All the seasonal anime I watched in the second week of Fall 2019!
Case File nº221: Kabukicho – Episode 1
75/100 (NEW entry)
This show wasn’t on my watch list initially, but after dropping ‘Ascendance of a Bookworm’ I figured I’d give something completely different from my usual genre preference a chance. And while the lack of female characters (so far) is inherently a negative the show itself is a pretty interesting and entertaining take on the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ story, our titular Sherlock is undoubtedly the highlight of the episode especially his use of traditional Rakugo performances as his version of a ‘mind palace’ in order to work out whodunnit. Not the best premiere this season but still intriguing enough to keep going with it for the time being.
After School Dice Club – Episode 2
76/100 (DOWN 9 points from previous episode)
So this episode kind of breaks one of my unwritten rules about ‘cute girls doing cute things’ shows and introduces a male character–not that men can’t exist as characters in these shows, after all the game shop owner is a dude–but having one feature so prominently and with so much overbearing inner-monologue about his crush on Aya was endlessly frustrating to an otherwise ~very good~ episode of this show. The game they played was interesting and tactical and when it wasn’t interrupted by the annoying boy it was a good time. Thankfully the preview for the next episode shows no sign of him and so hopefully can return to how it was in episode one.
Val x Love – Episode 2
80/100 (UP 7 points from previous episode)
While a noticeable improvement over the first episode (thanks to a more thoughtful narrative pacing) some of the problems still persist, namely in the fan-service department as things feel very chaste and ordinary considering the subject matter–which is absolutely not the way an adaptation of ‘Val x Love’ should feel. That said the inevitable blu-ray (might, hopefully) have some more sexy times content to improve things but only time will tell. There’s some decent character development here and even the action is pretty well done so hopefully things progress in this upward trajectory going forward.
The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious – Episode 2
83/100 (DOWN 6 points from previous episode)
So, our “hero” was a bit of a douche in this episode now, wasn’t he? Which I mean I guess is the point but when the comedy is at the expense of other people, it kind of puts a bit of a sour taste in the mouth. Granted that’s only a minor part of the episode and Ristarte (and others) call him out on his ‘douchebaggery’ so it’s not like the show isn’t aware of it, it was just something that made an otherwise great episode a little bit less.
High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World – Episode 2
87/100 (DOWN 4 points from previous episode)
This episode spends the majority of its time with just one of our prodigies which is absolutely necessary not only because it helps develop the character but intrinsic that it’s this character–the entrepreneurial Masato–as his was probably (on the surface) the least likeable character. And while the show still paints him as a ruthless, money hungry business man he’s at least savvy enough to know that you can’t win over the common-folk by screwing them over. Plus he unintentionally acquires a cute little fox loli companion along the way that does a great service to soften his image and make the many scenes with him throughout this episode all the more entertaining and enjoyable to watch.
My Hero Academia – Episode 64
87/100 (NEW entry)
As far as recap episodes you could go far worse than this, in-fact the framing device of a reporter investigating UA High to find the identity of All Might’s successor (and the various little twists that this plot point employs) is both a smart way to re-introduce all our characters and where the world itself is at this point in the narrative. Also for a recap episode there’s honestly not that much reused footage that at no point did it feel like a chore to sit through, it was honestly a great episode in-of-itself with a few laughs and even some emotional moments thrown in.
Z/X: Code Reunion – Episode 1
88/100 (NEW entry)
I didn’t know what to expect from this show other than what the poster provided (aka cute girls) and so watching the episode not only did it provide cute girls (positively the cutest) but it also provided an unexpected edge as well as considerable production values and an excess of intrigue. This isn’t your ‘run of the mill’ cute girls in peril show, this seems like a series that knows what it’s doing and does it well… If this vague-ish review doesn’t make much sense but likewise piques your interest then do yourself a favour and watch the damn show!
Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia – Episode 2
89/100 (DOWN 1 point from previous episode)
I don’t know if I’ll ever get tired of simply looking at this show because the production values in this series are out of this world and honestly breathtaking. Though, aside from an early action scene, this episode prioritises dialogue, exposition and world-building which while still interesting does slow things down a bit. The introduction of Merlin and Ana however elevates what could have been dry and stuffy expositional dialogue into downright compelling television.
Food Wars! The Fourth Plate – Episode 1
90/100 (NEW entry)
High, unrelenting energy is the best way to describe this fourth season premiere, indeed it’s sort of a dizzying, breathless 24 minutes of anime that it’s almost hard to take it all in. And yet it doesn’t feel rushed at all, if anything re-introducing so many characters and backstories and new cooking challenges to be faced in such a fast-paced fashion just makes me even more eager for the subsequent episodes to come! ‘Food Wars!’ is back and I almost forgot how much I missed it!
AZUR LANE – Episode 2
92/100 (DOWN 1 point from previous episode)
A part of me was afraid that lightning wouldn’t strike twice and the over-the-top action and fan service-y shenanigans of the first episode would be left by the wayside in favour of something more slow paced and low-budget but thankfully this show has (seemingly) no end of money or characters as it once again delivers an action packed spectacle filled to the brim with all the cute girls you could ever need!
We Never Learn Season 2 – Episode 2
92/100 (DOWN 4 points from previous episode)
Obviously a ‘92 out of 100’ isn’t by any stretch of the imagination a significant downgrade but there was a bit of repetition to the scenarios here that if I were to nitpick was a little bit annoying but even a lesser episode of this show still makes for a hilarious and worthwhile experience.
Fire Force – Episode 12
93/100 (DOWN 2 points from previous episode)
Another excellent episode of ‘Fire Force’ that hits all the strong points it’s been hitting since its debut while building towards expanding the world and a larger plot. If I have one minor complaint is that the circumstances leading to this episode’s confrontation felt rushed and kind of flimsy but the subsequent action and drama that resulted from it was top class.
Kandagawa Jet Girls – Episode 1
94/100 (NEW entry)
The thing this episode does so brilliantly is how it so effortlessly brings you into a world where this two person jet racing sport–where one person drives and the other person attempts to shoot the rival jet racers clothes off–not only seems like a high-stakes sport but that it’s so serious about it too. Which you would think would be at odds with the overall ridiculousness of the concept and the outlandish and colourful characters who participate in this sport but that’s the thing this series seems to understand about sport in general is that to the people involved it’s the most important thing in the world. Also, did I mention all the thicc fan-service you could ever want? (Note: this score is representative of the uncensored version of the episode, not the censored version found on streaming services.)
Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life? – Episode 1
96/100 (NEW entry)
The highest debut episode of the season comes in an unassuming form, I mean sure it was my most anticipated anime of the season but the fact that it not only lived up to those high expectations but exceed them is something very rare indeed. Mile/Adele/whatever name she’s going by at this point in the story is a joy to watch and her meta-commentary on the isekai genre brought some of the strongest laughs of the season so far. I can’t wait to continue this journey with her and her new companions and see what comes from this interesting take on the isekai genre. Also, while we’re on the subject, more female isekai protagonists please!
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest – Episode 13 (Finale)
100/100 (UP 6 points from previous episode)
Did someone say ‘perfect season finale’ because that’s damn well what we’ve got here. Okay, by now you know already that I’m biased AF towards this wonderful series but what else am I to do? There’s high stakes drama, there’s affable comedy, there’s brutal comeuppance, there’s harem shenanigans and there’s fantastical resolutions all jam packed into 24 minutes and also there’s a satisfying sense of closure to the proceedings which is something particularly rare as so many shows vie for a second season. But the jokes on them because ‘Arifureta’ is getting a second season and all the pieces are in-line for a monumental continuation of the various plot lines that this season finale either invokes or continues.
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