I’m attempting to streamline these posts to make them more accessible. Basically, I want more people to participate in the voting, but this is difficult when the posts are too long, too detailed, and ultimately, too unwieldy. I want people who don’t watch these shows to still be able to go through this post and decide on the week’s worst episode. Let’s see if my strategy works.
Grisaia no Kajitsu: 31+5 = 36 points
Ushinawareta Mirai no Motomete: 25+3 = 28 points
Trinity Seven: 18+4+1 = 23 points
Madan no Ou to Vanadis: 13+2 = 15 points
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: 7+1 = 8 points
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai Ep. 7
Remember how Nagi doesn’t want Kyotaro to become a Shepherd? Yeah, I don’t get it either. Why can’t they just both become Shepherds? In any case, you’re disqualified from “Shepherdhood” if you fall in love, so she tries her darndest to hook him up with one of the other haremettes in this week’s episode. First, she sends an anonymous request to the Library Club, asking the other haremettes if they know Kyotaro’s type of girl. In order to answer this question, the other girls drag Kyotaro on a group date to the mall. As you might’ve guessed, the best male friend is not invited. Anyway, a bunch of silly hijinks follow, Kyotaro bonds with each of them, but he still walks away without any particular girl in mind to pursue. He notices, however, that his friends keep forgetting about the whole Shepherd business. When Kyotaro confronts Nagi about this, he soon learns that if he becomes a Shepherd, his friends will forget all about him. This same fate doesn’t seem to bother Nagi whatsoever… until she realizes that the harem lead would forget her! Oh no! So she hurries back and plants a big fat kiss on his lips, confident that he won’t remember it anyway.
As you can see, this show never has too much fanservice. It’s just plain dumb.
Grisaia no Kajitsu Ep. 8
We’re moving briskly through the girls, so it’s now Makina’s turn to receive Yuuji’s love, and receive it she does! Guess what? Makina is yet another rich girl that needs fixing. Not only that, her corrupt and evil mother and grandmother killed her father because he had intended to rat them out to the authorities. As such, she has daddy issues. Makina thus hands Yuuji a check for 70 million yen, and asks him to be her father. After the initial shock wears off, he eventually accepts. But y’know, most dads don’t teach their daughters how to fight (by creepily pinning her to the ground). Most dads don’t teach their daughters how to snipe either. And most dads definitely don’t do this to their daughters. And the entire, Yuuji has this satisfied smile on his face, because he’s really proud of his lil’ girl. But other than this, the entire episode is a bore. He takes her to see his Master’s gravestone. Then he promises to protect her and love her and never ever leave her! But when she literally witnesses her half-sister get assassinated — our haremette just happened to be nearby — Yuuji gets more than he bargained for when he learns that his next job is to assassinate Makina. Hoo boy! The twists and turns of Grisaia no Kajitsu! Watch as we zoom slowly into this meronpan! Oh, the drama! The subtext! The poignancy!
Gee, another anime in which the harem lead gets to put himself in a position of power over a young and emotionally vulnerable girl? Who would’ve thought?!
Madan no Ou to Vanadis Ep. 8
This episode was pretty un-haremlike. Right off the bat, Elen leaves Tigre’s side, because she has something urgent to attend to. Roland also leaves the hero’s side to seek an audience with the king. Unfortunately, he is assassinated by bees. Yes, bees. He also dies standing. I don’t even know what to say about that. Tigre has nothing but Roland’s mighty sword to remember him by. Ah, memories… The rest of the episode deals with Tigre’s exploits against the Mouzinel army, but like most anime series, this show is unable to make war seem even remotely interesting. C’mon, are you really trying to tell me that the opposing army is actually fooled by what literally amounts to a bunch of scarecrows? What (sometimes) works on birds literally works on these soldiers as well? Then an opposing general dies because he literally does nothing as Tigre shoots an arrow right at his head. Sure, he didn’t think Tigre could hit a target from so far away, but why wouldn’t you at least take the proper precautions anyway?! What kind of general is this? Anyway, despite Tigre’s best efforts, he still finds himself up against an insurmountable army. That’s when Ludmila suddenly shows up out of nowhere to protect the harem lead. All in all, however, this has been a pretty uneventful couple of weeks for Madan no Ou to Vanadis.
I included the last screenshot only because it is butt ugly.
Trinity Seven Ep. 7
Just take a gander at the following passage:
“This is the secret technique of Acedia. It’s Baal Peor, the Last Crest that the founder of Logos Art, the mage Pythagoras, developed. It takes complete measurements of all occurrences, and drastically slows down time for everything other than myself.”
Yaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwn. Anyway, all you need to know is that Arata manages to defeat Liese by eating “all of her demon lord element” — whatever that means — but the girl is nevertheless trapped in the time dimension. Oh, what a pity. Quick. We must save her. She’s such a great character. Then, uh, some evil mages are finally “making their move.” Yep, good story. No, wait… great story.
Ushinawareta Mirai no Motomete Ep. 8
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Yui steals the bear to prevent Kaori from ever losing it in the first place. Lo and behold, Sou gives her another bear. Yui keeps taking Sou aside to remind him to worry about Kaori’s feelings. This only makes Kaori think that Yui and Sou have a thing for each other. And as you can see, despite Yui’s best efforts, Kaori still manages to get herself killed anyway. Hell, it’s almost like she wants to die. Instead of just talking to the person she loves, she spends most of the episode moping. Even after she confesses her feelings to Sou, she sees him and Yui talking in a hallway, so she jumps to conclusions. She doesn’t even fight for the guy she loves. She just gives up. Who would want to get with a girl like that? But that’s not even the worst part. What goddamn high schooler is dumb enough to not check the road before diving headfirst after a stupid key holder? A stupid key holder that probably costs 500 yen at most! So we can sit here and pretend as though we’re super sad to see Kaori die, but honestly, she deserves the Darwin Award.
There was nothing particularly haremtastic about this week’s episode. Hell, the girls are all trying to fix the harem lead up with Kaori anyway. Honestly, Airi seems like the one with the least amount of baggage, but maybe that’s only because she’s hardly received any character development. Still, Kaori is just so annoying and pathetic in her passiveness. What were they thinking when they picked the childhood friend to focus on? Oh well… Here, just marvel at the anime’s inability to animate mouths correctly in the screenshot above.