Tofu’s Weekly Roundup #2
Mutta should consider himself lucky for knowing about the green cards since without that knowledge, the team might break apart like Team B. Well as much as it could be considered cheating, we wouldn’t have experienced such a reparation of their team bond and trust amongst each other.
Though as for Kenji’s team, it’s a complete wreck. But even at the brink of despair – wanting to quit in order to return home – the moment he realized what Ka-Pe meant was touching. You could feel their emotions and what they were going through during the 3rd exam. I just hope Kenji can somehow unite the team within the last 2 days. Other than that, excuse me as I’m going off to re-watch Mutta acting as Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee!
I feel like I’m watching an animated spin-off of Iron Chef expect Qui-san was never mentioned (if you don’t get the joke don’t worry). I quite liked watching Iron Chef but I have to admit, Wildfire had both intensity and humor mixed together. As much as I’d love Chitanda to cook for me, I’d be scared of a food shortage.
Other than that, in episode 15, more items continued to go missing as we being to unravel the trick behind it. The thing is, will it be as simple as they suspect it to be? There has to be something more to it than just this and what’s up with Fukube? He’s taken on a rival-like persona against Houtarou but is it simply because he believes this mystery “isn’t up [Houtarou's] ally? Anyone got guesses on who is the culprit?
All this training they’re doing and the constant arguments between Yuuya and Yui is really getting annoying. Not so much the arguing but I didn’t think we’d focus so much on one place. I liked the dark elements in episode 1 and 2 of Muv Luv but the atmosphere in episode 4 and 5 are nothing close. It makes it worst with very unlikable characters or characters you don’t care about. Not only that, they’re really forcing the fan service. It’s a chore to sit through.
I swear this show really loves teasing me. I’ve really started to dislike when Binbou goes all serious. Although I liked it in episode 1, I’ve finally realized that it should’ve been a one shot and not a constant element; especially if it’s not going to work in favor of the show. Well that’s my opinion, I prefer there to be more gags and just when I was about to drop Binbou, they throw out some hilarious masochistic comedy. To drop or not to drop!? I guess I’ll play safe and stick around for next episode.
Honestly, I’ve never felt so confronted by an anime at all that would make me jump back in my chair until now! Masturbate to each other!? Holy shit! I was both laughing and extremely surprised when Inaba mentioned her secret to Taichi. Of course, Inaba wouldn’t have been touched by Taichi’s secret if she didn’t actually do the same to him (implying that she also has feelings for Taichi but is acting all tsun to hide it).
Though in terms of character development, I love the direction they’re taking with Kokoro Connect. The preview itself shows a lot that these ‘traumas or problems’ each of our characters are facing have not entirely been solved (so don’t think ‘Nagase’s trauma has been cleared up within half an episode). This is still the opening act and a beautiful one at that. This will continue to be my top favourite of the season!
Aomine-kun is the Generation of Miracles Ace and for a damn good reason. I figured he was going to fire up the game but I obviously underestimated how intense and exhilarating Kuroko’s Basketball can get. They did a brilliant job in choreographing Aomine’s godly moves on the court against Seirin, especially when he got serious near the end! But will this be the first loss for Seirin?
As much as Kuroko’s Basketball is following the shounen sport feel, Seirin can’t just keep on winning especially if Kuroko is subbed out while Aomine completely thrashes his team in the 3rd quarter. Then again, I’d only be satisfied if Seirin was made to win ONLY if they give us something much more mind-blowing than the last few seconds in their previous game against Midorima.
Rokka-chan has a weird fashion sense when it comes to hats (it looks like a basket) but as much as Hazuki’s trying his best to win her over, taking her to the amusement park was a big gamble. Considering he knew that Rokka has gone to the park before with Shimao, he wished to replace those memories but instead, it only allowed Rokka to realize that she still loved Shimao. I don’t blame her, if you’re married to someone, you’d obviously have a strong love for them and that strong love is what’s preventing Hazuki from advancing (it’s alright mate, you can do it! Ganbatte!).
This crazy love triangle feels fresh and new and continues on as a beautiful romance. My favourite scene is actually when Shimao borrowed Hazuki’s body. Something as supernatural as that felt so real that I can’t help but tip my hat to the staff for their brilliant work. Their relationship is complicated and it’ll continue to get complicated, but that’s what’s so great about Natsuyuki Rendezvous and it continues to draw you in.
With all the intense fighting, it was quite the show-ruiner seeing Sagara fondling Katsuie’s breasts at the end. What’s more is that I totally thought Imagawa Yoshimoto’s surrender meant she’d join forces with Nobuna. Guess I was wrong. Oh wells, both episode 3 and 4 spoke highly of trust and loyalty – especially between Sagaru and Nobuna (these two seriously need to be confined inside a room so they can get together already).
I quite like how they’ve decided to ‘rewrite’ history since this will allow Oda Nobuna no Yabou more freedom in their storytelling while still retaining the ‘historical’ feel to it. Either way, I’m loving the series so far and hopefully it’ll continue to deliver awesome fighting scenes – especially more Niwa Nagahide action please!
One If I was to give my impressions on episode 4 alone, I’d say that (like most people) it was a bit more well paced but I’m a sucker for sad stories so as for impact, episode 3 had a more emotional impact towards me. Even so, our meet with Silicia allowed us to take a peak into Kirito’s RL which I’ve been looking forward to (though I don’t have much hopes on them talking about the real world too much). I must also say that the introduction of player killers is intriguing and really plays on the idea of whether or not it’s different to kill someone in a game to killing someone in a game that will lead to their death. But let me be an arse here and say that my impression on the whole series so far is of the confusing kind.
I’m beginning to doubt the idea of using side stories to start off the series. First of all, there’s not much flow (or hardly any) between episodes and each of these episodes feels very independent to each other, focusing on the characters they introduce than Kirito himself as he moves onwards throughout the game. In other words, I’m not really liking these individual episodes. Maybe they should’ve just gone in order of the novels instead of a chronological order? Kara no Kyoukai seemed to have been well received even though it wasn’t in chronological order. I really do wonder when the episodes will flow more like one big story than just several OVA’s put together and labeled as ‘series’.
After the meeting with the Condor Queen’s (those guys are awesome!), Tari Tari begins to focus more on their characters which is what I’ve been looking forward to the most; especially Wanaka’s back story. Her choice to throw away memories of her mum was nothing less than saddening as the music filled the mood befittingly. I’m a bit worried that the cat might also have passed away, but I’m glad they’re able to balance the music element alongside the development of their characters.