Into the Unknown Future

Four more shows meet their final number this week, clearing out the schedule for the next season to begin, and Ika Musume begins her second season up front. Let’s get started:

Why did it take until now to be good?
Kukuri's pissed now son

So sadly, by the end of Kamisama Dolls I was confused. Here you have a pretty tight series in terms of story and characters, and you play Code Geass with it throughout the middle of the show, making fun of Utao’s face, Hibino’s huge tits, and Kyouhei’s retarded emo feelings about everything. But in the final few episodes, holy fucking shit, everything breaks the fuck out and we have ourselves a real classic showdown here, worthy of some of the best action sequences. But to add insult to injury, they play the “Second Season” card and not give the first one a real ending beyond Aki realizing he is a crazy douche. Real classy guys. Fuck.

Title: Kamisama Dolls
Sub Group I Watched: Horrible
Episodes: 13
Rating (1-10): 7

Favorite Character: Utao Kuga
Least Favorite Character: Kuuko Karahari (mostly because she had little to no role through most of the show)
WHAT DOES THE SCOUTER SAY ABOUT HIS POWER LEVEL? There were a few points in the final episodes where it was just turning into a cockfest, and you wonder who was just going to beat the shit out of each other and finish it.
Favorite SHIPPING Kyouhei and Hibino. Obviously.
Serious Siscon: Seriously. Utao was just a little too clingy for me often.

Where was the F Class KKK then?
You made Himeji cry you motherfucker.

Baka Test Ni! finishes much predictably as the first, very idiotic and open-ended, leaving room for another season I am sure. Overall I’d say this season wasn’t too bad, bringing Minami into the dere more was certainly a plus, but Himeji didn’t shine until the end, no one else was given much time really except maybe Hideyoshi. The flashback episodes were pretty good. So really by itself there wasn’t much value to this, but if you watched the first season, you’ll feel right at home.

Title: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!
Sub Group I Watched: FFFpeeps, Commie
Episodes: 13
Rating (1-10): 7

Favorite Character: Minami Shimada
Least Favorite Character: Miharu Shimizu
Best HONEST EMOTION Summon: Minami. Period.
Best INNER DEMON Summon Himeji. Aww yeah.
Bro Love: Only for Hideyoshi.

It's ketchup for the 4kids version
Goddamit Huey. Always sleeping on the job.

Much like Kamisama Dolls, Dantalian no Shoka also suffered from mid-show slowdown, though they spiced it up a little bit with interesting angles here and there, including the other two biblioprincesses. The ending? Nothing to drive home over actually, they didn’t build up to the finale in any sort of way, it was like “here it is, have fun” but at least spent the first half of the episode backstorying it for you. How kind. In the end, excellent show, good cast of characters, would welcome a second season, which seems likely given the open ending.

Title: Dantalian no Shoka
Sub Group I Watched: Commie
Episodes: 13
Rating (1-10): 7

Favorite Character: Dalian
Least Favorite Character: Flamberge
Best Pair: Huey and Dalian
Worst Pair Hal Kamhout and Flamberge
Victorique? Almost.

No seriously
The only part of the episode that was good

I don’t really know what to say. When Mayo Chiki first aired I thought this was going to be a light comedy about a female butler. What I got instead was something almost to the tune of Kampfer’s stupid no-plot but with better characters, which judging from the final episode cameos, makes perfect sense. Honestly, a whole lot of better effort could have gone into this, but you could tell they were gunning for a second season from the second to last episode, hell, the last episode was a filler! Truly sloppy. It’s a decent watch, but if you want serious business anime, don’t.

Title: Mayo Chiki
Sub Group I Watched: Ayako, WhyNot
Episodes: 13
Rating (1-10): 7

Favorite Character: Subaru Konoe
Least Favorite Character: Nagare Konoe
Best Pair: Kinjirou and Kanade
Worst Pair Kinjirou and Nakuru
Cool Wall Position Uncool.

I will update this post tomorrow with the final rankings for the week. Until then, take a look at a new page feature, The “Weeaboo” Cool Wall featuring a shamelessly stolen idea from a popular UK motoring show adapted for this season’s anime.

New shows next week, standby for Ika Musume preview to be tacked on here tomorrow also.

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