Izetta: The Last Witch Ep 9: Sowing and Reaping
Anime / November 29, 2016

Note: This post may include spoilers, so 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 In The Sellun Corridor Burns, the ninth episode of Izetta: The Last Witch, Sieghard Müller and Bianca think the spies took nothing from the hidden room in the castle; they are mistaken. Izetta prepares for battle against advancing Germanians only to find herself facing the white-haired woman from last week’s episode. But this time, the white-haired woman is flying on a purple metal cross adorned with half a glowing red stone. And she’s nursing a nasty grudge. Amazon still only has one piece of Izetta merchandise, so please check it out — as well as series with strong female leads (and, in honor of this episode, one with strong undercurrents of despair): What Happened A resistance movement waylays a Germanian train. The Germanians almost beat back the attack until Izetta arrives and reinforces the freedom fighters. The resulting photo-op enhances Izetta’s reputation and Eylstadt’s standing. Sieghard Müller debriefs Bianca. They come to the conclusion that the Germanian spies didn’t gain anything from the castle’s hidden room. At the…

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 21: Guy’s Sapien Supremacy Theory and Another Casualty
Anime / November 28, 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 In the 21st episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, named Swan Song, Migiwa Kazuki meets with Guy Barville Abeille to learn his plans. Epizo Evans takes on Azuma Kazuki and Oubu in a misguided attempt to help Laetitia Nilgiri Swanson, who learns the full extent of Guy’s duplicity. Azuma decides to take action against the fallen Treasure Island while Migiwa decides she has to take her own action. Amazon has some Buranki-related mechandise that might be interesting. Please check it out! What Happened? Shūsaku Matobai’s flying ship, the Argo Gaura, is almost back in Japan. Sōya Arabashiri is checking on Reoko Banryū when he answers a call to her cell phone — from a completely unexpected source. The Buranki Mega-lala with Epizo as its heart intercepts them, and Azuma and his team leap into action. Epizo’s dedicated to fighting on behalf of Laetitia. But Azuma has a cause, too: to defeat Guy. Their lengthy fight’s interrupted when Epimew, Laetitia’s Buranki, arrives after Guy let her leave. Because of…

Make the 2016 Holiday Festive — Anime Style!
Anime , List / November 23, 2016

Wondering what to get an anime fan who’s on your holiday shopping list? Here’s a list of series that I’ve personally enjoyed. The links represent my Amazon affiliate account, so if you buy using these links, you can bask in the glow of the warm feeling of helping keep Crow’s World of Anime alive and well! Quick Reference Comedy D-Frag and Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun Adventure Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet and Ergo Proxy Romance Toradora and Engaged to the Unidentified Comedy D-Frag Kenji Kazama wants to make a name for himself as the toughest delinquent in school. The Game Creation Club (provisional)‘s members have different plans. Just what those plans are isn’t certain, and I’m not convinced they even know! But when Kazama tries to put out a fire that the club members started in their room, they attack him with strange and fictional powers like Roka Shibasaki’s Moe Moe attack. This series has a lot of fast-paced visual humor, as well as hilarious references to games, manga, and other anime series. It’s an interesting (though hardly deep) plot as well. It culminates in a showdown between the Game Creation Club (provisional) and the real Game Creation Club. The boss battle involves a vicious twin-tail attack. Really!…

Izetta: The Last Witch Ep 8: Behind Enemy Lines
Anime / November 22, 2016

Note: This post may include spoilers, so 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 In A Cruel Fairy Tale, the eighth episode of Izetta: The Last Witch, Rickert begins his spy mission deep in Eylstadt; Bianca gives him some unwitting (and then witting) aid. Archduchess Finé and Izetta attend a ball at Earl Redford’s estate, where they meet two unexpected and quite likely unwelcome guests. Rickert places Izetta’s secret in extreme danger. Finally, international politics asserts itself in an unexpected and dark way. Amazon has one Izetta: The Last Witch piece of merchandise. They also have other series featuring awesome female leads that may also be of interest! Please check them out! What Happened As he rides in the airplane on the way to the drop site in Eylstadt, Rickert brushes up on the official version of the White Witch’s fairy tale. He finds it differs from the historical version that Major Belkman told him before he left — in significant ways. His parachute drop left him far from the target, and he has to rely on the kindness of strangers to get back on track. He…

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 20: The Return (and Exit!) of the King
Anime / November 21, 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 In The Rebellious Limb, the 20th episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, Laetitia Nilgiri Swanson and her Buranki, Epimew, try desperately to justify Guy Barville Abeille’s faith in her by defeating Karoruko Kazuki in her Buranki Zampaza. Ryuuki senses an opportunity to cement his position with Guy Barville Abeille and goes after Azuma Kazuki and Oubu. However, Ryuuki finds that his limbs may not share his vision of the future. Reoko Banryū sleeps peacefully through the whole episode. Finally, Guy receives a surprise visitor. Amazon has some interesting Bubuki/Buranki merchandise. Please check it out! What Happened? Laetitia and her Buranki Epimew battle Karoruko who’s in Zampaza. With Sōya Arabashiri’s adjustments to Zampaza, Karoruko’s able to defeat Epimew, but even after the Buranki’s defeated, Laetitia’s four limbs are so protective that they take on Zampaza on their own. Karoruko doesn’t have the stomach to crush them, so she and her friends retreat. As she leaves, Guy’s troops imprison Laetitia and her limbs. Back at Akihito Tsuwabuki’s estate, Ryuuki and his Buranki Batalov continue the assault. Kogane Asabuki, Kinoa…

Izetta: The Last Witch Ep 7: Rising Stakes
Anime / November 15, 2016

Note: This post may include spoilers, so 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 In The Battle of Sognefjord, the seventh episode of Izetta: The Last Witch, Germania launches a new aircraft carrier to threaten the former Nord kingdom on the Scandinavian Peninsula. Archduchess Finé introduces Izetta to their potential allies in an elaborate and grand fashion. Izetta attacks the aircraft carrier in an attempt to win more allies while Major Belkman builds a more and more accurate picture of Izetta’s weaknesses. Amazon has one Izetta: The Last Witch piece of merchandise. They also have other series featuring awesome female leads that may also be of interest! Please check them out! What Happened Germania launches the Drachenfels, their latest aircraft carrier. Alarmed, the allies meeting in Britannia are at a loss on how to proceed, given Germania’s other troop movements. As the conversation stalls, Earl Redford, who’s hosting the meeting, introduces a surprise guest: The Archduchess Finé. She, in turn, introduces Izetta by showcasing the witch’s ability to fly and manipulate objects in the room. Knowing that the allies could not commit troops without some dramatic act,…

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 19: Karoruko Becomes a Likable Character!
Anime / November 14, 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 In “Older Brother and Younger Sister,” the nineteenth episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, Ryuuki and his crew of reluctant Bubuki wielders try to flush out Reoko Banryū from her hiding place in Akihito Tsuwabuki’s estate. Guy Barville Abeille drops Azuma Kazuki off at the front door to the Island Fortress. Laetitia Nilgiri Swanson and her Buranki, Epimew, try to stop Karoruko Kazuki and Zetsubi Hazama from escaping Kurorko’s beheading. Finally, Karoruko learns more about her family and actually starts making good decisions! Astounding but true! Amazon has some great BUBUKI/BURANKI merchandise. Please check it out! What Happened? Guy drops Azuma off at the bridge leading to his Island Fortress. Azuma never learns his benefactor’s identity and Guy merely asks seemingly innocuous questions about Azuma’s family. Ryuuki and his Buranki Batalov attack Tsuwabuki’s estate in an apparent attempt to recapture Banryū. Since Azuma left with Oubo’s heart, his Bubuki-users decide to fight on their own. Despite their best efforts, their Bubuki are no match for a full Buranki, and they…

Izetta: The Last Witch Ep 6: Etiquette Training and Harsh Patriotism
Anime / November 8, 2016

Note: This post may include spoilers, so 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 In On a Quiet Day, the sixth episode of Izetta: The Last Witch, the Archduchess Finé takes advantage of a lull in the combat to let Elvira Friedman and Bianca teach Izetta some courtly manners. Germania pursues technology and other less concrete means of defeating Izetta. Finé learns she wasn’t nearly as stealthy as she’d thought she was when she stole out to eat pie. Major Belkman continues piecing together the puzzle that is Izetta’s weakness. And Jonas comes to understand the harsh realities of state secrets. Amazon has one Izetta: The Last Witch piece of merchandise. They also have other series featuring awesome female leads that may also be of interest! What Happened Jonas, after hearing Izetta’s secret while gathering water, returns to camp in a panic. He blurts out to his sergeant that he may have learned a terrible secret about Izetta. Unfortunately, his sergeant is the Germanian mole. With the Germanian advance stalled, Finé and her close associates take Elvira’s advice and turn their attention to less pressing matters, like courtly manners. First, they try…

BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 18: Casual Cruelty and a Deep Mole
Anime / November 7, 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 In The Butterfly and the Gallows, the eighteenth episode of BUBUKI/BURANKI: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, Guy Barville Abeille reveals a level of casual cruelty unexpected even for him. We also — finally! — learn why Karoruko Kazuki is so motivated, and we see the revenge Guy extracts for her “disloyalty” in the previous episode. Finally, we find out that Guy’s organization had a deep mole! Amazon has some great BUBUKI/BURANKI merchandise. Please check it out! What Happened? In a flashback, Guy tricks Karoruko into manipulating her brother, Azuma Kazuki, into helping bring down Treasure Island. Back in the present, a scientist reports to Double de Vabres that Entei has a rudimentary brain, which gives her an idea. Also in the present, Guy has captured Karoruko, and he tells her she’s going to pilot Entei one more time to kill all of the Bubuki users in the world. Then he renders her unconscious. Double’s idea? Cut off Karoruko’s head and fuse the tissue to…

Izetta: The Last Witch Ep 5: Germania Challenges the Witch
Anime / November 1, 2016

Note: This post may include spoilers, so 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 Izetta: The Last Witch’s fifth episode, A False Miracle, shows us how Eylstadt unveils Izetta and her powers to the world during Princess Finé‘s  coronation. Germania responds in force while Major Belkman puts some of the puzzle pieces together about Izetta’s powers. Finally, Jonas learns a dangerous secret as a Germanian spy closes in. 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 At her coronation, Princess (now Archduchess) Finé gives a speech saying that despite the dire situation and long odds, she will protect the country. As proof, she displays Izetta, flying on a large-caliber rifle with the ceremonial sword in tow. All present, even the media, are impressed. The emperor of Germania is likewise impressed — and excited. So excited, in fact, that his aide Elliot had to remind him that the original objective of invading Eylstadt was opening a trade route to the Romulus Federation in the south….

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