The end of the season creeps closer and closer with each passing day. Many of the Spring 2014 anime series have begun their final arcs for the season. Overall, I thought it was a good week since I’ve gotten more invested in the characters and the stories. Anyways, this week I’ll share my thoughts on No Game No Life episode 8, Nisekoi episode 20 (finale), and Isshuukan Friends episode 8.
No Game No Life
Again, this episode was a bit on the slower side, which is to be expected since they’re building up to the match between Imanity and the Warbeasts. Now that the research has been completed, Sora enters the meeting full of confidence. He does some silly bantering with the Warbeast elder to throw him off. Since Sora remains confident the entire time, the elder is unable to read his body language which makes the illusion of mind reading fall apart. It’s impossible for the elder to tell if Sora is bluffing or not due to the amount of confidence he exerts in his words. As a result, he’s able to buy for time as well as piece all of the information together to find the secret behind the Warbeasts.
The latter portion of the episode threw me off a bit. At this point, it seems like Sora and Shiro have everything figured out. They’re also at a major advantage since the Warbeasts’ game is video games. Obviously, they’re not ranked highly just because they catch their opponents off guard and there has to be more to it. Sora’s disappearance leaves Shiro broken and confused. Each member of the Blank pair had their own strengths. Shiro is highly analytical and can deduce problems logically. Sora’s strength lies in the ability to read people. He has a good grasp of human nature which allows him to read situations and determine how his opponents are likely to react. This show has primarily been focused on how amazing Sora is since he’s been able to handle Kurami and Gibril nearly on his own. Now that Sora has disappeared (as a result of the Warbeasts I’m assuming), Shiro has her moment to shine.
You can watch No Game No Life on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
It’s a shame that the series has come to an end so quickly. Overall, I thought that this episode was a bit lackluster as a finale. All the girls have a moment with Raku in this episode. The last few episodes had been building up Chitoge’s feelings towards Raku. While she managed to “confess”, it didn’t seem like anything has really changed. The episode ended off with Onodera and Raku sharing a moment which I felt wasn’t appropriate given the build up. While the Chitoge issue has been resolved, I think it’s heavily implied that Chitoge has a lead on the other girls yet Onodera gets the last moment. This is probably just a result of the place the anime had to conclude at and the other characters would probably get more screen time in later chapters. In the end, I enjoyed Nisekoi and hope to see more in the future.
Since every other series had their beach episode recently, of course Isshuukan Friends had to have theirs! Isshuukan Friends remains pure throughout the episode which I found refreshing. Instead of your silly romcom or harem antics you’d expect at the beach, the characters manage to enjoy their time with the simplest things. Kaori was never able to experience many common things, which is why she’s grateful for just being able to spend time with her friends. She’s also started to fall in love with Hase. He showed her that the world isn’t as scary as she originally thought. People are a lot more understanding and open. Thanks to him, she’s been able to live like a normal high school girl.
They introduce a new character at the end of this episode. My first impression is that he looks like your typical troublemaker in anime. We don’t know what his relation to the characters are at the moment. Since he’s returned to Tokyo, I think its safe to assume that he is a friend of one of the cast. The way the show has been thus far, I don’t think that this new kid will cause too many problems. All of these characters have their faults but deep down they’re just kids trying to enjoy their youth.
You can watch Isshuukan Friends on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
That’s it for this week of Spring 2014 anime. It’s sad that Nisekoi has ended but at least my Saturdays are slightly less packed with things to watch. As always you can check out my thoughts from earlier on in the week on Black Bullet episode 8, and Mahouka Episode 8.