We’re now into the second week of the Spring 2014 anime season. All of the shows have begun airing now and I’ll probably touch on them once we get into the mid-season. For now, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Isshuukan Friends episode 2, No Game No Life episode 2, Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou, and Nisekoi episode 14 (winter 2014).
This show continues to be heart warming with how innocent the two characters are. While Fujimiya forgot about Hase, there was still a part of her that realized something special happened within that past week. It was also nice to see all of the parallels between their first and second week of interacting with each other. Even though it was all new to Fujimiya, her personality between the two instances remained pretty similar. However, their second encounter went a lot further compared to the first time. While Fujimiya doesn’t remember Hase, the lingering memories and impressions have caused her to be more open and accepting Hase. Hase also got to see what the real Fujimiya is like and can approach her more directly because of it.
You can watch Isshuukan Friends on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
No Game No Life
This episode gave us some more insight on the characters thus far. Sora really knows how to read others and can manipulate them into a position that is favourable for him. He puts on a tough act and exerts confidence. However, deep down he’s still a NEET who can be pretty socially awkward. He keeps up his tough guy act until Steph puts him in his place. At that point, we see both Sora and Shiro’s personalities without each other. Together they’re practically unbeatable, but apart, they’re just socially inept people.
After all of the craziness and energy from the first half, things calm down as they give us more information on their world. The world of Disboard has various races all in which each have their own special traits. However, humans apparently lack any sort of special ability within this world and have been pushed around for quite some time now as a result. While they’re at a clear disadvantage, through critical thinking and working together, Sora, Shiro, and the rest of humanity may stand a chance against the other races within this world.
You can watch No Game No Life on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
I think overall this series is enjoyable but I’m not too sure on what direction they’re taking it. The main focus of the show is on the characters’ lives within the residence and their interactions with each other. From the first episode, I thought it’d be more focused on their school lives and the story would progress throughout the semester/school year. However, it makes sense that the show be purely slice of life since three of the residents aren’t high school students. It was nice to see that even though the residents have their own lives, they can still come together and enjoy each others’ company. They also help each other out in times of need as if they were their own little family.
I feel that the characters of the show are quite relatable as well. Ritsu has a hard time expressing herself which results in her appearing to be cold and distant towards everyone. However, she’s really just shy and not sure how to respond or act around others. Mayumi is quite loud and outgoing but at the same time she’s quite fragile. She wants to find love but keeps getting hurt. Shirosaki might seem like a sketchy character, he seems to be the most considerate one. It’s almost as if he puts up his goofy act to lift everyone’s spirits within the residence and brings everyone together.
You can watch Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou on Crunchyroll (May not be available in all regions)
Another girl from Raku’s childhood has shown up. While it took a while for them to introduce her, I can now see why they decided until later on to bring her in. Chitoge’s relationship with Raku actually did have some development over the course of the series. Marika, offers to help Raku remember his past which would lead him closer to the “girl of his dreams”. However, Marika’s offer comes at a cost, he has to break up with Chitoge. While this promise has always been important to Raku, he understands Chitoge a lot better at this point. He knows that she’s always been alone and hasn’t really made friends until recently. He’s also aware that despite her tough exterior, she’s easily scared and needs someone to rely on. Even though this promise has been on his mind for the last ten years, he isn’t willing to throwaway everything just for it.
There were a lot of other shows I wanted to mention in this post, but I feel that I need to watch more episodes before I can discuss them. If you haven’t already, you can check out my separate posts for Black Bullet episode 2 and Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei episode 2 that I posted earlier on in the week.