Ishuzoku Reviewers

May 24, 2020

SEX!

Got your attention there, didn’t I? Ah yes. Nothing grabs attention and turn heads like sex does. Feeling horny but don’t want to cross the line by watching real porn? Then how about watching an anime that reviews about sex? Wait. What?! Is there such a thing?! As you would have guessed from the name, Ishuzoku Reviewers although is basically a prostitution reviewing anime, it is no sex with the same homo sapiens that we are talking about. Uh huh. Have you ever wanted to know what it is like having to f*ck a monster girl? Or what is like to have sex with a werewolf? Don’t worry, you horny perverts. There are a few brave men out there who are willing to go the distance and f*ck all those different species. After all that is climaxed and done, they’ll give and write their honest opinions and reviews of the intercourse that has taken place. So that we can make a better judgment for ourselves if we really want to go f*ck and get the best pleasure out of this certain species. Oh yeah. Think with your other head! Get ready those pens and notes, here cums the sexy evaluations!

Episode 1
With a city like a melting with so many species, there is bound to be a red light district. Stunk (human) just f*cked an elf and loves it. However his partner, Zel (elf) doesn’t really quite like it because that elf babe is over 500 years old! So what?! She still looks hot! But Zel loves this 50 year old grandma human, Mitsue. So anybody below 100 years old is his taste? So both argue about their weird tastes in women and to settle this, they ask Kanchal (hafling) and Brooz (beastman) to also give their opinions as they frequent the brothels too. Basically, only Stunk is the one who reviewed the elf babe with high marks. One day while out adventuring, they save an angel from a monster. The angel, Crim has a request to help be her bodyguard until her halo heals up so she can return to heaven. Sure. But in return they want to know if there are brothels in heaven! ARE YOU SERIOUS?! F*ck shops in heaven???!!! Stunk and Zel’s life mission is to f*ck every species there is!!! Oh yeah. I guess some of us can only dream of this. But wait. Crim is actually a boy???!!! In actual fact he has both male and female genitals. He can’t say for who knows what they’ll do to him. And because they find out Crim is a virgin, they take him to a brothel to celebrate! OMFG! Angel boy got defiled by a cat girl!!! OMG!!! Is he now considered a fallen angel?! In the bar where Stunk and Zel frequent (and now Crim works at), they post sex reviews too. There is one review from Kanchal whereby he didn’t like the sex with this octopus girl. Yup, he got more than just tentacle raped. Meidri the barmaid isn’t too amused that Stunk and Zel are earning big money just by posting such reviews. Stunk this he can ‘review’ her but gets beaten up. For a fortnight, the trio are gone just to review some harpy babe. When they come back, they have very high ratings for her. Best sex ever! Maybe except Narugami who is a Lamia. I guess birds and snakes don’t mix. Meidri isn’t all too amused at all because she is a harpy. What does this say about her? Stunk tries to get cheeky on her but she slams the barstool on him.

Episode 2
We’re discussing if dick size matters. Then thinking on which species to f*ck next, they notice the next table are tiny fairies. Heh. Heading to the fairy brothel, it’s not what they expect. Yeah, the fairy boss looks more like some gangster. They have to pay upfront a very expensive fee first before having their dicks measured. Hey, fairies are small you know. Stunk who has the biggest dick, unfortunately not all fairies can handle it and only 2 of them. Fat ugly fairy b*tches?! I guess in this case, size isn’t all that matters. Zel’s moderate size has him choose from half the field while Kanchal can get any fairies. Unfortunately, no fairies can handle Crim. OMG. In the end, all put up satisfying reviews except for Crim who felt scammed. This makes everybody wonder how big this angel boy’s junk is! Oh sh*t. With the elections around the corner, currently the Orc Party is the ruling party as it offers the right balance of eat, sleep and fornicate. Stunk and Zel might want to vote for the Succubus Party since all their agenda is f*ck, f*ck and f*ck! After a speech by the Demon Party, Stunk and co are approached by Demon Two (Piccolo?!), the PR for the Demon Party. Because demons are voted as the second most least marriageable species (the undead tops the list), he has read their reviews and noticed that because of that, some species’ popularity has skyrocketed. He hopes their review can also pull up the image of demons. But Demon Two can’t do it himself since this will be seen as election violation of granting favours. So he gives them a name card to a demon’s brothel and hopes they will vote for the Demon Party. So our Ishuzoku Reviewers head to this brothel with a lot of scepticism in mind (except for Crim who naturally wants to stay out). But once they see those huge tits that can only exist in hentai, you bet they’re in. Hence they write decent reviews. So they’re mostly cow girls squirting lots of milk when excited? Stunk and Zel discuss about how the gravity of such huge tits make them gravitate to it. Stunk tries to be funny with Meidri’s tits so she uses the gravity to slam her tray on his head. Science wins. Planet gravity > tits gravity.

Episode 3
Gender swap! After hearing about empathy, our guys decide to test out what it’s like to be a woman. Drinking a gender swap potion, their dicks disappear and their tits enlarge. You bet they’re going to spend some time playing with themselves and exploring their new body parts. As they have to wait till they return to their original self, they think of doing some lesbian stuffs. It is also a way to get a girl to teach them plenty of ways of womanhood. As they look through the catalogue, Crim seems to be ‘interested’ with the male one. You mean this male succubus thingy? The rest explain some gay stuff to him but whatever. Rainbow boys? End boys? Rain-end-boys? Huh? In the end, they suspect Crim might be into that sort of stuff… Each of them pick a girl to get lesbian with. Stunk of course picks a hot elf girl but the rest aren’t so pleased. She’s over 300 years old, you know… But the foreplay is giving him weird sensations that he didn’t like. Meh reviews. Kanchal goes for the same hafling species thinking the same species would know the ropes. Unfortunately, she is a dominatrix and using some sex toy to penetrate him. Ouch. Not a good review. Zel goes for a slime girl. Supposedly to be the easiest for first timers and can reach deep. Yup, the best time of his life. High scores. Finally, Crim went with a hyena girl. Supposedly the toughest and only reserved for more experienced patrons, this makes the rest wonder if Crim picked her because hyena types are said to have the biggest dick. In the end, Crim felt so good that she gave almost perfect scores. This only reinforces the others’ thought that he might be into gay stuffs!

Episode 4
OMFG! Too much sex has killed Stunk, Zel and Brooz! A week later… Everybody is talking about their legendary heroics. Even Meidri feels sad… The end of Ishuzoku Reviewers!!! Just kidding. We go back in time to find out what happened. The gang stumbled upon a very cheap succubus prostitution shop. Thinking it is a scam, what better way to go try it out themselves. Of course their cheap price comes from their bad attitude and they’re all really nymphos just wanting to f*ck! After being told that they must see it through and no help will be given halfway, our brave men step into the den and get ready for some f*cking. Let’s do this… Of course as expected, we see all the succubus swarm over them and they could be dead had not a huge group of orcs arrive for some revenge f*cking. Yeah, you’re supposed to do this in a large group. Hence the succubus throw them those losers out and go for those pigs. Safe to say, their review of it all is definitely no good. It took 3 weeks for them to recover. Rest up. One day, Crim accompanies Stunk and Zel to mine some fire gems. After that, they go eat some meat. Of course there is a catch. They grill their meat using the body of a salamander succubus. Is this what you call sexy meat? Yeah, time for lots of dirty sexual innuendoes as the guys barbeque their meet in certain places and making her look so erotic. But she wants to continue and take it to the other room. If you know what she means! She’ll even give them half price! Don’t leave her hanging! Of course the guys don’t want to get burnt to death. However it seems only Crim can withstand her heat and so they make out. In the end, Crim has a wonderful experience and gives the maximum score. So she tastes like BBQ all over?

Episode 5
Meidri is approached by a hooded person to hand over a request to Stunk and co. It seems the request is to go f*ck cyclop girls and there is already payment made in advance. Alright. Time to go get some f*cking done. Meidri doesn’t want Crim to force himself if he doesn’t want to go but that angel boy has become part of the horny gang so he gives an excuse that he needs a break. The bar patrons applaud?! At the cyclops’ den, the guys want the biggest bust and the receptionist of course has a selection of wide ranges. Wow. I didn’t know there is a K-cup but after seeing this series, Z-cup and beyond could be even possible. So while our guys can’t wait to f*ck those with big tits, they realize that when the receptionist said big, he meant their eyes. Oh damn. So freaky… Yeah, Kanchal got the one with the biggest eyes. Freaky, dude… Stunk and Zel hope for normal sized ones and they’re in luck. These cyclop girls actually have normal sized eyes but they also have the biggest boobs! Just because of their small eyes, their self-confidence takes a hit. In the end, all review high marks except for Kanchal who just rated it below average. Yeah, can’t get over those freakishly huge eyes… After putting up the review, they wonder who the employer was. Turns out to be a cyclop girl who has small eyes. Because of their truthful reviews, she has now gotten the courage to confess to a human she loves. I don’t know if f*cking too much means the guys now want to f*ck men?! So why are they talking about wanting to ‘eat’ mushrooms?! Oh, you mean f*ck a mushroom or fungi woman. Having a fairy, Lulou to guide them deep into the forest, the receptionist is an experienced one. Aside from the sex puns, she can gauge and tell the kind of woman they prefer and prepare the right mushroom girl for them to f*ck. However when it comes to Crim, she is stumped because she cannot determine angels’ preferences. Anyway, she manages to provide one that is right for him. In the end, all rate highly their experience. Best mushroom experience ever without even going into any sort of hallucination effect!

Episode 6
Wow. They’ve been f*cking everything and now they’re thinking on what to f*ck next?! Meidri suggests f*cking the next species that comes in. Of course this is a joke but the guys take it seriously. And the next species? A golem! Yeah, they’re going to a golem brothel. Is that even a thing? They’re not really too enthusiastic about it until the receptionist tells them they can actually make their own girl. So basically, build-a-slut, huh? Yup, they’ve got everything you need. Though you can use one that a previous client made for a cheaper price, it defeats the purpose of coming here to make your dream slut. Kanchal has this great idea as he makes a golem version of Meidri. Stunk and Zel also want one and Crim after thinking about it, also wants one. In the end, all of them rate very high and Kanchal giving the maximum score. But when Meidri finds out… Oh boy, the bar is closed for a beat down of those perverts! Keep those combos coming, lady! Hope they learnt their lesson… With denizens of darkness at the bar, it is sucking the vitality out of Crim. Hence his pals suggest taking him to somewhere with light on his next day off. And that of course means a brothel. So they are going to f*ck light creatures? WTF are light creatures?! Oh. Will o’ wisps. So I see the light conveniently covers their erotic parts. No matter what angle you look, you can’t see them. Oh my, Crim’s dick is one huge pillar of light!!!!! In the end, they review it with just average score. Because sex takes place in the public hall as customers can go in and out freely, making all the sexual activity public. Something about if done in the room, it’ll be too bright to see anything. Only Crim rates it as zero! Because he was so embarrassed the whole time and his angel eyes could see everything clearly. So unless you’re an exhibitionist and into orgies, this niche f*cking is your cup of tea!

Episode 7
Something is wrong with Meidri as she excuses herself. Stunk and Zel believe it is that time. Time for her to lay an egg! They are curious to see how it is done but the last time she beat them up. Don’t worry. There is an egg laying show for all you perverts who love to see girls laying their eggs! Not kidding! It does exist! So they head there and wait for those ladies to answer the call of nature. It seems a lot of Lamia and mermen are interested in this since they get to eat the egg after it is laid. Also, chefs and gourmets are willing to pay a high price for the egg just to cook and eat it. So the first female is up… A lizard woman? Ugh. While everybody else cheers, Stunk, Zel and Crim are cringing at this disgust. Even more so when the next one is a crocodile lady. They want to leave but it seems the next girl is of a penguin species. A bit cuter but still that doesn’t discount the fact that laying eggs now look like something gross. In the end, the trio rate the show with low scores. You mean it’s not zero? Only Narugami rates highly because he loves eating those eggs. Meidri also popped a few herself but is quite disgusted that those guys went to such a show. And as you could expect, she beats them up when they tease her now they know how it is done! But these guys didn’t learn their lesson as they feel hungry and want to go make omelettes from Meidri’s eggs. WTF is wrong with you guys?! Meidri beat down part 2! Wow. No sex this episode but it was surely a weird ‘eye opening’ fetish.

Episode 8
Oh sh*t. WTF is this girl raping scene by the KKK???!!! Turns out that this entire place is some roleplaying fantasy brothel where the babes act out to their roles given. Some of them are good and some of them aren’t. So if you’re like Kanchal who demands perfection all the way in the act, he’s going to be a tough customer. I guess it is no more an act when the girls see Crim’s ‘tower to heaven’! Yeah, they want to get raped by that! In the end, they rate averagely high scores for this idea. Stunk, Zel and Brooz contemplate on a mission that will have them be away for a week but the reward pays very high. Of course they’re going to do it but they have to make ‘preparations’ for such a long journey. Yup. A trip to the brothel. This time a real succubus brothel. The succubi here are able to provide you with all your whims and fancies down to the smallest detail. Then we get to see Crim take the ‘spotlight’. Turning Crim into an angel mayonnaise bottle, we see the succubus playing, licking and sucking it real dry. Must be delicious. In the end, our horny f*ckers rate the succubus sex with high marks. If they always provide the best service then why don’t they come here often? You see, despite being able to provide everything, the succubi will drain your life force and pleasure will start to become strain. Then it will take about a week before you get your usual libido back. No f*cking for a week, huh? I guess they can really concentrate on the mission then.

Episode 9
Hmm… No sex reviews for a week, huh? Yeah, Stunk and co have gone on that faraway special mission. It’s getting too quiet at the bar… So we see the special quest that they are doing is just delivering a casket for this vampire dude, Count Delivel. His castle is so far out so as he could sleep longer. So to thank them for their work, he takes them to the nearest brothel. I guess nobody visits this one not only it is so far away but because they’re all undead! So they’re f*cking zombies this time, huh? So while our Ishuzoku Reviewers give just average score because of the rotting stench during sex (the undead is one of the most unpopular species to f*ck with), only Delivel gives high marks because he f*cked his loyal vampire mistress. Crim has gotten into this f*cking groove too because despite not being on this mission, he went to a brothel himself. This time some slime lotion brothel. I don’t know. Some witch putting magic slime lotion on you and you get orgasm from the tentacle slime rape? Well, Crim rates it very highly so it must be good if you can make an angel feel like that. Thanks to all their f*cking reviews, there a spawns of copycats. Stunk and Zel don’t like their idea being copied but do they have grounds to sue? But they still enjoy reading those reviews. One of them includes a female director who was reviewing and filming lesbian porn. Yeah, I think she climaxed too while filming the juicy yuri shoot. Then they read a review that has a brothel ranked the full perfect score by the reviewers. Unfortunately it is located in the faraway magic city. Don’t worry. Kanchal has prepared their ride there and with their extra money from Delivel’s mission, I’m sure they don’t want to miss this one out. They invite Crim to come along and you can see his eyes lit up. He’s so happy to join them. Meanwhile Meidri realizes she lost a pair of helping hands at the bar. F*ck those perverts!!!

Episode 10
Arriving at the magic city, after paying a hefty upfront fee, it seems everyone gets to do whatever they want with this decoy doll which is a very perfect clone of a mage named Demia, for 3 days. Of course that means only behind closed doors because there was a time when everyone started f*cking her in public, yeah the sight wasn’t pleasant and thus open space f*cking was banned. We see a very shy Crim being serviced real good by the doll. Great bath time moments. Then there is Stunk having a really good time with his but cannot decide whether to give it perfect marks or not. Next morning, she even cooks breakfast for him but he prefers to eat her out, if you know what I mean! So we also see the rest enjoying theirs according to their fetish. Crim relates how she is waiting for his halo to regenerate before he can return to heaven. No need to wait so long. Because she will take him there now!!! We see Demia gladly having angel juice. I guess semen is only for humans… Anyway, she is using it to test it on various elements and hopes she can make a killing out of this research. Though, she would love to get her hands on his halo but luckily it is against company policy to take something from the customers. After 3 days, the dolls say their goodbye and disappear. Our reviewers feel sad to part with them. Yeah, it was definitely a good time to the last drop. Hence all of them give the maximum perfect score! In addition to that, they have the Centaur ladies deliver their reviews to every nook and corner of the land! Wow. Everybody now wants to come here and f*ck! This place is really heaven on earth! Only except Meidri. She’s working like mad nonstop at the bar and it’s hell for her.

Episode 11
By the time our reviewers come back, Meidri is relieved because there is this hot looking succubus guy who has business with them. So apparently he went to all those places that they rated lowly and f*cked those girls again! He thinks they don’t understand women and that is why he filled them with his passion and pleased them all! He gave maximum points to all of them! Of course our reviewers are just giving sarcastic remarks for his reviews. And then suddenly, his girlfriend stabs him in the heart! She accuses of running of with her money to ‘chase his dreams’ and blew all on the prostitutes. The rest restrain her so succubus guy talks some sweet words to make her realize she still loves him. Heh. Women. In the end, they are taken away and they know the succubus guy is going to live because he has a heart near his crotch area. Yeah, stab this one and he’ll die! Later, it seems doesn’t want to visit more prostitutes since he is short on cash. Yeah, Meidri cutting his pay ever since visiting the magic city. Although Stunk pays him in advance for the reviews, Crim still won’t go because visiting such joints still costs a lot. They suggest he take up quests and Crim still insists. Meidri had to put those guys in place and ignore their pervy calls just to get Crim back to work. Then Kanchal comes in. He is loaded with gold. He got it from the guild. Remember those reviewers trying to copy their work? Instead of trying to stop them and make no profit out of it, why not have them pay their share to them and the guild if they want to continue doing this. Yup, those reviewers are going to be their financial investors! Now they have the cash, they bug Crim to go prostitution reviewing but of course Meidri won’t allow them till he finishes his job. By the time he does, they’re already drunk and wasted. But that still didn’t stop them from getting their sex tonight. This time they visit some leprechauns. Thing is, they drink until they pass out only to have sex. I wonder how they can write reviews but they did. Not sure what kind of scores they give but it sure showed they were drunk. Only Crim didn’t get drunk and gave a moderate score. Then they realize they also hit other joints and f*cked. Can’t remember those! Worse, they spent all their money and their reviews are sh*t! Oh no. Time to go make some money. And hence they go adventuring so much that they actually saved the world from a certain impending doom! WTF?! WAS THE WORLD EVER IN DANGER WITH SO MUCH F*CKING AT EVERY CORNER????!!!!

Episode 12
Stunk and Zel review their mementos. Yup. Name cards from all the brothels they have visited. It’s like their badge of honour, f*ck version. Seeing one reminds them of the demon brothel that they never got to visit. They want to call for Crim but he is busy away waiting for some old tree to finish grinding the herbs. Waiting and waiting… I guess angels don’t do well with demons so it’s off to the demon brothels then. The moment they flash this name card, instantly they are given the VIP treatment. After the sex, they are explained why demons view contracts very important hence it is essential that you word them properly or it will turn out differently than you think. Hence our reviewers now understand why they were roped in to help in the review because it is to help give a better perception of demons. And who else better than them Ishuzoku Reviewers who give credible reviews. In the end, our reviewers rate demon sex highly. With these reviews out, Demon Two reads them to her boss who is not pleased that it came too late because the election is over and she lost! But considering the public views have shifted, she may use this to help in her next election. Demia then visits her as they talk about the airplane thingy from another world she saw to be created. It makes transportation easier. Sure. How about funding? Well… When we win the next elections. But upon realizing the other world has no magic whatsoever, she isn’t so eager to trade magic for airplanes now. Meanwhile Crim is still waiting… Is this the face of an angel who waited patiently or the face of one who has not have sex for a week?!

Everyone prays to usher the New Year. As Crim is unfamiliar with this custom, she asks Zel and is told about it. Of course Crim doesn’t think God listens to their prayers because if He does, he would have gone back to heaven! Zel tells him to be careful because that kind of statement will destroy the religion state of this world! Oh sh*t! Taking their minds of this, Stunk talks about f*cking their best f*ck last year so that they will have another good year of f*cking. However, magic city is very far and costly. Okay. Next best f*ck. Stunk goes with some elf girl, Zel with Mitsue, Kanchal the golem sex dolls, Brooz some furry beast and Crim prefers that hyena woman. Better not even think about Meidri because she won’t hesitate to really kill you this time! As they go to get their first f*ck of the year, too bad they are all full! Then the fairy receptionist comes by to thank them because of their reviews, their place is now full and only for reservation. But the reviewers didn’t give them high scores. That’s because there are many who aren’t confident with their junk. Besides, many don’t care about the scores. Just the honest reviews. She then gives them a special place to go that will surely satisfy them. If not, she’ll give them a freebie. Well, it doesn’t make them happy since she’s quite an old hag… So in this place she recommends, all their favourite girls are here. They think they aren’t real and just shape shifting off their memories. But who cares, right? As long as they enjoy their f*ck! And so they enjoy it that they give it almost perfect scores. Here’s to another year of great f*cking. On another day, Stunk and Zel got another great idea for review. Why not do a harem? Yeah. Sex is going to get more intense this year.

The Sex Files: The F*cking Sexperts!
Have penis, will f*ck. Ah, that’s the simple motto that these perverts sex reviewers have. It is also safe to say that the f*ck not for procreation but for recreation. Now that they are going to take their reviews to the next level, it is only a matter of time they may get bored and do some homo stuff! Oh sh*t! I don’t think I want to read those kind of reviews! With so much f*cking to cover, I wonder if they will give us another season? Well… What controversy are we talking about?! Well… Yeah…

This series was too controversial and raunchy that there was this initial hullabaloo surrounding it. The infamous Funimation who streamed the series and after 3 episodes in, they decided to cancel it because they found out it wasn’t part of their standards. Really? After 3 episodes? They didn’t know what they were streaming? Of course they were being thrown brickbats and everything, mocked and ridiculed for their whatever double standards or no standards at all. And when you try to ban something, people want it more. For that current time, this series was already quite popular with viewers and to do something like this (all because one single idiot didn’t like it and complained, causing the ‘righteous’ company to bend its knee) and taking it down from its streaming site was just an insult and a big rip-off. Eventually, other sites streaming it also followed suit. So are we perverts doomed not getting our weekly sex reviews?! Not quite.

Luckily for us, the saviour in the name of AnimeLab decided to carry on so that we can get our weekly fix. And with that, this scandal is soon blown over and quickly forgotten. Nobody is really complaining now at this point, right? Now we fans are happy and at least somebody is making a decent penny from this. I guess it’s true that when you decide to become woke, you get broke. What a joke! Hope you learn your lesson that you can never defeat porn no matter what measures you take!!! As long as there is great demand for it out there, it will surely exist.

Though fanservice and sex galore there are aplenty throughout this series, but honestly in my personal opinion, I didn’t really get stimulated or hard on in all of those scenes. Simply because I’m not a big fan of watching sex or porn of other species! That’s racist! But seriously. Even watching the female monsters having a good time and orgasm makes me feel all weird inside. I mean, really. Think about it. Do you really want to f*ck an octopus girl? I mean, really?! DO YOU?! You have got to be some sort of an ultimate sex maniac to do it with all sorts of creatures. So like our reviewers. As long as their dicks are functioning and the other party has a vagina, it’s all green light and good to go f*ck. Otherwise, my personal view is that watching those sex scenes are just cringe, just to put it in the mildest way that I can say it.

Sure, there are other hot non-human chicks out there that resembles closely to humans such as the elves. But I’m still not totally turned on. One reason in particular is because of the art style. You see, the overall feel of the anime has this cartoonish outlook. Even so, the ‘worse’ part is that many of the female prostitutes are somewhat flabby. I don’t think the word fat is accurate to describe them but I think they’re more of flabby. Even the slim ones seem to have this sort of look. Yeah. I’m so high standards that I prefer slim chicks. So sue me! With the art and animation one kind as well as the plump and chubby looks of the female characters, I hardly ever thought of even fapping at all! Though the art style generally reminds me of another anime series, Hen Zemi, this series isn’t produced by Xebec but rather Passione (Joshikousei No Mudazukai, Citrus and High School DxD Hero).

Seeing that this series relies a lot on such sex scenes for the reviews, as expected, there is the censored version and the glorious uncensored one. I watched the former because my imagination is superior! Also, as I did mention in my previous paragraph, the weird art style was somewhat a turn off so I don’t want to give myself ‘nightmares’ watching the uncensored version. Yeah, I’m so high standards in my beauty taste. Anyway, the censored version in a way may be annoying because censors prop out to cover the necessary parts but sometimes they are big enough to cover almost the entire screen. This is evident when there are multiple naked babes on screen and the blocking of the censors just can’t make you see anything. Perhaps this is a subtle way to go tell the viewers to watch the uncensored version if you don’t want to see such annoyance. Yeah well, my imagination is still superior! You can’t beat that, haha! But certain scenes are too raunchy to be shown and hence the entire screen is blank while the words of advising us to use our imaginations to imagine such scene will be displayed on the screen. Yeah. I guess we still can’t cross the line over to porn. See, what did I tell you of having superior imagination! Sorry to disappoint if you were expecting hentai. If you still can take more, at the end of each episode, a short segment hosted by Mitsue or some dirty old professor (can I call him the Nutty Professor?) to ‘enlighten’ you on some sex techniques or just purely dirty jokes.

I noticed that there are also quite a few sex puns in the conversation. However this is only because of the English subtitle translation that I noticed. Though my Japanese vocabulary isn’t all that good, I can still pick up a few words and their conversation is mostly normal. If not, just slightly raunchy for some puns. But the English subtitles really ramped it up with their creativity with some of the lines really turned into sex puns and sexual innuendoes. You either laugh or cringe. I’m mostly the former, if you want to know. It is befitting if you think about it because lacking all those f*ck words in English considering the kind of show this is, is just unreal. I even wonder if the names of our f*ckers are derived from sex puns. Stunk = junk. Zel = gel. Kanchal = cunt. Brooz = Boobs. Crim = creampie…

Basically there is no character development at all! Hey, this show is about f*cking, why the f*ck do you care about who is getting f*cked or the one f*cking anyway???!!! So essentially, Stunk and Zel as the main characters and the backbone of the Ishuzoku Reviewers, you can call them brave or just sick perverts. They f*ck and review first so that you don’t have to go in and then later regret your actions. While their reviews are ‘helpful’, please bear in mind that this is only based on their personality and preferences. For example, Zel who is an elf is very much age conscious. So he will not f*ck anything that is over 100 years old because apparently it’s like doing in his mom and grandma. But for Stunk, as long as you look like a hot sexy babe, his penis is always ready for action. Although many of their reviews are not very contrasting, it ultimately still boils down to their preferences. So you have to read their reviews with caution and a pinch of salt before you make your judgment. What they say is good may not be good for you. If I should say, what are you sex-pectations? Haha! After all, this is somewhat very similar to movie critics and the mass audience.

And Crim… Can he be considered as a fallen angel now? Yeah, this angel is corrupted by the desires of the flesh now. By the time his halo regenerates and he is allowed to return to heaven, heck, will he be even allowed back beyond the Pearly Gates?! Crim might not be as perverted as Stunk and Zel and he is still very much a shy person when he does his reviews. Does this still make him an angel? Well, until God says so. Which brings the question of heaven into context. With so many brothels and f*cking around, you wonder if anybody in this land would be going to heaven. Perhaps the heaven here isn’t the same definition in what Christians’ heaven would be. So it would really be interesting to see if Crim can really go back to heaven at all. But even in the case he couldn’t, he could continue to stick around and f*ck more prostitutes! Oh yeah. I think he’ll choose the latter. After all, he has got the biggest dick in the mortal land! Those girls are lucky they could f*ck an angel! And don’t despair all of those going to hell. I bet there are brothels there too! Now you can actually f*ck demons instead of eternal suffering! This is so messed up.

With so many types of species and monsters in this world, it just goes to show that sex is everything. It is like an extreme rule of Rule 34. As long as a species exist, there is a possibility to just f*ck them. Hence across the land, there are brothels here, there and everywhere. Every nook and corner of the kingdom. Like as though the entire kingdom itself is a red light district. Maybe it is just superficial as we are not shown the other areas of the kingdom so we assume that everywhere is a f*ck shop. Heh. I don’t think we would even care if there is a pasty chop in the land. We just want to know if there is a prostitution service for this certain kind of species! So every mythical creature you can imagine exists right here to fulfil you carnal desires. Want to f*ck a Cyclops girl? You got it. Hyena woman? Never thought those existed but they do. Slime girls? Your ultimate fantasies come true! Fairy girls? No dick too small to handle! Zombies? Not even death can f*ck us part! Absolutely proves that sex is the universal tune that everyone can agree on. So I bet that even when you die, heaven or hell will even have brothels at your service! I wonder what are the terms and conditions to f*ck with God!!!!!!!!!!! I know I won’t be able to handle Him but if that possibility exists, you bet there are bold ones who wouldn’t even think twice to try!

I suppose to keep the variety of the reviews, the fourth member of Ishuzoku Reviewers is usually one of the minor guys. Be it Kanchal or Brooz and some appearing only once or twice like Narugami or Delivel. It would be boring to just here from the same guys all the time, right? So when is Meidri going to get done in by those guys? Haha! If that ever happens, it will only be on the deepest and darkest porn of the web. So Meidri being the most mature of the pack because she puts up with all the perverted talk those usual reviewers do but she won’t stop them from doing it because it’s none of her business. Also, they patron her bar and bring in a lot of business thanks to their reviews so I guess it’s not all that bad. So really, when will the do a review on Meidri?! Perhaps Queen Meidri doing BDSM seems to likeliest…

The opening theme, Ikouze Paradise by the trio of Stunk, Zel and Crim… Wow, it sounds so much like Village People’s YMCA! Or at least, In The Navy or Go West. I guess these are their better hits than Sex Over The Phone. But anyway, the tune is catchy enough and filled with lots of sexual innuendoes to make you want to sing and dance along. Though, not necessarily getting your libido up or bust a nut because in my case, you already know why. Young man, there’s no need to feel down/ I said young man, just take a look around/ I said young man, pick the best girl in town/ There’s no need to be unhappy! The same trio sing the main ending theme, Hanabira Ondo which sounds like a traditional festival song but infused with more sex innuendoes into its lyrics. Then they ramp up the sexiness with disco, rap and hip hop fusion. Sexy weird?

Overall, this anime is definitely unique and making the conversation for all the right and wrong reasons. If you don’t like sex in your entertainment, definitely you’re going to scream your head till it explode and it’ll be so before you even finish the first episode. Otherwise, this ecchi masterpiece is just for pure entertainment and enlightenment on what it’s like to have sex with everything else that moves under the sun. Or lurks in the shadows. Sure it’s weird but sex itself is weird. We’re all here to have a good time, right? This anime doesn’t disappoint in that sense if you have an open mind (and libido). Though I have to admit that I do have interest in sex but I’m not that sex crazy so I’m going to pass and not even think of f*cking the other species. Because hot sexy human female teens are my only type. That’s racist! Okay. Whatever. As long as I like it. But where can I find those hot singles near my area who wants to hook up with me?! So I give this series a 6 out of 10. Not because of the sex reviews. Rather, the sex puns that I can learn and use for as cheesy pickup lines. Or not. So enough reading reviews already. Get up and go bust a nut today!

Koisuru Asteroid

May 23, 2020

The last time we had an anime that is based on the constellations and the stars was Sora No Manimani. Yeah, that was more than a decade ago. However, that series wasn’t really about cute girls doing cute things. Uh huh. You have some weird high school romance via the theme of constellations and stars in the background. Don’t want all that crap, huh? Then be glad with just the cute girls doing cute things astronomy version in Koisuru Asteroid. Yup. A bunch of cute high school girls rekindling their old promise to find and name an asteroid together. Aww… How cute… If only finding and naming an asteroid was that easy.

Episode 1
When Mira Konohata was young, she was at a town camping trip and met a boy named Ao who was very knowledgeable about the constellations. They became acquainted and promised to find an asteroid to name. That was the last time she saw him, though. Now Mira is a high school girl. But her dreams are dashed as the astronomy club has closed down! Don’t worry. As teacher Yuki Endou puts it, it has combined with the geology club to become earth sciences club. She is the club’s advisor. Along with her friend, Moe “Suzu” Suzuya, they try it out as they see the awkward ‘confrontation’ of the newly merged club. Mari “Monroe” Morino is the president from the astronomy side with first year Ao Manaka while Mikage “Sakura” Sakurai is from the geology side along with Mai “Ino” Inose. Sakura’s attempts to lure Mira to her side with gems fails as Mira is adamant to be on the astronomy side. When Mira tells of her promise, this has all of them realizing that this Ao is that same Ao from Mira’s past. So Ao is actually a girl?! Yes, Ao still remembers Mira. Both get quickly acquainted. Promise back on track. Ao has trouble speaking since she looked tomboyish as a kid and many teased her about it. Suzu is optimistic that they’ll get along fine because she is Mira’s childhood friend. That night they call each other just to point out Mercury and Venus in the sky. Got to start from somewhere. Next day, the girls convene to discuss about club activities. Oh, Suzu won’t be joining since she will be busy with other stuffs. They discuss about the club budget that will also determine what kind of activity they will do for the cultural festival. Because of their difference in expertise, there isn’t a single activity that they can exactly do together. So to attract more people, they think of writing a newsletter. Now the problem is what to call it because both sides of the divide have their own ideas that sound pretty bias to their specialty. Eventually, Ao comes up with the best name: Kirakira. As it means sparkle, both stars and gems share that quality.

Episode 2
Endou organizes a riverside BBQ so they can have a rock hunting activity as well as stargazing later. She also ordered some bread from Suzu’s bakery. Normally Suzu would have left after delivering the bread but after seeing how cute Ino is, she decides to stay for the extra benefits. Sakura guides Mira in picking the rocks. Woah! Almost picked up dog poo there! In the end, she picked up too many rocks that made it impossible for her to carry. Oh well, catch and release. After the sun goes down, Monroe sets up the telescope so that everyone can see Mars and Jupiter. They also talk about the constellations as Ao shows her talent in some asteroid history. Yup, they’ve been naming asteroids long ago and there are about 500,000 named asteroids currently! They also see a few shooting stars. By the time Endou got out of her car (because staying outside was too freezing), the meteor shower show is over. Back at the clubroom, they are discussing on how their first print should be. Mira is in a dilemma to write an article. What if it makes someone interested and that someone soon finds and asteroid and names it before her?! WTF?! Is this what it’s all about?! Mira writes her article but since she has writer’s block, she asks her sister, Misa for advice. She points out what she has written feels bland. Damn, she fell asleep while reading it! Poor Mira felt so insulted and storms off. Though, Suzu points out it was her fault in the first place. How does it feel to work something so hard and then get rejected? With Ao asking for illustrations, Suzu suggests drawing so Mira gets an idea to draw inspiration from Greek mythology. The earth science club’s first print is out. Suddenly there are lots of people who want a copy. You can thank Misa for promoting it. She is after all the student council president. Only then everybody realizes Mira is her little sister. Damn. To celebrate this success, Endou gives them tickets to enjoy themselves at the hotspring. They talk about the different mineral properties in such baths around Japan. After the bath, a couple of old ladies talk to them. It seems they know about Endou as she used to be a regular customer. It was her only way of de-stressing from her stressful teaching job. Mira realizes how hard it is to be a teacher so she buys a souvenir for Endou when she returns as appreciation.

Episode 3
Suzu has to keep tabs on Mira and Ao studying for the remedial tests. Otherwise they’ll be talking about astronomy stuffs. Suzu wants to show Ao the secret manga Mira draws but of course embarrassed girl won’t let her. When Misa enters, Suzu flusters. It seems she admires her for some reason. Misa meets Ao for the first time. Even so, she finds her familiar. Aha. The main protagonist whom Mira based in her secret manga. Not her too! I guess Mira won’t let Ao read that manga. Ever. When Mira gets too close to Ao to see her reaction, it is Suzu who gets jealous and shocked instead. Mira gives Misa a rock as a good luck charm. She proceeds to create a mini altar for it! Mira and Ao help Suzu at her bakery. Maid outfit, I approve! With Suzu’s Spartan training, they’ll get by. Later, Suzu’s little sister, Megu joins in. Man, she’s a bit tall… Growth spurt? Because of her tomboyish traits, she is more suitable in a butler outfit. And you can tell the place is busy and packed with people. At the end of the day, the girls are paid. Mira wonders why there is much more than usual. It’s because Suzu has taken lots of secret photos of them! Megu had to apologize on behalf of her sister… When Mira and Ao are walking in the streets, they see Suzu and Ino together. It seems they are following Ino’s map to somewhere. Eventually the duo are busted. They learn Ino has Suzu accompany her in exploring some enclave based on this map. Because of her love for maps, it’s the reason she joined the geology club. They might be different specialty but they’re still related somewhat. After finding the landmark, they take a break as they learn more on why Ino is so into maps. Apparently a friend introduced it to her and she has been hooked ever since. Mira wants to try treasure hunting too so Ino will draw a proper map for them. No Mira, not on your hand. Back home, Ino tries to do so but hits a dead end. So she calls Sakura for advice. Whatever she draws for them will be their treasure. Next day, she gives Mira and co a treasure map for them to find after school. It leads them to the treasure, a group picture of that landmark they took together that day. Mira and co had fun and Ino is glad she could share this fun with them.

Episode 4
Is everyone so hyped up for summer camp at Endou’s grandma’s house?! Trolled you girls! They can use grandma’s house to save on lodging expenses while they go visit the geology museum and JAXA. At the geology museum, Sakura has a field day looking at all the exhibits. Remember that stone that Mira found at the riverbed? She accidentally split it and she thought there was some fossil in it. They are also here to ascertain that. Unfortunately the experts say it is a pseudo fossil. Yeah, some geological explanations. But not all is lost because if you really look closely, there is some small fish scale there so there is still some fossil in it. The geology girls are happy when then expert gives them a full detail list of the geological map where they found the stone. Next day, they visit JAXA. Even watching the intro video has Mira and Ao crying like babies… Monroe seems to be shy so Sakurai asks the experts on her behalf on certain space things. At the end of the day, returning to grandma’s place, since grandpa is also a fan of space, he sets up telescopes for them to see the moon. Then grandma shows them a recruitment poster of Shining Star Challenge. Endou once participated in it but couldn’t find anything. Too bad this year’s entry is already closed. Endou had a dream to find and name an asteroid too. So why didn’t she know about Mira and Ao’s dream? Well, she was sleeping during their club meeting… No reaching the stars for now so they complete the night playing sparklers. Before going to bed, Sakura commends the astrology side for having dreams. You see, it is Monroe’s dreams of becoming an astronaut. Because she was nervous about it, that’s why she was asking on her behalf. Sakura doesn’t find it embarrassing because it is better than her who doesn’t have any. Ino then realizes she wants to do something so the next day, they take her to the map making centre. You can tell how happy she is when her eyes sparkle like that.

Episode 5
Beach episode! Suzu notices Mira getting close to Ao and hence jealousy? She challenges her to see who could be Mira’s best friend. First challenge: Serving her favourite food. Doesn’t matter, Mira eats them all. Second challenge: Who can swim and reach to her the fastest. Better hurry or the riptide will pull you under. Final challenge: Riding a banana boat? Yeah, everyone falls off. In the end, Ino tells them why not all of them can be best friends. That could work. And that’s it for our beach episode. Bummer. On another day, Mira goes with Sakura to a mineral show. Lots of nice stones but Mira can’t go off by herself since some staffs speak in English and only Sakura can speak Engrish… I’m sure Mira would love to buy all the rocks but budget constraints… Eventually she got a few nice ones. Back to school, the girls see Sayuri “Eve” Ibe hanging outside their clubroom upside down and trying to peek in! Along with Ayano Usami, they are from the newspaper club and Eve’s plan is to find any scandalous material to blackmail clubs! Newspapers not selling well? This girl is more stupid than Mira so you bet Monroe has recorded that self-proclaimed statement she said out loud and proud. Hence Monroe ‘blackmails’ Eve to help them provide an exhibit for the cultural festival. After a few discussions, they decide than a boring (drilling, that is) exhibit would be good. After a mini experiment demonstrated by Endou, everyone else suddenly comes up with cool ideas on how to make this an interesting boring (oxymoron?!) exhibit. But! Sakura pours cold water on it. She is being pessimistic it won’t work and that they can’t ask others to help them. Endou doesn’t mind. Even if it is not the real thing and their mock exhibit will look haphazardly, it would be a waste to just scrap it all completely. Got your positivism and motivation back? Thought so.

Episode 6
Sakura and Ino start their boring activity. As in the drilling. Eve and Usami come check on them and noticing they lack the manpower, they seek the baseball club to come help. With the raw man-power, the boring is done quickly. Endou gets the honours to extract it but some parts ended up broken and out of shape instead of a cylindrical one. Hey, they’re using a cheap makeshift machine, right? Meanwhile our astronomy girls are making planet models. We hear Monroe thanking her grandma as she is the reason she is interested in this. After finishing the models, the best reward is to look at the real moon up in the sky. Oh, I take that back, the best reward is Suzu coming by to give them some nice pastries. Without Sakura here, the girls go ‘out of control’ with Suzu carrying Ao and Monroe snapping away like mad. The festival is here and what is even better than a double of geology and astronomy exhibit? Why, a maid café!!! I approve!!! Looking beautiful in those maid outfit, girls! Endou isn’t their first customer and just to check on them. Also, she tried out all the food on the menu. Yeah, she’ll be back by snack time. As the day goes by, we see several visitors coming in and the girls trying their best to provide the best service and information to them. Even Misa visits but can Suzu stay calm and not resort to bribery or anything? Eventually family members start visiting. Ao’s mom wants to take a picture of her daughter in a maid dress and for the first time everybody hears a high pitch shriek never heard before. At the end of the day, the event is a success and the girls are tired out. But there’s a surprise in store. Monroe and Sakura announce that they would be stepping down as their club roles. Don’t worry, they’ll still be around as normal club members. Hence they pass the leadership to Ino. Yoroshiku ne, buchou. You bet Ino is in shock. No more sleepy, huh?

Episode 6.5
WTF?! Are astronomy and geology so hard a subject that we need to have a recap episode???!!! We better learn our constellations and minerals if we want to see the rest of the season!!!

Episode 7
With Ino as the president, Mira becomes the vice and Ao the treasurer. Yeah. That’s all the members, right? Then there’s the issue of Kirakira being sold out because Misa named the koi in the inner garden? Ino is still sad and nervous of her new position. So as not to be sad forever, the club has a request for astronomy viewing from the neighbourhood kids. It is hard for Ino to get them to be quiet and focus but thanks to Suzu and Megu handing out treats, they become good kids. As the kids are awed with the constellations, Ao notices one of them, Haruka not particularly interested and bored. But after talking to her and giving some motivation, her enthusiasm is back on track. While the event is a success, back at the clubroom, more woes for Ino since all the pictures she took turned out blurry. One day, Ao is sick and didn’t come to school. Mira and Ino are of course worried for her. Suzu then advises on how to cheer her up but it is a trick because Mira realizes too late this pick up line she says before Ao just made her look more like a fool. Embarrassing! In no time, Ao recovers and returns to normal school activities. Monroe helps Ino on the blurry camera picture problem. As she is still having trouble, Monroe gives her some hope that there is software to retouch and tweak it. Of course Ino doesn’t have to force herself to use something totally new and alien if she feels comfortable in using an older and more familiar technology. Sakura comes in with the good news that her application to her first choice university went through. Apparently Monroe also applied for the same university albeit they are taking different majors. They are supposed to wait after the juniors finish their exams so as not to add to their anxiety but I guess it’s too late. Especially when they see Monroe acting strange the day after. So Sakura warns them to act normal and not show their worrywart face before Monroe when she comes by. Ino tries to do things on her own instead of relying on her senpai. Hence she talks to Endou if there is still time to apply for this earth sciences competition.

Episode 8
Ino enters the local earth sciences Olympiad. The winner will represent the nation for its international version. Nervous at first, she meets a fellow participant, Saeki and they become friends. As the test starts, Ino finds some of them easy and some not so easy. I guess Saeki is a genius because she breezed through and used the remainder of her time to sleep. In the aftermath, Ino scored awful but she is glad to have met and learnt from other people outside the club. The girls then prepare for a nabe for Christmas. Only, it is laced with spicy chilly! Only Monroe and Sakura can handle to spiciness. Then they all go up to the roof to watch the stars. Monroe and Sakura then give their juniors a photo album. They compiled all their photos of their time together. Too touched that Ao starts crying?! During New Year, the juniors visit the shrine. It is then Ao reveals that she is moving away because her dad has had a job transfer. It will be during spring break. Mira is most affected as she goes into shock! She’s actually panicking! What about their promise?! Ino tries to calm everybody down and think rationally. Hence she calls for an emergency meeting with her fellow club members and the newspaper duo too. It is to discuss on how to support Mira and Ao’s goal given the current circumstances. You thought Mira being depressed for being a bad friend is bad enough. Why, Suzu is worst! She comes in and kidnaps Ao! Let’s elope!!! She’s serious!!! When that failed, the discussion resumes and Ao wonders why they’re doing so much for her. Oh silly. You should’ve guessed it by now. We’re friends! We love you! And then here comes Misa to give her input. She asks if Ao has ever talked to her parents about not wanting to move. She didn’t because she thought as a child, her opinions don’t matter. Mira suggests putting up a fight and not give up. No, not throwing a tantrum like a child. Because Misa will be going to a faraway university, she suggests Ao propose to her parents to live at her old place with Mira. Wow. That sounds like a (yuri) dream come true!

Episode 9
Ao talks to her mom. Must be all those emotions in her words that mom will talk again with dad tonight. Also, a call from Mira’s family that they too are open for discussion on this. I think we know how it’ll turn out. Sakura sees Suzu so that she could learn how to make Valentine chocolates. She claims it is obligatory chocolates but we know better. This has also Suzu think about her own predicament about giving chocolates to a certain someone. Sakura gives those chocolates to her club members while Suzu finally gets a chance to give hers to Misa. Filled with her feelings. With Monroe giving the good news that she has passed her entrance exam, time for a short reminiscence of Monroe and Sakura first joining this club and they butt heads a lot. The girls take a commemoration photo and exchange presents. Monroe sees their photo album and didn’t realize she was smiling this much. Fact: Nobody has seen their own face with their own eyes except through mirrors or pictures! During spring break, Ao moves into Mira’s house. However because Mira opened a present meant for her without Ao’s permission, they got into a fight. Oh dear. Off to a bad start. And what’s this about their differing theories on how the moon was formed? Oh my. But it doesn’t take long before the girls reconcile because it’s that kind of show. As the new school year starts, Mira and Ao happily try to recruit new club members. Only, Ino tries to stop them because they haven’t got permits for recruitment yet! So uhm, illegal solicitation?!

Episode 10
Suzu spots a new hairstyle. Does this help cope with Misa’s absence? Before Ino starts her plan to recruit more members (because Mira’s true intention: Get more club funding!), suddenly here come a couple of new first years interested to join! So lucky. Meet Chikage “Chika” Sakurai who is Sakura’s little sister and the one Ino met at the local earth sciences Olympiad, and Yuu “Nana” Nanami who attended their school’s cultural festival. Of course there is Megu but Suzu brings her here to check things out. When Nanami notes their last festival wasn’t helpful enough, Nana further explains that she isn’t interested in astronomy or geology but meteorology. She wants to know more about the weather and climate to help others. Mira and Ao also get ready to enter the Shining Star Challenge that has them require to write a short essay. To welcome the new members, the seniors buy food for a BBQ. Too bad on that day it rained… See why meteorology is so important? Thanks to Endou, she managed to find a small open hut so as not to let this BBQ go to waste. Nana also elaborates on her dream to learn meteorology because 3 years ago her relatives got involved in a flooding incident. Though no casualties, the damage was high and she doesn’t want to see that sad looks on their face again. By trying to predict the weather and natural disasters, she hopes to save many. Seeing she is so serious, Chika gives her a stone to help calm her down. So this girl is more of into geomancy than actual geology? This club is getting weirder. Once the rain stops, they see a lovely rare phenomenon. WTF is this circumhorizontal arc?! So it’s a horizontal rainbow, huh? Come night fall, the weather is nice for them to set up a telescope to see the moon. A few days later, good news for Mira as she passed the first test for the Shining Star Challenge! But… Ao failed! Oh my. Bummer. That sure killed the mood. But instead of wallowing in despair, here is a live streaming video of Monroe and Sakura to lecture them on using this to learn and improve. So the gang sees off Mira and Endou at the airport. They’ll be flying to Okinawa where the challenge is. But wait. What’s this?! Ao is also coming?! Did nobody see her and this coming?! Who sponsored her air ticket?!

Episode 11
It seems Ao didn’t do this on a whim. She had help with her friends booking tickets and so as well as gotten permissions from her parents. As per Suzu’s advice, she didn’t tell them because Endou would certainly reject. Ao gets permission to be an observer like Endou once the necessary paper work is done. The Shining Star Challenge group first take a lecture. We are introduced to some of the participants and in particular Asuka “Tomorin” Tomori and Shiho “Makki” Makita. Yeah, because they are the ones who will be getting along with Mira and Ao. After the lecture, the group is taken to tour one of the few large antennas throughout Japan. Some explanations of how this digital telescope works… After that, the group splits into further groups. Our girls are on the optical group and their next tour is the observatory. Because Tomorin is not prepared to take notes, she ropes in Ao to join in. Permission granted. Ao is one lucky girl. More astronomical lessons on how to conduct observations… Then it is time to look for an asteroid using the hi-tech software. Is this what they’ve been waiting for? However as bad weather is looming, they don’t have much time so they start early. As Endou has been here many times, she reminisces about those young days with her friends. One of them is now an astronomer overseas. Endou laments she failed to find an asteroid but instead she found something else more precious: Encounters with other people. We also learn Makki isn’t particularly interested in astronomy. As she wants to be a school counsellor, she wants to expand her horizon and meet many new people. So that answers our question why she is interested in Ao’s ‘brain’. As for Tomorin, she is more interested to meet Neon Amane, a famous idol who is into astronomy in person. With the bad weather persisting, looks like they can’t go on looking. Sad news for Mira and Ao. So instead they practice looking using past photo data. Yo girls, don’t be impatient in trying to find an asteroid so fast. They get the chance the next day as the weather clears up. You can thank you buddies back home for making a bunch of teruterubouzu.

Episode 12
More lessons and the search for their elusive asteroid continues. During that, Tomorin and Makki ask the duo about their dreams and their future beyond that. Mira believes that in the event if they have achieved their dream, they hope to find a new one from there. The asteroid search continues and to cut things short, they didn’t find anything. Maybe next, next, next, next, next time. They present their findings and of course they had a lot of fun and educational experience. With the end of the Shining Star Challenge, our girls return to their respective homes. Of course for Mira and Ao, returning to their earth sciences club and relating their wonderful experience to everybody waiting. Ao takes this chance to thank everybody for making this possible that would be otherwise impossible by herself. With their spirits high, Endou gives them access to the school rooftop so they could watch the stars. What a beautiful night as they could see Jupiter and at least 4 of its moons. And then cue for flashbacks of what they did throughout this series which serves as some mini montage recap or something. Yeah. We’ve come so far, right?

Keep On Rocking: Dream Big, Shine Bright & Sparkle More!
At least they have an excuse to continue staying together because they haven’t fulfil their promise yet. Who knows what new dream they want to achieve after naming their asteroid. Finding another asteroid and naming it after their senpai! Yes! That would be great! But until then, you girls keep on your great efforts while we anime viewers bow out and go watch something else. Heh. We’ll see you again once you get another season. If that actually ever happens! Yeah, I’m starting to think the possibility that they would have a higher chance of finding and naming an asteroid rather than this series getting another season!

Well, I can’t say that I am totally disappointed. Because I already set my expectations so right before I started watching this series. As expected just like any other cute girls doing cute things genre, there isn’t anything much to expect and hope for. It’s not that bad. But the story and plot isn’t anything particularly special. The usual bonding of a small group of friends in a club as they move forward and achieve their goals and dreams. That summarizes up this series as well as other shows of the same genre nicely. So if you’re expecting some plot twist or some amazing storyline here, you’d be very much disappointed. I’m such a veteran in watching so many of such shows in this category for the past few years so I’m quite ‘numb’ to its overall ambiance.

Having said that, I guess the characters play an important role in making the series interesting seeing it lacks a main plot. What else can I say about the ragtag weirdoes of this club? Everyone has their own quirks that make them cute. Their dynamic interaction among each other makes the club and the group livelier and thus enhancing the quirkiness of the group. So lots of cute and funny light hearted moments that would make you grin a little otherwise those not really used to this kind of pacing might find it awfully boring. It’s like they want to create some awareness about astronomy as well as geology but personally I don’t think it is going to make many interested. After all, those are very tough subjects and you can’t just simply get in just because on a whim you became interested after watching this show. It doesn’t work like that. Interest and passion are one thing. Perseverance and hard work are totally another and this is where all the time and effort goes to. So think you still want to find an asteroid or star now?

Sure, this series does have some very basic introductions and explanations about the stuffs, theories, concepts and equipment relating to astronomy and geology but just like I always said, those are just touching the tip of the surface and if you are truly interested to further your interest in such subjects, it is best to go do your own research. Because there is only so much an anime can bring out and introduce you to. The rest is all up to you. So while it is a good thing to see that these young girls here do show interest in their related fields, I fear that some might get the wrong idea that they make it look like very easy. It’s not. Knowledge of the stars and the rocks comes from many years of studies and research and while some of the girls here do possess that sort of knowledge, they make it look like it is so fun and easy. It’s not. Okay, maybe I’m being pessimistic here. After all, when you really love a subject, you definitely put more passion into it and it shows. Something feels wrong if you don’t like a subject and explain it to others half-heartedly. So yeah. Astronomy and geology looks quite the fun subject only because these people are really so into it. And if you really want more explanations on such topics, short ONA episodes were released during the run of this series should enlighten you further. If you missed them, don’t worry, they’ll be included in the BDs and DVDs so you can pay you 2 cents worth to get your cute girls explain those hard stuffs to you ;p.

So interestingly, not all the characters share the same passion and goal. It shows that despite the umbrella theme of astronomy and geology, there exists various branches, subcategories and divisions under them. For instance, Ino’s interest isn’t really about geology and rocks but rather to make maps. Hence the only closest club that could get her close to her dream is this earth sciences club. And then we have Nana who isn’t interested in the stars or asteroids but rather the weather which of course sounds more helpful than looking for bug chunks of stone in space. To each her own. So whatever their dreams may be, they are sure starting off on the right steps and especially it is best when they are still young and have the passion and energy. So suck it up Mira and Ao. You’re in for the long ride to find and name an asteroid. Heh. You don’t think you could just easily find one while you’re both still in high school, eh? Be prepared to painstakingly put in time and effort to look for that UFO in space. You might become grandmas and still not achieve that dream. So are you prepared for that? The answer is obvious, no? And don’t laugh at them wanting an asteroid named after them. It’s not uncommon. There are many animals, theories, concepts named after people, you know…

This also means having myself being confused over the several terms. Yup. I thought I knew what astronomy was. Until I realized that there is a big difference with astrology. Yeah. Now I’m freaking confused! You mean it’s not the same? Never actually thought about it… Then there is astrophysics… And geology with geomancy. Oh dear. Got to revise those definitions again.

Mira and Ao’s relationship feels pretty normal. It’s not like they really spam it in our faces that they are really that close. Sure, lots of moments that they do things together ever since Ao got into this school. This isn’t a yuri anime, no? Wait. Is it? That’s the potential of cute girls doing cute things genre. You might step into that yuri boundary and with Ao and Mira meeting new people and having new members, it feels like their yuri harem is expanding slowly like the universe! HAHAHAHA!!!! Oops… Sorry… Thinking about it, I bet trying to find and name an asteroid is just an excuse for them to stay friends. It could have been anything else. But nope. Something hard like an asteroid to keep their friendship going on for years to come. Will it end once they do? I don’t think so but this reason sometimes feel like a shallow justification for their friendship. Which isn’t. On a second note, Mira loves giving everyone a nickname. I am assuming this means she is friends with them, no? So why is Usami the only one who doesn’t have one? Not friends?

Other non-earth sciences related characters sometimes I feel their characters just play a comical role. Like Suzu who is supposed to bring comical relief to the group. Well, if the earth sciences group isn’t too comical enough for you, here is a bread girl who extremely loves cute things and worships Misa. I wonder how long distance relationship will work out for her. Don’t worry. It’ll work out. Somehow. And then you’ve got the newspaper club duo who often hang out at the earth sciences club just for some scoops but I have this gut feeling that they want to join the club, just that they’re already in one. So there are no other clubs to bug? I suppose there isn’t an interesting mix of a club out there with (cute) weirdoes compared to this one. If you remember, there was a club during the festival that did some death game! I want to know what it was all about and happened to that club!

The art and animation lean towards the cute side. So don’t get too overwhelmed to see cute girls sparkling with all the cuteness. You thought astronomy and geology are pretty dry and hard subjects so they pretty much inject lots of colourful stuffs in here so as not to make it look dull. Wow. If only the subjects were that easy… But still, nice skies and rock formations to look at in certain scenes. Anyway, this anime was produced by Doga Kobo who specializes in lots of cute girls doing cute things anime (or at least anime with lots of cute looking girls) such as YuruYuri, New Game, Gabriel Dropout, Himouto! Umaru-chan, Watashi Ni Tenshi Ga Maiorita, Uchi No Maid Ga Uzasugiru, Anima Yell, Mikakunin De Shinkoukei and Sansha Sanyou. So don’t be surprised to see if some characters look closely like other characters in those aforementioned animes.

Voice acting, didn’t recognize anybody. Not even Nao Touyama as Sakura. Probably wasn’t paying too much attention… Anyway, the casts include Tomoyo Takayanagi as Mira (Mikan in Machikado Mazoku), Megumi Yamaguchi as Ao (Hifumi in New Game), Maria Sashide as Ino (Hana in Watashi Ni Tenshi Ga Maiorita), Sumire Uesaka as Monroe (Sanae in Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai), Reina Ueda as Suzu (Ayado in 3D Kanojo Real Girl), Lynn as Endou (Kirisu in Bokutachi Wa Benkyou Ga Dekinai), Sumire Morohoshi as Nanami (Koyori in W’z), Konomi Kohara as Chika (Kasumi in Asobi Asobase), Mai Fuchigami as Misa (Ocoho in Radiant), Aoi Koga as Eve (titular character in Kaguya-sama Wa Kokurasetai), Megumi Nakajima as Usami (Kaede in Kampfer) and Natsu Yorita as Megu. The opening theme is Aruiteikou by Nao Touyama. Sounds rather okay for an anime pop and quite fitting for this series. It is a pop ballad for the ending theme, Yozora by Minori Suzuki. Somewhat reminds me of Sora No Manimani’s Hoshikuzu No Surround and of course I still prefer the latter.

Overall, if you want a relaxing anime about friendship and moving forward with your dreams, this series could be that motivation to also make you realize that instead of sitting here watching animes and doing nothing, you too can get up and go achieve your dream! Yes, my dream is to watch as many animes as I can so I’m really fine and in the midst of achieving it, thank you. Otherwise, this series is just your another cute girls doing cute things for the season and to some a big yawn fest. The only time when I am consulting the stars is so to predict the lottery number and looking for rocks only in search of gold or precious stones or metals. That’s where the money is! Hey, gotta be a realist too, you know.

At first, I wanted to pass up this anime. Because from first looks, Boku No Tonari Ni Ankoku Hakaishin Ga Imasu rings heavily that it might be some shota BL gay sh*t that I’m not really into. Even though it was comedy, I was still wary about it. And then further re-reading the synopsis, I thought that seeing how a normal high school kid’s life getting screwed up by delusional people around him overweighs the shota BL gay sh*t that I was worried about. Yeah, I’m such a sadist. And that was how I become the evil god of sadism and decided to give this anime a try. Heh.

Episode 1
Kabuto Hanadori enters class in his usual chuunibyou fashion. Nobody is impressed. Claiming he saved this cute dog that he took the liberty to name Cerberus, I guess everybody is trying to ignore him. Even more so for Seri Koyuki. Worse, Hanadori tries to confide in him. Who the f*ck is Gestober?! Even worse, Utsugi Tsukimiya seems to be a sadist and trying to egg on Hanadori. When his eye-patch comes off, there is this evil god of destruction called Miguel who will come forth. Luckily Sensei interrupts and order is restored. For now. Later, Koyuki’s friend, Aitsu comes by to rub it in but I guess Koyuki isn’t happy he is trying to show off he has got a girl to bring to the amusement park. Or is that girl his grandma? Subsequently, Koyuki sees a few guys trying to take off Hanadori’s eye-patch. They manage to do so (even Tsukimiya helping in) and is Miguel going to unleash his hell? He smashes the window! His hand is bleeding! And then he cries! Wimp! Because Koyuki goes to chastise him, Hanadori thinks he remembered him. He’s so dead. As they get reprimanded, Hanadori seems like giving Cerberus to stay with him since his place disallows pets. Turns out he was giving it to Tsukimiya. Can this day get any worse? Oh you bet. Sensei has grouped the class for the tests in which the highest scoring group will not have homework while the losers will plan their class trip. Koyuki beats up Sensei?! Why is he paired with Hanadori and Tsukimiya?! After considering the balance of the group, he thinks Koyuki has no other friends. So true… Koyuki tries to make this study group work but they’re already fooling around in the library. Maths equations become insignias and name of historians become whatever long ass name that is. Even Tsukimiya’s notes to memorize things turn out to be some lewd manga. Feeling insulted that Tsukimiya doesn’t want to do this, Koyuki rushes off to play his online game. Yeah. This is the real him. But wait. Tsukimiya and Hanadori also playing this game?! Oh sh*t. When Koyuki is about to destroy Hanadori’s data, some flashback how he worked hard and saved up to get this game. Turns out to be some weird movie Tsukimiya made. Oh, Sensei confiscated their games. In the end, Koyuki is glad he scored 67. Tsukimiya? 100! Hanadori? 85! So now you understand why Sensei put them in his group to boost up his score. ARGH! Koyuki is now officially broken.

Episode 2
Oh dear. Koyuki undergoing counselling from Sensei. But Sensei is more interested in eating than listening… However Sensei drives in a valid point. Hanadori is acting like that since first day of school because he wants to protect something. The same thing can be said about Koyuki because he wants to avoid Hanadori to protect something. This has him remember when Hanadori first talked to him about all that Gestober crap thingy. He tried to tell him off but Hanadori just loved his harsh talking ways. Of course, Koyuki also has to be wary of Tsukimiya since this guy can actually read minds! No kidding! The trio are in charge of doing moral disciplinary duties. They are checking out students coming into school if they are breaking school rules for their uniform. Here’s one. Suzuran Mogami definitely breaks all the rules with her gothic fashion. Koyuki hints to Hanadori to stop her but he feigns ignorance and then runs away! He bumps into this delinquent, Gorio who bullies him. Then when he threatens Cerberus, the last straw is when Hanadori tries to pay him off. Koyuki then beats up Hanadori! And now Koyuki is back into counselling. Regretting what he did in front of everybody? Worse, Tsukimiya rubs it in when Koyuki claims he wants to be normal. Is it because he sees himself as special that is why he wants to be normal? Koyuki so wants to die right now… Later Aitsu tries to show off about some dating sim and hinting about getting a girlfriend during summer vacation. But Koyuki tells him off and what’s this? This girl whom he admires, Kotoko Sumiso asks for his number? Not a dream! Is his fortunes changing? So as he waits, no texts from Sumiso. Only bugging a text from Aitsu and many from Tsukimiya. He tries to bug Koyuki to hang out with them. Koyuki can’t off his handphone. What if Sumiso calls? Can he just block this number? If he had only asked Sumiso’s number. On TV, Koyuki sees a reporter interviewing Hanadori at the new mall. Yeah, he gets shut down for his chuunibyou. With Tsukimiya continuing to bug Koyuki to join them, Koyuki realizes they are getting closer to his place. Oh sh*t. They’re right outside his place now. The doorbell! Mom, don’t get it! Too late! Koyuki rushes out as he tells off the jerks to stop stalking him! Uhm… Sumiso in her cute yukata… She starts crying as she thought she wanted to surprise him. So sorry to bother! Saite. OMFG!!! F*CK!!! FFFFUUUUUU!!!! Koyuki really wants to die now. He calls Tsukimiya. Please hang out with me. Sorry, we going home now. F*CK!!! FFFFUUUUUU!!!!

Episode 3
Hanadori fouls up while painting for the sports day. As he goes to wash it off, he is confronted by junior, Hibiki Kimiya. In short, this is also another weirdo who thinks he has found his Miguel-senpai. Normally, Koyuki doesn’t want to get involve but as he tries to escape, he gets caught up in the blooper. Finding himself at the infirmary, he hears more of that chuunibyou crap. Hibiki wants to reunite with Hanadori for world domination or something. Koyuki agrees because if Hanadori gets a friend, he’ll be free! Unfortunately Hanadori doesn’t know Hibiki and cowers behind Koyuki. Sh*t. Hibiki gets jealous thinking Koyuki is the source. Then we hear Hibiki rant about how bad luck always follows him. That’s why he has no friends. I’m sure he thought himself as different from the rest. It is then Hanadori tells him off to be what he wants. Is he is afraid of people laughing at him, better quit now. So I guess everybody reconciles. Even Tsukimiya pretending to be so he could insult and laugh at all the silliness. However Koyuki realizes that Hanadori was also lecturing him in some ways. Because now he has some motivation to fill in his future career survey form: He wants to be a teacher. When they all return to complete the paint, Hibiki’s entrance means all of them slip up and ruin everything again. Everybody stares at them like they’re garbage. Is this the last time Koyuki will have something to do with them? Well, not quite. Sports day is here as Koyuki witnesses Gorio bullying Hanadori. Or at least he is taking back his jacket. Then there’s the part where boys have to dance with girls. You bet Hanadori and Hibiki are nervous. Hibiki tries to be himself but as he extends his hand, bird poo on it! Oh sh*t. Hanadori summons up his chuunibyou courage but his sweat covered all over the girl’s hand. WTF is this dark god juice? Hibiki tries to cheer him up. Hey, his paired girl even gave him a handkerchief to clean the poo so it’s not so bad. Hanadori just died… Then he just screams. In a twisted fashion of events, he blurts out to the entire school how he will give hell for humanity. Everybody cheers?! Now that everybody is back, they’re egging for Koyuki to join them. All this embarrassing moment was record by Sensei and they’re watching it in Koyuki’s room. Poor guy is sick…

Episode 4
The class is taking a field trip. If only Hanadori can stop being scared sitting on an airplane… Damn, this field trip is to an amusement park?! Anyway, Koyuki’s plan is to talk to Sumiso and clear the misunderstanding. It won’t be easy since her friend, Yae is always with her and Koyuki looks like he is stalking Sumiso. He also needs to ditch Tsukimiya and Hanadori. Unfortunately they feel ‘responsible’ over the last time and want to help him make up. Hmm… So what’s this plan for Koyuki to shout out his heart during the roller coaster ride? Too bad Hanadori was louder all the way! In short, every plan is ruined thanks to Hanadori somewhat coming in between. Had your laugh, Tsukimiya? Then the haunted house. Everybody freaks out! Oh, turns out to be Hanadori. The most scared of them all! So he did this just to find some stone to give one courage to do something? Gee, thanks? This gives Koyuki to courage to tell Sumiso he wants to talk. Finally, in the Ferris Wheel, he tells her what really happened. Though she is relieved, but WTF is Hanadori doing here?! Hanadori now feels so bad that he thinks this is what Koyuki thinks of him. And with those ambiguous words, Sumiso gets the wrong idea thinking they have something gay going on! For the rest of the trip, Hanadori ignores Koyuki and sometimes they get into bad luck. Koyuki even prays to God to send them far away. Soon, Koyuki learns that Hanadori landed in some trouble with the earlier punks. Fearing this would traumatized his trip, he goes to the supposed place where he is being held. Seems Hanadori is being forced against his will by Shikimi Tokimune to… Sing?! So they’ve sung together at some festival and he wants to get together again like in the past? Of course Hanadori declines. Even worse, Koyuki finds out the reason Hanadori sticks to him is because of Tsukimiya. Yup. This guy’s fault. Tokimune is still not convinced why Hanadori is loyal to Koyuki. This is the ‘biggest revelation’. One day, Hanadori heard Koyuki crying. He wanted to have a stronger friend and blamed God for not being fair. And so Hanadori decided to become that. Koyuki then barges in to stop further embarrassment of his past. It seemed Koyuki got mocked just because he mispronounced Chopin’s name as Chopping. And the mother of all comebacks from Tsukimiya to him: God has been granting your wishes all along! Tokimune backs down for now but won’t give up on Hanadori. Speaking of Koyuki, he is the one who got traumatized from this trip. Poor guy…

Episode 5
Koyuki got rammed by a truck and died. The end. No way! This was what happened. Tsukimiya kidnapped him to his place. Koyuki learn that Cerberus escaped because the pet cat, Schrodinger was being mean. And since Hanadori is all sad, I guess they have to go out looking for it. And when Koyuki spotted the pooch, a truck was seen coming. Koyuki rushed to push Cerberus away and the rest is history. So now we see Koyuki having an out of body experience but Tsukimiya can see his soul and tease him. Attempts to bring his soul back fail. Until Tsukimiya notices Hanadori’s tear moved Koyuki’s body a little. So cry your sacred tears on this dude! Man, Koyuki doesn’t want to wake up anymore. Since this didn’t work, Tsukimiya suggests to give a princely kiss. Oh sh*t! Hanadori is close to doing so when Koyuki suddenly wakes up and beats him up! Phew. Saved. It is revealed the truck stopped in time and didn’t collide with him. It was Hanadori who came crashing into him that knocked him out. Koyuki thinks this is the last time he’ll be hanging out with them but seeing Hanadori real sorry and crying unstoppably, I guess he’ll be hanging around for some time. Later Koyuki gets a part time job at the café to earn money to buy Sumiso a present. And as you would’ve guessed it, here comes Hanadori and Tsukimiya as customers! So he dons a weird disguise to hide his identity. And Koyuki has to be a real patient waiter as he puts up with their weirdness. And there’s also Tokimune who is humping the glass barrier in the next seat, talking ambiguously that sounds like gay sex with Hanadori. Yeah, he’s scaring the customers away… Then there’s Hibiki. A young girl points out he is weird so he runs away crying. And Koyuki gets reprimanded by the manager for not being customer friendly? When Hanadori is messing up at the drinks bar, that girl accidentally knocks his coffee over. But Hanadori protects her. However her mom isn’t pleased that he is trying to corrupt her with his chuunibyou crap. She also berates Koyuki for some failed service. Because she’s the kind of b*tch who thinks customers are gods and money rules, here comes Tsukimiya to talk to her as on equal terms as gods. She blames her husband for leaving them but smooth talker Tsukimiya mentions how it is all love instead and in no time that woman gives in to the power of love! Koyuki can’t take this drama anymore… At the end of the day, his disguise fell off but it seems his pals already knew all along. Koyuki felt so insulted that he quit his job. So how is he going to get Sumiso a present? Don’t tell me this precious teddy of his! You bet he isn’t going to. Not after how Tsukimiya teases him.

Episode 6
Koyuki is in charge of the class’ cultural festival when Kimikage Mogami comes up to him and wants to be killed by him?! Oh God. Not another weird transfer student! It seems Mogami knew Koyuki since kindergarten before the latter transferred away. Koyuki doesn’t remember much but Mogami was a weak kid who often got bullied and Koyuki often helped him out. That fateful day that ‘sealed’ their friendship was one whereby they took a urine test. Elementary kids taking urine tests?! For what?! Drugs?! Anyway, Mogami didn’t know how to do it so Koyuki gave his. His own, he used dog pee. Because of that, the results came back weird for Koyuki and of course he felt devastated. Soon after he transfer away and Mogami thought he was mad at him. Clearly Koyuki had forgotten about this until now. Worse, Hanadori and Tsukimiya heard this! Hanadori tries to act tough but when Mogami really wants to kill him, he chickens out. That is when Koyuki jumps in to say he was never mad at him whatsoever. But then it turns out, Mogami wants to be punished more and that he is just some freaking masochist!!! Oh sh*t! Hanadori jealous? The stress is getting to Koyuki as he vows not to even make comebacks. But that damn Mogami keeps stalking him to hurt him. Then Hanadori’s angelic voice during music classic actually vowed everyone. Before he reverts into his chuunibyou mode and ruins everything. That is when Koyuki snaps. He’s had it. He’s going home. Even so, he gets ‘harassed’ by Hibiki sending some skull present and Mogami giving his voodoo doll! Worse, Tsukimiya reading his mind and replying!!! On the verge of breaking down, before he makes the same mistake that his friends are at the door, mom points out with Sumiso. Ah, the goddess… Koyuki calms down as she talks to him. She knows he is exhausted from fighting for something and wants to be his side. You bet that motivates him to work harder. Even more so when she says her class is doing cat ears maid café. I APPROVE!!! I ALSO WANT TO SEE!!! When Koyuki returns to class, everybody seems more cooperative. They apologize for dumping all the work on him and agree to help out. However with Hanadori now taking over as the rep, he has efficiently got a lot of things done. Oh no. Koyuki going to lose it again…

Episode 7
The class isn’t really thrilled for the festival. Until Sensei mentions the class with the highest sales will get extra funds for the after-party. You bet Tsukimiya is going to roll out his plans as he gets Hanadori and Mogami to work with him. So in this haunted café that they’re doing, Hanadori can’t stop sweating while serving girls, Hibiki getting traumatized with the high prices and Tokimune buying everything because Tsukimiya says it is all made by Hanadori. Then they got visit Suzuran’s fortune telling. Of course you can tell that she is the younger twin of Mogami. Tsukimiya ‘fights’ her by saying her fortune telling is fake unlike his eyes of the universe that sees everything. She thinks he wants her to close shop but all he wants is to come to their café. She ignores him so he grabs her hand. Then he opens his eyes and she sees the universe! OMFG! In the end, she went to the café as predicted and this has the class won top prize. Suzuran is now an admirer of Tsukimiya and wants to be with him?! Even Mogami agrees for him to be his brother in law! Koyuki thinks he has the last laugh since he got what’s coming for him. Koyuki didn’t want to attend the after-party karaoke but with Tsukimiya saying he’ll give him videos of Sumiso in a cat outfit, you bet he’s coming. And Suzuran is here? Giving creepy love advice? She wants Tsukimiya but oddly he is nowhere to be seen. Suzuran then forces Koyuki to come with her to look for Tsukimiya. Noticing that a meek Hanadori is tailing, she tells him off that Koyuki finds him a bother. Koyuki thinks she has gone too far but she tells more of the harsh truth how he spoils him despite not liking him. Hence the only person who has mistaken him as a good guy is himself. In that case, Koyuki gets frank with her that she is also bothering him. He leaves her to find Hanadori as his thoughts are jumbled. Why the heck is he doing this despite what Suzuran said is true? Then he finds Hanadori playing with Cerberus. All worried for nothing. But he hears him thank him for various reasons although mostly are just figment of his imagination. Koyuki then gets serious with him that he is not who he think he is. Just call him by his normal name and they can be normal friends. Hanadori sheepishly tries so but comes off as totally weird! So Koyuki punches him and prefers him to be called by as Gestober!!! WTF?! Did he just realize what that means?! And so returning to the after-party bowling, Koyuki regrets all that although Hanadori is a happy guy. They’ll always be together forever, right? Screwed. And Suzuran still thinks Koyuki is a failure as a man and Tsukimiya satisfied Koyuki will dance for him without him having to intervene at all.

Episode 8
So what else is new? Koyuki says he won’t retort anymore but ends up doing so again. Worst, Koyuki and his weirdoes all entered the student council presidency race? Of course Tsukimiya forced him in. Koyuki hides from Hanadori as the latter needs his help. Tsukimiya then tells the through to him that Koyuki doesn’t need his help anyway, breaking his heart. During the presidency speech, Hanadori starts off giving quite a normal speech. Until his chuunibyou kicks in. Because it ultimately ends with voting either one of his split personalities, Koyuki retorts and hits him real hard on the head. Oh dear. Hanadori dead? Oh sh*t. Thankfully, he is just asleep. But when he wakes up, he has no memories of himself or his friends. So he just needs to wear glasses over his eye-patch? Because of his amnesia, he is brutally honest with his ‘friends’. Who is the scary one? Not as scary as Tsukimiya, though? He is slapping him for the ‘insult’. Don’t think that would bring Hanadori back to his senses either. Hanadori then remembers of wanting to become a student council president and goes off to make his preparations. Wow. He looks pretty serious in achieving that. So as Koyuki is experiencing the usual dilemma, he hears a few guys mocking Hanadori. Hanadori doesn’t even mind giving up his eye-patch to them but he can’t understand why he still can’t let it go. The guys then drag Koyuki in and wants an explanation. They’re friends, right? Of course Koyuki tells them off that Hanadori is never his friend. Oh dear. Hanadori crying?! Oh sh*t. When he tries to make up for this, Hanadori then point blank says that Koyuki isn’t his friend either. They just met yesterday and he doesn’t want to be associated with weirdoes like him. Koyuki becomes so mad and beats him up! The ultimate retort. This has Hanadori return to acting like normal. Welcome back? Later Tsukimiya shows Koyuki Hanadori’s roadmap of what to do. So it is mostly some chart that eventually asks Koyuki’s help for everything that he is unsure of? But the last note says Koyuki is a kind person and that if something happens to Koyuki, he wants to help him out. Of course, Koyuki knows better that Hanadori is the source of his bother. Though relieved, he is also disappointed. Because he doesn’t want this Hanadori to just disappear like that. Then Tsukimiya suggests Koyuki losing his memories instead…

Episode 9
Hanadori sulking because Tsukimiya won a seat in the student council body? So basically he’s jealous… When that little girl from that restaurant comes looking for him and wants to tell her more about hell (?), Hanadori is now a lively happy chirpy bird. Apparently the gang are helping out a day care centre. WTF Hanadori is getting jealous towards anybody who does better than him?! Small kids fighting and crying are normal. But the biggest cry-baby is Hanadori. Oh, brother. Tsukimiya again, huh? Until the teacher tells them to be nice, blah, blah, blah, some weird flashback how Hanadori and Tsukimiya first became ‘friends’, oh well… So they make cake for the kids and Hanadori makes a special one for Tsukimiya since this is his birthday month. So they’re friends again? Okay. So tiring… On the way home, Tsukimiya hints that he intends to have a helper for his student council body and someone who got the second highest votes. Koyuki fears this would cause Hanadori to throw a tantrum again and as he is about to stop this, it is actually Hanadori whom Tsukimiya is asking! Hanadori is very happy but is bad at hiding it despite trying to play it off. Of course this pisses off Koyuki as he gives him a beat down. Koyuki is looking forward to the Christmas party because Sumiso is going to be there. But you know what they say about bad luck… There’s a storm raging on and he sees Mogami trying to bug a yakiniku seller for a black Santa outfit for Koyuki. Because Hibiki got his present destroyed to the snow blower, he is forced to give him his. And then seeing Suzuran out in the cold looking for Tsukimiya, Koyuki gives his scarf present meant for Sumiso. Then he gets stuck in a hole on his way to the party. Sighs… Before you can call this a tragedy, here comes a Santa to help him out and give him a present. Koyuki makes it to the party and looks like Sumiso got his present. This is a lovely rosary. Koyuki then realizes that Santa is Hanadori. Sumiso loves it but Koyuki apologizes that this present was meant for him. Sumiso gives it back and walks away without turning back! OMFG! You f*cked up this one yourself, Koyuki!!!! Later he chills outside with Hanadori and thanks him for the present but Sumiso comes to thank Koyuki for the scarf. Suzuran gave it to her after hearing the details. Hibiki gives them a gift voucher at a restaurant and my, they are the lucky 100th customer for today! Things are surely looking up now! Too bad it is Hanadori who takes Koyuki to that dinner! FFFFUUUUU!!!! Merry Christmas, everybody!

Episode 10
We understand why Koyuki won’t go out for the New Year. It’s bad luck to stumble into those weirdoes, right? Then he receives a stack of New Year cards. Does he have many friends? All from Hanadori! Man, the new year and he is already pissed off like that… Of course there are from others but they’re as expected to their typical weirdness. And yes, the biggest saviour of all is the one from Sumiso. Oh yeah. His year is saved. He then goes to the shrine to pray. Look who is there too? Hanadori and Tsukimiya! His year is doomed… With Koyuki wanting to pray to God about this, it’s like they can read his mind and tell him to do something about it himself instead of relying on God! Hanadori sneakily puts an academic charm in Koyuki’s pocket. Turns out it is to hide his own bad luck fortune. Also, Hanadori is acting weird as he is now drunk on amazake. I guess a drunk god is worse… His shenanigans has Gorio rein him in. So this dude lives and works here?! Hanadori tries to fool around to a point where Gorio accidentally smacks the broom in Koyuki’s face. No more nice guy. Koyuki beats him up. If you think that is all, wait till Hanadori vomits all over Koyuki! And for the rest of the winter break, the duo are forced to work at the shrine. Oh Koyuki, your year is just starting to warm up… In school, Koyuki is worried that his failing grades means he might be held back! Oh sh*t. Better get serious on this. But something else is bugging everyone. Hanadori seems to be spacing out and not his usual self. To a point Koyuki has to ask everybody on this and of course a wide range of answers. Especially Suzuran believing he might be transferring away. On the way back, he sees Hanadori sitting alone and crying. Man, this is really serious. So I guess Koyuki is only thinking hard on this issue because Sumiso said he could be the only friend who can help him get over whatever. So yeah, please help him. Next day, Hanadori is not in class. Something feels wrong. Then Koyuki sees a vision on him at the rooftop. Better go get him fast or else… At the rooftop, Hanadori starts crying so Koyuki forces him to just say what’s wrong. It seems… He is disappointed that Koyuki has not taken his studies seriously and is afraid he will be held back a year at this rate. Rubbing it in even further, Hanadori shows all the A’s he got and lectures him about priorities! So his agony was to think of a way to tell him this without hurting his pride. Safe to say… Koyuki loses his sh*t and rips Hanadori’s shirt to pieces!!! OMFG!!!!! DARK GOD GONNA GET RAPED!!!!!!!! In the end, Koyuki uses the study materials from Hanadori (which is surprisingly so easy to understand) and passes. Then he realizes Hanadori taking and passing the entrance exam to all his choice schools… You know what this means… Koyuki’s future, that is…

Episode 11
Koyuki thinks he has gotten taller and good enough to date Sumiso. Until Tsukimiya breaks it to him that there are rumours Sumiso is dating a tall hot guy. Don’t look now but there they are! This scene breaks Koyuki’s heart. Thanks for the closet for him to bang his head… So as he sulks, Tsukimiya advises him to ask her directly. Of course he can’t and cries! The rest try to console him. Yeah, short and ugly people have their role too! Koyuki snaps and beats them up! Then when he really starts hating that guy, Tsukimiya slaps him to his senses for jumping to conclusion. Also, taunting him that he really thinks highly of himself. So the gang congregate to devise a plan to help Koyuki beat that guy. Don’t look now because here Sumiso comes in with that hot guy, Hatsuyuki Masaki! Turns out he is Gorio’s little brother. Turns out he is interested in Hanadori and Koyuki’s alter egos and wants to know his own past life! With Hanadori accepting him, this makes Koyuki snap. Don’t you betray me because there won’t be anybody left! Huh?! WTF?! In the end, Sumiso apologizes for not telling him sooner that she is childhood friend with the brothers and that they’re not dating. Ah, those magic words that Koyuki wants to hear. Happy now? Yeah, but he now has to endure the teasing that he may be in love with Hanadori… So sad… Suddenly! Tsukimiya whisks Koyuki, Hanadori and Mogami for a mock interview. Yeah, need to prepare you for the future, eh? And so Tsukimiya asks the questions, Hanadori and Mogami answer in their usual honest way. Koyuki does so but only gets chided. Heck, they even need to do some special talents. Hanadori and Mogami have. But Koyuki none? Then it dawns to Koyuki that could all this be just to make him realize his weakness and to re-examine his goals? Certainly it looks like Koyuki despite having a dull uneventful life, he less talented than those blokes! And then finally Hanadori makes are really heart-warming speech about changing the world, etc. Again, Koyuki snaps and beats him up for making worry for nothing. The further nail in his coffin is that they assure him that they will always be with him if he flunks, gets no job or drops to the lowest ladder of society… I’m so worried for Koyuki…

Episode 12
Hanadori is late and blames Koyuki for everything? Tsukimiya and Mogami also join in blaming him. So as Koyuki tries to figure this out in the toilet, he overheard the gang talk that all this mean talking is part of their plan to throw him a surprise birthday party. And as you can guess, it has all the elements of stupidity and failure. Koyuki even wonders if they’re taking a jab at him. But seeing they are earnestly trying to hold one for him, I guess he has to play along, huh? So after school in which the surprise party is supposed to be held, Koyuki has to even pretend to play along since those goons are incompetent. Then he arrives too early at the room and sees everyone preparing. Cue for havoc to try and cover up. Yup, Hibiki smashes the cake and claims they are doing some pie eating contest. More helter-skelter as they try to salvage this party by getting on with their planned surprise while Koyuki just watches dumbfounded. You think everyone crying and repenting of this tragedy would earn Koyuki’s sympathy. In fact he smacks them all for having such a sh*t plan in the first place! He is the real victim! This is most embarrassing! Never speak of this day ever again! Well, only Tsukimiya had fun. Laughing his ass all the way… Remember the mock interview they had? Now they’re going to check out a model house in anticipation of the college life they’ll have. Yup, mock college life. Of course Koyuki is dragged into this as they take a look around the house. As expected, from their shenanigans he feels they are making a fool out of him. He really wants to go to a college far away from them but what about Sumiso? Which college will she go to? Then Tsukimiya brings up the question if Koyuki brings home a girl. Hanadori dismisses he’ll never have a girlfriend and they all laugh about it! With more stupid antics, you bet Koyuki is dead tired. So much so he starts fantasizing killing them all! Oh sh*t! But suddenly! Things get serious and heavy when Hanadori talks about how things won’t last. That’s why he wants to enjoy his time with all of them as much as he can. Oh sh*t. Something’s wrong. Is he going away or something? As expected, Koyuki has been trolled for the umpteenth time as this was just a prank. Hanadori not going anywhere! Koyuki so mad that he pushes him down the stairs! OMG! First victim?! Don’t worry, he still lives. Later Koyuki secretly tries to change his college choice but somehow it leaked and everybody got to know it. He resigns to the fact there is nowhere to run from them in this universe. Not even heaven. Sighs…

The Disastrous Life Of Seri Koyuki
That was such a pretty random ending if I should say. More or less the same thing like in every episode and just when you thought it would be different, it all goes back to square one. I wonder if Koyuki is cursed or something since he has to relive this nightmarish life of his over and over again. Poor guy. Well, at least it’s not me in his shoes so I’m outta here! Haha! Good luck, Koyuki. You’re going to need it a lot. The day Koyuki stops rebuking Hanadori and co is the day where real serious sh*t hits the fan like the real dark god of destruction raining death upon the entire world! Holy sh*t! But don’t worry. Seeing this is a comedy genre, it will never become that sort of dark tragedy. I hope.

So never judge a book by its cover. Sometimes even your stereotypical biasness can be wrong. So I’m really glad that I get to watch this series seeing I was laughing my ass off. There were no signs that of me being in danger of turning into some shota BL gay lover. Even the series has very subtle hints, it is so subtle that you have got to be a delusional or strict moral religious nut to even notice. Yeah, hints of BL are just for the funny and comical parts and they work like a charm. Koyuki may not be getting screwed or losing his chastity but he certainly gets screwed in every other aspects!

Sometimes I feel like drawing comparisons of Koyuki’s life with Kusuo Saiki. You know, that psychic dude who wants to live a normal life but surrounded by equally weird weirdoes? Despite the parallel similarities, both are also at polar ends. Koyuki doesn’t have any psychic powers and unlike Saiki, he usually bears the brunt of the pranks from his close friends, uhm, sorry, weirdoes around him. I suppose he has no super psychic powers that can get him out of his predicament. It’s like an alternate version of each other’s life. Because making my conspiracy theory even more suspicious is that note how both Koyuki and Saiki’s name have the same initials?! Hah! And both are facing some sort of disastrous lifestyle thanks to their classmates while dreaming of the ideal normal life that they always wanted!

So yeah, the best funny parts of this anime is ‘unfortunately’ watching Koyuki being played around by all his delusional pals. I fear at this rate, he might grow up to be a psychopath or serial killer! But seeing how sturdy is that Koyuki is, I figure that he could make it out just fine. Or not. Poor Koyuki. This guy has died from his embarrassments and failures so many times that we have lost count. You would notice that each time he ‘dies’, a sketch of a grave (complete with words RIP Koyuki’) will be displayed on screen. Accompanied with a bell ring for the finishing touches. Each time, this increases and by the time the series ends, who knows how many graves and bell rings he has already accumulated. He really gives a new meaning to die over and over again. Literally, a dark god doesn’t just sits next to him. A god of misery too… Watch how they slowly destroy Koyuki’s life…

We have to give credit to his weirdoes who add to his pain and insanity of his daily life. Firstly, Hanadori whom I figure is just playing chuunibyou is only because he wants to be friends with Koyuki (his dark god of destruction title just feels like for show). Yup, all that acting and having some split personality whatsoever is so that Koyuki won’t be a lonely guy! You might think that Hanadori wants the attention and friends. While it might be true but it could also be the other way round. What if Koyuki is actually a depressed and lonely guy and the only way out was to just become friends? And not just any ordinary friends. Get what I mean? So with Hanadori around, Koyuki gets to play the straight man over and over again. Next, Tsukimiya who is supposedly the most ‘dangerous’ among the group. Because it’s like as though he can read your mind! No, wait. He actually does! Like as though he is reading out from the script! This guy is a total sadist and it feels like his existence is to torment and laugh at others (more often Koyuki). Because when he opens his eyes, you know sh*t is going to happen. He is God who sees all future! Nobody gets the better of him. Maybe except Suzuran. Is this the only person he can never win over? They’re never in the same place for long. And it’s like a rock and hard place for Koyuki. Because if Suzuran is around and this makes Tsukimiya ‘disappear’, now he has to follow her whims to go find him. And if she is not around, he has to put up with Tsukimiya’s pranks. There’s no way for Koyuki to win this.

It gets worse when you have a masochist in the name of Mogami who just wants to be tormented in every way. This guy isn’t as bad as Tsukimiya or Hanadori. Okay, maybe he is. Just that he isn’t as much of a main character as that aforementioned duo. He is only tolerable because he doesn’t bug Koyuki 100% all the time. Like as though he is biding his time and patiently waiting for the moment Koyuki snaps and gives him his due punishment. Well, Koyuki does snap a lot. Only, he takes them out mostly on Hanadori. Then there is Hibiki who brings bad luck and you can bet Koyuki is also dragged into this. I guess having a bunch of weirdoes is bad enough, what is having one more? Oh yeah. Even worse, eh? So is Koyuki the one who is attracting bad luck? And then there is Tokimune. Oh God. Please. Not another psycho… And now with Hatsuyuki around, thinks are indeed heating up, no? A further test to Koyuki’s sanity!

So it is with much disappointment that we can all expect not to see Koyuki getting together with Sumiso, the only person who keeps his sanity in check. Ah yes. They want to fool us that Koyuki might have a crush on this girl but there are a few hints that tell us that Koyuki may harbour more feelings for Hanadori than her! True! Remember, this is some mild shot BL gay thingy so no straight romcom between a boy and a girl is ever going to get in the way! So think back at all the times why Koyuki has the chance not to bother himself with Hanadori. And yet at the end of the day, he worries about him and goes to him. Although the end results might not be what he expected but there you have it. Koyuki putting his friendship more than his crush over a girl? If that doesn’t scream mild BL sh*t, I don’t know what is. And you noticed that Sumiso puts up with this because… She may be another weirdo who loves watching BL gay sh*t!!! OMFG! How much do we really know about Sumiso actually?! Just because she looks normal and sweet, but remember, still waters run deep!

Hence I have this conspiracy theory that this school is not an ordinary school but a mental facility! Hear me out. Firstly, you do notice that many of the weirdoes do not dress like other normal students in the school. I mean, why the heck is Hanadori allowed to wear his leather jacket and eye-patch to school? Why does the school even allow this?! You mean to tell me that they give in to his god of darkness threats and would rather play it safe by letting him be? If Hanadori’s dressing wasn’t bad enough, Hibiki and Mogami’s uniform is literally some Halloween garb. I mean, do they really actually allow Hibiki to carry a scythe all over school?! Seeing that these characters do have some sort of personality problem, do the teachers really allow them to continue acting like this? At this age, it could be already a sign of problem because once they graduate and get integrated into society, it is going to pose a lot of problems. So letting these kids do as they please feels something is wrong. Even more so when Koyuki gets ‘bullied’ and he isn’t even taking any counselling! Does nobody care about the sanity of this kid and his future?! And Sensei isn’t really a teacher but a mental patient acting like a teacher! Koyuki only stands out because he is ‘normal’ and tries to act normal. It will soon be, if you can’t beat them, join them. Aitsu is just an imaginary friend of Koyuki! I mean, is that really his real name?! Really?! And Sumiso could be the mental facility caretaker because she is only ‘observing’ everyone… INSANE CONSPIRACY THEORY!!! Anybody care to refute?

Another conspiracy theory of mine is that Koyuki perhaps is the one who is the most problematic and not the rest of his weird comrades. What they are doing, gathering around him is so that to help him out from his depression or whatever problems he is facing (he could be a failed fusion of a human-cat experiment!). It is only because Koyuki looks and acts more normal than the rest, it looks like he is being bullied. Case in point, Koyuki isn’t very good in his studies. Now, it might seem tempting to pinpoint that the shenanigans of Hanadori and Tsukimiya might contribute to him not focusing on his studies. Considering that both are actually smart people and they have proven with their high and perfect marks in exams, their pranks could actually be the reason Koyuki studies and gets decent marks! Without them, he might not even touch his books! See, Hanadori made really easy simple notes for him to understand and pass! Hanging around those weirdoes also helps Koyuki rethink and reconsider about his own life and abilities. So can you see how these pals are helping Koyuki regain his own life?! So his life isn’t going into a downward spiral in actual fact! WE NEED TO TALK MORE OF THIS CRAZY CONSPIRACY THEORY!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, those past life of Gestober may not be as fake as we think it might be!

The art and animation are okay. Cute boys at the fore would make you really think this is some shota BL gay sh*t. Everything is bright and colourful to add to all the craziness but not enough to be considered as something like an LSD trippy drug trip. Heh. Perhaps the next episode preview at the end can be considered. Maybe. We see the anime in sketches, keyframes or just still pictures or just a picture of hot babes just because they can’t get it done in time. Weird. Because we see the chaotic narration of the problems in the production room. This anime is done by EMT Squared who did Renai Boukun, Alice Or Alice, Ame-iro Cocoa, Urahara and Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu. So if you wonder why there are cute looking characters and some potential BL factor, you now know why.

A few recognizable seiyuus lending their talents here including Jun Fukuyama as Koyuki, Takahiro Sakurai as Hanadori, Tsubasa Yonaga as Hibiki and Ai Kayano as Sumiso. The other casts include Ryohei Kimura as Tsukimiya (Kodaka in Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai), Shinnosuke Tachibana as Mogami (Tomoe in Kamisama Hajimemashita), Yoshiko Ikuta as Suzuran (Ruby in Ange Vierge), Kousuke Toriumi as Tokimune (Acnologia in Fairy Tail), Takayuki Kondou as Sensei (Oishi in Prince Of Tennis), Takaya Kuroda as Gorio (Dagger Morse in Show By Rock) and even Chinatsu Akasaki doing just yapping little doggy voice as Cerberus (Yasuna in Kill Me Baby).

Oh, the opening theme is so epic. Take Mo’ Chance by All At Once sounds sexy enough and the opener will really make you think that this is indeed some gay BL sh*t! Even more so it wants to make you impersonate Barry White’s low sexy voice and croon along singing, “Yeah…”. Oh yeah. So epic and gay indeed. The ending theme is crazy. Freedom De Muda Ni Muteki by AOP only solidifies that this whole setting is a mental facility. Aside from the crazy sounding song, we see all the crazy things in the animation like as though this is inside of Koyuki’s mind. Spooky or having fun aren’t we, everybody?

Overall, this is purely a funny and entertaining series if you can stomach the fact that you enjoy watching a guy’s normal life being screwed by his psychotic friends (some may refer to this as intriguing characters with unique personalities). And it also teaches you all about friendship! Yeah, you can be close friends with another guy without looking gay! So once again, don’t judge a book by its cover, there aren’t any obvious gay stuffs since you’ll be laughing your ass off with all the chaotic slapstick moments. We’re all like Tsukimiya. As long as it happens to others, we’re okay laughing and having fun. So can we have another season, please? Oh, why do I see and hear another grave and bell ring for Koyuki?

Well, well, well. Can’t get enough of your MILF fanservice, huh? You know what is even better? Beach episode MILF fanservice! YAY! A real proper beach episode that we didn’t get in the TV series. And so that is the basic excuse premise for Tsuujou Kougeki Ga Zentai Kougeki De Nikai Kougeki No Okaasan Wa Suki Desu Ka OVA AKA Okaa-san Online OVA. Is there any other reason to watch this than the obvious?! So what are you waiting for?! More Mamako please!

Do You Love Your Mom On The Shore?
Shirase has our gang have fun at the beach simply because she wants to grant our wishes for a beach fanservice episode. Yeah. Thanks a bunch! After we see the ladies in their swimsuits, Porta tries to blow her inflatable but runs out of breath. Masato tries to continue buy Wise stops him. Then everyone teases her for being worried about this indirect kiss. Her magic causes Masato’s trunks to rip. So Mamako hugs him to hide his privates! She is even willing to let him wear hers since she is not embarrassed! I bet Masato will die of embarrassment a thousand times! Thank goodness for spares… As they go dip in the sea, it seems Masato doesn’t like Mamako being too close to him. He sits out as Mamako feels sad. But so as not let this be all gloomy, the other ladies have fun with her. Then the watermelon splitting event, Porta turns an ordinary stick into a sword?! Masato is of course going to split it as Mamako guides him. Then he hits something soft. Turns out to be Mamako’s boobs! Cheeky mom even makes a cheeky remark he split her melons in 2! Somehow the sword becomes a boomerang and hits back on Masato’s head. He passes out but when he comes to, he is amnesiac. He doesn’t remember anything. Not even himself. So who is Mamako? You know, she could have just avoided all this confusion had she just said she is his mom. Instead, some long winded talk that he is her most precious in the world. Yeah… Masato feels comfortable being with Mamako and her words put his heart as ease. Since helping her cook is one of her many dreams, Masato is willing to make all her dreams come true.

So yeah, we’re playing this Twister game that for obvious reasons Masato won’t play with mommy anymore. You can tell how this is going to end. Best view for Masato, her ass before his face. Next is catching crabs. For obviously stupid reasons, the crab escapes and hides under Mamako’s bikini. Then it gets naughty enough to cut her bikini! Masato quickly hugs her to hide her modesty. So he doesn’t want anybody else to see her naked body. He is the only guy around, you know… With Masato and Mamako having such a swell time together, the other girls need to put an end to this or this will get troublesome. Hence Wise and Medhi try to seduce him to get his guard down so they could whack him on the head. Of course they also have plans to actually seduce him. But Masato can tell their intentions and tells them off. The girls get roasted about their boobs… They’re so dead. Masato and Mamako watch the sunset. More loving words from Mamako. This makes Masato realize as he confesses he loves her. Before he kisses her, a squid tentacle grabs Mamako. Oh right. This is supposed to be a fanservice episode, right? Masato saves her but realizes he called out to her as mom. Then the squid grabs Masato. Don’t tell me this squid is gay… Nobody touches her son. So Mamako uses her swords to defeat that squid. Masato is drowning but remembers flashback of some small beach mishap. Mom was there to console him. OMFG. Mamako becomes Moses as she splits the ocean apart to go get her son! OMFG! Masato has gotten his memories back and realizes mom has always been saving him. Back on the beach, free squid BBQ. Masato doesn’t remember his time while being amnesiac but Mamako isn’t sad because she knows Masato will always need his mom. Yeah, mom knows best, right? And then for some stupid reason, the heat causes the tentacle to jump and hit all the ladies. Now it’s their turn to have amnesia.

Is It Wrong To Pick Up Mama On A Beach?
Oh well. It was pretty much as expected as it would be. But it is still mind boggling to know that Masato actually lost his memories. IN A VIRTUAL GAME! I mean, how the heck could this happen? Is the game so powerful that it could also affect your real life memories? Whatever and however this works, it is just your cheesy reason so as to get some MILF fanservice. Because obviously Masato who is at his usual rebellious phase would never cooperate and do all this cheesy sexy stuff with his mom. So the only way he could do it all as if he is dating is if he lost his memories. Now you see why the perks of Mamako having such a hot sexy onee-sama body and looks? And my guess is that Mamako really wants to do this too because you do not even see her the slightest of being embarrassed that she is being literally seduced by her own son! I fear that when he grows up further, she would want to marry him! Assuming Papasuke is dead or divorced. But you get the point. You see Mamako enjoying herself to the last bit. This is why she didn’t tell an amnesiac Masato that she is her son. That is why she never resisted when Masato was slowly preparing to kiss her! I mean, he is your son! Do you not feel the slight disgust! YOUR SON! Thus she really wants to live this moment when her son who is now a hot hunk to give her that kind of romance. After all, it will be over soon, right? Such a great fleeting dream…

So yeah, Mamako is a real creepy mom if you think about it. And she might be right to know that Masato will always come back to rely on her. Heh… The rest of the other girls didn’t quite make an impact and even if they do, Mamako still steals the spotlight. Too bad Wise and Medhi, looks like we now know that even in Masato’s unconscious state, he’ll most probably choose mommy over you. Better try EVEN harder than that. And Porta still carrying her bag on her head everywhere she goes. Even to the sea. Now that they leave us with this cliff-hanger that it is the ladies’ turn to have memory loss, I am certain that Masato will not go so far as to brainwash mom that they are not close. Or at least keep her distance. I’m sure he is not that kind of son. But sometimes, a kid his age maybe needs his little distancing from mommy. Because at this rate, how can a guy like him spread his wings and fly if mommy keeps sheltering him? Uh huh. It’s like Mamako doesn’t want him to leave the nest at all… Wow. Too deep and dark thoughts for what should have just been an enjoyable mindless MILF fanservice. So thank you Mamako, for all the lovely fanservice for us viewers. I know the only guy in the world who will not enjoy this a single bit is your son but whatever. Millions of guys out there are made happy. And so it is true indeed that mothers really know best! ;p.

Nekopara

May 9, 2020

Do you like maids? OH YES I PRETTY MUCH DO! Do you also like cats? Uhm… Me? Not so much, can we move along- And do you like cat girl maids? Uhm, well, I’m not sure… Because great news if you like that combo as Nekopara has got its own TV series finally. If the adult visual novel wasn’t enough and the family friendly OVA back in 2017 still wasn’t hell adequate, the TV series is going to satiate all your cutie feline needs. Cat lovers and maid lovers are sure going to love these cat girls. You can treat them as a pet cat and at the same time not suspiciously and illegally looking like you’re some sick pervert who owns a bunch of girls. Oh well, maybe you do look like one anyway. Hey, it’s a cat’s paradise, no?

Episode 1
They ask us if we like cute cats. If so, please visit Patisserie La Soleil. Actually, I’m more into the maids than cats… Now we see Chocola and Vanilla having trouble waking up. They shut off the alarm clock. Twice. When they finally do wake up, I guess it is by tickling each other’s stomach. Once done, they go down to help their master, Kashou Minazuki who runs the said patisserie. Kashou remembers how they were just brought in and were so small. Now they are grown up and helping him out. When Kashou first opened the patisserie, Chocola and Vanilla hid in the box so as just to be with him. Meanwhile back home, we see what the other cat girls are doing. Other than Shigure who is Kashou’s little sister, we see Azuki cooking, Coconut trying to cut the fish (yikes!), Maple taking too long in the toilet that Cinnamon can’t hold on… After breakfast, Maple and Cinnamon make their way to La Soleil to help. We hear that cat girls are not allowed outside on their own unless accompanied by their masters. Only those with a bell are allowed so. But they must take a hard test and seeing all our cat girls here have one, they must be real smart, huh? The duo arrive just in time to relief Chocola and Vanilla. Otherwise Chocola would’ve just eaten the customers’ food. Later Chocola is tasked to buy ponzu sauce. Along the way, she stumbles into a bell-less loli cat girl sitting by herself. She tries to be friendly but goes into hiding. Chocola leaves her chocolate behind and believes she’ll be out by the time she comes back. When Chocola is done shopping, she returns and still sees the chocolate treat there. She returns to La Soleil and what do you know? That loil cat girl had tailed her home.

Episode 2
Realizing this loli is masterless, Chocola tries to hide her from Kashou. If only she can stop panicking and profusely sweating. This loli’s case reminds of her of her being abandoned as a kitten. As she tries to hide her in the toilet, she is almost found out by Vanilla. During dinner, Kashou wants to go to the toilet so Chocola tries to stop him from going. Do it anywhere and she’ll clean up after him! Not going to fly! Of course that loli isn’t in the toilet. Chocola thinks she flushed herself down the toilet! Will the plunger do the trick? Oh, she’s hiding in her room now. The loli is now hungry so after Chocola gets her some dried fish, she is busted by Vanilla. Chocola then tells what happened but Vanilla doesn’t think Kashou will keep her. When all the cats helped out and La Soleil and some of them want to stay here, Kashou dismissed that idea. He already has his hands full with the shop what more the pair of Chocola and Vanilla. Vanilla realizes how cute she is and remembering her abandoned beginnings, she believes Kashou will allow her to stay. Unfortunately he disallows it. They have to make sure she is not a lost cat first. Otherwise, Chocola could be charged for kidnapping! Or rather, catnapping! But don’t fear, Kashou calls cat expert Shigure. Her life mission is to help cats 24/7/52/365. While the rest finds out about her owner, Shigure has this loli stay at her place. This loli is in a new environment and is of course shy when the other cats are interested in her. But the scariest is Shigure. She can’t stop taking pictures of this cutie. Shigure than baths the loli. Just need to get used to the water. Thankfully no loli cat rape. Though, Shigure smelling her hair could be considered borderline psycho case… Then bedtime, Shigure thought she would sleep with her but this loli prefers to sleep alone on the cushion. Chocola and Vanilla worry about the loli so they huddle and sleep closely to each other. Cat yuri time?

Episode 3
Next morning, Sugarcane (temporary name for the loli) is nowhere to be found. Then they find her sleeping in the toilet. Did Maple’s bum warm it up?! Chocola is obviously worried about Sugarcane that she’s being clumsy. And Vanilla can’t help worry about Chocola. Sugarcane spends time in Shigure’s house. She doesn’t eat in a civilized manner like the rest. No chopsticks and sitting properly for her. Eating under the table with her hands. When Maple serves her the finest English desserts and tea, Sugarcane prefers the dried fish. When Maple and Cinnamon try to play with her, Sugarcane just sits by herself. Shigure advises them that perhaps she needs more time to herself so leave her alone for now. Shigure gives her a box of old cat toys. Sugarcane picks up what used to be Chocola’s favourite toy. By evening, it seems Sugarcane is nowhere around. They look for her around the house but she is nowhere. Shigure calls La Soleil and of course since she isn’t there too, time for Chocola to press the panic button. But can she just run off like that while the shop is still in business? Don’t worry, Vanilla will cover for her. Chocola looks high and low as she worries what will become of Sugarcane. Finally she finds her at the place they first met. Glad that she is okay, so why did she run off like that? Sugarcane just wants to be with Chocola. They return to La Soleil much to everyone’s relief. Chocola then makes a request for Sugarcane to stay here and she will take all the responsibilities. Vanilla also vouches for her. With Kashou giving the green light, time for all the cats to purr with this happy new beginning. I suppose they can consider Sugarcane as masterless seeing Shigure’s search online didn’t match any lost cats.

Episode 4
Sugarcane getting attached to Chocola? Vanilla jealous? Competition to be with Chocola begins? Anyway, Sugarcane is not a nuisance at La Soleil just because she can get away with her cute antics. And all you have to do is feed her and fawn at how cute she further is. When La Soleil has no customers, Chocola and Vanilla get free time to play with her. More cute kitten antics ensue. Are you dead from kawaii overload? Finally all the cat girls leave for Shigure’s place to get their physical measurements. In their undies. Yeah… I’m sure we’re all interested in their bust size. But it goes without saying that the biggest bust goes to Cinnamon. It is also at this point the girls think up of a proper name for Sugarcane. After all the food names they come up with, they go with Cacao since that is the cake they noticed she liked most when Kashou fed her. And so it is. Cacao! Back to the bust size, our innocent Cacao starts rubbing her paws on the boobs of the girls. The one she finds most comforting is Cinnamon’s. You don’t mean the way she rubs, Cinnamon entering into some sort of orgasmic ecstasy?! Next, they have this visual speed test in which Shigure plays a fast moving picture and they have to guess what it was that zoomed by. The cats are all scared of that serum pic except for Cacao. Shigure trying to teach reality? And then there is one sentence that zoomed by that nobody could guess except for Cacao. It says how much they love Shigure. She loves it so much that she wants Cacao to say it again and again! Don’t tell me this is some sort of masturbation-cum-orgasm for her?! Then they all go to the beach to have fun and talk more about food. Don’t you make me hungry now!

Episode 5
Kashou seems down. Something is wrong. Chocola thinks it is because she has been found out. All the food she stole and the plates she broke… After a good noogie from Vanilla for this confession, Vanilla thinks the shop’s sales is going down. Because that means less food for them! Gotta go help out. That means handing out name cards of La Soleil. Since this isn’t bringing in enough customers, Maple and Cinnamon suggests doing cat photo service for those who come buy cakes. Well, it’s working. Meanwhile Cacao thinks of helping by handing out name cards. However she observes how one puts flyers in the mailboxes and this gives her the idea to do the same. She distributes them as far as she can. Then she bumps into a young girl, Chiyo. Which girl doesn’t find a cute cat girl cute? She offers to help out after offering some food. Thinking she is lost, Chiyo tries to get help but Cacao keeps going off on her own. I bet those name cards are finished otherwise Chiyo would have known she lives here instead of observingly noticed Cacao looking at a confectionary shop and rightly guessing this is where she lives. But to all the patisserie she brings her, it is not La Soleil. And they end up in the wrong part of town. Because a murder of crows starring at them. They see Chiyo’s shiny hairpin and attack! OMG! Holy sh*t! Since when did this turn into some horror movie?! Both run but hit a dead end. Chiyo thought she is done for but Cacao goes into her cat attack stance and scares away the crows. Well, that was easy. Taking a break, Chiyo tells of her own story. She used to live with a cat girl before but had to leave due to her dad transferring away for work. Not too happy about it, Chiyo ran away but got lost. Her cat girl came to find her and brought her home. It is only then Cacao introduces herself? Oh well. Most cats are always sceptical at first. Chiyo hugs her and that’s when the last name card fell out of her place. Kashou realizes what Chocola and Vanilla are doing and tells them not to do this again. This is a patisserie, okay? And he is not worried about sales but coming up with a new creation for summer. I think he’s got it now. When Azuki notes she thought she saw Cacao in the streets, better not jump to conclusions and go home and check. There she is waiting for them back home. Phew. Chiyo brought her home just in time.

Episode 6
Azuki and Coconut are fighting as usual. But this time it looks like their quarrel may be going out of hand. With no solution in sight, Shigure suggests they both fight. The duo are really egging to go. But without violence! Via sports, that is. Cat fight! Literally. So we have on Azuki’s team, Cinnamon and Vanilla while on Coconut’s team, Maple and Chocola. Sit tight as they’re going to play a few games from twister to resisting the temptation of food and even a spoon relay. But I suppose all of the cats are evenly matched and it usually ends in a draw or disqualification. Then the sports we’ve all been waiting for: Butt sumo! Oh yeah. First match: Chocola vs Cinnamon. Logically you would think Cinnamon would win since her ass is thicc. Too bad that remark itself makes Cinnamon horny and she got lost in her thought that ultimately made her lost. Second match: Coconut vs Vanilla. Naturally you would think Coconut will win this one due to her longer limbs but Vanilla’s riddle distracts her and she got ring out. Final match: Maple vs Azuki. Azuki thought of doing some Jack Dempsey boxing style technique (complete with that fake Rocky BGM to boot) but she went too far and got ring out the same way Coconut did. At the end of the day, Azuki and Coconut are still at each other and the heat isn’t settling down. Hence Shigure suggests the final match: A huge obstacle course. Is this American Ninja Warrior, cat version? Both are neck to neck. As Azuki is in the lead, Coconut thinks of taking a short cut. She manages to leap further but loses her footing. Hey, I thought cats don’t need to worry about falling and can land on their feet?! Anyway, Azuki grabs her hand and pulls her up. They reach the top as they reminiscence of their younger days. Still lots of fighting but it is often because they care a lot for each other. And hence they decide to call this a tie. Oh well, time to go home and eat. Cats have it so easy… Azuki and Coconut continue their friendly animosity. Another normal day for them.

Episode 7
A storm is brewing and the cat girls are gathered together. Too bad Kashou is away on a trip but thanks to the intensity of the storm, the train also stops dead in its tracks. Shigure is supposed to join the cat girls but the traffic jam has her stuck in town. Hence our cat girls will be home alone. Oh my. What are they going to do? Suddenly the power goes out. Perfect time for Vanilla to tell a ghost story! Good thing nobody gets scared (except maybe for Maple, just barely hiding her fear). But Vanilla manages to almost pull off a scary prank with a makeup that makes her look like she has no face! The lights come back on so Vanilla has to cut short her 100 ghost stories! She really planning on summoning one?! Chocola then continues telling a happy story. But it’s boring because nothing much happens. Everybody just happy. Thus everybody takes turns to tell their own stories which is of course a twisted mix of classic Japanese tales and folklores. Vanilla trying to hijack and insert her ghost in somewhere… Of course if local folklores aren’t enough, we go international like Aladdin, Gulliver’s Travel, that little match girl and even Snow White. The power gets cut again and they heard footsteps. They thought it is Vanilla trying to prank them again but she’s right here with them. Oh sh*t. Time to be really afraid. Then a ghost girl opens the door! Cats scared out of their daylights! Turns out to be Shigure all drenched. She couldn’t wait and decided to return home via foot. I hope Shigure didn’t start thinking she killed her cats!

Episode 8
It’s morning. Azuki and Coconuts arguing. That’s normal. You know what’s not normal? Shigure spacing out. Hmm… Strange… When she cooks breakfast, she burns her food and puts too much salt. Is she trying to poison the cat girls?! Even while doing house chores, she’s still spacing out! She’s not even responding! They even make high quality food for her but she’s not hungry. Oh well, what a waste not to eat them so… They start thinking that Kashou may be ignoring her and hence she is depressed. So the best way to help cheer her up is to put her in a maid outfit and work at La Soleil? Worst, she’s clumsier than Chocola and it still doesn’t help. At their wit’s end, they have to rope in Kashou himself to help out. He talks to her and it seems Shigure finds it hard to explain this gloomy feeling inside her. Though, she doesn’t blame him or anybody else. After all, her only wish is to see him succeed ever since he moved out of their home. So could this be actually it? She claims she feels better and leaves. The cat girls suspect it is too good to be true and tail her. True enough, this is not the way home. Where is she going? Finally it leads them to a cliff by the sea. Oh dear. Is she going to commit suicide and jump off because of her unrequited love?! Wow. TV drama can teach you a lot. So the cat girls call out to her and eventually spew out all the lovely things they did together. In short, they love her. Then Shigure starts laughing like a maniac. Did that break her further? She loves this too and starts twirling. Enough for everybody to fall off the cliff. I don’t know how they get out of that and return home okay but whatever. Shigure now knows the root of her depression. She was cat deprived because of the heat. You see, during the winter, the cats all gathered and slept with her. With the summer here, the cats slept in other cooler places. Lonely Shigure had no cute cats to fill up her heart and it dried out. WTF… She thanks them for their concern and explains this cliff is where she goes to sort out her thoughts. With everything settled, the cats returned to sleeping with Shigure. Sweet dreams are back…

Episode 9
Flashback shows Cinnamon was a lonely cat. Not until Maple became her friends. Kashou and the cat girls are at the amusement park. Great way to spend their day off. Then there is this live sentai show going on. Cinnamon eagerly volunteers to be the hostage. When the host calls for a singer to sing and save the day, nobody volunteers. Cinnamon then hints Maple to do so. And when she won’t do it, she ‘threatens’ to reveal that embarrassing secret of wetting herself in the haunted house! Oh my. Did Cinnamon turn into a villain?! No choice, Maple does so and astounds the crowd with her singing. The day is saved. After work, Cinnamon notices Maple going somewhere herself. So she tails her friend to what seems to be a shady part of town. Fearing that she would doing some sort of adult stuff, thank goodness she is just working part time at a music store. Talking to Kashou and Shigure about this, it seems Maple’s dream is to become a singer. A step to realizing it is to play a musical instrument. Kashou could give her the money to buy a guitar but Maple insists she has to do this by herself or there would be no meaning. And conveniently, Kashou shows a poster of a singing contest in which the first prize is a white guitar! We see the rest help Maple train hard for this day (fake epic Rocky theme song here). We see the crowded concert hall for this contest. And you thought they could’ve offered a better prize than a guitar! Come on, organizers!!! Cinnamon senses something wrong and goes to look for Maple. Nowhere to be found. Then she finds her exiting the place. I guess she got cold feet. She is scared of embarrassing herself in front of so many people. Time for a reminder slap to come back to her senses. Now it’s Cinnamon’s turn to tell her why she shouldn’t run away (tears must have a lot of dramatic effect too) and the obligatory flashback of how Maple often helped her during their younger years. Uh huh. Remember when Cinnamon said she wanted to help you next time when you’re in trouble? Yup. Now is about the time. So thank goodness for the power of friendship because Maple gets back in time on stage to sing. And wins it!!! OMFG! So convenient. Back home, everyone wants to hear her play a song. You mean she can play this good???!!! OMFG. Plot convenience so convenient. Though, I still can’t believe the ultimate prize for that nice looking grand competition was a cheap looking guitar…

Episode 10
Remember the bell that allows cat girls to walk freely outside in society without a human company? Looks like Chocola and Vanilla’s are up for renewal. Don’t you panic now, Chocola… Cacao wants to get one too but she is deemed too young and will have to wait till she is older. Hence Chocola and Vanilla plead to the other cat girls to help train them. But at first it looks like they’re just doing their household chores… They are! Once busted, they get on to the real training. So we see the other cat girls teaching them the secrets on how to integrate with society and its rules. Pretty simple, right? Just don’t give into your cat instincts… Easier said than done. We wonder if the duo can learn properly because I think if those other cat girls also took the renewal test, they would fail right away! Yeah, they have to brave the feared vaccination one too. Don’t back out now! And so the renewal day is here and the duo go in with confidence armed with all the knowledge they have learnt. And the results? They passed of course. Shigure takes them to town to celebrate their renewal. From praying at the shrine to buying souvenirs (can they carry all that load home?) and visiting various cafes (man, do cats eat that much?). Let’s hope they don’t resort back to bad cat manners after getting their bell renewed. We are a civilized (and moe) country!

Episode 11
Cacao gets permission to stay overnight at Chiyo’s place. So Chocola and Vanilla pack her bags like as though she’s going to be gone for a year. Necessary supplies, eh? Yeah, too heavy for the kitten to carry! So eventually she brings nothing as Shigure accompanies her to Chiyo’s place. So while we see Cacao having fun at Chiyo’s home, Chocola and Vanilla are having Cacao withdrawal symptoms. It’s so obvious. They forget that she’s not around and instinctively act that she’s still here. This is only half a day and we’re worried if they can even make it the entire day through. I suppose they’ve forgotten what life’s like before Cacao came not too long ago, huh? But hey, at least Vanilla has Chocola all to herself during bedtime. The next day when Cacao returns, the first thing she does isn’t to give her onee-sama a hug. Instead, she runs back to her room and hides in the box! Damn. Attempts to get her out, she just shoos them away. Azuki thinks she is in a rebellious phase as Coconuts has gone through this before. In fear that Cacao has forgotten them after 1 night, Chocola and Vanilla devise a plan to smoke her out. I don’t think they took this literally because they are doing open burning of the saury in the room. OPEN BURNING! Thank goodness no cats were suffocated to death. Then they hope Maple’s singing would lure her out but apparently Cacao just comes out to tell them to pipe down before going back. Ouch. What about feeding her the food she loves most that she never misses? She gulps the whole thing down and just returns the bowl. Desperate times means desperate measures. So before the duo can force their way in, Cacao pops out. So what gives? Apparently she wrote a thank you letter to the duo, expressing her heartfelt gratitude of all the times spent together. How cute. And there’s a cute (hideous) picture of them she drew to go along with! She says she likes them and hopes can be together forever. Aww! So sweet. Time for a big emotional group hug! Come here you little kitty.

Episode 12
Did they run out of ideas? Because physical measurements again part 2. Aside from Cinnamon’s boobs growing again and Azuki not growing still, Cacao has grown a bit and at this rate she could be taller than Azuki. Cue for Coconut and Azuki to get it on with today’s quarrel… Then it’s that same eyesight speed test to trap the cat girls into saying they love Shigure… Yeah… Because they will soon be visiting the beach, Shigure takes the cat girls to shop for some swimsuits. Cacao is the model in focus as there are hits and misses on how the swimsuits she wears. Eventually everyone has their pick and Shigure gladly spurges on them because, well, she’s going to get the payback in terms of lots of cute photos… Chocola is probably excited for the beach so she jumps the gun by blowing up Cacao’s inflatable float back home and tires herself out. At least Cacao gets a bolster for tonight. And now for the fun at the beach. Cat girls in beachwear. Meow! I thought cats hate water… Oh, none of them took it to the sea. Anyway, the watermelon smashing event, Cacao seems to target Cinnamon. Yup, she got the real melons! HAHAHA!!! Time for some drama because Cacao is then missing. They soon realize she has drifted out to sea on her float. Who gonna save her? A young girl dives in to secure Cacao. Where’s the freaking lifeguard when you need one?! Grateful for her, they insist on repaying her so she has them come to her family beach house and are treated with some cooking. Because Maple and Cinnamon’s duet is attracting more customers, soon the cat girls and their masters find themselves helping out. It’s getting busy and the queue getting longer. Yeah, La Soleil experience comes in handy, eh? At the end of the day, the family is grateful but worry if they would ever experience another brisk business again. Don’t worry. Shigure has an answer. Next day, we see some cat girls advertising the beach house on TV. Shigure has introduced to them some cat girls who were looking for a home. Life is good with cats, right? I guess dog lovers don’t exist in this anime…

Kawaii Neko Overrun: Caution, Cats At Play!
Wow. Everybody so happy. I guess life is indeed good with cats. Because I’m assuming those kind of cats with serious behavioural problem do not truly exist in this anime. Like you know, pushing things off the edge just for the fun of it and to piss off their masters? Heh. Not to mention scratching the curtains and sofa cushions just to sharpen their claws? No? Oh yeah. So good to be masters of these cat girls in this anime. Cute and obedient. And they also serve you at the café. Life indeed is so good with cats. So why aren’t we getting another season of this catty goodness?

There is really nothing special about the series at all. Not even an actual plot to begin with. Every episode feels like a standalone filler as we see about the cat girls going about in their daily lives. That is about it. I suppose only Nekopara fans can appreciate and love the TV series. Since there are a lot of cute cat girl stuffs going on in between so if you are the kind of would be impressed with whatever cats do are cute, I’m sure you’re going to love these cat girls doing whatever they’re doing because a big majority of the time, their talking and actions are just so darn adorable. Yeah. Cat girls can do no wrong, right? Otherwise it is just plain boring. Good news. No doubt it was boring for my standards, I didn’t fall asleep! So not that bad, huh?

There is nothing much for me to say about the characters seeing once you get to know them, they pretty much stay the same way as they are throughout the series. Chocola and Vanilla re the poster cat girl of the series so it is only right that they occupy a big chunk of the spotlight. Their overwhelming adorableness means it helps pretty cover up their retard. Uh huh. That is what I actually feel about their characters. Chocola being the cheerful and energetic cat girl who acts before she thinks while Vanilla is more taciturn and does not express her emotions much. Obviously Chocola being Chocola, she is more retarded than Vanilla because of her genki outlook. Sometimes Vanilla has to play the straight man (or cat?) for her but Vanilla isn’t immune to being a retard herself with some minor slip ups from time to time. Hate me all you want Nekopara lovers, but that doesn’t mean I despise them because thanks to them being so kawaii, I’m also giving them a free pass to continue doing all their silliness. Carry on being cat girls.

The rest of the other cats add some variety to the already bloated cat family because it is more fun if we have different types of cats, no? Do cats really have partners? Because I thought they usually go it alone. So it is obvious we can see the pairings of Chocola-Vanilla, Maple-Cinnamon as well as Azuki-Coconut. Oh well, best friends keep each other company. We got polar opposites in Azuki and Coconut since it is like their role to just argue with each other whenever they have the chance. Azuki being the shortest and a tsundere while Coconut being the tallest and the coolest (as well as the most mature feminine body). You can’t get anything more interesting than that, can we? Then we have the mature Maple who basically feels like an oujo-sama and the very curious Cinnamon. In the sense that she often gets turned on by the slightest and misinterprets everything in a sexual manner. Is that why she is the only one who wears gloves? Because anything she touches might turn her on? I know the adult visual novel had some erotic elements but the TV series is supposed to be family friendly! Maybe that’s the safest they can do for her without changing the basics of her character. After all, she’s got the biggest bust among the cat girls. If that doesn’t turn you on, her sexual innuendoes might! Beware Cinnamon. It’s like she is eternity in heat… All in all, they too have their weird personalities that make them retards in their own way. Heh.

Finally adding Cacao to the mix doesn’t feel like anything exciting. Just another cat girl for me. Loli version. After all, Cacao is an anime exclusive character and doesn’t appear in the original works. So I guess this is our motivation to watch the TV series? Same taciturn emotionless poker face like Vanilla. Loli version. Do we need overlapping characters? The only 2 main human characters in the series, Kashou and Shigure, I suppose they love cat girls a lot and have the capacity (physically and financially) to support them all. I didn’t play the game or watch the OVA so I’m not sure if their origins are really explained. If they just pick cat girls in the streets out of pity, who knows how many more they’ll pick up in the same way and in no time their household will be some sort of cat girl sanctuary. Better keep working hard as a patissiere. While Kashou looks like your normal responsible big brother, Shigure looks like she has a lot of free time on her hands. She dresses very nicely in a kimono and is a so called cat expert. I don’t know what else she does besides that. If not for the fact the cat girls belong to them, she can be deemed a creepy crazy stalker, the way she obsesses over the cat girls, taking photos like a maniac and such. I read she is supposed to have some brother complex over Kashou (to a point of incestuous feelings) but here she is toned down and is shown her obsession over the cat girls instead.

Because of all the pretty mundane story and characters, my mind drifted and started to think about unnecessary things. Like how the heck do these cat girls really work in this world? I mean, how the heck were they born and what are their roles in society? Because from as far as I can see, they are treated like second class citizens. Heck, in our sorry cases of our cat girls here, they were once abandoned by the roadside and only the kind soul known as Kashou picked them up. They aren’t the smartest creatures around and my guess is that their intellect doesn’t match up to the humans (though thankfully they are pretty much law abiding). That’s why they have this bell and whatever licence so as they could go outside by themselves without their human master. So what happens if they don’t? Will they start killing people? Like in the case of Cacao, how the heck was she in that situation in the first place when Chocola found her? Don’t care. Overwhelming cuteness covers everything.

And these cat girls are most probably not the same species as humans. They just look like cute girls and display some cute cat traits. Like as though they are ordinary human girls cosplaying to the extreme as cats. So what I’m saying is there room for interspecies sexual relations?! Hah. Maybe the adult visual novel have addressed this. A child born out of a cat girl and a human. Totally weird and unsettling. But I’m wondering if there are any illegal cat girl trafficking syndicate because at the same time they look pretty rare. I don’t see other cat girls in town other than those who stay at Kashou’s place. Heck, does this world even have real cats?! Yeah, it would be pretty weird to have both kinds of felines existing here. Real cat vs cat girl… Who would win?! Also, aren’t there other species like dog girls or bird girls or hamster girls or rabbit girls? No? Oh well. Cat girls only then. At least the cat girls still look hot and sexy in their undies. There’s your minimal fanservice if this adaptation has taken away your favourite erotic elements from the game.

And the other mind boggling and ironic part is how cat girls want the company and love of their master. Uhm, aren’t cats selfish creatures? Because might as well have been dog girls but I guess the creators love cats. So anyway, the cats craving for attention and for most of the time abiding the human laws, that isn’t so very cat-like, isn’t it? Like as though these cat girls are girls with some mental issues and think they are cats. Yes, cats want attention too. But not the kind of this level like we see here. Weird.

Art and animation lean towards the moe and cute expect. Everything so colourful and kawaii, it makes you want to own a cat girl. Though, the hue and colouring is a bit light. Well, the maid outfits at La Soleil are just pretty passable. Besides, the cats don’t spend their entire time at La Soleil and it is only when they are working there that they don the outfit. So I guess my maid outfit taste has got pretty high standards, huh? Oh well. Can’t get enough of your kawaii neko onna fix? At the end of every episode, different illustrations from different illustrators to brighten up your day. This anime is done by Felix Film who only so far has done the Nekopara franchise and nothing else.

For the voice acting, I thought Tetsuya Kakihara was behind Kashou’s voice. However he sounded too gay to be him. It wasn’t him. It was Shinnosuke Tachibana (Tomoe in Kamisama Hajimemashita). Yeah, sorry. But I still find his character to sound so gay. As for the other characters, those who lent their voices in the OVA were totally revamped and given new seiyuus to helm the roles. Now it is Yuki Yagi as Chocola (Hanako in Hataage! Kemono Michi), Iori Saeki as Vanilla (Tanpopo in Ore Wo Suki Nano Wa Omae Dake Ka Yo), Miku Itou as Maple (Miku in Gotoubun No Hanayome), Yuri Noguchi as Cinnamon (Goe in Release The Spyce), Shiori Izawa as Azuki (Tanpopo in Witch Craft Works), Marin Mizutani as Coconut (Misaki in Boku No Kanojo Ga Majimesugiru Sho-bitch Na Ken) and Mao Ichimichi as Shigure (Bada in ClassicaLoid). Yuuka Morishima as Cacao (Gripen in Girly Air Force) and Kaede Hondo as Chiyo (titular character in Tejina-senpai) are the only newcomers.

A lot more moe and kawaii cuteness because that is what the opening theme is filled with. Hearing Shiny Happy Days by those cat girl sextet definitely oozes with all the moe and kawaii factor that this anime is abundant with. The ending theme is Hidamari No Kaori and is sung by the duet of Chocola and Vanilla. It is a slow piece and it sounds a lot like a song you play on your graduation day in school. There is also a Cacao version of it and of course it sounds a lot cuter, though a bit bland because we all know how Cacao sounds like, right? A special ending for episode 9, Honto No Kokoro by Maple takes away all that cuteness and sounds more like anime pop with the acoustic guitar strumming pretty obvious in the background. There a couple of easy-going BGMs as well. While not exactly catchy to warrant me to want to hear them over and over again but they’re cute and fun to listen to since they often spam these few. At least, they got stuck in my head for a few days…

Overall, if your weakness are cute stuffs, you might want to stay away from this because all the moe and kawaii elements will suffocate you to death rather than the plain boring story which amounts to nothing in particular. Otherwise it is a pretty much calming and relaxing series of watching this is what it is like if cats were anthropomorphized as humans. In other words, boring. Also, the lack of any sexual content means puritan fans of the series might be furious that their cat girls are downgraded this way. Yeah, what good is it to own a litter of cat girls and not do anything ecchi to them! Atrocious! I guess such erotic content has to be cut out or toned down if you want your anime to be family friendly. Not sure if the producers are trying to bait and lure unsuspecting people to go buy the erotic game itself… Beware, though. This TV series might look like it’s okay but it could be in fact a dead cat bounce… When cat paradise become cat hell… Please, the cat girls deserve better than this. Otherwise we’d go back to watching more cute cat videos on YouTube! Cat-ch you later!

Heya Camp

May 1, 2020

Yo! Yo! Hey ‘ya! Hey ‘ya! Wassap my brothers and sisters! How ‘ya all doing today? Just kidding. That’s the impression I got when I heard that is the title of the second season of Yuru Camp, Heya Camp. Technically it means room camping. So does this mean we’re through with the outdoors and now they’re trying to do cheaper camps inside buildings? After all, with the coincidental pandemic of the Corona virus, have to take precautions and stay indoors, avoid as many contact with society and most important of all, wash your hands clean. So are we still going camping or what?

Episode 1
Nadeshiko finds a canned tuna in the room. Is it for food? Suddenly a wild boar enters! Today’s lesson: Canned foods can be used as emergencies to distract wild animals. Of course this is all just a figment of her imagination. It is Chiaki and Aoi who come by. Noticing the canned tuna in her hand, they note it can also make good oil lamps. Later when Nadeshiko shows some houtou food she made, Chiaki believes she has completed the Yamanashi Kids’ Stamp Rally. Haven’t? So what are you waiting for? Visiting various hotspots and collecting the stamps earns one a year’s worth of steamed buns! Let’s go, go, go!!!

Episode 2
First stop for the stamp rally is Mt Fuji centre. After that, the girls eat a dish in the shape of Mt Fuji. It seems the more they eat, it becomes the shape of whatever mountain they recognize it to be. Finally it becomes the shape of Europe’s Matterhorn before finally being devoured. As it is cloudy, they can’t see any of Mt Fuji at all. But seeing that they love Mt Fuji so much, they can imagine its outline and still enjoy the ‘view’. Hey! Is this turning into Yama No Susume???!!!

Episode 3
Now they are biking at Kawaguchi lake. They also meet a biking couple who request their help in taking some photos of them. Once done, they show the girls an album of the sceneries they have been on their bike. Hence the trio after getting their stamp, they wonder if they will look back at the stamp rally like this when they’re grown up. Maybe.

Episode 4
Before we forget about Rin, today’s episode focuses on her day in life. Don’t worry. It won’t take long. After getting up and eating breakfast, she goes to work but gets ‘surprised attacked’ by Saitou’s dog. Saitou keeps Rin accompany at the bookstore. She draws a picture of Nadeshiko. Rin doesn’t find it look anything like her and notes it is just simulacrum (the brain perceiving 3 dots as a face). Then she draws one on Rin. Brings back ‘scary’ memories? Going home, she got ‘surprised attacked’ by a pine cone that flew into her face. Mom is making nabe and looks like grandpa has given them salmon. Rin loves this ‘surprise attack’. As she puts the ingredients into the pot, then a simulacrum face pops up. Surprised?

Episode 5
The girls are taking a tram up to Kachikachi mountain. They talk about the local folklore on how it got its name. It seems there was a race between a rabbit, tanuki and turtle. Sounds familiar? Anyway, the rabbit and tanuki tried to outdo each other like the rabbit trying to annoy the tanuki by snapping flintstones (hence the ‘kachikachi’ noise and thus the name). But eventually both failed and the slow and steady turtle won. Kachi! The girls take pictures with the tanuki and rabbit statue. Hmm… Where’s the turtle? Anyway, after getting their stamp, they enjoy the delicious dango while enjoying the picturesque view.

Episode 6
Heading to their next stamp location, Nadeshiko learns that Aoi and Chiaki aren’t really childhood friends and only met each other in middle school. After getting a stamp at a place with sakura trees, Chiaki remembers this was where she came for her first year at middle school. Then at a bridge, Chiaki further remembers during the summer of their second year at middle school, they were having some fire swinging procession. Yeah, looks dangerous. Aoi accidentally flung it and almost hit Chiaki. That was the moment they actually talked to each other and became friends like how it is today. And then at the vending machine, also more memories of how Chiaki won an extra can and shared it with Aoi. But I guess now they can’t replicate that luck. Oh well, drink still enjoyable, though.

Episode 7
Oh no! Taihen da! Nadeshiko lost that stamp rally sheet! They search everywhere, the possible places she could have lost it but to no avail. All that searching makes them hungry so Chiaki brings them home to make houtou. If you don’t know what this dish is, I guess they try explaining it to us. At least the last time the dry houtou they made at Aoi’s place. Last time Chiaki made hers, mom made it free for all and threw random stuffs into it. Even so, today they’re going to have the freedom to make a freestyle houtou as long as they have the right noodles. Of course with Nadeshiko having a big appetite, this cheers her up a lot. Meanwhile an old biker dude (Rin’s grandpa) finds that stamp rally sheet on the roadside. What kind of guy would literally stop just because some little flyer by the side caught his attention?! Oh yeah. This place is so clean that there is barely any litter…

Episode 8
The trio are now soaking their feet at the footbaths. Wondering why this place is called Golden Feet, Aoi tells of a legend how a pair of golden sandals appeared before a farmer. He tried to walk away with it but was too heavy and left it there. Of course it is a blatant lie but the foreigner seems to love it and wants to hear more! Aoi then smoothly adds more lies that includes some feudal shogun hiding his favourite houtou here. Foreigner even more impressed. So lies are okay if you make them smile? Isn’t that what many lies are?! Hope this won’t come back and bite them later that will eventually lead to tarnishing Japan’s image! Later the trio try some hotspring snack. Nadeshiko then tries to pull a fast one that she has gold instead of raisins inside it. Of course Aoi could tell he lie right away because of her fake Kansai accent but notes they often work better because it sounds softer. Really? Nope. Aoi just lied and pulled another fast one on her!

Episode 9
Chiaki spots a Mt Fuji pattern on an item. This prompts her to ask the question from which angle this mountain was drawn. Based on it, it looks like it is from Yamanashi. One win for Yamanashi! Then they stop at a tuna bowl shop. Aoi explains this item is a featured one in Yamanashi despite it doesn’t border the ocean. In fact, it is Japan’s second largest consumer of tuna. The first being Shizuoka whom it neighbours. This prompts Chiaki to ask Nadeshiko whose side she is on. Of course Nadeshiko can’t choose and loves both places. She feels like she is like Mt Fuji, straddled between both prefectures. Yeah, she’s like the bridge to both places! Enough talking. Let’s go get some tuna bowl. Only, they have no money… :’(.

Episode 10
Chiaki suggests making a camp video. From buying food to trekking to the site. However they stumbled upon something scary! A cult worshipping table cloth???!!! Blair Witch Project this isn’t?! Gotcha. Just one of Chiaki’s lies but it was enough to scare the daylights out of Nadeshiko. When the trio visit the cave, Nadeshiko was awed with the surroundings until she realized her pals aren’t with her. Panicking, she runs out into the woods and almost got lost. Thank goodness for Rin nearby. She hands back the stamp rally sheet. Wow. Did they write their name on it? How did she know it belonged to them? Nadeshiko is glad to have it back. She thought she’d never see this again. All those visits not wasted since they stamped on a different paper so now they can cut it out and stick back here. So is it too late for Rin to join in the stamp rally quest?

Episode 11
The trio are on their last leg in getting the final stamps. The last one is at some outdoor public bath. There. Finished! They then soak in the bath and have a pleasant view of Mt Fuji. Then this is the real shocker: Nadeshiko actually knows that this entire stamp rally was a setup by Chiaki and Aoi! Wow. Such an amazing feat how they rush ahead and try to put together the necessary things. No wonder Nadeshiko spotted them during their ‘assembling’. Of course she doesn’t mind because she gets to go places and taste lots of great food with them. Once they leave, Nadeshiko suggests they should go camping. FINALLY! SOMETHING RELATED!!!

Episode 12
They’re finally camping! Albeit just in their school grounds. Nadeshiko asks why they did the stamp rally in the first place. Well, they’ve been camping nonstop since she moved here so they thought it would be nice to help her familiarize with the area as well as introducing places that they love to hang out. Wow. Nadeshiko almost close to tears. Watch out. Don’t overburn the marshmallow! Nadeshiko thanks them for the nice gesture. As they can’t really camp outside for the night, it’s camping back in their crammed clubroom. Next morning, Nadeshiko has created her own stamp rally and wants them to join her exploring her recommended spots. How sweet. Looks like it has lots more places to explore. Only, Nadeshiko printed the stamps backwards. Wait. How the heck can she print them so fast? More importantly, is this going to be a hiking anime from now on?!

Take A (Yuru) Hike!
When I first realized that this season only had 3 minutes per episode, I was totally in shock. How could they have downgraded a laidback camping series from a full TV length to just a few mere minutes? Why, they feel more like shorts and specials worthy to be included in DVD or BD purchases! What atrocity! I thought this was really a downer. Then I realized after watching finished this season that this isn’t actually the second season of Yuru Camp. The REAL AND ACTUAL season will be scheduled and coming in 2021 and this just some side spinoff. Phew. I thought they really tried to troll us because there is no camping whatsoever at all! Not even in a room! They should call this the hiking show or something. But thankfully, it’s good to know at this point that the REAL AND ACTUAL sequel will be coming next year.

So now that I’ve got that out of the way, the negative essence has subsided a lot. Yup. I was going to give a lot of sarcastic comments and opinions about this short because it didn’t really live up to the fun, casual and relaxing first season. It lacked a lot of things so much so I thought they cut things down and produced it just to make a quick cash grab. After all, the first season has its own charm despite not being a mainstream anime.

Essentially this spinoff sees the trio of mainly Nadeshiko, Chiaki and Aoi going around the Yamanashi prefecture and well, collecting stamps. It feels like one big promotional tour of the prefecture as we can see some of the local attractions as well as food being shown here. Is it visit Yamanashi prefecture year? Or did the local tourism board paid the studio to do this blatant advertising so as to bring in tourists and the money? I’m sure those are just my speculation and made up lies but whatever it is, the promotion was decently done and they didn’t really spam it in our faces to really come and see the place. Looks good. Very picturesque. Maybe one day I’ll visit there. When I have the money to travel, that is! :’(.

It is also weird for this series not to have all the main characters together. One will obviously notice that Rin is sorely missing and not part of the Yamanashi mini tour. It’s like they want to leave her out and make us forget about her as she makes cameos worse than background minor characters. While it is fun to see the trio together, it just feels missing without Aoi. Even more so, Saitou. If this was an actual second season, the criticisms would have been harsher. Not to say I’m giving them a free pass either but it would have been a lot more fun had the quartet (or quintet if Saitou is in) are together and doing fun things.

But it is really mind boggling how Chiaki and Aoi go all out their way to set this mini trip up just for Nadeshiko. My point is that, how fast and far must they travel and do all the bothersome things like setting up the table and desk? It’s just not plausible no matter how I think about it. Even assuming Yamanashi is such a peaceful prefecture and no idiot would be curious enough to mess those unmanned stamp desks, this is still too much mind boggling to process. No wonder Nadeshiko found out and just kept quiet. They’re so cute trying their best to set it all up for her. Now that it is Nadeshiko’s turn, I guess no point hiding it and just let the cat out of the bag. They’re so eager to hike, huh? Well, before one can really camp, one must still hike to the camping site. So I guess hiking is part of camping eventually. Hey wait. So is that year’s worth of steamed buns a real reward or not?! Oh well. I’m sure they got something more everlasting than that. Yeah. But still… Steamed buns…

One of the great things this season is the ending theme, The Sunshower by Asaka. It sounds like a great country music and that feeling of wanting to lie down on the grass and just enjoy the rest of the nice weathered day go by. This song definitely makes my day. No opening theme here since this spinoff is so short. Oh yeah. You remember that Jackson 5’s spoof of I Want You Back? Yeah, same singer. Now she’s going for a more calming country style music. Hmm… I have this feeling I heard this tune somewhere but I just can’t place my finger on it… Maybe it is just me thinking too much.

This spinoff doesn’t bring much to the table and it felt like they trolled those who were expecting some sort of camping but instead we got hiking and sightseeing. Yup, no camping tips and tricks here. Even if this feels a lot lacking, it still has its own cute and calming charm that should prepare us when the REAL AND ACTUAL second season finally arrives on our shores. Hey at least the girls got out and experience the natural fresh air and seeing places. Unlike us lazy otakus ‘camping’ in front of our comfy chair and comfy room watching (not necessarily comfy) animes. Is this what true Heya Camp really is?!

Gokudo-kun Manyuuki

April 26, 2020

It isn’t every day that you have the main character of a series who is a selfish and greedy type. Gokudo-kun Manyuuki has the titular character being one of the biggest dicks in the land and having such main character as an anti-hero was something you don’t see every day back in the late 90’s. Yup, an old retro anime way back in 1999 right before the turn of the new millennium. I guess human nature never changed. That is why karma has always been our b*tch in hopes that we will remind ourselves of our position and circumstances. But what are the chances of us learning at all? That’s why our Gokudo gets to hop from one misadventure to another without so much turning over a new leaf.

Episode 1
Gokudo Yuccot Kikansky is having is meal. Some old witch bugs him to warn him his life is in danger. He doesn’t give a damn and swipes her money bag before running back home. He thinks he strikes it rich but to his dismay, her money bag is only a stone. Worse, it transforms into a genie, Djinn. 3 wishes to be granted? Okay. Give me babes, honour and money! Unfortunately Djinn lectures him to think about what true happiness means. Oh sh*t… This is going to take a while… For some reason, Djinn transforms himself into a sexy hot babe just so as to be by his side. I guess there are rules to follow if he is going to follow him 24/7 until Gokudo makes all his wishes. This hot version is going to be easy on the eyes. The inn owner then barges in because his daughter, Asraga Onnitsu has been kidnapped and wants him to help save her. Gokudo will not do so unless he pays him upfront. After doing so, sneaky Gokudo intends to go treat himself with the money. Djinn berates him for having no honour. They are attacked by knights. Although Gokudo defeats them, Djinn believes they are monsters since the way they disintegrate. Then the knight leader pops up. Apparently he wants Djinn. Gokudo is happy to give her. Unfortunately the baddie will kill him too. Gokudo flees so Djinn turns into a dragon and burns the baddie. All that is left is his magic sword. Gokudo is now its owner and it seems when he wishes for it, the sword can return to him. Unfortunately this despicable guy decides to sell it for a high price. Yup. Money matters. After doing so, he asks if there is a place for adventurers to hang out. He is told that the daughter of the king, Rubette La Lette has just been kidnapped so there is a big reward for her rescue, hence the gathering of many heroes and adventure seekers here. At this bar, Djinn is already drunk and entertaining the men. Because Gokudo mocks her, Djinn turns him into a woman! Now they have to dance for the men? Too bad some shadowy baddie puts them all the sleep. Gokudo and Djinn find themselves in a cell. Also with them are Asraga, Rubette and Mora. There is some seal so Djinn can’t turn Gokudo back. Asraga is shocked to realize this is Gokudo. He is into cross-dressing?! Uhm, do they accept trannies for sacrifice? Sacrifice? Yeah, that’s why they’re all kidnapped because girls are going to be sacrificed tomorrow in some ceremony.

Episode 2
They are shocked to learn this dungeon is within the king’s castle. The kidnappings are ordered by the king and sacrificing virgins is a ritual to replenish his power. Because Djinn remains useless (her powers can only be unlocked by her master), Gokudo gets this idea to summon that magic sword. With that, he busts out of prison. Rubette has sword skills, Mora’s hunter ability has them avoid traps and Asraga herbs can heal wounds. Wow. What a party. Now if Gokudo stops being a coward… They stumble into a guy who got caught into a castle trap, Seigi. He is supposed to come rescue the girls. Because he too has a magic sword, they think he is the legendary prince. Legend has it that when the king sold his soul to the devil, a prince will rise and save the people with his magic sword. So if Seigi has a magic sword, what does this makes of Gokudo’s magic sword then? They’re both from the same king’s sword. When the king’s knights pop up to destroy them, Mora reveals the truth that the king killed his own son. But Mora used her magic to revive him but some error has them split into Seigi and Gokudo. Huh? Hence both their swords are genuine magic swords. Mora then reverts to her true form, which is that old witch (Granny) and also Djinn’s master. 16 years ago she came to the castle to warn the king about the prince’s future and his but was thrown out and her warning ignored. Gokudo and Seigi power up their magic swords so the knights know they don’t stand a chance to defeat them and escape. Granny unseals Djinn’s power so he could turn back Gokudo into a man. But this counts as his first wish… Yeah, rules, rules, rules… The plan now is to defeat the king if they want to escape from this castle. Gokudo opts out until Granny tells him all the treasures in this castle can be his. You bet he is in. Granny also dupes Rubette by giving her a bow that shoots infinite arrows. She believes she is more reliable to defeat the king than Gokudo. You bet you can count on her to do that.

Episode 3
Evil clones come out from the mirror to abduct the girls. Before the king’s room, the knights pop up again to rid of them so as not to interrupt the ritual. Gokudo wonders why they’re doing all this since only the king benefits. Well, you get all the power and treasures in the universe! Gokudo is interested to they invite him to join their side. You’d think Gokudo accepts only because he is faking it. Turns out he actually defects! When he fights Seigi, both of them get hurt. Granny reveals since they are of the same soul, naturally hurting the other means hurting yourself. Yup, a dastardly plan to eliminate each other. Gokudo has had it and flees. The knights transform into dragons and fire away. Djinn protects Gokudo. OMG. Gokudo concerned and mad at this?! He unleashes some holy light when his sword clashes with Seigi’s, effectively destroying the dragons. Everybody soon becomes disappointed learning that Gokudo is only concerned for Djinn because he still hasn’t finished granting his wish. Once he is done, he can just die!!! Unbelievable… Inside the room, the king puts all of them to sleep. However this spell only works with those with a good heart. With Seigi still awake, this says a lot… So is Seigi going to fight the king alone? WTF he unleashes the biggest fart and wakes everybody up???!!! Because Granny is familiar with the king, it is revealed he is the Demon Lord taking over the king’s body. Also, Granny is married to the Demon Lord. Holy sh*t. So this is just one big marital spat? Gokudo isn’t interested and instead frolics himself with all the gold in the treasure room. With the Demon Lord so formidable, Seigi has no choice but to ask everyone to restrain Gokudo so he can clash their swords and shoot those holy lights. Eventually the Demon Lord is defeated and sealed back to the demon world. Gokudo frolics in gold while some cheesy romance happens between Seigi and Asraga. In the aftermath, Gokudo and Seigi both become double kings. This means a packed schedule for Gokudo as he has to attend meetings and parties. All dressed up nicely and on his best behaviour too. Djinn considers this his second wish granted so Gokudo decides his final wish to revert to his ordinary adventurer life. You sure? No regrets? Okay. Poof. Back to ol’ Gokudo again. Djinn’s role is over but lets him keep the stone for future use. Just in case. Gokudo leaves but it seems Rubette also wants to follow him. Bored of the royal life, she found her thrill in adventuring and wants him as her guide!

Episode 4
Arriving at the outskirts of the kingdom of Parmette, Gokudo accidentally slips off the cliff and dies! The end! Haha! Just kidding! He is now a ghost and there is this hot chick who claims she has been in love with him and watching him. She claims she can bring him back to life and gives him her magic mirror. When Gokudo wakes up, he is in the room of a poor magic student, Issa. He saved him but you bet Gokudo is ungrateful. Because Issa is clumsy and spills soup over him, he is forced to take him out to eat. Noticing the revelry outside, Issa explains that the kingdom’s princesses are of marrying age. Hence a race will be held as candidates will traverse through the desert filled with monsters, return with a relic from a tomb. Of course the candidates who can participate are only chosen by the princesses. At a restaurant, the owner views Issa as a loser and doesn’t want to serve him. Gokudo won’t take this and announces himself as the heir of the Eschallatto Empire. Nobody believes him and laughs. He summons Djinn as proof. However this is only a shell of his as the real Djinn is away at the demon world. When Issa tries to stop Gokudo from picking fights, the magic mirror falls out. It is that hot chick and she is the third Princess Coco. She starts flirting with Gokudo and announces he is her candidate for the race. The winner of the race is bestowed power by the goddess. Rubette doesn’t want Gokudo to participate but since he heard that buzzword, you bet he is going to participate. Coco mocks Rubette for being jealous so Rubette leaves by herself. The race begins as Issa wants to be Gokudo’s guide, claiming he can help navigate the desert. Gokudo doesn’t need him and even blackmails him to pay 100 gold if he really wants to follow him. Issa relents since he also needs to hand in his thesis (he is doing research on the monsters). Along the way, a Chinese dumpling guy attacks Gokudo. Apparently Gokudo owes him money and never paid for the dumplings he ate at his store. This dumpling guy is also the servant of Ya Sager, the candidate for the second Princess Keruna. Since Gokudo won’t pay up, he burps his garlic breath! But Gokudo goes one step better! He farts in his face!!! WTF?! Of course Ya Sager wants to eliminate his competitor and since he is the royal mage for the Parmette royalty, he blasts Gokudo with his magic!

Episode 5
Dumpling guy turns into… A cow?! Ya Sager realizes something messed with his magic. But now they have to deal with… A sand parrot? WTF this hybrid monster? Gokudo gets partially petrified. Ya Sager doesn’t have enough magic to save him and Issa doesn’t know any spell to undo it. So Issa and Ya Sager combine what they have to blast away the sand parrot. When Gokudo comes to, he is healed thanks to Ya Sager. Heck, he even made a tent for him although he himself has departed. As Gokudo feasts on Coco’s food, he asks about the other competitor. First princess Elma’s candidate is a knight on a unicorn? Looks like he is here. Hey, a talking unicorn! The knight can’t speak because of some spell making him a mute and hence horsey here speaking on his behalf. Both fight and Gokudo looks like he has the upper hand when the unicorn intervenes to break the fight. He advises that the hybrid monsters only move during the day and if he wants to know more about the truth, ask the Star of Dawn. Gokudo continues his journey, stumbling into many weird hybrid monsters. Then Ya Sager meets up with him. He suggests they team up to find the source that is messing up their magic and causing the natural monsters of the desert to become hybrid. Of course Gokudo is not interested. Now they arrive at the tomb but they must pass the Sphinx’s riddle. Because Gokudo is being arrogant, the Sphinx gives a hard one. Bring back a moon drop. Failure to do so means she will eat you! Ya Sager thinks of summoning the Demon Lord for help, a reunion Gokudo doesn’t want. But thanks to the messed up magic, he summoned a demon monk kid instead, Ikkyu. Gokudo then kidnaps Ikkyu and wants him to retrieve the moon drop for him. Sure, but Gokudo must give his soul. Gokudo won’t do that. Instead, he can have Issa’s soul! Devilish! Ikkyu likes that part of him. It’s a deal. Ya Sager berates Gokudo for his unethical behaviour and unfit to be a ruler. When he talks about the Daybreak Star given by the goddess as blessing and that mark on the forehead indicates possession of a great power, Gokudo then connects the dots. He calls out Coco and forces her to tell the truth about the messed up magic and all. Of course she tries to play dumb but he knows that the Daybreak Star and Star of Dawn are in reference to her.

Episode 6
After much bugging, Coco reveals that Parmette is going through a crisis. The magic protecting it is disappearing. The source is this desert and one day all the monsters just disappeared. Isn’t this good? Nope. The monsters are a tourist attraction for Parmette. Furthermore, the goddess is sealed, indicating some power is trying to take over this kingdom. The king tries to solve this secretly and so as not to worry the people, hence this race was continued to be held. Prophecy said that a traveller will help save this kingdom. That’s Gokudo, right? Of course he isn’t interested. Ya Sager drops out of the race so he could go help. After much bugging, Gokudo still refuses so Issa tries to shoot him with his fireball. Gokudo deflects but it hits the Sphinx. Bad mood. She’s going to kill them when Ikkyu returns. The moon drop is sealed in this special vial. If opened it turns into normal water. The Sphinx thinks he is bluffing and wants him to go get proof but Ikkyu is smarter because the Sphinx can only ask 1 riddle. With that, the Sphinx just let them into the tomb. Just then, the knight and unicorn just arrive. Inside the tomb, Gokudo is captured. It’s that dumpling dude cooking dumplings for mummies?! WTF?! There’s some explanation how he got in here but I don’t really get it. The truth rears its ugly head when Coco and Issa are shown to be in cohorts. Plus, they are lovers. The real prophecy said that the traveller has to sacrifice his life to save the kingdom. That’s Gokudo, right? At this point, Gokudo allows Ikkyu to take Issa’s soul as part of the bargain. Issa is dead and Coco gets mad. She tries to kill him but is promptly knocked out by the knight who turns out to be Rubette in disguise. I guess the unicorn was smart enough to answer the Sphinx’s question. Then they head to the room with another puzzle. Trying to decipher the puzzle, it ends up both of them arguing and Rubette kicking Gokudo. Apparently that is supposed to be the solution. Huh? A secret door opens. Giant bats attack Gokudo. Rubette and the unicorn go ahead and leave the selfish bastard in a lurch.

Episode 7
Gokudo rides a bat into the next room? Whatever. However there is a dragon guarding it. Luckily it is Djinn in disguise. Something about this is his part time job since the kingdom lacked manpower to guard the relic? Rubette changes her story, claiming she was finding a way out instead of ditching him. Speaking about why Gokudo’s sword didn’t respond to him, it is believed it is sealed inside the treasure room. Djinn leads them in while they leave the unicorn to guard the relic. Uhm, lots of guards waiting for them. Even more so, Coco still wants revenge over Issa’s death. Djinn intervenes and wants to hear to whole story as he plays mediator since both sides are accusing each other of deceiving the other. Learning that Ikkyu was involved, Djinn summons him. He orders Ikkyu to give back Issa’s soul since it is against the law to take a soul without that person’s permission. You mean there’s such a rule in the demon world? Anyway, Issa is back to life. Coco doesn’t like how everyone belittles her Issa so Djinn poses the question if Issa would be happy as king. Issa agrees that he won’t be happy as one. As long as he can continue his monster research, that’s all he needs. With this affair solved, Gokudo is now free to reclaim his sword. Can’t resist trying to steal some treasures, eh? Better check him before he leaves… Regarding the race, if Keruna and Coco are disqualified, this leaves Elma. But because Rubette is a woman, she definitely isn’t the candidate. This means the unicorn is the one? Ikkyu then hints that the unicorn has a true identity. He is actually Prince Niari and the only son of the Demon Lord and Granny. To sum it up shortly, he is a liar and a player. Just like Gokudo. Oh boy. It’s already bad we have one and now another? When they return to the relic room, Niari is gone and so is the relic.

Episode 8
Gokudo doesn’t want any part of this as usual. But Djinn claims he has stolen some treasure and will overlook this if he helps. Otherwise he’ll be thrown into prison for the rest of his life. When Niari returns to the palace, he admits he was the one who sealed the goddess and will take over this kingdom. When Gokudo and co arrive, they see the palace destroyed and many injured. Niari has also kidnapped the princesses. Gokudo and Ikkyu are fooling around with some strange item. This causes a fairy to pop out. This is the goddess? Because her powers are sealed, she is also amnesiac. But she claims Gokudo is the hero who will save Parmette. She follows the strong power source that leads them to a tower where Niari is holing up. They can’t get in so Ikkyu bluffs his way for Niari to open the barrier by claiming he brought Rubette for him. This prince is interested in human chicks so he thinks Rubette wants to join his harem as he opens his barrier. The princesses are being mind controlled to love him. When Rubette rejects this jerk and fires her arrow, Niari is going to teach them a lesson as he summons his mecha! Holy cow! Is this cheating?! Gokudo and co’s attack don’t do anything much. At this point, the goddess regains some of her powers. She claims she knows a way to completely break the seal. She wants Gokudo to kiss him. Oh yeah. He wants more but the goddess claims it is enough. You sure? Because the goddess turns into her true form: GRANNY!!! OMFG! Gokudo just died! So this is the ‘sacrifice’?! With Granny regaining her powers, she destroys the mecha. In the aftermath, Niari is stripped of his magic and must face the consequences in the human world. Granny offers to rebuild Parmette and also nominates Ya Sager as the next king for his selflessness. Then everybody sings praises of Gokudo’s ‘sacrifice’ and will tell future generations of his heroics. Of course Gokudo won’t have that and revives! As reward for saving Parmette, I guess now they’ve got Ya Sager’s flying horse, Pegasus. Also, Niari is tagging along since Gokudo is made to be his guardian. More misadventures coming up…

Episode 9
Gokudo opens a box… And becomes old! Does this story feel familiar? This box of course belongs to Otohime and to get his youth back, they have to travel to Inaho and seek and audience with the Dragon God. I guess gods and demons use a different system of magic so Djinn can’t change Gokudo back. Oh, gods and demons don’t get along too so they must hide all their powers as well as Djinn turning himself and Pegasus into human form to avoid suspicions. At the port, because nobody is willing to lend them a boat, Gokudo’s grand idea is to wait till night fall and steal one. They do so but apparently no boats are out at the dock. In his frustration, he throws a stone which hits a turtle, Nini. Learning that she is a maid of the royal court of the underwater palace, Gokudo tries to get on her good side to introduce him to the Dragon God. But she gets annoyed since she can’t lay her eggs. Gokudo tries to fight her but his age won’t let him. Nini then summons this giant fire breathing turtle to get back at them. Gokudo plays dirty by taking Nini hostage. But then an army of, uhm, Ninja Turtles arrive to take them into custody. In the underwater palace, they meet the Dragon God. He reverts Gokudo’s age back to normal but this will only last for a week. In return, they must find his stolen magic sphere which is the source of his powers. Failure to do so means Gokudo will return being an old man. Regarding the person who stole his magic sphere, his sister is investigating and has some leads. They are to meet her at Fire Land where she is worshipped as the sun goddess. Because Niari insists he wants to see Otohime, Dragon God summons her. This babe… Is an ugly giant!!! I think that’s the fastest way to grow old too!

Episode 10
Otohime takes a liking for Niari and wants to marry him! He tries to give excuse that he needs to go on a mission but Dragon God allows him to stay. Oh God. Otohime won’t let him sleep tonight… And Gokudo laughing his ass off… The rest head out for the mission and meet up with a priest, Nihi who guides them to see Nano. But upon arrival, it looks like the sun goddess is in a bad mood. You can tell when the place is all dark and she has holed herself up in some cave. Of course Gokudo cannot wait until she is in good mood and tries to force his way in. Well, if only he can move the boulder closing the cave mouth. He lets Pegasus do it while the rest feast on the offerings for Nano. Djinn gets drunk and Rubette can’t stop singing. Yeah, horrible singer. Gokudo then lets out the smelliest fart. That is when the boulder opens. You bet Nano is going to complain about that stinker. Eh? Nano is a little chibi bratty girl?! She also has an attitude so you bet she is going to lock horns with Gokudo and throw tantrums. Nano can tell Djinn is also a deity but from a foreign land. They are called Hotoke and are now worshipped in Inaho. Then she narrates some tragic story how their Higashi and Hanishi tribes escaped to the south of Inaho. Gokudo understands it all as they embarrassingly lost some battle. Gokudo then summons his sword just to prove his superiority. Rubette’s ability to talk to animals has her finding out that the magic sphere is somewhere in Inaho. With that, Nano announces she wants to join in this mission. Otherwise she’ll throw a tantrum.

Episode 11
Trekking through the forests, they fight off spiders with demon faces? After a tough fight, Gokudo spanks Nano for still being a brat. She starts crying and the weather turns bad. Fortunately or not, it only affects him. When they get to the seaside town, they see the villagers gathering. Who this mermaid? Eh? Niari?! Turns out Otohime turned him into one to suit her taste and he subsequently escaped. The villagers turn on them thinking they will bring bad luck because previously there was a fox with a ball that came by. Believing it could be the magic sphere, they head to the shrine at the foot of the mountains. Because Djinn continues to act strange and Nano and Nihi know they are from the demon world, Niari gives the green light to tell Rubette and Gokudo the truth. A princess was torn between some demon and a god of Hotoke. But she went with the demon and because the Hotoke felt rejected, he held grudges. You might think it is a romantic story. Turns out that princess is Granny! Oh sh*t! Hence Djinn accuses Nano and Nihi of trying to use them to get back. Then Fox God appears. As you would expect, because she’s such a hot babe, Gokudo and Niari compete for her. Unfortunately she is just a projection as she hints her real body is being held captive by the Hotoke at Inaho’s capital. On the way there, they learn Prince Tsukiha is down with a strange illness. Rumours have it that he is being possessed by a fox spirit. Niari gets this idea to disguise as a doctor with magic to treat him. They are then confronted by a pair of deities, Aa and Un. Uhm, they do their specialty of telling jokes. Nobody finds it funny except Pegasus. Once that is done, they start fighting and their goal is to capture Nano for trying to use these demon people to get the magic sphere.

Episode 12
Aa and Un hypnotizes them till they pass out. When they come to, they realize Nano has been kidnapped. Because Gokudo and Niari aren’t interested in rescuing her, Djinn and Pegasus take this mission while the rest head to the capital. Using Gokudo as a sick patient, Niari disguises as a doctor to heal his wounds. This attracts everyone who wants their sickness or injuries healed. This also catches the attention of a court official. Sneaky Gokudo has him pay upfront an introduction fee if he wants this magic doctor. In the palace, they talk to Prince Hanayo and it seems the emperor will have them rest first. Hanayo then talks to Gokudo because the emperor is interested in Rubette. Gokudo doesn’t care about her and will let them do as he please, shocking them. So Gokudo tells Rubette she is wanted. Look at that emperor’s rape face… Of course Rubette beats the crap out of him. With the gang arguing, the guards arrive. They are about to arrest them for this atrocity but the fox spirit whisks them away to Tsukiha’s room. It seems Tsukiha and the fox spirit are happily coexisting and in love with each other. It seems the fox spirit stole the magic sphere from Hotoke but because they were persistent, she was forced to hide with Tsukiha. Now that they have become one, if Tsukiha dies, the magic sphere will also die. Hence they have bonded so close now that they love each other. Tsukiha knows the magic sphere is the source of the problem as the gods are also fighting over it for unlimited power. So the gods are not all that powerful? He can’t confide in Hanayo as he has sided with the gods and is trying to take the emperor’s place. Tsukiha gives the magic sphere to Gokudo. Then Hanayo comes in and wants it handed over. He has taken Nihi hostage. Hanayo is appalled that Gokudo and Rubette don’t care about each other and have no trust. When he lectures them about bonds and justice, they laugh off at his naivety. Nihi then reverts to his true form. He is actually the Dragon God in disguise. Oh, Hanayo also transforms into his true form. He is the Hotoke, Indra. Gokudo makes a run for it and won’t give the magic sphere, leading to a wild chase. Gokudo manages to give everyone the slip. Now what to do with this magic sphere…

Episode 13
It’s a battle royale among everybody to find Gokudo and get the magic sphere. Meanwhile Djinn finds Nano locked in a tower. He lets her escape but they have to get away from Aa and Un. Those bozos in their bid to chase after Djinn and Nano, stumble into Gokudo. Fearing they would get scolded by Indra, they even pay Gokudo gold so as to let him tell Nano’s whereabouts. That stupid, huh? Of course Indra is here. Gokudo runs away with all the gold he can carry until Indra corners and captures him. That won’t be long until Dragon God comes back into the scene for another fight, allowing Gokudo to escape once more. This time he bumps into Rubette. Also at this time, he is starting to grow old. WTF he doesn’t care about growing old as long as he has the magic sphere? The Dragon King and Indra fire all they’ve got at Gokudo. He takes a direct hit! OMG! Gokudo dead?! Djinn crying over his dead body and confesses he loves this dude despite being a snivelling bastard! Even Rubette is mad and is about to get her revenge when Gokudo revives! Thanks to the magic sphere protecting him. Nano tries to snatch it from him but the tug of war results in the magic sphere being broke into 2. It was that fragile? Now to gods and Hotoke are panicking. It’s the end of the world. Their world. You see, the magic sphere contains powers that allows them to stay on Earth. Now that it is broken, they can no longer be around. A vortex sucks them all back up to heaven. Now Gokudo wants his youth back? Too late. Yup, an old geezer now. But wait. He turns back young! Because the gods and Hotoke are gone, this means their curse is also lifted. Phew. With no more gods ruling the world, Gokudo is pleased that humans can do anything they want. Heh. It’s no different for Gokudo, right? So he swims in the sea butt naked. And Rubette sings her heart out… Oh God… God has abandoned us!

Episode 14
Gokudo robbing people, Niari chasing after girls and Rubette picking fights with men? The gods have truly abandoned us! Because they are acting like demons, that folklore kid, Momotaro comes by to defeat them. They underestimate him since he is small and chibi. Something happened as everybody gets blasted across the sea. When Gokudo comes to, he is in the hospitality of Ikkyu and his master, Tei who is some ghost reformer? It soon dawns to Gokudo that he is in Rubette’s body! He takes advantage of his female status to get food. When Gokudo introduces himself using his real name, Ikkyu is frightened that it is the same name as a certain ‘monster’. Plus, there is another monster called Goku running around rampaging the city with fire. Hmm… Could be somebody in Gokudo’s body…Tei and Ikkyu are on their way to fight this villain and it seems Ikkyu has already reformed. But Gokudo’s evil plan is to kidnap Ikkyu, turn him back to evil so that he could get his own body back. Meanwhile Rubette is sad because she is in Djinn’s body. Oh, this magic book. Let’s see what transformation magic can be done. Djinn on the other hand is in Niari’s body. He is picked up by a pair of beautiful sisters, Rayuka and Shikinka. They treat him with great sake and food. But of course there is an ulterior motive as they spiked his drink. The real Niari? He is in a monkey’s body and is being a playboy with other female monkeys! Tei and Gokudo arrive at the village. But the mayor tells them that Goku has been treating people nicely instead. He just wants the monster scared away since it is harmless. That night, Gokudo tries to steal Tei’s urn (where Ikkyu is kept) but is caught red-handed. Suddenly a monster (elephant? Penguin?) knocks Tei out and kidnaps Gokudo.

Episode 15
Gokudo doesn’t understand what the monster is telling him so he thought of releasing Ikkyu but opened the wrong urn. Who this Panda hermit?! Asking his help to find his real body, the moment he hears about Goku, Panda becomes scared and doesn’t want to do this anymore. At this point, Tei and the villagers come to attack but the monster fights back and escape. They are then picked up by the sisters. Of course Gokudo eats all he wants so the monster isn’t happy he is getting somebody’s body fat. A weird chase as the monster tries to take away all the food. The sisters then put them to sleep. When they wake up, they find Djinn with them. It is then revealed the monster is actually Rubette! She tried to transform into a dragon but this was what happened. Gokudo makes fun of her body and doesn’t even give a damn about it. Oh Rubette, you gonna beat up your own body like that? Then they realize they have been shrunk into doll size and are made to be the sisters’ play dolls. What’s this about their pet Momo who devours souls? Gokudo needs Ikkyu’s help but he got Panda again. Forcing him to use some repellent magic, Panda instead uses his magic mirror to absorb but instead it turns the house into a giant carnivorous plant. So this is Momo? Now awakened, Momo is hungry and wants to eat. You guys better run! In the sisters’ flying cloud car, they reveal Momo was once a small cute pet but grew too big. So they put it to sleep by turning it into their house and feed it souls of travellers once a week. They are going to Horai Mountain where a sage lives who might help revert their size back to normal and also switch back their bodies. But first they have to escape from hungry Momo. This plant can fly? Anyway after dodging all its acid attacks, Gokudo starts blaming Panda. That is when Panda realizes he was holding the mirror in the wrong direction. This time, the mirror absorbs Momo. The sisters don’t want Momo anymore and throws the mirror away. Okay, now onwards to Horai! But the cloud car has taken damage and it is free falling.

Episode 16
Luckily they fall into some natural hotspring. This turns Rubette back into Djinn’s body. Because she still isn’t happy and after much bugging, Djinn uses his magic to turn her into a hot Chinese chick. Yeah, this looks better, right? The sisters want Panda to guide them to Horai since Rayuka’s fiancé never returned. However Horai isn’t just any place where anybody can go as it is located in another dimension. Only qualified sages can do so. The sisters get this idea to get Jiki to come over here to bring them over. However when they enter the cave, Jiki is not around but Ikkyu! He’s been waiting for them and is back to his devilish ways because of the hotspring effect. As they talk about their swapped bodies (all of them have to be together if they want to revert back), here comes a monkey in Gokudo’s body. Panda points out this is not Goku as that one is real fearsome. Then they realize that Niari could be Goku as he could be stuck in a monkey’s body. This is getting complicated. Ikkyu then remembers Niari has been here before because he was asking to Horai. So it’s in this pot? Time to go down. They arrive in this creepy Horai place. Some call it hell… Guess who is running a business here? It’s that dumpling guy! Of course the monkey causes havoc by eating for free. Dumpling guy tries to get him but stumbles into Djinn (remember he is in Niari’s body). Remembering he is a wanted man, he calls the guards to arrest him. Gokudo gets sneaky. He uses his feminine charms to convince the guards to pay him the reward, leaving the dumpling dude all sad. Gokudo then wants Panda to use his crystal ball to find Niari but Panda gets sneaky and wants him to pay up for more info. Gokudo is sneakier because he distracts Panda and fills the reward bag with stone instead. Looking through the crystal ball, they see this evil monkey. It could be Niari is playing as Goku. He is at Yama Palace who is the caretaker of Horai. The prince is no other than Tei who is also Rayuka’s fiancé. So she never thought he was a prince of the underworld? As no humans can get near the palace, Ikkyu comes up with an idea. He holds a concert and introduces the Chingensai Sisters as idols. Rayuka, Shikinka, Rubette and Gokudo… Yes you, Gokudo.

Episode 17
The crowd loves the Chingensai Sisters. It’s mind boggling since Rubette is tone deaf… After their part is done, Panda is up next doing some magic trick. The crowd doesn’t like him and boos him. Chingensai Sisters return to the stage and with Panda being mean to Gokudo, he screams for help so all the unruly fans hop on stage for a free for all. Yeah, the girls getting molested too so Rubette starts beating them up. As they run, they stumble into a talking tree. Joka is a powerful high ranking wizard and offers to hide them but with Gokudo being rude, she changes her mind. But Rayuka and Shikinka plead for mercy, she lets them in. Gokudo drinks some water inside and the sisters warn him too late that it would turn somebody into a sage. Well, if you qualify to be one. And if you don’t? Oh, something is happening to his body… Gokudo passes out and when he wakes up, only the monkey is with him. He goes outside and realizes he can communicate with animals. But how come he can’t understand what the monkey says? This means this is no ordinary monkey and must be Goku. Suddenly they are attacked by Garuda, a servant of Sanzo the monk. They are saved by Jiki who stuck some delusional bamboo in it. Off it flies to Mars? Reuniting with the rest, Jiki then explains about Goku. A monkey ate some immortality peach and caused all kinds of mischiefs after attaining god-like powers. All the sages imprisoned him in a huge rock but recently a meteorite smashed into it and might have awakened Goku. It is assumed the meteorite could be Niari and hence the swap. Because Sanzo is gathering monsters and planning something, what would happen if Goku follows Sanzo? Jiki uses a banana as bait to fish out Goku. But it is Panda who took the bait. Knowing that Niari will not be deceived by a mere banana, what would be the most appropriate bait? Yup, Gokudo! He is in Rubette’s body, right? Rubette must have mixed feelings right now.

Episode 18
Gokudo enters a land with talking monkeys! Threatening them, they take them to their boss who is of course Niari in Goku’s body. But Niari seems to be hiding from somebody. Goku’s wife! This gorilla is going apes that Niari is cheating on her! Even more so with ‘Rubette’ here. Yeah, she’s getting violent. Gokudo signals to Jiki to fish him out. Niari being Niari continues to be flirty as he tries to hit on Rayuka and Shikinka. Rubette senses something amiss when she tries to guess who is in whose body. Then they all realize this monkey in Gokudo’s body isn’t Goku. The real person behind this is Sanzo. Even so, this is not Gokudo’s real body and is just a puppet. The real body is being controlled somewhere else. When they try to attack Sanzo, Gokudo feels pain. As long as the puppet’s curse is activated, if you hurt the body, the original soul of that body will also feel the pain. So nobody can hurt anybody, huh? What does Gokudo do? Protect Sanzo, of course! Sanzo then wants to turn them into his servants and sends them to hell. It seems only Gokudo is feeling all the pain as he is in the body of a human. The rest aren’t human or their bodies aren’t so they don’t feel the hot or cold. Finally they arrive at the desert. Without magic here, Jiki and the sisters revert to their true forms: A turtle and snakes respectively. Then they see Djinn and Pegasus. They don’t respond. In fact, they have become retards! It seems the longer you spend time here, the more you’ll risk becoming retards. Then a hot chick comes up to Djinn (remember, he is in Niari’s body). It seems she is glad she has finally found him.

Episode 19
Jiki recognizes her as Nanya, a servant of the Queen West. She lends them her white tiger fur coat said to help deflect the curse of the desert. Yeah, everybody scrambling to get under it. Nanya leads the gang out of the desert but remains distant with them. She is only helping them because they are Djinn’s friends. Because Djinn is still a retard, Nanya continues to feel sad for his case. Cue for flashback. As Djinn was taken away by the guards, they stumble into Nanya. Learning she is the Queen West’s servant, they attack her. Djinn helps to fight back and escape. Then they encounter King Yama and his monsters. They too attack them but since their numbers are overwhelming, he stayed back to buy her time to escape and get help from his friends, namely Gokudo. Safe to say at this point Nanya has fallen for Djinn. Now that she has found him, her plan is to take her to Konron Mountain and hopes Queen West can cure his state with her supernatural power. Next morning, Nanya and Djinn are gone, leaving the rest deserted. However as Jiki points out, they are already at Konron. Its mist can leave travellers lost if not careful. Also at this point, Gokudo has got used to Rubette’s body so he doesn’t mind staying as her for a while. Because he can make money as an idol! Conveniently here comes Tei. WTF this guy wants to continue his kiss with Gokudo?! Of course Rayuka and Shikinka won’t allow this. Haven’t forgotten he is engaged to the former, huh? You bet they’re going to make him explain himself for this cheating. Then they force him to lead them to the palace since he is Yama’s son. It get worse for him as the rest discover idol merchandises of Rubette (Gokudo). Creepy, huh? How do you like having your first biggest fan? Gokudo throws out all those stuffs. Because Queen West has been captured and being guarded heavily inside the palace, Yama is indiscriminately shooting anybody down who gets near. More woes because Panda is pregnant and going into labour?! Yeah, some weird egg he ate in the desert. I don’t think Tei’s driving skills is evading the beams like a pro. They’re all bad shooters. Thankfully some white light teleports them elsewhere and Panda finally gives birth to… A monster?!

Episode 20
Well, it’s actually a baby Gokudo! He can talk and is an arrogant brat! But when he sees Niari, he wants his body back. This proves this baby is Goku! Meanwhile Queen West chides Nanya for doing this. Even so, Nanya pleads to her to save Djinn and she’ll do anything she asks. Queen West uses her power to bring the gang here. However Gokudo and Goku remains sceptical of her. Because Nanya has fled with Djinn, this means they cannot begin the ritual to return to their original bodies. Remember, all of them must be present. It is believed Nanya is under Sanzo’s power and Sanzo’s plan is to take over the Hotoke. So part of his plan was to summon them here to get rid of the Hotoke after hearing of what they did in Inaho even if it isn’t entirely their doing. Queen West tried to stop him and hence her interfering power was what caused them to swap souls. Gokudo is upset that this is her fault and blames her that she is doing this all for herself. Is he speaking from his selfish experience? Gokudo wants her to go get Djinn but she can’t leave this place, citing house arrest, He tries to attack her but she easily fends him off. The rest try the same but to no avail. Then Tei pleads to them to help save his father. It seems Yama too is under Sanzo’s spell. He noticed Yama was acting weird after meeting Sanzo so he stole an egg he was keeping for Sanzo in hopes he would come back. Of course inside that egg was Goku and perhaps Sanzo failed when he tried to get his soul into Gokudo’s body. Goku remembers Sanzo making a strange doll (that monkey) but complained he couldn’t separate the soul from the body. It is theorized that because separation is impossible if the soul is from a different body, Sanzo ended up reluctantly controlling the monkey and trapped Goku inside an egg after making the doll. It could be the same case for Yama. That night, Queen West sees Niari and gives him a key to some Miroku device that will save the universe. From what I understand, it turns misfortunes into happiness by repairing any imbalance. You bet Niari and Goku want to take this mission by themselves and not tell the rest. After they leave, Queen West tells the rest that Niari and Goku have left. Gokudo is impatient to go after them but it seems the rest has a better way to sneak into Yama Palace. Oh yeah. It’s the return of Chingensai Sisters.

Episode 21
If Gokudo said he is more than happy to be an idol, why is he not looking forward to this concert? I guess there’s no money in this, huh? And so we see recycled scenes of Chingensai Sisters on stage. Then there’s the handshake event but they are approached by Sanzo’s men, Hakkai and Gojou to pick them up and go see the monk himself. Sanzo claims that West Queen has tricked and brainwashed them into thinking he is the bad guy. It is her who has the ulterior motive. He shows Djinn and Nanya being confined in Queen West’s prison. Niari and Goku are having a feast with babes in the next room. The guys quickly defect and join this party while the women are furious and remain sceptical. Sanzo will show his goodwill by returning them to their rightful bodies. He starts with Gokudo but some slip up has him shoot his beam at Tei who then turns into an egg. Now that they know Sanzo is lying, they fight him but everybody gets turned into an egg. Only Gokudo, Ikkyu and Goku are left so they escape. They even have time to argue that they deserve to get that device. Arriving in a room with lots of eggs, they throw them at their enemies. It hatch lots of monsters who were forcibly turned into eggs. Then they bump into a giant egg that turns out to be Yama. Yama learns what is going on and tells them the location of the device. Sanzo desperately tries to warn them it is not what they think but you think Gokudo is going to listen at this point? Yama stalls them as they get to the device below. After inserting a key, a giant Buddha appears. It then begins to suck in everything. It seems this is the final weapon of the Hotoke. Because the Hotoke want fairness, hence everything will be return to nothingness. So nothingness = happiness? Not the kind of happiness that Gokudo wants. What to do? Everybody gets sucked in!

Episode 22
Inside this giant, Gokudo and co see an awakened Miroku. Gokudo and Goku argue to let Miroku grant their happiness. When Miroku asks their definition of happiness, here comes Sanzo to denounce whatever Miroku is going to do. He claims Miroku is not supposed to wake up for another 5.6 billion years. By that time, humans might not exist anymore. Even so, the Hotoke will not have a reason to wake him up. Sanzo believes he is created out of Hotoke’s pure arrogance. When Sanzo met Queen West, they talked about salvation but the latter didn’t believe the Hotoke will save humans now despite they are suffering. This is why their promised salvation is so far in the future. In the end, the gods and Hotoke never had plans to save humans. They are just doing so that they could control humans at their convenience in the future. That is when Sanzo had a thought. He should become mankind’s saviour! Why does that me him sound like a villain? Gokudo becomes impatient with this and wants Miroku to quickly grant happiness. So Gokudo’s definition of happiness is free food? Miroku finds him interesting and wants to look from his point of view. Gokudo looks like he has returned to his body but it is a just a light illusion from Miroku. With them still arguing about happiness, Miroku now doubts if he can do that since he is unwanted by everyone. Gokudo then tells him off to stop being a Hotoke and do as he wishes. You don’t say. Because Miroku now wants to fuse with Gokudo’s soul and see the world through his eyes! Now Sanzo wants that too? Too bad Miroku chooses Gokudo. A sore Sanzo won’t lose out so he uses the device to go beyond God. Uhm, can you go beyond God? I’m so confused. So now he is controlling the statue and trying to destroy everything? As usual, Gokudo runs away but since Miroku is inhabiting him, he forces him to turn around and fight. Gokudo remembers he drank Joka’s holy water. This has Joka popping up because it’s like he summoned her? Her true form is a giant serpent and was cursed to become a tree. Because Gokudo called for her, the curse is broken. Huh? How does this simple thing even work?! Joka fights Sanzo but he is spewing souls to fight on his behalf. Kill them and they die. Luckily, there is Ikkyu to suck them all up. Sanzo turns his attention to destroy humans. With Gokudo wanting to kick Sanzo’s ass, Miroku understands how he feels. Believing those who try to rule others in the name of God is despicable, Miroku turns into some missile flame and launches himself into Sanzo. He is going to send Sanzo to see God as he wishes. And just like that, they go to heaven. Phew. I’m glad the complication to destroy the world is over. Gokudo returns to Rubette’s body and Nanya is seen charging at them.

Episode 23
It seems Nanya is jealous of Gokudo? Rather, she wants Rubette’s body so she can be with Djinn forever. Because Nanya’s body will return into a white tiger someday, possessing Rubette’s body means she can forever remain human. This is so we can have some weird comical fight and dodge scene. Right before Nanya kills Gokudo, Djinn got his sanity back and stops her from doing the unthinkable. Nanya repents her ways and we have this weird cheesy love thingy going on between them. Interrupted when Goku gets kidnapped by Sanzo. Isn’t this dude supposed to be dead? Yeah, he wants to drag Gokudo down to hell with him. And so he turns into a monster to attack them. Nobody can attack him because each attack he absorbs, he becomes stronger. Then when all of them are clinging on to Djinn who is clinging onto the ledge, Nanya is possessed by Sanzo as she tries to kick them down to their doom. Only, Nanya’s conscious is stronger so she jumps off herself. All for nought because the ledge gives way. Free fall! But thankfully Miroku’s light saves them all. He finally tosses Sanzo into the black hole, supposedly the door to the underworld. But he warns if this hole isn’t sealed, it might collide with their world and bring disaster. Only Joka can do it. So Gokudo reluctantly calls Joka to do the same. She seals up the hole and it’s goodbye to everybody. Everyone wakes up back at Queen West’s place. She mentions all this was just a test to see if Nanya would inherit Konron but apparently she failed as she gave into her desires. Gokudo wants Ikkyu to call Granny to switch back all their bodies since everybody is here. When Ikkyu calls her, Queen West’s phone rings. Oh no. Queen West turns out to be Granny in disguise! She has trolled us for the last time! A simple magic returns everyone to their original bodies. Man, it’s going to take some time to see Rubette in her own body again… Nanya still loves Djinn because of his soul. Granny suggests they go on a journey together as Nanya has still lots to learn. And Gokudo… He is a little baby! Oh boy. Going to take a few more years for him to grow up. Even as a baby he is so selfish and bratty. Some things never change. In the aftermath, Shikinka went solo as an idol. Jiki and Panda become her side entertainers? Tei marries Rayuka and they both entered some construction business. The rest journey to Yamu to find the Spring of Life for Gokudo.

Episode 24
A tribe is worshipping the Fire God, Ryu Gee as they let the fire burn before the Spring of Fire. Because Gokudo and co are flying over, they think it is their rival tribe that worships the moon goddess, Negana Luna. It’s amazing how their puny arrows can make them lose their balance. Gokudo and Rubette fall off but a giant black bird saves them. Riding it is a little girl, Lee Ho who brings them back to her moon tribe village. She believes Gokudo is the Holy Infant who will help save Negana Luna. You see, the Spring of Fire was previously the Spring of Life until Ryu Gee took over. So basically in order to turn the spring back, they need to find a maiden as a host for Negana Luna and they have to conduct the ritual using this necklace. The original host, Kikue got possessed by Ryu Gee and Lee Ho herself is too young to be qualified. Of course sneaky Gokudo offers Rubette who has been out cold ever since. Each time she wakes up, he knocks her back to slumber. That night as they sneak to the Spring of Fire, a guard attacks them. Gokudo has a hard time fighting him off until he cracks his mask. His gaze upon the moon causes him to black out. Using the necklace, Gokudo must summon 4 magical items from what he sees in the necklace that will aid in the spring’s resurrection. Firstly, something that flies. Pegasus with Niari on it? Next, a snake. Shikinka? Sorry to cut your idol performance short. Third, something from the wilderness. A tiger. Like, Nanya. Finally, something that breathes fire. Thinking Djinn in dragon form would be it but it turns out to be Gokudo’s sword. With everything in place, Negana Luna now possesses Rubette as she returns the Spring of Life to what it was. Happy Gokudo dips in and returns to his adult size. Before he wants to monopolize this spring and make a fortune out of it, Ryu Gee pops out to attack them. Lee Ho is distraught because she is supposed to be her mom. But Negana Luna easily owns her and Ryu Gee who is possessing her leaves her body and takes a form of his own. Is he a dragon or crocodile with wings? Gokudo charges at him but gets eaten!

Episode 25
Ryu Gee disappears while Negana Luna falls into an unconscious state. Kikue explains Ryu Gee and Negana Luna were both gods of the night and day respectively. Their authority was equally divided until Ryu Gee tried to eradicate Negana Luna. But now both gods are trying to take over their human hosts and Kikue is in a dilemma as her tribe has always been worshipping and passing down Negana Luna’s teachings. Gokudo finds himself in the dream world whereby Ryu Gee tries to convince him to be possessed by the Fire God forever. Of course Gokudo won’t allow that. Stranger, Ryu Gee tries to force himself inside Gokudo but just can’t. Thus Gokudo sees visions of all the past characters he crossed before. Time to get their payback. With Gokudo remembering his entire life is one big misfortune, Ryu Gee tries to convince him to give up and let him take over. But you know Gokudo. He won’t budge an inch. He isn’t going to ask for help even when he has fallen. Meanwhile, Rubette is also in the dream world and Negana Luna is also trying to possess her. However she fights her way and wakes up. Everyone is shocked to learn that Rubette actually possessed Negana Luna instead. As proof, she has got a mark on her butt! Meanwhile Gokudo isn’t afraid of any god. Remember, he eradicated the entire Hotoke! Realizing this is his own dream world, Gokudo has the advantage and fights back. Ryu Gee realizes his strength and wants to join forces. In the sense that he allows Gokudo to use his powers as he sleeps inside his body. But he warns him that he intends to take over him fully when he is stronger. With that, Gokudo returns to reality and reunite with the rest. He too has a mark on his butt as proof he has possessed a god. Gokudo and co part ways with Kikue and Lee Ho who now believe in the power of humanity and will pass down the true teachings of what they saw today to future generations. On their way back, the gang is suddenly teleported back to Eschallatto. Ikkyu didn’t summon them but Granny. Looks like there is trouble brewing.

Episode 26
Granny views Gokudo and Rubette getting the power of the gods to be troublesome. She reveals ever since they defeated the Demon Lord, the gods started to do as they wish. Hence Granny has plotted and used them to go around defeating the gods. Yup. Everything was a setup by her. She wants them to give up those godly powers or else. Of course they won’t. With Gokudo and Rubette going all out at her, Granny transforms into her actual form. So she is smoking hot goddess?! WTF is she an angel too?! Suddenly Indra drops down from heaven in an alien ship?! Can he return from heaven? Bewitched by Granny and recognizing her as the Madonna of the universe, he is willing to get rid of those pest in exchange for her hand in marriage. She agrees. So what about the Demon Lord she is married to?! The spark’s over a long time ago. I guess human divorce laws don’t apply to such beings. When the rest tries to oppose Granny, she turns them into stone. Gokudo and Rubette are left to deal with Indra but his powers are too great despite their anger gives them the godly powers to fight on part with Indra. When the going gets tough, Gokudo gets going! So typical. But Indra won’t let him. He even transforms into a mecha form! The humans are no match for this. Time for Niari to step in. He doesn’t like how things are turning out so with that frustration, this breaks Granny’s seal as his original powers return to him. With that, he summons his own mecha! Now we can have a real giant power mecha fight! Try not to destroy Eschallatto… Oh, too late… Eventually, the combined powers of Gokudo, Rubette and Niari defeat Indra and send him back to heaven. Damn, a god defeated by humans who are using the powers of the gods. Granny then congratulates the young ones. Trolled us again, huh? She tricked everyone by pretending to be on Indra’s side and it is a good thing they managed to defeat this creep. As for their godly powers, Granny allows them to keep it. She hints she is quite fond of them so Gokudo doesn’t want some MILF romance and kicks her away. Kick her as far and hard as you can. She shall return. Oh, you mean I’ll be back? In the aftermath, Gokudo and Rubette are wanted fugitives of Eschallatto since Seigi saw them during the fight and thinks they are responsible for the destruction. Oh well, another excuse to go on another adventure. Gokudo thought Rubette won’t follow him anymore and felt worried. But she trolled him just to see his reaction. Niari is also following them since where Rubette goes, he goes. Shocking last scene: Rubette gives Gokudo a quick peck on his cheek! Why is this loser the winner?!

Big Anti-hero Sux: Despicable Me
They really go all out in this final episode, huh? I suppose after breaking the fourth wall, they really wanted to go out with a big bang instead of a sputter. I’m sure we’ll remember it for quite some time. Oh Gokudo, considering your selfishness and greed that never change, we’ll always remember you for the wrong reasons. As long as you haven’t found your golden goose or fortune making mechanism, keep on adventuring. Tune in next time as Gokudo tries to find more fame and fortune coming to a city near you!

Even if this is a retro series, the plot and stories itself feel silly. Of course, it is so because it is meant to be funny. Each arc sees the misadventures and misdemeanours of Gokudo and his team and that the whole adventure could be one big zero sum game. In the sense that because of Gokudo is being greedy and selfish, whatever his intentions to capitalize and make a fortune out of it often turns out badly and hence the misadventures and all the nonsense he had to go through. Had he not been this self-centred and egoistical, he might not have gotten into so much trouble. You could say it is like a double edged sword as this is where all the fun and silliness come into. Is this what you call his ‘pleasure trip’ AKA ‘manyuuki’? Pleasure of seeing him getting into trouble. Weird.

So like I’ve said, despite all the silliness in the arc that sometimes don’t make sense, I have this feeling that the author just made things up as they go along. Take for instance the Chingensai arc. Because it is the longest arc in the series spanning for 10 episodes, I find that the more the plot thickens and the twists revealed, the sillier and crappy it sounded. Come to think about it, the whole thing just doesn’t make sense. From the body swapping just to confuse us (perhaps to give us some eye candy variety to see Rubette as a hot Chinese babe – because certainly we’d be feeling weird if she was to be shown as Djinn’s body for the rest of the arc) to unnecessary characters like Jiki and Panda, it’s just bizarre to say the least. Then there are some that is illogical like Gokudo summoning his magic sword. I just think that during the body swapping, the sword was being stupid rather than comical when it couldn’t detect Gokudo’s spirit instead and only became a servant of the master who looks like Gokudo. Just dumb.

I also noticed that each of the story arc is, uhm, how should I put it? Is international the right word? I don’t know, diversity sounds like a dirty word in this point in time. If you have observed, each of the story arc takes place in a different kind of cultural setting. The first in Eschallatto, which is your typical western medieval fantasy. Then the next arc has the gang visit Parmette which is of Arabian and Middle Eastern setting. Can’t forget that Japan has their own culture too and hence the next story of Inaho gives us some Japanese folklore. Then it is off the Chingensai for some ancient Chinese setting before hitting Yamu as the African finale. Or is it Pacific? I’m not sure. Primitive tribes like that all look the same to me but I’m guessing it is Africa since Yamu looks like deep inside the land instead of an island. So did we miss out any other international cultural fairytale setting here? Maybe some Inca or Mayan adventure next time, huh?

On to the characters, Gokudo as the titular and main character, we have come to expect him to be so. I don’t think Gokudo isn’t necessarily a bad guy and is nowhere being Hitler material. You see, everyone is not perfect and has their bad points. Gokudo just has more than your average human and he is not shy to flaunt them. Because of that, Gokudo is the truest character who stays to himself. It is that freedom that allows him to do as he wishes but also the double edged sword that causes him problems. Like a reminder that there is only so much he can do and he should not overstep his boundaries. He may be despicable and has undesirable traits that do not befit a hero but then again, who are we to judge what is good or bad? As said, it is that attitude that often gets Gokudo into further trouble but seeing that he has survived this long and how almost nothing could kill him, I’d say he is a pretty lucky adventurer. I mean, this guy has come face to face with death himself, banishing the Hotoke altogether and he still comes back alive stronger. And with the same nasty attitude. Hence it is with much dilemma for us to want Gokudo to remain as he is. Because this is the Gokudo we know and the Gokudo that we love and loath. Seeing a change in character whereby he really turns over a new leaf and becomes good for the sake of everybody else, I don’t think we can stomach that. We’d rather have our old slimy Gokudo anytime!

Like I’ve also said, Gokudo isn’t really such a bad guy and he shows it through his actions. He might say or put things that sound he is only looking out for himself but if you look deeper into his words, you might find that meaning that he still somewhat cares for his comrades. He doesn’t necessarily needs to care about the rest of his friends if he was 100% so self-centred. But he still fights back for them although giving excuses that his intentions for doing so only meant for his own future and benefit. As seen in the final episode. He doesn’t necessarily have to go all out like that. Sure, he is pissed but finally admitting he had a good time with his pals? So enjoyed those bad times too? Like as though he is one big tsundere who can’t admit that he does care for his friends. Or maybe he is just a big jerk after all. That is why sometimes I make a pun out of his full name, Gokudo You-got-to-be Kidding-me-can’t-you-see?! Hahaha!!!

As for the other characters, I can’t say that their relationship and interactions among each other is dynamic. Amusing to a certain point but nothing more than that. It feels like they’re there to soften the big jerk face that Gokudo is. Like Rubette being the strong independent female character that we all need. Yup, even way back in the 90’s we already have feminism. Nothing new. Niari is like tagging along only because he has got his eyes set on Rubette but rest assured that Rubette will never return his love no matter how many cheesy ‘romantic’ lines he spews. She’s just not interested into you. Take a hint. Oh well, you know what they say about persistence. Yeah, we need some perverted playboy in the group. Because we finally know whose heart Rubette belongs to.

They really threw us off that Rubette had feelings for Gokudo right in the final scene with that kiss. Seeing all that they’ve gone through, it is plausible since it’s the only reason why she continued to follow him on his adventures and tolerate his selfishness. So she’s just being mean to him at times to hide her feelings, huh? I mean, she knows his behaviour and yet… Why do girls like her like jerks like him?! Seeing that she was once a princess and he is a free commoner, maybe that’s where the connection is. Weak indications of Rubette may harbouring a thing for Gokudo made us just overthinking and this is just part of the comedy. Like the time when Gokudo almost died, she got so emotional and wanted revenge. I mean, a kickass babe like her wanting to avenge a jerk like him? So you really have to ask yourself is she really in love with this jerk?! Nah. I wouldn’t put my hopes on it like how I would on Gokudo being a considerate gentleman. Because Gokudo somewhat attracts trouble, she can still have fun staying by his side as the idiot too can be her punching bag. And the time Gokudo turned into a baby and she was happy babysitting him? Nah. Just a cute baby boy, that’s all. Who would have really thought she had a thing for him. Love works in the strangest of ways and to the strangest of all people. It’s not like this series is supposed to be of the romance category, right? Is it?!

So naturally I brought up this Gokudo x Rubette romance thingy, it is because I happen to notice that in each of the story arcs, there is a pair of minor characters for that arc who are deeply in love with each other. Do you still remember in Eschallatto that Seigi and Asraga eventually ended up together? Then in Parmette we have Issa and Coco. Back in Inaho, we’ve got Tsukiha and the fox spirit albeit a short one, Chingensai we have Tei and Rayuka finally having a happy ending together. Yamu is too short to have anything. Lack of characters, lack of a story. It was just a simple plot to change Gokudo’s size back to normal. And our very own Djinn x Nanya. Enough said. Meanwhile Niari continues to be single and still trying to flirt around. I bet Otohime is open if he ever changes his mind!

Granny feels like the joker card among the group. Although I don’t really consider as part of the group, she has been the biggest troll for Gokudo ever since the start of the series. I don’t know, she has fooled me everything too because the biggest ‘plot twist’ turns out to be her in disguise. From Mora to the goddess of Parmette and finally as Queen West, we should have known better that she was the one who is behind it all. Nobody saw it coming, huh? She’s like the puppet master pulling the strings and manipulating everybody right till the very end. At this rate of using Gokudo and co to get rid of the gods, she might become the Almighty One herself. Then there is the good hearted Djinn who really looks out for everyone especially Gokudo since that idiot is his master. Could have been a better character if he had more fleshing out but we can’t have him outdo Gokudo, can we? We have Nanya finally joining the gang but that is too late to showcase anything. Ikkyu feels like a fringe member of the pack, only summoned when the plot requires him to move it forward. There is also another character but she is just mostly relegated to just changing scenes. That bunny girl I thought was going to be part of Gokudo’s group seeing I had this impression of so as she does appear in the opening and ending credits. I don’t think she is Gokudo’s guardian spirit either… The rest of the minor characters only appear for that story arc but once it is over, they are mostly forgotten because we need to move on.

On a trivial note, I believe there was some sort of mistranslation for some of the terms in the series. The most obvious one being the magic kingdom. I could be wrong but I believe the demon kingdom would have been a much more accurate translation where Granny, Niari and Ikkyu come from. I mean is it not obvious? That is the realm where the Demon Lord rules, right? You see, the kanji word for magic and demon are the same. At least for the ‘ma’ portion. So I think back then there were no Google Translate to get things around (not to say that tool is pretty accurate these days but pretty hilarious still to laugh at as some translations are still inaccurately funny) and hence they mistranslated the demon world as the magic kingdom. Also, when you have gods and the Hotoke in this world, isn’t it only right to have demons as their counterpart as well? I think magic kingdom sounds kids friendly for a cartoon (yes people, anime is considered cartoon back in those days by the ‘uneducated’!) but I don’t think that’s the case… But with Granny being an angel or a goddess, now I’m really confused. Fallen angel, perhaps?

Art and animation, well there’s nothing else for me to add on here seeing that it reeks of 90’s retro style anime. You’ve seen one anime from that era, you’ve probably seen them all. So don’t be surprise if you start to see shades of other anime characters from that era in this anime such as Slayers and Bakuretsu Hunters. The voice acting is pretty decent and okay too and hearing Akira Ishida as Gokudo and Shinichiro Miki as Prince, it dawned to me that these guys have been in the industry for more than 20 years! That’s a long time! And they are still active today especially Akira Ishida. Even Megumi Ogata had a cameo as Miroku. Then there is also Houko Kuwashima as Coco and Ryotaro Okiayu as Sanzo. I think the former has already semi-retired but it just made me think that those old veterans really came a long way. Yeah, there are so many other casts in the list, many whom I have never heard of already retired and some already passed on (RIP).

More retro feel as the opening theme, Prism by Baiser has all the ingredients of being a retro theme fitted for this series. Simple rock music with simple lyrics. Ah, life was so much easier then. Same thing for the first ending theme, Wake Up by Chisato. This is what retro anime rock feels. The second ending theme is Silent Moon by Ellemo and if I haven’t stress this enough already, the song really feels dated and retro from that era. Not bad songs actually and honestly I would prefer to listen to this more than more contemporary anime music.

Overall, this retro anime is fun the watch if you can put aside all the silly randomness and that the main character acts more of an anti-hero (though some would go so far as to paint him as a villain, but I digress). The art style and storyline may not fly in today’s standards but having an anti-hero as the main protagonist is now a dime a dozen in today’s form of entertainment (though the anime industry have churned out dozens of anti-hero characters and series throughout). I’m sure everybody is familiar with Deadpool, right? Oh, he isn’t an anime character, sorry. I guess I’ll go with Accelerator then. This is what happens if Gokudo is made in today’s era and given a fearsome power. Heh. Sounds more like a joke, right? No wonder when the series got licensed in USA, it was renamed as Jester the Adventurer. Ugh… I don’t think Gokudo would appreciate this dick move…

What is love? Before you start replying this in a jokingly fashion with that 1993 hit song from Haddaway, seriously, can you rationally explain the concept of this emotion? No? Don’t worry. If love is all too complicated for you simpletons to understand but you still need to know how those feelings of affection and tenderness works, be glad to know that you can tune in and watch Rikei Ga Koi Ni Ochita No De Shoumei Shitemita. It’s not your usual kind of romantic comedy of a man and woman just falling in love with each other. As scientists, they’re going all out to scientifically prove that this concept if these feelings they have for each other are real and is truly what is called love. We all once said before that love works in mysterious ways. Now we can definitely also add to that. Love works in complicated ways too! So sit back and pay attention. Get your pens and tons of sheets of notes and papers ready. You don’t know how much you can learn from science!

Episode 1
Shinya Yukimura and Ayame Himuro are doing their respective research when suddenly Himuro drops the bombshell: She’s in love with him. Of course their love story hasn’t really begin yet. Why, it’s not even at the starting point because Yukimura wants proof. What defines love. Hence Himuro comes up with a pie chart and with some info of their dreams and numbers, they come up with a formula that could possibly determine if they are in love with each other. Wow. Sounds easy, right? Not. So when they ask their colleague, Kotonoha Kanade about it, she points to a romance manga as reference. They believe the heart rate is the precondition for love. This has them do several experiments such as chin lifting, sleeve rolling and the wall slam. Yeah, they had to rely on unverified internet info to get started. The activities don’t make them any closer to the results. Himuro then just sits close and hugs him. And then she falls asleep… The experiment chart shows Himuro’s heartbeat fluttering. As Yukimura is still sceptical if the wall slam caused Himuro’s heartbeat to increase (it could be other outside factors influencing), hence we have Rikekuma explain to us about null hypothesis. Whatever… Yukimura continues the wall slamming experiment 100 times! Obviously Himuro’s heartbeat does not increase and decrease instead and remain constantly low after that. Yeah, she got used to it. Then they analyse Himuro’s wall slamming movement. Doesn’t this looks like a sumo wall slap?! No wonder such move didn’t excite Himuro anymore. I’m sure Kanade wants to counter all that but she needs proof. So when she tries to explain her first love with her high school maths teacher, Yukimura makes circles in order to find points of commonality in love. He gets too persistent until Himuro has to put her foot down. Then he wall slams on her for trying to get in the way of his research. Is anybody measuring her heart rate now?

Episode 2
When Kanade enters the lab, she sees Ena Ibarada multi-tasking with her games! I guess there’s some limited event, huh? Today it is Yukimura’s turn to get his heartbeat measured. However he isn’t prepared and runs away. With Himuro telling Kanade to stop him, instinctively she lands a judo throw on him. They tie him up and let him pet Himuro’s head. Ibarada learns of this but points out the flaws in their experiment because there is no scientific control as comparison. So she suggests all the girls enter the fray to see if this is real love or Yukimura is a jerk who just gets excited with any woman. The end results show that he has the same high heartbeat for all of them! He tries to give excuses that his lack of interaction with women makes his heartbeat increase but this leaves Himuro mad. When a woman says she is mad, SHE IS MAD. How can science prove this… Later we see Yukimura and duo cooking. Yukimura trying to be precise with the ingredients, cue for Rikekuma to explain about significant figures. So they are cooking to see if affection can make the food taste better. Himuro gives 2 scenarios whereby a cute girl cooks for you or one whereby macho men does it. The first one, definitely, right???!!! Yukimura thinks of using some hi-tech taste sensor but that would be time consuming. Hence Kanade suggests the simple solution of test tasting 2 cooked dishes. Himuro putting precise supplements into one… When done, she has him taste both. Obviously the second one is better because it has a love note written on it. So this is the system of affection that applies to cooking? A second later, all of them cringe with embarrassment.

Episode 3
Because they’re still lacking lots of data on love, they ask fellow colleague, Kosuke Inukai. Yup, the self-proclaimed man who lives on love! He proceeds to tell them about the lovey-dovey things he has done with his girl, Aika. Himuro agrees with all that till she realizes he spends more on his girl and has even held her many times over! So I guess numerically, this means Himuro’s love for Yukimura isn’t enough, right? Then turns out Aika is a video game character from a dating sim that he is playing. Yup, the amount spent on her is the amount he bought the game. Say, doesn’t Aika looks a lot like Ibarada? Well, they’re childhood friends… He feels embarrassed with this until Yukimura comes up with a very logic argument how this kind of love is normal and that there is nothing strange. I should try using this reasoning! Until Himuro points out that she might not be in love with him! Then Yukimura changes his stance and calls Kosuke’s love as weird and excessive! So Himuro talks to Kanade about this nameless boy in her elementary class who changed her. She was often bullied for being a nerdy girl. That guy too. But because he used scientific reasoning never to let it get to him, she vowed to be like him. Hence she became a scientist in hopes of meeting him one day. But Yukimura dismisses it and calls it rubbish because they are from the same school and he has never once met that guy. As the argument begins, Kanade had to spell it out to them that the nameless kid was in fact Yukimura! Since they cannot settle this, she points out they have to go on a date. Of course they pester her on that definition. Kanade gives her example (using her maths teacher, of course). Kosuke also helps out but obviously it is from his video game experience. Ibarada adds some tragic drama spice… As Kanade tries to push this to move along, a new set of problems occur: As the amusement park has many entrance, hence the travelling salesman problem. This is necessary as they need to cover more grounds to do more experiments. While both come up with the same distance, Ibarada changes some angle to come up with a more efficient route. Next step is for Yukimura to invite Himuro. Like a shy kid asking for a date the first time, he does so. And like a shy girl being invited the first time, she agrees.

Episode 4
The date begins but because they’re starting off sounding like they’re going through an experiment, Kanade and Kosuke who are tasked to observe them have to stop them and get them do the proper stuffs first. Yes, change your outfits! Himuro is looking super cute in her new outfit and Yukimura can’t stop tapping his counter. You see, throughout the date if they feel something, they’ll tap their whatever counter to increase or decrease that feeling counter. Oh dear, they’re even getting detailed with the kind of shoes they’re wearing. At this rate, will the data recording ever end? Now to get started with their optimized date plan. At the diner, it seems Yukimura panicked and ends this without holding her hand. Irked Himuro then leaves. A sleazy guy tries to pick her up and after his constant bugging, she takes out her laptop to explain why she can’t date him! What a nerdy way of being rejected. He still won’t give up and claims he fell in love with her at first sight. That is when a visibly annoyed Yukimura warns him not to touch this woman. He takes her hand and could feel her hand shaking. It’s about time. The jerk still won’t give up and wonders why he is so persistent if he claims he is not her boyfriend. Yukimura argues back about the definition of love. Yup, he takes out all his thesis on love and if he can’t even find the definition to fall in love, what makes a simpleton like him able to declare his love? Well, technically he has got a point from a scientific point of view, that is. Safe to say, better give up on this science nerd now. The amusement park date begins. But we see the scientist duo calculating scientific stuffs like the revolution of the merry-go-round, etc. Even in the haunted house, can scientists be afraid of ghosts even if they are not scientifically proven?! We see them do lots of stuffs but is it me or is Yukimura the one flustering the most from the rides. Finally, it’s the Ferris Wheel. You thought it is a success since they are holding each other. But that is not romantically. Rather, they’re scared of sitting in this vulnerable carriage at this height! Yukimura gives her a present. He tries to inject some formula into some index but whatever the results, he doesn’t think it is sufficient data. Himuro then shows the chart of her exponential increase in her happiness. Numbers they can believe in, right? But because they have no other samples to base on, I guess they need more data. The experiment-cum-date ends but it leaves the duo quite satisfied.

Episode 5
Typical cliché of a girl running with a bread in her mouth, late for school. She bumps into Yukimura but the jam dropped on her shirt. Yukimura then explains scientifically why it is so before leaving. Girl not amused with this nerd. The end. WTF was that all about?! Back at the lab, it seems everyone gathers for their weekly meeting with Professor Ikeda. They are to present their findings. Because Kosuke didn’t even do his assignment, Ikeda gets mad. You can tell he is so when he becomes the Hulk! Oh sh*t!!! Bulging muscles?! How can science explain this?! Anyway, Yukimura goes first and presents his findings on love. Yukimura and Himuro repeat each other’s cheesy lines to get back at each other but everyone just feels like dying from this cringe. Ikeda seems like he is going to get mad because Yukimura didn’t conduct some polynomial time reduction experiment but this love thingy looks more interesting! Because of their sample limitation, Ikeda suggests all of them in this room participate and from the possible permutations, 15 different possibilities may emerge. Yukimura is trying to force Kanade to participate since she is the closest to being normal. She refuses so this has Himuro whack him for lacking tact. Before it starts getting violent, here comes Ikeda in Hulk mode to warn them to solve things via intelligence and not violence! The irony… So we see the first pairing of Yukimura x Kosuke. So gay… Ibarada laughing her ass off! Then we see Yukimura x Kanade. As she is about to feed him, Himuro gets pissed and eats the food! Kosuke and Ibarada challenge each other in which the loser is the one whose heart readings spike. And that loser must buy a week’s worth of dango. Kosuke is in trouble since Ibarada is saying and acting lines exactly like Aika. He loses but since he calls it cheating, they redo it again but without the Aika act. This time Kosuke is in Buddha meditating mode. She talks to him about their past. All his embarrassing moments. Including the moment he came in his pants when she was playing his first dating sim with her!!! Safe to say, Kosuke lost in all aspects. Yeah, nobody can beat Ibarada… When Ibarada takes another look at the data, she gets this idea. Yukimura and Himuro should try kissing.

Episode 6
They’re trying to measure the right angle to kiss… OMG… That is when Kanade interrupts to talk about the right mood for kissing. And this leads to them coming up with a formula for the right mood! Oh, damn. So many values! So you’ve got dimness to sound to other parties around… Ikeda then gives his input if one of the factors interrupt, it will definite affect the rest. Yes, an infinite negative value mood. And now it is up to the rest of them to conduct the experiment.

1) Yukimura x Kanade: Nothing happening. Kanade doesn’t want to kiss him because he’s not her boyfriend. So he kisses her hand instead.
2) Himuro x Ibarada: Because Ibarada says kissing is very normal in western countries, she proceeds to give one on Himuro, shocking everyone. She notes that girls kissing doesn’t count as a kiss. Really?
3) Himuro x Kosuke: Himuro would prefer to let him kiss her feet but settles to let him kiss her hand. And she felt nothing…
4) Kanade x Himuro: Sorry, no yuri moment. They feel awkward just the thought of kissing each other. But after Himuro pats her head, Kanade would really want a kiss from her as a big sister. Wow. So cool. Then they both flinch from the cringe.
5) Yukimura x Kosuke: Sorry fujoshi fans. No yaoi moment here. The guys are in a rage that they’ll get over this by doing the manly thing. Butting heads?
6) Yukimura x Ibarada: Ibarada is flirting and trying to force Yukimura to kiss. Stubborn guy refuses and the chase begins…
7) Ibarada x Kosuke: They just both play their handheld games…
8) Kosuke x Kanade: Nothing happening. Just complaining how they ended up in this weird lab group.
9) Yukimura x Himuro: Finally, the moment of truth has come…

Seems everything and all the factors are right to set up the perfect mood for them to kiss. And as they’re about to do so… Damn helicopter passes by! This diminishes the mood and although it still can be regained after it is gone, it is already night and there is no light! Yukimura thought of this and tries to light his romantic candle only to be interrupted by others checking on them and the personnel needing to lock the place up. I guess this really diminishes the mood beyond repair. But it’s still not over. Himuro screws it all and just wants him to kiss her. Shut up and do it! Or is this impossible for him? Yukimura then kisses her hair. Don’t go and assume the impossible on him. Because one day he will give her a kiss with the highest theoretical value! So cool! Only Kanade is stumped over this wasted drama and experiment… In the aftermath, it seems the pair with the greatest vital value is Yukimura x Ibarada! But that’s only because the sly vixen made him run around!!! Again, Kanade stumped over this wasted experiment.

Episode 7
We have a drinking party to mark the end of the first semester. Kanade thought she could hook up with some hot guys but all that expectation comes crushing down because it’s just a local party inside their lab. Then we have some prime number and its theorem explanation thingy. After a few wine glasses, we see how some of them already fall under the influence. Like Himuro boldly declaring her love for Yukimura while Kosuke turning into a child and declaring his love for Ibarada. Ikeda is fast asleep. Kanade is also not spared because 20 minutes later, she becomes the grumpy type who complains about wanting to experience love. In the end, only Yukimura didn’t get drunk and he is glad not to do so because the next day everyone has a massive hangover. We now see a ‘scientific’ version of Cinderella with Himuro as the titular character. Yeah, she’s ignoring her evil stepmom while continue to type in her laptop. Ibarada the fairy godmother turns her into a princess for the ball. Of course the dance with Yukimura the prince only lasts until midnight (GMT) before she has to leave and drop her glass slippers. So how does Yukimura find her? Send it to the forensic lab to extract her DNA! With her found, they marry and lived happily ever after. Sighs. Not another guy who can’t remember a woman he loves by her face! So this story is because Yukimura wanted to gather more evidence after their kissing experiment. Ibarada suggests fairytales and this popped up. Of course they also discuss how it is full of plot holes. Next fairytale discussed is that Kaguya-hime folklore. The scientific twists include Himuro as the titular character leaving a tough maths problem for her suitors to solve. And when it’s time to return to the moon, she returns via NASA space rocket! And another folklore, that Tsuru No Ongaeshi. Himuro as that crane woman who seems to be weaving high quality fabric. So curious Yukimura takes a peek behind her room only to find she does so via a high-tech air jet looming machine! They marry and revolutionize the textile industry while become rich in the aftermath. The end. No wonder fairytales leave out sciences…

Episode 8
Ikeda is going to be in Hulk mode if Kosuke doesn’t hurry up and make some progress with his research. Of course he offers to help if he is stuck somewhere. Kosuke complains that the research he is doing doesn’t seem to be applicable to things in life and that’s why he can’t understand. When Ibarada says that he might have to transfer to another lab, this gets on Kosuke’s nerve. Luckily Ikeda comes up with an idea about the possible paths and endings for dating sims as a topic. With so many different combinations, is there an effective method of exploration? This motivates Kosuke to start on it right away. Yukimura and Kanade just enter the lab. He is chastising her for some difficult slide presentation. Suddenly he asks for her saliva. Of course he gets beaten up. When Himuro comes in, she also asks the same thing. Of course the idea is to measure oxytocin, the hormone secretion that is involved when one is in love. It is basically mostly found in the saliva. Yukimura starts his presentation but Himuro quickly disagrees. It seems he has a video of her being in close contact with him while in a drunken state. She wants the video deleted but he won’t. Too precious a data! Then they reconduct the experiment by being close with each other. They get hyped thinking their body is filled with oxytocin. Kanade as usual is stumped seeing their overreaction and believes any normal person would be turned off seeing this. Oh wait. Somebody is watching! Hope she doesn’t freak out. Arika Yamamoto is an ex-student of this lab and has already graduated. After learning from Ikeda about the experiment, she is interested to know more. Yukimura and Himuro present their research and of course they also embarrass themselves in the midst of it. Yamamoto is struck with inspiration. Turns out she is a mangaka and her series is not doing well or often got rejected. She wants to use this experiment as her basis for her new manga. While the duo seem pretty interested in this idea because if her manga reaches worldwide audiences, it could give them more data, however Yamamoto will do anything to make her series a hit. This means she is going to draw erotic sex scenes of them! And yes, she will be joining them in their upcoming summer camp.

Episode 9
The Okinawa trip has begun. Well… Yukimura and Himuro bring lots of excess baggage and they really want to get that saliva experiment going right on the plane! So they have to be on their best behaviour. But as Himuro tries to distract herself by explaining Bernoulli’s Principle of lifting air currents, she still can’t help feel she wants to hug Yukimura. Upon arrival, the gang stays at a nice hotel courtesy of Yamamoto. Wait. Does she have the money? Why, she spent it all on this gamble in hopes this will bring her future profits!!! So she’s broke as hell now?! The moment you’ve all been waiting for, the swimsuits! Yukimura can’t comment directly on how cute Himuro is. 2.34 times to be exact. Because Yukimura is so fair, he is shining like a reflector board!!! Damn, is he a vampire?! Time for the watermelon hitting game. Ibarada gives equations that confuses Kosuke. But Ikeda seems to get it all and destroys it with his, uhm, hadouken?! Meanwhile Yukimura and Himuro try to get it on at a secluded spot. Of course their embarrassment got in the way so they give excuse for a time out. At this point everyone is spying on them. Then they talk about the problem of a couple’s greatest close contact whereby 2 people seek the greatest area of contact. Yukimura comes up with really weird positions that you wonder if this is acrobat kama sutra or just basically twisted porn. Then Ibarada notes a problem she had before. As she hugged someone with huge boobs, it caused a gap when they hugged. So is she implying that hugging flat chests have the greatest contact area? In fact, the best would be 2 men hugging each other! Oh sh*t!!! Is this some yaoi BL awakening here?! Because they want Yukimura to hug Kosuke!!! OH SH*T!!! We don’t see how that turned out but later, remember those jerks who tried to flirt with Yukimura but failed because of science? Yup. They’re here too. They never learn their lesson. Or at least they see Yukimura and remember her. Don’t mess with her. But then they see Ibarada and think she’s their type too. Then Kosuke returns from buying food and see those jerks ganging up on Ibarada. He thinks she will turn the tables but when one of them seemingly gets rough, Kosuke jumps in and punches the dude! Plus some manly warning not to touch this girl of his. Turns out that they were just playing some Pokemon spoof. While the misunderstanding is cleared up, Kosuke is super embarrassed as Ibarada can’t help laugh at how cool he was. Sorry dude. Can’t forget all that! This one’s for the album too. Later Ikeda tells them that several professors will be at the summit and they’ll have to give their presentations to them. So are they Nobel Prize worthy?!

Episode 10
Himuro is nervous as she hopes Yukimura would come into her room and do something romantic. Speaking of the devil, here he comes! Oh wait. Don’t tell me you’re not prepared now?! Then turns out he is here to help Kanade with her presentation. Are you relieved or disappointed? Later Himuro examines her recorded data on her feelings for Yukimura and believes it is psychological reactance. When a person is told not to do something, he/she is more inclined to do the opposite. Hence her feelings for Yukimura isn’t actually love! I don’t know, that just felt like an excuse… The presentation starts off with Naoya Shikijou with his Nash equilibrium. Just like Kanade, what the heck is he talking about?! A few professors ask some questions. Because he cannot answer, Professor Kanou berates him for not doing enough research! Oh sh*t. This is scary! This is making Kanade worried. Next up is Kosuke as he presents his dating sim routes. Professor Kaku dismisses this as he doesn’t find it all relevant. They’re in the engineering division, you know. Kosuke argues back how this is ever more relevant in today’s world, silencing that baldy! Wow. Don’t you badmouth his Aika. There is a break before Kanade’s turn. As Yukimura helps setup for her at the backstage, it is clear that Kanade is shaking in fear. To a point where she just cannot do it. No choice, Yukimura hugs her! What are the odds Himuro sees this?! Yukimura’s reasoning is that this experiment is to help calm a nervous person down. Only catch is that the hugging person is their mother! Kanade beats him up and they argue. But at least it blows away her nervousness. She is up next as she presents her travelling salesman problem. The professors ask a few questions, she is able to answer them honestly. They are impressed with her. This boosts Kanade’s morale as she thanks a nagging senpai for helping her. At the end of the presentation, Ikeda forces Kosuke to apologize to Kaku for the insults. But Kaku is glad he could engage in a lively discussion. Himuro then confronts Yukimura. What was he doing with Kanade earlier on?! Oh dear, sh*t hits the fan…

Episode 11
Though Kanade explains her best, Himuro although accepts this explanation and that it is not her fault, what she cannot accept is how Yukimura is able to do it easily with other women. She starts lashing out at him despite in her heart this is not what she wants to say. Yukimura argues back about the experiments they’ve done. It’s not like they’re dating, right? That was it. A slap across the face. The rest of the trip that is supposed to be fun and relaxation is now ruined with the tension between them high. What can the rest do? Probably what Ibarada says is correct. They’re always fighting. Technically. So it’s best to leave them alone. More tension when Himuro asks Yukimura the reason she is angry. Oh dear. Trap question! Answering with scientific logic earns him a slap with her handbag. I guess that’s not it. Later Himuro confides in Kanade. She actually didn’t want to say all that and is regretting all that she did. Back in their room, Kanade tries to explain about jealousy and love but this leads to Himuro typing a thesis on some psychology topic of romantic emotions. Kanade suggests they reconcile because she was having a lot of fun watching them conduct experiments together. And so with Yamamoto, they discuss a reconciliation plan. Himuro’s flashback tells us she never had any friends nor was she interested in love. Girls bullied her because of her intellect and there was a guy who confessed to her but she rejected him. Then of course she met Yukimura. Things started to get different for her. It got her hopes up that something wonderful would happen. The girls go shop for a present and a glass case would make a lovely gift. Himuro is done with her apology thesis (?!) and has her present ready. She goes out to find Yukimura. She meets him and the moment she hands her present, it is broken in pieces! Disheartened, Himuro runs away as her thoughts in disarray, wondering if anything in life will ever go right for her. Yukimura picks up her dropped thesis. He goes back to his room. His dead serious looks on his face. He is going to commence reconciliation with Himuro now. Meticulously and completely.

Episode 12
Yukimura can’t find Himuro anywhere. Kanade and Kosuke help search but to no avail. Yukimura notices the present really broken into pieces so Ibarada says she saw what happened. She saw Himuro trip on the last flight of stairs and also she saw Yamamoto secretly going back into her room prior. Yukimura then confronts Yamamoto and knows she is the one who broke the present. He explains according to Himuro’s height and the casing of the present, that kind of drop cannot shatter it so. Hence somebody must have smashed it with a hammer. Only Yamamoto could do such a thing as Kanade who helped picked the present isn’t that kind of person. Yamamoto admits to it and explains about the psychological study of Romeo and Juliet effect. Something about interference around will cause feelings of love to increase. In short, Yukimura and Himuro’s relationship must hit rock bottom in order for it to dramatically make a comeback. Yamamoto would do anything for her manga and has achieved it. It is the same for Yukimura. So he warns her to not Himuro any further or else. Yamamoto points the direction of where Himuro went. We see her walking on a bridge. Her high heels just broke. Sitting there dejectedly and reminiscing all those regrets. Until Yukimura shows up to lecture her not to base all those thoughts on assumption. Yes, he is here to berate her on her poorly written presentation!!! Himuro claims she cannot think straight as her head and heart are in a mess. Showing evidence of spiking body readings and rates, she can’t take this anymore. She wants to hold him. Embrace her! As they hug, it seems all the elements and factors for a kiss are appropriate. Yup, at maximum point value. Then they kiss! Finally! Something that we can understand! The proof we all can wholesomely accept! Of course they back off and realize this unscientific act they were doing. Yukimura has to carry Himuro all the way back as they talk more about that scientific stuffs… Back to confusing territory… Meanwhile Ibarada gets back at Yamamoto by ordering lots of food. She’s covering for this trip, right? That manga better be a hit… Back at the lab, Yukimura and Himuro deny their kiss to Kanade and give all sorts of (scientific) excuses. They are not amused with each other and start arguing. So is another kiss going to prove it again?

Love Actually: Kagakusha Ni Koi Wa Muzukashii
First thing, I want to apologize… I didn’t really get it at all! OMG. Am I such a dumb person?! Oh well. It is no big deal. On and off I do admit myself that I’m such a simpleton and that such complicated stuffs do not register in my mind. Enter into one ear, out the other. Sad… And just like they say in the end, the research on love will continue to go on. But my guts tell me that nobody will eventually understand what love is… So is this research doomed from the start? Well, never try, never know.

Hence this show is a hit or miss depending on your state of intellect. Uh huh. I have this feeling that this series isn’t for the ordinary people even if it is meant to be. In other words, this show is the anime equivalent to that American series, The Big Bang Theory: An intelligent show for stupid people! Somewhat! Maybe some will go so far as to say this show is too nerdy because of all the theories and such but I guess that’s what happens when you’re not ‘smart’ enough. Heh.

Like I’ve said, you can find this series to be highly entertaining and enlightening or you can find this as one big bore and snore fest. Its content is somewhat a double edge sword as its brand of humour as well as the ‘plot’ relies on the scientific theories and explanations. Therefore Yukimura and Himuro getting really serious (and sometimes exaggerated) in their efforts to explain their experiments, this is supposed to be the main source of comedy. It looks funny on the superficial level but if you try to understand their justifications deeply, you might start to get lost. So it is unique compared to most other romcom animes that rely on the typical clichés of its trope. What we get are bits and pieces of scientific theories that also touch the psychological aspects. See if you can try to make sense and apply it in your life!

Unless you’re the kind of person who denies science outright (then there is nothing more to be said), the experiments and hypotheses justifying the experiments on love cannot be easily brushed off as hogwash nor could it be easily accepted as a critical model to work with. Science is merely but a mode, a systematic structure and study of the physical world based on observation and experimentation. Love is just like everything else and it cannot be simply justified by one brand of theory or experiment. Even as seen using various methodologies to try and prove one ‘simple’ topic, it seemingly does not get anywhere close to the desired results. So keep on trying till you get the results you want? Persistence is key! Hence the interesting parts in this series are some of the small scientific theories and concepts explained (sometimes expanded a little via Rikekuma) and although they are just touching the tip of the iceberg, those who are further interested can look up on your own. Personally, it is enlightening and educational but unfortunately I don’t have that kind of inquisitive scientific mind so once the episode is done, I usually forget the whole thing. Because it is irrelevant in my life! Sad…

Safe to say the characters aren’t anything much but Yukimura and Himuro conducting experiments to prove their feelings for each other sometimes feels like the biggest roundabout way to express their love. The irony that they’re just like any other human beings when confronted with the crazy little thing called love. In certain ways, they are no different than a shy guy trying to express his love to his equally shy crushed. Using science just make it all seemingly look intellectual. Instead of getting it over in a few minutes, their romance thingy is dragged out to a dozen episodes (like how many other romance dramas too but less scientific). The theories they come up with feel like an excuse to ‘hide’ their feelings because once the results they want show up, they would probably use this answer (AKA excuse) to finally confess to each other. So yeah, we know they both love each other from the start. They’re just being shy and stubborn in not wanting to admit it. But you can’t entirely blame them because as they of a science background, many things must literally make sense and be shown sufficient proof before being accepted. Show me the money in this case would be show me the evidence!

Because of this, their brains and heart conflict and this causes some sort of confusion. If not, more confusion. This is especially so in Himuro’s case. We hear her monologues of how she just really wants to be with Yukimura, hold his hand, be embraced by him, etc. Then she tries to rationalize it with some sort of scientific excuse just to get over this conflicting emotion. Because that is apparently easier for her to accept and understand. Sort of. There are similar cases too for Yukimura but it is less frequent possibly because women are usually more prone to emotions, right? Hey, that’s not sexism. It’s just natural science! We are tempted to just scream out loud that it is simply just love and to have them accept it at face value but it you are an atheist while needing answers about the creation of life and some religious nut shouts to you the same to just accept God, would you? Case in point. Hence the final episode feels like one drawn out justification to justify if they are in love or not. We all believe they are. Unfortunately the scientifically intellects won’t. Just how much damn evidence do you need???!!! No wonder we are all tempted to say screw science and just go with our natural instincts!

The other supporting characters are just, well, supporting. Like Kanade being the most normal among the pack feels like your benchmark of this is what happens when you put a normal person within a group of nerds. Probably most of us would know what it would feel like to be in her shoes, having to tolerate the ‘nonsense’ of the scientific nerds when it could be just as simple as what it looks but just lacking solid evidence. So in some ways, Kanade is like playing the straight man retort role if the nerdy duo overstep their boundaries in science in the name of love. Then there is Kosuke who feels like every group there is this one person who is some slacker. I wonder how he got into this faculty in the first place. It’s not impossible for a gamer dude to be scientific intellect but I feel he would do better as the former. Just saying… Just like Yukimura and Himuro, this guy shows his love in a different from and that is via his dating sim and 2D love of his life, Aika. Just another weirdo with a roundabout way to express his love for Ibarada. You do know that this guy likes the smartest person in the group, right? Big spoiler hint: Aika is a mirror image of Ibarada. So the only way to win over Ibarada is via this 2D clone, right? It’s the only way he gets her love. For now. Isn’t it why he is in the same faculty with her?

I’m sure that Ibarada also shares the same feelings for Kosuke. I mean, they are childhood friends and that says a lot in Japanese culture, right? Because of her status of being the smartest among the group, it would definitely be demeaning if she would to reciprocate Kosuke’s love. It’s like she would have to lower her standards. Doing so also shatters our illusion of her of being the smartest so better not go down that road. Therefore putting on a poker face and being taciturn is best for her character (better remain silent and be thought of a fool than to speak and remove all doubt – but in her case, remain silent and be thought of as wise!) and until Kosuke levels up enough to deserve her love, then only their true romance can start. Geez, love is so complicating! In the meantime, she enjoys teasing him and working him up.

Last but not least, Ikeda being the head professor of this group, he gives a new meaning to having both brawns and brains. He could be a distant relative of Hulk because don’t make him angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. I wonder what kind of science has his muscles bulge out only when he is angry… And Yamamoto, I believe she isn’t all that bad a person to provoke Yukimura and Himuro to this dramatic point. She’s like playing the villain and it is a good thing the duo worked out for the better. See how close they got in the end? Well, sort of. Otherwise she’d be in real sh*t. It won’t be science that ruined her mangaka future…

Art and animation are okay but the overall tone of the series can be a bit dull. It isn’t all that colourful and the series being mostly scientific explanations, the animation can be a little bland to look at sometimes. After all, the only kind of ‘violence’ is when Himuro and Kanade knock on Yukimura’s head or Kanade giving him a judo throw whenever this guy steps over the line and not being considerate enough (carrying on any further would’ve outraged the modesty). This anime is done by Zero-G who did Tsugumomo, Dive, Dorei-ku The Animation and One Room.

Voice acting is also rather okay. Sora Amamiya as Himuro trying to sound like the scientist type but when she gets love stricken, she starts showing signs in her voice like KonoSuba’s Aqua and Hangyakusei Million Arthur’s Danchou. Almost. Then there is Yui Ogura as Yamamoto. In short, it’s really hard to picture her voicing characters that are not loli type. The other casts are Yuuma Uchida as Yukimura (Ash in Banana Fish), Natsuko Hara as Kanade (Mei in Jashin-chan Dropkick), Nichika Omori as Ibarada (Yurine in Jashin-chan Dropkick), Jun Fukushima as Kosuke (Kazuma in KonoSuba), Ryotaro Okiayu as Ikeda (Byakuya in Bleach) and Momo Asakura as Rikekuma (Nagisa in Kaguya-sama Wa Kokurasetai). The opening, Paradox by Sora Amamiya sounds cute but it still sounds like a generic manufactured anime pop. At least it sounds better than the ending theme, Turing Love by Akari Nanawo featuring Sou. I don’t know, this piece sounds like a cacophony with everything all over the place. Especially the rap singing that makes it sound more of noise than music. Seriously. But there is an insert song (usually played in some experiments) that I like most because it’s cute and somewhat romantic, although it is a spoof of Unchained Melody! Makes me want to sing along to it sometimes!

Overall, this series like I’ve said isn’t for everybody. We probably saw and predicted the outcome right from the start and despite the scientific results didn’t really produce something of our expectations or answered and questions, in a way we were entertained and enlightened by it all. Somewhat. I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to appreciate this show. Hey, at least they’re trying to prove whether or not love is real! Instead of just believing in blind faith! Love is amusing. Science is amusing. Yeah. What a weird chemistry the both are. It just goes to show that when it comes down to the most complicated and basic and natural of things, it is just best to go with your guts. Like how we all have been doing it ever since throughout history. So much simpler to understand this way. Get what I mean? Love is already complicated itself. Don’t need science to add to that misery. Because some things are better left unexplained in detail and that some things just can’t be explained by science. Love is just, uhm, love. Oh, now I’m starting to hear Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got To Do With It…

I thought this would be it. Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] OVA would get serious. They’ll be playing a game that would put their lives on the line. A risky game in which a false misstep or calculation could mean life or death! This is how you rake up the subscriber views, right?! Well… Unfortunately it was just my wishful thinking seeing that this OVA did not even come close to that. Instead, it is an episode made up of a few short skits. Sighs… I guess the fun and games haven’t really end yet.

Mushroom or fish
Kaikoku and Zakuro are fighting… Over fish or mushroom to be added to their dinner. Yes. This fight is about that. So they decide to go search their own fish or mushroom and whoever cooks the better meal and gets the approval of the rest, wins. Also, the loser must to what the winner says for a day. Ultimately both fail to get what they want and slip off a waterfall or cliff. In the end, the dinner gets on find without both ingredients and the irony is that Kaikoku got the mushroom Zakuro wanted while Zakuro got the fish Kaikoku wanted. Yeah, you’ll find things where you search the least.

Pan-da
Paka suggests items for the sports day so Akatsuki suggests a bread eating contest using a panda face with chocolate cream. Paka notes it is hard on the budget but if they put his alpaca face, they’ll get discounts. Agreed!

Switcheroo
Karin is upset that she switched bodies with Akatsuki. While Akatsuki is cool, this poses a lot of problems for Karin. So is she the only one with problems? Though, the next day, Karin now switches with Kaikoku. It seems for the next few days, she switches bodies with everyone else. Zakuro is the only one left and he fears he will be left. We all know his fear for women, right? So to avoid this, he won’t sleep. Easier said than done. Next day, Zakuro has switched bodies… Not with Karin. Karin is still Karin. It’s with Punitsuki… Is this much worse?

Cheer danshi
Continuing the sports festival discussion, they discuss who to be on the cheerleading team. While the guys vote for the girls, they also imagine the guys doing the cheering job, especially Anya being a mean one. And then they imagine Makino doing the cheering… Can’t happen…

Panty thief
Pool episode! Oh yeah. Girls in swimsuits. And yeah, the guys too. Whatever. After done, Akatsuki realizes his underwear is gone. Time to decipher this mystery. Karin accuses Yuzu since she is obsessed with Akatsuki. She dismisses it because she already got all of Akatsuki’s underwear in her collection! Zakuro accuses Kaikoku because of his habit of stealing. But it can’t be because his usual underwear is a fundoshi. Then they all accuse Paka but he denies and gives them food for thought that what if Akatsuki’s underwear was not there in the first place? Hence everybody thinks Akatsuki tried to trick them and stole his own underwear. Here’s the real culprit: Punitsuki!

No show
Sports day is here and only Akatsuki turned up?! Zakuro came down with a flu so Himiko is nursing him. Kaikoku escaped. Makino and Anya slept in. Yuzu and Karin arguing over the cheerleading skirts. But Akatsuki is soon out since his whole body is aching from the practice and now needs to see a chiropractor. Sports day is cancelled?

Drunken spring
Everyone goes for hanami. Of course with everyone drinking sake, they soon start acting rowdy because that is what drunk people do, right? Even when Himiko uses her flash grenades to maintain order, it all amounts to nothing when she herself gets drunk. WTF she is now the God of White Rice Inaba?! When everyone passes out, Karin who has not drink and sat there quietly, finally takes a sip. It’s like everybody knew she did so and woke up just to get drunk and party altogether again. Oh yeah. Great times. Next day, everybody has a hangover and doesn’t remember what happened. Accept something about God of White Rice Inaba!

Sleeping beauty
Imagine, 3 short clips of watching Makino’s sleeping face… 3 FREAKING SHORT CLIPS…

And the award goes too…
Paka reviews all the skits and is going to award his Akapalsy Prize. Looks like he is going to award it to the underwear skit when he sees the unsatisfied players standing behind him. They beat him up. So I guess the award is cancelled? Personally, I think all are worthy of being the dumbest award!

Bro You Just Posted Cringe, You’re Going To Lose Subscribers!
Ah well, the short skits aren’t that bad and are fun in its own way. It reminds me of the final episode of the TV series whereby they’re all just playing games and having fun. Heck, that is what the entire series was about. There was no danger to them in anyway and you bet they’ll be as fine as they are as before. Also, they’ll just somehow win the game anyway. So yeah, this OVA doesn’t put much on the plate and it feels like to give some of the fans a slightly more good time as we see more antics from the usual suspects. Really nothing much at all. Since they didn’t show the view counts at the end, I’m thinking that these shenanigans might be costing Nakanohito to lose viewership! So if you’re like me hoping to see a death game starting, might as well hop on to Darwin’s Game that was currently running while this OVA was released. They may be a bunch of genius in their respective game genres so don’t expect them to jump in and get involved with the real game of death that is Darwin’s Game. They’re much smarter than that. After all, some just want to play games just to have fun, right? Me, anymore of this cringe and I’m gonna hit that dislike and unsubscribe button soon.

Black Clover

April 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magic Knights Recruitment Arc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dungeon Exploration Arc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Royal Capital Arc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eye Of The Midnight Sun Arc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seabed Temple Arc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stringing along – Vanessa too. With her string magic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Witches’ Forest Arc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Festival Arc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Royal Knights Entrance Exam Arc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reincarnation Arc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shokugeki No Souma S4

April 11, 2020

Thank you for waiting patiently. Your meal is now ready to be served and enjoyed. Please do enjoy. Boy, this main course meal sure took like forever to almost come out. I’m talking about Shokugeki No Souma S4. Or is it actually Shokugeki No Souma S3 part 2 of part 2. Oh wait. Actually, Shokugeki No Souma S3 part 3. Argh! All that waiting has made my brain go hungry fast and now I’m so confused! Why the heck did they take over a year to get this fourth season out when it is basically a continuation???!!! LET ME EAT ALL THOSE GLORIOUS COOKING, DAMNIT!!!

Episode 1
Short flashback shows Souma liaising with Isshiki to get a few more members on their side. Though Kuga and Mimasaka agreed, Megishima instantly turned him down. In the second round, we have Mimasaka vs Soumei Saitou, Megishima vs Rindou and Kuga vs Tsukasa. Apart from seeing Rindou’s crazy cutting skills as she cut up the little crocodile as part of her menu, the remaining half of this episodes shows how Megishima ended up on Souma’s team. Apparently Souma and Megumi go to see him personally. Of course he turned them down again. You see, Megishima hates competition and even more so the Shokugeki. Food shouldn’t be used as tools as competition and if there was something that needs competing, it is the satisfaction of the customers. However he got fed up that people always wanted to challenge them all so he took on all of them, beat them and ended up as the third seat of the Elite Ten. Well, former third seat now. Souma tries to even ‘bribe’ him he will give his ramen culture preferential treatment if he wins but Megishima still won’t take the bait. Until Souma challenges him to a ramen battle. Megishima doesn’t view this as a challenge but as punishment. After all, he makes the best ramen in Japan. Souma loses the first time but will not give up. Each time, Megishima’s ramen ends up way superior. Even though Souma’s ramen can never beat his, Souma wants every dish to be free. Azami is planning to change all that and Souma intends to protect that environment. That is the clincher that made Megishima join his side. So technically Souma ‘won’ because Megishima forfeited. Hence Megishima’s promise is to give all he’s got at this Shokugeki. Now, Megishima and Rindou are crazily going all out dumping their battled themed cayenne peppers into their dish.

Episode 2
The cooking drama continues. Highlights: Tsukasa using a grater that is so long that it looks like a sword. Mimasaka supporting Kuga by making him soy sauce. Mimasaka mimicking every move Saitou makes perfectly. Because Saitou values bushido in everything, this sushi master even lends his knife for Mimasaka to use. Eventually, Mimasaka and Saitou finish their dish first. Both dishes look exactly the same but Mimasaka having an additional sushi, gunkanmaki. Similarly, Rindou and Megishima also finishes theirs so the judges are going to judge all their dishes together. After all the mind blowing exaggerations, praises and everything, the results are clear. The judges unanimously vote for Rindou and Saitou. It seems Mimasaka was unable to trace a very minor detail, allowing more invisible cuts than usual and hence the flavour couldn’t spread and linger in the mouth. And Rindou’s dish brought out the mild alligator meat into some fragrant rich realm of flavour. Whatever. Her crocodile beat the elephant, right? And now Kuga has finished his. Confident he can turn the tables?

Episode 3
Kuga narrates he was confident in his skills and went undefeated. Until he challenged Tsukasa to a Shokugeki and loss in a humiliating way. But that is not the worse part. The next day, Tsukasa couldn’t even remember the name of that shorty he fought! Hence Kuga vowed to improve so he could have a rematch and make Tsukasa remember him. The judges taste Kuga’s dish first. He amazes them by mixing Chinese with French cooking. Now it’s Tsukasa’s turn. The judges couldn’t complete eating his dish and they are already orgasming like hell! Can they even take the next bite!!! With that, they unanimously declare Tsukasa as the winner without hesitation. Though it is a total loss for this round for the rebels, it is all part of Erina’s plan. You see, Tsukasa and Rindou are so exhausted from the battle that they have to skip the next round and rest up. This is part of Erina’s strategy to wear them down and boost their team’s morale. Hence Kuga and co’s loss aren’t in vain. The next round pits Souma against Saitou with butter as their theme. Then we have Takumi against Eizan using beef as the ingredient. Finally it is Megumi versus Momo using apples.

Episode 4
We all think Megumi is the weakest link and her fate is sealed, right? Time for a flashback to change our minds! Yup, during that train trip, she had a personal coaching from Shinomiya himself. That’s right. Don’t write her off yet. At first she was so intimidated by him but I guess there is a limit to that so she ‘broke’ and got her motivation from some ping pong manga. She might be a slow learner but she never gave up and continued to persevere under his guidance. Momo finishes her rose apple cupcake first. Even the aroma is enough to send the judges into orgasm. What do you think tasting it will have an effect on them? Yup. Thought so. Megumi serves up… A plain dorayaki?! Don’t judge yet! Wait till you take a bite. You could say that she is giving Momo a run for her money as the judges are also impressed with the sweet apple content. Just when they think that this is still not enough to beat Momo, they still see her fighting spirit in her eyes. You mean there is more to this? Yup, eat more and deeper into this dorayaki. OMG. Something amazing happening!!!

Episode 5
After all that deliberation, Momo wins by a whisker. Of course, everybody is proud of Megumi but she still can’t hide her tears from her loss. Yeah, she put in a lot of effort. We now focus on Takumi and Eizan. Eizan is being sneaky as he uses artichoke that has lots of cynarine bitter flavour. Because Takumi’s pizza needs time to bake, Eizan will present his dish first and when Takumi presents his, his pizza’s flavour filled with sweet shigureni is going right to the gutter after he spams the judges with artichokes. All going as planned until Takumi’s pizza is done. He has the judges taste the half with sweet shigureni first. It still tastes good. It seems Takumi has changed the formula of his recipe by reducing the amount of sweetness and enhance more acidic and bitter flavours. Takumi has been observing Eizan since the start of the match and his previous battle with Mimasaka proved useful because he is now thinking how the enemy would think. Knowing that Eizan would use this underhanded technique, that is when Takumi set his course to turn Eizan’s dish as the opening act while his own dish as the main act. Then the judges eat the other cheesy half and fall into ecstasy with the ultimate harmony of its 4 cheeses. With Eizan cursing he has been used, it goes without saying that Takumi wins this match.

Episode 6
Saitou serves his buttered seafood rice bowl first. You can guess how good it is. Of course there needs to be explanation why he became this good and it wasn’t just because of the fish his using but the base ingredients. Then a flashback on his past. His family used to run a small sushi business. His mom decided to go for training and improve but those conservative sushi guys didn’t like a woman becoming a great chef and just made her do petty chores. Eventually she overworked herself and Saitou took over the business. Slowly, he owned all those arrogant sushi jerks with his cooking. Souma admits his cooking is great by why side with Azami? Because he wants to protect the weak. Coincidentally, this is also Souma’s goal. Now it’s Souma’s turn to show his toasted butter pilaf sushi. The aroma itself is enough to make the judges hungry. It becomes apparent as they eat his dish, they have better reaction and praises. The factor that contributed to Souma making this dish is all of his previous battles with everyone ever since he came to Totsuki. Unlike Saitou who continued to refine his single blade so he won’t lose, Souma continued to use and break as many blades as he can. With Saitou admitting his loss, the judges too unanimously vote Souma as the winner.

Episode 7
Okay, now we’re going into the matches of the heavyweights. This next round pits Tsukasa against Isshiki (wild rabbit), Rindou vs Takumi (spear squid) and Momo taking on Erina in her debut (brown sugar). Momo seems to be irritated ever since her win against Megumi so Erina is going to tell her why she is so. Via cooking, of course. Momo finishes first and makes a kingdom of roll cakes. Don’t be fooled by the cute looks. Because it tastes delicious AND cute! She’s made enough for everybody in the crowd to taste too. Now it’s Erina’s turn to present her soufflé. Might look plain in comparison but because it has hidden red bean with brown sugar inside, it is like dorayaki. While she explains her creation, Momo questions this because it seems had she used a different method, she would have made this the perfect dish. So Erina lets Momo taste it. And you guessed it, Momo is taken in by the cuteness of the taste and all. And of course, the explanation how she does it all. Hence Erina lectures Momo and despite she has used her talents to create perfect dishes, she is irritated when there is an even cuter and better unknown dish outside the world she has ruled. Erina knows because she went through the same thing (yeah, those visual rapes from Souma, remember?!). Momo tries to fight it but eventually gives in to how cute and tasty this dish is. It goes without saying, Erina wins this. The rebel side celebrate her victory and Souma even joining in but taunting her how he copied his style and all. Of course she denies. But a sudden announcement from Azami. It seems there will be a change in judges from now on. He will be the judge. Isn’t it a bit too late? Well…

Episode 8
Everybody is crying foul with Azami being one of the judges. Shockingly, Senzaemon has also agreed to this. And to be ‘fair’, the other judges will be top ranking Bookmen from WGO, Courage and Decora. I guess we need some more hot babes for fanservice… Since Anne herself is also a top ranking Bookmen, she wants to continue the judging. Okay, so be it. The rebels still cry foul at this new line-up but Souma looks at this in a positive light. Because now they can let Azami taste their cooking. Back to the cooking, Takumi and Rindou have finished theirs at the same time. It is Takumi’s calamari ripieni against Rindou’s Peruvian causa. After all the tasting, all that needs to be said and react, the judges all unanimously vote for Rindou. Now going for the final match of this round, Isshiki finishes his first and he stuns everyone with his very traditional Japanese rabbit soup. So with all the praises and explanation, we also have this weird reconciliation between Isshiki and Nene. You know, Nene being sceptical why he always looked so happy while cooking and she thinks it is because it is being easy being a prodigy. After all, he always masters everything instantly. Then of course, Isshiki had to thank her and called her his saviour because without her, he wouldn’t be into cooking. As the eldest child of his family, he already had the burden to master everything thrown to him. He never realized the meaning of cooking until he saw Nene doing so. Seeing her profile then, he changed his thought that cooking could be fun after all. Okay, enough trying to make the feels in Nene and get on deliberating the soup. Well, everyone says Isshiki has a bloody good chance of taking down Tsukasa…

Episode 9
Tsukasa interrupts Isshiki and Nene’s talk so as to ask him to join his side. Well, he has until he finishes his cooking to think about it. Tsukasa serves the judges the wild rabbit in a royal western style. At first, it tastes like it lacks the oomph compared to Isshiki’s dish. But once they discover and taste the hidden flavours, here comes to reactions. I guess we know who is going to win so they don’t want to prolong the drama. Hence Tsukasa wins unanimously. Isshiki turns down Tsukasa’s offer because he wants to continue to have fun cooking in his own way. For the next match, Senzaemon suggests a change in format. It will be the final match and a real team match. They will cook a 2 course meal with one as the appetizer and the other as the main. Any ingredients can be used as long as it is a truly gourmet multi-course meal. Azami agrees to this and also blatantly believes Erina does not have what it takes to do this type of meal. Erina talks back that she has changed ever since. She is no longer his obedient little girl. As everyone leaves, Takumi asks Rindou if she is worried because during their match he could feel her uneasiness. Of course she denies. Souma and Erina continue to bicker what they should do. Their ideas too different. Oh boy. This is going to take all night. Or never.

Megishima confronts Rindou and asks about her uneasiness. I guess she is more open to him. She never thought how things would turn out once they obtained what they wanted. 5 years ago, she hanged out with him since he looked super fun as he worked the hardest in perfecting his cooking craft. She made a vow that they would take the top 2 seats of the Elite Ten. After achieving that, Tsukasa got offers to travel around the world and cook for others. But the more people praised his cooking, the more annoyed he became. One day, Azami came to tell him personally that his cooking sucked. Since then, Tsukasa hanged out with him often. Azami somewhat told him the dilemma he was facing. Because Tsukasa can’t rate paintings as he doesn’t know about that industry, it is the same for other people when they eat his food. They only say it is good because of his position as the top Elite Ten. Hence he is tired of that. Azami suggested of using his energy for those who understand him. Part of his plan to save all the chefs from suffering using the quickest way was of course Erina’s God’s tongue. Azami could have harboured ambitions to take over Totsuki then but what does Rindou know? She seemed to support Azami’s plan only because she wanted to continue making more delicious things with Tsukasa. The next day before the finals begin, we see the top Elite Ten already organized and decided. Tsukasa will be the main dish while Rindou the appetizer. What about Souma and Erina? Despite having bags under their eyes, we believe they have been up all night arguing. Because they’re still arguing now. And if they are still deciding what’s what via rock-scissors-paper, it means nothing was decided! We’re so screwed! Eventually Erina won the right to do the main dish. We’re all doomed…

Episode 10
Tsukasa and Rindou’s teamwork is flawless. Souma and Erina… Still bickering… Rindou creates a beautiful millefeuille that has formic acid from ants as its secret ingredient. It elevates Tsukasa’s main dish of chevreuil (venison) into a higher level. He even lets Souma tastes it and this venison dish is far more superior than the one in their mock Shokugeki. Then some of the audience realize they are half naked. What’s this crap about Azami’s specialty called Gifting? Basically his delicious thoughts slipped out from his mind and caused others to unintentionally strip! WTF???!!! I guess we need more variety to exploding and ripping clothes reaction. Souma seems to be letting Erina taste the ingredients he has. Last night when Isshiki told him about Azami’s plan to use her God’s tongue as a revolution, hence Souma gets this idea to use it himself. And so his appetizer comes out as one huge chunk of meat that looks like cartoon cavemen will eat! But don’t judge a meat by its looks. Biting it gives you that terrific experience. The deeper you bite the more you exciting flavours it brings out. And with the judges stripping, I guess that is what that Gifting crap so as to tell us that Azami can’t lie to us and that he finds this dish delicious too. So he explains while this dish is on par with Tsukasa’s, however that is only if ranked as an individual dish. Because this is a gourmet battle, this dish fails. While everyone is shocked at Souma for not being a team player, Souma reminds Erina that he really wants to win this. Because Tsukasa’s chevreuil is his specialty, he realized that none of Erina’s suggested dish would be enough to beat this. Therefore they need to beat him with all they’ve got with 2 specialities. In other words, Erina must make a better dish than Souma. Basically, this is also a Shokugeki between them. She must beat Souma’s dish if they stand a chance to win this.

Episode 11
So Erina decides to start a new dish from scratch? Do we have enough time? You bet. And so what’s this we hear Senzaemon mention about every dish Erina makes is a specialty but also not a specialty? They trying to confuse us viewers with an empty stomach? Erina finishes her dish that turns to be an oyakodon. Everybody is shocked since it is a dish she rated lowly. Azami refuses to eat it after looking at it because it doesn’t fit whatever true gourmet description. Of course she tells him he is supposed to judge its taste and not its looks. As Tsukasa and Rindou also want to taste, they have to start with Souma’s appetizer first. Good of course. Now comes Erina’s dish. Superb! To put it shortly. She explains how she makes it and it seems the key ingredients are squid and peanut butter! This is not a joke! That hideous dish Souma created is her ultimate ingredients?! Of course she has her God’s tongue to fine tune it all. Oh, Erina smiling so beautiful like that, you bet daddy won’t accept it. Okay. Erina introduces the final secret ingredient topping. Some chicken cubes. Everybody else feeling so good. Of course, not Azami. The rest of the episode sees him b*tching and complaining why it’s not. Why he is the saviour of chefs and cooking. He’s not going to let some tragedy happen again. His revolution!!! OH STFU!!! It’s already getting annoying at this point. And then the ultimate kicker. His Gifting starts to make everybody strip! Ah, even if his mind says no, his body says yes. So eventually, cooking needs freedom and this allowed Erina to grow after she met all those ‘contaminated’ people that became her ultimate spice for cooking. So can he not please decide what happiness is for everybody? Ultimately, Azami himself strips. And that decides it all. Erina and Souma wins! The rebels win!

Episode 12
Even after the win, Souma and Erina are still quarrelling. It’s a good thing they’ve won, right? Or Souma will never hear the end of Erina complaining of straying from her plans. No wonder Tsukasa is so confused. They are so opposite of each other and couldn’t seem to work together but yet they could make better dishes. Oh right. You just need to have fun cooking. Azami leaves in a huff. Sore loser? Don’t worry. He’ll keep his word. So as not to be a total loss, Joucihirou and Dojima have a little talk with him. A bit of apology for leaving him alone and some words of encouragement that it isn’t the end of the world. Yeah, there’s still hope for him. Now with the choosing of the new Elite Ten, Rindou takes this chance to take Tsukasa around the world. Hey. No more paperwork! Freedom! At first it looks like Erina would take the first seat but to everyone’s surprise, Erina suggests Souma as he was the one who made the pivotal decisions. In that case, Erina will be the director since Senzaemon wants to retire. Souma will not accept his position if Erina doesn’t become director as he feels she is still better than him. After all, her cooking surpassed his, that’s why they won, right? As the new Elite Ten leader, Souma axes all the stiff rules. Anybody can do Shokugeki with anybody anytime. No collaterals! Man, everybody is going to get busy with Shokugeki 24/7. And that is what happens with the new school term starts. Uh huh. Hayama, Ryo and Alice Shokugeki each other all the time. We see the seniors and former Elite Ten members graduate and doing great with their dreams. We also see all the other characters at Totsuki are up to. Things are looking up for them. The most shocking one if I should say is Megumi taking a trip around the world to learn their culture and implement it in her cooking. No more the shy girl now. So if you’re curious of the new line-up for the new Elite Ten: 1) Souma; 2) Isshiki; 3) Kuga; 4) Hayama; 5) Ryo; 6) Alice; 7) Takumi; 8) Eizan; 9) Nene; 10) Megumi. Mimasaka could have been part of the line-up but he declined, claiming he needed to improve himself with a cooking that won’t need any mimicking. And there you have it people. The new Elite Ten of the future. Souma now swamped with paperwork, though…

Cooking Like A Boss
Oh well. And you thought that was the end of it. That cliff-hanger of a new character approaching Erina hints that this isn’t over yet. Not the true real ending yet. A new (mini) danger to Totsuki and a (mini) test of her new leadership? As you have guessed it. There is going to be another season. Most probably it will be the last in the series as the manga already ended way back in mid-2019. I think I know how it will end but please, no spoilers for me! But then again, the anime may end up taking a different and original route.

So as you can see, this season continues where we left off from the second part of season 3 that aired in 2018. At this point in time, I have to admit that I am starting to feel fatigue in this series because it is more or less the same thing. Even more so when this whole season is to conclude the team Shokugeki. We see who gets paired with who and to add to the drama of the whole cooking process and as not to show how boring it is, that is why we have snippets of the cooking in action while being spammed with lots of flashbacks what happened prior. Then the tasting, the deliciously and hilariously over the top reactions when the godly dishes are tasted. Spam more explanations how they are made and the ingredients that they put in to turn this into a super aphrodisiac. And you can perhaps guess who will win too. My guessing rate is at 99% because I didn’t expect the final match to be a tag team one. I thought it would be the Souma x Rindou with Erina x Tsukasa so that it would turn into a Souma x Tsukasa final just for Souma to get his revenge match. That would be so boring, right? But despite Souma is the main protagonist of this anime (it has his name in it, duh), I suppose we can’t ignore the other main supporter who is also Erina. Just like all great dishes, it is also the other supporting ingredients and sauces that help the main dish to taste real good. Wow. Do I sound like a food philosopher now?

Speaking of the food that all of them cooked for this season, it is with mixed feelings that although I still do enjoy in whatever dish they come up with, it is unfortunate that I cannot taste them. I guess that is why to compensate for all you disgruntled viewers and gluttons who can’t taste them, here, have this reaction fanservice instead. Honestly, I prefer to have to eat the food rather than visual eye candy ;p. But anyway, for the umpteenth time now, the reactions are of course over the top exaggerations just to convey to us how super good the food really is. It is amazing that they have eaten so much of it and didn’t die from all the heart pounding delusions. I swear, they must have laced drugs in it. Oh, who needs drugs when you’re super talented chefs! And furthermore, having females as judges is so obvious for fanservice purpose. I wonder if they all can remain a virgin after eating so many of this food raping cooking. I swear, one day all these girls are really gonna get raped by the food they eat. I mean, REALLY get raped. Yeah, it’s no different when they take a bite and put it in their mouth. Too bad guys, only orgasmic food can satisfy them like that multiple times!

Now that Souma is the new first seat of Elite Ten, he has given freedom to everyone to just do Shokugeki at any time. This is a bit worrying because instead of having other school activities like studying, everybody will be busy in an iron chef cooking showdown and those not involved will be much inclined to go watch. I know this is a culinary school and also it is best for budding chefs to improve themselves via hands on approach. But with everybody busy with all the Shokugeki action, there won’t be time for anything else. Because somebody has got to grow the ingredients. Somebody has got to store them. Somebody has got to prepare the Shokugeki. Somebody needs to get the paperwork done!!! Oh yeah. It feels like Tsukasa actually won the lottery despite losing. Total freedom! I can see why he isn’t the least bit upset. And with all the Shokugeki battles, will there be enough time for proper research for new and improved recipes? Not all foods can be created through such elaborated food fights, you know. And are you sure that such high class quality food is what they can serve to the normal people all the time? Okay, whatever. Just enjoy your cooking.

The rest of the characters here feel meh. Souma plays the secondary role as the big focus is on Erina. After everything that has happened, it is a good thing that this girl who started out as some high class snobbish b*tch, didn’t turn into a final boss character whom Souma would have to face off and defeat. It is a good thing that she has somewhat become an ally from all the weirdoes that she has been with ever since. So a lot of good things have had happened to her ever since and that helps in expanding her vision and cooking. This in turn helps her to get the much needed strength to fight back against her stubborn and rigid father. Speaking of Azami, I suppose at this point we are getting tired of hearing how he wants to create his utopia and give everyone some salvation, free from all the suffering. So he thinks he is God, huh? That’s the mistake he already made first.

And you thought that Gifting crap was some sort of nonsense that they had to think up because with Azami being the bad guy here, he isn’t going to play fair in achieving what he wants. And so with people stripping, it is visual and physical proof that he also finds the cooking delicious (itadakimasu for the fanservice too). It’s the only way the rebels can actually defeat this guy is with Azami using his own Gifting on himself. It’s nonsense and mind blowing but whatever. And to show that he isn’t the Hitler of his series, he is offered some sort of ‘salvation’ so he isn’t so much of a bad guy. Yeah, it all boils down that he is still Erina’s father. His dream might not have been realized but the dreams of others carry on. Yup. The culinary world still turns like it has been before.

And you thought that Souma’s worst dish of squid and peanut butter was some running joke all forgotten. Who’d knew that it would come back to bite us in the ass as not a joke at all! And Erina is the one who made it! Boy, all those tasting of Souma’s dishes must have finally gotten to her. Yeah, remember how Souma’s dishes ‘raped’ her back then? Oh, the memories. Now she’s using it to rape other people too. Haha! So this is her specialty? Okay. Whatever makes you happy and smile. And everybody else… Meh. Especially those rebels reduced to being another one of those commentators giving their deductions and thoughts about everything. It’s the only way they could stay relevant this season. They powered up Megumi in the final scenes to at least show that she is worthy of the tenth spot of the Elite Ten. Wouldn’t want the old nervous wreck Megumi to be sitting at that spot that could have easily gone to Mimasaki, Mito, Isami or even Ibusaki. It feels like a sudden drastic change in character but I guess it does a lot of good for her in many ways.

This season’s opening theme is Chronos by Stereo Dive Foundation. I don’t know if the hard rock punk music fits the pacing of this series. But after all the craziness in the food reaction we have seen, I guess it is. Nano Ripe returns to sing the ending theme (she did so for the second and part 1 of the third season). Emblem sounds pretty okay and average to me and nothing that special. But what makes it weird is the ending credits animation where I find it so gay. Especially that scene of everybody lying and posing in the snow just to make a kanji word of ‘kami’ (God). Like, WTF?! This is so gay no matter how you look at it!!! I think this takes the cake of being the most cringey of the cringiest cringe fest.

Also another thing that I just noticed, it might have been very old and stale news to you guys but I realized that Risa Taneda no longer voiced Erina ever since the third season! I read the news she was taking a hiatus to treat her throat ailment then but never gave much thought about it. Yeah, it never even occurred to me how she was voicing her roles during her hiatus. Hey, she’s not my favourite seiyuu anyway! And as time passed, she’s back to business and currently can be heard in some animes I watched like the recent Strike The Blood series. But since she never retained her Erina character, Hisako Kanemoto took over that role but I never ever figured out the difference. As far as my (horrible) memory remembers, they do sound alike so perhaps that’s why I never noticed. Only when I coincidentally stumbled upon this that I realized so.

Overall, this season is still as entertaining as always but it is not the best. I know this is the formula of this series but even when you eat your favourite food every day, you will eventually get bored of it. That is why spice is the variety of life. Oh, do I sound like a real food philosopher now? So I hope that even if this formula remains the same, I hope my enthusiasm will not diminish as we reach the final home stretch for this series. It will finally be over. The long main meal of the course will finally end. Hopefully we will be full and satisfied by then and leave with all the great memories of tasting this delicious series. So be patient. Even though hungry makes you angry. The best (finale) is yet to come. Hopefully. So stay tuned for Shokugeki No Souma S5. Or is it Shokugeki No Souma S4 part 2? Oh wait. Is it actually Shokugeki No Souma S3 part 4?!

Rifle Is Beautiful

April 5, 2020

Oh yeah. It’s time for another anime about girls with guns. Uh huh. Time to see those sexy hot chicks with their pistols or duel wielding guns akimbo in pure high octane gun action. Bang! Bang! BANG!!! Pew! Pew! PEW!!! Let the blood splatter and the body count intensify! Oh… What’s that you say? You mean Rifle Is Beautiful isn’t that kind of girls with guns anime???!!! SAY WHAT???!!! So if you are one of those who have been trolled like yours truly, indeed this technically an anime about girls with guns. However it’s not like what you’d expect from the likes of Madlax, Noir or even Canaan. Or even Upotte whereby guns are anthropomorphized as girls. This is a rifle shooting sports series. Oh… Oh… Oh…Oh well, I guess that’s okay as long as there cute girls shooting their guns…

Episode 1
Hikari Kokura is eager to join the rifle club of Chidori High. Due to her bad sense of direction, she can’t find the club but thanks to her friend, Izumi Shibusawa, they make it. Only… The club is closed! The teacher reveals that because of the lack of interests of girls and guns, the club was recently closed down. Is Hikari’s dream over? Is this the end of the anime? Not quite. Not if they can find 4 members and revive the club. Then they remember somebody who is most likely to join. Erika Meinohama laments her loss to hen unknown Hikari during some middle school shooting competition. Suddenly Hikari pops up before her. What? Didn’t know you enrolled in the same high school? Erika thought she is here to rub it in but with Hikari praising her exceptional skills, you bet Erika is going to join. Don’t bother finding a fourth member because here she is. Uhm, Yuki Nagato? Nope. Yukio Igarashi. She claims they have seen her before but they can’t put her finger on it. I suppose it’s not Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu or that spinoff series of hers either… With the rifle club back in action, we see the girls practising. Don’t worry, they won’t be using live bullets but laser beams. Yeah, don’t want the whole neighbourhood to jump hearing gunshots. We also learn a little bit of the girls like Izumi loves reading and Erika is half Russian who loves Japan (but of course). Also some explanation how this whole rifle beam thing works as well as introducing to us the very hard protective coat and suit they wear. Because Hikari’s coat can’t fit anymore (is it because of her growing boobs?!), Erika invites them to her mansion where they can pick coats from her collection. Basically it also feels like hanging out with a rich girl. Hikari chooses a pink coat and Yukio fools around with a bigger coat that belongs to Erika’s father so much so she gets stuck. More girl hangout time when we see them go to the convenience store to grab some snacks and then head back to celebrate the revival of their rifle club. We see Yukio’s misinterpretation of Erika supposed to be a clichéd tsundere and dojikko while Hikari’s jokes are pure lame… All this friendship bonding somewhat gives them motivation to aim for the Olympics! Oh well, got to dream big while you’re at it.

Episode 2
A brief intro on the shooting format before the girls resume their practice. But it becomes a test of endurance since the ventilation isn’t really good, the girls are feeling the heat and sweating underneath their coat. Nothing like a break to freshen things up. Hikari takes the last shot and hopes to make it count but she sneezes and misses entirely. In the end, Erika tops with the most points but surprisingly Yukio is dead last. She was doing so well at first but gradually tumbles. What’s this about her allergy medication ran out? And then it hit Hikari. Midterms are coming up! Oh sh*t… With the tests over in a flash, Yukio tops the grade. Erika and Izumi did well too. Hikari? Somewhere at the bottom! With that, she has to take remedial tests and Izumi becomes her Spartan trainer to watch over her study. Thankfully she passes them. Time to take time off shooting and focus on a different sport: Softball. We see Hikari and Izumi having no stamina. Then some showdown between Erika and Yukio in which the former wins. Then Hikari falls into depression. What’s eating her? Olympics are coming up and they’re nowhere world class material. Oh well, there’s a reason why we all dream big. But nothing like a big distraction when Izumi has her calm down and eat some apple pie. What was it that she was worrying again? On a serious note, the qualifiers for the Nationals are a month away and at the rate they are shooting, obviously they won’t qualify. I know, practice, practice and more practice, right? But Yukio has a better suggestion like practising with other schools. The problem now is who to contact who. Hikari and Yukio try to get Hikari to contact other rifle clubs but she doesn’t want to do something so troublesome. No kissing up is going to trick her into doing it. With Izumi willing to research some of the other schools, Erika relents and will contact some of the girls she knows.

Episode 3
Chidori will play against Asaka Academy. Yup, runner’s up of last year’s Nationals. The moment they arrive outside their school and see all their accolade banners, Hikari and Izumi turn around and walk home! Don’t run away now! They meet the club’s president, Akira Shinonome and the vice, Misa Kuroi. How is Erika related to Akira? They’re cousins! The girls are divided into groups for the line-up. Yukio is in the first group and she fires a high score that shocks everyone. Hikari and Izumi are in the next group. During practice, Hikari tries to adjust her rifle but it seems she just can’t get it right. But when the actual competition starts, she starts hitting the target. So happy that she lost focus on the next one. Izumi finishes her rounds first. She didn’t do very well so Erika tries to console her that at least she didn’t make any big screw ups. Hence she is largely consistent. Unfortunately Izumi takes it the wrong way like as though there is no improvement. Meanwhile, everyone thinks Hikari will flop during her closing shots. However she seems to be hitting target after target. Maybe her win over Erika wasn’t a fluke, huh? This has Akira note that perhaps she is one who does better in competition where everyone drives her. But she might need to take that back a little since Hikari flops in the last round. Hikari clicks with Asaka’s Karen Sakashita since they both got lousy scores! When Asaka talks how good Akira is, Hikari decides to watch and learn from her. Yeah, such amazing aura now. Besides, the final group pits Erika against Akira. In the end, it is Yukio who takes first place while Akira close behind her. Erika is 4th, Izumi in 12th and Hikari in 21st. Hang in there girls. Practice makes (almost) perfect!

Episode 4
Yukio follows a black cat and ends up in a rapid service train. How did it even get to this? Oh boy, it’s going to be a long journey. Hikari and Izumi hang out together while Akira visits Erika. When school resumes, everyone is shocked that Yukio is so tanned. A couple of girls heard about the rifle club and wants to sit in. This doesn’t make Hikari happier. Yeah, they even shoot better than Hikari! But I guess they’re not really into shooting although they’re happy that Hikari and co are doing well. Sorry, no new members. Hikari is worried that they might not qualify for the qualifiers simply because they don’t have an advisor. Because they share theirs with the shogi club, he is too busy with shogi activities to attend their qualifier. But relax. Erika knows they just need an advisor on paper and that they can just ask another teacher to do it for them. And we know that advisor is going to be Yuuko Tsurumaki. She isn’t an advisor of any clubs because of her meek behaviour and introvert. Then fate has her bump into Yukio. At first she gets shocked thinking she took out her rifle to shoot her! But it’s just to check for damage. Tsurumaki feels the need to improve herself so she sums up her courage to ask to become the rifle club’s advisor. Don’t mind the stammering. At least she tried. Also, Tsurumaki has interests in girls with weapons because when she was young, she used to watch lots of animes of that genre. She offers to make a poster to help recruit members but WTF is this badass poster?! Looks like some movie or something?! To fight is our destiny???!!! And the irony of the girls needing to teach Tsurumaki all about shooting because she knows nothing. Nothing! One thing led to another as Tsurumaki somewhat invites them all to her apartment. We’re going to expect it’s messy but not this messy! Yup, boxes everywhere! Is this what a hoarder looks like? The girls help clean up but I guess she finds everything too precious to be thrown away. I don’t know what happened to those stuffs but her place is so clean now. Then they talk more about the sport as well as the other schools in their area whom they need to defeat to get to the Nationals. Apart from Asaka, there’s the veteran Iseaoka and the rising Kiritani First. Yup, that’s about all of them. But only 5 members can go through. After the girls leave, Tsurumaki is all motivated to do what she can to help them. Meanwhile Asaka just finished their joint practice with Kiritani. Damn snobbish French wannabe b*tches…

Episode 5
The qualifiers are tomorrow and some are nervous the night before (like Izumi) and some over prepare (like Yukio). We are introduced to some of the potentials like Iseoka’s club president, Kozakura Konno and senior, Chiyo Satou as well as Kiritani’s club president, Rei Asakura and sophomores, Komachi Enomoto and Ushio Sanada. Rei and Erika have the same goal of taking down Akira! The qualifiers will be divided into groups and to qualify for the Nationals, 610 points is needed. Going first in the first group is Hikari. Nervous, isn’t she? From her practice score, she isn’t ready to qualify but everybody is shocked that she has been hitting high scores! So they really think she couldn’t make it, huh? It’s all thanks to her stable posture in supporting her rifle. Of course as the match drags on, the heat and tension has some losing focus and their target. Even Hikari is falling into this trap. And then finally she nailed good shots that has her in second place in the provisional standings! Currently on top is Misa. In the next group is Yukio. Komachi throws down a challenge to her that by beating her is the same as beating Asaka. Yukio dares her to try. Because nobody is going to beat her. That’s the spirit.

Episode 6
I guess Hikari is so free now. She wanders around and becomes friends with Rei. They click because they are both very bad at physical sports. With Yukio doing well, Hikari is worried that she will be knocked out! In the end, Yukio shoots to a record high and this leaves Komachi embarrassed and having to eat her words. The next group after this has Izumi’s turn. However she shoots to a mediocre score. It wasn’t anything near Nationals quality. So you bet she is a bit depressed. Tsurumaki tries to cheer her up and take her for a drive. But WTF she got too worried and ended up driving into somebody’s hedge!!! WTF???!!! They have to run the whole way back… In the final group, we have Erika and Akira going head to head with each other. In the aftermath, the results are tabulated and the top 5 (in descending order) who qualify are: Yukio, Rei, Akira, Misa and Erika. Oh damn, Hikari in 6th place just missed out… But wait. Because Rei and Akira are going for the air rifle, this means Hikari as well as Kozakura who is in 7th place, qualify for the Nationals! And because Chidori wins the overall team points, I guess this means the entire team gets to go the Nationals. Yup, Izumi is in too. Wow. Everybody in Chidori in. Hooray! Sorry to interrupt your celebration but just for the record, Karen got last placed… :’(…

Episode 7
Naturally, the Chidori girls go out to celebrate their achievement. Since it is Erika’s treat, can’t complain where she picks to eat. Oh wait. Since Akira and Misa are there, change of plans. Too bad they are invited to sit with them so that’s that. Since they are noisy, Rei who is sitting in the next table has to show her face. She warns the Chidori girls not to get this victory to their head because there were many girls who failed to make the cut and cried. Hikari doesn’t know if they can win but they’ll do their best and have fun. In school, Hikari doesn’t have anybody else to talk to about this rifle sport. But the moment she mentions her club is going to the Nationals, everybody becomes excited and starts talking to her! Wow. She’s like the star. But they still won’t go so far as to join the club. Bummer. A few days before the test, bad news hits. If they fail more than 3 subjects, going to the Nationals is off because of remedial classes. Tsurumaki should have told them earlier but she forgot… I guess that car wrecked incident got to her… Anyway, we know Hikari is in danger of missing out. So Erika hosts a study session. If you’re wondering why Yukio is also here, her grades are also sh*t! Double bummer. Izumi is like the kind mother who tutors Hikari and yet the latter still so blur. Erika is like the Spartan trainer lashing out Yukio so much so the latter seeks solace in the bosoms of mother Izumi. The study session goes into the wee hours of the morning but they completed it. In the end, the girls pass their tests. Only Erika is displeased because Yukio outranked her?! Tsurumaki seems to be asking her girls which one is more feminine. Oh, is it that time of year when she thinks she needs to snag a man before she pasts her expiry date? Not sure about this delusion of trying to make Yukio smile, though. Hikari and Izumi put some thought into marriage too but because they don’t know who, they think they’ll marry each other! I don’t think that’s how it works… In the end, Tsurumaki seeing the quartet happy together, she decides to go for the harem route. So screw men? Later the girls are talking about this rifle sport not given enough coverage. I mean, they are heading to the Nationals and yet nobody comes to interview them. Yukio didn’t say much but she has the best answer: She does want to be valued but they have to change things themselves. OMG. Everybody so speechless…

Episode 7.5
OMG. This anime too needs a recap?! I guess they need more time to prepare for the Nationals, huh? Narrated by both Hikari and Izumi, if you’re too lazy to go watch the last 7 episodes of what happened, they condensed all you need to know that has happened so far. From the introduction of the club members to the gear to the point scoring system as well as the competitors they face in the qualifying rounds up till the results of those who qualify for the Nationals. This recap is also ‘special’ as it introduces other strong schools around Japan whom they will face in the Nationals. They include last year’s champion, Hozumi High (competitors to watch out for: Maho Kogomori the club president, Sayu Kaijima and Serena Nitta) as well as Saiga Girls’ School (Ruri Hachigou) and Akita Third High (Tae Nakagawa). Now you girls prepared for Hiroshima calling?

Episode 8
Our Chidori girls are discussing how even height can change everything in shooting. That’s why everyone has their own style in shooting. Hikari tries to compliment Izumi’s body and I don’t think she has any ill intentions nothing how much squishy she is… We see the girls practice hard before the Nationals. Hikari is in a slump unlike her pals who are consistent so she thinks they betrayed her?! I don’t think that’s what it supposed to mean when she said friends are always with her. Not shooting scores, definitely. The day before the big tournament, we see everyone taking the train or plane to Hiroshima. The Chidori side takes the train as they discuss last year’s results. It is surprising that despite Asaka being quite good in their prefecture, last year they ranked only 12 out of 26 teams. Of course last year’s champion to beat is Hozumi and don’t look now because they’re on the same train as Chidori! Is this some sort of premonition or something? Everyone arrives safely and coincidentally the teams of the same prefecture stay at the same place. This means the Asaka side easily going over to Chidori’s room to talk about love stories! Yeah… Girls need to have that, right? So we have Akira asking the type of guys the Chidori girls like. You’d be surprise at some of the answers. They want to skip Hikari thinking she won’t be much of an answer. Insulted? Karen gives her a chance and you know, she definitely has to most ‘surprising’ answer: Her dad! Oh well, time to hit the sack. Wait. Give her another chance. Think hard. Somebody who shares the same hobbies, etc… Aha! Izumi’s dad! That’s not even funny! Is she into older men???!!! Father type figures???!!! So all this love talk is just to calm nerves before the Nationals, huh? Oh well, shooting > love. You can fail at love but not shooting! Haha! The Chidori girls can’t sleep so they go out and watch the stars. Except for Yukio, they forgot to put on bug spray and came back all itchy. Hope they sleep well because morning is here and it’s time for the Nationals.

Episode 9
We’re here at the Nationals. Is Hikari going to say hi to everybody that passes? Kozakura feels lonely since she is the only one here. Until she meets an online forum shooting buddy. Not so lonely now. With the first day being just practice, you bet everyone will have to wait for their turn. Erika must be so bored that she tries to draw on Akira’s sleeping face. That’ll show her… On the day of the competition, Tsurumaki explains the reasoning for Chidori’s line-up. Well, it wasn’t thought out that well and serves for some comical and drama that’s unnecessary. As we can see that most of the rifle shooting girls are weird. Even Akira makes a comment about this. So when Misa points out she is in the same boat, she really thought deep about this. Hence she reasons that the sport itself is weird and not her! In that case, would everyone be weird then? Ah, Akira just gave up… Yukio is in the first line-up. We are focused to some of the other teams too. Especially Hozumi who is the top gun and Serena as the reigning champion. She also analyses the performance of other schools. She feels the burden of carrying Hozumi’s name. She would have been the perfect shooting beauty had not her senpai always keep sexually harassing her. And then there’s also Ruri who loves gardening. Like, WTF this got to do with anything?! While Serena shoots well, looks like somebody is also shooting even better: Yukio! And we hear her narrate how she finds her own name weird. Her parents probably named her after winter but she never liked that season. Her favourite is summer and I suppose that’s why she could do so well now. In the end, Yukio tops the standings! Woah. Yukio and Hikari doing an epic handshake! Hikari motivated by her performance and Yukio humbled by her victory, crediting her friends for being there. So touching. Because of that, Hikari wants to marry Yukio! Wait a minute! Wasn’t it supposed to be Izumi???!!!

Episode 10
Izumi is playing Hikari’s substitute mom. Without her, Hikari could’ve wasted her allowance and bought everything! Like this very expensive coat. But since Hikari’s argument also makes sense, they end up flipping the coin. Well, what do you know? It lands perfectly upright! Not even sure what this means but Hikari didn’t buy the coat either. With the next round starting, it is Erika’s turn and she’s nervous. Akira wants to give her a hug to calm down but is ignored. Akira tries to force one on her so Erika runs. You trying to make her even more nervous? Eventually she catches up and gives a big one. Sayu seems to be doing her homework by observing her participants rather than wasting time practising. She believes Erika is the one to watch and you thought it was her skills she was referring to but actually was just her beauty! No wonder Serena so angry after being trolled. Even neat freak Touko Yosomiya from Yaginuma wants to cleanse her. Despite her pervy nature, she is one of the top shooters and she has an elegant form thanks to her traditional dance background. Then we got some long drama on Erika’s thoughts. Basically Yukio’s comment of her being a drama queen fits the bill because she should have showed her exceptional skills from the start if she was this good to begin with. When the round is over, we can see Erika trying to put up a tough front. Her last few rounds were bad and this contributed to her overall lousy score. So much so her scores in the preliminaries were better. Then the smile turns to tears. Time for a comfy hug. As Hikari will be in the next round, she buys that coat. Don’t want to regret it now, eh? The provision standings has Hozumi leading a comfortable margin followed by Ayaka and then Chidori. If they are going to close that gap, Hikari needs to shoot a score that is on par with the record high score in all of Japan. Hope it’s going to be her good day. Or maybe not, because she’s WTF singing out of tune whatever. And then WTF moment when Tsurumaki tries to make Hikari wear some inner shirt so her boobs will stand out. She has no boobs!!! Tsurumaki so disappointed!!! WTF???!!! Because Hikari seems chirpy, Erika wonders if Hikari’s dream of going to the Olympics is real. Her friends believed her. Erika, better believe it if you know what’s good for you.

Episode 11
It is Hikari’s turn. You know how first impressions count, right? She does the impossible by shooting the max points on her first shot, shocking everybody. Well, it’s Hikari we’re talking about. You’d think she would then falter away but nope. She’s darn consistent for the rest of her shots! Also in Hikari’s group is Maho who is of course last year’s runner’s up in the individual tournament. We hear Maho’s tough mentality and all until Hikari’s ribbon caught her attention. Did that distraction prove fatal because it’s like she shot badly then. I guess it’s to tell us some flashback that Maho and Hikari both met before many years ago. Even then, Hikari still harboured dreams to go to the Olympics. At the end of the day, Hikari’s tremendous performance pulls up Chidori’s ranking. They climb up second but still not enough to dethrone Hozumi who is clearly the team champion for the second year running. The Chidori girls are so in shock that you wonder they are sad or just speechless. Hikari feels sad because she hoped to win, only earning the wrath of the other girls for being greedy. Then they start to lecture her on this and that but eventually still praise her for a job well done. Even Maho personally comes to thank Hikari. That says a lot about her future. All the tired shooters retire to their rooms. Our Chidori girls soak in the outdoor bath. Some girls who don’t know Hikari realize that she actually has big boobs! She just keeps them under wraps because it gets in the way of shooting!!! OMG. Is that supposed to be an insult to flat chests everywhere?! Because tomorrow is where the individual tournament begins, nothing for everyone to hang out and have fun playing sparklers by the stream.

Episode 12
Tsurumaki feels abandoned since the girls didn’t invite her to the hotsprings or play sparklers. Hikari is brutally honest that they forgot! She can say that with a smile?! Oh Tsurumaki, there goes your harem route… In this individual tournament, it is one big battle royale in which the top 8 will advance to the finals for the final shootout. Hikari rallies and hope all those in her prefecture will make it. Kozakura is so touched she is included in the pack that she joins in getting loud with them. Desperate? Misa is in the first group. It ends with her taking third provisional spot but her total score is still below the average that is needed to qualify. Erika is in the next group that has Serena. She tries to make a statement that based on her observation, the first person in their team who goes first always does the best. Well, she was waiting for some clever comeback by Yukio but none. Is she trying to jinx her team???!!! It ends with Serena taking provisional top spot and Erika in second place. Misa is pushed down to eight… Oh dear… In danger… Hikari is in the next group. But some foreshadowing drama shows that this time she really had a disastrous performance. Well below any level at all! What happened?! Safe to say that Hikari is so shocked that she disintegrated! Oh man, even Thanos’ snap reached this far?! Safe to say, Hikari’s first wife (Izumi, who else?!) talks to her and provides a shoulder to cry on. Uh huh. Time to listen to her rant how her performance might have been flukes all the while. Once she is done crying, time to rush back and watch the finals. Damn, it already ended! WTF Hikari?! You cried too long???!!! No regrets now… Maho wins the tournament with Serena in second place. Erika was the only one representing their prefecture in the final 8 but she finished a dismal 7th. As for Yukio, she finished 10th in the group and didn’t make it. Wow. Really jinxed, huh? Also, Akira didn’t win her air rifle and got 4th. Tsurumaki tries to cheer up the girls that their summer has just begun. But we can obviously see that it is going to take some time for Hikari to get back on her feet. Of course in the end when she reflects back in retrospect, she had lots of fun. She couldn’t face Maho in the finals but hopefully she will face her on the bigger stage. Yeah, keep dreaming of that Olympics dream. For now, it’s back to more practice.

Shooting Blanks & Way Off Mark!
Oh damn. Can’t they even shoot this right? I mean, they delayed the damn final episode for 2 weeks! Like, what the heck went wrong? You thought an earlier episode was delayed and hence a recap episode was bad enough. Delaying the final episode like this? Looks like somebody’s heart is not in there just to finish this. And when it ended like that, with none of our main characters winning everything, I guess they really end it on some bitter note. Hey, it is Chidori’s first appearance at the Nationals so that already itself is an achievement. It’s going to be unrealistic if they win the championship at their first go and topple more established and experienced veteran shooters. Yeah. Losing at this stage helps build characters. Until next time, girls. If this series ever gets another season. But I’m so sceptical right now so 99% chance it won’t have a sequel. Yeah, if this is the treatment of the final episode of this series, might as well just end it here.

Being an anime series that focuses on a group of high school girls in a shooting club, there is only so much room and direction one can go with this very limited plot. To be honest, the story here is pretty boring and pretty much predictable. From the establishment of a club to finding its members, having target practice with the local powerhouse and then competing in the Nationals and coming face to face with the national champions. That’s pretty much it. Sad to say that because of this very basic formula the series follows, there is nothing really exciting to follow in the story. Unless you are a real shooting enthusiast, there might be something that interests you but even so, shooting pros would have done something better than to watch this mediocre series. Say, practice their shooting? Heh. I wanted to say that this series probably wants to introduce and get people interested in the rifle shooting sport but unfortunately no matter how much I try to look at this from a positive point a view, I just can’t. It’s just too boring to be considered as something introductory. Therefore this series comes off more as cute girls doing cute things, rifle version. Even during the tournament, we are not shown 100% the girls in shooting action. Sometimes we see those not in turn shooting, goofing off outside and doing unrelated fun stuffs. It feels unnecessary but everyone will be bored out of their wits if they are to sit and watch through the scenes of girls shooting. Want to see that? Go watch a real rifle competition live!

The other sad part is that the characters aren’t anything interesting either. Sure, you have the basic weirdoes in the small shooting club of Chidori. Each has their own quirks in personality but sometimes it feels forced because the show is already boring, then they have to put in their quirky behaviour that sometimes look like the running joke of the series to distract from the boredom. I think I hardly know anything more about the Chidori girls at the end. Thus I don’t feel the connection and they are not the kind of characters whom you feel like want to throw your support with behind. You just do so just because they are the main characters, the dark horses who are supposed to follow the cliché script of doing their best and thanks to the plot convenience, they surprise many and end up in a very good position. Something that is way beyond their expectations. Even if Chidori didn’t manage to win the tournament, finishing second in the team standings already says a lot. Of course the individual tournament was like the reality that brought them all down to earth. Man, what a gloomy end, if I should say. I guess this show needs some sort of character development and to show that the Chidori girls aren’t perfect, that is why they didn’t do well in the final individual tournament. They’re just human beings. Not perfect. Still got room for improvement. And it’s like God telling them to get off their high horse and boom! Here’s your reality. High school dream might be over but don’t forget the Olympic dream. That door is always open if you consistently level up.

The only best character that is my favourite is Yukio because of her deadpan sarcasm and jokes. I believe she is the most realistic among the group and because unlike the rest, she doesn’t say much and when she does, it speaks more volumes. Sometimes I wish we had more screen time of her instead of the retard Hikari. Uh huh. No offence but she’s one of those cliché main characters who looks dumb and not really knowledgeable in the things she loves. But when the time comes for her to shine, she’ll shine through very brightly alright. Like as though there is some sort of trade off with prodigy geniuses and their common sense. And something about her having this weird unconscious fetish for older men. Is father figure the right word? Just weird. Other than old men, if Hikari continued to accumulate ‘wives’, I would have nicknamed this series as Waifu Is Beautiful!!! HAHAHA!!! Sighs… And then you have the rich halfie Erika (because every groupie needs a snobbish oujo-sama) and Izumi being the big sister of the group (because every groupie needs somebody who is kind and gentle). Tsurumaki feels like she is just hanging in there. It feels like she might be falling into degeneracy because you notice her strange yuri harem route that she wants to take. But of course, the only memorable thing about her is how she crashed her car into the bush! She better drive straight before trying to even learn to shoot straight!

If those are my sentiments for the Chidori girls, what about the other girls from other schools? Yup, they feel much worse. And there are so many of them that you might lose count. Okay, that may be a little bit exaggerated but it’s true. When you have a few schools and each school has a few notable shooters in their ranks, at least try to make them stand out. As of now, I think I don’t even remember their names when this anime concluded. They may serve as future rivals but like they say, first impressions count and since I’m not really impressed with them, they can forget about having another season. But for those in the same prefecture as Chidori, the usual my pace happy go lucky Akira and her assistant Misa who feels like her own personal rebuttal machine. Misa is another realist but she feels a lot more sceptical compared to Yukio. Also another rich girl prodigy and somewhat Hikari’s ‘ally’, Rei. Not sure if she is an overlapping character with Erika but less tsundere. So many top shooters, who is going to be at the bottom? That’s you, Karen. That’s you…

Because shooting is the main theme for this series, it is also regrettable to say that they didn’t make the shooting scenes any much exciting. It is a good thing that they do not add any dramatic effects or fantasy-like exaggerations just to make it all look interesting and unbelievable. Because of that, you have girls standing in a row just aiming and shooting. And aiming and shooting. And aiming and shooting. And then more aiming before shooting. They hardly even move. Where’s the excitement in that?! This is why during tournaments, we are being ‘distracted’ by drama monologues by some of the characters. Flashback on this, back story on that. Their thoughts and their future, blah, blah, blah. The struggle they faced, yada, yada, yada. Oh wow. So insightful. There. An anime episode is over thanks to all that. Heck, the rifles they hold aren’t even real rifles with real bullets. They’re modified and shoot laser beams. So heave a breath of relief that there will never be an incident of a stray bullet killing another participant! Phew. Don’t want that kind of drama here anytime! Playing safe is the best. So carry on aiming and shooting like you always do. And then aim and shoot. Aim and shoot. Aim and shoot. Aim and shoot… Rinse and repeat at its best.

Art and animation lean toward the cute side. Everything is so bright and colourful and even the characters have this cute looks that is a few steps close of being chibi versions themselves. Speaking of the characters, I thought some of them look like characters from another anime. As I’ve pointed out earlier, Yukio looks like Nagato from Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu. Then there is Rei whom I thought is Neon Genesis Evangelion’s Asuka and Tsurumaki a grown up version of Kodomo No Jikan’s Rin. Hikari’s trademark ribbon keeps reminding me of characters like Gotoubun No Hanayome’s Yotsuba and Yuika from Kawaikereba Hentai Demo Suki Ni Natte Kuremasu Ka. The other characters I’ve probably seen them from somewhere too but I’m too lazy to think hard now. So if you know, please let me know too, okay? In addition to the 2D animation, there is also 3D CGI but this is only reserved when the girls are in their shooting position. Visually they don’t look any different. Until they start to move then you will notice. It is good they keep this only to this part because if there are any more movements outside this, my guess is that it would be horrible. It’s a good thing those suits are stiff. This anime is done by Sudio 3Hz who also did another girls with guns anime: Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online. They also did Princess Principal and Sora No Method so if you see the art style similarity in the cute girls, now you know why.

For the voice acting, I didn’t really recognize anybody and I wouldn’t have any qualms except maybe for Hikari who is voiced by Machico (Teio in Uma Musume: Pretty Derby). She’s too f*cking squeaky in her voice and it’s somewhat annoying! There is only a certain limit high pitched squeaky voices sound cute. But not this one. In some ways, makes her sound fake. Really. At first I thought Kana Hanazawa was behind Misa’s voice but it turns out to be Reina Ueda (Shiori in Sakua Quest). Damn, I must be losing my touch with her voice. The other casts are Saki Minami as Erika (Yuuki in Hachigatsu No Cinderella Nine), Akane Kumada as Izumi (Eren in Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken), Anna Yamaki as Yukio (Saki Tennouji in Himomaru Sumo), Yukiyo Fujii as Tsurumaki (Latifa in Amagi Brilliant Park), Natsumi Fujiwara as Akira (Dimaria in Fairy Tail) and Mao Ichimichi as Rei (Bada in ClassicaLoid).

The opening theme is Let’s Go! Rifling4 by, uhm, Rifling4. That’s the main quartet of Chidori if you don’t know. Remember what I said about Hikari’s voice being too squeaky? Yup, she somewhat ‘ruins’ the opener with her squeaky voice here. I don’t know, I just didn’t really like it. And now it keeps getting stuck in my mind! Get it out!!! The rest of the song feels like your generic lively anime pop idol piece. The same quartet sings the ending theme, Yuuyake Friends. Goes to a much slower beat and slightly more bearable than the opener. Except when Hikari sings her lines, that is. There is one BGM that happen to attract my attention. When this BGM first played, I thought it was a pretty cheap knock off of Girls Und Panzer’s Panzer Vor! The marching styled fanfare was sure close enough but overall it sounded more comical than the aforementioned epic one.

Overall, this comes off as boring and uninspiring. I wanted to say this is a calming anime but I decided not to go that far because it’s still just plain boring. Some cute and funny moments but it isn’t enough to warrant it close to passable. Since I’m still not sure of the scoring system, I’ll give it a 3.1! Did I get it right?! Sometimes it is also hard to see that this is a rifle sports anime because I don’t see how the sport is promoted or even introduced. Even if this was the intention to expose and give this sport more attention, it wasn’t done in a good way. Also, this isn’t really a yuri series and because there are lots of female contact, the characters are too boring for anybody to make us see this series generally this way. Hikari wanting to marry Izumi or Yukio (make up your mind!)? And a certain senior keeps sexually harassing Serena? Still not enough yuri to make me consider this is yuri. Speaking of which, where are all the guys?! Probably the real men take their real rifle and go hunting for real bears and other dangerous creatures in the wildlife. I know this sport isn’t as easy as it seems but thanks to anime, it might have shot itself in the foot portraying cute girls having a great time doing this sport. RIB (Rifle Is Beautiful), RIP.

It’s My Life

April 3, 2020

It’s my life/ It’s now or never/ I ain’t gonna live forever/ I just want to live the live while I’m alive/ It’s… My… Life! I bet every westerner who watched this anime short is going to have this Bon Jovi song pop up in their head first. I know I did. It’s My Life is definitely a strange name for an anime but it’s not going to be one of those cute girls doing cute things genre. In fact, it’s about this dude, Astra Ludger Doomsday who is a retired knight. Living his peaceful retired life until a young girl named Noah crashes into it and mistakes him for someone else. And so this is their daily life.

Gar(b)age sale…
We are given a brief synopsis of the setting as mentioned in my opening paragraph. Astra decides to hold a garage sale to get rid of all the clutter in his house. Yeah, he got this idea while reading some monthly magazine. But will anybody come to his house located in the mountains? He has already used the postal service to distribute flyers. So we’re going to see weird characters popping up… The first is Kyuss who could be some pervert because he wants to buy everything Astra uses every day. You bet Noah and him are going to become enemies. Astra is worried about Kyuss because this former comrade of his never seems to work. Kyuss is confident of leaving things in Rose’s hands but as you can see, his subordinate of his doesn’t waste any chance in beating him up and even make him repent. Then there’s a pair of dragon brothers who plan to steal all the items but they are usurp and taken out by Elise. So much for their appearance. She looks around and thought Kyuss was for sale. 150 gold? So cheap. It’s a joke. He’s not for sale. Noah shows her cute drawings and Elise becomes interested in buying the whole lot. Next is this weirdo Riff who wants to sell her items to Astra instead. But thanks to Buntline making a good statement, the garage sale gets on in a normal way. At the end of the day, here comes this rocker, Johnny. He wants to do a live concert because that way a lot of people will gather. Will he be stealing his customers then? But Astra has no more things to sell. How about buying his time then? Then it becomes a competition to buy Astra. Or Noah. Ah well. Today’s garage sale is a success despite all the weird things happening.

Everything Must Go!
Well… That was… Weird… And just mediocre! Safe to say that I won’t be going to such garage sale in my life ever again if Astra decides to hold another one! I am not sure this 10 minutes of running time is just a promotion for a proper TV series. Because as first impressions count, I am not really impressed at all and hence I don’t think I would be looking forward if there would be any. You see, this series was actually made because of a crowdfunded project. And from what I read, they got 12 million yen! Yeah, that’s a lot. But that’s the controversy. A lot of fans felt scammed that all that money and they just got a single episode for just 10 minutes. I know it costs a lot of money to make 1 animated episode but with today’s cost cutting technology, I think people expect better. And to make a boring episode out of this crowdfunding source, I can see why many aren’t really too happy about this series that was being adapted from a fantasy manga. But I wonder if all that money went into the ending theme. Turn A Page is an English rock song by a German band, Blind Guardian that was released back in 2006. If you like bands like Scorpions, I’m sure this is your cup of tea. Anyway, I’m wondering if the bulk of the funds went to paying the copyright of this song.

The episode might be boring and just introductory. I mean, it just introduces what is supposedly the main characters of the series. But then again, we have to remember the synopsis that this is about the life of a retired knight. Even in the event if we might see all the adventures and missions of Astra during his time in duty, it may just be flashbacks. Yeah, all those illustrations in the ending credits animation was just tempting. They seem to look a lot more interesting and could have been so had this series been given a proper adaptation, fleshing out the story and the characters. Heck, even if we didn’t get all that, it would still make sense to at least show something on Astra and Noah. I mean, whom does this guy she mistakes for? A single episode just doesn’t justify how this loli ended up living with this dude. Without the brief synopsis especially for those who have never read the manga, we would not even think who Noah this and that she might just be some minor character who is Astra’s helper.

Overall, this OVA didn’t really make an impact and knowing that it got so much money from crowdfunding and it still turn out this mediocre, I guess it really shows that even with all the money in the world, you still need that passion and creativity to make an interesting series. I hope that this garage sale isn’t a metaphor of the producers selling out the fans’ dreams cheaply. After all, Astra said all these stuffs he is selling are important to him. So why the f*ck is he selling them in the first place?! I guess there’s no room in his heart for such memories. Plus, this guy lives in the mountains. Such big spacious space. He could make another big house as a storeroom. Unless he used all his savings to buy this house he retired in. Hence no more money and thus this garage sale. And yeah, even with this mediocrity, life goes on. That’s life for all of us. Good times, bad times. I’m sure we want to continue with Bon Jovi’s song but there’s another older song of the same name. Remember the one by The Animals? I think this one fits it all just fine. It’s my life and I’ll do what I want/ It’s my mind and I’ll think what I want/ Show me I’m wrong, hurt me sometime/ But someday I’ll treat you real fine…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hataage! Kemono Michi

March 22, 2020

Initially, I wanted to pass up on this anime Hataage! Kemono Michi. You know, I wasn’t so interested in a comedy series that has a pro wrestler who is an animal lover, opening a pet shop in another world. Yup, another isekai genre. But without so much the main character being overpowered. Well, technically he is strong but not overpowered. Anyway, the thing that got me curious and changed my mind eventually was the synopsis. As I read on, I realized the main character did a German suplex on a princess because he refused her request!!! OMG!!! Some half naked guy doing a wrestling move on a cute princess?! This… This… This (hilarious) atrocity I must see! And that was the clincher that had me watching this series. Yeah, first impressions count and I’m glad it did.

Episode 1
Genzo Shibata is a famous pro wrestler under the moniker, Animal Mask. During an important title match, just as he is about to deliver the finishing blow to his opponent, he and his pet dog, Hiroyuki have been teleported to another world. It seems cutie Princess Altena has summoned a hero in hopes he could help defeat the beasts in the forests. However that is a taboo word for Genzo. As an animal lover, that will not do. So he does a German suplex on her!!! OMFG!!! Girl or not, you’re f*cked if you say you want to kill animals! Oh, nice pantsu… Naturally the guards are out for his head so he has to run. Of course in town everyone sees him as suspicious. Naked guy in a mask. While hiding in the alley, beastmen Misha and her brother Wolfgang are about to rob him. But Genzo loves their furry traits and starts molesting Wolfgang! OMFG! Freaking gay moment!!! Yeah, he rubs him until he is docile like a tame dog. He is about to rape target Misha next but then Edgar comes out with Shigure as a tied up slave. Yup, no mercy. German suplex on this old dude for ‘mistreating’ a furry! Shigure thanks him although she explains she was being sold as a slave due to the debts she owed him. Of course, Genzo can tell that she has money issues… The first thing to do is to join a hunter’s guild. They go see the guild master but that old dude doesn’t understand what Genzo is talking about for his love of animals! A couple of adventurers barge in to report a few of their comrades have been done in by a cerberus pack. Don’t worry. Genzo is going to settle this. Those 3 headed dogs don’t scare him a bit. In fact, he tackles their leader and pets it until it submits. And soon the rest of the pack follows. Damn, this guy has got God’s Hands! After getting his reward, Genzo decides to open a pet shop in this world and hopes to teach people and animals can coexist. Shigure would be glad to help but since when this giant ant joined their party?!

Episode 2
While Genzo cares about the animals, Shigure cares about the money! Yeah, this pet shop is going to be a hit, right? Unfortunately, nobody say the buzzword or call him a beast killer because he’ll do a submission move on you! Like this great adventurer, Kagerou. And Shigure ‘steals’ his sword… To earn some cash, they start off with hunting salamanders. Of course Genzo tames it and takes it back. He goes back to pay Edgar to clear Shigure’s debt. Obviously Wolfgang still having gay traumas of him… Meanwhile half-dragon girl, Lindabrea Fafnir Gildmerag is bored being cooped up in her castle and eating boring foods so she escapes. Her mad servant is hell bent on bringing her home. Genzo has tamed and picked up lots of strange animals. The problem now is that he needs a place to house them all. The job that will give a decent reward to buy a house is one involving stopping those damn orcs from stealing human crops. Instantly Genzo loses interests. Because he deems orcs the same as humans. I guess they don’t have furry traits… They make their journey there and while stopping for a break, Shigure baths in the lake. However Genzo is more interested in this unicorn than seeing her naked body. Are you happy or mad? At the orcs’ village, Genzo faces off with the leader. Right off the bat he starts wrestling him! I guess this is the only way how true men do talking, huh? They both trade wrestling moves until Genzo emerges the champion. With that Genzo is technically their new king but he leaves the old one to be in charge while he returns home. Yeah, he is friends with the orcs now. Now that Genzo has got a barn, he needs to get a loan and some permit to run his business. Only, if the banker, Clause knows what the heck a pet shop is…

Episode 3
A weird romantic encounter of Genzo with a full furry kobold lady… Weird for us but romance for him! When Hiroyuki smells somebody in the bushes, Genzo finds a collapsed Lindabrea. Hungry dragon girl wants to eat his dog! So after Genzo explains his pet shop concept, Lindabrea wants to buy Hiroyuki and eat him! Genzo will not allow that! Soon Genzo is called by the guild because it is believed a dragon is attacking people at night. Genzo has his suspicions but just to be safe, he dons his mask and sets a trap. Oh well, instantly Lindabrea gets caught in it. Then the guards hunt them down because you know, Animal Mask looks so suspicious. The duo try to avoid being detected but are found by Carmilla Vanstein who is Lindabrea’s servant. Lindabrea pretends not to know her so Carmilla attacks Genzo. She is initially confident of her strength but then gets overpowered by Genzo! Is he really human?! They manage to run and Genzo has this ‘brilliant’ idea of lending a spare mask to Lindabrea to hide her identity. She is now Hanako! They return home but Carmilla easily follows them. I’m amazed Carmilla can follow Lindabrea’s scent to this town but fail to identify Genzo and Animal Mask as the same person? She is about to kill Genzo after he learns Lindabrea’s name and status as from one of the 4 families who serve the Demon King. So Shigure hands him some holy water and garlic to put her into submission! Yup, she’s a vampire. Lindabrea hopes he could spare her and reveals her reason to run away. She was tired of eating all sorts of meat and wanted to taste some sweets as she saw in a magazine. Thinking fate led her to this, Lindabrea wants to help Genzo and his pet shop. To hide her name and status, she is more willing to be called Hanako from now on. As for the attacker, the culprit is Carmilla and she did it for fun because she couldn’t resist it. Here’s a German suplex serving right up on you now! Hey, did that almost killed the vampire?!

Episode 4
I guess it took her 3 episodes to recover. Finally Altena shows up but everybody can’t stop snickering at her. Even her subjects. Yeah, that nice ass she showed the world. Hence her nickname Princess Butt! Poor princess. No wonder she wants Genzo found. Meanwhile Shigure is worried about their money woes. Genzo is just playing around with his pets, Hanako just eats and Carmilla is like your drunk mother asking for money. Worse, she sees Genzo picking up a new cat and that cheesy romance between Genzo and that kobold lady. Want to sleep in her belly, huh? Will equally love her kobold husband, huh? Sorry to interrupt but things are going to be different if they don’t start working and getting the cash because Clause warns the loan will be off then. And so we see them do odd jobs but thanks to their idiotic nature, they get fired and end up with way less money than they started! Lost Shigure sees guild master’s advice. If they defeat this griffon, there will be a hefty reward. So they go search for this griffon and it seems in nature, griffon parents will let their newly born offspring fight each other. The winner will be taken care of while the loser abandoned and left to die. Cruel law of survival of the fittest. The moment one loses, Genzo immediately kidnaps it. Of course the parents aren’t happy and start chasing them. Carmilla is pretty useless, getting owned before she could even start. All that is left is for Genzo to wrestle them. He ends up hugging and molesting them so the griffon got freaked out and smashed him against the wall. Wow. Genzo knocked out and lost? All up to Hanako now… She can’t resist those tasty griffon drumstick. In the end, it tasted bad so she took her comrades and ran. Shigure is going to have more headache as Genzo adopts the griffon and the next day it has grown big! Food costs rising. But thankfully Shigure still manages to stay afloat financially. Yup, she sold all of Kagerou’s dropped swords. They fetch a really high price. Such a blessing.

Episode 5
Macadamian Ogre AKA MAO always loses to Animal Mask no matter how many times he trains and gets his rematch. So on the night when Animal Mask disappeared in the midst of their fight, MAO was visibly upset thinking he ran away. Even holding a press conference to call him out and settle it! But it was to no avail. Animal Mask was never seen again. And Animal Mask’s manager? Yeah, he is into pro women wrestling now. So we see him down in the dumps like as though he is suffering from some withdrawal symptom. Yeah… As Genzo and co are away for a quest, Wolfgang and Misha try to kidnap Hiroyuki just to get back at Genzo. The plan is to lure it with some meat and then snatch! However Wolfgang starts fawning over how cute Hiroyuki is eating the meat. Why didn’t just Misha snatch it away in the bag then?! Because of that, the ant worker spots them. Misha manages to run away but Wolfgang got owned. Meanwhile, back to Genzo and co, looks like Genzo is so disinterested because the quest involves fetching some plant creatures. Yup. Not animals. Then some argument about money and animal loving. Mission failed because Hanako ate all of the plant creatures!!! When they return, they heard what happened from the ant guy. You’d think Wolfgang has finally learnt his lesson and will not go after Genzo again. But here comes that wrestler dude! He barges in and is mad! Oh sh*t! Damn you’re truly f*cked this time!!! Genzo does some wrestling move on him till he is satisfied. So no mercy for even a furry? Yeah, don’t mess with his pup. Oh damn it’s true, the doctor even diagnoses MAO with some Animal Mask obsession syndrome! Please do something else to take your mind off him. So knitting? Not going to last long. Joanna Joannascore Adorian Uljika who is the heir to be the vampire leader, conducts a ritual to summon the Demon King to defeat the hero. Uh oh. I can see where this is going. Yup, MAO is summoned.

Episode 6
When MAO is shown a picture of Animal Mask, the hero whom he must defeat, MAO laughs with glee thinking this is where he ran away. Without question, he will bring down this hero. Joanna’s ultimate goal is to get revenge on Lindabrea. As she is the only person that she has lost to, she became interested in knowing how to beat her but was puzzled she only likes eating, a ditz and is no good in everything else. How the f*ck is she so strong? The ultimate challenge one day came when Lindabrea not only forgot her but ignored her. Yup, she’s in a hurry to taste some chef’s cooking. Knowing that Carmilla is a lesser vampire who serves her and also a loser, she will have her own servant, Rose (a higher ranking vampire) to challenge Carmilla. If Rose wins, she will have another servant replace Carmilla. This is of course part of her ploy since that new servant will be under her control and will spy on Lindabrea to find her weakness. Lindabrea didn’t bat an eyelid to admit Carmilla is a loser but accepts only because the food might finish if they drag on! During the fight, Carmilla gets owned and definitely no match for Rose. Definitely Rose’s win. Even so, Lindabrea wants Carmilla to remain. Joanna takes this as a break in promise and wants compensation. Without hesitating, Lindabrea prostrates. At first shocked she would go this far for her servant, Joanna finally felt she has won over her. On their way back as they revel in this victory, Lindabrea stops them. She’s not here to admit how useless Carmilla is again, is she? To put things short, Lindabrea comes from a warmongering family and if they hear about this loss, she’ll never hear the end of it. Hence she is here to take revenge on Carmilla’s behalf. Lindabrea requests a duel and transforms into a huge dragon! Enough to make the duo shrivel in fear! Safe to say, they got hammered. Now, Joanna thinks Lindabrea isn’t just a stupid glutton. Noticing she ran away from home the same time Genzo appeared, she thinks she wants to find him to defeat her. That’s why Joanna can’t let her get to him and will defeat the hero herself.

Episode 7
A warrior named Celes comes in to challenge Genzo. She said the taboo word so no mercy even if she’s a woman! Smack down! She is here to become the strongest. Not by challenging him but to become his student! He refuses. Since she is begging and he noticed something different about her, oh man, she is actually a lizardman (though scales only on her stomach and back) and accepts! So we see all of them chip in to train Celes. I don’t think Hanako catching weird wildlife as food will help. Worse, WTF is Carmilla’s sexy pose got to do?! In the end, Celes becomes a pro wrestler?! Not what she wanted! When she mentions the reason she sought his help, Genzo becomes enraged! He barges down to the guild and executes everybody!!! So apparently the hunters have been harassing Celes and her people. Genzo won’t stand for that animal abuse! However Celes has realized it is all just trivial and forgives them. Everyone apologizes too. Happy ending? Not quite. Genzo will not accept this! Hence there is going to be a duel between Celes and a hunter. Beat them flat and show them how strong you are! Celes uses all that she knows until she does that sexy pose. The hunter feels so insulted that he lost all respect. But perfect chance for her to do a German suplex on him and win it. And you think everybody has made up and ready to go home happy, WTF Genzo still won’t accept this?! Need to make an example out of them so as there will be no such repeats?! WTF???!!! GENZO!!!! Even Shigure is offering to let you caress her ears. LET IT GO!!! The guild master mentions that the hunters were recently depressed because some mysterious weirdo kept stealing their prey. Sounds like Genzo… Suspicious… Later Clause talks to Genzo. He has seen that mock fight and thinks he should do mock public fights as entertainment. Of course they can make money by selling food and merchandise. Not to mention, fight money. You heard that, Shigure? Obviously Genzo accepts thinking he can help the animals.

Episode 8
The tournament is here but Genzo feels something is missing. Yeah, he wants animals to participate! Oh, it’s that kobold lady again. This gives Genzo the idea to march down to her home! You bet kobold husband gets the wrong idea that Genzo is trying to steal his wife. They start fighting and this reignites his passion when he was a delinquent. This distraction has Genzo owning him and this is when kobold husband decides to follow his youthful passion once more and follows him. Eh, did the wife lose out? Yeah, the men going their way. Wolfgang is having a full blown trauma. Even more so when Genzo barges into recruit him for the tournament. Since this makes him even more traumatic, Misha enters on his behalf. Genzo even gets the orcs as well as those freeloaders back home to participate. And so Genzo explains on the rules and everything. Tiring, isn’t it? Shigure is making a killing selling secret pictures to girls who love muscle men. With the tournament going on well, Genzo still isn’t satisfied. Need to keep to the rules of the sport? Eh? Why so troublesome? And Hanako is just eating everything. Everything is going so well and still not enough? What now, Genzo? Need drama and rivalry?! Anyway the main event is a tag team match. Genzo and Carmilla up against Kagerou and Misha. Obviously Carmilla tries to sabotage and beat up Genzo. Is this the drama and rivalry he is talking about? When Wolfgang is spotted among the crowd, Misha thought he is here to support her. Clause who is the sponsor for this tournament, requests for a change in participation. Hence Wolfgang replaces Kagerou. You think the siblings are going to make a great come back but Carmilla instantly owns Misha and poor Wolfgang gets molested by Genzo. Again. In public. This guy is so dead. Everybody celebrates after a successful event. Shigure feeling emotional how heart-warming such event is. Until all the suppliers give her the bill. Literally with all the damage, Hanako pigging out and other costs, it wiped out all the profits that Shigure earned. I guess future editions are cancelled?

Episode 9
Carmilla is being a lazy ass freeloader. Until Genzo does German suplex on her, exposing her pantsu to the public, only did she get her ass moving. Soon, Altena comes knocking on his door. She has finally found him. He doesn’t remember her at first (no, she isn’t a hooker!) and when he does, the first thing he does is to do German suplex on her! OMG. History repeating itself? Yeah, looks like this town is now infamous for a couple of babes exposing their butts. Our butt exposing ladies get into an argument themselves about Genzo. Altena wants him to come with her to go defeat the Demon King but Carmilla obviously doesn’t want that since they’re serving under him. Of course Genzo still refuses Altena’s request. He can’t fight animals, even more so if the Demon King is the king of all animals. With that, Altena orders her knights to kill him since you can’t summon more than 1 hero to this world. However Genzo owns them with his wrestling! OMG! Genzo much stronger than those men in armour! And these are her finest knights?! Eventually, Altena comes every day to persuade Genzo but always gets her butt exposed by her German suplex. Gee… Thanks for the free show? Meanwhile Joanna has gathered all the demonic beasts and has MAO lead them. As per Shigure’s suggestion, Genzo heads to the guild to find out more about the Demon King. Because of his bravery to tackle this by himself, the guild will support him all the way! In the end, Genzo learns nothing because they too know nothing. Hanako worries Genzo will really find out about the Demon King so Carmilla offers to describe fake descriptions for him. Of course Genzo sketches with glee. This hideous thing is the Demon King? But Genzo so loving it. Hanako isn’t. She smacks Carmilla. Once more, Altena flashing her butt… This time after she mentions the Demon King has summoned a Demon King from another world. Great. 2 Demon Kings? Double the happiness for Genzo. Speaking of that, MAO decimates the orc village with his wrestling moves to force them to tell Genzo’s whereabouts. When Genzo and co are on the hunt, a couple of orcs plead for their help. Back at the orc village, they tell how their leader was beaten but never spilled about Genzo. Sketching the perpetrator, Genzo recognizes him…

Episode 10
I guess Altena doesn’t learn. Back to bug Genzo again, huh? He isn’t even interested about whoever summoned the Demon King who then decimated the villages and could target this town next, blah, blah, blah. Yeah, Altena making herself like home now sometimes it feels she’s like a stalker… When Genzo decides to go walk Hiroyuki, his dog is gone! HORROR! Meanwhile sees a poster of Genzo doing a German suplex on Carmilla. This confirms his rival is here and he is itching to fight him. Genzo searches all over time. Hiroyuki > kobold lady. Yeah, he ignores her. Nobody in town has seen this dog. But everyone recognizes Altena’s butt!!! Oh dear, when kids have their butts expose, this just shows… Fortunately, Clause saw Hiroyuki and it seems a wealthy noble now owns him. Catherine FKA Hiroyuki is now the pet of little Maria. Her father won’t give it back since he paid a handsome amount. Furthermore, he did nothing wrong. If they really want it back, pay up. Altena rushes home thinking if she uses her treasury to do so, Genzo will be indebted to her and will then start his hero duties. Since Hiroyuki is more interested in the good food than Genzo, I guess this guy has to finally suck up and give up. But when Maria sees the sadness in Genzo’s eyes, he wants to give Catherine back. If she had a dog when she was young and it was taken away, she wouldn’t like it too. Wow, this girl is mature. But daddy paid a lot… Puppy dog eyes from little Maria… Uhm, at least pay half the price. More puppy dog eyes… Half of that… And half of that… And half of that… Back home, Shigure breaks a secret safe. It’s a meagre stash but it’s enough. This amount was supposed to help open the pet shop but I guess this is emergency. With that, Hiroyuki FKA Catherine is bought back. Happy ending. Oh Altena, you’re too late… Shigure then asks the merchant who sold Hiroyuki. Hmm… Sounds like Edgar’s party. Hence Genzo marches down there to beat up those guys! No mercy! Not even for Misha! When they return home, it seems MAO, Joanna and Rose are waiting for them. MAO challenges him to a fight and the same with Joanna for Hanako. Clause thinks it is a good time for another tournament. Oh Shigure… $$$… YEAH! That night, Genzo seriously trains because he knows MAO as a professional wrestler unlike all the amateurs he fought before. Surprisingly, Carmilla pleads for him to teach her to become a pro wrestler because there is someone she needs to beat.

Episode 11
Carmilla’s training is proceeding nicely. Lots of pain, that is. Clause has blueprints to create a huge stadium. One that will house 10x more audience than before. Yeah. Shigure, $$$!!! And yes, it will have more food stalls! Hanako, yeah!!! As the tournament will be team Genzo vs team MAO, there are 5 fights scheduled. Because they need to make a good impression, the first few fights should be a team match. But since they are lacking members, time to go recruit. Before Edgar’s side could scream trauma, please hear Genzo out and join his side for the tournament. I guess they’ve no choice anyway. Or Wolfgang gets molested!!! Still short of 1 member, huh? Oh look. Altena coming in ranting that she’ll do anything for whatever. Heh. Settled. And so wrestling night is here and this event is a sell-out. The first match is Kagerou, Celes and Altena against the demon beasts. Altena manages to hide her identity with a mask but everyone knows her signature butt exposure… Yeah. But all those stares now has awakened something inside her. Yup, she’s turned into a masochist! Stare at her with those filthy eyes! She’s lovin’ it! Anyway, Genzo’s team wins it. The second match is kobold husband and the orc boss against another pair of demon beasts. An easy win for team Genzo. The third match pits Wolfgang and Misha against some truly fearsome giants. They got owned. Yup, first win for team MAO. Now it’s the fourth match between the vampire b*tches, Carmilla vs Rose! Thanks to Genzo’s training, Carmilla is able to use some moves to turn the tables on Rose. Why, she even defeats her! Had she not been so happy celebrating and instead quickly pin Rose down for the count, because she let her guard down, Rose recovers and does a German suplex on her. Rose wins again. Carmilla is sad over her loss but Genzo views it as a good fight. As for Hanako, she saw it as a victory because Carmilla fought for her own pride on the line. In that sense, she won. With the score tied at 2-2, it’s down to the final match. The highlight of the tournament that we’ve all been waiting for: Genzo vs MAO!

Episode 12
The kobold lady realizes her love again for her husband. She apologizes to Genzo she can’t be with him anymore. Eh? Was there ever that kind of romance? The final match gets underway. Both sides are waiting to see what the other will do. MAO narrating how he had a miserable time since Genzo disappeared. This distraction causes Genzo to attack him first. Well, better get going. The crowd is already half asleep with no action. So we see them trade blows as they talk about Genzo’s plan to open a pet shop as well he didn’t run away that night on their important match. MAO thinks Genzo is using his same ol’ trick to beat him again. Because MAO has fear of animals. He tried going to a petting zoo but that was too much. Worse, he beat up all the animals at the zoo???!!! Joanna and Rose get this devilish idea to kidnap Hiroyuki. When they do so, Genzo goes after them. A little helter-skelter off the ring before Hiroyuki is in safe hands again. But at this point, a few accidents has caused the humans and beastmen to brawl with each other. Free for all! Royal rumble! Then Genzo and MAO resume their match in the ring before Genzo finally pinning MAO down with his German suplex for the win. MAO realizes he can’t beat his love for animals. He just wanted to fight him. Genzo says he can do that anytime. In great sportsmanship, both acknowledge each other. Joanna and Rose try to escape during the trophy presentation. Hanako confronts them and warns that she will be the one to observe the hero. Not them. Now scram! Shigure thinks the best part of reaping the cash is here. However Clause points out with all the damage and food eaten, she ends up owing instead! You bet Shigure is so mad as she storms down to the after-match party to stop everybody from raking up the bill. But she sees humans and beastmen enjoying themselves together. Maybe she’ll let this one slide. So she sells Genzo’s trophy… An eye for an eye? Next day, MAO leaves on his journey. He wants to train more so that he’ll fight Genzo again and win. It’s back to the usual for the rest. Genzo fawning over his animals, Shigure b*tching about taking the next job, Hanako pigging out and Carmilla getting drunk. Nothing to see here. Very normal. And then a job request about a rampaging minotaur… You know the drill.

Hard Gay! Kemono Friends x Pet Shop Goons
The ending felt… Uhm… Normal. It wasn’t so much of an ending at all and it just tells us that life goes on as usual for our losers, uhm, I mean champions and heroes. There is no foreshadowing of anything dangerous or something that would be left as a cliff-hanger so as to piss us off viewers that there might be another season. Or worse, an OVA episode for an unaired episode just to make few quick bucks. I’m sure Shigure would approve of it. And because it doesn’t have all that, the ending in a way felt pretty average. Nothing exciting. You mean the pro wrestlers have resigned to their fate to live the rest of their lives in this new world? What about their old world? This only shows that they don’t really have much anything of importance or great attachment for them to not even think about going back. Do they not have families, friends or other important things? Oh screw that. As long as they can pro wrestle, they’ll do it anywhere! And yes, as long as Genzo can open his pet shop dream, it doesn’t matter if it is heaven or hell. Nobody gets in the way of his dreams. Literally, nobody.

The story isn’t anything special nor are there any interesting or convoluted plots that will have your head wrap around it. But thanks to the random antics that Genzo and his comrades do, it doesn’t feel boring at all and by the time the foreshadowing and building up of the main event finally props up, you realize that it is already the end of the season. Sometimes the running jokes, especially the characters’ weird personalities threaten to turn this into a boring mundane chore. Like Genzo haphazardly adding animals to his collection even before he is anywhere near opening his dream pet shop, Shigure worrying about money woes, Carmilla getting owned by Genzo for just being stupid, Kagerou getting owned by Genzo for repeating his mistakes, Shigure stealing his sword, Hanako stuffing her face with food and yes, who could ever forget Princess Butt exposing her ass to us. Delicious. Thanks. It all seems somewhat repetitive. But thankfully, perhaps simpletons like yours truly, as long as you can keep me entertained with funny and silly frolics, I’m all good. This means the setting and workings of this fantasy world feels pretty much ignored. Who are the dark lord families that rule over the darkness and the dark beasts that run rampage throughout the land. I guess there’s no standout story to be made from that so let’s just focus on a wrestler trying to open his pet shop.

Lacking a proper and even a good storyline, it is up to the characters to deliver and make the show interesting. Thankfully, they are a bunch of goofballs so it worked very well for this series. For instance, Genzo’s love for animals have been taken to the extreme and he would somehow find a way to tame them no matter how wild and dangerous they are. Though, sometimes I find his love for animals to be selective. Like those orcs before he became friends with them. Just because they have no obvious animal traits, he uses whatever excuses to show no interests in them. Like, yeah, they could talk and communicate like humans. So do other beastmen as well. And there are other beastmen in the case of Celes and Shigure who show more human features than their beast side. Just that small portion of theirs showing some sort of animal trait, Genzo uses this as an excuse to somewhat accept them. Of course nobody harms his Hiroyuki (supposedly the normal pet mascot of the series?) because human or beastmen, you’ll get a good one from Genzo. Hope Wolfgang and Misha learn from this. You can call Genzo a pervert but never call him a beast destroyer!

This show is technically considered an isekai genre and has the basic ingredients to be considered one. Yup, normal guy from our world summoned to another fantasy world. Thankfully he didn’t need to die. Now, to consider Genzo an overpowered main character is both right and wrong. You see, unlike many other main characters of the isekai genre who somehow magically obtain their power and strength in some ways, be it being easily bestowed/granted or via training, Genzo pretty much stays the same. The only reason he looks overpowered is because everybody else is a wuss here. Also, Genzo uses pro wrestling as his fighting technique, a type of martial arts that is never seen before in this world. Hence nobody has any true way to counter his brute strength and is always owned. In some ways, giving Genzo the ‘authority’ to around and pin people down if you get on his bad side. Plus, if you make him mad and insult animals, this powers him up even more. Therefore Genzo in that sense is different than many isekai protagonists. He is already strong in his own right to begin with and nobody else is stronger than him or even matches up to his strength to take him down. Not even Carmilla. Also, Genzo isn’t interested in saving the world. Got animals, will pet.

The idea of opening a pet shop in this world looks like a distraction and side plot. Even though it is Genzo’s main goal but at the rate things are going, this is not going to happen in the nearest possible future. This guy is a good wrestler and his love for animals is unrivalled (possibly making Steve Irwin looking more like a baby!). But nobody said he was a good businessman and entrepreneur in the first place. Overspending money that is supposed to be towards the opening of his pet shop and frolicking with the animals he found, you’d start thinking that he might just want to be a pet owner and collect the animals all for himself rather than selling them. I don’t know if I can take his word and dream to open a pet shop seriously. Because I also don’t see him try to educate the people or at least the people in the neighbourhood on the pros of coexisting with animals or be a good pet owner. It’s like Genzo just wants to have fun. And fun he has lots of them. Oh boy. Pet shop dream drifting away…

I suppose Shigure is the only sensible member of the group (though I won’t go as far as to say that she isn’t an idiot too). She is the one trying to make everything work but the idiots just keep ruining her plan. Yes, this girl’s flaw is that she is money minded but I don’t see anything wrong with that. Unless she is a real greedy money grubbing lover than that’s a different story. I don’t see this in Shigure however and money might be her buzzword that gets her to go the extra mile, she isn’t all that greedy. But thank all the swords Kagerou ‘dropped’ so she could sell them and stay afloat. In time, Shigure has come to learn and accept everyone’s idiocy so much so you can hear a certain sadness in her sigh. It’s like she just given up and go with the flow with these goons. I mean, it’s not like they’re going to change, right? Just go with it. And hope all this would pay off in the end. You’d think she would just cut her losses and leave the group but I guess there are some things that money can’t buy. Like friendship. Yeah, this friendship sucks. Hope she finds it worthy somehow. She could’ve been a great pair with Clause but I think this guy has a sneaky scheme of organizing events so as to make money off Shigure by putting her in debt. Oh well… Hope he can recover all that bad debt. And so sorry folks, if you’re hoping to see any sort of real romance, especially Genzo x Shigure, don’t even think about it because his love for animals pushes out all other kinds of love. Hence that pseudo flirting moment with the kobold lady, he’s just after your soft fur. Worse, your furry husband!

From first looks, Hanako looks like an idiotic glutton. A dragon girl who only thinks of nothing but eating, eating and more eating. While this is certainly true to a certain extent, I believe there is something that is more than meets the eye. In fact, she could be the smartest among all the characters, if I should say. Noticed that at certain times, you can see her give a blank stare or stay quiet. No, this is not a sign that she’s being a retard. In fact, my guts tell me that she is quite the observant girl and there is more to it than what she actually says and does. In all cases, I think she is even stronger than Genzo but just chooses not to display her strength. There’s no reason to. Thus I speculate that she is only acting like a retard just to hide her true character. This is also evident as we see her being nice to Carmilla and giving her advice whenever she really needs it. Or else, she is just like Genzo, beating the crap out of this lesser vampire. While Genzo beats her up plainly because for being a loudmouth stupid ass, Hanako also does the same but it is just to shut her up before this dumb vampire b*tch reveals something more than she should. Carmilla is more brawn than brains since she speaks without thinking and loves to get drunk on alcohol. I do want to blame the alcohol for her bad behaviour but I realize that Carmilla is just naturally asinine. Be glad that Hanako is her master. A master that has 2 faces, maybe. Yeah, maybe she keeps Carmilla by her side because who knows this lesser vampire may be some secret weapon or something. Could it be that Hanako has a real hidden goal and ulterior motive to observe Genzo? A mission that was secretly bestowed by the actual Demon King who has not even showed his face here? Hmm…

The rest of the other minor characters aren’t anything much. It’s like a double edge sword that they are only known for their personality that sometimes is the running joke of the series. Like Kagerou as we know, calls himself the greatest hero but I suppose being a hero doesn’t make him a wise one so he often gets what’s coming to him before he could even finish his sentence. Yup, he never learns never to say the taboo word of hunting down beasts. Maybe all that beat down from Genzo has made him stupider? But his handsome face still looks alright. And of course, cue for him to drop his sword for Shigure to steal. Like, where does he get all those rare and legendary swords anyway? And to give up just like that? Not sure he realizes he even lost them or something. Then there is Joanna trying to be the villain of the series but she turns out to be more bratty than anything. She claims she wants to make Hanako pay for whatever humiliation. But I think she just wants to be friends with her. Also, Joanna acts like she knows everything but she just makes them up. I suppose she needs to feel superior to Rose whom she explains these stuffs to. And maybe Rose just needs to make her master feel superior just because she’s her servant. And MAO acting like Genzo’s main rival, maybe this guy just wants to be friends with him too. All that talk about a rematch, maybe that is how pro wrestlers connect. That’s their friendship way. I don’t know. Don’t ask me. I’m not a pro wrestler. Worse, this guy might be gay for Genzo because he had withdrawal symptoms of him when he was gone! Yikes!

Wolfgang turned into the most pitiful character ever. As though his character is written to have some pseudo gay moment with Genzo, the main source of his trauma. Genzo spells trouble for him in every way. Either he gets molested and becomes some obedient dog or he gets thrown about by him. And if Genzo’s not directly involved, getting involved with his plan karma also becomes his b*tch. Poor guy. I can see him losing his mind in the future. And there’s nothing that Misha could do. And don’t even think of avenging. That would do more damage than before. I thought Celes would become part of Genzo’s groupie but after she achieved her mini goal, she just fell back and become a minor character. Speaking of a really recurring minor character, I keep wondering who that ant is working in Genzo’s place? Without this ant helper, Genzo’s place would have been in much dire straits. Shigure definitely can’t help much with the manual labour and thank goodness for having this ant around to do all the chores. So, worker ant, really? Best part? He has no dialogue! I greatly speculate that the ant might be the Demon King in disguise!!! Holy sh*t! A bit of a stretch here but after all that we’ve seen, I’m going to expect something crazy of this level.

Having said all that, I guess we can’t leave out Altena now, can we? Yes, we must talk about her butt, oops, I mean, her character. It says a lot when you have the people of your kingdom giving you a new nickname and chuckling behind your back. It’s like they never respected her in the first place. Because I understand she can’t really lash out at her people even if they’re this disrespectful. It’s so unprincess-like. Besides, 2 wrongs don’t make a right. So the only way is to tolerate it all? At first I felt pity for her character but ever since she found where Genzo is and started barging into his home to request the impossible (at least from Genzo’s point of view), she never learns from her mistakes and that’s when I thought she’s just another idiotic character. Yeah, no wonder the people don’t respect her. During that time when she got her ass exposed by Genzo many times, I thought it was weird that she just wanted to show us her different coloured panties she wore every time she got a German suplex done on her. After the first humiliation, you’d thought she would wise up to wear some shorts underneath if this ever happened. Did she not even think of that?! Anyway, thanks for the nice fanservice. So good of you to serve your people this way.

I have this disturbing feeling that she wants Genzo to fall for her. Because so many times when Genzo seemingly gets up close to her, she starts thinking it is some romantic move and blushes. Only for some painful wrestling move to befall on her. Sure, he is the hero she summoned but I don’t think it’s the kind of ideal hero she had in mind. Taking responsibility, huh? Besides, are there no other princes who is interested in this beauty? Now with her new reputation, I don’t think any would. Worse, the taunting got so bad that she has now awakened to be some masochistic princess. Don’t blame Genzo. Blame yourself for not being strong enough. Though, I will give it to her that she might be one of the strongest princesses in anime because no princess like her without any sort of training could survive Genzo’s first German suplex, let alone multiple more after that. I guess the stupid are really invincible, huh? And so Altena remains as the only princess across all fantasy, fiction and non-fiction works that got a German suplex by a man and that man got away with it scot free. She really gives a whole new meaning to the term dumb blonde. Same case with Carmilla, these blonde babes give us the best fanservice this series has to offer. Itadakimasu! I don’t think Altena has been bitten by the wrestling bug. It’s just another excuse to feed her masochism.

The action scenes are mostly pro wrestling moves. But they are just very limited as we see Genzo bulldozes away his opponents with ease just because he is so much stronger than them. And he doesn’t even take any sort of magic supplements or power boosting herbs or anything. And of course, when he is enraged, it’s like his rage meter is filled up and you can see him punch away his opponent and he will fly away and be sent crashing through the walls. Yup, over-exaggeration. But I guess that is what the sport of pro wrestling is, right? Fake! At least the American type and not the original Greek version. Accept it pro wrestling fans, the sport is FAKE!!!!!! HAHAHAHA!!! I was expecting the final match between Genzo and MAO to be exciting but for the first half, it felt boring. Because the action is mostly still pictures! Are they trying to rip us off?! Don’t give me that budget limit excuse! They can’t be worse off than Shigure, can they?! When the action really gets good, oh it’s time for Genzo to nail the winner. It’s over.

Art and animation look pretty okay and standard. Not really a masterpiece but it is passable with no major issues that I could see. I suppose that means it is a good job for ENGI studio who produced this series because this is their first ever production. Though, some characters I thought look a bit weird. Like Genzo he is supposed to look buff but at certain angles he just comes off as fat. Seriously. Then MAO has this weird angry retard look on his face which is worse than Hanako in retard mode. And Joanna, I thought she looked like a frog!

For the voice acting, I thought Genzo was voiced by Tomokazu Seki because whenever he raises his voice, he sounded like those characters he voiced like Nodame Cantabile’s Chiaki and Nanbaka’s Hajime. Turns out to be Katsuyuki Konishi behind Genzo’s voice (Laxus in Fairy Tail). For the rest of the casts, didn’t really identify any except for Daisuke Ono making a small cameo as the orc boss. They are Akira Sekine as Shigure (Princess in Princess Principal), Yuki Yagi as Hanako (Kanata in Boku No Kanojo Ga Majime Sugiru Shobitch Na Ken), Arisa Sakuraba as Carmilla (Nozomi in Hanebado), Sora Amamiya as Joanna (Elizabeth in Nanatsu No Taizai), Kana Aoi as Rose (Akane in Flying Witch), Tetsu Inada as MAO (Ioryogi in Kobato), Rie Suegara as Altena (Emily in Harukana Receive), Aoi Koga as Celes (Kaguya in Kaguya-sama Wa Kokurasetai), Jun Fukushima as Kagerou (Kazuma in KonoSuba), Kenichirou Matsuda as Wolfgang (Shangri La in Conception), Hana Tamegai as Misha, Taketora as Edgar (Bear in Killing Bites) and even Hiroyuki as somebody voicing its cute yapping, Mie Sonozaki (Hazuki in Happy Lesson).

I guess every major pro wrestler needs to have his epic entrance song. Hence the opening theme, Toukon! Kemono Mask matches the theme very well with its lively epic rock style. However I thought it was JAM Project who could only pull off singing such rock vocals as heard in One Punch Man, Dragonball series and many other tokusatsu series. However it is sung by NoB featuring Katsuyuki Konishi. I couldn’t find any other info over the internet if NoB is actually the new moniker for Hironobu Kageyama, the guitarist and vocals for JAM Project. You know Hiro-NoB-u?! Geddit???!!! For the ending theme, Anecdote by Momosu Momosu is another rock outfit but it could be just me that I can’t hear what she is singing. Probably the rock music is louder than what she is murmuring. Besides, I find her singing to be somewhat flat. The weirdest part of this series is a weirdly rendered CGI of Hiroyuki getting up on his hind legs and dancing. Like, WTF????!!!! Worse, nothing special because it’s just looping the same thing. Not cute but weird.

Overall, this is a fun and entertaining series to watch if you can put aside your thinking cap and logic. There are probably a few questions you want to ask but it is easier and much simpler to just go with the flow of running jokes and laugh at all the silly antics these characters bring to you. The more you try to resist its brand of humour, the more it will backfire on you and soon you will find yourself being given the German suplex treatment by this anime. Be warned, detractors and haters. That is, thinking too much and trying to find faults might fry your brain cells and circuits when it is just a simple minded show just purely doing simple minded things for the sake of entertainment. I mean, that is what pro wrestling (and in many extent, other sports) supposed to do, right? This series sufficiently did just that. It might not be memorable in a few more seasons and it won’t win any awards in any category but it did what it needed to do and in that sense, it has won for the night. One… Two… Three! Ding, ding! Just like that, it won our hearts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Docchi Mo Maid

March 13, 2020

Well, well, well… Is this coincidence or is this fate? That I stumbled upon an obscure ONA series, Docchi Mo Maid. You bet I’m going to watch this single 2004 ONA episode that lasts only 13 minutes. As long as maids are the theme, hell yeah I’m going to watch it. What’s this? Lewd maids from outer space trying to save Earth from monsters? Oh, this sounds funny bad… But I can’t contain my curiosity just to watch how bad this is going to be. I’m pretty sure the maids will end up saving this series. RIGHT?!

Earth’s in trouble but the maids are ecchi…
Wow. Bath scene staring Mei and Ido! Oh yeah! Then when they get out of bath, they got the audacity to blame it on their mascot, Frilly (whatever this piece of sh*t is). As narrated, thanks to humans being the ultimate polluters, hence the recruitment of these maids from outer space to save the world. Currently they are residing in the house of this taciturn girl, Izumi. I think Izumi doesn’t give a damn what those maids are doing. Better head off to school. Along her way, her bicycle’s brakes snap. Downhill all the way. Fortunately, she fell on a giant lizard monster. Frilly sees this on TV and sorry to interrupt your yuri time, maids. Time to go save your friend! The monster seems to like Izumi. King Kong? However with its multiple tongues around her, you bet it’s going to be tentacle rape time! Of course the maids won’t allow such rape scene. As Mei is about to fire her beam, a tongue whacks her and her beam destroys the mountain in the back!!! Then the maids get paralyzed by some aroma or something. Not sure. But it looks like their face is preparing to be raped or something. You thought Frilly might do something but instead a jet fighter bombs off the monster’s head. Everybody cheers when suddenly the monster reverts to its true form: A cute seal. Oh damn. Everybody now so sad. Is this seal gonna die? Frilly points out it isn’t. It just needs water. And hence the maids start making out in public to transform into nurses. Then they just drop a drip of water on the seal to revive it. But it still can’t do anything but swim, right? That is when the crowd will help. Help cheer for it to stand up and go to the sea! Ganbare!!! Tatte! Tatte! Genki ni nare!!! Oh yeah. That sure helped. Yes it did. And so the seal made it into the river as Izumi and the maids wave goodbye and go home.

WHO MAID THIS SH*T????!!!!
WTF… WHAT THE F*CK DID I JUST WATCH???!!! It was so horrible and so bad that it was just utterly good. Really. It is a shame that this didn’t get more episodes because I would really love to watch more of this crap even if it is the worse! Uh huh. Just bait me with a couple of maids and I’m all good to go! Heh. So to sum it up, everything is utterly nonsense and doesn’t really make sense. It is so crappy that you wonder whoever thought up of this sh*t was drunk and wrote the story as they go along. They try to bait us with the maids being yuri but you know, seeing this in current era, this is really nothing. Maybe it was back in 2004 but now this is like nothing. Even their ecchi bits are just meh. Yeah, me standards are so high. The lazily named maids are one thing but the main character Izumi is like, why do we even need her for? She hardly does anything and if there was a ‘funny’ character, it was Frilly. Sort of. Funny in the weirdest sense. And Izumi is like having no emotions or she puts on a very good poker face. Sometimes I think is saying that she has had enough of those maids living with her and is hiding her emotions to put up with them. Whatever. Everything is so crappy that you don’t want to care for everything, right?

And of course, you can tell from first looks that the animation quality is just crap. Even if this was made in 2004, it is still crap. Everything is so poor quality like as though the producers got their young nephew and niece toddlers to draw the art animation. In fact, the animation style reminded me of another mini series that I watched a long time ago, Mahou No Chocolate. Doesn’t Izumi look like that protagonist of that series? The similarity is because both series are animated by the same studio, Ishikawa Pro. Probably by now that studio is already closed down. Even the opening and ending themes, Docchi Mo Daisuki and Yura Naruse and 5-jikan-me by Kozue Kurage respectively sound as plain and minimal as it can be. The singers sound like they have no proper training and were just told to sing it the best and in the cutest way they can. Wait till you hear the part that needs them hitting the high pitches… Yeesh…

Overall, looks like this is another one of those watch and forget crappy anime. A trash masterpiece, if I should say. Should be in the running for the Razzies. For consecutive years! No wonder this didn’t get any further updates. I thought at least this would be somewhere near the level of Yuri Seijin Naoko-san but unfortunately this is way far from that nonsensical yuri slapstick. Thank goodness my love for maids didn’t diminish after watching this. So next time instead of using maids to save the world, probably it is best to get maids to save the anime industry first. Yeah, that would be better. Ganbare! Tatte! Tatte! Genki ni nare! That should give you people enough motivation to make better animes!

Taking a quick glance at the title, I thought Ore Wo Suki Nano Wa Omae Dake Ka Yo was something similar to that horrible sister series, Ore Ga Suki Nano Wa Imouto Dakedo Imouto Ja Nai. Still get somewhat confused with the title even till this day. But thankfully, no little sister fetish here. Romcom harem anime series. Phew. Better. My style, my taste. Heh. And as you would expect from a romcom harem series, love polygons and dramas ensuing left, right, up, down, centre and everywhere. Who loves who? Better keep a flowchart if you want to keep tabs on everybody’s relationship to each other. Just in case. It’s more complicated than falling in love with your own sister!

Episode 1
Amatsuyu “Joro” Kisaragi is a normal high school kid. I guess it is pretty normal for him to have a genki childhood friend too, Aoi “Himawari” Hinata. Must be pretty normal for him to be best friends with the school’s famous baseball ace, Taiyou “Sun” Oga. Oh yeah. There’s that hot cool beauty, Sakura “Cosmos” Akino who is also the student council president. Yup. Pretty normal life. Cosmos asks Joro out on a date this Saturday. Could he say no? At the end of the day, she wants to confess something. There is somebody she likes… That person is Sun!!! Shock! It all happened at some baseball game in which she saw him banging his head on the wall after a dejected loss. Uh, what? She wants his help to bring them together. Can’t refuse those puppy dog eyes, no? Next day, it is Himawari’s turn to date him. At the end of the day, she wants to confess something. There is somebody she likes… You’ve guessed it. Sun!!! Déjà vu! Damn it, same reason how she fell for him? And double drats, she wants him to help her get close to Sun?! Can’t say no to those puppy dog eyes too. It’s no wonder back home, Joro is so frustrated and f*ck this sh*t mentality! But he thinks he still has a hope. By helping them both, Sun will eventually choose one and he’ll be happy with whoever he rejects. And so Joro returns to his normal life. This time lots of sarcasm added to his thoughts. Yeah, that b*tch and minx. He does help Himawari and Cosmos get their chance to talk to Sun but with them blowing their chances, he just wishes they shut their trap and not ruin the effort he put in. Because the duo keep looking for him, Joro wants peace and quiet during recess. The only place he could find solace is the library. However he has to put up with Sumireko “Pansy” Sanshokuin. Despite being a quiet girl, she has a sharp tongue. His nightmare comes true when Pansy reveals he knows all about him trying to help his friends get along with Sun. She knows all about him too because she is his stalker! She threatens to reveal his other secrets if he doesn’t listen to her. Oh dear. Is this déjà vu again? Yup. Somebody she likes whom she wants to confess…. Sun, right? Nope. It’s you, Joro!!! Surprise! However Joro must continue to talk to her in this badass jerk way as she loves him in this mode instead of his normal gentle version. She wants them to continue talking here like this every day.

Episode 2
So Joro has to tell Pansy how he planned to help Himawari and Cosmos. Yeah, setting up Himawari to watch a movie with Sun as well as setting up Cosmos to have lunch with Sun is no easy feat. If only the girls would just shut up and play along! Thank goodness so far so good. But Pansy throws in the biggest question: What if Sun likes a girl. Damn! Hence Joro asks Sun directly if he likes a girl. Because he is his best friend, he will tell him. Yes, there is a girl he likes. Guess who? Pansy!!! Oh sh*t! Of all people! WTF is that baseball game scenario how he met her after his dejected loss?! Oh, Sun wants Joro’s help to get closer to Pansy? No can’t do. But Joro gives him some baseball metaphor advice. Joro meets with Pansy wan the moment he asks her about Sun, she catches on. Whatever he is thinking, no. She only loves him. As he tries to bug her, she tells him off, giving others the wrong idea he is trying to ask her out. Then Sun comes by and gets the wrong idea they are being close (because Joro said they aren’t). Thankfully, Pansy covers for Joro and says that he was just telling him about the student council spot check. While Sun is relieved, Pansy is apparently upset so Joro is freed from coming to the library for a few days. During that time, he helps plan for Himawari and Cosmos. One day, Cosmos calls Joro to meet. Oh no. Something wrongs. Look at that deadly aura! Apparently Sun told her he loves Pansy and wanted her help to get them close together! No sh*t! Also, Sun took Joro’s baseball metaphor the wrong way, hence Cosmos thinks Joro is a liar. Goodbye jerk. Don’t need your help now. Gotta go help my crush win the girl he likes. And then a call from Himawari to meet. Oh no. Damn right it’s déjà vu! Same thing. Joro told her about his love for Pansy and wants her help to get them together. Also, misinterpreted baseball metaphor. Joro, you liar! Don’t need your help anymore. Gotta go help my crush win the girl he likes. Joro then confronts Pansy. He is about to tell her off he has had enough of all this seeing that she hints she knows the situation with Sun. But she notes it is going to get more interesting now because Sun, Himawari and Cosmos walk in to see them together. Sh*t just hit the fan.

Episode 3
As the girls rip him apart, this is when Joro snaps. He tells them off that they used him for their own convenience. This makes them feel guilty. All that is left is to explain the truth. However Pansy turns up and says even if what Joro said is true, why was he encouraging a romantic relationship with her and Sun? Liar? Now that the tables are turned on him again, Sun punches him and forbids him to come near any of these girls. Just like that, Joro lost everything. Rumours spread and he becomes a bully subject. One day Pansy tells Joro to come to the library. On pretence to tell him to get her a book, shortly after Sun comes in. He looks happy talking to Pansy. That is when Pansy asks why he tricked Joro and trapped him. After talking to him for a week, she finds it strange that he should have noticed Himawari and Cosmos’ feelings due to the effort Joro put in to help them. It’s like he wanted to have bad blood with him and have his trust lost among the girls. Because Joro refused to help him when he asked for romantic help, that’s when he switched to find a way to trick him. As Joro’s contact with her wasn’t part of his plan, the reason he ‘enlisted’ Himawari and Cosmos to help out. Pansy pretended to be against Joro otherwise Sun would suspect she was on his side. She asks him again why he tricked and trapped Joro. Because he lost to him. Back in middle school, a girl asked Sun for a favour to help her get closer to Joro. He felt jealous and even told her about Joro’s true nature. Even so, she was okay with that. And of course that made him mad. Even knowing that Pansy likes Joro, Sun feels he has lost to him again. Normally it would be best for Sun if he shut up and left but he continues to brag how he wants to bring Joro down and badmouths Himawari and Cosmos trusting every word he said.

As for why Pansy likes Joro, I guess Sun hasn’t realized it. Joro’s true personality. Despite helping Himawari and Cosmos, everything he did was for Sun. Also, he wouldn’t have betrayed them just to ask Pansy to go out with Sun. And yet Sun betrayed him. So when did she first like him? Oh, that baseball thingy again. Before she went to see Sun, she saw Joro standing there at the gates waiting for him with his favourite food. Everyone who passed laughed at him. Because Joro is selfless and acts without jealousy for the sake of his friends, that is the reason she loves him. Normally it would be right for Sun to just leave. But this jerk threatens to do something to Pansy since nobody is around! I guess cue for Joro to pop out after hearing all that. Joro tells Sun off that he can say bad or laugh at them. But do not belittle their feelings because they were hopelessly desperately in love with him. Sun agrees to apologize to them but what now of Joro? He brought this upon himself so he is fine. Sun realizes he lost again to him. After the guys left, Pansy calls Himawari and Cosmos out of their hiding. In the aftermath, the bullying stopped after Sun reveals the truth to clear Joro’s name. The girls also apologize to him. At the library, Pansy reveals that Sun fell for her only because she told him her name. So the consoling was just a lie or exaggeration? Pansy will also reveal her true feelings to Joro. By stripping? Damn, without the glasses and braids, this plain girl is hot as f*ck!!!! Also she got boobs!!! Joro remembers her as that beautiful chick who talked to him while waiting for Sun after the baseball game. I guess this is more than enough reason for Joro to continue hanging out at the library. And to thank him for all his kindness, she pecks him on his cheek. That’s for being selfless. At this point, Joro must be sceptical for what he has gone through. She does look perfect on the outside, but what about the inside? Hey, why don’t you give her a chance?

Episode 4
Joro wants to be pampered too so Pansy seemingly is going to lift her skirt but actually it’s to allow him to lick her feet! Joro had to blurt out he wants her boobs but she mentions about needing to wear this ‘disguise’ for some demon is after her. Then she changes the topic and isn’t pleased why he hangs out with her too. Does he not want to reconcile with his friends? Is that why he comes here? She advises to just talk to them as he is and she is sure they will understand. Joro thinks she is speaking from experience, something she doesn’t deny outright. Back in class, he is approached by ‘journalist’, Hina “Asunaro” Hanetachi about the Flower Festival. Legend has it that if a male dances with 3 female partners one after another, he will certainly marry one of them. Joro trolls her by picking her name. Then he turns his attention to help Himawari having studying problems. But she runs away. He catches up and their silly argument eventually has them becoming friends again. They hatch a plan to challenge Sun. It is a studying challenge. Sun refuses them seeing everything that has happened. As this didn’t work, Joro just blurts out he just wants them to become friends again. Just like that, they’re back. Joro seeks Pansy’s help to join their study group but she claims there is one more… Yeah, Joro didn’t think who that final person is until he detects Cosmos’ deadly aura. Uh huh. She is sad she thought she would be next in his reconciliation spree but he never came. And she was eagerly waiting for him. Does he not care?! She practised hard with an anatomy model on how to make up with him! So Joro has to play along with her and before you know it, they’re back as good friends. Now the study group is in session, Cosmos has created 5000 maths questions for them to complete. By today! Pansy weasels her way out by teaching Himawari Japanese. I don’t know if the guys managed to finish it all but they manage to retain their sanity as they all walk home together. Joro lets us know he isn’t giving up on the girls. Yeah, he wants to make them his harem! Keep chasing your dream. It’ll come true… Eventually… Or not. And something sinister has started to move and crumble that dream because Asunaro is printing a hit piece of Joro making his move on 3 women.

Episode 5
Things are looking up for Joro and his women. Not content with his harem? Want to add more? Well, good news. Asunaro wants to speak to him privately and confess something. Oh yeah. But wait! That accursed bench! Zawa, zawa! Oh sh*t. Asunaro starts confessing… That he is a womanizer for stringing along 3 women! Oh, it’s that baseball game again that had her looking at his face. She thought it was the face of a pervert. She has printed the article but kept the 3 girls’ identity a secret. Yeah, some photo proof he is ‘flirting’ with the girls. But she is going to cut him a deal. She will follow him around until the Flower Festival and if nothing happens, she will not publish it. Otherwise on that day itself she will hand out to everybody including parents. Then fate starts testing him because Cosmos looks like she is flirting with him as she is happy Joro is the selected guy for the Flower Dance. Cosmos and Himawari are one of the 3 girls selected too. Normally Joro wanted to decline but seeing how much Cosmos is looking forward to it, oh well… Later Joro talks to his groupie about this problem. They are okay even if nasty reviews of him come about, they will not care and continue to believe in him. Because Cosmos wants Joro to accompany her so they could meet the other girl of for the Flower Festival, Kimie “Tanpopo” Kamata, Joro requests her to be strict. Yeah, this lame samurai act isn’t cutting it. The moment Tanpopo sees Joro, she freaks out. Looks like the rumours of him being a pervert isn’t totally gone yet. Thanks to this, Tanpopo opts out of the Flower Festival. Don’t worry, they just pick a new one. Uhm… Sun?! Oh sh*t. Are they trying to open up a new possibility here?! So all of them start practising for the dance but one day, a bunch of girls confront Joro for being a sleazebag. Oh my, that article is published! Cosmos tries to explain but this only makes them suspicious. How does she know unless she is one of the girls he is having an affair with? Luckily Asunaro manages to calm and rectify the situation, claiming she mixed up her article with the ones she was supposed to publish. The girls back down for now but warn Joro if it really turns true. Thanks to this, Joro is shocked that his friends want to keep their distance for the time being. Because their dance is cancelled, Asunaro feels guilty and offers to help Joro practice with the dance.

Episode 6
It has been a week. Joro feels the irony that despite reconciling with his friends, their situation is worse than before all the conflicts. Even some of the girls continue to suspect him. Only because of Asunaro by his side that this didn’t blow up further. More woes when a call from Sun saying that the PTA are arguing about this Flower Festival that it is a blasphemy to have 2 boys at the dance. It’s not tradition. Wait. Today is already the Flower Festival and they’re bringing this up now?! Sun will back down and find a replacement. With Joro asking Asunaro’s help, you bet she is more than happy to do so. Just in time because Cosmos wants to speak to her personally and not let Joro hear any of this. Eh? Something wrong? But they insist if this is in regards to the Flower Festival, he has all the right to hear about it. Okay. It’s your call. In the student council room, after Cosmos confirms Asunaro’s participation again, she then rejects her involvement and wants her to put all her effort in correcting the lies. In short, Asunaro has been deceiving Joro from the start. She had the ulterior motive to separate Joro from his friends during recess, an important time when they gather. She was also the one who spread the rumours to the first years, the reason why Tanpopo refused to further participate. Although Asunaro claims she was in her room working on the newspaper, Cosmos had further proof that despite she did not print that damning article that got accidentally circulated on that day, she actually printed it the day before. Show proof of the record? See, Asunaro’s name is not there. But that is a fake! Cosmos had the real one! It shows her name. On the day that fake article came out, Cosmos already suspected her. She went to the printing room to print out the log. Then she took a gamble. Knowing the girls will suspect her if she entered Joro’s class, this is to get Asunaro to return to the printing room and do her forgery. She hid a camera there and here’s the proof. Asunaro’s plan would have worked had she just completed her first objective to isolate Joro from his friends and be with him alone but then she got greedy and wanted to participate in the Flower Festival too. She wanted that bond with him. That’s why she was the only one who danced with him alone for the entire week.

Asunaro then admits she really loves Joro. Ever since that baseball game. He saved him from a stray baseball. More like he was just passing by and got hit. Yeah, he wanted to get a closer look at that beautiful babe’s boobs! All Asunaro wants is Joro and that she thinks he doesn’t need any other friends. After Cosmos advises her about the harsh facts of love, Asunaro tries to convince Joro she loves him. However he turns on his dark mode and tells her off. He has no romantic interests in her. Forget about him, what she did to others was unforgiveable. Do you know how much trouble she gave to Sun? Especially he had to cancel his baseball practice just for this dance. So as far as he is concerned, she can never be by his side and can f*ck off! Wow. Asunaro apologizes for all the troubles she has caused and gets out. Time to go correct those lies. But what about the Flower Festival? Cosmos knew that 2 boys wouldn’t fly from the start. That’s why she and Sun spent the last week trying to convince that girl to join. Make an intelligent guess who? After Joro dances with Himawari, next is Cosmos. She assures Asunaro will be alright since Sun is the only person who knows this awful secret. As a reward, she pecks him on his cheek. Good thing it wasn’t visible to the audience. Finally the last person to dance with him… Pansy! OMG! This hot babe so freaking stunning that the audience is scratching their heads who this hot busty chick!!! Never seen her before!!! Pansy asks Joro why he helped her to make friends and break the ice with them. That was the real reason why he had the study session in the library. It’s thanks for her help when he was in a bind. Pansy enjoys the dance and she hopes to continue being friends with all of them.

Episode 7
WTF, Joro’s mom looks middle aged but she sounds so squeaky?! Anyway, she knows her son’s plans to hang out with his friends today. How? Pansy is here! Right in his living room! Apparently she was stalking on him when mom invited her in. Oh, they’re best friends too since she recommended some favourite book. It’s a swimsuit episode with Joro’s groupie all at the indoor amusement pool. Joro is tasked to get drinks for everyone and as he queues, before him is Asaka “Sasanqua” Mayama. She is his classmate and one of the girls who mistakenly hates him due to that fake news. However he doesn’t recognize her. Then she asks him hypothetically for advice. It’s this close friend of hers who wronged a guy and wants to get back on his good side without apologizing. I think just an apology wasn’t the answer she’s looking for. Besides, isn’t she talking about herself? But with Joro still believing a sincere apology is the best because everyone makes mistakes, she’d think about it and even asks if apologizing in dyed hair is okay. Well, Joro likes neat and black hair… So Joro returns to his (unofficial) harem and now the girls are fighting over him. Woah, take it easy. One at a time. They decide to challenge each other over him. Hey, either way, Joro’s the winner, right? Himawari goes first with him on the water slide. Joro is expecting a nip slip but at the end, he is the one who loses his trunks! How the f*ck it ended on Himawari’s head?! Sun to the rescue by jumping in and protecting his modesty! So gay… Next is Cosmos riding a dolphin float. Joro expects those boobs will be touching his back but she got so deep in thinking about their future that Joro floats away alone. Don’t worry. Sun will ride with him! So gay… Finally he sits in the hotspring with Pansy. They talk about things but it seems she knows his dark secrets! Before she can even reveal the kind of porn he reads, Sun steps in! Thanks buddy. So gay… At the end of the day, which of the girl he enjoys the most? Why… It’s Sun! Because he is always there for him! Can’t deny that. Best friend > hot chicks. I’m so done with this gay sh*t… Don’t ruin this ecchi romcom, please!!! Back in school, with Asunaro publishing the truth, the group of girls who hate him now sincerely apologize to him. Yeah, he’s a good guy now. Even more shocking, Sasanqua has died her hair black and looks lovely! A sincere apology to boot! Can this get any better? Oh, doesn’t that trigger some death flag? Because soon a new student transfers in. Immediately Chiharu “Tsubaki” Youki recognizes Joro, goes up to him, gets on her knees and kisses his hand! Does he not remember her vow that she would do everything for him with all her heart without any conditions?

Episode 8
A year ago at that baseball game (here we go again), Joro was lost on how to support Sun. So happen he was at a skewer stand run by Tsubaki. She gave him some advice but she too thanked him for helping to encourage her. So now Joro freaks out at this hand kissing act and when Tsubaki finishes her introduction, only did he remember who she is. Of course this means experiencing being ostracized again but you know, he isn’t stranger to such controversies. Yup, here we go again. Because of his experience, he thinks Tsubaki is hiding her true intention. After all, such kind and convenient woman doesn’t actually exist. Hence he vows to expose her true nature. It’s hard to be devilish on the inside but putting up a nice act on the outside. In a few instances, Tsubaki seems genuine in helping him (including saving him from stepping on a banana peel) but is this all an act? She gets permission to join him with his groupie at the library. Now that Tsubaki is sharing her lunch with him, this crushes Cosmos’ plan to share hers. Eventually he still eats hers. After recess, Pansy wants to talk to Joro for a while. However it is not about Tsubaki as he thought. She points out a certain coward who wants to maintain status quo. He might think it is kindness but that is just running away. But this works fine for Pansy too. She lends him her favourite book to read. He leaves school and in town Himawari bumps into him just to bug him about her upcoming birthday. When he gets home, he realizes the borrowed book is missing. Realizing it could be during Himawari’s collision, he goes back to the spot to find. Strangely, a couple of girls offer their help to find (how they know what book?). When they do, it is all messed up. Joro is sad but the least they could do is tell him a friend of theirs sell this book but it is costly. Because of that, Joro becomes obsessed in finding a job, so much so he ignores Cosmos’ lunch once more. Tsubaki offers him to work at her family skewer restaurant since it pays well hourly and instantly Joro praises this saviour angel of his. Later Joro apologizes to Pansy and tells the truth what happened. She doesn’t mind it and prefers him to spend his lunch time with them instead of working. However he insists he needs to take responsibility and get her a new one. This old one? He’ll be holding on to it for now. Joro prepares his first day working at Tsubaki’s place.

Episode 9
Joro is getting used to his part time job but he still lacks confidence. Still thinking he is a background character? But Pansy has been sulking ever since he started working, though the rest assure things will go back to normal once Joro achieves his target. Not surprisingly, Sasanqua and her friends patron Tsubaki’s place. I think they’re hoping something would come of this but sorry girls, nothing. Things take a bad turn when Joro accidentally spills beer over a customer. Damn, he so mad but thanks to Tsubaki stepping in, nothing untoward happened. So as Joro walks home depressed, Pansy comes to talk to him. She heard from Tsubaki as she knows he is only doing this to prove himself he is worth something. He wanted to solve this by himself but it is more of self-satisfaction disguised as kindness. That is the worst kind of emotion she hates. This makes Joro even madder. What else does she want him to do? I don’t think he can just accept having her by his side is okay. And it ends with him telling her to get lost. Okay. Gee, really? So Joro puts up a fake happy face when with his friends. Otherwise, it is just so freaking obvious. So much so this guy, Yasuo “Hose” Hazuki could tell and talks to him. So just do what you do when you don’t know what to do? Yeah, great advice. And also if you really care about that person, you should also focus more on that person. Joro gets his groove back and apologizes to Pansy for taking it out on her then.

When Joro gets paid, he goes to buy the book but to his dismay, somebody bought the last copy. And then surprisingly Himawari shows up. She is that person who bought that book just for him. Despite all the excuses she gave, Joro can tell that she is lying. She has been skipping her tennis practice to find this book and used her money to buy it. She thinks he will become happy again but Joro doesn’t share the same sentiments. Eventually an argument as Joro thinks her tennis > this book. Himawari is in tears as she too mentions he lied to her and that both tennis and Joro are equally important to her. Thanks to them being childhood friends, they apologize quickly. The friends watch and support Himawari at her tennis match. She asks Joro if he has someone he likes but he maintains the same answer of none. But for Himawari, she has and to show her gratitude, she pecks him on his cheek. I guess that’s the power she needs for her to win the game. The friends celebrate at a private party at Tsubaki’s place. Pansy asks if Joro has read the book. Apparently there was a bookmark in it that has a hidden message asking if he would help her in her times of need. Well, if he is free. Good enough answer. Tsubaki believes Joro thought of himself as a background supporter role and that is why he put himself down and turned away from what’s important like the feelings of others and those who care for him. But thanks to him, everyone is together. And so Joro changes his mind set that he isn’t just a background character. Which background character is surrounded by a bevy of hot chicks (and a good friend)? So he’ll just settle to be a normal main character. That’s what they all say. He is confident he can solve any problem. And then this troublesome problem… Tanpopo asking Joro to help make Sun and Pansy a pair… Not this sh*t again!

Episode 9.5
Man, if you find it hard to follow all that has happened so far, maybe you should stop watching anime! But no fear! Don’t give up at this point! We have this saviour in the form of a recap episode to refresh your failing memories! Everything that has happened so far narrated by the one and only Joro and Tanpopo as his partner in crime. Yeah, it’s like they’re doing a director’s cut commentary with some sarcasm and jokes while they recycled the scenes of those previous episodes. Just the calm before the storm. Because next week, we will resume Joro’s disaster… Hope that little breather helps, Joro. You’ll be needing it…

Episode 10
It’s that bench again. It’s Tanpopo doing that dramatic confession troll. And as we know it, Tanpopo is seeking his help to make Sun and Pansy a pair. Oh no. That baseball game setting again, huh? Apparently she saw Sun and Pansy at the exit and was moved. Thinking they should become an item but nothing has progressed since then, that is why she needs his help to make this dream into a reality. Of course her goal is so when Sun is motivated by love, he will perform better in his games. The school will win the championship and she will become a famous manage which will lead to her becoming a famous idol. Wow. So complicated… Normally Joro isn’t interested but seeing Tanpopo leaves a sexy picture of herself and he will have more if the job is completed, you bet he is in! Also, Asunaro is in as she eavesdropped on them. She can help increase Tanpopo’s fame. Of course she too has an ulterior motive. With Pansy pairing up with Sun, Joro is all hers for the take. So the plan is to have Joro become Sun’s love rival by confessing to Pansy? Since that’s not going to work, Plan B is Tanpopo giving orders to him via earpiece and he regurgitates what she says to Pansy? Acting so bad that Pansy can even tell. Eventually the plan fails because the other girls join in and there are other guys admiring them in which they mispronounced Tanpopo’s name as some penis. Dick move?

Later, Joro makes it clear to Tanpopo that he will not confess to Pansy and that he only pretended to help her as he never had that intention to bring them together. She can’t say he lied to her because Tanpopo herself lied from the start. It seems Asunaro was also in cohorts with Joro to expose Tanpopo’s misdeeds. From what I understand, Joro sensed something wrong when she told her story from that baseball game. From her stand, she was cheering for the opposing team and not their team. She only came to this school because she fell ill and failed the entrance exam. Joro realizes her true goal is not to find Sun a girlfriend but to find Pansy a boyfriend. Another dead giveaway was how Tanpopo knew Pansy’s hidden beauty. Like as though she knew her before. With Pansy now joining the conversation, Tanpopo comes clean. She realized this was the Pansy she knew in middle school during the Flower Dance since Pansy didn’t disguise herself as a plain Jane then. Pansy dismisses she is in love with Sun. It is Joro. As for why she did all this, before the truth can be revealed, Tanpopo runs away with guilt. Since Pansy also refuses to say because she has unpleasant memories of people saying things to her, I guess it’s a mystery for now. Pansy then confiscates that sexy Tanpopo picture. In exchange, she trades it with a hot picture of herself. I think this upgrade is so much better. Meanwhile Cosmos is pleading to the teacher but he shoots her down that the decision made is final: The school library will close.

Episode 11
Pansy trolling Joro (and us) that she wants to give herself to him. Actually, it’s just a dance. Joro gets disappointed but spots an earpiece. He realizes she is in cohorts with Tanpopo who still hasn’t given up in hooking her up. When spotted, panicky Tanpopo runs away. But now for something serious. Cosmos tells her groupie about the closure of the library due to the lack of people using it. The friends decide to bring their other friends to use it to help prevent its shutdown. Of course, only Joro who has no friends can’t help much. On the way home, he bumps into Hose. After telling him his problem, Hose agrees to help because he also faced this situation before. Next day when they meet up at school, it seems Hose has also brought a couple of girls along to help. Joro recognizes them as they are the ones who helped find that borrowed book. And when brought to the library, instantly you can see the panic in Pansy’s face. From the looks of it, they could be ex-lovers. Hose introduces himself and his girls, Momo “Cherry” Sakuraba and Runa “Tsukimi” Kusami. Joro is worried because Hose reeks of everything main character and he is very reliable! You bet he is worried about his own status in this anime! With Pansy huddling close to Joro, Cherry and Tsukimi can tell so later they ask Joro if he likes Pansy. He denies he is. When the day is over, Cherry and Tsukimi try to set Hose to walk home with Pansy, something she is not so keen about. Asunaro could also read the situation and hence usurps the request and would walk her home.

Subsequently, Cherry and Tsukimi talk to Joro, Cosmos and Himawari. They admit they are both in love with Hose but he is in love with Pansy. As both love Hose and feel that something bad would happen if they both love him at the same time, that’s why they decided to stay as friends. This leads to them prioritizing Hose’s feelings. That’s why they seek their help to make Hose and Pansy an item. But how does Pansy feel about this? That’s why they asked Joro if he likes Pansy. Because Pansy likes him but he doesn’t reciprocate her love. Joro feels something is off and apologizes he can’t help them. Cosmos and Himawari too. Next day at school, Joro confronts Pansy as he wants to know the whole truth. You see, she views Hose as a demon. Part of that reason she adopted this plain looks and transferred to this school. Back in middle school, she was a very popular person. Many had evil intentions on her. Only Hose was indifferent and helped her. While she is grateful, she didn’t want to be with him. She views Hose having a major flaw: He doesn’t understand the other side of people’s feelings. His good intentions harm others. While everything works out well for him, his righteousness stifles others (like how Cherry and Tsukimi suppress their feelings for him). Pansy felt trapped in his world when he fell for her. Even more so he isn’t aware of what he was doing to those girls who lied to themselves just to be with him. Something she couldn’t forgive. When Hose confessed to her and she declined, he continued to protect her and resisted his own feelings. Now that Joro has put all the puzzle pieces together, he gets final confirmation from Pansy that she doesn’t want to be with Hose. He promises to do something about it.

Episode 12
The library is saved from being closed down. Though, the problem of Cherry and Tsukimi still trying to set up Hose with Pansy still persists. Nobody has the chance to intervene until Sun… Joro confronts Tanpopo and learns the truth why she wanted to set up Pansy with a guy. She is in love with Hose. So now you see the bigger picture? Since she isn’t giving up on him, she is counting on him to be Pansy’s boyfriend. Next time he meets Pansy, it seems she drops a shocker: She has agreed to date Sun! This is of course if his baseball team wins the Nationals. Pansy sounds harsh when she calls Joro for being useless and not doing anything and banishes him from the library for the time being. Later he confronts Sun and thinks this is all part of his act and plan. But Sun reveals his true nature that this is for real. The reason he remained his best friend and acted like one after his first rejection was to continue to get on Pansy’s good side. Now the time has come and it is Joro’s turn to play his best friend. He has done what he can, now it is his turn. Joro sinks into depression but thanks to Tsubaki overhearing all that, she hints to him to think deeper into what Sun and Pansy’s words meant. You don’t think Hose is going to back down without a fight, right? At first Joro understood the hidden meaning but has no confidence in seeing it through but realizes he still needs to do what he needs to do. If that’s not enough motivation, Sasanqua for the first time sums up her courage to talk to him and even tells him to act like his usual self. Those tears in her eyes must be the clincher. You bet Joro can do what he wants to do. So first, he confronts Sun and tells him he can’t support him for his game. There is something more important than a best friend. Sun is relieved with his answer.

Hose now blurts out he still loves Pansy and wants to date her. Even if she had agreed to date Sun, that is only if his team wins. If he doesn’t, please consider him, okay? Cherry and Tsukimi try to pressure Pansy for an answer but thank goodness our main character steps in at the right time. He is now in his b*tch mode as he talks about the women’s privilege that Pansy has: Selfishly indulging herself in manipulating him. Then he throws Hose a challenge. As his friend, he agrees to it. But this challenge also comes with a penalty. The loser must stay away from Pansy and cannot talk to her anymore! Cherry and Tsukimi try to intervene but with Pansy wanting to hear out more on Joro, he gets to stay dominant. This is his chance to crush Hose once and for all. Hose tries to back out and do some diplomacy but Joro won’t let him. Hence Joro lets his true intentions out that he can’t let him have Pansy. Is that his declaration of love? Joro continues to explain the rules of the challenge. Each girl will receive a hairclip. They will give it to the guy whom they think Pansy is worth being with. It will take place at the baseball finals and because there are 6 of them, there is a possibility of a tie. Hence another rule is that if Sun’s team wins, Joro gets an additional vote. Otherwise, Hose gets it. What do you say? Cherry and Tsukimi cry foul because the odds are stacked against them. Because definitely, Pansy, Cosmos, Himawari and Asunaro are going to vote for Joro, right? Damn right Joro has manipulated this! Heh. His win is surely in the bag. So much so he thinks he is going to win right now when Cosmos, Himawari and Asunaro want to give their votes now. Alright, here it is… Eh… THEY GIVE THEM TO HOSE!!! WTF???!!! Because they view Pansy as their love rival, hence they are doing this so they have a better chance to end up with Joro! Yup, their love declaration to him. OMG! THIS BACKFIRED!!! JORO IS IN SH*T!!! But Joro isn’t going to give up yet. And so is Hose. And hence spewing crappy and cheesy main character lines… Screw this romcom!!!

Love’s For Fools Wise Enough To Take A Chance
OMG! Why the f*ck it just ended on a cliff-hanger???!!! They sure trolled us good. Because it was announced that there is going to be an additional episode released in summer of 2020 and this episode will finally give a closure to what happened for this season. You mean we have to be patient and wait a couple of seasons just to find out who ends up with Pansy? Well, I think we already know the answer but since the chances aren’t zero, they still can surprise us and f*ck us in the back. Don’t laugh. Joro is your typical main character who already got that kind of treatment. This means the same will be done to us as typical romcom anime viewers. We’re all in the same boat, damn it!

The storyline is pretty much okay and standard. How far can you go when you story is of the romcom harem genre? The plot of having characters loving this character and that feels cliché and tried and tested throughout the history of this genre. It brings nothing new to the plate and it all boils down to how well the story and the characters are presented. For this series, it is a mixed baggage. I don’t find any of the mini arcs to be that boring and in fact that I enjoyed most of what I watched (like the twists in the plot especially the final episode scene that Joro’s fool proof plan eventually screwed him in the ass – he didn’t really think that one out thoroughly, huh?), although this doesn’t mean I love the series so much that it would be in the top tier of my all-time favourite romcom harem genre list.

I mean, it was pretty fun and funny at first seeing Joro’s character being played around until he literally snaps. Then once the drama of main harem is literally over, we have the rest of the lesser girls in the unofficial harem that plays out to somewhat a similar formula. You know, trying to get his attention or make him help out help somebody get together. The most mind boggling one which I find it hard to follow (perhaps because of my puny brain) is the final arc when Hose finally gets some decent screen time. So let me get this straight, Hose isn’t actually a bad guy. I mean, a real demonic character whose personality makes him sound like he is Hitler reborn, right? So he’s just a good guy but Pansy just can’t find herself to return his love. While this kind of complication isn’t anything new in relationships, at this point you’ve got to realize that there is no 100% fool proof solution to any kind of relationship. As such, there will always be winners, there will always be losers. You can’t have everything. No happy endings for everybody. If you try to satisfy everybody, it ends up nobody is happy. So I don’t get why Pansy who doesn’t like Hose, can’t she just say no and move on? I mean, she’s fine doing all sorts of cool stuffs and lessons towards Joro but not for Hose? Yeah, she says he is a demon but she also paints him like a saint. So which is which? I’m so confused. Because his good intentions are bad for others? I think something is off here. And there is something that I’m not seeing clearly either. It’s all about perspective on how you frame it so there might be more to this than meets the eye. Hence this love rivalry over Pansy has been blown out of proportion if you think about it. Oh well, for once it feels different to have guys fighting over a girl. Bring out all your best steps. May the best (main) character win.

The characters, I guess you can say they’re pretty okay but Joro as the main character, you either love him or hate him. He is one of those main characters who is weak and gets walked over by everybody else. Sure, there are times when he snapped but eventually, Joro is just being Joro. Many of the jokes come from him and sometimes breaking the fourth wall, especially about him becoming the main character. He ramps up all that funny drama with his over-exaggerating expressions. Cue to laugh. This is why all these bad stuffs happen to him. We just love to see his exaggerated reaction and sarcasm, right? Oh yeah, you bet that bench is going to be the benchmark and running joke, the harbinger of something ominous that will lead Joro into the next mess. You wonder if God put it there because it has this penchant to just pop up anywhere! Scary! Don’t even get me started with that baseball match! Yeah, that running joke has been done to death! Still funny, though. It’s like saying everyone involved with this mess went to watch that baseball match. Fate? Coincidence? Nah, just your twisted running joke. With the series already breaking the fourth wall at times, if you are sharp enough and have tons and years of anime viewing experience, you can spot some of the trivia littered across the series. Like when Joro’s facial expression becomes of that of the Kaiji character. Or that mini TV show that pays homage to Kikuko Inoue’s eternally 17 age. And of course, Joro has not many friends, hence Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai. Geddit?

You might have also guessed that all the characters’ nicknames are based on flowers. The girls, that is. I didn’t really realize this only after halfway because I thought that some like Cosmos and Asunaro aren’t flowers. Heck, I didn’t know they were types of flowers until I decided to Google them. Wow. Those really exist? Amazing how you can just learn a little more with the power of the internet. With the girls named after flowers, the guys are the ‘tools’ that nurture them. I didn’t think much of Joro’s name at first because I thought it was some reference to being a gigolo (that’s just me making that up) but eventually I found out his nickname meant water can. I only realized this when Hose came into the picture because like that metaphor, a water hose is definitely more superior to a water can, right? And you have the sun, yes, Sun to give out its light radiation and providing them with energy to grow.

As for the other characters, I think Pansy is the only girl who is interesting. Being quite an observant character, I like how she has a way in giving Joro advice. Mostly in a subtle, cool and calm manner and not obvious in-your-face. It took me a while to understand what she is saying since she is quite the intellect. Everything she said is not red herring and there is some meaning to all those words. You just need the right thinking to connect the dots. Of course, she is not perfect and has her own troubled past. It is indeed strange sometimes that you can help others a lot but can’t for your own predicament. Maybe it just goes to show that you need somebody to lean on? No man is an island. It takes two to tango. You get the picture. So it’s like this cool and capable beauty suddenly becomes incapable in the presence of Hose. It’s like he is her Kryptonite or something.

The other girls in the harem, they don’t really stand out well. Especially lively spunky Himawari and cool beauty Cosmos who are part of the main harem trio, I don’t see them doing anything impactful after their dramas and parts were played out and solved early in the series. It’s like they’ve become a bit like secondary characters and down the pecking order since well, they’ve changed the person they like. Obviously the main character, no? Sometimes you wonder why a harem has only a few girls. Adding more for the sake of numbers doesn’t mean making it more exciting. Because you know, screen time. You wonder why Tsubaki is even relevant. She claims to be somebody who would do anything for Joro. Joro claims to expose her. What happened to that? It all died down. She somehow becomes part of the groupie. The end. Sasanqua is forever relegated to be the tsundere that would never be officially part of the group as long as she doesn’t muster her courage to even do the minimum. Thanks to her ‘encouraging’ friends, I guess it finally paid off. May not be much but at least, it’s a start. Asunaro trying to clean up her act and rebuild her reputation again so she’s just playing the supporting role. Bratty Tanpopo just wants to hook up Pansy. Adding more to this already ‘bloated’ harem might be detrimental to everything in the series. Hence I am predicting that these extra girls won’t be as redundant as I said they are and will be the extra votes that will overturn Hose’s lead. Uh huh. You’re wondering why the initial 6 only has the rights to vote. Don’t forget, Joro’s harem stretches way beyond that! Hah! I’m already doing spoilers here!

Don’t forget about Sun. The irony how a plain normal looking guy like Joro is the main character while his good looking friend who excels in baseball plays the supporting role. Even when he threatens to become the main character and usurp Joro, I feel all that is just acting because it wouldn’t be so convincing had he not played the part. Sun will always be the main character’s best friend and reversing the role is more for the plot twist. Heh. Sometimes I feel that there is this twisted running joke that Sun is the person whom Joro would most likely end up with! Considering how the girls are somewhat ‘demanding’ and the ones who mainly screw Joro and give him trouble, the only person whom he can only always rely on is his best friend. Yup, I fear that there may be a secret hidden ending whereby Joro gives up on his female harem and goes with the gay route ending. That would be the ultimate shocker. Sometimes true happiness is found in places where you least expected. Hopefully not for this one… Please…

When Hose first appeared, something tells me he would become Joro’s rival. Yeah, he could really well usurp Joro’s role as the main character! It could happen. If they really want to shock us with some plot twist! Well, this guy got his own mini harem if you look at it in another light, whether he realizes it or not. This guy is so nice that it sends my sceptical senses ringing that if it is all just an act. You know, like what Joro quoted from a famous saying, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. If he is truly the nice guy he is, then it’s like what a said a few paragraphs above, then good for him. If not, well, you can predict that true love will save the day. Goes to show that in every story, you can’t have more than one main character. Even if there is a group of main characters, there is one who would be that chosen one main character.

Art and animation feel pretty standard. Nothing to complain about. But I keep thinking that because of the hair colour tone of Cherry and Tsukimi, it feels like they are this series’ Rem and Ram of Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu! Also, ever since Sasanqua dyed her hair black, I don’t know, I just somehow find her to be looking fake. Like as though she feels more original with her initial pink twintail style. There are also a few fanservice scenes considering what kind of target audience this genre is aiming for. Now you know why the girls are so cute and hot. And why Pansy’s main form is her plain braided spectacle disguise so that we don’t get a boner each time she pops up. This anime is done by Connect who did Senryuu Shoujo and Strike The Blood III. It’s one of those few series they went solo instead of pairing up with Silver Link to do series like Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie, Strike The Blood I & II and Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukokyu.

While I have no qualms with the voice acting overall, however there is one that bugged me. It is Yukari Tamura as Joro’s mom! While it is good to hear he trademark squeaky voice after a long time, the problem is that I find her voice to be not suitable to her character. It’s just so weird. A typical mom character having this high pitched squeaky voice? I’m not saying that Yukari Tamura is bad. I still love her voice and even more so these days since she is as rare as other veteran seiyuus I recognized who aren’t making much appearances in animes recently. But to match her voice to Joro’s mom… Something really feels off… It just doesn’t fit her character. That’s all. The other recognizable seiyuus are Jun Fukuyama as Hose and Haruka Tomatsu as Pansy. The latter whom I almost barely didn’t recognize since she was so soft spoken, even more so than Sword Art Online’s Asuna.

For the rest of the other casts, they include Daiki Yamashita as Joro (Midoriya in Boku No Hero Academia), Haruka Shiraishi as Himawari (Asirpa in Golden Kamuy), Sachika Misawa as Cosmos (Sakuyo in Mahou Shoujo Ore), Nao Touyama as Tsubaki (Chitoge in Nisekoi), Shiori Mikami as Asunaro (Historia in Shingeki No Kyojin), Yuuma Uchida as Sun (Ash in Banana Fish), Iori Saeki as Tanpopo (Maiko in Hachigatsu No Cinderella Nine), Shuka Saitou as Sasanqua (You in Love Live! Sunshine), Risa Taneda as Cherry (Yukina in Strike The Blood) and Konomi Kohara as Tsukimi (Chika in Kaguya-sama Wa Kokurasetai). The opening is Papapa by Shuka Saitou. Pretty catchy as the opener sounds a bit like scatting with a funky bass line. The ending theme is sung by the trio of Pansy, Himawari and Cosmos, Hanakotoba. Plays to a slower pace than the opener. Not that bad but not that catchy either.

Overall, even though with all the clichés and similar formulas that have been done to death in many others past titles, I still enjoyed this series. It’s funny and entertaining in its own right. Shows you how love is like a double edged sword, it can make your life better as well as screw it up. Not the most memorable series in the long run and most likely would be forgotten after a few seasons down (until I decide to look back at the year and do some nostalgic reviewing). But you know me. This kind of genre has been through a lot throughout the years. For better or worse, I will still continue to watch shows in this category for many years to come, as long as I live. Because eventually this kind of romcom harem genre is the one I will always love :-).

Oh my. You mean this is not just another typical isekai anime? Are you sure about that? What makes it so different? Unlike all other main characters who die and get reborn in another world, they somewhat become overpowered. But for our main character in Watashi Nouryoku Wa Heikinchi De Itta Yo Ne, in fact the main character doesn’t want to be overpowered and wants to be just your normal character. An average Joe. A plain Jane. As hinted in the title even. That’s it. Wow. So noble. I can’t believe any character would want to forgo having great powers when they are reborn. Oh my. Really much more different than other isekai shows around. Oh wait… What’s this? But that’s just her wish of wanting to stay normal. She is still indeed an overpowered character with a myriad of talents and abilities. Sighs… And I thought there was hope this would be different. How’d I wish more animes to be normal in the next season…

Episode 1
Mile just arrived in the capital and registers herself to stay at an inn. Lenny hopes she can be a famous Hunter so the inn will get more business but Mile just wants to be an average Hunter. She strolls around town and meets Mavis the androgynous female knight, Reina the tsundere mage and busty Pauline the healer-cum-merchant. Back at the inn, Lenny warns about kids going out alone because there seems to be cases of them being kidnapped. In her room, Mile has a familiar named Nano who is actually some nanomachine that normal humans can’t see. Mile reveals this is just her alias and her real name is Adele von Ascham of the Brandel Kingdom. However she has another true identity and that is Misato Kurihara. Back in her original world, she always stood out. Because of that she has no friends. One day she saved a child while crossing a road and got killed. So before she got reincarnated to this fantasy world, she asked God to make all her abilities average. It has been 12 years and she has yet to find her regular happiness. When Lenny goes missing, Mile goes to look for her. Right after entering the alley, bad guys try to kidnap her but is saved by Mavis. But Mile is able to put sleeping magic on them and interrogate them. Outside the base where kidnapped kids are supposedly held, more ruffians show up but this time Reina comes to their aid. Inside the room they find Pauline with other kids. Why is Pauline kidnapped too? Apparently she saw a kidnapping in progress and told the ruffians she would like to look after them. And they let her! However Lenny is not among them. Then they go face off with the boss, Arelady who is behind the kidnappings. She has got strong henchmen so Mavis and Reina can’t do much. Arelady reveals her intention is to have a loli harem. Yup. Lolicon. Because she praises Mile as the best type, Mile feels offended because she was just making a reference to her flat boobs. Really flat… Mile is so mad that she powers up and blows away everything! I think the mountain is partially destroyed too! If she is just average, why is she so powerful? Nano explains that the strongest creature here is a dragon. So taking half or the average of its power, it still really packs a punch. Hence Mile is still overpowered. Make 6800 times more powerful than the average!!! Hey, at least it isn’t over 9000! Oh, Lenny just went for a side trip and returned home late. Mile leaves for her Hunter prep school. Guess who are her dorm mates? Mavis, Reina and Pauline?! What are the damn chances?!

Episode 2
Mile tries to hide her real identity but this only makes the rest suspicious and want to know more about her. During training, Mile tries to not stand out. However the warrior she fights mocks her ‘washboard’. That sends her into a flying rage and knocks him out with 1 hit! During the magic stint, Mile also tries to be average but apparently Reina gets mad because she wants to know how she copied her original fireball after watching just once! Pauline then catches her creating some nendroid figurine and singing a song. How will she weasel her way out? Secret family technique! Mile is invited to tea but it looks more like an interrogation by the rest. I don’t think that secret family technique is going to cut it now. She even tries lying but too bad everyone has read that best seller story. Eventually Pauline understands that there are some things of the past that some don’t like to speak of. Remember, they’re here just to get better acquainted. The next training stint has them choosing a quest and succeeding it. The usual quartet will be hunting for horned rabbits. Sounds easy but hard to find and catch them. Normally Mile can finish it all by herself. But in order not to stand out, she trains the rest to become stronger so that they would stand out more than her. Because Mile accidentally breaks Mavis’ sword during training, Mavis is impressed and wants to be trained more. I don’t know what the heck this exaggerated training for Mavis is. Like as though she took it straight out from some kung fu training flick. Eventually they all get better and Mile even manages to ‘repair’ Mavis’ sword. Hunting the horned rabbits is now easy. However, rock golems appear and attack them. Mavis, Reina and Pauline manage to cooperate and take them all down. Must be the fruits of their training. Mile? She just stood there and admired the golems… In the end, only their party succeeded in the quest. Mile realizes this only makes them stand out but on the bright side, she made new friends. Meanwhile Arelady and her goons just got released from prison. She knows where to find Mile and is gunning for revenge.

Episode 3
Mile tells the girls folklores from Japan. They are so interested that they want more. I guess she has to breach into the manga and chuunibyou stories now… Yeah, such awesome stories! 6 months down the road, looks like it will soon be graduation. The quartet are summoned by the principal. It looks like he wants them to represent their school for the mock battle for the ceremony. He also wants them to win against B-rank Hunters. Otherwise their school is forced to close down. At the arena, Mile stumbles into Arelady. Because she is a noble, she can get away with things using her status. It is also her who threatened closing down the prep school. She doesn’t mind changing the condition for Mile to be all hers. Mile accepts it since the school will be saved in exchange for her. But can they get straight wins against Arelady’s B-rank Hunter goons? Mavis goes up against the cocky swordsman. You don’t know who much she has improved as she beats him before she even warms up! Next is Pauline and she doesn’t like her mage opponent insulting her friends. Despite Pauline taking a direct hit, she can easily heal all wounds. Pauline can go on like this and even threatens to smack her with her staff. Opponent immediately surrenders! Wow. Next is Reina against the old geezer mage. He fires his hellfire enough to kill her but Reina has also mastered some ice power to nullify it. She is about to return the same hellfire but old fart is scared to die and surrenders! Wow. Finally it is Mile’s turn. Before the match could start, her opponent runs away!!! WTF?! Default win? Arelady jumps in to fight her instead. However she praises Mile’s flat chest and this taboo word sends Mile going all out at full force against her. A-rank hunter like her having trouble with this kid? Mile then shoots a devastating blast that would have killed her and the audience but she manages to change its direction towards the sky. Wow. Nice fireworks. Arelady is so scared that not only she gives up but confesses to all her wrongdoings! Wow. Yeah, she’s ready to go to prison! Wow! With their success, great Hunters try to recruit them individually. However they reject because of their promise to each other to form a party. Yup, they’ve got an embarrassing pose and special effects to go with. Herald Crimson Vow! They get even more famous with Pauline selling little dolls of them. It’s selling like hot cakes! Wait. There’s even more. They’re so famous that people are rushing to get their autograph! Aren’t they standing out too much this way?

Episode 4
Crimson Vow has got themselves a very cheap inn as their base. Because they’re somewhat insulting the dirt cheap price they’ve got, they get scolded by Lenny. Here she was helping them out with lodging since they got no money and is this the thanks she gets?! We’re sorry… Also, Lenny puts them to good use by working as maids in her bar. Crimson Vow tries to take up some quests and thought this lizard hunting would be a good start. Nobody told them the lizards would be huge! After running around enough, Mile uses her tokusatsu improvisation to kill it. Yeah, secret family technique… When they try to claim their prize from the merchant, he tries to cheat them and pay a lower pay out, claiming it is damaged. However Pauline is smart and she decides not to sell it to him. After all, they’ve caught a bunch of them too. The merchant is left to rue his breach of contract because Crimson Vow sells it to their guild and got it at market price value while the merchant’s reputation dwindles. They continue to take up more quests until Reina suggests they pick up harder ones so they can level up to A-rank Hunters. That job would be escorting merchants since recently they have been ambushed by bandits. While taking a break, Mile’s timely scan has her protect the troupe in time from attacking bandits. As usual, they underestimate Crimson Vow as a bunch of young girls so it’s no surprise they get their ass kicked. But the bandits have a trump card as they use a mage to summon a robot golem. When Mile seems to take direct lethal hit, this activates Reina’s trauma because this scene reminded her of how her dad died. She becomes enraged as she tries to burn the golem but to no avail. Good news, Mile is still alive so she gets back up and destroys the golem with more of her, uhm, secret family technique. The defeated bandit boss notes how he wanted to sell the girls at a high price. Once more this invokes Reina’s trauma because someone similar said that. Enraged Reina is about to burn and kill him only to be restrained by the other girls. They wonder if she’s gone mad but Reina is not amused. The previous dude who said that, yeah she roasted them alive. Then Reina throws them a hard question: Have they ever killed anyone before?

Episode 5
Reina tells of her past. She doesn’t know her mom but had a happy life with her merchant dad. One day merchants ambushed their wagon and not satisfied with their loot, they decide to take Reina and sell her off. Her father pleaded for mercy but was killed. It awakened some magic in her but luckily a group of Hunters, Crimson Lightning came to her rescue. Pitying her state, they take her in and Reina learnt magic under the guidance of August. She even gave Reina her choker that was from her late mom. One day as they were hired by a merchant for an escort, a large number of bandits overwhelmed them. The merchant sold them out and wanted to sell Reina too. Hence the bandits killed all the Crimson Lightning members and that was when Reina’s powers start to really awakened. She burnt all those responsible to death. Even with this tragic tale of hers, the rest cannot agree on her principle to kill because that might be her principle alone and it does not mean the principle of the entire group. Reina thinks the rest never had their family stolen from them so Pauline tells her story. Born into an average merchant family, one day a thief killed her father. While grieving, a merchant rival claimed her father left a deed to transfer all his property to his. Then he pestered her mom to be his mistress. And soon mom gave in. That was when Pauline decided to fulfil dad’s role as a merchant. Now it’s Mavis’ turn. Born into a count family, her father and brothers love her very much. But they wouldn’t let her be a knight. Hence she ran away so that she could prove herself as a Hunter. That’s it. And now for the main show. Mile, you ready to tell yours? Here goes.

She reveals the truth about her noble life as Adele. Her mom and grandpa died but she knew it was her dad who orchestrated their murder. Right after the funeral, he brought a new wife and step daughter to live with them. Mile was reduced to a life like Cinderella before finally being kicked out. She enrolled in a normal school and her magic abilities were exceptional as well as a few boys liked her. She even managed to summon Nano but because she had no form, she had it look like a certain Pokemon character. Now you know why Nano looks so familiar… One day this well-bred girl, Marcela confronted her to give her a piece of her mind about being a stuck up noble (or so she thinks). However she saw in her closet are plain clothes and her snack is a bone that is supposed to be for a cat?! A cat eats that kind of bone?! Man, must be a poor cat… Furthermore, Mile must not use or speak of her noble family or even come back for fear dad will kill her just like mom and grandpa! Because of that Marcela took pity and they become BFF. Ah, the normal life. A year or so later, when the third princess of the realm, Morena was passing by, a boy accidentally fell into her path. The guards take no chances and were going to kill him so Mile instinctively went to protect him with her barrier. Thinking she is the devil, Mile thought of an idea as she plays the goddess and scares everyone. Now that everyone is bowing before her, she hopes they can keep quiet about this. Unfortunately these people don’t know what divine retribution is and hence her manifestation reached all the way to the king. Because of that she had to leave her school and her friends behind and started her new life as a Hunter. Despite everyone having their own past, they are assured that they will get by with their unbreakable bonds.

Episode 6
Arriving in the merchant city of Amroth which is under the Kingdom of Tils, the merchant introduces to the girls his cute granddaughter, Anne. With their mission over, of course Crimson Vow has to return to the capital but Mile is hoping for some sightseeing tour. However, grandpa has an urgent trade coming up so he can’t guide them around. Mile won’t give up so Crimson Vow have their own tour of Amroth. Sometime later, they get word that bandits have ambushed their group of merchants. There is only a survivor and he is brutally injured as he tells how the bandits mercilessly slaughtered everyone. Oh dear. Isn’t Anne’s grandpa in that group? There is nothing Crimson Vow can do but Reina is fuelled with rage inside. That is why that night she ventures out to the woods alone. She spots grandpa’s token that Anne gave earlier on and she is even more enraged. Then as the plot convenience would have it, she overheard the group of bandits talking about their plans. She confronts and attacks them but is clearly not powerful enough. I guess you can’t fight hatred with hatred. Luckily her comrades are here to fight back long enough so they could escape. As they rest, Reina runs her mouth trying to justify what she did. Shockingly or not, Mile slaps her. She understands she is sad for not wanting a repeat of history of others losing their family. But if she herself loses her life, don’t you think it is the same and her friends will be sad too? Reconciliation on hold because the bandits have surrounded them. From their organized manner and weapons, they can tell they aren’t merely bandits but soldiers. I guess they are so spot on that the leader eventually admits they are elite soldiers from the neighbouring Albarn Empire and their goal is to disrupt trade between both nations. Part of the slaughter of innocent people is to make it look convincing. And so both sides attack but you know, our girls are somewhat better because plot convenience. Yeah, how can elite soldiers lose to them?! Eventually the leader dares Reina to kill him because he won’t live in shame. She seemingly looks the part to burn him alive but it is just to scare the sh*t out of him. With the bandits captured, suddenly Anne’s grandpa returns! How is he alive? He was taking a piss in the bushes during the ambush. He thought of fighting back but remembers Anne. Can’t die. Ah, happy ending after all. With more than enough sightseeing, Crimson Vow returns to the capital.

Episode 7
With Crimson Vow working hard, they agree to take a break tomorrow. So we see next morning, Pauline doing her bookkeeping and Mavis having a nice coffee at a local café. Since Reina never said where she was going, they thought she wants to be alone after that last incident. Actually, she is shopping for girly stuffs. This is her hobby and she can’t let the rest find out. Well, Lenny just did. Luckily she will not tell on her but she hopes Reina can advise her on some fashion tips. Mile must be bored to death since this world doesn’t have TV, games, internet, manga, etc. So she tries to practice this jumping dogeza. Later she suggests to her friends they should go bath in the sea. I guess this is an alien concept to them so Mile has to explain what it is. With that, Mile wants to take their measurements to buy the correct swimsuit sizes. Since they’re all girls, I suppose they sheepishly agree to her demands. At the beach, Mile introduces to them all the beach amenities that she has come prepared with. Giving them their swimsuits, they feel reluctant to put it on since it shows too much skin. So this is where her jumping dogeza comes into handy? Since she put in a lot of effort, I guess no harm. Win-win situation for us because we get to see them in cute swimsuits! But what’s this? Mile suddenly has boobs?! Reina feels betrayed! Actually Mile ‘cheated’ as she padded her bra. Crimson Vow has fun in the sun and sand. And as they relax on their beach chair, a crowd suddenly gathers. They start staring at them because with curiosity since it is not normal for girls to be semi-naked in public. It is then the girls start to panic in embarrassment. At the end of the day, Mile feels ashamed for not knowing this as Reina continues to blame her for this huge slipup embarrassment. As they make their way back, Pauline notices a soldier monitoring them. Once Reina has done admonishing Mile, they realize Pauline is nowhere to be seen.

Episode 8
The girls wonder where Pauline could be when Mavis receives a letter from her family. What’s this about her younger brother getting married to Pauline?! Speaking of her, she has been taken back to her hometown whereby her evil stepfather is in cohorts with viscount Boardman to marry her off to one of Count Austien’s son. They intend to make use of her merchant skills, the only reason they let her go to a Hunter school. Pauline can’t do anything since her mom and brother are held hostage. When Austien arrives, he talks privately to Pauline. It seems he knows she is from Crimson Vow and hence his daughter, Mavis is part of the group. He still doesn’t approve her to be a knight and hence this is a warning. The Crimson Vow trio arrive in town. So bad that some men want to rape them? Of course after kicking their ass and getting info out of them, they decide to infiltrate. As not to expose their identities, they become masked heroines! Seriously?! Immediately the alarm is sound. But you know, they easily kick ass. Meanwhile Pauline realizes the commotion outside and with no guards stationed inside the mansion, this is the perfect chance for her to rebel against Boardman and her stepdad. With Crimson Vow as well as Austien arriving, Pauline explains these bad people forged documents to commit injustice in this town including hiring thieves to kill her father. Of course they call it BS. Austien has them face a duel. It is without a doubt that Pauline owns them with her magic and the duo are arrested. Austien reveals he knows their evil deeds and was just waiting for the right time to bring justice. He is lucky this incident is coincidental although his intentions lie elsewhere. He calls out to Mavis and is still against her being a knight. Yeah, he sees through your silly mask. Since she is still bent on being a knight, he has his guards fight her. Instantly she defeats them. Not the same Mavis you know. She then thanks Mile as her master. Austien wants to fight and test her. At first it looks like Mile is just running away. But once she throws away her stupid obstructing mask, she turns into Superman! Or Superwoman! Austien is driven to a corner as he reveals his intentions of bringing up Mavis as a woman so that she could live happily as a woman in society. Austien loses and has to honour his word. Mavis thanks her father and vows to become a better knight than him. Yeah, Austien leaves Mavis’ care in the hands of Mile. When they leave town the next day, Austien is seen crying and chasing after the carriage! Mavis come back! No wonder she wants the driver to go faster! Pauline feels the company will be safe in mom and brother’s hands. They might be away from their real family but their current family is now Crimson Vow.

Episode 9
Maid service in full swing! Damn, these girls so good they should give up being Hunters and being maids! With Lenny laughing all the way to the back, Crimson Vow isn’t happy but they can’t complain. Because in exchange for cheap rents, they have to do this. Hence they think of earning some big money with this wyvern hunting. However they are warned to give up because nobody has succeeded in this. Even pro heroes. You see, the wyvern is smart and when faced with a stronger foe, it runs away. Its territory is wide and finding its den is tough. Also, it remembers faces. Yeah, you get only 1 shot. Even so, Crimson Vow wants to take this quest. The money is too good to pass up. They first use a cow as bait but the wyvern is smart and start dropping stuffs like logs or rocks. Since it is out of their magic range, Mile has this weird idea of tossing Reina as a missile! Failed. Pauline is next but with her being scared, Mavis volunteers. Up and away she goes! Also failed. Your turn Pauline. Oh, she’s missing… Went to find Reina and Mavis… When all gather again, this time Pauline agrees to be tossed. However she passed out in mid-air so Mile had to cover her in some hard barrier. Somehow the wyvern didn’t dodge and got hit. Both fall. The wyvern is injured and cannot fly but is still dangerous with its sonic wave. Mile then uses some nano carbon whatever net. Now it’s payback time. However this old geezer, Booneclift tells them to hold their horses. He was this wyvern’s master. Flashback time. When he was young, he found an injured ‘lizard’ and brought it home to nurse. Of course when it grew up to be a wyvern, his parents forbade him from keeping him and hence a tearful goodbye. I don’t know what has happened in between all these years but looks like Booneclift wants to be its master again. WTF Mile getting into an argument with the wyvern’s name?! For the last time, it’s Lobreth! However the villagers are still unhappy since many of their livestock were stolen. Don’t worry. Booneclift handsomely pays them off! All forgiven. Of course he also compensates the girls. Is he a rich dude? Well, he is a royal mage! With the money, Crimson Vow proceeds to the next phase of their plan. They tell Lenny they’re moving out! Lenny panicking. She tries to trick them into staying but it’s not going to happen. Lesson to be learnt, never ‘mistreat’ your paying customers! With the money, they build a bath in which they could all enjoy. Lenny is invited to join in and Mile and Reina realize they ultimately ‘lost’ because loli Lenny has boobs!!!

Episode 10
Everybody celebrates Lenny’s birthday. This has Mile remember Marcela and her friends threw her a birthday party back at school. Somehow hearing this story makes Reina jealous. Thinking of an occasion to celebrate, Pauline remembers their 200th day anniversary of Crimson Vow is coming up. This could be the celebration they need. So when Crimson Vow decide to take on the next quest, they leave out Mile and give excuse they need to do something else. This is of course to earn money and buy stuffs to surprise her. Because of Mile being in the dark, she starts to feel ostracized. What if her pals have realized she has been secretly eating their snacks, taking measurements and reading the picture diary? Oh sh*t. Mile, you one guilty girl. Hence she goes to bug Lenny if her friends say anything about her. Yeah, Mile sounds like a desperate psycho, sure to freak out Lenny. Worse, Mile thinks they are going to let Lenny join Crimson Vow and kick her out. All because they don’t need another flat chest character?! With Mile doing weird things and sinking into depression, obviously Nano tells her to go talk to them directly instead of speculating. Just right after Crimson Vow defeat this giant cockatrice, Mile shows up and accuses them for having fun without her. She starts getting emotional and her buddies are afraid because the defeated cockatrice is resurrecting and sneaking up on Mile. But then… Mile burns it to a crisp! Don’t interrupt when I’m talking! Oh sh*t. Mile so scary. It descends into awkwardness as she starts crying and all. In the end, everything goes back to normal after they reveal the truth. So that was it, huh? They thought of saving up to buy this expensive necklace Mile wanted. In actual fact it wasn’t that necklace but a few cheap pendants next to it. She thought it would match them all. Who would’ve thought everything was so easy had they just been honest an upfront. Thus Crimson vow holds another private party to celebrate their anniversary. Mile is very happy as she thanks a tsundere Reina since it was her idea for this. It could have been the best party ever had not Mile explained how relieved she was and hence admitting all the secret stuffs she sneakily did on them. Oh sh*t… Don’t worry, the party isn’t going to be over yet. Yeah, it’s going to be a long night… A very long tragic night…

Episode 11
Thanks to Crimson Vow taking down a wyvern, they’re pretty famous among the guild. They see a quest in which its reward is kept revising upwards. When they decide to take on it, Mile warns them about relying on her too much. Because she could die any time. Woah. Is that some jinx or death flag or something? Reina replies that it is precisely the reason why they need to take this quest. To show that they can rely without her. The quest has them on a rescue mission. When a group of investigators were sent to investigate something strange in the forest, they went missing. A group of Hunters were sent to rescue them but they too went missing. As they trek deeper, they defeat lots of monsters. This proves to Mile that they have been doing their own training. Now can you die easily? Woah. Easy with that jinx… They notice with the change in types of monsters, they deduce that some other bigger monster must have taken residence and hence the change in habitat. A group of beastmen ambush them. But no worries. Easily defeated. Then they stumble into a large excavation done by the beastmen. Holy cow! Is this Petra of Jordan?! Anyway, night fall and they sneak in to see the captured group. After putting the guards to sleep, they free the hostages. They are told that there is a professor among them but she has been taken deep into the ruins. Crimson Vow head into the ruins, fight more beastmen and then stumble into weird hieroglyphics. UFOs? Spaceships? They free the professor nearby. She is a small kid? Heh. They get insulted when others call them kids. Anyway, Cu Leleia might look like a little girl but she is older than all of them. In fact, she is of the elf race. She warns them they can’t leave this place. Why? Because the ruler of this place is an earth dragon. Roar! Crimson Vow fire all they’ve got but no damage at all. When the dragon smacks Mile with his tail, OMFG, is Mile dead???!!! Her comrades become distraught. Why is it when people are enraged, they power up considerably? Unfortunately all that mad attack just managed a tinsy little scratch on the dragon. Crimson Vow refuse to believe Mile is dead and will protect her till she recovers. You mean recover from the dead?

Episode 12
We see a short glimpse of Misato’s happy family life. Think of waking up now? Uhm, not enough strength. Back to sleep. Now we see a short glimpse of her life as Adele. Okay, time to wake up. Misato and Adele admonishing her to do so. Because Mile is complaining how she is no match for the dragon, hey, wasn’t it her wish to be normal in the first place?! With Crimson Vow relentlessly attacking, the dragon gets mad at their persistence and is going to kill them. That’s the buzzword for Mile to wake up and attack the dragon with all she’s got. OMG. She now injures the dragon? Damn, the dragon looking scared. As explained, Mile seems to be as powerful, if not even more than the dragon only because this dragon is not the most powerful. That is why she survived when taken a direct hit. And the ‘power’ that powers up Mile? Making her angry! But it gets worse as the dragon’s buddies drop in. They too witness first hand that Mile is super strong. Yeah, who this girl???!!! Must be a real shocker for dragons never to see a human this strong, eh? Mile then summons the strength of her previous incarnations to throw back a powerful bolt at them. Decimated! Mile prepares herself to be bombarded by questions but Crimson Vow has already made peace with the fact that it is probably her secret family technique! Now they question the dragons for their goals. It seems they are trying to find the lost civilization. Yeah, those hieroglyphics are it. Now, if that civilization is said to be prospering and had no wars whatsoever, why did it crumble? That is why its existence was in doubt and they’re looking for it. The dragons didn’t want to make it so obvious so they forced beastmen to do the excavating. However this site is a fake and seems to be worshippers of those lost civilization. The dragons promise to leave this area and go elsewhere. Crimson Vow returns as heroes and even more famous now. But Mile can’t help think of what the dragons’ true goals are. Nano actually knows but unfortunately it is classified information! Oh dear. How does it feel to have your own game back at you? Mile sinks into further depression thinking what God told her before her reincarnation here. Could it be that this is a world that there are no gods because they have abandoned it? Poor Mile have strange dreams and can’t concentrate on her quest so one night she decides to leave by herself because if she has to tell her friends her worries, this means revealing her reincarnation too. However her friends also leave with her! Yeah, her worries were so obvious and written all over her face. In short, they are Crimson Vow and will always be together! Aww! Group hug! Next day they leave for another adventure and since Mile can’t spill the beans, they’re going to go investigate the dragons. One big adventure coming up.

Everybody’s Normal Till You Get To Know Them
Well, well. Isn’t that a pretty normal ending? I suppose so. Mile having found friends and a purpose to exist so that pretty much is all Mile needs to get going. And as normal as another series ending on such note, they throw in some sort of enigmatic factor so that if there is ever a possibility of another season in the future, this could be the next plot in focus. Hence for the lost civilization that the dragons are trying to search, I have this conspiracy theory that everyone in this world came from other worlds but died and reincarnated here! Just that, everybody is as good as keeping that a secret like Mile! Uh huh. Classified information, people! I mean, how far do we know about the others since we are more focused on Mile who is the (average) main character? How convenient for excuses for things we don’t know. Just slap the classified information label on it and we’re good to go.

I don’t know if you can call this cute girls doing cute things but I suppose this can be classified as so because you see them doing all the adventuring in their cute girly way. So perhaps this counts. Thus the story isn’t anything new and just revolves around the Crimson Vow quartet and their adventures to become great Hunters. That is all. No greater conspiracy plot of shadowy people led by some megalomaniac wanting to overthrow the kingdom or the likes. No prophesized Demon Lord to come bring carnage to the land and some legendary quartet of heroes must rise up to the challenge and save the land. Yup. Nothing of that sort of story here. Just your average but not so average girls adventuring within their own means. Cute girls doing cute things. Adventure edition.

There is another one tiny reason why this isekai series is slightly different than others in the same category. Well, if you have noticed, all the main characters who die and become an overpowered one in the next world, they’re all male! Hence it is somewhat refreshing now you have a character of this genre who is actually female! Wow. You never actually see girls getting this sort of treatment and it feels a bit different. Sure, the whole isekai trend now is kinda boring and repetitive and having a main character who is female doesn’t make the whole thing better. It is just slightly refreshing. Slightly. Yeah. Who says girls can’t go over to the next world having all sorts of crazy abilities? I am pretty sure that Mile isn’t the first female character of this overpowered isekai genre but I am guessing that she could be the first in recent memories and anime seasons. I mean, I am trying to think real hard and I couldn’t really come up with any such shows with a female lead.

So I guess the characters are rather okay, especially the bonding between the Crimson Vow members. Each of them has their own past to deal with and facing them together brings their pact a lot closer. It’s not the deepest of character development but it’s not the worst either. If the lack of a storyline and actual plot bugs you, maybe the dynamic relationship and interaction among the quartet should amuse you. While it is pretty much cliché, I won’t go so far as to say that they are boring. Yeah. Just pretty average. Pretty normal. Heh.

So yeah, Mile pretty much feels like the glue that sticks the group together. She is yet another of those ubiquitous overpowered characters that you normally see in such genres. She claims she wants to be normal and tries not to flash her powers but more than often, circumstances force her to make her do the impossible. She might look like overpowered but bear in mind that she is still lower than a dragon and therefore much lesser than a God. Just that everybody else is such weak ass and that the dragon clan probably raised up the average score. Just like how when one of the smart kids in class do so well and raised the average score of the class. Or a really bad one bringing it down. I wonder how long Mile can keep playing that secret family technique excuse. That seems to be the running joke AKA excuse needed to avoid explaining the truth. The way she has displayed a myriad of them, not so secret now those family techniques. I guess the friends also don’t prod any further because they trust each other (unlike initially). Too much bugging can be annoying, you know. Ah, true friendship…

It would have been a bit more interesting to see Mile’s life in her previous life as Misato. Heck, having shown bits of her past life as a raven haired beauty is already good enough than most isekai series. Yeah, some you never even get to see what their life was, they get killed off or summoned. That’s it. Here we see snippets of it despite being far and few in between. But like I said, it would also be good to see that side of hers because we want to see how different she has become. Or rather, she’s still the same. Maybe it’s her fate never to experience a normal life. So, if she dies in this world (which she almost did), will she go to another world? Will she start anew again as the same thing or will she get her wish of just being normal? That would have been another interesting aspect to explore. Perhaps the lack of focus on her past is to tell us that we should just move on with her new life as Mile. Yup, want to know more of her life in the previous world? That’s classified information!

Mile also seems to be the comic relief character and at times you can hear her make comments that break the fourth wall. This is where most of the comical parts come from. Hey, main characters in overpowered isekai genres don’t usually do that! That’s not normal! Get back to your normalcy! I guess her previous life is hard to forget and there are a ton of cool entertainment stuffs in which she compares them to this new life of hers. But hey, at least she got overpowered magic and stuffs. I also don’t see the relevance of having Nano as he invisible pet mascot. Oh right, whatever nanomachine particles he is made out is supposed to help give Mile he powers. How convenient. I suppose they need to ramp up the cuteness because after having a bevy of cute girls, now you need at least a cute animal. Or beast. Whatever Nano actually is. His primarily role is to just sometimes warn Mile or explain to us viewers whatever that needs to be explained. A role that can be done by Mile herself since she is sometimes already breaking the fourth wall.

The rest of the other Crimson Vow members, well, they’re not anything close to Mile but thanks to their backgrounds, their characters are slightly more interesting. Reina isn’t just your fiery tsundere but her tragic past makes you understand her way of thinking and you can’t blame her entirely. Then you have Pauline who is trying to become the best merchant for the sake of her family and you don’t want to cross her path and she’ll make you a deal that you’ll regret. A deal between the devil and the deep blue sea. Please choose the lesser of 2 evils. Finally, Mavis the tomboy who is seemingly trying to break out of her traditional female role and take on her dreams as a knight. It is not that she isn’t feminine or anything, it is just that when you grow up in a house that is all just dicks, oops I mean, cocks, oh damn, men, house of men, you tend to get influence by the greatness that they are striving for.

Last and not least, Lenny. I feel that she is sometimes the fringe member of Crimson Vow but it could be just me. She provides lodging for the quartet to stay and now that Crimson Vow has made enough money for their own lodgings, a lesson to learn is never take your customers for a ride. But I’m glad they’re still friends. After all, Lenny despite being a loli has boobs that the flat chest alliance (that’s you, Mile and Reina) would really envy to have. Is this the part where they tease us with some little boobs fanservice? Oh Mile, your boobs size are below average. Hahaha! Oh wait. Is that classified information too?

Art and animation feel pretty okay. Everything is designed on a cute level so much so you might think that this anime is suited for kids. At least on the visual level. Even many of the scenes and backgrounds are bright and colourful, making this your truly happy fantasy world. If you watched Endro, you would know what I mean. This series is dong by Project No. 9 who in the same season also did Choujin Koukousei-tachi Wa Isekai Demo Yoyuu De Ikinuku You Desu. They also did Ryuuou No Oshigoto, Ro-Kyu-Bu and Tenshi No 3P. So if you are wondering why the cuteness of these girls look familiar, now you know why.

For the voice acting, didn’t recognize anybody. Pretty okay, I guess. The casts are Azumi Waki as Mile (Maika in Blend S), Sora Tokui as Reina (Nero in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes), Masumi Tazawa as Pauline (Kiriha in Rokujouma No Shinryakusha), Fumiko Uchimura as Mavis (Ren in Juou Mujin No Fafnir), Wataru Hatano as Nano (Gajeel in Fairy Tail), Hiyori Kono as Lenny (Kazusa in Araburu Kisetsu No Otome-domo Yo) and Maki Kawase as Marcela (Junko in Zombie Land Saga). You can tell how fun everything is going to be just by watching and listening to the opening theme, Smile Skill = Suki Skill by the quartet of Crimson Vow. Yeah, the whole song is lively and just reeks of fun. Even more so when you see Crimson Vow doing some weird group dance + tokusatsu posing (complete with explosion!). Oh yeah. Pretty epic in its own right. Mile sings the ending theme, Genzai Banzai, which plays to a slower beat that lacks all that craziness found in the opener but still sounding like another of those generic manufactured anime pop. Nothing really special. Just normal.

Overall, this show is just pretty normal. Pun intended. There are dozens of such series in the genre out there and there would be even much more in the future. While this one is nothing special, nothing near a masterpiece, it is not the worst isekai bunch I’ve seen. Yup, that Smartphone one still takes the cake. So don’t complain that this series is just pretty much average with all the cliché formulas of cute girls, their dynamic interaction, no convoluted plot, funny and weird moments, all that would satisfy and entertain viewers for the season. Once the next season comes around, this would most probably be forgotten deep within our hazy memories. Yeah, pretty normal for us veteran anime viewers to treat series like this. While the isekai fad won’t be dying out soon, I hope they don’t go overboard, trying to make their series stand out so much than the rest that it becomes just as bad. Please. Don’t. Didn’t I say to make more isekai animes average in the next season?!

Fairy Tail: Final Series

February 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hey wait a minute! I thought Saiki Kusuo No Psi-nan should have ended with that final arc. You know, that tell-tale sign in its title? Kanketsu-hen? Final arc?! Which part of that word do you not understand?! There should be no more episodes or seasons after the finale! So why the heck do we have another season, Saiki Kusuo No Psi-nan: Shidou-hen AKA Restarting arc? Well, you see, this is supposed to be the prequel to the Kanketsu-hen so technically, chronological wise, it isn’t the final arc. However, it is said that this is the continuation of the Kanketsu-hen so technically it is also the final season? Argh! I’m so confused right now! And it is so like Saiki to surprise and troll us when they release all 6 episodes in this season on the final day of 2019. Last day of the decade before we’re going back to the roaring 20’s! Anyhow, I still got my wish to get another season of Saiki! Yeah!

Episode 1A
Saiki and his friends stumble into a little crying. Apparently she lost her dog. Before you know it, Saiki is dragged into help looking for it. Hence Saiki uses some telekinetic thought process to burn images onto the paper. Of course a few weird images pop up before he finally locates the dog. He returns it to the little girl who is now very happy. But Nendou brought back somebody else’s dog and gets beaten up for theft.

Episode 1B
Saiki’s dad is playing an online game. Because he has to leave for work, he has his son takeover so as to get some rare item. Normally Saiki isn’t interested but since dad will buy him his favourite jello, this should be easy. Saiki logs online but soon his comrades leave after realizing he is male (dad purposely selected a female avatar just to get pandering). Needing to form a group to take on the quest, he soon gathers a bunch of weirdoes. But before they could start, they got kicked out or got banned. And you could have guessed those other guys playing at the other end are Kaidou, Toritsuka and Saiko. When dad plays again, he doesn’t know why his friends have banned him.

Episode 1C
Because dad is sick, Saiki is forced to swap with his body and go to work or risked being fired. His demon boss has him to go pick up the manuscript of some mangaka since today is the deadline. With dad working for him for many years, apparently he knows all his quirky habits. The mangaka seems to be tired and not interested to finish 5 pages of it so Saiki uses his healing ability to make him feel much better and work. Better, Saiki using his telekinetic thingy to quickly burn his thoughts onto the paper. Then he teleports back to the office to submit the work. The mangaka is shocked to realize it is already delivered.

Episode 1D
Saiki hangs out at the café but apparently the moms of Nendou, Kaidou and his own are also there. He eavesdrop on them talking about their sons among other things. Saiki thought everything is safe until mom accidentally blurts out about Saiki’s psychic abilities. Of course she can cover it up as a joke but the way she panics proves that it could be for real. But she manages to deflect this to her other son, Kuusuke that he is some genius. The crisis is averted and although mom feels sorry about not being able to keep secrets, it is Saiki who feels grateful that his secret is safe.

Episode 1E
Everyone makes some model out of clay and answers ‘questions’ on why they make so. So we have Kaidou making his fallen angel (literally he dropped it), Kuboyasu some big bike, Nendou some demon, Hairo some fearsome deity, Aiura decorating hers with ornaments and Teruhashi a simple model of her and Saiki. Everybody wants to see it and accidentally breaks it that it looks like the clay Teruhashi hugging Saiki! And the rest of the guys try to make some angelic Teruhashi model but they are disgusted by their failure that it isn’t anywhere close. And lastly, Saiki. Oh damn, he created this magnificent gigantic architectural cathedral masterpiece???!!! Isn’t this the one in Spain…

Episode 2A
Saiki’s limiter breaks but not completely. This has him do weird useless random abilities beyond his control like forming a barrier around himself, making others laugh, shoot lasers from his eyes and producing Matryoshka dolls. Not wanting to owe Kuusuke, he decides to fix himself but ends up doing more weird abilities. So much so it is also affecting others. Finally, the useless ability of creating something out of nothing has his limiter restored. Not so useless that ability, huh?

Episode 2B
All the kids are gathered around Kaidou. Seems they view him as some master of Valkyrie Breaker. It’s some card game. Nendou and Saiki are somehow roped into play the game. Nendou goes to get his own pack of cards and wow! He got lots of rare and powerful cards! The kids are so awed he is this lucky at first go. Unlike a certain master who had to spend thousands to get them. Apparently this is all a setup by Saiki so that they both can be playing partners and will leave him out of it. However, things might have gone too far as the kids are now praising Nendou and this is decimating Kaidou’s pride. So I guess there’s gonna be a card battle, huh?

Episode 2C
Kaidou tries to explain the rules of Valkyrie Breaker but obviously Nendou isn’t listening. This makes Kaidou snaps but before he could get violent, the kids protect him. Remember what you taught them on not getting violent? Better eat your words now. The card game begins and it could only be Saiki seeing weird violent and gory images of the deck monsters killing each other. Eventually, Saiki uses his power to reorganize the deck to make Nendou win and crush Kaidou.

Episode 2D
During PE, the guys are split into teams. Hairo being the passionate guy, pleads to the teacher for a more balanced team but it fell on deaf ears. When Saiki’s team is short a person, it is because Saiko sits out and doesn’t want to join the peasants in this lowly game. Until the teacher decides to take out Takahashi to even the odds, Saiko feels insulted as this means Takahashi is the same rank as him! WTF?! The game starts but Hairo’s team is losing because Kuboyasu got disqualified for committing fouls, Nendou is too stupid and Takahashi got bribed by Saiko. This is the last straw so Saiki uses his power to prevent Saiko from being awesome. In the end, Hairo’s team wins but he doesn’t feel like he actually won it. Now Saiko has a sudden change as he tries to practice hard on his own to regain his awesomeness. Rich guys can’t lose!

Episode 2E
Wow. Saiki celebrating its 5th serialization anniversary? Okay. However they are being upstaged by these characters from Heroes Studies who were in serialization for 10 years. Though, they already ended. Kaidou then recognizes the hero as some super famous teacher, Ken Haganeno. Apparently he is here to give the class a special lecture. But he ends up badmouthing the students and what they are lacking. Saiki realizes they are trying to take over this anime! It’s not funny! So when Haganeno throws Saiki a question, he teleports him to a fantasy world and throws back the same question to him. Guess what? Haganeno chickens out to let his comrade devoured while he escapes! Because of that, Saiki leaves him stranded in this world to level up. That’s for ruining our 5th anniversary. And thanks to that, peace is restored to the world!

Episode 3A
Takumi Iguchi is the new homeroom teacher. Although he is a very nice and caring teacher, the problem is that he has a perverted face! You bet everybody is going to judge him by his looks. Like Yumehara. First he tries to calm her down by showing he cares. Like how he knows her name. And then her address and other details! Creepy! Pervert! When Saiko is 20 minutes late for class, Iguchi admonishes him so Saiko bribes him. At first everyone thought he took the money but then Iguchi rejects it and warns him about trying to buy him off. Everybody feels bad about judging him. Time for a group hug? Uhm… I think it’s going to take a while to get used to that pervy face.

Episode 3B
Everyone takes their physical measurements and many realize they have no growth. As Saiki explains, due to the time loop thingy, everything is repeating as it was the same year ago. When there are screams heard coming from the female’s side, everyone is trying to figure out who the perpetrator. Kaidou thought he saw Iguchi heading there but only Saiki knows he was heading towards the toilet. It gets worse when Iguchi has this panicky face. Because he needs to go to the toilet! To save his reputation, Saiki realizes there is proof. Toritsuka was trying to film the female side but Iguchi is seen walking though and hence blocking his perfect view. Though Iguchi’s name is cleared, Toritsuka is now a dead man…

Episode 3C
When Nendou says he lent some yakuza dude some money, the rest don’t believe him. Kuboyasu brings his friends to his house. Looks like a rundown yakuza hut. Nendou and Kaidou look at his photo albums to see when he turned into a delinquent. My, at such a young age? Kuboyasu then explains how both his parents were from gangs but they are very different people today. So when his dad returns, Nendou recognizes him as that yakuza dude he helped earlier in the day. Yup, he and Nendou have a really friendly conversation, leaving the rest surprised.

Episode 3D
The friends gather at Kaidou’s house to do homework. Instead, Kaidou wants to show his manga he has been writing (for 3 years?!) in hopes he can be serialized. Of course they are not impressed. Even more so they could guess the surprise ending of his story. Heck, Kaidou had to lie and go with their own speculation of the ending which is somewhat even more interesting! Now that their delusions are all time high and want to spend more time on this than their homework, here comes Sora to bring them down to reality. She chides them for being noisy. And when she realizes the lousy manga work Kaidou is doing, she chides them even more they want to do manga but can’t even finish their damn homework? Give me a break. And with that, the guys quietly return to completing their homework. Ah… Reality…

Episode 3E
Saiki is looking forward to his favourite sweets programme. Too bad it is ruined with today’s guest: Mugami. Yup, this guy is ranting about his love for his sister than the sweet of the day. What do you mean his sister is not the sweetest sweet???!!! Normally Saiki won’t want to watch anymore but realizing the sweet of the day is his favourite jello, he keeps on watching. Too bad Mugami had to ruin it by half-heartedly tasting it (he doesn’t like sweets anyway) and giving boring simple comments. Saiki wants to know where this shop is but as the details are revealed, Mugami just couldn’t shut up and hence Saiki couldn’t hear the details. As he turns off the TV, he is shocked to see Mugami at his doorstep. Apparently he got into an argument with Teruhashi for talking too much about her on TV and got kicked out. So why should Saiki help him? Also, Mugami got lots of jello as compliments for being the TV guest. He is supposed to give them to Teruhashi but what now? Suddenly Saiki loves Mugami!

Episode 4A
Toritsuka’s class has a new transfer student: Hii Suzumiya. However bad luck is always following her. Hence a series of flashbacks as Toritsuka explains to Saiki all the bad luck the class has seen befall on her. From entering the class after being hit by a hearse to writing her name on the board with blood. Because he was trying to be considerate to her, the teacher put him in charge of showing her around school. Yup, her bad luck is also affecting him. Now she wants him to help her point the direction to the lab. Toritsuka thinks Saiki will help him but he went off to enjoy his jello. Traitor!

Episode 4B
Hii believes she is clumsy rather than bad luck. It’s pitiful seeing her blame herself and the troubles she will cause others. At the lab, she is supposed to get dangerous chemical as requested by the teacher! Luckily Saiki and Aiura are here to help. Worse, Aiura sees death in all of their faces. We’re all trying to stay positive until Hii holds bottles of nitroglycerin! Although she manages to put it all down safely, suddenly she sneezes! Luckily Saiki catches the dropped bottles. Phew.

Episode 4C
Hii hopes to be friends with Saiki and Aiura. Because the mark of death is still on her face, we see her experience close shaves with deaths only to cheat it thanks to Saiki’s quick thinking. Is this Final Destination?! Hii explains how she likes to carry a lot of things because she is clumsy and might forget. So why is she still carrying the nitroglycerin?! Too late! Explosion! Again, thanks to Saiki’s quick reflexes in putting up a smoke bomb and reversing time, everyone could have been dead. Hii thinks Toritsuka saved her and now she has fallen for him. Oh dear. Looks like she has bad luck with men too.

Episode 4D
Aiura’s fortune telling is getting more popular because of its accuracy, something Saiki doesn’t like because it might connect to and reveal his own abilities. When he tries to tell Aiura to do less of it, she scoffs that she is trying to help others unlike him being selfish. Of course Saiki isn’t going to let this go. He goes to spy her at work. This fortune telling place looks like some shady red light district… Then we see a customer who wants to commit suicide because he lost documents that are worth billions for the company. Aiura easily manages to locate it. She does her fortune telling to many other weirdoes. Suddenly, a group of mafia barges in and threaten her to reveal some treasure location or they’ll kill her. Luckily Saiki beats them all up. He hopes she would learn her lesson now. Though she’ll be careful now, but what about those clients she helped? They’ll surely spread the word. Don’t worry. Saiki has made sure her predictions won’t come true by messing with it. I guess all of them are going to have a bad ending…

Episode 4E
Saiki is admiring normal boy Satou as usual. However he notices his normalcy is off a little. Because he is sitting next to Hii! He is observing if Hii’s bad luck will affect him. For example, when somebody accidentally splashes water all over Hii, Satou gets wet a little. However he gets to see through her soaked shirt. Hence Saiki summarizes although Satou temporarily gets bad luck, soon his good luck of normalcy will offset his bad luck. More explanations how his normalcy can defeat her bad luck but I’m so lost. Anyway, that normalcy can only negate her bad luck as long Satou is with her. The problem now is that Hii likes Toritsuka but after the ceiling crashed on her and Satou somewhat saved her, this is going to be a problem since Satou is starting to like her. So you bet Saiki is going to hatch a plan for Hii to hate Toritsuka!

Episode 5A
Iguchi thinks Nendou is being bullied! He observes how others don’t talk to him and probably Kaidou and Kuboyasu are his tormentors! Yup, Kaidou may be practising his uppercuts on his chin that’s why it is ‘swollen’! He observes them to get further details. But don’t make it look like you’re stalking… He thinks the guys want to beat him up at the gym when they’re just going to play basketball. Hence he mistakes the bouncing ball as Nendou being beaten up. Then an accident as the ball hits Nendou’s groin. When Iguchi opens the door, the thought everybody ganged up on him. Of course the misunderstanding will soon clear up.

Episode 5B
Kaidou wants to invite his friends to play a real escape game. Hairo and Kuboyasu are in but they don’t want Nendou. They want to draft Saiki but he manages to escape this escape groupie. Hence no choice, Nendou joins in. Saiki is at him as he uses his telepathy to peek on how they’re doing. Looks like they’re stuck in an elevator. Oh wait. Is this supposed to be a real escape game in the first place? Could it be they lost their way in some abandoned building?! Ironically, Nendou is the calm one and the rest panicking. Because he wants to take a dump now! Panic intensifies! Of course Saiki uses his powers to subtly help them until they get out. Once they do, they’re still up for another escape game! I guess dumb people don’t learn…

Episode 5C
Akechi is here to visit, much to Saiki’s dismay. Since mom takes a liking for him, I guess he can’t shoo him away. He hangs out in his room and Akechi suggests if he can guess the winner of the horse race, Saiki will offer him cake. Surprisingly, Akechi guesses right. Sore loser Saiki offers him a thin slice. They challenge each other to guess the next horse race winner. Saiki is using all his powers to determine who has the best chance to win. Unfortunately, Akechi wins again. Akechi hopes to be his friend and wants to visit him again. Of course Saiki rejects. But you bet Akechi will return.

Episode 5D
Once more, bad luck for Hii. But with Satou helping her out, it’s not so bad. Of course Saiki is deliberately showing this to Toritsuka to make him mad. Trying to claim Hii as his, he tries to show off but takes in damage that decreases his luck meter to negative! He gets desperate to ask Hii to go out on a date but she rejects him as she has to go to the stationery shop with Satou. Toritsuka is beyond recovery. But he still follows them. Although Satou’s luck increases, his normalcy means bringing it back down to normal level. At the shop, Hii’s bad luck almost injures Toritsuka. He gets scared and decides to give up on her and leave her in the hands of Satou. He’ll make her happy, right? Yeah, he makes it sound so sentimental and mature. BS! He just chickened out! Of course they realize this unkempt drunk hobo spirit guide who is giving Hii all the bad luck. So only now they noticed?

Episode 5E
Toritsuka has this idea to regain Hii’s love and needs Saiki’s help. Saiki will only do so if he gives up on Hii. What?! Oh well… With Akechi here, Saiki channels Toritsuka’s powers to him to figure out his origins. After that, Nendou’s dad decides to help this hobo guy and help him cleanse himself a bit. New loincloth? Still looking like an idiot but way better than before. His character also changed as he will now be a good spirit guide. Aiura then checks Hii’s aura and it seems there is no more death mark and she is teeming with brilliance. Toritsuka regrets that Hii could have been his had he knew the solution was this easy. Saiki adds to the sarcasm that it won’t be the case. Because Hii would’ve rejected him anyway. Jerk losers will always be jerk losers…

Episode 6A
Saiki narrates he is now an ordinary person after sealing his psychic abilities. Because he doesn’t rely on them anymore, he is somewhat easily spooked when people talk to him. Yup, can’t predict that they’ll come up close to him or something. Even so, he still dismisses that there is no more use for his psychic abilities. For the class project, they are supposed to do research on one of the G7 countries. He hopes not to get paired with Teruhashi as she will get all the attention in class. Had only he had his telepathy to see through the future. Because I don’t think that even using maths and probability can beat fate as he eventually ends up with her!

Episode 6B
You bet a lot of people are jealous of them being paired. At the library, Saiki feels inconvenienced without his abilities but still thinks this is better than before. He is confronted by a couple of punks who warn him not to get too close to Teruhashi. Had he had his powers, he would have easily wiggled his way out. But now, he has to wait for fate. That is, Teruhashi coming by so the punks back down and pretend to be his good friend. Teruhashi is about to get cosy being alone with him but that Nendou jerk came to interrupt and show off his finished work. You call this finished?! Meanwhile those punks decide to get back at Saiki and push the shelf over him.

Episode 6C
Because he didn’t see this coming, Saiki couldn’t escape. But wait. He is safe. Why? Because Nendou covers for him! Of course the punks meet their fate when Kuboyasu beats them up. Saiki feels odd and especially useless because without his abilities, now he needs to be protected. But Nendou doesn’t think like that. We protect each other. That’s what friends are for! OMG. Nendou, you da man! Back home, Saiki confronts Kuusuke because it seems that he is experiencing a few psychic abilities and fears it might be coming back. So it wasn’t 100% sealed? Kuusuke explains how he might not be a psychic, just that his body might have evolved and adapted into another kind of human. He shouldn’t be worrying so much as his body is in the process of becoming normal.

Episode 6D
Of course Saiki feels sceptical. He thought he could hear thoughts of other people and even see some ‘illusions’. The missing books from the library is somehow found in the classroom’s closet as he envisioned and Kuboyasu’s lost keys somehow popped up in his mouth. All in all, he tries to psycho himself these are just pranks. Even more so when Toritsuka thinks Saiki’s psychic powers are back when he seems to be talking in his usual telepathic way.

Episode 6E
Saiki thought it was all a dream when he finds himself back home. However Kuusuke points out he teleported here. So his abilities are coming back? Saiki continues to refute all that and he is just an ordinary human being. In that case, Kuusuke will have to handle this upcoming case by himself. What does he mean? You see, a meteor is going to crash into Earth in 2 hours! Is humanity going to be extinct?! So part of Kuusuke’s plan is to sacrifice is oblivious dad into space? Well, this is no Armageddon… It is then Saiki hears all the thoughts of his friends. Some panicking, some making useless comments, some surprisingly caring (Saiko wants to take his friends to his shelter?!). The clincher is when Teruhashi refuses to believe she will die because God loves her so much that she won’t be killed by this. So do something, God! Goddamn! With that, Saiki accepts the return of his full psychic powers. He also admits he prefers this kind of hassle to the mundane ordinary life of an ordinary person. What was the title of this anime again?

Yare, Yare, Yarinaosu. Saiki-sama, Retry!
Oh well. If this is how it all ends, honesty I am a bit disappointed. No, seriously. I am not saying that this final season (if it really remains to be the final one) is bad but it lacks all that oomph, especially all that had happened in Kanketsu-hen. Overall, this series has been one really crazy and nonsensical ride and although this final season still has not lost its touch on that, the final episode of portraying Saiki as a normal human being somewhat diminishes all that. I mean the last time we had Saiki trying to save the world from some terrible volcano eruption and hence using his powers to restore and restart time to a year. Then we had him somewhat trying to tell all his buddies about his psychic powers and also the possibility of some love triangle, the ‘fight’ between Teruhashi and Aiura (this is just my wishful thinking). What happened to all that?

So this final season compared to all that feels like a downer. Like as though it is trying to come to terms that Saiki is and will forever be one who will be using and relying on his psychic abilities. Which is of course that something that all of us would prefer to see Saiki as. After all, we have seen him the way he uses his psychic abilities to TRY and lead a normal life and with both much success and failure. Whether he likes it or not, he still uses his power. This is the Saiki we all know. This is the Saiki we all want. Otherwise we’d just be rooting for Satou. Haha! Therefore I think that is what this Shidou-hen really means. Saiki ‘reborn’ or ‘restarting’ himself to become a psychic once more. Only with that can Saiki along with everyone else could live their normal lives. Until the next volcano eruption or meteor from space.

Having reached this far and already towards the end, this series as usual pulls off yet another crazy feat by introducing to us a couple of new characters. Of course like many other characters, their personality becomes the running joke and you’d expect nothing more from that as it will be played out as gags. This means with the expansion of the character roster, there is bound to be characters who will have very limited appearances. Even those regulars like Nendou, Kaidou, Kuboyasu and Hairo are already having limited screen time. What more like others such as Akechi and Mugami who appear even less. Like as though they appear just to remind us that these characters are still around. I would have even forget about that Rifuta girl had not she made that 1 second cameo during the final hectic meteor scene. Not enough episodes to play out her running joke as an obsessed Mugami fan.

Although Mera also makes very minor appearances, she is only confined in the background and hence her running joke of trying to do anything for money is not even featured. I guess that cat Amp died, huh? Didn’t even see him once… Yeah, many other characters are not seen (Chouno, Shiragami, Jouten, etc) but they’re so minor I guess we can’t really care for them all. I mean, I’m not saying that I’m disappointed that these characters have lesser screen time. It’s not like we’d expect some character development anyway. But just that since this is the final episode, I thought it would make us feel that all these characters are like one big family. Yeah, family. Oh heck. Who am I kidding. Saiki accepting and coming to terms with reality that he is a psychic is what is more important, right?

When I heard the instrumental ending theme for this season, I find it really epic. Why? Because it somewhat sounds like a spoof of Europe’s Final Countdown!!! It is so freaking catchy especially with that funky bass line and electric guitar to go with the special effects. OMG!!! This is so epic!!! I believe I’m addicted to it because I can’t stop listening to it. Unfortunately I can’t find the name of this song as it is not listed anywhere in the credits (maybe I didn’t look hard enough) because I am sure I would love to hear the entire full song. Or maybe this is the full song itself. Ah heck, I’ll just make do with this one. Take it from the top again!

Overall, it has been one really long and crazy ride. This season feels a bit less great than its predecessors but it is still a good watch. The same ol’ crazy wacky formula is why old fans and viewers flock to see this. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. An advice we all want to tell Saiki too! Don’t be a normal high school guy when you can be a powerful cynical psychic! I’m not sure if they are going to troll us again and put out a few more episodes in the future. After all, Shidou-hen might be the extended chapters for the Kanketsu-hen but name wise it isn’t technically the end. Until we have the final of the most final of final Kanketsu-hen. Well, I have come to terms that this is the end of the series and I am happy to leave this series with happy and wonderful thoughts. Because I certainly don’t want to see another reboot of this series in the near future. Not the kind of Shidou-hen that I would really want! Please, you people out there. Please don’t you ever think of restarting Saiki like that.

Val x Love

February 16, 2020

Imagine the world is on the brink of destruction from demons. God somehow can’t save it. Instead, he sent his daughters down to do the job. However it is not their raw powers that will help save the world. Because they have to go an extra step of finding love. Yup. They said love brings out the power in the maidens as love is their source. What kind of love? Perhaps one of the most ugliest and scary looking kids in Japan to make love with them and prove that it is love that will save the day. I kid you not, this is actually the premise of Val x Love. It is one of those cheesiest and twisted of excuses to bring about your typical fanservice. Of all things… Of all things! Anybody could have thought up a better reason, excuse, plot, story, outline, whatever. But they come up with this. Are you serious?! Did anybody think that they seriously thought this could actually fly? Yeah, it did. Oh well. A fanservice harem, huh? I guess it’s better than overpowered isekai genre. Heh.

Episode 1
The guys are talking which girl will be the one who will win this year’s school beauty contest. Will it be the doll-like Natsuki? Or would it be the student council president, Itsuyo? Perhaps idol Mutsumi will take the crown. But when suddenly a ‘demon’ stands up, everyone cowers with fear! Actually, Takuma Akutsu just wants to go home but because of his big size and scary face, they think he is going to kill them! Yeah, some even jump out of the window! The scariest teacher is even afraid of him! Some think he is that serial killer because there have been incidents of the killer wearing a demon mask going around killing people. Takuma is actually a gentle giant. Just because of his frightful looks, others stay away from him. He too developed a phobia of humans and thinks the only thing he needs is his books. Yeah, he doesn’t need friends. He returns home only to see those aforementioned hot chicks changing. Some are pleased, some aren’t. It seems not only they are residing in his house but the rest of the other Saotome sisters including Futaba, Misa, Yakumo and Kukuri. He really wishes they would leave but can’t find a way to tell it to them nicely. Futaba thinks Takuma is interested in Natsuki and sets them up to study together. Cliché moment when his eraser dropped between her legs and he had to go pick it up! What does this pervy scene look like?! We all know he doesn’t have a dirty mind. His dream is to fulfil his late mom’s wish to study hard and become a respectful person. Futaba then sends them out to do errands. Suddenly a real demon pops up and starts attacking. Natsuki manages to put up a barrier but cannot hold much longer. Because of Takuma acting like a coward, she feels disappointed in him. Until he shields her from an attack. She realizes nothing has changed and hence this weird make out scene so she can power up and transform into her Valkyrie mode and defeat the demon. Yeah, some Norse legend about how the Valkyries are powerful the more love they have. That is their source of power. Why does this sound like a porn setting? The sisters are glad with this outcome as Futaba calls the eldest sister, Ichika to accept Takuma. However she still refuses to accept that weakling. Flashback sees Odin, the ruler of Asgard communicating with Takuma. Midgard will be engulfed in flames in a few days from demons and he wants Takuma to help. Don’t worry, he won’t go empty handed. He bestowed him his 9 beautiful daughters, the Valkyries so that he would grow and become stronger by falling in love with them. Love will save the world! Told you this sounds like a porn plot! I guess Thor is busy away at MCU saving the universe with Avengers from Thanos! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Episode 2
Itsuyo is the top scorer across her grade for the exams. Mutsumi also does well but Natsuki not so. You think Takuma’s grade would be good too since he studies a lot. Wrong! He is dead last! Thanks to his phobia of people, he can’t concentrate on studying. Natsuki sounds mad at him not because she is so but rather she is frustrated he worked so hard and yet he still failed. Takuma is called to the AV room. Suddenly Itsuyo binds him with his chains. So she intends to power up now by dating him? Okay. Whatever. It seems Itsuyo doesn’t really care about Takuma. All she cares about is becoming the strongest Valkyrie and then earn Odin’s praise. Basically, father complex. However everything she tries failed because Takuma himself is nervous with this close proximity. Later a demon is spotted and realizing she is not strong enough to tackle it yet, Itsuyo wants Natsuki to fight it first to buy time for Itsuyo to power up and then join in to help. So this is all part of Natsuki’s sly plan to get even more intimate with Takuma. She thinks she can do better than Natsuki’s kiddie kiss on him. Oh yeah. Sexy time. Is this were they start f*cking? Unfortunately as we know, Takuma isn’t stimulated but he is getting so nervous that he is getting a headache! And of course after all that mature adult talk, Itsuyo baulks and slaps him! WTF. She feels she has not changed and is still a cry-baby as always. Takuma seeing the tears in her eyes remembers how mom used to pat him when he is sad. He does the same on Itsuyo. His giant hand felt like Odin’s warmth. I guess a kiss is enough for Itsuyo to turn into Valkyrie mode. Just in time because Natsuki almost got tentacle raped by the demon! With Itsuyo’s chains binding down the demon, Natsuki easily destroys it. In the aftermath, things return to normal. Natsuki notes something intimate must have happened between Takuma and Itsuyo and hopes he could keep this up and cure his phobia. Why doesn’t she look happy? One of the student council members, Tooru Inukai AKA Garm is actually a watchdog and he is not happy this is how the lover of Einheijer presents himself.

Episode 3
It’s Mutsumi’s turn to date Takuma. In order to level up, she has to successfully finish this date without anyone recognizing her as the famous idol. At the café, a classmate Yamada brags about being the tough guy and badmouths Takuma. Once he realizes Takuma is sitting behind him, that guy apologizes and jumps out the window! However everybody else thinks it was Takuma who threw him out. Although Takuma is used to this, Mutsumi feels bad for him and only by the fact that everyone is afraid of Takuma that is keeping their focus away from her. Their date continues and Garm is watching them. He intends to break their date up but has a better idea. Instead he unleashes a mini demon. It doesn’t have battle abilities but it blurts out that Mutsumi is here. This gossip lover demon has everyone in a frenzy to look for Mutsumi. Takuma takes Mutsumi’s hand and run. She loves this feeling despite the chaos? Trapped, the duo hide in a locker. Yeah. A very tight space. Oddly, Mutsumi is really having lewd thoughts and is hoping Takuma would get it on with her. Too bad. Your guess is as good as mine. This guy is so nervous that he is reciting his studies! Oh Mutsumi, you sound so disappointed. Mutsumi needs to kiss Takuma so that she could power up and use her wings to fly away. However their height difference means their lips can’t meet! So how? Unbutton his shirt and start kissing his chest?! You see, there’s this kiss chart whereby the further the body part a Valkyrie kiss, the longer it will take to activate her powers. I guess blowjobs are out of the question in such desperate times, huh? F*CK THIS LOGIC!!!!! And the mob is starting to notice something strange going on in the locker. Will they make it? Yes they do. Whoosh! Out they fly into the sky. Best part of this date is the view of the beautiful sunset. Takuma has fond memories watching this with mom. The date is successful and Mutsumi gains more experience points. It seems Ichika was there and partly help distract the mob to let the duo get away. Garm also realizes Mutsumi had a bodyguard and felt right not to head straight for her. Ullr warns him to quickly rid of the Valkyries but Garm tells him he needs to perfectly prepare them to be devoured. Speaking of which, the upcoming school cultural festival will be the ideal Valkyrie hunting ground.

Episode 4
All work and no play makes Takuma a dull boy. Hence the sisters try a change in pace by playing a game of tag. But with a twist. The person who is it must snatch panties! WTF?! And it’s everyone’s worst nightmare when Futaba becomes it. I suppose this is to let Takuma have some weird moments with some of the sisters like him petting Itsuyo’s head (because she ‘allows’ him). And then he gets blasted away by Misa so that she and Itsuyo could take on Futaba, this lands him in a very compromising position with Yakumo. Loli doesn’t appreciate his molest and tells him to go die! While Yakumo and Natsuki fend off Futaba, Takuma thinks of hiding in the storeroom but he hears the voice of Shino from inside as she tells him about some story of a coward. Eventually, it’s some lesson to tell him to fight and reach for his goal instead of running away. Game is over when it is revealed this whole tag is to give Takuma a study charm. Eh, I don’t think he feels refreshed after all this tension. I don’t even know panties got involved… With the festival around the corner, the girls want to take this chance to level up. They are concerned with Odin’s recent wrong oracles. Are there any suspicious people around lately? Not that they could think of. Natsuki looks forward to the festival but she is somewhat irked that Takuma doesn’t pay attention to her? Yeah, just staring at his books. Since their class is doing maid café, she gets the honour to dress up and test out the maid outfit. Not bad, I approve! So they have to test out whether it works too? Like Natsuki have to serve Akuma?! Yeah, lots of jealous guy. Demon guy so anxious. Maid cutie anxious. Inukai doesn’t even know WTF he is doing here. He must be cringing inside although on the outside he puts on a very nice face. As you can expect, Natsuki tries to serve him but with both being nervous, cue for this cliché ambiguous scene of cream dropping all over Natsuki’s face and she over him. Inukai then releases something that turns all the jealous guys into attacking demons. WTF Natsuki gets weak when one of them licks her feet?! And when she calls out Takuma’s name for help, instantly he becomes Superman and beats the crap out of all of them. Yeah, who needs Valkyries. No wonder Inukai is relishing their human form is so weak. On the way home, Natsuki once more chides Takuma for just studying. Until he notes she was cute in the maid outfit. That caught her off guard. Embarrassed Natsuki runs all the way home while poor Takuma is left to wonder if he said the wrong thing.

Episode 5
The cultural festival is here. Yakumo must be a sadist as she forces Takuma to lick her dripping wet hand. And then when he gets clumsy and spills all over her, she undresses and wants him to lick all the wet parts! Thankfully (or not) Natsuki is here to stop this unholy act. With the other sisters here, Futaba asks if Takuma would like to be Natsuki’s partner for the dance party. Because he fears others would hate him for it, he thinks she would be better off with someone else. Of course Natsuki takes that to heart and she’s not pleased. Hey, wasn’t it her fault being a tsundere and said she haven’t thought of dancing with him? Then Takuma joins Misa and Kukuri in the haunted house. Big strong guy scared of ghosts or people? Kukuri as a goddess scared of ghosts? Misa tries to talk to him about Natsuki. Apparently some jealous guy had his eel slipped and it entered Misa’s clothes. I don’t even know how it swims around like that. You want Takuma to take it out? Don’t be mad when he feels you up. Greatest molestation scene for now. Once he grabs the eel (too bad it wasn’t her pussy!), he rushes out and lets it go in the pond. He is then approached by Inukai who then slices a hole in his guts! Because it is cue for the demonic party to start. A huge demon pops up and some of the guests are being controlled by the demons. The Valkyrie sisters rush to contain the enemy but they are puzzled that Takuma is nowhere to be seen. Could it be he fell victim to the enemy? With more and more demons attacking, I guess we need the obligatory tentacle rape scene. Yup, those demon hands outraging the modesty of Itsuyo and Mutsumi. Best feast ever for now. Meanwhile Takuma is with Garm who is enjoying this entertainment. Takuma is weakened and being pessimistic, believes for the umpteenth time he can’t keep his promise. And of course a flashback of having an argument with Natsuki about his uselessness. Even if all that was true, he has come to her rescue many times. That is why she will keep continuing to believe in him because she believes inside his soul resides a sword that is greater than everyone else. I hope she didn’t mean his dick… Haha! Anyway, this gives Takuma the strength to stand back up but still Garm pounds him. Don’t interrupt his meal. Sorry, Futaba is here to interrupt. She found him thanks to Ichika tagging everyone at the festival. Boy, it sure took some time, huh? You know she’s serious and badass when she puts on her glasses. She doesn’t want his pantsu but his life. Wait. Garm wears pantsu?! Of course not, silly!

Episode 6
Futaba keeps Garm busy while she lets Takuma escape. However Garm’s fangs shred open his stomach till his body rips apart! Fortunately, his charm turned into some Misteltein tree and put him back together again. He fights his way through the demons (with some help from Ichika) to get to Natsuki. Girl slaps him for being so late. Then she hugs him and is relieved he is fine. He just went through sh*t, you think he is fine?! In order to power Natsuki up, they must enter this Val Love ritual in which they must ‘embrace without a stitch of clothing and kiss deeply for 5 minutes’. Gee, glad they specified this part. But they didn’t say anything about penetration… Yeah, somebody wrote this sick part so we can have our twisted fanservice. So the duo start off by wiping each other’s body. Yeah, it’s a slow start since they’re anxious. But better hurry, the sisters are going to get tentacle raped! Once they’re done, it is the deep kissing we’ve been waiting for. Okay… Natsuki seems to be feeling uneasy. So the kiss isn’t working? Then it’s like Takuma is so worried about being her lover that some magical book pops up, he starts making out with her that makes her all warm inside. Oh yeah! Too bad we cut to the chase because here comes powered up Natsuki to save the day. After the monster is destroyed, Garm escapes by the skin of his teeth. Garm is chastised by Ullr for his failure. He notes Takuma’s restorative ability and they need to do something about this or it will get really complicated. Mutsumi won the beauty pageant and is supposed to dance with Takuma. But some flashback thingy with Natsuki, I guess that guy wants to dance with her. Of course Natsuki is shocked, her thoughts are all over the place why he is doing this. He ‘rejected’ her, right? Maybe it is to dance one last time with her so he could be with Itsuyo and Mutsumi? How did this even come about? So as she tries to assert her own worth, Takuma clears the air and explains himself. So misunderstanding over? Then she kisses him. Tsundere says this is so that she can level up. I don’t see any demons around… The dance went smoothly. No jealous people looking so I guess it’s a good ending.

Episode 7
Kukuri created some doctor kit. I guess the Valkyries need to learn to take care of their bodies, huh? So this is part of Futaba’s request so they could play doctor? I don’t think it will- WTF Takuma agrees to play doctor?! Apparently he felt guilty for what happened to them during the festival. So is this how he really wants to make it up to them. Dr Takuma now in session. Futaba is up first. Too bad this turned out to be some boring history lesson so she leaves. Misa disagrees with this doctor game but as she leaves, Takuma accidentally pulls down her pants?! So this was assertive enough to get her play along? Yeah, not sure what lube he is rubbing on her. Itsuyo’s turn… Take a urine test… WTF… Mutsumi… Got a dental check-up. I wonder if she’s enjoying the deeper he goes… Natsuki… How is taking 3 sizes a check-up? Despite commenting on her cute undies, he still gets punched. Yakumo turns the tables on the poor doctor because she molests him just to check him up. Kukuri hears Takuma’s woes and adds something special to the suit that enhances the abilities. However it overheats. To avoid taking everyone down with him, Takuma jumps out and explodes by himself. Yeah, despite being bandaged all over, now the sisters play doctor with him by treating him with goodies. Not so bad after all… Itsuyo seeks Misa’s advice on how to date, thinking she is the master of romance. Of course Misa doesn’t know how that rumour got its way around. She remembers she was either pushed around by her older sisters or busy taking care of the younger ones. No time for love. But so as not to disappoint Itsuyo, I guess she agrees to show her how. Hopefully. With Itsuyo outside and taking notes feverishly, Misa and Takuma go do the laundry. Not sure how this would translate into some date but Takuma gets loads of panty shots and boob shots. He manages to point it out to her and despite acting cool, she is flustering inside. She is having too much on her mind and I don’t know how this happened but it’s supposed to be some fanservice cue so that she could end up entangled with Takuma naked. I don’t even… In the end, the chores are done and Misa feels a bit foolish dragging Takuma into this after hearing him thank her because before the sisters came, he had to do everything by himself in this huge house. And Itsuyo thinks it was such a brilliant date…

Episode 8
The sisters receive another oracle from Odin that a demon will attack. Futaba hopes Natsuki will practice transform but nothing happens when she kisses Takuma. You call that a kiss?! No wonder nothing is happening?! Not even a deep kiss! Just got some of your sisters jealous, that’s all. Oh, just in time for Kukuri to show off her invention that shows the sisters’ stats. You mean they didn’t have this before? Thanks to the recent festival incident, Natsuki’s AP is at zero. Right now the only ones who can properly transform are Mutsumi and Yakumo. Yup, date time to increase their stats. I don’t know how holding hand for an hour can achieve that but Yakumo isn’t pleased. Yes, she doesn’t see how father considers this loser to be the one to save the world! Takuma tries to be considerate seeing Natsuki told her that Yakumo is very sensitive of sound. Because of Takuma’s nervousness, this means his heartbeat is very noisy to her. Unfortunately the date fails when he got distracted. Loser. Next he has to date Mutsumi in some private photo shoot. In a skimpy swimsuit. Yakumo being the cheeky devil tries to spice things up by telling her to flaunt her boobs as well as giving a popsicle to lick!!! And then a demon attacks. Futaba and Ichika keep it busy, enough time for Yakumo and Mutsumi to barely make out with Takuma to transform. Apparently the plan is to keep running from the demon because for prolonged time, their AP will diminish and in the end they will disappear. Yeah, would have done this all the time had the demon’s AP not been so high and our sisters’ level so low! No wonder this is going to take a while. And then some arrow hits the demon. It explodes but also hits the sisters. All take considerable damage. And Yakumo is not pleased that Takuma’s heartbeat is too noisy for her to hear anything. Then Takuma seems to be standing in harm’s way. He remembers what Futaba said about his Einheijer reviving ability and hence the only one who can heal the sisters. And it’s like this gives him the power up to fight back. One punch into the demon! And finally successfully summoning the book to heal the sisters for them to finish off the demon. The one who shot the arrow was Ullr. He can’t take any drastic action to kill the sisters off because Ichika and Futaba could easily kill him then. Finding the revival of Einheijer to be troublesome, he thinks of summoning a certain person. In the aftermath, Yakumo tries to be nice and share her drink with Takuma. But since Natsuki got to him first, poor Takuma got is her usual insults. So mean :’(.

Episode 9
I don’t even know how this is supposed to help Itsuyo level up. In a crowded train, Natsuki is supposed to grope her. She’s doing it real hard because she noticed how developed Itsuyo’s body is. It is supposed to end with Takuma ‘saving’ Itsuyo from the ‘groper’ at the next stop. He manages to somewhat do so but finds his hands groping hers. WTF… I guess that’s enough groping for Itsuyo for today. Ullr and Garm prepare for their princess to arrive but looks like she is already here. Skuld and her maid, Roskva give their initial commands to destroy the Valkyries and acquire Misteltein to save the world. As Takuma walks home with Natsuki, suddenly somebody attacks them. Natsuki protects him but feels she can die from it all if this persists. The attacker turns out to be Ichika who is just testing her. She praises Natsuki for holding out longer and improving. However she is not so kind to Takuma. She berates him for being a weakling. I mean, after all those dates with her adorable sisters and they are still this weak? So apparently as Futaba puts it, Ichika is to be Natsuki’s temporary role as the offensive as Natsuki is still weak. And so this level up task has them scrub each other’s back? Because Takuma cannot summon his book, Ichika is unimpressed of him. Because he isn’t playing the role of the lover, her sisters cannot become stronger. What he feels towards them isn’t love but obligation. To reduce the tension, Futaba sends Natsuki and Yakumo in. I think it’s only worsening things… So as Takuma scrubs Ichika’s back, we hear some narration that the strongest sisters who have mighty powers to fight on par with high level gods have abnormal conditions. Like Shino’s sensitive hearing, Ichika has sensitive skin. Yeah… She’s trying to hold it in… Then it’s her turn, using her body to scrub all over his. WTF this lewd scene… Hold in there, Ichika… If this is too painful to watch, then cheeky Yakumo has a great idea as she does yuri stuff with Natsuki just to tease her! Oh yeah. We prefer this one! In the end, Ichika powers up but due to her low AP, she can’t move after she is transformed. Still trying to talk big when her face is down on the floor, huh? Meanwhile Skuld has a plan to infiltrate the enemy’s base and kill Einheijer in a single blow.

Episode 10
Skuld and her team are on her way to kill Einheijer. They talk about the 3 pieces of Yggdrasil Ea that includes Misteltein, Blot and Mokkerkalfe that consist of very dense aether. Safe to say, it boosts all your abilities. The problem to them is that all the main gods have it and it would be suicide to even sneak in and steal them. However Odin put Misteltein in a human and this is within their reach. Why? Beats me. They are intercepted by Ichika thanks to Futaba’s foresight. Skuld sounds like she is a threat but before she can order Roskva and Garm to kill her, in a flash, Ichika owns them all! Make one move and she’ll kill her underlings. Ichika can also sense Ullr sneaking up on her but when she ambushes him, turns out to be just a normal human. This distraction allows Skuld to kiss Roskva as she transforms into her battle form and summon multiple demons. Thanks to Itsuyo backing up Ichika, they have a chance. However Skuld notices her subordinates have also taken a beating and retreats for now. So this is just a warning? Back home, Takuma’s help to level up Ichika succeeds but unfortunately she gains no AP. So breast fondling didn’t do the trick? Not even shopping? The sisters then discuss on the next action to be taken and they have to be fast since Skuld belongs to the Norn sisters, elite troops for the malevolent gods who stormed the Grasil Palace a couple of years ago. Then the meeting gets side-tracked. Not sure suddenly why Natsuki feels worried about the book Takuma just bought could be a porn magazine. So worried she drank Kukuri’s gadget liquid and becomes drunk. I don’t even… Because this is cue for Takuma to be tasked to put her to bed and hence a cue for Natsuki to start stripping herself so as to flirt her kiddie body with Takuma. And they try to make her sound so disappointed thinking he likes porn mags more than her real body. Yup. They’re also trying to force it with Natsuki trying to feel up to him. Stupid Takuma… Reciting to shoguns of the Tokugawa era… So when the drunk mode is off, Natsuki realizes it wasn’t a porn magazine he bought but a magazine on how to date? Yeah, I guess he is trying to understand his role as a lover better but unfortunately he asked the wrong thing (if she had a lover back in Asgard) and gets beaten up. She gets disappointed he isn’t that brave guy her saved her then because she really wanted to confess her feelings to him. She fears he might reject her if she does so now. Because he continues to be dense, poor Natsuki has to give him a beat down. With Skuld ready for the next attack, it is Futaba’s turn to take to the frontlines.

Episode 11
We see the sisters strategizing over how to defeat Skuld. I guess no use trying to think too hard because it’s time for some Takuma x Futaba fanservice scene. I guess it did power her up as we now move onto the scene whereby Skuld and Roskva have summoned demons to breakthrough Futaba’s great castle defence. Ichika and Takuma are scurrying on the ground trying to find that chance to attack as Ichika explains about Futaba’s abilities that in a way makes her the weakest to fight against enemies. I guess it is cue for Takuma to feel bad and call himself worthless only. Uh huh. The guilt of not being serious enough to help power up the sisters in the first place. You wanna b*tch about this now? Futaba provokes Skuld to attack. When she does, it is perfect timing for Ichika to separate Skuld and Roskva. Her aim is to attack Roskva and sever that power she is feeding Skuld. At this point, Takuma who has been feeling something wrong all the while, he realizes that a demon egg is missing. Yup, he counted them before and now he noticed it. He goes to save Ichika right before Roskva attacks her. Apparently the last demon egg was hatching inside her and the plan was to let Ichika attack and be devoured by the demon. Thanks, Takuma? Takuma is left to carry Ichika and run. Because she wants him to leave her here and return to the sisters, Takuma can’t do that. I figure it’s time for that cheesy make out scene in an attempt for desperate Takuma to power up Ichika. In this dire time, can anybody feel good?! Making out interrupted when Skuld and Roskva attack. No worries. Just run and then continue to make out in a safer place! I don’t even… Then a flashback when Odin asked Ichika if she has an ideal guy. Despite all her doubts and contradictions, she does have one. And that’s supposed to be the catalyst that activates her power? Yeah, love making successful. Not only Ichika has powered up to unbelievable levels, Takuma too has powered up as God! OMG! Does this uniform come with the package of becoming Einheijer?

Episode 12
With Ichika going on the offensive, I guess Natsuki has recovered well enough for this dramatic moment of flying towards Takuma, kissing in mid-air and voila! Transformed! Now we have 2 Valkyrie weapons on the battlefield. Skuld becomes agitate and tries to hasten the attack. The power up does break through the barrier and castle walls. Now that the fight is made public, a soul devouring demon tries to devour the public. Mind boggling Takuma manages to stop it just because of his stronger feelings to protect everyone with his soul? This effect also costs Skuld to lose formation with Roskva who is also weakening due to some illness. Ichika would have no mercy in killing her but with Takuma’s soul worn out as distraction, Skuld takes Roskva to escape. It seems this is just a decoy because Ullr and Garm have infiltrated the castle and stole Misteltein. Because Misa has been protecting the other sisters, Garm doesn’t want to leave empty handed and kills Misa. Sort of. Back home, weary Takuma is trying his best to heal Misa. However he cannot feel her soul. Speaking of which, it is floating in some limbo. Not sure how Takuma does it but he goes to rescue her! If only Takuma could continue to be such a manly man like this all this time… Misa returns to life, turning some of her sisters into big cry-babies. Shino for the first time introduces herself to Takuma. With the recent developments, looks like she will be vital as she is the strongest Valkyrie. I take it she has fully recovered? Back to normal life, finally Takuma has got top spot in his grade. It’s no surprise. Not only he burnt the midnight oil to study but he has hot babes living with him as distraction. Plus, he has to save the world! So do you not think he deserves being number one???!!! And for some strange reason, the timing of him declaring he loves the sisters could’ve been worse. Yup, he does it while they are changing clothes. WTF???!!! No wonder Natsuki gets mad. And of course we hear them think that they know he loves the sisters but eventually would choose only 1 as his lover. Ah, I hope this won’t be the start of the breaking up of the sisterly love all because of a love for a guy.

Fail x Laughable: The Fanservice Maidens
Uhm… That’s it? That is how it ends? So what’s the next plan for the Valkyries and Takuma to fight the malevolent gods? Heck, they didn’t even lay out any plans to take back Misteltein. I am going to assume this is the next plan so why is everyone still living with Takuma? Shouldn’t they go back to Asgard or whatever Skuld and co want to steal next? Oh right. There’s still Einheijer inside Takuma. Doesn’t seem to be all that important to Misteltein. Takuma finally declaring his general love for the sisters gives everyone an excuse to continue staying with him. Because Japan is way more fun that Asgard, right? You bet your money on it, it is. And the big guy who wins this lottery is Takuma. Top on his grades and gaining the hearts of the sisters. Sob, sob. I just love happy endings! ;p.

As you can already see for yourself, the plot itself is just laughable and absurd. It doesn’t really make sense if you think about it. No, seriously. Think really, really, really think hard about it. Odin sending his beautiful daughters to an ugly Japanese kid to prove that love will save the day?! Like, WTF???!!! No, seriously. I mean, really, like WHAT THE FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU???????!!!!!! Something feels so wrong. And like I’ve said somewhere in this blog of mine, he could have sent his son, Thor to just do the job but I guess he joined Avengers and saved the universe from a more dangerous threat in the name of Thanos. That is why Japan and the rest of the world still exist! Thor and the Avengers prevented Thanos’ snap!!! Takuma and the Valkyries are just side dishes, a smaller plot that the rest of the world and even a big part of Japan don’t really care about!

Hence everything tries to point towards the fanservice factor. The fanservice here also feels somewhat like they are shoehorned in. Veteran viewers like me just find it meh. Maybe amateur viewers who just started anime may find those hot babes stimulating. You’ve got the cheesiest and lamest of excuses for Takuma to make out with the Valkyries all in the name of levelling up their AP or whatever. Hence leading to these really weird fanservice scenes. Some of them steamy enough to look like porn scenes. If only somebody had a camera recording all this… Uh huh. It really makes Takuma look like engaging in some sort of amateur porn with the Valkyries. Wow. What a fall from grace. Odin’s daughter engaging in lewd stuffs…

I also find it very strange that in order for the Valkyries to actually level up, hence that is why they engaged in this pseudo sex act. I mean, holding hands for half an hour or taking private photo shoots for an hour? You mean it is that simple?! Like of all things, why these???!!! Yup, your lousy excuse to get steamy. Fanservice logic. I know there’s some explanation on why they have to do this and especially these sleazy-like acts but I wasn’t paying close attention. I was being appalled by all the fanservice. And also trying to enjoy it. Yeah, I’m just as guilty. Whatever. Still, it really doesn’t make sense to have these kinds of acts to level up the Valkyries. I mean, if you really, really, really, think hard about it. Yeah, who the f*ck decides on these pseudo sex acts anyway???!!! And if you fail them, no levelling up. Try again. Oh, an excuse to have more fanservice scenes next time if your Valkyries stay weak. I’m just waiting for the moment that they need to engage in real penetrative sex to power up. That would have been the ultimate power boost.

Thus the characters are in a sorry state and the only reason you care about them is to wonder how Takuma will sex them up. No, seriously. I believe Takuma’s case for being a gentle giant is a classic case of not judging a book by its cover. My guts tell me that he isn’t the best guy there is in Japan even considering his kindness and all. Therefore my conspiracy theory is that Odin got lazy in just picking the guy who will power up his daughters. I mean, he came all the way from the Norse side, all the way to Japan, hmmm, lemme see which guy to pick, eenie-meenie-miney-mo, aha! You ugly kid there. You are chosen to save the world and have the honour of f*cking my daughters while doing so! Haha! Yeah, that’s how I felt it all went. In addition, Takuma’s real character is a really meek wuss who is anxious around other humans. If Odin was in a hurry to save the world, could he at least have picked somebody not having this sort of anxiety? It inhibits the love making and in turn the levelling up of his daughters delayed. It’s a sorry excuse to have those embarrassing fanservice moments. Again and again. And that’s why the Valkyries remain so weak in even trying to defeat a single demon every time. And there are 9 of them! Oh Takuma, you better count your blessings because you are one hell of a lucky bastard to have 9 Norse women to be on standby as your lover! Uh huh. What a weird case of Beauties and the Beast, if I should say.

I suppose there is something amusing in watching Takuma being berated and a punching bag by the sisters. Is this some sort of running joke? Heck, even that stupid running joke of that Yamada guy who keeps jumping out of the nearest window whenever Takuma is around, was nowhere to be seen. I understand that Takuma has some sort of trauma and it is hard for him to just change. But from what I can see, it’s not like he is improving at all. He is still the same scared wimp, having low self-confidence in fear of things not turning out right. Only in such dire straits that he is able to do something. Dire straits AKA plot convenience. Only then he is able to draw out his Misteltein. This guy is one weird case of Dr Jekyll and Hyde.

The rest of the Valkyries fare no better and my guess is that there are 9 of them so that we can have a variety in fanservice. Can’t always be making out with Natsuki, right? Because of that, we don’t really care for them either. Sure, some of them got their back story to tell but I wasn’t really interested. My mind was already shut off. Just give me the fanservice. Heh. So anyway, the sisters do have their own personalities but it’s just the minimal. Like Ichika dotes on her sisters a lot that she feels like the tsundere of the bunch when she gets strict on Takuma. After all, somebody needs to get really harsh on him when many of the sisters are just too kind. Like Futaba who is playing the big sister or rather the mother of the group. And Misa, uhm, I think another sister role but she is more tomboy. Then there’s Itsuyo who has daddy complex and possibly the other tsundere. Mutsumi, I have this feeling she is a slut because from the way she feels the passion whenever doing stuffs with Takuma, it’s like she’s going into orgasm or something. She may be the horniest of all the Valkyries but her idol status prevents her from being a total slut. And my guts tell me Natsuki another tsundere is most likely the one who will end up with Takuma.

Not all the sisters Takuma makes out with. I guess MILF materials are okay in addition to those girls who are of his same age. But it’s a no-no for underage girls. Yup, being lolicons is against the law. This is why Takuma is never seen making out with Yakumo or Kukuri. Imagine this, Takuma making out with Yakumo or Kukuri. It would be super disturbing, I guarantee. Hence, they turn Kukuri into some sort of inventor genius because she creates a lot of stuffs for the sisters. Not to say her inventions are brilliant or anything. It’s just to give a reason why her character has to exist.

Now, my ‘favourite’ character among all the sisters is Yakumo. The way she despises Takuma somewhat also mirrors same kind of sentiments that I have for this series. Unlike Ichika who is just one big tsundere, there is a chance that Yakumo’s scorn for Takuma may be valid. She might not hate him 100% but just that she isn’t too enthusiastic about the circumstances that the sisters ended up in. Yeah, if I were her, I would feel the same way. We don’t know if she’s really a good poker face player but I believe that Yakumo is the one who is being the most realistic among the sisters. She knows this guy is useless and there is nothing she herself can do about it. What else? Just sigh and mock this wuss! Add to his trauma and anxiety! Oh yeah. In fact, Yakumo could have been the best character of the series had they not put those prettier and sexier triplets as the main girls. What a waste. Yakumo should have had more screen time to spout her cynical sarcasm.

If you have been counting, you realized that one of the sisters is ‘missing’. Well, not in that literal sense. I feel that Shino’s character is such a waste as she is stuck in the storeroom recuperating from whatever. Not that I care how she got injured in the first place. But to have her recover there and wearing some weird helmet that makes her look like some discount Goblin Slayer, it’s like why the heck do we need this character for? Sure, she did something to help Futaba during her fight against Skuld (albeit remotely from the storeroom) but at that point it was too late. Like does she even matter? Probably they don’t want to waste it because as you would have guessed, the sisters’ Japanese monikers are based on numbers and their seniority. They have their original Norse name but that would be too hard for many of us to pronounce or remember ;p. So when she finally shown herself in person, oh sister, you’re a little too late, don’t you think?

Skuld as the antagonist feels like a bratty kid trying to get what she wants. She too lacks a back story and it would have been a lot more interesting to know about her Norn sisters. It would have been better if this turned into some shonen style group fight. You know, Valkyries vs Norn sisters. Something like that. It would be interesting to see their side of the story too because Skuld isn’t as bad as the plot paints her to be. In her own way, she protects Roskva as much as her maid protects her. But for now, she looks like some rich imposing oujo-sama. Yeah, notice how she has Roskva that notes of what she says? Well, we better take note too that brats like her will never ever get her way. Especially if they are on the wrong side of the plot.

The action scenes are just mediocre. Because when you have a cheesy reason to have fanservice, what follows next is some cheesy battle to fight demons. That’s why they make out, right? Killing 2 birds with 1 stone. I suppose Takuma isn’t strong enough yet to power up all Valkyries to fight together. That is why only 1 of them can fight a demon at the same time. At the most, 2 of them. Anyway the fights aren’t memorable even though each of the Valkyries has their own special weapons and moves. Heck, they have trouble fighting off 1 demon already and they’ve been freaking lucky so far that the worst has not happened. So as not to let Natsuki hog all the action screen time, hence they rotate and some of the sisters have their share of the battle limelight. But Natsuki has been out of action for so long since the school festival and my guess is so as to give the other girls to shine. Not that it makes any difference whatsoever. Oi, Takuma! Are you sleeping on the job?! Even better, the Valkyries can form some barrier to limit the damage from the demons and let the fight take place within it. Hence not interrupting the ordinary lives of ordinary people who have no idea what the f*ck is going on. Oh yeah. So considerate. So convenient.

Art and animation feel pretty standard. Valkyrie girls looking a lot like cute Japanese anime girls even when they were young kids in Asgard. Takuma obviously being drawn to be ‘ugly and scary’ but he isn’t the worst looking kind of main character around. Worse, sometimes his chibi mode feels really weird. He is just some hollow outline with somewhat appalling looks on his face. Yeah, like as though this feels like his second form as he goes into this mode quite often. Among all the Valkyrie sisters, I feel Ichika looks the most cartoonish because of her big cartoonish eyes. Isn’t that why they ‘blacken out’ her eyes in the initial episodes when she was protecting her sisters from the shadows? The Valkyries’ uniform feels so military-like that I was wondering if this is Kantai Collection or the recent Azur Lane. And the demons they look pretty hideous, befitting their demonic nature but nothing that will give you sleepless nights and nightmares. This anime is produced by Hoods Entertainment who did weird fanservice shows like Nazo No Kanojo X, Seikon No Qwaser, Aki Sora, Hantsu x Trash and Manyuu Hikenchou. Okay, not entirely ecchi series as they also produced Drifters and 3D Kanojo Real Girl.

For the voice acting, perhaps the ‘best’ one goes to Yuuya Hirose as Takuma (Yuuta in SSSS.Gridman) because he really makes his character sound like a retard and wuss. Like as though at any moment he could just die from asphyxiation. Seriously. The only recognizable seiyuu is Rina Hidaka as Mutsumi because this is what happen when Last Order is in her slutty version. Seriously. The rest of the other characters are Kaede Hondo as Natsuki (titular character in Tejina-senpai), Ai Kakuma as Itsuyo (Rossweisse in High School DxD), Yumi Hara as Futaba (Albedo in Overlord), Ayaka Shimizu as Misa (Masaki in Sasameki Koto), Yumi Uchiyama as Ichika (Momiji in Binbougami Ga), Maki Kawase as Yakumo (Junko in Zombie Land Saga), Kotori Koiwai as Kukuri (Renge in Non Non Biyori), Rikako Aida as Shino (Riko in Love Live! Sunshine), Atsumi Tanezaki as Skuld (Chise in Mahou Tsukai No Yome), Mao Ichimichi as Roskva (Bada in ClassicaLoid), Daisuke Hirakawa as Garm (Makoto in School Days) and Misato Fuken as Ullr (Yami in To Love-Ru).

The opening theme is For… by Rikako Aida. Nothing special. Generic anime pop. The ending theme is Up-date x Please. If you are wondering why there are version numbers of the song that makes it look like some programme software update, if you’re sharp enough you would realize that the numbers correspondence to the seniority of the sisters. So ver 1.7.8 is sung by the trio of Ichika, Natsuki and Yakumo, ver 2.6.9 by Futaba, Mutsumi and Kukuri, and ver 3.4.5 by Misa, Shino and Itsuyo. Other than that, the song sounds robotic. I don’t think it’s a bad piece, just that it sounds one kind.

Overall, this is a poor series and a sorry excuse to adapt one with the lamest plot in the name of fanservice. Hot chicks with no character at all, levelling up via making love with the most unwanted (forever alone kind of) bachelor in Japan… Your what-the-f*ck-is-wrong-with-this-sh*t senses will be ringing like mad. Oh well, at least this isn’t another isekai series. Reverse isekai maybe. Goddesses from Asgard coming to our world and saving it (barely). I guess no matter how bad this plot sounds, perhaps it is much better than Odin himself coming down to the world and saving it via making out with somebody! HOLY SH*T!!! Don’t want that gay sh*t plot anytime! The world’s destruction would be accelerated if we are to make out with an old Norse God. He’s no Zeus but still… And that is why it goes to show that sometimes love still isn’t the fool proof answer that can save the world. But porn maybe could. And have a higher chance!

High Score Girl II

February 15, 2020

Just when you thought you finished a game and watched its ending, little did you know that when you played it again, another secret ending is revealed. And just when you thought that was the real ending, another true ending emerged! Uh huh. That is how I felt when High Score Girl II came out. Although the TV series didn’t really end or tied up the loose ends, I never expected it would come out another season. At least, not so soon right after those extra special episodes were aired. So it was a pleasant surprise to me because I get to relive all those nostalgic memories of the fighting video games even though mostly most of them I didn’t play at all. Ah yes. Street Fighter II, Virtua Fighter, Tekken, even my all-time favourite Mortal Kombat (though this one wasn’t really featured). Oh, what’s that you say? Some love triangle between the gamer kids happening? Oh right. That too.

Episode 16
A more elaborated flashback on Oono’s past. Gouda is chastising Makoto to act like the heir of the family but she doesn’t give a crap and doesn’t want to be stifled by the family’s policies. Hence, she dumped all the responsibilities on her little sister. Poor Oono. She undergoes all the rigorous studies and ‘cultured’ activities. Every day she is so tired and one day she just had it and ran away from home. She stumbled into the arcade and was amazed by everything. As Street Fighter 2 was just out, many didn’t like Zangief because of his impossible moves. Yeah, I think he had no projectile skill like the rest. Hence out of pity, Oono chose him. She amazed the crowd by beating the game! Now everyone can see Zangief’s ending! Next is Final Fight. Because everyone mocked Haggar’s clumsy abilities, again she picked this character out of pity and owned the game! Not until her butler finds her and brings her back. But this left Oono happier. Now she has games on her mind. Of course that fateful meeting when she first played against Haruo. He used some cheap move against her and won. She socked him in the face! Real street fight! Followed by a few snippets of scenes that Oono spent with Haruo in the last season. Now we see Haruo hanging out with Miyao. The latter suddenly asks his progress with Oono. Of course Haruo can’t answer and then asks him back on how to date girls?! Naturally this has Miyao embarrassed so he decides to go to his home and talk things out, man to man. They stop by the shop to get some snacks. Oh, this is the shop run by Hidaka’s family. She’s not in a good mood… And because Haruo makes some snickering comments, she slaps him! Damn, she’s hostile. She’s changed. To quell this, Miyao invites her to Haruo’s place since they’re going there. You bet she’s coming. Though, still with that pouting face. As they reach home, a vision of Guile tries to warn Haruo not to come home now but is ignored. Because it seems Oono and Makoto are also there! Hence as all the ‘main players’ are gathered in Haruo’s room, there is this very heavy tension. Very heavy indeed. Makoto close to panicking as she wonders if Haruo is a Playboy. Heck, Miyao is even more worried than Haruo! Does he not see the gravity of this situation?! Oh my, I fear one spark is all it takes to ignite… And then Hidaka has something to say… Stay tune next time if there will be casualties!

Episode 17
Miyao baulks first. He runs away crying like a baby! Can’t take the tension! When Makoto puts the equation together, she starts to overthink. Before she ends up frying her brains, she decides to escape and go mingle with Haruo’s mom. Not after smacking Haruo. So the thing Hidaka is asking… She wants to play a game with Oono. In the first round of Virtua Fighter 2, Oono masterfully beats Hidaka. Hidaka makes a comeback in the second and in the final set, Oono wins it. Haruo is only shocked that the girls have grown stronger. Gaming wise. I believe it is more than that… The girls leave and Hidaka hopes to have a rematch with Oono. Hope Makoto didn’t get the wrong idea. Oono then stomps on Haruo’s foot. Yup, women are mysteries that men must unravel. As Haruo hangs out at the arcade, he is being harassed by MF (Mother Fuc-, I mean, Mizunokuchi Force). Basically, Hidaka’s gamer guys supporters. They try to make him stay away from Hidaka and their morale boosted when Hidaka thinks the same. Haruo leaves and Hidaka regrets it. She realizes her character changes whenever she is with him. Yeah, she wants to punch and kick him! Oh sh*t! Say it isn’t violent fighting games that turned her into a sadist! Hence Haruo hangs in a seemingly bad part of Shibuya. Seeing a few guys play Kaiser Knuckle in which the final general boss is just too tough to play, the arcade punks think he is looking down on them and force him to play and win it. Haruo remembers Oono losing by a narrow margin so he employs her tactic and it pays off. They get to see the true ending. The guys are amazed and want Haruo to join their team, Shibuya Squad. It seems MF is trying to take over their area so they are organizing a team to fight back. Haruo has settled in Shibuya that he looks like he is part of the hoodlum? Miyao and Doi try to get him back but he is giving excuses that Oono doesn’t come to the arcades lately. Suddenly Doi gets mugged by a few ganguro gals. The friends try to fight back but they got owned! Useless! Oh, Numata is here to settle! Old guy also gets owned! Useless! Oh, Touno’s up next. She must be some master because she defeats the gals with invisible moves?! The guys go free after the teachers lecture them about their responsibilities as a student. As Shibuya Squad figures what games to play for the fight back, Nikotama tells Hidaka that Shibuya Squad’s first player is Haruo.

Episode 18
Makoto slaps Haruo for falling this low. She claims Oono has been going to arcades since Gouda has been relaxing the rules. Could it be that they just missed each other? Learning that Oono has been practising SF Alpha 2 a lot, Haruo worries he might be falling behind her. His Shibuya buddies are here to pick him up but Makoto goes to karaoke with them followed by shopping! The destined match between MF and Shibuya Force is here. Because Mayu clings too close and gets flirty with Haruo, this makes Hidaka mad as she wants to be the first player. And hence she bulldozes her way through all the Shibuya players! It’s not that her skills have increased. It’s just that she’s gotten angrier! Haruo is the final player and Shibuya Force’s last salvation. Can he redeem it? Because Mayu keeps flirting with him, Hidaka’s anger peaks. She beats him! 10 consecutive victories! MF wins! Hidaka even warns Mayu to stay away from her boyfriend! Later Hidaka and Haruo hang outside. Hidaka feeling sorry for what she said the last time. Haruo doesn’t want to hold that old grudge. So does this mean they can date now?! Okay, just downgrade it to hanging out. Meanwhile the others are probably reeling from the shock that Hidaka and Haruo are an item. Mayu is cursing she really wanted to take Haruo’s virginity! Oh, Oono is there too. You can tell she isn’t pleased by her frown. And she shows it when she beats Kaiser Knuckle with a less fashionable character! Not wanting this night to end, Hidaka has Haruo take her out to eat. This weird moment of Hidaka flirting with him and her body language speaks the part. Yeah, he’s trying to talk about games but she won’t let him. Heck she even admits that she is a pervert and it’s pretty normal kids their age think of something like that. Then she says she’s tired. She wants to sleep. Let’s find a room where a man and woman can sleep together. Gulp. I don’t think this is part of the game… Not sure what happened because the next morning as they’re walking together, it’s another one of those Hidaka mood swings. Suddenly she hugs him, crying and saying conflicting stuffs. I love you. I hate you. WTF. Can’t blame Haruo for being confused. She wants him to hold her tightly. You’re probably why she’s pulling this charade in broad day light and public and most probably it’s to assert her authority and claim. Because don’t look now, Oono is right before them!!! OH SH*T!!!! GAME OVER???!!!

Episode 19
Because Haruo lets go, I guess this means Hidaka lost? She runs away in tears but Oono won’t let her. Then they all take a train home. Weird… With the start of the new school year, Miyao and Doi are getting jealous at Haruo for taking the next step to adulthood. Miyao isn’t wrong that he is advising Haruo to decide because staying on the fence will just end up in a painful situation. Does Haruo understand all that?! When Haruo returns home, he is hounded by his mom and Makoto for trying to two-time the girls. He explains that nothing happened during the night since the trains stopped so they had to rest somewhere. Makoto then lets him know that Oono was looking for him all over Shibuya and slept at a manga café. The ladies continue to torment him, even admitting they only pretend to care just to tease him more! Time for Haruo to leave. Suddenly he is kidnapped by MIBs! He is brought to Oono’s room. Is this a conspiracy? Are they going to talk? Nah, going to feel more like Haruo talking to himself… First she trolls him that he is here to be punished by Gouda. She is actually on leave today and this is all part of Oono’s elaborate plan to spend some time playing video games with him. Yeah, even his mom gave consent for him to stay. This means Makoto is at his place listening to mom’s ‘romantic’ tales of her first husband… Damn, she’s going to be traumatized by the way mom screams at night!!! WTF she’s chanting in her sleep!? WTF video game characters popping up and fighting each other?! This is one hell hole! Meanwhile Haruo and Oono play all the Final Fight series. This gives Haruo to chance to apologize for that Shibuya incident. Next morning, Haruo returns home. You bet mom and Makoto want to know the details what happened. Nothing happened. Boring! When they learn that Oono already left the house before Haruo, it could only mean 1 thing: Yup, to settle the score with Hidaka. After all, Hidaka upped on him that night so this is Oono’s way to even the score. Now it’s the decisive match! Yeah, mom and Makoto really love teasing Haruo that they feel pity for the winner of this fight. Haruo not even consolation prize worthy!!! OMG. You ladies just killed him. Hidaka is being sceptical Oono called her out just to hang out at the arcade. Realizing this is related to Haruo, this could be the competition that makes things clear once and for all. In that case, she accepts her challenge.

Episode 20
Hidaka needs to find a game that will beat Oono. Suddenly a vision of Akuma pops up. Seeing her determination, he is willing to lend his power. You bet she’s going to get all that she needs. Narrating that her love for Haruo is the reason why she wants to win and unless she beats Oono, that wish won’t be granted. The girls play Street Fighter II: Grand Master Challenge. Hidaka fails to select Akuma and got Ryu instead. Then she notices Oono also gunning for Akuma. If she chooses him, she’ll be screwed! Fortunately, Oono also messes up! The girls agree not to make this round count. In the next round, Hidaka successfully chooses Akuma. To her surprise, Oono goes for Zangief. The odds are stacked against that Russian character. Hidaka becomes the demon as she pulls off the cheap hadouken move to slowly chip away her life. She wins the first round. By the second round, she does the same thing but keeps wondering why Oono continues to do the same futile stuffs. This leads to her overthinking about what it means to be a true gamer. And then stupid Haruo’s face pops up. Something about not wanting to lose to those who don’t want to lose. This distraction proves fatal as Oono manages to close in and deliver the finishing moves. In the final round, Hidaka starts to panic when her cheap moves don’t work anymore and Oono is literally doing impossible moves to fight her. Hidaka realizes her amazingness is why Haruo probably likes her. In that case, what does this make of her cheap love? Oh well, the results of this match… Probably they’ll tell us the next time! Miyao is talking to Haruo about love propelling forward. Probably this guy is thinking too much because Haruo is studying to get his motorbike licence so as to cover long distances easier. That means he can’t spend on video games and has to save up on the licence. I don’t think playing a motorbike racing game is supposed to give him the right mental training… Only if Haruo can stop thinking video game terms when he is riding for real. The real reason he is trying to get a licence because Makoto told him he should also try to do something other than video games. Because Oono can do almost everything and they’re like rivals, if that gap widens, he might feel inferior again. Eventually Haruo gets his licence. You wonder where he got the money to buy a bike. Actually, Makoto gave hers to him. He rides to Oono’s place to brag. He feels bad since there were some truths in what Miyao said about this. Haruo tells Oono that if she ever needs him, just give a call and he can come in a flash. You’d think she’d be happy but wait. Why is she looking sad and backing away?

Episode 21
Haruo realizes he has been slacking. Imagine a few months of non-practice and his skills deteriorate this bad? Of course the actual reason is Oono on his mind and that painful expression she made. So when he relays his problems to Miyao, that guy is in shock. I mean, this guy never thought Haruo would be in this state after admitting he was scared to realize his true feelings all this time. Could it be for real this time? You bet, because Haruo confesses he does like Oono! Hence the ‘committee’ of Miyao, Doi, Makoto and Haruo’s mom all congregating in his room just to discuss about this. Now that it has come to this stage, Haruo must do something and not just let things be. Heck, even Guile is telling him to commit to this love! As he is a noob in love and not sure what to do, he even admits his own cowardice, having the rest to really think he is seriously in love. It could be that before he becomes romantically involved with her, he must first beat her as a rival. Yup, back to video games. After all, that is the only deep bond they share that no one else can interfere. Surprisingly, Doi suggests a tournament to settle it. If Haruo wins this Super Street Fighter II national tournament, he will confess his love. However it is at Osaka. Yes, that place brought back memories when Haruo beat Oono in the finals but it was only because her controller was damaged. It will be different this time. With Haruo determined to do this, Makoto returns to tell this good news. She hopes her little sister can accept Haruo’s seriousness. But something still bugs Oono… She’s not happy… So we see her having lots of thoughts. Basically, Zangief and other video game characters advising her as this could be her final memories with Haruo! When they let Gouda know about this, she finds it preposterous for a boy and girl to go on a long distance trip. But it seems on that day she will return to her hometown… I guess that’s the signal that Oono is free to go with Haruo! And so Oono leaves with Haruo on a train to Osaka. When her butler returns, Makoto is crying. She just found out that Oono will be leaving for Los Angeles at the end of this month! Apparently Oono and her butler knew about this decision that their parents made quite a while. Hey Makoto, you were the one pushing all this on your little sister, so you’re starting to regret it all now? The butler believes Oono placed her parents’ feelings and the household state to be important. Hence, knowing about Haruo’s case, this tournament if she wins, she’ll cut ties with him.

Episode 22
Flashback shows already back in April, Gouda told Oono that her parents has arranged for her to stay with them at Los Angeles. This means she will attend a new high school, college and even an arranged fiancé. From an instructor’s point of view, she has no objections. But personally, she is sad. Arriving in Osaka a day earlier, the duo explore the city. They only recognize landmarks that appeared in the video games they played. They also played various fighting games at different arcades. Seems Oono hasn’t lost the touch and Haruo continues to lose to her! But this time it is different. He doesn’t feel hate or disgust each time she wins. Wow. Has he matured? However, too many losses has him thinking this might be bad for his morale at tomorrow’s tournament. Hence he doesn’t want to play fighting games anymore and instead they go play some co-op game. Their streak is cut short when some morale police come in to look for kids overstaying their curfew. Now kids at arcades after 10pm, huh? Haruo takes Oono’s hand as they escape. The night is still young but they retire to their rooms. Haruo is bored to death since his TV isn’t working and he didn’t bring his handheld. So he is left contemplating about tomorrow as well as about Oono. Don’t mind if Guile comes in to talk with you too. And it turns into something about wanting Haruo to go barge into Oono’s room because she is waiting for him! But a loud crash is heard from her room. He goes to check it out. The mirror is broken. Could her room be haunted? There’s a talisman behind the mirror too, you know. He cleans it up and thinks she should go back to sleep since the tournament is tomorrow. Apparently not the answer she’s looking for so she beats him up. Now it is awkward as both of them are in his room. Oh Haruo, you mean you prefer to run away and sleep in the haunted room than with her???!!! WTF???!!! Of course Oono won’t let him. Those begging puppy dog eyes… He starts to think about things and eventually they sleep in the same bed. He can’t sleep. Well, because Oono keeps staring at him. Something might happen tonight…

Episode 23
It’s creepy that Oono keeps looking at him. He tries to ignore and sleep but she keeps jabbing and tickling him! WTF?! She also bites him?! I don’t think it’s considered love bite… Woah! Not a dream when they hold hands and Haruo claims she looks cute! And then more biting… Oh Oono, you shy girl? Tournament day is here. Haruo hardly has any sleep and blames Oono who dozed off herself. But he can’t lose now. The players are divided into several blocks for the preliminaries. The winner of each block will advance to the finals. We see Haruo stronger than ever as he blows away his opponents. His love for the woman he loves is on the line! Haruo wins his block and goes to see how Oono is doing. Eh? Oono lost in the first round???!!! WTF???!!! OONO, OH NO!!! We see Oono sitting outside as Zangief and co admonish her about her pitiful state. Can’t be that haunted room curse, right? After chiding her that this means her match with Hidaka was pointless, Oono gets renewed determination and strength. Meanwhile Haruo is feeling disappointed. All that he has done was for naught. Is there any point to continue this tournament? Oh yes there is. Because all the losers will play in a special block and the winner will join the block winners in the finals. And we see Oono breezing through all her opponents! This is the Oono we know! Welcome back! You scared now, Haruo? Oh, but he is so fired up. The finals begin, Haruo and Oono win their matches. This means they will meet in the semi-finals. A fist bump before their match begins. Haruo realizes this girl whom he once hated and unapproachable, now he is totally in love with her. He can’t lose this, right?! Whatever the chart says about the odds stacked against Zangief against Guile, Oono blows it all away like nothing. Hence she easily corners him and takes the first round. Time for Haruo to get real serious.

Episode 24
Haruo wins the second round due to a cheap unmanly move. But that’s okay. He is going to do what it takes to win. In the final round, both are neck to neck and their health bar is at danger point! So close! Who is going to get it?! And to Haruo’s dismay, Oono nabs the final point. Haruo is left devastated that for the next few weeks, he stayed away from video games thinking he failed in his mission. Obviously depressed. Although Oono went on to the finals, she lost. A sign that it wasn’t even an important match to her. However Haruo only realized too late about Oono’s feelings as well as her leaving the country. Makoto comes to cheer him up and tell him the date of Oono’s departure. She won’t say he won’t see her again but it will be very difficult. Before she leaves, she gives him Oono’s ring. This adds to his devastation as he thinks his 5 yearlong battle with her has ended. On the day she is leaving, Haruo is still uncertain. Even mom scolds him for not making a decision but sorry, he still can’t. As he walks, he stumbles into Hidaka. Another makeover? She cuts her hair short. She tells him about the duel she had with Oono and how the fight showed how serious Oono was about him. It also gave an impression that she was retiring from the battle but in the final round, she could feel Oono just couldn’t renounce her feelings for him and it was painful. Although Hidaka won the match, she lost the war.

She also heard about their Osaka trip because Oono came to personally ‘talk’ to her about it and hoped she would give ‘permission’ to have some last memories with him. When Hidaka learns he has received Oono’s ring, she slaps him for getting the wrong message. After all these years and he still doesn’t understand a woman’s feelings (that’s true! No men ever will!), this is actually a sign that she is waiting for him to return it to her. So what are you waiting for! Go now! Hence Haruo runs back to get his bike (mom got it all ready for him). Yeah, time to just cry to the wind. As Haruo speeds up, he narrates about his love for Oono while the video game characters pop up to stop traffic and give him a big push! WTF???!!! Is this hallucination! Oh, don’t f*cking tell me they also make his scooter fly up to the plane just to see Oono!!! Nope. He crashed his bike at the airport. But too late, Oono has left. But good news. Some turbulence caused the plane to turn back. Everyone alights the plane. Second chance! Haruo and Oono run and give each other the biggest and most emotional hug ever. This time Haruo vowing never to let her leave again and he’ll find her the next time. Somehow. Their battle hasn’t ended yet. He gives her the ring and confesses he loves her. Keep it. So that he will find and bring her back. She accepts and all the video game characters cheer in the background. Though Oono eventually leaves on her flight, Guile tells Haruo that this isn’t the end yet. He has just finished another stage and advanced to the next. Use this strength for this new battle and they’ll help him find the best ending.

Final Fight: Levelling Up The Game Of Love
Oh damn. What the f*ck is this bittersweet ending. Not again! Oono leaving Haruo for the second time! Damn I hate this. It feels like that damn Mario game whereby each time he defeats Bowser in his castle, only to find that this castle doesn’t house his kidnapped princess but that stupid Toad character telling him she is in another castle. Yup. Not the true ending, but definitely the best ending will be reached. Eventually. So stay tuned for the secret ultimate true ending: Young adult Haruo goes to America and looks for his gamer girl childhood sweetheart!

I was wondering why this season had a really odd number of episodes. I mean, only 9 of them. I’m sure they didn’t want to put in fillers and waste a few episodes going nowhere. Then I realized that this series actually runs for 2 cours. 12 from the first season + 3 extra episodes + 9 for this season = 24 episodes in total. Well, if you pay a little attention to the episode title which are just the episode numbers, you won’t go wrong.

I guess when you have the romance taking a serious direction, the video games become somewhat secondary. I mean, there are still some good ol’ retro fighting games for us to view but I feel it isn’t as prominent as before. Even more so when the next episode preview doesn’t introduce to us anymore retro arcade games and instead they show us some rotating 3D items. Like, WTF???!!! WHERE ARE MY ARCADE GAMES???!!! I WANT TO SEE SOME OLD ARCADE GAMES!!! Not some tasty snacks from the festival, a jar full of coins, and WTF is this onigiri eraser?! But it is not as bad and weird as this chocolate cake (or is it mud cake?) made in the head of some ugly girl. Man, that one was really weird. You could say it takes the cake in being the weirdest of all the featured items. This means the mid-intermission also leaves out introducing new and current games. What a bummer. I’m no there to see Haruo riding a scooter as the mid-intermission! GIVE ME MAH GAMES!!! Speaking of scooters, looks like they ditch the running joke of Haruo being hit by Oono’s butler’s car. Yeah, that is now a distant memory.

With this season ramping up the romance between our main characters, it feels that this is mostly Oono’s season. Remember, Hidaka already had her chance for Haruo in those extra episodes but she blew it. Even her comeback here to challenge Oono was just a side distraction and perhaps to make it clear that she isn’t as worthy as she thinks she is to be next to Haruo. That is why after Hidaka’s challenge to Oono and lost, you don’t hear much from her. Like as though she went missing. Casted aside as the final stretch tries to play out Haruo x Oono. Perhaps she was hiding in her family store and crying and regretting what should have been. Oops. I don’t think Hidaka is as weak of a girl but there may be a chance. After all, she lost the only guy she ever loved. No wonder that makes her mad. Uh huh. She wants to punch and kick him each time she sees him? Girl, I think that’s the fastest way to lose a guy. She needs some anger management. And then maybe some emotional management too.

Besides, Hidaka and Oono felt like they are being weird and creepy in trying to get Haruo’s attention. For instance, that short date between Haruo and Hidaka after that MF vs Shibuya Force fight, Hidaka was really acting and talking strangely. Her flirty body language sometimes shows that she might be desperate to secure him in and she’s trying to use her womanly charms (something that Oono questionably isn’t good at) to bait him. That hug before Oono might be the do or die moment. Oono was already a weird person not speaking a word but seeing her pulling small pranks on Haruo, it shows her weird and cheeky side. That time they slept together and she kept pinching, tickling and even biting him! Yikes! Is this what you call desperation move? Because of that, the more I stare at them, the creepier they look. Because now I can’t seem not to ignore Hidaka’s bushy blonde eyebrows. And also, Oono has that dead fish eyes. Yup, things are really getting weirder and weirder when you’re in love.

Just like last time, I was hoping that Oono would surprise us and say something. One short sentence or at least in the most minimal of cases, one single valid word. I was thinking this would be the ultimate plot twist and shocker that they will give us. Unless you’re like me who is kinda expecting and waiting for it. But as the episodes dwindle down, Oono remains the speechless retard and this has me really thinking that she has some sort of condition that makes her unable to properly talk. Hence, everybody else doing the talking for her or assuming her thoughts on her behalf. Everything would have been so much easier had she just put it in proper words but like Guile said, women are a mystery and mysteries that men must solved! Holy sh*t. I bet that is not part of his phrases in his video game appearances but whatever. I have this feeling that Guile and Zangief are the guardian angels of Haruo and Oono respectively. Damn, it’d be so cool that video game characters act like your guardian angels.

As for Haruo, realizing his feelings is one step closer in being a true man. It’s okay for him to keep loving video games as long as he lives but he also needs to be realistic. Using video games as an excuse to maintain status quo and be (naturally) ignorant at the concept of love, perhaps that is why things has got ‘complicated’ to this stage. This challenge to Oono comes a bit too late but it’s better than never. We have seen him changed a lot for the better. He doesn’t get mad now whenever Oono beats him and learns to lose graciously. I don’t know. Maybe all that losing streak makes him go crazy so he has learnt to accept he is a loser and hence no use getting mad. This is my extreme conspiracy theory. After all, he can’t punch a girl like how Oono has that special privilege to sock it in his face, right? And I keep thinking that Oono is so good in video games not because she has the talent to excel in other ‘cultured’ activities but sometimes she is so damn talented that you’d think she was the one who created the video game, programmed its characters and skill set. Yup, she makes it look so easy without any effort. Definitely the dream gamer girl every guy wants! If she could only just talk! But then again, many guys prefer girls who don’t talk much! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oops… Now Haruo has video games and Oono on his mind, I hope his mind can take it and not explode! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

And the rest of the other characters are just biding their time hoping something interesting would happen between Haruo and Oono or Hidaka. Heck, mom and Makoto are partners in crime and they have no shame to even admit that they care so as just to tease him. I can see why it is so much fun. But be careful not to bite off more than one could chew. Like when Oono and Hidaka in Haruo’s room at the same time. Definitely, High Tension Girl!!! Even waiting for the results of your entrance exam isn’t that stressful. These 2 can form a manzai comedy team because they are equally hilarious and sometimes make stupid facial expressions. Miyao continues to be Haruo’s best supporting friend in any way he can while I don’t see how Doi has become part of this groupie. Is it me or is there a mini joke that he gets stripped till his boxers? Once by those ganguro gals and another time by Haruo just for being somer berserk dick. And then his dark sparkles become clean bright ones after he accepts Haruo x Oono? Good for him, I guess.

Gouda also doesn’t feel as bad as the first time we were introduced to her, thanks to the last time they reconciled her side of the view. It comes a bit too late that she is supporting Oono so I guess the ‘true antagonists’ are Oono’s parents whom at their whim and fancies just decide to recall their youngest daughter all for the sake of their family’s future and prestige. Oono is a great child trying to live up to their expectations but I was hoping that Makoto who volunteered to not be part of their system would really go out her way to do something if she was serious in protecting Oono’s precious time. She might lack the resources but what does this say about her determination? Otherwise she’s just all talk and some useless bum who only knows how to have fun. All at Oono’s expense :’(. Don’t you feel bad, girl? Oono’s departure to Los Angeles may be the unscrupulous chance Hidaka needs for a comeback. It’s not the best way to settle things but hey, at least she’ll get her man. I don’t believe that she has made her peace over her feelings with her final fight with Oono. It was just to give them some space for goodbyes. Things are already so high tension and it would be just messier if Hidaka got into the picture in the midst of all that. So as not to forget her, hence her final appearance just to give Haruo that push to make that tough decision. You know what they say about time healing all wounds. So give her some time before those complicated feelings of love starts to creep back…

This season’s opening theme is Flash sung by Sora Tob Sakana (who also sang last season’s opener). Just like last season, the song seems pretty fitting for a video game based anime as it is filled with some video game-like sound effects. Also, the singer’s voice sounds flat as always. But the weirdest part is how everyone is doing some weird synchronized arcade dancing. Also, Haruo along with Oono and Hidaka playing some weird hide and seek with the arcade machine? Huh? Notice that the opening scene Zangief defeats Guile? Is this a foreshadowing that Haruo can never beat Oono???!!! And Russia > America???!!! Etsuko Yakushimaru who did last season’s ending theme is also retained for this season. Although Unknown World Map sounds a lot better than Houkago Distraction, I still can’t help that her voice sounds as flat as the last time. I have to keep reminding myself that this isn’t the voice of Oono…

Overall, I hope this isn’t the true ending for this series and there could be another sequel in the future. I don’t know. After they surprised me with having extra episodes and a second season after the first, now I’m prepared for the unexpected. And then the third season never comes. Bummer. But looking back at both seasons, from a general point of view, the love triangle and romance aren’t anything much. Some funny moments, some weird moments. Weird Flash-like animation and a main character who doesn’t even talk. I guess only gamers might appreciate watching this but only if you’re old as me because the nostalgic arcade games are really, well, nostalgic. It is no wonder that so many simple retro games continue to win our hearts compared to big cutting edge advanced gaming technology games. That is why simple pure love still is in many ways better than big flashy and flamboyant passion. The best ending ever definitely.

I guess the lesson from the previous season hasn’t finished yet. Or rather, we didn’t learn from the last time. That is why we got Bokutachi Wa Benkyou Ga Dekinai S2. Can our trying students finally nail what they are aiming for? Or are they going to have to return to take the path that society expects them to take? Admit it. We’re not really interested if the maths genius becomes a literature expert and vice versa. We’re here to see if the lone boy tutoring them ends up with any one (or more) of them! Though, most likely we know what the outcome will be. But it doesn’t hurt dreaming and hoping. Ah, that’s why we never learn.

OVA 1
Finally a beach episode! We see Yuiga and Kominami at the beach simply because her dad has been pestering her about some lovey-dovey pics of them. When taking those pretend selfies weren’t enough, he suggested the beach before summer vacation ends. And here they are. Of course Kominami can’t help tease this pure boy and giving him weird nicknames. As expected, the wave capsizes their boat. Kominami loses her top. Yuiga already trying to catch his breath is going to have to catch a lot more. He lends his shirt but the thanks he get is still more teasing from her. Then they spot her top floating by some rocks. As she is about to get them, a few divers pop up. Not sure what the logic is that they had to hide until they’re gone. Hence cue for some very close moments of Kominami cuddling up to Yuiga. Once done, they also notice another top. Yeah, this one must have some huge tits. And then a pervy dolphin snatches it. How the f*ck did this even happen?! Kominami has to leave since she has work. Yuiga notices the queue at the changing room and decides to change behind the rocks. Then he sees topless Kirisu hiding. Oh my. Can’t lend him his shirt as he forgot he left it with Kominami. Flashback shows the teachers came here for BBQ. Kirisu didn’t want to interact and went off herself. Then a pervy crab untied her top, the pervy wind blew it away and the pervy wave washed it away. I guess you know whose top that belonged to now, eh? They can’t stay for long as the tide is rising. Then she steps on a sea cucumber. Short panic ensues. Yuiga slips and breaks his own glasses. Oops. Now can’t see. Kirisu now short of a hand as she has to guide him. Luckily there is a shop nearby so Yuiga goes to get swimsuits. Either extremely revealing one or this school swimsuit. He picks the latter and she’s not happy? Hey he can’t see! Is this the thanks he gets?! Then she has to hide because her male colleagues are nearby. They recognize Yuiga and wonder if he has seen Kirisu. Nope. Okay. Yeah, they really want to see her in a swimsuit. So I guess Yuiga and Kirisu have to continue hiding, huh? Then they talk about things, Yuiga thought she smiled and tries to have a closer look. She misinterprets he is trying to see something else but manages to hold back her fury. Kirisu manages to change back to her suit and her male colleagues are so goddamn disappointed. She leaves and will bring Yuiga home. In her car. Oh sh*t. You mean walking back half naked is safer than this option? You bet. Because Yuiga is half blind and her dangerous driving just amplified the danger! Meanwhile we see the other girls in their swimsuits. Can’t be left out, eh? Because they have to study and can’t go to the beach, this is the least they could do. Study in their swimsuits. Oh, you girls really will go this far to please us viewers, huh?

Episode 1
Ogata got E in her tests! So you bet there’s going to be lots of miscommunication with the other girls because they’re talking about bra size! We’re not on the same page here! Once they are, eventually they think all guys think about are boobs. So during Ogata’s next tutoring with Yuiga, she can’t help think if he is a pervert. Once more, they’re not on the same page as Ogata thinks he is talking about bra size while he thinks she is talking about her grades. Yeah, is there G grade?! Is her grade that bad?! Because he tries to encourage her but her words are really ambiguous (“Let’s grasp what we want!”) eventually Ogata allows him to touch and this confuses the hell out of him. Worse, Ogata’s dad thinks he is going to do something to his girl! Eventually they clear things up but since Ogata caught him looking at her boobs, she still thinks he’s a pervert. During the group tutor, because Furuhashi accidentally says Yuiga’s first name, this has the rest curious. She manages to blow it over that they were playing siblings (technically not lying). Though they bought it, now they want him to call them by their first names too. After studying, they head to the public bath. Why is it that the one responsible of switching the sign didn’t check if there are others inside? Because of that, Yuiga heads in only to see the girls naked! Did he? Can he see with all the steam? They are about to blame him but after hearing Kominami’s voice from the other side, they realize they are in the wrong. Better leave. Furuhashi is pouting because Yuiga claims he didn’t see her body and even so he didn’t know it is a girl! Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. But the girls have to jump back in because Yuiga’s male friends come in. Because of the small hole in the bamboo fence, they want to make it bigger and peek. The perfect chance for the girls to escape. But one of them wants to know which girl Yuiga likes! Curious to stay and know, huh? One of them says he likes Furuhashi because of her elegance. The only drawback is that she has no boobs! Taboo word! She throws the bucket at him. Suspicious that somebody else is in the bath, he is going to check it out. Luckily the hole is done so the guys resume peeping. They got their eyes poked by Kominami. Got what you deserved. The girls meanwhile make their safe escape. Yuiga leaves later but realizes a tiny problem: Somebody’s bra left behind! Later he asks if it’s hers and she is fuming how he knew that!

Episode 2
With the maid café doing special service of going to people’s house to clean, due to maid power shortage, I guess the rest set up for Yuiga to help Kominami for her rounds. First up is Kirisu’s apartment?! She won’t let them in and even pays them to go away. Kominami’s pride as a maid won’t allow it so Kirisu grabs Yuiga and has him clean her place for 30 minutes. Nothing much Kominami can do. Next on the list is Takemoto’s house?! Apparently her mom is sick. But once she realizes the maid service at the door, she panics and starts cleaning and cooking enough for them! Yeah, nothing to do too. Next on the list, you’ve guessed it, Furuhashi’s mansion. She flopped her cooking. But looks like it’s come down to this, she calls Ogata’s takeout delivery. At the end of the day, Kominami is vexed that she didn’t do anything. But don’t worry, there is still one place she can clean. And that is Yuiga’s house. Yeah, she even pampers his younger siblings before giving Yuiga a lap pillow service. She hints she can do this for free just for him every day but he isn’t going to fall for her trolling this time. Kirisu just lectured Furuhashi who started dozing off during her class about short term memory. That night as Kirisu is doing questions for tomorrow’s quiz, her laptop ran out of battery. So you bet the next day she is pretty tired but she looks menacing. Students better not get on her bad side! She almost dozes off and Yuiga notices this. Then a sudden afternoon assembly and the headmaster is ranting away. In risk of dozing off again, Yuiga purposely gives a loud sneeze to wake her up. Hell is not over for her because when she returns home, her keys are missing. Then Yuiga stumbles upon her and helps her to find. Nothing. Requesting to look in her messy unorganized bag again, what’s this? The key is inside her fancy USB holder! Flashback shows after burning the midnight oil to redo the quiz, she was worried she will forget the USB and held it in her hand, thus swapping the key in its place. And that is how we learn short term memories are unreliable. The moment she enters her apartment, she drops like a rock, sleeping on the floor. Yuiga the gentleman has to carry her to her bed. Next morning, Kirisu doesn’t remember what happened. She thinks it is willpower that made her go to bed and also cleaned the place! Impressive?

Episode 3
Ogata tries to trim her bangs a little but stupid daddy comes marching in with his loud voice and she snipped a little too much. Although Ogata doesn’t mind it, to Furuhashi and Takemoto, she does look a bit weird. Ironically when Yuiga comes by, Ogata tries hard to hide her face and even runs away. I guess she does mind after all. Because her short bangs even brought Sekijo to her knees, she decides to wear a mask. This has Yuiga think she hates him due to that public bath incident. Furuhashi can’t take any more of this and unmasks her. Guess what? Yuiga doesn’t even notice and believes it’s the same Ogata! Girls, you mad?! Heck, having him look at her face and guess… No, it’s not her ribbon!!! Ogata feels sad now that he didn’t notice but Yuiga pleads for a second chance. I guess random guessing won’t cut it. She won’t be happy even if he guesses right. However, he says what has changed is her facial expression because when they first met, she used to be more sullen. Not the correct answer but the one she approves. Sekijo notices Ogata’s worn out pencil case and offers to accompany her to go buy one. Sekijo is very excited for this but during the outing, it just seems normal. With Yuiga passing by, Sekijo purposely lets them hang out together. Inside, Sekijo is heartbroken. She thinks this is best for Ogata’s happiness. Flashback shows Sekijo is a smart girl. Because of that, she pulls up the class average and some dislike her for that. A teacher told her to take some prep class exam. She finished fast and noticed Ogata too did the same. Some candidates thought Ogata was showing off but Ogata who has no clue about human relations was brutally honest about what she did. From then on, Sekijo decided not to care what others think about her and follow Ogata. But it took her till her third year in high school to finally talk to her and that was the same time she heard Ogata was trying to change her study course. Yuiga wants to know the deal of Sekijo dumping Ogata to him. He knows she is looking forward to this day because he saw her Tweet. Yup, hourly Tweets of how she is excited to go out with Ogata. Sekijo then tells Yuiga the story. Apparently Ogata also heard it. As Sekijo wants to continue her outing with Ogata, Ogata is glad because she thought Sekijo hated her after running away. Sekijo tries to dismiss ever hating her but trips and has her hands all over Ogata’s boobs. Will this change Ogata’s mind of hating her? And Yuiga has a fine view of Sekijo’s ass… Is this what you call killing 2 birds with 1 stone?

Episode 4
It’s that season where girls have their makeover. Ogata is reminded by Furuhashi not to do it herself this time but go to the salon. And of course you can tell the passionate salon owner is going to give her a hell of a makeover. Ogata then goes to meet up with Yuiga at the library for a study session. This guy doesn’t recognize her and thinks who the f*ck this hot babe?! I guess he got so nervous thinking he is being hit on that he doesn’t even recognize her voice or her study materials. He gets nervous enough to text Ogata. Since he ambiguously put it as she is stuck (in traffic), Ogata misinterprets it as stuck in a question. Ogata’s response is due to the salon owner giving her twisted take of relationship advice so you bet it gets even more awkward. Yuiga then describes all the good points of Ogata (without naming her). Uh huh. Not even Ogata realizes that and wants to know more. In the end, Yuiga compares Ogata’s cuteness to a squirrel and at first Ogata is anxious followed by relieved but can’t help feel annoyed. When he goes home, he can’t even fathom why she is still following him and the real Ogata didn’t show up. And then when she tries to invite him to her house, he thinks it is wrong for a pretty girl just to ask any boy for that. He agrees to come in hopes of lecturing her parents to straighten her out. So what you going to say to Ogata’s papa, eh? Yeah, Yuiga is one big piece of embarrassment realizing who this hot babe is finally.

We see Takemoto confronting Yuiga with a serious expression. Confession time? Actually, they are speaking English passionately. It all started when Yuiga noted her English has improved. He suggested she should talk in English but after hearing her Engrish and chopping it up with lots of Japanese, he throws down a challenge for them to do so. And now, Takemoto seems to be talking good English. Despite it’s to a puppy. She misheard Yuiga’s ‘language skill’ as ‘lingerie’ and hence a little argument in English pops up. So this is how hentai sounds if it is dubbed… Eventually she loses because she starts speaking Japanese. As she waits for Yuiga at the convenience store, a couple of foreigners ask Takemoto for direction. Panic at first, she manages to give them decent directions. The foreigners are glad and even invite her to their friends’ party now. She panics. Yuiga just come out and misinterpreted this scene. He goes to defend her and the foreigners asks who she is to her. Yuiga meant to say his precious study friend but slips up and says his precious steady. The foreigners rejoice his hot chick and leave. Yuiga doesn’t understand what they said but apparently Takemoto understands what steady means. She gets the wrong idea and runs away in embarrassment. Damn, English such a hard language!

Episode 5
Furuhashi is studying at Yuiga’s house but receives a piercing stare from Mizuki. Oh no. How to focus? Once over and she is about to leave, Yuiga gives her a present since today’s her birthday. News for you buddy: It’s tomorrow! So embarrassing! But she is glad with anything she gives him. So what he got for her? A bra! NO KIDDING!!! OH SH*T! Furuhashi so conflicted! It turns out the present was meant to be a ballpoint pen and the bra was mom bought for Mizuki. Hence the next day it is very awkward for Furuhashi. Right off the bat, Yuiga asks her if she’s comfortable with it! Yeah, after sticking 4 pads into it! The other girls also got Furuhashi a gift and wants to know what she got from Yuiga. Since she won’t tell, they ask Yuiga straight. Each time he is about to say, she smacks him. I guess they need to talk to put an end to this charade. Of course you can tell they’re not on the same page as Yuiga gets depressed thinking their friendship is not close enough to warrant her buying a pen! And then they realize what they’re actually talking about. Awkwardness increases. Later Yuiga apologizes and gives her the actual gift. Somehow he mixed it up because both were put in the same bag design. I suppose you can’t ask her to give back the bra, right? Either way, Yuiga is damned because now she blames him for thinking about boobs.

It’s déjà vu again because Yuiga is once more called to help out mom’s friend opening a new massage parlour (they call it hand rub relaxation – hope they won’t rub this the wrong way!) in a mascot outfit. And then she gets a call that her daughter is sick and must leave. It’s all up to you, Yuiga! Oh yeah. Déjà vu really playing a cruel prank on him. Because as you would have expected… The first customer is Kirisu. Looking angry, huh? Not like a little hand job will loosen her up. Oh damn, she’s moaning and giving that orgasm face! Yuiga, you’re f*cking good! Folks, a preview of what this series would have been if it is porn! Next is Ogata and Furuhashi! Oh yeah. More ambiguous moaning and orgasmic faces. This is followed by Kominami who is here for a foot massage. You’re wrong if this is going to look like some dominatrix scene because Yuiga is dominating all over her! Kominami tries to hide her orgasmic voice and this has Yuiga think it isn’t enough so he applies more of his God’s hand! Is her orgasm going to spike through the roof?! And then Takemoto and friends are here. They notice a commotion coming out from a certain cubicle. To their horror they see this weird porn scene of Yuiga giving it all on Kominami’s foot! Yeah, somehow she unmasks his top. Oh sh*t! Now that it is Takemoto’s turn, I guess she’s not impressed. No God’s hand can ever heal the heart of hurt maiden. Oh Yuiga, better move your hands more than your mouth… The only consolation Yuiga has is back home where Mizuki gives him a shoulder massage. Oh, it’s so stiff and hard… And that’s it folks. Today’s preview of this series porn. Bokutachi Wa Hentai Ga Dekinai! Dakara Boku Wa H Ga Dekinai!

Episode 6
The gas heater’s under maintenance so Kirisu has to go to the public bathhouse. Coincidentally, also there are Kominami, Yuiga and his terrible twins, Kazuki and Hazuki. Right off the bad, the terrible twins comment how beautiful Kirisu is and wants her to marry Yuiga! If that isn’t enough, while preparing to head into the bath, the duo steal her lingerie!!! And then Kominami has her way teasing ‘sensitive’ Kirisu. Kazuki somehow snuck her way to them and bugs Kirisu to marry Yuiga. Because she is mad, Hazuki starts crying. Kirisu relents she will. One day. Oh dear. Hazuki then wants to go tell big brother so as panic Kirisu tries to stop her, she slips on a soap and passes out. Since Yuiga is the only young guy around, he is tasked to carry her out. Kirisu wakes up and sees this and another struggle ensues. Then he gets lectured for doing that. Yeah, not even his fault. Hazuki tries to defend her brother. By unrobing Kirisu’s towel?! Another knockout. I think we’ve seen enough today. Later Kominami explains what happened so embarrassed Kirisu apologizes. As they part, Kirisu whispers to Kominami that she is not wearing her lingerie because somebody stole them. Oh dear. The terrible twins still have them!!! Today is the day Ogata and Furuhashi will have a mock university interview. Unfortunately the kind Ms Fujita is not around and they got demonic Kirisu. Oh sh*