Nanoha ViVid teaching us all about how relationships work: If you don’t understand why some other person does this or that, you simply beat them long enough until their motivation becomes clear to you.
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Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid 03: Einhart and Vivio fight two times. Both times Vivio loses – but Einhart learns to respect Vivio. That’s why’s everyone fine with Einhart carrying the unconscious Vivio away on her own…
Hibike! Euphonium 03: Kumiko has found out that she has joined an ensemble fraught with corruption. A few students’ commitment-issues destroy the integrity of the ensemble as an institution of decency and ambition. Reina meanwhile does the only thing she knows to do in this situation: She goes rogue and does her duty as ensemble-member without the consent of her superiors.
Review-Roundup: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 15, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu 03, Shokugeki no Soma 02/03
Guess, someone in the animation/art-department lacked the time to hand in their finest work…
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Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 15: Rin and Shirou wander onto a battlefield within a castle and… do nothing. Meanwhile, a little girl named Illyasviel is fighting for her life with a big, muscular dude called Heracles at her side. It goes poorly for her. Also, dramatic moments in the middle of a battle are the perfect moment to have flashbacks apparently!
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu 03: The appearance of Haruhi turns this series into another very familiar series that coincidentally also has a main-character called Haruhi.
Shokugeki no Soma 02/03: Soma is a great cook. And he uses his great cooking-skills to challenge/antagonize everyone around him. Except when he forces innocent girls to taste his experimental stuff which will always lead to them feeling like they got tentacle-raped. Yep, that’s the hero of this series.
I like to believe that this is Eruna talking about herself. Everybody else in this series got some boring tropes to prove their existence after all.
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Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 01/02: Eruna is a Yuri-Otaku who’s the Chosen One in a school that’s all about fantasy-battles. And as the Chosen One she’s about to kick everybody’s ass while trying to find her ideal girlfriend.
Hibike! Euphonium 01/02: Being a teenager is the perfect time to learn about how dreams don’t come true. But everybody’s got a second chance. After all, even when you’re already THAT old that you enter a High School, you still have a couple years left to put things right. And since nothing interesting EVER happens after you’ve left school, Kumiko and her friends have to give their best to be the best – on a national level! It’s one last job before they can retire and leave puberty behind!
Review-Roundup: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 14, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid 02, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu 02, Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture 01/02
If anything, this series has proven that Shirou has been the guy with a plan. So, of course, in this critical situation it should be him who should be in charge.
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F/SN: Unlimited Blade Works 14: Shirou and Rin have some dinner and then start a little fieldtrip to find a new ally in their desperate fight. Gilgamesh crashes the party in the most cruel fashion.
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid 02: The evil girl who beats up other people at night turns out to be a little girl with a little problem. The good guys try to help her. Also, Vivio is trying to be Rocky or something…
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu 02: It’s the obvious choice for a Spring-season-series: This is the Christmas-episode! And so Nagato’s little club has a party where stuff happens. Then Nagato remembers having met a certain person named Haruhi Suzumiya and it’s a big deal because she’s uber-crazy… also she’s really important in the original series.
Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture 01/02: The ghostiest of ghosts deals with a very ghost-y situation where viruses do this and that to ghosts. Also, someone in the army is a corrupt piece-of-shit. And with that the fourth story-arc in the Arise-series ends in the second episode of this series.
Review-Roundup: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid 01, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu 01, Arslan Senki 01
That’s the best way to summarize this first episode actually: It’s a romantic comedy interrupted by outbursts of shrillness reminiscent of the original Haruhi-series.
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Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid 01: A little girl becomes a woman because of magic and it’s all for the sake of kicking ass! Her two mothers, Nanoha and Fate, try to cope with that change.
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu 01: Nagato is a shy nerd who secretly loves some lazy dude with a very laid-back depression and a heart of gold.
Arslan Senki 01: A prince gets kidnapped and learns that slavery isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
This series has a very odd definition of how the sense of taste works.
Shokugeki no Souma 01: Souma wants to be a cook – like his dad. But his dad is too cool to be beaten by a cook as halfbaked as Souma. Just as Souma had proven his worth in a challenge posed by a landshark, his father announces that he would leave Souma behind and he told him that he would finance his time at a cooking-elite-school (you see, it isn’t a school where you learn to be part of the cooking-elite, you go there because you’re already part of the cooking-elite for some reason).
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 13: Rin has a bad day. Shirou is there to give her a shoulder to cry on and to confess his love. Also, Archer is an asshole (which still makes him a more charismatic person than Shirou in this episode).
Wonderful! It only took you twelve episodes and getting caught in a deathtrap together with Ginko! Talk about great timing!
Maybe it should’ve been a sitcom. The way Ginko and Lulu just invite themselves into Kureha’s home (scenes about how Kureha’s house is dusty and how Ginko’s and Lulu’s idea of a nice home includes having frame-hives for bees for example), the haughty class-presidents who constantly die and somehow every new class-president gleefully performs the role the same way (maybe show a scene of the drama-club performing a play called “How to be an evil class-president – And Death”) and a school-president who’s basically a hoarder with all her boxes. You know, make it a fun series instead of this overly serious atmosphere the series had most of the time.
Rough going is a given because the nation’s president is busy maintaining a small café for some reason.
So the Mana-people get to play Mad Max among the ruins of their world while the Normas get to enjoy a new life on a nice island with friendly Dragons as neighbors. Guess, that’s karma for you. You’re a racist because a pervert programmed you to be one and then one day you realize: “Fuck, that pervert has really fucked up my life! Seems it’s time I find some way to survive the post-apocalypse!” At the same time, the Normas are busy fucking dudes because how else are they going to save humanity without the necessity of mecha-battles…?
More like… NOTHING was gained by this entire fight!
I’m still waiting for the announcement of a second season. Not because I like this series, but because the second half had the sort of pacing where a second season would be recommendable. And without it you get a shitty ending like the one this episode portrays. This series never has been very inspired in its creative choices but this series’ finale feels almost like a capitulation. Somehow they needed to find a happy end for everyone and so they tried to find one – even if dramatically speaking it’s a weak one.