I Swear The Song is Good!
Carole & Tuesday is an anime about music; more specifically, pop music that conquers hearts. However, it also gave us some funny moments thanks to its characters... although what we saw on this 9th episode is unbelievably hilarious!
Enter the Mermaid Sisters, a quartet made up of a shirtless guy with visible underwear, and three non-binary singers dressed in beautiful lolita dresses and sporting green wigs. But wait, while people of color sometimes is hard to find in anime, that's not quite the case in Carole & Tuesday, and cross-dressing people is nothing new to anime either, so... why is everybody talking about these guys? Well, there's a song called "Galactic Mermaid" that disqualified them from the Mars Brightest reality show, just because its lyrics are one swear after the other. Wait, what?!
Colorful language is still a taboo in anime, but apparently, it sounds way better when you're singing in a foreign language. This reminds me of those people that use clothes or tattoo themselves without knowing the true meaning behind that cool phrase they proudly show to the world, but Carole & Tuesday producers definitely knew what they were doing and how people would react to this. I mean, it's a quick lesson on how to create a meme, and it paid off.
Galactic Mermaid really drills your brain, and its catchiness will make you sing it to death. You can sing it while cleaning your house, you can sing it at work, and you definitely can sing it when someone says something stupid. Sorry, Carole and Tuesday, you girls rock and all, but the award for the best song in the show belongs to the Mermaid Sisters!
Episode 22 of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari was a whirlwind of emotions. The episode’s beginning has our heroes leveling up via Class Upgrade but due to their various items and abilities, they are unable to choose their skills freely. After this a party is held in honor of the heroes and the party returns to meet the Queen despite last week making it seem like they were all but leaving. The four heroes meet for a chat but as they “share” information a fight of egos breaks out in the room and in the dinner party making our party a quick and silly one. The two important things Naofumi learns is the ability to copy weapons of the same concept and take their abilities as well as an island named Cal Mira Archipelago where the heroes can train and gain bonus EXP. The team leaves and on the way see Raphtalia’s home village and also meet L’Arc a big character who we’ve only see on the opening as of so far. Next week’s episode should have our party level up and if you didn’t skip the ending, you’ll notice they see once again L’Arc and his ally!
Backed Into A Corner
This next episode of Bungou Stray Dogs sees the Detective Agency searching for the creator of the poison infecting their leader, but they soon discover that the entire plan was a set-up from the beginning. Of course, they have planned for this scenario - Tanizaki manages to escape from his Black Lizard guards and sneaks over to assassinate their leader, though he is stopped by Kouyou Ozaki and subsequently rescued by Kyoka.
I loved the various twists in this episode, with both Ranpo and Fyodor planning out a few unexpected courses of action! One of the most impactful moments was when Kunikida is unable to save the child, since Fyodor has manipulated her into thinking she must set off the grenades around her neck to protect her brother. Kunikida has had similar situations in the past, some where he succeeded in saving the victims and others where he was not able to. Obviously he takes this loss pretty hard, and Fyodor says he wishes to “break” Kunikida. Without both Fukuzawa and Kunikida’s leadership, it will be difficult to move forward for the Agency. And though we are glad that Tanizaki is safe with the group once again, the Agency does seem like it is quickly running out of options...
What’s in the Basement?
After three seasons and six long years of waiting, it’s finally time for anime fans to know what’s in Eren’s basement. The tattered remains of Shiganshina dredge up bittersweet childhood memories for Eren and Mikasa, but then Levi decides to hurry this up for the sake of the audience and smashes the basement door in with a well-placed kick. Inside, they find three carefully preserved books and something they’ve never seen before – a photograph. It turns out that humanity hasn’t perished after all, and the people outside the walls are much more advanced than we ever thought possible!
This is the moment when Attack on Titan becomes more than just an action shounen with a creative hook. The world opens up, the stakes shoot through the roof, and all of those weird little foreshadowing hints from past episodes start to make sense. Why did Reiner and Bertoldt have a coffee grinder and wear World War II-style combat boots? How could Ymir read a strange script that nobody else understood? Why does the Beast Titan know baseball terminology? And was the post-credits scene from this episode supposed to take place in an honest to goodness 1940s Jewish ghetto? Isayama, did you plan all of this from the very beginning??
When I saw the basement scene in the manga for the first time, that’s when I truly began to respect this series. It only gets more intriguing from here, folks, so make sure you don’t miss what comes next!
Amane’s Test of Courage
The members of the Literature Club decide to go see some fireflies together. Nanako, Eiji, and Amane agree to go make the most of the summer months by going to see the fireflies, but there is a catch. The only way to get to the pond with the fireflies is to pass through a haunted tunnel. In order to spook Nanako and Eiji, Amane gets the help of Tao, Kino, and Koto to scare them as they head to see the fireflies. With a bloody and possed Kino and a ghost Koto, Amane plan goes off without a hitch and she gets to enjoy the sight of Nanako and Eiji screaming before enjoying some lovely fireflies.
What an exciting moment. Not only is this scene packed with tons of comedy, but it also manages to bring the whole cast together which has only happened one time before this. The best part of this series is the characters and their quirky personalities, so getting to see them all in one place and interacting with one another is a real treat. Everyone except Koto gets a lot of screen time and has a few humorous moments. I can't wait to see what this cute comedy has in store for its penultimate episode.
That's all for this week! Tune in next week!