Anime Bullets: Week of 8/20/2016


Here are my thoughts on this week’s anime, with one unfortunate subtraction.


Ep 7

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It’s unnerving to see such an unwaveringly positive person bow their head.
  • I suppose even mildly-mad science isn’t above obnoxious corporate hang-ups.
  • I wonder if we’ll get to actually see 001 at some point. I have a theory about them, but, well, we’ll see if it actually comes into play.
  • It’s nice to see that Yoake has his own crap to deal with and isn’t just a mindless corporate drone. It’s hard to do the best you can when you’re not really sure how the thing you’re doing actually works, after all.

Tales of Zestiria: The X

Ep 6

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Tis but a scratch.
  • “Just eat the daemons, daemon eater!” (Ten points to anyone who gets that reference.)
  • If the kid Artorious sacrificed was Velvet’s brother, why did she keep referring to him as “the child” in the previous episode?
  • I’m glad Magilou is her to provide some comic relief. Lord knows, we needed it.
  • If this were a game, this all probably would’ve been about thirty minutes to an hour of gameplay; in other words, just the beginning. That said, though, I’m still not really feeling all that sympathetic towards Velvet or any of her new group. Maybe it’s just because the whole “revenge seeking antihero” shtick needs a little extra stoking to be compelling. Oh well, I’m sure the rest of her story will have some friendship, heart of the cards and all that. Back to Zestiria next week (I think).

The Morose Mononokean

Ep 7

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I’ve forgotten most of my childhood friends, personally.
  • Hey, it’s Zenko! Good to see her again, the cast could use a bit more diversity.
  • This fox guy seems to be flitting somewhat between a credible antagonist and a bratty kid.
  • Okay, well, it’s pretty obvious that even if Abeno did kill his master, it wasn’t maliciously, so I don’t know why the show is trying to hype it up like this. In fact, let me guess: Aoi got a bad case of one of those evil root things, Abeno tried to use the kooky fire medicine, she wasn’t strong enough and it killed her. There, that’s my prediction. Screencap it for later.

Active Raid Second

Ep 6

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Damn straight.
  • Is that girl in the shorts who keeps showing up in crowd scenes gonna have some kind of impact later, or is she just this show’s Pandaman?
  • Curse you, villains. Godzilla is a hero; don’t sully his name like this!
  • Is there a reason Abigail swears like a sailor? I assume she’s supposed to be from America, but I don’t know anyone who curses so wantonly.
  • I like this Kodayama guy. I love old school tokusatsu stuff, personally. Even if you know the monsters are just dudes in suits, there’s something soulful about it.
  • I think the fatal flaw of this show, and the reason the first season wasn’t very well received, is that it’s a bit too in media res, if you’ll excuse my poor grammar. Lots of stuff happens in the present, but in both this season and the previous, there was little to no backstory on the state of the world. For example, they’re always bringing up this “quicksand district”; a chunk of Tokyo that just suddenly sank into the ground one day, but why is that even a part of the setting? What is it contributing?

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Future

Ep 6

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Now she’s the true Super High School Level Little Sister. Or at least, I think she’s in high school…
  • I guess that clinches it: Yukizome is definitely dead. No one can fake death that well. Unless that isn’t her…
  • Huh, Izayoi’s dead. I can’t say I’m all that bothered, since I didn’t really like him anyway, but that does beg the question of why both he and Kimura are dead. Maybe it was something behind that door.
  • As I expected, Ando is a sobbing mess without the co-dependency pals.
  • Wow, Monaca’s playing the long game here. At least now we know what happened to the real Gekkogahara.
  • Hey, it’s everyone’s favorite prick! Glad to see Togami made it out of Towa City okay.
  • And Komaru and Fukawa too! Oh boy, it’s one big ol’ reunion thing.
  • Uh oh… Hinata’s got the eyes again. I hope he’s still himself…

New Game!

Ep 7

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Wow, she whipped that thing out and got a clean headshot. Umiko is terrifying.
  • Is there, like, a single dude working at this company? I think Hazuki said she likes cute girls, but even then, it feels like it would be difficult to assemble a full staff of nothing but women. I wonder if guys just get turned away at the door.
  • I would think pelting people with BBs would be a good way to get yourself fired. I guess no one’s got the cojones to tell Umiko to stop.
  • I shudder to think what kind of favors Umiko had to do for Hazuki to get that shooting range.

Show by Rock!! Short!!

Ep 7

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And this is why you don’t piss off a leopard-man.
  • Finally, some more of the real stars of the show.
  • I would totally go to a SHINGANCRIMSONZ show if there was even half of a chance of seeing them beat the shit out of each other.
  • It’s always kind of amazing how quickly Rom can swap his personas.

Mob Psycho 100

Ep 6

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And people like this wonder why their kids (or siblings, in this case) have zero sense of self-worth.
  • And now Reigen is doing shoryukens. He’s a masseuse, a photo editor, and a martial artist, and yet he still chooses to be a fake psychic. Why.
  • Wow, look at the greasy hair and sleepy eyes on that President kid. He kinda reminds me of myself in middle school, except I didn’t literally live in my own filth.
  • Why would they scatter around pieces of recorders? That’s not even a crime, it’s just kind of… weird and obnoxious.
  • So… they’re framing him for licking girls’ recorder mouthpieces. I think if a middle schooler wanted something perverted to do, he’d pick something a little less roundabout.
  • I knew Dimple wasn’t dead (double-dead?). They wouldn’t give him top billing in the OP if he was. But if Ritsu can see him, that means he’s developing powers. Whether that’s a good or bad thing remains to be seen.

Sweetness and Lightning

Ep 7

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Every kid has to have the “you did the right thing in the wrong way” conversation.
  • That’s the problem with living in a delicate homeostasis; it only takes one sick day to muck everything up.
  • Such is the power of Tsumugi. She can inspire random acts of kindness in all she comes across. Truly a mighty force for good.
  • Does anyone ever actually come to Kotori’s mom’s restaurant? I mean, we’re seven episodes in, and I don’t think I’ve seen a single customer.
  • I guess even Kohei can’t be superdad every day.
  • Wow, I’ve never seen mochi like that before. Of course, the only mochi I’ve ever seen in person is mochi ice cream (which is also really good), so I don’t have much for a frame of reference.

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Despair

Ep 6

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Yes, clearly this is a person you should be taking life advice from.
  • So did they like, give Kamukura the Sadako hair, or was he just in that capsule for a really long time?
  • I guess it’s good that Punchy McPuncherson can be a halfway decent person towards the people he actually respects. All two of em’.
  • And here I thought we wouldn’t be getting any executions. Not sure what’s ironic about curry, though. Maybe that guy just likes curry.
  • I would think a kid touted as the “SHSL Hope” would have better security. I guess even Hope’s Peak can’t afford a private military.
  • Oh yeah, I forgot, Junko is also the SHSL Analytic. I always assumed that was just an ability of Ryouko Otonashi’s (read Danganronpa Zero if you don’t know who that is). I guess that explains how her plans are always so irritatingly infallible.
  • Hmm, Mitarai met Junko face-to-face. Now THAT’S suspicious…

This Art Club Has a Problem!

Ep 7

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I never understand how chuunis can stand to have their arms bandaged up all the time.
  • It’s amusing that Usami is the only one who actually cares about what’s-his-face insulting Uchimkai’s piece.
  • Do Collette and President ever actually draw anything? That bust notwithstanding, I mean.
  • I’m no art major, but personally, I think that piece would’ve looked better if he used Usami’s hair color and the original color of the dress.
  • Pfft, wow, what’s-his-face jobbed so hard, he didn’t even place.
  • Y’know, I’m really starting to wonder if Collette is actually old enough to be in middle school. Because all evidence points to the contrary.
  • Oh dear god, Imari’s going full chuuni. You never go full chuuni.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

Ep 7 (Shorts 31-35)

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The horror of being forced to socialize.
  • I’ve always had a feeling that cats know more than they let on. First they take over our internet, then our hearts, then THE WORLD. Not that I’d mind, though. Cats are cute.
  • Y’know, despite his utter stupidity, I think people would like Nendou more if he didn’t look like a thug.
  • I don’t actually know how I’d react if my friend’s mom said he was psychic. I mean, I guess I’d assume she’s just messing with me, but yeah, that’d still be pretty awkward.
  • Nanana? That logo that appears on some Saturday morning anime? Wow, what an oddly specific power.
  • Saiki would probably be able to clear up some of these misunderstandings if he spoke with his voice instead of monologuing all the time.


Ep 7

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Squad goals: sitting around in the sun in public without feeling self-conscious.
  • So does Cha just wear pants now? No one’s gonna say anything about that? Alright…
  • Should a teacher really be following her students so extensively? Even if they are friends, it seems a little weird for Katori to follow Hikari onto a train like that. Did she not have to buy a ticket or anything?
  • Not that I don’t appreciate her gumption, but if Teko can’t swim, is it smart for her to be in the pool by herself?
  • She tells them to study, then tells them to play Red Light, Green Light? If there’s a life lesson here, I’m not seeing it.
  • Oh, okay, Red Light, Green Light didn’t really have anything to do with anything, Katori was just trying to hype them up a little. She is right, though; behavioral science does show that games are great for teaching basic problem-solving and whatnot.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable

Ep 21

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Ew, looks like Killer Queen has had some facial work done.
  • I’m surprised no one can smell the rotting flesh Kira carries around with him. Maybe he sprays it with Febreze or something.
  • Wow. He… really does spray it. Huh. I’m… not entirely happy I guessed that.
  • Boy, first he gets kinda-screwed over by Josuke and Okuyasu, now he’s being targeted by a serial killer. I take back what I said a few weeks ago, Shigechi is not a lucky person.
  • Huh, Kira doesn’t have his Stand yet. I thought he’d have it already. Though, I guess you don’t necessarily need to be a Stand user to be a serial killer.
  • Wait, he does have a Stand! So, why was he acting like he couldn’t see Harvest in the storage room? Maybe they were just out of his line of sight.
  • I guess it’s true what DIO said: all humans instinctively seek peace of mind. Even serial killers.

Time Travel Girl

Ep 7

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Isn’t learning your personal future a big time travel no-no?
  • I just realized, I don’t think I’ve seen a single set of teeth in this show so far. Every character just has an empty mouth. Weird.
  • Wow, Mikage is creeping on Mari’s mom super hard.
  • One minute he’s a time cop, the next he’s selling electromagnet kits to children. Dr. Hayase is a bizarre man, to say the least.
  • I’m pretty sure Morse code took a little more thought than that for Morse to come up with. I doubt he just automatically thought “I can make words out of dots and dashes”.
  • Huh, so the book came from the future. I think I smell a stable time loop coming on…
  • Oh snap, Shun and Mari are bigshot scientists in the future. I guess the moral the show is building up with so many non-science-oriented scientists is that you don’t necessarily have to be book smart to make a world changing discovery.


Ep 7

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Wow, what an elaborate ruse with absolutely no payoff.
  • Y’know, if you changed the connotations a bit, the way everyone praises Handa starts to sound a little cult-ish. Acting like any real person has some sort of divine insight used to help people is sketchy, to say the least.
  • Wow, Handa’s got a superfan and a yandere after him now, and that’s in addition to the pink-haired girl and giant-headed girl from the start of the series. It’s like a secret harem war.
  • Handa’s just kind of stupid, isn’t he? I mean, I guess I could see how he could misinterpret what she said as a threat, but she seemed pretty upbeat when she said it, so it feels like it’d be more difficult to see it as anything but positive.


Ep 20

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That does sound like something she’d do.
  • Is it weird that I think Jumonji is a way more interesting character when he’s passionate about food? Because his usual personality of jealous and stupid is- oh, wait. That’s half the cast. No wonder.
  • Alright, I’m gonna be honest, I’m starting feel really apathetic about this anime. It isn’t bad, but it’s just so consistently average that I just can’t really be bothered with it anymore. I feel bad about doing this to a Rumiko Takahashi work, but, well…

RIN-NE (Season 2): 20 episodes watched


Food Wars: The Second Plate

Ep 8

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I’ve heard of swordfish, but this is just silly. Nyuk nyuk nyuk.
  • Does Yukihira just lug that clay stove around with him everywhere?
  • We’re gonna set a record for number of times the word “umami” has been said at this rate.
  • I always enjoy seeing Yukihira’s train of thought. He has one innocuous notion like “overripe fish”, and suddenly he’s hit with ten tons of inspiration.
  • Wow, Leonora’s Japanese is awful. Though, her VA… I wonder if they actually got a non-native Japanese speaker. She’s got a distinctive accent. Either that or the VA playing her is a good method actor.
  • What the hell did he coat that fish in? It looks like some kind of powder, miso maybe, but it’s so thick. If someone didn’t tell me that was a fish, I don’t think I’d know.

A long-time nerd with far too much time on his hands. Enjoys playing video games and watching anime, among other media-related hobbies.