Saga of Tanya the Evil – Brutal Aerial Battle and Shortsightedness
Anime / March 28, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Resistance, the eleventh episode of Saga of Tanya the Evil, Tanya Degurechaff’s companies face off against their most deadly enemy yet: the resurrected Colonel Anson Sioux and a battalion of Allied Kingdom mages. Can even Tanya stand up against one of Being X’s chosen ones? Meanwhile, the strategy unveiled in the last episode pays off for the Empire, and they win the battle. Is the enemy really defeated though? Is history about to repeat itself — with a lull like our world saw between WWI and WWII? Is an even greater conflict waiting just around the corner? 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 we saw in the last episode, an Allied Kingdom battalion of mages, led by the resurrected Colonel Sioux, attacks Tanya’s troops. Outnumbered, Tanya realizes that running won’t help, so she orders a charge. Sioux prayers that he be granted the power to eliminate the Devil of the Rhine, and his eye glows yellow. Tanya’s companies acquit themselves well, but the enemy has overwhelmingly superior…

Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode Guide
Episode Guide / March 27, 2017

The Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 1: Small Beginnings The Blue Exorcist Almost Meets the Impure King’s Left Eye! Episode 2: Strange Bedfellows The Blue Exorcist – Temple Intrigue and the Impure King’s Right Eye Episode 3: Suspicion will Raise Bogies The Blue Exorcist – Trust Issues Galore! Episode 4: Act of Treachery The Blue Exorcist – The Traitor Unveiled; Chaos Ensues Episode 5: Mysterious Connections The Blue Exorcist – Disastrous First Encounter Episode 6: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing The Blue Exorcist – Secrets within Secrets, Plans within Plans Episode 7: Like a Fire Burning Bright The Blue Exorcist – The Warm Blue Flames Episode 8: From Father to Son The Blue Exorcist – The Power of Lies Episode 9: Through Thick and Thin The Blue Exorcist – The Spread of Impurity and the Hidden Blue Flame Episode 10: Unbowed and Unbroken The Blue Exorcist – Mud Wrestling and a Putrescent Millipede Episode 11: Shine Bright as the Sun The Blue Exorcist – One Light Falters, Another Burns Brightly Episode 12: Candid and Open The Blue Exorcist – Wedding Bells and the Kyoto Tower

The Blue Exorcist – Wedding Bells and the Kyoto Tower
Anime / March 27, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga’s 12th and final episode, Candid and Open, Rin awakens to find he hadn’t been sleeping alone. Shura Kirigakure flirts with Mephisto Pheles — using ninja darts. Wedding bells may be in the air, but Juzo Shima should have asked the bride to be first — and in private! Rin Okumura gets his wish to visit Kyoto Tower, though he’s chagrined at the new found power his friends claims he has over them. Finally, Rin asks his brother Yukio Okumura to meet him by a river for a brother to brother talk. 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 Medics wheel Tatsuma Suguro home on a stretcher, where his wife Torako and son Ryuji are waiting for him. As soon as she sees that he’s fine, she yells at him for not telling her what he had been doing. Mamushi Hojo, still recovering from her wounds, hears her sisters Nishiki and Ao run by. They’re still frightened and don’t know how the battle ended. She forces herself to the…

Saga of Tanya the Evil – So Close, Yet So Far
Anime / March 21, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In The Path to Victory, the tenth episode of Saga of Tanya the Evil, Tanya Degurechaff’s battalion begins their attack deep behind enemy lines. Can they strike before the Republican army discovers them? Meanwhile, Hans von Zettour stalls the ministers and business officials who are furious about the Rhine theater retreat. If the operation fails, he’s out of a job — and that’d only be the start of his misfortunes. As the strategy unfolds, Tanya’s battalion is ordered to provide air support, and they run into an “old friend”: Colonel Anson Sioux. He seems angry. 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 Allied Kingdom sends a ship full of mages to support the Republican army. The most extreme and dedicated mage onboard? Colonel Anson Sioux. He has an eye patch, and he is enchanting individual bullets. His eye glows yellow with divine power. Tanya reunites with her company, including Viktoriya Ivanovna Serebryakov, after having parachuted out of her rocket. The two other squads also reformed, and all three confirmed…

The Blue Exorcist – One Light Falters, Another Burns Brightly
Anime / March 20, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In the eleventh episode of Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga, Shine Bright as the Sun, Shura Kirigakure protects Ryuji Suguro while Rin Okumura attacks the Impure King. But even his flames can’t keep up with the monstrous demon’s might. Shiemi Moriyama‘s familiar Nee collapses with Izumo Kamiki still imprisoned in the impurity; but Moriyama is unwilling to give up. An already exhausted Yukio Okumura faces off against a quickly regenerating Saburota Todo. How can Yukio fight an enemy with an ever-shifting form? Rin has to make a deal with an unexpected ally — will even that be enough to overcome the 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 Rin’s amazed that he was able to draw his sword. Kirigakure arrives and burns the impurity off of Ryuji. Both of them try to encourage Rin to attack the Impure King, but Rin’s unsure of himself. He launches an attack, but every time he strikes, the Impure King regenerates and spews more miasma. Finally, despite Kirigakure’s protection, Ryuji’s strength snaps and he falls unconscious. The barrier begins to fall….

Saga of Tanya the Evil – A New Paradigm
Anime / March 14, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Preparations for Advance, Saga of Tanya the Evil’s ninth episode, Hans von Zettour convinces the Imperial command to try a new approach — a new paradigm — that he thinks can lead them to an unconventional victory. Tanya Degurechaff and her battalion are key to this plan, of course. Facing competent resistance from the ground and air, Viktoriya Ivanovna Serebryakov and others under Tanya’s command need all of their skills to even stay aloft. Tanya’s favorite scientist returns, and he wants to stuff Tanya in a rocket. The empire launches a new kind of attack on the Republic. It involves Tanya and a parachute. 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 On a train trip towards headquarter, Tanya wonders if she maintained her innocence by only targeting mages, and not civilians, in Arene. She sees Maximilian Johann von Uger, now a major, who responds to her shrewd questions by informing her of a huge upcoming operation. An operation in which her battalion will be the rearguard. At HQ,…

The Blue Exorcist – Mud Wrestling and a Putrescent Millipede
Anime / March 13, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Unbowed and Unbroken, the 10th episode of Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga, Juzo Shima and Yukio Okumura continue their battle against Saburota Todo, with muddy results. Inside the fire barrier with the miasma eruptions, Rin Okumura, Ryuji Suguro, and Kuro have to fight not only the miasma, but the terrifying true form of the Impure King. Shiemi Moriyama tries to use her familiar Nee to save Izumo Kamiki, but the impurity coating Kamiki is spreading fast — almost as fast as Moriyama’s strength is ebbing. Konekomaru Miwa and Renzo Shima arrive in camp and tell everyone that Ryuji and Rin raised the barrier. Shura Kirigakure enters the barrier in a desparate attempt to help them. 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 Impure King’s miasma erupts. Rin, Ryuji, and Kuro are right in the middle of it. But the eruption is only the start of their problems: out of the blizzard-like miasma steps an enormous, bloated, leprous millipede. It advances on Ryuji. If his finger looses contact with the ground, the flame barrier he raised will fall, and Kyoto will be blanketed with poisonous…

Saga of Tanya the Evil – Tanya Clarifies Her Outlook
Anime / March 7, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Saga of Tanya the Evil episode 8, Trial by Fire, Tanya Degurechaff receives orders to retake a city that had been under imperial occupation. Given how thin their resources are spread, she’s ordered to be creative with the international laws of war. The empire will order an evacuation of the city, which means that anyone who remains can be considered enemy combatants. Some of Tanya’s own mages question the tactic, and during the fighting, many have to make wrenching decisions. Guess who had come up with the creative interpretation of international laws in her war college thesis? Plus, an old enemy sees the light. 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 Degurechaff and her battalion are in the middle of a pitched battle on the Rhine front. Enemy resistance has stiffened, but Tanya’s attitude hasn’t changed. She urges her mages on with the same loving sarcasm she’s always used. After the battle, news that Arene City, which is to their rear, has fallen to local militia….

The Blue Exorcist – The Spread of Impurity and the Hidden Blue Flame
Anime / March 6, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga’s 9th episode, Through Thick and Thin, Yukio Okumura struggles to fend off Saburota Todo’s physical and emotional attacks until the Exorcist reaches a breaking point. Izumo Kamiki and Shiemi Moriyama fight to keep the injured Tatsuma Suguro free from the corruption of the Impure King. Rin Okumura, Ryuji Suguro, and the super-sized Kuro reach their target but have no idea how they’re going to win against such a monstrous foe. Renzo Shima shows his true colors to 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 As Rin and Ryuji ride Kuro towards the heart of the Impure King, Todo hammers at Yukio with an emotional attack. It’s almost like Todo can read Yukio’s memories of every injustice he ever felt in relation to Rin. Throughout his taunts, Todo easily dodges Yukio’s bullets. Seemingly exhausted by his emotions, Yukio pauses, much to Todo’s delight. That delight turns to astonishment when Yukio reveals that all along, his shots weren’t wild. He was setting up a magic circle so he could summons water demons called naiads. Remembering Shura Kirigakure admonishing…

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