The Real Losers – ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 12 (Finale) Review

The Real Losers – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 12


This is a part of a collaboration review between myself and Irina (of I Drink And Watch Anime) with my parts represented by bold text and Irina’s in regular.

Hey look Irina, we did it, we finally did it, we’ve finished Cinderella Nine! I wasn’t sure we’d ever get here. I think we deserve a drink! Maybe several.

So this episode continues immediately after the previous and almost the entire episode is devoted to the same game of baseball… which on the one hand I thought was a nice change of pace–I mean this is a baseball anime after all it’s about time we spend some time with our girls playing the game. But, much like everything this show does, it’s not particularly interesting and for the last half of the game is basically just several minutes of still frames with various pans and zooms to ‘simulate’ a sense of animation and movement. It was basically impossible to follow what was happening after the first inning or so (I hope that’s a word) so you couldn’t even get that vicarious thrill of cheering along with your team. Most of the time I honestly couldn’t have told you who was winning or losing. Even ‘Harukana Receive’ was better at focusing on the match and in that show, it was basically just an excuse for front or back cleavage. Not that that’s a bad thing but they could afford to have people lose track of the match ‘cause there was something else going on, here, without that aspect, there’s really nothing left.

Don’t tell me to relax!

I liked the bit with best girl Akane having her mother see her catch a ball, it was sweet, probably the highlight of the episode. No comment…

She caught it!

I found that scene with the opponents having a flashback and character development moment in the middle of the game (during a time-out) to be utterly pointless–especially given it was the final episode. What did you think of it? Exactly the same. I was screaming at my tv that it’s ridiculous to try and force audience attachment at this point and I don’t even remember the main team, forget these girls. You need to do that midway through the season and build up the rivalry. Pfft amateurs.

Spoiler alert, it does.

And so after spending over 20 minutes on this single game it ends off-screen, with us finding the result via a newspaper article on a bulletin board… which kind of felt like a cheap slap in the face. The offscreen conclusion thing is a pretty common sports anime trope and I didn’t mind it. Maybe ‘cause I’m used to it, maybe cause  just wanted the still shots to be over…

I’ll take your word for it.

So yeah, they won that game but lost in the second round. But that’s not what’s important, their achievement has inspired their kohai’s and classmates to become interested in baseball too! Which I mean is nice and all but kinda seemed like it was sequel-baiting more than anything, which let’s face it, is never gonna happen… It did seem like sequel bathing and yeah never gonna happen. The really sad part is all the potential new characters seemed more interesting.

This girl has a pet squirrel and we’re only now meeting her in the final episode?!

This said, I really feel bad for the other team that lost. They were so much better in the practice and they have also been working equally as hard since but they weren’t good enough to beat the worst team around. Those girls must be so bummed out. I bet heir school cancelled the girls’ baseball team again. If not, I mean this was the first time they agreed to pay for fun and it was a resounding failure so I’m guessing if the team still exists, no more fun Ever! That catcher is in so much trouble!

Because they were so inconsistent at showing us team development, the first victory felt unearned and the loss was inconsequential.


Anything else you wanted to add/mention before we wrap this up, Irina? Please don’t base your opinion of the Sports! genre on this anime?

For me, Cinderella Nine was an example of absolute mediocrity with some vague glimmers of interesting moments and characters interspersed throughout. I don’t think the show was beyond fixing but it seemed like that the budget wasn’t large enough to make it visually compelling enough and the writing and acting wasn’t good enough to elevate what was on the page. Also it was devoid of any kind of anime-inspired gimmick (stylised art, fan-service, etc.) that could have at least made it entertaining. What are your final thoughts on the series? I saw your ratings of the week post and it seems like you enjoyed the last episode at least, considerably more than I did. I thought the series was generally below average and just seemed low effort. I’m uncertain if anyone wanted this to be anything more than a time filler.

I’m sure these still frames with baseball ‘stuff’ on it is interesting to baseball fans…

That’s all I can say really. We made it. It wasn’t as painful as I make it sound but I could have skipped his series and not lost much! Thank you for sticking with it Matt! I certainly wouldn’t have made it alone. Likewise Irina! And thank you all for reading these reviews, hopefully they offered some enjoyment!

Previous ‘Cinderella Nine‘ Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
No Glove, No Love – Episode 2 Review
A Wild Cheerleader Appears – Episode 3 Review
For The Love Of The Game – Episode 4 Review
Oh Right, Baseball – Episode 5 Review
Striking Out – Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
The Cost Of Success – Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Swing And A Miss – Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review

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Swing And A Miss – ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 10 Review

Swing And A Miss – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 10


This is a part of a collaboration review between myself and Irina (of I Drink And Watch Anime) with my parts represented by bold text and Irina’s in regular.

Oh hey look, this show is still going… I don’t know about you Irina but there’s something somewhat depressing about the fact that this show was delayed by 2 weeks and therefore we’ll be still watching this show when everyone else will be watching all of next season’s new shows! Not to say that this episode (or any of them) are depressing just very ordinary… We’re special that way. If it makes you feel any better, I’m pretty sure we were the only ones watching his show anyway, so nothing will change.

Pay no attention to the derp faces on the foreground characters!

Probably… anyway, we get an episode almost entirely devoted to a full game of baseball! Fancy that, baseball in a baseball anime… and it’s kinda good? Maybe? I don’t know, I’ve never watched a game of baseball in my life but I could at least understand what was going on for the most part! The only other baseball I’ve watched was Ace of Diamond. They also used balls and stick thingies so everything tracks so far! I believe this was, in fact, supposed to be baseball. YAY Matt, we did it, we talked sport…

That’s a baseball thing, yeah?!

That said, it’s a shame this show didn’t have a bigger budget (I’m assuming its budgetary that the show looks as mediocre as it does–I could be wrong) because the “action” is pretty limited–it hardly makes for the most exciting experience. There was even a moment where Tsubasa scores a home-run and it was so poorly animated you don’t even see the bat connect with the ball–I don’t know if you caught that, it was a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ kinda thing. I did not catch that. Good eye Matt! I mean it was a cute game generally speaking. I think if we had seen this episode at the beginning of the series before we got so over it, we would have genuinely enjoyed it… maybe.

I even bothered to make a gif of the “home run” hit. They bother to animate her feet taking a stance but not the ball hitting the bat? Lame…

Oh I guess I should probably talk about the plot of the episode, our girls are challenged to a baseball match by the “ace” of one of the top high-school baseball teams in Japan! So they accept only to find out they’ll be versing the school’s third-tier players–not the cream of the crop they were assuming! Also the aforementioned “ace” [I can’t remember her name, I’ll add it in later–maybe] is kind of an interesting character? She’s got a big ego and treats her players harshly and it’s almost something to break the boredom. What’d you think of her and her “evil” lollipop sucking ways? She seems kinda like a fanservice archetype? For a long time, I thought it was the girl from the previous episodes with the long blonde hair that had just put it up and I was wondering why she was so mean all the sudden. I may have had a drink before the show…

I like this bitch. Too bad we’ll probably never see her again!

Oh oh the super fragile girl had a moment in the spotlight. You like her no? I like her yeah but her “moment” was kind of ordinary and easily resolved–par for the course really!


Anyway our girls win and it’s all happy and I just hope the production has saved some money for the final two episodes so that even if it’s not a ‘great’ episode there’s hopefully something worth looking at… Like I said, I think we are just completely jaded by this show. The episode itself was actually not bad at all but I won’t lie, I’m looking forward to putting this series behind me. Ping Pong Girls remains my favourite moe sports mashup to date. Agreed, Cinderella Nine needs more sweat! Wait, that’s what you meant right?!

Bring on nationals! I’m sure it won’t be disappointing at all!

Previous ‘Cinderella Nine‘ Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
No Glove, No Love – Episode 2 Review
A Wild Cheerleader Appears – Episode 3 Review
For The Love Of The Game – Episode 4 Review
Oh Right, Baseball – Episode 5 Review
Striking Out – Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
The Cost Of Success – Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review

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The Cost of Success – ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 8 Review

The Cost of Success – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 8


This is a part of a collaboration review between myself and Irina (of I Drink And Watch Anime) with my parts represented by bold text and Irina’s in regular.

Wow! So we had two weeks off because irl sports were showing on Japanese TV in Cinderella Nine’s timeslot, did you miss the show? Because I sure as heck forgot it even existed… I only remembered it because it’s on top of my Crunchyroll queue but I honestly could not keep track of how many episodes were skipped. 1? 14? No clue….

And I think the actors forgot about this show as well. Is it me or was the voice acting not great this episode? Individual voices were cute and all but it sounded a bit like they were phoning it in… 

I won’t say I was dreading watching it, because it’s “fine”, it just doesn’t leave much of an impact as we’ve reiterated week-after-week–and this episode–expectedly was more of the same. It was pleasant enough while watching it but it didn’t really leave much of an impression. It’s the Akari of anime shows. Except Akari rocks and this show is, as you put it, “fine”. That seems like such a huge insult here.

Spoiler alert, they decide yes.

And for what it’s worth a lot happens in this episode, and yet quite a lot of it felt like it was just spinning its wheels–eating up air time to pad out to the 12 episodes while having as least amount of actual sports as possible. To be fair Matt, a lot of the shows we’ve watched together had that problem. They just had much better character models to distract us from it. But we’ve seen our share of fairly thin plots that got dragged out. I think the problem here is that nothing is particularly good.

There’s no stand out character, no beautiful art, not even someone to hate. Even the soundtrack is just kinda there. Without at least one element to rally around, the entire thing just seems particularly aimless.

Baseball is serious!

The girls face their biggest opponent yet–bureaucracy and budgeting! They need more money to be able to partake in a tournament (for gear and stuff), but they need to be certified as a club to get money. But standing in their way is a woman (I don’t actually know who this woman is, is she like a vice principal or head teacher? Do they actually say in the episode). But the girls rally behind their club advisor (whose name I’ve also forgotten) and they collect some signatures from their classmates and all is well by the end of the episode! I think vice principal….don’t quote me. You know, and this is probably just because I’m an enormous nerd, but I kind of liked this. Seeing a bit o the behind the scenes of school clubs and their administration. I don’t know… You usually only get a very superficial mention of budgets or what it means to be an official club and seeing how it comes together, paperwork and all, it made it seem more realistic. I know it’s weird. I like the teacher character but keep forgetting she exists (there’s a pattern here) so I was glad we got to see her more.

Also, both of them were blushing when the budget proposal came together, like some deep yuri romantic scene and I thought that was hilarious.

I think Irina sees Yuri where I don’t, either that I was just bored by this part.

It’s worth mentioning we meet a bunch new female classmates who all look a hundred times more interesting than our core cast of characters–I’m guessing these are characters from the mobile game, hence why they have crazy hairstyles and accessories. They only appear for a few seconds each so it’s clear this is just fan-service (the “non-sexy kind) for players of the mobile game. I loved pompadour girl. I want her to get her own show!

Best girl of the whole show only has 1 line of dialogue.

Speaking of “non-sexy” there’s a weird moment where Ayaka (the girl who goes ‘nya’ a lot) sprays the other girls and their teacher with a hose while their tending to the sunflowers and everyone gets all wet and they laugh and I’m like is this suppose to be fan-service or is this just showing them having light-hearted fun? Either way it was pretty awkward, but that could be down to the animation being mediocre again too… I literally wrote down wet t-shirt fail in my notes. If you haven’t seen this episode, whatever you’re imagining, it was less sexy than that. I don’t even think it was meant as sexualized – just goofy and cute. But the voice acting was weird. As for the art quality, I think it was fine in this scene. There were some moments in the teacher’s lounge tough, that were just a complete mess.


The only part of the episode that stood out was when Ayaka (who’s also a budding reporter along with being part cat) regails the girls (but mostly the audience) with the history of women’s baseball in Japan. I did like that they weren’t afraid to mention how unfair it was and how hard it was for women’s baseball to be officially recognised and supported–even if the way this information was imparted to the audience was incredibly dry. Girls couldn’t have high school baseball teams before 1995, because the sport was considered “too extreme” for girls. 1995! I was alive then! And we are not talking professional here or anything. High School!?! Crazy… I know mysterious possibly vice principal lady said it was an expensive sport, that may have something to do with it, but still. And how expensive could it be? More than hockey? I doubt it! You need to create ice!

It was a long road, but they got there. (Assuming all this stuff was actually true)

I feel like I may have gotten off track here. Wha were we saying? Something about how basketball seems cost efficient? Even better, dodge ball. No hoop or net needed, they should play that instead.

And that’s more or less the episode, I can’t say I’m on the edge of my seat in anticipation of the ‘big game’ they’re going to play (eventually) but maybe it’ll prove worth the wait and give us some exciting anime! I hope we get to see the seedy underbelly of high school sports. Parents paying for their untalented kids to get a spot on the team, vice principal lady funnelling off the bribes to fund a rival boys team in the school. A high school set racketeering crime drama. It’ll be grand!

Maximum derp.

Previous ‘Cinderella Nine‘ Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
No Glove, No Love – Episode 2 Review
A Wild Cheerleader Appears – Episode 3 Review
For The Love Of The Game – Episode 4 Review
Oh Right, Baseball – Episode 5 Review
Striking Out – Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review

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Striking Out – ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 6 Review

Striking Out – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 6


This is a part of a collaboration review between myself and Irina (of I Drink And Watch Anime) with my parts represented by bold text and Irina’s in regular.

Back at it again with the baseball girls, only more of an emphasis on “drama” and “relationships” and “character building” than actual sports in this episode.  I like how you added in “this episode”.

Basically, the girls have exams coming up which means studying is going to have to take priority over training. This is Tsubasa’s edict–something that Tomoe isn’t particularly happy with because she knows she can do both and as somewhat of the weakest link on the team needs to keep training so she can be better. I understand that Tsubasa has to focus on her studies since she’s likely to fail everything even without distractions but I wasn’t all that certain why it was applied across the board. Mind you skipping a few practices isn’t the end of the world either.

*dumb genki intensifies*

Tomoe finds a quiet place to train and bumps into Jinguji from the school they played their practice match against, Tomoe begs her to help her train and she obliges only for two of her teammates to see her and tattle on her to Tsubasa. The two have an argument and then stop talking to each other as a result. And I’ll admit, at first I kind of rolled my eyes at how abruptly and explosively Tsubasa reacted–almost like Tomoe was cheating on her or something. Well she was but Tsubasa was withholding the good stuff so…you know… a girl has needs.

Is it hot in here or is it just me?

But as the episode went on I kinda understood where the two of them were coming from–if nothing else this episode sold this ‘temporary’ bust up between the two girls and tied it to baseball surprisingly well. I’m sure you’ve seen something like this in other sports anime, Irina, how did you think they pulled it off? Um. Well I do understand both of their points of view o in that sense yes but their reactions were pure nonsense. Then again it could have been that time of the month or something. You remember Scorching Ping Pong Girls? That show had some early manufactured drama with the jealousy arc that was much more effective. I really liked that show. I should stop comparing these more sports anime to it.

I kinda wish someone slapped someone. The way Tsubasa was acting certainly made it felt like that was an option!

I kinda liked the character if Jinguji (I keep reading that as Jumanji–is that racist?) even though she came off as sort of snooty it kind of showed the difference between our girls and girls who are taking the baseball seriously–like career seriously. I also really like her. I hope they actually develop her but I feel like they won’t have time. Most of our team is still pretty 2 dimensional so we can’t be putting effort into secondary minor antagonists/support roles.

I’m going to bet we’re not going to get anywhere near nationals in the span of this season, just a hunch…

The other girls were mostly relegated to the sidelines (literally) and so this episode more was about two girls who were already best friends–reassessing their relationship in the shadow of a game that maybe doesn’t have a place for words like “best friend”. Though I’d argue that a lot of these girls aren’t taking it as serious as Tsubasa and Tomoe are so it seems kinda half-hearted. That said I did shed a tear when Tsubasa had her little breakdown and Tomoe went in for the big hug. Good emotion.


All-in-all, kind of a slow episode but it was pretty good. Anything else to add Irina? I had a tough time staying awake through it to be honest. The art was a little wonky now and then. I’ve been trying to find an “appropriate” or at least not “horribly insensitive and offensive” way to say that in some scenes the girls looked like they got spontaneous down syndrome because the proportions were completely off. I did not find a way. Matt you should probably censor this heavily. Is this what you had in mind? Probably not… lol

Don’t look too closely at their faces!

We are halfway through the season but I must say, it feels like not much has happened. I’m starting to agree with you when you say that the only reason to watch this show is because you have to for reason outside of your control. And if that isn’t a ringing endorsement, then I don’t know what is! Join us next week on Irina’s site for Episode 7!

Kudos to the person doing the subtitles for this episode, they even smudged the subtitles when Tsubasa’s tears dropped on the page!

Previous ‘Cinderella Nine‘ Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
No Glove, No Love – Episode 2 Review
A Wild Cheerleader Appears – Episode 3 Review
For The Love Of The Game – Episode 4 Review
Oh Right, Baseball – Episode 5 Review

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For The Love Of The Game – ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 4 Review

For The Love Of The Game – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 4


This is a part of a collaboration review between myself and Irina (of I Drink And Watch Anime) with my parts represented by bold text and Irina’s in regular.

So this week we found ourselves in flashback central as we seemingly constantly switched between the past and the present (at least in the first half of the episode) to learn more about where Tsubasa and Ryo’s rivalry came from and the big middle school game that shaped both of these girls’ futures in baseball!

What did you think of these flashback scenes? I enjoyed the flashback to the big game–seeing Tsubasa’s positivity lead her team to a ‘come from behind’ victory was pretty inspiring. It was cute is a little too sunshine and rainbows. Nobody is that happy about losing. Then again, Tsubasa got really depressed about winning which makes me think one of us doesn’t quite understand how competitions work.

*winky face*

Joking aside, it was a nice inversion. The classic trope is to choke in a big game, lose your nerve and quit before cautiously returning to the sport. It was interesting to see the idea of a team falling apart under the pressures of success. Not something we get to explore too often but it does exist. Not that we got to delve too deep into it in this episode either. I still liked it as a concept.

I also enjoyed the flashback with Tsubasa’s best friend Tomoe getting her back into baseball after she decided to give it up. It was next level sappy friendship pr0n. I wish the girls were just a touch better distinguished from one another. It was still very cute.


It was interesting how she mentioned that she couldn’t continue with her current team because her goals weren’t in line with the boys. I kind of wish they’d elaborated on the ~exact~ reasons, I don’t know if I missed something but the only thing I could infer was that Tsubasa wants to play for fun and not for serious–which I’m not sure how I feel about that… I’m going to bet that the moral of the season is that the two aren’t mutually exclusive. You can really care about the sport and take it seriously while having fun, or something along those lines. You know serious fun!

Sometimes this show is pretty. The backgrounds mostly.

The second half of the episode–while good–I don’t think was quite as good as the flashback first half. And while I hate to bring it up because I generally don’t have an issue with it, there was some really average art (particularly in the facial department) that kind of undermined the overriding emotion of the episode. I actually noticed it more in the flashback friendship scenes, At one point Tomoe’s proportions and really her entire shape was really weird. I have to admit, I found the second half a a little boring. I zoned out a few times and had to remind myself to pay attention. Not that the show was awful or anything, but it was just not that gripping to me.

One of these faces is not as detailed as the others…

Also, I didn’t think they’d have our rival character join the club so quickly, I thought they’d stretch it out a bit further but hopefully that means we’ll get to playing some baseball with our team soon! (Oh hey look, I’m actually looking forward to some baseball in this baseball anime.) Well we’re already a 3rd of the way into the season. The have to have one training as a team episode. Then they need to lose their first match, one of them has to have some personal issues, Tsubasa needs to get super moody and disillusioned over something, then they need to fight sexism, win the big game, prove that girl’s baseball is valid and become bestest of friends!

I watch a lot of sports anime…

Nobody knows what Irina’s “deal” is, that’s part of her charm!

Point is, they still have a lot of ground to cover!  

Anything else you wanted to add, Irina? I’m think now that the rival girl with the long hair is NOT the president but I’m still not entirely sure which is not a great sign. But I am looking forward to all that stuff I said. I wonder how much will actually come to pass.

Akane (left) is still best girl FYI.

Oh oh – do they need a coach? I now mean girl is kind of their coach but they need a faculty advisor, don’t they? Think they get a pervy one like in Pretty Derby? It would be extra creepy in this show since it doesn’t fit the vibe at all. (Pretty sure they already have a faculty advisor—she was the one who helped them find their field in Episode 2…)

Anyway, that’s our review for Episode 4–join us next week on Irina’s site for more!

Previous ‘Cinderella Nine‘ Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
No Glove, No Love – Episode 2 Review
A Wild Cheerleader Appears – Episode 3 Review

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No Glove, No Love – ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 2 Review

No Glove, No Love – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Cinderella Nine’ Episode 2

This is a part of a collaboration review between myself and Irina (of I Drink And Watch Anime) with my parts represented by bold text and Irina’s in regular.

And here we are with episode two! It seems to roughly follow the formula of the first episode–trying to recruit new girl who has some desire to play baseball but has some emotional/physical boundary impeding her from doing so. What do you think about this being the episodic formula for the time being? So far this is almost beat for beat the first season of Free!. If it was just a bit more fanservicey and they were playing in swimsuits, I would have trouble telling the two shows apart… It is a deeply formulaic but then again so are most sports anime. It’s part of why they are comforting.

Like a warm hug.

This time it’s Waka we’re introduced to, who previously was the adviser to her big brother’s little league games when she was (presumably) in elementary school. And while she was somewhat a savant at the strategy side of the game, she’s always wanted to get off the bench and play the game itself. I liked her story, it was endearing to have such a strong character type offer her vulnerabilities to the audience but keep them mostly secret from the rest of the club. The OP tells us exactly who’s gonna be on the team so now we’re just going through the motions to recruit all the girls.

I have to admit, I didn’t quite understand Waka’s trauma. Like she’s bad at sports so it made her sad but now she’s not sad anymore. Not that it bothered me at all. I’m not expecting great character craftsmanship here. The brother is potentially the most generic side character I’ve ever seen. It was almost endearingly boring. These kind of girls are almost ~exactly~ like this, you need to watch more CGDCT shows, its basically a staple by now! Badly written? That’s mean Matt. I’ll have you know there are some great CGDCT shows! Don’t put words in my mouth!

Robot can have emotions too?

I was kind of surprised they found a place to train so quickly, I thought this particular dilemma was going to last a few more episodes. But it was nice to see them come together to bring it back into usable order. I hope they spend more time restoring the field. There’s great relationship building potential in trying to build something together.

It sure is.

Also, I’m glad that Akane’s slowly getting better at various aspects of baseball and they haven’t rushed through her development. She’s probably my favourite girl so far, mostly due to the fact that I was hopeless at sports too–also she’s adorable. I think Akane is suppose to be everyone’s favourite. It even looks like they have a higher budget for animating her than any other character on the show. It’s sort of weird. Scenes where she’s in are of consistently higher production value. I wonder if they’re going to make branded hoodies are just figs and body pillows for merch…What do you think? I think I’ll need to buy that body pillow… I mean what?!

Too precious.

What was your favourite part of the episode, Irina/did you have anything else to add? Honestly, not that much happened. I did like the explanation on how to shape and soften a baseball glove. I always like it when it sounds like the writers care a little about the sport, it makes the character’s passion seem more authentic.

In fact the only note I took is: Is Matt going to name this post “No Glove, No Love?” Damn, that’s a good review title, Irina… Imma steal it! Thanks!

Join us next week on Irina’s site for Episode 3!

Previous ‘Cinderella Nine‘ Reviews:

Episode 1 Review

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Outfoxed – ‘The Helpful Fox Senko-san’ Episode 1 Review

Outfoxed – An Anime QandA Review for ‘The Helpful Fox Senko-san’ Episode 1


What’s the show? The Helpful Fox Senko-san, Episode 1.

And what’s it about? First of all, let me just take a minute to say, this review took a lot of forethought–more than I’d ever think necessary for this kind of anime. I considered whether to approach this from a strictly feminist point of view and deconstruct its problematic gender politics. Then I thought maybe I’d review it from a more “meta” point of view and discuss the reasons for its seemingly inexplicably (and quick) high score on MAL despite being largely the same as a lot of other “moe” anime that get frequently downvoted into oblivion. But ultimately, I decided I’d review this inconspicuous slice of life anime as me.

So emo.

I mean… that’s preferable, isn’t it? That’s (probably) what your readers want? Not some wanky dissertation but just your honest thoughts on a show? Maybe. I don’t know what people want, but I know what I want. And I want to enjoy a wholesome, 800 year-old fox loli making food and giving forehead pats to a tired and broken salaryman for 22 minutes.

Uh-huh and so what’s the show about? I believe I just told you! “A wholesome, 800 year-old fox loli making food and giving forehead pats to a tired and broken salaryman for 22 minutes”. That’s the show.

Why are you looking into the camera, Senko?

Okay sure. What? Don’t you believe me?

Oh, no, I believe you, I’m just struggling to see the appeal, that’s all. It’s slice of life, it’s appeal is entirely personal and subjective! That’s what makes it such a universally polarising genre!

*yoshi yoshi intensifies*

Right. So what did you get out of the show? First of all this show has some brains behind it, whoever wrote this and likewise whoever was directly responsible for the anime adaptation somehow knew there’d be a level of discussion around this show and insulated against it with some stellar design work and storytelling.

Seriously, how gorgeous does this look?!

Like? Like the fact that this anime has among the most immaculately detailed renderings of everyday modern Japan I’ve ever seen in an anime. And that’s 100% intentional to the story it’s beginning to tell. Our protagonist Nakano exists in our world, the bland, uninteresting, specific world of Tokyo, Japan. For Japanese viewers (the intended audience) or those of us who’ve visited the country these are instantly recognisable and uniquely straightforward vistas rendered in excruciating detail. They then perfectly contrast with the world Nakano’s about to be invited into–that of being pampered and doted on by the titular Senko. Hers is a world of bright colours, soft focus and ethereal whimsy, she is literally ‘anime personified’ meeting ‘humdrum normality’.

A depressing sight for some but personally I love Japanese convenience stores!

Okay then. I get what you’re saying. I do feel like you’re holding back on something, but that’s fine, you’re allowed to. Listen, I do still have a lot of thoughts on this show, it’s now been 24 hours since I started the top half of the review and I’m still debating with myself on whether to go into more detail about ~external factors~, if enough people are interested in me doing so I will but for now I’m just reviewing the product in front of me–nothing else!

Don’t poach!

And your final recommendation on said “product”? It’s cute, I enjoyed it, if you like things that are cute too you’ll probably like it too. End of review!

I think the more important question is why isn’t there one in mine?! Wait, did I say that out loud?

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Something Fishy – ‘Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale’ Episode 1 Review

Something Fishy – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale’ Episode 1

What’s the show? Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale, Episode 1.

So how’s this episode? You know what’s rare? Shows set completely underwater. Like there’s ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ and that’s pretty much where my knowledge of underwater shows stop. And so watching ‘Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale’ two things became apparent. One: being underwater changes everything about the logistics of everyday life from an animator’s perspective. And two: if the writers don’t care to explain how things like water physics work underwater why should anyone else?!

What do you mean? Within minutes of this show starting we’re at an underwater cafe and the mermaid cafe owner pours a cup of tea for friend and patron. And I’m like “what? You can’t just break the laws of fluid dynamics by having a liquid (presumably 99.9% water based if its tea) pouring from a teapot to a teacup while ~surrounded~ by water. Liquids don’t work that way!

Water and steam, while underwater. Unbelievable! 0/10

Oh dear, is this going to be a “thing”? It could be, but no. I’m not going to turn into a person that nitpicks unrealistic elements in a show like this. I may point them out from time to time and going forward but that’s about it.

Right. So what even is this show anyway? It’s an idol show (maybe) about mermaids though more to what this episode is it’s cute mermaids doing cute things. There’s not a lot more to it then that and I don’t mean that as an insult–this show is very laid back, very calming–a lot of which has to do with the positively hypnotic background soundtrack. Oh! And while we’re talking about the soundtrack the OP is by the band PastelPalettes, which probably doesn’t mean a lot to most of you but they’re one of the bands in ‘BanG Dream’ and so that was a really cool thing to recognise!

This is the second Irina this season with another one being in ‘Pastel Memories’. What’s the deal with all these Irina’s in anime?

Oh, so is this in some way related to ‘BanG Dream’? Aside from them both being produced by ‘Bushiroad’ not a damn thing in common, that’s just some good corporate synergy on their part. Though it is apparently a spin-off of ‘Cardfight!! Vanguard’ a show I know nothing about and will never watch.

Wait, you’re watching a spin-off of something while never having watched the original? There was never a single point while watching this did I feel like I needed any extra information, this absolutely felt like its own entity and to what relation this series has to the other one I couldn’t honestly tell you.

Well it seems like we’ve gotten a ways into this review without even speaking about what happens in the episode or what the characters are like? Umm… there’s four mermaid girls Caro, Sonata, Fina and Serena, they have tea and eat cakes and do errands for the postman, during one of their errands they open a package intended for the cafe owner and it contains another mermaid girl named Canon who’s enclosed in a sphere. She’s in there because apparently mermaids shelter themselves in a crystal-like sphere when they’re too stressed out and she was sent to the town of Parrel where they all live to be away from the ‘big city’. So now there’s five mermaid girls and they go out and have a picnic and then a big storm rolls in which is just a convenient way of revealing an old building that was previously hidden by overgrown coral and they find a movie theatre and play an old movie and is anyone even paying attention at this point?

Also the postman is a seal.

Whoa, that’s a bit harsh I’m sure some people are probably… maybe, interested in this show… Listen, even I got bored with what I was writing and I damn well watched the show.

So you didn’t like it then? Actually it was very charming and sweet and cute and I liked it quite a bit.

Canon is (for now) best girl. (Canon is the one in the middle FYI)

Oh. So what’s the problem then? Y’ever feel like you’re talking to a brick wall?

Constantly. Haha, but seriously. Like I know this is a show no one’s going to watch and even fewer are going to read these reviews, but I’ll probably still end up reviewing it each week anyway to further diminishing view counts. There’s always that one show each season that no one seems to care about and I’m calling it early but this season it’ll be this show!

Human trafficking is wrong!

Wow, what an honour for you to bestow upon both your blog and this show… So why bother? Because someone has to keep flying the flag for the ‘pretty good, not great’ show and that someone is going to be me!

Uh-huh, fantastic. So, overall thoughts on the first episode and who you recommend it to? It’s an enjoyable time spent with a bunch of cute mermaid girls, I mean it skirts the realms of potentially being aimed at kids but MAL says otherwise putting it in that PG-13 category that probably doesn’t mean a thing anyway (like most things on MAL). If you’re a fan of cute girls doing cute things and dubious underwater logic then you’ll probably find something to enjoy here, I know I did!


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From Kawaii With Love – ‘Release The Spyce’ Episode 12 (Finale) Review

From Kawaii With Love – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Release The Spyce’ Episode 12 (Finale)

What’s the show? Release The Spyce, Episode 12 (Finale).

So how’s this episode? As an episode of Release The Spyce, its fine, it’s good, it’s sometimes even great, it’s everything I expect from this show up to this point. But that’s also a problem, allow me to explain.

Please do. So last episode we had the reveal that Yuki was still alive after the previous episode showed her getting a decisive chop across the chest by the villain. And as you recall I was pretty much okay with it for an admittedly flimsy reason that being I liked Momo and didn’t want her to be sad. This episode we get the reveal that ~everyone else~ who was presumed dead from Episode 10 is also alive and no worse for wear as it was all part of an elaborate plot. Also Mei isn’t actually a traitor and was just playing a double agent.


Ah… so no one is actually harmed or dead or traitorous and everything is all fine then? Pretty much.

And I take it you’re not okay with that turn of events? As I said up top, it’s fine, it is what it is, I can be happy about it, but I’m also disappointed at what I see as squandered potential. This series could have positioned itself at having real stakes, but as of the final episode I think the only person confirmed dead is Yuki’s mentor and that happened in a flashback. I’m not saying I wanted this to be a gritty and depressing spy thriller but even in the most light-hearted and ridiculous James Bond films people die, on both the good and the bad side.

Also a true spy occasionally gets killed because their job is dangerous as heck!

I see you invoking the James Bond comparison again… And it’s apt, not only did this plot to turn the population into mindless, controllable puppets through mass release of a gas feel like it was ripped straight from a Bond film but they even reference one of the most famous James Bond moments from ‘Goldfinger’ when the countdown timer is stopped with ‘0:07’ seconds remaining.

Nice meme.

But you talk about potential like you think you know better than the creators of the show? What if their intention was to make a light-hearted James Bond inspired romp with cute anime girls and not a lot of consequences? Then mission accomplished, I suppose. I just think taking the safe route out was the less satisfying choice from a narrative perspective and for engendering any longevity on the show’s behalf. Had it committed to at least one character death or betrayal, I’d be applauding its bravery. Heck, even if they had the balls to go through with the scene that took up the most time in this episode I might be complaining less but they even backed down on that one too!

But what about all the good times!

What scene are you talking about? Towards the end of the episode there’s a lengthy and heartfelt exchange between Momo and Yuki where Yuki has chosen to ‘end’ her life as a spy (as she has the option to do) by erasing her memories of her time in Tsukikage. Momo is understandably distraught at the thought of losing her mentor and best friend, but Yuki thinks it’s time for her to move on and for Momo to get an apprentice of her own. It’s all very emotional and ends with the two spending the night in each other’s arms on the beach until Momo is ‘ready’ to pull the trigger on her mentor with the memory erase bullets. This was a great and powerful scene except flashforward to 9 months later, Momo is training her own apprentice and happens to pass by Yuki on their morning run. Momo is caught off-guard by the sudden appearance but nonetheless goes about her business and then Yuki gives a wry smile as if to suggest that the memory erasure didn’t work (or was faked) all along.

Tee-hee! Just kidding!

And? And don’t you think that’s frustrating?! It meant all that emotional build-up was a lie on Yuki’s end because she never intended to actually lose her memories and she made Momo cry her eyes out for nothing! Yes, of course Momo had to move on and become a mentor herself but it’s just another example of this show building up high drama with a ~supposedly~ impactful moment, only for it to negated by a later reveal where everything is more or less the same as it was before.

I feel like I’ve seen this shot before in a movie.

Fair enough. So anything else you wanted to add? I always tend to complain more and louder when it’s a show that has potential and has great characters and chooses to take the ‘easy route’ instead of doing something more deep and complex. And I don’t want to see anyone say “oh it’s because its a cute girls show first and a spy show second that it didn’t take any risks” because there have been CGDCT shows that took a risk and stepped outside the comfort zone of their genre to great effect. As it stands this will just be an entertaining diversion that did little to push the envelope of either genre spy or CGDCT and ended up poorer for it. I still love the characters though…

You go Momo, you go find a better narrative to be in!

Previous Release The Spyce Reviews:

The Spies Who Kawaii’d Me – Episode 1 Review
License To Kawaii – Episode 2 Review
Kawaii Another Day – Episode 3 Review
Live And Let Kawaii – Episode 4 Review
For Your Kawaii’s Only – Episode 5 Review
Kawaii Friends Are Forever – Episode 6 Review
GoldenKawaii – Episode 7 Review
Tomorrow Never Kawaii’s – Episode 8 Review
On Her Kawaii Secret Service – Episode 9 Review
Kawaiifall – Episode 10 Review
You Only Kawaii Twice – Episode 11 Review

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