Alice & Zouroku Ep 8: A Loyal Friend and More Frazzled Feelings
Anime / May 30, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku episode 8, The Evil Witch, Shikishima Hatori’s Mirror Gate manifests itself to maintain peace in her family, but how long will such an artificial state last? Miho Ayumu, her friend, agrees to leave home with her, but their paths soon intersect with Sana Kashimura. How will Sana react to everyone around her — including Zouroku Kashimura — turning into mindless zombies? 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 Hatori’s mother is disappointed in her daughter’s school situation, and she doesn’t hide it well from her daughter. That makes Hatori feel dejected and guilty. Her father and mother both argue over their contributions to the current situation to the point where Hatori desperately prays for family peace — and her Mirror Gate manifests itself for the first time. Through the Mirror Gate, her prayer changes her parent’s behavior, and at first, she’s elated. One day at school, Hatori accidentally uses her power in front of Ayumu, who’s impressed that her friend’s a…

Re:Creators Ep 8: Faltering Bravery and the Fall of Innocence
Anime / May 29, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 8, “I CHOSE this way of life,” Souta Mizushino tries again to tell someone (this time Meteora Österreich) about his role in creating Military Uniform Princess. Yuuya Mirokuji has a bone to pick with his creator, and Takashi Matsubara has to plead for the Created to at least leave his artist’s head and right hand. Makagami Chikujouin offers to date Mizushino — just how pure are her motives? Mamika Kirameki asks Alicetelia February to believe in her before going to confront the Military Uniform Princess/Altair: with explosive results. 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 Masaaki Nakanogane tells Selesia Upitiria, Meteora, and the others that the Military Uniform Princess is based on a character named Altair, who was actually a secondary character built on Shirotsumekusa, who’s from a social game named Eternal Wars Megalosphere. The characters are so different that Altair likely became a separate entity with a plot of her own. Marine explains that sometimes these secondary characters are so well crafted that they capture their own audience. Nakanogane shares that the author of World Étude was…

Alice & Zouroku Ep 7: Feeling Frazzled and a Chance Meeting
Anime / May 23, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku episode 7, Friends, Sana discovers she’s good at math, but other subjects make her feel frazzled. So much so that it might affect her powers! She runs into Yonaga and Asahi Hinagiri again, which makes all kinds of trouble for Shizuku Ichijou. Sanae Kashimura has to make a middle of the night rescue — is she up to the task? 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 Zouroku Kashimura, Sana, and Ichijo take a day trip to Yokohama. Zouroku goes off to consult with a new customer; Ichijou takes Sana sight-seeing and goes over her lessons. It seems that Sana does well with math. In fact, she has is almost on the same level as a first year high school student. She struggles with other subjects, though, and she confides that it’s because there are so many things to take into account — unlike math. The other subjects make her feel frazzled; she doesn’t understand that feeling. When they meet up…

Re:Creators Ep 7: Altair Unveiled and a Dangerous Chance Meeting
Anime / May 22, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 7, “I don’t want to make a mistake for the sake of the people who are in my story,” last episode’s fight rages into the evening — is there any end in sight? Will the city survive? Meteora Österreich and Selesia Upitiria race to find Makagami Chikujouin’s Creator — will they find him before Chikujouin does? Masaaki Nakanogane comes up with a new theory, then makes an even more shocking discovery. Mamika Kirameki meets Souta Mizushino on a train and talks to him about Altair; how much did Chikujouin overhear? And why is she grinning so big? 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 Kirameki continues to defend the fallen Meteora against Blitz Talker’s gunfire; Selesia and Alicetelia February trade hammering blows. As Meteora uses the Magical Slayer’s cover fire as a chance to retreat, Kirameki intervenes between her friend and Selesia. Alicetelia objects, but Kirameki says that if they can’t stop hurting each other that she’ll use her magical splash flare — even against a friend. Yuuya Mirokuji picks that moment to arrive and says he wants…

Alice & Zouroku Ep 6: The New Family and a Considerate Stranger
Anime / May 16, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku episode 6, The Kashimura Family, Sana enjoys some quiet time after the traumatic events of the last episodes. She kind of tries to fit in, but she’s so accustomed to using her powers that following Zouroku Kashimura’s rules remains a challenge. She’s supposed to wait for Zouroku after a haircut, but what do you think she does? Will she use her powers to find her way home? Or will she follow the rules? And what was in the envelope that Ryuu Naitou gave to Zouroku? 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 Sana enjoys living with Zouroku and Sanae Kashimura, but little things frustrate her. Because Zouroku tells her she can’t just use her powers all the time, she has to brave the cold to turn on the light or retrieve the newspaper. As Sanae fixes her hair, Sana asks why she can’t use her power. Sanae explains that Zouroku’s worried about her and doesn’t want her to neglect her physical health and stamina. Sanae goes to school…

Re:Creators Ep 6: A Deadly Schoolgirl and a Shifting Allegiance
Anime / May 15, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 6, “You are the one who knows where justice lies,” Makagami Chikujouin  makes a huge — and I mean huge — splash in her debut. Souta Mizushino tries to bring himself to tell the others about the 40th Saber. Mamika Kirameki and Alicetelia February try to build a closer friendship, but it’s soon tested to the limit. Blitz Talker puts on a firearms demonstration while Meteora Österreich and Selesia Upitiria fight a loosing battle to keep the peace. And then an unexpected Created comes to their aid… 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 Mizushino’s in a state of near panic as he watches the video for World Étude. Selesia stops by — knocking at his upstairs window — to give him an update on their search for other Created who may already be in the real world. She could tell something was bothering him, but she didn’t press. At about the same time, Chikujouin was skipping down the center of a shopping mall, realizing she wasn’t in her world…

Alice & Zouroku Ep SP: What Has Passed, What Is to Come
Anime / May 9, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! I wonder if getting a re-cap show after 5 episodes is a good sign? I hope it is, because this week’s Alice & Zouroku is a recap. But it’s more than just that — we get to meet the principle voice actors, too, as well as glimpse into part 2! Thoughts I’ll skip the recap, since if you’re reading this, you’re probably either following the series and/or have read my previous reviews (links at the bottom of this post!). So, I’ll focus on the other highlights: I enjoyed watching the voice actors Owada Hitomi (Sana), Otsuka Akio (Zouroku), and Matsukaze Masaya (Kouichi Kitou, the director of the research facility). The latter acted as the emcee. Hitomi exuded so much energy that she practically bounced as she spoke. Akio looked and sounded like a slightly younger version of Zouroku. Akio said that playing Zouroku was easier than he expected. “I mean, I’m basically an old man myself,” he joked. Hitomi enjoyed the scene from the first episode, at the shrine, where Sana lightly tugs on Zouroku’s elbow. Both actors felt the scene showed Zouroku opening up to Sana. I was surprised that two voice…

Re:Creators Ep 5: Meteora Takes Command and the 40th Saber
Anime / May 8, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 5, “So, why don’t we have ourselves a guys’ night out,” Meteora Österreich, Selesia Upitiria, Souta Mizushino, and Takashi Matsubara travel to what’s left of Masaaki Nakanogane’s house to meet Rui Kanoya, the mech pilot. He almost immediately throws a temper tantrum and insults Selesia. The JSDF also visit, with somewhat more efficiently brutal results. The team learns why Meteora was using guided missiles in the first episode — and how much each one of them cost in yen. Finally, Mizushino remembers why Military Uniform Princess seemed so familiar to him. 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 Nakanogane’s watching an episode of Kanoya’s mech anime when the television glitches just like Mizushino’s tablet did in episode 1. More importantly to him, though, he sees the Military Uniform Princess in the show, and it confuses him; Nakanogane doesn’t remember her being in the story boards. Then the giant Giga Machina expands into our world. Kanoya spills out of the scape hatch moments later. At Nakanogane’s request from the end of the last…

Alice & Zouroku Ep 5: A Tenacious Enemy and a Beautiful View
Anime / May 2, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku episode 5, A Home to Return to, Minnie (Miriam) C. Tachibana proves that’s she’s not as easily beaten as it appeared in the last episode. Noriko Yamada puts forth her stalking power with surprising results! Shizuku Ichijou invokes her maid-side and shows the potential of single digits. Sana treats Zouroku Kashimura to a spectacular view. A insurance company for container ships nears bankruptcy. 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 Ichijou has Minnie C pinned to the seat, but the former Marine isn’t ready to give Sana up yet. Throwing off the bindings, Minnie C goes on the offensive but is horrified to learn that Ichijou, like Sana, commands multiple cards. The government agent takes Zouroku and Sana to a safer location on the container ship and fights to keep them safe until help can arrive. Working with Yamada, who can partially track Minnie C’s location, she’s barely able to keep the two safe while she fends off the attacks, which sometimes take the form of invisible hands. Even…

Re:Creators Ep 4: The Coefficient of Elasticity and a Very Unusual Sense of Sincerity
Anime / May 1, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 4, “If so, I want to protect what he loved,” Meteora Österreich’s attempt to meet her creator ends in tragedy. Later, her confession shocks Selesia Upitiria and Souta Mizushino — but not as much as her insights into Military Uniform Girl’s plans. Meanwhile, Military Uniform Girl blatantly manipulates Alicetelia February, and Mamika Kirameki may have plans of her own. 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 After having rescued Mamika from Selesia and Yuuya Mirokuji, Alicetelia asks the Magical Slayer how to get to Okikubo. She has business there. At about the same time, Marine takes Meteora to the company that produced the Created’s game. She’s stricken to learn that her creator recently died in an accident. Meteora asks to be alone to organize her thoughts. Marine tells Selesia, Mizushino, and Takashi Matsubara the news. When Meteora rejoins them the next day, in her usually formal way, she apologizes for withholding information from them. When she first met Selesia, Meteora hadn’t decided what to do. She wanted to meet and judge…

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