We’re on to the second week of the summer 2014 anime season, and I’m here with another roundup (or ramblings) post. It’s a bit short this week, mainly because I’ve been preoccupied with assignments (1 more week until the end of my final semester of university!). For this week, I’m sharing my thoughts on Re: Hamatora episode 2, Ao Haru Ride episode 2, and Barakamon episode 2.
We finally get to see what exactly went down between Art and Nice (only took 4 months!). Everyone in Hamatora knew about Nice’s whereabouts which makes the “funeral” feel really cheap in the end. Art didn’t personally finish off Nice so I doubt he was ever under the impression that Nice was dead. We still don’t really understand why or how Art changed so much after his encounter with Moral. Was this his true nature all along? Or did that woman that was helping Moral have something to do with his revival process.
Art’s new goal is the exact opposite of Moral’s. He wants to rid the world of minimums and become a savior that way. Making everyone normal, so that everyone can be equal. Moral, on the other hand, envisioned a world where everyone would have power, and would thus be equal. At this point, Art still doesn’t have any special powers and relies on tools and stolen minimums to carry out his mission. I’m interested in seeing how Nice and the rest of Hamatora will handle this case, considering their past relationship with Art.
You can watch Re: Hamatora on Crunchyroll
Ao Haru Ride
I’m still enjoying the series, despite how it’s seemingly going down the typical shoujo route. Kou’s words stuck with Futaba from the other day. Deep down, she knows that these girls aren’t really her friends, and only really care about themselves. Because of his input, Futaba works up the courage to stand up for Makita, who is the same as Futaba was back in middle school. Futaba put in all this effort to become one of the popular girls, but deep down, she’s still the same. I’m surprised how Futaba’s falling out with Asumi was handled. You’d think, that for high school girls, there would be a lot more shouting or petty squabbling. Instead, Asumi basically says have fun, lets not talk anymore which defused the entire situation.
Kou continues to tease Futaba, but at the same time he also shows her kindness. I’m not really a fan of this cliche but I can see why it’s so popular among the target demographic. There are some heart warming scenes between Futaba and Kou, but I hope they don’t use the same soundtrack everytime it occurs. Don’t get me wrong, the song is amazing, but when it gets used in nearly every episode, it makes it hard to take seriously (I’m looking at you Princess Nike).
You can watch Ao Haru Ride on Crunchyroll
This series continues to brighten up my day. Seishuu ends up overworking himself and falling ill. However, he finds himself being supported by all of the new people he’s met. It’s probably a change in pace from the city life, where everyone is too busy with their own lives. These people who have only known him for a short while, still take time out of their day to make sure that he’s recovering.
At the end of the day, they also convey an important lesson. Hiroshi is introduced as a kid who just drifts by in life, never striving for anything. He thinks that some people are just born talented and are successful as a result. After being forced to visit Seishuu, Hiroshi sees that he’s not actually some naturally amazing calligrapher. Seishuu practices day in and day out in order to improve himself. It’s easy to get by without trying, but if there is something you’re passionate about, then you should give it your all and try to succeed.
You can watch Barakamon on Crunchyroll (only available in Europe, being released later for NA by Funimation)
That concludes my second week of the summer anime season. More shows (like Aldnoah.Zero, Zankyou no Terror, and Tokyo ESP) have caught my interest this past week, but I need more time to get a better opinion on them. Posts may be a bit later in the coming week, since I’ll be prepping for my finals. Until then though, you can also check out my previous posts on other Summer anime like Tokyo Ghoul episode 2, Sword Art Online II episode 2, and Akame ga Kill episode 2.