Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Episode 3: Mana problems

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I have mixed feelings about this episode. I still think the world of this series is really interesting and I like the approach to magic. But taking a step back, the final fight in this episode involved the big bad standing and watching while Glenn defused his bomb. Also, Glenn wins most of the fights in the episode by taking magical energy from the two main girls in the episode. It makes me worry whether this is going to be a recurring thing. Is Glenn the guy who knows what needs to be done and just siphons energy from others to do it all?

That being said, I really liked the interactions between Glenn and Sistine. I thought they fought well together and injected a nice dose of lightheartedness into their fights as well.

That’s one way to start it…

I know it fits his character, but it’s at least a little bit reassuring that Glenn is flustered enough to make this mistake. He’s clearly trained, but he’s not some unflappable badass.

Haha this scene’s pretty funny.

I think this is the part of this show that bothers me the most. It’s really frustrating how accurately these mages seem to be able to estimate their own power and the power of opposing spells, especially given that we as the audience have no idea how they do it. Also, what exactly does mana deficiency mean in this world? Because Glenn continues to use spells after casting his big Extinction Ray.

Are they fighting or having a conversation? Anyway, for how strong this guy seems to think he is, he’s pretty much treated like another nameless henchman.

I honestly think this tells Glenn’s backstory enough, wanting to be a hero and discovering that he was just a killer. It explains why he’s critical of using magic for fighting and why he knows so much. I think I’d be happy if they just left it at that.

Nice entrance. Seriously.

Uhh…isn’t he planning on blowing up the school? All of the students are stuck in a barrier right now, meaning that they will definitely die if Glenn runs away by himself.

Of course it was…

What the heck? Yeah, it’s amazing what you can do in anime on sheer force of will…I’m sure we’ll get no explanation for this one. Because she’s royalty? That’s what I’ll tell myself.

Haha these are great.

Suka Suka Episode 2: This time with less title

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Well, this series sure shifted its tone quickly. It’s continuing to be an interesting story so far. I quite liked that the tone shift felt pretty natural. You really got the sense that the accident with the girl running after the ball happens often and wasn’t forced. It’s just a shock for Willem and the audience who don’t know the context and it naturally leads to finding out that the girls are suicidal murder bots. But yeah…this isn’t going to end well, is it? Who’s ready?

Oh…that’s a lot of girls. Is it bad that my first thought was “expendable”?

Haha this was funnier than it should have been.

This is going to be a recurring joke, isn’t it? Sigh…can I survive?

Ahh, the classic…bribing little kids with sweets. Now all you need is the white van and their accusations of lolicon will be completely validated.

Wait…huh? Wha? What’s going on?

This could have very easily been used to keep the audience in the dark a bit longer and I almost thought it might, so I’m glad Willem decides to learn the truth. Although, the synopsis would have been very confusing if he hadn’t.

Wait, is this just saying that the people in charge don’t care what happens to the girls or is it saying that they’re actually designed to die in battle?

This is almost too casual. There’s something intriguing about how serious but not serious this scene is.

Is this for real? It’s so early that I can’t tell. At this point, I’m already guessing that there’s no hope for her, but five days seems a bit soon.

Uhh…what is happening here? Do we need to get the police?

Is that the girl from the beginning of the first episode?

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho Episode 2: Old memes

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I’m still not totally sold on this show. I’m trying to figure out what it is, but something about this show isn’t working for me. That being said, I thought that the fact that this episode presented humans and witches as equally irrational in their decisions was a plus for the episode. Since it seems to be pushing the idea of having humans and witches live in harmony, it’s nice to see these parallels being drawn when showing the humans negatively reacting to Sorena’s magic and the witches reacting similarly to Sorena’s death.

Can someone explain to me why there are so many sword clangs in the background of this image showing showing a battle between knights and staff-wielding mages?

We found the book! Series over!

Zero seems to know who Albus is talking about here, which makes me pretty certain that he’s talking about Thirteen. Is the pronoun game here supposed to indicate how much Albus worships Thirteen? Because it doesn’t come across very well.

The delivery of this joke is so random. Albus goes from finding a magic ring to getting shown up by Zero when he can’t sense its magical energy to deciding he’s not strong enough and needs Mercenary’s head. Seems like a long walk to make that joke.

Hey, why does this guy get to make references when I can’t? This is totally unfair…

These guys went from “there have been multiple thefts recently” straight to “these newcomers are totally suspicious”. Why would a group of thieves be just now arriving at the village if they’ve been stealing from it for days?

They’ve actually got a good point here. It actually reminds me of a recent political issue.

I feel like this conversation is almost trying to call into attention that it’s supposed to be thought-provoking. I’m not sure if I’m just being crazy.

But…why is this a problem? Do these knight detect excessive usage of magic? I would think that they’re constantly searching for witches, so using magic like this wouldn’t change things. And if Zero’s as important as she says she is, they’re probably especially searching for her.

I get the feeling that this is going to be important later. I should remember this line.

To be fair, the villagers don’t consider that business with Sorena to be a mistake.

Seikaisuru Kado Episode 2: He’s learning?

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I still think this series shows a lot of promise, but I don’t think I can find anything specific to point out in this episode that was impactful. I’m still really interested to see where the series is going, but this episode felt almost like “necessary setup”. If the entire series focuses on how much we can really trust the unknown Yaha-kui, it could be entertaining to see how different people react and justify their doubts and such. So I guess what I’m saying is…I’m on board?

Well, this is better than the “appearing in front of the eardrums” thing the other guy said. It’s likely not even a sound at all, but rather directly making the brain “hear” the words. So sure…soaking in the brain.

Japan in particular? Is it because he landed here and Shindo told him the place or was this country his target?

You have three hours to find a megaphone…good luck. I’d think a negotiator would want more details than this, but meh…what do I know?

They’re making it sound like Shindo’s gone native and joined the other side. In which case, I feel like I would be asking what the alien might have done to convince someone as respected and proficient as Shindo. Do they think he’s being controlled?

Shindo’s phone wasn’t in airplane mode? What a terrible flyer.

The fact that Yaha-kui is being fabricated like this is kinda interesting. Is he adapting to the human form he detects or is this his true form?

Side note: I really like the song playing here. Reminds me of the music from Interstellar.

Weird…how does Shindo know here that Yaha-kui wants to see the cell phone? Because he wants to learn how to communicate? That’s the only connection I can make.

Looks like he read your emails, buddy. Good thing that phone didn’t have any wireless service…imagine if the sentient alien got hold of the internet.

Wait, these passengers have to survive for 30 days on airplane food? The horror…

The math checks out here, but it does raise an important question. Why do the passengers need to be released all at once? You could let some of them out, right? Perhaps Shindo is trying to avoid causing a panic or something since everyone would want to go first. I guess this makes Shindo’s future negotiations easier since he can offer to release the processed passengers as payment.

The king coming out to talk with the dog? I’m assuming that’s meant to symbolize Yaha-kui’s conversation with humanity, but yeesh…that’s harsh, man.

Uhh…what? I’m assuming this means that it’s up to each person to decide whether Yaha-kui is an ally or an enemy. Seems a little…odd.

Re:Creators Episode 2: Friendship punch fail

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This episode seemed to drag on a bit in the beginning, but I thought the second half of the episode was pretty cool. A lot of the episode seems to be focused on the differences between the fictional world and the real world, making the first half of the episode a lot of explanations that didn’t really have many answers. There were also a couple of moments when the information presented didn’t seem to have anything to do with the topic being discussed. But eh…the show still seems interesting so far. I’m also wondering what the heck Souta’s role in the series is supposed to be.

I’m starting to wonder if this series is trying to make me feel bad for not liking the random happy endings some series tend to have. The way these fictional characters go on about the creators and the troubled worlds they create makes it seem like they would be better served with developments like that. But I stand by my opinion!

I suppose she needed to be introduced as well.

I’m not sure what she’s trying to say here. Was she able to understand the world because that’s what the magic book allows her to do? It’s not really clear here if that’s the case, but I’m going with that. I mean, I get that she’s a librarian, but “magic book” implies something more than that.

I’ve been wondering that too, Meteora. Why does your magic work the same in a different world governed by presumably different rules? Also, I was honestly expecting a gag where the room gets cleared out by the Restoration Magic. There’s still time to do it, but it really doesn’t fit the tone of this show.

I’m assuming this is a nod to the detail that exists in the real world that’s lost in a story. I would say this is really subtle, but Meteora continues to go on about the exact same thing for a few more lines.

This seems important.

I don’t quite understand this transition. They go from looking for their creators to talking about Sota’s old drawings without much of a link between the conversations. Is this supposed to be a hint or something? How is it related?

Urgh…this entire scene was painful to watch.

Oh boy, a magical girl?

Hold on. It seemed like Mamika and Selesia weren’t really too much in disagreement. Is that what magical girl shows are like these days? You disagree slightly with me, so let’s fight?

I know this is supposed to be a tense situation and everything, but this line made me laugh a little bit too much.

Can’t tell if this is a poke at a certain magical girl series, but I’ll take it. I’m with Selesia here…Mamika totally provoked this fight.

Persona!

Attack on Titan Episode 28: Bump in the night

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I was really on board with this episode for the first half, but I kinda lost it in the second half. I really did like how this episode handled giving information to the viewer in the first half, showing us all of the hints without giving us the answer. I thought the same with how they’re handling the hole in the wall. But the Pastor Nick revelation was…frustrating for me. Anyway, next week is back to the action…I’m just now noticing that not much happened this week.

I can’t tell whether this kind of blind hope makes sense or not in a world like this. Of course, I know where this revelation is going, but the clues that the other soldier points out were pretty cool (all that stuff about the horses being in the stable and empty houses being destroyed).

When I first read this scene in the manga, it was really great. The clues have been laid out and it’s very obvious what conclusion you’re supposed to draw here, but the series gives you an emotional reaction from Connie rather than just blurting out the answer. My only comment, though, is I don’t remember this revelation amounting to anything later (for example, having Connie use it to explain something), which makes it feel wasted. But I say that tentatively because I may have just missed it.

And on a completely unrelated note, the song playing in the background is awesome. It has all of the tension you’d expect from Sawano’s music, but it’s much more melodic.

I can’t remember…were these two characters really prominent up to this point or is this the first time we’re hearing this? I know their relationship is eventually important, but I can’t tell if this is coming out of nowhere (because it seems like it is).

Ghost stories! Yeesh…they even turned off the music to make it creepier.

Convenient moonlight is convenient.

Alright, all we need now is for Eren to use a power that he hasn’t displayed before in the Titan form he still can’t control. Got it!

I was wondering how long it would be before they brought up the basement again.

While this is an interesting scene of suffering from the citizens, I’m surprised this is news to Pastor Nick. I mean, why does he need to be told this?

Really, man? I probably get overly frustrated when scenes obscure names like this, but they tell you who it is in the very next scene. It makes me wonder what the point of it is…oh, they’re not going to say her name? So dramatic!

Couldn’t resist, huh?

Breaking all the rules. Seems like these Titans may have the same target as the other Scouts.

You know things are serious when the song playing here starts up. So…these guys are dead, right?

No pressure, Eren.

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Episode 2: I take it all back

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Wow, I honestly didn’t expect I would continue with this series, but this episode completely convinced me. While the beginning of the episode felt questionable, it built into scenes that made sense and were legitimately fun to watch. I’m really glad that they established Glenn in this episode. Of course, the episode isn’t without flaws…most of the ending of the episode is questionable and makes me wonder where this “kidnapping” stuff is going. But it was way better than I was expecting.

Come again?

I really enjoy conversations like this, but I wish I knew enough about the magic of this world to contribute to it myself. Glenn’s initial comparison likens the study of magic to the study of philosophy. It’s fair to question what use we get out of studying things like truth if they’re not being applied to the real world.

I’m not even sure if I would say Glenn takes it too far when he talks about the militaristic applications of magic…Sistine seems to have a fondness for magic, which is why she can’t come up with a response to that. However, she’s also a student, so it’s probably expecting too much out of her.

First off, it looks like Glenn actually knows something. And secondly, I do like how he points out the way the students treat magic with such reverence here. It probably clouds their perspective.

There is literally no way in hell this person is anyone other than Glenn. The story demands it!

This scene is amazing. It’s exactly the kind of thing you see in modern education where students attain “mastery” by memorizing a set of rules from the teacher. Glenn instead tries to promote true understanding, to the point where you can predict the outcome to a new situation based on the concepts you’ve learned in the situation you were taught. I really enjoyed how everything was presented.

Haha this is pretty good. Yeah, this entire lesson is just…really good. It’s a great way to understand the magic of this world.

My one criticism with this scene would be terminology, which I’m assuming is a translation issue. I get what Glenn is saying about having to compete with established, well-researched spells when trying to create your own spells, but it doesn’t come across well with terms like “original magic” and “general magic”.

Introducing antagonists already? Okay then. Hopefully they’re not just throwaways to give Glen another chance to show off.

Pfft…yeah, right.

This got really weird really fast.

Persona? That’s a cool skill you got there, Glenn.

I really don’t understand this scene. Are mages in this world generally so specialized in magic? Do you honestly believe that someone who uses a personally-designed spell to stop all magic in an area wouldn’t be used to handling that situation? It’s not like he created the spell yesterday.

Darn. All they had to do was resist saying the punch line and this joke would have been so much better…

Little Witch Academia Episode 14: Workers unite!

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Sorry to say, but once again, this episode strikes me as a strange choice of priorities. The class struggle between the faeries and the witches was an interesting conversation, but it was ultimately a backdrop for introducing a “villain” to the series. Also, the scenario in this episode seems like it would have been perfect for Lotte because of its focus on faeries, and yet she only gets a couple of minor translation moments. I agree that Akko makes more sense to join the strike, but Lotte could have done so much more to mediate the two sides.

And I’m ultimately annoyed with Croix. Her message seems like the correct way to move forward, bringing magic into the modern age, but it seems like she’s going to be demonized overall. I mean, I’m all for proper research and safety evaluation for new technologies, but the Luna Nova professors cling so hard to their traditions and this episode makes them look so justified…

Weekly reminder that Akko is reviving the legendary words. The song in the background isn’t bad, though.

Given that the new opening animation heavily displays a purple-haired student who seems to be a rival character for Ursula/Shiny Chariot, I sure wonder who this new professor could be…

Uhh…that’s new.

Okay, two things. First off, is “per diem” a common phrase? It seems overly fancy. And more importantly, I see available energy on the right, so this professor’s argument is completely invalid.

Uhh…this is a Roomba. And with the gadgets she used to save Akko, I was completely expecting to see Constanze instead. Just how are they different?

Haha I should have expected this.

Is that ten percent of the total energy output or ten percent of their current energy allotment? Honestly, either seems reasonable, but you might want to tighten up your language if you’re in a union.

I understand that this is supposed to sound like a commercial, but holy crap…

So now the sneaky guy is framing the witches? Isn’t this adding a bit too much to this episode? You’re effectively creating an artificial bad guy in a legitimate argument to make it easier for the situation to be resolved without addressing the issue.

Wait, machine? There’s no way that’s a coincidence, right?

They revealed this much more quickly than I was expecting. I was going to preface this post by saying “this episode only gets saved if Croix turns out to be the one behind the incident”. It’s kind of a shame, though. Her approach to magic seems interesting, but it’s going to be overshadowed by this. I’m assuming that her technology has some huge drawbacks (like maybe permanently reducing the output of the leylines) that she was hiding.

So did the other professors just not tell Ursula who the new professor was? It seems like something they would discuss as a group. I get what they’re trying to do here…Ursula’s probably the only one who knows about the dark side of Croix and this is supposed to be dramatic, but it doesn’t make sense.

Sakurada Reset Episode 2: I’m still not sure about this

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This second episode didn’t do much to quell my worries with this series. Is Kei supposed to be a bad person in this series? I honestly think his actions in this episode are questionable, but the series doesn’t give me enough information about his motives to really make a judgment.

If I had to summarize my general impression of the episode and the series, it’s that it presents what could be interesting and discussion-worthy moral situations, but chooses not to bring up any of the actual arguments. Instead, the series continues focusing on how Misora is changing, which isn’t really what I care to see.

Part of me wants to see where things go and another part of me is really worried about committing to it. So I’ll leave this as an open question. Should I keep going?

Hmm, this could be an interesting discussion about existence depending on where the conversation goes and how the power that created Mari works. More than likely, it’s going to relate to the conversation from last week about the clone who is following the original. The important question for me is longevity. Is the clone’s existence dependent on anything, specifically the living status of the mother as an example?

This Bureau they keep mentioning is some kind of city-level authority, right? This guy’s awful calm about letting a kid boss him around. What exactly is his authority? Also, the Bureau guy states that Mari will grow up normal despite the fact that her mother is leaving the city (and therefore forgetting her power), which suggests that Mari is, for all intents and purposes, a normal human being. I can understand a mother being distraught about the loss of her child and not being able to see the clone of her dead daughter without feeling pain, but calling the clone a “fake” is just inaccurate.

I have to say I’m a little upset about this development. I don’t like the existence of this guy who can transfer Kei’s power to Misora. It makes Kei’s power feel cheaper and less useful in the story. The lack of real trust between Misora and Kei is an interesting dynamic to the relationship of their powers, the transfer power completely nullifies that. Of course, I understand that Kei contributes through his actions as a normal human. I’m just annoyed with the way his power is treated.

They really managed to bring the Three Laws of Robotics in here? They’re really shoving in our face how robotic Misora’s personality is, aren’t they? Anyway, Misora’s rules touch on something I mentioned last week. How does Misora have these rules if she doesn’t remember what happened before a reset? As far as she knows, nothing negative ever happens when she resets because no one can change anything. Her rules only make sense if she created them after meeting Kei.

And while my time travel investigations make me want to say that her resets inherently change things because they can’t possibly reset everything, we’ve already been shown that this isn’t the case with the scene where she seems Mari crying a second time and fails a reset.

Are we being real here? This isn’t even clever. I expected more from this show.

I’m sorry, dude, but I’m gonna have to ask you to back up your claim here. That’s kind of an inconsiderate thing you’re asking Mari’s mother to do.

Well, this doesn’t seem fair. Neurological studies have shown that a mother’s brain physically changes during childbirth, so reminding her of these feelings feels like cheating.

This conversation makes it feel like they’re aware of the grey area that Kei is in, but it just feels so disjointed from the events of the episode.

Uhh…okay.

Come on, man!

I mean, I get that she was the one that was on the bridge in the first episode, but were we being shown something that happened in a reset timeline? Or did that happen in both timelines? It seems like the reset changed the timeline, but it also seems like…it didn’t?

I’m surprised that Sumire’s death didn’t stop Kei from using his powers. This is also a random timeskip.

Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasuka? Isogashii Desuka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desuka? First Impressions (1): I’m typing this full title

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I was surprised by this premiere…it was pretty interesting. There was a nice progression of revealing information throughout the episode and while I still have questions, I was entertained by what I saw. This first episode is also making me question which characters are human. Anyway, I was expecting a more generic fantasy story, but this series looks like it’s much more laidback than that. Sure, the world doesn’t seem great for humanity, but it looks like the general tone of the series will be focused on Willem’s interactions with the girls. If that’s the case, then I think the episode did a good job of setting that up.

Side note: if I continue with this show, then this is the only time I type out the entire title.

The background song’s not bad. I’m actually having the hardest time focusing on what the girl is saying…something about being in love.

Huh…it’s weird to watch this episode the day after watching Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho since they have somewhat mirrored introductions. As a quick note here, this episode could have very easily started out with the girl narrating about how the beastkind are the dominant species in this world, but instead chooses to just show us with this scene. Anyway, here’s hoping this girl has an actual reason for not being able to save herself and that the “venenum” line wasn’t just a name drop.

Screw you, dude. I definitely say a frog person earlier.

Whoa, is that “Scarborough Fair”? Okay, this is a good series.

So is she supposed to be some kind of caged princess or something? Escaped to see the world?

This looks painful. And why would you specifically need a disfeatured to protect a warehouse? I guess what I’m saying is you should be more suspicious, man.

She seems…happy?

This is the most casual “not a human” reveal I’ve ever seen. Consequently, this character’s getting less and less interesting.

Haha this scene is pretty funny. Also, they do a good job of introducing the fact that Willem has kids right before he demonstrates his calm ability to handle them.

That’s a hell of a name. No way I’m getting the spelling correct the first time.

I know where this is going, but this still sounds pretty pretentious.

She seems pretty old to be his kid…his wife, maybe? But why did she give the line about marriage?