Here’s week 9 of the Spring 2014 anime season. I’ve been a little bit busy with school, outings, and work so I’ll keep things brief for now. This week, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on No Game No Life episode 9, Nobunaga the Fool episode 21, and Isshuukan Friends episode 9.
No Game No Life
While I don’t think I’ll ever understand exactly what the heck just happened, it was still entertaining. We got to see a glimpse into Shiro’s past and how she met Sora. The episode had an interesting style of direction. We learned (and already knew) that Shiro is completely dependent on Sora. Her life felt meaningless until he caught her interest and vice versa. Sora on the surface seemed like your typical child, always trying to please others and sociable. However, he only did it because it was what was expected of him. As we saw in the first episode, he doesn’t agree with “normal” people’s perspective on life. How they need to conform to society and follow a certain path. Shiro saw through his facade and allowed him to be who he wanted to be.
In the end, Sora had everything planned (as usual) from the very beginning. He had complete faith in Shiro to see through his plan and pick up where he left off. While he could have easily won the match on his own, he knew that this would be the only way to get Kurami to fully cooperate. He knew Shiro had strong deductive abilities. She was able to analyze the situation and the facts to arrive at the answer to everything. Kurami also now understands Sora and is joining forces since she knows that Imanity is in good hands.
You can watch No Game No Life on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
Nobunaga the Fool
Being Mitsuhide must be exhausting. The guy can never catch a break. He’s always put Nobunaga and what he thinks is best above himself. As a result, he’s always been following other people’s ideals and paths rather than his own. While some of his actions may have been subconsciously his own (assassination of Nobukatsu) he’s unable to find happiness. Even in her last moments, Ichihime seeks out Caesar rather than Mitsuhide. All this time, Mitsuhide’s kept his feelings hidden and could be indirectly responsible for Ichihime’s death. Seeing how Ichihime walked her own path this entire time (complete opposite to Mitsuhide), I wonder if he’ll soon find his own path which may cross with Nobunaga’s.
You can watch Nobunaga the Fool on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all countries)
I guess that things had to turn sour eventually. Everyone’s relationship had made some progress within the last few episodes. Kiryuu showed his compassionate side while Hase and Kaori got even closer. Then the new kid shows up and acts coldly towards a recovering Kaori and shocks her back into her old state. I thought the whole amnesia focused plot was rather adorable since it was heart warming to see how kids can befriend practically anyone. However, I really dislike how Kaori behaves after she loses her memories. She’s an insecure, quiet and reserved girl, yet she acts so coldly towards people she “doesn’t” know. I guess I can’t complain too much though since they need to create a point of conflict, otherwise the series would be too happy-go-lucky.
You can watch Isshuukan Friends on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)