Saga of Tanya the Evil – Corporate Tactics != Military Tactics
Anime / January 31, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Saga of Tanya the Evil episode 4, Campus Life, Tanya Degurechaff settles into a comfortable life as a college student. Hans von Zettour asks her for an assessment of the war effort, and Tanya naively gives an honest answer — with predictable results. Erich von Rerugen continues to raise alarms about Tanya, and his peers continue to ignore him. Tanya’s reunited with someone who’s as close to a friend as Tanya has — which is to say, not close at all. 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 What Happened Tanya settles into her relatively comfortable college life. She carries a rifle to class, and she thoroughly enjoys how everyone has to salute her Silver Wings Assault Badge. When Captain Maximilian Johann von Uger, a classmate, asks why she always has her rifle, she tells him that she needs to be ready at all times. In reality, she just wants to be ready to shoot Being X if she ever gets the chance. Tanya’s in the library…

The Blue Exorcist – The Traitor Unveiled; Chaos Ensues
Anime / January 30, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Act of Treachery, the fourth episode of Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga, Ryuji Suguro struggles to deal with the temple’s suspicions about his father, Tatsuma Suguro. Juzo Shima finds the Deep Keep’s guards incapacitated; he’s shocked to learn the identity of the traitor. Rin Okumura learns some control over his blue flames, only to almost lose that control in front of everyone later in the temple. Was Shura Kirigakure’s quick thinking enough to quiet their collective fear? 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 What Happened Ryuji, still upset about the level of suspicion his dad triggered by not attending the meeting, comes across Juzo heading down to the Deep Keep. The ExWire follows him down the elevator and is aghast to find the monks who were guarding the Right Eye of the Impure King scattered and unconscious. He sees Juzo confronting Mamushi Hojo, who had apparently launched the attack. Her defense? She did everything to help Saburota Todo unmask the real traitors, Tatsuma and Mephisto Pheles (according to Todo). Above ground, Yaozo Shima, Tatsuma, and Uwabami Hojo watch the scene unfold on the surveillance cameras….

Saga of Tanya the Evil – Glorious Misunderstandings
Anime / January 24, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Deus Vult, the third episode of Saga of Tanya the Evil, we learn the consequence of Second Lieutenant Tanya Degurechaff earning the Silver Wings Assault Badge. We find out the lengths to which Being X will go in the quest to be acknowledged. Hint: it has something to do with why Tanya invoking the name of God in battles from the first episode. Tanya has to endure exploding experimental magical crystals. Plus: The timeline finally passes the first episode! 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 What Happened Tanya receives transfer orders to the instructor’s unit — exactly the position she wanted! Careful not to appear too eager, she accepts the transfer. She’s a little less enthusiastic — quite a bit, actually — when she learns she must test new magic crystals. Her first attempt end in an explosion. The latest test begins with the new four-core magical crystal. As she climbs higher, its instability forces her to radio back to the ground asking to stop…

The Blue Exorcist – Trust Issues Galore!
Anime / January 23, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga’s third episode, Suspicion Will Raise Bogies, Ryuji Suguro and Rin Okumura try to recover from the “juice” they drank the previous night. The temple’s leaders call a meeting of all the heads of family, but Ryuji’s father Tatsuma Suguro raises suspicions by not attending. Yaozo Shima, the branch’s chief, announces that there’s a traitor within. Tempers boil over as Mamushi Hojo and Juzo Shima accuse each other. Shiemi Moriyama confronts her inner doubts, with Izumo Kamiki’s help. Rin tries to patch things up with Konekomaru Miwa. 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 What Happened During breakfast, Rin and Ryuji try to shake off the effects of the “juice” that Shura Kirigakure accidentally gave them the night before. Miwa is shocked to see Renzo Shima talking normally to Rin. When Miwa confronts him later, Renzo says that it’s too hard to avoid Rin, and besides, Rin’s “a good guy.” Meanwhile, Rin asks Ryuji’s mother, Torako Suguro, if he can borrow some candles. He doesn’t tell her it’s because he wants to…

Saga of Tanya the Evil – The Salaryman Reference Revealed!
Anime / January 19, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In episode 2, Prologue, we learn Tanya’s true identity. Hint: it’s not a 10 year old girl, but it is someone who decided to go head to head with the planet’s controlling deity. It also has something to do with the “salaryman” reference Tanya made in the previous episode. Tanya learns about magic in the orphanage. Our hero learns the finer points of training soldiers. Terrifying first mission is terrifying! But there’s something even more terrifying awaiting Tanya after the battle… 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 episode 2, Prologue, we learn Tanya’s true identity. Hint: it’s not a 10 year old girl, but it is someone who decided to go head to head with the planet’s controlling deity. It also has something to do with the “salaryman” reference Tanya made in the previous episode. Tanya learns about magic in the orphanage. Our hero learns the finer points of training soldiers. Terrifying first mission is terrifying! But there’s something…

Saga of Tanya the Evil – The Devil of the Rhine
Anime / January 18, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In episode 1, The Devil of the Rhine, we meet Tanya Degurechaff, a nine year old blonde girl who’s a flying mage ace who has no patience for incompetence or compassion. One of the newly graduated recruits in her company, Viktoriya Ivanovna Serebryakov, tries to keep up with her superior officer, with mixed results. Two undisciplined recruits try Tanya’s patience by disobeying orders — with unfortunate consequences. Tanya demonstrates to her platoon what a real aerial conflict looks like. 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 What Happened The empire’s soldiers tried to break through their enemy’s lines, but the resistance was too fierce. Viktoriya barely managed to pull a wounded soldier back to their own lines before a shell shattered the magic shield she projected. The other two mages with her wavered and would have fled had not a small voice above them said, “Believers, have faith in the Lord’s blessings. For the Lord will not abandon us.” Hanging above them, Tanya took careful…

The 2016 Holidays Are Gone – Must Be the Winter 2017 Anime Season! Preview Part II
Anime , List / January 17, 2017

I hope all of you enjoyed the 2016 holidays (and if you didn’t celebrate any, I hope you enjoyed the last weeks of 2016)! As hard as it is to believe, it’s time for the Winter 2017 anime season! Just as there were last season, there are a lot of good shows to choose from. If you’re interested in what fans have said they’re looking forward to, you can check out this article from Anime News Network. I got some ideas of what to watch from that list. Speaking of what I’ve watched, here’s part II of what I’m watching this season: Seiren Crunchyroll; Saturdays at 1:00AM EST According to MyAnimeList, this show follows Shouichi Kamita and “depicts his pure relationship with three different heroines. Each story is the unique and mutual memory between him and the heroine.” I’m glad I read that (I think), because not having been exposed to this series before, I thought the story would be about Hikari Tsuenki and her relationship to Kamita. The story starts out with Kamita having turned in his career aspirations to his teacher. She was naturally concerned that he said he wanted to be a horned beetle (I’m not sure he took the…

The Blue Exorcist – Temple Intrigue and the Impure King’s Right Eye
Anime / January 16, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga episode 2, Strange Bedfellows, Rin Okumura, his classmates, and many Exorcists from the Order of the True Cross arrive in Kyoto. Rin meets classmate Ryuji Suguro’s eccentric father in an incident involving watermelons. Cracks appear in the unity of the branch’s factions. Yukio Okumura and his team make a gruesome, unsettling discovery along the road. Saburota Todo shows us what happened to the Impure King’s Left Eye.  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 What Happened Rin and his classmates arrive in Kyoto. Renzo Shima is embarrassed to see his klutzy brother’s leading the welcome party. The ExWires are still in grips of depression after finding out Rin’s the son of Satan. Given how coldly everyone’s treating him, so is Rin. It’s Ryuji’s turn to be embarrassed when he realizes that the Inn they’re going to is his family’s. His mother’s greeting does nothing to help him regain his sense of decorum. Shura Kirigakure divides the group into teams and sends them on their assignments. Given…

The Blue Exorcist Almost Meets the Impure King’s Left Eye!
Anime / January 10, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary Episode 1, Small Beginnings, picks up after Season 1’s 17th episode. That means season 2 opens just after the Order of the True Cross found out that Rin Okumura was actually the son of Satan. Rin and Shura Kirigakure join Yukio Okumura to rescue a boy taken hostage by an attacker trying to get the Left Eye of the Impure King. On a train en route to another incident, Rin comes face to face with his friends for the first time since everyone found his parentage. Even Shiemi Moriyama shies away from him. Yukio reflects on his relationship with his brother. 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 What Happened A thief trying to steal the Left Eye of the Impure King takes a child hostage. Saburota Todo, director of the Deep Deep (branch of the Order of the True) tries to intervene, but the assailant releases miasma and infects everyone in the area. Meanwhile, Rin tries to learn to control his blue flames, but he’s frustrated at his lack of progress. Kirigakure informs…

The 2016 Holidays Are Gone – Must Be the Winter 2017 Anime Season! Preview Part I
Anime , List / January 9, 2017

I hope all of you enjoyed the 2016 holidays (and if you didn’t celebrate any, I hope you enjoyed the last weeks of 2016)! As hard as it is to believe, it’s time for the Winter 2017 anime season! Just as there were last season, there are a lot of good shows to choose from. If you’re interested in what fans have said they’re looking forward to, you can check out this article from Anime News Network. I got some ideas of what to watch from that list. Speaking of what I’ve watched, here’s part I of what I’m watching this season: Akiba’s Trip The Animation Crunchyroll; Wednesdays at 9:00AM EST Oh, Japan! Based on a video game called Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed, this show’s premise is that the good guys need to strip the bad guys because sunlight defeats them. Or air pressure. Or something. The point is, combat stripping is involved. I guess the success of Keijo!!!!!!!! had emboldened some studios… Our hero is Tamotsu Denkigai. He’s enjoying a day out in Akiba with his sister, Niwaka Denkigai, when he gets a text that a rare figure’s been released. He rushes to the nearby store only to fight over the…

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