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

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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…

Same.

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!

Kuma-shock!

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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Love Across Time and Space – ‘Darling in the FranXX’ Episode 24 (Finale) Review

Love Across Time and Space – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Darling in the FranXX’ Episode 24 (Finale)

What’s the show? Darling in the FranXX, Episode 24.

Well here we are, the end of Darling in the FranXX… this is kind of a hard one to talk about.

Oh? How so? It’s always hard to talk about a season finale of something this big… no not just season but series, this is a pretty definitive ending—all things considered. Also… I’m going to have to talk about some of the criticisms I saw of the show on Twitter, because well… I have some ~opinions~ on what’s been levelled against this finale.

Oh boy… one of those reviews, huh? I’m going to try and keep the ranting to a minimum okay? I know nobody likes to read a rant, if you want to know my brief and concise thoughts on the finale though, here they are: it was great, pretty much what I wanted and more or less what I expected.

Hot.

Fair enough, so should we talk about what happened in the episode first? Okay, so giant Zero Two and Hiro inside her are floating through deep space, having a grand ol’ time reading each other’s thoughts and periodically blowing up enemy alien spaceships. Meanwhile on Earth, some time has passed and the gang is getting ready for the birth of Kokoro‘s baby. The episode cuts back and forth between deep space and Earth, with the passing of time increasing each cut.

I legit cried a lot at this scene.

How much time we talking? At first days, then weeks, then months, then a couple of years. In space; they reach the alien hub, but Hiro succumbs to the negative influence of the VIRM. Back on Earth, Kokoro’s and Mitsuru’s baby Ai (whose a toddler now) is touching the petrified Zero Two statue and begins saying “Darling” despite never having learnt that world. The gang surmise that Zero Two is trying to reach out to them for help. So they all hold hands and send their thoughts and prayers to space… and yeah on paper that sounds incredibly lame…

He’s kind of handsome… I mean, where dem titties at!

You said it, not me! Anyway, the power of friendship knows no bounds and Hiro hears their voices and comes back out of the void—or wherever he was—and he and Zero Two ‘connect’ once more and defeat the evil aliens with the bomb the klaxosaurs provided. Boom! The aliens are defeated but of course in such a blast there’s no surviving it for our two young lovers. And their souls drift through space…

Wow, didn’t expect them to kill the two main characters of the show! It was kind of the only way they could go about it without it seeming contrived, and yet there’s still people out there who thought this ending was “convenient”.

Group photo!

Oh boy… here we go, rant mode enabled… No, I’m not going to rant, I’m just going to say that in-universe this ending made sense. Having statue version Zero Two on Earth being able to hear everyone was established—in so far that there was a connection between Zero Two’s mind in Strelizia and her body on Earth, we saw her flesh body take damage Earth-side while it was being attacked in space. Also, of course Hiro’s going to here it, he’s inside her! The two have been sharing a brain for years at this point!

Easy with the exclamation marks chief. If that’s all people are saying then what’s the big deal? That’s people who already didn’t care for the show complaining some more about an ending they don’t care about. There’s more.

Of course it’s a Sakura tree, of course!

Okay, go on. So back to the episode itself, we have a time-lapse of the tree that sprouted from the crumbled Zero Two statue (just go with it) hundreds of years pass as the tree grows large and new cities grow larger behind it. It’s an honestly gorgeous scene that had me shedding a few tears! Then as the drifting souls of Hiro and Zero Two return to Earth we see two familiar looking small children meet each other under the tree.

Love finds a way.

Okay? And… And I think that’s a beautiful way to end this series, with the same message of hope for the future that was always an undercurrent (and later—the entire plot) of the series. Some people had issue with this idea of “souls” or “reincarnation” as being too cheesy or too ~mystical~ but most Japanese ideologies concerning the idea of the soul revolve around some kind of reincarnation mythos. This isn’t religious symbolism suddenly appearing in a science-oriented show, this is more rooted in Japanese culture—the way nearly every Slice of Life series has characters visiting a shrine for New Years, it’s not an explicitly religious tradition like if a character in a Western show went to church, it’s just a part of life. That’s not to say everyone in Japan believes in reincarnation but there’s something hopeful about the idea of a soul living beyond its physical limitations and something sweetly romantic about two souls finding one another again in a different time.

“Kiss me now!”

Hmm, sounds like you’ve just got an opinion that happens to be different from other people’s, doesn’t make yours any more valid… I, uh… well yeah, fine! Where do you get off being the voice of reason?

That’s literally my job here. Right.

So was there anything else you wanted to add? The more I think about this ending the sadder it is—on a very small scale though, because ultimately it’s a happy ending, the world continues, no more bad aliens, things are more or less ‘good’. But I can’t help but think about the Plantation 13 gang waiting for Hiro and Zero Two to return home for the rest of their lives, and then dying of old age—not really knowing what happened. I mean I’m sure they made their peace with the assumption that they perished, but still, I feel sad for Ichigo.

I mean I guess Goro is a good consolation prize…

Uh-huh, well when you’re done feeling sad, want to wrap up this review? Cracking the whip today, aren’t we? I’ll save my overall feelings for the show as a whole for an inevitable (but probably long way off) full-season review. Speaking strictly on the finale though, I’m more or less happy with what we got! I knew we’d have something of a time-skip in this episode but I never thought it would be as long into the future as it was here! Also, small thing but I’m glad Ikuno got a girlfriend in the form of the returned Naomi, it was subtle and I wish they’d shared an on-screen kiss but it made me happy nonetheless! All in all, while ridiculous at times and borderline nonsensical, I thoroughly enjoyed the finale of Darling in the FranXX.

This is what I was waiting the whole series for! Representation matters!

Previous Darling in the FranXX Reviews:

Episode 1-15 Review
Episode 16-20 Review
Episode 21 Review
Episode 22 Review
Episode 23 Review


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High School DxD Hero Episode 12 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for High School DxD Hero Episode 12

What’s the show? High School DxD Hero, Episode 12.

So the final episode of DxD Hero? Needs more oppai.

Sorry, what? Gotta’ have more oppai!

So are we going to talk about the episode or just sit here meme-ing? Fine~! Put aside the fact that there’s literally zero fan-service in this episode, it is still a great episode and a somewhat fitting finale for this ‘new chapter’ of this show’s lifespan.

I’m not sure what you mean by that… I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s just focus in on the main plot points, this episode can succinctly be divided into two parts. The Rating Games conclusion and what I’m calling “The Confession”.

Right, so the Rating Game finally ends? Who wins? Despite Sairorg being an inimitable foe and generally speaking all around over-powered S.O.B. Issei secures the win—just barely—because it’s the power of love that saves the day! In the heat of the battle, Issei somewhat inadvertently confesses his love—his true feelings for Rias, and it’s those feelings and living up to his intended potential that carry him across the finish line against impossible odds!

Raging Bull reference?

So Issei wins? Yup, and it’s not even like this was some predictable, put-upon win, it’s hard fought and dare I say emotionally involved. Because Issei respects Sairorg more than we could ever know… as much as I hate the term, the two have formed a sort of “bromance” that persists even in spite of a life or death rivalry.

And what about after that? “Harem shenanigans”? I wish, no it’s their school cultural festival and Rias’ occult club is holding a haunted house andmaid café, the latter of which is just an excuse to get our female characters in sexy maid outfits but hey you won’t find me complaining!

And Gasper being an adorable dracula!

And then after that? Well… Issei finds Rias’ overlooking her favourite window, pensive but majestic. He says he has something to say to her… that something being finally the thing we’ve all waited so long for! He calls her by her name and he confesses his undying, unconditional love for her. And… surprise surprise she does the same, leaning in for a proper, tender, romantic kiss… only to be stopped by the rest of the “family” as they bust on through, not only to offer their support but continue the harem unabated as the other girls say they’ll have to try even harder to win him over despite the fact that Issei and Rias are very much a couple now.

He said it! He said it!

Oh darn! So close to a kiss…Don’t worry; the others leave as quickly as they came and Issei and Rias share a kiss… and what’s this? Tears running down my face?! But seriously, after solong it’s great to finally have this moment on-screen, it was very touching and (probably) worth the wait? I only say probably because four seasons seems like a long time to wait for a love confession but hey, better late than never!

Dawww. *heart emoji*

And is that DxD done with? Almost! We’ve got two post credit scenes, or rather a post-credit scene and a flashback within that scene. Firstly we get to see Sairorg reunited with his previously comatose mother who has made a full recovery! It’s a nice moment and solidifies not only the strength of Sairorg as a supporting character but will no doubt engender Sairorg as a powerful ally for Issei and the Gremory household in future battles.

You get a happy ending, you get a happy ending! Happy endings for everyone!

What does Issei have to do with Sairorg’s mother coming out of a coma? Well it’s all but confirmed by Azazel that Issei’s pailingual (booblingual—where he can talk to women’s breasts) was responsible for bringing her out of a coma.

Eh?! Just go with it, then the episode ends proper with Azazel ‘reminiscing’ about an encounter with a man called Indra (who my research tells me is the King of the Gods and Lord of Heaven) who threatens to kill Issei if he becomes too dangerous. So I guess we’re just setting up an antagonist of sorts for the next arc, not really essential but I guess the show wanted people to know they were thinking ahead to a possible fifth season!

He kinda looks like a ‘douche bro’, tbh…

And will it get a fifth season? I don’t know, it deserves one, I’d love all the Light Novels to be adapted because I still really enjoy these characters and the story and the fan-service, but only time (and DVD/blu-ray sales) will tell whether this was the last DxD season or just the start of a new lease on life. Either way, I enjoyed this series heaps, and Passione (the new animation studio behind the series) did an excellent job!

Look at these rascals! More please!

Previous High School DxD Hero Reviews:
Episode 0 Review
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review


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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 12 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 12

What’s the show? Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, Episode 12.

Here we are end of Squad Jam 2 and end of Gun Gale Online. It all happened so fast, I don’t know how to feel!

What did, the episode? No, the episode is perfectly paced—I meant the series in general, feels like it was just yesterday we were meeting cute little LLENN-chan!

Right… that’s enough strolling down memory lane, how’s the finale, how much of it is taken up by the conclusion to Squad Jam since the previous episode ended on a cliffhanger? Mercifully little, not to say that I didn’t enjoy Squad Jam 2 but by this point in the series I needed this finale to focus on the scenes set irl and boy oh boy does this episode deliver on that!

Now kiss! (Guess I’ll have to wait for later for that).

I know you’re frothing to talk about the “irl scenes” but please, focus on the episode in chronological order, who wins Squad Jam 2?! Well it’s a tough one-on-one battle between LLENN and Pito, things get dirty, things get violent, there’s neck stabbings and face punching and hands being cut off—it’s positively visceral! But in the end, it’s the power of trust and teamwork that gives LLENN and co the upper hand. With all weapons out of reach, the two are face-to-face and on the ground, both on minimal life, LLENN reminds Pito of her promise, that if she ever won that they’d meet in real life. Pito calms a little and LLENN tears Pito’s throat out, claiming her kill.

Wow… brutal… I’ll say.

So LLENN and Fuka win? Nope, there was a third team on the map that were lying in wait and proceed to mow down LLENN and Fuka in a matter of seconds.

Nobody likes this team… whoever they are…

Oh, kind of anti-climactic, no? Not at all! I would have been annoyed if it had kept going, it was ~just~ the right length for me, besides it was never about winning Squad Jam, it was about LLENN “saving” Pito by killing her in the game—and by that definition, mission accomplished!

Hard to hold hands when you have no hands.

Right, I know you’ve been eagerly waiting to talk about the scenes set outside the game. Go on now, have your fun. Arigato! So it’s kind of hard to put into words how much I prefer the show’s scenes set in real life, first we get to see the adorable team SHINC having their sweets and tea with Karen and it’s exactly the amount of adorable I was craving, like the anime equivalent of a sugar rush! Then Karen and Miyu (the irl Fuka) go to meet with irl M (Goshi) who’s going to take them both to meet the real life Pito—whose identity is still a mystery!

I loved their reactions during this scene, nobody likes a stalker!

If I recall from an earlier review, this ‘Goshi’ character is a little ~obsessed~ with real life Pito, to a troubling degree, do they explain any of that? Yup, and it’s as hilarious and twisted as I was hoping—turns out in his teenage years Goshi was an overweight stalker(!) and one day while following her, she confronts him, invites her back to her hotel room, strips him, beats him and takes incriminating photos basically ensuring that he’ll be her manservant for life.

Eek!

Umm… I don’t know who’s worse him for stalking her or her for treating him like that. An essay could be written about how deeply “problematic” that whole thing is, but the way I see it is that they’re too screwed up people who probably deserve each other—nothing come from trying to dissect and discuss the validity of their “relationship”.

Naww?

I guess that’s your way of saying, ‘we’re moving on’, yeah? Moving on… They arrive at their destination a secret Elsa Kanzaki concert! (Elsa Kanzaki is both Karen and Miyu’s favourite artist) they watch the petite singer’s performance with joyful tears in their eye and then backstage we finally meet the irl Pito… Goshi tries to make out that real life Pito is the owner of the club but Karen’s smart enough to know what’s going on…

Well who is it? Turns out Pito has been Elsa Kanzaki all along, that’s right the bloodthirsty, borderline insane master of GGO was a petite pop-star with a cutesy image! And I love her so much!

Excuse me? Elsa Kanzaki is best girl; also she’s bisexual… which Karen finds out as she plants a big kiss on the lips of the blushing tall-girl!

Swoon!

Sounds like Elsa’s got some issues with consent… Maybe, I don’t care, talk about how it’s problematic that a bisexual character is presented as sexually promiscuous all you want in the comments but right now I’m just content to sit and bask in the afterglow of this season finale that was pretty much everything I love about this show in one 25 minute package! I’m going to miss this show a lot, it was an unexpected treat of the season and even if it never gets a second season I’m incredibly satisfied.

Can we get a second season that’s just these two please? Oh and the gymnastic girls too.

Previous Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 5.5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review


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Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 12 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 12

What’s the show? Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair, Episode 12.

So here we are the last Last Period episode… I can’t believe you kept reviewing this week to week out of spite for all the people who weren’t watching it/were giving it low scores?! Well when you put it like that you make me sound like an asshole… I was just trying to raise awareness for this delightfully silly and fun show the only way I knew how—by belligerently beating people over the head with my opinions on it on a weekly basis!

And did it work? Nope! Let’s get on to reviewing the finale!

Now kiss!

Sure… so this episode is a continuation of last episode, yes? Indeed, something I wasn’t particularly fond of as I felt the storyline from last week was among the weakest the season had afforded us—or rather more generic—at least for a show that played it so fast and loose with references to another media and genre.

Just a couple of sweet girls surveying the devastation before them.

Right so is it more of the same or does it function as a satisfying conclusion? It can be both! Though the stuff to do with the main plot is a little better than last week and it has a nice emotional pay-off for new best girl Luluna. We also get a few answers to long-standing unanswered questions that I kinda didn’t need, like why Campanella was moonlighting as Blacknella for Wiseman. Whatever the answer was going to be I knew it wouldn’t be worth waiting 12 episodes to find out and it wasn’t, but it’s not like I was watching with baited breath to find out the answer so it’s hardly a big deal!

Yada yada yada “testing them all” yada yada yada “back to square one”.

So what about it is satisfying—aside from Luluna? It’s just a really fun and well-put together episode! We get to see a bunch of character cameos from people we haven’t seen in a while/appear infrequently. There’s also a lot of gacha-game related meta-humour that sold me on the show in the first place, so in a way it works as a nice bookend for the show too! Having a bunch of amorphous enemies who represent the worst negative thoughts of gacha-game players spouting things like “I thought the rate was boosted!”, “I’ll drain my bank account for it!” and “dem thighs!” was among the highlights of the episode!

I’m usually looking out for boobs but the sentiment is the same!

Anything else you want to mention? Lastly, I think—more than anything about this show—it’s the characters that will stick with me, they are just so damn good, especially Wiseman—who by the end of the series are pretty much a part of the main cast as opposed to being the random recurring villains that they were initially set up like! I am glad this show gave Wiseman, not only enough screen-time, but the potential for them to have a show of their own (not that it’ll ever happen but a man can dream!) Not the best episode but a perfectly fine finale, which even sneaks in one extra cheeky meta-reference to close out the episode!

Oh you!

Previous Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 & 3 Review
Episode 4 & 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review


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Caligula Episode 12 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Caligula Episode 12

What’s the show? Caligula, Episode 12.

Well here we are… the season finale of Caligula, a show you’ve had strong feelings for—mostly good, but occasionally not so. Does the finale deliver or disappoint? It had every opportunity to fail, it could have easily fumbled at the finish line… but it didn’t! Thankfully! Though the opening few minutes had me fearing for the worse.

Oh, why’s that? Well, let’s just say it’s hardly the most flawless of starts, its clumsy and kind of silly—I actually audibly chuckled when I saw Ritsu and Aria flying through ‘space doors’ (not sure what else to call them) with gold sparkles shooting out their feet. It’s the kind of visual design decisions that maybe seemed like a good idea at the time but come across as cloyingly cheesy.

So shiny.

It’s almost hard to imagine what you’re talking about being executed well anywhere, let alone here. Exactly. And the cheesiness, while thankfully not ever-present does pop up from time-to-time throughout the episode, but it’s kind of unavoidable considering the kind of story they’ve wanted to tell and the resolution they wanted to give to the characters.

Ritsu to the rescue!

What do you mean by that? Well, spoilers obviously, but Ritsu re-enters Mobius to rescue his friends in the ‘Go Home Club’ from μ’s reign of terror and destruction. Aria has regained some of her powers and whisks them all away to safety with a few magic words, leaving Ritsu to monologue his heart out in order to bring μ back in line and smiling again.

μ has joined an emotional band.

And how does him talking to her save the day? Basically he lays out his feelings, his ideas about happiness and his various philosophies on life and yeah, it’s all perfectly relatable and understandable stuff—and even though it is a finale built around talkingrather than action I was hanging off Ritsu’s every word. Several times this season this show has proven that words are more powerful weapons than violence and I’m glad the show leant into this in its final episode because—at least for me makes a greater impact than just a messy action spectacle.

Understatement of the century.

And does it work? Well it takes him stripping down his ‘fictionalised’ self and revealing his true irl form, and then confessing his love for her—but yes, it works and everyone lives happily ever after.

And that’d he the ‘cheese’ you were talking about then, huh? Pretty much, I still stand by the opinion that that this show would have been stronger if they’d lost a couple of characters a long the way, the stakes would have felt more real and the drama would have been more palpable. But I guess this is what in video game terms would be classified as the “good ending” where everyone lives and has learnt and grown stronger as people from their various experiences in Mobius.

μ it’s a good look on her.

So what’s your opinion on the ending as a whole? All in all I thought it was a very good ending—perhaps better than I expected—but then again my expectations were lowered by wariness. I don’t think this finale will change the mind’s of people who don’t like this series, but personally I think it told a story well—albeit slightly overlong, and I’m happy to have spent my time with Caligula!

‘good end’.

Previous Caligula Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review


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Food Wars! The Third Plate Episode 24 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Food Wars! The Third Plate Episode 24

What’s the show? Food Wars! The Third Plate, Episode 24.

The season finale of Food Wars, yeah? You made a few predictions about what this episode might contain, were you correct in any of them? Well, as it turns out… all of them! I’m not going to be smug about it though, they were fairly safe predictions.

Let’s see last review you predicted that the episode would be entirely the battle between Soma and Nene. Yup, that happened. Though I felt like the episode was intentionally drawn out so that it was neatly just that rather than half-start a new battle. That’s not to say the episode didn’t have other things happening—but more in a ‘wrapping things up/looking back montage’ kind of way—rather than starting anything new. There’s even an end credit montage of every time Erina got flustered by Soma in some way or another!

*blush*

So is that a negative against the episode? I mean if you were viewing this show as a whole, some time from now once it’s all completed an episode like this would feel padded and even repetitive—when shown against what’s come before. But as a season finale, I still really liked it!

I get the reference!

You also predicted that Nene would lose to Soma to teach her to be less rigid about her cooking style? Okay, I guess I was ~mostly~ correct with that one, while she does learn a lesson it’s less about being rigid in her cooking style and more about learning to adapt to a cooking venue. Soma won the soba battle against her because he was cooking for a cold climate and a cold cooking/serving venue; therefore the aromatics of her noodles were more muted, whereas Soma—by stir-frying his noodles bought the aromas to the forefront! Practiced and perfected methods versus clever cooking and adaptability in any environment, that’s the difference and that’s why he won.

Nene can glower at me any day.

And it wouldn’t be an episode of Food Wars without talking about fan-service, right? I’m surprised you brought it up! You’re always so ~aghast~ at the mere mention of oppai.

Well I’ve got a role to fulfil here too… Well since you asked, it’s pretty good, but on the whole I feel like it’s been a bit lacking this season in general—with the exception of the blonde twins from a few episodes ago. Wait should we be talking about this or saving this for a season long review?

Don’t underestimate the power of a good noodle.

That depends if you’re even doing one for this show? I guess there’s no need, I’ve already said on several occasions that I sometimes find it difficult to talk about the show because I end up just endlessly complementing it so I might as well give my full season thoughts here.

Let’s not be that negative. Also, that face… my god.

Right, so what did you think of Season 3 of Food Wars? The first cour (half) of Season 3, which aired in the Fall 2017 anime season was an exceptionally strong experience, perhaps the best the show had been! The second cour, was a bit more of an uneven experience—though finished well with some much needed character development, fleshing out of backstories through flashbacks and a return to form with regard to the Shokugeki format. Hopefully next season (whenever it may appear) will have more of an added focus on relationships—of a romantic kind—because I just can’t help shipping Soma and Erina and neither can the show if that ending credit montage was anything to go by!

I’ll give you some love Rindo-sempai!

Previous Food Wars! Reviews:

Season 1 Review
Season 3, Episode 13 Review
Season 3, Episode 14 & 15 Review
Season 3, Episode 16 & 17 Review
Season 3, Episode 18-22 Review
Season 3, Episode 23 Review


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Comic Girls Episode 12 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review of Comic Girls Episode 12

What’s the show? Comic Girls, Episode 12.

So here we are at the season finale of Comic Girls, are you okay? I’m not crying… you’re crying…

Do you need a minute to compose yourself? No, I’ll be fine; I must be strong for my cute girls!

Time to cry.

That’s the spirit? Geez, this has gotten weird so quick… So what’s the episode about? Kaos’ guest piece in a manga magazine was a success! Her editor praises her on the background and the line work especially… i.e. the things that the other girls in the dorm helped her out with… And with a new deadline looming for part 2 plus the dorm being (temporarily) closed down plus the other girls are all leaving the dorm early Kaos gets caught in a Kaos-spiral, finding herself unable to work in these conditions!

This moment comes later in the episode but it was really sweet.

Oh dear… Indeed, Kaos’ crippling self-doubt reaches an all-time high in this episode as she spends most of the run-time fumbling and screaming and stuttering her way through her own special kind of nervous break-down. Only to eventually find the inspiration she needs to complete her work through the help of the matron, her mother and the friends she misses so dearly.

Kaos’ mother is supportive of her silly little daughter, it warms my heart.

So everything works out in the end? More or less, and more than any other episode this is very much a Kaos-centric, introspective—almost one-woman show type of deal. Let’s just say if Kaos and her bumbling incompetence/neurotic tendencies aren’t something you can deal with than this isn’t the episode for you. Personally though I’ve always found her mix of high anxiety and social ineptitude with a subtle perverted streak equally hilarious and relatable—she’s like a less delusional Tomoko from Watamote.

Understandable.

I’m not quite sure what you mean by that but sure… A crucial part of Kaos’ big ‘revelation’ is that she’s an otaku and she has fun with her silly little hobbies like playing with her cute girl figurines and spending time by herself and geeking out about things. It’s an arc that’s been playing out since early on and while it’s only touched upon slightly here it is perhaps her most relatable quality—that and the all-consuming self-doubt of course.

Preach!

So it sounds like we don’t get a lot of the other girls in this episode? There’s some at the end and some at the start, but yeah, probably the least we see of the other three Comic Girls in the whole series—which is a bit of a shame since their interactions and growing friendship is a part of what makes this series so good. But as they say, “absence makes the heart grow fonder” and the post-credit scene with their inevitable reunion outside the brand new dorm hits all the right kind of emotional notes.

See you later girls!

All in all a good finale then? It won’t rank among the show’s best episodes, the comedy is somewhat lacking in parts but its heart is still firmly in the right place. But honestly it’s hard to imagine any other way to have concluded this season other than the way they did and after all is said and done it makes me long for more of this beautifully put together show—here’s hoping we get a second season some day but until then I’ll continue to savour the memories and revisit when the mood strikes me and I dare say the mood will strike me often.


Previous Comic Girls Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review


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Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 12 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 12

What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 12.

Season finale? Season finale!

So what kind of epic scenes and dramatic moments does the finale hold? It should go without saying that if you’ve read this far in these reviews you must know they have spoilers, but all the same spoiler warning–we’re talking about character deaths!

Deaths? As in multiple? Yes, although most of the deaths are named but seldom scene characters but we do get a death in the main cast of characters!

You sound so excited? Meaningful character deaths are great dramatic material, meaningful character deaths that actually elicit an emotion reaction from me–even better!

RIP.

So who dies then? Everyone’s favourite blonde haired, sharp toothed CCG ghoul Shirazu gets a big piece ripped out of his side while taking down an SS-class rated ghoul and damn is it a well-paced, well-voice acted and altogether just plain beautifully sad scene… I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear or two during it! And what’s more it’s not some neat and tidy heroic death, yes he dies taking out a massively threatening and dangerous ghoul but he dies with unfinished business with his terminally ill sister in need of an operation–but lacking the funs, he dies without getting to see ‘Mr. Sass’ again (Haisie) and he dies with genuine terror and regret in his heart. It’s very real and raw and gives an emotional core to an otherwise kind of silly episode.

No! Please don’t cry Saiko!

Oh? Does the episode have issues? A few–though nothing catastrophic or episode breaking. Early in the episode when  Like I found ‘The Owl’s’ “final form” kind of absurd looking to the point where it wasn’t even a bit intimidating. Like Eto–the girl inside ‘The Owl’–is far more scary in her human form! Also, I don’t usually like to comment on the animation quality but it’s quite a bit choppier here, like it’s missing some key-frames–seems like they could have benefited from taking a week hiatus to polish it up a bit.

Creepy AF.

Other than the death scene is there anything else good about the episode? Despite the uptake in action–specifically between Haisie and The Owl, it’s a very introspective episode–at least towards the start, which was something I really appreciated. The scene between Haisie and his younger self in his mind was very well done and led into arguably this episode’s most important development–the return of Ken Kaneki! Yup, that’s right our sweet little Haisie is now hard assed jerk Ken Kanieki!

Burn!

And that’s important? Probably. There’s still another season of this to come starting in October 2018 and now that a lot of things from this season are resolved and we’ll no doubt see the return of some briefly shown but important Season 1 characters–like Touka, Yomo and Chie Hori–who rescue Tsukiyama (The Gourmet) after he’s thrown off the family skyscraper by Ken.

Right. So how does this finale rank among the rest of the season? I’ll save my thoughts on the season as a whole for a proper 20 Question Review some time down the track, but my specific thoughts on this final episode are–it’s good, very good in fact. I think with a bit more time and polish this could have been even better but ultimately it serves as a satisfying conclusion to some things as well as a promise of even more interesting things to come in the future.

Harsh, but fair.

Previous Tokyo Ghoul:re Episodes:
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review


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