The Most “Isekai” Isekai Anime Ever Made – ‘Wise Man’s Grandchild’ Episode 1 and 2 Review

The Most “Isekai” Isekai Anime Ever Made – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Wise Man’s Grandchild’ Episode 1 and 2


What’s the show? Wise Man’s Grandchild, Episode 1 and 2.

And what’s it about? It’s just about the most “isekai” isekai anime ever made. Take the ‘overworked salaryman living in Tokyo’ trope, add the ‘tragic death that leads to a reincarnation in another world’ trope, throw in a splash of ‘reincarnated protagonist has abilites far-exceeding the ~normal~ people of their new world’ and let’s not forget ‘new world is a typical fantasy world with monsters and magic’. And that’s just the basic premise–that doesn’t even begin to account for character tropes like ‘older protagonist is suddenly a young boy’, ‘protagonist has wizened mentor who was once an epic hero’, ‘protagonist meets attractive young girls by the end of the first episode’ and ‘protagonist is self aware, comments knowingly on his surroundings, etc’.

You say it like it’s a bad thing!

Sounds kind of derivative if I’m honest… you’d think so, but no this show’s actually pretty damn great!

Huh?! Yep, it’s got that trope too! But seriously, if we’re to talk about ‘isekai’ as a genre for a moment I’ve got to at least admit my stance on the genre–that being, I don’t understand why so many people have a problem with it. But then again I’m like that with most genres that are poarising within the anime community: ‘Moe’? Love it! ‘Harem’? Gimme. ‘Ecchi’? Can’t get enough. And likewise ‘Isekai’ falls favourably amongst those genres in my list of anime preferences. And while I was quick to call this “the most ‘Isekai’ Isekai anime ever made” I absolutely mean that as a compliment.

Two best girls for the price of one!

And how exactly? You have to justify that against examples, not just opinions? Okay fine. Our protagonist, Shin is a bit like Kazuma from ‘Konosuba’ except his sarcastic droll is used sparingly rather than being the defining character trait. Likewise he’s a champion of the downtrodden (as long as they are a cute girl) harking back to the likes of Subaru from ‘Re:Zero’. The fantasy world its set in evokes such recent fare as ‘Endro!’ and the magical school which serves as the base is reminiscent of ‘Little Witch Academia’ (and by extension Hogwarts from the ‘Harry Potter’ series. And of course there’s myriad comparisons both thematically and narratively to ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ not the least the idea of an overpowered protagonist who can ~almost~ do anything.

Time for school!

Okay, but how does “evoking” other series’ make it good? Isn’t it just lazy? It’s kind of hard to explain–it’s like it takes the best elements from each series it’s inspired by and distills them down to its core components then presents them in a way which is interesting and borderline parody to the audience.

Oh… so it’s a comedy? I don’t know if I’d go that far. I mean it’s funny, but for me a “parody” doesn’t necessarily mean to lampoon or ‘make fun of’ the subject in question–it’s equally paying reverence and respect to the subject matter in question. It’s still an isekai and is beholden to the rules of said genre.

Thank goodness for subtitles!

Right, and what’s something about the series that you think is unique? Well I can’t say to have seen all the isekai out there, so maybe this isn’t unique but a continuing thread throughout the two episodes is how Shin’s immense power is both a blessing and a curse. In that he is capable of miraculous magical feats the likes no-one in this world has ever seen, but at the same rate–should his powers be made known to the general public he would be seen as a threat to world peace. Wars would be waged in order to gain his allegiance, his advanced magical abilities would upset the balance of power the world over. Basically he’s a human atomic bomb and whoever has him is the new world power and no-one wants that…

Overpowered is an understatement!

Anything else to add? I could go on and on, there’s just so much to these first two episodes that it seems like a disservice to being anything but thorough but part of the fun in this show is just experiencing it.

Sounds like you’re about to wrap up then, final recommendation for ‘Wise Man’s Grandchild’ Episode 1 and 2? I almost didn’t watch this show–it wasn’t in my ‘Spring Watch List’ and the only thing that brought it to my attention was its stellar OP that made its way to Number 2 on my list of Best Spring 2019 Anime OP’s. But not only am I glad I watched this show, I think it stands (so far) as a testament to what can be done within the confines of the “familiar”. Yes, this is an ‘isekai’ and by most measures a fairly standard one–it doesn’t strive for ‘weird’ or ‘edgy’ or ‘ultra-violent’ or ‘overtly-ecchi’ it’s just an isekai done very well and by that same measure an isekai done ‘very isekai’–which should ~never~ be a negative thing to say!

Actual best girl. She has like 1 minute screen time but I want more of her please!

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Casualties Of Love – ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’ Full Season Review

Casualties Of Love – A Full Season Review for ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’


What’s the show? Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.

And what’s it about? At an elite high school two geniuses are engaged in a daily struggle for supremacy. Kaguya Shinomiya–a sophisticated girl from one of Japan’s wealthiest families and Miyuki Shirogane–a hard working boy whose also the student council president. Their battleground is Shujiin Academy and their fight is for each other’s hearts. They both have crushes on one-another but refuse to confess their feelings first because (in their eyes) to be doing so first would be to become the loser in their unspoken ‘war’. This over-the-top romantic comedy follows their exploits at school as they play mind games in order to get the other person to confess first.

Everything is a battle for supremacy for these two!

So it’s kind of like…? I’ve seen the comparison (even before the series aired–in reference to the manga) as a sort of ‘Death Note’ style “battle of the brains” except it’s a romantic comedy. And while it’s an apt comparison for both the narrative arc (so far) and the visual style (kinda emo) it fails to reflect one massive factor that ‘Kaguya-sama’ has over ‘Death Note’.

Oh and what’s that? This show has a heart–a massive, angsty, childish, beating heart that’s not so evident at the start but as the series continues and layers a stripped from the surface the raw emotion of the series begins to show–and it’s all the more beautiful for it.

Can’t get enough of that Kaguya blush.

Right, but we’re not going to spend all review comparing it to ‘Death Note’ are we? Of course not, this series deserves to be judged on its own merits and it’s merits are strong. Personally, I think the first two episodes are the weakest and work against the show’s overall intent but once that hurdle is cleared it’s smooth sailing from there on out.

When you’re right, you’re right!

And the characters? They’ve all got their good points and bad points, the strengths and weaknesses–and that’s what makes them so interesting. Sure there’s a level of cliche built into their archetypes but they’re also presented as uniquely human characters with original thoughts and unexpected reactions to events brought before them. If we’re to talk about the four main characters, Yu Ishigami–the introverted, “gamer” who ends up with his proverbial foot in his own mouth is about the closest thing to an audience analogue–he’s also something of a whipping boy and that speaks volumes of what the author thinks of its audience–but that’s a subject for another day. Then… then there’s Chika… *contented sighs*

Hello? You still there? Oh sorry, caught me daydreaming of Chika again! I do that from time to time.

Chika dances in my dreams.

Uh-huh, and what’s so interesting about Chika? Chika is the quintessential “manic pixie dream girl” trope, she’s high energy, high comedy and high cuteness. If Chika were an element in the atmosphere she’d be oxygen because I can’t live without her. Simply put, Chika is the best thing to happen to anime in all of 2018 and we should all be thankful to have lived at the same time as her…

So, she’s best girl then, yeah? Yeah. Pretty much…

This is fun!

And what about the actual two main characters, you know the romantic couple this show is actually about? They’re great. In fact anything less than a committed performance from either of these voice actors could have sunk this show but they deliver their all throughout and it is remarkable to behold. Shirogane–while usually deadpan on the surface moans and wails and even shrieks as we’re privy to his inner-monologue and it’s comedy gold every time as well as being relatable. Truthfully though it’s the titular Kaguya who steals the show. Sure, Chika is a blessed goldmine of waifu material but Kaguya is a layered and multi-faceted character played to perfection by her VA Aoi Koga–a relative newcomer to the industry but one worthy of all the awards. Plus her dark ‘Wednesday Addams’-esque aesthetic reminds me of my various crushes (both real and fictional) from being a teenager and there’s something pleasantly nostalgic about that.

If looks could kill…

And anything you didn’t like about the show? Well as I briefly touched upon earlier (and made more of a mention of in my episode 1 review) initially the narrator is overbearing to the point of killing any kind of connection to the characters. He over-explains things as if people won’t understand what’s going on and interrupts the flow of almost every scene. Thankfully by the third episode entire scenes go by without his presence, his ‘enthusiasm’ is lessened and he’s used only when necessary. Suffice to say that had the narrator stayed the same as he was in the first two episodes this show would have been almost unwatchable. So if you’re on the fence about the show after a couple of episodes give it a couple more to see what the show actually ends up feeling like.

Some of the best scenes in the show were between Kaguya and her maid, Ai.

So final recommendation and score for ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’? As far as a romantic-comedy with this kind of ‘gimmick’ goes it commits to it wholeheartedly and sells it too–while some people might find it silly I think it’s painfully endearing to the point where I can’t imagine the show without it. If you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy with “brains” (but not necessarily “smarts”) this is a fantastic and surprisingly heartwarming show. Love is all you need: 90 out of 100.

Let’s hope they live happily ever after, some day…

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Settling Down – ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’ Episode 3 Review

Settling Down – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’ Episode 3


What’s the show? Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Episode 3.

So how’s this episode? Seemingly minor but nonetheless noticeable improvements each week adding up to an overall more cohesive, satisfying and enjoyable anime experience!

Okay, so what’s changed that’s made the show better? The narrator is becoming less prevalent content to longer lead scenes but rather occasionally comment where necessary. In fact the third segment of the episode (and the best so far of the series) was almost entirely devoid of his overbearing presence and it absolutely shined as a result. Although that probably has something to do with the fact that it had the most heart and character development of any of the segments so far too.

Relatable/10. Jk.

Skipping to the end as usual I see… No if I was skipping to the end I’d be talking about the new ED sequence which after being alerted to a 10 hour version of I literally watched for about an hour before going to bed. It’s just that good!

Okay, calm down. Let’s go back to the start of the episode and work our way from there? First segment? So turns out Kaguya’s led and ~exceptionally~ sheltered life. To The point where she thought “doing it” meant kissing. And the series of misunderstandings as Kaguya lists all the people she’s “done it with” (her parents, a baby, a dog) while Miyuki and Chika watch on in confusion/terror was wonderful. And it’s got some of the best visual cues of the show so far, almost working like a little short-film.


And the second segment? The second segment, while cute, was a little bit on the middling side, with a game of 20 questions played in order to embarrass Miyuki and with a punch line I guessed from the start.

Is it filled with particle effects in here or is it just me?

Right and the much lauded third segment? Simply put Kaguya takes an opportunity to walk to school–something she’s always dreamed of doing, but her affluent standing never meant it possible. On the way she helps a crying school girl cross the street and then walks with her the rest of the way which ends up with her late for school. By some coincidence Miyuki rushes past on his bike, only to be stopped at the traffic lights where he notices Kaguya. Frantic about the two of them both being late (and setting a bad example) they forgo the pretense and ride together on his bike–Kaguya treasuring every moment of this rare event. It might seem simple on paper but everything about this segment is expertly executed, it’s sweet and reflective and casts Kaguya in a different light than we’ve previously seen. This isn’t about her trying to outwit her love-interest, this is just a girl enjoying a youthful moment which she’s bound to relive happily for years to come. Quite frankly, it was beautiful.

Simply wonderful.

Well, certainly seems like you’ve turned a page on this anime, I’d qualify this as an almost “glowing” review. Well to quote the irlwaifu after watching this episode “where was that show hiding?!” And while I personally don’t think the previous two episodes were as bad as she thought I do admit the improvement felt palpable. If the show can retain this level and seek to improve throughout, then the show will indeed live up to the hype that many of the manga readers foist upon it.


Oh, we almost forgot to talk about the ED. Do you want to do that before we finish? There’s nothing to say other than it’s one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen. Chika has achieved god-tier waifu status from just this 1:30 of video alone. But why settle for 90 seconds of it when you can have 10 hours!

Previous ‘Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War’ Reviews:

When The Head Fights The Heart – Episode 1 Review
Battle Of Attrition – Episode 2 Review

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Battle Of Attrition – ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’ Episode 2 Review

Battle Of Attrition – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’ Episode 2


What’s the show? Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Episode 2.

How’s this episode? I worry about this series.

Why’s that? While I feel like this is a technically impressive adaptation of a manga and visually is very eye-catching and appealing I don’t think the jump to anime has done the story and pacing of this comedy in favours. And that’s not a slight on the voice actors–who are all very good–especially Kaguya who is ticking all my best girl boxes (well most of them). I just can’t help but feel there’s one thing holding it ba–IT’S THE NARRATOR, I HATE THE NARRATOR IT’S RUINING THE SHOW.

*lightning sound effects intensify*

Whoa. Calm down there buddy, no need to break out the caps lock. I’m sorry, it’s just that I feel like the narrator is such a detracting force here that it undercuts a lot of the jokes, it spoils any sense of intimacy and it breaks the immersion of the show entirely. I know the manga had a narrator too, but I didn’t read the narration parts in a booming voice in my head. And what’s more, when making an adaptation of a manga you don’t literally have to put ~everything~ from the manga on screen, a good director would have known to keep the narration out of the actual ‘skits’ and have the dialogue (or internal monologues) speak for themselves.

Still a visually brilliant.

Yes, you complained about it ~at length~ last week. Well sorry if I’m sounding like a broken record it’s just an absolute hindrance to my enjoyment at this stage and I have to articulate it as my duty as a reviewer.

Okay. So other than that, is the show otherwise fine. Ehhh~.

I mean when you’re on the receiving ends of such looks a man is bound to worry.

What now? You know I’m a slut for anime comedies, I’ll take any and all and with a smile on my face the whole time but I feel like that even I may got bored of this kind of humour. While it is occasionally smart and quippy and biting, it’s also a game of constantly outdoing the other and while I’m sure it will retain its current level of quality it also doesn’t really allow for a lot of character growth. Individual character development for sure, there’s plenty of that even in this episode–but the two of them growing together as a couple? That seems unlikely without breaking the ‘Love Is War’ conceit of the series.

I didn’t make this but god she’s so flawless.

Right, and which was your favourite segment of the episode? The beach vs mountains part had its charms (mostly Chika in her bikini, ahem…) but my favourite was Miyuki attempting to give “love” advice to a fellow student wanting to confess to another student. Kaguya’s reactions to overhearing what Miyuki was saying were ~classic~ but most of all, there was hardly any narration at all! And it was so much better for it, I’m crossing my fingers that the narrator continues to take a backseat in future episodes! So all in all it was a flawed but still enjoyable experience, the characters will keep me coming back even in spite of all the other issues the show has.

Bringing out the big guns.

Previous ‘Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War’ Reviews:

When The Head Fights The Heart – Episode 1 Review

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When The Head Fights The Heart – ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’ Episode 1 Review

When The Head Fights The Heart – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’ Episode 1


What’s the show? Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Episode 1.

So how’s this episode? Why does it seem like this season all the really popular shows I’m having trouble connecting with or finding lots of faults with? Like ‘Rising of the Shield Hero’, ‘The Promised Neverland’, ‘Domestic Girlfriend’ and now ‘Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War’ all these super popular shows and I’m just left picking at faults.

Maybe you’re an anime hipster and are just picking on what’s popular? I knew you were going to say that, but no. I think it’s more the louder I hear resounding praise for something en-masse, the more I’m likely to think critically about the faults I find in something. Whereas something that’s being ignored or overlooked or derided I tend to sell the positives more (assuming it’s a show that has positives of course).

The horror!

Right, and so I take it by that little introduction of yours that you had issues with this show? Kind of, and it’s going to be one of those annoying posts where I can’t help but refer to the manga, because I actually read–and reviewed–the manga source material (well 3 volumes so far) and it’s left me with an issue that I simply can’t overlook.

Care to elaborate on what it’s about first? Oh right, sure. So it’s about Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane, high school vice president and president respectively. They are both extremely intelligent, strong-willed and determined individuals. Who also happen to be secretly crushing on one another. What’s more they’re both under the delusion that admitting one’s feelings first or “confessing” is a sign of weakness that’s completely unacceptable and so neither wants to be the first to confess. What this means is that they’re constantly playing mind games with each other in an attempt to get the other person to trip up and admit their feelings first.

That’s the show.

Well that sounds like it could be a lot of fun. And it is! Except the narrator in this show… I found him really overbearing to the point that I felt like some of the charm of the exchanges between the two leads was lost. Maybe it was because as a reader I tend to put less emphasis on narration and more on dialogue as I’m reading manga in my head. So the fact this anime had such a commanding and attention grabbing voice do the narration kind of felt like I was watching something drastically different to what I was had heard in my head.

Such a good looking show though!

Maybe this is exactly how the author intended it to be read? Maybe. Probably, even. I’m sure the mangaka told them exactly how it was supposed to be. And I respect that, I also respect the notion that a manga and anime can be different and exist together after all sometimes the adaptive process makes things more interesting or allows for a different spin on the original story. But not only do I think the narration is overbearing and a little obnoxious, but I think it dumbs down what is an otherwise smartly written series. And I don’t know, maybe this is ~exactly~ how it was in the manga, I have a terrible memory and can’t be bothered walking to the other room to do a side-by-side comparison of the two but it almost felt like the narrator was over-explaining things that were abundantly obvious in the scene.


So it sounds like that’s a pretty big hurdle for you to clear. What does this mean for you going forward and watching the show? It hasn’t ~ruined~ the show by any means, it’s just… an adjustment. Had I not read the manga I dare say I would have enjoyed this style of narration as it’s very Japanese and reminded me of some programs I’d watch on TV while on holidays in Japan. And unless it dials it back in future episodes I might simply have to force myself to separate the manga version and the anime version so I can enjoy myself without making this blog into a weekly bitch-fest.

The old VHS aesthetic is pretty freakin’ nice though. 

Right so other than the narrator you enjoyed yourself? Yep! It’s a good-looking show that aesthetically evokes the look I was hoping it would. Kaguya is the adorable Wednesday Addams type of girl I always crushed on as a teenager and I want to marry her and the show is funny and smart and entertaining! My complaints shouldn’t really factor into an overall recommendation of this first episode and if you aren’t already watching it, you probably should because you’ll likely enjoy the experience!

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It’s Virtually A Sport – ‘Circlet Princess’ Episode 1 Review

It’s Virtually A Sport – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Circlet Princess’ Episode 1


What’s the show? Circlet Princess, Episode 1.

So how’s this episode? First of all, let me just say I’m a little worried with this seemingly consistent trend of certain anime titles not being licensed by Western streaming services, first in Summer 2018 it was ‘Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou’, then in Fall 2018 it was ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ and now in Winter 2019 it’s ‘Circlet Princess’ and it’s not like these are small budget short anime, these a proper full releases. And, at least in the case of ‘Circlet Princess’ can’t speak for the others, apparently it’s a Chinese company called ‘Bilibili’ to blame–they are blocking international distribution for these shows because they have the leeway to do so by putting money in to making them. This is not something that should be overlooked, China has the money and power to block more and more anime from reaching the West and that’s worrying. I feel like I needed to bring this to everyone’s attention before continuing with this review.

Right, so in other words? Yes, this is a review of a fansubbed anime–thankfully there’s still people out there doing remarkably quick and high quality fansubs.

Fair enough, just thought I needed to make that clear for anyone wanting to pick up the show themselves. Indeed, but with that out of the way we’ll get back to the fun of reviewing.


True, so how is the show? I was going to say “surprisingly great” but that would have assumed I had any preconceptions going in–I didn’t. All I knew is this was going to be girls playing future sports slash also a school anime. And that’s exactly what the first episode delivered!

You say “future sport” what is it exactly? It’s called a ‘Circlet Bout’ and its basically a bit like kendo (maybe, I don’t know much about that sport either) where two opponents face off with swords attempting to block one another from scoring a hit. But other than that the show doesn’t give us much information, we know first knock out wins but are there any other rules? Also, for some reason it takes place in a ‘virtual arena’ with even the participants clothes being projected onto them and for some reason the backdrop of the arena is meant to look like surface of the moon looking down at Earth.

No honey, its a simulation.

That’s a lot of unanswered questions! Yep, but it’s the first episode so I’ll cut them some slack.

And who are our characters? First there’s Chikage Fuijimura, a 50 wins in a row undefeated pro who we briefly learn is having all her wins bought by her “sponsor”–which she is none too happy about it. Then there’s our protagonist, a plucky country girl named Yuuka Sasaki who’s visiting the big city for the first time and through a series of misunderstandings gets mistaken for Chikage’s new opponent. The two end up having a fight, Chikage going all out because she’s sick of sticking to a scripted fights and Yuuka managing to pick up the sport remarkably easy to the point where she even pulls off a ‘legendary block’ against the reigning champ. It’s pretty contrived but it’s also entertaining and I’m sure they’ll have some reason to explain why Yuuka was so good at a sport she didn’t even know existed 10 minutes before.

Oh ~intrigue~!

Right, anything else happen? Mate, that was just the first half. We cut to ~two years later~ and Yuuka has convinced her parents to let her enrol in a college that’s famous for Circlet Bout. Apparently in all this time no one has seen Chikage who disappeared after her match with Yuuka. And as a result (probably) the college no longer has a ‘Circlet Bout’ club much to Yuuka’s dismay. She moves into a dorm (along with a programming girl named Ayumu who helped her out earlier in the episode) and that’s about it. Except it’s not just about it as this show has ~so~ much going on in and around the peripheral that I could talk for ages about it!

She can be surprisingly assertive, even to complete strangers!

Condense it down and give us the basics. Okay, well first there’s a superpowered attack that Chikage gives that her ‘coach(?)’ advises her against using. Also there’s talk that the reason the super attack didn’t work properly is that the computer couldn’t handle it, meaning that these attacks are being rendered by a computer which makes sense because they’re in a virtual world but that brings up some interesting possibilities for matches–and of course for creative plays and sabotage considering we’ve got a ‘programmer’ character on the show too. Also the world is really cool, it’s basically just Japan in the future which doesn’t look that much different except everyone has really high-tech personal devices that overlay information in the real world like holograms. I like this grounded and not-so-distant future tech, it was very believable.

Just overclock it, it’ll be fine.

And what about the characters themselves? They’re all pretty great too. The protagonist’s performance is very quirky and cute but different enough to not seem too tropey, like a couple of her line readings were a lot of fun to hear. Everyone else seems pretty standard, but I don’t mean that in a bad way.

Okay then, so overall thoughts for the first episode and a recommendation? If you like club/sports anime with cute girls you’ll probably find something to like here. Overall its an intriguing beginning to a series that could have a lot of potential and it seems like there’s a lot more going on then is presented on the surface. I think this show will be a lot of fun!

Sparks will fly!

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Clash Of The Tit-ans – ‘Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master’ Episode 12 (Finale) Review

Clash Of The Tit-ans – An Anime QandA Review of Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master, Episode 12

What’s the show? Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master, Episode 12 (Finale).

So how’s this episode? I’ll cut to the chase, it’s kind of disappointing.

No nipples, huh? No nipples…

Wh- I was joking! That’s not seriously the reason why you’re disappointed by the finale is it? Put simply I watch this show for 3 reasons, the fan service, the characters and the concept. If it’s ever lacking in any of those departments in any given episode, naturally I’m going to be disappointed. Certainly this episode delivered in the character department, and even the action–which isn’t even something I watch this show for–was probably at it’s best here. But without adequate fan service, is it really Senran Kagura?


That seems dramatic. Okay, fair call. That was overly dramatic of me, this isn’t like a betrayal, the core episode was great, there were emotional moments and funny moments and their was a satisfying conclusion to Fubuki’s story–though it still leaves room for more stories (hopefully!) But I feel like for a season finale of a show that was so riotously celebratory with its nudity early on that not having any nudity (except for the end-credits, which doesn’t count) just seems like a wasted opportunity!

Serious business with Fubuki.

I may not understand you but I at least see your point. So you say there’s a satisfying conclusion to Fubuki’s story? Wasn’t she hell bent on destroying all the shinovi? Yes but the rage that fuelled her journey of revenge has been tempered by many things since the start of her journey, by the warmth of friendship, by the memories of her childhood with Yumi, by the promise of a new life not ruled by rage. Arguably its an easy won ending, not physically though, Yumi almost dies for her trouble but Fubuki recognised she was on the losing side, especially after Rasetsu–her Youma buddy got sealed away. Fubuki knew that she couldn’t win any more so she admitted defeat, she probably would have been happy to have died but neither Yumi or the others would have taken things that far. This was about saving Fubuki from her revenge not defeating her.

This was a really cool moment.

Fair enough. Anything else you wanted to add? The episode ends on Christmas Day, the series began on the weeks leading up to Christmas, meaning this is officially a Christmas anime! What does this mean? Well you can add this to ‘We Without Wings’ as shows to binge watch over the Christmas season that are completely un-family friendly and inappropriate!

This is about as much fan service as the episode provides. Thank you Ryona for your continued support to the ecchi cause!

You’re weird. Overall thoughts on the final episode? With regard to story and character I’m happy with what we got, fan service on the other hand not so much, but in the grand scheme of things and with regard to binge-watching that will matter a lot less. As it stands this was a satisfying conclusion to a great show that I enjoyed a great deal. Here’s hoping we get another season sooner than later!

Previous Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master Reviews:

Naughty or Nice? – Episode 1 Review
Naked When Wet – Episode 2 Review
The Hottest Hot Springs – Episode 3 Review
Fan Disservice – Episode 4 Review
Battle Of The Boobs – Episode 5 Review
Putting The Flash In Flashback – Episode 6 Review
Mistakes Of The Past – Episode 7 Review
Grope Expectations – Episode 8 Review
The Naked Truth – Episode 9 Review
Soaking In The Secrets – Episode 10 Review
Stark Vengeance – Episode 11 Review

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Dreams Of Looking Forward – ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Episode 13 (Finale) Review

Dreams Of Looking Forward – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai’ Episode 13

What’s the show? Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai, Episode 13 (Finale).

So how’s this episode? I haven’t seen a lot of what people are saying about the finale but what I have seen, seems kind of low-key disappointed at least by comparison to the rest of the series and I feel like I need to address that.

So wait, let me get this straight, you’re addressing an issue that might not even be an issue just because you saw a couple people have a ‘not even that negative’ of a reaction to it. Yes, you got a problem with that?

Me, thinking about no more weekly Bunny Girl Senpai.

No, no, not at all go ahead then… Expectations can be lethal, after all we’re dealing with a show that as far as I can tell nobody was even remotely interested in before the start of the season (maybe just passingly curious) that’s now become one of the big hits of Fall 2018 anime. So suddenly, a show that nobody had any expectations of, is suddenly foisted with ~high~ expectations for its finale just out of virtue of how good its previous episodes were! Maybe I’m oversimplifying by saying its just people’s expectations that were ‘out of order’ but personally I thought this episode was as good as any other from this show. I mean, were people expecting 100% closure? If so, they should have read up and discovered the easily findable fact that this series is ongoing, and there’s a feature film coming in 2019. So obviously things weren’t going to be wrapped up neatly.

Sakuta just can’t catch a break, can he?

But shouldn’t a finale have a sense of closure? It does though, Kaede’s story turns out to be just as much about Sakuta and it’s full of powerful moments like him screaming and running into the rain as his grief for losing Kaede-chan overwhelms. Or the realisation that Kaede-chan knew she was going to disappear soon and left her diary as a way for Sakuta to come to terms with the loss. Maybe there’s more ambivalence than people were wanting, but I’ve always prefered ambivalence then things being spelled out to the letter. Yes, we don’t know what’s Shoko’s deal or where she came from or if she even exists, but that’s what the movie is for! And answering that question doesn’t matter right now, what matters is Kaede is okay–even if it’s not the Kaede we all fell in love with.

Sadness as a gift, is an interesting way of looking at it. But then again, being sad something is gone means it was important to you and that in of itself, is powerful.

And what about Sakuta and Mai? There’s perhaps a sense that their relationship doesn’t grow, after all he doesn’t even get a kiss, but what I see is that their relationship deepens and that’s something that’s far more rare than simple escalation of romance and intimacy. The scene with the two of them cuddling beneath the same coat on the overlook is what building trust in a relationship looks like. Sakuta hurt Mai by not confiding his grief in her, but Sakuta made a grand gesture that spoke more than words by rushing by Shinkansen to see her before her birthday was over. Actions speak louder than words–it’s something all of us could take a lesson on.

Best couple 2018.

Right, so overall thoughts on the final episode? I feel like there was more than enough closure to make things satisfying from a narrative standpoint while still leaving enough unanswered questions to justify the coming movie and from that point of view there’s not much more I could ask for! An excellent season finale to an excellent anime that’s undoubtedly going to produce an excellent continuation with the eventual film.

As long as some version of Kaede is happy, then I’m happy too.

Previous Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai Reviews:

The Power of Perception – Episode 1 Review
But What If They Forgot You? – Episode 2 Review
The Science of Love – Episode 3 Review
Groundhog Date – Episode 4 Review
Life Is All About The Little Things – Episode 5 Review
Different Types Of Love – Episode 6 Review
A Girl Divided – Episode 7 Review
Reconnecting – Episode 8 Review
Separation Anxiety – Episode 9 Review
Finding Yourself – Episode 10 Review
Exit Strategies – Episode 11 Review
An Endangered Species – Episode 12 Review

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Cheering Aid – ‘Anima Yell!’ Episode 12 (Finale) Review

Cheering Aid – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Anima Yell!’ Episode 12 (Finale)

What’s the show? Anima Yell! Episode 12.

So how’s this episode? It was predictably adorable, or adorably predictable or both!

One sounds a lot more positive than the other. Predictability in cute girl shows isn’t a bad thing. It means it’s familiar and comfortable, it can be a great feeling–as it was in this final episode. That said, this episode both simultaneously opened up the potential for future seasons as well as made it clear that they would be absolutely unnecessary all within the span of one scene, but I’ll get to that later.

Kohane being adorkable as usual!

Right. So what happens in this episode? So the girls participate in their first cheerleading tournament but not before the usually bright and energetic Kohane comes down with a bad came of nerves! She becomes suddenly self-conscious about slipping up and ruining everyone’s hardwork so much so that she gets caught up in a spiral of self-doubt and nervousness. Thankfully, she comes to the realisation that she has her friends around her to support her, not just her fellow cheer club members but all her friends and family supporting her from the stands. Unfortunately she only comes to this realisation half-way through their performance and so the lackluster first half of their cheer routine means they don’t make it to the second round of the competition.

So not going to nationals then?

Oh dear. It’s okay though, because Kohane rides the high of the second half of their routine and everything is fine.

And what about Hizume’s previous cheer squad, is the potential for drama that you thought might occur, occur? Not really, no. But it kind of doesn’t matter, there’s a confrontation between the previous group’s cheer leader and Hizume and she pretty much just apologises. But not in a way that feels forced or just trying to make everyone friendly friends for the sake of it. The lead cheer girl acknowledges that they had a genuine issue with how Hizume was back then, but that they went about fixing the issue in the wrong way but most of all she was just happy that Hizume’s found a place where she can be happy and a part of a team. It was a really nice scene.

Naww, now if only they’d told her this 3 months ago instead of letting Hizume’s PTSD fester!

And what was this about a scene that as you said: “simultaneously opened up the potential for future seasons as well as made it clear that they would be absolutely unnecessary”? Right, so there’s talk of future competitions and getting better and doing bigger and better cheer stunts and that’s interesting to me, like the competitive side of cheerleading was barely touched upon but what we did get in this episode was a nice change. It felt like a sports anime for the first time and that was a fun feeling to get from a CGDCT show. But they also mentioned that they had cheer requests for the basketball team (again) and a festival (again) and Uki’s brother’s soccer team (again). And as fun as those things were the first time through it just kind of brought home the point that there’s not a lot to do with this series if it’s going to stick to the club anime formula. This isn’t a complaint about the show we got, I’m more than happy with it, rather just that I’m fine with the episodes we got and unless it went full competitive cheer sports anime I don’t think I’d need a second season.

Can’t say I’ve ever seen that look on Kohane’s face before!

I guess that makes sense. Overall thoughts on the final episode? It’s not the best episode but it’s still as consistently entertaining as the majority of episodes and that’s what is important. Overall just a damn fun and wholesome time with a bunch of cute cheer girls, what more could you ask for? Well maybe more gay stuff… but still, lots of fun to be had!

Go! Fight! Win!

Previous Anima Yell! Reviews:

The Cutest Sports Anime Ever? – Episode 1 Review
An Echoing Cheer – Episode 2 Review
Love Knows No Gender – Episode 3 Review
Fighting Form – Episode 4 Review
Food For Thought – Episode 5 Review
Something To Cheer About – Episode 6 Review
Piggy Bastard Does Not Dream Of Snacks – Episode 7 Review
Get Well Tsun – Episode 8 Review
Girls and Goals – Episode 9 Review
Drawing Closer – Episode 10 Review
Yuri On Nice – Episode 11 Review

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