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We’d Say The Battle Rages On, But… | Fall 2020 Week 5 | Anime TKO


This is… not what we expected.

Voyager: So, um… that was… different.

EvilBob: W-w-where’s the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-Shattering kaboom!

Voyager: I… I don’t get it. Episode 5 is usually some big decisive statement episode. What happened? This week was so… tame. Even disappointing, in places.

EvilBob: Well, no sense wasting time scratching our heads about it here.

Voyager: I guess. So, uh… this is the Anime TKO-

EvilBob: Tournament… Arc?


The Week In Review

Golden Kamuy Season 3

Voyager: A pleasant surprise, this week, as we get to focus on Asirpa’s group instead of the idiot brigade. And I appreciated that a little. A nice break from their… antics. Mostly.

EvilBob: Was gonna say… Shiraishi still exists. But yeah! That episode was pretty okay! Maybe took a bit to get going, but it was good once it got started.

Voyager: I liked getting more information on the big guy.

EvilBob: And this sniper battle is shaping up to be pretty awesome for next time.

Yuukoku no Moriarty

EvilBob: Um… Voyager? What happened?

Voyager: That’s what I’d like to know. What the heck was that even about? I mean, I know what it was about, but I won’t lie. This episode was kinda weak.

EvilBob: It was like the same as the first episode and that last one, but… somehow worse? I don’t get it.

Voyager: I do. It was all setup. They were just trying to hurriedly introduce us to those two new guys. Unfortunately, that left us up the creak on the things that made those other two episodes engaging, despite being one-off cases. We didn’t get to see Moriarty figure out the mystery, like in the first one, and we didn’t get to see him assembling the means of the target’s destruction, like in the previous one.

EvilBob: So… it was lazy.

Voyager: That’s… one way of wording it, yes. I guess there’s something to be said about the attempted statement being made in it – some nobles clearly being good, kind, decent folks and all. That bit I liked. Especially when Moriarty spoke to the friend. But everything else was kinda… limp.

Assault Lily: Bouquet

Voyager: That was certainly taking the scenic route to get a soda.

EvilBob: Yeeeah… but it was cute!

Voyager: So cute! I appreciate Yuyu’s gradual development and increased affection towards Riri. That said, the episode was still fairly basic. And as much as I appreciate the sentiment, there wasn’t a ton to be impressed with.

Akudama Drive

EvilBob: Well… here we are… again.

Voyager: I. Do Not. CARE. Honestly, I appreciate what they tried to go for in this episode, but it just… didn’t work. Yay, a heartfelt moment between the cast and all that. But that only works if I have a reason to care about the cast. I do not.

EvilBob: It has its fun moments, but… those skits, man. Always with those stupid skits.

Voyager: Also, can we talk about Hacker just taking that bomb off?

EvilBob: …Do we have to?

Voyager: So… here’s the thing. That… WAS LAME. Not the bomb part, itself, but just… Hacker’s reasons for doing what he does were just so lame. You’re telling me all this… because he’s bored? And I’m supposed to care about that? Really? That’s his big reason. I mean… that can work. But this ain’t the way to do it, bro.

EvilBob: Also, his decision not to take those bombs off the others deeefinitely doesn’t make me care about him any more either. Not gonna lie, now I really don’t think I’d even care what happened to him after this point. If we ever see him again.

Voyager: Also, now the world knows “Swindler’s” face and she has a price on her head. And, based on how silly this has been so far, I wouldn’t be even remotely surprised if, for some contrived reason, she just decides to up and embrace that by the end.

EvilBob: That conversation she tries to have with Courier also does not bode well for her.

Voyager: No… no it doesn’t.


The Bye Week In Review

EvilBob: Oh look. The two strongest shows in the bracket outshine all the rest. Go figure.

Voyager: This is probably one of DanMachi’s weaker episodes and it still shows up to play. I’m really, really, not big on these moustache-twirling, bowler-hat wearing, Saturday-Morning Cartoon villains we’re being forced to deal with, here. These guys are just so unambiguously evil, it’s making me want to vomit. It’s not like they’re even Frieza or DIO levels of entertaining either. They’re just worms and I want to hurry up and kill ’em. Not because they make me uncomfortable, but because I want to hurry up and get to antagonists with some sense of actual nuance… and even saying all of that, the episode was still pretty damn good!

EvilBob: When even one of DanMachi’s weak episode just straight up dunks on the lower bracket, there’s reason to be concerned… BUT… then there’s Jujutsu, which… yeesh.

Voyager: Bro, this show’s so good it’s making DanMachithat DanMachi – sweat. It’s great. The action’s awesome, the character work has been nothing but stellar, so far, it’s just so awesome! THIS is what a TKO should bring. A close race for the top is always gonna be fire.

EvilBob: Yeah. Even last time, it was pretty much Hanako-kun, all the way. The close race was for second. But this is how it should be.


Conclusion

Voyager: So yeah. A pretty mild week, all things considered.

EvilBob: But that final battle’s looking like it’s gonna be just that – a battle.

Voyager: We’ll see. Anyway, if that’s everything, I think it’s time we close this off. As always, let us know what you all thought, below. Thanks, as always, for reading.

EvilBob: And for letting us waste your time.

Voyager: Keep up the Awesome.

EvilBob: And Keep it Classy.

Voyager: Take Care.

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