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Attack on Titan 2 – Episode 6

REACTION – Never have I felt so satisfied after watching an episode of Attack on Titan. It was a wonderful development of maturity to see Eren understanding when to go all out or when to lay low.

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Tsuki ga Kirei – Episode 6

REACTION – The episode focuses on three things: Akane’s track meet, Kotaro’s publishing offer, and Chinatsu’s feelings for Kotaro.

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For Kotaro’s case, he was contacted by the publishing company who received his novel manuscript. Despite strong objections from her mother in pursuing writing as a career, he goes to meet with the publisher anyways.

However, Kotaro was met with disappointment as the publisher states that he is not fit for serious literature and should try doing light novels instead. For me, it felt kind of an insult for Kotaro since I, as a writer and a person, know the feeling of expecting you are great at what you do but get shut down by other people – telling you that you’re not fit for such career, hobby or job.

As for Akane’s track meet, she lost in the race and had the worst possible time which earned her some disappointed remarks from Takumi, the president of the track and field club. Although it is clearly quite evident that Takumi wants to comfort Akane, but nuh-uh, mate, she taken.

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What’s surprising though is Chinatsu’s request to confess to Kotaro after Akane just said that they were in a relationship. I understand that you need some sort of closure but isn’t the fact that your desired person is already taken enough to discourage you from going further?

Quite concerned on Chinatsu’s request since it could affect their friendship a bit if she tries anything fishy and Kotaro gets baited real good. But I’m also complacent that no such thing will happen.

Every time a similar situation happens like this, I always think about the concepts of netorare, cheating – it could be possible.

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I’d also like to take note how wonderful it was to incorporate a good song in a montage of Akane’s track race and Kotaro riding a train to the publishing company. It gives off an air of uncertainty and calmness as the two embark on their separate journeys to accomplish their dreams.

Currently what I can say about the Kotaro and Akane pairing is that they are still at the stage where they prioritize their own dreams. However, I am certain that as time goes on in their relationship, it could make them open up more and realize each other’s importance to each other.

The whole relationship, at the moment, can be characterized by awkward stares, conversations which is pretty much expected from characters like Kotaro and Akane.

I hope the anime series continues on this wonderful path where they incorporate realism when writing their characters and the story as a whole.

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Sakura Quest – Episode 4 – 6

REACTION – I guess this is the part of the anime series where each character confronts their personal problems and come to terms with them because I’ll be honest – this is what these three episodes tell throughout their duration.

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In episode four, the main characters try to showcase the Manoyama wood sculpturing industry. However, there are some people who wish to maintain the traditional aspects of their craft and want no exposure – which poses some sort of problem to the plans of the Tourism committee.

Sanae tries to help but is instead told by the senior wood sculptor that she knows nothing about his craft and is probably someone who just came to the rural area for an escape of her problems – which hits Sanae hard considering that she did want to escape the city life.

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In the fifth episode, Sanae goes into this mode of depression but however, after some good pep talks from Yoshino, Sanae gets back to work and helps out with the Manoyama wood carving industry exposure.

The team decide to use the local train station and add some wood works and craft to beautify the station which leads to an understanding between those who prefer to keep the tradition and those who would like to expose it to outsiders.

In the sixth episode, a film crew comes to Manoyama to work on their project and asks the cooperation of the Tourism committee. However, Maki doesn’t want to be involved considering her past as an actress. But gets seen by one of the actresses involved in the film who calls her senpai and tries to convince her to stay in the acting industry, much to her displeasure.

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Sanae tries to right Maki but in the end, breeds more hate and displeasure from the two.

So yeah, I was kind of annoyed for these three episodes since it was nothing more but the characters finding themselves and why they work for the Tourism committee.

But in the end, I enjoyed it. It could’ve been better though since it is pretty obvious that the series is going to its conflict arc.

The entertainment was enough to put me through.

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Attack on Titan 2 – Episode 5

REACTION – We return to the story as the reinforcing 104th Survey Corps clean out the titans attacking the group of Christa, Ymir, Reinhart and Berholdt. It is very evident now to everyone that Ymir was a titan and Christa is the disowned daughter of a noble family.

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The entire group convenes on top of the walls and takes the now in coma, Ymir, back to Trost. Shortly, a patrol led by Hannes shows up and informs Hanji that there are no visible breaches within the walls, leaving everyone in confusion. Seeing no use of staying, the group decides to head off back to Trost.

Now this is where the most stupidest yet the most thrilling scene comes up.

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Reiner and Berholdt converse with Eren as the others leave. Reiner just casually reveals that he is the Armored Titan and that Berholdt is the Colossal Titan, and tells Eren that their mission to eliminate Humanity would be avoided if he would just go with them back to their “hometown.”

When then go to a flashback where Sasha hands the scroll to Hanji containing the background information of Annie Leonhardt, the Female Titan, and points out that Annie, Reiner and Berholdt come from the same area and all of their background info were in fragments after those attacks on the walls.

Hanji asks everyone if Annie has conversed with Reiner and Berholdt at all during their training for the Survey Corps and they say that they never talk. However, they all note that at one time during a formation, the Female Titan who attacked them somehow got info on Eren’s position. Armin deduces that Reiner might have carved the position into Annie’s hand after releasing him from the Female Titan’s grip.

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Hanji then tells everyone to not act suspicious when around Reiner and Berholdt.

The flashback ends and we return to the Eren dismissing that Reiner might just be tired. Reiner and Berholdt decide that they’ve been compromised and need to finish their mission now. Mikasa swoops in an attempt to kill them but the two still manage to transform into their titan forms and captures Eren.

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In a feeling of betrayal, Eren shifts into a Titan as well and fights the two.

The whole Reiner and Berholdt thing was pretty much anticipated for me since I was semi-spoiled by people who read the original manga. However, even if without such spoilers, it was pretty obvious to discern the true identities of these two characters after that flashback about their background information.

However, we can safely assume that Ymir had no knowledge of the two and Annie, Reiner and Berholdt are accomplices bent on destroying humanity. It is still confusing on how they aim to achieve “destroying humanity” and how does that mission turns obsolete if they capture Eren.

Again, more and more questions pile up but it’s safe to say that this season is turning out better than its first. We’re getting more into details rather than fist-fighting, which is something I prefer much more.

On to the next episode!

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Tsuki ga Kirei – Episode 4 & 5

REACTION – I’ve got to hand it to this anime series for having such an engaging slice of life, romance plot with so little words used and just different forms of the two main characters.

These two episodes have rare occasions of talking and if there were such scenes, they were little words spoken between the speakers. That’s something great for an anime series – to tell an romance story without any words but merely the characters giving off hints through body language.

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But because of this lack of conversation, it makes character interaction rather… dangerous. In real life, no one would actually understand what you wanted if you don’t voice it out clearly. This series keeps its realistic tone by putting that in. It’s also one of the most heart-clenching aspects of a story for me.

So after confessing to Akane, Kotaro is given the answer “Let me think about it” and that almost goes every much wrong. Throughout the fourth episode, I was left on the edge of my seat awaiting for some sort of closure – will they get together or not?

The events in the fourth episode contributed to that fear of mine as the entire class 3-1 goes out for a school trip. It was pretty much awkward for the characters to notice each other after that confession scene, even me as a viewer is left in tension.

School trip starts and what’s horrible is this – Kotarou asks out Akane to hang out with him during free time, but his phone is confiscated by their homeroom teacher. Thus this leaves Akane in the air and unsure if the agreement will push through.

And by dear lord, it almost goes out of hand.

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Kotarou desperately trying to reach out to Akane but hesitating since she’s with her friends. Akane glancing at Kotarou, trying to make the decision to go to him, but ends up swept away by her friends’ request to go shopping.

The weather turns for the worse and the rain pours down hard.

Akane’s friends were such good people to notice that she was very much uncomfortable and had something else in her mind. They gave her space which allowed her to go to the aforementioned meet-up destination.

This scene is where it gets me so hard. Kotarou running desperately in the rain as there were different branches of the same store he mentioned to Akane for their meet-up and he never specified enough which one.

That one moment where they almost met but the crowd was too thick for them to meet – AH GODDAMNIT!

Akane gets a little bit concerned and wonders if Kotarou has lost interest of her.

Kotarou, however, manages to find one of Akane’s friends, Chinatsu, and asks for her phone. The dilemma which Kotarou faces – whether to ask Chinatsu for Akane’s number but it could give out the fact that he might be interested in Akane. Fuck. FUCK!

But Chinatsu, I don’t know why, catches on and gives him Akane’s number. At that moment, I gave a sigh of relief, as did Kotarou.

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So they met up and Akane’s answer was “I want to talk with you more.”

Fifth episode, they are now officially a couple but have a trouble on what to do next. What do couples do, both of them thought. I like how these two characters felt so real in a way. Their worries, their joy, and their sadness, the two of them felt so real.

But Akane’s feeling a little bit threatened since Chinatsu has been getting too close for comfort towards Kotarou – but Kotarou doesn’t know that.

Chinatsu goes on and asks Kotarou if he knows any good literature cram schools and invites her to his cram school. Much to her delight.

So throughout the fourth episode, the tension rises for Akane as she tries to assert herself as a girlfriend for Kotarou whilst Kotarou is at a stumbling block when it comes to his grades.

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Kotarou invites Akane, later on, to his favorite bookstore – to the recommendation of the bookstore owner. They have a good talk and a romantic scene where they hold hands. But here comes the big bomb. The rain in the parade – where the parade is the Kotarou x Akane ship and that is Chinatsu having a crush on Kotarou.

. . . . . Someone help me.

I applaud Feel. and their work on these two episodes. When an anime series tells a story effortlessly, without much dialogue and just pure body language alone from the two main characters – you know that it’s a good anime series.

Studio Feel. is nailing the atmosphere and characters right for this anime series. They doing a good anime adaptation of real life romance between middle schoolers and I think that is a great step for this studio. Especially when they did Oregairu a few seasons back.

Just a well done effort for this anime series and I am almost calling it a masterpiece. Let us hope the next few episodes keeps this kind of pace and doesn’t go wrong.

Honestly throughout these two episode I was expecting some sort of netorare bullshit to happen but praise the heavens nothing of the sort did.

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Eromanga-sensei – Episode 5

REACTION – This anime series has probably taken a blunt move and that is acknowledging Sagiri’s romantic love for her older brother, Masamune. After reading the “300-page love letter” of a manuscript, Izumi and Sagiri somewhat confess their feelings for each other? But not at the same wavelengths.

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Masamune says that he loves her sister, but only as an older brother. Whilst Sagiri hints that she likes someone which is the anime way of saying “I like you but I don’t want to admit liking you so you’ll have to live in agony not knowing what I truly feel” kind of statement.

This is very evident when the episode starts off with Izumi making breakfast and wants to go inside Sagiri’s room to talk about “something important.” As per her response, Sagiri quickly changes to somewhat more revealing clothes from her usual pajamas. Hinting that she may want her older brother to make advances with her.

I applaud this anime series for getting right down on the imminent incest premise to be shown in the story. In fact, it fills the anime series with some sort of tension, disbelief and entertainment for most viewers.

But then again, Masamune is the usual dense main male character who can’t take a single hint from any woman making romantic advances towards him.

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Another great part of this episode is the meeting between Sagiri, as Eromanga-sensei, and Elf Yamada. I like how Sagiri just acts as if she’s this leech of an old man behavior towards Yamada, just to get her somewhat disgusted and disinterested, therefore making her leave their household.

What happens is that Elf Yamada doesn’t take the bait and proceeds to interact with Eromanga-sensei, to the point of actually showing her panties to Eromanga-sensei just because she wanted an illustration. Of course, Masamune saw that and was left confused.

It was kind of annoying but relieving that Masamune is just that good of an older brother character and tries to do whatever is good for her little sister. He sees the meeting of Sagiri and Elf Yamada as a sort of new friendship. Much to Megumi’s displeasure, since she wanted to be Sagiri’s first friend.

Later near the end of the episode, Masamune is told by Sagiri that she’s stuck to drawing loli-characters and needs more “inspiration” – meaning Masamune must invite more girls to the household (wait this is all too familiar).

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Masamune is called by Megumi and they meet up in the local bookstore where Masamune first meets Tomoe. He, then, opens up with a proposition to be some sort of “reference model” for Eromanga-sensei by “showing your panties to Eromanga-sensei.”

Comedic and flustered grill ensues.

Megumi comes out and devises a plan to befriend Sagiri – to buy “creepy otaku books” and share with Sagiri.

Oh, dear lord, where will this take us?

The episode, overall, was a mixture of tension, humor and disbelief. Mainly because the two main characters, Sagiri and Masamune, are operating at different wavelengths when it comes to each other’s perception of love for the other.

It was humorous because of the meeting between Eromanga-sensei and Elf Yamada. Tension was felt because of Megumi’s plan.

I love where the anime series is taking its story but at the same time, I worry for the character and relationship development of Sagiri and Masamune. Is it going to end up like Oreimo where they end up getting married and act as if nothing happened a few days after? Will it become a harem? Probably. Will I get triggered later down the road if Masamune gets a girlfriend but dumps her for his sister? Yes, I might.

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In short: help me, I’m weaboo trash.

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Episode 1-5

REACTION & FIRST LOOK – The Naruto franchise has had a very long run and its main character’s story, Naruto, has come to a desirable end. However, after the main series finished, a new one was announced which focused on Naruto’s son, Boruto.

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Ever since I have watched the second season of Fairy Tail, the shounen genre has lost its appeal for me. The structure of a shounen anime has become quite stale which comprises: a main character who’s a rookie but pulls through every situation, has a down moment in every arc, comes through the down moment, and takes down the bad guy.

Because of this ever-repeating structure, I have gone away from watching anime series in the shounen series but I was always curious about the Naruto franchise. How did it become popular? Why is it popular?

After watching the first five episodes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, I was re-awoken to the charm of the shounen genre: its simplicity. Unlike most of the anime that I’ve watched recently, shounen entertains its audience because of simple plot line and that, in itself, is something to praise for.

What I like about this new addition to the Naruto franchise is that Boruto does not require its viewers to have prior knowledge of Naruto, Naruto Shippuden and all other seasons and films which pertain to Naruto’s storyline.

Boruto focuses on a different perspective and that is on Naruto’s son, Boruto. How he undergoes that same progression which Naruto went through. He enters Ninja Academy, creates trouble, and all that.

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Although most Naruto fans would not watch this new series since it is basically a repetition of what they’ve seen in the main franchise, for a new viewer like me, I am quite entertained by Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

I hope to watch the whole Naruto franchise since it may provide a new perspective of entertainment while I watch this new series. It’s not the best but it has its charms.

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Eromanga-sensei – Episode 3 & 4

REACTION – For the first time in this series, we have some sort of definite goal to look forward from these two episodes.

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In the third episode, we get to see that Elf Yamada has just move in to a house near Izumi’s, much to his surprise. He encounters the young author stark naked whilst playing the piano and you all know the drill too well – “HENTAI! B-B-BAKA~!”

So Izumi gets to explore Yamada’s new house and they talked about getting hold of Eromanga-sensei which Yamada doesn’t know that Eromanga-sensei is actually Izumi’s younger sister, Sagiri. One thing led to another and we have a duel between two successful authors for the illustrative work of Eromanga-sensei.

One must make an interesting manuscript that can interest Eromanga-sensei and if he or she does, Eromanga-sensei will work for the winner. Although Sagiri doesn’t know much about this deal, it continues anyways.

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It was quite entertaining how Sagiri misunderstood the whole meeting with Yamada every day as “she’s going to steal my onii-chan!” when in fact, that’s not the case.

On to the fourth episode, Izumi tries his very best to witness Yamada-sensei at work but alas, typical lazy arse loli girl who won’t do anything until the last minute (kind of like every procrastinating student).

So instead we get to see an interesting side of Yamada’s character – how she views writing light novels as a hobby that should not be rushed. But that wouldn’t apply to Izumi who writes light novels for a living, not a hobby. Still it motivates Izumi as Yamada cooks him a meal or too and reasons that she is “working” by getting a reference of how a person feels when his or her work is being praised.

With that inspiration in mind, Izumi goes on and works on the best idea he has in mind: what he loves most (hint: Sagiri). So he goes on and writes this manuscript about how his little sister is a cool illustrator and all that jazz.

When Izumi shows it off, he sees Yamada last-minute typing her own manuscript much to his surprise. So on to the showdown, the two exchange manuscripts and read them.

Izumi goes on and says that Yamada’s work is interesting but Yamada begs to differ saying that “I cannot beat something this inspired” and goes on to say that it’s a one-book love letter for Izumi’s little sister – much to his embarrassment.

Yamada cedes the match and gives the win to Izumi because of this.

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Izumi shows it off to Sagiri hesitantly and explains why has he been hanging out with Yamada for the past few days. Izumi reasons out about the whole contest-match thing and Sagiri tells him that she thought he was getting taken away since Sagiri could not draw some illustrations that Izumi wanted. To which, Izumi denies and says that its fine.

It is at this point that the series shows off the sibling relationship between Izumi and Sagiri – how the two have gone in life through thick and thin. The two dream of creating the best light novel series and have an anime adaptation come out of it.

Overall, these two episodes were entertaining and great to watch. As its showing now, it may not lean the same way as Oreimo did with its story but here’s hoping it really doesn’t.

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Sagrada Reset – Episode 3 & 4

REACTION – Sagrada Reset is turning one of those anime series where there’s too much going on and not everything is making sense.

There are somehow new characters being introduced and the whole relationship between Haruki and Kei is just horrendous to watch. Haruki is turning out to be this stale princess that needs her prince to operate and function like a normal human being or get stuff done.

For these two episodes, there seems to be some sort of problem presented. The relation of the Service Club request of rescuing a cat turns out to be a search for a murder suspect.

Yoka Murase is introduced as a normal person who’s requesting help from the school’s Service Club currently done by Kei and Haruki in order to rescue her cat. They, then, find out that its not her cat after contacting with a high school girl who has an ability to use the senses of any cat in the town saying that it’s actually a stray cat they’re looking for.

So somewhere in Episode 4, we have a race to find some sort of object called MacGuffin which holds the power to wield any ability between Murase and Kei. Now, this is where I think it gets really confusing.

Sure, this MacGuffin object is supposed to be the most overpowered thing in existence and everyone would want to have their hands on it but Murase’s intentions do not make sense.

She claims to do this because she wants to avenge her brother who died in an accident and the Bureau did not do anything to revive him with any ability – which is understandable since “revival” always have some sort of bad aftereffect in every story, whether anime, film, manga or any media.

So we have a confrontation between Murase and Kei to the death. Kei intentionally gets killed by Murase to get her somewhat shocked because that was never her intention but smartly, Kei asks his friend to send a telepathic message to Haruki to reset.

Now this is pretty smart since Haruki would never do anything at all without Kei’s permission and orders – and this is a twisted concept.

I was very confused throughout this entire two episodes. I admit that this series had potential but at the moment its just trying to be Steins;Gate, Oregairu, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei in just one sitting – and that’s not great at all.

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I’m dropping this anime series. I had my hopes up but it’s not getting better for me anymore.

 

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Attack on Titan 2 – Episode 4

REACTION – In this episode, we are finally given some sort of answer when it comes to what happened in the castle before the Scouts were attacked by Titans and what is the deal with Ymir.

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The scouts were resting up for the night. The castle tower was full of contraband and the scouts helped to themselves. What’s really interesting was when Reiner interrogating Ymir about “what does this mean?” – the scene where we ended off last episode.

Ymir was scavenging a box and said that it was full of canned herring. But here’s the best part – how does she know it was herring? The canned good was labeled in another language.

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Then the Titans attack, surprisingly, in the dead of night. The scouts going all out in eliminating the attacking Titans whilst unarmed soldiers were trying their best to hold off the attack however they can.

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Reiner being a bad-arse and just went on by himself to barricade the castle tower’s doors. After being his arm being bitten, Reiner gave it his all to carry the small Titan in an attempt to throw it off the tower along with him.

Berholdt was somehow suspicious throughout this episode – dropping remarks as Reiner was “more of a warrior back then.” What does that mean? Is that hinting that Reiner has something up his sleeve that even he doesn’t know?

What was horrendous in the episode was how each of the armed scouts were getting picked off one-by-one. They all died hideous deaths – the guy who found booze was desperately trying to find that beer bottle before he died but when he found one, it was empty. Pretty hilarious when he remarked “Who the hell drank this?” as he was caught by a Titan.

Ymir, Connie, Christa, Reiner, and Berholdt were the ones remaining in the tower.

Ymir started going around that she’d fight with Connie’s knife and jumped off the edge of the tower. Only to transform to a titan. Yep, kind of expected for me but man, what a way to reveal it.

Throughout the entire episode, there was a lot of hinting and foreshadowing which leads me to a lot of theories for the next events and all that.

This episode was quite enjoyable. It’s slowly kicking the series into full overdrive and I can’t wait for the next episode.