Rivals For Affection – ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’ Full Season Review

Rivals For Affection – An Full Season Review for ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’


What’s the show? The Quintessential Quintuplets.

And what’s it about? Futaro Uesugi is a genius high-schooler who comes from a poor family, in order to help pay for the families bills he takes a job as a tutor to five flunking sisters–quintuplets to be precise–whose father demands they all get a passing grade otherwise his job will be no more. It’s a romantic comedy series that’s bookended with the ‘revelation’ that Futaro’s going to marry one of the girls but that’s a long way off narratively speaking as this season is about the comedic hijinks that ensue as he tries to get them all to study while dealing with their various character differences and emotions.

“Quintessential” is certainly boastful.

A harem about quintuplets huh? You must have loved this show! It was my third least favourite anime of the season.

Oh, well that’s unexpected… you’re usually “all in” on this kind of stuff? What went wrong? Nothing “went wrong” so to speak. I ended up giving the series a total score 74 out of 100. So it’s still firmly in “it’s good, I like it” territory–it’s just compared to the hype that surrounded (and still surrounds) this show and compared to almost every other harem anime I’ve watched, it’s just so underwhelming by comparison.

I think I made Miku mad.

Okay then. So can you pinpoint exactly what it is about the series that’s so “underwhelming”? I thought on this for a while–why, despite having five beautiful and interesting girls as a part of this ‘harem/romantic/comedy’ did I not connect with the show the same way I almost instantly do to other series of this ilk. And you know what answer I ~initially~ came up with? Not enough fan service.

I think I embarrassed Miku.

*facepalm* Why am I not surprised. Settle down, that was my “initial” answer, one born out of finding an easy answer to the problem. After some more thought what I realised was it’s a more broader problem in that this anime is too ‘safe’, and ‘mainstream’–compared to the harem anime I like. It’s very Western, to the point where I’d not even bother to call this a harem anymore but rather a sitcom. That’s not to disparage US sitcoms–I’ve enjoyed some in my times–but I feel like ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’ bares more in common with a show like ‘How I Met Your Mother’ than it does literally any other harem anime. And that’s a problem–at least for me it is.


Don’t like ‘How I Met Your Mother’? No, it’s good, I like it. But harem anime–as I’ve discussed in the past–exists in a world of entertainment outside the norm and some of the best anime subverts what is societally acceptable and makes it larger than life entertainment. Being comparable to a US sitcom on the other hand, is almost the opposite.

I mean, I think I understand what you’re saying. Doesn’t mean I agree with it, but I at least understand it. So what were your favourite things about the series? The girls. They were the bright, shining spotlight that shone from the dimmest places. Yotsuba was my favourite–gotta love a genki girl–but all of them had such character and life to them. Also the show was funny on occasion, even if a lot of its comedy came from predictable places. Also, the OP and ED both featured high in my lists of best anime songs from the Winter 2019 season so there’s that.

Yotsuba is such a dork, I love her.

And the things you didn’t like? More specific than the general ~feeling~ of the anime. To start with I didn’t like our protagonist Futaro, and while I still don’t understand what (most) of the girls see in him, I’ve at least come to appreciate him as a character. One thing I found odd was the show’s multi-episode arcs for events that really didn’t seem like they needed multiple episodes. The fireworks festival and final ski-trip arc being especially egregious examples–their pace was at times so slow I sometimes wondered if I’d accidentally put the same episode on twice. Also, and this is probably a nitpick–but the show had occasional animation issues with characters appearing off-model and soft to a distracting but not destructive degree.

Ichika is second best girl.

Okay then. So how do you recommend ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’? If you don’t like your “run-of-the-mill” (a.k.a my preferred) harem anime, you may in fact find more to like about this show than I did. It’s proven itself plenty popular amongst your average anime viewer so there’s always that chance. For me–with the exception of the titular (pun-intended) quintuplets themselves, this was a pleasant but not very memorable experience. 74 out of 100.

When you stand up and forget you’re in a snow cave.

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To The Beat Of My Own Drum – ‘BanG Dream! 2nd Season’ Full Review

To The Beat Of My Own Drum – A Full Season Review of ‘Bang Dream! 2nd Season’


What’s the show? BanG Dream! 2nd Season.

And what’s it about? In a nutshell it’s a slice of life show about five high-school girls who form a band called ‘Poppin’ Party!’ with the goal to end up performing at Budokan one day (Budokan is the largest arena in Tokyo–only the biggest bands can fill a crowd there). But it’s a long road, as evidenced by the fact that the entire first season only got them as far as performing at a local music venue–and only after failing their first audition.


I wish this gif was bigger because I love it.

And so does the second season continue on with their rocky road to stardom? Eh, kinda…?

What does that mean? Well, there’s two big differences between the 1st and 2nd season. First and most obvious is the fact that the show utilises 3D animation for its character models (with mostly 2D backgrounds)–but I’ll get into that more later. The (arguably) bigger change is the fact that ‘Poppin’ Party!’ aren’t the only band to get focus in this season. We’ve got five more bands, each with 5 new characters per band that are featured frequently and throughout the season.

So. Many. Characters!

*starts counting on fingers* But that’s like 25 new characters?! Why would the show do that to its audience? Because, between the first season airing and the second season airing something big happened in the ‘BanG Dream!’ fandom. Namely, a mobile rhythm game called ‘BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!’ and, unlike the first season, it was a runaway success, becoming a massively grossing product for publishing company Bushiroad. And part of the appeal was undoubtedly the four bands that got introduced through the mobile game; ‘Roselia’, ‘Afterglow’, ‘PastelPalettes’ and ‘Hello, Happy World!’ And it was ‘Roselia’ in particular that helped catapult the series, with the goth-rock inspired band constantly topping fan and official polls as the favourite band with the best songs.

‘Roselia’ is the best.

So what does that mean for this second series in particular? It means ‘Roselia’ feature a lot. To the point where they are featured as frequently is as organically possible to the narrative flow of the series and they even have their songs as ‘OP’ and ‘ED’ in three of the episodes an honour ~not~ afforded to any of the other bands in the show. This is what we call blatant pandering and fan service and as a fellow ‘Roselia’ stan I was in heaven every minute of it.

Roselia doing their stuff in the OP.

Well I guess now that you’ve ‘outed’ yourself, you might as well explain your connection to the series… You make it sound so lurid! Basically, I watched ‘BanG Dream!’s first season way back before I even knew there was a mobile game and I really enjoyed it. To the point where I made an impassioned (if slightly under-researched) post on my site about why ‘BanG Dream Is Better Than Love Live!’–fuelling a rivalry that pretty much only exists in my head… It wasn’t until the end of 2018 that I found out about the ‘BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!’ mobile game and I was hooked. Not “spending my life-savings”-hooked, but “playing it every day for an hour or so”-hooked.

Me; every episode.

And how’s that going to skew your overall verdict of this series as far as reviewing it impartially? Right, so imagine a window, this is me throwing impartiality out that window. There will be next to no impartiality here.

Thanks for being honest I suppose… This is a hard show to review for me because on the one hand, the first season of ‘BanG Dream!’ was flawed and occasionally boring–whereas this new season is consistently entertaining and high-quality not to mention smartly constructed. The irlwaifu, who watches most of the seasonal anime with me, was to put it succinctly–not a fan of season 1 she found it dull and boring and took every opportunity to make fun of it. Whereas season 2 made her smile and laugh and sing-a-long and actually look forward to the forthcoming 3rd season–such is the difference between these seasons. For anyone who hasn’t watched or played or been any part of this series it’s hard to recommend a show that has a polarising, first season and make someone sit-through it just so they can get to the awesome goodness of the second season. People drop shows midway through a single episode, can you imagine what kind of critical acrobatics I’d have to go through to convince someone to watch twelve(+) episodes just to get to something they’d find worthwhile?!

Arisa taking Kasumi to town on her lack of responsibility. Arisa best girl!

Okay, I get it. Then who is this review for? I, uh… I don’t know. Myself, I guess? In a way this is just me signal boosting a series I love and showing how much I love it. I mean, in the 3 months since it’s been out I’ve watched it all through twice and some episodes I’ve watched four times. That might not seem like a lot, but I seldom–if ever–watch a series through more than once unless there’s years between viewings.

CHU2 (that’s her name) is the best anime villain.

That good, huh? The characters and songs and animation is just so unbelievably high quality here. And back onto the topic of 3D animation, well I’ve never been a fan of it until I saw what magic they were capable of here! Never once did the animation fall into ‘uncanny valley’ territory and the 3D animation actually improved upon what was previously done in 2D–as evidenced by some recreated flashback scenes to season one! Not only that the attention to detail in the live performances is immaculate with individual fingering noticeable on guitars and keyboards as well as the overall excellent choreography and lighting of these lengthy sequences.

Ako rockin on the drums!

And what about your favourite episode? No doubt, ‘Hello, Happy World’s’ episode stands out as the highlight from the season. I’ve watched the episode five times already and I never get sick of it (you can find more info on it by reading my single episode review of it here).

But it’s not ‘PERFECT’ right? You’ve gotta have some issues with it, yeah? I mean sure, if you want me to nitpick. The ‘PastelPalettes’ episode was a weak-link–as expected. Likewise there’s an overall sense that larger plot points are being intentionally sidelined for the inevitable 3rd season. And for my liking there’s not enough songs featured per episode as I would like, but these are all complaints that come from me being a super-fan, rather than complaints indicative of the product to the average viewer.

Sorry, ‘PastelPalettes’, you’re just kinda boring. But you do have a couple of good songs!

Right, so try as you might I want you to come up with a final recommendation and review for ‘BanG Dream! 2nd Season’–even with all that aforementioned bias. Put simply, the 2nd season of ‘BanG Dream’ not only improves upon everything that came before and caters to both fans of the mobile game and non-fans alike with impressive visuals, catchy songs and an all-round infectious energy. It also delivers a compelling slice of life story, with stellar voice acting and a surprisingly unpredictable narrative despite being a part of an existing product. I’ve had this dream before but it’s all the sweeter now: 93 out of 100.


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Is It Worth Remembering? – ‘Pastel Memories’ Full Season Review

Is It Worth Remembering? – A Full Season Review of ‘Pastel Memories’


What’s the show? Pastel Memories.

And what’s it about? It’s sometime in the future (or an alternate timeline) and the Akihabara we know and love with it’s anime and gaming billboards and otaku stores is but a shell of its former glory. 12 girls working in a manga cafe lead double lives fighting to save people’s favourite manga and anime from being destroyed by “viruses” that rob people of the memories of ever having experienced the particular manga or anime that’s under attack in any given episode.

Basically this, every episode.

…okay… Basically it’s like the movie ‘Inception’ but instead of going into other people’s dreams they’re going into different manga and anime worlds. That “normal” enough of a comparison for you to understand?

I mean I get it but what’s the point of it? This series banks heavily on people’s nostalgia for certain shows but more so the idea of otaku culture in general. The imagery of a ‘blank’ Akihabara devoid of its brightly colored branding and shop names is deliberately meant to evoke a sense of unease in the audience—at least if you’re a shameless Akiba fan like me. Though I’ll admit the whole idea of an Akihabara without the very thing that makes it Akiba—while making for a striking image—isn’t actually tied to the central narrative in any meaningful way but rather serves as a way to bookend to the series.

…okay… What?!

The transportation scenes are the show at its visually best.

I feel like you’re going down a tangent few people will care about, we all know you love Akihabara and take every opportunity to remind us of that fact but could you please reign it in a little and focus on the elements of the show that are important for anyone considering whether or not to watch this show? No one’s going to watch this show…

You seem very certain of that? Every season there’s a show that instantly gets dumped by almost every seasonal reviewer, gets a criminally low score and MAL and basically becomes that season’s anime whipping boy. Last season it was ‘Conception’ and this season it’s ‘Pastel Memories’ and it’s not like I’m going to pretend like this show is worth watching for 95% of the anime viewing audience—but I enjoyed it and I’m glad I watched it.


I think the problem is you’re far too easy on ~certain~ anime. “Certain anime”, what do you mean by that?

You said this show had 12 girls on its cast, yeah? Didn’t ‘Conception’ have that many too? Are you saying I have a ~thing~ for the number 12?!

What? No! I’m saying you tend to overlook an anime’s flaws if you’ve got a bunch of good-looking anime girls to look at. Oh. Well yeah, duh. But I’m still not going to watch something if it’s boring or unimaginative. And the fact that over the 12 episodes we get to visit ten different worlds inspired by other anime and manga is a selling point in of itself. And while your mileage may vary depending on how familiar you are with the anime they are referencing in any given episode even the episodes about show’s I didn’t know were still interesting enough to keep me entertained.

That’s not how you basketball!

But it’s not perfect right? The show has flaws. Yes, plenty. The show is frequently unimpressive visually, with off-model characters, stilted animation and derpy facial expressions. The constant battling of the same bad guys each week just in a different locale can feel repetitive and the two part finale feels stretched wafer-thin just to fill the run-time.

Okay then—some balance for a change… so final recommendation and review for ‘Pastel Memories’? Unless your a diehard fan of the different anime and manga that get referenced in this series than there’s probably little reason for the average anime fan to watch Pastel Memories. For the sake of completionism the worlds our characters travel to are from the following series’: ‘Is The Order A Rabbit?’, ‘Rozen Maiden’, ‘Ro-Kyu-Bu!’, ‘The Ryuo’s Work Is Never Done!’, ‘Hamtaro’, ‘Dragon Quest (vg)’, ‘Mister Ajikko’, ‘Tokimeki Memorial (vg)’, ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ or ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’. But you know what, I admired the effort and the enthusiasm if nothing else and there’s too a certain charm to the ‘roughness’ of the whole endeavour. I will remember you: 76 out of 100.

For me, the references peaked in Episode 2 with the ‘Is The Order A Rabbit?’ world.

“76”?! Not to nitpick but that score seems kinda high… I gave 10 points alone to the ending credits—seriously these are the best ending credits I’ve seen in a long time—if ever!

Okay folks, just go ahead and disregard this entire review… it’s for your own sake, trust me…

I’ll never get tired of this ED.

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Heavenly Sweetness – ‘Wataten!: An Angel Flew Down to Me’ Full Season Review

Heavenly Sweetness – A Full Season Review for ‘Wataten!: An Angel Flew Down to Me’ By guest writer: irlwaifu


What’s the show? Wataten!

Oh hey, Irlwaifu! Yup, I am back!

Welcome back–it’s been a while. Does that mean that the show we’re reviewing today is a boys love review like your very first review on the site for ‘LOVE STAGE!!’? Nope quite the opposite… well not exactly.

Intriguing. So, Wataten. What’s it about? Wataten is the shortened title for An Angel Flew Down to Me.  It’s a yuri/ CGDCT show about college student and shut in costume designer Miyako, and her little sister Hinata, a fifth grader who worships Miyako.  The show centres around the interactions and cosplaying adventures of Miyako, Hinata and Hinata’s friends Hana and Noa, with Miyako admiring the young and serious Hana a bit too much!

Yuri… sisters… CGDCT…cosplaying… why isn’t Matt writing this? This definetly sounds like the type of show he salivates over? Matt wanted a female point of view on this show specifically. There’s only so many times he can keep talking up these shows before–

–Before everyone starts labelling him a shameless lolicon? Hey, that’s the pervert I am going to marry you are talking about! Also, this show isn’t sexual. Why must every anime with young girls be seen as sexual fodder?

You sound eerily like him right now… Matt and I have some similar views on young/young appearing characters in anime, but we do differ a bit to. Just as you should never judge a book by it’s cover, you shouldn’t judge an anime by its loli.

Okay okay, I’ve heard this before. So, you have a college student who admires a fifth grader a bit too much and this show is…? Wholesome.

Wholesome? That’s a new one. Hear me out. Is this show about a college student who gets fifth graders to dress up as maids, anime characters and a myriad of other kawaii things. Yes. But at the heart of it, this show is about personal growth, and learning to push beyond your own boundaries. This show sees Miyako push beyond her crippling social anxiety, and place herself in situations she would never have done so if she hadn’t met someone who inspired her to do so.  We even see Hana grow and learn it’s okay to play and be a child, and just be cute. The relationship begins as one of contract – I’ll wear your dresses, if you make me all the sweets I desire. But it grows as they grow, and goes beyond the superficial.

But she’s grooming a child… She’s not. She just is inspired by her. There’s a great montage at the end that shows that for me goes through Miyako’s emotions and feelings towards Hana, and it begins with a scene of a young Miyako and baby Hinata and the obvious love and bond they share. This is the series for me. It’s about admiration, love, friendship, growth – and that’s so wholesome. Yes there are plenty of jokes about otakus, lolicons and social anxiety but those add to the fun of the show, but are ~not~ the heart of the show.

“Heart of the show”? Is this you looking for something to justify the wholesome maybe only you see? There’s a bunch of people out there who think this show is creepy you know. I don’t think I am alone seeing this show in a wholesome and heartfelt way. When Matt and I were in Japan there was a ‘Wataten!’ pop up at Akihibara Gamers, so of course we had to go. When we were there my eyes gravitated toward one young boy. He was about 10 years old and was looking at all the acrylic standees and deciding who of the girls to buy. He was picking up all the girls before settling on Hinata–my fave too–and he picked her off the shelf, and then grabbed his mum and they began counting his coins in his little anime coin purse before going to the counter. I smiled watching the entire interaction, and it made me love the show more. This show appeals to a wide demographic because it is a CGDCT show with beautiful characters, big personalities and lots of laughs and feels.

Sounds like a cute moment, so maybe the show isn’t as ~lolicon~ as everyone thinks it is. Alright. Final score? You know I don’t score things. Best leave that to Matt.

Ah that’s right. Well thanks for popping along. Always good to hear from you, although I do question your taste since you are marrying Matt…. HEY!


Matt’s final recommendation and review for ‘Wataten!’ Thought I’d just quickly chime in with my thoughts on the show. I was initially skeptical about the show–not because of its subject matter of course, I’d enjoyed ‘UzaMaid!’ a lot from the previous season and these two shows share a lot of the same DNA. No, what I was worried about was Miyako–our slovenly, tracksuit wearing protagonist–who I didn’t much care for. It was about Episode 5 that I stopped caring and just started enjoying the show for the wholesome fun it was (yes, that’s right, I’m calling it wholesome too). It’s a fun, lighthearted series and it’s final episode is easily my favourite finale of any show this Winter 2019 Anime season and in fact ranks among the rare anime episodes I consider to be “perfect” which is in part why overall I give ‘Wataten’ a 91 out of 100.

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When Dragon Girl Met Princess – ‘Mysteria Friends’ Full Season Review

When Dragon Girl Met Princess – A Full Season Review for ‘Mysteria Friends’


What’s the show? Mysteria Friends.

And what’s it about? It’s a low-key and laid back slice of life style “romance” anime about the budding relationship between two high-school girls who attend a prestigious magic school, Anne who is a human princess and Grea who belongs to a race of half human half dragons–and is also a princess. It’s also an exceedingly beautiful anime with (arguably) some of the nicest art and animation of any anime this season.

Picture perfect scenery.

Hmm, I note the “quotation” marks around “romance” and feel like you’re baiting me into asking why. So why? We’re given ten, 15 minute episodes so almost 150 minutes of total run-time and (spoiler alert) they don’t even kiss. Maybe I was expecting too much from a series like this (whatever a series like this even is categorised as) but it feels like a big investment and very little ‘pay-off’ so to speak.

Dramatic slow zoom. Fade to white.

You sound disappointed with the show. Are you? No, because I still enjoyed the journey, I loved spending time with these characters and watch them interact and grow closer, I loved the episodes that had more action and adventure and I loved the quieter more intimate ones where they’re just playing hide-and-seek in the massive school library. Aesthetically this show is gorgeous and it’s stunning world design along with the aforementioned high art quality means I couldn’t possibly be disappointed with the overall experience. It’s just worth mentioning because people watch different shows for different reasons and if you’re expecting any kind of romantic closure you ~might~ be let down.

Anne is too genki for her own good sometimes.

Fair call. So who was your favourite character? If you paid any attention to my 10 Best Anime Waifu’s of Winter 2019 you’d know there was no contest–Grea is not only the best girl on the show I voted her best girl of the entire season, and while pictures do speak a thousand words–hearing her speak and shyly interact with Anne is what really sells her and the whole show really. I can’t imagine this show being nearly as enjoyable if Grea wasn’t Grea. I know that might seem like an odd (or maybe obvious) thing to say but there’s no denying she steals every scene she’s in and thankfully she’s in most of them.

Grea’s introduction scene is the epitome of sexy and classy.

Anything else you wanted to add that’s important to mention? The series is an in-universe spin-off to ‘The Rage of Bahamut’ series (the game, if I’m not mistaken) but absolutely zero prior knowledge of that series is required to enjoy this series. This show never spends any of its time with lore or history or backstories, nor does it need it. This series could have taken place in any generic fantasy world with magic and half-breeds and floating islands and not felt any different–at least from a narrative perspective.

There’s some action. Just not much.

Final recommendation and review for ‘Mysteria Friends’? With regard to its overall mood there are similarities between this and ‘Bloom Into You’ though the same comparisons do not extend to tribulations shared by the characters in the latter. If you want a sweet and simple story of two girls building the beginnings of a relationship set against a fantastical ‘Hogwarts’-esque backdrop with dashes of action and magic thrown in then this show might be for you. But if you’re looking for a substantial narrative or romantic progression beyond hand-holding you will need to look elsewhere. There’s no “mystery” about how much I enjoyed this show though: 84 out of 100.

They’re adorable.

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Ueno-San and The Wholesome Stupidity Of A Crush – ‘How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno’ Full Season Review

The Wholesome Stupidity Of A Crush – A Full Season Review for ‘How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno’.


What’s the show? How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno.

And what’s it about? It’s a short form (12 minutes per episode) anime about a middle-school genius inventor named Ueno whose inventions all center around her desire to get closer to her crush Tanaka. Her inventions invariably go awry and lead to all sorts of shenanigans–usually involving Ueno getting flustered or ending up in compromising situations with the ever-clueless Tanaka.

Get used to this expression on poor Ueno’s face!

And I take it you enjoyed it. Certainly, it was one of my Top 5 shows of the Winter 2019 anime season! It was entertaining, inventive, charming and at times laugh-out-loud hilarious. What I didn’t enjoy was this weird backlash against the show, which while small was still vocal enough to irk me.

Oh boy, are we getting a rant already? Yes. Deal with it.

No need to sweat, it’ll be a quick rant (probably).

Fine, so what did (some) people have issues with about this show? Criticisms ranged from the show being too “immature”, “crass” and “unrealistic”. Firstly, “immature”? Yes that’s the point, it’s about a girl who is a genius when it comes to science but can’t confess her feelings, because she doesn’t understand them. She’s in middle school–give her a break! Secondly, “crass” yeah, middle-schoolers tend to be. And “unrealistic”?–It’s a comedy series, realism shouldn’t be the thing you’re focusing on. But there’s one thing that annoyed me even more than those complaints and that was the show is “perverted”.


If I recall, in your first episode review you said Ueno tries to get Tanaka to drink her filtered pee? I think that qualifies as “perverse”. As a character, Ueno doesn’t understand how to get closer to her crush, as such she uses seemingly ludicrous scenarios in an attempt to make this happen. Having Ueno trying to get Tanaka to drink her filtered piss or spanking her or sitting on his face aren’t the actions of a horny girl, they’re the actions of someone who doesn’t know how to get their crush to notice them as an object of desire or affection. Like many things in anime–especially comedy–things are exaggerated to make a point and of course just to be funny.

Even with context it doesn’t make much sense.

Uh-huh… are you sure you’re not just making excuses for this type of content? I don’t have to make excuses for anything. Yes this show has a wide fetishistic streak with the nature of its content and humour that’s designed to appeal to a very specific kind of otaku but it’s also endearingly wholesome and cute too. A show isn’t just ~one~ thing, it’d be reductive to minimise the overwhelming positive qualities and just judge it on its perceived “negative” ones. You don’t watch ‘Titanic’ and go, “oh yeah, the movie with the boat that sinks”.

Tanaka’s sisters are very cute too.

Right, fair enough, you’ve made your point. Maybe we should get onto a different subject. Who was your favourite character? Ueno, obviously. But so many of the one-off side characters had their own appealing characteristics like Nishihara who ended up as an honourable mention in my Winter 2019 Best Waifu’s Post. I found the art style of the characters (specifically the girls, obviously) to be extremely appealing throughout this show and it was always a pleasure to meet a new girl each week.

Nishihara b(r)e(a)st girl.

And what be something you didn’t like about the show? If i’m nitpicking it’s that I think a show like this has the character potential to be comparable to the likes of ‘Teasing Master Takagi-san’ in terms of scope and growth, but this series felt complacent in just being a gag comedy with a heart of gold–which isn’t necessarily a bad thing–just that I think it’s self imposed restrictions limited it from being something more substantial overall.

Ueno’s hair has a life of its own, I loved how it was used in Episode 12.

Final recommendation and review for ‘How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno’? If you can put aside preconceptions and surface level judgments and look into the heart of a series you can find a lot to appreciate. This series isn’t a romantic masterpiece nor is it a comedic tour-de-force, but it is strikingly endearing and at times painfully honest–especially with Ueno’s frustration in her inability to connect with her crush in any meaningful way. Honestly, I thought this series was fantastic and its music and visuals contributed to my overall enjoyment of the series too. A successful experiment: 88 out of 100.

Don’t worry she caught it between her cheeks.

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Full Circle – ‘Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan’ Episode 12 Review with Irina and Matt

Headed For Disaster – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan’ Episode 10 with Irina and Matt


Another season, another anime collaboration with Irina from I Drink And Watch Anime. For Winter 2019 we will be talking about ‘Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan’ and I will be represented by the bold text!

So here we are the final ‘Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan’ episode!

This final episode had a lot to live up to considering how excellent the previous one was and in some ways it was doomed to fail by virtue of comparison. I have to agree there. I do believe those cut out visuals would have been a lot more impressive to me a bit earlier in the season. They were interesting now but no more and the colours were hella boring.

Relatable AF.

‘Back to basics’ is how I’d describe this episode with visually and thematically having more in common with the earliest episodes–albeit with a version of Ekoda that I found a little less endearing than some we’d had before. I found her a bit exhausting but she was fine. Oddly it felt like a filler episode to me. MAL says that Ekoda only has 11 episodes and this one was “untitled” – I wonder if it’s an extra. (It’s not an extra, its 12 episodes, MAL just sucks–as usual…)

Also it wasn’t really that funny either, at least for me, it was occasionally amusing but because they were recycling some bits/jokes we’d already seen in previous instalments it felt a little bit stale. Completely agree.

Dump that douche already, you can do better!

Viewing it as a whole, it works by book-ending the series with something familiar and artistically ‘safe’, but this is probably in the ‘worse’ half, if I was going to rank them. In fact, I’m going to do just that because why not! (Feel free to do so too Irina, or not if you don’t feel like it). It felt a bit like we saw Ekoda evolve somewhat, reach a tiny bit of self realization, look back on her life for some introspection and go right back to square one…


From best to worst: 11, 9, 8, 6, 7, 1, 4, 3, 2, 12, 5, 10.
Hmmm 11, (close) 6, 1, 8, 9, 2, 7, 3, 12, 5, 10, 4. That’s surprisingly similar.

Overall I quite enjoyed watching a more ‘artsy’ and ‘experimental’ anime–it was great to see so many different takes on such an interesting character and I’d love to see more of Ekoda-Chan in the future! Your (quick) overall thoughts on the series? It was definitely interesting. However, for me, there was a huge gap between the best and worst which makes it frustrating. Although I enjoy all the different styles and love the idea, part of me wishes we had just seen more of the great ones. It like a loot box of anime. I would also watch more – if it sticks to the 3 minute format!

Dancing neko girl idols, because sure why not.

Thanks for reviewing this show with me Irina, and thank you everyone who read along with us! Always a pleasure – a huge thanks to you and of course the hard work of sock puppet Matt who is the real hero here!


Previous ‘Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan’ Reviews:

Nude And Improved – Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Like Rabbits – Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Even Flowers Blush – Episode 6 Review
Seein’ Red – Episode 7 Review
Two Sisters Sharing Meat – Episode 8 Review
Thunder – Episode 9 Review
Headed For Disaster – Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review

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10 Best Anime ED’s Winter 2019

10 Best Anime ED’s of Winter 2019


Here we are–back again counting down the 10 Best Anime ED’s of Winter 2019! In case you missed it, click here for my 10 Best OP’s of Winter 2019.

~Number 10~
“Happy Happy Friends” by Wataten☆Five from ‘WATATEN!’

This is just pure catchy good fun, plus the visuals remind me of the ‘Muppet Show’ for some reason.

~Number 9~
“Wagamama” Arisa Takigawa from ‘Domestic Girlfriend’

It’s just a great damn song that fits the mood of the show (and the ED visuals) perfectly.

~Number 8~
“Little Soldier” by Azusa Tadokoro from ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’

There’s a lot of feeling wrapped up in this ED plus it’s also a straight up banger that could have easily served as an OP in place of the mediocre one we got!

~Number 7~
“Zettai Zetsumei” by Cö shu Nie from ‘The Promised Neverland’

Unabashedly a Cö shu Nie song and I mean that with all the compliments I could ever afford them.

~Number 6~
“Hagan” by Fujifabric from ‘3D Kanojo: Real Girl 2nd Season’

I don’t watch this show but this ED is so damn good it almost makes me want to! It’s a powerful song that resonates despite having me personally having no real attachment to the imagery on screen.

~Number 5~
“Colorful☆Wing” by Gripen (Yuuka Morishima), Eagle (Hitomi Ohwada), Phantom (Shiori Izawa) from ‘Girly Air Force’

Cue “I love anime songs sung by the voice actors comment” here. It’s especially true when the voice actors all have such distinctive voices–especially hearing best girl Gripen singing is all kinds of amazing and adorable.

~Number 4~
“Whiteout” by Riko Azuna from ‘Boogiepop and Others’

‘Cool and mysterious’ is how I describe this song, it’s also a straight up banger that as soon as I hear it I can’t get it out of my head!

~Number 3~
“Sign” by Aya Uchida from ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’

The driving beat along with the rapid but sensual vocals all instantly hit all the right buttons with me. This ED is a bonefide masterpiece and I love every second of it, and in any other season it would have been enough for the number 1 spot and yet there’s still two ED’s that are better!

~Number 2~
“Sentimental Crisis” by halca from ‘Kaguya Sama: Love Is War’

The term ‘art’ gets bandied around pretty frequently these days but damn if this ED isn’t a beautiful work of art that only gets all the more endearing and gorgeous every time I watch it. I do love an ED that tells its own little story with its own visual style and this is a prime example of it.

~Honourable Mention~
“Chikatto Chika Chika” by Konomi Kohara from ‘Kaguya Sama: Love Is War’

So um, here’s the thing, this is the best ED ever. That’s not a joke or hyperbole this is fact. But the reason this has only gained an ‘honourable mention’ in my list is for one stupid rule that I have that one off ED’s are not eligible to be numbered in my OP/ED lists. This ED is perfection but it’s mostly due to the flawless animation in Chika’s dance that makes that the case. I love this so much, this pure unadulterated joy that everyone on Earth should experience just once in their life.

~Number 1~
“Sparkle☆Power” by Iketeru Hearts from ‘Pastel Memories’


This is a 100% biased, fan-service inspired pick for number 1. Just putting it out there, but no other anime ED this season has brought such a smile to my face every time it plays. There’s nothing academic or intellectual I can say about this pick other than ‘dem girls thicc, me likey’.

(P.S. There were no good versions of the song on Youtube, hence why I couldn’t embed and had to use a ‘Streamable.com’ version of the ED.)


And there’s my list! Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment below and let me know what ED was your favourite this season!

Previous Seasonal OP & ED Lists (2018):

10 Best OP’s Winter 2018
10 Worst OP’s Winter 2018
10 Best ED’s Winter 2018
5 Worst ED’s Winter 2018
10 Best OP’s Spring 2018
10 Worst OP’s Spring 2018
10 Best ED’s Spring 2018
5 Worst ED’s Spring 2018
15 Best OP’s Summer 2018
5 Worst OP’s Summer 2018
10 Best ED’s Summer 2018
10 Worst ED’s Summer 2018
10 Best OP’s Fall 2018
10 Worst OP’s Fall 2018
10 Best ED’s Fall 2018
5 Worst ED’s Fall 2018
The Best Anime OP’s of 2018
The Best Anime ED’s of 2018

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Headed For Disaster – ‘Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan’ Episode 10 Review with Irina and Matt

Headed For Disaster – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan’ Episode 10 with Irina and Matt


Another season, another anime collaboration with Irina from I Drink And Watch Anime. For Winter 2019 we will be talking about ‘Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan’ and I will be represented by the bold text!

And now it’s time for Episode 10. And, remember how last week I said the show keeps getting better and better? Well folks, it got worse… a lot worse. I wish I could disagree.

In fairness Ekoda did warn us that if we wanted to watch “normal” anime we could just “change the channel”. Who watches anime on channels anymore??? Quaint. Considering how this show has been so far, I don’t think that was a fair warning!

I should have taken up this advice and just pretended I watched this episode.

So, uh, mixed media marionette style song and dance number for 3 minutes then end credits… I don’t really have much to say. It was creepy and mildly amusing at times, but mostly just creepy. Creepy doesn’t begin to describe it. Guys, what Matt is avoiding describing with the convenient expression “mixed media” is that the puppets were in fact the disembodied floating heads of actresses with 2D make up to make hem look like dolls, and freaky huge animated eyes overlaid on top of their real eyes. Foam rubber wigs and weird puffy fabric tendrils all on fake strings.

Kill it with fire.

It was the stuff of nightmare you guys. The song was just a description of the show with the weird refran: as long as men exist in the world, Ekoda exists in our hearts… I’m not intimidated by weird but this one felt sort of useless. It’s like someone had an idea, and they went with it and never once questioned the point of it all.

The last thing you see before you die. (Probably)

Though I did like the brief ‘traditionally’ animated portion at the start had some good jiggle physics on (for some reason blue-skinned) Ekoda’s boobs, that’s about the only nice thing I have to say about the episode. I was going to say, I’m surprised you didn’t spend three pages on bouncy smurf Ekoda with pasties. In fact – I made you a gif! Happy birthday Matt! You spoil me, Irina!

Jiggle is an art.

Previous ‘Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan’ Reviews:

Nude And Improved – Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Like Rabbits – Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Even Flowers Blush – Episode 6 Review
Seein’ Red – Episode 7 Review
Two Sisters Sharing Meat – Episode 8 Review
Thunder – Episode 9 Review

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