We’re approaching that mid season mark of the spring 2014 anime season. Since I’ve had a bit of time to get adjusted to all the new series, I’ll be posting my mid-season impressions, within the next few weeks, on all of the series that I’m currently following. Until then, I’ll just be discussing three shows this week, No Game No Life episode 5, Isshuukan Friends episode 5, and Nisekoi episode 17.
No Game No Life
Things have settled down a bit now that they’ve secured the kingship of Imanity. Sora and Shiro appear to be going back to their old ways. They spend all of their time playing games and not tending to their royal duties. In reality, they were really gathering information on the world. The way they operate is that they gain as much information as possible before playing a game. After knowing the ins and outs, they can come up with an appropriate strategy which is how they’ve been undefeated thus far. However, since they’re in a completely different world now, they’re at a major disadvantage. There are different rules in the world combined with factors like magic and superhuman abilities which affect their approach to the games.
At the moment, Shiro and Sora seem completely unstoppable. However, they manage to do a good job at explaining their thought processes behind every decision they make. They’re just “normal” people but they just focus on small details that a lot of people overlook. Blank understands that they’re at a major disadvantage which is why they have to compensate by out thinking their opponents. As Stephanie realizes this episode, they work extremely hard to win their games. Even if they’re NEETs, they’re passionate in games since it’s the one thing they excel at. They’re not just messing around, they’re playing to win and save Imanity.
You can watch No Game No Life on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
This was another light-hearted episode. Kaori (I guess I’ll use her first name now), finally makes a female friend. While it was nice to have Hase around, there were still a lot of things she hasn’t been able to experience. Saki was able to help her experience what it’s like to be a normal high school girl. Initially, Kaori tried to push her away since she thought it’d be easier for the both of them. However, people are more understanding than she initially thought. Interacting with Saki has made the rest of her peers see her in a different light. Kaori isn’t cold-hearted like many of them had thought.
Even though Hase was kind of on the sidelines in this episode, he really did play a major role in everything. Thanks to him approaching Kaori in the first place, she became a lot more comfortable with getting to know others. She’s been able to experience what it’s like to have friends (even if she can’t remember them), and can now try to live a normal school life. Kaori’s been able to build a group of people she can rely on so she doesn’t have to struggle through this alone. She can start to face her problem head on and maybe eventually be cured from it (she seemed to have some recollection at the end).
You can watch Isshuukan Friends on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
This was up there in my favourite episodes of Nisekoi thus far. Even though Chitoge got most of the screen time, the other girls still had their moments. While Onodera and Marika had their “dates” with Raku, this episode was mostly about Chitoge. The two of them have been “dating” for a while now but didn’t have much screen time together in recent episodes. I just enjoyed watching them have fun at the festival. Chitoge and Raku’s relationship seems to be the most well balanced of the other potential girls. They both tease each other and are on pretty equal grounds. On the other hand, Raku’s relationship with Onodera seems to be a bit too distant. He has too much respect for her and she has the same for him. This results in them being good friends but it doesn’t seem like they’d progress much romantically. Marika seems to be a bit too aggressive with her affection for Raku, I think at the end of the episode, everyone sort of wins. They all had their fond memories with Raku at the festival without anyone getting hurt.
That wraps up another week of anime for me. I had a lot of scattered thoughts on several series, but I figured it’d be best to leave that to my mid-season impressions. I have also fallen a bit behind on a couple of series which is one of the reasons why these posts haven’t talked about many other airing series. Anyways, if you haven’t already, I shared my top 5 OP & EDs from the Spring season earlier this week as well as my thoughts on Black Bullet episode 5 and Mahouka episode 5.