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Review-Roundup: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 19/20, Shokugeki no Soma 06-08, Sidonia no Kishi S2 05-07, Hibike! Euphonium 07/08

_C12__Fate_Stay_Night_-_Unlimited_Blade_Works_-_19.mp4 - 00002Yep, two whole episodes of fighting and arguing because two dickheads are just too frigging stubborn to find a compromise.

This time I review:

F/SN: UBW 19/20: Shirou and Archer finally meet in battle which naturally means… A lot of talking! Meanwhile Rin has the most tumultuous damsel-in-distress-arc imaginable.

Shokugeki no Soma 06-08: Soma can do no wrong! And apparently the best kind of school might as well be a tournament in disguise.

Sidonia no Kishi S2 05-07: Tsumugi, Izana and Tanake are having a jolly good time! Meanwhile, evil people do evil stuff with somewhat disastrous results! And those two things barely have anything to do with each other. Talk about plot-synergy!

Hibike! Euphonium 07/08: What do you do as a teenager when you’re not devoting yourself to playing music? Of course, you study! Or you go on a date! As far as teenage-life-tropes go not the most imaginative choices. Maybe the vague romantic tension between two girls will spice things up – is what the script-writers probably thought.

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Review-Roundup: Hibike! Euphonium 04-06, Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 03-06

_C12__Hibike__Euphonium_-_06.mp4 - 00001Asuka is most definitely the most entertaining character of Hibike! Euphonium.

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Hibike! oEuphnium 04-06: A bunch of schoolkids deal with a teacher who seems nice but employs some really draconic teaching-methods. But it’s all fine because, as they say, pain is the best teacher. Also, we all know that you’ve wasted your childhood if you’ve never tried VERY hard to win a national competition.

Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 03-06: Eruna does some nonsense and somehow some droopy dramaqueens get cured of their droopiness in the process. Also, battles and stuff.

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Review-Roundup: Nagato Yuki-Chan no Shoushitsu 06, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 18

_C12__The_Disappearance_of_Nagato_Yuki-chan_-_06.mp4 - 00003Haruhi demonstrating that even in competition with studying she wants to be the center of attention. In summary: Haruhi’s an obnoxious character.

Nagato Yuki-Chan no Shoushitsu 06: A new school-year has started! And so it’s time for some wacky antics that don’t go anywhere!

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 18: *gasp* Finally! The penny has dropped! And of course everybody’s like “Yeah, actually, I already knew since way back when…”. And Rin as the female lead had to turn into a damsel-in-distress at some point, of course… It’s all pretty obvious, if you ask me. But what would be F/SN:UBW without a bunch of jerks talking A LOT about such obvious things…?

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Review-Roundup: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 16/17, Nagato Yuki-Chan no Shoushitsu 04/05, Shokugeki no Soma 04/05

_C12__Fate_Stay_Night_-_Unlimited_Blade_Works_-_16.mp4 - 00004Tsundere are really the perfect stereotype for shounen-series like this one. They can be badass in dramatic moments but as far as the main-character is concerned the tsundere can be the most timid person ever.

This time I review:

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 16/17: Illyasviel gets a little goodbye-song from Rin and Shirou who barely knew her. They argue but with the help of Lancer resolve to take down Caster.

Nagato Yuki-Chan no Shoushitsu 04/05: It’s Valentine’s Day! So you know what that means! Girls give chocolate to guys they like! And of course this makes this the perfect moment for a love-triangle to emerge!

Shokugeki no Soma 04/05: Soma had announced that he wanted to become the best cook of the school… but it turns out things are a whole lot more complicating than expected. And of course, it’s all about power. Apparently even cooking is nothing more than a tool to gain power.

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Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine – 01-04 Review

_C12__Knights_of_Sidonia_S2_-_The_Ninth_Planet_Crusade_-_02.mp4 - 00001Tentacle-Rape: It’s what monsters do to investigate the human body.

After a short hiatus I’m back to reviewing some animes. And I start with the second season of Knights of Sidonia which is certainly one of the more entertaining ones this season. I’ve liked the first season but it had its flaws. So far, though, the second season fares much better. Mostly because its style is much more confident and consistent so far this time around.

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Review-Roundup: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid 03, Hibike! Euphonium 03

vivid 03.mp4 - 00003Nanoha 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.

This time I review:

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.

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Review-Roundup: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 15, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu 03, Shokugeki no Soma 02/03

_C12__The_Disappearance_of_Nagato_Yuki-chan_-_03.mp4 - 00000Guess, someone in the animation/art-department lacked the time to hand in their finest work…

This time I review:

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.

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Review-Roundup: Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 01/02, Hibike! Euphonium 01/02

[C12] Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku - 01.mp4 - 00002I 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.

This time I review:

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!

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Review-Roundup: Shokugeki no Souma 01, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 13

[C12] Shokugeki no Soma - 01.mp4 - 00006This 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).

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Yurikuma Arashi – 12 Review

[C12] Yuri Kuma Arashi - 12.mp4 - 00006Wonderful! 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.

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