After two episodes without Sagiri, Masamune comes back from his beach trip and the two prepare for the release of their new book. Cue reminiscing and flashbacks.
Eromanga Sensei set itself out as a ‘sibling romantic comedy’, though at this point I think calling it a rom-com of any kind is unfair on the genre. If, like me, you’ve stuck with this show through it’s highly inappropriate and awkward middle episodes, the biggest compliment you might give it is an overly cutesy fan service harem.
For the past few weeks, every episode of Eromanga-Sensei surprises me a little. And it’s yet to be a good surprise. Two weeks ago it was the realisation that the sibling relationship in the show was going to be more than familial while this week it was the adding of the harem tag to the show.
This week saw the full introduction of yet another rival light novel author, Muramasa. Another young girl who strives to create a work that she can give one-million out of a hundred. It also happens that she’s in love with Masamune and his writing. If you’ve been enjoying this show, and I’m still not sure if I have been or not, you will have enjoyed this episodes. Muramasa’s confession and ambition to halt the Izumis’ dream brings Sagiri further out of her shell, and for the first time outside of the ending credits, out of her room. In addition, Masamune is continuing to work hard on converting his light novel about a younger sister into a publishable work, which by the end of the episode, is the envy of both of his fellow authors.
Hey everyone! Sorry things have been a bit quiet here for the past few days – I had my one and only exam this morning so have been a little distracted. I have however, been trying to keep up with my seasonal anime, so I’m going to try and get back to doing some regular episode reviews starting with episode five of Eromanga-sensei.
After everything I’ve written about this show up to this point, I have to say besides making me feel especially awkward, episode five made me feel about a bit embarrassed. If you haven’t seen any of my previous articles on the show, I’ve been hoping that Eromanga-sensei was going to keep itself on the straight and narrow (so to speak). Maintain a story where a sibling pair get to know each other better and create a light novel together – what’s wrong with that story?!
Things are starting to heat up in Akashic Records: we’ve got family drama, treachery in the royal guard and home made cooking.
In all fairness, apart from the school uniforms (yes I’m going to mention them every time I do an episode review of this), Akashic Records has defied my expectations and greatly improved on the quality of episode one to actually shape up quite nicely as we reach the mid-season of Spring 2017.
This series continues to get less comfortable with every episode.
Episode four saw the conclusion of the light novel writing contest between Elf and Masamune which ended with Elf figuring out who Eromanga-sensei was and Sagiri coming round to a dream where she can leave her room and see her illustrations turned into a manga with her brother.
When I first started watching Akashic Records I thought it was going to be a painful, poorly made, unimaginative anime that I would struggle to watch for the its duration. After four episodes my view on this has changed, it’s now just another light novel adaptation that will likely sail by without leaving much of a mark.
After the conclusion of the attack on the school last week, we’re thrown into a magic tournament in the school, attended by none other than the mother who abandoned Rumia, the queen. Once again Glenn takes an active interest in events, but, of course, he has ulterior motives – gaining the bonus for teaching the winning class of the tournament. Long story short, everything goes pretty well for Glenn’s class two, with them sitting in second place at the end of the episode. We also saw the final two characters from the promo poster in a final, ominous, shot – though I’m imagining after an initial ruckus, they’ll turn out to be alright. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re somehow connected to Glenn’s shady past given the switching of shots from them to our useless teacher in the final moments.
It’s catchy isn’t it. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor, I mean. Really rolls off of the tongue. Anyway, it’s time for another episode focus and it is yet another new anime from the Spring 2017 season. I’m not going to lie, this one was not on my plan to watch list until I saw it on Crunchyroll this morning with nothing else to do.
Akashic Records (as it will be known on this blog hence forth) is a fantasy, school, ecchi anime with hints of action to come, it is also the first episode of Spring 2017 anime that I didn’t particularly enjoy.
Anime about people working aren’t particularly uncommon, in fact Sakura Quest’s studio, P.A. Works, is somewhat familiar with the genre after releasing Shirobako in 2014/15. Many in the community who had Shirobako have been going a bit crazy waiting to see the exploits of the working women of Manoyama’s tourist bureau and although I haven’t seen the former, after episode one, I can sort of see why.
Our protagonist will not come across as the most original of characters: Yoshino Koharu is trying to find jobs in Tokyo as she prepares to graduate college – having originally come from the countryside and hating it, she wants to find any kind of job in the city. Surprise, surprise, she doesn’t appear to be the most switched on of characters (though applying to lots of jobs and being rejected doesn’t mean you’re a failure kids) and as such isn’t accepted onto any after 30 applications. The lack of originality in her character didn’t particularly bother me, there’s plenty of mouldability with a character like that and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll make good use of it.
Rewatching your favourite shows is without doubt, for me, one of the best things as a fan of anime, it is also however, for a while, a moment of fear. Not including anime I watched as a child, Angel Beats was the second show I ever watched (after the original adaptation of Full Metal Alchemist). It was the show that really encouraged me to watch anime – it’s humour and action grabbed me and the emotion didn’t let me go. After watching almost an excess of over 90 shows since then the fear set in: what if the show that encouraged me to watch anime was in fact rubbish? This is a point that has grown increasingly closer to the foreground as I’ve tried to become ever more critical with my reviews and scores. After picking up the Blu-Ray at EGX at Birmingham back in October, this month I finally got around to rewatching the show – which I may now slightly SPOIL. You have been warned.
Angel Beats is the story of Otonashi, Yuri and class SSS, a group of adolescents who led unfulfilling lives and thus find themselves in an afterlife in which they can ‘rebel against God’. The premise is undeniably a good one with a degree of originality that puts it in a strong starting position. The plot is driven by the main character, Otonashi’s, understanding of both his past life and the world he now finds himself in. While for the most parts the story is indeed quite dark the show is filled with largely pointless, but generally funny comedy. I can’t help but feel a show like Angel Beats was always going to need a degree of humour for it to stay afloat, the characters couldn’t have maintained a serious nature and remained likeable without it.