Almost half-way through the summer, and the shows are really getting fired up. Don’t forget to take some vacation (like I have) during the summer months, to watch anime of course!
As per usual, be sure to click on the episode titles to read the full review and check out all the screenshots!
August 7, 2016
Re Zero 19 “Battle Against the White Whale” – Despite the title of this episode, no real battle actually takes place yet. It did feature a lot of good set-up though, and Subaru really took a few steps in the right direction towards not being a complete fool. He’s still flat-out rejecting Rem though, despite the obvious fool-level decision that is. Myself and most of the rest of the internet has a hard time believing that he could still be after Emilia despite everything that’s happened with Rem. There are just certain things that bring people together with great success, and he’s hit all of them with Rem. But I guess love at first sight, or some kind of hero complex, is holding him to Emilia far too hard. Oh well, at least the next episode will be some much needed action, and possibly still very little explanation as to the actual goings-on of this world.
Episode Score: 7.9/10 (Good)
Dragon Ball Super 54 “He Who Carries Saiyan Blood – Trunks’ Determination” – This was another big Trunks-focused episode, mainly having to do with his place in the story and his relationship with Vegeta. Fortunately, after a pretty interesting fight, Trunks comes to realize that a saiyan never gives up on getting stronger (except Gohan damn-it). It would be cool to see him get to the level that Goku and Vegeta are at now, and I was really hoping that he would turn super saiyan 3 in this fight, after asking if Vegeta could do it. On the Zamasu front, we can be pretty sure now that he is the origin of Black. Not much else needs to be said about that, other than the fact that everybody else is an idiot for not immediately noticing.
Episode Score: 7.5/10 (Good)
August 9, 2016
Mob Psycho 100 – 05 “OCHIMUSA ~Psychic Powers and Me~“ – Very much unlike One-Punch Man, Mob Psycho is really pushing the dramatic element in with its comedy, and it’s doing so spectacularly. While Saitama mainly dealt with the boredom of being the best, Mob is a genuinely complex character. Teru started this fight out quite clearly as Mob’s opposite – a rival that had everything Mob didn’t. Although, Teru’s friends, popularity, and confidence all stem from his psychic powers. What happens when you take them away? Him and Mob are quite alike. When I say this episode was heavy, it really hit hard in the key emotional locations. The fight between Mob and Teru was emotional in its own right, leading Mob nearly to the brink all the while testing his resolve. But it was the backstory that really got me. His powers are not a gift, so much as they are a curse. Something else is in there with Mob, and only comes out in what seems to be times of imminent danger and unconsciousness. Can’t wait to find out more, and get more action!
Episode Score: 9.6/10 (Great)
August 12, 2016
91 Days 06 “To Slaughter a Pig” – With a title like that, you could probably see what was coming. This episode had a little bit of everything in it, from character drama to full on action. If anything, it was the kind of episode that this show needs to pull off every week to be more than just the sum of its parts. Just like a good lasagna, the layers need to be well balanced. It did seem a little early for Avilio to finally be offing one of his major targets, considering he was planning to use Nero to get to Don Vanetti. Fortunately, he was pulling Lelouch vi Britannia levels of subterfuge and double fake-outs on this plan to take out Orco. Not sure what the Nero gang will get up to after this point, considering the next obvious enemy is either the Gallasias or his own brother.
Episode Score: 8.1/10 (Very Good)
Check back next week for more extras – this week’s extra time was eaten up by vacation!