Sakurada Reset Episode 3: The cat is both dead and alive

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Eh, I thought this episode was okay. In fact, I’m wondering how much better my opinion of the series would have been if the first two episodes hadn’t happened. Compared to the last two episodes, this episode felt less like it was being bogged down by the dialogue. Sure, there are still a lot of questions to be answered, but I don’t think I have as many complaints.

Misora’s role in conversation is something confuses me as well. I mean, I was generally bothered by Kei’s responses to Sumire’s weird questions in the previous episodes, she served the purpose of forcing Kei to explain himself much of the time. Misora on the other hand seems like pure fluff in conversations…as if she’s put there just as a distraction.

You mean like a prism? Or I guess the internet if you really want to see the bow.

What? Is this supposed to be a play on the overused request of rescuing a cat stuck in a tree? Excellent use of time travel superpowers.

So you’re telling me that the girl was able to get rushed special permission to save a cat? Is this supposed to be telling me that the girl is impossibly important or that there’s some funny business going on in the organization?

A cat expert? I’m guessing the idea is they’re going to try and find the lost cat before it’s supposed to die, but I’m not sure why they have to do that if they know the accident location. Although now that I’m saying it, Misora’s reset power gives them only one shot at saving the cat, so that’s probably to give them as large a window as possible to complete the request. Eh…I’m fine with that.

As for the random comment at the end of the call, my understanding of a MacGuffin device is that it’s an object or “thing” that exists in a story only to advance the plot, often some mystical object that the heroes must protect from evil or something. So…that means the cat is a distraction?

Alright, this is my shot in the dark with the information I have so far. Given that Nono is unfamiliar with the cat that Kei describes and she’s supposed to be an expert, I’m going to assume that the cat doesn’t exist or at the very least is supposed to be some form of misinformation. It explains the MacGuffin reference and would give a reason why the requester was eavesdropping on the conversation with Nono.

Nothing?

You were just saying earlier that the approval for this request was suspiciously quick, so it’s weird that this isn’t more important.

Something about how indirect this conversation is bothers me…

Nono asks Kei to tell her something to make her sleepy and he forces her to answer questions? That seems…counter-productive.

This explains a lot, Kei.

That’s a new one. It seems she was able to specify a body part and reduce gravity’s influence on it. But what all can she specify in the second bucket?

Ghost girl!

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.

Sakurada Reset First Impressions (1): That was deep?

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I admit I was interested in watching this series because it had a time travel aspect to it. That being said, I’m not sure I was really into this first episode. I think it’s still too early to judge, but the series gives the impression that it’s trying to be a “thinking” anime, but takes it to the point where you can notice as the audience that they’re trying to do this. The entire episode was just dense dialogue that didn’t feel like it had to be there. Maybe it will make sense when the series presents its point? I don’t really know yet.

This is probably meant to casually introduce our main heroine, but this description isn’t exactly specific.

Again, this is probably meant to mirror the speech pattern of his friend’s description of Misora Haruki, but who the heck talks like this?

Hard to say how I feel about this yet. It kinda depends on what triggered the reset…because it looks like it was triggered by a crying child. Also, I get the sense that Misora and Kei don’t really know each other, but the events of the episode seem to be giving me mixed messages.

Okay, same thing I said with Little Witch Academia. In what universe are powers that defy the laws of physics useless?

Ahh crap. I don’t even know how to approach this one. I still don’t know if this “reset” is actually any different than rewinding time, but I’m pretty sure this is explicitly stated just so Kei’s power is allowed to work. The argument is that she doesn’t undo events, which is why Kei is allowed to remember them (since they still technically happened). But I would make this argument: if an action (or “cause”?) doesn’t have an effect on the world, did it actually happen? But I’ll leave this to people who know more physics than I do.

And with this explanation of Misora’s powers, I will concede that this power is actually useless unless Kei exists (or there are other loopholes to the ability that haven’t been explained). But I think the more important question is this: if Misora has no memory of events that occur after a reset, how does she know she has the power at all? There should be no hints of its existence.

Okay, this isn’t bad. Misora hits on a good point, the fact that she can only benefit from this relationship with Kei if she can trust him…and she doesn’t have a reason to do so yet.

Double entendre?

I’m not sure if this statement is supposed to be addressing the “there is no true altruism” idea, but I disagree with it at face value. It might also be attempting to make a statement about agency…something to the effect of “you can’t commit evil if you’re following someone else”. But I disagree with this idea too because I would argue that “not committing evil” is not equivalent to “doing good”. If you have no agency, you’re also not responsible for good acts.

Come again?

Uhh, so I’m getting that Misora found everything sad (and therefore meaningless?) and so decided to create a set of rules with which she makes her decisions? So she’s an automaton?

Given Mari’s insistence that she’s a fake, I’m not sure how jarring this is supposed to be.

This, on the other hand…what the crap happened here?

Alice to Zouroku First Impressions (1): This power seems strong

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First new show of the season…could have gone better. The show seems to be about a caged girl with superpowers getting loose and learning about the world. Not necessarily new, but interesting enough. The first episode had a lot of good moments. The main two characters are funny together and Zouroku, in particular, is pretty cool. Still, the animation was noticeably strange…even for me. I’ll probably keep watching to see where it goes, but I’m not too sure yet. But hey…that ending song was pretty good.

I feel like there were two main mysteries driving the first episode of this series, the mystery of Sana’s identity and Zouroku’s profession. The first mystery…just kinda ended when Sana tells Zouroku everything, so it didn’t amount to much. And as for Zouroku’s profession, sure he seemed mysterious at the beginning of the episode, but by the time I’d gotten to the end and everything was revealed, the revelation seemed ultimately pointless.

It was a dark and stormy night…

This monitoring screen has a map of the world and three images that look like brain scans on it. Sure, why not?

I’m still sitting here wondering if that arm is disembodied or attached to something.

What is going on with this narrator? Are we being serious here? Is this how we avoid making the main character speak?

Not Near/L.

Well, this old guy certainly got a mysterious introduction. He’s apparently got some personal ties with some powerful people, but wants to live a humble life or something. Not a bad background. But the main reason I chose this scene is…Faim?

Haha that girl in the background. Anyway, I’d say this whole story hinges on the fact that no one is willing to call the police, but it’s starting to sound like this isn’t a great neighborhood or something. Maybe that’s the point.

This car looks noticeably fake…and also, it the pole on the side of the street seems to magically shift out of the way of the car when it starts swerving towards it.

She asks why Zouroku stopped, but the background outside the car is still moving. And don’t tell me “well, he just started moving again” because when we zoom out, he’s still on the same corner where he stopped.

Haha this line is so bad, but so good too.

I like this guy already.

I know this is excessive nitpicking, but the original shows the girl disappearing when the seconds counter goes from 34 to 35, but the “slowed down version” doesn’t start the disappearance until 35 seconds. I know it’s examining a bit too far, but you’d expect the police to notice and be more focused on glitches in the camera like this.

Wait, they have to power to wipe the data from personal phones too? Either this magic is way stronger than it should be or that’s some seriously meticulous hacking.

She’s just going to explain it here? Okay then. This wording seems important…it makes it sound like these Dreams of Alice can only choose one thing to materialize, which would restrict their powers. However, that begs the question of what “materialization” has to do with the main character’s ability to teleport and move the car. But I’m sure that will come soon when they reveal her “true power”, right?

And now they’re living together…

So are the girls kept locked away in that research facility so they don’t learn enough about the world to create anything catastrophic? It would certainly make sense.

Why is the language in this episode so confusing? This makes it sound like Sana was the one who created the mystical Wonderland they were just projecting, but the next line makes it sound like she’s just one of many. Are the children working together to put pieces in that space or is there one girl more powerful than the rest?

Gasp! He’s a florist!

Forgot about these guys. Was this meant to be an extended gag? Because it wasn’t really funny…

They’ve been kinda coy about this granddaughter. Is she dead? Just there to provide clothes for Sana?

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 11: Well, I got some good reaction pictures today

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Darn…this should have been my post for last week’s episode. It sums up the episode so nicely!

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I know it’s pointless to call stuff like this, but he’s going to open the door and everyone will be doing something playful with Kyouka. It would fit the tone of the series.

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Yeah, something like that.

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The fact that Kyouka wants to disprove Akutagawa’s claim that she can only kill with her power is somewhat typical of anime, but perfectly respectable. I have no problems with this. At least she has a good reason (looking at you, Atsushi).

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Oh no…I’m so worried about Akutagawa right now…I can’t even control the monotone level of my written voice.

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Why even bring this guy back? He did absolutely nothing the last time he showed up.

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She wants to senpai to notice her so much, but her senpai is too busy trying to get his senpai to notice him. Standard anime.

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Guys…you have automatic rifles. You can’t honestly be this bad at aiming, can you? She’s literally right in front of you. I don’t even think Stormtroopers are this bad.

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All I’ve gotten so far from this is that this half of the episode is focusing on the overalls kid. Oh, and something exploded!

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HE KNOWS!

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This looks like the face of brainwash!

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This is so painful to watch…

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Basically my reaction too.

Pretty boring episode this week…I honestly wasn’t a fan of either half. The second half of the episode felt like it could have honestly happened at any point during the series (minus the Kyouka fluff). The first half…well, let’s ignore the first half. Anyway, next week’s episode finishes things off for this series. One more showdown with the Port Mafia or will we finish things off with more filler to cool down? Maybe something focused on Kyouka?

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 10: Something about a cat on a boat

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I’m having the hardest time getting invested in this fight. This will all end up going according to his plan, so I guess we just sit back and watch Dazai get pounded for a bit.

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I mean…I’m okay with this being the reason that they don’t kill Dazai right now. But if he knew such sensitive secrets about the organization, why didn’t they kill him earlier?

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This blackmail works for some reason. Are we sure this guy is really Dazai’s former partner?

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Something about Dazai just doesn’t sit well with me and I feel like this entire first half of the episode illustrates it.

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Wait…you were trying to kill Atsushi? Weren’t you trying to collect a bounty? And don’t say “but the bounty could be for the weretiger dead or alive” because there’s no reason to keep him alive right now. Just kill him right now. Leaving him alive just gives him plot convenience.

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The weak die for the strong? Where have I heard this before?

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Uhh…you don’t want to do that, Akutagawa. Atsushi’s power is a destructive, killing power that he can’t control just like Kyouka’s power. He’s going to use his protagonist ways to tell her that she can live a happy life.

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WHAT? Where was she hiding the trigger? How did she find explosives? And if the explosives were in the armory (which makes sense), how did she get access to it and why didn’t Akutagawa say something like “you triggered the explosives in the armory?” Heck, I would have been fine with “set off explosives”.

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Question mark?

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Uhh…if Atsushi only has weretiger mode enabled for his hands, does that mean he was able to pull Kyouka away from Akutagawa’s attack just using his human running speed?

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HAHAHAHA! They actually did the quick swap between their two faces while zooming scene for these two? That is so cheesy!

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Impossible! (Also, this is not leaping)

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Holy crap, this guy is indestructible.

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Wait…what? I know water can have a lot of resistance if you hit it with too much velocity, but you honestly expect me to believe that letting these two land face-first into this boat is a better landing than letting them hit the water?

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Final boss?

Although, it looks like next week’s episode is randomly about that female Port Mafia character from so many episodes ago. What’s the point? To get her or Akutagawa to join the Agency’s side? I guess we won’t have enough time for this Guild guy.

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 9: RIP Atsushi…’s wallet?

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I get that this is supposed to be part of her personality and whatnot, but I’m going to get really upset if this line is repeated too many time in this episode. It’s like the orphanage scene that we keep having to see.

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It’s such a pain to animate mouth movements in this scene, am I right? This entire conversation is just a still frame.

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Haha she actually makes them bribe her with tofu? I respect that.

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This face.

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Why exactly does Kunikida dislike the idea of letting Kyouka join the detective agency? Is it because they can’t trust her? Or because the police would try to arrest her for the murders she’s committed? I mean, all of those reasons are fine, but it’s annoying that he doesn’t actually give Atsushi a reason. It’s not like we don’t know what Atsushi is going to do…

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I don’t fully understand how Dazai’s power works in this scene. This choke hold looks really uncomfortable, but the power still takes a couple of seconds before nullifying Akutagawa. If that’s the case, could Akutagawa change his power into a spike and stab Dazai before Dazai’s power can activate and nullify it? I suppose he could always just use a gun to kill Dazai, so he probably just wants Dazai alive. Still…I’m mostly questioning if it’s theoretically possible.

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I almost got too distracted by Atsushi’s face here to notice the mistake.

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You know, I’d say something here, but I react the same way as Atsushi does when people show me “important or historical building”. Ohhhhh…ahhh…(seriously, can we just move on?)

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Atsushi’s wallet is impressive!

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Surprise Akutagawa!

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It’s surprising to me that it takes the president’s intervention to make this decision…

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Wait…he just lets Dazai go? I wouldn’t be surprised if Dazai says “you fell for it” and just gets away.

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Poor Rampo just wants senpai to notice him…

Not much from Atsushi this week, but next week’s episode looks promising. From the preview, it looks as though Atsushi will be doing all of the work. He’s becoming so useful! As for this week’s episode…okay, guys. Go ahead and give me the Kyouka fangasm. I’m ready for it!

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 8: The Shirou is strong in this episode

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I’d personally be more interested in the annoying phone ringing, but that’s just me. I’ve seen this girl somewhere in Bungou Stray Dogs fanart online…is she supposed to be a major character? But then again, I really shouldn’t draw conclusions based on fanart.

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But…why? She’s clearly using a power and she willingly touched you to do it? You’re safe, Dazai!

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Four times with her? High five, man!

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SHE KNOWS!

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If she says this right before these two are caught in a surprise attack, I’m going to be upset.

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Sigh…please don’t be the Port Mafia. Please…

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Ugh…he calls Atsushi out specifically. That means Atsushi is the target…it is the Mafia after all. I hate it when people do this…declaring that something is going to happen in some “unknown future time” only to have it happen immediately.

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As opposed to reversible death…I guess it’s a show about supernatural abilities, so I can’t get too upset.

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The Port Mafia Assassin label means she’s going to be an ally soon, right?

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I feel like this guy tries way too hard to sound deep. I’m just not interested in his discussion at all…

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STOP SHOWING ME THIS SCENE!

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This guy should really be suspicious about the fact that her body is covered in burn marks from his bombs.

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See?

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*facepalm*

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Haha…ridiculous speeches aside, this is an awesome power. It has a reasonable limitation and she adjusts for it by basically torturing her allies. These kinds of balanced powers tend to be my favorite.

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Holy crap…is Atsushi being…useful?

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Time for Atsushi to save her, right?

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And this is the moment when the fanart starts. Still, doesn’t this feel a bit rushed?

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Wow…I was honestly expecting Atsushi to save Kyouka in a later episode. This developed pretty quickly. But that aside, woohoo! Atsushi is helping! He’s finally a real character instead of just some random observer!

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Honestly, this episode played out almost like a script…but hey, people like cute developments like Kyouka, right?

Next week episode looks to be mostly filler as Atsushi learns more about Kyouka…then they’ll probably have to save Dazai, right?

Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 7: Bomb defusal squad

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Recap from last week: Azure Messenger set a bomb somewhere for the main characters to find. But yeah…what a respectful and polite terrorist! That’s such a kind letter that he left for them.

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I think this line loosely translates to “well, we don’t mind if you shoot missiles at us, but if the Internet starts flaming us, we’re screwed”.

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Yeah, Doppa couldn’t possibly be his father! He doesn’t get a wife for another 6 years!

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Oops…that’s not how you spell that word. Unless you actually mean that the ants in his brain are more solid than…normal ants?

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Good question.

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Maybe it’s the fact that I suspected Sasaki of being the culprit last week, but her knowledge of the Azure King seems really suspicious here. I know she was just introduced as a social psychologist, but it still feels too convenient.

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This is basically me in real life.

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So judging by Dazai’s statements before this scene, Sasaki is looking at Doppa’s description of his ideal woman. What I’m wondering is how she managed to open it to the correct page when Dazai handed the notebook to her closed. Does Doppa mark that page to review it every day?

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I understand that the point of these scenes is to show that Dazai is actually perceptive given how silly he acts, but I still hate every scene that involves both Dazai and Rampo. We get introduced to Rampo as this brilliant detective without a power and yet he always says the fewest lines to prove that. Instead, Dazai constantly steps in and explains things without any input from Rampo, begging the question of why they need Rampo to keep the Detective Agency alive in the first place.

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So what? The numbers are some sort of countdown or timer-related power that killed the driver because they weren’t refreshed by the user?

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This guy places a random number on you and then arbitrarily drops it to zero to kill you? Sounds like Dazai’s the only one who can beat this power and he’s busy fighting the musclehead.

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That’s better.

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That explains a lot. Does size just mean lateral dimensions? Because that wire gun seems like it has much more surface area and volume than a pocketbook.

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It’s not over yet!

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Who’s surprised by this? Just look at the shock on my face. I must admit, I had to think a bit when the hacker showed up because I wasn’t completely sure about him, but his explanation made too much sense.

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It’s hard to feel anything in this scene when you know that ridiculous healer exists in the Agency.

I’m really having a hard time enjoying these episodes. Next week, a new story?

Bungou Stray Dogs First Impressions (1): Powers unite!

Okay, everyone…another series that I’m going to watch knowing nothing beforehand. This series has been a “maybe” on multiple preview posts, so I feel like I’m obligated to at least watch the first episode.

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Oh god, another cooking show. WHAT HAVE I DONE??

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False alarm? My bad…

That aside, this line feels a little awkward to me. It’s grammatically correct, but something about it makes it sound like he’s actually sneaking into the kitchen with bowls of “tea on rice” smuggled under his shirt.

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An orphanage rejecting an orphan? Why do I get the feeling they’re going to have a really bad reason for doing this.

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Wow…that’s impressive. I’m pretty sure you have to be trying to have your legs out of the water like this.

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See? I told you he was doing that on purpose. That being said, it’s a pretty unreliable way to kill yourself. When he loses consciousness from oxygen loss, his body will relax and he’ll go horizontal with a 50% chance of facing upwards, which would allow him to breathe and resuscitate himself. If you really want to drown yourself, you should do it on your stomach, so you remain submerged. Everyone knows that…right? It’s not just me, right? I’m not crazy!

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The humor in this series is actually not bad. It doesn’t feel like it’s trying too hard to be funny yet.

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Okay, buddy…I get that your name is Dazai. No reason to randomly kick up the wind to make yourself look cool. Unless he actually has a supernatural ability to control wind that is being displayed here, I’m going to say this is trying too hard. I know supernatural powers are a part of this series, but I would expect his power should have something to do with his suicidal nature and wind just doesn’t seem to fit that.

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I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure that eating this much food while at the brink of starvation is dangerous…

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Uhh…okay…

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Oh, he only knows the tiger? Based on the discussion about the agency of people with superpowers, I was going to guess that he was the tiger…it would certainly explain why he was kicked out of the orphanage.

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Uhh…no. They wouldn’t tell him that the world would be better if he died if they were just kicking him out to save money. They know why the tiger is connected to him.

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That’s one way to convince a guy to chase the tiger that’s hunting him.

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Spoilers! The guy kills himself at the end?

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I’m getting tired of this scene repeating itself…it better be limited to the first episode.

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He’s looking at the moon, which means…he’s a were-tiger! I knew it all along! But yeah, like I said…the orphanage’s excuse of saving food made no sense and Dazai thought the same thing.

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Ohh…that was easy.

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That’s a random way to introduce the other characters in the show. It’s not hard to guess what kind of powers “Thou Shalt Not Die” and “Ultra-Deduction” are, but what the heck do “Be Not Defeated by the Rain” and “Doppa Poet” do? Maybe the first one is waterproof (which is a lame Aquaman-level power) or just general control over water? Or maybe it’s fire that vaporizes the rain? The Doppa guy’s power is obviously linked to the notebook he carries around, but his power’s name has the least amount of clues. Does he control events? He was talking about a schedule earlier…

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That’s a convenient way to convince him that he has a power. Atsushi’s power feels like it’s going to be a liability…too many things are out of his control.

This series plays both the opening and ending song right next to each other at the end? Well, that’s a convenient way to judge them back-to-back. Both songs are okay, but I put preference on the ED song mostly because of vocals. I prefer the singing style in the ED song over the OP song (and the music as well).

Note from the preview: looks like the Doppa Poet power is just manifesting whatever he writes in the notebook into reality.

Well, the series seems interesting so far. I’ll probably stick around for the mystery element, but I’m wondering whether I’ll get bored of it like I did with Hamatora. The shows seem somewhat similar.