A Bit Behind, So Let’s Have Us Another Lightning Round! | Weekly Anime Redux

Right. So. Personal obligations and such have been a bit daunting, of late. I’ve been a bit on the busy side. So let’s make this one quick just to get us caught up, shall we?


ANIME TKO REVIEWS
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

Well, that episode was cathartic. Mostly. Filo’s great. The race was good fun. Raphtalia continues to be excellent. They actually addressed the Naofumi cheating thing from last time. And Malty got (sorta) put in her place. Also the Spear Hero getting kicked in the balls was amusing. In general, I’m happy for a light episode like this. Though, for the love of god, why go back to get another slave crest? Why? Why are we not just dropping that? I cannot, for the life of me, understand why that has to be a thing. Luckily it’s such an inconsequential element of the episode overall that it doesn’t really hurt anything. It’s just the literal only thing about this entire show that bugs me. But yeah. This episode, Super Effective. It was nice seeing some good will come Naofumi’s way for once that wasn’t from Raphtalia. Little touches like that are appreciated.

Mob Psycho 100 II

Mob Psycho 100 II

…Mob wins. I mean… holy god, that was amazing. Gorgeous animation, gorgeous storytelling, just… gorgeous. And that’s what I’m leaving it at. Easily a qualifier for the World’s Finest category. Also a serious contender for episode of the year… in February… and it was just the fifth one. Lord.


NON-TKO REVIEWS
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Episode 5)

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen

Kaguya is such a school girl. But Chika continues to be the absolute best thing about this show. And hey. It looks like they even teased the other guy possibly showing up in the next episode. Overall, though, another Super Effective episode in regards to humor, for sure.

Date A Live Ⅲ (Episode 5)

Date A Live Ⅲ

See, this episode actually had a lot going for it. It’s always nice to see the show flex its dramatic storytelling abilities a bit. The stuff with Natsumi was sweet. Nothing incredible, of course. But sweet, nonetheless. It was also nice getting to see a situation in which the spirits worked together to accomplish something again… but I have to deduct points because, for an action-oriented episode (kinda), hoo boy the animation was rough. It was just so stiff and boring, visually. A solid Junk Food episode for the most part, beyond that.

Black Clover (Episodes 68 – 69)

Black Clover

Siiigh. Right. So. Thanks to that Shonen Jump app, I actually took it upon myself to read the manga and, based on that, I see why people were saying we should just do that instead. At least if these two filler-sodes are any indication. Because the show felt the need to stretch out two completely inconsequential gag chapters to full episode length and… I’m just gonna say it again. This show… isn’t that funny. It gets a few chuckles, here and there. But otherwise it just keeps ramming the exact same, unmodified joke into the ground. I guess these episodes are Harmless. The most recent one is worth some mild laughs and does slightly delve into the Blue Rose captain’s background a bit… while also giving her slightly more personality than just “in love with Yami.” So that’s appreciated.

Toaru Majutsu no Index III (Episodes 17 – 18)

Toaru Majutsu no Index III

Well, pretty much everything’s been building up to this. Episode 17 saw the conclusion to everything going on with Accelerator and Hamazura in Academy City. And I actually really enjoyed Hamazura’s part in the aforementioned conclusion. Accelerator’s was a bit messier but still enjoyable. Now everyone’s off to Russia, and the new OP is sick. A pair of Junk Food episodes, for now as they set up for the true final confrontation. Though, as with pretty much all of this franchise, a second or third viewing might actually get it bumped up to a higher tier.

Noragami Aragoto (Episodes 3 – 4)

Noragami Aragoto

Oh, Kugaha needs to go, man. Also, poor Yukine and even poorer Kazuma. This is building towards a really tense climax in which I’m sure we’ll see at least a partial resolution of the Yato/Bishamon “feud.” Though one has to wonder, based on Kazuma’s telling of events, why Bishamon even blames Yato for everything. All of her regalias became a mass phantom. A fact of which she’s well aware. There’s also some really mild inconsistency with the first season as there they said he killed one regalia, and here he clearly slaughters an entire village worth of them. Still, that’s really minor stuff, and the buildup to this battle has been fantastic.


CONCLUSION

This is a lightning round, so no reward, this time. Hopefully, things will stabilize in the next couple weeks and I can get back to doing something a bit more regular. In the meantime, what did you guys think of last week’s episodes? How’s this week treating you? Let me know, down below. Thanks for reading, as always.

Keep up the Awesome,
Take Care

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