I apologize for the late post! I’ve been a bit preoccupied with school and LCS lately but I’m getting back on track now that I’ve caught up on most of my Winter 2014 anime series. We’re now hitting the “three episode rule” for many shows which means if a series wants to convince us to stay, they better bring it out for these episodes. With that said, this week I’ll be discussing my thoughts on Hamatora episode 3, Nisekoi episode 3, and Mikakunun de Shinkoukei (Engaged to the Unidentified) episode 3.
It was a rather dialogue heavy episode with Moral and Art’s meeting but I found it very interesting. We get some insight behind Moral’s motives for murdering minimum holders and transferring their powers to the normal people.I felt that Moral was somewhat similar to Psycho-Pass’ Makishima from this little conversation. They both have a twisted view on the world and use questionable methods in order to make it a reality. Moral’s thoughts on the difference between a strong man and a weak man were interesting to note as well. In his mind, one who is able to cross that line is considered to be “above average” since they have the ability to take another person’s life. Those who condemn the murderer are simply envious of their strength since they had the power to cross the line.
Even though that example was a bit extreme, I feel that there is some merit to his point about those who are weak being unable to break free from their mold and live their lives kind of resenting those who are more successful than them. They don’t have the courage or will power to take a step forward in the right direction since it takes them out of their comfort zone. Instead they just stay in their little world and kind of grow resentment towards those around them that are more successful. After the conversation, we see Art kind of in the predicament that they were discussing earlier. He’s certain now that Moral is behind these murders but he can’t step over his moral boundaries and just arrest/kill him right then and there without following all of the legal proceedings.
Aside from the confrontation, the rest of the episode was dedicated to Nice solving another crime which was alright. We know Moral is the one behind all of this but I didn’t really think that the case itself was anything special. The other interesting part of the episode was the end with what appears to be Moral’s fascination with Hajime/Nice. I’m hoping they dive into the history between the characters soon since at the moment, aside from Moral and Art, we really don’t know much about the rest of the cast.
You can watch Hamatora on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
This was another fun episode of Nisekoi. We get to see that despite the strong front that Chitoge puts on, she’s a rather insecure girl who’s self conscious about how normal people interact. Growing up, she’s had a gang as her bodyguards which basically isolated her from the rest of her peers. She’s never had the chance to be a “normal” girl because of all of this. However, after moving to a new school and meeting Raku, who’s in a similar situation as her, she may have a chance at making friends. The secret is also out of the bag at the end of the episode as Onodera overhears their relationship being a fake. This will probably lead to some sort of conflict in the coming episodes since its clear that Onodera has feelings for Raku and Chitoge is developing them at the moment.
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
Going into this series, I didn’t have any real expectations and thought it would just be another moe slice of life show. While it is, Mikakunin de Shinkoukei really impressed me with their execution of a simple 4-koma manga. Each episode actually seems to build off of the previous one and the story is moving forward. The characters are easy to remember with each of them having very distinct personalities. While we still don’t know much about Hakuya, we can infer that he’s not a bad guy but just doesn’t really know how to act around others. Mashiro on the other hand is quite bright and likes to act mature by being in charge of her brother’s affairs. However, she’s still a kid deep down which is reflected in her love for sweets and her other activities. I’m looking forward to the next episode since it looks like we’ll learn how Kobeni and Hakuya met in the past even though it looks like a cliche amnesia scenario.
You can watch Mikakunin de Shinkoukei on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
Well that concludes week 3 of Winter 2014 anime for me. I would love to write more but I’m still getting into some shows and don’t have that many thoughts yet. I’m also a little busy with school and other work at the moment but I’ll be trying my best to keep up with these posts!