Chio-chan No Tsuugakuro

November 25, 2018

There is a saying that goes, life is more of the journey than the destination. This is quite true for the anime series, Chio-chan No Tsuugakuro. If you think your daily life of going to school is so boring, well, maybe it is. But as for our titular character, every morning her path to school is filled with all kinds of ‘diversions’. Each time, she has to overcome them all in order just to reach school in time or forever be in the unwanted permanent records of being tardy. Sheesh. Makes you be at least thankful that your road to school is mostly smooth and plain sailing…

Episode 1A
Chio Miyamo is late for school. Suddenly there is a roadblock ahead. The detour is long and she is running out of time. Flashback shows she played her assassin video game till the wee hours of the morning. Yup, she brought this upon herself. Plus, her school has strict tardy rules and she doesn’t want to be grouped together with those delinquents. She thought of climbing the pole and walk on roofs like an assassin. She manages to do it but in less than spectacular fashion. As she walks along, she begins to feel good like as though she is the assassin. She tries to act like one when suddenly a guy opens the window to brush his teeth! Luckily she ducks and hides but his saliva keeps spilling onto her glasses! Gross! Finally that big spit! YUCK!!! When she wants to get down, she realizes she is in a crowded area. She fears to be seen because if word gets out some girl is climbing down, she’ll never see the end of the taunting. She notices a boy crying because his balloon is stuck up in the tree. A tall man walks by and his busty mom asks for help. However he looks down on poor people and walks away. Chio feels like wanting to teach him a lesson. Using he assassin game skills, she throws pebbles at him. Naturally he uses his bag to defend. At this point, she jumps and uses him as a launch pad to the other building. Everyone is stumped why this dude is passed out. As for the balloon, she tied a pebble to it so it descends to the boy who saw her and believes she is the legendary assassin! Chio manages to get down and out from a car park. But why is a pervy guy looking at her like that? She ignores him and joins her fellow classmates to school. Soon it is upload that a girl is seen walking out from a love hotel!

Episode 1B
Chio is shocked when Yuki Hosokawa waves at her. As she is a popular athletic person, there is no way they would mix and often Chio would get out of her way. She starts thinking if there is someone else behind her. But if she ignores her, Yuki might get offended if she was really waving at her. As she walks closer, somehow she trips into the garbage area. This allows her a chance to see if anybody was at her back. None. Yuki is indeed waving at her and is worried she fell like that. As they walk to school together, Chio starts overthinking. She tries to start a conversation but it sounded awkward. Luckily Yuki’s friends are here. Chio uses this chance to escape and dash into the convenience store to hide in the toilet. She waits and goes out thinking Yuki would have joined her friends but it seems she actually waited for her! Yuki thinks she has a weak stomach and agrees not to tell. Chio feels bad for doubting and deceiving her as she went out her way to be nice to her. So when they finally reach school and Chio finally ekes out a hi, Yuki has sprint ahead and the other (ugly) guys think Chio likes them. Luckily Chio sneezes so the guys think it’s just that. Phew.

Episode 2A
Once more Chio stays up late to play her video games. On her way to school, a gangster, Mayuta Andou parked his bike in the middle of the narrow street. Chio and an old guy try to pass without making a fuss but Chio’s thigh touches the exhaust pipe. So hot that she screams. Andou takes this as a challenge and tries to beat her up. As she struggles, her elbow accidentally hits his head. She takes this chance to escape but somehow feels the need to remove the bike so as others won’t share the same fate. Yeah, it’s heavy. She dropped it. Crash! When Andou wakes up, he sees Chio sitting on his fallen bike like a delinquent queen! In order to hide what she has done, she does some tough talking under the name of Bloody Butterfly (her online avatar). Although she sounds high and mighty, technically she isn’t lying as she is basing her experience from gaming. This guy believes it but I think it’s because Chio ‘jiggled’ his brain earlier on. So to pay his last respects never to park his bike like that again, he sends Chio to school. Man, this is embarrassing. When Gotou the teacher stops her, she lies her way out that she is a foreign transfer student.

Episode 2B
Chio walks with her friend, Manana Nonomura. The duo discuss about love but of course neither has zero experience. They see Yuki with a guy as Manana adlibs their conversation. Suddenly the guy takes her into the alley. Both feel curious of wanting to go see what happens. With their pitiful excuses, they accuse the other of being piece of sh*t. They see Yuki rejecting his confession. The rejection surprisingly goes smoothly. When Yuki suggests Chio’s name to be friends with, Manana becomes jealous. She thinks she intends to abandon her and enter Yuki’s circle of friends. When Yuki is seen coming out, Chio quickly puts her face close to Manana. From that angle, they look like kissing and their face can’t be seen. So the newly rejected couple make haste trying to be considerate and not interrupt their make out. So did they really kiss or not? Well, let’s say they agree for their lips never touched.

Episode 2C
What’s this? Manana is suddenly Yuki’s friend?! While waiting for Chio, Yuki learnt she is Chio’s friend and anyone who is her friend is also her friend! WTF networking? Chio listens to them as Manana asks lots of pretty bold stuffs (“Are you a virgin?”) and even very intellectual questions that she herself can’t understand. Chio realizes Manana has abandoned her and was using her as a stepping stone to be part of Yuki’s groupie, something Manana isn’t shy about hiding. When Manana tries to show off her coolness, like badmouthing that fatty with no future, turns out this Toshio Ushida guy knows Yuki and she is her running trainer! Yeah, with Manana being ‘abandoned’, Chio comes back to bite and tease her. So they come clean with all the lies they said as they smoke out Ushida who also reveals he isn’t a company president but a grunt who wants to look cool. But Yuki isn’t mad. She has also done her fair share of lying like acting unwell during meets to get out. So the cure for this is running? Yeah, they had fun running to school.

Episode 3A
Chio sees Andou and his gang. She would have easily walked away had not she overheard him telling how ferocious his encounter with Bloody Butterfly was! He claims he is living up to his promise to leave the gang as he paints Chio like some living devil. His gang want to see who this terror is and speaking of which, here comes Chio! Andou is scared but the guys feel disappointed to see a normal high school girl. After that build up, not surprising. Andou thought he is in sh*t when she wants to speak to him alone. It seems she clarifies what happened. Of course Andou felt like a fool now that the truth is out. But to think all that happened, he is amazed while slamming his own head on the wall. He feels the need to at least continue this clown act to the end with his buddies. He returns to them and tells them to running. They are shocked to see him bleeding (from the head banging) like as though he got owned by Bloody Butterfly. Eventually they run and Andou ends things with her. In the aftermath, Manana heard rumours of some bloody something defeated some bike gangsters so Chio pretends not to know anything.

Episode 3B
Chio is quite athletic so Manana fools her into doing some weird motion action while spewing kabaddi nonsense. Funny until Yuki introduces them to their busty senior, Madoka Kushitori who is the captain of the kabaddi club. She thinks they are interested and is going to teach them. I’m not into kabaddi but why does she sound like this game is like one elaborated tag game? Anyway, they are forced into a practice match in which if they lose, they will join the club. Manana loses after getting tackled by Kushitori-Yuki team. If Chio loses, she’ll have to shoulder whatever kabaddi responsibility for the rest of her school life. So she avoids Yuki’s tackling like hell. She then has the perfect plan to end the game. Something like making Kushitori touch Yuki’s back but her arm goes through her pussy. Chio has observed that Kushitori is into girls than the game. The way she looked a Manana as well as Yuki proves it. Plus, she prioritizes touching Yuki’s pussy than going after her. Chio dares challenge her to another game but can she let go of that pussy? Nope. Kushitori clutches her ass even further! When they make their way to school, Manana asks straight about those boobs. Kushitori reveals she wasn’t this busty before joining this club. She thinks because of its Indian origins that has some yoga element, that must have an effect on her body. And so we see Chio and Manana doing weird kabaddi poses while going to school… Kabaddi! Kabaddi! Kabaddi!

Episode 4A
Manana hints about doing romantic stuffs before one dies. But for Chio, her bucket list includes flicking back the cigarette butt into the car of the person who threw it out! Oh good, there’s one happening now. Chio dives to grab the cigarette but crashes into the pole. The driver drove away. Dream didn’t come true. With the cigarette butt in hand, Chio knows she’ll get into trouble if she doesn’t throw it away. But Manana knows Chio is the kind of girl who thinks smoking is cool so she convinces her to pose with it because hey, it’s not lit so it’s just garbage. Chio loves looking like a bad girl while posing with the cigarette as Manana snaps away. Of course her true intention is to post them online! But now Chio convinces Manana to do the same. Once bitten by the cigarette bug… They hope to do more after this but at the school gates, Gotou stops all those who passed as he smells tobacco! Gasp! He sniffs out Chio. She admits her story and he believes her. However Chio is in disbelief he doesn’t think she smoked it. He saw lipstick prints on it and this brand is pretty strong. Not satisfied, she tries to convince him she did. Everybody laughs. That’s why. Desperate, she tries to show the photos! I think that’s it. Manana stops her. Otherwise she’s going down with her too.

Episode 4B
The duo make about whether or not working could be fun. Then they see a downtrodden guy about to quit his job. Hey. Isn’t that Andou?! He is delivering newspapers? When he sees Chio, he tries to act cool but still on the verge of quitting. Chio won’t allow that and will help him deliver all the newspapers. The girls experience rude unappreciative gestures from the old folks. Yup, these folks don’t like their papers late. But why was Andou late in delivering them? Apparently he was stopped by the police. He raised his voice and that only delayed things. With Chio trying to cheer him up, Manana thinks she likes him. The delivery reaches a point where Andou fears this old guy. Yup, he is waiting outside his door just to give his piece of mind for his late paper. The girls coordinate their effort to slip the newspaper into his door. A few close shaves and their mission is a success. Andou is grateful to Chio but Manana is sickened by this budding romance and breaks them up to return to school. When Manana tries to bring up if Chio likes Andou, it seems Chio bugs her for the 100 Yen. Because Chio won the bet. So that’s why she’s been so good to Andou… But Andou may start to like Chio…

Episode 4C
Not sure about Manana’s problem about one’s single vague expression which is enough to tell you’re aren’t greeting somebody but you are. So when one of Manana’s friends greet her, Manana probably went into shock mode (making that stupefied face too which I believe isn’t a subtle greeting whatsoever) so her stomach starts hurting. With the crowd gathering and wondering if something is wrong with her, Chio quietly runs away! Don’t want to have anything to do with this weirdo and weird situation.

Episode 5A
Chio suddenly feels the urge to pee! It feels like an eternity dragging herself across the road. When she finally spots a toilet, she barges in and does her business. All refreshed. But here comes the problem. She entered the men’s toilet. With men streaming in and doing business like as though they’re going to war, Chio realizes she is trapped. She can’t simply go out too as she realizes in front of the toilet is a bus stop so the crowd must have built up. Hiding in the store, she notices some of the tools. She thought of using a hose to strangle a man, assimilate in his clothes and walk out! This isn’t a game… Instead, she puts the cleaning in progress sign, splashes the area with her green tea that looks like pee colour as she peeks out the back window. There might be less people passing but still passers-by nonetheless. When the timing is right, she throws those urinal balls to distract the cat to distract the high school girls looking at it play to distract the dirty old men looking at their asses. Chio uses this chance to go through the window but is a bit stuck! Oh man, if they only turned their heads they would have seen the best fanservice twerking ever. Finally Chio frees herself but her sudden crash shocks everyone. She pretends the cat belongs to her and chases after it to make her getaway. And the girls thought those urinal balls are the latest cute toy… Yuck!

Episode 5B
Momo Shinozuka is part of the disciplinary committee. It is no surprise she likes Gotou and wants to be of use to him. Because he states the reports of declining moral standards of their students, Momo goes to observe some of them on her way to school. Yup, it’s those bungling duo of Chio and Manana. She is confused watching them. At first they’re like so friendly with each other. Then they burst into some barbaric rage fighting one another before returning to normal like as though all that madness never happened. Momo cannot stand watching them anymore and confronts them (after that water bottle fiasco that had the duo ended up arguing with each other) and lectures to them about friendship. She threatens to report all she has seen but the duo are going to show them their super friendship move: A lame (but annoyingly cute) cat dance!!! So how’s that friendship for you? Uhm, Momo is crying and believes their true friendship!!! So beautiful she won’t report and overlooks the other hideous parts. When she asks for advice about being close to someone, they can pick up that she likes Gotou. That embarrassed reaction just confirms it. Manana becomes interested to support her and gives her whatever advice. Momo returns to Gotou and is happy she gets to be with him. But a rival girl pops up seemingly trying to flirt with him. Momo decides to use Manana’s teachings to stem off her rival but it backfires since she has better physique and feminine charm than her if she were to take it all seriously. Dense Gotou doesn’t understand what’s going on.

Episode 6A
It seems Kushitori has been missing for a week. But Chio and Manana find her practising kabaddi at a park with a hobo dude as her master! Apparently she got lost hiking in the mountains. Near death, this dude saved her. Remember, this is just the neighbourhood park. Chio notices the practice dolls look like her so she forces Manana to go talk to Kushitori. Manana might say some weird things but Kushitori’s weird reaction is due to her withdrawal symptoms of not touching a girl’s butt for a week. She tries to purge her worldly desires but ends up thinking about Yuki’s ass. Master then tells his story. He was an office worker and a very tired one. One day on the train he saw lively high school girls talking. He felt their liveliness gave him some energy. So he thought he wanted some of that energy himself. Yup, he tried to grope them. He lost everything and became a hobo. So the lesson is touching high school girls’ ass is a privilege? Oh well, you’ve really got some good privileges there, Kushitori. Now that she is resolved to touch asses (going Super Saiyan?), she is gunning for Manana. So that traitor girl gave away Chio’s position (she in turn was trying to call Yuki to take all the credit). Kushitori grabs Chio and can’t stop groping her ass! With Yuki arriving, Chio paints a picture that her body is in healthy shape since a track meet is coming up. Kushitori now guns for Yuki’s butt as she runs for her life. Now Chio gets back at Manana by groping her ass. The winner of it all is hobo dude. Witnessing the best of girls groping each other’s butts!

Episode 6B
Chio successfully completed a game that saved America. Now she is acting like those stealthy heroes, checking the corners and all. She spots Manana and thinks of giving her a surprise. However trying to hang from the bridge is a lot tougher than it sounds. She can’t risk falling and wet herself so she calls out to her. Manana thinks it is a ghost and tries to exorcise it by saying how much better humans are? Eventually Manana finds out but she’s not going to help her. Knowing that this is one of her pranks, it is better she learns the hard way and take the fall. Chio won’t give up and uses all her energy to grab onto Manana’s legs, pulling her down. If not for the barrier, she might have gone down too. So Chio is grabbing onto her legs like a koala. Manana lectures her about everything but Chio starts crying for real. The friends put aside their animosity to try and help each other out. Just when Chio thought she is in the clear, she falls back but Manana quickly catches her. This has them end up in a very compromising and precarious situation. Do they have time to argue? If not for a passer-by to help them out, they would have been goners or stuck in that lesbian position forever.

Episode 7A
Chio is eager to get the western game magazine from the only convenience store that sells it. However it’s not there! She realizes it has been replaced with some BL magazine! She goes on to rant how she loves the macho manliness of western games and complains how gay-looking the designs of JRPGs!!! OMG! Somewhat true! Of course curiosity kills the cat as she takes a peek. Suddenly new awakening! She kinda likes it but when she tries to buy it, she realizes it is Andou at the register! She can’t put it back since she ‘damaged’ the magazine (doggy ear). She hatches a plan to camouflage the book by putting another book on top. At the counter, Andou takes interest in the book she uses to camouflage. It is a driving book and she thinks she is going to get her motorcycle licence. While distracting him to find a proper school for her, Chio tries to use the chocolates to hide that erotic guy on the cover page. I don’t know it works or not but Andou sees it and scans the code. Purchase made. As Chio decides to leave like that, Andou then calls her. It seems he knows about that magazine she bought and will not judge her interests. He takes the liberty to put the magazine in a paper bag since it’ll be dangerous to walk with it in public. Glad of how considerate he is, Chio? Back home, Andou plays a BL game in the name of research. With his male friend watching, damn is there going to be some sort of awakening?!

Episode 7B
A little girl suddenly does kanchou up Manana’s butt!!! She tries to aim for Chio too but not only Chio is swift but she tries to do kanchou on her as well. The standoff ends when Manana does a surprise kanchou up her ass. Taking her away for interrogation, she has a mouth tightly shut. Until she hints she is doing this not because she specifically targeted them. She has a grudge with their school and chose them because they look weak. They laugh at her and plan on how to embarrass her when she somehow gets back up to do kanchou on Manana’s butt again! The furious kanchou battle continues as Chio realizes they are in a public park. Chio tries to bring their fight away from the public eye but accidentally her back got ‘poked’ by a tree branch. Before the little girl could finish her off (and mentioning about getting revenge on her brother or something), Kushitori grabs her. Her little girl senses must be giving off the alert. Kushitori allows her to do kanchou but the little girl suddenly feels she might regret doing it. That is when Kushitori advises her about growing up to be a refine lady, etc. Too bad in the end she runs away while giving the middle finger. Manana has returned and is gunning for revenge. No little girl in sight. Unfortunately for the rest of the day she can’t sit as her ass hurts.

Episode 7C
Chio and Manana notice an old lady always sitting in front of a store. They think it might be that story they heard about a romantic couple who used to meet here when they were young. There were hydrangea flowers where the store is. They thought it brought back those nostalgic memories when they realize she is playing games on her Smartphone! Then the store manager scolds her for stealing their Wifi that is only for paying customers. He threatens to block her phone but she doesn’t care and will hack it! Oh sh*t. Old people are so scary…

Episode 8A
When Yuki meets up with the duo to go to school, she is dressed in her athletic getup. Can’t blame her since the meet is close and she’s excited. But you know how ‘sexy’ and ‘exposing’ the getup is, right? Hence Manana tries to make her realize this by having them walk through the convenient store with lots of people. Yup, lots of stares from the men. Too sexy for my eyes! But what’s this? Yuki is enjoying this? Because it’s like the people in a stadium watching over her. With this plan failed, it seems Chio has changed into her tennis club getup. She realizes this is her plan to avoid being the centre of attraction while being with Yuki. However this makes Manana standing out as the odd one. So to ‘get rid’ of Yuki, she hints the distance to the school is the exact distance she runs. Chio can see where this is going as they both tug Yuki. Eventually Manana uses a popper that makes it sound like a starting gun and has Yuki start racing. With Chio now standing out, she begs for a place to change back. But will Manana allow her? She manages to do so as Chio reminds her when they were young, Manana wore her swimsuit first before heading to the pool. Manana doesn’t want to remember that embarrassing incident.

Episode 8B
Thanks to a new game Chio played, she shows off using her legs to climb in between 2 buildings. Before she could show if off to Manana, looks like she got distracted talking to a barely recognizable Ushida. Fearing this dude might look up and see her panties, she climbs up further! You mean she’s not climbing down? Feeling like a game and before she could act it out, somebody opens the window! She hides and in time manages to climb up with all that strength and dexterity before that guy spots her. Phew. Close shave. Chio continues making her way up. At this point, Manana is done talking and sees this atrocity. She is going to get Chio as she walks up the building and even does a smart distraction of an office worker taking a break (sending lunch to her dad).At the top, Manana is so mad that she jumps over ready to beat up Chio? It is when Chio realized Manana with no athletic abilities had jumped over a building and could have fell to her death. Manana faints upon realizing this. Chio realizes the reward earned from this is true friendship. When Chio brings her down, they stumble into that office worker. Chio exaggerates whatever Manana’s story. So a moving story…

Episode 8C
Before Momo was part of the disciplinary, she tried to nicely advice others for their good but they ignore her and find her annoying. This includes an effective way for them to study. It really got to her when Gotou stopped her at the gates as she screamed out about being the only one singled out. He claims she had this look on her face that wanted him to stop her. He knows she has something to tell and listens out to her. He finds her ideas good and suggests she joins the discipline committee as she is the only one fit for that position. For the first time she felt needed and couldn’t hold back her tears. The rest is history.

Episode 9A
Chio was studying last night but when she tried to research online, she ended up playing her game and then ended up arguing with mom. Hence no study progress made. So today is the test, what now? Pray to God!!! I wonder how far she can pass with 100 Yen… But wait! A voice tells her she will pass! Nope, it’s not God. It’s that hobo guy who was Kushitori’s master. From his BS crap, he is saying that Chio can pass if she is pretty. And yeah, Chio falls for this sweet trap and allows him to do a makeover. Manana agrees to help seeing this is quite interesting… When Chio takes off her glasses, her face is pretty plain. Yup, her glasses ‘enhanced’ her beauty. First, he has her wear a wig and then stylizes it to Marilyn Monroe. Next, Manana applies her makeup. Chio actually looks decent but I guess they don’t have western taste and find her ‘ugly’. So they blame each other but since time is running out, another makeover. This time putting on a traditional geisha hairstyle, I think it looks worse. Chio can’t wait to see herself so hobo dude says her beauty level is at ‘porn magazine level’. Well, at least for that period. Chio is so happy she starts doing cringe sexy stuffs. Like pole dancing with disco lights! OMG. She’s good! Then the wig falls off and the rest try to give all sorts of excuses. Chio realizes it is a failure. Yeah, better rush to school before you fail that test too. Hobo guy is happy to have had fun with them as he reveals his bald head and relishes playing with wigs.

Episode 9B
Not sure why Chio is so infatuated and thinking how manly guarded water pipes above rivers are. Manana laughs at her romantic idea of a guy proposing to her standing on it! They see Andou doing a delivery throw. Chio is fascinated with it and this prompts Manana to think Andou likes Chio. As they continue, Andou again is seen up ahead but now smoking cigar. Is he doing this deliberately? Manana starts imagining if the duo become a pair, they’ll lead a very western and extravagant lifestyle compared to her meagre Japanese style. She breaks them up and move along. But yet again, Andou is seen feeding a cat up ahead. It runs as Andou chases after it. Manana is shocked to hear Chio asking if Andou likes her since he messages her a lot. Didn’t know they exchanged contacts, eh? Manana fears being left alone on her way to school?! But the next corner is the weirdest. Andou is seen in a BL position with another guy! Apparently he researched a lot on this BL stuff and managed to get a friend to help replicate this scene from the BL game. However both girls are not impressed and walk away. Other unrelated fujoshi parties recognize this. Chio feels embarrassed thinking about the thought that someone likes her. Andou laments his failure but seems his partner has a new ‘awakening’… Oh sh*t…

Episode 10A
Momo suddenly needs Chio and Manana’s help to buy sweets. Apparently Gotou said something cryptic about people eating sweets in the park and tossing them away instead of just sleeping in. Huh? Yeah, you me there too. So Momo thought a lot about it and put her in their shoes. Hence she thought of buying some sweets to eat but is afraid to buy it alone. As they lead her to a shop, the duo pluck flowers and suck. Momo admonishes them for vandalism but they let her taste it. It’s so sweet! Wow. Momo acting like she totally loves it. A side we’ve never seen before. Soon she regains her senses and this is the reason why she wanted them to come along. To stop her if she starts acting weird. In that case, why don’t just eat sweets that are salty? From that face, it looks like she really wants her sweets sweet. At the shop, as Momo pops the first one, I think she tries to sound like one of those exaggerated reactions in cooking shows but fail. The duo are so confused that they aren’t sure to stop her. Thinking this is her normal side, they join her. Yup, buy more sweets and enjoy the great taste! So we have 3 girls being loudmouths tasting how good the sweets are. In the end, Momo is filled with regret that they didn’t stop her. How could they? She looked so happy. They invite her to have a sweet party of their own next time. Momo returns to Gotou but he could smell sweets all over her.

Episode 10B
Chio spots that kanchou girl! Calling Manana for backup. As she tails her, she sees her trying to beat up Andou. So Chiharu is Andou’s little sister?! She is mad for him working because she prefers him as the cool badass gang leader. WTF. Man, this girl knows a lot of rude words. When Chio and Chiharu finally meet and learn their circumstances, Chiharu explains she knew something was wrong with Andou and tried to find out more info from his gang members. But they tried to keep it a secret and all she heard was that girl was from a certain school. That’s why she was finding that girl and wants to kill her! So that’s basically Chio, right? However Chiharu also wants to make that woman his wife seeing how she greatly changed his life. Normally Chio will not bother about this but as Chio describes ‘this woman’ as some sex crazy slut, she’s not going to let it slide. To prove it, Chio tries to whack Andou to dislocate his jaw but keeps missing and elbows his face. He accidentally grabs her boobs and they become comically embarrassed. That is when Manana knocks out Andou! She is back and gunning for revenge on Chiharu! Both girls get ready to face off when suddenly Andou gets back up to warn not to lay a finger on his sister or else! Wow. He is so terrifying even if he is unconscious. Manana feels scared and backs down. Yeah, it’s over just like that. The showdown is over when Andou returns to work. Chiharu is still rude to them but Manana is now more afraid of delinquents although she doesn’t remember punching Andou.

Episode 10C
Because of Andou’s past traumatic experience that his pet cat died, he decides to buy food for this stray cat outside this convenience store. However he sees the cat seemingly in trouble and tries to save it. However he bears all the brunt of the troubles but thankfully Andou is a tough guy. In the end, he manages to feed it (I guess the contents spilled everywhere during the chaotic incidents) and they got a little closer.

Episode 11A
Chio and her team successfully complete a group mission. However Chio betrays them and kills them all! But then she hears her mom calling and quickly goes to bed. Chio is perfect in her play that mom didn’t suspect a thing at all. Once she is gone, Chio runs back to ascertain if her (ex) teammates are all dead. They are! Yahoo! All the money is hers! So excited now, she couldn’t sleep. She thinks she is so good that she can rob banks in Japan. Yeah, Google it why don’t you? The best answer tells her it is impossible and only crazy idiots who played too much games could think so. Chio then dozes off and when she wakes up, panics she might have overslept. It is not 8am but 4am. This panic attack once again has mom barging into her room. In that semi-dressed state, mom is worried she has something wrong and wants to take her to the hospital. Although Chio manages to assure she is okay, the issue at hand now is that she cannot sleep. Because of the interrupted sleep cycle, it will be late by the time she wakes up or if she stays awake, she will fall asleep when it’s time to wake up. She is known not to wake up from alarms and mom has warned she won’t wake her up. Hence this idea. Manana is puzzled Chio texted her to meet up early at the shrine. She thinks she has been up late playing games again judging from the time she sent the text. A weird girl wearing some paper bag is seen waiting there. It’s Chio sleeping… Chio wakes up and this is part of her plan to let Manana wake her up. However her head starts to hurt like hell. While she was sleeping, Manana kept hitting her head with a wood. Lesson of it all: It doesn’t matter as long as nobody finds out… Also, something about karma being a b*tch…

Episode 11B
Manana has been worried about her own BO that she couldn’t sleep. So she has Chio help smell her. Good news. She doesn’t smell. Now she wants to smell Chio if she has BO. Is this friendship? I think Manana got a critical hit but as not to offend her, she says she is clear. Manana starts to overthink what if Chio’s BO is the reason why she has always stayed a low profile? Manana has always been with her and hence used to her smell. She is about to pity her but then realizes something more important. Manana had a crush on this boy, Kensuke Makiyama. However he then dated another girl. She was so sure she was his first pick. She thinks the girl told him that Manana was friends with that BO girl and hence the smell would spread. He chickened out. Now Manana is mad that Chio ruined her normal life and then she starts crying and feeling sad of the things she had to go through. Man, what an emotional roller coaster ride. Manana decides to be with Chio for life. This strange acting has Chio worried as she calls Yuki for help. Manana thinks it is good since Yuki is honest and will give a sincere reply. When she arrives, she is made to smell Chio. Nothing. Shocked Manana tries herself. Nothing. Then what about that bad BO then? Chio then smells her other armpit in which she receives a critical hit. She remembers her dog licking there this morning before she left. With this case solved, there is still one issue for Manana: Why didn’t Makiyama chose her? Yuki’s reply: He is only into pretty girls. Not sure if Manana is so happy because she is broken or because she was spared from getting hurt. Either way, Manana you still smell fishy…

Episode 12A
Nightmare is here! Chiharu is outside Chio’s house! However she isn’t here to fight but to ask if her grades are good. Pretty average. Below average to be exact. It seems Chiharu needs help with her homework. Chio thought she could show her supremacy but WTF is this tough maths question?! Then Chiharu retracts. It’s the wrong paper. She can answer that one easily. WTF. It is this social studies question of earning 500 Yen in 24 hours using your current abilities that she is stumped. Chio gets confident to show who is boss. So her idea is collect empty cans and compact them to be sold to the recycling centre? Unfortunately she got scolded by the guy for trying to be too smart because she shouldn’t be doing the compacting as it would ruin the machine’s alignment. With Chiharu suspicious, Chio tries to deny all that she has said to her. Then she starts crying! Because all the cans she collected was only worth 50 Yen. Weird, Chiharu has to console her. Then they pass a long queue in which Manana is standing in line for some crazy sale. Chio won’t allow her that since they have to go to school. But Manana throws tantrum she has been waiting here and wants to be compensated. That is when a few others start bidding to buy her spot! OMG. Since when did the auction begin? With Manana compensated, Chiharu actually looks up to her and gets an idea for her homework now. What about Chio? She has this jealous look. She wants a cut from Manana. Had she not been there, this would not have happened! Pay up now! As the friends struggle, Chiharu notes all of Chio’s worst habits and can’t believe she mistook her for the girl her brother likes.

Episode 12B
Chio and Manana talk about some naked running streak that was frequent in the 70’s. Before they can call it stupid, Yuki seems to love the idea! She really wants to run around naked! From that, they can tell she walks around her home naked. In order to be in her circle, Manana says she too walks around naked in her home. Technically she isn’t lying as she is naked during baths. However Yuki becomes serious and looks at her with scorn. Are you lying? Manana panics that she digs her own grave that she is willing to walk to school without panties. Yuki loves the idea and before you know it, both of them have gone commando. Chio relishes to see how Manana will screw up. As they both frolic and tease each other, almost exposing their nether regions, when Chio tries to be funny and join in, Manana brushes her aside. Chio realizes she has been left behind in this social standing. Seeing Manana laughing so happily like never before, Chio realizes the true binding power of panties. Hence to be free and join them, Chio also goes commando. Now we have 3 commando ladies frolicking around in the streets. Until Kushitori pops up. Time to be afraid. I want to say balls shrink but looks like it is inapplicable here ;p. She wants to play kabaddi in which Yuki agrees. Right at the start Yuki is already exposing herself so the others take her and run. They give excuse that they need to find a toilet and hence their frolicking. This only serves to skip Kushitori’s heart. Later as they chastise Yuki to be more careful, they learn that indecent exposure in public earns a hefty fine. But Yuki starts drooling thinking if that is all that needs to be paid, her New Year’s money might be enough to cover this once! Better stop her now…

Episode 12C
With extra time, I guess here are some random nonsense. Like Andou confessing to Chio on a pipe and then slips. Manana being arrested by a cop for in possession of liquor content and she hell knows she has been set up. Chiharu winning a kanchou match against a schoolmate of hers as she prepares to face off with her ultimate enemy, the Seven Spears! Equally weird nicknames for equally weird faces.

Detour Distraction
Woah! Hold on here. The final episode end credits sure were creative and took me by surprise. Because they are blooper skits of some of the scenes in this anime! So are they saying that this entire series are just actors and actresses acting and trolling us in one big show????!!!! OMFG!!!!! THAT’S TOO AMAZING!!! I am very sure they draw inspiration of this shock factor from those old Jackie Chan movies. And these scenes aren’t so surprising now that I think about it because a lot of the stunts pulled off here are virtually impossible and dangerous so it make sense that if this was all just part of acting, it would be one freaking dangerous stunt show. Yeah, these bloopers make it even funnier, though… But come to think about it, isn’t Chio a very good stuntwoman then? You see her pull off amazing and seemingly impossible athletic abilities and she didn’t even pull a muscle! It’s like her lifeline that got her through all the obstacles.

Back to the series proper, the skits are quite funny even though they are exaggerative. The whole plot is mainly about Chio trying to get to school safely in one piece. But with all the distractions along the way, you’ll soon forget that this is her goal because either the circumstances or Chio herself will end up prolonging the misadventure. The randomness of everything just shows you that you better be prepared for the unexpected. Because that is what life will always throw at us.

I know this series is straying true to its name. But there is one thing I can’t help ponder throughout the series. Why do Chio and the rest of her other friends have so much free time to be distracted on their way to school? I know this sounds trivial and unrelated but just think about it. Assuming this is not one big acting as indicated at the end, if you look at all the misadventures Chio and her friends go through in each episode, you’ll find that all of them would have taken a considerable time to overcome or get through with. And at the end of the episode, you’ll mostly see that they will always arrive in school on time! So it bugs the question they somehow time for school stopped for them? Or is Chio such an early bird that knowing she would encounter such misadventures, she left home early? This is quite the interesting bid to note because at times with Chio rushing, she always makes it to school on time and hence avoids getting that bad tardy permanent record. Or maybe this school starts a bit later than the usual…

Chio is the luckiest and the most unfortunate school girl ever. Imagine how ‘exciting’ her life must have been if she has to face this EVERY morning. No wonder she is such a plain and normal girl, someone who doesn’t really stand out. Safe to say that despite all the dangers that have gone her way, she still managed to come out in one piece or at least no long term injury. Thanks to her online games, Chio has quite the vivid imagination. This once again proves that video games have its positive aspects! Someday we shall use this excuse to overcome our adversities as seen by Chio. It is also partly that reason why she got into such troubles. Thanks to her adaptability and improvisation, I don’t think we need to worry about her. Okay, maybe just a bit. Chio is one of those few characters who prefer the western culture compared to her own eastern local culture. Evident in the game she plays and the type of men she likes. With so many uber sexual guys looking like anime gays, I guess bulging muscles of macho men like Arnold are so rare these days.

Manana is sometimes Chio’s partner in crime. It is hard to point if they are actually best friends or frenemies. Maybe more of the latter. There are many instances where they have their own ulterior motives and will not hesitate to sacrifice the other for their own gains. In the end they are still together as friends. Part of the give and take, huh? Perhaps life is much more exciting that way. Like they say, with friends like these, who needs enemies? Despite Yuki being a friendly girl, I just have a feeling that she is just waiting for that chance to burst and go naked. It’s like she’s waiting for some sort of cue to erupt into her exhibitionist mode. Can we stop the streaker then? Because she’s the fastest when it comes to running.

Because Kushitori is a girl, I guess she gets a free pass in molesting other girls. Imagine if her gender is switched. Totally different reaction from the crowd and viewers. But I guess we have no qualms watching her give into her desires of groping cute girls. We approve! Then we have a couple of characters who are just at the other ends of the pole. With Yuki being such friendly and honest girl, Momo on the other hand is shy and well, not so honest. At least with her feelings. Yuki just wants to run for life while Momo just wants to, uhm, run into Gotou’s arms. But for now she prefers standing still with him at the gates. Speaking of Gotou, this guy speaks in such mystery you probably need some sort of expert to decipher what he is saying. He is often seen standing at the gates deep in thoughts and his twisted observations led to him what is called crap to us laymen.

While Andou is trying to turn over a new leaf and a fresh start in life, Chiharu on the other hand wants him to remain as the badass gangster brother she once knew. Her whole life spent admiring and being influenced by that coolness suddenly comes crashing down after he was ‘defeated’ and hence trying to find that reconciliation with reality and turning into an aggressive kanchou master. I think Chiharu would make a better gangster leader than her brother if that ever comes to pass because of her uncouth ways. It certainly looks like Andou is trying to impress Chio most probably he has fallen for her. The irony of the duo trying not to make the other think they are into fujoshi or gays but end up having that impression.

Art and animation feel simple and decent. Nothing too complicated. Except the faces of the characters when things start to get incredulous for that exaggerated effect. Like Chio when her face goes into that dumb mode, I feel she could have passed off as a character from Pop Team Epic. Manana’s dumb sleepy face reminds me she came out from that Cathy comic strip. Seriously. I don’t know if it is true but Yuki’s character feels like it ripped off from To Love-Ru’s Haruna. Too uncanny a resemblance. Momo’s lack of femininity always had me wonder if she is a boy cross-dressed as a girl. I mean, just look at her. Even plain Janes like Chio and Manana have more femininity than her despite looking just average. If this is Momo’s way of wanting to attract Gotou’s attention by being manly enough for him, well, I don’t think it’s working.

Sometimes the series flash us with a little fanservice because in a very few scenes of panty flashing. You know how low the school girl’s skirts are enough to do a little flashing if you just tilt your head slightly. And there was one point perhaps the longest fanservice flashing of Chio sitting in her undies in her room while pondering. Is this our distraction? Animated by Diomedea who produced Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Mayoiga, Aho Girl and Boku No Kanojo Ga Majimesugiru Sho-bitch Na Ken.

It’s nice to hear Chiaki Omigawa voicing as Manana since it is been quite a while I have heard her. That trademark ‘lazy’ voice certainly fits her character well. Also recognizable is Riki Koyama as Andou. The rest of the other casts are Naomi Oozora as Chio (Satania in Gabriel Dropout), Kaede Hondo as Yuki (Hitomi in Hinamatsuri), Minori Suzuki as Momo (Ema in Grancrest Senki), You Taichi as Kushitori (Dorothy in Princess Principal), Hiroki Takahashi as Gotou (Hisoka in Hunter x Hunter) and Saya Aizawa as Chiharu.

The opening theme is Danger In My Tsuugakuro by the trio behind Chio, Manana and Yuki. The rock outfit fits the wacky pace of the series well. The opening credits animation is so wacky that Andou forgot to zip his pants up. Nana Iroad is the ending theme only sung by the duet of Chio and Manana. This one sounds pretty normal compared to the cuter and weirder one is the insert song of Mananacchio. Meow, meow, meow… It is the epitome of feeling cringe and fawning over the bizarre cuteness altogether at the same time. Well, I’ll give them points for actually coming up with this and still be able to pull it off (almost) perfectly.

Overall, quite an enjoyable and entertaining watch with lots of dumb and funny moments that will make you laugh. Of course nice to watch but don’t ever imitate any of these stunts in real life. Exact or similar result not guaranteed. I want to guess that it is the irony that these distractions along the way to school provide more entertainment and education than the subjects itself in school. Do you not see how you learn to adapt and improvise when the unexpected is thrown at you? Something you don’t learn at school or even get tested in the exams… Chio might be an average girl in school but when she is taking the road less travelled by other students, she is the queen, king and master of life! Remember, not all those who wander are lost.

Oh my. Oh my. Oh my… Looks like this season we have another one of those game nerd guy who gets mysteriously warped into the game world whereby he becomes the all-powerful saviour of the land and the likes. Isekai Maou To Shoukan Shoujo No Dorei Majutsu might sound generally like another one of those plots from Overlord, Log Horizon, Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku and to some extent, Sword Art Online, but add in with some fanservice flavour. Our protagonist somehow gets summoned to become a slave in this supposed game world but instead that magic is reflected on the sexy girls who summoned him and now they become his slaves. Thankfully not sex slaves. But I guess the power of resistance must be strong seeing super busty elf lady and flattest of the flat panther girl as his slaves would have turned everyone into a Demon Lord of the heart.

Episode 1
Takuma Sakamoto is the most powerful player in the popular MMORPG, Cross Reverie. As his Demon Lord avatar, Diablo, his strength is gained due to being jealous of couples playing the game? Yeah, an otaku shut-in. But wait. Suddenly he gets transported into the world and becomes Diablo! He is first shocked to find himself before a couple of beautiful babes, elf girl Shera L Greenwood and panther girl Rem Galleu. It seems they were doing some Enslavement Ritual but it failed. The magic deflects on them and now they become his slave. Diablo thinks it is this powerful ring he got that made it so. They need his help and since he can’t just leave them behind, he lets them follow him and in the border city of Faltra, they end up renting the same room at an inn. Don’t let your mind run too wild. They are visited by Celestine “Celes” Baudelaire. Diablo remembers her as the head of the Mage’s Association. Originally she is here to talk to Rem but seeing the circumstances, she hears out Diablo’s story. Celes wants to help Rem but the latter refuses and claims she can protect herself. Celes then leaves to do research on how to release the girls from the spell. Diablo can tell Rem is hiding a secret (partly he played too many games with this route) and since Rem refuses to talk fearing he would leave her, he takes her to their room for ‘interrogation’. Before you know it, it looks like a rape scene and Diablo panics because doesn’t know it would turn out this way. So he thinks the safest is toying with her cat ears? Is she climaxing? So loud that the downstairs people could hear… Shera busies herself with food… Finally Rem reveals that the Demon Lord Krebskulm resides within her soul. Krebskulm is the game’s ultimate boss. Diablo deduces that Krebskulm will be release upon Rem’s death and there are no other ways to extract it. Otherwise it would’ve been done. He understands why Celes was trying to help her. Diablo agrees to help her, bringing Rem to tears. That night as Diablo thinks alone, Celes’ mage buddies are drunk nearby. Galluk who has a bone to pick with him tries to start a fight by summoning a level 30 fire breathing salamander to roast him. But it’s nothing to Diablo. He is level 150!!! He easily destroys the beast. Now you better show this Demon Lord some respect.

Episode 2
Morning fanservice. Diablo has got his hands on boobs! One busty, the other flat. Boobs are still boobs! Now for just punishment… As Shera’s dream is to be an adventurer, they head to the Adventurer’s Guild to register. After filling up, they measure themselves via mirror. When it is Diablo’s turn, the mirror malfunctions! This attracts Sylvie the guildmaster. At first she cannot accept them as she doesn’t know Diablo’s strength. Can Diablo accept orders from someone weaker than her? He is okay as long as he is paid. And so Sylvie welcomes them and tries to find a suitable quest. Hmm… This shady quest to find some snake in some forest will do. When they arrive, they realize it is a trap. Shera senses people hiding in the trees so Diablo uses his fire magic to smoke them out. They turn out to be elves. It seems Shera is from the elven royalty and they are here to take her back. However Shera doesn’t want to. She believes her brother, Keera who is the rule only sees her worthy to produce an heir. That is why she ran away and tried to live on her own. They don’t think so and believe Diablo is a slave trader. Diablo is not impressed and will show it to them. The elves attack with their weak arrows. Nothing happened. Even when they fire their most powerful arrow hat is supposed to penetrate anything, nothing happens. Diablo freezes the entire forest to smoke out the perpetrator who hired the elves for this mission: Galluk. He belittles demihumans and still think this isn’t his fault. But when threatened how they will tell Celes and that he used the Mage’s Association name for this request, he baulks and runs away. Shera has the elves send a message to her brother that she will not return. She is going to travel with Diablo and Rem. Back in the room, Diablo is alone with Shera. He realizes why the level of people here are so low. Unlike in the game, death is real and you can’t restart or save. Hence the risk factor to not level up. Shera fears he would choose Rem because he explains about how he levelled up like mad to defeat the final boss since she believes Rem is closely connected to Krebskulm. Shera is happy he stood up for her today and wants to reward him with boobs? Yeah, she knows he can’t keep his eyes off them. He gives in to the temptation but Rem just walks in. She is mad thinking this is an insult to hers. Oh no. Battle of the boob size again.

Episode 3
Sylvie has a new quest for the trio. Don’t worry, it’s not shady, it’s easy with high rewards and it’s by Celes (to make up for that Galluk incident). However Rem wants to sit out as she still feels she doesn’t want to owe Celes. Diablo and Shera take up the quest but will split accordingly. Diablo is soon faced with Emile Bichel Berger who is supposed the Adventurer’s Guild’s strongest warrior. Strongest at level 50. He is under misconception that Diablo enslaved those 2 women. Diablo could have easily overwhelmed him but the ladies stop and explain everything. So now he is friends with Diablo? Diablo and Shera start their quest to deliver wine to the soldiers at the bridge. At first they think he is a Fallen but thanks to the rumours of him being a horned demon, he is somewhat saved. It seems the soldiers are helping people to evacuate as there will be a large scale invasion by Fallen, something Diablo thinks has never happened before even in a game as the Fallen are treated as boss monsters. Since rumours are rife that they want to revive Krebskulm, Diablo wonders if they already know Rem’s secret. Even so, they can’t get into the city which is being protected by Celes’ barrier. With the soldiers obviously scared but choose to stand their ground to defend the people, you bet Diablo is going to help them. But he is going to do it alone as everyone else will get in the way. So here they come. Meanwhile Celes sees Rem and apologizes for that incident. She tells her Galluk has already been relieved of his position. She warns her to be careful of Diablo as he may be a Fallen but Rem refuses to believe that because if he was so, he had many chances to kill her but did not. But looks like Galluk isn’t done yet. He barges in wanting Celes to explain that his firing was a mistake. Selfish dude even asks her to worry about him and he still thinks he is doing the right thing! Desperate, he kills himself and turns into a Fallen, Gregore. Hope he stays dead forever. Back to Diablo, his magic easily pushes back to Fallen but with this many, at this rate his magic powers will diminish. But the Fallen’s commander, Edelgard gets down to face off with Diablo in a decisive battle.

Episode 4
Gregore explains how he used Galluk and hid inside his body. Amazingly Celes can’t detect Fallen who camouflage this way and hence the reason he was able to sneak into the barrier. As Rem and Celes run, they are cornered but women loving Emile and other adventurers come to their aid. Unfortunately they are beaten to a pulp. A message of this invasion reaches to Diablo’s side. You want to shout it out louder so even the Fallen can hear? Because of that, Edelgard is confident if she beats Diablo, victory is assured for them. Diablo worries about Rem and needs to finish this fast. So he warns everyone to step back as he is going to use his grand magic. White Nova blasts all that is in front of him into smithereens! Even parting the river! Although Edelgard survives, she is deeply wounded. Diablo and Shera then teleport back to Faltra. Just in time because Emile is on the verge of death. Time for Diablo to take over and show this lizard guy who is boss. Gregore remains cocky and confident until Diablo deflects all his magic and imitates and uses it back on him. Gregore is now begging for his life but Diablo is so mad that he won’t spare him. He seals Gregore in eternal darkness forever. Rem and Shera are so happy. Them flanking him makes Diablo feel awkward. He gives an excuse they are his property so he protects them. But they love this idea instead. Soon a funeral is held for adventurers who died. Diablo is resting up as he used too many magic points. Shera comes in dressed very skimpily in hopes he could recover faster. Yeah, she learnt this disastrous fanservice fashion sense from Sylvie. Of course a tug of war over Diablo soon begins but is interrupted when Sylvie is here. The lord of Faltra has received demands to hand over Shera to the elven kingdom in 10 days. Otherwise, it’ll be war. Diablo of course won’t hand her over and hence the request from the lord is to stop a war from breaking out with the elven kingdom.

Episode 5
If there is one thing Diablo hates, it is negotiating. Given that he isn’t good at communicating, I suppose being a Demon Lord is kill, kill, kill, right? Keera has also placed a hefty bounty of Shera, hence there will be greedy adventurers who will try and kidnap her. Sylvie takes them to meet the lord, Chester Ray Galford. He was once a hero who fought singlehandedly and defeated the Fallen. He is a bit hard to talk to so please mind what you say. If only Diablo could sound less intimidating… On to business, Galford explains that the elven army has a paltry 100 men. However they specializes in hiding and ambushing in forests so he is not willing to send his army to die needlessly. He seeks Shera’s explanation of leaving a life of luxury to be an adventurer. She seeks her own freedom, something which she will never attain if she remained in the elven royalty. Galford also introduces an imperial knight from the royal castle to help them out, Alicia Cristela. She is quite a friendly person and quickly makes friends with the ladies but as usual, Diablo keeps his distance. Later, Diablo goes to buy a weapon. This is so that his overpowered-ness will not kill others. But this scythe he got looks so badass. Soon after, Shera is kidnapped by greedy adventurers. If not for passing Emile, who knows how long the chase would be. Emile will not kill them but punish them by lecturing till they believe the goodness in women! Fate worse than death? Alicia feels useless she couldn’t do much to stop so Diablo thinks she is the kind who lives by being useful to others. He tells her to forgive herself for being useless and if she wants to follow them, just do as she please and not insist on results. It somewhat backfires as she will now focus on forgiving herself when she is not useful. They are about to head to the elven forest when Alicia’s empty stomach roars like a beast. Ah, can’t go fight on an empty stomach.

Episode 6
Celes heard rumours on how to release their enslavement. So the gang head down to a slave market to meet the owner, Medios. She can see great magic flowing from inside Diablo and Rem. It seems Shera can also do the same but never said anything because nobody asked. Glad she’s an idiot? Rem decides to sit this out since she doesn’t feel so well. So Medios guides Diablo on how to remove the slave collar from Shera. Hmm… Sounds very much like a sex ritual. If you happen to close your eyes and just listen to what they say… Lots of sexual ambiguity here. But in the end, the process failed. It tired how Diablo. Despite he is able to see Shera’s magic flow, it felt endless. He explains it like an endless ball of yarn tangled. You need to untangle each threat but you’re in a room filled with smoke and can’t see. Before they retire for the night, they hear a beautiful flute. It is Keera at their doorstep. Diablo steps in to confront him but surprisingly Keera says all that has happened has been a misunderstanding. He really doesn’t want to start a war and has been prioritizing his kingdom that he didn’t put Shera’s feelings first. Shera feels odd that Keera is acting like this but Rem tells him off it is still up to her to decide. They don’t know whether he is using another way to get Shera back as they can’t trust him yet. Keera assures he will respect whatever decisions Shera makes. That night, Shera talks to Rem about her dreams of opening up a café and including them to work there. Because they are her first friends since she left the kingdom. Even better, they are more family than friends. Rem unfortunately can’t see herself in her plans yet as she has her own problems to deal with. Until then, she hopes her doors are still open. Shera is so happy that she starts doing lesbian stuffs on her. I wonder how long can Diablo pretend to be asleep. Lastly we see that Keera truly can’t be trusted because he has a plan that will finally make Shera his.

Episode 7
After Alicia and Rem head off to report about Keera, Diablo makes some of his potions. If only he isn’t distracted by Shera’s jugs. Soon they hear Keera’s flute but Diablo brushes it off. Then Shera acts strange. She wants to go home. And with that, Keera picks her up. Isn’t it too convenient? Diablo can’t do anything because of the prior agreement that both sides must respect her decision. So what is Diablo going to do? Sleep! Cry in his sleep? Later Rem talks to him about Shera being a bad liar. Shera told her that dumb dream of hers last night. She knows something is wrong and is under some spell. Diablo fears that feeling of rejection (something he experienced in real life) and doesn’t want to feel that again until Rem still wants to go save her because she is her friend. This pumps him up to offer Rem to use his powers to rescue her. Meanwhile in Keera’s camp, he has her spill what Diablo has ordered her to do. Besides shaking hands with Rem, nothing else. Elf guy can’t contain his horniness now. Cue evil pervy face as he unleashed pervy slimes that eat fabrics. Desperate Shera screams out Diablo’s name. What do you know? He is here. I guess he was so busy thinking about f*cking his sister that he didn’t hear the explosion outside. Yup, Diablo put the forest on fire and took out all his guards! He doesn’t care if he starts an international war as he is here to ascertain Shera’s feelings. Keera makes Shera say she wants to return home but it is obviously mind control. Hence Diablo uses the collar to order her to tell her true feelings without being bound by any magic. Not surprises here. Shera wants to stay with her friends and be free. Mad Keera is so disappointed that his fun is gone that he is going to destroy the world with this Hydra he summoned. It’s supposed to be the elf’s trump weapon, you know. Diablo isn’t sh*tting in his pants, you know.

Episode 8
Is it me or is Hydra looking more comical than scary? Diablo tests it out first and finds it could regenerate. Time to hit the panic button? Well, if Shera had told him earlier that there is some core inside it he must destroy. So Diablo just blasts the entire thing. Done. He wants to kill Keera as punishment but Shera pleads not to. She hates him but he is still family. Shera retreats only to be suddenly decapitated! It’s Galford and his troops. He orders to eliminate all elves and take in the princess. Diablo realizes this is part of his plan to make him fight the elves so he could seize their land. Galford puts him in a barrier that Diablo has never seen before. It’s going to be tough to get out but thank goodness for that training with Medios to find its core as he breaks out in no time. Diablo further deduces Galford’s plan to invade the area after Diablo wore himself out fighting. Both men fight and Diablo could barely put distance between them since he is lightning fast with his footwork and thrust. Luckily some magic mines Diablo enabled put a stop to that. Diablo thinks he has got Galford but it is a trap to make he think he had an opening so that he could use a big spell that has some cooling down time. This enables Galford to go for his jugular. Thankfully again, Diablo’s quick thinking to unleash a high level devastating spell saves his skin. Diablo tries some reverse psychology that he considers him too weak to fight and have lost interest. Galford suggests killing him or he’ll regret it. Because he can report to the king and make him be at a disadvantage. Alicia will report back of his intentions. If Galford still insists on dying, he can do it himself. With that, Galford calls off his mission. With Rem seeking potions to heal the wounded elves, Diablo tends to Shera. She still hates her brother but never thought they would part like this. Time to let those tears flow freely. In the aftermath, Alicia returns to make her report while Diablo is unmotivated and trying to recover his lost magic points. Making it worse that he didn’t get any reward since this was Galford’s scheme. But here comes Sylvie with some alcohol. Thinking he can’t get drunk (because it never happened in a game), Diablo drinks it and starts seeing Sylvie as a dakimakura. He rips her clothes and cuddles her tightly in his sleep. Oh Sylvie, you brought this upon yourself (including the skimpy dressing) so why you so mad? Were you hoping to take advantage somehow but it backfired?

Episode 9
Saddler the paladin slaughters an entire village just because they worship the Demon Lord. Back at the imperial castle, he stumbles into Alicia. He talks about his love for all things mortal because they are created by God. That’s why he will not hesitate to kill those who worship the Demon Lord. It seems he will also be going to Faltra to investigate because Lumachina the head priest revealed a prophecy of the revival of a Demon Lord. Meanwhile Diablo teaches Shera to enslave some turkey bird so she can have the same aerial view as it that serves useful to locate enemies in places she cannot see. We take a break with bathing fanservice. Oh, in this world, you bath naked, right? Diablo trying to stave off his temptations. Suddenly Rem is confronted by Edelgard. She assures she is only here to talk but after hearing the rumours, she confirms Rem is the one with Krebskulm. With that, Shera hears the whole story and gets emotional and wants to help her. It seems Edelgard knows of a resurrection ritual to revive Krebskulm that pose no risk to Rem’s life. Rem will also be worshipped as the mother. Diablo thinks this is a good chance and the question if he can beat Krebskulm afterwards. Edelgard tells them to meet at Starfall Tower in 3 days. Alicia returns to warn Diablo and co but looks like they bump into Saddler. Diablo doesn’t want to provoke him but being ‘normal’ means introducing himself as the Demon Lord. Everyone thinks of it as a joke but Saddler soon turns serious even if it was one. With Rem scolding him for being rude, Saddler uses God’s power to suffocate her. But Diablo can sense it is some magic and mocks him. Saddler is about to turn him into stone but Diablo’s jewel deflects back at him. Saddler is now a stone. Of course it is not permanent and he will return to normal depending how strong he is. After his paladins take him away, Alicia wonders why he let him go. Yeah, she has this glare at him that says you-should-have-f*cking-killed-this-bastard. Then they tell Alicia about Rem’s problem and what they’re about to do. Wow. The ladies start to have one big emotional hug and promise to help each other. Diablo can’t help feel something is wrong.

Episode 10
The ritual begins but it seems Diablo can’t go deeper. Edelgard points out to make a hole in her stomach. Will that kill her? There’s another hole. YOU MEAN THAT HOLE???!!! Time to use our imagination. So is Diablo’s finger game strong? You bet. Don’t look now because Krebskulm is now revived! Only… A little bratty girl? Really? This is the Demon Lord? Worse, she forgot how to fight! She doesn’t even remember her role and even agrees not to kill anybody because they say so. WTF. And because she is hungry and Shera feeds her biscuits, she thinks eating biscuits is her destiny! All hail biscuits! As they return home, they are attached by Eulerex, one of the top elites serving Krebskulm. Because Krebskulm doesn’t want to kill her new friends as sacrifice (or else no more biscuits), Eulerex views her reincarnation as incomplete. He tries to kill Edelgard and blames her for an incomplete resurrection. Also, Edelgard is okay with this since if this is what Krebskulm wants, so be it. Diablo fights Eulerex but the former knows all the tricks. Eulerex tries to target and kill Krebskulm but Rem protects her. In the end, Eulerex flees knowing he cannot defeat Diablo. Diablo is tired back in his room. So how does Shera heal him? Get naked and rub all over! She invites Krebskulm to join in. I wonder if he’ll get healed or drained by the end of this unholy act. Yeah, something so great coming into them, eh? Well, thankfully Diablo’s magic is restored. Wow, that was some really hot playing stuff. Meanwhile if you have noticed Alicia who has been displeased ever since Krebskulm took her loli form, looks like she has her own agenda. Flashback shows adults always tell her what is wrong and right (AKA virtue signalling). Hence she needs Krebskulm to fulfil her duty and kill everyone so that a beautiful world can be created. She’s not the only one with an ulterior motive. Saddler has recovered and he is holding a pretty big grudge…

Episode 11
There’s a biscuit song Shera sings? Sounds like Doremi… I don’t think that is the reason why Alicia sneakily took Krebskulm and Rem to the dark alley. Is it to hint her goal to resurrect the real Demon Lord? Because she really wants to restore her memories and awaken her. Alicia also hints she has always been the same. Only this time she doesn’t need to pretend to be their friends. She was also the one behind provoking Galluk and letting him take Gregore in. When Saddler arrives, Alicia changes her story that Rem is a demon worshipper. Rem attacks but is no match for Saddler. Rem and Krebskulm are being transported away. Both talk about the pain and sadness they caused others. They are brought to the outskirts of some church in which Saddler will make her confess and bring her salvation. Basically, it’s a torture chamber. Saddler gets all high and mighty and believes himself as God because he is blessed this and blessed that. Meanwhile Diablo has been searching all that and hasn’t got a hint where Rem has gone. Doesn’t he have some sort of scanning spell? He stumbles into Adventurer’s Guild. However he is at a lost on how to ask for help because Demon Lords don’t ask for help, right? Emile and Sylvie so confused. Luckily a young boy reports seeing Rem being taken away. I guess Diablo doesn’t need to ask for help now and heads right over. At the same time, Edelgard is leading a large Fallen army towards Faltra. Saddler tortures Rem but it seems Krebskulm cannot do anything to help her or even kill because of some initial promised made. It is when Saddler realizes Krebskulm is a demon, he turns his sword at her. Wow. Rem so fast in breaking through her chains and protecting Krebskulm from the slash. Saddler then pierces more swords into Rem. The hatred triggers Krebskulm to turn into her true powerful form. You scared, Saddler? Now where is your God? Since he is still thinking he is God, Krebskulm just kills him off. Good riddance. But with a bigger problem at hand, Diablo wants Shera to use all his potions to save Rem while he faces off with Krebskulm and save her.

Episode 12
Alicia meets up with Edelgard outside. Both of them are in cohorts for this day. Shera used up all the potions to resurrect Rem as she explains Alicia’s betrayal. Emile is here to bring them away because don’t want to get in between Diablo’s fight with Krebskulm. He has a hard time so is this the first time he met his match? Finally he is able to set up the most powerful magic on her. Krebskulm still lives. Now it’s the voice of Shera and Rem that somewhat got through her. Assured that Rem is alive, Krebskulm returns to her loli form. Eulerex is displeased with Edelgard’s failure and wants to punish her. Edelgard fights him to allow Alicia to escape into the city. In the aftermath, Sylvie might trust Diablo but not Krebskulm. So to avoid this impasse, Diablo suggests Edelgard become his slave. A Demon Lord becoming a slave of a Demon Lord? Even if her freedom is lost, at least she can eat biscuits freely without others out for her head. Diablo starts the enslavement ritual. I didn’t know they had to kiss. Now the real battle begins because all his slaves want to sleep with him. Suddenly Alicia barges in to take Shera hostage. But she isn’t here for revenge. She needs Krebskulm to heal Edelgard who has been seriously injured. You mean the Fallen didn’t kill her?! With Diablo’s permission, Krebskulm instantly heals Edelgard. Although grateful, she is given an ultimatum to obey her otherwise she does not consider her as her follower. Now we turn why Alicia was so hell bent on destroying humanity. To cut her flashback story short, those around her are like wolf in sheep’s clothing. Having seen too many evil, she became alone. Diablo could sympathize with her because in real life he too became a shut-in. With her goal gone, the only thing left for Alicia is to kill herself. You bet Diablo won’t allow her to do that. Plus, here comes his lecture of don’t be so conscious of what others think about her. Just be herself. Do and say whatever she pleases and she will eventually find her own place of belonging. Dying as atonement is the easy way out. If she tries this stunt again, he’ll show her something even scarier. Uhm, what can be scarier than death? Everyone believes Alicia is kind because she helped Edelgard. With all that being said, now everyone wants to revitalize Diablo and strips down! Naked sex party on the way! Too bad Diablo is such a noob that he fainted. In the aftermath, I guess Alicia decided to go her own path instead of being Diablo’s slave. Shera and Rem b*tch to Diablo about the kiss he gave to Krebskulm. They want one too. He leaves them hanging.

Maou Yuusha: Demonic Hero
Among all the other ‘terrible’ anime shows this season, this one seems a lot bearable. Still way better than a certain anime that has a modern kid thrown back to the past with his Smartphone. Still way better than a group of young kids playing as a legendary party in a famous online game. And definitely still way better than a certain group of heroes who can use their blood as weapons trying to destroy Tokyo to save mankind (WTF?!). Even if this series has the main character as an overpowered protagonist, it still isn’t as annoying as one think it would be. You see, not all overpowered characters are bad. Say, One Punch Man and even Overlord. I’m not saying this series is on par with those but it is hell better than other crappy anime with overpowered main characters. One reason is the lack of use of Smartphone. That’s right. At this point, trying to incorporate Smartphones as a useful tool is a recipe for disaster.

Diablo might have started out as a very powerful character but this is thanks to all the hard work and levelling up he has done while he was playing as human. There were no shortcuts to suddenly make him so powerful. He is already powerful to begin with. Plus, with the magic and fantasy setting of this world, it makes sense that Diablo as the Demon Lord is able to pull off magical feats naturally. I guess it is a hell lot better than relying on your Smartphone or some debugging mode. Hence Diablo being one of the more powerful characters in this world seems justified. Even if he fails, you can’t blame the Smartphone. Oh yeah. Smartphones’ reputation are so detrimental these days.

Within the context of this anime, the plot doesn’t seem overly interesting. Basically our Demon Lord trying to help his slaves overcome their problems. The first concerning an elf’s family and heir issues followed by the supposedly purging of the real Demon Lord lying dormant within panther girl. And even though the latter didn’t somewhat come to be, I guess you can call it a successful mission as long as the real Demon Lord doesn’t want to destroy the world and instead spend the rest of her time enjoying biscuits. Yeah, somebody is going to find that title being stripped if she is not going to live up to her name.

It seems one of the core running jokes of the series is the way Diablo thinks and feels of wanting to interact with others but the outcome turns out very differently. Hearing his inner voice feels like a reminder that despite his Demon Lord appearance, he is still that human player deep down in his heart. The crux of the jokes lies in when Diablo panics into thinking of handling the current situation. He can’t do it because of his social awkwardness or has some sort of appearance to keep up whatever. So when he tries his best to do so, he comes off sounding like an arrogant and haughty Demon Lord. Then he will be in despair (internally) upon realizing he sounded so superior and conceited. But it usually works out eventually. So far so good keeping his appearance and reputation intact. Because all the excuses he has given so far to give off that impression he is the superior Demon Lord, it might be a little contradicting because for example he implied he isn’t supposed to care but then twists the words in his favour to rescue his slaves as they are his property or something. You’ll find that a lot with Diablo. So is he really a bad guy or just a really nice good guy?

Diablo isn’t exactly perfect and all powerful either. He is only so because almost everyone in this world is just so low in their stats. Because of his experience in playing a game so similar to this, he is able to make quick decisions and pull off high level magic moves without breaking into so much of a sweat. Hence with the enemies so stunned at his power that they probably have never seen before in their life (busting Galluk’s salamander, deflecting Gregore’s magic, cutting down Keera’s Hydra), the reason why Diablo looks so overpowered. He met his match with Galford but I suppose Diablo has also lady luck smiling on his side.

Shera and Rem as Diablo’s adventuring pals serve to advance the plot and give him a role and reason in this world. Because they have unfinished issues to deal with, hence Diablo gets his chance to show off his high level magic skills and awe everybody, bring fear to his foes and the girls admiring him even more so. Otherwise for these two, I don’t want to go so far as the paint them as damsel in distress because ultimately Diablo is the one who comes to their rescue. But encountering Diablo and technically becoming his slave, their life has at least turned for the better because they now have the freedom to choose and live as they want without fear. And also to provide some shameless fanservice in the guise of recovering his mana. Kansha suru yo! Now he has got a Demon Lord loli, that will be triple the service! It’s good to be Diablo. Don’t think he would want to return to his original world anytime soon even if he finds a way.

For some reason, I have always suspected that Alicia wasn’t as she seemed even when she was first introduced. There was something off about her that makes her look untrustworthy despite all the friendliness she displays. It was one of those moments where my guts were right as she harbours some sort of ulterior motive to destroy the world. Is she the true villain of this series? No matter how tragic your past and circumstances was, you just can’t blame it generally on the rest of the world and destroy everything that goes with it. For instance, a tiger killed your family. You’re not going to hunt down and kill all tigers until extinction, right? Alicia being evil at least isn’t as annoying as Saddler because man, this paladin really thinks he is God and indeed playing one (rather, playing the devil if you ask me) just because of his magic being superior to others. Good riddance he is dead and probably in shock right now because he is burning in the pits of hell for eternity. At least Alicia got her chance at redemption because it would be tad sad to see a friend who has been hanging out with them for a while perish under such circumstances. Yeah, the world may be a sh*tty place but you don’t have to be one. Is that what Diablo is also trying to say? Well, with Alicia still breathing, she has lots of chance to make amends and right the wrongs. Something you can’t do if you’re dead.

There are some fanservice moments here and you can tell right from the start because of how busty Shera is. Are those boobs made out of bouncy silicone gel? If she was in our world, she would have been scouted to do elf porn. Oh well, there are lots of sexy posters of Shera going around the internet… Having busty Shera and flat Rem feels like a balancing act for Diablo in terms of those who love them big and those who love them underdeveloped. I know this world being fantasy and all but I also have to wonder why some people dress like as though they want to have some wardrobe malfunction happening. Just take a look at Sylvie. Is this supposed to be her uniform? For goodness sakes, she is the guildmaster. Is this the way she attracts new members? Making it weirder is the way she dresses, she tries to show her underboobs but being s flat, this fanservice seems awkward. Seriously. I think Krebskulm also needs some sort of fashion lesson but being the Demon Lord herself, I think nobody tells her how to dress. She can walk around topless with whatever those leftover things barely covering her non-existent tits. And of course some very sexual innuendo scenes like that one where Diablo tries to reach deep into Rem’s stomach through that ‘hole’. WTF but good, right?

Art and animation are pretty decent. It might not be up there along with the best masterpiece but at least it is watchable without having you to notice of any low and inferior quality. There are some magic effects but the want I want to note is when Diablo focuses on the magic flow inside a person. Personally, I thought it reminded me of an old Windows’ screensaver. Seriously. Just want to note that when Alicia officially revealed her true colours, why does her evil face make me think she is going to turn into some sort of lizard monster? I don’t know, it seems many baddies have this one kind look on their face. Like Keera has this crazy rape face when he is about to do incest and Saddler his f*cking face is just annoying to look at. You know a series is made for the fanservice when the visuals have higher and better quality than the rest. So get a load of your bouncy boobs that defy the laws of physics, ass shots, crotch shots and whatever sexy angles this series has to offer. Can’t complain, right? This series is done by Ajia-Do who did Nintama Rantarou, Zettai Shounen and Shuumatsu No Izetta.

Voice acting feels okay with me only recognizing Akira Ishida as Keera and Sayaka Ohara as Medios. Other casts include Masaaki Mizunaka as Diablo (Ryuuen in Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi No Kyoushitsu E), Yuu Serizawa as Shera (Iroha in 3D Kanojo Real Girl), Azumi Waki as Rem (Maika in Blend S), Yumi Hara as Alicia (Albedo in Overlord), Rumi Okubo as Sylvie (Chinatsu in YuruYuri), Atsumi Tanezaki as Krebskulm (Emily in Harukana Receive), Emiri Katou as Edelgard (Aura in Overlord), Akio Ohtsuka as Galford (Blackbeard in One Piece) and Sayaka Senbongi as Celestine (Chitose in Girlish Number).

The opening theme is Decide by Summoners 2+ (basically the quintet behind the voices of Shera, Rem, Alicia, Sylvie and Edelgard). It is a very techno-heavy music and I have this feeling that if you run out of songs to write or rushing to ‘create’ one, just spam heavily on the techno effects and have the singers sing it as it flows. That’s why it sounds generic and chaotic at the same time. For the ending theme, Saiaku Na Hi Demo Anata Ga Suki by Yuu Serizawa (I thought it was a duet with Azumi Waki) sounds better although this song being more of a rock piece and the singer trying to sing it in a cute girly way.

Overall, you watch this series if you feel like wanting some fanservice to spice up your life. Yeah, there are other ‘superior’ ecchi fanservice series out there like High School DxD but I suppose if you want an ecchi version of Overlord, this is your answer. It sounds like this anime didn’t live up to its namesake of how not to summon a Demon Lord. But it did just that and failed. Twice. Because you aren’t the Demon Lord if you aren’t going to destroy the world. You aren’t the Demon Lord if you prefer to spend your time trying to figure out how to free your slaves instead of world domination. You aren’t the Demon Lord if you figure your life’s mission is to eat all the delicious biscuits instead of devouring mortals. Oh yeah. The world would certainly be a much better place if we all could just have our biscuits and tea. Maybe we should have how to order the best biscuits for teatime instead.

Shichisei No Subaru

November 23, 2018

Oh dear. It’s that time again. Time for another MMORPG themed anime. What else is new? Are we running out of ideas? Really, Japan running out of ideas? Or is it just me who keep watching such sh*tty shows despite knowing very well how it will turn out? Anyway, this season we have Shichisei No Subaru. Uhm… Let’s see… Legendary group as in the title… Yada, yada, yada… Group made out of elementary school kids. Wow. But hardly shocking because 5 year olds these days can operate the internet before even properly talking or walking. What else… Blah, blah, blah… Suddenly one of them dies in real life and caused the breakup of the friendship. Yawn… ZzzZzzzZZzzz… But then that supposed dead friend now pops up inside the game. Digital ghost or something? F*ck. Did they try to rip off from that Fate/Extra thingy?

Episode 1
In the immensely popular game of Union, there are rumours of a very tough quest and equally tough boss. However a group known as Subaru easily completed it. Yeah, it’s like they have all the power ups and everything. Guess what? They’re all supposed to be elementary school kids in real life! At Subaru’s base we see the team made out of Haruto Amou, Asahi Kuga, Takanori Mikado, Nozomi Kusaka, Satsuki Usui and Clive Beverly. They talk about their next big mission and other stuffs. Before their next quest, Asahi talks to Haruto personally as Satsuki eavesdropped. Something shocking she must have said and left to our imagination what it is. Subaru finally reaches the undefeatable boss, Purgatorio. They have a tough fight until Nozomi is almost killed. Haruto saves her but Asahi saves him. Too bad she got killed. What’s so bad about that? In this game, there is perma-death. You die, your account gets deleted right away. But this is the bizarre thing. Right after the game, Asahi dies in real life!!! HOLY SH*T!!!! The friends are in shock she died of heart failure and even the game company had to release a statement that the game didn’t cause the death albeit Union got suspended after that. Wow. So much coincidence. This incident left the friends badly scarred as Takanori blames Haruto for killing Asahi as it was his idea to rush in. 6 years have passed. Haruto sounds like a pessimistic grumpy teen. A friend tries to bug him to help in but Haruto is clearly in no mood to play another online game. Coincidentally today on TV a news is giving coverage to the sequel of Union, Re’Union. What’s so great about this game is that players who do well here will be rewarded by the developing company, Pleroma Industry. You get job offers and even scholarships! But it’s not open to anyone as those with this Sense trait are able to participate. So a chance comes knocking for Haruto as that friend bugs him again. Reluctantly he puts on his VR headset and goes into Re’Union using his old Union account. They meet up, go on a quest, his friends are total noobs and cowards so Haruto has to show them the way. Once he defeats the monsters, suddenly they are teleported to another room, something that has never happened in Union before. A game bug? Haruto opens a suspicious chest only to find Asahi inside! OMG! She still remembers him too?!

Episode 2
Haruto finds it hard to believe her and thinks she is an imposter. Apparently Asahi still thinks it was yesterday. When Haruto tells her today’s date and how she is already dead in real life, she doesn’t believe. When she tries to log out, she can’t. Mails can’t be sent to her email too as her account is not registered. Funny prank, no? News of Asahi soon spread. Hence this loser rival, Leonovitch who used to pick on Subaru once more tries to get his hands on Asahi for her abilities. Haruto isn’t as strong as before but with Asahi’s sixth sense awakening, she helps Haruto dodge his attacks. But thank heavens for Takanori. He is from the powerful guild, Illuminati (seriously?) and turns that loser into a retreating loser. Takanori has no qualms accepting Asahi as the real one. He hopes she would join his guild so he could protect her. Because he and Haruto are still not talking, he tells her he is weak but Asahi refuses to believe. Despite being told Subaru ended after their failed quest 6 years ago, Asahi maintains her positivism that everyone will come back. Haruto returns to reality and is visited by Satsuki in person. Yeow! Did her bust level up tremendously?! It seems she is also playing Re’Union but didn’t have the courage to talk to him then. She saw what happened with Asahi but Haruto insists he won’t go back to that world and let Takanori handle things. He is bent on deleting his account and stay away from the game forever. Satsuki lashes out about running away from his past and their memories. It won’t do him any good either. So I guess he has to log in again so as to have Satsuki meet with Asahi. Asahi also thinks Satsuki is joking when she talks about her death. They are interrupted by people who are after Asahi. Not pleased with this interruption, all of them face Satsuki’s wrath. At the same time, Takanori and his Illuminati round up people who plan to attack Asahi. He is worried that somebody is spreading the news quickly. Asahi and co return to their Subaru base. Still as it is. Only, Asahi’s stuffs are missing. As Haruto wanders by himself, he is met with this strange girl, Elicia. She can also read his mind and tells him of Asahi’s Sense that is not found in this world. She warns there are people planning to attack her and that he must awaken her Sense. And yeah, all of them must remember. Could she be more specific before going back to the shadows?

Episode 3
Satsuki thinks Asahi is some bug or data residual whatever in which Asahi denies. Satsuki tells her everything has changed years ago with Haruto being affected the most. He went into depression after her death. Haruto won’t stand the girls arguing over him and logs out. In reality when Satsuki shows him the Subaru ring that they all once bought to signify them as a group, Haruto then remembers. So he rushes all the way to Asahi’s grave to dig out the ring he gave to her? Man, he must have buried it shallow. One of their promises was to exchange the ring in real life but they never got to it. Haruto remembers another important thing: To help each other solve problems. Hence he is going back to Re’Union to help Asahi. So a little Haruto-Asahi time as they hunt for magic tree sap. Fanservice when Asahi strips naked to dry her clothes and isn’t shy being around Haruto because that’s what they usually do? Ah, lost innocence as kids… Eventually Asahi uses the sap to make a ring. Feeling like part of Subaru again, huh? She shows it to Satsuki who isn’t pleased that the way Haruto put the ring on Asahi’s left ring finger… I don’t know. Tell me what the heck is that supposed to mean?! Jealous Satsuki also goes to collect the same sap to make the same ring. Too bad she puts it on herself. They return to the site of their failed quest to look for clues on what happened to Asahi that day. You mean it wasn’t just death and gone for good? Asahi senses somebody around when the rest can’t. Haruto then sees Elicia who then activates a portal. Guess who’s back? Purgatorio! All escape routes have been cut off. No choice but to fight. With only 3 of them, of course it is tough but they don’t give up. With them in a pinch especially Asahi, their past trauma is sure threatening to start up. Desperate Haruto sees his own dropped ring and remembers the promise he made to Asahi then. It was to protect each other. That’s it? That was the shocking promise? Anyway, this allows Haruto to power up and cut down Purgatorio like a pro! He makes it look so easy now! Also, thanks to Asahi’s Sense that transmits her thoughts to their minds so they know what to do. With Haruto regaining his Sense and Satsuki now believing Asahi is not dead, they are going to find a way to help log her out. I don’t want to speculate, but won’t that kill her? Also, they renew their pledge for the revival of Subaru.

Episode 4
Asahi notices a broken crystal in her possession. When she looks through it, something strange happens. Blurry visions of, uhm, stuffs happening. She thinks it might be memories that happened in her 6 years of absence. Back at the inn, the trio discuss how rumours of them beating Purgatorio spread fast. It has only been 2 hours. They think of asking an informant but then they hear news of Southern Cross coming. This big guild led by Letos surround the trio but only to be usurp by Brill Society led by Angelus. The latter wants to talk to the trio so Letos is forced to withdraw. Angelus wants Asahi to come under their protection as they view her existence is causing distortions. So it’s to stave off greedy people who wants her powers? So does that make them the same? Asahi rejects since she doesn’t want to be confined to orders of another guild. Angelus will not force them since it will be a form of distortion. Huh? In reality, Satsuki accompanies Haruto to buy a new console. Looks like he is getting invested in Re’Union. But when they talk over matters about telling Asahi’s family about this, their disagreement has Satsuki storming off. Oops. Now their relationship is a bit strained. Back in Re’Union, the trio go on a dungeon raiding quest. At the end of it, Asahi notices a broken crystal in her inventory she didn’t put. It’s not the same as the earlier one as she left that back at the inn and this shape is different. Suddenly Takanori snatches it away. He believes that thing will kill her. Yeah, so he sneakily observed her once (stalker?!) and he came to that conclusion? Takanori feels Haruto has no right to protect Asahi. So both guys transport to another dimension to fight it over. Why does this feel like they’re fighting over a girl?

Episode 5
Their different approach to Asahi is what’s making them harder to listen to each other. Before we have a lion vs dragon fight, they are brought back by Satsuki. Takanori is disappointed because he thought they had a ‘common interest’. Oh, I see this love triangle is getting clearer. Later Takanori talks about the higher guilds of Gnosis and Hyades standing in their way for supremacy. Taking one of them alone would be suicidal. But if Illuminati, Southern Cross and Brill Society unite, there might be a chance. Haruto and Asahi try to find out if Nozomi and Clive are around. At least not in this continent’s server. After meeting up with Satsuki, soon the trio find themselves enveloped in a fog. They realize it is a trap but they have been separated. Worse, it seems Illuminati, Southern Cross and Brill Society have formed an alliance. Satsuki is faced with Angelus as he throws her a message from Takanori. He points out that Re’Union is meaningless to her since she reunited with Haruto in reality. It is the opposite for Takanori. Reality became useless to him since he reunited with Asahi. Hence he thinks a world without Asahi is better for Satsuki and a world without Haruto is better for him. Of course Satsuki isn’t buying that crap and fights her way out. Meanwhile Haruto fights Letos and declines his offer to join Southern Cross. Thanks to Elicia’s help in sealing their Senses, Haruto is able to escape. Takanori confronts Asahi who is not pleased he kept reminding her about that 6 year thingy. Yeah, it was just like yesterday for her. No choice, he puts Asahi to sleep. Suddenly some of his Illuminati members turn on him. Takanori realizes Angelus has betrayed him and brainwashed some of his members. Takanori sounds devastated when Asahi is taken from him. Yeah, he should be. Soon, Angelus and Letos make a public announcement that their guilds are now combined into one known as Divine. And they have Asahi’s power. So join us! Yup, Takanori definitely got betrayed. So Haruto is going to play the lone hero to go save her? He doesn’t want Satsuki to come because if he fails, she should get Takanori’s help to rescue Asahi. He thinks that guy would listen if he isn’t around. And so Haruto prepares to fight off the 3000 strong forces of Divine! Damn. Hope he has got his cheat codes ready.

Episode 6
Flashback shows when Subaru was fighting a tough enemy, Satsuki fell into a useless state. Asahi was the one who guide Subaru to victory with her power. Because of that mind reading power, she was able to read Satsuki’s heart on who she likes and vowed to work hard so they can tell him someday. Gee, you mean like a harem? Now Satsuki goes talk to Takanori who is still stubborn. Ultimately it is her friendship with Asahi that is her real dream instead of being with Haruto. Speaking of which, that guy eliminated half the enemies! Wow! I really think he had some cheat code despite taking a beating. But fear not. Just like when he is about to lose, here comes Takanori and Satsuki to his rescue. The guys somewhat reconcile so they could fight together and rescue Asahi. In the final arena, fighting Letos and Angelus is tough because they are using Asahi’s power to see the future. Hence, predicting their moves. It’s déjà vu for Satsuki again as she goes into that useless state. But wait. She remembers Asahi’s promise. Thus she is able to power up and summon some divine beings to aid her by sucking and purging those small fries. Desperate Angelus turns Letos into a rampaging berserker with a spell that has all the negative emotions and fear of the fallen. Don’t worry too. With Asahi awaken now, the broken crystals now activate as our Subaru members somewhat remember their ultimate Subaru move to pull off another great feat and defeat the big bosses. Hope Takanori has got a good punch at Angelus’ face before for touching his Asahi before purging him. When Asahi touches the crystal, all of them see that strange vision. Something about some failed experiment. Asahi invites Takanori to rejoin Subaru but he won’t. He has did some shameful things and feels he doesn’t deserve to be with her. So he still doesn’t want to befriend Haruto again? Talk about pride. In the aftermath, we see Clive and Elicia cooperating with each other to help Subaru out of sticky situations. Clive hints that he has got a new name, the reason why his pals weren’t able to find him.

Episode 7
Alvida takes Subaru and co to Lost Pentagon where an unbreakable sword lies at the bottom of the ocean. Yup, players who tried to get it all failed. So as they look around, finally they find it. The catch? They have face this huge sea monster king boss, Aegir. Yeah, it reeks high boss levelness like Purgatorio. They have a tough time facing it until Clive shows up to help them escape. But back on the ship, Clive has left and only left a message behind. Flashback shows when Subaru stole something from another guild’s boss, of course they came baying for their blood. That was when Clive told he wanted to quit Subaru as he felt it was better to surrender than lose forever. Also, he wanted to challenge Subaru one day. In reality, Takanori calls Haruto and Satsuki to meet up. He tells them that Gnosis was probably behind why the rumours of Asahi spread so fast. They could be also behind Southern Cross and Brill Society’s merging and betrayal. A group once tried to find out more about them but was completely erased. He thinks Gnosis also holds some influence in reality. After being told about bumping into Clive, Takanori has this weird theory that Asahi’s body might still exist in this world. This is assuming the weird vision they had is reality instead of the virtual world. Takanori’s butler comes to relay the good news that Nozomi has been found. So he’s been secretly trying to find her? Well, don’t have to look far. She has returned to this city. Subaru and co decide to try for the sword again. This time Clive drops in to say hi and join them. This time they make suppressing Aegir look so easy. When Haruto is about to pull the sword embedded on its back, suddenly Clive betrays and stabs him! OMFG!!!! Asahi goes into shock that she, uhm, powers up?!

Episode 8
Mind f*ck time. Suddenly Haruto wakes up in hospital. It has been 6 years! So what we have all seen has just been a dream?! With Asahi glad that he is back, she explains he saved Nozomi and got game over. However Haruto remembers it was Asahi who took the blow. Besides, there is no Re’Union here and only Union. That night Elicia visits Haruto. Damn, is she a ghost from the game? Long story short from her explanation, this is a future in which Asahi created to save him. Because her power isn’t just about predicting the future but to choose one. More revelations as Union isn’t an online game but an experiment to hone one’s Senses. So if you can use Sense in Union, you can definitely use it in the real world?! Hence, Union was made to awaken this said ability and the group behind this is Gnosis. Too bad time has run out for Elicia. You’re on your own. Next time Asahi visits, he tells her he isn’t part of this world. That’s why he is going back and reconnect Subaru’s bond. Asahi believes him and sends him back. Wow. Just like that? So we arrive moments before Haruto gets stabbed by Clive as he manages to dodge his attack. He realizes this is not the real Clive but an imposter. He is Simon from Gnosis as he merges with Aegir to defeat them. He takes Satsuki hostage and forces Asahi to awaken her ability since her friend is in danger. But thankfully somebody interrupts that. Alvida? Nope. It’s the real Clive who has been impersonating as this avatar. Haruto knows that’s the real Clive because of his signature pose. And they didn’t figure this out before if he often poses like that?! Long story short, the quartet combine their skills to defeat Simon and for Haruto to pull out the legendary sword. In the aftermath, Clive gives Asahi a crystal from Aegir. What does she see now? Hmmm… Lots of cult members. Attacked by Elicia. She trying to seal Asahi’s Sense. Failed. Crystal shatters and scatters. So are we going to do an Inu Yasha and find the Shikon Shards?

Episode 9
Takanori and Clive meet for the first time since. Clive explains how he and Elicia were watching and protecting them from the shadows. Wait. The girls are jealous that Haruto knows another girl without their knowledge? With Gnosis truly targeting Asahi, Elicia told him the only way is to awaken all the Senses in Subaru. So in reality, Haruto and Satsuki meet up with Nozomi. Did her kawaii level up tremendously? Apparently Nozomi is now an amateur model. Gee, none of her friends heard about this? Nozomi claims she hasn’t logged in the game and is trying to stay away and thinks Asahi is still alive is a joke. But she’ll do whatever she can. They hope Takanori can go meet the real Nozomi to convince her and with Asahi pleading to him, I guess he can’t say no. We take a detour because there is this upcoming dance party. Satsuki sums up her courage to ask Haruto to invite her. I hope he understands what she’s trying to say. Back in reality, Takanori wants Haruto to meet up at Asahi’s grave. Long story short, the guys start punching each other over Asahi. Yeah, really fighting over her dead body. Takanori confesses he loves Asahi (why is Haruto surprised?) and wants to protect her this time. Is he implying Haruto should’ve died in Asahi’s place 6 years ago? Haruto won’t tolerate this crap and punches him back while finally confessing he loves Asahi. And it seems this meeting was just for that. To get Haruto to finally say those words. Takanori then buries Asahi’s ring that he got from Haruto’s mom. He doesn’t need it anymore. At the dance party, Haruto apologizes to Satsuki. Better hurry along before she changes her mind. Or if you want to see her cry. Now the rejects get to be together because Takanori claims Asahi rejected to dance with him. And so Haruto invites Asahi to dance. Meanwhile Nozomi decides to drop in unannounced to surprise her friends but what does she see? Takanori dancing with Satsuki. Damn heartbreak. Oh dear. Like we need another unnecessary love drama. Can’t blame her as she is unaware of all that drama that was happening since. She runs away and I’m not sure if her sadness unlocked some other dimension because a couple of Gnosis clowns are here to get her.

Episode 10
Satsuki cried her heart out after that. Good thing in reality you can cry as much and loud as you want. So she has to cheek to later tell Haruto that if Asahi dumps him, he could run back into her arms. So funny that he isn’t laughing… They meet up with Takanori because they receive the news that Nozomi is missing. With Clive hacking through her whereabouts, it is confirmed she went to the party but left shortly. Curiously, she is still logged in Re’Union and her coordinates are above the clouds, the Dragons’ Fortress. They can’t determine if she has logged in from another IP address. On this Dragons’ Fortress, they see a replica of Nozomi’s castle. Inside, they are attacked by her familiars. Nozomi pops out like a dark evil enchantress as she mocks them all. Also appearing are the Gnosis counterparts, Cerinthus (who helped made this castle for her) and Marcion. Nozomi claims she has joined Gnosis. Nozomi obviously sounds jealous about that incident regarding Takanori and Satsuki but the guy is too dense to get it. She puts a curse on Asahi. The snake bites cause her to scream in pain, blame Haruto and then collapse. That’s all for today. Everybody escapes before the entire floating island is destroyed. Later Asahi wakes up and she seems normal. They talk about that not being the real Nozomi and need to get her back. In real life, Takanori tells Haruto and Satsuki he has hired 10 special detectives to search for Nozomi. Yeah, that really helps. Even in Re’Union he mobilized Illuminati for that. Since our guys are still too dumb to guess the reason for Nozomi’s strange acting, Satsuki tells them how she saw them dancing at the party and thus Nozomi actually likes Takanori. You mean to look this shocked? Just realized you’re the worst, Takanori? Suddenly they feel something strange. They realize something has happened to the time flow.

Episode 11
This strange dude supposedly from Gnosis hints about using their powers to shape their ideal world before returning time back to normal. The rest fear something may happen to Asahi. They log back in and find her alright. After explaining about this, their base is under attack but luckily they got out just in time. With their base destroyed, before them is a mighty tower that they once conquered. They know only Nozomi can create this. As they make their way into the tower, Asahi abilities start to act a little off. Finally they reach the room Nozomi is in. I guess trying to talk to her via the feelings of the heart isn’t going to work. Nozomi then transforms herself into a beast woman. She is not impressed Takanori wants to save her. I think she feels more cringe. The other Gnosis comrades join in the party. Nozomi gets further jealous thinking Takanori and Satsuki are still together. This time Takanori is going to solve this by himself. So he takes the fight with Nozomi to another area where they can be alone. More memories who the duo were exclusively lost together and they talked about change and how Takanori now blames himself for everything and even confessing his one-sided love for Asahi. Do we need to hear this? Does Nozomi need to hear this? So now this dude understands what it is like to feel the pain in the heart. The misunderstanding he caused that hurt everyone else around him. Nozomi will not be swayed as she attacks him but he takes in all her attacks without retaliating. Probably Takanori has earned some brownie points so he is glowing like a God! So is this a sign that he has reached Nozomi’s inner feelings? Or is she guilty for attacking him? So with Takanori hinting he will take responsibility and wants to be with her from now on, that is the clincher for Nozomi now ridden with selfish guilt to break out of her spell. Phew. Glad the drama is over between them. But Nozomi remembers the curse she put on Asahi. Too late. Asahi kills Haruto. NOOO!!!!!

Episode 12
While Subaru was fighting the Gnosis duo, suddenly Asahi fell into a trance and gave weird instructions. When Haruto tried to stop her, this invoked one of her negative memories about them. There was a mission they disagreed so much they started fighting each other. Haruto was going to kill her? So in response now, Asahi kills Haruto. With Asahi in shock, Cerinthus uses his barrier to capture her. Gnosis is about to own everyone too when Elicia drops in to save the day. Meanwhile Haruto and Asahi are in another dimension. Gee, already in VR and in another dimension? Calm heads rule the day as they remember their promise to be stronger. Oh, remember that flashback when Haruto tried to kill Asahi? Apparently there was an enemy behind her. There. Taken care of. Miraculously Haruto revives from the dead and Asahi breaks free from the barrier and returns to her normal self. With all Subaru members reunited, it is payback time. However Haruto will do this alone. His lion army decimated the Gnosis duo! I guess we can’t interrogate them. In the aftermath, Nozomi reconciles with everyone. Then they thank Elicia for saving them. Elicia notes they have not changed and the reason she is here is to hand Haruto his sword’s sheath she found at Lost Pentagon. Then some legendary folklore with many different versions why the Subaru and Pleiades star cluster has either 6 or 7 stars. In reality, Takanori finds Nozomi alive in an internet café. So that’s where she went? Yeah, it sounded like a big deal when she went missing and couldn’t trace her. Not even 10 detectives. And isn’t Satsuki a little too old to be falling asleep at her desktop? Must be one tiring day, huh? Subaru reunite together as one for the first time in 6 years as they prepare to head for another mission. All of them thank Asahi for bringing them back. It is hinted that Elicia was part of Subaru in an old photo?!

One Star Subaru, Non-Senses of Re’Union
The biggest question still remains: Is Asahi alive or really dead?! Is she really just existing in digital format?! I guess with the so called ‘happy ending’, it serves as a distraction because now that Subaru is back as a whole and on good terms again, we would overlook this greatest question of all time. Not. I guess we can forget about that shard thingy and those weird cult visions Asahi had too. Maybe next time. I’m sure with Cerinthus and Marcion gone (perhaps perma-death?), that doesn’t mean the end for Gnosis. They’ll strike back again. Whoever that guy stopped time was. And did they forget about the other big guild, Hyades? Damn, too many questions. But for now looks like we have to content that Subaru is back in business. That’s the reward we get for sticking by this crappy show. Thank a lot.

This series might have borrowed many elements from similar virtual online game series like Overlord, Log Horizon, Death March Kara Hajimeru Isekai Kyousoukyoku and Sword Art Online. But a big ‘refreshing’ difference is that the characters are not trapped and are able to log out of their own. Hence no need for them to explore the new world and start to adapt to it for the rest of their lives like as though they are never coming back in worst case scenario. Well, almost at one point for Takanori when he was so obsessed to be with digital Asahi.

A lot of people who have seen Ano Hana have started comparing how this series feels like a rip-off from that aforementioned anime. I watched that anime years ago too and although I can’t remember much from it, now that they have mentioned it, it does feel pretty similar. A group of young friends who were very close together suddenly started to drift apart for years when one of them unexpectedly dies young. Then that dead girl comes back ‘alive’ a few years later. They try to resolve the mystery but the biggest one to unravel their unrequited hidden crush during all this time. It is pretty much Ano Hana of the new age with online video gaming and swapping ghosts for, uhm, digital ghosts? But unlike Menma who found peace in the end to move on to the next world, Asahi continues to stick with her pals as they go on having great online adventures together. No tear-jerking for this series. Maybe only tears after laughing too much.

Having said that, the main story itself feels mediocre and now that we have made comparisons to the tearjerker Ano Hana, it is hard to move away from its shadow. The only intrigue we all are interested to know is if Asahi is real or not. If she is actually dead or alive in the real world. Otherwise the bland story of Subaru regrouping again to their former glory feels boring. It is part of the excuse to unravel the mystery of Asahi. I mean, what else could they possibly do? If they became the legendary group they were famous for, maybe the truth will reveal itself? You know, like as in a game. You have reached a certain level and thus your reward is a few answers to your questions other than levelling up your skills.

And now that they are teens, they should have the guts to be honest with their feelings, right? Yeah, all those teen hormones are starting to blur the line between friendship and romance. Ironically kids are supposed to be honest and yet when they were together, they didn’t let out their feelings. I thought kids weren’t that complicated. Because now it gets even more complicated as they grow into their teens. Oh, how we love the age of innocence. I guess back then when they were all such good friends, they don’t differentiate between friendship and romance. As long as you are my friend, that’s cool.

Oddly if Subaru has been such an awesome and legendary group, this means they have been playing Union at a very young age and became experts in no time. Such MMORPGs are games that you can’t master or level up in just days (assuming no cheating was done). So for the Subaru members to be this good and kicking everyone’s ass then, this just shows how much time they spent online honing their skills and having the best combos and techniques to back each other up. Don’t really know how well they do in their real life school grades but as long as they were in Union, they are basically unbeatable. So it is true that many online games are dominated by kids who aren’t even old enough to drink liquor or get a driving licence, let alone walk, talk, read or write properly.

And the other odd thing is how their avatar in Union resembles closely to their real life counterparts when they are in their teens. I’m not saying a child would grow up looking very differently (some will, thanks to puberty) but with the Subaru members having not changed their avatars much, does it show they know how they will look like when they grow older? Sure, it is so that not to confuse us fans but why the heck would people use their avatars that resemble closely to their real life face? It is amazing no jealous dude targeted them. Like that Leonovitch loser. Does the game not allow any other race to be registered as avatars? Because I don’t remember seeing any cat girls here or some hulking orcs. All just the human race…

It is interesting to note that in the context of this series, an online game is hinted to hone those with special abilities that are possible to do in the real world. While this sneaky and shady move is morally questioning, this had me wonder if this entire world is just a simulation! Yes, my conspiracy theory rearing its dumb head again. Because as we have seen at one point how Asahi tried to become God and give Haruto a safe future. And then that Gnosis guy stopping time or something as warning. This possible in reality? Not if you are in a simulation. How can Asahi ‘time warp’ from Union and Re’Union? Where was she during the 6 years of absence? Not if you’re in a simulation. And with the possibility of using your Senses in real life, isn’t this like a simulation too? Hence the mind f*ck of people who are actually dreaming living in a simulation and for those who play games like Re’Union to be in another simulation. That’s like being in a simulation in a simulation! It’s going to be the biggest surprise ever if this whole real world thing turned out into something like The Matrix. Then we can all blame this anime for ripping off another series.

Character wise… I believe everyone is motivated and revolved around Asahi. Otherwise why would our generic team leader Haruto return to online gaming when he has abandoned it so long ago and almost look like on his way to become a NEET only to suddenly find his fighting touch again. And then you need to have that very angry rich dude Takanori to fuel some drama between the guys because nothing says manly drama when you have 2 guys fighting over their girl. Oh Takanori, even all the money in the world couldn’t let you clone Asahi. Just saying… And since he is such an intelligent guy, I suppose love is left out on that matter because he is smart and sharp in everything else except when it comes to the topic of love. That’s what happens when you set your sights obsessively only on one certain girl and pay no heed to the rest.

Then you have Satsuki who is just ‘patiently’ watching from the side lines. What are friends for if you don’t give up your happiness just so your crush could be happy with someone else? That is what happened to Nozomi when she is unable to do that. More jealousy to notch up the drama. Just when shy girl Nozomi as the last member finally makes her appearance, she turned to the dark side (online). Imagine what jealousy can do to you. At least her shyness was blown away. What a way to return. Now we’ve got the pairs settled, Haruto x Asahi and Takanori x Nozomi, all that’s left for Satsuki is Clive. The foreigner guy who is conveniently a foreigner so as to provide necessary backup and assistance when the plot commands it. Yeah, basically Satsuki bust up all for nothing because Haruto’s heart is somewhere and being temporary lover losers with Takanori created a bigger mess. Maybe she should try Clive and then she can have the record of trying every man in Subaru. Haha! Oops.

I guess at this point it is valid for me to ask, who the f*ck is Elicia? Is she like the secret member of Subaru? Because otherwise why tell us that 6 or 7 star folklore thingy if it wasn’t going to be relevant? Does Elicia have this memory erasing ability? Because the rest sure do not remember about her but she knows all about them. So if Asahi is dead in real life but a ghost in Re’Union, Elicia is like the opposite. Alive in the real world but technically a ghost to the members of Subaru. Hence she is like one who watches over her comrades and the convenience needed if ever the plot demands it.

You know how Asahi is always smiling and happy and it is because she has never changed since the last time? Well, I thought that would make lolicons squeal in happiness because on a very unfortunate note, during the airing of this series, a director of this show was arrested for trying to kidnap a 10 year old girl! No joke! Damn, I thought this guy wanted his own Asahi. Like as though the 2D Asahi wasn’t already enough and then he had to pull this sh*t. Well folks, that is Japan being Japan for you. If it wasn’t bad enough, even inside the anime story itself with Asahi’s sudden appearance, there are so many parties who are interested in taking her. Yeah, not only anime characters want her but a real life director too. Damn Asahi is so popular and in demand. And I’m not talking about that beer brand!

Action sequences are just enough since Re’Union is an MMORPG and what is one without its fair share of fighting. Even though each member of Subaru possesses their own unique set of Sense, I just can’t seem to find them memorable. Haruto using his sword skills (I suppose there were some parts that were copied from Sword Art Online’s Kirito), Asahi using her psychic powers and gun, Satsuki the master of elements and Clive throwing his daggers around. To show how legendary Subaru is, not only they have the stats to make up for their power but also the unmeasurable power of determination. Because it was definitely BS when Haruto went up against the thousand forces of Divine! If you love beat’em ups, you would want to switch places with Haruto for that very ‘special event’. Oh, Haruto and Asahi busting out from their impossible predicament in the final episode? Power of friendship in your face! On a trivial note, I find the name of the level boss, Purgatorio to be funny. Because the image that kept popping in my mind: Purgatory + Mario! Damn! It would have been so bizarre had this boss looked like an evil version of an Italian plumber.

Art and animation feel bright and clean. The character designs make them look cute and kawaii. Even as teens, they look as young as ever. As I have said the Subaru members have their avatars looking closely to their real life counterparts so sometimes I get a bit confused if this is the online game or reality. CGI is also used but usually for monster bosses like Purgatorio and Aegir. Luckily the scenes are too dark to see clearly whether the CGI sucks or not. This anime is produced by Lerche who did Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, the Danganronpa series, Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku, the rebooted Kino No Tabi, Kuzu No Honkai and also in the same season, Asobi Asobase (which is the better series than this one).

Voice acting feels average with Nichika Omori (Yurine in Jashin-chan Dropkick) trying to make Asahi sound as cute as a loli as can be while Kaito Ishikawa (Iida in Boku No Hero Academia) tries to make Takanori sound as much as an angst stubborn dick. The other casts are Kengo Takanashi as Haruto (Hajime in Gin No Saji), Akari Kitou as Satsuki (Kaho in Blend S), Takuma Terashima as Clive (Shiroe in Log Horizon), Yumiri Hanamori as Nozomi (Nadeshiko in Yuru Camp) and Chika Anzai as Elicia (Reina in Hibike! Euphonium). The opening theme is 360 Degree Hoshi No Orchestra by Petit Milady. Your typical generic lively anime pop for such genres. I prefer the ending theme, Starlight by Erii Yamazaki which is more of a slow-moderate pop. If you can’t get enough of your Asahi fix, the ending credits animation is your ideal place to ‘stalk’ and ‘peep’ at Asahi bumming around and doing nothing as she waits. Wait for Haruto to come home. Is this some kind of metaphor of what she is doing when the rest are logged out? Man, it has got to be one long boring wait sitting in her room all day.

Overall, this isn’t actually such a bad series but it just lacks an overall interesting story and the main characters themselves lack any sort of character development (even their romance development feels a bit cheesy and forced just to make up some of the drama). But at least this series is still much better than the ones having overpowered characters using their Smartphones. This anime feels like many of other online games these days. Get some attention at the start but starts to wane as time passes. Eventually like when the servers go offline, this one will also be forgotten when better (and much more) crappy future anime series pop up. I mean, would you like to return and rewatch this series? Yeah… A very unfortunate case of perma-death forever.

Asobi Asobase

November 18, 2018

Here we go again. This season brings yet another of that cute girls doing cute things. So what is the so called ‘topic’ this time for this theme in Asobi Asobase? Hand games. Uhm. What? Hand games? At least that is what the very vague and weird synopsis stated. Three classmates loves playing hand games. One of them is good at games but hates it because of her sister forcing her to do stuff after every loss. The other is a halfie and despite looking like a foreigner, she is raised locally and pretends to be bad at Japanese. The last one observes them but also loses to others. WTF… Well, if they are saying that such simple games brings people of different backgrounds together like sports and the Olympics, but on a high school level, it could be just one big terrifying wacky comedy.

Episode 1A
Kasumi Nomura always hated challenges as her sister always beat her and made her do errands. Hence she tells classmates, Olivia and Hanako Honda to shut up for being noisily playing a penalty rock-scissors-paper game. Cheeky Olivia manages to convince Kasumi to play one game with her. Kasumi loses so Olivia smacks her boobs! Oh sh*t! The next time Kasumi wins, she pokes her fingers up in Olivia’s nose!!! Don’t mess with her! Later it is discovered that Kasumi is bad in English. She wants Olivia to teach her some. However Olivia is more panicky. This is her dark secret: Olivia doesn’t know English any better! Although her parents are foreigners, she is born and raised in Japan. Hence she can’t speak English well and is fluent in Japanese. She tricked Hanako since she is dumb but looks like she can’t get out of this one with Kasumi. She gives excuses she wants to learn pastimes of other cultures. Kasumi agrees to do so but in exchange to be taught English. Suddenly Olivia begs for Hanako to teach her English?!

Episode 1B
Sensei is stumped. Despite knowing Olivia can speak fluent Japanese, she spoke so brokenly in class. Kasumi continues to bug Olivia to teach English. She can’t weasel her way out since she is going to teach her some ‘fun’. Stab the pencil between your fingers fast. Kasumi does it fast like a pro! That desperate, huh? Luckily Olivia can do the same. But a few mistakes and cuts… They do it with a compass then. Kasumi is once more brutal. Olivia? She might seem fast be she is actually missing her fingers. Cheating. Forced to teach a casual conversation, Olivia lies how it is the norm for Americans to beg for chocolates. Every day. Sorry, Americans…

Episode 1C
Hanako is good in tennis but soon she quits the club. It seems she joined because she wants to be popular and not go on to win tournaments. Conveniently, Kasumi has created a club. Yeah, she has made the duo join in. It’s called the English Language Study Club. Olivia tries wiggle out of this one and claims she is not interested in English because ‘she is so good’. Okay. Name change. But Hanako doesn’t like it since she wants club to really live up to its namesake. Kasumi challenges Olivia to thumb wrestling. The winner names the club. Olivia thinks she has longer thumb than hers. But her arrogance soon costs her as Kasumi does some (illegal?) move to pin her down. The club is called Pastime Club but with Hanako’s suggestion, it is called Pastimers Club. Other students find the name weird and funny to begin with.

Episode 1D
The trio cram up in a small inflatable pool inside a classroom. With the question if foreign brand trunks float, Hanako calls to arrange one delivered. Is she a rich girl?! Of course, we can’t tell since it is too shallow. The conversation now takes a turn to boobs as they noticed Kasumi’s well-endowed body. How does she grow them? Genetics. Hanako tries to drown herself to be reborn in a busty family! Kasumi points out another way: Getting fat. But I don’t think becoming obese is a great idea. Sensei passes and notices water leaking from the classroom. The girls don’t want to be seen in their swimsuits so Hanako gives a reason that it is Olivia’s pee! But Sensei has a hunch and uses his detective intuitive to taste it! WTF?! It’s ordinary water. He says they lied to him so they are shocked he actually tasted it. So Hanako apologizes and comes clean as Sensei hopes they will always remain honest. Olivia thinks he is a nice guy but Hanako refutes she was only playing along to avoid trouble.

Episode 2A
It seems Pastimers Club is rejected and hence can’t get the required funds. So the trio confront the meek student council president, Kaichou. They explain their cause but she is only more confused to what their club is about. When all else fails, time to go desperate. Hanako grovels while Kasumi gives off that intimidating aura. Kaichou gives in but only if they beat her in a mini othello game. Olivia lost. Kasumi lost. It’s all down to you, Hanako. She sounds like a pro. But she too lost. That’s it. Kaichou sounds like an othello monster but remember Kaichou was pretty bad at speeches even during her own campaign. It was a girl (now her vice) who threatened nobody will have a good night’s sleep if they don’t vote for her. That’s how Kaichou won. She reveals she wanted this post to become popular but the job is a drab. The trio made it lively so she hopes they’ll come back.

Episode 2B
Guess what? Kasumi’s English scores has gotten worse! Come to think of it. Olivia has not taught her any and it was Hanako who pointed it out. She confronts them and learns Hanako scored 92 after a few careless mistakes. Is she a smart girl?! Olivia scored 25 after a few careless mistakes! WTF?! They start to suspect she cannot speak English. Olivia in a bind. Hanako theorizes she might not be American but from Europe. It would have been a great cover up but Olivia ditches that as she has a feeling it will become messy. Soon she admits she can’t speak but worries if she can hang out here if they aren’t buddies. Well, they are already club buddies. Hanako also knew about it and was playing dumb. Group hug! But nobody knows the deep grudge Hanako has. Especially Olivia owning her in that penalty rock-scissors-paper game…

Episode 2C
Amazon teacher confiscates makeup brought by girls in school. Hanako is confident she didn’t have any but her magazine is confiscated instead. As for Olivia, her bag was totally empty. Hmm, suspicious but no proof. Yeah, she hid it all behind her back! In the clubroom, Hanako spots Olivia’s makeup kit and quickly interrogates her. Olivia gives excuse she is secretly using makeup so that it is easier in the adult world later. With Hanako still b*tching about sluts, Olivia offers to teach her. With her suggestion, they put makeup on half her face. She looks she got punched! When Amazon teacher passes by, of course she got the wrong idea. She calls Olivia and Kasumi to see her right away. But they realize she doesn’t even know what makeup is because she thought those makeup tools in their hands are some food. Hanako is happy she got off scot free.

Episode 2D
Hanako gives her pals custom made traditional paddles. 3D prints of those weird guys? Her intention is to challenge and take down the tennis club. Tennis teacher thinks she is back as the club is having it tough without her. Yeah, those wimpy members are just wimpy. So they play a game but Hanako’s paddle punctures the tennis ball? BS?! Kasumi prides herself in physics but all that complicated calculation means she still fails spectacularly. Hanako is distraught when her pals make some adjustment to the paddle by ripping it off. By that time the tennis club girls voluntarily lose because they have got a date. Who is the biggest loser?

Episode 3A
Hanako lost to Olivia and is made to do errands. This kicks up Kasumi’s trauma as she tells her off. But it was okay when she was forced to teach English? With Olivia puffing and Kasumi realizing she is spoiling the fun, she relents. Olivia suggests the next game, the penalty is sniffing armpits! WTF?! She says it is the American culture???!!! Hanako losses in the thumb game. She smells Kasumi’s armpits. No smell. But when she smells Olivia’s, that kind of reaction makes you wonder if getting radioactive was better. Hanako conspires with Kasumi to take down Olivia. However Kasumi realizes Hanako betrays her and she lost. Now made to sniff the armpits of 2 eager girls, Kasumi says she’d rather go buy juice for them as penalty. Yeah, errands are better.

Episode 3B
The candy Hanako ate during recess hasn’t melted. The teacher, Chisato Higuchi calls her to read aloud and due to her strange mouth contours, she accidentally swallows it. Although the case is solved after she gets a slap on the wrist, Chisato learns she is from Pastimers Club and wonders if there is matchmaking. Yeah, she’s those teachers who has past her prime and trying to find a guy. She is introduced to the club in which the girls are shocked to hear what she wants but she in turn is disappointed to hear what the club is about. Anyway she rants her ideal guy which sounds more like some fantasy straight out from a shoujo manga. Because it is. Hanako helps her setting up her Twitter account but makes her look desperate and shady. However she soon realizes she has been duped to become their club advisor. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu!

Episode 3C
Kaichou learns that Pastimers Club is occupying a classroom without her knowledge. So when she goes down to confront them, she tries to be nice but each time it sounds like she is threatening them! It is learnt that Kasumi forgot to hand in the form. They can’t do it now because another club has requested for a room. Come on in, shogi club girls. Yeah, why do they look and sound intimidating too? It is decided that a game will decide who to use the clubroom. The duel is whoever can launch their shoe the furthest wins. Hanako at the starting line… Her opponent just slightly further. Olivia ‘cheats’ as she uses a swing. Hey, nobody said about not using that, right? In that case, the shogi president uses a bicycle! Riding downhill, her shoe is flung 1km!!!! Lost by (metaphorically) a mile. But it has its price. She takes a nasty tumble and even lectures about risking your life for your pastimes. So cool. But in the end. The Pastimers Club maintain their room since she is hospitalized and her members hang out in her home since she is home schooled then.

Episode 4A
Hanako’s servant, Maeda has this policy of telling her what she wants and cannot say “I don’t know”. And when she asked what is shogi, a game he has no idea about, he lied by saying it is a sport where one fires laser beams from their butt! WTF?! He even demonstrated it to her! All the time! You mean this is easier than doing shogi?! Only recently she has begun to feel repulsive about it. Realizing she has forgotten her umbrella, he goes to her class to lend it. Too bad he freaks out her friends especially Kasumi who has fear of men. It is discovered that she fears men because of the misconception their crotch shoots lasers!!! Hanako corrects her it is their butts. WTF is wrong with these girls?! Don’t they have the internet as their information source?!

Episode 4B
Chisato meets up with her other female friends. Of course she learns many of them has married, setting off that worried feeling again. When they learn she is the advisor of Pastimers Club, one of them who taught in a school before said one of the four lords of Pastimers was at her school. Eh? Chisato asks Pastimers Club about this and naturally they don’t know. Conveniently her friend called that said lord to go over there now and everyone is shocked she is a gal. Apparently she screwed almost all the boys in the next school and earned that nickname. So it’s a different kind of pleasure seeking? They think this slut is stupid but she proves she is smarter than them. Oh Olivia, don’t you dare challenge her with the kendama because she’s damn good! Desperate Hanako has her friends do that makeup stint again as challenge. Why does The Joker look even better than this horrifying mess? In the end, the gal gives them her cleanser and leaves. They think she’s really a nice girl.

Episode 4C
Reality check for Olivia. She never knew sumo is only for men until her pals tell her. She thought the women’s were held secretly. Yeah, it’s her dream to become a sumo wrestler and be in that ‘paradise’. Hanako and Kasumi demonstrate for her. But Kasumi manages to provoke Hanako into attacking her. Kasumi then contorts her body and leaves Kasumi stuck. Not sure why Chisato suddenly passionately screams to root for Hanako but it scared the hell out of her. But at least Olivia has second thoughts about wanting to follow this path to ‘paradise’. Not thanks, Kasumi.

Episode 4D
Kasumi thought she is alone and is able to write her erotic BL novel. Uhm, gay Harry Potter?! Too bad Hanako drops in and discovers this. Kasumi feels so embarrassed that she wants to kill herself! Hanako trying to stop her only makes it look worse. Hence Olivia and Chisato don’t understand what’s going on when they see them. So they try to support her. But you wonder if they’re serious when Hanako suggests butt lasers! Oh, Maeda’s here. You called? He offers his suggestion but it gets worse. Because to him fantasy BL is goblin x dwarf making out???!!! WTF????!!! MY EYES!!!!! ARGH!!!! They thought Kasumi fears men so why is she doing this? Apparently 2D is okay. Maeda tries to give some ideas by telling his life experience. He was some hippy guy trying to take some exam that would determine the fate of the rest of his life. He was abducted by aliens and they implanted their weapon of mass destruction in his ass! Literally anal probing! When released, not only he missed and failed his exam, every time he takes a dump, the toilet breaks!!! He often gets fired and hence he becomes lost. Until an old man offers to help control his butt laser! That old man is Hanako’s grandpa!!! Now he is able to control his butt lasers unless diarrhoea. However this story only makes Kasumi sick and worsens her fear of men!

Episode 5A
Hanako meets up with her friends at the café to study. However she dresses up in a weird getup! Is it colourful villain of the week? WTF Harajuku fashion and haute couture is she talking about?! It is not a surprise that nobody can concentrate and other customers are laughing at them. Hanako notices Kasumi’s pen spinning skill and wants to learn them. She tries but sets off a chain of events that burns down the café!!! OMFG!!! With people accusing they saw it came from a ‘devil woman’, remorseful Hanako suddenly decides to quit this fashion sense of hers.

Episode 5B
Olivia tells her pals that there could be a guy cross-dressed in their school. The other night she heard some couple broke up outside her house. The reason was because the girl was actually a guy! Olivia thought this is right up Kasumi’s alley. Hey! Cross-dressing is not BL!!! Then Olivia recognized her uniform was from their school. So the girls freak out and try to analyse who the culprit is. They deduce the most suspicious of the lot is Tsugumi Aozora. You mean the cutest girl in school? As they ‘interrogate’ her, Aozora turns the tables back on them by interrogating them back. Smart girl knows what they are trying to look for so she revealed that she lied about that just to break up. As for why her most suspicious act is to always change her gym clothes alone and somewhere else, that’s because she is embarrassed to do so in front of everyone else.

Episode 5C
Oka from the occult club is the only member left and her club is in danger of being demoted into a circle. Just like Pastimers Club, eh? On the way back, she hears the trio playing Kokkuri. Her appearance freaks the trio out as she thinks they love the occult. Not a bit. She takes up their offer to play with them so she teaches them some really weird game. She teaches them to create some weird poo looking doll and then do some ritual to hide it. Then they return to their clubroom to hide. At this point the girls realize that they have made a cursed item and freak out when Oka explains if they don’t find the doll, the doll will forever find them!!! Yup, it is missing from the sink where they left it! The Pastimers Club girls break down real hard over this horror move. Chisato is sure confused what is going on. But Oka hears some girls talking how a plumber removed some poo left in the sink. Safe?

Episode 5D
After hearing a few girls brag about their boyfriends, now Hanako b*tches to Olivia she wants one! Unimpressed Kasumi tells her to talk something more meaningful. As they continue talking on this topic, naturally the question of how babies are made arises. You can tell they don’t watch porn so definitely it is not by kissing his dick, Olivia!!! Kasumi actually knows but when made to explain, is too embarrassed. Here, use these dolls then. What is this weird kama sutra position they are in? Oh good, Chisato is here. How do you make babies, sensei? She too is too embarrassed to say and has to answer she doesn’t know. Only serve to give the girls a reason to mock why she is unmarried! But maybe the dolls can help? Uh huh. WTF are those positions? Are we in some acrobatic circus? Thanks to that, Hanako doesn’t want to have kids anymore. You know how much it costs to raise a kid, right? And so Japan’s declining birth rate continues to slide…

Episode 6A
Oka talks to the girls what happened to her other club members and why she is the only one left. Apparently one of them got ‘teleported’. The rest think Aguri Mato AKA Agrippa just went away. But when they check with Chisato, she seems reluctant to say and just ekes out that she was sick. This shocks Oka because she was not told anything. Oka is obviously shaken. She relates how Agrippa was telling her about some teleporting spell she is doing. If she suddenly don’t see her one day, it means she has teleported. With the girls getting emotional over her story, they try to cheer her up and want to use magic to cure Agrippa! Oka knows those stuffs don’t work but Olivia believes it will! Hence to stay positive, Oka will do voodoo magic to help cure Agrippa. Not sure where she is sick, she pokes the needles all over the doll! Later Chisato sees this and gets to know what they’re doing. She asks if they also poked the ass. Turns out Agrippa went for haemorrhoids surgery and in a week later the friends reunite. Phew.

Episode 6B
Hanako thinks she can take top spot after putting in tremendous effort. However she got second spot and first place went to Misa. Hanako is extremely jealous of that b*tch. She is in the clubroom alone as Kasumi and Olivia failed and are taking remedial classes. Maeda pops up to cheer her up. It seems she talked to grandpa and they think she wants a boyfriend so they got this robot in the form of a handsome boy. Looks cool at first but soon Hanako realizes it is getting really annoying because the lines are recorded by grandpa and Maeda so the speeches are from their perspective. Can’t take it anymore, Hanako destroys it! Right at the moment her friends come in as they misinterpret she killed a man!

Episode 6C
It is so hot that Olivia wants to cut her hair. Hanako stops her thinking it will not stop her body odour. WTF. Olivia thinks of cutting a little bit by herself. If she messes up, she’ll go to a saloon to fix it up. But after cutting a short stretch, she starts reacting overdramatically and regrets it! Kasumi points out that no one will notice. Hanako then suggests cutting her bangs! Olivia does so. The messed up is obvious! Time to press the panic button. Obviously she has to go to the saloon but is too embarrassed to leave looking like that. Chisato comes by and hears the problem. She gives her a hairband. Would have solved the problem if not for that pimple… Chisato offers to cut her hair since she cuts hers herself. Olivia realizes too late the kind of hairstyle Chisato has… No going back now…

Episode 6D
A joke or an insult? Because Hanako and Kasumi are mistaking Olivia to be Chisato due to the same bangs. Hanako suggests playing a daikon pulling game. She demonstrates by trying to pull Kasumi as the daikon out of a circle. Not even budging. When they switch, it seems Kasumi could easily pull Hanako out! Olivia is in danger of being dragged out with her so she betrays Hanako by letting go! Not too sure what the end game is supposed to be. Later when Chisato joins in and is confident she is good in this game, she obviously become the first one to be ‘plucked out’.

Episode 7A
Aozora wants the Pastimers Club to steal a book called Banana Papers from Kaichou’s office. It supposedly contains shady information that could be used to blackmail students. But why them? Because they’re shady as well. Look how cheap they are when they accept the mission after Aozora bribes them with items they long for. As they start planning, Hanako’s brilliant plan is to use a stag beetle? Oh yeah. She starts training it too. On mission night, the beetle makes itself useful by unlocking the door and sniffing out Banana Papers! Suddenly Kaichou returns!!! OH NO!!!!!

Episode 7B
Actually Kaichou left some documents on her desk and returned to get it. Luckily the trio hide underneath her desk. When Kaichou thinks of putting the chair back nicely, it slowly starts moving so! Better take the documents and leave! Of course it is Hanako’s doing. At this point, her ass is in Olivia’s face and she can’t help fart… The trio decide to take a sneak peak at the book in their clubroom. Hmm… All scandalous events on the Pastimers Club from that shogi club president’s injury to that café fire! OMG! They want to burn it but Kasumi thinks they should read more and find out other stuffs. Yup, something about Olivia’s spicy armpit smell. Olivia gets mad thinking one of them ratted her out so they calm her down with that acceptable odour index thingy (say what?). They reconcile and decide to go for ice cream. At this hour? Because they left the book in their clubroom, Aozora sneaks in, opens to the page that has her scandal (if only the trio had read further), rips it out and burns them. And then that sneaky look on her face of photocopying the entire book and using some useful info to blackmail those stooges. Heh…

Episode 7C
As the rest are in remedial classes, Hanako is alone in the clubroom and starts doing crazy faces! Kasumi was done early so outside the room she saw all that but is too afraid to go in and stop her. Then Hanako decides to check out Kasumi’s laptop. Aha! No password! Time to check out her BL stories! I wonder why Kasumi still feel it isn’t appropriate to go in and stop her. Hanako reads the very weird story and knows she’ll regret reading further and stops. After putting the laptop back, Kasumi enters. You read it, right? Gulp. With Hanako admitting, both girls squirm in embarrassment. When Olivia arrives, she is shocked that both girls wants her to kill them!

Episode 7D
For home economics, the girls are supposed to make a shirt. However Kasumi made hers too tight around the chest area and her cleavage is showing. Hanako decides to help out with some modifications since wearing it as a skirt is embarrassing. I don’t know about her plans to close the cleavage but she turns the extra fabric to make it look like nipples! Redoing it again, now the extra fabric looks like huge tits! Okay. How about wearing it on the reverse side. Don’t think it will cut too. Anyway the shirt is ruined. Hanako then shows the yukata she did. Due to insufficient material, her sleeve area exposed a little her arms. Kasumi with that devilish looks wants to help modify it…

Episode 8A
Olivia seems to be playing a popular hit video game, Bacteri Go! You mean you catch bacteria?! Gotta catch ‘em all?! Yeah, you can even scan and ‘collect’ real bacteria like the one on Hanako’s table. But why doesn’t Kasumi have any? She sterilizes hers with alcohol. Olivia then scans Hanako’s magazine and finds to have faecal bacteria?! She remembers he cat wiped its butt on it! Hanako then scans Olivia and it seems her armpits have the most concentration of bacteria!

Episode 8B
Hanako realizes the clothes she bought now looks stupid. She blames shopping with her friends earlier today. She calls Kasumi to get the facts straight. Well, she remembered everything wrongly so Kasumi is forced to shift the blame onto Olivia and make it sound like she is the one who made Hanako made the bad purchase. So when Hanako calls Olivia, the latter sounds pretty thrilled. Olivia even shows it to her brother and they both laugh like mad. Because brother said about something how she looked like a virgin killer! This has Hanako start overthinking there is some sort of conspiracy and cover up by the government to kill virgins! The complication gets more complicated when Olivia hints it meant about stealing hearts. Hanako literally took that at face value and will now go get a knife to carve out hearts! She’s preparing for a Mad Max apocalyptic survival!

Episode 8C
Hanako didn’t think Olivia is good at a card memory game but she aces it in 1 go. In shock and wanting to test if it was luck, hence the trio play a board game called sugoroku made by Hanako herself. Too bad every panel is bad news. So if you land on a square, you must perform whatever deed as stated in the square. Yup, lots of embarrassing moments from peeing like a dog to crawling like a baby. Ever since Hanako’s punishment of getting her ass smacked by the duo, she has been constantly trying to humiliate them on their turn. There is one point where the girls have to act out an anime character in front of Sensei. Poor Sensei thought they wanted him to play with them and promises to react better next time. So when Kasumi does her Kamehameha, Sensei acts like he is blown away by it! I think he twisted some of his bones and joints… The game is won by Kasumi who isn’t thrilled anyway. In the end, Hanako wonders if Olivia had luck since she suffered equally as them. Then they realize could it be she has psychic powers? The truth is, Olivia actually used some magic trick card in that game and enjoyed seeing their reactions.

Episode 9A
It’s that time again. Other students still think Olivia is good in English and wants her help. Luckily she helps to deflect the problem to go ask the teacher. Olivia remembers how she pretended not to be fluent in Japanese and was seated next to Hanako thinking she could toy with her with this thought. Now she regrets it. Hanako intends to help her so in order not to make it so obvious, she writes a note to pass it around that says Olivia is fluent in English. After passing a few hands, it reaches Kasumi. As she is unaware of what is going on, she thinks there is somebody trying to smear and ruin her character. Hence she rewrites it and continues passing. However, Amazon teacher confiscates it. She reads the notes and asks Olivia if it is true. Is she fluent in, uhm, Lincos? WTF language is that? Shocked Olivia denies it and all those who read thinking it is English thinks it is a prank all along. Back to square one.

Episode 9B
This English thing comes back to haunt her as now Olivia is chosen to represent her class in an English speech contest next week. Because panicking Olivia doesn’t want to study, I guess this calls for desperate measures. Looks like Maeda has a robot doll that looks a bit like Olivia and speaks good English. It is actually a sex doll and speaks dirty! Thank goodness our Japanese ladies heard ‘six’ is pronounced as ‘sex’. When Chisato comes in and hears this, she tries to look for a way to programme decent language. Guess what? The doll strangles her and refuses to learn decent language! OMFG!!!! In the end, they change Olivia with the best English speaker in class who looks like the most traditional Japanese ever, Fujiwara. Should have done that from the start…

Episode 9C
Olivia’s magazine is confiscated by Amazon teacher for the umpteenth time. Her brother will soon come to school apologize. So as Olivia describes her brother, he really sounds decent and Hanako starts dreaming about their future. When he arrives, this dude looks like a hippy otaku! WTF?! Dreams crashing down… They wonder if they are even related since he isn’t blonde. He shows his blue eyes. He talks very nicely like some polite olden day samurai to Amazon teacher. But when she doesn’t give the magazine back, suddenly he prostrates himself and begs for its return because he really wants to read it. Your world crashing continues… Uhm, couldn’t he just buy another magazine if he was so desperate? In the end, she hands it back to him to avoid any incident. Hanako is unfortunate to change social media contacts with him (Kasumi ‘escaped’ since her handphone is of the old kind). That guy is already messaging Hanako that night. Nice flowery words as usual. She starts thinking he is not all that bad. Until she is shown a picture of him in super cringe cross-dressing outfit. MY EYES!!!!!!!! ARGH!!!!!

Episode 10A
Guess what? Fujiwara sucks in Japanese! She has to make excuses each time classmates think she can help them with classic Japanese. She thinks Olivia is her only ally but Olivia thinks she is on to her about her bad English. So when Fujiwara overhears that Olivia isn’t really good in English, she tries to confirm it with Kasumi. Kasumi seems forceful and pleading not to reveal this secret. Fujiwara feels excited by this and wants to date her in exchange to keep Olivia’s secret. Before Kasumi could decide, Aozora grabs her and says she already booked her. Fujiwara is heartbroken and suddenly could speak proper classic Japanese? Kasumi thanks Aozora for saving her. Aozora kisses her in exchange. Meanwhile Fujiwara decides to keep Olivia’s secret as negotiation leverage to ask Kasumi out again.

Episode 10B
Hanako wants to make her pals say poo and comes up with this game. They write a few words and randomly pick one they can’t see and place it over their head. Of course Hanako rigged the game by writing hers all poo. It will be hilarious to have that word on their head. They don’t have it this round but looks like Hanako herself has it… As Kasumi’s word is kiss, this prompts that hallway scene with Aozora. This makes Hanako furious as she ends the game and starts conducting a witch trial about her kiss. Wow. She’s serious. Seriously mad. What’s the problem girl? When it is hinted that they are all in a girl’s school, Hanako forgives her. So their friendship is back to normal just like that? Okay. Whatever.

Episode 10C
Kasumi has this strange dream Aozora shows her dick!!! WTF?! Because of that, Kasumi cannot stop inadvertently make dick puns. To get this off her chest, Kasumi tells her friends she wants to look underneath Aozora’s skirt. Has she become a pervert? Confused at first, I guess her friends relent. After discussing a few cliché ways, I suppose they finally decide to go with this trolley one. Hanako and Olivia will roll Kasumi lying on a trolley towards Aozora. She will spread her legs to let them pass through and Kasumi will see her pantsu. Only, Aozora moves aside. This shocking move has Hanako and Olivia trying to u-turn but they crash and end up in an impossible cliché pantsu viewing way.

Episode 10D
Kasumi must be really impressed with Star Trek and hence wants to do a sci-fi film with her friends. She has Olivia the sexy alien spy and Hanako the villain. Scenes include a minute of stare down in which all cannot blink as well as Kasumi’s lame suggestions that seems to be making a mockery out of the sci-fi genre. Chisato suggests using props from the club to help promote the club. Some skipping ropes and kewpie doll as weird interrogation tool… In the end, they make a poster that spoofs Star Wars as well as trolling us by announcing season 2 of the anime! For real?!

Episode 11A
That sci-fi film for the festival… Kaichou rejects it! Especially that ‘fake torture scene’. Displeased Hanako will be back. With a director’s cut! Kaichou is sad that her life is drab and is most jealous that her vice always goes across to the boys’ school by herself. So she tries to give excuses that she wants to go over once but her vice has excuses why she can’t. Desperate, Kaichou plays rock-scissors-paper with her and wins. Immediately she rushes out, so happy to be able to go over. Better tone it down, everyone is seeing your weird face. Then she stops by the occult club and discovers they are trying to make snacks for the festival. Weird snacks… She tries one of them and hopes she’ll be alright. As she leaves, she sees Pastimers Club returning. Hanako’s lips are all black because of the squid she ate but Kaichou thinks she ate the occult club’s snack in which Hanako doesn’t deny but that was yesterday. Kaichou gets the wrong idea she will be sick and goes to the hospital herself. Her vice upon learning this ditches her duty to go visit the boys.

Episode 11B
Oka and Agrippa discuss on what kind of cookies to bake as they draw motivation from Agrippa’s grandma who was probably an obsessed occult witch too. After that they let Sensei taste it. At first he freaked out because it looks like horror. I mean, rat’s ass sticking out of a wall cookie? But when he tastes it, it is so good. But in the aftermath as he walks home, he turns into an addicted zombie as he craves for those cookies!

Episode 11C
Amazon teacher disapproves the art club’s controversial poster. Boobs? Pantsu? Is this art? She wants Kaichou to tell them to redo it. Noticing the vice, why is she drenched in water? Oh. No reason. Actually it is to wash away her excessive makeup. Wow, she looks so plain… After Kaichou leaves and the vice redo her makeup, here comes Hanako to plead to review their request again. She even brought Maeda to prostrate on her behalf! As he does so, his butt laser shoots a hole in the door! Anyway, rejected. Next is Olivia and she brought her brother. Not sure about the deep complicated words he is using… Rejected. When the boys’ student council president comes over for an unannounced visit, he is shocked to see the vice since her makeup is messed up (due to Pastimers Club interrupting), she kicks him in the gut to knock him out! Damn, looking like a murder scene, she hides him. More trouble as all Pastimers Club and their guys return for another pleading session. Kasumi remembers the desk where they hide under and for nostalgia purposes looks under it. A ‘corpse’!!! Everybody freaks out. Because they touched the ‘corpse’, they have messed up the murder scene. So their solution is based on some manga whereby the murderer hides corpses in school walls? Yeah, this one just dropped out of the wall… Thinking the vice is murdered, they go look for her. Luckily the vice wore Kaichou’s ski mask. The girls think she is the culprit and go tackle her. Such lame tackling… With the vice screaming for Kaichou to help, good timing as Kaichou returns and she has a pretty good idea what has happened. That face of not-this-sh*t-again… In short, she will approve their film but to keep this a secret and never to return here. I guess it’s a win-win for everyone. Later when the guy wakes up, the vice tries to pain he just collapsed. But since he clearly remembered some makeup monster, she kicks him in the gut again. This is going to take a while…

Episode 12A
Chisato brings her friend’s baby to Pastimers Club since she is visiting her old club and doesn’t want the baby to get too ‘excited’. Hanako gets permission to hold it and loves the cuddliness. With the teacher calling for Chisato, she needs to go but the baby refuses to let go of Hanako. Okay then. After Chisato leaves, the baby starts crying. Not until Kasumi holds her he is happy. Is Hanako seeing things because the baby loves fondling boobs? When Hanako holds him again, she thinks she hears him insult her boobs! Letting him sit down, why does he look like some cocky mafia don? Thinking he is hot, they put a small table fan. That is when the baby goes into devil mode. Or at least that is what Hanako thinks because it makes her hair stuck in the fan! It’s pulling her head! The rest can’t do anything because the baby is over the switch! Even if Kasumi holds the baby, she can’t off the fan because her hand is full! Just when Hanako thinks her life is over, the fan stops. Yeah, all that struggling unplugged the fan. The baby’s mom returns. She is glad her baby is happy and it is rare he is happy to other people other than her. More paranoia as Hanako thinks she sees the baby reveal some deep coded words that he has found new toys to play…

Episode 12B
It’s that time again where Hanako gets jealous of Kasumi’s boobs. Hanako is back to her happy self when Kasumi explains how with her size she can choose from a lot of different designs. Hence they go check out over the website to see which bra she is interested. But first they must measure her bust size. Hanako gets worried thinking it is like maths. Funny. She’s a smart girl so why? Anyway, hearing bust size dimensions reminds Hanako of Maeda and grandpa doing those unholy hand movements and they could tell what kind of cup size. Once Hanako has her bust measured, she thinks she has grown into B cup. Unfortunately it is AA. So that is a transition between A and B, right? Nope. AA < A. Hanako becomes so sad and broken that she is trying to suck their boobs?! And then she starts coughing and fears she might have coughed out some boobs material. She fears the boobs god has punished her! Her friends are left to console her as Hanako promises never to be rude to the boobs god again.

Episode 12C
Olivia has her friends play a popular online game in her country. Fairytale Hell. Damn… After choosing their characters and items, you thought it is some innocent Animal Crossing spoof. Until Hanako gets sniped in the head!!! OMG!!! She bleeds until she dies!!! Kasumi panics and tries to run but gets a headshot too! At least her death was instant. No suffering. As Olivia tries to do a mission, she steps into the enemy’s trap. Dead. The enemy team then messages with all the toxic insults. Hence our girls who were so traumatized and about to give up are now angry as they revitalize to get their revenge. Hanako starts shooting randomly and doesn’t hit anything. She gets a headshot. The enemy turns out to be the shogi club members and they’re having fun trolling the Pastimers Club especially the president who holds a grudge on them for ruining her shogi career! Thought you’ve forgotten about them, eh? After another loss, Pastimers Club is done with the game. Uninstalling…

Episode 12D
Maeda is forced to join Pastimers Club in this paper story game. You’re supposed to draw something more powerful and convince your opponents why you don’t stand a chance and win. The girls can draw something decent but Maeda keeps drawing some creepy parasite… This causes a lot of argument with Hanako as the rest wonder how this game is going to end.

Special 1
On the way home, the girls stumble into Hanako’s brother, Kentarou. She calls out to him but he is not amused and tries to ignore. Too bad stubborn sister tries to get him to hang out with them. Kentarou notices Kasumi and Olivia are real. Yeah, he thought they were Hanako’s imaginary friends! Kentarou is made to hang out with them at the park. While they play, he reads his books. Until Olivia decides to play marbles with him. The girls are impressed the way he shoots the marbles. Nothing like a simple rocket science and maths to explain the projection and trajectory, right?! With the girls praising him and having fun with the marbles, Kentarou starts to feel that it isn’t bad to hang out with his sister once in a while. Yup, he feels a bit happy. And then of course you know how such lines becomes a jinx. Because Hanako ruins it by shooting a marble too strong that it smashes into some old guy’s house! Now you want to see how fast you can run? Oh well Kentarou, that’s Hanako for you.

Special 2
So Pastimers Club wants to have an arm wrestling contest to see who is the strongest? While the girls are dissing each other, Chisato claims she is the strongest and won a pro arm wrestling match. But when all the girls arm wrestle her, they beat her without effort! So she lied about being the strongest just to go with the flow?! Anyway the first match pits Hanako against Olivia. Hanako fears Olivia using only 40% of her power and does a ‘drastic’ move by telling her some sticky duct tape joke. Olivia lets her guard down, can’t stop laughing and Hanako wins. Kasumi is not impressed that Hanako leaked that secret about some yaoi of hers. Next is Olivia against Kasumi. If Olivia loses, she is considered the weakest so you bet she isn’t going to lose. However Kasumi is already twisting her hand! Oh man. Look at her contorted facial expression. Aozora then walks in to return some book. Desperate Olivia wants her to whisper motivation into Kasumi’s ears. She obliges as Kasumi weakens and Olivia wins. Finally it is Hanako and Kasumi. Hanako starts off aggressive but we see her being the weakest and easily defeated. Crying for mommy now? I wonder if her arm is done for. Even if she is clearly the weakest, with everyone having a win each, isn’t this a draw? Doesn’t this makes everyone jointly the strongest? Then they want to know if Aozora is strong and invite her to play. Oh… They don’t know what they’re getting into…

Playtime’s Over…
Sore kara dou shita no???!!! Owari da???!!! I guess one day you will have to stop fooling around. Because then another new fresh round of fooling around begins! Ah well, it was a fun and nonsensical ride and thankfully I didn’t get to pick up some of the weirdest ideas here. Are those really games? I feel if you do those in real life, you are more likely to end up as viral videos of the biggest fail armies of all time online. Yeah… Some games are not meant to be played publically and only in the dark recess of a selected few who are dumb and desperate enough to try…

Many of the skits are random and this way it helps enhance the comedic factor without the need to remember some sort of convoluted storyline or plot twist. But some may be annoyed at how many of the punch lines and funny moments come from the screaming comebacks our characters will often make (Hanako being the main offender). At first it was weird to hear the ‘surreal’ yelling but I came to forgive all that shrieking since the funny moments made me laugh. Yeah, as long as they make me chuckle, a lot of things I can forgive and let it slide…

Although the characters themselves are nothing too deep and fall into those clichés (the foreigner, the troublemaker, the androphobia, etc), thanks to their quirkiness, it is hard to hate them or find them boring. You’ll know the characters just enough for the jokes to be pulled off. For example, the running joke of Olivia cannot speak decent English despite looking like a well-bred foreigner. It becomes somewhat of a closely guarded secret among the friends while the rest of the school continues to think she is otherwise. It is amazing how they never suspected a pinch of it. Unless she is not the only foreigner in school because I bet that other girls would have gladly want to ask help for their English. One or two times being brushed off isn’t going to just stop them, right? Oh right. Let’s just ask the teacher instead.

Pastimers Club is made more interesting because of Hanako and her very weird tastes of fun. I am not sure if it runs in the family because her grandpa and Maeda from the looks of it, they are like perhaps the country’s biggest perverts. Maybe that is why Hanako turned out to be such a twisted girl too. The irony of her being very good in her studies but everything else from her social skills to her fashion sense are just off the charts. In a bad sense, that is. Kasumi looks like the most normal of the trio but I guess she too has her own quirks like being afraid of men and her English just sucks. Which is ironic because girls in glasses are often portrayed as the stereotype as being the smart kind. How can this megane girl not improve a bit in English?! Is this her running joke?!

Other characters are as quirky and lovable as our trio in Pastimers Club. They add a variety to the fun and havoc as well. Like Kaichou who is perhaps just wanting to seek some thrill in life but ends up in a mundane and drab job as the student council president. Then she has to put up sh*t from Pastimers Club who often come in to bug her with troublesome stuffs rather than anything exciting. Yeah, the kind of excitement she wouldn’t really want. And her promiscuous vice have all the fun and it’s like as though she has a free pass to go visit the boys’ school every day because it is even said she has relationships with all the members of their student council! I am just curious if they are shooting some amateur porn…

Chisato is one of those female characters who have past her expiry period of being in a marriageable age. Personally, she looks so tomboyish and at first look I thought she was some scrawny guy. Not sure if she tried dolling up herself before because with that kind of appearance and why she has never got the desired results, it is like as though her very plain appearance tells us, “Ah, f*ck it. Not gonna care about my appearances anymore”. The most dangerous character goes to Aozora. Even more dangerous than Pastimers Club because we all know they’re just idiots despite all the ‘dangerous’ stuffs they do. There is nothing much known about this girl and on the outside she might look the most beautiful and nice girl but there are times we see her scheming. Who knows what kind of dark secrets she has. Heck, do we even know if she is really a boy cross-dressed as a girl?! She could even be the demon lord himself or perhaps her dark secret of binging on midnight snacks. Either way, it will be ‘shocking’ for us when we see that secret of hers. If there was any. Damn, she is so trolling…

One of the interesting segments comes at the end of the episode. Japanese Pastimes on the surface serves to introduce us to what games children in Japan plays. But then it soon dawned to me never to believe everything I see or hear. Because in this puppet play, some of the explanations are actually leading you astray with its far-fetched descriptions. Common sense will tell you they are BS. But I suppose it is to enhance the weirdness and comedy factor as we see the puppet play being overly violent and exaggerative. Something that really fits the Pastimers Club like a glove. Too bad that this segment does not appear at the end of every episode. It does so in the first half but soon you’ll noticed that it feels like as though to fill in the extra time gap for the episode if that episode had ended a little bit too early. It’s a shame because I also really liked how funny and ‘creative’ this segment is.

Art and animation of this series looks a bit sketchy. If I should say, it is somewhat similar of another anime that aired in the same season that also has this looks, Back Street Girls – Gokudolls. But this series as compared to the latter certainly has more ‘animation’ put in. However it is not that very light coloured and simple sketching that the series sticks by always. Sometimes during punch lines or dramatic moments, the art takes a ‘drastic’ and very exaggerated turn with the characters being dolled up, flabbergasted or cliché horror visuals. Either way, they look ‘scary’. If you are a total wuss, you might end up having nightmares seeing those ‘scary’ faces. Especially Oka whom I want to note, I thought her eyes were just a mask or unique contacts. But it turns out as far as we know, they are real. Do you not think Oka’s weird eyes are just scary? No wonder she fits in the occult club. Even with the vice president have ‘stars’ for eyes feels a bit messed up. This series is animated by Lerche who brought to you Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, Kuzu No Honkai and Danganronpa.

Hats off to Hina Kino as Hanako (Tiki in Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ). It is either you love her or loath her and find the series lovable or annoying. This is because for half of the time she is screaming her head off and when she is in this screaming mode, she really is screaming. This has become somewhat her ‘trademark’ as this screaming mode serves as the punch line of many of the comical moments in the series. I can only imagine if she was your real life girlfriend and when she really gets mad at you and blows her top. I think it will be more than your eardrums taking some damage. But she is really convincing and really, uhm, one kind when she starts to shriek all over due to her panic attacks. I just hope that she doesn’t suffer from voice damage like how I foolishly believe how it happened to Aoi Yuuki after her Aho Girl stint. Oh wait. Didn’t Hina Kino also voice as very soft spoken and emotionless character in Toji No Miko, Sayaka? Oh no. It has already begun… Speaking of Aoi Yuuki, she lends her voice here as the calm and composed but scheming Aozora. Again, not her trademark cute squeaky voice and yup, time to blame Aho Girl again. Looks like I am going to have to get used to this new kind of voice she makes.

Rika Nagae (Baselard in Frame Arms Girl) and Konomi Kohara (Akane in Tsuki Ga Kirei) as Olivia and Kasumi respectively are also quite good in their roles. They too have their share of screaming and panic attacks but none could top the ‘master of screaming’ who is Hanako. The other casts are Ryouko Maekawa as Chisato (Yumine in Stella No Mahou), Honoka Inouse as Kaichou (Phyr in Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasuka), Ryotaru Okiayu as Maeda (Berserker in Fate/Zero), Mai Kanazawa doubling as Oka and the vice president (Futaba in Sansha Sanyou), Megumi Toda as Agrippa (Hajime in New Game) and Shuu Uchida as Fujiwara (Hatori in Alice To Zouroku).

Well, the opening theme sung by the main trio of Hanako, Kasumi and Olivia, Suripisu sounds innocent and cute enough despite sounding a lot like a generic anime pop. But hearing this opener and comparing how the anime goes, you’ll find it is a little mismatched. But still decent to listen nevertheless. Now, the stranger one is the ending theme, Inkyainparusu by the same trio. No, I’m not just talking about the name of the song only but the entirety of the song itself. I thought the opening song was a bit out of place, this one sounds even more so. But then again, when you take into account the very crazy and chaotic pace of the series, perhaps this is all the more suitable. I can never imagine such a freaking hard rock piece would be used as this series’ song but for the craziness of everything, this should be the norm. Making it crazier is the animation of flickering neon lights of the girls doing some head banging rocking. Yeah, it will be super awesome if Pastimers Club form a band and give the ones in K-ON! a run for their money.

Overall, quite a funny and entertaining series for the season if you don’t mind the weird wacky moments and the habitual screaming from a certain someone. You’ll start to wonder if this series really falls under the cute girls doing cute things category because the things they do aren’t really that cute per se… Well, maybe cute in their own quirky way. Even though the so called games they play are not really attractive by today’s standards because kids these days certainly won’t play such simple hand games, but the good thing about this series is how none of the characters are too focused on their Smartphones! So if we could just put down our Smartphones for a while and take the time to play some of these really simple but weird games, I think our quality of life would improve. But seeing the how extreme and ‘serious’ our girls take their games here, maybe going back to your online mobile games sounds a lot better and safer. Better pay some money to unlock those sweet loot boxes rather than experience a lifetime of embarrassment.

Harukana Receive

November 17, 2018

Finally! Finally they made an anime about beach volleyball! Not that I was dying to watch an anime of this genre but I guess over the years they figured out that there are quite a few popular sports missing from the claws of animation adaptation. One of them being badminton and the other being beach volleyball (both sports themed anime series curiously aired in the same season). With Harukana Receive, anime fans now can rejoice that they can see all the glorious spiking and volleying action on the beach court. It’s perhaps the same reason why fans bought and played Dead Or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball because there are no other good beach volleyball video games in (sexy) HD! Yeah, probably the other sleazy mini games have its own attractive appeal… Hence it is the same for anime viewers. Because Haikyuu was probably too gay sh*t for some. What do you mean we are here to only watch sexy babes in bikinis sweating it out under the hot sun and sand covering every inch of their body as they dive to block and return shots?! You don’t expect beach volleyball players to play in fur coats, DO YOU???!!!

Episode 1
Haruka Oozora arrives in Okinawa and is picked up by her petite cousin, Kanata Higa. Haruka tries to be nice but Kanata just seems distant. Did she say something wrong? This show doesn’t waste time for the babes to drop their dresses to go into their bikinis since Haruka loves the beach. She meets a couple of beach volleyball players practising, Ayasa Tachibana and Narumi Tooi. She tries out and kinda likes it. However when Haruka thinks she could be the ace player, this irks Narumi. She claims beach volleyball is a team game and hence an ace doesn’t exist. Wow. She just turned sour. More drama ramping up when Kanata arrives. Narumi knows her but it seems she is somewhat upset Kanata never came back. Whatever beef they had, Narumi suggests a game. But if Haruka can score a point before they reach 7, she wins. So we see the Haruka-Kanata pair a bit clumsy and lacking coordination but Haruka manages to adapt and do well although ultimately they still lost. Cue for Narumi to b*tch about team play and hence no such thing as ace. Can a team have both aces then? Just saying. But this only motivates Haruka as she suggests a revenge match. They agree to it but give her a week to practice the rules and such. Since Kanata has beach volleyball experience, Haruka is looking forward to it. But why isn’t Kanata too happy? Later Haruka learns Ayasa and Narumi are high school beach volleyball champions and from the Kyoto powerhouse! It’s a small world. Of course this doesn’t bug Haruka a bit as she looks forward to the revenge match. Back home, Haruka asks grandma about Kanata playing beach volleyball once but she quit. Grandma doesn’t say much as there were issues then but is glad Haruka came. Cliché moment for Kanata praying at the altar of her dead parents. Also, cue for introduction of this series’ pet mascot. Folks, meet Kamekichi, Kanata’s pet turtle. Haruka tries to touch it but it quickly hides in its shell.

Episode 2
Kanata trains Haruka on the basics like running and getting used to the sand. She also makes some adjustments to her swimsuit so that sand won’t go in while playing. Then they discuss some techniques to beat their opponents. Especially the diagonally spiking cut shot that they won’t expect a beginner to do. But despite things going smoothly, Kanata still reels from a trauma of ‘running away’. She was a pair with Narumi and she froze when a ball was spiked at her. Narumi tried to cover for her but failed. When Ayasa comes to check on the practice progress, she talks to Haruka about Narumi being Kanata’s ex-partner. Because opponents target the weaker one, Kanata is often so due to her height. Kanata ran away and hence Narumi became the ace. She fears if Kanata comes back, Narumi might want her back. Of course Ayasa doesn’t want that and Haruka believes in Kanata. What are the chances that little girl heard that? Revenge match is here and the rules are still the same. The newbies are faring better although they still lose to the pros. They tried the cut shot trick but Narumi saw through them and expected this. Haruka thinks there is still a way to surprise them and that is for Kanata to receive. This shocks Kanata as she believes she cannot do it. Don’t worry. Haruka believes in you. First time she froze and failed. Oh, now it is match point. Since Haruka still believes in her, this has Kanata move forward and receive the serve. This in turn shocks Narumi. With her ‘paralyzed’, Ayasa tries to cover for her but Haruka wins it with a trick dump shot. Narumi still shell shocked. Never expected Kanata to receive still. She runs away. Looks like losers buying everyone ice cream will have to wait. Later Kanata tells Haruka her side of the story of how she didn’t grow and became a burden to Narumi, hence running away. She thought it was the best. Haruka also deduced Narumi’s serve wasn’t aimed at her but to avoid Kanata. Narumi feels bad that she might have hurt Kanata all this time. She blames herself for unable to make her move unlike Haruka. Ayasa comforts her that her kindness wasn’t wrong. Haruka was just a little smarter, that’s all.

Episode 3
Just when Haruka finishes her school transfer papers, she sees Kanata being taken away. Confronting them, Haruka panics to realize she is a foreigner. I speaking no English! Don’t worry. Claire Thomas speaks good Japanese. Heh. Plus, this is a misunderstanding. She is from the school’s beach volleyball club. Introducing to her twin sister, Emily, you bet the duo are going to join the club. But Kanata looking a bit reluctant. Right off the bat they start practising. Actually they play a game with each other. I guess it’s the best way to practice. The twins own the duo well as Haruka learns the use of this spike move called pokey. However Emily is upset that Kanata will not use it. Oh no. Not again. Mood soured. Kanata has some trauma about it. Vague snippets. So as Haruka-Kanata pair trashed, finally Haruka uses this pokey move. Why everybody shocked? You mean they did not expect her to do this? So this returns Kanata’s confidence as she finally does the pokey. She narrates she wasn’t obsessed with spiking as she was a power player. But now things have changed. After the match, the twins show them a junior tournament. You bet they’re going to enter, right? Emily apologizes to Kanata for her behaviour. Kanata is confident of regaining her former self. Later Kanata tells Haruka about how she and Narumi became a pair. Narumi was a transfer student in her elementary school. Hard to approach, somehow beach volleyball was suggested. Reluctant at first, Narumi gave it a try and before you know it, they’re a good combo. They even bested the twins. Their friendship grew and so did their skills. They made a promise to be the best in Japan but after that, Kanata ran away and failed to keep that promise and she felt left behind when everyone changed. She only realized that she was the one who changed. Haruka offers to be her official partner.

Episode 4
Haruka is in the same class with Kanata. She introduces herself. No response. Not friendly, huh? I guess this means we don’t have to bother with those b*tches and focus on the beach volleyball side. During practice, Claire talks to Haruka about their defence area. Because Kanata covers a wider area, this only means that she doesn’t count on her to block. With Haruka jumping around too much, Claire points out that her nether regions were ‘flashing’ so embarrassed Haruka has Kanata do some adjustments. Hence they decide to get matching swimsuits. It took some time before Haruka decided to buy the pair she wants but it seems a couple of girls had snagged them. They are Ai Tanahara and Mai Sunagawa from the volleyball club. They lost a recent tournament and will be participating in this junior tournament to let go some steam. Haruka lost to Mai in the rock-scissors-paper game. My question is, why can’t they both just get the same swimsuit? Don’t tell me the store does not stock more than a pair? Thanks to this, they get another ‘better looking’ pair. Back home, Haruka does a little amendment to their official swimsuit by incorporating some traditional Okinawan pattern. While it means eternity, she didn’t realize the other connotation that it is a confession of love when being presented to one’s partner. Haruka doesn’t care as she loves Kanata. Is this a lesbian show in guise of a beach volleyball theme?! But it’s too much for Kanata to handle as she passes out. Later Emily tells Kanata the truth of what Narumi said before she left for Kyoto. She still intends to keep her promise and if Kanata ever returns to play and found someone new, she hopes Emily would support that person. Of course Narumi would prefer to always partner Kanata but eventually she too will end up with a new partner. Kanata sees Haruka secretly practising. You know she’s practising real hard when you see bandages on her fingers. This is to earn her trust and that she can receive the ball without worrying. I hope this blows whatever blues that has been holding back Kanata. So is this the start of a beautiful lesbian relationship?

Episode 5
The junior tournament is here. Guess who Haruka-Kanata team is going to face in the first round? Ai-Mai team! The rivalry is going to get intense. I guess that swimsuit grudge is hard to let go. We see Haruka-Kanata doing well as Mai made a few mistakes. Of course a flashback shows how Ai invited Mai to join the volleyball club despite she is short because she told her it’s a sport where they can defeat tall people! And when they lost, Mai was inconsolable and hence Ai felt bad for lying. In the end, Haruka-Kanata team takes the first set. We take a detour to see the twins in their match. Lots of people watching it because didn’t Kanata tell you? The twins were ranked second in the Nationals! Now back to our second set match. It seems Mai has learnt some feint trick that Kanata does with her pokey. She intercepts it all the time. Hence Ai-Mai team takes the lead. The twins finished their straight sets so they get to go watch our heroines play and even comment on it. Like how Emily notices Kanata’s pokey not being a good attack because she hits the ball from a low point of impact and it flies high enough and in the air long enough to give her opponents time. But why does she keep doing it then? Hmm…

Episode 6
The logic of Kanata doing such pokeys is that since they are predictable, Mai has to go receive them. In the long run she will exhaust herself. It is evident at this point as Mai is getting tired and doing mistakes. This allows Haruka-Kanata pair to catch up and Haruka getting the hang of the jump timing. They even get the help from the wind to throw off their opponents to earn match point. And yes, the final point goes them and they win it. In the aftermath, we see Ai-Mai pair somewhat reconciling. Some tears, some you have improved, some try your best again, you know the usual stuff that will have them move on and be better the next time. In the end, Haruka and Kanata lost the next round and this entire junior tournament is won by the twins. I guess we don’t need to see them play unknowns. Kanata would love to play them but you know, there is the Nationals tournament known as Valkyrie Cup. And we don’t have to worry that they have to face off with each other in the preliminaries so that one will go to the main tournament because since the twins won twice in a row, Okinawa will get 2 representatives. Yup, no need to worry there. Beach volleyball isn’t all about the sexy physical stuffs. Secret hand signals are a must too and looks like Haruka is having a tough time learning them. She better learn quick or else no dinner. The irony that Kamekichi knows it better than her.

Episode 7
Has this changed into an idol show?! Despite seeing Akari Ooshiro prance around on stage (via bad CGI), this is only her delusion. In reality, she seems desperate asking Kanata to join the beach volleyball club. Her goal is to become a beach volleyball idol and be famous. Kanata has a feeling she has seen her somewhere before but couldn’t put her finger on it. Akari is brought to see the twins and she is eager to pair up with them. However the twins don’t intend to pair with anyone else and this dashes her plans. But when ask to join the club first, she doesn’t want to anymore. Haruka and Kanata try to go find her at class but is told she has no friends as she is a celebrity. Kanata now remembers that drink commercial she used to act in. My, so cute. The duo manage to find her eating lunch by herself. She wants to be left alone but Haruka tells her they’ll do so if they beat them in beach volleyball. And hence Akari does so but she’s like doing them a favour, complaining and the likes. She teams up with Emily to square off against Kanata alone. The rest are referees. Being an amateur, Kanata could easily predict her moves and of course Akari herself is riled up. In the end, Akari failed to score a point. And then some life lessons how sports brings people closer and make friends, blah, blah, blah. With that, Akari joins the club (still acting like she’s doing them a favour) but is embarrassed when Claire starts replaying that commercial again. Later Akari reveals she really wanted to make friends but being an idol would be the best way. Thanks to them, now she understands. Though, she still has a score to settle with the twins and think she’ll be famous if she beats the. Dream on. The gang is surprised when Marissa, the twins’ mom and coach has returned.

Episode 8
Marissa is back to train them. So mom came all the way back from America just for this? I guess Claire put in the ‘request’ so mommy can’t deny her cute daughter. Marissa’s spiking is already so powerful and she says this isn’t her best? Wow. I guess she could have put a hole in the wall if she was in her heydays. So to cut short Haruka and Kanata’s lesson from her, basically they need teamwork and cooperation. Like, duh? Yeah, teamwork and cooperation like a married couple. With training can only give you so much, the rest is up to experience. Hence a little flashback when the twins battled Kanata-Narumi for the title and lost. They became best friends, best rivals. With the summer vacation coming up, the girls hit the shrine. Let’s hope Akari being the only with bad luck won’t bring the team down. Heh. Haruka gets a call from Ayasa. Apparently they are in Okinawa but is waiting for a flight back. So I suppose it’s an excuse for everything to go see her even if they shove it to make it look like it is just Kanata who wants to see her. Don’t worry. Marissa is here to take them to the airport. Haruka is unsure why Emily is clenching herself. You’ll soon find out. Damn, she’s a hell driver!!! Hold on tight to your seats. Thankfully with the traffic jam, no more life risking. Damn, it’ll be a shame if these young girls died in an accident due to ‘reckless driving’. With the traffic jam, this adds drama for the girls to run there on foot. They reach just in time before their plane’s departure. Kanata calling out to Narumi but is given the cold shoulder. So she ran all the way only for this? Nah. Just trolling. Narumi shows their international friendship sign so you can say all is well. Everybody’s so happy for the future.

Episode 9
The qualifiers are here. But first, Akari seems to be so troubled that she calls Ayasa for advice. Whatever it is, just express your feelings. She relays the news that since there weren’t enough team in the qualifiers, only 1 team from Okinawa can go through. WTF. That doesn’t make sense. It’s not like there’s 100 teams here, right?! Hence Akari’s worry stems from the girls will be facing off each other in the finals for that spot. So she fears the club will be destroyed? Huh? Where did she get that idea? Yeah, she’s talking how much she loves the club like as though she’s been here for a long time. Oh, here are some scrunchies she made as token of their friendship and good luck charm. Now can we stay positive and win this thing? Before the match starts, our girls stumble into Ai and Mai who aren’t participating but helping out as staffs. Both our favourite girls win their first round matches. Then there is the Aragaki sisters, Youna and Kanna. They want a revenge match against the twins from 3 years ago but first they have to face off with Haruka-Kanata pair. Yeah, they’re confident of beating them for their revenge match but Haruka isn’t going take that lying down. During the game, the sisters realize Haruka’s play resembles so much like Claire. Because they underestimate them, Kanna hints of using some technique they’re still testing. Too bad they continue to lose and Haruka-Kanata pair takes the first set by a mile. I’m not sure about this topspin technique Kanna is trying to do to increase speed and then suddenly change its trajectory, but it isn’t working too (since Haruka is able to return them) in the second set as Haruka-Kanata pair takes the second set also by a mile. I guess they’ll have to wait another year for their revenge. And now it’s the finals. Haruka-Kanata vs Emily-Claire.

Episode 10
Master versus student. Basically the twins dominate the match and showing no mercy. It’s like they’ve never received this part of the training or in practice before. Yeah, we always have this spare trump card just in case. The match is so intense but why is Akari looking so sad? Yeah, either way she is going to be just sad because somebody has to lose, right? In the end, she thought of cheering things up by singing that commercial song of hers. I believe it’s just to calm her own nerves down. Anyway, Haruka and Kanata have planned it out before that they want to target Claire. Just to let us viewers know why they’re doing such strategy. And coincidentally what do you know? Claire also knows they’re targeting her so bring it on. The twins in the end take the first set. The next set starts and to drag out the drama, hence some flashback to tell us why they are no longer the same people back then. Yup, they have improved many times fold. We get it. Can we get along with the game already? No surprises here as the twins continue to dominate and lead. Until Kanata does one tricky move to score a point. So you didn’t expect her to do that? You’re getting super serious now? Weren’t you the whole time? This is the serious Kanata you want to play? You’re saying Kanata wasn’t this serious all the while?

Episode 11
Oh dear. Do we need more of those flashbacks? The first time Claire lost and was so sad and eventually the twins become frequent sparring partners with Kanata and Narumi. And then one day Claire became upset because Kanata wasn’t playing the way she used to. Her goal was gone. Now that she’s back, it’s time to get the game going. I suppose for drama effect and to drag it out, Haruka-Kanata pair wins the second set. You frustrated, Claire? I blame those unnecessary flashbacks. For the final set, Haruka and Kanata win the coin toss to pick which side they want to start. It is important because they realize they need to use the wind in their favour. Although they manage to score a few points and take the lead, the twins have their experience and finally strut their stuff. At this point, both sides are exhausted and they are running on how strong their will is. It is now match point in favour of the twins. Haruka feels a bit bad for losing a few points but with Kanata proving how determined they are not to let it end here, a couple of lucky blocks and volleys, they force this set into a deuce. Yeah. Such a miracle comeback. No wonder we have to drag this on to the final episode.

Episode 12
Wow. So dramatic. Because Akari calls Narumi to tell who won… But before we get to that, let’s see more drama on the court in this final set. More spiking. More volleying. More pokey. Slo-mo dramatic action. Girls diving. Sand in their face. Deuce to prolong the action-cum-drama. Oh wow. Truly a final do or die match. In the end, it is the amazing block by Haruka that enables her team to win! Hooray! But why Haruka and Kanata not happy post-match? It’s like they’ve lost? Ah well. Here comes Akari to relay them the good news. A positive message from Narumi. Yeah. Be happy with their victory. Also, we see the twins trying to put a happy face but we know they’re sad inside. They don’t regret teaching those 2 who have now seemed to surpass them. Now for some celebration as the quintet have a BBQ beach party! I guess they need more reassurance with Ayasa and Narumi calling again to wish them luck. Won’t lose. See you at the Nationals. Time to remember Akari’s ‘usefulness’ to the team because without her scrunchies, they would have been lost. Yeah, thank you. Haruka tells Claire that final block she did, she learnt it from her. Can I say it’s one of those moments where something comes back to bite you? Claire then gives their scrunchies to Haruka. Take this and win it for them. Oh, the burden just doubled. So I guess now it is back to more practice. Fancy watching another final matchup? Funny how Haruka narrates some team sports you can only play with 2 team members. And that sport is beach volleyball. But what about tennis doubles, badminton doubles, squash doubles, ping pong doubles, kayaking doubles, curling doubles, bobsleigh doubles… Oh, the last one reminds me and feels so gay…

Serve Up Those Asses!
Sighs… I guess that’s it. Thanks for the asses this season. I mean, beach volleyball action. I am not sure if those 2D asses were the reason why I didn’t fall asleep nor why I didn’t find it boring. I know. Surprising, right?! With this series lacking anything exciting, it seems hard to find a valid excuse that the only things that are keeping one falling asleep while watching such shows are the babes in bikinis and the cameramen having the best field day of capturing those up and close zoom-ins of those ass shots. Keep up the good work, everybody! Players and spectators!

Well, I didn’t really expect for this series to have any sort of storyline and the so called friendship drama thingy was somewhat predictable. Even I could guess who should win before the finals started. Hah! I had a 50% chance and got it right. I mean, this is a sports genre and how much more story and drama can you put in? It is even more limited when you consider that there is realism and not fantasy. What do I mean? If you have watched Prince Of Tennis, you will notice that all the tennis moves are just impossible to pull off in the real world. Super exaggerative. Hence you don’t see our girls here pulling off hard slamming spiking moves with exaggerated special effects of the volleyball turning into some speeding meteor and slamming into the opponent’s court for some awesome explosive point. Yeah…

Therefore watching the Kanata drama of why she stopped playing volleyball and then returned to the game because of Haruka, well, personally it isn’t something that isn’t exactly exciting. Maybe it is in volleyball sense but I could hardly feel any heartstrings being tugged (if there was any) and instead want them to right away get to the volleyball action so that I could see some asses. Oops! I mean see the girls being acrobatic and flexible on the sandy court. So the supposed friendship drama to me mostly feels like something that is shoehorned in so that this series won’t look like an obvious fanservice driven anime. Not that we all should know better when we decide to watch this, right? :).

But speaking of the fanservice… Well, I think Dead Or Alive Xtreme Volleyball provides way much better eye candy than this. This is just decent. I mean, it is to be expected, right? Girls wearing bikinis playing under the hot sun and sand. So unless you’re an amateur who just started watching anime or you have been so deprived, the butt shots and sexy shots are just passable. Uh huh. Excuse for having a lot of butt shots is so that a player can send hand signals to her teammate behind. Sorry, I wasn’t paying to whatever hand signals they were doing. Oops…

The characters aren’t anything much themselves. As mentioned, the wafer thin drama plot feels like an excuse to have a volleyball anime and it is just treading the passable line. What is a sports themed anime without its share of character drama? Hence the biggest one swirls around Kanata. They make it such a big deal about her trauma of running away from volleyball. But I guess when you are in her shoes, it seemed like a scary experience. But not us viewers. And then with the arrival of newbie honest-to-goodness Haruka, she is like the excuse Kanata needs to come back to beach volleyball seeing her strained relationship with Narumi feels like I’m-too-afraid-to-ask-to-be-friends-again-at-this-point. So all is forgiven that Kanata is back on track as her former self?

Predictably the final match and arc of the season had to be Haruka-Kanata and the Thomas twins. It is the only reason why we get to see some brief flashbacks on the twins and what strives them to get better. Pretty standard and nothing extraordinary, if I should say. I know everybody hates losing and Claire being a virgin loser really bawled her heart out then. I suppose you could say she has learnt and mature in many ways. Claire feels like the more interesting twin than Emily because of her myriad of emotions. She can be your best laidback pal one moment and in tournaments she can show you that scary serious face. Emily on the other hand feels like she is stuck with that same face and emotion throughout the day.

Akari feels like the odd one out in the club. Whatever her reasons to join the club, I feel like she got the short end of the straw. The club now has 5 members. She doesn’t get to pair up with another one of them since she is an amateur for now. When the twins graduated and leave, they’ll be down to 3 members. Unless they get more members, Akari will always be lonely. I think she’ll garner more fans as a beach volleyball idol. Gravure swimsuit shots all year round! Oh yeah! So as not to make her totally be as the useless one, hence she is the team’s glue because nothing makes the team feel stronger with togetherness if somebody makes the same scrunchie for everybody. Yes, seriously. Effort very much appreciated even if she still can’t play for real.

Marissa feels a bit redundant. She just returned for a while so as to train our main characters for their all-important match and that’s it? It’s an excuse so that we can see them play well and on par with the Thomas twins. Thank goodness they are prodigies in beach volleyball especially Haruka who learns fast and now she can play like a pro. Well, almost. Kamekichi as the series’ mascot feels forgotten after its initial introduction. Because when you have sexy babes in bikinis playing on the sand, not even the cuteness of the land turtle can steal away those perverted glances.

Other minor characters like Ai-Mai as well as the Aragaki sisters feel like they are there so as to show that this series revolves around more than just the school’s beach volleyball club members. Imagine how boring it is if every other opponents are nameless teams who we will never care since they will be defeated anyway. So having these few characters provide and prolong the little drama and in the future, perhaps turning into some cliché shonen moment, the opponents they defeat will become their allies in the future. Technically, the more people who root for you (especially from the defeated opponents), the higher your chances of winning, right?

On a trivial note, it is stated that Emily and Claire as a team, they are nicknamed Éclair. Nice. Therefore I wanted to nickname Haruka and Kanata’s team as Naruto. Wait. What? Why? Because Haruka Kanata is the name of the first opening theme of the first Naruto season. Haha! Woah. That feels like a long time ago. Oh well. So, uhm, Naruto doesn’t feel appropriate? I guess we’ll stick with Harukana then. Boring…

Art and drawing feel pretty standard. The characters look cute and sometimes if you think too much, you wonder if it is possible to practice and play beach volleyball so much and retain such smooth and silky skin. Just take a look at Haruka and the Thomas twins’ skin! Damn, these girls could be models and give Akari a run for her money! Since the setting is in Okinawa, the sceneries are bright enough and that it sometimes makes you want to wear sunglasses. Okay, I just exaggerated the last bit but yes, it is quite bright. Sun, sand, sea, beaches, I think these backgrounds are nice to look at if your eyes are not too focused on asses. The other thing ‘nice’ is (no, not the asses, mind you) is the special effects of the sand when the girls dive. Even if it is just okay, I guess it is pretty cool to me. And the odd thing is no matter how many times the girls dive and get sand all over, their bodies look clean as ever. The most you see them is sweating. I want to have that kind of beautiful sand proof skin! This anime is animated C2C who did Yurumates 3D, Aquarion Logos and Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu Ka.

Nothing special about the voice acting. Didn’t recognize anybody. Probably too busy looking at somewhere else… The casts are Kana Yuuki as Haruka (Noelle in Black Clover), Saki Miyashita as Kanata (debut role), Atsumi Tanezaki as Claire (Mizore in Hibike! Euphonium), Rie Suegara as Emily (Shizuka in Marchen Madchen), Chisa Kimura as Akari (Scarlet in Uma Musume Pretty Derby), Miyuri Shimabukuro as Narumi (Nagisa in Hanebado), Kanae Itou as Ayasa (Sanae in Shinryaku! Ika Musume), Akari Kitou as Ai (Siluca in Grancrest Senki), Riko Koike as Mai (debut role), Minami Takahashi as Kanna (Megumi in Shokugeki No Souma), Satomi Akesaka as Youna (Arsene/Henrietta in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes series) and Umeka Shouji as Marissa (Kumagai in World Trigger).

The opening theme is Fly Two Blue by the duo behind Haruka and Kanata. Sounds generic and nothing special but I suppose it is pretty okay for this sports themed anime. The same feel goes to the ending theme, Wish Me Luck sung by the aforementioned duo but now joined by Claire and Emily to form a quartet. The interesting bit of this ending credits animation is the sketch-like animation. The girls sketching and then the zooming in to reveal another girl doing her sketch. Eternal loop. A special opening theme by Akari when she makes her debut, the very idol-like Mae Wo Muite at first gave me the impression she hijacked the show and it will no longer be a beach volleyball series. Yeah…

Overall, this series is average at best. There is only one thing why viewers watch this series whether it is true or not but everybody else will quickly judge and jump to the conclusion of why this series was made to be watched in the first place. Even if this is a normal beach volleyball anime. If this is enough to provoke any kind of controversy, wait till you watch that other ‘extreme’ water sport anime series, Keijo. Oh yeah. Remember that one? Would you rather have butts shoved in your face or sand in your face? Oh wait. I think it is pretty obvious… I highly doubt this series would get another season because what else are they going to play up? All of us would be expecting more glorious ass shots and ‘exotic curves’. So once this is all over, I think we’ll go back to just shamelessly play Dead Or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball. Ganbatte, Marie-chan!!!!!!!

One Room S2

November 16, 2018

Oh gee, I didn’t know this was getting a sequel. At least I didn’t read or follow up on the series that aired back in early 2017. Even with the alternate gender spinoff series, I thought that was the end of it. But I guess the demand is there for loser lonely otaku guys to want to see more of this cheap VR-like series without having to resort to anything naughty or sexual AKA porn. That is why we lonely people are getting One Room S2 as our next fix. I guess this also means within that year we fail to find a proper girlfriend for ourselves and hence the need to watch this.

Yui Hanasaka Arc

Episode 0
Somewhat a recap episode of the first season’s Yui’s scenes. If your memory is so bad or if Yui wasn’t the kind to stimulate you, I guess you won’t remember as she narrates how she first came here to study for her entrance exam, fell in love with us with all the times spent together and thanking us for our undying support that finally saw her passing. Then that spring confession that has her want to hang out with us and officially be our girlfriend because conveniently now we go to the same school. And now it’s our first summer and she is taking us to the beach. Oh yeah. We need more swimsuit fanservice of Yui.

Episode 1
We’re here at the beach. Yui asks us if we feel great. After looking at her awesome body and bikini, you bet! For some reason they need to show her blow up an inflatable. Since she has no strength, we take over. I guess this shows she hasn’t given a blowjob in her life! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!! Then the usual fun in the sun and sand. As we rest, she also lies down beside us. Is her sexy pose supposed to make us think we can’t think any other women besides her? Yeah, because that’s what she is asking us. Back home as Yui talks how fun the beach was and wants to go again, suddenly our horny desires go wild as we push her down! OMFG! Wait. WHAT???!!! IS IT REALLY HAPPENING?! Perhaps this is our answer if she doesn’t want us to think about other women…

Episode 2
And we go back returning to a wuss because we backed out. FFFFFUUUUUUU!!!! Partly Yui rejected us too. Because of that, for the next few days, we give excuse that we are working overtime, hence no time to be together. Eventually Yui confronts us thinking if we are avoiding her just because she denied us sex (okay, reason was highly speculated). When asked why we are working overtime, she gets mad because we say it’s a secret. Nothing beats Yui having a cute-mad face. So one night she tails us but we discover her. She quickly apologizes as we scold her for doing such dangerous stuff. I guess we raping her wasn’t as dangerous. Heh. She lets us know her feelings that she really wants to spend time with us but is unable to do so with us working overtime. I guess we’re sadists because we love seeing her cute-mad face as we smirk like nobody’s business.

Episode 3
Yui thinks we’re going to work again but looks like she can spare some time when we want to talk later. We can tell she is overthinking. She thinks we want to break up. Damn, why must we wait till she starts crying before we do something? So you want to know what we’re really up to? Here. Here’s the damn ring that I’ve been slaving my hours just to give you. Oops. I mean, here is this lovely ring present I have saved up just for you my honey. Damn, she must be confused as her tears of sadness transitions into tears of happiness. And then another breakdown once we put the ring on her finger. Scream how worried you were but I guess with the ring on your finger, everything else is forgiven. We can go back to happy times as always. Yeah, the magic of a little shiny thingy could bring so much happiness… :)

Episode 4
Looks like we’re bringing her to a getaway at the mountains for some relaxation. Like newlyweds? Yeah, she even asks us if we would like to bath together with her. Don’t mind if we do! But nothing really happens in the bath. Nothing, really. Damn, our desires are fully under control. Then the nervous part comes when we’re supposed to sleep together. Yeah, now we can’t sleep as we take a walk. Cue for cliché talk about change and moving forward before the cliché multiple I-love-you confessions before a light kiss. I don’t know, why does this ending feels so boring…

Minori Nanahashi Arc

Episode 5
Don’t know our relationship to Minori Nanahashi because looks like we are helping her opening the bathhouse that her grandpa runs. She makes us work hard and even teases us a little. But she is worried about the business of the place since there aren’t many customers. But she is happy we are here to help because it means less work for her. On a rainy day, after we see her getting soaked in the rain and she isn’t shy about being seen through, she listens to our music and kinda likes it. She teases that our face is too close but we hit back that we only see her as a little sister, hence making her a little mad. Not the reaction you expected? With the rain over, Minori is confident today there might be more customers strolling in.

Episode 6
Looks like grandpa wants us to go to the festivals together. Minori teases us because we want to see us in her yukata. So what if we do? And then she complains when we stare at her too much. WTF. You want to be complimented or not?! I suppose she had too much fun until her feet hurt. Time to rest and play sparkles while she talks about her nostalgia with the festival. Yawn… Then she hints it got a bit lonely when things started changing. WTF has people lost their houses to the fires and coming to the baths has got to do with us, baby?! Oh, right. We’re supposed to be the kind and considerate guy to listen to her story why she wants to continue providing a place where many could feel at home.

Episode 7
Looks like Minori wants to talk to us since she had a career counselling at school. After bath, she teases us that we like girls who come out of the bath fresh. We troll her by acting we do and causing her to panic. Gotcha! Saw your embarrassed side. On to the serious talk about her career counselling, it seems Minori wants to take over this place but grandpa told her not to as such old fashion bathhouse is falling out of style. This place will be demolished and be turned into a parking lot. I don’t know what we said but apparently it wasn’t the answer she is looking for so she storms out mad. What?! WHAT?! What the heck did we say?! Yeah, this feels like a typical relationship. We guys are supposed to guess why the girl is mad. That night we see her sitting dejectedly inside one of the tubs. She feels hopeless. Probably desperate enough that she asks us to marry her.

Episode 8
Minori acting like our wife? Yeah, so embarrassing that she can’t keep up with it. Hey, it was your idea. However she is serious in giving some thought about it. That we marry and take over the bathhouse. We think she won’t like that. She thinks she wouldn’t have ask this if she doesn’t like a certain person. She doesn’t seem happy when she says she won’t push us if we don’t want to do it. But at least think about it. So I guess there’s only 1 option, huh? In the bath, she asks if we can bathe together if we get married. WTF it made us lose our footing?! You mean we’re surprised to hear that? Next morning, it seems we gave our answer. Not sure because we can’t hear our damn selves think. Minori looks nervous (or is it disappointed?) at first but soon gives a bright smile.

Mashiro Amatsuki Arc

Episode 9
We take a picture of Mashiro Amatsuki doing a gymnast pose in the park. Apparently she doesn’t like it and thinks we’re a pervert. Oh, you better get used to this pervert because we live in the same apartment! That really enhances our pervert credibility. Even more so our stalker credibility because the next day she thinks we are following her. We’re going to school and she’s going for a job hunt. Yup, fooled me there thinking her petite size makes her a student. That night, suddenly she wants us to come to her room! Wait. Calling us a pervert and inviting us to her room? Actually the electricity tripped while she was using the hair dryer so she panicked. I guess she’s a bit embarrassed by it. We notice a picture of her in her gymnastic attire. She explains she used to do gymnastics but retired due to injury. Oh, job hunting didn’t go well too. But somehow she feels better with us by her side. You mean us, as perverts? She doesn’t think we’re bad guys but still calls us a pervert. Is she tsundere? I think we should come up with a name or she’ll keep sticking with this nickname. I mean, are we okay being called a pervert even if we are?!

Episode 10
Looks like Mashiro failed another interview. We suggest practising with us. She sounds passionate and honest that she has no hobbies or any reason why she want to work with the company. Then she gets embarrassed. Maybe that’s why she failed. To lighten the mood, we suggest cooking. So while we wait, she does some stretching. Is this our ‘reward’? No time to be a pervert because she is really down. Bad at interviews. Bad at cooking. And she already quit being a gymnast. She asks us if our job is fun. We also have our problems and thought of quitting. Yeah, you could say we’re the same. After dinner, she hints she wants hamburg steak next time. Only if we make it with her. So we’re her personal chef-cum-motivator now?

Episode 11
Another job rejection for Mashiro. However she doesn’t feel so depressed this time. Maybe she got immune to it all? She feels relieved knowing we too feel as anxious for her. We suggest she do a job teaching gymnastics. But she is not confident of teaching others so we tell her to teach others how to have fun because she looked so happy while dancing. She’ll give it some thought as she wonders why we are helping her. Because it’s fun. You mean we aren’t getting in her pants?! Oops… Too bad she didn’t invite us to shower but after she’s done, she gets embarrassed seeing us admiring her photo during her gymnastic days. Are we trolling her when we say we like leotards? She ‘upgrades’ calling us as onii-san since she has so much fun with us. All going as planned… :).

Episode 12
We see Mashiro’s cute sleeping face. She catches us doing so but isn’t mad. Yeah, she’s been waiting to tell us the good news she got the trainer job. So to thank us, we are allowed to request one thing. Since we are such good guys, we didn’t ask for sex and just, you know, a lap pillow. First time experience, eh? Mashiro tries to earn more points as she tries to make breakfast for us. The toast and eggs are so burnt… We note how cute she smiles and this makes her happy. Have we conditioned her? We want her to continue last night’s conversation, something which she is reluctant to do. Unless we come home early from work. You bet we will.

Gloom Room
Is it me that this season has one of the most boring endings for each of the girl’s arc? They trolled us of a possible sex scene at Yui’s ending but NOTHING CAME ABOUT! And then for Minori it is like the answer is up to us to think how we want it to end because all that will happen only in our minds. And finally with Mashiro, did we just end up being in friendzone? Are we still at first base with her? Oh well, spend a little more time with a girl and she’ll let you into your heart. At least that is what such VR lessons tell us. Damn, it’s like asking us to get a real life, which we obviously can’t :’(.

Well, is it me again or does this entire second season feel sad and depressing? I know it is for a much needed drama because even if the series is just 4 minutes long, you can’t have nothing if you don’t have your relationship drama. Last season also has some of that sadness but unlike this season it just feels like it is permeating throughout. Because like for Yui, she is wondering if we still really love her or not. Every girl would be sad to know if the guy she loves doesn’t love her back. Surprise! Proposal ring. Then like Minori, she is troubled about the bathhouse that might go under and be closed forever. Last and not least for Mashiro, a gymnast forced into retirement due to injury and having a hard time looking for a job. Yeah, it’s just so depressing that it must be a blessing that they met us because we gave them that glimmer of hope. And also we are somewhat fun to be with. Sort of. Only twisted girls would ever enjoy the company of otaku losers like us, eh?

This season also feels disjointed. What I meant is that in the first season, we were that same single guy who was ‘related’ to all the girls that were featured. The boyfriend to a college girl, the little sister and the childhood friend. This season for each of the girl’s arc, you are a different person. Not to say that I don’t really like it but I felt that the continuity is disrupted. When Yui’s arc was done, I was a bit confused as to suddenly wonder why we are working in Minori’s bathhouse. We just got engaged to Yui and how dare we flirt with a girl working under her grandpa’s bathhouse?! Then it occurred to me that we are now in the eyes and shoes of another guy who is unrelated to the first. Same case when it came to Mashiro’s arc. I suppose if that is the only thing uniquely different about this season than the previous, it is this. Like I said, it is not a bad thing but it feels like watching a different series altogether for each of the girl’s arc.

Other than that, everything else I want to say about this series remains the same. Whether it is the first person perspective view to the bland plot (which is of course enhanced by the gloominess as mentioned before) as well as the art and animation style. But is it me or does Mashiro look like Lumiere from Kiddy Grade? With Mao Ichimichi reprising her role as Yui, the new ones joining are Rie Takahashi as Minori (Tsubasa in Comic Girls) and Inori Minase as Mashiro (Chino in Gochuumon Wa Usagi Desu Ka). Also like last season, each of the girls have their own ending theme which sound a lot livelier than their story. Yeah, seriously. The ending themes are Aozora Morning Glory (Yui), Poplar To Bokura No History (Minori) and Searchlight To Tsuki Akari (Mashiro). And each of the ending credits have the girls in considerably sexy outfits or pose just to hog our attention a little more.

Overall, this anime that was once cute but awkward is now cute but awkward AND gloomy. I guess if you really want to enjoy your first person VR experience, might as well go and watch porn! Haha! Oh speaking of VR, this series actually got its own successfully crowdfunded VR project! So does this mean we can have a threesome or fivesome if we bring back the other girls from the first season?! Oh well. Have to wait and see. If I am interested. Not likely. If this series possibly gets another season, perhaps my suggestion is to make it the normal 24 minutes duration so as to have proper character development and story. Something like Amagami SS and Seiren as multi-arc branching style would suite it better too. Otherwise 16 minutes of face time with a girl feels insufficient because it feels more like speed dating and a slightly longer Tinder swipe. Heh. At least 2D girls won’t nag you for not spending enough time with her. I think.

Jashin-chan Dropkick

November 11, 2018

Imagine if you have summoned a demon. There are only 2 ways to go about this. Either you live together in harmony or yet send the demon back to hell. Well, it is somewhat in between in Jashin-chan Dropkick. As stated in the synopsis, our delusional gothic girl somehow summoned our titular demon character. They are forced to live with each other until she finds a way to send her back or be killed in the process. Don’t worry too much if that sounds very horror-like. This is more of a violent slapstick comedy that will have you laughing at all the dumb silly antics. Yeah, brings back those nostalgic memories of violent brainless slapstick comedies from the ol’ western Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes. Just fill it with cute anime characters.

Episode 1A
Pekola wonders what the heck she is doing at a demon sukiyaki party that includes Jashin, Medusa and Minos. She thinks God won’t forgive her but believes He might since she was hungry and was kidnapped by goth girl, Yurine Hanazono. When they’re going to eat, Jashin points out Pekola is an angel and shouldn’t be here. With warning from Yurine not to ruin the meal, Jashin plays ‘nice’. She only gives Pekola vegetables and tells her to finish it if she wants meat. She does so. Can she have some meat now? Now way. Here are more vegetables. The rest disapprove of this bullying and give Pekola some meat. This irks Jashin so she steals all their meat and eats them. You happy now? Not Yurine. With the lack of meat, Yurine then cuts Jashin’s snake tail for meat! Snake meat pretty good…

Episode 1B
Next time when Medusa comes over, it seems she has brought a crowbar as Jashin requested. Not sure about how she watched the news and all, she believes this is a perfect murder weapon for humans. Yup, she is going to use this to smash Yurine’s head and splatter her brains. When Yurine comes home, Jashin distracts her by letting her watch a chainsaw horror movie. While doing so, Jashin relishes of beating her brains out but Yurine is able to grab the crowbar. Apparently Jashin said everything out loud so she heard them. Jashin tries to blame Medusa for threatening her to do this. Yurine not buying it. Jashin dropkick time. Unfortunately Yurine smashes the crowbar into her backbone. Spine broken. That’s not all. She finishes her off with a chainsaw to turn her room into crimson colour! I guess she doesn’t need to paint it for a while.

Episode 1C
As the girls prepare for Yurine’s birthday party, it seems Jashin is of course up to no good again. She has Medusa buy a taser. You see, the horoscope she saw today says she will have good luck with certain things so Jashin is pretty confident she’ll get Yurine this time. Too bad Yurine came back early and heard this nefarious plan. Trying to blame Medusa again, huh? As Jashin tries to strike first with the taser, she realizes too late it is actually an electric shaver! Yeah, they look the same. Oh, Yurine has a real taser… It seems Jashin failed to notice their birthdays are in the same week and hence the same horoscope as her. The party goes well and Jashin is electrocuted like hell. They take some pity on her but you can’t give her too much pity. Don’t worry, as you’ve seen she’ll be alright as she has regeneration abilities. As they all take a group photo, Jashin realizes too late they did not celebrate her birthday and throws a tantrum.

Episode 2A
It’s so hot that Jashin is literally dying! I guess Yurine is poor to not afford an air-cond. Jashin is still b*tching about it so she decides to cool down in town but the moment she steps out, it is hot like hell! You mean hell is not as hot as this?! Hence Yurine cools her down by killing her! Feeling cold, now? Yeah… Jashin then has an idea. She summons a snow woman, Kori to make it cooler. Not only that, she has her make shaved ice for them to eat. However Jashin orders Kori to do something she doesn’t want to. Eventually she forces her to make some snow. Jashin then badmouths how lower demons only exist to entertain higher ones. Kori is hurt and does a blizzard on Jashin. She will not listen to stop so Jashin gets mad and tries to get violent. Kori turns her into ice and smashes her up. Hope that cooled her down.

Episode 2B
Pekola is once again lost and hungry in the streets until Yurine saves her and treats her to some potato food. It seems Pekola lost her halo that could have done miracles but now she is no different than a feeble human. In the end, Pekola is in a dilemma to thank Yurine as she views her as a witch and it is her job to eliminate such beings. Even more confusing when Yurine wishes her luck to find her halo. Oh Pekola, could you ask the Lord if she is thy neighbour?

Episode 2C
Medusa and Minos are invited by Medusa but it seems she is not in. Actually she is hiding underneath the floor. They can guess that it is her plan to test a hiding place so that she could kill Yurine unexpectedly. Yup, that plan will fail. Jashin shoos them away as she called them here for this experiment. Jashin hides and waits for Yurine to return. She does and almost sticks the new trident she bought into the floor! Unsure if she knows about this, Jashin tests by throwing a few things at her. Looks like she doesn’t know. Time to kill her. Suddenly her handphone rings! It’s Yurine calling! Oh no! Busted. After seeing the mace in Jashin’s hands, I guess it’s perfect time to test her trident. Time to repaint the walls again… Next time, Yurine returns with an axe…

Episode 2D
An otaku sees Medusa (wearing a paper bag on her head) and thinks she is someone famous. When he takes it off, he turns into stone. Medusa is once again invited by Jashin but is not in. As Yurine is only there, she hears about their childhood stories. From what Medusa says, we can tell she is often bullied and blamed by Jashin. All the time. Yeah, what a true demon. However Medusa seems to love those times?! Is she a masochist? But the one thing that Medusa really loves about Jashin is that she looks cute whenever she is in dire need of help. Yup, it shows she relies totally on her in her time of need. I believe she is only being taken advantage off… When Jashin returns, it seems it is to ask Medusa for money in which she gives with no questions asked. But all is not bad as Jashin won a panda-human doll that Medusa wanted. Happy Medusa hugs Jashin trying to act tough and all. But Yurine is trying not to vomit at the sight of this ‘friendship’.

Episode 3A
Minos grills and enjoys the lobsters Jashin gave her but Yurine knows they are just crayfish. It’s Christmas and guess what? Again Pekola is hungry. That stomach rumbling is sure loud and clear. ‘Luckily’ she has breadcrumbs for food, though she wishes she had tastier food. Is she praying to God or Santa now? Of course here comes Jashin. Not sure she is really insulting her as she finishes 2 bowls of curry next to Pekola. Not satisfied, she wants her breadcrumbs! They struggle and Pekola lost. So sad. She devours the breadcrumbs arrogantly but you know she’ll always get her divine punishment. Yup, Yurine isn’t pleased that she ate the curry she was supposed to bring home and rips off her cheek! As apology, Yurine gives Pekola the chicken drumstick that was supposed to go with the curry. Oh Pekola, is Jashin your God and Santa now?

Episode 3B
Jashin trains her abs and thinks it’s tough. Yurine punches it and she is sent squirming in pain. Train harder. Yusa the snow woman visits Yurine to thank her for taking care of her sister. She also explains about how their kind matures and takes on a human later so Yurine suggests naming Kori as Koji. Only anime fans can get this joke… Of course Yusa is also here to pick a bone with Jashin for bullying her sister. Even with Koji telling all the stuffs Jashin had done, Jashin is still unashamed. She crosses the line by insulting the family so Yusa will not stand for it and starts a blizzard. Jashin thought she could aim her dropkick on Koji, believing her steel abs have paid off. Too bad history repeats itself as Yusa turns her into ice and shatters her.

Episode 3C
Again Jashin asks Medusa for money in which she gives. Yurine advises her not to spoil her too much but Jashin badmouths Medusa about choosing Yurine over her. However this crosses the line as Medusa felt hurt. She has had it with Jashin and won’t care for her anymore. Jashin might act arrogant but slowly it soon hits her. She has lost… Her ATM!!! Yeah, to think she would repent… Hence Jashin drowns out her sorrows via drinking (strawberry juice). It hit her that she has no more a best friend and tries to hit on a random guy to love her!!!! I think she’s scaring him. When she hears Medusa’s voice, it’s no hallucination. Looks like Medusa can’t leave her after all and was worried that she came back. Jashin is so glad her ATM has returned!!! Oh yeah. AishiTeru Medusa. ATM! In the end, Medusa agrees to pay off the 100 glasses of strawberry juice she drank and Jashin admits she is useless without her. Ah, such great friendship. Yurine on the verge of vomiting…

Episode 4A
Jashin is frustrated she didn’t get the tsuchinoko figurine from the gachapon again. She wants to try again but remembers Yurine’s words about wasting money. Yup, the woodchipper for her. When a boy plays and gets the tsuchinoko, you bet Jashin is pissed and wants to steal it. But she has an idea. Praising how he got it, she wants to take a look. While doing so, she then eats it! The boy gets mad and uppercuts her. He curses her and doesn’t want it. Just as planned… Too bad each time Jashin sees the figurine, she’ll remember his uppercut. Yurine back home then receives a call from the police that Jashin has been arrested! The moment she gets there, Jashin gets another uppercut. Policewoman, Mei Tachibana (self-proclaimed super cop of Banzaibashi) explains that she is arrested for stealing. Jashin fears it is that figurine but it is revealed Mei is in love with Jashin on first sight and ‘stole’ her heart! Oh God, she can’t stop cuddling snake woman. Yurine has no qualms giving Jashin up to this crazy woman. But Yurine has second thoughts. Who would cook and clean for her? She wants Jashin back. Because of that, Mei deduces if she can’t have Jashin, nobody can. Hence trying to kill Jashin???!!! She hurts Jashin enough and enjoys seeing her in pain. Yeah, a few selfies, please. Jashin is somewhat ‘saved by the bell’ because the clock hits 5 and Mei refuses to work overtime and goes home. See you tomorrow. For Jashin, it’s like between the devil and deep blue sea for these ladies.

Episode 4B
Jashin begs and pleads for Yurine… To die!!! Yeah, she can’t kill her so might as well ask her nicely. Not going to happen. Desu yo ne… Taking inspiration from a TV series, Jashin believes pushing her off the mountains will be the best way to kill her. So she ‘creatively’ imagines other several ways to kill her there like letting her fall from a bridge and a collaborating with a bear to eat her. Now all that is left is to ask Yurine if she is free to go the mountains tomorrow. Not going. Plan failed.

Episode 4C
Medusa visits Jashin but sees her acting in a strange way. Before she knows it, her head falls off! OMG! Is she dead?! Medusa cries like hell that her friend is dead but the real Jashin pops out from hiding, laughing her ass off at her reaction. It seems she just shed her skin and used it as a prank. But the real sh*t is about to happen when Medusa isn’t laughing. She goes into this passive aggressive mode telling her off that wasn’t funny. Did she not realize how worried she was if she really died? Oh sh*t. No joke. Medusa is serious. Jashin is panicking and pleads for her not to leave. She even admits she went too far and sincerely apologizes. Wow. Jashin really apologizing? Finding a four leaf clover is more possible than this! But Medusa isn’t buying. Goodbye. I guess it’s too late to realize that your friend’s gone. Jashin can’t stop crying when Medusa suddenly returns. Gotcha! Just a prank to see your reaction! Haha! Of course Medusa would never leave her. And so the best friends bond and reconcile. Yeah, appreciate your friends always.

Episode 5A
Jashin sees a poster of Yurine at the store. They break the fourth wall as she realizes this is an anime! Yurine visits the park for homeless people to give Pekola her food. Of course she refuses so Yurine leaves it at her doorstep. Pekola is tempted as she starts thinking how rude it is not to eat a chef’s cooking. When she’s done with that and about to eat it, looks like Jashin has eaten it all! So satisfied with the delicious meat! Yeah, you don’t know what you’re missing. Oh well. At least Pekola has got to keep her angel pride. But a Jashin is going to receive her just desserts as Yurine suspects she went back to eat Pekola’s food. She threatens to throw her hand into the mixer if she refuses to say. And when Jashin tells the truth, she throws it in anyway! Yeah, we’ll have Jashin meat for dinner. Yurine goes to buy food for Pekola and this time she doesn’t hesitate to eat. Bless the witch!

Episode 5B
Minos visits to give Yurine a mandrake doll. She likes its scream… Talking about friendship, Jashin denies Minos is her friend. This leads to an argument in which Jashin does her trademark dropkick. However Minos counters that by letting it bounce off her boobs. Jashin lands on the mandrake and effectively kills it. Damn, that must be its death scream. Of course Yurine is mad that her doll is dead and is going to make Jashin do her death scream. Louder!

Episode 5C
We see Mei hoarding loads of strange statues in her room. Including a bus schedule from hell?! Yeah, all she needs is Jashin to complete her collection. As she patrols for the day, we see her let shady happenings slide. Yeah, she thinks it’s normal. Then she sees a weird statue of a fast food outlet (semi bald Colonel Sanders?) and wants to take it home! Power abuse! The worker is confused to call the cops. He struggles with her as she accuses him of touching her ass (he did not) and screams for the cops! The irony? Jashin is passing by and knows nothing good will come out of this and tries to sneak away. Too bad Medusa calls her. Instantly Mei doesn’t want the statue anymore and tries to get Jashin. Run!!! Mei throws a statue at Jashin and then hugs and takes selfies. Everyone else too. They’re going to be so popular on Instagram…

Episode 5D
You know it’s too good to be true when Pekola dreams of cute angels feeding her a feast. Back to reality now. She is working as a labourer earning only 400 Yen per hour. And the minimum wage in Tokyo supposed to be 928 Yen? She busts her ass carrying heavy stuffs up the stairs and then take the elevator down to repeat the process. Something clearly wrong here… It doesn’t help that her co-workers are somewhat lunatics. Especially that praying mantis phobia guy… Meanwhile drunk Jashin comes by Pekola’s cardboard home to mock her with food. However she ends up destroying her home, vomiting on it and sleeping there. Pekola has managed to work 8 hours straight and earned her hard earned cash. Just as she is about to return home to have a good rest, she sees this destruction. She starts laughing like a maniac. Such fate. Oh, so pitiful. Sorry, no punch line here.

Episode 6A
Jashin cooks curry dinner for a few nights straight. Of course Yurine gets bored of it and puts some mayonnaise. Tasty! This only makes Jashin cook more curry. But while doing so, the way she stirs the pot accidentally resembles a magic circle and whoosh! She is whisked to another world. More accurately, to the past. She sees her younger self as well as Medusa and Minos. Learning she is from the future, they ask what they will be like then. Jashin tells the truth but young Jashin is so disappointed to learn she will become this loser! I guess when we’re young, we dream of becoming ferocious beasts. Or something like that. The young ones think they have a way to bring her back. Looks like an old children’s game that definitely would not work. But it worked! When Jashin returns to the current timeline, she accidentally lands on the curry, spilling it all over Yurine’s clothes. Oh sh*t. The new weapons she ordered online just came. Good. Time to test them out…

Episode 6B
The snow sisters are selling shaved ice. Jashin thinks she can get rich doing this and opens a stall next to theirs. You think she has bad business sense by selling more expensive than them but there is queue forming! Did the heat get to the humans’ brain? But soon the novelty wears off and it’s back to the snow sisters. Jashin believes to compete on par with them, she needs some legendary ice. So she goes all the way to Mt Fuji to grab some ice that will earn her the big bucks. However before she could start selling, a couple of yakuzas tell her she can’t sell here without a permit. Yeah, the snow sisters got them. They take her away and want to use her upper body as ‘repayment’. Yeah, that part could make her rich…

Episode 6C
Pekola is shocked when her fellow angel, Poporon has found her. Once her apprentice, she is now a full-fledged angel. Pekola is glad she can now return to heaven and dreams of all the nice things she can do. Suddenly Poporon whips out a bazooka and fires at her! What gives?! As Poporon is Pekola’s substitute, bringing her back means she will return being her apprentice and cannot boss around other angels. Oh sh*t. Is this really heaven? From the way she brags about her destiny as an angel, I think she suits better being a devil, don’t you think? Then Jashin interrupts. She is here to bring some curry as per instructed by Yurine. Poporon hates being interrupted and spills the curry. Jashin is so mad that she beats the crap out of her and flings Poporon to the far ends of the country! Woah. First time seeing Jashin owning and winning. Jashin then takes her out to eat because if she tells Yurine some angel spilled her curry, she won’t believe it. It is better to just go out and eat together as Jashin doesn’t want to be sent back out again. Pekola hates to admit it but she is saved by a devil today. Now you know why they say it’s better to know the devil than the angel.

Episode 7A
Poporon’s revenge! She clubs Jashin around the corner with her club (light sword, she calls it). Damn she spills Yurine’s jelly this time. Oh God. A certain goth girl is scarier than a mad angel. Of course Jashin doesn’t remember her. As Poporon is going for another strike, Jashin eats her halo! Then she goes Super Saiyan! Just for a while before nothing much happens. Oh no, with no halo, is Poporon useless? Suddenly Poporon negotiates for peace and hopes angels and demons could be friends before running away. Jashin is left worried about the spilled jelly… Can you see hell now?

Episode 7B
When Jashin heard from Minos that Medusa has a new friend, instantly she goes into a jealous rage mode! Who the f*ck is that b*tch with?! I guess ATM girl isn’t allowed to have any other friends. Says which rule? Hence Jashin calls her here and forces her to spill the beans. However Medusa felt hurt by the cruel words she called her. In fact it was Jashin who told her not to tell. This was what happened. Previously Jashin spent all her money to get some prize but failed. Medusa agreed to work more for her. Of course Jashin loved the idea and hoped she would keep this a secret as this would look bad on her. Hence Medusa lied to Minos about making new friends just to hide her new job. Poor Medusa. Yurine is so disappointed with her being the worst of the worst that she didn’t do anything but just walk Medusa home. Damn reverse psychology because Jashin is worried that this is so bad that Yurine doesn’t even beat her up! Yeah, she’s really feeling so bad about this that she vomits in bed. Yeah, clean up after yourself. Too bad. That’s it. No punch line for this one too.

Episode 7C
Because Jashin ate Poporon’s halo, it is considered an advancement and hence she is entitled to a few luxuries. As she cannot return to hell, Satan himself sends her a potion and from what it sounds, it’s an energy drink. Be sure to hold your breath or the stench will kill you. After she drinks it, something happens to her. Jashin goes to meet Medusa who is shocked that Jashin is wearing clothes (borrowed from Yurine) and has legs! Such a cool drink. Medusa also has a surprise for Jashin as she is able to walk around without a paper bag thanks to the special contact lens she bought. They hit town and have fun. But by the end of the day, Medusa’s legs slowly start to turn into stone. It is believe the side effect from the contact lens and they realize she’s been ripped off with an inferior product. Medusa apologizes for giving her trouble but Jashin tries to stay positive like taking down up the company. For some reason the shady salesperson who sold the contact lens pop up. Jashin beats the crap out of him and then carries Medusa all the way back home. Yurine is impressed for once and that is when Jashin has this idea to dropkick on her. Too bad her legs turn back into her snake tail. Yurine isn’t going to brush off the fact she was trying to kill her. And since her tail is back, looks like we’re going to have snake meat for dinner! Let the (snake) killing begin!

Episode 8A
Jashin knows she is screwed. Because she lost all the money for food on the slots. Yeah… With Medusa passing by, she thinks of getting a fresh new start by borrowing more money from her! As expected, she lost it all. No mercy from Yurine. Not even Medusa’s pleading. But to show she is slightly compassionate, she gives her a last chance and gives her some allowance to redeem herself and buy the food. Too bad the temptation is great and she lost it all again. With her taking too long, Yurine suspects the worst while Medusa continues to keep believing in her…

Episode 8B
Once more, Jashin steals Pekola’s meagre breadcrumbs. With Poporon witnessing the hold thing, she is suspicious if they are friends she saw her receiving food from Jashin before. Pekola denies. Then she realizes Poporon’s missing halo. Upon learning it was eaten, poor hungry angel starts fantasizing all kinds of sauce she could have put on it for taste. Poporon explains their halo can regenerate but nobody knows how long it will take. Yeah, Jashin’s regeneration is more frequent than this sh*t. Pekola hopes for a ceasefire and wants to work together to survive in this human world but Poporon declines knowing she would only be a burden and would rather survive by herself. Later Pekola hears lots of shady jobs ensuring high pay offered to Poporon. She intends to go warn her and also take this chance to convince teaming up. However Poporon is actually doing well working in a ramen store.

Episode 8C
Apparently the demon world also has a very similar bean throwing setsubun like Japan. When the ogre comes in, Jashin mercilessly throws her beans at him only to be stopped by Yurine. Because this mini ogre is just too damn cute! As replacement, Yurine takes her special bean machine gun and makes Jashin the target! Will Yurine’s fortunes take a turn for the better? Oh heck, it’s Jashin’s bad luck that will be taking a turn for the worst. Later as Jashin laments her setsubun was a failure, she still wants to go pick on someone weaker. Who else but Pekola? Is it legal to do it to an angel? However Pekola finds the beans are edible and Jashin gives her a whole bunch of it. Also she gives a long ehomaki from Yurine said to bring good fortune if eaten facing the lucky direction. She does so but almost chokes to death. I don’t think I can see good luck coming to her…

Episode 8D
Yurine is again mad at Jashin for blowing the money. Furthermore, she borrowed from Medusa. Again. Jashin even tries to blame Medusa for ratting her out and playing the victim although Medusa did it for being worried she would become an addict. Yeah, who is the real victim here? Unfortunately Jashin tends to her mobile game update and this pisses off Yurine as she cuts off her finger! Showing no remorse, even in death Jashin wants Medusa to send her credit card numbers. Chainsaw time. However Yurine drops her into a trapdoor. Jashin finds herself at the start before she started gambling. Thinking God answered her prayers (to a devil?), at first she thinks of not repeating her mistakes. But she starts thinking what if she got sent back in time so that she could win? Oh yeah! She’ll rewrite history and bring in the fortunes! And as narrated, she is stuck in an infinite loop and can only escape once she realizes her mistakes. So that will be like next week when we see this series again? Oh well. Tough luck, Jashin-chan…

Episode 9A
We resume from last week’s fiasco. Yup, Jashin blew it again on her 17,711th attempt. Still better than that Haruhi sh*t… Returning to Medusa, she wants her to come to the bank. No, not to rob it but to withdraw her money. Too bad they got caught up in a bank robbery. It seems Jashin is afraid of dying with a bullet shot to her head so she better not do anything risky (but it’s okay with Yurine?). Turning a blind eye, eh? With all the hostages having their own (petty) problem, looks like it is up to Medusa to save the day. She has to robbers look into her eyes and they turn into stone. Hooray! The day is saved. Everyone praises Medusa. But Jashin of course tries to take some of the credit when Mei interviews them. However Mei now wants to make Jashin hers. Medusa turns a blind eye. I don’t know why the other police officers were trying to arrest Jashin but she hopes this puts an end to the curse and changes history.

Episode 9B
We see a day in life of Minos. She is quite the hard working gal unlike a certain lazy someone. Wow. So much energy to expend. Work hard, eat smart. She even helps out at the same construction site that Pekola is working and even helps her. Pekola feels so bad and useless that she couldn’t even thank her in time. On the way home, a bunch of kids want Minos to play a card game with them. Unfortunately she doesn’t have cards. But Jashin does. The kids know better than to deal with her. And Minos has bigger boobs. After a hard day’s work, Minos soaks in her much deserved bath and has some beer. All charged up for tomorrow.

Episode 9C
Yurine and Jashin go eat some noodles. Gosh, this is where Poporon is working. Jashin wants to kill her but some fans defend their idol. Uhm, who the f*ck is this Noel? Of course this confuses Jashin so she backs down. But since she cannot contain her suspicions, she calls Poporon’s name in which she responds. Oops. Now Jashin really wants to kill her. Since she is too noisy, Yurine breaks her finger! Oh sh*t! I guess everybody is on their good behaviour now. As Yurine leaves, she notes to Poporon that she knows she is not an angel as she can sense the same aura like another girl she knows. Poporon better be on the watch from now on.

Episode 9D
Jashin is addicted to pudding and cannot resist eating one in the fridge right now. Then she realizes it has Yurine’s name on it. Damn. She can really envision it is the end of the world for her. Of course Yurine finds out about it and guess what Jashin does? She tries to fight off an invisible man who supposedly ate her pudding and he escaped. But Yurine spots some flaws. How did he escape when the window is closed? If he is invisible, how can Jashin see him? Oh, there are pudding trails on her mouth. Oh, look. The iron maiden torture device she ordered has just arrived. Yurine says had Jashin offered to buy another pudding for her, she would have forgiven her. But instead she pulled off this nonsense. Well, let us know how you’re bleeding from inside the chamber.

Episode 9E
Suddenly… Zombies!!! Jashin and Medusa run for their lives. Heck, even demons are scared of zombies? They hide in a locker and almost got attacked by one that suspiciously resembles like Mei. Even as a zombie she can detect where Jashin is. Luckily they are saved by Minos as they continue to seek refuge. However more zombies pop up and when cornered, Jashin gets swallowed by them. It turns out to be a nightmare but little does Jashin knows, it is Yurine instigating that nightmare by putting something damp on her feet (believed to make one prone to nightmares).

Episode 10A
Pekola just got paid tons of cash. So happy and dancing around that it seemed like God was trying to teach her a lesson so she tripped and that entire stack fell exactly into the donation box. That will teach her to be too happy… As she confronts the girls about her cash, the girls instead are so happy her donation will help the poor children. She must be an angel! Back home, Pekola rues her lost income but eventually comes to terms the children will be helped. She decides to use her remaining emergency funds for some cheap food. Oh, looks like Jashin is here too. As she orders her food, she hears people saying how a couple of girls have been arrested for running a charity scam. People who donated must be idiots. Oh Pekola, she’s not angry. Just in super shock. So shocked that she left the place. Jashin stole her money and ate her food. Apparently that wasn’t enough to cover the food she ate. And sorry folks, there’s no punch line. That’s about it.

Episode 10B
The ice sisters visit. Thinking that Jashin has got rid of Yurine, Jashin takes advantage by bullying Koji, only to be dealt with by Yusa. Not surprising, Yurine comes out from the bath. Yusa is here to request a favour from Yurine to test taste her ice cream product that isn’t selling well in the demon world. Well, did she not consider selling it in a cold climate? Yurine tastes it to be perfect but when Jashin tries so, she almost died! It had basilisk poison?! Even worse, Yusa spent a fortune just to create this and each cup must be sold a million yen each. Somebody isn’t fit for business…

Episode 10C
Pekola sees a job ad that pays 30 grand a day. Wow. What a deal. Plus, she is accepted without even knowing what the job is required. Soon she finds out it is a bodyguard job for Noel! Ex-angels shocked to see each other. I guess as a famous idol, she fears somebody might assassinate her. Pekola is passionate about her job (because it also pays) but Poporon mocks all that angelic duty crap. The concert goes well until a crazy fan shows up on stage. This guy is mad she didn’t answer his X-rated questions online. I’m sure his toy hammer won’t do much damage but Pekola still does her job and tells her to run. It’s not about the money. Noel might be a human idol but Poporon isn’t. Besides, she used to serve her before and hence will always protect her. Pekola takes a ‘devastating’ blow. She wakes up in hospital with Yurine by her side. She heard it from the internet news. The culprit has been arrested. As Pekola worries about paying her hospital bill, Yurine tells her it is already paid. She is trying to figure out who but we all know it’s Poporon.

Episode 10D
Medusa seeks Jashin’s help to make Valentine’s Day chocolates so she could give it to someone she treasures most. We all know who but dumb Jashin gets so jealous that she wants to kill this person. Jashin is forced to make it as Medusa will only reveal that person at the end. Jashin is quite decent in teaching Medusa how to make chocolates. Once done, Medusa hands the chocolates to her. Her best friend forever, right? Oh Jashin, never saw that coming, eh? I guess now you have to kill yourself technically. Heh. Yeah, more like best ATM forever.

Episode 11A
Jashin does her dropkick in Yurine. She strikes! Wait. What?! Yurine retaliates but misses. Wait. What?! She missed at that distance?! And then she forgives her. WAIT. WHAT?! Something is clearly wrong… Turns out Yurine is sick as Jashin starts to panic and nurse her. After a while, she realizes why not just let this b*tch die! Yeah. After all, she summoned her without having a way to send her back. Yurine leaves her to die and notes she didn’t even have to lift a finger. As she thinks of all the fun things to do with her newfound freedom, suddenly her conscious kicks in. Wait. WHAT?! She runs back to call Medusa and Minos for help to treat Yurine. With her doing well, they note Jashin’s kind nature. However Jashin replies she fears if something happens to Yurine due to her neglect, they would have shunned her. She does want to go back but doesn’t want to lose them as friends either. Aww… How sweet. But wait. WHAT?! Is this really Jashin saying that? Are you sick?! After they leave, Jashin sings a cheesy rendition of some song of their times. Crappy lyrics… Yurine has recovered so Jashin is back to being afraid of her and better get back to work or risk being retaliated. Yurine assures she won’t do anything. She’s got such a suspicious mind. Better safe than sorry.

Episode 11B
Minos talks about several Japanese historical sites that have been shut down due to being destroyed. This has Yurine envy them as they have lived for centuries and wished she was born then to see all the historical happenings. So also wished to live for thousands of years to see how the world has changed. The rest notes human lives are short but meaningful. They may be destructive but also creative in that short period of time. They love the human world. Of course for Jashin, it’s their food!

Episode 11C
Pekola brushes off their invitation to go hanami. She won’t associate with the devils. Until Yurine says they brought food. Delicious food! Change of heart, eh? The hanami spot is booked by Jashin who has waited here for 66 hours as punishment for eating Yurine’s sandwich. As the party gets started, it is ruined when Mei comes by. At least for Jashin. Let the molesting begin. Is she on duty? So why is she joining them? Since she gets drunk and starts complaining about her job, Jashin forces Medusa to abandon her somewhere. Next they see Poporon selling buns. They invite her to join them but she arrogantly dismisses them. Jashin wants to beat her up but Yurine apologizes for pressuring her. Maybe next time. Pekola feels sad that Poporon has turned out so because she was a bit different while serving under her. Jashin doesn’t give a care and starts her karaoke.

Episode 11D
At the bread shop, Jashin’s mischief kicks up. Yeah, she has withdrawal symptoms if she doesn’t be mischievous. That explains why she’s such an idiot always getting beaten up by Yurine. First, she hogs the samples and then replaces them with other bread. That earned her Yurine’s wrath. Next, she tries to swap bread labels and got her face beaten to a pulp. She gives excuse it’s her devilish personality but Yurine points out Medusa and Minos aren’t like that. That’s their distinct personality? When a girl’s balloon is stuck on a tree, Jashin didn’t want to help but after being coaxed by Yurine how easy it is for her, she does so. But now she floats away! WTF?! She lighter than air?! And why float all the way into space instead of letting go?!

Episode 12A
Jashin returns! After where we left off the last time when she floated into outer space, she is back with a vengeance! Trying to do her dropkick on Earth, eh? Well, here it comes! Only, nothing happens as the world continues to go on with their daily lives and Jashin just created a mess with her blood and body parts scattered all across. Better clean this up.

Episode 12B
As Jashin feeds Yurine’s demon pet dog, Beth, she realizes it has grown big. Fearing it might eat her when it is big enough, she tries to get rid of it but couldn’t bring herself to do it. So all that hugging suddenly has Beth biting off her right hand! Now you want to kill it? No effect. At least, no power in her left hand. With ‘uncaring’ Yurine returning, she is going to punish her for ‘hitting’ Beth. Choose. Get punched or kicked. No time to decide as Yurine punches her in the gut!

Episode 12C
The moment we’ve all been waiting for! Beach episode! Girls in swimsuit! Hooray! Thanks to Yurine’s luck of the devil winning top prize that also accommodates our usual gang. Once again, Jashin tries to pick on Pekola. Try not to when Yurine is here. Because she borrowed this swimsuit from her colleague, the rest start calling her Tajiri as they think it is her name. Is this a form of bullying too? More Jashin bullying as she makes Pekola act like a dog (in which she faithfully obliges) if she wants to eat shaved ice. Hope she is prepared for Yurine’s punishment. A stab in the gut with an umbrella! With everyone siding Pekola, Jashin storms off. Sulking in the sea, suddenly she is taken by the tentacles of Kraken! Possible tentacle rape? Too bad Jashin sounds so despicable that she wants Medusa to switch places with her (because she is more important) and as a result Kraken just eats her. But with Pekola’s plea to save her despite she is despicable, I guess it’s time to go squid hunting. Yusa demonstrating her ice powers to block those heavy tentacle attacks. In the end, Jashin is spit out. She blames Yurine for all this. So she summons some Amazon warrior just to strip her armour to attack Yurine. But wait. Yurine has a trump card too. Unleashing her magic from her eye-patch, she summons Beth in her demonic form! Wait. Really?! And they both enter an epic fight that we’ll never see how it ends but have a pretty good idea how it’ll end up. We now see everyone having a nice BBQ of Kraken meat. Everyone enjoying themselves. Except Jashin. I see Beth bite off her right hand again. Considerate Yurine tries to feed her. Jashin acts tough and everyone teases how close they are to each other.

Jashin Dropout, Bokusatsu Majo Yurine-chan
Oh wait. That’s it?! You mean it already ended?! Why so odd number of episodes?! Oh come on. I thought there was going to be a dozen. I expected it to be a dozen! Not a dozen minus one! Come on. Oh please, please, please… Please, just one more episode, okay? I swear I’ll be a good boy and continue laughing at all of Jashin’s misfortunes. Oh… Phew… They trolled us with only 11 episodes and the ‘final’ twelfth one came out a fortnight later. Wow. They really trolled me good on this. I was actually shocked that the series had ended thinking the penultimate episode was the final one. I didn’t mind the WTF ‘ending’ (what ending?!) and felt like it could go on a bit longer. Damn this show has got me addicted and now that it is over, it is leaving me in a lurch without my weekly fix! But now can we just one more Jashin-chan episode, please? Pretty please? One more, I tell you! Just one more episode of Jashin, okay?! I need my Jashin-chan so badly! What the hell am I going to do without my weekly Jashin-chan! Somebody needs to take responsibility! I want more Jashin-chan! JASHIN-CHAN COME BACK!!!!!!! You can’t go away yet until you’re dead or close to being dead! Sighs… Oh well. Time to move on. Trolling’s over.

I see a few resemblance of this series with Gabriel Dropout. Angels and demons living in the human world and both of them being failures to live up to their races. They try to live their life on Earth the best way they can while traversing through the quirky laws and rules of the Japanese society. Yeah, Earth is such a fun place to stay than heaven or hell.

Seeing this is a slapstick comedy, there is no real plot whatsoever. Hence the random skits in each episode serving us the smiles and laughter in the silliest and violent way as possible but without going overboard too much. At times this series also breaks the fourth wall especially with Jashin at times commenting how her dropkick will finally end this series and the remaining episodes will just be summaries or reminiscent episodes. They also parody a few anime series too like how Jashin trolled us this series is going to become Detective Conan, Shingeki No Kyojin and even Shokugeki No Souma only to be kicked out. If you know your trivia well, you can spot a lot more and tons of them peppered throughout the series. More trolling as the next episode preview is narrated in an ‘epic’ and ominous fashion like as though there is going to be some sort of inevitable epic disaster, event or happening. And look what every episode has to offer? Yeah, they really trolled us good. It is hard to place if this series would be one of my all-time favourite slapstick anime comedies since in the same season there are a couple of enjoyable nonsensical animes like Asobi Asobase and Chio-chan No Tsuugakuro. Trying to rank which is the better one between them is very hard as each has their own charm. So no big convoluted continuous story is okay. Just make me laugh as much and you’re okay.

Hence with the absence of any storyline, the characters themselves have to step up and make the series looking great. With the wacky bunch, they are not disappointing. Like our titular character Jashin, it is hard to hate her despite being such a rotten devil to the core. Well, almost. Heck, among all the devil characters who have appeared here, Jashin is the closest one who lives up to being the devil but often shown her place because of how ‘weak’ she is. Many of the funny moments rely on Jashin being this dumb and not learning from her mistakes because of her high and mighty attitude that makes her think she can get away with it. I want to believe that if she is really serious, she can actually kill Yurine. Not that I would say she would be 100% successful but at least not live her pathetic and shameless life as her slave. This shows that Jashin has her good side and cares about her friends. I know this is unbelievable but Jashin is still Jashin and not Satan. Jashin, never change. And if you ask why doesn’t she just walk away from it all? Yeah, where would she go? Also, Yurine will always find her! Time to be really afraid.

Jashin’s master, Yurine isn’t a cold blooded sadist. Only when Jashin is being an idiot. It is unknown why she summoned Jashin and it could be a summoning error and by accident. Because if it was so, why hasn’t Yurine gotten rid of Jashin? That’s because Yurine is a kind hearted gothic girl and as you can see she treats the other non-human characters with dignity. Only when it comes to Jashin it is a totally different story. I have this conspiracy theory that Yurine is more than she seems to be. She might be that super being that God and Satan themselves are looking for and the key to the whatever ultimate plot twist! That’s why she is keeping a low profile with her very mundane and lazy-like behaviour so as not to give off suspicions. It might be a crazy theory but hey, this series could be this crazy to pull it off.

I believe that even if Yurine is such a nice girl, she keeps Jashin so as to let steam off sometimes. Notice how she will not hesitate to bludgeon her or cut her up? Well yes, because Jashin is an idiot who deserves all that (and to make us sadists laugh). I’m sure giving Jashin another chance is not an option because she knows that devil will not hesitate to backstab whenever she has the chance or the slightest opening. That is why Yurine is always at the top of her game. That is why Yurine will always be her master. That is why show no mercy in slicing her up. Yeah, it’s good to know that she can regenerate so no love lost. Now that it has come to this point, I wonder if one day there is a chance that Jashin would really go back, would they really part? I am guessing that it is highly possible they will stay together because Yurine loves to beat the sh*t out of her and Jashin loves to be beaten the sh*t out of her. Status quo is the best. It’s a complicated love-hate relationship. Like that Coyote and Road Runner, only more violent. Oh by the way, sometimes Yurine reminds me of that bludgeoning angel from an old anime series, Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan. Only this time her weapon of choice is the chainsaw…

The other characters are also fun and lovable despite just being supporting characters. Like the gullible Medusa who puts her friendship with Jashin at the top and that is why she is seen as the gullible and bottomless ATM whom Jashin will not hesitate to exploit. I wonder where she gets her wealth because if it is the currency of the netherworld, how can you convert it to yen? Are such currencies worth more? Nevertheless, what is a few scraps of money compared to the priceless value of friendship, no? Keep those cash rolling… Definitely ATM. AishiTeru Medusa! Minos plays a much minor role, just a Minotaur girl who loves working and earning her keep. Mei is delusional and probably the other character who could really own Jashin. But unlike Yurine, Mei is also selfish and only ‘loves’ Jashin for her own twisted end. It looks like she is only working to abuse her position whenever she can. Jashin better thank her lucky stars she still lives with Yurine. Or is it the case of between the devil and the deep blue sea? Funny dilemma for Jashin…

Now, the most pitiful character goes to Pekola. An abandoned angel who is just trying to find her next meal. Yes, this has become somewhat of her running joke. Work hard enough just to earn enough to eat. I guess now she has learnt what it means to say grace for every meal as even bread crumbs taste good. Food is her weakest point and even if she is sceptical of devils and devil worshippers, as long as you have food for her, she’ll change her mind. Oh Pekola, I guess your faith is not that strong then. The God you worship now is your stomach or those who can feed you. But Pekola still has her little pride as an angel as seen how Poporon has become arrogant despite losing her way. But if I have to compare between the angels, Poporon is definitely handling the situation much better than Pekola since she isn’t panicking and is doing whatever she can for the time being. Pekola is truly a fallen angel as her poverty has defined her character and the running joke of the series. So pathetic that some of the skits that involve her don’t even have a punch line in the end. Yup, that’s just it for her.

Pekola and Poporon’s case brings me to this question if God even exists or cares in this world. At least in the context of this anime. Even if angels lose their halo and thus losing their ability to return to heaven, do you think God would have sent his other angels to look for them? Instead, they are left to wallow and die slowly, not knowing when their halo will be regenerated. Heck, even devils regenerate way faster! Why is God doing this to his angels? Don’t tell me Earth is such a HUGE place that He can’t find them at all! Don’t tell me He needs to have GPS on his angels to track them down and without the halo it’s like, “Ah, f*ck it. They’ll return someday”. Therefore the irony of Yurine taking even better care and caring for Pekola’s wellbeing better than God! WTF are you doing Almighty One???!!! Why are demons and humans taking better care of your angel?! Don’t come blaming her when she defects or loses faith with you because I can see it coming from a mile when that happens, the rest will jump to he defence and beat the sh*t out of you!!! Yeah, Yurine beating up God???!!! Oh right. Yurine IS GOD!

This also brings me to wonder if the ordinary people and human beings in this anime do actually know the existence of angels and demons. Because nobody seems to be really bothered as Jashin is able to walk about in town as she pleases. I mean, a naked half snake girl in the middle of a crowded city. Nobody bats an eyelid! Because of that, I am wondering if this random goat demon with boobs that serves no purpose to the overall direction of the plot, wandering and bumming around in every episode is just the norm. Sometimes he makes some comment sand comeback lines, sometimes he does some silly stuffs. He is like the mini eye-catch of the series.

One of the most mind boggling and unsatisfying things in this series is the fact that there is this character who appears randomly in every episode from time to time looking for Jashin. Persephone II is the epitome of yet so close yet so far since she is always close by to Jashin but being the unlucky demon, she always misses her and stumbles into some other characters instead. She did finally find Jashin in the penultimate episode but that is just spotting her being carried away by the balloon. Finally, we can say she has found her. But that’s the perplexing thing. I thought that there would be some sort of punch line for this character but it is never explained how she is related to Jashin nor why she wants to find her, which makes it very frustrating. Even if that is the punch line of having no punch line, it still doesn’t feel satisfying as it all just feels like a troll.

But I started thinking even if there is some sort of revelation, would I be satisfied? What if she was just to return a book she borrowed? That simple reason might be the joke on us all. What if she has found a way to bring Jashin back but with a price? Oh, that would be interesting indeed. And at this point as the series has ended, she is perhaps the only character that I find that doesn’t have some sort of satisfying ‘closure’. Suddenly in the final episode she is part of the gang enjoying themselves at the beach. It’s like her proper cameo finally. Not that she does anything memorable too except trying to be friends with Pekola. Making it even more frustrating as it blows away our hopes in finding an answer who is this little demon to Jashin. But I guess we’re so engrossed in Jashin’s antics that we don’t care who this one is.

Art and animation feel good as all the characters are designed in a really cute way. Yup, they look so cute than scary. Maybe that is why nobody is afraid of them? That is why Mei wants to have Jashin? Even when times get really bloody but don’t worry, the graphic parts will be mosaic out. We will be too busy laughing than being grossed out. Speaking of the character designs, since I have seen so many animes, some of the characters start to look like they came from another anime. For instance, Yurine’s gothic style quickly reminds me of that lead singer of the band, In No Hurry from Fukumenkei Noise. Close enough. Just make Yurine a little more chibi. I somehow find Medusa looking like a scrawnier version of To Love-Ru’s Haruna, Mei a nastier version of Shinobu from Kiniro Mosaic while Jashin has this uncanny resemblance to Kokoro from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes. Yeah, even their brattiness is so similar. With Pekola always having her incredulous wide opened eyeballs, sometimes I feel she was a rejected member of the Powerpuff Girls. Yeah, she’s so incredulous and can’t believe everything that has happened to her. Better keep those suspicious eyes open… Lastly, I can’t put my finger on where I have seen Poporon’s character design somewhere before. It’s so familiar but at this point I can’t pinpoint. I think it’s Jill from GJ-Bu but I’m not really sure too. Damn, watching too many animes has got my brain jammed. This series is animated by Nomad who did the original Rozen Maiden series, Kampfer, Sola, Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan and Kyouran Kazoku Nikki.

Voice acting is good especially Aina Suzuki as Jashin (Mari in Love Live! Sunshine), it feels like she is really having fun into her character’s role. It really brings out the best and the worst in Jashin. Kudos and hats off to her. Nichika Omori as Yurine is also fine but seeing she voiced the super genki Asahi in Shichisei No Subaru which aired in the same season, it is hard to believe that she is the same seiyuu behind this sleepy and dreamy gothic girl. The only other seiyuu I recognized is Chiaki Omigawa as Minos. The rest of the other casts are Miyu Kubota as Medusa (Sophie in PriPara), Yurie Kozakai as Pekola, Natsuko Hara as Mei (Tokine in Nazotokine), Rico Sasaki as Poporon (Kyouko in Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Girls), Kazusa Aranami as Yusa (Fujiko in Dorei-ku The Animation) and Miko Terada as Koji. For those who don’t get that Koji Yusa joke, he is a seiyuu as he lends his voice as that demon goat with boobs.

The opening theme, Anoko Ni Drop Kick by Jashin Girls (basically by all the female characters in this series) is such an epic song. It seamlessly goes back and forth between this very devilish hard rock punk beat, an innocent children song and also an ordinary anime pop piece. You should hear the epic lyrics too. Definitely very befitting for this series as well as Jashin herself. The ending theme, Home Sweet Home by Yutarou Miura x Hyadain might not be so epic but it is also bizarre and catchy in its own right with its strange lyrics that fit the series so perfectly as well as its rock beat that sometimes remind me if this should be a Christmas song too. Seriously.

Overall, I really enjoyed this series as it is fun despite all the violent slapstick stupidity that has the internet divided into love and hate camps over this show. It isn’t definitely the most intelligent show out there seeing you have one of the dumbest demons who keep messing up and being violently owned by her human master. It isn’t a comedy gold masterpiece like say, Gintama because the latter is so long running filled with so many characters and other nice and silly stories that it is already so established. This series manages to do the necessary for the season and that is at least being funny and memorable. Unless you’re those kind of people who don’t know how to laugh then God help you. I love this series and hope it will get another season because nothing beats looking at how dumb devils can fail when they are supposed to torment humans. They better have another season or else I would have to summon Jashin to do a dropkick on you producers into forcing a sequel. And then we’ll have 100 more seasons right after that! But for now, looks like no Dropkick ATM. At. The. Moment. :’(.

Damn! Do we really need it again?! You know how annoying that Smartphone series was?! You know how much that sucked?! So why am I here again watching Hyakuren No Haou To Seiyaku No Valkyria?! So I can tell you how sh*t this show is with the use of Smartphone in another world! Even though they did not spam the use of the Smartphone or make it look like it is one of the greatest tools ever in this alternate era, it is still bad enough when you consider how out of place the Smartphone is. In an era or time without such technological advances, imagine how overpowered and invincible you are when you are armed with such devices. Yup, our main character is yet another generic guy from the current modern era to be mysteriously sent to another world and time (and becomes super non-generic). But don’t despair. Luckily he had his Smartphone with him. Otherwise, how else would he have survived the primitive lifestyle and at the same time introduced some new age ideas and technologies? And here is the best part: He can make calls to talk to his friend back in modern time!!!!! FFFFFFUUUUUU!!! Mind blowing. I guess that’s the only feature that was lacking in that ‘very hated’ Smartphone series… Hey, at least this guy here used his Smartphone to communicate. COMMUNICATE. Make calls! That’s what a handphone is supposed to be, people!

Episode 1
Yuuto Suou is the patriarch leader of the Wolf Clan as he employs the phalanx tactic to turn the tables on the Horn Clan. With archers targeting him, his sister, Felicia uses her whip ability to whip them away. Victory is sealed when his daughter, Siegrune captures the patriarch of the Horn Clan. They are surprised to see Linnea, a young girl as the Horn Clan’s patriarch. He offers her to be one of his children but of course she refuses. His last salvation is to be his sister which does not bind her to servitude. Refuse and he will have no choice but to burn down her village and kill her people. Linnea agrees to be his sister. After returning triumphant to his city, this part is where it gets mind boggling. At the top of the temple, Yuuto rushes to call his childhood friend, Mitsuki Shimoya!!! Holy sh*t!!! I don’t know what time era or world they are in but the reception is damn good. It seems she knows about his position and hopes he will find his way home soon. Yuuto narrates he is somewhere on Earth but in a different timeline. This is probably the tools used seemingly from the Bronze Age as well as the stars in the sky that resembles the northern hemisphere. Morning comes, a little potential fanservice with Felicia and Siegrune hinting about ‘washing a man’s pipes’ so as ‘not to let him go astray to evil women’. Luckily for him but too bad for us, he is more hungry for food than of the horny kind. He goes to see Ingrid to increase output of weapons since the Horn Clan will be part of the Wolf Clan. Later, Yuuto and Linnea perform the Chalice of Allegiance ritual to signify their bond. The oath of the chalice is more important and creates stronger ties than those of blood. Yuuto’s goal is to rid all opposition to Wolf Clan so he can have a peace of mind while finding a way home. Later Linnea begs to spare her people and offers her body but of course Yuuto isn’t a dick and promises not to harm them. However horrible news just in. Because of the Horn Clan’s recent defeat, the neighbouring Hoof Clan invaded their nation. Their force numbers around ten thousand. Some council members don’t think they should send reinforcements and should just make slaves out of those Horn Clan people. As expected, Yuuto gets mad and shuts them up. Because doing so would violate the oath they made and ruin their reputation. It’s decided. They’re going to war and save the Horn Clan.

Episode 2
Siegrune leads her unit to do lightning attacks on the Horn Clan’s camp before retreating. Thanks to this tactic that goes on for a few days, the Horn Clan barely has any good rest. So it is time for Yuuto and his main army to attack. As expected, the Horn Clan’s army is exhausted although they still press on with their numbers. The Horn Clan’s patriarch, Yngvi notices a flaw in the Wolf Clan’s phalanx strategy. The flank is left unguarded so he uses his chance to attack it. Wow. Wolf Clan already starting to lose morale when Yngvi starts barging in like a raging bull. Apparently this is all part of Yuuto’s plan. The enemy will notice the weakness and will take action. This is to draw out Yngvi and isolate him so that he could face off with Siegrune. When both warriors clash, it seems Siegrune has the upper hand. Because she has a Japanese katana! OMG! Japanese steel stronger than your puny iron knife! Yngvi is cut down but has no regrets over losing to the stronger warrior. With that, it is victory for the Wolf Clan. Now we can rest with some fanservice as the ladies get into the bath with Yuuto. But what’s this? Linnea boldly asking Yuuto to marry him?! Hold on. The real battle starts now! Felicia tells her the proper procedure of doing things first. Uhm, washing a man’s back? Now they’re fighting over to wash his back. Later they talk to her and want her to spill the truth. Because Linnea wanting Yuuto to become the Horn Clan’s patriarch is too good of a deal. It seems in this world, the patriarch is chosen via merit as hereditary ones will lead to ruin. Yup, Linnea is a hereditary patriarch. Her father loved her so much that he installed her as his heir. She too loved her father and people and wanted to be a patriarch to protect them. But seeing she is weak, she wants Yuuto who is the right man to lead the Horn Clan. Of course they can’t decide this and will have to consult the council. Later as Felicia talks alone to Yuuto, she imagines him taking over the Horn Clan in which he will be one step closer to becoming ruler of Alfheim. She supports his marriage to Linnea because she knows he is trying to return to his world. In this marriage, he’ll have to go to wars and hence stay around. Yuuto appreciates Felicia for being by his side for 2 years and considers her his best friend. Just friends? Nevertheless Felicia is happy and changes her mind to stop this wedding.

Episode 3
What’s this? Lesbian fanservice with sisters Christina and Albertina?! Oh yeah. For whatever reasons dumb Albertina decided to agree and absorb sneaky Christina’s cold. Steinthor, the patriarch of the Lightning Clan pays a visit to Yuuto. He earns Yuuto’s ire when he harasses and mocks everyone who gets in his way since his entrance was deemed rude enough. Until Yuuto had to put on that angry face that hints don’t mess with my harem you dumb f*ck. Steinthor just says hi to him and leaves. Later Yuuto gets lectured by Mitsuki for not calling for 3 weeks (since he rushed off to fight against the Hoof Clan). Yeah. No excuse. So freaking great reception and he can’t be bothered to contact her? No wonder Mitsuki is crying. So glad big brother is still alive. Yuuto and Felicia walk through town and see its somewhat booming economy. Felicia credits Yuuto for ‘inventing’ paper although he claims he ‘cheated’. But in this age, there is also the slave trade. Hence kind Yuuto buys a mother and her young daughter for their freedom. Christina and Albertina saw this so they request an audience with Yuuto, claiming they are envoys from the Claw Clan. Suddenly they ask him to marry them! WTF?! Is Yuuto’s harem growing at a lightning pace?! With Yuuto rejecting them, we see the sisters arguing over this but this affirms Christina as the sneaky and smart one while Albertina the dumb and gullible one. They add that they are daughters of the Claw Clan’s patriarch and were sent by their father to be his wives. Yuuto can’t simply dismiss them as it seems Christina has very good intelligence and knows a lot of secret stuffs Yuuto did. Or maybe she has good hearing. Christina then reveals all this was just to test Yuuto and she is not disappointed. They want him to be their father under the oath but Yuuto wants them to bring him something to prove themselves.

Episode 4
Sorry Linnea. We interrupt your dreams of making out with Yuuto because the gang needs to prepare to head to Gimle. With the sisters’ wind powers, Yuuto’s carriage is able to get there in not time. Then the real battle over Yuuto’s bride begins. But thankfully they have to attend to the people of Gimle so the fight is put on hold for now. That night, Linnea attempts to make her horny dream come true by stripping naked and trying to make out with Yuuto! Good thing or not, Mitsuki’s face flashed before his eyes so he rejects her that he can’t even marry her! He claims he has someone else he loves. He also goes on to explain he is from a different world, perhaps thousands of years in the future as well as himself as being a failure many times over. So his lesson to her is that not to give up just because of a single failure because steels is tempered a hundred times. Thanks to that, Linnea won’t give up and bugs him for marriage. What a way to backfire. Sorry to interrupt this again but the others bring news that the Lightning Clan is preparing to wage a war. So as they discuss their next move, Christina suggests sending the sisters to spy on the Lightning Clan and obtain some information. Christina demonstrates by having Albertina using her super fast stealth moves. She is very fit for an assassination job. They will accomplish this mission and in exchange earn their right to the oath. Yuuto learns from his mistake and calls Mitsuki the battle he is going to go into. Then he returns to discuss tactics against the Lightning Clan. Unfortunately even for Siegrune, she feels she is not powerful enough to stand up against Steinthor. His subjects tell of stories how Steinthor manages to defeat large numbers of armies all by himself even before becoming a patriarch. However Yuuto brushes this off as a fool’s bravery since he relies only on brute force. Hence he believes the Wolf Clan cannot lose to someone like that.

Episode 5
The war begins as the Wolf Clan gets off to a good advantage as they use modern era crossbow and the phalanx strategy. Yuuto finds it strange that fighting them is somewhat easier than the Hoof Clan since the Lightning Clan army feels a lot less organized. When Siegrune and her unit goes in to defend the phalanx’s flank, that is when Steinthor barges in to fight her. Not even Siegrune could stand up to his mighty hammer so she makes a wise decision to retreat. Steinthor than clashes with another of Yuuto’s sons, Scarfior but the latter prefers not to fight him now and distracts the Lightning Clan army to collect precious metal laying on the battlefield. Some army as they don’t even listen to their high commander. Steinthor is advised to rest and treat his wounds. But after that, he finds that one of his great strategist got killed. He gets mad and returns to battle. Again he faces off with Scarfior but once more he parries his attacks enough to escape across the river. Steinthor orders his men to chase the retreating Wolf Clan across the river. Steinthor might be able to deflect arrows and cross it by himself but it’s not so lucky for his army. Steinthor fights against a few best warriors of Wolf Clan and even though their combined might cannot defeat him, all this is just part of Yuuto’s strategy to stall him. Because the time is right now for the river to flood and wash away the Lightning Clan! Previously, Yuuto had Linnea and the Gimle townsfolk build a damn up north of the river. With the river’s overflowing power, it eventually bursts the dam. Man, I must say it is a brilliant strategy but the problem was the timing was just too perfect! Too convenient! But of course Steinthor survives this and just has some broken bones. Back at the temple, Yuuto calls Mitsuki but she doesn’t want to hear his amazing heroic exploits. When is he coming home? Not sure. Don’t know how. But once the Wolf Clan becomes more powerful, he will be able to do more research in more places. So hang in there. It’s not like she has to wait thousands of years, right? Oh wait…

Episode 6
Yuuto teaches Ingrid how to make glasses. The close proximity is having her imagine all sorts of unholy things. To appreciate Yuuto’s talents and success, Jorgen suggests having him relaxed at a hotspring. It will also be a good opportunity for the ladies to get closer to him, if you know what I mean. And I have this feeling that Yuuto isn’t going to get his much needed rest as the girls come bug him in the hotspring as well as washing his body. Damn, Siegrune licking his feet?! Nose bleed incoming! Even after they get lectured, the girls give excuse they are doing this because he will be gone one day and want to repay him. He got careless to give them permission to do whatever they want because now they’re going to give him a massage… Damn this is going to look like gang rape… Back home, Ingrid forges a replacement sword for Siegrune that she lost during her battle with Steinthor. However she feels unsatisfied because it was not done by Yuuto. But lucky for her, Yuuto found and bought it back from a merchant who happened to stumble upon it. I wonder if it is too early to consider Epheria (the young daughter of the slave duo he bought) to be part of Yuuto’s harem. We see her trying to serve him normally but is clumsy. But of course Yuuto is such a kind guy and won’t harm her for such harmless mistakes. When he notices Epheria could read, this gives him an idea to educate all youngsters of the Wolf Clan. For free! They will pay for the buildings and whatever materials needed for education. They have enough wealth from the sale of glasses. This is a good investment for the Wolf Clan’s future by developing their own talented people. Although this idea is great, Felicia is worried because this is a sign that he is planning for what will happen when he is gone.

Episode 7
Flashback shows the former patriarch of the Wolf Clan blamed his aging for their failures and with the recent hard fought victory over the Claw Clan, he decides to pass on the patriarchy to Yuuto. Of course he protests as he wants to go home. But his brother, Loptr thinks it is all an act and is jealous of Yuuto stealing his dream. He tried to kill him but father protected Yuuto. Loptr fled in his fear. Father’s last dying words were if Yuuto goes home, he wants him to make Loptr his successor. Sighs. If only those kids let the old man finished his words. Now, Yuuto receives word that the Panther Clan has conquered the Hoof Clan. It is rumoured they used modern technology and Yuuto fears they have Loptr on their side since his rune allows copying techniques. Oh, Felicia now tells him she received a letter (in stone) 2 weeks ago from Loptr that he is the Panther Clan’s patriarch and wants her to come join him. Now you only say this?! Yuuto tries to act like he doesn’t know this and has Felicia write a fake letter to him. Too bad he can tell it is fake and invades the next area. No choice, Yuuto takes his army to go fight back. They are able to hold their ground against the advance unit but the real battle comes when Loptr joins in with his main army. Because both ex-brothers know each other, they try to outdo the other by thinking what they’ll do. Like Loptr surrounding Yuuto’s camp with his numbers. But Yuuto reveals a secret weapon. Actually, an iron wall! They can shoot arrows from behind without worries. With the Panther Clan’s casualties rising, Loptr won’t give up and wants his aide, Sigyn to use her power. It involves having Yuuto experience some weird hypnotizing thingy and their soldiers turn into fearless zombies as they ram through the iron walls. With Loptr facing off Yuuto, Felicia comes to his defence. Loptr even tries to kill her but Yuuto protects her. Finally when Siegrune arrives on a camel, Loptr’s horse starts acting up. Even the enemy horses start running away. No choice, Loptr retreats. It seems horses can’t stand the smell of camels. This explains why Siegrune is late but she’s the only camel I see around. It’s not like she brought an entire fleet of them. Is the camel that smelly? If so, why can humans stand it? Damn, plot convenience for our Wolf Clan to rest.

Episode 8
It’s so cold but thank goodness for the invention of… Kotatsu! Yuuto notices something strange about Epheria. So when he peeks at her at school, he realizes she is being ignored. A form of bullying. But don’t worry, Christina has a plan. With her sister, they infiltrate as students. Of course Christina doesn’t hesitate to make fun of dumb Albertina in front of everyone. Christina soon reports there is a queen in class and she is making everyone ignore Epheria. Apparently this was Yuuto’s fault. When she brought her to school, he showed too much affection for her and thus making the queen jealous. Christina’s plan is to become the new queen and change Epheria’s status. Soon we see the power shift as Christina is more popular and the (former) queen is now ignored. When all is invited to the hotspring, Epheria invites her as well. Friendship saved. Yuuto calls Mitsuki and they hint us the period Yuuto is in is before Jesus’ birth because no Christmas and hence no presents. So is Yuuto going to invent Christmas???!!! NO WAY!!! Anyway, Ingrid is mad at Yuuto. Apparently he is supposed to spend the day with her in the smithy but he forgot. Now you remember? First he has to shrug off the other girls who are interested to join in. Ingrid soon learns Yuuto wants her to teach him how to make items so he can give them as presents to other women. Grrr… No wonder she is so mad. She tries to seduce him in the meantime but to no avail. In the end when she thinks she has got his attention, Yuuto lectures her about how to be a proper woman instead of you know, trying to get her boobs this close to his face or something. That’s it. Patriarch or not, she hits him! OMG! Next morning, she ignores him but apparently he crafted a necklace for her as apology. More flattering words that she is pretty, etc. Well, all is forgiven. He is sure she can attract more men but there is only one guy she is ever interested in… Guess who? Meanwhile, Loptr agrees to enter an oath with the Lightning Clan. He is fine they are brothers on equal footing as he has had it with younger brothers. With the Lightning Clan and Panther Clan joining forces, they plan to get rid of Yuuto and his Wolf Clan.

Episode 9
Time to take a detour to the real world. Uhm we’re starting off with Mitsuki’s boobs being fondled by Ruri? It seems she also knows about Yuuto being sent back to the past and teases Mitsuki about dating him. Yeah, she’ll do that when he returns. Whenever that is. Ruri invites her to spend New Year’s Day at her place. That’s because she introduces her to her cousin, Saya Takao who is interested to hear about this story. From what Mitsuki says, a lot doesn’t follow the Norse mythology while some are curiously almost similar. In the end, she believes Yuuto is the Surtr in the Ragnarok legend and Mitsuki’s surname is similar to Sinmara, Surtr’s wife. I don’t know, but why is Mitsuki experiencing panic attacks each time Saya explains? And the worse panic attack comes when she realizes at the end of the mythology, they are all killed. Well, let’s hope they don’t follow the mythology 100%. Back to Yuuto, he sounds like a stalker as he can’t get through Mitsuki. He talks to Scarfior and feels guilty about the recent loss to Panther Clan. But without his guidance, he believes the Wolf Clan would have even more casualties. Yuuto hopes he can look out for Siegrun because he views her as the only one who can take down Loptr. Later Yuuto manages to get through to Mitsuki as she tells him about the Norse mythology she was told, albeit not much. Looks like more research needs to be done so stay tuned. Yuuto turns into a jealous guy learning she went to a friend’s house. Thank goodness she is a girl, right? Even more so he wants to know if Ruri’s cousin is a boy! Heck, Mitsuki can’t even tell him the most important thing because he is so pushy of wanting to know if Saya is boy or girl! Like, WTF???!!! He deserved to be called baka. Baka! Baka! BAKA!!! Yuuto leaves and stumbles into a commotion in some bar. To his shock, the female before him looks like Mitsuki!

Episode 10
She is actually Leafa, a princess of Jarl Clan. Looks like she is going to stay at Yuuto’s place. And all his harem mistakes her as Mitsuki. Wow. They really know how his true love looks like. Because not everyone can enter the workshop, Leafa makes a fuss. Luckily Yuuto didn’t give in to her feminine wiles. She learns Yuuto came to this world after looking into a holy mirror made out of elven copper and it activated when Felicia was doing a ritual at the same time. Leafa gives hope that there is such an elven copper mirror in this world too but will only tell after lunch. Yuuto treats her to hamburgers? The talk distracts about Leafa being a magic user. Because Yuuto is sceptical, she demonstrates by paralyzing him. As 2 runes appear on Leafa, Felicia recognizes the only other person who can do this, the divine emperor Sigrdrifa. So this is Leafa’s true identity? Unfortunately this magic about being internal and external, Leafa is good at the former but sucks at the former and needs somebody else to break the spell on him. The only one who can break any spell is Sigyn. Or he can wait a week until the spell wears off. Later Yuuto calls Mitsuki and tells her about Leafa as well as the new hope of being able to come back. A spell named Fimbulvetr just needs to be cast on him. The problem is, Sigyn can do it. Mitsuki’s suggestion: Find somebody else. You mean Yuuto did not think about this and sounds so happy to hear this suggestion? Or did Mitsuki not hear him say she is the only person, ONLY person who can do so. We take a detour with Yuuto celebrating New Year with his harem. As usual, they all got drunk and start stripping for him. Time to go to war as news of Steinthor leading his Lightning Clan to attack them again. So to thank Yuuto’s hospitality, Leafa kisses him. It’s a good luck kiss. No complaints, right? Back to the battle, Steinthor stuns everyone when he uses his iron umbrella to deflect the arrows. He throws it back at their barrier to break an opening for his army to break through. Wolf Clan is weakening so Yuuto sets in motion an encircling tactic. Steinthor knows what he is doing and plans a retreat. However going back means more will die and the only way through is forward (there will be casualties albeit lesser). Steinthor stays back to fight Siegrune who is joined by Scarfior. Steinthor is so powerful that he almost kills Siegrune. Scarfior protects her but gets flung off the cliff! Yuuto thought it is Wolf Clan’s victory but I guess he didn’t see this one coming because Loptr and his Panther Clan are coming in to attack with their 10,000 strong army.

Episode 11
With the Panther Clan and Lightning Clan joining forces, the only option left for Yuuto is to retreat. However… He won’t because he won’t abandon his family. The reason is if they run, they will eventually be swarmed and the entire Wolf Clan will be enslaved. Also, his Smartphone isn’t giving him any further ‘cheats’. Yuuto’s idea is to head down to the frontlines and boost his troops’ morale. This is the reason why Lightning Clan is always high on morale because Steinthor is always down on the ground with them. And with that appearance, the soldiers have their morale boost so high that they fight back. Yeah, they should carry a picture of Yuuto with them. Well, if pictures are invented then. The revitalized Wolf Clan now push back their enemies. We switch the Steinthor’s fight with Siegrune. He is bored with her since she is weak (although on the verge of defeat, she still gets back up to fight). He wants to go fight Yuuto but Siegrune manages to convince him he hasn’t seen all she has to offer yet. And so this is her incredulous winning move. Steinthor strikes her sword away. But it spins so far and long in the air that he forgot it will land. Her sword then lands. She picks it up and slices his gut. WTF???!!! Because of how satisfied he is, he calls for his troops to retreat. More good news as Scarfior is found still alive at the bottom of the cliff. Don’t worry. It must have been a very short cliff. Loptr again isn’t pleased he is inferior to Yuuto. So desperate he is going to fight him now. Well, you want something done, better do it yourself. With Sigyn using her spell to let all soldiers ignore Loptr and pave a way through, Loptr shows us his evil side so that we could hate him as he attacks Felicia who protects Yuuto. And when the men begin to fight, Yuuto just rams into him and Loptr passes out!!!! WTF????!!! THIS GUY IS FREAKING WEAK???!!! But it’s not over yet. Sigyn’s spell now overwhelms Yuuto. Oh no. He is disappearing! Yuuto’s thoughts: Here, Felicia. Take my Smartphone. Bye. Vanished. Hope she knows how to use it. Mitsuki returns home and sees a bright flash from her room. Why, it’s Yuuto!

Episode 12
Natural for both of them to be suspicious at first. But they’re the real deal. Yuuto quickly asks to borrow her Smartphone to call his. No reception. But of course. Meanwhile, Loptr isn’t pleased Yuuto is gone because he wanted to kill him. I thought you want him gone and this is as good as being dead? Yuuto’s disappearance becomes a rife rumour as many are not sure if he died or really just disappeared. Word of it reaches Linnea late and she cannot believe her ears. I guess that’s what happened when you don’t have a Smartphone for the latest news. With Yuuto gone, the Panther Clan and Lightning Clan take this chance to attack the Wolf Clan. Christina talks to Leafa about summoning Yuuto back. As Leafa is as powerful as Sigyn, she can do so but it all depends whether or not Yuuto wants to or not. Meanwhile Yuuto and Mitsuki are out dating. Gotta catch up all those missing years. But you can tell the worried looks on Yuuto’s face that he is itching to go back. And then a call from Yuuto’s phone! Not sure if Ingrid turned into a tech wizard but she managed to get the line through. Yuuto speaks to Felicia as she updates him they lost several places and men. Yuuto is glad they’re still alive especially Siegrune who led the battlefront. She tells him about the possibility of returning but also cautions him. Whatever decisions he makes, they will respect it. Once they hang up, tough act is over, back to crying. He better make the right choice, huh? Mitsuki knows what he wants so she sets up just like the events of that fateful day for him to return. She is okay for him to return. Because she wants to come along too. So Yuuto is okay going back alone but not with her? Oh, now he brings up her friends and family. What about himself? He tries to make it sound scary she cannot come back or see them again but you know what? This is where the cheesy power of love comes in. Even though the past has no electricity or internet, as long as she has him, she will be alright! OMFG! Why does this feel like a longwinded attempt for her to confess to him? So his reply? If she is coming with him, he wants to make her his wife. You mean Mitsuki didn’t think this far and looking this shock? Why do I feel this longwinded drama is for this next scene? With her agreeing, they ‘solemnize’ their love with a kiss under the moon. Come to think of it, I suppose there are no martial restrictions back there. And so Yuuto returns as the glorious patriarch of Wolf Clan. Mitsuki is here too. Leafa sees her ‘clone’ for the first time. No b*tch fight. Everybody is so glad to have him back.

Valkyria Chronicles: The Master Of Shag-A-Lot And Blesser Of Ein-Harem-Jar
OMG. I don’t know whether I am supposed to be happy or sad. Excited or disappointed. Most likely it is the latter. Because it is unbelievable the duo pulled off an Inu Yasha style ending. You know, f*ck the current modern era and go live back in the ancient past. Happily ever after. After all, Yuuto has got his harem back there and now with Mitsuki as his wife, the more the merrier. No stupid legal laws regarding relationship because since Yuuto is the big father, he is the law! He makes the law! Haha! Now I see why the past is so much fun. And because no internet, no social media sites that would just bring all sorts of twisted love you see happening today. OMG. I have to admit it. Taking account the long run of everything, Yuuto and Mitsuki did make the right choice to abandon the present to go back to the past! So are they fulfilling the prophecy of Ragnarok? Only time will tell.

Well, this isn’t so bad as that Smartphone series although it is still pretty bad. Perhaps it doesn’t suck as bad is because he did not excessively use his Smartphone. Maybe he does but it is not shown to us. I think it will make us hate any more future shows that will utilize the Smartphone and make the protagonist look like a overpowered protagonist when all he did was just use the app and go onto the internet and search for stuffs. Really. That is all Yuuto did to gain an advantage. Oh yeah. Google had all the answers to all his war strategies but nothing pertaining to how the f*ck he should get back to his original era. Come on, Google! Buck up!

But it is nice to know and perhaps the only most interesting segment of the series is the mid-intermission. While the first part has a long narration and excerpt for the featured character, the second part describes some of the more interesting things featured in the episode such as war strategies or historical items and systems. It is a bit long to read (the explanations covering half the screen) but I guess they provide some interesting enlightenment to those like yours truly who knows nothing about everything. Sure, I can Google them if I want to but I’m just too lazy… And after I read them, I forget…

Of course everybody would agree with me is how the Smartphone is incredibly used to call Mitsuki. In real time! Holy sh*t! Even today’s technology of live video conferencing and streaming is still shaky. Okay, much better than in the last decade but still, for Yuuto to have perfect reception and to hold a perfectly uninterrupted (until battery life is low) with Mitsuki just shows you how blatant the series wants to insult us. I know we all noticed that Yuuto could only make the call at a very specific place and at a very specific time but the idea of him being able to update Mitsuki like that is absolutely ludicrous. Hey, on the bright side, at least he is using the phone TO TALK AND COMMUNICATE. Then again, this leads to the question of why didn’t he just update and post on Facebook or Twitter or his whatever social media account. Oh right. Specific time and place. If that’s the case, might as well talk to his one true love because he is so homesick to hear her voice. Cheesy…

This is another mind boggling question that bugged me throughout the series. It is stated that Yuuto went back to the past. Doesn’t this mean that all his actions would have changed the future?! Why don’t we read of Yuuto’s exploits and heroics in history books then?! Why is Yuuto not ‘famous’ at least for those who studied Norse history. If they say that Yuuto went to another parallel world or time, I guess that it is okay and just passable (although still crap). But since they stated he went back to the past, you would think that Mitsuki and other Japanese students would have learnt about the great Japanese guy’s feats on a foreign soil long ago. Nope. No such history recorded in the books. And if Yuuto had introduced so many inventions (I would prefer the term of stealing and plagiarising), why isn’t Yuuto credited as the founder or creator of those? Funny, right? So he definitely can’t be in the past. Because I also believe in the past there are no such sexy babes to form such harem for a foreigner guy too.

And gee, Yuuto might not be an expert in telling the constellations and the stars but at least he could have Google it. What I mean is that there was one point early in the anime in which Yuuto was talking to Mitsuki so as to tell us viewers he is stuck in the past. Hence the stars are an excuse because they look familiar to the real world but he couldn’t pinpoint it where. Hey. It’s not like the last few thousand years the stars in the sky changed their positions dramatically, right? So shouldn’t he be able to do a bit of research to at least give him an idea where he is? Such lazy excuse…

Because the past is based on Norse mythology, one of the annoying things I find watching the series is the pronunciation and the spelling of the names of the characters. You know, Norse culture have their own handwriting. Therefore when those odd alphabets start to pop up onscreen, I was like “What the heck are those letters?! I can’t f*cking read them?!”. Thankfully they are pronounced. But again, they aren’t pronounced even close to the letters they are spelled. They don’t even add up. Because of that, I was having a hard time identifying those characters and I’m like, who again? Yeah, I know I should do at least a bit of research on those Norse alphabets but I blame being too lazy after watching this series.

It goes to show you that nobody really cares about Yuuto’s disappearance. I mean, does his family, friends or school even bother to put up some sort of notice that he went missing for some time? Even odder, why the f*ck is he only updating Mitsuki and why did she not tell everyone else? Sure, she did tell her friend and her so called history expert cousin but looks like they weren’t needed after all. So sorry your appearances were a waste. Too bad Mitsuki rather be with her love than you guys. At least she decided. Even more mind boggling when Yuuto returned temporarily, you see them going around living their ordinary lives. The rate at which Yuuto vanished to the past would have attracted headlines and the media frenzy. Him coming back with not so much as a single f*cks given shows that nobody cares or even knows! This is just so ridiculous. And now that they both have gone back, you think Mitsuki’s parents have a say in this? I’m sure she isn’t an orphan because she lives in a decent home, right? So in the extreme case that Mitsuki’s parents and friends gave her their blessing because of that I-want-you-to-be-happy crap reason, it still doesn’t change the fact that the whole world doesn’t care. Hmm… Maybe those are the sentiments of us outsiders watching this series. Okay. Got it.

On a trivial note, I want to point out the different clan names in this series. While some sound okay and passably majestic like the Wolf Clan because you know, main character’s group. Lightning Clan and Panther Clan also sound reasonable. But Hoof Clan? Hoof as in being trampled and run over? No wonder they were defeated. I mean whoever was the founder and patriarch didn’t manage to come up with a better name than this?! Same case for Horn Clan. I mean, why horn of all things? Were they meant to be shoehorned into the story or something? I have yet to come across the Tail Clan (so they can run away with their tail between their legs) or the Ass Clan (special skills include shooting at enemies with their fire powered diarrhoea) or the Water Flea Clan (small and annoying at its best). Yeah, those would be so epic… I don’t know how they pick the name of their clan because they don’t even show the slightest exhibit of that name. There are no wolves in Wolf Clan…

Let me go over the characters quickly then. Cliché and nothing exciting. All has been done and tested in many other animes before. Do I need to remind you how Yuuto fits into almost every trope of being a main character? Japanese dude. Check. From the present time. Check. Super high heroic qualities of never abandoning his family. Check. Harem. A must. Check. And not forgetting his ever useful ‘cheat device’, his Smartphone. Check. List complete. Well, the only thing that makes him different than every other characters of this genre who is trapped in some place other than their original place is that he is able to return home! That dude in Overlord is still trapped there and is continuing to run his band of evil floor guardians. The bunch of guys in Log Horizon are still lost over the horizon. And that programmer in Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousokyoku continues to live in that other world. Wow, Yuuto. You really came back. But he isn’t the first because Kirito from Sword Art Online also did it.

The rest of Yuuto’s harem of ‘sisters’ and ‘daughters’ feel like an excuse why this series is to be made and to proceed. Because other than Yuuto engaging in subjugation or defending wars against other clans, what else has the patriarch of the Wolf Clan got to do in his free time but his harem bugging him? So we have Felicia who seems as the closest to be his number one because of their proximity all the time. She tries to flirt with him in hopes of awakening his horny side but too bad for her, Yuuto isn’t that kind of guy.

Then there is Siegrune as the, uhm, honourable one. The sisters of Albertina and Christina are obviously created as comic relief characters and they can become very annoying with scheming Christina taking full advantage of her dumb retarded sister because she gets her kicks to see Albertina squeal due to her being so gullible. Ingrid feels like the backup character and kind who is the dark horse of the harem. The one who isn’t in the front running for the main character’s affections but if the rest fails, she’ll gladly be there to take their spot. I feel Linnea is a bit redundant. After becoming Yuuto’s sister, a few episodes of her trying to be his wife, and then the final stretch of the season, she falls off the radar. It’s like she doesn’t matter anymore. Same case for Epheria. But I feel she isn’t in the running to be part of Yuuto’s harem and she looks up to him as a fatherly figure than a lover. Last and not least, Mitsuki. Is there a girl ever so patient to wait for her man’s return even if it means never returning? Ah, such true love. Now it pays off. She is now his wife. And Leafa being a Mitsuki look-a-like, I can see that her only role was to bring Yuuto back. That’s all. Otherwise she is pretty much a redundant character.

The bad guys and so called antagonists of the series also feel one-dimensional. I guess in this era of strife, there is no Facebook and internet, hence nothing else better to do than to fight wars and conquer lands. Steinthor just likes to fight and it’s like his pastime while Loptr is driven by childish jealousy revenge over Yuuto. Because nothing speaks like getting even with your former brother by becoming the patriarch of another clan to take down your former clan. WTF. And Sigyn is like the exotic belly dance this anime needs because she can dance you into trance and cast whatever spells on you. Like transport Yuuto back to his original time. Such plot convenience. Should have done that a long time ago if Loptr really intended to get rid of him. Now that Yuuto is back, they can take their time doing skirmishes. Hey, it’s a way of life then.

The fight scenes aren’t so spectacular. Just mediocre. Sure, there are some interesting war strategies in place but those are just mentioned and then executed quickly before everything descends into some big brawl or the big wigs fight against each other. But even that isn’t exciting. Like Siegrune versus Steinthor it’s just so mediocre… Just swing your Japanese sword, lady! Just swing your big hammer, arrogant guy! And for the rest of you small fries, the one with the better determination to die for your patriarch lives! Or see a formation of soldiers, just charge in and disrupt their structure! With so many soldiers dying in the battlefield, it makes me wonder if this era will run out of men and humans will go extinct. If I want to take into account that past-future thingy how if your ancestors die, you will not be born in the future, hence affecting the path of the future timeline, I think I’m going to end up with a lot of headache so better not go there.

Art and animation feel just average. But it could be just me because the look of the characters I feel they should belong and fit better to a visual novel instead. I tend to notice that at some points the animation feels low quality especially during the battle scenes. Like as though they want to get over this fast. And the other odd thing is how all the normal foot soldiers from all the clans look like your typical scrawny uncle and famer guy. I mean, I don’t expect all the men to have that buffed up Sparta feel but it feels like as though they are just picked out from their village to be enlisted. Just don the helmet and armour, off you go to the frontlines. As for the guys serving as brothers under the patriarch, why do some of them look like malnourished? Like, Scarfior. I thought he was a drug addict or something. No, seriously. Only Yuuto, Loptr and Steinthor have this Japanese anime style look for guys. This series is done by EMT2 who brought us Kuma Miko, Renai Boukun, Alice Or Alice and Urahara.

Voice acting wise, I only recognize Aoi Yuuki and Ayana Taketatsu as Albertina and Christina respectively as well as Kouji Yusa as Loptr and Eri Kitamura as Saya. Ah, I guess one of my biggest ‘relief’ is to find Aoi Yuuki to voice in her cute squeaky trademark voice the way I always recognize and prefer her as. Ever since that, wait for it, Aho Girl thingy that I very often blamed, this kind of voice seems to be getting rarer and rarer. The other casts are Koudai Sakai as Yuuto (Mitsumune in Mayoiga), Rie Suegara as Felicia (Emily in Harukana Receive), Arisa Date as Siegrune (Narumi in Wotaku Ni Koi Wa Muzukashii), Kanon Takao as Linnea (Yuu in Ani Tore), Maki Kawase as Ingrid (El Hoshino in Hisone To Masotan), Aoyama Yoshino as Epheria (Guri in Renai Boukun), Lynn as Sigyn (Asahi in Mahou Shoujo Site), Atsushi Tamaru as Steinthor (Ayato in Gakusen Toshi Asterisk), Aya Uchida as Mitsuki (Kaede in YuruYuri) and Rika Tachibana as Leafa (Reiko in Shomin Sample).

The opening theme is Brightway by Aya Uchida. Typical generic lively anime pop. I suppose it is rather okay for this kind of series but I didn’t pay much attention to it since I didn’t find it appealing. With Aoi Yuuki and Ayana Taketatsu making their appearance, of course we have to utilize Petit Milady. They sing the very girly ending theme, Sekaichuu Ga Koi Wo Suru Yoru. But the ending credits animation might be able to distract you with its kaleidoscope visuals and naked girls lying around wearing only bed sheets to cover their modesty. WTF…

Overall, this series is still bad. It might not feel as bad as that Smartphone one because perhaps we are already immune. We have come to expect the disappointment and it delivered as we expected. So can we all agree now that shows using Smartphones to make overpowered characters are disasters in the making and waiting to happen? If you don’t want to be disappointed with this kind of genre already, you better stay way clear. Deploy the tactic of run and retreat. It will save you millions of brains cells from dying while trying to defend your sanity from the onslaught of absurdity. Oh, one more last thing to ponder. Shouldn’t Yuuto take a selfie of himself in the past? I’m sure it will garner a lot of likes over social media, gain a lot of media attention and if Yuuto ever decides he is bored with the past life and finally wants to return, he will be greeted with a warm and rousing hero’s welcome. All hail the Smartphone! The true master and blesser of the all time, past, present and future.

Anime Suggestion Box

November 9, 2018

I’m running out of suggestions on what to put for my variety blog. Any suggestions? Put up a suggestion box and gather suggestions from fans, you say? Great idea! Now I know just the topic for my next blog. Suggestion box! When you are stuck in creativity, the good ol’ suggestion box and opinions from others are always very much welcomed and needed especially when you need to come up with something and can’t do it alone. And so listed below are the animes that use suggestion box for whatever reasons, even if those helpful little box of ‘gathered ideas’ just makes a small cameo appearance and do not make any great deal of impact in the overall series. But remember, no suggestion is ever too small not to be considered. But nobody said how silly it could be.

Anime: Medaka Box.
Usage: Students can submit their problems that need to be solved. And the student council will see to your request being solved no matter what.
Thoughts: Probably the most famous among the suggestion boxes in anime. Yeah, Google this and you’ll find that a big majority of search results will point to this anime. I guess it is a good thing that the newly elected student council president wants to improve the school. No request is too small or too big for her to take on. Ironically, the role of the suggestion box diminishes in the second season whereby the plot shifts into the halting of the Flask Plan.

Anime: YuruYuri.
Usage: Random and wacky ideas go in here if you are bored or unsure in picking what to do next.
Thoughts: More like slut box. Whoops! At first started out as a suggestion about Akari’s noticeability but slowly it morphs into many other usages like selecting a partner for Christmas. With so many written topics seen struck out on this lottery box from time to time, you can slowly tell it is going to be the running joke of the series. What a useful and resourceful box, not to mention its ‘recycling’ worth.

Anime: Seitokai Yakuindomo.
Usage: For students who want to submit improvements for the school as well as complaints and polls.
Thoughts: The only reason why the suggestion box was put here despite its limited appearance is to assist in making more sex jokes! Yup, not even this box is spared from it when its hole design is shaped like a vagina! And at times, the box will be filled to the brim with students stuffing their suggestions when several ‘favourable’ events are at hand (I can think of something ‘dirty’ when you stuff the suggestion box like that).

Anime: Azumanga Daioh.
Usage: Suggestions for what the class is to do for the cultural festival.
Thoughts: Don’t want to do your conventional café or haunted house for the festival? Then put in a comment box to get ideas from others. And no, Tomo. You’re supposed to put forth your ideas and this is not some sort of legendary box where you can drop your 5 Yen. Oh, by the way, they ended up doing some stuffed animals exhibition. Thank goodness…

Anime: Love Lab.
Usage: When you have questions about love but are too shy to say it even to your ‘consultants’, drop a question in the suggestion box and your love problems will be over. I hope.
Thoughts: An ingenious way to help your fellow girls with love issues without getting the attention of the teachers. What’s more, in a school that is supposed to be known for its prestige and excellence. It goes to show that even if you’re seemingly a perfect, smart and elegant lady, you’re still a normal girl who want to fall in love just like anybody else.

Anime: Jinsei.
Usage: Anything in life bothering you? Just drop a question in and the ‘life advisors’ will gladly answer them in due time.
Thoughts: Actually the ‘role’ of this suggestion box differs slightly from the rest. While it is still mainly to receive questions from students, the suggestion box becomes the main focus when somebody sets fire onto it! Now it is up to our life advisors to play detective to find out who and why their poor submission box is burnt to a crisp. But that still didn’t stop them from trying to answer letters in the box that are partially burnt. Good luck deciphering what the letters say…

Anime: Danna Ga Nani Wo Itteiru Ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Suru-me.
Usage: To pick a name for your unborn child.
Thoughts: This way I suppose would help settle the feud between the new parents when they can’t agree to each other’s name list. Let this be the final answer instead and bury all your doubts behind after this. And what a beautiful name it is drawn from the ballot, Sayoko.

Anime: Inou Battle Wa Nichijou-kei No Naka De.
Usage: To pick what cosplay outfits to wear.
Thoughts: Only making a single cameo appearance whereby it is part of Andou’s idea to use Chifuyu’s power to cosplay. The catch is you don’t cosplay what you want to but instead you pick up a randomly written idea and don that suggestion. Andou the maid…

Anime: Love Live.
Usage: If you can’t think of a name of a group among yourselves, what better way than to put a suggestion box for others to come up with.
Thoughts: If you think coming up with a band is hard, wait till you have to sit down and come up with a band name. This is the case for Honoka who intended to save the school via her idol plan. They might have great voice, singing and dancing abilities but they suck in coming up with names. Instead of becoming the butt of jokes with their joker-like names, it is a good thing this survey box came in handy. And a single Greek alphabet was all it took to give the new idol unit a name.

Got A Better Idea?
That is all the animes that I can find having a suggestion box (or whatever name they call it in the anime) but I am sure that this list is not meant to be exhaustive as I believe there are more cameos of suggestion boxes in animes out there. So drop me a line if you find one, okay? And so it goes to show that no single person is a brilliant person by himself/herself. It takes the collective idea of others to help push forth one’s idea(s) and set the ball rolling. Therefore do not think that your ideas are too silly or too insignificant to make the difference. That itself might be the difference that the requestor is looking for. Of course, don’t be too obviously silly with them. So keep those ideas flowing and we’ll have a good time discussing its potential. Or laughing hard at them :).

OMG! Backstreet’s back alright! Wait a minute…. What is that you say? You mean this is not Japan giving Backstreet Boys their own anime? Even if they have broken up a long time ago and did some reunion stints over the past few years? You mean this is not an anime about Backstreet Boys teaming up with Goo Goo Dolls to create one of the weirdest gender bender music show?! Holy sh*t! You mean to say that Back Street Girls – Gokudolls is about a group of failed yakuza members who are forced to undergo a sex change surgery and become cute kawaii idols as repentance? I’ll say, bring it on! That works for me too!

Episode 1A
Looks like a group of yakuza guys fouled up big time. The big boss of the Inugane gang, Kimanjirou Inugane AKA Oyabun is not impressed with Kentarou “Aniki” Yamamoto, Ryou Tachibana and Kazuhiko “Kazu” Sugihara and wants them to go for sex reassignment in Thailand and become idols. You heard that right. Otherwise he will sell their organs. Or they could just die if they cannot decide in 5 seconds! Holy sh*t! And so a year later, the trio became the famous back street idols known as Gokdolls. Folks, meet Airi (Aniki), Mari (Ryou) and Chika (Kazu)! While male fans squeal in amazement of their cuteness, at the backstage they are still the tough and rough yakuza at heart, confused with what the f*ck they’re doing. They reminisce the harsh ‘retraining’ and mental reconditioning they had undergone a year ago that was scarily effective.

Episode 1B
When Aniki first joined the gang, Oyabun viewed him as having lots of prospective and they even exchanged wine cups. But now the irony of them singing about wine cups as idols feels like sh*t. Even more so when Oyabun acting as their producer is the one who wrote the lyrics! Airi asks if their wine cup is still valid. Oyabun writes it off because she is now an idol. Poor Airi goes into heavy drinking although the rest warns her about the photo shoot tomorrow. Oyabun then barges in to beat up Airi and tells them to go to bed. Because of their photo shoot tomorrow, their skin must be perfect! But didn’t Oyabun just messed up Airi’s face?!

Episode 1C
Mandarin Kinoshita is a renowned idol manager and has helped many idols become stars. Hence he is hired to do the same for Gokudolls. Assessing them the first time, he can tell they are just putting on a show like as though they’ve been controlled by someone. You don’t say, huh? Plus, he couldn’t sense their inner cuteness. Later when Gokudolls are alone with Kinoshita, they warn him to not say unnecessary stuffs before their boss. But he is not cowed with their threats and think they are former delinquents. As he is unaware of their yakuza background and circumstances, they are forced to tone down and not resort to violence. Their training begins with Kinoshita starting with some mental training. Too bad they have no good memories and come to think of it, Oyabun is looking more like a demon. He changes the topic to think of a senior they admire. Yeah, it’s their tough ass big brother chief, Okashira. Kinoshita wants them to act like they confess to him so they fess up some shady stuffs they did. Kinoshita so confused.

Episode 1D
Kinoshita doesn’t understand why Gokudolls like playing hanafuda and mahjong. Idols don’t play them! He tries to motivate them but his words are coincidentally similar to Okashira. As Kinoshita decides to give them individual themes based on their characters, again they sound coincidentally similar to Okashira’s. More accurately, the last time they visited him in prison before he got locked away. Because of that, now they think Kinoshita is their Okashira.

Episode 1E
Gokudolls are doing a handshake event. Yeah, creepy otaku guys saying creepy I-love-you stuffs. But Airi recognizes this next weirdo shaking her hand. It’s Tooru Ooguroda of the Ooguroda gang! This is the guy that got them in this sh*t! Flashback reveals the trio got captured after messing up. Ooguroda told them he didn’t want to fight Inugane and ignore it but with the trio acting on their own, he has no choice but to go to war. However this sneaky bastard has an even more devilish plan. Knowing they don’t want to be killed here, he sends them back to their boss ‘to die’. He wants to see what kind of punishment they will get. Airi tries hard to contain her anger not to whack this dude although the rest want her to calm down as there are other innocent bystanders. But other otaku guys see Airi crying and think it is Ooguroda’s fault. They all start assaulting him. In the aftermath, the news shows how the otaku fans’ assault led to the biggest catch of a wanted criminal. Gokudolls are feeling so confused. They finally got their ‘revenge and nationwide broadcast’. But with the otaku fans screaming how much they love them and will always protect them, damn it’s just hard to swallow it all down.

Episode 2A
Airi and Chika receive many branded gifts from their fans. But Mari… So little and so normal… Because of that, she can’t help feel jealous. They get into a heated argument for a while before they realize they are still yakuza bros. That night as they sleep, Mari has this weird inner battle between her idol and yakuza side. Do you want to become a popular idol or a manly yakuza? In the end, perhaps the idol side won but since it is ‘fused’ with the yakuza side, it sounds so cringe when Mari talks so cutely. The others heard and it becomes even more embarrassing.

Episode 2B
Kazu was a mentor to Kimura when he was a newbie. Because of that, he became his follower. But now Oyabun has hired Kimura to be their assistant. He better not be turned on by their cuteness or Oyabun will cut off his dick! So Chika and Kimura talk and drink like old times. Chika is glad he still hasn’t forgotten about many stuffs. Kimura ends up drunk and when he is in this state, he strips. Nothing wrong to a yakuza except he is wearing Chika brand underwear!!!! WTF???!!!! So this dude is a Chika fan now? Chika as Kazu is so disappointed…

Episode 2C
Gokudolls will appear on a live radio talk show alongside their rivals, Buongirls. It is clearly obvious that Buongirls look down on them and even setting the pace. Gokudolls know if they mess this up, Oyabun is going to bat their asses! No wonder he has been going to the batting centre recently. Desperate, they seek Kinoshita’s help to get trendier. So honesty is the best policy, eh? Sounds easy. When they return from the break, when asked if they have romantic problems, Mari replies something about her pubic hair. WTF????!!!! You bet Oyabun is going to whack their asses when they get back. Ironically, Mari’s fan base grew… Perverts.

Episode 2D
Kinoshita hopes Gokudolls can communicate with each other more sisterly and femininely instead of brotherly-like. They get massaged by their stylist, Karin Mizugochi and although shocked at first when she starts touching them in various places, Karin says it is normal for girls to have such skinship like how guys do when getting naked in the bath together. Hence they get this idea to communicate by rubbing each other’s boobs! HELL YEAH! But… It feels so f*cking awkward. Does it feel good? Does it feel bad? So confusing. Can’t tell. Maybe rub a little longer, something good may come up… Nothing…

Episode 2E
Aniki remembers his life. From a broken family and his mom had an affair with a punk and didn’t care for him. In school, he had no friends and got into fights he didn’t want to. As an adult, he couldn’t do anything right. So when he joined the yakuza, life just got edgier. He realized he had no family, friends, laughter or warmth. That’s why seeing Gokudolls having a blast with Kimura, he could feel that warmth. He visits a bar he used to frequent. He orders his usual but the bar master remembers only someone orders this drink. He heard he screwed up and is dead. Airi wants to know more about this ‘guy’ so master explains how a kind soul he is and came here to drink as repentance for beating up someone. He liked that guy although naturally he never liked the yakuza. Airi returns to her warmth and is glad Gokudolls is the best thing that happened because he doesn’t have to hurt anybody here. Until Oyabun barges in. Looks like he will be hurt instead because he is forcing them to do a 50 hour hugging event. 50 HOURS???!!!

Episode 3A
Kinoshita prides himself from the studies and data he researched, he practically knows everything there is to know about girls. He can handle any girl. Until Gokudolls. Because Mari is talking to him about her problems of constipation, haemorrhoids and sh*t. No data on that. Does not compute! Eventually he tells her to go see a doctor. For the first time Kinoshita has never felt so defeated. But he tries to shift the blame she is a weirdo and his data is still correct. He thinks he can regain his pride with Airi but with her drinking and screaming she wants her dick back, time to go back to school. Refreshers course?

Episode 3B
Kinoshita sets up Gokudolls for a movie audition. But the director and producer of course look down on them thinking they are one of those generic idols. They are made to adlib and be creative with the props. Coincidentally the scene is an injured yakuza lady boss! Gokudolls think they can do it. Drawing inspiration from Okashira, they go overboard with their acting. No, actually it’s for real! This of course shocks the staff with their real acting. In the end, they even decapitated the mannequin! Too bad they got rejected because they think their supporting role stood out more than the protagonist.

Episode 3C
Kazu (as Chika) goes back to see her father. Damn, daddy thinks this must be some elaborated scam! He proudly tells her off to get the gender right and is proud of his son as a yakuza! It took a while to convince him. The rest are worried about Mari if she should go see her father. She knows father will not accept her like this as he too was part of the yakuza but retired. Flashback shows father telling Ryou not to join the yakuza. Ryou was very confronting despite dad telling him he regretted joining one and would redo his life if he had the chance. That was 10 years ago. Mari calls him and they agree to meet. Guess what? Mari is the one with the biggest shock because dad is now a tranny!!! HOLY SH*T! Is this now a mother-daughter relationship?! Looks like she’ll be drinking harder tonight.

Episode 3D
Shinji Takemura is Inugane’s treasurer. Oyabun has found out about his embezzlement and as punishment, he is to become an idol like his bros in Gokudolls. Or sell his organs. Or die. He talks to Gokudolls about this but eventually decides he would rather die than become idols. Gokudolls are worried because if Takemura kills himself, others would start thinking how brave he is but his other brothers are just cowards. To protect their reputation, they try to scare him that Oyabun will not kill him so easily and the benefits of being an idol. He is convinced and goes to Thailand. When he returns, man, his transformation guy is just ugly! So ugly that Oyabun doesn’t want him to be an idol, forgive his embezzlement and just excommunicate him! Oh damn! And he wanted so much to be an idol! Now he has to go live in some gay district…

Episode 3E
Oyabun punishes Gokudolls after catching them sneaking out late to convenient stores. Yeah, he has got this sick impression of idols going to bed early by talking to their teddy bears until they sleep! Plus, they’re going to do some ‘bedroom work’ with some president. Can idols be dirtied? Oh, they are yakuzas now?! The trio has a photo shoot with Oilshock Yamakoshi AKA Oiyama. Despite being the biggest douche spewing profanities in every line, nobody could touch him because he is so damn good in his job. So when he abuses Airi, inside she is going to explode but manages to stay calm. The abuse still continues. During the break, they thought of giving up but can’t because they have gotten this far and have no friends. When they return, they see Oyabun and his men beating the sh*t out of this jerk. He gives him a choice to move to South America or 6 feet under!!!! They’re so glad he still values them. Until they realize he sees them as his toys and have to make him more money. Their boss, their hero, their devil… So true…

Episode 4A
Gokudolls are being interviewed about their training. However all they can think of is the hell training Oyabun gave them. Sorry, can’t go into details. Heck, there was one time they even had to cooperate and kill a bear! Are they really training to be idols or some jungle military survivor?!

Episode 4B
Kazu proposed to his girlfriend but told her he has a big job next month that could make or break him. If he succeeds, they’ll be set for life. But of course we all know that didn’t happen. So in another Gokudolls concert, Chika is shocked to see his girlfriend now hanging with another guy! WTF are they doing at this place. Because of that, Chika instead of singing starts ranting and complaining about a certain backstabbing woman and breaks down on stage. Damn, Oyabun is watching as he calls to make arrangements that Chika cannot arrive for the next photo shoot because she got involved in an accident and is hospitalized…

Episode 4C
Hiroshi is a NEET and an obsessed fan of Mari. Look at all his goods in his room on her. His mom tells him to get a job but of course he tells her off. Is protecting Mari a real job? At a Gokudolls concert, he gets into a fight with another fan. He goes home all bruised. Even more so when his room is cleaned out. No more Mari stuffs. He gets into a fight with his father in which his shirt got ripped. Hiroshi is shocked to see a rare Mari swimsuit he is wearing that he was unable to buy. Yeah, mother is so freaking shocked…

Episode 4D
Ryou broke up with his girlfriend simply because he hates sweet things and she baked him a really sweet cheesecake. Now Gokudolls are supposed to do a food interview and Mari must eat this cheesecake. On the first try, she curses this thing! After calming down and making his resolve, the second try sends him to heaven! Or at least some other dimension in which he sees his ex-girlfriend who is so happy he can eat cake. Mari is knocked out but not before giving some out of this world good comments that.

Episode 4E
Airi is being harassed by Tarou Iwamura. Apparently he is one of the top executives in Inugane. He doesn’t care they were men as he likes idols and boobs (I guess idol boobs are better than his wife’s boobs). To save their own skin, Mari and Chika give excuse to allow Iwamura to be alone with Airi. But after remembering how much Aniki has always helped them, they go back to help. Too bad their faces got beaten to a pulp. Of course Oyabun is not going to forgive this bastard and beats him up. Gokudolls will still face their punishment. They have to do some mental training to become better idols. Ah, this solitary confinement does bring back some nostalgic memories.

Episode 4F
A cook, Teppei Okamoto holds a grudge against Gokudolls. 3 months ago when they interviewed him on his cooking, they point out the obvious how everything is just normal. Furthermore, the producers didn’t have time and money to edit and aired it like that. Not that anyone cares, right? And so his shop went bankrupt. Thus he has gathered all victims of Gokudolls to plot their downfall. Too bad the only other person he got is Hiroshi’s mom, Yuko. Can the meeting still proceed? Everything looks so gloomy…

Episode 5A
One day, Chika is wearing a scarf supposedly from a gift and tries to show off. The others are unimpressed. Next day, it is Mari showing off her gloves. Then it’s Chika and her boots again. So the ‘competition’ goes on until Airi blows her top that if it is getting cold, just turn on the damn heater. She does so but it is also a ploy to show off her corset and brag about it. Revenge? However she felt this victory as bittersweet.

Episode 5B
Ryou always admired Jin Takemura as a manly actor. Now as Gokudolls, they get to act with him for a scene and Mari is thrilled. Even if he isn’t into idols, at least he still maintains his pride that respects them and this awes Mari even further. At the end of their recording, Mari wants his autograph and is ushered into his car. She continues praising him as he ‘warns’ he isn’t as he seems in real life. Suddenly she sees his perverted rape face. Fearing the worst, Mari starts thinking and even though she admires him, she is willing to give her body. However Jin reveals he is a fan of Chika and had been wanting to ask her to get her autograph. DAMN!!!!!! That angry face isn’t going to subside any time soon.

Episode 5C
Oyabun has got a brother in America. Is he that Don? As in that Godfather? Anyway he heard about this idol business and is interested. Hence he will send a lackey of his to train under him. Folks, meet our young American of the God Money mafia, George. Quite a chirpy guy. Doesn’t really understand why Oyabun is strict. So as he talks to Gokudolls, it seems he is unaware of why they ended up so. He doesn’t even understand what this ‘transformation’ means. Heck, he even suggests a foursome! But Gokudolls pity him so much that they allow him to grope their boobs! Next day, he is shocked to hear Oyabun forcing him to head to Thailand. Then it all starts to make sense now…

Episode 5D
George is now a girl. Hmm… Not bad looking. Of course he is sad that he is screwed and fears he cannot return to America. Gokudolls understands and sympathizes with him. When Don visits to check things out, the bosses are impressed and praise be on Thailand. But when Don hears how much work is to put into that, he loses interest. Yeah, he wants to leave Oyabun with a gift. Uh huh. George is your present. Bye. Folks, meet Rina. The American intern student of Gokudolls!

Episode 5E
Kinoshita talks to Rina for the first time. As he is unaware of her mafia background, he gets the wrong idea about the ‘family’ he is talking about. He thinks she comes from a poor family from the slums forced to become an idol. Oh, her ‘brothers’? Those are her mafia bros. Kinoshita is very touched by her story and views it as wonderful.

Episode 5F
Remember Takemura and Iwamura? You can say they are both victims of Gokudolls. At least they think they are. Iwamura might not have sex reassignment but he has now boobs! Both lament their lives going downhill ever since. Meanwhile at the other victim meeting, looks like they haven’t got any new members as Yuko laments her husband divorced her and can’t go on living anymore. Teppei will not allow her to be alone and will be alone with her (huh?). A new romance blossoming? They are joined by Takemura and Iwamura. They’re now a couple???!!!! This should be a meeting association of weird couples!

Episode 6A
Gokudolls are tired from their hectic schedule. Rina has an idea. Make Oyabun mad and he’ll punch their face. The injury will be so bad that they’ll be put out for 5 days or more. They can use it to rest. What a great idea! So when they summon their courage and confront Oyabun for more rest days, of course Oyabun changes their schedule that they will be in an accident. Gokudolls accept this fate but is unprepared for what comes next. 2 days later, they are on stage doing a ‘special cosplay’. The fans love them in bandages and casts!!! Damn…

Episode 6B
Gokudolls are in a radio interview with a famous enka singer, Natsuko Tanaka. However she has a toxic personality and hates young idols. We see how she pisses them off by telling them to sing and dance and then doesn’t want to watch them. She even runs her mouth about them being cute to bait rich men. With Oyabun and his men listening, one of them wants to kill that b*tch when suddenly Oyabun beats the sh*t out of him!!! 30 years ago, Oyabun proposed and married Natsuko despite knowing her nature to beat men into submission. He made a promise to not forgive anyone who speaks badly of her in this one sided relationship. Oh…

Episode 6C
We see Natsuko’s hatred of idols stemmed when they were rising in the industry and became more popular than her. Hence she hires a private detective not to snoop about her husband having idol materials in his room but to find out more about Gokudolls. She wants to get revenge on idols. Meanwhile, Kinoshita believes hip hop is the next in-thing. Showing a rapper video, everyone is puzzled why Oyabun calls it pigeon. Soon the detective returns with a picture. A very ambiguous one because from this angle it looks like Airi is giving Oyabun a blowjob!!! Actually Oyabun was trying to act like the rapper and Airi was forced to move her head back and forth like a pigeon. You know, that’s what rappers do, right?!

Episode 6D
Natsuko confronts Oyabun and has him explain everything. However they are not on the same page. While he is serious about going forward with his idol business (he knows she hates idols, that’s why he didn’t say anything), she thinks he wants to add to his sleazy immoral harem. She is holding back only because the detective advised her to understand each other. And then a message from Airi saying she is tired and will do her best tomorrow. Definitely getting the wrong picture now.

Episode 6E
Natsuko has the detective find anything on Gokudolls. He heard they want a pet to enhance their cuteness or something and hoping the fans would indirectly give them one. Natsuko wants to send them a pet that looks cute on the outside but vicious on the inside. A terrapin. Yeah, she’s going to send it to them. However they ate it!!! OMFG!!! They even used the knife sent by her as a warning to slice it up! Mmm… Tasty… Natsuko has no choice but to go to the next stage. Hence she bribes a newspaper editor to write dirt on them. This article might be fake and Kinoshita believes it will only serve to enhance their popularity. But why is Oyabun unhappy? And Natsuko too? Both have the same idea the article is so small that no one will notice!!!

Episode 6F
Last resort for Natsuko. She still hates idols. Meanwhile Oyabun is starting to feel scared. I mean, really scared! Wow. If the demon himself is scared, is it the end of the world? He has this vision that 5 demons will come after him. Gokudolls think it’s some rival group but Oyabun believes he can’t even tell if they are men or women. Natsuko arrives at the meeting of Gokudolls victims. Yeah, she sees them happily dancing. This is her last resort? Yeah, with trans people here, no wonder Oyabun can’t tell… But at least they manage to scare Oyabun’s gang.

Episode 7A
George remembers f*cking his sexy Angelina. Oh yeah, how he would love to f*ck her again. Unfortunately as Rina now, sex is a very much taboo word. Hence Oyabun is going to give him some mental training by having holed up in a room watching porn with a dog for a week. WTF. At first it all seems normal until Rina realizes she cannot masturbate! The dog’s erected dick looks tempting. It moves on to watching the dog f*ck his b*tch and on the final day, Rina is now cleansed of all earthly desires. She doesn’t even know the meaning of sex…

Episode 7B
When the underlings report that Tanimura has been caught, Oyabun has bigger problems to worry about: Writing lyrics for Gokudolls! He doesn’t care about this dude because if he did something wrong, he should get caught. Let’s make the world a peaceful place! He should just give up being a yakuza… Anyway, Oyabun draws inspiration from the previous boss. On his deathbed, he gave Oyabun an island as a final gift. (Note, it might mean turf in yakuza language). Hence Gokudolls sing a song on this and it brings tears to Oyabun’s eyes. At the grave, Oyabun prays for his gratefulness. Then he realizes ex-Oyabun’s final words to treasure those who support you. Oh no! Tanimura is gone! Yeah, you don’t realize what you have until you lose it.

Episode 7C
Yui Nakamura is a fan on Oyabun? At a Gokudolls handshake, she has Mari tell his whereabouts. So she barges into his room and starts singing and dancing. It seems she wants to be part of Gokudolls. Oyabun remembers how he came from America to join this gang and ex-Oyabun gave him that chance. Thus Oyabun is going to reciprocate his teachings and give her a chance. Meanwhile 72 hours straight into the 100 hours of Gokudolls handshake…

Episode 7D
Gokudolls is shocked that Oyabun decides to take Yui in. Can she live with them? If you haven’t realize by now, their room is actually a makeshift toilet. Yeah, that’s where they live. Mari tries to hint about others finding out but Oyabun isn’t interested and has a little talk with them. As Yui waits, Rina returns after handing out flyers. Shocked to see Yui and not knowing her background, she is confused of the things she says. Yeah, they’re not on the same page. Especially cutting ‘that’ off, Yui thinks it is appendix and says she did it since elementary school.

Episode 7E
Yui goes on stage for the first time and is nervous. After that, she fells so bad and useless. Gokudolls feel weird trying to console a high school girl. Yui tells all the cute and plus points of Gokudolls. Chika and Mari somewhat embarrassingly like it. Airi tries to set her straight by telling off she is not fit for this but Yui takes this as tough love and now gets motivated to do better.

Episode 7F
Rina finally learns Yui is a real girl. Gokudolls warn Rina that because Yui gets special training by Oyabun, she might become an official member before her. This prompts her to remember his mafia days. He was partnered with a newbie who seems promising and have the potential to usurp him. Rina is jealous and blows her top not to underestimate her. Then on stage as the duo battle it out as the opening performance, Yui is cute before the fans and once more Rina’s jealousy gets the better off her as she berates Yui at the top of her voice. Everyone in shock. This won’t end well…

Episode 8A
Looks like the producer wants to play a prank on Gokudolls like Candid Camera. So as they are interviewing a shop, yakuza dudes barge in demanding for money. It’s all part of the play but Gokudolls didn’t like this and tell them off yakuza style. The actors think they’re such good acting and play along too. Is this a reverse Candid Camera? In the end, I guess the producers ended up arguing if this was supposed to be it or not.

Episode 8B
Gokudolls are to interview a bar that has just gone bankrupt. This place brings back memories as they used to drink here. It isn’t surprising that the bartender is depressed. Since he has lost all hope and motivation, this irks Airi because he was the one who gave them advise and courage. It is role reversal as Airi scolds him for giving up. At least that motivated him to carry on. And they all have a great drinking reunion. However viewers have different opinions. They don’t think this shop is worth saving and soon enough it goes out of business. Forever.

Episode 8C
Natsuko has had it. This meeting feels nothing more like a social club! Yeah, so when is the next date to the beach? After reprimanding them for forgetting their original mission, it seems they are back on the right path. Their revenge plan involves creating their own idol group and crush them. Natsuko has the financial backing so don’t worry about funding. As she is famous, she cannot be seen holding the audition and leaves it to the rest. The qualities to qualify as idols are big tits, slender and motherly. All fetishes of her husband. Yeah, she is going to crush Oyabun too. So in the end, they create a recruitment poster. A social gathering for dancing! WTF.

Episode 8D
Natsuko is not impressed. Looks like they have found their idols with the required qualities. But they are separated instead of all in one. Like Watanabe who is ‘slender’ (frail and sick), Miyazki who is ‘motherly’ (unfulfilled idol dreams) and Ono who has big boobs (fat). While it brings the rest to tears with their sob stories, Natsuko blows her top that this place has turned into some consultation for troubled people. She tries to imagine them all on stage by idols but it isn’t going to cut it. Fail!

Episode 8E
Mari’s ass hurts. Thanks to haemorrhoids, anal fissure, etc. Yeah, it’s the grand slam of major anus diseases, she calls it. Kinoshita arranges her to see a doctor. Well, Mari doesn’t mind her ass getting checked by this pretty doctor. Yeah, feels so good… She then brags to the rest of this wonderful experience. Can this be considered getting anal? When Oyabun hears this, he will not waste money on her ass rehabilitation and stomps on her ass! WTF???!!! I don’t think that will make her better. Her ass just got worse…

Episode 8F
Yui complains to Mari she hates old men because they grope her again. Sure, there are some exceptions. Like Oyabun. That’s the worst! But to her, the worst is her dad as he is a drunkard, gambler and got traumatized when he used suppositories in front of her. She wishes he’d disappear. That is when Mari blows her top and snaps back for saying those things. Does she not know how hard her father works? He deserves to drink for that. Do you know how stressful society is? He deserves to play some games. And as for the suppository thingy, Mari is so mad that her ass explodes blood! OMFG!!! Are you okay? Too bad this just adds to the list of Yui’s trauma.

Episode 9A
Although Yui is decent, she doesn’t have enough fans to warrant a solo concert. Because of that, Yui thinks she isn’t fit to be part of Gokudolls and should quit. This has the yakuza guys remember how other gangs snatched their new members. Yui reveals a company scouted her and they tempted her with some good contract and money. This fires up Oyabun as he tells his Gokudolls they must investigate this and will not allow Yui to pull out. Flashback reveals it was Teppei and Yuko who approached her. They were very kind with the offer and gave her time to think. This was part of Natsuko’s plan to take away members of Gokudolls one by one instead of that failed audition.

Episode 9B
Airi shows Oyabun the business card from Teppei he gave to Yui. They wonder if this is some trick. Oyabun orders her to investigate this bastard. If Yui goes, Gokudolls will pay! Oh sh*t! Meanwhile Yui is still in a dilemma whether to stay or leave. Yes, she loves Gokudolls and wants to be part of it but because she realizes she has no talent, she doesn’t think she can stay. I guess with their support, Yui realizes she loves them as sisters and can’t quit. As she goes to the roof, she sees Chika and Mari trying to pee like a man! WTF?! Because doing it ‘squirrel’ style isn’t going to cut it?

Episode 9C
I’m sure this adds to the list of Yui’s trauma as the duo try to give lame excuses why they are peeing like that. Screw how lame it sounds. As long as you scream out you argument with passion, I’m sure it’ll pass. Like how excretion is part of men’s desires! Perhaps Yui got confused. Now she is interested to pee like a man to understand how they feel! Of course they try to stop her but this prompts her to want to take a sex change surgery! As they vehemently protest, Yui realizes they know a lot about this. You don’t say… Next day, Yui goes to see Natsuko and declines her offer to join her as she wants to be with Gokudolls. Yeah, Natsuko is pissed that sh*tty group has got more to offer than hers. When the subordinates relay the message that Natsuko is the one behind trying to steal Yui, Oyabun’s world is falling apart…

Episode 9D
Natsuko, Teppei and Yuko are captured by the Inugane gang and roughed up. This is when Natsuko realizes Gokudolls is managed by her husband. When Oyabun barges in, he beats the hell out of his underlings for laying their hands on his wife. And then he beats himself up for failing to live up to his promise. Natsuko is so f*cking touched! I’m sure the rest are so confused because the married couple apologize and reaffirm their love for each other.

Episode 9E
Wow. Oyabun and Natsuko so lovey-dovey again. Now that Natsuko knows the whole truth, Oyabun has Gokudolls dance and sing before her. Now she is receptive of them? Or is it because of their sh*tty lyrics dedicated to her? Either way, Gokudolls are trying real hard not to puke with his ultimate cringe fest… Later Oyabun ties up the guy who punched Natsuko. As he is not a demon, he isn’t going to take away his life since it is his arms who were at fault… Oh sh*… Oh, does he like boobs? Off to Thailand he goes. Now he has boobs on his arms. WTF…

Episode 9F
Gokudolls are in a radio show where they answer queries from fans. The first one was okay but the host notes it was boring and should answer more realistically. When they do so the next time (putting in some yakuza ideas), he tells them not that kind of realism but realistic. Huh???!!! And the next round, Mari went full blown with all the foul words on some relationship advice. She was referring to bad breath instead of his dick or something. And hence we see a metaphor of Ryou’s dick thanking him for not being forgotten. WTF…

Episode 9G
The shows that Gokudolls discover and taste food… There is this strange pattern they all shut down. It is no surprise nobody wants to be interviewed. Even the creator of this show doesn’t realized this fact and tries to shift the blame. Anyway he wants something to be done. Hence the crew surprises Gokudolls that they want to take a look at their daily life. This means raiding their rooms. I’m sure Gokudolls are having a hard time trying to give lame excuses why their room is like a toilet. Then there is that mental training room (that solitary confinement one) excused as some VR videogame room but I wonder how they’ll get away with this practice dance room. Because we see Rina tired to her ass after what it looks like a gym workout. Yeah, what the heck was that?

Episode 10A
Kouji Nagata or better known as Okashira is back! So of course he is curious about his underlings and it is no surprised he is shocked to learn they have become Gokudolls. But after hearing them out and remembering the yakuza soul they all still have, he views their job isn’t bad because it helps to group out. With Gokudolls motivated to do their best for the group, suddenly the next day Okashira spots a poster of Gokudolls in police uniform. The tagline seems to be down with gangsters! F*ck the yakuza! His trust in them suddenly vanished…

Episode 10B
Gokudolls are in the police station talking to the superintendent of organized crime, Hideki Tamura. He hints that their organizations have very deep relationships. Gokudolls think he is extorting money from the group and believe this is their chance to expose his wrongdoings to regain Okashira’s trust. They set him up to make him look like he raped them. With photo evidence, his colleagues then arrest him and he is now all over the news. Gokudolls return and elated to have done their best but Okashira is in shock. Flashback 27 years ago when Okashira and Tamura first joined the group. Oyabun had a long term special plan for them and planted one of them as a mole in the police force. All the work down the drain for nothing…

Episode 10C
Gokudolls hold a special private interview event in which participants can talk privately to them. We are focused on Chika but I think that is enough to see all the stupid sh*t fans will do and say. For example, a crazy fan wants her to look at his underwear for 5 minutes! WTF?! Even Jin is here and he wants a kiss! Otherwise he will use his influence to remove Gokudolls from the industry forever! Ultimate hell! Then a guy who wants to be punched. Chika doesn’t hesitate and sends him flying a few metres! Lastly, a crazed guy who loves her so much underwent surgery to look like her but failed. Now he wants her to take responsibility! WTF???!!!

Episode 10D
Don visits Oyabun again and since business is tough, Oyabun suggests doing the idol thingy because it’s profitable. Hence Don is interested to take back Rina to America. Rina is ecstatic as she says goodbye to her mates. On the way to the airport, Don asks about cutie Yui. Rina explains everything including how she is a real girl. Then it hit Don. He should have just used real girls as idols. So why the f*ck did George underwent a sex change surgery?! Don drops Rina back. Rina has rejoined the group. Drink hard, Rina. Drink hard…

Episode 10E
Kinoshita believes he has stagnated as Gokudolls has not improved much. He believes he needs to step up and tries his hands at writing lyrics. However it is so generic and boring that even Gokudolls scorn him as some sort of pervert. He shows it to Oyabun who finds it okay and points out the problem isn’t the lyrics but his attitude! Oyabun demonstrates as he screams his cheesy and corny (but much interesting) lyrics. He is not ashamed of it! With that confidence, Kinoshita tries to say his generic and boring lyrics to Gokudolls but unfortunately he said it to Okashira. Weird awakening?

Episode 10F
Oyabun barges in and wants to practice a prank show with Gokudolls since that idea got rejected by the TV. So they start off with this whoopee cushion. Because they fail in the timing, Oyabun beats the crap out of them! And then, wow. Suddenly Oyabun is so mad that he doesn’t want to be mad anymore. Knowing they cannot improve anymore, he gives them a chance to quit for good. Of course they will get excommunicated from the group but they’ll gain their freedom. He can work without them. Gokudolls is shocked upon hearing this. They have to make their decision fast as flashbacks of their past (mostly Oyabun’s violence) flash through their minds. Hence they have decided. They’re going to leave. Thank you for everything. But as they leave, a big sign in their face pops up. Everything was just a prank! Gotcha! And so our sad Gokudolls pray with all their might that this ‘prank’ would someday become a reality… Fight on, Gokudolls! Fight on…

Idol Jihen: Trans-Idols!
Hey wait a minute! It’s already over?! Why the heck only 10 episodes instead of the usual 12 or 13?! Hmm… I have this weird theory. You know how many yakuza members don’t have a full set of fingers because they have to cut them off for various reasons like penance? So if 12 or 13 episodes are the equivalent to the normal 10 fingers every normal humans should have, this means this series having only 10 episodes reflects that missing ‘fingers’ of this series?! Ouch! Don’t want to go deeper than that and open a can of worms. But seriously, I was really enjoying all the fun and suddenly it just ends like that?! Not that it had any plot to begin with nor I was hoping for some sort of closure but I was hoping it would go on a little more…

With each episode, dividing into short skits, the quirkiness and randomness are better to digest and laugh at. In this way, we get to see more hilarious antics in different various settings from the gang rather than in one long storyline. What storyline?! So with the last skit giving us that shock factor that Gokudolls might actually get their long awaited freedom, yeah Oyabun actually trolled us real good there. There is no way he is giving up his prized cash cow, right!

One of the biggest factors that divided the community loving and hating this series is the fact that those who hate it dislike its animation style. Mostly they view it as some slideshow animation. While it is true that this series lacks a lot of animation, it is not entirely some still picture animation and hence definitely not a slideshow. You want to know what slideshow atrocity animation is? Just take a look at the horrendous Mahou Shoujo Naria Girls. Now that is what you call slideshow atrocity. So if you love your anime with lots of smooth flowing animation where every frame you must see the character’s hair flowing through the wind and be so awed with that kind of animation, this series isn’t going to cut it for you then.

Some also say that the art style quality is also low because of how the sketchy the animation is. Yes, it is true that the art style looks sketch-like but personally I believe it works a lot on many levels for this anime. At first, as this is meant to be a funny series, it does not need to look very realistic. This way, the jokes are delivered in a more effective manner because when you see yakuza dudes getting loud and passionate, it will look and sound funnier compared to more realistic and conventional anime style. Besides, Gokudolls look freaking cute and kawaii (okay, more of passable) so what is there to complain? Oh. I see you are considered gay if you like them because they were once men… Who f*cking cares?! As long as they look cute and can sing and dance as well as their cuteness level, not forgetting how much they make me f*cking laugh, I’ll accept them! I’ll even let them do me a blowjob!!! Hell yeah!!! Wohoo!!! Oops, sorry. Got a little carried away there.

The characters themselves aren’t anything that much. But it is hard for me to sympathize with Gokudolls and the hell they go through seeing their torment is what brings in most of the laughs. The irony of once tough yakuza dudes are now being made to do cute girly stuffs sure clashes with a lot of their own ideals and sometimes you can see their manly yakuza inner side pulling off such comebacks which makes it hilarious to watch. Everything that Aniki, Ryou and Kazu had before their transformation has literally vanished. You begin to wonder if this is better than death, considering they are from an organization that has their own codes on life and death. Rather to be humiliated than die? I’m sure there is some hope message in there like what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger but seeing where everything has been heading, it’s more like out of the frying pan and into the fire too. But their life seems to be more spiralling downwards… Sometimes I question their loyalty to Oyabun because they put up with all this sh*t just to save their own skin and stay alive. Even as Gokudolls, they still continue to do some slipups especially that police mole case. Everything unravelled and become undone in just seconds. Imagine the whole organization could be brought down just by idols.

Even if the main Gokudolls are basically revolved around Airi, Mari and Chika, I was hoping that Rina would play an equally important role and have as much screen time as the trio. But as of now despite some decent screen times of her here and there (to be fair, the character only popped up half way), Rina feels more like a side dish and supporting character. I suppose she isn’t going to shake off that intern tag for a while. Yui being the first real female to somewhat join the group, I guess it shows that the need to have sex change surgery is a mandatory prerequisite to be part of Gokudolls. But I wonder if Yui would still stay if she really knows the real truth behind the history of Gokudolls. Don’t be surprised if she gets super emotionally impressed and spurs the group to greater heights. There is no better emotional motivation than sisterly (or is it brotherly) love with lots of girly (or is it manly) tears and big group hugs. Yes, it is that kind of series. Expect the unexpected.

There might be some subtle hints that being in an idol business is no less different if you are a yakuza or in any other trade. Show business is a cutthroat business. A dog eat dog world out there. I am sure you have heard how idols train rigorously like a robot with some tragically ending up in death or suicide (remember that K-Pop suicide incident?) and their lives are so rigid that they are not allowed to have any romantic relationship at all (remember that J-Pop idol who was forced to shave her hair as apology after spending a night with her boyfriend?). Ah yes, such a cruel industry to be in. All that glitter is not gold. Fortunately for this anime, it doesn’t take itself too seriously as we see how our failed yakuza dudes trying to get through life the best they can in their new bodies. As long as horny otaku males keep bringing in the cash, they can scream and be perpetual fans of anyone and anything. Oh yeah. It all boils down to money. That’s show business, people.

Oyabun being one of the scariest slave drivers ever in history, possibly even Satan himself fears him should he die and go to hell. No, seriously. This kooky guy definitely has a screw loose in his head. But don’t tell him that. He’ll do a lot of stuffs that are worse than death. Even if he is merciless in training and beating up Gokudolls just to keep them in line, but let’s look on the positive side, Gokudolls are doing pretty well as an idol group, right? They had better. Because if they don’t, they’ll know what is good waiting for them. So don’t you see Oyabun’s ‘kindness’? No slacking allowed!

But I guess once in a while, Gokudolls would get really depressed about it and their old male instincts would start to kick in and reminiscence the good ol’ days. Ah, the good ol’ yakuza days… After all, be it the yakuza, idols or the transgendered, they are all still human underneath. But don’t tell that to Oyabun… Who knows what his sick and twisted perception of idols are… You’ll get a knuckle sandwich or some batting practice before you know it. Yes, prove that although violence may not entirely solve anything, at least it keeps your ass moving. On a trivial note, Oyabun’s brother in America has a very clever play on words. Inugane literally means dog money and for Don’s mafia organization to be called God Money, I think that’s pretty clever there.

But perhaps the more dangerous people are Gokudolls’ fans… As far as we have seen, none of them are decent and have their sick twisted issues! I know idol groups attract fans from all sorts of backgrounds but as we can see here for Gokudolls, they only have the worst kinds of fans. Is this what you get if you can’t get international fame and remain as back alley idols? Maybe it has got to do with the weird kind of yakuza-like lyrics they sing too…

Not sure how he got bit by the idol bug because he really seems passionate and interested in it. Well, at least it brings in the money. Probably better and more profitable than selling organs on the black market because dumb fans keep buying 100 of the same copies of your stuffs. Or having them do porn… At first it might look like a big excuse to torture his failed yakuza boys and take out his frustrations for ruining the group’s reputation. But then you see the way he really ‘tries his best’ to write songs and lyrics for the group, no matter how crappy and cheesy they are, at least he puts his dedication into writing them! This coming from a badass guy who often makes his entrance by kicking down the door? Can’t imagine it. Just like how we can’t imagine rowdy yakuza guys becoming cute lovely idols, eh? And all praise be on Thailand! The land that reigns supreme in sex change surgery and the queer. I know many big bad bosses will have failures be paid with lives but this one sends them on a plane to Thailand…

Perhaps the other hilarious bunch of people that needs more screen time are the so called victims of Gokudolls. They gather to plot their revenge and their downfall but ended up to become some sort of meek social club. Even if the mighty Natsuko joins it, well, it shows how screwed up this association has turned into. Even if they are ‘victims’, don’t you see that they end up happier paired together? Yeah, maybe all they want is a place to be accepted and be happy as they are. With Natsuko and Oyabun back on good terms, does this mean the association is done for? After all, it failed to get more members.

Voice acting is pretty good with Keiji Fujiwara really sounding like a cool badass demon as Oyabun. Such a low and sexy calm voice that makes you want to fall in love with him but at the same time feel shivers down your spine. Daisuke Ono as Aniki is recognizable and with him playing a ruffian role, I thought he almost sounded similar (but not) as that Nendou dude in Saiki Kusuo No Psi-nan although the latter was pretty much unrecognizable for me that time. Same case for Jun Fukuyama as Takemura but as the transgendered, he now sounds so gay… Other recognizable casts are Junichi Suwabe as Kinoshita, Satoshi Hino as Ryuu and Natsuki Hanae as Kimura.

The other casts are Yuka Nukui as Airi (Sanae in Just Because), Kaori Maeda as Mari (Aria in Aikatsu Stars), Hikaru Akao as Chika (Kaos in Comic Girls), Kazuyuki Okitsu as Kazu (Andre in Prison School), Minami Takahashi as Rina (Quetzalcoatl in Kobayashi-san Chi No Maid Dragon), Shinji Kawada as George (Ian in MAR), Kimiko Saito as Natsuko (Gagaran in Overlord) and Ayumi Mano as Yui (Ayane in Tsuredzure Children). With lots of yakuza style loudmouth passionate screaming, it adds to the funny effect but some may find it noisy. I of course find it funny given the irony of the situation. Because it feels like as though the one shouting the loudest seems to be the most correct regardless of logic or who is right or wrong. Yeah…

If you like cute idol music, then you might love the opening theme, Gokudoll Music which is sung by our very Gokudolls themselves. Amidst the crazy psychedelic animation and seemingly cute idol dance moves, you’ll find the lyrics are equally weird. I guess when you leave it to a certain someone to write them… The same can be said for the ending theme, Hoshi No Katachi although this is a little toned down but it is still as weird. If you’re interested, there are lots of somewhat similarly weird and cheesy insert songs that would make you laugh and cringe at the same time after hearing the lyrics. But the funny and cringe factor notches up another level as there is a version of the opening and ending theme that is sung entirely in their male counterparts’ voice! OMFG! So manly! So macho! So gay! Makes me grateful of their sex change…

Overall, this is quite a funny anime that pokes fun of mashing the yakuza and idol industry together as well as running jokes for the transgendered (sorry offended people, this show is not for you then). It is definitely comical and enjoyable (at least by my standards) even with many of the cringe and ironies serving as its joke base and hence giving it its unique quirkiness. It might not seem possible now but there is a chance that Gokudolls would go on and conquer to become to best transgendered idol in the world. Because all you people can’t you see, can’t you see. How your political correctness has affected reality. Every time you think we’re wrong, they can make it right. And at that point, that is what makes them larger than life.

Dorei-ku The Animation

November 3, 2018

Like it or not, slavery still exists even today. I suppose it is only human nature to enslave others as part of their darkest and twisted desire to display their supremacy and dominance. However there is a tool today that allows you to get anybody as your own slave without having to resort to outright violence or obvious oppression and without having society and lawmakers breathing down your neck or face the long arm of the law. At least in the anime Dorei-ku The Animation you can. All you need to do is get yourself a mouthpiece tool that looks like some imitation braces and challenge people to any game of your choice. Then when you win, voila! They’ll become your slave. It’s that simple. But beware should you lose. Then you become their slave.

Episode 1
Eia Arakawa listens out to her friend complaining how her heart broken friend being dumped by her boyfriend so he could enter into another relationship with a guy! Holy sh*t! Eia will help her get back at him and arranges a meet up. So Yuuga Oota is fine having this gay relationship with this hideous lion dude? Eia wants the guys to prove they love each other. He gives excuses about being in public but Eia immediately does it to her friend. Lesbians ok but gays no? Yuuga suggests playing a game by guessing the relationship of the couple next to their table. Eia could correctly guess at first go. They met on a dating site and the girl isn’t so keen in seeing her ugly blind date. Yuuga is impressed and since she is the only winner, he will talk to her later. Her friend gets jealous thinking he is trying to hit on her. Later Yuuga explains that he isn’t into guys and did this gig to break up with her so she could laugh about it in the future. Yuuga hears Eia’s keen observation on how she got her guess right and is excited to introduce her to a game. Interested in getting slaves with this device known as SCM? Meanwhile, Rushie Suginami, the girl in that blind date regretted meeting that dude, Masakazu Meguro. At first they share the same paranormal interest but soon he raped her after that date. Hence she plots her revenge via SCM. She meets him at the pachinko parlour and suggests playing a game. From the way she entices him, he will not lose much so he thinks she is just a horny b*tch wanting to get f*cked. The one with the most pachinko balls wins. He thought he won but Rushie takes out trays of her balls she won the entire morning. Because he agreed to the rules prior and lost, the SCM he is wearing takes effect. He is now her slave and is forced to do everything under her command.

Yuuga explains to Eia about this SCM. They look like dentures and placed behind the teeth. They engage in a duel in which the loser will become the winner’s slave due to some technical BS on how the SCM amplifies the sense of the loser’s obligation. Of course there are a few other caveats like you cannot order your slave to take his/her own life. Yuuga wants Eia to join in him in his scheme as insurance. He will not make her his slave but a partner. You see, if Yuuga challenges others and loses, the only way to get out of this slave control is via another master to verbally release you. You can take out the SCM but the effects will have you put it back and if you fight it, you’ll go crazy. Hence he wants Eia to be his partner to release him from slavery should he lose. As for why he is doing this, he wants to test himself. Eia somewhat understands the excitement in this and agrees to be his partner. Rushie relishes tormenting that fatty as he really does what she says. Punching himself in the face but short of killing himself from it.

Episode 2
Host club guy, Seiya Shinjuku challenges Ayaka Toshima in an SCM game. He lost but that is when Ayaka reveals she also knows about SCM. Now that he is her slave, she makes him reveal the truth about his feelings for her. Seems he finds her a pain and only plays nice as she spends money on him. Like a disgusting human ATM. Ayaka is sad she worked hard and multiple jobs for his company. So she lets him eat her pussy (?!) to earn her praise. She will use SCM to keep her dream alive. Hence she moves into his apartment and has him throw out all the belongings of his girlfriend, Julia Katsushika. Yuuga shows Eia an app that displays the locations of masters and slaves in the vicinity. There is a pair nearby and he is going to challenge them. That pair is Seiya and Ayaka. When SCM users are close to each other, their SCM will vibrate. Yuuga and Eia challenge them to a game. Ayaka doesn’t want to do it but after hearing Seiya out how they can win this, she agrees. In this thumb game, the last one left is the loser. Seiya goes out first. Ayaka thought it was cool but then she realizes she is left to fend for herself and Seiya looks like he doesn’t give a f*ck to help her. Could it be he wants to lose to get a new master? Eventually Ayaka loses. Yuuga then reveals Eia isn’t wearing an SCM. Had Yuuga lost, he would have her free him (but how? Is she his master already?). Ayaka rants about taking Seiya away from him. Suddenly that guy punches her to shut her up! Yuuga orders them to stop and will have them return to their normal lives and not participate in other SCM duels. Seiya returns home. He remembers his life was trash. Left to be wasted, Julia saved him. They were the perfect couple until he made the mistake of dabbling with SCM. That forced break up with Julia was heart breaking. He might be free from Ayaka’s control but he still lost someone important. Suddenly Julia pops up. He vows not to let her hand go again. However she reveals she met someone else after they broke up. Nicknamed Ryuuou, she shows his mark on her skin that proves her ownership over her.

Episode 3
Looks like Julia is also wearing an SCM. Yup, she is Ryuuou’s slave. And now Seiya will temporarily be her slave before she transfers this ownership to Ryuuou. Seiya lost because he let go of her hand. Uhm, I didn’t know that also constituted a duel. When Seiya returns to Yuuga’s group, they find lots of nude slavery pics of Julia online. Because he cannot answer Yuuga’s questions, this proves he is not his slave anymore. Plus, Julia took his SCM out (but will return it later) so Yuuga can’t challenge him for a duel. Thinking he could be a spy for Ryuuou, they leave him alone to discuss things. Shiori Adachi works as some cosplay hostess. A princess one. After work, she meets an eager fan, Taiju Nakano who manages to convince her to play this SCM game as she is interested in this slave and master thingy. Thinking it is just a toy and having nothing better to do, she agrees. But what will the play for? A couple of guys try to hit on them. Uhm, isn’t that lion head dude? So the challenge is who could get the guy to spend more on them. Man, the guys must have deep pockets to splash the cash. Near the end of their date, they meet and feed a dog. It isn’t a stray as it has a tag name, Zushioumaru. Unknown to them, it is also wearing an SCM. When they go to the guys’ house, suddenly Shiori is knocked out after drinking her drink. Realizing this is a date rape, suddenly Nakano turns the tables over! Resting at the park, Nakano reveals he is actually a guy! Shiori felt she lost to her as a woman. This activates her SCM. Suddenly this ruffian dude, Zenichi Bunkyou approaches them and wants to know who the master is. From Shiori’s words, he thinks she is the one and grabs her. He challenges her to a punching game and he punches her face until she gives up!!! After beating up Nakano and thinking this cross-dresser is also his slave, but Nakano darts for it. Hiding in an alley while regretting putting Shiori in danger, Julia offers to help but with a condition he becomes their ally. Julia brings him to meet colleague, Ataru Chuo who wants him to duel Julia as prove he is on their side. As they reach the park, they see Zenichi trying to fend off Zushioumaru. Doggie bites his balls and big bully is forced to admit his loss!

Episode 4
Flashback shows Zenichi being confronted by a few bodyguards because he refused to pay for Ayaka’s service. As he doesn’t like being bossed around, he beats them up! Muon Nerima saw this and thinks he is suitable to be his successor. He is the ringleader of the red light district. Zenichi loved the idea of women and money but is made to prove himself by wearing this SCM. For every slave he gets, he gets a million bucks. The rest is history. After beating Shiori, Zushioumaru came to the rescue. Chuo offers him to be their ally but Zenichi would rather die than be bossed around. Chuo wants to duel him but Nakano takes responsibility to avenge Shiori. The game is punch out and Nakano is holding a brick! As they clean up, they see Zushioumaru returning to its owner: Eia. Chuo wants the dog since it is wearing SCM but Yuuga tries to extract more info about Ryuuou. He is not saying anything. Yuuga offers to duel to free him from his slavery but Chuo remains cool and thinks that is a lie. Later Yuuga and Eia discuss how the dog end up wearing an SCM as well as the possibility that Ryuuou has a lot of slaves. Zero Shinagawa is a lonely guy whose life is just one big mundane routine. One day a kid wants him to help him avenge his father who lost an SCM duel and went crazy because the winner ran away and without the SCM, his brain suffered some damage. He would have duelled himself but nobody would take him seriously as a kid. Zero doesn’t want to get involved but when the kid says nobody ever believes him, this triggers Zero’s childhood trauma that nobody believed him and threw baseless accusations at him. Zero agrees to help so they meet the person to duel: Chuo. The game will be a quiz. First to get 3 correct wins. But it seems the kid is answering on Zero’s behalf. Eventually Zero answers one correctly himself and Chuo messes up on one. Does this mean Zero has won? On the contrary Chuo isn’t the one battling but the kid. He reveals his SCM. Zero loses and is now his slave. That story about his dad was made up and Zero was an easy target as nobody would care if he vanishes since he lives alone. A juicy revelation as the kid reveals himself as Ryuuou!

Episode 5
Somehow Zero could defy Ryuuou’s orders! He runs away but is soon knocked out. Although he is still Ryuuou’s slave, Zero explains that he heard a voice in his head to run. I’m sure that wasn’t the voice of God. Julia returns to report that Zenichi has disappeared from hospital and is left with a note. Written in blood by a crazy person, it is definitely a challenge between SCM users. Ryuuou agrees to the challenge to punish that person. Shiori finds out that Chuo is actually Julia’s slave. He started seeing her in the club she works. One day he saw her looking troubled so he thought of agreeing to play a game with her to cheer her up. Before he knew it, he became her slave. Yeah, he guessed the wrong colour of her pantsu. She wasn’t wearing any… Yuuga also receives the same letter and wants to take up the challenge. However Eia refuses as she believes the game has gotten more dangerous. Yuuga is disappointed. He thought she shared the same feelings and all. That was then. Now not so. She doesn’t want innocent people dragged in to become slaves forever. Yuuga even hits her! Eia still won’t cooperate and get him more slaves. Back home, Eia receives a message that Yuuga has lost to that crazy person. Don’t know why she is obligated to go save him. Turns how he set up himself. That’s not the end of it. He has ordered Ayaka to soak in an ice bath. Hmm… I thought masters cannot put slaves’ live in danger? Of course she cannot get out until he says so. Yuuga rants about his boring school and work life. Yeah, this gives him the thrills. His plan is to make Zushioumaru his slave. He doesn’t want Ayaka to wear the SCM or she won’t be his insurance anymore. That way, she will always stay by his side. No choice, Ayaka and Zushioumaru enter the next duel, an eating contest. No food on the plate? You eat the utensils! It’s painful seeing Ayaka trying to break the fork into pieces to swallow! Zushioumaru would do the same too but his mouth and teeth aren’t compatible. Eia agrees to do whatever he says but Yuuga lets the duel go on until Ayaka wins. Hope she doesn’t get indigestion. Yuuga then transfers Zushioumaru’s slave status from Ayaka to himself. Also, he reveals he isn’t that crazy person and just used that for this. Things are going to be crazier now that crazy people are going to play this game.

Episode 6
Wow. Now we hear the thoughts of Zushioumaru. Originally Eia’s pet, one day he saw a cute bitch (the female dog, mind you) and chased after it. Too bad he got lost and injured. A kind professor, Sumida took him in and cared for it. As he is a scientist researching about the brain, Zushioumaru didn’t mind becoming his test subject. He developed a mild prototype called Slave Control Method otherwise known as SCM. One night, his greedy colleague, Tsubaki Setagaya stole all that data to modify it for his own use and fled. Sumida felt responsible for this and resigned. With only a prototype in hand, Zushioumaru had this idea of wearing it because SCM vibrates when another wearer is nearby, to find Setagaya. Doggie must be real confident Setagaya is wearing it all the time. Too bad he didn’t find him. When Zushioumaru returned, Sumida had hanged himself. Zushioumaru vowed to find Setagaya at all cost. That’s when he stumbled into Shiori and then his SCM vibrated for the first time when Zenichi was around. The rest is history. Zushioumaru is happily reunited with Eia but wonders why she is with Yuuga whom he can sniff is a liar.

Yuuga is on the crowded train when a woman comes up to him and whispers she is that crazy person. She has him agree to a duel but before was drugged out and brought back to her base. Fujiko Taito introduces the slaves she has now that include Rushie, Masakazu, Zenichi and even Ayaka. Fujiko wants to know if he knows a man with a lion hairstyle. In fact he does. Shinnosuke Tachikawa was his friend and business partner. They wanted to sell SCMs but Yuuga had other ideas of using it so it ended there for them. Apparently Fujiko is looking for him because love at first sight. He saved her in a weird cliché manner from thugs. However he soon left and left behind and SCM. Her goal is to use it to find him so he can be hers. Not so fun now that you’re the slave, huh? With Yuuga as her slave, he is ordered to capture Eia and Zushioumaru. But Yuuga falls into another duel and loses. This person is Eia. She saved him so as to free him? This means wearing the SCM. At least she kept her promise even though he is a jerk. Better thank your lucky stars. Eia who was against using SCMs seems all for it now. They find another SCM user, Sachi Shibuya as Eia battle and win over her. Yuuga is afraid of how Eia is using it so aggressively. It seems Eia’s goal is to free all slaves from SCM. Although it can be as easy as the master’s orders, what about other slaves out there they don’t know? Hence she is going to enslave everyone wearing an SCM and them let them all go free. She’ll then rid the world of SCM. Wow. That’s like trying to destroy humanity to save it. I guess you have to be this crazy if you want it to work.

Episode 7
Julia narrates she loves holding hands of her parents. When they could not, other men tried to do the same via money or violence but they weren’t serious. Until she met Seiya. He was always there for her until that sudden breakup. Depressed, her tranny friend suggested a place of a friend to clear her head. But that home belonged to Ryuuou but he is always home alone as his mom is always out working. Thinking of being his friend, Julia agreed to play a game using SCM. She lost and is ordered to strip. This was the first time Ryuuou used the SCM and is amazed it worked. The next step is to go rescue his mom who is working in a red light district run by Nerima. However he couldn’t save her as Nerima says mom owes a lot of money and if he could secure 100 million yen, he might consider releasing his mom. Julia pitied him and agreed to his order to bait and catch more people to become his slave. She doesn’t mind doing this as it is their secret and hence their bond they share. Meeting up with Fujiko’s side, both agree to a duel of capture the flag in this warehouse. Aside from capturing the opponent’s flag to win, a slave goes out if any body part other than their feet touches the ground. Slaves can also hurt one another. The loser will all become the winner’s slave. We see Fujiko’s side taking the lead as she seems like outsmarting Ryuuou’s slaves. But when near Ryuuou’s flag, Julia electrocutes herself with a pool around the pool as warning. It seems one of the core rules as a slave is that they can disobey an order if they think it will kill them. Ryuuou on the other hand has quietly dismantled all the traps laid by Fujiko as he claims her flag. Fujiko admits her loss. In the aftermath, Fujiko is surprised that Julia actually electrocuted herself despite knowing the dangers even though it is Ryuuou’s order. She wonders why she would go that far for her master.

Episode 8
Ryuuou wants information on an SCM user that has a star mark. As it appeared inside a school, he wants Julia to infiltrate as a student. Fujiko also volunteers but since she is a nurse, she has the credentials to become a school nurse. They didn’t find any leads until Fujiko is confronted with Setagaya. At the same time Julia is confronted by Minami Kita who knows Julia is an SCM user and wants to duel her. Julia runs but is cut off by Setagaya and Fujiko who is now his slave. Julia is kidnapped as she learns he is the star SCM. Setagaya wants her cooperation as he wants to make this world a better place via SCM. As he tries to put in his star SCM into her, she struggles and loses her own. Setagaya is interested to see how long she can resist without an SCM. Eia schemes a plan to duel Nerima as Sachi is forced to ignore a call from her mad boyfriend, Takio Minato. Minami narrates how she wanted a better life. She mixed with the wrong company but eventually everyone around her disappeared. Until she met Setagaya who introduced her to SCM and assured she could win her freedom. She used it to enslave Nerima but notes nothing has changed. Eia comes in to duel Nerima. The challenge is to earn the most money in 2 hours. Money in the bank doesn’t count and you can’t use the phone or computer. This duel seems to favour Nerima as he has multiple businesses. Whatever. Challenge accepted. Nerima calls his men to bring in the money from his establishments. Meanwhile Minami follows Eia to a park where she sings and the people throws some lose changes to fill up a boot. But Sachi comes by and dumps hundreds and thousands of yen! Minami knows she is one of her slaves and part of her tactic. Meanwhile Yuuga disguises as a loan shark interested to loan Nerima money. 10 million. But it seems Nerima knows the catch and signs Eia’s name on it. There is a clause that says he must return all the money in 30 minutes. Crazy. Yuuga is caught and tied up. When Eia returns, it looks like she is going to lose but wait. The 10 million goes up in flames! There is a timer to set fire on it? With time is up, Eia’s 1 million beats Nerima’s 900 thousand. Eia explains the million she got was from Sachi asking donations from her friends. Phew. Otherwise the real 10 million they burn would have been for nothing. Literally all gone up in smoke. Eia reveals her plan to free everyone from slavery and destroy SCM. Nerima applauds her goal and believes she can stand up to a certain someone.

Episode 9
Gekkou Itabashi is an obsessed fan of a sadistic online counsellor, Maria Chiyoda. Yeah, he’s probably a masochist. He is ordered to spy on Ryuuou’s underlings believed to have popped up at his school. He spies on Setagaya and Fujiko’s confrontation. Setagaya made Fujiko wear a special SCM in exchange for info she is looking for. When Setagaya puts on his SCM, Fujiko immediately becomes his slave. It seems Setagaya’s SCM is also a special SCM and is able to pass down judgment and hence turning her into his slave. Gekkou got scared and ran away. Seeking forgiveness before Maria, she has another mission for him. Put on this SCM and rendezvous with her comrade, Kiyo Koto. Maria is reluctant to use him but since he can hear sounds of SCM, might as well use his talents to save her senior, Kiyo. Just have to put up with his annoyance. Ryuuou and Zero are at the school at night to investigate the disappearance of Julia and Fujiko. But before them is dumb Gekkou trying to stop them. Easily destroyed by Zero. But Gekkou thinks Zero is Kiyo. A switch is flipped inside Zero as he makes Gekkou enter a duel. Gekkou lost. Ryuuou puts on his SCM to transfer Zero’s slave to his however it doesn’t work. Zero is against Ryuuou? It seems this is not Zero but Kiyo! Chuo and Nakano arrive to help but Maria picks them up and escapes. Flashback shows Zero turning up at Maria’s place. Claiming he is Kiyo, Maria doesn’t believe him because Kiyo is a woman and died a while ago. Kiyo claims Zero is her son and her conscious somehow transferred to her. She wants her to help Zero. Going back further into the flashback, Maria once met Kiyo in prison after a minor scuffle. They became good friends when they got out but unfortunately Kiyo died in an accident. Next time when Maria visits Zero, Zero doesn’t have memories when he was out nor his mom. Soon Zero becomes Kiyo as she explains about Zero not knowing her because she died when he was young and the trauma made him lose his memories. Kiyo somehow reawakened when Zero put on the SCM. Their plan is to duel Ryuuou, defeat him and free Zero.

Episode 10
Ryuuou reminisces his normal and happy life with his mom. Until she started working more frequently and was rarely at home. Then Julia came into his life and he got to know about SCM. With Julia always by his side since, he noticed she has been starting to do a lot of things for him despite not being ordered around. Was it because of SCM? As Ryuuou is reading at a bookstore, surprisingly Eia comes to talk to him and give him her doughnut. Ryuuou wonders if she is unaware of who he is. He just had that look he wanted to eat a doughnut and thought it would be nice to share. Ryuuou initiates his plan to get Julia back. As Masakazu also went missing after Julia and Fujiko, Ryuuou’s slaves have caught him and trying to extract info. They find a message of a place to meet. They lie in wait to ambush as they see Setagaya and Fujiko appearing. When they have them cornered and as soon Setagaya learns Ryuuou is not among them, he uses his SCM to turn them all into his slaves. He then makes a courtesy call to Ryuuou that all his slaves are his now. But Ryuuou is only concerned about Julia and gets worked up after hearing how dutiful she is. To add insult, he sends a picture of Julia licking his feet! Setagaya reveals to his slaves that this was all part of his plan to bait and get them in one fell swoop. They have become perfect specimens to collect SCM data. Meanwhile Maria believes she has lost her trump card to defeat Ryuuou since he now knows about Kiyo. She thinks of putting on SCM to make Zero her slave to save Kiyo. Thinking Gekkou is at the door, however it is some crazy sniper gas mask dude as he attacks her and is going to turn her into his slave.

Episode 11
Nerima explains to Yuuga and Eia about the star SCM. After Minami enslaved him, Setagaya popped up and with his star SCM, he became his slave. He was ordered to pretend to be Minami’s slave. Setagaya made a deal with him that for every slave he gets, he will be paid. It is a win-win for them as Nerima would get the money and Setagaya the data he wants. The plan is to approach Setagaya without becoming his slave but soon they realize Sachi isn’t around. Just in time, they get a message from Setagaya that Sachi has been captured and to come to the warehouse. So when they make their move, Setagaya’s slaves corner them. However it is a trap as these are Nerima’s men in disguise. The real ones make their way in to find Sachi only to fall into a pit trap. Setagaya is impressed with his big catch but notices Eia not among the group. Yuuga pushed her away before they fell in. Now she is on the run. Setagaya is now talking to Fujiko as he explains how SCM works something like Pavlov’s Bell. As I understand, it is when you realize you have lost that you become a slave. As his star SCM gives off that similar sound, it brings back memories of your loss and thus the reason you lose before any duel is made. However this only works on people who have lost. This is why he wants to improve on it from the samples he collected. However he starts to bleed as it is taking a toll on his body. Suddenly he is attacked by people in a gas mask. Their master is Takio and he wants to duel Setagaya. In this lying game, Takio explains Fujiko is his slave and hence he knew all about the star SCM. Setagaya thought it is a lie but it’s not and loses. Flashback shows Takio hates people looking down on him but ever since he got the SCM, he hasn’t had any duels and became frustrated. His friend invited him to a cabaret in which Julia and Sachi became their companions. Takio targeted Julia but it was Sachi who lost to him. But as his first slave, he ordered her to have sex with her and realized the true potential of SCM. After a while, Sachi started to ignore him and he became even more frustrated. He bumped into Shinnosuke for a while and soon took things into his own hands. He observed the SCM map and those wearing it and targeted Maria to become his slave as he views her as an easy target. Extracting info from Zero, he found out about Shinnosuke and used it on Fujiko to become her next slave. Now Takio relishes he is the master of the most slaves in town.

Episode 12
Takio is using his slaves as target practice. Eia notices a number Yuuga left her. Calling it leads to Shinnosuke. After telling him what happened, Shinnosuke explains how he and Yuuga met (some brawl he was saved from). Yuuga became interested to form a partnership to do business with him but he changed when he learnt about SCM. Instead of selling it for profit, he became interested in them. He then took their money and run. So Shinnosuke is going to help her as he wants to settle things with Yuuga. But will the duo be enough to take on Takio and his slaves? This is where Ryuuou joins in. It seems Eia knows where Takio is thanks to a reliable source (Kiyo who is pretending to be under Takio’s control). Takio has Setagaya explain how many SCMs are out there. 23. Takio has the ultimate slave master as 18 slaves. Only Eia, Ryuuou and Gekkou are not his slaves. But as he counts them, there is 1 more missing. It is believed that Shinnosuke has it but sold it to someone else. Before Takio could start his next round of fun with his slaves, Eia pops up and challenges him to a duel. Whoever begs for their lives first loses. However his slaves capture her. Meanwhile Shinnosuke is putting homemade bombs all over the place while Ryuuou is on the lookout. Takio beats up Eia in hopes of making her lose. Soon, explosions occur all over. Takio panics and orders his slaves to come but they will not put themselves in danger through the fire, hence ignoring his orders.

Meanwhile Yuuga spots Shinnosuke. Both have a weird judo bout and it ends with both of them ‘declaring their love for each other’. I believe it is more of bros love than gay love. Takio mocks Eia’s plan to free all slaves. Suddenly Kiyo walks in and frees Eia. Takio tries to escape but Shinnosuke stands in his way. With fire everywhere, they have no way out. Shinnosuke has no choice but to carry them all and jump through the window! This scary ride has Takio scared sh*t as he pleads for his life. You lose. Don’t worry. They survive. Thanks to that flimsy zinc roof… Yeah… Meanwhile Ryuuou heads underground to try and free Julia. Other guys come in to help break down the door. In the aftermath, Gekkou arrives to help! It’s over, dude. But it’s not over yet as Eia and Ryuuou are both undefeated masters. The final duel is a coin toss. As the plot would have it, Eia wins. She frees everyone and bans the use of SCM or enslaving everyone. Ryuuou and Julia emotionally reunite. Nerima repays his dues to free Ryuuou’s mom from her debt. Nerima uses his influence to set up this fire thingy as some movie shoot but that’s not going to fool the authorities. Now he needs to think of what to do with Takio. But too bad Setagaya has escaped. He has his men search for him as he wants to repay his kindness. With everyone free, Eia throws away her SCM and returns home with Zushioumaru.

12 Episodes A Slave
So, uhm, that’s it? No plot twist at the end in which Eia suddenly changes her mind and reveals her true colours because and won’t free the slaves and instead goes on to dominate and enslave the world? Okay. I guess we will have to make do with this boring happy ending. What a bummer. But with Setagaya still free out there, even though SCM seems to be ‘disabled’ by Eia, as long as this guy is free, he can still make new prototypes and continue his game thereafter. Nerima better catch this guy quick if we don’t want to see history repeating itself again. Also they trolled us with that 1 missing SCM but we’ll never get to find out how because even if they teased us that some random stranger is in possession of it (for some reason his enslaving sadism kicked in late), perhaps another round of possible slavery and a possible teaser for next season! But hold on. How can that person with the only SCM left go around enslaving others? Well, the other used SCMs (assuming they have been thrown away) may be picked up by others. Hey, Eia freed those affected by SCM but this doesn’t mean the SCM itself would have stopped working, right? If Eia had foresight, she would have collected and destroyed them all! Oh boy. Didn’t think that through enough, did you?

Sometimes I feel that the irony that the term slavery is used in a very loose fashion because from what I can see, it is more of BDSM than anything. Or maybe it is just me having this old fashioned mindset that a slave has to be in very pitiful conditions and in chains. So having the people here as slaves feel like just being very obedient people as far as I would explain. Lackeys, if there was another word for it. Although the duels and games played here in challenges are nothing special and are just really simple, it also shows how terrifying that something this simple could actually end one up in a lot of mess. This is why the world is full of sh*t as long as there are greedy and evil people around.

While the concept of slaving people this easily using SCM looks like an interesting idea, however the pacing and development didn’t really play out nicely out here. There are so many mind boggling questions about the SCM that seemed to contradict itself that I got confused on how it actually works. Yes, on the outside it is that simple of both players putting it on and duel, winner becomes master and loser becomes slave. Then when you try to think a little more on the technical stuffs, it just gets a little confusing. For example, if a slave doesn’t wear his/her SCM, he/she cannot enter duels and risk become slave to others but if that is the case, can he/she obey their master without wearing SCM? If they are free from master’s control for this short period without wearing SCM, wouldn’t they have run far away? At least far enough never to see their master again? I was also wondering how Yuuga was going to make Eia his insurance if she was not initially going to wear the SCM. I thought only other masters can free slaves? If a normal people can do so, don’t you think this defeats the purpose of SCM? Another boggling thing is that if your master has become the slave of another master, then why didn’t Gekkou become Takio’s slave when Maria became his slave? Probably they kept this character for stupid comic relief that is pretty pointless but if you ponder this, doesn’t this break its own rules then? Who is Gekkou’s master then?

Another point of contention is how it works on animals. Even if Zushioumaru is a very intelligent dog and can understand some human commands, I feel Zushioumaru is a bit unrealistic because it feels like a human trapped in a dog’s body. It is to a point that little doggy could perfectly understand everything that has been said. This brings me to the next question if both SCM users are from different countries and speak different languages. Will it take effect? And how does the device actually detect when the game starts? Sure, it looks like when the users say the word itself but how does the device recognizes this?

As pointed out by Setagaya, a caveat of the SCM is that you really lose when your mind thinks you have lost. This means it is all in the mind. So if a person is particularly a very sore loser, even if he/she has actually lost and not think have actually lost yet, then the SCM will not work, right? You won’t become the master’s slave, right? So I guess that everyone we have seen so far in this anime are not really sore losers since they accept their defeat so easily and become their master’s slave in no time. Just like that saying, you don’t really lose a fight because you fall, you lose the fight because you refuse to get up. And hence SCMs are somewhat perfect for stubborn and sore losers who will never ever give in. Because it is all in the state of your mind. Hence the battle will never end! Makenai zo!!! Yeah, the not having a loser mentality is ever so important here. Heck, as proven in Zero’s case, if you have multiple personalities, you are practically ‘safe’ from being a slave. The more the better. Just don’t let that personality out. Ever again. Truly it is all in the mind.

If one of the rules for a slave is that the master cannot order a slave to die or at least put his/her life in danger, so what if a master orders the slave not to eat? It is not an immediate threat but if left alone, the slave will eventually die of starvation. But if the slave will take steps to break this and start eating, then think about this. If a slave deems something to threaten his/her life, he/she will not do as command. So if the slave is a wuss and a big pussy in life who views everything so negatively and cowardly, then theoretically the slave will not do anything the master commands, right? Example: Master: Slave, go buy me a beer. Slave: Sorry master, I’m too afraid to cross the street due to my past trauma of being knocked down by a speeding lorry and survived. Can’t do that. So again, it is all in the mind, no?

One of the biggest downfalls of this series is having too many characters. You see, this series has a total of 23 characters (or is it 24 because the official title says 23 slaves and me)! All of which are supposed to be an integral process and development of the overall series. Although there is some good points having this much characters, this means that some of the characters are nothing more than superficial and there to make up the numbers. This is particularly true for characters that appear early on in the series and are not really main or supporting character material such as Rushie, Masakazu, Seiya, Ayaka, Shiori, Nakano and Zenichi. Those like Minami who popped up late also felt like nothing and just to add up for the numbers. Even if they have like half an episode focused on their story, once that is over, they become just a number in the slave pack and forgotten. It makes you wonder if their story is really important. Yes, it is important as we get to see how their story connects to others and hence the overall big picture. However with too many characters and such little screen time, such characters have been reduced to become less important as the series reaches its closing stages.

Even if these characters had more screen time and if this series was expanded to 2 cours, I believe it will not fare any better and would lead to even more confusion. Because for one character, how much of a drama is there to be dragged out? Everybody has their own reasons and goals when they put on the SCM and many are as cliché as wanting money, power and dominance. Therefore if these characters were to have more limelight, it will be frustrating and the plot will further be at a loss. Because there are simply too many characters already so adding more screen time will not do justice to anything. That is why I suppose those aforementioned characters having their screen time and then forgotten is probably the best for them and for the overall story not to suffer. Although it is still that bad just to a lesser degree.

As for some of the main characters especially those who are supposed to be the big main players of this series, they don’t really impress too. Like Eia and Yuuga who started off giving us the impression that they are the main characters but as other characters are introduced, they slowly feel light they have been slightly relegated to the side. Eia seems like the main character only because of the need of a character to defeat the ‘bad guy’. Even Ryuuou somewhat loses his charm after being introduced. At first there was this enigma and mystery to the person who might be the biggest slave collector in town but after we get some important details about his past and other plot twists, he doesn’t seem so interesting after that. He is after all just a kid who longs for a real mother figure.

The only thing that surprised me was having Takio as the final boss. I was always thinking that Setagaya would be that role but I guess I was being confused and bored and didn’t pay attention for this plot twist. I mean, I sometimes keep wondering about this character as he pops up from time to time (in fact, he is one of the first characters to pop up when the series started) but never give much thought about it. Could it be just a red herring even if they show a little prominence of this character? So it’s like the ‘final boss’ keep changing hands. At least in my mind. From Ryuuou to Setagaya to Takio. It just shows that it is a dog eat dog world out there and if you’re not on your guard, somebody is always there waiting to knock you off your high throne and take over your spot.

The wild card and joker among all the characters is Shinnosuke. He could perhaps be the biggest link to all those involved in SCM despite his character being shown as some hippie or something. However his real final episode appearance wasn’t really mind blowing or exciting. Just because he isn’t an SCM user, he is that wild card and convenience needed to get the plot through the final episode. With their initial money up in smokes, I suppose Yuuga is going to have a hard time paying him back now. Hope he learnt his lesson from this little thrill he got. It’s been fun for a while. Now back to his boring mundane life.

Heck, Eia’s goal to free everyone and the world of SCMs must be so easy because it is revealed there are only like 23 of them. You mean Setagaya didn’t mass produce them?! Holy sh*t. I was under the impression that there are at least thousands of them free flowing around since Eia made that bold statement of wanting to rid of SCM slavery.  This means Eia could actually not go on an international personal crusade of every nook and corner of the world to find and destroy every single SCM. Phew. Only 23 of them. No sweat to track them all. And conveniently they are all in the same town. What a catch! Of course this is assuming Eia doesn’t know how many are there are first but in the end we see her freeing everyone like as though she knows that these are all the SCMs users ever. What an easy job. Now where did that 1 remaining SCM go to…

Artwork and animation feel like a mixed bag because I noticed the quality sometimes fluctuates between passable and mediocre. It’s not like it is heavy on the action side either. Some of the hot female characters like Julia and Fujiko, it feels like they lap up their sexiness like as though they come from another anime if you think too much about it. But I want to point out that the first time I looked at Setagaya, I was shocked to see what the f*ck is this evil version of John Lennon doing here???!!! This series is co-produced by TNK (High School DxD, School Days, UFO Princess Valkyrie) and Zero-G (Tsugumomo, One Room, Nil Admirari No Tenbin). Prior to the anime adaptation, there was a live action movie adaptation of this series back in 2014, Tokyo Slaves.

The opening theme is Kara Kara Na Kokoro by Shougo Sakamoto. He sounds a bit sleepy although I thought he had some cold when he recorded singing this song because it sounds like he is singing through his nasal. Not kidding. It’s one of those generic kind of songs that tries to give you a generic feel of the series. Like the ending theme for Kamisama No Memo-chou. I don’t know, hearing this piece somehow reminds me of Asunaro even though they are different as night and day. The ending theme is BJ by Pile. The hard rock piece feels more suitable to be the opener. The ending credits animation here feels weird because it shows the mug shots, actually the leg shots or body shots without the face shown of all the concerned characters. Like as though they are lining up for their mug shots to be taken at the police station.

Overall, this series had an interesting concept but failed to articulate and express such ideas into an appealing and fascinating series. Too many characters all trying to be linked together contributed to the messy plot of who could accumulate the most slaves. It is not a very bad anime but it is just unfortunate that it is haphazard and hence limiting the understanding and overall enjoyment. You try to keep track of the characters and the story but soon realize it is better to just forget the whole thing and watch this mindlessly like a slave if you want to get to the end. Take it from me who have been a ‘slave’ to watching anime for umpteen years now. You just stop questioning your master’s orders (in case this, the logic of the anime) and just go with the flow and accept everything as it is. It’s so much easier that way. After all, slaves don’t think and don’t defy their masters and continue to serve them no matter how crappy they are. Yup, it’s the reason why I will continue to watch mediocre animes for years to come. And I don’t even need to be subjugated by an SCM for that. I guess slavery won’t be ending anytime soon.

WHY, JAPAN?! WHY OH WHY???!!!! Because… It’s Japan being very Japan. Do you need any other reasons? Who would have thought that Iya Na Kao Sare Nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai would even be animated. I mean, besides all the hentai out there. As the title suggests, a group of girls in various outfits will show you their panties but in exchange for this eye candy, you must put up with their disgusted face. A small price to pay, right? Yeah, why the heck are they even showing it to us. And that is what mainly this ‘series’ (that was ‘adapted’ from illustrated works that literally shows us angry faced girls flashing their pantsu) is about. Mad girls showing you their panties like as though they are doing you a favour. Oh right. They are. I guess they have a right to be mad when they see our cringe filled perverted smiling happy faces. I know there are so many other ‘worse’ ecchi (without even crossing the hentai line or being borderline hentai) but to animate a series just for this specific purpose? Oh my dear Japan… You really want to outdo yourself, huh?

Episode 1: Chitose Itou (Maid)
OMG!!! OMFG!!!!!!!!!! MAID CHARACTER AS THE FIRST!!!!!! OMFG!!!! THANK YOU JAPAN!!!!! I LOVE YOU JAPAN!!!!!!! Now you know why I watched this series…Meido-san, since I am your goshuujin-sama, I want you to show your pantsu. Sexual harassment, whatever you call it, JUST F*CKING SHOW ME YOUR PANTSU!!!!! Hehehe… Good maid…. Can I have a second round?

Episode 2: Yuina (Idol)
Wow. Such a sell-out concert, huh? Must be thanks to us who were your first and staunch supporters, huh? In that case you can be grateful by SHOWING YOUR KAWAII PANTSU TO US!!!! IT IS NOT ONLY OUR ONLY WISH. IT IS OUR F*CKING RIGHT!!!! No, we don’t want your whatever curry meal you can cook for us. Oh, take off those ‘fake’ outer pantsu so that we can see the real pantsu you are wearing.

Episode 3: Maria Takayama (Nun)
Best Christian anime ever to grace our screens recently. Oh sister, we are such lost sheep. Please help guide us back to the righteous path… BY SHOWING US YOUR PANTSU!!!!! By the will of God’s grace, you will show us your pantsu and help a miracle occur and bring peace to our minds. Oh, bless you sister. Bless you… And your pantsu…

Episode 4: Iori Izumo (Miko Priestess)
Time for another ‘spiritual healing’ this time with a more eastern type. Yeah, we are childhood friends with the supposed shrine maiden and we’re supposed to follow the footsteps of our shrine master. Since you started it by asking us if there was a certain someone we like, I guess SHOW ME YOUR PANTSU!!!!! Hey, it’s your fault for bringing up the nostalgic memory of accidentally seeing your panties when you tripped then. Oh yeah. I have no more regrets after fulfilling my earthly desires.

Episode 5: Misuzu Tanahashi (Nurse)
OMG! YOU SAID IT FIRST! YOU BETTER KEEP YOUR WORD! Because if we manage to finish this 3000 piece puzzle in 4 hours, you will do us any one thing that we ask! Even by your own admission if it is something ecchi! You better make good your promise because nothing makes us go faster than the power of boners. NOW SHOW US YOUR PANTSU!!! AND STICK YOUR ASS OUT WHILE YOU’RE AT IT! Oh yes. I can feel our injuries healing already. But just to be safe, can we have a 3000 jigsaw puzzle match with you next time so that we can ask you to strip? We might be energetic but we’re not totally healed yet!

Episode 6: Airi Sega (High School Girl)
Yeah… Japanese guys sure love their joshi kousei. Gamer girl loses to us. Yeah, she didn’t think we could beat her. Hence she is so mad that this challenge was a bet to see her pantsu. So confident you could win, eh? Agreed to play because you thought it was a joke and we share the same hobby, eh? Now look what happened? So just shut up and SHOW US YOUR PANTSU!!! Oh, turn around and show us your ass to while you’re at it. Yeah, yeah. Complain and insult us all you want with those flowery nicknames you came up on the fly for us. But if you don’t do it, it means you have no pride as a gamer and a girl who goes back on her word. Oh yeah… OH YEAH!!! Is there a save point for this?!

Panty Raider: Underwear World
Oh dear… Oh my… If you think this was bad enough (or satisfyingly good), wait till you hear that there is going to be another f*cking season of this series!!!! You heard that right. WHY, JAPAN?! WHY OH WHY???!!!! I guess there are so many other female outfits that we missed out that we have to have another season just to get our ecchi fix. Especially the policewoman outfit is sorely missing here. Yeah, I suppose we will be arrested right away, locked away forever with the keys to the cell thrown away.

With today’s declining moral standards, there is going to be some (petty) arguments from both sides of the divide. But we’re not here to judge who is right or wrong. Simply because I am one of the few who kinda ‘enjoyed’ this sleazy cheesy cheap fanservice series. Especially the maid. Oh yeah. The most important and best one of the lot. I hope she gets her own spinoff sequel and add a few more other maid characters to the mix. That would be absolutely perfect. A dream come true. Rather, the wildest fantasies-cum-delusions and dreams come true. We all know this series is made to target a certain demographic audience and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. What a world we live in.

But I am in a dilemma to whether to call those panty shots as worth it. Yes, it is somewhat ‘worth it’. Because which sane girl would actually lift their skirts to show their panties? And we’re not even talking about porn. Even if the girls put up their disgusted faces, we will be so focused and engrossed at their kawaii pantsu that we would hardly notice them. No wonder we want to look at their panties and ass. Further away from the boobs and hence the higher chances of our eyes meeting. Yeah, I’m wondering how these girls will look at us from now on. Will they continue to show us their panties or will they completely avoid us or greet us with that auto disgusted face every time we meet. I don’t think that will be worth it in the long run, seeing a girl’s disgusted face without getting to see her pantsu… More importantly, what happened to us and her after she showed us their pantsu? Will legal action be taken? Don’t care. Got our pantsu fix. Can die happy now. Or rot in prison forever.

A few seconds worth of panty shots doesn’t sound like anything much and that is all the fanservice this has to offer. Of course you could pause the video to have a longer look… So it feels like a short term quick fix for those wanting something light on the naughty side rather than something heavy. We just want a quick glimpse of those kawaii pantsu rather than seeing the convoluted plots infused with semi-naked girls and their big boobs (High School DxD, Sunohara-sou No Kanrinin-san, Killing Bites, Nanatsu No Bitoku) or even one of those porn animes (Joshi Ochi).

But having said that, the biggest ‘dissatisfaction’ that I find is the limited view of the pantsu. What I mean is that there is just one fixed view of the pantsu. Hardly satisfying. Woah! Am I expecting more hardcore fanservice from this God-given ecchi stuffs? Should I not be grateful? Am I saying I want some full 3D rotation shot of all the pantsu? Yeah. Maybe. Perhaps I should get a VR of this series if there was ever one made. I’m saying this because the ‘most unsatisfying’ pantsu shot goes to the nurse. I could hardly see her pantsu as she is showing off mostly her ass. Turn around! Turn around, I say! Didn’t happen. I was left to rue the wasted panty shot for that episode. Yeah… First world problems… And why does the nun wear such fancy lingerie? I thought she’s supposed to conservative and loyal to God? Does God like fancy pantsu? At least the high school girl was slightly better despite showing most of her ass to us. Sighs. Even got panty shots still complaining…

In the end, it feels like the cheapest porn logic ever for these girls in outfits to just show us their panties. Yup. No resistance whatsoever. Because we want to see them, they show it to us without further questioning. Like as though they want to show them to us… But then again, this isn’t only porn logic (but without any sex or penetration in this case) but perhaps the complexity of a woman’s mind. You know how they will snap back at you for cheating on her in HER DREAMS?! That’s why we can’t complain if we can get away by looking at women’s panties with a disgusted face as penalty. I’m sure most of us can live with our conscience of this guilty pleasure. Till the next round when they spam us with more pantsu shots. WHY, JAPAN?! WHY OH WHY???!!!!