All the seasonal anime I watched in the fifth week of Fall 2019!
Case File nº221: Kabukicho – Episode 4
75/100 (DOWN 1 point from previous episode)
If your idea of a good time is spending almost an entire episode in men’s bathhouse as our protagonists solve a crime between masked musicians then this is the episode for you! For me however I found my attention wavering throughout and while there was some genuinely funny moments it was a bit lacking overall.
Val x Love – Episode 5
78/100 (DOWN 2 points from previous episode)
The first third of this episode was excellent–probably the best this show has been so far–at least in regard to fan-service and showcasing best girl Yakumo at her, well… best. The rest of the episode flip flopped between more of the same for this series which is a bit of a double-edged sword, the action was kind of lame but there were some decent character moments. Oh and it ended on a cliffhanger which seemed unnecessary but oh well…
Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia – Episode 5
83/100 (DOWN 8 points from previous episode)
Mash and Ritsuka go on a roadtrip with King Gilgamesh and while I’ve always been a fan of Mash since the beginning of this show, Ritsuka and Gilgamesh do not make for the most interesting of travel companions and it hurts the show considerably (hence the sharp drop in points from previous episodes). Things pick up a bit as the gang has a sudden confrontation with the disposed god Enkindu and truly the initial skirmish between the aforementioned and Gilgamesh was a visual treat to behold–as is to be expected of this series–but it comes a little bit too late as Enkindu retreats to stretch this series out as much as possible. Still an enjoyable episode but hopefully things are put right to where they previously were next week because this show is legitimately excellent!
Rifle Is Beautiful (Chidori RSC) – Episode 3
84/100 (DOWN 6 points from previous episode)
Honestly the funniest and most relatable thing about this episode was its willingness to admit how legitimately uninspiring and downright boring rifle target shooting is from a strictly spectator perspective–especially in a larger scale, multi-opponent practice set-up. And while I appreciate the show’s honesty on the matter it’s true that as far as this show goes this is the weakest episode so far by a large measure. Am I worried about this series going forward? No, not at all, even at its most “boring” it’s still cute girls doing cute things and these are exceptionally cute girls with varied and fun personalities, but the overall appeal of the ~things~ they are doing are starting to show signs of weakness overall.
After School Dice Club – Episode 5
85/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
This show (recently at least) seems to always be lapping at the verge of greatness but for whatever reason seems to be flubbing it in minor ways that have me wary of being truly excited about it each week. Granted this week is the highest the shown has scored yet and an 86/100 would otherwise seem like more than a recommendation, but at least 10 of those points (or more) are strictly because we get both hot springs and beach episode fan service to enliven the festivities. Also some vague ‘yuri vibes’ which are probably all in my head but I can’t help but mention them, otherwise it’s just another pretty good episode of girls playing analogue games.
Z/X: Code Reunion – Episode 4
86/100 (DOWN 3 points from previous episode)
I knew eventually the narrative would have to slow down as there was no way it could maintain the pace it had the previous two or three episodes and sure enough we get an episode that amounts to little more than just training for our E-rank girls to become better at working together. And as far as this show goes it’s still fun and entertaining thanks in large part to how charismatic these characters are and their various interactions, but it’s still a decline nonetheless.
The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious – Episode 4
87/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
This show’s strongest suit continues to be its comedy but this episode at least surprises a little bit by showing its adaptability in conveying genuine dramatic content with considerable stakes–sure they aren’t in any way really connected to our consistently detached protagonist–but they gave what could have been an otherwise threatless series of encounters are more palpable sense of urgency.
High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World – Episode 5
87/100 (DOWN 1 point from previous episode)
There was a lot of good about this episode, the idea of taking over an entire civilization by forming a religion based on magic tricks, bunny girls and mayonnaise is all kinds of wonderful and funny and silly (and even vaguely satirical–even if that wasn’t the author’s intent–I can’t say for sure). But I can’t help but feel like it kind of cheapened what could have been a chance for a more complex and interesting route to a takeover, maybe I’m just nitpicking but sometimes I think this show is a lot smarter than the average isekai and then sometimes I think it’s just cutting corners on its way to the next bigger and better encounter. Though I will say the stuff with Bernard was truly excellent and the way this show connects its isekai’d protagonists with the common people of this world is top notch.
AZUR LANE – Episode 5
89/100 (DOWN 5 points from previous episode)
In what’s otherwise been a pretty consistently excellent season ‘AZUR LANE’ takes its first dip in quality both in reference to its visuals and narrative as overall the animation and line work felt especially weak and the narrative felt like it was spinning its wheels to make up time between bigger battles. Where this episode excelled was where this show always does and that’s in its characterisation, design and voice acting which remained consistently strong and full of appeal. Hopefully this is just a minor blip on the radar as this show has otherwise been pretty hard to fault up to this point otherwise.
We Never Learn Season 2 – Episode 5
90/100 (DOWN 6 points from previous episode)
For a series that has so much potential to break out from stereotypes of the harem genre this episode couldn’t help but fall into the stereotypes of its own show. And while it was at least savvy enough to acknowledge that it was repeating itself with regard to its comedic content it was kind of disappointing that more forward progression wasn’t gained, especially in the second half which was pretty much a carbon copy of a first season episode. Still fun though!
Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?! – Episode 4
92/100 (DOWN 3 points from previous episode)
For the most part this was a pretty standard episode for this series–that is to say exceptionally funny and filled to the brim with 4th wall breaking moments, otaku references and in-jokes which were as always top-notch. But it was some of the gender politics that had me enjoying the episode less than expected. Though don’t be mistaken, this is still miles ahead of the majority of what isekai and comedy anime delivers nowadays… it’s just the first part of the episode is a lot stronger than the second part #justsayin.
Kandagawa Jet Girls – Episode 4
93/100 (UP 2 points from previous episode)
Our girls do battle against the titular foreign duo we were introduced to last episode and the race is exactly the glorious combination of high-speed racing action, silly fan-service and unexpected sports anime-esque high tension. Kinda hard to say more than that as all the enjoyment was watching this episode and hopefully they can continue with the high quality going forward!
Fire Force – Episode 15
93/100 (DOWN 3 points from previous episode)
There’s so much I loved about this episode, new arc–great, new OP–sublime, new characters? Okay, I guess if we have to… oh what’s that three new characters? Slow down there, cowboy! While all the characters are interesting additions to the show, I do think it’s too much too soon, and while Vulcan’s character motivations are certainly admirable and downright inspiring it kind of seems a bit heavy handed and out of nowhere to fully compete with this show at its best. Regardless, I have to admit I shed a tear at the very notion of nearly every animal on Earth going extinct even if its a bit on the nose…
Psycho Pass 3 – Episode 2
94/100 (UP 1 point from previous episode)
The first half of this episode felt like the writer had just seen ‘The Big Short’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ films and needed an outlet to vent his indignation about the 2012 US housing crisis just transported to 22nd century Tokyo. It was a little bit distracting but honestly kind of compelling all the same thanks to some good writing and slick visuals and while this first ‘arc’ is wrapped up pretty neatly its the second arc concerning politics, idols, their relation to the Sybil system and the potential for a consistent thread throughout these narratives that truly makes this episode riveting viewing. See the collaborative review with myself and Irina for a more detailed look at the episode!
Food Wars! The Fourth Plate – Episode 4
95/100 (UP 3 points from previous episode)
The thing this episode did so well was give one of the most recently underrepresented characters of this series her due, sure Megumi isn’t the most compelling of characters but she is the most endearing and this episode did her right–something that’s been sorely lacking since as far back as the second season. The stuff with her imagining herself as being in her favourite sports manga that she used to read as a kid as a way of motivating herself to get through the gruelling training was sublime. Its probably way early to say this but this’ll no doubt be a highlight of ‘Food Wars!’ 4th season come the end.
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