Assassination Classroom Episode 42

Review:

After the momentum of the previous episodes this one shifts gears and stuffs around with Valentine’s day chocolates and looking to the future. This episode is full of small vignettes between characters and it reveals little new information but consolidates relationships and developments that we’ve been aware of for awhile. The few half-hearted attempts at assassination this episode merely remind of there is a great plot progressing and that is reinforced by the in-your-face foreshadowing near the end of the episode. I’m fearing tragedy for some of these characters but I am really hoping that this show manages to bring about a satisfying resolution.

So, slower episode, but not disappointing.

Assassination Classroom is available on AnimeLab.

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Words of Wisdom – May Recap

One month of blogging and I’ve really enjoyed the experience so far. To mark the end of the month I just wanted to reshare some of my favourite quotes that I posted throughout May.

Thanks to everyone who has visited 100WordAnime during my first month.

Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 35

Review:

They Sailor Scouts have begun their assault to retrieve the silver crystal and Chibi-Usa’s soul which was somehow taken with it (even though they won’t explain how or why that occurred). And of course Mamoru is left holding Chibi-Usa’s hand (he’s acting as her life support), leaving him out of the main battle except for moral support via telepathy which is certainly convenient for Usagi given her sudden round of extreme self-doubts. Possibly this is why I shouldn’t watch Sailor Moon when I’m overly tired but I found myself being reasonably critical this week:

  • Return of previously defeated villains.
  • Yet another round of we should all fight together.
  • Only male character in the entire show sidelined for very little reason.
  • The scout powers are still pretty useless.

I’m still really hyped to see how this season of Sailor Moon will end but this episode was kind of a by the Sailor numbers so didn’t offer anything particularly new or interesting. The only progress made was that all the scouts are now working together (something they could have just agreed to after the last fight) and crazy villain girl swallowed the silver crystal (which she could have done immediately after transforming). So, no progress.

I’ve totally blown my 100 words for an episode review so I’ll leave it there.

Sailor Moon Crystal is available on Crunchyroll.

Ghost Hunt Episodes 1 -3

I’ve recently been rewatching Ghost Hunt and so I’m going to review each of the stories separately. It’s one of those rare anime that I’ve never actually watched the original soundtrack for and have only ever listened to the English dub.

The premise of this anime is that Mai, a ‘normal’ school girl who likes telling ghost stories is hired to work for a Psychic Researcher and then participates in various ghost hunts, each one being an independent narrative arc lasting anywhere from 1 to 4 episodes.

Review: Evil Spirits All Over!

This arc nicely introduces Mai to Kazuya Shibuya, a 17 year old who dresses in black and runs the Shibuya Psychic Research company. She also meets his assistant Lin and a range of other spiritualists including a monk, a shrine maiden (kind of), a clairvoyant, and a priest (from Australia and I must say that accent is truly dreadful – I wonder how that was distinguished in the original Japanese).

The case in this arc involves an old school building at Mai’s school. A number of accidents have occurred and the Principal wants the building cleansed so it can be demolished. While the mystery in this arc isn’t particularly compelling, it is a nice backdrop to introducing the characters and Mai’s entry into the world of ghost hunting.

Without spoiling the conclusion of this arc, it is difficult to say anything more about what happens. We learn a range of facts about ghosts and poltergeists and are introduced to each of the characters specialties when it comes to dealing with spirits. We also see that they don’t always get it right.

This is a very satisfying introduction to the series.

Positives:

  • The voice actress for Mai is a fantastic screamer. Very few screams in television are as satisfying as some of Mai’s.
  • Kazuya hates being wrong. He’s so cute when he is angry.
  • The show isn’t going for flash or gimmicky. It’s keeping a steady pace and measured tone but uses the characters and the atmosphere to keep you interested. It’s refreshing for a show to not feel the need to dress itself up and go over the top.

Negatives:

  • Already mentioned it, but John’s Australian accent is horrendous. To the point where I was showing Ghost Hunt to a friend of mine and she actually asked if his character was going to die soon so that we wouldn’t have to listen to it any longer.
  • A lot of narrative convenience, like most mysteries. If you pay attention, you’ll probably solve this case before the characters do because it isn’t that mysterious.

Anyway, you should definitely check out Ghost Hunt at some point. The opening theme is also kind of interesting because it has no lyrics and doesn’t use character images. Instead you just get a simple orchestral piece and a range of visual effects that set a nice, spooky tone. While the opening gets old after a few episodes, it is definitely different from the usual anime fare.

My Hero Academia Episode 6

Review:

The first test is over but a new challenge begins almost immediately for Midoriya. It’s nice that he still has to learn to grow into his power and that he hasn’t just been given a short-cut to awesome. His mother also gets her chance to shine in this episode as we see her apologise for doubting her son earlier in the series. We’re learning more about the class and their quirks and they are gradually gaining their own personalities. This show remains cute, energetic and wholly enjoyably even while not really offering all that much new.

My Hero Academia is available on AnimeLab.

The Asterisk War Episode 21

Review:

How do you make a grand-final match kind of dull? Just deliver more of exactly the same. A sword transformation aside this last fight was pretty ordinary and ‘injuring’ Julis so she couldn’t take part in the final exchange was just kind of lame. Not to mention, police investigation or not, in a team sport why would they award just one part of the team the trophy without their partner? During the whole award ceremony I just kept thinking why is no one concerned that Julis isn’t there or even mentioning her? It’s like Ayato won the whole thing on his own, which if you look back is probably a little truer than it should be.

So with that wrapped up, things are fine now, right? Except for all the behind the scenes dealings and betrayals that never get explained and keep getting put on the back burner. Maybe something will finally come of these now.

This episode is watchable and you finally get some resolution to this competition but that’s all its going to give you.

The Asterisk War is available on Crunchyroll.