Spring 2016 Weekly Reactions 09 (May 29-Jun 5)

It’s already June! Can you believe that? Well you better, because it’s the truth.

As per usual, be sure to click on the episode titles to read the full review and check out all the screenshots!

May 29, 2016

Dragon Ball Super 45 “Vegeta Disappears!? The Threat of Fake Vegeta!” – The most exciting news from this week in Dragon Ball is that the future Trunks arc starts June 12. Sure this filler arc is mildly entertaining with its Gotenks call-backs and another Goku vs Vegeta showdown – but it lacks consequence as most of this series has so far. I want a real threat, real battles! Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks was super cool though, and really the only defining moment of this episode. That, and Goku still loves to destroy poor King Kai’s planet. Let’s get through next week’s episode and get on to the real deal.
Episode Score: 6.2/10 Cloudy, 5.8/10 J-san

Dragon Ball Super - 045 - SSJ3 Gotenks
We’re so happy too, Monaka!

Re:Zero 09 “The Meaning of Courage” – Subaru goes on his investigation by means of just straight up sacrificing his well-being. I guess that’s what he has going for him though. That and hilariously dumb courage (something something episode title). I’m pretty sure that Beatrice (Bea-ko!) took quite a bit of time to explain that curses couldn’t be stopped once activated – and then she promptly cured Subaru of his curse. I’ll just gloss over that one for now. Emilia is also still just lounging around the mansion doing nothing of importance. Any way, with everything ‘figured out’, Subaru returns to save the village from this doggy threat. And damn did it get an upgrade, or three. Good thing Rem is a super being, or something. Sure, that morning star is “only for protection”. The cliff-hanger this week is; could Subaru be dead again? At this point it’s not much of a problem, considering he knows what the threat is – could you imagine him just murdering that demon dog in front of those kids though? This show is edgy, but not that much! I think it’s time for him to move on to the next phase though.
Episode Score: 7.8/10

Re Zero - 09 - Pinky Swear.gif
Can’t break a pinky promise.

June 3, 2016

Mayoiga 10 “Danger Past, God Forgotten” – It feels like the writers for this series had just finished watching Lost and had a ‘great idea’ for a new, ‘original’ series. Mitsumune is back in the ‘real world’, after just poofing out of existence in Nanaki village. There was just so much quick-talk and cramming in this episode, and it barely got anything useful across. You’ll really have to read the full review to get just how confused I am about the whole ‘accept your past’ and ‘accept your past’ dichotomy. Don’t want to pick the wrong one there. There are still ways to save this series, but even with an impressive ending, I don’t know if it can justify everything else that has gone on up to this point. Only two episodes left of this strange experience.
Episode Score: 6.2/10

Mayoiga - 10 - Thesis Monster
When your thesis manifests as an actual monster.

June 4, 2016

Kiznaiver 09 “It’s All Over… I Think” – Oh, it’s far from over. Everything that was bound to happen in this group of friends’ relationships happened this week. But this group of friends isn’t done yet, despite what they might think. The love pentagram collapsed in spectacular fashion. Katsuhira admitted he kind of likes Sonozaki, and in turn crushing Chidori’s heart, breaking Tenga’s resolve, and stepping on Nico’s love. It was all so perfectly orchestrated to happen in the most dramatic of ways as well, thanks to the Kizuna group. I hope all those Gomorins feel pretty bad about what they’ve done to these kids. High school is hard enough without all this crazy dramatic flair and somewhat nefarious plots being conducted by your advisers.
Episode Score: 8.5/10

Kiznaiver - 09 - Pain
Share the pain.

Flying Witch 09 “The Day After Tomorrow Is Today” – A slice of life that doesn’t forget the parents is pretty rare these days. It’s so nice to see Kei and Chinatsu’s mom at work, making children’s picture books! it looks pretty great too. She should make one that features Chito, Kenny, and Al! Inukai drops by for some fortune telling, considering she didn’t quite get around to it last time. Normally I wouldn’t have any care about fortunes or astrology, but in a world of magic you really can’t discount anything – especially when it’s free! They even have an odd way of coming true in the end. Their garden was pretty pro, even if it did have a few too many radishes. And once again, Akane shows up as the best character – her assumption about Nao and Kei was spot on (it’s totally going to happen). As for her gifts from Burkina Faso? A little less spot on.
Episode Score: 9.1/10

Flying Witch - 09 - Chito Makes a Friend
A budding friendship.


Aldnoah Zero S2 03 – Every so often I think to myself, “wouldn’t it be fun to see some giant robot battles”? And each time I seem to watch this instead of Iron Blooded Orphans. I understand that Inaho has a fancy new eye, but he can designate brain cells for assignment with it? Kira Yamato was really too good at being good in Gundam Seed Destiny, but this is almost surpassing that parallel. Plus one for the self-awareness at least, calling out Rayet’s ‘tsun’ characteristics. The girls really do continue to be the best characters going on this show, and yes, I mean in terms of actual character. Too bad they get such little screen time.  On the other end, Slaine is officially a Martian noble of sorts, being adopted by Count Saazbaum. Even further yet, he seems to be still in his odd double-agent mode as he conveniently kills his new father and takes his title. Well at least the battles look great – no expense spared.
Episode Score: 7.1/10

The Naruto Binge: Taming the Nine-Tails – Just watched the backstory of Naruto’s parents, his birth, and the nine-tails being released from Kushina’s seal. It was a pretty powerful story, and it took a long time to get to it after all! It just further reinforces why Akatsuki in its current form, and the whole Madara/Tobi thing is of dire importance. Kind of wonder where he’s been all these years though, plotting. Perhaps that gets explained in due time as I continue the great Naruto binge!


DBS Future Trunks Arc Poster

Check out this poster teasing the upcoming future Trunks arc on Dragon Ball Super. Is the rumored ‘Goku black’ wearing the fusion earrings in that shot, and is that future Pan there with Trunks? What could have possibly warranted returning to the past, and where are Goku and Vegeta in the future? Definitely looking forward to this one. – Image via ANN


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