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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Review

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Review

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc

What Was the Point of This Arc?

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hashira Geiko-hen / 鬼滅の刃 柱稽古編) is the fourth and shortest season of the anime. Both of those descriptors are probably going to generate some backlash from some people. So, allow me to explain.

Yes, the Hashira Training Arc is the fourth, not fifth, season. It’s the fifth arc. The anime arcs are:

  1. Demon Slayer
  2. Mugen Train
  3. Entertainment District
  4. Swordsmith Village
  5. Hashira Training
  6. Infinity Castle

I think people forget that the Mugen Train Arc was a movie, not a season. Yes, it also got released split into episodes, which I think is how I watched it. But it’s still not a season. And that’s also why this is the shortest season. Yes, the Mugen Train Arc is shorter than the Hashira Training Arc, but it’s a movie.

Serpent Hashira Obanai Iguro and Tanjirou Kamado from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc
Serpent Hashira Obanai Iguro and Tanjirou Kamado

So, what was the point of this min-arc? It’s really here as a transition from the main series to the final arc. Demon Slayer is kind of the opposite of My Hero Academia. MHA would benefit from wrapping up quicker. Meanwhile, Demon Slayer kind of just jumps to the end.

I don’t know if the mangaka got bored of it or what. But it’s pretty clear that someone decided that the series needed to hurry up and end. Before this arc, it felt like there would be a few more seasons before the final arc. There’s still a lot of character development that needs to happen.

And that’s the main thing this season does. It doesn’t do a good job of it, but it attempts to speed-run some character development before the final arc. Tanjirou gets a training montage, some of the Hashira get token screen time, and Zenitsu suddenly becomes serious and stops being cringe.

Sanemi, Obanai, and Gyoumei

Let’s talk about some of the token Hashira screentime. Tanjirou trained with most of the Hashira (not Shinobu) and Tengen, the former Sound Hashira. Now, you might expect that each Hashira got an episode to themself, but that’s not the case. Only some Hashira got dedicated episodes. Others had to share.

That’s kind of a problem when you consider how little we know about some of the Hashira. I’d argue that the first season of the series focused on Shinobu as a Hashira, so it’s fine that we didn’t get more of her. Then, Rengoku and Tengen got their own arcs. And Mitsuri and Muichirou shared an arc.

What about Giyu, Sanemi, Obanai, and Gyoumei? Giyu was pretty important back in Season 1, but we didn’t learn about his backstory until now. In this season, he got a one-episode backstory.

Stone Hashira Gyoumei Himejima from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc
Stone Hashira Gyoumei Himejima

Sanemi is a little different because, although we never got an arc focused on him, we did get his backstory last season. His backstory is the same as his younger brother’s backstory. However, this season could have dove more into his relationship with his brother. It didn’t. We just saw Sanemi angry with Genya, like usual.

Obanai has it the worst. We never got an arc focused on him, and as far as I remember, we never got his backstory, either. All we know about him is that he has a crush on Mitsuri, and that doesn’t change with this season.

Finally, Gyoumei gets a one-episode backstory in this season. That’s not a lot of Gyoumei content, but I actually think he has one of the best backstories of any Hashira. I just wish we had more time to get to know him. Once I saw his backstory, I was pretty interested in him.

Setting Up for the Finale Trilogy

Now that Tanjirou’s at least met each Hashira one-on-one, we can move on to the final arc, right? That’s what it feels like this season was trying to say. I don’t agree with that. I would have rather we got full arcs for Sanemi, Obanai, and Gyoumei.

That’s not the only way this season “sets up” for the end of the series, though. Tanjirou’s season-long training montage was also an important part. Before this arc, I would have said there was no way Tanjirou could defeat Muzan Kibutsuji. So, the mangaka had to change that.

Was this training arc successful? No. We didn’t actually see Tanjirou develop any new techniques. He’s the same Tanjirou as before, but slightly physically stronger. Oh, and he got in a bit of training against other swordsmen. But does that matter when his opponents are going to be demons?

Wind Hashira Sanemi Shinazugawa from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc
Wind Hashira Sanemi Shinazugawa

I just don’t think any of the training he did in this arc specifically prepared him for the final battle. And it’s not only Tanjirou I feel this way about. The purpose of this training arc for the Hashira was to awaken their markings. None of them did that in this season.

Did the normal demon slayers at least get stronger to help in the final battle? Nope. As I said, nothing actually changed in this arc. It’s only here to bridge the gap between the main series and the conclusion. You know, the gap that shouldn’t be there.

The last thing I want to mention is Zenitsu’s change. I wouldn’t exactly call it development. But toward the end of the season, he receives a letter, and his demeanor changes. Then, when we see him falling into the Infinity Castle, he looks serious and detached. He just flipped a switch, I guess.

Final Thoughts

I gave Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc a 7/10. Some of you might think that’s high for what was effectively a throwaway season. But it still had good art, good animation, and at least one interesting backstory in Gyoumei’s. For a “filler” arc, it was good.

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Kaiju No. 8 Review

Kaiju No. 8 Review

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Kaiju No. 8

The Best Kaiju Anime?

Kaiju No. 8 (Kaijuu 8-gou / 怪獣8号) was the biggest surprise of the season for me. It tied with KonoSuba 3 as my highest-rated anime of the spring 2024 season. KonoSuba being up there was expected. But I figured Kaiju No. 8 would get a 6/10 rating.

This series might also be the best kaiju anime I’ve seen. That’s not exactly saying much since I haven’t seen many kaiju anime. But I feel like I’ve probably seen most of the big ones, like SSSS.Gridman and SSSS.Dynazenon. I can’t think of any others off the top of my head.

Usually, though, kaiju series don’t interest me all that much. I’ve never been into large monster movies or series. However, something about Kaiju No. 8 is different. And it might be that the focus isn’t on a large kaiju or mech.

Kafka Hibino protecting Akari Minase from the anime series Kaiju No. 8
Kafka Hibino protecting Akari Minase

Sure, Kaiju No. 8 has large kaiju in it. But, the focus isn’t on a single large kaiju like in Godzilla. I’d argue that Godzilla is the main character in those movies, even if there’s technically a different human protagonist. And in stuff like Gridman and Dynazenon, we have giant mechs, which also aren’t usually my thing.

In Kaiju No. 8, it feels like the characters are a bit more important. And while the main character is a pseudo-kaiju himself, he’s the size of a large human. Because of that, the series is almost more similar to a shounen battle anime.

We have pseudo-kaiju with superhuman abilities, like we see in shounen battle series. And there are also plenty of characters with unique and powerful weapons, like Mina, Shoushiro, and Kikoru. Oh, and Mina has a tiger that fights alongside her. That’s pretty “shounen battle anime” of her if you ask me.

The Eighth Kaiju

Let’s talk about the titular Kaiju No. 8. Why is the series called that? It’s pretty clear if you actually watch the series. The Japanese government numbers kaiju that reach a certain threshold of power. I don’t remember what the exact system is, but it doesn’t matter.

The point is that before Kafka became a pseudo-kaiju, there were seven known kaiju that reached that threshold. He was the eighth, which is why he’s Kaiju No. 8. In this first season of the series, we also meet Kaiju No. 9 and Kaiju No. 10, which are both also humanoid.

So, are all of the numbered kaiju humanoid? No. And we know this because we also get to see Kaiju No. 2 in a flashback. That one was a traditional kaiju. But, if that’s the case, why are all the new numbered kaiju humanoid? We don’t know yet, but I’m sure there’s an explanation.

Captain Shoushirou Hoshina from the anime series Kaiju No. 8
Captain Shoushirou Hoshina

I think this concept of their being more powerful, numbered kaiju is pretty interesting. Not necessarily because I care about the numbering system, but because they’re used for some world-building. For example, Kikoru’s father fights with gauntlet weapons made from the corpse of Kaiju No. 2.

And if I’m remembering correctly, the suits that the Kaiju Defense Force wears are also made from the remains of one of the numbered kaiju. Or maybe they’re only based on one of the kaiju. Either way, we see that humanity is improving its technology by using kaiju remains.

Hopefully, we get to see more of that going forward. Like, is the large weapon Mina uses based on one of the numbered kaiju? What about the different kinds of rounds the Kaiju Defense Force uses? I don’t think those were ever explained, but they have elemental properties.

Season 2 Confirmed

Something I was excited about was that a second season of Kaiju No. 8 was confirmed when this season ended. We don’t have to worry about whether the anime will continue; we know more is coming. However, the manga is still ongoing.

I bring up the manga being ongoing to say that I don’t know if we’re ever going to get a conclusion to the anime. It seems unlikely that this second season will conclude it unless it has an original ending. And since we don’t know how long the series will end up being, it may never get an anime conclusion.

Is that necessarily a bad thing? No. I liked this season and am glad to see more of it coming. But it’s also not a series I need to get a full adaptation. There’s not really all that many anime I feel that strongly about.

Kikoru Shinomiya saluting from the anime series Kaiju No. 8
Kikoru Shinomiya saluting

If I had to pick one series that I think needs a complete adaptation, it’s Girls’ Last Tour. That series covered two-thirds of the manga. It could easily be concluded within a single movie. But that’s also one of my favorite manga. I’m not that invested in Kaiju No. 8.

As I said earlier, I kind of view this series as a shounen battle series. Those tend to be so long that there’s no point in thinking about whether they’ll get a complete adaptation. Though, to be fair, most of the big ones do. Hunter x Hunter is a notable exception, but that’s because of the mangaka.

What I will say that makes Kaiju No. 8 different from all those shounen battle series is that it doesn’t seem as marketable. This series isn’t competing with things like Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia, or Jujutsu Kaisen. Fewer people care about it.

Final Thoughts

Kaiju No. 8 gets an 8/10 from me. I liked this series a lot. Not enough to go read the manga. But enough that I’m looking forward to Season 2 and will probably review the episodes weekly when it airs. If you didn’t check this series out while it was airing, I recommend you give it a try now.

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Sound! Euphonium 3 Review

Sound! Euphonium 3 Review

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Sound! Euphonium 3

The New Eupho in Town

Sound! Euphonium 3 (Hibike! Euphonium 3 / 響け!ユーフォニアム3) is the final entry in the series. I guess it’s technically possible that there could be some additional spin-offs, like Liz and the Blue Bird, but the main story is over.

Also, in case you want to watch this season, be aware that it doesn’t directly follow Season 2. Sound! Euphonium is one of those annoying series that has canon movies. So, the watch order is actually:

  1. Sound! Euphonium
  2. Sound! Euphonium 2
  3. Sound! Euphonium: Our Promise: A Brand New Day
  4. Sound! Euphonium: Ensemble Contest Arc
  5. Sound! Euphonium 3

The first two seasons cover Kumiko’s first year at Kitauji. The two movies after those cover her second year at Kitauji. And, this third season covers her final year, when she’s the president of the school’s band. Though, she was also technically the president in the Ensemble Contest Arc.

Mayu Kuroe winking at Kumiko Oumae from the anime series Sound! Euphonium 3
Mayu Kuroe winking at Kumiko Oumae

This season might be the best season of the series. It’s either this or the first season. And that’s because it actually introduces a different major plot point. Most of the seasons/movies were pretty repetitive in that it was all about the younger vs. older students regarding how the band functioned.

That’s not the case this time around. At least, not primarily. Instead, the main plot point is that a new third-year Euphonium player, Mayu Kuroe, transfers in. Before this point, Kumiko’s only direct competitor was Kanade. But now, Kumiko has to compete for her spot against an equally skilled student in her same year.

Starting this year, the band also implements a new auditioning system. There’s going to be an audition for every single concert. So, because Kitauji is a meritocracy, there’s no guarantee that its president, Kumiko, will be playing. How will that affect the band’s morale?

I’m Embarrassed for Kumiko

Let’s get into how this season plays out. Right from the start, Mayu causes problems. She knows she’s at least as good at playing the Euphonium as Kumiko. So, she’s immediately a threat to Kumiko. However, Mayu’s someone who doesn’t really want to cause conflict.

She’d rather step aside and not participate in the auditions than usurp Kumiko’s spot and throw the club into disarray. That’s somewhat similar to the main conflict in the previous seasons/movies. However, it’s also sort of the opposite. It’s the new student wanting to step aside, not the new student wanting a fighting chance.

Anyway, Kumiko ends up losing out on the Euphonium solo in the national competition to Mayu. You know, the competition she’s been trying to win gold at for the last three years. And now that Kitauji finally won it (spoilers), Kumiko didn’t even have the leading role.

Reina Kousaka crying from the anime series Sound! Euphonium 3
Reina Kousaka crying

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that development. On one hand, it was good for Kumiko’s character arc. All this time, she’s been preaching about how Kitauji is a meritocracy. But now, she finally had to stand by her words. This was the first time this meritocracy affected her personally.

So, yeah, in that regard, Mayu defeating Kumiko was good. It showed us that Kumiko’s someone who can stand by what she believes is right. However, there’s also the other side of things. As a viewer, I would have much rather seen Kumiko play the solo alongside Reina.

How could the biggest competition of the series not have Kumiko and Reina in the spotlight together? It’s whatever the opposite of fan service is. Fan disservice. This competition should have been the highlight of the series. But in the end, I don’t think it was.

(Almost) The Worst Timeline

Okay, it’s time to move on to the epilogue of the series. Throughout this season, there was a debate about what Kumiko wanted to do post-graduation. Obviously, Reina wanted her to go to a music school. But most people, including Kumiko, couldn’t see her doing that.

Well, we now know what Kumiko ended up doing: teaching. As the saying goes, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” I guess Kumiko took her loss to Mayu to heart and decided she’s not good enough at music to pursue it as a career. So, she became a music teacher instead.

Specifically, she became a music teacher at Kitauji. But don’t worry, she didn’t take Taki-sensei’s job. Kumiko is only the assistant advisor. I assume Taki-sensei is still teaching at Kitauji at this point. We don’t see him, but there’s no indication that he isn’t.

Kumiko Oumae as a music teacher from the anime series Sound! Euphonium 3
Kumiko Oumae as a music teacher

So, why is this (almost) the worst timeline? First, what’s the true worst timeline? The true worst timeline would be if we got confirmation that Kumiko and Shuuichi ended up together. We didn’t get that, so I can still hold out hope that she’s actually in love with Reina.

Okay, but why is this ending almost as bad as that? Isn’t it nice that Kumiko became a teacher at Kitauji? Yes. I think that’s a job that suits her and that she’ll find enjoyable. But the reason this ending is bad is because of Reina. Reina isn’t here.

In fact, Reina isn’t even in Japan. She left Japan to attend a music school in the United States. Other than the Shuuichi ending, it’s hard to imagine a worse ending than one in which Kumiko and Reina aren’t even on the same continent. Why couldn’t we have been told they’re now “roommates?”

Final Thoughts

Sound! Euphonium 3 is a 7/10. Mayu’s introduction was a much-needed addition to the series. Finally, some of the drama personally affects Kumiko. It gave Kumiko a great opportunity to grow. However, I also think that there were some missed opportunities, such as the whole solo thing.

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Highspeed Etoile Review

Highspeed Etoile Review

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Highspeed Etoile

I Hate Everything About This Anime

I hate Highspeed Etoile (ハイスピードエトワール). In fact, I hate it so much that I delayed writing this review for over an hour. I just sat here with a blank document in front of me because I didn’t want to have to write about it. But here we are at last.

Okay, so let me say one positive thing about the series before the rest of this review is negative. The cars don’t look terrible. That’s it. I have nothing else nice to say. The rest of the anime looks terrible and is terrible in every other way.

I guess we can continue with how the series looks before moving on to some of the more egregious issues. The big thing you’ll notice right away when watching it is that it’s mostly bad 3D CGI animation. There are some shots that aren’t, but those shots somehow look even worse.

Rin Rindou and Towa Komachi from the anime series Highspeed Etoile
Rin Rindou and Towa Komachi

The backgrounds are generally pretty bland across the board. This isn’t an issue exclusive to this series. However, because of the CGI-animated characters, the bland backgrounds stand out a lot more. And the backgrounds that aren’t necessarily bland tend to be low-resolution or unpolished.

Now, something I thought would be pretty good is if this series focused a lot on the racing aspect. Most of the racing anime I’ve seen are more character-focused. So, I figured more action might be nice. Well, the action in this series is bland, too.

There are a few factors that contribute to this. But one of the main ones is that I don’t think the creators of this series know anything about racing. And that’s going to be a running theme in this review. If you’re a racing fan, which I am, Highspeed Etoile is painful to watch.

Racing Meets Shounen Battle Protagonist

Potentially my least favorite part of this entire terrible series is the protagonist, Rin Rindou. She’s basically a shounen battle series protagonist. You know, she’s as dumb as a bag of bricks but has some magical, undescribable power that makes her “the best.”

The thing is, that doesn’t exactly work in a series like this. Highspeed Etoile is basically about a future motorsport that’s similar to Formula 1. It’s the top-end racing category in the world. But do you know how much experience Rin has when she enters the series? None.

I’m pretty sure that Rin has never driven a car before when they throw her into the first race of the season. Obviously, she loses. I think she actually got disqualified. But that doesn’t stop her team. They stick with Rin because they somehow know she has “the magic touch.”

Sophia B. Tokitou and Rin Rindou from the anime series Highspeed Etoile
Sophia B. Tokitou and Rin Rindou

Rin doesn’t know how to operate her car. She doesn’t know the rules of racing. And she has no desire to train. She’s not a protagonist you can root for. There’s no real character growth to be had here. The only “growth” she gets is that she magically becomes a better driver after like four or five races.

That’s not all I have to say about Rin, though. She also doesn’t even know who the best drivers in the sport she’s competing in are. When she meets Lorenzo M. “King” Salvatore, the world champion whom she’s literally raced against, she doesn’t recognize him.

She also spent an entire day with Alice “Queen” Summerwood, the second-best driver in the world, and didn’t know who she was either. As I said, Rin is entirely clueless about everything that has to do with racing. Imagine being a current F1 driver and not knowing Hamilton or Verstappen.

Did I Mention I Hate Everything About This?

Let’s discuss some of the other reasons real racing fans will hate this series. But first, am I really a racing fan? Yes. I’ve been watching F1 for over a decade and have attended multiple races. I also used to watch WEC and MotoGP.

I like racing. That’s why I want there to be a good racing anime. Highspeed Etoile is not that. Even if Rin didn’t exist in this series, there are so many other things wrong with it. As I already mentioned, I don’t think the creators understand racing.

Did you know that every car in this series has AI in it? Some are completely AI-driven. And others have AI that do almost everything. Rin doesn’t even need to drive her car if she doesn’t want to. AI racing is a real thing that’s becoming possible, but it defeats a huge point of racing.

Towa, Youran, Rin, Sophia, and Kanata from the anime series Highspeed Etoile
Towa, Youran, Rin, Sophia, and Kanata

Pitstops in this series are also fully automated and somehow take far longer than manual pitstops currently do in F1. The cars are also electric, which is fine. But when one of the tracks loses power, all the cars stop on track. That’s not how electric cars work.

These cars all have push-to-pass buttons, which also isn’t new. However, when Rin uses it to unlap herself, everyone views it as a sign of her greatness. All she did was press a button to go faster than a person who’s not even racing against her — because he’s a lap ahead.

It’s all these details that make the series frustrating to watch. It legitimately feels like people with no interest in racing made an anime based on their assumptions about what racing is like. They don’t actually know, though, so they missed the mark.

Final Thoughts

Does it surprise you to learn that I gave Highspeed Etoile a 1/10? Do you remember Ex-Arm? It’s on the same level as that. That’s how terrible this series is. However, I’d also argue that Ex-Arm has more entertainment value because it’s funny-bad. Highspeed Etoile doesn’t even have that going for it.

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Blue Archive the Animation Review

Blue Archive the Animation Review

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Blue Archive the Animation

I Don’t Play Blue Archive

Blue Archive the Animation (ブルーアーカイブ The Animation) is based on the Blue Archive mobile game. I don’t play Blue Archive. So, keep that in mind while reading the rest of this review. This is a review of the anime, not the series as a whole.

Why did I need to make that disclaimer? Because I know a lot of people really like Blue Archive. It’s one of the most popular mobile games right now (it could be the most popular). And I don’t think this anime is good. It’s bad. But that doesn’t mean I think Blue Archive is bad.

Okay, so why is Blue Archive the Animation bad? There are many reasons. However, the main one is that it’s an adaptation of a gacha game. Most of the time, that’s a bad sign because gacha games simply don’t tend to work as anime.

Shiroko, Hoshino, Nonomi, and Ayane from the anime series Blue Archive the Animation
Shiroko, Hoshino, Nonomi, and Ayane

I’ve watched the Azur Lane anime, one of the Fate/Grand Order anime, and the Princess Connect anime. Of those, the only one that was really good was Princess Connect. And this is coming from someone who played FGO for over six years.

Something gacha series anime tend to have in common is that they pander to the existing fans. This means there’s a lot of fan service (not necessarily lewd fan service). And it means there’s not as much of a focus on minor things like the plot. Who cares about the plot? The fans have already played the game; they know the plot.

Interestingly, I felt that Blue Archive the Animation was better than it could have been in some regards. Like, they didn’t give every possible character a cameo. But it was also worse than it could have been because nothing was explained for the average viewer.

I Don’t Understand the World of Blue Archive

After watching the entire series, I’m still not really sure what’s going on with the world of Blue Archive. Why are there all these schools that function as autonomous military outposts? Why are they schools? And why are the schools fighting?

I don’t think we got answers to any of these questions. And these questions are kind of important because they’re what the series is all about. Why do the students all carry around guns and get into battles with each other in the streets? I have no idea.

Why does Abydos have five students and no teachers? Like, I get it if the sandstorm that turned the area into a desert caused the students and teachers to leave. But that doesn’t explain why there are still five students remaining. Why is it still a school? Does it even count as a school if there are no teachers?

Haruka, Aru, Mutsuki, and Kayoko from the anime series Blue Archive the Animation
Haruka, Aru, Mutsuki, and Kayoko

As I said, basically nothing about this world was explained. We’re thrown in, and I guess if you played the game, you understand. But as someone who only watched the anime, it was hard to get invested in something I knew nothing about.

Okay, sure, I’m obviously not the target audience. A lot of these gacha series anime are for existing players; they’re not trying to bring in new players. However, not a single person I know who plays Blue Archive watched this anime.

The people I know who watched it don’t play Blue Archive. And the general consensus appears to be that this anime didn’t make them want to start playing it. In fact, one person picked up Azur Lane instead. That’s how uninterested they were in the world, story, and characters of this series. They picked up a competing game.

Is The Foreclosure Task Force Stupid?

What made this series make even less sense is that the Foreclosure Task Force seemed to abide by arbitrary rules. I don’t know if there are actual laws they have to follow or if they’re just stupid. My assumption is the latter.

Surely, their actions aren’t actually governed by laws. It doesn’t seem like the other schools or companies in the region are following laws. It’s like the Wild West out there. So, I don’t see why the students of Abydos would be any different. They just made up rules for themselves.

But what rules do I mean? Well, for starters, there’s the fact that they don’t have a student council president. Since they don’t have a student council president, they’re under the impression that they can’t fight back against Kaiser Corp. legally. However, that doesn’t make sense.

Shiroko holding a blue mask from the anime series Blue Archive the Animation
Shiroko holding a blue mask

If you don’t have a student council president, just appoint someone to that role. There are only five of you in the school. You can do whatever you want. And it doesn’t seem like the president went missing. From my understanding, she graduated. So why would they not replace her with Hoshino, the only third-year student?

We never get an explanation for this. And I have to assume it’s because there isn’t one that would make any sense. But this isn’t the only thing leading me to believe these girls are just dumb. There’s also their whole relationship with Kaiser Corp.

There’s a business called the Kaiser Corporation that’s obviously bad. Under this corporation, there’s also Kaiser PMC, Kaiser Construction, Kaiser Loans, and probably more. And for some reason, the girls don’t realize they’re connected. Like, they’re surprised that Kaiser Loans and Kaiser Construction are colluding against Abydos. Obviously, they are. How do you not realize that?

Final Thoughts

I had to give Blue Archive the Animation a 4/10. It’s a bad anime. That’s fine if you like the mobile game. And I’m sure this anime made more sense to you if you do. But as a standalone anime, it’s not good. The best part about it is the OP.

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