It’s the penultimate week for the Spring 2016 season, and the finale for one really odd show. The long awaited ‘Future Trunks Arc’ has begun on Dragon Ball Super, plus we get a little extra look in to the world of Final Fantasy XV! No Flying Witch this week.
As per usual, be sure to click on the episode titles to read the full review and check out all the screenshots! This week we have the much awaited second episode of Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV in the line-up! Click on the episode link to watch the episode itself as well if you have yet to see it.
June 12, 2016
Dragon Ball Super 47 “SOS From the Future! A New Black Enemy Appears!!” – We jump right in to things with Trunks being chased around an apocalyptic setting – the world that has been destroyed by androids, saved, and now destroyed once again. He’s really having a tough go of things, and this episode doesn’t lighten up on him much either. There’s actual consequence felt by the characters and audience for this episode, and that’s something we haven’t really been able to say for quite some time! Finally we are back in the realm of the unknown and dangerous. That ‘Goku Black’ looks pretty interesting, and we have some theories for him as well (click here if you want to see). As for how all of this well affect the present-day storyline, it is yet to be seen. Is there a way to stop all of this from happening in our normal timeline, and will it accelerate the problem to new heights like the last time Future Trunks intervened? These are all fun and exciting questions. Remember what those words mean?
Episode Scores: 8/10 J-san, 8.1/10 Cloudy (Very Good)
Re:Zero 11 “Rem” – The young Rem and Ram were super cute. Their story was a little cliched – a one-sided sibling rivalry that gets turned on its head – but it was presented well. I particularly liked that Rem smiled in the midst of the horrors as she saw Ram’s horn cut off. As for Subaru and the boss fight, it was all pretty standard. Although his sacrifices don’t really seem to carry much weight, as we know he’ll be reincarnated, it can be interesting to see how the show will get around to him not dying. This time it involved a total deus ex machina, as Roswaal descends from the sky with super powers to save the day. Kind of anti-climactic. This all brings an end to the mabeast arc and Rem/Ram’s backstory. They’ve definitely grown as characters, even if others were totally pushed to the side for a long time. Roswaal mentions killing the dragon, but I can’t even remember if the dragon was good or bad – the witch was the bad one, so what’s his deal? Either way, this show is still a little tropey and can’t quite seem to decide on how serious it wants to be – but it is going in a good direction, and has plenty of time to come in to its own.
Episode Score: 7.8/10 (Good)
June 14, 2016
Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV 02 “Dogged Runner” – This was quite a change of pace from the conclusion of the first episode that featured flying swords and an imperial army. In fact, there wasn’t even a single sword or soldier! The kind of back story we got this time, about the rather energetic Prompto, is exactly the kind of thing this short series should be used for – a realistic and moving short tale that gives definite meaning to the character’s friendship while being something that does not necessarily need to be explained in-game. The actual story of Prompto gives a relatable and moving subtext to an otherwise kind of annoying side-kick type character. These characters are being humanized more and more as we see them in these spin-off mediums. Everything from taking care of the dog, to his interest in Lunafreya, and the resolve to not eat fast food every day was just so well handled – not to mention that running guy we all know in our lives. As a whole, everything felt so wonderfully normal, while still fusing in some fantastical and technological elements. Can’t wait for the next episode!
Episode Score: 8.9/10 (Very Good)
June 17, 2016
Mayoiga 12 “Nanaki Mirrors Your Soul” – There are far too many things to be said about this finale and the final impressions of this show than what can be properly summarized here. I will say that it made a good attempt at wrapping up almost all of the loose ends or explanations. Attempts they were, successes they were not. The concept was too much for the execution, and the characters were hollow or underdeveloped even in the best of cases. The experience overall was kind of entertaining, if only to see how absurd it would get each week. That definitely never disappointed.
Episode Score: 6.2/10 (Fine) Season Score: 5.1/10 (Average-Bad)
June 18, 2016
Kiznaiver 11 “We Have To Contact Each Other and Confirm Our Feelings. Because We’re Friends!” – The group’s discovery of their own emotions, as if they had never been sad or angry before, continues again this week. Katsuhira does a lot of thinking, and comes up with some pretty obvious statements, but it’s still pretty powerful considering his character. Nico continues to be the most logical one around, but Hisomu is rising up the ladder of best in show. He’s truly grown in to an interesting, compassionate, and smart friend over the course of the series – a lot more than can be said for everyone else. Sonozaki in particular continues to spiral downwards until she decides on some kind of total-control, pain-sharing city-state. The conflict has been mostly inter-personal, and intra-Kizuna for the majority of the series, it will be fun to see how Sonozaki’s pursuit of connection affects an entire city.
Episode Score: 7.9/10 (Good)
Flying Witch – Tune in next week for episode 11!
Naruto Shippuden Update! – 260 episodes in, there will be another season review after episode 275. Really liking all this build up to the next great shinobi war. Everybody is back to fight it out, on both sides. Who cares if all the enemies are zombies, it’s shaping up to be quite a brawl. Naruto is going to be quite surprised, and probably quite upset, when he finds out what’s going on. There’s a lot of info being kept from their best asset – how long can they keep him cooped up in that turtle?