I’m a bit behind on my Spring 2014 anime series, so I’ll keep this post on the shorter side. It’s been a hectic week for me so this post is a bit late. However, I did manage to post some other things from my backlog like my mid season impressions for all of the Spring series that I’ve been following. For now though, here are my thoughts on No Game No Life episode 7, Mekakucity Actors episode 6, and Nisekoi episode 19.
No Game No Life
This episode was a bit slow but that’s to be expected. After each game, Sora and Shiro have a bit of downtime so that they can strategize for their next move. Little by little, we get more information on the world and what had happened in the past. As foolish as the King may have seemed, he did everything with Imanity’s best interest. He knew the human race was at a major disadvantage, so he took a chance. He sacrificed less valuable land in exchange for gathering intel on the Warbeasts’ games. While he would not be able to make use of the information, he believed that someone from mankind would be able to in the future.
Aside from that, there wasn’t much else to discuss about this episode. Kurami did make another appearance though. She’s still bitter about her loss to Sora & Shiro. It doesn’t seem like she has evil intentions, but rather, she had the same goal as Sora, Shiro and Steph. However, she still believes that humans are powerless and refuses to accept the fact that a normal person can lead them (hence her getting an elf to help her lead). While she’s still in denial over her loss, perhaps she’ll join the harem/group once she hears of Sora going after the Warbeasts.
You can watch No Game No Life on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
It’s been a bit difficult to keep up with the story. As far as I know, we’ve seen the same story being told from several different perspectives and they all intersect. This episode was a change in pace since we got to see some of the characters’ pasts. Takane and Haruka used to be close friends and normal kids. Most of the Mekakushi Dan members had encountered each other during that school festival. We also learn the history behind Takane and Kisaragi and why she addresses him as master all the time. The story is starting to fit together for me but we’re still missing a few things (how Takane and Haruka got their powers/ended up in their current state, why Kisaragi became a hikikomori). I noticed that the animation and art had a significant improvement this episode as well. The was a lot more visually appealing and hopefully they keep it up since Monogatari has been delayed and Nisekoi is ending.
The lack of clear communication between Chitoge and Raku lead to them falling out. Chitoge had felt like she was getting closer to Raku but got shot down completely with Raku’s bashing of her. In his defense, the two had always been teasing each other and it just so happens that the timing couldn’t have been worse for Raku. This episode, we get to see more of Raku’s feelings. He was in the same position as Chitoge. He thought they were getting closer and then Chitoge shoots him down. She tried to drive him further away as a defense mechanism I’m assuming. When she interpreted Raku’s rambling as being sincere, she didn’t want to get hurt anymore. As a result, she drove him away and cut contact with him. In the end though, everything was caused because of a misunderstanding between the two. I’m glad that they were able to work things out quickly. Unfortunately, there’s only one episode left. Even if it’s not the most unique series, I definitely enjoyed Nisekoi much more than I thought I would.