Saga of Tanya the Evil – The War Against the World
Anime / February 28, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Saga of Tanya the Evil episode 7, The Battle of the Fjord, a mage with the Legadonia Federation sends his wife and daughter — who’s about Tanya’s age — to the United States for their safety. Tanya Degurechaff shares her best strategic advice with the generals, but one of them reacts violently to her critique. She later learned she was missing one key detail — until she figured it out and made someone else on the general staff angry. Tanya leads her battalion against the Norden Orse Fjord in a high-risk sneak attack. And who does she meet on this incursion? Does she even remember who he is? 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 Knowing war is coming to his country, Colonel Anson Sioux, a mage from the Legadonia Federation, sends his daughter Mary to the United States. She leaves a Christmas present with him: the latest model submachine gun. She even had his initials engraved on it. Tanya presents a plan to beef up…

The Blue Exorcist – The Power of Lies
Anime / February 27, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga’s 8th episode, From Father to Son, Ryuji Suguro leads the other ExWires up the mountain to find his father. Yukio Okumura learns that the Impure King is the least of his problems. Rin Okumura  still can’t draw his sword, but he’s really optimistic that he’ll be able to at some point. Most of the Myōō (Myoda) Dharani sect’s teams engage the Impure King, but it’s growing quickly, and they’re running out of energy and tactics. 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 As the Impure King expands, Ryuji leads the ExWires up mountain paths towards the old complex. The Exorcists and members of Myōō (Myoda) Dharani prepare to face their enemy. Before she’s called away to help summon Ucchusma (a fire demon to help fight for them), Shura Kirigakure implores Yukio to be honest with himself. The sect manages to summon the demon, who grants them some of its fire powers. They also summon some fire salamanders. Ryuji and the others find Tatsuma Suguro, who was kept alive by the healing powers of Karura,…

Saga of Tanya the Evil – Recap O-Rama!
Anime / February 21, 2017

No, literally. This episode was a recap of the series to date. War Report, episode 6.5 of Saga of Tanya the Evil, contained no new material (that I saw). According to comments in the Crunchyroll newsfeed announcing this episode (numbered 6.5 instead of 7), there was some kind of production issue with episode 7 (or the production process for the series in general). So, instead of new material this week, we got a series summary episode. In spite of that, there are two bits of good news. First, episode 6.5 doesn’t seem to count against the 12 episode season. The next episode is number 7, and we should get to see episodes through number 12. Second, the episode recapped many of the most dramatic moments of the series, like the strike on the Dakian capital and meeting of Being X in the dead body of the enemy pilot. While the recapped moments were dramatic, their impacts were nothing like the original presentation. Why’s that good? Because it highlights the writers’ skills. Each episode meticulously builds the plot and character developments necessary to pull off dramatic moments. Without that build up, the moments are still interesting, but they fall short of the original. So,…

The Blue Exorcist – The Warm Blue Flames
Anime / February 20, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Like a Fire Burning Bright, the 7th episode of Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga, Mephisto Pheles interrupts Yukio Okumura as he reads Tatsuma Suguro’s letter to Rin Okumura and Shura Kirigakure. It’s bad news: The Vatican has ordered Rin imprisoned pending his execution. The presents Mephisto leaves help Ryuji Suguro and the other ExWires mount Rin’s rescue. Meanwhile, the temple prepares to battle the ever-growing Impure King. 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 Yukio finishes reading Tatsuma’s letter. Rin, with Kirigakure, is willing to honor Tatsuma’s request to take on the Impure King, but his self-confidence is so shaken that he can’t even draw Kurikara. As Kirigakure and Yukio are discussing why, Mephisto shows up and locks Rin in a magical prison. The reason: The Grigori Court has ordered Rin’s death. Pretending to have an allergy attack, Mephisto hands the sword to Kirigakure along with some camouflage hoodies. He then wishes them good luck and vanishes. In an emotionless voice, Yukio says they have to get ready for deployment. As he carries Mamushi Hojo back to the…

Saga of Tanya the Evil – As the World Watches…
Anime / February 14, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Saga of Tanya the Evil episode 6, Beginning of Madness, the Imperial generals are desparate to break the stalemates on multiple fronts; can you guess who they order to help? Tanya Degurechaff begins to have suspicions about how the war is unfolding — and about who’s behind it. She and her battalion engage the enemy, and even with mages, the enemy doesn’t stand a chance. Yet, when trying to secure a prisoner, Tanya gets a visit from an old  unwelcome “friend.” 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 generals are happy at their latest victory against the Dukedom of Dakia, but they’re worried that they’re still fighting on two fronts. Kurt von Rudersdorf is keen to attack the Entente Alliance, but they all admit they have a problem of logistics. Hans von Zettour points out that they simply can’t support any dramatic conventional troop movements in such a short period of time. Rudersdorf has a suggestion: use the 203rd Battalion — Tanya’s mages. From…

The Blue Exorcist – Secrets within Secrets, Plans within Plans
Anime / February 13, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga episode 6, called A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, Saburota Todo and Mamushi Hojo arrive at Goma Hall, where things take a turn for the worse — at least for Mamushi. Yukio Okumura continues reading Tatsuma Suguro’s letter to Rin Okumura and Shura Kirigakure, and that letter yields even more surprises. We finally learn the terrible secret that the Tatsuma’s father had passed down to his son, and it’s not clear if any of them will survive it. 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 Todo leads Mamushi further into the mountains, towards the Myōō (Myoda) Dharani sect’s old and abandoned settlement. Their target is Goma Hall, where Todo says the Right Eye had originally been kept. He convinces her that this place has their best chance to protect the eyes from Tatsuma. She expects to find Goma hall empty; instead, she finds the sacred flame is still burning bright. She feels her conviction wavering. Rin and Kirigakure urge Yukio to keep reading the letter Tatsuma wrote for Rin. The letter’s story continues: Shiro…

Saga of Tanya the Evil – The Allure of Excellence
Anime / February 7, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Saga of Tanya the Evil episode 5, My First Battalion, Tanya Degurechaff tries to make the standards to enter her new battalion so high that no one can meet them. That plan fails. She tries to make training so brutal that even Viktoriya Ivanovna Serebryakov would want to quit. That plan fails, too. Then she leads her battalion on its first combat mission. How’s that plan go? 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 is disappointed that Viktoriya shows up, because it means the mound of paperwork between her and getting the battalion up and running is less of an obstacle. Unfortunately, it gets worse: Viktoriya has requested additional help, so getting through the resumes is even easier. Not one to give up easily, Tanya devises a magical test to screen out mages, and they manage to eliminate enough to put the creation of a battalion in jeopardy. General Hans von Zettour impatiently orders her to find a way to gather more candidates. He tells her she…

The Blue Exorcist – Disastrous First Encounter
Anime / February 6, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Mysterious Connections, episode 5 of Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, the Myōō (Myoda) Dharani throws Rin Okumura in a prison cell. We learn that Rin has an unexpected connection to the Temple, which could explain their reaction to his blue flames. Yukio Okumura returns to the Temple to give bad news to Shura Kirigakure and the others. Mamushi Hojo seems to start doubting Saburota Todo, and we get to see a flashback with Shiro Fujimoto in his badass glory. 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 lies unconscious on the floor after Kirigakure knocked him out last episode. In the confusion, Yaozo Shima tells his son Juzo to trail Tatsuma Suguro when he leaves to search for Mamushi. Just before he disembarks, Tatsuma appears to inappropriately touch Kirigakure, but he was really putting a message for Rin in her back pocket. Meanwhile, Mamushi continues to flee with Todo. Both have taken possession of one of the Impure King. Mamushi still thinks they’re trying to keep the eyes safe from traitors. Yukio returns and reports that…

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