Just some quick and dirty looks at these shows. There’s no need to waste too much energy on them.
Atelier Escha & Logy – Alchemists of the Dusk Sky Ep. 8
Did subbers give up on this show? The latest episode I could find is from two weeks ago. Oh well. Anyway, the eighth episode is just the obligatory hot springs episode. Yes, this show somehow has an obligatory hot springs episode too. Not only that, there’s a surprising amount of fanservice, which I won’t bother to show because who cares, right? Right. Why do I call it surprising though? The first few episodes were so safe and bland, I didn’t think it’d ever get to the point that one of the girls would ask stuff like “What should I do to grow bigger?” Y’know what she’s talking about. Eventually, the gang works together to help some Flame Ruler out. It’s a pretty generic story. For some reason, Wilbell does a lot of Shaft head tilts too, and then the episode is over. Oh wait, the boys use the hot springs at the same time as the girls, so the girls get super mad and throw stuff at them! Ho ho, that never gets old. Never stop, anime. Keep on doing the same shit forever. So yeah, Atelier Escha & Logy is still complete fluff. Just slightly more ecchi than I had initially expected, but if you haven’t been following the show, you’re not missing out.
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou Ep. 10
Chinatsu, the elementary grade schooler, is back and she flat out tells Ritsu that Kazunari is in love with her. For some reason, the other characters find Chinatsu’s brazenness astonishing. I guess being blunt is not an anime thing to do. Instead, you should beat around the bush for as long as possible. That’s how you garner critical acclaim, after all. Just ask Nisekoi. Anyway, Ritsu denies the obvious truth. She thinks Kazunari just has this thing for weird people. And since he’s got such a nice demeanor, he wants to help every single weird person he meets, including her! Oh girl, stop playing dumb. In reality, she’s just jealous that Kazunari is spending a lot of time with a former classmate of his, but of course, it’s his job to do so. But anyway, Ritsu has gone from being a girl lost in her own world to a girl who is now dishonest about her true feelings. Progress! At this rate, his hand might even brush up against hers before the show is over! Boy, wouldn’t that be something?
As a slight aside, the characters spend a good portion of the second half of the episode polishing mud balls. It’s the art of dorodango or something. I think a MythBusters episode even tried to polish a turd. I think they succeeded too, but I can’t remember for sure. All I know is that you can’t polish a turd when it comes to anime.
Kamigami no Asobi Ep. 10
I’m just popping in to see if anything interesting is happening with our favorite reverse harem. Hmmmmm… nope, nothing interesting whatsoever. Yui and her boys have to do a play in front of the fake student body. They pick Cinderella of all the stories they could do, but like most plays in most anime, they just screw it up anyway. But hey, if you want to see the bishies in pretty dresses, this is the episode for you. As for me, I’m just going to move onto the next anime.
Nobunaga the Fool Ep. 21 & 22
Well, I’ve certainly missed out on a lot of juicy plot developments. Both Caesar and Ichihime bit the dust when I wasn’t looking, and it seems as though Mitsuhide will soon follow suit. He better follow suit. I don’t think Caesar’s cool or anything, but man, I’ve been sick of Mitsuhide’s angsty shit from day one. If Caesar and Ichihime dies but Mitsuhide doesn’t, there’s simply no justice in this world. Anyway, I wonder how many more of Nobunaga’s allies will King Arthur turn against the supposed Savior-King. I wouldn’t mind it one bit if Himiko gets turned, and therefore, she bites the dust as well. Unfortunately, it looks like our devoted loli is sticking around for the long haul. If the Savior-King doesn’t have a woman from each star, it ain’t good enough. I bet it’s going to be something lame too that breaks the cycle. King Arthur will try to mind control Jeanne, but uguu, true love will prevail. Then with her help, Nobunaga will defeat Arthur and fulfill his destiny as the Savior-King of the two stars. I’ve got nothing else to say about the show. At this point, the plot is just moving along briskly, and I have no desire to recap the story.
selector infected WIXOSS Ep. 10
Speak for yourself, Yuzuki. The show blew its load last week, so it’s using this week’s episode to recharge itself. God knows these stunning plot twists aren’t easy to come by. It turns out that if an LRIG tries to reveal the true nature of the game to the selectors, she’ll be trapped as a card forever. Well, of course. Even so, Yuzuki is willing to sacrifice herself for Hitoe’s sake. Still, there’s just something really funny about the way Hitoe stares at her scrunchie and mutters, “I want… friends.” T-tomodachis, onegai! Hitoe ends up getting some of her memories back, but this also sends her straight to the hospital. Just more flaccid attempts from WIXOSS to be tragic.
Afterwards, Ruuko helps Yuzuki stalk the latter’s brother as well as Hanayo. It’s the same ol’, same ol’. The anime expects me to feel sorry for Yuzuki because Hanayo now gets to live out Yuzuki’s dream, but whatever. It’s still incest. Even so, Yuzuki is somewhat happy because her wish came true! Uh, don’t you feel bad about your brother? After all, he’s being tricked into loving someone who isn’t his sister! Hm, wait a minute, that’s not a bad thing at all! Whoopsie. Wow, anime really does rot the brain! You were right, anonymous commentator! In any case, go Hanayo! Just get plastic surgery or something so you look less like Yuzuki.
Still, you’d think Hanayo would like to, y’know, see her own family or something. Sure, she’s in Yuzuki’s body, so they wouldn’t recognize her. But don’t you think Hanayo would have better things to do than to hang out with Kazuki all day? Didn’t she have a life before she became an LRIG? Doesn’t she have her own story to tell? Apparently not. In the end, Tama’s identity is still a mystery as well. And oh yeah, Iona is looking to start some trouble. Well, I told you. This episode is just a build up to the finale, which I’m sure is going to blow our socks off. After all, Okada has never given us a disappointing conclusion to her stories!
Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii Ep. 8 & 9
I guess everyone quickly forgot how abusive Livius was at the end of the seventh episode, because Nike quickly tries to mend the relationship between him and Bardwin. You know how in a sitcom when two people argue, their friends conspire to lock them in a room until they make up? Yeah, same shit here, except Nike uses the rain to trap the uncle and his nephew. Bardwin goes on to explain why he left the country, but… eh…. It’s just really hard to care about any of these characters when they continue to tolerate Livius’s abusive bullshit. It’s also really funny to imagine that Nike is just standing there in the rain, belting out a corny love ballad.
The tenth episode is, like with a lot of the shows at the moment, a build-up to the story’s finale. As such, there’s little to say about it. Nike goes home to visit her ailing grandmother, but it turns out her grandmother is in fine shape. Nevertheless, some dude by the name of Kitora intends to steal Nike back from Livius. In fact, he even boldly announces his intentions in front of Nike’s grandmother. We don’t get to see the old lady’s reaction though. I guess she doesn’t care. Kids will be kids? It’s just sad because Livius is certainly no winner, but this Kitora guy is even worse. At one point, he’s just standing there in the background, creepily staring at Nike. And let’s not forget that Bardwin is nothing more than a unscrupulous playboy. Livius wins by default even though he seems like he could snap one day and murder an entire country just because he felt like it.
Anyway, Livius gets to go out and see the world, yadda yadda yadda, the starry night sky is beautiful to him, yadda yadda yadda, the world is still beautiful, yadda yadda yadda.