So what are the Monday Blues? Well, I couldn’t help but notice that there’s nothing to watch on Mondays. Not only that, it’s only the start of the work week, and I’m already dead tired. This grind never ends, does it?
Big Order Ep. 4
I said I wouldn’t watch another episode of this show, right? Eh, I lied. I need material to cover, and Big Order serves as fodder for the blog. Anyway, if you’ve been reading Moe Sucks, you’re probably curious about Iyo, the girl who was magically impregnated by our hero simply because he touched her ears. Well, there’s no resolution to that yet, because the UN has just decided to fire nuclear warheads in Eiji’s direction. Not only that, everyone on this island is hellbent on killing him. After all, his wish brought about the end of the world, and a lot of people’s loved ones died as a result. You couldn’t possibly have forgotten that, did you? Of course not. The show merely brings it up in every single episode. Four episodes into the season, however, and we still don’t know what exactly he did nor do we have any clue if he’s truly responsible for his crimes. Anyway, Eiji may have inadvertently caused thousands upon thousands of people to die, but he’s a goody two shoes now, so he stops not one but two nuclear warheads from striking the island. Yay… I heard this was only getting ten episodes. We’ve gotten absolutely nowhere in the story. This adaptation is such a mess.
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 2nd Season Ep. 6
I’m also kinda following this. Kinda.
“OMG HOW CAN YOU WATCH THIS AND NOT CATCH UP ON [insert critically acclaimed anime here]!!!”
Pfft, I already said on Twitter I’m caught up on Concrete Revolutio. As for The Asterisk War, again, it’s like with Big Order: Moe Sucks needs material to cover. Unfortunately, there’s not much here to work with. It’s a harem show, but it’s not even bad in a good way. Y’know, bad in a way that merits discussion. Rather, the series has turned into a gauntlet of never-ending fights.
“But wait… isn’t action a good thing?”
Yes and no. I guess a little context will help, but we needn’t get too detailed. If you’ve been watching any anime at all in the past year or two, you’re already quite familiar with The Asterisk War’s basic premise. Students compete in some sort of battle competition, and of course, our hero Ayato is a godly Gary Stu right from the get-go. The only reason he doesn’t easily win every fight is because his big sister slapped some sort of limiter on him before disappearing for reasons currently unknown. So while girls are throwing themselves at Ayato left and right, he has to compete in a tournament that spans across both the first and second season of The Asterisk War. It’s really quite tiring to see the characters do battle in the same setting over and over and over. There’s not much world-building, not much character development, not much of anything. Just fights after fights after fights between factions. There are so many paper-thin characters, shady characters pulling strings in the background, and whatnot, but sure enough, we just return to the same boring ass tournament. Even shounens will at least switch up the battlegrounds to keep things interesting.
And because our hero is already overpowered, we have to come up with gimmicks to keep the battles from being all the same. I already mentioned how he has a limiter. In a previous episode, he hadn’t fully recovered, so he had to act as a decoy or something. At the moment, he’s not allowed to use his actual weapon, but it’s okay, he still easily won his latest match. It just goes on and on like this. It’s also curious how most of the combatants are also cute girls. Every once in a while, they’ll fight some guys, but those fights are always over and done with in a short amount of time. Battles against female opponents, however, will take up an entire episode or more. Really, it’s enough to make you think it’s just Ayato and a planet full of women. Anyway, the current subplot has Ayato trying to save one of his haremette’s maid from the evil clutches of some dude who always looks like he’s super bored when he’s on screen. Wait, is he me?! In all seriousness, however, I can’t believe this got greenlit for two seasons. A-1 Pictures really has nothing better to do?
Hundred Ep. 6
The big, bad Savages aren’t even the greatest predators in this universe. This week, we’re introduced to a bunch of poachers who go after Savages for their cores. Those cores are worth a pretty penny, so Savages are being treated like poor, endangered rhinos or some shit. It’s hard to get into Hundred, because there isn’t a very strong, overarching storyline that ties everything together, especially when the Savages don’t seem like much of a huge threat. Lots of shows have toyed with this sort of premise before. There was one a while back with lolis or some shit. I forget the name, but the whole loli part was pretty stomach-churning. Nevertheless, the big, bad monsters there were, y’know, actually threatening. Here, it’s like society isn’t really all that worse off with the Savages around. In fact, the Savages are now being hunted. Anyway, that was just the first half of the episode. The second half is some cheesy-as-fuck idol concert. We’ll just quietly take our exit…
Seisen Cerberus Ep. 6
Last but not least, we’ve got our medieval fantasy anime. It’s probably the most amusing out of the four simply because the animation is so, so bad. It also has the most fleshed out villain. Nambuuko looks silly, but he’s apparently the head honcho of this universe’s military-industrial complex. Yeah, you read that right. He wants to revive the evil dragon just because it would sow chaos. And what’s chaos good for? Conflicts! And when nations are mired in conflicts, they’ll all flock to buy his weapons. His twisted weapons. In this week’s episode, he has one of his mad scientists cruelly combine an orc with three humans. Somehow, this half-orc, half-human hybrid makes for a formidable killing machine. In my mind, you just end up with a shitty orc, which doesn’t seem very scary to me, but whatever. Anyway, Hiiro is right back to being useless in this week’s episode. He tries to confront Nambuuko without a weapon, he gets his ass handed to him, he almost gets tortured, and he is only saved due to his connection to Saraato. What a hero.
Well, that’ll do it for this week. Maybe next week, I’ll toss Endride onto the pile. We’ll see. In the meantime, I’ve gotta somehow write something interesting about the first 18 episodes of Concrete Revolutio…