All the seasonal anime I watched in the fourth week of Fall 2019!
Case File nº221: Kabukicho – Episode 3
76/100 (DOWN 1 point from previous episode)
This episode definitely amped up the overall comedy of the show (not that it wasn’t funny before but this one seemed to relish in it) and most of it was a hit–though the broken English jokes got a bit repetitive after a while. Not much else to say as this show seems to have found a formula that more or less works for it and will probably keep at the ‘case of the week’ format until the Jack the Ripper case rears its head again or it finds a new long-running arc to tackle in the meantime.
Val x Love – Episode 4
80/100 (DOWN 2 points from previous episode)
This episode was cute from beginning to end while just being naughty enough to warrant this show’s ‘ecchi’ genre brand. Narratively speaking though this episode felt more like a midway point between story points and as such was a little underwhelming in that respect.
After School Dice Club – Episode 4
84/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
I was reminded of ‘Anima Yell’ a bit in this episode as we have a brightly haired know-it-all new character who interjects herself into the life of our three characters, thinking she knows best but is actually just incredibly annoying. Thankfully the show takes her to task and doesn’t let her ruin the balance between our three protagonists and unlike ‘Anima Yell’ this new girl isn’t going to be anything more than just a minor supporting character. Also, the game they play in this episode was probably the most interesting and strategic of all and learning a bit about how Germany implemented the title of “authors” for individual games was pretty cool too…
The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious – Episode 3
86/100 (UP 3 points from previous episode)
An improvement over last week in at least one substantial regard in that all of the comedy lands a lot more satisfyingly than the previous–aligning it more with the first episode in terms of overall quality. Our hero protagonist is still a douche, by design, but he’s at least got some recurring jokes, such as the holy water, that had me laughing out loud every time.
My Hero Academia – Episode 66
87/100 (DOWN 3 points from previous episode)
The most interesting thing about this episode was the final few minutes back at the dorm as, like always, I’ve always thought the side-characters in this show were far more interesting than Midoriya’s story. That’s not to say Midoriya’s ‘test’ with Sir Nighteye wasn’t worthwhile to watch, it was a dynamic and well-written set piece that’s clearly an important part in his journey, I just kind of wish we didn’t spend so much time on it.
High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World – Episode 4
88/100 (UP 3 points from previous episode)
Things escalate dramatically with this episode with Tsukasa announcing nothing less than the destruction of the “old world” and for the society of this world to advance 500 years forward; socially, technologically and politically. It’s big talk that’s backed up by big action as Elm Village attacks, seeking to rescue Lyrule from a lecherous lord and in the process begin the dismantling of the caste system itself. An extremely solid episode with great character moments for everyone (even the side characters) as well as just a lot of cool moments that will no doubt lead to bigger and better(?) things going forward!
Z/X: Code Reunion – Episode 3
89/100 (UP 3 points from previous episode)
At several moments during this episode I had to wonder “are we sure this wasn’t meant to be an ecchi series?” because in addition to multiple changing scenes and a lengthy bathing sequence there was comedic panty-shots and boob-jiggles to rival even ‘Val x Love’–a show that’s supposed to be an ecchi. Aside from that the rest of the episode was–well it was more of this show explaining a lot of stuff in preparation for coming battles… I guess that explains why they went so heavy on the fan-service… not that I’m complaining!
Rifle Is Beautiful (Chidori RSC) – Episode 2
90/100 (DOWN 4 points from previous episode)
If the first episode broke some of the long-standing rules on cute girl shows and club based school anime (and did it in all the right ways) then this episode is more about settling into a rhythm–not one worlds aways from the various tropes of the genre–but likewise one different enough to distinguish itself. The girls are still cute, the comedy still fun and their passion for rifle shooting is still high but it’s going to take seeing more episodes to see if this show is going to progress more in a ‘sports anime’ direction than a ‘club anime’ direction.
Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia – Episode 4
91/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
I loved how unexpected and seemingly out of place the appearance of the goddess “Jaguarman” was in this episode, everything from her personality, her movements and even her visual style seemed like it was from a different anime–and it absolutely worked in creating a sense of both unease and comedy–which I feel is rare for an anime like this which can occasionally be guilty of being a bit rigid. Aside from that an otherwise expectedly intriguing and entertaining installment of this show.
Kandagawa Jet Girls – Episode 3
91/100 (EVEN with previous episode)
The first half of the episode gets a lot of club forming related shenanigans out of the way so as to have our latter half be devoted to what can only be described as ‘look at these ridiculous gaijin girls’ related shenanigans. We’re properly introduced to our Western jet-racing pair Emily Orange and Jennifer Peach who, despite their names are not strippers (well not that kind anyway). These girls bring a lot of energy to the show but really are only here so that a silly rivalry can form between Jennifer and Aoi so that they can settle it with a jet-race next episode!
Food Wars! The Fourth Plate – Episode 3
92/100 (EVEN with previous episode)
Short of breaking up the already tried and true format of these ‘team Shokugeki’ episodes there’s going to be little movement in the way of scores and likewise little to say in these individual episode reviews. This episode is more or less a precursor for the next round and sets itself up as some tense battles to come. On a side note, I’m glad they gave Momo more to say and do in this episode, she’s very cute but also surprisingly intimidating hopefully she can live up to both of these qualities in her upcoming battle!
AZUR LANE – Episode 4
94/100 (UP 3 points from previous episode)
This episode gave us more of a closer look at the Sakura Empire and the various factions at work within which goes to show that this ‘war’ is far more multifaceted and less black and white than we previously were led to believe. Likewise the visuals are gorgeous throughout and the girls are just an absolute joy to watch. Perhaps I should start a petition for a Sakura Empire themed Slice of Life anime series…
Psycho Pass 3 – Episode 1
93/100 (NEW entry)
If you haven’t seen so already, Irina and I discussed this episode plenty in our collaborative review. But if you’re too lazy to click a link–or just want a shorter version of my thoughts–I thought this was an excellent sequel slash soft reboot of the ‘Psycho Pass’ franchise that introduces interesting new characters a compelling beginning to a narrative all against a familiar and intoxicating world with impressive visuals and design.
Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?! – Episode 3
95/100 (UP 3 points from previous episode)
There were so many wonderfully unexpected things about this show that defied my expectations–but likewise did everything I was hoping it would do, in regard to its excellent characterisation and the progression of the narrative (we have a 6 month time jump as well which helps keep things fresh and fast paced). Honestly though I’m just loving this series, its world and most of all its characters who I’m especially endeared to and can’t wait to see what they all do next!
We Never Learn Season 2 – Episode 4
96/100 (UP 2 points from previous episode)
An honestly hilarious episode from beginning to end with so many laugh-out-loud moments, awkwards situations and silly set-pieces. From Ogata’s stunning transformation into a bishoujo and Nariyuki’s clueless realisation of her identity to the second-part of the episode with Nariyuki and Uruka exclusively speaking English to each other for an entire day and the shenanigans that ensue–all absolutely wonderful.
Fire Force – Episode 14
96/100 (UP 2 points from previous episode)
Wow! What a visually striking and emotionally satisfying conclusion to the Asukasa arc! In earlier episodes of the show a complaint could have been made that the length of the various arcs were too short, and I was almost on the verge of saying that this one–in contrast–was too long but this episode wrapped up everything nicely and showed that this series when it’s firing on all cylinders is a force to be reckoned with!
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