Category Archives: Episode Focus

Episode Focus: Tokyo Ghoul :re episode 10

It’s been a really intriguing season for the latest instalment of Tokyo Ghoul so far. Given how highly I rated Root A (that is, not very), I didn’t have particularly high expectations this time around but somehow it seems to be hitting the spot.

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Episode 10 continues the CCG’s hunt of the Tsukiyama Family or Rosé as they have become known. Meanwhile Haise’s inner conflict with his former self continues to grow as he encounters a link to the notorious, yet mysterious ‘eyepatch ghoul’ and Shirazu comes to terms with having to come kill ghouls.

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Episode Focus: My Hero Academia S3 4, My Hero

The third season of My Hero Academia really got into its stride this week with the villain attack on the U.A. training camp continuing and the students and teachers doing what they can to fight back in tricky circumstances. There were a couple of moments worth mentioning, but really this episode was all about the fight between Deku and the villain, Muscular.

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With the test of bravery ongoing from last episode, the students and teachers remain split up at the start of the episode and it is only through Mandalay’s telepathy that all the groups realise that an attack is happening – first point of interest this week comes as Class B decide to stand up and fight to reach the high standards of Class A. Meanwhile, the second moment comes at Aizawa’s expense as the mysterious and lead villain Dabi deals him a serious blow as he leaves the classrooms to help the others. It’s here that we learn that the villains aren’t particularly after the pro-heroes suggesting that they are after the other group present: the students. I mean, if you’re villains you should be going after the strongest heroes right? Well what do I know, I guess…

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Episode Focus: Tokyo Ghoul re: 1, Those Who Hunt: START

The anime adaptation of Sui Ishida’s hit (and very good) manga Tokyo Ghoul is back for it’s third season, adapting the second part of the story which has so far been serialised in 15 volumes as Tokyo Ghoul re:.

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Episode one starts much as the first season did, with a dark panoramic view of Tokyo (which is apt, I suppose), panning to various familiar characters from the past two seasons. Unlike season one, we don’t get a gruesome death to get us started, but this episode was still very much an introduction.

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Episode Focus: Fate/Apocrypha 18, From Hell

The number of participants in the grail war took another hit in this episode, and it’s just as well that the two teams have disintegrated for the most part because otherwise black would be seriously struggling.

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This was one of the best episodes of the show so far mainly because it finally got around to some character development. We see how ‘Jack the Ripper’ was in fact a large group of children in London who murdered adults as payback for the lack of support they were given in life. Sieg is forced to face this dark reality while Atalanta (Archer of Red) is sent visions of her early life.

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Episode Focus: Juuni Taisen episode 1, Even Boars may become Pigs after seven generations

It’s impossible to judge anything on it’s very first step as is the case with the first anime of a new season. For me, the first episode has to have something to grab you, or at the very least make it interesting.

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And Juuni Taisen certainly grabbed my attention.

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Episode Focus: Gamers! 11, Gamers and Next Stage

The penultimate episode of Gamers! is thoroughly in the process of rapping things up. What’s best about this show though is that even though things are starting to work out for most of the characters, it still doesn’t take itself seriously.

 

As a final attempt to confirm that no one is cheating, Tasuku and Karen agree to organise a double date with Aguri and Keita. Meanwhile, Konoha eavesdropping gets Chiaki in on the day and the episode is all set to go.

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Episode Focus: Fate/Apocrypha 11, Eternal Radiance

Fun fact of the day, did you know that this weeks episode title is also the name of the second Japanese opening for the original Digimon? Well neither did I, but now we both do.

You’ve got to give Fate/Apocrypha something, and that is that it isn’t lacking in action at the moment. In fact, it has so much action as it enters the final moments of the first half of the season, I’m not really sure where to look. The episode title would suggest Ruler is key to this episode, and I suppose she is as we get to see her use her noble phantasm for the first time in response to Berserker of Red going completely mad and using his own noble phantasm. It was a pretty interesting noble phantasm as well (on Ruler’s part that is), as, if I’m not wrong, it’s the first time we’ve ever seen a purely defensive function for a noble phantasm. Obviously, this is mainly because in a true battle royale attack is essential, while here Ruler serves as a check between the two sides – nonetheless, it was cool.

In the most interesting contest so far we got two confrontations between the two lancer class servants. Vlad is exceptionally strong because he is on home ground in Romania while his opponent, Karna, must be up there with Hercules and Gilgamesh as the strongest servants in the Fate universe, what with being the son of the sun god and all. The episode concludes here with Darnic setting himself up to command Vlad to use a noble phantasm that his servant ordered him not to – quite clearly something surrounding vampirism. We also get to see the greater grail here as well, as Shirou’s plan comes into action.

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Episode Focus: Fate/Apocrypha 2, The Virgin Departs

It’s not really surprising that Fate/Apocrypha is still introducing things in its second episode. With 14 (15) servants and, presumably (?) an equal number of masters to try to show off before things really get going, I wouldn’t be surprised if episode three follows suit – nonetheless, this episode did a decent job introducing lots of new characters, as well as giving us a taste of the kind of action we can expect going forward.

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We see a little more of Ruler to begin with before rejoining the two factions who take turns in introducing themselves. The Black team do a full (and quite convenient) set of introductions led by their overly bubbly Rider.

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Episode Focus: Classroom of the Elite 1, What is evil? Whatever springs from weakness.

Comedy, school, romance. Three genre tags that offer a whole lot of potential, but equally can make for a complete waste of a studio’s budget. Because of this, I had no idea what to really expect from Classroom of the Elite (Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e). After seeing that before this show started I didn’t really know what to expect. An optimistic bit of me saw a grumpy but intelligent male lead and an equally aloof female and thought maybe this would be some kind of reworking of Oregairu. Episode one has started to clear some of the fog from this season.

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Ayanokouji has just started high school, Koudo Ikusei. In fact, it’s the best high school in Japan. Down side is, our male lead made a hash of his entrance exams and ends up in class D. Initially, this doesn’t sound like a massive problem with everyone in the class being given an allowance of 100,000 yen and access to the same facilities as all of the other students.

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Episode Focus: Fate/Apocrypha 1, Apocrypha: The Great Holy Grail War

Yes, this article is a thing. After my last article it might seem odd that I’m here writing this, but all I can say is I made a decision and the result is you guys get weekly reviews.

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And frankly I’m glad I watched episode one of Fate/Apocrypha this week. For those of you familiar with Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, I wouldn’t rate this as highly as the first episode of that, but I would say that this has got of to a great start, particularly for fans of the franchise.

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