Summer 2016 Weekly Reactions 00 (Jun 26-Jul 2)

It’s an in-between week for the anime world, waiting on the new shows of summer to get up and going! That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some Dragon Ball Super and Re:Zero, plus a few extras, in the meantime though.

I’ve included the first impressions for ReLIFE, and we might be picking it up for reviews, or at least continuing here in the weeklies. As per usual, be sure to click on the episode titles to read the full review and check out all the screenshots!

June 26, 2016

Dragon Ball Super 49 “A Message From The Future. Goku Black Invades!”  –  Time travel is always an easy stir for a boring plot, and this arc is stirring things up hard. It’s great to see future Trunks interact with everyone again, and catch them up on the happenings of his time-line. Even better was to have Beerus and Whis around to judge the puny humans for using time travel – a rather illegal activity. The humans have Beerus bought and paid for though, so it’s kind of moot what he thinks. The recount of the future Buu saga in a matter of minutes was a nice touch, and the animation looks great with that old-timey filter on it! Things are moving right along too, with Goku Black showing up this week, and fighting Goku next episode (today)! Super is on a good trend upwards recently. Let’s see how far it can go.
Episode Scores: 8/10 Cloudy, 7/10 J-san (Very Good)

Dragon Ball Super - 049 - Majin Trunks
Blast from the alternate past/future.

Re:Zero 13 “Self-Proclaimed Knight, Natsuki Subaru” – Well this one was quite a downer for Subaru. Thank the dragon he’s finally getting some perspective on things for once! This world he’s found himself in isn’t just a game or simulation, as far as we know – there are real people, politics, and lives at stake. Fortunately there is someone far too fit to lead this nation, and that’s Felt. If she doesn’t win, I’m moving to Canada*. Even better, Emilia is finally doing more than just going on the defensive (pictured many times) and standing up to Subaru, a guy who has essentially been calling all the shots and defying her at every turn. This series had been getting rather cliche with its infallible main character and reliance on fantasy tropes, but this episode thankfully turned that on its head. Bonus points as well for every episode that features Felt.
Episode Score: 8/10 (Very Good)

Re Zero - 13 - Felt 2016
Vote Felt 2016. Our one and only true ruler.

Extras

ReLIFE 01 “Kaizaki Arata (27), Unemployed” First Impressions – One of the new offerings this season, although airing it is also available streaming in its entirety right now! The concept is definitely an interesting one, and unlike expected, doesn’t involve any actual time travel. The main character has just been aged back to 17 – an odd thing to have to hide from his parents, for sure. The show is pretty self-aware too, with Kaizaki Arata quite aware of how awkward his situation is. People in their 20’s who don’t belong in high school get arrested every so often for posing as a teenager, I can imagine his point of view. It doesn’t help much that his teacher is younger than him, and he’ll probably have the hots for her. How on earth would he explain that after the year’s up!? Even worse is that he’s surrounded by a bunch of cute high school girls! It looks like there will be a good amount of drama, but the focus seems to be split with some great comedy so far. The animation is tight, and the acting is on point. Probably going to pick this one up!
First Impression Score: 8.2/10 (Very Good)

Naruto Binge! – Up to episode 263 as of writing this, and the war is really starting proper. Seeing all the resurrected bad guys fight the people who they might emotionally compromise is a great concept, and adding plenty of drama. Thankfully everyone loves to say each other’s names a lot, because I would be totally lost on characters from 200 episodes and many years ago. Full season review will be out at episode 275 or so, be sure to keep an eye out for it coming soon!

* Oh wait, I’m already Canadian.

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