Category Archives: Episode Focus

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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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 12, And Then

For a relatively simple anime, I felt there were several ways this final episode could go and, thankfully, the writers got all of the decisions spot on.

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We’re not left with any suspense at the start of this final episode – Kotarou failed his entrance exam. Unsurprisingly, he’s pretty dejected but initially it seemed as if all was going to be okay. The first five minutes of this episode epitomised for me just why the show generally has been so good: for both parties involved, it would be the natural response to try and put a brave face on this sad event, but inevitably (this is a relationship between 15 year olds, remember) things don’t stay as positive for all that long.

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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 11, An Encouragement of Learning

When living with your parents it can often be difficult to understand why the make some of the decisions that they do. What Tsuki ga Kirei shows well in episode 11 is that they usually have a good reason for doing so, and even after making decisions initially, they’re flexible enough to adapt when it’s in the best interest of their children.

Last week, we expected that Kotarou’s parents, particularly his mother, wouldn’t take well to his decision to go a school two hours away in order to follow a girl. It wasn’t surprising then to see that when Kotarou announced his school of choice at a parent meeting with his teacher, his mother wasn’t best pleased.

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Episode Focus: Attack on Titan S2 12, Scream

The final episode of the second season of Attack on Titan has aired after four years of hype with another reveal of sorts and some more emotional moments to boot.

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At the end of last weeks episode the titan that ate Eren’s mother appeared threatening to lead them to the same fate. This week starts with Hannes getting in the way and thanking his luck for giving him the opportunity to avenge Carla. Meanwhile, Erwin is stranded as titans close in from all sides with scouts falling fast. I won’t go through everything that happened as I usually do in this articles, but suffice to say it felt like a lot happened in this episode.

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