Well.. that was fast.
I started this season really looking forward to Jashin-chan dropkick. I really really wanted it to be the new Gabriel DropOut meets Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon, however after watching just 1 episode, I was wanting the show to end in the first 5 minutes. Not good. What blew me out of the water was Asobi Asobase.
Asobi Asobase is about Olivia, Kasumi, and Hanako who, for different reasons, all form a club together. It was hilarious. They went through the first episode at breakneck speed and the same is true for the second episode. There were so many humorous gems. This episode develops the plot quickly. Olivia comes clean that she cannot speak English at all and the girls forgive her immediately? Well that was a quick development. In fact, we kinda thought this joke would be dragged on all season before she came clean. Still though, a cute heartwarming moment. We get a funny realization through Oliva’s expressions. The same happens next after a teacher confiscates makeup and then Olivia convinces Hanako to try it out. Naturally, Olivia fails too at this and it ends up looking like they have slapped Hanako and given her a black eye. Which of course, a teacher comes in and thinks that is exactly what happens. Thankfully they didn’t lick her face or something like that like the teacher did when he thought it was pee in the first episode!
Overall the pace slowed down a bit in this episode but it kept it moving along in Asobi Asobase. I think we have a real rising star this season.
Ogres vs Human
This week’s Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi comes to us following their ever important recap episode—why do those even exist? No one binge watching the anime will need a recap, and no one watching it weekly will need it for such a short anime. Waste of an episode. Anyway, I am very surprised by the things going on in Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi. Aoi has now been whisked away to the Ogre’s inn and she gets to meet that one woman who seems to have so much power over everyone. Somehow she’s whisked away with them because she caused trouble, but they complain about her endlessly. What is it that they want with Aoi anyway?
All the same, the nine tailed fox keeps complaining about Aoi despite not just leaving her and needing her to appease the crow lord. So far, this second cours feels more like Aoi was picked up from her world and put in a different yet similar world where she will be forced to do much of the same and make new friends, like a Mario game. I thought it’d get more dramatic or something, but it doesn’t look like it’ll go in that direction it seems.
Here Comes a New Challenger!
Since the opening of this season, there has been one anime I was waiting for: High Score Girl. Why? Just because I love video games, for sure, but also because the trailer looked so good and I loved how it portrays actual games like Street Fighter II. Well, now we all can watch it’s first episode, and I’m even more in love than before. It’s not the first time that gameplay becomes a part of animation, but still it’s a great use of this resource.
The best 2 things of this show appear in the first part: huge comedy potential and gaming informative tips. The battle between the main characters is great because you may feel like you’ve already been on his or her place, and that’s a huge plus for this kind of anime. To trace a simple comparison, this is Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san with video games: Haruo is a skilled gamer in a lot of arcade machines, but soon he meets Ono, a female classmate who is thought to be an oujo-sama but is secretly a hardcore gamer, teasing Haruo with both talent and tsundere traits. What’s not to like about it?!
You can learn, you can empathize, you can laugh and you can even feel like tossing some coins at the nearest cabinet you find. All it takes is a great anime scene between a girl and a boy playing video games. Oh, I forgot… you can ship them and wish for the lovey-dovey moments too!
Thanks for joining us for summer anime! Be sure to let us know what you are watching/looking forward to below!