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March comes in like a lion 2nd Season

March comes in like a lion 2nd Season

March comes in like a lion 2nd Season anime series cover
March comes in like a lion 2nd Season

Overview

March comes in like a lion 2nd Season (3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season / 3月のライオン 第2シリーズ) is the second season of the series March comes in like a lion, in case you couldn’t figure that out. But while this season does continue the story from the first, there’s a fairly major shift in how the story is told.

While the first season did include the other characters who surround our protagonist, Rei Kiriyama, he and his loneliness were the main focus. Season two takes a different turn, and one that I think suits the series much better. It’s still very much a drama, but now it’s more about how the other people around Rei help him, and how he in turn helps them.

For example, we get a lot more substance from Rei’s friendship with Nikaido in this season compared to the first. Nikaido is no longer portrayed somewhat as a nuisance, but more as he actually is, which is Rei’s best friend whether he wants to admit that or not.

Likewise, Rei’s involvement with the Kawamoto family increases during this season, as do his relationships with just about every other character. Interestingly, despite what I originally expected, his adoptive family played even less of a role, however.

I’m actually not sure if Kyouko made a real appearance in this season. She probably did at some point, but I really expected Rei’s turbulent relationship with her to be explored more fully. Perhaps if there’s a third season, which I hope there will be, we’ll get a bit more information regarding where Kyouko stands.

Also Souya, the reigning shogi champion, was an actual character in this season rather than just being someone Rei sees off in the distance. There’s an interesting plot “twist” regarding him which I won’t spoil, but it made me like him as a character more because it brought him down to Earth.

Improvements

So along with the fact that I preferred how this season took more of a holistic approach by incorporating more of the characters into Rei’s life in meaningful ways, there were a few other quality of life improvements. The main one was the removal of the CG cat scenes where they teach you how to play shogi.

I know that some people actually liked those parts of the first season, but I always felt like they took me out of the story. They never actually taught me anything that I didn’t learn just by watching the series since they weren’t all that in-depth, but the main thing I didn’t like about them was that they really served no purpose in my mind.

Yes, this is an anime about shogi. But you don’t need to know anything about shogi to watch and understand this anime. Shogi isn’t the focus of the series. The focus of the series is on the characters and how they grow and adapt, and shogi is just a tool used to illustrate that. Even the tournament arcs, which are heavy on the shogi gameplay, don’t require the viewer to know how to play shogi.

And that brings me to the next improvement of this season, more tournament arcs. Now, tournament arcs in this series aren’t the same as ones in shounen battle anime, but they’re still exciting. And perhaps this season didn’t actually have any more of them than the first did, but it felt like it did because it followed more characters than just Rei.

Shift in Focus

The fact that Rei isn’t the sole character we follow this time around is actually the thing I liked the most about this season when compared to the first. Rei’s definitely a good character, but so are a lot of the side characters, and the focus shifts in this season to illustrate that.

Along with Rei, we follow other side characters such as Nikaido and Shimada in small ways. But then we get the side characters who have major arcs mostly to themselves such as Hina and Sakutarou, whom from here on I’ll be calling Saku because that’s what his friends call him.

Sakutarou Yanagihara from the anime series March comes in like a lion 2nd Season
Sakutarou Yanagihara

Nikaido and Shimada are good characters in their own right, but from here on out I really want to focus on Hina and Saku because they have the best arcs in the entire series. That’s right, Rei isn’t even the focus of the best arcs despite being the main character. Also note that I will be spoiling these two arcs going forward.

Now that you’ve been warned about spoilers, let’s get into Hina’s arc. It focuses on the bullying which has been going on in her class for some time. There are three girls who are the main culprits, but everyone else in the class, including the teacher, pretend not to see what’s going on.

The original target of the bullying was one of Hina’s friends from elementary school, but after she transfers away due to the bullying, Hina becomes the new target for standing up to the bullies. I think this arc definitely had the highest highs and lowest lows from an emotional standpoint which is why it was so good.

I especially liked how the bullying was resolved, or at least began to be resolved once another teacher stepped in. Rei’s teacher, Mr. Hayashida, is cool and all, but I loved how Mr. Kokubu handled the situation when he said that the only evidence needed to prove bullying is happening is for there to be a victim who claims it is.

But despite how much I loved that arc, Hina’s arc wasn’t even my favorite. Instead, my favorite arc was titled Burnt Fields, and it followed Saku as he attempts to hold onto his last remaining shogi title. This may not have been the most exciting arc, but it definitely felt like it was the most important.

Yes, bullying is an important thing to combat as Hina taught us, but here we’re talking about what could be the end of Saku’s life (playing shogi). All of his friends have retired, and as the last of them, and the oldest current shogi player, all of their hopes and dreams rest on his shoulders.

Without his title he wouldn’t have anything as far as he’s concerned, so there’s already enough pressure as it is. But the added weight of all those cheering him on doesn’t help. He even mentions that if he loses he’ll simply retire, but that at the same time playing shogi is what keeps him alive so in a sense he really is playing for his life.

And, of course, I absolutely loved when, towards the end of the match, Saku decides that he’s going to keep winning for as long as he can, not just for himself, but for all of his friends who have retired before him. I actually thought he was going to end up dying in this arc, so I was glad to see him alive and celebrating his victory.

Conclusion

If you’ve read my review of the first season, you’ll know that I gave it a 7/10. However, the second season is better than that. In fact, the second season is much better than I expected it to be going in. In the end I gave it a 10/10, meaning it jumped farther than even Saekano in ratings between its first two seasons.

It should also come as little surprise that I ended up really enjoying this series because, after all, it is made by my favorite studio, Shaft. Yes, Fireworks wasn’t that good, but I have yet to be disappointed by one of their series, which means they know how to pick good projects to work on most of the time.

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That’s Just Senpai’s Dick

That’s Just Senpai’s Dick

That's Just Senpai's Dick manga cover
That’s Just Senpai’s Dick

Overview

It’s been over a year since my first manga review, so it’s about time I reviewed another. I was originally planning to do a dual review of the Scum’s Wish manga and anime, but I dropped the manga and didn’t actually want to watch the anime so that fell through.

Luckily I was recommended this masterpiece called That’s Just Senpai’s Dick (Sore wa Tada no Senpai no Chinko / それはただの先輩のチンコ). And, since it’s only one volume made up of eight chapters, it’s a nice, quick read which I appreciate since manga isn’t really my medium of choice.

So, what’s this manga about? It must be a hentai manga due to the title, right? Actually, no. According to MAL, it’s a comedy, ecchi, fantasy series, but I’d argue that doesn’t really describe what you’ll find inside. It’s not fantasy in the popular sense, and although it includes dicks, I wouldn’t really classify half of it as ecchi either.

It’s an anthology of seven short stories which take place within the same world in which dicks can be cut off, stay “alive,” and eventually grow back. While I’d say a few of the stories have ecchi parts, they’re all pretty different and cover a wide range of genres including comedy, romance, action, drama, horror, and slice of life.

And, while I’ll say that this manga is probably 18+, that’s mainly due to a few visuals and implied scenarios in it. Like I said, it’s not a hentai manga.

That’s Just Senpai’s Dick

The first chapter sets up the world in which all the other stories take place. We follow a high school girl who just wants to have a relationship with her favorite senpai’s dick (no, she doesn’t really care all that much about the person attached to it at this point).

This is when we learn the lore of the world, that it’s just like our world, except dicks can be cut off with specially-made guillotines without the owner dying. In fact, the dicks don’t die either, and instead become semi-sentient. The only problem is that they eventually do die after about a week, at which time they regrow on the original owner.

The main character of this story is having trouble keeping her senpai’s dick alive due to a number of different obstacles. However, in the end she opts to just harvest a new one every time the previous one dies.

And Now For That Warmth

While I can’t say that this second story is the most absurd of them all, I did find the premise to be one of the best. Unlike the girl from the previous arc, the main character this time around has no attraction to any one particular dick. Instead, she has a dream.

Her dream is to collect enough dicks to fill her back tub with them so that she can take a dick bath. It’s an ambitious dream and I was rooting for her all along the way. This one may have been the funniest of all the stories, especially when you see the scenes of her tossing around piles of dicks.

Also, it’s at this point that we learn that despite the cutting off of dicks being a possibility in this world, most girls don’t do it. In fact, this main character’s friends find her hobby to be a little weird.

Vol 1 Chapter 2: And Now For That Warmth from the manga That's Just Senpai's Dick
Vol 1 Chapter 2: And Now For That Warmth

Buried Relief

The third story was probably my favorite of them all because of how much of an emotional roller coaster it was. This story had horror, slice of life, romance, and drama. And if you know me, you’ll know I like my drama.

While I don’t want to spoil the endings of any of these stories, I think that goes double for this one. What I’ll say is that it’s about a romance between a girl and the dick (named Giovanni) of her ex-boyfriend. It’s a great story and I didn’t think that a manga about dicks could make me feel the way this chapter did.

It Was Like When I Caught That Grasshopper

Story number four is actually two chapters long and due to that is the most developed story. This one tackles more real-world topics about puberty and growing up, but in a very surreal way.

Basically it’s about a girl who finds a dick that attaches itself to her body. She’s unable to get it to come off, and must track down the boy who it belongs to. However, along the way she experiences what it’s like to have a dick for the first time, and her experiences are roughly equivalent to those of a boy going through puberty.

I actually think these two chapters had a decent amount of interesting things to say about sexuality, even if the plot was a bit strange. Also the grasshopper metaphor is definitely not the metaphor I would have chosen.

Rain of Life

Rain of Life was definitely the most absurd story in the entire anthology, and it technically wasn’t even about dicks, though they are involved. Instead it’s about a girl who collects the dicks of famous people, and then throws out a sex toy she had.

This sex toy then lands in some radioactive sludge and turns into a giant, sex toy monster, because why wouldn’t it? The monster then goes on a rampage through the city and the military has to be called in to fight it.

Remember how I said this manga had some action? Well this is the action chapter. Oh, also the sex toy monster grows stronger and larger by eating dicks, so there’s that. Some of the dialogue in this series, man.

The Last Dick

The Last dick is a continuation of the story from the first chapter of the manga. Remember how I mentioned that the girl kept on cutting off her senpai’s dick every time it regrew? Well now we learn that dicks actually only regrow a certain number of times.

This is a tale of two choices. Will Sakashita-san choose the boy she loves, or his dick? I thought it was actually a fairly compelling story about how her feelings have evolved over time, but what really made it good was the twist at the end. I mean, it’s still no Buried Relief, but The Last Dick is good too.

Fireworks

Fireworks is the third part of the trilogy which started with That’s Just Senpai’s Dick and continued with The Last Dick. I can’t really say too much about this story because it would spoil the ending of the previous chapter, but it follows Sakashita-san after the choice she made.

And, let me tell you, if you think the twist at the end of The Last Dick is something, wait until you see the twist at the beginning of Fireworks. In the end, Fireworks was a good way to conclude the series, though I do wish we got an epilogue of sorts like this for each of the previous stories.

That said, there is a bonus chapter at the end of Fireworks which has a mini epilogue for the second story, And Now For That Warmth.

Conclusion

I’ve only completed two manga, but That’s Just Senpai’s dick was definitely the better of the two. And, because I enjoyed reading it so much, I think I’ll give it a 10/10. I realize that this manga probably isn’t for everyone, but I really liked how it took such an absurd concept, told absurd stories with it, and was still able to have meaningful points.

Also the fact that it was a short anthology series also helped with the rating since I can’t do long manga. I simply prefer anime as a medium. If this series ever receives an anime adaptation, I’ll watch it. I’d expect it to be a short, and it might not be as good as the manga, but I’d still watch it.

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Fate/Apocrypha

Fate/Apocrypha

Fate/Apocrypha anime series cover art featuring Jeanne d'Arc and Sieg
Fate/Apocrypha Cover Art

Overview

Either I didn’t realize this week’s JoJo’s episode was going to be a recap, or I forgot. Either way, it’s a good thing I just finished Fate/Apocrypha last night so I can write about it today.

Fate/Apocrypha is generally seen as one of the worst anime entries of the series, and I’ll be the first to tell you that this isn’t actually the case. Yes, this Fate entry is set up a bit differently from the “classic” formula, but so is Prisma Illya, and that’s a great anime.

However, if you’re expecting this series to be like Fate/Zero or Fate/stay night: UBW, then sure, I could see how this entry might seem a bit off-putting. As I mentioned, it strays from the “classic” Fate formula of seven master-servant pairs battling it out for the Holy Grail, and instead features a whopping 16 servants split into two teams.

For some, all these characters are hard to keep track of, but if that’s your issue with the series, then it wasn’t meant for you in the first place. I’ve seen complaints which are all over the place in regards to the characters. Some complain that they’re too visually similar to each other, others complain that their designs are too “out there.”

As for the first type of complaint, I don’t know what anime they were watching, but none of the characters look alike in this series. Literally every one of the servants (which are the focus of the series) has an extremely unique design compared to each other.

For the latter complaint, this just seems like something people who are new to the Fate series as a whole might say. Fate has always been about depicting legendary and historic figures in unconventional ways, so why would you expect Apocrypha to be any different?

But, for some, the character designs don’t matter, it’s instead the sheer number of characters which makes this series daunting. To them, I’d say they’re not the target audience. It seemed clear to me that Apocrypha was pandering specifically to those who are fairly invested in the Fate series, and most likely play Fate/Grand Order.

Even though none of these servants have appeared in any of the other Fate series anime I’ve watched, I still knew who they all were from the start simply due to playing FGO. And, what makes it more clear to me that this series was meant for more “experienced” Fate fans is the fact that it didn’t take the time to explain much about what was happening or the servants involved.

It felt expected that anyone watching this anime was already familiar with the Fate universe, how the Holy Grail Wars work, what is and isn’t possible for masters/servants, and how servants work in general. And, that was pretty refreshing, because I’d rather have more action and less repeated explanation.

Basically, just like with any Fate anime, don’t go into this one expecting some profound plot. Yes, there is a plot, but the main focus is really on the action and being able to see some of your favorite Fate characters interacting with one another.

So, instead of explaining what happens in the series, next I’ll go through the servants present on both sides of the conflict. And, if you’re familiar with FGO, then you’ll probably notice that the Red team is pretty stacked.

Black

Saber – Siegfried, the hero who defeated the evil dragon Fafnir, is the Saber of the Black team, and yet he’s strangely not one of what I would consider the two main servants. Typically in Fate the Saber class gets the most time to shine because they’re considered the best, but this isn’t the case this time around.

Archer – Chiron, the Centaur who taught Greek heroes, is the Archer of Black. However, he doesn’t use his Centaur form in the anime, and instead looks like a pretty regular guy in armor other than his horse tail. As a teacher, he plays a mentor role for servants on both sides.

Lancer – Vlad III, also known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula, is the Lancer of Black. While not the main servant for his team, he serves as the defacto leader of the Black team since this Holy Grail War takes place in his homeland of Wallachia, Romania. He’s also the antagonist for the first cour of the series.

Rider – Astolfo, one of Charlemagne’s 12 Holy Knights, is the Rider of Black and also the main servant on the Black team. It’s strange to see a Rider, and Astolfo no less, as a protagonist, but he has a more entertaining character than anyone else on this team, so it makes sense.

Caster – Avicebron, a Jewish philosopher known for creating golems, is the Caster of Black. Unlike most of the other servants who are taking part in this Holy Grail War, Avicebron has no wish he wants granted by the Holy Grail, and so doesn’t care about the outcome. Instead, he just wants to finish creating his magnum opus.

Assassin – Jack the Ripper, the notorious London serial killer, is the Assassin of Black. However, despite being a part of the Black team, Jack flies solo. She and her master actively work against the masters and servants of both sides of the war.

Berserker – Frankenstein, or more specifically, Frankenstein’s monster, is the Berserker of Black. She doesn’t really talk, only grunts, and yet she’s one of the more charming characters in the series.

Ruler – Jeanne d’Arc, savior of France, isn’t technically on the Black team, but since the Red team has a Ruler of their own, she tends to stick with the servants of Black. And, since she’s not technically a servant of Black, she doesn’t have a master of her own, but is rather her own master in a sense.

Mordred vs. Frankenstein from the anime series Fate/Apocrypha
Mordred vs. Frankenstein

Red

Saber – Mordred, the son and killer of King Arthur, is probably my favorite servant in all of Fate. In fact, she’s the only Fate character I have a figure of, and I even have a second figure of her coming soon. Unlike Siegfried on the Black team, Mordred is the main servant for the Red team, even though she works independently from the other Red servants.

Instead, Mordred and her master, Necromancer, go off on their own to take the Holy Grail for themselves, not unlike Jack the Ripper on the other side. However, just because Mordred doesn’t work with her teammates doesn’t mean she works against them like Jack does.

Archer – Atalante, a huntress from Greek mythology, is the Archer of Red. She and the Rider of Red, Achilles, have a quasi-romantic relationship going on which was interesting to watch. She also has a severe mental breakdown later on and turns into Atalante Alter.

Lancer – Karna, son of the Sun god, is probably the strongest servant on either side of this Holy Grail War. Considering he essentially has the power of the Sun (like Escanor from The Seven Deadly Sins) as just one of his abilities/noble phantasms, it’s easy to see why this is the case.

Although I never cared about him in FGO, I really liked his character in Apocrypha because he just wants to have an all-out battle against Siegfried as heroes. He doesn’t care much about the Holy Grail, but he does care about his honor and the honor of his opponents.

Rider – Achilles, the hero of the Iliad, is the Rider of Red as mentioned previously. As someone who’s essentially immortal, Achilles is a pretty powerful opponent. However, the Archer of Black, Chiron, was his teacher and so knows all of his strengths and weaknesses.

Caster – Shakespeare, the famous playwright, is the most useless servant in Apocrypha. He really doesn’t do anything at all in the series until the very end, and even then he doesn’t fight, he just tries talking Jeanne into giving up. I guess he’s here to even out the fact that the Red team is pretty overpowered otherwise.

Assassin – Semiramis, Queen of Assyria, is the Assassin of Red and works in a similar capacity to Vlad III. While Vlad III is the king of his domain, Wallachia, Semiramis is the Queen of her, the hanging gardens of Babylon, which is the mobile base of the Red team.

Berserker – Spartacus, leader of a gladiator rebellion, is the Berserker of Red. He’s almost as useless as Shakespeare, but not quite because at least he can fight. The only problem is that he’ll fight servants from both sides as he sees fit, because he views them all as oppressors he needs to break free from.

Ruler – Amakusa Shirou, leader of a Japanese Roman Catholic rebellion, is the Ruler on the Red team. Like Jeanne, he’s technically not a servant of the Red team, but is instead his own Master. However, unlike Jeanne, he has a clear side because he makes himself into the master of all the Red team servants except Mordred.

Conclusion

Overall I actually rated Fate/Apocrypha an 8/10, which is higher than I expected when I started the series. If you’re not that into Fate, then this probably isn’t the best anime for you out of all the Fate entries, but if you’re interested in any of the characters I listed, then I think you’ll enjoy this series.

But, remember, it’s more about seeing the characters interact with each other and the action than the actual plot. So, if you can think of the series like that, I think you’ll find it very enjoyable.

Episode 22 in particular was basically all action and included major fights between a lot of the characters. It reminded me a lot of the Naruto vs. Pain fight from Shippūden in which the animation quality was bumped up and they decided to forgo sticking to the character models.

As a bonus, the OPs and EDs for this series are also really good, though the first OP and ED are my favorites, considering I’ve had those songs downloaded on my phone for months before even seeing the anime. I just love the music of both EGOIST and Garnidelia.

Have you seen Fate/Apocrypha? Or do you play FGO? If so, who’s your favorite servant? While Mordred is my favorite from probably both a character and design perspective, I love using Tamamo no Mae in FGO, so I plan to watch Fate/Extra Last Encore next.

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Danmachi: Sword Oratoria

Danmachi: Sword Oratoria

Danmachi: Sword Oratoria anime cover art featuring Lefiya, Tione, Tiona, and Ais
Danmachi: Sword Oratoria Cover Art

Overview

Danmachi: Sword Oratoria is a spin-off season of the not-quite-isekai anime known as Danmachi (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?). As a spin-off, instead of following the series’ main protagonist, Bell Cranel, we follow the heroine, Ais Wallenstein.

If you’ve seen the first season of Danmachi, you may remember Ais as that really strong, blonde swordswoman from the Loki Familia who saves Bell from a minotaur in the beginning of the series. She probably did other things, but it’s been a few years.

While Bell does make a few appearances in this season, he and Hestia are little more than background characters simply in place to remind us that this is, in fact, still Danmachi. But, while Ais is the star of the show, it’s really the Loki Familia as a whole that seems to be important.

The season follows the Loki Familia as they investigate the reason for high level dungeon monsters coming up to lower-level areas of the dungeon, and even the surface on one occasion. And, while this story doesn’t follow the same path as the original, it does happen alongside it, so multiple times we see events we’re already familiar with, but from a different angle.

The ultimate journey in this season is to level 59 of the dungeon, a place no adventurer has set foot before. Will Ais and the rest of the Familia find the answers to their questions here? No. Sorry to spoil it, but nothing really happens in the whole series and there isn’t really even an ending.

Maybe there will be a second season of Sword Oratoria which will continue the events of this season, but I think what’s more likely to happen is that season two of Danmachi (which has been announced, but doesn’t appear to have a release date yet) will be the converging point of the two current plot lines.

Ais Wallenstein and Lefiya Viridis from the anime Danmachi: Sword Oratoria
Ais Wallenstein and Lefiya Viridis

While I found the general premise of this spin-off to be fairly interesting, it still had some issues I felt were holding it back. Keep in mind that if I watched the original Danmachi season today, I’d probably have some of these same complaints, but since I watched it so long ago, I didn’t yet know what was good and what wasn’t.

My first issue is the art. I get it, art styles are a thing and who am I to say that the art in one series is any better or worse than the art in another?

At the beginning of the series, everything looked too flat, that’s the best way I can describe it. However, by the end I wasn’t noticing this issue as much, but I’m not sure if the art actually got better, or if I simply got used to it over the course of the season. I’m thinking it was a mixture of both.

The second issue is the animation. While there were certainly times when the animation was fairly good, most of it I would call mediocre. This mediocre animation combined with the flat art style really made a lot of the action sequences fall short for me. As the kids would probably say, their sakuga game was weak.

The final issue I want to mention were the enemies. Yes, there were a variety of enemies, from other adventurers, to minotaurs, to dragons, to giant skeleton floor bosses. However, the primary antagonist enemy was a plant. Now, this wouldn’t have been too bad, except we always came back to the plant, and a plant just isn’t that exciting.

At least the final battle against the plant boss was more interesting because it wasn’t just a plant with teeth (which I don’t even remember them using), this time it was a plant that was also a mage.

Characters

Ais Wallenstein is one of the two main characters of this series as well as its protagonist. She’s a member of the Loki Familia which is a guild-like organization led by the God(dess) Loki. She’s a level five swordswoman at the beginning of the series, and over the course of it becomes the fourth level six in the Familia.

For reference, there is only one level seven in the entire city of Orario where the dungeon is located, so being a level six is kind of a big deal.

The sword Ais generally uses is made of some material which is indestructible, although it still needs to be sharpened between battles. She’s also able to use a type of wind-based magic which allows her to drastically increase her speed, and therefore power as well.

Although Ais has the general appearance of a human, she’s actually a descendant of the Spirit race which were said to be the most powerful beings just below the gods. This is likely the cause of her great strength, although that’s not explicitly stated at any point.

My one complaint about Ais is that she doesn’t really have any sort of personality. She’s essentially a cardboard cutout, not unlike Violet was in the first episode of Violet Evergarden, although that was done for a reason. I don’t remember her character being this flat and uninteresting in Danmachi season one.

Lefiya Viridis is the other main character of the series. I don’t remember her at all from the original Danmachi, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she didn’t appear in that too, considering she has a number of run-ins with Bell throughout this season.

At the beginning of the series, Lefiya is a fairly useless, level one magic caster who belongs to the Loki Familia with Ais and the rest of the characters I’ll be going over in this section. She’s also an Elf, which seems to be the primary race of magic casters as far as I can tell.

The main reason Lefiya appears to be in this story is so that the viewer has someone to relate to. Unlike Bell, who started off weak and gradually became stronger through the effort he put in, Ais began this season already one of the strongest adventurers. So, Lefiya seems to be there so we have an underdog to root for.

Lefiya Viridis from the anime Danmachi: Sword Oratoria
Lefiya Viridis

The next couple of characters are less important, so I’ll go through them a bit quicker.

Finne, Riveria, and Gareth are the other three level six adventurers of the Loki Familia along with Ais. As the top three adventurers in the Familia, these three serve as the leaders just under Loki herself, and are the ones who are in charge when the Familia goes into the dungeon.

Finne appears to be a berserker of some sort, Riveria is a magic caster, and Gareth is the tank.

Below those three, as well as below Ais, at least after she becomes a level six, are Bete, Tione, and Tiona. I don’t remember if their levels were ever explicitly stated, but they’re more than likely either level fours or fives. Bete and Tiona are berserkers and Tione seems to be an assassin of some sort.

As a side note, you may have heard Bete’s voice somewhere more recently such as Bakugo from My Hero Academia, or even Zack from Angels of Death, coach Tachibana from Hanebado! and the Dendritic Cell from Cells at Work! He’s also in like every other anime ever made.

Conclusion

So how does Danmachi: Sword Oratoria compare to other anime? It’s a fairly solid 6/10. The story is really what makes this season what it is, otherwise it would have simply been a 5, or even a 4 if the story was bad. It’s nothing special, but it’s still a good watch as long as you have nothing better instead.

While I do plan to watch the second season of Danmachi, I’m not so sure I would watch a second season of Sword Oratoria if one was made.

The OP for Sword Oratoria is available here.

So what are your thoughts on Sword Oratoria? Do you like it more or less than the main story? Let me know in the comments, and while you’re down there, click the like button if you enjoyed this content. You can also follow me on Twitter or Tumblr, or subscribe to this blog via email to get notified every time a new post goes live.

My review of Danmachi II is available here.

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KonoSuba OVA 2

KonoSuba OVA 2

KonoSuba OVA 2 anime cover art featuring Megumin
KonoSuba OVA 2 Cover Art

Overview

On Wednesday I reviewed the first KonoSuba OVA, and today it’s time to review the second. Unfortunately, this OVA isn’t as good as the first, but if you enjoyed the KonoSuba series, then you should still enjoy this. It’s basically just more of the main characters doing stupid things.

Once again, Kazuma is at the center of the rest of the gang’s misfortune. Ever since he and his party have become famous due to “defeating” three of the Demon King’s generals, he’s been bragging and showing off around the guild hall. Because of this, a variety of quests have come in asking for him specifically.

Normally Kazuma would be the kind of person to decline such ridiculous quests in favor of a life of leisure, but his pride seems to be getting the better of him because he can’t decline a quest if someone is watching (especially a fan of his). This is where the trouble comes in for the rest of the party.

The first quest Kazuma accepts is to defeat a golem hiding within some ruins. After convincing Darkness and Megumin to join him, he steals Aqua‘s staff in order to force her to come along as well. When they arrive, he discovers that the golem is actually a giant Japanese mech.

Darkness distracts the mech in the only way she knows how, and Megumin gives it a good ol’ blast of explosion magic, but not after making Aqua agree to build her something even cooler than the mech in return for destroying it. While the gang is celebrating their victory, the collapsed mech self-destructs, catching them all in the explosion.

Megumin and Chomusuke from the second KonoSuba anime OVA
Megumin and Chomusuke

The next quest Kazuma accepts is to go back to the same ruins where the mech was and explore it. Surprisingly, this seems like a fairly simple quest (it is) and Kazuma and his party can even keep whatever treasure they find within. The mention of treasure is all it takes to convince Aqua to help out this time.

Within the ruins they find a variety of modern Japanese appliances and toys, which only Kazuma, and probably Aqua, recognize. In one of the inner chambers they also find a diary left behind by the creator of the ruins, a Japanese man who was sent to this world much like Kazuma.

This unnamed man was reborn with the divine power to create anything he could imagine, and unsurprisingly, he was the one who created the giant mech guarding the ruins. It turns out that he had been researching how to create a beautiful female mech, but had failed many times over the years.

It’s also revealed that this is the same inventor who created the giant walking destroyer the gang had to take down in order to save the city. You know, the guy who wrote another diary entry mentioning how he was stuck on the destroyer because he didn’t invent a way to stop it.

Anyway, he apparently succeeded in creating his beautiful female mech, but it’s a sadist who uses whips and other BDSM “devices” on its master. The gang finds and activates the mech, and Kazuma declares himself its master, which is how we learn of the mech’s affinity for sadism.

Supporting Characters

In my review of the KonoSuba series I covered the four main characters, Kazuma, Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness, and in my review of the first OVA I covered the supporting characters Yunyun, Wiz, and Eris. This time around I’ll be covering some of the supporting characters who appear in this OVA.

The new character, specific to this OVA, is Ran. She introduces herself to Kazuma as one of his fans after she heard about his exploits as a veteran adventurer. Ran explains that she’s a novice adventurer about the same age as Kazuma and that she wants to be like him one day.

It’s because of Ran’s presence that Kazuma accepts the unreasonable requests that he does throughout this episode. He doesn’t want to look like a loser in front of his first fan, after all. However, it turns out that Ran was actually hired by the adventurers guild itself to pretend to be Kazuma’s fan as a way to motivate him.

The guild recognizes that although Kazuma’s party is made up of a bunch of troublemakers, they do actually get results when needed. Because of this, the guild needed some way to motivate Kazuma to keep accepting requests that were too difficult for other parties, and Ran was the answer.

Ran from the second KonoSuba anime OVA
Ran

Luna is the official quest-giver in the guild hall and as such appears to be the one who gave Ran the quest to motivate Kazuma by pretending to be his fan. It’s from a conversation between Luna and Ran that we learn the details of Ran’s quest.

Other than doing her normal duties as official quest-giver, Luna doesn’t play any special role within this OVA.

The third supporting character is Kyouya Mitsurugi, a veteran adventurer who, like Kazuma, is a Japanese citizen who was reincarnated into the fantasy world in order to defeat the Demon King. He was reincarnated with the cursed sword, Gram, which only he can wield.

Kyouya is essentially the white knight protagonist that you would expect to find in an isekai anime, but instead we get Kazuma, and I’m so glad that’s the case. In this OVA, Kyouya isn’t tailed by his two female party members like he is in the series.

As a bonus, Chomusuke made an appearance in this OVA as well. Chomusuke is Megumin‘s pet demonic cat.

Conclusion

While the series is a 9/10 and the first OVA is a 10/10, this second OVA is only a 7/10. Unfortunately, while I found it to be entertaining, it simply wasn’t as funny or engaging as the rest of the series’ content. But, as I stated at the beginning of this review, it’s still more KonoSuba.

The OP for the second OVA is the same as the second season of the series and can be viewed here.

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