Not as good as episode 4 but...
It’s really hard to follow up just how funny episode 4 of Asobi Asobase was. I dunno about you, but I definitely was crying from laughing so hard at that episode. This episode however did have some funny moments along with a very, very awkward segment.
Let’s start with the good. The first section and the final were the best. Hanako’s terrible sense of fashion while asserting that it’s Harajuku fashion, is hysterical. In fact, even the bit about spinning the pen was funny. The final moment where she burns down the coffee shop though, was pure gold. The Sex ED one was just going to be good and you knew it from the intro card. Seeing the girls guess was good, but the bit with the teacher put it over the edge and was hysterical.
As for the bad, the whole misgendering people and thinking that the girl in another class might actually be transgender and that be a problem, was off-putting. While the series may not be malicious in it’s attempt at comedy, it does ring awkward and the same goes for the moment where Kasumi flips out about BL because it’s wrong if someone crossdresses. Yiiiiiiikes. That’s a steaming pile of BS and it needs to be thrown out.
All in all though, as long as the series steers clear, then we have a real winner this season. Nothing has made me laugh this hard since Hinamatsuri which, while it was last season, nothing has been as funny as these two shows over the past few years.
Oh Shichisei no Subaru, how I have a love hate relationship with you! Only because Shichisei no Subaru feels like a shameless duplicate of Anohana, so it doesn’t feel as special or emotionally moving as Anohana felt. Anyway, about my griping. Today, I wanted to explore the character that is Takanari, because that’s who episode 5 seemed to focus on. Right from the start, Takanari reminds me of Atsumu from Anohana, even though Takanari is a meganekko (although Atsumu really should have been one). Despite the difference in appearance, their rather uptight attitudes and clear feelings for the deceased party is rather evident, which is why Takanari reminds me of Tsumu. Then there’s that part in this week’s episode where we flashback and see that Takanari and Satsuki are “partners in crime.”
This is an interesting scene as we can only assume this must refer to their feelings for Asahi and Haruto, which are both evident from the get go despite their young age. Maybe it refers to something else, it’s too early to know, but that’s what it seems to be. However, how can they be partners in crime for just their feelings? Does it have something to do with what happened to Asahi? That being said, I wonder how exactly Takanari will continue forward as he has resorted to kidnapping Asahi just to have her with him (because that’s the way to get someone to be with you, right? #logic). I wonder if Takanari will mirror Tsumu all the way to the end or if his character will actually branch out at all.
That Doll House Challenge
Nobody will judge you if you already dropped Satsuriku no Tenshi, but let me say I’m one of those still watching it, maybe just because something inside of makes me force myself into watching an anime based on a video game. However, this fifth episode is one of the most importants so far, finally giving us some background and character development. Rachel and Zack work together for a stupid reason, and believe me when I say there are so many plot holes in 5 episodes to write a book. Also, this story could have ended if Rachel or Zack had some common sense, but I’m still fine with it. So, here’s the question: am I a tool for watching this show?
Apparently, being the tool or make others do as you say was the theme of Satsuriku no Tenshi this week, with Zack taking the worst part. Memories of his dark past play a significant role now he has to survive Catherine’s mental games. By the way, Eddie waiting in his floor and digging graves is weird enough, but Catherine planning games and putting a doll house just to emulate Zack’s childhood looks like too much. Why is this game scene one of the “hot moments” in anime this week? Well, maybe it’s not… but now that something finally happened here we must highlight it, right? For the most part, this is a sample of Satsuriku no Tenshi attempting anything philosophical, so let’s just say this is the key moment when we finally know if this show gets any better. Maybe there’s more than beating bosses in every level until you win the game? Well, we need something more to justify the anime adaptation anyways!
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