Summer 2018 Week 2

Summer 2018 Week 2

Island

We’ve got a lot to cover today so let’s jump right into the first episode of the week, Island episode 2! This week the big piece of information we learned is that the four main characters are all reincarnations of people from legends about the island.

While it’s set up so that the viewer isn’t quite sure if this information is true or not, I’m going to say now that it’s true. If it isn’t true, that would be such a shock to me that I may actually like the series more. It’s not everyday an anime has the guts to go against the expected plot.

Karen (the tsundere) also started working as a maid with Setsuna at Rinne’s mansion. I have yet to see what Setsuna sees in Rinne; Karen is clearly the best girl.

Hanebado!

Before actually getting into this week’s episode of Hanebado! I just want to mention how much I love (most of) the OP for this series. I’m sure I’ll talk about this more in my review of the series once it’s complete, but the animation at the beginning and end of the OP is flawless.

With that out of the way, this second episode was more interesting than the first. The two main girls each became slightly more interesting characters once they began to work past their issues. The tall girl (I don’t know any of their names yet) was able to overcome her slump, and the short girl joined the Badminton club.

At this point in the series I’m still not entirely sure how their relationship is going to end up, but something tells me they’ll have to end up being both rivals and teammates, kind of like Naruto and Sasuke.

One Room Second Season

Since last week was episode 0, a recap episode, this week was the first real episode of One Room Second Season. Surprisingly, this first episode was also the obligatory beach episode, something we typically see in the second half of a season.

This series has always been about fan service, which is why it’s about cute girls and shown from a first person perspective, but I didn’t remember just how much about fan service it was until watching this episode. I was quickly reminded that “our” (the protagonists) eyes tend to wander elsewhere when “we’re” talking to girls.

Overlord III

Overlord III started airing this week and I was actually surprised by how much I was looking forward to it. Rather than just playing the ED, Myth & Roid plays the OP for this new season which I prefer over the OP songs for seasons one and two.

As for the content of the episode, it was basically just filler which isn’t necessarily what I want to see from the first episode of a 13 episode season. Despite it being filler, however, I still found it to be an enjoyable watch.

Ainz Ooal Gown decided to give the NPCs under him some well-deserved time off. Unfortunately, as NPCs, they don’t really understand what to do with their time off. I think the best part of this episode was when Albedo was unable to ride her bicorn summon because she’s a pure maiden.

Albedo, Shalltear, and Aura Bella from the anime Overlord III
Albedo, Shalltear, and Aura Bella

Angels of Death

Angels of Death started last week, but I didn’t pick it up until this week because I thought it looked stupid. Well, guess who was right. This anime is the “edge of the season” as far as the anime I’m watching goes, although Happy Sugar Life may actually be more edgy.

The series is kind of like Saw mixed with a death game. Each floor of the building is home to a different serial killer, and people known as sacrifices are let loose on one of the many floors. Our protagonist, Rachel, is one such sacrifice.

After escaping the floor she started on, and escaping the next floor thanks to the help of a murderer named Zack, the pair move onto the third floor (third to them, not actual third floor). In this episode, Rachel looked around the floor, while Zack destroyed a bunch of tombstones.

This episode was even more slow and boring than the first one, but I’ll probably stick with the anime until the end just so I can write about it.

The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar

The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar is another anime which started last week, but I didn’t pick up until now. Originally I skipped it because it looked like a terrible isekai, and I thought I was already going to be watching one of those with How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, but since that turned out to be good, I gave this a try.

While I was wrong about Demon Lord, I was absolutely correct about The Master of Ragnarok. It’s another standard isekai with a wimpy, white knight protagonist in a fantasy world called Yggdrasil, because that’s what they’re always called. Oh, and he has a smartphone so you already know I’m mad.

This week, the Wolf and Horn clans defeated the Hoof clan in battle. Other than that, it was just fan service as usual for isekai anime. The pink haired girl (the best girl) wants to marry the protagonist, but since he’s not a man, he’s afraid of girls.

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord

This week’s episode of Demon Lord was even better than the last. The gang signs up to be adventurers and has their levels checked. While Rem is a higher level than Shera, 40 and 30 respectively, Diablo’s level is so high it can’t be checked.

After becoming adventurers, they go on a mission which looks like a trap, which it is. However, since Diablo is completely OP, he blows up, then freezes an entire forest like it’s no big deal, which for him, it isn’t.

I’m still hopeful that this series will be another great entry into the isekai genre like KonoSuba.

Harukana Receive

Harukana Receive is the other sports anime I’m watching this season along with Hanebado! While I want Harukana Receive to be the better of the two because it’s about beach volleyball, that sadly isn’t the case.

This week we got some of the backstory for Kanata and Narumi and why they no longer play together. Haruka and Kanata also had their rematch against Narumi and Ayasa, and won because of Haruka’s trick play which involved Kanata receiving instead of setting.

I won’t say this anime has no hope yet, but it’s not looking good so far.

Cells at Work!

The final anime of the week is Cells at Work!, yet another that started last week, but I didn’t pick up until this week. Originally this anime went under my radar, but then I was introduced to the memes, mostly those about the loli platelets.

While I did in fact start this anime because of the memes, it actually turned out to be a pretty decent series so far, although the platelet lolis are still the best part. Luckily, this episode the platelets had a fair amount of screen time so it was good.

In this week’s episode an abrasion occurred and the platelets came to the rescue while the white blood cells fought off the germs. This happened in the second half of the episode, however, and the first half was just Red Blood Cell being lost as usual.

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