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.
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.
The cat is out of the bag and everyone knows about Kotarou and Akane’s relationship. In typical Tsuki ga Kirei fashion, we’re made to feel as if this could be really difficult for the pair, when in fact, of course, their interactions with everyone else are quite mundane.
Most of this episode focuses solely on the main couple as Akane comes to Kotarou’s taiko practice before they go to a shrine festival. If you haven’t enjoyed Tsuki ga Kirei up to this point, this episode won’t change your mind with its romance/slice of life genre continuing along with some fairly questionable animation (what is with that run?!). However, if like me, you’ve become fully invested in the overtly normal development of Akane and Kotarou’s middle school relationship, then this is another episode to be savoured.
Back to my favourite new show of the season, Tsuki ga Kirei. What with work, my episode five review never came into being, but we’re back and raring to go for the second half of the season!
Akane and Kotarou’s relationship has gone through the opening couple of episodes of painful awkwardness to reach a stage where the awkwardness is clearly quite an enjoyable thing for them both. What I’m really enjoying about this anime is that in most shows this would be the end game. Awkward or not, once the couple end up together, there usually isn’t anything else that can happen. What’s more is that Tsuki ga Kirei is taking it’s responsibility in this area seriously and making serious things happen even though the relationship has already started.
I like it when a show is honest about what it is and I can’t remember last seeing something that was quite so honest about itself as Tsuki ga Kirei was in its first episode. This everyone, is a plain old school romance.
Kotarou and Akane have just started the third year at middle school and are in the same class for the first time. Despite not knowing each other they soon notice each spending most of the first episode awkwardly sharing quickly glances, even bumping into each other for family meals at a restaurant after school.
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.
When picking out anime to watch I tend to go for action heavy shows with lots of drama, conflict and intrigue. Every so often however, I feel like it’s worth rewinding, picking up a slice of life school drama and enjoying the ride it provides. Kokoro Connect was a show I decided to watch in just those circumstances.
Background and plot
The world of Kokoro Connect is, to no one’s surprise, largely a high school club room. The Cultural Research club is essentially the place for students that didn’t really fit into anything else, a situation which is taken advantage of by the ‘villain’ of the piece.
But what is the show actually about I hear you ask? Well, on one completely normal day two of the five club members swap bodies only for it to later be revealed that the event was not a one off and other similarly strange occurrings happen. The reason? A vaguely supernatural being known as ‘Heartseed’ wants to conduct experiments and thought the group were particularly interesting candidates.
As you might have seen a couple of weeks ago I posted my first First Impressions article. Looking over the internet, it seems to be a pretty widely used format for overviewing the first few episodes of a show. However, the most important form of reviewing, in my mind at least, will be always be the season review – such as this one. Why? Because the start of a show can misleading, it’s often the case that a show with a bad beginning can improve in the latter episodes, or, as is the case with Absolute Duo, a promising show can make a turn for the worse.
Background and Plot
The premise is as follows: a group of selected school kids have been given the power to materialise the essence of their souls as weapons, called blazes. At the school, the students, known as exceeds, work together as duos, living and training together. The story focuses on a boy called Toore Kokonoe and his duo partner Julie (u-lee-a) Sigtuna as they navigate the beginning of their school lives.
The point of the story seems to be the development of Toore and his relationship with Julie. We get a problem with the plot after episode 3 when events are completely ignored in favour of starting new plot lines which only seem to bring more girls into Toore’s life for no other reason than this is harem show and it needs the main character to be loved by girls. The truth is I don’t mind a good harem based show, but Absolute Duo wasted what was looking like a deep and serious plot.