Alice & Zouroku Ep 12: Zouroku’s Authority and Sana’s New Friends
Anime / June 27, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku episode 12, I’m Home, Sana Kashimura and Shikishima Hatori continue their struggle to find their out of Wonderland. Miho Ayumu receives a long distance photo text from the White Rabbit. Zouroku Kashimura and Sanae Kashimura doggedly follow the little piggy until Zouroku has to confront Wonderland itself. Shizuku Ichijou leaves quite an impact on Wonderland. 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 parents and others continue to search for her. From their perspective, it’s been 10 days since she disappeared. Ayumu is worried and feels terrible; she fears she did something to make her friend mad at her. Remembering Hatori’s promise to travel Japan looking at the Spring flowers with her, Ayumu feels like her fear’s validated when she receives a message, presumably from Hatori, that includes a picture of a flower. She feels like her friend went on the trip without her; Ayumu doesn’t know that the White Rabbit used Hatori’s phone to send the message. Sana and Hatori continue their search for a way out. To them,…

Re:Creators Ep 12: Confession on Winged Horseback and a Daring, Double-Edged Plan
Anime / June 26, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 12, “Be desperate and draw something fascinating,” Alicetelia February takes her creator for a flight on her winged horse, and it’s not for sightseeing. Souta Mizushino completes his confession and waits for the group’s judgement. Meteora Österreich helps build a daring plan — but will it work out as she hopes? Or will Altair have some say in how the plan unfolds? 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 Alicetelia surveys the crater left by Mamika Kirameki’s Magical Splash Flare. Blitz Talker accuses her of sentimentality when she confronts him over his lack of reaction to the Magical Slayer’s death. She’s reveals that she’s read his story; it’s clear that Alicetelia has lost trust in him and his integrity. Meanwhile, Mizushino continues his confession. He had ignored Setsuna Shimazaki’s pleas for help, though she was hardly insistent. It was only when her mother called him using Shimazaki’s phone that he found out she had died. He had panicked and had deleted all record of her from…

Re:Creators Ep 11: The View from Gigas Machina and It’s About Time, Souta!
Anime / June 22, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 11, “We cannot decide where we go but you can,” Takashi Matsubara sits anxiously beside Selesia Upitiria in the hospital and hopes she will regain consciousness. Rui Kanoya takes the shaken Souta Mizushino on a ride that leaves him even more shaken. Finally, Mizushino comes clean about his involvement with Altair’s creator — and his confession involves a catwalk. 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 Both Meteora Österreich and Selesia remain unconscious. The doctor tells Aki Kikuchihara that the Creations have an astonishing ability to heal; yet Kikuchihara still feels guilty because despite their toughness, they still feel pain the same as “normal” humans. Nearby, a heavily bandaged Yuuya Mirokuji sits powerless in defeat and Mizushino stares at the floor. Some time later, Selesia wakes up to see Matsubara sitting beside her. He seems to have aged years since last night. She asks about Meteora, who’s sleeping in another room. Pointing out that she has a huge hole in her stomach, he gently chides her for worrying about Meteora first. She reminds him that…

Alice & Zouroku Ep 11: A Rescue Mission and Purpose Rediscovered
Anime / June 20, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku episode 11, The Queen and the Witch, Shikishima Hatori searches for an exit from Wonderland in spite of Sana Kashimura’s protests. Zouroku Kashimura, Sanae Kashimura, and Shizuku Ichijou begin a rescue operation that quickly goes awry. Sana and Hatori try to come to an understanding while Wonderland performs all around them. Sana shares a secret that she’s not supposed to tell anyone. 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 telling the staff at his florist shop about Sana’s true nature and why he might be missing for the next few days, Zouroku joins Sanae and Ichijou as they travel to the facility above Wonderland. Noriko Yamada briefs them and warns them to be careful. Ichijou transforms into her Mirror Gate-fueled maid form and they enter Wonderland. Hatori can see the sky from the bottom of the ravine, so she heads off to look for the exit. A scared Sana follows her through the snow. Sana never had the best stamina, and she quickly falls behind. The two…

My 5 Favorite Theme Songs from Spring 2017
Anime , List / June 19, 2017

Introduction I enjoy listening to anime themes when I’m driving to and from work. Every new season, I listen to the openings and ending themes in the hopes I’ll find new ones to add to my collection. The Spring season of 2017 had some real keepers! In the hopes of sharing how much I enjoy this music with you, here are my five favorite OPs or EDs from Spring 2017: Note: I limited the scope of my list to only the shows I mentioned in my Spring 2017 previews part 1 and part 2. Number 5: Alice & Zouroku’s ED The song “Chant” by Toi Toy Toi is a spritely, happy song. It features animation of a slightly older Sana skipping a few inches above the ground as she looks around at the world go by. You can hear an excerpt of the song from Toi Toy Toi on YouTube. You can hear more of the song in the background for the series promo, which is also on YouTube. If you really like it, you can buy it from CDJapan. I’m not an affiliate of theirs (though maybe I should look into that!), but I buy from them frequently, and…

Alice & Zouroku Ep 10: A Sorta Accepted Apology and the Collapse of Wonderland
Anime / June 16, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku episode 10, The Little Queen, Sana Kashimura tries to exact vengeance from Miho Ayumu, but the little queen wasn’t ready for her foe’s response. Zouroku Kashimura contends with an unexpected bathroom remodel, which Sanae Kashimura tries to claim for her bedroom. Finally, Sana lures Shikishima Hatori into a trap with cataclysmic 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 Sana traps Ayumu in Wonderland and says she won’t release her without an apology. Sana doesn’t know what to do when Ayumu apologizes almost immediately. She’s thrown into even more confusion when Ayumu begs for help. Remembering that Hatori had frozen her friends in place, Sana wants to be furious and vent against Ayumu, but the girl keeps apologizing. Sana stops, hearing Zouroku calling her, before hiding Ayumu and opening the door. Sana’s converted the bathroom door to a gate into Wonderland. Ayumu tries to peek out, but suddenly, she finds herself outside. Sana sends Wonderland’s top-hatted rabbit as her mouthpiece. They talk about why Ayumu’s friends with…

Re:Creators Ep 10: A Fleeting Upgrade and the Pillar of Worlds
Anime / June 15, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 10, “We know exactly how you think and how you’re fighting,” Alicetelia February is determined to take revenge on Meteora Österreich, facts be damned! Souta Mizushino decides between going into harm’s way and hiding, and his track record for courage is not hopeful. Yuuya Mirokuji faces off again against Makagami Chikujouin, and he hasn’t learned not to talk to her yet. Finally, Takashi Matsubara is forced to try a desparate gamble — can Selesia Upitiria possibly 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 As Alicetelia launches her attack, Meteora tells Mizushino to call Aki Kikuchihara for backup. When Mirokuji tries to join in, Chikujouin asks the knight if she’d like some help. Reluctantly, she accepts so she can focus on Meteora. The latter’s almost completely defensive as Alicetelia unleashes a torrent of attacks. Meanwhile, Mirokuji comes up against the limits of his characterization and is unable to stop listening to Chikujouin, who tricks him into revealing Hangaku is a curse. Of course, the more she knows, the more convincing her…

Alice & Zouroku Ep 9: The Lonely Witch and Vengeful Queen
Anime / June 6, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku episode 9, Where the Cheshire Cat Smiles, Sana Kashimura recovers from the exhaustion of overusing her powers and tries to enjoy a sleepover with Yonaga and Asahi Hinagiri. She’s still shaken by the memory of seeing Zouroku Kashimura frozen. Shikishima Hatori tries to deal with having become a bad witch and tries to send her friend Miho Ayumu away. Without a Mirror Gate of her own, what can Ayumu do? And how far will Sana go to protect her family? 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 and Ayumu return home after their encounter with Sana. Hatori doesn’t know what to do; she doesn’t know if the mom who meets here is her mom or the product of her Mirror Gate. Hatori has become convinced that she’s the evil witch. The Hinagiri twins watch as Sanae Kashimura fixes dinner. Sana still hasn’t awoken after over-taxing her Mirror Gate in the previous episode. When she does wake up, the first thing she does is look for Zouroku. She’s nearly frantic…

Re:Creators Ep 9: Her Virgin Heart and the Souvenir Blade
Anime / June 5, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 9, “The world requires choice and resolution,” Mamika Kirameki confides her last wishes to Makagami Chikujouin; will Chikujouin honestly relay those wishes to Alicetelia February? Chikujouin tries to use Souta Mizushino to drive a wedge between Meteora Österreich and her friends. Yuuya Mirokuji calls out Chikujouin and finds out exactly how her power works. Finally, Alicetelia confronts Meteora, and not in a nice way. 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 Somehow, Kirameki escaped the explosion and is trying to fly home to Alicetelia. But she’s losing a lot of blood and crashes in a park. Chikujouin comes upon the crash-site where Kirameki, weakened by blood loss, asks the black-uniformed schoolgirl to tell Alicetelia that Meteora was right: Altair is their real enemy. Alicetelia arrives as the Magical Slayer is fading in and out of consciousness. The little girl’s too far gone to make much sense; she can’t tell Alicetelia who hurt her or why. She dies in the knight’s arms and dissolves into blue cubes of light. Alicetelia demands…

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