Well, that just about wraps it up for the Spring 2016 season! With Kiznaiver and Flying Witch ending this week, and Mayoiga wrapping up its strange adventure last week, that’s it for the shows that won’t be continuing in to summer. Let’s all look forward to what the summer season has to offer, including more Re:Zero and Dragon Ball Super!
This week brings with it a bit of a new beginning – full reviews for Re:Zero! They’ll be continuing throughout the rest of its run in to summer, and you can find the recaps here in the upcoming Summer 2016 Weekly Reactions. As per usual, be sure to click on the episode titles to read the full review and check out all the screenshots!
June 19, 2016
Dragon Ball Super 48 “Hope, Again!! Trunks Wakes Up In The Present” – This really is the kind of stuff we’ve all been waiting for. The tension was more than palpable in this episode, with Future Trunks arriving in the present timeline once again. That “Hope” on the side of the time machine hits the nostalgia button hard. The fighting was even pretty great against Black, the new and rather menacing evil-Goku. Still not much is known about him, and he is still a far better villain than Beerus or Frieza 2.0, or Hit ever were. This guy is evil, no doubt about it, and there are going to be some intense fights. Plus he is here next episode (today if you’re reading this on Sunday)! That’s really moving a long at Kai pace, instead of the Dragon Ball standard. The coolest shot in the whole episode was probably young Trunks powering up, and this shot only lasted for two frames! Looking forward to some development of young Trunks as well.
Episode Scores: 8.2/10 Cloudy, 8.5/10 J-san (Very Good)
Re:Zero 12 “Return to the Capital” – Check out the newly picked up full reviews for this show! It deserves it, especially as it moves in to a new and exciting arc. The whole royal selection process has been pretty side-lined for the majority of the series up until this point. This foray in to the capital means a lot more characters to look out for as well, and every fantasy archetype shows up. Traps aside, they all seem to be at least somewhat interesting in their own way, and nearly overshadowing the sometimes boring and safe Emilia. Glad to see Felt back in the mix, as long as this new path for her doesn’t stifle any of the feisty thief qualities. And we can’t overlook that, after an arc about twin demon maids, there are more twin mai- uh, servants of some kind!
Episode Score: 7.7/10 (Good)
June 25, 2016
Kiznaiver 12 “If The Kizuna System Spread Throughout The World” and Final Impressions – In the grand finale of Kiznaiver, a girl goes from bridge-bombing evil dictator, to misunderstood teen, to everybody’s new friend in twenty-two minutes. The way that the series got to this point was rather interesting, but it still kind of felt like nothing really came of it all. There was a pretty big lack of action from a show where the characters were all but invincible for more than half the run, and with animation from the studio that brought us Kill-la-Kill as well! The emotional arc of the series was a good high-school fare, with some really sci-fi circumstances built in. It really required some suspension of disbelief about how the characters dealt with understanding their emotions sometimes, but overall, it was good. An average sort of good.
Episode Score: 7.8/10 (Good) Season Score: 7.5/10 (Good)
Flying Witch 11 “A Whale in the Sky” – The first half of this episode managed to further solidify the beauty of the magical world that this series has been portraying. It’s all just a little hidden out of sight, while still being right there in front of you. Anzu is a great character, and I’m glad to see her back, hanging out with the Kuramoto family. Now we know that Kenny is a sensei – teaching Anzu about history and archaeology! That means being chased by boulders and fighting snakes and stuff, right Chinatsu? The rest of the episode just made me way too hungry.
Episode Score: 9.5/10 (Great)
Flying Witch 12 “A Witch’s Robe and Different Ways to Spend the Day” and Final Impressions – This finale perfectly captured everything that was cute and wonderful about this series. We got a quick look at most of the major characters, and it brought out all the feels. Akane is such a good girl, and Chinatsu has to be the luckiest person in town – that red robe is so great! It just easily melts my usually cold and icy heart. There may not have been much plot development over this series, but it shines in spite of that. If you’ve been holding out on this one, don’t wait a second longer. Check out the full review for a tonne of screenshots and the rather praise-filled final impressions.
Episode Score: 10/10 (Masterpiece) Season Score: 9.4/10 (Great)
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken – Otherwise known as “I Don’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying.” This short little comedy is rather entertaining, and it’s a fun look at the compromises a couple makes to accommodate each other’s hobbies and preferences. It’s also a little bit naughty and extremely self-aware – how can you go wrong? It might be nice to pick up a new short like this for Summer 2016’s weekly reaction posts. Keep an eye out for my thoughts on this one in the Extras section here in the future.