Another two weeks and another update I guess! I picked up one more show today so an update sounds good.
1. Akuma no Riddle [▲ 1] – 7 eps, 9/10 – [PLANNED IMPORT] Trading places again! After episode 5 I said I was hoping they’d mix up the formula, and then the very next episode delivers. 6 and 7 are the two best episodes of the show yet. Six should have been ridiculous but managed to really make me care about the characters involved, and it sped up the game up nicely too. Seven legitimately was completely fucking ridiculous but also the best ep yet because it was just outlandishly amusing. Not to mention Nio in top form! I dread the thought of losing Isuke if she makes an attempt soon though, because her and Nio providing sarcastic commentary on events is one of my favorite aspects of the show. Also THIS MAHIRU FACE.
2. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? [▼ 1] – 6 eps, 9/10 – [PLANNED IMPORT] Two great episodes since last time but man I miss the gorgeous animation they spoiled us with in ep 4. Mayu and Megu being adopted by Cocoa as imoutos was adorable, as was Chino dealing with feeling lonely afterward. Don’t cry Chino, you’ll always be Cocoa’s imouto #1. Episode 6 was also amazing because wow. Chiya has legitimately become my favorite Gochiusa girl tho. I liked her best after ep 4 but thought maybe it’d be a temporary thing. After 5 and 6, I’m convinced she’s the real deal.
3. Hitsugi no Chaika [▲0▼] – 6 eps, 8.5/10 – [PLANNED IMPORT] Episode 4 was very weak, to the point where I second-guessed continuing the show. But the episode 5 introduced the first big twist, and it was executed exceptionally. Episode 6 then maintained that level of quality and now I’m totally on board – especially after this was confirmed as split cour, meaning it should finish the novels. All those combined to bump it to import-tier. And how could I say no to this face? I guess the Sutepri author still manages to deliver again all these years later.
4. No Game No Life [▲new▼] – 6 eps, 7.5/10 – I figured I had time to spare for one more show, and of the titles on Crunchyroll (I can’t be fucked to bother with for fansubs outside of a few cases anymore) that I hadn’t started, only this and Mushishi interested me enough. Since I didn’t see the first season I didn’t feel like jumping in on Mushishi (even if it’s episodic) which left NGNL. A bunch of people who usually dislike light novel adaptations vouched for it even this late into the season, so I gave it a shot (just like Chaika). And yeah it’s definitely pretty good. Steph abuse is easily the most amusing thing about the show (especially with Shiro being the one to drive a lot of it) but it’s got other good traits too. Sora and Shiro (amusingly voiced by the seiyuu behind Sakurasou’s Sorata and Mashiro, not to mention same director) have a very good dynamic. It’s intimate without bring creepy (yes there’s fanservice of Shiro but it’s more for the audience than for Sora) and conveys the feeling of two people who have grown up only having each other. They think as one, act as one, and explicitly stress this when they say Kuuhaku is two people in one. It’s a lot of fun to watch. If the story can just manage to avoid having Kurami or Feel (who are so shippable) fall for Sora I think I’m going to really enjoy this one in the end.
And even if it fell apart it’d still go down as the best shiritori game in anime, just edging out Kitakubu. The twist of being able to erase or create the things you say managed to set up the single craziest scene I’ve watched this season. We manage to go from this to this to this to this because, fuck why not. RTS chess was good, but hypernova shiritori was so much better.
Main downside so far is the color scheme. It’s like someone put GoHands through a centrifuge, extracted their wacky color palette/filter essence, bred it into something more monstrous, and animated a whole show like that. Yeesh. Really nice character designs, though! I love Shiro’s messy hair in particular. Anyway it’s a keeper, provided it keeps focus on the insane games and not on building a harem.
5. Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders [▼ 1] – 7 eps, 7/10 – This is still worth watching but it doesn’t feel nearly as tightly told a story as Part 1 or Part 2 (but again, I did marathon those, so). “Stand of the week” is pretty hit or miss, and it feels like we’re going to be in this mode for quite some time. Not in any danger of being dropped, but I’m looking it more as a decent time-killer than something I get specifically excited about.
1. Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san – 6 eps, 8/10 – [PLANNED IMPORT] This show is really into teasing us with NTR, but inu and neko are inseparable in the end.
3. Mahou Shoujo Taisen – 7 eps, 7/10 – Matsuri was great, sexual harassment rocket punch was godawful. I already like the third arc better, starting out with a really well animated opening battle and the least annoying mascot of the three by far. Surprisingly serious start to this arc too, so I’m pretty interested.
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3+ Cour Series
1. Fairy Tail – Still loving this underground battle, even if this show really, really does not seem to comprehend how lava works. Latest episode was pretty weak overall, with not much Wendy and rather goofy pacing in the Lucy fight.
2. Hunter x Hunter – Everything from the recent major fight onward was pretty good, though the episode I just watched took a good two minute scene and stretched it into what felt like 10, which was rather irritating. Oh well, good fight next ep, I hope?