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Mob Psycho 100 III

Mob Psycho 100 III

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Mob Psycho 100 III

Shigeo’s Character Growth

Mob Psycho 100 III (モブサイコ100 III) is the third season of the Mob Psycho anime. And the main focus of this season is Shigeo’s personal growth. But, isn’t that what the whole series is about? Yes. However, this season focuses even more on it.

In the first 2 seasons, Shigeo would often find himself in difficult situations due to his powers. And he would grow as a person by overcoming these situations. But, this season is a bit different. It’s more about the culmination of his growth.

That’s not to say Shigeo doesn’t still find himself in tricky situations. But, at this point, he’s a lot more confident in who he is. He knows what he has to do to overcome whatever’s in his path. And the best example of this is his confrontation with Dimple which I’ll get to in a bit.

Shigeo and members of the Telepathy Club from the anime series Mob Psycho 100 III
Shigeo and members of the Telepathy Club

Another main theme of this season is finishing what you started. This applies to Shigeo’s goals, but also the goals of other characters. One such character is Tome Kurata, the president of the Telepathy Club. She started the club to find proof of things like telepaths, aliens, etc.

And, while she did end up finding Telepaths, she still felt that her time as president was a waste. Finding proof of aliens would have been the big success of her (school) career. So, Shigeo, some other telepaths, and the Telepathy Club set out to help her make her discovery.

When you combine personal growth and finishing what you started, you get closure. That’s the big takeaway of the season. And, it’s fitting considering this may be the final season of the series. At least, I’ve been told this is the final season. There’s nothing left to adapt.

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Dimple Is Peak Mob Psycho

I need to start this section of the review by saying that I’ve never liked Dimple. And that’s why I was so surprised when a Dimple episode actually made me feel things. But, that just goes to show how good ONE is at writing characters and stories.

Somehow, he made me care about a character as unlikeable and gross as Dimple. That’s why I think the Shigeo vs. Dimple episode of Mob Psycho 100 III is the peak of the series. Also, if all you care about is action, this is still a pretty good fight.

But, how did ONE make me care about Dimple? He humanized Dimple through Dimple’s interactions with Shigeo.

As we all know, Dimple wants to become a god. And in this season, he pretty much achieves this goal by becoming Psycho Helmet. Due to all Psycho Helmet’s worshippers, Dimple gains near-unlimited power.

Psycho Helmet from the anime series Mob Psycho 100 III
Psycho Helmet

However, Shigeo mentions something important when he finally confronts Dimple. He brings up the fact that Dimple has never tried to become a god and take over the world on his own. And even now, with all this power, he’s still trying to invite Shigeo over to his side.

Why is that? Well, as Shigeo points out, it’s that having unlimited power isn’t really what Dimple is after. Yes, unlimited power is cool. But what’s even cooler is having fun with your friends. And Shigeo is right in guessing that friends are what Dimple actually wants.

Every time Dimple has a scheme, he invites Shigeo to join him. And when they have disagreements or fights, Dimple always returns to Shigeo’s side. Of course, Dimple is a bit of a tsundere. So, he doesn’t want to admit that this is the case. But, Shigeo knows it’s true either way.

The Final Season of Mob Psycho?

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been told that this is the final season of Mob Psycho 100. I haven’t checked to see if that’s true for myself. But, it does make sense. Everything that the series set up in earlier seasons had a conclusion in this one.

Dimple finally admitting that he wants to be Shigeo’s friend is one example. But, both other main characters, Shigeo and Reigen, also got good conclusions. Dimple’s character arc conclusion was my favorite. However, I’m not sure which is my second favorite. Maybe Reigen’s because it was a happier ending.

The end of Reigen’s story involves him revealing to Shigeo that he never had psychic powers. To some extent, Shigeo already knew this was the case. At least, the “other” Shigeo he kept locked away inside himself did. But, this still comes as a huge shock.

Arataka Reigen from the anime series Mob Psycho 100 III
Arataka Reigen

Despite knowing deep down that Reigen was lying to him, Shigeo still has a hard time believing it. But, what makes this scene so great is what comes later. Even though Reigen had been lying to Shigeo for years, that doesn’t change anything. Shigeo still values Reigen as a friend and master.

And now for Shigeo’s ending. From the very start of the series, he wanted to confess his love to Tsubomi-chan. That’s why he joined the Body Improvement Club, after all.

At the end of the series, Shigeo finally gets his chance to confess. She even waits for him where they agreed to meet despite the inclement weather and his tardiness. But, things don’t go how Shigeo hoped they would. Tsubomi turns him down.

The thing is, we knew this is probably how it would end. Earlier in the season, Tsubomi told Reigen that she liked someone else. But, I was still rooting for Shigeo.

Conclusion

I ended up giving Mob Psycho 100 III a 9/10, making it my highest-rated anime of the fall 2022 season. It also has one of my favorite OPs of the year, but I don’t think it’s the best.

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Do It Yourself!!

Do It Yourself!!

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Do It Yourself!!

DIY Means Do It Yourself!!

Do It Yourself!! (Do It Yourself!! -どぅー・いっと・ゆあせるふ-) is a slice of life anime about girls in a DIY club. It’s an original series animated by Pine Jam. You may know that studio from Gleipnir or Gamers!

As far as the plot goes, there’s not much to this series. It’s about a DIY club at an all-girls school and they do DIY projects. These projects start off small. But, by the end of the series, the club members build an entire treehouse together.

Now, what makes the series a bit more interesting is that it takes place in the future. Or, at least in an alternate reality from our own. It takes place after the fourth industrial revolution. Basically, that means they have more advanced technology than what we have today.

So, that’s why the DIY club is so special. In this future, people rely more on technology and less on their own two hands.

Rei and Serufu in the DIY club room from the anime series Do It Yourself!!
Rei and Serufu in the DIY club room

Going along with the whole future technology vs. the old way of doing things are the schools featured. Our protagonist goes to Gatagata Girls’ High School, which is a traditional school. But, Gatagata is surrounded by Yuyu High, a school that embraces the latest technology.

Normally, you’d expect this to lead to an “us vs. them” plot. And, it does to a very small extent — the protagonist’s best friend believes technology is the future. But, the DIY club at Gatagata isn’t only made up of Gatagata students. Even girls attending Yuyu show interest in DIY.

The point of Do It Yourself!! isn’t to say one way of thinking is better than the other. It doesn’t say technology is bad or something to be wary of. Instead, it’s all about finding a balance. There are benefits to both sides.

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The DIY Club

Rei “Kurei” Yasaku is the president of Gatagata’s DIY club. At the start of the series, she’s the only member of the club — aside from the club’s advisor, Haruko-sensei. Rei’s family runs a hardware store, which explains why she’s interested in DIY.

Serufu Yua is the protagonist of the series. When said in Japanese (Yua Serufu), her name sounds like the words “your self.” That could have been a neat little easter egg. However, for the first half of the series, Serufu explains this to everyone who will listen to her. She’s also, unfortunately, the worst and most annoying character.

Takumi Hikage is the third member to join the DIY club. She’s also the most forgettable of the group. Takumi is a shy girl with glasses — a nerd. But, at least she’s better at DIY projects than Serufu is.

Serufu, Rei, Shii, and Jobko from the anime series Do It Yourself!!
Serufu, Rei, Shii, and Jobko

Juliet Queen Elizabeth VII “Jobko” was who I thought would be the best character. I mean, with a name like that, how could she not be? She’s a very short girl who I believe is from America — she’s foreign and speaks English. She also intended to go to Yuyu but applied to Gatagata by accident.

And now we get to the true Yuyu High members of the DIY club. Kokoro “Shii” Kouki might be my least favorite character. And the only reason I don’t like her is that she thinks she’s a cat. She meows and makes cat faces.

Miku “Purin” Suride is the actual best character of Do It Yourself!!, not Jobko. Purin is Serufu’s childhood friend. They’re opposites in just about every way imaginable. For example, Serufu is a mess, and Purin is stylish and cute. Also, while Serufu has real pets, Purin has a robot jellyfish butler.

Do It Together!!

At this point, you may be wondering “is Do It Yourself!! a good anime?” In theory, yes. I like the topic, art style, OP, and some of the characters. But, in practice, it wasn’t nearly as good as I thought it could have been.

The individual episodes weren’t that engaging. I never wanted to sit down and watch an episode of Do It Yourself!! And when I was watching the episodes, I was waiting for them to end. Slice of life anime don’t have to be boring. But, for the most part, I’d say this one was.

Also, there’s the issue of Serufu. If she wasn’t the protagonist, the series would have been better. Like, if she didn’t exist at all, that would be preferable. Make Rei the protagonist instead and you automatically have a better series. Serufu doesn’t add anything of value.

Miku "Purin" Suride from the anime series Do It Yourself!!
Miku “Purin” Suride

Okay, maybe it’s not correct to say she doesn’t add anything of value. She’s someone for people who aren’t good with their hands to identify with, I guess. But, I’m not sure why you’d want to identify with someone who always hurts herself and isn’t very smart.

I also would have preferred if Do It Yourself!! took more of an educational route. It does explain how to do some things. But, it would have been better if it leaned more into that aspect of the series. Think of how Laid-Back Camp featured small camping tips in a lot in season 1.

The series even could have featured simple DIY projects for viewers to try at the end of each episode. The Let’s Make a Mug Too model may have worked, as well. That series had half-length episodes that were accompanied by live-action episodes. This is another way to actually get people into DIY.

Conclusion

I gave Do It Yourself!! a 5/10 in the end. That rating may be a bit harsh. But, I just didn’t think it had enough entertainment value to be worth rating higher. And I know people who dropped it because Serufu is so annoying. It’s not a series I would recommend.

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Chainsaw Man

Chainsaw Man

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Chainsaw Man

Half Chainsaw, Half Man

Chainsaw Man (チェンソーマン), or CSM, is an action anime about a kid who can turn parts of his body into chainsaws. I say kid because, apparently, Denji is underage. Before watching the series, I assumed he was in his 20s. That’s not the case. But, it does explain his behavior.

I’m going to spoil the first episode of the series in order to explain the plot. Basically, creatures known as Devils exist in this world. And each Devil has a specific thing associated with it. For example, the antagonist in the first episode is the Zombie Devil. And early on in the series, we meet the Blood and Bat Devils.

How exactly each Devil manifests the thing they’re associated with is different. In the Zombie Devil’s case, it’s simple. It can create and control zombies. It’s this Devil that also kills Denji, the protagonist, in the first episode.

Denji and Makima from the anime series Chainsaw Man
Denji and Makima

So, does that mean Denji becomes a zombie for the rest of the series? I guess, technically. But, also not quite. Denji’s pet, Pochita, appears to be the Chainsaw Devil — or a piece of it, this is unclear. Upon Denji’s death, Pochita combines himself with Denji to revive Denji.

After this revival, Denji gains the powers of the Chainsaw Devil. When he pulls the ripcord on his chest, he can create chainsaws out of parts of his body. His head also takes the form of a chainsaw. If you’ve seen No Guns Life, Denji becomes a chainsaw version of Juuzou.

Shortly after he defeats the Zombie Devil, Makima, a Devil hunter finds Denji. She believes he’ll be a valuable asset and recruits him to join Public Safety Division 4. This is a government agency that specializes in the eradication of Devils. Thus begins Denji’s life as a Devil hunter.

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Public Safety Division 4

Makima is the head of Public Safety Division 4. This is a special division within Public Safety because of its unconventional members. She uses Denji’s attraction to her to manipulate him into becoming her pet — and also joining the division.

Denji, as previously mentioned, is the titular chainsaw man. Though, I don’t believe anyone ever called him this throughout the season. When he was younger, he lived on the streets and survived by hunting Devils for a gang. Now that he’s part of Division 4, he’s living the good life with 3 meals per day.

Makima gives division 4 veteran Aki Hayakawa the job of babysitting Denji. Aki has contracts with multiple Devils, including the Fox Devil. As we learn, having contracts with friendly — or neutral — Devils is common among Devil hunters. These contracts allow Devil hunters to use Devil powers at a price.

Aki Hayakawa from the anime series Chainsaw Man
Aki Hayakawa

Power is an interesting member of Division 4 because she’s a Devil herself. Well, technically, she’s what’s known as a Fiend. Fiends are what you get when Devils inhabit human corpses. She has an inflated ego, loves cats, and becomes best friends with Denji. Aki also has to babysit her.

Himeno is Aki’s partner. Public Safety Devil hunters work in pairs. Himeno and Aki are a pair, Denji and Power are a pair, and Himeno’s recruits, Kobeni and Arai are a pair. Himeno has lost many partners to Devils in the past. Because of this, she’s very protective of Aki, whom she loves.

Himeno’s recruit Kobeni Higashiyama (sorry, Arai) is the final character worth mentioning. She’s terrified of Devils and doesn’t want to work for Public Safety. But, she doesn’t have much of a choice because she needs the job. According to her, it was hunting devils or sex work.

Contender for Anime of the Year

Chainsaw Man is one of the best anime of the year. However, I don’t think it’s the best. If you want to know what is, you can check out my article on the Top 5 Anime of 2022. Chainsaw Man makes an appearance on that list, though. So, you know it’s good.

Also, in a lot of ways, this series is similar to Jujutsu Kaisen. I liked Jujutsu Kaisen a lot and I’m looking forward to the next season. But, Chainsaw Man is even better. So, if you’re a fan of Jujutsu Kaisen like I am, and you haven’t checked out Chainsaw Man, I recommend it.

The one thing I’ll say I like more about Jujutsu Kaisen over Chainsaw Man is the power system. Cursed energy in that series is more interesting than Devil powers in this one. Devil powers aren’t quite as versatile.

Power from the anime series Chainsaw Man
Power

Now, I also don’t find the overarching plot of Chainsaw Man to be that engaging. The Gun Devil is the strongest Devil, and Division 4 wants to kill it. Devils get more powerful the more they’re feared, by the way. And to defeat the Gun Devil, they first have to locate it by defeating other Devils.

With that said, it’s not the main plot you should watch Chainsaw Man for. It’s all the sub-plots with the various characters. The characters in this series are good. And the character arc I liked the most in this season was Himeno’s.

Of course, another reason to watch this anime is so you can argue over who the best girl is. For now, I’m going to say I’m in Power’s camp. But, my opinions on a few characters changed a lot throughout the season. So, that could change again in the future.

Basically, just watch Chainsaw Man.

Conclusion

In the end, Chainsaw Man gets an 8/10. It’s a very good anime. But, it definitely could have been better. For example, I didn’t care at all about the whole chainsaw man vs. katana man thing in the second half. However, it did also have one of the best OPs of the year and a lot of good EDs.

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Bocchi the Rock!

Bocchi the Rock!

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Bocchi the Rock!

Let’s Head Down to Club Starry

Bocchi the Rock! (ぼっち・ざ・ろっく!) is a comedy anime about 4 girls who form a rock band. But, this band isn’t part of a school club like in K-ON! They’re a band that meets outside of school and plays at a rock club called Starry.

Unfortunately, I need to start this review off with a confession. I don’t think Bocchi the Rock! is as good as everyone else does. Is it good? Yes, of course. Is it the best anime of the year? No. It’s not even in my top 3 of the fall season.

There are a lot of things Bocchi the Rock! does well. It has good comedy, characters, visuals, and music. But, the one thing it seems people like about it the most is the thing I like the least — the character Bocchi.

Nijika, Kita, Ryou, and Bocchi from the anime series Bocchi the Rock!
Nijika, Kita, Ryou, and Bocchi

I’ll be talking about the characters more in the next section. But, let’s talk about why people like Bocchi first. She’s relatable, apparently. Bocchi has extreme social anxiety that causes her to do abnormal things. And this seems to be why people are drawn to her.

Look, I have just as much social anxiety as the next person who spends most of their time online. And yet, I didn’t find any of Bocchi’s depressed, introverted, internal monologues entertaining. I know I’m in the minority here. But, Bocchi the Rock! would have been better if it toned Bocchi down a bit.

For me, it’s the other characters that made the series good. Nijika and Kita are a lot of fun. Ryou’s pretty good sometimes. And then Bocchi is there for the other characters to react to. Don’t get me wrong, Bocchi plays an important role. However, I still don’t care about her.

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Kessoku Band

The name of the band in this series is Kessoku Band, which as Nijika explains, is a play on words. A kessoku band (結束バンド / けっそくバンド) is a zip tie, as seen in their logo. And in one episode of the anime Slow Loop, Kessoku Band is playing on stage.

Nijika Ijichi and Ryou Yamada are the founding members of Kessoku Band. They’re childhood friends who decided they’d form a band of their own when they got older. Nijika is an outgoing girl who puts her large amount of energy into playing the drums. And Ryou is the kuudere bassist of the band.

Luckily for Kessoku Band, Nijika’s older sister, Seika, is the owner of Starry. The band still has to raise money by selling tickets to their concerts like everyone else. But, at least they have somewhere to perform.

Kita showing her guitar (bass) to her bandmates from the anime series Bocchi the Rock!
Kita showing her guitar (bass) to her bandmates

Ikuyo Kita was originally the band’s guitarist and vocalist. But, she ran away before their first performance as a trio. She only joins the band again later after Bocchi joins. Of the 4 main characters, Kita is my favorite. She’s the opposite of Bocchi in every possible way, and that’s what makes her good.

Hitori “Bocchi” Gotou is the titular protagonist of the series. She got her nickname because the word hitoribocchi (一人ぼっち / ひとりぼっち) roughly translates to loneliness. Bocchi plays guitar and is technically the most skilled of the Kessoku Band members. She taught herself to play and uploads videos online under the pseudonym Guitar Hero.

There’s even more wordplay associated with Bocchi than just her nickname. Even her given name is a play on words — well, once you include her younger sister. Hitori (一人 / ひとり) means one person and Futari (二人 / ふたり), her sister’s name, means two people.

K-ON! x Hitoribocchi

I made the K-ON! comparison earlier on in the review. But, as you might expect, Bocchi the Rock! isn’t much more than a cross between K-ON! and Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu. I’m going to assume most people reading this are at least familiar with K-ON!

But, you might not be familiar with the original Bocchi. Her name is literally Hitori Bocchi. Now, I’m not going to say Hitoribocchi is as good as Bocchi the Rock! It’s not. But, if you’re looking for another comedy anime about a loner with social anxiety, check it out.

Anyway, when this series began airing, I didn’t expect it to be as popular as it turned out. Of all the anime that aired in 2022, Bocchi the Rock! was probably the one with the most memes made about it. And I feel like that’s a pretty good gauge of how it was received.

Bocchi recoiling from Kita's extrovert aura from the anime series Bocchi the Rock!
Bocchi recoiling from Kita’s extrovert aura

And it looks like Bocchi is becoming the next-generation K-ON! Whether you want to admit it or not, K-ON! is old. The second season came out in 2010. It’s 2023. Now, if someone wants to watch an anime about cute girls in a band, they’re going to watch Bocchi, not K-ON!

But, it gets even worse for K-ON! Bocchi the Rock! isn’t only coming for its spot as the band anime. It’s coming for its racist fans, too. Soon, K-ON! won’t have anything left. Well, other than Azunyan. Bocchi can never take Azunyan away.

I’d like to see Bocchi the Rock! get a second season as K-ON! did. It’s definitely popular enough to warrant one. However, it’s also adapted from a 4-panel manga. So, I’m not sure how much more material there is to cover right now. It might happen in a few years.

Conclusion

I know this rating is going to feel low to some, but I gave Bocchi the Rock! a 7/10. It’s a good anime. But, I don’t think it’s quite as special as a lot of other people do. I appreciate it for giving us Nijika and Kita fan art, though.

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Akiba Maid War

Akiba Maid War

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Akiba Maid War

Welcome to the Pigsty

Akiba Maid War (Akiba Meido Sensou / アキバ冥途戦争) is an original anime about rival maid cafes in 1980s/90s Akihabara. And by rival maid cafes, I effectively mean rival gangs. The world of Akiba maids is a brutal one full of revenge, extortion, and assassination.

Now, if you don’t know Japanese, you’ll have missed the wordplay in the title of the series. The word maid (meido) is written using the katana メイド. However, in the title, “meido” is written with the kanji 冥途 (めいど), and means underworld.

So, really, the title of this anime is Akiba Underworld War. But it sounds the same as Akiba Maid War when spoken. Unfortunately, there’s no good way to translate that wordplay into an English title. And since I went into this series completely blind, I had no idea what it was actually going to be about.

Shiipon and Yumechi from the anime series Akiba Maid War
Shiipon and Yumechi

MyAnimeList puts Akiba Maid War in the action and comedy genres. There’s definitely both action and comedy in this series, so that makes sense. But, interestingly, it’s not considered a drama anime. I’d actually say Akiba Maid War is more of a drama than anything else. Rather than an action/comedy anime, it’s a drama anime with action and comedy in it.

The series follows Nagomi Wahira, a girl who has always wanted to be a maid in Akihabara. But, Nagomi didn’t know the reality of life as a maid until her first day on the job at the Ton Tokoton maid cafe.

Now, Nagomi fights to eliminate the violence that permeates maid culture. She wants the maid cafes of Akihabara to be places where all masters (and maids) can have fun. But, is this dream even possible? Can she convince the other maids to put down their weapons and pick up their omurice?

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The Piglets of Ton Tokoton

Nagomi Wahira has a very idealistic view of what maids should be. She doesn’t believe violence is something a maid should engage in. Violence doesn’t make masters happy. It only hurts them when their favorite maids are injured or killed.

Yumechi is the top maid at Ton Tokoton. She’s the maid who brings in the most customers with her cuteness and experience. In a lot of ways, she’s the kind of maid Nagomi wants to be. But, Yumechi also has no problem resorting to violence when necessary.

Shiipon is the gyaru maid of Ton Tokoton. Both she and Yumechi have been working there for a while. But, Shiipon doesn’t have Yumechi’s work ethic. She’s lazy and usually doesn’t see the point in risking her life for a failing cafe. But, she’s not one to go down without a fight.

Zoya, Shiipon, Yumechi, Nagomi, and Ranko from the anime series Akiba Maid War
Zoya, Shiipon, Yumechi, Nagomi, and Ranko

Ranko Mannen joined Ton Tokoton at the same time as Nagomi. But, these two couldn’t be more dissimilar. While Nagomi is about 20, Ranko is about 40. And Ranko understands the reality of being a maid in Akihabara. She’ll kill as many rival maids as she needs to in order to protect Ton Tokoton.

Zoya is a maid from Russia who joins Ton Tokoton partway through the season. What I like about her is that she’s actually voiced by a Russian VA, Jenya Davidyuk. I’m so used to hearing Japanese VAs who know some English playing American characters. It’s nice to see someone cast for a role who’s actually from where their character’s from.

Finally, there’s Yasuko Yaegashi, the owner and manager of Ton Tokoton. It’s fair to say that most of Ton Tokoton’s troubles stem from Yasuko’s management. On top of that, she’s usually the first to surrender or flee from a fight.

To Live and Die as a Maid

Something nice about Akiba Maid War is that the series isn’t afraid to kill off characters. Of course, not every anime needs to — or should — kill off characters. But, this is one series that really benefits from being able to do that.

And when I say that it’s not afraid to kill off characters, I mean important characters. There’s no shortage of unnamed maids getting killed throughout this series. But, those deaths don’t matter.

For the rest of this section, I’ll be covering spoilers. If you don’t want to be spoiled, skip to the conclusion.

So, the first important death of the series is Nerula’s. Nerula is a maid who works at a rival, alien-themed cafe. But, despite this, she and Nagomi become friends since they’re both new to the Akiba maid scene.

Ranko and Nagomi from the anime series Akiba Maid War
Ranko and Nagomi

Before Nerula’s death, Nagomi already knew that the world of maids was a dangerous one. That’s why she wanted to change it. But, Nerula’s death is when Nagomi realized there were those in Akiba who would kill to keep the status quo. She’s not only fighting against the culture. She’s fighting against the system.

At the end of the series, Ranko also dies. A maid who managed to survive Ranko massacring her cafe earlier in the series stabs her. And it’s Ranko’s death that finally gives Nagomi the push she needs to change the culture of Akiba once and for all.

I also liked Ranko’s death because it wasn’t glamorized. There wasn’t any lead-up to it. She and Nagomi were out looking at stalls on the street when Ranko got stabbed from behind. Then, she bleeds out on the pavement. It may have been an anticlimactic death, but that’s what makes it more grounded in reality.

Conclusion

Akiba Maid War is a 7/10. It’s a good, solid anime that tells its entire story in 12 episodes. There’s not going to be a sequel. And, in a lot of ways, that’s a good thing. Sometimes it’s nice to know that a series has a definitive conclusion.

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