Amazing Stranger Review Episode 8

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It’s All About Your Feelings

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Episode 8

After the revelation that there might be a plot of sorts in this anime, episode 8 is one large step backward. We start with the girls playing the fighting game that the new character is from and then on screen Bouida’s friend turns up to declare he’s taking Bouida captive and the girls can only get him back by winning two out of three fights. Bouida is reduced to the damsel in distress role including the blonde wig.

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I guess I should get around to remembering this guy’s name at some point.

In terms of amusement, watching the three fights play out with increasingly silly moments wasn’t bad. Bellnoa losing because her power ups took so long to activate she ran out of time was a nice punch line. Nona’s fight went on even longer which makes no sense however nor does Bouida appearing in a blimp above the fight and activating some new mode for Nona so that she wipes out the enemy.

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The final fight has personal issues thrown into the mix, a mysterious ‘I am your father’ reveal, crossing into another world altogether, before the girls let their real feelings out and blow the ‘father’ character away. It is nonsensical at best but not bad to watch really.

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As for fan-service this week the girls are transported into the game and one of them loses their outfit but otherwise this episode was surprisingly low on those sorts of moments. The real fan-service came from the otaku loving speech and the girl’s embarrassment over her BL collection being revealed.

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This remains mostly fluff and nonsense with a tenuous plot holding things together. Tha said, it remain relatively entertaining provided you don’t expect much from it.


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Knight’s & Magic Episode 1: Exposition Much

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Overview:

A genius programmer and hardcore robot otaku is reborn into a world of knights and magic, where huge robots called Silhouette Knights roar across the land! Now reborn as Ernesti Echevalier, he uses his vast knowledge of machines and programming talents to begin to make his ultimate robot. But his actions have unexpected results…?!

– From Crunchyroll.

Review:

This one may become a generic piece of fluff that doesn’t amount to much, or it might end up being great fun. It is really hard to tell from the first episode given we’re meeting our main character in our world, seeing him die, and then following him over nearly three years as he decides he wants to be Knight (mostly because he wants to continue pursuing his hobby of robots even after being reborn). There’s a lot of exposition and voice over as well as a lot of blatant plot dropping conversations. The kind that just feel incredibly unnatural but they are telling us something that will probably be significant later on.

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Basically, this one is a wait and see. There’s some interesting things that might happen with either the Knight’s or the magic and while the characters have started out pretty stock standard they all have potential. Still, there’s nothing really remarkable about this first episode so I’ll give it another couple of episodes to get going before I decide.

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Kiss Him, Not Me Episode 1

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Kiss Him Not Me Episode 1 Review:

Here’s a two speed review.

Number 1: This is horrendous portrayal of any kind of romance or characterisation. The fat girl wearing glasses can be nice (or the butt of your jokes) but you don’t even recognise her once she loses weight (and how does weight loss allow you to stop wearing glasses?).

More importantly, her ‘friend’ then advises her to hide who she is on the date (with four boys simultaneously) because if her boyfriend found out she was an otaku it would over. This is an absolutely terrible premise for a story and for a group of characters. Avoid at all costs.

Number 2: The premise is everything I just said above and yet this episode itself is kind of fun. That may actually be worse because it is kind of normalizing the above attitudes and playing them as acceptable but I did not actually hate this first episode.

I hated the idea of this story but the delivery was not bad. It’s kind of pretty and even though the set up for the characters is bad, as individual characters they actually look kind of interesting (though in a first episode we’re still kind of generic kind of way). Will I make it through a whole season of this? I’d say probably not, but I’m at least up for watching the next episode. Advice: Don’t watch if you are planning on thinking it through.

That said, stories aren’t really obliged to present a positive view of the world, romance, gender or characters, nor are they particularly obliged to not offend. So, while I found this a bit painful I’m certain there is an audience out there that will just enjoy the story for what it is without trying to impose their own views upon it.

Kiss Him, Not Me is available on Crunchyroll.


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