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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Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 11 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 11

What’s the show? Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair, Episode 11.

As I recall, last week you said that this episode would continue on from the events of that episode? Were you accurate in your prediction? Nope! It’s like none of it happened at all!

Oh, that’s bad though isn’t it? Well not bad exactly, just unexpected—though this is Last Period we’re talking about ‘unexpected’ is part of its modus operandi!

So what’s this episode about then? Wiseman accept a job that Haru and his team passed on because it was too dangerous only for Wiseman to get kidnapped by the selfish Mayor of a walled village who has in his position a Spiral of unimaginable size and power! Upon learning of their rival’s being kidnapped Haru and co leap to their rescue only to get caught up in all sorts of outlandish and wild shenanigans in the best Last Period fashion!

So versatile!

So is it among the best Last Period episodes? It’s got more in common with the earlier episodes, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing… it’s just the show kind of feels like it’s evolved past this at this point. I’d call it a return to form but I prefer this show when it’s being experimental. That’s not to say it doesn’t have ~elements~ of that, sprinkled throughout there’s various call-backs to previous episodes as well as a bit of meta-humour here and there but the story is a bit lacking, what it’s not lacking though is character.

Iona is a good “call girl” but I prefer Laluna…

How do you mean? The character interactions are as good as they’ve ever been and with the focus being on rescuing Wiseman it’s quite clear the show knows how great the rival trio is—much like with Episode 9 more Wiseman = more good times for all!

Back to the plot of the episode, how does that resolve itself? It ends on a cliffhanger! But a proper one this time, I even checked the preview for the next episode (which I never do) and the storyline does indeed continue into the season finale next episode!

Colourful randos to the rescue!

And how do you feel about that? Eh~ more Last Period is always a good thing but I won’t lie and say I’m not just a little bit disappointed that this particular storyline is going to continue into the next episode too as it’s pretty weak. I’m sure they’ll be plenty of humorous moments and great character interactions, but that’s all I’m looking forward to with regards to the final episode. I haven’t gone cold on the show—far from it—I just think it could have done a lot more with it’s penultimate episode.

Giant monster battles = me being bored.

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


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Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 10 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 10

What’s the show? Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair, Episode 10.

So last week you refused to talk about the details of the episode because you didn’t want to spoil the reveal of a joke. Can you at least even talk about this one? Thankfully, yes. In fact it’s almost the opposite of last week’s episode in that I want to tell everyone about it!

That good, huh? I’m not going to pretend like this is some life changing, genre breaking half hour of television but I just really dig it when a show is willing to just run wild with an idea!

Okay, interesting. So what’s it about? Well Haru, Liza, Gajeel and Choco are chasing down Wiseman when they end up finding their house–a grand and palatial estate–miles away from the slummy shared living that Haru and his friends are used to. Inside they find Iona–the “call girl” responsible for all of Wiseman’s over-powered five star ‘calls’ (and my new best-girl as of last episode) and tempted by the idea of having their own five star supporting character they have her do a call… only for things to go dreadfully wrong!

Oh? Well do tell. Are you familiar with the UK science fiction series Black Mirror?

Uh, let’s assume I’m not. Well it’s a twisted near-future sci-fi series that’s kind of like the Twilight Zone but for technology gone awry! Some of its very good and this episode reminded me of an anime version of one those episodes.

That’s unexpected. Yup, it’s straight-up psychological meta-horror and at times it’s very unsettling–at least if you’re expecting the bright and bubbly show it often is (though this show is just subversive enough to absolutely pull off this kind of turn without it seeming like tonal whiplash).

Is it still funny though? This is a comedy last time I checked… For sure, to get into a few details about what the episode is actually about… after the ‘hero call’ goes amiss, Iona and Choco wake up in a barn with a strange device they don’t recognize (it’s a smart phone FYI) and on the phone are 3 apps. Upon pressing the first one they find it’s a game called ‘Ensemble Girls!!’ and in place of one of the main girls is someone who looks suspiciously like Liza–yup she’s trapped in a mobile Visual Novel style collectible card game! And she only starts to realize something is amiss when she starts to feel the presence of someone watching her and the prodding of invisible fingers assaulting her in class!

What about the other two? Well the episode almost takes an anthology approach, the second game is an idol VN type game filled with handsome boys called ‘Ensemble Stars!’ and this one is decidedly darker as Haru finds himself unconvinced by this ‘life’ of his–even as Gajeel tries to convince him of its normalcy. It’s not until a classmate shows him a new mobile game he’s been playing called ‘Last Period’ does Haru’s world (and mind) start to crumble.

Wow… talk about meta upon meta. Yep, it’s an anime based on a smartphone game that has the characters transported to a different smartphone game where they’re aware they’re in a smartphone game that features their original smartphone game. Boom!

Oh and you mentioned there was a third app on the phone? Come now, gotta leave some surprises, don’t I? Let’s just say, I’m both intrigued and delighted by the fact that this looks to be a two-part episode!


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


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Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 9 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 9

What’s the show? Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair, Episode 9.

And what’s this silly show doing this week? I ah… I can’t tell you.

Huh? How are you supposed to write a review if you can’t tell me what the episode is about? Is it lewd? No it’s not ~lewd~! It’s that the whole episode is built around the reveal of a joke, and I guess depending on the person you’ll “get” the joke at a different time during the episode. But the reveal is so important to the success of the joke that I feel like spoiling it—is like yelling the punchline before someone gets the chance to tell the joke, it just seems like it’s in poor form.

Who could these people be?!

But people read these with the intention of being spoiled, don’t they? Like either they’ve seen the show already and want your opinion on it or they just want to read something you’ve written (for whatever reason). Maybe, but then there could be people who think you can’t spoil a comedy—which for the most part is true—and heedlessly go into this review not expecting to get a whole episodes worth of jokes spoiled by me.

You could put a spoiler warning? Nope! Not doing it!

Life… finds a way.

Is the joke really that good that you don’t want it spoiled? In the grand scheme of things, not really! I mean it’s ‘good’ certainly, but the surprise makes it better.

Fair enough, I’ll trust your authority on this one. So what can you say about this episode? It’s centered mostly on Wiseman! Which as you’ll know if you’ve read my reviews is like the best part of this whole damn show! (And also makes up for the absence from last episode!)

Anything else you can say without giving it away? There’s a really great fight scene mid-episode, that’s so well-animated it makes me wish Tokyo Ghoul:re was made by J.C. Staff!

Just sit back and enjoy all 14 seconds of this beautifully animated action.

Right, so how do we wrap up a review for an episode you barely talked about? If you like comedy anime just watch this show already, it’s really under appreciated. Seriously everything about this show is so polished, from the animation to the voice-acting it’s just so crisp and detailed and vibrant—it’s just an utter joy to watch every week!


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


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Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 8 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 8

What’s the show? Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair, Episode 8.

And what’s this episode about?

Umm, you just posted a picture you didn’t answer my question…

You did it again? You know you can’t just keep posting im—

And now you’re inter—

Hey! Stop i—

If you don’t stop with all these—

I’m warning y—

Seriously! Are you going to tell me what this episode is about or not?! …I would have thought that’d I’d made that abundantly clear at this point… It’s a beach episode! And quite possibly the most “beach episode” beach episode I’ve ever seen. Actually scratch that, it’s the most ‘Last Period’-ish beach episode I’ve ever seen.

And what does that mean exactly? It’s strange and silly and filled with irreverent humour and very specific references and commits to it all fully and with such a sense of reckless joy!

Uh-huh. And it also introduces literally 22 new female characters (or so says a Reddit post) for the sole purpose of having them appear in bikinis. If that isn’t commitment to delivering a satisfying beach episode then I don’t know what is!

22 new characters? Are you kidding me?! Remember this show is based on a gacha-style mobile game! All these girls would be unlockable characters in the game so all the show is doing is giving fans of the game the chance to see their favourite characters relaxing by the beach in skimpy bikinis! It’s a win-win for fans of the game and casuals like myself who have no knowledge of the series! It’s fan-service fan-service, or ‘fan-serception’.

Right. And so is girls in bikini’s all this episode has to offer? Oh ye, of little faith, I said it was a ‘Last Period’-ish beach episode did I not? It has one of the best purely ~visual~ gags I’ve seen from this show, I wouldn’t even do it justice if I tried to explain but let’s just say it’s very reminiscent of the Looney Tunes only a bit more adult…

Anything else? Oh you know, monsters possessing swimsuits, shark-attacks, references to North Korean military aggression, you know the usual anime beach episode fare.

…Great, uh, so I guess this episode comes recommended then? Yep! Bye!


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


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Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 7 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 7

What’s the show? Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair, Episode 7.

Still… you’re still reviewing this show? I am nothing if not persistent.

I think you mean, ‘belligerent’ and ‘stubborn’ and possibly mad too… I am fine with this.

Right. So what happened in this episode? Not a lot, in fact it’s probably the most inconsistent episode of the series—with regard to comedy that is. But is it weird that I kind of appreciate how honest this episode was with how ~messy~ it is?

Work or fun?

What do you mean? Well this show has always played it fast and loose with its individual episode plot lines, but here we’re treated to an episode that’s truly first draft material. Like so much of this episode feels like it was hammered out on a keyboard at the 11th hour just to meet a deadline. But as a blogger who does the exact same thing on almost a daily basis I kinda dug the freewheeling approach.

Family reunions are a bitch.

Sounds kind of like laziness to me…might agree with you except the show is quick to call itself out on how the plot of this episode makes ZERO sense and it’s not like it’s an especially convoluted plot or involves great narrative twists and turns, it’s just that this episode plays out more like post-it notes on a white-board than a satisfying narrative.

I’m still not sure where the ‘good’ in all this comes in. Sounds more ‘bad’ to me. What’s it even about anyway? Right, so the gang go to visit ‘Animal World’ where Gajeru is originally from and they meet up with his tsun little sister who has arranged a guided tour of the region with the exceedingly popular, trap-tastic tour-guide Yumiru who gives them an experience they’ll never forget! Only to find out that he’s being fired tomorrow by the mayor of the town who intends to replace him with 120 cute girls!

Choco knows the score.

What? And so the gang organises a vocal protest but that doesn’t end up drawing much attention so they start a petition drive that ends up in a competitive petition signing competition with Wiseman which ends up drawing the attention of the Animal King, which ends up with so many references to Kemono Friends that I feel like my head is spinning!

Too irl for me irl.

What? Just, trust me… if you’re even a little into the behind-the-scenes controversy behind Kemono Friends and Kadokawa’s firing of Kemono Friends writer/director Tatsuki, you’re bound to find a lot to enjoy here.

Press conferences happen, even in a fantasy world.

And if you’re a normal human being? Then maybe you’ll appreciate the randomness of it all. Listen, I never said this episode was a flawless parody, it’s honestly all over the place but having our fourth-wall breaking character Choco directly address the seemingly disconnected nature of this episode certainly helps. Also, it seems like some other characters are becoming self-aware too…

Wiseman are always needed. I ❤ Wiseman!

And the ‘Kemono Friends’ references? Listen, I’m going to level with you, I didn’t know what half of these references were until I found a Reddit post about it. I haven’t watched Kemono Friends but apparently there’s a lot of references to the show and the aforementioned firing of it’s writer/director. Kudos to this show for highlighting something real world and vaguely controversial, but regardless of all that I think the episode still works even if your knowledge of all of that is secondary or even non-existent.

This cutie pie is a boy!

Uh-huh… err, I give up! This show is so densely packed with references to so many different things I feel like I need a doctorate in anime to truly appreciate it. Until that unlikely honour is bestowed upon me I’ll just keep enjoying this silly little show while screaming “WI-ZUMA-NNN! Wiseman!” into the void.

If only.

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


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Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 6 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 6

What’s the show? Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair, Episode 6.

Why are you still talking about this show? Nobody cares about this show… care about this show!

Did you take a look at the views on the previous episode reviewUh, well… yeah of course I did. I’m obsessed with ratings as you should well know by now!

Yeah, and so you should know more than anyone that, getting 7 (seven!) total views on a blog when you’ve got 100+ followers is pretty much a clear sign you need to just give up with these reviews. Never! I’ll never stop singing the praises of this silly little show! If anything it makes me more committed to keep reviewing this show in the face of such reckless hate.

Wiseman gives me life!

I don’t think it’s “hate” that’s keeping people away more like absolute ambivalence. Well, whatever! I’m going to keep reviewing this show until it’s MAL ranking raises above #6000.

Uh-huh, good luck with that. So what’s this episode about anyway? It’s the reveal to the worst kept secret we’ve all been waiting for! Campanella, provider of quests to Haru and Co and all around best girl is finally revealed to be Blackblack, the dastardly mastermind and financier of Team Rocket-esque villain group Wiseman!

I think wearing half an outfit to fool two people either side of you only works in cartoons… good thing this a cartoon because it totally works!

“Worst kept secret”? Well it was all but telegraphed in the very first episode that Campanella was leading a double life. And what ensues in this episode is basically the classic sitcom trope of a character accompanying two groups of people while constantly having to switch between personas in order to keep up appearances. It was so trite I half expected a laugh track to accompany the proceedings.

There’s a bunch of cute hand drawn images during this episode as the story is being told by Campanella as she’s drawing it in her diary! Adorable!

So it’s derivative then? I’d criticise this episode for its unoriginality were it not exceptionally well executed. Besides, there’s nothing inherently wrong with leaning into cliche—especially in a comedy—as long as there’s enough character around it to compensate for any perceived deficiencies in the repetitive nature of the narrative.

Oh the Blood Realm! Delightful!

Anything else to add? Whoa! Quick to jump to the end are we? Listen there’s a lot to like about this episode. Low-key Harry Potter references, not to mention Universal Studios and Disneyland influences either visually or narratively. Much like the Episode 4 where all the characters became exceedingly wealthy this episode is very reminiscent of late 90’s early 2000’s Nickelodeon cartoons for better and for worse. Also, one more thing…

Choco with the Harry Potter references of course.

What? Well, I mean the last review had SEVEN views! And not only that I naturally assume half of my views are already ‘polite views’ you know the kind, where you click on a post, let it load a second, get the gist of it, give it a like and then move on to the next one?

Oh? Sounds like someone’s trying to confess. Listen, I fully admit I sometimes just click a blog post skim over the basic points and give it a like. So if you did actually read this far down, drop me a comment—let’s call it a little experiment…

I love the outfits in this show!

Uh-huh… Well this was kind of a train-wreck of a review. Apologies to all 4 of you who actually read this.

You know you’re going to look like a massive idiot if this review ends up getting a decent amount of views. It’s a risk I’m willing to take! “WISEMAN!”

Yes, very good outfits… *nosebleed*

 

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Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 & 3 Review
Episode 4 & 5 Review


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Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 4 & 5 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 4 & 5

What’s the show? Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair, Episode 4 & 5.

I must admit, when you did that blog about what show’s you were continuing to review I was surprised to see you’d keep talking about this show! I’m nothing if not belligerent when it comes to talking-up shows I feel are being unfairly criticised by certain websites…

You mean MAL? *spits*

Easy now. So you’re going to keep reviewing this show out of spite toward it’s haters? Pretty much!

Sadly true.

How very mature of you. So what happens in these episodes? Well at the end of Episode 3, Haru received a lottery ticket as reward for completing the haunted house quest and in a nice bit of continuity this episode is about him winning the lottery. And it’s a lot of money. Like the equivalent of hundreds of billions of dollars!

Wow, and how long ’til it’s all gone. Well yes, obviously this being a silly comedy it’s going to adhere to the tried and true sitcom-esque formula of them blowing their money on increasingly ludicrous things. Or rather Gajeru and Liza do that, whereas Haru gets quickly disillusioned by how lazy and indulgent his colleagues become when influenced by money and so the gang breaks up—Haru returning to adventuring, while the other two basically destroy the city trying to one-up each other. By the end of Episode 4 things are more or less back to the way they were at the start with the exception that Haru has saved most of his riches for a rainy day.

Is wealth guilt a thing? I wouldn’t know *sad face*

Expected result. Yeah, but I did enjoy how quick Gajeru and Liza become absolute assholes because of having money, I mean it’s not smart, but it’s still funny.

And Episode 5? The plot returns to mocking its originally intended target, namely gacha mobile games. With his newfound wealth Haru decides it makes sense to try and pull for some five star character drops, because it will aid in his desire to help other people! So he trades all of his money in for ‘premium currency’ and tries his luck at getting something other than 1 star scrubs. It doesn’t go well.

It’s like playing Fire Emblem Heroes, except I’m just trying to get cute waifus and all I end up with is buff dudes.

No luck? In a series of hilarious montage/quick cuts we watch as Haru succumbs to something the show calls ‘The Swamp’, namely finding one’s self constantly spending money in the vain hope of getting that powerful five-star character drop. Only he doesn’t, it’s nothing but one-star trash-teir pulls, until finally… he gets a two-star…

I guess I can see the comedy in that. Even if I have no idea what you’re talking about! True, a passing familiarity with these kind of mobile games is essential to any kind of enjoyment of the comedy here, but I haven’t even touched on the funniest part of the episode. The whole thing is framed in the guise of a Japanese panel show where a bunch of characters are watching and commentating on this as a cautionary documentary on the dangers of rampant capitalism and the traps of gacha games.

Mood.

I feel like we’re going into deep parody that not a lot of people in the west might get. It’s still very tongue-in-cheek but it’s also pitch perfect parody of these types of Japanese light-entertainment programs that you see everywhere on Japanese television. The only thing that would have made it funnier would be if these segments were live action—but that’s probably asking a lot.

“All things?” I can think of a few things that shouldn’t be done in moderation or at all!

Right. A parody in a parody, huh? Parody-ception? Sure, something like that. Also Wiseman (the Team Rocket-style “bad guys”) continue to be the best thing about this show. “WI—ZUMA—NN… Wiseman!”

So obviously you really like this show, anything else you want to say? This show doesn’t deserve it’s low MAL *spits* score, but then again, comedy is kind of hard to quantify at the best of times. I’m not pretending like this is some revelatory experience, or even that great of a show, but it’s just fun and I hate that something that’s so inoffensive and good-spirited and silly is copping such a negative wrap. But I guess that’s the way things are these days. I’ll keep watching and reviewing all the same.

Nom.

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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.