My Hero Academia 3rd Season Episode 1 & 2 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for My Hero Academia 3rd Season Episode 1 & 2.

What’s the show? My Hero Academia 3rd Season, Episode 1 & 2.

Wait, you’ve only reviewed the first season? What happened to the second season review? Okay! I get it! I’m really bad at remembering to review second season’s before third season’s are released, I’ll get around to it one of these days!

Sure, you mean when you run out of content. Where have you been?! There’s been plenty of content!

Tell me about it, I haven’t had a day off in 3 months! You don’t need time off, you don’t exist!

So what happens in these first two episodes of season 3? Well, the first episode is just a recap of some events of the previous seasons to help bring people up to speed with what happened, not sure how necessary it was… I mean everyone watching should have watched the previous two seasons and season 2 only ended like 5 months ago so there’s no real excuse in having forgotten what happened!

So it’s a pretty pointless episode then? Well I guess that depends who you ask, it does take place at the school pool so plenty of bare chested and muscular boys to look at, if that’s your kind of thing.

Abs, as far as the eye can see.

I’m guessing you didn’t enjoy it much all then? It was fine, I would have preferred a proper episode but it still had some funny character moments and good lines!

“Meowth, that’s right!” (I feel like I’ve made that joke before)

Episode 2 then, any better? Much better! The training camp began, and it started with a bang—literally—as class 1A is tasked with finding their own way to the camp. A task which is made all the more difficult as a professional hero team called ‘The Pussycats’—who run the camp—litter their way with powerful monsters made of dirt! There’s some really cool teaming up and fighting of these monsters, who while never posing much of a threat tire the heroes in training out before they even reach the camp.

Best girl!

And what happens for the rest of the episode? Hot springs mostly!

Really?! Okay that’s not true but it does seem like the fan-service has been already dialled up this season, though it is fairly equal representation at this point for what its worth.

I’ll need a minute…

Uh-huh… We’re also introduced to an annoying little kid who is the cousin of one (or both?) of The Pussycat’s, and he hates heroes. Which we learn is because his parents were heroes and they died when he was young and blah blah blah… I don’t really care.

What a dick. Pun intended.

Wow, cruel much? I’m sorry, but I really don’t see the point of this kid being here, like sure he’s probably going to give Deku some valuable lesson about the responsibilities of being a hero or what not, but it’s already rubbed me the wrong way. Just give me top banter between the kids of class 1A and Eraserhead being a dick to his students and burgeoning feelings between Deku and Ochako and more action and more villains, because that’s what I signed up, for that’s what I want!

He’s such a troll!

Okay then, fair enough. So do you recommend the show? For newcomers it goes without saying, but start at the beginning, it’s not that many episodes to catch-up and it’s a super fun ride that only gets better with the second season. If you’ve watched the show and not liked it, this isn’t going to change your mind, but if you love it you’re probably already watching. And while I’m not to keen on the current plot line with the hero hating kid Kouta, I’m still going to watch the hell out of every new episode because this show is just so much fun and the characters are fantastic!

Deku smash!

Steins;Gate 0 Episode 1 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Steins;Gate 0 Episode 1.

What’s the show? Steins;Gate 0, Episode 1.

Oh yeah, the time travel show, I remember it because in the review for the first season you horribly insulted me and still haven’t apologised. Yup that’s the one!

Right… so what’s this, doesn’t Steins Gate Zero? Doesn’t a ‘zero’ usually denote a prequel? First off, don’t forget the semi-colon; it’s important. Secondly, good for you, knowing something about something! Yes, in a lot of media including Japanese films and video games a zero or 0 after the title usually denotes that it’s a prequel set before the events of the original (i.e. Ring 0 or Resident Evil 0) But, in this case no it’s not a prequel but rather an alternate world-line (alt universe) continuation of the original season!

Uh-huh, and so precisely how confused am I supposed to be by all this? Well for you or anyone else who has never even watched the original season you’re screwed, but for everyone else, as long as you’ve watched it semi-recently, or liked it enough to remember it fondly or even just looked up where in the timeline this takes place you should be fine.

Right-o, so when does it take place and what is it about? SPOILERS FOR THE ORIGINAL STEINS;GATE ANIME FROM HERE ON!

Thanks Mr. Capslock. So basically the original series is all about self proclaimed “mad scientist” Okabe trying to simultaneously save the two ‘loves’ of his life, childhood sweetheart and too pure for this world Mayuri and fellow scientist and all around best girl Kurisu. Also he’s trying to prevent World War 3. He time travels with his “phone microwave” in order to put everything right but around about episode 23 he realises he can’t save both Mayuri and Kurisu because of paradoxes and what not and so he resigns himself to let Kurisu die and continue on with his life. It’s at this point that Steins;Gate 0 stems from. Because in the original series he comes up with a work around that basically involves faking Kurisu’s death or something and they all lived happily ever after. And I know that might sound like I’m being reductive but the original Steins;Gate is among my Top 5 Anime ever so I had no issue with that ‘happy ending’.

Hmm, so why does this ‘zero’ series even exist if the original is so well received, and it is well received, isn’t it? Indeed, it’s a critically acclaimed series loved by almost everyone. And while yes, I would have been content for the series to end there, I’m also totally cool with having more content with these characters and this universe because they are so unbelievably great. (Well most of them, Faris is kind of annoying)

And is this new series as good as the original? If your asking me to compare just 1 episode of this new series (which will be 23 episodes in total) to the entirety of the original Steins;Gate… I will gladly do so! It is just as good, and if you’ll allow me to elaborate I will explain why I think so!

Go ahead. The first season had an awkward half dozen first episodes, that is to say the pacing and story was kind of confusing for newcomers. It was still good, it just wasn’t immediately ‘all there’. Here, however I feel like we’re benefitting from coming in at a point where not only do we already know most of the characters and what makes them tick but also coming from such an emotionally devastating point for our protagonist that there’s the kind of rich backstory that you don’t normally get in first episodes. Yes it feels like a new season, but it also feels like we’re off the back off a juicy cliffhanger that’s slowly unfolding before us.

And what about the Okabe, the main character, wasn’t he in a real bad place when episode 23 ended? I see you’ve been reading the notes I left for you. Yes, he was in the worst place emotionally during that time and the show takes the wise move and set it many months after that time. And what we’re given is a kind of quieter, more contemplative Okabe, who’s trying his hardest to move on, whether that means going out of his comfort zone by playing tennis and group dating and just doing whatever he can to distract himself from the lingering, penetrating pain from having lost Kurisu. It makes the show so much more mature, I was actually kind of in awe of how Okabe’s characterisation was handled. It would have been so easy to just make him some mopey SOB but they made him feel like an actual person trying hard to fix his heart and not dwell on the crippling sadness that’s bubbling just below the surface.

So it’s a different show than before, but not? How’s that work for the audience. The worst thing they could have done was just made the show just feel like it was before without considering how much Okabe is emotionally destroyed up by his decision to give up on saving Kurisu. What we’ve got instead is a complex and layered narrative and characterisation that really means something.

You’ve really built this up a lot, aren’t you afraid people will go in expecting a lot and be disappointed? Nope, don’t care. I loved this new season, its already more consistent than the original thanks to being a continuation of an already established series and all the new things they’ve introduced like “legal loli” Maho Hiyajou and AI program Amadeus are all brilliant. The only way is down!

That’s not really a compliment. I know this. I’m not pretending like this show is above criticism, it may very well blow it’s potential and become a trainwreck in future episodes, but as it stands now I do recommend the show and if I’m completely honest I do think it will be as good if not better than the original series and will be remembered as a classic for many years to come.

Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 1 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 1.

What’s the show? Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair, Episode 1.

O…kay, and what’s it about? It’s about a group of adventurers in a fantasy setting, anyone who can use magic are called ‘Periods’, and they go around accepting quests to battle ‘Spirals’—

The only thing that can defeat a period is chocolate and pain killers!

—Wait! They’re called ‘Periods’?! Listen, the sooner you can move past it the better, it’s an unfortunate name and ~probably~ not intentional.

What do you mean “probably”? Well this show’s a parody, not a full-blown everything is played for comedy parody but rather a subtle dig at gacha-style RPG phone games.

Next thing you know you’re spending irl money!

You’re going to have to explain those terms to me like I’m an idiot. Baka…

What? Nothing! Right, so gacha is like Japanese toy vending machine, but in its usage here it means spending in-game currency to win new characters which range in rarity from one start to five star. Five star drops being very powerful characters but, of course are very rare. You use these characters you unlock to battle through quests, destroying evil minions and levelling up your characters all the while. They’re big business in Japan, though only moderately so in the West. Also you usually play them on your phone.

Rare drop!

Right, so I take it some knowledge about that kind of stuff is important to get the most out of this show? It helps, the majority of the humour comes from references to these kind of games, and it breaks the fourth-wall a couple of times to reference things the characters couldn’t possibly know. Most of the fourth-wall breaking comes from Choco, the white haired loli.

Pointing it out doesn’t excuse it, well unless it’s intentional? I don’t know, I thought it was funny.

Please don’t say the l-word around me. So who are the other characters? There’s a lot, like almost too many are introduced to remember them all, but it’s got this kind of absurd pace that makes it work. Haru is the protagonist, and also the most boring of all of them. The other members of the team are Liza a magic user and Gajeru, some sort of goat/man? There’s some mentions of him being foreign which puts him at the butt of some jokes from Liza, who is kinda mean to him.

And kinda racist too!

Any other notable characters? Yes! There’s a fake “Team Rocket” (or Team Skull seems more appropriate based on their costumes) bad guy group called “Wiseman” and they’re just pure joy to watch, just like in Pokemon the enemy characters have more personality than the heroes!

“Meowth, that’s right!”

A-ha, and is this a kids show? I can see why you’d say that, it’s got a very Saturday-morning anime vibe to it. The show kinda reminded me (and fondly too) of show’s like Pokemon and Fairy Tail and to some extent Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon (and even Digimon, though I never watched the series some of the monster designs felt reminiscent of what I’d seen in commercials). But this not a kids show, it airs at midnight in Japan, its audience is very much teen aged.

Watch out for big breasted girls poaching your adventurers! They’re up to no good!

Midnight?! Is it that adult. Right, I sometimes forget you’re not familiar with the anime world and Japan and all that. Midnight is a pretty typical timeslot for more niche audience shows, i.e. show’s that aren’t Shonen anime. It’s not at all adult, but there are a lot of skimpy outfits, I mean skimpy by your standards probably. It’s all fairly standard for the likes of me.

A pervert. Correct.

Luck of the draw!

So what’s your final say on the first episode and do you recommend it? If this show had played it straight, and didn’t have all the references to gaming tropes and the larger culture surrounding iOS/Android gacha RPG games the only thing it would have had going for it would have been cute character designs and the genuinely fun “Wiseman” bad guy group. But it’s there references and tongue-in-cheek humour that add an extra layer. It’s nothing remarkable, in fact its downright derivative at times, but the fact that the show is not only aware of it but makes fun of itself makes it a joy to watch. Most people will probably be indifferent towards it (in fact I know a lot of my followers will downright hate it) but personally I can’t wait for next week and with the exception of Food Wars’ return it’s the most fun I’ve had with an anime all season!

Getting some AoT vibes from this setting! ’tis pretty tho.

Caligula Episode 1 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Caligula Episode 1.

What’s the show? Caligula, Episode 1.

Oh no, this isn’t an anime about the sister-loving Roman Emperor of the same name is it?! I already made that joke in my post about which anime I was watching this season…

Well excuse me! But I wasn’t invited to that post, was I? Indeed. But no, unfortunately it’s not. Fortunately, it’s something much much better.

Wait did you just say “unfortunately” to the fact it’s not siscon?! Moving on!

Oop, I’m having that dream again!

Man you’re a handful, so what’s this show about anyway? I’ve got no freaking clue, but I mean that in the best possible way. Like this is stream of consciousness anime at its best (well maybe not best, Bakemonogatari still claims that crown) but I love how seemingly disjointed the parts feel and that it comes off like this anime is being birthed from some kind of chaotic, troubled, intellectual mind.

Depends on the mind.

Sounds kind of douchey. Yeah, there will be those who can’t get into this style and will think it’s either confused or wanky, or confusing wank. But I couldn’t get enough of it, like this is the kind of show I love. Yes, I’ll always have a place in my heart for cute girls, but this shit is my crack.

They’re pretty lax with the dress code at this school.

Sell it to me in a way that’ll convince me. It’s like a Christopher Nolan movie—the weirder ones, not the Batman ones—it’s stylish, and smart (or at the very least it’s learned and well-read) and it isn’t afraid to leave the viewer with a whole host of questions and little to no answers by the end of the first episode.

Most people while watching this episode.

Interesting. So can you tell me a little bit about the plot? I didn’t know anything about this show going in and I think that works in the show’s favour. Obviously it intends to tell a long-form story and I think the way it sets it up is brilliant.

You didn’t really answer my question… As intended.

*smouldering intensifies*

Fine, I get it you want to let people go into it the same way you did. Can you tell me anything else about the show? I don’t say this often but I love the male character designs, main guy and guy who likes to fight have a very cool look, and I may or may not have a crush on the main guy, Ritsu. But there’s a lot of cute girls in this anime too! They’re just not as cute as some of the boys…

Isn’t he dreamy?!

Well this is certainly a change! So I guess you recommend the show? I do, but I’m fully aware that is the kind of show that’s going to annoy some people who want to know what kind of show they’re getting into from the get go and it’s the kind of show that could easily go off the rails. It feels like they’ve started with a fairly high-concept idea, or at least have executed it in a way that makes it feel that way. The messy, stream of consciousness aesthetic pushes all my pretentious buttons and I loved every minute of this first episode, and am totally along for the ride!

Always hard to get clean screengrabs that make sense when the subtitles are translating background lyrics at the same time.

PERSONA 5 the Animation Episode 1 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for PERSONA 5 the Animation Episode 1.

What’s the show? PERSONA 5 the Animation, Episode 1.

Oh, ‘the Animation’ that means it’s based on a video game doesn’t it? Indeed, and I’ve even played the video game this is based on!

So you already know all about the plot and characters and where it’s going, huh? Sure do!

No spoilers! I’m not an asshole, of course no spoilers.

So what’s the show about? Well broadly it’s about The Phantom Thieves, a group of social justice vigilantes who seek to undo the wrongs did my ‘shitty adults’ by entering their “palaces” and “changing their hearts”.

Huh? “Palaces”, “Changing Hearts”, what’s all that about? Well it’ll be explained in future episodes so I don’t want to go into too much detail but basically our protagonist Ren Amamiya discovers a magical app on his phone that allows him to enter people’s ‘palaces’ which is like their cognitive world manifested as a hyper stylised fortress filled with enemies which reflect the worst aspects of their personality. Inside these palaces are a treasure, which if obtained makes the person have a ‘change of heart’.

I feel like you probably spoiled more than you should have… Maybe, I mean if I had to guess you’d probably find out most of this within the next 3 to 4 episodes, but there’s a lot more to this show than its central premise.

So having played the game does that make your viewing experience different? Absolutely, because it’s so faithful it does kind of feel a little bit boring to watch. But that’s because I only finished the game in February of this year so it’s still fresh in my mind. But the story and the characters were the best part of the game so I’m still happy to watch it all unfold in an animated form.

And how does it compare so far? Well as I said it’s very faithful so far, and it looks great and has some great audio cues from the game but I played the game with the English voice acting so hearing all these characters in Japanese is a little jarring, especially since I put like 80 hours into the game so I’m very used to the English voices. Having said that, Sojiro’s voice acting is great and it’s good to have a voice to the protagonist who was mostly voiceless in the game, but I already can’t stand Ryuji’s voice actor. Everyone else sounds pretty similar to their English counterparts, but Ryuji sounds so different it might be hard to get used to. But that’s entirely my problem and not a problem of the show.

Fair enough, so what’s the final word on episode one? If you haven’t played Persona 5 I recommend the show, it might seem confusing and dense but this is definitely a show where you need to see more of it to fully appreciate the stories and characters, all of which are great. I can’t wait til the show introduces Makoto and Futaba, my two favourite characters in the game, and of course Morgana who we got a glimpse of at the end of episode one. I’ll be interested to know what people who haven’t played the game think and those who have how do you think it fairs so far as an adaptation.

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 1 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 1.

What’s the show? Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, Episode 1.

‘Kay, and what’s it about? It’s like a VR game, except if VR was actually good. Except it’s not a game it’s a show. And it’s a shooter, so lots of people speaking tactically and talking about guns and what not then bursts of violent action to punctuate it all.

Cover fire.

‘Sword Art Online’, I feel like I know that? Well it’s a popular series, this is like a spin-off or something.

Why haven’t you mentioned it before? Because I kinda don’t give a flying fuck about Sword Art Online! I know that’s probably ‘taking a side’ in the inane debate between SAO lovers and haters, but personally I’m just not that big of a fan of things set in generic fantasy settings, so that’s part of the reason why I never watched but a minute of the original SAO but also why I’m here reviewing GGO.

She’s small and fast, a lethal combination.

Right, fine, but what aside from the setting makes them so different? I don’t know! If I knew that maybe I’d have bothered to watch the original SAO, but as it stands I’m content to watch this version, but I fully admit it feels kind of populist, kinda like the same feeling I get when watching Fairy Tail or the like.

Oh my god you’re such an anime hipster it kind of hurts. I am not!

I don’t know who this is as she’s only in the show for a second but probably best girl.

You absolutely are, but now’s not the time to bicker. So who are the characters in the show? Well so far we’re really only introduced to LLENN a cute girl with a pink P90 machine-gun she calls P-Chan, and M a massive sniper dude with a tactical mind. At the very end of the episode we meet the gamer behind LLENN and thankfully it’s not some overweight otaku in his basement but a tall woman by the name of Karen (who I only know is really tall because the MAL synopsis, but I’m fairly sure that’ll be a plot point in future episodes).

I’m secretly hoping the gruff sniper dude, M is also a girl on the outside world.

Fair enough, so what exactly is the point of this show? I don’t know, but I enjoyed it all the same. I mean sure the stakes seem kinda low since the majority of the show is happening within a game world but I’m still interested to see how this kind of show goes!

So recommended then? I can only speak for people who haven’t see a Sword Art Online series before, and even then it’s still just my opinion but I can think of worse ways to spend 25 minutes, it hasn’t done anything remarkable or revolutionary but it’s still fun and I look forward to seeing how the series progresses.

Karen in real life and her online character LLENN.

Hinamatsuri Episode 1 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Hinamatsuri Episode 1.

What’s the show? Hinamatsuri, Episode 1.

Uh-huh? And what’s it about? A Telekinetic middle-schooler materialises in a metal pod in the upscale living room of a vase collecting Yakuza enforcer and promptly inserts herself into all facets of his life while he is kinda, strangely cool with it, even as she destroys all his worldly possessions.

Among the stranger imagery this anime season.

I, ah… wait what? I don’t know! This show just kind of happened to me, I don’t understand it, I don’t know what’s going on or why, and I don’t know what’s going to happen next but I’m totally cool with it all the same!

Hmm, okay. So what genre is it? Again, I don’t know. Comedy I suppose, but not in the same way that a lot of other anime are. It’s almost like an 80’s Hollywood comedy where some gruff detective or criminal type is partnered up with a precocious kid or a talking animal. Except it’s so sincere here that whatever cheesiness that could have come from the set-up isn’t there, and it’s all the better for it!

Don’t we all… wait we don’t? Oh no…

So this telekinetic girl and this Yakuza guy? How are they? Oh! They are the best, and that’s a part of what makes this show work so well, because if these characters were in the slightest bit unlikable it could so easily fall apart but here we’re given Hina, who yes is lazy and wry, but has a depth to her characterisation that makes you sympathise with her just a few errant words. But—and here’s the real surprise (at least for me)—is that Yoshifumi Nitta, the vase collecting Yakuza dude is the real grounding force for this show.

Not the vases! Anything but the vases!

Why’s that a surprise? C’mon, you know me, I’m all about the female characters. But here we have a main character who is so unbelievably understanding and acutely aware of his new housemates needs and neurosis’ that he embodies the viewer, at least the more sympathetic among viewers.

Grown-ups suck. But not all grown-ups suck.

Well that’s good I suppose. And he’s remarkably asexual toward her, which considering she’s a middle-schooler that shouldn’t be anything noteworthy, but even the show itself is not the least bit interested in sexualising her, which feels so rare and refreshing! Like this could have so easily gone down a creepy route both with the characters and with the framing but it doesn’t! And I’m just kind of in awe of how disciplined and mature it treats their whole situation while still maintaining a sense of humour and personality throughout. (But then again I’m used to watching shows that are pretty creepy so maybe this isn’t anything unique at all.)

So you recommend it then? Absolutely, usually I feel like my recommendations come with conditions like “oh you have to be into x and y but not z to like this show” but I think I can confidently say that almost anyone should be able to enjoy this show. It’s a rare and unique treat amongst a sea of wearying repetitiveness and tired tropes.

The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Episode 1 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA Review for The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis – Encounter Episode 1.

What’s the show? The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Episode 1.

Quite the mouthful. Heh!

Did I say something funny? Oh, no just kind of apt, this show’s got a serious homoerotic streak between the protagonist Reinhard von Lohengramm and his second-in-charge Siegfried Kircheis. And I don’t know if it’s intentional but it’s how do I put this delicately…

Just spit it out. Haha!

Some quality dialogue there.

Oh my god you’re so immature… Listen, I’m all for homoeroticism, believe it or not. Just because I’m usually into cute girls doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the importance of a little male same sex relations but it’s just… it feels so damn silly here! And not because it’s OTT, quite the contrary, it’s so stuffy and repressed that I don’t even know who the target audience for it is. Maybe because it’s based on an older anime that came from a time when it wasn’t so cool to be open with these things. Or maybe it’s just because the setting is so grand and slick and its framed against epic space battles and intergalactic diplomacy that it kind of feels like they’re holding back as not to further narrow down their audience but in doing so they’re really just making an unfulfilling product.

Anime blue balls? Sure, if you want to be crude about it…

And perhaps later I can show you my stamp collection.

Hey, who’s the one who was laughing at my innuendo just a few questions ago?! You admit it then!

Ugh—so you mentioned ‘epic space battles’. Care to elaborate? Yeah, I mean it’s probably the most impressive thing about this show, the 3D CGI animation is flawlessly integrated into the 2D and the battles have the kind of scope and scale that I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a TV series. It’s just a shame the rest of the story is so dull and the characters (so far) are playing it so low key that there feels like everybody’s just phoning it in. That and the story is kind of boring.

It looks better in motion, trust me.

Well that’s a shame. It is! It feels like there’s a lot of promise and a lot of talent behind the scenes but it’s not very well executed, to the point I have to wonder why should I bother continuing. But it’s not offensive enough to give it up just yet, maybe it will improve, and maybe the relationship between the two men will go beyond “flirting” “words”, but until then it will continue to be dull.

That kind of captain’s chair says a lot about a person.

Since when are you rooting for more man on man action? Hehehehe ‘rooting’.

No but seriously! I don’t know, I guess when there’s so little else to focus in on in a show like this you want it to do something daring. I mean at least it would be doing something.

A bit phallic perhaps? Or do I just have a dirty mind?

Fair enough, so do you recommend this show? Umm, not really? The space battles are excellent but that’s not nearly enough to make it worth watching unless you are for some reason really into these characters. I’ll keep watching though, because even though it may be dull at least it doesn’t offend me or make me angry. Maybe that seems like a silly reason to continue a show but the very least I’ll have some cool space battles to look at.

It really is a good looking anime.

The Other Half; A Different Take on ‘Magical Girl Site’ Episode 1 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA Review for Magical Girl Site Episode 1. (From irlwaifu)

I can’t believe he is dropping this after one episode I know right, so much for giving everything a go.

Is that you IRL Waifu? Yup. I thought I would step in to answer the remaining 13 questions from this review.

He doesn’t always do a full 20 on single episode reviews? Just roll with it, it seems more cool this way.

Okay. Before we start, do I need to call you IRL Waifu? Absolutely.

Well okay. So why are you here Cactus Matt’s IRL Waifu? Do you disagree with him? Actually, not quite. He is right on so much of what he says. This was one of, if not the most, depressing episodes of anime I have ever seen. I cried so much. I felt for Aya Asagiri so much. I hurt so much. She is suffering at home, suffering at school and well, she may be being used as a weapon because of this. How much does the world need to crush one little soul?

No.

So what is the difference between you and Cactus Matt? I’m a girl. Well, woman.

You’re a girl? You doubted that? You thought I was made up?

No I mean, how can you being a girl be what makes this different for you? I think it’s because I know how girls really are with each other. I’ve been in that place. Cute girls do not always do cute things. Cute girls can be fucking cu—

—CUTTHROAT? Yes, cutthroat. But also what you interrupted me saying.

*insert High School bitch names here*

You are not holding back are you? Nope. This episode was depressing, but I would not go as far as calling it misery porn as Cactus Matt did. I didn’t get off on it. I got angry about it. I reflected on it. I realised the amped up realness of it. I need to see how this story goes because I cannot let this go at this point simply because it challenged my emotions, and took me to places I didn’t want to go… or go back to, to an extent.

So you are continuing this anime? Yes. Strap me in for the emotional rollercoaster, as I pray to the almighty flying spaghetti monster that Aya Asagiri makes it through.

I’m logging on.

So what does this mean for Cactus Matt? I volunteer as tribute to continue the reviews that he cannot write.

Well, I guess we shall be speaking again in future? Definitely. Be sure to have the tissues ready, I foresee them being needed. *Eyebrow raises* And don’t be gross, not for that you pervert.

Fight on!