Winter 2017: Week 3

I haven’t had as much time to really watch a lot this past week, but I at least caught up with the ones I’m watching this season. Anyways, here’s a recap of the shows I’ve watched this week:

Winter 2017 list

Kuzu No Honkai (Scum’s Wish)


This week’s episode was filled with lots of dark and twisted moments. I’m actually mindblown by the music teacher. Her sweet calm friendly demeanor is clearly a facade. That last scene I think shows us a glimpse of her conniving personality as she and Hanabi have their semi-confrontation. Her eyes half closed with a smirk indicating something like ‘ah, I’ve been caught..time to turn the tables in this situation.’ I think she knows who’s important to Hanabi and may use that as leverage to keep her secret about that guy she was with the night before. I was also shocked that Mugi was completely blind; no maybe he’s completely in denial about what his secret love is doing with that ex-student of hers. It could’ve been him! I like the conflict that Hanabi is experiencing; she sees the mirror image of herself in Ecchan. As much as she looks down upon those who take interest in her when she has no interest in them she’s slowly seeing she’s exactly the same when it comes it her crush. She starts to see that Mugi and her really aren’t the same, which leads me to that scene of them in his room. I’m slightly confused by what transpired when she expressed that she wanted to try to love Mugi. Was that just something she said in passing or did it really hold some meaning?  From Mugi’s perspective I actually felt bad for the guy. It seems his experiences with girls that weren’t romantic partners but more physical partners have just practically used him. I found that scene of him saying he was a toy as his lover and him go their separate ways to be quite powerful of an image as he’s depicted alone and left behind and that transitions to Hana; the newest person to treat him like a toy as she uses his body to experiment since she has never done anything physical with a boy. It was an incredibly interesting episode! My attention has been caught by this and I’m looking forward to next weeks events.

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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen


First off, how adorable is Konatsu’s son?? And what’s this?! Kikuhiko is smiling when he’s with this little boy! I feel like this little boy is thawing out Kikuhikos frozen heart. I would like to see another side of him! This little boy is just like his grandfather Sukeroku. He’s charming, charismatic, and great at Rakugo! Future genius in the making? If Kikuhiko would take him under his wing he’d be a great performer. Konatsu finally got to do Rakugo in front of an audience but due to her being a woman, she won’t pursue it. I know it’s a male dominated profession, but with modern times fast approaching in their timeline, it would be radical for her to pursue such a dream, but I think she’d do well and bring even more attention back to the dying art. I know Kikuhiko wants it to die out with him but with so many people willing to pursue the dream that he and Sukeroku had; he should budge. I know Konatsu hates Kikuhiko, but I wonder if she also doesn’t do the Rakugo out of respect to him and his wishes of her not performing or if she just doesn’t want to get on his bad side.

Acca-13

I’m a week behind on this one.. so this write-up is about episode 3. There’s still a lot of intrigue going on with this one. I don’t have too mny thoughts on this episode in particular. All the attention is on Jean, but he doesn’t know why until one of the 5 tell him he’s come under suspicion as to him being the one who’s involved with the coup d’etat Seems like there could be a lot of motives for Grossular and the named prince to want the coup d’etat to happen. But I’m still looking for anything that stands out. We’ll see what happens next week.

Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc

Very little action in this episode; the conflict from last week is semi-resolved as we find out who the traitor is and some of the reasoning behind it.  However, I found the confrontation between Bon and Rin to be a bit forced. I get that Rin was triggered by Bon’s fight with his father; but per usual Rin flew off the handle with his flames and keeping his emotions in check. I get that he’s concerned for their relationship; but you can’t forve people to make up even if it’s for their own good and to prevent them from future heartache.  The season over all is off to a slow-start, I hope it picks up a bit in the next few episodes.

Masamune-kun no Revenge


This shows’ plot gets more and more ridiculous and I am loving the silliness of it. I mean Masamune is learning how to exact his revenge via shoujo manga. Priceless. And a new love interest is introduced. Of course it wouldn’t be easy for Masamune to get Adagaki so easily and this early into the plot. Love triangle seems to be a theme this season!

Fuuka

I’ve come to the conclusion that I really really dislike Tama-chan. Honestly, I feel the initial appeal I had for this so how starting to wear thin. The story is a flat one-noted plot. The blushing faces of Tama-chan and Yuu gets old really fast as well as their awkward moments. I wish she’d flat out just say she’s in love with him but of course there’s no real conflict if she’d say it upfront. It does have its cute moments and I like the music, but other than that the show is waning in terms of interest. But knowing me; the ani-masochist in me isn’t going to drop this show.

Super Lovers 2

Haru is as dense as ever to realize his own feelings for Ren. I never realized how slow Haru was in the manga, it’s a lot different seeing this story animated. Is he really that dense or is this some kind of overused trope.  I’m starting to pick up a bit more of the nuances since I couldn’t really tell by reading the manga.  Ah, a new character makes an appearance! And now I’m kinda reminded that I didn’t really like this guy to begin with. I think the more annoying characters in this story are about to appear. And don’t get me wrong I really like this manga, but I don’t know why the adaptation really irks me.

Nanbaka


Nanbaka is pure entertainment to me. The flashy colors and the over the top character designs. My favorite is actually the least conspicuous of the cast: Sugoroku Hajime. He’s a bit of a brute, bald and has a scar on his face. I mainly like him because of his brutish personality and his foul mouth. He’s the strongest in the prison and commands respect; but he cowers around the warden because she’s scary as hell. Not much really going on in this episode except that Hajime and the inmates are investigating what caused a guard and an inmate to behave so violently. I still can’t tell who’s at the bottom of this, and I don’t see it being resolved in the next episode either. Okay, so the architectural style is starting to grow on me and can foresee this being apart of Fantasy Friday sometime soon.

Fall 2016 Continuations

*March Comes in Like a Lions
*All Out!!

Miscellaneous (Backlog)

*Gravitation
*Re:Zero

*Authors note: Didn’t get to watch these this week; but will eventually catch up!*

New Year, New Music & a First Impression

To start of 2017’s OP/ED’s I’m going to go with something fresh. A few new series started last week, and I found myself surprisingly drawn into Fuuka. I found the song to be really catchy too. Seems like I enjoy japanese rock music.

Title: Climber’s High | Artist: Manami Numakura |Show: Fuuka 

As for my first impression of this show. I’m not sure why I like it, but I am completely drawn into it.  I think it’s going to be a gradual love story and there’s definitely going to be a love triangle of sorts. Music will definitely play a major part in this show as well, whether it be from another character or our protagonist Yuu Haruna and Fuuka form a band together. We’ll have to wait and see, but so far I’m invested because of the utterly cute innocent date that our main pair had at the end of the first episode where they awkwardly held hands to pretend to be a couple to get some free phone charms, and she basically says “Well we don’t know if we’re a couple yet” after he declines the matching phone charm saying they’re not a couple.  Then there was the introduction of another potental flame for Yuu in the form of his old childhood friend turned Pop Idol. I’m also pretty sure the use of social media will have an impact on this show as Yuu is clearly addicted to using Twitter to communicate; so much so his sisters follow his twitter as it seems he talks more there the most over any other form of communication. Overall it’s not a must-watch necessarily, but I like it, it’s cute and entertaining – however, I didn’t realize it was labeled “ecchi”. So I guess I’ll have to wait and see what that entails.

Hope you guys had a fantastic weekend and have a great week!

WINTER 2017 – Watch List

The Winter anime season is already upon us. I’ve had a few on my “plan to watch list” on MAL for quite some time, but looking back at it now, there may be a few more I’m adding.

My top 5 anticipated are:

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  1. Ao No Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen
    I’ve been a fan of Blue Exorcist for awhile, and am actually surprised to find out that the second arc of the first season was non-canon; so when I saw the latest first episode I was really confused.
  2. Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish)
    The story is intriguing and I had actually started reading the manga recently on a whim and not knowing that it was going to be adapted.
  3. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
    First season was a real hit for me. Tragic but good. I can’t wait to see what Yakumo is up to – he seems to have always been the character I’ve been attached to on this show.
  4. Masamune-kun no Revenge
    When I read the premise of the show I just figured this might actually be a good comedy. So I’m giving it a shot
  5. ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
    The art style is what really drew me into this one; and considering it’s from madhouse, I figured what can go wrong with it?

Other’s I’ll be following/checking out:

2017_lineup

  1. Chain Chronicle
    Intrigued by it just because it’s Fantasy.
  2. Fuuka
    a twitter obsessed kid? I’m in!
  3. Little Witch Academia
    This one was recommended to me by someone. I know Netflix has the movie, and its from Trigger whose artstyle I rather like. So I’ll be checking this one out too.
  4. Super Lovers 2
    I read the manga so….yeah..just gonna leave that one there.
  5. Rewrite: Moon & Terra
    even tho I hated the first season I’ll probably check it out just because I started it – ahh the animasochist in me
  6. Chaos;Child
    …debating because i haven’t seen chaos;head yet – and I’m probably going to binge watch chaos;head before this even starts.

Continuations from Fall 2016 that I’m still following:

  1. 3-gatsu no Lion
    To be honest I need to catch up on this one.
  2. All Out!!
    What can I say I’m really a sucker for the sports genre. Despite its crazy weird sometimes off-putting art style – I’m actually enjoying this one even though it’s got all the sports anime cliche’s and tropes on it. I still like this one. I may end up writing a post about it….maybe…a very huge maybe…

What’s everyone else looking forward to this coming Winter season?