Diamond is Best Girl
All I have to say about the episode this week is BYE. How dare this series make me feel bad about a character that is genderless, has a weird hair and eye color, and is slightly awkward while being cute, mildly upset, and overall rather sweet. Diamond is quite possibly my new best girl. Watching her silently suffer yet stay strong to teach Phos everything about working with Bort practically broke my heart. Plastering a smile on her face, she did her best.
The part with the new Lunarian was/is very exciting because we do not know what is going to happen. Cutting it did nothing but multiply their problems, so there is now only so much the gems can do. Phos is all-around a badass as well that she has control over the gold/platinum in her body. As a bonus too, Phos is really showing how far they have come. Each episode of Houseki no Kuni is a real roller coaster, but it is in a good way. The viewer does feel for these characters as they fight, flee, and die, which evokes further emotion and forces us to return weekly.
Houseki no Kuni has consistently shown us that not only can it keep our interest, but also that the story is consistently reinventing itself with new plot twists. The initial description for the series when it came out, to what it is now, is so completely different, one would assume that two different programs are being presented.
And The Stupidest Episode of the Week Goes to...
Ok, to be fair, this is probably not the stupidest episode of the week, but it is the episode that completely disappointed me the most in comparison to the rest of the series this season. The episode I am talking about is episode 10 of Juuni Taisen. This particular episode delved deeper into the history of Kaede and how she found someone to look up to in Ushiii. Ushii helped Kaede realize that the direction she was going in was completely wrong, and then in the end, Kaede took Ushii’s words to heart and decided to change her life. Kaede evidently has a crush on Ushii, which is so obvious, and she even chooses to go back to her family and put her life on the line in the Juuni Taisen in order to see Ushii again. Then, when Kaede comes across Ushii again at the Juuni Taisen, she gets extremely angry that Ushii doesn’t remember her even though her life revolved around this moment. And the worst moment of all was when the two were about to face off and Kaede saves Ushii and is struck in the process.
All of this, as well as the information that the rabbit still functions even in death, is utterly stupid. I thought Kaede was going to be this amazing creature since last week’s episode showed that she’s not just some drunk; Kaede suffers extensively from PTSD after not being prepared for the horrors of battle and she loses herself and her philosophies. Then this week’s episode occurred and it completely and utterly ruined Kaede. She becomes this shallow, rather dumb girl whose entire existence revolves around a boy, Ushii, who I thought would be interesting but his past self seems rather narrow minded and and this newest development makes him even less interesting. I hated this episode. It was frustrating to watch as the producers created this interesting character and utterly dumped on it as if they couldn’t think of anything better.
My Anxiety Hates Original Anime
For you to understand this I have to say this one thing: I’m one of those that hates “formal reading”. Yes, I can spend hours within wikipedia or just surfing forums reading about the most stupid things in the world, but when it comes to actual books —including manga or light novels, even digital— I can’t get past 1 o 2 pages; it just bores me. Why am I telling this? Because after the last episode of Just Because! I found myself thinking “hey, I want to read the original source and see what happens between Eita and the girls”... well, the joke’s on me, because this is an original anime.
I really don’t know why, but this is one of the shows I liked more this year and I’m not even a fan of love stories. Maybe it’s because Best Girl Ena? You bet! For me, Soma and Morikawa are a fact, so now I need to confirm that Eita and Ena will be together as well. Not long ago we discovered Eita wants to go to the same university as Mio, but it turns out she changed her mind and this could lead to a mismatch. Also, when Morikawa confronted Mio with her suspicions, the latter said she was over it and that she likes someone else. Will she really end up empty-handed? I kinda hope so. It’s hard not to root for Komiya-chan after seeing how she fell in love, but it’s harder with this cute behavior of her; she was kind to buy the jogging boy a bottle of water, but look at the way she cuddled the tea he bought her after! Yeah, too bad I can’t spoil myself as usual and just google how it all ends...
I always believed in you senpai~!
Nakano-senpai has just betrayed the anime club and aided in its disbandment. Brokenhearted, the club members go home and sulk and then are surprised to find that the whole student body is protesting to have the disbandment overturned. All the clubs come straight to the principal’s office to fight for the club that has been helping everyone with their problems and making the school brighter! But the principal won’t budge.
Everyone is stopped outside of the door, but Neko-senpai calls Minoa over to a little cat door and so she goes in to confront the principal in his office and defend the anime club and their anime presentation from the culture festival.
After a heated anime discussion, it’s clear the principal was the anime director of an anime that was cancelled after the first episode. The kids crowdsource the title of the anime he worked on and they discover why he’s so anti-anime.
As the club member -minus Nakano-senpai- are learning this information, Nakano-senpai comes in and Kai immediately questions the traitor as to why he’s even there.
Nakano apologizes deeply and explains there’s a good reason, but none of the girls want to hear it either. Nakano-senpai goes on to explain that he is one of six siblings and that he was working at a coffee shop to make ends meet. The principal was a customer there and he helped Nakano a lot when he was considering not attending high school because of his family’s money problems.This is why Nakano-senpai can’t go against the principal, he feels he owes him.
Teary eyed, the club members all welcome him back and forgive him, especially Kai who seemed the most disappointed in his betrayal.
This moment made me very happy because my heart felt as broken as the anime club’s members’ when we thought Nakano-senpai betrayed us. I knew he wasn’t a bad guy! Not my Nakano-senpai!
And if that’s not enough, the cherry on top of this memorable moment was the girls’ mental picture of Nakano-senpai and his siblings. When he mentions he has 5 siblings, the girls say “Six Nakano-senpais!?”, and immediately, we see six Nakanos, all identical, and in the style of Osomatsu-san! Waaa~! I think I found a new wallpaper. Teehee… ^_~
And that is it for this week! Thank you for staying with us until the end. What did you think? Did you see any of the hot moments that are discussed here? Be sure to let us know below!!