Maou-sama Retry

January 25, 2020

Oh no. Instead of giving us the fourth season of Overlord, we got yet another one of those ubiquitous isekai genres. Yes, people. Maou-sama Retry starts off with that suspicious premise of a long running popular game now shutting off its servers. During the final moments of being shut down forever, the creator plays the game one last time for nostalgia’s sake. And when the time comes, he finds himself inside the game world! As a Demon Lord! He tries to make sense of his new surroundings as well as his new overpowered abilities, helping the local kingdom from its crisis while trying to find a way back. Now you tell him how that is not a rip-off of Overlord?! Overlord, Retry???!!!

Episode 1
The popular online game, Infinity Game is going to shut down its server after 15 years. Akira Oono as one of its creators is sad and is sticking around for one last hurrah. But when it crosses that deadline, he finds himself in a different world and his body is now different! Why does this opening plot sound all too familiar? He realizes he looks like Hakuto Kunai, the Demon Lord of Infinity Game. What’s with the getup like a mafia boss?! Before he could make sense of things, a young girl, Aku is seen running away from a demon, Greole. Easily Kunai defeats it! Aku fears him because he is stronger than this demon and is going to eat her! He must be the Demon Lord! Kunai assures he isn’t. She explains this land is called Holy Light. One of the angels known as Cherub sealed Greole in the past. Kunai realizes he can still pull down an interface and check his stats and use some admin privileges. He then hears Aku’s sad story that her village hates her. After being bullied for so long, they tried to sacrifice her to Greole. That’s why she is so touched when ironically a Demon Lord like him treats her so nicely. Kunai carries Aku as they make their way to the Wishing Shrine, supposedly the place where Cherub sealed Greole. It is also a place where wishes are granted. According to legends, that is. Upon reaching, Kunai sees lots of dead bodies. Inside is some revered being. Kunai demands answers if he was being summoned here (those dead people wanted a Demon Lord so Greole was released and got what’s coming) and if he can be returned to his world. However the being is already on her last leg. She has weakened tremendously after all the wishes and just gives Kunai an irremovable curse-like ring on his finger before disintegrating. Gee, thanks. Kunai’s goal is to head to the capital but Aku hopes he could stop by her village so he could get some of her stuffs. Entering her dilapidated village, the villagers immediately scorn Aku for returning. They continue to blame and bully her. Aku hears the voice of the ring telling him to kill those people but he won’t give in and instead just burns down their village! Still brutal, though. He then takes Aku and leave for the capital. Sorry she can’t take her things. I guess she won’t need anything as long she has him!

Episode 2
One of the Holy Maidens, the bratty Luna Elegant is going to find Kunai and kill him so that she can prove her worth to her sisters. Oh damn, Kunai can create his own luxury motel with amenities so they don’t have to camp out in the wilderness? Wow. Super convenient. Next day, he detects several bandits trying to attack them. Of course he dodges their attack and even mocks the boss. But the bandits soon try to escape when Luna is here. Don’t want to be the receiving end of a Holy Maiden, eh? Then she tries to take down Kunai but as we can tell, she underestimates him as he easily takes down her attacking guards. Ultimate humiliation for Luna because he spanks her butt till it hurts!!! WTF???!!! He lets her go after taking her money. So basically he robbed her? In the market city of Yahoo (?!), they stay in a hotel named Gugule (???!!!). They get first class treatment because of the money Kunai has. Remember, they’re from Luna. Heck, even when he goes to shop for a decent dress for Aku, the moment he flashes his giant gold coin, damn this guy is treated like a God! The irony! Yeah, the owner, Bingo doesn’t even mind being his masochist! In the end, Kunai just bought the entire store! While fine dining at a restaurant, stupid Luna comes in to complain about spending her money. Before she could cause a commotion, Kunai threatens to spank her ass and buys every other customer fine wine. That did the trick. Luna eats her heart out. Well, this is her money after all. Aku notes that Kunai is a kind person but sometimes can be mean. Going back to their hotel, why the heck is Luna following them? She has no money and no place to stay! What about her guards? She sent them home so as not to put them in danger. WTF. Shouldn’t she ask them to at least take her home? Ah well, since it is technically her money that paid for this room, might as well stay. Meanwhile, Killer Queen, Luna’s older sister and one of the Holy Maidens is coming to the city. She isn’t pleased Luna has acted on her own and has caused her trouble. She is going to pay dearly. Gee, what’s up with her subordinates looking like they came out from the set of Mad Max!

Episode 3
Kunai learns more about the land. After Cherub died sealing Greole, there are still Ophan and Seraph who protect and guide the people. From what Luna explains, he thinks that being at the Wishing Shrine could be Ophan. He doesn’t have enough info to form a plan yet so for now he decides to go make some money. He tries to build rapport with the local merchant, Nanden Mannen and manages to sell this useless item for a handsome price. Must be his smooth talking. As he returns to the hotel, he sees Queen and her goons calling out to Luna. She doesn’t believe Luna’s explanation that a Demon Lord exist. It is made worse that Luna explains the Demon Lord has a butt fetish!!! WTF?! Suddenly members of the Satanist cult attack the Holy Maidens. The sisters turn into bad guys to take them down. One of the members unleash Hades to pin them down. The ring once more tries to force Kunai to kill everyone and when Kunai resists, he is paralyzed. Desperate, he executes some command that changes his character. Hence he becomes this delinquent in white, Zero Kirisame! Easily he whoops the asses of those cultist as Queen watches helplessly and starts to fall for this handsome hunk. Has she finally found the man of her destiny? Damn, seeing a violent badass sister turning into a blushing teen in love… Such a drastic change in character! One of the escaped cultist think Zero is from the Dragonkin and has secretly aligned with Holy Light. When Zero reverts to Kunai, he is dying with embarrassment after realizing all those ‘cool’ words he said were just downright embarrassing. Worse, this Zero’s dude reputation has spread and he can’t tell everyone, not even Aku that they’re the same person. Meanwhile, adventurers Mikan and Yukikaze are looking for request jobs to do. They see this wanted bounty poster of Kunai the Demon Lord that pays handsomely. So it’s a crime for just claiming to be the Demon Lord? Luna joins Kunai in his travels because she claims he has a butt fetish and should be happy her butt is following him! WTF?! I have a feeling this brat might like being spanked…

Episode 4
Kunai has Luna change into normal clothes so she won’t stand out. Don’t worry. Nothing lewd. Meanwhile Mikan and Yukikaze are running away from a pack of sandwolves. Lucky for them, they stumble into Kunai’s carriage. Now let the Demon Lord show them what he can do. He uses all his skill to defeat the sandwolves and sends the remaining ones running away. After Kunai leaves, Mikan and Yukikaze know that this is that Demon Lord but for now will return to the capital. Kunai sets up base for them to rest. Then he checks with system admin. There are 8 strong and talented people working under Kunai. However with his current points, he can only summon 1. Thinking hard, he decides to summon Yuu Kirino. She might be a genius doctor and scientist but her drawbacks are being a sadist, short tempered and a shotacon. Kunai needs to know more about this world before he can do anything. So he converts the base into a first class hospital so Yuu can get to work. But first he has her look at Aku’s leg and heal it. Yup, no scars are even left. Good as new. Aku is now able to run and jump however she likes. I guess it’s some cue to spend some quality time with Kunai. Uh huh. Already setting that this guy is the man whom she’ll marry. Kunai then praises Yuu for a good job. The moment he pats her head, she starts to feel a strange sensation. A feeling that makes her feel happy that she is being acknowledged by her chief. Is this what you call falling in love?

Episode 5
I know Yukikaze is in love with Kunai and everything coming out from his mouth is just dirty. WTF he thinks girl boys can also get pregnant?! This is what happens when you get corrupted by SJWs… The Satanic cult report back to their master, Utopia. He is baffled they summoned a Demon King who was then killed off by a Demon Lord. In lieu of this, he wants more sacrifice for Hades. They’ll kill everybody in the capital. Kunai enters a poor village that is supposedly under Luna’s domain. She isn’t into running territories so she doesn’t care and just appointed some caretaker. Hence Kunai wants to take over this village for his own cause. Hey, the land belongs to Luna and nobody is going to be dumb enough to object a Holy Maiden. His initial plan is to build a hospital and a hotspring next to it. A good combo to do business. So he has the caretaker relay the message to the church that he’s taking over. Then he notices a group of bunny people (Bunnies) farming failed crops. Apparently all creatures except humans are ostracized so Bunnies despite rare and few are somewhat ‘quarantined’ here. Talking to Momo and Kyun about their farming problems Kunai then introduces some pulley wheel to the well. Even with such a system, it is useless if there is no water to draw. Oh wait! Now there is water being drawn! OMG is this Demon Lord a Jesus Christ?! I don’t think Kunai really explains how it’s done and just changed the topic of how valuable this item is despite its real worth is just sh*t. Meanwhile the eldest Holy Maiden, Angel White is talking to her subjects and is worried about Luna’s actions lately. Is she being deceived by the Demon Lord? She decides a wait and see approach. When Queen comes in, she does nothing but praise Zero and can only think about him. Seriously, this girl is really in love. Is this what lovesick means? You bet Angel is getting really worried her sisters are acting weird. Hope she doesn’t break too.

Episode 6
S-class adventurers, Mink and Organ learn about the Demon Lord and think of meeting him. Mikan and Yukikaze got some serious competition now. Kunai and co are at a high class hotel recommended by Luna. They are joined by this noble lady, Ebifry Butterfly. As the centre figure for all the nobles’ wives, she has connections and is largely influential among nobles. Hence Kunai wants to be gain her trust so that she will become their ally. Kunai reveals the kind of paradise he wants to bring to this land. Soap? This will be essential in the hotspring resort he will soon open at Rabby Village. It will contain all sorts of baths to accommodate all sorts of guests and their fancies. Suddenly the Satanist cult attacks the town. Time for Kunai to go burn off some calories. Mikan and Yukikaze are fending them off but when the numbers become too great, Kunai jumps into the picture and no one can touch the power this Demon Lord falls on them. The cultists won’t lose and sacrifice the very last of their lives to summon a demon, Carnival. A nasty demon that would send panic throughout the kingdom. But it looks like child’s play to Kunai. He mocks the demon in every way and of course Carnival gets mad and wants to kill him. But then he realizes his deadly aura. Looking pretty scared for a powerful demon. Carnival even pleads to do as his wish just to spare his life but Kunai kills him off and turns him into fireworks. The townspeople rejoice at their hero while Yukikaze must be orgasming that he gets to see Kunai again. Then an argument with Mikan about the types of people they like. Everyone’s got their own twisted fetish…

Episode 7
Utopia is mad that his plans are going awry so he orders Tron to take what’s left and unleash it at the holy castle. Meanwhile, an assassin masquerades himself as he keeps the nobles busy. As he approaches Luna’s table, he wants to show a magic trick. But Yuu decides to show hers. Somehow he cuts off his arm and puts it back in the wrong place! After she puts it back correctly, she warns him never to show his face around here again because she could smell his poison in his pocket. Queen and Mink are disposing zombies when the cultists get desperate again. After sacrificing their own lives, they summon this vampire, Oruit the Prince of Darkness. Queen and Mink fight her but because Tron unleashed Hades into the battlefield, they are weakened and this allows Oruit to get nasty with them. I’m not sure what Kunai’s problem because he isn’t too pleased watching all this. Something about not letting this monster get in his way as he hasn’t started researching on Seraph. Hence he transforms into Zero to take on Oruit. Clearly Zero is so badass and powerful that he makes Oruit look like a baby struggling! Oruit gets desperate so he kills Tron to take her blood. Dying Tron sees flashbacks of her tragic life but then she gets a second chance at life when Zero completely heals her with his, uhm, Calorie Hell? Desperate Oruit now transforms into some giant beast but all it takes is just one punch from Zero to shatter him into pieces! Yeah, so cool, right?

Episode 8
Tron is so happy that she hugs Zero. Queen also joins in the hug fest. Not sure how he got out of that one but Kunai sees Angel who is wary he might be planning in invading the capital. However he is just asking for permission to use the library to research on Seraph. She wonders if he wants to kill her. She grants him permission but will not involve herself. As he looks through the library, he learns that dungeons often drop weapons and armour. Sometimes rare ancient items. Because magic doesn’t exist in Infinity Game, it is his weakness. He needs to find a way to protect himself from that. Later Kunai knows Tron has been tailing him and calls her out. Tron knows Kunai and Zero are the same person because she can sense they have the same person. She wants him to bring her saviour out but Kunai wants her to work for him and maybe he’ll grant her wish. Kunai introduces Tron to the rest. New loli member, huh? He views her abilities vital to Rabby. Speaking of which, off they go there to check things out. Due to the last battle, Kunai has earned enough points to upgrade the base. Yup, now we have a full-fledged hospital as well as a high class hotspring resort. He even discusses with Yuu on how to charge customers. So they’re going to go easy on the poor and max charge the rich? Kunai also has Momo and Kyun to gather the villagers after their day is done so as to test out the facilities. Finally, Kunai has enough points to summon 1 more aide. He decides on Isami Tahara who is a gun specialist and can protect Rabby in his absence. Also, he is a siscon…

Episode 9
Kunai explains to Tahara the circumstances and what he wants to do. All that is left is to make preparations for Ebifry’s visit. Kunai then visits Mannen to show him this orgel. Such sophisticated music box doesn’t exist in this world so you bet he is fascinated with it. Kunai lets him determine the price so Mannen thinks this is a test. If he screws up, he fears Kunai might take his business elsewhere. Eventually he assesses it as high value and Kunai receives a handsome amount. Then he goes to see Bingo and pays in advance to have him make 20 suits. Nothing motivates you to work harder when there is money in your face. That night, Kunai tries to practice to change to Zero and revert back at his own will. You mean he isn’t doing it all the time? Tahara continues to train the Bunnies at Rabby on how to operate a hotspring resort. The day Ebifry visits is here. It seems she also brought along a grumpy old man, Commander Sambo. He is a retired soldier who once served under Martial Arts. However he is blinded by a magical beast. You bet Kunai will have Yuu take a look at his condition and even cure it! And yeah, a drop of some magic drip and now he can see again!!! Yeah, so happy he can serve his master again. Ebifry pays for all this by giving Yuu a very rare and valuable lambda coin.

Episode 10
Flashback 10 years ago, Luna was living in poverty and had a friend named Eagle. Because the rich nobles scoffed at them for being filthy, Luna vowed to become a Holy Maiden and show them. 2 years later, she trained and became worthy to be a Holy Maiden. But when she requested to bring Eagle in as her slave, she was told she was already executed. You see, Eagle is a demihuman and being one itself is already a sin. When Luna was given Rabby as her domain, she lamented had she got this power earlier, she would have prevented a lot of deaths. Luna is awakened by Kunai since he is going to leave Ebifry in her care now. Luna shows her all the different hotsprings this place has to offer. Ebifry can tell Luna is in love with Kunai. Despite the loli keep on denying, Ebifry continues to advise her not to give up. She should try to be more feminine or he might not look her way. Meanwhile Angel is furious that Ebifry has been lured to Kunai’s domain. She is disheartened that Queen doesn’t care as the kingdom might fall into crisis. Heck, Queen even teases her she should fall in love to understand and prays for that! Yuu sees Tahara trying to make some changes to the building locations. She suggests asking Ebifry’s opinion on this and Tahara immediately chastises her that she should know better herself never to let outsiders dictate what they do in their territory. Yeah, some Nightless City incident thingy. Later Yuu checks up on Kunai’s body. WTF she tries to feel it up but obviously he got uncomfortable and leaves. That night, Aku sleeps with Kunai. Nothing naughty but of course Luna gets the wrong idea. Just to be safe, she also goes to sleep with him. Since she is moving around, obviously it must be some ruse to make his hand touch her butt and accuse him of so. So to keep watch on this naught hand of his, she sleeps on it? I don’t even…

Episode 11
Kunai goes to town and Yukikaze who has been yearning for him, finally gets his wish to talk to him. Although Kunai doesn’t feel they are indebted to him for saving them twice, Yukikaze feels the need to pay him back. Since he is acting like an airhead, Kunai plays along. At this bar they frequent, everybody knows Kunai and welcomes him, even buying him drinks. I suppose Yukikaze’s chance to flirt with him. Even drinking his drink so he can make this cheesy statement that his stuff is all going down his deep throat! Kunai asks about the workings of this world that includes the system of the adventurers, mercenaries and the kind of different types of items found in dungeons that can be further divided into a few categories. Yukikaze is getting bolder and closer to Kunai and the reason this Demon Lord is putting up with it is just to get more info. Then he decides to see if all they said is true. Yukikaze offers to be his guide. Since his comrades will be busy developing Rabby and he can’t drag the lolis in, he takes up Yukikaze’s offer. Happiest day of his life. Will this lead to something more ‘dangerous’? Meanwhile Angel decides to rescue Luna from the Demon Lord’s clutches. She teleports herself to Rabby and is shocked to see its rapid development. Did she come to the right place? Tahara mistakes her for some worker and makes her go do some work. Yeah, the Holy Maiden working… Angel then sees Luna. Apparently little sister is so happy here reorganizing her domain that she doesn’t want to go back. Angel laments she has been totally brainwashed and the only way is the defeat the Demon Lord. She has so much on her mind that Momo and Kyun invite her to take a bath. Yeah, she entered the men’s section… She is surprised to see baths everywhere.

Episode 12
What else is more surprising? Kunai in the bath! Despite Kunai acting cool, inside he is close to panicking. Heck, it would be hell if this ends up as some scandalous harassment. Even Demon Lords are not immune to sexual harassment accusations! Luckily he is suave and has her dip in and talk. After she gets over that anxiety about nakedness and all, he invites her to drink with him. She thinks he wants to poison her but he shoots back the only poison in this kingdom are the ones running it! He’s got a point. See how they neglect rundown villages? I guess Angel is still insecure about minor stuffs like indirect kiss so on the verge of crying, Kunai gives her an angel halo as a gift to assure her he is not her enemy. A Demon Lord with a halo gift? Kunai even teleports her safely back to her palace. He hopes they can cooperate as allies in the future but doesn’t want her to tell about what happened today. Certainly she too don’t want others to get the wrong idea she had a drink and a bath with the Demon Lord! The kingdom will be in chaos! When Kunai explains his goal to find more about Seraph because he was summoned by Ophan, she quickly connects the dots and understands why Luna is obsessed with him. Also, she thinks Kunai could be the fallen angel, Lucifer. After all, he can use miracles that only Seraph can produce so he isn’t entirely a bad person. She hopes to revert Lucifer back to an angel he once were. Back at the inn, so as not to forget Aku, we see Kunai talking to her about his journey. She hopes he will come back safely. A way to seal the Demon Lord: Have 3 lolis sleep by his side and over him! Haha! Next day before Kunai leaves, he leaves Rabby in the hands of Yuu and Tahara. Then he travels with Yukikaze and Mikan to the town of Rookie. He hears the people praising the return of last year’s heroes. WTF, the macho gay men Tri-Stars and this otaku guy, Otamega???!!! You bet Kunai is so incredulously in disbelief!

Abandon Immediately, Do Not Retry Again!
YAWN!!! Boring!!! WTF. They made the final episode into one long drama that feels like an episode to convert Angel into a believer of Kunai?! Angel might not be totally accepting of him yet but at least now she has faith in him. Ah, that’s the first step. And when Kunai has finally conquered the heart of the top Holy Maiden, I am guessing that everything else will be as easy and falling like domino pieces. And if that’s not enough, WTF do you mean this is going to be continued???!!! Kunai’s priceless expression at the end is perhaps the best reflection what most of us would feel about this series by the time it ends. And you expect this crap to be continued???!!! Please, no more!!! NO MORE I SAY!!!! Hence the only ‘good news’ is that as far as I am writing this, no news have been heard about any second season. Yet. I hope it will stay that way forever.

I wasn’t putting any high hopes on this series to begin with. Imagine when something manages to drop way below that, you’ll know that this series is ultimately crap. I don’t know where to begin to explain how bad of an anime this is. Oh heck, everything is bad. Everything is the worst! The end. Hahaha! Okay, could have cut this blog short but I still feel the need to ‘elaborate’ all its bad points. Just for completion’s sake. Sheesh. But still, not the worst anime that I have seen in my entire life but definitely this one fits in that group. Sometimes I just wished that they stop making us this kind of crap already but you know, you can always blame me for being a sucker that I keep falling to watch such bad animes. Even though my guts were ringing like hell that this was going to be bad and the online comments of this series were already raging like an uncontrolled wild forest fire. Oh well. Live is a vicious cycle and those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Forever.

Now where do I begin with the story? F*ck, it is all over the place that I can’t make head or tail where this series is actually going! It feels that almost every episode is a like a standalone filler. Yeah sure, Kunai is trying to get to the bottom of this and in the midst of it, he is going to show those in power what he can do. Basically, creating his own kingdom from scratch. Which feels pretty much effortless and easy because Kunai being the Demon Lord can just create anything out of nowhere. So long as the plot convenience signals it is time, then it’s time to perform a miracle that not even God and his son can do. Just to show us he isn’t totally a bad guy or a jerk, that is why on occasion some bad guys pop up and he beats them easily without breaking a sweat. So yeah, I’m not sure if this series is about a Demon Lord trying to open a hotspring resort and reviving an abandoned village. I’m sure he can succeed. Just sell more of those soaps…

Next, the characters. Fail too. I don’t even know what else to say. Kunai is the Demon Lord. He is overpowered. He can do anything! I’m going to sound like a broken tape recorder repeating all that. Am already one since this is what I usually say in my other blogs concerning overpowered main characters of the isekai genre. Worst of all, the other supporting characters are so f*cking forgettable that you wonder why they are even in here. Like Aku. The first ever follower of Kunai but you start to notice and realize her presence actually don’t f*cking matter. Like, this girl just follow him around and just be obedient and listens to what he says. What a good girl. Boring! Then you have the fallen Holy Maiden who is no other than Luna. Obviously she is a tsundere and using that excuse Kunai likes her butt to stick around. Yeah, she’s the butt of all jokes because she likes to use that butt excuse of Kunai going for other girls’ butt if she thinks he is cheating on her. WTF. Since when does her butt is exclusively monopolized solely by Kunai? Her sisters are just as weird and you’ll wonder if the threshold to become a Holy Maiden is that low. Queen is some badass b*tch who suddenly turned into a teenager girl stricken with love. Like, that’s how she’ll be for the rest of the series. Angel isn’t that bad but she’s so worried how her sisters have become, she doesn’t even do anything herself! What good is a sister if just keeps doing nothing? You mean you fear the Demon Lord more than God? Something not right… And even more so considering she now views him in a better light. Imagine the irony of the kingdom finding its saviour in the Demon Lord instead of God.

Do you need more lolis into your group? Tron fits that bill for some reason. I don’t even know why they even need to throw in another overlapping character that doesn’t do anything else but whatever. Kunai’s aides, Yuu and Tahara are now summoned and we see them equally overpowered in their own respective fields. This is very ironic because Kunai as the Demon Lord should be the all-powerful master himself so why does he need such powerful helpers too? Not too sure how the previous Infinity Game works but I guess they want to show something relating to friendship and bonds. And since there are 6 more left… Oh thank goodness there is not enough episodes for this series in this season to make them all appear! It would have been the most overpowered group ever in the history of the isekai genre. This world and Infinity Game will totally be destroyed! I don’t even understand why Kunai feels the need to summon his alter ego AKA Zero. I don’t even know they need to go with this plot or something. Why the heck this character?! Maybe there’s a reason but I just couldn’t be bothered now at this point.

Even more lacking are the other heroes, especially the heroes such as Yukikaze, Mikan, Organ and Mink. Like, why do they even exist? I thought they were going to be part of Kunai’s groupie but apparently they serve to be just extra minor characters. The ‘interesting’ one is Yukikaze because this cross-dresser makes dirty sex statements of his delusions of getting raped by the Demon Lord! Uh huh. You either laugh or cringe at his words, how he can twist ordinary sentences into Kunai assaulting all the holes in his body! They should have more depraved jokes on this kid since this series is so boring that I laugh at such cheesy sex gags. Yeah… You can’t help feel that Kunai’s chastity is in danger every second he spends with this thirsty kid. Your mind goes crazy wondering if Yukikaze will finally break and really rape Kunai. I doubt the Demon Lord would let something like that happen to him but also nothing stops a pervert when he puts his libido to it.

Maybe this series is also boring because it lacks any main antagonist. Yeah, Kunai finding low level baddies and cult members aren’t going to cut it. Even the inaptly named so called baddie of the series, Utopia doesn’t even make much of an appearance despite we want to think of him working in the shadows. This guy should just hurry up and show himself before Kunai (or Zero) and get his ass kicked. End of story. Yeah, I bet you’ve forgotten that this shady hooded guy existed. Besides the minor skirmishes he sent his cult members to bring down the kingdom, I suppose the most we’ll remember him for is how he gave another loli AKA Tron to Kunai. Sheesh… So yeah, lacking of any main antagonist might be why this series is also lacking in its direction. It could be that Lucifer guy Angel talked about who could be the last boss (by the way who has an uncanny resemblance to Kunai), but as far as this season is concerned, Kunai’s worse enemy is only himself. Seriously.

I guess the characters are so lacking that I theorized that they have to resort to this method to make us remember them. As you would have noticed in every damn episode, the character names keep popping up on screen the very first time they appear for that episode. I mean, if you haven’t being paying attention and not realize that this mafiaso Demon Lord is Kunai already, you shouldn’t be watching this show in the first place. Yup, right up till the last episode we still have his name ‘introduced’ over the screen. Like, we get it already! Worse of all, the ugly fonts for the names. Are they even trying?!

One of the oddest segments of the series is the mid-intermission. Because for every episode, you are given the statistics and data of 2 characters in the series. I suppose that is why this series has so many characters that don’t matter… Anyway, you have the usual stats of sex, race, height, weight, likes and dislikes. And some other power stats like strength that don’t even matter. Some stats are printed and some are given the big question mark to make it oh so mysterious or the creators can’t decide yet what those measurements are. I guess it is to give some sort of meaning to the existence of these characters. Yeah, we have some stats on them so they’re not just like some any other extra minor background characters! Not that I care at this point anyway. Remember what I said earlier about introducing so many characters just for this segment? Because the oddest and perhaps the funniest ‘character’ is Kunai’s cigarettes! OMFG!!! You mean this ‘character’ even got its own stats???!!! Real funny, dude. No wonder there are some stats that are “???”. Definitely, his cigarettes aren’t male or female, duh???!!! Not enough characters that they have to add this, huh? Oh yeah. You see Kunai smoke them every episode. Yeah, I bet they get more screen time than Aku or Luna. He is the Demon Lord so no worries of him dying of lung cancer. Heck, even Kunai’s real life persona (Akira, if you remember his name) gets a cameo here. But nothing really important to remember. Move along.

The art and animation is totally rubbish and crappy. The quality is so bad that you wonder if there was any budget put into it and that the staffs were forced to do it and hence putting their half-hearted efforts into it. It is so poor and bad of a quality that I don’t even want to further elaborate. Character designs are so simple and cartoonish that like I’ve said, no effort seems to be put into them. They have this one kind look to them. And then there are jokes and memes going around about Aku being a rip-off of Rem from Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu. Just change her hair colour to yellow and voila! Meek loli character! Worse, she’s not even a maid character… Zero points! Like as though the producers asked for permission to rip-off other Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu characters because there also memes of how Luna is a rip-off from Emilia but a discount version. I haven’t seen memes on this but I have a feeling that Queen is ripped off from Priscilla… This series is made by Ekachi Eplika whose only other anime they made was Fumikiri Jikan (which has better animation quality compared to this crap). Come on, you can do better than that!

I feel that voice acting is particularly wasted especially the eccentric Kenjiro Tsuda playing as Kunai. Because of the sh*tty role he is given, hence there is only so much he can do for his character. He can’t save it either. So hearing him as Kunai is one of the few reprieves I have but eventually this doesn’t improve the anime one bit. There are a few other recognizable seiyuus too and I have the same feeling that they have wasted their talents on this sh*tty show. Like Haruka Tomatsu as Queen, she is in that usual crazy voice of hers but too bad the character she plays sucks. Then there is Aki Toyosaki as Angel, Rina Satou as Yuu, Takehito Koyasu as Utopia as well as Showtaro Morikubo as Zero. What a pity.

The rest of the other characters are Kanon Takao as Aku (Latina in Uchi No Musume), Kaori Ishihara as Luna (Aladdin in Magi), Suzuna Kinoshita as Tron (Misaki in Fumikiri Jikan), Sora Tokui as Yukikaze (Nero in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes), Hitomi Nabatame as Mikan (Yukiji in Hayate No Gotoku), Chiyo Ousaki as Mink (Sara in Da Capo III), Mao Ichimichi as Organ (Bada in ClassicaLoid), Tomokazu Seki as Tahara (Gilgamesh in Fate series), Kimiko Saitou as Ebifry (Chieko in Kuragehime), Yurika Kubo as Momo (Hanayo in Love Live) and Kazusa Aranami as Kyun (Grenda in Robot Girls Z). The opening theme is Tempest by Kaori Ishihara and the ending theme is New by Haruka Toujou. Both are boring and nothing exciting too. Feel out of place too if you ask me. The opener feels like some techno dance beat that is written for a video game while the ending one is like a badass hard rock piece that feels like it is in the wrong anime to begin with. I didn’t notice much about the BGM but there is one that is quite cool and jazzy. Reminds me of some cowboy western thingy. Had this show not sucked and this song feeling so out of place, this could have been a great piece to listen to.

Overall, this is really one sorry excuse of an anime. Like as though they need to fill up the quota of having a number of really bad animes that sucked. Yukikaze, please don’t get any weird ideas after hearing the word sucked. Literally I have no idea where this anime is going and it’s like the ones who produced this too didn’t have the heart to make it. Poor story, bad characters, lousy animation are all the tell-tale signs that this anime should never been given another chance to retry. I don’t know, maybe if it got rebooted it could be better. But for now, let the Demon Lord just run his hotspring business. Just like how the anime industry is churning out sh*tty quality isekai a dime a dozen because it’s raking in the money. I pray to God and the Holy Maidens that we deserve better animes. So stop giving us a sh*tty rip-off of Overlord and instead of continuing this crappy show, give us a real fourth season of that damned series already!!!

Oh wow. I never expected this would get another season so soon. But it did. And just like I said in my previous blog if it ever happens, OF COUSE I’M GOING TO WATCH IT!!!! I must keep my promises. But after double cours for the second season, Ani Ni Tsukeru Kusuri Wa Nai S3 is just down to a single cour. But the antics no doubt may be lesser but they are still as crazy as before. I guess there are things that some may never learn for the rest of their entire life. That is why we must ‘honour’ and learn from it by watching this third season. Oh crap. Just made up that last part. I just want to laugh at all their silliness for no reason at all. Bring it all on! I’m ready. I’m ready, I’m ready, ready, ready, READY!!!

Episode 1
Beach episode! Everybody is happy having fun. Except Shi Fen. Why? Because he isn’t happy his guy friends will ogle at Shi Mao’s swimsuit! Using his ‘authority’ as her brother-cum-father, he buries them in the sand and puts sleeping masks on them. Now let’s go have fun! Banzai doesn’t want his summer to end without seeing Shi Mao in her swimsuit. By the time he desperately breaks out from his sandy prison, Shi Mao has already put a hoodie on. It got a little windy so she covered herself up. Summer is over… When the friends head back, Banzai now buries Shi Fen in the sand. Summer is now truly over…

Episode 2
Shi Fen and Kai Xin dive in to save a drowning guy. Because their bags got drifted away during the attempt, they cannot hand in their homework. Hence the teacher who also saw their bravery exempted them from handing them in. Of course this is a ploy by both of them. That drowning guy is Kai Xin’s cousin and they got his help to stage this. Looks like they’ll get away with not doing their homework at all… Suddenly Banzai comes in late. What gives? He saw that drowning incident and dived in to save their bags! Now they can also hand in their homework! It is at this point Shi Fen and Kai Xin jump out of the window! Kids, do not imitate this anytime, anywhere!

Episode 3
Kai Xin is sick so you bet that is an excuse for Shi Mao to visit him. Yeah, his face looks like he is dying… When he sneezes, he got it all over Shi Fen. So once Kai Xin is well, Shi Fen catches his cold. Kai Xin explains how Shi Mao nursed him so this has Banzai thinking how cool it would be too. Hence he purposely catches Shi Fen’s cold and even adds more by standing in the rain! Eventually he gets sick but feels happy about it. Is he also love sick? Unfortunately nobody visits because he didn’t tell anybody! When he posts it on social media, Shi Fen won’t come since he is still healing and Shi Mao too won’t go because she doesn’t want to catch his flu. She is sure he’ll be alright by himself! Meanwhile CPR is administered on Banzai… Did he die lonely?

Episode 4
Shi Mao is mad because Shi Fen accidentally left his blue ballpoint pen in the wash and hence her shirt is now tainted blue. As she scrubs it, she remembers a similar incident. When they were young, he showed her a magic trick of changing a white handkerchief into blue. In actuality, he doused it with blue ink. The trick work but the excess ink dripped down to the neighbour’s laundry below. The family was forced to apologize and Shi Fen forced to wash it clean. Shi Mao helped him. Now she feels bad for going too far because Shi Fen too helps around the house. Luckily she has a spare and will use that. Too bad, the spare was accidentally soaked in his red ballpoint pen… Next day, Shi Mao wears Shi Fen’s shirt and is kinda loose… This means Shi Fen’s shirt is so tight…

Episode 5
Shi Fen still hasn’t fixed the air-cond so you bet his house is hot like hell. The worse heat death trap is the toilet. Banzai and Shi Fen argue who should use it first and suddenly the knob falls off and they’re locked in! Oh dear. They have to wait till Shi Mao gets back. Worse, there is a water disruption today! So as they wait and on the verge of ‘dying’, Banzai’s mind goes crazy. He wants to drink from the toilet water! This oasis will save his life! Shi Fen desperately tries to hold him back. During this shenanigan, Shi Mao comes back and opens the door. Of course from her point of view, this looks like one heck of a gay scene!!! Sorry to interrupt. She closes the door and will go off somewhere else! Oh no! COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!

Episode 6
There will be a test tomorrow and despite the guys failing all its previous editions, the one who scores higher than the other is the ‘winner’. All have their turns at ‘winning’ so this will be it. You think Shi Fen is studying hard? He is actually writing a cheat sheet! Shi Mao chastises him and even sarcastically says he should do mini photocopying. Shi Fen thinks it is a brilliant idea and thinks Shi Mao cheated before, that’s why she can come up with this idea! Of course she didn’t cheat but… As Shi Fen heads to the photocopy shop, it seems Kai Xin and Banzai have the same idea! Time to show those guys… Next day during the tests, the photocopy is so small they can’t read a thing! Shi Fen then rats on them. He himself gets searched to proof he has no cheat. However the teacher can tell Shi Fen wrote his cheat sheet on the field outside! Big enough for everyone to see! He knows Shi Fen did it because his hands are dirty… All that effort… Wasted… Try again!

Episode 7
Ah, back to normal. Shi Mao beating up Shi Fen. This used to be the norm, right? Oh well, Miao Miao notes how being violent is ungirly and this will not help in winning Kai Xin’s heat. Hence throw away the punches and kicks, a girl’s true weapon is makeup. Even with tutorials, Shi Mao being the clumsy girl can’t decently draw eyeliners. Yeah, it’s like some torturous surgery. Failed of course. So how? They tie up Shi Fen and use him as practice!!! OMG! How is this different than brother torture before?! Damn, it’s going to hurt like hell. I don’t know how but eventually, Shi Fen comes out looking beautiful! OMG! Who this babe?! Then Kai Xin rings on the door. Shi Fen answers and teases him with that cheeky look. Oh dear. Kai Xin in love! He asks Shi Mao who that babe! Shi Mao happy because they finally made Kai Xin’s heart skipped! Oh dear! That’s not the original goal, girl!!!

Episode 8
Shi Fen and Kai Xin bug Banzai to visit his home. No matter how many excuses he gives, they are still persistent and so eventually he gives in. Because he can’t let them know he is a rich kid, he uses all his connections and resources to create a really depressing slum. Welcome, friends. He even got his butler to play as his sickly dad. Banzai thinks he is going overboard with this but old geezer says this is perfect to test their friendship. If they are true friends, they will accept him for who he is. And so we see the duo trying to be nice and hold in their disgust. Banzai thinks this is true friendship! They even drink his unfiltered water with bacteria! True friendship! In the end, they leave dejected and Banzai gets this great idea as the next excuse to invite them: Debt collectors took away this place…

Episode 9
It’s cleaning day at school. Because Banzai has never cleaned before in his entire life, he can’t let his friends know and hence will observe them. He watches Kai Xin sweep half-heartedly and sweeping under the rug. He does the same but gets scolded by the teacher. When he points out to Kai Xin, he is sweeping properly now. Confusing? Then Banzai imitates Shi Fen as he cleans windows. Shi Fen notices this and despite Banzai’s denials he is imitating him, Shi Fen thinks he is trying to steal his cleaning skills! And so he starts cleaning with his butt! Steal this! Banzai follows suit… Back home, Banzai perhaps got bitten by the cleaning bug and starts cleaning windows with his butt. His butler and maids follow suit… WTF…

Episode 10
The class elections is around the corner. You Le (the class rep) thinks Shi Fen has a chance to win it. This boosts his ego so his pals laugh it off how he will fail. And so Shi Fen volunteers to enter the race. He’s going to show them all! Yeah, nobody could believe it. But believe it. There’s this stupid smug look on his election poster. Uh huh. Everybody thinks he is going to lose anyway. Both candidates give their speech. You Le is so textbook and boring that nobody seems to be listening. Shi Fen promises to abolish homework and everybody gets excited! Hooray! When the votes are tallied. You Le beats Shi Fen by a landslide! I guess reality beats unrealistic fantasy. But if Shi Fen only got 2 votes and none of his pals voted for him, and if 1 vote was from Shi Fen himself, who was the other? Ah, it hints You Le… I hope she isn’t regretting it…

Episode 11
Shi Mao only has 3 seconds to open the fridge and take the yogurt. She did it in 5. Shi Fen chastises her for being slow. 2 seconds extra of wasted cold air means adding to the electricity bill! You serious! Yes, he can even tell she pressed the shampoo 2 times more! Hey, her hair is longer than his! Solution: Cut it! Time for brother beat down… Shi Fen narrates he too has it rough. Something about using the very minimal of toilet paper. And then he loses it. He starts rolling the toilet paper. Is he insane?! But! Unlike the fridge’s cold air and shampoo, toilet paper can still be reused. Just roll them back! He lets Shi Mao try it. She finds it fun! Addictive! Wow! Who’d knew this can be so much fun and it’s free! Accidentally in their euphoria of enjoyment, they hit the shower on. Now everything is wet. I wonder how much this costs…

Episode 12
The winning prize for the relay race is some high class meal. Shi Fen isn’t interested because only the winner gets it, right? As for second place, rolls of toilet paper! OMG! This is what he wants!!! You bet the siblings view this unwanted prize as their treasure. On race day, Miao Miao is shocked to hear Shi Mao praying hard for Shi Fen’s class not to win. However Banzai tries to show off and hence he speeds up and takes a considerable lead! He passes the baton to Shi Fen but he takes his time and skips his way till all the competitors pass. Then he calculates and passes to Kai Xin. At this rate the most he could get is second. Toilet rolls secured. Kai Xin makes a mad dash towards the finish line. Did he make it? Photo finish! Wow. Kai Xin wins because of his tongue!!! Bummer for the siblings. As they sulk, Kai Xin brings them the good news. He has exchanged the meal ticket with the toilet paper because he knows about his troubles. And finally, Shi Fen and Shi Mao also become winners.

Bruh Moments…
Oh wow. Time flies when you’re having fun. Yeah I know, the episodes are so short that by the time you settle in, it is already over. And hence another season is done like that in a blink of an eye. Oh well, I guess it is a happy ending for everybody. Shi Fen and Shi Mao getting the coveted toilet rolls they want. Kai Xin and Banzai happy to see their pals happy. Second placed team happy too because they got the meal ticket. Oh yeah. Everybody is a winner at the end!

Thanks to the lesser number episodes this seasons, it feels like there is something lacking. Something that doesn’t make this series as great as before. Don’t get me wrong, this season is still as funny and crazy. But it lacks that oomph that would make me say this is definitely way much better than the first and second seasons. Is this what you call the effect of overdose? Once you get addicted to something, you need more of it to get the same level of excitement. So having just a dozen episodes for the third season, it feels like everything was just cut short. That’s it. The end. That’s your third season. Like, what?! We need more, right?!

This means everything stays more or less the same and doesn’t stray from the formula. This is good for the pace of the story because the short crazy antics of Shi Fen and the guys definitely are the trademark and the tone of this series. But those who want something more, well, you’re not going to find any that breaks any new ground. The other bad thing is that there is literally nothing more to expect from the characters as they are more or less still the same idiotic characters from before. What I mean is that maybe, just maybe we want to see some sort of ‘progress’ between Shi Mao and Kai Xin? Maybe? Oh heck. Who am I kidding? That’s not going to happen if more of the crazy shenanigans are going to happen. Same reason why Banzai won’t ever get Shi Mao. Ever. Miao Miao and Wan Xing who was introduced last season also feel like they almost didn’t exist. Their appearances are so limited that had they not appear, you might even forget they appeared before. It’s like they don’t matter this season.

The only thing that is somewhat ‘confirmed’ is that You Le (finally got to know her name) definitely has some hidden feelings for Shi Fen. This could be interesting. Still waters run deep. It would be fascinating to see the biggest idiot get hooked with the school’s best student. The loudest guy together with the quietest girl. This is definitely going to be interesting. Hopefully in the future if there are going to be more seasons, they would flesh this out or at least make her a mainstay.

Also somewhat feeling lacking is Shi Mao beating up her brother. That’s supposed to be the staple of the series, right? There are a couple of scenes Shi Mao gets violent and gives her idiotic brother the usual menu order (knuckle sandwich and chop suey kicks coming your way!). But this season feels like she got toned down a bit. Not to say that Shi Fen is being a lesser idiot but perhaps Shi Mao has learnt to control her inner rage? Nah! Probably the antics we have seen so far this season isn’t triggering enough to turn Shi Mao into a beat down machine. Not just yet. Just to show us that Shi Fen isn’t totally an idiot, yeah, some heart-warming flashback thingy, siblings so nice to each other, ooooh, aaaaah, so lovely, such darlings, oh well, something went wrong along the way. I’m guessing that living in poverty may be part of the problem (because you really get picky when you don’t have the luxury of money to spend) but it could mostly be a personality problem. Just maybe…

I am not sure if there is going to be a fourth season but if there is going to be one, you know very well my answer. For those who still don’t, OF COURSE I’M GOING TO WATCH IT!!!! What else, baka!!! Aho!!! So yeah, I still enjoyed this season as much as before despite I said it lacked something that should have made it even greater. As long as Shi Fen and his friends continue their mischiefs, you bet the views are still going to roll in. I suppose that is why there is no cure for idiocy. It’s not that we don’t want this to be cured, but rather we love to see this as a source for our entertainment. Yup, we’re all big idiots of a bigger idiotic circle ultimately.

Hataraku Saibou Specials

January 18, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nande Koko Ni Sensei Ga OVA

January 17, 2020

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

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

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

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.

Golden Kamuy OVA

December 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mini Yuri & YuruYuri Ten

December 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

YuruYuri Ten

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

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

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

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

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

Machikado Mazoku

November 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The time hath cometh…

Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa

November 16, 2019

Zawa… Zawa… Think we’re getting another season of the gambling survivor, Kaiji? Think again. Instead, we get a somewhat spinoff of a character in the Kaiji series. Yeah well, I wasn’t a big fan of that psychological thriller so I didn’t expect this character (which I didn’t think was that popular to begin with, but I could be wrong) to be the focus of this spinoff. As you can already tell from the title, Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa tells of the lone struggles of Teiai’s second most powerful man as he deals with the president’s wishes as well as the men under his team. It is not a walk in the park if he intends to climb up the ladder and go ahead in life. But a man has got to do what a man has got to do if he is to achieve his goals. No pain, no gain.

Episode 1: Initiative
We see Teiai MIBs going around to ‘remind’ their debtors to pay up. Of course as expected, they promise this and that. We’ll pay in time. Just give us more time. However one cocky debtor tries to push his luck, claiming their crazy interest rates is the reason he can’t pay back. Hence, Tonegawa goes down to deal with this guy himself. Don’t give me talk, give me money! After confiscating his entire business, the guy starts blaming society, this and that. Tonegawa tells him off that society is not his mother! One day, Tonegawa is summoned by Hyoudou. His guts tell him that something bad is going to happen. It seems Hyoudou is bored. All the current entertainment he views as fake and wants Tonegawa to start a new project. A project whereby there will be games to fight to the death! There goes Tonegawa’s golfing weekend… Hence he puts together a team to storm for ideas. However because all the MIBs look alike, he wants them to introduce themselves and state their hobbies. The problem is that Tonegawa is a very observant man and this is the cause of his troubles because he has a hard time trying to remember their names! He is stressing over how close Yamazaki and Kawasaki sound like! While Hyoudou doesn’t bother to remember his men’s names, it is a must for Tonegawa as he is going to need their support if he wants to advance his career. After a few names, that is when he loses it. I guess he noticed all their hobbies are bowling and calls the mall Gutter Balls! They can’t throw a strike to his memory! So what do the men do after the meeting? Go bowling!

Episode 2: Conjecture
This time’s meeting is to discuss ideas. However nobody dares speak up. So quiet that when Tonegawa tries to make a joke, the silence got even more awkward. Hence Tonegawa tries to break the ice that he will directly credit those with great ideas to Hyoudou. Slowly, they start to give their ideas. No matter how simple or absurd it is, Tonegawa praises them to raise their spirits. Now they are all eager to give their half-baked ideas. Keep them coming! But all that momentum is suddenly killed off with Hyoudou himself comes in! He is checking on their progress and even sits in to observe! Yeah. Back to gloom and doom again. Now it’s back to that deafening silence. This time Tonegawa tries to have the MIBs make the decision of which idea to go with. Pinpointing out Yamazaki, however any suggestions he make is rejected! Solely Tonegawa is basing this rejection based on Hyoudou’s expression. Look at that bored expression. It’s a no go! In the end, Yamazaki throws it back to him. Which idea does he think is best then? Oh sh*t. Tonegawa’s answer? He erases everything! Because the logic now stands that to avoid making a bad decision, to not answer or pick one is correct! Tonegawa realizes that Hyoudou has dozed off and his earlier bored expressions were just trying to stay awake. Old fart still needs his sleep. I guess that’s it for today’s meeting as Tonegawa reluctantly carries Hyoudou back to bed.

Episode 3: Sure Fire
Knowing he has lost the trust of his men, Tonegawa now has his men go on a relaxation trip to regain his honour. However the men are wary especially Yamazaki. They know what is going on and it’s not going to be easy to regain their trust. But they start to let up when Tonegawa shows them the schedule. 100% leisure time. From darts to billiards to ping pong and mahjong, this place has it all. But does it have bowling?! Nope. Damn… Tonegawa tries to seal the deal by showing them high quality Kobe beef and expensive wine they can indulge all they want. But does he have beer? Nope. But here’s a ton of cash to go buy them. All the men except Yamazaki are excited. He still won’t forgive him. As they get the fire going, Yamazaki is tasked to find a grilling plate. Unfortunately all of them are rusty. Yamazaki thinks the BBQ will be cancelled and once again Tonegawa will disappoint his men. Trust will no longer be attainable. However Tonegawa doesn’t give up and goes to look for something in the warehouse. He soon returns with a giant grilling platform. Since Yamazaki was the only one who worked directly under Hyoudou, he can tell this is actually a torture device! But it still cooks meat perfectly. Tonegawa then brings another weird device. Is it just to cut cabbage? Heck, Yamazaki knows this is another supplement torture device! The men are having the time of their life. Yamazaki still bitter. That is when Tonegawa cooks some meat for him and personally gives it to him as apology. Tastes great. Ah, can’t beat them, join them. And so faith has been restored.

Episode 4: Adult
Tonegawa on his way home uses the subway. He hears people with their problems and some sort of inspiration struck. Then at the sushi bar, he hears certain buzzwords and that is when he hit upon his idea. Next day at the meeting, he proposes this diabolical game of human mahjong. All the debtors will be gathered and they will become human tiles. With the tile they are given, they must make the best winnable value and those who are discarded will not get anything. This in turn will bring out the true human nature of betrayal and backstabbing because they will be selfish to form the winning tile and discard those that are useless. Seems like a great idea until Saemonsaburou wonders if it is feasible. Can they get enough debtors to play (136 of them) and not many know mahjong rules. So does he have a better solution? Yes. He brings out his Powerpoint presentation to blow everyone away! Wah! So nice. His proposal is a mix of rock-scissors-paper and a card game. Those who have watched the first season of Kaiji will very well know how this game works. It is safe to say that with this incredible idea and great presentation, all the MIBs look like they agree to this plan. However, Tonegawa can still reject this. But will he risk and make the same mistake? Fortunately, he goes with this plan and wants him to make copies for everyone how this game works. But just one little thing, though. He finds the initial title of this game, card rock-scissors-paper to be a bit childish. Hence he renames it as restricted rock-scissors-paper. I guess he still needs to stamp his authority in some way.

Episode 5: Soul Searching
Tonegawa tries to send in the proposal to Hyoudou. However this guy is so bored that he wants to see a movie. So Tonegawa accompanies him to watch a certain asteroid disaster movie. However during the climax he falls asleep. Tonegawa is in a pinch. If he wakes him up, he’ll be in a bad mood for ruining his sleep. But if he doesn’t, he’ll also be in trouble for not doing so. Thus an idea to pause the movie and only resume once he wakes up. Tonegawa waits and waits. Until he falls asleep. By the time he wakes up, Hyoudou is mad because he missed the climax! Ouch. With the deadline to hand in the proposal in 5 days, Tonegawa thinks he has plenty of time. Oh, but Hyoudou is leaving for Hawaii tomorrow for 10 days! Damn. But how to approach him? Asking Yamazaki for hints, it seems Hyoudou’s default mode is always in a bad mood. But he notices there is a short window of opportunity. And that time is when he just comes out from his bath. However this is not always 100%. Be sure to check the angle of his eyebrows before going in. It’s not the best but it’s the only shot he’s got. So Tonegawa waits till he finishes his bath. As he comes out… OMFG. He is wearing a facial mask! Even old dudes need to take care of his skin. There goes his golden opportunity. But 3 days later, Tonegawa informs his men that the proposal is approved! You see, Tonegawa also flew to Hawaii and waited for the right moment to present it. With this success, the men celebrate. Heck they even go bowling after that. But next morning, nobody turns up at the meeting. Tonegawa waits until he gets a phone call from one of them apologizing they went all out and bowl their hearts out till they realize too late it is already morning. 24 hour bowling? Tonegawa is visibly mad and tells them don’t bother to come in. But as he leaves, all of them are seen prostrating and apologizing. Tonegawa suddenly can’t recognize or tell them apart. Because they have shaved their heads as apology! And you thought he finally managed to recognize all of them was because of their hairstyle! WTF is this?! The Matrix?! Ma-what? Yeah, all of them go watch that movie just for reference. And Tonegawa is already fast asleep…

Episode 6: Self-destruct
Today’s meeting will discuss the diabolical venue needed for the game. Tonegawa knows nothing good will come out if all of them work together so he initiates a contest. They will each present their suggestion for the venue. Some are weird, some are plain boring. And one had to guts to even suggest a bowling alley?! WTF?! You wanna get fired?! Until Saemonsaburou’s turn he suggests the luxury liner Espoir. Everyone is impressed. The last guy to present is Ebitani who proposes some Japanese restaurants complete with 100 reasons why to choose this place. Dude. WTF?! So much so Tonegawa later talks to him about it. Knowing that Ebitani is pressured because of his rivalry with Saemonsaburou, Tonegawa gives him some good advice as well as pinpointing his shortcomings. For example, the difference between them is their scale of thinking. Saemonsaburou doesn’t regard the minor details unlike Ebitani and went all out in his proposal. Any minor details should be left to the boss to be ironed out. Impressed, Ebitani is all fired up to do better. Especially for the next theme of the contest which is to design the card. Tonegawa realizes that Ebitani is a passionate guy but his aim is often off target. He just needs to be pointed in the right direction. On the day Hyoudou returns from Hawaii, Tonegawa waits in hopes to propose the venue. However Hyoudou is in a bad mood. He wants the pilot fired for a bumpy ride. The best thing for Tonegawa is not to do anything. But then here comes Ebitani rushing towards Hyoudou. Oh sh*t! He begs for this big boss for his handprints because he wants to use it as the design for the card game! WTF?! Hyoudou gets mad and fires him!!! Ebitani pleads to Tonegawa for help so Hyoudou goes over there to beat him up and adds a pay cut! I guess everything backfired since Ebitani got worse… In the aftermath, Tonegawa is reeling from it all as he is seeing visions and even chastising the ‘ghost’ of Ebitani. Get out of my face!

Episode 7: Proliferation
With Espoir approved, they head on to the design of the cards. Saemonsaburou comes up with the genius idea of using skeletons as motif. Tonegawa isn’t amused that all of them are hounding him for details and approvals instead of thinking for themselves. Until Kawasaki gets sick and is admitted to hospital for flu, Tonegawa enforces strict hygiene for everyone. Yeah. Keep washing your hands underneath the nails up to your elbows! Then it gets hard for the MIBs to work so Tonegawa approves taking off the face mask since no one has gotten sick since Kawasaki. And then Tonegawa coughs… Oh no. True enough he gets the flu and is recuperating from home. With no direction, the team thinks of putting this project on hold till he recovers. Until Gonda says he will stand in for Tonegawa. Apparently as the oldest member, Tonegawa gave him that directive to stand in for him. And so Gonda now knows the pressure of being in that man’s seat. Every single detailed being referred to. And then the flu hits Gonda. Time to go home and recuperate? Gonda refuses. He claims he reap what he sow because his entire life he has always run away from responsibility and took the easy way out. This is where he is now. Therefore he wants to continue so as not to disappoint Tonegawa who entrusted the role in him. Otherwise he can’t live with himself. The men then get back to work to honour his wish. On the day Tonegawa returns, he narrates he never saw any leadership qualities in Gonda and purposely put him there so as to motivate the others to think for themselves. As he enters the meeting room, everyone is sick! Time to take a break…

Episode 8: Shrimp
Ebitani returns! He wants to make it up to Tonegawa so he brings him to a pyramid scheme seminar! Oh sh*t! Tonegawa knows this is trouble and wants out and despite telling them off about hard work and perseverance, they laugh at him. He doesn’t care, though. However he doesn’t want Ebitani to go through this because he still owes him an apology. Guess what? Ebitani still thinks this isn’t a pyramid scheme. It’s business networking! WTF?! A few days later, Tonegawa receives a letter from Ebitani. He claims Tonegawa was right because the pyramid scheme seminar and all those were involved were arrested. And Ebitani is writing this from the detention centre! Yeah, he realized it too late. When Ebitani is released, he meets up with Tonegawa again. He is sure to make it up to him this time. He is now trying to convince him to quit Teiai! Ebitani has did a survey and it seems 90% of people loves shrimp. So he has this idea to come up with a new product called Ebi Roll. Just some shrimp wrapped in dough? Hence with his idea and Tonegawa’s funding, they’ll hit it big. Unsure, Tonegawa then has Ebitani demonstrate this to his men at Teiai. After making it and letting them taste it, what’s the verdict? It sucks! You mean you got to eat that lobster shell too? Obviously, Tonegawa won’t be funding this. He gives a demoralized Ebitani advice that he knows he wants to find his footing after being fired from Teiai. But he can’t go for a quick buck and must work hard. Now, Ebitani’s tears aren’t because Tonegawa’s advice resonated with him. Rather, he bought 200kg of lobster thinking it was a sure fire win! Hence everyone pities him and chips in to buy some. A few days later, another letter from Ebitani. Thanks to their support, he now believes shrimp is the future and has bought a ton of lobsters!!! Damn this fool didn’t learn a damn thing!!!

Episode 9: Cutlets
We see Teiai conducting their hiring and interviewing process. Right when you are invited for the interview, there are lots of trick questions and those who failed to see through it will be eliminated. Potentials are interviewed by Tonegawa in which if he says have a safe trip home, it means you’re eliminated. Successful ones are told to go through the next room. You’d think that interviewing is easy but it seems like those who are passionate and so interested in Teiai are rejected! Since they don’t know the dark side of Teiai, this could be a problem. Then there is one who is the brother of one of the MIBs. Can’t have more confusion, can we? Rejected! Then there is a guy who is good at everything and almost perfect. Just that he has a big jawbone! Rejected! Because nobody must stand out more than Hyoudou! In the end, only 25 potentials are recruited. During lunch time, Tonegawa feels a bit hungry and decides to stop by and order a large serving of pork cutlets. At first the staff is shocked but he say to just bring it on. He starts to regret it because it is really freaking huge!!!! I guess he didn’t read properly of some of the shop’s weird size names. Also, those who order this large serving will need to have a photo taken. Yeah, here’s the wall of fame of all those who tried. All failed! Even professional competitive eaters and sumo wrestlers all failed to finish! So is Tonegawa up to the task? Well, he can’t go back on his word so he takes up the challenge as he chows down every pork cutlet. Just when he thought he is done with them, hidden beneath the rice are more pork cutlets! There are several layers! Don’t get disheartened now! Amazingly, he finishes everything clean and everyone is impressed with the birth of a new legend. Tonegawa returns to Teiai and Hyoudou calls him. What is the matter? Hyoudou wants to share his pork cutlet sandwich with him! Yeah, he has bought boxes of it! The challenge continues…

Episode 10: Rehearsal
The props for the restricted rock-scissors-paper game are here. But when Tonegawa tests it out, nothing works. Looks like they are just normal cards without any chips and the tables are just empty. No time to fix it as the rehearsal is in a week so he tells off his men to get inside the table and manually count the cards! Impossible! No way! Due to the overwhelming negativity, Tonegawa drops it. You figure out yourselves what to do. Many hours later, Tonegawa is called to an empty room. He is made to test again. This time it works! You see, all the MIBs have actually waited inside the table and none have gone crazy in there for 5 hours as they have customized that small spacing into their own personal living space! The trial run begins with Tonegawa addressing the new recruits to act like desperate debtors. However they’re being cool and efficient so Endou steps in and believes he can make those newbies act like with a day of his heavy debtor lecturing. Endou presents a real heavy debtor for the newbies to figure out the nonsensical way he thinks. They are surprised by all the answers they never thought would have crossed their mind. The lecture is a success and now they are all scumbags! Yeah, so much so they don’t even want to do the mock rehearsal! As they all do their own stuff and bum around, Tonegawa tries to motivate them by giving winners merchandises. However with them living the fantasy life of being a celebrity and earning millions, there’s no way they’re going back to reality! Hence Endou once more steps in by bringing in real debtors into the game! Want to challenge to see who wins? But Tonegawa is in despair because this isn’t how the game is supposed to works. And so the second day of rehearsal fails…

Episode 11: Business Trip
Tonegawa and Yamazaki are on a business trip to Fukuoka and are taking the shinkansen. Yamazaki is worried because Tonegawa is having the mind set of treating this business trip as a vacation. But after learning he has been working straight for 20 days, Yamazaki is going to let him do what he feels. Suddenly a call from Hyoudou! Oh sh*t! He is asking his opinion if he should take up yoga. Tonegawa didn’t give a direct answer and because of that, the line gets cut off because the train enters a tunnel! WTF?! Tonegawa frantically calls back again much to Hyoudou’s frustration. But then… Line cut again! Another tunnel! How many f*cking tunnels are there?! Poor Tonegawa had to take another quick trip home and clear the misunderstanding. After the business trip in Fukuoka, Tonegawa is sent to Osaka to supervise a new branch office for a week. He tries to make it casual with the employees and hinting they could invite him out to drinks after work. However the stupid branch manager, Kinezaki is being too strict and formal. Hence back to the tense atmosphere. A week passes and the MIBs have been working under tension and stress. So is this how it’ll end? Tonegawa notices the MIBs want to see him off but are hesitant. Hence he drops obvious hints he wants to be invited out. And just when they are about to do that, stupid Kinezaki tells them to scram! And so frustrated Tonegawa heads home alone without any party or send off. Curse you, Kinezaki! Meanwhile, Saemonsaburou seems to be wearing fashionable suits. This has the other guys doing the same. Only Yamazaki and Gonda do not follow. When Yamazaki calls Tonegawa for advice, he is told to just tell them it is part of the regulations. Next day, everyone is even more fashionable with Saemonsaburou tanned. Even Gonda has fallen into the fashionable trap. When Yamazaki points out the rules, it seems technically they are not breaking them. Sure, black suits, tie, sunglasses and shoes. But it didn’t specify what kind, right? Tonegawa returns to point how it looks ridiculous on them. So boring monotony is better than them standing out like that? Anyway he explains about what it means to be fashionable and mature instead just easily slapping accessories that make it look like cosplay. So how to stay fashionable? Tonegawa puts a simple handkerchief in Yamazaki’s pocket and now he looks super cool! Everyone wants to learn from Tonegawa so he brings them to Ginza and Marunouchi. I guess Harajuku doesn’t quite cut it.

Episode 12: Fake
Tonegawa is summoned by Hyoudou. He is shown a baseball and a hornet. Childhood memories? Apparently Hyoudou thinks somebody is targeting his life! Actually a kid actually threw a baseball at his way and a hornet just came sticking on his back. Tonegawa thought of employing additional security but Hyoudou wants a body double! And so the search for a body double begins. It’s an impossible task to have anybody look like him. Especially that nose… As Tonegawa and Yamazaki take a break at a diner, they are shocked this man, Masayan looks exactly like him! OMG did they copy and paste?! Only difference is his personality is exact opposite. He is such a kind and nice man! Words that Teiai employees would never expect their boss to say! They explain their issue to Masayan and he looks reluctant. Until his wife gives the greenlight because she knows he loves to help those in trouble. And so Masayan’s training to be Hyoudou’s double begins. Yup, harsh training from Yamazaki since he once worked under Hyoudou and knows all his habits. Uh huh. Even down to the how he laughs! After 2 months, Masayan is now like Hyoudou! Diabolical! He could be even more original than the original! When Tonegawa is called again by Hyoudou, it seems the boss is now more interested in being a mentalist and totally forgot about the body double! Yamazaki is distraught since Tonegawa says they can’t keep Masayan at Teiai. Endou heard this problem and dumps Masayan in some woods and leaves some cash. However this worries Tonegawa and Yamazaki so much that they start looking for him. Man, Yamazaki is so emotional. I can imagine the bond they had during the training. So worried that Yamazaki even mistook the real Hyoudou as Masayan! Shockingly, Masayan somehow makes his way back to Teiai. Yamazaki is so happy and begs Tonegawa to let him stay. No way. Unless he takes full responsibility. And with that, Masayan continues to stay at Teiai and Tonegawa keeps him as insurance. Who knows one day Hyoudou will be interested in the body double again.

Episode 13: Setting Sail
The restricted rock-scissors-paper will start tomorrow. However Tonegawa is called by Hyoudou and being asked if he respects him. Turns out Hyoudou is asking a series of questions from a psychology test book. Tonegawa must be careful in his answer so not to piss him off. Wrong answer will get him punished. Amusing answers will have Hyoudou sniggering and the MIBs following suit. In the final question, it made Hyoudou scared but Tonegawa is the winner because that answer means he is the biggest pervert. WTF moment for Tonegawa… With the restricted rock-scissors-paper game getting on, Tonegawa explains the rules. But when the debtors get rowdy, he tells them to STFU! Then he lectures them about being losers and winning. The game proceeds smoothly. Hyoudou is so impressed he wants another round in 3 days! Later Yamazaki talks to Tonegawa because he was impressed with his speech to shut down those debtors. Before the second round of the game begins, looks like Tonegawa has lost his voice so he has Yamazaki take over his role. Damn, teaching this guy how to say f*ck you? Yamazaki does well in the first part (with help from Tonegawa showing his place cards) until the debtors start getting rowdy. This is when Yamazaki naturally tells them off. Woah. This guy sounds meaner! All seems to be going well as he just regurgitates out what Tonegawa said. Until he tries to badmouth certain sports celebrities (like how Tonegawa did before) but some of them are real fans and tell him to apologize! This is unprecedented. Although Yamazaki manages to control the crowd, it wasn’t the kind of way Tonegawa had expected because he gave them lots of hopes they could rise and win this thing. But luckily, the game ended without any hitch and to celebrate this success, Tonegawa and his team go bowling!

Episode 14: Excursion
Today’s episode is focused on Ootsuki. Thanks to his killing he made from chinchiro gambling, he is able to buy a pass for a single day excursion. Of course with the MIBs keeping a close watch, Ootsuki is different from many others who rush and struggle on their single day freedom. Instead we see him taking easy and ‘wasting time’. A simple meal before going to bed. Next day, he buys himself a suit and heads to a normal soba bar for normal office workers. He stuns everyone by ordering beer. And a few rounds of it! It dawned to the MIBs that he is lording over those other office workers. Because who else can drink at this time of the day but a manager? Yeah, he enjoys putting pressure on those guys. In the end, he leaves a satisfied man. On another excursion, the usual taking it slow and pretty normal stuff till the next day he decides to eat at a Chinese cuisine shop. It was the shop where he used to patron as a college student and the chef was kind enough to give him extra and no charge if he ordered the special crab fried rice. As he was about to order that, he sees a handwritten omelette rice on the menu. He is in a dilemma whether to risk his safety by ordering this but curiosity got the better of him so he orders it. It came out as omelette + rice separately. At first he was disappointed and thought his day was ruined but as he eats it, it tastes so delicious that he finishes it within minutes. But here’s the best part, the chef serves him a mini crab fried rice. Ootsuki didn’t order this but the chef always thought he used to order them. Anyway it’s on the house. Wow. This guy still remembers this dude! Ootsuki gushes down this nostalgia and relives those college days. On his way back, he rates this place as 5 star for the food and value but only 3 stars for the atmosphere because there were noisy people around…

Episode 15: Playing Hard
When Ootsuki is out again, this time his lackey Numakawa follows him. The last time Numakawa was out alone, it didn’t go too well. So with Ootsuki around, this veteran is able to show how to go about the day. Take things nice and slowly without panicking. The whole day they read magazines and talk about manga. When they go for dinner, Numakawa wants to order an expensive dish to celebrate this occasion but Ootsuki quickly points out how many makes this mistake. After finding out where Numakawa comes from, he orders chicken nanban. They should eat what they actually want to eat. Since there is a fireworks festival nearby, they head there to have fun. At the end of the festival, Ootsuki buys some food for the festival workers to eat. Numakawa is stumped he is doing that for random strangers but the staffs then invite them to join in and they get to eat snacks and drink more beer. Numakawa is so enlightened that he wants to go out with Ootsuki next time. But Ootsuki tells him that the best adventures are the ones you discover yourself. On another day out, Ootsuki finds this MIB, Miyamoto to be sitting close to him. Miyamoto is very sceptical of Ootsuki. Despite his calm demeanour, he accuses him of being a devil deep down. So Miyamoto is going to have his eyes on him this time. Ootsuki doesn’t care and proceeds to do as he pleases. Ootsuki is having fun eating and relaxing and even inviting Miyamoto to join but of course the latter refuses claiming he is on duty. So after Ootsuki finds out where he is from, he takes him to an antenna shop where the chamber of commerce is selling and promoting their specialty goods. Ootsuki would even gladly pay for Miyamoto’s share and so finally this MIB gives in. Once that happens, he really lets loose and both of them have fun all the way! So much so when it is time for Ootsuki to go back, Miyamoto allows another hour! Eventually other MIBs drag them back. Looks like Miyamoto is now a fan of Ootsuki and can’t wait the next time he goes out. Before we forget that Tonegawa is the star of this show, we see him visit the pork cutlet shop and this time he orders the lady size. But Ootsuki is next to him and orders the large serving. Tonegawa glees silently and will watch this guy make the mistake he once did. So when the large serving comes out, Ootsuki recognizes Tonegawa as his photo is on the wall. Ootsuki tries to have Tonegawa share his portion but is told off to man up and finish it himself. When Tonegawa’s order arrives, Ootsuki laughs at his ‘pitiful’ size. So different than the winning photo, right? This lights up the competitive fire in Tonegawa so he orders the large serving! And so both of them dive into pork cutlet hell… Despite both of them amazingly finishing their bowls, the real winner is the pork cutlet… Too much pork…

Episode 16: Natural Enemies
Tonegawa is wary of Kurosaki because he is his natural rival who might usurp his position. You see, Kurosaki can be straight to the point with Hyoudou and not get punished unlike Tonegawa who says the slightest wrong thing and he’ll get what’s coming. So as they dine out, Tonegawa tries to play it safe by following Kurosaki’s lead. He can’t be too ambitious and usurp it from there because he might say the wrong thing. However with Tonegawa blindly playing it safe, eventually he says the wrong thing and incurs Hyoudou’s wrath. Hyoudou decides to buy this elegant looking racehorse and names it Kazutakaiser! Then he sees a shabby one and buys it for Tonegawa, calling it Yukioh! But as we see, Kazutakaiser isn’t doing well compared to Yukioh. Even the trainer puts the potential on the latter. Hence Hyoudou does the unthinkable by swapping their identities! Yukioh is now his Kazutakaiser! During race day, Kurosaki is stumped at the switched Yukioh and Kazutakaiser. Tonegawa tries to silence him but Kurosaki brings this up to Hyoudou who of course laughs it off as a joke. When the race begins, Kazutakaiser makes a bad start but ultimately catches up to Yukioh who is leading the pack. It becomes a 2 horse race as Hyoudou and Tonegawa are earnestly praying for Kazutakaiser to win. But just metres before the finish line, Darkurosaki usurps and wins it! Yup. This is Kurosaki’s horse! Hyoudou and Tonegawa are left speechless while Kurosaki celebrates his victory.

Episode 17: Unofficial Announcement
It’s that time of year when the MIBs get a little nervous. Because it’s that time when some of them will be relocated. Those in the higher ups will know who goes where but sometimes there are ‘leaks’. Yamazaki got wind of those who will be transferred and ironically those who are affected are the ones who don’t know about it. One night, Yamazaki is called to meet up with Kikuchi, Nagata and Hagio. Yamazaki fears the worst because these 3 are the ones under Tonegawa team who will be transferred! Firstly, they trio are talking how they want to rise up through the ranks of Teiai as well as some of its inefficiencies. When they point out the southernmost branch of Teiai located at the edge of Japan that is just so why-the-heck-we-need-a-branch-there, the irony is that Yamazaki knows this is where the trio will be transferred! The trio think Yamazaki shares their same goal to rise up in Teiai and hence asking for his opinion. Better not say too much. A few weeks later, a few false alarm from the HR to make others think the trio got their relocation notice. And when finally Yamazaki sees them depressed thinking they already got the news, it is just Hagio losing his e-wallet pass card. Damn HR hurry up with the official announcement already! And soon the official announcement is out. The trio seem to be taking this calmly but upon closer inspection, their eyes are dead! Sunglasses hiding them… Hence a farewell party is held. However once they hit the booze, all their true feelings of despair and anxiety come out. It becomes hell with Yamazaki unable to control them and the other men. Then Tonegawa steps in. The trio brazenly confront him about this. They know this branch transfer is just to extract seaweed for Hyoudou’s supplement. Hyoudou admits this is some sort of demotion but also has hope for them to climb back up. But they don’t think so. Normal people like them can never rise again. It’s all over. Tonegawa hands them some sunglasses and UV lotion as well as warn them about sea snakes. Eh? Why does he now so much about this southern island thingy? Then he shows the sea snake bite on his chest! Oh dear. Looks like he was sent there too. The trio realize Tonegawa never had it smooth sailing either. The trio renew their motivation and hope to come back here again. We see them doing fine and even sending a postcard to Tonegawa.

Episode 18: Alignment
Tonegawa’s medical report… All C’s! Better start cutting down on those cholesterol and do some exercises. As Tonegawa makes the effort, his MIBs notice this and try to be mindful. However Doushita thinks of supporting him further by doing the same things as him. Tonegawa doesn’t know why this guy is doing so. One day as Tonegawa thinks he can have this pork cutlet as reward, Doushita throws it away! Don’t give in! Since when did he become his personal trainer?! Oh yeah. That’s what Doushita did. For some reason Tonegawa follows all his training regimen. So much so one day he had to sneak into the toilet cubicle just to secretly eat his pork cutlet. But the smell! Yeah, Doushita is tracking you down! Hide! But he is soon busted but this time he doesn’t throw it away but tells him not to eat the skin and no white rice! Is he his mother now? In the second medical test, Tonegawa scores all A’s thanks to his efforts. Phew. But his valuation towards Doushita? C! Better be careful! One day when Ootsuki is out on the surface, he notices a guy whom he has never seen before also on this same excursion. Not that he cares about this dude who probably saved up and never gambled. But something feels more than just coincidence because wherever Ootsuki goes, this guy is also there and orders the same thing! Everything! Even taking the same bath and sleeping at the same hotel. Despite being close to each other, they never talk or make eye contact. Next day, Ootsuki and this guy are at the same diner and orders the same thing. Nothing unusual. But this is where it ‘deviates’. While Ootsuki has tuna condiment, that guy orders chili bean paste and quail egg! Ootsuki in shock! Where is their unison?! Ootsuki is now feeling the pressure whether to order the same thing! When he orders a quail egg, that guy slides to him the paste. Ootsuki tries it and finds this combo delicious. When he finishes, it is time to return. Ootsuki never saw that guy again so he spaces out thinking about him. Could he be from a different facility? But you know how funny fate works. They cross each other’s path while working and he finally asks his name.

Episode 19: Newcomers
We have new members to replace those who have transferred out from Tonegawa’s team. They are Tsukui, Yaotome and… Saeko Nishiguchi! The MIBs are in shock! A female MIB?! Tonegawa tells them that gender doesn’t matter when it comes to Teiai’s employment. However everyone has to be cautious because every little thing they do even indirectly seems to amount to sexual harassment! Since when is Tonegawa the moral police?! The men are liking Nishiguchi since she treats them nice and recently Saemonsaburou bumping into her very often and as usual she treats him kindly, you can say that something inside his heart starts to stir. He even blurts out wanting to walk her home. No thanks. She can do that herself. Saemonsaburou regrets saying that since it makes him look like some creepy stalker. Let’s hope Nishiguchi doesn’t think that way. One day in office, she receives a call and blushingly rushes out to answer. To Saemonsaburou’s dismay, could this Hiro guy be her boyfriend?! Oh, why so anxious? Why so depressed? Later he discovers that guy is her brother. Phew. So relieved. Tonegawa has dinner with Hyoudou for their monthly meeting. As Hyoudou tries to impress his Engrish (“I have many many money…”), suddenly Yaotome drops in awe. He finds Hyoudou speaking Engrish to be so cool! And because Hyoudou loves those who overly praise him, he takes a liking for this guy. “I’m lovin’ it!”. We see Hyoudou even personally coming to look for Yaotome during meetings and this dude continues to praise shamelessly Hyoudou. Yeah, it’s so cringe worthy but you can’t say because Hyoudou’s the boss. It comes to a point where Yaotome dresses like Tonegawa since Hyoudou can’t tell him apart from other MIBs and at one point Hyoudou almost forgets Tonegawa’s name! Damn, Hyoudou and Yaotome are like best buddies! On another monthly dinner meeting, Tonegawa tries to redeem himself by showing a beautiful sight of the city. See how the commoners struggle! Hyoudou loves this view when suddenly Yaotome jumps in to block! Don’t see! WTF?! Yaotome claims he has been ignoring him! WTF???!!! As Yaotome views him as the admirable king, a king must pay attention to his subjects. More cringe worthy twisted praising and probably this back breaking limbo pose that is so WTF. You don’t understand how incredible you are?! WTF?! Because of that, Hyoudou forgives him! And with Yaotome now suddenly appointed as Hyoudou’s personal secretary, Tonegawa feels his position threatened.

Episode 20: Entertaining
Long before Kaiji tackled the Bog, Tonegawa has been invited by Ichijou to do the same. But of course it is rigged and it is all done in the name of entertainment. Tonegawa can tell Ichijou is a lousy entertainer due to his panicky ways. The Bog is set up in such an easy mode that all the balls manage to get to the last tray. Of course for a little bit of tension, all the balls doesn’t go through the right hole. This riles Tonegawa up and when it’s time, Ichijou rigs it further to let all the balls pop back up until he wins it. Yeah, lousy acting too. When Ootsuki and Numakawa are out on the surface, they can’t take it easy because they’re supposed to replenish their stocks to sell. Hence it is a busy day for them but they notice that they have another competitor selling different brand of snacks and sets. Ootsuki tries to come up with something different but no good ideas hit him until the very last moment. It seems Ootsuki has come up with some ultimate snack saving plan. Sign up and you can eat all you want for a certain time limit at half price. Still not good enough? He unveils some super ultimate snack plan that sounds so worth it that everyone signs up. At first it might look like this might make him go out of business but soon everybody gets bored of it. When they want out of the plan, they can’t because they already signed a contract and cancelling has its penalties. So they find ways to eat the snacks differently and create and innovate the snacks into different kind of food. On the day their subscription is up, they want to cancel their plan but Ootsuki is conveniently out today. Looks like they’re in for automatic renewal!

Episode 21: Defamation
Tonegawa notices Teiai’s Twitter account has only a few followers and miserable tweets. However there is an opposing account that hates Teiai and it has more followers! Tonegawa decides to take it upon himself to get the better of this. However despite increasing his followers, the hate account increases even more! With Saemonsaburou advising him, Tonegawa’s tweets are mostly about the weather! The hate group has more trendy and catchy buzzwords. Tonegawa will not lose out and let Saemonsaburou handle it. Instead he will learn all the trendy stuffs to appeal to others. Even if Tonegawa has more followers now, the hate group still has even more! Tonegawa losing for the first time? But one day, noticing a tweet that details the contents of his food, it then occurs to him that the person running this hate account could be an inside job and an employee of Teiai! Gasp! Can’t trust anyone now. The plot thickens… We take a detour to the underground labour as Ootsuki prepares his chinchiro gambling. However nobody is around. Until Numakawa reports that everyone has gone to watch a movie. Say what? It seems Odagiri, the foreman of a different group has set up a mini cinema for others to watch for a small fee. After the Roman Holiday movie, they are able to buy buns at special prices. Audrey Hep-buns?! Plus, he creates hype when he tells them the next screening will be Prison Break! Seasons 1 to 5! Everybody is cheering for Odagiri while Ootsuki is left to rue this might lead to a loss in his business. Because the underground has no internet, Odagiri must wait till his next excursion to the surface to download using free wi-fi. So when Odagiri is on that excursion, he is surprised Ootsuki is also out. Ootsuki plans to shut him down before he gets blown away.

Episode 22: Conclusions
After Odagiri downloads his movies, Ootsuki treats him to drink. In a diner that Ootsuki frequents, he treats him to good food and drinks. Even Miyamoto joins in! Once Odagiri is drunk and lets his guard down, Ootsuki moves in for the kill. His intention is for them to join forces and run a movie-cum-gambling den. While it might look like a win-win situation, Ootsuki’s devilish plan is to slowly squeeze him out once he gets his foothold. Odagiri verbally agrees but to cement this, Ootsuki has Miyamoto act as the witness and drink to seal the deal. However this scenes reminds Odagiri of that movie, Once Upon A Time In America. Everybody has seen it except Ootsuki! Because of that, Odagiri wants him to watch it now! Oh well, their excursion will be over in 3 hours so the deal can wait till the end. However this director’s cut version lasts almost 4 hours!!! Damn extended length! No deal? Meanwhile back to Tonegawa, realizing the hate tweet is getting more and more specific, it could only me that the culprit could be one of his men. Saemonsaburou hits upon an idea when a hate tweet contains a picture of a Smartphone. Using digital technology to enhance the contrast, they can now see the culprit’s face on the reflection. Ebitani?! Oh look, there is one new tweet that shows the front of Teiai. Realizing he is just outside, Tonegawa and his men go confront him. Ebitani blames Teiai for ruining his life. No job, no money. He tries to expose the shady deals Teiai does but Tonegawa has his men ‘shut him up’. When he wakes up, he is in a cell but it has amenities like TV and high spec PC! Tonegawa forces him to make amends. He is going to start a new account that spreads love for Teiai. Do whatever he wants and only until he reaches 100,000 followers he can be free. Whining will not get you anywhere. And so Ebitani makes his first supportive tweet on Teiai.

Episode 23: Premonition
Tonegawa doesn’t like class reunions but he is attending anyway. He wants to confirm and see for himself those who talk big and were obnoxious, how they are doing now. To his dismay, looks like they’re still the same loudmouth high school kids they were. In short, many never changed and even if there was something that changed, it was just their appearance. Yup, the cruelty of the passage of time. Tonegawa is shocked to see Maho Kagawa. Flashback shows she confessed to him but he rejected her!!! OMG! Despite he never had feelings for her, however he was shocked to see her wearing a wedding ring. Then the guys start playing dodgeball. One almost hit Kagawa but Tonegawa blocks it with his hand! He tells them not to go overboard. He has had it with this reunion and wants to leave. Kagawa hopes he could stay since their teachers will soon be arriving and they will sing the school song. Tonegawa isn’t impressed that they’re acting like high school kids when they’re not. Isn’t it embarrassing? Even so, isn’t it fun? With that, Tonegawa joins in but he doesn’t sing. He plays the piano. Yeah, he had fun too. Ootsuki and Numakawa are out again. The latter looking forward to some board game café. However Ootsuki realizes he is coming down with a flu and needs to do something. Parting ways with Numakawa, he rents a room that has a kitchen so that he could make his flu remedial dinner. He didn’t expect it was so good that he finished it. Then Miyamoto visits him. Today is his day off and he heard from the MIBs watching him what happened. So he brought some umeboshi and eggnog to help out. He also helps wet newspapers and put them in a bucket to act as humidifiers. Ootsuki then turns in early. Next morning, he feels better but he isn’t going to let his guard down yet. After making a wholesome breakfast, he continues to rest. Just in time to meet up with Numakawa because now he is back to normal health and even more energetic. So much so he wins all his games at the board game café. Meanwhile Miyamoto catches Ootsuki’s flu… Better rest up and recover quick or else he can’t join Ootsuki on his next excursion!

Episode 24: Endgame
It’s déjà vu all over again. Tonegawa being called by a very bored Hyoudou that he wants to watch something more exciting. Yup, something that will bring out the worst in humans and he wants to see that despair. This means something more diabolical than the restricted rock-paper-scissors. Tonegawa is about to get to it but looks like Hyoudou already has an idea himself. So if you’ve seen the original TV series, you would know what this human derby is all about. Although Tonegawa tells his men about this, another team is appointed to arrange for this. Tonegawa still wants his men to come and watch in case they are called to handle this in the future. Under the pretence of complying with TV regulations, they can’t show us the devastating human derby! Thank goodness I saw it in Kaiji so I beat your lousy censorship!!! Haha!!! On the day of the human derby, Yamazaki is the only one taking an off day. He gets this wrong idea it is about the Teiai bosses riding on humans like horse in a race. You don’t know… When his group chat start shuddering at this utter diabolicalness, curious Yamazaki press for more details on what is happening. Thankfully, his handphone runs out of battery. Safe? At the end of the game, Tonegawa’s words ring true: Money > Life. Tonegawa and his men attend Ogino’s wedding. It’s the only time an MIB is dressed in white. Tonegawa gives an impressive speech. Yamazaki is amazed but soon learns all that he said is fake. It doesn’t matter if it is truths or lies. The crowd here just wants to celebrate and have a good time. Tonegawa thought this is a pretty standard wedding. Until the life video of Ogino that reveals some things that he never knew before. Ogino born in Zambia???!!! He was a stand-up comedian too???!!! Shocking, right? When everybody gathers for a group photo, after Yamazaki gives the signal, all of Tonegawa’s men start doing a flash mob and some weird dance! Ogino taking the lead?! WTF?! But everybody is amused. Then Tonegawa realizes this is supposed to be a joyous day so he too joins in by Moonwalking into the flash mob! Go Tonegawa, go! Yeah, everybody sure had a swell time.

The Best Laid Plans Go Astray…
Zawa… Zawa… So that is how it ends? Damn. I didn’t really see this coming that this would have such a ‘happy ending’. Even more so, a wedding ending! Heh. How many animes have a wedding theme in their final episode? In fact, I wasn’t even sure whether if it was going to end on a positive note. Of course seeing the comedy take that has run its course throughout this series, it wasn’t likely it was going to end on a bad note but there is that very small chance that it could happen. Thank goodness it didn’t. Phew? Ah well, I guess there’s that saying that of all the big worries that ever crossed your mind in life, a big majority of them never happened. Yup. And so to know more about the downfall of Tonegawa and his ‘tragic’ fate, please refer to the original Kaiji TV series. For now, let Tonegawa and his men revel in the happiness of, uhm, whatever. Just dance and be happy!

Many of the episodes feel episodic in nature and sometimes can serve as standalones. While the first half might look like it is continuous, that is only because it takes place during the development of the restricted rock-paper-scissors game. Thanks to this format style, each episode is fun to watch as we see Tonegawa’s struggles trying to get things done all for Hyoudou and ultimately for his own career advancement. But I suppose to avoid this series to be boring and solely on Tonegawa, I didn’t see this coming as the second half introduces Ootsuki as the other regular. Should have also added another title for the second half: The Excursion Adventures Of Ootsuki!

In order to keep each episode fresh and funny, I noticed that a lot of exaggerated metaphors are used. Usually when Tonegawa or Ootsuki are deliberating and thinking-cum-analysing the outcome of certain actions. Some give us another perspective of how it is done and some can pass off as just funny. Like that metaphor of Tonegawa trying to run closely behind Kurosaki to avoid stepping on any mines or Ootsuki being depicted as Juliet but because of his stubby body, he looks freaking hideous in that blonde wig and oversized feminine dress! All in all, these metaphors are mostly fun to watch and it keeps us viewers amused because sometimes there would be a catch in it all when their plan backfires. In addition to all that, the narrator narrates in a very passionate and hip way like as though we are watching some variety show.

After watching this spinoff series, I can say that Tonegawa himself isn’t actually such a bad person. It is not that I am having Stockholm Syndrome or anything but watching this spinoff and the original Kaiji series, Tonegawa looks like a different person only because we do not know much about him. In the Kaiji series, he is painted as a bad guy thanks to the series’ nature despite his very short cameo. But after seeing what Tonegawa has gone through in this spinoff, it is for certain that he isn’t very much the villain that we all would think he is. After all, the big bad wolf is Hyoudou himself and as the big boss with the money to flaunt and influence others, everyone else is just ants working under him. Tonegawa is no different and is just an employee working for the big man himself. This is by no means that Tonegawa is a clean saint as he too has his fair share of being shady. But overall, this guy isn’t anywhere close to being the next Hitler or Pol Pot. But you have to also understand the company Tonegawa works for is already a shady one so he’s just doing his job. Sort of.

It is hard to say if Tonegawa would be a different man had he worked in a different company but assuming he has this same demeanour back in high school, probably this job fits him like a glove. To add to my previous paragraph about him not being a total bad guy, this guy is in fact quite a good role model in some ways too. Heck, he could be one of the best mentors ever too. He properly guides his men under his wing even at one point with their fashion sense! Sometimes he gives good advice when they are lost and while he is certainly no saint himself, he tries to give others a chance like the umpteenth chance for Ebitani to redeem himself and some returning hope to the transferred trio. After all that we have seen him, do we not still see him as somewhat a good guy if not at least a respected man in his own right? Of course sometimes things don’t go as planned so on occasion he still has to sing the blues. Just like how the last episode can spring a few surprises to Tonegawa about not even knowing certain stuffs about his men, the same can be said for us because it would never ever cross our minds that this guy had a girl confessed to him back in high school! This guy???!!! A girl. Had feelings. For him! OMG I’m so jealous!

The same can be said for Ootsuki who looks like a very practical and wise man. Yes, he is still a conniving, manipulative swindler and a conman in the underground camp but as we have also seen here, he is still not the biggest crook around. Well, you have only yourself to blame if you fall for his cons. After all, as long as nobody finds out, everything is fair game, right? His numerous excursions shows us that he is a man who knows how and what to appreciate. Given that he is stuck in the underground camp, he appreciates the very limited freedom given to him that most of us take for granted. We see him enjoy the best of what he wants with the limited amount of time. So it’s such an irony to see that the man with the least freedom has actually the most meaningful freedom than the rest of the free people living above ground. Work, eat, sleep, repeat cycle. How meaningful is that? It is no wonder that Numakawa and even MIB Miyamoto want to follow him around because this guy who is an ex-salesman knows things best. This is one of those moments were experience truly plays an important role. Uh huh. Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.

The other minor characters aren’t so impactful. Like those MIBs under Tonegawa, heck I still can’t remember the rest of their names except for Yamazaki and Saemonsaburou. Yeah, they don’t stand out like them since Yamazaki is like Tonegawa’s assistant for the team and Saemonsaburou being the youngest member has lots of creative ideas that makes him stand out from the rest of the rather monotonous MIB clones. Even some of the new ones joining the team didn’t make an impact but I guess the show is not about them. Especially Nishiguchi whom I thought would have more screen time as she is a very rare female MIB but I figure they’re not going to make her usurp Tonegawa. Others with similar small cameo sound like they have potential but not explored further. I believe again this is not to usurp Tonegawa and Ootsuki’s focus. Like Kurosaki or Odagiri who have this potential to threaten and derail Tonegawa and Ootsuki’s goal respectively. However they are treated like any other side characters and are side-lined once they have no part to play. Others are simply forgotten like… Remember that Hyoudou body double?! Yeah, we have forgotten about him, haven’t we? Masayan!!! Or that Yaotome guy? Where did he go after becoming Hyoudou’s balls carrier? And you might have already notice, the man Kaiji himself is missing and only making very limited cameos in future flashbacks. So you could say that life was pretty fair to Tonegawa and Ootsuki until they crossed paths with Kaiji. We need another season to follow up what happened to them!

The art and animation maintain their same trademark and style as we see in Kaiji. The characters with strange blocky designs especially the broad blocky or sharp pointy nose of many characters as well as their square jawbones that serve to remind me of those old DC cartoons. After all, Madhouse who animated the Kaiji series continued their hands in this one so it’s no surprise the consistency of the animation is still there. At least this time we see ‘a lot more’ female characters but thanks to the nature and art style, they too look weird. Uh huh. Hey, don’t blame me. My standards for cute kawaii bishoujos are pretty high! I think. And one of the funny things I noticed that all the MIBs continue to wear their black sunglasses whether it is on their day off or they’ve been fired. It’s like the trademark that defines them always. So much so I’ve been thinking it is part of their face now.

Sassou to Hashiru Tonegawa-kun by Gesu No Kiwami Otome tries to sound like the song for this spinoff. However I didn’t like it very much as it sounds flat especially the singer voice who sounds like he is on Auto-Tune all the time. Maybe had they sing it with some passion and emotion, it might have sounded a bit better. Maybe. Hence I prefer very much the first ending theme, Oki Tegami by Pistol Takehara. Because it has this edgy and grunge feel that compliments the singer’s husky voice and the guitar strumming accompaniment, it makes it quite the catchy song. The second ending theme is also not bad, Kyougen Mawashi by Noisycell. There is a bit of hip hop element in this rock piece and is catchy in its own right.

Overall, this series is enjoyable and fun to watch even if you didn’t watch the original Kaiji series. But you’d be able to appreciate and understand better if you did. Thanks to the 2 main characters, they are the selling points in making the series itself is funny and witty as it really shows that there is always 2 sides to a coin. As we can see this spinoff shows the lighter side of these characters, it is probably more brutal and unforgiving if we are to see them seriously in their work especially in the gambling and money lending business. But then again, this is how the world works. Some people have to suffer just for the entertainment of others. Thank goodness I’m on the side of enjoying this one ;p. Yeah, “I’m lovin’ it”, this series, that is. Zawa… Zawa… So can we have another season of Kaiji? Zawa… Zawa…

HIDOI SUGIRU DESU YO!!!!!!!! Oh wow. Just when you thought it had ended, here’s more of it. I’m talking about Seitokai Yakuindomo S2 OVA! It has been many years since the second season ended but subsequently they released more episodes in the OVA format but in very random and unequal intervals. Making it even worse is the numbering of these subsequent OVAs. Because the movie somewhat ‘ruined’ it and there is a hell lot of confusion about the numbering. So episodes 20 and 21 are labelled as the movie, huh? Yeah, I didn’t see that movie. But I’m sure I won’t lose much. I hope. Oh dear. With those numbers thrown in to represent the movie, I’ll just accept and go with that since that is what the label of these OVA episodes that I’m going to watch said. So more dirty sex jokes, huh? Okay. Bring it on!

OVA 22
* Hata suggesting some sort of flag to be triggered with Tsuda. Stuffing a flag in his ass, that is!
* Tsuda and his girls are out. They see Uomi manning a fast food joint. Better order quickly before Shino and Aria sexualizes the food. Like the hot dog…
* Everyone takes turn singing the karaoke and each has some sort of comment for each other. Like for Aria, Shino wants her to sing slower songs because lively songs make her boobs gyrate!
* The girls help Tsuda clean the boys’ toilet? Though Tsuda explains the bull’s eye mark on the urinals, Shino turns up a notch by putting a certain ‘hole’ in its place!
* Tsuda asks Aria why girls pat their cheek when they put face cream. To increase blood circulation. However Shino misinterprets the whole line, slapping a girl’s cheek with your meat stick to improve circulation and make it longer.
* The clubs show their receipt to the student council for reimbursement. Leave it to the usual suspects to sexualize them. But the robotics club is actually buying parts to make a hermaphrodite android?!
* Shino conducts a spot check on her fellow student council members. So Aria bringing in this weird dildo is okay but Tsuda bringing in a manga is not just because it is educational?
* We see the gang at the aquarium (supposedly some leftover clips from the movie). Yeah, making some comments about some sea life. Like squid tentacles… And otters hinting about lesbian sex?
* Mori can’t swim. And since pool season is around the corner, she fears practising among the people she knows. Don’t worry. Uomi has arranged to practice at Ousai’s pool. You bet the perverts are going to make some dirty pool jokes. Like Aria, because she can’t fit into the inflatable tube (due to her big boobs), she considers it useless! Uomi and Shino force feed Tsuda. Looks like he is choking but they start posing in sexy moves so as to make him salivate and swallow better. Wouldn’t the tea be easier? In the end and after a year later, Mori is now able to show others how much she has grown. Yup, her boobs have grown the most!
* As Tsuda walks home, he sees Shino waiting for him at the gates. Knowing what comes next, he turns around! Shino had to call him out! True enough, she was going to make a sex joke. She apologizes but can’t help stop make dirty jokes. Those tears supposed to convince us? Likewise, Tsuda also admits he can’t stop playing the straight man. So they deserve each other? In this supposed next scene to shock us, Shino suddenly hugs him from the back! But it is just to twist his nipples as he doesn’t plan to walk home with her! Yeah, didn’t see that coming!

OVA 23
* Tsuda accidentally breaks an art sculpture while cleaning up. Don’t worry, it’s cheap. He can help glue it back. As he does so, Igarashi thought she saw blood on his hand and quickly grabs it. Turns out it is glue and now their hands are stuck. Oh no. Bad timing as Shino and Aria are coming in. Pretend to arm wrestle! The solution is to use hot water but now they’ve a meeting. And it becomes awkward as the duo attend the meeting with their hands held all the time. After boiling the water, because the vibe is so good between them, jealous Shino just nonchalantly pours the hot water over Tsuda’s hand.
* Kotomi is looking for new experience so she ends up being the judo club’s manager. She makes her big blunder when she washes the club members’ panties while they’re bathing. Because of that they have nothing to wear on their way home. That’s not the worse part. The way she explains to Shino how everyone’s panties got wet needs further explanation!
* Kenji Yanagimoto of the film club does an audition to find a lead role for his movie that he plans to submit for a competition. Shino is the first one to go. Acting out a scene with Tsuda whereby he has his arms around her from her back, because she is nervous, she screams something hard is touching her (his hands) but this gives everybody the greatest misunderstanding. Mitsuba is so athletic that she the cast decides to cast her as the stunt woman. In the end, Suzu is chosen as the lead because of her height. Haven’t you heard? The male and female leads are actually siblings and the film is about a previously all-girls’ school turned co-ed. Sibling hilarity in every moment guaranteed. There is this one very steamy scene in which Tsuda is on top of Shino in bed. Once more she gets anxious and her calf cramps up. She screams in pain and everybody misunderstands Tsuda entered her!!! Filming finally ends and a tired Shino leans on Tsuda’s shoulder and falls asleep.
* When Uomi has this tall volleyball girl, Yuu Hirose to pick some box at the top shelf, this is part of her plan to ask her to join the student council body. Hirose has no qualms as she is often mistaken to be a boy. Despite agreeing to join, she is more of a ghost member since Uomi gave her permission to attend her club duties first. So whenever she needs to attend student council meetings, Hirose will just give excuse that she just needs to take a dump!
* Hirose is introduced to Ousai’s student council body. Hirose offers Tsuda to test her to see that she is a real woman. And by that she means touching her throat. See, no Adam’s apple! And with Suzu conscious about their height difference, she claims she too has ‘grown’ and recites the digits of pi!
* Yanagimoto’s film manage to win a prize as we see snippets of the film’s trailer. Looks okay to me… But no release date of this film yet!
* Tsuda is embarrassed to hear his voice recorded in the film. But Shino and Aria misheard that as Tsuda’s voice of shame! It doesn’t help when Todoroki mixes and replays ambiguous lines of his…

OVA 24
* Dejima has the gang go on a mystery tour. While riding the bus, Uomi takes off her socks so as to prevent blood clot. Kotomi panics and tries to take hers off too but the perverts at the back think she is trying to take off her panties.
* The bus supposedly breaks down and conveniently there is a mansion nearby for them to stay. Isn’t the master the bus driver? Lack of actors, huh? Tsuda notices a note in his room to play the culprit. You bet this is going to be a hard time for him because soon Shino screams and claims someone stole her panties!
* So everyone gathers around to deduce and investigate. Uomi takes this chance to snuggle close to Tsuda, claiming Shino won’t be targeted again. Shino vows to keep a watchful eye on them but Uomi distracts her with a dildo…
* Panty thief strikes again with Kotomi being the victim this time. The rest deduce Tsuda can’t be the culprit because doing so makes him a pervert.
* During dinner, the culprit leaves a clue when to strike next. Shino deduces the message and what the heck everyone is scared that the next target is H-cup size? That’s scary indeed. When midnight strikes, a short blackout occurs and this time Suzu realizes her bra is gone!
* Tsuda then deduces as he claims he was being framed as the culprit. His conclusion leads to Dejima being the culprit. True enough she admits. Know she is looking forward to be punished… Everyone is glad this mystery over but one tiny little issue… Can we have our panties back?!
* The student council has an interview with clubs to conduct a community report meeting. Some of them have ulterior motives like Hata, had Suzu not spot that ‘typo’, she would have published some erotic article.
* As Uomi has got the flu, she lost her voice. Since Mori can imitate her voice, she is tasked to speak on her behalf for the day. But beware those ambiguous place cards that she writes… Read carefully before you speak! Sometimes her writing is unreadable so Hirose tries to help out but her handwriting is even worse! When Tsuda calls and Uomi has Mori take her call, Tsuda can tell it is Mori right away. This has his student council girls very suspicious how he can recognize girls’ voice easily on the phone.
* Shino thought it is Tsuda in this mascot outfit so she takes him to talk about things. Then this important part where she promises there is no dirty joke and will tell it to him seriously. However she gets nervous and a voice tells her to go ahead and say it. Turns out the person underneath this mascot is the principal! Substituting for Tsuda? Shino is reeling from embarrassment as the real Tsuda shows up. This makes Shino even more embarrassed. But as she tries to back out, the principal tries to motivate to say her feelings. To deny that is to deny his existence! This has Shino sum up her courage as she approaches Tsuda. Finally the moment we have been waiting for? Go ahead, Shino. Say what you really want to say to him. Is that a bulge in your pants?! WTF???!!! YOU MESSED UP, GIRL!!! No wonder Tsuda walks away disappointed. Maybe next time, huh? The principal asks why she couldn’t convey her true feelings. Simple. Shino blames puberty.

It’s Always Spring For Puberty & Dirty Jokes!
Yeah… Guess what? There is going to be another OVA in the second half of 2020 coming! So you bet I’m still going to stick around and watch since I wasn’t patient enough to let the next OVA come out and watch all at one go. I mean, what difference does it make? It’s not like I remember everything about this series, right? Just a bunch horny female characters (and a really short one) and a guy who retorts them all. So I can definitely guarantee you that I’ll be around then to watch the next OVA. And I won’t be surprised that won’t be the last. After all, this series having produced such irregular OVA episodes just shows that dirty sex jokes can never die. It is truly a 24/7 and 365 days all year round spectacle. I guess that is why we never grow old and tired of dirty jokes and memes, huh?

Basically I can’t say or add anything much (because I don’t remember much either) but I suppose the characters here continue to stay true to their character. Perverts never change. The straight man stays the straight man and maintains that role till the day he dies (or the producers decide to stop producing this series anymore). And the shorty still can’t manage to grow an inch! Hey, at least she has a high IQ and able to recite digits of the pi! Not sure if we are disappointed or relieved that Shino was about to confess to Tsuda but failed spectacularly. It feels like the end goal of the series but I have this gut feeling that if that ever becomes true, it will change everything. Nothing will be the same. Despite me saying that these characters don’t change. Imagine true love changing the perverts’ nature into decent ones. But nothing like a good ol’ dirty joke to bring everyone back to where they are, huh? When we were young, sex jokes are off limits and are for adults. But when we become adults, sex jokes are considered childish. So is there ever a good time for making dirty jokes? SYD screws all that because there is no restricted TPO for sex jokes. Anytime, anywhere. If a sex joke is ready to fly, let it fly! Now hand me the next OVA release!

Mamma Mia! Mothers to the fore! I guess it is time for mothers to take the lead instead of having hot teenage chicks, be it your sister or childhood friend. Hey. Moms can be equally cool too, you know?! If Tsuujou Kougeki Ga Zentai Kougeki De Nikai Kougeki No Okaasan Wa Suki Desu Ka is too freaking long and a mouthful for you to pronounce, Okaa-san Online should be good enough. So what is ‘worse’ than having your mom tell you to stop playing video games and go outside? Why, mom following you around and playing a video game with you! Yes, people. Who is this unlucky kid who has got his mom following him in his party to slay monsters and raid dungeons in this VR RPG game? I’m sure he’ll never want to remember this ‘dark’ period in his childhood. Imagine trying to be the cool hero and then mom shows up to say or do something. Sighs… But mom!!!!! “Sonny, do you like mummy’s normal full powered double multiple attacks?”. MOOOOM!!!!!

Episode 1
Masato Oosuki is answering a questionnaire about his relationship about his mom. Nothing special, really. WTF kind of questionnaire is that? Despite Mamako treating him nicely, he is that typical so who is embarrassed by her. Next day, Masumi Shirase comes by to inform him of some big news. Due to the government’s survey of online players, they would love to enter the video game world. Since Masato agrees, immediately Shirase keys in some secret passcode and has him enter the video game world! Awesome technology?! Masato is happy to start his adventuring days. Only, Mamako is also here to adventure with him! WTF?! Before they king, they are given their roles. Masato as a normal hero and Mamako, uhm, is hero’s mother a real role? A little briefing how this is just a beta testing game but since Mamako is very alien to all the terms, she is given a manual to read up. Don’t embarrass your son… The king lets them choose some weapons. Usually reserved for those clearing hard quests but young punks these days have no patience and won’t play your game if you don’t give them cool items… After Masato chooses one, Mamako chooses the remaining 2! It would be sad just to leave one alone, right? During the battle tutorial, Mamako owns the monsters! Masato hardly brings down a little bird. Can’t believe mom is doing better than him! Don’t worry, mom still loves you a lot. Masato starts complaining and even pinpointing it is all because she tagged along. Don’t make mom mad. Why, he even runs his mouth to spill the secret deal with Shirase or else he will disown her! OMFG! Ungrateful son you just made your mom cry!!! WTF???!!! She feels so hurt and sad with that statement and doesn’t really know what is going on. At least he has a conscious to apologize for saying too much. Masato agrees to let mom tag along and in the kingdom of Mommalia (really?), they need to join a guild first. Mamako makes a flashy destructive move so as others won’t look down upon them? Hey, it’s written here in the manual. Masato is worried about PK (player killing) but luckily the only damage done is to an NPC desk woman (Shirase?). She helps selects the best players for Masato. Why, aren’t they all hot chicks? Are these his type? And of course, the question that every mom will ask her son: Which one he likes best. Long story short, she sees this girl as his potential life partner whom he will share his life with. See where this is going? Yup, she is going to interview the girls!

Episode 2
As expected, Mamako rejects them all! Next is a timid girl, Porta. She is a merchant and non-combatant. Because Mamako thinks she is good in making deals and getting freebies, looks like she promotes her right away from party member to Masato’s wife! Woah! One step at a time, mom! Next is a poster of a sage named Wise. Her stats aren’t that good and she smells like trouble. Masato gets rid of the poster but it always returns. Until he steps on it that the poster screams in pain. Turns out she is disguising as one and as punishment, teleports him away so as to step back on his face. I suppose the reason he isn’t complaining is because he gets to see he pantsu… Wise is also a beta tester. She reveals the true intention of this game is for the parents to make up with their child. This is why his mom tagged along. The only way to clear the game is for them to improve their relationship. Apparently Wise and her mom were also in this game but they had a fight and split. She has been adventuring alone since and trapped. She hopes to become Mamako’s child and get out. Soon, Mamako finds them but not after Wise is put into prison because her dangerous teleporting could be seen as PK. Although Mamako cannot accept Wise as her child, she will allow her to travel with them in hopes she could find her mom. But Wise remains stubborn and would rather have the world destroyed than reconcile with mom. But with Masato claiming he needs her magic, that’s the deal that got her to join them. Their first travel has them fall into some pit that leads to an underground dungeon. Attack of the slimes! When Wise tries to use her magic, she freezes. Looks like her magic is sealed. Mamako destroys it and levels up but the slimes return and combine into a larger monster. When it attacks, Masato saves mom and despite both ended up getting slimed, only Mamako’s clothes disintegrate! So slippery that Masato can’t get up and has his face planted in mama’s boobs! Rejoice, viewers! Your MILF fanservice is here!!! Porta helps Wise disables some bad stats of her to able her to use magic. This allows Mamako to get her vengeance back on the slime. More fanservice with Mamako in naked apron. Is this our reward? After the slime defeat, a nun (Shirase?) rises from a coffin. In recognition of defeating the monster, she has them go on a special quest at a small farming village, Maman.

Episode 3
As they go buy equipment, Masato dreads this bikini armour. The last person he wants to see them on, yup, Mamako puts it on. But for the rest of us, itadakimasu! I guess the shop is having cheap sale so she bought a few more. This has Masato reprimanding her for being carefree. Damn, you trying to make mama cry again?! With the girls calming him down, he realizes he was only taking out his frustrations on her. This time they manage to make up with Mamako letting her son lie on her lap while she digs his ears while talking things out. Nothing beats this mom and son bonding. In Maman, they meet the mayor who tells them of their grave situation. A powerful with named Night Empress is forcing the town to hand over their most handsome and macho men or else. Hearing him describe her other qualities, Wise knows who this b*tch is. We take a detour as we see Masato’s party soak in a hotspring. No gender segregation? I guess with (naked) mom around, no funny business. Almost the cliché scene whereby Masato sees Wise’s naked body and is expecting a Team Rocket blast off into the sky treatment but reverse psychology! She won’t do it thinking he is a pervert who is expecting one! Meanwhile we see Shirase confronting Night Empress using her macho men as furniture. As she is an irregular, Shirase tries to purge her but Night Empress has a more powerful programming and purges Shirase instead. Before she is ejected, Shirase warns her daughter is nearby and if she has any plans to reconcile with her. None. She doesn’t need that girl. Masato can tell something is wrong when Wise is talking strangely and knows a lot about Night Empress. The only way to end this stubborn scene is a highly suggestive and ambiguous position of Masato slipping and falling onto her, making it look like he is taking her from the back! Serious business, Wise admits Night Empress is her mom. In the real world, mom loves to spend money on host clubs. Wise’s real name is Genya and is named after one of her favourite hosts. This habit led to her parents being divorced. Though Wise lives with her father, one day mom marches back in with a pretence to get back together with this game. Everything happened so fast and they ended up here. But since mom discovered she was so powerful, she decided to stay here and do things her way. This caused them to argue and split up. Wise envies Masato’s family so Mamako has her hug her. Feels like the warm mama’s hug she needs but not quite her mom’s. With that, they vow to make Night Empress remember her motherly bond with her child.

Episode 4
Wise revives Shirase who in turn tells them about Night Empress. Her real name is Kazuno and she is a sage like Wise. Like them who receive bonuses before they start their mission, Kazuno receives all the magic spells. But her greed led her to pursue her own disgusting hobbies and for some reason she has some invincibility that isn’t part of the game. Hence she might have brought in some cheat code. Cheaters like her will be heavily penalized. A huge fine, that is. The conclusion of the quest is when they can bring Wise and Kazuno closer. Shirase uses her admin privileges to summon Kazuno. Not in the mood to talk, she quickly attacks with her range of spells. She has also used her cheat code to move objects in the game to trap Mamako and Porta. Then in this room where she claims she can make any of her wish come true, she claims she can rule both the online and offline world. When Wise tells her to stop this nonsense, Kazuno reminds her this is all her fault. Initially when Kazuno got this game, she earnestly wanted to reconcile with her but Wise rejected her. Kazuno says the worst thing a child could hear: She regrets giving birth to her. Masato is somewhat the same too because he too isn’t all that fond of his mom. He too has his selfishness as a child. He hopes she can forgive Wise and not abandon her. His advice falls on deaf ears. Mamako breaks out from her entrapment. Illuminating like a goddess, Mamako remembers all the joy Masato brings including all his firsts. If Kazuno will not remember those feelings as a mother, she’ll make her. Masato’s party do a combo to take Kazuno down as Mamako lectures her about children despite being burdensome, they are irreplaceable treasures. Kazuno is losing and she hates it. Now she is throwing a tantrum like a kid until she finally loses. Wise admits despite saying hurtful things, she still loves her because she is her mom. After that it descends into a full blown mother-daughter argument. Uhm, I guess this is normal and how the family talks? In the aftermath, despite Kazuno already logged out, why is still Wise following Masato’s party? Oh, she wants to stay with them thinking the party needs her? You mean to say she needs somebody? I think Mamako can pick up what she means… We’ll see. Shirase informs them of another quest to do. Heck, she wants them to complete all the quests. So you mean to say they’re like cleaning up whatever mess the government makes?

Episode 5
With Mamako again taking the spotlight, this demoralizes Masato and Wise that they should be stronger. But don’t fear. Pamphlets about a school in Maternia where they can get stronger. With Mamako’s blessings, off they go. Masato is happy to meet this pretty chick, Medhi. Unfortunately she has an overbearing mom who keeps praising her daughter and everybody else as second class. Is this the obstacle in Masato’s love life? In class, Masato fears the other new transfer student is his mom but it turns out to be Medhi. Hence everyone teases him he sees mom in every other girl! Embarrassing! Worse, Medhi introduces herself that she is NOT Masato’s mom! Don’t you just want to die? But it won’t get worse than this since Medhi’s mom is also sitting in as an observer. Can they do that? As the teacher asks questions, the first to answer will be awarded points. It seems Medhi’s mom is using a trick to make everyone except her daughter answer. To the point in putting them to sleep. Yeah, she’s bragging about how she wants the best for her daughter, blah, blah, blah. Later Masato receives a note that a heroine is waiting for him. No surprise. Not even him. It’s Mamako. Saw this coming. So why is she here? Shirase will explain. As this school was quickly constructed to ward off overbearing parents, it has lots of bugs. Since Shirase lured them here, it is their mission to handle problems between parents and children that the game master can’t. Next class starts and Mamako is a student?! Masato manages to intervene to make mom an observer. Medhi’s mom tries to throw her weight and authority around but Mamako isn’t fazed and this throws Medhi’s mom off. During Q&A, Medhi’s mom is up to her usual tricks but thanks to Mamako’s equipment, it nullifies all negative effects. Mamako then answers the questions with equally ridiculous motherly love answers and gets extra points! This goes on for a few times and Masato is so embarrassed because his name is somewhat dragged into those questions. Please stop. At the end of the day, Mamako scores the most points. Medhi’s mom is not pleased and wants to have a strict talk with Medhi. Everybody else got zero and Masato dreads his mom stealing the spotlight again.

Episode 6
Masato’s lovely walk to school with Medhi is ruined when Mamako joins in. Even more so when Medhi’s mom has now get herself the school uniform. During cooking class, once more she puts a spell to make everybody’s food taste bad while her daughter’s to appear and look good. But with Mamako blowing her special mom’s breath of love, you bet this nullifies the effects. With Masato’s party getting top points, Medhi is refrained by her mom to even praise them. If you’re wondering why Shirase is sexily molesting Mamako, it’s to take her measurements. Because Masato saw this worst nightmare come true. It’s swimming class! Masato literally wants to die… Which son would love to see his mom in a swimsuit? But what’s worse than a mother in a swimsuit? Why, 2 mothers! Too bad all the NPC guys are all over Mamako’s traditional school swimsuit over Medhi’s mom’s sexy one. You lost, bad mama. In this class, students earn points by killing monsters in the pool. Until the ultimate fish turns up that Masato and Medhi are in competition to take it down. While Mamako doesn’t care about standings and is only worried if her boy will get injured, Medhi’s mom is pressuring her daughter to be number one. The last straw as Medhi snaps when mom tells her she must become number one or else she is worthless. Medhi just stops. Suddenly a giant sea anemone pops up. Only Mamako gets tentacle raped?! Damn anemone has MILF fetish… Porta throws Mamako her sword to cut herself loose before Masato finishing it off. This earns Masato big points. The happy celebration is cut short when Medhi’s mom slaps her daughter for being worthless. Back to more training for you girl. This is for your sake. Tearful Medhi runs away. Time for the hero to go after the girl. Make that, the hero and his mom. Both have noted Medhi sometimes acting strangely and saying strange stuffs behind her mom’s back. It couldn’t be truer when they see a frustrated Medhi kicking the wall and cursing mama to death.

Episode 7
Group meeting. Masato wants to help Medhi and her mom since he knows how it feels to have problems with a mother and not know what to do. It is the school’s cultural festival so they are free to do what they want. When Masato’s side wants to do a café, Medhi’s mom also wants to do the same and challenges who could do better. Obviously we see a long queue outside Mamako’s café. Everyone is waiting for Mamako’s cooking! None for Medhi’s mom. Hence she forces Medhi to switch from a maid to a swimsuit (WTF???!!! WHY???!!!) to attract more customers. Masato happened to pass by so Medhi’s mom ‘kills’ him. He turns into a ghost and he is able to hear her evil scheme to force Medhi to seduce him so that she could control and then ruin Mamako’s café. After Masato revives, Medhi is in seductive mode but Masato knows what’s going on and isn’t taking the bait. Medhi drops the act but before she could badmouth her mom, yeah mom pops up. Masato pleads for her to stop this but she thinks she can still win. Yeah, this beauty contest! Medhi ranks first since all the guys love this cute clumsy girl. Wise tries to be clumsy but nobody likes it. Then Mamako comes up on stage to promote her café and since all the guys love girls who cook, her ratings shoot through the roof! Literally, it’s over 999!!! As Mamako is being crowned, Masato takes Medhi to talk. With the other girls, they ask her what she really wants to do. She wants to enjoy her school life but is afraid she has no friends. On the contrary, Masato and co confirm they are her friends. Enough to break Medhi down in tears while she screams out her heart’s desire to have fun with her friends. You can bet on her mom to cut short that as she strangles her daughter! Before she could beat her, Mamako gets in the way. She understands mothers want the best for their child. But is it right to push Medhi so hard that it makes her suffer? According to Medhi’s mom, yes. She has to be number one so that she can say she is the best mom. So it’s basically all for herself. This is the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Medhi has truly had it. She thought of putting up with all the tormenting thinking mom as doing it for her. Now it’s all about herself, well screw it all! This betrayal has Medhi unleash all her magic that it turns her into a monster.

Episode 8
Even when Medhi is mad, mama calls her disgusting and ugly. She blames Masato and co for ruining everything. The kids head off to handle Medhi while the mothers settle things. Their ideals clash on how to raise a child. But of course you know Mamako will have the edge when she starts illuminating like a goddess and saying how parents should raise their kids to become wonderful adults! This causes Medhi’s mom to feel guilty over what she has done. She realizes she has always loved Medhi and now she is in danger. She tries to talk some sense into Medhi but obviously her girl doesn’t believe her lies anymore. Too late to play nice. Mom praises her for doing all she has asked despite never liking it. Masato feels Medhi’s mom’s sincerity so he too steps in to protect her from Medhi’s attack. Wise has finally finished drinking bottles after bottles of MPs as she blasts Medhi into the air. When the sceptre tries to protect Medhi, Mamako unleashes her powerful attack to break it. This frees Medhi as both mother and daughter emotionally reunite and reconcile. It is believed the sceptre has been causing Medhi’s mom to act strangely. Because she wanted to become a good mom, the sceptre enhanced that wish to the extreme. When she signed up for this game, all she wanted was to get back on good terms with Medhi because she knew she was putting a lot of stress on her. She just wanted her daughter to grow up to be a good person but she ended up being the worst mother. As the class graduates, Masato offers the pair to join their party but Medhi’s mom decides to log out and erase her dark legacy, a blog she wrote on how to raise children. After today’s lesson, she’s going to take it down. As for Medhi, she gives her a choice to stay and she definitely wants to continue adventuring with Masato. But can a parent and child log out separately? Well, Shirase says Wise already set a precedent. I guess it’s not yet for Masato, huh? Shirase rewards them with many bonuses in which they can spin to get special items. Unfortunately Masato got lots of HPs and Wise lots of MPs. Medhi will be keeping hers to boost her stats later and Porta might be the only winner getting what she wanted (a teddy bear). Masato gets an extra spin for solving this mother-daughter issue. Will he get a super rare item? Nope. Just a mother’s apron! Hey, at least not naked apron Mamako! Hey, has Masato succumbed to liking seeing mom in this?!

Episode 9
Mamako answering survey questions about her relationship with Masato. All is well! I’m sure Masato never felt that way… He tries to take out his frustrations by destroying a wave of monsters but Mamako takes it out as usual. Then there is a poster about a dungeon tower whereby anyone who clears it will get whatever wish they want. Sounds like a scam but whatever, let’s check it out. But outside the tower, there are lots of disgruntled moms complaining about their lost kids. They try to ask Shirase but she too has no clue what is going on. They head into the tower to investigate. Looks like an easy tower with Mamako being friends with the monsters and stepping on plates give you certain power ups. Oddly, there seems to be a weird rivalry going on between Wise and Medhi because Medhi wants to take out Wise so she can be the party’s only caster. Reaching a certain level, they stumble into Amante. She claims she is one of the leaders of the group called Ribele. They are made up of kids who have rebelled against their mothers. Noticing Mamako is in this group, Amante feels scared and retreats to form a plan. Though, she believes a small party like them can’t clear this tower. Mamako’s group returns outside and with Amante’s info, Shirase has a gist of what is happening. As there is no in-game event like this, she believes somebody is trying to cause a rift between parents and children. Ribele could be behind this and Shirase recognized some of the kids in the group from the database who joined Ribele. The plan now is the increase their party size and it is suggested they form a guild and recruit members. So this rundown building will be their guild’s base? Yeah, Mamako took the liberty to name it Mommy Guild! And now she’s the guild master? Yes, Momaster! What a mouthful to pronounce! Shirase also left them with presents while she goes to investigate. Maid outfits!!! I APPROVE!!! While Mamako and Wise clean up their guild, Medhi and Porta go shopping and Masato is left why he is forced to carry the bags when they have Porta’s infinite bag. They stumble into Amante shopping too. But Medhi mocks her slip ups so badly that Amante starts crying!!! Enough for her to reveal she sent an assassin to their guild. The rest doesn’t think this would be any trouble since Mamako is there. Yeah, it’s the Mamako we’re talking about. Suddenly Wise teleports in to request for help because Mamako is losing. Say what?! No way?! Mamako losing?! Oh sh*t! This must be real serious trouble!

Episode 10
It seems Mamako is losing to… A salesman?! She can’t help with all the good offers and gives in whenever Masato’s name is mentioned. Although she is stopped, the salesman quickly flees and the crystal ball he left behind is a bomb. It’s going to explode! But wait! Mamako calms it down like a baby! Can it work? You bet! Come to think of it, crying babies and bombs are like the same! Later Amante shows up just to complain how they foiled her assassination plans. Yup, she even admits she was the one behind it and even sent another one. Oh, the guild just exploded. Returning, Amante’s men are the one behind this, they claim they have also placed bombs all over town and they must do their bidding to avoid casualties. So they want maid service, huh? Mamako in maid outfit? I APPROVE!!!! Damn she looks hot! And when she serves them fried rice, it makes them nostalgic about their mom’s cooking. Eat up, boys. Next they want ‘bed service’. Mamako pulls a blanket over them and sings a lullaby till they sleep! What were you expecting? More nostalgic mama moments for them. In the end, the guys feel bad for everything they did and will go disarm the bombs around town. Power of mother’s love! And even later, Amante drops by to complain about yet another failed attempt. Care to reveal more stuffs? Not only they get to tease her but she bloopers and embarrassed herself on the exit. Next day, it seems the other mothers are grateful for what they did for their kids. They intend to join their guild to help clear the tower. Though, their kids won’t be joining as they will be doing something else. You could say this is the mother of all guilds! As they arrive outside the tower, the mothers realize they left their windows open and worry about the recent robberies in the area. They want to be sent home otherwise will Masato take responsibility? And so he leaves Wise to teleport them all back. Meanwhile Amante has been waiting inside the tower for them to show up. Yeah, she’s ready to bomb the hell out of them but as expected, she bloopers and accidentally presses the detonator. Boom! And Masato is still waiting for all the moms to finish their stuff outside… This is going to take a while before the mission can even start…

Episode 11
Finally. Can we get this tower climbing started? Amante has set a trap for the entourage but because they never came, she clumsily sets off the trap herself. Then she goes down to see what’s taking them so long and they’re having a picnic?! Just done. Time to wash the dishes. Chotto matte! Amante challenges Mamako to see who can wash the dishes faster. While Amante is good, Mamako uses her magic! Instant cleaning! Hey, nobody say how you’re supposed to get them cleaned, right? Next challenge? Wash clothes. Masato’s clothes. Again, Mamako wins because of her magic. Maybe next time, huh? As the gang make their way up, they step on plates that make their body feel lighter. That’s because their clothes are gone and only left in their underwear! Oh dear… Masato has to see his mom in her undies! Ironically, Masato is the only one who is embarrassed for being semi-naked while all the other girls and moms are cool. But this also means they have no defence against the enemies. And before them now is… Oh, just stupid Amante. However she unleashes monsters to fight them. However they recognize the monsters are Amante’s ex-men. She reveals while Mamako and the rest were fooling around, they were climbing the tower to fight her so she changed them into monsters. Oh no. Can mothers raise their hands against their sons? Good thing is that the monsters drop their weapons and won’t fight. But Amante unleashes another spell to turn them into vicious savages while she goes up to make her wish. While Medhi and Wise put some temporary confusing spell on them, Mamako tells the other moms how to tackle this issue. Yup. Just go do what mothers do best. And Saint Mamako shines so greatly that all the moms now don full armour. Full Mom-our?! With this, they are able to withstand the strongest attacks and also give the biggest hug that turn their sons back to normal. Behold the power of moms! Yeah, the most embarrassing moment that all kids don’t want their mom do. Even Masato gets this ‘hell’ himself. Can’t leave him out of the fun, can we? Once that embarrassing moment is done, the adventurers warn them about Amante’s wish: To erase all mothers from this world.

Episode 12
As they enter the next level, Masato realizes that he is separated from the rest. But he soon hears Mamako beckoning him. Knowing something is strange, he soon realizes it is a trap. There are other Mamako clones too but he ignores them. I can see why if 1 Mamako is already bad enough, how about hundreds of them! Of course being the true son he is, he can tell when his real mom comes to the rescue. That’s right. Mamako is going to scold them for scaring her precious. What if Masato comes to hate her?! Yeah, every mom’s worst nightmare. And with her beam of light, the clones are blasted away and they are reunited with the rest who also faced similar trials. In the final floor, they see Amante trying to break through the door. Amante starts fighting them. Because of her magic spell, she is able to repel any attack back at them. Amante then explains her reason of hating Mamako. As Masato is supposed to be on his own exciting adventure including gaining friends and even fall in love. He would have gotten all of that had Mamako not joined him. Thus she blames Mamako for stealing all that possibility and future. Uhm, still doesn’t explain why she hates her. Of course Masato doesn’t accept that explanation. Despite all the crazy and embarrassing things that have happened, he thought maybe that is what an adventure is. There are times when he was lost but mom was there to help him overcome it. Considering it all, it isn’t all that bad. With Amante still refusing to admit, it’s time for Mamako to do her specialty scolding. Yup, with this beam of light is made up of her motherly love. So it’s not an explosion but scolding? Yeah, doesn’t matter to the one being hit, right? Amante takes a direct hit but survives. With the door open, she hurries to make her wish. Not if Masato can wish faster. I can’t believe despite thinking on what to wish and then Mamako hinting about what Wise said before climbing the tower, Masato is still fast enough to wish for fresh eggs for everybody than Amante’s mother existence erasure?! Amante is in despair and fumbles away in tears. And now everybody gets to have fresh eggs! Shirase informs she found a dark jewel Amante was using. As it is unbroken, she will investigate it. But for now, she will have Mamako’s team on a new quest to defeat Ribele. Remember, there are 3 other members, right? I guess Masato can’t be more impatient to leave this town because everyone built a giant statue of Mamako to honour her for saving them! Masato might be irritated that mommy continues to cling to him but I guess she’s shining so brightly and it’s not that all bad.

Always Forever Momma’s Boy!
Aren’t mothers the best?! Uh huh. Despite the mind boggling wish of Amante wanting to erase mothers, I wonder if this will only translate inside the video game. Forgot that we’re still inside one big MMORPG? So if Amante really had her wish come true, would Mamako and other moms be kicked out of the game? I’m glad we won’t have to find that out because it would suck if Masato’s party continues to adventure without Mamako. He might be happy at first but I’m guessing he’ll soon be lamenting he wishes mommy was here adventuring with him! Nah! Maybe. Therefore for all you kids out there, appreciate your mom better today!

The story itself isn’t all that interesting nor is it original. They’re just using this virtual world video game so that we can see lots of ‘fantastical nonsense’ when mothers do their unbelievable motherly power to overcome ‘evil’. This series is supposed to see how Masato get back on good terms with Mamako but instead we get side-tracked and do other side missions like helping other kids and their moms. Better to do all this stuff inside a video game than in reality, which is so much harder. From the looks of it, they’re going to be playing this game for quite a while. Momma is away from reality at the moment, come back some time later!

As we can see, because of Mamako’s hot stunning looks, at first glance she looks more like a big sister than mother to Masato. Any ordinary person would have come to this sort of conclusion. Hey Masato, this your big sister? No, it’s my mom. Say what???!!! Sure, Mamako does motherly stuffs and cares a lot for her son but because of her youthful looks, she still passes off a lot more like a big sister than anything else. Worse still, I wonder if her parents who named her Mamako must be damn confident that she’ll grow up to be a mother. I know it’s a pun and but it just feels weird the more you think about it. You know, like calling your dog, Dog. Hence, my mom’s name is Mama. Strange… On a side note, I wonder if their father is called Papasuke or Papatarou… That would be just so bizarre!

Therefore you think that Masato could be the star of this series and leader of his party? Nope. Mamako. Masato feels a lot more like a follower and oddly plays the ‘straight man’ whenever mom does something ‘embarrassing’. But don’t worry. Even if Masato doesn’t look like the main protagonist of this anime, Mamako will always consider you as her number one! Everything she does, she puts her tender loving care and heart into it, all for the sake of her boy. Sometimes Masato doesn’t appreciate it because of the overwhelming embarrassment. I understand it’s natural and at most times he just wants ‘to die’. Remember that time that forced cliché moment of the slime disintegrating Mamako’s clothes that leads to that mother-son naked body rubbing fanservice? Are you freaking out now?! It might be easy for that scene to be fapping material for anybody but imagine if that was you mom… Not so fanservice-y now, huh? I wonder if this beta version is live stream. If so, Masato’s death by embarrassment will be compounded hundreds of times over.

I feel like this virtual game gives mothers extra powers and abilities because you see Mamako swinging her weapon’s powers so easily. And you thought your moms aren’t the kind who are good in video games. Noobs in video games. And then we see Mamako just swinging with ease, legendary weapons that probably needs seasoned players to grind and level up like hell but she does it with ease. All because of the power of being a mom! And that’s not just all. Whenever Mamako gives off some of her motherly love, it’s like it has some sort of God-like powers and Mamako is elevated to a saint because she starts shining and once again the mother of all powers has defeated and overcome evil! Don’t laugh. Mothers know best. That’s why no child no matter how bad he/she is, if they are a reasonable child, a mother’s love will surely bring them back to the right path. For once, it isn’t the power of friendship that saved the day but the power of, wait for it, motherly love! Mothers are never wrong! This series might look absurd putting Mamako as some awesome accidental gamer. But it won’t be in a few decades time when many mothers would also make great gamers. Yup. Once a gamer girl, now a gamer mom! Don’t you wish your mom is like Mamako? Uhm… On second thought, maybe not.

Though, Mamako isn’t always perfect herself as she has some flaws. Sometimes she could be a bit imposing on Masato but that is only because she wants the best for him. I mean, which mother doesn’t want the best for her child? Thus there are still lots of work in progress to be done between them. Ironically they could solve the issues of other mothers and their child but they can’t solve their own. I mean, it is proceeding fairly well but it is not at the rate like Wise and Medhi’s mom’s case. Their relationship at a point where they can log out of the game together. I suppose this is an excuse for the government to keep them adventuring together. Masato still complaining about this and that about mom, I guess he hasn’t fully accepted her yet. But you can tell he is slowly appreciating his mama better than before. Of course there are other cases whereby mothers abandon their child (Wise) or being over protective (Medhi) but at the end of the day, Mamako’s greatest motherhood guidance will bring even the worst of mothers back to the right path.

If Mamako really wields the power of motherly love that heals all (yes people, not her twin swords are her offensive weapons but her motherly love that also acts as the best defensive weapon), I wonder if this could help heal the toxic behaviour in online games. You know, those other games especially first person shooters? Imagine Mamako tagging along with Masato to play Call Of Duty, Overwatch, Fortnite, PUBG, etc. Who this f*cking whore???!!! Watch it, that’s my mom. Your mom? HAHAHAHAHA!!! And then sprinkle a little dust of motherly love and suddenly everybody loses their aggression and starts becoming more compassionate! Holy cow! The government might be using this game as an experiment to heal the rift between parent and child but if it has the positive effect to heal toxic online behaviours too, I’m all for it!

Not much to be said for the other characters. Masato, the loving son whom is Mamako’s greatest motivation to keep going. Just try not to embarrass him too much, okay? Then there is Wise and Medhi whom I thought at first would become love rivals for Masato but I guess they don’t want to ruin this motherly themed series with some cheesy romcom harem antic so that’s the end of that. Yeah, with Masato’s mom tagging along, I guess Mamako is in some ways old fashioned. No forbidden relationships while she is around. Hence Wise from a tsundere becomes some sort of a joker character thanks to Medhi being some dark sarcastic character ever since she joins the party. It’s like Medhi gets her kicks by mocking and teasing Wise. But towards the end I noticed Wise has wised up and even talks back to Medhi on the same level of sarcasm. Even if Wise isn’t the butt of those mockery, recently I notice this running joke of her drinking bottles after bottles of MP just to power up her ability. Is there no other way to level up her MP permanently? I wonder if Porta is an NPC because she doesn’t seem to have any mama issues since joining the party (it is hinted that she couldn’t say about her own mama, like as though she never existed). I guess with the party having hot chicks and hot mama chicks, we need a loli character. Her bag is supposedly like Doraemon’s 4D pocket and can pack anything into it but I hardly see this being used. At least she’s the only character who isn’t really sexualized.

Wise could have been the series’ only comic relief character had Amante not pop up in the final arc. They really write up her character to be a silly bumbling b*tch. No siree, we can’t have another young cute teenage girl becoming a badass antagonist. Hence to counter her evil wish of eliminating all mothers, they turn her into a clumsy fool who has a penchant of revealing all her intentions without even asking. It’s like you want to ask her if she really knows how to be a villain. She could have been a lot formidable had she been half as serious as seen in the final episode but I suppose her character is programmed written that way. Let’s just hope that the other 3 Ribele members aren’t as bungling a fool as her. Last but not least, Shirase as the game’s guide feels like she wants to live up to her namesake to just inform. As also the game admin, there’s this running joke to be killed off and revived in a coffin. This game’s bug is just freaking buggy and weird.

Art and animation aren’t the best there is that J.C. Staff has to offer. I guess when you have multiple series to do in the same season (particularly To Aru Kagaku No Accelerator, DanMachi S2 and Machikado Mazoku), you try you best with all the resources you can get. J.C. Staff being a huge company and a veteran in producing so many animes over the years, I guess they have the resources. Sometimes I see a drop in quality in certain scenes but with everything in this fantasy MMORPG so bright and colourful, they definitely want mothers to have a swell time here. And of course, you could have guessed the design of Mamako, she looks so young and pretty enough to be even Masato’s girlfriend. She isn’t the first anime mom to be designed in such a ‘misleading’ way. Uh huh. You have loli mothers too. So I guess Mamako looking like a teen isn’t all that bad especially when compared to other typical looking moms in here. You know, fat and wrinkles? The kind of look that makes you go, “Oh, she is surely a mom” stereotypic look. Now we can glee as we see Mamako’s various reactions from cutely pouting to heart-breaking cry. Best of all, Mamako’s lovely motherly smile, no?! And of course with Mamako being so hot and stunning and having a body that is to die for moms her age, this gives rise to the typical fanservice department in which we get to see Mamako in her lingerie in some scenes. Hence, giving us the greatest dilemma if we are going to fap to MILF material. I guess it’s okay if it is other people’s mom. NOT!

In the voice acting department, Ai Kayano perfectly takes on the role of Mamako. Her sweet voice makes her a perfect fit for the character. However, I think there is one other seiyuu whom I think would have been even fitting to take on Mamako: Kikuko Inoue! I believe she would have been perfect too and there will be a lot of reference to her famous line of forever being 17 years old. Yeah, it would’ve been so epic. I guess Ai Kayano would do. The other seiyuus I recognize is Satomi Arai as Shirase and Mai Nakahara as Medhi’s mom. At first I was so damn cocksure that Ayana Taketatsu was behind Porta’s voice. I mean, she is capable of doing that squeaky high pitched voice mode. Never was I in doubt. And then it came as a big shock. WTF?! Who the heck is Sayaka Harada?! I was in disbelief. I had to go look at numerous sources just to make sure that I didn’t make the mistake. Yup. It was my mistake. This is the same girl who is the voice of Chiya in Urara Meirocho, Mimika in Uchi No Maid Ga Uzasugiru and Chitose in Yuuragi-sou No Yuuna-san. Come to think of it, yeah it’s really her voice… I’m so ashamed…

The rest of the other casts are Haruki Ishiya as Masato (Tamotsu in Akiba’s Trip: The Animation), Sayumi Suzushiro as Wise (Oono in High Score Girl), Lynn as Medhi (titular character in Fuuka), Natsumi Fujiwara as Amante (Eddie in Satsuriku No Tenshi) and Ryouko Yuzuki as Kazuno (Sastsuki in Kill La Kill). The opening theme is Iyayo Iyayo Suki no Uchi by Spira Spica, a lively and upbeat anime pop rock. Generic but I guess it’s okay. But I love the ending theme better, Tsuujou Kougeki Ga Zentai Kougeki De Ni-kai Kougeki Mama by Ai Kayano. It has this retro tune to it, making it quite catchy overall. It is one of those songs that I would love to sing along. And perhaps moms too.

Overall, this anime might not sit well with some who don’t appreciate the crappy mom jokes and puns that permeate throughout this series. Are they saying that mother’s love is everywhere and you can’t escape them?! With some having mixed reviews of this anime, honestly though, I just purely enjoyed them because it’s funny (I wish the characters could forever keep dressing up as the maid). It’s not the best parenting anime out there because if you’re looking for a parent-child bonding, I still believe that series like Usagi Drop does it way better. I also doubt that this series would make you love your mom even more. I’m not saying this series would make you love your mom less because one might find it mediocre (or in extreme cases turn you into a fanatic MILF obsessed lover), just be a good child and that’s the best gift that you can give mom. So don’t get mad when mom calls you to put down that video game controller and come right down now for dinner. What do you mean you can’t pause an online game?! I’m on a freaking kill streak right now! You get your ass right down here now, young man! Don’t make me come up there, young man! But… MOOOOM!!!!! Yeah, aren’t moms great?

Mob Psycho 100 S2 OVA

November 8, 2019

For those who still can’t get over that the second season of the TV series has ended, don’t despair. There is always the OVA to cheer you up and producers to net some profit. Yup. A win-win situation. And that’s why we have Mob Psycho 100 S2 OVA. Yes, people. Finally we have a hotspring episode. But I hardly doubt it would be filled with sexy fanservice considering the protagonists of the series are males. And of course knowing the nature and genre of the series, what is it that is spooking the hotspring inn?

A healing trip that warms the heart…
Mob and Ritsu join Reigen and Serizawa for a trip to the Ibogami hotspring for a working holiday. It all started when the inn hostess came to Reigen for help. She claims her guests have been experiencing dreams of going into a parallel world. If nothing is done, her inn will be finished. At first Reigen wasn’t so sure of accepting but since she will pay for his travel, lodging and food, the question is now how many people he can take with him. During the train trip, after Mob and Ritsu head to the toilet, Reigen and Serizawa doze off and the train enters the Ibogami tunnel. When they awaken, they realize outside is a wasteland. Reigen soon realizes that wherever he goes, he always ends up back in the same coach. So this is the parallel world, huh? True enough, they are. Because they’ve been sleeping all the time so when they reach their destination, Mob had to use his powers to ‘carry’ them to the inn. They meet up with Teru who went to recon the place. After being welcomed by the hostess, they learn the legend of this place once had a portal to another world. Hence the god, Ibogami sealed it up and the people worshipped him until today. As the boys have fun soaking in the hotspring, the adults are still trapped. However Serizawa trying to be mindful and not offend Reigen who seems he is trying his best to find the source of this, manages to leave this parallel world and join the boys. Yeah, he manage to do this several times! Because of his awkward way of speaking not to offend, Reigen gets the wrong idea that he too is trying to investigate. It feels like days Reigen has been stuck here and when he tries to jump out of the train, he lands back inside the coach! No way out! Soon depression sinks in. Hunger sets in.

The next time Serizawa returns and after feeding him, only then Reigen realizes what is happening. Why the heck did he not take him along?! Reigen controls himself so as not to scold him. He is after all still a junior. After telling him to think for himself, he has Serizawa bring the rest here. So now Reigen admits he doesn’t know what the source and wants this parallel world destroyed. Of course everybody can tell that ominous mountain is the source and behind it is Ibogami but some sticky ghostly goo must be the one causing this phenomenon and weakening Ibogami’s protection. Nothing but a little power to destroy it. Finally Reigen wakes up. Dimple returns with an explanation of what really happened. Because the hostess had a slight flu, it somewhat weakened her protection power source that is situated inside her nose. As her ancestors worshipped Ibogami, the descendants develop psychic powers without even noticing it. With her flu cleaning up, looks like the parallel world is case is solved. Maybe until the next time she gets another flu. Everybody goes to sleep after a long day. But Reigen obviously can’t sleep… Yeah. As they leave the next day, Reigen gives his business card to the hostess. He also hands some to Mob since it contains Reigen’s new address. And of course, Serizawa has his own too. Don’t need to depend on those business etiquette notes anymore now. On the train trip back, Reigen dozes off and the train enters a tunnel…

Dream A Little Dream A Little Dream A Little Dream A Little Dream…
Ah well. Nothing really much, I guess. Enjoyable to say the least but at least the horror effects weren’t that scary to spook the hell out of me. Yeah, I might be having sleepless nights! Maybe I would be going into my own parallel world! Anyway, the focus of this OVA seems to be more on Reigen and Serizawa while Mob being side-lined to just a role as plot convenience. As usual, the suave talking conman shows us why he is so good being the great pretender and of course it has its drawbacks. Serizawa on the other hand who has turned over a new leaf is trying his best to make a good first impression and hence with his miscommunication, it results in something a lot worse for Reigen. He might have given Serizawa the greatest advice for his working life but he sure isn’t doing the same for himself. Is that double standards? Because Reigen still needs to admit that he needs help instead of waiting for things to turn grave. But that’s Reigen for you. Some things are hard to change. If there are more OVAs in the future, I would still love to watch them. Because the biggest mystery now that I want to know is, for that brief moment at the start of the OVA, why does a certain bald strongest hero appeared in Reigen’s contacts???!!! Can Saitama’s punches connect with ghosts?! Can Mob’s psychic powers do physical damage to monsters?! Damn, now I want to see a Mob Psycho 100 x One Punch Man crossover! That would be the ultimate parallel world dream!

Remember that silly Cinderella plot hole whereby Cinderella lost her glass slippers and the only way the prince could find her was to call every woman in town to fit them? Like yeah, not only did he assume Cinderella had that only small feet to fit into them, that bastard couldn’t even remember her damn face! And he was dancing with her all night long! WTF, dude???!!! Anyway, Kawaikereba Hentai Demo Suki Ni Natte Kuremasu Ka (or HenSuki if that is a mouthful for you to pronounce and remember) isn’t really that Cinderella spoof or spinoff. Main character dreams of having a girlfriend. Heh, which guy wouldn’t? And then dream come true because his future girlfriend left him not only an anonymous letter but her panties as well! Oh sh*t! This girl also thirsty as f*ck? But the ‘Cinderella’ problem now for this guy is that based on the pool of suspects in his potential harem, he definitely can’t go up and ask each one of them to try the panties out, CAN HE???!!! Good luck trying to solve this mystery without looking much like a pervert. And he isn’t the only pervert he’ll stumble upon during this quest…

Episode 1
Keiki Kiryuu is your typical high school kid. Single and wants a girlfriend. This guy who is part of the shodo (calligraphy) club that consists of females and him as the only guy? Oh my. I can see where this is going. After he cleans up the clubroom, there is a love letter left for him. It is not signed and furthermore, a pair of panties is left with the letter! Has spring finally come for him? Unsure, he confides in his best friend, Shouma Akiyama. It can’t be a prank at their age and the logical answer is that his Cinderella could be one from his shodo club. Could it be the beautiful and busty president, Sayuki Tokihara? Or the cute and honest junior, Yuika Koga? Perhaps the friendly Mao Nanjou? Maybe his own little sister, Mizuha? Who knows? So Keiki tries to indirectly ask Sayuki and Yuika but they leave him hanging with no concrete evidence. He can’t concentrate that he gets knocked out during a basketball game. He wakes up in the infirmary with Mao by his side. She too is giving mixed signals but nothing conclusive. On the way home, Keiki helps Sayuki return a lost dog to its owner and realizes she likes dogs a lot. After having him pet her head, she pecks him on the cheek for always being kind to her. With this hint, Keiki thinks of getting more out of her. So on a ‘date’ after answering her question that he is glad to join this club, maybe he is a bit too direct asking if she has special emotions towards him. Because now she runs away and subsequently she avoids him like a plague. Is she his Cinderella? With Mao’s suggestion to do a wall slam to stop her, he does so (making it almost look like a rape scene). He claims he knows her secret. To put it generally. Doesn’t everyone have secrets? She starts acting sheepishly. Since he knows about it and doesn’t hate her for it, she wants him to come to the clubroom after school. He does so and Sayuki is there waiting for him. She is glad he is someone who accepts her for who she is. She has him close his eyes while she prepares. What does he see? Sayuki stripped her top and wearing a collar?! WTF?! She wants him to be her pet!!! Woof! You mean this b*tch… Oops!

Episode 2
In short, Sayuki is a super masochist pervert! She wants to be scolded by him as a pet! No way, Jose! Later when the teacher tells Keiki that he forgot to lock the clubroom, that is when he realizes his Cinderella could be anybody than his club members. He did leave the room for a while during cleaning. Cinderella must have snuck in to place the letter. He returned and finished up while she hid. After he left and locked the door, she unlocked it from inside and escaped. Talking to Shouma about this, it seems Keiki still can’t pinpoint Sayuki as his Cinderella. But asking about pet fetish, Shouma thinks it’s his new fetish but won’t laugh since Shouma is a lolicon! At the library, Sayuki tries to seduce him, making him uncomfortable. She really wants to be punished, huh? This sets a showdown with Yuika. Eventually Sayuki says they went on a date and I don’t think Yuika is mad because Keiki thinks she too wanted to be treated to a parfait like they had on their date. Damn Keiki, now I see why you no have girlfriend… So to make up for this, Keiki has got to date Yuika now? Whatever. A typical date at the movies and the likes. When Yuika excuses herself to the toilet and is taking too long, Keiki then realizes several men try to hit on her. You mean they kept talking while she just ignored them and stood there? And they’re like giving up after Keiki says she’s with him? Damn those guys are clueless too. Keiki blames himself for not being sensitive enough so Yuika thanks him by pecking his forehead for saving her. Later he finds out she is racially mixed and hence her beauty makes it hard for others to approach her. That’s why she was always alone. Keiki being the dense dude, always kept staring at her while she reads and even admitted she is beautiful despite she didn’t like it. But as he always strike up a conversation, eventually she opens up to him. And now Yuika wants to meet up to tell him a big secret. Is this his Cinderella revealing moment? Well… Turns out Yuika wants Keiki to be her slave! Say what? She thinks guys love being slaves to cute girls and this should be an honour for him. She is willing to give him her freshly worn panties if he does so. Since he disagrees, she punishes him by stuffing her panties in his mouth! It didn’t kill him but he is out cold. Yeah, this dominance just gives Yuika the orgasm and thrill.

Episode 3
Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Because now Keiki finds Yuika’s bra in his shoe locker! It’s the only way to get his attention since he is avoiding her. So meeting up with her, she reads him a story about a shy princess who turns out to be some S&M sadist. So she isn’t giving up on him being her slave, huh? And she’ll train him till being her slave becomes his only joy. Well, Keiki… RUN!!! Out of the fire and into… More fire! Because this time there is a scandalous picture of Keiki sleeping with Sayuki! And a threat to release this online! Better go see what this b*tch is up to. Oh. Maid outfit. I approve! What do you mean you don’t want to be her goshuujin-sama???!!! Anyway the keys to her handcuffs are stuck in her cleavage. Better get it out quick as she needs to go to the toilet… After doing so, Sayuki continues to be flirty with him. She allows him to do anything to her but as Keiki deliberates with his devilish and angelic side, the force of being a virgin is still strong. He rejects her because there needs to be love in all this! Hanging with Shouma, any updates about the Cinderella potential? Well, if Sayuki and Yuika are out, that leaves Mao. Shouma points out that she sometimes steal glances of him. Later, Yuika tricks Keiki that she is naked and he must close his eyes while she leads him to the room where her clothes are. Obviously a trap as he realizes too late she has tied him up. Now she wants him to kiss her foot and pledge his allegiance to her or she’ll steal his first kiss on the lips. Luckily Sayuki enters the room. How did she find him? Stalking Keiki is her specialty. Say what?! Both girls argue and it dawned to Keiki that both of them know each other’s fetish. Yeah, since the first time they met. As they struggle over Keiki as their possession, Mao is the one who comes to rescue him. Conveniently the rope has a mind of its own because it somehow ties up Sayuki and Yuika. So why is Mao admonishing Keiki? Was it his fault? She blames him of being drawn to Sayuki’s boobs and Yuika’s pampering. So what are you trying to say, girl? Mao doesn’t want him to be with other girls because she doesn’t like it.

Episode 4
Yuika somewhat apologizes to Keiki about that shameless fight over him. She hopes he would patch things up with Mao. Why is this slave driver so generous? That’s because it’s all part of using sticks and carrots. Sayuki also has the same feeling. Apologizing for yesterday’s public lewdness, she also wants Keiki and Mao to become friends again. Otherwise she can’t claim to be an obedient dog if she destroys his friendships. And what’s this about attacking him in private instead of in public? I don’t think she’s joking… Keiki goes to talk to Mao. She wants to hang out with Shouma like the 3 of them used to. At the arcade, Keiki slips and Shouma catches him, turning this into a highly suggestive BL scene. We see Mao can’t stop taking pics of them. On the way home, Mao asks him about his thoughts about getting in a relationship. This leads to an argument whereby she accuses him of being a pervert, thinking he likes girls fighting over him. Noticing she is looking at a picture of Shouma, he asks if she likes him. She denies everything and runs away. Keiki is in a dilemma that he talks to Mizuha about this. While she doesn’t want him to force Mao to talk if she doesn’t want to, he still wants to know about her despite feeling bad for prodding too much. So the next day he confronts her to talk again. This time she blames him for everything. She cannot sleep well because he is always on her mind. She can’t stop thinking of him. He apologizes for everything and hopes to do anything to make it up to her so they could become friends again. Anything? This is where the sucker punch comes in. So when she asks about him dating, well… What she meant was him dating Shouma! Say what?! Long story short, Mao is a fujoshi! BL fanatic! You can tell her change of character when she dons a pair of glasses. Hell, she even has a yaoi series of them! Shortcakes series! That’s Shouma x Keiki if you haven’t guessed it. Everything that seems to be bugging Mao, everything and I mean everything leads back to some BL connotation. Keiki doesn’t oppose he fetish but can she stop basing her works on them? No can do. She has fans waiting for the next story! Since Keiki won’t be gay, Mao vows to do anything to thwart every attempt at romance he makes towards females. It would be bad if her inspiration source ends up with a girl, right? Just when Keiki thought all his Cinderella candidates are out, he now finds another unnamed letter in his shoe box. Well, looks more like blackmail because it’s a pic of him in a compromising position with maid Sayuki! The nightmare has not ended…

Episode 5
There is also a letter that says to come to the astronomy club or else. But we now skip and see him in shodo club. Yuika dressed as a bunny girl, hopping around and serving everybody? Not sure if this is part of her training to make Keiki obedient to her but Yuika wants to officially join the club (so she can spend more time with Keiki) so Sayuki made her do this. What a way to humiliate your rival. It’s going to get worse when masochistic boobs monster has a showdown with sadistic boobless monster. But why is also Mao here? Yeah, she too wants to officially join the club. But why no bunny outfit? She promised to give all latest Shortcake series to Sayuki. Yup, she’s a big fan. Sayuki even introduces it to Yuika. Ah, that first time when you’re so embarrassed but hooked on it. Friendship from BL… So beautiful… With that, the shodo club is now a den of perverts. Flashback when Keiki went to the astronomy club. This petite girl, Koharu Ootori claims she is in love and doesn’t know what to do and resorted to blackmailing. Keiki jumped the gun that she is his Cinderella and quickly proposed to her. Of course she rejected. Then the big revelation: She is actually in love with Shouma! See all those pictures of him on the wall? In short, Koharu wants him to be her cupid to Shouma since this is a one-sided crush. So that’s where this blackmail comes in… We know Shouma is a lolicon so why is it so hard? You see, Koharu is actually their senior! So legal loli is not Shouma’s taste? With his dignity in line, hence Keiki agrees to be her cupid. With summer coming up and the school changing to its summer uniform, this gives Keiki an idea. He manages to have Shouma and Koharu meet. He has Koharu wear Mizuha’s uniform to make it look like she is a junior. The hoodie is also to hide other aspects that would blow her cover as a senior. Shouma takes the bait and is ecstatic. They even exchange contacts and take a commemorative photo. In exchange for Keiki’s help, Koharu listens to his Cinderella problem and offers to help. Her theory means everyone in school is a suspect but it won’t be possible to do a Cinderella test. You know, the prince having a glass slipper test. Can’t expect Keiki to have everyone test wear the panties, can he?! As he ponders, the meek student council vice president, Ayano Fujimoto falls down the stairs. He catches her but she is on top of him. Okay, time to get off. But she won’t. She wants to stay like this a little longer! She wants to be with him! Are my ears deceiving me? Can she be the real Cinderella this time?

Episode 6
To repay Keiki for what he did, Ayano made him cookies. Delicious. Then she really sits close to him and of course this freaks out Keiki. Throwing him off is Ayano giving him a goodbye hug. Of course, expert stalker Koharu has done her investigations on her and she seems like a decent and polite girl. She could be his Cinderella as she often makes audit checks to the clubrooms and the teacher confirmed it was her on that day when that mysterious Cinderella left her pantsu. Keiki will continue the investigation himself. Not sure why he returns to the shodo club but Yuika is waiting there. She traps him of course and wants to him to take responsibility for massaging her boobs. Since when?! In her dreams! Women… As usual, he won’t be her slave so she tries to massage his boobs back? Woman logic… In the struggle, he accidentally touches her boobs and now she freaks out and runs away. Women… Ayano seeks Keiki’s help to volunteer to clean up trash at the riverside. Sayuki somewhat tags along and tries to assert Keiki is her belonging. However she stops short of saying they are dating because their relationship is much deeper than that. Hence Ayano holds his arm close and even lets her boobs touch his arms. Not dating, right? Later Sayuki pulls Keiki aside to lick him. This is what dogs do to claim their territory, right? Knowing grabbing her boobs will only ignite her perversion, Keiki remembers what grandpa said. So he fondles her butt! Did it work? She loves it even more! So satisfied that she’ll let him go today. At the end of the clean-up, Keiki picks up a porn mag. Ayano tries to let him but falls into the river. He lends his jersey to cover up. Next day, he is invited to her office. Hmm… Great atmosphere. Right temperature, nice soft music, calming tea and apple pie to boot. This is really great if this is all part of repaying her debt. Then she sits close to him and dozes off. Keiki really feels good about it. Could she be the Cinderella he has been waiting for? Then he dozes off. When he wakes up… WTF Ayano trying to take off his pants???!!! Since it has come to this she admits she has smell fetish. She likes the smell of boys and currently she likes his. It all started because he caught her. The smell of destiny. Yeah, the smell of trouble… Hence this setup was to make him sleep so she could take his undies. Her miscalculation was that she fell asleep too. She thanks him for the nice jersey and wants his underwear. More revelation that her auditing was actually to find sweaty clothes and equipment. So can she have your underwear? No!

Episode 7
In order to cement Koharu’s relationship with Shouma, Keiki suggests a double date. So which girl should he bring? Based on the process of elimination, I guess you could say that Sayuki is the lesser between the devils. At the bowling centre, Sayuki suggests a penalty game. The last person gets doodled on the face while the third placed person will do whatever the winner says. Isn’t that worst? Isn’t Sayuki rigging this? But we see Koharu an absolute bowl master and she even teaches Souma on the finer bowling points. In the end, Koharu wins, Keiki is second followed by Shouma and finally Sayuki dead last. Too bad Sayuki, today’s not your day. Koharu’s command for Shouma is to call him by his first name and you can tell he is damn happy with this. In the aftermath, Koharu and Keiki talk together. She is grateful to Keiki’s help but she knows she cannot rely on him forever. Hence she will tell the truth to Shouma. As for that photo, she already deleted long time ago and believed Keiki to be a trustworthy person. He is after all Shouma’s friend. So Koharu has Shouma walk her home. They pass by a spot where they first met a year ago. She got her straw hat stuck in the tree and he picked it for her. It was love at first sight for her and ever since she wanted to get closer to him. So when she reveals her true identity, the shock on Shouma’s face. He rejects her as he reveals his lolicon nature. Keiki then talks to Shouma about everyone has a right to love anybody but to reject someone who is just older? He is sure a piece of work. Shouma also feels bad for rejecting her. He was also starting to like Koharu when he first helped her but never realized it was her because her hair was shorter then and by that time she already became his stalker. Koharu must have bawled a lot of tears. Now Keiki goes to talk to her and before they go badmouth about lolicons, here comes Shouma trying to make things up. He’d like for them to start off as friends. But Koharu instantly rejects him and snaps about this non-committal relationship and yet he wants to keep her as reserve? GTFO! Shouma is devastated but this is her way of getting back at him for dumping her as a lolicon. Gotcha! Now they’re even and just when things are looking fine, Shouma switches on the lights in this dark room and sees all the creepy photos she has taken of him for the past year. I hope he isn’t going to go back on his words…

Episode 8
Keiki has lots on his mind about Cinderella so much so he accidentally walks in while Mizuha is changing. Is it because they’re family that the cliché moment of the girl screaming and beating up the boy didn’t happen? Later as they talk, she even asks his opinion about her panty colour and he nonchalantly replies it suits her. Knowing something is on his mind she offers to hear him out. So he asks what if he wants a girl to be his pet or become a girl’s slave or interested in underwear. All her answers are the same: Call the police! Even if he wants to fall in love?! Just kidding. She’ll support him if that happens. Soon Sayuki visits. Again, she bugs him to be her master. No way. In that case, blackmail time. Unless he does so, she’ll reveal the Shortcake series to Mizuha! Oh well, I guess petting her head and belly isn’t anything wrong. Until she pushes his face into her boobs. Do pets do that? Then Mizuha comes in. Oh dear. Emergency family meeting! I guess this will be hard to convince her who the real pervert is. As Sayuki leaves, Keiki asks if he anybody else would be suitable to be her master. Her reply is that even masochists have their own pride. Shortly, Yuika visits. Oh no. Please be my slave? No? Shortcake series blackmail. And so he is forced to dress in this Playboy bunny outfit and because she loves his face when he cannot reply if he hates her now, she gives him her panties. She trips and falls over him. Then Mizuha walks in. Oops. Emergency family meeting round 2! This is going to be harder. Shortly, it’s Mao’s turn to call. She wants him to moan sexily as she is having a writer’s block drawing that gay sh*t. Learning that she knows Sayuki and Yuika were there, I guess this was all part of the setup. Mao would love to be there but she has a deadline to beat. Then she hints something about him having a girlfriend in middle school before hanging up. Finally another talk with Mizuha. Despite calling him a pervert, she knows he loves his sister too much. Is there anything perverted in loving a sister? When Keiki returns to his room, Cinderella’s panties are missing! Gasp! Emergency meeting with Shouma and Koharu. This could only mean Cinderella never intended to leave her panties in the first place but at least he has narrowed down the suspects to Sayuki or Yuika. I guess it won’t be appropriate to go flipping skirts or take upskirt photos, eh? Keiki visits the shodo club and only Sayuki is there. He looks serious even as he asks her he will become her master. She doesn’t look surprised or ecstatic too. So he brings her out to an amusement park and claims he will be her master for the rest of the day.

Episode 9
Keiki demands absolute obedience for today. Noticing that she is concerned about her skirt, could it be that she is wearing those Cinderella pantsu? Keiki suggests a few rides so that he has a chance to see underneath her skirt but all failed. Yeah, somehow the laws of physics are strong to not flip up this girl’s skirt! At the end of the day, they have a heart to heart talk and despite Keiki not getting what he wants, at least he sees another side of Sayuki and he somewhat got closer to her. I take it he means that as a human being. She also explains why she chose him to be her master when he first joined the shodo club as she had this feeling he would accept her for who she is. While walking her home, because he still notices her being concerned about her skirt, I guess it is now or never. He should’ve did this from the start but I guess he didn’t want to sound like an absolute pervert. Until now. He orders her to lift her skirt. Very embarrassed at it, she slowly does so. To Keiki’s shock… She’s not wearing anything!!! This however doesn’t dispel the fact that Sayuki isn’t Cinderella. So it gets awkward between them in school. I wonder Keiki is still in shock with that ‘awesome’ sight. So in shodo club, Sayuki is acting very strangely and Yuika notices this. The more she tries to pry, the more suspicious she becomes. Noticing that she is some sort of trying to be patient, Yuika puts this to the test by flirting with Keiki. Sayuki holds it in and does nothing. Yuika grows more intense until Sayuki can’t take it anymore. Yuika falls on Keiki in a compromising position. With Sayuki running away from him, Keiki realizes he needs to do something. He needs to bring back her smile. So he confronts her but she complaints about him being close to Yuika. Plus, she arrives at this twisted conclusion he is playing hard to get. That must be it. Because after going commando, she was expecting him to spank her bare naked ass or something. But nothing happened. This has Keiki get straight to the point and ask if she stole the pantsu from his room. Surprisingly she admits it! Wait. What?! No way?! In fact she is wearing them now! But of course here is the twist. She lifts her skirt to reveal that she is wearing his boxers! Oh my! Is some new sick fetish going to awaken from within? Later Keiki visits Yuika’s house. While she goes to get drinks, he searches her pantsu drawer. No Cinderella pantsu here. Then he gets caught in the act. Know why she isn’t mad? Yup. She took a picture of him red-handed. I guess he’ll gladly be her slave now.

Episode 10
And so Keiki’s enslavement to Yuika begins. This makes Sayuki suspicious and she thinks Yuika is blackmailing him. The argument ends up in forcing Keiki to confess whether he likes big or small boobs. Huh? Eventually Keiki has to be true to himself and admits his love for bigger ones. While Yuika is mad but because Keiki is an obedient dog to Yuika, Sayuki ends up in tears. No rest for the slave as Keiki is called to be Yuika’s butler. However she wants the public to see them and so they go out shopping. As she takes a shower, Keiki plans to look for the Cinderella panties hit a snag when he hears Yuika’s scream. A spider in the toilet! Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. Because he saw her naked, she is going to punish him. But to show gratitude for coming to her rescue, she tells him about her beloved grandma. Grandma loved her more than anything in the world. But when she died, Yuika felt betrayed. She thought if she didn’t like anyone, she wouldn’t be hurt so much. However as we know, Keiki persistently talked to her until she opened up. Thinking back, had she really not want to talk to anybody, she wouldn’t have gone to the library or told him off then. A weird situation whereby Yuika trips onto her bed. It seems like Keiki is going to kiss her but what’s this? He finds his boxers underneath her pillow?! Busted! Oh how the tables have turned. She admits she stole it and even sniffed it! Damn… So I guess this is even. The slave thingy ends here. Keiki complains to Shouma about having a girlfriend is so tough. You think he has it tough? Wait till he hears Shouma’s complaints about stumbling into Koharu’s room filled with DVDs of him and a notebook that details his every activity. Every. Activity. Yeah. Love is so hard… And then suddenly Mao shows up and wants Keiki to be her boyfriend. Is that her terminology to become a model for her BL? Anyway, she tells him she was scouted by an editor and given a chance to write a one shot shoujo manga. As she wants to expand her horizons but has no experience in this, thus this request. After confirming he really has no girlfriend, she sits on him seductively and tells him he will become her boyfriend. She prepares to kiss him. But of course she trolls him and all this is just for reference. Now Ayano comes hugging him to recharge herself after a hard day’s work. If sniffing his sweat isn’t enough, how about unlimited supplies of his underwear? No way. To show her gratitude, she gives him tickets to the pool. Up to 5 people can be invited. She isn’t coming as the temptation of naked men might be too much. Keiki goes to invite Shouma and Koharu but looks like they’re busy. As he helps them pick up photos of Shouma that Koharu dropped, he sees a photo with a timestamp and suddenly realizes this one could be vital to prove Cinderella’s identity.

Episode 11
The usual suspects are at the pool. Don’t worry if they didn’t bring a swimsuit, Keiki has already prepared some for them! The guy knows his stuff as they look sexy and stunning in them. Don’t fight over who gets to accompany him. Because everyone is going to have their turn. Fair and square? Not like Keiki has a say either. But Keiki’s worst fears have come true because now Mizuha knows about that BL feature! Now that she is being exposed thanks to certain irresponsible parties who are probably trying to screw up Keiki’s life, Mizuha even thinks she is okay he is into men and might have found a new awakening!!! It’ll be bad if there are overlapping characters for the BL trope! Koharu seems to be hosting a swimsuit beauty contest and is looking for participants. You mean there are no other girls at this pool? And so our usual quartet participate with the ‘reward’ Keiki must obey what the winner says. Does he even have a say in this? We see the girls take turns belting out why they like a certain guy. If only they know about their weird fetish like Keiki do… Eventually the winner goes to Mizuha as she even breaks the score counter! I guess everybody loves the little sister trope.

As they wait for the bus home, Keiki talks to Mizuha privately. He apologizes beforehand and flips up her skirt! There it is! The Cinderella panties! He explains his deduction. Mizuha can be seen in the background of that photo. It is around the time Keiki was still at the clubroom. For Cinderella to be carrying around those panties all the time, it is possible for her to keep it in her bag since it is small. So after leaving the letter and panties, she hid in the locker until Keiki showed up and left. Hence this pool was part of his plan to reveal Cinderella’s identity. As it was a surprise announcement, Mizuha clearly didn’t bring an extra set. So in order to change back after the pool, being the clean freak she is, he knew she had to wear the Cinderella panties. He never suspected her because he eliminated her from the suspect pool from the start. Mizuha admits she is the one. She truly loves him and hoped the love letter would have her feelings reached him. I am assuming she loves him not in the siblings’ kind of term but of the romantic kind. Then she reminds him of their birthdays. Noticed they are only 5 months apart in the same year? Are you seeing where she is going at? And so Mizuha apologizes beforehand. A surprise kiss followed by a surprised announcement that they, wait for it, are not real siblings!!! Jenjenjeng!

Episode 12
You know it’s a dream when Keiki is married to Sayuki. Not only she is his wife but his b*tch! Pet dog b*tch! Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Because once Keiki wakes up, what’s worse than the dream? Your sister kissing you on the lips! Well, technically not blood related, so okay? Because she continues to get flirty with him, if this is how she is going to play it, he’ll run away from home! So he meets up with Shouma and Koharu to reveal the Cinderella mystery. Then it deviates to their relationship. Looks like Shouma pecked Koharu on her cheek. That’s far as they go. For now. Keiki leaves them since they’re having ‘family issues’. As Keiki forgot his wallet, luckily Mao is passing by and feeds him. Taking a break from her manga, she tells him Mizuha was pretty popular with other boys but rejected them all. Mao feels weird because she thought of getting in the way of his romance but now finds herself supporting him. Flashback shows Keiki confirming with dad that Mizuha is not blood related and adopted. So he forgot? It didn’t matter if he reminded again because they are all family. Plus, dad likes Mizuha over his own son! We hear Keiki and Mizuha narrate their own feelings. While Keiki cannot see her more than a sister, Mizuha has always seen him as a boy. Ironically she still calls him nii-san.

Keiki comes back drenched by the rain and ends up sick. Though he is in bed, he is currently being seduced by Sayuki. Can’t catch a break, huh? And then of course Yuika shows up. Instead of fighting each time they see other, they fight over him. Yeah, bad move, Keiki. Can he heal? But luckily the sister has more authority and kicks them out. Keiki manages to get his sleep as he dreams about the first time Mizuha was brought into the family. Yeah, how could he ever forget that? Then he goes talk to Mizuha to ask why and when she started falling for him. It was the first time they met. She can never forget the words he first said to her. As she lost her family in an accident and was alone, Keiki said they are going to be together forever as family. That was the clincher. How could she not fall for him after that? Thanks for always being her brother. With that, Keiki decides to keep being her brother. They also return to their normal lives. Of course some things never changed. Like perverts being perverts… Mizuha hopes he would one day date her as a lover and not a brother. So as he obliges that wish, Keiki finally discovers Mizuha’s true dark fetish secret: She is an exhibitionist! Now you understand why when Keiki enters the bathroom and sees her naked, she did not panic?! In fact, Keiki stumbles upon lots of naked Mizuha selfies! Oh sh*t! Hence the true mystery of the Cinderella panties finally answered: That day she was going commando. But after cleaning the clubroom, she felt sweaty and wanted to put them back on. However that was when Keiki returned and she had to hide. So will Keiki now accept his sister for who she is and make her his girlfriend? Sorry, no… I have a feeling he wants to stay away but he can’t because of his nii-san promise…

Love Is Pervert
I am guessing that as long as Keiki wants to have a girlfriend, the kind of girls that he attracts are perverts. Uh huh. He isn’t going to get a really normal girlfriend in life because fate seems to enjoy this cruel prank by making twisted perverted girls being attracted to him. And with that, all is well and normal in Keiki’s life. Either he dies a bachelor virgin or he succumbs and submits to one of these perverts. Yup. That’s pretty much his life. Life f*cking and screwing up for him.

It is your typical ecchi fanservice harem of the season and it is either you love it or be disappointed because it’s the same ol’ formula. A bevy of cute girls with their cliché stereotypes masked as some sort of weird fetish, check. Some kawaii pantsu shots, check. Main guy ‘dates’ each of them, check. Is that enough to satisfy what you are looking for? Then good. You’re all filled up and good to go. Otherwise, feel free to look elsewhere.

When guys are having such fetishes, they are branded as perverts and everything becomes uncomfortable and disgusting. When girls are the ones having such fetishes, it is all funny and sexy and we still get a hard on. Wow double standards. But we don’t care. Only new wave feminists might start complaining how we sexualize these girls as sex objects. But whatever, I don’t give a f*ck. Anyway, the girls having these weird perverted fetishes are the so called formula in making this series funny as well as giving it its much needed fanservice. You have a busty senior who wants to be a submitted slave. You have a flat washboard junior who wants to dominate others. You must always have that classmate who is into BL and a fujoshi. And last but not least, you can’t leave out your loving little sister trope. Oh wait. Plot twist! We’re not related! Yeah, saw that coming by a mile too. You mean we won’t have incest now???!!! Where’s the twisted fun in not f*cking your own imouto???!!! Haha. Just kidding. Obviously. I bet Mizuha could make a killing being an Instagram model or do soft porn… But I am sure nii-san won’t allow it…

Despite all their reasonable (although some may be considered as twisted) reasons, Keiki still entertains them and because of him accommodating others easily, this is a main reason why these girls don’t give up on him. You won’t find any other guys in school as obliging as him. Though, he still has his own line that he won’t cross. Because he certainly won’t become somebody’s master, he certainly won’t become somebody’s slave and he certainly won’t become the model of a gay subject. Other guys would have run away but this guy, yeah we’re still friends despite being weirdoes. He won’t abandon them because who else will they have? That very same kindness came to bite him back in the ass because he has to put up with these shenanigans. So it’s a race to his heart! Or his libido. May the best pervert win! And that’s why Keiki falls into that trap of being the typical clichéd main character. He’s got a harem but they are all twisted and have ulterior motives that result in him having to suffer a lot more rather than enjoy. Ah, the drawbacks of being such a generic main character. But the only thing ‘unique’ about him is his given name as Keiki. Feels like it is for that short convenience BL joke.

When Mizuha was revealed to be the Cinderella, it didn’t come to me as a surprise because I always suspected her from the start. I mean, after a few episodes in, there are subtle tell-tale signs that she could be the culprit. Because you know, Keiki has been focusing so much on the terrible trio of either Sayuki, Yuika or Mao that he failed to suspect the fourth which is his own sister. I guess you can say this was just right under his nose. As a normal guy, you can’t blame him for never suspecting his own sister. She is the only one who has free access to his room any time in the first place. Also, he is an idiot for conveniently forgetting his sister was adopted in the first place. HOW COULD HE EVEN FORGET???!!! Maybe Mizuha is being so sisterly sister that it feels like though as she was there the whole time. Yeah, convenient plot twist reveal. In any case, the biggest hint is watching the opening credits animation in which the quartet are shown to be the main running contenders to be Keiki’s harem (though Sayuki and Yuika are the front runners). And of course based on this too, I can tell that Koharu and Ayano are just ‘trolls’ and distractions and not part of the main harem. Uh huh. Having 6 girls in your harem is already too much and breaking the normal harem quota of 2-4 girls.

Art and animation feel pretty average although it hovers around mediocrity. Because of the somewhat light shading, is it me or do I find the characters to look mostly one kind. Not only that, I think I have seen them somewhere from other animes. Like Koharu who has this striking resemblance to Sagiri of Eromanga-sensei fame while Yuika while Mizuha could have been ripped off from Hinako Note’s Chiaki and Yuika looks like a petite version of Go-toubun No Hanayome’s Yotsuba (must be the hair ribbon). Long black haired Japanese girls seem like a dime a dozen but I can only think of Senran Kagura’s Ikaruga whom Sayuki looks similar to. In fact, doesn’t Keiki and his harem’s design copy off the one from Saenai Heroine No Sodatekata?! Wow. Look at the striking resemblance… A black long haired beauty, the blonde with an attitude and the short haired ‘normal’ girl. Wow… And finally Ayano… Is this how Rem and Ram of Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu looks like without their maid outfit?! This anime is collaborated by Geek Toys (RErideD: Tokigoe No Derrida) and Seven (Danna Ga Nani Wo Itteriru Ka Wakaranai Ken, Joshikausei, Nobunaga-sensei No Osanazuma, Okusama Ga Seitokaichou and Ousama Game).

The voice acting is pretty decent (oh the irony) and the only seiyuus I recognized are Hiro Shimono as Keiki (I guess he isn’t as smooth as his character Keima in The World God Only Knows) and Ayana Taketatsu as Sayuki. The rest of the other casts are Rina Hidaka as Yuika (Last Order in To Aru Majutsu No Index), Iori Nomizu as Mao (Yoshino in Date A Live), Kaede Hondo as Mizuha (titular character in Tejina-senpai), Ayaka Ohashi as Koharu (Saaya in BanG Dream), Keisuke Koumoto as Shouma (Raul in Yuushibu) and Anzu Haruno as Ayano (Mafuyu in Blend S).

I was so damn cocksure that the opening theme, Daisuki was sung by Ayana Taketatsu. Unfortunately, I was way off the mark. It was Ayaka Ohashi. I couldn’t really believe and had to listen to the song a few times over again. What do you mean this isn’t Ayana Taketatsu’s voice?! Doesn’t she sound like that?! Behold my unbeliever boy, it’s right there in the credits too. Damn, I guess I can’t argue with that. Oh, and the song itself? Nah, just your generic lively anime pop music. Not bad and a fitting piece for this series but not something I would be addicted to. The ending theme is Mubyuu No Hana by Mia Regina. A rather okay slow ballad if I must say.

Overall, this is just a pretty average and mediocre series. You only watch this if you are interested in the fanservice and some of the twisted fetish jokes. After all, this is what this series is all about, right? Certainly not the worst ecchi fanservice series out there because nobody tops Ore Ga Suki Nano Wa Imouto Dakedo Imouto Ja Nai ever since! Yeah, that series has become the benchmark of being just awfully bad. At the end of the day, each and every one of us has some sort of fetish or obsession. That’s how we get by life. The question of how tolerable and acceptable society perceives it to be. Then again, when you are truly in love, you accept the person for who they are. The flaws and imperfections are the actual reasons why you love that person. You accept the whole package as it is. But still, nobody loves a pervy middle aged otaku guy who likes hot sexy 2D anime girls :’(.

Joshikousei No Mudazukai

November 2, 2019

Finally after all these years, Danshi Koukousei No Nichijou has a female version to answer to. Folks, we present to you Joshikousei No Mudazukai AKA Wasteful Days Of High School Girls. And just like the title suggests, it is nothing but a bunch of high school girls wasting away, erm, I mean having fun with their high school life with all the idiotic antics and shenanigans. If the former series was too gay for you and lack any feminine touch, this should do the trick. Oh yeah. Did I mention that all of the female casts have such lovely nicknames taken after their most prolific trait for us to remember them by? Uh huh. No long ass tongue twisting names that would confuse our tiny brains. So is this another one of those ubiquitous cute girls doing cute things? Not exactly. More like weird girls doing weird things to be exact!

Episode 1
First day of high school. Nozomu Tanaka, Akane Kikuchi and Shiori Saginomiya are once again in the same class. Unfortunately for Nozomu, her dream is to be popular with boys and she realized too late that she just enrolled in an all-girls’ school! Damn. Their homeroom teacher is Masataka Sawatari. He gives his class a warning first. He is only into college girls. And all those ranting about the laws and men’s lives being ruined because of relationship with the under-aged thingy, blah, blah, blah. Yeah, everybody is starting to dislike him. Nozomu is so desperate to find a guy that she bugs this chuunibyou girl, Minami Yamamoto to introduce her to one. She doesn’t know any men. Only some Dragonia race… WTF… Then she bugs this petite girl who is conscious about her stature, Saku Momoi. I can let you ride me if you introduce me to a guy… WTF… Finally, Kanade Ninomae… Damn, she’s getting very technical and serious. But still no guys introduced. WTF… And then Nozomu gets frustrated because everyone has character and gives them nicknames like Loli (Saku), Yamai (Minami), Majime (Kanade), Robo (Shiori), Akane (Wota) and Waseda (Sawatari). Hence she tries to have her own nickname but I guess Minor Character or Nudist Family isn’t going to cut it. While taking supplementary lessons, she avoids doing any maths question and instead thinks about her future with no guys. Then she hit some sort of twisted inspiration. Maybe she didn’t realize she was that popular with boys! So is she going to interrogate her old male classmates? And then another problem… What if all the guys like her?! What would she do?! Oh dear. Big problem. Then she thinks she really wants a fateful encounter and goes on to list all the cliché and silly stuffs like childhood friend, etc. Each time, the punch line is that the guy calls her an interesting woman. Finally her friends realize the perfect nickname for her. No, it’s not Interesting Woman. It’s Baka. And she lives up to that name as she blabs about them being in their peak right now and if they don’t do their best now, they won’t get boyfriends in the future. It took her a while for the friends’ comment to impact her. Yeah, she’s the lowest of the lowest…

Episode 2
Wota tries to get inspiration to be a mangaka. But instead of starting now, she goes to sleep. That dream is harder to and harder achieve… Baka tries to bug Yamai and remove her clothes? It’s probably to see what kind of pantsu she is wearing. Whether it is normal or not. Baka, Wota and Robo are sharing some cereal snack and down to the last one. Hence begin their deliberation on who should get it. It turns out to be one big argument about the order of rock-scissors-paper. Eventually a struggle and the cereal drops on the ground. Everybody’s a loser. Yup, moral of the story, we shouldn’t be fighting among ourselves! Wota has Robo see the manga she has drawn because she knows too well that Baka will make fun of it. But Robo’s comments are too harsh. But it’s a fact. Then we see her dream of a strange magical girl dream. Her love cannot bend his knees? WTF?! Yeah, it’s that bad. I guess back to bed. Continue dreaming… Whenever Wota hears or sees her favourite anime, her face will transform into such cute quality. Then she is brought back to reality when she sees Waseda talking to another teacher as she imagines some weird BL sh*t between them. WTF?! Wota continues to find motivation to do her manga. She finds an old manga she drew when she was young. Going through it all over again, she finds it really weird. Bad drawing, inconsistent pacing and story are among all the other things that made no sense. Oh yeah. Those were the carefree days. I guess you are your own worst critic. In the end, she tries to use this as motivation for her current manga. Her character still doesn’t have bended knees, though… Waseda catches Yamai and wants an explanation why she scribbled on her test paper. Something about a cat from another world that needs to be rescued and hence practising her special move? Since she’s not listening, he plays along. What makes her the chosen one? Yeah, those moles on her arm are supposed to be some dragon constellation? But this still doesn’t remove the fact that she failed her test! Don’t run away! Get back here!

Episode 3
To avoid being looked down, Loli acts like a delinquent. However she still gets tricked by Baka to go see Waseda who didn’t call her. In turn she is made to call Baka for something. When Loli tries to put her down that Santa won’t give her presents, this has Baka and friends sympathizing over her. Still believe in Santa, huh? But back home, Loli is the cutest angel ever since she loves her grandma a lot. She goes to do errands on grandma’s behalf but keeps stumbling into Baka and co. Everywhere! Even in the next town! So much so when Baka spots her, she tries to force her to keep them company. Don’t talk and follow strangers, remember that’s what grandma always said. When her other friends too want to leave, Baka throws a tantrum and lies on the floor and won’t move. Not even using the janitor to peel her off worked. Oh well, let her be. As Loli has not enough money, she has to put back an item. It is meat to make hamburger. Hence she starts crying grandma will hate her for not being reliable. But don’t worry. Grandma isn’t mad at all and can somehow make the hamburger. In class, Baka sees Wota so focused. Must be thinking of BL, huh? So when Waseda calls her out for spacing out and to say what’s on her mind, she says Wota thinking about BL. Of course Wota freaks out and an argument ensues. Baka spots Loli’s grandma at school. She is here to give Loli her forgotten gym clothes. Baka helps her up the stairs. Bad enough she has no strength to carry her up, she realizes her shoe laces is untied! Trying to tie them without bending your knees? Luckily no big incident. Wanting to hear an interesting story from Loli, grandma says when she was 8 years old, she was supposed to go to Germany with her parents but didn’t want to so as to accompany grandma here. She is a kind little girl but doesn’t know how to rely on others. But there is a first time for everything. Loli manages to ask other students to lend her a set of gym clothes. Loli thinks it is blackmail when Baka hints she heard some juicy stories from grandma. Grandma is happy to see them get along and hopes they could take care of her. When Yamai is at the toilet, she hears the weirdest and scariest sound from the next cubicle. Although she is scared, the truth is that Robo was just taking a really huge dump.

Episode 4
Majime narrates despite being popular with other girls, she has always been captivated by Robo because of her mysterious aura. Her goal is to be friends with her but so far she has not seen any success. But observing Baka who could easily come up to talk to her like nothing, hence she decides to observe Baka to find the solution that will make her approachable. Not sure if watching Baka eat the entire Pocky sticks from Loli and making her cry is one of those. Waseda warns Baka that if she fails 3 subjects, it is either she’ll get supplementary classes or a crew cut. He’s serious. Time to push the panic button. Hence Baka goes to bug Majime to lend her notes. She’ll give a few fried chicken pieces in return! Her point in borrowing the notes is that if she fails, she can show she had all these notes, hence the teacher will reconsider. WTF?! After all the bugging, Majime relents. Majime realizes there is a chance for her to speak to Robo. Because she commented on fried chicken, Robo thinks she is a fried chicken fanatic. Thus Majime is now distraught of being a freak in Robo’s eyes. She tries to go through her notes but realizes she accidentally lent them to Baka! Oh no! On the day of the test, Majime is surprised Baka didn’t turn up. Well, she turned up late. With a crew cut! At least a wig. Oh well, it’s supplementary classes for her. After the test, Baka returns the notes to her. She claims she didn’t read it because the moment she saw all those words, her head started spinning so she stopped. Thank goodness! Phew! On a rainy day, Majime is stuck with Robo when they leave school. Trying to muster up something to talk, however Robo decides to go because she can’t wait for the rain to stop. So Majime lends her umbrella instead and claims she loves getting drench in the rain. Interesting girl? More like high level freak… Yeah, now Majime is sick… Who knows how long Yamai has been stuck up the trick because birds are building a nest in her hoodie! With Majime passing by, instead of asking to be rescued, she spouts all those chuunibyou crap. Of course Majime can’t let her be and brings her down and she is impressed the way she jumps down is like from an anime. Waseda confiscates anything illegal his students brought to class. Robo doesn’t mind he confiscate her bacteria. Just don’t expose them to air or else. Okay… You can have them back…

Episode 5
Lily Someya is a new transfer student in class. Definitely another weirdo as she says she hates men and likes women. Proof of her androphobia is when a man touches her, she will break out in hives. But when Baka touches her, WTF she breaks out in hives?! This has Lily wondering if she is a man. Then on a crowded train, circumstances have them pinned together. Hence in class she puts a tall tissue box border between them. She gets irked when Baka eats her smelly natto before her. Lily rushes out and accidentally touches Waseda. Scream fest. I guess a seat change is in order. Lily observes the several groups like the posh ones, the studious ones, the normal ones and those uncategorized. Yeah, that’s you Baka and co. She mixes with the normal ones as she wants to use them to raise her popularity since they keep praising about her. Then she sees Majime reject a confession. Using this opportunity to toy with her, she even hints she knows she is keeping an observation diary on Baka that could be for somebody else. Embarrassed Majime goes up very close to her and hopes she will keep this a secret. Lily realized she has been played into her hands as she was expecting a kiss from this situation. But saved by the bell? Next, she tries to talk with Loli and learns her misconception where babies come from comes from no other than Baka. Confronting Baka about it, an argument ensues so Baka is going to tell Loli straight. Yeah, she’s going to do that. Lily forcefully stops her and that means touching her to keep her mouth shut. Later Baka confronts Lily about thinking her as a man and proposes other situations too like a cross-dresser, a baby male, a cat male, a bullfrog male, a male statue and a flower stamen. Hence Robo comes up with an experiment. Lily will be blindfolded and they will randomly touch her hand. If she breaks into hives, then her phobia is genuine. Otherwise it is all in her mind. So the first 2 felt pretty normal. Nothing happening. When the third hand touches her, she feels so gross and thinks it is some bullfrog or something. Yup, she breaks into hives. Genuine phobia. Baka realizes she is a bullfrog… Waseda calls Yamai about the need to choose between science or humanities. But she drags out her chuunibyou drama for god knows what so he decides to call her parents to talk. It just took her 2 seconds to choose humanities.

Episode 6
Baka trying to be the king of stink by eating expired bread? Kohaku Kujou approaches them and hopes they can be friends with her elder sister, Hisui AKA Majo. You see, the occult loving sister has communications problems and has been skipping classes, giving excuses she has no friends. At this rate she will be expelled. That’s why Kohaku needs a favour from them to be her friends. With Baka agreeing to it, Kohaku tricks Majo to come here. Of course she tries to run away but with the girls agreeing to do whatever paranormal hunt, she must first come to school tomorrow. And so she did. She also cut her hair and make it into wreaths as token of their friendship. Forever. Scary… Because Kohaku told her to not always talk about the occult and go with those cute and girly things if she wants to have friends, then she had to bump into Yamai… Of course this chuunibyou thinks she is hiding something when Majo tries to be normal. Majo also tries to interact with others but it didn’t go too well. Just when Robo gives some good friendship advice, Baka had to ruin it as she doesn’t want a gloomy situation. The sisters are going to watch a romantic movie. Loli is also there. Awkward at first but they get along. Majo and Loli are reeling from the ‘horrifying’ romantic movie. Too much love! Too much cuteness! To improve her friendship, Majo creates some lottery ladder game to pick how her friends will die! Baka goes ahead and play… Beaten to death… When Majo is on cleaning duty, Yamai who has been stalking her finally shows herself in hopes she could reveal her secret. The way Majo says she loves the occult and blood, gives Yamai the creepers as she thinks she is some killer! Then Majo drops that lottery ladder paper. Oh sh*t. Yamai quickly throws it away and gets the hell out of there. Note to self. Do not piss off Majo! Later Majo hangs out with her friends. Loli also there. It seems their friendship is working out. She won some chocolate lottery and will never forget this taste. Hence she preserves this wrapper in a jar like everything else!!! On another day, Majo invites Loli to a movie. A horror movie! Is Loli dead? Robo also creates a similar lottery ladder for Baka to play. The catch? All of the results are face mites!

Episode 7
Waseda brings Yamai in as he notices she has more bandages than before. After bribing some sweets and some weird chuunibyou crap, she reveals some of them are to be rashes. Caused by the bandages. He fears she might have slit her wrist but turns out she drew a horrible wristwatch. And the ‘worst’ is her forehead. Because it’s all pimples… Waseda then realizes it isn’t the physical illness that is worst… The one in her head… On a weekend, Yamai goes to the arcade and sees a plushie she wants and plays the crane game. Failed. She thinks of waiting for other couples to fail so she could have an easier time getting it. Well, they got it at first go! Even the staff pities her and puts it in the easiest possible way. However she still fails! Then here comes Majime to help her out. She too gets it at first go. WTF is some sort of yuri romance blossoming? Because Yamai wants to take a commemorative photo of this event. Turns out she’s an attention seeker so she posts that photo online to get likes. Yamai tries to wear a different coloured contact lens. If only she didn’t close her eye, that’s why she can’t get it in… But thanks to that, the infection causes her to have a bloodshot eye. In the infirmary, the school nurse, Shiikyon gives her wear an eye-patch. Shiikyon might regret having Yamai to talk her because it’s that chuunibyou crap all the way. Hence to get her out, Shiikyon also fakes some chuunibyou BS. That worked. Later Yamai orders a gas mask and brings it to school. Of course Waseda confiscates it but it seems the idiots are in sync. Hence Yamai passes it to Baka to make a run while she holds Waseda back. But shortly, Baka gives up because she isn’t sure what a gas mask is. Later Yamai sees Shiikyon trying it for size? And Majo explaining how it was from a fallen vengeful soldier and she wanted to exorcise it. That’s all the drama she can take for today. One day on her way to school, Yamai got herself stuck in a picture cut-out hole. Of course Baka comes by and laughs at her before joining her. Two stuck girls. Because Yamai needs to go to the toilet, they have no choice but to drag all the way to school. So once Waseda sees them, he takes a few selfies before cutting them out. During the award presentation, Yamai and Baka are trying to outdo each other as the last clap. Of course it gets more awkward and everyone starts to notice. Baka being Baka, she eventually starts clapping when everyone is done and is taken away by Waseda. Not sure what Yamai understood in that because she also did the same thing and got the same treatment.

Episode 8
Baka thinks of winning the raffles to go on an overseas trip. Unfortunately this isn’t like the manga. Tissues. More tissues. And a piggy bank. So disappointing… When Robo tells of a scary story how a girl got barnacles growing in her bra, Baka hatches a plan. Yeah, she starts to sell them online! Too bad, site taken down in 3 minutes! Report!!! Baka then bugs Lily on how to attract guys so she mentions about the 5 S’s. Then everyone starts to give their own silly interpretation of what it stands for. Baka remembers the school has a swimming pool on the roof so why isn’t anybody using it? Well, some ping pong club member died and it was closed off. Then they proceed to talk more about the school’s urban legends, freaking the hell out of Loli. Late that night, Lily spots Loli wandering alone. It seems she forgot her handphone but is too scared to return to get it. Lily accompanies her but with the ulterior intention of enjoying every time fearful Loli squeezes her tightly. They pass through several scary urban legends but they turn out to be false alarms. Like that moaning from the toilet turns out to be Majime stuck because the lock broke and everyone was scared to approach the cubicle. Then there is also Majo trying to do summoning of an old ghost since she didn’t understand history class. That piercing stare from the window? Just Yamai stuck on the tree. After getting Loli’s handphone, they hear strange ping pong noises on the roof. Could it be the ghost of that ping pong club member? Nah. Baka and co playing ping pong to put the spirit to rest. They already got permission from Waseda so why not take a night swim! Conveniently, there are new swimsuits, enough for the other girls to put on and join in the splashing fun. What a time of their life. Next day as Baka heads for supplementary class, she is shocked to see the pool in a dilapidated state. So what they heck was last night?! Oh sh*t!!!!! Then it turns out to be one elaborated horror story told by Baka. Yeah, should have seen this coming when you saw Baka had big boobs to boot. That is the real scary story…

Episode 9
Loli sees a weak boy being bullied but when she tries to tell them off, they mistake her for a kindergarten kid because she has no boobs. Because of that, Loli seeks the help of Lily, Wota and Majime on how to make her boobs bigger. She doesn’t understand why big boobs have their downfalls too but hell she doesn’t understand Lily’s advice to show boobs off embarrassingly. So the best answer is to go shopping for a bra. Thanks to Lily’s advice, Loli now looks she has boobs wearing a B-cup. Now she can tell those bullies off. The moment she does so, they run away in fear because they thought her stomach has a secret weapon. Huh? It seems her strapless bra has sagged down to her stomach! Poor Loli. She went crying to grandma… In hopes of making a fashion change, Loli did something that has the class trying to hold in their laughter. Baka can’t stand it and wants to tease her for her huge eyebrows but Lily stops her. I guess she too can’t contain her laughter. She learns that as Loli was trying to look more fashionable and mature, she accidentally cut her eyebrows so she painted over it to cover her mistakes. Hence with Majime, they head to Loli’s house in this so called fashion study group. Loli is given lots of makeover that it is amazing that Lily manage to hold back her inner beast and not rape her. Next they head to Majime’s house and her mom can’t stop pinching cute Loli’s cheeks. When she finds Lily oh so pretty, Lily prepares to give her a kiss?! WTF?! Luckily, nothing yuri happened. Lily is appalled at Majime’s boyish fashion sense and proceeds to give her some decent makeover. In the end, Majime and Loli are grateful to their fashion master but Lily has had her lovely feel of feeling up Loli and molesting Majime’s boobs so the payoff’s worth it. Next day when Lily tries to be more fashionable by herself, she did another faux pas that has the class trying to hold back their laughter. Yeah, she cut her bangs too much that she looks like a kokeshi doll. Oh dear. Back to crying to grandma… Granny, give me your bangs!!! Loli so desperate…

Episode 10
The list is out for the classes the students will be streaming in. Except for Baka. Because she won’t be pigeonholed and choose science or liberal arts! This somehow leads to an argument with Wota because of their test scores. With Baka mad, Robo gives her something to do and every time she completes it, it is that feeling of happiness. Until to a point Baka and Wota are back to friends again! Of course Robo explains the psychological trick to let one who is mad to be distracted with a new task and produce feeling of pleasure when one completes it. Since Baka is truly an idiot, this is easy. On the train, Takahashi has secret crush on Robo. He overanalyses everything she says and thinks into something beautiful while mocking her friends the idiot and retorting master. Soon he turns into a stalker but he isn’t just content with watching her. Summing up his courage to talk to her, eventually she lends him a book she is reading. Uhm, Why Is My Friend’s House Smelly? Loli and Majime are shocked that Baka and Robo are fighting! OMG! This has never happened before. Hence Baka tells the story of how the 3 of them were in the same elementary school but started to go to different middle schools. On their last middle school year, they started hanging out together again and they were shocked to hear Robo who was a smart girl wanted to go to the same school as them. She told them off not to decide her life for her. It was the first time she was emotional. Later she learnt Robo was alone and had no friends because she was weird and people avoided her. So it’s a blessing that they ended up in this school, right? So why were they fighting? Actually Baka accidentally smashed Robo’s petri dish that contained her pet microorganism. Did you waste your time hearing that story? Oh, I thought it was a pretty nice friendship story. But of course that fight won’t stay long and they’re back as friends. Takahashi returns the book to Robo with pretence to confess. But he chickens out and talks about his friend, Aoyama’s smelly house instead. So it boils down to friendship issues and some childhood friend girl? Wota and Baka think if Robo gets a boyfriend, maybe he will have cool guys to introduce to them. Suddenly Aoyama who has been eavesdropping, jumps out and hugs his best friend! Not into this gay moment… She gives Takahashi and odour meter. So later her friends ask her about her prospects of Robo dating Takahashi. She would be interested if he becomes a candidate for her anti-aging DNA manipulation experiment! Meanwhile Waseda confronts Yamai about not handing in her notes. She starts rapping a diss track. To put it shortly, she forgot her bag while she was eating at the ramen store. So this rapping was just some stylish way to apologize?

Episode 11
Wota is having a writer’s block so she listens to her favourite artist to wind down, Teishotoku P. She really loves this dudes and imagines meeting him one day. Of course as we have seen the last time, his real identity is Waseda. And this current song she is listening to, it was inspired of his trip to a barber who only talked about cats and dogs! Boy, that sure made him mad thinking back about it. Wota as a big fan even uploads herself singing it and Waseda hears it. Damn, those unwanted memories. As Waseda is at a doujin event trying to sell his CDs, he realizes that Wota is coming to see him and that is when he connects the dots that she is that girl who uploaded sang a cover of his song. In fear he would disappoint her, he disguises himself and tries not to talk much so as not to give himself away. Wota is ecstatic to see him, the usual biggest fan quotes of loving your songs, etc. Then she starts going off topic about how his songs helped her in manga and also mending friendship. It is getting awkward so she leaves. Waseda wonders if it is right to deceive her like this but the next door seller tells him to go after her (after some weird food metaphors). Waseda catches up to Wota and reveals himself and the truth. She is in shock and realizes all his love for Teishotoku P was directed at her teacher! Super embarrassing! She wants to die! However Waseda adds that it is because of people like her who like his songs, this allowed him to continue writing music. For that he is grateful. It is a gloomy atmosphere for Wota back home. She still can’t believe Teishotoku P is him. Heartbreak. How can she face him in school now? But as she continues to hear his songs, this gives her the motivation not to give up and heads back to work on her manga. In school, they’re cool with each other. Like as though that never happened.

Episode 12
Majo receives a bad premonition of Baka. I guess reality is hitting hard. Waseda warns she must pass the upcoming exams or risk being held back a year. Guess what? She laughs it off and even thinks her sleeping method is some special way to study! Heck, Baka even giving up on actually passing the exams?! Wota isn’t going to allow that and forcefully becomes her Spartan mentor. Study!!! Majime even helps out with her unorthodox, uhm, storytelling method? Yeah, not working either. When it seems that she is progressing nicely, then after she takes a dump, she forgets everything!!! WTF?! What kind of brain she has???!!! Because her friends are really going to get serious in making her study again, Baka has had it. She gives up on being a high school girl! Baka has been absent for 3 days and this worries her pals. They soon find that she is working at a pig farm. When they go visit, they see her happily talking to the pigs. She named them after her friends. Yeah… When Baka spots them for real, she gets surprised and insists she won’t go back to studying. However Wota claims things hasn’t been the same without her. Who will be there to make her comebacks? Even Robo thinks there is no meaning to attend this school without her! After all that heart tugging, it’s easy to bring this idiot back. Well, if she didn’t go hug the pigs… Although Baka is back, all studying methods still didn’t help. On the day of the exams, it looks like she is close to dying. But don’t worry, Majo comes flying in to let her drink some elixir that changes fate! Tastes horrible… Almost lethal… Her eyes are turning red and she’s coughing blood! Is she gonna be okay???!!! Well, Waseda watching knows that Baka will be alright. In the passing the exam sense, that is. But he knows the real problem now is Yamai… Don’t you turn your back on me, young lady. Miraculously, Yamai also passed and with Baka they’re in the same class. However Yamai thinks they’re in a parallel dimension because everyone else looks different. You won’t fool us. Because they’re in the wrong class as Waseda drags them back.

Youth Is Wasted On The Young
Ah… Everybody gets to be in the same class for the next year. What a happy ending. I’m sure class would be as lively or even livelier with such idiots around. Uh huh. Seeing that short period in the final episode whereby Baka wasn’t around, everything is so quiet and peaceful but it doesn’t feel right! Don’t you see, Baka! You’re the most important person ever! Without you, life would be so boring and meaningless! You make life worthwhile! Your presence is everything! So don’t you again dare leave everybody by staying behind and let everyone move forward! The future is always idiotic!

Lacking any sort of story plot whatsoever, as usual this kind of anime relies on how well the characters play their part to be ‘lovable’ in our eyes. Quirky as they may be, I suppose I have seen so many such series in the same genre throughout the years that I am somewhat numb to it all. Yes, there are some funny moments but that comes with the package and so a ‘veteran’ like me, it is all expected. Nothing really surprising. Hence the episodes divided into a few skits are palatable to see each of the characters doing their antics.

You’ve got the resident idiot AKA Baka who lives up to her nickname and role because this series would have been a whole lot subdued and not funny at all without her antics. She is responsible for a big majority of stupidity and the formula of what makes this series funny. Otherwise nobody would get Robo’s bland monotonous remarks (you might even wonder if they are even jokes in the first place), Majime is too serious to be even funny herself, Yamai’s chuunibyou might be painful-cum-cringe-worthy to watch and everyone mistaking Loli for a kindergarten kid would become a very boring running joke that we could see coming from miles away. Majo feels like the fringe member of the main casts and is often so MIA most of the time and her jokes in trying to be sociable (or forced to be one) fall flat. So never change, Baka. You might be an idiot but you’re everyone’s favourite idiot! Oh, that’s a compliment for your information.

Therefore you can’t help each time to be flabbergasted and dumbfounded by the things that Baka is going to say. So much so, Wota her natural rebuke machine tries not to give her a chance to say her ‘philosophical thinking’ because at the end of the day, it would still be crap. The questions she posed at first might give rise to some thinking but then when the logic behind it is revealed, it is just as dumb and a stupid question indeed. I guess there are only things that real idiots can think off. Maybe Baka just wants some attention. That’s why she is such a good troublemaker-cum-simpleton. Maybe it’s not because she wants to ask stupid questions but rather who cares enough to stop her? Nah! She’s not that sophisticated! You might want to have second thoughts when she starts off saying, “Hey, do you want to hear something amazing?!”. Depends if you’re going to make me laugh or cringe… Or both…

Waseda is the most ‘pitiful’ character since he is having it tough as a teacher trying to put up with some of the troubled girls. Especially Baka and Yamai who are serial offenders. You got to give it to this guy for still being calm although you can hear his inner thoughts that he is this close to losing his sh*t. His poker face rebuke says a lot. The pressure he has to deal with these idiots, one after another. The kind of deadpan look that says, “I wish I wasn’t here doing this sh*t” or “Somebody please take me away from this hell…”. After all, the only way to beat idiots is to beat them at the very own game they play. And now he is going to continue to be the homeroom teacher for these idiots in their second year? His patience game must be very strong…

All in all, the characters do live up to their nicknames that they have been given. Except for Lily. I wonder why she is such an exception. Is it because she is the prettiest? Then why not call her Bijin? I think that would rub Baka the wrong way because you know her idiotic character. But perhaps because her role leans towards lesbianism, it could be that Yuri could have been a fitting nickname for it. However Lily is the English name for Yuri so I guess there’s the subtlety.

For the voice acting department, the one that noticeably stands out is Haruka Tomatsu as Wota. That’s because due to her character, she’s like trying to sound like a loud retard. I’m not insulting her whatsoever because she sounds damn funny whenever she goes loud in this mode. Usually when she is retorting Baka’s antics or get excited about her otaku stuffs. It’s been quite a while since I have heard her going into this overdrive voice mode. Kudos to her. The other one who stands out is Maria Naganawa as Loli (Kanmuri in Slow Start). I don’t know how to put this but she sounds really weird trying to sound as a loli. It makes her sound kinda fake because her voice sounds somewhat muffled. Other recognizable seiyuus include Aki Toyosaki as Robo (not her first emotionless character attempt, somewhat reminds me a bit of Re: Creator’s Altair but without all that evilness) and Satomi Satou as Lily.

The other casts include Chinatsu Akasaki as Baka (Yasuna in Kill Me Baby), Rie Takahashi as Majime (Emilia in Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu), Miyu Tomita as Yamai (titular character in Gabriel Dropout), Mao Ichimichi as Majo (Bada in ClassicaLoid), Reina Ueda as Kohaku (Akane in SSSS.Gridman), Kazuyuki Okitsu as Waseda (Hisui in K) and Kaori Nazuka as Shiikyon (Chelsea in Akame Ga Kill). In line with the crazy and nonsensical pace of this series, the opening theme fits it perfectly like the glove. Wa! Moon! Dass! Cry! By the trio behind Baka, Robo and Wota sing this crazy hip hop piece and one part of the aesthetic visuals itself is creatively crazy. The song might not by near any one of favourites for the season of the year but it is ‘catchy’ enough to do a little jiggle before watching the episode proper. The same trio sing the ending theme, Seishun No Reverb. Just a slow piece and nothing that spectacular. Which also feels a bit odd seeing all the craziness that happened in the episode, then this somewhat ‘calming’ piece. I guess that’s enough craziness for one episode.

Art and animation look clean and simple. Nothing really controversial except maybe the fact that I think I am a bit paranoid with Wota’s character design. It might just be a big coincidence but not only she looks suspiciously close to Shizuku from Tonari No Kaibutsu-kun, but they have the same voice actress too. Suspicious… Very suspicious… This anime is animated by Passione who did High School DxD Hero, Citrus, Hinako Note and Rokka No Yuusha.

Overall, there is nothing much for me to say for this series. Rather okay and enjoyable for the season. A pass. Nothing extraordinary or ground breaking. Just another one of those ubiquitous cute girls doing cute things. Oops, make that weird girls doing weird things. If you like Asobi Asobase and Nichijou, this series is right down your alley. Funny and charming characters to tickle your funny bone for the season without any confusing plot and the need to follow up on the story so far. We might all laugh at them for doing silly things but please bear in mind that you are only young once in your lifetime. For better or worse, the only time when you can do all those silly stuffs is when you are young and energetic. That by itself isn’t technically a waste of time. Maybe just a waste of energy.

Is your crotch itching right now? Studies show that men often think a lot more of sex per day on average. Even it shows so, that doesn’t mean that women do not think of the same. Thinking less about sex doesn’t mean that they don’t think at all. After all, we’re just humans and it is just plain human nature to think about sex, right? Yeah, we’re all just walking horny beasts. Anyway, when you’re that age hitting puberty, thoughts of sex especially about the opposite gender would most probably skyrocket. Hence Araburu Kisetsu No Otome-domo Yo is a story about a group of young high school girls curious on the topic of love and sex. Not to say they are horny and wet as f*ck, but there are some things that you just can’t (ironically) decently learn in school and textbooks. Navigating and fumbling their way through love and lust would probably lead to a lot of weird and bizarre situations and moments but nothing beats hands on experience learning, right? Sort of.

Episode 1
The literature club girls are reading passages from an erotic novel. Sure this is not a sex club disguised as a pseudo literature club? The only popular girl in club among the boys is Niina Sugawara. President Rika Sonezaki seems like a stuck up b*tch, Hitoha Kongou gives off this mysterious aura while Kazusa Onodera and Momoko Sudou are just plain. Really plain. Kazusa has a neighbour and childhood friend, Izumi Norimoto whom is very popular among girls. Because of this relatively closeness, other jealous girls badmouth behind Kazusa’s back that she hogs Izumi. Kazusa continues to have trouble as she discovers new erotic meanings and terms used in sex. I guess now she knows what deflowering means… As the literature club girls discuss another new released book of an author, suddenly Niina announces she wants to have sex. I mean, she really wants sex. The D. True penetration! What’s the rush? You still have a long life ahead, no? What do you mean you don’t have much time left???!!! Kazusa seeks some explanation but she’s even pretty enigmatic about that. This greatly affects Rika a lot so when she overhears some girls talking about doing it with some boys, she blows her top. Naturally the bad girls dare fight her but the boys put an end to this. No use fighting over someone who isn’t pretty. This leaves Rika red faced. Until Shun Amagi says otherwise. He thinks she is pretty but everyone else thinks he is joking. This makes Rika wondering if he is making fun of her. Back to Kazusa, now she hears girls wanting to steal Izumi’s virginity. That evening, mom send her over to deliver some food to him. Nobody’s home? But the door is unlock. Ojama shimasu. Some light and weird noises coming out from Izumi’s room. The moment she opens the door… OMFG!!! Izumi watching porn!!! WITH HIS PANTS DOWN!!! Don’t panic. Coolly put your pants back on. Coolly turn off the video. Coolly say please keep this a secret… Unfortunately Kazusa goes berserk as she darts out of his home. I guess there is only so much she could take. She runs through town and sees every damn signboard as some sort of sexual innuendo! So what is it that she is so afraid? She thinks it won’t fit?! But she starts crying over this. She cannot bear the thought of sex taking over her life. Welcome to a man’s mind…

Episode 2
Kazusa spots a guy trying to hit on Niina. Niina then sends a message to her seeking her help. So this creep of course is trying to get in her pants when Niina introduces Kazusa as the biggest slut in the group. She acts according to script and yells out loud about her itching crotch! Sure scared the hell out of that guy. Later Niina explains that because she is naturally pretty, guys often look at her in a sexual way. Hence a friend in an acting troupe taught her ways on how to go about this. She still sounds enigmatic about why she would die young. Is she referring to her youthful looks? Back home, Kazusa wants to talk to dad about boys. Too bad dad is more interested in trying to order pizza! WTF?! Oh yeah. He’s a real man for sure… But Izumi is here and he wants to talk. No progress. He hopes she would forget what she saw. Meanwhile Hitoha is being told by her editor to write something erotica. Not porn. Something erotic. Otherwise he would look for other girls who would be dying to get in her shoes. This leaves Hitoha in a bitter taste. Rika has a mishap during gym as she knocks her crotch on the horse. Vault. This has everyone laughing at her she broke her hymen. She runs away embarrassed and while washing up herself, Amagi comes to talk to her. But she still finds it embarrassing when he finds her beautiful and all. Later Rika comes up with banned words that has sexual connotations. It looks more like some bad sex puns…And then the title of Suffering of Erotica Experience somehow shortened to… SEX! Damn, they’re naturally good? Kazusa sees a girl trying to confess to Izumi. Eavesdropping, it’s a good thing he turned her down but unfortunately he didn’t finish it off since he says he doesn’t have someone he likes so that girl uses this opportunity to have him think and change his mind whenever. So when Kazusa confronts him about this, a big argument ensues. She can’t say that sex word so he is unsure of what she’s accusing him of. More woes for the literature club as the principal and his vice march in to threaten to shut down the club. They received complaints about them reading vulgar material out loud. Hey, literature is art! But the worst offence is that they have no advisor. You mean not a decent teacher wants to be the advisor of the literature club? Kazusa is most affected as this club means everything to her. But Niina also knows another reason she is crying. She asks her if she wants to do it with Izumi. Not sure? She rephrases it if there was a person whom she must have sex with to save the world, who would it be? Without hesitation, she answers Izumi. That only means she is in love with him. Problem solved. Can I assume those are tears of joy?

Episode 3
When Hitoha sees a book released at the store, she storms out furious. She calls her editor about not telling her on going with another author. He claims her works are like total fantasy and unrealistic. Because of that, Hitoha is frustrated and feeling the need for experience, the person whom she has always been chatting online with, she wants to have sex with him. In real life! Izumi talks to Niina as she was the one who recorded his confession to that girl and wants her to delete that video. However she deflects the question and ask him about the person whom he would love to have sex with. He doesn’t give a definite answer so she tells him that girls also think about sex. Even Kazusa. Meanwhile the rest are going around asking teachers to be their advisor. You mean it is that bad that nobody really wants to be it? One day, Kazusa is tasked to bring something to Izumi’s house again. In his room, she notices an old kiddie video they used to watch together. Only… This time this is where he hides is porn Blu-ray disc!!! Hitoha goes to meet the supposed person. Hmm… Looks a bit familiar. Isn’t he that nerdy pathetic teacher in their school, Tomoaki Yamagishi? He runs away the moment he spots her and manages to give her the slip. Izumi realizes his favourite porn disc is missing. Oh no. Couldn’t it be… As the literature club is moments away from being disbandment, Hitoha then brings Yamagishi who agrees to be their advisor. Saved. Who’d knew blackmail would be such a great tactic. Yamagishi reluctantly attends the literature club’s activities but he also gives off decent analysis about the texts they read. He is after all a teacher of language arts. That night, Kazusa tries to sneak back the disc when nobody is home. Then she realizes the porn scene is on the bus than on a train. She remembers Izumi loves trains so much that he cares not to taint it. I’m not sure about this logic but yeah, whatever. Just when Kazusa is glad that he hasn’t changed, here comes Izumi. He tries to make it clear and admits despite he thinks about those stuffs, he never once thought of doing it with anybody. Anybody. Oh dear. Wrong word too. Because now Kazusa is sad thinking he never really wanted to have sex with her. Those aren’t tears of joy definitely. She runs away. He tries to catch her. They fall. Ambiguous position. Then it’s like she lost all vibe and just walks out like a zombie. Enough damage for today?

Episode 4
With Rika having a change in style and losing those glasses, damn the whole class takes note of how pretty she is! She’s like a twin of that famous model, Erika! Because Amagi was the one who proposed this, they think he likes her. This has Rika embarrassed enough to tell off everyone she won’t be falling for that fool. Later Amagi approaches her and confirms that he might be starting to fall for her. However she tells him to write a 50 page report why he likes her! With Kazusa still in a dilemma over Izumi, Momoko talks to Niina about love. Niina is fine with people borrowing feelings because this would lead to discovery of your own true feelings. Hitoha approaches Yamagishi being a young man with sexual fantasies and that’s a problem since he is a teacher. He assures he has no interest in high school girls and explains how crude and unrefined they are. As for the online thingy, he had the impression Hitoha was a middle aged man. This makes Hitoha mad. So she tries to get back at him by going on top of him? I’m sure it awakened some strange lust inside her. Momoko is invited by her classmates to go karaoke. She is not used to this and even more so when the guys start singing songs about f*cking!!! Hence Satoshi Sugimoto talks to her outside. It seems he is her childhood friend and moved away but never forgot about her. They exchange contacts for a start. Momoko relays this good news to Kazusa and the former is ecstatic like as though this is straight out from a shoujo manga. This has Momoko thinking that she want to try falling for him and maybe have sex with him too. Ganguro girl, Sonoe Juujou tries to befriend Rika but the latter is not amused. Later Amagi hands over his 50 page report to Rika! Yeah, he did it. Being a critic is easy… I wonder how she can go on further if she is already startled by a few lines of him describing her cuteness. How does he fill in the rest of the pages? Spam “Cute!”. The last page should be the clincher. It asks her to date him. That lust thingy may have screwed Hitoha’s brain because now she wants Yamagishi to teach her about real sex! Izumi needs to talk to Niina about something. Hence when Kazusa sees them together on the train, you bet her mind is going to explode. Remember what Niina said about sex before dying, right?

Episode 5
Izumi accidentally talks about trains so Niina to notes she is somewhat interested in them because it is like a box carrying lives. When she spots an old man walking out, she takes Izumi by the hand to come with her. Then she calls out to Hisahi Saegusa and says Izumi is her boyfriend. Saegusa looks like he doesn’t give a damn and walks off. Hitoha is being chauffeured by Yamagishi. She hides the moments she sees Kazusa and Momoko on the streets. Yamagishi notes her aspiration to become an erotic novelist but he doesn’t want to be shunned by society by engaging in this. But he has an idea. Niina tells Izumi about Saegusa. He is a famous playwright director of Soyokaze Troupe. She was one of the many young children taking lessons under him. Niina wasn’t particularly interested and even more shocking he made her his lead actress. When she tried ditching practice, he rubbed his face on her feet! If she doesn’t want a part in this then kick him! Is this guy some sort of lolicon masochist? Saegusa treated Niina well and this went on for many years until puberty hit her. She hinted about sex but Saegusa the moment he did that with her, she will cease to be a girl. He admits she has all the womanly charms that others would find attractive of. One day when she decides to fly the nest, he will venture out and find a new vestige of her. That will be their happy ending. Izumi is shocked when Niina says Kazusa has a crush on him because that never really occurred to him. When Kazusa and Izumi’s family go bowling together, the duo feel awkward but eventually childhood memories made it easier to break the ice. Izumi then mentions about Niina. She is more weird than cute. Momoko feels weird after her date with Sugimoto. It’s like he insist in paying his part for her meal. Later she realizes from his text that he was trying to be her father since she doesn’t have one. He assures her because he also has friends in the same situation. Weird. In school, Hitoha hides in a corner trying to flash her panties to Yamagishi. However she chickened out. Apparently this was his idea as an experiment and despite she is embarrassed, she also felt excited. Rika hands back Amagi’s report. Yeah, lots of grammatical mistakes. But don’t read it now? Stubborn Amagi does so and when she tries to stop him, the papers scatter everywhere. In their bid to recollect them, Amagi spots the last page. Rika somewhat answered his question that she would also like to date him. I guess he passed. Nothing makes a guy happier when a girl says yes. Rika despite being embarrassed, I take it that she is also quite happy.

Episode 6
A group of students hope the literature club can come up with some amazing love legend for the cultural festival. Apparently they are ‘amazed’ at last year’s Hitoha’s literature reading. Actually it was so boring that they found peace and fell asleep! Grrr!!! Surprisingly Rika agrees to do it in hopes of taking the club to a higher level. Later Hitoha tries to show Yamagishi her thong. She fails again since he doesn’t look like he is looking forward to it. Kazusa and Niina’s friendship is starting to get tense. The former worried about Niina and Izumi being ‘close’ and Kazusa is comparing her plain looks to Niina’s beautiful complexion. Kazusa is upset Niina and Izumi think each other as weird. She too wants to be thought of as weird? Meanwhile Rika doesn’t approve of Amagi telling everyone they are dating because others will start misunderstanding she might be obsessed in love than academics. So Amagi asks her a simple question if she wants to date him. Because she sounds sheepishly agreeing to that, he doesn’t seemed convinced. The literature club discuss ideas for that legendary legend. However no matter how many ideas they come up, Yamagishi shoots it down because there have already been complaints and cases and hence the committee already took steps to ban it. This leads to them going on a field trip to brainstorm. Where will they be staying? You can thank Yamagishi for that. Courtesy of Hitoha’s blackmailing again of course. During the train trip, the Kazusa-Niina tension rises further with Kazusa now disheartened Niina knows Izumi’s love for trains. And they had tea together?! Flashback when Momoko tried to warn Niina about this, Niina explained how girls often hated her for accusing her of stealing guys whom she was never interested to begin with. Kazusa sounded like she is no different. In order to help her, Niina intends to make things even worse! Reverse psychology? At the villa as they continue to brainstorm, no good ideas still. Kazusa who hasn’t said anything, snaps and gives the wildest idea before calming herself down. The rest are worried over her. During bath, her inferior complex of Niina rises some more when she notices her beautiful body. And boobs. Too much for her to take that she passes out. I think it’s from the heat rather.

Episode 7
Hitoha once more approaches Yamagishi. Claiming she is wearing the thinnest sumo loincloth, she wants him to sumo toss her onto bed? Yamagishi trolls her by trying to give her a kiss but pulls back. If she is already this scared for a kiss, what more that sumo toss. Rika is probably enjoying the texts Amagi sent her but as soon as Momoko walks back in, she quickly pretends to get to work! Momoko weirdly talks about the different of simplicity between boys and girls so Rika hands her a lotion? After Niina pulled Kazusa out of the bath, Kazusa starts thinking about how pretty Kazusa’s boobs are and thinks her own boobs are stupid. WTF. She starts crying and got more than she bargained for because she asks Niina a hypothetical question what if she likes Izumi. She regrets asking that because Niina really wants her to answer. This is put a stop by Rika because as part of the literature club, words will hurt. Too bad, Niina. She really intended to start a fight with Kazusa! How to resolve this? Have a pillow fight! Don’t worry. They wrote a letter for permission and even compensate for any broken pillows. And this moment where you can’t unsee or unhear Kazusa’s words about 10 boobs jiggling during the pillow fight… Yeah… This blows away the blues. This inspires Rika to come up with the love legend. During the bonfire, stand in your crush’s shadow and whisper “I love you” and they’ll be yours. Izumi and Kazusa ponder their own feelings for each other. Kazusa manages to get back on normal talking terms with him so she realizes she wants to confess to him. Hence for this love legend, she volunteers to play out her part with Niina. While things are now going fine with Kazusa, it is Niina who has doubts now. Hence she seeks Saegusa for advice. As she doesn’t understand her own heart, she wants him to kiss her. Hmm… Felt nothing. She continues to elaborate about a potential love triangle and this gets Saegusa interested. He wants to see that romance of hers. He tries to convince her about free love and no one human should be bound to another. He wants her not to become a boring woman!

Episode 8
Kazusa wonders when Izumi will come for her recital since she needs time to prepare (her heart). Momoko has been avoiding Sugimoto and she’s surprised he turned up with his friends. She gives an excuse that she is busy so you boys go have fun yourself. Izumi talks to Niina when she doesn’t refute after a few girls badmouth about her. She doesn’t mind as long as she doesn’t make it hard for herself. Ironically she puts her hand on his face. Isn’t she making it hard for them? Rika gets depressed because she saw Amagi talk to another girl. Oddly, she seeks Sonoe’s advice since she does have a boyfriend although from a different school. So they’ve done it? Before the recital begins, Momoko is dismayed Sugimoto and his friends are here to watch. She starts pouting and Sugimoto seems to take the hint and leaves. Kazusa sees Izumi sitting in front. Calm your heart. Niina sees Saegusa sitting next to Izumi. Calm your heart. The play goes on smoothly until Niina goes off track. She then goes up to Saegusa but surprisingly puts her hand on Izumi’s chest. With everyone in shock, Izumi takes Niina out to talk. Everyone else thinks the legend is true. Izumi thinks Niina wanted to make Saegusa jealous. Even though he still thinks that guy is a pedo, if she likes him that much, he can help set them up together. This surprises Niina because she thought he would be mad at her. Momoko hears out Kazusa’s lament. She is mad at herself because after all the encouragement that Niina has done for her, she kept acting like this was some sort of tragedy of her own. Though she was shock Izumi took her hand, come to think of it, if Izumi had to go out with another girl, she would have preferred Niina. Even so, she still wants to take this chance to confess to Izumi. During the bonfire dance, surprisingly it is Rika who gets the ball rolling as she confronts Amagi. After apologizing for everything, she confesses she likes him. What this guy do? He hugs her! Now everyone thinks the legend is really true and tries it out. At the same time, Izumi confronts Kazusa. Childhood memories talk. Then came the confession. Oh yeah. Finally. Kazusa in tears of joy. Niina is seen talking to Saegusa that she now realizes the feelings she had for him isn’t love. She thought he never understood others but realized she is the same. She just had he first love and first heartbreak. That’s why she is going to have another first and hopes she can hold on to it.

Episode 9
When you’re in love, everything looks so lovely! Good for you, Kazusa. But now the other girls are calling Rika a ‘traitor’ since she now has a boyfriend. Wasn’t she the one who was being the feminist kind? Rika explains how boys are like them, humans. Now they must rethink of their perceptions on boys! It looks like only Kazusa is on her side. Hitoha talks to Yamagishi and knows he likes a fellow teacher, Emi Tomita. But he views himself out of her league. I’m wondering if this guy likes fat women since I’m starting to think he often complains about high school girls being skinny and all bones. The way Yamagishi blushes makes Hitoha think he looks like a high school boy after a confession. Momoko talks to Niina and it seems the latter is planning to steal Izumi from Kazusa. Momoko doesn’t like that idea and warns if she is willing to lose friends over a guy. She is trying to convince Niina to stay at friends but Niina replies, you can’t have sex with friends! I guess she’s not into yuri then. Izumi invites Kazusa over. Now that they are dating, sitting close together makes them really conscious. They try holding hands but their minds start overthinking about making the next move. Will this lead to sex? Thankfully (or not) Izumi’s mom returns. Nothing to see here. Hitoha schemes by cancelling club activities. This is so she can be alone with Yamagishi and has wrote a book of confession. Because she views he has not touched her as the problem, she wants him to sleep with her once and she’ll give him up forever. Yamagishi tells her to meet him after school. Niina and Izumi ride the train together. She talks about the book Saegusa recommended her. About some prince and his rose. A fox came along and helped patched their relationship up. Izumi thinks Niina is like the fox. This shocks her because that was what Saegusa also told her. The fox secretly wanted to be with the prince forever but its advice eventually made the prince realize he loves the rose more. What happens to the fox is anybody’s guess because nothing was written more on it after that. That is how the story goes for those who aren’t chosen. When the train suddenly gets crowded, Niina claims somebody is molesting her butt. But it could be a ploy as she forces Izumi’s hand to grope hers under the guise of protecting her.

Episode 10
Kazusa looking at sexy underwear to buy… Hmm… Rika and Amagi spot Hitoha getting into Yamagishi’s car. Rika gets shocked seeing what Hitoha dumped in the garbage: Her panties. Izumi rejects Niina. This devastates her. Is she not attractive enough for him? It’s like she sounds desperate because she thinks he and Kazusa are inexperienced so she offers to practice with him. The resistance is strong so he rejects her again. Poor Niina leaves dejected. Hitoha can see what is going to happen. Yamagishi will not fall in love anyhow. So when he stops at the next traffic light, she will force his hand on her pussy and end it there. At least she will leave something unforgettable for him. However there are no traffic lights to stop! Straight into the love hotel! The cheapest one! Desperate situation calls for desperate measures. I don’t think the internet can tell what to do in this situation. Going all for broke now. She pushes him down and starts to unzip his pants. Then she gets disappointed? Because he didn’t get hard on her? This signals to Hitoha that he was never ever interested in her in the first place and starts comparing herself to Emi. I know they’re both women but there’s a whole lot of difference, right? Yamagishi reasons he is a coward, ending Hitoha bawling like a baby. Momoko is texted by Sugimoto to meet. He wants to talk about her strange attitude during the cultural festival. He somewhat threatens this act embarrassed him in front of his friends but if she apologizes now, he can pacify those angry friends of his. Momoko screws all this and doesn’t even want to see him again. When he grabs her hand, she screams. With everyone’s attention, Sugimoto backs off but calls her weird. Depressed Niina then gets a call by Momoko to meet. She claims the person she hates has touched a part of hers and needs her to cleanse it. In short, Momoko confesses she loves Niina. From depression to shock, Niina doesn’t know what to say. In lieu of that, Momoko now feels guilty she has ruined their friendship. Kazusa might be inclined to buy that sexy panties when suddenly Izumi calls! I just called to say I love you… Whatever. It makes Kazusa the happiest woman on the planet. Only, she can’t undo the online purchase she just made! Next day when they go to school together, Izumi doesn’t want to be too close to her in fear others might think badly of them. Uhm, okay? This only confuses Kazusa. Why the sudden change? Rika is puzzled to get a present from Sonoe. Then the teacher comes in with a serious announcement. Sonoe will be dropping out of school because she is pregnant!

Episode 11
With the entire school knowing about this, Rika seems to be very against people’s prejudice about Sonoe being knocked up because it was her choice. However this leads to a friction with Hitoha as she believes Sonoe was also a problematic child. Furthermore, Rika hints she saw Hitoha and Yamagishi entering a love hotel together. Momoko talks to Kazusa about that question, sex with who before the world ends. Because Kazusa says she’d rather do it with a man than a female, this disappoints Momoko. Then she warns her about Niina. Hitoha reflects on everything so far. She concludes she doesn’t want to give up yet because despite how pathetic she felt, she also felt good. Niina sees Saegusa and wants him to end her girlhood. He starts feeling her up and probably his ugly scary face freaked her out. Yeah, she slaps him and runs away. No you understand why girls close their eyes in porn?! Then Niina talks to Kazusa and confesses she likes Izumi. Kazusa’s worst fears come true but after a few deep breaths, she thanks Niina because without her, she wouldn’t have confessed to Izumi. In turn, Niina realizes her own immaturity and both girls give each other a big hug. Best friends forever! But ultimately Kazusa rues this because this wasn’t what she wanted to do. So she runs all the way to Izumi’s place just to ask for sex? Can’t let Niina beat her to it? He won’t and she suspects something happened with him and Niina. Though he reasons he treasures her and wants to take things slowly, I guess that isn’t the answer she is looking for. Sad girl leaves still a virgin. While Rika is talking to Amagi on the phone, suddenly her mom barges in very angry. In school, an emergency assembly is called. Everyone is shocked when it is now forbidden for both sexes to interact with each other. Worse, rumours of Rika and Amagi were seen outside the love hotel so they might be expelled. Hitoha realizes this is her fault and when she is going to confront the principal to tell the truth, Yamagishi is already there. He explains what happened but didn’t reveal Hitoha’s identity but as some woman whom he sees a potential to share a future. Even so, they aren’t going to rescind this and use this as an example. Drastic situations need drastic measures so Hitoha and the other literature girls hatch a plan… First, they kidnap Yamagishi!!! Holy cow! This guy must be really a wuss to get tackled by 4 girls. Izumi gets a call from Kazusa. Something feels wrong when he hears her talking about crossing to the other side. Late that night, the school staffs rush to school. Hitoha leads the other literature girls to demand 1) Overturn the interaction ban; 2) Rescind Rika’s expulsion; 3) Apologize to them. They’ll not leave till their demands are met because they have Yamagishi as hostage!

Episode 12
The girls threaten to drop him! But guess what? The staffs think that since tomorrow is Saturday and have no classes, yeah they’ll come back tomorrow and discuss this! WTF?! And with that, they leave. WTF?! Rika wants to talk to the girls but they refuse to let her in. As Izumi is heard coming over, this causes friction between Momoko and Niina since the latter wants to confess to him. After all, she got Kazusa’s ‘permission’. Ultimately their argument is overheard by Izumi. Momoko forces him to make his feelings clear. He admits he is in love with Kazusa but is sexually attracted to Niina. Ouch. Truth hurts. And now that everyone else has heard this, Izumi is chastised. Even more so Amagi since he has ‘experience’ with girls. Things are heating up on how to solve this. Are they going to (pillow) fight or talk things out. This is when Yamagishi suggests playing a colour tag game. The person who is it will mention a colour and the rest have to find that colour. For example, red and crimson are the same but not. The logic behind this is that they are trying to find new words for new feelings. So by adding descriptive modifiers to the colours, this will also reveal the colours of their heart. The game begins and it seems like everybody is just target a specific person. During the game, Izumi confronts Kazusa and explains what he meant. He might be sexually attractive to Niina but it’s not like he wants to have sex with her. Izumi really loves Kazusa and wants to be her but because he fears of the sudden changes, he wants to take things slowly. Kazusa also understands this feeling. They’re both so happy that they forgot they got too close to each other. And with Niina overhearing this, I guess she knows the answer… Rika still can’t believe about Amagi’s ‘experience’ so he shuts her up by kissing on her forehead. This already makes him excited so imagine one on the lips. Oh, one is coming up until the other girls smoke them out. Since boys aren’t helping, they kick them out. The girls then sit down, reconcile and think on their next action. Come morning, the staffs arrive. Yamagishi is released but to their surprise, the entire school is covered with huge canvases written in various colours on Rika’s innocence. Savage. In the aftermath, we see Rika going to college with Amagi. She receives a picture of Sonoe doing well with her baby. Hitoha is holding a secret folder of a secret performance for her wedding with Yamagishi?! Momoko and Niina together. And of course, Izumi and Kazusa a couple.

Sex And The High School Girls
Even if it looked like the girls have pretty much found the colour that they are looking for, well, don’t stop looking as there will be other colours they will come into as they go on in life. Imagine, the curiosity on the topic of sex had them go through all this. And it was a good experience for them. They are a bit wiser now in this department, having sorted out their love and friendship. And the best part is how they didn’t have to lose their virginity to learn it. But wait! Final episode scene, Kazusa mentioning an obscure metaphor of a train entering the tunnel… It fits! So they’ve done it?!

If you look at the overall story, it isn’t anything much and might even be considered as cliché and typical. Therefore what makes it interesting is how they execute the pacing and tell the stories of each of the girls. Although at first they might seem separate by they are all intertwined in the bigger picture. So unlike in some animes whereby they give an episode to focus on a particular character before moving on to the next, this one shows the progress and development of all the girls at one go and simultaneously. Those not used to this format might get a bit distracted and confused as the scene shifts to one literature girl to another and with all their stories happening at the same time, it might get a little confusing and some getting used to.

Because sex sells, I guess personally the story plays out interestingly as we see the girls trying to experience whatever love and sex are. The different approaches and types of love all at the same time seem to bond the girls but at the same time threaten their very friendship. Is this kind of love worth it? Only the girls can answer that. Hence we see Kazusa x Izumi as the typical childhood friend turned lovers kind of trope. Rika changing the most due to the effects of being in love as we see her from some strict plain b*tch to a smoking hot troubled girl in love. Unfortunately it isn’t going too well for the rest because Niina looks like she is into netorare and this gives the series the much needed love triangle and drama. The girl who is so hard to get for other guys now ironically finds herself hard to get the heart of the one boy she likes. Hitoha initially wanted to write a good erotic story finds herself attracted to an older man, especially one who is her teacher. And poor Momoko looks like she didn’t get off the ground. The guy whom she thinks had potential turned to be a control freak and with that romance quickly turning sour, she started resorting to lesbianism. Too bad for her, the rest of her friends are all straight. Sorry yuri fans. No yuri romance here. But that last scene makes me wonder if Momoko and Niina are now one because it looks like the losers in love without the guys only get each other. Damn. I hope this doesn’t send the wrong message.

Of all the guy characters, Amagi looks like he is the coolest. Not to say he is perfect as he too has his imperfections but compared to the rest, he doesn’t look like he is trouble. What I mean is that, as seen in Sugimoto’s case, he sounds like he wants to dominate over Momoko. Izumi is a typical guy and probably confused about his feelings because it is also hinted that he likes Niina for she scores a lot better in almost every department compared to Kazusa. Probably the childhood friend relationship is the only thing that is holding him back from jumping ship to Niina. Saegusa looks like a pedo but only because from the way we are shown his character. He looks like some avant-garde screenwriter and we let it pass because it’s all in the name of arts? He sounds like he is giving Niina a choice but what if he is seemingly doing so just to confuse her? During Niina’s time of need and confusion, it seemed like it is the moment he has been waiting for to finally take her virginity. Good thing that didn’t happen. And lastly, Yamagishi. Looks like one who can be pushed around and doing things just to accommodate Hitoha. Then again, he might be the coolest because he is willing to take responsibility for everything and protect the literature club girls. But then he became their hostage and his cool factor just like drastically drop to zero! Instantly! But that colour tag game helped redeemed some of his pride.

Japan still being a largely conservative country, sex isn’t really openly discussed (though ironically they have one the most creative porn out there!). Hence when the school banned interactions between the sexes, it doesn’t even feel like a short term solution. It is just one or two steps backwards. Might as well turn the school into single gender if they’re so concerned about the immorality. Therefore the literature girls going against this ban isn’t because they are horny or hard up in seeking romance. After all, they started that weird bonfire legend so I guess this is their way of taking responsibility and seeing this till the end. Just because one girl got pregnant and one girl was spotted outside a love hotel doesn’t mean a blanket ban is justified on everyone. The intentions of the ban might be good but it’s not practical. You’re not going to live the rest of your life just interacting with one gender only, right? Society doesn’t work like that. At least not in Japan. What the literature girls did by taking their teacher hostage isn’t particularly right either but how else do you get stubborn old authoritative men to listen to you? Hey, at least no lives and virginities were lost during this tense hostage situation!!!

At and animation feel pretty bland and light. In the sense somehow it reminds me of Asobi Asobase. I thought their school uniforms were similar but double checking it, I guess I’m having a case of Mandela effect on myself. Close and almost similar but not exactly the same. Despite the character designs look simple, some of them look weird especially Hitoha who looks like as though she is some alien bug race disguised as a human. Seriously. That’s the first thing that crossed my mind when I saw her character. Must be those very weird eyes… Same case for Niina. I thought she was some snow woman tribe disguised as a human being. Must be those very fair complexion and those mysterious eyes… Kazusa is supposed to be a plain girl but I can’t help stare at those thick eyebrows. Not many female anime characters have such thick eyebrows, you know. Oh, doesn’t Kazusa has this striking resemblance to Kimari of Sora Yori Mo Tooi Basho? This anime is produced by Lay-duce who animated Magi: Sinbad No Bouken, Release The Spyce and Classroom Crisis.

In the voice acting department, I only recognized Jun Fukuyama as Yamagishi, Haruka Tomatsu as Sonoe and Natsuki Hanae as Sugimoto. The rest feel pretty okay, sometimes trying to flex their voice acting talents with certain conversations that has them talk in dramatic and loud fashion. Sometimes it’s funny to hear them in a loud voice when they usually aren’t. They are after all in the literature club and reading in the boring monotonous voice all the time could be, well, boring. The other casts are Hiyori Kono as Kazusa (Asuka in Sounan Desu Ka), Chika Anzai as Niina (Reina in Hibike! Euphonium), Sumire Uesaka as Rika (Sanae in Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai), Tomoyo Kurosawa as Hitoha (Kumiko in Hibike! Euphonium), Momo Asakura as Momoko (Rona in Endro), Shinba Tsuchiya as Izumi (Tatara Fujita in Ballroom E Youkoso), Yuuya Hirose as Amagi (Yuuta in SSSS.Gridman) and Shunsuke Sakuya as Saegusa (Nambuuko in Seisen Cerberus – Initially I thought Saegusa was voiced by Miki Shinichiro but I guess I was wrong). Something about the opening theme, Otome Domo Yo by Chico with Honeyworks invoking some sort of nostalgia in me. Not really sure if I heard the some somewhere but I guess it’s not bad. Yume Cinderella by Momo Asakura as the ending theme sounds okay as a generic anime pop.

Overall, this is quite an interesting series largely because the taboo topic of sex is shown in the way on the characters’ psychology rather than resorting to cheap sleazy visual ecchi fanservice. Surprise but not surprise, no sexualisation of the young girls here. The characters especially the literature girls have some emotional depth whom you would like to put your support behind with instead of writing them off as horny teens trying to lose their virginity. But don’t worry if you get screwed early or later on in life, because from the moment you were born, life has got us all f*cked up!!! Haha… Uhm… Oh… I mean, as Alfred Lord Tennyson said, “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”. I don’t think applies well to virginity but whatever. It’s the savage season for yo’ maidens!

Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru

October 26, 2019

I guess Hinako and the girls of Anitore didn’t quite manage to do the job. It has been many years since and we otakus and weeabos are still as fat as f*ck. Lazy and a big slob. Nothing has changed to get us to change. Hence it is back to the drawing board and maybe instead of providing some obvious fanservice just to get us motivated to workout, maybe provide us with something more meaningful. Something that would really make us feel the need to do exercise no matter how simple it is. So we hope that all you fat dweebs out there, Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru might be that answer that would finally make us all get off our lazy chairs and start moving about. Well, are you starting to get worried about that expanding waistline of yours? Don’t worry. Don’t even be sad. Just do it! Because this series gives you the chance to shape up for a great body. All you need to do is put in the effort because effort in the end never betrays. So what are you waiting for? Get up and start moving! Oh my macho…

Episode 1
Hibiki Sakura loves her food. Until her friend, Ayaka Uehara points out she is getting fat! Every girl’s nightmare. Hence Hibiki promises to work out and get slim. Starting tomorrow. Self-training failed so she has a try-out at a nearby gym, Silverman Gym. She sees Akemi Souryuuin who is from the same school also there to check things out. But this gym isn’t what Hibiki expects. It’s filled with muscle monsters! Akemi has muscle fetish so she’s already orgasmic at the sight of those bulky bulges. She’s definitely in. Hibiki opts out until she sees Naruzou Machio. Damn, this hot prince is her type of guy. Sign me up! So with Machio as their trainer, we get a glimpse on how to do basic bench presses. We can see how unfit Hibiki is despite trying out the first time with no weights and she is already breathless. Akemi is steady, doing twice her weight. Hibiki is depressed but with Machio encouraging her, you bet she is going to come back for more. And then the ‘truth’… Because Machio takes off his jersey and we see him as a muscle monster under that pretty face! Flex those biceps, baby! Akemi is so in love. With your muscles! Next day in school, Hibiki’s body is aching all over. Don’t go overboard, newbies. With Hibiki continuing to eat, this means she continues to put on weight. This means Ayaka points it out to her again. You’ll be fat by the time summer rolls in! Yeah, gotta go shape up again. Now we’re doing squats. As usual, Hibiki is unfit but manages to finish her sets. But with the thought of getting a killer body, you bet that’s the motivation she needs to keep on going. Later, Akemi finds out that Hibiki eats 6 meals a day! Hey, that doesn’t mean she’s a glutton, okay? Or is she? However she is amazed because of this blessed appetite, it means she can eat and build muscle mass! Akemi insists she be her training partner and one day they’ll be the most macho of the macho-est! Hibiki in despair. She joined the wrong gym…

Episode 2
Wow. Hibiki must think she has lost some weight after all that training. Guess what? Her weight increases! Time to press the panic button. Don’t worry. As Machio explains, because of her muscle growth that is denser than fats, it is only logical that her weight increases. He adds about avoiding extreme dieting because the rebound would lead to lower metabolism if not properly maintained. So always exercise regularly! Today’s training has Hibiki trying out lat pulldowns for the back muscles. After that, they head to the gym’s bar where Machio serves them some protein drink. Also explained about the golden time effect whereby if you consume protein within 30 minutes, it will have dramatic effect on your muscle growth. I think Hibiki didn’t understand that concept so she went to eat plates after plates of sirloin steak. Maybe that’s the real reason her weight increased… Because Hibiki’s muscles are still sore, Akemi takes her swimming. It’s a great way to train muscles in every part of your body too. Akemi makes intelligent guesses the kind of sports others do based on the muscles she observes of other people. Like cyclists they have stronger and bigger calf muscles. When Hibiki wants to do stretching as warm up, Akemi prohibits her. She explains about the myth about warm ups and studies shown it decreases effectiveness and might lead to injury. Hence a better way is to do light dynamic stretching. And then they hear a rip. Good news it isn’t Hibiki pulling a muscle. She ripped her swimsuit… Hibiki is at Ayaka’s place and she knows her friend as a movie buff. Arnold action movie spoof? Unfortunately, Ayaka’s sister, Nana needs her to help out with the family business for now. What do they do? Not your typical eatery. Why, father is a retired pro boxer and now runs a boxing gym! Oh Hibiki, Ayaka is your best friend and you didn’t know about this? So we see some hardcore and Spartan training. Damn, Ayaka, those abs! If dragon flags are too hard for normal people like Hibiki, then planking should be a good start. Then they let her try the punching bag. OMG she punches it off in one blow! A new world champion? Hope she didn’t break it…

Episode 3
Teacher Satomi Tachibana thinks she has put on weight so her colleague recommends Silverman Gym that just opened nearby. She is sceptical for fear of running into her students but is told young girls won’t even go there. Yeah… Imagine her surprise when she sees Hibiki and Akemi there. Satomi thinks she’ll quit after her free trial but the moment she sees Machio, she signs up! Another victim, oops, I mean member for life. Due to some mini exercises she does at home that made her muscle sore, Machio explains about the proper way of light training using your biceps and triceps. As Satomi gets into the groove, the students wonder a strange tan on her belly. They think she is wearing some sort of kinky swimsuit to attract her boyfriend. Despite this is not the case, she agrees to keep her secret safe. It is revealed her true secret is her love for cosplaying. She intends to slim down before Summer Comiket. Hibiki stops for lunch. Uhm, isn’t that a huge serving of bento she’s got? This has Akemi point out this method of skipping breakfast and then suddenly eating a lot is a diet programme for sumo wrestlers due to the slowing down of metabolism. She suggests a more balanced diet via bodybuilding diet. While Hibiki’s food is all fried, Akemi is mostly steamed and grilled. But don’t despair if it sounds too hard. Because there is a day where you can ‘cheat’ and eat all you want to trick your body into thinking it has enough calories. And so Hibiki starts off with this. It’s not even cheating day and she’s already chowing it all down… Yeah, she’s missing the point… Satomi manages to slim down for Summer Comiket. Her worst fear comes true when Hibiki and Akemi are here. Is she busted? Oh wait. It’s Machio cosplaying here too. Damn, is this Kenshi-Machio? Really, “Omae… Mou shinde iru!”. WTF?! What do you mean this character is from some muscle manga, Lifts With The Straight Bar?! Muscle King?! Who the f*ck?! Anyway, the crowd loves him and starts taking pics and Machio even doing brutal poses from the manga. Flex those biceps away! Yeah, all the men are so macho gay here… And somehow we get some basic front press posture lesson from Machio. At the end of the day, Satomi must be tired from all the tsukkomi moments. Just when she thought her students spot her and her secret is out, they think she is here to buy doujin and a BL fan. Well, the price to pay to keep her secret a secret.

Episode 4
With summer here, Silverman Gym is packed with people. People with different motivations and never really got the time to go to gyms are now gathering to do so. Such peak periods are called prime times. But with the bench presses crowded and a queue forming, Machio suggests the girls to use the chest press machine. This is unpopular with many as they have this opinion it is not as dignified as free weights. Of course the machines do act as support if you are seeking to build those chest muscles. Ayaka is also here since her boxing gym has increased enrolment so she will be using Silverman Gym to offer additional boxing classes. Hence she will be joining Hibiki and Akemi too. One day, coincidentally all the gyms and pools are closed. Akemi invites the duo back to her place. You mean this huge mansion is where she freaking lives?! She shows them a video by Toshio Ozu. An exercise video that tells you how to do exercises in your home. There are the basic push ups and sit ups. But the highlights are the dip (suspend yourself in air by using 2 chairs as support for your arms) and reverse push up. Once the video is over, they try it out. When Hibiki tries the dip, the chair breaks! Holy sh*t! Make sure the chair is strong enough. Although Akemi won’t make her pay for it, later Hibiki sees an ad on TV that a similar antique chair costs millions… Oh sh*t… Our girls head over to the next prefecture for the beach. Coincidentally Satomi too. Yeah, she keeps running into them, huh? If you’re wondering there is nobody else on the bus or beach, they find out too late that the beach is closed thanks to sharks. There goes their plan to snag a man. Except for Akemi. She’s only here for the training. This has her come up with an idea so as not to waste their beach trip with an explanation on how to do a burpee. Once summer is over and the next term begins, Satomi is tanned and feeling tired. She hopes the girls are alright. Yup, the power of youth has them bursting with life more than ever.

Episode 5
Hibiki dreads the sports day. Even more so when this year’s events, the participants are chosen via lottery. It’s just not her day as she is now in the 400m relay race. Hence going to Machio for advice, he explains about hamstring muscles before introducing us to the leg curl exercise that should help build those muscles. Hibiki is pumped up to do so because it is going to give her a firm butt. But then she rips her shorts. At the end of the day, her hamstring muscles are aching so much that she could barely walk. During sports day, Hibiki’s class is dead last. The final 400m relay event has Hibiki as her class’ anchor. Her main rival is Akemi who was last year’s champion of this same event and she too will be the anchor of her class. Hibiki won’t lose as she has trained for this day. Flashback shows that Machio also taught her to do bicycle crunch exercises to develop her iliopsoas muscles. The race gets underway but Hibiki falters and misses in retrieving the baton although she manages to pick it up and continue running. Akemi wins and amazingly Hibiki gets second place. However the judges disqualify her because it is against the rules to pick up a dropped baton. All for nothing… Machio gives his regulars raffle tickets to celebrate their first year anniversary. Hence the girls decide to enter a sauna competition and the winner gets all their raffle tickets. Yeah, first place could be a trip to USA! And they remind us not to do this dangerous challenge alone and bust the myth of sauna helps reduce fats but only helps in blood circulation. The challenge goes on until Hibiki and Satomi are left. Hibiki is literally really starting to feel the heat. How can Satomi still be so cool? Actually she already passed out! With Hibiki as the winner, unfortunately with all the raffle tickets, she won only the Silverman t-shirt. All. Of. Them. Yeah, might as well give it all to Akemi who seems really fanatic about it.

Episode 6
Hibiki dreams to have a home theatre. But she can’t afford it thanks to her money always going to food or the gym. That wish might come true since Silverman Gym will be holding an arm wrestling competition. 100,000 yen prize! Sign me up! Don’t know the rules? Don’t worry. Machio will explain it all. Even explaining the various muscles if not, the muscles of your entire body being used. As practice, Hibiki faces off with Ayaka. Instantly Ayaka lost! Woah! Is she some She-Hulk?! Next is Machio and of course Hibiki losses but she saw this dramatic vision that she was arm wrestling with a rock! Come competition day, unfortunately Ayaka and Satomi chicken out while Akemi is sick. Because the female’s competition has already so few people, guess what? Total participants are only 2!!! Including Hibiki! So the first round is already the finals!!! Her opponent comes all the way from Russia and Silverman Gym’s Moscow branch, Gina Void. She is eager to win this badly because she needs to cover her air ticket home! We see an interview of Gina telling us the different methods to use in arm wrestling combat. Then the finals begin. Instantly Hibiki owns her!!!! OMFG!!! She might be on her way to become like Machio since she also rips part of her clothes dramatically on her way to winning. But the ‘nightmare’ isn’t over because Gina is now interested in Hibiki and becomes an exchange student in her school! Is she going to become her stalker and gunning for revenge? Luckily she is in a different class. But Gina blames Hibiki for this conspiracy?! We further learn that she doesn’t do strength training back in Moscow. She trains more on sambo and such strength training is only used using equipment as an auxiliary. Because her training focuses on utilizing the muscles in an efficient way and to master the goal kipping. Eventually this develops your nerves more than you muscles. Gina wants Hibiki to use the horizontal bars to try kipping. Her ulterior motive is to pinpoint the strength that she defeated her with. Hibiki fails spectacularly and Gina thinks she won’t show her strength easily. Way off mark… After school, Gina can’t go with them to the gym because she has to say hello to her host family. When Hibiki returns home, she has this sinking feeling. Her worst fear comes true because Gina is having her homestay at her place. The ‘nightmare’ continues…

Episode 7
Today is the gym’s off day so too bad Gina can’t have her revenge on Hibiki. Thus Hibiki takes them to enjoy some grilled meat at a yakiniku restaurant run by her brother. So while we feast on the delicious beef, hear some explanations on the benefits of meat. Vegans may not like it, though… Gina thinks this source of protein is Hibiki’s secret. Then she watches her eat. Isn’t her servings double? She thinks she is following the diet of some famous pro wrestler when in reality Hibiki is just a glutton. But Hibiki complains about her money woes so Akemi says outside gym memberships are covered by the school since her mom is the chairman and she is so rich she can help others fund her hobby! Is this power and money abuse? But whatever since this helps solves Hibiki’s financial problems. Gina realizes Satomi looks familiar. Because of that mole underneath her left eye, she realizes she is that famous cosplayer. Damn, Satomi must be the only person she know who has that very specific mole. Hence the duo skip training as we see Satomi accompanying Gina on a day out. When Gina confronted her over her identity, Satomi was devastated. In fear that she will lose her job as some of her cosplay outfits borderlines porn, she is willing to do anything to keep it a secret. Gina didn’t intend to rat on her but since Satomi went as far as becoming her life slave, oh well… Gina learns of Satomi’s exhaustion and rest periods in between exercises. Hence the explanation of blood circulation as well as active and passive resting. As we know Gina is one of those foreigners who come to Japan for the otaku culture, currently her obsession is idols. Hence she wants Satomi to help he achieve that dream! Oh dear. Kutarou Deire is one of those judges at a public audition. He is bored at how normal all the idol wannabes are. Idols must be more than normal! He might get what he wished for because our muscle girls come riding in on macho guys! WTF?! Could this be the talent he is looking for? So our girls do sparring and weight lifting as part of their talent. Satomi keeps her identity hidden by wearing a kendo mask and under the alias F*ck The Budo! Really! She then demonstrates deadlift as our semi-naked Machio explains to the audience this dangerous weightlifting. The crowd applauses to this spectacle and at the end, Deire now believes idols should be normal… Yeah, please be normal. Also, our muscle girls didn’t quite make the cut… Obviously…

Episode 8
Satomi declines invitation from fellow teachers, Rumika Aina and Yakusha Kure to hang out. Then they discover that she has been hitting the gym so the duo too decide to try out. As beginners, Aina is worried about her sides so Machio tells us about abs muscles and the training to strengthen those regions. Everyone is in shock when Kure is able to easily lift heavy weights. She didn’t say but an intelligence guess would tell us that her ‘sport’ is taking care of her family as she is the only one among the ladies who is married. In the end the duo did sign up for Silverman Gym but a branch closer to their homes. The school has a hiking trip up the mountains. Hibiki, Satomi and Aina are in shock. They didn’t know they are this unfit and are already out of breath climbing up! Hibiki trying to keep her sanity by eating? Anyway, we have some walking lessons by Kure as she tells us the right walking method so you won’t tire easily. The weak trio decide to employ this method. So excited that they missed the correct path and went an opposite route. Safe to say they realize they are lost while the others have already reached the top. They are worried when the trio have not arrived and it’s almost lunch time… You think Satomi is bad as she panics? Aina and Hibiki are worse! Writing their death poems and leaving some ID for their bodies!!! Satomi stays sane as she realizes she can get help by climbing this tallest tree. Hence some rope climbing lessons to train some muscle parts. The trio start climbing but realize they keep slipping down. Thinking their clothes are the culprit, they strip down to climb better. After all, nobody is watching, right? Unknown to them. Our climbers at the top are having lunch while peeking at the lost trio via binoculars. Looks like they’re having much fun climbing a tree naked. It is revealed that the part they are lost at is just the athletic corner of the mountain. Worse still, the moment they realize what happened, lunch’s over… Sad ending…

Episode 9
Holy sh*t! Is that Arnold arriving in Japan?! After Machio explains to us the workouts for back muscles, suddenly his pecs start trembling. OMG! Arnold is here! Oh, sorry. Barnold Shortsinator!!! You know, that American action movie star who stared in Seven Commandos, Last Action Predator, Conan The Red Bull and Twin Cops?! But not the one whereby he is a robot from the future sent back to present day to kill a future resistance leader. Yup, that’s another actor! So no “I’ll be back” catchphrase for this guy!!! This guy is so buffed that he makes all the other macho men trembling in muscle fear! Barnold is here to see Machio. They both have a history. After Machio finished his sports studies in America, he took up bodybuilding in which Barnold was his master. But after Machio graduated, Barnold never contacted him once. Why? Barnold dropped his phone in the water! Why Machio hadn’t do the same? He accidentally crushed his phone while flexing! Oh course Barnold being here means he is going to challenge him. This world’s toughest handgrip only 100 people in the world can close it with 1 hand. Is Machio up to the task? Why, in fact he crushes it with no sweat!!! With Machio passing this test, Barnold announces he will be holding a bodybuilding competition right here where all the international body builders will be attending and he wants him to compete. The girls are invited as Barnold explains to them the competition categories that include physique and bodybuilding as well as the criteria that the participants are being judged on. When it is Machio’s turn to go on stage, his muscles are so godly that it blows everyone’s clothes away!!! OMG WTF???!!! So godly his muscle light that all the competitors kneels before him!!! OMF WTF?! Too much godly macho???!!! Safe to say he won the competition with ease. As Barnold praises his victory, Machio knows this is only another test because the world’s best body builders aren’t here. True enough, Machio has yet again meet Barnold’s standards. As he views him now on equal footing to compete with him, the final showdown will be in Las Vegas. Be there or be square. Unfortunately Machio’s job takes priority so he can’t come. The end. What an anti-climactic ending. Hasta la vista, baby? Although Barnold returns to America, he leaves his private secretary, Jason Sgatham to support Machio’s training. No wonder this guy looks f*cking familiar… And so Silverman Gym gains another macho weirdo…

Episode 10
What’s the use of having a hot body and slim figure when you have no one to date with for Christmas! Holy sh*t! Sounds like the girls have wasted their time?! Yeah, they look so down. But don’t worry. Machio announces a gym party whereby they can mingle with other guys. Game on! All is not lost! However, with Ayaka pointing out that Hibiki has rebounded due to her excessive eating habits, Hibiki wishes to trim some of her arm’s flabs. Hence Machio explains about triceps as well as the lying triceps extension AKA skull crusher exercise for the occasion. Hibiki underestimated the EZ bar she is about to use and knocks her own head. Ouch! Wow. This move does live up to its terror name. The party is here and WTF Satomi dresses up as some S&M queen to snag hotties? Let’s hope her mask and wig can hide her identity. As the girls mingle, in the end they’re too shy to even ask anything so I guess there’s no progress. But there is still hope when Machio announces the raffles and the grand prize is tickets to Tochigi Disney Land (TDL). The girls think of using this as an excuse to ask the guy out. The raffles is conducted with Machio flexing his muscles and the numbers printed on them. This might look like he is showing off his usual but as explained, doing posing can also help build muscles because of the resistance via flexing. In the end, Satomi wins the grand prize. She’s the only winner among all the macho men! I guess all the girls lose hope in choosing a decent pretty guy. As the tickets expire by the year end, Satomi can’t use them and gives it to the rest. Surprisingly Akemi wants it. She can use it as a chance to go out with Machio. SAY WHAT?! And so Hibiki, Gina and surprisingly Satomi go to spy on Akemi’s date with Machio at TDL. Don’t mind the horror-looking spoof mascot, Mockey! What a mockery… It is soon discovered there is a cosplay event here and the duo are participating. Because Machio is dressed up like a shirtless Hercules, hence Akemi’s true goal revealed: To glare at his muscles. But we’ve all seen this coming, right? And Machio is more buffed than ever especially in his pecs as he explains his usage of the incline bench press. Meanwhile Satomi got separated from the pack and decides to go have fun. Suddenly it all comes crashing down when she sees Aina who is also here for the same reason. Dead awkward… Let’s pretend this never happened…

Episode 11
It is New Year’s Eve and the girls pay a visit to the shrine. Wow. This shrine has hundreds and possibly thousands of steps! So is this where their training comes in? Apparently they’re going to try climbing it because legend says the deity at the top can grant your wish in romance. Oh yeah. And of course, some lessons on stairs exercise to help those burn some calories for those who aren’t into jogging. You know you’re in trouble when Gina and even Akemi is having trouble catching their breath! Only Ayaka seems to breeze through. Luckily they manage to reach the top but what awaits them is a long line of macho men! Oh my macho!!! And who is the head priest of this shrine? Machio!!! He claims this shrine belongs to his family and his helping out. But I think he was just recently promoted to godly status after that bodybuilding win so this is somewhat fitting… So let’s hope God would grant their kind of guys instead of macho men… With the New Year holidays, the gyms are closed so Gina suggests doing street workout that is all the rage in the western side. Too her dismay, Japanese parks are paltry! But don’t worry, Akemi brought some guidebook from Toshio that teaches us simple exercises that can be done without the use of any equipment. Although the girls try it out, they have to quickly abandon it because housewives from the area are giving them strange stares… Remember Gina’s dream to form an idol group with them? Yeah, she hasn’t given up on them and has registered them to enter an amateur talent show for New Year. And Deire is the producer! Oh damn. He thinks his show is going to tank in ratings when he sees those girls. His career is over! Although he manages to put a stop to their intention to do some air chair (Gina is planning to break the 11 hours record live on TV?!), they improvise and let Satomi do wrestler’s bridge instead. Everyone is impressed and even more so when Ayaka sits on her while she is at it. In the end, Deire thought he is a goner but his manager is pleased the programme got the second highest rating! WTF?! And the demographics who watch them are 20-34 year old women?! Mind boggling! He wants Deire to grab them and make it big. Can he do it? Not if Jason can help! He shows Deire a poster of the Nikunoshima Tour. Care to collaborate, sir?

Episode 12
Wherever this fictional tropical island is, our usual suspects will be joining on this tour. Except for Akemi and Hibiki. They cite being busy with stuffs. But when they hear a Mr Nikunoshima contest, that means muscle men and hot guys, they immediately sign up. Not so busy now, eh? While the older ladies drink, the younger ones take to the beach. The watermelon smashing game feels like it is so that Machio can teach us the importance of shoulder trap muscles… On to the contest, because there are no contestants, another contest will be held in its place, Ms Nikunoshima! So disappointed? The winner gets some protein set and some DVD collection of the past contests that totals in about 40 hours! You bet Akemi wants it! We see the girls strut their stuffs. The highlight is Akemi doing a perfect push up while doing a handstand! Hence a lesson on how to do proper push ups. Damn, I’ve been doing it wrong all the while?! The final contestant is Hibiki and she literally blows the crowd away because her single punch destroys the punching bag!!! Oh my macho!!! Beat that, Falcon Punch! Because Akemi and Hibiki’s results are draw, a final showdown is set between them. They will have to do bench presses and after each set, additional weights will be added. The one who can’t continue loses. The moment they start, WTF this Super Saiyan dragon aura???!!! We hear Akemi narrate how this challenge will settle it all since the start. Once she finishes the first set, to everyone’s shock, Hibiki didn’t start at all because she is too hungry to move!!! Therefore Akemi wins it. Meanwhile Jason and Deire are drifted at sea. Dying?! Their aim was to make the tour a candid camera show but it was ruined when their boat went adrift. WTF this gay moment of them hugging each other?! Hibiki talks to Akemi and feels how her life has changed ever since she enrolled in this gym. Then they spot something coming from the ocean fast. Barnold! So he is back! He is pulling the drifted boat! Yeah, he received an SOS from Jason a week ago and came to rescue. Don’t ask about the gay hugging… And definitely this is BS because there is no constellation that looks like those pecs!!!

Got, Macho?!
Oh my macho… Have you developed a fear of muscles and macho men?! Heh. Thankfully I didn’t. Not that I want to become so overly buffed like them either. And with the end of the series, hopefully that doesn’t mean the end of your healthy and active lifestyle because it goes without saying that to remain in shape, persistence is key. I know lazy ones will argue that round is a shape but don’t start complaining or point the finger when hot guys or girls give you the pass. So I guess that is it for this series and that it is not going to be, “I’ll be back… For another season”!

One can say that half of this series looks more like a workout video. While I am not an exercise buff, I believe that in every episode, the featured exercise is explained comprehensively. You get to learn what kind of muscles you are building up from the exercises that you do and this is good if you want to work on certain muscles and body parts instead of going for the full course of buffing up every muscle in your body. It is quite entertaining and educational as you get to learn the names of those muscles affected while doing that training. Yup, muscle parts apart from biceps and triceps that I have never even heard of in my life and probably have forgotten right now as I type this sentence. Holy crap. And you thought every human bone each having their own specific name was bad enough, wait till you get to the muscle section.

And of course the ‘charm’ as well as I could go as far as to say as ‘motivation’ for us to watch this series and do get us to do those workouts is the so called ‘fanservice’. I guess we still can’t do away with that. Every time we see Machio or the girls in their special lesson segment, we see the girls demonstrating the workout. But they show it in ways and angles that make them look sexy and if you have a dirty mind, I’m sure you can go further than that and imagine the ambiguous. If you want to call this part sleazy and it’s just an excuse to get one to train, well then, it is not surprising because doesn’t all old workout videos feel pretty much the same thing? Isn’t that why you have a hot model as the face of the workout video? And of course it is a no brainer to want a workout video without any sort of workout demonstrations because a lot of people would do better watching others better than being told or given verbal instructions. You know, some people’s vocab might not be so good so even they can misinterpret or do not understand what to do. Hence the best is to demonstrate such workouts. And of course it’s going to look hot and sexy because you’re not going to do exercises in a casual suit, aren’t you?!

If all those workouts and exercises within the episodes aren’t enough for you, be glad to know that at the end of each episode, there will be a short segment where by Machio and the girls will once more have us viewers do a short exercise that was featured in the episode (sometimes amidst the picturesque background like the airport runway or Grand Canyon). This time without the distracting of whatever plot (is there?!), we can now solely focus on doing the workout that now truly resembles a workout video. Alright people, don’t give up until the countdown is finished! There you go. Nice bulk, everybody! Unless you’re trying for competitive sports, it goes to show that simple workouts are sufficient so long you put in the effort. Don’t need elaborate equipment or exclusive gym memberships. The simplest thing can also be your workout routine. So are you ever so ready to cancel that gym subscription?

And oh, before I forget, even if you do some decent workouts, please also eat well. I’m sure it is not this series’ intention to shame you on all those fatty food you eat because when you see Hibiki chowing down all those tasty high cholesterol yummies, you can see the amount of calories she consumed printed on the screen. Yeah, a warning to be careful because you are also literally what you eat… As this show isn’t your worst nightmare Spartan demon instructor, go ahead and eat what you love but just remember to burn out equally what you put in. I wonder how many calories I have burnt while typing this ‘long’ blog. I’m not going to be optimistic, though…

Character wise, they aren’t anything much since the exercises and workouts that the spotlight. Each of them has their own personality but it isn’t deep because as we don’t want you to be distracted with character development. And of course the character whom will draw a lot of attention is Machio. This guy whose name itself is suspiciously a pun of to become macho, you got to love him when he starts to do Hulk’s specialty of ripping his clothes when he flexes just to show off all his muscles. He guides the girls and views them having potential in staying in shape. We all just want to know where he gets those special gym clothes because the moment he puts it on, he shrinks into normal size! So technically if I wear them, it would make my flabby belly and fat stomach disappear!!! Oh yeah! Where can I get those clothes?! Sometimes I think Machio just wants to flex his muscles as he never misses a chance to show them off. Just the slightest pun of the buzzword will send him shredding his gym clothes and posing like Mr Universe. Once you get used to this like the other girls, you’ll ignore him and let him do his flexing in the background. Now that Machio is now elevated to some godly status after that bodybuilding win, will macho-ness descend onto everyone in the world?! Because in terms of muscle strength, I’m sure he can put Kratos (God of War fame) to shame! “Oh my macho” to “Oh my Machio <3”! With Machio and the rest of those regular buffed guys in the gym, there is this unfounded fear that spending too much time would turn you into one of them and become gay… I don’t know, I just feel that way. From

It was no surprise that Arnold’s spoof would somewhat appear as I predicted it should happen somewhere early in the series. I guess Arnold has been the epitome of a great bodybuilder. Those who are old enough will remember this guy showing off those abs and body in that Conan movie. While I have no qualms about this Last Action Hero Predator dude making his cameo, my only ‘complain’ is why the English subbed version changed his name to Barnold Shortsinator. Originally if the spoken Japanese and even in the credits is Harnold Dogegenchonegger. I don’t know what pun Dogegenchonegger is supposed to be taken from but I guess ‘dogeza’ which means to prostrate could be it because you look short when you are on your knees. Yeah… But maybe Shortsinator sounds close to Schwarzenegger… And Sgatham is pronounced as ‘sugoi-tham’. Yeah… Too bad buffed action heroes didn’t make their appearance like Sylvester Stallone, Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and uhm, Chuck Norris? Heh, don’t want to turn this into some The Expendables knockoff!

To be fair to the other characters, it’s not like they have no personality at all. Sometimes simplicity is best because they help pull off a few funny jokes instead of turning this into one boring serious workout video. I mean, how the heck can you run a workout episode for a normal 24 minutes runtime? Don’t want to repeat that mistake in Hinako, do we now? And so we have Hibiki who is probably the weakest link in the group (literally in terms of fitness) but she is commendable as she won’t give up and keeps trying. Just try to watch what you eat, okay? Don’t cut off totally but plan what you eat. Literally her motivation mostly runs on food and hot guys. Yeah… Then there is Akemi who is a muscle buff. Macho men are her type and I’m sure she’ll totally fall in love head over heels had she played that weird retro game, Cho Aniki. Yeah, it will freak many of us out. But not Akemi. Ayaka is probably the strongest of the group since her family runs a boxing gym so it is no surprise she has the stamina and damn those abs on par with Shingeki No Kyojin’s Mikasa. Gina feels like the stereotype foreigner. There’s this running joke cliché about her being a foreigner who loves Japan but misunderstands its culture. And sometimes the things she says, you wonder if she is also a Russian because she doesn’t do, uhm, Russian-like stuffs. But you can learn a few simple Russian words from her.

All in all, despite all their effort they put in, the one thing that continues to elude them… They still have no boyfriend! Yeah, it’s the elusive prize and rare Pokemon they’ll ever catch! Heh. If they don’t snag one soon, soon they will join the singles club like Satomi and Aina. Every new year just drinking and getting drunk all by themselves. So sad… Good thing these girls are straight despite they go to an all-girls’ school. So f*ck the PC culture of gays and lesbians, these girls want a handsome guy as their man! Can’t you be happy for them for that? Oddly, after all the training we see them do, they don’t become buffed like Machio. Or at least we see them gain some muscles. Still the thin and svelte figure. Maybe they did enough power training to maintain that feminine size. Heck, even Hibiki looks rather okay before she started her Silverman Gym workout. After all, they don’t want to freak out hot pretty boys by looking so buffed, right? Don’t want to turn into Amazon women, right? On a trivial and unnecessary note, I wonder how many calories sex burns… Oh sh*t! A question that I’ve been dying to ask this series!!! It would be straight up weird to see a porn version of this series! Then a different ‘workout’ for us viewers, if you know what I mean!

Art and animation for this series feels simple and because of that, it has this cartoonish feel. To a point that sometimes when I look at it, the slightly cartoonish tone of the series, is this anime targeted for younger audiences? I don’t know. The girls look cutely cute, though? As we all know with Machio being so buffed, he looks funny and cartoonish so there you have it. And with the girls’ design being simple, I have a feeling I have seen them from other animes. Like I thought Hibiki looked like Nana from Sunohara-sou No Kanrinin-san. Doesn’t Ayaka look like Danganronpa’s Asahina? Akemi shares a resemblance to Ojou from Oshiete! Galko-chan and Gina is a simpler version of Anna from Shimoneta. Satomi? Those droopy eyes sure remind me of Sanae from Karakai Jouzu No Takagi-san. No points to guess whom Barnold and Jason take after. Hasta la vista, baby! This anime is done by Dogo Kobo who did YuruYuri, New Game, Himouto! Umaru-chan, Gabriel Dropout, Love Lab and GJ-Bu. Therefore you might see some similarities on the trademark of the girls’ cuteness here.

For the voice acting department, it is great to hear Yui Horie helming at least a supporting role instead of some minor extra role. After making taking a hiatus and thought she had made a comeback after that disastrous Ousama Game, she would be back for good but ever since she has been taking just cameo roles. So I hope to hear more of her but I have to also be realistic because I have to come to realize that many of my favourite seiyuus at this point are starting to go into semi-retire state. Oh well. I guess I should be appreciative of what I can get. The other seiyuus whom I recognized are Nao Touyama as Gina, Haruka Tomatsu as Aina, Rina Satou as Nana, Sayaka Ohara as Kure and Hiroyuki Yoshino as Deire. Shockingly I didn’t realize it was Yuuichi Nakamura’s voice behind Jason. Maybe he wasn’t in his usual angst mode that I often recognize him in like Fairy Tail’s Gray and Clannad’s Tomoya.

Another amazing note is how Hibiki is played by Ai Fairouz who is an Egyptian-Japanese. Not bad for her in landing a major voice acting role in her debut. I never actually thought she would be a foreigner because she sounds so, uhm, Japanese! Kudos on her first role and hope to hear her more in the future. The rest of the other casts are Sora Amamiya as Akemi (titular character in Akame Ga Kill), Shizuka Ishigami as Ayaka (Mito in Shokugeki No Souma), Kaito Ishikawa as Machio (Iida in Boku No Hero Academia), Tessyo Genda as Barnold (Kaidou in One Piece) and Nobuo Tobita as Toshio (Souun in Uchouten Kazoku).

Personally, the most amazing part which catches your attention is the opening theme. Onegai Muscle by the duet of Hibiki and Machio is an absolutely fantastic catchy song. Why, this song could be in the running for the best anime song of the year! This song has such vibrancy and vitality that not it makes a good song for any workout video. The hip hop and rap nature enhances its awesomeness and you can learn some of the workout terms from the lyrics too. Even if I can’t bring myself to do all those exercises, I sure can hear this song over and over and over and over again to get hype! I never really got bored of it! Let me hear this song one more time! “Onegai muscle, meccha motetai! Onegai muscle, meccha yasetai, yes!”… As for the ending theme, Macho A Name by Machio is also epic in its own right but personally it still can’t match up to Onegai Muscle. In this song, it sounds weird because you have all the macho guys singing in the background and it just makes you feel gay hearing it! I mean, with the lyrics like, “Muscle, muscle! Kinniku wa muscle, Oideyo macho a name”. Ugh! So gay… And honestly, it’s still nice to listen! But not sing along because I feel gay while trying to do so… The final episode’s ending theme, Snow Globe by Tea feels like some epic Hollywood slow ballad. It is fitting for that final episode but how come it reminds me of Titanic’s My Heart Will Go On? Probably as it is sung in English and has that suspiciously familiar flute accompaniment. My Muscles Will Go On should’ve been it!

Honestly, to let you in on a little secret, I have been doing a bit of a personal workout myself even before this series aired. Yup, I do some short exercises while I watch my daily anime but they only often lasts as long as 10 minutes. So I’m not going to get that desired body any time soon. Gotta be patient and persevere… But thanks to this anime which could not have been even timely, now I have a few more ideas to add to my repertoire and now my workout session can last up till about 15 minutes before I’m out breath! Hey, at least there is some sort of improvement, no?! I hope. But still not cutting down on that tasty and yummy chocolate and fried chicken, though… Some pleasures you just can’t do away with completely.

Overall, this anime has been quite entertaining, educational and enlightening. This series is refreshing and unique because it is quite down to earth, simple and realistic. Something different than all the isekai fantasy genre that we’ve been spammed lately in recent seasons. Who’d knew there would be so much fun in seeing the characters wade through their way through various simple exercises. A double bonus for me because it makes me feel good inside after watching while doing my mini exercises. I know they make it look easy but you still have to put in the effort and be consistent and persistent. No pain, no gain. Though, having no pain is still my preferred motto. Even if they don’t get a boyfriend in the end, at least they stayed fit. Fit and single sounds a lot better than fat and single (loser)! F*ck PC culture on fat acceptance! It’s the survival of the fittest not the fattest. It’s either you shape up or you ship out. Until then, always nice bulk everybody! Oh my macho…

Tejina-senpai

October 19, 2019

Hocus pocus! Abracadabra! Ladies and gentlemen. Get ready for the greatest magician to ever walk the face of the planet in recent history! Let her awe and mesmerize you with her magical tricks. So real that you wouldn’t even believe it after seeing it with your own eyes. People, I present to you Tejina-senpai! Oh… Oh… She blunders and screws up every of her trick! Uhm… So that wasn’t in the script? You mean those bloopers are real and uncalled for? Oh… Oh… But wait! Uhm. Yeah. They look so funny so you might actually not be watching a magic show but a comedy show instead! Aha. Yeah. That must be it! Oh my. She’s flashing her undies unintentionally too? Wait a minute. Is this a strip show too?! Uhm. Erm. Ah… Oh well… Everybody give a big round of applause to Tejina-senpai, the brilliant magician-cum-comedian-cum-flasher all rolled into one! Best show ever definitely.

Episode 1A
In Tanenashi High School, all students are required to join a club. A boy is looking for an easy club when he stumbles into the magic club. He sees Tejina trying to do magic tricks but because she suffers from stage fright (despite just performing alone), she keeps vomiting. She tries to impress him with tricks but he can already see her slip up as she makes excuses for her lameness. Then the ultimate trick of cutting his money in half! Will his money be alright? Snip. Oh sh*t… Oh look, his money somehow transferred into her wallet… I wonder why she’s crying… He is about to leave but she manages to get his attention the next magic trick is bondage. So how will she free herself from this? She can’t. She screws up even further and this sexy BDSM position has him applauding. Best magic trick ever!

Episode 1B
Tejina is doing her magic trick in the school compound. The crowd isn’t impressed. Because he is passing by, she drags him into her show. Yeah, he is now conveniently her Assistant. While she gets ready, Assistant does a few tricks to appease the crowd. They’re a bit impressed and Tejina is more jealous than anything. So Tejina has done her preparations. How will she get out of the box? 10 minutes passed. It is clear to say she has given up. Show’s over. Assistant opens the box to see her in a compromising position.

Episode 1C
It’s already bad enough Tejina hijacks the PA and is calling for Assistant to come to the clubroom right now! Embarrassing. So she wants him to eat her melon bread? Suspicious, he has her eat first. Looks okay. The moment he bites, he feels something hard. There’s a key in it. Surprise! Hence he locks her in the box. Because he is choking, she thinks of using milk. But WTF she wants to do a trick? This is matter of life and death! Hand it over! A struggle ensues causing the milk to spill all over her body. Her clothes are soaked. Best fanservice has him swallow whatever was stuck in his throat. All clear now.

Episode 1D
Tejina brings a pigeon to the clubroom. After explaining why white doves are used, she proceeds to let it out. Don’t worry. She has bonded with it so well that it listens to her. Only, it bites her hand! Then it flies about until Tejina uses bird seeds to calm it down. But instead, it dives straight into her cleavage (I guess the main dish is better) and flies around, tickling her body. Then it pops out from beneath like as though she has given birth. So this is her giving birth magic? Then the pigeon flies out the open window. Come back, Bahamut! Yeah, lost posters of a pigeon. Please help find…

Episode 2A
What a sorry sight to see Tejina eating alone. But must he join her? Yeah, now she is trying to bend spoons. Pretty easy if you know physics. While he excels, she is struggling. Of course the spoon is flung out of her hands. As he goes to get a new one, she realizes some spicy sauce spilled onto his meal. To cover it up, she casts a hypnotizing spell that he will find it spicy. See? It worked, right? Yeah, if it is hypnotism, she shouldn’t find it spicy. Now she is forced to eat the rest of his food.

Episode 2B
Tejina tries to impress with her coin trick but it always slips out and land in some unreachable place. So as she tries to reach for it, she unknowingly shows her ass to him. Because of that, he tries to subtly warn her. Hence they are both talking on different pages. She thinks he means magic trick while he thinks it is about sex. So is she really going to give it to him? Another messed up coin trick as the coin got flicked on his forehead. Ouch.

Episode 2C
Meet Behemoth. Tejina’s critter hand puppet. Sad state of friends, huh? Not sure what this magic trick of Behemoth running through her body is supposed to do but as usual, it’s not impressive. One magic trick has her accidentally dropping Behemoth on the floor and she accidentally stepping over it. It’s ‘dead’. Such a sad day… And she just left it in the classroom instead of taking it back with her.

Episode 2D
It’s such a hot summer. And even hotter when Tejina is already in bondage position. Yup, she screwed up trying to show some magic trick to kids. Luckily they don’t look like they’re corrupted and instead disappointed with this failure. And when Assistant takes over, the kids look to him with more hope! Jealous Tejina takes over again, this time with some clothes changing trick. Since she is taking too long, the kids has Assistant help them with their video game. Oh, Tejina you done? How does she fail this time? She realizes she forgot to bring extra clothes and is completely nude underneath this mantle. Nothing for you kids to see here… And the legend of some cape clad flasher was born…

Episode 2E
Assistant realizes today is the last day to submit his application on which club he is to join. Oh my. Tejina locking the place up! Then tying him up! She even takes the liberty to fill in this magic club on his application form. So this setup is part of her magic trick? Yeah, whatever this lame rubber rabbit trick is. At the end of the day, she hopes they can make a real club with real members and an advisor. You mean, this isn’t even an official club to begin with???!!! Assistant is shocked he has been tricked. This is fraud! Nope, says Tejina. This is magic! WTF?!

Episode 3A
Why is Tejina scared to see the teacher? Because she is her older sister! Quirkiness runs in the family as Onee-chan loves teasing Tejina, much to her dismay. She wants her to show her usual magic tricks and despite so, Onee-chan does her usual teasing. With that, she excitedly wants to be the advisor of her magic club. Tejina disagrees but another teacher reprimands Onee-chan for being noisy and not acting like a teacher.

Episode 3B
Assistant tries some normal tricks with Behemoth but Tejina becomes a harsh armchair critic. Now it’s Tejina’s turn so Assistant notices her zipper is undone. How can he subtly tell her? He says he can see everything but of course she thinks he is referring to her magic tricks and denies he hasn’t yet. As he can’t take his eyes off her flower prints panties, in the end he mentions flowers as the deck suit. Only later in the toilet that Tejina realizes what he meant…

Episode 3C
To help Tejina overcome her stage fright, Assistant reads a few tips from the internet. Drink lots of water. She drank the whole bottle! Now her tummy is aching… How about taking deep breaths? She sounds like giving birth! How about repeating calm phrases to yourself? She fell asleep… Finally, can tickling work? Assistant is conscious about her slim waist and huge boobs. But when she chastises him for being unable to do simple tickling, he tickles her until she cannot even stand! This guy is good with his hands…?

Episode 3D
Tejina is in a kimono as she is going to perform some basic Japanese tricks. The first is making paper butterflies flutter. Of course she fails and Assistant does it better. Next is turning paper into udon. But then she carelessly lights the lighter and the sprinkler activates. Ah, here’s your water magic?

Episode 3E
The duo are in the park. What kind of magic trick is she going to do that doesn’t need her to bring her tools? Yeah, she’s going to use the park’s pigeons! Obviously they attack her. The next trick is to climb up the tree and steal pigeon eggs? Obviously they attack her. Worse, she can’t get down. Assistant leaves her handing. Don’t want anything to do with this egg thief. Bye. To add salt to injury, the pigeons poo all over her. Tejina starts crying but no love lost for this idiot!

Episode 4A
To celebrate a month since Assistant’s joining the club, Tejina does some magic tricks for him. Rope cutting messed up. Even the card message trick is messed up. Then when she forcefully tries to put some ring on him to swear his fealty to the magic club, Onee-chan pops up. Sorry to bring the bad news but the magic club is disapproved due to lack of members. Feel free to join other clubs.

Episode 4B
I guess Assistant will be scouting for new clubs. But for every club he went, Tejina is always there trying to do some failed magic tricks! Is this some sort of conspiracy? Don’t tell me it’s magic! He tries to run from her but unfortunately she runs faster than him! Because of that, the track club wants to recruit her. She does join and even runs in record time. However it’s her ploy to recruit them to join her magic club so Assistant takes her away. Let the girls run…

Episode 4C
To fill the void of Assistant leaving, Tejina has brought not 1 but 2 pigeons! She shows how she can take care of them like misting (also accidentally spraying water all over her boobs) as well as letting them out of their cage to let them fly freely (good luck getting them back in). Because one is male and the other female, Assistant wonders if their cooing will be noisy at night. Tejina is confident since pigeons are diurnal, they won’t. Unfortunately the cooing at night never stopped…

Episode 4D
So sad… It’s Assistant’s last day. And what a way to end this with this sword in the box trick. Of course he isn’t getting in the box. With Tejina playing the role of the assistant, Assistant thrusts the swords into the box. The swords miss her but not with a lot of poking and ambiguous lewd words. My butt hurts! Pull it out! Pull it out!!! Once the show is over, it seems the swords have ripped her clothes. Is this fanservice magical or what?

Episode 4E
OMG. Tejina flawlessly doing all her magic tricks?! No, it’s not a dream! It’s real! The catch? She’s doing them alone. Ah… As she ties herself up for this trick and reminiscing about Assistant, suddenly he pops up. Oh dear. Clumsiness back in order. Assistant joined the chemistry club next door but only in name. Since their room is connected, Assistant can come visit her until she retires. Yay! Don’t have to be lonely now, huh? Chemistry club president, Madara allows this as long as they don’t do shameless things. Tejina is touched and what a way to welcome him back with this unfortunate fanservice because she somehow screws up as her rope trick becomes BDSM.

Episode 5A
Because Assistant heard there will be a few observers coming to see the magic club, he doesn’t want her to do any tricks but to stay hidden! Of course Tejina will not allow that and as he deliberates how his cool image in class will be ruined by being associated with this, Tejina is already practising her head falling off trick. As he tries to stop her, those observers come in and see this horror scene! Run for your life! Bet they’ll never come back.

Episode 5B
Onee-chan and Tejina has come up with an improvised clothes changing magic trick. The clothes she changes into get skimpier but Onee-chan convinces her it is just the fabric that has skin tone. But this is just for the first clothes. Subsequent clothes, we get more Tejina fanservice until she is close to being naked! Assistant can’t be thankful enough for this magic trick!

Episode 5C
When Assistant is with Madara, the silence between them is awkward. Hence Madara decides to show her own magic tricks but using the power of science. I’m sure many of us know the difference in pressure and temperature in a bottle causes the bottle to bend out of shape without any physical contact. Assistant is impressed as he tries his hands at some air current scientific experiment. However he starts off too early and it blows up Madara’s skirt. This only reinforces her idea that the magic club is a perverted club.

Episode 5D
Tejina is hiding in a box and plans to surprise Assistant when he comes in. However when he does, he sits on the box. Noticing how quiet and nice it is without her, he starts to complain all about her bad habits and failure as a magician. Ouch. However he starts confessing the only positive thing about her: While it might seem like a confession to Tejina, it is actually a praise for Behemoth. With Tejina in a dilemma whether or not to pretend she heard this, eventually she pops up and gives a long winded rant on her thoughts. Too bad nobody is here. Wasted breath…

Episode 5E
Assistant is invited to Tejina’s house. He thinks her room would be very girly but nope. What a pig sty. Of course Tejina’s goal of inviting him here is to ascertain that confession of his and to give a proper reply. However each time she tries to say that magic word, she falters and ends up doing some lame magic trick instead. Yeah, confession is a trick that is the hardest to do! She even slips up by showing him all her panties collection instead of her handkerchiefs. That is when she comes clean and admits about that confession. However this annoys him as he tells what really happened. Red faced, poor Tejina is now crying over this embarrassing blunder.

Episode 6A
Assistant is troubled that misunderstanding that Tejina thinks he likes her. Though the only thing she admires about her is her boobs. But an equally busty gal comes in, Saki. She plans to hijack the magic club. Of course Tejina won’t allow it but Saki shows a bit of her street performance to leave her in awe. Saki is a transfer student and she has been looking for a club to join. She heard about the magic club closing down and that’s why she’s here. However she wants to make her little brother, Ma-kun the president of this club. From the way she describes this guy, definitely she’s got brother complex. Don’t get your hopes high on this guy. Because we’ve already known, Ma-kun is a really fat dude…

Episode 6B
While having more members means the club is able to carry on, Tejina feels conflicted because this isn’t the kind of magic club she wanted it to be. Then she just decides to upgrade it by splitting the difference and be the street magic club. Ma-kun tries to do some balloon trick but it popped. Yeah, Saki is so awed and excited over this. Like as though she’s having orgasm at everything he does. Saki then tries this balloon outfit trick. She realizes her skirt slipped out but so as not to let this performance fail, she carries on and lets everyone sees her in her undies. Even Ma-kun apologizes on her behalf.

Episode 6C
Tejina won’t have the street performers beat them and has Assistant do some magic tricks with her. Maybe she just wants to show off… Of course we see her fail at every attempt. Some giving us fanservice, some putting Assistant in a troubling spot. With the women arguing what this club is supposed to be, here comes Onee-chan to solve this dispute. She measures their boobs and Tejina wins because hers is heavier. Though, Saki argues she has the better shape…

Episode 6D
Tejina fails at hypnotism. As expected. She tries to do it in the correct order and even tries to look arrogant doing so but also fails. She is so confident that she lets Assistant do hypnotism on her. You can tell he succeeds when he ‘transfers’ her essence to the bottle. So wherever he tickles the bottle, Tejina feels the ticklish effects on her body. Realizing that she is fully hypnotized, Assistant decides to get back at her for all those tormenting times. Heh… Evil scheming face popping up… Remember to lock the door… He creates a scenario that she is going to take a bath in the hotspring. Hence Tejina starts undressing. But soon, Assistant soon feels guilty about taking advantage of her. By the time he tries to stop her, she is already half undressed. He tries to reason she is a cat and she turns into one and scratches his face. This girl is so easily influenced… He gets this idea to cure her stage fright. You are no longer scared on stage… Although he is successful, however she still flops. Still failing at her magic tricks. Should have cured her failure too…

Episode 7A
Saki burnt her cookies so she thinks of seeking Tejina’s help to remake them. So as they wait, she asks why she is so obsessed with the magic club. Anyway, Saki sounds bored hearing her struggling story to keep the club afloat. Saki wants to test some of her cookies but apparently Tejina has laced with something them for Assistant. So the girls give their respective guys to eat their cookies. As Assistant fears, Tejina is surprised when nothing happens after he eats it. It is Ma-kun who gets it. Yeah, now he is pulling flags out from his mouth.

Episode 7B
Tejina is happy to receive funds for the club. Until she sees its meagre amount… Hence they decide to do some fundraising by doing street performance at the park. Tejina tries to copy some guy doing a human statue. It is hard at first but she likes it when a few kids praises how she doesn’t move. Until she realizes they are actually peeking at her panties! Why you little! Meanwhile Saki and Ma-kun do their balloon art and get quite the crowd. Some give money, some give food. Assistant is impressed with them until he sees Saki throwing away rewards that are useless. Checking back on Tejina, they see an old shady guy trying to give her 50 grand! DON’T ACCEPT THAT MONEY!!!

Episode 7C
Tejina wants to show her underwater magic whereby she will escape her chains underwater. Of course Assistant is very worried for her despite her assurance that she has practised many times with success in her bathtub. Stubborn, she goes ahead but he stops her. While she pouts, Saki fakes a drowning so she can be pulled out and Ma-kun do CPR on her. But he just puts some plastic sheet over her face and let her be. Since Tejina is still sulking, Assistant lets her do it but restricts to just her hands being tied. After a few seconds she is not surfacing. Fearing she might be really drowning, he jumps in to save her. She is upset she would have been done in a few more seconds and Assistant realizes he got his hand over her boobs. Who made the most blunder here?

Episode 7D
Assistant thinks of helping her overcome her stage fright since there are moments where she can pull off her performance with ease. As he records her, she starts getting nervous. Hence he starts from the beginning. Here, perform to this cicada shell… As he ‘upgrades’ her ‘audience’, she finally baulks while performing in front of him despite he is blindfolded. No use crying about this. So Assistant lets he practice before a life sized cardboard cut-out of, uhm, himself? Unknown to Tejina, he is hiding behind it. She performs her magic without screwing up. Assistant is so happy for her that he bursts out from his hiding. Realizing she was being watched, she starts getting anxiety attacks. It is déjà vu all over again because her stress level has peaked until she vomits all over him.

Episode 8A
Assistant thought Tejina is going to show him some sexy Chinese magic. Turns out it is some mask changing technique. Each have their theory on how his trick is done. Especially a guy hidden behind the performer to swap mask. They also experiment with this and one time Tejina was hiding behind Saki but because Saki’s hair is long and thick, this makes it unbreathable for her. Simply she tries to grab and rip her mask but accidentally she rips open her shirt! Oops…

Episode 8B
Tejina tries to impress Assistant with her mentalist magic trick. You know, deciphering what one is thinking based on their facial expressions. After a few lucky guesses, she is full of herself so it is Assistant to return the favour and he easily reads her like a book. Because her actions are so obvious. Please stop! This is embarrassing! And then her stomach growls. No prizes to guess she’s hungry…

Episode 8C
Some farmer gave Tejina lots of mikan. So she’s going to try and do some magic trick with them. Not really some magic trick but more of like some picture pun. Later when she tries to peel them, she gets juice squirted in her eyes.

Episode 8D
Tejina shows off the club’s website. It is so hideous and low quality that sometimes it looks scary! But Saki to the rescue. She gives it a digital makeover but how come it now looks like a shady website?! Assistant blows his top for it to be redone because he fears some pervy old man might mistake this and will hire Tejina to make shady videos! After redoing it and Tejina adding its final touches, it looks even worse and shadier! Assistant just redoes it all again himself. If you want something done, do it yourself.

Episode 8E
Tejina is tasked to perform before kindergarten children. Having stage fright? While she accidentally broke her wand, the kids think it is real and are impressed. This boosts Tejina’s baseless confidence as she proceeds to do more of her simple tricks like some reverse picture (WTF is that drawing anyway?) and the simple disappearing magic of quickly hiding them while the kids are distracted. The impressed kids think she is hiding them in her body and proceed to molest all over her body. Is this considered her greatest success?

Episode 9A
Tejina’s magic trick this time involves everyone writing their wishes in an envelope and she can magically tell whom it belongs too. Of course she rigged it with a mark on the envelope’s corner. The problem: She forgot which corner belongs to whom! Guesswork time. All wrong! Assistant takes over and has everyone writes something they won’t admit. He can easily guess who is who and when it is Tejina’s one, how come it’s blank? She thinks she is a smartass claiming she has nothing to write but this has everyone fed up and leave the room.

Episode 9B
Tejina and Saki are taking a remedial exam. While waiting for the teacher, Tejina thinks of showing Saki some magic trick with this number game and trapping her with it. Unfortunately Tejina loses and begs for another chance. Saki knows how to circumvent this trick just by looking at Tejina’s reaction. Just when Tejina thinks she has won, she does an air punch but holy cow, she punched the teacher!!! I guess she’s not coming into the club today.

Episode 9C
Tejina trolls everyone by bringing an ice cream box. It sounds like it has something but it’s empty instead. Everyone so annoyed with the heat already that they force her to buy them real ice cream. She tries to make her ice cream spoon disappear but she drops it instead. Now must she eat ice cream with her hand? With Saki complaining about doing summer-like things like going to the beach, Assistant watches Tejina’s obvious eager body reaction despite her words sound like she’s doing them all a favour. Yup, to the beach then.

Episode 9D
But first everyone goes to buy a swimsuit. Yeah, I guess there is only a reason why the guys accompany the girls to do so. With Tejina asking Assistant for his opinion, this guy is in a dilemma. He really wants to see her in some naughty swimsuit but fears he sound hard up for it. Hence Ma-kun teaches him some psychological tricks albeit they sound like fraud. With Assistant still whining about it, Ma-kun just takes the sexy swimsuit and gives it to Tejina. Actually it is Saki who wears it and while it may be good news for Assistant, I guess Ma-kun didn’t appreciate seeing his sister like that. Because Saki now thinks little bro wants her in this. And somehow Tejina messed up and wore her swimsuit backwards… Later Tejina thinks the changing room is like a magic set. She thinks of tricking Assistant by shifting her shoes to the next cubicle. When she calls him, he will be shocked to find her cubicle is empty and thinks she has disappeared. Unfortunately the store clerk returns the shoes to Tejina’s cubicle seeing she noticed nobody is in that cubicle. So when Tejina calls for Assistant, he opens the curtains only to see a sexy Tejina in her undies. Tejina, you looking shock for a person setting up this magic trick. Personally if you ask me, I think this magic trick works! Thanks, senpai!

Episode 10A
Beach episode! Since the girls are full of energy, they swim out to sea while the lacklustre guys stay on the beach and play their handheld. The current is too strong and washes away their top. Tejina has magic sand that will serve as temporary bra when mixed with water. However it dissolves the moment it is out of water. Don’t fear. Saki has some balloons. So they wear them as a body suit until they get to land. But as they approach the boys, they step on something sharp. Pop! Free fanservice today?

Episode 10B
Assistant sees Madara observing a crab. She gets embarrassed after she notices him. Apparently her grandma lives nearby. Then she has him lie down on his stomach. No, nothing naughty is going to happen. This is to watch the sunset. When the sun has sunk over the horizon, then she has him stand up. There is still sunset. Yeah, the magic of science that explains why the Earth is round that would piss off many flat Earth believers. When he points out to her swimsuit that would probably feel cold once night falls, she gets embarrassed and runs away.

Episode 10C
Assistant invites Madara to split the watermelon with the rest. Ma-kun goes first but Saki leads him to a different ‘watermelon’. Yeah, sleep in her boobs! Ma-kun then buries her in the sand and lets another takeover. It’s Madara’s turn so she explains some secret trick to smash it. Unfortunately she has poor sense of direction so she fails. Finally it is Tejina’s turn. Too bad this girl is so panicky that she accidentally smacks everyone with the stick. You can imagine how frightened Saki is when it’s her turn… Oh sh*t… In the end, it’s total annihilation. Except the watermelon still intact.

Episode 10D
Time to play the fireworks and Assistant won’t let Tejina do any tricks, knowing better that Tejina and fire don’t go together. She burnt down the club once, you know. Then she tries to do some money switching burning trick. She uses the flames as distraction and the darkness to conceal her trick. Too bad she screws up and burns the real money instead… She tries to do the same trick with the flash paper. But the fire got bigger instead and she accidentally throws it to their pile of fireworks. Wow. Now the fireworks are all lit! After managing to put it all out, I guess it’s time to console this poor loser girl. Everything isn’t lost as Madara has some leftover sparklers from grandma. The magic moment of Tejina commenting how times like these make them closer, sputter out because her sparkler burns out and drops on her feet. Ouch!

Episode 11A
Tejina is trying some disappearing balls trick that won’t work. I guess Assistant has to hear her out. Typically, her sweaty palms is part of the problem. She then thinks it is because her hands are small. Shouldn’t she get smaller balls then? She puts her hand on Assistant’s to compare. He compliments them and thinks they don’t need to be the same size. However he realizes her palm is sweaty and retracts everything. Quick wash those stickiness off!

Episode 11B
Assistant walks into the clubroom to see Saki ‘dead’. Apparently she sniffed on Ma-kun’s garbage and he caught her red-handed. Now he won’t talk to her. Yeah, a death sentence. To alleviate some of the gloom, Saki has a hand puppet of Ma-kun and explains how ventriloquism works. She has Assistant do ventriloquism on her Ma-kun hand puppet but gets annoyed when he says the wrong thing. But to thank him, she trolls him by preparing to give him a kiss. It’s just a hand puppet of Tejina! He can have it. After she leaves, Assistant peaks underneath the hand puppet’s skirt. White…

Episode 11C
Assistant is shocked when Ma-kun asks if Tejina has a boyfriend. You mean he is interested?! Actually, he saw her with another man another day. Although Assistant brushes it off, they all go tail her. At the family restaurant, they see her practising her failed magic trick and eat cakes by herself before rushing to the toilet in the convenience store. Nothing happens for half a day until this man, Mimura shows up. Assistant looking pretty worried. Real tailing begins. Ma-kun tries to analyse this dude. So he is some sort of porn director? They head to the mall and because they talk in ambiguous language like as though they are preparing for a porn shoot, Assistant is trying real hard to keep himself from going berserk. Especially when they hit the lingerie store! In the end, Assistant can’t take any more of this and tries to rescue her. It is revealed Mimura is Onee-chan’s husband and Tejina was helping him to shop for a birthday gift. Wow. What a big relief. Right, Assistant? Yeah, Mimura is actually a pretty nice guy. When Tejina hears what happened, she laughs it off. Assistant feels this is somehow scary.

Episode 12A
Assistant hears ambiguous sex porn coming from the clubroom. Of course as you would expect, it is just Saki teaching how to make balloon art. Since it is quite hard, Tejina is having fears twisting it. She somewhat gives up and her balloon turns out to look like a dick?! Eventually when she manages to do so, it pops and all that is left of her doggie balloon is now a cod roe. So sad…

Episode 12B
Tejina thinks of showing Assistant this shackle escaping trick. But after hiding behind the curtains and having not come out, Assistant takes a peep and behold! She’s not there? Is this a disappearing trick too? Actually she is hiding inside the closet and this is part of her plan to surprise him. However the locker is stuck and he already left. So you mean she is stuck in there for the entire day because come night fall as the guard comes in to inspect, the locker somehow opens and gives him a fright of his life! Woah! Who this sleeping babe?!

Episode 12C
Madara shows Assistant the power of science of freezing cola. Tejina feels a bit jealous he is having fun talking with her. This makes her wonder if he has been attending secret science meetings or something. Assistant tries to save Madara from something drop on her. As he falls on top of her, this gives Tejina the wrong idea. So now Tejina wants to impress by showing her magic? You could have guessed her cloth pulling trick fails. Now she’s all wet. Madara has them dry up using the fan. So cooling. Power of science rules. She is proud that they are praising science but soon Saki and Ma-kun shows up and Madara feels they have overstayed their welcome. Can you guys leave now?

Episode 12D
As Assistant is sleeping, Tejina thinks of doing some quiet magic trick. Can she? Because she almost flops doing her pigeon trick. Are the pigeons being horny today as they try to put her in ecchi situations? Luckily Assistant is still asleep so Tejina continues stacking cards on him. It is revealed he is pretending to be asleep and now he is in a lurch.

Episode 12E
Tejina’s to fight her stage fright, she wears a revealing bunny suit to be more embarrassed! But yeah, thanks. Because of her cleavage showing, Assistant can’t take his eyes of her boobs and didn’t see her magic tricks well. I guess you can say this is the basic of how magic tricks work, eh? Because of that, Tejina looks successful. See that great cup trick? Yup. Those are great cups alright! Truly amazing! Bravo!

Fanservice Senpai: The Magic Of Fanservice!
There you have it people. That’s all folks. That’s all the magic fanservice tricks we have for you today. Be sure to come back again next season for more amazing boobs magic tricks. Uhm… What’s that you say? You mean this series is cancelled and won’t be getting another season???!!! At least not in the foreseeable future?! Like WTF?! You mean those boobs didn’t do the trick?! Damn. It felt a bit weird that there is no ‘wrapping up’ episode and the last episode just felt like any other normal episode so I thought there’s going to be more. Yeah, I was wrong. I don’t know where I get that idea but I can understand and feel it is more or less the same how Tejina gets her baseless confidence from.

Basically with no real storyline to begin with and even each short episode is furthermore divided into short skits, this series’ comedic moments mostly deals with around the flaws of the characters. So you either love it or hate it that there is all to this series. Surely you’re not going to expect some sort of complicated story and back story, aren’t you? Just like a magician’s desire to entertain us, that is what this series is precisely set to do. No convoluted and twisted plots whatsoever. What you see is what you get. When show is over, you leave with a satisfied feeling of being entertained. So for me, they did that part well and with some skits only lasting a few minutes long, it does enough to deliver the punch line and the joke. Usually with Tejina flopping.

Tejina is probably one of those people who could have been good in doing something they love had not been that one little thing that prevents them from achieving such greatness. It might look funny that she suffers from stage fright seeing that she wants to be a magician, but remember, public speaking is the top phobia in the world. It’s like saying you want to be a doctor but scared of seeing blood. Nothing new or surprising but rather ironic. But the most important aspect is how Tejina doesn’t give up and I guess you have to give her credit for that. Again, there is only so much credit you can give her until she starts becoming annoying. An ‘A’ for effort and trying but don’t go overboard. Given an inch, take a mile…

Because Tejina is also a bit naïve, this also plays a part in why she gives us a lot of fanservice. Yes, people. It is like as though all her backfired magic tricks are supposed to lead to some fanservice. Or maybe they’re not planned and it serves as a backup. What I mean is that if you’re not impressed with Tejina flopping on the simplest magic tricks, at least we have some sort of consolation of her getting entangled in a fanservice situation. She’s probably hard up and would do anything to wow some audience that if Assistant wasn’t there to look out for her, she would have ended up in some shady porn shoot! I wonder if there is a secret DVD title, Porn-senpai… This one would definitely be magical!!! After all, she wants people to watch her, right? Sex sells, right? Voila!

We’d love to see the love prospects between Tejina and Assistant but if they do become a couple it will still be weird and more or less the same thing. There are lots of hints to see why the duo like each other like why Tejina keeps performing and flopping before Assistant is not because she thinks he is interested in her tricks but rather he is the only one around who would pay attention to them no matter how much they stinks. Assistant might give this lame excuse to accompany her lonely club till she graduates but we can see through the reasons why he sticks around. No, not waiting for the moment where he gets to touch her boobs or see her pantsu. Those are bonus points in which I believe he enjoys a lot too but I’m assuming nobody in class gives him much attention like Tejina does. She might be annoying bugging him to show him her tricks but at least she is HIS annoyance! So there you have it. A magician and her assistant with no audience to entertain have at least themselves to entertain. Hence Assistant’s role here is to play more of the straight man to Tejina’s foul ups. Definitely living up to his (nick)namesake. They could be a manzai comedy duo if they get bored of this magician thingy.

The rest of the other characters, I guess they are okay. It gives a little variety because we’ll be bored in seeing just Tejina and Assistant all the time. Hence the odd sibling pair of Saki and Ma-kun with the former with brother complex and the latter trying to look smart by being a mentalist but more often fails too. Technically the duo have better skills in their street balloon art than Tejina. But it’s the only trick I see them do although they excel at it. So is a one trick pony better than jack of all trades who flops hard? Last but not least is Madara who feels like a fringe character. She makes very limited appearance (only to be outdone by Onee-chan) and I thought she would at least be a regular like Saki and Ma-kun. But I guess magic and science don’t mix so can’t have science girl stealing away Assistant’s heart with science because dumb magic bloopers are better, no? And WTF is her fashion sense of wearing black tights under a lab coat? Is this her fanservice to us?

At and animation are okay. Nothing to really shout about and sometimes with all the bright visuals and hues as well as the character designs, it might look a bit cartoonish. Like Assistant with his droopy eyes somehow keep reminding me of that Droopy the dog cartoon character. And Ma-kun being so plum and chubby that he looks like he came out from a cartoon rather than anime. And does Tejina have fangs? For some reason, Tejina reminds me of Dagashi Kashi’s Hotaru. Just a lot dumber. Tejina and Saki’s boobs are so big that it looks like as though they stuck compressed balloons there. This series is produced by Lidenfilms who did Koi To Uso, Yamada And The Seven Witches, Kishuku Gakkou No Juliet and Hanebado.

For the voice acting, I only recognized Eri Kitamura as Saki. Her character might not be a totally b*tch character but I guess my stereotypic views of Eri Kitamura playing b*tch girls and ganguro type gals suit her voice perfectly. Kaede Hondo is the voice of Tejina (Sakura in Zombie Land Saga). While she does sound good as her character but I thought it would be ultimately perfect if Kana Hanazawa had been the one who helmed this role. At some points I think my head started envisioning and hearing Kana Hanazawa behind this character. Yeah, it would have been so epic for her to be in this role. The other casts are Aoi Ichikawa as Assistant (Eita in Just Because), Daisuke Namikawa as Ma-kun (Rock in Black Lagoon), Rie Takahashi as Madara (Emilia in Re: Zero Kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu) and Himika Akaneya as Onee-chan (Yatsumura in Mahou Shoujo Site). The opening theme, Fantastic Illusion by Iris sounds weird. At least it starts off weird. Like Tejina. Before it becomes a generic idol pop piece. I somewhat prefer the ending theme, Dame Wa Dame by Minori Suzuki. It has this sultry and fanatic pace to it. Somewhat reflecting Tejina’s life, huh?

Overall, not the greatest magician in the world no mind blowing magic tricks were shown or explained, not the greatest comedy of the season because the jokes may look cheap and certainly not the greatest ecchi of the year because they feel forced and cliché for the jokes to be told. Not great fapping material but still good if you have nothing else. Just like Tejina’s magic, this series might miss the mark in a lot of areas but if you are not picky and a simpleton (like yours truly), you are sure to be entertained. And then a better show comes next season and you’ll forget all about this one. It would be magic and a miracle if this series gets another season. It’s the only way to keep the ‘magic’ alive, right? But I have seen all the tricks in her hand and up her sleeves as well as the way she thinks, I won’t be surprised any more. Time to drop in yet another magical fanservice. Yeah, it’s one trick that many of us won’t ever get tired of.

Sounan Desu Ka

October 18, 2019

How good are your basic survival skills? Zero? Well. Same here. I suppose we have been so reliant and dependant on technology that now we take the basics of survival for granted. Sure, we think those YouTube videos and the internet can help when we’re stranded but let’s just hope the uninhabited island has some strong internet connection to begin with! But don’t worry. Not all is lost. In the very most remote of chances you think you might find yourself stranded on an island, perhaps watching Sounan Desu Ka beforehand might do the trick. I hope. A group of girls has been shipwrecked on a deserted island and are forced to do whatever they can to survive. From collecting water and catching food, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Not the paradise kind of private beach island life they’re hoping for.

Episode 1
A plane crashes. It seems only Asuka Suzumori, Mutsu Amatani, Shion Kujou and Homare Onishima survive and are stranded on a rock. Only Homare has survival skills since her dad taught her before and they often got stranded on trips around the world. So this is no stranger to her. As we can see, Homare puts her survival skills to good use. Like catching a flying fish, beating it up while wrapping it in her shirt and then squeezing it to drink its blood as liquid! I think the rest will pass. Still thirsty? Homare offers a ‘fresher’ alternative of peeing in your mouth! They continue waiting and still no sign of rescue. Next morning, an island across is visible. They start swimming. Getting exhausted? Nothing moves you faster when you see shark coming! Luckily Homare throws an old handphone battery that has the shark turn around due to its sensitive nose. With Mutsu feeling a bit dizzy, Homare believes their best action now is to find water. She explains several methods but it either takes too long or they don’t have the equipment. It’s not going to rain either. Hence their only option is to find a water source. With Mutsu’s mouth feeling dry and she can’t produce saliva either, Mutsu kisses her to transfer some of hers! Eww! Worse, Homare just ate a flying locust and its leg got stuck in that kiss. Mutsu’s first kiss… A taste of locust…

Episode 2
Homare and Asuka head into the jungles to find the water source. Ironically, Asuka being the athletic one, she tires out and is complaining? I guess she wasn’t really trained for this kind of environment, huh? But soon, Asuka starts to get dizzy. Homare hurriedly digs for water on a soil that is damp and lets her drink. Best water ever! Until she realizes she is drinking this ‘filtered water’ from Homare’s sock! Meanwhile Shion tries to find something for Mutsu to rest. She stumbles into this coconut. Mutsu gets the hint she wants to be praised for her efforts. It took some effort to break it open and from what I can see, Shion drank it all. So to make it up for her, if she pees, she wants Mutsu to drink it? Not outrageous but I don’t think the girls have gone crazy being stranded… They are given a respite when it rains. With their water source secured, the next step is to build a shelter. But since the rest are complaining about being tired and hungry, Homare goes hunting. She caught some cicadas, sea urchin, seaweed and some mysterious jar. Rock-scissors-paper to see who gets what. Shion gets the sea urchin and Mutsu gets the seaweed. Asuka thought it is some jam in this jar but whatever it is, it’s expired. Tastes bad… Homare is willing to share the cicadas. Did you lose your appetite after seeing he decapitate it? Tastes like shrimp? But Asuka passes since Mutsu shares her seaweed. With night fall, they have to sleep in the open. That’s why Homare told them the importance of making a shelter. But I guess sleeping underneath the open sky isn’t too bad either. The girls are surprised that Homare can instantly fall asleep. Well, she’s done a lot for you girls today.

Episode 3
It’s one thing being tired. It’s also one thing to be useless. But it’s totally another thing to throw a tantrum just because you are hungry and wanting Homare to get some food. Oh Asuka, you looking like a spoilt brat. Luckily for her, Homare intends to head into the jungles to find more vines so Asuka tags along under the pretence to help but also to look for food. When Asuka pulls out some sort of potato from the ground, Homare doesn’t think it is a good idea to eat it. Bugs are okay and not potatoes? Hence Homare employs a patch test to see if it’s edible. By rubbing the thing on your body to see if it has any sort of reaction. She rubs it on Asuka’s ass. Suddenly she feels numb. Definitely poison… She is still scared of eating cicadas but once she gets the hang of it, yeah it tastes like shrimp. Shion hopes they could build a shower next since hygiene is important. Don’t want to have those rescue workers think they stink? Homare builds one but it is out on the open. Hey, at least nobody else is watching on this uninhabited island. Works fine until they broke the mechanism. Homare takes Mutsu to hunt for shellfish. Mutsu thought hermit crabs are inedible but on the contrary, Homare demonstrates by ripping off its shell and devouring this ‘delicacy’! They have caught a few shellfishes so Homare demonstrates how to start a fire and use the sun and rock to make it like an iron plate. Shellfish tastes so good that they can’t stop this ‘buffet’. Don’t worry, if you still have stomach for more, here are hermit crabs. Bon appetite!

Episode 4
Once you try it, you’re sure to love it! See? Hermit crabs tastes good to. Uh huh. Tastes like shrimp… But will this be enough? Don’t worry, Homare believes it is time for them to catch a real animal for its meat. Uh oh. Real survival begins… Based on the footprints, she believes there are squirrels nearby. Hence she explains some of the traps they will be making to catch one. When a toad pops up, Asuka uses her skirt to catch it. Careful not to touch some of its skin as it contains poison. Because Homare says they can only eat its legs and to leave the rest behind, Asuka gets worried. You mean she has to kill this little guy? Like, how? Oh sh*t… Thus she pretends to slip up and let it escape. No frog meat tonight… Homare so disappointed… Homare then spots a burrow. It is believed to be European rabbits and hence they will be changing their target to them. She creates a snare trap and to see whether it works, Asuka volunteers to be bait. Works like a charm. Why does it look like she wants to flash her (rabbit print) panties? As Mutsu and Asuka set up similar traps near other burrows, Mutsu notices a branch too high to be placed for their trap. Therefore she improves and uses a log as a counterweight. They fear it might not be as speedy as the original so Asuka tests it and it works perfectly.

Episode 5
So Shion is b*tching that the catch will have to wait for a few days, they have to eat the same shells and hermit crabs again? Homare thinks up fast that she’ll go collect some turban shells and this delights Shion since she loves eating them. Homare and Asuka dive in to catch some but they didn’t find any. So what did Homare bring back? Starfish! Oh Shion, you still not happy? Until she realizes some bruises on Homare’s hands that Asuka explains she tried to get some oyster but its shell was hard and she accidentally scraped it. Shion realizes her selfishness and eats the starfish. Better than any turban shell! Yeah, be prepared because that’s the menu for tomorrow too as Homare catches more! When the gang goes to check on the trap, looks like everything is still in place. Then they see smoke from the beach. Alerted, they think it’s some rescuer. But when they return, they see Shion in a daze. She thought she saw a ship. She starts crying and apologizing. Keep it strong, girls. Can’t have a domino effect of everyone breaking down. Next morning when Homare asks Shion to come with her, the latter thought she is going to be punished. But Homare takes her to a place where there is low tide now. They dig up wrasse fish that buried themselves in the sand while they sleep. That night they have a mini celebration. Got to have some fun sometimes, right? Here’s to their safety and health. Next day, Asuka and Mutsu check on the trap. Looks like something is caught in it… It’s still moving so the thought of killing it swiftly lingers…

Episode 6
Indeed there is a rabbit caught in the trap. Can’t call for Homare or it might run away. Mutsu offers to kill it. WTF?! How could she miss hitting its head at this distance?! I know she isn’t athletic but the way this plays out, like as though the rabbit is making a fool out of her! WTF Mutsu giving up and crying?! Truly the rabbit has taken her for a ride. So Asuka sums up her courage and does the honours. Relaying the good news, Homare now explains how to remove their organs but first they need to create a knife using a stone. Mutsu wants to try skinning it to make up for her failure. Hang in there. Let’s hope this bloody mess doesn’t traumatize her even when Homare is guiding her. Yeah, biology class wasn’t like this… On how to cook the meat, Shion has an idea of some French dish she once experienced, lievre. Well, with some improvisations, they can make something close to it. After deboning it, they wrap it in some plant leaf, cover them with rocks and twigs to grill them. And of course when it’s done, it is the best meat they’ve eaten ever since. How does it taste like? WTF tastes like chicken?! Shouldn’t rabbits taste like rabbits?

Episode 7
Homare thinks of exploring the island but only needs one of them to accompany her. Hence it becomes a ‘battle’ to be picked. Choose me! In the end, Mutsu is chosen and this leaves the rest devastated. After exploring for a while, they stumble into a dock. Excited at first, Homare examines it and realizes it has been abandoned a long time. For now, they make camp. Mutsu asks why she was chosen and to her surprise, Homare views her as most suited for survival as she has a deliberate nature and adapts quickly. So to say the others aren’t so fit for survival and are going to die? Then they hear rustling in the leaves. Turns out Asuka and Shion followed them. Can’t leave mommy behind, can they? They make a bed using a net. A bit cramp but it’s all they’ve got. They think of naming this island but definitely reject Mutsu’s idea of using their initials because it sounds like ahomushi (idiot). Next day, they continue exploring the island and while Asuka finds pears, Shion claims she has found a house! Well… A dilapidated house. Homare explores it and is excited to find a broken pair of shears. The rest cannot understand why she is so happy so she spells out how its metal parts can be modified into a knife. Makes survival a whole lot easier. Then they climb to the highest point to get a feel of the island. Well bad news, water, water everywhere. But something catches Homare’s eyes. There’s smoke nearby…

Episode 8
Calling out if anybody is there… No response. When they head down to the spot, the smoke is actually vapour from the hotspring! Quit wasting time analysing about somebody was here building these unnatural formation of the rocks so as to make the hotspring because it’s time to soak in and have fun! Not sure if the rocks or water is illuminating because we can sure see the naked girls clearly! Of course, important parts strategically blocked off… When the water temperature gets warmer, they realize something is wrong. Too late as the waves engulf them. Luckily they are washed ashore as Homare theorizes this area is only visible during low tides. Later Homare wants to go down a narrow chasm because there are thick ropes there. This spot was once used to anchor boats. Testing the water depths and all, she finally jumps in to grab the rope. Then she uses the chimney style movement to climb her way out. When it starts raining, the girls quickly rush back to camp. Because of the heavy downpour, their tent couldn’t do anything and the fire is put out. Asuka tries to maintain optimism by heading to sea to find something since she is already wet. Suddenly lightning strikes the far end of the ocean and she got electric shock! Thank goodness she is still alive. With the heavy thunder and lightning, the girls wonder if they should move into the forest but Homare points out it is more dangerous as the lightning could strike a tree. The solution is to build a 4m lightning rod and take shelter at precisely 45 degrees away. While Homare builds it, the girls are on the verge of breakdown from the incessant flashes. But thankfully the storm is gone. Asuka thinks of dipping into the sea again but why did she get electric shock again? Jellyfish. Ah… Homare applies sea water to relief some of the pain. Shion and Mutsu realizes how everyone has got it hard and promise to use this as a lesson to be mindful and not to make life already harder than it is.

Episode 9
Homare is excited as she manages to finish creating a couple of knives. Because of the UV, Asuka’s skin is peeling so they ask Homare if there is any natural sunblock lotion. As she was just finishing hunting squid, squid ink provides excellent sunblock. Unfortunately it is only enough for 1 person so Mutsu won the bet and got it. But don’t despair, Homare grinds the seaweed for its mucus and it might not be as effective as squid ink, it’s still better than nothing. Shion accidentally drops and splashes it all over Homare. Asuka doesn’t want it to go to waste and starts rubbing her body against hers. Our yuri fanservice for this episode. With Shion pouting that she is left out, Homare hands her dried squid liver. Not as effective either but still, better than nothing. Too bad it stinks like hell! When Mutsu got bitten by a horsefly, Homare treats it with sap from dandelion. Shion and Asuka argue to make a hammock or a drying rack. In the end, because embarrassment is next to nothing in nature, they made a hammock instead. At least they can sleep easy. With all the stinking business, Shion wonders if making perfume is possible. I think Homare didn’t mean anything bad because she says at this point all of them stinks! It just means their smell got used to the bad odour over time. When the girls praise Homare for her great survival skills, it Homare attributes them all to her father so the girls think she has daddy complex.

Episode 10
Homare makes a raft with bamboos to help transport heavy stuffs. When Shion is lazing around, a bee ‘visits’ her. This scares the hell out of her but Homare realizes this means there must be a hive nearby. She tracks the hive to a dilapidating log. I don’t think she is trying to scare the girls about people dying from bee stings but hey, no pain no gain, right?! First, Homare uses a makeshift torch to smoke out the bees. Then they lie low so as not to provoke it. You think the bees aren’t mad after their hive has been set on fire? Once the timing is right (don’t want the honey to melt), Homare goes in to cut them. With the bees still buzzing around, the other girls get scared but Shion sums up her courage after seeing some mild bee stings on Homare and helps to take the honey. In the end, you can say it is sweet victory. Next day, Homare and Asuka return from fishing. Shion insists she wants to go fishing too. As she cannot dive, Homare lets her fish from atop a raft. After a while, Homare realizes the current has been gaining speed. To her dismay, Shion is nowhere to be seen. Even getting on top a high rock, screaming her name, there is no sign of Shion anywhere. Oh no. Truly lost? Shion has been so engrossed in fishing that she didn’t know she has been drifted far out to sea.

Episode 11
When the rest finds out that Shion has been drifted, Asuka becomes upset. How can Homare lose her when she was supposed to be with her? Hey, even monkeys something fall off trees. But Homare isn’t giving up yet so she has them help her build a raft. She can still catch up and find Shion before sunset. Homare remembers papa’s words to always think about her own safety despite having others around. Because this might put others at risk too. But Homare isn’t going to let that lesson lose a life of a friend. At this point Shion realizes she is lost. She can’t panic and cry. Got to save those moistures. She spots an island ahead but when she lands, it is just some big rock with no life. She tries to stay calm but at this point she is feeling dehydrated and negativism is setting in. Meanwhile Homare fears she might have passed Shion. Due to her limited vision of the horizon, she remembers daddy’s method on how to measure height without any tools. So this high jump acrobat move has her spot that rock island. And in good time she finds Shion cowering underneath the shade of a rock. Shion starts crying. Uhm, is it a good time to waste moistures? And she’s complaining Homare took so long?! Jokes aside, it’s time to go ‘home’.

Episode 12
In her haste to go rescue Shion, Homare forgot to bring any water. At this rate they will dehydrate before they get back. Shion mentions about a cave she found. However as Homare examines, despite having fresh rainwater, it is contaminated with bat dung. Drink it and you’ll get sick! However she has an idea as they prepare their raft back. As they paddle back, it seems the water with bat dung is left out to dry in hopes the UV will somewhat sterilize it a little. As they are really dehydrating, they still can use this contaminated water. As the colon absorbs water and they can drink it without going through their mouths. Have you guessed it? Through your anus!!! Not joking!!! It’s either you lose your dignity or your life! She’ll put some of the water in her mouth and blow it through her anus!!! OMFG!!! Worse than a horror rape scene, Homare does the unthinkable on Shion! That’s only half of it because now Homare wants her to do it to her! This is the worst day of Shion’s life. But she survived… That’s even weird sh*t porn for today. At sunset, they finally reach back thanks to Mutsu and Asuka’s smoke from cooking. Shion couldn’t wait to reunite with her friends and swim ashore to hug them. That night they have a great feast. Next day, Homare teaches them how to ensnare a wild boar. Come on, girls. Cover your hands with wild boar dung!!! The trauma for Shion doesn’t stop… And then they let Shion be the one who trips over it to see if it works. Works like a charm. Lastly we see Homare’s papa on his boat on his way to rescue her…

Cast Away: Girls Versus Wild
Well, this just in. Looks like I know nothing at all and I better have somebody like Homare to hold my hand if I ever find myself in a similar situation. I don’t know if I can really ever do that anus hydration thingy if I were in the same situation. Really, that scene was really the most disturbing and so full of cringe for those who are not used to it. I really hope I don’t have to go through that… And with the girls looking like they’re making the island their home and learning better skills as each day pass, the cliff-hanger of Homare’s papa coming to rescue her, if he does so will they really want to leave their ‘second home’? That will be a survival story for another time. If they manage to put out another season, that is.

While the survival skills and techniques are interesting to watch, I have a feeling that they are just very basic. After all, even though there is this intention from this anime to enlighten and teach others about survival techniques, you can’t go in too deep and technical otherwise it will bore and confuse the hell out of many viewers. Especially like yours truly who know nuts about surviving and this might turn this series into one ‘scary’ experience. Oh damn, you need to know and do so many things just for that little thing? I’m going to pass this island survival thingy. Yeah… Also, this series is only 12 minutes or so and I can see why they want to keep it short and at the same time cram as many interesting survival situations and techniques into the dozen of episodes. This is after all still anime and the main point is to entertain. Otherwise it makes zero sense to have 4 cute girls as our protagonists here, right? In spite of everything we have seen the girls go through, it feels that nature has still been kind on them rather than unleashing some sort of fury that would have threatened their lives at every moment. Like as though this island is made for beginner and amateur survivalists…

While the plot of this series is to see the girls survive the island and to improve their daily survival, a lot of other things when you think about it doesn’t make sense. Like as though it was just all for plot convenience to set up this setting. For instance when the girls shipwrecked, where are the bodies of their other classmates? Unless you tell me that they are the only ones who were on a trip. Even so, where’s the pilot’s body? Oddly in the first episode I have already been wondering about stuffs like this because I figure if you want to be realistic, might as well think of this gruesome reality too. I know they don’t want to stay depressed or even think of their dead, but it’s like those dead classmates never existed at all. It’s like, oh there are only 4 of us who survived this. Okay. Let’s start surviving this island together. See what I mean? Plus, this is sea water so the bodies should float? Amazingly no corpses have been drifted on the island they have been. Assuming that the girls have been stranded on this island for days and weeks, why has there been no search and rescue operation to look for them? Unless the pilot went off its course so the rescue team is searching in the wrong place. Hmmm… Now where have I heard this plot before? With no rescue team means it beats the girls having to bum around and wait to be rescued and hence why we see them doing things to survive.

And then here is another mind boggling part: How come the girls still look fresh and especially their clothes still looking good and new? Remember what I said about this series trying to entertain us and probably targeting a certain demographic segment? Uh huh. It just feels unrealistic that even though there might be some natural solutions to help keep the moisture and some skin care, it won’t be as good as those manufactured ‘poison’ that those international brands produce. In short, the girls here look amazingly cute and clean despite being stranded on the island for days and even weeks. Their school uniforms look amazingly neat and spotless despite being exposed to the elements. No torn or ripped parts of their shirt or skirt. Even more mind boggling how Homare has used her shirt to drain blood and I can’t believe it is still as white as snow after she somehow cleans it. If this was true in the real world, serial killers and murderers would have gotten away with it so easily. Therefore sometimes looking at the girls who are clean and fresh makes me feel like they’re doing one big advertising for the island… Get what I’m saying?

Character wise, I guess there is nothing much to say about them. You can easily pigeonhole them as the athletic tomboy (Asuka), the studious megane (Mutsu) and the prideful oujosama (Shion). Thankfully with one of them being a master survivalist, the rest get to extend their lives longer instead of game over the moment they crashed. It is that ironic feeling that everything you learnt in school is not really applicable here. But let’s face it, how often are we going to live in the jungles or somewhere without human civilization? So it is pretty expected that Asuka, Mutsu and Shion know nothing about survival. Occasional b*tching and whining I guess it is acceptable seeing that they are unfamiliar with their new surroundings and it is a good thing they learn and help out since trying to forever be a spoilt brat will only get you dead (by nature) and not sit well with us viewers who might be trying to find somebody to hate. I dunno. It’s just human nature, I guess?

But I suppose this means with their undies in good condition too, it gives a great excuse to see them in it while they get wet and do water activities. Damn, that sure sounded ambiguous but whatever. Viva our little fanservice here! And because the trio are noobs in surviving, some of their slip-ups are made to look like jokes and punch lines. Ah well, gotta have some fun too, right? It’s a good thing they have Homare as company rather than, say, Wilson! Cute blonde twintail beats bloody hand printed ball any time!

Homare being the ultimate survivalist and somewhat saviour of the pack, it feels like God is trying to play a cruel trick on her by testing what she has learnt from her father all these years. Many of the techniques she employs here are thanks to the lessons and flashbacks while travelling with her dad that are scattered throughout the series. Hence it also becomes one of the mind boggling points of the series: Why the heck was papa bringing a young girl along with him through his travels around the world? I don’t know what job papa does that has him travelling to all the dangerous parts of the world, but why bring a young Homare who could have been in elementary school then with him? I am making a big assumption that mom is dead and it’s the only reason why a child is not stopped to go on such journeys. And of course thanks to the travels, she has gained a lot of valuable knowledge on surviving. For some reason she stopped travelling and entered high school. I am also assuming this happened because dad is dead and she thought of experiencing the high school life before she gets too old to be a high school girl. And then this happened. Perhaps the ultimate test to see if she was really paying attention to daddy. From what we’ve seen, it is sure paying off.

On a side note, thanks to my limited Japanese vocabulary, initially I wondered why this series was named so. Only after a simple Google search did I realize it was appropriately named and it can be used as pun too. Hence the official English title of “Are You Lost?” is appropriate (sounan means lost). This also offers a play on word and pun because “Sou nan desu ka” technically means “I see…”. Therefore when Homare shows and wows us with her techniques cue this line which could actually mean both. Pretty neat, huh?

Art and animation feel pretty okay as we have cute looking girls and for thankfully the island life isn’t harsh enough that the girls suffer some kind of horrible injury or tragic fate. Yeah, nobody gets paralyzed or suffer from some sort of illness! And with cute girls making look like it is so easy and fun living the island life, better think twice and do your research after research if you really want to try this out. This anime is animated by Ezola whose only other anime at this point was Happy Sugar Life.

I didn’t want to make any issues with the voice acting part but I want to point out that Homare’s character at first I didn’t think she was suitably voiced. Not that Mao Ichimichi (Shion in Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken) did a bad job but rather my perception (and most of us) of blonde twintail girls. I was expecting her to have this high pitch squeaky voice like what many blonde twintail girls do. Yeah, bonus points if she is a tsundere. Therefore having Homare’s voice as the calm and lower pitched, it just feels, uhm, not right. Had Homare looked like any one of the other girls, I would have agreed to the casting but I guess the producers want us to cast away that stereotypical views of blonde twintail girls. Yeah, it all doesn’t matter when it comes down to survival, huh?

The other casts in this small line-up include Azumi Waki as Shion (titular character in Oshiete! Galko-chan), Hiyori Kouno as Asuka (Kazusa in Araburu Kisetsu No Otomoe-domo Yo), Kiyono Yasuno as Mutsu (Megumi in Saenai Hoeroine No Sodatekata) and Akio Ootsuka as Homare’s papa (Kyouraku in Bleach). Seriously, the more I hear the voice of this guy, the more I keep thinking he is the late Unshou Ishizuka! Remember Ahomushi? If the island didn’t get named by them, then they could have formed a band in an alternate reality and sung the opening theme of this song, Koko Wa Doko! Another one of the weird aspects of this series is how lively this song is. I don’t expect it to be dark, dramatic and edgy but for a show about survival, seeing the girls having fun doing survival stuffs in the opening credits, it just feels really weird. Yes. Really, really, really weird. But I think we need all the positivism and motivation we can get by staying on this deserted island. The ending theme by Kiyono Yasuno goes to a slower beat. Ikiru has this slight feel that it is a marching band song but it’s not that bad either.

Overall, this series can swing both ways. It is entertaining because you get to see the girls doing basic survival tasks and if you like a bit of ecchi, having them doing certain stuffs in their underwear gives a natural excuse for this. However the series can be a drag because it is basically the girls doing basic survival tasks. Rinse and repeat but shown in a different way. And the saddest part is that I would forget all the lessons that Homare has thought us once the next season rolls in. Heck, even by the next episode I would have forgotten the important survival lessons of the previous! Looks like I’m not cut out for surviving in the wild. Anime had better not die out and force me to go outside and live a normal social life! Oh the horror! I don’t need that kind of survival skills, please!!!

Tesagure! Bukatsumono

October 13, 2019

Atarashii! Something new! NOT! For some reasons, Tesagure! Bukatsumono is supposed to be the kind of anime that I would definitely have put it on my watch list but never managed to do so. I don’t know how I missed this series that aired way back in 2013 but I guess many years later my random search on the internet over what potential ‘past’ animes to watch led me to stumble upon this. The plot is just about a group of girls talking about the common and generic tropes of clubs and giving their new ideas about it. Yeah… Sounds boring… Maybe that’s why I skipped it… But since here I am now, perhaps those new ideas might sound interesting and funny.

Episode 1
Yua Suzuki, Hina Satou and Aoi Takahashi are trying to recruit members for their club. They contemplate of letting a normal boy join to turn into some harem but by doing so means they can’t do girly things anymore and it will be awkward. Hence they snag Koharu Tanaka to join. She didn’t even know how the heck she ended up joining either. She is still unsure to join this one as it was her goal to join her club but after seeing so many presentations, all of them were boring so she isn’t sure anymore. The rest explain this club is for her and is different than the rest. They don’t have anything in particular to do so they think of the things they want to do via trial and error. Hence they are like groping to do things and testing to see if they are interesting. Thus tesagure bukatsubu literally meaning a groping club. Now that Koharu is convinced to stay, they brainstorm their first activity. They think up the first things that come to mind about baseball. All the cliché stuffs like how the main characters act and look as well as how such typical baseball tournament stories go. Then they come up with new rules for a new baseball club. That rule is flexibility. So it’s like anything goes? From what they should do after winning and their dress to the cheerleaders, speak your mind, girls. Then they experiment with blind baseball by calling clones of Mobuko Sonota to join in as the opposing team. The players are blindfolded but are guided by directions by their teammates who aren’t playing. Just like that traditional blindfolded watermelon splitting. Safe to say, they fail badly. Oops, did they break a window? Blaming bad instructions, huh?

Episode 2
The girls visit Koharu’s class to find out where she sits. Since she sits in front and in the middle, they thought she was supposed to be the main character because main characters always sits next to the window! Koharu worries when they mention they can read her thoughts. In the clubroom, Koharu discovers the club isn’t official. They submit every year but it gets rejected. But of course. So they’re operating illegally? Anyway, just like last episode, they brainstorm about football. All the clichés and stereotypes of football in anime and manga. Then they come up with new rules for the sport that includes carrying the goalpost to the ball and digging holes?! It’s time to experiment with it so they call Mobuko to help out. It is revealed that they are all sisters! Must be one horny dad to f*ck his mom and give birth to sextuplets for 3 consecutive years!!! Anyway, today’s football rule is that when you receive the ball, you must recite a haiku. Not sure if the poem isn’t any good you can get a yellow card by the referee?! And even if the goalkeeper catches the ball but a bad haiku means it is considered a goal?! Weird. Thankfully real football doesn’t follow this.

Episode 3
Koharu tries to pinpoint the typical and cliché anime girls in their school like twins with opposite personalities and the rich girl. However the rest point out they are totally not and just normal people. But I guess Mobuko’s the exception… This time the club in discussion is shogi. They dispense their views on the game before imposing the usual new rules. They include the pieces acting as a wish plate, moving a piece with a non-dominant hand and the pieces themselves having some sort of drama like the generals on both sides are actually going out with each other! As they prepare for the experiment, Koharu learns that despite not being an official club, thanks to Yua being in many other clubs, she has influence and thus their club has a clubroom. This means Yua has also got some clubs to create a giant shogi board and pieces. The twist of this game is that Twister rules are incorporated. Yeah, it’s damn hard to play with your ass blocking that space! Weird positions! You lose if you can’t maintain your position. Truly, this game isn’t for the weak!

Episode 4
When Koharu learns that Yua is also the student council vice president, she starts worried about her school life since her perception on them as well as the disciplinary committee is strict people. Her friends dispel that misconception and that they are actually nice people. Koharu feels relieved and is amazed to see them having colourful hairstyles like main characters. Later Koharu worries that because their club is only all girls, people might get the wrong impression. The rest then start to tease her that they may just be yuri and start getting yuri on her! Don’t get your hopes up on a foursome… Next they discuss about the tea club. Like before, their views on what they think the club is like before making their own rules such as putting in milk and bowls that look like pantsu! Then the rest seem to pester Yua to do something about the tea club but she jokingly denies and doesn’t want to do it. Eventually she does a weird cha-cha dance?

Episode 5
This is inevitable. The topic about boobs! Or at least their uniforms make it so their boobs are protruding. This is more obvious to those with big busts like Hina so for those washboards like Aoi, better keep praying harder. So which club will be today’s victim? The cycling club. Their usual views on it like their uniform and the typical and cliché cycling tournament. And the new rules they come up with include having to bang their thighs with each other like butt sumo (WTF is this gay piece of sh*t?!) and cycling with heavy weights attached to their bikes. Aoi somewhat ‘wins’ as the best rule since she makes a pun of coins dropping and bicycle (both pronounced as ‘chari’).

Episode 6
We jump straight into the girls talking about the wind instrument club. Lots of clichés about characters in this club like siblings, harems, ex-girlfriends, indirect kissing, superhero suits and rich loli magical girls?! Are they serious?! And those are all their ideas and not new rules yet? So the new rules they come up include blowing while having hay fever, only waving sticks, playing inside a pool (a pun for suisou as both wind instruments and water tank sound the same) and spooning while playing the instrument. Everyone later tries blowing a wind instrument and as expected, they all suck. If it was a real weapon, it could really kill…

Episode 7
The cafeteria is crowded and the queue is long because shortage of workers and the new cafeteria lady is unsure of the pricing. Wow. Aoi telling her off what the real prices are? In the clubroom, the girls discuss about the newspaper club. All its cliché perceptions of its characters to the girl who has a crush on the protagonist and the guy who always has the latest scoop. Of course the moral dilemma of exposing the truth. Eventually it is all just a dream of the protagonist’s father? New rules for the club include reporters need to get special training to post comments, using more emoji and having adult content. Later the girls experiment with karuta. The twist is that they must quickly pick out an embarrassing picture of them taken secretly. Is it me or are there a lot of secret embarrassing Koharu pictures? Because of that, she couldn’t snatch a single photo and Aoi is the winner with the most.

Episode 8
Maid cafes are a staple in school cultural festival. With so many around, they realize they all come from the same chain. Is this a franchise? The girls talk about the tennis club. The weird scoring system and the strange ways they use the racquet. They also talk about the clichés of tennis clubs in anime like how everyone looks like an adult and that’s why the protagonist looks like a kid with hidden talents and all. As for the new rules, they include having a sudden death match with only a single point scored, wearing embarrassing and used panties while playing and putting vinegar on their hands as sterilization (a word pun based on tennis) while those on the bench make sushi.

Episode 9
The theatre club isn’t spared. Their perceptions on it include the club having national tournaments like sports clubs and extra actors for minor parts get weird credited nicknames. Clichés in anime include the protagonist memorizing all her lines after reading the script once and there is a direct correlation in her improving acting skill as well as her real life romance. New rules for the club include everyone having to repeat their lines twice hence making the play twice as long, the audience never sympathizing with the heroine and all actors continue to put up and act to hide their real personalities even during rehearsals. Yua has lots more on her list but it’s too dangerous and the rest just vetoed her ideas. Later they try acting out on stage. Wow. So dramatic. So funny. So lame… No wonder Koharu feels embarrassed at the end of the play.

Episode 10
The cliché moment of a couple always getting stuck in the gym storeroom after the last person locks it. Hence that is why when Yua and co pass by, it is a rule that the next person who passes by must unlock it. True enough, a couple comes out thanking them. In the clubroom, the girls discuss about idioms that contain eyes and mouth. Aoi seems to be particularly unimpressed that eye idioms have more positive connotation that the mouth idioms. So they substitute both parts to make new idioms and then make a hero story that is based on mouth idioms. With everyone getting really creative with the mouth idioms, it leaves poor Koharu so confused because the hero sounds and acts like a typical villain! And Aoi doesn’t even care anymore. Before we forget today’s episode we haven’t talk about a club yet, this time they talk about themselves which is basically the slice of life club. No need further introductions so let’s get down to the new rules. When Yua suggests she is God, Koharu misinterprets that she has died! Certainly not the punchline or answer everyone was expecting! I guess that’s enough for today. Later they experiment with scavenger hunt shiritori. They are to bring items to the hall. Yeah, they really bring in weird items including strangers. Koharu so confused…

Episode 11
The girls tease Koharu aloud that she might wear panties with holes. Oh my. Did that guy hear it? Yua even goes over to tell him all about it but it seems he didn’t catch all that. That’s because the cliché of main character guys will never know girls’ secret! To further prove it, they tell him more of Koharu’s embarrassing stuffs and he still doesn’t get it. But Koharu still embarrassed… For this special edition, Mobuko joins the club as a guest. This time they talk about the astronomy club. So mysterious that they don’t even know where it is located. New rules include lovers must address each other as Hikoboshi and Orihime and everyone must make their appearance with a comet trail. I guess the club is so mysterious and nothing to talk about that they have time to talk about another club: Cheerleading club. Tight shoelaces, hairstyles and leaving pom pom strands all over. New rules include doing cheerleading in the most unlikely of places like funerals and courtrooms, using pom poms as powder for armpits and wearing loose panties that might fly all over during their cheerleading. I’m sure that will earn them lots of points! The audience will definitely cheer harder!

Episode 12
With Yua and Hina graduating, Koharu notes it will be just the 2 of them. But Aoi notes this club will always have 4 people. When the seniors return, they pack their stuffs and Koharu stumbles into an album containing application forms with weird names. It seems those are failed applications for their club and were always rejected because they couldn’t decide what the club is supposed to be. Then they ask if Koharu has found a club she wanted to join. Well, despite finding it hard to keep up with them, she somewhat finds it fun. Koharu learns that the club’s only rule is to go through trial and member to figure out what the new members want to do. Hence that is why they talk about creating new rules for clubs. Yua hands over the presidency to Aoi while Hina hands over her vice presidency to Koharu. However Koharu cannot accept all this. After hearing all that, there is no way she can be the vice president of this crazy club. This club will not do without Yua and Hina. She begs them not to graduate. This heart breaking scene only reminds them about themselves as they too did this to their graduating seniors. Damn, I thought this would be comedy but now it’s turned into a tearjerker after this big emotional group hug. Hence Yua suggests creating new rules for this tesagure club that includes everyone must laugh at the president’s proposal and everyone acting like Koharu. They note that even though it is sad not to have Koharu around, they prefer to have the one and only Koharu instead of multiple clones. And so Yua and Hina graduate. Aoi and Koharu’s first role is to fill up the application form for the club. Why not call it tesagure club? That’s something new that nobody has thought about.

Encore

Not enough tesagure for you? Don’t despair. Here’s the second season with more ideas coming your way!

Episode 1
We hear Koharu narrate the meaning of her name and the reason why she wanted to join a club. It’s basically a summary of the first season as she also introduces her other club members and their personalities as well as highlighting some of the things they talk then. Now it is time for Yua and Hina to hand over their presidency and vice presidency respectively to Aoi and Koharu. Some last words and also the logic behind the creation of this club was always to find something and to focus on who the members spent time with rather than how they spent their time. Just like history repeating itself, Koharu doesn’t want to graduate and everybody starts crying in a big group hug. OMG. I thought this was supposed to be a comedy and not a tearjerker!!! Again! During recruitment day, Aoi is slacking as Koharu tries to wake her up and warn her other clubs might steal their potential members. And then Aoi starts ranting about the clichés in manga that characters don’t age and that they should follow this trope. What does this mean? It means they’re bringing back Yua and Hina to the club! I guess that’s why they also called this season ‘Encore’.

Episode 2
Since they’re really going down with this repeat route, they talk about the discrepancies and inconsistencies from various sources and media. Hence the most common ‘acceptable’ excuse is of course parallel world! Also, because there were requests for less animation for this episode, hence our girls will be less animated and having less movements. Enjoy your lame slideshow. The girls talk about the stereotypes of the basketball club before moving on to their new rules that include the referee blowing his whistle randomly and for weird reasons as well as everyone wearing loose trousers and the game turns into dodgeball when some music is played.

Episode 3
They’re going to do less animation for this episode too! Yeah, it’s alright as long as they can make it through. All though there will be slightly more animation this time, you will notice how they used recycled scenes from past episodes and sometimes the art gets very sketchy and no colour. Anyway, they talk about the judo club. Yeah, the club with smelly men. Not sure how they go about making puns of names before going on to make new rules like they have to put their full name on the uniform, giving cute names to all the painful moves and wearing nipple stickers the same colour as the belt. Later they experiment by making judo clothes that are hard to grab. One is too slippery because it is made of eel! And shocking too! Another is made of tissue paper! It’s breaking up! Too bad we can’t see any of this because remember, less animation. We’re stuck outside the gym and relying on our power of imagination!

Episode 4
Arts club. Yeah. Those talented nerds. They discuss the different types of people in arts club which we might find cliché and typical in anime and manga. As they move on to the new rules, because Hina makes some incomprehensible pun, the rest find it really hard to understand. WTF, butt drawing? It took a while for her to explain and this only worsens the pun, making Hina ‘mad’. I guess it took up too much time so let’s go over to the experiment. They will be playing shiritori but using art. Uh huh. They must guess what that drawing is and draw their answer. Unfortunately their drawings are so freaking abstract that you will never be able to guess! Yeah, maybe they are just bad artists. Koharu is the only art whom they are able to guess because she is simple. After double checking the real answers, it seems by coincidence that all their artworks are coincidentally shiritori related! So this is real art? So when it is Koharu’s turn, her simple art is guessable but unfortunately she lost. Shinkansen…

Episode 5
Volleyball club. A bunch of masochists, right? After mentioning the few types of typical volleyball characters, they move on to the new rules such as the players wearing ballet dancers’ uniform, allowing players to pick up the ball that has touched the ground for 3 seconds and using human heads as the ball. WTF?! For the experiment, the volleyball game they play has a twist. There are building blocks of cities on each side of the court. They must return the ball while defending their city! If the buildings get destroyed, they lose points! Safe to say, Koharu’s side decimated their own city with all the reckless moves. And if they’re too careful, they’re too slow to return the ball. And Mobuko’s side is like having extreme dexterity and flexibility. None of their buildings were demolished! I know who to call to protect my city when a kaiju appears.

Episode 6
Broadcasting club. Stereotypes about the people in the club. They even take the chance to blatantly promote their soundtrack. When they talk about the different types of main characters in such club and the stammering they usually have, Hina acts them all out. For the new rules, looks like they only have time to hear Koharu’s idea of everyone speaking with squeaky voice after inhaling helium gas. That’s because everyone is so amused with Koharu’s ‘ability’ to imitate her helium gas voice that they want her to continue imitating it. Is this going to be her regular character from now on? Don’t think so.

Episode 7
Koharu thinks that this school is safe because of the surveillance cameras around. Until the rest points out its special features of shooting white beams. They demonstrate by flipping Koharu’s skirt, here’s your white beam censor! Damn, the girls must really feel so safe! Except Koharu. She gets violated as the rest keeps flipping her skirt. Hey, at least security is working. What do you think about the rugby club? Burly idiots! They discuss the absurd rules since they are unfamiliar with it. Also a gender bender rugby club filled with stereotypic cliché girls. New rules for the club include when a tackle is made, a hug must be given. Hence name change to hugby!!! Then they go on talking about balls and the players being gay…

Episode 8
Not a club this time. They talk about the cultural festival and its clichés. So when they talk about its new rules, the only idea came about is locusts descending on the festival. Because the rest of the time they are talking what locusts and other types of bugs are. Just keep the place clean! During the festival, because coincidentally all the members of the light music club is out, our girls have to substitute them. Do they even know how to play instruments? Well, they start talking jokes and puns, turning this concert into a stand-up comedy show. Hey, as long everyone is laughing. They end this with a song. But because they can’t play the instruments, they play the CD while pretending to mash their instruments. I guess the fun part is just singing the lyrics. So it’s like an idol concert? But holding instruments? And Aoi is like when she lost her drumsticks, she just starts banging the cymbals around like a monkey. Having fun, aren’t we?

Episode 9
Koharu wants to buy a birthday gift for a friend but doesn’t know much about her. Hence the rest suggests asking the best friend of the main character. Because he knows everything! The girls talk about the quiz club. Yeah, why to smart people always wear glasses? The interesting part comes from them creating a romantic comedy story in which all questions are given several multiple choice answers. So how will the story end? A) Good ending; B) Bad ending; C) All this is just a dream; D) Series cancelled! As for the new rules, Yua suggests everyone has to answer in a very shy and embarrassed way. Then she tries to bait Hina into saying some embarrassing words but that girl has some wisecrack answers and a tough nut to crack.

Episode 10
Starting on a different note, the girls try to answer Yua’s riddles but most of them end up as puns. This leads to the origin of the riddles especially that famous sphinx one. You know, the creature that changes the number of legs throughout the day and the answer is man. Because of the ambiguous choice of words, the reason why many don’t get the right answer. Hence they reword it in a simpler and more understandable way that makes the answer way easier to guess. However the question and task itself becomes boring. I guess they chatted too much on this and realize they haven’t talk about any clubs yet. Not really a club this time as they talk about the sports festival and immediately comes up with new rules. One of them being items must be very hard to obtain. Because Koharu gave degenerate answers, the rest believes she has been broken since joining this club and this means she’ll do fine when a new person joins the club! For the experiment, Yua combines riddles with sports day. When she asks a riddle, they’re supposed to pick an answer from several sketches. All wrong! I guess it is harder than it seems.

Episode 11
Are school teachers always this young? Only in anime! And why are they always single and love getting drunk? They go directly ask one and although she confirms all that, she lets in another secret: She is a lesbian! Oh Koharu, you mean to look so shock? With Mobuko and her sisters joining in this session, they talk about the kendo club. It leads to them giving them different nicknames and the only new rule is to fight with bamboo swords soaked in boiling water. Then they discuss about the rakugo club in which instead of having a storyteller play all characters, each character is played by a different person. Also, instead of the story finishing in one telling, spread it out into 12 different stories!

Episode 12
We go back to a year before when the club was headed by Mio. With Yua and Hina, they were recruiting members. Mio spotted Aoi sitting alone and invited her to join but Aoi will not join any clubs whatsoever as she views them as stupid. She thinks all those relationships between club members are fake. Just people pretending to be friends. But of course, Mio dragged her to join the club. So Mio cut her a deal that they will find something to do in the club that isn’t stupid and in turn Aoi agreed to join and try out for a year. Man, that’s a long time. But it got off on a bad start as Aoi realizes the club’s name sounds really stupid… But as we can see, Aoi slowly joins the ‘stupid’ conversation like girls in her class being cliché and stereotypical (for instance, girls being fat) and making new rules for the amusement park. Eventually Mio graduates and she hands over the leadership to Yua. As for Aoi, she didn’t care if the club was stupid or not. Thinking if something is stupid or not seemed stupid now. Is she saying she has also become stupid? Just kidding. But Mio’s parting philosophical ways about freedom and acceptance has everyone crying hard. Especially Aoi. She realizes this is the first place who accepted her for who she is. Because if you accept everyone as they are, they will learn to accept you for who you are! So deep! OMG. I thought this was supposed to be a comedy and not a tearjerker!!! Yet again!!! Aoi doesn’t want Mio to graduate but alas she leaves her in the capable hands of Yua and Hina. It will be their turn to create a place for someone else. In present time, our girls are now doing another recruitment drive. Koharu is still nervous and panicky but Aoi, she’s a cool cat. Just do whatever you want!

Purupurun Sharumu To Asobu

Well, technically they didn’t do a third season but this is still a third season if you consider this spinoff as one. And what better way than to add more characters and to double the running time equivalent to your standard anime.

Episode 1
Aoi and Koharu are trying to recruit new members. Because Aoi’s dream is to do a collaboration anime, hence they pull back Yua and Hina for another season! Thanks to the publisher having bigger budget and their airtime has increased, they think they can get away by calling this a spinoff. After all, in the end everything will be just a dream, right?! So folks, meet our Apprentice Goddesses of Purupurun Charm. Their anime hasn’t been adapted yet but their casts have already been chosen. So this is also part of a collaboration to make Charm achieve their goal to become an anime? So they start things off by trying to plan what to do for each episode. It is going to be tough since the Charm side have different schedules, considering their seiyuus are popular. After briefly introducing themselves, they then discuss about how to talk to each other. Hence it turns out with everyone suggesting Koharu talk politely to everybody from now on. Must she change her character? They also discuss what kind of show Charm should do. So it’s like going to copy tesagure style? After all, remember they can just brush it off as a dream. So to start off the next segment by falling asleep so they can start Charm’s segment. This is a dream, right? And here it is, Purupurun Charm, 5 girls with elemental powers who bring harmony to the universe that includes parallel worlds existing within the same dimension. But we see Rin Arisugawa narrating her normal high school life with friends, Hiina Usami and Kanon Izayoi. Yui Enjouji is their senior and she loves to tease Kanon because of her short stature. Joining in their discussion is Tomomi Okonogi, a half Russian who arrives in a tank. So what they discuss about? Female type battle robots! Even having new rules for them like being flirted via wall slam and taking custody of their kids. Hiina loves walls slam and has Rin act it out with her? Then it is back to the original tesagure quartet as they think what else to do with this collaboration. So they think of a new one frame slice of life manga. With an empty speech bubble, they make adlib speeches for it but mostly talk about boobs.

Episode 2
Our tesagure girls talk with their Charm counterparts about their debut. They give their mix comments about this unique yet lazy adlib system. In order to give everyone a proper introduction and since a normal highlight episode would be just boring, they suggest doing it via musical style. But first with start off with our Charm girls discussing various topics like the kind of goddess they would like to become and the things they would like to do now. Then they get a cue to talk about the gymnastics club. A few awkward moments as they try to discuss new rules for it. Yeah, probably they’re beginners so we let them off the hook. But it gets awkward as Rin keeps mistaking Hiina for Tomomi so much so she has to be reminded before she does it again. Now we return to the tesagure girls. New viewers, don’t worry if you don’t know what the show is all about as it is done in a musical fashion! However the scenes and dialogues aren’t new. What they do is take an excerpt from a previous episode, the girls read their lines by singing it in a strange musical fashion. From tennis club to newspaper club to rugby club and arts club, now do you understand what this anime is all about? And if you want to sing along with them, just in case the songs are all sung in E Major. So just to let you know, okay?

Episode 3
The girls talk how this third collaboration is most important as the Charm side relay their thoughts on the first 2. It is also a blatant chance by the tesagure girls to promote and sell this anime’s DVDs. The Charm girls discuss about each other’s strong points before discussing new ideas for a job interview. This leads to them acting out a reverse pressure job interview in which the interviewee puts back the pressure by counter questioning the interviewer. They even try it out with Kanon and Hiina being quite the pro. Back to our tesagure girls, this time they talk about the table tennis club. Since a lot of rules overlap with the tennis club, hence it is perfect for this spinoff. Today’s discussion is slightly different as they borrow the table tennis’ table and they discuss things while they play. But they end up laughing most of the time and can’t play well. Then they just sit down and talk about the new rules for the club that includes using ping pong balls as bubbles in a public bath and the net caught a boar or tuna. Even more interesting, Playboy bunny girls use their stockings as net and keep the ball warm in their cleavage! Is this some sort of special themed brothel?

Episode 4
The girls are now thinking of doing a song collaboration and their own character songs. The Charm girls talk about Hina’s new Smartphone followed by new things in their life. This irks Kanon since Yui and Tomomi are bragging about their new growth in boobs and height respectively. Later when Yui can’t attend the meeting, Yua sits in for her as they talk about new things for a villa. Ideas include having 30 toilets, the walls and roof are see-through and everybody who lives there are naked. Back to the tesagure girls, because the school is going to have a new school song and hence encouraging students to submit lyrics, first they talk about ideas for a new school song like deer gathering when you start singing and the teacher got so into playing the music that he would end up smashing the instrument. We then hear how the school song plays out before the quartet list down words they want to say and fit into it as lyrics. It’s like they want to incorporate everything so yeah, the song’s lyrics turn out to weird. Very weird. From hot guys running around in this paradise to survival of the fittest and a strange confession scene. Sure you girls aren’t writing lyrics for some dramatic pop music? Yeah, nobody wants to be caught dead singing this during the opening ceremony!

Episode 5
With last week’s Yui sitting in, they girls now think of shuffling themselves for this adlib collaboration. But we start off with the Charm girls first. Rin is having problems studying so the rest chip in to try and help her to study. But as expected, Rin can’t focus as she wants something sweet and eventually falls asleep. I don’t think dreaming is going to help her do her homework. Later, Mio and Hina replace Yui and Tomomi as they discuss about new field trips. Mio has trouble reading kanji so not so sure about the hypnotic field trip she is talking about. Then there’s also stores that sell souvenirs run by teachers so they can pocket the extra income and students are divided into some kind of order for the field trip. Next, the tesagure girls visit the haunted house. Surprisingly, it is Aoi who is very scared and clinging on to Hina for dear life while the rest are like laughing their asses off over the great props and actors. Yeah, really weird and funny. Back at the clubroom, they are joined by Yua and Mobuko as they discuss new ideas for a haunted house that includes a haunted house like a giant maze, ghosts announcing beforehand that they’ll pop up to scare you and a hot male ghost who escorts you all the way. Sorry, no hot girl ghost if you’re a guy. You still get a hot male ghost escort.

Episode 6
With the success of last week’s shuffling, Yua wants the shuffling to continue in this episode. To add to the fun, they’re going to add collaborative character songs. But first, we see Rin having a toothache. With Hiina giving advice on how to deal with it, I guess Yui eating her sweets on behalf isn’t going to do any good. They talk about other oral hygiene care before Yua and Aoi replace Tomomi and Kanon to discuss new dentist rules that include the dentist grinding away your budget, the dentist says “Tooth” in every sentence, the drill used is of the multiplication kind and a female dentist having large boobs in your face and hence den-tits. The tesagure girls ride the Ferris Wheel at the amusement park. Hina has fear of heights and thinks this is unsafe. You mean the roller coaster is safer because it has seatbelts? As their carriage reach the top, it is clear that Hina is not feeling too well. The wind is blowing hard and the other girls take this chance to tease her like hell like rubbing her thighs since she is being a quiet girl. Then Yua tries to pretend to be her boyfriend and calm her but it just made it worse. Kanon and Tomomi join the tesagure girls to discuss about new Ferris Wheel ideas. This includes each carriage is equipped with amazing equipment like a shelter, saying gondola many times fast turns it into a dragon (it’s a pun, try it), you can’t ride it without being introduced or referred by someone and riding to the highest point allows one to see all hidden things going on that one is not able to see normally like the staff rooms.

Episode 7
For the first time, all of the girls are here at the same time to record a collaboration. Since they can’t do a swimsuit fanservice, Hina suggests some werewolf kind of fanservice. You know, some yuri girl turns into a werewolf AKA Yuriwolf to terrorize the other girls in the dorm? Not one but 2 Yuriwolves! In this Danganronpa style trial, we see all the girls (minus Tomomi) having a trial and discussion to pick out the Yuriwolf. Based on initial votes, the suspicions fall on Kanon. As they deliberate, we hear them all saying they love men or something like that. It sounds like everyone is picking on Mobuko as she emotionally tries to rebuke all their accusations. Once the trial is over, the one with the highest vote is ejected from the trial. That person is Kanon! One night passes and it seems the Yuriwolf’s victim is Mobuko. Hence the next day’s trial resumes with Koharu now being a suspect. More deliberation and accusations. Yeah, keep asserting you like men… Because of that, everybody gangs up and even voices out to vote out Koharu! So it is no surprising she gets ejected from the trial. Now, if both Kanon and Koharu were the Yuriwolves, there would be no more victims and the game won. However when night falls, Yui has become a victim. Hence the trial resumes and now the suspicions fall on Yua.

Episode 8
The trial continues with more deliberation. This time, there seems to be an argument over Aoi and Hiina being the fortune teller. And both are trying to make their case that they are the genuine fortune teller since they did some readings on the fortunes of other girls. When the votes are in, Aoi and Hiina have the same number so both are given a little more time to speak and make their case. In the end, it is Hiina is voted out. If Hiina was the Yuriwolf, the game would end and the girls win. But that night it is Hina who gets taken out by the Yuriwolf. Therefore the trial continues with Rin now being suspected. Obviously we see Yua and Aoi ganging up on her and even voicing out they’ll vote her out. And yes, Rin is booted out. With Yua and Aoi left, it is announced that the Yuriwolf team wins! The truth is revealed: The Yuriwolves are Aoi and Koharu! The fortune teller is Hiina. The girls discuss and go over things and we see that Aoi is a pretty smart and scheming girl, befitting her Yuriwolf role. From what I understand, she eliminates all the smart ones first and leaves the dumb ones in the end! Is that insulting to Yua and Rin?! It’s one reason why she took out Hina so that Yua can somewhat side with her. Yeah, some club. As for when Koharu was eliminated (it is said she was unanimously voted out), why did Aoi not cover for her? Nah, she was useless and never needed her at all! Damn she’s scary and badass! With some time left in this episode, it is revealed this Yuriwolf version we just saw is the second one. There was an earlier and first version hence we are shown a digest version of it. It’s a bit crude and less refined than the second one we see. Not sure who the Yuriwolves are since they teased the extra materials might be shown on BDs. But I theorize since Aoi was taken out early in the game, maybe that’s why she sounded so scheming in the latter.

Episode 9
Due to the success of the Yuriwolf episode, this time they’re going to take it easy. So, back to normal chatting? They talk about the movie they saw last night and this leads to Kanon revealing she has never been to the cinema as she doesn’t want others interrupting her show and Tomomi aiming to go watch movies alone and pick a time where nobody is around. So the Charm girls decide to go watch a movie together. Hiina is trying to hold back her tears but to her surprise it is Tomomi who started crying. The rest? They fell asleep! Yua and Koharu replace Tomomi and Rin as they give new ideas for movies like screening 2 movies side by side, soaked chairs and chairs that become toilet seats if you need to answer the call of nature. The tesagure girls are at the zoo. They are amused at a pair of meerkats interacting one another. Are they making out?! Keep snapping those cute little critters till your folder is full of meerkat photos! Only Aoi and Tomomi are present at today’s discussion as they talk about ideas for a new zoo like animals having boring names and the zookeeper keeps throwing dung. Aoi being Aoi seems to make Tomomi laugh a lot as well as confusing her so Aoi admits she is somewhat shallow and superficial and her words don’t really have deep meaning. Are we supposed to be amazed?

Episode 10
The beauty salon cut Kanon’s bangs too short and so she’s mad and will do what it takes to shut it down! Calm down. The rest try to give words of encouragement but they said too much and eventually it just depresses her. Yua and Hina sit in for Kanon and Hiina to discuss new rules for a beauty salon that include a slot machine that determines your hairstyle, the hairdresser has a short temper, the hair iron is a sandwich making machine and everyone is naked while giving shampoo. The tesagure girls visit a farm. Everyone is so admiring the cute chicks until it starts pooping on their hands. Still cute, though. Then they visit the horse who coincidentally has the same name as Aoi. Yeah, some teasing on which Aoi they’re calling. And Hina ‘bullying’ the horse by trolling it and not giving its food. Kanon and Hiina join the tesagure girls to discuss new rules for a zoo. But this format will be different and will be played out via cards and haiku. The first 2 lines are determined by picking out a card. Then each of them will finish off the 3rd line with their card in hand. Hilarity ensues. So we have horse riding, some Indian elephant, a zookeeper and some dirty joke summary? Probably sometimes the meaning is so random that they find it funny.

Episode 11
With nobody’s schedule lining up this week, Yua notes that everyone’s lines were recorded separately buy edited together. Hence they think of a new dubbing collaboration. One whereby they show old footage but add new voice recordings. But it won’t just be any normal voice recordings. They will be given a theme or separated into categories and those who fall into that will do the voice over in that particular way. For example, those with light coloured hair will talk like a heavy metal shouting while those with dark hair talk like an old woman without dentures. Hence the entire episode despite having recycled footages, the way the tesagure and Charm girls narrate their lines in different modes is refreshing and of course funny to hear. In the end, the last recording has them do the style they like the most that they have done.

Episode 12
Mio hosts this first (and last) Tesagure Grand Prix, the girls will be divided into groups and face off in an individual comic dialogue contest. The winner of each block will advance to the finals and Mio will also pick 2 other losers to join in the finals in which the ultimate winner will receive money as well as something to commemorate her as the main character of the series. In the first block we have Rin, Yua, Yui and Koharu. Tomomi is absent. The topic is to mention the 8th mystery of the school that barely missed the cut to become part of the 7 legendary mysteries of the school. After a few weird ideas, the winner is Koharu. Surprise?! In the second block, we have Aoi, Hiina, Mobuko and Kanon. Surprisingly, Hina is unable to attend because she is sick. Yeah, Aoi already calling her out for faking her illness (note, she isn’t). The theme is the cafeteria lady looking down on you because of some situation. But this theme is so boring that even Aoi calls for the 8th mystery one. I suppose she wants to get the poop jokes off her chest… The winner of this block goes to Hiina. Surprise?! Aoi calls it rigged until Mio chooses her as one of the losers to advance. Not rigged now, huh? Also somehow Tomomi is also picked. In this final face off, they hear a song sample in which they must fill in the remaining lyrics. In the end, the winner goes to… Koharu! Surprise! My opinion is that she could have sealed the win by breaking the fourth wall with a song that this series is about to end. A fitting ending theme for an ending theme? So the final scene shows Koharu waking up in a classroom and noting she is still the new girl after all this time. Is that how she becomes the main character?

Trash Talking At Its Finest
So… Uhm… Did they miss out discussing about the archery club? What about the hockey club? Not even the chess club, huh? Well then… So… Uhm… That’s it? No more new ideas outside the school clubs too, huh? I guess there is a limit to everything then. That’s why they didn’t talk about politics and give new ideas for it. Heh. Don’t want to earn the bad side of those people in power, huh? Yeah, also we don’t want current culture politics permeating and seeping into our animes!

It is with mixed feelings if I should say I enjoyed the series. First of all, there is obviously no plot so everything hinges on the dialogue on the characters. And you know me, after years and years of watching Japanese anime, I’m still having trouble with my Japanese vocabulary. Yeah, this is even watching it with subtitles. I doubt there would be a dub version of this because it would really be a pain in the ass as many of the conversations would be lost in translation. Not that I would even think of watching a dub. But anyway, what I am trying to say is that even with subtitles, I am still struggling to understand what the girls are trying to say. Meaning, I don’t really get what they mean. Sure, some are funny and made me laugh but at other times I am just left scratching my head to just comprehend what it means.

As you would have known, this series is totally adlib. There is no particular script to follow as we hear the seiyuus talk to their heart’s content on whatever the theme and topic of the episode was. But sometimes there are some parts which I do feel like it sounded like as though it is scripted. I could be entirely wrong and even so, this proves that the seiyuus are just as talented in making it sound natural and so while my puny ears and brain can’t seem to pick up and tell the difference between natural adlibbing and scripted. Not sure if the adlibbing talent is perfected but the same anime studio went on to produce Himote House back in 2018. That was also another anime that was based on adlibbing rather than from a script.

As for the ideas that they discuss in each episode, sometimes I feel that they aren’t really ideas. How should I put this? The new ideas are just supplementary to what is already existing. For instance an example of my own, waiters serving customers should now all tell jokes. Sure, that itself is an idea but it is not like it is to improve customer service or the waiting profession. So how is this an idea for a new waiter/waitress of a restaurant? See what I mean? Of course in the end, these are all just jokes and not meant to be taken seriously. But what I am trying to say is that they are more trash talking than brainstorming. Whatever pops up in their mind, they just say it. Anything goes. While some are funny, like I have said, some are mind boggling and this is even true because sometimes this new idea leaves the other girls stumped and the one who present the idea has to somewhat explain it further so the rest could understand. So it’s not like the ideas is new, it is just that they are ridiculous and absurd, hence no sane person would really think about it unless they want to come up with some twisted joke.

Aside from talking about culture clubs and sports, the spinoff tries to bring something new and discuss other things outside of school (I wonder if the visit to the haunted house, amusement park and zoo are also adlib). While this is refreshing, I still find the Yuriwolf game to be the most interesting and exciting of all the other ‘boring’ discussions. The only problem was yet again, my inability to understand some of the things that they discussed. I was trying to piece together what they’re saying and never really got a chance to even make a guess who the Yuriwolves were. I know I could have paused and think but nah, that might ruin the experience. WTF did I just say… Even though they tried their best to expand and prolong it to 2 episodes, the game mechanics I felt could have been better explained but I guess things have to move along quick because if given time, thinking and planning would have made the outcome very different and may not be exciting anymore.

Can’t say anything much about the characters. Since it’s the ideas that we’re talking about, the characters aren’t really given much of a prominence. Sure, some of them have their personalities but it is nothing major nor would it influence anything. Maybe except the ideas that they throw out. For example, Yua is the perverted one while Hina is the calm and intellectual one. Then you have Aoi who started off as one who has the penchant of making puns in every ideas she said but then she started turning into some kooky member. Like as though she is a few steps away from being an official mental asylum patient. Then there is Koharu who is the naïve and gullible one but she could be even more perverted than Yua especially it is no secret that she likes hot good looking men and doesn’t even hide this perversion of hers. Looks like she is already at home and blended in well with the club.

Sad to say for the Charm girls, I guess this series didn’t help increase their popularity so their own anime never really took off. Hah. What a big joke then. Their debut ended before they could even start. They might be new characters making their first appearance in the spinoff but sadly I don’t know much about their personality at all compared to the tesagure girls. Is Rin supposed to be the dumb one? The one who also eats a lot? Kanon definitely looks like the oujo-sama type while Hiina the intellectual type. Because you know, glasses. Can’t put my finger on Tomomi except that she is half Russian and Yui as the bisexual personality is what gets stuck in my mind. Oddly, during the Charm girls’ discussion, the tesagure members can be seen as eavesdropping and commenting on their talk outside the building. A reminder that this is still a tesagure show? One thing to note on Tomomi, I’m not sure what is the deal with her character or her seiyuu as she is often missing in some, if not the important segments like the Yuriwolf and Tesagure Grand Prix. Not sure if there is any scheduling conflict but it feels like we’ve been cheated without her character around and the fun lessened. That’s why there’s always an apology recording after that. Oh well, show is over. Now you’re free to do anything else you want. Plus, the tesagure girls being the veterans in this adlib area, have more experience so they own the Charm girls any time.

Last but not least there is Mobuko and her clones, oops, I mean her sisters and sextuplets. It would have been much easier to say they are all clones because saying they are sisters and sextuplets sound so far-fetched. Not even fantasy sci-fi writers could come up with this absurdity. Anyway, Mobuko seems to be like the fringe member of the tesagure club and only pops up whenever she is needed to. Hence, the only place where she has a decent limelight is the next episode preview (which isn’t so much of a next episode preview by the way) of the spinoff. In this segment, we see various and all her various incarnations from grandma to professor to her versions of herself from the future and even a demon king all come together for who knows what. Definitely a mob of Mobukos. Yeah, maybe that’s all the screen time she can actually get so they squeeze it all into this nonsensical section here. No matter how many of you there are and from what time period, stay united, Mobuko.

Art and animation are entirely used using CGI. I won’t say it is hideous but because this isn’t some highly intense action packed series, you won’t really feel the difference here. Although Yaoyorozu produces this series, I believe it is the same Bouncy studio who later did Himote House. Yeah, the CGI quality didn’t really improve. And by making it a joke and also breaking the fourth wall, hence we somewhat accepted that the low quality animation is okay. So low that the girls are the only things that are animated. Everything else is pretty much not animated. Heck, other unimportant extra characters are just some coloured shades and even if there are those drawn properly, they aren’t animated and are just like paper cut-outs. Yeah, this is definitely new. Not sure if there is rotoscoping because like in the spinoff when the girls visit the zoo, the animals are animated in somewhat a surreal way.

Voice acting department, I guess they’re all really talented despite I don’t really recognize them all. For them to pull off the adlib parts flawlessly, I wonder if they have done a few takes before because it all sounds perfect. But I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt and believe they are really talented seiyuus. The casts are Asuka Nishi as Yua (Shinobu in Kiniro Mosaic), Satomi Akesaka as Hina (Esdeath in Akame Ga Kill), Karin Ogino as Aoi (Nyarin in Himote House is her only other voice acting role), Koharu Tanaka as Koharu (Momoka in Sabagebu), Kaoru Mizuhara as Mio (Misao in Lucky Star), Shiori Mikami as Rin (Krista in Shingeki No Kyojin), Mikako Komatsu as Hiina (Neko in K), Rumi Okubo as Kanon (Chinatsu in YuruYuri), Natsumi Takamori as Yui (Yuzu in Sunohara-sou No Kanrinin-san) and Sumire Uesaka as Tomomi (Sanae in Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai). I wonder if Reina Ueda as Mobuko (Ayado in 3D Kanojo Real Girl) got the raw end of the stick. Sure, all her Mobuko sisters and other incarnations are voiced by her. Even the credits page ‘spammed’ her name next to all voiced characters. But then again, being the character with the least proper screen time, I guess this makes it up to show her versatile voice acting. Especially that spinoff next episode preview.

For a series that spans 3 different seasons, they sure used the same opening theme, Stand Up might be the original for the first 2 seasons sung by the quartet of the tesagure club but in the spinoff, Yappari Stand Up is pretty much the same song but just add the quintet of the Charm girls. This song is kept ‘fresh’ because each opening line is different and is just a short line of something random and nonsensical. First season’s ending theme, 12 Kagetsu by the tesagure quartet feels a bit out of place. Not saying that this slow and lovely ballad is bad because it’s not bad enough but after hearing all the nonsensical ideas, hearing them sing this song just feels a bit weird. But not as weird as the bad CGI of seeing them doing some dance in the snow!!! Second season’s ending theme is also basically the same but some change in the lyrics, Sorezore No 12 Kagetsu.

The main ending theme for the spinoff is Shikisai Crossroad by the tesagure and Charm girls. Another slow and lovely ballad that doesn’t sound too shabby. If you’re tired of the CGI animation, at least you can see the girls in overly cute chibi fashion in this ending credits animation. There are lots of special ending themes for the second and spinoff season but they only last a single episode. These character and collaboration songs reflect their characters so the song is somewhat tuned to them. I think my favourite one was the rock piece Aoi sang. The entire lyrics just went, “Lazy Lazy Lazy Lazy Lazy Lazy Call Me Lazy”!!!! It’s so lazy that it’s new!!! The rest felt like generic slow ballads and anime pop idol style and anime rock outfits and didn’t really attract me.

Overall, a rather okay anime for me. The crazy ideas are supposed to be the jokes and punch line that are to make you go laughing till your stomach hurts. Well, some of them. Because in some jokes you can hear the girls really laugh out loud. Unfortunately with my limited vocabulary, it really does limited my ability to understand and appreciate all that they have contributed. Yeah, sad that I don’t even understand some of the dirty sex jokes and puns they made. Maybe I should join the club and the members can brainstorm and find ways for me to improve my Japanese. Aha. I got a new idea on how to improve my vocab. Watch French or American animated cartoons dubbed in Japanese! And then my interest suddenly shifts to western animation… No way! But that is so new and atarashii, right?!

One Punch Man S2

September 28, 2019

It’s finally here! 4 years later! That’s right. But better late than never because with all the hype and anticipation for One Punch Man S2, it better deliver. Yeah, a hero always makes his late entrance. So you never heard of this guy? You know. The superhero that ends everything with just a single punch, hence his eponymous hero name. Yeah, that would hardly be any fun. But fun enough to have garnered many followers to warrant another sequel. So how many more can he add to the body count list of defeating his enemies in a single punch? We’ll just have to see.

Episode 1
A villain thinks he can harass the women in public. However with the arrival of King, he grovels and begs for mercy. You see, the people is happy that he is one of the strongest S-class heroes and they’re so happy he is back! After doing his errands, some giant robot challenges him. But King tells him to wait as he needs to go to the toilet. Can’t fight at full strength if he is holding it in, right? But in the toilet, we see King’s true nature. He is actually a coward. Although he attracts bad luck, before he knows it, the enemy is down. He didn’t anything. Somebody else always did. Because he didn’t deny, one thing led to another and now he is in this sh*t. That’s why he wants to quit being a hero! The only way left is to run. What about the robot? Don’t worry. Genos is tackling it. King goes back to relax but WTF why is Saitama here?! He saw him bought some video games and is interested to play with him. He plays along until Saitama asks if he is so strong that he doesn’t want to fight anymore. Yeah, he saw him running away. Oh sh*t. How to answer? Then a monster crashes into his place. Time to prove it? King remembers how always gets dragged into such mess but somebody was always there to clean it up. Hence he always ends up running away. Was Saitama the saviour? Yup he was and still is. Saitama easily destroys the monster. King repents his action. Although Saitama doesn’t care and doesn’t want to lecture him, he wonders if he is going to continue lying to the public. Genos meanwhile barely defeats the robot threat and sends the parts to Kuseno in hopes he can do something to help his upgrade. But he is reminded to find clues about the cyborg that destroyed down his home and went on to destroy countless of towns and lives. Don’t worry. Genos will also get to that. That’s why he needs to undergo training from a master. Meanwhile Sitch, the minister of justice for Hero Association has gathered lots of ruffians at HQ. He plans to seek their help with heroes to fight against the foreboding omen. It is gaining ground as there are more disasters happening every day. As Sonic is among the group, he is disappointed that Saitama is not here and leaves. He is not going to play hero with them. Meanwhile Fubuki and her team also target Saitama and they’re going to move in now. What’s Saitama doing? Playing video games with King!

Episode 2
Sitch continues his briefing but among them is Garou who claims he supports monsters. He wants to know who the strongest is here and will kill them all. Some of the heroes attack him but they are easily killed. Then he goes off to kill all the other ruffians. He lets Sitch live since he has had enough warming up. He warns he will return stronger in 6 months so be prepared. Sonic is outside Saitama’s door. Genos confronts him and won’t let this pipsqueak do as he wishes. Hence an epic duel begins. Meanwhile Fubuki and her team ring Saitama’s door. They try to be intimidating and to cut all that threat short, she is offering her to join her faction. Of course he declines. When she orders her men to attack him, they are easily repelled. Fubuki gets serious to fight him but Saitama lectures her that she doesn’t know what it means to be a hero. She is not cut out to be one since she is more interested in factions and crushing newbies. That’s why she gather weak lackeys so that she feels stronger. The fight is interrupted with Genos-Sonic accidentally cutting in. Fubuki is shocked and confused to see Genos calling Saitama his master. This S-class cyborg calling this B-class hero his master? Genos continues his fight with Sonic but Saitama stops him since Genos is going to destroy the whole place just to take out Sonic and his speed. Hence Saitama shows him how it’s done. Sonic relishes this rematch and does his special ability of moving so fast that he cloned himself 10 times. But Saitama does his side step so fast and cloned himself 100 times!!! OMFG!!! Yeah, Sonic lost. Fubuki explains her situation. She remains as top of B-class because A-class has got lots of crazy heroes whom she can’t control. As we know Tatsumaki is her sister, she is always number one. Hence being number one of B-class is the only thing she can. She thinks manipulating factions isn’t wrong until King waltzes in. Friends with Saitama? WTF is this super strong group? She wants to join!!! Oh man, looks like she joined another faction. Meanwhile Sitch is disappointed that the committee is more interested in giving heroes their nicknames instead of addressing Garou’s threat. They think other S-class heroes can handle it when they are up to the task. Speaking of Garou, he is on a hero hunting spree.

Episode 3
Bang mercilessly beats up his best disciple, Charanko and exiles him from his dojo. Charanko talks to Genos about this and the latter deduces Garou might be behind this. You see, Garou was once Bang’s student and with that incident at Hero Association HQ, Bang is distancing himself from his students to avoid bystanders getting hurt if there’s an intense battle. On the way home, Charanko spots Garou trying to pick a fight with Licenseless Rider. But Tank Top Vegetarian who was recently defeated by Garou, brings back his brothers and S-class master, Tank Top Master to give his due punishment. At first it seems Tank Top Master owns Garou and could have defeated him had Licenseless Rider not stop him to spout crap that Garou is still human. Garou turns the tables and defeats them. He is going to kill the rest of them. Of course they all lose and when Charanko decides to enter the fray, no surprise upset either. Saitama visits Licenseless Rider and Tank Top Master recuperating in hospital to find out about this Garou dude. Despite being human, Garou seems to be a master in martial arts. All attacks were dodged, parried and blocked well. Even his strikes to the joints and vital points were brutal. It’s like he was able to read his moves. Unlike monsters who let lose all their strength in a rampage, Garou has special techniques to break people. Visiting Charanko, he gives Saitama a participation ticket for a martial arts tournament. Since he is injured, he can’t participate. Oh sh*t… 3 million yen prize money… Meanwhile Garou continues his hero hunting by facing off with Golden Ball and Spring Mustachio. Once he learns their moves, it is easy to bring them down. After all, he also knows all their trump cards since earlier on a kid lent him a guidebook on all the known heroes. Later Garou stumbles into Saitama. Thinking the latter is some low level hero trying to get some fame, Garou strikes first but Saitama is hard!!! I mean, real hard!!! Then Saitama just chops him down and Garou loses all strength and passes out!!! OMFG!!! Don’t get in my way of shopping! So why is Saitama buying a brown wig? So it’s not to permanently cover his head as Genos worries that the baldness may have got to him? Nah. It is to impersonate as Charanko at the tournament.

Episode 4
When Garou was young, he loved monsters but found it baffling the heroes always win despite the monsters also tried their best. In that case he will become the ultimate monster and won’t lose to anyone. Garou wakes up in the dumpster, not remembering what happened last night. With Garou targeting not only heroes but Hero Association as well, it is suggested that S-class heroes become their bodyguards. King was called but he is busy ‘fighting a boss’. Yeah. Playing video games. Hence Metal Bat now babysits an executive and his son. When an attack occurs, it isn’t Garou but some monsters. As Saitama waits for the tournament to story, some cocky guy who seems to know Charanko talks to him. He talks about last year’s event where somebody impersonated a participant and went on to win the tournament. That is why this year all disguises and aliases are banned. Otherwise you get sued and even banned permanently. Oh sh*t. The guy believes that impersonator was Garou. One day he got tired of training and decided to beat the crap out of everyone while Bang was away. Though he badmouths Charanko, Saitama calls him a coward since he quit his dojo but Charanko fought Garou one on one. After Metal Bat defeats the monsters, looks like bigger monsters (even monsters have seniors?) attack him. It might seem Metal Bat is having a hard time fighting them but after he pumps himself up, it becomes easy as pie. But it’s not over yet because giant grandpa monster is here! It seems the monsters are targeting the executive and it’s a good thing Metal Bat has been able to hold his ground. With the city under evacuation, Garou is glad to hear Metal Bat in the vicinity. Metal Bat is already busy trying to take down this behemoth and Garou is itching to have a fight with him? He’s serious. Here it comes! Don’t make Metal Bat mad. Because he’s going to bash your crazy head in!

Episode 5
Metal Knight comes to deal with the grandpa centipede monster as Garou fights Metal Bat. However the more damage Metal Bat takes, the stronger and faster he becomes. It somewhat ends only when Metal Bat’s little sister, Zenko intervenes. She forbids the men from doing more violence so I guess nobody can defy nor hurt a loli so that’s that. Some monsters are watching Garou in action. Phoenix Man approaches Garou and invites him to Monster Association. However he is not interested. Phoenix Man leaves for now but believes they will be seeing each other again as long as he is targeting heroes. Once they’ve got the executive’s son, the monsters retreat. However monsters in other cities are still running rampage and many A-class heroes have fallen by the wayside. Meanwhile the martial arts tournament is about to begin and we are introduced to lots of the weird participants. The highlighted ones include defending champion, Bakuzan and an unrivalled contender who has returned after many years of absence, Suiryu. Saitama faces off with the cocky Zakkos who thinks he is hell of a strong. Too bad just one slap is enough to put him down! Damn, is Saitama that strong? Rather, Zakkos is that weak! Yeah, you can hear the crowd in the background laughing like as though this is some sitcom!

Episode 6
Suiryu instantly takes out his opponent. Meanwhile monsters are popping up everywhere and a few are close to the martial arts tournament. Bakuzan doesn’t want the organizer to announce or it will cause panic. If any are close enough, he’ll take care of them. But it is of course Genos who goes to take care all of them before Saitama’s next match. But he is going to miss it since some of them are pretty tough. Because Saitama is now facing off with Bakuzan. The latter thinking he is some newbie with no ambition so he brags what he is going to do to him. Then in one punch Saitama sends him flying out of the ring! OMG! An upset! Genos has finally taken care of the last monster but something fast takes him out. Meanwhile Fubuki is fighting a monster babe who can turn others into her zombie slaves with her whip. She intends to use Fubuki to lure out Tatsumaki but don’t need that because here comes Tatsumaki to clean up Fubuki’s mess. Monster babe can tell she is dangerous and uses her zombies for her escape. She only succeeds since Fubuki doesn’t want Tatsumaki to hurt her zombie-turned subordinates. Suiryu’s next opponent is Snek. The latter contemplating how he has gone weaker and not being able to protect the people like before. He gets riled up hearing Suiryu’s reason for being strong just for the money and to have an easy life. He also believes in survival of the strongest. Because whether there are heroes or not, humans will still survive even if there are monsters or not. That’s how nature works. And in 1 kick, Snek is defeated. Meanwhile we see the king of Monster Association, Orochi. He is pleased with the reports of the rise of their Monster Association and sending panic waves to Hero Association.

Episode 7
While more monsters pop up, don’t fret because S-class heroes are fighting back. Those we see in action include Drive Knight, Child Emperor, Pig God, Flashy Flash (?!) and Tatsumaki. Atomic Samurai discusses with his other sword buddies on taking down Garou before Bang gets defeated. But one of them has betrayed the human race and ate monster cells to become one. He wants them to eat them too or die. Unfortunately for him, Atomic Samurai’s slash is so fast that he disintegrated before he could move. Back to the tournament. After a few boring rounds that end in a single hit, we are now here at the finals. Saitama versus Suiryu. Suiryu starts off with a feint but powerful kicks. This is just warm up, you know. Saitama isn’t fazed and he is more concerned in holding down his wig! Must not get busted. They come to an agreement that Suiryu will teach him martial arts in exchange to be entertained. So a few more powerful moves but it is clearly Suiryu is holding back. And Saitama still holding down his wig. Not until Suiryu starts badmouthing the Hero Association that it hits a nerve in Saitama. So when Suiryu does a surprise kick on Saitama and his wig fell off, Saitama doesn’t give a damn. So if Suiryu wants to have fun, shouldn’t he not get any stronger? Luckily Saitama holds back or else Suiryu would have died. But the force was enough to blow away his shirt! The officials have disqualified Saitama because he broke the rules and declare Suiryu the winner. But the crowd doesn’t want this exciting match to end. So does Suiryu. He gives it his all as he slams and punch all he’s got into Saitama. So after all that Saitama is still okay? But Saitama has learnt something about martial arts. It’s all about the flashy moves, right? And just with the swing of his hips, Suiryu is flung to the other end of the arena! OMFG!!! Cue for Saitama to escape since the officials are going to capture him. Suiryu is in shock that he lost for the first time. Not so fun now, eh?

Episode 8
Suiryu is being awarded and he doesn’t look too happy. Suddenly monsters storm into the arena. One of them being Goketsu. He was previously this tournament’s winner and was rumoured to have been killed by monsters. On the contrary, he was captured and given a chance to eat monsters cells. Now he is stronger than ever. He wants all of them to eat monster cells or die. Those who are weak or desire power eat them and quickly evolve into monsters. However they are easily taken down by Suiryu. Goketsu finds it a waste to kill him and gives him a chance to change his mind. It sure sounds tempting he can enjoy life and do as he wishes but Suiryu passes. He doesn’t want to end up looking ugly. Suiryu fights Goketsu but realizes he cannot even make a scratch on him. As he gets puzzled, he sees Bakuzan and asks for his help. Bakuzan then admits Suiryu is stronger than him but has now given up on being the strongest human after seeing the irony of him having a hard time fighting these monsters. Hence Bakuzan eats all the monster cells to transform himself. But his body can’t handle it and he collapses. To Suiryu’s surprise, Snek and Lightning Max return to help. They easily defeat the monster subordinates but Suiryu is shocked the duo is going to fight Goketsu. Suiryu uses this chance to run as the duo gets pummelled but Suiryu is also hammered by Bakuzan. Looks like his monster activation was delayed. Goketsu leaves and tells Bakuzan to come to their base. But first, Bakuzan torments Suiryu and enjoys every moment of it. On the verge of death, that is when Suiryu sees the importance of heroes. He realizes he needs them and desperately calls out for help. Bakuzan is going to stomp other unconscious participants but they are quickly whisked away by Saitama! IT’S ABOUT TIME YOU SHOWED UP!!!!!!!!!! He thanks Suiryu for holding out and he came after hearing his cries. IT’S ABOUT TIME WE HAVE SOME ONE PUNCH MAN ACTION!!!!!!!!!!!

Episode 9
Bakuzan mocks Saitama. He should’ve sensed something wrong when his punches and kicks have no effect. And then Saitama does his specialty. One punch and he is dead!!! Suiryu informs him what is going on outside as well as Monster Association and those monster cells. He is devastated that Saitama is going to face off Goketsu. He believes he is destined to save more people than die here. But surprise! A decapitated head of Goketsu!!! Suiryu is so impressed that now he has a new goal: He wants to be a hero. Oh Saitama, I know you’re being realistic but please don’t be a wet blanket. How does Suiryu becoming his disciple sound? No way! With the monsters suddenly disappearing, Saitama is left to think deep. He has been bored and this recent events and even joining the martial arts competition out of curiosity, nothing has changed. He talks to King about this empty feeling and how he can’t grow anymore to be strong. Hence he is so bored. For once, King says some mind blowing things. Saitama refuses to do things, take up challenges or stimulate himself but yet he complains. If he wants to see something new, he must open a new path himself because life is an endless journey. If he thinks becoming strong is the end goal, he is mistaken. The endgame of a hero isn’t that simple. Being courageous and taking action for the sake of others is what give heroes their meaning. In that sense, he is still not the ultimate hero. After hearing all that, Saitama is even more bored! Meanwhile, a shocking surprise as Garou barely escaped and is covered in bruises after picking a fight with S-class hero, Watchdog Man. He believes he still has a chance to grow stronger and will test that when he sees King. He is charging at full power when Saitama kicks him away, thinking he is one of those punks trying to earn a name for taking down a hero. Sonic is being confronted by comrades from his village, Tempest Wind and Hellfire Flame. It seems they have joined Monster Association and want him to do the same so they can take down Flashy Flash. Sonic refuses but they give him a monster cell in case he changes his mind. Sonic contemplates on turning into one because his goal is to defeat Saitama and his humanity side already died when he lost. Is he going to eat it? Based on Drive Knight’s info, Hero Associations discuss about Monster Association and their initial ploy is to play along before finding a way to destroy them. Then a message from Monster Association arrives. We see Sonic eating the monster cell. But not after he cooks it well because he is disgusted to eat it in its raw form. What does he feel? A super diarrhoea coming up!

Episode 10
Gyoro-Gyoro negotiates to the Hero Association that the monsters want to be left alone and promise will not rampage anymore. Hence the recent rampage was just to show them their power and hopes both humans and monsters can live in harmony. When one of the executive agrees and puts down his gun, he is shot and killed! So this is just a joke by Gyoro-Gyoro. The real deal is this. He wants Hero Association to gather all their heroes and come to their base to rescue the hostage. Once the message is done, the parasite monster is going to kill them all but S-class hero, Superalloy Blackluster easily squashes it. Gyoro-Gyoro addresses the monsters that this plan is to gather all the heroes and destroy them all once and for all. Once this happens, they can easily take out the rest of the humans. Some monsters aren’t impressed to pledge their allegiance to Orochi. Hence Orochi shows his fearsome tyranny by eating losers, monsters who lost their fight during the rampage. Noticing that Goketsu isn’t around, Gyoro-Gyoro checks about and sees his corpse. Uh oh. Things aren’t going too well. Genos has been given a new body by Kuseno and advised not to rush in. Monster Association makes an official war declaration on Hero Association. Child Emperor is mad that Metal Knight wants out of this operation. The latter thinks this plan will only bring forth more casualties. He has sent in the proposal once they find the Monster Association’s hideout, they should just nuke the damn place and forget about rescuing any hostage but since the executives are thinking about their funding, they rejected his proposal. Hence he doesn’t want anything to do with this mission. Garou takes a rest in that secret shack of that guidebook kid. But other A-class heroes led by Death Gatling have surrounded the place and want him to surrender. Of course Garou won’t do that so they start fighting. As Garou is weakened, he cannot effectively defeat them. Furthermore, the heroes are in sync working well to take this guy down. Eventually Garou gets hit by a couple of poison arrows and is losing strength. Last chance to surrender.

Episode 11
Death Gatling talks about the hierarchy among heroes and that S-class heroes are treated differently. Something that irks him and many other heroes because there are many other talented heroes ignored. Hence he gathered these other Hero Association heroes to make a name for themselves and prove they aren’t just second rate heroes. Garou thinks some would be disappointed in that kind of thinking. Amazingly despite his weakened state, Garou manages to fight back and take out all the heroes. He has learnt their pattern and timing. He even went as far as protecting the shack from Death Gatling’s all-out firing. Yeah, all the bullets had no effect on him. After Death Gatling’s defeat, the poor kid got so scared of Garou that he runs away. Before Garou could take a breather, Genos pops up. Apparently one of the heroes called for backup. With renewed and upgraded power, Genos goes head to head with Garou. Meanwhile Saitama loses his consecutive 81st video game match with King! Damn. Maybe he’ll take out some steam with those monsters rampaging near his place. King asks about Genos because he hasn’t been back and might be taken out by Monster Association. Nah. Saitama believes that guy will be okay. On second thought. Maybe he’ll go check on him. We continue the epic power fight between Genos and Garou. The latter trying to mimic Watchdog Man’s moves for a surprise attack but Genos is still better. Suddenly monsters pop up to tackle Genos. They are here with orders to assist Garou and to bring him to join Monster Association. Garou doesn’t appreciate the help, though. Of course Genos rebounds and kills all the monsters. Just before Genos can finish off Garou, here comes Bang. Time to put an end to this.

Episode 12
Time for master to give his disciple a beat down punishment. Garou tries to flee but Bomb (Bang’s older brother) stops him and joins in the beat down. So great the beat down that it looks like Garou’s life flashes before his eyes. The point in time whereby school kids were playing heroes and they made him the monster. Not that he has any problem with it nor the most popular kid in class, Tatsu playing the hero. It was rather he learnt of the injustice because all the kids ganged up, played unfairly to let Tatsu dominate over Garou that he had no chance to fight back. Even when he did, he was scolded by the teacher that he went berserk and owed everyone an apology. Garou was mad. Unforgiveable. Hence becoming this hero hunter was to make such people feel the blow of the weak. Garou revives and is about to get real when Phoenix Man snatches him away. He lets grandpa centipede handle those pesky heroes. Garou is frustrated and doesn’t acknowledge this because it is meaningless if he doesn’t do it himself. But Phoenix Man tells him he only has himself to blame for not being strong enough to finish this off. We see Bang and Bomb use their martial arts to break the centipede’s exoskeleton. However it moulted and revived. Genos decides to handle this and against the old dudes’ advice not to throw away his life, he does so anyway. Even with all the firepower and innovations he has, including burning the monster from inside out, the centipede is still breathing. At this point Genos is close to defeat. He has tried everything in his book and yet he cannot defeat this monster. He is starting to question his own worth. Bang and Bomb take other heroes for safety but when they realize they will bring the fight back to the city and there would be more casualties, Bang is going to sacrifice himself? Don’t worry, that won’t be. Because King makes a brave announcement to the monster that he has brought Blast (the S-class hero whom this monster has a grudge with). After throwing more insults, the centipede charges at King. Any time now… Saitama!!! This baldy pops up and destroys this monster for good in one punch!!! IT’S ABOUT TIME!!! Genos then asks his master what he is lacking. Uhm, maybe power? And Genos is now enlightened and realizes the path he should strive for! Time to go home.

Own Pace Man
WTF… With that cliff-hanger ending, a third season is very most likely although no news of it has been said. But I’m very sure of it. There’ll be a third season. Very sure… Because if it does not happen, it will surely leave a bad after taste in the mouth. There will be many disappointed fans and angry viewers alike who have come to expect so much and this is what we get? Oh come on. You can do better than that. Why didn’t they expand and make this into a double cour season in the first place? Not enough original and interesting material? Not enough budget? Not enough interest (NO WAY!!!)? Maybe there were reasons but I guess there are somethings behind the scenes that we will never know.

No doubt that this season is also great, I can’t help feel there are mixed feelings while watching this season. You see, there were times when I felt that the martial arts competition as well as introducing the antihero called Garou felt more like time wasting although I believe that it eventually helps in contributing to the bigger picture overall plot. Because of Saitama being away for the martial arts tournament, this contributes to Saitama making somewhat less screen time this season. Yes. This feels somewhat strange seeing he is supposed to be the star of this series. However when I think about it, Saitama being away at the tournament and oblivious to the Monster Association’s rampage, this gives other heroes of Hero Association more screen time to flex their muscles. Remember, Saitama can literally win a battle with just one punch! What was his name again? Therefore had Saitama not participate in the tournament and went on the fight the monsters, it would have been one rather monotonous (although not necessarily boring) affair. After all, so far nobody has ever lived long enough to take his second punch if Saitama is serious in throwing his first punch. So yeah. Saitama racking up the monster body count might be good for Saitama and all you Saitama fans and supporters. But this means other heroes would not get that much needed screen time and some of them might not be even introduced. Then yours truly will complain about this show should do away with all the other characters and just let Saitama and the few be the only heroes in this city.

Then there is the other interesting side plot of introducing another strong character, Garou. At first having this hero hunter felt like also filling in the time and void since showing Saitama participating in the tournament would be just absolutely boring as you know it won’t take up as much screen time. Garou proves to be formidable and what makes him more interesting is his support for monsters. This does not necessarily mean he wants to become a monster but merely he cheers on for them. Many of us never question why we support the heroes and always undermine the villains based on our simple thinking of because they’re the good guys or bad guys. This is natural for many of us so what happens when you have an irregular like Garou? Because of his different opinion, he is shunned and that is probably what drives him to become strong and prove others wrong and that monsters can also become heroes. Sure, many monsters live to destroy humans, etc but not all of them. We don’t really question why they attack those with valid reasons of attacking humanity and thus Garou is out there to prove that point. Maybe they just want to get along? Nah! Garou’s reverse support sometimes reflect reality. You know, when you’re a kid you support all those heroic heroes. But as you grow older into an adult, you realize and connect better with the villains. Yeah, monsters here could have earned the sympathy of some viewers had not they look so hideous. Had they look like those cool mutants in X-Men, well, maybe. Garou does have a valid point to prove. Just that he might be going about in the wrong way. So remember kids, remember who you bully back in elementary school. It’ll definitely come back to bite you if you’re not careful. Despite Garou making his name around as the hero hunter, I don’t think he’ll have the last laugh just yet.

As mentioned, thanks to the martial arts tournament as well as Garou the hero hunter, these help give other heroes some of the spotlight and introduce some that we have not previously heard of. While I have no complaints about the heroes, sometimes I feel that this is just one big convention of weird cosplayers. You know, heroes seem to have this unwritten code of wearing really odd clothes to supposedly match their ridiculous and odd powers. I guess there are so many heroes that sometimes it becomes a chore to really differentiate them. It’s like whatever ideas you got here, please throw them in and we’ll call that some A-class or B-class hero. Some even so lazily named like Megane because he wears glasses. Not that I can see how his power comes from there either. Then there is this typical cowboy westerner who shoots with his twin pistols. What’s he called? Gun Gun. Yeah… And there is this punk who has a Mohawk hairstyle so he is called, you’ve guessed it, Mohican. Damn. These heroes sometimes feel more like jokers and seeing them when they are first introduced it serves up to make you smile and laugh. If you want more laughs of the kind of lazily named heroes, you can look up the internet. Yeah, you’ll find plenty of such hilariously named known heroes for now…

But for all the other characters that have appeared in the first season, some are a hit and miss. Hits like Genos who seems to be trying to improve himself battle after battle so as Saitama’s disciple, he seems to be making quite a steady progress despite still having a lot more room for improvement. That is why the much needed final episode to have some Genos drama to doubt his own abilities. And just like that his insecurities are assured thanks to Saitama’s whimsical (and possibly honest) answer. Even Metal Bat is cool going so far as to have an episode named after him! Some misses like Tatsumaki just making that one short stinking cameo appearance and it feels like Fubuki has more screen time than her. Albeit that is just the start of the season and when the real sh*t starts to hit the fan, she’s like back into the shadows. Same for Sonic and from the looks of it, I think his revenge match against Saitama will yet be put on hold again. Though, I have a feeling that Sonic will eventually team up with Saitama and the heroes. I may be speculating wrongly but this baddie isn’t just a baddie and for him to still be alive and come this far, he’s got to have more than that. I know this series isn’t over by a long shot yet but it’s sad thinking that many of such beloved characters are somewhat ‘forgotten’ and ‘not heard of again’ by the end of this second season. Damn, I really starting to hate how this season’s cliff-hanger ended.

Talking about the star of this series, Saitama seems awfully side-lined this season. But remember what I said about him easily defeating his opponents. Having him do that for this entire second season may not be so fun. That’s why even the final episode we see some other action and drama from other characters before Saitama shows up his short cameo and ends everything. Are we supposed to be happy or disappointed with that? Because you know sh*t is going to happen if Saitama takes more than one punch to defeat his enemies, right?! Hence we see him being absolutely bored at the martial arts tournament as well as hanging out with King and playing video games with him. The irony is that he never wins against King and this might be a sign that says if Saitama doesn’t end his fight in one punch, could he have actually lost the battle if the fight requires the enemy to take many hits before keeling over? This is really food for thought. Even much more than the thought of why his gloves are still intact after his one punch specialty. Because if the monster wears the same material from his gloves, will they be safe from his punch?

Saitama being the strongest character (though not officially in this series’ setting) means that he is just bored with everything and there is nothing more that could challenge him. This explains why he sounds so monotonous and so mundane in everything he does. Like as though he doesn’t care. Actually he does. Somewhat. But he views it as troublesome rather than something excited to look forward to. We can see it from both sides of the coin. While he does look like he has reached the pinnacle of supposedly being strong, this might look like an insult to those who have been trying so hard but never reached a fraction of his strength. Essentially both are right and wrong. Nobody is perfect. Not even Saitama is because although he is definitely super strong, he isn’t quite happy. He has been questioning his life’s goal and purpose but thankfully he still has stuck to his heroic qualities. He might sound half-hearted in shelling out his motivation to many of those heroes he stumbled into and saved, but I’m sure he also means it. I mean, I’m sure he isn’t just saying it for fun that if you have time to be depressed, you should use that to move forward and improve. And because he is at the peak of being strong, he certainly can’t see what ordinary people see. So sometimes it is also good like for King to give a good pep talk to try and bring him down to perspective. So keep trying harder in those video games.

With Saitama having this line of thought, there is this scary thought that he might just screw being a hero and join the Monster Association or become a solo entity like Garou and just go around killing others for thrill. Because he is the main hero and character and what we have been invested seeing in him so far, it is not very likely he will turn into that but as the chances aren’t zero, there is still that dangerous small probability. I know I won’t like it to see Saitama turn out like that and I am very confident the producers won’t (lest they want to anger everyone with this sick twist) but still, sometimes you can’t help worry about this small minor unimportant stuffs.

Saitama may not have realized it but he does change a few people’s lives that he has touched. As we see from last season why Genos decided to follow him and become his pupil. This season we are introduced to Suiryu who is probably a frog in the well. He thinks nobody else is stronger than him until he actually meets one. And the irony was how he viewed heroes with disdain and doesn’t really care much about them until his own life was in peril. It goes to show that a man can change. It would be really even more awesome if Suiryu actually becomes Saitama’s follower and I am betting that he would. Otherwise it would be a waste to just introduce this character and then toss him away like he never existed. Then Saitama’s exclusive club of strong people will continue to grow…

Just like the heroes, the monsters are equally, uhm, is diverse the correct word? Sometimes I feel that designs of characters who are ‘ugly’ enough are to become monsters instead of heroes. And you’ve guessed it, some of them even weirdly and hilariously named. Like Black Sperm… Seriously?! And did Sesame Street’s Big Bird moonlight as Phoenix Man or his distant cousin or something? So last season we had an alien coming all across the universe just to fight the best. Now we have a local antagonist and with the introduction of Monster Association, we can see that things are really heating up and sh*t probably to hit the fan another time. Interestingly the monster cells seen that can turn humans into monsters should have been fleshed out better but I guess they might want to leave that for next season and I hope they do. Are there cells to turn monsters into humans? Well, I certainly don’t see humans making this technology. They might have created the most advanced and destructive weapons but I don’t see them doing so in this medical and biology thingy. Orochi being the ruthless king of the monsters, let’s hope he would give Saitama a much better run for his money than last season’s Boros so that we are all entertained.

This season’s action bits are still top-notched and it is the driving factor why this series continues to be popular. All the ridiculous and overpowered moves from the characters are still fun to watch no matter how freaking fast or absurdly strong they are. You can say the firepower packs a punch. You think that they are strong enough? Wait till another character shows up and shows us another stronger move! So earth shattering. If monsters don’t destroy the city, the impact of these monstrous heroes would do the job. These heroes sure put those in Dragonball to shame. It’s not merely just over 9000! It’s over 9 billion may not be even enough! And then of course, Saitama’s specialty of ending it all with just a single punch that makes him look like making no effort whatsoever (and making other heroes slog like hell with their skillsets and firepower), I don’t know if we are supposed to be glad-cum-entertained with everything ending so fast.

With last season’s seiyuus retained, new ones are added to the already bloated casts. Yeah, a lot more heroes here so I believe the list is twice as much. But I’m going to mention the notable and main ones. Heh. Not much. Those I recognized include Hiroki Yasumoto as King and Takehito Koyasu as Gyoro-Gyoro. The rest are Hikaru Midorikawa as Garou (Lancer in Fate/Zero), Masaya Matsukaze as Suiryu (Ren in Jigoku Shoujo), Atsushi Ono as Orochi (Giriko in Bleach) and Kenji Nomura as Goketsu (Ushiyama in Golden Kamuy). Maintaining the absolutely epic style of last season’s opener, JAM Project returns to sing again this season with an equally epic hard rock Seijaku No Apostle. Don’t you just feel the power welling up in you right now?! And that totally epic metal hard core scream at the end of the song! YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!! Also following last season’s trend, the ending theme is also a slow ballad, Chizu Ga Nakutemo Modoru Kara by Makoto Furukawa (voice of Saitama). Though, this song doesn’t feel as empty and hollow like last season’s. Damn, Saitama belting out this piece? If he wasn’t a hero, I bet he is a good crooner!

Overall, this season still rocks but because of the cliff-hanger and Saitama not in action in so many scenes, some felt like this season is a downer and did not live up to its amazing first season. Sometimes I too get caught in that thought and that it could have been much more epic even though there was an onslaught of heroes vs monsters action. That is the danger when you have built up so much hype and expectation that you become too big to fail. If Saitama knows all this and could break the fourth wall, he would have told us all off to stop b*tching our lazy asses because the producers and staffs worked really hard to bring you this epic entertainment! So at least be grateful you can watch this season in comfort without having to worry monsters suddenly come stomping in your neighbourhood and all animes on air have to be temporarily suspended until further notice! Yeah, that would suck a lot. Look at all the monsters that the anime industry has created. Now it is coming to bite them back with toxic fans and complacent viewers now complaining about how ‘inferior’ this season is. The only heroes that are going to save this series and the anime industry is to make better animes!

Wait. What?! WHAT?! There’s still some more? Oh heck. I guess they really want to play into our nostalgia and introduce newbies to it. Because it has been more than 5 years since Hyperdimension Neptunia The Animation graced the airwaves and then all of a sudden… Boom! Hyperdimension Neptunia Summer Vacation OVA! Like I have said, this single OVA is to make old veterans like yours truly feel nostalgic and sentimental and perhaps go back and watch everything again, or expose this ‘old’ series to newcomers in hopes that they will be attracted and start buying some of the merchandise. Yeah, the bottom line. I don’t know how popular this series is but I suppose it does has its followers in Japan. Enough to make this single OVA that doesn’t has no relation or continuation with the TV plot whatsoever. So like even yours truly who has forgotten almost everything can just jump in and watch it without losing much.

Summer haze & dreams…
WTF is this dramatic start?! Neptune is dying?! Oh the horror! Nepgear tries to tell her to hold on because help is on the way. Yeah, as you would come to expect this dramatic exaggeration, IF and Compa finally bring out the shaved ice treats… Yeah, we’re all dying for that for summer! Histoire reminds Neptune that she has a lot of work to be done but apparently she doesn’t want to waste her summer so she continues playing more video games… We see our lovely sisters take a summer trip to the pristine mountains. Nothing like some outdoor activity to relax, huh? Later as Nepgear and Uni try to find Ram and Rom, they see them being attacked by a giant beetle. Bad news: They cannot transform. Good news: Neptune comes to save the day with her kickass kung fu kick. Hiya! As quickly noted, this is not the Neptune we know and she is from another dimension. When the young ones try to bring Neptune back to their villa, it is not there. This is when Neptune realizes they have crossed over to another dimension. They must have passed through a giant shrine. But don’t despair, as explained by her own mini Historia, Croire says that the gate opens briefly every half a day. So while they are being stuck here for the time being, Neptune offers to take care of them. Nepgear observes Neptune to be very reliable as she can’t help make comparisons to her other carefree sister. Speaking of the other sisters, they are seemingly locked in some video game battle! Is this more fun than nature? But it isn’t that they don’t care. You see, time flows differently in this other dimension and much faster. Hence in their original dimension, it is still noon compared to night time here. This Neptune also wishes she had a nice and cute sister like Nepgear. They know they can’t stay like this forever so they are glad they met each other and spend whatever time they have together.

In the original world, it evening and the sisters are worried their young ones haven’t returned. They start looking for them. Meanwhile in the other dimension, it is morning and it is about time the young ones depart back. Apparently there are monsters on both sides of the dimension so it’s some excuse for the girls to transform and kick some butt. To show the focus on Neptune and Nepgear, they hear each other’s voice resonating from the other side of the gate. Uhm, their hands touch and voila! Your sexy transformation scene to blow away all those negligible monsters. The sisters are reunited and when Nepgear wants to introduce Neptune to her other counterpart, luck has it that the portal is closing so the other mature Neptune has enough time to say her goodbye. Yeah. We’ll always remember you. From that confident and charming voice, our Neptune can tell she is a cool person. It’s good she thinks highly of herself… And the sisters return to the villa and continue to have their usual (Japanese) summer fun of baths and fireworks till IF and Compa arrive to pick them up. Definitely the best and weirdest summer vacation ever.

The Sister You Have Always Dreamt Of…
Oh well, I guess that’s it. But it is hinted there might be more because you know how ambiguous ‘mata ne’ (see you again) sounds, right? I’ll probably watch it when that happens because, no harm, right? Gotta have more dopamine of nostalgia! Anyway, as far as this OVA is concerned, it’s relatively simple and straightforward. The focus is on Nepgear who has experienced the mature and reliable big sister should her actual Neptune be this cool and steadfast. Thankfully because of all the cuteness and adorability of this series’ pace, nothing twisted or dark is going to happen like Nepgear suddenly wanting to be this alternate Neptune’s sister and ditching her real one. Or telling her Neptune to buck up. No siree. Can’t have that here because we can see all the sisters love each other so much that they might as well be married to each other. Oops. Gone too far there. Alas, this experience only has Nepgear appreciating her own Neptune even more because you know, Neptune is Neptune. There are some things you can’t change. Even all the more so, this Neptune is her Neptune. You just accept it as it is.

The other motivation for me to watch this series as well as the other factor that increases my nostalgia points is that I get to hear the voices of veteran seiyuus. Rie Tanaka, Yui Horie, Eri Kitamura and Kana Asumi are great to hear again since the more seasons of new animes pass, the lesser I get to hear them as they are already in semi-retirement and with the competition of the voice acting industry heating up with new ones coming out, I guess old ones like them have to take a back seat and let the newer generation take the spotlight. Hey, don’t want to do this for your entire life, right? Well, maybe. Some like Rina Satou and Yui Ogura are still in the industry but it is sad to note and come to realization that there will be a time that the seiyuus I recognized will completely stop and retire. Will there be another dimension where they will always do voice acting forever? Only in your dreams. So yeah, probably this OVA has invoked a lot of these kind of thoughts and the lesson learnt is to appreciate what you’re doing now. Because it won’t last forever. Even one day the annual summers will stop coming… :’(. Better go get some shaved ice while I still can.

Sarazanmai

September 21, 2019

What the heck?! What the hell is this trippy LSD trip?! Is this Mawaru Penguindrum 2.0? Apparently not quite so. Because Sarazanmai might have all the crazy and weird visuals that is seemingly similar in Mawaru Penguindrum, it is only because it is connected by the same director, Kunihiko Ikuhara. Otherwise this series is very much different despite all those bizarre stuffs keep reminding you about Mawaru Penguindrum. Just replace penguins with kappa. Replace destiny with desire and hope. Replace the coveted mysterious item that is Penguindrum AKA apple with something that is not so mysterious like magic dishes that grants your wish. Crazy, huh? Told you this felt like Mawaru Penguindrum v2.

Episode 1
Kazuki Yasaka narrates connections are important to him. He’ll do anything to protect them. Hence there are 3 rules he must always do: 1) Carry this box (Kappazon?); 2) Check lucky selfie fortunes of this idol, Sara Azuma; 3) Send selfies to a person he is connected to but doesn’t know. Having done all this, he doesn’t need anything else. Toi Kuji is trying to break into a car when Sara is seen taking a selfie. Naturally Toi wants her Smartphone but she won’t hand it to him and runs away. As Toi gives chase, he stumbles into Kazuki praying at the kappa plaza. He notices his Smartphone the same as Sara’s and attacks him. This causes the kappa statue to break and a small explosion occurs. Next thing Kazuki knows, he is in class. His friend, Enta Jinnai is mad he quit the football club without knowledge. More weirdness when Toi is the new transfer student in class. Throughout the day, Kazuki and Toi seem to be doing weird kappa stuffs like pouring water on their head and eating cucumbers. They start to hear weird bell sounds. It leads them back to the plaza. The broken statue acts up and turns into Keppi, the prince of the kappa kingdom. He claims he erased their memories this morning and since they know about his existence, he must do something about them. Keppi begs to help his kingdom! But Toi refuses and calls him a frog. This taboo word makes Keppi angry as he devours them and sucks out their Shirikodama from their ass! Both realize they have become kappa!

Keppi explains they are now in an alternate dimension called Field of Desires. Neither humans nor kappa can see this. When Enta is seen running by, because he can’t see them, Keppi puts a sticker to allow him to see them. Guess what? Enta thought he saw frogs! Extraction time! Now we have 3 boys turned into kappa. As explained, Shirikodama is an organ that stores human desires. But in the anus? Underlings of a zombie kappa steal boxes that contain desires. The only way to defeat it is to extract their Shirikodama. And so the trio begin fighting this cardboard zombie via musical? Yeah, it is one trippy fight to extract it. Doing so also has them learn the darkest secrets that is kept. Keppi tells them to give him the extracted Shirikodama before it melts via Sarazanmai. What is that? Whatever. Some weird dancing and poses. We learn that the box Kazuki carries contains female clothes. He cross-dresses himself as Sara and takes selfies. So it was him who stumbled into Toi trying to break in and the person he sends the selfies to is Enta! Keppi further explains Sarazanmai refers to the connection of the soul and mind and this means they share all their deepest secrets. Enta despite is shocked to learn Kazuki’s secret, believes their friendship is strong. But Kazuki is upset. He doesn’t care if anyone understands him. As long as he can be connected to Harukappa, he will pretend to be anything.

Episode 2
For their troubles, Keppi gives them a Dish of Hope that allows a wish to be granted. Stupid Enta got so excited and wastes it for a year’s worth of cucumber sushi. Damn. Hence Keppi’s job for them is to fight kappa zombies if they wish to get more Dish of Hope. Back home, we are introduced to Haruka, Kazuki’s little brother. Uhm, looks like a girl, acts like a girl, name of a girl, but a boy?! Whatever. As we can see, Harukappa is her online account name and Kazuki is pretending to be Sara for him. He wants a Dish of Hope for Haruka. Haruka is a happy little brother and has Kazuki to thank for because he wanted a cat and now they have one, Nyantaro. Meanwhile Toi and his brother, Chikai are doing really shady things. Toi doesn’t want to do this anymore although big bro says the next gig will bring in big money. With all that is happening, Toi also wants a Dish of Hope for his brother. Enta orders a package but inside is a gun! He realizes his package has been mixed up with Toi’s. Toi is trying to make some, uhm, condiment? Not sure if it contains catnip because Nyantaro waltzes in to steal it! They bump into Kazuki (dressed as Sara). Both chase after the fat cat. Weird part it enters some ninja festival that is only opened to couples. Good timing, right? Yeah, they chase a cat inside while holding hands. Can the park let a cat do as it please inside? Toi is willing to give back Nyantaro if Kazuki gives his Dish of Hope. Not going to fly.

Meanwhile a corpse of a man has been found in the river. This guy had a penchant for skinning cats but has been released since no evidence was established. This guy was once interrogated by policemen, Mabu Akutsu and Reo Niiboshi. It seems they fire some special bullets into him to extract his desires. Yeah, some weird otter dancing ritual… With cats now going missing. I guess it is cue for Keppi to signal to our kappa boys to defeat another kappa zombie. Enta shows Kazuki the gun belonging to Toi and that he is bad news. However Kazuki needs Toi to pull off this mission. It is all for Haruka. Transforming into kappa, the trio battle against the cat zombie and extract his Shirikodama to learn his secret that he has been skinning cats for their fur so he could wear them. Uh huh. His girlfriend loves cats and recently left him. So he thought by being a cat he could get back his love. Sarazanmai also reveals that when Haruka wanted a cat, Kazuki actually stole somebody’s cat just to make him happy! With the cat case solved, the policemen believe somebody is interfering. The view those who can connect desires can have a future. Toi threatens the rest to give their Dish of Hope. However Keppi points out that they must collect 5 to truly have their wish granted. So the first time was just demo? Work harder, boys. With Haruka happy that Nyantaro is found and thanks Sara for her lucky selfies, Kazuki feels relieved as he falls asleep. Just like that in the open? Because cue for Enta to steal a kiss!!!! Only the fat cat is the witnessed…

Episode 3
Enta pulls back as Kazuki wakes up! Nothing suspected. We hear Enta’s thoughts that he has a crush on Kazuki. He doesn’t know when those feelings started but he has had them for a long time. Worse, today’s lucky readings from Sara is a kiss! Otone, Enta’s sister even teases him by giving him a kisu. The fish, that is. Yup, it’s from her boyfriend. Later Enta and Haruka talk about Kazuki. Haruka feels sad that Kazuki has stopped smiling ever since he quit football. Enta remains positive that Kazuki will come back to play football with him. As Enta is thinking on how to do that, suddenly Kazuki comes by and regrets leaving football. He wants to play with him again. That’s quick. Unfortunately this is just his delusion as that person is actually Otone. She is supposed to meet up with her boyfriend but he is late. Enta then gets mad when he sees a couple of football boys playing in their secret area. When he tries to act tough, they beat him up. WTF Kazuki beats them up and saves him? Oh dear. Another delusion. Turns out to be Toi instead. Enta explains why he wants Kazuki to play football with him. A reason why he wants a Dish of Hope so badly. Meanwhile the police is investigating a corpse of a murdered man who happens to be Otone’s boyfriend and he has records of being a womanizer. Mabu and Reo claimed to have arrested him the day before, interrogated him and extracted his desires.

With brides gone missing, of course the zombie kappa is doing all this. The kisu zombie is turning brides into kisu. Among them is Otone. Enta begs Keppi to transform him so he can go save her. Yeah, get your Shirikodama extract first. So the trio extract the kisu zombie’s Shirikodama and Enta’s secrets are revealed during the Sarazanmai. We see him secretly sniffing on Kazuki’s jersey and also blowing on his recorder. And yeah, that kiss on sleeping Sara. In the aftermath when Otone returns to reality, it seems she can’t remember who she was waiting for. It seems Kazuki isn’t fazed about the kiss as he thinks it was a penalty game the football club imposed on him. Enta denies and claims how Kazuki always gave him motivation, the reason for him to play football. After Enta confesses he loves Kazuki, OMG a yaoi kiss scene! We should know better by now it is a delusion as Enta just kissed Keppi. How does it feel kissing a kappa? Meanwhile with yet another interference, Mabu and Reo are being admonished by their mysterious boss (only known as Otter) because the harvested energy has dropped significantly recently. Buck up or else he considers this as betrayal. Enta talks to Haruka that he can’t get himself through to Kazuki and wants to give up. But Haruka gives him a missanga bracelet that he threw away. Because he can’t run with Kazuki, he hopes Enta could give it to him and run together. We see Haruka wheelchair-ridden at a hospital.

Episode 4
Haruka is happy that she is going to have a handshake session with Sara. The real one. Toi gets a call from Chikai. The former is sick of living apart but the latter promises they’ll live together once things are settled. Later Toi meets Enta because the latter continues to bug him to give his Dish of Hope. Not a chance. Asking about Toi’s recent transfer to their school, he explains he was once from this area but left for a while after his parents died. Currently he is living with his relatives who are running a soba shop. Subsequently, Kazuki in a Sara’s drag seeks out Toi’s help. It seems he wants him to kidnap the real Sara so that he could substitute her place for Haruka. It’s an identity he needs to protect! This has Toi remember the ‘teachings’ of Chikai how the weak perish and will be forgotten. After their parents died (he later found out that they were cheated into debt), Chikai is seen trying to sell their belongings for money. Hey, they aren’t of any use to the dead, right? Toi was mad but was told off that only bad people survive in this world. Toi then saw Chikai meet up with his yakuza boss and being given a gun. When the family soba shop was about to be evicted, somehow Chikai managed to bring in the cash to keep the store running. Before Kazuki could finish his Sara kidnapping plan, soba bowls are now flying everywhere? And of course, a soba shop owner is found dead. He was arrested on suspicions of stealing his girlfriend’s bathwater but was released due to insufficient grounds. And also of course, Mabu and Reo arrested that guy and extracted his desires.

With a soba zombie in action, our trio transform into their kappa form to extract his Shirikodama. So that soba owner guy just wanted to make soba using the water from his girlfriend’s bathwater? Sick. And now for the Sarazanmai. Toi later found out the money Chikai got was from swiping his yakuza boss. They wanted to make him pay but because the relatives disowned him, they couldn’t touch the shop. However the boss thought of using Toi as bait to lure him out. But Toi used the gun and shot him. As Chikai witnessed this, he took the gun from his hands and shot the boss. This is to claim that he is the one who shot and killed this bad person. The brothers vow to survive in this world together. With yet another loss, Mabu and Reo contemplate of taking action. Since it is inefficient for them to go out there, they’ll have to raise the target’s desire level. Enta is devastated that Toi killed a guy but Toi insists had he not, he would have killed the brothers. It is easy to talk about morals and justice means nothing to the strong. Hence Toi decides to live for Chikai’s sake and won’t let his sacrifice go to waste. He will not hesitate to kill them if they let this secret out. Surprisingly Kazuki gives his Dish of Hope to Toi. He needs it more than him. Furious Enta opposes. He thought he was doing it for Haruka. Kazuki cuts off his ranting and claims he hates Haruka. Say what?!

Episode 5
Kazuki narrates he was the happiest kid in the world when Haruka was born. But a few years later and grandpa on his deathbed muttered the words that Kazuki’s mom is an indecent woman. He found out and realized that he had a real mother whom he was taken away from. And that was when his happiness shattered. He wasn’t connected to anybody. The plan to switch the real Sara begins. Toi knocks out the manager and then escorts the real Sara out on pretence to take some promotional photos before Kazuki in drag moves in. Meanwhile the police has found a corpse of an unemployed guy who was suspected to be involved in some natural treasure sachet incident but of course released due to insufficient evidence. And our usual duo interrogated him and extracted out his desires. No matter how many times Toi tries to lock up Sara, it seems she always escapes by transforming into some sort of kappa?! Kazuki is up on stage to greet the fans. Yeah, nobody realizes this is Kazuki except for Enta. Haruka is thrilled to meet ‘Sara’ since ‘she’ knew their password (Haruka texted her that password regarding connections before the meet). This has Kazuki remember a time when he found out about the truth about his mom and contemplated to leave so Haruka said the same things of how they are all connected in a big way. Handshake interrupted when the manager pops up to call out this imposter. Haruka refutes him and believes this ‘Sara’ is the real deal. It gets worse when the real Sara shows up. When Haruka asks for the password, she doesn’t understand, making Haruka believe this fake is the real deal. But that soon comes crashing down when the manager pulls off Kazuki’s wig. Oh no! Kazuki runs away in shame and fear.

Later Toi says some harsh words that he is the one who hurt Haruka and that eventually all their secrets will be exposed. Kazuki laments he promised never to hurt Haruka but has done it again. Suddenly Keppi interrupts them because a kappa zombie is detected. Yup, better go fight that sachet zombie. After they manage to defeat this sachet zombie, Sarazanmai reveals that Kazuki one day for the first time met with his real mom. The thing is, Haruka also had the same scent pouch as her. This regret causes Kazuki to lose the sachet zombie’s Shirikodama and thanks to that, no Dish of Hope for them. Mad Keppi also lets them be in this kappa form although Kazuki thinks he prefers it this way. Then he starts lamenting about how Haruka knew that they weren’t real brothers. More revelation as that day when he met his real mom, they both found out they each have their own separate families and decided to keep this tryst a secret and return to their respective family life as they viewed it as important. But soon, Kazuki decided to leave the family and Haruka didn’t want that. He thought he was being a bad boy and pleaded for Kazuki to stay. Kazuki turned his back and when Haruka tried to go after him, a car rammed into him. This left Haruka paralyzed from waist down and the thing that Kazuki regretted a lot is how no one blamed him despite it was really all his fault. They all continued to be a real family to him and he continued to stay with them. However he feels all he has done isn’t enough. From quitting football, stealing Nyantaro and even dressing up as Sara. It was a lie that he is doing this all for Haruka. He deceived Haruka just to protect himself.

Episode 6
Kazuki didn’t come home and his family is worried. Especially Haruka. But oh, Kazuki has gone crazy living the happy kappa life! Oh yeah, having fun doing kappa sumo? What about kappa football? Of course this isn’t going to last as Kazuki remains gloomy. When he sees Haruka in the streets, he runs away. Haruka is worried if Kazuki is ever coming back. He is approached by Reo and wonders will be arrested for stealing Kazuki’s smile. Reo is interested to see whether the inside of him is desire or love and puts Haruka to sleep before taking him away back to his police box to have his desires extracted. Nyantaro is flung away. Kazuki still can’t face himself until Nyantaro lands near him. He realizes Haruka is missing. Keppi then receives a call that Haruka has been taken away by the Otter Empire. They kill humans and turn them into kappa zombies. Time for a little history. It seems kappa and otters having been at war since the dawn of time. They fought over the energy inside Shirikodama and when the otters won over the kappa, they set the humans as their next target. Keppi is the only one who can create Dish of Hope so if this secret is blown, his life will be targeted. Keppi takes the trio to the Otter Empire’s secret underground hideout where they extract all desires and put them in a box to devour. How can they find Haruka in all the boxes? Yeah, Kazuki calling Haruka’s handphone somehow pinpointing Haruka’s position. But as they chase after it, it is too late as it gets dropped into the pit. Desperate Kazuki wants to save Haruka’s life. How? Keppi suggests the other way is to transplant his Shirikodama into him. However this means that Kazuki will be disconnected from everything. To cut things short, he will be erased from existence and the memories of everyone who knows him. A fate worse than dying. That is exactly what they have been doing to kappa zombies they defeated.

But Kazuki starts thinking that exchanging his life would mean Haruka’s accident would never happen and that is good enough of a deal to do it. Of course his pals won’t allow this sorry excuse. You think that would make Haruka happy? STFU about this is your choice to make. Enta shows him the missanga he threw away that Haruka saved. It shows that he never gave up on him. He believes in him and is waiting. This is enough for Kazuki to change his mind. Back to operation rescue Haruka. The system detects Haruka’s desire as love and is rejected. It is being sent to the shredders but at least there is window of time for them to rescue him and he is still alive. Flashback shows Haruka’s final message to Sara that he did something horrible to a certain person. The reason he chased Kazuki down was because he was afraid he would leave him. It seems Haruka also stumbled into Kazuki’s real mom. They look alike and he picked up her dropped scent pouch. Similar scent. Haruka told her not to take Kazuki away but she smiled and said everything is going to be okay. But Kazuki stopped smiling after that. He is happy the things he has done for him and will continue to believe he will come home and smile again. How to save Haruka moments before being dropped into the shredder? This is where their football skills come in handy. Use Keppi as the football! Goal! Keppi also conveniently acts as a glider-cum-parachute to land Haruka to safety. With that, the trio are able to defeat the sachet zombie for good. Mabu is not pleased with yet another defeat. However Reo is ecstatic. Calling Haruka’s real love as something they never needed in the first place, he is glad he kidnapped Haruka because he has found Keppi, their hope. Kazuki feels he has been reborn into a new person despite staying pretty much the same. This is the real him. He is glad to have friends like them.

Episode 7
From what it sounds like some ambiguous gay sex between Otter and Mabu turns out to be a ritual for the latter to become his vessel. When Mabu returns from his ‘maintenance’, Reo is not pleased since he is trying hard to eat his old favourites and trying to pretend to be his old self doesn’t mean he will accept him. He is just nothing but lies. Even so, Mabu is doing this for a certain person precious to him. Flashback reveals that Mabu and Reo got entangled during the otter’s invasion of the kappa kingdom. When Reo woke up, he was in the care of Otter who claims he is the chief of the science and technology division. Although Reo was relatively unhurt, the same can’t be said for Mabu. From what it looked like, he died. Reo was devastated and would do anything to bring his partner back to life. Mabu reports to Otter that the energy reserves of the kappa zombies are dangerously low. This of course would mean both their lives are in danger. Otter wants Mabu to prove his loyalty via action. With summer break here, Kazuki happily tells Enta that he will rejoin the football club once the next term starts. They also invite Toi to join them since he is quite good. But as they head to their usual spot to practice, they see it vandalized. Undeterred, they start cleaning up. However the next day, it is again vandalized. Kazuki hasn’t lost his spirit and wants to clean up so as to send a message to the vandals this won’t break them. However Toi gets a call from Chikai. Looks like he can’t continue playing football with them. Seems a huge job just fell through as a partner betrayed him. They have to leave town for a while as they are being wanted. Kazuki remains positive. All they need is 1 more Dish of Hope, right? Let’s defeat a kappa zombie and help Chikai. That way, they don’t have to leave. Toi wonders why they are willing to go this far for him. Enta explains this is Kazuki’s real personality before that Haruka’s incident. He is always helpful. That is why what Kazuki wants, Enta also wants.

The trio go to the plaza to see Keppi but he just got back. From a date with Sara?! Anyway, Keppi claims somebody trespassed on his home while he is away. Proof: The Dishes of Hope the boys keep here are missing. At the same time, all the balls start to go missing. Time to go fight the kappa zombie which is a ball zombie this time. After another victory, the Sarazanmai reveals a nasty secret. It is Enta who vandalized their football spot and the one who stole the Dishes of Hope! Enta did so because he is jealous that Kazuki is paying his attention to Toi. Mabu and Reo’s flashback continues. When Mabu was revived, Reo wasn’t happy at all. He believes this isn’t the real Mabu because of that eternally sad look. But Mabu claims he is the real deal as the otter’s technology is truly amazing. His personality has perfectly replicated. Otter adds that Mabu has been fitted with a mechanical heart and needs Reo’s help to keep it working. If he doesn’t like it, feel free to stop his heart. Reo is in distraught because that means he has to kill Mabu. Otter tells them they will be transferred to the human world along with the hope that they seized from the kappa kingdom.

Episode 8
It seems Toi and Kazuki met before when they were young. Toi was contemplating of following Chikai and decided to throw away his love for football. At the same time, Kazuki too just had his problems about being connected so Toi gave him his missanga because some dreams come true when one is disconnected. Chikai meets Toi so they could leave town together but Toi wants him to wait a day for him to settle things. But Chikai’s mug is all over the news. It is rumoured that there is evidence he killed a yakuza boss a few years ago and is now a wanted man. Kazuki is most upset that Enta betrayed them and surprisingly Toi is cool with it and believes he must have his reasons. Bummed out Enta is hanging out at the pachinko when he meets Chikai who is coincidentally there. Because Mabu and Reo are on his tail, Enta helps him to get away. Enta could figure he is Toi’s brother after the way he says things. Chikai even goes as far as to reveal Toi loved football when he was young and wanted to be a football player. He tossed away everything because big brother sacrificed everything for him. Some sort of reciprocation I guess. Kazuki then sees that missanga. They have to move again when the cops close in on them. However they stumble into this yakuza guy who is the yakuza’s boss’ brother and is out for revenge. When he charges, Chikai uses Enta as bait to escape. As this dude deals with the kid, the cops come by. Naturally Enta escapes as this guy won’t let the cops take the spotlight. So he attacks them and gets shot by Reo. When other policemen arrive, they believe the duo have shot him and they will be charged over this police brutality. However they get brainwashed and believe the shooter is now Chikai.

Keppi and Sara now have clues that Mabu and Reo are the ones who have captured Dark Keppi. They have finished creating some secret anti-otter device that will capture their prey alive. Enta is furious Chikai used him but he advises him about that bad people survive line before they part ways. Just in time for a call from Toi. Enta is mad that he didn’t say anything to Kazuki about the missanga. Well, no use saying something that he doesn’t remember. As Kazuki is looking for the dishes, Toi calls him to say he doesn’t need those dishes anymore as he is going away. Kazuki desperately tries to convince him to stay and doesn’t understand what he is saying about people only believe they have connections once they lose them. Toi wants to protect the connections he has left. With that, Toi leaves with Chikai. Frustrated Kazuki is squashing cucumbers at the plaza? With Enta coming by with the dishes to help, however Kazuki jumps the gun and punches him. Blaming him that Toi would have stayed if not for what he did. Enta also snaps back at Kazuki for not remembering something important but the latter won’t hear it from someone who has betrayed them. Mabu and Reo have found them. The Dishes of Hope, that is. Reo shoots at Kazuki but Enta jumps to protect him. The cops leave with the dishes and Kazuki is left confused why Enta did all that. Despite everything that happened, Enta can’t bring himself to hate him.

Episode 9
Sara accidentally uses the device on Keppi and freezes him. Then she slips while trying to move him. Yeah, right into the middle of the road as the truck slams into him! Pieces of kappa… You mean Sara is going to do surgery and piece him back together?! And it worked?! With Enta being admitted into ICU and Chikai as the suspected shooter all over TV, Toi is devastated when he sees this. Chikai gives him one last chance to go back or else there is no turning back. Toi reasons that Enta has someone else important. But for Chikai, he is all he’s got. The duo then go meet one of Chikai’s underlings, Masa who prepares for their next stage of escape. Kazuki is sad that the police do not believe him that he saw a couple of cops shoot Enta. Of course they are brainwashed and maintain Chikai is the shooter. Otone hopes Kazuki could take to Enta and be by his side. Kazuki doesn’t think he has the right so Otone elaborates how the family is always overseas and only returned here 4 years ago. Enta had a hard time fitting in but Kazuki quickly made friends with him and they became football buddies. That is why Enta owes him his life and will do anything for him. Kazuki sounds desperate praying for Enta to wake up and do his usual smile. Surprise! Enta lives! But only in his kappa form. It seems Keppi transformed him so but he still has a limited time to live. After Masa sees off the brothers, Chikai shoots him! He views Masa as being unable to survive in this world and did him a favour. Of course there are other enemies gunning for Chikai’s head. Talk is useless so a gunfight ensues. When Chikai runs out of bullets, it is Toi who pulls out his own gun to start shooting to give his brother some time to escape.

When Reo returns to his police box, Mabu is not around. Some strange sounds coming from the basement. Taking a peek, he is shocked to see Otter trying to do something to Mabu’s mechanical heart. Even more shocked to see Otter is taking Reo’s form. Otter explains that they only exist in concept and take whatever form in your heart. Otter continues to mock Reo that he is the one who wants to own Mabu. That is his desire. He is merely being made to dance by his desires by them otters. The question now is what matters most to Mabu. How does Reo look to him? Reo is in distraught as he vows to get back the real Mabu with his own strength. All he needs is the final Dish of Hope. Haruka talks to Kazuki and knows he is going somewhere to help Enta. Haruka also has Enta to thank as he always accompanied him during rehab. He claims he and Enta have the same wish of seeing Kazuki run again. He shows a drawing they drew to cheer on Enta. It is behind Enta’s prized football poster. Lionel Kappa???!!! That is when Kazuki remembers about Toi. Chikai manages to get away when Toi confronts him. He doesn’t care if he is bad to the core. He is still his brother. But he wonders if Chikai is going to throw him away as well. Chikai pulls out a gun on him. However it is one of those enemies who shot Chikai. Though he got paid back the same way soon. Chikai knows he won’t make it so he doesn’t bother to go to the hospital. Toi is left devastated over his brother’s body. Lots of memories of the good and bad they had :’(. He’s gone… All the money he’s been left can’t bring him back…

Episode 10
When Mabu was brought back to life by Otter, it was only so he could be his doll. He could let him see Reo again but with a condition. Reo finds Keppi and captures him. It seems Reo and Mabu were also kappa and Keppi’s vassals. Taking Keppi and the kids to the otter’s underground base, however Kazuki and co manage to escape when Reo b*tches about Mabu being the fake doll that he doesn’t want. At the most bottom of the base, they stumble into Dark Keppi. This is Keppi’s other half that he separated when he was captured by Otter. Hence he has been finding it to be reunited so he can defeat Otter. Otter then pops up and tries to gain control of them. First he possesses Enta trying to convince him to hand over his dish. But Enta stays strong and will not lose his connection to Kazuki by breaking his dish. Otter now wants Reo to hand over the dishes he stole but of course he isn’t going to do that. Oh well. Time to let him see the truth. Otter turns Mabu into a Mabu zombie. Reo has no choice but to see Keppi’s help to become a kappa and defeat Mabu. When Otter gave Mabu a condition, he must not say words of love to Reo otherwise his mechanical heart will explode. In other words, in order to stay connected to Reo, he must hate him. No choice, Mabu uttered those words. During Sarazanmai, we see Reo running his mouth about Mabu being an emotionless doll. However he realizes he was the one who didn’t understand. In the final moments, Mabu says the one thing he has always wanted to say to Reo: He always loved him as his partner. With that, Mabu explodes. With the final Dish of Hope at hand, Reo goes insane, thinking this is Otter’s tricks. He starts shooting everything in despair and wants Kazuki to hand over the final dish. He won’t of course. Before Reo could kill him, suddenly he doesn’t understand why he is sad and upset. Because now all memories of Mabu are gone. Mabu is then shot in the heart by Toi. Chikai’s dead. You know what’s coming. But with only 15 seconds to go before Enta dies… Enta then lives as the dish is used on him. It seems that is what Toi would have done to had Kazuki given him the dish. It’s not over yet as Otter unleashes despair on the world in the form of Dark Keppi. It swallows Toi. Kazuki tries to save him but Toi hears Chikai’s voice of getting out of the circle together. Forget all those connections. Toi lets go of Kazuki’s hand.

Episode 11
An apparition in the form of Chikai is trying to convince Toi to shoot himself and his past in order to sever connections. Had he done that, all this suffering wouldn’t have been necessary. Of course, Kazuki, Enta and Keppi dive in to try and save Toi. But with Otter trying to get in their way, the kappa prince faces off with him to let the boys go ahead. As Toi talks with Chikai, eventually Toi shoots him. Of course this is Otter in disguise. But Toi isn’t done yet. He is prepared to shoot himself but his friends get in the way. Dark Keppi aggravates things by stealing his missanga as the trio drop into some alternate dimension and their connections threatened to be erased. We hear the trio coming to terms with themselves, their weakness and what they have realized. Finally it is Toi who realizes he doesn’t want to lose what is precious to him. They come together as Keppi transforms them into their kappa version for their final Sarazanmai. They must deliver this missanga to Kazuki’s younger self to complete the mission. While Keppi confronts his dark self, Otter again tries to get in the way. When Keppi reunites with his dark self, memento of Mabu and Reo revive the police duo to help the kids deliver the missanga. Once young Kazuki has it in his hands, Otter starts disintegrating. He is but an abstract concept after all. And Keppi is now in his true prince version? WTF is this weird looking newt-cum-lizardman look?! The final Sarazanmai has the trio talking about wanting to keep connecting. Weird, it’s like they need to score a goal before the time runs out. Thanks to that, it is safe to say that the world is safe for now. In this weird scene of Sara turning into her equally strange kappa mode and Mabu and Reo flanking her like kappa angels, Keppi narrates that the future is not necessary a bright one but hope and despair are both one with life. Never forget that only those who connect their desires through the pain of loss can take the future in their hands. In the aftermath, Toi enters a juvenile detention facility and is released after 3 years. I don’t think he is committing suicide by jumping off the bridge, but it feels a very odd way for his friends to go pick him up this way too. Is that how they decided to greet him on his release? And happily the trio head to their favourite football spot to practice.

Otterly Krazy Kappa-nings & Konnections
Wow. Who needs drugs when you can have this sort of crazy hallucinations and trippy experience, no?! Heh. Just kidding. Don’t do drugs by the way. Anyway, the series has been quite a mixed ride of drama and craziness. Friends trying to stay connected and finding their place of belonging among each other and in the world. Yet again, the cliché power of friendship wins the day!

Desires and connections are the main themes of this series but I feel that the latter permeates throughout the series more than the former. Desires feel like it is an element to move to plot along or provide a narrative for the episode but the overall main theme would be connections. It may not be very obvious here but connections are a very important factor in everybody’s life. You might think that you are a loner but as long as people remember or know who you are, you are in a way still connected. It is only when everyone in the world forgets about you that your existence is truly severed. A fate worse than death is to have never existed in the eyes and the memories of others. That is why our characters here fight hard to try and maintain their connections. Once it is severed, there is no telling when it can be connected again. It’s not like it can be glued back with duct tape, right?

The use of kappa and otters are also a strange concept. While in this anime, kappa are the good guys and otters are the antagonists, in actual life it is actually the other way around. Sort of. You see, because of today’s media, kappa are now portrayed as some cute harmless little creatures. Lest you do your research, you will find that their true origins have a very dark nature. Let’s say that are not friendly creatures to begin with and the Shirikodama ass extraction you see here is just a light take on the horror aspects of their origin. And otters are supposed to be cute, lovely and helpful to the environment, right? And aww, they look so cute holding hands while they sleep together at sea to prevent from being drifted away. So cute… Well, if you love otters that much and can see no fault in them. Just like many other animals, otters too can be dicks (you should read an article about otters raping seals. No kidding!). Obviously otters are portrayed as the antagonists here only because of its Japanese word ‘kawauso’ in which ‘uso’ means lies.

Speaking of that, this series also has its fair share of puns. While it may not be as spamming and ubiquitous, say like the Monogatari series, there are still quite a few of them for those who are sharp enough to pick up and of course if you have a certain standard in Japanese vocabulary. For example, Toi’s episode regarding his relatives running the soba shop is definitely a wordplay of the ‘soba’ word which also means ‘next’. Toi wanting to be next to Chikai is definitely his desire. The start of every flashback scene you will see the words seaweed with it because ‘kaisou’ in Japanese means both flashback and seaweed, albeit same pronunciation but different kanji words. And of course it goes without saying that all the kappa zombies are puns of their desires. But I guess the puns that take the big share of the cake are kappa puns. You will see them in product placements (Kappazon?), places (Kappabashi? Yes, this place actually exists) and even celebrities. Lionel Kappa… Hah! I will surely remember one. Sorry, no Kappa-tiano Ronaldo, KR7! For more insights to the puns in this series, this site provides a good explanation as well as trivia and Easter eggs.

This show might be even weirder considering how it spams us a lot of butt and ass scenes, especially that Shirikodama extraction. But remember what I said about the darker origins of the kappa? Yes people, kappa is technically a yokai that loves butts! Therefore there are a few butt and ass visuals so it may look weird as hell and cringey. After all, when the kappa boys had to go inside deep into the ass of the kappa zombie to extract the Shirikodama out, it really looks like one weird sexual fetish. Even when Keppi begins his Shirikodama extraction, you see from a point of view that focuses on his butt. And Keppi doing farts and sh*tting out the boys because his anus is some sort of magical transformation device thingy, could really twist one stomach if you’re not used to this sort of craziness. There’s also some gay suggestions other than Enta for Kazuki or a hardcore male friendship among them leading to something yaoi and especially Mabu and Reo hinting to be close enough and more than best partners-cum-friends but it could be just my imagination. Yeah, just our imaginations when Otter seemingly tried to make out with Mabu!

The characters are rather okay. I suppose the main trio are fleshed out enough that you would want to support they stay together till the end. Everyone harbours secrets so it is no surprising that these boys too have some secrets that would put their friendship to the test. I wouldn’t say that many of the episode’s revelation like Kazuki being a cross-dresser or Enta as the culprit who vandalized their football spot, to be mind blowing. Sometimes it feels like a detective themed series. You know, whatever mysterious/curious case/phenomenon is eventually being revealed in the end. Only here, we aren’t furnished any clues to pinpoint the culprit and we should have known and see it coming by the connection theme of this series. By the time we probably are getting used to this, the series has probably already ended. In a way, Sarazanmai serves more than just revealing the darkest secrets of the main characters as it also helps in developing their characters forward. Kazuki wants the best for Haruka. Toi wants to be with Chikai. Enta selfishly wants Kazuki for himself. With Haruka reminding the previous Kazuki was better and more smiley and Chikai dead, it is like the wakeup call for the trio to realize that there are more important connections than their own selfish desires.

Chikai as a shady character, it was hard for me to determine if he was just playing the villain or truly a villain in his own right. From the circumstances that have arisen in his life, not to say that resorting to a life of crime is justified but it lets us understand why he took the path that he need to take. Bad guys surviving the longest is the world rings eerily true in real life and it might be heartless for him to teach this to his younger brother but that is how life works for them. Life wasn’t going to be a bed of roses for them so what else do they need to do to survive? Had Chikai being truly despicable, he would have left Toi and not cared for him a long time ago. So I believe he is just playing the big villain just to help Toi move on. The brothers are both each other’s strength and weakness. Because they have each other, they strongly trudge on in life but that is the same reason why it drags them down. While it is sad that Chikai dies in the end (live by the sword, die by the sword), it was probably a twisted blessing in disguise for Toi to set him free and open his eyes that he also has something else of importance other than his brother. What good is a guy when he is dead except for nostalgia and memories?

Mabu and Reo being antagonists feel a bit underdeveloped. Like as though they are characters created just for kappa zombies to run havoc. But that is okay because Mabu and Reo aren’t antagonists to begin with. Unwilling antagonists if I should say. After their truth is revealed, so as not to let them have a bad ending, somehow they revive and return to being the kappa prince and princess’ vassals? I don’t even know how that happened except for plot convenience. After all, it is not like they have been completely forgotten by being thrown out of the connection circle. Yeah, pretty convenient for them to just turn into memento after being defeat. And I thought Mabu’s mechanical heart was supposed to explode and leave nothing. Nothing. But I guess Otter was also lying. Because Otter is just an abstract concept, is the otter kingdom created because of all the negative emotions from humans? I mean, there is enough to go around because with so many unfulfilled desires and twisted secrets, enough for that cliché factor of bad feelings amass into an evil being that is what the otter kingdom represents. It’s a vicious cycle since they feed on the energy of humans. Otter being defeated in the final scene could it merely just mean the boys have overcome their obstacles? Because with the future still not secure, it could mean that Otter could come back anytime when some strain is detected?

The art and animation are sleek. I would be repeating myself yet another time if I try to explain how the visuals all look nostalgically similar to Mawaru Penguindrum. Crazy, weird, odd, strange, bizarre, flashy. Did I leave any other words out? But that basically sums up my main point about this segment. Especially some of the movements during transformation and the ritual to extract Shirikodama, they’re just wild as hell. Wow. You have to go through all that just to get there? Truly flashy indeed. Unimportant people are portrayed as stick people. You know those male and female signs you see outside the toilet? Yeah. Toilet sign people… And for those other characters who don’t matter but are slightly ‘important’ like those dead victims, all of them have a white paper covering their face. Don’t have to draw their face. Better than putting a censor over their eyes. I suppose we don’t care for them that’s why they can be thrown out of the connection circle so easily. Keppi looks weird as a kappa because I at first I thought he was some duck! Hey, at least I didn’t mistook him for a frog! And with him having red eyes, yeah I thought he was high on drugs. Can’t say I like his new handsome kappa form, though… Looks even weirder. While some of the backgrounds are 2D animation, I think some of them are using real backgrounds. I may be wrong since the 2D animation might be so good that I couldn’t tell the difference. This series is animated jointly by MAPPA (Kakegurui, Shingeki No Bahamut series, Banana Fish) and Lapin Track.

For the voice acting department, Rie Kugimiya sounds quite meek as Haruka. Though, she is still recognizable. Glad to hear that she is still around and it might not be a main character role but it’s still good enough to hear her voice once in a while. Looks like I’ve reached a point in time where I am starting to worry that I won’t be hearing seiyuus that I am familiar with because they are already on the path of retirement. And with so many new and young upcoming seiyuus these days. Ah well. Better be grateful for all that I can get. The other recognizable seiyuus are Junichi Suwabe as Keppi, Kenjiro Tsuda as Chikai and Mamoru Miyano as Reo. I was thinking Mamoru Miyano would be a flamboyant character but that is only because I was amazed by his performance as the main character in Zombie Land Saga and think he could replicate that in this crazy series. Guess not. The other casts are Ayumu Murase as Kazuki (Riku in Show By Rock), Shun Horie as Enta (Koshiyama in Nana Maru San Batsu), Kouki Uchiyama as Toi (Ichika in Infinite Stratos), Yoshimasa Hosoya as Mabu (Reiner in Shingeki No Kyojin), Takaya Kuroda as Otter (Dagger in Show By Rock), Mariya Ise as Otone (Levi in Fairy Tail) and Teiko Kagohara as Sara (debut voice acting role as she is originally a singer – maybe that’s why she sounds a bit raw and weird).

Fitting the crazy pace of the series is the opening theme, Massara by Kana-Boon. This rock outfit also feels suitable for those who would love to do their own AMV. Yeah, it feels pretty much like that. Stand by Me by The Peggies isn’t a cover that was originally sung by Ben E. King. Instead this rock piece has this edgy feel to it. Sounds okay to me and not bad. But it is the insert songs that take the cake. Sarazanmai No Uta and Kawausoiya are the songs featured as the kappa boys begin their fight against the kappa zombies and the policeman duo extracting desires from their victims respectively. The songs are pretty catchy and I can’t help sing or even dance along to the tune each time it is played. Sarazanmai No Uta has this jazzy and samba mix to it while Kawausoiya blends traditional Japanese fold dance with modern music. There is also Houkago Kappa by Teiko Kagohara. But this sounds more like a children song if you ask me. Cute but not as exciting as the former duo.

Overall, despite all the craziness and bizarre presentation, this series is still fun, enjoyable and at times thought provoking especially on the concept of connections. While it started off looking and reminding us a lot like Mawaru Penguindrum v2.0, slowly when you get drawn into the setting and concept of this series, it starts to stand out entirely on its own. So the lesson of the series is to keep your connections and count your blessings for having them. You may not know it but still take the time to thank those around you and putting up with your incorrigible habits. Every day. But the irony in today’s world that despite we are being so connected and staying connected 24/7 via technological advances, the classic and traditional connection of human to human relationship is eroding. We are already zombies looking at our Smartphones every day. Otters could be personified as giant tech companies, brainwashing us and feeding on our raw emotions. Literally, f*cking us in the ass! Hence the only true fear that we will dread the most is when we lose connection to the internet! Oh the horror!!! Usooooo!!!

Majimoji Rurumo: Kanketsu-hen

September 20, 2019

Better late than never. That’s what I thought that many old animes that were last aired 5 years ago getting its sequel. It is the same case and it came as a surprise to me that Majimoji Rurumo: Kanketsu-hen got a pair of special OVA episodes back in July 2019 since its TV series last aired in 2014. It wasn’t the kind of series I was hoping for to get a sequel and of course now that it has come out, I don’t remember anything much except about a witch in training maintaining a contract with a perverted guy. In exchange for magic tickets to grant his wishes, the moment he uses them up, he dies. So perhaps as seen in its title, this is the last leg for this series and to bring back the nostalgic hype for hardcore fans who want to see some sort of closure.

Episode 1
It’s that time again when Kouta runs into trouble with Inoue and her public morals gestapo goons. He wishes for Rurumo to save him in which she does his magic. However this means he uses up all his remaining tickets and die! Phew, thank goodness it was just a dream. He then sees Rurumo sleeping so cutely and wants to sleep together?! Thank goodness mom is around and tells him to go do some errands. Along the way, Rurumo is curious to go out for tea. Kouta obliges but this isn’t the kind of tea he had in mind. While he is thinking of being on a date, Rurumo dumps all the sugar cubes into her tea and still finds it bitter! Later Kouta talks to Chiro about seeing Rurumo smiled a little bit. He suggests she should live here forever since he won’t be able to use up his tickets. However Chiro tells the grave truth. Trainee witches only have 500 days limit. Whether they pass or fail, they go back after the time is up. If she fails, it only means she will lose her right to be a permanent witch. And that deadline is in 2 weeks. Wow. Thanks for letting us know such a crucial detail as this point. Then 2 weeks passed without anything happening. Kouta thinks of going on a spending spree to celebrate her send off. He stumbles into a loli who needs his help getting her balloon. After done, he is startled to meet Rurumo in the streets. This is where they first met. She thanks him for all that he has done and just wanted him to remember there was a witch named Rurumo. She can’t make it sound any sadder, can she? Kouta then hugs her and feels stupid for not realizing it sooner. Hence he decides to use all his remaining tickets to have girls look at him. Might as well go out with a bang. Unfortunately he sees that loli crossing the road and a truck is going to slam into her. Oh well. Time to use the tickets to save her. With that, the loli is saved and Kouta drops dead. His corpse confirms Rurumo passed her training.

Oh my. Kouta is really dead! Not a dream! Everyone crying at his funeral! Apparently Rurumo doesn’t know Kouta will pay with his life after using up his tickets! Seriously, girl???!!! Chiro blames herself for not telling her because she wanted Rurumo to really become a witch. But how now? Everybody so sad. As Rurumo is now a full-fledged witch, her first mission is to erase the memories of all humans who know her. But I think she isn’t powerful enough since she goes to each of them one by one instead of casting a wide spell over the city. The last is Tanako who now confirms Rurumo is a witch and learns the truth that Kouta did. Her final wish is that if Rurumo sees Kouta, please tell him how cool he was. Rurumo and Chiro return to the Underworld. We hear a narration of witches divided into 13 ranks with the Witch Queen being the most powerful and occupying the top. Maybe that’s why Rurumo’s power isn’t so powerful yet. She just became a real witch. When Harulily talks to her, it seems she knows that Kouta is still alive. Sort of. Humans whose lives have been taken when a witch’s contract is fulfilled are stored in a soul crystal in Underworld. Many witches don’t know where it is located. While the soul crystal has no means to listen or speak, the human’s mind still remains intact. And so happens Harulily knows where the soul crystals are. She wants Rurumo to go see him before he disappears for good. Rurumo thinks about this and ponders further on Harulily’s words that she is in love with Kouta. Otherwise why could she not stop thinking about him? Does she need to hesitate on her next move? Let’s go see Kouta!

Episode 2
More narrations about how nobody has conveniently seen the Witch Queen and the soul crystals reside in the underground of the admin bureau. Of course they are guarded by top ranked elite witches so can a newbie witch like Rurumo bust in? Conveniently Rurumo and Chiro overheard wardens, Sillia Saland Alphoa and Mimilmia talking about a recent soul crystal being a pervy one because it tried to molest their boobs and butts. Definitely Kouta. Amazingly they manage to steal his box and I know Rurumo is being nostalgic with Kouta but can she save it for another and like, get out of here? I know she feels like she can take on anything but seriously, ranked 1 witches? Of course Sillia and Mimilmia are going all out to stop Rurumo. Thankfully Harulily drops in to help. As she has prepared some top end magic, she manages to stop their time so as to buy them time to escape. Oh, Rurumo conveniently putting memory erasing magic on them. Back in her home (you mean there were no other wardens or security to stop them?), because Kouta’s soul crystal is unresponsive, luckily we have Mimi who has created a doll as his vessel! Long story short, Mimi is in love with Kouta! Putting the soul crystal into the doll, Kouta can only speak and listen, albeit very weak. Rurumo thanks him that she has now become a witch but when Kouta wants to tell her something, he has run out of steam. That is when Rurumo gives up and decides to return him to the chamber. After going through all that trouble? The memory erasing spell won’t last long and the duo will soon catch up. After all, she has been in prison before and now that she has settled the matters of her heart, it’s not bad being imprisoned again?! Girl, you just sounded that you got imprisoned in your own heart.

Soon, Rurumo and Harulily are arrested and are to face a trial for treason. In short, the judges hand down their judgment that Rurumo is to be imprisoned for 300 years and stripped of her witchhood forever while Harulily will be demoted to rank 13. Whatever they have to say or reason, it’s not the court’s problem. So a convenient revelation for us to understand why Rurumo is handed down such harsh punishment. You see, when humans are contracted with witches, when they die, their soul then becomes the source of magic witches use. Now you know why witches descend to Earth, eh? That is why in the chamber, the soul crystals are connected to tubes and all and are managed by the wardens. However this power is not limited and to maintain the balance, the Witch Queen imposed strict rules and certain methods. Rurumo has disrupted that order by awakening the human spirit inside the soul crystal. Because of that, it is deemed useless and will be destroyed. Oh Rurumo. No use crying how she made things worse while trying to save him. So accept that punishment and bear the guilt? Before the judges could hand down the verdict suddenly that loli comes in. Guess what? She’s the Witch Queen! Surprise, b*tches! She heard what happened and rushed all the way back here. She immediately annuls this session and voids all of their punishment. Wow. That was easy. That’s the Witch Queen for you.

The Witch Queen then takes them to her palace. Although she narrates that no one can stop death, but if it is caused by a witch’s contract, ah yeah, I see where this loophole is going. Hence the Witch Queen can use her special magic to revive Kouta and return his soul crystal. But didn’t Kouta get cremated? Lucky boy. Because the Witch Queen snuck into his funeral and swap his real body to her palace! Damn Kouta’s kindness goes a long way. With her special powers, Kouta is revived. The real deal. This time it is Rurumo who comes running to hug him. And finally Kouta is able to say he loves her from the bottom of his heart. I suppose he can’t stay in Underworld so he is tossed back to his home. Damn, his family and friends so happy to see him come back alive?! So what about him being dead? Oh, he lied about waking up before being cremated and escaped. Since he is standing before them, I guess they don’t want to question any further. Seriously. Let those pervy days return! Soon, Rurumo becomes a new transfer student in class. All the guys are crazy over this new cute chick but soon get jealous since Kouta knows her. Yeah. Former sister. Not going to cut it! But screw all that since Kouta gives Rurumo a kiss. Uhm, can he upgrade former sister to girlfriend? Why didn’t he just go with long lost childhood friend since everyone’s memories on Rurumo were erased? Ah well, whatever. And Rurumo is back on Earth as she was promoted and assigned to work on Earth as advisors for Earth-based witches. Can this fun last forever? Maybe not. But at least Kouta doesn’t have to use up his tickets for this now. Live life to the fullest!

Write Your Own Ticket Or It’s Tickets For You!
I’m not sure if these OVA episodes are meant to be the end and closure for the series entirely. At least for the TV format. Because they were released in conjunction for a manga volume released on the same date. Also, I read that the OVAs were original stories to begin with. Since I don’t read the manga, I am not sure how it would deviate. Not that it matters to me since I still won’t be reading them and hence the OVAs are considered the end of the series to me. Unless they decide to adapt the continuation, which would be an entirely different story but that would be for another time.

These special episodes focuses a lot on Rurumo and Kouta being relegated to a side character as we see Rurumo trying to come to terms with her feelings for Kouta. I guess only when death occurs and hits you real hard that you start realizing what is most important to you. It is really a sweet ending for Kouta and Rurumo to be together again although typically that is what I expected it would be. Pretty cliché that both the characters who never realized they were in love with each other or have a hard time saying those magical words until they are pushed to the limits, only when they overcome those obstacles, a fairytale happy ending of them being together again. And they live happily ever after. The end. I wouldn’t have it any other way for them, though. It would be really sadistic of me to aspect Rurumo to say her goodbye and peace and be locked away forever in prison. Not the kind of bad ending to leave as the final impressions of viewers.

There were a few mind boggling moments too. Most probably to drive the narrative and plot of the story. For example, it was said that nobody knows who the Witch Queen looks like. And with that loli revelation (isn’t that why they foreshadow of this unknown character in the first part?), now a lot of people know how the Witch Queen looks like? She doesn’t seem like a nasty person and a very reasonable one so why doesn’t she make her appearance known to at least the denizens of Underworld? She doesn’t have to be known to humans that’s for sure but I wonder why her appearance is kept a mystery. Is it those who only deserve to know her will get to see her face? Strange order if you ask me then. Then the other mind boggling part is how she switched Kouta’s body. I am assuming that a few days passed so why did she not immediately seek Rurumo? Why does she not know she is a witch? She saw her using her magic to save her, right? So what was she doing putting Kouta’s body for a few days in her palace? So that we could all have this dramatic scene of Rurumo going through all the trouble and emotions of rescuing Kouta and feeling her actions were for naught.

And when Kouta revived, where the heck was he if he said he escaped from his coffin? This assuming a few days have passed. Where was he hanging out? So okay, I believe there were no security guards at a funeral so nobody saw a corpse walking out. Even so, this has got to be the biggest prank Kouta would have played on his fellow family and friends and they don’t even reprimand him for this? Maybe we just didn’t see but yeah, making everybody worried sick and crying over your dead body isn’t funny the more you think about it. The funeral was real, you know. I guess everybody realizes how precious Kouta was and couldn’t care less about this and overlooked it anyway. I mean, he is alive. What more do you want? Don’t get me started on the soul crystal thingy. Sure, I saw it coming from a mile that they are used as power source to feed witches’ magic but come on, awakening them once will make them lose that magic worth? Are you sure the producer quickly try to think something up so as to give us that scene where Rurumo was filled with guilt and remorse? That her genuine actions brought more harm than good to the boy she loves? Seems like that to me. But don’t fear. Thanks to all the clichés and ingredients for a good happy ending, that’s why everybody is such a lucky person.

Overall, this series has wrapped up nicely and for viewers like me, a nice and cute closure to everything that was. Lots of typical and cliché moments to pull your heart strings as well but I guess there is no other way for this series to end so that we could all feel good when it comes to a close. If there is one thing that this series has taught me, it isn’t the magic tickets and the wish that you wish upon that really matters most. It is the actions of what you do that affects others that counts. So that is why the next time when you see an old woman needing help to carry her groceries while crossing the street or that little girl whose cat is stuck high up on a tree and can’t come down or the homeless guy who is asking for a spare change or bread to spare, don’t turn them down. Who knows? They might be some higher deity in disguise or even just that ordinary person who will return that favour to you in the future when you needed it most. Just like how Kouta’s seemingly insignificant action to help a loli and be selfless scored big points for his reunion with Rurumo. You could say he won the golden ticket then. And that the best magic comes from that not of witches, but that of the heart.

Sewayaki Kitsune No Senko-san

September 14, 2019

Are you having a rough day? A long and tiresome day? Things didn’t turn out for the best? Don’t worry. Because when you get home, there will be a cute fox girl who will pamper you to your heart’s desire and let you do anything you want till you’re satisfied. Holy cow! Sorry dirty minded people. If you’re hoping that Sewayaki Kitsune No Senko-san is going to be some sort of sleazy porn, be disappointed that this one of those calming and relaxing animes you watch after the countless sex, violence and nonsensical slapstick comedies that have corrupted your anime life. The plot is just that simple. A fox deity taking care of a single working guy who has had it rough at work when he comes home. Nothing more. And also, so calming and relaxing that this might be a cure for insomnia…

Episode 1
Kuroto Nakano is such an overworked man. He is forced to stay back since his colleagues messed up and they need his help to clean up their mess. Because of his ever growing dark aura, the heavenly foxes believe they need to address this issue before darkness brings ruin to the world! Oh dear. You mean this guy is the catalyst? Senko offers to pamper and bring his spirits back up. When Kuroto returns, he thought he got the wrong apartment when he sees Senko cooking. Okay, correct room. This kid is real. Not imagining things. He then fears he will be arrested for kidnapping a loli. He tries to get her out and since she looks pitiful that she is going to throw away all that she cooked for him, I guess a little taste won’t hurt. He is hungry after all. He is treated to several delicious servings as Senko explains she is an 800 year old demigod fox sent to serve him. Don’t worry about the food. They are offerings people left at shrine. Senko claims she is doing this because he is her type of guy. All he needs to do is being pampered. He then notices her fluffy tail and requests to touch it. She reluctantly does. Ah, so fluffy and warm! Kuroto feels guilty he can’t repay her but she maintains she is doing this for him because she wants to. After all, he has already worked hard enough. A fox demigod’s care is priceless and no amount of good deed could add up to that. He gives in and lies on her lap. Kuroto vaguely dreams of the past when he stayed with his grandma in the mountains. When he got lost, he met some weird deity that looks suspiciously like her. He ultimately found his way back. Kuroto feels refreshed after the nap. But it’s not over yet. There’s more to come.

Episode 2
Kuroto has to leave for work. I guess not enough time for morning pampering. It is obvious he doesn’t have enough sleep. Thus Senko is going to prepare and pamper him to his heart’s content when he gets home. Another rough day at work. Yeah, this time he gets chewed out by his boss. He returns home, Senko begins the pampering by preparing his bath. Once he gets out, the perfect chance to dig his ears with cotton swabs. Everybody likes that, right? But Kuroto makes a deal he will allow her to do so if she lets him touch her fox ears. Okay. Kuroto is in heaven getting his ears nicely dug. Her lullaby reminds him of another vague memory. As a teen gathering resources in the woods, it looks like he let Senko rest on his lap and he was happy despite Senko complained she was supposed to help him. Kuroto can’t remember her face but Senko hints they might have met before. Now it’s time for Senko to live up to her promise. I guess he really went all out to touching them. Extreme ear molestation? Even Senko is sulking… Time to sleep so Senko tells him to sleep as much as he wants rather than just 4 hours. Screw work. Because lack of sleep also can hamper productivity. Later as they sleep, Senko sleeps on the floor but decides to sleep next to him. Kuroto is conscious of this but as she hugs him, the warm and softness makes him fall asleep like a baby. He is late next morning but Senko won’t let him leave until he has had his breakfast. She sees him off and hopes he won’t overwork himself.

Episode 3
WTF?! Kuroto trying to touch her fur but she won’t let him molest and hence running away?! Yeah, this look like a weird rape scene… Because they are too noisy, Yasuko Kouenji the neighbour barges in. Got the wrong idea seeing Kuroto trying to rape a loli?! She is confused when Senko explains she is way older and that since she is living with him, he can do anything to her! Kouenji is further suspicious of her ears but since she is hungry, Senko feeds her. With that, Kouenji is now their friend because you can’t be a bad guy if you feed others, right?! I guess as a college student who works from home, she hardly has time for meals. Yeah, she last ate 2 days ago. Now Kouenji asks about Senko’s ear and tail. However she is under the misconception she is an avid fan and cosplayer of an anime series, Little Yoko Inari Girl. Such authentic cosplay true to the character! After Kouenji leaves, the duo watch that anime to find out more. WTF this paparazzi trying to take unauthorized pics of Yoko?! With Senko’s interested in watching more, Kuroto orders the entire library for her to binge watch. Don’t worry. She won’t slack on her job. Kuroto then goes shopping with Senko. Putting on disguises to hide her ears and tail, Kuroto for the first time feels fun shopping with somebody as he has always been doing it himself. He is also assured that she can now go shopping on her own the next time. Don’t feel guilty relying on her. As long as he is happy, Senko is also happy. Kuroto feels he wants to spend more time with her on his off days. Upon reaching home and before they could start making dinner, Senko’s powers were too strong that the potato sprouted.

Episode 4
Another bad day at work. But luckily tomorrow is Sunday, right? What do you mean you still have to go back to work?! Yeah, even Kuroto wonders why… :’(. As he sets his alarm, Senko believes she is more reliable to wake him up. Okay. But morning comes and Senko trying to wake him up, it seems he wants to sleep a little longer. Okay. As you wish. Then she lets him cuddle her tail for ultimate sleep. When he wakes up, he realizes he is too late to go to work. But he doesn’t blame her and instead feels guilty about cuddling her tail. She promises to wake him up properly tomorrow. Senko cooks dinner and uses her own fox flame. She teases it is filled with love. His reply? At least he can save on gas. Is it a wonder why he is still single???!!! When Kuroto leaves for work, Senko thought he has taught all she needs to know about using machines and controllers. The air-cond was easy. Trouble begins when she tries to vacuum. Too loud! I wonder how she ‘tamed’ it. Oh well, clean the old fashion way. She fails at the washing machine too. Oh well, old fashion manual hand labour. When she does multi-tasking, that’s when real trouble starts. With all the machine working at the same time and she is pressing the wrong remote, it gets louder and worse. Are all the machines against her today?! Even somehow the vacuum wants a piece of this ‘fun’ and starts acting up. The machines aren’t going to listen to you to pipe down. When Kuroto returns, no lights are on and Senko in trauma mode in the dark?! Yeah, all the machines suddenly ‘died’. Turns out the circuit breaker tripped. Checking everything, no damage so it’s all okay. Senko wonders why he isn’t mad at her failure. Because coming home to see her smiling face is all he needs. Oh, so touching. Yeah, now he’s touching her tail. That makes his day. Meanwhile Senko’s brethren, Shiro doesn’t think she is doing a good job and is screwing up instead. She is going down to do the job.

Episode 5
Kuroto returns to see Shiro. He’s not hallucinating. Apparently Shiro isn’t here just to eat Senko’s cooking. She has business with him. Even though Shiro sounds flirty and hinting of doing that, don’t worry this isn’t that kind of anime. She allows him to pet her head. He does so and it’s like heaven. You jealous, Senko? She wants in so it’s a win-win situation for everyone. Double happiness for Kuroto. Shiro goes a step further and thinks she can satisfy his deepest craving. She uses her magic to reveal that side of his. Again, don’t worry it isn’t that kind of anime so that deep and darkest desire that Kuroto wants… Squeeze her fluffy tail! Gee Shiro. You mean this sounds a lot worse than rape? Shiro is really freaking out and getting scared as Kuroto tries to get her. Eventually she flees. Kouenji thinks she must be hallucinating to see Shiro coming through her wall. In the end, Senko allows him to touch her tail. Yeah, this is the best. I suppose Shiro is done pampering Kuroto. All just talk, huh? After Senko prepares the bath for him. She wants to wash his back. He refuses but knowing she will still do it, might as well accept her service. Yeah, the best back scrub ever. Now it’s his turn to return to favour. However he realizes something horrifying after washing her back. Her tail is wet and no more fluffy! It’s like the world’s ending? Then they soak in the bath together and remember, this isn’t that kind of anime. Because the most we get is Kuroto teaching her how to squirt. Water hand gun squirting!!! After getting out of the bath, Senko uses the blower to dry her tail and it is all fluffy back in no time. Kuroto is so happy! Can’t wait to cuddle it, huh? Oh Senko. You should know the drill by now. This is going to be a long night… A happy long night.

Episode 6
Shiro is back! Is she serious in pampering Kuroto or is she here just to have fun? Probably the latter because she thinks it is rude for resting Kuroto not to be pampered by her. Also, he lets her play his video games he hardly has time for :’(. Super Fluff Bros Melee? Starfluff? I wonder if there is The Legend Of Fluff-da… More Shiro selfishness as she eats the snacks Senko makes for Kuroto. But he doesn’t mind since he is happy to see Shiro enjoying herself. Because Kuroto also wants to eat Senko’s handmade snacks, hence a video game challenge. Unfortunately because she can read his mind, he keeps losing. Once she has her fill, she leaves. Yup, she’ll be back next time. At least somebody had a good time. Next day, Senko visits Kouenji to apologize on behalf for Shiro. Because that fox girl always accidentally steps into her room thinking it belongs to Kuroto. So you’re not hallucinating, Kouenji. It’s a good thing Senko made lunch and has time. Because her place is a pig sty and needs some cleaning too. Once done, Kouenji feels envious that Kuroto has such a good kid by his side. Then it hit her. She wants Senko to cosplay as a maid! I approve!!! Kouenji loses herself in taking pictures of her. To thank her for everything she’s done, she allows Senko to keep the maid outfit. When Kuroto returns, he is shocked to see Senko in a maid outfit that he tries to run away! WTF?! Are you saying you’re not impressed by a maid outfit! Shameful! Didn’t Kouenji said all men love maids???!!! After learning Kouenji is behind this maid influence, Kuroto says it isn’t that he doesn’t like her in this outfit, he prefers her in her usual because only then he feels more like home. How sweet. Despite he is thankful for her, I guess it’s a roundabout way of saying he wants to fluff her tail.

Episode 7
Kuroto has been carrying things in office so naturally his back hurts. Don’t worry. Senko can help. She will step on his back! Oh damn, is this the first S&M? Don’t worry, it’s still not that kind of anime. And Senko is joking too. She’ll use her hands. Because she is so damn good, Kuroto wants an ‘upgrade’. Yeah, use your feet! Oh yeah. That really felt good. That really hit the spot. Kuroto wants to repay her by doing the same. Okay. She’s making a few strange noises and at the end of it, she gets back at him by tickling him. Hope he didn’t wake up the neighbourhood. On another bad day at work, Kuroto is forced to stay late and when he leaves, he missed the last train. On his way back, Shiro is waiting for him. She can use her powers to send him back but requires a tribute. Don’t worry. Nothing serious. It’s her way of saying she wants to try that corndog from the mart. Mmm… Yummy… Shiro isn’t going to send him flying home. Instead, they’re going to walk through this portal. Kuroto would really love to walk through this otherworld but since it makes Shiro tired, I guess this is just a one off thing. Shiro then asks him if he knows why Senko is doing all this for him. Apparently all those strange dreams of Kuroto being nice to Senko in the mountains are actually of his ancestors. Hence Senko might be imagining him as his ancestors. Is he fine with that? Of course. Senko looks happy so does it matter? Kuroto returns home and Senko is glad to have him back. Fluffy tail come to papa! He tells her about Shiro so she teases him that he ‘cheated’ on her when she was waiting for him the whole time. Joke time’s over. Now is big comfy time. She cooked some really nice meal, you know.

Episode 8
Finally! Kuroto’s summer break has begun! Just for 1 day! Bummer. Don’t fret, Shiro is here to bring them to the beach. Kouenji is also here but doesn’t remember how she got here. Shiro ‘kidnapped’ her while she was asleep. Yeah. But she’s happy so I guess everything’s fine. We see the quartet having fun at the beach. Then they play beach volleyball and they absolutely have a great time. Until Senko sprains her back. Yeah… I guess she’s already that old… When it’s time for BBQ, it seems Kouenji has all the necessary things. Uh huh. Prior to this, Shiro promised to bring her to the beach if she bought certain stuffs for her. And they went on an online shopping spree. Too bad they didn’t buy any ingredients. But don’t worry. They can always do fishing! Meanwhile Kuroto visits the beach house to get some food. He thought nobody is in but this busty bartender offers him sumptuous dishes. He feels modest to take them but the moment he blinks, she’s gone! Kuroto tells this to Senko and she has an idea who she is. Kuroto getting scared about ghosts when he has a fox deity? Meanwhile Shiro and Kouenji’s catch of the day: Seaweed. Thank goodness for the lavish dishes! At night, they play sparklers but Kuroto realizes it’s back to work once this is over. Senko cheers him up by unleashing her own brand of fireworks. Floating fox fireballs? Sure this isn’t eerie? That busty lady is of course a fox deity and Senko and Shiro’s master. She too sadly notes that all this will eventually end.

Episode 9
Because Kuroto is salivating at gratin on TV, Senko thinks of making one for him. So while he is at work, she seeks Kouenji’s help. Kouenji gives instructions to Senko as she skilfully prepares the cheesy dish. Shiro? She just supervises and eats whatever she can get her hand. Yeah, her role is only to eat. The gratin dish comes out good and they have their fill. Kouenji realizes her place is even cleaner than before after Senko cleans up after cooking. And of course, Kuroto gets his taste of Senko’s delicious gratin once he returns. Shiro heats up instant ramen for Kouenji but WTF she put sugar in it?! Senko wants to cut Kuroto’s hair since it has grown and hot days are here. Don’t worry. She kept up with the latest men’s hairstyle. Kuroto isn’t sure but whatever. Oh my, did Senko did a blooper? Don’t worry, don’t worry. Everything’s fine. Kuroto feels good as she snips his hair. Reminds him of how mom did it. Then she also washes his head and you could literally say this feeling is so good that she washes away his troubles! When all is done, Kuroto learns this is the first time she is using a scissors and doing a modern haircut. She admits there were times she messed up and snipped too much but she used her magic to glue it back! Don’t worry. Those parts won’t drop off. Hey, you’re going to grow old and get bald one day, no? Senko is shocked when Kuroto jokes he won’t ask her to do it again. But Senko is grateful to him since she gets to experience something new.

Episode 10
It’s snowing! Just when Senko thinks it means fun time, why the heck is Kuroto waking up and getting prepared for work? Yeah, company hasn’t declared an off day yet. Are the trains even running? That’s why he must leave early. And if he can’t make it back? He’ll stay in office. Oh dear. Senko clinging on to him not to go. And then the saviour email: The company declares an off day today. Hooray! Now they can go frolic in the snow and let out their inner child. And Senko is really rolling up a super huge snowball?! Once they get back in, Kuroto has a request: Please let me fluff your tail to warm my hands! Should have seen this coming. Senko holds it in as Kuroto does his usual. But after that, Senko catches a cold! Did he fluff too much. Temporary ban on fluffing! Horror! With the kotatsu being so comfortable, I guess Senko is getting a bit lazy. That is when this busty fox lady visits them. She is Sora and Senko’s boss. As Kuroto cannot help notice her busty figure, Sora hints that she is willing to give him what Senko cannot. You mean sex? Okay. So are you ready, big boy? What is it that you want? He wants to fluff her tail! Should have seen this coming. Even Sora is surprised by this odd fetish. But not as shocking as Senko comes to ‘protect’ Kuroto from her boss. There is no other fox deity that Kuroto needs to be looked after or other tails to fluff! With that, Sora gets the hint and leaves. But she warns him that because of his eternally tired looking face, something bad may happen. Later when Kuroto thinks Senko was jealous, she refutes it. Even blaming him she lets him molest fluff her tail but it’s still not enough for him and had to go look for other tails. Imagine tails being substituted with boobs and pussies… I hope Senko won’t use this as blackmail and pass to fluff her tail. Kuroto is smart enough not to make her mad so he eats whatever dinner she cooks for him, even if it’s a dish he doesn’t really like.

Episode 11
When Senko sees the plum blossom bookmark design, this brings back memories when she guided a lost young Kuroto back to his grandma by providing him a plum blossom branch. When he was reunited with grandma, he thought he saw Senko peeking from behind the fox statue so he left the branch there and thanked her. With Kuroto having another long day at work, upon his return home, Senko treats him to her style of izakaya. Drink up those wines! But for a while it backfired since when he is drunk, he gets sad thinking about himself as useless since today he still got scolded despite all the work he put in. Unpaid overtime too! :’(. With Senko willing to listen and let him do what he wants, Kuroto relaxes after shedding a few tears. :’(. She lets him sleep on her fluffy tail. Only if he can stop drooling… Meanwhile Shiro is mad that it has been a year since Senko served Kuroto. At this rate she won’t get to eat Senko’s cooking again! Hey. How many hundreds of years old are you? I’m sure she still have many more years so what is just a few more to wait? Kuroto finally applied for some paid leave. At this time when they’re rushing for the deadline? Yeah, screw it. I guess even his boss gives him another shelling before he leaves. With some spare time to rest up, suddenly mom calls to inform that dad has been hospitalized. He is in stable condition thankfully. Although Kuroto has promised to go out with Senko, fox girl wants him to visit his parents and they can do their date another time. So he leaves his Smartphone with her. She can contact him via his work handphone. Kuroto visits his family. No biggies. As he prays at grandma’s grave, he sees the plum blossom. That is when he remembers his childhood and that Senko has been watching over him all the time. He tries to call home but she isn’t picking up. Looks like Senko has packed her things and left.

Episode 12
Nothing breaks your vacation when your colleague calls you to ask when you’re coming back! Tomorrow. But for now you’re on your own! Kuroto calls Senko again but as we know, the phone is left unanswered. When he comes home, Senko is not in. Weird. Did she go shopping in another town? Asking Kouenji about it, she recalls seeing her leave yesterday but had a sad look in her eyes. It is also weird because Shiro hasn’t been coming down to visit too and today is the last episode of that Yoko anime. Senko is back in heaven and Sora knows what is going on. It has been a year since Senko has taken care of Kuroto but because she cannot rid of his darkness, is there a reason for her to be by his side? We see the final episode of Yoko as she sacrifices herself to save Earth from a comet. This has Kuroto realizing that what if Senko’s actions meant she was saying goodbye? So he runs out to the nearest local fox shrine to look for her. He is afraid he won’t see her again. Sora continues that she knows Senko has got her wish to repay her gratitude but the outcome will still be the same. A sad parting still awaits her. Flashback shows before Senko could repay her debt to Kuroto’s ancestor, he died and this left Senko distraught. Is she willing to go through that again? Even so, Senko wants to help him as much as she can. Just when sad Kuroto thinks he will never see Senko again, here she is before him! With an excuse to scout the perfect hanami spot, yeah they have their own hanami party. Just the two of them. It seems all this was just a test by Sora to see Senko’s resolve. Now she’s got her answer, no worries. The private party is going well until Kuroto remembers he has to return to work tomorrow. Senko, weave your pampering magic on him. With that, Kuroto relents and wants to stay like this a little longer. It’s not bad to have some fun once in a while. They are joined by Kouenji and Shiro. Luckily Kouenji taped the final episode so we get to see Yoko somehow surviving the ordeal and return home, much to the delight of the people and her arch enemy. Life returns to normal. Kuroto’s boss isn’t as mad as before. Because he shares Senko’s food with him! Ah, so I see maybe that’s why he’s always yelling. Some people get mad on an empty stomach. Senko continues to take care of the errands and welcome back Kuroto.

Have A Break, Have A Kitsune Caretaker
Are you refreshed? Are you feeling relaxed? Are you ready and motivated to do your best in life tomorrow? Or are you feeling sleepy and tempted to go back to watch animes with more violence, sex and nonsensical slapstick comedies? And so it is pretty much expected that Kuroto and Senko will eventually return to be together as long as they can. You don’t think that they being separated is going to be the series’ real ending, no? I guess that is the much needed jolt and wakeup call for those who are feeling sleepy and starting to fall asleep without any sort of drama. Senko leaving Kuroto for good?! My, how suspenseful! At least for this anime’s level.

And yeah, with not much of a plot here, some may find it really boring and fall asleep. But those who have watched calming shows like Aria The Animation as well as its spiritual successor, Amanchu, I’m sure ‘veterans’ like us could see its, uhm, wonderful side. Unfortunately I can’t say that this series lives up to the greatness as the aforementioned duo but it is still calming and relaxing in its own right. After all, this series is something that many of us can relate to as for us who are working, there would be some days that aren’t in our favour. So coming home and finding somebody there to have taken care our basic needs is something that most of us would long for. No weird friendship adventures on Aqua AKA Mars or no scuba diving friendship thingy. Not fantasy but reality. And certainly not a lot of people likes scuba diving. Just your plain and normal someone pampering you after a hard day at work. How much simple can you get than that?

The characters themselves too aren’t that deep. After all, this anime aims to make you relax and instead of spamming you with complicated back stories, pasts and twists, what you see here is what you get. Though, that bad omen thingy that Sora foreshadowed may be just some sort of trolling and just to get Senko moving to do something about Kuroto’s ever growing dark aura. Because it would have been super mind blowing if this guy was like some chosen one and if his dark aura goes berserk, the whole world would explode and be consumed by his rage! Then his boss would be so sorry for yelling at him and now it’s his turn to prostrate and apologize profusely! Yeah. I don’t want to see that kind of plot here and the characters turning into something entirely different either. So perhaps the darkness is something that can never go away. It will always be there and the only way to seal and suppress it is Senko’s pampering.

While Senko seems like a good 800 year old fox deity, the good thing about her is that she tries to lift Kuroto’s spirits in a good way. What do I mean? We all very well know that Kuroto’s workplace is a hell hole. With him being close to depression and all, Senko has never once put in weird ideas in his head like quitting the company or go as so far as to talk back to his boss and give him a piece of his mind. I might see Shiro doing that but not for Senko. Instead, she concentrates in trying to bring back his positivism in her own ways by cooking for him and doing his other household chores. It might not be much but at least it lifts the burden a little off his shoulders. Even when things are seemingly bad at his workplace, Senko doesn’t butt in. Like as though she understands there is a clear division between his work and his leisure time. It might seem like this vicious might never end because after Kuroto is refreshed, it is back to that stressful place and all back to square one. But remember, Senko isn’t here to make a life changing miracle but to heal his exhaustion with her tender care. Everything else is up to Kuroto to decide if he wants to continue in this exploitative company or quit and move on to do something else.

For those who can’t get more of Senko’s cutie goodness, be glad to know that at the very end of every episode, there will be this Super Senko-san Time in which Senko ‘serves’ us as the view is now in first person. Don’t expect anything much except for the usual Senko being the nice little fox to pamper us. It feels like a reward for viewers for putting up with the boring, oops I mean calming episode proper and we’re probably tired after watching this boring, oops again I mean calming episode so it is time for Senko to spoil us with her hospitality. Not sure if we prefer Sora as the penultimate episode, she hijacked this segment and it felt a little bit sexually charged. But then again, it could be our tired minds wandering and our eyes wandering to those huge twin peaks…

Kuroto is basically a nice guy. Such a nice guy I wonder why he doesn’t have a girlfriend. Yeah, job commitment… Such a nice guy that he is able to put up with all that yelling from his boss and he still didn’t turn into some psychopath. Damn, this guy is patient as hell. But I have a hunch that a lot of typical Japanese salaryman are like that. They put up with all the reprimanding from their superiors and hold it up within. There is only so much one can take before the time bomb explodes… Just so as to prove why Senko chose to serve Kuroto instead of any other random guy who is in the same shoes, that is why they provided a little past between them. It’s not much but I guess you can see that a little kind gesture goes a long way and for life. With Senko around, at least this guy learns to relax and take it easy. There is something else preoccupying his mind other than work.

The other characters don’t feel relatively important but I guess it does provide a little bit of extra spice since it would be awfully boring if it is just Kuroto and Senko. Like Shiro the bratty fox deity who seems to want Senko for herself but because she cannot be serving 2 people at the same time, I guess that’s why Shiro sometimes come down to bug them and at the same time have some fun. Yeah, basically she might get a bit lonely up there. It’s not like Shiro has any sort of special caretaking skills, right? Then there is Kouenji who is your typical next door neighbour who works in the otaku industry. Yeah, another punishing industry for those who work there. She is also constantly working and probably too hard that she thinks the fox deities are cosplay enthusiasts. Even if she realizes their real identity, I don’t think it would change a thing. After all, Senko has been awfully nice to her too and it won’t sit well if she becomes cautious just because she realizes she is a fox deity. Kouenji’s character sometimes feels a bit out of place because it’s not like they’re setting up some romantic liaisons between her and Kuroto, no? And then when she sees Kuroto and Senko doing something amazing, she’ll just like watch it for a while before returning to her work. Though, I love her artwork and specialty in drawing maids! Kouenji should be a maid character!

Lastly, Senko’s boss Sora feels like as though she is to provide busty boobs fanservice that this series lacks so much. Just when our eyes are feeling heavy from all the calm Senko goodness, suddenly here comes this buxom babe to raise our eyes and probably our ‘little buddy’ ;p. I suppose this series wants to tease us and be a little sexy but because Kuroto being the ultimate good guy and virgin, all sexual subtexts of letting him do whatever he wants usually turns into a serial tail fluffing molesting incident. No wonder this guy’s a virgin. This is better than sex? Yeah, work has really gotten to his head. Tail fluffing and molesting is the sex to this guy. Sure, he might look enthralled at Sora’s boobs and she is willing to let him have his way with her as he is naturally a man, but ultimately this anime isn’t that kind of anime so back to the running joke of tail molesting. Oh Senko, these are the kind of things that you put up with if you truly love somebody.

So yeah, there might be a few very subtle sexual subtexts here but that is only if you have a very dirty mind. Well, I do admit that certain scenes only made me think so but it is all just harmless fun and joke and nothing serious. Yeah, I blame, uhm, anime for making me have a dirty mind! It’s not my fault! Honest! How can you resist when they insert sleazy and ecchi fanservice in so many animes? And then that seasonal porn inserted and disguised as a normal anime in your typical seasonal anime line-up?! (That I could have chosen not to watch). But don’t worry about Kuroto turning into some serial fox deity rapist because this anime will not allow it. Zettai ni! The most he would go so far as to just molest their tail. Phew?

The art and animation are simple. Not to say that it is not visually pleasing but compared to other animes done by Doga Kobo like New Game, Gabriel Dropout, Luck & Logic, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Mikakunin De Shinkoukei and even YuruYuri, it is like as though they have some budget issues and aren’t spending entirely on the animation part. I mean, you know what this anime is already about, right? Why the need to further spend and make the visuals look drop dead gorgeous? So yeah, sometimes the characters do look one kind like Kuroto looking a bit blocky and simple. I want to believe it is the stress from his work. On a trivial note, sometimes when I look at Senko, I think that she looks like the gender bender version of Tails from Sonic The Hedgehog. And doesn’t Shiro look a bit like a bratty version of Hiiragi from Konohana Kitan? Perhaps fox characters in anime all have this one kind similar look because you need to have fox ears and wearing the traditional kimono to show they possess spiritual power.

For the voice acting department, hearing Junichi Suwabe as Kuroto, well, I don’t know if it’s funny to hear him voicing a normal character. I mean, a really normal character. Hearing him in various roles like Dandy from Space Dandy to Heydrich in Dies Irae and Yami from Black Clover, it’s like he really needs a break from those roles. Not to say those roles are taxing on his voice in the first place. But come to think of it, I guess he’s got that sleepy and dreamy feel to his voice so I think he fits well as his Kuroto character too. Ayane Sakura is recognizable as Kouenji although she is mostly in that low voice and not in her typical bratty voice that I often identify with. I didn’t realize Eri Kitamura behind Sora’s voice since her character speaks with an accent. There was also something familiar with Yoko’s voice too. Unfortunately not enough lines for me to finally realize it was Rie Kugimiya behind that squealing anime character until the final Yoko episode. Yup. Definitely our tsundere specialist in her trademark squeaky voice here. Azumi Waki (Ao in Midara Na Ao-chan Wa Benkyou Ga Dekinai) does a nice job in portraying the cuteness of Senko that I sometimes think that she herself might actually be a fox deity! And the other cast left is Maaya Uchida as Shiro (Rikka in Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai).

If the series is a bit too slow and sleepy, perhaps the opening and ending themes should wake you up or at least make your feet tap to its beat. Because Koyoi Mofumofu by Senko and Shiro as the opener is cute with its hip hop-like tune. Even cuter when you have Senko’s tail popping out from the rice cooker waving to us in such a hypnotic cute fashion. But Moffumoffu De Yoi No Ja Yo by Senko as the ending theme takes the cake. Still a hip hop-like music, it is catchier and cuter to boot. Makes your heart wanna go ~kyun!

Overall, this simple anime is indeed soothing to the soul but some on the other end of the spectrum may find it boring as hell. You are not supposed to expect anything much from this and if this anime manages to calm you or as a bonus goes so far as to help detoxify you from the toxicity of current animes, then it has done its job. It’s not supposed to break any ground either and it does what it needs to do. Not perfect but at least it got the job done. We might not have a cute fox deity to serve us like lucky Kuroto has but this also teaches us that for many of us, we should count our blessings that after a hard day at work, we still have someone waiting at home to return to. Whether it is your family, wife, parents, girlfriend/boyfriend, be thankful that somebody still cares for you. And not necessarily the things they do for you that magically replenishes your morale but rather by being there by your side. So many thanks to this anime that I am now refreshed and relaxed by all of Senko’s pampering. Thus I’m ready to get back to the next anime season’s action of bloody violence, over the top sex and nonsensical slapstick comedies! Hey, sometimes I got to let it all out and have some real fun too, no?