came from. So I guess it didn’t turn out that way, huh? So much for me wanting to see Waver go on head to head with Luvia. Instead they somewhat cooperated here.

Watching this series feels a bit refreshing than all the other main Fate series that I’ve watched. In the sense that this is heavy on the dialogue and there is not much battle scenes. I suppose when you don’t have Fate in your title, you can expect the genre to also somewhat deviate and not be of the action fantasy adventure kind. Yes, there are some fight scenes here but they are short and lack the oomph that is much more prevalent in the Fate series. After all, like I’ve said, this series isn’t an action battle to begin with. Even with the short action scenes, they are just to partly accommodate the flow of the story. For instance that action scene of Black Dogs attacking our characters. That was just pretty average if you ask me. Same case when Gray battled Hephaestion. They put in lots of flashy and powerful effects but it’s nowhere near the level of action if you have seen other Fate series. WTF Gray’s activation by releasing her levels of restrictions, is this some sort of transformation scene?

On to the characters themselves, I suppose the biggest change has got to be Waver because he really looks like a different person altogether than the one we know since his debut in Fate/Zero. In his bid to chase after the hero he greatly admires, this inspires him to take on a thorny path with lots of difficulties. Adding to the burden and debt, now he has to take on the title of Lord El-Melloi II that comes with its benefits and (but mostly) risks. Just to warm up the seat until Reines comes of age. Waver being a hard-bitten magecraft teacher in a way looks a lot cooler than his youthful version. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea to have a main character who looks sullen and sounds gloomy but I think it works very much for Waver especially in the line of work that he is doing. Can you imagine if this guy is as lively as Melvin? Yeah, I think I will find it hard to take him seriously too. Though, sometimes you can see him put on a grimace because the frustration and annoyance is too great for even him to stay cool. So Waver, continue being this Waver. A lot of him has changed since but some things don’t like his obsession to chase after Iskandar’s shadow. I can understand why. Because I too felt that he was the best Heroic Spirit then and it’s a shame he didn’t win the Holy Grail War.

Isn’t it strange for a Fate series to note have a Saber character even if this Saber class is not the main character? Ah well, I guess this is what Gray is. She is like some sort of Saber in disguise, no? At least that is what I can gather from I have seen here. Unfortunately this adaptation doesn’t do well in delving a lot about Gray and her past or what she is supposed to be. Because of that, sometimes I find her annoying because she puts on this grim exterior and has this worried look on her face that screams if she could be of any use to her lord. She follows him around because she is grateful for saving him. That’s it. That’s all we know about the relationship between them. Want to know more, go read the sources. This series doesn’t have enough episodes to delve deeply into that. Yeah… I know there is more than meets the eye especially with that little familiar Add who seems to run his mouth with mockery whenever he gets a chance. But for now, Gray looks like a hesitant assistant who is filled with uncertainty and doubt that her only salvation is when Waver somewhat acknowledges her or something of that sort.

As for the other characters, I guess I can say that they are still not fleshed out properly either (what to do with only over a dozen episodes?). I believe they want to put the focus more on Waver doing his detective work and that’s the reason why these other characters fall wayward to the side. Like Reines I believe she is supposed to be an important character because in the future she will take on an important seat and title. But in this case as far as I can see, she’s like some snobbish brat who likes to get on Waver’s goat sometimes. It’s like she gets her kicks in seeing her ‘big brother’ filled with anxiety and frustration. Hey, he is the one who is bearing all the responsibility, right? After all, if he can’t shoulder all this, he is not worthy to shoulder that title in the first place. Yeah, Reines’ bad personality will be the least of his worries. I don’t believe Reines is actually a bad person and is quite capable herself. Just that there was no chance to see her flex her talents. Otherwise she wouldn’t have let Waver temporarily take her future seat in the first place.

I don’t think Flat and Svin would be important supporting characters but they feel so irrelevant and it’s like as though when the plot commands it, they are just pulled in to get what’s going. So having Svin getting promoted doesn’t really serve any purpose except to tell us for a fact that Waver’s lessons have not been all for naught because there is somebody who have surpassed him. Like Waver himself noted, a huge burden has been lifted off his shoulders. And what’s with it with Svin’s fascination with Gray again? Sorry, no love triangle and romcom whatsoever happening here. Then there is Melvin who looks like he is some sort of comic relief character. But don’t laugh too much because this guy looks like he has got pockets so deep that it makes the Black Hole look like a baby! Being so filthy rich is meaningless unless you can seek some sort of thrill. That’s why he is such ‘great’ friends with Waver. The only source of entertainment who never fails to live up to his standards. Just name your price and you can have it. Just in exchange bring him your greatest story. Then there is Adashino from Policies who is a big mystery herself. This snake woman makes it hard to tell if she is friend or foe due to the way she acts and talks but from what I can tell I’m glad she is at least on Waver’s side for now. Though, she still likes to get on his nerves probably just to see him winch.

One thing that is still awesome for this series is its visuals. Yes, it is very high quality that is on par with Fate/Zero. I thought it was Ufotable helming this series but I was wrong. It was Troyca who did Re: Creators, Aldnoah.Zero, Yaate Kimi Ni Naru and Sakurako-san No Ashimoto Ni W Shitai Ga Umatteiru, animated this series. The backgrounds, sceneries, hues, characters and effects are nicely well done to say the least. They’re quite nice to look at as distraction if the plot is too confusing for you to follow. I know. I’m guilty of that sometimes. Some characters do look weird like Gueldoa looks like some scrawny guy who has been fasting for months and some of the mages on Rail Zeppelin really have weird heads. Was that an elephant head or toad head that I saw? Luckily not important characters so don’t really care. And of course Gray having that striking resemblance to Saber only looking a little different because she covers her head with a hood so you can’t obviously tell. Because I’m so used to how Luvia looks in Fate/Kaleid spinoff, looking at her here looks a bit odd. She is more refined compared to that dumb cute chibi look. Why does Add remind me of an even meaner version of Mario’s Thwomp? Is Yvette and spunky and livelier version of Fukumenkei Noise’s Alice?

Also another winner for me are the opening and ending themes. Starting The Case: Rail Zeppelin as the opener is one of those rare instrumental pieces. If it sounds all too familiar it is because it is written by the legendary Yuki Kajiura. And you can tell her trademark style of music permeating throughout the BGMs of this series. Sometimes I feel that they have this one kind sound because they mostly ‘sound the same’. Fortunately I didn’t get bored after all these years hearing her craft her trademark style into Mai-HiME, Tsubasa Chronicle, Sword Art Online and Princess Principal. The ending theme, Hibari by Asca is lovely as sad sounding as it is. This beautifully slow and sad melody is to my liking and somewhat fits the grim nature of this series.

Previous seiyuus are retained for recurring characters like Daisuke Namikawa as Waver, Shizuka Itou as Luvia, Minori Inase as Reines and Kenji Nomura as Shishigou. New ones include Reina Ueda as Gray (Akane in SSSS.Gridman), Yuko Minaguchi as Adashino (Yaone in Saiyuki series), Daisuke Hirakawa as Melvin (Makoto in School Days), Madoka Yonezawa as Olga (Ui in K-ON!), Eizou Tsuda as Karabo (Lay Dawn in Fairy Gone), Seiichirou Yamashita as Svin (Kakeru in Orange), Miho Okasaki as Yvette (Rimuru in Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken), You Taichi as Hephaestion (Anzu in Prison School), Kumiko Higa as Trisha (Ginta in MAR – the other Ginta, that is), Hisako Kanemoto as Mary (Erina in Shokugeki No Souma) and Tomoaki Maeno as Wills (Junichi Tachibana in Amagami SS). While I recognized Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Flat, Jun Fukuyama as Heartless and Youko Hikasa as the auction master, the one that surprises me most is Daisuke Ono as Add. You mean that’s really him?! Damn, I sure pigeonholed him as Sebastian type characters from Kuroshitsuji for a long time. Apparently this isn’t the only time he voices characters with strange voices. He did so too like Nendou in Saiki Kusuo No Psi-nan. Unrecognizable.

Overall, this series particularly blending in detective work isn’t for everyone even if it has great visuals and soundtrack. Especially for casual viewers who know nothing much about the Fate universe, jumping in without any sort of prior knowledge can be detrimental to one’s enjoyment. This might not be the best detective themed series (Detective Conan, Kindaichi Shounen No Jikenbo should be the titles you start with if you are so ever interested in getting into this genre) but it gives a new refreshing variety on the Fate series. Just like warm up before the next Fate adaptation. Speaking of which, Fate/Grand Order started airing after this one finishes. Oh well, back to the familiar territory of 7 Masters and their 7 Servants duking it out in a battle royale over the Holy Grail. While some things are solved via violence, others like in this case as Waver showed us can be solved with a little use of the grey matter. It’s a good thing this one only lasted for a single cour because any more of it I wouldn’t be care about whodunit, whydunit or howdunit. More like I’m-dun-with-it and what-the-I-dun-even…

Senki Zesshou Symphogear XV

December 20, 2019

Oh boy. I really thought they forgot all about it when they announced the fifth season altogether when the fourth was starting. I didn’t think it would run back to back and that they would take a season or two break before resuming. Who’d knew that it would about 2 years for the fifth season to come out! I was somewhat waiting and waiting and then conveniently forgot all about it. And then here it is, Senki Zesshou Symphogear XV. Speaking of which, looking back it seems that this series releases a season about every 2 years so I guess it’s valid. By that time I think it’s safe to say that I’ve forgotten everything and I’m too lazy to go rewatch the previous season. I’ll just roll along and let the girls do the fighting and saving the world! Because I believe in them!

Episode 1
We see some dying guy managing to activate something before he dies. Meanwhile our Symphogear girls have dropped into Antarctica to face this giant Sarcophagus. So this giant robo dung beetle is the ancient relic guardian of something? After the girls set their firepower on it, cue for some tension as the Sarcophagus renders them immobile. WTF interfering with the laws of the universe?! Hence a flashback sees Hibiki finally passing her singing test. Because she sings from the heart?! While out with Miku, they spot an explosion on a cruise ship at sea. Apparently SONG has a lab hidden in there and were analysing some gear left behind by an Autoscorer and probably its defensive mechanisms activated when the researchers delved in a bit too far. But the data they managed to extract pointed them to a lake in Antarctica. And that is where it brings our girls to. As agents have also been investigating the remnants of Pavarian Illuminati, they discovered Adam wanted to use the divine power to achieve the goal of destroying the Sarcophagus in order to become the world’s ultimate ruler. But it looks like a group of girls from Pavarian Illuminati, Vanessa Diodati, Millaarc Cranstoun and Elsa Bete are targeting it for an entirely different reason. They don’t want it destroyed but to use it to rebuild their future. Our Symphogear girls break free and continue attacking the Sarcophagus. Heck, to show how awesome they are, their combo has them locate and destroy its only weakness located in its neck with pinpoint accuracy and timing despite all the obstacles that stand in their way! Damn, they make it look so easy. In the aftermath as the scientists try to salvage it, they discover a mummified corpse inside.

Episode 2
I guess everybody is teasing Chris she is using the gloves they got her for her birthday. You want to be sad for her not using it then? Flashback shows during the retrieval of the corpse, Alca-Noise showed up attacking the US vessel to steal it. Kirika and Shirabe went to deal with it but stumbled into Elsa whom they also fought with. In the end, Elsa is forced to withdraw and not go all out because they cannot risk damaging the corpse. Meanwhile Genjuurou gets lectured by Fudou (Tsubasa’s grandpa) because Japan relinquished their right to examine the corpse to US and he even let the Pavarian remnants off the hook. He is warned not to bring further shame. Meanwhile our girls are already late for Tsubasa and Maria’s concert because of the damn traffic jam. Why not just go on foot? It’s this close, right? So as the duo belt out their hits, suddenly Alca-Noise drop in to slaughter everyone! Oh sh*t! Everybody dies! Damn those fans paid to enjoy a good concert and they all got slaughtered instead. You mean the other Symphogear girls can’t transform right now and go? Stupid traffic jam! Tsubasa’s trauma activates when Millaarc kills a hostage before her eyes. This allows Millaarc to scan and capture whatever data was needed before fleeing. You bet Tsubasa is in despair, thinking important things keep slipping through her fingers. Meanwhile as the scientists scan the corpse, the moment the bracer was scanned, the corpse turns into dust.

Episode 3
Tsubasa so traumatized that she’s in coma. Millaarc and Elsa doing some shady exchange with American agents. F*cking Americans. Because a few biker guys happen to see this, wrong time, wrong place, the Pavarian duo go out to slaughter them. Biker boss praying for angels to come rescue him. God answers his wish in the form of Symphogear girls! Millaarc trying to play psychology with Hibiki because without her Ignite Module, she cannot beat her. But with Chris backing her up, the duo manage to escape by the skin of their teeth although they had to leave behind an important suitcase. Analysing its contents, it contains a very rare blood type known as Rh-xxoyle. It is believed the US is behind this but their suspicions are put to rest when they get news that their lab in Los Alamos is destroyed by Pavarian Illuminati. Further investigation by Yatsuhiro reveals the lab also deals with heretical technology research. And FIS was part of Los Alamos. Also, although several relics with no power were stolen, that bracer known as Shem-ha was one of them. Yatsuhiro will press the US government to help resolve this matter. Tsubasa is back up now and before she can claim she is okay, a stinging message from Fudou that she allowed enemies to attack Japan and that she cannot protect the people. He believes songs cannot protect the world. There goes Tsubasa getting depressed all over again. Kirika is joking that the enemies might be targeting blood banks. What do you know, Millaarc shows up at one! With Shirabe, they attack and defeat her. Don’t let her sew doubts in your thinking because Millaarc claiming she wants to protect her family, cue for Vanessa to drop in. This fight was just a decoy for Elsa to get the blood. Vanessa then blackouts all electricity in the vicinity. This give them time to escape as our heroines are forced to save the patients. Damn hospital has no backup generator?! We see Vanessa talking to Fudou and will give him Shem-ha as he wanted. He believes this is what Japan needs to reclaim its rightful place.

Episode 4
These remnants call themselves Noble Red and they need the blood to filter the impurities from the use of their powers. Fudou sees Noble Red to activate Shem-ha. He uses the American agents as bait by having them killed. One of them panics and puts on the bracer and he explodes! Fudou realizes the divine power won’t let itself be used so easily. Elsa has a proposal. When the Symphogear girls drop down to fight Noble Red, Hibiki learns their goal is to return to being normal girls and be friends with everyone. So why fight then? Can’t we just talk? No can do. People reject and ostracize those who are different. This fight is just a distraction for Shem-ha to be taken away and once so, Noble Red retreats. SONG picks up some device from the ruins and analyses its waveform to be in some strange music format. Because Maria planted a tracking device on Vanessa during that fight, they are able to trace their makeshift hideout. Although Noble Red realizes this too late, they prepare to fight the Symphogear girls. So the moment they land and before they can finish singing their first sentence, BOOM! Landed right on the minefield!!! Is this a joke?! Of course it will take more than that to kill them so Noble Red traps them in some indestructible blocks that turned into some giant pyramid labyrinth. Then they compress their weak powers in a confined space to multiply the explosion exponentially. Since Hibiki is feeling down about losing, cue for vision of Saint-Germain to lecture her whom she lost to. To yourself? Hibiki being Hibiki, that’s enough to pull her out of the doldrums. Why, Saint-Germain lending her powers means golden protective barriers? Wow! Hibiki’s outfit has transformed into even something shinier! Now packing some power punches to counter strike Noble Red. But she won’t deal the final blow because she remembers Vanessa wants to be friends. Can we just shake hands and talk for a start? Suddenly an order from Genjuurou to abort mission now. Looks like the Japanese government has got SONG at gunpoint.

Episode 5
Not sure what is going on because this sneaky official forces SONG to cooperate so as they can investigate whatever. Noble Red rendezvous with Fudou. He tells them to begin the last phase of the plan as everything has been set. However he warns them that because they have failed in some ways, there are people sniffing around his feet. Vanessa’s flashback shows us she was working as a researcher in Pavarian Illuminati. While researching Faust Robe, it exploded and almost killed her. But her body was replaced with cyborg parts and she was further humiliated by being experimented on. Her only solace were Elsa and Millaarc as fellow experiment subjects. When Pavarian Illuminati fell, they escaped. However their bodies require special blood and Fudou offered to supply them that in exchange for their assistance with his plan. Genjuurou manages to contact Yatsuhiro. The latter laments that proper paper has been filed for this despite noting there are shady individuals involved. There are also traces that Fudou might be involved but it is best not to suspect him until they have solid proof. For now, Yatsuhiro is trying to fix failing relations with US and hopes the joint lunar expedition will solve it or he will threaten them with some WMD incident. With the Symphogear girls on standby, I guess now it’s a good time to take a break. Hibiki is out with Miku, Tsubasa and Elfnein. Hibiki and Miku end up in an argument about Tsubasa’ feelings. But they have to put that aside since Alca-Noise are attacking the city. As Hibiki and Tsubasa go into action, Genjuurou and SONG manage to get court order to take back their commandership. Tsubasa becomes riled up seeing Millaarc and launches relentless assaults. Though, they are just illusions but that didn’t stop her from powering up. Damn, is she responsible for the destruction of the city?! The real Millaarc is hunting down Miku and Elfnein and has orders to take in the latter. It seems that sneaky official is in cohorts with her. Miku thinks she can stall them and let Elfnein run away but looks like Millaarc has a different plan for her.

Episode 6
Yeah, there’s a lot of blood on the scene. Whose blood? Let the lab find out… Meanwhile, the Symphogear girls are in despair over the missing duo. Worse, Tsubasa thinks the rest are blaming her for her err in judgment and gets a little edgy. Then Fudou calls Tsubasa. Like as though he hypnotizes her, he tells her this is not her battlefield and to come to him for guidance if she is lost. Lab results are in… The blood belongs to… Neither! Hooray! Elfnein wakes up and realizes she is in Chateau de Tiffauges. Flashback shows Millaarc killed the official as they have no use for him. Yup, that’s his blood. That scene was so horrifying that the duo passed out. Miku is also alive but is unconscious in another room. It seems Elfnein is tasked to activate something. Looks like some huge generator. Vanessa realizes Ogawa has got his hands on some evidence linking Noble Red to Kazanari Institute. She goes to intercept but thanks to Ogawa’s awesome driving that turns his car into some ninja (car cloning???!!!), he manages to get away. But that is also thanks to the help of Maria and Chris arriving to tackle her. Knowing she won’t be enough to beat them, Vanessa decides to use innocent civilians in her fight. Luckily they are able to save them and also defeat Vanessa. Before they could interrogate her about their pals’ whereabouts, some great light activates from Chateau de Tiffauges. You can’t miss that bright light shooting towards the heavens over there.

Episode 7
Millaarc brainwashes Elfnein to go break through some system security. However because of the abundance of energy, it went berserk. So I take it that this godly monster is Shem-ha? The other Symphogear girls drop in to fight it. Ultimately Hibiki takes the biggest blow and knowing without her god slaying powers this would be a battle they can never win, they make a tactical retreat. When Vanessa returns, she hears their explanation about the need to do an emergency purge after drawing out the divine power from Miku and the output was way beyond their expectations. Back at the base, analysis shows that the wave emitted by Shem-ha is the same as the song from Maria’s homeland, Apple. Vanessa is about to kill Elfnein who has outlived her usefulness. Damn this brat had enough reflex to avoid that? The next time Vanessa tries again, this time Elfnein is saved by the appearance of her Autoscorers. Somehow their scrapped bodies were chained to the reactor core and conveniently revive during the output. Elfnein then contacts SONG and tells them about her whereabouts. Don’t worry, Miku is also safe. Also they’re lucky the diving being hasn’t completely materialized yet. However she can’t hold out and is asking for backup. Unfortunately Genjuurou can’t send his Symphogear girls now, especially their trump card Hibiki is out. So hang in there until they can send reinforcements. So I guess it’s cue to see the Autoscorers serve and protect Elfnein from Noble Red till their last breath. Vanessa thinks she can finally kill this brat but think again! Another miracle! The Autoscorers’ sacrifice has made Elfnein able to transform into a badass Symphogear lass. Oh wait, is this Carol?

Episode 8
Noble Red can’t even touch Carol as she owns them. Better escape while they can. She would have gone after them had not Elfnein tell her their priority is to rescue Miku. Carol then contacts SONG and she wants them to destroy that monster while she finds a way to save Miku before she becomes Shem-ha’s vessel. Fudou is not impressed with Noble Red’s failure. He looks reluctant giving them another chance but when Vanessa hopes he remembers his promise to give them human bodies after he obtains divine power, he shuts her off. Meanwhile Hibiki has her own issues to deal with. Traumatic dream of Miku won’t be her friend anymore? Gee, that’s really like the end of the world. The other Symphogear girls try to power up with their combined swan songs but it has no effect on Chateau de Tiffauges and it’s already taking a toll on their body. Worse, Shem-ha is attacking them. Noble Red returns to fight Carol. They thought their pyramid labyrinth could do the trick but all Carol needs to do is just sing and blast her way out. Remember, her song alone has the Phonic gain equivalent to 7 billion swan songs! Oh, Carol might tire out now but this powers up the other Symphogear girls as they fight back. Noble Red are weakened as Vanessa suspects Fudou has put poison in the blood transfusion. Finally the Symphogear girls have the edge when Hibiki is now launched towards Shem-ha. I guess she has gotten over her trauma. Yeah, what’s the point of wielding Symphogear if she can’t even save a friend? So saving the world isn’t as important? Anyway, with the other Symphogear girls relegated to protecting Hibiki from Shem-ha’s attacks, Hibiki finally uses her extended arms to give the deepest direct punch into the monster. Though she punches through, she is shocked to see Miku waiting for her inside. Wow. Miku has her own Symphogear transformation scene? Apparently this isn’t Dark Miku. Shem-ha has materialized.

Episode 9
I suppose Shem-ha didn’t completely materialize into Miku so that’s why she’s fighting it. But it is that exact moment where Fudou activates a seal in Tsubasa to turn her into his lapdog as she kidnaps Miku from the rest. Everyone is in shock with Tsubasa’s betrayal but continue to believe in her. Hibiki is on probation so she hangs out with her dad? He tries to listen to her problems but don’t get your hopes up. Yup, sorry can’t help with that kind of problem. With now Miku in Fudou’s hands, he is trying to override its feedback system so he can be its master. This is not Symphogear but Faust Robe. Yatsuhiro and Genjuurou summon Maria for a new mission. They have evidence that Kazanari Institute is behind this and will be going to arrest the patriarch. Maria refuses because this mission also means slaying Tsubasa. So she’s going to try diplomacy first, huh? Upon arrival, Alca-Noise greet them. Genjuurou faces off with Fudou while Maria fights Tsubasa. Oddly, a slap from Maria is all it takes to break the seal. And also some lecture since when she cares more about herself than others. But this leaves her only in more despair because she views herself as insufficient to protect the weak. Meanwhile Genjuurou lost to Fudou. He could have won had he had the killing intent. So Fudou finishes him off with this extreme piledriver move!!! During this commotion, Noble Red sneak in to override the instructions but were promptly slain by Miku! Fudou now faces off with Tsubasa and views her as bringing shame. Since the seal won’t work, he shoots her with his gun. But wait! Yatsuhiro fast enough to protect her with his body! Last words from father: Don’t protect people because they’re weak. Protect them because they’re worth protecting. True. But how to know if they’re worth it? Oh Tsubasa, you’re so confused. Tsubasa levels up to an even better gear to fight Fudou. Heck, Fudou is willing to let her kill him so she would become the monster to protect Japan. She is actually going to do that but Genjuurou stops her. Can’t waste everything they’ve worked for, eh? Poor Tsubasa. So confused. I hope she doesn’t break further. And then something activates. Looks like big sh*t hits the fan. So much so Hibiki is called for help. Screw probation. Just when Hibiki’s dad was trying to at least say some cool things to help his daughter.

Episode 10
God has awakened. Humanity is screwed. Maria tries to intercept but Shem-ha is defended by Noble Red. Because they are so powered up, a tactical retreat is best for now. Shem-ha doesn’t even think of going after them because now that Yggdrasil has risen, mankind has nowhere left to run! Sure, but you’re giving them time to fight back? We now see Fudou in prison, Yatsuhiro is dead and Tsubasa given back her authority to fight alongside her Symphogear comrades. Some emotional reunion before sh*t hits the fan. Flashback shows Noble Red was killed by Shem-ha. However her powers are not how they used to be so she revived them and make them perfect monsters? Huh? So being perfect is anything other than being human? Since Noble Red can never become human again and so Shem-ha offer them to serve under her instead of wallowing in depression. Huh? Yeah, she’ll erase all rejection and loneliness in this world. With the rise of Yggdrasil, it triggered some reaction on the moon. Hence the next mission is to head there. Thanks to Yatsuhiro’s diplomatic efforts, US is willing to cooperate. However the mission will be helmed by the Americans while the Symphogear girls will be defending the launch. Because true enough, Alca-Noise and Noble Red attack to prevent the launch from happening. Noble Red is so powered up that they overwhelm the Symphogear girls and even destroy the rocket! There goes the billion dollar programme up in smokes. The big bulk of the fight is focused on Shirabe-Kirika vs Elsa. In the end of this vicious battle, our Symphogear pair combine and power up to take her down. Even lecturing her about there is no need to become a monster just to ease her loneliness. Yes, walls in your heart aren’t meant to keep others out but to protect and accept who you are! Noble Red is going to escape. You mean to show off your escape device? Because enough time for desperate Tsubasa to cut in and try to teleport to their base to save Miku. Well, her comrades are also fast enough not to let her go alone. With that, all of them disappear from the face of the Earth. So where could they be? From the look of it, they’re on the moon! Yeah, saved a 3 day trip there.

Episode 11
Maria has this strange dream. In the past, Enki was fighting Shem-ha. He lost but sacrificed his arm to revive. Then they killed each other so Shem-ha sacrificed her own life so she could have a future. Such a convenience that the ruins on the moon has air and same gravity as Earth. Drones attack the separated girls and though they manage to hold their ground, thanks to Maria and Tsubasa finding the control centre room, they manage to deactivate the defence system. Great convenience that this room has a hologram of Enki who tells them everything. In turn they contact back to SONG to relay back this big reveal. So it is some higher alien lifeform that helped humans on Earth to evolve and all? What’s that again about the Yggdrasil system that connects all humans as a cluster of biological computer terminals? Unfortunately, Shem-ha had different plans of her own and revolted by challenging them to battle. Well, I can see who won. Now Shem-ha exists as data fragments that remain in humanity’s genetic info. Hence she is basically immortal as each defeat means she can regenerate from whatever data fragments remain. Thus the rest created a jamming system known as Balal, they sealed her and abandoned Earth. Hence the curse of Balal is the root of all conflict but is also the same source that is protecting humanity. If Shem-ha removes this curse, she will turn all lifeforms into monsters she can control. Therefore the goal is to destroy the lunar ruins. We interrupt this with Millaarc attacking Tsubasa and Maria. She powers up by cloning herself so we can have this very strange pro wrestling tag team fight. Of course Tsubasa and Maria just need to remember the song they first sang together to power up (and regain Tsubasa’s shattered pride) to defeat her. While everything is fine on the moon, back on Earth it is not. Yggdrasil has popped up everywhere! Time to remodel Earth.

Episode 12
Elfnein plans to face Shem-ha as Carol. It’s a suicide move because for Carol to fight on par and defeat her, it is at the expense of her memories. But even so, it wasn’t enough to defeat a God. Hence, Shem-ha’s reward to her is to let her live so she can witness the end of the world. Damn, Earth has become so red that it’s Mars? Meanwhile on the moon, Hibiki and Chris team up to fight stubborn Vanessa. And of course the power of friendship has Vanessa defeated. After some lecture, I guess Noble Red realizes that even if they are perfect monsters, they don’t want to have a heart of a monster. Yup, finally they’re tired of doing all this sh*t. Too late. Because Shem-ha possesses Vanessa to inject some virus into the system and take over it. Hibiki’s hesitation to punch through Vanessa with her god slaying fist only made that possible. Shem-ha considers herself reborn and thanks that event from a year ago (from last season) where everyone combined their hearts which revived her then. The girls realize the irony that it wasn’t because humans couldn’t be connected but must not. The place is crumbling and how to get back to Earth without dying? Easy. Noble Red forms a long pyramid labyrinth as their passage back to Earth. Take this as their final repentance for all they’ve done. Yeah, don’t worry. The Symphogear girls will make sure their will lives on through them. Adios, Noble Red. Upon reaching the exosphere, they manage to contact SONG. It seems everyone in the world is coming together to fight Yggdrasil! Because Yggdrasil is using the computer networks, we see the world hackers coming together to put up the biggest firewall!!! Now it’s the Symphogear girls’ turn to sing for the world. Don’t worry, they won’t vaporize when they re-enter the atmosphere. In fact, they level up into angels just in time for a final showdown with Shem-ha!

Episode 13
Wow! My eyes are bleeding from all the flashy godly pow wow beam blasting effects!!! Wow! My ears are going deaf from the singing, talking and heavy rock music in the background! WOW! My head is going to explode trying to compute everything! All typical and usual until Shem-ha doing a dick move by putting up Miku’s cute innocent face to make Hibiki falter once more. Oh yes. Can’t hurt a cutie girl, can we? Carol uses up all of her powers to protect the Symphogear girls and give Hibiki some hope that her fists aren’t just cursed but give hopes to those whom she doesn’t know too. And then everyone is broken from Shem-ha’s connection. WTF?! Network interruption?! Now the humans of the world send over their hope to Hibiki as Hibiki mercilessly fights back Shem-ha and believes she can still save her friend instead of killing her. And then she overcomes the curse to purge Shem-ha and rescue Miku. Well, drama’s not over yet… Elfnein meets Carol one last time in her subconscious. It seems she used up all her memories and will now disappear. Bye. Will never forget you. Meanwhile, despite Shem-ha gone, Yggdrasil is still active. They have to find the core and shut it all down. Rats, those pesky enemy minions. Do have time for this? Don’t worry, Miku in her Symphogear form joins them! Yeah, Elfnein tweaked her a little so you bet she’s ready to join Hibiki. However Elfnein warns them of Carol’s last words. Even if they destroy the core, another unit will take over. Essential, fighting a losing battle. So Elfnein’s idea is to use Phonic gain and make all of them self-destruct simultaneously. So the girls start singing their swan song at the core. Damn, it feels like roll call when we see the ghosts of dead characters (also from previous seasons) popping up to support this miracle! The girls succeed and they have to race out as Yggdrasil is destroyed. WTF the ghost of Shem-ha still trying to pull them in?! Well, Shem-ha trying to ask them one more time about what the f*ck they’re trying to do. Even if it’s painful and suffering, they’ll still continue to walk their future. Then it’s like finally Shem-ha has given up. Okay. You do what you want. It’s your future. And with that, finally can we see we won this whole sh*t?! Behold! The dawn of the new future starts now! Lastly, Hibiki and Miku finally get to say what they wanted to say to each other for a long time. I’m pretty sure it’s not, “NOT ANOTHER SYMPHOGEAR SEASON”!

We Are All Connected In More Ways Than Just The Internet!
Well, let’s hope that’s the end of it. While no future seasons were announced, there may be still trouble for the world and its future. You know, everybody was okay with suffering and the pain in the future so I’m guessing there will be disgruntled assholes and jerks trying some similar dick move in the future. Hence SONG’s job will never be done. But as far as I can see for the anime format, it is highly not likely because they do some roll call at the end so this might actually be their swan song. But then again, they didn’t put the ‘magic word’ called ‘final season’ in the title so everything is still up in the air. There is always hope for the future (instalments)! Don’t you ever forget that. The Symphogear girls fought for us that!

I think the storyline has become somewhat predictable or at least it follows some kind of pattern. There is some group, normally one that has a bunch of gorgeous babes fighting in front, having their own nefarious goals. Somebody wants to play God or bring an end to the world and humanity. Hence SONG and the Symphogear girls use their ever transforming and evolution gear to fight and thwart the enemy’s plan. Even if the world or humanity is close to being defeated or on the brink of destruction, never give up till the last drop! Because you bet that somehow songs and the power of friendship will be there to always save the day. It’s that easy. Because after all, it’s all just fiction! Oh yeah. Carry on, Symphogear girls. Carry on protecting the world and your friendship the way you have always been doing.

I don’t know what’s up with the strange alphabets when naming the seasons. Symphogear G was the second season, then followed by AXZ for the third, then GX as the fourth and now the current one as XV. Do they stand for something? I don’t know. So when can we have Symphogear XXX? Oh sh*t! I think that itself already exists if you know where to look on the dark side of the internet! *Wink, wink*. Heh. Another way humans are connected to the dark side…

So yeah, honestly I’ve been going through this season as blur and even more so that I can be. Not remembering what has happened in previous seasons and the terms and sci-fi jargons are still all over the place in my head. Yeah, I don’t know watching this series would constitute in wasting my time. But to be honest, the only thing that I could ‘understand’ (other than the cliché plot of some ‘God’ wanting to destroy the world) is the action parts. I guess this is the only part in the entire series that I never consistently get bored of. Despite all the exaggerated and flashy power moves, it is that same reason why I still find them so fascinating and exciting. All those loud over the top punches, projectiles and the likes are so outrageous that it’s just so amusing. This season packs even more punch as we see our characters level up and hence adding more firepower to their arsenal. Sometimes I think having so much power feels like if they’re not careful and slip up, they might destroy the entire city! Oh wait. That happened once when Tsubasa went berserk, right? Good thing it is just one off. Phew. Good thing the gears are overall still in good hands, right?

This season too has ramped up the blood spills and body count. You’d think that nobody in this season will die, especially innocent people, right? Well, time to relive your trauma of the first season by massacring all the innocent concertgoers! Damn, a future generation all wiped out like that. It’s so sad so next time dad forbid you to go to some live concert with your friends, better be safe than sorry. Oh heck, just screw it all and just go have fun with your friends! And also not forgetting, RIP Yatsuhiro… On a side note, Alca-Noise has now being reduced to some low level warm up baddies for the Symphogear girls to fight. They still looks weird but now it gets even weirder because I thought I saw some of them riding a Segway!!! WTF???!!!! WHAT THE FFFFFUUUU???!!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

In previous seasons, the Symphogear girls have their own transformation scene. I don’t remember past seasons’ transformation scene but it seems the ones I do notice here seems to be a little sexier. Is this what happens when you power up that your transformation scene is also freaking awesome sexy? Okay. Whatever. When you have the girls dressed up like that as their battle uniform, what else can I say?

As for the characters, I guess there is nothing much for me to say here except that perhaps we need some kind of catalyst for this series’ drama and hence the tension in Hibiki and Miku’s friendship. But that is a bit overshadowed by Tsubasa’s drama because she is in a dilemma whether her sword could continue to protect the people. It was a bit disheartening to see her lose her way for a while and get disillusioned but as you would have expected, once her friends bring her back to the right path, she’s back to the Tsubasa we all know and even stronger.

For the new characters especially Noble Red as the antagonists, it’s that same ol’ formula from previous seasons that these hot babes are once more tricked into doing stuffs that would bring harm to humanity as a whole. And just like in previous seasons, once they are truly defeated by our heroines, they turn over a new leaf and there are only 2 options for them: Join and become their comrade or die but their will lives on inside the hearts of our heroines. I bet SONG Doesn’t have more space to accommodate more heroines and they don’t want to blow it up and give AKB48 a run for their money so I guess these girls better die. Don’t worry, like I’ve said, they will continue to live on inside our Symphogear girls’ heart so all is not lost. So in future seasons, they might be brought back in some ghost form to power up our heroines should they ever find themselves in a pinch.

I don’t know if this season ramped up the sexiness too because Noble Red feels sexualized. Especially when you have Vanessa being the kind of monster that could shoot missiles from out of her boobs!!! So the members of Noble Red feel like they take some form of sexualisation. Vanessa has all the right curves. Millaarc is thicc. Elsa is flat and child-like. All you men out there with any sort of fetish of your ideal women, we have it all here in Noble Red!

Shem-ha as the true final boss, I guess this is the only way they could make Miku have her own supposed Symphogear outfit. Personally, I think I find Miku in her Shem-ha dark form to be hot and looking better than the rest! But her white Symphogear form seems clumsy… And so the irony that Shem-ha is going to use humans as well as their internet technology to connect and destroy mankind? Yeah, I thought she would just crack open the lands, cause tsunamis, extreme tornados and burn everything down. But I have to remember that this ‘God’ is actually some intelligent alien lifeform from somewhere and considering how humans today are so dependent on technology these days, it’s the best way to get back at them. Is this also live by the sword, die by the sword? Not if all the hackers of the world could come together and at least be a stumbling block to Shem-ha if they can’t destroy her. Uh huh. An irony and big joke if Shem-ha gets taken down by human technology! Now I see why it’s best left to the power of friendship and the songs of these girls to finish her off no matter how cliché and ridiculous it sounds. Yeah. What a sham hahahaha!!! Sorry, bad pun. But really, trying to show us that humans can and will unite to defeat even the mightiest of God with their songs and internet technology. Damn, I must be missing something here…

I’m glad some of the older antagonists of past seasons stay dead or at least didn’t revive in this season. Yeah, you don’t know how annoying it was to have Fine and Ver come back alive just for some plot twist (I don’t count that final cameo roll call scene). Let’s hope they stay that way and with Fudou out of the picture, let’s hope he just stays a senile old man locked up in his cellar. I can understand why he doesn’t believe in songs that would save the world. Seeing the world is in constant threat and that results are needed, the Symphogear girls may not be considered as victorious as they have continually fought off wave after wave of threats. So it’s not entirely a failure but with the world at stake, you’d want something that would just kill off all the threats once and for all so I understand why Fudou is being the bad guy because when you want something done, you just have to do it yourself if you have to become a monster. But leave it to the Symphogear girls to find another way than that because, wait for it, power of friendship! Don’t fight fire with fire in this case.

Previous seasons’ seiyuus return and retain the roles they’ve voiced. New ones joining this season are Mao Ichimichi as Vanessa (Fana in Black Clover), Aimi Terakawa as Millaarc (Kasumi in BanG Dream), Kana Ichinose as Elsa (Kurai in Hitori Bocchi No Marumaru Seikatsu) and Noriko Hidaka as Shem-ha (Kikyou in Inu Yasha). Just like in past seasons, the opening and ending themes are hard rock and also the place to show off Nana Mizuki’s awesome vocals. At least for the opener, Metanoia and the special ending theme of the first episode, Final Commander. The ending theme is sung by Ayahi Takagaki, Lasting Song. Even so, not really my cup of tea. And also not counting the numerous hard rock insert songs. Boy, they could compile and make albums out of these.

Overall, yet another mind boggling Symphogear series for me. I guess I never changed. Still find everything else boring and confusing and this itself prevents me to appreciate and enjoy the series even after 5 seasons. Yet the only thing I like are the outrageous power action bits. It’s not that I don’t want to understand, I just simply can’t! Now can you see why humans are doomed from the beginning? They don’t need some advanced alien being God or Almighty Himself putting an end to humanity because we are on that path of self-destruct. You just have to be patient and wait a few more generations for that instead of instant death. I suppose singing John Lennon’s Imagine won’t cut it and save the world, huh? Maybe some Metallica and Megadeth will do… And if you think cutting off our internet will make us all lose hope in living, think again because we’ll all gang up and turn into angry mobs and witch hunt. Nothing makes people of the world come together and band as one when you take away their internet porn! Yup, the irony of porn connecting us all! So when can we expect the official Symphogear XXX to come out?

To Aru Kagaku No Accelerator

December 15, 2019

Tch. I suppose with the less than well received third season of To Aru Majutsu No Index, the producers need to come up with something fast to appease all that disappointment. And that solution came in the form of To Aru Kagaku No Accelerator. What a way to make the series’ most beloved hero, uhm, I mean villain, oh wait, make that anti-hero become the star of his own spinoff series. After all, it is about time the best ranked, number 1 and strongest Level 5 esper in Academy City should get his own mini series. I mean, why should a certain Level 0 and a certain biri-biri get all the attention so far? In any case, Accelerator somewhat became an angel by the end of the third Index season and hence deserves this spinoff, right?!

Episode 1
Yomikawa and her Anti-Skill team are trying to track down thieves. In this air compressing R&D facility, it seems the thieves have stolen something and gotten away with it. Meanwhile Last Order is bugging Accelerator to not stay late. Because it’s the day his bandages come off, she wants to celebrate this ‘holiday’! Tch. Yeah, she wants to throw a party too. Soon, Yomikawa enters the hospital. Since Yoshikawa is there, Yomikawa explains the R&D was secretly developing a secret weapon but it got stolen. Because the facility refused to divulge any more info, it could mean they are related to the governing board. After researching, they concluded the thieves stole the weapon to use it against Accelerator. Oh look, they’re here now. The hospital is put on evacuation. Accelerator doesn’t even give a damn to budge and Last Order wants to protect her cake! She baked hard for it, you know. Yoko Takata is slicing things up with her new weapon while Hiromi Nakahara replenishes her when her ammo runs out and Minori Kidera just, uhm, accompanying them? Because they are just high school kids, Anti-Skill can’t even hurt them? How then? How far can they back up until their backs are against the wall? But Yoko can’t kill them too because Hiromi disallows her. Cue for Accelerator to drop in. Time to have fun. They think it’s going to be hard to kill him? Well, Accelerator thinks it’ll be easy to kill them! I think he would have gone all out had not Last Order got in the way. Yoko’s goal is to take Accelerator’s genes. Yeah, his blood dripped onto Last Order’s cake bag. Yoko takes it and flees with Minori but leaves down and out Hiromi behind. So I guess Accelerator has to go after them since the bag is so important, right? Yoko reveals their ultimate goal to sell Accelerator’s DNA and become rich. They will return to rescue Hiromi but first they have to make a clean getaway. Not when Accelerator is standing in the way. He has also figured out things like the weapon is just a high pressure water cutter. Because nitrogen gets spread, this makes anyone who get close to them dizzy due to lack of oxygen. The only reason why Yoko’s team can still function is because Minori’s ability to control the air around them although it is only for a close proximity. Accelerator defeats them and destroys the weapon. He would have killed Yoko but with Minori trying to protect her despite shaking all over, I guess doesn’t want to be a true villain today. Back at the hospital, Last Order is happy to get the bag back. Then she gives it to him. Happy recovery holiday? I guess he’s not interested in the party plans she has laid out for him.

Episode 2
Hasami Hitokawa killed herself by drowning. However she failed and is still alive. But the paramedics decide to kill her and use her pyrokinetic abilities. Now she’s scared to die? We see members of Anti-Skill infiltrating the hospital just to chase down a hooded target Esther Rosenthal. She enters Accelerator’s room but is then cornered by Anti-Skill and taken down. You’d think Accelerator didn’t give a damn with all the commotion but rather he offed all his senses so he can read in peace. Once Accelerator reactivates his senses, he sees a dropped photo by Esther. A picture of Last Order? So he goes down to confront Anti-Skill. He can tell they are fakes because real Anti-Skill will never point a gun at an unarmed civilian. Then they reveal they are DA who will bring true justice to Academy City. I guess they don’t know who Accelerator is so they think they can dispense their justice on him. Yeah, the bullet just ricochet back at him. This is your justice? Now let Accelerator show his! Hey, do villains have justice? Then they bring out this hideous monster machine known as Coffin to fight him. But of course it is still no match for Accelerator. Before he could chase those fleeing baddies, the corpse of Hasami drops out from the machine. This traumatizes Accelerator because it reminds him of the Sisters he killed. When Yomikawa and the real Anti-Skill show up, he tells them about the body has been dead for 2 days despite looking very preserved and clean. He believes they must have drawn out her abilities to be used in the machine and even raised its level. Meanwhile the members of DA are conferencing about this failed mission. Especially Esther who got away as she is a very important factor for the Waste Recycle Experiment. The guy who failed wants to make it up as he fears being tossed away for being useless. Mikihiko Hishigata is tasked to clean this up so he kills that failed guy. Accelerator returns to his room only to see Esther who needs his help. He isn’t interested and threatens he isn’t a champion of justice. She can tell he is not a bad person but if he wants to kill her, go ahead. But in turn please use his power to save the world. She blames herself for being the root of this problem and many more are going to die if this is not stopped. It seems Last Order is an essential part of their plans to shift the world to a new level. I guess that killed his vibe to kill her. Yeah, so why decide to take on the job she dumped on him? He wants her to lead him to their base and he’ll show it to them their true style of a villain.

Episode 3
Busting into this warehouse, before them is a giant robot, Qionghe. Piloting it is Hishigata. Though he credits Esther for teaching him about necromancy, she is the same like him because they bring back the dead just to serve the purposes of the living. Hishigata won’t stay to fight Accelerator and flees. Smart choice. At least he knows what he is up against. Returning to the hospital, Last Order is jealous Accelerator brought back another woman and throws food boxes at him! Why do that if you’re going to be scared? But thankfully he didn’t get mad. Time to go out and eat. So, uhm, everything is okay? At the diner, not sure what kind of life Esther did because she’s so fascinated with all the food in the menu. Last Order describing how tasty they are while Accelerator adds the sarcastic but truthful touch. With DA still weighing heavily on his mind, Accelerator calls Yoshikawa for answers but she doesn’t know a thing. As Last Order goes for her usual check-up, the doctor tells Accelerator about Hasami. Anti-Skill requested he take a look at her body but after being dead for 3 days, there’s nothing he could do. Except he found a talisman in her mouth. Esther recognizes it as a low level spiritual charm. They go examine Hasami’s body as Esther explains about her family’s roots in necromancy of transplanting a false soul into a dead body and freely controlling it. Then there’s more technical sci-fi sh*t I just can’t understand but basically what Esther is going to do to Hasami’s body is to restart it. When a hologram of her brain lobes appear, Accelerator curiously touches it. He sees snippets of Hasami’s life from young till her suicide and ‘second death’ by those fake paramedics. Esther’s ritual is successful when a couple of fake Anti-Skill guys tell them to scram so they can look at the body. But Accelerator stole their solution that is supposedly to rid of the corpse. I guess we’re going to fight now, huh? And also Hasami returns to life…

Episode 4
Hasami returns to life as Huotou, a pseudo-soul. She targets the attackers but Accelerator wants to have fun showing these bastards what it means to be monsters. Unfortunately his injuries were too much for him to handle just when he was about to have fun. He collapses and one of the perpetrators got away. So much so he bumps into one of the Sisters and takes her hostage as he flees with his other comrades. Meanwhile Hishigata contacts Nakimoto. Because he views DA’s activities getting to be more brazen lately, he doesn’t want them to obstruct his upcoming plans. Hence Nakimoto thinks of cutting DA off and has Scavengers do the job. You mean this quartet of hot weirdo chicks? Okay. Accelerator wakes up in hospital. The doctor did a good operation on him. A Sister visits him to leave him a note from Esther. Looks like she and Huotou has gone looking for DA. And you know Accelerator is going to get involved too once he learns one of the Sisters has been abducted. A timely call from Yoshikawa to dispense what she has researched on DA. It stands for Disciplinary Action and as the name suggests, they take punitive action. They are formed by rejected members of Anti-Skill and will do anything to bring about their version of justice. The problem is that they have a huge number of sympathizers from bigwigs to scientists who support and fund them with high technology weapons and info. However with DA going berserk now, there is word they will be purged. Sounds like fun to Accelerator. Bet you he wants to join in this evil party? Hishigata notes a Sister in custody and wants her. In the name of justice, of course. Yomikawa is shocked that lots of info on the members of DA is popping up. Yeah, it’s like a whole lot of them right under their noses. Then a warehouse which is supposedly their base explodes. Scavengers trying to do their purging job.

Episode 5
Anti-Skill is engaged in a heated battle with DA. Some are complaining to Hishigata about the completion of a certain weapon but he blames Esther getting in the way of getting Last Order so that’s that. But he can improvise as long as they bring him a Sister. Of course this is just a ploy by Hishigata to get the Sister. Once he gets his hands on her, he’ll desert this group. With DA cornered by the reinforcement might of Anti-Skill, they decide to use Tarantula. Yup, a devastating killing machine! See Anti-Skill drop dead like flies! Yomikawa tries to stop a small group delivering the kidnapped Sister. She is appalled to see her being abducted. Then Scavengers come into the picture to rout what’s left of DA and even taking out the mighty Tarantula. With the place crumbling, Yomikawa desperately tries to save the Sister. Slipped. But don’t worry. Esther is here to save the day. Scavengers will let her live if she leaves the Sister behind but with Yomikawa protecting Esther, Scavengers are through playing nice girls so they’re going to just kill them all anyway. Before you forget Accelerator is the main star of this show, looks like he has ‘rested’ enough so he is going to continue with his mission. Just the rehab he needs which is so much better than lying in hospital, right? Time for the big player to get into the game.

Episode 6
Scavenger believes educators (I suppose that’s their term for adults) are the root of all evil. Hence they are ruining the minds of kids in Academy City. So if they kill them one by one, they’ll eventually get to the principal (I suppose that’s their term for the big boss of whoever is running Academy City). Yomikawa tries to convince them that not all adults are bad. That didn’t work because a DA survivor tries to kill them. Yeah, got killed off promptly. Yomikawa didn’t stand a chance. Luckily Huotou comes to her aid but after taking a pounding, Esther helps reinforce her with some dirt armour to give her a chance to fight back. But with Naru turning her bunny mascot into a giant driller, I wonder how long Huotou’s arms are and will it be enough to stop the drilling? This is the cue for our hero, I mean villain, oops I mean anti-hero… Whatever… Accelerator drops in to have fun! Esther, you looking so relieved and happy. Leader is fascinated with him and wants him to join them. Accelerator ignores her till she throws a tantrum. Then he throws Tarantula at her! Scavenger thinks using their undefeated combo will defeat him. Confident burning him in this Iron Maiden will do the trick, huh? Surprise! Still alive! Yeah, Accelerator is going to be your sensei and teach you how to be a true villain! They start to be afraid (make that very afraid) when they learn he is Academy City’s number 1 esper. You mean they didn’t know?! Oh well… Now you do. As he takes them down mercilessly one by one, Leader starts to panic. Really, sh*t hits the fan. So much so Leader wets her pants and passes out! Oh Accelerator, I hope that didn’t disappoint you. But this sure isn’t much of a rehab, huh?

Episode 7
Accelerator is not appreciative that Esther is praising him that despite his destructive powers, he doesn’t kill. He might look wild and unmannered but he still helps others. And because of that, she wants him to become her master! No thanks! She even has Huotou help bug him to take on that role. I wonder if this will make him really want to kill them. I guess now she’s resorting to tears, huh? Not strong enough to stop the enemy, huh? Not Accelerator’s problem! Suddenly they are attacked by 3 machines whom Esther recognizes is controlled by Hirumi (Hishigata’s sister). Accelerator fights them but this is a distraction just to kidnap the Sister. As Accelerator chases after them, Esther explains to Yomikawa about the artificial soul inhibiting Hasami’s body. And then some mumbo jumbo about how special pseudo souls that have been fine tuned for generations can be used in those machines. Hishigata is impressed Hirumi has gotten the Sister but now they need to shake off chasing Accelerator. While trying to stave off the machines, Hishigata is trying to download and copy the memories of the 10,000 deaths of the Sisters from this Sister to complete his experiment. Then he mocks Accelerator about trying to play the hero and save a Sister when he has killed lots of them. In fact, weren’t Sisters created just to be killed by him? Oh my. You wanna make him mad? Yeah. You did just that. Now he’s going really kill you! Esther, instead of getting in Accelerator’s way to chase after the machines, she has another way to put an end to this.

Episode 8
Flashback episode. Hishigata and Hirumi seem to be infatuated to go to Level 6. But with failed results, they call in a necromancer, Esther for help and safety purposes. Of course with Esther using talisman and other rituals that science can’t really explain, Hishigata isn’t going to accept all that. Currently his research on a huge machine is at the crossroads. Though he needs some corpse to power it, the experiment cannot carry on if vital life support organs fail to support life and needs something else that can step in to do so. With Esther having trouble in a foreign land, Hirumi shows her around and they even become best friends. A promise to help each other out too, huh? More mumbo jumbo terms I can’t understand regarding this experiment. Scavengers were girls in debt and were forced to go along in this experiment. Something about the bigger the machine, the more power it draws out their abilities. Hence there will be no limit to growth and theoretically it will be easy for anyone to go into Level 6. However with Hirumi being eager for that, Hishigata has always been lying to her and feeding some placebo experiments on her. But one day when Hirumi really wants to become the subject in the experiment, Hishigata will not allow her despite Esther being their safety device. Besides, he has never seen Esther’s necromancy at work ever since she came. Also, he doesn’t think it is worth risking one’s life to get to Level 6 and at this rate if everything goes well, it will take 2 years. Apparently that is not enough time for Hirumi. So she went to commit suicide. Before that she left a video for them and there’s something about some illness she is also suffering. Can’t wait that long. She hopes this would push him forward and that her death wasn’t in vain. Hishigata is in despair and Esther knows her pseudo soul thingy cannot bring the real Hirumi back. Going all for broke, Hishigata puts Hirumi’s body into the machine. Surprisingly, she wakes up as the machine. Then a disagreement breaks out between Hishigata’s other fellow colleague. Hishigata wants to take Hirumi and leave Academy City but the rest disagrees. Then Hirumi starts knocking Hishigata out and killing everyone else. At this point, Esther realizes this is not Hirumi. In fact Hirumi already died some time ago when she used one of Esther’s talisman. So playing Hirumi would be easier to control her brother for now. She then forces Esther to work for her. And then something about Hirumi being like a Schrodinger’s Cat because she is neither alive nor dead and thus the reason Esther has to stick with her. Now, Esther pulls out Emperor Shun’s Blade in hopes of putting an end to this madness.

Episode 9
With Accelerator hot on their tail, the little tussle loose a few cables. This frustrates Hishigata but Hirumi has an idea. Instead of fighting head on with Accelerator, they stall him. Meaning, the robots attack the innocent people and this forces Accelerator to protect them. Best or worst villain ever? Though they get away, Accelerator knows which direction they went. Once the robot is back at their base, the direct cable downloads faster. Just in time for Accelerator to bust in and save Sister. Hishigata isn’t fazed. He has finished downloading and installed the 10,031 Sister deaths and incorporated into his formula for the machines. He has them tackle Accelerator while he finishes his ultimate goal to turn Hirumi into Level 6. The robots are now enhanced as they can teleport Accelerator and anything else within their visual range. But after a while, Accelerator figures things out. Using friction and all the debris around, he spins fast enough to make a fire tornado and disables the machines’ visuals. Easy victory. Hishigata expected this since this was just to buy time and Hirumi’s upgrade is almost complete. It’s now or never for Esther as perhaps thinks there isn’t enough time so she rushes in to stab Hirumi with Emperor Shun’s Blade but WTF Hishigata is faster and uses his body to block?! Oh Esther, you just killed a human!

Episode 10
When Hirumi wakes up, she gets mad believing Esther has stabbed her brother. So mad that she is glowing red?! And plugging cables to herself?! Is she the female Dr Octopus? So becoming Level 6 is turning into this giant hideous tentacle monster? Hishigata is ecstatic his research has come to fruition. Esther tries to tell him that is not Hirumi all along but Taowu, one of the pseudo souls that has gone astray. He doesn’t believe and asks Hirumi himself. At first Hirumi acts like the little sister he knows. Suddenly she stops and then resets. She reverts to Taowu and purges all memories of Hirumi. Taowu claims she has perfected necromancy for Rosenthal. Although pseudo souls cannot go against a master’s command, Taowu views herself as a higher being. In fact she was connected with another pseudo soul who claimed himself to be the devil! Taowu reminds Esther about Rosenthal’s goal to create the perfect golem. Flashback when the founder dabbled in necromancy, the leaders did not like this idea and casted him out. His subsequent generations then found its way to the east and incorporate some of their Taoism and the likes. Hence the goal of creating a perfect golem possessing a perfect soul and a perfect body that would be on par with God. Now with the formula of 10,000 deaths appended to the Sephirothic tree that becomes Taowu’s pseudo soul. Esther tries to command her not to tamper with death and reincarnation as well as not to do evil stuffs. Unfortunately Taowu isn’t going to let go of this newfound power. It is revealed that the devil who merged with Taowu is in fact Isaac, Rosenthal’s fourth family head. Because of him dabbling in necromancy (turning people into zombies?), he is often called the devil. Ironically, a devil trying to create God? Isaac continues to mock Esther that as a necromancer, she brings death wherever she goes. Had Hirumi not think she is one, she wouldn’t have committed suicide. Esther falls into depression so Isaac tells this failure to sit back and watch him become God. So I guess this tree is part of the process? Esther continues to wallow in depression, believing she has been wrong from the start. You think Accelerator cares? You sad girl just sit back and watch him kick God’s ass!

Episode 11
Gosh. The budget must have ran out since this episode is entirely in sepia-monochrome colour! Or did Isaac become God and sucked away all the colour? Well, Isaac sure knows how to get on Accelerator’s goat by mentioning the 10,031 deaths that could only be found in Academy City. So what else? It’s pulverizing time! But no matter how many times Accelerator destroys this monster, it regenerates. Because Isaac hasn’t completely become God yet, he still needs some time to evolve and hence won’t play with Accelerator. Hence our heroes have to trek in and find the charm of the pseudo soul and destroy it with the Emperor Shun’s Blade. Although the abomination is getting bigger, Isaac decides to evolve faster as he devours the DA members. Even though Anti-Skill is ordered not to engage, I guess common sense would have them to go in to rescue. Hey, nobody said they could do a rescue mission, right? Isaac then uses the corpses of the devoured DA guys to fend off Accelerator and co. So is this going to turn into a zombie flick? But better hurry. Isaac is close to becoming God.

Episode 12
With Isaac’s evolution complete, can Accelerator not do anything? But lucky. Because Isaac devoured too many DA members, he starts to hear voices in his head. He starts to feel conflicted because their wish is to bring justice to Academy City. Enough time for Accelerator and co to head up right to the core and confront him. Esther heads straight to stab Emperor Shun’s Blade but Isaac putting that cutie Hirumi act of please-don’t-kill-me-again, Esther hesitates and fails. Yeah, even annoyed Accelerator had to tell her off and be a proper hero! But Isaac experiences more interruption. Hishigata and Sister did some unplugging. The irony is that despite Isaac being God, he is still connected to the Coffin containing Hirumi’s body. This might be impossible to kill him but it bought some time for Esther to final stab in the blade. With that, Isaac is purged. Oh, Hirumi returns for a short while just to say goodbye. Bye. Sad Esther watches Hirumi’s body disintegrate. Don’t worry, Hishigata will soon follow you in the afterlife. With God gone, can we get back our colour now? Oh, what’s the problem now? You mean the power built up inside this blob is going to explode and level Academy City? Okay, time for another ‘hero’ to do his stuff. Otherwise this final episode and spinoff would be meaningless. Yeah, can’t let anything happen to his loli who is sleeping so snugly now. Hence Accelerator uses all that he can to channel the blast into outer space! Woah! I wonder which unfortunate planet or star will get hit by God’s wrath. But not our problem! Esther is so glad her master didn’t die. Of course! He is the hero! I mean, villain. I mean anti-hero.

Back at the hospital, Accelerator doesn’t give a damn what Last Order is b*tching about. So he sends her to some district to buy coffee. Sure you want to send her away that far? Then Yoshikawa comes in to apologize for getting Accelerator involved. But she wants to know what really happened. The report just said Hishigata’s experiments went wrong but she thinks there is more to it as Accelerator was the core of it. Not that he cares. There’s no other damage, right? See? Good enough. Esther has an emotional farewell as she is about to release Huotou. Huotou had to borrow Accelerator’s words to remind her to become a hero. And even if Huotou loses her memories, Esther won’t. And then Esther parts ways with Accelerator. She’s going back to rebuild her family’s name. I guess that’s fine with him because he could use one less babe in his life. Because Last Order and Sister are arguing over who to play nurse with him!!! So much so he gets out and while taking a breather pondering how some villains are behind all this, some suitcase crashes nearby and some drones shoot it. There goes his coffee. Wreck the entire building just to destroy the drones? Yeah. Bad day. And out from the suitcase is an unconscious bride? Wow. Academy City sure never gets boring.

Uchi No Last Order No Tame Naraba, Ore Wa Zettai Ni Kami Mo Taoseru Kamo Shirenai
Oh, Academy City. What will we do without Accelerator around? Yeah, safe to say that without this dude, Academy City would have been toast a long time ago. Or maybe it is because of weirdoes like him that it attracts even more weirdoes. And I’m not sure if trouble in the form of troubled babes come looking for Accelerator because this spinoff sure makes it look like that. What now? That bride trying to run away from an arranged marriage and perhaps forcing Accelerator to play her husband?! Tch. But yeah, Accelerator doesn’t give a damn as long as he could keep Last Order safe. Putting up with her incessant complaints, lecturing and the likes is just a small price to pay. Academy City has got to be grateful that they have the world’s best hero, I mean world’s best villain, I mean world’s worst villain, I mean, oh heck, I give up. Just don’t piss him off.

Honestly, I didn’t find anything interesting about the story. But that doesn’t mean that it is overall bad and disappointing. It is bearable and tolerable only because it is just a single cour. Unlike the series that has Touma and Misaka as the main stars, those lasted for 2 cours and at least have 2 seasons worth of stories. Accelerator is just the side character in those series and at most a supporting character in arcs that he is heavily featured. Hence for this own spinoff series of his, despite being the main star, as usual he doesn’t really give a damn about what’s going on. He doesn’t care about the science in bringing back the dead or using fake souls to reanimate corpse and even more importantly, the f*ck somebody’s grand idea of becoming God. Oh yeah. It’s that cliché and one of the most overused reasons why a bad guy is a bad guy. You try to mess with him, all Accelerator cares is that he’ll beat the crap out of you!!! Oh yeah. That’s the only plot that I understand for this spinoff!

As for Accelerator himself, I guess some would say that he is better than Touma because of his status as an anti-hero. Because he isn’t exactly a hero, he doesn’t give a damn nor does he somewhat virtue signals like Touma. Therefore no such annoyance. Also, no Index. Yeah, I can see why this spinoff is so much more refreshing than the original one. The annoyance of Touma and Index are nowhere to be seen! Not even a hair! Like as though they don’t even exist in this universe at all! Uh huh. I thought they would make a very short cameo appearance by bumping into Accelerator or something but thank goodness that didn’t happen. In turn, I feel that the value of this series is kept intact! Isn’t it why this series feels so much better? Why do I sound like I’m an Accelerator fan now?

Anyway, Accelerator being Accelerator always at his own pace, he claims that he is a villain but as we know even from the original Index series that after his initial humiliation beat down by Touma, this guy tremendously changed. Maybe that is why so many prefer to relate with Accelerator because despite not doing so called virtuous stuffs, he doesn’t really do evil things either. He says that he is a villain but his actions show otherwise. Is he a hypocrite? Whatever you call it, Accelerator doesn’t give a damn! So while we can see that he doesn’t resort to the most vile of tactics (he doesn’t even kill!), he might not want to admit that he isn’t a hero but in most of our hearts, he is one! <3! XD! And I know what Accelerator is going to respond to all that who thinks so. He won’t give a damn! That’s so Accelerator for you. Never change, Accelerator. Never change.

Giving Accelerator’s reason to continue existing is of course the loli Last Order herself. She isn’t as prominent as I think she would be as she is just reduced to a role of being looking and acting cute. Yeah, I think that’s more than enough for her. Besides, imagine a cute loli like her go into the frontlines of the battle. That would be so odd. Also, Accelerator isn’t the kind who is a team player as he is best beating things up by himself. Therefore one of the oddest pairs ever in the history of anime as we have the badass anti-hero and a cute admin superior of the Misaka Network. Yup, Academy City for the umpteenth time is indeed a field of strange bedfellows.

The other characters are just pretty meh. Like Esther making her debut in this spinoff, she’s one of those characters who takes it upon herself to fix what she believes has gone wrong but ends up being very weak at it. Isn’t that why Accelerator has to help out? Hence I can’t help view her as some useless damsel in distress. She feels unnecessary but is forced to as to give a reason why Accelerator is dragged into this mess. Making it worse is that she becomes a self-proclaimed disciple of Accelerator. Like, WTF?! I don’t know if this is a possibility to turn this into a cheesy harem because thank goodness it didn’t. Accelerator already has got a loli, a bunch of Sister clones and now you want to add a necromancer to the pack? Give him a break! Not that he cares anyway. But considering Accelerator ‘cares’ a lot about Last Order, I’m figuring he is somewhat of a lolicon! And Huotou also feels underused. It is just to show us that Esther has some sort of fighting backup since Esther herself is lacking in any sort of martial arts. Esther looks like she isn’t staying around to be the spinoff’s mainstay (at least for now – and assuming this series will get another season) but I guess that’s what memories are for. Goodbye Esther. We won’t forget you too.

I don’t see how Yomikawa is relevant her. It’s like as though they’re trying to tell us there are some good adults in Academy City because as aa teacher and Anti-Skill member (in that order), she tries to help out the kids as much as she can. But being just a normal human, you think she has any chance against overpowered weirdoes and their weird technologies here? Yup. Didn’t think so. So far, she and her colleagues are pretty much lucky to have survived all the sh*t that has been going on in Academy City. Is this another way to say that good guys live longer and that crime doesn’t pay if you’re like those twisted justice seeking DA goons? Okay. Whatever. If only reality was like that…

Hishigata being the antagonist-but-not-the-real-main-antagonist-who-turned-over-a-new-leaf-to-help-things-out also doesn’t fare any better since his character feels pretty cliché as one of those obsessed personalities trying to achieve something. In this case, to reach Level 6. And then plot twist Hirumi not really his sister because she died some time ago but is inhabited by a pseudo soul and more importantly the true secret final boss of the series who is no other than one of the heads of the Rosenthal family, Isaac. Yeah, boring story and past. What’s new? Guys like him who wants to be perfected and become God? Yawn!!! This means all the other baddies like DA and Scavengers were like just side dishes. In some ways, I thought Scavengers were going to be like the sub-boss or something but the way Accelerator took them out without any sweat, boy I was wrong. You’ll never hear from them again. Just like Yoko and her cronies. Yeah, that just felt like appetizers and introduce to us Accelerator.

Action wise, I guess I can’t complain. They’re okay and not boring. But with Accelerator being the best Level 5 esper, he makes it look so easy when he goes up against many of his opponents. Yup, he looks like an overpowered character with his vector altering abilities. Not that I still understand how it works but I guess him being an anti-hero character who just smashes anything that gets in his way, maybe that’s the only thing I understand from the fight scenes. So it doesn’t matter how advanced technology you’ve got because they all look like pea shooters in the face of Accelerator or at least some other seemingly superior hi-tech equipment. With Accelerator being so powerful, sometimes I think he should go up against One Punch Man’s Saitama just to see who is the strongest!

Art and animation feel decent and nothing that would stray from the original Index series seeing this spinoff is done by the same J.C. Staff but this time joint with ACGT (Freezing, Dies Irae). Voice acting maintains the same seiyuus like Nobuhiko Okamoto as Accelerator and Rina Hidaka as Last Order. New casts joining this spinoff are Yurika Kubo as Esther (Hanayo in Love Live), Ryota Ohsaka as Hishigata (Marco in Shingeki No Kyojin), Ayumi Mano as Hirumi (Natsumi in Date A Live III) and Sayumi Watabe as Huotou/Hasami (Tachibana in Koi Wa Ameagari No You Ni). The opening theme is Shadow Is The Light by The Sixth Lie. This heavy rock outfit isn’t my cup of tea but the dark feel of this song suits this series as well as Accelerator like a glove. Another heavy rock outfit for the ending theme, Parole by Sajou No Hana. But this time it has heavy funky bass line and although not my cup of tea too, but if I had to choose, I’d prefer this one than the opener.

Overall, this series might be an improvement from the disappointing third Index season but it still has its flaws that doesn’t make it anywhere near a masterpiece. Not like Accelerator would care anyway. It feels this spinoff is to cater for Accelerator x Last Order fans and a transition to keep us occupied for those who are waiting for the arrival of the third Railgun season (which was supposed to premier at the end of 2019 but somewhat delayed to early 2020 and I’m guessing they don’t want either series to overshadow each other). That is why Academy City is interesting not only because of the myriad of weird people with twisted ideas and technologies but because of my pace characters like Accelerator who just pulverizes anything that gets in his way! You don’t need science or magic to understand that! Says me with full confidence and pride although sheepishly trying to hide and not admit that I might be a closet fan of Accelerator…

Golden Kamuy OVA

December 14, 2019

Hinna, hinna! Oh finally! Thank the spirits that Golden Kamuy is going to get a third season! After that cliff-hanger second season, it was only right that another season was needed or else there would be uproar! Yeah, the fans more upset and enraged than the gods! But first, before we welcome the next season, here are a couple of (funny) OVAs to remind us why this series is worth the watch.

OVA 2
Shiraishi’s escape from prison is solely thanks to a man named Chouan Kumagishi who is a forgery expert. They both met while they were stuck in Kabato Prison. One day, all the prisoners were lined up because the guards showed them the brutally murdered corpse of a guy who tried to escape outside labour. Of course Shiraishi calls this guy’s attempts as stupid and right away the guards take Shiraishi away to strip and search him. Already back then he has a reputation for making escapes. They found nothing and he was returned to his cell. Kumagishi then approached him and pleaded that if he was going to escape, please take him along too. So what’s in it for Shiraishi? Kumagishi claimed he is good in drawing so Shiraishi asked him to draw a sister. This pathetic drawing is a sister? WTF?! Even so, this piece of crappy drawing became Shiraishi’s fapping material! Hence the more he thinks about her, the more he wants to know about this elusive Sister Miyazawa and this is when he started to think about breaking out and look for her. With Kumagishi’s help, they manage to mould a key but the guards get wind he did so and search stripped Shiraishi. They found a key in his mouth so they locked him up in solitary confinement. Kumagishi is disheartened as he wonders if a cellmate ratted them out. Of course this was all part of Shiraishi’s plan. Including the reporting of his escape. The real key is in his anus! And when the guard got wind of it and looked into his anus (OMFG!!!), they found nothing. And then Shiraishi escaped. They realized despite their thorough search, they only thing they missed out was because he hid the key inside the stag beetle!

Hence begins Shiraishi’s journey to other prisons to find Sister Miyazawa. At first he tried asking the guards but since they recognize him, they immediately arrested him. No Sister Miyazawa here. That’s when he also broke out. Yeah, it was really brazen of him to starve himself so that he could be thin and slip through the smallest of holes! Next prison he just snuck in but was caught. No Sister Miyazawa here? Escape time. The cycle repeats itself. By this time his reputation as the escape king has grown. Finally he got put into Abashiri. He became friends with Henmi and Nihei who somewhat supported his search. One day, Shiraishi spotted a sister heading into the prison’s chapel. He rushed in to go meet her while other prisoners stop the guards. Is this finally his dream come true? Yes, this is Sister Miyazawa! And how beautiful is this sister? Why… She looks exactly like Kumagishi’s painting! Oh dear. What a downer. Yeah, all those fapping for this ugly b*tch… It was then Shiraishi realized Kumagishi was really a good artist. We see Kumagishi meeting Sister Miyazawa once. He confessed he did forgery because his drawings couldn’t earn him enough for a decent living. He really wanted to make good art that changed people’s lives but fell to the dark side. And Shiraishi realized art is just a piece of paper…

In this short epilogue, we see Sugimoto and co trekking through the jungle. Shiraishi got bitten on his head by a poisonous pit viper! Nobody wants to suck the venom out so Asirpa administers some traditional moxibustion to help alleviate the pain. Then she warns him he was lucky it was just a regular pit viper. Because of it was Sak Somo Ayep, he would’ve been a gone. I’m thinking Asirpa trying to put on a scary face but she looks so funny with it, the reason why Shiraishi and Sugimoto started laughing at her and even not heed Ogata’s warning that snakes are attracted to whistling. Yeah, they do so and before they realize it, did you not notice Shiraishi’s head has swollen much bigger and so is Sugimoto’s face? Then they see a giant black snake popping up behind the bushes! OH F*CK!!! It’s that Sak Somo Ayep or whatever!!! RUN!!!! They’re lucky to get away with their lives, eh?

OVA 3
Asirpa sees this American dude, Mr Dunn and wants him to return a seal skin garment that belonged to her great aunt. Her son-in-law sold it cheaply and ran off. She is willing to buy it back but Dunn thinks it is worth more than that. Sugimoto then warns him about war so Dunn agrees to sell back at the dirt cheap price if they kill a monster. Something has been killing and stealing their horses. Oh look, one is in the act right now! It’s a giant brown bear! Sugimoto’s missed shot managed to scare it off. Dunn then shows them a toe that he shot off from the bear. But it keeps coming back. That is why he calls it a monster. An immortal. Time for immortals to fight each other. They split up to search for the bear. Shiraishi and Kiroranke stumble into that freshly stolen horse but the bear is nearby. Stupid Shiraishi runs away loudly so you bet the bear is going to chase them. They manage to take refuge in this nearby house of Kiichiro Wakayama. As they try to push the furniture to block the entrance, then Tatsuya Nakazawa comes in. If he is the owner of the house, who is this dude then? Worse, Kiroranke sees severed heads of the guys from the horse racetrack and thinks one of them is a yakuza here to kill him. Meanwhile Sugimoto and Asirpa find the burial site of the bears. This must be last week’s horse in the burial mound. A bear attacks them and also Dunn’s servant. It occurred to them that there is more than just 1 bear but 3 of them! They manage to run to the house and get in in time but Sugimoto lost his ammo pouch while he is fending the bear. Worse, Dunn’s servant who was resting too close to the window gets mauled. RIP, sir.

Inside the house, once they see the severed heads, Sugimoto wants them to strip to see who has the yakuza tattoos. Wakayama then immediately tries to strike Sugimoto but thankfully quick reflexes. With tattoos over his body, it is safe to say he is the yakuza. As the owner of the racetrack, he wants to get back at Kiroranke as he suffered huge losses. But they have to deal with the bears now. Also, Sugimoto has Nakazawa strip but everyone gets freaked out seeing his weird hairy nipples! WTF?! But they didn’t see his bright yakuza tattoo on his back… Wakayama as the gambler suggests using the dice to see who goes out to get the ammo pouch. They check the dice for any tampering. None. Wakayama lets Nakazawa roll the dice and it seems they are both accomplice and Nakazawa is just acting as a noob. Sugimoto’s side wins the bet so Wakayama kicks Nakazawa! He believes Nakazawa did it on purpose because he is supposed to be the best dealer. Yeah, there is cheating mechanism inside the cup. And that is when Nakazawa spills the beans. WTF Nakazawa is in love with Wakayama and blames him for cheating on him?! With some prostitutes?! Can we now deal with the bear and stop this gay story sh*t?! Wakayama goes out to get the ammo. A bear confronts him. He throws his belt in hopes to startle the bear who might think it looks like a snake. With his pants down, everyone sees that map tattoos on his legs! So if he was a prisoner but Shiraishi didn’t recognize him? Wakayama makes a run for it while the other bears break into the house. Damn, one could even climb in from the second floor?! Sugimoto gets slashed across the face but pumps all his bullets into its mouth to kill it.

Noticing that Sugimoto has gathered poison leaves he thought were herbs, Asirpa knows there is a way to defeat the bears. They used the dead servant’s body as a decoy. When the bear mauls it, Sugimoto starts stabbing it with a makeshift spear laced with the poison. It might not be enough to kill the bear but it will slow it down. Meanwhile Wakayama has run all the way to Dunn’s house and forces him to bring out his top weapons. Sugimoto and the co escape the house just when the bears break in. Similarly, Dunn and Wakayama return with a car. With a gattling gun, Wakayama guns down a bear. Everyone hop on board! I know it’s heavy but also remember this is still the early stages of a motor car. It can’t go faster than the bear! However with this final boss bear chasing them, it is only thanks to the poison that it cannot run as fast. Nakazawa then drops off and gets mauled. Wakayama dives down to go save his ‘princess’ and in the process both of them deal fatal damage to each other. Furious Wakayama cuts off the bear’s paw, snout and finally sticking his sword into the bear’s ass! Wow. That’s enough to kill it. Finally Nakazawa and Wakayama lie together on the ground with their hands holding each other. That’s it for them. Damn, enough of this weird gay sh*t already! Let Sugimoto harvest the tattoo…

Golden Side Stories Time
These OVAs didn’t disappoint. I wasn’t going to expect anything great but here it was, blowing my expectations away. That’s what happens when you set your expectations so low that when it is slightly better, everything seems so amazing. Don’t get the wrong idea that I don’t like this series, in fact I love this series a lot. Because you know, the connotation of an OVA is usually something that isn’t related to the main plot of the TV series and hence most of them are just standalone fillers. While these OVAs can also be considered as such, it is part of the overall long journey that our characters had to go through. The first OVA being very much a comical story of Shiraishi’s prison break love. He didn’t really get what he want in the end but at least along the way, he honed his escaping skills with utmost creativity. That is why he is a survivor because he thinks outside the box and dares to go where no men has even thought of going. Yeah, you could also say the power of boners made him one of the escape artists of his time ever! I don’t think he faps to that piece of paper any more but if this was in modern times, then this guy is respectable because that guy fapped to something that is level extreme!!! Holy sh*t!!!

The second OVA goes back to the gritty and bloody action but this time not humans but bears. When I first realized they are going to be up against the bears, I thought oh dear, bad CGI nightmare déjà vu! Yup, those who watched the TV series should remember how horrible the bears were rendered in. But thankfully, the bears here look decent. I can’t tell if they are hand drawn or done via CGI but at least they aren’t that bad as the TV series. Phew. And then the story here also got side-tracked a little with that gay yakuza sh*t thingy. It was really a weird feeling. Amidst the tense action of bloodthirsty bears hunting down the humans, we also have a pair of yakuza lovers in the midst of their lover’s quarrel. Like, WTF?! You thought being non-binary people was just a thing in modern times, huh? Yeah, this sort of sh*t also existed way back then. In Japan too! So yeah, till death do them part and I suppose they can’t cheat on each other now that they’ve gone to heaven. Oh wait, or is it hell? Oh well, life goes on for the living. Don’t mind if we take those tattoos on the legs because the dead sure won’t be needing them.

Shiraishi might be the comic relief character of the series. Somehow I feel that Asirpa is also close in becoming like this character. Especially when you see her half of the times putting up that comical cartoonish face. I mean, I was like, “Asirpa, is this really you?”. Yes, there are times when she is serious but it is so often that I think that being in the company of these guys maybe changed her a little. All of them are kooky and have a screw loose in their head in one way or another so it is no surprise that Asirpa who is still a young girl might get influenced by them after journeying together for so long.

Overall, these OVAs for the second season are worth the watch especially if you like the series. I know I did. This serves up as the appetizer and whet our appetite before the third season comes, supposedly to be slotted somewhere in 2020. I didn’t really want to know the exact date or season it comes out so as to surprise myself. Uh huh. Oh, it’s already here! It’s here already! Hooray! Yahoo! That’s how I keep the hype in myself alive. Till the next season arrives, keep giving thanks to the gods that there are still animes that are worth watching. Hinna, hinna…

Oh man. It’s been like 5 years already. I didn’t see this coming and I am guessing this little extra episode that came out in late 2019 is for nostalgic purposes. For those who were ‘old’ enough, you might remember that saucer-themed friendship magical drama, Sora No Method. After half a decade later, suddenly we have a special episode popping out from nowhere, Sora No Method: Mou Hitotsu No Negai. I didn’t remember much of that TV series and I mostly found it boring. Even skimming back to my old blog, damn, did I really forget almost everything that I have written and watched? Oh well. Maybe the saucer’s wish can make me remember some of the things I saw in the TV series then. Oh yeah… Shione having a small role in a Kirigon movie! Uhm, that couldn’t be it and the only thing I remember about the show, right?!

Make a little wish…
We are introduced to a new character popping up in the sleeping town of Lake Kiriya, Carroll. Looks like she is coming for Noel. Nonoka visits Yuzuki’s café in which Noel is helping out perfectly fine. Koharu finds Carroll peeping outside. But Carroll is startled and runs away. The girls talk about Shione’s upcoming birthday. Because Noel doesn’t know what birthday means, they explain it to her. And because it sounds sad that Noel who was born of a saucer has no memories, Nonoka decides to look at her old photo albums for clues. She still can’t remember much of those photos but that photo when the groupie had their first snow, yup, she clearly remembers that day when the saucer was born and hence this should be Noel’s birthday. What a convenience. It’s coming right up too. At this point, Carroll confronts Noel and wants her to leave with her. You see, once UFOs have done granting a wish, they must leave. Oh boy, there are so much more stars and wishes in the sky so what the f*ck is Noel staying around? But Noel being Noel, she really wants to stay with her friends here. Apparently this isn’t the answer Carroll is looking for so she runs away in tears. Thinking that Noel will go away if her UFO isn’t around, hence she has this idea to wish on her own saucer to chase away Noel’s UFO. But, where is her own saucer? You mean this little disc is it? Better than nothing. We see Carroll ‘praying to the gods’ to chase out Noel’s saucer. I guess nobody is going to take this loli seriously. Yeah. Nobody is listening. Our friends see her and this riles up Yuzuki as she goes to tell her how it’s done! Hey, she’s got experience in doing this before, right? Hope she doesn’t scare the loli away! Carroll is stunned when Noel also helps her. Even more so when Noel is pretty cool about staying around since she has already granted their wish. This doesn’t sit well with Carroll as usual so as she runs away, she crashes into the monster cardboard. Oh dear. It broke. Oh my. Carroll crying hard. I don’t think it is because the cardboard is broken… After patching it up (bad job but I guess it’ll do), nothing like Koharu’s sweets to calm the loli down.

When Nonoka is out to school, Carroll hangs out with loli for the day as they stroll through the town. Heh. What else can they do in this sleepy town? On the day they are to celebrate Noel’s birthday, Souta just returned from the airport. I guess the girls are busy making preparations and missed his message to send somebody to pick him up. You’re on your own. Luckily he manages to reach back in time but since he feels awkward going back into his own home and hanging outside, Koharu has to usher him in. Don’t sit around doing nothing. There are things they still want him to do. Shione is done doing some chores and she spots Carroll sitting at her favourite spot with those dejected looks. She goes talk to her since she was once like her and can tell about her troubles in mixing around with others. After giving her earnest answer, Carroll then rushes to the observatory to find that paper she wrote her wish on. Nowhere. And then here is Noel. She is here to pick her up for their birthday party. Yup, it is a double celebration of Noel and Carroll’s birthday. And then Carroll’s saucer returns to its full power and size. So now it is going to grant her wish as it sucks up Noel? Oh Carroll, you having a change of heart and wish now? Noel hopes Carroll will always smile and knows why she came here: It is to grant her wish. It is then that Carroll makes another wish, a wish to allow Noel to stay here with the ones she loves forever. Let’s hope the UFO has some retract clause because Noel is missing… Just kidding. She’s still around. Phew. The birthday girls are seemingly late for their party. The friends contemplate on looking for them but the power of believing in friends yields its miracle as the duo return. Just in time. Best first birthday party ever.

One More (Saucy) Friend…
Ah well. I guess that’s rather, uhm, okay. Still, I find it overall boring but because of the lapse in years, I figure it was a lot tolerable. Hey, it is already a good thing I didn’t fall asleep halfway or anything. And so with the miracle and power of friendship, yet another new friend joins the groupie. At least Noel now doesn’t have to be lonely as she has someone her age and kind to be with. So my theory is that if more UFOs come following this way, damn this place is going to be filled with loli saucer friends! The next saucer tries to take them away but gets pulled in after realizing that staying would be a better option because you know, even saucers have feelings so instead of going around to grant wishes, might as well stay here in this little place and be happy. And before you know it, this place would become saucer loli town and attract people from all over Japan and the world. No more sleepy town any more. Yeah…

And the other weird part that had me thinking is saucers like them exist to grant wishes. I suppose it is a never ending job seeing there are as unlimited wishes there are as much as there are stars in the sky. So if 2 saucers decide to ditch their job and stay at Lake Kiriya forever, is this even allowed? I mean, they did mention they want to stay here forever. FOREVER. Will that put the burden on other saucers? And then like I said in my previous paragraph if each of them come looking for those slackers and bring them back but to only end up staying, eventually there will be no more saucers to grant wishes and nobody wishes will come true anymore! Oh horror! This looks like is going to have a bad ending assuming all this are true. Nonoka and co better be thankful that they’ve got a pair of wish granting lolis staying with them. They don’t know how many wishes were wrecked just because a couple of saucers (and possibly a few more in the future) decided not to do their jobs anymore. It will be even more awkward if the government decides to kidnap them and use them for their own wish granting nefarious ends. Yikes! Better not turn this simple friendship into some dark drama.

So the other characters didn’t really matter since it is all about Carroll and Noel. I guess there is nothing much else to tell about them since whatever issues they have back in the TV series were mostly resolved. I’m not sure if they are going to produce another episode or wait another 5 years to surprise us with another additional instalment but I have a feeling that some obsessed fan must have made a wish upon it. Yeah, it took 5 years for this wish to come true and we might have to wait another 5 years for another. Damn, saucers are such a complicated wish granting device. It’s no wonder the genie lamp is a much easier alternative.

Isekai Cheat Magician

December 8, 2019

Oh no. Here we go again. From the title, one can easily tell that Isekai Cheat Magician is yet again going to be another isekai genre. Even more so the protagonist is going to be an overpowered one. Have we still not learnt from the past overpowered main character isekai series?! But wait! This one is a bit different. How different? Hey, at least the main overpowered character didn’t have to die in the first episode! Yup, no reincarnation into another fantasy world. Heck, he was summoned there! So now you can’t blame the series for killing off its protagonist in the first episode! And to make it even better and double the fun, our main guy didn’t just get summoned to the other world. In fact, his companion too is summoned! That’s right. Two main characters summoned to another world. Do you not see how ‘different’ that is to other isekai animes? But everything else turns out to be cliché and more or less the same… Here we go again…

Episode 1
A summoning ritual went awry. An attacker tries to kill the summoner but the bodyguard managed to kill the killer. But the summoning is still activated. Hence our unlucky boy, Taichi Nishimura is shocked to find magic circles all over him. He tries to push his friend, Rin Azuma out of the way but she won’t leave him and so they both get warped to another world. As they try to make out their surroundings, a demon horse attacks them. Taichi felt the need to be manly and die like one so without any proper skills he tries to become the horse’s bait. How uncool. Luckily, adventurers, Barada, Raquelta and Mejilla save his ass by killing the horse. They let the duo tag along and talk about the increase in monster attacks lately. They agree to take them to the next town of Azpire but in return, Taichi must get back on good terms with Rin. Yup, that girl is mad he tried to die a hero and let her be all alone in this world. What kind of a jerk would let that happen???!!! So with Taichi apologizing and promising he won’t do that again, can’t stay mad at him forever, right? The adventurers guide the duo to the adventurer’s guild. I mean, you’re stuck in this world, might as well become one, right? As they try to register, it dawned to them they can understand what everybody says despite not understanding the language and even read what this language they don’t know! While conducting the aptitude test, despite nothing seemingly happened, the clerk got alarmed and calls for the guild’s master, Gerard and a high level adventurer, Myura. Because he can’t register them now, he has Myura take them to the home of Lemiya. They are going to be her apprentices. Meanwhile shady people report about the summoning that was activated despite going awry. No matter. They have cast a wide net to look for the lost ones and will receive a report in a few days.

Episode 2
Lemiya explains and to put it shortly, Taichi and Rin are overpowered. Wow. It’s more than 9000!!! Hence they are becoming her disciples to help control their magic. So there is a brief lesson on the difference between magicians and sorcerers as well as the 4 elements that exist in magic. So normal people can only use 1 magic but there are some who can utilize more. Like Rin who is able to use all 4 and Taichi he isn’t a mage but a sorcerer but his power makes him being dubbed the Unique Magician? Confusing. Lemiya trains Taichi while Rin gets Myura as her teacher. While Rin naturally brings out her abilities without much effort (making Myura a bit redundant), Taichi has a harder time. He thought he heard some voice speaking to him but it could be his imagination. If they managed to control their powers, they have the ability to take over nations. Sounds tempting, right? But Lemiya knows the capital has troubles and hopes it won’t reach here. Even so, she hopes to train her apprentices so they can stand on their own. We see the duo train more and they get better each time. They also take out some monsters including, uhm, horned rabbits? And the sweetest revenge is that they can kill that demon horse now. Now that they have graduated, Lemiya lets them in on one thing. They are both considered as lost ones as there are phenomena that sorcerers summon others from another world to here. If they want to know why they were summoned, it’s best to find that summoner. But it will be easy because such sorcery requires very high level of power and only a few can do this. Even a rarity among rare sorcerers. So for now Taichi and Rin’s goal is to return to Azpire to become adventurers and earn their keep. That night, Taichi hears that voice again who tells him they will soon meet.

Episode 3
Taichi and Rin are now Rank E adventurers and doing the basic of quests. But soon they receive and official summon by Gerard requesting them to get info from a bar. There is currently goods shortage and it is believed this bar is smuggling them. This looks like a job for Rank D adventurers but since this has already failed twice, if they fail again, they might have to see Rank C adventurers and cough up more reward money. Yeah, so asking them is like trying to penny pinch. The duo ask around and rumours have it that monsters have been attacking transports. When they enter the bar to find out more, of course those rowdy men underestimate these rookies and got their asses handed to them when they try to attack. Eventually they spill the beans that someone hired them but they don’t know who. As they leave, they are attacked by assassin babes. They manage to defeat them but the assassins left one of them behind? Conveniently Taichi and Rin take her back to Gerard where she is imprisoned. So they let her keep her getup and mask? You mean they’re not interrogating her yet? With the shortage of goods, this causes the town to suffer from inflation. Yeah, it’s real bad. Myura seeks the duo’s help and hopes they would join her to further investigate. Hence they travel to a farm where the fruits are ready to harvest but robbers have been hitting it. They are being shown the orchards and that’s when they feel something non-human approaching. Orc and ogres! We see how strong the duo are taking the monsters down and even to a point Taichi punching the orc in the forehead that its eyes explode!!! WTF???!!! That night, the trio discuss that orcs and ogres do not live in this area and hence there could be somebody setting this up. So the next step is to lay a trap for the perpetrator.

Episode 4
Next morning, they find a campfire. Since it is warm, this means bandits must still be in the area. The thieves are caught red-handed and because their mage bodyguard isn’t here to protect them, they are easily rounded up. One of the farmers, Cassim thanks Taichi but when they shake hands, Taichi can tell he is not a farmer. His hands are soft unlike other farmers whose rough hands show how hard it is to cultivate the fruit. Also, Cassim seems to recognize ogres and orcs, something farmers cannot identify as they live in very far north regions. So that was enough for Cassim to reveal his true nature? Yes, he is the one who hired the bandits and handed in the request to the guild. All this is to lure them out and test their powers. That mage bodyguard, Grammy is Cassim’s partner. She fights the girls while Cassim takes on Taichi. Grammy could have easily taken them out while she was hiding her presence but she wants to have fun fighting head on. Yup, muscle brained masochist. Cassim has his frost beast fight Taichi. Taichi has a hard time fighting it since physical attacks cannot connect but all its attacks can hurt you. That’s cheating! Taichi is defeated so cue for Cassim to be a villain gentleman and reveal his goal. He wants to control Taichi’s power and to make sure he is obedient, he plans to take the girls as hostage. So any disobedience means he’ll let men rape them? Why, that’s so evil. Rin and Myura look like they’ve been defeated but that was because they were testing out their skills. So when they get serious and take down Grammy, not so fun for the masochist, huh? Oh wait. She still finds it fun after losing like that. The girls can’t do anything further with Cassim showing Taichi being owned by the beast. With Taichi so worried how uncool he is being unable to protect the girls, a voice asks him if he wants power (typically). Okay. She’ll lend it to him. And so Aerial the wind spirit powers him up to a crazy killer that destroys the ice beast with his wind powers. And Taichi will not forgive that bastard Cassim for wanting to defile his harem, right? Hold it right there! I’m going to beat up your ass! Cassim so scared that he runs for his life but crazy Taichi unleashes the most devastating wind attack. Hey, I think it’s considered letting off the hook since Cassim still has his life but only lost an arm. And of course, Taichi passes out after that tremendous use of force.

Episode 5
Taichi finds himself in Lemiya’s house. Looks like he has been asleep for a week. The girls brought him here and went back to Azpire to research something. She explains about Crimson Pact, a forbidden magic that draws out one’s power dozens of times. That’s why he had a hard time fighting that beast. When Taichi mentions Aerial, Lemiya is surprised and finally realizes what Taichi is. He is a summoner. Apparently this is different than magicians and sorcerers. The difference is that summoners can hear or see spirits. Plus, it is the spirit who uses their magic on behalf of the summoner so you bet it is undiminished and in its original powerful force. Meanwhile Cassim reports back to his boss, Lodra and he is impressed. To move on to their next phase, he puts a spell on Grammy to be more obedient. Taichi sees a hot chick being hit on by a few men. He goes to help out but she is more than capable of defending herself from those creeps. She isn’t an ordinary girl and she knows Taichi. Apparently Anastasia or Ana for short is that assassin whom Taichi defeated. She has joined the guild since she knows she will be targeted. Yeah, all those dumb assassins who are after her are easily defeated. I guess it’s dead meat for them, huh? Taichi finds a note in his room. Gasp! Goblins underneath the city waiting to be unleashed?! Rin and Myura are ambushed by Grammy and her assassins. Grammy is under strict orders to kidnap Myura and has her subordinates deal with Rin. Shortly, because Grammy doesn’t like how this is done, she returns to tell Rin that Myura is being held captive in that tower. Her boss is planning to do Crimson Pact on her. And yeah, Rin just waltzes into the tower and freeze all those dumb guys. They didn’t really expect this, huh? After freeing Myura, Lodra shows up. Seems he planned all this. However he is here not to fight them but to tell them about the goblin army attacking Azpire. He wants to see how well they will defend this city of 3000 strong goblins. At the same time, Taichi and Ana investigate underground but Ana accidentally trips on a magic circle and unleashes a golem.

Episode 6
Oh well, Taichi easily destroys the golem. What awaits them next is a pair of twin trouble, Milo and Melo. They are going to set upon them goblins with Crimson Pact who will then kill everyone in Azpire. Yeah, Taichi makes it look easy slaying the Crimson Pact goblins but their numbers are too many. Somehow the twins blunder and lose control of the item controlling the goblins. Fear getting goblin raped?! Don’t worry, Taichi to the rescue! If that’s not enough, he’s got to rescue Ana too. WTF does a former assassin need rescuing?! Time to get the heck out of here! Meanwhile Rin and Myura inform Gerard of the siege on Azpire. He orders the gathering of all adventures. This is boosted with Lemiya joining in. Because the enemy will be arriving in thousands, Rin has this super magic plan to dwindle their numbers. To put it short, this mixture of fire, earth and water element is going to work something like a volcano. And so we see Rin working her magic to make this crater, fill it with water and then drop fire and burn and explode the hell out of those monsters. And then the rest of the adventurers can go slay what’s left. But it’s not over, now the Crimson Pact ones come out. Nothing that Lemiya, Rin and Myura can’t handle, right? Lodra is watching all this and is satisfied everything is living up to his expectations. Similarly, Taichi returns to Azpire. After explaining his discovery to Gerard, he is going to go out now to assist Rin. Why the f*ck does Ana sound like she wants to confess something but she’ can’t?! Do we have time for this?! Does she need some sort of assurance from Taichi?! Crimson Pact monsters gone. Now all that’s left are 3 ogre commanders. Rin fails to deal the finishing blow. You mean that is enough to demoralize her? What about all the other monsters you killed? I don’t even think there were human fatalities! So as she is about to be killed, the cliché moment of wishing Taichi will come to save the day and the regret of not saying that word to him. Well, she has a chance now because here he is!

Episode 7
See Taichi take down the ogre commanders with ease while his girls get to back him up and handle the small fries. Meanwhile we once again hear Ana’s monologue of being grateful to Taichi for treating her as a woman and not a tool. We get it, we get it… Cue for some shady hooded guy to hypnotize her and make her way out to the battlefield. With Taichi’s heroics, could the commotion of the battle awakened a twin headed dragon from his slumber underground? You bet Taichi is the only one qualified and strong enough to fight it so the rest better back off and not get in their way. We see the difference in strength as the dragon owns Taichi. Even so, he is not using his full strength and holding back. Taichi is shocked that Ana is next to him. The spell wears off and Ana is unaware how she ended up here. Puny woman tried to interrupt epic fight? Dragon not pleased. Dragon fires breath of death. Ana pushes Taichi out of the way. Gets hit. WTF. That powerful shot hit her and she didn’t disintegrate? Despite taking massive lethal damage, doesn’t she look pretty okay? Just some stomach wound only. And this cheesy death flag moment where she asks him to be her friend before she dies. Thank goodness. I can live without the potential of a cheesy harem. Now Taichi mad. Forcefully summon Aerial out. Why didn’t she lend her powers earlier? Yeah, wind spirit feeling scared while explaining to him about the law that needs to be followed. Yeah, that one time was an exception. Now I know why a trial run always feels like a scam to bait you into buying their product. So they have to form a pact, huh? Taichi realizes the need to grow stronger to protect and so he makes a pact. Now that he has become a real summoner, he asks the dragon why such a superior being is doing this. Well, he will answer if you defeat him. And so Taichi turns Super Saiyan to sweep the dragon off his feet! So easy now. The dragon is pleased as he reveals it was requested by someone to fight him. The dragon also warns that someone will also continue guiding him. This is necessary for this world, that is why the dragon agreed to lend his power as it is in line with his beliefs. Lodra reports to his superior. The experiment was a success. With Taichi forming a pact with the wind spirit, time to move on to the next phase. A bigger target. A country.

Episode 8
Azpire is getting back on his feet. Taichi visits Ana’s grave. Yeah, time to move on. Soon, Alsena Norman, the daughter of a marquis visits Lemiya as she is under orders of King Gilmar to bring them to Wennifix, the royal capital. As explained, there is a war between factions of Gilmar and his younger brother, Duke Dortesheim. While Gilmar wants to open borders and use his best mages as diplomats, Dortesheim disagrees and believes this will only weaken the country’s dominance. It is now at tipping point where war is about to break out. In Wennifix, because Taichi and co are outsiders, they are given that cold stare. Heck, somebody even tried to assassinate them?! Having an audience with Gilmar, Lemiya knows him close enough to be frank and casual. She agrees to help him stave this rebellion off but also has her conditions. Lastly, she wants to confirm if he is the one behind Taichi and Rin’s summoning. He knew the rebellion is getting out of hand and hence summoned more powerful people to help fight. Gilmar confirms this. I don’t think sorry is going to cut it for Taichi. He plucked them out of their normal high school lives just to settling this sibling conflict? Yeah, boy. Sorry. Later, Princess Charlotte (Gilmar’s daughter) talks to them. She reveals that she is the one who did the summoning. She regrets dropping them in the wilderness but only because somebody intervened with the ritual. She hopes they can help because Gilmar really wants to save his people. When a princess is crying like that, can’t hate her, right? But here’s the real kicker. Summoning magic can only be done once in a lifetime! So you mean Taichi and Rin can’t go back?! But this does not stop her from trying to find a way even if it costs her soul. Uhm. Okay. I guess everybody has their problems too. Taichi is then called to fight the supreme commander of the army, Sumella. I guess the best way to gauge one’s abilities is for a test match. Both are on par with each other with the sword. Taichi can’t summon Aerial for fear it will kill her. So once the sword breaks, it’s close quarter combat! Taichi has the edge and defeats her. And immediately Sumella wants him to be his wife?! Without shame, she is asking for 3 kids and she planning to f*ck him right in public?! I don’t know if this is how they do things around here… But lucky for Taichi, he rejects! Later Taichi talks to Aerial. He is worried with the upcoming battle because previously he was only fighting monsters. Now he has to fight ordinary human soldiers. And he doesn’t want Rin to get hurt or hurt others. Hey, this isn’t Earth but oh well… And we see Charlotte doing her prayers as Lodra wishes her well. You know how the most unexpected of things are right under your noses…

Episode 9
Nilgan and Marchese argue if they should attack Wennifix directly or assess the enemy first. Since Nilgan assures Dortesheim he has a plan, he leaves it to him to attack. Of course, Gilmar will also be preparing his army to defend and attack. Yes, Taichi and co will be in this war too. Taichi is nervous so Lemiya lectures him about being naïve. Does he really believe he can win without casualties? I know Sumella tries to take things possibility because cheering him up that their wedding will be after the war does not cut it! WHAT WEDDING?! Night before the battle, the usual Taichi and Rin talking things out. Marchese didn’t want Nilgan to steal the spotlight so he sent an assassin to kill Rin. Too bad the rest saw this coming and set a trap. Although busted, he continues to target Rin. Taichi becomes mad and beats him up! Rage mode on! Taichi says he doesn’t fear hurting others or dying but can’t protect the ones he loves. I guess Ana’s experience was more than enough, huh? The failed assassin then kills himself. Next day, before the battle begins, Taichi uses his power to create a huge chasm. Either the enemy will have to retreat or go around it that will make them like a sitting duck. However they are not fazed. Suddenly they use magic to throw all sorts of projectiles! Our heroes soon realize they are using magic rings. Yeah, even amateurs can use great magic. So why nobody has used it? Because it uses up your life force! Show’s over when you’re dead. And the enemy doesn’t even know it’s draining it. What a way to die for your country. Although Gilmar’s army is okay with this, let the enemy kill themselves, our heroes don’t? So it’s okay to die in a fight in the battlefield but not okay to let the enemy die since you know how they’ll die… WTF???!!! So how to go about this? Lemiya has an idea. Rin charges up to create a storm above the enemies. And then lightning strikes them out cold! YOU MEAN ELECTROCUTION WON’T KILL THEM???!!! With everyone out cold, Nilgan is approached by Inimicus (Dortesheim’s right hand man). Seems he planned this whole thing out and now that Nilgan’s role is over, he kills him! After collecting the unconscious bodies of the enemy, the people now can party. Oh dear… About that wedding…

Episode 10
To reward Taichi and co for their efforts, Gilmar gives them weapons from the royal collection. So basically a weapon upgrade. Guess what Taichi chooses? I guess he still remembers his Japanese roots and chooses this katana supposedly forged from an eastern land. Yeah, a Japan-like country in this world too. Immediately Sumella wants to fight him thinking he wants to test out his new weapon. But she jumps on him to get started. Is this some sort of ritual for their future wedding? In town, Taichi is famous because the people recognize him and the kids want to shake his hand. However Cassim returns and wants to fight him. He can’t refuse because he’ll poison all the wells in the capital! Is security that lax? So in some alley, Cassim wants this fight to be fair and hence uses a statue to limit Taichi’s power. Oh sure, that looks fair. If that’s the case, wouldn’t this fight be a draw? Cassim believes he has put in effort for all this and doesn’t think Taichi as the gifted one did any. So the fight begins and I think there is some slight disadvantage. You know, Cassim has only an arm? Eventually Taichi uses his quick thinking to defeat Cassim. He hates to admit it but Cassim admits it is Taichi’s victory. However nobody sees this coming as some evil spirit pops up from the statue to attack Taichi. Luckily Grammy is here to fight it. Even destroying the statue, the spirit becomes bigger and more aggressive. Luckily Taichi has regained his powers and destroys it. In the aftermath, Grammy tells Taichi how Cassim is now regretting everything because now he is forced to acknowledge that Taichi also put in effort, something he himself knows how hard it could be. But it’s not over for Taichi because civil war is looming and armies of both sides are preparing for the big clash. Taichi and Rin renew their vow to protect each other.

Episode 11
The big civil war is here. How are our heroes doing? Well, Rin fights against another Amazon warrior, Myura is up against an arrogant handsome knight and Lemiya versus a shady magician. Taichi drops right in to Dortesheim’s camp to negotiate a peace deal with him. He finds the brothers having the same goals using their own people to kill each other as foolish. He hopes Dortesheim and his side will surrender and Gilmar will grant leniency. So care to avoid further bloodshed? Meanwhile we see Lemiya creating a new move to destroy her opponent. Heck, a fiery fireball to kill him! Same for Myura, because cocky knight mocks his dead comrades, she shows no mercy and cuts his throat. Back to Taichi, Dortesheim rejects the peace offer. But he wants to know why he is Gilmar’s pawn. Why doesn’t he become king himself if he claims to be very powerful? Oh, becoming king? Taichi doesn’t want the responsibility of being a king. Then why not be a dictator? Don’t want people to hate him! With that, Dortesheim laughs and believes the outcome could have been very different had Taichi served under him. And so because of pride, Dortesheim can’t back down. This is when Inimicus initiates his plan. He has used his magic to turn dead soldiers into zombies! He admits that he serves a greater being and that he doesn’t care for the world, country, let alone the brothers’ petty quarrel. He is only doing this because she commanded him. Wow. What a way to show his obsessed devotion to his supreme one as he uses up his life and flesh to complete the spell.

Episode 12
Lemiya narrates that something similar happened in a great war 200 years ago. Soldiers went berserk and killed soldiers and civilians alike. The cause was unknown but it is believed to be mind control. So mind control isn’t considered magic but black magic? The only way is to crush the source? Okay. Whatever. Rin manages to convince the Amazon warrior to work for her and her reward is to survive this hell. That’s enough for her to make the switch! Dortesheim realizes in his bid to save his country, he destroyed it. He laments he will be remembered as a villain. You sure are. Too late now. But Taichi will not end it like this. Looks like when he is about to do some self-sacrificing move, Aerial stops him. WTF she can stop time now?! Aerial admits she has lied to him and hid her true form for fear of his tremendous power. So she reverts to her true form and her true name is Sylphid, queen of the spirits and one of the Four Grand Spirits. Aren’t they all? Gee, she just got bigger, huh? Rin coming by to see how Taichi is doing, he hugs her the moment he sees her injuries. Is he going to blame himself for taking too long to protect her? Yeah, all the zombies were kind enough to let them do this cheesy stuff. So now he’s ready to protect the things he loves, huh? Okay. Another pact to be made. This time with Sylphid. Wow. So great the pact that it undoes the spell and turns all zombies back to normal? I don’t know, did he bring back the dead too?! Apparently Inimicus is still alive as he now transforms into a monster. Good. Taichi can beat this guy up. Taichi wants to know about this master of his but the only thing Inimicus says that everything has been going according to her plan. From the day he was born to even why he was summoned here to even why this civil war is happening. In short, Taichi will become the greatest weapon for her?! That’s why he is the chosen one! But Taichi doesn’t care about the world and all that. He just cares for those around him. Beat down time. Inimicus thinks his weakness is unable to kill but Taichi begs to differ. He is different now. He is willing to go that far just to protect those he loves. And with that he finishes off Inimicus. He probably died happy thinking he has served his purpose to his master. In the aftermath of the war, life return to normal. Taichi wakes up after a few days of sleep. Magic depletion of course. Taichi and co are handsomely rewarded and promoted. More deaths because Dortesheim is executed for treason but he regrets nothing. Taichi and co return to Azpire. He still has lots of questions but I guess he needs to take things one step at a time. We’ll cross the bridge when they get there. So for now, screw whoever that puppet master is, just do what it takes to survive this world.

“Magic Is The Cheat Codes For The World”
So is Taichi still human? Because him saying goodbye to his humanity I take it he has become something close to God. Heck, aren’t all overpowered main characters like God? Yup. They’re not like human anymore. And I hope that saying goodbye to his humanity also doesn’t mean he has casted away his good side and doesn’t give a sh*t anymore. It certainly most likely not this but the chances aren’t zero. You may never know what the future holds for them. You might think that everyone is doing everything on their own free will but nobody knows any better if they are being controlled like a puppet from a certain almighty. Yeah, what kind of cheat code did she employ to have everyone’s fate dancing in the palm of her hands like that?

Although the story and overall isn’t that bad, it is still nowhere anything good. In fact it is just average and mediocre. That is coming from me who is just feeling lenient right now. Because that handphone one was definitely a disaster (heck, perhaps the worst isekai ever). Because that sage’s grandson was too cheesy and overbearing. Others feel like some pseudo harem. So I guess taken all that into consideration, this series isn’t as bad as compared to those other series. But still, like I said, nowhere near anything good and just average. Yeah, sometimes it’s dumb and lazy too. I know a dozen episodes feel like it isn’t enough to develop anything but I guess that isekai genres of this type only get this much duration to flesh things out. So from Taichi’s training to control his, uhm, overpowered-ness to getting involved in civil conflicts because some supreme being got bored and probably just wants to test out his abilities. Yup, that is basically what this entire series is about. And yeah, I’m still having trouble differentiating between the terms, magician and sorcerer. What’s with that summoner definition again?

So yeah, the characters are pretty generic and cliché too. You don’t have to tell me again that Taichi falls under that category as the overpowered main character but thankfully they didn’t make him as obnoxious as that handphone one as well as that slime monster. This somewhat lessens the ‘hate’ because although Taichi is super powerful (literally he can pull anything out from thin air), he still doesn’t know a lot of things and it feels like he is just getting by in this world. Sometimes I feel that Taichi having Aerial as his spirit (now upgraded to Sylphid), it is like those who don’t really like that smug Yuno from Black Clover, well, at least Taichi looks friendlier instead of being aloof. Also, this Aerial isn’t as annoying as Yuno’s Sylph although Aerial feels useless at times seeing she is the wind spirit but she acts like some weakling Tinkerbell to Taichi. And even when she returned to her true form, it feels like she didn’t do anything. Yeah, I think it was Taichi’s power that purified the zombies…

It feels Rin, Myura and Lemiya are like trying to make Taichi’s party a pseudo harem but I wasn’t putting my hope much on the romance section so I wasn’t really that disappointed when it didn’t really happen. Yeah, Rin as his childhood friend, all the tropes and ingredients are there for some cliché romance but with all the battles they have to fight and figuring out how to survive in this world, romance can take a backseat for this season. To soften the blow of Taichi and Rin suddenly arriving in this world, hence Myura and Lemiya become their teachers and mentors. Something inside me feels they are wasted because Myura being a very high level adventurer and Lemiya being a very high ranking magician (or was it sorcerer?), they become overshadowed thanks to Taichi and Rin being so overpowered. Sure, they are still good at what they do only because everybody else are weaklings and come nowhere close to their level.

I thought this series was heading downhill and down the road of cheesy cliché when they make Ana fall for Taichi. It was so damn obvious and cheesy to watch this girl, whatever she says or does. To a point that I was praying, please don’t make this happen. Please don’t let this be a clichéd isekai harem. Thank goodness I got my wish. But I didn’t see it coming that they killed her off!!! OMG! How dare they killed a cute anime girl?! Hey, at least I don’t have to deal with that cheesiness. I suppose like Dortesheim said, some sacrifices are necessary. Hence this is one of the darker moments in the series whereby they had a character killed just so as to spur our main character to make his stance on something. Oh Taichi, now you know why trying to get yourself killed won’t look cool at all because you can’t save anybody when you’re dead! I thought this harem cheesiness was over until Sumella come along… Please God, please no… Please don’t let history repeat itself! Oh well, she didn’t die in the battlefield…

I suppose one thing that makes this series stands out from other cliched isekai series with overpowered main characters is that they aren’t shy with the deaths of certain characters. Also, they try to break the formula of our main hero being so overly good that he can’t take a life but this series tries to do it differently and show us that Taichi is not as ‘weak’ and cliché as those main characters. Yup, he can and will take a life if he has to. After all, he already has that power to do it so if you really have a death wish, the easiest way for him to grant you that is to threaten those close to him. That’s like his trigger word and he’ll be no more Mr Nice Guy. Even with this said theme of the hero taking a slightly darker route, this feels mild as there are much darker themed series out there like Tate No Yuusha No Nariagari. So killing a few baddies isn’t going to make you badass. But that also means he is no longer squeaky clean.

Would the series be slightly better that the antagonists be a lot better? Because of the enigma surrounding that supreme being who is somewhat trying to guide the world, it does sound interesting. Why and what is she trying to achieve with all this? However with the story being focused more on Taichi’s party, this true villainess-cum-puppeteer feels like a cock teaser. So for the final arc, we are to content with the civil war between the king and his younger brother. I understand why Dortesheim won’t accept Taichi’s peace proposal. Imagine the face value he will lose if he listens to a kid! Yeah, even men have their pride. Sometimes it’s stupid but yeah, they call it pride. Even baddies like Cassim and Grammy had their redemption match so they’re not that all bad, right? I mean, they’re just pawns for another pawn for the supreme being, right? And what happened to those loli twins? Haven’t heard from the bratty duo ever since they got rescued. Phew. Don’t want them to be another ingredient to turn this into a pseudo harem isekai genre!

Speaking of that mysterious supreme being lady who has been pulling all the strings and watching Taichi’s every move, it was certainly an enigma at first. But when it is said that she wanted to nurture Taichi into the ultimate sword and shield, it got me thinking, for what purpose? Are there other threats to this world? Aliens? Monsters? I mean, are there other worlds and other gods like her? Some god challenged her to some war game so she has to make preparations to defend and counterattack? Oh wait. Don’t tell me. Other kids from Earth too are summoned to other worlds and being nurtured as overpowered main characters. The clash of overpowered main characters of the isekai genre! The ultimate isekai crossover?! If that ever happens, Taichi and Rin will soon be shocked to find that their opponent could be a classmate from their school on Earth!!!!!! Oh man. I’m laughing so hard now because I can write crappy isekai stories like this too!!! So whatever that mysterious lady is (did I hear Inimicus addressed her as Shade?), I think it’s best for Taichi not to think too far and just concentrate with what is at hand. After all, Taichi did say he doesn’t care about the bigger things.

Action scenes are mediocre at best. There might be some blood spilled during the battles but they aren’t anything that would make you cower in fear or go into trauma. Yeah, blame the mediocre animation somewhat. Taichi and Rin despite possessing tremendous powers, they don’t really go all out unless being pushed to a corner. So I suppose that in a way it is somewhat ‘palatable’ because when overpowered characters could come up with just about anything to solve a crisis, they make it look too easy. We can blame that Taichi and Rin might not know the extent of their powers and abilities yet and hence can’t fully draw them out properly, but from this point of view they don’t look as overpowered as we would like to think they are. Yes, they still are only because everybody else are weaklings. Ah, I’m repeating myself…

Art and animation also feel mediocre and like I’ve said, the battle scenes look one kind rather than exciting. Just look at the time when the adventurers were fighting the waves of monsters outside Azpire. It looked… Lame! It’s not really convincing either that they’re striking with their sword or casting their magic spells. Even the character designs look pretty generic. Taichi your generic high school boy. Rin… Heck is she the grown up version of Little Busters’ Rin?! Suspicious… Myura… Now where have I seen blonde elves before? Oh right! The ones in Isekai Maou To Shoukan Shoujo No Dorei Majutsu, DanMachi, DanMachi, Isekai Shokudou, Gate and Zero No Tsukaima. Lemiya is so for fanservice because when you’re such a powerful mage, you can walk around in revealing outfits. So confident no magic won’t lay a scratch on your smooth skin, huh? Other characters feel like they’re designed after some stereotype like Gilmar looks like the good king while Dortesheim looks like the baddie and Inimicus looks like a pervert because his pervy moustache gives him that rape face look! Honest! I’m sure I’ve seen the rest of the character designs somewhere too but I’m too lazy to think right now… And the monsters are like rejected D&D designs or something… This anime is done by Encourage Films who did Etotama, Hitorijime My Hero and Love Kome: We Love Rice.

Voice acting feels pretty average too and the only ones I recognized are Sayaka Ohara as Lemiya, Hiro Shimono as Cassim and Youko Hikasa as Grammy. I thought Sumella sounded familiar. Only later I discovered it is Marina Inoue behind her. Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard from her. The rest of the other casts are Kouhei Amasaki as Taichi (Haruo in High Score Girl), Rie Takahashi as Rin (Emilia in Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu), Minami Tanaka as Myura (Mary in Kakegurui), Yurika Kubo as Aerial/Sylphid (Hanayo in Love Live), Hiroshi Yanaka as Gilmar (Ishida in Kaiji), Jiro Saito as Dortesheim, Daisuke Hirakawa as Lodra (Makoto in School Days), Satoshi Hino as Inimicus (Gauche in Black Clover), Rie Suegara as Charlotte (Emily in Harukana Receive) and Ayumi Mano as Ana (Natsumi in Date A Live III).

If the rock paced opener, Panta Rhei sounds familiar, that’s because it is sung by MYTH&ROID who are famous for their songs in Overlord and Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu. Their trademark style is still there but I can’t help feel that some parts of the vocals used too much effects like as though they are on Auto-tune. Sure, MYTH&ROID songs do have effects but I don’t believe it is that much. For the ending theme, it is Chiisana Omoi by Rie Takahashi, a slow moderate anime ballad.

Overall, this is yet another copy and paste isekai and it really looks like no signs of slowing down. Generic, cliché, uninspiring as well as boring and predictable story and characters help contribute to this series’ downfall. Had this series took better time to tell its stories and weave its characters and perhaps had it come out in a time where isekai series were not so abundant as the stars in the sky, this could have been slightly better. Just slightly. I doubt that this will get another season like many of its counterparts that never see the light of a sequel. Good. Because I believe that no matter what kind of cheat codes are given as input, it still can’t fix how bad an anime is. If it’s bad, it’s bad. If it’s good, it’s good. That’s not cheating whatsoever. It’s just common sense.

Mini Yuri & YuruYuri Ten

December 7, 2019

Celebrate good times, come on! Yahoo! Wow. Does time really fly? Because it has been 10 years since YuruYuri started and hence the perfect time to celebrate it by coming up with an OVA. But before the fundraising kickstarter project OVA comes out, we are treated with 4 ONA episodes of Mini Yuri. Lolis who are already cute are further made cute in their chibi form? Uhm, okay. With only approximately 5 minutes of running time, these serve as just appetizers before you go on to the big and delicious main course. Let the celebrations begin!

Episode 1
To raise hype for the 10th anniversary OVA, hence we kick things off by explaining the characters of this series. Like Kyouko who is a pretty normal girl, Akari the masked hero of justice, Chinatsu who is a witch girl and is very much in love with Kyouko, and Yui who, uhm, manly face?! Then we have the student council girls like the Ayano who has the second worst grades in school, Chitose who is a bully whom Ayano is a lackey of, Himawari a talkative idiot and Sakurako… Boobs monster? Not forgetting Matsumoto who speaks loudly at the top of her voice! And of course if you have watched YuruYuri like yours truly, you’ll know that all of these are crap! Lies! NOTHING BUT LIES!!! Is this their way of making those who don’t know to go read the manga and watch the anime?! Effective strategy… I’d say, if you buy into this crap, you’re going to be in for some ‘shocking developments’…

Episode 2
You know the popular streaming video site that is all the rage now? No, not YouTube. YuriTube!!! Kyouko suggests uploading videos to show what the club is all about. They start off with a cute introduction video. It got (shockingly) lots of views so you bet they’re going to make more. We see a video of Kyouko trying to promote Mirakurun products with Chinatsu cospalying at the model. Wow. More views. Next is Akari just drinking tea. F*ck! The views drastically went down!!! Finally, Kyouko and Yui doing some incarnation method whereby their seiyuus appear live in 3D form, doing some random stuffs. Weirdly cute… So much so their video went viral and is raking up the view count! Heh, but not enough to break the view counter ;p. With Kyouko tasting ‘victory’, she gets crazier to upload more videos every day but is put to a stop by Yui as she reminds her they have classes. But that didn’t stop her as she makes a quick video of the upcoming OVA. Looks gloomy… With Yui rejecting all that, I guess their internet activities are done!

Episode 3
Well, you know how Tokyo is going to host the 2020 summer Olympics, right? Hence Kyouko wants them to do their own Yurilympics! She ropes in the student council members for the numbers. Of course the sports will have some bizarre twist like triathlon includes running up the mountain and running with a tea cup without spilling. Then there are a few jenga tournaments, each edition the jenga blocks get bigger. A horse riding event, eh? Why the heck is Ayano the horse for Kyouko?! Because of her ponytail?! This has Chitose and Chizuru end up with some serious delusions of theirs. For ball sports like ping pong, baseball and football, all the balls somehow get absorbed into Chinatsu’s hair! How???!!! At the end of the day, everybody just tires themselves out. So are we ready for the real Olympics?!

Episode 4
OMG! They killed off the main character! Akari is dead! Cue for Kyouko to play detective. She has everyone confess their alibis. Realizing that Yui isn’t around, looks like it is double horror because she too is dead! Sakurako got so scared that she fled. Will she be the next victim? Finding a mallet near Yui and a bump on her head, could this be the murder weapon? Luckily Yui wakes up. No, not a zombie, mind you. She was just unconscious. She reveals she brought the mallet just to fix the table leg. In actuality, she was reading a magazine and saw an article of her favourite game getting a remake. She was so happy and skipped around but stubbed her toe and bumped her head. As for Akari, Kyouko smells a familiar scent and realizes herself as the culprit. You see, Kyouko went to ask Nishigaki to create a potion that would make Akari stand out more. However it was too concentrated and she got too much stimulus from using it. By the time she enters the clubroom to show everyone, she ran out of steam. It seems Nishigaki has completed the perfected potion. But too late! As Akari wakes up, she sees everybody else shining brightly like a main character material! Yeah, they all accidentally used the potion and it’s no use if everybody now overshadows Akari, right? Speaking of which, isn’t Akari technically still the same as before for not standing out?

YuruYuri Ten

The OVA is written as “YuruYuri,” a play on words as the dot is pronounced as ‘ten’ as in to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the series. Also, I want to think that it is short for TEN-sion. Yup, get up and feel the hype! Tension agate desu yo!!!

To celebrate the series’ 10th anniversary, Kyouko has bought Akari a dress. It’s so bright that she’s literally in the spotlight! But now we go back in time. Ages, that is. Because our YuruYuri girls are cavemen! Or is it cavewomen? I guess Japanese wasn’t invented yet so no need to rack your brains and think what they’re saying. All just grunts and groans. We see them fooling around as usual. Like Kyouko getting a fish bone stuck in her throat so Chinatsu just lunges her hand down her throat to roughly take it out. Yui takes off crumbs from Akari’s face and when Kyouko wants the same and is given the same treatment, Chinatsu burns with anger. Then all this turns out that they are just acting as cavewomen. So why this pathetic cavewomen act? Is this their idea of celebrating the 10th anniversary? Of course Ayano and Chitose suggest they should just throw a normal party. First, Chinatsu has Himawari teach her how to bake cookies. Something tells me Chinatsu is not destined to bake or cook. The moment she touches the dough, it turns into something horrifying! Yeah, even Himawari is so baffled. When it’s done, she lets Sakurako tastes it. You sure you want to try that? It‘s still moving! Biting it… WTF, it’s like kissing Yui?! Hey, at least she’s not dead. The other girls help to decorate the place for tomorrow. As the party begins, Kyouko liven things up by having everyone wear different wigs. Note, this is how you create new characters! Then Sakurako introduces a card game whereby you have to act out the job description in the card. Chitose is hoping Kyouko would be a doctor so that she could ‘examine’ Ayano in her twisted vision but unfortunately Kyouko became a YuriTube star instead. What a waste.

Finally, Kyouko has everyone play rock-scissors-paper but with a twist. The loser must act very hype. It seems Akari always loses and is forced to act in a very hyped manner. It started out as cringe but to more she loses, the more hype she gets, the scarier it becomes. Uhm, I think at this rate she’s going to be some maniacal serial killer… Worst case scenario happens because she has been acting so hyped nonstop that she dies!!! OMFG!!! For real?! The main character just died?! Is this heaven?! Akari is sad but don’t worry, here are visions of her friends. Uhm, I hope they’re not dead too. Anyway, it’s that cue for them to be thankful and grateful to Akari for all the things they’ve done together. We’ll always be there for you. We’ll always be friends. You know the drill. And then Akari wakes up. All just a dream? What’s this? The rest come in to wish her happy birthday? Yup, it’s her birthday party. And she’s the star for today! We love you Akari! Akari got so emotional that it’s time for a big loli group hug! Awww!!! After the party, Akari can’t help wonder where they got all those photos of her. Kyouko hints that somebody volunteered after they explained the situation. Of course the culprit is no other than her very doting older sister, Akane. If Akari’s happy, you bet this overly affectionate onee-san will be doubly happy.

A Perfect Ten!
Oh yeah. YuruYuri has been YuruYuri like we have known them since their inception. For me, since the first season when I began watching them. Their antics and shenanigans are more or less as expected. Of course this means there isn’t anything new and ground breaking but as said, this is a celebration of their 10th anniversary. What else were you going to expect from this series? Something even flashier? More 3D and CGI effects?! Sometimes it is best to stick to the formula and not stray because like they say, don’t fix it when it ain’t broken. Also without a doubt, the status quo formula is to pay tribute to fans who have contributed to make this OVA a success. Yup, at the end credits, you can see scores of names who have contributed to different segments of the project. Yeah. A hell lot of them! This shows that this series is indeed popular with so many contributors making this possible. Better make something out from all the money you’ve got. Don’t worry, I’m not one of them ;p.

So the only thing that ‘bugged’ me is that since this series has been going on for 10 years, I have noticed that our characters have not even aged a single minute! Haha! Even when Akari said that she hopes they’ll be together for 20 or 30 years and more, I just can’t help think if they’ll still remain to be in that same age forever. Remember, the charm of this series is that the characters are of the loli trope so it won’t do lolicons any good if they’re all grown up. Uh huh. This is the loophole that enables lolicons to enjoy their (2D) lolis without being arrested while consuming the hobby they love. I don’t know if there will be projects or seasons in the foreseeable future but as long as the Amusement Club remains true to itself, we’ll stick with you 20 or 30 years and beyond! That will be one hell of a high tension amusement if we’re still around by then! Hopefully Akari would become the main character by then.

6 Angels

December 6, 2019

You know me how I ‘sympathize’ with old retro anime series, right? Because with so many disappointing and mediocre animes in today’s time, the only reprieve is to go back and watch some old animes of the 90’s, right? Even if they suck, they don’t suck that bad because they’re retro animes, right? Well… Until I started watching 6 Angels, that is. Yup. This anime I stumbled upon by chance that came out in late 2001 was bad enough. Originally labelled as a movie, it was broken up into 6 ONA episodes. Yes, even during a time when the internet wasn’t mainstream yet, this was released over the internet as separate episodes. So what’s this anime about? A group of all-female mercenaries. Big bad guy and his ‘family’ hijacked a prison facility. Nuclear warheads. Yeah, you know the story that comes next. Hey, this is the late 90’s and early 2000’s! But still, it’s that bad…

Episode 1
As narrated, the world is still at war, the world is still polluted, blah, blah, blah. No clear line between good and evil? Sure. Whatever. We now jump right into the action scene as we see our Rose Guard patrol women, Maki Aoba, Naomi Jones, Doris Nicholas and Marilyn Moreau being under heavy attack by US missiles. It’s amazing they managed to dodge and survive them all despite crash landing. It’s a miracle, right? Don’t count your chickens too fast because the structure gives way and it’s free fall! Flashback several hours ago, an underground prison known as Neo Purgatory has been hijacked by the Canyon family. Of course the US President has been informed about this and you bet he sent his army to go deal with this situation. Meanwhile our Rose Guards are just waking up to just another morning and heading out for another patrol. Yeah, talking about Christmas, aren’t we? Suddenly they realize something wrong with the transmission. Everything is blocked. Worse, they found a stowaway kid, Katherine Hook who has been sleeping here since last night. You mean they didn’t check? Not even their helicopter robo guard, Giga detected somebody sneaking in?! This is when all hell breaks loose as missiles are locked on them. Back to current time, the helicopter free falls but they must thank Giga for this awesome break falling manoeuvre to cushion their very rough landing.

Episode 2
Flashback shows Katherine’s father was a drunkard and often abused her. The ladies realize they are all safe. There are also a few US marine survivors from this helter-skelter. Meanwhile Ed Canyon is summoned by the big boss, Donn Canyon (Guile, monster version?). He reports that all enemies have been shot down but Donn notices that one of the choppers shot down belongs to Rose Guard and wants them to be taken in. He will use them as their declaration of war. Maki finds what remains of Giga and hopes her mini robo, Link could fix it back to normal. You mean like how it was, functioning and looks? I say that’s impossible… Rose Guard hears about Corporal’s orders to suppress New Purgatory as they are trying to use nuclear weapons. The marines will head in to destroy the core and want the ladies to take cover. But then we see the marines being slaughtered by the mutants of the Canyon family. So much about the males being the heroes. That is when Rose Guard transforms to take on the baddies. It is narrated that Rose Guard is formed to tackle male violence, the reason they are all females. I’m sure bad guys don’t stick to chivalry but whatever. Then Terry Canyon starts using his mecha to blast away the copter while blasting his heavy metal music. Not sure why Rose Guard had to return inside it. It’s not like they could protect it from being destroyed, right? I don’t get it, where this explosion comes from but boom! Meanwhile at the White House, the president is having a meeting from his team. From what I understand, he is trying to withhold actual info from being leaked out. Then the Soviet president calls. Not sure what he wants too. Meeting adjourned. Clock feels the president is not saying something and of course he isn’t. He is told not to aggravate the situation. So Clock has to bite the bullet and pray for the best for his Rose Guard.

Episode 3
Don’t really know what is going on. Rose Guard finds themselves in prison. The moment Maki wakes up and sees JC Canyon and Mike Canyon, she attacks them on impulse. Like WTF?! Be careful, almost dropped from this 100 storey prison! JC and Mike somewhat saved them and are quite the perverts. They want to see their boobs because they think it will explode! WTF?! Who told them that?! I understand Maki gets upset but stripping her top and then lecture them about being perverts isn’t going to help. Oh wait. The boys just got knocked out. Not sure if it’s because they saw her explosive boobs or her lecture. Whatever. So funny that Katherine can’t help laugh. Silly boys. Meanwhile Ed calls Terry and he knows he has a woman hidden and orders him to bring her here. Maki realizes that Marilyn is not with them so Mike tells them she is being held by Terry. Speaking of which, Marilyn is being tortured. Is it me or does Marilyn’s body look like a man’s? When JC detects a camera from Terry and wants to hide, Maki has an idea. When the goons arrive, they see JC and Mike being tied up. They claim they’ve been tricked. Sam Canyon then brings them back to Terry’s base. Oddly despite deactivating security, the system still detects intruders. The guys are then brought into the room where Marilyn is and beaten up. But surprise! You mean Rose Guard remained invisible the whole while?! Wow this got to be level 100 stealth! After rescuing Marilyn, Maki gets clobbered from the back by Sam. However it is Katherine who pumps all the lead and empties her gun into Sam. Probably Sam reminded her of her abusive father and that’s the same solution she gave him. Damn, this girl is most brutal! Then everyone escapes and Terry is like so enraged that he just fires pot shots everywhere and screams. WTF?! Yeah, everybody is mad a Canyon family member is dead.

Episode 4
Looks like America is not going to bow to the demands of New Purgatory and hence the president authorizes the use of nuclear missiles based in outer space that will destroy the entire place. Yeah. That’s so American. Rose Guard is making their escape. Katherine using her feminine wiles to call the guys as bullies and weak despite they calling her strong when they don’t take the front and instead walk behind her. Terry and his goons attack. But too much force that Rose Guard falls deeper into the sewer. Ed is mad but Terry will do something to make it up for it. However Akira Canyon will help big brother out. Looks like he has hacked into the American nuclear missiles’ system. This is the true plan of Donn. Rose Guard is well alive after falling from that height. Link reports that Giga is almost complete but Naomi wants the guys to identify a certain head of US Air Force, Arondeck. They recognize him as the person who always bring them weapons. Speaking of which, he and the US president is meeting with the Soviet counterparts. It seems the Soviet side has launched their own rebellion to attack New Purgatory but is met with strong resistance. With communications back, Rose Guard is able to get in contact with Clock. He informs them that Donn is planning to use nuclear weapons he made on other nations and hopes they could do something about it. But JC and Mike laugh it off and claim there is no such thing. Despite here is a nuclear waste, they won’t explode. This is their retaliation. Clock arrives in time to arrest Arondeck for treason. Akira has hijacked communications of the world so that Donn can speak. He declares war on all humans. Yeah, we know the story of the planet being contaminated by radiation and thus a dying planet. Some history about some nuclear testing in Utah where Neo Purgatory is. Lots of radiation and deaths. People didn’t learn. History repeated. With the radiation becoming worse, not sure about some being will be born out of it. Hence Donn has found a way to purify the planet but blames the authorities for betraying him. So he’s going to destroy the world, huh? But he is giving them 24 hours to change their mind. They could use his weapons and perish with him. Otherwise follow him or die. I’m confused. He’s going to save the world or destroy it? I’m betting on the latter…

Episode 5
Looks like the Pacific nations are being nuked. Oh well, American president is in despair they fell right into Donn’s hands. JC and Mike explain that Donn’s plan will annihilate the surface and those underground will only be safe and hence a new free nation will be born. You mean Rose Guard is contemplating to fight or give up? GIVE UP?! Heck, Katherine even says it’s better to let everyone else die and just for them to stay safe here. Damn, this kid is really brutal. This gives Maki the motivation that they’re going to fight back. So the grand plan is to destroy their launch programme? When Katherine collapses, Link traces some capsule containing radiation to be the culprit. Donn wants Akira to tell Mom that he hasn’t got what he promised. He also wants Ed to tell Terry he doesn’t need Rose Guard anymore and to do away with them. But something doesn’t sit right with Ed. JC and Mike believe Mom can help heal Katherine. Arriving at the reactor, damn Mom is some monster angel?! Despite her hideous looks, she is the kind mother she is. A kiss on the mouth is what it takes to save Katherine. Just in time, Donn pops up to reveal his nefarious plans. Look at the water around. It’s not just ordinary water but the blood of thousands of prisoners that will become some medium to purify Earth. Gee, thousands is enough and not millions? Do Donn wants them to become purified into that medium that will serve to save Earth. Donn leaves and lets his goons handle it. But Terry realizes the robots are not responding. That’s because Link has hacked them! Oh, Link returned and combined with Giga’s body? Odd. Damn, he uses Kamehameha to blasé them away!!! If he runs out of juice, there’s the Soviet mechas to help. Once done, Link also reveals he managed to hack into the launch programme. So he just bought 20 minutes of time?! For some odd reason, cue for Katherine to whine about how this is all her own fault. Feeling useless. Feeling lonely. Cry. Cue for Soviet counterparts to tell her that is just life. Heck, these soldiers are born without limbs and instead of being pathetic, they thought how to live. Once that is done with, it’s time for the final operation. Maki and Mom are going to team up? Wow. Mom spreading her angel wings that even JC and Mike have them?!

Episode 6
Maki and Doris will head into the command centre while the rest retreat. Marilyn and Naomi find a helicopter they can conveniently use and needs minimum fixing. Convenient… Akira is getting so frustrated that the nuclear command doesn’t respond that he shoots one of his comrades! WTF?! Even more WTF because Ed then shoots Akira and the rest in the command centre! Donn is puzzled there is something wrong with the nuclear system but Ed says he is coming to go see him. Whatever Ed’s grouses are, he doesn’t agree with Donn’s plan and shoots at his forehead! But you know… Donn’s a monster so he leaves. Guess what happens to Ed? Maki and Doris enter the command centre, shocked to see dead bodies of the Canyon family. Wow. They easily hack the system and shockingly because they can’t stop the nuclear launch, the change its destination. TO THE MOON?! Why the f*ck not somewhere further like Pluto?! Or Andromeda???!!! Yeah, the missiles head towards the moon and explode but the moon still looks fine… Then Donn finds them and takes them hostage. Looks like he intends to drop this facility filled with nuclear waste onto the world. So that’s enough to destroy the world? Maybe. Hence New Purgatory now turns into some rocket and flies up into space. Then the US president contacts Donn. Damn, even admits his mistakes and hopes he can surrender. Donn of course tells him to go f*ck off. US President must be sweating asking why he is doing this. Interestingly, Donn tells him to look into his own soul.

Maki and Doris find themselves before Donn. Yeah, they are so dumbfounded with this scene just like us. Mom along with Mike and JC crucified?! Donn having angel wings now?! Conveniently, Marilyn pilots the helicopter and latches onto the floating facility. In the nick of time, Link and co busts in to pump all they’ve got towards Donn. Still alive? You bet. Now he has turned into his final form?! A human torch!? With wings???!!! I’m losing it! And then Mom just says it’s time to stop. When Donn won’t stop? She compresses him into a little ball?! WTF?! So easy?! Should have did this from the start!!! Of course she explains from her side of the story that Donn isn’t entirely bad. He first chanced upon her in this reactor and she wanted his help to stop the destruction. And although it might seemed Donn agreed because he get to kill others for the plan, he was also willing to use his own life to do so. Maki has something to say but I guess it’s time to go. After Rose Guard leaves the facility, Mom activates something and, uhm, explodes? Maki then has Link connect to the rest of the world as she explains what happened. The crisis has been averted and the facility has been transported to another world. So that’s what happened???!!! Then she also gives a speech that sounds more like virtue signalling. Uh huh. Let’s overcome this together. Don’t be mad and if you feel mad, just think for a second. Honest!!! That’s what she bloody says!!! And Maki dared say Rose Guard was formed to protect women but don’t know how to eradicated violence in people?! I give up… You think the world was ready to listen to a monster, you think they’re going to listen to some hot chick? In the aftermath, we see Rose Guard doing their usual. The mind boggling part is that JC comes to visit Doris in the bath?! Like how the f*ck did he get back?! And because he is not a ghost, good news for Doris because she gets to beat him up! Oh yeah, Rose Guard’s reputation must be so elevated now that they join the US president and his White House team in the next operation briefing.

Angel Has Fallen…
Well… That was… REALLY BAD!!! I mean, totally absolutely utterly zettai ni crap fest and garbage! Honestly, I have to admit that before I started watching this show, I was already looking around the internet and found the far few and between reviews of this show. None of them had anything good to say! And of course being the curious cat, that was a factor that made me determined to watch this and decide how bad it is. Instead of listening to all those ‘warning’ reviews to stay away, I guess it enhanced my curiosity further. And now you know why it kills the cat, huh? Though, I won’t say I regret watching it because otherwise I wouldn’t really know how trashy this show would be.

Seriously, I don’t know what the producers were thinking when they were making this mini movie. Sometimes it felt like they were making up and coming up with things along the way as the progress. And in the end, you have got one big hell of a mess that doesn’t make sense at all. Honestly, this series does have its potential. Eco terrorists having their decent arguments on ‘saving the world’ or even destroying it. Unfortunately it was so poorly written that I understood close to nothing and in the end it didn’t matter. Because since our heroines won and the bad guys gone, I guess that is it. Happy ending. The end. The world gets to live happily ever after. Oh wait. Make that slowly being poisoned from the ever creeping radiation from the nuclear weapons and wars they continue to make. I guess Mom made the wise decision to move all her family to wherever the next world is. I hope it isn’t heaven. Because heaven will now have a facility carrying nuclear wastes and evil prisoner men who might rape your angels!!! Yikes, Mom! Did you not think this through?! Oh, don’t worry, any naughty children she can just squish into this mini ball size matter. F*ck that end of how the big bad boss dies or get defeated was just hilarious and so disappointing.

Many of the scenes are not clearly explained and it leaves you mind confused. For example that medium that Donn claims is supposed to be used to help purify the world. Like, huh?! What?! I bet the producers came up with that idea and hoped to use it somehow in the movie. Unfortunately nothing ever materialized and that half-baked idea just got slotted into that scene just in case. Yeah, it didn’t matter anyway. And why did JC return? Is he in love with Doris? Not sure. I would love to believe that but I am more inclined they want to make us even more confused. And the last scene that Rose Guard joins the US president and White House… I mean a group of mercenaries in the same room with the people holding the highest posts in America! Oh, thinking about it, it’s not surprising because politicians are a bunch of sneaky crooks themselves… Haha! Nothing to see here anymore. Just move along…

I’m sure they want to highlight some environmental issues and feminine issues as well but I guess they also fail to tell their message. Thankfully this movie came out at the turn of the millennium so obviously the outrage wasn’t there yet (also thanks to this being an obscure movie). Had it come out today, I’m sure there will be lots of anger and criticism from people who don’t even matter. So yeah, the world didn’t end. Even more polluted than before. But we’re still here surviving. I’m sure we’ll figure things out as we advance in technology. I hope. And feminism, Rose Guard might be one of those early all-females group only but as the years pass, there are even more all-female groups in so many other anime series. So yeah. Feminism still alive and doing well. And if you’re wondering why this show is weirdly named 6 Angels, I guess they refer to all the female characters in this series. You know, Rose Guard, the stowaway kid and Mom? Conveniently, right? Too bad nobody cares about that female reporter reporting from the news helicopter. I believe she got blown out of the sky when New Purgatory took to the skies. Ironically, I thought Rose Guard and Katherine would get wings just so that we can have that cue to roll credits but instead, Mom’s sons got them instead… Sheesh…

Compounding the misery and making everything much worse are the characters themselves. Especially Rose Guard who is supposed to be the protagonists of this anime, they have no personality and fall flat. In short, really disappointing. They don’t really have a back story and even if they had one, it is just a very brief one. Not that it makes us want to care. I think they want to be edgy having all women in the lead but they fail to make us want to care for them in anyway because who cares if Maki’s grandma is the one who created this power suit that they are using now. Who cares about Doris being a weapon’s expert because I sure hell didn’t see how she uses a variety of them. And what the heck is Naomi and the kids? Who the f*ck are the kids she keeps mentioning she wants to see? Marilyn… I don’t even know anything about her. Katherine might sound brutal and might come as closest to something we hope to have in a character. Her abusive father and a bitter growing up environment that has her being bitter about life. She may be a brat and an annoying (but lucky) stowaway following Rose Guard around but unfortunately towards the end, her ‘meltdown’ tamed her a lot like as though she realizes it’s time to be a good girl and shut up. Damn, I was even rooting for her to have a go at Donn. Was it that radiation thingy that made her say some crazy stuffs? If Link wasn’t enough being a tiny mecha mascot, then combining with Giga to turn him into one looks… Weird.

And then there is the rest of the Canyon family… As I’ve said, they look like they have the potential of becoming a fearful terrorist group but unfortunately I ultimately don’t really know what they want. The ragtag of the family look like they are being inspired from Mad Max and could have been much more interesting if they had been given much more screen time instead of their forced appearance so as just to tell us they are the bad guys. So are JC and Mike the good guys of the big bad family? Are they considered the black sheep of the family? I feel their characters are only to serve as inept bungling spies for Rose Guard and to show female power because these guys are just useless and nothing but (mild) perverts. What happened to Ed? We didn’t see him die but I guess that is what happens to one when he opposes the big boss. Terry? So that liquid medium he fell in is fatal, huh? I guess we can write him off. Worse, I don’t even know what Mom is doing and I am largely thinking that because she is a retard who knows nothing about human justice and sin, that is why she is late to act. I wonder if her power is also limited because she could have just whisked the entire world to another dimension. But then again, humans won’t learn and continue to pollute the new world. So yeah, on the other hand if Rose Guard couldn’t save the day, I was also foreseeing a tragic ending in which the Canyon family destroys the world and in some world purifies it.

One of the more frustrating things while watching this video is the bad spelling and translation. Yeah, I guess that’s why a lot of things we don’t understand it is because it got lost in translation. This is such an old movie and my bet is that there are no good subs and the one who probably did it had just half-baked English and non-native English speaker (who the f*ck is Tone Kane?! Oh, you mean Donn Canyon…). A few lines are omitted or badly translated. I know. My Japanese isn’t that good even after all these years but thanks to the dialogue not one of this show’s strong points, some of the simple lines I can actually catch and yet the translation got it way wrong. But worse still, the original production itself is flawed and filled with bad spelling itself. Could you imagine that I was wondering what the heck is Neo Pagatori?! You mean, New Purgatory?! And this one I remember clearly. That big word ‘DECASED’ on the screen. Like, huh? What the heck does that mean? Oh… You mean DECEASED!!! WTF???!!! Spelling purists might get mad at how many of these simple mistakes permeate this show but I guess if you’re like me a simpleton, first you get flabbergasted and then you laugh at all the silliness.

Action wise, they’re terrible to boot too. You’d think I would forgive this because it is retro anime and that was the standard then. However it is so bad that I just couldn’t find my inner Buddha and Jesus to do any forgiving. Even if God forgives this pile of garbage, I won’t. Hence the action sequences feel forced because it needs to have one just because this movie is so. I mean when you have a dystopian future dealing with hardened criminals, you’re going to expect some sort of gun fights, right? See, this is why the mind boggling setting that capital punishment has been abolished, criminals now get to live and run rampant. You see what you stupid leaders are making the future of the world of?! Is this what you call human rights?! I’m sure the criminals won’t give a f*ck about chivalry either. And yeah, amidst the lousy action scenes, some explosions! Gotta have some explosions! Boom! I was also hoping to see Rose Guard fighting and taking down the Canyon family one by one but I guess they owned themselves. After they got Sam, it’s like that’s the last of the family they’ll ever fight with. Stupid goon clones don’t count and aren’t exciting… So basically an internal family feud was the main reason a big number of the Canyon family got annihilated. And then mommy finally owning daddy… Is that a reflection of how most household operates?! And I thought the Canyon family is supposed to be powerful or at least have some sort of weird powers due to the radiation contamination. Nope. Didn’t see any effect.

Now we move on to the art and animation. Yup, horrendous. Should have been better and this time I can’t use ‘because it is a retro anime’ to justify why it’s just bad. The series is set in the future but it looks so futuristic that it’s so dated. CGI is also used but they are so stiff and rigid that it’s painful to watch. I know technology isn’t that advanced then but I believe they could do better than this. This makes me wonder if the producer making this is really on a tight budget. Limited funds and resources were given and he needed to make something out of it. And something was made and this was what we got. Hey, at least it was something. I think they want to show a few fanservice moments (isn’t it why Rose Guard is all female?) and Maki looks the hottest because she’s the only one who bared her bare tits and in her lingerie. Good thing those boobs didn’t explode, huh? Sorry guys, didn’t’ get any boner watching that very short scene of sexy Maki. And the rest of the sexy level of the rest aren’t just there. Marilyn has a body of a man. Doris is just meh. Katherine is a kid (are there any lolicons out there?) and Naomi is a, uhm, black?! Oh sh*t! Racist!

The character designs too are fail. Especially the Canyon family who could have been inspired by everything from here there and everywhere. Like Donn himself like I’ve said looks like a monster version of Guile and this could be his Darkstalkers version. For some reason we have Ed as your typical evil salaryman. Dressed so sharp but for what occasion, huh? Then you have got a bunch of heavy metal Metallica bros in Terry and Sam. Could have been crazier but whatever. Then Akira looks like some hacker brat kid but I think his other family member in the command centre looks even worse, a mad scientist, I suppose. Hmm… A mad scientist doing computer hacking… JC and Mike are the ‘good guys’ thanks to their good looks and don’t judge a book by its cover because Mom might look hideous but that’s not enough to give me nightmares. If I don’t stare at her long enough… And those other non-important Canyon family goon clones… I thought they are a discount version of Power Stone’s Jack. Yeah, what a lazy way to draw all those mindless low level zombie guards by covering their entire head with bandages. Yes, it is to hide their hideous mutated face but I believe those who did not read the synopsis or reviews will be baffled to see why they look like monsters. Radiation contamination turned them into such, that is. On a side note, I wonder why Marilyn’s hair tone colour reminds me of Yugioh’s Yugi…

Overall, it has been said to death that this show is really bad. Super bad. I am its latest ‘victim’ to have watched and add to the statistics at how appalling the quality of the story, characters, action, animation and just about everything else. Especially that line of women’s boobs explode! What the f*ck were they thinking?! Is that bad quote how they want us to remember this forgettable series?! The only good news is that so far nobody has pinpoint this movie to be remade! Oh the horror! Not surprising in today’s era of remakes, reboots, retellings, etc. But I have hope that it would be better had it been given better development. Then again, better not. Some things are better left buried and most probably we can thank all the contaminated radiation and nuclear waste surrounding this movie that makes it hard for others to approach it in any way. Come back in millions of years when it is finally purified. Oh, just f*ck it all! Just nuke this movie and let it be forgotten forever! I guess it is somewhat true that when Rose Guard can’t even figure out how to stop violence, we still can’t figure out how to stop making bad animes! And so with violence and pollution continuing, sad to say so will bad animes… :’(.

“Either you die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain”. Yeah. That sure was the most striking and famous Batman quote ever. Because that what it feels like in Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi E. A group of genetically modified soldiers who were on the verge of bringing victory to their nation now find themselves becoming useless and no longer appreciated when peace suddenly drops in. With no place to go and nobody to accept them for the monsters they have become, some have become lost souls bringing a new reign of terror. Hence the only one capable of bringing them down is their former captain who made an oath with them all that he will take them down if this worst case scenario happened. Like fighting fire with fire, it takes a monster to take down a monster?

Episode 1
Yeah. There’s some civil war going on in the country of Patria. The south side seems to be losing until a group of special soldiers in white waltzes in. They transform into beasts and slaughter the enemies! So easy. Should have arrived earlier and saved their side the casualties. These soldiers who can transform are called Incarnates and led by Hank Henriette as well as his childhood friends, Cain Madhouse and Elaine Bluelake. It isn’t all sunshine and roses being an Incarnate as they have side effects especially those blemishes on their body. But Elaine is working hard to find a cure and close knit group bond very well together. I’m sure everyone is interested in the budding romance between Hank and Elaine but there’s a war going on so… The Incarnates notch up victories after victories. Until one day one of them just go berserk and started killing friend and foe. He claims he wasn’t himself in that state and to stop such future atrocities, he kills himself! With everyone being depressed and scared, Hank makes a vow to all of his men. If any one of them should go berserk like that, they should be the ones to stop it. As the war rages on, more casualties and more Incarnates also start to bite the dust. To lift his men’s gloom, Hank announces he will propose to Elaine once this war is over. Later that night as Hank talks to Elaine, he is told there has been a secret peace treaty signed between the countries. Hence tomorrow’s decisive big war may not even happen. However for Incarnates, they will have no peace. Hence Elaine pulls the gun and shoots Hank. She is in cohorts with Cain. She blames herself for finding a cure because eventually all Incarnates will lose their mind and soul and she will put a stop to that. She shot him because she knew he will stop her. The plan for Elaine and Cain is to kill all Incarnates before killing themselves. However Cain betrays and shoots Elaine! This was the last think Hank sees before passing out. When he wakes up, he is in hospital and Liza Renecastle from the military’s intelligence says he finally woke up after 2 months. She explains they found him on the verge of death while Elaine has been missing. The war has ended and Incarnates were told by Cain to go wherever they want. However they lost their minds and went on a rampage. Once considered as gods, they are now feared by people. Hank is so mad at hearing all this that he clenches his fist so hard it starts bleeding?! Hence Hank is now on a mission, going around to kill his ex-comrades.

Episode 2
Nancy Schaal Bancroft lives with her father, William in a small town. They run an orphanage and they are very much happy living this life. William teaches her to hunt the first time but WTF he brought along all the orphanage kids too?! Schaal fails as the deer runs away. Don’t worry. You’ll pull the trigger when you’re ready. One day, soldiers come to visit the orphanage. It seems William is being enlisted. Despite not being a soldier, he is selected because he is special. Schaal doesn’t want him to go and doesn’t care if they don’t have much food as long as they are together. William reasons he goes to war not for the money but so that the kids can have a better future. He has the power to stop this war. He left and when the war is over, he returned but as a huge dragon! Is it him? Yes. Those eyes. And so their fun days return. Not many towns can have a giant dragon, no? But it all starts going downhill when William showed signs of randomly going berserk. The villagers worried his is now only killing their cows so for the safety of the children, the orphanage kids are transferred away. Schaal is left behind. But one night she heard a commotion and she saw Hank killed her father in cold blooded fashion. Angered by this unreasonable death, she hunts down this man until she finds him in some western cowboy town salon. Immediately she shoots him but despite hitting directly into his chest, he still lives. Before she could get any explanation, Hank goes pay a visit to a returning Incarnate. Daniel Price has been killing travellers for their money so that he could give it to his mom and people. Schaal gets in the way and questions Hank’s decision to kill him but Daniel goes berserk. Hank defeats him and reluctantly kills him with a special bullet. Schaal is shocked to see all this and demands answers. Because Hank won’t answer, she will travel with him to see for herself what he does and why her father had to die.

Episode 3
In this next gloomy town, Hank rendezvous with Liza. Oh Schaal, don’t let those boobs intimidate you… This town is being ‘ruled’ by a minotaur AKA Theodore Sherman. He has been building a fortress from the town’s materials and giving a daily reminder to his townspeople to be vigilante about the enemy. He thinks the war isn’t over yet. So Schaal thinks they can reason and talk to the Incarnate? Girl, if talking was so easy, wars wouldn’t have happened in the first place! That night, Schaal follows Hank into Theodore’s fortress. Promise you won’t get in the way? Yeah, seeing all the dead guards who tried to storm into the place but got killed by the traps, she almost got killed by a trap she clumsily activated herself! Stay close! She asks him more about Theodore so Hank relates how this guy was a coward. But it is thanks to Hank advising him to always be prepared that somewhat calmed his nerves. Hank leaves Schaal behind to go deeper. Normally it is Liza’s job to bring her back but since she is so stubborn in wanting to see what Hank does (you mean the last time wasn’t convincing enough?), Liza lets her go. Yeah, the girls want to see some action too. Hank faces with Theodore who claims the enemy might strike when they least expect it. That’s why he keeps building this fortress and traps. But the irony the more he builds, he doesn’t feel a bit safer. Hank then plays the enemy just to make him fight. Now, if you’re wondering what kind of Incarnate Hank is, well he is so special that his powers only activate at night. Yup, he is a werewolf. Eventually Hank brings down Theodore. Because he is told he is going to die, suddenly he doesn’t feel the need to be scared anymore. Hank kills him as Schaal ponders what were father’s last words to Hank then. Meanwhile we see other Incarnates being hunted by an extermination squad known as Coup De Grace led by Claude Withers. And Cain is like some Dracula dude with the company of a loli and awaiting Hank’s next move?

Episode 4
Hank and Schaal ride the train that crosses the iron bridge. It is the symbol of peace between both north and south. We interrupt this train ride because Liza needs Hank to come over right now. It seems the behemoth has been moving faster than expected and at this rate he will crash into the bridge. Because of the behemoth’s healing factor, old wounds heal and it will become harder to kill him. So he’s like an immortal? Hank’s solution? Damage him on the side that doesn’t receive much attacks! That did the trick to bring him down. And do those puny hooks able to hold this behemoth down? Schaal thinks there is hope when Liza explains that the behemoth has not killed anybody and went all out to avoid dense areas. All soldiers wounded were not directly hurt by his attacks. This means there is still some humanity in him. Schaal tries to talk to the behemoth and convince him to turn around. I don’t think he can hear you. Meanwhile the railroad owner is angry the military hasn’t killed the behemoth yet. He is impatient they are going to use explosives on the cliff to kill the monster instead of the monster himself. You bet they’re going to take things into their own hands. Schaal asks Hank about the behemoth. Well, Arthur Allston is a man of few words. Doesn’t speak much. Period. Yeah, not even Hank knows a lot about this guy. But maybe he knows what this guy wants… For the umpteenth time, Hank has to put up with Schaal’s naivety of not wanting this beast to be killed. Still hope, huh? Not much different than us, huh? That night, can you believe it that bandits knock out a few military guys to try and kill the behemoth?! WTF?! This angers the behemoth as he breaks free (told you those hooks don’t do a thing) as he squashes the bandits and inches closer to the bridge. Hank fights him and he must be some strong werewolf to even try to hold back a behemoth! A few well timed explosions has the behemoth’s guts spill open. Still he is inching closer. And then a final strategically timed explosion over the cliff. It reveals a sunrise over the ocean. Yup. That’s what Arthur wants. To see the ocean before he dies. So happy he can just die. Just like that. Liza has information about Cain’s whereabouts. Hearing that name just makes Hank’s blood boil, huh?

Episode 5
Arriving at Whitechurch, despite this lawless town having high crime and murder rates, it is believed Cain has been killing its citizens. They go around asking citizens but they refuse to cooperate. With Schaal sewing back that small bullet she put in Hank’s coat, was this enough to let him tell her his bad blood with Cain? That night, another corpse is found and hung out in public. However Hank believes from the wounds, Cain could not have done this but the gargoyle AKA Christopher Keynes who had a strong sense of justice. A boy named Andy was the only witness to this murder but nobody believes him. Only Hank. When Liza wants to ask more questions, Andy naughtily strips open her shirt and runs! This is what you get for being so tempting!!! Schaal goes after him and learns that Andy has a grudge against the gargoyle because he killed his mom. Sure, mom tried to steal something but it wasn’t something she needed to die for. Schaal catches Andy in the act of stealing but the gargoyle sees this and will serve justice by killing him. Schaal is also deemed a sinner since she tries to protect Andy. When the gargoyle attacks, Schaal couldn’t pull the trigger. If not for Hank, they would’ve been goners. Viewing his captain is also a sinner, he invites him to the abandoned church where they will settle things. Later Cain visits the gargoyle and gives him a special bullet. It can take away an Incarnate’s abilities or kill, depending how you use it. That night, Hank goes to face off with Christopher. More spouting of his version of justice. That’s why he came to this town to cleanse people of their sins. At first he tried talking but naturally people freaked out and attacked so he had no choice but to kill. Ever since, he believed death is the justice he must bring. Hank is shot in the gut by the special bullet and loses his powers. Meanwhile Schaal is thinking if her pity was the reason she couldn’t pull the trigger. Then she realizes her rifle is missing. Oh no. Don’t tell me Andy took it. WTF the gun was right next to her and she didn’t notice he took it?! At least Andy got the balls to shoot the gargoyle even if he missed. Andy almost gets killed. Schaal tries to protect him. Could have been goners again had not Hank somewhat power up to rip out the bullet and do in the gargoyle. Even till his last breath he still thinks he is justice. Bang. In the aftermath, Cain shows up to invite Hank to a certain place. Please come if you want to rescue Schaal. Unfortunately Hank is so weakened that his fury didn’t power him up this time. Just blacked out.

Episode 6
Miglieglia is fascinated with Schaal because of her blue eyes. Arachne AKA Elizabeeth Weezer explains to Schaal that she is just bait to lure Hank in. Claude and Liza examine the bodies of victims of the gargoyle. However there is one body that doesn’t share the same scratch marks but devoured all over. This body belongs to one of the wealthiest man in town. His wife also died but with unknown reasons. Upon examining closer, Claude sees vampire teeth bites. He knows this is Cain’s doing. He controlled the wife to kill the husband. He orders his men to gear up and get ready for battle. Hank attends this lavish party hosted by Cain. He begins by praising other attendees for sharing his vision. Some history about the civil war that stemmed because of some minerals they were fighting over. When the south tried to establish trade relations with other countries, the north attacked. Hence the economy collapsed and the government using the excuse to steal their fortunes. Then when the war ended, they lost their chance to regain their fortune. Hence Cain is going make a new order and with their contributions, they can continue the war and lead to victory. He ushers in a few new Incarnates. And then Cain has the Incarnates kill all of them! Thanks for your contributions but you’re no longer useful! Hank begins his assault and at the same time Claude and his military too bust in with their weird steampunk gear to fight the Incarnates. It seems Claude is Cain’s little brother and wants to stop his madness. Can he? Cain doesn’t share Elaine’s view that they must all die just because they lose their humanity. Incarnates’ souls might change but they aren’t lost. They will exist how their hearts decide. In fact it is Incarnates who risked their lives for greedy humans. Who is more human? With Cain getting pierced, stabbed and exploded, you wonder why the final last boss is so easily killed. He’s not. Turns out because he is a vampire he regenerates! Damn, how do you kill an immortal?! Hank rejects Cain’s offer to join him in a new order. Thinking that something is shackling him down, this is where Cain will get rid of it and shoots Schaal! Uhm, can one die immediately when shot in the guts? With Schaal’s death mirroring Elaine’s death, this causes Hank to undergo trauma and extreme transformation. A giant wolf that is supposedly the king of beasts. Hank loses his sanity and goes on a rampage. Yeah, he sure left a huge destructive mark on town. Hank’s missing. Cain’s missing. Schaal might still be breathing…

Episode 7
Cain and his Incarnates have gathered enough humans to form a military. Even some disgruntled nobles have joined them in their cause to create a new independent nation of New Patria! As they make their base in the undeveloped west and gaining allies from other cities, the north is preparing for war. And how are they doing it? Kill all Incarnates in their region to avoid them from joining this new terror! Yeah. And not surprising, Schaal is alive and returns to her village. It seems the dress she wore was made out of special Incarnates material and after she had surgery done, she was interrogated. Hank has been stripped of his military rank and is now a wanted man. Soon, Liza and Claude come to her village. They hear rumours of an Incarnate roaming in the mountains. Can Schaal just easily follow them like that? No harm, right? And then it turns out the Incarnate is the dragon! I thought he was dead?! Oh, looks like he is in zombie mode. Apparently nobody burns the bodies of dead Incarnates but bury them. How the f*ck did they bury such a huge monster?! Anyway, with the dragon attacking, can their pee shooter do anything? Oh wait, the dragon retreats?! So while they prepare for better firepower (should have done this in the first place), Schaal talks about her father. Liza so sympathetic she gives her those special bullets. Yeah, it’ll help somehow. Next time they trap and attack the dragon, looks like it starts flying towards the village. Liza and Schaal try to warn the villagers but they don’t believe. You mean they didn’t hear the loud attacking noises from the mountains?! Too late. Dragon’s here. Run! Schaal comes face to face with her father. Now she understands why Hank did what he had to do. This time it is her turn to pull the trigger. Uhm, maybe this thing needs more than a bullet to bring it down. Eventually the last bullet into his heart, you can say Schaal somewhat said goodbye to her father. Yeah, the communication is in the eyes thingy so go figure. And now Schaal wants to follow Coup De Grace around so she could find Hank? He easily allows her? Don’t tell me he has a thing for her!

Episode 8
Claude’s men are stopping at a seaside town to stock supplies. Schaal stumbles upon a singing siren, Beatrice singing alone in the cave. Her only company is Charles, a bar owner who once let her sing on his stage. Schaal becomes friends with her as she reveals how the people loved her singing. But when war broke out, her songs no longer bring comfort. She was drafted but after the war ended, she realized nobody wanted to hear a monster singing. Her days were numbered. There is no point in living if she can’t sing. Schaal tries to cheer her up as she makes frequent visits. But too often that Claude even has his suspicions. Cue for him to talk about his mission to kill Cain because he betrayed everyone in the family. Oh yeah, also he’s also taking down Hank. One day, men come into Charles’ bar to question him about him being spotted going to a cave where strange songs were heard. WTF Charles beats them up?! Of course they shoot him! Couldn’t he just pretend and deny at first? Anyway, Charles drags himself to warn Beatrice about what’s coming. His death turned Beatrice sad. So much so she walks into town and starts singing, putting everyone to sleep. Not sure why Schaal isn’t affected (friendship power?) but enough to find out Beatrice is doing this to save everyone’s future. They don’t have to be scared anymore! With Schaal screaming this isn’t the Beatrice she knows, it brings her back to her senses. She knows she can’t go on like this and hopes Schaal will listen to her last song. And then… Firing squad!!! How the f*ck did they miss Schaal? Schaal stops them from firing the next round because Beatrice sings a non-hypnotic song. A very beautiful piece. You could say it’s her swan song. RIP, Beatrice. Claude’s men now move out as they have detected Hank’s whereabouts. He warns Schaal if she gets in the way next time, he’ll just shoot through her. Now we see Hank kill off an Incarnate walrus. Goo Goo Ga Joob! Sorry, I mean, good job…?

Episode 9
Hank is being haunted by those he has killed. He is then attacked by a garm Incarnate FKA Rex “Roy” Brock. He is under orders by Cain to kill him if he continues to decline his offer. Hank gets owned and could have been killed had not the dawn come. Claude and his men are trekking to the snowy mountains. As Claude is weak, he is hit with fever and the team is forced to temporarily halt their hunt. Schaal treats him as she tells him why she isn’t so keen on killing Incarnates now. After all that she has seen, she believes there is a way for Incarnates to coexist with humans. After all, they just want to live in peace and the human connection is what mostly prevents them from losing themselves. As the scout reports of Hank fighting an Incarnate, Claude immediately calls for an emergency meeting. Because he is still weak, his assistant, Sergeant Gerald Corlani forces him to rest and will take over leading Coup De Grace. Time for Liza to ‘relax’ him? This guy is so rigid and complaining he has to rest while the Incarnate hunt goes on without him, hence cue for Liza to tell him about Schaal’s initial goal to kill Hank at first. However she decided to find out more rather than killing him. She could be the most mature among all of them. It’s night time and Hank really slept the whole day. Still got those haunting dreams, though. And it’s like the garm waited for night fall to continue their fight. He is disappointed Hank won’t transform to fight him. Hank gets owned and as the garm tries to rip out his heart, trauma of death has Hank finally transforming into his Incarnate form. The tables are turned as Hank pulverizes him. But the wilder Hank gets, the more he gets traumatized and then reverts back to his human form. With Hank’s eyes lifeless, the garm is so disappointed and blames him he had no more dignity. Now he can only retain dignity by averting from the truth. He can’t save them. Before he kills him, the soldiers interrupt. Those pea shooters can’t do a thing but at least it could annoy the hell out of garm. During the intense fight, the ground collapses. Oh no! Hank falling into the abyss!

Episode 10
We see Roy as one of those in the frontlines during the civil war. Miraculously he survived but lived through another hell after being turned into an Incarnate. Because Hank always supported him, his words always made him feel proud. I don’t know how Schaal managed to pick up Hank and let him rest in a cave. All by herself! Hank soon realizes he isn’t in heaven. Because this is Schaal in the flesh. Not a ghost. With the garm slaying half the corps, you bet Liza wants to head out too. So does Claude. Yeah, everybody wants to have the piece of the action. Just say the right words. Need your help. Can’t let my men die. Can’t let Schaal die. That’s it. You’re good to go. Schaal tells Hank about the incident her father turned into a zombie and this time she shot him. Now she understands what it feels like when Hank shot his fellow Incarnates. Hank laments how he has to kill his comrades when they were actually humans to begin with. It is the only reason why he is able to kill them so ‘easily’. But now he feels the burden of the oath and that he is starting to lose himself. To a point he asks Schaal to kill him because he wants to die with the memories of how his comrades used to be. But he changes his mind. Got to settle some business first. Gerald uses himself as bait to lure the garm. Everyone encircles it and starts shooting. Gee, I hope no stray bullets. Even if this is Gerald’s plan to sacrifice himself, I guess it’s great timing for Claude to jump in and pump a few rocket launchers into the beast. Gosh, everybody just stood there and let it escape? Of course, warning from Claude to the old geezer not to pull this sh*t again. Hank faces off with the garm. Time to end this. At first Hank thinks of going down with him but with Schaal taking a few pot shots and then telling Hank she will kill him if he ever loses his way (or at least when he is still human) so that he could continue killing his comrades and fulfil his oath. That is her oath to him, to let him live as long as he can. And so the wolf dudes duke it out in a beast version of Super Saiyan fight. Until Hank got his fist through garm’s heart. Fight’s over. Roy so meek now. Was this what he was aiming for? And one final bullet in the head. Claude approaches Hank. After all the violence and blood tonight, I guess it’s time to try talking.

Episode 11
With Cain’s base discovered, orders are sent to all squads to destroy it. Meanwhile Claude is trying to interrogate Hank but gets emotional the moment he mentions Cain as his younger brother. But no time for this interrogation. Got the new orders, right? The leader of this mission is Colonel Martin Wall. It seems his side already has experienced lots of casualties and injured in trying to storm the fort. Furthermore, this is all just the doing of an Incarnate using arrows. Hank can tell this is the work of the centaur AKA Miles Byron. He has a plan to smoke him out. During a night raid where he can’t see, the centaur misses his target and thus will come charging to kill his enemies. He also screams during his fight so as to instil fear. The plan to lure and trap the centaur succeeds. However they can’t kill him. Because now he is an immortal and can regenerate! So while we wait for the next raid at dawn, some few time wasting scenes like Schaal getting restless because there is nothing for her to help around, the centaur attending wounds of his injured men as he was once a doctor and the usual Hank-Schaal conversation. Yeah, remember the time when she first shot him just like that? Now can really laugh it off. The morning raid begins. I wonder if Martin can actually take the fort with this small artillery unit. Anyway, after a while when it seems like they’re close to taking the fort, the centaur now pops up to do some killing. Yeah, a few men had to die first before the showdown with Hank. Flashback shows Miles was a doctor before a soldier. He was happy to have treated wounded soldiers well enough for them to head back to the frontlines but then there was no next time to treat them again because they died. He started pondering if there was any point to saving them at all. Then after he became an Incarnate and killed enemy soldiers, this is when he realized if he did the killing himself, he could save a comrade’s life. Well, he’s got a point but Hank claims his soul has been broken for some time now.

Episode 12
Miglieglia seems to have the ability to revive the dead… Once Hank gives the signal, the artillery fires all they’ve got at the centaur. He’s got regeneration, remember? But what’s this? Poisonous mist that disrupts his regeneration? Oh look, it also takes out the soldiers on both sides. Martin reveals this new poison developed after the Incarnate hydra’s death. Claude is against this sneaky tactic that caused casualties on their side but as Martin puts it, this is war and not some hunting trip. Then Cain comes into the picture and chops off everyone’s head! This guy can infect others as well as teleport?! He claims this poison is cheating?! So his vampire abilities aren’t?! Then he kills off Martin and could’ve done the same to Claude had not Hank return in time to face him (after killing off centaur for good, that is). Hank realizes too late that this is just a diversion. Because the rest of his Incarnates are busy taking over the south. Yeah, the north and south once again are going to have a sneaky alliance to fight against them so he sent his Incarnates to kill them all. With the help of zombies of course. Cain tries to open Hank’s eyes that humans are the true beasts because they are the ones who created Incarnates. So shouldn’t Hank thank him for killing Elaine? Hank replies that Elaine realized her mistakes and tried to fix them. That’s why he is trying to carry out her wish. Talking time over. Time to transform and fight. Damn, since when Cain has cloning abilities and hand blades?! No matter how much Hank attacks, Cain can teleport and slash him. After dealing him a fatal blow, he warns Hank he can’t even defeat him as human. So join him. Last chance offer. Of course with Schaal reminding Hank he is still human, offer rejected. Cain puts on his maddest face and tries to kill the girl. Only for Hank to suddenly power up and become Super Saiyan and beat the sh*t out of Cain with this single punch that caused a huge crater?! WTF?! With the fort taken by Gerald, cue for Cain to leave. Next time, Hank. In the aftermath, New Patria has taken over the south and hence the north declaring an emergency to recall all their forces back to the capital. Hank and Schaal leave first. Hank noting she has changed because now they’re in the same world. Likewise, Hank has also changed. More obviously, he smiles more often. Only because Schaal was there for him. But she isn’t doing this just for him, she is going to follow him so she can keep her oath even if this means putting herself in danger of the battlefield. Lastly, we see Elaine is kept alive in a pod in Cain’s base.

From Kemono Friends To Beast Wars!
The journey is still long and far from over. There are so many more Incarnates left to kill and with all the zombies now at their disposal, it is going to feel like a video game. Despatch zombie grunts along the way, fight mid-level and sub-bosses along the way before the final boss. There are so many unanswered questions especially that loli who keeps following him around. I hope this is not the plot twist whereby this loli is some reincarnation of Elaine!!! It better not be!!! And how did Schaal’s father revived as a zombie? Is this a forced plot convenience to push forward her character? What’s that? Elaine shown to be in some pod? Don’t let that fool you. Have you seen Elaine and Miglieglia together in the same place at the same time?! Oh yeah. Paranoia sure turning my mind into a beast now.

Aside from some silly moments in the series (seriously, Schaal as an outsider being able to do what she wants so freely in the military?), at first the story was interesting and captivating as it shows the dark side of war and those who were affected by it especially the soldiers who fought in the front lines. Perhaps it started to get a little boring halfway because the same formula of Hank hunting down an Incarnate while Schaal tags along and tries to understand why he does what he does. Halfway, a change of pace is needed with Cain finally showing himself up and revealing his intentions of turning rogue. I guess this is a much needed refreshing change because it would be a darn shame if the rest of the entire series sees Hank going around killing his ex-comrades. The ultimate bore fest. Besides, how many soldiers are there that turned into Incarnates? Are there like a hundred of them? If so, damn it’s going to take some time… So with Cain having revealed his hands, at least this gives Hank some ‘motivation’ to hasten his plans. But still, it wasn’t enough to save this season as this new direction didn’t make the series go anywhere as it still feels the same repeat plot of Hank going around to hunt down and Incarnate but in a different form.

As for the characters, it was interesting to note some of their personality and history especially those Incarnates that Hank went around killing. It gives them some character as we understand why they become so. But unfortunately it still feels shallow because since they are going to be killed off anyway. It’s like the excuse needed to give us the feels when Hank kills them. Because you too will somewhat sympathize with them and be at a dilemma when Hank shoots them. However as said, unfortunately with just an episode to focus on their back story, it isn’t deep enough for us sophisticated viewers to want to feel sorry for their deaths. But at least it tells us they once had a human side and possibly they still have them had the war turned out very differently.

Hank might look like a merciless ex-captain who goes around to kill his ex-comrades but of course he is the one hurting the most inside and we can’t see that. Imagine if Hank starts crying and tears coming out from all his orifice each time he has to pull the trigger, I think we’d be more annoyed than sad. So Hank has to steel his heart and kill them without showing any shred of emotions because who knows, he might lose it if he does. I figure it is also to show that he has his imperfect human side. That is why Schaal serves as his balance if he ever falls into that dilemma pitfall. Lucky him. Unfortunately the other Incarnates aren’t so lucky to have a young girl following them around. Hank and Schaal, Cain and Miglieglia… Ah, now I see why these 2 Incarnates can survive so long aside being the main character and antagonist.

Something bugs me about Hank’s character in the sense that I wonder if he was inspired from X-men’s Beast. At first I thought Hank looked like some discount version of Logan AKA Wolverine because of that hairstyle of his. However upon closer inspection, I thought he actually looked more like Beast. At least the version I knew in the comics that I read in the 90’s. Even more curiously, Beast’s real name is Henry “Hank” McCoy. Oh dear. See the similarities? But I think that is where the similarities end as they are both largely different characters. Just the thought if the base design on this character was just inspired from that. It might all be just a big coincidence but there is still a small chance that his conspiracy theory of mine may be true…

And then there is Schaal whom at first looks like an excess baggage. An excuse to tag along with him just to understand why he does what he does, wow that is too mature a thinking for a girl who was initially hell bent on seeking out her father’s murderer! I guess she didn’t want to fall into that stereotypical role of the character on a revenge mission. Although she does look like in danger of falling into that stereotypical role of being a damsel in distress. Heh. Once captured by Cain and almost killed! Sure, Hank doesn’t give a damn about her following him about but it just feels so odd that a girl like Schaal who barely has any military training but only some minimal deer hunting skills her dad probably taught her, I can only see she’ll get into trouble in everywhere she follows him and she almost did and could have got in Hank’s way. But subsequently after that incident she almost died, she changed and matured (although technically still weak as a character). Especially after she personally put down her zombie father. Now she’s not just tagging along but some sort of ‘security’ for Hank in the case he loses himself. So if Hank kills all the Incarnates, will Schaal kill him? Or will some sort of weird romance blossom between them? F*ck!!! Don’t let this turn into some dark version of Beauty And The Beast!!! So I hope she’d be useful from now on following him because hell I didn’t see her being any use in the final episode when Hank fought Cain. She just stood there watching with baited breath. And then when he is in dilemma, cue for her to remind him of his human origins. I guess that still helps no matter how minor the role is.

Cain as the antagonist feels one dimensional too. With a name like Madhouse, damn is it not a tell-tale sign that he is just going to be the plain villain? Heck, doesn’t have that typical villainy look on his face?! I don’t know what the story is between Claude and him because they have different surnames but I am guessing that after the betrayal, he took on this new twisted name. And even so, Hank didn’t see this betrayal coming from miles away. Literally under his nose. But it could be that we still don’t know much about Cain despite his claims for a New Patria country and hence we judge him to be just another megalomaniac villain. Likewise with Cain being so filled with angst trying to take his brother down, it’s like you want to tell this guy to cut some slack but I guess you can’t have a squad leader who is slacking, right? After all, Claude is the son of the north’s president and he has his expectations to live up to.

On a trivial note, I wonder if Cain is actually in love with Hank and wants to be gay with him! Seriously, think about this. Because he knew Hank and Elaine were lovers, killing off Elaine because she brought about the Incarnates was just an excuse to get rid of his competition. Notice his grimace when Hank was too close with Elaine? The same can be said when Schaal came to Hank’s aid. Look at his angry face that has all his veins bulging! And what did he scream to Schaal not to come into their beastly world?! Is it of the yaoi kind?! Do I need more proof when there were many chances for Cain to kill Hank but he always let him off the hook and giving him another chance. Yup, those second and third chances to join his side could just be a diversion so that some BL sh*t can get it on between them. F*ck this twisted fiction… I’m done thinking about this…

Last but not least, Liza. The only reason I think we’ll remember her is because of those monstrous boobs and cleavage. It’s like for those who aren’t into washboard types like Schaal, yeah this twin monstrosity might make your day. Because I don’t remember see her doing anything important that would at least make us remember what her role is. I don’t know if the military lacks enough material to make enough clothes to cover her cleavage but I suppose all the foot soldiers’ resistance game is strong because I don’t really see them react to those jugs. So don’t complain when a boy strips your top! The only person who mostly reacts to them is Schaal because they need some cliché moment where flat girl flusters seeing how mature woman uses her busty assets to her advantage. I guess nobody in her poor remote village has grown things that big, huh? HAHA!!! However as seen in the last episodes, those soldiers must be flat chest fans because they rather have Schaal than Liza who boldly flaunt her twin peaks as her main instrument of comfort!!! Is this Schaal’s first ‘victory’?

I’m sure they want some variety as they have different Incarnates rather than a whole bunch of similar ones. That is why you only see 1 minotaur, 1 garm, 1 siren, 1 centaur, etc. Couldn’t they have 2 of each just in case? Sure, you can point out garm and werewolf are somewhat the same but I suppose they are from different folklore source and origins so it counts as separate… I know they test on different individuals and each might have different results but even so I wonder how they are assigned to that Incarnate. And because they are designed after mythical creatures, does this mean they can’t create their own monster? So I figure those from the Ultraman or other tokusatsu series don’t qualify, huh? Yeah, nobody here became an Incarnate Godzilla… I bet it would’ve been epic. But for now, I wonder who got the gorgon, supposedly the best mythical creature out there no? Lastly, Cain being the ultimate Incarnate as a vampire and Hank a werewolf, is this some sort of ultimate showdown between the most well-known mythical monsters eventually? I suppose not many series puts the werewolf kind as being the hero, huh?

The action parts feel okay and although the fights between Incarnates are just average and borderline satisfying, the mind boggling parts are Claude’s Coup De Grace trying to hunt the Incarnates down. Firstly, their gear looks so odd because I think they want to design something that is badass steampunk but it makes the whole bunch of them look like Olympic skiers!!! Not kidding! And then their movements are like super stiff and worst of all, they look alike, meaning I thought they are some robotic clones or something. Oh well, they only exist to get slaughtered. Oh, they got some blood spilled so I guess they aren’t robotic NPCs after all. But still, the thought of their pea shooter guns and rifles feel really redundant. I mean, do they seriously think that if they pump tons of normal bullets into the Incarnate, they will die? I thought you need special bullets for that? I know some scenes are very gory and bloody but I thought the scene whereby Cain chopped off the soldiers’ head, damn I thought he exploded them!!! The blood just came gushing out like a geyser!!! It was hilarious to say the least!

Art and animation feel average. Sometimes I could see that the quality and frame rates dropping especially during those action scenes. I wonder if the designs of the military uniforms are inspired from America’s Civil War. Sure, there are some differences but that was the first thing that strike my mind when I see them. Heck, it made me wonder if this was an alternate fantasy reality of the Civil War! Also, Incarnate soldiers in their human form have weird patches on their bodies. It’s a sign of some aftereffect but it made them look like they’re suffering from some sort of disease like leprosy or something. Best part of turning into an Incarnate is that their military clothes don’t get ripped. The coat just unfold conveniently to show off their monstrous abs, huh? Hulk should get this material from these guys! This series is done by MAPPA who did Kakegurui, Zombie Land Saga, Shingeki No Bahamut and Zankyou on Terror so I can say that this isn’t one of their best works out there.

WTF???!!! WHY DO THEY HAVE TO KILL OFF MAMIKO NOTO’S CHARACTER AGAIN!!!! OMFG!!! I’M SO READY TO TURN INTO AN INCARNATE AND SMASH EVERYBODY!!!! Ahem… Yeah, once again here I was happy to hear Mamiko Noto’s voice in the first episode and though I don’t expect her Elaine character to be the main one, at least maybe you know, from time to time I get to hear her voice. And then they killed her off at the end of the first episode! WTF this atrocity! This is war! Probably they think they can calm my infuriation by making her whereabouts unknown because you know, Elaine’s body was never really found and hence there could be rife speculation that she is still very much alive. Hence a surprise if they ever wanted to bring her character back to life in future instalments. Oh right. Don’t have to wait next season. They already did that in the final scene of the final episode. She might be in some chamber but who knows if she is still alive or even the same person. But for now, the anger within still flows… And yeah, Elaine still does appear from time to time. In dreams and flashbacks… Yeah… Gotta appreciate what I’ve been given and can’t complain… And besides, doesn’t this Elaine character look a bit like Mamiko Noto in real life?! The resemblance is striking as though if this is her 2D version…

There are some recognizable seiyuus lending their talents here such as Yuuichi Nakamura as Cain, Youko Hikasa as Liza, Kenjiro Tsuda as the behemoth, Jun Fukyama as the gargoyle, Saori Hayami as the siren and Tomokazu Sugita as the centaur. At first I thought it was Nao Touyama behind Schaal’s voice but apparently I was wrong. Instead it is Ai Kakuma (Miyako in Imouto Sae Ireba Ii). The other casts are Katsuyuki Konishi as Hank (Laxus in Fairy Tail), Kaito Ishikawa as Claude (Iida in Boku No Hero Academia), Tatsuhisa Suzuki as the garm (Ban in Nanatsu No Taizai), Maaya Sakamoto as the Arachne (Ciel in Kuroshitsuji) and Kana Ichinose as Miglieglia (Kurai in Hitoribocchi No Marumaru Seikatsu). Sacrifice as the opening theme by Mafumafu is a rock paced outfit that fits this dark theme just like the ending theme, HHOOWWLL by Gero x Araki which is more of a slow rock.

Overall, this series had a lot of potential but was setback by its pacing and lack of more episodes to flesh out better the characters and storyline. I read many comments online that this was just slightly better than Fairy Gone but since I haven’t watch that one myself yet, I guess I can’t say. It becomes a pretty standard cliché of everything like a revenge story, a redemption story, hot sidekick chicks, good guys gone rogue, military only good for shooting everything down, etc! You get the drill. I hope this gets another season so that justice from all sides (the characters in the anime, us viewers) can be given but at this point, it seems this series’ fate is as hopeless as those who have turned into Incarnates. Abandoned and left to die a cruel death all alone while being usurp by more popular and mainstream ones. Oh, the anime industry have turned us into such entitled selfish monsters…

Machikado Mazoku

November 23, 2019

The time hath cometh… For another magical girl anime series? Not quite. Machikado Mazoku isn’t technically focusing on a magical girl as a protagonist. A normal high school girl one day realizes that her dark demonic powers have awakened. Hwahahahahaha!!! And so she unleashes havoc and reign of terror upon the townspeople! Oops. Sorry. Not quite. Actually she needs to defeat a magical girl in order to lift a curse on her family but since she is quite weak physically (and at times, mentally), she needs to undergo some training. The irony is that the magical girl who saved her from death the first time she ventured out as a demon, becomes her trainer. Damn, this is going to be awkward… And what’s this about them soon cooperating with each other to protect the peace of the city? Damn, this is already awkward, magical girls and demon girls working together…

Episode 1
A demon tries to awaken Yuuko Yoshida to her destiny. Sorry. Too sleepy. When Yuuko wakes up, she is shocked to find she has demon horns and tail! Not a dream! Mom! Mom! What’s going on?! Well, Seiko explains they aren’t actually normally people but from the Dark Clan. So basically demons? However their mortal enemies of the Light Clan (angels?) put a curse on them by stripping their powers and wealth. No wonder they live in poverty. Because Yuuko has shown signs of her power awakening, her goal is to defeat a magical girl to break the curse. Then offer her blood to their demon god statue of their ancestors. Uhm, you mean this door stopper is that statue? And off Yuuko AKA Shamiko (that’s short for Shadow Mistress) goes for the hunt. However bad luck follows her as she clumsily stumbles her way. Until she is about to be hit by a truck, suddenly a magical girl stops it with just a hand. Oh Shamiko, don’t think she is a cosplay maniac with such Superman powers. Because Shamiko looks so hungry, Momo Chiyoda even gives her some food. Taking pity on a demon girl? Shamiko feels insulted but she is forced to retreat for today. In school, Shamiko’s friends, Anri Sada and Shion Ogura aren’t shocked she has demon horns and tail. Because this town is filled with weirdoes! Heck, Anri even tries to make her horn useful by hanging her bag! They even point out a magical girl in the next class. Uhm, isn’t that Momo?! Shamiko uses an excuse recess is almost up and needs to head back. But because Anri is baying for blood, she thinks there is enough time for them to fight and calls out to Momo! Traitor! Oh, Momo is taller than you by a head! Shamiko gets offended of being called small. However her so called threatening call to end her life is more cute than intimidating since she flub he lines. Yeah, they even tease her for it! Shamiko begins by throwing lots of weak punches. Then she tires out… And she might have thrown her hip. Either Momo is that strong or Shamiko is really a wimp… Heck, Momo even teaches her how to throw a proper punch. Slightly better than before but still a wimpy punch. Heh. Even Momo thinks she is better off using a projectile. Poor Shamiko got offended and retreats in tears. Oh, she’ll train hard to become a great demon to defeat her one day! Just you wait! Shamiko’s little sister, Ryouko sees her training. Her sides are killing her… I think training is going to take a while… And can she be a demon lord by then? Nah!

Episode 2
Even though Momo says she is the weakest among the magical girls, Shamiko is still scared of her presence. Yeah, shows how weak this demon girl is. Despite tales of Momo saving the world, that was only because she had assistance. Shamiko vows to train hard to beat her. 500g dumbbell enough? Until she sees Momo with a bigger dumbbell. So demotivating… Because Shamiko didn’t give an exact date on the weekend for their rematch, Momo actually waited there and got tanned. Feeling bad? Yeah well, exchange contacts in the meantime. Noticing Shamiko isn’t fit, Momo suggests training her. Hence they go jogging. Shamiko is huffing and puffing… Can she be fit in time? And then she realizes they have run for 4km! Can borrow 500 yen to take the train back? So tired Shamiko that she fell asleep on the train and when she woke up, it’s already at the last station. Basically lost. With Seiko realizing Shamiko is having a hard time defeating the magical girl, she decides to increase her allowance. From 120 yen to 500 yen. That’s a lot for a poor girl! Uhm, isn’t that the amount she owes Momo? Yeah, Momo even offers instalment repayment plan. Does Shamiko have a choice? But in this state, she cannot defeat her because it would look bad for a debtor to beat up a person she owes. Also, she must quickly repay it in case Momo dies or forever be haunted by debt and bankruptcy! Taking the instalment plan of 50 yen, now Shamiko goes to buy a weapon (those friends tag along too for some reason). Obviously everything costs a lot more. Shamiko thought they are trying to trick her to buy food. But after all the resisting and that health is of importance, Shamiko spends some on some salty udon. With 120 yen left, need a drink? Sure this is not a scam to make her spend?! Shamiko tries resisting but after whatever Anri said, something that makes Shamiko think she has always been watching over her, Shamiko decides to live life to the fullest and buy a cola. Ah, that hit the spot. But now she’s broke. But poor Shamiko thinks everyone was just scamming her because then they see a free water dispenser… Oh Shamiko, if you only knew how to utilize free resources…

Episode 3
It’s that demon trying to talk to Shamiko in he dreams again. Too sleepy to even care! Anyway, after forcing her to pay attention, she is actually Dark Clan’s founder and ancestor, Lilith. First things first. She berates Shamiko for being weak and talentless. Is she the one to say as she herself has never defeated the Light Clan? Then some weird moment where Lilith got hooked by the cola she introduced. Because Seiko is calling for Shamiko to wake up, Lilith has to leave and tells her lots of stuffs. Can Shamiko remember all that? Shamiko tries to pen it down when she wakes up. But with Seiko busy reciting the grocery list, you bet Shamiko forgot them all! But first Shamiko must learn how to do the laundry since she messed up washing her own uniform. Since she is wearing gym clothes to school, Momo is kind enough to lend hers. A bit oversized, though… Shamiko might not be close in coming to defeat the magical girl but at least she realizes she will be at a disadvantage during close quarters. Hence Ryouko has researched she should try projectiles that suit he. So uhm, this low quality rubber band gun is her projectile? Damn, even Momo feels the need to help train Shamiko use it! So at a factory she once own (say what?!), here she teaches Momo how to use her lame projectile. Ironically, Shamiko is full of pessimism and doesn’t want to do it and Momo sounds like a dictator forcing her to do it. Momo even lends her wand and gives encouragement for her to project some sort of magic. Heh. A magical girl putting ideas of world destruction into a demon girl’s mind. I guess after all that futile time wasting and Momo calling her an idiot, probably that lit some fire in Shamiko as she can now project… Just a tiny bubble? Small and slow but if it hits back at you, it can cause a little pain like those injections. Yeah, Momo returns the wand and run like hell! But you know, Momo is so out of shape and slow that the bubble catches up and hits her. Ouch. Momo saying she wants to train her for a while, did she mispronounce that as enjoying seeing her being in torment?

Episode 4
Shamiko introduces Momo to that statue of hers. Her friends help by giving some offerings. Momo notices a switch underneath and flips it. Nothing happens… Except Shamiko suddenly becomes lifeless! It seems Shamiko is now inside the statue and sees Lilith lazing around. Quick! Put away those stuffs! As mentioned, looks like when all the conditions are right, Lilith will be able to swap bodies with her. This means she can avenge the Light Clan on her behalf so sit back and watch. Now that Lilith has possessed Shamiko’s body, she might sound intimidating but you know, she’s as idiotic as Shamiko. She’s making a fool out of herself than being threatening. Yeah, those friends are having fun. Lilith realizes the unfit body means she too is at her limits. Even more so her own magic deflects back! Just when she thought Momo is going to kill her, she gives up! When Shamiko wakes up, she is in a hot spa with her friends. Yeah, this was Lilith’s last wish. To add more insult, not only her body is aching all over, Lilith didn’t have money to pay for this and puts it on Shamiko’s tab! The debt has just grown! Because of this, her friends suggest a job where she can earn and pay it all at one go. But Seiko warns her about saving too much because the curse of the Light Clan means any extra money more than 400 yen will somehow slip away. Maybe Seiko’s just a klutz… But don’t worry. It isn’t a shady job and it’s just to sell wieners. Tastes good, huh? Shamiko believes this is what she’ll do after defeating Momo. And then speak of the devil… Magical girl, rather. Eek! Momo! Shamiko tells her reason for working here when she accidentally spills the pot of wieners. Oh no! All her hard work gone? Luckily Momo transforms into a magical girl to save them. But why? Momo says she doesn’t want to transform often because she has bad memories as a magical girl. However seeing Shamiko work so hard, she doesn’t want it all to go to waste. Shamiko feels bad and even more so when Momo buys up all the wieners. Thank you for your patronage. At the end of the day, the owner who promised Shamiko to take back extra wieners, well, here is plain yoghurt as substitute since all wieners were unexpectedly sold out. Shamiko then realizes it could be Momo’s devilish plan all along when she bought them all up. Curse you!

Episode 5
Shamiko has made enough from the job to pay Momo back. Now let’s do battle! Momo seems reluctant and after hearing how she don’t have money to buy what Ryouko wants, Momo rejects this offer. She even tempts Shamiko with free food if she accepts this plan! Shamiko realizes the lunch she always makes by herself. Momo reveals she has no family. Damn… So sad… As it turns out, Momo accompanies Shamiko to go shopping with Ryouko. Shamiko warns her not to reveal her identity since Ryouko is always told she is always engaged in a fierce magical girl battle. It seems the stuffs Ryouko want to get, a medkit and book on strategies, is she really thoughtful of big sis? Momo realizes the mini camera she has been staring at so Shamiko buys that for her. Shamiko is glad to have not paid her debts to Momo because seeing Ryouko’s happy face was worth it. And with Ryouko and Momo talking about the technical stuffs of computers and cameras, Shamiko feels so left behind. What the heck are they talking about?! Momo then lends her laptop as she gives it to Shamiko so that Ryouko can use it. But is warned to handle it with care. Don’t drop it or get it wet. You know how much that thing costs, right? Gulp. And so shaky Shamiko has to battle her way through Anri and Shion who are dangerously holding tennis balls and a bucket of water respectively. Is fate really testing her? If she passed that, on her way home now she has to deal with that scary dog (albeit in reality it is just a tiny mutt). Her fear has somewhat made Lilith to summon some sort of crisis management outfit for her? Here’s your sexy transformation scene. It just made Shamiko even more embarrassed and as the dog owner takes it for a walk, yeah, they do a double take on this weirdo Shamiko. It’s not over yet because when Shamiko reaches home, she trips on the statue and drops it! Worse, Ryouko comes running and accidentally steps on it! And Seiko also comes spilling water all over it! The Yoshida household in panic! But as they test, the laptop still works. Then a note from Momo stating she knew Shamiko will be clumsy and has put some finishing touches like waterproofing and shock absorbent. Shamiko views this as a defeat since Momo was able to predict her moves. Curse you! Ryouko is able to do (and exaggerate) a great cover story about her sister. Shamiko loves it and won’t let Momo read the printout. But the data is still saved on her laptop… Curse you!!!

Episode 6
It seems there is enough magic power for Lilith to bug Shamiko to enter into Momo’s consciousness and control her. Why does Shamiko feel so bad about it? Yeah, can’t think about any bad thoughts on Momo. After smashing this magic mirror, it seems Shamiko falls into Momo’s consciousness. She sees a young Momo and she has serious low self-esteem. So much so Shamiko has to ask her assistance to clean up the muck. But once that is done, time is up and Shamiko wakes up. On the way to school, Shamiko stumbles into a sick Momo. She claims she had a bad dream but somewhat felt happy at the end of it. Oddly, Shamiko decides to bring Momo home and nurse her. Isn’t this the perfect chance to defeat Momo? Seeing her in such a pitiful state, maybe another time. To Shamiko, Momo’s normal house looks big! Shamiko meets Metako, Momo’s cat navigator. Treat him nice and he’ll tell you some oracle but lately it’s been 97% cat ever since Momo lost her motivation. Shamiko tries to find some medicine but stumbles into this hideous thing in the fridge. It’s Momo’s failed hamburger cooking. Sure it’s not some demon poisoning thingy? Apparently she was trying to cook this because of a promise with Shamiko. Trying to cheer up the mood, Shamiko hopes to invite Momo to her home and cook this. After Momo falls asleep, Shamiko returns home to get some supplies. But apparently Momo followed her. Now she knows where she lives. She points out a seal by the Light Clan outside her door (it’s not a door deco, Shamiko) that prevents others from coming into her place. Even though it is worn out, only an invitation allows those invited to find the place. Because Shamiko earlier swiped some small blood off Momo, it is believed she might have unlocked something. Well, it’s the statue who can now directly talk to them in the real world! Momo feels disgusted. She got sick and her power drained just for this sh*t? In view of this, Momo wants Shamiko to help her protect this city while she recovers. Shamiko can’t say no after Shamiko makes her feel guilty for all the things she has done and lent. Sneaky… But for a week, Shamiko really takes care of Momo at her home. Wow. For the first time Momo lost?

Episode 7
Lilith sure made a very inaccurate recap of Shamiko’s exploits. All lies! Even if it is just a dream, Shamiko rejects it! When a police officer returns 1000 yen to mom, it is a sign that the curse is lifted! Wow! So much money! Hence Seiko buys lots of food to celebrate. Lilith thinks it’s time to flex her authority but Seiko lets her get drunk with some drink and let her soak in hot water. Shift in power balance… Then they realize the fridge is damaged from the recent blackout. How will they keep all this food Seiko bought? Seiko will have to cook all of them and they must finish it! Luckily, thoughtful Shamiko brings some to Momo since she is still recovering from her illness. Though, Shamiko isn’t a good liar that this is all so she can recover and then she’ll steal more of her blood later. Once Momo has recovered, instantly she puts Shamiko under her training regimen. You mean she has to build muscles by dragging this huge wheel? I know she has to take over her magical girl role but isn’t this too much for this weakling? Hence Anri suggests so and instead should start off with training that increases Shamiko’s courage like bungee jumping. Sometimes you wonder if she is friend or foe. Shamiko tries to convince Momo to regain her own strength and magic. When Shamiko asks about her weakness, Momo says it’s some mochi balls. Hence Shamiko rushes all the way to go get them. Even queuing for hours just to get a couple of them. Turns out to be a ploy to make Shamiko do some exercise. But there is some truth that Momo fears those balls. Her sister (not blood related, though) used to like this so Momo stopped eating this as it brought back unwanted memories. Seeing Shamiko trying her best, Momo thinks she might also want to try overcoming her fear and maybe help get some of her magic back. Then Shamiko gets tricked to get some green tea… By this time, Momo thinks it is time for Shamiko to build some muscles. So move that big tyre if you want to go home! It’s not budging… One day, Anri has a job for Shamiko. I guess it’s because she is small enough to fit into this mascot outfit. The kids are hounding her to hand out candies. Luckily a girl saves her from tripping and tells the kids to be orderly. To Shamiko’s dismay, this girl is a magical girl! Oh no!

Episode 8
Mikan Hinatsuki definitely isn’t a passing cosplayer and she’s on patrol and not on vacation! The more panicky Shamiko gets, the more suspicious Mikan becomes. Then in the alley, Mikan forces Shamiko to take off her gear. Shamiko panics and transforms. It seems Mikan was purely concerned if Shamiko was having heatstroke in that outfit. With Momo here, she explains Mikan is the friend whom she called to help in her place. Shamiko gets offended when Mikan thinks she is younger than them. As Shamiko cleans up in school, here comes Mikan. It seems she is going to transfer here too. Shamiko is happy to think that Mikan is a normal girl since she is more level-headed than Momo. However it seems Mikan is very worried about a curse she is having trouble keeping at bay. And then all the cleaned up trash explodes! It seems whenever Mikan gets anxious (especially when being praised), this will cause her curse to go berserk and bring bad luck to others. This is why Momo is late since she got caught up in all her bad luck. Shamiko tries reverse psychology like being the bad demon girl who will take her blood but Mikan thinks she is pitying her and her curse activates. In the end, Shamiko is forced to look for her statue that is now somewhere in the pile of garbage thanks to Mikan’s curse. On another day, Shamiko is forced to train by Momo. This time, she is going to transform into that outfit. Mikan would love to tell about her younger days with Momo but Momo doesn’t appreciate it and threatens her with cooking! So that’s why Mikan has forgot most of them. Shamiko somehow cannot transform. Momo thinks it is because she doesn’t feel like she is in danger so Momo is seriously going to beat her up. However she tires out due to the strain. Mikan explains when Shamiko took her blood, it could have been a matter of life and death for a magical girl depending on the situation. And although magical girls don’t die, their souls end up scattering in the air! Gee, that sounds as bad. Shamiko tries to cheer Momo up that she’ll work harder. But with Momo getting ready to get violent on Shamiko, I don’t suppose we can put off this training tomorrow? Shamiko is so scared that she finally transforms. There. Don’t forget that feeling ever. Poor Shamiko runs away in tears!

Episode 9
Shamiko complains about the need to fix this sexy transformation dress but Lilith says the more skin it shows, the more power she receives! So technically shouldn’t she be fighting naked then? Because Shamiko wants Momo to acknowledge her as an equal, Anri suggests beating her using brains. Conveniently the test is coming up so Shamiko challenges Momo to see who can score higher. Be warned, Momo has very good grades. She got a subject that scored 100%! Shamiko burns the midnight oil but what strategy Lilith proposed for her to ace? Well, it sounds a lot like cheating! Hey, that’s what the Dark Clan supposed to do, right? However Shamiko will not accept it and will fight Momo fair and square. In the end, although Shamiko did very well, Momo still scored higher. But wait. Why is Lilith in the top 10 placing?! Somehow she convinced the teacher to let her take the test. This means Momo lost to her. She claims Lilith cheated somehow as Shamiko’s notes were left in the bag but seriously Lilith never actually thought of this method (Lilith is good in history since she lived through those times). But ultimately, Shamiko feels she still lost… Seiko is happy when her new fridge arrives. But it is too big to fit through the door so she spends the whole day crying… Mikan calls Shamiko to go watch a movie. This is not just for fun but to help overcome their weakness. Yeah, this summer zombie movie! Don’t worry. Mikan is prepared to pay for her food and everything. Including her hospital fees! Oh sh*t. While it might look like Mikan is psyching herself up to be brave, the moment it starts, let’s hope nothing really bad happens… In the end, Mikan passes out and Shamiko ended up being fascinated with the movie since she sided with the zombies who went all out to overwhelm the overpowered heroes. When they decide to go see another movie, Momo is there too. From what I understand, Momo feels jealous she’s been left out since the duo look like they’re having fun. With Momo leaving hastily, Mikan feels bad about it. Oh no… Curse activating… Hey, at least they got some popcorn from the exploded popcorn machine. The next time the trio have nabe together, Momo says she’s not mad but clearly we don’t feel that way… Shamiko excuses herself and leaves poor Mikan alone with Momo…

Episode 10
Because Momo detects Shamiko lacks muscle mass, she makes some special ‘glowing’ drink for her to drink. And when she lets her watch some macho men exercising video, I guess that’s where she draws the line. Shamiko runs away! Did I mention that Shion is from the black magic club? She didn’t mince her words when she wants Shamiko to become her experiment subject! Don’t worry. Momo will go with her. Somehow Momo becomes her manager and rejects all of Shion’s suggestions to experiment on her. When Shion spots Lilith, she wants to experiment on her. Lilith surprisingly agrees in hopes to find a way out of their curse. She might be regretting it after Shion drills holes into her… Shion suggests creating a new vessel for her to easily move around. If only that clay isn’t made out of horse dung! The scrawny limbs make the statue crawl like a creepy bug! Pathetic. Eventually the leftover clay is made into a decent doll. Lilith loves it as she can move freely. However her evil thoughts are telepathically transmitted and hence Momo uses her magic to control Lilith like a rag doll. Dance dolly, dance! Ryouko realizes the borrowed laptop isn’t working. No worries. Shamiko can take and go ask Momo to see what’s wrong. Are you sure of ignoring that premonition of her beating your ass with more training? Anyway they go and see her and as Shamiko puts it, she doesn’t mind putting up with this ‘friendship’ seeing it helps Ryouko. But seeing her so innocent and honest, do they have the heart to continue lying? Hence Shamiko explains the truth about Momo being a magical girl. But wait. Ryouko already knows! However… She thinks that Momo is Shamiko’s subordinate! Please tell me stories of how you subdued this magical girl into your army! I guess the lies are piling up. It gets complicated when Mikan comes in. Huh? What subordinate? Until Momo tortures her and forces her to play along with this. In the end, there is nothing wrong with the laptop. It just overheated because their room has no air-cond. Momo even allows them to come here to use it if they find it more conducive. Just make sure Shamiko cooks some great food for her. Back home, with Momo lending stuffs to back up the laptop, looks like Shamiko’s debts are also piling. Realizing the need to live up to Ryouko’s expectations, Shamiko realizes she doesn’t know much on Momo. She even asks her future advisor on how to seek an enemy’s weakness. Wow this little girl is sure good and technical. Shamiko feeling bad? And then Ryouko spots a picture Momo left inside. A picture of Shamiko in her transformation outfit. Shamiko declares war on magical girls!

Episode 11
Brainstorming on how to get Momo to open her heart, Lilith of course has this devilish idea to ambush her dreams. Something that Shamiko is reluctant to do but here we go. Inside the outer subconscious realm, Shamiko encounters a human version of Metako. Or at least the Light Clan’s angel guardian. As Metako is unable to determine Shamiko’s nature, demon girl innocently blabs out the truth of wanting to attack Momo. Naturally she is going to be purged! Calling Lilith for help, she arrives in that strange bug form. So cat loves chasing bugs? Whatever. Entering the door to Momo’s dream, it seems Momo knows what is going on. Lucid dreaming. Uh oh. This is going to be hard. And Shamiko can’t leave… The door is locked! After getting scolded, Momo is stumped about Shamiko persistently trying to fight her. Wasn’t it to undo the curse? Shamiko believes her dad is away working hard to pay off the debts and this has Momo believing there is more to the story. That seal outside her door is actually to keep magical girls away. Long ago, Light Clans used to hunt Dark Clans and earn points. Of course such hunts today are very rare. It is very likely Seiko is the key to all this and that she is harbouring some secret. As Mikan is trying to wake up Momo, Momo tells Shamiko she is coming to her house after this. With that, Shamiko panics and thinks she is going to ‘grill’ her mom and prepares for battle. Yup, Momo is going to ‘grill’ her. The interrogation wise, not the cooking one. Shamiko still won’t let her in and this standoff has Seiko unable to tolerate this further and has both of them come in as she reveals the truth.

This city has a barrier that protects the Dark Clan and it was setup by the previous magical girl. Momo is shocked when Shamiko knows it is Sakura (because Metako mentioned it). Sakura is Momo’s mentor and sister-in-law. But she went missing 10 years ago. When Shamiko was born, she had a very frail body and was always in hospital. It could be she inherited a lot of the Dark Clan’s blood and suffered its effects. Otherwise take a look at Ryouko. She’s so normal. Thanks to Sakura and Seiko’s husband’s efforts, they managed to keep the balance albeit not perfect. That’s why they got the 400 yen curse. At the same time Seiko was also pregnant with Ryouko and placed in the same hospital. It is rumoured Sakura lost her magic and since she was unable to protect the city, Seiko’s husband offered to cooperate with her. But after Shamiko became healthy enough to be discharged, her husband went missing. Actually he is sealed in this very mikan box! A note was left outside their doorstep saying so. At the same time Sakura went missing. After hearing all this, Momo feels very bad. Her sister took away a family’s husband and father. Perhaps they are really mortal enemies after all. Depressed Momo leaves for home.

Episode 12
Seiko admits she never told Shamiko about this because she fears this would put a further strain to her frail body then. She now realizes it wasn’t right to lie to her and should have put her faith more in her. She shows him a picture of dad during their younger days. Boyish looks. So much shorter! Oh my. There is this fear that Shamiko did take after him… When Seiko says she stopped aging after becoming a vassal of dad, Shamiko goes out to find Momo. But she stumbles into Mikan and tells her the truth. Since this is the first time she is hearing, Mikan panics and of course brings a lot of bad luck. Although they brainstorm where to find Momo, Mikan can’t come with her because in her anxiety state, she might make things worse. You’re on your own. Eventually Shamiko manages to find Momo hanging out at a park where she often goes with Sakura. She is here to make a deal with Momo. Give up being a magical girl and be her vassal! Because of the seal placed by a magical girl, the logic behind is that if she stops being one, she can start searching for Sakura without those barriers. Yeah, Shamiko throwing in some freebies like 3 meals and a nap… Momo looks happy since this is Shamiko’s idea and seems resolved to fall to the dark side as long as Shamiko never leaves her alone. However! Something feels amiss. She’ll become weaker if she becomes her vassal, right? Lilith reluctantly admits so Momo flings her away! Now Momo has a new deal. Even if Momo doesn’t become a demon, Shamiko can still look for Sakura in her place, right? All she needs to do is to protect her and make her stronger. She’ll throw in a few protein shakes to go with that! How about this deal! So it’s like status quo, huh? Since it ends in a deadlock, they break for lunch. If only Shamiko can break the popsicle in half to share… Oh dear, need training? Back home, it seems Ryouko never believed mom’s lies about dad being away on some intergalactic business thanks to the crime novels she read. But she is glad to know that dad is imprisoned nearby. As for dad’s real name, it is Joseph! You mean they have Mesopotamia roots? So Tarou Yamada was just an alias, huh? Shamiko writes a challenge letter to Momo. However the teacher believes it is against the law and helps her write some love letter and the contents resembles like a penpal letter. Although she lets Momo read it, it eventually does sound like a challenge letter but her contents are so over the place that Momo doesn’t understand what she wants. So Shamiko wants to ditch practice and hang out to have fun? And boy, to Shamiko’s surprise she turns up in real nice clothes.

How To Train Your Shamiko
Don’t give up, Shamiko! Continue to try your best, Shamiko! Ah yes. It seems status quo seems to be the best ending that Shamiko and Momo as well as the rest of the other characters here could have. Forget about whatever war the Light Clan and Dark Clan are having. Forget about the rivalry between magical girls and demons. Forget about winning and losing. All they need to do is to bolster their friendship right now. Because that is what it looks like it is heading, right? So it’s not just Shamiko who mustn’t give up and try her best. Don’t give up, Momo! Continue to try your best, Momo!

From what we have seen all the while, I believe that Shamiko and Momo just want to be friends rather than becoming real mortal enemies. It feels a lot like that very much from the beginning. You can just tell from their half-hearted threats that they’re not interested in killing or even hurting each other. It’s just some sort of excuse to, uhm, interact. Of course Shamiko being more naïve and emotional, she reacts to almost everything and it might seemed that she is being bullied. I believe her trademark catchphrase of “Don’t think this means you’ve won this time!” is just her way of saying “Goodbye. See you next time” with some emotions.

After all, what kind of mortal enemies would go so far as to help each other so that they could regain their strength and fight each other at full power? Isn’t that what rivals do? I mean, if Shamiko really hated Momo, she wouldn’t have cooked for her and would just let her be and not care about her eating habits. And we do see how Shamiko takes the trouble to come to Momo’s house just to cook a wholesome meal for her. Although it looks like it backfires but that is in the short term, in the long run I believe this has a greater positive effect. I hope.

On the other hand, I also believe that Momo has taken a liking for Shamiko. Just that she is such a poker face girl so you can’t obviously tell she is enjoying her company. Further proof she considers Shamiko her friend: The time when Shamiko hang out with Mikan, that depressed Momo face was just classic. And as said that Shamiko is being such a naïve demon girl, because she is also cute with her reactions, it makes Momo want to tease her even more. That’s why all the strength training I believe isn’t really helping in making Shamiko strong. It wasn’t meant to make her strong in the first place at all! It is just part of some prank routine to be with her ‘friend’. If Momo was serious in her job to hunt down the Dark Clan members, she wouldn’t have been so kind to Shamiko or even lend her laptop to Ryouko who really looks forward to become Shamiko’s tactical advisor. It’s like Momo is digging her own grave, no? Which kind of money lender would have the most flexible repayment scheme ever?! Momo, I want to borrow money from you! Therefore in spite of the different backgrounds they come from and the things they have done, they’re like best friends.

Even Shamiko’s friends, Anri and Shion may come off looking like sadists and troublemakers who love to see Shamiko in trouble. I’m sure they mean no harm with their pranks and silly ideas but like I’ve said about Shamiko being naïve and gullible, the incentive is there to tease her and see her cute reactions. Yeah, best friends, right? Or maybe they could just simply well be sadistic troublemakers who love to see Shamiko in trouble. Yeah, best friends indeed.

Poor Ryouko as the series’ most innocent character, we fear this loli might end up experiencing the biggest disappointment in her life when she learns about the truth. With Shamiko and Momo continuing their charade, it makes it even harder for them to destroy her hopes. See those innocent sparkling eyes filled with hope? Hear her honest innocent voice filled with confidence and hope? See every action she does with earnest sincerity from the heart? Yup. How could anyone bear the fact to tell this girl the truth! Hence the question if they are protecting her or just delaying the inevitable. But I figure that Ryouko being Ryouko, even if the whole truth comes out, it’s not like she’ll turn into a bag of hatred. I mean, there is a very remote possibility but being the smart girl she is, I have faith she wouldn’t. I hope.

Despite the rivalry between the Light Clan and Dark Clan sounding like some epic legendary conflict, I believe that it is all blown up and out of proportion. To put it bluntly, I think they’re all just idiots. In a funny sense, that is. Not sure if time has mellowed them but take a look at Lilith. Instead of being a scary and almighty ancestor, you could say that she is just as idiotic as Shamiko. Must be in the blood and genes, huh? But then again, it could be that with the change in eras, the mind-set started to change alongside the culture. Because back then I believe even the deities didn’t have the luxury of enjoying human technologies like the internet or Smartphone so they can’t troll and do cyber bullying. Of course this is just me assuming and applying a blanket assumption over the entire world and it could be just those in this city are incompetent. But as narrated in the final scene of the final episode, this town is the only town in the world that is being protected and where magical girls and demons coexist peacefully.

So elsewhere, it might still be archaic witch hunt. So whatever actually happened to Sakura is still a big mystery but I guess that is not the point of this series. At least not this season. She might be outside this town, protecting the barrier from Light Clan and Dark Clan alike trying to infiltrate into this peaceful city. But at any rate we’ve discovered Shamiko’s dad’s whereabouts. Yeah, they’ll treat the mikan box kinder next time. Lilith being used as a stopper, paperweight and the likes, yeah maybe this is why she has turned incompetent. And then with Shamiko, Momo and Mikan looking quite complacent and incompetent, I’d say this war isn’t as brutal as it seemed it would be. At least in this city. I mean, heard of any brutal magical girl and demon deaths around?

The lines between a magical girl and demon has been blurred because sometimes you think Shamiko is more like a magical girl while Momo and Mikan are suitable to be demons. For instance, Shamiko’s kind-hearted nature as well as her own magical transformation scene. Seeing all the weird cosplays these days, this kind of revealing outfit is nothing! Haha! On the other hand, Momo sometimes has very dark and shady thoughts that Shamiko often rebukes to be just pure evil. And Mikan’s curse of attracting trouble to others? Doesn’t this fit a demon’s attribute? With the Light Clan using to hunt the Dark Clan for points being brought to light, it just throws into question who the real baddies are. Maybe it’s all that yin yang thingy and both sides exist because of each other. That’s why it isn’t just about the demon girl next door. It is also the magical girl next door.

Artwork and animation feel pretty okay. Nothing to shout about or complain. Everything is bright and colourful. The characters are cutely designed so you can tell from the start that this isn’t some dark themed magical girl series. Oddly, Momo’s magical girl outfit has this uncanny resemblance to Madoka of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica fame. Almost. Just because they’re both overwhelmingly pink and they spot twintails. And I can’t help notice but Shamiko’s devil horns look like mini croissants… I think my stomach is growling… This anime is animated by J.C. Staff who is famous for One Punch Man, Shokugeki No Souma, DanMachi, Little Busters, Shakugan No Shana and Toradora.

Voice acting, I only recognized Sayaka Ohara as Seiko. Not the typical villainess role that I often pigeonholed her to always perfectly play. But sometimes the nicest ladies too like Alicia of Aria The Animation. Initially I mistook Eri Kitamura to be behind to voice of Lilith. I guess I was wrong. Lilith is voiced by Minami Takahashi (Megumi in Shokugeki No Souma). The other casts are Konomi Kohara as Shamiko (Chika in Kaguya-sama Wa Kokurasetai), Akari Kitou as Momo (Kaho in Blend S), Hitomi Ohwada as Ryouko (Eagle in Girly Air Force), Tomoyo Takayanagi as Mikan (Oguri Cap in Uma Musume: Pretty Derby), Sayaka Senbongi as Anri (Mumei in Koutetsujou No Kabaneri) and Ayaka Suwa as Shion (Non in Akkun To Kanojo).

The opening theme is Machikado Tangent by Shami Momo (if you haven’t guessed it, it is the duo behind Shamiko and Momo). Pretty generic lively anime pop if you ask me. Nothing that special. As for the ending theme, Yoimachi Cantare by Coro Machikado (the quartet behind Shamiko, Momo, Lilith and Mikan) sounds pretty frantic. It’s like they want to match the somewhat crazy pace of the series but it comes off as weird. Even the animation is pretty weird. You have the characters in chibi format, some demonic monkeys and goat, it’s like one big LSD trip or a very weird cartoonish dream.

Overall, this is a silly but fun anime to watch and it brings back some similarity with Gabriel Dropout because it’s about a fallen race just trying to their best or the minimum to get back up. Despite they fail but you can’t help continue to cheer them on because, well, at least they’re trying. That being said in the loosest form. The cute and humorous interaction between Shamiko and Momo is amusing to watch and breaks the traditional barrier that mortal enemies don’t mean being mortal enemies forever. Whatever beef the ancestors had a long time ago, doesn’t mean future generations should just blindly follow that fate. In this time and age where the rivalry of magical girls and demons are no longer trending (at least the setting of this anime), isn’t being friends a much better alternative? Even if you’re being jerks to each other? That’s what friendship is about, right? Yeah to be honest, I still have my doubts… While other anime series has magical girls and demons still at each other’s throat, at least this one has proven that friendship has succeeded in making both bitter rivals get along with each other. Don’t think this means friendship has won just yet!

The time hath cometh…

Agent Aika

November 22, 2019

Yeah… I know what I’m getting into when I decided to go watch this retro OVA series, Agent Aika. Uh huh. Fanservice galore of the 90’s! Who cares about the profession of our titular character who is working as some Salvager to salvage lost items from the ocean’s deep. It’s just one of those excuse why our ladies need to don the swimsuit and parade in them around with their sexy curvaceous body. Who needs a plot when you can gawk and stare at all the cheesy fanservice, tits and ass shots and all because that’s the only thing that you’ll find focusing the most. Oh, there’s a plot? What plot?! Just stare at those asses and you can’t go wrong!

Episode 1
A tour guide has the tourist view the submerged Tokyo city. Also, there are lights beneath this underwater ghost town as Salvagers are working to salvage lost items. Among them is Aika Sumeragi and Rion Aida. As soon as they salvage a suitcase, it is snatched by bitter rivals, Gust Turbulence and B.A. Bandora. He wants Aika to date him if she wants her package. Of course she won’t date this rich playboy. Only an underground explosion stops their tussle. As Rion hands over the suitcase to the client, he will only pay half price since it is damaged. She would have beaten it up had not Gouzo, her boss-cum-father stop her. He tells her about the pride of being a Salvager but as a realist, Rion reminds him it doesn’t pay their bills. A client then calls him and for the umpteenth time, he turns him down on this dangerous mission. It’s not about the money. But Aika snatches the phone and will take up this job! Money > Pride. As they go meet the client, it seems Gust is also hired for this job. They are to retrieve data and/or sample of Lagu. The reward is very handsome. As they leave, they are ambushed by Nena Hagen and her hot chick goons. Of course Aika and Gust fight them off so Nena warns they are also after Lagu and to keep their noses out if they know what’s good for them. Naturally, Aika won’t listen and will still go ahead. Before she leaves, boss talks to her and it is hinted that Aika still feels responsible of putting him out of the game, that’s why she still worked under him. Though, he doesn’t hold any grudge against her. Damn, Aika flying some jet without any gear and can pilot it with her thighs?! Only in the air did she realize Rion snuck on board. You mean she didn’t even notice?! Rion throws a tantrum when Aika wants to turn back and not let her help on this mission. Until Gust zooms past her that Aika just doesn’t care anymore. Do what you wish. Nena and her team are on board some destroyer. Detecting those jets, she has her goons fire missiles. I guess they’re bad at aiming so Nena herself takes to the skies and shoots down Gust. Her brother, Rudolf Hagen has detected they are in the vicinity of Lagu and orders her to come back. As she is stubborn, she continues hunting Aika. I suppose it is Lagu’s weird waves that cause the jets to stop working. Nena ejects and Aika’s plane must be so old it has no eject seat. Nosedive! Hence her weird outfit automatically activates. WTF this weird tentacle rape transformation scene turning Aika into some hot tropical island chick to better pilot and land the jet! Wow. Super. Once on the island, Aika and Hagen’s eyes come into contact. So close…

Episode 2
Nena tries to act tough and beat up Aika but gets her ass handed to her instead. She wanted to get revenge but Hagen takes a liking for Aika and welcomes her on board. He tells his sister to go find Lagu instead. So this sphere thingy is Lagu? Hagen explains to Aika that it has some sort of power that caused that world catastrophe 20 years ago. Earthquakes and volcanoes and the likes. Many cities destroyed. You could say that Japan was one its victims. He then shows Aika a laser beam using Lagu’s power that disintegrates metal into nothing. Though this is just a military toy, he believes Lagu has more potential than this. One of them being restoration of Earth. Hence Lagu is like the vaccine to rid of the infection that is humans. Now that he has Lagu, he couldn’t care less about his military colleagues and wants to move on to his next stage of research. He wants Aika to join him. Uhm, I don’t think the right way to convince a woman to join you is to molest her body! Aika is not interested in anything except Lagu’s data. He gives her some time to think but in the meantime he goes to have incest with Nena?! She is jealous of Aika and wants to kill him but I guess she loves him too much to do that. Meanwhile Gus sneaks in to rescue Aika. Thanks to all the useless goons, he easily incapacitates them. All of them. Yeah, they’re so incompetent that they left ‘unconscious’ Rion alone when their shift is over! So Rion can sneak around in their clothes and eavesdrop some juicy details. Then she stumbles into a strange girl, Maypia Alexymetalia. She might be a spy because she sneaks into some restricted area to take pictures. They are caught by a guard but thanks to the alert being sounded, they use this excuse to ‘return to their post’. During the commotion, Nena is so angry she trashes her room while drunk? So now Hagen is going to have sex with Aika? Sex in exchange for the data?! Yeah, he’s interested in her outfit too that has this rare Ultranate Metal. Sex interrupted when Gus comes in to rescue her. It’s not what you think but thanks to his timing, she manages to steal the data and escape with Gus. Outside, the guards corner her. Drunk Nena wants to take it all out on her. When Gus tries to protect Aika, Aika instead protects him. She got stabbed in the shoulder. This activates her suit and super Aika now tentacle whips everybody! Hagen is amazed seeing all this so he fires some beam at her to neutralize it and revert Aika back to normal. He wants Aika retrieved. You can kill the man.

Episode 3
Amazingly Bandora flies in. You don’t think your puny semi-autos can take it down, huh? Gust takes Aika and escape in the jet. Meanwhile Rion follows Maypia and learns she is some super spy. Yeah, here comes the teasing of how a spy has a business card! Crawling through the ventilation, they arrive at the Lagu reactor that serves as the ship’s main power source. Aika wakes up from this dream of some explosive action with Gouzo. Too dark and blur to make things out but she activated her suit. She realizes Rion is left behind and wants to go rescue her. In that weak condition? Gust relents but after she gets her strength back. And man, that was fast because Bandora is taking them there. Also, Hagen has created some pantsu based on Ultranate and is supposed to be a lot more times powerful. Gee, so fast? He wants Nena to wear them. Since the military threatens to use force to take Lagu from Hagen, I suppose they don’t know what he can do, huh? So Hagen proclaims to his crew that they will soon take off to the skies and use Lagu to purify Earth. He maintains nothing will be destroyed in this operation. But first, take down those pesky military ships. Uh huh. After destroying the main ship, other ships flee. Now you see the power of Lagu? And Maypia is frustrated her higher ups have abandoned her because it’s her mission to destroy this reactor. So as the submarine prepares to turn into a rocket and take off, Maypia opens the hatch so she can escape (you mean main control can’t close it and Nena have to go down herself?). Sorry, Rion. This jetpack is only single seat. But Rion holds onto her until Maypia crashes outside somewhere! Then Rion gets arrested by the hot chicks. At the same time, here comes Bandora’s jet carrying Aika and Gust. I don’t even know how this is possible that the duo drop in despite all the turbulence. Unfortunately Gust is blown away while Aika manages to sneak in before the hatch closes. The rocket takes off and destroys Bandora’s jet but not before she ejects. Good to know that Gust and Maypia are still alive stranded on the island below. Aika is now in but is suddenly strangled by… Pantsu tentacles?! Is this Nena’s Ultranate?! Damn, why does Nena like a discount version of Rutian Twi’lek Jedi Master, Aayla Secura?!

Episode 4
Gouzo manages to convince his employer to lend a shuttle so they can go up and rescue Aika. Hagen explains to Rion about his plan to beam Lagu down and activate earthquakes and destroy civilization. This ship is like Noah’s Ark and has DNA of all other life forms. Yeah, in addition to replenishing other life on this planet, Hagen is going to have his utopia paradise. No wonder all his crew are hot chicks only. Rion will not have a part in his perverted plan and is taken away. Aika manages to distract Nena and run away. Luckily she bumps into Rion but their reunion is short-lived as Nena is back to beat them up. This causes Aika’s Ultranate to activate as she transforms before Rion’s eyes. Aika laments she doesn’t want to see her in this form. However Rion is ecstatic with this transformation. It’s like anime! Then the Ultranate babes slug it out. With Bandora managing to dock onto the rocket, Gust places bombs everywhere while Gouzo has Maypia guide him around the ship. The more Nena gets desperate to defeat Aika, suddenly her Ultranate goes out of control and she starts melting. Ugh. Gross. I suppose no humans are supposed to withstand the fusion with Ultranate, huh? Hagen manages to neutralize Aika and narrates about some research into this Ultranate. It could have been the perfect weapon had not it claimed the lives of many researchers. It is rumoured that Aika is the only survivor but that data was lost during the great disaster. Now that Nena is of no use to him, he wants Aika to work on his behalf. Damn, this guy got the guts to kiss her?! Got too close that the Ultranate stabs him! Just desserts when Nena clings on to him and won’t let him go. Eventually fusing and absorbing him as one. With the Lagu reactor going out of control, you bet the mission is a failure. Don’t want hot chicks to go down with the ship now that their captain is done for, huh? Abandon ship! With our heroes meeting up just in time and escape right before the rocket explodes. Phew. Humanity is saved.

Episode 5
I guess the salvaging business is doing great that Gouzo hired another staff, Shuntaro Michikusa. Also, to appreciate their contribution, Gouzo has them stay at an island resort. Of course on this resort are also ex-Hagen babes (collectively known as Delmo). One of them doing a total makeover as a man. Pierre Valimore bumps into Aika and charms her way into Aika’s heart. Rion is jealous but there is nothing she can do. While Pierre takes Aika out on a date, the other Delmo babes kidnap Rion and Michikusa. Damn, Aika must be an easy woman to end up kissing Pierre! Finally going back to the hotel, Pierre drugs her drunk and brings her back to his room. Unfortunately no naughty time because Aika realizes the other Delmo babes surrounding her. Led by Bianca, they are here for revenge and killing her won’t be enough. They want to humiliate her. Isn’t that too much revelation for a bad guy? Yeah, villain fail 101. And Aika realizes Pierre is a woman, Valerie. First, they toss Rion and Michikusa into the pool to drown them to make Aika in despair. But Aika surprises them and jumps down several levels to save them and also beat up those lowly babes. Nothing like pool water to sober you up, huh? Then some weird chase throughout the resort begins. Aika has her fast rematch with Valerie. Why she gets knocked out so easily? I guess this means she gets to fight Bianca. But the fight too doesn’t last long as sore loser Bianca calls for air support. Uhm, more like armoured tanks being dropped? WTF?! Damn, can armoured tanks run rampant around the resort? I guess one of them being dumb enough for Aika to hijack. Damn they’re blowing up the resort like nobody’s business! And then Aika has a sneaky trick that has Bianca shoot directly at her. Wow. You mean Aika didn’t die from the explosion? So when Bianca gets close and let her guard down, surprise mother*cker! One hard kick to the guts to knock her out. And as soon dawn arrives, Aika and co leave the island. It’s not over yet as those Delmo chicks have yet another operation in hand.

Episode 6
Wow. The enemies talking about the need to gather data on Aika so they can defeat her. A good idea. But I’m worried about the execution… And so we see a couple of Delmo girls in disguise seeking Gouzo’s request for a salvaging mission. They heard Aika is the best in the field and they require her. So it’s off to some cold land, presumably Russia? The modified jet Aika will use for the probe is currently being piloted by a young girl, Rie Petroyikowa. So to see if Aika is fit to the task, Rie does a lot of physical examinations on her including Twister while being taken pictures in sexy compromising positions. Damn, Aika must be a fool to think there isn’t something wrong with this. Rion is so jealous about this but her hunch might be right when she starts pulling the skirt of one of the staffs. This leads to her discovering they are Delmo babes in disguise. Yeah, WTF are they wearing their uniform underneath those clothes?! So when she goes to spill the beans to Aika, cue for Rie to admit everything and also spill the beans they want her data. Villain fail 101 again. Rie now needs data on Aika’s fighting skills so she sets some of the Delmo girls to go fight her. Of course you can tell Aika will easily despatch those goons. They’re so useless that Gouzo despite being drunk and singing karaoke, they can’t even hit him while he hits them back in his drunken stupor! I don’t even think this is drunken fist! More villainy fails when Rie shows some of the recorded intimate moments of probing inside Aika. WTF?! Shoot the screen! Rie fights Aika and claims she has studied her moves. Yeah, didn’t see this choker move coming, huh? Then it boils down to chasing after the data. Yeah, all saved in this precious diskette! Rie runs to the Commander to give the data. Along the way, Aika takes out more Delmo girls until she arrives at the final big boss. So why are they doing this? So now that Hagen is gone, they have no reason to exist and this is so called pride? So they don’t have a life? I just don’t get it… Anyway, more Aika acrobats and high kicks to knock them out. Not even the Commander stand a chance. Oddly, Rie who was fighting her a while ago is now cowering in fear? I guess mission complete when Aika destroys the diskette. As they leave via jet, Rie is not done yet. WTF she brings out this SAM artillery right in the middle of the runway to shoot them????!!! Not sure what Aika did to disable her HUDs and Gouzo shooting some blunt object at her, this knocks her out as she misfires and destroys some other jet. Sleep tight, Rie. And the rest take off back home. What a weird misadventure…

Episode 7
Gouzo talks to Rion about her future. He doesn’t want her to continue this salvaging business but she insists she wants to. Meanwhile Aika is working hard back at the office but suddenly a power outage! Should have saved those 4 hours of work! Of course this isn’t just an accident. Freddy Krueger Delmo babe is trying to kill her! Damn, they really wreck the place. When Gouzo and Rion return, the enemy is just about to escape. WTF Rion standing in the middle of the road?! Gouzo pushes her away and gets run over! OMG! Worse, since when did they plant bombs around the office and boom!!! Entire building collapses! You mean this isn’t anything serious because after the fireman and ambulance, next day no police to cordon off the freaking area???!!! And why are the other buildings unaffected?! Where are all the other people?! So you can’t blame Michikusa for coming to work and suddenly no office. Yeah, Rion sifting through the rubble to find Aika. Only her earring. Damn, this girl wants revenge and drags Michikusa into her scheme. I don’t even know how Gust knows Aika is dead and is crying his heart out. Bumping into Rion, she wants his help in this revenge plan but Bandora says some pretty good advice that she shouldn’t be doing this to make Gouzo sadder (he’s hospitalized, you know). What does Gust have to say? He’ll help Rion in her revenge plan! You’re on your own. Bandora’s out. But where do they start? It seems Michikusa knows a former super spy… Yup. Maypia! How the heck does he know her? I don’t think they’re dating. With Delmo’s base located in some rocky island, our revenge team heads there only to be intercepted. Yeah… Stupid enemies didn’t even make sure they’re dead so nature washes them up nicely on shore as they get their revenge plan going by stealing some weapons and then run havoc throughout the base! Eventually they face off with Bianca and Rie but the duo let them handle Sania and Tonia (that Freddy Krueger girl). All of them got owned. Before they could be killed, cue for Aika in her Ultranate version to the rescue! Yeah, didn’t think she was dead, huh? Besides, she has been running wild too throughout the base. She beats up those Delmo girls and before you could say boss fight with Commander, shockingly she is not going to fight Aika. Heck, she doesn’t want her comrades to be further injured and calls off this operation. It’s about time she realizes that! But oh no! What will they exist for? Who knows… Anyway, everybody agrees to abandon base and never come into contact with Aika again. Gee, that was easy and so anti-climactic. Why must the base self-destruct? In the aftermath, we see our usuals continue to go about their salvaging job. Life goes on.

Special
Sometimes dubbed episode 4.5, this short takes place around the time Gouzo’s company moved into their new building. Aika is moving the boxes and hopes Rion can help but she insists to let the new recruit do it. Well, that guy seems to be busy taking photos with high school girls who think he is hot! Until Rion kicks his ass, a signal for those girls to get the heck out of here! Rion really wants to do a promo video for the company. It’ll bring in the money too. However Michikusa spoils it that they don’t have the capacity to handle it so Rion beats him up. Uhm, did becoming a punching bag is part of his job description? Because as Rion continues to explain how to promo video would look like (fighting terrorists?) and Michikusa commenting how it is so spy-ish, once more she beats him up. Rion continues to dream to be a super agent like Aika. Imagine Rion in skimpy sexy outfit and doing all those kung fu chops. Yeah… When Gouzo returns, Rion bugs dad to do a promotional video. He agrees. Hooray! However… A promo video needs a song. See where this is going? Yup, looks like he just wants to sing. And a duet with Aika! I guess we’re not getting the promo video Rion wants.

Aika R-16: Virgin Mission

10 years later, a prequel spinoff OVA, Aika R-1: Virgin Mission was released with some few changes. But the same ol’ panty and crotch shots remain the same and bountiful.

Episode 1
Aika has gotten her C-licence as a Salvager. Gouzo doesn’t seem pleased on how she got the licence with that skills. So, uhm, feel it with your ass? Since when he is a dirty old pervert? We take a peek at Aika’s school life. Well, despite living in the dorm right across the school, she manages to always come in late. For the 30th day in a row! Hence teacher, Nagisa Risako reprimands her to clean all school windows. Aika later realizes her posters of offering her Salvager services are being torn down by class rep, Eri Shinkai and her goons. Don’t want that kind of cheap service to ruin the class’ reputation, huh? Yeah, they argue till Risako had to remind them they’re already late for class! Is this going on their permanent records? Later Eri brings Aika to her treasure hunting club in which she is a president. I guess rich girls have weird tastes of art, huh? Tempting Aika to pilot some mini sub she likes, so what’s the catch for this mission? I guess everybody gets the wrong idea when Eri starts stripping the top of Karen Minamino. This isn’t a club about starring at boobs! Look closer! At her boobs? No! There’s a butterfly mark on her boobs! Looking even closer, the mark is made out of numbers and based on some deduction Eri did, it leads to an encryption that spells out, “The gate of truth will be opened by the sleeping butterfly” accompanied by coordinates. So we’re assuming there is going to be some treasure here so it’s treasure hunting time.

Taking a cruise ship there, Captain points out a ‘problem’. Gust, the young butler has trouble serving Risako because she’s so sexy at every turn, he has boners all the time. Yeah… Apparently Risako is the advisor for this club so you bet she’s tagging along. Captain discusses with Eri that the coordinates of this location is very dangerous. Something like the Bermuda Triangle. But Eri equates danger with the romance of adventure and loves it. Captain reminds her he has a job as instructed by her father to keep her safe. If it gets too dangerous, they’ll turn back. Later Aika asks Eri how she found out about Karen. So basically she got curious of a lonely girl living alone and stalked her? Meanwhile several girls are being knocked out and hypnotized by Risako. Some of them try to take out Aika and Eri but luckily they manage to dodge the tranquilizers fast enough and Aika knocking them out. So this device in their ass is what’s making them like obeying zombies? Risako has tranquilized Karen and is trying to kidnap her. Captain stalls her before she gets away in her helicopter, enough time for Aika to come rescue Karen. She is shocked that Risako is doing this so sensei tells her today’s lesson that she should be sceptical of other people. Then they just let her get away? I guess she didn’t get Karen so that’s okay? Captain wants Eri to call off this mission but she is excited to carry on. She loves the danger of where this adventure is heading. She threatens to fire him if he abandons this mission. Captain hopes Aika could say something to her but unfortunately, she is hired by Eri. She’s the boss. She calls the shots.

Episode 2
Risako reports back to her boss about her failure. However he isn’t panicking yet because Karen has friends who would also protect her. So I’m guessing there’ll be another chance. Meanwhile… Naked girls baring their ass?! Is this the way to examine the mind controlling device? Karen somehow knows it will disappear within 2-3 days and will leave no mark. It’s just her guts saying. And now for the much awaited beach episode. Sexy young girls in swimsuits having fun while the guys do all the work surveying the ocean floor… I’m okay with this! Soon, one by one the girls start dropping like flies. Looks like Risako is here to cause trouble. Only Aika, Karen and Gust remain conscious. After using Gust as distraction to take out the sniper, Risako despatches her sexy hot babes to fight Aika. She manages to get by with the help of Karen’s lousy golfing. Aika then faces off with Risako who tells her there are some things that should be kept a secret and never revealed. Not that Aika would listen to her anyway. Both ladies fight and Risako has the overwhelming edge. Had not Karen help out with that grilled lobster distraction, Aika wouldn’t have the chance to fight back and land her high kick on her. Risako is tied up and because she won’t talk, Karen shoots her! Oh, just tranquilized her. Karen knows there are transmitters in Risako’s bikini and rips them out. She talks through it and knows who is behind this. It seems Karen knows she doesn’t remember much of her past. She wants to regain her full memories and discover who she really is so that she can take control of her future. Now that it’s time to head to the ocean floor, I guess Eri’s clubmates are still out cold so they can’t go. Yeah, they even took in Risako’s hot babes. So many naked women on this ship! Damn, the guys must be really guy because their resistance game is strong! Anyway, Aika now manages to pilot the mini sub as Eri and Karen join her as they submerge deeper towards the ocean floor.

Episode 3
There are runway airport lights down there? I understand if this is some submerged city but the lights are still working?! Anyway, Karen knows where to go. Just follow the green lights! This leads them to the lowest level. A huge warehouse-like area. Aika tries to be careful but Eri and Karen are like touching and activating things on their own. Gee, the lights and electronics of this place are still working so well? Aika is shocked that Eri knows he way around because all of it was described on Karen’s map. Sure, that doesn’t mean she’s a pro since this is her first time down here! With Aika arguing with her for the details, better catch up with Karen or she’ll leave you behind. Then they talk about some legend about a meteor carrying alien life form crashing onto Earth. The life form implanted themselves into humans and as a result, infected ones became very intellectual but regressed in the physical areas. Arriving at a huge door, they notice the pattern similar as the mind control devices of those girls’ asses. So if you have forgotten that sleeping butterfly key, here it is. Karen lets Eri tranquilize her and once she is undressed, she is placed in a chamber in which the scanner scans her entire naked body. Since it is a perfect match, the door opens. Great. An even bigger place with many pods. Nothing like checking out the convenient computer next to it. So I guess this is where that alien life form comes into the picture. They discover clone cells and that this place is researching those intellectual alien cells in hopes of cultivating them so that humans could be able to develop. Hooray! Your discovery of the century! Then they gets spooked when Karen suddenly pops up before them. Not just 1 Karen but many Karens! Yeah, they’re all clones. I suppose they’re not the friendly kind as they start attacking. Aika goes into action knocking them out. Finally a really huge Karen! Titan Karen?! I don’t think it is affective trying to fight it but at least something has to be done. Aika gets knocked out and before she could be squished, the real Karen wakes up and ‘communicates’ with it. With the clones backing down, Karen learns the shocking truth that she is also a clone and ‘born’ here. I guess there’s nothing left to discover and it’s time to head back home. After they leave, the clones return to their slumber. Finally all the runway lights are turned off. Back on the ship, Karen is sad that her memories weren’t real. Aika and Eri cheer her up that they can make new memories together. Lots of them.

Aika Zero

Episode 1
We see a girl stumbling upon an alien ship underground. Then she gets tentacle raped! Tentacles in the form of light beams?! A year later, we see a group of girls being ushered into a chapel and then being groped by girls in white. Is this chapel just a façade for some lesbian club? After liking their boobs, thighs and asses, that tentacle beam then infiltrates their asses!!! I can see why nobody can stay awake after that. Then they hear a plane hovering over. It is Aika piloting it but something hit her. Luckily she manages to land without any trouble. That dent on the body, I suppose a bird can’t make that, right? Meanwhile the army tasks some officer (Hagen?!) to investigate some UFO hitting a civilian plane. Aika is reunited with Eri, Karen and Risako. It seems Eri has once more hired Aika for another case. This time the case of disappearing high school girls. It started a year ago and it has claimed its 30th victim. Although the girls are returned, they lose their memories. Part of the plan is for Aika to wear their uniform and infiltrate. Upon entering, those girls in white start their usual lesbian stuff. Aika runs away but not before she drops that eraser that serves as a mini surveillance bug. However soon after, it stops functioning. Don’t tell me Aika has to go back and get molested again?! We’ll think of something… As Aika and Karen walk by, a group of drama girls suddenly attack them. Nothing like a few good chops to put them out, eh? And then entering the chapel again, the girls in white attack but still no match for Aika. If you’re wondering why Karen has been examining their asses, oh look, here’s a strange mark! It seems all the girls have this mark near their ass. Even more so those in white. They are White Knights, supposedly the student council body. Aika goes deeper into the chapel to find the missing girls all hanging upside down! Is this some sort of exhibition? She comes face to face with the student council president and ring leader, Miyu Shiratori. This time Aika can’t defeat her tentacle beams and is in danger of being raped too but luckily Captain snipes! So those aren’t lights? In great timing, Risako jumps in and rescues Aika. Then she throws the eraser thingy which also has a mini self-destruct mode to distract Miyu. Best coordination ever as Risako jumps out and hangs on the helicopter piloted by Gouzo.

Episode 2
Aika wakes up fine in hospital. No serious physical damage. But maybe internally because she isn’t going to sleep and wakes up and strips! In the presence of Gouzo?! I guess to show that she’s still kicking. WTF?! Flashback shows Miyu first stumbled upon that light in the library that soon led her to that underground ship. After she got controlled, she started toppling top students in athletics and academics. Then she gathered them and a few more students to form the White Knights as the student council. It seems Miyu is doing this all for the real mastermind behind this, E.T.A.I. Sure they didn’t misspell H.E.N.T.A.I.? Anyway that ass sucking thingy is so that E.T.A.I. can suck whatever nutrients for whatever. Because the military is also in this, damn they prop up Aika’s plane with machine gun?! They also lend a few cool equipment?! What kind of military is this?! As Aika takes the plane for a spin, then something hits her. Luckily she manages to control and emergency land at a broken road near the cliff! Phew. So precise. At the same time, Karen infiltrates the chapel but it seems everything has been moved out clean. Yup, even Captain’s sniper marks are gone. Of course the next logic is to check if there is any underground passages. Meanwhile the tentacle beam is now targeting naked girls in the shower. Yup, there’s a hole that leads to their base and Aika just in the nick of time saw the last girl being dragged down this hidden hole. Time to get to the bottom of this. So she brought a sub-machine gun as her only preparation? Whatever. Of course she is being attacked by White Knights but nothing like a few kung fu chops would knock them out. Meanwhile Karen is also attacked by a White Knight but luckily Risako is here to assist. After despatching her, they then discover the secret passageway underground. Aika stumbles upon the huge alien ship. But first she has to tackle Miyu and her subordinates. Unfortunately E.T.A.I. got her from behind. And surprise butt secks!!!!!

Episode 3
Oh! Aika can resist the behind infiltration?! What’s this about her being Zero? Hence E.T.A.I. enforces a more direct infiltration! This is going to hurt! But wait! It backfires! It burns her tentacles! I guess they’re not messing with her anymore. Letting the goons handle her, Miyu and E.T.A.I. go to start up the mother ship. So it has enough juice now? E.T.A.I. explains about Aika being Zero. A similar extra-terrestrial organism like them but it is not their ally but enemy because of its twisted evolution. Whatever. After despatching the subordinates, Aika meets up with Karen’s side. How to get this door open? Use the ass! Is that what the mark is for?! They see all the unconscious kidnapped girls. Mission over once they’re rescued, right? Well, not if the ship is starting to launch right now! As Aika makes haste to the surface, she is stopped by Miyu and E.T.A.I. She fights them and this ridiculous part, when Miyu fires a beam at her, Aika grabs and throws it back to her. However E.T.A.I. protects Miyu and gets the returned beam struck right into her ass!!!! THIS GOTTA HURT LIKE HELL!!!! I don’t know if E.T.A.I. is dead but Aika is now free to ride her plane (all readied by Gouzo) to take to the skies and stop the mother ship. She empties her bullets on a single thruster and this is enough to make it change its trajectory???!!! Better still, F-15 reinforcements are here. About 20 of them!!! Fire away!!! Wow. Gotta be dumbfounded how human missile technology could really take down an entire huge spaceship!!! Oh no! Is it going to crash onto the school below?! Don’t worry. It explodes in the air. Phew. And to complete the good news, Aika returns to her gang waiting down below. Meanwhile Nena who is a student at this academy, secures Miyu and E.T.A.I. She reports to her brother who has also finished his successful military operation.

God Bless Dat Masses Of Asses!
Oh well, what a mess. But did you enjoy all that? Yeah, I’m sure. Thanks to all the fanservice, I guess that is why the OVAs are decent. Oh wait. Is that supposed to be indecent? But it makes viewing tolerable in otherwise would be an utterly boring story that doesn’t make sense and characters whom you’ll never care. Thank goodness for the fanservice, huh? Yeah. Aika and co might have somewhat saved the world but the fanservice saved our viewing! It was all worth it…

So yeah, despite the overwhelming fanservice that this series is pretty (in)famous for, sometimes you wonder if they are really overdoing it. I mean, really, really, really, overdoing it. Ass shots and crotch shots make up predominantly the fanservice of this series. It is like for everything these characters do, they usually end up in a way that bares their ass or crotch in our faces. So much so that it is ridiculous to see that whenever a female enemy gets knocked out (which is pretty much easy to do), they don’t usually fall flat on their back or stomach but will get knocked out with their knees upright so that their ass can be so obviously visible. And if they don’t get this treatment but get knocked out cold on their backs or stomach, they’re spreading their thighs as wide as they can so you could see better the delicious parts. Basically almost everything and anything the characters do is to justify the means of fanservice. Is this what you call the means justifying the ends? That is why all the females need to do their high kicks or kung fu kicks whenever they get into a fight. That is why all the girls need to wear mini skirts so short that they’re not wearing any of them at all! It seems in this universe, mini skirts are the only normal clothes that these girls can wear for all occasions. Even more mind boggling when unconscious girls who are rescued instead of putting them lie flat on their back, they are put on their stomachs on something like as though they are futons being hung out to dry! The ultimate ass display! Like, WTF?!

And somehow even though we get all those delicious ass shots and crotch shots, nothing says great uniformity when all the characters wear the same plain white panties!!! Sure, sometimes a few characters wear different lingerie like Nena who feels like a porn star in waiting when she first debut. My guess is that having plain white pantsu is easier to animate and think about how much work the animators will have to do just so that we could have different colours and design! But I’m sure they could because the power of boners would give them the motivation. But that would be another unrelated story. So I guess we have to be grateful. We got our fanservice wish. Spammed a whole lot of them. Included certain scenes of characters with bare tits. Don’t be a spoilt brat and wish for more. Don’t be that jerk who gets an inch but wants a mile.

Having said all that, the story is secondary and at most so mediocre that it doesn’t make sense. There are also so many gaps, holes and parts that are unexplained that sometimes maybe the producers want us to fill in the blanks ourselves. This is mostly in the newer Aika where some issues were never resolved like Karen and her clones. So why is that underwater base still running those clones? What about that mysterious employer who is trying to stop Karen? Never explained anywhere in the series but my guess is that he is the scientist who did the cloning based on the image of his deceased daughter or something. So Karen is then allowed to live freely? I guess with Risako and Captain watching, no biggies.

Then in Aika Zero, why does the alien ship need the nutrients of sexy young high school girls to fuel it? I believe it is never explained and even if it was, I guess we were paying attention to the fanservice more than anything else. But I’m pretty sure all this wasn’t explained at all. And how the f*ck did a freaking huge alien mother ship crashed beneath a school?! Without any traces whatsoever! Don’t tell me it was aeons ago and because high school girls weren’t invented yet, I guess they had to wait till today to suck out their sexiness. Told you the stories and conspiracy theories are dumb. Told you that you’d be better off focusing on the fanservice.

The original Aika’s story wasn’t as mind boggling as the newer one but even though it is simple, it is still cheesy. Because it never explained about that Ultranate thingy that possessed Aika or how she got her hands on it. But considering how it is hinted in Aika Zero that Aika could be an alien life form herself, that could be the link but still, that is just superficial and nothing conclusive. I guess many shows from the past needs us to use our grey matter to think rather than nowadays to be spoon fed and told just about everything. Sighs…

Character wise, there’s nothing much to be said except I thought the newer Aika was supposed to be a reboot or something but after finishing watching this series and doing a little read up, I only found out that they are actually the same Aika and not different alternate timelines. Which feels pretty odd because it felt like it missed out that great disaster thingy that supposedly Aika and Gouzo caught up in. But that could be somewhere in between the 10 year span of Aika’s character. Anyway, both Aika feel like totally different characters with the older Aika feeling somewhat mellow, cool and quite the grown up she is unlike the high school and university teen version who is so, uhm, like a teenager. It’s mind boggling to see who Aika transition to that kind of character. I guess all the dangerous missions has made her wise, huh? No wonder she is the best agent around then.

This strange continuity also affects this Gust character because if he was such a rich playboy in the original Aika, then why the f*ck was he some sort of butler serving Eri’s classmates in the newer Aika? I mean, even if he is a rich kid trying to get some experience, doing this kind of job? This boy? Just totally weird. He is supposed to be the hero hunk for adult Aika but I guess he didn’t do anything much. I guess that’s why as a butler kid he serves as a mini comic relief in some ways.

Then you have Rion and Eri as the overly excited characters because passion drives them. If Aika is too serious, then I suppose these jokers will do. Karen is the weird girl of the series because she does unconventional things that makes you question why she does so but she does have her logic. I mean, like she’s not a pervert when she’s checking those asses out, right?! Many of the other characters are just forgettable like Maypia you wonder why she is in this series in the first place and her character is a whole lot unnecessary except to serve as plot convenience. Yeah, she’s a super spy but that doesn’t mean she’s a good one. Then you have Michikusa who sounds like a retard with his slow talk and he becomes Rion’s punching bag whenever she doesn’t like his truthful and honest comments. Also, they need some sort of gay character because this guy likes to dress up as girls especially when they infiltrate Delmo’s base, he doesn’t hesitate to put on their uniform and even ask if he looks good in them. Sheesh.

And the antagonists are also big fails. Just because they are the bad guys, they are doomed to follow the script to lose. Like Hagen and Nena in the original Aika, their goal to destroy humanity could have been written and fleshed out better but instead Hagen looks like some girly playboy who wants a harem in his aftermath utopia. Because of his great girly looks that’s why there is a mind boggling amount of ladies who have no qualms working under him. I wonder if he has a no male policy too. And Nena turned into one jealous b*tch who is just out for Aika’s blood just because she got Hagen’s heart. And she can’t kill her onii-sama because he loves him too much so the only thing she can do is take it out on Aika. Which she always fails. Good riddance the siblings are forever together now, huh? Literally.

And the Delmo girls literally have no life after Hagen’s death and it’s like they blame it all on Aika. Uh huh. Their only purpose is to serve Hagen and if you think about it, what happens if they do actually succeed in killing Aika? Are they going to kill themselves? Yeah, didn’t think that far, huh? See, they’re doing just fine after getting their ass kicked so many times and Commander just gave them a simple withdrawal order. SO EASY! If I was one of the Delmo girls, I would be wondering what the heck the suffering we all just went through and would’ve now targeted her and kicked her ass! Ironically they have the best facilities all over and yet they fail to capitalize them… And yeah, this reminds me of how old I am and how much times have changed: The diskette!!! Oh yeah, that was really the thing that would have broken Aika. But thankfully no internet yet. Phew!

And it goes without saying in the newer Aika, Miyu and E.T.A.I. continue to fail as baddies. Somebody just thought that zapping beams to control the spinal cord would be sexy if done via the ass. And only girls with hot bodies will do as fuel. Yeah, do you not notice there are no fat and ugly girls at this school? And they would have gotten with it if not for that meddling Aika! Thankfully their fates are not left in limbo because in the credits we see them working under Hagen and Nena. But since they didn’t appear in the original, your guess is as good as mine what actually happened to them. I also wonder if all the alien ass zapping moments on those innocent girls is what drove Hagen to have an all-female crew. Sure, he didn’t see those rape moments but I’m guessing from the interrogation that he must have found out something of this likes.

The action bits are totally dumbfounding and like I’ve said before, they are just steps to provide the much needed fanservice. I know it is good that fights don’t last and span several episodes but it makes you wonder if these girls who are supposed to be trained in the first place are really trained. Because one good chop to the back of the neck is usually how Aika finishes them off and they’ll be out for a long time. And all those flash kicks are just for show, huh? And I swear that gravity and the law of physics don’t truly exist here. Our girls can jump so high and with ease doing their somersaults like as though gravity is in cohorts with the fanservice god so that they could show their pantsu. You also don’t have to worry about the girls using guns. They’re mostly tranquilizers. Don’t want to damage the nice skin, eh? Yeah, this is also how a lot of the girls are being taken out.

Art and animation feel pretty okay. At least the difference in animation style shows the gap and era of when both the series was made. Original Aika was so retro that it’s, uhm, so retro. And the newer Aika is so 2000’s that it’s so, uhm, 2000’s. Sure, some characters do undergo a different look especially I noticed Hagen looking very different in both series. Sort of. Because in the newer Aika, Hagen spots this bishonen look. Then if you look back at the original Aika, damn this guy has a girly face!!! WTF?! What happened?! Then Bandora… I don’t know if this person is actually a combination of a man, woman and cyborg. Punk Mohawk hairstyle surely makes me think he is a guy but she sounds a lot like an old woman. And those visors made me think she is some cybernetic enhancement or something. I thought the newer Aika was made by a different studio but apparently it is also the same studio who made the original one, Studio Fantasia (Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien, Stratos 4, Soukou No Strain). Wow, talk about a change in art and animation style in just a decade.

I wasn’t going to bother doing the voice acting but I guess I have to because MAMIKO NOTO IS THE VOICE OF KAREN!!! In a time when I am still reeling from her characters that have been killed off, in a time when my favourite and best seiyuu has been relegated to make cameo appearances or take on motherly roles, this is somewhat a great relief to get to hear her voicing a character that fits her voice type so perfectly. The other seiyuus I recognized are Ami Koshimizu as the newer Aika and Miyuki Sawashiro as E.T.A.I. And I didn’t realize it was Yuko Goto behind Miyu’s voice and I believe at that time she didn’t sounded like her trademark Asahina from Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu that perhaps got me stereotyped her voice as that dreamy ghost-like voice. Yeah… Also, I thought Rie sounded familiar. Couldn’t put my finger on it till I finished watching this show. Ikue Ohtani voiced her. You don’t know who that is? Pika! Pika! Chopper!!! Yup, that’s her. It’s so shocking to hear her other than a yellow electric mouse and a reindeer tanuki.

First opening theme is the rock based Silent City by Mari Sasaki with More Natural by Hiroko Konishi as the disco-like ending theme. Then we also have another retro rock style Manatsu No Seiza by Mink as the second opener while Dance With Me Tonight by Punky Fruites as the second one. Personally I like Dance With Me Tonight since it has that funky disco beat and it sure brings back some 70’s music nostalgia. For the newer Aika, Ami Koshimizu sings all the themes. With the spy-like Sailing To The Future as the opener for Virgin Mission and anime rock Flying Kid for Aika Zero. More rock based music as Rise and Dream Hunter are their ending themes respectively.

I want to believe that perhaps it is because of the lacking story and shallow characters the reason why this never got adapted 10 years later. The original Aika made its debut in 1997 before a full 10 years passed then we got an updated Aika that probably nobody asked for. Hence people then might have wised up and wanted something more than just crotch shots and ass shots and their tastes ‘refined’ into better hentai and fapping material. But I digress. We’re just primitives when it comes to such carnal desires. It’s just natural. It’s just in our genes.

All in all, don’t hope much if you want to watch this series. After all, the reason that one may stumble upon this old series is because you’re feeling a bit naughty but not horny enough to go watch real porn! This series is as silly and shallow as one would have imagined but it’s all worthwhile because the story and characters that could have been better written were sacrificed for all the fanservice of ass shots and crotch shots. Well, you can’t have everything. So I hope no Japanese director sees this blog of mine and realize the idea of the need to reboot Aika! Gee, will Aika get younger in the next instalment? Sorry, not a lolicon! Just stick to the basic formula and you can’t go wrong. Boy, you wished Lagu would cleanse the world of perversion right now, no?

I want to play a game. However this isn’t some typical game show whereby you spin the wheel and guess letters of a sentence to figure out the word and earn big bucks in the process. This isn’t also some reality TV series like Survivor where you just get voted off. Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] is a game whereby participants are mysteriously whisked away to a strange place and forced to play various games along with other participants if they are to return to their ordinary lives. The catch? They can die here for real if they are not too careful or fail! Gasp! What kind of game show would risk the lives of their participants?! Oh well. You do know the dog eat dog world of showbiz, right? It’s going to attract a lot of viewers so what’s a little risk, no? Like they say, no pain, no gain.

Episode 1
A few lucky people have been chosen to participate in Let’s Play game called Nakanohito Genome. Among them is Akatsuki Iride as the next thing he knows, he finds himself in a jungle along with Karin Sarayashiki. They have to run for it because a giant panda is coming their way. Kaikoku Onigasaki tells them to take out their eyes and it is easy. However Akatsuki climbs a tree and tries to befriend the panda. It worked! With this stage cleared, the host, Paka congratulates them for such an unusual solution. He lets them know a counter on their left arm known as the epidermal counter. The number represents the view count in real time. Their goal is to make that counter reach 100 million during this live stream. Paka has everyone introduce each other. All are well known streamers who are good in their respective filed like Akatsuki in escape games, Karin in horror games and Kaikoku in Japanese style and Sengoku games. The rest include Himiko Inaba (nurturing games), Anya Kudou (fighting games), Yuzu Roromori (puzzle games), Zakuro Oshigiri (stealth games) and Makino Aikawa (dating sim games). As Anya is uncooperative and wants out, Paka warns him those who are stubborn will be placed in some white room while their comrades go about achieving the goal. That person will wait and wait, not knowing any updates of the progress until he/she dies waiting… Also, death is real here. No resets or save points. In the next Ouija game, Akatsuki, Karin, Anya and Zakuro are selected. They do what the spirits ask like give water. Akatsuki volunteers to be the spirit’s friend. It gets weird when Akatsuki is suddenly pulled from behind and out of the window. Luckily the giant panda broke his fall. Akatsuki then points out somebody in the room. It’s that spirit. Now that she is visible, she thanks him for the water and wonders if he could still be her friend. Akatsuki agrees. But the spirit wants him to burn and die with her. She feels sad that he won’t and will soon be forgotten. Akatsuki confirms he wants to be her friend but cannot go with her now. Once everything is over then he will. You can count on it because he never breaks his promises. With the spirit at ease, the stage is cleared. Their viewership has risen to over 83,000 views.

Episode 2
Paka informs of floating cameras called Pakamera everywhere so that everyone will be able to view live their exploits. They can use the facilities in the city and tower as they wish but do not step into the 51st floor ever. Violators will be persecuted. In this next stage, they have to nurture an egg, raise her and make her get along well with a handsome teacher, Hikaru Genji. At least 4 people are needed for this stage so naturally simulation specialists, Himiko and Makino are in. Akatsuki volunteers and oddly Anya takes this one? With Himiko being serious in raising a character, we see them all hugging around the egg waiting for it to hatch. And the moment it hatches, woah, what this monstrosity?! Folks, meet Murasaki. She is the culmination of their thoughts. Panda face (Akatsuki) with afro (Makino) in a sailor high school uniform (Anya). As the quartet do their best to raise their ‘daughter’, meanwhile we see Yuzu and Karin taking a bath together. Yuzu trolling Karin of lesbianism and even hinting she is not a girl! But this proves that viewership is also evident outside play areas because their view counter just risen a lot! I think bath scenes are going to be a hit… Back to the panda nurturing game, now Murasaki has been enrolled in an all-girls’ high school. Genji is a very popular man among the girls so it is going to be tough. But one day Akatsuki and Makino investigate further into Genji and see him throwing away all the presents the girls gave him as he complains they should have given him better presents like wine. WTF?! Then when Murasaki comes in to give her cookies, after putting up a fake charade, he tramples on her cookies and as usual starts complaining. Murasaki catches him in the act but before he could do something about it, Makino hits him out with a bottle. Murasaki makes cupcakes for everyone while explaining how nice Genji is as a person. Cue that this stage is about to be cleared because damn, this scene of Murasaki disappearing like as though she’s been exorcised?! One last big hug from her ‘parents’. With the stage cleared, their viewership sharply rises to 3.5 million views. We see a secret behind Yuzu’s secret cabinet: Lots of posters on Akatsuki. This girl worships him?

Episode 3
Kaikoku and Zakuro report to the rest. While they were in the previous game, they did some exploring and research. This entire city is like a ghost town. There is nobody else but them. They also explored the 51st floor but the moment Paka showed up, they ran for it. But looks like now he is back to attack them. Due to this violation, he has mimicry man eating plants attacking the place and the entire is lockdown. They must defeat this monster to clear this extremely hard level. Akatsuki almost got devoured by one that mimicked Karin. But when the sun sets, it becomes inactive and even shrinks during night fall. The gang take refuge at the cellar’s storage room. Akatsuki learns Anya has some sort of sleeping problem due to his family’s inherited sleeping disorder. Kaikoku follows Yuzu to her room to take poison ampules that could literally kill the monster. He sees the posters but she hopes he can keep it a secret. They test the poison on the plants and it works like a charm. Yuzu then proposes some password test so that they could differentiate friend from foe. The guys are tasked to follow the roots and pinpoint the core. It leads them to 2 Makinos. Trying to figure out which is the real one, turns out both are imposters! That night, Karin needs to go to the toilet. So why wake up Akatsuki to accompany her? I know Yuzu might be a little cuckoo but shouldn’t she try Himiko? As Akatsuki waits, he too feels the need to use the toilet. But doing so, Yuzu approaches him and attacks him with a hammer! Though missed, Yuzu is very certain this Akatsuki is an imposter. She knows the real one is ambidextrous and this imposter used the wrong hand to protect himself! This imposter must be an intelligent and high level monster to be able to move around at night. Yuzu prides herself in observing Akatsuki her entire life. Actually she doesn’t care if he dies because she wants to dissect him and see what he is made of. He is also the reason why her research of him can never be incomplete. She is in a dilemma to kill this imposter but the moment it shows its fangs, she stabs the poison into him. The next day, Akatsuki doesn’t know why but Yuzu is clinging onto him, feeling a bit guilty but glad that he is okay. The stage is cleared and they gained 7.2 million viewers.

Episode 4
Akatsuki and Anya are fighting because the former tried to give him some sleeping pills he asked from Paka but the latter would not accept it and punched him. Kaikoku and Zakuro continue their investigation. Definitely the city is dead. The utensils are new but there is dust all over. Zakuro doesn’t want him to be reckless again and give them trouble. Because he is here for a reason and won’t quit till he achieves it. His goal is to find his lost twin sister. Paka leads the gang through a village holding some festivities. Because demons will come out to abduct their maidens, to clear the stage they must stop this and rescue all abducted maidens. Destroying all demons will give a true ending but it will be impossible for their level since the demons are on cheat code. The gang is further explained by the village elder, Kihachi and his granddaughter, Kikka. They argue about who should participate in this game (as usual, Akatsuki always volunteers) but the question in who should cross-dress as a maiden to bait the demon. Other than Akatsuki, Makino is selected since his eyes have this strange charm on others regardless of gender. As they wait for the demon to show up, turns out that Kihachi and Kikka are the demons themselves. All travellers who walk in will become their sacrifice. Kihachi doesn’t want those cross-dressing guys so Kikka picks out Karin. She wants to pick another one but Kihachi points out the dungeon is full and if they have to pick another, they must get rid of one. This is when Akatsuki volunteers himself on grounds he can get rid of him if he doesn’t like it. Also, he is doing it for Karin so she won’t be alone. Anya is very upset about this. He remembers Akatsuki talking to him about his bad physical stamina. If Anya collapsed, Akatsuki will not be able to carry him to safety. He wants to clear game this with everyone. I’m sure that struck something inside that hot tempered guy. But don’t despair. Yuzu has stuck a transmitter on Akatsuki and they can track him down.

Episode 5
Kaikoku and Zakuro are chosen to track down Akatsuki and Karen. Zakuro reminds their mission is to bring the duo back alive and not to engage any demons. Kaikoku wonders why he is telling him all this especially about his twin sister. Because the rest are earnestly playing the game and Kaikoku isn’t, it means he is most determined in getting home. The duo reach the base and stumble into Akatsuki. Somehow he managed to squeeze out of his cage. He takes them to see a bird’s eye view of the room. Kikka has turned Karin and the other prisoners into dolls so she can play them in this life sized dollhouse. They split up to find where the other girls are held. Lucky Akatsuki finds them and from the hints they say, the key to the door must be in Kikka’s room. But as he goes get them, he gets knocked out by Kihachi. Grandpa is ready to kill this kid but Paka warns him not to as he is indispensable. Doing so is equivalent to breaking the game system and if he insists, as the admin of this game he will have to reset everything. Does he not want to stay a little longer with his granddaughter? Kihachi gives in. Akatsuki believes Paka has always been alone here and hopes they can escape this place together. But Paka declines. He can’t leave because of a promise. Zakuro is in panic. He finds a tag containing his sister’s name, Sakura. It is revealed she played a beta version of Nakanohito 2 years ago and disappeared. Desperate to look for her, the only way Zakuro was ever going to trace her was to play this game himself. Meeting up with the rest, Zakuro wants the rest to leave first while he settles some unfinished business. He asks Kikka about a girl who looks like him that came here 2 years ago. She taunts him that she might have gotten rid of her. This makes Zakuro mad as he is ready to slash her but is stopped by Kaikoku. Cool his head and leave with the rest, he’ll handle things from here. Kikka was just toying with Zakuro because of his serious face as she can’t remember all her dolls. She calls grandpa to crush Kaikoku but he didn’t respond. Seems Kihachi treasures his time with her so he isn’t going to lift a finger. This leaves Kikka devastated so Kaikoku tells her not to be so selfish. Kikka can’t understand because no grandparents would hate their grandkids but Kaikoku begs to differ. Kikka might have the last laugh since she can tell Kaikoku’s family hates him. That’s why he envies her who is loved by grandpa. Kaikoku just leaves. Together they return and clear this mission. 18.7 million views now, huh?

Episode 6
Paka takes them to a desert tomb. This stage is relatively easy but only 2 can participate and must be a boy and a girl. The pair must head in and retrieve some chromosome but be warned. The only thing you can’t do is lie. Himiko and Anya are chosen from the lot. Akatsuki would have wanted to go but he broke his bones from the last time and is forced to sit out. There goes his perfect attendance record… Anya and Himiko don’t really get along well. Especially when Himiko starts asking some questions, he lies to get her off his back. Then the lights go out. Then mummies attack! Is this what happens when you lie? Eventually they fall down a chasm. We see Anya’s dream of why he cherished his helmet so much. It belonged to his eldest brother and he was killed in a motor accident. When they wake up, before them is an alpaca statue who is going to ask them 3 questions. Because Anya is short tempered and getting violent with it, the statue threatens to squash them with the ceiling. The first question relates to memories. Who was your first love. Anya has none while Himiko took a while to confess about some kid who lived across the street. Meanwhile Zakuro confronts Paka. If it is about his sister, Paka already told him he knows nothing. Zakuro wants to know what he did to Yuzu but Paka warns him about the white room. It isn’t only for those who aren’t uncooperative but who will disrupt the game balance. Don’t worry. The leading potential is Kaikoku. Zakuro wanted to attack Paka but luckily Makino brings him away. Back to the Sphinx’s question, the second question has them reveal 5 great qualities of this form this slime has taken shape. Since both of them see Akatsuki, while Himiko is quick to say them all, it took a while for Anya to drag it out from his mouth. The final confessional question has them say the greatest sin they have committed. Outside, Yuzu is ‘comforting’ Akatsuki who is worried the duo haven’t come back yet. He wonders if he should have gone in instead but Yuzu knows this game will definitely not be suitable for him. Speaking of the devil, Anya and Himiko have come out and cleared this stage. 25 million views now, huh? I am guessing because Himiko’s answer to the third question was she killed her older brother?

Episode 7
Anya and Himiko are arguing because the latter wants to keep this slime! Punitsuki?! Anya remembers Himiko explaining about killing her brother. She can’t remember her brother’s face as he put her up for adoption when she was young. This was to protect her. Soon after that he went missing. Legally if a person is missing for more than 7 years, that person is officially declared dead. Hence Himiko felt that is how she ‘killed’ her brother. Damn technicalities. Today’s game will be hide and seek. Not just your ordinary hide and seek but they’ll hide from these 3 lovely ghost ladies. Folks, meet Misery, Isabella and Carrie. The play area will be their dorm level. Every 15 minutes, the ghosts will come looking for them and they’ll play this for an hour. If the ghost comes into your hiding and finds you, that’s strike one, you’ll lose your vision. The second strike means your eyeballs will be gorged out! To clear this stage, all of them must not be cursed at the end of the game. Due to this difficulty, those who are cursed can be ‘rescued’ if being touched by those not cursed. In the first round, all the girls hiding in the same room got cursed. Also, Kaikoku and Zakuro. Losing sight means having an irremovable blindfold over your face… Akatsuki and Anya come to heal them. In the second round, Kaikoku is hiding in Yuzu’s room. He sees her secret Akatsuki worshipping area but what caught his eye is about some data on the users of this game. Akatsuki and Anya are already cursed once and it is a miracle they managed to hide from the ghost despite Akatsuki sneezing. I guess the ghost wasn’t thorough enough. For the third round, it seems all of them got cursed! Who is going to save them! Makino! He was sleeping in his room all along and somehow fell and stuck between the bed and well. Damn I tell you the ghosts aren’t even thorough! So thank goodness. In the final round, all of them hide in the same room. Akatsuki is confident the ghosts will no look in here. And in the end, all of them cleared this stage and viewership is no at 36 million.

Episode 8
Kaikoku goes through the data on each of them he found in Yuzu’s room. He notes that Yuzu and Akatsuki’s data are the only ones unavailable. With the players having their rest day, Paka suggests trying out the open bath. Akatsuki is bugging everyone to go but looks like this is on hold as they see Kaikoku having a serious talk with Yuzu. Why are they assigning colours to everybody? Curious Akatsuki asks. It’s the colour of their underwear! WTF?! The guys head to the open bath first. OMG. Paka bathing in his suit?! Will this contaminate the water? Because Akatsuki is the only one who will soak in with him, Paka tells a secret. No it’s not his weakness or how to clear this game. They are right next to the girl’s bath! As Paka leaves, he decides to play a prank. He switches the gender signs outside. So when the girls are heard coming in, the guys go into hiding behind the big rock. Then they hear Yuzu molesting Karin in the most ambiguous yuri way. With all the Pakamera lining up, Karin throws a single bucket and strikes all of them out! Woah! What kind of special move is that?! Now the guys are scared. They fear they will meet the same fate if Karin finds out so they discuss for a way to get out alive. Then they ponder some reverse psychology. The guys were here first and since the girls came in later, it’s like the girls were peeking on the guys so it’s not their fault, right? Yeah, try to make it look like an accident. The problem now is who goes first, second, etc. Since they’re arguing over it, Karin busts them. Time to run like hell! It gets even worse when Karin’s towel drops. Somehow this increases her special power. And so we have a bloodied bath and it ends with Himiko dropping her flash grenades. This is surely raking in the views. In the aftermath, Kaikoku continues to look at the data. He looks at his own and sees a note that grandpa is in critical condition. Immediately he takes the elevator to the top. Next morning, Zakuro informs the rest that Kaikoku is nowhere to be found. Indeed. It seems he is now in the white room. Viewership only at 41.8 million? Man, I thought this would have doubled and blast through 80 million!

Episode 9
It seems Kaikoku is accusing Paka of doing something to his grandpa but Paka maintains he did nothing. When Paka goes to see the other players, they aren’t pleased that their friend has been sent to the white room. Even Akatsuki is calling for a strike and won’t play the next game unless all of them are together. Wow. Paka panicking that his best player won’t play? Yuzu suggests calling off the games for the moment. Soon, Paka has everyone gathered. They are given a chance to rescue him within 72 hours. To find the 6 digit combination to enter the white room, the hint is in this 30,000 jigsaw pieces! Paka hints to Yuzu that he is doing this puzzle to remind her of her place. Yuzu being the puzzle expert relays some hints on how they can go about this like they don’t need to put together everything in order to figure out the final answer. Meanwhile Kaikoku finds a lose tile in the bathroom. It seems there is a path headed underground. As he crawls out, he stumbles into Nanami Omejima and Chihiro “Hiro” Akafuda. On pretence to make friends, Nanami tasers him out. When he wakes up, he thought he saw a female version of Zakuro. It’s Sakura! Nanami explains that they are the only people who are now underground and they are from different game editions. They might sound different but it is actually the same place and the name is updated when different people play. Nanami has been stuck here for 4 years. This place is a deserted island and from time to time, there will be helicopters bringing in the supplies. Paka makes sure they all don’t see this. Hiro panics when Sakura goes missing. Kaikoku easily finds her rummaging some stuffs so she explains her being ‘missing’ happens very often. I think Kaikoku realizes a weird love triangle going on here. Hiro -> Sakura -> Nanami. Then going through some watery parts of the underground, she mentions about some mermaid ghost. Oh, is it popping up now? Meanwhile Yuzu is under extreme stress. Based on her experience she knows this puzzle cannot be completed within the timeframe. Until Karin snaps her out from her nail biting habit. She promises to do anything she asks for so in the meantime, please hang in there. Yuzu then starts to realize something. Lots of complicated equations! Damn f*cking equations to get to the answer!!! Looks like Yuzu’s back in the groove.

Episode 10
That mermaid… Turns out to be a giant goldfish! It gets hostile but thanks to Nanami shooting at it, it backs off. Nanami recognizes creature as it was a target in one of their games then. Yuzu explains the Luhn algorithm on how to derive an answer from seemingly random numbers. In short, I don’t get it! She tells the rest to get some rest while she works on it herself. Kaikoku and the rest return to their hideout. Nanami offering Kaikoku to join them in case this is a ruse by Paka to capture them all in one fell swoop. Gee, Paka must be patient to recapture them in one go instead of one by one. Anyway, Kaikoku declines as this kind of team play isn’t his style. Though he agrees to exchange info. The strain has Yuzu collapsed. As Karin goes to get help from the rest, Paka seems to help solve a little of the puzzle and drops the important puzzle piece. This is to make her owe him one and to remember her place as his subordinate. The puzzle to the white room is solved and the rest head in. Hiro calls out to Kaikoku as there are people calling his name. Is there any merit that Nanami is trying to pretend to be Kaikoku and not letting the rest know that there are others? Anyway, Zakuro explains how Yuzu tackled this hard puzzle so hard for him that she passed out. That’s why he wants him to come back with them. Sakura then has Kaikoku promise not to reveal about her. Imagine the flood of emotions her brother will have. After the rest goes back into hiding, Kaikoku only opens the door, much to his friends’ delight. He apologizes to them for making them worry and heads home with them. Later he visits Yuzu in the infirmary and wants to know about the documents on the players he found in her room. Yuzu admits she is this game’s record keeper and on Paka’s side. Her job is to pass info to Paka and serves like a monitor inside the game. She took on this role out of curiosity but now feels she doesn’t want the game to continue on like that. Kaikoku doesn’t care for all that and only wants to know if she is friend or foe. Take your time with your answer but until then, he calls for a truce.

Episode 11
Paka trolling everyone by being afraid of them because they hate him?! Anyway, with the viewership reaching halfway point of 50 million, it’s time for the next game. In this VR game, looks like Kaikoku, Yuzu, Himiko and Makino are turned into little kids. The rest must nurture them until the plant on their head blossom. To clear the game, 3 of them must bloom. Otherwise they will be stuck as kids forever. Anya, try to be nice, okay? So we see them take care of the kids that make it look so easy. Heck, Kaikoku wants to go bath with the girls and Karin allows it because he is a kid and not the current Kaikoku?! Whatever. In the end, Kaikoku, Yuzu and Himiko bloom and the stage is cleared. However noticing that Makino has not even bloomed an inch, Paka again gives some leeway to get them clear the game before tomorrow morning. Don’t want to risk another boycott, eh? No matter how much they do fin things with him, his plant will not grow. We see Makino’s trauma. His parents are always fighting and ignoring him. He sometimes finds his solace with his neighbour onee-san, Sumire. However she only looked at him as a little brother. So leave it to Akatsuki to go have a heart to heart talk with him. Akatsuki doesn’t remember about his own past and his current mom isn’t his biological one. Sometimes the real one doesn’t see her but it’s fine because he knows he loves her. So does Makino have anybody he loves? Even if that love is not returned, can he not be happy with just that? Can he accept it and move on? Makino is about to shut himself out due to his broken heart, thinking his parents never bothered with him and Sumire loves somebody else but then his friends are here to bring him back! Wohoo! Power of friendship, no? Yeah, time to move on. With that (as well as Zakuro calling him by his first name), Makino’s plant blooms. Stage cleared with 67 over million viewers!

Episode 12
Akatsuki asks everyone if Makino has a girlfriend. Because when he and Himiko go wake him up, he accidentally hugged her and thanked Sumire. Asking the guy directly, he just blushed. They even vote on if his girlfriend is older or younger? Only Akatsuki thinks Sumire is older. As the next stage starts, so Paka saying this is where the real fun begins… You mean it’s just going to be a bonus stage?! Everyone is given a set of coins to play any games they want. They can win as many coins and at the end they can exchange it for prizes. Paka merchandises? Boring! But wait! There is one ticket that allows Paka to grant you any wish you want. The only condition is that it must be in the confines of Nakanohito. So we see them playing various (boring) games. Some try to make a killing by betting big but lost all their earnings. Heck, there is one room with suspicious green pipes in which if you drop in, brings you to a familiar underground with familiar blocks and coins… And when you come out, you sport a familiar moustache!!! Ring a bell?! Of course time for some drama as a game Akatsuki plays, he falls into a trap. Not sure what place he is but he is seeing strange visions of his family. I think. The rest are worried he hasn’t been out yet so Paka explains that although his life won’t be in danger, but if he isn’t back by the time limit, he will become a dropout. I guess the only way now is to exchange the coins for the magic ticket. But all of them have lucked out or exchanged them, right? Oh wait. There’s Makino. He’s killing it at the slots! He’s drowning in coins! But since they are only halfway, they can double that with a simple game that is all or nothing. This high-low card game has you guess your card’s value is higher or lower than the dealer’s. So what’s it going to be? Time is ticking… Then everyone remembers Akatsuki’s vote on Sumire’s age. Yup, definitely higher. And with that, Akatsuki returns! Tadaima. Meanwhile we take a detour back at Akatsuki’s household. Mom thinks it’s okay for her husband to go and off he goes with his groupies. For something. On the other hand, our players are getting ready for the next stage… Wow. The bonus stage netted them 70 million viewers?

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What a downer. Here I was expecting the final episode to be some cliff-hanger ending, it ended with somewhat a fun-like level instead. Boring. Heck, I’d be complaining if that cliff-hanger ending made the cut either. And that final scene whereby Akatsuki’s dad meeting up with a few other people, I am assuming they are parents of some of the other players. Because you know, that striking resemblance to their kids… It’s like they’re off to go rescue their kids after they’ve been missing for who knows how long. Anyway that scene feels redundant considering the way the series ‘ended’. Sure, worried parents try to go rescue their kids but I guess they’re not convinced seeing how much fun they’re having and the millions of viewers they are garnering. I wonder how many more don’t like seeing this. Hint, like yours truly! Oh heck, I must be one of those million viewers since I stayed and watched this series till the end.

I think a lot of people try to compare this with Danganronpa and because this one somewhat doesn’t live up to that standard, hence why many gave such excuses of finding this series a poor adaptation. I am guessing that why this series lacks any sort of excitement is because, wait for it, nobody dies!!! As we were told that people who participate in this game have a chance of losing their life for real, initially my perception is that the number of participants will eventually thin out towards the end as the game gets tougher and tougher and some will be risking their lives just to solve the stage and let the rest move on. I know. Blame me for being a bloodthirsty sadist but that is basically how you attract viewership, no? The basic human nature of wanting to see blood spill of others. Therefore with all of the participants here clearing the stages and being so happy in the end, it is a mind boggling matter of how their viewership count can increase dramatically by the end of each stage! Where’s the excitement in that?! Unless they are fans of the participants so it’s like they just hope and wish to see more of them in action rather than some casual viewer who is just out for blood. Too bad this isn’t a horror survival series then.

The other big problem of this series is the games that they play. I believe they do not want to focus on the games and instead of the interaction and bonding of the players. Many of the games that we see them play are just borderline boring. Like raising a child? WTF?! Go to a demon village and rescue captured maidens? Boring! No plot twist whatsoever after the stage is cleared. I know it is to appease to fans of different genres since we have participants from different abilities in the game. But really, the games are somewhat a tool and stepping for the characters to grow closer and bond. But they fail in that too. More on that later. So in terms of the games, I could basically sum it up as boring as f*ck. The closest a game was the most interesting was the hide and seek one with the ghost ladies. I admit it was interesting and as well suspenseful because you know, ghost ladies trying to hunt you down! But the biggest disappointment comes in that final round how all of them managed to win the game without being caught at all! They put all their eggs in the same basket! The worst part was they never explained it to us how Akatsuki deduced that this was the safe room! Yeah people, use your imagination on how they survived that. By that time I was downright losing it and from then on, I wasn’t just interested in whatever games they played anymore. Whatever. Just get it on and clear the stage.

On to the characters, I believe they are also a big miss and unfortunately as much as they try to keep the intrigue and mystery with some of them, ultimately I think that a dozen episodes weren’t enough to properly flesh all 8 of them out. Maybe they could have run for another cour but who knows if it would still be interesting. The biggest gripe I have is have the characters’ backgrounds feel superficial. They are just shown snippets of their past or whatever and then nothing else. You move on. I mean, all of the players I believe have some sort of past and a reason why they participate in this game, willingly or unwillingly. But to skim over them just to ‘alert’ us that hey, this is their past. Note that? Okay. Let’s move on. It just doesn’t make us feel we want to put our support behind them. Ironically we have players who are pros in their related fields. But where is one who is skilled in third person shooters? I guess Japanese people don’t play Overwatch, Fornite, PUBG or even Call Of Duty or Counter Strike.

Like Himiko, when she said she killed somebody, it sure hell made me interested to know more about it. And then it was just briefly explained about how she technically ‘killed’ somebody figuratively and not physically. It was really a disappointment. So that’s it for this shy chick, huh? The only reason why order is kept and the guys not fighting each other because of her flash grenades. It’s her only prominent point we’d mostly remember. Every group needs an angry guy. That’s you Anya. What about why he carries a helmet around to honour his dead brother? Then there is Makino who is always sleeping wherever and whenever he can. Yes, this guy can even sleep upside down on rock like as though he is defying the laws of nature and physics! They try to make this Makino guy having this enigmatic ambience. It makes us want to know who this guy. Every time you look into his eyes, you wanna fall in love with this hunk. And then a convenient episode just to give us his flashback… Uhm… I guess it’s okay? Once you know about that, it’s like, whatever.

The biggest mysterious players are Akatsuki and Yuzu themselves. It is hinted that they are more than just players and while Yuzu is revealed to be on Paka’s side, it didn’t really send any shockwaves. If this is supposed to be the biggest twist, then I guess it failed. Of course Akatsuki as the main character, how much do we know about him? He seems like an eager beaver wanting to join in every game. He is like the glue that sticks all the players together because otherwise nobody would be wanting to cooperate in the first place. His eternal smile and positivism I am guessing is hiding something even tragic. That is why he acts like an airhead to try and cover up whatever background he has. I may be wrong and Akatsuki might just be some natural airhead who loves to play games. That’s all. Last episode tries to hint something but it just didn’t really matter because once again you’d expect the power of friendship to get him out of whatever problem. That’s what friends are for, right? Another unanswered question is how the genome fits into all this. Every time they clear a stage, they receive some chromosome thingy. Are they taking samples of the players’ DNA to build a secret army? Or at least clone their gaming skills?

As you might have guessed, there are a few mind boggling questions that pop up in your head while watching this series. At least mine did. The mind boggling one goes to those secret underground kids. Don’t tell me Paka is that dumb and lets them run around and do as they wish? Nanami I assume is the ‘oldest’ because he has been stuck underground for 4 years! FOUR DAMN YEARS!!! So what is he planning to do? I’m sure it is to bust out and waiting for the right time. Keep waiting… So long those kids do not interfere with the current games, I guess Paka is willing to close an eye. I mean, Paka could have captured all of them as and when he likes and as the game master, he has the power and authority to do it. I know we see him kowtowing to Akatsuki’s demands but I’m sure he is just trolling for the sake of the game.

What about the viewership of the game? Are the rising numbers due to the same people watching (because some of us own multiple devices and online accounts) or are they truly unique viewers? Because it feels strange that the counter actually goes up by a few million after every stage is cleared. I mean, are there no viral cute cat videos out there?! Are people so bored or the marketing team of this game is so good that they attract others to get glued to their screen? Heck, even there are not many fanservice scenes and the numbers still increase proportionately. As the numbers do not go down, I am assuming once they start watching the stream, they’ll forever watch it till it finishes. No wonder at this rate they look like they have potential to hit a million viewers. It is just going to take a while… I mean, there’s no time limit to achieve that, right?

Of course Paka himself being the biggest mystery of all, you wonder what his intentions are in hosting these games. Conspiracy theories and speculations are rife from my side because one of mind is that he would need to achieve a certain number of viewership before he can leave the island. Or maybe he needs to host a number of editions before he can get his wish granted. Something like that. Or maybe he is the last of his Alpacan alien race and the only way to save his tribe is to extract the DNA of the best players? A bit of a stretch there… Paka doesn’t sound or look very threatening and quite accommodating to the players as most of the time you see him give some freedom to complete things. Like how he helped Yuzu complete her puzzle and give others a chance to save Makino. I’m sure those aren’t part of the rules but as the game master and host, he controls everything. I don’t think he even wants to kill them at all. Seeing how he prepared events for them to relax and have fun, this guy probably wants people to enjoy his giant amusement park. What’s a big Disneyland when you have no visitors to enjoy, huh?

Art and animation I think it tries to be as edgy as Danganronpa but overall it comes off as a bit bland, the visuals and the colour hues. The characters have this cute and kawaii looks to it like as though they are one step away from being a chibi version of themselves. Even Anya as the angsty character doesn’t look menacing. A lot of crude talk perhaps made us think he is so. This series is animated by Silver Link who has done Non Non Biyori, Strike The Blood, Masamune-kun No Revenge, Kokoro Connect and Imouto Sae Ireba Ii just to name a few.

For the voice acting, I only recognized Kenjiro Tsuda as Paka. Why do I have a feeling that this guy is going to be the Johnny Depp of voice acting since his eccentric low voice makes him suitable to voice weird characters like that pervy erotic novelist dad in Midara Na Ao-chan Wa Benkyou Ga Dekinai and Ogata in Golden Kamuy. The other casts are Daiki Yamashita as Akatsuki (Midoriya in Boku No Hero Academia), Akari Kitou as Karin (Kaho in Blend S), Kaori Nazuka as Yuzu (Tsukasa in Amagami SS), Tasuku Hatanaka as Anya (Kaminari in Boku No Hero Academia), Takuya Satou as Kaikoku (Sasajima in Nana Maru San Batsu), Kouki Uchiyama as Zakuro (Ichika in Infinite Stratos), Manaka Iwami as Himiko (Chiaki in Gamers) and Takuma Terashima as Makino (Stone River in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes). Bonus point: Mamiko Noto making her short cameo is Akatsuki’s mother!!! Or aunt. Whoever. I don’t care. Phew. So glad hearing her voice just made my day after finishing watching this series.

Not Game by Tasuku Tatanaka as the opening theme, uhm, feels a bit weird. I has this hip tune to it and although it is not bad, somehow I just feel it doesn’t fit the series. Because it gives off this feeling that everybody is having fun and that there is no danger at all to the players! Which is what it is actually. Then the ending theme, Boku Wo Mitsukete by Fhana feels equally weird at least in terms of the tune of the song. Not really to my liking. I don’t know if the ending credits animation is trying to do homage or copied after the first season of Durarara’s ending theme. It looks strikingly similar…

Overall, I wanted to like this series but unfortunately the boring games and weak character development, it only makes me dream if there was an alternate version whereby it was truly a horror survival game where the participants truly dies! But I guess I have to accept that this is a team game whereby everyone pitches in and helps each other out. Yeah, this feels like one big elaborated team building camp with the characters coming out nicely and happy. Everybody wins! Everybody gets a participation trophy! You’re a winner! He’s a winner! She’s a winner! Everybody’s a winner! Certainly, this isn’t the next Gangnam Style material that would break the counter of YouTube. What next after achieving a million views? I guess we are going back to watch those viral cute cat videos. That will surely rake up hundreds of millions of views in a short period of time.