Week 2 in review! I forgot to watch Sidonia yesterday, was hammered yesterday. Now I know how a Japanese salaryman feels after his after-work booze chugging.
Black Bullet 2: Things get better!
So, the story starts to unfold! As expected…
Anyway, we have Rentaro being called to the Ministry of Defense, where he gets his first job from the acting president of Tokyo. Then, the overpowered mask guy appears and conveniently kills everyone except Rentaro and the key characters. And you always need to have the typical “bad guy asks good guy to join the dark side scene”. Then, we fast forward to Enju being discovered as a Cursed Child, leading to her running away from Rentaro. From there, we get an emotional speech on how Enju is important to Rentaro… really, I was touched. Then the screen cuts to the closing song. DAMMIT!
So far, the story has been progressing as I’ve expected. I’m really getting attached to Rentaro and Enju. Enju because of her loli-ness, Rentaro because of his typical straightforward “hero” personality. Still, the three-episode test stands. Let’s see next week.
No Game No Life 2: And here’s the mandatory bath house episode
If NGNL episode 1 was quite slow, this episode is paced quite right. And still, the colors hurt my eyes.
Just like Mondaijitachi, the anime now explains the overpowered-ness of the virgin older brother as he challenges a poor, dimwitted princess to a simple duel of rigged rock-paper-scissors. My head felt like exploding during the narration of the game. Rock-paper-scissors is serious shit in a world governed by the Ten Commandments of Gaming. Of course, our protagonist wins and according to the bet, the princess now has to fall in love with him. We also get to see a bit of boob-groping, but at least the princess is hot. And there’s also the hilarious headbanging on walls that I’d really like to make a GIF of.
And don’t forget. When you have a perverted older brother, a charmed (literally) princess, and an obsessive little sister, you just have to do a bath house episode.
At the end, we get a scene which every Final Fantasy player (well, at least the classic ones like FFI-FFV) should understand. We got heroes with ridiculously strong abilities coming from another world and they’re supposed to be the destined heroes or some shit like that. Very original.
This anime is really random at some points, but I guess I’m sticking with it just for the hilarious moments. Again, the three-episode rule is still in effect.
Nanana’s Buried Treasure 1-2: Quite a nice anime
At first, I thought this was going to be a run-of-the-mill staple harem anime. I was right… transfer student moves into an apartment, a cute ghost just happens to be living in the apartment, the girls in the opening sequence… until I heard the phrase “Adventure Club”.
Yama Juugo is your normal, perverted high schooler who has a maid fetish. He transfers to Nanae Island, an island dominated by students. On the island, students are free to pursue any goal they have in mind. A ticket for me, please. One-way.
Anyway, Juugo meets the ghost of Nanana, the founder of Nanae Island. She’s bound to the apartment room 202, which is conveniently Juugo’s place. If Juugo wants her to move on, he’ll have to find Nanana’s killer. Apparently, despite being a ghost, Nanana can play Tekken and Phantasy Star Online just fine. She can also eat pudding and punch Juugo in the nose, so goodbye logic.
While buying Nanana her daily dose of pudding, Juugo stumbles on a peculiar stone. He shows it to Nanana, who says that the stone is part of the Nanana Collection. The Nanana Collection is a collection of magical items. Kinda like those legendary items in MMOs. From there, add a loli detective and a dark-skinned trap to the party and we proceed to the first dungeon of the anime.
Graphics are quite nice, standard today-anime standards. The music is also really good, especially the upbeat background music during the dungeon run. Gonna keep watching this, because it balances serious moments and the fans service.
Mahouka 3: Ooh, incest fans service!
One thing about this episode: one does not simply not get a boner when your cute sister is practically naked in front of you.
Yep, the “oniichan, please recalibrate my CAD” scene is finally here! Miyuki really reminds me of Suguha from SAO, but with more assertiveness.
In this episode, we see more of Tatsuya’s overpowered skills, like the ability to cancel magic sequences…
…the ability to use a blink cheat in real life…
…the power to magically back himself up and reboot…
…the ability to save damsels in distress with superior speed…
…and the power to withstand this level of cuteness and bewbs.
Oh, and don’t get bored before LiSa starts signing the opening song, “Rising Hope”. I know it’s hard to because of the lecture on the science behind magic (Damn, they messed my childhood real bad. I mean seriously, wave physics in magic? Sheesh.)
So far, anime has not deviated much from the original. In fact, it’s way better graphics-wise (well, duh). Mahouka has passed the three-episode test, it is officially on the “watch list”.