I was overly optimistic when I discussed the first three episodes of Battle Game in 5 Seconds. This survival action story quickly loses any of the elements that might have made it interesting and becomes quite the chore to watch. Be sure to read the full review.
Airing in the FALL 2016 anime season, Lostorage Incited WIXOSS gave us a new and exciting instalment in the WIXOSS franchise. Girls playing a card game with deadly consequences - what could go wrong?
Given this one only has a 6.41 score on MAL I wasn't going in to Full Dive expecting a masterpiece. That said, at three episodes into Full Dive, there's a definite question of whether or not this is actually even supposed to be entertaining.
BOFURI took me by surprise initially by just how fun it was but I really wondered if it would remain entertaining for a whole season given it was a little light on actual plot. Well, I've now finished the series and here are my thoughts.
The Ones Within or Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] is one of those anime that is better experienced than described. While it is certainly a flaw riddled viewing experience, not the least because it is incomplete, there's still plenty of reasons to give this one a shot. Particularly if you are in the mood for something a bit strange.
We resolve the issue of the lost companion and then have two final games, but as the anime ends with the story incomplete and it seems unlikely we'll get another season, it all feels just a little bit pointless. Unless you happen to like the child forms of the characters and the various flowers sprouting on their heads in episode 11.
The One's Within seemed to step back up after last week's apparent drop in quality. I think what works here is the unexpected but logical steps the characters and the story takes as the group try to recover their lost companion.
I'm kind of feeling like The One's Within has taken its first major dive in narrative quality. While the show has always been a little on the weird side, this episode was the first that actually bored me. Admittedly, I was pretty brain dead going into the episode from work related exhaustion but I don't know that I've felt so indifferent about an episode of any anime this season as I did about this one.
This week The Ones Within brings us an incredibly dangerous game but equally it makes us wonder whether or not the sense of danger is ever going to be more than just a lurking sensation. While I'm not advocating for wholesale slaughter, I am wondering how many near misses we can have before tension evaporates entirely?
Some down time for Iride is nice as this week's game focuses on Anya and Himiko and they navigate a dungeon they can't lie in. There's plenty of potential intrigue as we learn more about the cast and their individual quirks. I just really hope this is all going somewhere.