Remember before you faced off with the ultimate final boss of a game, you would stock up as much healing potions as you can? Or at least level up like mad before the final fight? And then when you fought the big bad boss, you realize that it wasn’t so bad in the first place and all that potion stocking and levelling up felt like a big waste of time? Yeah. But you can’t always be too sure, right? Because like they say, the best offence is a best defence. Itai No Wa Iya Nano De Bougyoryoku Ni Kyokufuri Shitai To Omoimasu (or Bofuri if that name is too freaking long for you to pronounce and remember) is like the ultimate defence version of Shinchou Yuusha. The main character hates pain so she puts all her points into defence, making her character the most impenetrable and rock solid defence ever. Don’t laugh. Better be safe than sorry.

Episode 1
Kaede Honjou has been pestered by her friend, Risa Shiromine to play this VRMMO game, New World Online (NWO). After putting on this discount NerveGear, she enters NWO and is tasked to enter a name. After inputting Maple, she needs to select a weapon. Not wanting to feel pain, she decides this shield is the best. As for distribution of her stats, she puts it all to defence. Don’t want to feel pain now, do we? Diving into the game, she asks a girl (Frederica) where to level up. In the forest, a cue bunny attacks her. But she feels no pain and gets no damage. After an hour, she seems to have built resistance and hence levelled up. So the next time to bunny continues to attack, it dies!!! WTF?! She levels up and earns more points in which she puts it all to defence. Next, a cute bee attacks. Though, she is not immune from its poison, she notices she can build immunity this way. So she purposely gets poisoned to build up resistance?! WTF?! Then using a simple attack to kill it. More level up, more stats and a special rare item ring. Wow. This game is too easy. Then she just sleeps there in the middle of the road while all the critters attack her. Once done, WTF she has built more resistance and skills???!!! SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS GAME?! Enough for today. Log out. Oh, it’s after midnight! Homework not done! Next day she logs in. Needing for better gear, she talks to this guy, Kuromu who seems to be the same shield wielder with her. He brings her to Iz who is a blacksmith. But since she has not enough money (a million gold is needed!), she is told the dragon’s labyrinth could earn her some treasures. First monsters are cute slimes. Her knife attacks don’t work, so how? She slams them with her shield! OMG! This does more damage?! Of course, new skills and level up achieved. Then she faces off with this poisonous hydra. She is not totally immune from its poison as her HP is decreasing. But each time, she drinks her health potion. So rinse and repeat this cycle. Guess what? She builds immunity to poison!!! WTF???!!! I swear this game is something wrong… But she can’t attack so how? She bites and eats the hydra until it dies!!! OMFG!!! I DON’T BELIEVE THIS!!! And yes, you know the drill. More levelling up in stats (you know where she’ll put it all), receives a really rare armour in which if it is broken, the next one gets stronger. I rest my case… No wonder she so happy and hooked in this game. So technically if I go by this game’s logic, if I die many times, will I build resistance to death and become an immortal???!!!

Episode 2
Wow. Maple is eating more bugs and levelling up… She then participates in NWO’s very first event. It’s not specifically stated what it is but from what I can see it’s like a battle royale. Hence, I’m thinking why is Maple participating in this if she has no intention to fight others? I mean, she’s just idling around and drawing nice pictures. When a guy comes to challenge her, he dies just after hitting her shield!!! OMFG! Soon everybody starts to gang up on her but you know, she’s so untouchable at this point. She’s even got some paralyzing skill to paralyze them all and take them all out in one fell swoop with her poison breath. Amazing. All without even really hitting others! In the end, Maple got third place (first is Payne while Dread in second). It’s no wonder everyone is in shock. Is her shield actually legal or broken? Next time, Risa now manages to log in to play with Kaede. She goes by the name Sally and she doesn’t think of increasing her defence points. Because if she doesn’t get hit, it doesn’t matter, right? Also, there are some weapons that will automatically increase her hit points so she won’t increase that either. Because she wants to be a fast swashbuckler, she puts her stats in agility. As Maple wants to change the colour of her shield, Iz told her that in some underground lake of the southern city has white fish scales. Riding on Sally’s back, they make haste there. They do some fishing but with Maple’s low agility, she cannot swim. Hence Sally does the exploration around the lake. You know you’re near the treasure when some monster fish boss is around. Sally gets into serious mode to fight it until she beats it. And the treasure she got? Hmm… Some cool looking cape? Then the announcement of another event. Because it is in another world, its criteria is for them to clear exclusive dungeons.

Episode 3
Looks like the developers have applied some fixes and updates to the game. This means Maple can now receive some damage and she will have limited times to use he godly moves. Yeah, it’ll be a pain if everyone ends up like her character. But as consolation, all the damage effects coming out will make her feel more invincible. With Maple now a household name, she is met with Dread and Drag. They talk about the next event and next world but since the girls want to explore this world further, they recommend a quest in the north forest to increase speed. But it might be tough for Sally since this is a haunted forest and she is afraid of ghosts! Can she complete this quest? Apparently luck is on their side because they discover a secret underground room. Some tortured guy sitting there. Sally applies her healing until he moves on to the next world. And voila! Here’s the scroll for the super fast skill. Then they enter some pathway that leads them to some nice beach. Picked up some nice red stone that they’ll keep as souvenir. At the entrance to the next world, Maple uses up some of her limited moves already. Sally help tests out some of her skills to fight the monsters. Then they face off with this deer monster boss and of course defeat it. They are now in the new world. Iz is already here and has opened her shop. Just in time for Maple to handover the ingredients and create her new white shield that she names Snow White. Before the next event, Maple and Sally have this romantic dinner under the starry sky. Eating weird tasty food and drink that has their eyes and hair glow in different colours. Sure this game isn’t laced with drugs too? The next event is here. There is some girl, Mii rallying her Flame Emperor group to bring victory. Before the event starts, it is announced it will be a treasure hunt and they are to find silver medals in which collecting 10 of them can be exchanged for a gold medal. As stealing from others is also okay, the top 10 players from the last event will receive a gold medal each at the start. So stay on guard always.

Episode 4
Walking through the endless plains, suddenly Maple falls into a secret cave. A hidden dungeon? Of course a joker monster attacks them. Nothing like a few combo moves to take it out and receive a couple of silver medals. Next day, as they are about to try this snowy dungeon, Kuromu and his team are here. They don’t want to fight or steal medals but it seems others don’t have the same idea. Since they are hard on their luck in finding medals and this dungeon can only allow a single party, kind Maple decides to let them take this one. After they enter and Maple and Sally about to leave, the entrance opens again. They fear they might have been taken out by a powerful monster. What to do but to check it out? Indeed. There is this very powerful ice phoenix. To add to some drama, we see them fight real hard and even Maple is being flung around. Wow. Their attacks did no damage? And then Maple’s shield breaks. Gasp! Oh, but it resurrects. Hope this one is stronger. Finally some mirage move from Sally to trick the bird and then Maple finishing it off with her poisonous hydra. Phew. They’ve earned this victory. They would’ve been goner had not Maple acquired a new skill that saved their asses. After collecting some goodies, they also collect cute monster eggs that will hatch if warmed up enough. Meanwhile, the developers are starting to panic. That bird boss is packed with all the lethal skills impossible for any players to beat. Basically, an evil prank. And it’s that damn Maple who defeated it! Worse, they got off with monster eggs! Oh dear. Time to work harder to fix more bugs… Maple and Sally continue their adventure. Get more medals. Then their eggs hatch. Wow! Cute turtle and fox! Maple names her turtle, Syrup. She really wants to make a pun with Maple Syrup, huh? Sally names her fox, Oboro. Weird, Syrup has faster agility than Maple… So with monster pets at their side, they can help aid in their fights. The duo arrive at the oasis. Waiting there is a samurai girl, Kasumi. She wants Maple’s gold medal.

Episode 5
Sally and Kasumi engage in some super fast fight. But when Maple comes crashing into them, they all fall into some sandpit. Inside this dark underground dungeon, the trio are chained together. It seems if one dies, everyone dies. Convenient plot for them to work together and get out of here, right? They explore the dungeon and then cooperate to escape from unkillable giant slugs. Finally they enter the treasure room. They share the loot of weapons and medals. After getting out, they part ways. Maple and Sally continue their adventure and obtain more medals. They also meet another player, Kanade who isn’t so interested in collecting medals as she is satisfied with this Akashic Records puzzle cube that she got. As a token of their friendship, Kanade gives them a hint book for the event. Of course it is filled with riddles and it is no fun if she tells them the answer. Go discover it yourself. So here they are in some ruins. It teleports them to some underwater ruins whereby they have to fight off (and successfully defeat) a squid monster. And yeah, more medals! Meanwhile, the game developers are tired of hearing of Maple’s achievements. Yeah, they don’t want to face reality anymore! She has gotten more powerful, defeat enemy bosses easily, so much so she has become more of a last boss than the real last boss! With the duo short of 2 medals, Sally decides to go hunt other players as time is running out. She doesn’t want Maple to come as many would recognize her. And so Sally becomes a demon and massacres other players. Wow. She mowed down the whole bunch and that bunch just got 2 medals? I guess they’re all amateurs. But it’s enough. Returning to the cave where Maple is hiding, it seems Kasumi is also here. She too is trying to hide from other players who are now desperate to hunt others with medals now that time is running out. So the trio hide in the cave until the event is over. With the medals exchanged for gold, a gold medal allows a player to choose a skill. And so Maple has Syrup get some mega morphing skill while she herself picks psychokinesis. Now she can shower acid rain while riding on a giant floating turtle! HAHAHA!!! SHE’S SO UNSTOPPABLE!!!

Episode 6
Kaede has been playing the game so much that she is letting her bad habits creep into her school life. Reality doesn’t work like the game. How embarrassing. Time to lay off NWO for a while. And after 3 days, she’s back! Damn. That was fast. And while she was gone, NWO has added a few new features. Damn. That was fast. One of them including purchasing a home. Time to go house hunting. Eventually they settle for this cosy tree house base. Because it looks too big for just the 2 of them, they decide to invite others and at the same time form a guild. Hence you’ve guessed the usual suspects that include Kasumi and Kanade. Since Kuromu and Iz were passing by, they too get invited. Damn. That was fast, the recruiting. They all agree to have Maple as the guild master and in turn she names the guild, Maple Tree. Hey, it’s her guild, right? Of course they got to show us how superb this group is as we see them slash some monsters as training. Maple Tree then conducts its first guild meeting. Talking about the upcoming events and new world, because there are going to be lots of monsters and drop items, there will be competitions among the guilds. Kuromu suggests to invite more people to join their guild to bolster their chances. Maple and Sally go to the bulletin for recruitment. Since many want high level players, Maple is okay in taking in beginners so long as they all have fun. Wow. She really is taking this game thingy as a game seriously, huh? Going back down to the first world, they quickly stumble into a pair of sisters, May and Yui. Maple invites them but they don’t think so and consider themselves as weak. It seems they maxed out their offensive skills but other skills are basically zero. So after talking and ironing things out, I guess they agree to join. So as to have them join them in the next world, they fight that deer monster boss. Uhm, only Maple and Sally do all the action and the sisters just watch? Is this another broken feature of NWO? May and Yui are introduced to the rest of the members. They bow their heads so hard that the table cracked! Sally ‘worries’ if they would end up just like Maple. Oh I bet they will…

Episode 7
Maple now takes May and Yui to do some time trial run. Yup, it’s more challenging to take on monsters in an allocated time. Plus, the faster they do it, the faster they level up. And man, they’re breaking their own time record each time. At this rate, they’ll be faster than Sonic! As expected, the sisters have done well enough to get some devastating offensive abilities of their own. The next scenes show the other members of Maple Tree levelling up like mad. This game is too easy. While Maple is out in town, she stumbles upon an NPC quest. Mother needs to do something for her ailing daughter. What else? You guessed it. Maple is going to take on this side quest. But it seems there is a chain of quests here. Until Maple realizes that it might be some loop. She goes to do some fetch item quest, daughter gets better, but something bad happens that would reset her health back to initially. I don’t know if the developers want other players to take on such quest. I suppose Maple has taken on this quest a few times so there is an extra option which might lead to a different path. Indeed. In addition to saving the child’s life, Maple also gets, wait for it, another ability! And so what’s this ability all about? Well, not only she transforms into an angel, but as long as her comrades are standing within her range, enemies cannot harm them at all! Basically they’re immortal!!! F*ck! Why does this scene of the enemies perpetually trying to beat down Maple Tree but to no effect feels like that Spongebob episode… This overpowering has gone way too far. Meanwhile Payne is quite concerned with the rise of Maple Tree. Along with his other Order of the Holy Sword guild members, Dread, Drag and Frederica, they are going to scout out the enemy for more information.

Episode 8
So we have an event that kills cows to get bells and the more bells you get, the better the reward? Whatever. Iz has made fitting outfits for her comrades for this event. So as Maple Tree get into the groove of murdering bovines, Maple wanders off herself and stumbles into an abandoned church she once visited before. Then she triggers some demonic dark night who attacks her. Before you could say that she’s going to overpower her way out of this again, they make us worry a bit since she is struggling to contain this violent mother*cker. Her defence not working? Heck, she even gets eaten! But of course, she eats her way out! I didn’t know it was this easy to kill a demon. And as expected, she gets a new ability. So besides being an angel, she is now a demon?! Is she even human anymore?! And yeah, the developers aren’t even bothered with Maple anymore. They think she can’t defy anymore logic. THEY HOPE! Why do I feel they’re going to regret everything soon? Maple shows off her new skills. Uhm, she transforms into an armoured alien Godzilla and easily kills off this oversized broccoli monster! Everyone is so in shock and baffled. Just another usual day of Maple getting buffed up. And Maple so happy she can protect everyone better now. She’s basically more perfect than perfect! Maple Tree then heads to the next level which is some machine world. Exploring about, as you can tell, Maple saves an NPC who then triggers a quest for her. This old fart tells some old story about some feud between the first and second generation, blah, blah, blah. Maple makes her way and finds herself in some machine graveyard. Scrapyard? Before her is the supposedly previous king of machines. Because he attacks her and wants to turn everything into junk, cue for Maple to fight back. Another easy win. The machine than gives him her powers so as to defeat somebody. The machine then turns into an even more badass machine boss so to prevent her ass being blown to bits, Maple uses the new power to turn herself into a mecha! Woah! WTF?! Since when did this become a power mecha battle anime???!!! As expected, Maple wins since her blast is more powerful and flashier. Heh. Who’s the scrap now?

Episode 9
Maple shows her team her awesome mecha firepower. At this point, they’re not surprised but still can’t help feel dumbfounded at her latest arsenal entry. While some train, others relax. Sally calls Frederica out as she knows she has been spying on them for a while. She can tell she is scouting other guilds to gauge their capacity. Sally challenges Frederica to a duel in which the loser will reveal info about their own guild. Frederica agrees but will only tell info on the Flame Emperor. So the duo teleport to another arena and duke it out. After putting Sally on the edge and having her reveal some of her secret skills, Frederica surprisingly surrenders. She talks about some of the powerful members in Flame Emperor to be wary off like Markus the trapper, Misery the cleric and Shin the split sword. After Frederica leaves, we see her monologue this was all part of her plan. It was to see Sally’s secret skills. Had Frederica fought longer, she would’ve given away herself too. Also, telling about Flame Emperor is so that Maple Tree could fight and both sides will crush each other. Sally reveals to her comrades about her fake skill. Yeah, she isn’t that stupid either since it was her part to deceive the enemy too. Maple Tree receives news about the upcoming guild war. Basically it is some capture the flag version. Not only you defend your own orb in your own base but you can steal enemy’s orbs to earn more points. Maple Tree divide their roles with Maple, Yui and May at the defence, Sally, Kuromu and Kasumi as the offensive power while Iz stays back at the base. Kanade is the joker card and can be anywhere she wants. After more training, the guild war begins. The event begins and we of course see other dumb guilds becoming Sally’s victims. So dumb that she eggs them to fight and blame each other for stealing their orbs while she secretly steal theirs. Are they even cut out for this game?! Then there’s that short bout between Sally and Dread that didn’t amount to anything much. We see Flame Emperor owning the game. But what’s this? Sally manages to steal one of their orbs?! When she gets away, we see Mii’s true colours. She’s actually a meek player pretending to be strong. She can’t take it anymore and wants to quit being a leader while crying alone! Enemies have discovered Maple Tree’s hideout. No problem, right? Yup. Double grievance for them as they all got owned by Maple the angel. Flawless victory.

Episode 10
Payne is slaying his opponents like nobody’s business. Despite singlehandedly getting like about 20 orbs, this guy is still sceptical about wanting to steal and fight Maple Tree. Good instincts. I can see why this guy is the top. Meanwhile Maple Tree has got like 10 orbs. But they’re still like in 17th place overall. No rest for Sally as she continues to hunt down smaller guilds and take their orbs. The logic is that smaller guilds tend to be wiped out faster so if bigger guilds get them first, it will be hard for Maple Tree to take on those larger guilds. Yeah. Great strategy. So we see the rest of Maple Tree heading out to do the same or put a stop to ambushing guilds trying to steal their orb (it is only right they attract attention since the orbs are gathered at their base). While we see Kasumi taking Shin who was an old comrade (of course in which she would eventually defeat), Sally meets her match when she is outnumbered by skilled players of Holy Sword. Frederica thought she knew all the tricks in Sally’s ability. Until it didn’t work and Sally continues to stand her ground, did Frederica realize that those aren’t Sally’s abilities but her own reflex!!! Hey wait a minute. Can you do that in an online game???!!! Anyway, before Sally gets taken down, here comes Maple just in time. Because Sally messaged her she might die. Nothing like that taboo word to send a friend come flying in. Now the tables are turned. Holy Sword is owned left and right!!! Those guys are f*cked!!! But this is a distraction because with May and Yui left at the base, Dread comes in to steal the orbs. They give him a run for his money before getting killed. Of course Maple and Sally return just in time to kill him before any orbs are stolen. When Maple Tree reunites, they’ve taken their orb tally up to 22. Sally moves on to their next plan. You see, the reason she has been ambushing guilds hard is so that she could map out their base. Now that she’s got the entire map of everybody’s whereabouts, Maple can now go on a robbing spree. So to speak. And hence, it’s like Maple with May and Yui go on a field trip picking souvenirs on a flying turtle. Ah, such easy pickings. Eventually the next target is Flame Emperor. Yeah, Maple isn’t afraid of anybody. You know you’re screwed when all the traps that Markus set, SHE JUST WALKED THROUGH THEM LIKE NOTHING!!! LIKE A BOSS!!! WTF IS SHE ON CHEAT CODE MODE???????!!!!!!!! Before Markus is marked and more misery for Misery, here comes Mii to face off with those cheaters easy goers. Somebody needs to stop them dead in their tracks and make them think twice that they could REALLY DO ANYTHING so easily.

Episode 11
The epic boss fight begins. However with Maple being the strongest defence and Mii being the strongest offence, the fight isn’t going anywhere. Hence Mii wants Misery and Markus to buy her time while she activates her ultimate skill. So eventually Mii unleashes some flaming prison to engulf Maple. It’s looking bad for her since it is depleting Maple’s life bar the more she stays trap. If you think Maple will find a way out of this, you guessed right. Because she transforms into her mecha mode!!! Holy sh*t! Flame Emperor is totally f*cked now. No time to be flabbergasted by her new form. DO SOMETHING!!! Unfortunately, Maple’s awesome firepower means there is nothing they can do! See the crater she leaves in the beam’s wake???!!! Hasta la vista baby!!! Misery suggests escaping and Mii accepts this. However Maple won’t let them go and fully blasts them!!! Wow. Maple is so greedy. Mii is the only one left from the blast so she isn’t going down easily. Thus she tries to take Maple out with her own self-destruct. Boom! Guess what? Mii’s dead but Maple somehow survives!!! WTF???!!! But ‘good news’. Flame Emperor took their orb away so Maple Tree can’t steal them. You mad, Maple? Yui and May suggest raiding other nearby guild bases. Okay. Greedy girls… Meanwhile Mii is crying like a baby, knowing she has been soundly beaten by Maple. To add salt to her wounds, she hear reports that Maple escaped unscathed after the self-destruct. Time to cry harder… Maple Tree has been gathering lots of orbs enough to break into the top 10 but still nowhere near Holy Sword who is sitting comfortably at the top spot. Hence Sally predicts they will come to attack them soon. This turns out true but she only miscalculated one thing: She didn’t expect the top players of Holy Sword to come instead of the whole army. Because with such a big guild, they will move slower and their movements will be noticeable. Holy Sword top players are now at Maple Tree’s base and it is showdown time. Both sides clash heavily and with Maple having used up a lot of her limited skills already, she has to revert to her usual. No angel mode this time. This allows Payne to move in and slash her! OMG! Maple done in for good???!!! I wouldn’t count on it…

Episode 12
Yeah… Maple still lives. Maple Tree gets a taste of what it feels like when they’re cornered when Iz, Kanade and Oboro gets killed! OMG! The beginning of the end?! Maple then fires her awesome big gun and Payne survives. You mean to look this shocked that he did? He is NWO’s top player! I guess fun time is over. So before Payne kills Maple, Maple throws away her shield and turns into her Godzilla mode! So she is invincible now in this mode?! Because she devours Payne! OMG! Payne is killed! And slowly Godzilla Maple smashes the rest of Holy Sword! Wow. F*ck, man. That’s how they won. But strategy time. At this point, Maple Tree has ranked up to 6th place and because the top 10 guilds all get the same reward, there is no point in stealing orbs. Hence the strategy now is to eliminate other smaller guilds and their orbs. Yup, with Maple in Godzilla form, you bet the other smaller guilds are f*cked big time. Why do they look like villains now? Flame Emperors are also having this same idea as the smaller guilds are teaming up to fight them. Mii already has her hands full when she receives report that Maple Tree is coming. Okay. Bring it on! And then she sees Godzilla Maple. WTFFFFFFFF???!!! However Maple doesn’t kill her but helps out in destroying the smaller guilds. As part of the strategy, Flame Emperor’s large guild size can help them in trimming those puny guilds. So it’s the same for Holy Sword too. You thought you’ve seen everything. Until Maple clones her Godzilla mode 7 times!!! OH F*CK!!!! EVERYONE IS SO SCREWED!!! Can the game just end already? So the admins are glad the event is over and only 6 guilds are left. Their goal is to put a highlight video together but most of them are from Maple Tree… As for the question of wanting to downgrade Maple’s abilities, they think it is not the best interest of the game to do so. Because Maple has become the poster girl of NWO and attracting new players to play and fight her! Woah… Everybody such a masochist… The admins are so broken that they are now Maple fans? Yeah, they take a peek on what she’s doing right now… Soon, Maple Tree celebrate their 3rd place finishing. They also invited Holy Sword and Flame Emperor to join the fun. I guess if they’re not competing, there’s no point being enemies, right? Everybody thought they have seen all that Maple has to offer but Sally cautions them she might pick up weirder skills. And when Maple she is just playing normally, everyone scoffs at her. Having fun, aren’t we? See you next season then. Wait. WHAT?!

Bore-freak: The Rising Overpowered Shield Heroine
Wow. They should just give up in balancing the game and rename NWO into Maple Tree World Order. MTWO. A tribute literally in her name. The game is literally all about them now. They’re so unbeatable. Not even bosses from other games can beat her and her small team even if they joined forces. Not even Kirito who broke into Underworld and defeated Administrator/Pontifex by himself. You think you’ve seen everything there is for such a game to offer but you haven’t seen anything yet if you have not encountered Maple. And best of all, she is just playing everything normally without any effort. Genius or extremely lucky? Let’s hope her offline life is keeping up with her online triumphs. She’d better. Before the next season comes about. OMFG!!! Really?! This is getting another season?! For real?!

With the ire and hatred over badly adapted isekai animes spamming the airwaves recently, I have this suspicion that this season they turn it into some virtual MMORPG. Yes, in the same season, we also had Infinite Dendrogram of the virtual MMORPG genre. So this series isn’t actually an isekai category and therefore you can’t technically hate it because it is not an isekai genre! Get it! Too bad being a virtual MMORPG genre, it still is nowhere near the godly tier of Sword Art Online. It is sad to say that whether or not it is isekai or virtual MMORPG, as long as your story is sh*t and the characters are also sh*t, eventually the anime will still turn out sh*t. Period. This is the unfortunate thing that I feel for this series.

One of the craziest things that this series focuses on is levelling up and maxing out Maple’s defence points. Now, this is where my dilemma comes in. Because you see, had this been an isekai genre, Maple levelling up and maxing out her defence would be more plausible, though not necessarily likeable. Because you know, it’s the other alternate fantasy world, there are things that work beyond the comprehension of humans from this world. But now considering that NWO is actually a virtual game created by game developers, this is where it doesn’t make freaking sense. To say the game is broken at its initial stages feels like an understatement. Because it feels like there was a need to turn Maple into one of the most solid defence characters in the game as fast as they can, hence all the mind boggling stuffs that she ‘coincidentally’ and ‘accidentally’ did to just level up her defence points. I am very sure that this is not how things work whether it is in reality or in a game. I mean, come on. Get bitten by poisonous creatures so much and instead of dying, you become immune to poison????!!!! WTF IS THIS LOGIC???!!! YOU CAN’T LITERALLY MAKE UP THIS SH*T!!! While this might be true down the line of millions of years and hundreds or thousands of generations of evolution, it is definitely not so for such a game. Definitely a game breaking bug, if I should say.

Making it all worse are the game developers themselves who turned a blind eye as Maple makes her ascension to becoming God. Sure, they did implement some limits at first. But each time Maple manages to somehow find a loophole and further power up herself. To a point the developers don’t even care and try to find excuses not to even talk about her! I mean, WTF???!!! Did they just give up?! Did Maple drive them crazy to not care anymore?! Maple isn’t really a bad player and it is not her fault that she isn’t breaking any rules. But at this rate she’ll really break the game and will it be fun for others? That’s why I think the developers cannot entirely ban her or even downgrade her character. Because it’s their own fault to begin with to have such faulty features in the first place! And sure, they made it that there won’t be future Maples in the making but one is already bad enough and it is going to get worse if they don’t do something about it. It’s amazing that all those who got their ass handed to them didn’t really complain or feel enraged over her overpowered character. Unless they’re all NPCs… And now that she is the unwitting face of NWO, drawing new players to the game, wow, this world sure doesn’t have toxic gamers to begin with. No wonder they got another season…

Like as though it wasn’t enough that Maple easily gaining abilities in the freakiest of ways possible, they add more salt to the injury to insult our intelligence when they also make Maple have one of the strongest offensive weapons. Like, having the best shield wasn’t suffice. Having the title of the strongest defence wasn’t good enough. So they had to make her have some attacking options too so as to spice things up and shock everybody. Yeah, either you’re a good offence of defence. Not both. Unless you’re Maple. F*ck you, lazy developers!!! Yeah, I just remembered I did mention something about having the best offence means also having a best defence. Right… Now Maple doesn’t have to just defend her comrades, she can also attack and win battles herself. Damn, I want to join her guild! If that isn’t all, the cherry on top the icing is how they gave Maple her own mecha mode. And then the invincible Godzilla mode x 7. That does it. That is the straw that broke the camel’s back. I was like, whatever. Maple is God now. She cannot lose. Seeing her struggle is just part of the drama to make it look like there is still a fighting chance for the opponent when there is actually none. So I’m rooting for Maple because she has become so untouchable. So if she loses, I’m going to lose my sh*t as well.

And now that she has gotten like almost everything, it is ironic that she doesn’t play the defensive role anymore. It’s like she’s now getting cocky and going all out as a very offensive and attacking player. If this was part of the Shinchou Yuusha universe, Seiya would have turned in his grave! I guess Maple being the main character and leader of her small guild, they need to make her do something and not just be the role of defending. That’s why she has to be ‘upgraded’ and taking on such frontal assaulting tasks. Heh. The other irony is that with her defence being so impregnable, it allows her to switch from being defensive to offensive just like that. Well, good for her. Not so for other players, though. So basically Maple has become Jack of all trades, master of all! That is why in the last episode when she seemingly threw away her shield, it is like as though to tell us that the shield was actually a hindrance and if she was to make greater strides, she must toss it away, not rely on it and attack! When you can’t increase your defence points anymore, now it’s the time to put it all into offence points!

Having said all that, you bet that the characters are just so weak that you wouldn’t even care. With the big focus on Maple, the only reason why she is having fun is because of all the perks that she has discovered and gained while playing NWO. Yes, she claims that she is playing because it is fun. Not because for power or fame or supremacy or whatever. Because it’s fun. But of course. How is it NOT FUN when the bugs in the game literally made you a God???!!! I would be having a whale of a time if I was in her shoes too. If there were proper mechanisms, checks and balances in place, I don’t think Maple would have really find this game as much fun as she did. Maybe half of it. There would be some struggles but not as much fun like right now as she bulldozes her way through everything. EVERYTHING! She might get in a pinch once in a while but you bet she’ll find some way to get weirder and buff up more powerful to overturn the tables and also overkill. Yeah. So, f*ck you again, lazy developers!!!

The other characters in Maple Tree are like, I don’t know, they feel irrelevant. Just to show that Maple isn’t a solo player, hence she forms a guild with reasonably skilled players so as to make her look like she’s a team player. Hardly feels so when she steamrolls her way through any sort of competition. And when she finds herself in a bind, you can bet your virtual ass that she’ll somehow find a way to get out of her predicament. So easy. That’s why for the rest of the Maple Tree characters, they’re pretty meh and not really relevant. Just a few players to add some variety to the small guild, that’s all. You don’t know much about their background or even real life persona to even care about them. At least Naofumi from Tate No Yuusha No Nariagari had comrades to help him in the attack area. But not for Maple. She’s all in one. So really, why does she really need friends in her party? All just fun and games, huh? Heck, from time to time we see short clips of Kaede back in reality just to remind us that all we’ve seen is just the game. She still has her real life to live… From the way I see her at this rate, she might turn into a game addict. She’s so happy because she’s having fun (and winning all the way) and it might be inaccurate to gauge how she is doing in real life. After all, we’ve already seen how it affected her reality.

Sally being Maple’s friend is a fast ninja and great strategist. Then we have samurai girl Kasumi and puzzle player Kanade in the mix. Don’t forget blacksmith Iz who can conveniently make weapon upgrades when necessary as well as Kuromu as the only guy in the guild so as not to make it look like an all-female clan and pander to stupid feminist extremism ideology whatsoever. Too bad he isn’t the main character so can’t say this is his harem. Finally there is the loli pair sisters, Yui and May who for some reason choose to wield hammers rather than some ranged weapons seeing they put all their points to max out their strength and offensive stats. I don’t think they’re the melee combat but I thought it would be better if they are weak in other stats, might as well keep their distance and go for ranged weapons like bows and arrows or something. Just saying… Oh, before I forget, every guild like this needs an animal mascot! Even better, 2 of them! Maple really having a field day naming her turtle, Syrup so she could make some team combo pun. At least she didn’t name them after Italian Renaissance artists… Big convenient because Syrup can turn big and provide some floating transport. This guild has got everything so convenient! Can I really join your guild, please?!

And the rest of the other players… I can’t believe they’re still playing this game. After seeing Maple Tree owning other small guilds, it looks like there are a hell lot of players and noobs in this game. Aren’t there other virtual MMORPGs out there? Maybe not. After getting owned by Maple Tree in the latest event, they might want to consider quitting after that small guild continues to dominate. Hey, can’t call them cheaters. Everything they do is in the criteria of the game. Blame those lazy developers! With Maple Tree growing bigger in fame and reputation, you bet there are more small fries out there who want to try their luck and bring them down. I won’t bet on it, though… Holy Sword and Flame Emperor being the best guilds ever also don’t fare any better. It’s only a matter of time before they meet their match in the name of Maple Tree. Like they say, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. They have some strong players but even so, not so after facing off with Maple. At least they gave Maple Tree a run for their money that they aren’t as dominant as they think but that eventually came to an end once Maple somehow finds a way round to it. Oh well, if everybody say it is a fair fight, then by all means it is.

It’s amazing that despite everything that Maple has levelled up, she is still nowhere near the level of Payne who is NWO’s greatest player. Maybe they need somebody as comparison, huh? If those are the top 2 guilds, I wonder how would it be like for other top guilds below them like Wizard Hideout, Rainbow Wings, Shambala and Thunder Storm to name a few. Sounds pretty ferocious. Until they fight Maple Tree, that is… One thing irks me, though. I noticed that the big guilds, how come all the followers are wearing the same uniform and have almost the same looks? So those players in real life swore their fealty to Mii or Payne and agreed that because they are low level players in a big guild, they don’t really matter and hence dress up the same. Yeah, these guys got no personality then. Don’t tell me they’re NPCs… And at the end of each episode, there is a forum that just spams their opinions about Maple and the likes in NWO. Who are these people anyway? Not that it has any bearing in the story anyway.

The action sequences are mediocre at best and like I’ve said, they’re just there to showcase how awesome and overpowered Maple has become. You’re only stunned and astonished with your mouth wide open not because of the awesome firepower that Maple has obtained, but the absurdity of how she actually obtained it. So once we’re done seeing Maple taking in all the enemy’s attack, time to see her counter back with more lethal firepower. But the one that confused me was during Sally and Frederica’s fake bout. It is believed that Sally’s skills aren’t derived from certain abilities but rather through her own reflex. Please bear in mind that this is an online digital game and not in the real world. Even if you have lightning speed reflex, you are still bound by the whatever cooling period or limitations of that skill you are using. So even if Sally did train herself to become better, so isn’t that still the same levelling up style? Not her reflex? By saying that it is her own natural reflex means that she somehow circumvented the game’s programme or something. It’s like she is living through her avatar! Does not make sense! Oi! Lazy developers, buck up!

Art and animation are rather okay. Everything in this world is so lively and colourful that sometimes you forget it is a virtual MMORPG and more of an isekai. Also, the character designs especially the ladies, they lean more towards the cute department and hence making it sometimes look like cute girls doing cute things virtual MMORPG version. I have a feeling I have seen the character designs from somewhere but at this point I’m too lazy to point out so let me know if a certain character looks like another character from another anime, okay? (Like how Syrup reminds me of a certain turtle from Love Hina). This anime is done by Silver Link so you can see some of their art style trademark in here in their other works like Masamune-kun No Revenge, Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu, Non Non Biyori. Midara Na Ao-chan Wa Benkyou Ga Dekinai and the Fate/Kaleid Liner Pisma Ilya series to name just a few.

In the voice acting department, a few recognizable seiyuus lent their talents like Saori Hayami as Kasumi, Satomi Arai as Kanade, Satomi Satou as Iz, Ayana Taketatsu as Frederica, Rina Satou as Mii, Akira Ishida as Markus, Kappei Yamaguchi as Shin and Noriaki Sugiyama as Kuromu. Unfortunately they can’t save this anime and their limited roles mean they are only limited to what they can do. The rest of the casts that I don’t recognize are Kaede Hondo as Maple (Natsuki in Val x Love), Ruriko Noguchi as Sally (Ailane in Show By Rock S2), Nanaka Suwa as Yui (Kanan in Love Live! Sunshine), Ai Kakuma as May (Julis in Gakusen Toshi Asterisk), Kensho Ono as Payne (Slaine in Aldnoah.Zero), Takumi Yamazaki as Dread (Bansai in Gintama), Nobutoshi Canna as Drag (Lancer in Fate/Stay Night) and Yuko Minaguchi as Misery (Yaone in Saiyuki series).

The opening theme is Kyuukyoku Unbalance by Junjou No Afilia. Sounds like your typical generic lively anime idol song. Sounds okay and fitting if you consider and accept the fact that Maple and her comrades are having a blast playing the game. Play The World by Rico Sasaki as the ending theme also feels like a generic anime pop that is also okay and fitting if you consider and accept the fact that Maple and her comrades are having a blast playing the game. Yeah, nothing special to me. However the one that I really like is the insert song, Good Night by Rico Sasaki. In fact this is the best thing and the only thing that I actually like and look forward to hear in this entire series. This is a very cool song with cool acoustic guitar pickings and has this tropical samba feel to it. Makes me feel like I’m relaxing on a sunshiny tropical sandy beach! Quite catchy and makes me want to get up and dance a little. Screw whatever achievements Maple Tree is doing in the montage of clips because playing this insert song during that flushes away all the disappointment. Until the song ends… Aww, can we have another go at it, please?

Overall, this series is quite a let-down and to think they can cover it all by showing us cute girls doing cute things in an overpowered way, well, they’re wrong. Being an overpowered dark horse is not a good factor to have viewers root and support the character. Even more so, other supporting characters that are just lacking and boring. This is an opposite to everything in Tate No Yuusha No Nariagari. That is why we love and support the main character of that series because of all the hardships and tribulations he went through despite the dark themes of that series. Maple had everything here so easy. Despite being lazy bugs that made her literally overpowered, it doesn’t feel that she actually earned them. But don’t hate the main character just because of the flaws in the game that made her so. Yup, don’t hate the sinner, hate the sin. Don’t hate the anime or the genre. Hate the ones who continue to make this sh*t! No matter how high your defence points are, it will never protect you from badly written animes! You’ll be likely to get hurt and disappointed, dissatisfied and disillusioned in some ways. So instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, try to spread them out more. I think that would be a safer defence tactic. Just saying… So maybe for the time being, I’ll go back to watching the dreaded isekai genre before the next season comes about… *Shrugs and roll eyes*.

Darwin’s Game

May 3, 2020

Finally! A survival game that has actually some people die!!!!! Heh. Forgive me if that sounded very cruel but that’s only because I was tricked, trolled and frustrated by the previous survival game anime, Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu]. Yup. Nobody died in that one and everybody was like happy-happy helping each other to solve puzzles to go onto the next stage. Yeah, that was a bummer. Enough to make me forget that there were so many survival animes in the past that actually had characters dying. Ousama Game, Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku, Juuni Taisen, Btooom and Gantz to name a few. So with a name like Darwin’s Game, I wasn’t putting my hopes up to it until a few episodes in, I realized that death really do happen here. Yay! My bloodthirsty darkness has been satiated! And just like the name suggests, it is a mobile app game in which people kill each other for whatever (and no, it doesn’t take place in a capital city of an Australian state!). Uh huh. The handphones that we are so dependent on nowadays are taking a step further. Instead of just watching ultimate big army fails and future Darwin award recipients on YouTube, let those dumb enough to play, fight and kill each other to the death! That’s the real value of entertainment, my friend!

Episode 1
In this hour-long special, Hamada is out of options. He is running for his life. His only hope left is to call for his friend, Kaname Sudou and hopes he will come in time. Unfortunately time runs out for him as he gets killed. In school, Kaname is looking at the recent news of pixelated body outlines littered throughout the street. Is this some sort of new graffiti? Hiroyuki Kyouda then comes in and is worried about Hamada absent. Kaname didn’t think much about it but shows him an app called Darwin’s Game that Hamada sent to him last night. Before Kyouda could warn him not to launch the app, Kaname’s finger is faster. A snake pops out and bites his neck. Kaname passes out but when he wakes up, he is in the infirmary and feels fine. Though, he wants to go home. Kyouda will talk to him later about this game at home. On his way home, Kaname launches the app again and is puzzled of his avatar and other details. Then the game starts. Kaname vs Banda. This local baseball panda mascot? Well, he is sitting right in front of you now. Banda approaches him and tries to kill him. Kaname runs for his life. He tries to get help from the police but Banda kills the officer! Lucky for Kaname, Kyouda is here to shoot his crossbows into Banda. But Banda uses his Sigil which is invisibility. Which is easily detected by Kyouda’s Sigil, infrared visions. Both wound each other as Kaname takes Kyouda to run and hide. But due to a search app, Banda is able to look for them (although not pinpointing their exact location). Kaname wants to call for help but nothing connects and a girl named Shuka Karino that she might help. Kyouda tells Kaname to run and leave him behind since he is targeted and hence Kyouda can’t be detected. Also, he needs to survive until the time limit is over to win. Kaname does so and will come back for him when this game ends. Kaname taunts Banda and fights him. The surprise attack worked at first but how can you kill someone who is invisible? Thankfully a car bangs into him. Oh sh*t! With time is up, Banda loses since he receives more damage. It is then his body starts disappearing in chunks of blocks, leaving behind a pixelated body outline. When Kaname returns to Kyouda, he is saddened he is already dead. Yup, that pixelated body outline. Kyouda left him a final message to survive. Thanks to his first win, he ranks up and receives a mysterious box delivered to his home. A gun. Wow… Is this game great or what?

Kaname needs to find out more about this game so he agrees to meet up with Shuka at the factory area. He asks how to quit but she already told him then you can’t. The only way is death. She will cooperate with him if he tells her his Sigil. Unfortunately he doesn’t know what that means. It should be something natural but he still doesn’t get it. Even his profile status listed it as error. She wants him to show his bag because if it contains weapons, the deal is off. While Kaname is glad he left the gun back home, inside the bag contains other survival weapons. His hesitant has Shuka irked. She calls off the deal and will kill him. Battle start. Kaname blinds her temporarily with his flashlight to run. But apparently she has control of the lights in the factory and has locked all exits. He runs for his life from her snake-like chain as he laments about this Sigil thingy. As he won’t give up and wishes for a weapon, now a gun materializes in his hand. This allows him to give him some breathing space. He then thinks of how this could be his Sigil and recalls the process of doing this. Shuka returns to hunt him but this time she gets fooled by his decoy. The gun shoots out the electric box and takes out all the lights. Because Kaname’s eyes have been adjusted to the darkness, he barges towards her until he pins her down and materializing another gun to checkmate her. She warns him to kill when he has the chance but he is adamant he has his own way in dealing things. She is now convinced he doesn’t know anything about this game. She cancels the game by admitting surrender. This means surrendering her points to her as well as her obedience. Kaname is so relieved they both get to live that he collapses on her. Just like that? Maybe she took it the wrong way because when he wakes up, he is sleeping in her bed. Naked. She is also naked and all over him. What’s this request? She wants to make a family with him???!!! Is this part of the game?! Since when Darwin’s Game is some dating sim too?!

Episode 2
Shuka has a reason why she sleeps without clothes. Whatever. Thanks for the fanservice. Oh, that family thing? It’s like making a clan. A guild. A team. Hey, don’t blame us for thinking otherwise if she had better chosen her words! Shuka further explains some of the rules that one can avoid being challenge by taking their name off the list by paying points. However this does not exclude a direct confrontation when a challenger does so before the player. Kaname agrees to take up her offer to form a clan. However because of his low rank, he can’t. So why doesn’t Shuka just invite him straight? She wants a man to do the invitation. Sheesh. Work hard and rank up… Since there is going to be a treasure hunting game soon, Shuka has Kaname take her out shopping. Women need to buy clothes and more clothes, you know. Also she explains further players of Darwin’s Game cannot disclose this publically to outsiders. Violation of such rules means ‘ejection’ from the game. You know what that means, right? Meanwhile, Inukai buys info from Rein Kashiwagi about Kaname. He wants to get to him before others. So while Kaname waits for Shuka to finish her shopping spree, Inukai steals his handphone so that they could go talk. Inukai is interested in him because he ‘defeated’ Shuka who is known as the Undefeated Queen. She got to the top A Class without a single loss. So when she lost to him, he wants to ascertain this himself. Inukai instantly challenges him. Promising he won’t use his Sigil, his close quarter combat skills are still enough to take Kaname down. Over already? Meanwhile Shuka gets a call from Rein regarding some player she is searching for. Not much but at least Danjo’s Boxing Club has nothing to do with it. As for Eighth, their leader Wang seems to kill everybody he challenged. Oh, there’s something on Kaname too… Inukai is starting to get disappointed but Kaname fights back and uses his distraction to steal his handphone. The tables are turned. With Shuka coming to aid him, Inukai is forced to surrender. At this point, the treasure hunting game is about to begin. Everyone is teleported randomly throughout Shibuya. The goal is to collect 3 rings. Of course there isn’t enough rings. Those who failed within the allotted time will be game over. Yup, a scramble for survival. Wang likes this and thinks this is up his alley. A girl thinks she can take him out but unfortunately Wang uses his Sigil and before she knows it, she’s dead. One player out. 299 more to go.

Episode 3
More rules are explained that one cannot go out of bounds or it’s game over. One can also use the alternative camera to find the rings although it doesn’t pinpoint its exact location. Kaname is in a hotel room. He finds a ring nearby and the moment he steps out, damn, lots of body art everywhere! Must be his worst day since he encounters this death Nazi guy. This guy got a machine gun! He tries to run but the stairs exits are all covered with plants. I don’t think slamming on the elevator button will make the lift come faster. Confronted by that death Nazi guy, Kaname will give his ring in exchange for his life. However, Kaname is holding a gun and death Nazi guy is still wary. Luckily, his machine gun jams. Kaname points his gun but he is too shaky to pull the trigger. Death Nazi guy finds this match boring and lets him live as he enters the elevator. As Kaname rues this pathetic loss, he is about to take the elevator down when Rein advises him not to. Death Nazi guy is dead with plants all over him. Rein deduces that somebody’s Sigil of producing plants has locked all the players in this hotel. She suggests teaming up to survive. Meanwhile this game is being watched by wealthy influential people. We see Shuka in the lead with 6 rings and Wang right behind her with 5 although his clan has amassed 18 of them. Kaname is cautious about Rein but after she lets him know all the info she knows about him and his winning streak, Kaname feels his last one was pathetic. Rein explains in a battle royale, individual matches don’t count and points of dead players are distributed to survivors. Kaname agrees to team up since both of them have the same strategy of running away. Besides, Rein doesn’t find running away anything shameful. In fact, in this game it is considered artistic and creative. That’s why when a challenged player survives by doing so, he/she is ruled the winner. This is how Rein has been surviving. While Kaname notes his luck has got him this far, Rein points out that it is rather because he never gave up. Their plan is to make their way to the top. As they see more dead bodies, they realize the ones in the elevator didn’t turn into pixelated body outlines. Could it be that the perpetrator only known as the Florist has drugged them under his control? Better run because here they come. Even if they don’t have rings, how does he know where they are? The surveillance cameras. They realize he is in the control room. Are they going to shoot out all the surveillance cameras?

Episode 4
Florist uses some tactic to search door to door on each floor to find them. But some rooms are auto lock and the duo are hiding in one of them. Of course they can’t rely on this trick as Florist will soon realize this. True enough, Florist senses something amiss. He then narrows down where they are hiding from the surveillance cameras they shot out. His zombies barge into the room but nobody is there. A loud explosion is heard. Rein trying to bomb to plants blocking the path but it didn’t work. The next step is a gamble as she runs to the top of the hotel with the zombies chasing her. Man, she can outrun the zombies? Anyway, at the top floor, they start shooting but how can they all miss? We hear her narrate her Sigil. Like that Laplace demon, she has the ability to infinitely process all data from every movements of every miniscule atoms. Florist then realizes something else amiss. Where is Kaname? A loud explosion is heard outside the control room. Kaname using Rein as a diversion has climbed down outside the window to the ground floor where Florist is. Florist comes out of his hiding. He claims he is playing this game for money. He needs the money. Because when someone dies, it helps someone else. Kaname doesn’t like this BS and fights him but his plant armour is hard to penetrate. Also, Florist has seen through Kaname’s Sigil. Although he can replicate any weapons he has seen, it is not unlimited as the more he replicates, the more it takes a toll on his health. Kaname gives all he has got but to no avail. Almost passing out, he hears the soothing sound of a blacksmith forging a sword. Don’t really understand the advice gave Kaname but it made him realize he needs to make adjustments to his machine gun weapon. So in order to make harder bullets, he shortens the lifespan of the machine gun. This time the bullets penetrate Florist’s armour. Florist admits his defeat and wants to die but Kaname won’t allow that. With Rein joining them, he asks Florist AKA Ichiro Hiiragi how many rings there are in this hotel. As she can tell, this treasure hunt is about to end and the strong players will be facing each other off. As Eighth is currently the most powerful clan, they need to form a ragtag clan to fight them. People like them are already exhausted so they have no chance of fighting them on their own. So either they survive by cooperating together or die separately.

Episode 4.5
Seriously?! Really?! REALLY???!!! REEEAAAAAALLLLYYYYYYY??????!!!!!! A RECAP EPISODE????!!!!! This show is going to be the first of the season to get a Darwin award…

Episode 5
Shuka is bored at killing camping snipers so she heads down to the subway. Isn’t that more dangerous? Kaname makes a deal with that death Nazi guy to set him free if he promises not to attack them. He even invites him to join their team but he disagrees because he doesn’t want to team up with Hiiragi who brainwashed him. As he leaves, he heard them formulating a plan to counter Eighth. That is when he changes his mind and wants to join. He’s got a bone to pick with them. Unmasking himself, he introduces himself as Ryuuji Maesaka. They discuss about the oddly valued gems (because some valuable ones seem to rank lower than those that aren’t) and the very vague rules. Meanwhile Shuka faces off with a psychotic kid, Souta. She thought his Sigil is only water but he can also freeze it into ice and this traps her weapons. She thought of running away but he sealed up the place and flooded it. Shuka going to drown? So when Kaname who is waiting for Shuka to rendezvous with them, receives a help message from her, he thought it was a joke. But he soon realizes it can’t be so he decides to go save her. Can’t leave a comrade behind. Ryuuji will also follow him while the rest stay back to hold the hotel as a fort in anticipation of Eighth’s attack. Ryuuji learns Kaname’s Sigil to create things but only simple and small ones. Ryuuji would love to trade his Sigil with his because he finds his own Sigil to detect truth or lie to be useless. The duo then encounter a young girl, Sui. Ryuuji’s Sigil comes in handy as he could tell she isn’t lying that she doesn’t want to fight. She tries to warn them about the subway but Kaname still wants to dive in and swim? Plus, so heroic this guy that he wants Ryuuji to return to the hotel if he isn’t back in 5 minutes and give his rings to Sui. Wow. After he dives in, Ryuuji notes Sui lied on one part and wants her to tell the truth. But she uses her Sigil to distract him and run. Ryuuji can’t kill her since killing kids are bad. Besides, he needs to extract info and so he goes after her.

Episode 6
Souta is hiding from Ryuuji as he is communicating with his twin sister, Sui about killing this dude or else they won’t survive this game. Sui is against any killing but with desperate times, they need to take action. Luring him to a convenience store, Sui then uses her Sigil to turn all the water in the bottles to capture him. Souta still wants to kill him but Sui fights hard to prevent any bloodshed. Kaname has found Shuka lying at the bottom of the underground pool. So CPR is enough to bring her back to life?! Great reward for him because she gives him a proper kiss. I don’t know. I felt like she was just waiting for this moment to happen. Shuka also tells him her reason of playing this game. It is to find her parents’ murderer (a Chinese Freddy Krueger?) and avenge their deaths. Then another game announcement. A new ring pops up and the survivors are to look for it. Shuka hears out Sui and would have killed her had not all this event led to her being close to Kaname. Lucky kid. Sui explains Souta is her twin brother who died in an accident. However when she entered this game, she got her wish and his soul came back although it is inhabiting her body. Okay, we believe you he isn’t an imaginary friend. Rein has replied regarding the numbers on the rings. Hence Kaname tells everyone to toss away all the rings they have now and go for the real big treasure that will end this event. Eighth is starting to assault the hotel. Knowing they are outnumbered, Hiiragi tells Rein to get away while he sacrifices himself to hold them down. Hiiragi can’t throw away the rings as he needs the money for his daughter’s surgery. Rein advises him that if she was his daughter, she will be sad to know her father died in some weird game. Something that is worse than having any sort of disease. Eighth makes their way into the hotel. Led by Sig, he heads in first because he knows very well his fiery Sigil can burn on any plants. After riding up to the top level, the rest are waiting below. That is where Hiiragi comes to slaughter them all. Then he returns back up to fight Sig. Rein has gotten away from the hotel as she narrates about those numbers corresponding to the hardness of the precious stones. Arranging them together, it displays the coordinates which is the centre of Shibuya station.

Episode 7
Rein told Hiiragi of the men he needs to be careful in Eighth other than Wang. Keiichi Katsura whose Sigil allows him to crush others without using his fist and Sig who has fire properties. Thanks to this info, Hiiragi is able to escape death at Sig’s hands. However with Keiichi joining in and helping out, Hiiragi is dealt a fatal blow. But he isn’t going down without a fight so he uses his plants to crumble the entire hotel and take out everyone with him. Rein has reached the station but realizes there are more Eighth members here. She tries to get away but is spotted. As long as she doesn’t get in Wang’s way, she’ll be safe. But surprise! The big bad wolf pops up before her despite she is using her Laplace abilities. He breaks her arm and forces her to reveal info. Luckily she stalls for enough time for Kaname and co to arrive. Kaname wants to negotiate but Wang laughs at this proposal of theirs. You think they are equals? Eighth’s policy is to take and take! Negotiations break down so it’s a mad slaughterhouse. Rein thinks hard and deep and needs to go deep into her Laplace just to find the meaning and answer. So from what she found, the numbers correspond to the date when Charles Darwin published his The Origin of Species. This is where the real treasure is. Ryuuji observes Wang’s Sigil of being able to teleport and slice within 5 metres. As long as he stay out of that range, he is safe. But distractions from other Eighth members allow Wang to close in and rip off Ryuuji’s arm. Wang is going to show off to his men in killing Ryuuji when Kaname pops up and surrenders! WTF?! He claims he has the key to the real treasure and in exchange for this, he wants their lives to be spared. So consider give and take policy now?

Episode 8
Ryuuji can tell Kaname is lying. But will Wang fall for it? He is not like other members who are out for the money. Flashback shows Ryuuji wants revenge on Wang because he killed his brother. Ryuuji continues to hear Kaname lying from one BS to another about the key and the real treasure. Although Wang plays tough, Ryuuji can tell he is also worried. Wang finally agrees but will still kill Ryuuji since he is already halfway through his execution. Kaname doesn’t care. They just formed an alliance out of convenience. Kaname throws him the key and after Wang catches it and realizes something is wrong with it, before he could order his men to kill him, Kaname keys in the code to the locker he is standing next with and it opens. The game is over and Kaname is declared the winner. All the gamblers watching this are thrilled with this unknown Kaname as the winner. But there is one who bet on him and won… Inside this locker is a handphone. Answering it, it is the voice of the host and game master of this game. Naturally Kaname is angry for being dragged into this but the host just explains the points and rewards he will get. But here’s the best part: As the winner of this treasure hunt, he will be granted a special privilege. Of course a privilege must be something the host can grant. So too bad Kaname, can’t quit the game yet. The host then reveals 2 ways to exit this game: Either you complete the game or you kill the host and destroy the game system. Kaname thinks hard for his privilege… The host also gives him a new Sigil called Fire God of Iron. 2 months down the road, the hotel is sealed off and the reports say it was the work of terrorism. Shuka discussing with Sui of buying a house to serve as a base for their clan. Hey, she’s a rich girl. But can’t they just use her own house? Maybe she wants some privacy? Hideaki Kanehira from the insurance company sees Suzune at the hospital to pass her a cheque over her father’s death. She doesn’t take this ‘joke’ likely and kicks him out. Rein is waiting outside and is the one responsible to see Suzune got the money. Hideaki wants to meet Kaname but Rein isn’t his manager or anything. Later Suzune bumps into Rein and they become some sort of friends. But Rein gives her contacts in case she wants to find out the truth about her father. Ryuuji is finally healed by Kaede who is a member of Danjo. Of course he is also friends with the big man, Danjo himself. Inukai has been training Kaname and it seems he is all buffed up and ready! Kaname wants to form an alliance with Danjo but Danjo wants to see if he is worthy of that alliance. So an all-out fight using their Sigil on the cards, right? Meanwhile, Kaname’s friend, Shinozuka tries to look for him at his place but he is not around. But a member of Eighth is… Oh sh*t…

Episode 9
In this no holds barred match, Kaname goes all out against Danjo and despite all the weapons he conjure, he has to keep Danjo at bay or else getting to close means game over. That is all Kaname has done using his Sigil but Danjo has used none of his. Just when Danjo gets close enough, Kaname drops his grenade in an apparent suicide move. But the bomb is a dud and it was enough for Danjo to turn his body into steel as anticipation. Though Danjo acknowledges him, he wants to fight Kaname longer. Unfortunately the match is interrupted when Liu Xuelan (the top Darwin’s Game player) interrupts to kidnap Kaname. Shuka is of course angry to hear this. But it’s not like everyone else just stood there and do nothing. They couldn’t do anything at all. They felt they were killed but once they come to, their bodies are still intact and Kaname gone. It is believed that is not Xuelan’s Sigil but her ancient Chinese energy art. As Kaname is their leader, they’re going to get him back. Xuelan tells Kaname that she comes from a line of assassins. She wants him to work for him. She has observed him and found that his style is very suitable for war. Also, she wants to ensure an heir and doesn’t mind bearing his child. Geez, this is getting weirder! Soon their car is being chased by Shuka’s group. Xuelan wants Kaname to tell his group to back off but instead he tells them to do whatever it takes to stop this car. Then he throws down a challenge to her that if she can beat his clan, Sunset Ravens (?!) without killing anybody, he’ll join her and even be her husband! That’s a promise. Xuelan puts up a formidable fight and even Shuka’s sweating. In the end, it is Kaname who helps out in the distraction for the rest to put the car to a stop. Xuelan doesn’t admit defeat but her driver, Ximing does so. Considering their situation, Sunset Ravens has got the capacity to get away clean unlike them. He advises to make allies than enemies. Xuelan admits defeat but refuses Kaname’s offer to be their ally. However she will join his clan to see for herself if he is worthy to be her man. Everyone objects. Especially Shuka! Kaname accepts and has seen for himself Xuelan keeps her word. No doubt she can betray them anytime but makes a condition for her to join Sunset Ravens: If she is going to betray them, betray him first. Betraying other members is unforgiveable. With that, Xuelan is now part of the clan. Meanwhile Wang and Eighth have tortured Shinozuka and cutting all his fingers! They send a video message to Kaname and wants him to come here or else more misery for his friend.

Episode 10
Rein sees a friend, Kotori to get more info on Eighth. In exchange, she wants to join Sunset Ravens (despite she herself is in a clan of her own). Rein can’t guarantee anything but will pass that message to her boss. Meanwhile Kaname is mad. Please don’t take it out on the wall… Ryuuji calms him down that they can ask Kaede to heal him and at the same time they can kill this Wang piece of sh*t. After he calms down, they devise a strategy to rescue Shinozuka. Based from the video frame, Rein could tell they are in some port warehouse (seagulls!). First they call the police to surround the place. They will be the distraction they need to sneak in to rescue Shinozuka. But only Inukai is available to help them as the rest of his clan members are busy fighting off another clan, Uroboros who is believed to have ties with Eighth. Wang didn’t like the police showing up before his playtime with Kaname so he has Keiichi (yes, this guy survived) blow off one of their heads! Then the rest proceed to slaughter the rest of those useless cops. Meanwhile, Shuka manages to sneak in a handphone to Shinozuka (is her chains not strong enough to carry him away?). Kaname talks to him and wants him to become a participant in Darwin’s Game. Just click the link. It’s going to be hard without fingers… Shinozuka wants to survive so he uses his tongue to become a participant. With that, his Sigil seems to be some sort of telekinesis, shoving things away with great force. Like this new skill, huh? Until he faces off with Wang… Meanwhile Inukai fights off Keiichi so the rest could sneak into the warehouse. Inukai knows all about Keiichi who was a karate sportsman and could have been a great one had he not accidentally killed his opponent during a match. Keiichi elaborates he regretted it since everyone since then viewed him as the enemy. So while he was depressed, Wang came to save him. So to get over his depression, just kill more people!!! OMG. That’s the extreme version of fighting fire with fire. Well, sad to say it worked for Keiichi. Kaname and Ryuuji come face to face with Wang. Kaname will fight him so as to release his friend. But Wang corrects him that he doesn’t to fight him. Just to see his despair face. Because he cut up Shinozuka and put him in the box!!! OH SH*T!!! Kaname now in despair!!! Wang then blames it is all Kaname’s fault that because he tricked him and made a fool out of him, some innocent guy had to die. Wang orders his men to kill them. But you can see Kaname is John Wick dead serious mad. An accurate shot right in the forehead of one of Wang’s men. No more nice guy.

Episode 11
Kaname invokes his special privilege and starts a clan battle. Damn, a perfect headshot into all the Eighth’s goons! When Wang targets him, Kaname lets Shuka fight him while he and Ryuuji dispose the rest of the trash. In a different warehouse, Shuka taunts Wang like hell. But when Wang attacks, he realizes his foot got cut off! He tries again, this time from behind but now his hand is chopped off! With Shuka continuing to taunt him, Wang then realizes the entire place is covered with thin wires. But is that enough to cut off limbs? As Shuka controls them, she can make them vibrate and turn into some mean saw. Wang is now scared and tries his final trump card of switching pace with Shuka (since he is tied up by the wires). However this failed and he loses another feet. Now he is begging for his life and tries teleporting away to escape. Too bad he landed outside before Kaname and Ryuuji. Not wanting to die, Wang surrenders. Sunset Ravens wins but Kaname views the rewards obtained from Eighth not enough. Considering how much Eighth took from them, it’s never going to be enough. Apparently this is Kaname’s privilege. Some winner takes all strategy by betting all his chips and his opponents must bet the same. So if the opponent has less chips, they lose. Hence Kaname can bet as many points he wants at the start of the game to increase his points. Wang realizes his reign as king is over. He accepts his loss and impending death but warns Kaname that he has become just like him and many others will die at his feet. Kaname pumps a few bullets into him before he disappears. Yeah. STFU and just die. Kaname now sets his sights on the game master and will put an end to this game. This is the goal of Sunset Ravens. Meanwhile we see the game master contacting another bloodthirsty killer, Oboro. As the game will move on to the next phase, he warns Oboro not to engage with Kaname yet as he is putting him on special observation. Just like Wang whom he thought would become the eye of the storm, this led to the creation of a more powerful player AKA Kaname. Until the next phase, Oboro must steer clear of Kaname as they will have a big role to play then. We see Sunset Ravens owning anybody trying to be funny. It seems they have invoked a special rule: A ban of Darwin’s Game on their turf. Anybody defying this rule will pay the price. It’s effective quite effective and they’re expanding their territory…

Natural Selection: May The Odds Be In Your Favour
I don’t think it will turn dark but there could be a possibility. What I mean is that Sunset Ravens becoming the new group of villains! You see, some of their members really will stop at nothing to teach non obedient players a lesson (although short of killing them but that itself is still a last resort), they now have a ‘uniform’, all dark and grey garb that makes it look like as though they are attending a funeral, they have a badass clan logo to boot, and they are muscling and expanding their territory like some new yakuza clan on the rise. Don’t they just look like bad guys now? While the possibility is miniscule, the chances are not zero. After all, Kaname might lose sight in his bid to find the game master but I’m confident with his members by his side, they’ll bring him back to the right path.

The overall premise may look like some simple survival game. Kill your opponent to survive or at best make them surrender. As we can see, it goes beyond that and it is a shame that for the time being it doesn’t have further episodes to flesh out the development and other potentials. I’m sure that many of us would be asking who the organizers and host of this game, their intentions of having such a bloodthirsty game. It could be for just entertainment purposes but my guts tell me it is more than that. A hidden agenda. But then again, sometimes my guts could be wrong. But I don’t think so. Maybe. Heh. Even this season’s story of introducing our main character into this death game, showcasing the main event and finally ending with a somewhat clan war outside the game itself, the plot itself is still engaging from start to finish and you can’t help feel wanting more of it or can’t wait for the next episode to roll out. At least, that’s how I felt. This season again like I’ve said may not be much but it does enough to help establish Kaname and his Sunset Ravens as formidable players-cum-survivors, which I feel is the main element of focus. Considering Kaname’s no-kill policy, he might end up recruiting a hell lot of people. Just saying…

Action wise might not be a masterpiece but it is still engaging. After all, this is the main draw of the anime, right? As long as people die, blood spilled and at least limbs are coming off left and right, what is there more to complain? Having the participants possessing a unique Sigil makes the action sequence a bit more exciting and adrenaline pumping. But there are limits using them so they can’t spam us Sigil moves all the way. That’ll be no fun. Otherwise, Kaname could have just materialized tanks and outrageous guns from video games to just blow away the competition. Can’t have our main character to do something so easy if we want to at least support this guy, no? Since this show isn’t some mystery puzzle, I thought the treasure hunt riddle was a let-down. I was expecting something more out of it but the solution turned out pretty meh. Like as though plot convenience was the main key here.

One of the ‘scariest’ things about this series is when a participant dies for good in the game, his/her body would disappear and leave behind a pixelated body outline. For me, the caved in contour of blocks looks pretty scary. I don’t play Minecraft but those blocky leftover blocks also look like they came from that video game.

Though character wise, I feel it is somewhat lacking in this department. I’m not saying it is the worst but it leaves more room for improvement. As I mentioned, this season feels like introducing Kaname’s clan. However we hardly know anything more about the characters in Sunset Ravens than what has been minimally revealed in the anime. Everyone has their own reasons and circumstances to play this game but aside Shuka and Ryuuji wanting revenge and Kaname wanting a total way out as well as burying this game for good, there is nothing deeper about these characters. Maybe in the future they will be fleshed out better but for now, it just seems that they’re part of Kaname’s group because he spared them and also they aren’t the worst sh*t characters in the game and hence share a somewhat common goal to work together and survive this mess.

Kaname is your typical underdog main character. A wuss who gets dragged into something he doesn’t want to get involved but thanks to luck (which I feel it is a big factor) that has him stand out and survive this long. We see his character grow from a puny high school student to become a respectable no-nonsense leader of a small clan. With all his high school friends dead, you bet he isn’t going to take their deaths lightly. His no-kill policy might be a no brainer in a game that commands death from its participants but so far it is working out for him. And for the better. Hey, if something works, it cannot be entirely stupid, can it? Though, his 100% clean record is now shattered because he made his first kill on an Eighth member. So don’t f*ck with this guy now. And especially don’t you dare f*ck with his comrades. Hey, even Batman has killed people despite his no-kill policy. Though of course, this is only applicable to real scumbags but it still sends a message not to mess with them because they really mean business. Sometimes you have got to be cruel to be kind. So if you find Kaname’s serious face now scary, until this crap game is destroyed, no time to take it easy.

The rest of the other members in Sunset Ravens, well, I thought Shuka felt lacking ever since she fought Kaname the first time. Ever since she voluntarily became subservient to him, it’s like she tamed down a lot. Remember how she was almost killed once during the treasure hunt? Yeah, why do my guts tell me it is the feelings of love that got in the way? For now, she is painted as some waifu material for Kaname. If that didn’t convince you, now we have Xuelan joining in to ramp up the rivalry for Kaname’s chastity. Maybe all she wants is to play family and this dysfunctional family in the name of Sunset Ravens is just fine for her as long as Kaname comes home. Food for thought: If Xuelan is the top player in Darwin’s Game, does this mean she is the stupidest player???!!! Oh sh*t! Please don’t cut me!!! Okay, okay, I get it. Xuelan is the top player means she is the best survivalist. Period.

The other survival game we might or might not want to see… This one I feel is going to get bloodier… Then we have a pair of loli girls, Rein the info master and Sui for who knows what. Whatever the latter, I guess her split personality with Kouta comes in handy sometimes for battle purposes. So as not to make this look like a harem, that’s why we have the other guy, Ryuuji. I thought Hiiragi would have been a great edition to the team but I guess if they want to satiate my bloodlust of body count, somebody has to die… Ah well, it wasn’t a big surprise. After all, his character wasn’t part of Kaname’s gang in the opening and ending credits… Big hint… No wonder his character gets the most fleshing out especially something about his hospitalized daughter. Characters who are going to die get the sort of privilege and make peace with whatever before they go permanently.

You got to agree with me in some ways that Wang is one of the most despicable characters ever in all of series villains. I believe they really want to make his character that way and they did a pretty good job in that. This guy could be the devil himself reincarnated as he is merciless, ruthless, cruel and just pure evil. If you are afraid of Eighth, that’s because you are really afraid of only this guy. Because the rest of the punks in Eighth are just pretty meh. Even Keiichi and Sig couldn’t match up to Wang’s cold blooded lust. It’s the reason why Eighth has got a fearsome reputation and I believe it is only thanks to Wang. So when Wang was being tortured and killed in the finale, we didn’t feel any pity for him and just glad he bite the dust. Good riddance. No love lost from us. Live by the sword, die by the sword. He got what he deserved. Eighth could just be a drop in the ocean as it is hinted there are other fearsome clans out there. Uroboros could be the umbrella group for Eighth and other ‘evil’ clans. Well, both clans have a snake eating its own tail as its logo, right? So Eighth is just the tip of the iceberg for Sunset Ravens as there will be other even more psychotic groups out there.

Art and animation are okay but sometimes I feel the overall tone of the visuals is somewhat a little bland. I don’t know, I just feel like the colours are a little dull and blunt. Especially some of the dark scenes. I only want to comment on Wang’s character design, the more I look at him, the more he starts looking like some snakey devil. Honest. Like I’ve said, they want to really paint this guy to be the embodiment of evil so he has got to look the part as well. Don’t stare too long or he might steal your soul! Yikes! And also Danjo… Is his character taken after X-men’s Colossus?! See the obvious similarities: He is Russian and a strong guy who turns into steel! OMG… This anime is produced by Nexus. They don’t produce much anime (average an anime a year) and the other shows they did lean more towards cute girls such as Comic Girls, Granbelm and Wakaba Girl (Shuka, Rein and Sui are cute but not as anime moe cute as these girls). So doing Darwin’s Game as their first serious title may be the reason they want to do something different.

For the voice acting, you got to agree with me that the best one goes to Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Wang. If you think voicing the gruffy scruffy uncouth Inosuke of Kimetsu No Yaiba was his best non-Kirito-like characters, you haven’t seen anything yet. As Wang, he takes the cake trying to really make his character sound very despicable that you would love to hate. Kudos and hats off to a voice acting job well done. The other recognizable seiyuus are Takhito Koyasu as Hiiragi, Ai Kayano as Xuelan and Akira Ishida as Oboro. The rest of the other casts include Yuusuke Kobayashi as Kaname (Shin in Kenja No Mago), Reina Ueda as Shuka (Akane in SSSS.Gridman), Taku Yashiro as Ryuuji (Ebitani in Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa), Nichika Oomori as Rein (Yurine in Jashin-chan Dropkick), Yumiri Hanamori as Sui and Souta (Seth in Radiant), Junya Enoki as Inukai (Hiro in Kuutei Dragons) Shunsuke Takeuchi as Danjo (Seba in W’z), Konomi Kohara as Suzune (Chika in Kaguya-sama Wa Kokurasetai) and Masaya Matsukaze as the game master (Suiryu in One Punch Man S2). The opening and ending themes are rock based, Chain by Asca and Alive by Ayano Mashiro respectively. They suit the pace of the series well but they’re not my cup of tea.

Overall, not the best survival themed anime out there but it is still a lot entertaining and interesting. It just needs another season to develop the story and characters more. And more blood and deaths altogether! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Oops, sorry. I hope people wise up and learn at least something after watching this anime. Don’t simply click on suspicious app links! But then again, have humans ever learnt throughout the course of evolution? Probably not. That’s why we’ll get more Darwin award recipients in the futures to come. Evolution or devolution, Charles Darwin would certainly turn in his grave. And to think that they would name a death game after him… On second thought, it couldn’t be more of an aptly honour in his name. It’s not how evolution really works, but whatever. Okay people, let’s go for Da-WIN!

Fairy Gone

May 2, 2020

We often think of fairies as those little mythical creatures with some supernatural powers. We also think they are mostly harmless and at most just playful and prankish. But time to shatter all that pleasant stereotypes you have on fairies. Because what if fairies were tools used for war! Ah yes. Damn humans trying to harness the power of others just to kill each other for supremacy and in the name of justice whatever. So if you’re not prepared to have your childhood memories of good little fairies being destroyed, do not watch Fairy Gone at any cost. Well, I don’t think anybody’s general and overall perception of fairies will change. But you’ll never know. See what The Fairly OddParents did?!

Episode 1
As narrated, the Unification War lasted so long. Lots of casualties, lots of damage until the war ended when Eastald was unified under the emperor of Zesskia. Fairy Soldiers who were employed from all sides of the war suddenly find themselves with no place to go. In current year, Marlya Noel is hired as a guard for some auction but she keeps getting awed by the items in the backstage. Hence, Free Underbar who is the head of security for this mafia group, Gui Carlin has to remind her many times to get back to work. I guess it’s cue to introduce some of the basics like fairies and how some special bottle that imprisons them is the only reason why they are able to see them. When the Black Fairy Tome goes on auction, several staffs start to die horrifically. Veronica Thorne is a mercenary and she can summon fairies to do her bidding as she steals the tome. With the crowd panicking and trying to escape, Free and Marlya go suppress the panic but Marlya recognizes Veronica. Seems she is the person she has been looking for all this while. However Veronica claims she isn’t the person she knows. Free who is a Fairy Soldier, uses his fairy to fight with Veronica. When a stray shot breaks a fairy bottle, Marlya grabs it and what do you know? Flashbacks of her younger days. I believe there is more to it. Waking up, she goes to stop Free and Veronica’s fight. Marlya claims she joined Gui Carlin as the quickest way to find her and she has searched her for so long because they are the only survivors of the town they came from, Suna. With Veronica not interested to go back with her, she continues her fight with Free. And Marlya stops it once more, this time summoning her own fairy. While Marlya is in shock, Veronica manages to get away. Free discloses that he is actually from the special illegal fairy regulatory force known as Dorothea. He was doing undercover infiltration mission in Gui Carlin. Under the law, because Marlya has now illegally possessed a fairy, she would be arrested. But to ‘circumvent’ this, I guess now Marlya has to join Dorothea if she wants to continue looking for Veronica. Veronica hands over the tome to Damien Carme but he could immediately recognize this tome is a fake.

Episode 2
Marlya narrates she is an unlucky person because those involved with her get bad luck. In contrast, Free narrates he is a lucky guy. We see him go through some surgery to become a Fairy Soldier. Then in the war, his friends protected and died for him. Yup, that is lucky in the worst sense for him. Free reports to his superior, Nein Auler. Though his infiltration mission failed, she wants him to rewrite his report as she wants to keep Marlya’s mysterious fairy possession to herself. Free and Marlya then go rendezvous with Serge Tova and Klara Kysenaria to expose some illegal artificial fairies by the Arcame mafia group. An illegal transaction is going to happen as they stake out and wait for the relevant parties to arrive. Klara detects one of them as a Fairy Soldier and it looks like he might be on to them. Free and Marlya then head down to take action but it seems the carriages are all gone. Free then clashes swords with Wolfran Row who is a Fairy Soldier he once fought alongside with during the war but is now a member of Arcame. Marlya’s fairy helped save her from a certain fate as Wolfran gets away. Free and Marlya go after him. Wolfran tells his guys to use the artificial fairies to fight. After dispatching them, some of the men try to fight back and one of them got injured. Wolfran silences him. Free and Marlya go after the other carriages but eventually the driver also ends up dead. Wolfran again. Heck, he killed all his men and left no witnesses!

Episode 3
As narrated, during the war, fairies were hunted till near extinction so as to become tools for Fairy Soldiers. It is said there were about 300 Fairy Soldiers and when the war ended, only 17 of them survived. Wolfran being one of the survivors returned home only to find his wife and daughter dead. Wolfran sees Beevee Liscar who is a mercenary leader to sell him some artificial fairies. Because the artificial fairy plant that Free raided is empty (Wolfran cleverly clearing his tracks again), he goes to see Axel Laboo who is an informant to look into Wolfran. Free and Marlya see Marco Bellwood who is the ministry of fairies vice minister. He talks about the history of different coloured fairy tomes as well as the stolen tome was reported to be in possession of a fairy scholar. Hence he wants them to go to Isharat and see Cain Distarol. Arriving there, Free is not happy to see Bitter “Sweetie” Sweet, an associate member of Gui Carlin. With that kind of name… Free knows the kind of troubles this woman brings, the way she shamelessly flirts with him. Apparently she is also here to see Cain. What a coincidence, Axel is also here but he is observing from a far. Cain shows them his fairy imaginals when a fairy sneaks in and wreaks havoc. This has Damien to go check on the safety of the tome. However it is a ploy by Axel to reveal its hiding and then steal it. Axel runs throughout town while Sweetie tenaciously runs after him. Eventually she corners him. The tome or his life. With Free here, she calls him the government’s dog and the likes. When Axel tries to escape, she shoots him. He gives up on the tome and escapes. Think it’s a little too late? Now Free and Sweetie fight over it. Marlya fires a warning shot but Sweetie summons a fairy to restrain her.

Episode 4
Free and his Fairy can’t match Sweetie but Marlya and hers can outlast her? Sweetie retreats and after Marlya retrieves the tome, she passes out. She dreams of her past in Suna with Veronica. That fateful day when soldiers came burning down her village. Veronica left her so she could be a decoy to the soldiers. After nearly a day, Marlya wakes up. Talking to Free about mafia auctions becoming common showpieces today, because Veronica crashed into the Gui Carlin auction to steal a tome, they ask Cain and Damien how they got their hands on the tome. Because this isn’t an official inquiry from Dorothea, they are not telling. Marlya asks if they know of Veronica but apparently they don’t. Later outside, Marlya thinks they are liars but Free reasons they can’t join the ministry of fairies and continued to be private fairy scholars is because they don’t want to be shackled by the government. A strange couple sits next to them, Patricia Pearl and Jonathan Passpiere. They order something but leave before their order arrives. It is then Free realizes the tome has been stolen by those Gui Carlin members. The duo give chase and end up in the underground catacombs of a chapel. With the enemy blindly sniping at them, Free tells Marlya to hide as he moves forward for the hunt. He is puzzled if their goal is the tome, wouldn’t they be better off just escaping? Unless the target is him! Realized a bit too late, here’s Patricia coming to get you! Meanwhile Marlya has to face off with creepy Jonathan who thinks he is some sort of artist. Yeah, this guy can somehow close up on you and loves to give you pain! Pain is a blessing! WTF. Since Marlya can’t use her fairy, she is reduced to running away. When cornered, who is going to save her? Don’t hold your breath. It’s Veronica!

Episode 5
We have some flashback on Veronica’s uber tragic life as a kid. She tried to assassinate the new king of Tsubal, Ray Dawn whom we all know from the looks of it as the guy responsible for destroying Suna (or at least seen from that perspective) but she hesitates after pulling out her gun in public and he owns her with his fairy. Now Veronica jumps in to fight Jonathan. This ‘mad artist’ is no pushover since he can do all sorts of parlour tricks in the name of art. Especially with his fairy as an exploding chicken lizard whatever. Marlya can’t stand being useless and just watch so she manages to finally summon her fairy to distract. Enough for Veronica to take her to safety outside. Meanwhile Free has a hard time with Patricia. But once he got his groove back, Patricia realizes she can’t win so she escapes and leaves behind the tome. What looked like Veronica rekindling with Marlya, mad Jonathan returns so Veronica kills him with her fairy. And then back to cold old Veronica. She doesn’t want Marlya to get involved in her assassination of Ray. Yeah, looks like she still hasn’t given up. So forget about the old Veronica. That Veronica you know is dead. Bye. In the aftermath, Free and Marlya join other Dorothea members in the pub they frequent. I guess Marlya’s welcome party is guised as an excuse to introduce a few more Dorothea members as well as some old farts who were heroes in the last war.

Episode 6
As narrated, after the war ended, Golbarn Helwise surrendered his status as emperor and became a Prime Minister. 5 people who played an important role in the war were granted special positions and were known as the Five Dukes. However they died or were killed in extraordinary fashion. The only ones remain are Schwarz Diese and Ray. In town, an artificial fairy model malfunctions and almost harms a civilian. Free’s fast thinking has the model subdued. The model is then taken to Griff Mercer, the assistant vice minister for the ministry of fairies. He checks and there is nothing wrong with it. Nein then calls up Free and Marlya. Apparently there is news about the real Black Fairy Tome. She sends Marlya and Klara to see the informant, Buz Sebastian but this fatty thinks he can have his way with the ladies. Until all his men get their ass kicked and they pointing their daggers at his throat, now he becomes their b*tches. So he mentions about a recent auction where this tome was put up for sale. The winning bidder is an agent for a well-known circle called Black Four. Marlya and Klara tail that agent, Dice as he boards a train. It seems Sweetie has also caught news of this but she is a second too late and missed the train. Marlya and Klara search the train but they can’t find him. Thinking he might be in the compartment, they will search when the train is at the next stop. In the meantime, cue for Marlya to ask Klara how she joined Dorothea. She lost all her family during the war and after Nein saved her from those rape face bastards. At the next stop, they search the compartment but he is not there. Then they spot him getting off and chase after him. I don’t know where he was hiding that the girls couldn’t find him. Is he a master of disguise or something? Eventually they catch him but he remains tight lipped during interrogation. When Axel pops up before Free just to remind him he still can be useful, Free asks about Dice. Rumours say that this guy works for Gilbert Warlock, a high ranking member of Gui Carlin.

Episode 7
Sweetie is at Gilbert’s place in hopes he could just show her what Dice gave him. However he refuses and shows her the way out. Meanwhile more artificial fairy models go haywire. Nein is supposed to moderate between the meeting of the ministry of fairies and minister of the military who are at each other’s throat, passing the blame for the malfunction and jurisdiction of power. Dorothea is supposed to be neutral but is requested by Schwarz to just side the military. Both the ministry of fairies and the military send their men to the workshop of mechanic Hanns Efmed to find any abnormalities in the model. Free thought he spot Wolfran but could he be just seeing things? No Wolfran but Axel. Seems somebody wants to see him. Nope, not Wolfran but Sweetie. It seems she is offering Dorothea to work together to get into Gilbert’s place again. So Marlya and Klara have to doll up again to please that old guy? Robert Chase exchanges notes with Free about Wolfran manufacturing illegal models for Arcame. He may be here to disrupt the anniversary of the end of the war taking place in a few days. Later Robert remembers about Hanns because he had a man named Eddy Lloyd working under him. However he quit many years ago and hasn’t been heard since. Eddy was the designer of the old Psyden VII artificial fairy model. Though he was put in charge of the fairy maintenance division, he wasn’t pleased with this demotion. After he voluntarily resigned, he went missing. Rumour has it he joined Arcame. Gilbert won’t let young ladies change his decision. He is very well aware of Sweetie’s abilities to memorize everything at first glance. Sweetie continues to talk and ask in a way that has Gilbert admitting he has that stuff, the proof that Dorothea needs. Sweetie then exposes these young ladies are from Dorothea.

Episode 8
Using their fairies to pin down Gilbert, Klara also sends the signal for the rest of Dorothea to storm in. Sweetie then forces Gilbert to lead them to some secret underground room. Cunning Sweetie ditches them after the secret door opens. You mean they can’t open it again? Shouldn’t they just break it down using a fairy? Like how Free did? Yeah, but he broke down some other wall. Did he have the blueprints to the place? Anyway, in this secret room, there lies the Black Fairy Tome. Sweetie has escaped but didn’t take it. Meanwhile Daniel Keys from Security Bureau suspects Hanns tampering with the new models and arrests him. Because of that compromise, the new models that were supposed to be the symbol of unification will not be used for the ceremony. Robert gets permission to investigate more about Eddy. To his surprise that is not stated in the records, he was a workaholic and had a son, Ted Livingstone who is Hanns’ assistant. Talking with Hanns, he admits of not noticing Ted’s feelings that he may want to avenge his father. Oh, what’s this? The old models have this override function?! Hanns pleads for Robert to save Ted whom he has also treated like his own son. During the ceremony, Ted is making preparations to cause havoc. He notes the unification is a farce and Golbarn got rid of those who didn’t obey him. Just like how they did to his father. Using a special whistle to make the old models attack Golbarn, luckily Dorothea manage to stop him in time before any tragedy happens. It is noted that only Schwarz jumped to protect Golbarn but Ray just stood there minding his own business. When Ted is arrested, he is still crying foul about everything. Free tells him that it is okay to not forgive but they have to accept the war is over. It is an era where murderers are judged fairly. This means Golbarn is just a man like all of them. That’s why you don’t kill him.

Episode 9
Thanks to Schwarz’s heroics, he is rewarded with anything he wants. In that case, he wants a fairy weapon. Although he says this is to protect the emperor in case of emergency, some are sceptical. Fairy weapons are those weapons wielded by the Seven Knight and have killed many Fairy Soldiers. As Ray was part of the Seven Knights and of course in possession of one, it is only right Schwarz has one to balance it up. Hence he chooses Fratanil, the fairy weapon that belonged to the late Garlan Battle who was the chief of the Seven Knights. Hence Dorothea will escort it to deliver to Schwarz’s residence. Wolfran passes a message to Liscar. But he won’t join in the fun. That night as the train passes, it comes under heavy attack by Liscar’s mercenary group. Liscar uses his fairy to knock the train off its rails. Thus we get to see Marlya’s flashback of how some lone grandpa took her in, taught her hunting until the day he died. Poor girl buried him and started believing she is a cursed child. Marlya wakes up and Dorothea is engaging in battle with the mercenaries. When Free sees Liscar, he realizes the odds that are against them. Liscar was one of the Seven Knights and you bet he has his fairy weapon with him. Free decides to use Fratanil so Oz Mare goes to cover him by engaging with Liscar. Not good enough to match Liscar. Then Free fights him using Fratanil but he isn’t good at using the fairy weapon. Marlya tries to snipe the mercenaries but Liscar’s assistant, Sophie keeps closing the distance to take her out. Marlya could have died many times had not Oz come to her rescue. Oz takes in a lot of damage from enemy’s fire while protecting Marlya. When he could no longer move, Liscar finds it is a pity that he can’t fight him again and to put him out of his misery, kills him.

Episode 10
Everyone mourns over the death of Oz and other dead Dorothea members. Oh, Fratanil got stolen too. Free feels responsible? Marlya feels responsible? Can we just move on? Marlya is most effected since this plays up her devil being the cursed child. But she still has a job to do. This time, Free leads his team to Kal-O where Ray rules. Their job is to check if the fairy weapon and artificial fairies are within their stipulated parameters. Ray can tell Marlya harbours hatred towards him. He has seen a lot of people with that looks on his face. With an extra day, Marlya goes to see Jingle who is the boss of the mafia group, Biaklay. Unlike Gui Carlin and Arcame, they follow the law? Uhm? What?! Before she came to Dorothea, she was working as him as his bodyguard. He asks her to come back since he considers her as his family. As she is still thinking that she is a cursed person, look on the bright side, nothing happened to him when she was under him, right? Meanwhile we see Fratanil in the hands of Schwarz and he has that smug look on his face. Robert reports to Nein that Ted has been in contact with Wolfran who provided him devices that interrupt the models. Free then comes in to see Jingle. Can’t be here just to say hi, no? Free claims responsibility as the one who convinced Marlya to join Dorothea. This doesn’t impress Jingle because he might took responsibility but doesn’t have the determination to see it through. He won’t accept entrusting Marlya onto his hands. Free claims he has the determination. When it comes down to it, he will risk his life for Marlya. They may not be family but they are comrades. Marlya breaks down as she doesn’t want to be responsible for the death of others. It always comes down to her being protected. Free tells her not to run away. Did she not come to Dorothea to accomplish something? I guess she cries harder this time but it’s a sign that she’s freed from her doubts and ready to move on. Before they depart at the train station, Ray sees them. He wants them to deliver a letter to Golbarn. When he does, appropriate measures will be taken.

Episode 11
An ambassador in Hybranz is rudely awakened as the army storms in to kick him out. It seems Hybranz is declaring sovereignty and will no longer be part of Zesskia. Golbarn receives the news and felt betrayed by Schwarz. Everything has gone according to his plan. Because he has Nein and Dorothea to support the suppressive force, she is given permission to use her fairy weapon. Golbarn then reports to the emperor who himself strips Schwarz’s title and orders him to be defeated. By the time Free and his team return to HQ, they realize that Nein and others have left for war. Only the supporting staffs are left behind. This means Free has to deliver the letter to Golbarn himself. He does so and it seems Ray has got wind about Schwarz’s rebellion. Uhm, a bit too late this warning? But that is not all. The letter also states the war at Hybranz is just a diversion. No wonder Nein is puzzled why those soldiers aren’t putting up any fight and easily surrender. But it’s too late as the enemy is attacking the main palace. Damn, Liscar and his mercenaries just slowly waltzing towards the palace and shoot any dumb soldiers who can’t even shoot straight at them?! WTF?! Schwarz is seen with Wolfran. His plan isn’t to monopolize the fairies and having a free competition, this will give rise to new development and reforms, opening up a new world. Free and his men are the only ones in Dorothea who can counter the enemies attacking the palace. Free has a fairy weapon himself. It belonged to his late friend. He’s good in handling the sword. Did he have practice with it away from our eyes? I thought fairy weapons are sealed? Free finds it odd that the enemies are using attacks as decoys as he tries to figure out their true motive. Liscar and his mercenaries have finally reached the main palace. Even so, those damn soldiers still can’t hit him with their shots as he slowly walks in! They really have Stormtrooper aim!!! No wonder Liscar can whistle all the way while challenging them to shoot him right in the forehead! But playtime is over. Time to get serious in rewriting history.

Episode 12
Liscar and his men waltz in and just massacred all the soldiers. Either they are too good or the soldiers are just bad. Schwarz talks to Wolfran about history. Golbarn was the king of Cidal and launched an invasion of neighbouring Timoon. Garlan took Emperor Castal Harol from the imperial capital of Mazria which was under Ledrad’s control. Order was maintained by Ledrad’s manipulation of the emperor in which Schwarz’s team them was acting as accomplice. When the war was over, Schwarz thought Golbarn would become the emperor but he instead remained loyal. Perhaps the fear of the stigma of being the usurper. Once all this is over and Schwarz has the emperor in his hands, those pretending to be Golbarn’s ally will defect and leave Zesskia en masse. Free finally finds Liscar and they fight. But Free doesn’t intend to defeat Liscar himself. With the help of Marlya and Serge, they push Liscar into a corner. It’s time so Liscar gives the signal for his men to withdraw. Schwarz now storms his way to the emperor’s room. So his excuse is to protect him? After killing all the soldiers? Noticing that Wolfran is missing, he sees Ray. Schwarz thinks Wolfran is also working under him but Ray easily kills him. That was fast. Schwarz is stunned that he is so powerful but still kissed up to Golbarn. Well, Ray never liked Schwarz in the first place. Marlya wants to go after Liscar for revenge but is stopped by Free. He reminds her that they have done their duty as Dorothea. The enemy has retreated from the palace and that they have won.

Episode 13
As the palace undergoes repairs, this episode fleshes out the past of Suna that was peppered throughout the first half. Ray and his brother, Jurgen often visited the forest where the fairies reside. Suna was a place blessed with fairy primordials that it is a fairy village. But fairy villages over the world dwindled due to excessive fairy hunting. Then there are those who worship fairies and consider them as pure and innocent. If that is the case, does it justifies anything they do? It is that pureness that makes them a threat. Ray’s father, Thori was one of the many guardians who protected the fairy forest along with Ivan and Olek. When an Esteemed One was spotted, Ivan tried to distract it but ended up sacrificing himself to appease it. One tragedy after another because it was the same day his daughter, Marlya was born. And that same day, her mom, Tereza who gave birth to her, died soon after. Deira, Suna’s fortune teller wants the ritual conducted to appease the Esteemed One by finding the blessed child. After all, the stars already pointed out the cursed child. Thori was against this ritual because the last time, it sacrificed 4 blessed children and 1 of them was his sister. Hence Thori sacrificed himself by leading the Esteemed One deep into the forest. As Marlya grew up as a cursed child, she was raised by Jurgen and his wife. She became friends with Veronica who was the blessed child as she didn’t care about Marlya being a cursed child. Then one day, Ray marched into Suna with his army. Disregarding Jurgen’s advice, he has his men burn down the place and kill everybody. Because he views fairies having no will of their own, it is foolish to let them run loose. Also, to end this war, he decided to eliminate the fairy village just to control the excessive power that would otherwise make people go astray. Of course Ray killed his own brother as the other villagers get mercilessly slaughtered. Veronica as we have seen vowed revenge and she became the bait to let Marlya get away. Now, Ray is being celebrated as a hero as he returns. Marlya knows revenge won’t change the past but Veronica thinks differently. He’ll get what he deserves.

Episode 14
Dorothea is escorting Ray back to Tsubal. So can Veronica ride her bike and catch up with the train? But wait. The bridge explodes. Gauging from Veronica’s reaction, she isn’t the one who set up the bomb. With Ray saved, they spend the night in a nearby abandoned castle. In a room, he is visited by Wolfran and Michel Conner, a descendent of the Red Fairy Tome. Ray believes those out to kill him are Schwartz sect of the Arcame remnants. Of course the latter’s target is also Wolfran for turning traitor. Deep in the knight, truckloads of artificial fairies are spotted. I bet those pea shooters can’t stop the rampaging trucks. Dorothea goes into formation to maintain order. Wolfran suggests Michel take Ray and escape. Veronica sneaks in hoping to ambush Ray but is met with Wolfran. They both fight and when they draw out their fairies, Wolfran understands Veronica’s situation after knowing she is a Suna survivor. And then Free and Marlya come into the picture. Guys fight with each other but Veronica calls it quits and escape? Marlya follows her. So we get a glimpse of how Veronica was saved by Damien who is a descendent of the author of the Black Fairy Tome. Damien observes Veronica interacting with a fairy in his home and then absorbing it into her heart. Now the girls sit and talk nicely about their past. Until their ideals start to diverge. As you know, Veronica wants to kill Ray and isn’t amused that Marlya is now protecting him. Marlya understands how she feels and even though killing Ray won’t bring back Suna, they both have each other. Sorry folks, no yuri time here but eventually Veronica remains steadfast to her believes and leaves. Marlya vows to always find her even when she gets lost. Meanwhile the guys continue to duke it out. How can Free understand if Wolfran don’t explain anything? Ah well. Both sides taken enough damage. Time to call it a night. Before Wolfran escapes, he asks what Free is fighting for. What is he protecting. What will he have left.

Episode 15
In the final day of the war when Olbany the Ledrad king announced an official surrender, he also took his own life when many of his soldiers were still fighting to protect him in the battlefield. Free failed to stop Wolfran from leaving after the war ended. He realized he didn’t understand a lot about him. Free reports to Nein about the recent incident. It is believed that Wolfran has betrayed Arcame because it left Schwarz dead and Arcame on the verge of being wiped out. This info came from Robert who interrogated an Arcame member, Gail Dope. Dorothea turn their attention to eliminating Arcame. It is not easy task as Arcame doesn’t have a chain of command. So they have to individually wipe out each hideout. Free then ropes in Axel in hopes he could get more info out of Gail. It leads to Dorothea storming into the residence of Christoph Rahn. He is the last son of Olbany but not the son of the queen. They search his place for evidence but nothing so far. It is believed he supported the rebels by disclosing a secret underground pathway into the palace. As a royalty, he knows such route unlike the unified government and hence told it to Schwarz and Arcame. Now that Christoph is not home, they believe he has fled and in hiding. We take a short detour seeing Marlya still having low self-confidence. Still not over Oz’s death? Still consider yourself a cursed child? Leave it to Serge to say how everyone in Dorothea will gladly lay down their life to protect others. So believe in us. Marlya crying like that, I assume she’s over it? News of Christoph has been found in the slums. His body. While it looked like he killed himself, another quick take shows that somebody killed him. As Axel discovered his body first, he is suspected and arrested despite he denied doing anything. But we see a flashback that Axel met Christoph and talked. Seems Christoph wanted to meet Liscar and get his support but Axel disagreed seeing he knows a lot and this would put him in danger. Axel then swiftly killed him.

Episode 16
Griff realizes that part of the many confiscated items from the cargo ship of an island port town is the real Black Fairy Tome. Since this is too much for him to handle, he reports to Bellwood who in turn reports to Golbarn. Hence the sending of Dorothea there to investigate. Damien and Veronica are sneaking into the admin office where the tome is kept but looks like somebody has beaten them to it and left trails of dead guards. That guy is Eajay Daven Thor who is one of the top executives of Gui Carlin. Veronica fights him but is no match for his fairy. Plus, he has a fairy weapon. Damien tells her to escape. We hear Eajay talk about Crucia Albastora who wrote the Black Fairy Tome and believes Damien is his descendant. Eajay’s ancestor, Colen Thor wrote the White Fairy Tome and did a lot of extensive research. He believes that as Albastora was a student of Colen and hence stole many of his teacher’s works, took credit for it to write the Black Fairy Tome. Sweetie and Patricia are also here to steal the tome but seeing Eajay around, this guy is bad news. Hence they go meet Damien and Veronica in hopes of teaming up against Eajay. Thanks to the fire on the admin office, the island is cordoned off and nobody leaves. Damien spots Free and Marlya. He goes talk to them in hopes of extracting some info. Meanwhile the ladies talk about Eajay and here comes this guy looking to pick a fight with them. Sweetie takes Veronica hostage in hopes to strike a deal with him. When that fails, Patricia attacks with her fairy. Too much to handle? Run! Sweetie’s turn. Too hard for her too. Escape! Veronica, your turn. Come on, ladies! This guy too tough for you to beat?! She too flees. It gets complicated when Veronica flees into Marlya. Free takes on Eajay but his sword breaks. Eajay has changed his mind and challenges anybody who can get the tome from him. Of course he isn’t going to play fair and uses a hostage to allow himself to escape. Marlya questions who Damien is because he seems to know Veronica.

Episode 17
Damien is also arrested and brought back to HQ for interrogation. But he will alone speak to Nein alone. Damien reveals he is a descendent of Albastora instead of Carme (the family who created artificial fairy models). Having said so, he knows all the contents written in the Black Fairy Tome. Meanwhile Free and Marlya wait outside as they talk about the fairy tomes divided into 5 pieces: Original, red, blue, white and black. Among them, only black doesn’t exist but 200 years ago, Alan Bach tried to compile all of them but only the black part was removed. It is believed he deliberately split it into 9 parts and encoded them. It could be worth a lot, that’s why many are after it. Damien continues his revelation to Nein that the Albastora clan wanted to deleted the Black Fairy Tome before it got released because those who read it might crave for it even more. Of course Bach secretly retained a copy and now there are some trying to assemble it. Not just Gui Carlin but other groups that are far more dangerous. Nein then sees Bellwood to confirm that Gui Carlin stole that Black Fairy Tome and wants to use this chance to eradicate that mafia group. He gives his permission. Free sees Sweetie and knows she is hiding here as this is the safest from Gui Carlin who is also out for her blood. He wants her to spill everything about Gui Carlin and in exchange, Dorothea will not chase her anymore. Nein then presents a list of those closely connected with Gui Carlin to Golbarn. Some are high ranking ministers and rich businessmen. Even some helping in the unification after the war. Golbarn gives his permission for this operation. But if this sting turns out wrongly identifying the culprits, Nein will take responsibility and resign. Hence we see Dorothea going into full swing to arrest all those people. One night, Free and Marlya secretly take Damien away on Nein’s orders. The manhunt for Eajay is turning out to be the biggest manhunt ever so if some find out Damien is here, they might target and kill him. Marlya wants Damien to stop ordering Veronica to do things. He denies and that she has her own reasons for doing so. Whether or not she wants to go ahead with the revenge, it is up to Veronica herself to decide. Damien thinks everyone is alone and Veronica won’t come back to him now. Marlya disagrees. Veronica still has her.

Episode 18
Nein reports to Bellwood the several high profile arrests including some traitors within the government. Because she also suspects some corruption within the ministry of fairies, Bellwood will thoroughly investigate his staff. Later Nein talks to Damien about Bellwood who is a descendent of Hel S. Bellwood, the first fairy scholar and creator of the Fairy Tome. And also something about an old religious sect called Eins Order. Sweetie and Patricia are in Mazria where Eajay is holing up. Knowing that Dorothea will also be here to take action, they will use this commotion to steal the tome. As Dorothea infiltrates via the secret underground passageways, they stumble into a section where lots of corpses are dumped. They are failed surgical experiments of fairy soldiers that Eajay is trying to do. Eajay talks to his right hand man, Quatoe about the chicken and egg problem: Did God or fairies come first? For fairy scholars, the fairies did as this follows the teachings of the Eins. Eajay doesn’t care as he will use them as he sees fit. Eajay gets word that several men from the lookout posts are dead. Get ready for action. Dorothea has their hands full in dealing with the Gui Carlin mafia but also Quatoe who can summon several fairies. He is one of the few successful cultivated Fairy Soldiers. Nothing like a few trust in your comrades to have Dorothea beat the whole lot of them. Eventually Free sees off Quatoe to have a final showdown with Eajay. Oddly, they fight on a flimsy wooden scaffold. I can see how this is going to end. Eajay getting desperate as he rants about fairies should be set free and not used by anyone. Humans and fairies will live together in harmony. Eh? Wasn’t he trying to take advantage of the fairies? Somehow conveniently, Free makes a nasty slash across Eajay. Eajay wants to take him down with him as he cuts the ropes. Only Eajay falls to his death because Marlya jumps to grab him to safety. Wow. Can she even do that? Is this the power of trusting your comrades? I thought summoning a fairy would be easier, though… Eajay’s death means the end of Gui Carlin. But Veronica is seen taking his fairy weapon. As Dorothea retrieves the Black Fairy Tome and prepare to return to HQ, they are ambushed by Wolfran. Even more shocking, Michel is using the same fairy as Oz.

Episode 19
But the fairy goes berserk and doesn’t listen to his command. Marlya could ‘hear’ the fairy’s voice claiming it doesn’t want to fight. In the end, the fairy leaves Michel’s body and vanishes. When Marlya tries to interrogate him, he claims that the Black Fairy Tome is now complete and their ideal world will begin. No longer will it be ruled by man. Marlya reports this to Nein. From what Michel says, it could mean that the ministry of fairies could be behind this as they have the remaining volumes. So having this last volume means they have the complete set. They realize the twisted system when a Fairy Soldier dies, their fairy organs become the properties of the ministry of fairies so as they could use them again. Marlya then tells of the fairy’s voice she heard. She feels weird about this because she didn’t undergo a fairy organ transplant like Fairy Soldiers. Nein reveals she could be fairy possessed. It is a rare occurrence whereby a fairy possesses a human directly. This is the same for Veronica and Ray. Could it just be a coincidence that they come from Suna? Marlya was never told about the details about this since they were forbidden to enter the fairy forest. Nein thinks Damien can enlighten them about fairy possessed. Meanwhile Wolfran gives the final volume of the tome to Bellwood and he is very pleased. Damien deduces that Bellwood’s goal is to resurrect the Divine Beast said to be equal to God. In the past, it happened before and turned the prosperous ancient kingdom of Tupal into a desert of death. This means Bellwood’s next step is to secure a fusion, a fairy possessed organ. Damien requests to see Golbarn and he will explain everything from the past to what he has done. Golbarn is disappointed that yet again another trusted comrade is a traitor. He asks Free that they were enemies during the war. But why is he now working with the enemy he once fought? Because he doesn’t want to see another war like that ever again. Golbarn gives the directive to arrest Bellwood and all his accomplices and leaves this entirely to Dorothea. That night, all the units surround the building of the ministry of fairies.

Episode 20
As they barge in, they realize the fairy weapons have been taken away. Entering Bellwood’s office, he isn’t here but a suicide bomber! Had Free not acted promptly by using his fairy to throw away the bomb, they could’ve been goners. It is believed that Bellwood is the leader of Eins while Griff and Wolfram are his lieutenants. Knowing their next step is to get a fairy possessed, Marlya informs the rest about her fairy possessed condition. They are surprised at first but make no big deal of it. Marlya is still Marlya. Another one of those unfounded worries blown away. Dorothea spend their time trying to look for Eins. They have no leads until they look at the confiscated records of Bellwood and Griff’s unusual long leave during office. They visited odd places and one of them being Wolfran’s hometown. Free and Marlya go there to ask the locals. An old man reveals Wolfran was devastated to learn his wife and daughter died. He became disillusioned he fought the war for nothing. Though there is a grave for them, it does not contain their bodies. Wolfran was then approached by Bellwood and they talked for a long time. Meanwhile Wolfran visits Michel in prison. The latter telling him someone in Dorothea is fairy possessed. Wolfran gives him a lethal potion to make it look like natural death. Free and Marlya are in the next town to find Olek, someone who is associated with Bellwood. But when that name rings a bell, Marlya returns to Suna to find Olek living as a recluse. He didn’t die then when Ray’s soldiers attack. He talks to them about the balance and bridge between the worlds that the fairies play an important role. Also a brief history of Tupal how man wanted to be superior to fairies and instead of summoning God, the Divine Beast is actually a demon. So those who were going to be used by Tupal as sacrificed, ran away to Suna and hence it is the origins of this land. Marlya is shocked to learn that Veronica was supposed to be the one offered as a sacrifice. Because when you’re giving a gift, you want it to be the best, right? A few years ago, Bellwood did come here. Because Olek was poor, he revealed all the fairy secrets for money. In the end, Bellwood and is men captured the Esteemed One. Free and Marlya hurry back but as they stop for the night, Marlya is out by herself and thinking about things when she is approached by Wolfran. Griff enters Golbarn’s office and kills him with his fairy. So this is how saving the world looks like?

Episode 21
Since Marlya won’t go with Wolfran, time to summon those fairies and fight. Marlya can hear his fairy saying it doesn’t want to fight. She thinks she can save him but he laughs at that idea. It’s not like she knows everything about him. Wolfran flees when Free comes to her aid. When they return to HQ, they hear about Golbarn’s assassination. With Eins knowing Marlya is fairy possessed, Nein wants Marlya off the case. On the contrary, Marlya wants to become the bait to lure Eins out. It is dangerous but her comrades promise to protect her. Ray comes to town to seek an audience with Harol. As he wants to help Zesskia in these trying times, he will relinquish his current position and take Golbarn’s post as Prime Minister. Harol agrees and appoints him. Wolfran reports his failure to capture Marlya. But with Golbarn’s assassination, this has brought all the fairy possessed into the same area. Because where Ray goes, Veronica will be waiting to kill him. Then there is a riot in the prisons. As some prisoners run free, Axel is confronted by Wolfran who wants him to deliver a message. Ray learns that Marlya is a survivor of Suna. So he summons her to talk privately and the moment he does, he calls out his fairy to attack hers. This is to test her ability to hear what the fairy is saying. As he too could hear the fairy’s voice, he tells her not to listen to the fairies. It is the voice of the people that they must listen. This is a world that humans built and the balance the fairies are trying to maintain no longer exists. He reveals the reason he burnt down Suna because he once thought he should be the only person to be fairy possessed. Knowing that Veronica is fairy possessed and wants him dead, they need to find her quickly to keep Eins from using her. Don’t have to tell that to Marlya. And then it’s like Marlya just realized her fairy pet, Chima could be useful after all. Remembering it can probably smell others with fairies, she has it sniff out Veronica’s whereabouts. Gee, never thought of this before, huh? What convenience. And when it sniffs Veronica hiding behind some door, Marlya tries to convince her to come under Dorothea’s protection since Eins is after her. As we expect, Veronica isn’t buying into that and still wants revenge. Veronica is still reeling from the suffering of the fairies and believes humans are to blame. And then Veronica just ‘vanishes’ once more, leaving Marlya behind. Her voice didn’t reach her… Axel sees Liscar and delivers the message that he is needed for the ‘final stage’.

Episode 22
A state funeral is held for Golbarn. Dorothea escorts Ray to the place but of course, enemies attack. With artificial fairy soldiers blocking their paths, Dorothea has got to find alternatives to get Ray to safety. Free once more clashes with Wolfran but this time the latter is using Fratanil. Eventually Ray’s escort comes under attack. He is forced to fight Liscar and Ray is no pushover. Until Ray gets injured, Nein switches with him to fight the war crazy mercenary. He even gives her fairy weapon so as to fight on equal terms. Marlya and Robert reach a secret safe house. After Robert leaves to find medical help, Veronica pops up. I guess now is the time for revenge. Since Marlya can’t shoot her, Veronica goes all out to fight Ray who can only defend himself. The fight takes a breather, allowing Ray to explain what he did was unforgiveable and that he isn’t seeking forgiveness. He believes people like them (the fairy possessed) shouldn’t exist in this world. Also, ancient beings have been misleading people and should be destroyed, thus his destruction of Suna. If man wants to kill, he should do it with his own hands. Marlya thinks he is lying when he says he has no regrets. Because this is not the first time Veronica tried to kill him. She did so before and was arrested but each time he released her. He did so because he regretted his actions. But because of this, she gets to see Veronica. For that she is grateful for him. Ray doesn’t deserve to be thanked. Only hated. Marlya doesn’t intend to forgive him either but hating or killing him won’t make things better. Yeah, Veronica so confused no wonder she’s getting so emotional. Even more so when Ray apologizes from the bottom from his heart. Cue for Marlya and Veronica to get back close together again and give each other some hope. Sorry to ruin this (yuri?) moment because Griff is here to take one of them and kill the rest. Ray protects the ladies with his fairies to let them escape. So he pays the price as Griff drags him back to his base, puts his fairy organ into the Esteemed One. Or is it the Divine Beast? It roars back to life. Beginning of the end.

Episode 23
With the Divine Beast turning everything into sand, Bellwood and his Eins fellow gladly embrace the new era. Yeah, I guess they found their salvation. RIP. Do Marlya and Veronica have enough time talking about escaping and surviving? I mean, Marlya just reunited with Veronica and now she wants her to leave to be safe? Didn’t you promise from now on you’ll be together? We get it. You’re family. No time for such talk. The Divine Beast is rampaging. Nein finally kills Liscar. But he dies a happy man. Nein also took on a near fatal damage from him. Sophie is about to kill her but Dorothea reinforcements are here. It’s like once Liscar is dead, all his men lost their vitality. Yeah, Dorothea so sharp shooting and killing all of them off! Even Sophie! Can’t believe she easily died like that. Back to Free and Wolfran’s fight. We know Wolfran isn’t going to listen to his words about being free and moving forward. He just wants to destroy everything after his family’s supposed death. But Free has the better will. After cutting through Fratanil, he won’t kill Wolfran. He knows nothing will be solved. What good will it do if they kill each other? Only survivors pass on their knowledge and that’s how they get better. And yeah, Free isn’t such a kind person to kill him. Free notices the Divine Beast came out from some cave. He thinks this is where Eins’ base is and heads there to find some answers on how to stop it. However only Griff is there. Looks like he wasn’t stupid enough to sacrifice himself. So he intends to be the one who will create a new world order? Typical megalomaniac but at least he was sneaky enough to use others for his goal. Free fights him and is surprised that he has a fairy weapon too. But Free won’t have to fight him alone. Wolfran joins him. So now Wolfran is also a changed man? Don’t want to die now, huh? As Marlya gets closer to the Divine Beast, she can hear its voice. Seems it doesn’t want to destroy humans but has no other choice, Time for Marlya to be a heroine. She’s going to save and free the Divine Beast.

Episode 24
Eins’ goal was to let the Divine Beast wipe out civilization and let the fairies rebuild the world as they see fit. However Griff knows very well the Divine Beast will not entirely wipe out humanity due to some limitation. I mean, isn’t that why humanity still survived after Tupal’s downfall? Hence Griff’s plan is to become the new leader of the survivors. Yeah, great goal. Only if Wolfran didn’t kill him! Good grief for Griff. Haha! Whoops. Meanwhile Marlya and Veronica realize that their fairy weapons keep them safe from being turned to dust. The plan now is to cut open a hole in it, then summon a fairy to go inside and destroy its fairy organ. So this is how to set free the Divine Beast? Okay. Never try, never know. Of course it is harder than it looks and Veronica gets impaled! Oh no! So kind of the Divine Beast to give the ladies some time to talk it over because you know somebody’s death flag is coming up. So after Veronica telling Marlya to live her part, she pushes her into the hole while she herself gets turned into sand. No time to cry over sand. Veronica’s fairy joins with Marlya’s and now she has a fusion of a badass fairy. At least Veronica now lives inside her, no? With Free coming by, convenient transport to get up close to the Divine Beast. Enough for Free to slash it open and Marlya using her new hybrid fairy to fly inside and destroy the Divine Beast once and for all! Just endure the big sandstorm finale. And then we have Marlya talking about the fairies will be gone with everything else because humans has lost too much. But Free remains optimistic as long as somebody remembers, what they’ve protected will still be there. And so he wants to remember and know more about Veronica? Indeed. Marlya has lots to tell him but first she has to stop her crying. In the aftermath, humans continue to live and rebuild their lives. We see snippets of what happened to other characters like Axel being arrested again, Damien joining the ministry of fairies, Nein still heading Dorothea instead of contemplating Prime Minister post, Wolfran back in his hometown and Sweetie and Patricia travelling the world! You go travel, girls! You’re free! Free and Marlya continue to work hard at Dorothea since there is still the possibility of using fairies as weapons. Well, as long as humans are still around…

Fairly Gone To The Dogs
Oh well, at least the good news now is that Marlya doesn’t have to further chase after Veronica as she can now be easily found at one resting place. HAHAHA!!! Oops, sorry. But you get what I mean. Too bad no potential future yuri. And with quite a few characters dead, it doesn’t seem likely that anybody is going to pose a new threat and become the next megalomaniac to take over the world or repeat the disaster of destroying it. I mean, all those really suspicious guys whom you will suspect to be evil underneath their skin or the potential individuals or organizations to misuse the fairy power have all met their demise. Maybe the king. Maybe the military minister. But they look more like wuss who could get their asses kicked without Dorothea’s protection. Just exaggerating but I can’t dismiss that feeling. So the world is safe for now to give fairies some breathing space to live until mankind rebuilds itself. Well, if history has ever showed us, it has clearly repeated itself here.

Sad to say that the story is all over the place and it is really hard to pinpoint what is actually going on. Firstly, it would be wrong to just blame it all on the producers of this series, P.A. Works. You see, unlike many other studios who adapted stories from sources like manga, light novels or even video games, P.A. Works have been trying to produce original anime series over the years. From the recent (and I mean that by a few years ago) Irozuku Sekai No Ashita Kara and Tenrou: Sirius The Jaeger right back up to their early days producing Angel Beats, Hanasaku Iroha and Tari Tari, Fairy Gone is yet another one of those original works. I agree that creating something new is quite hard and a herculean feat but given their years of experience, I thought they would have improved. Maybe they need more time? I don’t know. Not my place to say. But Fairy Gone isn’t one of their greatest original works if I should say the least.

It’s nice to see them trying to break away from the high school teen drama that I often saw such as Hanasaku Iroha, Irozuku Sekai No Ashita Kara Tari Tari, Nagi No Asakura, Glasslip and Haruchika. But Fairy Gone isn’t their first supernatural series. RDG: Red Data Girl, Another and even Uchouten Kazoku are considered supernatural themed animes they have produced before. With Fairy Gone, they’re trying to incorporate some dark themes and elements into the series and with some action too. Something like Tenrou: Sirius The Jaeger but replacing the vampires with fairies.

It is very unfortunate that instead of learning the lore and setting of the fairies (which I believed at first was going to be the core of the series), instead it dabbled more into human politics. With that kind of title, naturally anyone will be inclined to think that fairies would be the main star and focus of this show. But instead we got politics especially for the first half AKA first season of the series. What’s this about some hidden agenda to disunite a united Zesskia? Bits and pieces of information about the fairies are made known to light later on but considering where we have gone and arrived at, it felt too late. Even so, the fairies still do not amount to anything much. And those fairy scholars, I thought they would be something big but I guess they needed to cook up something for history lessons of fairies. Because it didn’t really matter what colour the tome was and who the original fairy author was, it was just that black one some cult order needed to bring Armageddon. The rest didn’t matter anyway but it needed to be mentioned so as if to make it look ‘meatier’. Hey, at least that’s how I felt.

So aside the human politics, they try to put in several other mini plots in hopes of making it all interesting and then everything just comes together and culminates towards the end. Well, I don’t think went smoothly for me. Because most of the time I felt confused and everything was one big wild goose chase. For instance, Dorothea keep trying to track down and chase that Black Fairy Tome. The contents and whoever wants it are unknown until plot convenience says so. So in the meantime, we have Dorothea chasing down mafia clans like Arcame and Gui Carlin in which both organized crime syndicates got conveniently wiped out as the story progresses. Then there was that assassination attempt on Golbarn and Schwarz obviously having ulterior motives. And oh yes, I almost forgot. Veronica still trying to assassinate Ray. That felt like one of the longest side plots ever. Veronica biding her time and waiting for the right moment to just kill that old dude while every other plots happen in between. It just feels odd. And in the end, Veronica didn’t sully her hands taking that guy’s life and Ray somewhat repented but sometimes when I think about it, the long wait for revenge felt wasted. Ah, a true friend who persistently spams and virtue signals you why you mustn’t kill. Good thing, right?

Another reason why I find this series hard to follow is because of the locations. I know, this is a fantasy world and there are really made up countries and kingdoms. So in the initial episodes where the story is starting to roll and all, I got really confused when they were talking about this certain country to that certain country. Like, where the hell is that? I mean, where the heck is Rondacia?! Kal-O? Where’s that? Which country borders it? Hybranz? Sighs… It gets worse when they start stating places but also state in parenthesis that it was the former region of a former country. So much more confused!!! And they also put the year or something but my brains are too lazy to think if this was 5 years ago or 10 years ago or 50 years ago… You get the idea. I believe there was a map shown of the continent this world is set on but it is very brief and unless you pause and study it, normal lazy viewers like me aren’t going to remember the geography of this world. Making it worse, the newly unified countries of Zesskia all look the same. You know those same boring brick buildings you see here, they’re abundance too in other countries. It’s like they don’t have any landmarks of their own to distinguish one country from another. No wonder I’m so confused.

Incorporating fairies into soldiers means that you’re going to expect some sort of fairy fighting, right? Well, it might look novel at first that humans who are implanted with fairies get to summon them to aid them in battle. However this novelty wears off very fast. Because you realize the fairies don’t actually don’t do much sh*t except rumbling with each other in the background while the humans duke it out with each other (in which this is what the action scenes mostly focus on). Hence summoning fairies to fight sometimes feels redundant and just a mere sideshow to fulfil the criteria of using fairies in a fight. Come to think of it, summoning fairies to fight feels like a creepier and twisted version of Pokemon battles! It is with great misfortune that this is the ‘biggest’ roles the fairies will ever get to play since they won’t usually last long and will be re-summoned back into the human owner after a while. Yeah, didn’t make any headway. So why continue the fight? Besides, it saddens me that the fairies fighting each other are more boring than the humans fighting! Some fairies have their own special abilities but they are hardly used and what we usually see are just fairies roaring, charging and ‘wrestling’ with each other. That’s about it. Though, my favourite fairy still goes to Serge because it is like an arm blaster! Best fairy in terms of firepower.

It feels weird that a Fairy Soldier whenever he/she wants to summon his fairy, he/she has to put his hand over his heart to activate it. Strange, why? Because it feels like they are about to get a heart attack! No, seriously. When they first did this pose, that actually crossed my mind. What the heck is this cardiac arrest pose just to summon their fairy?! So I suppose there could be that one time when Dorothea got trolled because some old guy just got a heart attack and they thought he was summoning his fairy. Psyche! No fairy. Just a normal heart attack. And it must be a safety mechanism that when the fairy owner takes enough damage, the fairy disappears back inside. Because I don’t remember seeing anybody dying with their fairies summoned out so I can’t say that when the fairy dies, the owner also dies.

As for the human characters, well, I already said the story is in a mess. Hence the characters didn’t do any good to make the story interesting. And because of all the human politics, it got messier. Some minor characters just live up to their role sufficient for plot convenience like those mafia guys. For instance, why the heck do we need that Eajay character for? Like as though they needed some final boss fight to truly bring the demise of Gui Carlin. Yup, that mafia clan is done. Can get them out of the way now and let the other real plot surface. And why do we need Liscar in the first place? Some war crazy person who was once part of the Seven Knights just to add to the action sequence? You betcha. Because it was really a no brainer that he and his mercenaries waltz right into the palace while killing all the inept guards. Like, WTF was that all about?! Oh, they also kill him and the rest of his troops so as not to worry about this faction. How convenient.

As for the main characters, they try to flesh out Free and Marlya but with all the convoluted plot in between, sometimes the drama and their character back story feel forced. Like how Marlya at first keeps feeling guilty because of her cursed status and it took quite a while before she accepts her comrade’s trust. Good, because now she gets to go save Veronica. Yeah, spamming that Suna flashback from time to time. Like as though plot convenience once again rearing its ugly head so that Marlya could finally change Veronica’s mind about revenge or something. Speaking of her, being an assassin and biding her time just to get that single revenge, I don’t know if she is serious or not. I mean, how long has she waited for this moment? Perhaps she doesn’t really want to kill Ray as much as she wants to make us think we do. She just needed somebody to convince her to stop. After all, aside plot convenience, isn’t it more than just coincidence that Marlya stumbles into Veronica in so many occasions? Could it be today that Veronica changes over a new leaf? Not yet. Still got a lot more episodes to go. Heh. And Free… Shucks, don’t remember too much about him except his best friend got killed during his soldier days so he’s just trying to move forward and continuing living. To say he is Marlya’s pillar of strength isn’t accurate either. But without him, she might have followed Veronica’s footsteps albeit in a different fashion.

And this Wolfran… You think he is the real baddie but a veteran like me has the guts saying that good looking guys like him aren’t as bad as you think. Sure, the cliché revenge guy who wants to kill everything because his wife and daughter were taken away and he had no more reason to live. Maybe this guy is like Veronica too. He just needs somebody to stop him and he doesn’t want to really destroy everything. Yeah, because letting some monster killing innocent children all over the world who is unrelated to his revenge seems like a big dick move. And so they try to keep you guessing about Wolfran. Once a Fairy Soldier, he is now with Arcame? Nope. Working for Ray. Somewhat. But gotcha! He is really in cohorts with Eins. Haha! Man of no principle he is right. Now he is back fighting alongside Free. Okay. I guess that’s for the best. It is ironic that Veronica and Wolfran atoned their ways one by dying and the other by living. Is it me or am I starting to notice that blonde heads mostly are the troublemakers here?! From Veronica to Wolfran, we also have Griff and Patricia too. Sophie is a minor blonde too. Sweetie and Liscar aren’t but it would be really damning and suspicious if they were blondes…

Art and animation quality, I guess they are pretty okay. Considering this is done by P.A. Works, there are lots of good looking people here. Like I’ve pointed out before, this isn’t their usual high school teen drama so lots of very mature woman here if you’re not into those younger teen type. The fairy designs are, uhm, hideous! Worse, they are made from CGI so their movements are really one kind. I think they want to make fairies look not like your typical Tinkerbell and hence all the vicious monstrous looks. But sometimes it feels like they are Halloween rejects. Really. Like, Marlya’s fairy comes off more than creepy than scary. I mean, what the heck is that maiden supposed to be?! At first I thought this world was going to be steampunk but it is more like some European dystopia. As said, the gloomy atmosphere and architecture is one of the reasons I couldn’t tell apart the countries. I said steampunk because earlier on there was this bizarre vehicle that moves around not on wheels but via artificial legs! It seems so creepy for a vehicle to move like a scurrying spider or something! I really want to know the mechanics of how this actually works and how it gives the passengers a smooth ride. But subsequently this contraption is slowly forgotten because it’s more convenient to just use your ordinary wheels, right? Yeah. Doesn’t take up space and it’s just so much simpler. And some of the character designs, well, I thought Serge looked like a descendent of Beethoven. Really. And Damien… This guy should enter the Jesus Christ look-a-like contest!

Voice acting is rather okay, recognizing a few veteran seiyuus such as Takehito Koyasu as Damein, Kenji Tsuda as Griff, Hochu Ohtsuka as Bellwood, Yuka Iguchi as Patricia and Shizuka Itou as Sophie, Hiroki Yasumoto as Eajay. The other casts are Tomoaki Maeno as Free (Mika in Kuutei Dragons), Kana Ichinose as Marlya (Asagi in Irozuku Sekai No Ashita Kara), Ayaka Fukuhara as Veronica (Lugh in Trinity Seven), Yoshimasa Hosoya as Wolfran (Reiner in Shingeki No Kyojin), Minako Kotobuki as Sweetie (Tsumugi in K-ON!), Eizou Tsuda as Ray (Heinemann in Muv-Luve Alternative: Total Eclipse), Ayaka Suwa as Klara (Chris in KonoSuba), Yoshiki Nakajima as Serge (Nitta in Hinamatsuri), Mie Sonozaki as Nein (Hazuki in Happy Lesson), Kouji Okino as Robert (Tetsutetsu in Boku No Hero Academia), Hisao Egawa as Liscar (Shiranui in Nabari No Ou), Takaya Hashi as Schwarz (Inuarashi in One Piece), Shouto Kashii as Golbarn (Deadwing in The Reflection) and Shinji Kawada as Axel (Shino in Naruto).

All the opening and ending themes are sung by [K]now_Name. I read many viewed the first opening theme, Knock On The Core to be an epic piece. But personally, I think it’s just another rock music. Not the kind to my liking but it does fit the pace and tone of this series. It’s the same for the second opener, Still Standing but adding more dramatic tone to the rock song. Hence I prefer the ending themes like Ash-like Snow (first ending theme) especially the heavily pounded piano accompaniment with the rock music as well as Stay Gold (second ending theme) which is more of a slow rock (I don’t know why, some parts of the song like the electric guitar solo remind me of Joan Osborne’s What If God Was One Of Us).

Overall, I guess it is somewhat true and now that I myself have confirmed it, this series is not as good as Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi E (though this one isn’t all that good either but at least they could transform into their beast mode and fight!). Messy and confusing story plots and less than interesting characters as well as the atrocity of turning fairies into secondary features of the show are the main factors putting many off. Especially the typical human politics of typical evil human nature. Some things never changed. It does have some decent fight scenes but not enough to reverse the train wreck it has become at this point. It really had lots of potential but didn’t quite develop well enough to make things interesting (especially the history and lore of things pertaining to fairies). Maybe it didn’t have enough episodes to flesh things out properly but if it is not well thought out in the first place, no number of episodes is going to do any justice. Just like how no number of fairies killed is going to bring any form of balance or justice. Man can burn down and kill every fairy and the Divine Beast can turn everything into sand in its wake. But nothing can still stop bad animes marching away into our lives! Poor fairies. I think The Fairly OddParents have better treatment of fairies than this!

Kuutei Dragons

April 19, 2020

Dragons. Majestic mythical monsters that we human have painted in legends as fearful or with high reverence and awe throughout the ages. But don’t expect Kuutei Dragons to be a story about hunting dragons or anything about the said creatures. Instead, the story focuses on a relatively small independent dragon hunting crew who travels the skies in search of hunting down those dragons as part of their profession and passion. I suppose people make better drama materials than dragons.

Episode 1
We see the crew of Quin Zaza taking down a dragon in mid-air. It’s a tough fight only because Mika refuses to use the stun lances so as not to ruin the dragon’s meat. After killing the dragon, they land in town to sell its meat, oil and other essentials. Even though their business is good, the town mayor refuses to let them stay in town, claiming they are some unlicensed dragon hunting vessel. As they have no port and home to return to, Quin Zaza camps wherever they park. We see some of the activities of the crew like the engineers fixing the ship and Mika creating a delicious dragon meat hamburger that has some wanting a piece of it. But rest time is cut short when the mayor then makes an emergency request. A dragon is spotted flying above their town and wants them to take it out before anything untoward happens. Quin Zaza’s commander, Gibbs negotiates to provide lodging and meals for his crew in exchange for this service. Naturally they agree. Quin Zaza takes to the skies again as they encounter this much bigger dragon. Mika can tell from its actions that it is trying to call for its comrades. They have to take it out before more dragons arrive. Mika then acts on his own and attacks the dragon, causing it to get mad and attack the ship and cling on to it with its entire strength. Mika then realizes the same smell this dragon has. This is the mother of the dragon they killed earlier on and it is calling for its child. Of course, Quin Zaza is covered with its scent and you bet mama dragon is really mad. The dragon attacks the ship and its crew. Mika as usual doesn’t want to use the stun lances and tries to fight it the old fashion way. He gets caught and is almost eaten. He is forced to use the stun lance to kill it and prevent any casualties. In the aftermath, Quin Zaza crew members have a feast back in town. The best they’ve ever had in a long time. The cook cooks a dragon meat for Mika to taste. How does it taste after getting stun lanced? Horrible. Yuck.

Episode 2
Gibbs teaches Takita how to shoot. Of course when it comes to the real hunt, the veterans handle the guns and she is just in position to reload. The hunt is successful and she helps to extract oil. She learns that a dragon is very valuable and rakes in the money. However a failed hunt means they go into huge losses. Takita dares how much she is compensated for this hunt. We take it from her reaction, not much. Looks like she still has a huge debt to clear after paying the entrance fee to join this ship. Later Takita thought she saw a bird. Could it be a mini dragon?! She tries to tell the guys but they don’t want to be bothered on their break. Hence she tries to catch the dragon alone. To no avail. Suddenly Gibbs collapses. Though he is okay, something bit his hand. Something larger than a dog. Could it be that dragon? And yes, we see that dragon belonging to another ship and has escaped its cage. The owner must be furious to get it back. Takita tells the rest and they can’t blame her for not telling them in the first place. They want to go hunt it down but Jiro suggests instead of separating into groups and risk getting bitten (who knows it might be poisonous), all should stay in one place while a small group hunts it down. So as Mika, Takita and Jiro track it, the rest hole up in the bridge. What a crowded place… Eventually they find it in the oil room as Mika deduces it must be a parasite that lives off dragons as it is attracted to dragons’ scent. They try to catch it and why does this remind me of trying to catch a chicken? Eventually Takita catches it but it opens its mouth wide trying to bite her! Why does this remind me of Resident Evil monster?! Thankfully Mika kills it. What to do with its corpse? Cook it! Since cutlets are out of the question, they fry it into some golden crisp. So how does it taste? Mika trolls everyone by looking like he got poisoned. Yeah, it’s delicious alright. They give the remainder to Gibbs. Looks like he wasn’t poisoned and he was just showing symptoms of coming down with a cold from overworking. Meanwhile that dragon’s owner is furious and still wants it found. That ultra rare dragon is supposed to be a gift to some royal family and is worth 2 billion!

Episode 3
You think hunting dragons is tough? It is the chores on board Quin Zaza that are harder! So Takita has to do the laundry since Vanabelle is having a bad hangover. Takita learns that Jiro’s father was also a dragon hunter and that’s where he inherited some of his good senses and sight. As the crew is preparing for stormy weather, they thought there is fire on the ship. Well, turns out Mika is trying to smoke his meat. Too much smoke… Jiro tells of the glittering dragon legend. At least that was what his father told him. His ship was in danger during the storm but a glittering dragon popped up and saved them. The ship has entered the storm clouds. Jiro and Mika keep watch so as to avoid taking dangerous paths. But unfortunately the clouds were trolling them and they were hiding the mother of all storm clouds. Their only choice and chance is to slip through it if they are going to have a better chance of getting out this storm in one piece. When the storm gets electrifying and too strong, Jiro is almost blown off but luckily Mika catches him. It is then the glittering dragon pops up and flies alongside them. Jiro so happy he cried? Legend must be true. So as to prove that they’re not hallucinating, everybody also sees this glittering dragon and can’t help stare in awe. Mika wants to catch it but of course the bridge captain, Crocco will not allow it since everybody is already at their limit trying to weather through this storm. Jiro believes this glittering dragon is guiding them out of this storm and wants to follow it. In the end, Quin Zaza exits the storm safely. The glittering dragon is gone. While everyone is relieved, only Mika is unhappy because he really wanted to catch it! Jiro would prefer the legend staying as a legend but Mika isn’t because legends don’t fill your stomach! Well, he has a point. The day gets ‘worse’ for Mika since dinner is served and has no meat. Or just very small pieces. That’s what you get when you don’t have dragon hunts.

Episode 4
Takita finds a very good (and sexy) sketch of a sleeping Vanabelle. If she doesn’t want the guys to see it, why did she show it to them? Of course now they want to know who drew this sketch. Since it is found in the room of Jiro, Hiro and Gaga, they try to narrow down the suspects. They let Jiro and Hiro draw sketches but they’re obviously bad. So the perpetrator is Gaga. But when they confront him, he denies. They suspect him even more since he continues to panic. This ruckus wakes up Gibbs. So Gaga comes clean and reveals he is good at drawing. There are other sketches of other crew members. With everyone laughing over this, Gibbs still isn’t pleased so he has all of them scrub the deck. Later Vanabelle talks to Takita and asks the latter about the reason why she joined this crew. But for Vanabelle, she doesn’t have any particular reason and is questioning her own existence on this ship. Also, it is because she doesn’t belong anywhere on land, hence she took it to the skies. Soon after, a round dragon (goldfish) is spotted. Of course they’re going to hunt it. After harpooning it, it seems the dragon faces them and starts giving off a strange sound wave that attacks their mind. The crew have to hide inside to avoid their eardrums from being ruptured or getting a massive headache. However Mika will not lose. He still wants to take it down despite knowing the risk. Even when Vanabelle tells him off if he enjoys killing dragons so much, Mika remains stubborn and jumps on the dragon despite its continuous sound wave attack. The headache is killing him as he weakens while trying to take it out. Vanabelle who seems not effected by the sound wave anyhow, assists to help kill it. Dragon looking at her with those eyes? After thinking about that talk with Takita, I guess no love lost. She kills it. That night, Vanabelle catches Mika trying to snitch some dragon meat. So she joins him and suggests cooking it with leftover cabbages and potatoes. The result turns out to be another delicious dragon meat. Gibbs and the guys come by and too bad the sharing means it’s all gone. Vanabelle asks Mika’s reason to be here. It’s because he loves dragons. Hunting, dissecting and eating them is a dragon hunter’s way of life. Of course he loves eating them because it’s tasty. There may be other tasty things out there but dragons are the tastiest! Next morning, a mad Takita screams at Mika for not waking her up to eat that dragon meat. Gaga sketches a lovely picture of this ‘fight’.

Episode 5
Crocco thinks they can refuel, restock and rest up once they get to the next town. But Lee points out that won’t do because they have no money! Despite hunting a few dragons, they are small ones and Quin Zaza is a sizeable crew. I guess they have to make with those potatoes again. And no stealing dragon meat for sale, Mika! An ocean ship is spotted with a distress SOS flag flown. Mika, Vanabelle, Soraya and Faye head down to check but it looks abandoned. Nobody is on board. Could it be they have been rescued? But why didn’t take down to SOS flag? Vanabelle sees a fast ship approaching. She has everyone return and Quin Zaza take off as quickly as possible. Their worst fears come true as that ship is air pirates and the ocean ship was just bait. The air pirates are faster as they try to riddle some holes into Quin Zaza. I know Takita is in shock but she just stood there ready to get shot?! Had Mika not acted in time… Vanabelle and Niko try to shoot back but their guns are not to hit small things. The enemy has a machine gun, you know. The air pirates decide to board Quin Zaza on their kite. Mika’s plan is to board them back instead. So those boarding air pirates are so confident they can jump on board without any weapons? Mika then uses this chance to swing down to the air pirates’ ship. Then he just kung fu kick all of them! You mean the air pirates can’t even shoot straight at this distance?! Oh, can’t blame them. At this height and velocity, it’s hard. Eventually the air pirates get scared of Mika and because he is hungry, they bring out all their food and give it to him! Mika is about to enjoy this huge chunk of dragon meat when suddenly the gunner who is supposed to shoot him, the gun jammed and he fires and destroys the meat instead. Mika so mad that he punches the daylights out of him. Damn, Mika looking more like a pirate than those air pirates! I suppose they’re all so dumb because they could have just shot him at the back of the head while he is eating. But I suppose they learn their lesson not to mess with dragon hunters anymore. A good day for Quin Zaza as a dragon is spotted. You bet they’re going to catch this one or else as Lee says, no salary to pay them!

Episode 6
Arriving in the port city of Quon, Gibbs has Takita do her first dragon dissection. After a tough job, she takes a deep rest. Mika thought she is hungry but why did he go share his meat with her? Because Vanabelle said after all that overwhelming incident, newbies like her may take this chance to quit! Mika then takes Takita to the city whereby he brings her to see an old blind man, Ura who is some dragon expert. His main job is making pelts out of dragon skins and his entire tent is covered with those beautiful pelts from dragons as far as many generations ago. Takita is excited to make a pelt from her first dissected dragon. Meanwhile the Quin Zaza ladies are out drinking and they can’t stop talking about work. Yeah, what else is there to talk about? When a few men want to buy them drinks, obviously they decline (not their type either). They take this as an insult so Vanabelle challenges them to a drinking contest whereby the loser must pay everyone’s rounds. Safe to say, it’s Vanabelle’s victory and she didn’t even break into a sweat. Meanwhile the other Quin Zaza guys are hanging out in a bar and some even calling for prostitutes. Of course Jiro being the cherry boy is being shy so Niko tries to convince him this is their only chance. There is another dragon hunting group here, one from the local guild. Because one of them is being rough with a prostitute (she too is disinterested in him), Jiro steps up to tell him off that this brings shame to their profession. Oh really? And before you know it, bar fight!!! At this point, the girl, Katja takes Jiro and run out into town. They hang out for a while as they trade stories of their lives. Jiro hears her sad story how she hasn’t been anywhere. He wants to invite her out to tomorrow’s festival but she remains quiet and part ways. Obviously Jiro is having some issues of the heart as he returns to Quin Zaza (the other guys getting lectured by Gibbs for getting into a fight). Jiro probably wanted to ask Vanabelle a question but can’t bring himself to it. Suddenly the guild’s ship explodes in flames. The dragon that they brought in for dissection, it revived!!! OMFG!!!! You mean it’s not dead?!

Episode 7
Quin Zaza crew help out with the injured. They learn the dragon was poisoned but apparently not enough to effectively kill it. The dragon wreaks havoc but after crashing into the walls of the city, it stays there. Mika can tell that it is not angry but rather scared. When city guards try to kill it with their pea shooter bombs, the dragon uses its wings to form into one big amplifier and turn it into devastating scorching heat ray. Ura mentions that because the dragon is poisoned, it lost its sight and is now scared. Before he could tell some deep stories about the sky, Mika is only interested if they can eat it. What? As the townspeople are panicking and in the midst of evacuation, Katja doesn’t seem all too eager to do that. After all, where else can she go? With the other ships fleeing, Quin Zaza is about to do the same but Jiro suggests using their ship to evacuate some of the people. Lee shoots down his proposal seeing that it is not plausible. The nearest town is still far and how many trips are they going to make? First of all, they didn’t start this problem and has nothing to do with them. But of course Mika says to take it down because it is edible as long as the poison is taken out. With the crew still unsure, Vanabelle vouches for Mika. As they don’t have opportunities to take down big dragons like this, they can profit from doing so and if they fail, nobody will blame them for trying. I guess it’s decided then. They’re going to take the dragon down. So who made Jiro the boss as he gives orders to the rest of the crew to get on the double on their feet? Ah, this is what love makes a man do. Lee has gotten permission of the guild’s captain to share some of the spoils and to also lend some manpower. But some the guild’s crew didn’t like it so they try to finish off the dragon themselves. Riding an autogyro, they drop a few bombs on it. Seriously, they think that would kill the dragon? Naturally the dragon gets mad and now tries to hunt it down. Worse, it chases them deep into town. Jiro has a bad feeling and rushes into town. Then dragon starts falling. Why does it have to be in the direction where Katja lives?

Episode 8
With the dragon crashing down at the bar, Jiro starts thinking how dragon hunters brought this upon themselves. You know, they don’t know how dragons lived and hence this tragedy was brought upon by themselves. While Quin Zaza gets ready to take off, some of the crew head on the ground and try to kill it. With their pea shooters? Better hurry and put it out of another misery. Because there is an oil refinery nearby and the damage will be more than devastating if another heat ray is released. Mika as usual is reckless as he climbs up the dragon’s neck and stabs a stun lance. Despite being thrown off and bleeding all over, he won’t give up. It is their responsibility to hunt this dragon down properly. But I guess the hunt is cut short because here comes the heat ray! Everyone escapes but Jiro becomes a hero, Mika style. Recklessly he climbs up the dragon and manages to shoot one into the dragon’s spine. I think he needs more than that to take it down. But the heat ray is coming. Is this the light one sees at the end of one’s life?! Haha! Oops, sorry. No time for jokes. Jiro thought he is done for when suddenly Quin Zaza rams into it! OMG. How can such a rundown ship not sustain any heavy damage like that?! At point blank range, Gibbs fires his heavy harpoon, effectively killing the dragon. In the aftermath, Jiro is happy to see Katja returning. I don’t think the bar girls were that stupid to stick around when the dragon crashed, right? Jiro is so relieved that she is fine, earning the tease of his comrades as well as Katja herself. Reality sinks in that they can’t sell the dragon as they used the stun lances and this has caused its value to drop. Nearby, the townspeople are arguing with the dragon hunter guild members about this disaster. Both are blaming each other when the guild captain steps in to f*ck his own crew for giving him more problems. Niko tells the real hero is Jiro, otherwise the town would’ve been devastated by the heat ray. Lee suggests donating the dragon to Quon. This leaves some unhappy because they worked hard to kill this dragon. On the contrary, if they try to sell it, nobody is going to buy it. Because trying to profit out of this will look like rebelling. With the city heavily damaged, donating it will be the best option and in exchange to getting their ship fixed and other expenses covered. I suppose that’s a fair deal for everyone. Mika still not happy he can’t eat dragon meat? He thought of heading to Ura’s place for some but Gibbs forces him to help clean up the city. Katja laughs when Jiro looked so serious when apologizing the festival is ruined. But she would love to have seen how cool he was when taking down the dragon.

Episode 9
The dissecting begins. The real problem is how the different have different methods of cooking the dragon meat! This could be the real battlefield instead. So Yoshi cooks the best dragon cutlet meat for everybody and you bet this is the best meal ever after a hard dissecting job. Too bad Mika makes a head start by biting it first. SHARE! As Ura explains how to remove the poison from the dragon, Mika is all too happy about this until he realizes that the trick is that it needs to be soak in rice bran for 3 years. 3 YEARS???!!! Does that justify him getting rough with a blind old man? Mika so disappointed… Once Quin Zaza is fixed up and refuelled, they are to take off as soon as possible at the next light. This puts a damper to many of the crew because they wanted a much needed vacation. Like Capella. There goes her wish of getting a massage. But they have to respect the townspeople as they have got a lot on their hands to rebuild the city too. Meanwhile Jiro sees Katja. As the guild gave them the autogyro, he takes her to the skies and grants her wish of leaving the city even if it’s just temporary. He knows how to fly this thing? Okay. Whatever. Then he pops the question. No, not marriage yet. He wants her to come join him on Quin Zaza. Pretty girl so overwhelmed that she cries and can’t give her answer right now. So before Quin Zaza leaves, Katja trolls Jiro by looking like she wants to kiss him. She just wants to cut his hair because he looks like a girl. Say what?! Anyway he allows her to and I guess this is where she gives her answer. Sorry, can’t come with you. Heart breaking, no? :’(. Quin Zaza flies off and Katja keeps a part of his cut hair. Uhm, I don’t know, but isn’t this a bit creepy? Mika and Takita are shocked by Jiro’s new look. So is this the new him?

Episode 10
It’s back to dragon hunting business as Quin Zaza flies into the dangerous dragons corridor. It is here where they hope to get lucky to find a pod of migrating dragons and strike it rich. They are navigating through the narrow chasms so that they will catch the updraft that will lift them to the clouds where the pod is. They are lucky to get that and even stumble into the pod. The hunt is on. As they manage to spear onto one, of course the dragon struggles. In that close brawl, the dragon drags Takita off the ship as she falls with it! Oh no! Man, I mean, woman overboard!!! The crew is in shock and immediately go into search mode. Takita wakes up in a cave. Yes, she survived. After treating to that nasty cut on her thigh, she lights a fire but the smoke isn’t enough to create any signal. She has no strength to even break the branch of this lone tree. Then she sees that dragon lying close by and injured. Her spear deeply imbedded into it. She starts to feel bad and is hesitant in finishing it. The dragon’s weak tentacle tries to strangle her so I guess this is cue for her to finish it off. She stabs deep into its throat, effective killing it. Takita reels from the shock but a small dragon pops up. Is this a jellyfish or something? But this dragon cub seems to take a liking for her. As the cub accompanies Takita dissecting the dragon, she feels more and more guilty. Meanwhile Quin Zaza continues to look for Takita. Shouting her name seems futile but it’s better than nothing. So I guess that’s where the autogyro come in handy as Jiro and Mika ride on it to scour the lower areas of the valley. Takita wakes up after dozing off. She panics when the cub is not around but it soon comes back. Wow. They’re like best friends now? But also coming into the picture is a matagi hunter, Ascella. This is supposed to be her hunting ground. She learns Takita fell from the sky and when Takita notes she has a knife, she has Ascella help out in dissecting the dead dragon. We learn a few things like how a dragon can fly because of the shape of its heart. Takita collapses and Ascella realizes she has a fever. Jiro’s search fails. He wants to refuel and return to finding Takita but Gibbs disallows him. As it is getting dark and they don’t have any options to land, he is not risking losing another member even if Jiro has good night vision. Lee suggests raising their course above the cliffs and declare the next 48 hours as search period. But Crocco orders to remain sailing at low speed.

Episode 11
Quin Zaza is riding the roller coaster of emotion about Takita’s absence. They try to be positive but can’t help think negatively that she may be dead. Never say never. Meanwhile Ascella cooks some nice dragon stew but Takita doesn’t want to eat. Feeling guilty? After some teasing, Takita gives in and chows down the entire pot. I hope those tears aren’t because she felt guilty eating the cub’s mom or something. So it tastes so good, huh? Good. Next morning, Ascella brings her out of the ravine to her mini base. The other person there is an old woman. Grandma is going to fix her swollen injured thigh with a needle. Brace for the pain. Ascella distracts her with some dragon stories. When all is done, Takita tries to feed the cub but it won’t eat anything she gives. Thinking it only eats things from the sky, Takita uses her knowledge to extract dragon oil to put in her food. The cub still won’t eat it. I don’t think forcing it will make it any better. Grandma suggests putting eggs and making margarine out of it. Only then the cub eat it. Success! Takita and the cub so ever close. Deep that night, Takita becomes panic to see the cub all weakened and wrinkly. They deduce as sky creatures cannot live on land, it must be returned to the sky. With Takita vowing to do so, Ascella prepares for their trip to Mt Kin. Legend says that because the mountain gives off smoke, the pod will definitely pass there. Meanwhile Quin Zaza also has this same idea that Takita might come here. Making this gamble more ‘credible’ is Faye showing a matagi book about this legend. There’s only 1 way to find out. Takita braves the pain as she brings the cub up the mountain. A few heart stopping scares for Ascella as Takita almost fell off. And she finally fell off for real! But thankfully the cub floats her up! OMFG! The cub that strong?! I guess it’s the power of love. Takita sees the pod closing in on the mountain and it is starting to change shape. Hurry before it goes away. But the cub wants to be with tearful Takita and won’t go no matter how much she tries to shoo it to return to its pod. And then peeking out of the corner is Quin Zaza! OMG. Happy ending? Time to add to those tears.

Episode 12
It is with great sadness that Lee announces the end of their 48 hour search. Just then, Mika hears Takita calling out his name. He knows where to find her? Just listen to where the wind blows! And there she is. Vanabelle ties a rope to Mika so he could jump and get her. Greatest acrobat catch ever! Mika upon seeing the cub on Takita’s back, he wants to eat it! Seriously! Takita is brought back up Quin Zaza and everyone is relieved she is alive. Takita wants to return the cub to the pod. Also, a different species of dragons pop up as they all try to hunt and feast on each other. It’s a goldmine for all dragon hunters here so why do they still need to go around the world to hunt for dragons? Well, such phenomenon is unpredictable and nobody knows when it will show up. I guess Quin Zaza got lucky and struck gold this time. After hunting and raking in a dragon, a big mother dragon now pops up. Now, it is a good time for Quin Zaza to get out of here but you know, Takita wants to send the cub back while Mika wants to eat this big mother. Vanabelle assists Takita in taking down this big mother. Gibbs thought he could help by firing a powerful blast but the duo fall off! Can’t risk another missing incident so Niko shoots them a lifeline. Meanwhile, Takita has Jiro fly her up in the autogyro to the pod. She drops in and returns the cub to its big ancestor grandma. She hopes that if they meet again in the future, she will hunt it down. So please don’t get eaten till then. Once the pod is gone, it’s like all the dragons disappear too. Gibbs reprimands the reckless ones but you know this isn’t going to be the last time, right? Mika so sad he failed in taking down the big mother. Couldn’t even take a bite out of it. Everyone celebrates Takita’s return with food and booze. Then it is back to normal dragon hunting business as usual for Quin Zaza.

How To Cook Your Dragon Meat
Hmm… A pretty normal and average ending that screams ‘life goes on as usual for our characters’. I don’t know why but I was having this weird idea that a twist might happen. You know, after Takita releases the cub back to its pod, suddenly it gets eaten and devoured by another dragon!!! HAHAHA!!! Oh sh*t… I don’t think it is that kind of anime but I thought it would be hilarious and shocking if that were to ever happen. Then I will leave the series with really weird feelings that I would probably start to regret in the future and should have wished for a more ordinary one. Thank goodness the boring and typical ‘happy’ ending happened instead.

As already stated in the synopsis, this series turns out to be almost what I expected it to be. The stories and plots are close to non-existent as many of the episodes especially in the first half of the series serve as standalones and also episodic in nature. This is probably to introduce and let us get used to the kind of life the main characters on board Quin Zaza are experiencing. Then in the second half, we have a couple of mini arcs in the form of the port city of Quon and Takita getting lost in the dragons corridor. I won’t say that all the stories are boring as each of them are unique, fascinating and intriguing in their own right. However I can’t help feel that it is still missing that sort of oomph that makes me want to yearn and hope they will make another season. But I want to note that one of the episodes where a rare dragon bird strayed into their ship that was supposed to be a gift for a royalty, I really thought this was going to be the final story for this season. I was thinking the owners have found out what Quin Zaza had done to their precious dragon and would start a war. It would have been interesting to see that story but I guess unfortunately the anime just left it where it was. I’m not sure if it is covered in the ongoing manga but it would’ve been an interesting one.

As we already know beforehand, the dragons aren’t the main characters here. But sometimes I do wish that they are given more focus on. Because of that, we do not know much about the dragons, their habitat and life cycle or anything else about them. As far as the story is concerned, the dragons are turned into convenient plot devices and nothing more. But to be fair, there are only a dozen of episodes here so it is not possible to give the dragons their screen time when they are already struggling with the human characters. It would have been certainly interesting to see more about the lore and setting of this world, the history between the humans and the dragons. Hence I feel it is a shame that we just got the minimum of what these dragons are and they look more like monsters to be hunted down with to add spice to the plot rather than intelligent majestic creatures.

Speaking of dragons, noticed how that in every episode (except the final one) they feature some sort of dragon food? So to be honest, dragons may not get the spotlight they deserved but they get featured as some sort of food? I don’t know if this is insulting or creative but heck, has anybody in real life ever tasted dragon meat before?! So sometimes I think that Kuutei Dragons can also be a play on the word for Kutte Dragons meaning Eating Dragons! Which is clever, by the way. So yeah, they can feature a few seconds of that dragon dish in every episode that will make us curious to wonder how it will ever taste in real life, but that’s never really going to happen in reality. So sad. Dragon meat could’ve been a real deal shocker had it been featured in Shokugeki No Souma. The exaggerated reactions would’ve been priceless, I tell you.

The action bits while hunting the dragons feel just sufficient to keep you entertained. Not the most heart pounding action scenes ever but still feel exhilarating in its own right. It’s just mind blowing that they manage to kill such a huge dragon without spilling a lot of blood. Maybe the kind of weapon they use allowed them to maintain the freshness of the corpse whatever. Mika being the crazy one, prefers to just dive down onto the dragon to kill it with his own hands. I bet the meat tastes better if you kill it yourself with your own blood, sweat and tears. I think. Don’t even get me started how Mika singlehandedly beat the crap out of those air pirates. I was just dumbfounding… I don’t even know how they manage to carry the freshly killed dragon on their ship seeing the dragon is as big as Quin Zaza and it is such an old ship, you bet everything is being overworked way past its limit. I also thought Quin Zaza should have a bit of barriers at the open deck where they hunt dragons. I understand they need the space to move and do whatever to hunt but at the same point I can’t help feel that anybody can just fall off if they’re not careful. This is not a place for drunk people to wander and yet we see the crew sometimes blowing off steam drinking booze (although it is inside the ship).

And as for the characters of this series, I can’t say that I am impressed with it either. They are supposed to be the main focus and drive but I find it hard to connect with them. Even with Mika and Takita as the main characters. Even if both are eccentric, I would say that Mika seems a little more eccentric than Takita because of his penchant to think nothing about eating dragon meat. He only has got dragon food on his mind. Yes, it’s his passion. Don’t laugh at him. But it’s more like a running joke to see him each time to think in such a way that dragon meat is his end goal. Everything he says or does, nothing but dragon meat is the feat he needs to achieve. Then there is Takita who is the newbie on Quin Zaza. They say that with her around, it never feels boring but I don’t see her as so. Sure, she is quite lively and has her slight quirks. But that is only when you compare her to the rest of the dragon hunting crew who are mainly guys. Yeah, there are only 4 ladies total on board Quin Zaza. Guys will be guys and when a woman joins their ranks, of course she is going to look interesting. After all, Takita is kinda cute, right?

Those hoping to see Mika x Takita romance would be sorely disappointed. I didn’t think it would come to this because of the pacing of the series but the series do try and troll us with red herring hints. Like how Mika smelling Takita just to note she is smelly and then later on Takita actually washing her hair with shampoo so as not to attract him because of love but rather to prove that she is no longer smelly. Yeah. That. Jiro x Katja distraction almost came close but I suppose when you think about it, their parting was the best because imagine if love got in the way during a fierce dragon hunting session. That would put everybody in danger.

The rest of the other characters fail to make any sort of impact as they feel mostly like side characters. After all, Quin Zaza has about 20 crew members so it is going to be hard to give each of them the limelight. In fact, you hardly know anything about them! I believe I don’t even know some of their names when the series ended. Sure, they might have mentioned them from time to time but they weren’t just memorable. So there is hardly anything for me to say for the rest of the crew because I hardly know anything about them! We know Gaga is good in drawing. That’s about it. That’s just his most prominent standout ever. What about Vanabelle’s reasons to be on board Quin Zaza? I’m sure all the crew members have their reasons but we want to know why she’s always putting a poker face and that one time she isn’t affected by that dragon’s sound wave attack. Could she have some sort of special ability that we are not aware of? Overall, if you want to talk about the character development here, it is mostly not what you hope it to be.

The other mind boggling thing is that Quin Zaza may not be a very big ship but it is still quite a big ship to maintain. My gripe is that the engine room is only manned by 3 people! Just 3 damn freaking engineers! We have a young boy (Hiro), a very old man and a feisty lady who I think is the leader of this division. No wonder they always complain and get stressed out whenever Quin Zaza goes into overdrive mode and they have to really work hard to make sure the engines do not bust during such crucial times. Oh yeah. Quin Zaza is a very lucky ship. I guess having 3 engineers isn’t as bad as just having 1 cook (Yoshi) who cooks for the 20 or so odd crew members. Oh well, with the limited rations in the kitchen, I’m sure the crew should be thankful he can make them a decent meal. If only Mika could stop snitching dragon meat from the kitchen like as though he is trying to sneak in for a midnight snack, that will be great…

One of the unique things one will notice when starting to watch this series is how the animation and visuals are all using CGI. Reminds me of Kouya Kotobuki No Hikoutai. Some may loathe it because it’s not your true Japanese 2D hand drawn animation. But if done right, it can look quite stunning. This is the case for this series as the CGI effects may not be perfect but it does a great job in providing good visuals. Though, the animation movements of the characters can be a little stiff at times but this is negligible. The background and sceneries look quite good. After all, Polygon Pictures who animated this show is no stranger in using CGI as they have done so in Ajin and Sidonia No Kishi.

As for the dragon designs, they do not look like your typical dragons of the western lore. At least for the ones that appeared here so far. So sometimes their designs may come off as weird and perhaps a little scary. Like as though they came out from some B-grade horror flick. With different dragon species, it feels like as though they are being featured as the ‘monster of the week’ or something. It would be boring to see them hunt the same dragons, right? Maybe we just conveniently call them dragons since they soar through the sky. More than often, the dragon designs look more like sea creatures ranging from manta rays to jellyfish and squids. For the character designs, don’t really have any issue except for one: I don’t know if it is Quin Zaza’s uniform because it makes Takita’s butt looks big! Damn, she’s thicc!!! I think the others too look a bit big on their butt if you squint your eyes further but it is only very obvious on Takita. Sometimes I can’t help stare and wonder if this is an animation error or something. Seriously. Maybe that is why the guys find this newbie quite interesting… Just saying…

For the voice acting, a few recognizable seiyuus lending their talents to this series including Kana Hanazawa as Vanabelle, Junichi Suwabe as Gibbs (he reminds me a lot like Black Clover’s Yami), Takahiro Sakurai as Niko and Ayane Sakura as Katja. I was surprised to learn Rie Kugimiya was behind Capella’s voice. No matter how much I go back and listen to this character’s lines, I can never bring myself to really think that it was her behind it. It was like as though she was deliberately trying hard to sound very different than the stereotypical tsundere roles she often voiced in the past as well as those young boys’ role too. Still can’t believe it was her. Sora Amamiya as Takita, at this rate I think I am going to pigeonhole her voice because I seem to start recognizing her voicing such ditzy characters. From Aqua in KonoSuba to Dancou in Hangyakusei Million Arthur, you get the idea. The other casts include Tomoaki Maeno as Mika (Schubert in ClassicaLoid), Souma Saitou as Jiro (Tazuna in Hand Shakers), Tomokazu Seki as Crocco (Gilgamesh in Fate series), Hiroo Sasaki as Lee (Vidaux in RErideD: Tokigoe No Derrida), and Maaya Sakamoto as Ascella (Ciel in Kuroshitsuji).

Gunjou by Yoh Kamiyama as the opening theme sounds rather okay. While it isn’t the most calming song ever, somehow I find that listening this song gives off this calming feel despite being of a rock genre. In a way, it suits the kind of pace as seen in this series. Zettai Reido by Akai Kouen sounds okay but at times it sounds weird. Apart from the screeching electric guitar, sometimes this song brings memories of Kujira No Kora Wa Sajou Ni Utau despite both sound very different. But nothing beats the weirdest part of the ending credits animation whereby we see Takita doing some weird hip dancing. Then the rest of the crew got into her pace and try to do the same. I don’t know. That kind of dance, I thought only old people dance like that. Weird.

Overall, this series is enjoyable and intriguing but could have been a lot better had they fleshed out properly the characters as well as the lore of this world, especially the dragons. Otherwise it feels like a semi-pseudo-documentary of a group of dragon hunters hunting down dragons. It doesn’t offer anything much in that sense. Yeah, in a way you could say that we wished that this series had a bit more of dragon meat for us. Just like how they tell us how the economics worked in this show, even though you’ve got the biggest catch ever, it still means nothing if you cannot sell its essential parts. A subtle foreshadowing of the fate of this series? Maybe if they could just share with us those delicious dragon recipes, maybe we’ll change our minds in wanting another season. Just maybe. Better hunting luck next time.

Radiant S2

April 18, 2020

We know it’s a long journey and not expecting things to end so soon. But it’s all about the journey, right? And that is why despite knowing that Radiant S2 won’t be anywhere close to its conclusion and still considered at the starting point, I hope that this would build further upon the world that we have already seen the first season. Hey, it is not bad that a manfra got the green light for a second season. This means it isn’t all that bad, right?

Episode 1
Seth is hitching a ride on Alma’s home as he makes his way to Caislean Merlin. He is shocked that Don and Jiji are her assistants now. Not sure what happened to the other duo of Bravery Quartet but I guess it’s Bravery Duo now? After Bravery Quartet were imprisoned and escaped from Artemis, they hid on some deserted island. They were attacked by Nemesis but thankfully Alma was there to save them. Normally she would hand them over to the authorities but believed it is wrong to ruin one’s live with just a few petty nuisances. If they behave themselves, might as well let them be free. Seth talks to Alma about Piodon but of course Alma who herself doesn’t remember much of her own past, can’t confirm anything. Furthermore, she has this bad feeling ever since Rumble Town. Meanwhile Dragunov is trekking through the snowy mountains as he laments how he could’ve stopped Konrad had he taken action way earlier when the signs of his madness were showing instead of waiting too late. Thanks to that hesitancy, that was why Rumble Town lost a district and many lives too. Dragunov thought he is lost but apparently he is ushered in by Thaumaturges’ Liselotte into the holy land of the Inquisition. Inside this cave is a giant statue, believed to be the most faithful sculpture of the Father of Inquisition. Torque is waiting for him and welcomes him to be part of Thaumaturges. Torque tells him of the old legend how people were ruled by powerful sorcerers. A poor farmer rose up to rebel against them and only armed with a simple pitchfork. How did he win against the sorcerers? A miracle, huh? Hence in this scared cave also lies the original trident that belongs to Father. Torque sends Dragunov on a mission to find Seth.

Episode 2
Another tearful goodbye for Seth as he drops off at Cyfandir? Maybe Don is just being dramatic… Seth hits a snag when he stumbles into a group of merchants. As narrated, they are a ruthless bunch of greedy merchants and they will not hesitate take do stuffs that will rake them a handsome profit. They are on this continent because of a valuable resource that is sure to guarantee them returns since the image of Inquisition have dipped. So yeah, we’ve got a real bunch of weirdoes here. A really fat guy, a scaredy and pessimistic guy, his wife who is just bored of him and having that I-wish-I-had-better-adventures-in-my-life looks on her face, a really scheming one and perhaps his equally scheming cold wife. And there’s the really weird old geezer, Cristolom too. They think Seth is some spy or rare specimen so naturally they are out to get him. Seth tries to outrun them but Cristolom hunts him down thanks to his elixir of boosting his leg power. The merchants only back down because of the appearance of… Ghosts?! Just illusions created by Grimm. He helps tend to Seth’s wounds and is puzzled he didn’t use Fantasia that could have easily gotten himself out of the predicament. I guess that Rumble Town incident, he is trying to refrain from using it. Grimm notes he is fortunate not to bear the burden of many hundreds of deaths. Next morning, both part ways as Seth makes his way inside Caislean Merlin. As said, this is a place where humans and sorcerers coexist peacefully. The town is abuzz (especially young women) with the most promising pair of knight sorcerer apprentices, Mordred and Sagramore. Seth is walking around when he spots Melie and Doc.

Episode 3
Melie spots him too but apparently she is still mad so she ignores him and walks away. So there’s some flashback probably telling us why Melie is here because she felt she wasn’t good enough to be of help to Seth. Seth heads to the library find out more about Radiant but the clerk looks like she has a long day. Perhaps she can tell spunky kids like him and so her half-hearted sarcastic answers. There is a section of the library with precious historical records that can be accessed by authorized personnel. Seth tries to apply as a knight sorcerer apprentice but immediately gets rejected and thrown out. As he brainstorms outside the huge statue of Merlin, this weird beardy guy, Myr pops up and can help him sneak in. Unfortunately he badmouths Merlin and leads Seth to some stable. Things get rushed when the horn is heard. Myr gives Seth a saddle in which he is made to give it to knight sorcerer apprentice, Ocoho and her flying Dracoon (geddit? Dragon + racoon), Lulu. Once they and the other knight sorcerers take to the skies, Ocoho realizes she has been duped since Seth knows nothing. Apparently Myr is also quite infamous since he loves to play pranks. Anyway, the horn is an alert signalling the appearance of a Nemesis and hence why the knight sorcerers were scrambling to sortie. This time they will be fighting this huge Spectre Nemesis. Not your ordinary Nemesis because ordinary Fantasia don’t work. Fortunately, Mordred and Sagramore’s attack still work on them so the knight sorcerers prepare their attack in several stages. This includes using Gysoni, some synchronizing technique with the consciousness of Lord Brangoire to create Fantasia that surpasses their individual abilities. With Seth being blur and ‘noisy’ asking about stuffs, Ocoho can’t concentrate. This causes Seth to be knocked off by the Spectre Nemesis.

Episode 4
Seth makes a soft landing. Noticing the farmers taking cover nearby, he hears how the Nemesis just popped up. No egg whatsoever. Also, something about the curse of some Dullahan. Seth tries to attack the Nemesis himself but Ocoho restrains him from something so reckless. Time for Seth to virtue signal that they just can’t simply destroy the Nemesis. Because if they ruin the farmlands, the farmers will also starve. Hence Ocoho suggests using Cromen, a spell to protect a large area. Doing so also makes the Nemesis start to disappear but finished off by Mordred and Sagramore. In the aftermath, Brangoire scolds Ocoho for not following orders and that she is doing just to get attention. They are then visited by the queen, Boudica. She sounds like she cares for her people but it’s odd she has this fetish of wanting her subjects to bow before her on both your knees. She hears out the farmers’ worries about the Dullahan that popped up around the same time as the Nemesis. She is unsure of it all and hopes all of them would stay true to Merlin’s teachings and find the answer. Then she talks to Ocoho. Although what she did was reckless, her actions were worthy of Merlin’s will. She takes her leave after praising the knight sorcerers for a fine job. After they return to their castle, Seth spots Grimm. Impersonating as a scarecrow? It seems Grimm needs something from inside the castle and hopes Seth could get it. He isn’t stealing but just borrowing it. Some memory stone that belonged to a female sorcerer named Magosia. Since Seth isn’t sure about doing this, Grimm thinks he isn’t fit for espionage type missions. Perhaps Melie and Doc are more suited but he doesn’t see them travelling with him despite also on Caislean Merlin. Yeah well, I guess it’s complicated, Seth thinks they are mad at him for leaving Artemis without saying anything. Yeah, a note wasn’t good enough. You bet Grimm can’t give him any solution (plus, he is an outsider in this case) and that Seth has to solve this himself somehow.

Episode 5
Seth goes to see Doc and Melie to apologize for leaving Artemis without telling them. Oh dear. You know when a woman says she’s not mad, she’s mad. And in the calm tone of hers, yup, pretty scary. Melie doesn’t blame him for anything and that she is here to become stronger by being a knight sorcerer. But the more he tries to explain himself, I feel the more he is digging his grave deeper. So Seth was worried they’d get hurt because of his uncontrollable powers. Maybe that’s the last straw that broke the camel’s back because this long Seth-Melie drama is about to get weirder once Melie starts crying! Holy sh*t. Melie does have a point about if one is cursed, are you not allowed to have friends or seek help? She too has her fair share of troubles. Remember her split personality? And just when she thought she found someone who understood her curse… Oh well. Goodnight. I suppose later Seth is regretting all this, Doc comes to explain a little more to him how Seth’s ‘leaving’ reminds Melie of those who eventually left her. Try not to blame her for it. He returns to the stable to see Ocoho just finishing her awesome practice. She introduces him to her assistant, Lulu. However she is always sleeping. Seth wonders if sleeping is her curse and continues to ask about Ocoho’s own curse, something she finds irritating and don’t want to talk about. Learning that Seth is here to learn about Radiant, Ocoho thinks of cutting a deal to work together. She wants to learn how he used his amazing Fantasia as her dream is to become a real knight sorcerer. In exchange, she can get into the library (though, not the archives) to help look for some info. Seth probably still reeling from Melie’s lecture… But okay. She throws in a freebie by letting him sleep here. Now he doesn’t have to sleep in the streets, right?

Episode 6
Seth makes contact with Alma. Hi, how it’s going? When he tries to tell her about the weird dreams he is having lately, gotta go. Somebody’s coming. He sees Mordred and Ocoho together. From his angle of course it looked like he kissed her! Not sure why Seth have to blow his own cover to apologize about peeping but Ocoho looks like she’s under hypnosis. Seth thought the archives is lacking security. So when he tries to sneak in, his name doesn’t appear on the scroll. What does he do? Tear it up! Now he’s a fugitive as the place is on alert to hunt the intruder. But Seth seems to know his way around. Yup, those weird dreams. He hides in some secret passageway that leads him to the strangest places. Here lies a mini version of that Spectre Nemesis. There is also a shady dude here but when Seth is busted, Diabal panics and thinks he is Piodon. Damn, he thinks of killing himself but then decides to invoke something. Seth is trapped in some barrier along with that Spectre Nemesis. He soon realizes both are now huge projections over the field outside town. The Nemesis attacks Seth. Oh, its tip is poisonous. The sortie alert is sounded. Because there are not enough knight sorcerers and Sagramore is missing, Ocoho volunteers to become Mordred’s partner. Seth is barely holding it as the poison is taking its effect numbing his senses. He realizes the Nemesis only attacks when it detects movement. But can he hold out much longer? Dragunov and Liselotte are also here as they make haste. The knight sorcerers arrive and this is the first time Melie is joining in. Ocoho and Melie are shocked to see this giant Spectre Nemesis in the shape of Seth.

Episode 7
Melie and Ocoho plead to Brangoire to not attack this Seth-like Spectre. He doesn’t listen and reprimands them. Seth lets the creature attack him again so that he could trap its tentacles in some armour he summoned. He uses his last ounce of strength to jump out before fainting. The projection then ends and this leaves the knight sorcerers confused. Apparently a few of them were injured. Was there an attack to begin with? Dragunov and Liselotte examine this only to smoke out Grimm from his hiding. They chase and fight till they corner him. No choice, Grimm uses his last measure to escape back to his faraway base. He sustained some injury from Dragunov’s arrow. His retarded assistant, Leogon wants to help out but Grimm gets mad and firmly warns not to touch him. He then has him retrieve every last ounce of his precious blood he dripped on the floor before it coagulates. Grimm prepares to start his long journey again. He hopes Seth will be safe since he can’t protect him. Oh, Seth is dead? Figuratively. In some limbo state, this is a very brief summary of what happened in season 1. Oh dear, not that Hameline regret again. Please, no… Then he sees some strange eyeball and touches it. Immediately he gets devoured as he screams for help. See, that’s what you get for simply touching things you don’t know. Meanwhile several characters could now detect Seth’s voice. Seth returns to life. But he is now in his monster form. He is so powerful that the spectres protecting Diabal are surprised he is this powerful. Seth eventually blasts out of the cave. Myr happen to be there and just a single touch reverts Seth back to his calm state. He can’t treat these injuries so he needs to let a certain person tend to him.

Episode 8
Melie uses her magic to trace Seth. It leads them into Caillte Forest. Ocoho is pretty unsure to enter because it has magic that will make you lost. With Seth on the line, you think she’d go the long way around? Just go right through! And now they’re lost in this magical forest kingdom. Oh, thankfully Myr is here. Care to join him to meet his wife, Jill? Because he’s going to let her heal Seth. So they meet Jill who is a giant wood person or something. Myr and Jill meditate to go into Seth’s consciousness. Or more accurately, Sidh. A spiritual realm that all consciousness are linked. They see Seth sitting depressed with his dark power. They learn his problem. Because of Myr’s magic, the dark power is contained. Though Jill can heal him, once he wakes up, Myr’s magic will wear off and he might lose control again. So he intends to stay like this forever? Not if Melie can have something to say. Thanks to Ocoho’s power, she is able to get into Sidh too. Time for the duo to talk it out. Again. Seth once more says he is scared and thought she would understand that he fears everything he touched will be destroyed. He tried to tackle this himself but the more he fights it, the stronger it becomes. Now it’s Melie’s turn to relate how Seth saved her and made her feel her own curse wasn’t a curse. He trusted her. She now believes in him and that’s why he can do something about it. Seth trolls by saying he still can’t do it. By himself. Yup, he is grateful to have a friend like her and hopes she can help him overcoming this problem. You can tell they’re back on track when they give out a sincere laughter. When both return to reality, Seth says he wants to stay here for a while and train under Myr.

Episode 9
Melie wants to report about somebody projecting the Spectre Nemesis but Ocoho doesn’t think it’s a good idea. If this scheme is not known in public, there is a chance that somebody important might be involved in this. There could a traitor among the knight sorcerers. Some are summoned before Boudica. It seems she views the recent failure as a threat as the people will lose faith in them. Brangoire tries to put the blame on Ocoho and Melie but Mordred stands up for them and believes what they did was right as it saved their lives. So this means it is Brangoire who erred? Because of that, she strips him of his captaincy and replaces him with Lord de Gulis. This creepy joker is their next leader? I can see doom… Afterwards, Boudica talks in private to Ocoho and is not pleased she also entered Caillte. However she likes her bold behaviour and will support her. She advises her not to stand out until her ordination because the higher ups are mostly men and there are things men can do that give them a free pass. Oh dear. Feminist talk here? Jill has finished healing Seth. So he slept for 3 years! OMFG!!! Before you panic, Myr explains time flows differently here. So if he leaves Caillte, it’ll be like the same time he entered the forest. Seth is glad he can train all he wants. But I guess he has to catch Myr first. Hard, eh? Myr tells him he views everything as the enemy. Open up your senses and feel the world. Make the world your friend. Of course Seth doesn’t get it and it’ll take some time before he finally manages to do so. Once achieved, he wants Myr to teach him to control his Fantasia. Oh you silly, you were already doing that all along! It’s all about sensing and control. But for Seth’s case, he has to go an extra step and defeat that dark power inside. Using his Fantasia at full force to bring it out, Seth eventually blacks out and Myr instinctively beats him down till he cannot move. When Seth regains consciousness, he explains it is not like the power is trying to control him but something watching him. Myr feels odd and has him do all that again. This time Myr observes from Sidh. He detects somebody trying to control the orb around him. Fending off attacks, Myr also realizes once Seth loses his will and protection of his orb, he will probably be offered up. By who? Well, that’s enough for now. Myr is puzzled if Piodon actually wants to protect Seth this way by entrusting this power. Meanwhile Diabal and co can’t find Seth. He thinks Piodon is behind this. He can’t reveal his true powers in fear Piodon will find him. That is why he stays hidden in the castle and protects it. He thinks Piodon is using Seth because if he fails, he will be destroyed. Just like how it was done to him.

Episode 10
Myr gives Seth an armband that strengthens his bond with this world. All that is left is to take control of that dark power and it all depends on his state of his heart. Meanwhile, the alert is sounded. This time a real Nemesis has appeared. WTF Gulis is flirting with Melie at this important time? Gulis easily defeats the Nemesis in one strike. Despite being a weirdo, he is the strongest knight sorcerer. Ocoho explains why Gulis and Brangoire are so different like night and day. While Gulis values individual abilities, Brangoire values teamwork and order. As the knight sorcerers clean up the mess, a giant Nemesis is spotted. Hence Gulis challenges Brangoire to see whose team can take it down first. Ocoho had a bad feeling about this and she realized the earlier Nemesis is made out of several smaller Echo Nemesis. They’re back crawling up and attacking the villagers. While Melie puts up a barrier to protect the people, Ocoho goes on the offensive to take them out. However there are too many of them to handle herself. She thought of calling the rest for help but they’re too far away fighting the giant Nemesis. She could use Gysoni but remembers what Boudica said about standing out too much before her ordination. Then she realizes she can’t put people’s life at risk just for her own ordination. Thus she uses Gysoni on the other knight sorcerers to aid her in destroying the Echo Nemesis. Once done, the Gysoni wears off and the knight sorcerers are unaware of what they were doing. The merchants are watching as they note everything is according to plan. Especially Ocoho’s surprising strength. She will be an important basis for their plan as her strength will bring them great profit.

Episode 11
Ocoho and Melie are recuperating fine. Ocoho fears that she might be terminated because she broke so many rules. But rest assured, thanks to Mordred and Sagramore vouching for her, Ocoho is still in the game. Meanwhile Diabal continues to look for Seth. He also knows the merchants have entered the land. Now we return to see Seth in more training. Still failed to control his dark power. He asks Myr about his true form. He reveals he is a pixie, one of the many races under the umbrella known as little people. He claims he is the last of his kind. He is 853 human years old and that is already considered young. Heck, he is even younger than this country. Myr claims Merlin was never a sorcerer and never wanted this country to turn out the way it is. Long ago when the forest was still wide, Fantasia was aplenty. But humans began expanding their domain and this reduces the amount of Fantasia. With no options left, the little people instead of dying out slowly, dissolve and became one with the planet. Myr then shows Seth a few pixie babies. But it will be a few more years before they hatch. That is why Myr can’t leave this place and is training Seth. So now it is back to more training. Take a deep breath. Remember all those memories. Fantasia in old language means imagination. And with positive thoughts… Voila! Seth finally controls the dark power! Hooray! As proof, Seth has created a small little tree root, further evidence that he can now use his Fantasia to create rather than destroy. He is now one with nature. Now Seth is ready to renew his mission to find Radiant and leave this place to rejoin his friends.

Episode 12
Ocoho has noticed Brangoire watching her like a stalker ever since. Not sure if Melie was stressed but her other personality takes over. And this personality is also the one that Ocoho likes? Melie has also noticed Brangoire observing Ocoho but keeps her distance so as not to let him notice. And then outside the city, Brangoire makes his move and tries to kill Ocoho only to be foiled by Melie. Brangoire claims Ocoho is a traitor and was about to unleash a Nemesis. And then Ocoho attack them. Seth back in time to help. He knows something is wrong because Ocoho is not herself. Yeah, her eyes looking different. She tries to escape but Seth catches her and she somewhat reverts to normal. She doesn’t have any memories of what happened and is shocked when told what happened. Ocoho then reveals there is a mark on the back of her right neck. It is a curse and anyone who presses it, she will fall into a state of hypnosis and obey all orders. While this only proves that there is someone else behind all this, Brangoire suggests Ocoho return to her normal life so as not to let the perpetrator suspect anything until he catches the culprit. However he will oppose her ordination. Seth suspects Mordred since he noticed certain times he got too close to her. Seth also thinks Diabal would know more about this but Ocoho suggests waiting for tomorrow’s ordination where the castle’s security is lesser to sneak in. Meanwhile Dragunov and Liselotte see the merchants.

Episode 13
Doussant informs they have this device called Harmonizium that nullifies Fantasia. Using this, they can wage war against the knight sorcerers. So it’s a full scale invasion? Winning this war will help the Inquisition regain their image and the merchants will get the resources they want. Dragunov throws caution and wants to know what resources he is talking about. Their plan is to turn everyone on Caislean Merlin as their slaves. Ocoho sees Mordred. He lets her enter his room but she anticipates he is going for her mark and quickly pins him down. She is disappointed in him and wants him to tell the truth. He claims a group called Faithful of the Hermit wanted to use her as an assassin and hence he was just trying to protect her. If she had fallen into their hands, they would use her to eliminate knight sorcerers who betrayed Merlin as well as farmers who trade with foreigners. Ocoho wants to tell all this to Boudica but Mordred warns her not to because Hermit swears fealty to her. And so Ocoho is so confused and lost. She doesn’t know what to believe in anymore. Leave it to Seth to tell her to just do what she thinks and feels is right. During the ordination, everyone is gathered at the hall. Seth and Doc use this chance to sneak into the archives. As knight sorcerers pick the apprentices as part of the ritual, it seems only Ocoho is the only one not picked. Boudica finds this troubling and hopes they would reconsider. But it is then Ocoho gets up and says she doesn’t need such title. Then she accuses Boudica of the one responsible behind the Spectre Nemesis incidents and goes on to spill other details like Hermit, etc. When guards try to arrest her, she uses her superior Gysoni to hypnotize them. Gulis claims Ocoho is doing this because she is sore of not getting selected. When Gulis tries to attack her, Brangoire defends Ocoho. From his actions, he believes that he is in cohorts with Boudica. And from the reaction from some of the knight sorcerers, some of them are too. Boudica is disappointed in him but Brangoire maintains his stand to protect the people. Commotion interrupted when a messenger says the Inquisition have begun their invasion.

Episode 14
Melie wants to join the fight but Dragunov takes her away. Both sides have lined up in preparation for the battle. The Inquisition first reads all the human rights violations Boudica did. So Boudica’s reply is to tell them to go home or she’ll pile up their bodies. I guess that’s that. Negotiations failed. Time to fight. Doc finds a convenient book of truth that tells him the page of the things he wants to know. Yup, there is that page on Radiant. Oh darn, the page is torn out. Meanwhile Seth smokes out Diabal and wants to know more about Piodon. Diabal attacks at first but after realizing Seth doesn’t really know everything, he tells him this secret. Diabal could be Seth’s big brother! Heck, they have actually a lot more brothers and the other known one is Triton. Diabal was taken from the orphanage and marked for death because of his horns and Fantasia. But Piodon saved him and that was enough to earn his trust. However he soon realized that he was just using him because he would wake up in unfamiliar places and fight unfamiliar enemies. Diabal believes that they are the first people who are born as sorcerers. As there are people who survived contact with Nemesis and gain powers, it cannot be hereditary. But what if there were sorcerers with the ability to have infected children? So being born as sorcerers is the most likely of answers and they are basically the second generation. The horns they have are inherited from their parents and why is the Inquisition so insistent in chasing down a horned sorcerer but never specifically mentioning the name? People like them may give birth to more powerful children and this would be troublesome for the Inquisition. When he told this theory to Piodon, he said nothing but left him to be tortured by the Inquisition. We return to the raging battlefield. The knight sorcerers seem to be having the edge but they also find it weird that this fight is too easy. When it’s time to charge in, suddenly as they enter the proximity of the Inquisition, they lose all power. Ocoho then realizes they have a device that nullifies Fantasia.

Episode 15
Ocoho tries to warn about Harmonizium but they don’t believe her and continue with their futile attempts. To her dismay, she also sees Mordred, Sagramore and Gulis heading into the battlefield to be slaughtered. Meanwhile, Seth is sad to learn Piodon turned Diabal in to the Inquisition. But does he intend to hole up in here forever. Diabal snaps about not knowing the suffering he went through. Seth agrees to that but even so, he will not spend his life running away and make others suffer. Seth offers to search for his memories inside Sidh. However Diabal is still too traumatic to face whatever fears he has. Seth calls for Myr but it is Ocoho who responds. She needs his help and tells him about the ongoing war. Seth wants Diabal to fight with him and even swears to protect him. However he is still a coward so he gives him a stone to be set in the enemy’s camp. This stone will summon a Spectre Nemesis. He just needs some time to fix the projector. Once Seth reaches the surface, he sees the devastating ongoing war. Then Boobrie drops near him. He realizes Melie is in trouble. Dragunov brings Melie to Liselotte. Their plan is to use her as bait to draw out Seth. Works instantly because here comes Seth. The guys fight it out as Dragunov questions his recklessness. Especially his battle with Konrad at Rumble Town. No doubt that Seth also put those people’s lives in danger but at that time, Seth believed he was the only one who had the power to stop him. Even if it risks all the people’s lives, he can’t not do nothing. Meanwhile Melie provokes Liselotte about the arrogance of the Inquisition that they think everything is right. This allows her to swap out her cuffs with her. Though Liselotte can break free with her miracle, Melie already got a head start to look for Seth. Mordred, Sagramore and Gulis hop on board the merchant’s ship to negotiate. Gulis thinks they are doing this at Boudica’s command when suddenly Mordred switches sides. It was a lie he made up. And get this. Mordred is Doussant’s son!!! With Harmonizium increasing its range, Myr is starting to weaken as the forest is also shrinking. He worries what will become of Jill.

Episode 16
The knight sorcerers continue to make their charge with Boudica summoning several golems to aid. However they are stopped dead in their tracks by Verone, the youngest Thaumaturge who can turn people into stone. Brangoire is lucky he only got away a leg petrified. Ocoho flies too close to the ship and is captured. Oh well. Saves time to explain it twice and also the plot convenience she can hear the truth and everything with her own ears. Mordred praises Ocoho for a good job. She was investigating them for quite a while although she mistakenly thought Boudica was the leader of the Hermit that they are part of. Of course Boudica has nothing to do with Hermit at all. It is believed that the people of this land will side with the merchants. The knight sorcerers may have fought off the Spectre Nemesis but did nothing to help the citizens. The merchants offered money and food to them who were desperate at that time. Hence they have earned their trust but not enough to have the Inquisition take action. That is where the horned sorcerers came in. Diabal being an international criminal was the key that led the Inquisition to intervene. Doussant thanks the Hermit for helping them do a wonderful job. They will save the citizens who have been oppressed by this war. Ocoho thought Mordred is brainwashed but he denies and in fact has lived for this day. Boudica weakens but cannot stand to see anymore of her men sacrificed. So she charges straight into enemy territory and takes whatever punishing. When she can no longer go further, she gets mocked by Santori for being reckless. But she is able to muster her final strength to throw a large boulder to break Harmonizium. Santori beats her up in his rage but thankfully Harmonizium isn’t completely destroyed. Just need some time to get it back up. Doussant wants to welcome them to their ranks but Sagramore and Gulis refuse. With negotiations broken, Cristolom fights Gulis while the best friends take on each other. Honestly, it’s more amusing to see the weird old geezers fight as they free fall and passionately accuse each other. Quite funny. Friendship fight ends with Sagramore besting Mordred. Because he can’t kill his best friend, he gives him a second chance. Too bad his naivety caused him his life as Mordred kills him.

Episode 17
Liselotte finds Melie and the 2 start fighting. Until Melie changes her personality that the pace starts to pick up. Now finding yourself pushed against the wall, Liselotte? Ocoho remains devastated. Everything Mordred did was a lie. Though he maintains it was to protect her, ultimately it is to keep her by his side or his efforts would go to waste. He reveals his curse as having no feelings. I mean, really, no feelings at all. That’s why he can do all this despicable acts with no regrets. After killing Dracoon, he would’ve killed her too since she has outlived her usefulness. But since daddy don’t want the fine wood to further be stained, he presses her mark and orders her to jump off the ship. But wait. In the Sidh, Dracoon gets her back and frees her from control. Then she uses her Gysoni to control Mordred back. Seth’s fight with Dragunov ends with the latter claiming he wants to end this war. So Seth agrees to go with him as Dragunov signals to the Inquisition that Seth has been captured. Immediately Santori signals the next formation. A huge ship, Uranos, a flagship of the Inquisition starts blasting away at the castle. Seth is shocked and accuses of being tricked. Dragunov realizes he too has been betrayed. Because Torque promised him he just wanted to keep the world under an ironclad order and would shed as few blood as possible. Seth rushes off to fight the enemy. No use thinking. Just blast his way through. Dragunov aids him and he is not alone. His old squad is here. They still remain loyal to him and will help him out in any way. From now on, Dragunov and his squad will act on their own. Seth has reached Santori and is about to give what he deserves. Suddenly something faster than the speed of light interrupts their fight. Sonic? Woah. Who this armoured superhero? Ironman? Actually it is Doc in an armoured suit!!! WTF?!

Episode 18
It seems Doc had all the memory stones but because he was in danger of being discovered by the guards, he hid in this armour. Not just an ordinary armour but the legendary Pen Draig. If it seems the armour has so many clashing personalities, it is because of all the memory stones in Doc’s hands. They are the past heroes of Caislean Merlin. Pen Draig and Seth team up for a while to fight Santori. However upon learning about Boudica’s capture, the armoured knight leaves to go rescue her. Seth is now alone with Santori with the beardy saying how they have met the umpteenth time and fought. Seth is confused and thinks he is referring to his other brothers. Pen Draig rescues Boudica and Brangoire. However with Verone in the picture, they cannot get close to him because everything that enters his ring will turn into stone. Doc has been sorely ignored because instead of fighting, the coward wants to run away. So he threatens to swallow all the memory stones if they do not listen to him! That did the trick. Doc suggests they just unleash a huge amount of Fantasia. Meanwhile Doussant is dreaded to see Mordred taking on his men. Calling his son useless and a traitor, he orders his men to kill him. Ocoho is not pleased because he badmouthed is own son and even regards the fine wood more important than his own flesh and blood. Santori is enjoying his fight with Seth. It’s about time Diabal shows up in a giant hologram mode. But there is nothing he can do as he putters out shortly. At this point, Seth is down so Santori feels disappointed. He brags about his ideals as well as badmouth the infected but as we can expect, this kind of insult gives Seth the much needed power to get back up and smash it all away. We’re just humans, right? But can a normal human super punch somebody into the stars? Bye-bye Santori. Hope you enjoyed your fight. Now enjoy your flight to the stars!

Episode 19
Doussant escapes via mini ship that all the other merchants are already on. Mordred is reeling from Ocoho’s Gysoni. He wants her to disable it because he is starting to feel feelings and he hates it. I don’t think Ocoho is going to let him off the hook so easily. Thanks to Doc’s bright idea, he has Pen Draig slam everything they’ve got at Verone. Naturally it turns into stone but all that slab crumbles on him. Fortunately or not, Verone still escaped. Many feel the Fantasia is weakening and something is happening to Caillte. UIlmina has placed Harmonizium right there and doesn’t care what happens to the forest. Then she uses her miracle to turn all dead corpses into her puppet zombies. Seth feels something is wrong with the forest and telepathically tells everyone to meet him there. Upon arrival, they are shocked to see Myr in despair, slumping over the wooden corpse of Jill. I guess this means those babies are dead too. Myr thanks Jill for her kindness. Had it not been for her, he would have slaughtered all humans. But now she is no longer around, nobody is going to stop him. Myr then transforms to his beast form and goes berserk. This also affects Seth as his dark power engulfs him. You know sh*t is going to hit the fan when both these guys are on a rampage. Boudica upon realizing Myr’s real name is Myrrdin, that is the name that belonged to Merlin. Diabal is also in despair, thinking he couldn’t help much. But thanks to him unleashing that Spectre, Piodon is able to find him. Seth running riot through the Inquisition ships. Ullmina is ‘fascinated’ by his tormented soul and captures him. She hugs him and absorbs all his impurity. They will share this agony forever.

Episode 20
The Inquisition continues their attack but look who’s back? Grimm! Man, that was fast. Ocoho isn’t strong enough to destroy Harmonizium. What about Boudica? She is depressed she couldn’t protect anything and not worthy to be queen. At times like these, somebody needs to slap her to her senses, queen or not. Thank you Ocoho. Standing up with her renewed resolve, Boudica stops Harmonizium by giving it a bear hug? Uhm, wouldn’t it be easier to push it down and then beat down that thing rather than crushing it like that? Oh well, it worked anyway. Now that Fantasia has returned, Melie needs to find Seth. Dragunov agrees to take her to Ullmina. Along the way, they stumble into Grimm who also lends a hand. They easily snatch Seth from the hands of this masochist. Guess she’ll have to wait next time to indulge herself in all that pain. She gives orders for the Inquisition to withdraw. End of war, right? Well, not quite. Time to feel the wrath of Myr! Hulk smash?! The knight sorcerers thought Myr is on their side as he attacks the Inquisition. Then it becomes their nightmare when Myr turns his attention to them. Dragunov’s squad distracts Myr so as to buy time for others to escape. Ocoho and Melie enter Sidh to bring Seth back to his normal. After all that screaming, the clincher is when Melie doesn’t want him to leave her alone again. Seth’s back. Time to talk things out. Jill doesn’t want this. But Jill is dead! Myr smash! We hear more of Myr’s thoughts and regrets. But before he could smash the castle walls, the tree roots protect them. Jill? Nope. Just Seth. Jill is dead. But she didn’t die because of humans or Harmonizium. She died protecting their babies. Somebody needs to protect these little ones. Tears well up in Myr’s eyes as he embraces his innocent offspring.

Episode 21
Myr thanks Seth for stopping him for he could have killed his own children. Myr reveals more about himself. He is half human thanks to his father being a trickster. He would transform himself into one and flirt with human women. Damn, he got one of them pregnant and that was how Myr was born! Because he was different, he was left behind and this led to humans encroaching onto him and he got hostile with them. If not for Jill, he would have attacked humans. Thanks to her, he wanted to have children and even started visiting humans on the land. He also chased away bad ones. Thus the rumours spread and the miscommunication passed down the line that he is the great Merlin who protected the land. As the Fantasia protecting the children will run out and Myr doesn’t have the ability to sustain it, Seth suggests using a human with great Fantasia to help nurture them since Myr is half human, his offspring is too. Albeit it is just 1/4. But who is big enough to fit them? Now you know why Boudica is big, right? In the aftermath, we see Dragunov and his squad planning their return to Bome, the HQ of the Inquisition. He wants to ascertain Torque’s real intentions. Liselotte is imprisoned as well as other knight sorcerers associated with Hermit like Gulis. 3 days later, Boudica gives her speech to the people to assure their future. So part of the step to get closer to people is for everyone to tell their curse? We know Ocoho’s mark. But do we regret Brangoire telling his he has 6 boobs???!!! OMFG!!! I can’t unhear that???!!! When Brangoire wants to take Ocoho as his knight sorcerer, Boudica rejects it. Despite all the greater good she has done, Boudica feels she is not fit to be one. Instead, she is better fitted to be queen! Ocoho levelled up more than she bargained for! All hail, Princess Ocoho, heir to this land! Before Seth and co leave, Boudica gives Seth a memory stone he wants, a necklace for Melie and a medal for Doc (sorry, no money to repay his debts. Need to rebuild the land). Also, Brangoire hands Doc a stone which is actually Pen Draig! He needs it to protect Ocoho. Eh? Boudica views her narrowmindedness prevented her from seeing a conspiracy brewing. Hence she wants Ocoho to broaden her views by travelling with Seth so that she doesn’t make the same mistake when she becomes queen. So yeah, Ocoho is Seth’s new travelling companion. Is that why Dracoon is still alive? Grimm joins them on their way out as Seth hands him the memory stone. Though, he is disappointed the archives didn’t contain anything related to Radiant. That’s why they have to continue the adventure, right?

Magical Warfare: The Measure Of A Hero Is Always His Nemesis
It sure isn’t the end or nowhere near it and the way this season ended, it raises more questions than answers. Heck, even the final episode’s mid-intermission trolled us by asking what happened to Diabal and Piodon. Really. I want to really know what happened to them! I don’t think it’s the issue of not having enough time to hint their whereabouts but I think they want to make the final episode as some sort of goodbye to Caislean Merlin so that the next season will start afresh on another adventure. I mean, it’s not like Seth is leaving forever and never coming back to the land since he got his ‘brothers’ to look forward to once they are born. Oh wait. Is there going to be a third season at all?!

As we have already seen, this entire season takes place on Caislean Merlin and it feels a lot grimmer compared to the first season. At some points it seemed draggy but that it only necessary to build up the plot and story on this land. I read that this season adapted and stayed true to the original manfra source and hence the grimmer feel. I suppose that is a good thing because this season lacks all the stupid silly fillers that was in the first season. Thank goodness we don’t have to deal with that squid and his damn coffee again. Or that cheesy broomstick race! Yikes. Phew. Thank heavens. So we don’t waste any time and get straight down to the plot and although it leaves more to be desired as well as questions than answers, but it is better than having time wasting mind numbing fillers that don’t do anything to advance the actual plot.

Seth as the main character takes a big chunk of the spotlight here. I believe it is part of the process to turn him into a true hero and also I think they want us to forget how they turned him into some whiny kid who can’t get over the death of a certain someone he failed to save at Rumble Town. Yeah, I still find that very annoying to this day. But thank goodness they manage to shove that all to the back of our minds and make it a distant memory since Seth has achieved some sort of zen-like status and being one with nature. I think we viewers would prefer to see Seth in this kind of state whereby he overcomes his darkness and grows. So yeah, it was a good thing that he came and set foot on Caislean Merlin.

Therefore it is with mixed feelings that with the first half of the season feels like Seth’s training and the second half having the Inquisition’s invasion over the land, the plot of Seth wanting to find Radiant feels almost non-existent here. Do we still remember that plot? Yeah, final episode to remind us of this series’ actual plot. Sure, he was here to find out more about Radiant and that was his initial intention. But the string of events had him take a detour and ended up doing something else. Which is of course good because we can see now that Seth isn’t just some kid who relies on just brute force and can call forth the force of nature to his aid. The lack of Nemesis fights also made us ‘forget’ that Nemesis still threaten the world and thus the possible existence of Radiant. I don’t think that Spectre Nemesis counts as a real Nemesis but whatever.

The other character they try to build up is Ocoho whom is newly introduced this season. She’s a great ally to Seth and also an aspiring and amazing knight sorcerer but sometimes I feel that having Ocoho and the other side plots on Caislean Merlin is like a distraction to add to the dragging out of this arc. I’m not saying that they’re unnecessary but I can imagine that everything would be over in less than half of the season should it all not happen. So I guess that in addition to having Seth and the usual gang, they try to create another likeable heroine on par with Seth. The kind who is ‘cast away’ just because she doesn’t really ‘follow the rules’. Not because of the colour of her skin, mind you. I don’t know why but the first time I saw Ocoho, I kept wondering if they took inspiration of her character design from Katara of the Avatar series. Well… Close enough. But now she has joined Seth on his travels so I suppose building up her character wasn’t a waste.

The recurring characters feel less this season. Especially Melie whom I feel is mostly side-lined. They added that Seth-Melie spat just to add some drama and tension between them but my guts told me it wasn’t threatening and in no time they’ll be back. Hey, it’s not like they’re married, right?! I thought I could find out more about her other split personality but unfortunately it remains unanswered. She only pops up so as to remind us that Melie has this other dominatrix sadistic queen to her side. And Doc I see he is even worse. He is still the whiny coward he is even as a kid and I am still trying to get used to his new looks as one instead of his fatty adult version. Doc’s role is even more minor this season and even more so I feel he is reduced to some mini comical role. Therefore for him to stay ‘relevant’ in our eyes during the final stretch of this season, that is why he accidentally got into Pen Draig and gets dragged around. Ah, if it is not Seth who hauls him everywhere, it would be something else. That is Doc’s destiny. Oh well, I guess he doesn’t need to continue raking up Seth’s debts. I’m sure he’ll make a ton if Seth becomes a hero and rids the world of Radiant. But that will be somewhere in the distant future… And too bad we left Artemis last season so no cheesy one-sided romance with Miss Melba. Do you still remember her?! Yeah, her coffee still sucks, I bet… Not as much as it sucks that Doc is now the rightful owner in using Pen Draig! Regretting the time he swallowed some of the memory stones? Now his stomach can’t stop talking… Oh Doc…

They teased us a bit with Grimm’s background and now I’m just interested who this guy really is. Too bad they cut him out in the middle and distracted us with other happenings before he makes his comeback in the penultimate episode. Dragunov also didn’t do much but being newly recruited as part of the Thaumaturges, this sets in stone the kind of character and role that he needs to play out. We know Dragunov isn’t entirely a bad person and it feels like he is fighting on the wrong side. Hence this timely ‘betrayal’ from the Inquisition themselves is the right moment for him to re-question and ask himself again what he wants to really do. Not what the Inquisition wants. Not what Torque wants. What does he himself want to achieve.

The new characters are rather okay but the more interesting ones are the merchants whom I feel will be the greatest villains Seth and others will eventually have to face. We’ve got a taste of their ruthlessness and slyness and they could be more dangerous than any Nemesis seeing that they made the Inquisition and the knight sorcerers fight each other while they reap whatever profits they made. I hope to see more of them in the future. Then there is Mordred and Sagramore whom I feel they would be traitors because of their looks and the way they act. It was a bit predictable but I guess we need a plot that has a childhood friend betray the other. Unlike Mordred, I feel Sagramore’s character is totally wasted. He didn’t really do anything in particular and yet he is killed off in this fashion. Like as though his entire character role was just written for this moment to die. Sometimes I also suspected Boudica for being the mastermind behind this (because she acts haughty sometimes) but I guess I was wrong. She’s just a big queen who really wants to protect the people of her land. Brangoire is commendable but not so memorable so they make him a running joke as someone who is firstly incompetent in making a list. And secondly… Ah, forget about it. Not as much as I want to forget about his 6 nipples, though… Please don’t remind me! I thought Gulis being so flamboyant, he came out from some mental asylum or something. Why do I keep thinking his hairstyle was an inspiration from Rick of Rick And Morty?!

Myr the cheeky prankster and Seth’s master is lovable as well as his wife Jill who definitely loves making dark humour about humans. Not so funny now that Jill is dead, huh? Myr being Seth’s teacher somewhat reminds me of Luke Skywalker being coached by Yoda! Heh. May the (nature) force be with you! It doesn’t come as a surprise to me, though, that Myr is actually the great Merlin himself. With hints earlier on, the way he talks about Merlin like as though he knows that guy personally, yeah, I figured that Myrrdin sounds close Merlin and the people might have misheard and twisted his name to until what it is today. Yeah, useless people can’t even remember his name right.

The action bits this season feel okay and comparable to last season. Previously we had Seth rumbled with Konrad in Rumble Town, this season we see Seth colliding fists with Santori. There’s your epic Fantasia battle this season. The need to show the fruits of his training and remind us that he can still use Skull Burst. Yeah, it’s the only way Seth is going to use his Fantasia due to the lack of Nemesis this season. But no dancing with Torque this season. Don’t want his Fantasia sealed forever like the last time. Though, I do find the short fight scene between Seth and Dragunov to be hilarious. Hilarious in the sense that the quality of the fight is bad enough that it just looks comical and cringe worthy! Just watch that scene to get what I mean. It was like they don’t really want to animate this scene at all but had to so as for plot convenience. Even they had to ‘force’ Melie to fight with Liselotte so as not to let that killer croissant skills get rusty.

As old seiyuus are retained this season, new ones join the line-up such as Mai Fuchigami as Ocoho (Nagisa in Ansatsu Kyoushitsu), Bin Shimada as Myr (Gengai in Gintama), Yukana as Boudica (Cecilia in Infinite Stratos), Haruki Ishiya as Mordred (Shuuichi in Hibike! Euphonium), Kentarou Kumagai as Sagramore (Theo in Grancrest Senki), Hiroshi Shirokuma as Brangoire (Warrod in Fairy Tail), Tomoyo Kurosawa as Verone (Kumiko in Hibike! Euphonium), Kensho Ono as Diabal (Slaine in Aldnoah.Zero) and Hiroyuki Kinoshita as Doussant (Baji in Naruto Shippuden). While Kikuko Inoue is recognizable as Jill and Shigeru Chiba still alive (touch wood!) doing his trademark crazy voice as Cristolom, I thought it was Yuuichi Nakamura behind Gulis’ voice but I was sadly mistaken. Yutaka Aoyama (Yamada in To Be Hero) was behind this flamboyant knight sorcerer instead.

This season’s opener, Naraku by Halo At Yojohan feels more palatable compared to last season. Just your normal anime rock unlike last season’s Utopia with such heavy punk rock that left my brains shaking from all the drubbing of music waves. Heh. Just exaggerating but you get what I mean. As for this season’s ending theme, Chitto Mo Shiranakatta by Emi Nakamura sounds normal although it starts off with some weird tune. I don’t know, it’s like silence and minimal instruments at play at first before everything comes together.

Overall, this season is interesting enough to warrant another season but so far they haven’t announced any at this point. This season has decent story, characters and action so if you didn’t like the first season at all, this season might help change that feeling a bit. Of course if you love Radiant, you’ll probably also love this season albeit it is darker and void of any comical fillers. My sentiments are still the same as last time that it can’t become the next big anime nor will it become a long running series such as the ongoing One Piece, Boruto and Black Clover. This series might still have all the cliché ingredients of a shonen anime but if you’re tired of all the mainstream and popular anime everywhere, maybe this one will provide something a little different. After all, it is still a long way and it might not be Seth’s time to shine just yet. Give him a few more adventures (or seasons?) and he will be a shining example of what it takes to be a true hero.

Black Clover

April 12, 2020

What’s this? Trying to rip off Fairy Tail and be the next big new epic mage magic power fantasy? But I feel that Black Clover also rips off a handful of other big anime series such as One Piece, Naruto and Bleach. Oh yeah, with 51 episodes under its belt, the way it is trying to play out its characters and stories feels like it is certainly trying to be the next big new thing. Will it be magical or eventually sputter and fizzle out?

Clover Kingdom – The kingdom where this series takes place. Apparently the other surrounding kingdoms are named after the suits of cards…

Wizard King – Did they rip this term off from One Piece? As in, Pirate King? Well, this is the ultimate title that all wizards in the Clover Kingdom would dream to become. Yeah, there’s a legend how a Wizard King came about to save the kingdom from a demon’s reign of terror and bring peace to the world.

Asta – Did they rip him off from Natsu Dragneel? And Naruto? Just make him shorter and have no magic. Yes, that’s right. For a series that is supposed to have magic as its main core, the main character has no magic whatsoever. But luckily he has his raw brute strength. Annoyingly passionate to always achieve his goal especially to become Wizard King. Best trait is of course never to give up despite everyone seemingly having low to no faith in him doing great things.

Yuno – Did they rip him off from Gray Fullbuster? Just make him cool, calmer and his magic is wind based. At first looks, obviously the better half to Asta and despite coming from the same orphanage, they share a very close bond as brothers but become ‘rivals’ to be the next Wizard King.

Hage Village – A poor small forsaken village situated in the fringes of the Clover Kingdom that our main duo hails from. The church doubles as an orphanage run by father Orsi Ofai and sister Lily Aquaria whom Asta annoyingly bugs to seek her hand in marriage. Oh, not to mention a few other weird looking orphans there too.

Magic Knights Recruitment Arc

Grimoire Tower – All 15 year olds around Clover Kingdom gather here to get their grimoire so they’ll be able to use their magic. Not surprisingly, Yuno gets the legendary four leaf clover grimoire that was used by the first Wizard King. Asta? Not surprisingly he gets nothing.

Luck of the devil – But not so surprising too, Asta will get his own special grimoire. After some ruffian tries to steal Yuno’s prized grimoire, Asta goes to save him but is beaten to a pulp. I guess one of the good thing of having such strong determination is that it allows this ex machina for Asta to receive a five leaf clover grimoire!!! That’s right. Not four, but five! Also he is able to pull out a gigantic sword that is able to nullify and deflect all sorts of magic. Uhm, did they rip this off from Bleach’s Ichigo Kurosaki’s earlier Zanpakutou?

Magic Knights Entrance Exam – For those who want to join the highest order of magic and serve the kingdom, you’ll have to take and pass this seemingly weird exam that will have you display your magic powers.

Magic Knights – Did they rip this off from Bleach’s Gotei 13? Anyway there are 9 units each headed by a captain as they are the kingdom’s military unit to serve and protect the kingdom.
Golden Dawn –So called the best Magic Knight unit ever. Captain: William Vangeance – Why does he wear a funny fluffy headgear?
Silver Eagle – Looks like a unit for nobles. Captain: Nozel Silva – Ah damn it. Why must such nobles be arrogant and superior of his lineage and look down on commoners?
Blue Rose – Feminist squad. Females mostly dominate. Captain: Charlotte Roselei – I try not to judge a book by its cover but it’s hard at this point because she certainly has that arrogant and haughty look too.
Crimson Lion – GAARRR!!! Manly team! Captain: Fuegoleon Vermillion – Why do I feel that if you want to fight, you join this team?
Green Mantis – Really? A Magic Knight unit named after a bug? Captain: Jack The Ripper – With a name like that and he looks like a rip off from Naruto’s Orochimaru, why do I have a feeling this is a unit of betrayal?
Coral Peacock – What kind of colour is a coral? Captain: Dorothy Unsworth – She only sleeps all the time. Yes, this means she sleep walks…
Purple Orca – Why do I have a feeling this is going to be another suspicious unit like Green Mantis? Captain: Gueldre Poizot: Did Mr Incredible and Futurama’s Bender join forces to become this weirdo?
Azure Deer – I hope this isn’t a hunting unit. Captail: Rill Boismoriet – Is he a kid?
Black Bull – Ah yes, your typical troublemaker unit filled with bunch of misfits. Captain: Yami Sukehiro – Typical tough manly smoker dude. You don’t want to mess with him. Uhm, did they rip him off from Gildarts and Laxus?

Underestimated – Sekke Bronzazza (ba-hah!) made the mistake of underestimating Asta since he has no powers. He thought he would be easy meat during the magic battle but Asta defeated him in a single blow that nobody could see it coming.

I choose you – Magic Knight captains will raise their hand to choose you to their squad when your name is called. If more than one captains do so, the candidate is allowed to choose whose side to join. Yuno has all 9 captains wanting him since he is so badass in has magic. Yuno chooses Golden Dawn as he believes this unit will be the best one to make him Wizard King. As for Asta, nobody chooses him! Aww, so sad. Well, this is of course a magic exam. No magic, no use. However because he starts ranting how he will become a Wizard Knight, Yami finds him interesting and takes him under his wing. Phew. Looks like he won’t have to take an early walk back to Hage.

Welcome to mayhem – As you would have expected, the members of Black Bull are consists of weirdoes, each with flaws and, uhm, weird personalities.
Magna Swing: Delinquent dude. Manly passion could match up with Asta. Supposedly to be Fairy Tail’s Gray but with fire magic.
Finral Roulacase: Playboy dude. Has teleport magic.
Gordon Agrippa: Mime dude. Is he murmuring to himself all the time? Can you speak louder? I can’t hear you. I think this guy just wants to have friends and hang out with them?
Vanessa Enoteca: Every group needs to have a sexy hot babe. Does she walk around the base only in her underwear? Carry on, sexy baby! Oh, did they rip her off from Cana? Because she likes to get drunk too.
Luck Voltia: Don’t be fooled by his petite stature. This kids loves to fight! Uses lightning magic.
Charmy Pappitson: Glutton. Always stuffing her face with food. Every girl’s dream to eat everything all the time without gaining any weight.
Gauche Adlai: Siscon lolicon. Loves his little sister Marie so much. Don’t you dare make a move on her or he’ll kill you! Man, he must have lots of tissues to wipe his incessant nose bleeds…
Grey: Big woman who doesn’t speak much. Smoke always coming out of her mouth… On a side note, why does she remind me of Shokugeki No Souma’s Isami Aldini?
Noelle Silva: Did they rip her off from Juvia? Proud + water magic. Nozel’s younger sister. She is the black sheep of her noble family as she cannot control her magic, hence her brother hates her. Being a noble in this misfit group is sure hard but you know they’ll accept her and she’ll come to accept them. Though, she still has to put some arrogant noble air because of her pride.

First big break – Magna takes Asta and Noelle on their first mission to Saussy Village to rid of some wild boars. However they stumble into some bad guys led by the ice magic wielder, Heath trying to kill the villagers. Not surprising despite out young heroes being beaten and close to death, the will to never give up and protect commoners is strong. With cooperation and that friendship thingy, their powers grow (even Noelle now could amazingly control at least this portion of her power) to surprise defeat the baddies who of course underestimate them. In the end, before they could interrogate their intentions, they kill themselves. It looks like whatever cult they are from (isn’t that logo from Golden Dawn?) need some magic stones to revive their master. And they’re so kind to let our heroes keep it for now.

A star for effort – What’s this? Kindergarten grading? With Saussy Village’s heroics, the Wizard King acknowledges their efforts and awards Black Bull a golden star. Currently Golden Dawn leads with 70 of them. How many does Black Bull have? Minus thirty!!!!!!!!!!! Oh sh*t!!!!!

Julius Novachrono – The 28th Wizard King. Likes walking around on his own. Hence his assistant, Marx Francois is always shouting at him to haul his ass back to office before work piles up.

Escort mission – The arrogant Klaus Lunettes who is the mentor for Yuno and new recruit, Mimosa Vermillion, are to escort the son of Salim Hapshass (the guy who lost to Yuno in the Magic Knight Entrance Exam) back home. As expected, they are being attacked by bandits who soon disappear shortly. Like as though they were targeting Yuno all along.

Rescue mission – Escort mission has them visiting Hage for a while. During their stay, Lily gets kidnapped by those bandits. Yuno defies orders from Klaus to go recue her but eventually snobbish senpai and Mimosa come to his aid to defeat those baddies and save Lily. Not surprisingly, Salim is behind this as he is acting out of revenge to get back at Yuno for his own failure. And yeah, a golden star for such a heroic deed. Wow, if they award stars for such little but impressive missions, will rescuing a kitten up a tree earn me a star too?

Nero – That anti-bird that recently stays with Asta and somewhat the mascot for Black Bull and the series, that’s its new name. I guess it’s better than Toritarou, Silvantus Schnauzer, Wine, Magna, Fire or Marie.

Dungeon Exploration Arc

Dungeons – Weird tombs that mysteriously pop up that could contain relics and info of ancient magic as well as rare magic items. Lots of magic traps of course.

Reunion – With Black Bull and Golden Dawn sending some of their mages to explore a dungeon, the inevitable reunion of Asta and Yuno. Also, Noelle reunites with Mimosa who is her cousin. The latter is a bit blunt and dense, hence could sound a bit rude. Asta and Klaus lock horns because of their clashing personalities.

Out of luck – Luck in his bid to fight stronger opponents run into Lotus Whomalt of the Diamond Kingdom. He gets hypnotized by Lotus’ smoke magic. Although Asta returns to save him, Luck still believes in fighting on his own. Something about attributing his victories to his late mother. But of course, the power of friendship overcomes all that so they cooperate to take down Lotus in his thick smoke magic because Lotus cannot sense Asta who has no magic at all and gets knocked out by his ‘sudden attack’.

Hard as diamond – Mars, one of the Shining Generals of the Diamond Kingdom ambushes Mimosa, injuring her gravely. Klaus is running out of magic dealing with him and once more the power of friendship has Yuno backing up his senpai. But if that’s not enough to deal with his diamond clones and diamond encrusted weapons, here comes Yuno smashing through all that bias belief and smashing through that thick diamond armour of his like a hot knife through butter. Okay, maybe like a hammer and a peanut.

Small & compact – While examining the treasure room, Mars revives and breaks out from his binds and has some healing magic too. He defeats everybody and uses faster magic to counter Asta’s sword. So how does Asta fight back? I know his friends in danger are partly the reason but I suppose he was blasted through some magic item. Hence his sword now is small and compact, allowing him to swing fast. Oh, it could also temporarily borrow magic from others. In this case, Noelle’s water power to cut through Mars’ defence a second time.

Got you too – Apparently Asta also receives some lethal damage.

Kokkoku – Apparently right before angry Mars could kill unconscious Asta, Yuno somehow draws upon the mysterious power he got from the scroll in the treasure room. He is able to stop time and a strange girl helps destroy what he needs, defeating Mars for good before returning to normal time.

Saving your killer – Even when the dungeon is collapsing, Asta wants to save Mars because they’re here to secure the dungeon not kill anybody. Hey, the dungeon is going to kill him not you guys! Too bad with the rapid collapsing, the Clover Kingdom mages have to escape. Own lives first priority. But you can thank Lotus for saving Mars as well as securing a load of treasure for his kingdom before everything goes down.

Acknowledgement – Wow. Even Klaus apologizes and admits how wrong he was to mistreat and look down on Asta and Yuno. Things do change.

First love – Guess what? Mimosa is in love with Asta? Not surprising. Expected it. Oh, be careful Noelle. You’ve got yourself a competitor. Yes you do!!!

Royal Capital Arc

An audience with the king – Our dungeon heroes (minus Luck) get to see Julius himself for their heroics. Yuno shows the new magic he obtained and Julius believes the wind god named Sylph chose him. As for Asta, he could feel his magic drained into his sword and hence the reason why a person with no magic like him is best wielding it.

Merit – Apparently this is what you only need to become the Wizard King. I guess everything else like respect falls in line once you’ve got merit.

Decoration ceremony – Magic Knights who obtained a certain number of stars before a certain time will be promoted to a new rank and given a medal. So our top dogs are from Crimson Lion (Leopold Vermillion), Blue Rose (Sol Marron), Silver Eagles (Solid Silva and Nebra Silva) and Golden Dawn (Hamon Caseus, Shiren Tium and Alecdora Sandler).

Party of shame – The newly decorated Magic Knights are given a little party and joined by Asta and co. Of course this leads to loathing stares from those arrogant holier-than-thou Magic Knights as well as some badmouthing. But they cross the line when the Silva family belittle Noelle, pour water over her head and remind her existence that killed her mom. Yup, Asta to the fore again to shut up those conceited dumb f*cks. Hope he could do more than just angry screaming.

Royal rumble – Asta looks like he is doing fine showing those arrogant nobles by slashing through their magic. Until Nozel steps in. His aura definitely putting pressure and fear in everybody. I don’t really know what the definition of shame is because the Silva family thinks doing this and that to a peasant is just bringing shame to the family name. Just when there is going to be a royalty showdown between Nozel and Fuegoleon, something is rocking the capital. Yeah, everybody’s so arrogant they didn’t even notice the royal capital is under attack.

Resident Evil – Wait a minute. The royal capital is being attacked by… ZOMBIES???!!! At least there is a mage summoning them, Rades Spirito.

Brownie points – Time for our Magic Knights to show what they’re capable of as they blast their high level magic at the zombies. Also, additional brownie points for Asta as he comes to a little girl’s aid, protects her despite being relentlessly attacked and yes, Rades being the ultimate jerk by trying to target the little girl and distract Asta. But don’t forget teamwork from our Magic Knights to aid Asta too.

Augustus Kira Clover XIII – The king of Clover Kingdom. Typical lazy and selfish dude. No wonder nobody likes him. He should’ve been a joker…

Rivals aplenty – In addition for having Yuno as Asta’s rival, it looks like Leopold and Fuegoleon have also declared themselves to be Asta’s rival to be Wizard King.

Eternal youth – After the Magic Knights stop the zombie threat, they are whisked away far from the capital. This allows Catherine the witch to steal the townspeople’s youth for her own.

Bell – Yuno being the only Magic Knight not whisked away by Catherine’s magic, he fights her but absorbs too many of her curses. Just when he starts losing his senses, he is finally able to understand and use the Sylph magic that was always present around him. Herald this little Sylph girl, Bell to blast Catherine out the skies.

Don’t steal my food! – Desperate Catherine has reverted to her old hag form and tries to steal youth from Charmy who think she is trying to steal her food! Sheep punch! Some people need to learn how to grow old gracefully.

Eat, save, love – Charmy’s food is still in danger of being wasted but thanks to Yuno saving it, does Charmy now find something else to love other than eating?

Lion king target – So this elaborated invasion was to kidnap and kill Fuegoleon? Whisked into another dimension by Valtos, in no time he is defeated and left for dead. Gee, one of the strongest and righteous Magic Knight dying?

No getting away – Asta keeps using his anti-magic to prevent Rades and Valtos from escaping. Even giving Rades a taste of what it’s like to feel pain.

Reinforcements – The baddies got reinforcements from evil mages. Think they outnumbered our heroes? Well, our Magic Knights also return for the much needed reinforcement.

Eye of the Midnight Sun – I guess when you’re hell bent on destroying Clover Kingdom, they have to announce their evil group’s name so that in the future we’ll have more fights and clashes. That’s what they did and oh, they also kidnap Asta while they escape.

Show off – Time to show off why Julius is the most powerful Wizard King ever lived. With his extraordinary magic, he defeats and restrains all the baddies at their home base and at the same time rescue Asta. I guess it’s also payback for what they did to the royal capital. Not before the big bad boss rescues his underlings in such a bright flashy manner.

Jewel concern – As Fuegoleon’s pendant is missing, it is safe to say it is the reason the enemies of the kingdom targeted him. Julius saw a slab in the base filled with jewels and some still missing its piece. Let’s take a wild guess of what happens when all of them are filled up.

Promoted – Haven’t you heard? For Asta’s heroics, he has been promoted to 3rd Class Junior Magic Knight. Yeah, he now ranks higher than you guys now, Luck and Magna. Show some respect! Also, Charmy has been promoted to 1st Class Junior Magic Knight credited for capturing Catherine. So she’s like the second most powerful Black Bulls after Yami? Not forgetting who Yuno is now a 1st Class Junior Magic Knight.

Eye Of The Midnight Sun Arc

Mixer mix-up – Asta is invited to Finral’s mixer with Luck. Of course with these misfits, they won’t stand a chance with our fair ladies. Noelle tails and spies on them since she is ‘worried’ for a certain guy. It seems Asta is getting along well with Rebecca Scarlet just because they have many siblings. Asta saves Rebecca from a drunkard and when she is about to like him and asks if he likes anyone, earnest Asta of course replies but is cut off by Rebecca who ‘understands’. This means Noelle has the wrong impression Asta likes her as she misinterpret his incomplete sentence he likes someone from the same… Same what? Same guild? So she thinks it’s her? Not Vanessa or Charmy?

Marriage talks – Gauche has used up all his pay to buy toys for Marie. And what does he see? Marie having fun with Asta???!!! WTF?! Apparently he came to visit Rebecca and her siblings who happen to play a lot with Marie who stays at the church. Bet you didn’t see this coming too. Because Marie wants to marry Asta!!! Gauche spends so much time trying to kill Asta that his ‘date’ time with Marie is over. Also, Rebecca’s siblings are trying to set her up with Asta and Noelle is not too pleased they want big sis to marry Asta.

Prevention is better than cure – What is the best way to ensure Asta will never marry Marie? Kill him! You got to try better than that, Gauche…

Lost kids – Apparently somebody is doing a Pied Piper and whisking away young kids from the village.

Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai – Neige kidnaps the kids because he lacks friends. But his brother, Baro has him do this job so as to drain their magic power and sell it for money.

A brother’s wrath – Nothing is more fearsome than a brother who sees his little sister messed up. Ya’ll gonna pay dearly!

Do you want to build a snowman? – Neige sends snowmen clones to deal with Gauche but his mirror reflection magic zaps them all.

Asta, my hero! – The first person Marie runs to is Asta. Sorry Gauche. Your ranking just dropped.

Sticky reunion – Baro signalled for help from his employer. Sally of Eye of the Midnight Sun is thrilled to be reunited with Asta. She sticks to him, licks him and even bites his neck! WTF?!

Mudman – Sally turns Baro into a giant mud monster. Damn Gauche takes Marie and run.

I hate you – Feared words of a siscon. Gauche better turn back and help Asta if he wants to continue looking cool in Marie’s books. After he puts her in 100% safety first.

The eye’s reflection – Gauche uses his hidden magic mirror eye to reflect and duplicate Asta so that his clones continue to cut down the monster so fast it doesn’t have time to regenerate.

Licht – The leader of the Eye of the Midnight Sun. Once again makes his well-timed entrance to salve Sally and kill everyone else with his, uhm, antenna lights? Don’t forget his holier-than-thou attitude in which he considers everyone else born as sinners. Because of that he is going to destroy Clover Kingdom and form their own country. I suppose going through the ballot box isn’t his style.

Faster than speed of light – Apparently his light magic and his teleport speed is so fast that you practically can’t see him shoot his magic and can pop out anywhere he likes.

Light deflector – Good time for Yami to join in and show why he is the captain of Black Bull. Thanks to his ‘Japanese’ background, he is able to deflect Licht’s light showers easily.

Ki training – Asta receives on the spot training on how to use his ki to detect and predict enemy attacks. Because he is main character, he gets it on the first try and manages to wound Valtos.

Borrowed magic – Well, everyone and all the kids decide to lend their magic to Gauche so that he can go save Asta. If Marie says so…

The reflection – Gauche becomes the unwitting hero because he pops back in time to save Yami and Asta from Licht’s ultimate badass light magic that would have obliterated them. Yup. Just used a mirror to deflect the light! It’s that simple! If only he wasn’t that arrogant and used this method and saved us all the drama and trouble.

Third Eye – Licht’s reinforcements. Supposedly the strongest trio in Eye of the Midnight Sun. You mean even stronger than Licht? Folks, meet lazy copycat slicer Raia (Black Jack?!), wild beast dude Vetto and hateful Fana with fire breathing dragon pet, Salamander.

A little help from my friends – Yami trying to show off he can take Third Eye all on his own? Moments before getting owned by them all, here comes the very timely reinforcements of our Magic Knights: Nozel, Charlotte and Jack.

The complex and complicated depths of the heart – I would never have guessed it that the very proud feminist Charlotte HAS A FREAKING CRUSH ON YAMI!!!!! WTFFFF???!!!!!!! Oh well. He is the only manly manliest man of all the men. The rest look more like weaklings or gays…

Not your sword – Apparently Licht is not happy that Asta wields his swords known as Demon Slayer Sword and Demon Dweller Sword because it supposedly belonged to his master. So this guy isn’t the ultimate boss? Man, it’s like just when you thought you defeated the final boss, another final final boss shows up.

Unleash the power – You know that no brainer moment when you reduce the big bad boss’ life down so much and then he gets even stronger?! Yeah. That is what happens to Licht when Yami-Asta combo effectively took him out. His tremendous amount of mana threatens to probably destroy this anime so Third Eye has to stop their fight and use all they’ve got to seal him and then escape. Good excuse to put an end to this long fight…

First kiss – Rebecca kisses Asta on the cheek as gratitude for saving her siblings. Why is Noelle screaming the loudest? Has she ever screamed this loud before?

Unlocking the mind – Julius in addition to summon all the Magic Knight captains for a meeting, Asta also needs to come along as he is taken to a secret dungeon where a couple of Eye of the Midnight Sun members have been held captive. They have a magic spell blocking their mind that makes it hard to get any info. So this is where Asta comes in to use his anti-magic and break that spell so that Marx could extract their memories. It looks like they have found the traitor among them. A Magic Knight captain level traitor…

Sell-out – The moment we’ve all been waiting for. The traitor. Drum roll please… Can we have a name? Gueldre!

Whale catching – As expected, Gueldre denies everything and despite all the shady rumours heard about him, Gueldre digs his own grave by choosing to escape instead of letting his mind read by Marx for confirmation. Oh, did I tell you his invisibility magic means all magic will pass through him? Talk about invisible invincible. Of course this is where Asta comes to play as his anti-magic pins him down. So all the shady rumours of him are true ranging from abusing his men, smuggling dangerous potions to others and the heinous act of kidnapping barrier mages hence the reason why Eye of the Midnight Sun was able to infiltrate easily.

This is not my final form! – Remember the magic stones Eye of the Midnight Sun needed? Apparently gathering them all has them believe they will evolve into their true form and gain enormous power.

Seabed Temple Arc

Seaside story – As there are 3 magic stones left and they know one of its location, time to head down to the underwater temple and which group is suited better for this hazardous job than Black Bull? This means… Beach episode!

To be seen or not to be seen – Noelle bought the most expensive swimsuit and she wants Asta to comment on it but is too shy to go out. By the time she summons her courage, Asta is being distracted by the shenanigans of other Black Bull members. Yeah, Noelle sounds like a desperate girl trying to bug him for attention only to be ignored…

Big responsibility – Fun time is over. With the path to the underwater temple a dangerous one, the only time when its mana protecting it weakens is during a full moon. That is 1 week from now and Yami wants Noelle to use her water magic to create a path there. Pessimistic Noelle doesn’t think she can do it since she still cannot control her water magic. Yeah. You have 1 weak to master it or risk drowning everyone.

Idol wannabe – Asta and Noelle befriend a girl, Kahono singing at the beach. Her dream is to be an idol and make lots of money!

Healing lullaby – Apparently Kahono’s singing magic can also heal all wounds. Just be careful of the charges.

Pleasant memories, none – Kahono advises Noelle to think of the most relaxing memories if she wants to control her power. Unfortunately being the black sheep of her family, none. Until she realizes she has ton of them after joining Black Bull. Yeah, weird memories. They are more family to her than her original one. With that, Noelle is able to control and create a new magic.

Abyss – Wow. There is an underwater civilization and all the people are so friendly to welcome them (despite not having visitors for the past decade) and guide them to the temple priest.

Battle royale – Nothing comes free. Want the magic stone? Yeah, have a battle royale fight with the weird priest’s fish face guardians. But thankfully all the guys of Black Bull (except for Finral because he’s so gay) win theirs instantly thanks to their opponents underestimating them.

Grilled fish – Best seafood ever for Charmy until she gets put to sleep but a fish priest’s spell.

Nice to meet you again – That fish priest… It’s Kahono! Shouldn’t be surprised here. She faces off with Noelle and despite Noelle looking like she can’t control and hit with her water magic, Kahono knows she is already doing it. She is just subconsciously not wanting to do so and hurt others.

The shape of water – Asta is having a hard time fighting Kiato. His dancing moves make it hard for Asta to read. So how do you catch water? You become water! Yeah, Asta and his lame ‘dance’ moves…

Gate crashers – Just when Black Bull is leading the battle royale, guess who had to crash this party? It’s Vetto and his goons. Guess the battle royale took too long.

Electrical fire – Luck and Magna are the first to fight Vetto. We even get to see a short flashback of their weird friendship. Usually Luck doing pranks on Magna and using reckless tactics to put the latter in harm’s way. Oh boy. Those were the days. But even after all that stubbornness, the spark and flame of their combo just couldn’t match Vetto’s raw might.

Blockchain – One of the guys from Eye of the Midnight Sun uses chains as his magic. You could say Gauche is in a bind but with the help of Grey’s transformation trickery, they duped the dude and defeat him.

Pulling a wool over your eyes – Gauche and Grey then get trapped in another guy from Eye of the Midnight Sun who uses vine magic and their magic being drained. What trickery will they use this time? Falsely accusing him of stealing Charmy’s food and this petite girl uses her cotton and sheep magic to beat the sheep out of him.

Will the real Grey please stand up – Finally we get to see Grey’s true form: A young and lovely girl?! She’s embarrassed with her true looks and hence that dark towering ugliness we always see her?

Bark worse than your bite – You know Asta is always screaming with zest and when he can’t get out of Vetto’s grasp, what does he do? He bites his arm! Like that would do any sort of damage.

Song and dance – Can Kahono and Kiato’s singing and dancing combo defeat Vetto? Well, he ended their idol and dancer dream by ripping out Kiato’s feet and damaging Kahono’s throat!

Unarmed and armed – I guess it’s time to show Noelle isn’t some tsundere b*tch. Because now she manages to power up with her new magic and give Vetto a run for his money. Wow! She ripped off an arm of his! Too bad with his regenerative power, he got his arm back. Bummer.

Second chance – Well, Asta’s back in the game to face Vetto a second time.

Stringing along – Vanessa too. With her string magic.

Portality – And Finral too. With his portal magic. Chicken senpai decide not to run away?

The flying marionette – With Vanessa’s strings attached to Asta and his sword, combined with Finral’s portal magic, Asta is able to ‘move’’ like the wind and avoid Vetto’s damaging blows while giving himself a chance to strike the beast dude at close range.

Caged bird – I guess it’s high time we get some flashback on Vanessa’s past and how she joined the Black Bull. Initially a young witch imprisoned in a cage for being weak, you can guess she’s going to go crazy creating imaginary friends to talk to. Always giving excuses this was her fate. Then one day all she needs was just a little courage to break out. She has never looked back since and never regretted her choice.

The superficial wuss – I guess we also need to give Finral the same treatment. Just because he didn’t want to use his spatial magic to kill, he is deemed useless by his family. His younger brother, Langris showed potential and eventually became the head of the family and the vice of Golden Dawn. Yami had Finral joined Black Bull so as to ‘chauffeur’ him anywhere and Finral thought that would be okay since he had no fighting abilities. But Yami told him he has his own way to fight.

Many hands make light work – Maybe it is getting a bit boring seeing Asta-Vanessa-Finral combo. So we’re going to add more of it by adding Gauche, Charmy and Grey! Gauche’s mirror reflections plus Charmy’s sheep monster pounding the ground to make smokescreen and Grey making Asta clones now give Vetto a run for his money.

It finally got through – Yeah, Asta finally stick his sword through Vetto.

Gotcha – Too bad Vetto just trolled everybody. He purposely let Asta stab him so he could steal his sword and break his arm.

Zetsubou shita! – We get it! Vetto spamming despair has got to be the most annoying catchphrase of this series.

The true beast awakens – If four leaf clover is for luck, then five leaf clover is the luck of the devil! Because Asta’s aura awakens into some super demonic form to defeat Vetto for good! Good riddance.

The true beast awakens again – Oh damn it. Do we need more trolling from Vetto because now he awakens with even more ferocious power that threatens to blow up this entire place!

The other true beast awakens too – Don’t hold your breath because Yami finally gets out of his trapped predicament and does his fair share of the work to stop all this despair once and for all with his dimension cutting darkness magic.

Respecting the dead – I know good guys don’t usually be a dick but they still respect Vetto’s corpse? Lighting up a candle and putting flowers. But the mind boggling part is that why they left his body right where he died?! I guess it beats throwing it into the ocean for the fish to eat. But still, if they properly want to give their last respects, at least give him a proper burial instead of just putting a sheet over his corpse?

Never ending praises – I guess it is good morale boosting and irony for Black Bulls, the worst Magic Knights group to be praised by the people 24/7 until they leave. Yeah, they even sing them a song while seeing them off.

Border invasion – No rest for Clover Kingdom. Taking advantage of the attack from Eye of the Midnight Sun, the Diamond Kingdom has sent 3 of its Shining Generals (Brocks, Lagus and Yagos) to attack the border town of Kiten. Even if the local guards are routed, don’t worry, here comes Golden Dawn to the rescue. I guess from time to time we need to see Yuno strutting his stuff too. But with the overwhelming Diamond forces, looks like another Magic Knight unit needs to give them assistance. You up to the task, Black Bull?

Popular Yuno – Yuno is so strong that Brocks and Lagus start fighting over the right to fight him. And Bell doesn’t want to lose out either because she tells them off Yuno is belongs to her. Anybody else wants Yuno to be theirs? Oh right, Charmy…

Beauty vs strength – Obviously you have to be stronger to defeat your opponent in a fight. That is why Yuno defeats Lagus. Did he just see the beauty of his own defeat?

World tree – Vangeance’s magic is sucking up mana and creating a huge gigantic world tree. Brocks found out the hard way and got turned into one.

Scarface – Yami suspects Vangeance for a long time and requests him to remove his mask… The moment we’ve been waiting for… Vangeance’s face… Uhm… Very scarred… Looks a bit like Licht but the scars really catches your attention. His story: Born out of wedlock to a noble, it is only the noble’s death without an heir that enabled him to take over. Even so, he was hated for his scarred face. Only Julius saw past that and gave him that lame mask for him to wear.

Bell Blues – Bell getting more agitated after misinterpreting Yuno and Asta’s relationship. Eat together, sleep together, bathed together… I hope no weird awakening. However the real battle for her is with Charmy. Are we ready to rumble over Yuno?

Sibling mockery – Langris continues to belittle Finral. But Finral won’t stand for it when he belittles his Black Bull pals.

Zero fatality – When Langris thinks of sacrificing a few citizens caught by Yagos to stem further casualties, leave it to Asta, Finral and Charmy to show him how it is done without losing a life.

Witches’ Forest Arc

Forever unarmed – Guess what the royal doctor, Owen tells Asta while healing his arms? Because of some curse and all the shattered bones, he cannot use his arms again. WTF. Can he not nullify the curse?! You think Asta is going to sit there and accept his fate? Why, he is going to punch fate and make his own fate! Oh wait. He got no arms. Maybe kick it? And everybody else is so touched that they all went off to find some cure. And Asta is so touched that it took him this long to realize he might not be blessed with magic but blessed with amazing friends. Cheesy but sniff, sniff…

Fanzell Kruger – Before Asta took the exam to become a Magic Knight, during one of his training stints, he stumbled into this elderly guy, Fanzell. He agreed to teach him to ways of the sword so long he uses it to achieve his dream. Of course Fanzell harbours a secret and it is revealed when one of his students, Mariella returns to inform him that his fiancée, Dominate Code is dead. The truth is, they are from Diamond Kingdom and ran away because they couldn’t stand the army’s torturous ways. Turns out Mariella is also a spy sent to hunt down defectors. But she is to take him back alive as his services are needed for an experiment on Mars that is near completion. With Asta’s help, they defeat the weak Diamond army but Mariella vows to hunt him down. Fanzell then leaves on a solo journey to find Dominate whom he believes is still alive.

The curious case of the naked pervert – Fanzell had the misfortune of stumbling into Noelle after he got robbed. He sounds like a pervert wanting to have fun with her. It’s no surprise the Black Bull members beat him up and round him up for a suspicious pervert. Thanks to Asta knowing him, he gets to breathe longer.

Wand wonder – Fanzell was ‘interested’ in Noelle because of the wand she possessed. It supposedly belonged to Dominate and Noelle bought it from a black market.

Taking the bull by its horns – Before you know it, the Diamond Kingdom assassination squad led by Galleo attack Black Bull’s base to lure Fanzell out. We all know how this is going to end…

Never make a lady wait – Good thing Fanzell is reunited with Dominate at the black market. Too bad she gives him multiple combo punches for taking too long.

Turncoat again – Oh, Mariella trying to help Fanzell and Dominate because she has grown tired of the Diamond Kingdom’s ways? This is part of her plan to get her revenge against the organization. Once this is over, she hopes to become a Magic Knight of Clover Kingdom.

The Witches’ Forest – Noelle and Finral are now seeking Fanzell and Dominate as their last hope to find a cure for Asta’s arms. Dominate points out her former home, the queen’s magic might help. Speaking of her home, looks like Vanessa has the same idea and returned there.

The queen of heartless – The witch queen being the most powerful witch around, it’s no wonder the rest don’t want to make her mad. Yeah, she hates imperfection and beats up Vanessa who demands she teach some ancient cure magic. She’s not amused when Vanessa offers to be her slave forever in exchange for the cure of Asta’s arms. After all, Vanessa was once imprisoned by her and she escaped. So if the queen is so powerful that other kingdoms don’t even want to mess with her, why didn’t she go after Vanessa when she escaped? It’s like nobody got the balls to stop her, right?

Spoiler – Asta will not allow Vanessa to trade her freedom in exchange to cure his arms. Of course Vanessa is not entirely planning to do that. After the queen does so, her plan is to use her anti-magic to get herself out. Looks like the perfect plan had she not scream it out in front of everybody. Should’ve left a spoiler alert.

The more the merrier – Looks like there are a couple of other parties trying to crash into the forest. Namely the Eye of the Midnight Sun led by Fana. They are here to get a magic stone believed to be in possession by the queen. The other is the Diamond Kingdom led by Mars and Ladros. They are here to take advantage of the chaos and kidnap the queen.

Armed again – Yeah, the queen just heals Asta’s arms like that. In exchange for that, Asta and co head out to protect the forest from the enemies.

SJWs – Witches saved by our heroes don’t thank them simply because they are men. Ungrateful? Selfish Jackass Witches…

Diplomacy first – Wow. You mean Asta wants to talk to Fana and understand why they hate them so much? At least he isn’t the kind of guy who just charges in. But I don’t think Fana believes there is anything to understand between them. A vague flashback how her tribe was eliminated and they think humans were the ones who betrayed them.

Water beats fire – With Fana growing a third eye and Salamander turning into a huge fire breathing dragon, looks like Noelle’s up to the job to extinguish those huge flames. But first, the need to hype up that is not weak. You are not weak. You are strong. You are not weak. You are strong. And there you go.

Dragon slayer – And now it’s up to Asta to finish it all with his secret move. A move that thrusts his sword through the enemy. Wow. You mean that’s the end of it? The battle’s over? They’re not going to drag it out like 10 episodes like how they did with Vetto’s?

Former teacher vs former students – Fanzell vs Mars and Ladros.

Another defection – Just when cold hearted Ladros is going to kill Fanzell and Dominate, Mars protects them. He is willing to betray and defect the Diamond Kingdom for his former sensei. Man, Diamond Kingdom must be one sh*tty place to have so many defections.

Burnt to a crisp – In order to defeat Ladros, Fanzell and Mars seek Asta’s help to hit Salamander’s fireball at Ladros’ way.

Past revisited – If you’ve forgotten Mars’ past, here it is again to remind you because Mars and Fana are childhood friends involved in the Diamond Kingdom’s cruel super soldier experiment. Fana forced Mars to kill her so he could live and carry on.

Remember me? – Apparently Fana doesn’t remember Mars despite his constant screaming of their past. Must be that third eye that is blocking her memories. Yeah, it’s going to self-destruct too.

Welcome back – After Asta uses his anti-magic to cut through the fire, all Mars needs to do is hug Fana, scream apologies and forgiveness. With that, all that pent up hatred disappears. Like as though there were never traces of it to begin with. Hi Mars. Nice to see you again. At least cutie pie here doesn’t need to die like her gorilla comrade.

Stick it to him – Ladros maintains his distance firing his lasers at Asta. Even if Asta deflects it back, he can recycle his magic and reuse it again. But he never see it coming that Asta would throw his sword into him. Now his magic is rapidly draining. What are you going to do now?

Not as dumb as he looks – Despite pitiful pleas from Ladros to pull out this heavy sword, Asta has learnt from his battles that is all just a ruse to let his guard down and attack him. With Ladros powerless, all that is left is to whack him unconscious.

Man on fire – In Ladros’ desperation, he uses his remaining magic to escape, enough time for him to take Fana hostage and threaten her to kill unconscious Mars if she doesn’t give him her power. And just like that, he absorbs Salamander and becomes a very powerful fire element villain.

Demonic revival – Due to the queen’s blood flowing through Asta, it removed his limits and accelerated the power flow and his body is now a vessel for the raging anti-magic. So we see a very explosive and abstract (low quality?) battle between Asta and Ladros with the latter getting scared for someone who thinks he is invincible. With that, Asta cuts him down with his Black Meteorite and even won’t kill him. Because he will make him apologize to all the people he has hurt. That’s Asta being Asta for you.

Blood queen – With Asta repaying his debts to the queen, of course she’s not going to just let him go. Her goal was to obtain his anti-magic and because she cannot wield it, she will turn him into her puppet after observing his battle as she controls his blood. Her first order is for him to kill his comrades.

Cat caught your fate? – In Vanessa’s desperate bid to prevent Asta from killing Noelle, somehow she finally masters the magic to control her fate. This little red cat, Rogue? All it needs to do is to touch the subject and its fate will change in favour of its master. For instance, when Asta actually killed Noelle, it’s like time reversed right before that point to take an alternative route where he missed.

Not my family – The queen wants to take Vanessa’s newfound power but with the feline’s touch, looks like it is not her fate to be. The queen is shocked that her perfect magic is imperfect as Vanessa tells her off that she has never been her family, but the Black Bulls whom she has a closer family bond with.

Heal all – I guess the queen lost so she heals everybody. Thanks.

The elves’ secrets – The queen hands over the magic stone to them. It’s not like she need it (why was she having it in the first place?) since its attributes only work on elves. It is believed they lived in the forsaken realm peacefully for centuries until humans outnumbered and decimated them all. The third eye is some sort of forbidden magic that requires a lot of mana and sacrifice. It is believed the demon was activated by the elf’s leader and that the Eye of the Midnight Sun could be descendant of elves. Oh, Asta’s swords, they were believed to be used by the elf’s leader.

Back to the Diamond Kingdom – Mars decides to return to the Diamond Kingdom to conclude his mission and pass off this special blood to his king as some longevity essential. He vows to change Diamond Kingdom into a safe place to allow Fana to come back one day. Ladros goes with Mars to support him. It’s the fastest and best way to aim for the top?

Change is not necessarily good – With Asta’s return, other Black Bull members have changed! Luck and Magna have levelled up into some demi-god level after spending time in the dungeon, Gauche and Gordon have turned into nerds after spending time in the library, Charmy and Grey have parasite mushrooms growing all over them after spending time in the mushroom kingdom. But all of them revert to normal after learning Asta’s arms are healed.

Star Festival Arc

Star Festival gift – With the Diamond Kingdom celebrating their annual festival, Asta also invited Kahono and Kiato to join in. So that he could use the queen’s blood to heal their voice and leg completely.

Dating woes – Kahono tries to make Noelle do something about her feelings with Asta. This means Kahono acting like as though she is interested in Asta and doing things with him. Too bad Noelle can only watch in horror. And Kiato trying to flirt with Noelle with his dance moves, I don’t think she’s watching… Eventually when Asta notes how much she likes Noelle because she used her royalty status to help a poor peasant girl find her mom and admonished the arrogant aristocrats, the usual Noelle beat down treatment. Somebody too dense, somebody not too honest with her feelings.

Caught with your pants down – The stall rivalry between Yami and Jack to outsell each other turned deadly as now they are raring to go at each other. Thanks to Julius putting a stop to this by cutting their pants. And with that they lost the motivation to kill each other. But it might soon resurface as they now argue who has more wins. Why is the number keep increasing?

Rose with a million thorns – Woah! Who that beautiful babe?! Don’t be too surprised when she starts whipping you with her thorny vines magic. Yup, Charlotte!

Beauty and the beast – The last thing Charlotte wants is Yami to see her and then it happened…

Catfight – For some odd reasons (actually to see who is more worthy of Yami’s company), Vanessa challenges Charlotte. The latter didn’t want to get involved had not Sol forcefully getting her to participate, believing her captain will never lose. So we have a cosplay contest that ends in a draw and then a drinking contest that also ends in a draw. Sure, Charlotte can’t hold her liquor but Vanessa also passed out on the first cup?!

Cursed fate – A glimpse of Charlotte’s past whereby her curse activated when she turned 18. She tried to become strong and break out of it and the reason she hates men is that they’re all just talk and weak. Until Yami came, that is. When her curse went berserk, Yami easily cut through it. And because he did say he likes strong chicks, apparently the way for the curse to be broken was to have her heart stolen by a man. Yeah, it’s that simple yet so complicated.

Rising Dawn – Julius announces the squad winner that accumulated the most stars during the year: Golden Dawn. The biggest contributor is of course Yuno.

Rising Bull – Shockingly, the one who takes second place is Black Bull! Yeah, even their own members are so shocked since they expected to get last place just like every other year. And it is no surprise that the biggest contributor is Asta, only second to Yuno in total.

Wooden spoonist – If you’re curious as to know who occupies last spot after Black Bull’s big jump, it’s Azure Deer. Damn, Rill looks so shocked…

New captains – Crimson Lion and Purple Orca have new captains. Meet Mereoleona and Kaiser Granvorka respectively.

Lame king – Augustus makes his rare royal appearance. Because he looks like an idiot, nobody is revering him. Yeah, he gets petty about how much he should be showered with praises and all. Everyone even thinks the Wizard King should just become their king!

Taking all the glory – In order to make the people love him, he announces that the hideout of the Eye of the Midnight Sun has been discovered. Hence he will be holding an exam among all Magic Knights in which the best will be selected to be part of the Royal Knights who will then destroy the terrorist group once and for all. Of course this plan was all from Julius.

Off with their heads! – Because Asta speaks the truth that the ones who are awesome are the Wizard King and Magic Knight captains as well as the king hasn’t used his power to do any good for his people, Augustus wants Asta killed right now! Had not Julius reasons with him, Augustus’ reputation might have been taken another hit to even below rock bottom.

Bragging rights – Yami must be having a swell time by himself as he brags he beat the other captains to second place. I’m sure they want to sock it to him but no violence in this bar establishment. Ah, such a calming drink. And why is this scrawny bar a place where such captains go for a drink?!

Roar of the lioness – Mereoleona chides her Crimson Lions for dropping in the rankings. Although the men still acknowledge Fuegoleon’s achievements, she needs them to prove that to her. This means hotspring training. Because of that, she also ‘forces’ Asta, Yuno, Noelle, Yami, Charlotte and Sol to come on this trip.

Really, really hot hotspring – It’s not your typical Japanese onsen. Because it’s a mountain spewing lava! But if they can cross it, what awaits them is a splendid revitalizing hotspring.

Mana Skin – Apparently if you can produce constant amount of mana to cover your skin, it works as some sort of protection layer and you can safely make your way across the hazardous terrain.

Can’t take the heat… – So with no Mana, can Asta do this? He defeated big baddies and overcome so many impossible magical moments but is going to lose out to this heat? So when Mereoleona mocks him as just being lucky and to go home, you bet that is going to make Asta do the opposite. Luck isn’t what is going to land him the Wizard King position.

The key to using ki – Yup, using the power of ki is what Asta did to overcome all this crap. Now he turns into some wild black comet blazing over the volcano.

Peekaboo – And while we have our much awaited hotspring respite, shockingly Yami rallies to guys to go peek at the women! Because that is what being a true man is?! More nonsense excuses like they shouldn’t be afraid of death and that they’ve come here to be whipped back to shape. Now go get some peeping done! I bet Yami just wants to see the clowns climb the wall. Sol just made the wall higher to protect the beauty of Charlotte’s nakedness. It comes to an abrupt anti-climactic end with Asta refusing to do so because his heart belongs to Lily!

Royal Knights Entrance Exam Arc

Captur- Destroy The Flag? – In this team battle, teams must destroy the opponent’s crystal to win while protecting their own. If within the time limit the crystal is not destroyed, the one who dealt the most crystal damage will win.

The oddest teams – Are you excited to know how is in which team? For Asta’s team, we have Mimosa (good for you girl, looks like you need your much needed screen time) and Xerx Lugner. Xerx who? This shady guy who came in late and assumed the identity of Purple Orca’s vice captain showing disrespect to everyone and is doing this all for fun… Other notable characters taking part in this exam (apparently not everybody else is interested in being a Royal Knight) like Noelle is in the same team with Yuno (Bell and Noelle already at each other’s throat?), Luck with Klaus, Magna with Sol, Finral with Leopold.

Sleeping on the job – Asta’s team is the first match. However Xerx is not interested in cooperating and winning. He takes a nap and lets Asta and Mimosa sort it out.

Comeback – Asta and Mimosa are already having a hard time facing the enemy. It gets worse with Asta stepping into a paralysis magic trap and the other team attacking from all sides. Will Asta lose? If you know the trend, of course not. A magic portal absorbs the opponent’s magic and reflect them back. Xerx then destroys the enemy’s crystal to register their first win.

Shady magic – Asta isn’t too happy Xerx mocks other Magic Knights but Xerx won’t reveal his strange ash magic that reflects. The trap Asta stepped on belonged to him and because of that, it activated that reflection trap that sealed their victory. The stronger the spell, the more effective it is.

You’re so vain – Next up is Magna and Sol’s team. Also in their team is Kirsch Vermillion, Mimosa’s vain older brother who is the vice captain of Coral Peacock. So beautiful… Mimosa just wishes he’d disappear…

Beautiful win – I know Kirsch is such a creepy vain guy but he does dispense some useful info to Sol and Magna on how to beat their opponents efficiently. And beautifully. With that, an easy win for their team against opponents we don’t care. Wow. Everything so beautiful. So pretty. So gorgeous. So ugh…

Battlefield experience – Finral uses his spatial magic and experience from his past battles with Black Bull to help his team make an easy win over opponents we don’t care.

Instant wipe out – Sekke is in Langris’ team and the only thing ‘useful’ he did is to show off his transport? Anyway Langris seals an easy win over opponents we will never care by instantly shaving the space away.

Explosive piece of art – Just when you think the next matchup has nobody of significance, well this mysterious contender turns out to be Rill! Well, there’s no rules saying a Magic Knight captain can’t participate. While he might look like some naïve ditz, we delve into his past to see him being depressed and throwing tantrum when he obtained his art magic. It wasn’t the kind of art he wanted to draw and his tantrums almost destroyed his mansion. Until he almost killed his butler, Walter who advised him to join the Magic Knights and use the sky as his big canvas. Since then, Rill hasn’t looked back and became the youngest Magic Knight captain in history. It goes without saying he owns his opponents with his art magic, recreating magic attributes from scratch.

Tough luck – With Luck powering up so much from all the missions, you bet he is going to have fun all the way as he pulverizes his opponent in a single blow and at the same time destroying the opponent’s crystal.

Mushroom magic – En Ringard of the Green Praying Mantis looks weak and feeble. Is he going to be alright in Yuno and Noelle’s team? But he really has some weird freaky mushroom spore magic…

Jealous guy – Yuno is forced to face fellow teammate Alecdora from the opposing team. Alecdora has a grudge against Yuno because he has been hogging Vangeance’s attention recently?! You mean he also knows how many times he called his name today?! Creepy. No wonder Yuno defeats this guy with his superior magic.

Sibling rivalry – Solid abandons whatever strategy just to target Noelle. Unfortunately this cocky guy is still stuck in the past. Because he looks awfully surprised when he sees Noelle’s immense water magic. Think she’ll miss? That’s why he’s stuck in the past. Noelle does an instant KO on him (that’s for all the torment!) and also destroys the crystal all in one go!

On a clean slate – Time for the second round to begin. Kirsch uses his sakura magic to conceal everything. Why, just leave it up to Asta and use his anti-magic to wipe it all clean! And because of that he erased all of Xerx’s sneaky traps too.

Drop dead gorgeous – Kirsch decides to handle this himself after learning Magna is a peasant. Because of his abhorrence for peasants, he tries to target Asta but falls into a simple pit trap created by Xerx. Time for this royalty to take his beauty sleep…

Batting practice – With Magma improving his skills, Asta tries to protect the crystal by swatting back his fireballs. If not for Xerx reflecting his magic back at him, their crystal might have been destroyed.

Drop dead gorgeous, again – Kirsch returns to fight but again gets busted in the face by Asta.

Free hit – Just before Sol can destroy their crystal, I don’t know how Mimosa’s plants are so strong to stop Sol’s golem, let it reveal their crystal, enough for Asta to destroy it and win it for his team.

True beauty – Kirsch might have not been beautiful in this unsightly lost. But because he put in his last spurt effort to be a team player, he saw true beauty in this.

Brotherly hate – Well, it’s inevitable. Finral facing off with Langris in the second round. Lots of flashback to see why Langris hates and envies his brother despite being so much better than him. So much hate that he becomes some sort of dark Super Saiyan. Finral’s attempt to stop him fails. Their crystal got destroyed and there are holes in Finral, making him like Swiss cheese. Oops, not a good time for jokes.

Don’t bull-y our comrade! – Langris is so filled with hate that he is going to continue to kill his brother despite the match is over. Immediately the Black Bull members jump in protect Finral and are prepared to kill Langris if he decides to go overboard. Wow. A minute ago they weren’t caring about him and now he is so injured and on the verge of death, they get upset? Like I thought Gauche was so into his Marie but came out to also protect Finral? I guess it’s different when this womaniser isn’t being a coward.

Brought forward match – Since Langris and Asta are really wanting to have a go at each other right now, Julius gives the approval to bring forward their semi-final match.

Unconscious traitor – Another reason why Julius was keen on this Royal Knights Entrance Exam is because he believed someone in the Magic Knights is unconsciously aiding and leaking info to Eye of the Midnight Sun. Hence this exam is to sniff out that traitor. Could Langris be that culprit?

Zora Ideale – We interrupt the match to bring you a flashback from Xerx. Zora is his real name and he looked up to his father who is part of Purple Orca. However he died and he found out that his own comrades betrayed him just because of his peasant status that led to his death. Upset, he trained hard and then go on a spree to beat up cocky Magic Knights who abuse their power. That is why he has beef with them as he feel these Magic Knights aren’t the kind whom his father dreamt of.

I’m so special – With Langris b*tching of how special he is and the chosen one compared to everyone else being so useless, time for Asta to give his special lecture how they Magic Knights compete with each other to grow stronger so they can protect everybody. And in one strike, Asta takes him out.

Double KO – Both their crystals get destroyed at the same time so it’s a draw. I guess they can’t continue with another rematch since Asta and Langris are out cold.

Deflection – It is Klaus’ team versus Rill’s team. Luck has this idea to unleash the most powerful lightning strike at them. But Rill uses his painting to deflect it back to them. Rill’s team wins.

Was this even a match? – Yeah, Yuno goes into his match and destroy the opponent’s crystal all by himself. Against a group with nobodies? No wonder it is in record time. Yuno so strong, they so weak that they just stood there and did nothing.

The semi-final final – So with Asta and Langris’ semi-finals a draw, hence Rill’s team and Yuno’s match is now the finals?! So technically if everybody’s first round matches ended in a draw, will everybody be winners?

Super Saiyan level – Now this is the match that should have been the entire Royal Magic Knights Entrance Exam. Save the best for last, huh? Yuno’s wind power and Rill’s painting taking to a whole new level that could even shatter the universe!!!

Own goal – Because Rill has been emitting such powerful magic aura, he destroyed his own crystal. Damn. Hence Yuno’s team wins it.

Still hope – As we know, winning this exam doesn’t guarantee you are part of the Royal Magic Knights as Julius will go through everyone’s performance and make his final evaluation. So there’s still hope for you losers out there…

My, what big eyes you’ve got – Damn. Asta in shock that he looks like a retard spacing out!

Grey dawn – Back when Azure Deer was called Grey Deer, that was Yami’s first squad and while helping a remote village to fend off bandits from stealing their harvest, Yami also first met a fellow squad member who is no other than Vangeance. They were a team taking down the bandits and it also led to their first rivalry to see who would become a Magic Knight captain first.

The enemy within – A few years later, Yami and Vangeance were promoted as Grey Deer’s vice captains right after Julius became the 28th Wizard King. Sensing a traitor among the Magic Knights who are supplying bandits with stuffs and info, the duo are tasked to smoke this out. As expected, the duo come together to weed out a couple of disgraced Magic Knights and save the day.

New dawn – To recognize their exceptional efforts, Julius appoints Yami and Vangeance to become captains of their own Magic Knights squad. Yami created Black Bull because he wants to take in all those outsiders and hooligans and give them a place they can call home. And it’s black because that’s what you get when you mix all the colours together. As for Vangeance, his Golden Dawn is pretty much straightforward. A new light that will bring change to this world.

Herald the Royal Magic Knights – Those who make the cut: Asta, Noelle, Luck, Yuno, Mimosa, Klaus, En, Ril, Kirsch, Hamon, Nils Ragus (Silver Eagle), Ruben Chagar (Crimson Lion), Ben Benfunk (Crimson Lion), Puli Angel (Blue Rose), Fragil Tormenta (Azure Deer) and Zora. Mereoleona is appointed as the Royal Magic Knights’ captain.

New member – Haven’t you heard? Zora joined the Black Bull!

Additional members – Also fighting alongside the Royal Magic Knights but those who didn’t take the exam are Nozel, Shiren and Cob Portaport.

Reincarnation Arc

To deceive your enemies, deceive your friends first – You’re wondering why the Royal Magic Knights are having a grand party and storming the enemy’s base is only in 3 days. Turns out Mereoleona’s plan is to sniff out a spy. Yeah, the Royal Magic Knights can’t even sniff this low level spy out? I’m worried for these guys… With the spy busted, Mereoleona moves up the attack plan to tomorrow.

Storm troopers – Because Eye of the Midnight Sun’s base is like an ants nest with many entrances and exits, the Royal Magic Knights split into small teams to storm in from different points and make their way to the core of the base.

Socially awkward – Meanwhile back at Black Bull’s hideout, Gauche is left with Gordon and Grey. As we know Gordon is still too soft with his voice but wants to make friends but Grey is still too shy to be seen but wants to improve her self-confidence. And Gauche only cares about making his Marie doll…

Walking dead – The base is under attack by zombies!!! Apparently Sally, Valtos and Rades are here to destroy Black Bull’s base.

Rise of the socially awkward – Because we all know how Black Bulls is the place where the misfits find as home, we see Gordon and Grey rising up to the occasion to defend the base. Gordon using his poison magic and Grey using her properties changing magic.

Henry Legolant – Ever wondered why the space inside Black Bull’s hideout keep changing? It’s because of this slow talking ‘ghost’. Apparently when Yami was looking for a hideout after forming his Black Bull, he stumbled upon this rundown place. Henry was bedridden and is only surviving on mana he absorbs from others. He was willing to give this base to Yami after he kicks the bucket but Yami refuses to let this place be haunted. And when members of Black Bull slowly trickle in, Henry watch them all and knows about them. So he’s still like a ghost, huh? And now with our 3 Gs in a pinch, Henry comes out from his hiding to help his comrades.

Clash of the titans – Henry transforms the base into a giant blocky bull to fight against Sally’s giant sticky newt.

Jewel thief – Once Valtos managed to get a jewel inside the hideout, he calls off the mission. Black Bulls were winning anyway and much to Rades’ disappointment, they’ll have to fight again another day so as not to risk this mission’s success.

Only I can do it – With 2 more jewels left, it seems Licht claims only he himself can get them. Uhm, so why wait until now and not earlier? Did you not know where they were or something?

The lioness strikes back – No matter how many powerful magic Raiha has copied, Mereoleona easily crushes them all with extreme speed and power. Is she even human?!

Gomu Gomu No Gatling – Out of tricks, Raiha? Well, here comes Mereoleona unleashing her unlimited punches till he disintegrates!

Unmasked – If you have your doubts since the last time Vangeance revealed himself to Yami, well, those who kept doubting (like yours truly) is going to say, “I told you so!”. Because as Vangeance confronts Julius, he reveals himself to be Licht! More accurately, they aren’t the same person but rather 2 souls in 1 body. The scarred face of this body belongs to Vangeance whom Licht considers as his only friend aside Julius who also gave him a chance. It is Licht’s goal to seek revenge on humans in Clover Kingdom for killing his elven brethren.

Boss fight – Light magic versus time magic… Who is faster?

Don’t judge a book by its cover – Ever wondered about Julius’ grimoire? It has no cover!!!

Heavenly light – A weakening Licht knows he cannot defeat Julius so he did the most despicable thing that every despicable villain should do: Rain down his light magic on everybody in the entire Clover Kingdom.

Time reversal – To counter Licht’s magic, Julius uses up all his magic to do the biggest time reversal and nullify the light swords. Because of that, Licht uses this opportunity to stab Julius! I suppose there isn’t any magic left to do time reversal on himself?

In the nick of time – Before Yami can sends his dimensional slash to Licht, he escapes via Valtos’ portal.

Self-destruct – You know, Third Eye’s favourite pastime is to blow themselves up when the going gets tough? Lucky for Asta, he saw this coming and nullifies Raiha with his sword.

We’re the same – You know, Asta is at one of his rare moments where his words make sense. Refuting Mereoleona’s words that both sides can’t understand each other, in fact they actually do. In more fact, they’re the same and are only fighting because each side got their loved ones hurt. So can we just sit down and talk things out? Asta admits he is dumb so he’s not cut out for this stuff…

Passing of the great Wizard King – JULIUS!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your service – Licht now puts all the magic stones in place and this will truly awaken their kind’s power. However he labels Valtos, Rades and Sally as selfish despite all their contribution to help Eye of the Midnight Sun. Their basic human greed never changed. Such foolish and ugly creatures. Their final contribution will be to serve as foundation for the resurrection.

Life of Patry – Patry is a young elf who looks up to Licht, a great elf who received a four leaf grimoire. Though Patry is wary of humans and fears they might attack them one day, Licht remains optimistic that they can get along. One day, Licht saves a human princess, Tetia. He has a brother prince whom he also gets along with. Soon, Licht and Tetia got married and it would have been the start of the greatest human-elf relationship in history. Unfortunately somebody attacked the elves. They think it is humans and Tetia’s brother because his magic attribute is light magic. All but Patry died. When Patry awakens, he finds himself in the body of Licht? No. This is the body of a human that looks like Licht. He remembers Licht casted some forbidden regeneration spell before he died. Although Patry can tell his other brethren’s souls, they are not so lucky to be reincarnated like him. Hence Patry decides to take on Licht’s name as he learns magic to resurrect the members of Third Eye. As they are the only ones whom he can resurrect for now, in order to resurrect the rest of their elven brethren, all the magic stones is needed as well as the sacrifice of humans.

Return of the elves – With the completion of the ritual, not only the shocking revelation that Yuno is of the elf tribe but a whole lot of other familiar characters too such as Luck, Gauche, Marie, Klaus, Hamon, Rill, Marx, Owen, Charlotte and a few of the other Royal Magic Knights!

Revenge of the elves – This sets up some interesting match ups that include Yami vs Charlotte, Noelle-Kirsch vs Luck, Asta-Zora- Mereoleona vs Raia-Rill.

The lion sleeps tonight no more – Randall Luftair is the vice captain of Crimson Lion and he is one of the resurrected elves. Everyone gets beaten up by him including Leopold. Luckily they hold up long enough as Fuegoleon wakes up! Finally! Partially thanks to Salamander choosing him for his much awaited wake up call. Now he’s got a fiery arm to boot with. Fuegoleon shows he still got it despite being in slumber as he overwhelms and defeats Randall.

Golden Elf Dawn – Why is it the bunch of resurrected elves are now inhibiting the bodies of the members of Golden Dawn? No surprise too that leading them is Langris.

You just can’t put a lioness down – No matter what kind of magic the elves throw at Mereoleona, she just keeps coming back! She just can’t die! Is she even human?! Even when she uses all her magic up, she still won’t go down. At least she’s passed out while standing!

Right back at you – Asta and Zora return with a ‘brilliant’ plan. Zora reflecting the elves’ magic twice and then Asta quadruple that power by deflecting it with his anti-magic sword! Enough time to take Mereoleona to escape. Unfortunately Raia won’t let Asta go so easily so he kidnaps him to bring him to Licht.

From rivals to enemies – Why does poor Mimosa looked like she’s going to get raped? Yuno, Klaus and Hamon have reverted to elves and it is made worse that the real Licht has resurrected here. Thankfully Asta is dropped in and his worst nightmare begins when he sees Yuno… I guess this is how they face off for real, huh?

Still Yuno, though – Just trolling us! Yuno’s will is so strong that the elf couldn’t take over and our Yuno continues to remain as Yuno. Time for Asta-Yuno combo to kick ass!

Star Wars – With the real Licht revived, he is stronger, faster and everything else you couldn’t possibly imagine. And then they take the fight into outer space?! Best light show ever? Eventually Licht’s condense magic blasts our heroic duo. Overkill because the entire land below got decimated!

On to the capital – The elves’ floating fortress seriously has a hole in it from Licht’s awesome firepower. Can they steer this whole thing to the capital? Yeah, what is plugging up a few holes?

Hage Village revisited – Well, first stop in the elves’ tour in killing all humans is Hage which is closest. Can our forsaken villagers hold out in time before their homeboys return? You bet.

Goodbye, father Orsi – Say it isn’t so?! Father is dead?! NOOO!!! This sadness and anger has Asta managing to pull a new sword from his grimoire. The same sword that was used by Licht recently.

I have the power – Yuno’s new sword not only absorbs the poison from all the villagers but can also purge the possessing elf from the human body! Definitely the key to saving Clover Kingdom…

Luck-ning speed – I guess we need to have an ‘official’ Magna vs Luck battle. Can Magna hit Luck with his newly trained skills? Seeing Luck is way faster than ever and can sense mana. Magna is only saved thanks to Rogue distorting his death fate. So you think Magna and Vanessa can yell out how strong their bond with Luck is to bring him back? Well, not if Asta enters the fray. Triple the bonds now!

Luck on our side – And like what all strong bonds do, with the help of Asta’s sword, the elf inside Luck is purged. First time seeing Luck with a crying face. Glad to be back.

Eat up – Returning to base, it is all in shambles. With no magic left for them to head to the capital, Charmy has her sheep cook for everyone to replenish their magic and strength. Now they can charge towards the capital on a full stomach and full magic power!

Unholy alliance – Somehow Rades, Valtos and Sally have their own reincarnation too. Yeah, Rades’ power barely resurrect them and they are hell bent on revenge on those elves. Hence Rades tries to make a deal to work with Asta and Black Bulls but instead Asta beats him up for not atoning. Their goal is after all not revenge and to protect and you buggers who attacked the capital in the first place now want revenge? Instead, Asta has them join them to save the kingdom. I think they give in after they are served great food. Oh well, can’t fight, avenge and rescue on an empty stomach.

Night of slicing – Yami teams up with Jack to take out those elves at the royal castle.

Royal massacre – Those Golden Dawn elves storm into the royal castle and slaughter all the useless nobles. I guess this means Solid and Nebra are going to die too, right?

Get your bearings right – Not if Nozel and Noelle could have a say to that. They are up against Letoile Becquerel whose compass magic allows her to change the direction and flow of magic.

Changing tides – Noelle floods the entire place so Letoile has to undo her magic to avoid drowning. Allowing Nozel to finish her off.

Like mother, like daughter – Apparently Nozel being cold-hearted towards Noelle stems from the logic that she looked a lot like mom. Fearing of seeing mom die again, that’s why he put her in ‘safe’ places and avoided her getting into dangerous missions. Oh wait, Nozel apologizing to Noelle?!

Water armour – Ironically Nozel said not to let their guard down. He lets his guard down and gets owned by Letoile. Now it’s up to Noelle levelling up and writing a new magic to don some water armour. Fast and powerful. Just like her mom. I think we can see how this match will end.

Down with the king – Augustus thinks his brilliant light show can make Langris submit. Didn’t work. F*ck. Langris should’ve just killed him instantly but too bad reinforcements arrive.

Finral-Yami-Jack vs Langris – How can our heroes fight against Langris’ spatial magic that devours anything it touches? I don’t know, they somehow manage to cut through it. But Finral steals the show because after Langris goes berserk, all big brother needs is to give him one big punch. Damn, he doesn’t need Asta’s sword to purify him? Did the brotherly bond pull the real Langris out and banish the elf?

The return of Third Eye – Using Sally’s research, Raia has created new bodies for Vetto and Fana.

Soul exchange – The elves’ final phase of the plan is to put the final magic stone in which some Shadow Palace will appear to complete the reincarnation. When that happens, the souls of the human host will be purged and sent to hell.

The sleeping peacock awakens – Dorothy wakes up! Well, at least her elf version. She sends some of the heroes to the dream world.

Get out of my dream… – Because everything that Dorothy visualizes are those that she encountered in real life, this means real life physics, mechanics and magic work the same way. Hence, Sally just needs to wish for exits! That easy? Only for Dorothy to reseal all exits. Yeah, easy come, easy go.

Will the real Dorothy please stand up – With everyone’s help, they make a fake mirage of Dorothy. Because she perceives it to be real, hence this fake doll becomes the real Dorothy. So this is the real Dorothy? Chirpy and energetic? It’s a huge clash of dreams with both Dorothys slugging out with their imaginary dreams. So big their dreams that they explode back into reality.

Mirror, mirror everywhere – Asta’s side is having troubles facing off with Gauche and Marie. Gauche’s unlimited mirrors can deflect or zap from anywhere and Marie’s eyes can immobilize you. Not until Henry wants to sacrifice himself that Asta makes the bold move to use his dark power to quickly neutralize and purify the siblings.

Roaring to go – With Fuegoleon and Mereoleona entering the fray, the gang prepares to head into the Shadow Palace before the gate closes. Only Asta, Noelle, Mimosa and Nozel join them while the rest stay put to fend off the elves.

Asta-Mimosa vs Rill – Rill’s painted monsters keep them at bay. Can’t get close. Then Charmy drops in tries to offer food. Rill spills it. Won’t eat that human garbage. Charmy mad. But she gets blasted.

Wolf in sheep’s clothing – Charmy then resurrects as a hot babe?! Her sheep is actually a wolf?! WTF is this that Charmy is a hybrid of a human and dwarf?! This means she possesses hybrid powers as she can use all the powers her wolf absorbs and fight back. That’s one for the protein you wasted!

Noelle vs Fana – Water vs fire. Water beats fire. But because Fana used some forbidden magic, she cannot die. Can’t blame her. Tired of dying. Really, Noelle calling out for Asta’s help? She got Jack instead. Disappointed?

Yuno vs Raia-Patry-Ronne – Yuno trying to do a boss fight already? But he got his stone stolen by Ronne whom he can’t sense his presence. Just when Raia thought their plan is complete, he finds something strange about Ronne. And what do you know? Ronne kills off Raia!

Playing with the devil – The real mastermind behind everything that has happened so far: A demon! He was the one who tricked the humans into attacking the elves and then by using Patry to reincarnate the elves to destroy the humans. He was also the one who reincarnate the elves instead of Licht’s forbidden magic. All for this moment when he can return and revive again. After all, he tried to reincarnate 500 years ago but was resisted till the very end.

What you say comes true – You know your enemy is one damn powerful mother*cker when his magic is to turn what he says true. Are we worried for the first time as Asta and Yuno’s combo can’t even come close in taking him down? Let alone that tiny scratch they eventually put on him got easily healed!

Dark elf – With all the betrayal and being used, that Kotodama demon (temporary name) turns Patry’s four leaf clover into a five leaf clover out of despair. Turning into a dark elf, he uses Patry to keep Asta and Yuno at bay while he escapes.

Mercury rising – Had enough of Asta-Yuno combo? Well, here comes Nozel to join in the party. His mercury powers are suitable to stop Patry’s light.

Angry buds – Asta tries to purify Patry and gets absorbed into his conscious. He sees all his memories including the killing of Julius. When he stumbles into a confused Patry, both of them get mad at each other but I suppose Asta who is the maddest, starts lecturing about not giving up. With that, Patry returns to normal and will help Asta in taking down that Kotodama bastard.

Playing with the devil part 2 – Kotodama is a door away to escaping this place but standing in his way is Licht. Also joining in this fray is Rose and Yami.

All hell breaks loose – Kotodama unleashing a nightmarish magic. Leech-like creatures devouring one’s magic and life force! Can’t touch this! Except for Asta’s anti-magic. Oh…

A little bird told me – OMG! You mean Nero can talk?! Nero wakes up Finral so as to transport them to where the magic stones are. Pluck them out and put them on the statue of the first Wizard King. And he revives!!!

The prince’s story – Lumiere Silvamillion Clover is the first Wizard King and Nero’s true identity is a hot babe, Secre Swallowtail, Lumiere’s servant. So she waited 500 years just to revive him. Of all times, now?! Couldn’t she have done it earlier before sh*t hit the fan this deep? So we go back and see how all this came to be. 500 years ago, Secre was made Lumiere’s servant because of her lowly magic to seal. Lumiere loves making magic tools and the adults didn’t like his progressive thinking but he ignored them. Lumiere and his sister Tetia often interacted with the elves in hopes they could live together peacefully. And one day, Kotodama came to cause havoc and tricked the humans in killing the elves, he bound Lumiere to prevent him from taking action but Secre was able to free him. When they arrived, it was already a massacre. Kotodama tried to possess Licht’s body but was still unable. Licht has used some forbidden magic on himself and was gaining more negative emotions. In the end, Licht turned into that legendary Demon Lord. Lumiere is forced to absorb all his magic and defeat him before there were more casualties. Secre managed to seal Kotodama but with the passage of time, it will certainly weaken and be broken. As Lumiere has taken a near fatal damage, Lumiere used forbidden magic to seal him and preserve his life. In exchange, she turned into a bird.

Reunited and it feels so good – With Secre unsealing and fully awakening Licht’s soul, the old friends of the past are finally reunited.

Luck of the devil – Lumiere and Licht astound everyone as they fight on par with Kotodama. Even with Licht gathering the powers of the other elves to unleash some super light power to obliterate Kotodama, damn that demon can still regenerate. No magic can kill him. At least, magic not from this world.

Sword upgrade – All it takes is just the usual rivalry between Asta and Yuno so they get pumped up and their swords evolve to a whole new powerful level. Though with the speed and anti-magic, they pierced through Kotodama, still not enough to kill him because he shifted his real heart.

Surpass your limit – Kotodama may have gotten serious in going all out to kill them since he did receive some damage, Asta lands the killing blow that kills Kotodama once and for all after some upgraded dimensional slash from Yami, Secre’s sealing healing and Yuno’s blitzing wind. Finally!

Out of the pan and into the fire – The gang might have left the Shadow Palace but Clover Kingdom is still under intense battle.

One solution for all – So Patry makes his exit first by getting Asta to free his soul and return this body to Vangeance. Vangeance would then use his world tree to connect Licht’s magic to all the humans possessed by elves. Finally Asta stabs his sword into the tree and frees all the elves’ souls. So easy and hassle free. Only the reincarnated Third Eye are left behind since they aren’t inhabiting any real human body.

Not so fast – Rades won’t let Patry leave in peace so he uses some magic to bind his soul into Licht’s body after Licht’s soul leaves. Now you can atone for all you want.

Unborn son – So the elf soul that inhabited Yuno but never got to control him was supposed to be Licht’s son???!!!

From stone to dust – I guess everything is over. Lumiere’s magic is over so he says his goodbye to Secre before his body crumbles into pieces.

Little Julius – OMG! Julius lives! But in a child form?! Yeah, some ancient magic device created by Lumiere and Secre he stumbled upon that stored magic. How convenient.

The scapegoat – Julius narrates a big problem facing Clover Kingdom. Because of the recent attacks exhausting everyone, other kingdoms might invade. As some of the Magic Knights were possessed, it is hard to prove that it was the demon’s magic that caused the elves to possess and do this. Hence somebody must take the fall before the Magic Parliament. Someone who is well known to possess the power of the devil. Like… Asta?! So Asta must die?!

Damnatio Kira – Damn nut what? Oh, this so called justice guy is from the Kira house and hence a powerful figure in the Magic Parliament.

Kangaroo court – Asta and Secre are tricked to give their truthful accounts in the Magic Parliament but it is obvious that Damnatio wants to accuse Asta for being linked to the demon. If he doesn’t do so, every other Magic Knight will be judged. Starting with Marie! Safe to say, Asta won’t be accepting their ‘justice’ any time.

Honesty isn’t the best policy – Asta tries to tell the truth but obviously the nobles have made up their minds and won’t believe him. Death to the devil!

Birds of the same feather – Yeah, you can expect Black Bulls to barge into the hall and come rescue their own comrade.

Birds of the same feather too – Also, Secre ‘officially’ joins Black Bull since Yami says she is one of them. So I’ll also call her Nero since that’s what the rest calls her. It’s a new life for her after all.

New mission – To solve this impasse, Julius has given Black Bulls a new mission to investigate and find prove of the demons. Doing so will help clear Asta’s name. To further make this credible, Julius and the Magic Knights including Nozel and Fuegoleon will take responsibility of this.

Total recall – All the events from Lumiere and Licht’s meeting up to their wedding and the day they got tricked by that demon and got massacred… Yup, all those clips nicely but together again with some new clips as reminisced and narrated by Nero all for our convenience. From the time she spent as a bird watching over Hage to keep watch over Licht’s grimoire and over a certain magicless kid with potential to the time they finally defeat Kotodama. The future is saved. But more is to come. And this time Nero won’t be alone. She’s got a new family to call home.

The hunt – With Black Bull’s base in tatters, they have to go hunt for their missing demon beast pets. They split up and got hunted by them instead. Turns out they were just licked to death. I mean, they’re still alive. Even demon beasts need attention sometimes.

Taming of the feminism – Those who wanted to see how Charlotte will respond to her hidden feelings for Yami, well, this is it. She isn’t prepared for his physical visit so she goes berserk all over town.

End of the feminism – With her feelings in disarray, Charlotte summons her squad. She will take responsibility by resigning as she confesses that she is in fact in love with Yami! Oh my. Never thought this day would actually come. However all of them are happy and would gladly support them to be together. That’s because a lot of them have boyfriends too in secret. Probably Sol is the only one not too happy…

Curses… – After being egged by her squad members to go confess to him, can Charlotte do so over a romantic candle lit dinner? And if you know Yami well, he just wants to talk about the curse she had since he needs to find clues about demons. Oh well. Sorry to get your hopes (and ours) up. Charlotte points out that a member of his had curses longer than she did. Gordon?

I’m Not Giving Up On This Anime Yet!
For the first time ever since I started watching anime ages ago (nah, just over a decade ago), I am taking a break from this series for a while. It is not that I am getting bored with the series and dropping it but because with the recent developments and turn of events (but of course, how could such a respectable race like elves be the biggest crook and villains of the series, am I right?), I feel that bigger things are going to happen and what has just happened so far was only the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps it makes no difference to me whether I am binge watching or faithfully watching it weekly because as a long running anime, at this point I am starting to forget stuffs. Heh. How typical of me. So perhaps I’ll resume my watching once this series finishes. Heh. Whenever that is. So for now, after 126 episodes, I’m temporary withdrawing to take a break. Also, I think they’re going to spam a few filler episodes before the next big arc. Yeah, Charlotte’s confession was a blast. A temporary ‘farewell gift’ for me.

I don’t think this will turn into the next One Piece or the next Naruto (or Boruto), maybe it will run into a few hundred episodes like Bleach or Fairy Tail. I don’t know. It’s pretty hard to tell at this rate since this series is quite popular and considered to have a huge following in Japan. When it first aired back in 2017, I thought it was going to last for only 1 cour. The way things were slowly pacing out, it sure heck wasn’t going to look like 12 or 13 episodes were going to finish the job. And maybe 2 cours would do it. Heck no either. When it reached 25 or 26 episodes, I read they decided to extend it to 51 episodes. Yup, an anime that’s going to last for a year. Fine. So when we arrived at that, guess what? Another extension! Another year to be precise! So I guess back then it put to rest for those who were going to speculate how many episodes this series is going to run.

And then finally when we reach the 102th episode mark, we thought this would be it. This would finally be the end of the series. After 2 years, maybe the series will just end because it’s not going to be the next One Piece or Naruto (or Boruto), right? Wrong! They pulled the wool over our eyes again! Yup. As of this point it has gone beyond that and continue to continue. And as of now, there is no official speculation of how many more episodes and seasons this series can go on. Heh. It feels like a bad game of trying to predict the end of the world, huh? Well, good for fans for the series who want to see more. Bad news for those who want to seek a closure but can’t. I suppose you can’t really just end such an epic anime, huh? And with that, that’s why I said, I’m taking a break for a while.

Since we’re in for the long run, the story of course is dragged out. I won’t say it is going to be somewhere near a masterpiece but it’s got all the ingredients that is needed for a typical and cliché shonen anime. You know, the underdog protagonist who works hard to achieve his goals. His so called rivals. The girls who are in love with him. Somewhat. Villains who aren’t just villains but have their own back story to tell why they turn rotten but ultimately a thief with a cause is still a thief and hence they’re still villains. And lots of everything else in between. So yeah, the ultimate good versus evil story that isn’t so clear cut or black and white but still cliché as expected. Sometimes it gets a bit draggy because you know, they can really drag out an entire arc for a season. I suppose that is why they have that brief last episode recap at the start of each episode just so in case we’re that absent minded, to add to the running time of the episode. Otherwise each episode could be shorter a few minutes. Yeah, I’ve invested quite a while watching this anime so what’s a few minutes, right? Sure, when you realize all those recap minutes add up…

A long running and mundane segment of this series is the start of each episode whereby it narrates the history of the first legendary Wizard King who became a legend by singlehandedly slaying the Demon Lord when humanity was on the brink of destruction. Yes, it was good when the series started. But now crossing over 100 episodes and they still play this crap?! Like dude, are we done with this and should we move on with the storyline? Sheesh. It feels like it is part of the opening credits but not quite entirely because it is followed by what happens in the previous episode then some few scenes of the episode before playing the opening theme. I’m sure you can memorize this entire part if you faithfully watch it every episode. But me, I usually skip it so thankfully it didn’t get stuck in my brain. Not that I could remember anything for the long term in the first place :’(. And towards the end of the Reincarnation Arc, now we know why this is such an important scene… Oh yeah. Who would’ve guessed…

Before the next episode preview, there is this short mini segment called Petit Clover. As you can tell, it is a short segment lasting about a minute that is supposedly some small time comedy with the characters in chibi form. It’s like they’re trying to have their own Bleach’s Shinigami Cup Golden or something like that. Of course this part is for some mini laughs but sometimes I don’t really find it funny and it is more cringe than anything. At least not at the level where I would be LOL. Maybe just a small smirk, that’s all. I mean, it’s trying to be funny for the sake of being funny but it ultimately isn’t. And what’s with Yuno having his smug poker face trying to be the straight man and retort it isn’t possible?

The characters. Oh my, the characters. You’ve guessed it. There are tons of them and you think that with so many episodes, all those who are concerned will be justifiably fleshed out. Well, I say yes and no. Some main characters especially from Black Bull will be given more prominence and focus since they’re the star and underdog team. So you get some decent character flashbacks in certain arcs like Luck during the Dungeon Exploration Arc and Vanessa during the Witches’ Forest Arc. I suppose they’re pretty okay. Some probably having just a brief spell for now like Gordon whom I believe maybe his past will get fleshed out better in the future. You thought this guy whose wish is just to be friends with everyone will never ever get to talk properly. But during the Reincarnation Arc, I guess we don’t need to strain our ears and rely on onscreen subtitles to figure out what he is whispering. All thanks to the power of friendship! And you thought Nero was just a mascot character whom nobody will care. Surprise! Hot chick alert! Eventually everybody in Black Bull will have their turn and story to tell. It just takes a little more time…

Outside the Black Bull, some characters will completely stay the same like Sekke whose role has always been seen as a comic relief from the start and some whom you’ll keep wondering. But given enough time, that ‘mystery’ will be uncovered. Like if Coral Peacock’s Dorothy will truly ever wake up. In her real human form, that is. If you still remember about her and despite her short cameo isn’t much, at least we get a glimpse on her character even though it was in the dream world. Then we have formidable ones like Nozel, Fuegoleon, Mereoleona and Julius to remember by for reasonably good reasons. Not so good reasons like that stupid king of Clover Kingdom. I didn’t think Julius would really get killed off and though it was shocking at first when he did, thanks to Fairy Tail (yeah, that series trolled us a lot on characters who die…), I was expecting they pull that kind of revival surprise. But I’m not surprised. Killing off a very good and likeable character? You wanna earn the wrath of the fans and viewers?! So yeah, so many characters and it’s hard for a simple like me to remember them all and care.

I thought having that much character was already bad enough. Until the Royal Knights Entrance Exam Arc. Boy, I was wondering why the heck they need to add tons of never-heard-before mages into the fray. Do we really need more new characters?! Even more so, some of them getting selected to become the Royal Knights. I mean, I was like going, who the f*ck these guys?! Are we going to have more drawn out character flashbacks and past being told in the future? But ah, wait. I suppose that’s why they suddenly introduced so many characters. I suppose it is to provide for some fights during the Reincarnation Arc. That’s the only other way where you can see our Magic Knights take on each other officially. And sometimes, perhaps to make us feel confused in who to vouch for because with these elves reborn into their human bodies, it might make us feel sympathy to see former comrades fight each other.

Asta and Yuno are the main characters are pretty okay and cliché too. Asta being the typical passionate guy who is more brawns over brains while Yuno being the level headed and stoic one. They’re like night and day. While it is good that they have some sort of rivalry that keeps them going since their orphanage day, sometimes their promptly rivalry reminder might be annoying. Yeah, yeah. I know they both want to become the Wizard King and hence their renewed declaration to always not lose to the other. We get it already. They sound serious but at the same time not. Get it? And of course for now, Yuno seems to be the one who is outshining Asta because he has the honour student material. Anyway, can they both become Wizard Kings and for the first time in history there will be 2 Wizard Kings ruling over Clover Kingdom? Everybody would be happier, right? Rather than having Asta camp or Yuno camp eventually claiming their camp is the better one in the end if one of them do end up being the Wizard King. With both camps happy, I’m sure everyone will work together for the greater good. Yeah, sounds like I am talking like as though I’m from Asta’s camp. I could go on talking about their rivalries from all aspects including supremacy and romance but that will just be stating the obvious. Because rivalries AKA competitions are supposed to help you level up, right?

The action bits are okay. It’s part of the shonen genre because you need some cool and epic fights but magic edition. I have mixed feelings about this since I’m expecting that not all the action sequences are going to be really exciting. It would have an impact on my opinion had every fight been as epic as Yuno-Rill’s one or Asta-Yuno vs Licht, but most come off as passable or meh. I mean even though trying to put up those big epic flashy special magic effects, it still doesn’t matter if the fight sequences itself isn’t exciting in the first place. After all, despite having lots of characters, they have to also make sure that those who matter have at least 1 special magic skill. After all, Black Bulls are the main team so they need to have more than 1 tricks up their sleeve. Can’t be fighting enemies after enemies using the same set of moves, right? Got to show us that they’ve evolved! They’ve matured! They’ve mastered something after tons of practice! Got to show us something!

This also means that certain fights do drag out to several episodes especially the more important ‘boss fights’. I mean, you can’t have a very powerful character go down in just after 1 episode, right? Hence the action is sometimes like a double edged sword since we are treated to some cool fight scenes and it takes time to build up as to why our characters are able to unleash some new or cool devastating moves. At the same time, the fight seems to last almost like forever and this might get boring a little while. But since I have ‘experience’ from watching One Piece, Bleach, Fairy Tail, etc, the long drawn out fights are bearable. However after a while, it still gets a bit repetitive after you know how the system works. I mean, isn’t it funny to see the characters having a floating grimoire with its pages furiously fluttering before them while they fight? It’s like in case they need to reference a spell or something. Because I see them recite the spell like as though they remember it from the heart. Hence sometimes rendering that grimoire useless and making this magic fight with an open book looking a bit silly.

For an anime series that is very long running, obviously there are episodes and scenes in which the animation quality dropped tremendously. Like certain action scenes where the details really downgraded so much itself like as though the monitor can’t process all the high level resolutions and automatically become low-res quality. Yeah, it feels like that. But overall, feels pretty okay. Because the character designs as I have said earlier in my blog, they do remind me like a few other characters such as Asta being Naruto and Gordon being inspired from Marilyn Manson and En from John Lennon! Or Mars looking like he came from Hunter x Hunter. Yeah, it’s weird when you have so many characters that you try any kind of design and style just to differentiate them but end up looking like characters we’ve seen from somewhere else. I wonder if Marx and Gray are related because you know, same hairstyle and colour. And when Nero turned to Secre, I thought this was Mariella! Or Luck is an insane version of Lumiere! You see, once more having so many characters, it’s hard to keep track of your character designs and some will overlap looking like each other. This anime is made by Studio Pierrot who is no stranger to animate long running series such as Naruto (and Boruto too), Bleach, Urusei Yatsura and Yu Yuu Hakusho.

Having a big cast of characters, there are a few seiyuus whom I recognized. They’re all fine and dandy so nothing for me to complain. Yami = Junichi Juwabe, Vanessa = Nana Mizuki, Finral = Jun Fukuyama, Gauche = Satoshi Hino, Licht = Takahiro Sakurai, Vangeance = Daisuke Ono, Yuu Kobayashi = Charlotte, Natsuki Hanae = Rill, Henry = Mitsuki Saiga, Ayane Sakura = Secre/Nero and Showtaro Morikubo = Kotodama.

And there’s of course the whole lot of other casts because the characters are so extensive that I would be writing an encyclopaedia if I were to name them all. Yeah, I’m so lazy so don’t hope for it. Asta = Gaukto Kajiwara, Yuno = Nobunaga Shimazaki, Noelle = Kana Yuuki, Julius = Toshiyuki Morikawa, Luck = Ayumu Murase, Magna = Genki Muro, Charmy = Kiyono Yasuno, Zora = Hikaru Midorikawa, Gordon = Kenichirou Matsuda, Grey = Masayuki Akasaka, Nozel = Kousuke Toriumi, Fuegoleon = Katsuyuki Konishi, Mereoleona = Junko Minagawa, Klaus = Takuma Terashima, Mimosa = Asuka Nishi, Sylph = Aya Uchida, Leopold = Kenn, Langris = Kaito Ishikawa, Kirsch = Daisuke Namikawa, Sol = Haruna Kakiage, Mars = Yuichiro Umehara, Fana = Mao Ichimichi, Kahono = Megumi Han, Fanzell = Satoshi Mikami, Dominante = Misako Tomioka, Mariella = Sayaka Senbongi, Witch queen = Ryoko Gi, Lily = Miyu Kubota, Hiroshi Tsuchida = Damnatio and Shu Hikari = Lumiere. Damn this list is so long so anybody ‘important’ I’m missing out is intentional! Or maybe I just forgot. Yeah, they’re adding new characters as the new arcs come by so you can guess the list is going to blow up. And I guess they didn’t get Mamiko Noto because she was too busy playing Mavis in the final season of Fairy Tail, huh?

On par with other long running anime series, lots of opening and ending themes throughout the seasons. Mostly many of them are rock based music like Haruka Mirai by Kankaku Piero (first opening), Paint It Black by Bish (second opening), Amazing Dreams by Swanky Dank (second opening), Black Rover by Vickeblanka (third opening), Guess Who Is Back by Kumi Koda (fourth opening), Gamushara by Miyuna (fifth opening), Rakugaki Page Kankaku Piero (sixth opening), Right Now by Empire (ninth opening – though, heavy on the synthesizer effects), Black Catcher by Vickeblanka (tenth opening – got some Broadway and jazzy feel to it).

The rest I feel are not so heavy rock music: Aoi Honoo by Itowokashi (first ending), Back To The Dreamlight by Empire (third ending – why does this sound like ending for Tate No Yuusha No Nariagari), Four by Faky (fourth ending – more like slow rock), Tenjou Tenge by Miyuna (fifth ending – a bit of hip hop), My Song My Days by Solidemo with Sakura-men (sixth ending – boy band music?), Hana Ga Saku Michi by The Charm Park (seventh ending – K-pop boy band music?), Against All Gods by M-Flo (eight ending – hip hop, rap and heavy synthesizer effects), Jinsei Wa Senjou Da by Kalen Anzai (ninth ending – slow ballad) and New Page by Intersection (tenth ending – what a sleepy piece). If I had to pick among them my ‘favourites’, it will only be Justadice by Seiko Oomori (seventh opening – but screaming vocals?) and Sky & Blue by Girlfriend (eighth opening – lesser rock? Compared to the rest, sounds ‘soft’ in terms of impact).

Overall, this series isn’t so bad and I can see why it is popular and continuing to maintain its popularity for time to come. Trying to compare it with other currently long running series heavyweights like One Piece and Boruto is the same as comparing apples to oranges. It is in its own category. Nothing is perfect and everything has its ups and downs. It all boils down to preference. For example, I like how it is trying to flesh out the main characters and the story but at the same time it is taking an awfully long time (yeah, I’m an impatient guy). If time is of essence, you’re not going to find this anime enjoyable as investing in the characters and the story, well, that takes time. And one day the story and magic of this series will eventually end. But not just yet of now. Until then, I’m still not giving up on this anime yet!

Senpai, our fight for the fourth season hasn’t begun yet. So before the next season begins, let’s take a look at Strike The Blood: Kieta Seisou-hen OVA first. I’m sure this will be the appetizer before more sci-fi crap sh*t hits the fan in the fourth season. Remember, this is not your fight alone. This is our fight!

Who Moved My Lance?
Kojou and Yukina wake up in a classroom together. Oh gosh. Did they finally do it? And Yukina in an old fashioned bloomers. Of course they have no memories what happened last night. But Yukina thinks something precious to her is missing. Oh Kojou, it’s not her virginity! It’s Sekkarou! What were you thinking?! As they leave the classroom, they see a bloodied bat on the floor and what’s inside Kojou’s pocket? A bra?! Definitely too big to be Yukina’s! Could be Sayaka’s. Oh sh*t! Worse, he sniffs it to make out its scent but Yukina misinterprets this scene… They move on the rooftop as Kojou thought he saw someone moving there. Lots of sheets being hung out to dry. Also there is Asagi’s swimsuit. That is when they remember they were here yesterday for supplementary swimming lessons. But before they could start, it rained. Astarte then came to inform them that swimming lessons are cancelled since a storm is brewing. Hence they got permission to take shelter in the school. When they see Asagi, it seems she is flushed with embarrassment. But she is relieved that Kojou doesn’t remember what happened last night. She hopes it will stay that way. Meanwhile, Motoki, Kiriha, Yuiri and Shio are investigating Vatler’s abandoned cruiser. Looks like some monster broke out of its cage and there is a magical artefact shield in another container. Investigating further, they are then assaulted by an army of mermen and a huge Kraken. Wanna bet this squid was the one who escaped its cage?

Meanwhile, heading into the home economics room, they find Nagisa dead! Don’t worry. She’s not. That’s just ketchup. They further remember what happened last night. She also stopped by the school since the trains had stopped running due to the storm. Asagi then pointed out the big problem: What’s for dinner? After getting permission from the gardening club to use the produce in their garden (it will be wasted from the storm anyway) and make nabe, Kojou and Yukina drew the raw end of the stick as they had to go pick the produce. Yukina slipped and her clothes so Astarte gave her Natsuki’s bloomers to wear. After hearing screams from the next room, rushing over we see Sayaka trying to kill herself and La Folia assisting her?! Seems Sayaka lost some important magical ingredient. To put it shortly, some mushrooms that make you go high and hallucinate. Heh. You bet they remember that they ate some of that last night’s nabe. After dinner, Nagisa created a rice omelette with ketchup and tries to serve Kojou. Of course you bet the other girls were also flirty. Yukina complaining he looks at other girls and should have just done it with her if he wanted to. Sayaka stripping naked and crying foul Kojou doesn’t like her big boobs. La Folia trying to convince him to sign their marriage papers. Wow. It was literally hell. Somehow he got out of that and was taking a breather outside. Asagi came to talk to him but the wind was naughty and blew harder. Her skirt went up and she wasn’t wearing any pantsu. Kojou saw it of course. And you’ve guessed it, Asagi thought human brains are like the same as computers. Beat it hard enough and they’ll forget! And now we know where the bloody bat came from. Sayaka still sad and wants to kill herself. Don’t worry. Astarte says Natsuki has some of those ingredients and will share. Phew. No need for the harem to lose a girl.

Kojou gets a call from Motoki. Mermen and Kraken are too much to handle. Can come help? Sure. After they settle looking for Sekkarou. When Astarte returns Yukina’s dried clothes, she also claims the pole is no longer required and will return it to her. Eh? It seems that Yukina gave her permission to use Sekkarou as a laundry pole to dry her clothes! Yeah, blame those mushrooms! So embarrassing… With the final mystery solved, Kojou has Natsuki do them a favour and teleport to Motoki’s whereabouts. And hence your action sequence in seeing them take down the monsters. But before Kojou could do the finishing move, Yuiri realizes that this shrunken Kraken is just protecting the shield. Since it is just a young offspring, she hopes Kojou can let this one go. Kojou the merciful does so. So they just let the squid swim away into the sea? Hopefully this doesn’t come biting back in the future. While they’re happy for Kraken, they wonder about the mermen. Of course we see some shady baddie, Lei. He is being told the mermen were defeated and failed to retrieve the shield. A shame because it would really have been useful for their future plans.

Strike The Flashback
As cheesy as this OVA seems, I have to admit that in some ways that it was also fun. Oh well. Some fanservice and the usual Kojou harem problems are the things that I understood (I suppose they somewhat included Kiriha here because she was sorely missing in the third season). And hence this OVA is nothing much and feels more like a filler as our gang tries to piece back their missing memories of a night’s mishap. Blame those mushrooms! I bet it is one of those nights that they would want to totally forget. Especially Asagi. Even more forgettable-cum-laughable the officially cheesy named English title of “Who Moved My Lance?”. I thought “The Disappearance of Sekkarou” or “The Missing Sekkarou” would sound better and more accurate than this pseudo-detective-mystery-like title. Oh well. Must be those darn mushrooms making whoever thought that this title sounded like a good one. Yeah, I really want to forget about this title. I hope so when the next season comes around when we are then spammed with more action scenes, fanservice scenes, complicating supernatural sci-fi plots and more cheesy harem narratives. Oh yeah. Just another usual day in Itogami for Kojou and the gang. So senpai, are we ready to take this fight together for the fourth season?!

I guess we’re going to have another season. Perhaps it is the trend in today’s era. Because Tsugumomo is going to get another season and hence the crowdfunded started back in 2019 and achieved its goal. But before we bring you the next season, here is a thanks to all the contributors with Tsugumomo Chotto H Na OVA. You’ve been wanting to see the tits of all the girls in the series without resorting to some underground porn, right? That’s right. Your wish has been granted. This OVA is the perfect appetizer for you perverts out there before we get started with the sequel.

Part 1: The Slave Master
You know how strong Kazuya’s morning wood is, right? He has to put up with Kiriha sleeping naked. Because she’s like the queen, he is forced to wear clothes for her and hence touching those delicious parts. He feels bad about it but sometimes he likes it too. In school, she falls asleep and doesn’t pay attention. On the way home, she forces him to spend his limited allowance on her whims and fancies. Like on this dessert. But to show she is not all that bad, she shares it with him. Heh. It’s his allowance after all. Back home, Kiriha’s choice of dressing continues to distract him from his studies. The real test begins when she has him bathe with her. And because the sponge is missing, he has to rub her body parts with his hand. Yeah, this might not be so bad. Not only her tits, but her pussy too! THIS ISN’T SO BAD AFTER ALL!!!!!! Kazuya thought he won since she gave out a little embarrassing eek. But after she is done cleaning her, she grabs his balls to destroy his dignity and bring him back down to earth. Who’s the real master here???!!! In bed, she sleeps all over him. Even though he has endured a lot of suffering from her, he doesn’t want this relationship to change. If he could, he wants this to continue every day. You mean he likes her busting his balls?! Oh God, I hope he didn’t turn into some masochist…

Part 2: Sentou Ga!
The gang visit the public bathhouse. As you can see, Kiriha and Kukuri try to outdo each other at every single chance they get. To a point where they did kanchou on each other’s butthole!!!! I suppose Chisato has more problems than worrying about Kokuyou’s humongous tits so she has to discipline the loli duo and smack their butts till they’re red. Behave!

Part 3: The Dominator
We see Sunao dominating over Kotetsu since young. Including that one time he complained boys and girls shouldn’t be bathing together so she shut him up by grabbing his balls! Kotetsu’s suffering since then. Then this moment where Sunao came home tired and just dropped asleep. Kotetsu had to take off her clothes and change for her. Yeah, undressing fanservice. Why not just let her be? Scared he’ll get some punishment next morning? Then seeing the tears in her eyes, I guess it’s goodnight. Huh?

Part 4: Boob Job
Kokuyou wants to give Kazuya a boob job to thank him for all that he’s done!!! Since when did this turn into a porn shoot?! Claiming her tits are ugly, Kazuya dismisses all that and mentions all her good points. Including her boobs. Having said that, she insists in giving him a boob job. Got caught with his pants down when Kiriha and Kukuri return. Kukuri can’t stop shrieking. Worse, Kokuyou wants her to join in! Can she, with those non-existent tits? Kiriha can’t stop laughing…

Part 5: Incontinence Inconvenience
For some reason, Kazuya can’t move. But he needs to go to the toilet. Hence Kiriha and Kukuri try to help him pee! This is so embarrassing. I don’t know how they did it but it went okay. More embarrassment for Kazuya when they put diapers on him. So he prefers to let girls help him pee all the time?

Part 6: Erection Test
Kazuya reads a manga story to Kiriha. Turns out to be an erotic one. Kiriha is curious to know which his favourite is and since he won’t tell, she crucifies him and will test him. Does she need to call the other girls too? Oh well, I guess everybody wants to know. So as she reads several erotic settings, the gauge is of course Kazuya’s little brother getting it up each time the erotic scene is read. Safe to say, he reacts to all of them. But then there is one yaoi scenario. The other girls are interested in this one? But it seems this doesn’t belong to Kazuya. Whose? Kasumi of course.

Dakara Boku Wa H Ga Dekinai!
Poor Kazuya. He’s a sexual assault victim!!! He has got his modesty outraged almost every day especially by this tsukumogami and if luck has further abandoned him for the day, he gets his balls grabbed. Because he is a guy, nobody is calling the cops. Plus, we all otakus love seeing this guy in pain, right? Double the fun when we also get to see sexy fanservice of the girls. So who’s complaining? It’s amazing he still has maintained his sanity (and chastity) after all the sexual abuses. In that sense, he is the strongest character, no?! I suppose after achieving almost 7 million yen in crowdfunding, adapting just 6 shorts from the extra chapters of the manga volumes seemed like a rip-off. Hey, who am I to complain? I didn’t contribute a single yen! And hey, I actually didn’t know this came out (nor the second season) just only a few weeks ago! The other thing I like is the ending song which is a full on devilish hard rock piece. Yeah, so epic and badass it feels like a waste for this ecchi OVA. So thanks for the fanservice and the not so friendly memories of a girl grabbing a guy by his balls as punishment. Yikes. Now I’ll be waiting to watch the next season with my legs clutched tightly together.

I guess they didn’t have a decent beach episode for the past 2 seasons (though they had a hotspring OVA episode) and hence it is the right time for one. That is what Dungeon Ni Deai Wo Motomeru No Wa Machigatteiru Darou Ka S2 OVA is all about. No Familia wars. No dungeon raiding. Just pure beach fanservice for Bell’s harem. I mean, Hestia Familia. Whatever.

A deserted island named Paradise…
Hestia Familia is on this deserted island. On a mission to find a mysterious herb that allows one to get anything (doesn’t that sound more suspicious?), hence the gang on this island. But of course you bet the ladies are all out for Bell’s attention. Trying to tempt him to get into the water with them? What if Bell forgot his swimsuit? Turn it into a swimsuit contest! The winner will get to spend the entire day with him alone! You bet it is going to be a tough fight between Hestia and Lily but don’t discount Haruhime as the dark horse. So we see them preparing as well as hallucinating of getting naughty with Bell. Show time. Mikoto goes up first as demonstration. What the heck is this ugly clothes? It’s not even swimsuit. Is she even trying? Anyway, Hestia is up first. Using leaves as swimsuit, huh? Okay. Pass. Next is Lily. Cute one piece suit. But she uses the yoga ball to enhance her flat features. And sucking a candy for the kill. Bell looking flustered. Finally Haruhime. Shy girl may take it all from behind? You bet Hestia and Lily are going to protest this. So what is Bell’s decision? Don’t say all of them are winners because that would be insulting. Oh sh*t… Suddenly Aiz pops up. Oh. Dang. She the winner?! However something is strange. This is not the real Aiz. Because she has a strange mushroom on her head and she is acting like an idiot and retard! WTF?! Because she has no memories of herself, Hestia tries to pull a fast one by telling her that Welf is her lover. She believes it and goes to flirt with Welf before Bell’s eyes. Bell is so heartbroken that he rushes off and ends up in a ditch. Don’t worry. He’s not dead. Just out cold.

Ryuu seems to have found the herb but it is in the middle of a lake. So why does she need to get all naked so as to swim there to get it? Isn’t she wearing a decent swimsuit? Anyway, her scream is heard. Mikoto goes to check it out. Ah, that herb in the middle of a hotspring. And then her scream is heard. Welf goes to investigate. Oh, a smithy in the middle of the lake. You’ve guessed it. His scream. They return acting as idiots so it is up to Bell’s harem to save the day. Too bad they also end up as retards. By the time Bell wakes up, he is shocked to see them all turned into idiots with a mushroom on their head. And then they just stop moving. The mushroom drops off. Uhm, their real personalities become the mushroom? Chibi version? They want Bell to bring them back home. However standing in their way is Finn, Bete, Aisha, Apollo, Ares and a whole bunch of other characters. They’re going to destroy these mushroom characters! Suddenly a volcano erupts. The land cracks. The sea cracks. The sky cracks! WTF is going on???!!! Oh. Turns out to be a weird dream of Cassandra. Did she eat some weird sh*t mushroom? However she fears this is some sort of vision and tries to warn her friends. They brush it off as hogwash since Hestia Familia already went on that mission a week ago and are set to return. Besides, Cassandra was asleep for about a week too. And then Bell returns. A mushroom is spotted on his head. Oh sh*t…

Sexy Beach & Sexy Bitches…
Well, may not be the weirdest but it was definitely one of the weirdest sh*ts I have ever seen. All this turning out to be a dream or a vision could be a lazy way of making all this non-canon. Yup. Just easily write it off as a dream so that this won’t have any permanent and lasting effects. Even so, sometimes I feel that whoever came out with this weird sh*t suddenly ran out of ideas. They wanted to do a fanservice beach episode but didn’t really know how to end it. Because as you can see, it started out pretty decent with some decent fanservice (which is the big goal of this OVA) and as the episode progresses, things started not making any sense and because there is not enough time left, bam! This weird crap that we get. Like, WTF???!!! WHAT ARE YOU GUYS THINKING???!!! Like as though the one who came up with this nonsense was also high on some mushroom drug or something. Yeah, so there is no such herb that grants you anything, huh? Too good to be true. So either you love it or hate this ridiculous atrocity but I think we all had some sort ‘fun’ watching this OVA. We laughed, we cringed. We had the weirdest time of our life. Time to move on. And my guess that this is supposed to take off the load for the upcoming third season. Back to more dungeon raiding and possibly more Familia wars. Ah well, it was good while it lasted. It’s not very often that Hestia Familia could get to do something this fun together in such outings, you know. Now we need a high school setting parody for completion. Just saying…

Are you perfectly prepared for another overpowered main character in another isekai genre? Gee. That’s what I thought. Most of us after hearing that buzzword would have gone, “Oh no. Not another overpowered main character in another isekai genre! Can we stop this crap already?!”. But wait! This isn’t just another overpowered main character in another isekai genre. Even though the hero is overpowered, he takes precautions, safety measures after safety measures, more precautions followed by even more provisions just to make sure. And you thought that is the end of it, here he goes making sure all the safeguard procedures are in place before making the final checks and balances. Oh yeah. Are you infuriated? Are you annoyed? Hey. You can never be too careful. Prevention is better than cure. Expect the unexpected. For those who have played video games, remember you stock up your inventory to the brim with healing potions or just insanely level up like mad before the final boss fight, only to find all that didn’t matter because the boss was somewhat easy to defeat? Yup. That’s what you call being an overcautious freak! And hence don’t laugh at the hero in Kono Yuusha Ga Ore Tueee Kuse Ni Shinchou Sugiru for being one. Heck, that name is so weird that it’s like as though they’re trying to be cautious not to sound like another isekai anime. And while we all remember this series by its short name, Shinchou Yuusha, are we know perfectly prepared to watch his extremely careful exploits?

Episode 1
100 years ago in the Unified Divine Realm (UDR), Ristarte is summoned as a goddess to handle some S-class difficulty disaster. Naturally she dreads this task because that means putting up with the strongest Demon Lords and the likes. First she needs to summon a guy from Japan as part of the isekai cliché. Then she sees the stats of Seiya Ryuuguuin and is impressed with his high levels. She summons him and is taken in by his good looks. However the moment he opens his mouth, she starts to get pissed off. Because he is so sceptical of everything! He asks lots of troublesome questions and he won’t even got to the world of Gaeabrande, the world he is supposed to save. Since he has no way out of this, what does he do? Intensive training! Just to be sure. It is then Ristarte remembers a footnote his sheet that he is an overly cautious character! Talking to her senior about this, Ariadoa advises to be friends with him instead of lording over like a goddess. Sure, she did that he thinks the food she cooked has poison! Ristarte gives him a buzzer to call whenever she needs him but she keeps waiting and waiting. The buzzer never sounds. Until a week later it does! Yup, this guy has maxed out his stats! Just in case. Now are we ready to go to Gaeabrande? Even in this town he suspects the ordinary old guy to be a monster or killer in disguise! When buying armour, he wanted to buy 3 sets! Just in case. And make that 50 medicinal herbs and 30 smoke bombs. Just in case. Nina, a little girl wants to give him a charm since he is leaving the town. Think it is a cursed item?! Leaving town, they spot a slime. Just the weakest creature, right? Well, Seiya uses his powerful atomic slash to disintegrate it to nothing! And then some hellfire! Just in case! Then more atomic slash and hellfire to follow! Just in case! Overkill! Once he is done, this attracts the attention of Chaos Machina. She is one of the 4 generals serving under the Demon Lord. Oh sh*t. Her stats are more powerful. Ristarte contemplates running away for now but she doesn’t have to tell Seiya. He already ran away without her! You bet Ristarte is pissed he abandoned a goddess! Oh sh*t. A demon and goddess after a hero’s ass!

Episode 2
Seiya manages to save Ristarte’s ass from Chaos’ attack before asking her to open a portal back to UDR. So this guy instantly wants to do more training before he can take on Chaos? After 2 days, Ristarte tries to peep but instead sees Chaos taking over town and threatens to kill the villagers one by one if they don’t show up. Even more so when she takes Nina’s dad hostage. Although time in UDR moves differently and slowly, Ristarte tells this to Seiya. Unfortunately he can’t go yet. He’s not ready. He isn’t convinced when she says even if he dies, he returns to his world but if those villagers die, they will never come back. The last straw is how Seiya calls Nina’s charm as a curse. Had he not take it, they wouldn’t have encountered this. Ristarte feels disappointed in this coward. It doesn’t matter how high his stats are, he’s just an awful hero. But Seiya replies if he dies, the town and the world will die. That is why he must prepare himself for this and cannot die. So he is now level up many times fold and ready to return? Seiya returns and attacks Chaos but this is only a distraction to free Nina’s dad. Seiya fights on par with Chaos. Then she stabs herself to unleash her true demonic and more powerful form. Can Seiya defeat her? Ristarte tries to peep into his real stats but he seems to have put a block on it. After forcing her way in, she sees his true stats. 10 times more and has even more skills! She realizes he was putting on a fake stats to deceive everyone and was already overpowered after his first training. With that, Seiya easily defeats Chaos. The villagers are happy and grateful to Seiya. Want to celebrate? He must do something first. He gathers all of Chaos’ remains and then… Overkills them with hellfire!!! Can’t risk any cell and make her regenerate. More hellfire! Oh God. Is this some sort of bonfire festival? Finally… Maximum inferno! Damn, the town is now burnt to a crisp! You bet they get kicked out. As they leave, Nina’s dad still wants to thank them and gives his money. Seiya doesn’t bat an eyelid to take them and asks for more!!! Is he the bad guy now?! Nina and her dad are still grateful, though. Ristarte thinks of heading to the next town but Seiya wants to return to UDR and do more training. After defeating Chaos, the Demon Lord will surely send more powerful enemies, right? And since Ristarte can’t create better weapons or armours for him and just heal about, he values her the same as a medicinal herb. Patience…

Episode 3
Ristarte complains to Ariadoa about the training freak. She admires Ariadoa who has summoned heroes and saved 300 worlds. However Ariadoa notes she has failed 1 world and it was her carelessness that failed this easy world. Just then Seiya barges in to complain his training isn’t increasing his stats anymore. Ristarte looking happy. Seiya turns down the suggestion to fight monsters since it is too risky so Ariadoa suggests having another god to train him. That god will be Cerceus. This cocky guy thinks Seiya can’t stand up to his training. Bring it on. After the first day, Cerceus seems to be holding his ground. On the second day, he looks like he has his doubts. By the third day, he is agitated and almost broken! On the fourth day he is hiding from Seiya! Oh sh*t! That guy just won’t stop! He is already 3 times stronger than him and he won’t rest until he is 100 times stronger! And then Seiya finds him to drag him back! Oh sh*t! Cerceus even now hates his sword and throws it away! Ristarte is then summoned by Ishtar. She leans Cerceus isn’t born of a god but a human reincarnated as one but lost his memories. So this is all part of Cerceus’ training about his weak soul spilling over or something? Anyway, Ishtar wants Ristarte to head to the next town in Gaeabrande and meet some comrades. Ristarte is about to take Seiya but sees him beating up Cerceus! Damn, this look like a bully scene! In this town, they learn the undead will invade soon. Hence Seiya wants to buy 1000 holy water! He has to make do with just 10. At the church, the father introduces them to their comrades, Mash and Elulu who are both from the dragonkin. Immediately Seiya pours holy water on the father! WTF!? But wait! He turns into an undead! And then Seiya cuts him up without unsheathing his sword?! The father then reveals how Deathmagla, one of the Demon Lord generals will unleash 10,000 undead tomorrow. Thanks for the info. Now Seiya will burn him to hell with hellfire! Rest of you get out!!! Wow. The historical church is now destroyed too. That’s not all, Seiya pours holy water on the dragonkin, the sister and even Ristarte! Thankfully not undead. Ristarte scans Mash and Elulu’s stats. Not very high but lots of room for improvement. Then Seiya tells them off he doesn’t need them. Scram!

Episode 4
Mash is insulted that Seiya doesn’t need them. Even when the knights offer to help, Seiya doesn’t even need them and wants them to instead defend this village while he goes to face the undead himself. Ristarte thought he is mean but could it be that he is looking out for them? I mean a few hundred more allies won’t mean a thing to 10,000 and he doesn’t want them to die unnecessary deaths. Seiya spots the marching undead. He uses his devastating meteor strike to vaporize them all. And another one just in case. You’d think he would have lost a lot of MP after that and seeing him almost close to collapsing. Nah. His MP balance still high as f*ck! Back in town, Elulu seeks Ristarte’s help because Mash has been missing ever since. And Seiya is busy using all the rewards the knights promised to get some new stuffs as well as learn some new synergy skill. Yup, he created a new platinum sword but the catalyst he used to create it is Ristarte’s hair! Creepy. When a mirror present is sent to them, they see a tortured Mash in the mirror. It is a message from Deathmagla that he is getting back at them for what they did to his undead army. Now he is bored and will kill him. Mash admits Seiya is the greatest hero he will never match. But in return he hopes Seiya will save the world in his place. Seiya wants Ristarte to open a portal back to UDR. Then he uses his phantom blade that transcends dimension to cut Deathmagla’s hand despite being in a remote place. Quickly going back into UDR, Seiya will use Deathmagla’s state of confusion to settle things and buy them time before he kills Mash. So Seiya barges into Ishtar’s quarters to tell them Deathmagla’s whereabouts. Then he has Ristarte open a portal there where he will instantly attack the baddie while she goes to save Mash. All goes as planned until Deathmagla unleashes Dark Firus, a black fire monster created out of many of his experiments. He is so confident Seiya can’t defeat it that he reveals the only way to defeat Dark Firus. Yeah well… Seiya demonstrates it by using his martial arts skills (can’t always rely on his sword, just in case), then freezing it with ice (despite having no ice magic, he created a bracelet using, you guessed it, Ristarte’s hair – as well as many other elemental bracelets!) and then finally burning it with his flaming sword. And while Ristarte takes Seiya to safety, it’s safe to say what is going to happen to Deathmagla… You know who bad it will be when Seiya notes there is going to be a major clean-up after this… Yeah, death becomes him now!

Episode 5
With Mash recuperating well, he has learnt a lot and wants to become Seiya’s apprentice. Do whatever you want. As long as he carries his luggage. Mash and Elulu remember the legend of their village. A dragon descended 16 years ago carrying them. It says to journey with a hero and break a seal at the dragon’s den that will defeat Gaeabrande from evil. Of course Seiya isn’t going to go there now. Yup, back to UDR for more training! Yeah, that Cerceus guy has given up his sword and now a cook?! He is still traumatized about that training… Or was it bully? But don’t worry, it will be Mash whom he will be training. Instantly that guy agrees since Mash is way weaker than him. Elulu is left to Hestiaca to train her magic fire. The mightiest goddess, Valkyrie ‘bullies’ Ristarte and because of that, Seiya gets blunt and wants this exhibitionist to train him. Naturally she wants to kill him but with Ariadoa’s plea, she backs down. Hence she has Adenela to train Seiya. You mean this creepy Japanese ghost is the goddess of war?! Hey, where is Seiya’s caution? Why he accept her training so fast? This girl already a bit broken and you might guess what happens after the first day… Then the second day, hmm, isn’t she dressed up a little proper? Sounds like she’s in love with him and that he has mastered his Eternal Sword whatever a long time ago! On the final day where they are to leave for Gaeabrande, Mash has levelled up considerably but Elulu is depressed. Hestiaca notes she has no talent for magic and wishes she would give up now than be disappointed later. Oh my, Adenela dolled up like a pretty girl now and wants Seiya to take her along in his adventures! Of course he rejects her and even the cake she bakes for him. Poor broken hearted girl. While Adenela trashes the place, Seiya doesn’t give a f*ck and returns to Gaeabrande. During the journey, they meet lots of monsters. Mash can’t show the fruits of his training because Seiya has got a remote fire phoenix that kills all monsters that come within their radius! Then in a cave, no need the dragonkins’ palm prints to open the door. Use the Eternal Sword skill to break it down!!! There is a teleport device that sends them to the dragon village, cautious Seiya sends a lizard just in case. At the dragon village, they meet the matriarch, Leviae. She teaches Mash how to transform into a dragonewt and his abilities increase tenfold. With more training he can become a Dragon God. As for Elulu, she doesn’t need any of this as she has a more important role: She will sacrifice her life to become the ultimate weapon, Igzasion.

Episode 6
Leviae adds that it is part of the legend and she should be honoured to become Igzasion. After all, what is 1 life when the Demon Lord has already ravaged 70% of the world. I guess Elulu is feeling conflicted about this. Made even worse when Seiya being ambiguously blunt as he says it is already obvious what she needs to do that he doesn’t need to say it. Ah well… After the banquet, the ceremony proceeds. Elulu is to dive into this abyss where her flesh and blood will be assimilated and transformed into Igzasion. Of course our young ones are having second thoughts as this sounds more and more like murder. If she doesn’t jump, Leviae will have her guards assist her. That is when Seiya jumps in to kick the guards away. Regarding what he said, he meant for her to remain as his baggage carrier. Ristarte now thinks like Seiya. They’ll find a way to defeat the Demon Lord without Igzasion. This won’t do for Leviae as she saw this coming and had poisoned them during the banquet. Now they are paralyzed. But Seiya still moving? Yeah, he pretended to eat but then vomit it out later. Never eat something made by lizards! Leviae turns into her dragon mode to get things done. He pulls out a Dragon Killer sword made via dragonkins’ strand of hair and 100 of Ristarte’s hair. Say what… Although it deals some damage to Leviae, she also played cautious and had a cursed necklace around Elulu. In 3 minutes she will die and her body will be tossed into the abyss. Leviae then hardens her skin so Seiya takes out another spare Dragon Killer and eats up speed seeds. Then he starts slashing Leviae. It doesn’t chip her damage but his goal was to push and drop her down the abyss! You thought she could fly away but he previously damaged her wings. Down she goes. With Leviae dead, the curse is lifted and Elulu lives. Out from the abyss is a sword. Seiya uses it and scratches Elulu and with her blood, it becomes Igzasion. He considers it a win-win situation since Leviae would have sacrificed her own life to save the world. Uhm, did she say that? As they leave the dragon village, Ristarte talks to Seiya and knows that isn’t Igzasion. True, he just put on a show to put everyone’s mind at ease. After all, Ristarte said they’ll find some other way, right? Gonna be okay. Something will work out. Eh? Isn’t supposed to be overly cautious and prepared?

Episode 7
After exiting the cave, knights are waiting for them. A demon named Beel Bub is attacking a fortress that is commanded by Rosalie. Seiya and co fly over there and it seems Beel Bub and his fly armies are killing the soldiers by dropping them from the sky. This is all a ploy to lure out the hero. It is the only reason the fortress hasn’t fallen yet. Once the attack stops, Seiya goes to meet Rosalie who is glad a hero has come. She brings them back to her fortress to discuss strategy but Seiya being the cautious one, mentions about the possibilities of a demon in disguise and eavesdropping by the enemy. Yup, they wasted time searching high and low through the fortress. Nothing. Rosalie gets mad and screws this strategy meeting. She and Seiya should just go straight up and attack Beel Bub. However Seiya wants to return to training in UDR instead. This leaves Rosalie mad as she thinks he is abandoning them. Even made worse when she learns he just watched and let her men get killed. Ristarte tries to calm things down but is told off that as an immortal she doesn’t understand life. But Seiya tells Rosalie off that it is her own carelessness that got her men killed since she lacked any strategy. Now Rosalie is mad and when she tries to get him, he slaps her! This happens a lot of times that Rosalie’s cheek is now swollen! Damn, is this a childish fight it has descended? Better get going now to UDR before Rosalie turns into a real mad dog. In UDR, Seiya wants to learn something that has missiles or guns. Since this world doesn’t have that, the closest is bows so Ristarte introduces her to Mitis, the goddess of archery. Elulu is left devastated when Seiya easily masters her magic bow first. Seiya starts his training as the rest hang out elsewhere. They see Cerceus who is panicking to see them back here. Remember Adenela? Yup, she has been even more broken ever since. You bet that sick girl is going to kill Seiya if she sees him! They see Ariadoa for help but she offers to help unlock some hidden power inside the dragonkins. Ristarte feels the need to calm Adenela herself but looks like her abode has become some haunted house! Kill Seiya written everywhere! Don’t look now but she’s right behind you… Ristarte runs back to Seiya and tries to tell him not to go to town to avoid Adenela. Impossible. She followed you here! Oh dear! She’s going to kill Seiya right now! But then… Seiya pats her head and asks her how she’s doing. And suddenly Adenela forgives him! Back to being a girly girl in love now, eh? You’re distracting my training, will please get out of my sight? Sure thing, honey! Wow. Speechless…

Episode 8
Ariadoa shows Ristarte that Mash and Elulu have powered up. Mash’s dragon hand increases his attack power while Elulu can slow or hasten things. When Ariadoa learns that Mitis is training Seiya, she is worried because Mitis is a nympho and far worse than Adenela. Hence Ristarte makes haste to save Seiya’s chastity. What’s this? Mitis tied up upside down and butt naked and wants Seiya to shoot her down? This is training? Yeah, Seiya shoots right at her forehead. Mitis then tries to attack Seiya. Butt naked. He shoots more arrows at her. Now she shifts her attention and targets Mash. Seiya anticipates this and shoots more arrows into her. I guess at this point she is so horny that anything long and hard going through her is orgasmic. I suppose that’s the end of the training, huh? Returning to Gaeabrande, it seems Rosalie has gone off by herself to fight Beel Bub. They see her trying to climb into the fortress but Seiya anticipated this. Rosalie will be the bait for him to shoot Beel Bub. Could have done so had not Rosalie’s men greet them. This distraction has Beel Bub capture Rosalie. Oh, Seiya also expected this and wants Ristarte to go distract Beel Bub. Of course Beel Bub is doing this just to lure out Seiya and flies higher, outside his shooting range and above the clouds so he could drop Rosalie. Before he can do it, an arrow misses him. He drops Rosalie but Ristarte catches her. Beel Bub believes Seiya must be hiding in the clouds and doing his sniping because there is no way a magic arrow could fly this far even if he is a genius. He dares Seiya to show all he’s got. Seiya fires multiple arrows in which Beel Bub easily dodges them all. Beel Bub thinks Seiya has given away his position when suddenly a hole in his stomach! The missed arrows turned into some birds that return to attack him. Beel Bub defeated. On the ground, Rosalie refuses to thank him and of course, Seiya’s a pro in pissing her off. As for the remaining flies, Seiya wants Mash and Elulu to show the fruits of their training to destroy them. Finally! But eh? Seiya killing all the flies with his machine gun arrows? Yeah, he wants Elulu to hasten Mash so he can pick up and gather the corpses for him to burn! Oh… Rosalie tells them of a legendary armour they need to defeat the Demon Lord. Of course Seiya thinks it is cursed… Can we get going? In this village where the armour resides, however the village is being burnt down by one of the Demon Lord’s generals, Kilkapul the summoner. He has summoned a demonic turtle beast not to defeat Seiya but to eat and destroy the sacred armour. He has been watching Seiya’s exploits and deemed him a threat. With no legendary sword and armour, his chances of defeating the Demon Lord is slim. Die now!

Episode 9
Kilkapul kills himself so that he could offer his life and summon a grim reaper, Krosde Thanatus. Yeah, its stats are off the mark! Oh no. Seiya can’t even beat it?! All attacks futile and it can clone itself if it is cut in half! Seiya has Ristarte open a portal to UDR. But even when they reach there safely, Thanatus can transcend dimensions and follow them here! You know you’re screwed when Seiya the man himself admits he has no plan to defeat this monster! So run!!! And as Thanatus chases them, it destroys all the useless gods that try to stop it. Seiya even uses Adenela to stop it but apparently the power of love isn’t strong for her. Yup. Owned. Seiya seems to have a plan, though. He runs to Valkyrie and makes Thanatus destroy her painting. Mad, Valkyrie fights the grim reaper with all she’s got but nothing works. Thus she unleashes her seal and summons her ultimate Valhalla Gate to finally destroy Thanatus for good. Of course using her own life force as a catalyst, she starts bleeding everywhere. But don’t worry, she still lives. This is when Seiya insists he wants to train with her. She doesn’t like it but whatever. Ristarte so sad thinking Seiya has abandoned her. Besides, he says she stinks?! Ishtar summons Ristarte. It seems the last of the generals is making his move on Gaeabrande. Better hurry. Ristarte sees Mash and Elulu levelled up from Ariadoa’s training. Vowing to be useful to Seiya, she goes to see him only to see them both naked and Valkyrie on top of Seiya???!!! WTF IS GOING ON???!!! WTF IS THIS SEX TRAINING???!!! Ristarte so disappointed, mad and sad but they assure her it isn’t what it looks like. Ristarte going berserk showing this straw doll she made. If it looks hideous because it is made out of her own hair! WTF… Even Valkyrie freaks out and will stop harassing Ristarte from now on… In the end, Ristarte sheepishly believes in Seiya that no sex was involved in his training. They return to Gaeabrande as Eraser Kaiser is leading an army to attack the capital. Kaiser calls for their strongest human. This old geezer, Warmaster who is Rosalie’s father steps up to the task. In one strike, Warmaster destroys Kaiser and then the rest of his army! Woah! So powerful! No need for Seiya to even step in! So why didn’t he join in the mission to defeat the Demon Lord? Suddenly Warmaster starts to feel pain. Oh no. Is he dying? Actually he turns into a baby! WTF???!!!

Episode 10
Now they understand why Warmaster can’t leave the capital. Rosalie being more of a mother to her father. Heh. Ristarte wants to rest and have some fun but of course our super cautious hero won’t allow it. Heck, he even berates her that’s the reason why she is a third rate goddess below Valkyrie! Think about this world for heaven’s sake! Well… He’s got a point… Ristarte so mad, she tries to redeem herself by healing this badly wounded random guy. Unfortunately some random healer healed him faster and better! Oh Ristarte, your reputation jut tanked. Talking to Rosalie, she claims her father turned into a baby after facing off with the Demon Lord the last time. Because he has not much time left, hence she hopes Seiya could fight in his place so her father could spend the rest of his days peacefully. I think you know the answer. Yup, that old geezer will only get in the way. Even you, Ristarte. And off Seiya goes to fight the Demon Lord with his luggage carriers. Sad. Hence our ‘useless’ Warmaster talks to our ‘useless’ Ristarte. Something about why gods and goddesses live forever because their soul is sealed somewhere safely in UDR. It’s the same concept for the hero as his soul is not in this realm and he can’t easily die. Warmaster warns about this Chain Destruction which is able to sever that virtual soul and kill outright. It seems the Demon Lord has finished creating that into his ultimate god slayer sword, God Eater. Eh, why is Warmaster having that sword?! When he faced the Demon Lord, he was seen through. He realized he will never achieve his dream of becoming a hero. Awed by the Demon Lord’s power, that’s why he turned into a baby. Now he worships the Demon Lord and will kill Ristarte! Oh dear, is she really going to die? She screams for Seiya for help.

And as predicted, this guy comes to her rescue. Uh huh. His overcautious to blame again. And also the rest heard Warmaster’s confession too. Seiya fights him and you know you’re screwed if he has trouble keeping up. But don’t worry. He drops all his heavy limiters. Now he can fight on par. But still not enough! Are we really screwed? Because Warmaster now eats a demonic pill and turns into a younger and stronger demon. Oh sh*t! He cuts off Seiya’s right arm! We’re so screwed! However, Seiya doesn’t feel pain and acts the same. Somehow manages to cut off his right arm too with a higher skill. With that, he is able to defeat Warmaster. He has Ristarte quickly put back and heal his arm. What’s this? He wants her to heal Warmaster too? Rosalie refuses to acknowledge her father anymore. Each time she denies, Seiya slaps her. Until he tells her he will no longer hear her complaints once he is gone. It’s a good thing but sad when Warmaster ekes out his final words he loves her before dying. Rosalie, oh Rosalie… A few days later, Warmaster is put to rest and Rosalie assumes his throne. You thought that Seiya would go back to training and more training once he is healed up. However he allows his team to go rest for a few days and have fun. Is this really Seiya?! Shocking! But it’s true! Oh Ristarte, it’s like she has been dying to hear those words. Now to go all out and have fun! Wohoo! Time to let her hair loose!

Episode 11
Ristarte is really going to have fun. First, she stops by a swimsuit shop to get something naughty. Because the clerk heard about it, she tries to make a fool of her and sell her very revealing outfits. The deal clincher is when there is this swimming trunks with the crotch area cut out. Ristarte wants to see Seiya’s crotch and buy this one including a bra that exposes her boobs! The clerk is so amazed that she sells to her at 90% discount!!! Ristarte probably has the day planned out and the naughty things she will do to Seiya once the kids are asleep. But as they wait for him, he never showed up. They go look for him but the people in town never saw Seiya. When they go see Ariadoa, she’s crying. Oh sh*t. She brings them to Ishtar who then reveals Seiya went to fight the Demon Lord himself after they parted. Ristarte is in disbelief. This Seiya who takes so much precaution would just go fight the Demon Lord like that? It can’t be. Oh yes it can. Ishtar further reveals that Seiya’s skill has peaked and reached maximum ever since they reached the dragon village. That is why he tried to learn other skills from other goddesses. That sex-like training with Valkyrie? Yup, he learnt the ultimate skill that strikes down the enemy in exchange for one’s life. More shocking truths that Seiya actually cared for all his comrades. Otherwise he would never have rescued Mash or Elulu from the enemies. I guess now all our hunches are true. Ristarte knows his current level is not enough to beat the Demon Lord. Even if that is true, he still went.

Ariadoa now shows them the past. 100 years ago in the B-class world of Ixphoria, Ariadoa was the goddess who paired up with Seiya to save this world. It is hard to believe that this Seiya is damn reckless! No training needed. Just go ahead and do what they can! Gonna be okay. Something will work out. The plan is having no plan at all! Woah. Is this really Seiya? Their team also consisted of Colt the mage and Tiana the princess healer. Through his recklessness, they manage to win a lot of fights and the party started to rely on him a lot. Before the final Demon Lord battle, there’s an intimate moment of Seiya and Tiana. After a hard fought battle with the Demon Lord, they let their guard down and the Demon Lord killed and devoured Colt, reviving himself. Then he also did the same to Ariadoa. He targets Tiana next but also sensed she has a baby inside her belly and will relish gobbling both lives. Seiya begs for him to stop but it’s safe to say what tragedy happened next. Ariadoa blames herself for being careless and not asked the local sage for the Demon Lord’s weakness when they had the chance. Now for the final revelation: Ristarte is actually Tiana reincarnated thanks to Ariadoa’s earnest wish. Because of Tiana’s good deeds in life, that helped her to be reincarnated as a goddess. And how cruel fate is to entrust Seiya to Ristarte again. Although both have no memories in their prior life, when Seiya was first summoned to Gaeabrande, he peaked at some secret properties and being the smart guy he is, realized he was summoned before and failed. Ristarte wants to go save Seiya even if he is risking his life to save all gods and goddesses. She even breaks the rule by opening the gate into the heart of the Demon Lord’s base. She will accept any punishment later. Of course she isn’t going alone. Mash and Elulu are coming to repay their saviour.

Episode 12
Arriving right in the midst of Seiya fighting the Demon Lord! Just in time, he uses the damning Valhalla Gate. The Demon Lord gets trapped but he claws his way out. More fighting as Seiya uses his sword to push him until he gets devoured. He is bleeding all over as Ristarte quickly heals him. She disobeys the disclaimer that she will be punished if she is to unlock the seal to obtain her true goddess power. She is willing to face whatever punishment because if she can’t be a real goddess now, when can she ever be one? Seiya is healed and it’s back to that familiar spat. Until they realize Valhalla Gate isn’t gone yet. Yup, the Demon Lord bursting out and trying to destroy this world along with himself. So how? Seiya summons a second Valhalla Gate to swallow the first one along with the Demon Lord! While that finally killed the Demon Lord, it is time for Seiya to pay up with his life. He is fracturing at a faster rate than Ristarte could heal. And the worst fear comes true when Seiya starts praising and thanking his comrades. Oh dear. Getting emotional. Don’t you make me cry too!!! Then the inevitable. Seiya disappears after he realizes why Ristarte looks familiar. Yeah, past life thingy. In the aftermath, Gaeabrande is saved and now peaceful. Mash and Elulu join Rosalie’s Imperial Knights as they see Ristarte off as she returns to UDR. Of course we see her cry and sink into depression. I don’t think trying to cheer her up that she won’t be tormented anymore is the right thing to say. Ariadoa picks her up since Ishtar wants to see her. The committee has deliberated that she has broken some rules and her punishment is to save the SS-class difficulty of Ixphoria. Oh sh*t. S-class wasn’t enough but double S?! This means there could be triple, quadruple, etc… Because that world was failed to be saved, it has turned into a demon realm. She must save it to regain her goddess status back. And doing so without her healing powers. WTF?! Why not just kill her then instead of making this difficult sh*t for her?! Ishtar hints of a hope that a certain hero can save it. Chain Destruction was destroyed when the second Valhalla Gate devoured it. Ishtar is making an exception of a certain failure to return. Ristarte in tears and couldn’t be more happy that she has a chance to summon Seiya again! Though, his stats are real low and there is a disclaimer warning at the bottom that he is impossibly cautious!

Be Reckless At Your Own Risk
Oh, that wasn’t really a cautious ending. I thought they were going to end it with Seiya and Ristarte ending up together again but I guess that wouldn’t be cautious but too cliché. Heh. It wasn’t the most expected kind of ending but it is still a good one (and also heart wrenching) considering that Ristarte and Seiya will eventually meet up again. They have a chance to make amends but it will be at a higher difficulty. Better be perfectly prepared this time. Gonna be okay somehow. Yup, Seiya also increased his overcautious difficulty. How cautious is impossibly cautious? I hope it doesn’t mean that to save the world is to destroy it! Or like that Metal Gear Solid boss battle ‘cheat’ thingy whereby the player can end the boss fight by changing the console clock. Hence the boss ‘dies’ by ‘growing old’! Waiting and waiting and waiting… Yeah, that is so impossibly cautious. Oh wait. How long does a Demon Lord live again? How long is eternity again? So I think the producers will be impossibly cautious to think about making a sequel…

You know, this is one of the very few isekai genres which I actually enjoyed watching. It is just so funny and hilarious that I sometimes forget that it is an isekai genre in the first place. Even though the very cliché outlook that the main character is overpowered, it is how they cleverly make use of this overcautious habit of his and turn it into something funny instead of something boring and expected. I mean, in many such cases, the overpowered hero would just easily find a solution to overcome the enemy. But for Seiya in this case, although we do expect him to come up with something to defeat the enemy, it is that funny takes in between that has us distracted and laughing before he pulls off the miracle. I suppose I can say that it is a different formula used for this genre and that is why this series looks so refreshing and interesting. In fact it could be the best isekai series in recent memory.

So never mind the very typical cliché of the hero forming his own mini group to fight the Demon Lord and his minions and saving a few cities and people along the way. I guess no matter how different you want to be, you still have to be cautious and follow some of the good ol’ formula, right? So cautious that there were 2 instances that this series had its weekly episode delayed! Hence many made jokes about how the production team had to be cautious and not perfectly prepared for that episode to be aired! Yup, the obligatory recap episode that ran its course but I didn’t watch. Because I was already perfectly prepared for it and don’t need no stinking recap to refresh my memories!!! Oh wait. Maybe I should. Just in case. But thankfully, this series didn’t get cancelled in the last minute or get delayed for a few months just to be cautious about whatever that was bugging them. Phew. We don’t need another Seiya in real life! But surprisingly the final episode aired a few days earlier and surprised us all. How is that being cautious?

It is mostly the dynamic relationship between Seiya and Ristarte that what pulls off this series. At first glance, Seiya looks like some uncaring big bully while Ristarte is just some dumb blonde bimbo. It’s almost as if the dumb blonde is being bullied by the smarter guy character as seen in other series like No Game No Life and Itazura Na Kiss. Politically correct and woke people might not like this but yeah, screw them. Seiya sometimes feel like God because he manages to be so cautious that he could be cheating by reading out from the script. Uh huh. This guy thinks like a million times ahead and sometimes when you try to challenge yourself and think what he will do, this guy probably has already seen it coming that we the audience are going to think so and hence pulls off a move that we never expect to see. You think you can outwit and outsmart Seiya? No chance, buster. This guy already thought of that even before this anime is made!!! HAHAHA!!! Long live Seiya! Hey, better worship this guy and not get on this guy’s goat. Trust me, you don’t want to make enemies out of this guy.

Completing this manzai comedy duo is Ristarte whom of course is casted as a dumb blonde. Because of that, she is the object of torment of Seiya and you can guarantee that her emotions are on a roller coaster ride each time she is with him. He is so damn irritating but because she is his goddess and she chose him, I guess she has a responsibility to see it all till the end. She’s got to put up with his sarcasm and insults that would even make a goddess lose patience and at boiling point. I guess Ristarte needs more training in controlling her emotions. Of course, Ristarte doesn’t actually hate Seiya entirely and at times when he isn’t ‘bullying’ her, Ristarte often dreams of getting naughty with this dude. I mean, he isn’t entirely bad, right? He’s got the looks as well as the body. Damn, many girls will die just to make out with this hunk! Sometimes I feel that Seiya and Ristarte is like the subtle and modern day version of Tom and Jerry. You know, Ristarte can never best Seiya no matter how much she tries and whines. But Seiya having his way proves right most of the time. So isn’t it glad you let this guy take the reins? I know there are going to be lots of irritating eye rolling and duh moments but it’s for your own good.

And as we all know and learn from this series, we have to throw some caution to the wind why Seiya acts so. Of course it is also obviously written all over and veteran viewers can pick up that Seiya isn’t actually just some obnoxious hunk who loves to bully Ristarte and pluck her hairs while she is asleep to make some ultimate weapon. Yikes. It always seem tempting to brand Seiya as a baddie because of his less than heroic actions. Especially Ristarte who is always quick to judge him for being selfish, uncaring. etc. The penultimate episode sheds a very good light on how different Seiya was. Still waters run deep. There is meaning for every action he has done. His current behaviour can be simply summed up as once bitten, twice shy. And of course a bunch of motivational quotes like failure is not when you are knocked down but failure to get back up. There has to be some sort of reason, some sort of tragedy that happened in the past that makes Seiya now a training freak. Sure, he is powerful enough to take on the enemies by himself and having Mash and Elulu as his baggage carriers seem like a pretty obvious fake excuse. Oh, we all know he cares about them. We just don’t have the proof. Yet. Real selfish jerks who only cares for himself DO NOT act like this. And now all that revelation and twist have come to surface, I’m sure we will see him in a new light. Of course, it still pays to continue to be a little bit sceptical. It doesn’t hurt to just be safe, right? That is why even overcautious heroes like him has his own charm lines to say. Yeah, if he is so overpowered, why need to recite “perfectly prepared” (although audio wise he says “ready perfectly”) just to calm himself that everything is going to be alright? And you know things are even tougher sh*t when he has to whisper, “Gonna be okay. Something will work out”. And when he doesn’t say that, you know that real sh*t is going to hit the fan.

The only thing that left a bitter taste in my mouth is the unsettling committee that decided Ristarte’s fate and punishment. I mean, who are those f*ckers on the committee???!!! It is also mind boggling that many gods and goddesses have their real powers sealed. I mean, for what?! Shouldn’t they have the freedom to use up the maximum of their abilities in dire straits? Having such warning before unleashing it feels like a slap in the face. Do it and be ready for punishment. I mean, who sets these f*cking rules?! And those committee members must be sadists seeing they don’t care that a world is saved. Rules, rules, rules. You break them, now we give you harder missions to f*ck you over until you die! Basically, mission impossible. Yeah, f*ck whoever those guys are. For all you know, they could be in cohorts of the league of darkness like Satan and other Demon Lords and everything is just for pure entertainment.

So it’s sad for me to say that with Seiya and Ristarte being the main stars of this show, the rest of the other characters feel secondary. Like you know, Mash and Elulu, I was hoping they could do more but for most of the time they are just his baggage carriers and can’t do more to flex what they’ve learnt. I know Seiya is protecting them by not throwing them into battles even if those are fights they could easily win. Hey, just to be safe, you know. The reason why Seiya rocks is because of his dominant attitude and his my pace personality that bulldozes his way through to get what he wants. This is why all the gods and goddesses in UDR fail to get the better of him. Some even having devastating traumatic effects. I mean, see what happened to Cerceus? This guy has his swordsman pride smashed to bits! Now he has become a baker! And look what had become of Adenela. This discount Ju-on clone when from a Japanese horror monster into some sweet retarded girl in love! Like, what the heck just happened?! Yeah, she went yandere before that but after Seiya said the right words, this is Adenela? For real? Seiya’s manliness has got to be so effective that even Mitis turned into some horny goddess in heat! Even top goddess Valkyrie made out with him!!! OMG! This guy can become God at this rate and the whole of UDR will be turned topsy-turvy!

It is a good thing that some of the goddesses like Ariadoa and Ishtar are not effected by Seiya’s personality. I can only imagine utter chaos if Ariadoa isn’t the kind and gentle big sister and Ishtar the calm and wise old lady who watches over UDR. I’m guessing that because they know about Seiya and his past, that’s why they are able to maintain their calm demeanour unlike other gods and goddesses who got totally owned and influenced by Seiya’s pace. I almost forgot about Rosalie. She doesn’t see eye to eye with Seiya and she could have been the next Ristarte and the running joke of she being slapped by Seiya could be unsettling. But Rosalie trying to always push forward and get things done now, now and now, somewhat reminds Seiya of his old self and that is why he doesn’t want the same mistakes to be repeated, hence this unnerving slapping farce. And the final words he said to her about her dying father. OMG. Seiya, is that you? Even if it’s 100% true.

Oddly, the Demon Lord being the final boss of the series is never really given much focus. In fact, half of his generals too didn’t really matter. After Chaos and Deathmagla giving a slight taste of what this tough sh*t is going to be, surprisingly the remaining generals get owned easily. Then come to the big bad Demon Lord himself. I guess there is nothing much to say about this dude. He just wants to destroy everything. Simple. So his bout with Seiya feels like somewhat rushed and he is just looking like a badass just to keep us on the edge of our seat that Seiya is at his limits trying to take down this bad motherf*cker. After all, when the series is reaching its climax, they need to hit up the feels and show us why Seiya and Ristarte are just more than a manzai comedy duo. Sorry Demon Lord, you’re just a stepping stone for that gut wrenching finale. Don’t you dare make me cry again like that!

Of course the action scenes are sometimes over the top because with Seiya having to level up like mad before, therefore he has come up with better and more improved weapons when he fights his enemies. In a way, the fights aren’t anything all that exciting. It is how Seiya manages to pull off a stronger move than his opponents is what makes the fight watchable and also funny. Though be cautioned, there are some blood and gore because we see limbs getting cut off. But nothing that would cause us nightmares or even PTSD in our future. Oh come on, people. Aren’t you already perfectly prepared at this stage?!

Art and animation mostly feel cartoonish. Especially when the characters get into comical moments and Ristarte being the main offender, you can see all her facial expressions and features obviously turning cartoonish. Even their actions like running away in haste or panicking, the animation all lean towards the cartoonish type. Heck, you might think Ristarte is a goddess of a million expressions! So much so you might think it could be a western animation if you’re a newbie in the anime world. I don’t think this would be the new trend in Japanese animation but it sure makes this series stand out a little in terms of visual and animation style. At least for the season. Also, everything is quite colourful and vivid and you might think it is an animation for younger audiences. I mean, Mash and Elulu look like your characters from shows that are targeted for younger audiences like Yo-kai Watch and Duel Masters. This anime is done by White Fox who is best known for Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, Steins’ Gate, Goblin Slayer, Gochuumon Wa Usagi Desu Ka, Akame Ga Kill and Jormungand.

Hats off to Aki Toyosaki as the voice of Ristarte. This is by far the best performance from her ever since, uhm, a long time? Being the voice of this comical goddess reminds me of her roles in her early days like K-ON!’s Yui. That familiar trademark in her voice brings back all the goofiness that I used to identify with (and loved her for). Because recently the animes that I have watched her in, her characters are all just dull emotionless ones such as Robo in Joshi Kousei No Mudazukai, Angel in Maou-sama Retry, Altair from Re: Creators and even going all the way back to Akane from Kuzu No Honkai. Never have I crave of hearing Ristarte talk more than ever before because she just sounds so damn funny. So it is very much a timely welcome to the voice that I love very much. Once again, kudos to her for a good job well done. Hope to hear more of her like that in the future ;p. As Seiya is voiced by Yuichiro Umehara, I am starting to have this conspiracy theory that he voices such sceptical-like characters. So much so, my conspiracy theory is that he could be Goblin Slayer unmasked! Do you not see how almost similar both characters are? Apparently a few other characters he voiced share such similar character traits such as Ushii from Juuni Taisen, Shizu from the rebooted Kino No Tabi, Charioce from Shingeki No Bahamut: Virgin Souls and En from Binan Koukou Chikyuu Boeui-bu Love. Is he perfectly prepared to be pigeonholed into such characters in the future?!

Thanks to Aki Toyosaki’s sterling performance, she overshadows the rest of the other casts. They’re not bad but nobody can match Ristarte’s voice acting performance. So the rest of the other casts are Kengo Kawanishi as Mash (Rei in 3-gatsu No Lion), Aoi Koga as Eruru (Kaguya in Kaguya-sama Wa Kokurasetai), Yumiri Hanamori as Rosalie (Seth in Radiant), Hibiku Yamamura as Ariadoa (Sara in Island), Shiori Izawa as Adenela (Tanpopo in Witch Craft Works), Atsushi Ono as Cerceus (Giriko in Bleach), Kotono Mitsushi as Mitis (Excel in Excel Saga), Keiko Han as Ishtar (Luna in Sailormoon series) and Ai Fairouz as Valkyrie (Hibiki in Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru). The opening theme sounds like an epic fitting for this series. If Tit For Tat sounds familiar, because MYTH&ROID sings it and if you are familiar with their kind of rock brand, this feels very much at home. As for the ending theme… Erm, it just feels weird to be honest. Be Perfect Plz by Riko Azuna is all lively and cheerful but the fact the animation consists of a weird CGI of Ristarte doing some weird idol dance… Truly weird… Like as though she has gone mad after being tormented by Seiya and this is her way to relief some steam. Haha! Definitely not going to be the next craze like Gangnam Style for sure. Now I’m having second thoughts if I really want to worship her as my goddess idol ;p.

Overall, this has been a fun, hilariously funny and exciting series, especially one that is already from the isekai genre. Was it also due to psychological tactic that they tell us upfront all of it that had us lowered our expectations from the start? Because you know, when you lower the bar, the higher the chances it will exceed our expectations. And this series has perfectly done that. So you see, being cautious has its benefits. Because luck isn’t going to be always there like for some main anime characters. Thanks to this wonderful series, this gives me hope that not all isekai anime series are bad. So are we perfectly prepared in looking forward to more overpowered main characters in isekai genres already? I know, there are still going to be bad ones in the future but don’t fret. Gonna be okay. Something will work out. Hopefully (-_-).

N/B: Next time I’m just gonna wait till a series finish running its course and then read online reviews and comments about it before deciding if this is a sh*tty and crapy anime or not! Hey! Gotta be cautious not to get disappointed watching sh*tty and crappy anime next time!

Okay guys. It’s time to resume the war. Sword Art Online: Alicization – War Of The Underworld continues where it all left all. That weird cliff-hanger of Kirito being hit by the surge and that very weird Asuna coming down to save him as an angel. Sheesh. I suppose that Kirito has defeated the God of this (VMMORPG) world, he now has to face the demon. Sure, ‘God’ was the demon but now it is the real demon’s turn to wreak havoc since Administrator is gone. I guess restarting the game from an earlier save point is out of the question. Oh wait. Did Kirito even save his game somewhere?

Episode 0
Sometimes dubbed as Sword Art Online: Alicization episode 24.5, if you have a lousy memory, don’t worry, we have this recap episode just to refresh all the important moments in this long running arc.

Episode 1
Big shock! We see Alice living back in her hometown with Selka. The shock? Kirito is now a wheelchair ridden vegetable!!! OMFG!!! Somehow he is so attached to his sword and Eugeo’s that it’s like his bolster? Alice takes him out for a walk. Flashback shows after Kirito was struck with the certain power outage, he became a vegetable. Alice just regained consciousness and with Bercouli arriving, she told him what happened. In turn, he told the other Integrity Knights about the imminent threat from Dark Territory. Hence they started training and recruiting but with Alice hearing some of them badmouthing Kirito (after all, he killed the Pontifex which led to this problem), Alice took him back to Rulid Village. So everybody just let her go like that? Arriving at the village, her father of course is shocked to see her returned. Because she was still a criminal, they can’t let her live here and hence a nearby cabin in the outskirts of this already remote village. Could have been sex-with-Asuna-but-Alice-this-time-v2 only if Kirito is not a vegetable! Alice makes some money by helping villagers cutting down tough trees. Like this cocky greedy Nigel Barbossa who is shaming his men for not being able to take down this oak tree. Damn those sexist men think Alice can’t cut it down too. We’ll see who has the last laugh when Alice slices it down with a strike after getting ‘permission’ to borrow Kirito’s sword. Barbossa wants to hire her for other jobs but she is sufficient just doing this. To make things worse, other men knock off Kirito so as to take a look at his sword. Luckily Alice tells them off. Don’t mess with her. They leave but you can tell they aren’t too happy about it. Alice starts to think if this is the kind of world they are fighting for. Back home, they are visited by Eldrie. This guy has finally found them and hopes Alice would come back to help the Integrity Knights. So she took off by herself, eh? And were so busy preparing that they didn’t even notice she was gone for a while? Eldrie mentions they have taken steps to stop the invasion (like bombing the cave entrances) but they still want her back. Thinking Kirito is the reason her heart is astray, he wants to eliminate him but Alice digresses. Kirito fought with his own justice. Otherwise how could all the Integrity Knights lose to him one by one? With that, Eldrie leaves. That night, Kirito starts to act strange. Fire over the horizon. Dark Territory attacking?

Episode 2
Alice drops in on the villagers who are thinking of protecting the village instead of running. All because Barbossa wants to protect his property. Hence Alice reveals casts away her shoddy robe to reveal her Integrity Knight armour, shocking everybody. Using her authority, she dismisses Zink’s orders and to have everyone evacuated. Alice then singlehandedly fights off the goblins and orcs with her powerful move, sending many of them fleeing. As the village is being rebuilt, Alice takes Kirito and flies back to the capital to fulfil her duty and hopes to return here when all this is over. Now we return to the siege on Ocean Turtle. Kikuoka and co have escaped and are minimally controlling things in this sub-control room. Other staffs have also taken refuge in other rooms. They realize the terrorists won’t aggressively use bombs to blow up the place because of the proximity of the Lightcube clusters. Even though the baddies got control of the main room and STL room, at least the silver lining is that their intention isn’t to destroy it. Judging from their gear, they aren’t with any official army and it is safe to know they know about this Project Alicization. Hence their goal is to seize ALICE. The good news is that they can’t interfere or eject Alice’s Fluctlight but Kikuoka’s side also can’t do the same. Noticing the destroyer is not doing anything, it is believed that the terrorists have ties with the top brass in SDF. They can’t attack not at least until Alice’s Lightcube is secured. Hence everything now relies on Kirito as he is the only one who can retrieve Alice’s Fluctlight. However, some mumbo jumbo sci-fi talk reveals that he might not be in the best position to do it. After that attack, his neural network was severely damaged. Placing him here was to treat him but diving into Underworld somehow didn’t block his memories. He has been living in this simulation for 2 years and hence he managed to contact the outside world via reaching Axiom Church. Something about him attacking himself and his own Fluctlight, this causes his self-destruction and ego deactivated when the outage hit him. Thus there is this black hole in his brain scan image that shows he has lost the ability to make some self-image decisions. His Fluctlight is unscathed but is only reduced to reflexive actions triggered by deeply ingrained memories. In short, a vegetable. Oh Asuna, your worried face so worried.

Episode 3
Remember those mysterious guys whom Kirito and his harem fought way back in the first episode of that GGO spinoff? Yup. They are the terrorists. Led by Gabriel Miller, he was approached by a couple of MIBs from NSA who hired him to steal Rath’s technology. Apparently, the damn Americans can’t have the Japanese gain such technology and destroy the military balance in the pacific. So how? Steal their technology first! Hence the raid on Ocean Turtle. Because they made some backdoor deal with the SDF, the Japanese military will not act for 24 hours. Also, say America is not involved! Damn Americans… Now in the main control him, his men, Critter and Vassago Casals are pointing fingers at each other for being locked out. Miller puts his foot down to order them to start thinking of a way to hack in. From what I understand, they have this idea to dive in to smoke out Alice. But all the high ranking accounts have been locked out and they can only dive in as a normal citizen. However they noticed the Dark Territory has the positions of Dark Knight and some Emperor available. Hence Vassago and Miller are going to dive in as these roles respectively. But Critter can’t put his mind around this warning about some final load test that keeps popping up. After Higa finishes explains about Kirito’s self-image thingy and perhaps all that he needs to turn him back on his feet is somebody to forgive him, you bet it is Asuna’s turn to dive in. After all, she has some great sword skills and need somebody to escort and protect Alice to the altar and eject her Lightcube. They have no time because that final load test is when Dark Territory invades the human empire. Thanks to Kirito destroying Axiom Church, who knows what will happen. And what convenience, Yui updates Kirito’s harem and friends about Asuna diving in. Be on standby… You don’t know when help is going to be needed. We now return to Underworld whereby in the Obsidia Palace inside Dark Territory, Dark Knight Lipia Zancale reports to her commander, Vixur Ul Shasta that the Pontifex is dead. Shocking as it sounds, he believes it is time to make peace. He believes Bercouli now in charge, they have a chance. The problem would be the Council Ten. Worse come to worse, he may have to eliminate some of them, especially the chancellor of the Dark Mages as she harbours desires to become emperor. All this bad news, Vixur suddenly proposes to Lipia to be his wife?! But more bad news. Some seal to the throne room is broken. Because Miller and Vassago have revived as Emperor Dark God Vecta and Dark Knight respectively.

Episode 4
When Miller was a kid, he was told insects can live without a head for a while because they have no brain and thus their entire body acts as their brain. This has him thought where would their soul be. In that case, for a human who cannot live without a head, where is their soul? It must be in the brain. And so he was interested in the soul of Alicia, his childhood friend. When he dived in, he saw a vision of her. Now that he has revived as the Emperor, all the tribes and guilds rush to assemble and serve before him. Vixur asks his intentions so Vecta did not hesitate he wants death and destruction. He only wants the Priestess of Light and therefore gives permission to everyone else to kill all other humans. Everybody rejoices that it’s war time. Vecta retires to his room as he makes contact with Critter. It has already been a day here but in the real world just merely minutes. He warns that he must not die or he’ll lose access to this super account and the next login will just be a grunt. When he goes to bed, Lipia offers her body to him. However Vecta could see it coming she was going to assassinate him. Swiftly he pins her down and demands her goal. She claims she is doing this for herself and that this war must stop or else history will be set back by a few hundred years. Vecta kills her. Then it’s like her soul exits from her head. Something Vecta had seen before. The time he killed Alicia, the same thing happened. He absorbed her soul and saw her memories. He loved it. Now he also sees Lipia’s memories. He loves it. Imagine the soul of Alice. He wants that sweet soul. Next day as all tribes and guilds gather before the launch of their attack, Vecta makes it known about that assassination attempt. He dares anyone to do so but must be ready to face the consequences. Then he shows the decapitated head of Lipia. This sends Vixur into rage. A Dark Mage poisons him. Before he dies, Vixur turns Super Saiyan but his tornado mode cannot put a dent on Vecta. He realizes too late that because this man knows nothing about life or love, he cannot be killed with a murderous intent or sword. Vecta orders the assault will go on as planned as all the tribes and guilds praise their awesome supreme commander. Meanwhile Alice has reached the eastern gate. It is breaking down. She sees an invading horde from beyond the horizon. Out of time, huh?

Episode 5
Alice returns to Eldrie. He’s happy to see her. But not so for vegetable Kirito. She thinks he will be a liability impeding her ability to fight against Dark Territory. She reasons otherwise. Then Bercouli comes by. Is he going to kill Kirito? Then some lightning flash attack that is being deflected. Bercouli’s attack was towards Kirito. Kirito deflected it proves he stopped it with his own willpower. He is alive but his mind is somewhere else. Bercouli believes he’ll be back someday. In the tent, Alice thinks of kissing Kirito to wake him up? Oh, somebody outside the tent. Tiese and Ronie. They heard about Kirito being here. Alice shows them Kirito’s current state and believes they will accept this reality. Of course they are overcome with emotions. Tiese even hearing Eugeo’s voice comforting her he will always be with her. Alice asks if they love Kirito. Some excuse why they can’t because of the sin they’ve committed. Alice disagrees and somewhat shows her original Alice form that would had been had she not become an Integrity Knight. All in all, thanks to Kirito, right? Conveniently, the duo will look after Kirito and take the burden off Alice’s hands. Next day, skip whatever Alice talk with Bercouli on Kirito. Also skip her talk with Fanatio who is grateful to Kirito for fighting with her as a true swordsman. Also skip whatever catfight they almost got into… In the strategy meeting, the battle will start once the eastern gate is destroyed. Something about this long narrow dark ravine means lack of resources for both sides and hence unable to launch powerful art techniques. They also have to spare some for healing. Alice theorizes there could be vast resources built up in the ravine over the years and there should be someone who can harvest it in that short amount of time. Fanatio points out only Alice can do it as she has surpassed the skills of an Integrity Knight. After the meeting, Alice says her goodbye to Kirito. It’s like she’s signalling some death flag of her own. She hopes her death might wake him up and bring a miracle to save the land once more. After all, he was the one who defeated Administrator. And then she goes to say her goodbye to Eldrie too. I guess we need to make this guy forget about Kirito and feel his gratitude for his mentor. Whatever. And now both sides of the divide wait for the moment when the eastern gate collapses.

Episode 6
Okay it’s here. The bloody massacre and mayhem of the war. Deusolbert who is manning the front line of the right flank fires away with his flaming arrows. Damn, he took out a bunch of goblins! But there’s more. Manning the front line of the left flank is Fanatio who is dealing with the giants. The Integrity Knights isn’t all doing well. Eldrie’s unit got smoke bombed, allowing goblins to run through since the Integrity Knights cannot simply swing their swords or risk striking their own. And there’s an Integrity Knight, Renly who has already cowardly abandoned his post and hiding in the storage room. When Fanatio unleashes a powerful attack, the hit missed the giant boss. He got so scared that it caused some programming bug whatever. This turns him into some berserker and as he is about to kill Fanatio (somehow her STL got jammed whatever, rendering her unable to move), an Integrity Knight, Dakira protects her. Using all her power until she is bleeding in every orifice to push the giant boss back. With her death, Fanatio powers up like mad and unleashes a powerful attack that slices the giant boss in half. Deusolbert has finally run out of arrows. The flatland goblin boss and his henchmen try to sneakily pin him down and clobber him. A soldier protects him and as the goblin boss is about to kill him, Deusolbert powers up and uses his own sword as a flaming arrow to strike through and burn not only the goblin boss but the rest of his waves behind! Alice is hovering in the skies. Did she just accumulated the souls of the dead into one big ball cluster?

Episode 7
Flashback shows Administrator viewed Renly as broken and deemed a failure. Renly thinks he would only be in the way. Tiese and Ronie then come in to hide Kirito. I guess that’s enough hiding for Renly. And then a goblin comes in. Yeah, everybody’s f*cked. Renly sees Kirito’s shaking hands. He thinks he wants to protect everybody despite being unable to move. More flashback as he was sparring with a friend in some tournament. But Renly broke his sword and slashed through him, killing him. Now he moves as he throws his spinning blades to decapitate the goblin. With his renewed confidence, he goes out and slice all of the goblins. Then he faces off with the mountain goblin boss who tries to get psychological with him, taunting him as a coward for being stationed this far back. Renly admits he is a failure. But not his weapons. And with that, the green boss got split in half. I guess Renly’s ready to go back to his unit now. The dark mages use some flying beasts for aerial assault but were swiftly taken down by Bercouli’s defence. Then they try some wide range incineration projectile thingy. However when they start chanting, nothing comes of it. They are stumped because with so many casualties in the battlefield, the souls of the dead would have been enough. I guess they’re too late since Alice already gathered them all in her ball. Then she uses it to unleash a devastating hellfire blast. Wow. It takes lives to take lives. Literally. So more dead souls, bigger ball, deadlier firepower next time?

Episode 8
Now what? Eldrie in depression because his unit failed to protect the frontlines and the enemy got as far back to the supplies section and luckily Renly took care of it? And that’s shameful? Oh dear. Alice needs to waste time assuring otherwise. They are then confronted by the ogre boss. He was caught in Alice’s hellfire but somehow survived. Observing that power came from her, he knows she is the Priestess of Light and wants to take her to Vecta. Then the war will end and the ogres can return to the grassland. So shouldn’t he take her with him since she sounds willing to go? Instead he attacks her and gets killed. Dark mage boss reports to Vecta about the unexpected art used by the Integrity Knights. He learns that lives and blood were used for this and since 3000 lives are all that she needs, he gives her permission to sacrifice the orcs. Orc boss doesn’t agree to this when dark mage boss tells him to gather his men for the sacrificial ritual. But his men are willing to die for Vecta and so that’s that. Alice tells Bercouli what she has learnt. She intends to head to the Dark Territory herself since the Altar is located there. Bercouli agrees on a condition 1/3 of the men accompany her and he will be part of that group. Alice prepares to head into the Dark Territory, the same time the dark mages begin their ritual. Orc boss can only watch in pain and hatred as his men die before his eyes. Now that a huge dark ball is summoned, it is directed towards Alice. Nothing can stop it, right? Oh well, time for Eldrie to be a hero, using himself as distraction to let the dark ball eat him. Even when he is dead, somebody gave him a push so that he could use his final push to absorb it all. Yup, his life going into negative! I wonder why he still isn’t dead at this point. Oh, it’s to have that final reconciliation and goodbye with Alice. After he dies, Alice gets mad and charges into the enemy lines. She’s like a villain burning them all down. Dark mage boss fears to be killed so she kills her own comrades just to stay alive. Alice then announces herself and this catches Vecta’s attention.

Episode 9
Vecta orders the next group to advance and take Alice in unscathed. This means the pugilist guild is now rushing into combat. Strangely, Integrity Knight Scheta wants to handle this one. Meanwhile Vecta allows Vassago to go sneak up on the enemy’s supply. Sneaky Vassago kills the unsuspecting guards as they patrol around the dark woods. A bulk of this episode focuses on Scheta fighting off the pugilist boss. Because of her poker face and lack of emotions, nobody can read what is on her mind. There is more than meets the eye to her. She has this very thin and flexible sword that can slash through anything bestowed by Administrator. She detected Scheta’s deep passion to slash anything and hence made her this sword. Gee, if she could slice up anything with ease like how she did to many of the pugilist members, shouldn’t she be fighting in the frontlines from the start? So the pugilist boss is the only one who is hard enough whom she can’t easily slash. Sword versus fist. See who is harder. You can say that both enjoyed fighting each other but had to abandon this fight since the main forces have caught up. Vassago thinks Ronie is her next victim but she’s smart enough to use not her sight to sense him. She calls out for reinforcements. So does Vassago. With the supply side compromised, Bercouli calls off whatever ambushed he had intended and request Alice and Renly to support the supply side. He will deal with the incoming enemy forces himself. Well, something will work out. Just before Vassago could kill Ronie, then this goddess Stacia pops up and opens a chasm to swallow up the enemies. Wait a minute. Doesn’t Stacia look like Asuna?!

Episode 10
Before Asuna dived in, she was told that this Stacia’s powers include altering the land. Because it puts a heavy load on her Fluctlight, she has to stop once she feels pain. Ronie and Tiese praise the aid of the goddess but Asuna denies and that she is just human who wants to see Kirito. What convenience. She is shocked to see him in his vegetable state and when she hugs him, damn, some movements and reaction from Kirito. Judging from this little reaction, I think he moved more than he did than the entirety of this season! When Asuna leaves the tent, Alice attacks her, thinking she is the enemy spy. Woah, ladies fighting over Kirito?! Did this turn into waifu wars?! They are stopped by Bercouli who believes Asuna isn’t the enemy because her ground opening move saved him from death at the hands of the enemy. Bercouli then has everyone gather to let Asuna explain. It’s a bit hard to explain what the outside world is. Nope, it’s not the divine realm either. She adds her mission is to extract Alice from this place. Once that happens, the war will stop. Alice is after all targeted by the Underworld who wants nothing more than to destroy this world. They deduce that Alice is wanted because she broke the seal on her right eye. When Alice remembers Administrator quoting the code 871 on it, Asuna realizes there is a mole among the Rath staffs. Asuna believes because Alice was able to go against the rules and broke the seal, the enemies could find her valuable in the other world. But Bercouli doesn’t understand. If this is the case, doesn’t this put Alice on the same level as humans in the other world? Asuna can’t say that for now and wants to take Alice to see the other world for herself. It is not utopia and it is far worse than here but there are still many who want to protect it. Like Kirito. There’s your buzzword. But for now, they will focus on defeating the enemies at hand. Asuna will join in and hopes to leave Vecta in her hands. Later that night, the waifu wars continue. Oh God… Asuna and Alice trying to outdo each other who spent more time with Kirito. Oh my God, Ronie! You want to join in this waifu wars too?! Liena too?! F*ck. The more the merrier. Thank goodness they decide to be more civil and talk and trade info about Kirito.

Episode 11
Administrator once talked to Bercouli how she felt death every day even in her dreams. Because she doesn’t have control over everything yet. Now Bercouli understands what she meant. Kirito time interrupted when Bercouli sounds the alarm. It seems the enemies are trying to cross the chasm with a flimsy rope? Apparently Vecta told them to do it and he doesn’t care if there are casualties. Of course this makes some mad but they can’t disobey their emperor. Of course it gets worse when the Integrity Knights come by to take them all out. Critter has synced the Underworld time with reality. Then he sends a tantalizing invitation to players in America to join this battle. Real blood. Real slaughtering. Oh yeah! Sign me up! Damn bloodthirsty violent Americans! Yui detects this and makes an emergency call to Shino and Sugu to take a taxi now and head to this address. Taxis are available at this time in Japan? That’s Japanese service for you! Kikuoka then gets a call from Rath’s Roppongi branch. A couple of ladies came knocking on their door asking to contact Kikuoka. They warn about the time synchronization and it seems they are going to dive in too. Meanwhile Yui is telling the rest of Kirito’s friends of what is happening. I don’t know about this Alice thingy who has existed since the first SAO and hence linking everybody together. Sounds complicated. Whatever the reason, they’re all going to save Kirito, right? However the problem is the time difference in reality. Right now it is the wee hours of morning in Japan and in America it is noon time so you bet there are going to be a lot more active players right now in America. Also, instead of starting from scratch, Yui suggests they can convert their current character data with all the cool stats to Underworld. Of course there’ll be problems… Lisbeth speaks to all the ALO players and pleads for their help. But when she relays the issues that they cannot log out, will feel real pain, will die and no guarantee they can convert back their character data, she is met with brickbats and scorn. They have no love lost for those SAO survivors. Lisbeth doesn’t give up and continues talking about their reality, truth and connections. Hope those tears did the trick. Back in Underworld, those damn bloodthirsty American players have arrived!

Episode 12
Those Americans attack the Dark Territory side. I guess as long as they can kill, anybody is fair game. Asuna alters the landscape to prevent further havoc. When pugilist boss sees Vecta flying over, he gets mad. Knowing he did not tell them about the other enemies, he does what Alice did last season as he gorges out his right eye. In his rage, he jumps over the chasm and saves Asuna from being slaughtered by the Americans. He then offers a deal. If she can create a sturdy bridge to let his men cross over, he will fight with them against the Americans. Meanwhile, Alice wanting to get to higher ground to incinerate more enemies, this proves fatal as she gets snatched by Vecta. So when everyone else receives this news, pugilist boss finds out from Asuna that it is the end of this world if Vecta gets Alice to the Altar. Pugilist boss wants the Integrity Knights to go after them. Because Dark Territory clans cannot go against the emperor, they might be given orders to fight against them. With Vecta already achieving his goal, it means the Dark Territory clan can do whatever they want. Hence their only choice is to stay back to fight the Americans and buy them time. He also has Asuna give Vecta a message once she catches up to him: That they are not his damned puppets! Vassago has awakened back in reality. He learns what happened and looks like Miller is now taking his solo action, proving that he has gotten the Priestess of Light. However it is detected the Integrity Knights are coming after him and it is going to be troublesome if they do so. Hence Critter is waiting for a second wave of Americans to log in and crush them. Vassago then remembers he lost to Asuna. This means Kirito is here. He wants to go back but with no more Dark Knight super account left, Vassago seems to have a special account for another express pass. Asuna and the Integrity Knight are now surrounded by the next wave of Americans. Renly going to sacrifice himself to make a path? Don’t be. Because here comes another angel to wipe out a bunch of those players. Is that you Shino?! Yes it is.

Kirito, So Thou Art Offline: Waifu Wars
Sighs… They really know how to extend the drama. Instead of making this a continuous double cour, they took a season break before airing the big finale. Hey, it’s all just a game, right? Sure, not for these people putting their lives on the line. I guess we too have to wait with baited breath for the liberation of Underworld. But I am guessing how things will turn out and it shouldn’t surprise me. Unless… And yeah, I find it that this season’s final ending scene to be similarly weird as last season. Because last time we had angelic Asuna extending his hand to save Kirito. Now we have Shino doing the same for Asuna. Is this going to be a trend as slowly Kirito’s other friends and harem join in the battle?

One of the weirdest expects in this season is Kirito being a vegetable. Yes, it was really bizarre to see the best swordsman in all virtual games to turn into some vegetable retard. So much so you could say that the recap episode at the beginning was the most that we will ever get to see him in action or acting normally. But this isn’t the first time that this series has done without Kirito as its main star. Remember that GGO spinoff title? The one where some little pink munchkin was running about and blazing away her opponents? Yup. That. However that was a spinoff but this is the real SAO main series. So to see Kirito being wheelchair ridden like as though he has turned into some grandpa waiting for the day he will kick the bucket, sometimes it also feels unsettling. Sometimes it feels like they are disrespecting the main character but I suppose this is all part of the plot and that at this point it is all too early to jump to conclusions. The great Kirito who defeated Administrator is now reduced to this? Hmm… Not very nice indeed… And he doesn’t even make any sort of appearance in this season’s final episode. Like as though he went missing. Not very nice indeed…

Hence some of the characters from last season won’t come back, namely Eugeo and Cardinal. Of course Administrator and Chudelkin too but they do appear in flashbacks. An excuse for never seen before scenes of them. So for Eugeo, I guess no BL yaoi for you fujoshi out there! He is happy living with the original loli Alice. In some alternate timeline. Hopefully. No wonder Kirito is so vegetable this season… Cardinal got her best hug last season. Yeah, she really needed it. All up to you now, Kirito. Oh wait. Make that next season.

With Kirito out of the main picture, this give rise to Alice as she temporarily takes Kirito’s place as the main character. Alice to the fore. It is most probably her indebt to him that makes her look out for him as much as he can. After all, we’ve seen what Kirito had done for her last season. I’m sure the feelings of the heart had something to do with it too (remember those few trolling scenes of her trying to take advantage of his vegetable state and kiss him?) but with Alice being more of a poker face and the imminent threat of Dark Territory getting in the way, I suppose no time for some disabled romance. Hah. Even AIs got feelings, you know. Yeah, virtual technology is this advanced. At least in this series. We got a little taste of the waifu wars although it started a bit late after Asuna dived in. Better late than never. Now we just need the rest of his harem to jump in and complete Kirito’s harem. The more the merrier. The stronger this team will be. Then we can get along fighting for his attention once the war is over. Real 3D girls and 2D girls fighting for his attention. Damn Kirito, you lucky bastard!!!! You better break out of that vegetable state soon or else there will be another kind of war that will be even more devastating!!!! HAHAHA!!!!! Oops…

Alice doesn’t take 100% of the spotlight as there are some episodes that are dedicated in focusing on a few new Integrity Knights like Renly and Scheta. While they have an interesting background, but it still feels short and like some sort of diversion. I mean, there are 30 over Integrity Knights and it would be a shame that we can count all of the known ones with just our fingers. I’m sure a good number is missing but adding a couple of them makes it look like they have a few more good Integrity Knights on their side. Still, I find it hard to relate them since their flashback is rather short as it just points out their flaws and then during the fight, they realize what is important and overcome it. There. Now the Integrity Knights can look like they have more reliable men on their side instead of just showing the usual ones that we already know and introduced from last season. Oh right. RIP Eldrie. In a way it is a good thing so we won’t have this dude get in the way of b*tching Alice x Kirito romance. Heh. If that ever is a possibility but with Eldrie out of the way, definitely no Alice x Eldrie possibility.

Strangely, I find myself to be more fascinated with the dark factions of Dark Territory. I noticed I was more glued and interested in watching them whenever they appear rather than the Integrity Knights or the recent waifu wars. Perhaps it is because there was not much data and info given about the Dark Territory in last season. So it seems that there are a bunch of lives on the other side outside of the human empire too. It’s a shame that they are being casted as the bad guys because some of them really seemed to have potential and interesting back story. But with Vecta being the cruel ultimate emperor, whatever he says is divine. Hence some dark tribes like the orcs and pugilists could have had better characterization if at least their side were fleshed out more. In some ways, I think I would side and sympathize with them rather than the Integrity Knights! Really.

Action wise, this season doesn’t disappoint as the war between both sides get brutal and bloody. But just as to show how powerful a single Integrity Knight is, that is why the Dark Territory side has the numbers and hence the cliché moment of taking a whole bunch of them out with their single powerful move. Don’t mind if we rake up the body count. Yeah, it feels like all those initially like the goblins and the giants exist in great numbers just to die in the battlefield. Some lesser human soldiers also die but we don’t see much of it. After all, a few Integrity Knights can take out a huge horde. Sometimes the impact of the powerful move is so great that the sound effect also affected my speaker and I have to tone it down so as not to turn my entire room into some sonic boom shockwave or something. And when those bloodthirsty Americans joined the fray, I guess they’re only there to add to the body count. Wow. So many online American players at the same given point in time? I’m sure those players who jumped right in only to be instantly killed by the powerful Integrity Knights are going to have some rage quit issues.

I still never understood all the technical terms and jargons. While the war of the Underworld is the main focus, there are still some scenes back at Ocean Turtle. Safe to say that I am still in the blur of all those jargons and that is the main reason impeding me from appreciating and enjoying this season to its fullest. I guess only the blood and gore speak to me, something a simpleton like me can understand. So whatever linking and synching all those virtual technological stuffs, nah, not really interested even if it is part of the plot. Like when they show certain characters going berserk and then their STL Lightcube being affected or something, like WTF is going on? Is this some excuse to tell us why they power up and could do more than their usual? Yeah, everything is just pixels and codes, right?

It is interesting to see and note that there is a possibility that humans may create AIs that are on par with real human beings, complete with their own independent set of thinking and emotions. As always, there is always debate and up in the air for discussion its pros and cons. When AI becomes too life-like and intelligent for us, probably that is when the nightmare begins. Or in today’s era, perhaps we’ll make more memes and jokes about AIs having rights and feelings! Hahaha! Oops… It is also interesting to see how many people will actually sacrifice what they have achieved just for others or the greater good. It’s a good opportunity to see their real character. So would I exchange my stats and put my life on the line for Kirito? Uhm… Erm… Uh… Let’s move on to the next topic, shall we?

This season’s art and animation is on par with last season. Superb stuff to say the least. You bet they can’t skimp on the quality as this series is such an important and popular name. But there are some CGI moments that are weak. Especially those that are of the battlefield and in the background. You won’t notice the first time round when the focus is on the main battle in front. But if you look closely to all the grunts and foot soldiers fighting each other, you can see the CGI animation is somewhat lame. This season’s opener is sung by Haruka Tomatsu. Resolution is your typical rock outfit that fits the pace of this season. But it is the ending theme, Unlasting by Lisa that attracts me. It is a slow ballad and despite its sad and gloomy outlook, it is also somewhat sounds beautiful and dramatically powerful.

Overall, this season isn’t all that bad but my only pet peeve is that they had to split this second half into 2 cours. I suppose we are heading into the final stretch of the longest arc in the series and they want to make the finale as epic as it is acclaimed to be in its original works. There is some great action this season but depending on your preference, that could be bad or good. And that factor is Kirito. Non Kirito fans will not matter since we can see how other characters are also capable in defending themselves instead of relying on the main character. But Kirito lovers might be crying foul for what they have turned him into this season. Oh well, this is to be expected if you’ve read the light novel. Hopefully when the final of the final comes around, the anime will do justice to its epic awesomeness. A lot of AIs died for our entertainment, you know.

Assassins Pride

March 8, 2020

There is honour among thieves. So goes the saying. So I suppose this means that even as an assassin, there must be some sort of faith and principle that separates them from just being bloodthirsty mercenaries. That’s what I thought when I heard about Assassins Pride. Apparently an assassin who is sent to assassinate the daughter of a noble, has a change of heart and decides to help her because he saw some sort of potential in her. There are very tight criteria in order to keep the status quo. You know, can’t let anybody find out about this, need to keep this and that a secret. Isn’t that outright just breaking the code? Like a fugitive? Well, technically you’re not breaking any codes if nobody knows or realizes you have broken them in the first place.

Episode 1
Kirito, uhm sorry, I mean Kufa Vampir from the assassin guild of White Night is despatching his targets. But only 1 got away and Lord Elsnes is dead. As he narrates, Flandore is the last standing city within the lantern. The never ending darkness outside lurks monsters known as lancanthropes. Alighting from his train, he helps a lady with her luggage before heading to a manor. Here, he will be the private tutor and attendant of Melida Angel. Cue for Melida to fall off the balcony she so nonchalantly dances on. Cue for Kufa to catch her. Is this the start of a beautiful relationship? Not really. At St Friedeswiede school, we can tell Nerva Martillo is a b*tch as she calls out to Melida to spar in which the latter loses. Kufa narrates that nobles are gifted with mana and they should manifest this power at age of 7. However Melida has displayed none and her House of Angel is one of the big aristocratic houses with the Paladin title. Nerva then mocks Melida’s dream to join an eminent guild, Crest Legion and everyone joins in laughing at her. More salt rubbed into wounds when she mentions Elise, Melida’s cousin who is primed to join Crest Legion soon. Flashback shows, Lord Mordrew, Melida’s grandpa had doubts if she is a legitimate child of House of Angel. It is believed Elsnes had an affair Lady Melinoa who is Melida’s mother. Hence Kufa’s job is to work from the inside to ascertain this. Kufa has observed Melida and notes she is useless. Seeing that she is not the biological child of Felgus, Kufa’s next mission is to kill her. This is the best for someone who works hard but the sad thing is that the day she will be rewarded for her hard work will never come. He is about to complete his job but Melida has fled her room. It seems she is trying to fight lancanthropes by herself. Is this her idea of force awakening her mana? Not going too well. Kufa observes and is stumped she doesn’t call for help. Melida is very particular about her hair. It is her only link to her mom. Seeing her pitiful state and somewhat admitting she isn’t a child of House of Angel, Kufa jumps in and easily slays the lancanthropes. Then he offers himself to help save her and will lend all his support. After they both entrust their lives to each other, she lets him drink a potion. It feels like drowning but soon after she is teeming with mana! With this, Kufa knows there is no turning back now. Melida cannot know about her mom’s illicit affair, his real job as an assassin must remain a secret, he must conceal her true lineage and support he is getting from Mordrew who is his client as well as White Night. He hopes the day won’t come where he will have to kill her.

Episode 2
Kufa scans Melida’s for any irregularities. After all, he shared his mana with her. This also means that her class isn’t a Paladin, but a Samurai like him. He wants her to keep this a secret since there might be those who would spread nasty rumours. This means she has to continue to be bullied by Nerva. Later Kufa and Melida stumble into Elise and Rosetti “Rose” Pricket (the lady from the train). Rose is Elise’s new private tutor and is quite famous as she is the youngest to ever join Crest Legion and granted a special title by the king. Rose would love to be Kufa’s friend but Kufa instead rejects her and finds her a bad influence on those around her. It’s no surprise she’s having bad blood with him. Melida is already nervous before the start of her school’s public tournament and Nerva comes to throw more insults. So much so, Kufa tells her straight to STFU. Obviously Nerva won’t have that and starts mouthing him as well only for Melida to push her away and tell her off not to pick on her instructor. Kufa notes Melida’s strength comes from not for her own sake but for others. As the tournament begins, Melida heads straight for Nerva. Everyone is in shock seeing Melida suddenly summoning mana. Surprise, mother*ckers! She uses a few tricks to rile up Nerva. Nerva even did some devastating move that looks like it devastated the arena but still to no avail. Melida is still superior. And then suddenly Melida runs out of mana! Time to run. Tables have turned. Now it’s Nerva’s turn to b*tch about being superior. Flashback shows Melida was ostracized just because she had no mana. And then Nerva came along and promised to be her friend. Yup, some friend she turned out to be. Before Nerva could deliver the final blow, suddenly Melida’s mana comes back?! Kufa is shocked to see her use his phantom skill that she had only seen once. Did she train in secret? After incapacitating Nerva, Melida goes on to win it for her team in this whatever capture the flag game. In the aftermath, Melida talks to father but apparently Felgus isn’t amused. Beginner’s luck? Prove yourself by winning against other schools first. Kufa is nevertheless happy for Melida. To show Nerva isn’t a total b*tch, she apologizes. Wow. So meek now. Melida’s next match is against Elise but the latter just wins it in 13 seconds!!!

Episode 3
Melida invites Kufa to the festival. Unfortunately he will be away for some duty but promises to return on the final day to dance with her. Meanwhile, Othello the head maid for Elise is praising for her win over Melida. Only if the match would last a little longer so she could make Melida kneel before everyone and prove she is the worthy successor of House of Angel. Othello sees the skimpy dress for the festival and disapproves. She’ll make another one that will make her stand out. Less skimpy but still skimpy nevertheless. This has everyone think Elise is trying to show off. Elise feels hurt and as Melida tries to console her, they are being kidnapped by Williams Gin from Guild Grimfice. He is part human and part lancanthrope. More precisely an artificial lancanthrope with transplanted genes inside him. Knowing Melida isn’t a Paladin, he wants to mix Elise’s genes into hers. Though, the success rate is pretty much low. With Elise having trauma of lancanthropes, Melida isn’t going to play damsel in distress in the first place so she improvises (thanks to Kufa’s teachings) to fight against those lowly lancanthropes. Williams gets weakened when something in Melida and Elise resonate that harms him. He believes they will become a threat to them in the future and orders them killed. Just in time for Kufa and Rose to barge in and rescue their students after getting word from their guild. Kufa faces off with Williams who then unleashes a totally manmade lancanthrope. Even with Williams trying to seal Kufa’s mana, he still can fight on par. Well, until he loses an arm! Williams mocks his goal in nurturing Melida till she one day surpasses him. Kufa shows his true nature as he powers up to destroy the lancanthrope. Guess what? Kufa is also part lancanthrope and is the strongest one of them all: A vampire! I would have guessed it from his name… Yeah, he attached his arm too. Williams is now scared but Kufa won’t kill him but relay a message for his client instead. Williams warns that he will become hunted when Melida surpasses him but Kufa is fine with it. Just in time to return to dance with Melida. Also a timely vow from Melida that she wants to be worthy of him and stand by his side.

Episode 4
Time for the Luna Lumiere Selection Tournament that is also conducted with their sister school, St d’Authriche. Chosen cadets from both schools are selected in this battle royale to earn the title of Luna Lumiere. The cadets are chosen based on everyone’s votes and so it is quite shocking that Melida and Elise’s name pops up. Each cadet also needs to choose their teammates and with Melida unsure who to pick, Nerva volunteers herself as well Shenfa Zwitoque who was last year’s queen. After the ceremony, Melida is disheartened she didn’t do this but Kufa assures her he will always believe her. Nerva and Shenfa train alongside Kufa and Melida. While they take a break, Kufa catches Othello wandering around suspiciously. He makes her reveal that she was the one who switched the names. With the cat out of the bag and the young ones hearing this, Othello discloses her intentions to make both ladies compete so that Elise can be seen as the much better girl than the incompetent one. She doesn’t view Melida as equal to her. Melida maintains that her bond with Elise is irreplaceable. If she manages to defeat Elise, she hopes Othello will acknowledge her and let them form a unit together. That night, Kufa goes out to meet Black Madia. It seems the superiors at White Night have suspected him of hiding something because his report seems lacking. Kufa asserts he reported the truth but Madia wants him to bring Melida’s blood as proof. Kufa can’t do that as he is under the employment of House of Angel and doesn’t want to arouse suspicion. In that case, Madia will do it herself. Both clash until Rose shows up to help. She has also called reinforcements so Madia is forced to retreat but warns Kufa she will always be watching him in his shadows. Kufa explains Madia’s class as a Clown. A class that can imitate all 7 classes (Fencer, Gladiator, Samurai, Maiden, Gunner, Wizard and Cleric – so Paladin isn’t a class?). And she’s the strongest Clown in town. Elise confronts Melida with a plan of her own. She will purposely lose to her so they can convince Othello. But this isn’t what Melida want because it’s like saying she can’t beat her and that she won’t be using her best abilities. But stubborn Elise has already set her mind on it. She wants to keep being her little sister forever.

Episode 5
Kufa and Rose try to get the tournament selection since Madia may be lurking around but apparently the school has made its decision. Yup, it’s going to go on. With Melida having troubled thoughts, Kufa talks to her and learns about Elise’s proposal to lose on purpose. He gives her some advice to let Elise know her true feelings and since she loves Elise a lot, he believes their relationship will not crumble. As the tournament gets underway, Melida and Elise quickly clash swords. During the midst, Kufa suspects Madia may be impersonating as a student so he goes to confront and attack this supposed student. He then realizes his mistake that she is not. She is Mule La More and is a member of one of the 3 big Knight-Duke Houses. Kufa realizes where Madia is now as he makes his way to the battlefield. Elise finally breaks her silence and thinks Melida is weak. The reason she held back is because she doesn’t want to know that Melida is weaker than her. She doesn’t want to be on equal footing with her and instead prefers to be second best below her where she stays out of the limelight. Can we return to those days where she was always her little sister? Melida makes her statement that she is not weak and overpowers her. She asserts that even if Elise becomes a strong Paladin, she will always be a step ahead of her. The cousins reconcile and this touching story is heard by Nerva who is actually Madia in disguise (real Nerva ambushed and left unconscious somewhere). Madia attacks them and even destroys the sentries guarding this place. This allows Kufa to enter the scene and take on Madia. I don’t know what happened because the next scene suddenly shows Madia being stripped to her true form. So she’s some meek girl? Kufa hands her a letter to be given to Father. Upon reading it, he will make his judgment on it and Madia will bear not be reprimanded. The tournament ends with Keira Espada winning. Kufa is puzzled because if Othello had no mana and cannot enter the place, who guided her in to switch the names? Mule is pleased because her mana recorder has recorded all the mana of the students here, including Melida. Melida tells Elise she is creating a new unit and hopes she could join. Of course. Madia is left to rue her fate because now she is made to be an instructor to this school…

Episode 6
What’s this? There is an unofficial closing ceremony for the tournament? Looks more like a girl’s slumber party to me. Mule and Salacha “Sala” Shicksal tell Melida and Elise about a sad love story that also serves as a horror one. A husband and wife came to Flandore but the husband unable to find work felt pressured and abused his wife until one day he killed her by ripping her heart out. Realizing the atrocity of what he had done, he ran away with her heart. However he heard the heart of his wife asking him if he is okay. He realized his wife loved him despite all he had done and drowned himself. But since the corpse of his wife was abandoned, it became a zombie and roamed around looking for its heart. She kills women and rips out their heart and is known as the Grey Witch! Speaking of which, there has been a spate of murders following this tale. Suddenly the lights go out and before them all is a witch figure. Is the legend true?! Keira is defeated easily as the girls run for their lives. Melida, Elise, Mule and Sala walk through the underground waterway and it becomes creepier when they step on something soft and squishy. Human entrails?! Then it turns out to be, uhm, pink slime? For some reason, their perversion got the better of them because all of them wants to take the slime off Sala’s boobs. Because of that, here comes the witch! Trying to use their own abilities is no use. What to do? Run some more. They manage to get out of the waterway and thankfully Kufa is here. However… He needs their help to look for his missing heart! Kufa has a hole in his body???!!! Scream fest! Of course this turns out to be, uhm, prank? Rose warned Kufa about the unofficial ceremony. I guess that’s why it’s unofficial. The right word should have been illegal but I guess that would be a dead giveaway. The girls get lectured by Kufa as he reveals the witch is played by Rose. That pink slime? It’s supposed to be some pixie gem toy. Now the girls get mad at him and calling him all sorts of perverted names. In the end, the girls are put to bed and looks like Kufa has to keep watch. Not because they’ll sneak out and do anything illegally. I think they’re scared to sleep alone…

Episode 7
As the school prepares itself for a school trip to Shangharta, suddenly Rose seeks Kufa’s help. She wants him to marry her! Of course Kufa deduces that her father, Blossom has got a fiancé for her. Not wanting to marry him, she cooked up an excuse that she already has a boyfriend. Spot on. Shockingly, he agrees to play her boyfriend. Well, this doesn’t sit very well with Melida. Looking very jealous, isn’t she? And because the ladies are tussling over him, this earns the ire of Ms Stachie who is one of the board of directors. But she quickly kisses up to Elise. It seems Blossom will also be joining on this trip since that is his hometown. Blossom relays the good news that their entire hometown will host Rose’s wedding. She disagrees to it and claims Kufa as her boyfriend. Father doesn’t like Kufa but gets scared thinking he recognized him somewhere. Apparently there was a serial killer many years back and he had Kufa’s face. Strange… With Kufa acting strange, this has Melida worried. And then an incident whereby a girl got attacked. Though she is not physically hurt, she is unconscious. Blossom uses his magic to find the culprit. From his magic flames, the only one who fits the description is Kufa. Kufa does not dismiss the fact he has no alibi to prove his innocence. And then upon arriving in the subterranean city of Shangharta, a commotion in the town square as some guy ravaged with some disease goes berserk. The only way left is to kill him. Wow. You mean killing him right in front of all the school girls? Blossom says this isn’t public execution but salvation. Because Kufa hangs out with Rose, when he gets back, Melida is acting like a jealous wife. Yeah… To shut her up from her incessant b*tching, he asks if she would like to go on a date with him now. Instantly all is forgiven. Women… In this beautiful underground cave, we see them dance gracefully in the air. Thanks to the rocks giving off some magnetic field that allows them to float. Kufa then puts Melida to bed and she hopes they can go on another date like this. Anywhere is fine. Melida dreams of a strange dream whereby somebody wants to suck her blood? She is awakened by Elise who comes running to inform her that there has been another victim. Oh dear. Kufa not by her side this time…

Episode 8
All the children in the church are dead now?! Kufa is nowhere to be seen so everybody suspects him. Melida skips training and bumps into Madia. Seems Kufa left instructions to take care of Melida should something happen to him. Disguising herself as a student, both of them interview with the locals about Blossom and the mysterious spots that Blossom prohibit others from entering. One of them is this crooked house. Madia investigates and believes the house was built this way to conceal something. Aha. A hidden passageway. An underground lab with dead corpses. She can tell they are failed loup-garous experiments, humans infected with night gene factor and can’t transform. Hence there is no mystery disease going around and it could be that Blossom is faking it all to cover up some experiment. A voice in Melida’s head has her feel another incident has happened. This time Elise is attacked. Although she is unhurt and unconscious, it was Rose who protected her and paid with her life! Oh no! Rose dead?! Now everyone is calling for Kufa’s head. Desperate Blossom heads off and believes he can bring his daughter back alive. As Melida puts Elise in bed, the angry mob is here. Luckily Shenfa was quick to warn her that they intend to kidnap her as bait to lure out Kufa. She holds them back as Melida runs. Another a boulder which is another mystery spot, Melida slices it open with her sword. Aha. A hidden passageway. Another underground lab. This time filled with notes from Blossom indicating he is experimenting with night gene factor on humans. Then that voice in her head speaks up. Melida introduces herself as a Paladin but the voice laughs and decides to test her. Out comes Rose. Because of the mana possessing her, Melida believes she is the real culprit behind the incidents. Before she could suck her blood, here comes Kufa to the rescue. He tries to tell her snap out of this possession. So thinking about her loved ones and human bonds is supposed to be the key? Maybe Rose isn’t that strong so she escapes. Kufa deems the Ice King is behind this but Melida is in shock to see Kufa’s changed appearance.

Episode 9
So Kufa is going to seal her memories and start anew? Wanna bet Melida can change his mind after kissing him and saying those nice words how she accepts him for who he is? Yup. Thought so. Flashback reveals a giant arachnid monster, Naqua attacked Shangharta and wounded many of the children including Kufa and Rose. Blossom wanted to end the failed loup-garous experiment but thanks to his wife continuing to emit some miasma, Naqua wants to experiment to continue since there will be supplies of new test subjects. Kufa saved Rose by biting and turning her into a vampire. He also sealed her memories so as not to awaken her blood sucking instinct. Together with Father’s help, they defeat Naqua. Kufa begged for Rose to be spared and in exchange, he will join his guild and will never remove Rose’s seal. Even if she will never see him again, he will always watch her from a distance and wants her to be happy. So Kufa makes a deal with Melida. She must bring this secret to her grave or it’s curtains for her. Knowing that Blossom is in cohorts with Naqua who somehow survived, the reason Rose was brought back here as to draw out her power. That is why Kufa cannot be seen in public, otherwise he would not have left Melida alone.

So this is how they’re going to deal with the situation: Melida barges in to interrupt Rose’s wedding, challenges her by declaring she kissed Kufa twice, obviously Rose got jealous and fights her (you mean nobody else run but continued to watch?), Melida attacks hit Blossom instead and snuffs out Naqua who has been hiding on him, Naqua escapes but Rose gives chase, flashback shows it is Naqua mind controlling Rose to attack others but when she attacked but refused to harm Elise, Naqua had her killed, Naqua almost kills Rose but is saved by Kufa who then unlocks her vampire powers, their combo allows them to defeat Naqua but because he can split into many tiny pieces (the reason how he can avoid death) and tries to escape but for some strange reason he runs back the same route and conveniently all the Friedeswiede girls have been waiting for him to pop up so they fire all they’ve got at every last bit of this damn spider to kill him forever, Kufa seals Rose’s memories again despite she wanting to be with him. Better this way, right? Kufa then confronts Blossom. He knows he made a deal with Naqua in exchange for using Naqua’s powers to slow down the process of his wife turning into a lancanthrope. To thin Blossom for taking him in as an orphan, here is an elixir that changes her back to human! Wow. So convenient. With his wife back, she takes over his church while he surrenders himself to the authorities. On the train back, Rose admits to Kufa that she joined Crest Legion because there was a boy whom she can’t remember that was always beside her. By becoming famous, she hopes that boy will find her. Nice goal but… Anyway, Melida comes to rub salt into Rose’s wounds because she snuggles up close to Kufa. Since Rose’s act to play Kufa’s lover has ended, time for the real lover to take her place. And about that kiss…

Episode 10
It’s that time of year where seniors will venture into the Vibria Goat Library for a certification exam to pass. It is huge maze consisting of hundred millions of texts. Melida and Elise despite being juniors are invited to participate since they were representatives for Luna Lumiere and they don’t need to go deep but just casually explore the first layer. Meanwhile Mule and Sala report back to some group of nobles about Melida’s mana being very different from a Paladin. This has everyone believing there is a scandal going on in the House of Angel. Serge who is Sala’s big brother suggests to expose her to public. Mule further suggests to use a text in Vibria Goat called Anders’ Codex. One day, a strange man comes to Friedeswiede to proclaim he is Melida’s father. Of course everyone is shocked. He escapes only because Kufa prevents him from getting any closer. In her room, they talk about her enemies making their move to bring her clan down. The only way to send a warning to them is to actually do the certification exam. Of course she is scared she will fail. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. And of course for further motivation, she wants a reward from him if she passes. As the headmistress leads the students down into Vibria Goat, she warns them of ghosts of the place who might attack intruders, thinking they would steal their books. So Vibria Goat is just one big freaking haunted library?! And you don’t say because suddenly the elevator stops and they’re attacked by tentacles!!! Wow, was this part of the deal? Meanwhile a nun calls for Kufa. It seems Felgus is here. He wants Melida to stop taking this certification exam because she doesn’t need it. In fact, he is here to make arrangements to pull her out of this school. He believes he has made a mistake to put her in a public school that makes her a visible target. Kufa tries to plead for time and he can prove otherwise. Then a letter bearing the seal of Grimfice is received. It claims the girls in the certification exam will die. Melida and Elise are brought to some parts unknown of the library. Of course they are attacked by ghosts but remembering Kufa’s sword teachings, you bet those ghosts can’t even touch them. Haha. I ain’t afraid of no ghosts! Don’t rest yet. Because the ghosts now has reinforcements! Oh sh*t! Don’t despair. Here comes Mule and Sala to the rescue.

Episode 11
Mule has some ‘cheat’ books that serves as a map around the area. We take a detour as Mule uses a text that has them change outfits. This must be some conspiracy just to fondle Sala’s boobs, huh? I bet that is why no ghosts were attacking and simply watching this delicious scene. On to a serious note, they reach a level from what I understand, they need to clear and put away the books while fighting off mini cheeky imps. Some weird puzzle. They manage to do so and they earn some book that prints their name on it. But soon, Sala tries to steal Melida’s book. Though Mule confronts her, Sala warns Melida that this is a trap. Mule then steals Melida’s book just to peek at her class. Yup, it says Samurai. She then escapes to go report back to her brother. Meanwhile the headmistress and other students are fighting off, uhm, zombie mages? Led by Crodoll who is an artificial lancanthrope who specializes in necromancy and is a member of Grimfice. When the headmistress is wounded, cue for Kufa to drop in and save the day. If you’re wondering why he defeats Crodoll so easily, yeah, that old geezer returns as an undead now. How do you kill something that is dead? Not even Kufa can handle this. So how? Herald Williams’ turn. Kufa expected him to help out and he kept his promise by doing so. His bandages suppresses super human abilities so Crodoll dies again. Let’s hope he stays that for good. Williams reveals that the letter was just a distraction to keep him away from the enemy. Because the target this time isn’t Melida but the lives of the students of Friedeswiede. But thankfully, those dumb Grimfice members aren’t anything near the level of Nerva and the rest. Those guys really underestimate these girls, huh? Father is also here and he heard Williams wants to join their guild. Williams wants a way to be turned back into human. In exchange, he will become their spy. Father won’t agree now and will only do so after evaluating his performance. Father then tells Kufa about the opening of 2 unusual gates into Vibria Goat. One is managed by Mordrew Arms Association of Commerce and the other by the House of Shicksal, one of the 3 big Knight-Duke Houses. Looks like Kufa is the man for the job.

Episode 12
So we’re having an Alice In Wonderland themed court? Are they trying to make a fool of Alice AKA Melida? I bet she’ll make them look like a fool. Anyway with Serge as the judge, the trial is accusing her of not being Felgus’ real daughter. Though this Samurai class isn’t concrete evidence, however she can’t answer why her mana suddenly just materialized. Can’t she not just say it so happened to materialize just like that? Anyway, you can tell the jury are just out for her blood. Because they badmouth her parents, Melida snaps and tells them off. Serge then has her prove it by letting Sala fight her. I guess nobody is watching the lesser fight between Elise and Mule. To the untrained eye, it looked like Melida is just avoiding Sala’s attacks. Melida waits for the chance to strike back and does so. Now the unruly crowd thinks she is Felgus’ daughter. Yeah, this means this baseless accusation can amount to treason! Serge’s only way is to use some magic pen and rewrite everything. You mean turn everything into nothingness? Better run. Because it will really suck you into nothingness. Melida and Mule put aside their difference (was there any? Was Mule just pretending?) to help those jerks to escape. Once done, they are trapped as they face off against the imposter who claimed to be Melida’s father. Since Melida can’t handle him himself, cue for Kufa to jump in. Hence we see why the duo are a deadly combo as they take him down. Mule ‘accidentally’ drops Anders’ Codex into the nothingness. In reality, the imposter is reeling from the pain from ‘dying’ in the story. He seeks Serge’s help but is killed off. After all the girls return to safety, in the aftermath it is narrated that a few days later, many claim to be Melida’s true father. This was somewhat solved by Serge who revealed the culprit to be Bijou Niese, a member of Crest Legion who harbours doubts about the current state of affairs. However he has gone into hiding. To deal with this aftermath, Felgus stays with Melida for the time being. Before he departs, to appease her fears, he remembers that a relative of her great grandma was of the Samurai class. Gee, that’s so vague but thanks for connecting the dots anyway. And duh, Melida of course resembles her mom! WTF is that no-brainer statement? Maybe it’s his way to accept his daughter? Yeah, maybe it is. Because Melida starts crying like a baby. Later, Melida renews her vow to Kufa if she passes her certification exam. But this time instead of entrusting her life to him, she would prefer to risk her life for him. Uhm, isn’t that the same thing?

Assassin’s Creed: Pride & Prejudice
Theoretically, if this never gets another season, Melida’s secret will be forever safe! Hahaha! Oops. So apparently Melida is going to have a lot more tough time to convince the rest of the world that she is truly the daughter of Felgus but apparently with Kufa by her side and with her convictions stronger than before, it’ll be a breeze. Because detractors and naysayers are mostly just spineless cowards who hide behind the mask and accuse-cum-blame everything else. Just like the internet. Hahaha! Oops. So screw the initial mission to kill her if she is not the real child of Felgus. Anybody who accuses her otherwise, just cut through them and everything! Isn’t that the Samurai way? Or am I missing something?

The story seems to be all over the place and although I expected to be Kufa-Melida kind of trials and tribulations, what we mostly get are some weird tournament, a trip back to Rose’s hometown that turned into some pseudo detective work and then some weird certification exam. Lots of stuffs happen in between just to confuse us. Like, what the heck is going on? Perhaps they do not want to stray too much away from the Kufa-Melida pair but even so I don’t see anything significant. Because of that, the lore and setting of this world somewhat suffers. It would have been interesting had they take the time to explore the eternal darkness that engulfs this land instead of just briefly skimming through it. Like as though they just want to get all that out of the way (to satiate our curiosity why this world is always night time) and pay no more further attention. It would have also been nice if they could expand on the different types of classes instead of just gliding through and just to make us feel amazed that there are 7 classes. 7 CLASSES, BABY! Count ’em. What about Grimfice? Are they a threat or not? And what we get are lots of girly stuffs instead. From tournament battles to even that girls’ secret slumber party. WTF do we need this sort of f*cking filler?

Basically, whatever ‘misadventures’ are shown here in this series are supposed to put Melida or Kufa in some sort of predicament that would ultimately test their bond. Unfortunately I fail to see any significance of that. There are some private moments between them but it feels like Melida is just being an insecure kid who needs to get lots of assurance from the suave and charming Kufa. They grow close but you just don’t really feel it with all the weird distractions in the plot. Making it worse is how they don’t get any more back story like how Kufa is a vampire or what half lancanthrope or something. His revelation of being one didn’t really come as a surprise (I suppose being an assassin with special skills means he has somewhat a special origin?) and when it did, it felt more like a plot convenience. Heck, the final episode felt like the need to grow Melida’s character and Kufa was almost close to non-existent. I suppose we still need to see some Kufa-Melida combo, that’s why that final fight feels a bit forced.

Melida being prejudicially casted as some untalented noble leaves more room and excuses so that enemies could target her and do bad things and drag everybody else into this mess. Standings and class castes are probably important in this world but Melida has shown her worth so many times and yet they are still so sceptical. Just because she doesn’t display any Paladin traits. Like, WTF? Just say so you hate this girl! And perhaps she is just an excuse and stepping stone so that others who crave for power can disrupt the power balance whatsoever. Elise on the other hand feels more like a side character. What a mismatched pair. Elise doesn’t want to be in the spotlight and prefers hiding under Melida’s shadow and on the other hand Melida is fighting and trying to prove against all the discrimination and stands out more, for the right or wrong reasons. Sometimes I feel Elise is just like an excess baggage since she is useless most of the time and depends on Melida, clinging on to her cousin just because she can. And also the need to show and increase Melida’s reputation as such a reliable girl.

This series is also in danger of turning into some weird cheesy romance especially Rose and Melida subtly trying to win his heart. Sort of. My guts say Kufa will go with Melida because surprise Rose’s back story, they knew each other and he had to erase her memories just to keep her alive. Yup, he is find without ever her knowing the truth so I guess he made his peace with that. But for the ‘new’ Rose… Might be a different story. So don’t give up! If Kufa can erase her memories like that, can he just do it to everybody else? Save the trouble of keeping all this secret. Yeah, it would be a herculean task to turn everyone into his vampire slave but if it’s for Melida, why not? Yeah, that Shangharta arc felt like so plot convenience. Surprise! Kufa and Rose knew each other. Surprise! Kufa is not the perpetrator! Those who fall for this cliché move are total amateurs. And surprise! Big bad Naqua still lives. Naqua who? Surprise! Now he’s truly dead. Geez, get over with this arc already.

Other characters fail to live up to the intrigue. Like Madia who just feel so redundant and unnecessary. The most ‘downgraded’ character ever in the series. She started off as a reasonable threat. Then after her easy defeat, she became a teacher and what’s the point of that? Pointless role if you ask me. Same case for Shenfa. So how does last year’s tournament queen is relevant to what’s going on? At least Nerva’s role is to be Melida’s b*tch and get on her nerve (is that how and why they named her character?). Then she softens up and tones down a lot after her humiliating loss. I’m guessing Melida has to always step up her game and continue being superior or else I fear Nerva might that that opportunity to step all over her head again. Nerva does sound like she repented her bullying but you know such grudges are hard to quell. Especially when you’re the queen b*tch. But the irony is that Elise could be the new b*tch because it seems she is getting more and more jealous to others who are close to Melida. You can see her pout and close to throwing a tantrum. In that sense, Elise might have really fallen at the same time Nerva started to rise back up again.

Mule is like taking a huge roundabout way just to expose Melida’s truth. Does she prefer to see Melida’s shock when she betrays her as a friend? Keep your enemies close, but your friends closer. So I don’t really understand the final arc of her needing to do all this crap. Because it’s because she’s her friend that she does all this? Because she likes Melida a lot? Huh? I don’t get it? Unless it is just one big roundabout way to expose whoever that Bijou culprit is by using Melida as bait to lure him and his allies out. Thankfully it all worked out. After all, Mule is so calm and cool that I don’t really feel any sense of animosity coming from her unlike Nerva. Maybe that’s why I’m confused whether she is friend or foe.

The action bits are just passable and nothing exciting. It just feels forced and they needed something to show why Kufa is a great Samurai as well as Melida following his footsteps to become one. And when some of these characters power up, they’re like having some sort of weird glow all over their body. I suppose it is to help protect their delicate smooth skin because otherwise, don’t you think it is quite absurd for the female characters to be fighting in that sort of garb? Leave it to anime to make such clothes not even a factor in any sort of battles. Either they are too skimpy or too clumsy but somehow anime makes it work because the girls have great exceptional fighting skills!

Art and animation, I don’t find anything wrong but nothing special either. Of course the first thing to note is how Kufa is designed close enough to Sword Art Online’s Kirito that one might think this is another virtual game. Of course some characters look like they’re taken from other anime like Melida looking like a distant cousin of To Love-Ru’s Yami and Elise having that uncanny resemblance to Ryuuou No Oshigoto’s Ginko. Another weird thing I find is how Friedeswiede’s uniform, the boobs’ part looks like cat’s eyes! Huh? WTF?! Can’t… Stop… Staring… This series is done by EMT Squared who produced Renai Boukun, Ame-iro Cocoa, Nyanko Days and Hyakuren No Haou To Seiyaku No Valkyria.

Voice acting, I recognized Ayane Sakura as Nerva. All in familiar territory. That kind of bratty voice fits a bratty character like a glove. The other recognizable one is Houcuu Ohtsuka as Blossom. It could have been one step a bigger conspiracy had Kufa been voiced by Matsuoka Yoshitsugu. Fortunately, not so and hence conspiracy put to rest of yet another swordsman voiced by this dude. Kufa is voiced by Yuuki Ono (Isami in Shokugeki No Souma). The other casts are Tomori Kusunoki as Melida (Hazuki in Marchen Madchen), Yui Ishikawa as Elise (Mikasa in Shingeki No Kyojin), Marina Yabuuchi as Rose, Sora Tokui as Madia (Nero in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes), Maaya Uchida as Mule (Rikka in Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai), Azumi Waki as Sala (Maika in Blend S), Toshiyuki Morikawa as Father (Naraku in Inu Yasha) and Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Williams (Ban in Nanatsu No Taizai). The opening theme, Share The Light by Run Girls Run, I just find it really weird. I mean, it really sounds like a bizarre one. Maybe it is just, amidst all that lively vocals, there is some ominous feel to it. Not sure if it fits the series but I don’t think so because of the lively pacing of the song. The ending theme despite being a slow ballad is much more bearable, Ijin-tachi No Jikan by Tomori Kusunoki.

Overall, this anime fails to be exciting despite I read the internet is split on this. Some really loving it while others calling this unnecessary hype some sort of deception. Of course for me, this is really one mediocre series and it could have been done better had they explored the setting of this world further. Even had they not, the development between the main characters also leaves a lot more to be desired. Therefore everything comes off as mostly uninspiring and boring. Many would have dropped this early on but as my pride as an otaku, it is a good thing I managed to stay and finish this. Thank goodness only a dozen episodes. And it is also that very same dumb otaku pride that I will continue to watch bad animes for a long time to come.

Fairy Tail: Final Series

February 22, 2020

Nothing says hype and even more hype when you have the word final in your title. Yup, imagine the hype, excitement, hysteria and everything when Fairy Tail: Final Series came out in late 2018. Oh my. Is this going to be the final season of this long running series? Well, it couldn’t be the next One Piece or Naruto (or Boruto as it technically continues in) so I suppose it has to end somewhere. Oh yeah. Nothing like working on everybody’s nostalgia and those who have been following the series that first aired back in 2009. Yup. 10 years. That is a very long time in anime terms. And like every story that has a beginning, there has to be an end. Oh my. Are we getting nervous and teary eyed to finally see this (debatably) epic series come to a close after 328 episodes?

Avatar Arc
* It has been a year since Fairy Tail disbanded and Makarov gone missing. Lucy is on a mission to reunite her fellow guild members but so far she only got Natsu and Happy.
* Haven’t you heard? Wendy is now one half of the idol group, The Sky Sisters with Cheria! Oh, haven’t you heard too? Wendy is now a member of Lamia Scale!
* Think you’ve seen it all? Wait till you see Carla who is now capable to transform into her human form! Hot cat girl chick! Meow!!!
* After the disbandment of the Magic Council and the formation of the new Ten Wizard Saints a year ago, Orochi Fin, Lamia’s Scale’s bitter rivals launches an attack since Jura is no longer with the guild.
* Guess who’s back too? Bluenote of the previously Grimoire Heart has been hired by Orochi Fin to take down Lamia Scale. Of course the match up with Natsu is fast and short. So as just to show us how much Natsu has grown because his powerful single fire breath blows him away!!! Enough for Orochi Fin to immediately surrender.
* I guess it’s time for Wendy to say goodbye to Lamia Scale and rejoin her buddies in rebuilding Fairy Tail. Yup, lots of emotional loli BFF goodbye tears. Sob! Sob!
* Natsu and co stumble Juvia living alone in this rainy town. I don’t think she’s as happy to see them as much as she sees Gray. The story goes that she was living a blissful life with Gray here a year ago. One day he had black marks all over his body and he started acting strange. He would leave this place often and 6 months ago he left and never came back. Juvia searched around but to no avail and decided to wait till he comes back.
* Avatar Black Magic Cult: Apparently a group of weirdoes who worship Zeref. And yeah, Gray is a member!
* Natsu heads to Sabretooth to find out more details. He forcefully takes a job they’re doing (to hunt down Avatar) although he’ll let them have the reward. Now, how does Natsu think he knows Gray is in this group? Remember when future Rogue spilled the beans about Frosch will be killed a year later (which is now) and that the killer is Gray? Yeah. That. Even if the future is changed, he isn’t taking any chances.
* Avatar realizes that the Magic Council is on to them and believes there is a spy among them. They accuse Gray since he has no reason to revere Zeref and his closed ones were killed by Zeref related incidents. Gray makes his clear his end goal is to find and eliminate END. He will use Avatar as a stepping stone to achieve his means.
* Haven’t you heard? Levi, Gajeel and Lily are now part of the Magic Council’s Custody Enforcement Unit (MCCEU).
* Natsu and Lucy bust in. What a way to show how strong Natsu is by taking out 3 of Avatar’s members! Then with Gray showing up, is it time for final boss fight? Gray claims he is no longer part of Fairy Tail on his own volition. So the memories and bond don’t mean anything? You sad? You mad? Well, enough time for others to round them up and throw them in prison.
* Purification Plan: Sounds simple but it’s a nasty plan to purify souls to resurrect Zeref. Lots of souls. All of Avatar heads out to conduct this plan except Goumon who stayed back to interrogate them to find out who sent them.
* Goumon is going to cut Lucy in half when he is suddenly frozen! Gray? Change of heart? Apparently he was pretending all along till Natsu showed up to ruin all their hard work. Gray isn’t working alone, though. Remember Erza?
* Half a year ago, Erza was sought by Jellal to help uncover Avatar’s plan to resurrect Zeref. The investigation hit a dead end so she stumbled upon Gray and asked for his help. He agreed to this undercover mission and didn’t tell Juvia because the less outsiders know, the better. Because Avatar is big and has branches all over, the only way to wipe them out is during this Purification Plan when all branches gather.
* So you’re telling me Purification Plan is to purge the 30,000 lives of a city but it is not done by some grand magic or something? But rather everyone physically killing the people?! Damn, I think this is a cult who just loves to murder people! It goes without saying those small fries are easily taken out by our Fairy Tail wizards. Even more so the generals of Avatar. Damn, this is going to be easy.
* Natsu even has a go at Arlock, Avatar’s big boss. Uh huh. Just another showpiece to show how strong Natsu has grown. After even beating up the guy, looks like the real Purification Plan is here. Arlock summons a giant battle god to kill their own comrades! Apparently the lives of the devotees are more important ones to resurrect Zeref. Yeah, leave it to Natsu to lecture about friendship and the likes and the one single devastating blow to send the giant battle god crumbling down!!! Damn, he makes it all look so easy! With Avatar in shambles and losing motivation after seeing Fairy Tail’s might, I guess it’s good timing the MCCEU is here to arrest them all.
* When Zeref was young, he studied magic on life and death that was deemed too dangerous by the adults so they banned him from ever studying magic. But Zeref defied and continued so all because he had a younger brother who died and wanted to resurrect him. For many years this went on until the academic council decided to take action to expel him. With the hard hitting fact his brother will never return to life, that was when some curse possessed him. Everyone around him died. With this contradicting curse, the more he cares about life, the more it dies. Hence he goes about living not caring about anything. As he cannot age and is an immortal, he had time to study magic and everything else until he decided he wanted to die. Hence he created demons from the Book of Zeref to kill him but they couldn’t. Hence his final creation might be the one to do the job.
* That final creation is END: Etherious Natsu Dragneel. Natsu is actually that deceased brother of Zeref whom he preserved in this well state for this day.
* Fairy Tail is back in business! Because the whole gang received Lucy’s letter and reunite once more at where their HQ once stood.
* Erza becomes the 7th guild master.

Alvarez Empire Arc
+ Saving Makarov
* 10 years ago, Mest was requested by Makarov to invade the Council to find any info pertaining to the western continent, Alakitasia. He claimed it was to protect his family. After the battle with Tartaros, it seemed Makarov has got all the info he needed on Alvarez Empire, the empire that united all 730 magic guilds in Alakistasia. Long ago, they tried to invade and steal Lumen Histoire but only backed down because the Council flexed their muscles. Now that the Council is gone, they might invade again. Hence Makarov headed there to negotiate and told Mest to create a new Magic Council for this continent’s first line of defence. The reason to disband Fairy Tail was that he feared if something happened to him, his children might be next. It has been a year since so it could be Makarov might still be in negotiation, locked up or worst, dead. Hence Erza wants to do an infiltration and rescue mission with a small team of members who only knows about this.
* Gajeel forms his own team with the other Fairy Tail members to go look for Laxus.
* What’s this? Raijinshuu has joined Blue Pegasus?!
* God Serena is supposed to be the strongest wizard on the continent but he abandoned it to join Alvarez and become one of the 12 shields of Emperor Spriggan known as Spriggan 12. Oh wait. God Serena isn’t some celestial being but human? Some name. And he’s a man, not a woman?!
* Mest and co set sail for Caracol Island to meet a spy so as to get info to infiltrate Alvarez. However the island is sealed off by Alvarez guards as they are also searching for the spy.
* Natsu and co get involved in a brawl with one of the Alvarez’s military guys, Marin Hollow who controls the laws of space and Brandish who is one of Spriggan 12. Because Brandish doesn’t like troublesome stuff, she takes out Marin since he bested Mest. She knows what is going on and warns Fairy Tail to return. She assures them Makarov is still alive but will not guarantee that if they continue with this foolishness.
* Mest and co go meet up with the spy who is no other than Angel as she brings them to Alakistasia.
* It seems Makarov has been a guest at Alvarez and has been negotiating via Spriggan’s minister, Yajeel. Because Spriggan has been wandering over for a year, that is why Makarov has been waiting. Speaking of the devil, he has returned! Wait a minute. Isn’t Spriggan… Zeref???!!!
* Makarov finally talks to Zeref and it seems he wasn’t responsible for the invasion 10 years ago. Though, now he has decided he wants Lumen Histoire AKA Fairy Heart. He intends to bring war for and see who is fit to survive this extermination. The black wizard, the king of dragons and humans. Zeref wants to kill Makarov so that Fairy Tail will get angry to destroy him but luckily Mest teleports Makarov back to the safety of his children.
* As Fairy Tail tries to escape, Ajeel who one of Spriggan 12 is hot on their heels. Our young ones as usual show us why they can fight on par with him. But just enough for the cliché moment before they get swallowed by his sandstorm, here comes Laxus and Team B Fairy Tail members to save the day and bring home everyone alive.
* Now that Fairy Tail is back in business, Makarov once more becomes the guild master? This trend has got to stop… Knowing that Alvarez will come straight for them, Fairy Tail is more than prepared to take them on. But first, Makarov wants to tell everyone about Fairy Heart. How convenient Mavis resurrects just to tell everyone from her mouth the most secretive thing in Fairy Tail that the world must never know about that is so important that Zeref wants.

+ Invasion of Alvarez
* So it’s Fairy Tail Zero part 2? Going back 100 years when Mavis was Fairy Tail’s tactician during the trade war, after the treaty is signed, Mavis stumbled into Zeref again. They catch up on stuffs and when Zeref learnt Mavis is unable to grow or age, he realized she has the same curse as him. The reason others around her do not die is because she doesn’t know the value of life. Once she does, then everything around her will start to die. However Mavis refused to accept this and ran home.
* Right after Yuri’s wife, Rita gave birth to Makarov (whom Mavis named from a kind hearted character of a story she once read), Rita instantly died. Mavis is traumatized and with Zeref’s words ringing in her head, she ran away and never returned to the guild.
* After wandering for another year, once more Zeref chanced upon her. True to the curse, she cannot die. So Zeref tells her about his plans of creating a new empire on the other continent to start a war even though he hates fighting. Zeref’s contradicting contradictions has him in pain. Mavis assures she will not reject him. Then a weird kiss that started a weird romance between them. But don’t hold your breath because it soon died out. The ultimate contradiction of all as this takes Mavis’ life.
* Zeref then dumps Mavis’ body back at Fairy Tail’s guild. Since Purehito was the only one there, he sensed a faint magic power from her and sealed her in some healing lacrima in the basement. Eventually as he tried to resurrect her, he too connected the dots that she was responsible for Rita’s death as well as having that curse. He decided not to tell this to everyone and instead erected a grave for Mavis back at Tenroujima. He then became Fairy Tail’s second guild master. He continued to find a way to resurrect Mavis but during this period, Yuri died without ever knowing the truth.
* Mavis’ sealing throughout the years has combined elements and created a form of magic known as Fairy Heart. In short, it is unlimited magic. Zeref might want it to destroy Acnologia. So why can’t Fairy Tail just use it against Alvarez and Acnologia themselves? You see, its power is so great that even after using it, it will continue to rain down more magic and continue destroying everything. It’s like using poison to fight poison. That’s why Mavis is adamant that Fairy Heart must never be released to the world.
* Even if they defeat Alvarez, how do you defeat an immortal like Zeref? Don’t worry. Natsu has the answer in his right hand. It is a secret for now so stay tuned when the time comes!
* I know Fairy Tail has devised a few strategies to deal with Alvarez should they come from any sides. But they didn’t expect them to start the invasion from the skies?! Did Mavis overlook this? But nothing like Freed’s barrier and the Dragon Slayer trio to go buy some time. Hope they prepare just in time because somehow Alvarez has breached in and coming from all directions at full force!
* Erza vs Ajeel – Because Dragon Slayers can’t fight on a flying ship. Damn motion sickness… Ajeel’s sandstorm might be wreaking havoc all over the place but with Erza shining brightly so that Bisca can fire her Jupiter cannon and take out Ajeel, the skies are all clear again.
* Lucy vs Brandish – Not sure how getting in the bathtub together makes this a fight. But hey, great fanservice! A+!!! But when pollen suddenly fill the air, Brandish becomes allergic and is easily knocked out by Cana. WTF…
* Raijinshuu-Ichiya vs Wall Eehto – Spriggan 12’s Wall’s magic is to identify weaknesses and then create machines to deal with them. Furthermore, Wall himself is an evolved machine and is immune to lightning attacks. Instead, he charges up. But isn’t it easy to defeat them by just switching your opponents? Freed who has been busy concentrating in putting up a barrier around the town, once he heard news of Natsu’s side defeating the invading force, he is now free to use his magic and go all out. With Ichiya, they punch and destroy Wall. One Punch Men! MEN!!!
* Apparently Wall’s real body is in the next coming wave. He decides to fire a cannon directly at Fairy Tail’s HQ but Ichiya uses his ship to block the shot. This isn’t just Fairy Tail’s fight. No, senpai. This is our fight!
* Next wave is coming. Fending off from the north are Sabretooth and Blue Pegasus. Defending from the south are Lamia Scale and Mermaid Heel. To the east, they have to get past 4 of the Ten Wizard Saints that include Jura, Warrod, Draculos Hyberion and Wolfheim. It is believed to the east is Zeref and since this portion is moving slowly, until all other directions are safely dealt with, they can then focus all their strength in this final direction.
* But wait. Final boss fight already?! Because Natsu flies directly to fight Zeref! Showing off the might of his power, he takes out 973 foot soldiers! Wow! Definitely quality > quantity. Only 999,027 left… But all that don’t matter since Natsu faces off with Zeref directly. Unleashing his secret weapon, is it this super flaming right arm? OMG. Zeref takes a beating! Are you sure this is not the last episode of Fairy Tail?! Apparently this power comes from the last power that Igneel gave him. It is his tenacity. He has been training to use it for this moment and can only use it once. Zeref finally thought he could be killed…

* Zeref still lives but one more time and he could really die. Hence, he takes the liberty to tell Natsu the truth. The truth of Natsu being his brother and END. You see, their parents were killed by dragons 400 years ago. Naturally Natsu also died so Zeref tried to bring him back alive. Proof Natsu is related to END, Zeref shoots the book and Natsu reels in pain. Igneel was Zeref’s friend and one of the few dragons who didn’t hate humans. These dragons decided to teach 5 orphans to use Dragon Slayer magic and to be sent to the future to defeat Acnologia. Because back then, I guess there wasn’t so much nano whatever magic in the air. Celestial wizards, Anna and Layla via Eclipse, the former opened the gate while the latter opened the exit. So the day and year when the dragons disappeared was actually when they woke up in this era. Hence Natsu and the other Dragon Slayers actually came from 400 years in the past.
* The last kicker is if Natsu kills Zeref, he will also die because they are connected. Not that Natsu believes his story and his hell bent on defeating Zeref anyway. But then Happy doesn’t like the fact Natsu will die and brings him back. Stupid cat! You mean you let the whole world destroy than just let Natsu give up his life to protect the world?! Whatever. His Igneel magic is fast fading. You lost that chance. Now nothing can stop Zeref.
* You’d think Marin snuck into Fairy Tail’s prison to rescue Brandish. But he is here to kill her! So had enough of being her toy? Thanks to Lucy and Cana’s quick intervention, this girl didn’t have to die.
* I guess as thanks for that, Brandish reveals her connection to Layla. Her mom, Grammie was one of Layla’s servants. When Layla retired, she gave some of her celestial to some of her servants. Grammie received Aquarius’ key. But if Lucy got Aquarius’ key from Layla, there could only be one way how that happened: Layla killed Grammie to get it back!
* Time for Aquarius to reveal the whole truth. Anna who is an ancestor of the Heartfilia family, made a deal with Zeref to open Eclipse to send warriors to the future to defeat Acnologia. The one waiting at the other end of the gate was Layla. But to open the gate, she needed all 12 Zodiac celestial keys. Because Grammie was uncontactable and moved to Alakitasia, Layla compensated it with her own life. This caused her to develop some illness. When Grammie heard about it, she rushed to her side and returned the key, thinking she is not fit to hold it. When Grammie left, she was killed by Zoldeo (one of Layla’s servants who received Capricorn’s key). He blamed her for what happened to Layla. Grammie accepted her sin but in exchange for her life, she hopes he would spare Brandish.
* Now we get another problem because Happy brings Natsu’s body back! Is he dead?! Poluchka diagnosed some magic tumour inside him after using lots of magic. No medical technology can save him. Ah, but Brandish can. Just locate the tumour and she can shrink its size. It was that easy to save Natsu!!!
* 4 of the Ten Wizard Saints vs God – No contest, God beats them flat!!!
* God vs Acnologia – No contest, Acnologia kills him before he could finish his sentence!!!
* Laxus vs Wall – Time to get payback for hurting his Raijinshuu. It could have been easy for Laxus to deal with this robot alchemist had not the poisonous particles he inhaled during his fight against Tempester. But don’t worry. Laxus tricks Wall to use his ability on him because apparently it cancels out the poison. And then using red lightning which isn’t exactly lightning to dismantle Wall.
* Wendy-Cheria-Carla vs Dimaria Yesta – How do you even fight a Spriggan 12 member who has the power to stop time? Ah, don’t worry. Ultear is here to help them move in that space. But Dimaria turns into the god of time and how do you kill a god? Better hurry because Carla protected Wendy from her beam. Is she dead? Ah, don’t worry. Ultear once again just in time ejected her from this space. And then gives them some special technique that will allow to defeat this god but in exchange they’ll never be able to use magic again. So convenient yet so complicated.
* Cheria vs Dimaria – Apparently Ultear can only give her god technique to one of them. In the end, Cheria gets it and beats the sh*t out of Dimaria. Oh Wendy, please don’t cry like it’s the end of the world. Cheria can live fine without magic like a normal girl. After all, love > magic, no?
* Jason Statham, oops I mean, Jacob Lessio, one of Spriggan 12 just waltzed into Fairy Tail’s HQ. Apparently he is an assassin (not Transporter?) and why do they always brag they have never failed a mission? His magic is making things disappear so everyone in the guild disappears into some void. Because Mavis is a ghost, she is the only one left. Jacob can also somehow abuses ghosts to make them talk.
* Lucy-Natsu vs Jacob –Thanks to Horologium shielding them during Jacob’s disappearing magic, thank goodness Natsu has woke up and with Lucy they kick Jacob’s ass before Mavis dies again. Can she? Stupid assassin makes Lucy’s dress invisible but he himself can’t look at a naked lady. You tell me that isn’t a chance for the pair to own him? When Jacob decides to kill his hostages, he learns Brandish and Marin are among them. The moment he brings them back out, Lucy uses Gemini to copy Marin’s power and nullify the space area, effectively bringing everyone back. All that’s left is for Natsu to give one hot fiery punch to defeat this guy for good. First loss, I take?
* Mavis shows Cana her real body underground. Mavis has thought of a way to defeat Zeref and the first step is to remove lacrima from her real body. This means Cana must use Fairy Glitter to eradicate this ghost that would destroy the lacrima. Technically Fairy Glitter will only effect the projection and not hurt anybody else. Cana is worried it will still hurt the real body but you have to trust the first master on that. How deep is your faith? After all the spamming of Fairy Glitter, finally the lacrima is destroyed and Mavis’ real body freed.
* Spriggan 12’s Neinhart has the ability to see through the hearts and memories of others. Hence bringing back dead foes complete with their own minds and emotions for our wizards to fight. Well, if your will is much stronger, you can even scare them into vanishing or just beat the crap out of them!
* Jellal vs Neinhart – Once all that is out of the way, taking care of Neinhart is just easy. Jellal opening his sky magic and raining down whatever chariot on the enemy’s fleet.
* With the south liberated, it is opposite for the north. Sabretooth and Blue Pegasus have been pathetically routed by the Alvarez army led by Spriggan 12’s Irene Belserion, Bloodman and Larcade. To add insult, they got even crucified. Don’t worry, Gajeel’s team is here to help. Even Oracion Seis too.
* Brandish offers to negotiate with Spriggan 12’s strongest man, August the Wizard King and Spriggan 12 leader to avoid this conflict. Not going to be easy since he is very loyal to Zeref. Just when she seems to use some logical stance and August readily to give negotiations a chance, Mest mind controls Brandish to stab August! Old fart didn’t die. He just turned Dark Super Saiyan and melts everything?!
* Gajeel-Levi vs Bloodman – Must poisoned Levi die so Gajeel can defeat this grim reaper? Oh yes. The power of love has Gajeel absorb Bloodman’s poisonous particles, combine and mix in his body so he can fight on the same level as him. Is this magic or sci-fi crap? Enough to beat down Bloodman till he departs to the other world! But wait. For more added drama, Bloodman is going to drag him to hell too. And so the cue for a tearful and emotional goodbye between Gajeel and Levi. Uh huh. Gajeel admitting he has changed thanks to the power of love. Now he cares about others and the future, blah, blah, blah. Bye Gajeel. GAJEEL GONE?! NOOOOOO???!!! I wonder how long Levi will cry.
* Irene vs Acnologia – Irene doesn’t want Acnologia to intervene so that this war could end quickly. Hence she initiates some ultimate magic that restructures the entire world?

+ Universe One AKA World Reconstruction
* So uhm, Fairy Tail Zero part, uhm, 3? Irene’s magic causes everyone to be scattered. Mavis is shocked to find Zeref in the guildhall and none of her Fairy Tail members around. Apparently this is what happened. Irene’s goal to hasten the war has scattered specific people throughout the continent. This means putting Zeref and Mavis together while putting Acnologia far away as possible. Because Fiore has become sizeably smaller, she wants Alvarez to clash with everyone on Ishgar as soon as possible.
* Thanks to this magic, I guess Gajeel is still alive and not dragged to hell. Just in time, huh? However he is next to Zera. So the magic also caused this illusion to become real too, huh? With everyone in the state of confusion, Zera uses her telepathy to communicate to her Fairy Tail members the direction of their guild and to head there now because Mavis is in danger. Because nobody knows her and some are distrustful, thank goodness Gajeel’s voice is all the assurance needed to let everyone know Zera is on their side. Convenient.
* What’s this? Angel and Yukino are sisters?!
* Mirajane vs Heine Lunasea and Juliet Sun – Irene’s b*tches beat down Mirajane. Until she uses her ultimate Satan Soul to return the favour. They revert to their true forms: Swords.
* Irene wants revenge over her subordinates but before she could kill Mirajane, August kills him for her. He wants Spriggan 12 to convene at Zeref. But don’t cry again if there’s another dead Fairy Tail member because nobody died ever since, uhm, Mavis? From what it is hinted, Brandish minimized Mirajane’s wounds till it’s gone. This isn’t magic. This is crap BS!!! So you telling me if you have a serious fatal injury, all you need is to just reduce that damage till it’s gone???!!! WTF???!!!
* Spriggan 12’s chief admin, Invel puts some freezing chain on Mavis to inhibit her movement and thinking. Zeref wants Mavis to remove Fairy Heart from Mavis. Mavis thought this is impossible? Well… Irene is believed to have that capability but it’ll take time.
* All Spriggan 12 (including the resurrected dead thanks to Neinhart) is reunited with Zeref and the entire Alvarez army are stationed outside Fairy Tail’s guild.
* Hence Fairy Tail, wave by wave return to take down all those mindless Alvarez soldiers. Showing us again that quality > quantity. Until the first real obstacle, God shows up and slow down their progress. Who can take on his multiple magic? What do you know? Gildarts is back!!! Where the f*ck have you been all this while?!
* Gildarts vs God – Because God is just a dead clone, he isn’t as powerful as his original self. Hence Gildarts easily pummels him. Another quick loss for God, huh?
* Mirajane vs Jacob – How can this assassin fight properly when Mirajane’s cleavage are so revealing?
* Rogue vs Bloodman – Not really shown but since the enemy is already dead to begin with, I guess it’s Rogue’s win with something happening later.
* Minerva vs Wall – Ditto. Like above.
* Elfman-Lisanna vs Ajeel – Ditto. Like above too but this time with family bond thingy putting the stops.
* Natsu vs Neinhart – Just when you think Neinhart has powered up after Irene released some seal of his, then Natsu just defeats him in one punch…
* Gray vs Invel – Battle of the frozen guys. However Invel’s winter ability to change everything into ice is way superior than Gray’s ice creation. Gray circumvents that by using some Dragon Slayer magic but risking his own sanity and falling into the dark side.
* Gray vs Juvia – In a slight distraction, Invel manages to chain Gray and Juvia’s mind. He has them fight each other to death. He calculates will win and hence crossing over to the dark side. This will awaken his dark power and will be the one to destroy END. Guess what? Both take their own lives simultaneously! Didn’t see that one coming, Invel?
* Remember, Fairy Tail doesn’t have dead members in the current era. So Gray lives because did some water blood transfusion on him.
* Gray vs Invel – Round 2 grudge match. No matter how power Invel is, nothing beats the power of love! Yup, Super Saiyan Gray demonic version beats him down. Won’t bring back Juvia, but that sure felt good, no? No? Okay. Invel tells him the truth about END and why he is the only one who can defeat Zeref’s greatest demon…
* Remember again, Fairy Tail doesn’t have dead members in the current era. So Juvia lives because Wendy and Carla found her in time to heal her.
* Because Invel was defeated, this allows Mavis to trick Irene with one of her illusions and allow herself to escape. She is rescued by Mest who told her about that mysterious female voice that gathered them all. Mavis realizes it is Zera. The moment she remembers her, some twisted logic means Zera ceases to exist in this world. I guess it is cue for them to have one last talk before she disappears.
* Lucy vs Brandish – After Brandish enlarges Natsu’s tumour again, both bikini babes duke it out. However Dimaria stops the fight and knows Brandish is only pretending to fight because she is being observed. Otherwise, Brandish’s powers could have easily killed them all. Dimaria kills Brandish and kidnaps Lucy and Natsu. Blaming them for corrupting her Brandish, she isn’t going to make death easy for them.
* Before Dimaria could do her worse, the next thing Lucy knows, the place is in a mess, Natsu is missing and a very traumatized Dimaria. I think we know who the monster she is referring too. Of course, cue for Poluchka to explain (also, healed Brandish because apparently such characters cannot be killed) that due to Brandish enlarging the tumour, it may have awakened something worse. Wait. Don’t say. Let me guess. END, right?!

* Gray vs Natsu AKA END – Literally a battle of fire and ice. Both going out ferociously because they think their loved one is dead. Gray thinks Juvia is dead. Natsu thinks Lucy is dead. WAAARGHH!!!! PUICH! PUNCH! PUNCH!!!!!
* With Irene turning the Alvarez soldiers into raging berserker zombies that feel no pain, our heroes once more find themselves cornered. Makarov can’t stand the fact his children are going to suffer and uses Fairy Law. Too bad, this spell drains his life force. The more enemies… Well, you can do the math and see where this is going. Hence lots of flashback and tears. They didn’t troll us this time. RIP Makarov… MASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
* You know real sh*t is going on when Natsu and Gray’s fight is stopped by a crying Erza. You better realize what’s happening when Erza starts lecturing about love and family. The guys finally lose all their strength when they realize their women are still alive.
* Crime Sorciere (Jellal and former Oracion Seis) vs August – Nobody could even touch August…
* Larcade casts his pleasure magic and affects many (but not all) of the people in the battlefield, affecting some of his own allies. What’s this? Larcade is Zeref’s son???! So this means Natsu is his uncle and his mom is… OMFG, MAVIS???!!! This family tree is starting to look weird.
* Sting vs Larcade – Any light or white magic has no effect on Sting. However Larcade casts some hunger spell on him. With no strength to fight, he sees Lectar as food and they try to eat each other? Sting manages to snap out from it and knock out the others from eating themselves. But still he is weak from hunger. Herald Rogue, letting Sting eat his shadow powers, Sting is now a fusion of light and shadow, ready to beat down Natsu’s nephew. Larcade’s turn to go to sleep then.
* Erza vs Irene – The battle of the scarlet hair. Wendy backs Erza by enhancing her powers to fight on par with Irene. If you have a hunch why Irene is similar to Erza, wonder no more because here it is. Can you guess it? Irene is Erza’s mom! Wow. How many more family bonds like this are they going to need to surprise us? Oh well, I guess blood isn’t thicker than water here as both sides refuse to acknowledge why they are blood related. And so we get Irene’s flashback. The former queen of dragons…
* 400 years ago, dragons and human coexisted on Ishgar. Irene had Belserion on her side and he was loyal to her. However the war on dragons soon came to be because on Alakitasia, dragons ate humans. Dragons on both the divide fought each other but the western dragons were superior in numbers. Hence Irene created a magic called Dragon Slayer that imbues humans with dragon powers to fight against dragons. Unfortunately due to the instability of the magic, many humans have gone berserk. Irene herself is slowly turning into a dragon and at that time she was pregnant with Erza. The war ended when Acnologia appeared and destroyed both sides. After Belserion died, her husband whom she was married to under a political marriage feared she would turn into Acnologia. She was imprisoned and tortured for years. He did not believe she could be pregnant for 3 years! Yeah, she casted a spell to put her pregnancy on hold but it’s still hogwash to guys like him. Before he could kill her, she turned into a dragon and killed him. She fled and tried to find ways to turn herself back but to no avail. That was when she met Zeref who easily turned her back. However it was only in form. Her body started feeling pain and misery. That was when she thought she could become human again but exchanging with the baby inside. However the process failed and because Erza was no longer useful, she tossed her away at some remote village.
* You think Erza could easily kill Irene. But Irene did some enchantment and now she possesses Wendy’s body. Now that she is in a human’s body, she is not going to give up on it and will stop at nothing to kill Erza. But luckily too, Wendy also did some enchantment and now she is in Irene’s body. Obviously Irene’s body has better magic so she uses them all to push Irene out of hers. Even if Irene tries to scar Wendy’s body, she still wants it as it holds lots of memories. I think forgoing those huge boobs is just a minor loss. Heh.
* Now that they’re both back in their original bodies, Irene gets desperate. So mad that she turns into her dragon form. One smack is enough to shatter all bones in Erza’s body. Then she could even use some high level magic sh*t to pull in a meteor and smash into the world!!! Not if Erza could muster all her strength to charge towards the meteor. Looks suicidal but shouldn’t Irene be happy Erza to be sacrificing herself?
* Holy sh*t! Erza could even slice the meteor and then drop down and slice the dragon???!!! Irene was probably shocked by everything she saw and got owned.
* You thought it would be easy for Irene to kill Erza now. Unfortunately Erza’s smile triggered her. Yup. Those old memories. And hence, Irene kills herself!!!! WTF???!!! I guess in the end, she is still her mom.
* Whatever tumour inside Natsu has him fallen into a deep state of unconsciousness whereby he talks to Zeref and he fills out some other details in their past that Natsu doesn’t know of. Like the scarf Natsu is wearing isn’t from Igneel but Anna.
* Inside Natsu is both the dragon seed and demon seed. As they are both merging now, this means his death is inevitable. However he can prevent that if he chooses one. Either a demon or a dragon. Of course we all know what Natsu is going to choose. He is human. And with that, both seeds disintegrate! Wow! WTF?! That easy???!!! And with that also, Natsu wakes up from his slumber.
* With Irene’s death, her spell dissipates and Fiore returns to its normal size and position.

+ VS Zeref
* Gildarts-Cana vs August – Well, with other Spriggan 12 members defeated, dead or given up, somebody has got to keep the final Spriggan 12 member company.
* Gray vs Zeref – Gray being the first one to reach Fairy Tail guild, Zeref explains his goals and all. Including killing Gray so that Natsu will be overcome with anger and fight all out with him. Gray’s trump card to defeat and not kill Zeref has him use some lost magic that involves sacrificing his own life, memories and existence. So how is this different than Zeref killing him? Ah, I see if you do it yourself, it’s okay. Time to freeze Zeref forever.
* Too much sadness, nobody to grieve over him if they don’t remember him anymore, huh? Oh well, if visions of Ul can’t stop him, maybe Natsu can. Uh huh. Let those flames burn everything away. Then one of the most touching and weirdest friendship reconciliations between Natsu and Gray. Friends can’t die on each other, right?!
* Natsu vs Zeref round 2. Natsu despite still strong, clearly he is not as strong when he first clashed with Zeref. Igneel’s power is gone.
* Better hasten the fight because time’s up. Yup, Acnologia has returned. First thing he did is to desecrate Irene’s body! Take that for giving humans Dragon Slayer magic!
* Larcade thought he could help Zeref by putting Natsu to sleep and make it easy for father to kill him. But Zeref didn’t appreciate this and kills Larcade for interrupting his fun! Zeref reveals he is not his son and was just the closest demon in the book as an experiment to create Natsu. Now he is just a failure. Flashback shows Purehito knew Mavis was pregnant. Not sure how he delivered the baby when Mavis was crystalized. In a dilemma to kill or let him live. He chose the latter but then abandoned him somewhere else. Gee, thanks?
* August threatens to kill Cana just to see Gildarts’ reaction. Being the caring father he is, of course he won’t let that happen as he gets really serious in fighting August. This prompts August to note that Zeref never loved his son. Gildarts becomes reckless enough and willing to bring him down just to protect Cana. But he just trolled us because he figured out August’s magic properties. He can copy and repel any form of magic but cannot replicate those magic that needs some sort of tool. Hence a single fatherly punch to send this old geezer into defeat. And those flashbacks you see of a young boy being picked up by Zeref, you thought it was Larcade, huh? Turns out to be August! So why doesn’t Zeref love his son? Because he never knew he had one, silly!
* August intends to sacrifice himself and take everyone with him. This devastating ancient magic could have actually worked had he not spot his ‘mother’. Yup. That’s you, Mavis. It’s like he just gave up and let himself be the only one to dissipate from this spell. Phew. Everybody else saved. I didn’t think a mother’s love saved the day, but whatever.

* Mavis rendezvous with Gray, Lucy and Happy. She shows them the END book which she stole from Zeref while she was in his captivity. She has a plan to eliminate Zeref once and for all. But first nobody is to approach the guildhall until Natsu takes down Zeref.
* Acnologia could have killed Erza and Wendy had not Jellal intervened. And then Wendy thought of playing the heroine and could have been killed had not Blue Pegasus rammed into that arcane dragon. The plan now is to lure Acnologia as far away from this place and to a certain spot where Ichiya is certain Acnologia can be defeated. Says who? Anna?!
* Yup, that’s Anna in the flesh. She explains to the rest all that we already know. Anna also came to the future to take care of the Dragon Slayer kids but due to some distortion, all were sent scattering. She took a few years to find them but realized they were living happily. As she continued her search, she found something strange. That strange thing that could seal Acnologia forever is this rift in time. Because of this time travelling thing, it gave rise to this distortion. Inside it, nothing could exist. Not even Acnologia. All that they need to do is lure Acnologia and let him just touch this orange sized rift. So why nobody ever found this rift? Anna hid it. Yeah, that simple, people.
* Zeref’s true ultimate goal revealed: He wants to reset time and go back in time before he became an immortal. To do this, 2 powers are required: Mavis and that rift in time.
* Just when Blue Pegasus has baited Acnologia to go through the time rift, he passes through it! Nothing happened! Oh sh*t?! Plan failed? Actually, at the same time, Zeref found that time rift and closed it so he could steal it. Any second plans, Anna? Sounds crazy but she’s going to try open it again.
* Zeref and Natsu’s fight is interrupted by Mavis. She claims she has a way to save Zeref. However he is uninterested and prefers his Neo Eclipse method. He extracts all her Fairy Heart and becomes God! Now he can cross time, go back to save humanity and prevent Acnologia to become as powerful as he is today.
* Natsu thought he had obliterated Zeref (and part of the guildhall. Sorry). Turns out Zeref can reverse time and revert things back to way they were. You’re screwed. And just like that Zeref kills Natsu. The end of END?
* Meanwhile Lucy opens and reads END. Condense words start flying out of the pages. She thinks it is linked to Natsu and will rewrite some of them.
* Because Zeref is using the time rift to open another portal, looks like the time rift is also appearing back in its original spot. So, 2 time rifts now? Jellal thinks of sacrificing himself to push Acnologia into it. I guess he couldn’t. Now that Acnologia is crushing him and Blue Pegasus’ ship has taken so much damage that it could explode, everyone abandons ship. Well, not everyone. Ichiya and Anna are going to ram it into Acnologia and push him into the void. Will they make it? Oh yeah. Now they’re gone.
* Natsu revives thanks to Lucy rewriting some of the missing words. Don’t look down on her, she memorized the whole thing. However it comes with a cost as Lucy is now possessed. Whatever demonic curse that is eating her, her insides are burning. But nothing like a bit of Gray’s powers to cool her down so she could help rewrite some of the words and give Natsu and even more awesome power. That fiery power is so fiery that Zeref’s God’s power is no match! You mean nothing beats the raging flame of emotion? Well, Natsu is carrying the feelings of his entire guild, so yeah. So powerful his single punch that Zeref now cannot move.
* Time for some really awkward emotional moments between Zeref and Mavis. Mavis making a lot of contradictions about loving him and hating him. So which is which? Make up your mind! You love him or hate him? So the key to Zeref dying is just to be loved? Well, that’s contradicting. And what’s dad about death = love? Yeah, Mavis probably is confused by everything. So am I. Are you? No wonder marriage = death! HAHAHA!!! Anyway, both decide to die together and with the power of Fairy Heart, damn, death never felt so warm and good?

+ VS Acnologia
* The biggest troll they’ve done so far: MAKAROV LIVES!!! OMFG!!! So Mavis and Zeref gave up their life force and this somehow brings this old geezer back to life???!!! Can’t they let this guy rest in peace already?!
* Lucy has rewritten enough of END and she doesn’t need to do any more since the book starts disappearing. The ultimate test if Natsu is still around. Oh yeah. Here he is. Wow. So super happy ending.
* And just when we think we could let our guard down thinking they’re going to wind up everything, suddenly somehow Natsu is nowhere to be seen.
* More surprise in store for us. Because the sky cracks! Acnologia bursts through and returns! He then absorbs Wendy and all the other Dragon Slayers as he wreaks havoc across Magnolia. End of the world is here.
* Natsu is also in this time rift and looks like he’ll be getting his wish to fight Acnologia. The other Dragon Slayers are encased in a crystal.
* I guess we need some good news too because Anna and Ichiya return from the time rift! We’ve seen this one coming! Anna explains that she miscalculated and because Acnologia devoured time and space, he possessed the ultimate power. But that comes with a price as he can no longer control it. Hence he is split into 2 forms. His physical form (the dragon) is in this world while his spirit form (the human) remains in the time rift. He is using the power of the Dragon Slayers to keep the balance. Since Anna and Ichiya weren’t part of the balance, hence they were ejected. I see, so they didn’t get to die then. Just ejected.
* The power of determination is what Natsu has (and always has done) to break free from Acnologia’s crystallization and regain his magic again. The same for the other Dragon Slayers. They heard the voice of the people supporting them and that was apparently enough to bust them out. Oh boy. Acnologia vs Dragon Slayers. This could get messy.
* 400 years ago in a country where dragons and humans coexisted, before Acnologia became a dragon, he was a human doctor treating the guardian dragon known as Acnologia. He heard of some troublesome Dragon Slayer magic that could rip apart this coexistence and went to further investigate. When he returned, Acnologia turned against humans. After the destruction, he became filled with hatred towards dragons for all the destruction. Hence he went to seek the Dragon Slayer magic to kill them all. He hunted them down one by one and the more he kills, the more insatiable for destruction and dragon blood he became. For all the obliteration he did, he forgot his own name and took on Acnologia’s name.
* Because Acnologia is immune to all sorts of magic, the Dragon Slayers have a hard time even touching him. It’s like everybody vs Thanos. But you know, their strong will and determination to protect their friends is going to be fuel that they need to get over this.
* Lucy has this idea to seal Acnologia. They are going to let it ride a giant ship and then seal it within Fairy Sphere, that barrier Fairy Tail members put up when Acnologia first attacked them on Tenroujima.
* They divide themselves into teams to get this done. Lucy’s side need to find the book in their library on how to cast Fairy Sphere. You mean the last time they did it on Tenroujima was a fluke? I thought you just need to hold hands around and wish very hard? Anyway, she finds the book among thousands of unlabelled ones. Yeah. Gotta get the plot moving. Gray’s team managed to secure a huge ship left behind by Alvarez. So they’re going to knock Acnologia down to ‘ride’ the ship? You think it won’t be destroyed that way? Why not somebody just fly the ship up to it? And Minerva’s team has led Acnologia towards the ship but upon arrival, Acnologia destroys all the ships! Holy cow! Now what? Don’t worry. Gray and Lyon will create a giant ice ship!
* Everything is in place to seal Acnologia in Fairy Sphere. Can they do it? Uhm, not powerful enough. Acnologia can still break out. But don’t worry. Meldy has linked everybody on the continent to lend their power to seal Acnologia. Woah. Hence every damn character that has appeared in this series to lend their help and power! DO YOU STILL REMEMBER THEM???!!! From those Edolas cats to those Jiggle Butt idiots and the rest of the bunch whom I honestly can’t f*cking remember!
* With the Dragon Slayers’ fight going nowhere, I guess now they’re going to channel all their energy towards Natsu. Yup, the only guy who can somewhat defeat Acnologia. Man, he has got some rainbow flames now!
* That single punch is enough to disintegrate Acnologia! Wow! And final lecture from Natsu that he doesn’t need anything else except his friends. I hope nobody takes that literally. I guess that’s his version of “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything”. I really hope nobody takes that literally.
* Even the dragon Acnologia vanishes. Oh hell, we know it wasn’t Fairy Sphere. It makes everybody’s efforts futile and as though they didn’t trust Natsu in the first place. But heck, at least it made them look like they did something.
* And our Dragon Slayers return falling from the cracked sky. Of course, Natsu on Lucy. Is this a sign? Hey, who fixed the cracked sky then? And where did everybody get enough confetti to scatter everywhere? Clean up is going to be one big mess.

+ Epilogue
* It has been a year since and Lucy wins the prize for best new author. I guess writing a book is easy when you based the protagonist as yourself and your life’s adventure as the setting. A party is held to celebrate her achievement but you can tell those rowdy guys are her Fairy Tail members. Yup, some things will never change.
* Lucy also narrates briefly what others are doing but I’m going to list those that sound ‘interesting’: What’s this? Levy is rumoured to be pregnant???!!! Cheria slowly getting her magic back???!!! I guess never getting to use magic again was just a lie, huh? Ichiya won most handsome man???!!! MEN???!!!! Do Blue Pegasus people have bad taste???!!! Hisui ascends the throne after her father the king retires. Her first step is to amend relations with Alvarez and also give Crime Sorciere amnesty.
* Are you waiting for the biggest troll ever? Mavis and Zeref spotted in the flesh at the party!!! OMFG!!! WHAT THE F*CK???!!! THEY STILL ALIVE???!!! Turns out to be some random strangers who look and sound so much like them. They are young budding writers, Mio and Alios. I guess that’s that. Nothing else here for us. Move along.
* And even though peace reigns over the land, Natsu still drags Lucy into his job quests. Probably it is a subtle way of saying that they will always be together forever. I mean, he did tell her again literally they’ll always be together but we all know it means more than that, right?

End Of A Fairytale Run
That’s it, guys. Until they adapt the next arc in the manga! Hard to say if that will happen because otherwise why have the final in its title? Are they trying to troll and clickbait us for the viewership?! Hey, they didn’t really put ‘Owari’ AKA The End in the final scene and instead they said ‘Mata ne’ AKA See You Again. So I suppose that throws everything up in the air, huh? But for now and as far as everything is concerned, this would be the final and last of the series. So goodbye, RIP Fairy Tail. For now. After all, all those who stick around and grown up watching this series, well, we might have grown up and out of it already. So time to end it. Please don’t reboot this damn series… Please. Don’t.

After watching this series for a decade, it is with mixed feelings that I have for this entire series. A great series? Yeah, sure. But not so great that I became anything near as an obsessed fan that I must know every single lore in this series. The thing that still irks me until the end is their brand of nakama or friendship drama that this series always played out. You know, the bonds among the Fairy Tail guild members that make them closer than any actual family unit related by blood. Sometimes you get really sick of it that it’s that same ol’ goody-goody my nakama style of drama that is always so prevalent. I’ll do anything for my comrades. Including sacrificing myself. But wait. You can’t do that. Because everybody else will be sad if you’re gone. So we gonna stop you from sacrificing yourself. And we’ll find another roundabout way to do it without sacrificing anybody! Wow. So great. So irritating. But I can’t give them all the hate because this is their brand and style. This is what makes Fairy Tail stand out from other guilds in the continent. If they had a different approach in treating their comrades, I don’t think we’ll like it either. So for better or worse, this kind of nakama style friendship drama thingy is what makes Fairy Tail, so Fairy Tail. It’s just them being them. Nothing more, nothing less.

Having said all that, I guess it is also annoying that this means that none of the current Fairy Tail members actually die. They have trolled us for so long that this character might eventually die and some of us (like yours truly) keep falling for it because well, it could be the plot twist that is supposed to shock us. And of course, the real shocker in the plot twist is that they didn’t die. Heh. The biggest troll goes to Makarov because just when you thought that old grandpa has finally found peace, by some miracle account this guy is resurrected back to live. He is going to be Fairy Tail’s umpteenth master for the umpteenth time forever. Running joke or not, that’s his fate. Heh. If Makarov can’t die in peace and even return back to live again, I think that was the last straw. I thought that nobody is going to die in Fairy Tail ever. Until…

OMG!! WHY THE F*CK THEY NEED TO KILL OFF MAMIKO NOTO’S CHARACTER AGAIN???!!! OH MAH F*CKING GOD!!!!!!!! Technically Mavis isn’t dead. Trapped in that lacrima for ages, you can’t say she is a dead character. It was nice seeing the first master of Fairy Tail meeting her future descendants of the guild. But in order to finish off Zeref, put an end to their weird romance, to show that both sides of the divide are somewhat draw in this big battle, hence both of them have to die for this part of the war to end. Hence Mavis remains as the only Fairy Tail member in modern times TO ACTUALLY DIE!!! Yeah, probably it’s time for her character to go seeing there’s a different set of people in this new era. But whatever. Then that last episode troll that she might be alive. Oh f*ck. Mamiko Noto Mavis really died, huh? I didn’t think it was somebody’s magic to make them reborn again. Of all the Fairy Tail characters, they had to pick Mavis. Mavis, voiced by Mamiko Noto. Yet another killed off character added to the list. Boy, I’m so sore. No wonder I didn’t really enjoy this series when it reaches the home stretch. Plot convenience saved Gajeel from permanent death. The same too when Gray and Juvia were about to kill each other. Heck, even Ichiya and Ana came back from the void! And Makarov, like I’ve said in the previous paragraph. F*ck. Mavis, poor Mavis. More like, Mamiko Noto, poor Mamiko Noto. I thought they would bring her character back to live again in the last episode somehow, but now I realized there could be a conspiracy theory all along that will lead to this when they made her play this Mavis character…

So yeah, the rest of the other characters, probably they are a hit and miss in this final season. The main ones get their fair share of the limelight and those favourite supporting ones get theirs too but to a lesser extent. And the not so important ones are thrown behind as background supporters. If I want to do a list of these characters, I might not finish it so I’m going to keep things short and just nit-pick. For instance, I thought Romeo is going to be at least playing a supporting role since this kid has grown up a bit. But nah. He is not the next generation of Fairy Tail we think he is to be. That goes for the other guilds such as Sabretooth, Blue Pegasus, Lamia Scale, Mermaid Heel and Quatro Cerberus. Because this final season is mostly Fairy Tail vs Alvarez, it is understandable the rest of the other guilds are casted aside as the battle builds up to its finale. So the most is that they just help aid Fairy Tail in some ways. After all, this is Fairy Tail’s fight. As the main guild in focus, they have to show us that they are capable of taking out the enemy by themselves with the minimal of aids from the other guilds. I suppose that’s the problem when you have too many characters. Trying to make everybody matter will eventually fail. So just pick the main ones and a few supporting ones and forget about the rest. Because they don’t really matter. Like, Angel and Yukino are sisters? Uh huh. So what?

Probably the final season want to nail it in the family thingy because they brought in a few family ties from both the Fairy Tail and Alvarez side. Probably you’ll be sick by the time it reaches its end. Erza’s got a mum? Surprise, mother*ckers! It’s Irene! Who would’ve thought, right? August being the love child between Zeref and Mavis? Something weird happened in between but whatever. And Cana finally calling Gildarts as her dad instead of his name? Always daddy’s girl forever. Zeref and Natsu are brothers? Did you see that coming? So I suppose that is why the difference between Fairy Tail and the enemies is that they have love among them. Because of love, they live. Otherwise, you dead. Simple.

So speaking of the action sequences and the fight scenes, it is probably all within expectations to see the epic fights and match-ups. It comes to no surprise if you’re a veteran viewer and long-time fan of the series. So the other thing which irks me is how Fairy Tail makes it look so easy fighting the Alvarez side especially Spriggan 12. Unless they’re trying to be cautious and not get over confident, Spriggan 12 is actually more or less the same kind of powerful foes that Fairy Tail has faced and overcome in the past. They are nothing really special. So painting Spriggan 12 as the ultimate, the most devastating, fearsome and powerful foe that they have ever faced, well, that’s a bit of a stretch. Sure, the usual drama of losing to them initially (but not the kind of loss that would be a devastating blow to their overall morale, etc), but that is only they are unfamiliar with the enemy’s power. Once they get to know how it works, then it’s just easy to defeat them. Just find the loophole (sometimes known as plot convenience) and take the chance to defeat them. For example, you think Dimaria had the best and unbeatable power with her time manipulation. And then what the f*ck is this Ultear convenience to give some godly magic to take down god. TOOK DOWN A GOD THAT CONTROLS TIME! Can you believe this? And to think that Bloodman who looks the creepiest didn’t have his fight last longer than the rest. What a shame.

So yeah, the Fairy Tail members do grow in their skills and all over the years and all the training they’ve developed since they reunited again. Especially Natsu who has gained a few of them and of course I suspect it is to have the final showdown with Acnologia among with the rest of the Dragon Slayers. Hence the redundant Avatar arc just to show off to us how much our Fairy Tail guys have grown. Don’t mess with them! Think thrice! But the final fight with Acnologia feels rushed. Maybe it is because the entire year it has been a long battle with Zeref’s side so the final fight with Acnologia feels short. Yeah, we’re running out of episodes. Better end it. I suppose that’s the only way. But still, it feels a bit a downer for the greatest dragon, the Dragon King to get defeated (and get lectured) like that. Power of friendship in your face!

You know that Dragon Slayer weakness is vehicles or transports? I thought it was just some sort of running gag but it wasn’t really funny anymore when this was actually the catalyst that they used to defeat Acnologia the dragon version! It was just weird to think that anything they considered as a mode of transport, they get seasick. I believe it is all in their mind. If they’re in a house that transforms into a mobile transport, they will then get motion sickness. See the nonsense logic here? It’s all in your mind!!! So why don’t they carve the continent into a giant boat (not necessarily a grand looking ship) and then Acnologia will forever be immobilized! Or put the world on a giant skateboard. Like as though the planet is skating in its orbit. All Dragon Slayers seasick for sure! Gee, I’m so smart. Pat myself on the back. Not even Mavis thought about that. Oops, she didn’t live that far…

This season also trolled us with some of the romance and the pairings of some of the characters. Especially Natsu x Lucy, you’d think they would finally be officially an item especially that trolling scene of her needing to get naked to warm up Natsu when he was in coma fighting his inner consciousness. That’s the closest we will ever get to see them together like that! After all, isn’t Lucy the fanservice girl with her huge tits? Oops… I don’t know how many jumped ship to Brandish. Sexy huge tits girl parading around in leopard motif bikini? A+++, definitely!!! And of course, Gray x Juvia is already given seeing that the stalker girl’s persistence paid off.

Then there is also Gajeel x Levi. Finally this touch macho guy admits he loves her. Only when he faced death. Wow. And you thought love makes you do all kinds of silly things but death too. Good thing about Gajeel this time is that he doesn’t resort to that running doo-wop joke. Phew. But now they make him have this running joke because his favourite line now is to arrest everybody for the silliest of violations. WTF. Oh yeah, he got Levi pregnant somehow. Way to go, buddy. How do you arrest yourself for knocking up a cute girl? I suppose Erza x Jellal? Isn’t this why Ichiya gave his blessing? Well, we’ll wait and see. They’re still ‘passing’ each other. Unfortunately, Elfman x Evergreen didn’t play out, making us even forget that they had a thing for each other. Happy x Carla? Cat girl evolved into a hot human chick! You’re way out of her league, cat boy!!! Laxus x Lisanna rumour? Laxus x Mirajane rumour? I think there’s a higher chance with Laxus x Freed happening! Romeo x Wendy? Nah. Loli too old for him. Romeo x Asuka? Nah. Loli too young for him. After seeing his playboy father, you think he wants to live up to his Shakespearean name?

The Alvarez story might be a bit too long even if it is the ultimate final arc. At least for the TV series. But at least it puts to rest and solve some of the mysteries regarding the missing dragons and yeah, the relationship between Zeref and Natsu. At least it is better than being his father! Heh. And plot twist! Natsu and the other Dragon Slayers came from the past! I guess that’s why you have that Eclipse thingy, huh? And the Natsu vs Gray showdown? Felt like a big troll too. Goes to show that the future isn’t really fixed and all you need to do is change it with your own hands. And the power of nakama! I think I said too much on this topic. Time to close it and move on.

New opening and ending themes for this final season of course. Power Of The Dream by lol (yes, that is their group’s name) as the first opening theme sounds more like a dance song. Second opener, Down By Law by The Rampage From Exile Tribe has this hip hop and rap element in it. Not too shabby. Third opening theme, No-Limit by Shunka Shuutou is a hard rock piece. Didn’t really like this one although it suits the action battle pace of the series. Singer trying to sound like an American punk rock speaking her opening lines. Another rock piece for the fourth opening theme, More Than Like by Bish. Also didn’t like this one as it sounds weak. The first ending theme is Endless Harmony by Beverly. Feels like a song sung by a diva. I wonder if this is what Mariah Carey sounds like if she was Japanese. Pierce by Empire is the second ending theme. Not really impressed with this generic piece. Boku to Kimi No Lullaby as the third ending theme by Miyuna is the only slow ballad this season and it’s not that bad. Exceed by Miyuu as the fourth ending theme has some acoustic rock in it. Sounds rather okay. Nothing exceptionally special.

Overall, it has been one long ride. Especially the Alvarez story arc that is the second longest arc in the series (after the Grand Magic Games arc). So like I have said, I have mixed feelings overall knowing the series has ended. It has its good and bad points but still unfortunately, not anywhere near the top of my all-time favourites. And also, not anywhere near the worst or mediocre animes that I have seen. So I guess this series is still good, huh? After everything that we’ve been through, perhaps you can say that me and like other viewers of this series, we’re like family guild members of Fairy Tail, right? Hey, we ‘supported’ you guys by buying all the goods and merchandise! So with all the magic died down, where do we find our next fairytale of magic and legendary deeds? Well, they say Black Clover is the closest next thing but that’s another fairytale… Thank you all for giving us a great (albeit not a masterpiece) series for the last 10 years. At least we know that itself isn’t a fairytale.

Oh no. Here we go again. Yet another isekai genre anime. Arifureta Shokugyou De Sekai Saikyou is another one of those abundant isekai series that tries to distinguish itself from other similar series in the genre but comes out as mostly the same (or worse, depending on your mood of the day). Uh huh. Wanna bet that the main character who is pretty average and normal, becomes overpowered and easily overcomes his obstacles with his ‘intuition’ due to ‘circumstances’? Oh yeah. You bet they’re going to throw in some harem trope as well. Which girls do not want to be with such badass powerful hunk? Yeah. Oh, you bet I wanna throw myself into his arms and be protected by this reincarnated tough guy. KYAAA~ KAKOI SUGIRU!!! <3. Oh yeah. Bring on all your isekai clichés! I’m gonna take them all! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Episode 1
Hajime Nagumo has it real bad. He has fallen real deep into the Great Orcus Labyrinth and barely alive. If you think seeing a killer rabbit is bad, wait till you see the killer bear eating the killer rabbit! Oh f*ck! It ate his arm too! Hajime runs as fast as he could and using his transmute ability to protect himself. Hiding inside some hole, it is the miracle of some holy crystal nearby that keeps him alive. Flashback shows his party were training hard to enter this labyrinth. Clips of Hajime getting bullied? Then when they first enter the labyrinth, somebody accidentally touched a trap crystal that transported them to a bridge on the 65th floor. A behemoth charges at them as they try to run for safety. Hajime tries to cover for Kaori Shirasaki and when everyone else has run to safety, the plan is the attack the behemoth to cover Hajime so he could run. However one of the blasts directly hit Hajime. The bridge collapses and he fell along with the behemoth. Hajime realizes he has been betrayed. Somebody in the party wanted him dead. Furthermore, previously Kaori warned him not to go as she had a premonition something bad would happen to him. Because he was adamant, Kaori vowed to protect him. But now Hajime is bitter that nobody is going to save him but since he isn’t going to die in this sh*thole, he just has to kill everything that gets in his way! Wow. Suddenly he turns from a wuss to badass? He uses his abilities and brains to trap monsters for food. However eating them, he starts to feel something inside him transforming. Sure it isn’t the case of food poisoning? Wow. Now he transforms into something more badass! He thinks it is because of this holy water that is keeping him alive. Not only that, his stats all jumped and now he has the ability to manipulate mana. So the more different monsters he eats, the more abilities he gains as well as his growth in stats. Heck, he even crafted a gun so this can turn into some shooting anime? Donner, that’s what he calls his gun? Then he goes to have his rematch with the killer bear and kills it and eats it. Tastes like crap but the victory tastes sweet! Since he can’t go up, he is going down. He is going to survive this and find his way home.

Episode 2
Eating the same monsters many times will not have any significant increase. So, variety is the spice of life? Back in Heiligh Kingdom, the king is informed of this tragedy but gives the gag order not to talk about this anymore. This puts Kaori in despair. Because she promised to protect him and when she was desperate to go save him after he fell, Meld Loggins had to knock her out. He can’t risk losing any more of them. Further flashback reveals Hajime, Kaori and their entire class were summoned to this kingdom as heroes. History has this world having 3 races: Humans, demons and beastmen. So now angels? Humans and demons were at war for a very long time but the demons controlled the beastmen to tip the favours in their scale. Humanity at the brink of destruction had to summon heroes from another world to save them. Kouki Amenogawa is probably a popular guy and probably loves playing the hero of justice. Can’t sit by and see a kingdom go into extinction, can he? So that’s why nobody listens to loli teacher, Aiko Hatayama when she tries to veto they can’t go on this dangerous adventure. Shizuku Yaegashi (Kaori’s best friend) trains as she too feel something is off. Noting Daisuke Hiyama is acting strange, this has her remember he was always picking fights with Hajime and Kaori always intervened. Is there some love triangle going on? Shizuku feels bad that Kaori is still reeling from the fact they couldn’t save Hajime. She continues to believe he is still alive. Hajime arrives at a place with a huge door. Must be something important, huh? But first he has to fight 2 giant guardians. After defeating them an unlocking the door, he hears a voice asking to be saved. Seeing a loli trapped in a cube prison, Hajime does what any sane person would do: Get the hell out of here! But the loli pleads she will do anything! Don’t be tempted! Get out! After all, he suspects she must be somebody dangerous to be sealed here. However she says the buzzword. Yup, she was betrayed and sealed here. As a powerful immortal vampire, one day she was told she was no longer needed and her uncle was to take over ruling. She was fine with that but they told her she was too dangerous and was thus sealed here since she couldn’t be killed. Hajime breaks her out from her prison. She wants him to name him since she doesn’t need her old name anymore. He calls her Yue. Because her hair and eyes glow like the moon. So it’s not Tsuki? Just saying. Suddenly something attacks and Hajime protects Yue from the incoming projectiles.

Episode 3
It’s going to take more than this giant scorpion’s stingers to kill him. He fights back but is not making any headway. This is when Yue sucks some of his blood as she lands some giant ball over the monster. But good for only 1 use. Although her next attack is weakened, with Hajime’s shooting skills, they kill the monster in no time. Hajime eats the monster as he explains why he didn’t abandon her and run. Yeah, it would be just bad for a guy to just free her and then abandon her. Remember, no betrayals. Yue explains the rumours that the labyrinths were built by Mavericks. They once tried to destroy the world but failed so they built labyrinths to escape and hence it is believed that Mavericks reside at the bottom of each labyrinth. With Hajime’s mana increased, he is now able to make a railgun rifle. Schlagen, he calls it, huh? Hajime also tells his betrayal story. Because of his powers as a synergist, his role isn’t suited for combat. Everyone said he was useless. They teamed up with the royal guards to clear the labyrinth and the rest is history as we know it. Though he doesn’t want revenge, he just hopes to get better and go home. Wow. Yue crying at his sob story? Okay. Even loli vampires have feelings. And since Yue also has no home to go to, he offers she could join him. Next scene, we see them being chased by… Dinosaurs with flower on their heads?! Actually, parasitic flowers. Killing them won’t be effective unless they take out the source. So when they final do, it seems this plant lady monster has gotten Yue under her command and forces her to attack Hajime. Somehow parasitic plants wither on Hajime since he ate too many monsters and has developed some immunity. Until Yue tells him to just shoot, he gets happy and blasts through and kills the monster. Now Yue is mad that he didn’t even hesitate to shoot?! Heh. He was reluctant at first because he knew she would be mad and he thought it was okay since she gave her ‘permission’. By the way, isn’t she a vampire and can’t die? Okay, still not good to shoot a loli. Hajime eats the monster but Yue now wants to feed on his blood. And she gets naked?! WTF is this reverse rape?! Trekking further downwards, they finally reach the 100th floor. You can sure tell something is important behind this huge ominous door.

Episode 4
They face off with a hydra. You can easily tell their coloured heads, each having their own roles and abilities. Like the white one heals, the yellow one defends, etc. Then there is the black one who hypnotizes Yue and plays her trauma of being abandoned by Hajime. Nobody does this to his loli so Hajime snaps her out. I think the deal breaker was the kiss on her lips. Because the second time it hypnotized her, all she needs to do is remember the kiss and she won’t be hypnotized! Damn, the kiss was so damn effective! Hajime can’t be hypnotized too because he is so hard bitten, he is afraid of nothing! Finally he is going to use Schlagen on the hydra and has Yue cover him. Though he manages to get a good shot, the final head fires at Yue. I understand why Hajime uses his body to protect Yue but… Isn’t Yue an immortal?! I guess nobody hurts his loli, huh? Hajime is fatally wounded. I’m guessing she is kissing him to transfer some healing potion is because she wants to kiss him. Could have just poured the bottle straight into his mouth… Then she wants to avenge him by using his Donner. Can she? Nope. Loli failed. Loli going to get owned again and that’s when Hajime wakes up to play the hero again. Yup. His loli must not be hurt. Can’t lose his beloved loli. With Hajime now having the ability to slow down time (or is he speeding up?), he makes his final move. He plants bombs all over the ceiling and in great timing shoots at them for it all to come crashing on the hydra. I guess the hydra has no more strength to get out from its crushed state. Hard fought victory. Well done. Meanwhile Aiko threatens a priest that she will stop using her farming ability if he continues to force students who don’t want to fight to continue fighting. He relents since he views her farming to be valuable. Finally. Somebody listens to her!

Episode 5
What’s this? Hajime and Yue naked in bed together?! Since Hajime is alive and kicking, I suppose he is alright but I doubt sex had any part in his healing. Yue reveals after defeating the hydra, the door before them opened and there is this beautiful underground garden. This could be the Maverick’s lair. She put him on the bed and let his holy water do the healing. Phew. Told you there was no sex involved. Exploring around, they enter a mansion in which the throne room sits a skeletal corpse. Hajime stands in the insignia to test if this is a teleport but he activates the corpse’s ghost! Actually, it is just a recording of Oscar Orcus. He is a Maverick who built this labyrinth. Meanwhile Meld and the rest head back down to face the behemoth once more. So monsters here respawn? Just like the bridge too? This time they are more coordinated, more powerful and more determined in taking down the behemoth. Orcus says that as a reward for passing his trials set in the labyrinth, he will give his power. Just don’t use it for evil, okay? Hajime then feels like some ancient magic spell being imprinted into his head. Also some memories about the truth about Mavericks. They’re not bad guys but liberators. I guess we’ll have to wait for later to hear this. So it seems Hajime has the new power to do some creation magic. Add energy to raw minerals and give them special qualities? Holy crap. That sounds like becoming God! After burying the corpse, Hajime realizes that there are lots of things he can learn here. Hence, delaying his journey back to the top. So with his new magic, he is able to create lots of new things. Like his new prosthetic arm. More cool weapons. More cool vehicles. Only imagination’s the limit. Forget that cheesy fanservice scene of Yue trying to do something to Hajime in the bath… So after 2 months of learning and getting what they can, it’s time for them to head back up. Their goal now is to find other labyrinths because each has their own ancient magic to learn. That way, he might be able to find a way to return home.

Episode 5.5
Eh? Recap episode?! Well, if you didn’t pay attention to what happened previously, Hajime nicely summarizes up some of the important events that has happened so far. Pay attention next time so we don’t have to waste a week of recap episode! Or maybe the production should just buck up… But at the end we get a new scene: Some stupid sexy bunny girl, Shea is waiting for someone to pop up. Better hurry because she almost got eaten by a dinosaur!

Episode 6
Just in time. A grand entrance for Hajime and Yue. With Shea so glad to see them, the duo pretend not to see and walk away. But Shea is begging for them to save her village and even tries to use her sex appeal. I guess she has never died before since she is confident her bustiness beats Yue’s flatness! You know Hajime is in a bad mood when he easily kills the dinosaur! Persistence is key so with all that bugging, Hajime is willing to hear her out. Although beastmen cannot use magic, she is the rare type who can. She has clairvoyance and some of her magic is that only used by monsters. As Because of that, she was kicked out of her tribe but a small group and her family followed her. However they are too weak to survive on their own. In her clairvoyance she saw them saving her family. Hajime is still not interested seeing he gets nothing out of it. Shea thinks she can be their guide to the Great Tree. Anyone who approaches it will lose their senses. Only natives can navigate through. Yue has some heart and has her tag along. Upon arrival, Hajime gets down to business by killing the monsters threatening the bunny people. Yeah, using Shea as bait. With the bunny people wanting to get stronger, Hajime trains them. Shea has her bouts with Yue but you know who always ends up tops. Hey, take it as a learning experience. At the end of the training, those bunny people are now bloodthirsty savages! OMFG! Where did those cute flower loving people go?! Arriving at the Great Tree, there is a monolith that bears the same design as Oscar’s. From what I understand from Yue’s deciphering, if they get 4 more symbols from other labyrinths, they get the power of generation. Wow. Time to go dungeon raiding. Yue wants to come along because she loves Hajime and also she technically beat Yue in a duel. She hopes that by working hard, she can change the future and not have any regrets. Her family will stay behind since Hajime might come back and he might need a guide then. Whatever the boss says.

Episode 7
Hajime and co find themselves at the labyrinth of Miledi Reisen. The deeper they go, there is this cheeky bratty voice trying to annoy them and play pranks and tricks on them. Usually, Shea bearing the brunt of most of it. It gets frustrating enough that the labyrinth leads them back to the first room! Finally they find the room where Miledi supposedly resides. So this giant knight is Miledi? Hajime is forced to answer her questions of his goal and intentions if she is to answer his. Too bad she didn’t keep her end of the bargain and won’t tell if she has the ancient magic she wants. Miledi looks down on them and I’m guessing that’s why she lost despite being so powerful. Nothing like a little teamwork to take down the giant. Shea getting the lion’s share of finishing her off. Before Miledi disappears, she sends a warning to Hajime since he is going to raid other labyrinths. They are the real bad guys so it is going to be tough all the way. Because one day he is going to be the God Killer. She believes his decision will make this world a better place and hopes he will live as freely as he chooses to. On the way out, they stumble into the real Miledi. Just a little pipsqueak, huh? Why does she remember me of Mario’s Shy Guy? Still as bratty, though. Nothing like a little beat down to show her place. It seems the only magic she has pertains to gravity in which Yue is most suitable. Not enough, Hajime tries to loot her but she flushes them out. Because Shea is not breathing, Hajime administers CPR. Yue jealous… Horny bunny’s feint to give Hajime a good French kiss! Then when they try to rent a room at an inn, Yue and Shea argue who should share a room. It ends with Shea declaring she wants to sleep with Hajime and let him take her virginity! I think the whole town heard that… Oh Shea, Hajime is going to f*ck you alright. Not of the sexual kind, that is.

Episode 8
Ilwer Chang, the head of Fuhren Adventurer’s Guild would like Hajime to undertake a quest. Will Cudeta, the son of a count has gone missing after he and his group when to the northern regions for survey. He wants Hajime to rescue them. In exchange, he promises to get him out of any trouble with the guild. He also agrees to Hajime’s conditions of making them status plates and doing anything else they ask for. They arrive in a town that coincidentally Aiko and some of her students are here to help with the farming. In the restaurant, Aiko realizes this is Hajime because his girls keep calling his name. I guess a teacher knows best despite Hajime looking totally different. She confronts him but he tries to pretend she got the wrong person. Although he admits, he continues to ignore her. Aiko might be small but she is persistent as she keeps bugging him. Shea should shut her mouth and not saying ambiguous things like she is Hajime’s girl and he stole her first kiss. Ai wants to lecture him but Hajime continues to ignore. Sensei, your threats mean nothing! And then the knight accompanying Aiko lost his patience. He tries to tell off Hajime for being rude and then continues to badmouth Shea as a beastman. When he crosses the line, Hajime shoots and wounds his shoulder. Try again and die. He tells everyone he won’t tell anything that has happened or going to happen to him. Just stay out of his way. Later that night, Hajime visits Aiko’s room. He tells her the true history of this world. After the Age of Gods, the world was plagued by war. A group of people came with an intent to stop it and the people believed them as God. But God were just using them as pawns and everything was just a mere game. Hence a group of heroes called Liberators united to stop them. However they failed because the people tricked by God rebelled against them. They can’t fight back against the ones they sworn to protect. Now labelled as Mavericks, they were slowly taken out and the survivors scatter and hid in labyrinths. They prepared trials and those who overcome them will be granted their powers in hopes they will use it to defeat God. Though, Hajime doesn’t care about this world and just believes labyrinths are the key to send him home. He also reveals the truth that his ‘death’ wasn’t an accident but one of her students had intention to kill him. Next day as Hajime prepares to leave, Aiko wants to travel with him and hear more stories. Knowing how stubborn she is, he relents. But is his bike enough to take her and the students? Instantly he creates a Humvee!

Episode 9
Arriving at the site, they see huge footprints. Trekking further into the cave, they finally find Will cowering. He claims a black dragon wiped his team out. When Will feels bad he only survived, here comes that lecture from Hajime about being a wuss. The moment they leave the cave, the black dragon attacks them. Time for Hajime to strut his stuff. Because the black dragon keeps targeting Will, Hajime has to find a way to attract its attention. Just be more powerful! Eventually he manages to bring it down. And now here comes the mind blowing part. Because a dragon has scales on its body and is hard to penetrate, logically it is weak in places without scales. And that place? Hajime shoves a pole down the dragon’s ass!!! OMFG!!! SO BRUTAL!!! The dragon screams in pain in her silly voice! She pleads for mercy and will explain everything. Just take that thing out! Too bad Hajime wants her dead and keeps shoving it in!!! OMFG!!! SO BRUTAL!!!! She mentions that it was not her intention to attack Will. Some shady robe guy casted a spell on her and made her go violent. She will accept her punishment but only after he gives her a chance to repent her actions. Unfortunately Hajime doesn’t care and continues this painful ass penetrating act until Yue points out if he kills her, he will be breaking an important rule. He takes the pole out in time before her mana runs out as she reverts into her human form. Yeah, imagine that pole ripping apart her ass… Don’t want to see that kind of horror story. And was she orgasming while he took it out of her ass?! Introducing herself as Tio Klarus of the dragonborn clan, she further adds the shady robe guy’s intention is to unleash an army of monsters upon the town. Hajime’s drones picked up about 60,000 monsters on their way but no shady robe guy among the ranks. Will hopes Hajime can do something about it but Hajime won’t because the deal was only to bring Will back safely. Also, it would be better to go back and warn the town. Tio sounds like a pervert as she hints she wants to come along with them so Hajime drags and treats her roughly. This new sensation… She’s loving this new awakening?

Episode 10
When Aiko hopes Hajime could do something about the invading army, he points out the irony that she always places her students first but now she is asking him to risk his life. True, but she also doesn’t want to see innocent people in this world die. I guess he can’t disobey sensei’s words so I take that as a yes he is going to help. He makes preparations and turns the village into a fort. Some boring moments of certain people talking to him before the big fight. But ruined by Tio because she’s just being a masochist trying to rile him up so she can get a bigger orgasm from his harshness. As the enemy nears, Hajime gives a rousing speech that makes Aiko into a goddess. As long as she is on their side, victory will be theirs! And now we see Hajime and his harem easily take out the horde with magic or modern weapons. When they run out of ammo, it is up close for melee combat. I guess they’re so cool that some monsters even retreat. Heh. Number mean nothing. Heck, Hajime even confronts the shady robe guy and easily brings him down! His identity turns out to be Yukitoshi Shimizu, his (former) classmate and one of Aiko’s students. Aiko hears him out why he is doing this. Apparently he isn’t being acknowledged. So he went up north and stumbled into some demon clan. They acknowledged his power and made a contract with him to kill Aiko. Doing so, he will be recognized as a hero. Aiko tries to talk to him that what he is doing is wrong but also promises to protect him. But Shimizu didn’t have a change of heart. He takes Aiko hostage and wants Hajime to hand over all his weapons and secure a way out for him. Hajime won’t do it. I mean, taking Aiko back to the demons, they’ll still kill her, right? He even dares him to kill her. Suddenly, a sniper shoots Shimizu. Thanks to Shea, Aiko is spared although Shimizu’s poisonous needle got injected into her. The culprit escapes (not before Hajime fires a wounding shot). I just wonder why can’t Hajime pour his healing potion into Aiko’s mouth directly? Must he give it via his mouth? She is cured and wants him to help Shimizu too. After he tried to kill her? Hajime asks if Shimizu is his enemy. Fearing death, he pleads his fealty to him. Hajime shoots him dead! Aiko is in distraught but Hajime stands by his policy of not showing mercy on his enemies. As Hajime leaves, his comrades know that Hajime was just playing the villain. Shimizu would have died anyway and Hajime killing him is to ensure Aiko will not blame herself over her student’s death.

Episode 11
In this shady city, Hajime knows something is going on but will not get involve. Unless they want to make enemies out of him. Next day, he goes out on a date with Shea. In the aquarium, there is this human faced fish, Lehman who can talk. WTF, did the guys bond over Hajime’s tragic story?! Because they realize it is partly their fault that Lehman got caught after they were flushed out from Miledi’s labyrinth, they feel guilty and release it. Not sure how they did that but I’m sure nobody would stop badass Hajime from it. Lehman warns them that he saw a mermaid being kidnapped and being sold. After all, this city is the hideout for some organization in the slave trade. And then they stumble upon that said mermaid, Myu. Somehow she escaped. After cleaning her up, the plan is to leave her with the authorities so she can go back to her family. However, Myu doesn’t want that and wants to be with Hajime! Will his harem increase? Hajime isn’t fazed and leaves this screaming loli with the authorities. But shortly, the authorities got attacked. Not only Myu is kidnapped but a warning message to also bring along the bunny girl. That’s it. You’ve pissed off Hajime. Now all of you are going to die. So he starts busting every suspect to dig out whatever info they have that will lead to the big boss. The city is going to be destroyed at this rate… Just in time before the auction to save Myu. Yup, the jerk boss continues to abuse her so she could scream and entertain the people but Hajime shoots him dead! And then he lets Myu watch the fireworks as all of the baddies’ hideouts get decimated by Yue’s power. In the end, Myu wants to upgrade and call Hajime from onii-chan to papa since she doesn’t have a father. Yeah, she throws a tantrum that she wants him to be her papa! Now the rest of his girls want a baby…

Episode 12
Hajime and co return to the capital to hand a letter from Ilwer to Loa Bawawis. Just then, Kousuke Endo barges in, pleading for help or else all his friends will die. At first he is shocked that this is Hajime before him. He must be desperate enough to think that if Hajime somehow survived and become this badass, he must be one powerful tough mother. Yeah, please help. Endo narrates that Kouki led his team deep beneath Orcus. They were shocked to see monster blood everywhere. Is there another monster hunting monsters? Then showing up before them is a demon babe. She offers them to join their side like one of theirs did. Kouki declines and since demon babe views them as useless, she summons monsters to kill them. The monsters are tough so Shizuku suggests Endo using his stealth ability to sneak out to the surface and get help. When Suzu Taniguchi is fatally wounded, Kouki becomes mad. He wants to fight back but Shizuku slaps him to his senses. Retreat is the best answer. Endo returns to Meld who is protecting the teleport device to the surface. Meld has to fend off a monster so Endo can return safely. As Kouki and co make their retreat, some of them think to join forces with the demon side just to survive. The debate rages on until they see Meld get killed before their eyes. Enraged Kouki powers up and slices through everything. Could have killed the demon babe had not his consciousness made him realize he is going to be a killer. Shizuku takes over but she too gets wounded. So now Endo is pleading for Hajime to save their friends. But hold up. He doesn’t consider them friends. Oh brother… But you know… After all those flashbacks… So just when his old friends are seconds before being killed, Hajime drops in to the rescue. Missed me, guys?

Episode 13
Time for Hajime to show everybody how powerful he is and kick ass! Singlehandedly! No matter what tricks the demon babe throws, Hajime is superior! Of course, to show that he isn’t just a one man show, his harem also fight back monsters who threaten his former classmates. Everybody is in shock that Hajime is so different. Especially Hiyama whose guilty reaction hints us he might be the one who tried to kill Hajime. Because he was so sure that Hajime had died! Anyway, the demon babe tries to escape but Hajime won’t let her. Since she won’t talk, he deduces her goal. Believing the demons have achieved some ability to gain ancient powers if they clear the labyrinth, the reason she is down here exploring it. She warns him her lover will find and kill him. So be it. He’ll kill demon or gods who stand in his way. WTF Kouki tries to virtue signal and doesn’t want Hajime to kill her? Too bad, Hajime shoots her dead! Now we get to see Kaori so relieved he is still alive that she can’t stop crying. Amp up the drama by hugging him. I think Hajime’s harem might turn yandere for this. As Hajime leads them out, Kouki still tries to virtue signal. But Hajime doesn’t give a damn and even threatens to kill him if he gets in his way. You scared now? Better shut up if you know what’s good for you! Once reached the surface, Kaori has finally decided. She wants to come with him. Because she loves him! Unfortunately he rejects her because he is already in love with Yue. Even so, she still wants to come with him. Why do girls like her always get that confidence they can change men like him and see them their way? And so begins Yue-Kaori rivalry that they are going to show the other why their love is much greater for Hajime. Oh boy, Hajime’s toughest battle is still ahead… Next morning, Kaori says goodbye to her friends and leaves with Hajime. I guess Shizuku doesn’t want to come and intrude in this harem. Love > best friend? Hajime drives his Humvee and his girls are arguing over this sitting arrangement… This is not even the toughest battle yet.

Special 1
Hah! You thought this is going to be a hotspring fanservice episode, right? Not exactly! While Hajime’s harem is ready to get into the bath, they stumble upon Yue’s diary and read it. After all, they’re curious to know what that vampire loli thinks about them. They’re not pleased that the first big part of the entry only consists of Yue and Hajime. Well, she’s his first girl, right? So she’s like their senior. The first other girl in the entry is of course Shea. Yue didn’t mince her words to call her a pathetic useless rabbit and all. While they’re mostly mockery, there are a few lines that express her respect and admiration in some ways. Despite all that’s being said, in a way Yue still holds some value in her. Yeah, bunny girl so touched that she cried. Then the rest of the other girls are like just briefly skimmed true like Tio the pervert, Myu the child that probably prompted Yue to really want to have a baby with Hajime (yeah, 5 pages dedicated to wanting his baby!), and of course the recent addition and perhaps the biggest rivalry to Yue, Kaori. Basically, Yue views herself as a woman of high standards and unparalleled to the rest, blah, blah, blah. Indelicate act of reading one’s diary is put to a stop when they realize angry Yue is behind them. Feel the wrath of the punishing woman!

Special 2
You thought the bath episode wasn’t enough, huh? Well, here comes the real hotspring fanservice episode! Kaori is trying to force everyone to listen to her story on how she first met Hajime. Basically to score some brownie points but don’t get your hopes up. Anyway the first time she saw him, despite being very weak (unlike now), he helped apologize for a grandma and her grandson by prostrating himself before heartless punks. After all, only the strong can use violence to resolve things. At that time, Kaori felt helpless but also struck by the sheer humility and strength Hajime showed. It was ever since then she started watching him. Like a stalker? Then the rest of the girls, Yue, Shea and Tio also tell how they first met Hajime. Basically a short recap with recycled scenes of their first contact. I don’t think Hajime wants Myuu to hear Tio’s story of how he punched the pole into her ass!!!!!!!! The awakening of the love! So basically everybody is in love with Hajime but are too proud to admit it. It’s a secret, you know. All this embarrassing talk is over because Hajime signals it’s time to get out. Yeah, the rivalry has only just begun…

From Common Clichés To World’s Crappiest
Woah. OMG. How the f*ck can this series get another season?! You know, I thought bad isekai animes will never get a sequel. But maybe I’m wrong. Everybody else loved it or whoever sponsored this sh*t decided to throw in more money so that they can have the budget to make another season. Yeah, I read that this show was delayed up to a year before being released and it could have been even worse had they delayed it further. I just wonder if these people now how to cut their losses. Uh huh. We’ve invested so much in this and we just can’t give it up! No matter how bad it turned out!

I have this feeling that this series is trying to be dark and badass like Tate No Yuusha No Nariagari. You know, a seemingly okay and ordinary guy becoming bitter and distrustful because of the unfair persecution he faced. Then because he put in his own effort, hence his overpowered abilities are justified. Unfortunately here doesn’t feel the same. Just the fact that Hajime has been ‘abandoned’ and gone through sh*t, from what I see all the hardships he went through to become badass feels like a flimsy excuse to become an overpowered character. Remember, Hajime just suspected that somebody betrayed him. There was no outright proof. And even if that was true, it wasn’t like everybody betrayed him, right? Only one or maybe two. Then he decides to put a blanket assumption that all of them are bad. Yeah. Real badass there. Feels like some weird excuse sh*t to turn him into a badass character who seemingly doesn’t care. And as for how he powers up by miraculously defeating monsters and eating them, oh yeah, that feels like some weird excuse sh*t to power up his character the easy way. It wasn’t the kind of real hardship sh*t that the shield hero went through.

Therefore the story and plot for this season feel boring and out of place. It’s like they’re all over the place. Sure, Hajime having his goal to return to his world and in order to do that he must raid labyrinths and get ancient magic spells. That is generally what it looks like. But when you sit through and watch each of the episode, honestly they are somewhat boring and doesn’t really make you feel like you want to root for Hajime. Firstly, he is so powered up and you will know that he will somehow find a way to overcome it. Even if he is in a pinch, he will surely find a solution. After all, he is overpowered and it would be a slap in the face if he couldn’t. Why make him so overpowered in the first place if he couldn’t solve the problem?

This isekai world also has its own lore and legends and it was briefly skimmed through about the war between humans, demons and beastmen. Also some insights about the labyrinths and Mavericks but they are just the tip of the iceberg. Maybe that is why they need another season and I hope they can flesh this out better. Because this season sure doesn’t feel like our summoned heroes being summoned to fight against the demons at all. And the demon clan whom the humans are supposed to be fighting mainly against with, they didn’t even show up! Only mentioned during Shimizu’s time and then finally one of them popped up in the penultimate episode. And then she died. Good riddance. Oh well, I’m sure the demons will come looking for Hajime instead of him looking for them once he becomes powerful enough to be a threat to their goals.

So it’s like Hajime travelling from place to place to find labyrinths but he ends up accumulating a harem instead. Uh huh. This is what it typically feels like the plot for this season. Not just your average harem but a monster harem. I thought having a vampire loli was going to be his only companion. Why do I have a feeling Yue is a discount version of Monogatari Series’ Shinobu? I didn’t expect to have a dumb busty bunny girl to follow him. If double trouble wasn’t enough, they have to add this sick perverted nympho dragon lady to the mix. And even so I thought that was the end of it. F*ck! Now they added a loli mermaid to the pack and with her playing his daughter, Hajime wholesomely embraces his role as her father! Like, WTF?! Oh yeah. No matter how badass a guy is, to increase his badass status, he must have his own harem of hot chicks. Oh Hajime, you feeling so badass and proud now? Now, with Kaori joining the pack, she is the latest addition to his ever growing harem. She looks like she has the potential as she has jumped the queue of the pecking order to be a Yue’s rival. The only human among the monster girls. This is going to get messy. I don’t think loving Hajime for a long time would be a valid argument against Yue but we’ll see. Screw Myu being his daughter. Let’s have our own baby! Haha. Not sure if I want to see that cheesy cat fight moment.

Therefore there are a few cheesy fanservice moments in the series. I guess they want to make us giggle with all that sexual innuendoes but more than often it makes us roll our eyes. Like Shea being just a simpleton, hence the way she straightforwardly says certain stuffs to Hajime can be really ambiguous. Is that why she is blessed with big tits? Only when Tio joined the troupe, she becomes the masochistic nympho and Shea’s retard sexiness is nearly forgotten. And then some naked bathing moments in the earlier episodes with Hajime and Yue. Is this supposed to be their bonding moment? Oh well, if you’re the kind interested in flat washboards, be my guest…

The only time when the plot got interesting was when Hajime killed off Shimizu. Even if Hajime is just tough badass, I didn’t expect him to really kill especially one of his own kind. You know, goody-goody heroes can’t take lives. Says the unwritten law of the reel code. Oh right, Hajime isn’t your typical goody-goody hero to begin with (he did after all kill a human slave trader to rescue Myu). And seeing how much he has done to get this far, it shouldn’t be surprising that he would resort to this. Hence this is the only darkest moment of the series. Still, not enough to change my overall sentiments for this series. It still sucks.

The characters themselves aren’t inspiring nor are they intriguing. With Hajime being able to do almost everything, it is like as though he is just one step away from being God. And because he is not, I guess there is your flimsy excuse to show that he is still human. Still has a human heart. Had he not, he wouldn’t even give a damn and not do all those rescue missions. Maybe he is just acting tough upfront and deep down inside, he doesn’t really want what happened to him to happen to others. I hope. Perhaps Hajime is just not sure if he should help. The dilemma of whether he should go or not. That is why his harem played an important role to help him make the decision. They didn’t say outright that he should help but you can tell from the tone of their voice (“I will do whatever Hajime wants to do”), you can tell that is pretty much a plea that he should help.

Because now Hajime instead of looking like a genuine badass character, at this rate he just looks like some guy playing chuunibyou or something. Nobody says anything about this particular change in his character because his harem also twisted in the head and view this as pretty normal. Yeah, my conspiracy theory says that he is just putting up all this tough act because he really wants everybody to notice him. At least he got the attention of a few girls. Now that he is so badass, he has to keep up his charade and continue being a badass. Heck, it’s better than his original wuss personality. Now you know why girls like such bad boys, huh?

While we see Hajime taking his adventures to various places, the other classmates who were whisked away to this world felt like they were being ignored. They lack a lot of back story or whatever that is necessary to make us care for them. It is like as though they are extra unimportant characters to begin with. I guess that is why there is another season and hopefully they will be given more fleshing out especially some of the main ones like Kaori, Shizuku and Kouki. But as far as this season is concerned, they do not even matter and the final arc having Hajime somewhat reuniting with them feels like a reminder that, uhm, we came from the same world and that we are still friends? Okay. Not. Kouki trying to be a jerk with his virtue signalling (that kind of goody-goody heroes don’t exist anymore!) and Shizuku forgoing any potential yuri with her best friend. Whatever. Seeing how powerful and awesome Hajime is, don’t you think at least the rest of the classmates should want to follow him too? I mean, to get back to their own world? Gee, not sure why they decide to stay back. I’m sure trying to be considerate and not ruin Hajime’s harem isn’t even on the plate. Aiko could have been an amusing teacher because of her small stature and her stubborn persistence to look after her student can be annoying as well. It’s a good thing they didn’t turn her being ignored into some sort of a running joke. That would be disrespectful to a teacher, wouldn’t it?

The action scenes are mediocre at best and it’s like just the reason needed to show off and showcase Hajime’s overpowered abilities. Sure, it isn’t that he could come up with a weapon that is instant kill, he just needs to figure out the right strategy and all first. Of course putting up some drama in between. To also show Hajime is not alone, that is why his harem are made to become his assistants. Yue’s lightning spells, Tio’s dragon abilities and Shea swinging her giant hammer around feel like these girls need to do some exercise themselves and lessen the monotony of Hajime doing everything himself. Hey, it’s a harem teamwork. Wohoo! Go, team Hajime!

The art and animation are also pretty mediocre. The worst of the lot being the CGI animations of the monsters. Those are horrendous! Maybe monsters are supposed to look ugly but I didn’t know they were looking this bad. Like that hydra and that chimera monster that demon babe summoned. Because many scenes are located in the labyrinth, they are pretty dark and sometimes I would be straining my eyes to see things. So if this is their idea of hiding the bad CGI effects, too bad I spotted them. Still horrendous. The human characters, I thought they have this one kind look on them like the female characters they have this one kind cute looks on their face. And Hajime in his badass looks, I thought he was taken after Dr Black Jack or something. I wonder if Yue is taken after Monogatari Series’ Shinobu. Because you know, blonde loli vampire. Just more subdued. This anime is jointly animated by Asread (Mirai Nikki, Minami-ke, Shuffle) and White Fox (Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, Steins;Gate, Akame Ga Kill, Goblin Slayer). Yeah, these studios could have done a lot better with this one and leaves much to be desired.

Voice acting, I guess Youko Hikasa takes the cake as Tio especially when she goes into that nympho mode. Imagine if Seitokai Yakuindomo’s Shino been sexually charged up to a dragonborn level… Then there is Yui Ogura who is eternally specialized as loli characters and is no different this time as Myu and also Tetsuya Kakihara as Kouki although he is no Fairy Tail’s Natsu here. The other casts are Toshinari Fukamachi as Hajime (Clause in Hataage! Kemono Michi), Yuuki Kuwahara as Yue (Tooru in Kobayashi-san Chi No Maid Dragon), Minami Takahashi as Shea (Megumi in Shokugeki No Souma), Ai Kakuma as Aiko (Itsuyo in Val x Love), Saori Oonishi as Kaori (Aiz in DanMachi) and Yumiri Hanamori as Shizuku (Seth in Radiant). The opening theme is Flare by Void_Chords featuring LIO while the ending theme is Hajime No Uta by Dracovirgo. Nothing really special.

Overall, this is another one of those ubiquitous isekai genres with an overpowered main character that is just boring and bad. However, because it is announced that there is going to be a second season, hopefully in this sequel they can better flesh out the stories and the characters since there were basically none right here. So you can say it’s unfair to say it is bad because such developments haven’t been shown yet. But you know what they say about first impressions… Yup, even if there is a remote chance the next season would be better, this doesn’t hide the fact this first one was just terrible. I mean, there are lots of supposedly funny moments but they turn out cheesy if you think about it. Like Shea being written as a dumbass character with tits and who could forget about that part when Hajime stuffed a pole into Tio’s dragon ass!!!!! Yeah, it was funny at first but looking back at it now, it was just embarrassing. It’s the same thinking I had about snuffing out the life of this series but that’s the problem when you decide to give things a second chance. It could come back and bite you in the ass. That’s when you turn from the world’s biggest badass to a common wimp.

Cop Craft

January 19, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kimetsu No Yaiba

January 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hangyakusei Million Arthur

January 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Season 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strike The Blood III

December 27, 2019

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

Tartaros Roses Arc

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Time Of My Life Arc

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

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

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

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

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

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

The War Of Original Vampires Arc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The other formulaic thing involves the fight and action sequences. Just like in many previous fights, when Kojou fights an enemy, the battle is