BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 17: Karoruko Reveals Guy’s Treachery
Anime / October 31, 2016

Note: This post may contain spoilers, so please be cautious! What’s In This Post Quick Episode Summary What Happened in this Episode What I Liked in this Episode What I Liked Not so Much in this Episode Thoughts about the Episode Related Posts Quick Summary The seventeenth episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, named The Island Fortress, shows that Karoruko Kazuki isn’t quite the idiot she’s led us to believe she is. Azuma Kazuki and Team Oubu launch an all-out assault on Guy Barville Abeille’s island fortress. Laetitia Nilgiri Swanson reveals the reason she fights for Guy. Epizo Evans does something astounding: he thinks, though it nearly kills him and his crew! Reoko Banryū shows her self-destructive tendencies haven’t healed. Amazon has some great BUBUKI/BURANKI merchandise. Please check it out! What Happened? Karoruko learns that Maxim Arsenyevich Balakireva and his entire team are dead because they crossed Guy. Double de Vabres, Guy’s assistant, berates her for doubting their boss and tells her that if she fails with Entei, she’ll end up like the Russians. Karoruko’s clearly shaken, then angry. Shūsaku Matobai’s contact makes his move in Guy’s island fortress, and Azuma takes his team in Oubu and begin their portion of the operation. However, Laetitia and her crew in the Buranki Epimew try to stop them….

Izetta: The Last Witch Ep 4: The Witches’ Deepest Secret Revealed
Anime / October 25, 2016

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! In The Secret of the Witch, the fourth episode in Izetta: The Last Witch, Izetta shares a crucial secret that reveals limits to the scope of her powers; Princess Finé makes difficult decisions about the succession of power in the wake of her father’s death; Lotte’s plan to give Izetta a bath goes terribly wrong; Sieghard Müller continues to act suspicious; and Izetta finally earns Bianca’s respect. Amazon doesn’t have any Izetta: The Last Witch merchandise yet, but these series featuring awesome female leads may also be of interest! What Happened Finé finally arrives in the capital after the battles to the north. She finds her father, the Archduke, deceased. She tries to formally thank him for his years of service when she breaks down sobbing. Izetta watches helplessly from the door. The Germanian commander whose troops Izetta routed reports to his emperor. He’s hesitant to give an accurate report, but he gives in and confesses that a woman riding a rifle destroyed his forces. The emperor is delighted at this proof that witches exist. He gives the commander a lighter punishment. Izetta awakens in a bed in the Archduke’s castle. Bianca, leader of the imperial guard, stands guard and has a…

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 16: A Machiavellian Leader’s Vile Treachery
Anime / October 24, 2016

Note: This post may contain spoilers, so please be cautious! The Hunter’s Bullet, the sixteenth episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, shows us the Russian Heart Maxim Arsenyevich Balakireva’s contrition betrayed by Guy Barville Abeille‘s Machiavellian treachery; the beginning of Shūsaku Matobai, Kogane Asabuki, and the rest of her team’s journey to liberate Reoko Banryū and their meeting a surprising Buranki; Azuma Kazuki‘s continued resolve to free his his sister, Karoruko Kazuki, from Guy’s clutches; and the true story of the Buranki’s origins. Amazon has some great BUBUKI/BURANKI merchandise. Please check it out! What Happened? Guy gives Entei to Karoruko, who’s ecstatic, not only with having a Buranki, but with how responsive it is. He knows just what words and phrases will manipulate her. For example, he tells her that he’s relying on her use Entei to protect the world from the Buranki. Then he asks her to help kill a Bubuki user who’s going to turn against him. A little taken aback, she agrees. Using a massive airship, Matobai picks up Azuma and his limbs for the journey to rescue Banryū. As they get underway, Azuma’s team is astonished to learn that Entei’s entire team survived the crash. Ougi in particular is happy to hear that Sōya Arabashiri survived, though she tries to…

Izetta: The Last Witch Ep 3 – The Witch Enters the Battlefield
Anime / October 18, 2016

In The Sword in the Heavens, episode 3 of Izetta: The Last Witch, the Germanians batter Eylstadt’s defense to the breaking point; Princess Finé declines Izetta’s offer protect her and her people; the view of the battlefield pushes the Princess near despair; and Izetta defies the Princess and engages Germania on the field of battle. Amazon doesn’t have any Izetta: The Last Witch merchandise yet, but these series featuring strong female leads may also be of interest! What Happened A young soldier of Eylstadt who wants nothing more than to go home stands in a trench, awaiting the Germanian advance. Behind them was an ancient fortress, still packed with vintage weapons, that still stood guard over this entrance to his country. He and the rest of his fellow soldiers learn that their foe’s tanks made short work of their armor. Then the enemy’s air force bombed the trenches. People all around him were dying, and only their artillery was able to hold back the Germanian advance. The Princess watched the battle from the slopes of the mountain above the field. The surviving soldiers gathered with her were losing their discipline and were in favor of just charging the enemy. Finé had to talk them down, saying that she may have to…

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 15: An Unexpected Confession and a Plea in the Rain
Anime / October 17, 2016

Note: This post may contain spoilers, so please be cautious! In The Right Hand’s Scar, BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy’s fifteen episode, Kogane Asabuki has to confront Shūsaku Matobai and his confession about his role in her father’s death. Also, we see just how much more effective Bubuki wielders with free-wills can be: Azuma Kazuki‘s limbs made short work of the limbs on loan to his sister, Karoruko Kazuki; we learn the fate of Entei, Reoko Banryū’s Buranki and gain insight into the plans Guy Barville Abeille has for it; and we see once again how differently Azuma treats his limbs, like Asabuki, compared to how many of the other hearts treat their teams. Amazon has some great BUBUKI/BURANKI merchandise. Please check it out! What Happened? The Bubuki users following Azuma made quick work of those following his sister. The difference? Azuma’s limbs were used to fighting not only as a team, but also using their own judgement and skills. Karoruko’s team was too used to having their free will belittled and beaten out of them. The two teams quickly reconcile, but Karoruko, exhausted from her previous battles, runs off, leaving her frustrated brother behind. Asabuki urges him to follow her. We see an expanded version of a scene from the first season:…

Izetta Eps 1 and 2: A Nazi by Any Other Name…
Anime / October 11, 2016

Izetta: The Last Witch has begun its run on Crunchyroll. In the first two episodes (Beginning of the War and Scars and Gunfire), we met Ortfiné (Finé) Fredericka von Eylstadt, princess of Eylstadt, as she journeyed to a neutral country. She’s seeking allies to help defend her people against Germanian invasion. We also meet some of the Germanians who are trying to stop her; we discover who was imprisoned in the large metal tube that Finé discovered on the train; we witness Izetta as she awakens and frees Finé from the Germanians; we see what a White Witch can do against Germanian air power; and we see what Izetta is willing to do to protect princess Finé. Which is a lot. Amazon doesn’t have any Izetta: The Last Witch merchandise yet, but these series featuring strong female leads may also be of interest! What Happened Episode 1: Beginning of the War Flanked by two loyal bodyguards, Princess Finé takes a train to a neutral country in an attempt to secure political and military help from Britannia to fend off the Germanians. As she’s escaping a random Germanian search, she finds a large cylinder with a frosted glass faceplate. She tries to open it, not knowing why, but before she…

BUBUKI/BURANKI Eps 13 and 14: Imōto from the Pits of… Well, You Know!
Anime / October 10, 2016

Note: This may contain spoilers, so please be cautious! BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy opens the reason with two episodes (episode 13, Black Oubu, and episode 14, The False Heart) that introduce us to Azuma Kazuki’s little sister Karoruko Kazuki, as well as the four borrowed limbs that make up her Buranki. We also see Guy Barville Abeille push his own mysterious agenda forward despite what it does to Maxim Arsenyevich Balakirev’s Bubuki users; we meet Ryuuki (who really owns the heart that Karoruko borrowed) and see that he treats all four of his “limbs” in a disgusting and demeaning way; we see the benefits of teamwork against mindless drones; and we witness Karoruko disregard family to throw her friends — and possibly the future of the city — in jeopardy. Amazon has some interesting BUBUKI/BURANKI merchandise. Please check it out! What Happened Episode 13: Black Oubu Our heroes, Kogane Asabuki (Oubo’s right hand), Kinoa Ougi (left hand), Shizuru Taneomi (right leg), and Hiiragi Nono (left leg) travel abroad to track down Buranki that fell to Earth when Treasure Island crashed. Their heart wielder, Azuma Kazuki, got stuck in customs. Preparing to attack a rogue Buranki, they’re surprised when another team attacks it. They’re even more surprised to learn that team’s…

Cooler Nights — That Means It’s Time for the Fall 2016 Anime Preview (Part 2)!
Anime , List / October 8, 2016

I’ve taken the opportunity presented by the recent announcement of Crunchyroll’s and Funimation’s partnership to streamline how I blog about the seasons. Instead of a post for Crunchyroll and a post for Funimation seasons, I’ll just post about the series regardless of its streaming home. That’s probably overdue, anyway, given how I recently reviewed Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, which streamed on Amazon Prime. This season, though, it looks like Crunchyroll has a monopoly on my attention. I’m thoroughly excited about several titles, like Hibike! Euphonium 2 and Drifters. Others, like Occultic;Nine, well, best to just read the overview in the post… Here’s the second installment of what I’m watching this season! If you missed part 1, you can read it here. Note: I’m trying something new: listing the day/time new episodes should be released. I’m confident in the sources I’m using, but if you see any errors, please do leave a comment so I can make corrections! Drifters 10:30AM Fridays on Crunchyroll The story starts around 1600 AD in Japan. The civil wars that had bloodied the nation were coming to an end, and the country stood on the edge of reunification. But the battles weren’t over yet. The story starts during the Battle of Sekigahara.  Toyohisa Shimazu,…

Cooler Nights — That Means It’s Time for the Fall 2016 Anime Preview (Part 1)!
Anime , List / October 6, 2016

I’ve taken the opportunity presented by the recent announcement of Crunchyroll’s and Funimation’s partnership to streamline how I blog about the seasons. Instead of a post for Crunchyroll and a post for Funimation seasons, I’ll just post about the series regardless of its streaming home. That’s probably overdue, anyway, given how I recently reviewed Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, which streamed on Amazon Prime. This season, though, it looks like Crunchyroll has a monopoly on my attention. I’m thoroughly excited about several titles, like Hibike! Euphonium 2 and WWW.WAGNARIA!!. Others, like Shuumatsu no Izetta, seemed to come out of nowhere. Here’s the first installment of what I’m watching this season! You can read the second installment here. Note: I’m trying something new: listing the day/time new episodes should be released. I’m confident in the sources I’m using, but if you see any errors, please do leave a comment so I can make corrections! Hibike! Euphonium 2 1:00PM EST Wednesdays on Crunchyroll Kyoto Animation blew me away with the first season of Sound Euphonium. The animation was stunning, saturated with color, and filled subtle movements. The characters were believable and enthralling. It didn’t hurt that the story was a work of art. That puts a lot of…

Waging Wars and Enduring Disappointment: Summer 2016 Recap, Crunchyroll Edition
Anime , List / October 3, 2016

Crunchyroll’s schedule had so many interesting series that I had a hard time making time to watch them! In the grand scheme of things, that’s a good problem to have. Looking back on the Summer 2016 Crunchyroll season, one series was a rollercoaster alternating between peaks of excitement and confusion. Another was a lesser incarnation of its first season that still managed to be absorbing and fun to watch. Yet another started strong, teetered, and crashed into incomprehensibility. One stood head and shoulders above the rest. This was a good season! Here’s my retrospective on the Crunchy Summer 2016 season: Taboo Tattoo I learned disappointment’s name this season. What is disappointment’s name, you ask? Taboo Tattoo. The show had promise. I swear it did! That’s why I decided to review it. When I think of the other shows whose reviews I would have preferred to write… Worse, when I think of the reviews you would rather have read… Water under the bridge, I guess. The show started with Justice Akatsuka, whose name should have had something more intimate to do with the plot but didn’t, was tricked into accepting a Tattoo that granted powerful combat capabilities. He had a hard time a) accepting…

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