The Games from Hell
This week Asobi Asobase brings the series back full circle to games. We get to enjoy a pokemon go spinoff and the best, Sugoroku.
Sugoroku is a game that is a lot like snakes and ladders, or eels and escalators if I may, that has been around for hundreds of years. However, Hanako has made her own and wants to see if Olivia really has good luck. The game is beyond hell for the players as every square is the equivalent to getting a snake but with a humiliating task that each character must perform. Be it from getting your ass slapped, pretending to be a male dog peeing, or making noises like a pig. While most people would not care, for Japanese high school girls, this is beyond humiliating and makes excellent fodder for the series.
I was flat out crying from laughter when Hanako was done in by Maeda and had to do the “chin chin” pose. Chin chin is slang for dick in Japanese, so Hanako thinks that she needs to somehow pose like a dick. However, how to the balls come into play? In reality, the chin chin pose though is the ones that dogs are usually asked to make in order to receive a treat. After she calms down and does it, she threatens to make the other two suffer equally cruel fates in a voice that is like nails on a chalkboard. Meanwhile, we laugh at their antics. I know I keep talking about this show, but god, it’s so funny I cannot stress how much this show is worth it.
Fires, Betrayal, and Revenge
This week’s Banana Fish was dripping in anger as everything seemed to be falling apart in front of Ash. First off, we know Shorter Wong had to betray Ash at some point, but this was the episode where he found out! This resulted in Eiji’s kidnapping, but despite being his kidnapper, Shorter Wong promised to protect Eiji at all costs. Gotta hand it to him, Shorter is still loyal even when he is being blackmailed. Then we have Alexis Dawson who shows up at the house and it is revealed that he created banana fish originally, which was then smuggled by Arthur to test on POWs and soldiers despite Alexis’ desire to destroy the drug. Wow, so Alexis is the one who started it all, and Ash gets to meet him for the first time. This drug really ruined a lot of people’s lives, so it’s understandable to see Ash getting furious and wanting to beat Alexis up to a pulp.
Oh, and let’s not get the real revenge: Yue-Lung wants to avenge his mother’s death and kill his brothers who murdered her. There’s a lot of yaoi dripping from the relationship between Yue-Lung and his older brother (or maybe just a lot of attraction from the brother’s side), so adding to it a lot of hatred and we have ourselves quite the recipe for excitement. We don’t really know what’s in store for us, but man, it’s just getting so much more complicated!
No Way Out
If you like mazes, traps (no, I’m not talking about Mare), boss fights, and watching poor people die against beasts of much greater power, then you should be enjoying Overlord’s new arc. The desecration of the Great Tomb of Nazarick is no joke, and so we’ve seen in the last episode, with some unlucky adventurers being ambushed by the great Ainz Ooal Gown and his entourage. This is the adaptation of one of the most interesting arcs in Overlord, The Invaders of the Large Tomb, which has four teams of bounty hunters venturing into Nazarick. As the bounty is tempting enough, so it is for Momonga to kill them all!
In pure RPG fashion, we can call every encounter here a boss fight. One group fought the Pleiades, another went against Hamsuke… you know, “divide and conquer”, they say. However, there are 2 enemies you don’t wanna end up with: Kyouhukou and Neuronist Painkill. Would you rather end up eaten alive by cockroaches or tortured by a pervy, disgusting green blob? They’re not part of the “Five Worst” for nothing! Although these two are everything you want to avoid in life, you can’t say they’re not funny when dealing with their victims, so having them as part of last week’s episode surely paid off. Man, that line about Neuronist losing her virginity to Ainz was gold! She really must have sky high self-esteem to compete with Albedo and Shalltear… even more so when she looks like that.
All in all, it was a pretty solid episode in terms of action, leading to a final fight between Foresight and Ainz Ooal Gown. We all know how this is ending, right?
Thanks for joining us for this week of summer anime! Be sure to let us know what you are watching to below!