All the seasonal anime I watched in the sixth week of Fall 2019!
Case File nº221: Kabukicho – Episode 5
79/100 (UP 4 points from previous episode)
Things are a bit more low-key and low stakes (nobody gets murdered for one thing!) and its focus on two under-utilised characters–Mary and Lucy–really benefits the show as not only are they interesting characters (Lucy especially) but it helps endear us to them and by extension the setting of Kabukicho itself as we’re given a bit of back story. Easily the best episode of this series so far!
Val x Love – Episode 6
82/100 (UP 4 points from previous episode)
As a protagonist Takuma has been a bit lacking in character progression–there’s been plenty of backstory and explanation for his severe social anxiety but little in the way of real progress. Thankfully this episode attempts to rectify that and as a result he’s a lot more endearing–let’s hope it sticks and we’re not back to square one next episode. Also the scene between him and Natsuki was surprisingly sexy so there’s that too.
Rifle Is Beautiful (Chidori RSC) – Episode 4
84/100 (EVEN with previous episode)
The best thing about this episode is the introduction of the painfully otaku teacher Tsuramaki-sensei who becomes the rifle club’s advisor and who kind of saves this show from declining further–which is hard for me to say because this show has a lot of good about it but likewise doesn’t really know how (or want to know how) to progress with its central subject matter being kind of dry in comparison to its positively enjoyable characters.
Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?! – Episode 5
86/100 (DOWN 6 points from previous episode)
I think it’s a bit of a failing when a series mistakes endlessly miserable backstories for dramatic character development, which kind of felt like this series was doubling down on with the backstories of Reina and Pauline which were filled with parental deaths, child slavery and betrayals and absolute misery and thus didn’t really endear me to them any more but just made me feel like I’d rather be watching something else. Thankfully that was only a minor part of the episode and we got the much needed backstory for Mile/Adele which unlike the others was compelling, multi-faceted and filled with both emotion and good humour. Suffice to say this show does comedy a lot better than it does tragedy.
After School Dice Club – Episode 6
87/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
If this show becomes more about Midori’s trials and tribulations about becoming a game author herself I could see this show becoming downright excellent as this episode felt the most cohesive and interesting the show has been so far. Not that the ‘girls playing analogue board games’-shtick wasn’t endearing, it’s just a bit of a repetitive one.
Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia – Episode 6
88/100 (UP 5 points from previous episode)
You’d think watching a show up to its sixth episode would make you less confused not more but so dense is the FGO universe that they keep throwing things at the audience that only players of the game would probably understand. That said it’s not really a bad thing, it just means you have to adjust your thinking and appreciate the fact you’re not going to have everything neatly explained to you. That aside the scenes with Ishtar were fantastic and the characters continue to be the most thoroughly enjoyable thing about this series.
High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World – Episode 6
88/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
More than any anime “couple” this season I sincerely hope the budding relationship between Tsukasa and Lyrule develops and progresses as I really enjoyed these two together and more than anything I just want Lyrule to be happy because she’s absolute best girl and it’s not just because I apparently have a thing for busty blonde elves… Oh and the rest of the episode is pretty great too, even if the stuff with Roo learning her multiplication tables was solved in a way that didn’t really make sense if you think about it too hard.
The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious – Episode 5
89/100 (UP 2 points from previous episode)
Hilarious–is the best way to describe this episode–then surprisingly smart–then by the time the credits are about to roll; potentially depressing. So in other words this is something of an emotional roller coaster of an episode, it’s also jam-packed full of callbacks to earlier episodes, funny new characters and quotable scenes. It’s honestly a hard show to fault at this point because it knows what it is and it does it consistently well. Big thumbs up from me!
Fire Force – Episode 16
90/100 (DOWN 3 points from previous episode)
Even when ‘Fire Force’ is struggling with a particular arc it’s still better than a majority of anime (that 90/100 score should attest to that). I think my problem is how much time they’re spending on this particular arc when seemingly more important past arcs were swept through in record time. It’s not that these new characters aren’t interesting (though the little boy is kinda dull) it’s that I wonder how much of a point it all has when its a foregone conclusions (based on the OP visuals) that both Vulcan and Yu join Fire Force Company 8. That said Giovanni makes for a truly loathsome and inhuman villain so that’s pretty entertaining, also I’m somewhat glad Lisa didn’t end up just being some pointless female character herself for the sake of window dressing but something of a villain herself–if nothing else I’m interested what will happen to her but I can’t imagine it’s going to be anything redemptive.
Food Wars! The Fourth Plate – Episode 5
90/100 (DOWN 5 points from previous episode)
As far as kind of main-but-not-really-main characters go, Takumi Aldini is among my least favourite just from virtue of him being kind of bland, but credit where credit’s due an episode almost entirely devoted to him doesn’t hurt as much as I thought it would–in fact it’s pretty damn great! Sure a lot of that comes down to this episode being unpredictable–something this series isn’t always is–and so that’s considerably appreciated, but at the end of the day this is just an enjoyable and entertaining episode that while skirting the realms of ‘reality cooking show fare’ at time benefits from being distinctly not that and distinctly ‘Food Wars’–which means action, silliness, fan-service and fun.
My Hero Academia – Episode 67
91/100 (UP 4 points from previous episode)
I only have one complaint about this episode–how is Deku so surprised that his mentor All Might is going to die? I know they address it literally in the episode, but I still kind of find it inexcusable considering the guy’s been coughing up blood since pretty much Episode 1 of the first season–all I see when I see All Might is a guy with a timer rapidly ticking towards zero and for Deku to have neglected his mentors frail state all this time feels cheap. That said, nearly everything else in this episode is really great, from the truly tense confrontation between Overhaul as his daughter Eri clings to Deku in the street to the emotionally charged discussion between Deku and All Might as the latter discloses every part of his past for Deku’s benefit.
Z/X: Code Reunion – Episode 5
91/100 (UP 5 points from previous episode)
It seems that this is a week of tortured backstories for cute girls as the cutest girl in this show Matoi gets her fair due of character development and it pays off–not only by giving us an emotional core to help us understand why she’s so timid and unwilling to fight–but it’s also packs a surprisingly dramatic punch and her transformation and the powers that come with it or not only unexpectedly cool but devastatingly powerful. Never underestimate the quiet ones!
We Never Learn Season 2 – Episode 6
93/100 (UP 3 points from previous episode)
Bath house scenes are plentiful in anime, in-fact this very show had one its first episode of this second season, and yet here we are again (although the aforementioned was a hot springs, this time it’s a public bath so they’re totally not just trying to have more fan-service for the sake of it, okay?) but regardless of intentions it was a hilarious first half that let Nariyuki’s adorable younger siblings a chance to partake in the shenanigans for a change. The second half prioritised the harsh realities of university entrance interviews but still managed to squeeze a decent amount of comedy out of the situation too.
Psycho Pass 3 – Episode 3
95/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
Irina and I talked plenty about this episode on her site, but if you want the short of it, this episode is the same insanely high quality it has been for the previous couple of episodes while adding more interesting characters that add substantially to the world while fleshing out our current characters and adding to the overall narrative in a way that feels fresh and compelling without the need for cheap tactics. It’s just fucking great, y’all.
AZUR LANE – Episode 6
97/100 (UP 8 points from previous episode)
In my Episode 4 review I remarked how much I would love a ‘slice of life’-style show set in this universe and it’s almost like my prayers were answered (and then some) with this fantastic episode! Not only do we get all the requisite CGDCT things like, cute girls eating, cute girls talking about girly things, cute girls interacting with younger girls and cute girls shopping. But we also get a god-tier bath sequence with no less than 30 of our characters appearing in the nude–yes it’s censored by heavy amounts of steam–but it’s still sexy as heck and probably among the best fan service we’ve had all season (so far). Also, there are rumblings that there’s a possibility that the scene will be less censored for the blu-ray version and if that’s the case then you might as well bump this score up to 100/100 because it’d be perfection.
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