We’re now at the halfway mark of the spring 2014 anime season. Time flies by pretty quickly and before we know it, the summer anime season will be upon us. Anyways, this week I’ll be posting about No Game No Life episode 6, Isshuukan Friends episode 6, Nobunaga the Fool episode 18, and Nisekoi episode 18.
No Game No Life
This series continues to keep me entertained and impressed. First off, I really like Jibril’s character. Despite being a Flugel, who were created to to slay gods and are known for their combat abilities, Jibril is rather simple minded. With the pledges restricting her (and Flugel’s in general) ability to carry out her purpose, she’s become passionate in acquiring knowledge. She manages to bring so much energy to the overall feel of the show (as if this show wasn’t eccentric enough already).
This episode was pretty self aware with all of the fan service aspects. Sora elaborating on all of the various situations was a jab at a common practice in anime series. The first being the moment with Sora playing with Jibril’s wings. It’s quite common to see anime use a non-sexual part of the body and make it suggest otherwise (I’m looking at you To-Love-Ru). Sora also eliminated genitals as well as nipples during the game. Even though the characters were naked, not having these aspects suddenly makes it considered okay for viewing on television. I thought it was pretty clever how far they went to make their point.
The rest of the game was insane to watch as well. It seemed like they were just throwing words around, but both Sora and Jibril had their own plans. They kind of just threw in words that seemed pointless but everything came together in the end. Each of Sora’s calculated moves were also elaborated on so we could get some insight on his reasoning behind everything. He even planted a word/phrase into Jibril’s head to lure her into his trap. Also, there were so many little things that Sora did throughout the episode to gather information in order to defeat Jibril.
You can watch No Game No Life on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
I’m still surprised that there’s actually been a decent amount of development thus far. Kaori has changed quite a bit from when the series first started. She had been insecure and didn’t want to burden others by befriending them, yet here she is now introducing her friends to her mom. We’ve also been given some insight onto Kaori’s situation and how it came to be. From her mother’s story, it seems like it has something to do with a tragic experience with her “friends” followed by the accident causing her to forget about them. With her new friends, it’s looking as if her past trauma is starting to be left behind. From last episode it seems that she’s having a bit more recollection of her friends. Now that Hase is aware of her past now, perhaps he’ll help her confront it head on and cure her from this condition.
You can watch Isshuukan Friends on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
Nobunaga the Fool
I haven’t posted about Nobunaga in ages, which is partially because of how confusing it was to me. The story has really picked it up within the last few episodes though. Nobunaga has a hard time while fighting against Alexander the great. Alexander is not only stronger than him, but he also remains calm throughout the entire battle. Nobunaga lets his emotions control him and he ends up going head first into battle. When he realizes he’s no match for him, he seeks out power from the Regalias and gets consumed by them. Instead of listening to the others and retreating, his ego refuses to let him back down which causes Hideyoshi’s death. At the end of the episode (and preview), it seems that Mitshuide may be questioning his loyalty to Nobunaga. In the past he has always claimed that he did everything for Nobunaga, but it seems like all of that may have just been an excuse. Mitsuhide has already crossed the line in the past when he killed Nobukatsu and was no longer “human”. Now he’s witnessed the death of one of his dearest friends that was caused by Nobunaga’s foolishness. He’s also lost the one he loved because of Nobunaga’s decision to wed her to Caesar. It makes me wonder if he’ll end up being a villain towards the end of the series.
You can watch Nobunaga the Fool on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all countries)
Obligatory beach episode! This episode actually had quite a bit of development for the characters. Chitoge is still coming to terms with her feelings for Raku. She’s constantly trying to rationalize her feelings for him as something other than love. Raku’s been getting closer to her lately as well which is making him second guess his feelings towards Onodera. The two of them are playing a game of chicken where one side doesn’t want to be the first to admit their feelings. The second Raku shuts her down out of fear, you can see how Chitoge breaks. Raku ends up taking it too far trying to convince himself that he’s not in love with her in anyway which hurts Chitoge. I thought the direction was phenomenal for that whole scene. I could really feel for Chitoge the second she got shut down and the shots of her face clearly conveyed the change in mood.
That’s it for week 6 of the spring season for me. Now that we’re at the half way point, I should have my mid-season thoughts posted within the next week or so (granted school work doesn’t consume my life). It’s a shame that Nisekoi is ending so soon while Monogatari got delayed as well since I was hoping that would fill the void left by Nisekoi. Anyways, as always, you can read my thoughts on Black Bullet episode 6 and Mahouka episode 6 from earlier on in the week.