I’ve seen weirder trash on MTV
While the first 3 episodes of Carole & Tuesday show us how they grow in the music industry, little by little, the 4th is all about fraud. In a world so advanced, who would have thought about an IA scamming people to drink beer and watch anime for free?
The introverted Roddy is our new MVP now, but all his generous acts mean nothing if Carole & Tuesday's first music video ends up the way it did. We have to admit that the original idea was not very clear, but it was an acceptable plan: the girls dancing and singing, Gus acting as a weird zombie, Roddy pulling some shapes... but no, according to IDEA (the AI the group hired), that would've been so boring. And we can't blame it, because the actual outcome is way better!! We have some awkward shots, random people staring at the camera, a robot playing with some special edition Gundam-like action figures, and a final scene with a luxury car exploding in front of a discouraged Roddy. What's not to love?!
Again, we got mixed feelings considering all Roddy did for the girls, but maybe a weird music video will make Carole & Tuesday stand out? Just make sure to compensate him once you reach the top, girls! If you have not done it yet, go watch this episode and just marvel at the final version of "Hold Me Now" by Carole & Tuesday. It's showtime!
Let’s realize something interesting about Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari. So far, Raphtalia has done the most fighting of Naofumi’s party with Filo being a close second. Episode 17 of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari changes things up though with Filo having the center stage fighting against the queen of all Filolial. The queen pulls a quick--and sneaky--stunt by taking Melty hostage leaving Naofumi with no other option but to submit to the queen’s request with a one on one duel with Filo. However, the queen pulls an even more crazed stunt by having both Filolial beings stay in human form! Naofumi does attempt a cheap move by trying to rescue Melty but of course the queen was ready and makes a quick showing of her magical powers by knocking him straight into the wall! Filo fights with all her heart but seems to be no match for the extremely old queen yet with some encouragement from Naofumi, Filo is able to rise above her lack of power and still make a solid blow on the queen making the latter submit to Filo. The queen surprises Naofumi’s party at the end of the episode with her saying this was all a test to crown Filo as her future successor but also to test her resolve. With not one but several warnings, the queen tells Naofumi that the heroes need to ban together and stop this petty feud between them lest the world will suffer dire consequences. Overall, this week’s episode of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari was a simple one but it led to a possible future where Naofumi can befriend the other heroes and possibly change their future fate if they don’t heed the Filolial queen’s warning.
Those Who Have Passed
Tanjirou has defeated the mutated demon, allowing both the demon and his victims to finally rest in peace. With only a few survivors from the trial, Tanjirou and the others select the ore to craft their own unique swords. Though he is reunited with Nezuko and Urokodaki, Tanjirou soon receives his new blade and his first mission.
This episode served as a bit of a break after the battle with the mutated demon, yet it still managed to hold our attention from start to finish. It ended up being more emotional than expected, as the defeat of the demon allowed us to see the human lying beneath centuries of hatred. Tanjirou is one of the best protagonists we have seen in a long time, as he lives with the duality of hating demons for killing his family, while also showing kindness to them in praying for them after death and recognizing their humanity within. Of course, this is probably thanks to Nezuko’s current predicament, but we do believe that Tanjirou is just an especially kind person as well.
We were also emotional after the reunion with Nezuko and Urokodaki. Seeing Urokodaki shed tears upon having a pupil actually return from the trials made us realize how much he cares about Tanjirou, and indeed, how much he cared about all his pupils who had passed on during the Final Selection.
Despite supposedly being a more relaxed episode, we are left with a number of questions, thanks in part to the introduction of more characters. As always, next week cannot come soon enough for this series!
A Rice Ball Can Belong in a Fruit Basket
Tohru’s time living with the Sohmas has been one misadventure after the next, but she’s grown to love her new family and is looking forward to getting to know them better. That is, until her biological family demands her return now that their house renovations are complete. Tohru reluctantly complies, trying to stay strong even as they treat her like garbage right to her face. Tearfully, she accepts her lot in life... until her feeble grandfather stands up for her and Yuki and Kyo burst in to take her home.
This is the moment where we learn what “fruits basket” actually means. It’s a childhood game where Tohru’s classmates purposefully left her out by labeling her as a rice ball instead of a fruit who could take part in the game. Tohru grew up believing that she would always be an outcast because of who she was, just like how a rice ball doesn’t belong in a fruit basket. But now that she’s found a family of other outcasts who actually understand and respect her, she realizes that she’s worthy of love after all.
I love this episode because it gives viewers a taste of Fruits Basket’s true complexity. It’s not just any old romance anime – it’s a heartwarming tale about rising above the darkness of your past and creating a new life with people who truly love you. Yuki, Kyo, and Tohru deserve to be together because they build each other up, unlike their biological families who have only ever torn them down. When the two boys swooped in to rescue Tohru, I grinned from ear to ear because I knew that it was the beginning of a long journey that will make them all better people by the end.
After hearing rumors about a psychic, Nanako and Eiji decide to get their fortune told. The psychic is a girl named Tao Nanakai, who gives them a reading to see how compatible they are as friends. Unfortunately, the reading doesn't go well and Tao says they are completely incompatible. In response to her reading, Eiji gives an impassioned speech about how it doesn't matter and how him and Nakano don't need a silly fortune to decide their future. Tao offers to give them another reading using tarot cards, but after seeing Eiji's passionate protest to the original reading Nanako decides that is enough for her to know how Eiji really feels.
There was so much to like about this episode, but this scene really gave us so many great things. We get introduced to the last main girl Tao, and everything about is fantastic, from her unique design to her odd personality quirks. Then we also get some amazing cute moments between Nanako and Eiji that end with a blushing Nakano. For such a short and simple anime, every episode has been filled to the brim with great character moments and a really enjoyable story. Senryuu Shoujo is just too cute and wholesome for me to handle.
That's all for this week! Tune in next week!