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Fall Anime Rundown part 2

Just like before, this will only mention shows that started and ended or ended in the fall season. Considering how easy it is for me to start an anime and never finish it, I think I did fairly well this season.

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken – my favourite anime couple

I wasn’t expecting much from this show, but it was really nice to watch. Even though it seems like every episode would center around Hajime’s otakuness and Kaoru’s inability to understand her husband, but it wasn’t. Instead, we got a show about a young couple who truly love each other and accept each other’s quirks. Maybe it’s because they’re older, but the show seemed more mature and thus less angsty and annoying.

Some episodes were confusing though, but I’m early anticipating the next season!

Karen Senki – best looking anime of the seasons, but it did have a bad beginning

I think this was the best looking anime of the fall season. Yes, it’s CGI, but wow it is CGI. There were times when the show was simply stunning to look at and what’s great is that the animation remained consistent. The first few episodes were horrible though. We had tons of action, but no real plot. Once the other characters showed up, the show seemed to have found its footing and got better. There were still a lot of questions that weren’t answered though.

Orenchi no Furo Jijou – I always have bath envy when I watch this

Another cute show that always made me smile. It was short, but it fully utilized its four minutes to always tell a coherent story. The characters were funny, the friendship between Tatsumi and Wakasa developed nicely, and I just enjoyed it. It’s refreshingly sweet with tons of bishies.

 

Fall Anime Rundown part 1

I’m just going to mention the shows that are not continuing on in the next season. So just shows that started and finished in the fall seasons, or finished in the fall season.

Amagi Brillant Park – stopped watching, but not sure why

I think I watched three-four episodes of this and then never went back to it again. I don’t think anything was wrong with it, but it didn’t really do anything for me. Maybe I’ll get back to it and finish it one of these days, but for now it’s on hold.

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai – Will eventually finish it

I watched until episode seven and while I was interested in the mystery aspect, I never got around to finishing this anime. Whenever I’d see a new episode, I’d acknowledge it but then do something else. I do only have a few episodes left though, so I’ll probably finish this within the next few days and then update my thoughts on it.

Denki-Gai no Honya-san – DNF

I thought I’d like this one a lot, especially since the characters are an eccentric bunch that work at a manga shop, but didn’t like this at all. Some parts are funny, but a lot of the jokes seemed forced.

Donten ni Warau – Now that it’s done, I guess it’s time to watch it

I still haven’t seen this one yet, mainly because I didn’t want to wait a week to see what happened next. Now that it’s done, it’s time to buckle down and watch it. I’m looking forward to it. Will update this once I’ve finished watching everything.

Gugure! Kokkuri-san – top pick of the fall season

Definitely part of my top three fall anime shows. I love that it doesn’t take itself so seriously and the characters were always fun to watch. Plus, I’ve developed such a crush on Shigaraki. He may be an alcoholic deadbeat, but he’s awesome. I kind of wish we got to see more of Tengu, since he was shown in the promotional photo, but considering how he’s a proud pedo I guess it’s okay that they confined him into such a small role.

Loved this show though. It hit all the right notes and I was never disappointed. If only there were more episodes!

Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de – the synopsis and promo picture lied to me

Here’s my problem with this show. If the synopsis and promo picture didn’t emphasis the superpower aspect of the show, I think I might have enjoyed this more. But they did, and so I kept expecting something awesome and it never really happened. In the end, it was just your generic run of the mill club room slice of life show. The powers that they got served no purpose, so much so that if you removed it from the plot only two, maybe three episodes would take a hit. Plus, my favourite girl got pushed to the side when she seemed like someone with huge potential. The harem takeover was a bit much, but I did enjoy it enough to finish it. Hatoko’s freak out is definitely a must watch though.

Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu. – a parody show that understands that it’s a parody show

A parody show about fetishes. I shouldn’t like it and yet I did, even when the animation took a nose dive for episodes 8 and 9. The show doesn’t take itself seriously and some of the moments are just too silly that I can’t help but like it. The fact that Souji had a conversation with his twintail, who sounds like an old man, and regained his confidence after that pep talk was hilarious. It’s a fun show, as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

Psycho-Pass 2 – a disappointing sequel

As a standalone series, it was fine. But as a sequel, it fails to live up to its potential. By the time I finished this I was left feeling disappointed. I think the problem here is that a lot of the stuff that was established in the first seasons gets thrown out the window for reasons unknown. The Sybil system always had its issues, we knew that from when it failed to kill Makishima, but at least it was rational. For the most part. Here, it just seemed overly evil just to prove Kamui’s point. Only, what was his point exactly?

It doesn’t matter anymore, since the ending did a hard reset just in time for the movie release. Hopefully Gin actually has something to do there, because he did nothing here. There was one moment that I did find it funny. In the last episode Akane said, “You’re under arrest” to two people and they both ended up dying.

Selector Spread WIXOSS – a great addition to the series

Fantastic! This is what a sequel should be like. There are some plot holes, but I still loved every moment of this show.

Sword Art Online II – GGO, good. Calibur, meh. Mother’s Rosario, needed more episodes

I quite liked GGO and the character of Sinon. The idea of players from SAO’s murder guild coming back and killing people in real life actually makes a lot of sense. It does say something that they never got therapy, but what can you do. The Calibur arc was okay. Mother’s Rosario could have been better. Some of it was good, but some of it really needed more episodes to develop its story. After complaining that she got shafted since the second arc of the series, I was glad that Asuna actually had her own storyline.

Terra Formars – the manga is good

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. The manga is so good, so when I heard that this would get an anime I was all for it. Only, the studio decided to focus more on action than the characters and plot. The Adolf arc was the turning point though and it was brilliant. Even though the animation took a hit, the emotions and story that Adolf shared was great to watch. The last episode was lazy though. Overall, it was just okay. Definitely read the manga though. It is amazing!

Orenchi no Furo Jijou episode 13 – Friends

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Wakasa watches a show where an okama complains that whenever he comes home from work, his roommate/boyfriend is there eating snacks and watching TV. It’s through this program that Wakasa learns something shocking. He’s a mooch.

I find it hilarious that he’s watching a show like this. The shounen-ai vibes are heavy once again, plus it’s funny that the only female that we’ve seen so far is Tatsumi’s little sister.

Anyways, Wakasa tries to look for work. The only thing he can write is that he has twenty years of being a merman as experience. It’s hopeless. So Tatsumi suggests that he send in postcards to try to win prizes.

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Even though Wakasa reads a lot, he can’t write. Thankfully, Tatsumi is here to help him and within two hours Wakasa is able to do it all himself.

He’s still worried about being a mooch though, but Tatsumi reassures him that he’s letting a freeloader stay with him because that’s what he wants. And anyways, this would make them friends, so it’s okay. Sometime later, Wakasa wins a prize and gives it to Tatsumi.

He wanted meat, but at least this gift makes Tatsumi happy.

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The episode ends with a new year’s greeting and all of Wakasa’s friends showing up at Tatsumi’s place.

Another cute episode. The think that I like about Orenchi no Furo Jijou is that even though it’s a four minute anime, it knows how to utilize it’s short time and tell a coherent story. And by the end of every episode I always left feeling satisfied.

I’m going to miss this anime. It may not have been the greatest thing and definitely not in my top fall anime list, but it’s refreshing, it’s relaxing and it always left me with a smile on my face. I’m glad I watched this.

Bonjour♪Koiaji Pâtisserie episode 12 – Vacation is over, so let’s go Hiking!

After all that fun in the sun, it’s now back to school. The episode starts with Mitsuki teaching them about the history of confections and how everyone needs to be more creative. Class ends, with no food being shown, and the everyone gathers around Ryou to ask him about his arm.

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Random thing, but it seems like Ryou can’t talk with both of his eyes open. In factEven though nothing has been said, it looks like there’s a strain between Ryou and Sayuri. When someone asked him if it was true that he got hurt protecting a girl from the class Ryou just denied it. Even if they were on good terms, I think he’d still deny it because that’s just his personality type, but Sayuri looks sad and very much on the outside of his circle.

Mitsuki-sensei notices the change in Sayuri so he suggests they go out hiking. He says it’s to get inspiration for new treats, but everyone was already on vacation so I think we all know what he’s really after……inspiration for his treats. And maybe he’s also trying to bridge the gap between Ryou and Sayuri too. For a show about pastries and baking, they hardly spend any time in the classroom actually learning about it do they?

Even in their outing, Gilbert-sensei suggests that they have a photography competition when they’re supposed to be gaining some material for their sweets. I should be annoyed that this is another episode with no food, but I also love photography so I’m okay with this.

Mitsuki-sensei and Suzumi-sensei do a good job with it, while Gil-sensei took a lot of weird pictures with some of them being under exposed. As long as he’s having fun though. The last photo we see is if the class bully who ends up with the most interesting shot since a ghost seems to be featured in it.

Overall, this was a lighthearted episode but I’m still missing my food porn. I do hope that Ryou and Sayuri are able to make up, since he’s funny when he’s in love. I will say that it’s nice that Sayuri wasn’t with a guy and instead spent time with Ran, her best friend.

No guy being featured meant no love line and no advancement in their relationship with Sayuri. After everything she’s been through and the mess with Ryou, she needs some time alone so being outdoors and hiking is a nice change of pace for her. I guess Mitsuki-sensei’s plan worked and it didn’t even involve any illegal sexual relations.

Last week I made a cupcake cookie and this week I made some pudding. The inspiration for this pudding came from a youtube channel I’m subscribed too. It’s called Dark-Chocolate and Avocado Pudding and it’s super easy to make and healthy too.

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I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, since I added some milk to lighten it up but it’s still good. Sorry for the bad picture, I used my phone.

Not sure if I’ll make another sweet dish next week, mainly because I have no idea what to make. We’ll see though.

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken episode 13 – The End is Only Just the Beginning

First off, congrats to Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken for getting a second season!

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Hajime lets us in on why the endings of slice of life animes are always so bittersweet. Sure you could move on to the next anime that comes along your path, but if you’re invested with the characters then you want to know what happens next. Only…only you’ll never know. Because the anime is over.

Good thing Danna is getting another season so I don’t have to worry about that.

After raising a flag with a friend, Hajime heads home to find a tired Kaoru. She hasn’t been feeling well and is feeling very nauseous. Her mood has been brighter and the moment she hit the bed she fell asleep. That could only mean one thing. She’s pregnant.

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Danna, we’ve already went through this. Kaoru was feeling this way and her doctor made it seem like she was pregnant. Then nothing happened. Just because this is the final episode of the season and something needs to happen, since it’s a slice of life anime, doesn’t mean you can pull the same trick twice.

If she is pregnant, then she better be pregnant. I know that makes no sense, but it did in my head.

He heads out to buy a pregnancy testing kit and everyone seems to have found out that Kaoru might be pregnant so they send him some warm wishes. Even Kaoru’s father, who looked like he was about to kill Hajime the last time this happened. Back home, Kaoru pees on the stick and will the show troll us again?

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Nope, because it actually looks like she’s pregnant.

Because it was announced that this was getting a second season I don’t feel that emptiness void that I would have felt. I want to see a pregnant Kaoru and how the parents interact with their kid.

Orenchi no Furo Jijou episode 12 – Almost dying because you’re alone…

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Wakasa is home alone and keeps hearing noises. Tatsumi isn’t around though, so his mind keeps thinking up the worse possible situation. Did Tatsumi run away? Did he suffer from a terrible accident? Was he abducted by UMA? All of these thoughts keep swimming around Wakasa’s head. Turns out that Tatsumi just said that he was going to be running late and even left some extra food out in case our little merman got hungry.

Only…only Wakasa ate everything already. He tries to call him, but he doesn’t know how to use a phone. He actually makes it outside of the bathroom, but now he’s drying up. If only Tatsumi would come around and help him out.

He came and he helped out and the Shounen-ai vibes are super heavy when they both talk to each other at the end of the episode. It’s kind of funny that Wakasa was so terrified of being alone that he almost died, because of it. That’s not even an exaggeration. If Tatsumi didn’t show up, Wakasa would be dead. Then Tatsumi would have to deal with a dead merman and a sticky floor.

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Things worked out in the end though, so that’s good. It did kind of feel like it was the final episode. There’s one more left, but I wonder what they’re going to do with it. Will a new character come or will the episode be about Wakasa and Tatsumi?

Gugure! Kokkuri-san episode 12 – I wish there was more GuguKoku

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It’s Christmas Eve and Kohina is out to buy a present, party bucket of chicken, for Kokkuri-san and then leave. While on her way to get the chicken, she sees a radio controlled ramen cup. It’s tempting, but both her angel and devil side tell her to buy it. They just disagree on whether she should lie about losing her wallet or not.

Ramen cups go hand in hand with Kohina. That and attracting weirdoes which is what she does once again. This one seems human though and in a really creepy way asks if he can buy the ramen cup for her so that they can go somewhere together. Pedophilia isn’t funny, but I did laugh at this scene. That guy was so creepy though, not only with how he said it, but the heavy breathing as he called Kohina cute.

Kokkuri-san shows up to save Kohina from him, because he’s a stalker and was watching her from the shadows. Seems like the crisis is averted and we’ll get a fun Christmas episode now with the rest of the gang.

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Bonjour♪Koiaji Pâtisserie episode 11- Cupcake Cookie Fail & Tea!

In preparation for this episode, I decided to make a cupcake…only I kind of forgot to add the liquid component of the recipe. It’s been awhile since I’ve made cakes/muffins, so this is to be expected. I was planning on using some ripe bananas and make chocolate chip banana muffins, only I couldn’t find them. I also forgot to add milk, so when I took them out of the oven they looked like this.

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I added some nutella on top, because I don’t think I added enough sugar and it helps add a bit more moisture. Plus, it’s nutella. Nuff said! As you can see, it looks like a cookie on top with the cake on the bottom. You can actually remove the cookie portion and it tastes like a cookie, just a bit crunchier than I normally like it to be.

Even though knowledge of this cupcake cookie combo is an interesting development in the world of MochiRochi’s kitchen tales, it’s still a fail on my end since I only wanted a cupcake.

Hmmm, this might be fun thing to do as a weekly feature for this anime. Food porn from the show and from my oven. I don’t know if I have enough recipes for the show, but we’ll see.

Food Porn of the week: Tea!

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Okay, it’s not much this week. But at least we got something edible. For a food reverse harem, there’s been a serious lack of actual pastries these past few weeks. Even though I don’t like tea, I’m going to take it.

Recap & Thoughts:

Ryou was waiting for Sayuri, but didn’t want her to think that he was waiting for her. It’s cute. When he hears the door open, he acts like he was sleeping. But his grin is soon wiped away once the mean girl from his school shows up instead of his beloved Sayuri.

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His good mood completely changes and it looks like it’s going to get worse once she tells him that she saw Sayuri with Gilbert-sensei. She doesn’t mention it quite yet, but does say that it looks like Sayuri is too busy to come in today. I hope this doesn’t make him turn into a jerk. Ryou is cute when he’s like this and it’s not his fault that he’ll forever be interrupted when it comes to Sayuri.

Meanwhile, Sayuri is having tea with Gilbert sensei and his grandmother. It looks like he got into the school through connections, since his grandmother knows the head teacher. Those two go way back. Like forty years back. They continue talking till about dinner time. Will Sayuri make it in time to see Ryou?

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At the hospital, the mean girl tells Ryou that she saw Sayuri with Gilbert-sensei. He doesn’t believe it though, so she decides to play a game with him. It doesn’t really look like a fun one though. All they have to do is wait to see if Sayuri shows up before visiting hours is over. Since Ryou is confident that she will, since she didn’t go anywhere else, he turns off his phone just as Sayuri is calling him.

Even though it wasn’t really a fun waiting game, the mean girl ended up winning since Sayuri never shows up. Ryou is left alone in the hospital room and looks pretty dejected. Again, I really hope he doesn’t go the jerk route and starts being mean to Sayuri because other things happened. He should be able to listen to her side of the story before coming to any conclusions.

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Somehow, I don’t really see that happening. He’ll go back to being cold and distant to her, but it’s only through their time cooking when he’ll start to warm up again. I’m still hoping that the show surprises me and he takes the time to actually listen to her. I like Ryou and his series of unfortunate interruptions, so I really, really, really don’t want to see him become a jerk because of this.

Unless…unless him being a jerk = more time in the kitchen. If that’s what happens then I think I’ll be okay with it. Bring back the food Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie! I need more food porn in my life!

Selector Spread WIXOSS Episode 12 – Ruko grows to Level 5

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Final episode of Selector Spread WIXOSS and before I begin I’m trying to figure out if this will have a happy ending or not? I kind of feel like it will be bittersweet, but you never know. The last episode was pretty depressing. Hanayo fell in love with Kazuki and doesn’t want to continue doing Yuzuki’s wish because she loves them both. Because she is refusing to fulfill her role, she ends up at the hospital.

If the LRIG takes over your body, they have to complete your wish or they risk dying. That Mayu, she really was thorough when making the rules to this game. No matter what happens, you have to do your job or risk the ultimate consequence.

Kazuki knows the truth and he and Hitoe rush over to find out that Mayu has already passed away, but I found it kind of weird that they left a comatose Ruku on the hospital roof. Ruku is with Mayu in the white room and they’re battling, but then Yuki starts to fade away. Tama is still trapped and can’t get out of her prison to help Ruko.

The last episode was pretty depressing for everyone, except Ulith and Mayu. So let’s see what the final installment to this season has in store for us.

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5-Line Recap: Terra Formars episode 13 – a harlequin moment between Michelle and a Roach

We’re finally at the end of Terra Formars, it was a bumpy ride but hopefully this episode ends on a high note!

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5-Line Recap:

1. The world leaders are calling for a summit to discuss what is happening on Mars.

I kind of love that the President of Japan is a former teammate of Captain Komachi, mainly because he has the most knowledge about the mars mission and it’s incredibly hard to kill him.

2. Marcos apologizes for not keeping Sheila safe.

Now that Alex appeared, he’d obviously be on the lookout for Marcos and Sheila. When he didn’t see her, he flew into the battlefield to where Marcos was and found out that sad news.

Alex punches him, but only because Marcos looked like he wanted to be punched. Even though Marcos joined the mission to protect Sheila, Alex came for a different reason. He came so that he could change his lot in life and get out of his situation back in Mexico.

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3. Jarod uses his echolocation to find the Rainbow beetle roach and Michelle quickly kills him.

I did have a bit of a chuckle during the scene between Michelle and the Cockroach. It looked like they had a moment to themselves, where no one else mattered except the two of them. KInd of like something you’d see on a cover for a romance novel. The way they’re staring so intently into each other’s eyes, the way he’s holding her in a protective way. Kind of like he’s saying, “Baby, I’ll never let you go.” And the way she sprays toxins in his face and he falls over and dies. It almost makes you want to cry, doesn’t it?

4. Joe!!!!

I was worried that they wouldn’t show the magnificent beast that could get any girl pregnant with a single look, but I’m glad that they did. I love this little amazing weirdo….even if he looks kind of weird. It’s too bad that we didn’t get to see the other stuff that he did.

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Oh and it looks like Team Russia has just discovered who betrayed them.

5. Everyone fights…the end.

The credits show us Team China, who should be dead. What are they doing still alive and with all of their members?

Does this mean that we’ll be getting a sequel, or is this a means to tell people to read the manga and see what China will do? I don’t know. I guess it depends on how well this sells. At this time, all I know is that a lot of people have bought the manga, so congrats to Tachibana Kenichi and Sasuga Yu. I’ve mentioned this many times before, but I absolutely love the manga so I’m happy to hear that it’s doing well.

I think this episode was kind of weak though. No, not just weak, it felt lazy and I’ve been watching Shirobako so I feel bad for saying that. I feel like I’m going to go into rant mode (I actually did, but deleted it because no one needs to hear my rants on this episode) so all I’ll say is that it gave me flashbacks to the final portion of Wizard Barristers – Benmashi Cecil. If you’ve read my recaps for the show, then you’d know that this isn’t a good thing in terms of animation.

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The show as getting better too, so I think that’s why I’m feeling a bit disappointed by this episode. The animation was the worse that we’ve seen thus far and the action sequences were not really up to par. Now that I think about it, I didn’t really feel a sense of urgency by the crew members either. We know that there’s a bunch of cockroaches around, but Marcos and Alex still have enough time to have a full conversation without really being interrupted. Considering how the fire was a surprise attack that did seem kind of odd.

I dunno, I think this episode left me feeling a bit ho-hum and not I MUST HAVE A SEQUEL NOW!!! Seeing Team China was awesome though, because it starts to bring in politics and gives the other teams a hard time too. Not only do they have to worry about cockroaches, but a group of humans that they trained with too. The China portion is still going on in the manga, so if they do decide to do a sequel and focus on them, then maybe it will happen once the manga moves on from that arc.