Winter 2017 Weekly Reactions Jan 15-21

With all of the premieres out of the way it’s time to get down to anime business. Plenty of love to go around this season. (Updates: Dragon Ball Super, Gabriel DropOut, Youjo Senki, KonosubaMasamune-kun no Revenge, and Kuzu no Honkai. All done!)

As per usual, see the full reviews for more thoughts and plenty of screenshots. Once again, this new season comes with an upgrade to screenshot resolution as well. Everything will now be 1920×1080!

Dragon Ball Super

Read the Episode 74 Review
“For The Ones He Loves! The Unbeatable Great Saiyaman!!”
Summary: Gohan and Videl bring all the heart to Super, while the Super Great Saiyaman puts on a show worthy of the silver screen.

This may have been the moment to redeem Gohan as a cool, powerful character, but it was not meant to be. He is still pretty mediocre, despite his heart being in the right place. This short two episode arc definitely has its moments though, and is not to be missed by any fan of the series. It also looks like the ‘filler’ is continuing for a while longer, with the universal tournament likely to start in February.
Episode Score: 7.8/10 (Good)

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The ultimate in acting skillz.

KonoSuba 2

Read the Episode 02 Review
“A Friend For This Crimson Demon Girl!”
Summary: Megumin, arguably the most complex character of this series, gets to stick it to her old rival despite being totally incompetent. The bully wins again, essentially!

It is probably pretty obvious that Megumin is a wildly popular character. She has a certain attitude that is hilariously mean, self-serving, yet somehow endearing. Plus we all just love to see things explode. Not many actual explosions this time around, but we do get some glimpses in to Megumin’s past as well as the introduction of her cat, Chomuske! The comedy continues to hit well on the fantasy adventure parody spectrum this week, and it looks unlikely to slow down any time soon. That bath scene is just so wonderfully self-aware, and then it completely turns the tables on Kazuma and Megumin’s character traits.
Episode Score: 8.8/10 (Exploooo- Very Good…)

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This pretty much captures the state of their party.

Masamune-kun no Revenge

Read the Episode 03 Review
“Yoshino’s Magic Show”
Summary: A simple wager turns in to a wondrous date. A classic affair with great comical twists, and some obviously expected emotions.

It’s pretty obvious that these two are ending up together, even if this likely one-cour series doesn’t come to a definitive conclusion. They’re already thinking highly of each-other, and the true feelings are starting to seep out. Mind you I have no knowledge of the manga, but I also don’t doubt this series’ ability to subvert its set-up. That is part of why a lot of the comedy works so well. The Yoshino Koiwai involvement in this story so far is also quite wonderful, considering how easily duped Aki seems to be. Careful not to break her heart, Masamune-kun. … oh wait, the title.
Episode Score: 9.1/10 (Great)

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She’s been working out too, it seems.

Kuzu no Honkai

Read the Episode 02 Review
“I’m Here for That Warmth”
Summary: More angles are added to the love-octagon, or maybe nonagon, with considerable focus still on the prospects of unrequited love. Yuri (not on ice) fans rejoice.

This looked to be going in a stranger direction than hoped for a bit, until the reveal of Sanae’s (Ecchan) plot really helped turn things around. How can this love-pentagon get any more complicated? Oh, I’m sure it will. But more importantly, there are some good teases at development between the main fake couple, and at least one of the new additions adds considerably to the overall story.
Episode Score: 8.5/10 (Very Good)

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Don’t you dare fall in love with me.

Extras

If you would like to contribute short, weekly reviews/thoughts of series not covered by Cloudy (300+/- words), feel free to contact us and they might just end up here!

Possible extras include Gabriel’s Dropout, and Youjo Senki.

Nyanko Days 02

It’s hard to say what exactly this series is trying to convey. Is it the anthropomorphism of cats, or the zoomorphism of girls? Every moment has to be either a ‘my cat does that’ or ‘what a cute female character trait’. The combination of those really covers the moe bases in a crazy short amount of time. Could you imagine this as a full length episode? My brain would either melt from banality or an overload of cute-induced happiness. You could try and extrapolate what I think of this bite-sized show from that, but even I can’t really be sure.

Gabriel Dropout 02

As predicted from the premiere, the comedy in this series doesn’t continue to carry itself very well when all of the characters follow the same trope. They’re all wonderfully cute and interesting on their own, but when you put them together it’s just way too predictable. You can’t all be the opposite of what you’re expected to be. Gabriel hits the nail on the head here, and she is definitely a fun character that I relate all too well to. Satania is also quite fun as Gabriel’s clear opposite. She tries hard. Perhaps it’s just the lesser of both demon and angel here that bring it all down. The show has its moments though, and is some nice light-hearted fair.
Episode Score: 7.4/10 (Alright)

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These are gamer skills for sure.

Youjo Senki 01 – First Impressions

Well this is an odd series, as a mash-up of several unexpected things that seem to be gaining popularity as of late. It’s World War I (kind of) with magic, but also an evil child and from the perspective of the German Empire. Quite a different feel from something like Izetta: The Last Witch considering the magical main character is clearly not going to struggle much or make us feel good about her efforts. There is some fun though to cheering on the bad guy, so hopefully we get more purpose to do so. The biggest drawback was the way characters were introduced. It’s one thing to hop right in to the action, but name-plates for military titles and long German names means I remember exactly one of the characters after watching this. Otherwise, the action is quite good and the plot could get interesting if it moves in to a bigger focus on why there is magic in World War I.
Episode Score: 8.0/10 (Good)

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