Like the cat, I’m pretty darn tired of these shows. On the bright side, at least the season is almost over.
Grisaia no Kajitsu: 40+4 = 44 points
Trinity Seven: 29+5+1 = 35 points
Ushinawareta Mirai no Motomete: 31+3 = 34 points
Madan no Ou to Vanadis: 16+2 = 18 points
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: 10+1 = 11 points
Trinity Seven is on the move, but at this point in the season, it’s probably too late. Oh well, we’ll see.
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai Ep. 9
Senri keeps getting pressured to sing, but it makes her unhappy. Like every generic anime story out there, Senri’s talent left her friendless and lonely. And since friends are everything, singing no longer makes the girl happy. Kyotaro thus comes to a brilliant conclusion: just quit singing. Yes, if it makes you that unhappy, why do you keep doing it? That’s just stupid. Maybe she’ll eventually realize that she can just sing for fun and not to compete, but until then, she should probably just take a break from singing. Despite this, Senri can’t help but ask, “Is it okay for me to have fun?” Man, every anime character acts as though they’re battered victims. C-can I have fun? A-am I allowed to be happy? Whatever.
Tamamo also spills a bit of her guts to the harem lead in this week’s episode. She’s jealous of Senri, because she wanted to be an artist but her parents talked her out of it. Well, at least she has friends, unlike Senri! I can’t help but wonder if these writers think that they’re onto something when they write such dramatic backstories for all these girls.
Last but not least, Kyotaro is one step closer to becoming a Shepherd. I bet he won’t become one when this is all said and done. Well, forget betting about it. It’s obvious, isn’t it? Friendship is the most important thing in any anime. As a result, there’s no way in hell our harem lead would give up his friends to become a Shepherd. The story can then pat itself for having such an ironic turn of events. After all, Kyotaro was a loner at the start of the series. He wanted to do nothing but read. And now, he can’t bear to tear himself away from his friends. Awwww.
In any case, he takes a look inside Nagi’s book, and suddenly remembers that she used to call him oniichan. I bet they’re just childhood friends, though. I mean, the girl has feelings for him. Also, this is based on an h-game, and yes, she’s one of the many girls you can screw if you play your cards right. Okay, okay. this is anime, so it’s not impossible for a sister to be in love with her own brother. It’s also not impossible for a sister to screw her own brother… in an anime, that is. But as much as I hate this show, I don’t think it’s edgy enough to embrace incest wholesale. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai is really just one of those safe and lame harem series.
No fanservice this week. Just boring drama.
Grisaia no Kajitsu Ep. 10
Well, there’s only one girl left, so we may as well get down to it. I like how when a girl gets fixed, she conveniently steps aside for the next girl. And now, it’s Amane’s turn. As usual, she continues to throw herself at the harem lead. She even cooks him food, irons his clothes, do some light sewing for him, etc. Man, why is she such a dutiful waifu? Oh right, she’s the “mother” of the group… who nevertheless wants to fuck Yuuji’s brains out. By this point, however, you should know how Yuuji operates. Dude has one trick up his sleeve, and one trick only:
- What’s that? Michiru wants to die? Let’s bury her alive!
- Yumiko doesn’t want the burden of taking over her father’s group? Let’s fake her death!
- Sachi can’t stop fulfilling people’s requests? Let’s make it so that she almost blows her friends up!
- Makina has daddy issues? Let’s be her dad!
Yuuji is a master at just doing whatever the girls ask for. So with Amane constantly putting herself out there, Yuuji does the most obvious thing: he accepts her affections. Oh my, the alpha male asserting his dominance? Needless to say, this is Amane’s first kiss. But despite that, she still offers up her body to him afterwards. Yep, haremettes are always virgins. Hell, they’re even virgins about kisses. But this despite this, they’re also always DTF. There’s that sweet Madonna-whore complex that we all know and love.
But don’t get Yuuji wrong! He may have accepted Amane’s affections, but he’s not ready to be her boyfriend just yet. Yes, she’s his girlfriend, but that’s it. What? Did you think Yuuji would tie himself down to one girl when he could have all of them? Nuh-uh, this alpha male ain’t down with that. First and foremost, the girl has to explain why she’s so obsessed with him, and love at first sight doesn’t count. Well, it turns out Amane used to know the harem lead’s sister…
Cue extended flashback scene. Amane and Kazuki, i.e. Yuuji’s sister, were on a school bus when it ran into an accident and fell down a ditch. Some of the girls died, but Kazuki is like some sort of super girl. She knows a lot about human psychology, she rescues the remaining survivors, she treats their wounds (this includes suturing), so on and so forth. Goddamn, both siblings are just a couple of Mary Sues, huh? But… they’re stuck.
Yep, their cell phones can’t get any reception, their compasses are going haywire, the one adult with them seems completely fucking useless, and worst of all, they have a limited supply of food and water. The episode comes to an end with this ominous bit of foreshadowing from Amane. Gosh, lemme guess… these girls will run out of food and start murdering each other, right? Either that or the useless teacher goes nuts and starts raping everyone, but even Grisaia no Kajitsu must have its limits, right? So of course, cannibalism is the best answer! Huzzah!
Madan no Ou to Vanadis Ep. 10
I’m here to mock dumb harem antics, not watch some uninspired military battles. Besides, it’s silly to even pretend as though strategy matters when you have these overpowered characters on both sides of the conflict, e.g. the war maidens. Anyway, as if it’s any surprise, our hero wins the day again. And like usual, the anime makes it seem like the situation is dire, but all of a sudden, these reinforcements keep coming to help Tigre out! See? It’s important to make friends! That’s why harem anime is singularly obsessed with this whole friendship nonsense.
The worst part about this anime is how the leaders get to have all the glory, but nobody really seems to lose any sleep over the true casualties of war: all the grunts who have to die ingloriously. Oh sure, Tigre apologizes to Elen for getting so many of her men killed. First, he should be apologizing to those men’s families. Second, one short moment is all that they get. And Elen’s reaction? Well, if you don’t regret fighting up until now, then that’s good enough for me! Yaaaaaay!
No real fanservice. Just a lot of poorly drawn female bodies.
Trinity Seven Ep. 9
Hijiri, Arata’s cousin, is not only still alive and active, she intends to destroy the world! She doesn’t want to kill the harem lead, though. After all, she’s in love with him, and cousin love in anime is perfectly okay. As a result, she sent Ilya to lure Arata into a trap. This school exists in an alternate world or something — don’t hold me to that, because I honestly don’t care about the finer details of the story — and our hero will be protected here while Hijiri destroys everything on the outside. That’s true love right there.
Who’s Ilya, you wonder? Oh, she’s just another codex somehow come to life. As for why she looks like Hijiri, it’s because she often stepped in as a substitute for Hijiri. See, Hijiri was a mage, right? And as a mage, she had magely duties or whatever. Whenever she had to perform said duties, Ilya would step in and do all of the same things Hijiri would do. This way, Arata would never get suspicious. Ilya did chores, people. She did chores. Have important mage responsibilities to take care of? But what about the chores! I’m a waifu first and foremost!
Anyway, this episode has all of the same, standard Trinity Seven nonsense. We get to know Mira, so of course, she loses her clothes. We also get her backstory, but it’s not worth talking about because these haremettes all have the same, lazy backstory. Oooh, she’s so talented at x, it isolated her from having any friends! Here, x just happens to be magic. Anyway, Ilya doesn’t care about either Mira or Sora, so she intends to kill the former and use the latter as a battery. This enrages our hero so he turns into… yep, here’s your badass demon lord.
— Man, how can anyone find this shit attractive? Please just delete Sora from the story. In fact, just delete Trinity Seven altogether. There’s gotta be better manga out there to adapt.
— The last time I watched an anime about a girl turning into a cube, it was disastrous.
Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete Ep. 10
Like most stories involving time travel, Yui is stuck in a loop. Y’see, she’s been at this for a while now, and as a result of all this time traveling, she’s leaving “after images.” Yes, all those ghost sightings around the school is really just her after images. She also calls them quantum oscillations, but no, that’s not what quantum oscillations really is. In any case, anyone who comes into contact with one of Yui’s “ghosts” ends up having their consciousness transported to another dimension or timeline. Boy, isn’t that neat?
The rest of the episode, however, is absolutely pointless. It’s just a retelling of the same couple of weeks that we’ve been watching since the start of the series. All we know is that the more Yui tries to interfere, the worse it gets. Well, how come we don’t just try the most obvious solution: tell the truth. At this point, what could it hurt? Oh, everyone might disappear or something? Well gosh, we wouldn’t want that, now would we?! Near the end of the episode, Yui begs the harem lead to return Kaori’s feelings, but he’s just like, “Why? Can’t I love anyone?”
Do it. Love someone else and Yui’s failure will be complete!
No real fanservice here. Just a bad story. The animation isn’t great either, but nothing too egregious to talk about…
Whoops, I lied.