Sorry for the late post. Yakuza 6 has been distracting me. It’s a good game. Not as good as Yakuza 0, but I’m still enjoying it more than anything that has come out recently. Anyways, due to time constraints, I’m skipping Piano no Mori this week, and I may drop it entirely from here on out. We’ll see.
3D Kanojo Real Girl Ep. 4 & 5
In the fourth episode, Hikaru gets branded a lolicon when one of the guys who likes Iroha tells his little sister to tell a dirty lie. As a result, the entire school gangs up against the protagonist. His close friends stick by him, but everyone else starts bullying him. Well, it’s hard to blame them if they truly think he’s a lolicon. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but emotions run high when you’re dealing with a potential pedophile. Anyways, his tolerance for abuse impresses Iroha, but the problem is that he’s this way for the wrong reasons. He’s only tolerant because he’s bizarrely negative. Hikaru honestly believes that things are going too well right now in his life. It’s too good to be true, basically. So as some dumb way to ward off danger, he doesn’t mind it if he’s getting bullied. But like I said, that sort of negative mindset will come around and bite you in the ass.
In the fifth episode, Hikaru is having a good time hanging out with Iroha at a festival when he suddenly feels the itch to be a shithead. He asks her why she didn’t date this other guy instead — the same guy who had Hikaru labeled a pedophile. After all, that other guy is so hawt. As you might expect, Iroha is pissed off at his question. Not only does her boyfriend continue to trash himself, he’s also calling her shallow. She storms off, and Hikaru doesn’t even chase after her or anything. Nor does he even know what to say the following day. He doubles down on his inferiority, then claims that she should tell him what’s wrong with what he’s saying. It’s really not hard to try and empathize. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Unfortunately, Hikaru is too wrapped up in his own self-pity.
Also, there’s a new girl who also likes the same shitty anime as the protagonist, so he’s going to fuck up even harder. You can already see him spending too much time with the new girl, then turning around and going, “Buuuuh, what am I doing wroooooong?” After five episodes, I still have no clue why Iroha not only likes Hikaru, but actually loves him. He’s got the dumbest fucking logic ever, he’s negative, he can’t empathize, and even his own brother thinks he’s a loser.
Dances with the Dragons Ep. 4
If someone could tell me what’s going on in this anime, that’d be great. As far as I can tell, the cardinal that our heroes had been hanging out with was not the actual Mouldeen. He staged a fake assassination attempt on his life just to swing the balance of powers into the hands of the moderates (FYI, the moderates are the ones who do not want all-out war between humans and dragons). Basically, a bunch of men had to die for this stunt. Hell, Gayus could’ve died too. And because he and his partner didn’t go down, they now have to fight against a pair of bishie bros? And Nidvolk will crash the party in next week’s episode as well? I like how she’s casually hanging upside-down from a crane. After four episodes, I still don’t know what our heroes are trying to accomplish. I don’t know where this story is headed. Do we want to prevent war, but in a different way?
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory Ep. 3
The vast majority of the episode is devoted to the futile defense of Merida Island. They manage to take out one Behemoth, but a lot of people die in the process. A lot of people. And to make matters worse, they still have two more Behemoths to deal with. But honestly, this part bored me, because I’m only really interested with Sousuke and Chidori. On the other hand, I can’t get that worked up about Speck biting the dust. Now, if it had been Tessa instead, then you’d have my attention. Speaking of our heroes, those two resolve to do everything in their power to protect their friends. It’s predictable, but hey, most of us would do the same if we actually had Sousuke’s kickass abilities.
Gundam Build Divers Ep. 4 & 5
The kids are reminded that they can’t get hurt or tired, because it’s a game. I like that. I wish more anime about VRMMOs would remember this… like Gundam Build Divers. After all, our heroes keep screaming out in pain whenever they get hit. Are they roleplaying or what? Oh well.
High School DxD Hero Ep. 2 & 3
This is straight up sexual assault. And to think, I used to watch like four or five of these trashy harem shows every season. These days, they can barely keep my attention anymore. I think the hero has to save a MILF or something, but whatever.
Hinamatsuri Ep. 4
So we pick up where we last left off, and Nitta kicks Hina out of his home for smashing yet another expensive vase. Also, she trashed his apartment in an attempt to clean the place. Anzu tries to help the girl out, but their relationship quickly goes south when Hina continues to bum off a bum. The girl has been spoiled rotten by Nitta, so she has no appreciation for hard work or the value of the food she relentlessly consumes. Still, she’s far more ingenious than Anzu. Hina eventually manages to survive on her own by using her abilities to put on a street performance. Eventually, she gets recruited by an up-and-coming rock band and they put on a kickass show. You can’t help but wonder why Anzu never thought to do the same. The blonde girl resorted to thievery then eventually collecting cans for pennies at a time. Sure, she’s a hard worker — and we’ve seen in the past that she’s not as strong as Hina — but still, there’s so much more she could do to earn money. Ah well. Maybe some gentle soul can adopt her one day, so she can be lazy like Hina.
At the end of the day, Hina would still rather be with Nitta. She even buys him a cheap-o vase to replace the one that she broke. He eventually relents ’cause everyone in his life was giving him shit for abandoning his “daughter.” You had to go “aww” when you saw it sitting up on the shelf with all the expensive ones. Nevertheless, Hitomi continues to be my favorite character on the show for obvious reasons. And like I said on Twitter, this is probably my second favorite show that’s currently airing (number one is obvious). Megalo Box is good, but I look forward to Hinamatsuri much, much more.
Hisone to Maso-tan Ep. 3
Slice-of-life dragon vore continues as Hisone not only meets her predecessor but also gets a TAC name. Y’see, her senpai’s name was Moriyama, so you take the Mori part and call her Forest. Makes sense, right? Hisone’s TAC name? Just Hisone. Am I missing something? Judging by the rest of the team’s reaction, probably not. As I’ve been saying over and over, the show’s cute, but it doesn’t really have much to say nor a very compelling plot. It’s just not that bad.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes – Die Neue These Ep. 4 & 5
I haven’t dropped the show or anything, but the remake is plagued by the same exact flaw that kept the original from becoming an all-time great anime. Like Reinhardt, Yang Wen-li is supposed to be a military genius, but more often than not, he only looks good because everyone around him fucks up colossally. I mean, c’mon, how do you allow your enemy to beeline for your supply ships? How can you not defend your supply ships?! Also, I feel as though Reinhardt is a bit more well-rounded as a character than Yang. The latter is a little too… perfect.
Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori Ep. 3 & 4
In last week’s episode, the gang gets roped into opening a 3-day pop-up restaurant. At first, the patissiere struggles with all the attention he’s getting, but his bros remind him that their customers’ smiles give them strength. Do it for the customers! God, this show can be so corny. Anyways, after practically an unending focus on almost nothing but desserts, it’s nice to see a chicken tempura don show up at the start of the fourth episode. Now I want one, but I’m a little short on funds until Monday. Tempura tends to be expensive around here. I think it’s about 10 bucks for an assortment of tempura shrimp and veggies at my hole-in-the-wall Japanese diner. Anyways, in the second half of this week’s episode, a lost kitten shows up and gives the big, fat orange cat a hard time, but they eventually bond. Afterwards, the owner comes by to retrieve the kitten. Nothing too serious here. This is slice-of-life, but with cute men instead of cute girls. I’m sticking around for the food.
Shokugeki no Soma S3 Ep. 16
Yukihara faces off against Akira, and the special ingredient is bear meat, so here are some fun facts!
- Bear meat can vary a lot in taste. By default, they are gamey, but if they’ve been eating a mostly vegetarian diet (i.e. fruits, berries, and nuts), then the flavor’s not so bad. But if the bear has been feasting on, say, salmon, hoo boy… I hope you like fishy beef.
- You can’t exactly cook bear meat like it’s a piece of steak. They can carry parasites, so you ideally want to cook the meat well done. Unfortunately, this will make the meat tough and chewy. As a result, bear meat is often slow-cooked. Something like a pulled pork preparation can tenderize the meat while simultaneously ensuring that it is safe to eat. Stews are also popular.
So yeah, the meat’s gamey. I cringed a bit when Yukihara tried it with only salt, but hey, you gotta start somewhere. It’s not surprising that both he and Akira eventually opt to rely on strong flavors and aggressive seasoning to dress up the protein. Akira will apparently deliver a Cajun dish while Yukihara relies on an amazing berry that supposedly contains all five flavors. The actual competition hasn’t taken place yet, however, so Yukihara might try to pull another trick out of his hat for next week’s episode, because a burger patty made out of bear meat is kinda dull.
Toji no Miko Ep. 16
Apparently, Yukari was good all along. She was actually suppressing three great aradamas within her, and now those three are out and about. The ones stealing all the noro? That’s Princess Tagitsu. The other two have names I don’t care about yet. I might remember them later, but for now, whatever. Also, Yukari is still alive. Hoo boy… this still doesn’t make me care about Toji no Miko, but at least the second cour is finally getting serious.
Tokyo Ghoul:re Ep. 4 & 5
This is everything that’s wrong with Tokyo Ghoul ever since the first season ended. The start of the auction was okay. Nothing too compelling, but not absolutely boring either. But since then, it has been non-stop edgelord fights between people I don’t give a shit about. Any sort of psychological depth has gone right out the window. It’s so goddamn boring that I had to completely abandon the thought of even blogging the show on Tuesdays. Had the scope been limited to Kaneki like it was at the start, Tokyo Ghoul could’ve survived its sequels. You know, however, that a story is doomed when its cast suddenly begins to balloon in size. When a writer isn’t in love with what he or she is doing, they typically resort to creating new characters. Look at what ended up happening to Bleach (not that it was ever that good in the first place).
Sorry, no food pics this week. I’m way behind schedule.