Week 5 of Summer 2019 Anime. Go!
given – Episode 4
72/100 (DOWN 2 points from previous episode)
It’s quite clear that this show really isn’t for me (despite music being an interest of mine–the listening of it that is) and while I’m not outright bored of this show I do think that everything other than what was going on in the main plot line between Mafuyu and Uenoyama is more interesting, also I’m kinda just watching the show to look at how well animated the backgrounds are, the highlight was seeing Shinjuku–not even kidding.
Isekai Cheat Magician – Episode 4
76/100 (DOWN 7 points from previous episode)
This show has fallen a lot since its highest point (Episode 2 which garnered an 86/100) which is a shame because I do still really like the characters and overall premise but boy is this episode kinda dull. I don’t hate where they’re going with this current story I just think they’re taking a long time getting there and for the most part I just didn’t care. That said, the fighting duo of Rin and Myura was a highlight of the episode and the post credit tease at least promises something more interesting than the majority of this one. I haven’t given up hope just get so hopefully the show can recover!
If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat The Demon Lord – Episode 5
79/100 (DOWN 3 points from previous episode)
It seemed like everything that was great and everything mediocre about the show previously was distilled into an episode that is plenty of both. Latina is still absurdly adorable, Dale is still eye-rolling annoying; the unexpected dramatic content is welcome, while the pub based activities are getting repetitive. Nevertheless it’s still a fun show and I hope it continues to build on what’s good about this series to its betterment.
Demon Lord, Retry! – Episode 5
80/100 (UP 7 points from previous episode)
This show is kinda dumb and silly and a part of me really enjoys that about it! Yes, nothing of substantial consequence happened throughout and yet I found myself intrigued and entertained all the same… sure a lot of that came from the fact that we got to spend time with a town full of cute bunny girls and there was something vaguely satisfying about the town-building aspect so what can I say, I’m easy to please? Also the highlight of the episode–much like last week–was our lewd trap Yukikaze’s inappropriate comments about our titular demon lord at the start of the episode, they deserve their own show!
Magical Sempai – Episode 5
81/100 (UP 2 points from previous episode)
The best thing about this episode is that we’re finally getting more content with some of the side characters. Madara-san is a weird girl (in many senses of the word) but it’s a different kind of weird and it’s a fun idea to bring in science experiments into the mix as a way of showing different types of “magic”.
Cop Craft – Episode 4
82/100 (UP 2 points from previous episode)
I was surprised that this episode wrapped up the ‘fairy bomb’ plot line as quickly as it did but likewise I was glad they did because it felt like a weight was lifted from around this show’s neck–not that the previous narrative wasn’t interesting but I was at least passingly concerned it was going to be the only thing this series was going to focus on. The overall premise of this show is far too interesting for it to be confined to just one case and so I look forward to see what else this show will do.
Are You Lost? – Episode 5
83/100 (EVEN with previous episode)
Things remain more or less the same as past episodes and that’s by no means a complaint as (aside from Takagi-san) it remains extremely consistent which in a season where episode quality seems to fluctuate a lot week-to-week it’s good to have some stability. Great comedy, great fan-service and even a bit of character development to round out the package!
Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she’s a cutie? – Episode 4
84/100 (UP 3 points from previous episode)
Even though the revelation of what “perverted” aspect our third girl in this burgeoning harem was going to have was sort of a non-revelation as it was pretty obvious for anyone paying attention it was still well-executed, at times funny and at other times dramatic.
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 2 – Episode 4
84/100 (DOWN 3 points from previous episode)
More of the same adorable fun we’ve come to expect from this show–nothing much else to add about it than that!
Wasteful Days of High School Girl – Episode 5
86/100 (DOWN 3 points from previous episode)
For the third episode in a row we’re introduced to a new character; her name is Lily and being a half white, man-phobic, lesbian, popular girl with a penchant for drama but still with a surprisingly honest and endearing heart makes her for an interesting addition to the cast. There’s less riotous laugh-out-loud laughs to be had in this episode (which isn’t a bad thing, as Episode 3 showed us) but the potential for future episodes is all the more broadened by Lily’s addition.
Do You Love Your Mom And Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? – Episode 4
87/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
This episode surprised me, I was expecting them to take the easy route with solving Wise’s dispute with her mother but thankfully (and realistically–which isn’t a word you might think to associate with this show) it showed a real edge to the mother/child dynamic, that nobody–neither child nor parent is perfect and that there are as many different types of familial relationships as there are colours in the rainbow. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the action scenes were overall excellent being well animated and visually dynamic and pretty creative too.
Re:Stage! Dream Days♪ – Episode 4
88/100 (UP 2 points from previous episode)
Did someone say ‘Akihabara’? Yes, it’s basically a meme for me now but it’s true any episode set in Akihabara is going to be a highlight–that said this episode was surprisingly emotional as we learn Minori’s reason for wanting to disband the ‘Lyrical Traditional Dance Club’ as well as endearing us to what will become the fifth and final member of the club. This show can seem to do no wrong as we continue with another high-scoring episode that looks and sounds gorgeous. Also, did I mention Akihabara?!
The Demon Girl Next Door – Episode 4
88/100 (UP 3 points from previous episode)
At this point in this show you might as well call this a two-man comedy show as Yuko and Momo completely steal the show with their charismatic and hilarious performances that are both subtly brilliant in their own different ways and comically complementary akin to ‘The Odd Couple’ (now there’s a reference that shows my age). It’s hard not to love everything this show does and how well it does it, ostensibly a slice of life magical girl series but with a lot more depth than you might expect.
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest – Episode 4
89/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
There’s always (at least) one show every season that seems to end up being the proverbial whipping boy for seasonal anime watchers and it seems like ‘Arifureta’ is it for Summer 2019 and I honestly don’t get the “hate”. This episode in particular seemed to be a lightning rod of jokes and ire due to its use of 3D graphics for a climactic, episode long boss battle and you know what, yeah it looked like a PS2 game cut-scene but so what? The amount of times I see people say character and story are the most important thing in an anime but then outright ignore the overwhelming strength in this episode’s narrative and character development just so they can bitch about some lackluster CGI feels akin to cheap criticism. I adored how much of this episode played out between just Hajime and Yue in their desperate struggle against impossible odds and the (spoiler incoming) kiss between the two of them, as well as Hajime’s commitment to Yue was the kind of thing I’ve longed to see in isekai anime for so very long.
How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift? – Episode 5
90/100 (UP 6 points from previous episode)
Everything about this episode felt like everything this show does well diluted down to its purest form. It’s still a little bit surprising to me this show is as great as it is being ostensibly about something I have so little interest in (exercising) but here we are, Episode 5 and I’m still beaming about the quality of this show. Fun, sexy, occasionally hilarious and always entertaining. What more could you want?
Fruits Basket – Episode 18
91/100 (UP 7 points from previous episode)
So far nothing this season got me in the feels as much as this episode of ‘Fruits Basket’ did. And–at the risk of exposing something personal about myself–I absolutely identified with our new character Kisa. Her internal self-loathing, her bullying at the hands of schoolyard bullies because of something as simple as her voice and her retreating into her own self for the sake of protecting herself and the people around her was absolutely relatable, endearing and heartbreakingly real. But with the darkness of this episode too came the light and its that healing contrast which made the episode absolutely shine. My favourite episode of ‘Fruits Basket’ so far.
Fire Force – Episode 4
95/100 (UP 3 points from previous episode)
This episode was super weird and that’s absolutely part of the reason I absolutely adore it. There’s obscure references, random comedy, unexpectedly visceral violence, cute character moments, introductions to weird new characters, perverted sexual references and fetish fuel, unexpected world-building, narrative time-skips and Akihabara. A part of me is hoping the show continues this weirdness going forward but I also appreciate that this show needs a certain amount of mainstream appeal to continue to be popular and successful so let’s look for that balance so everyone can be happy! Yeah?
O Maidens In Your Savage Season – Episode 5
97/100 (UP 2 points from previous episode)
There was so much going on in this episode it made my head spin and all of it was absolutely phenomenal. The fact that all 5 of our main girls each have such rich, personal stories that they are currently involved in is as satisfying as it is well-written but what’s even more remarkable is how tonally different each of these characters’ stories are. Kazusa’s story is cutely angsty, Sugawara’s story is ethereal but sharp, Momoka’s story is filled with a certain trademark confusion, Hongo’s story is tense and sexy and Rika’s story is just plain wholesome and lovely. And despite this seeming dissonance it all works so well, because it’s so well written and acted and comes together like few shows can even dream of.
Is It Wrong To Try And Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? II – Episode 4
100/100 (UP 15 points from previous episode)
So here’s the thing, I’ve been keeping track of every episode of every anime I’ve watched that I consider to be “perfect” (your individual definitions of perfect may vary). I’ve made a list of them and I keep it in a Google Doc and as of the writing of this post it contains less than 40 episodes out of the thousands I’ve watched in my life. This episode qualifies as being a part of that elite club because I couldn’t imagine anything I would change about it. From the compelling story that came to a head, infused with action, tension, humour and pathos and all tied together with outstanding background music that made every moment feel as epic as it should. This is the first 100/100 of the Summer 2019 Season and I stand by that, this was a truly stupendous, breathtaking 24 minutes of anime!
And that’s Week 5 reviewed! Missing from this week was Episode 18 of ‘YU-NO’ as it took the week off (for some reason). Let me know what were your highlights of the week and thanks for reading!
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