Naruto Shippuden Episode 345: This episode was suitably intense considering the title is “I’m In Hell.” Nothing like starting an episode with poop jokes and ending with mass murder and insanity!
Toriko Episode 137: Normally watching “Toriko” makes me really hungry but Grinpatch really grosses me out. This episode is battle-tastic, with the fight continuing between Toriko and Starjun while Coco takes on Grinpatch. I can’t argue with bulging, shirt-ripping muscles, battle-aura, and inspirational speeches about becoming stronger. But the most important line (to me) in this week’s episode is: “You chefs are the treasure of the world.” I need to remember this line as I go back to work tomorrow (I work in a restaurant)
Nobunaga the Fool Episode 2: After watching the first episode, I thought this anime could be so awesome that I was pretty sure it could never actually live up to my expectations. I mean, I love the style, I love Nobunaga-anything, history/alt-history, Tomokazu Sugita’s voice, openings with swirly cherry blossoms…I love it all! Episode 2 continues the mashup of these “few of my favorite things.” If I were a more cynical viewer or anime snob, I’d cringe at all the tropes being thrown together–but right now this show is just really fun.
Tonari no Seki-kun Episode 2: Most compelling animated shogi game I’ve ever watched.
The Pilot’s Love Song Episode 2: Okay, so I didn’t really pay enough attention to the first episode so now I’m not really sure what this show is about aside from a school with uniforms and flying and nobility. Things were still kind of squishy and puttering along in this episode but thanks to the last ten seconds or so, I’m now looking forward to episode three.
Hamatora Episode 2: This show kind of reminds me of GetBackers, or maybe a weird GetBackers/Durarara! mashup. And while (to me) a GetBackers/Durarara! mashup sounds freakin’ awesome, I don’t think Hamatora is going to actually *be* that awesome. But hey, we have a variety of should-be-interesting characters with some unique-ish abilities solving cases with (so far) great “what a twist!” endings. It’s not really as good as it should be or as good as it thinks it is…but I’m interested enough to stick with it and see how it evolves.
Samurai Flamenco Episode 13: Who the heck is Goto-san’s girlfriend? A member of From Beyond or a figment of his imagination? Anyway, things are getting serious…not with Goto-san and his girlfriend, but on a much bigger scale as From Beyond is about to launch an all-out attack.
World Conquest Zvezda Plot Episode 2: After watching episode one, I thought, well, scantily-clad little girls aren’t really my thing, but world conquest is totally my thing, and this show is pretty funny so far so I’ll stick with it. The first half of this episode didn’t really hold my attention but now I’m a fan again. So, hey, let’s keep conquering.
Hozuki no Reitetsu Episode 2: With an episode title of “Demons and Underwear and Crabs” this immediately piqued my interest…and the in-depth conversation about underwear does not disappoint! Even better, we see Satan, the King of European Hell as he visits Japanese Hell. The reason this is so great is because after last week’s episode, I had been thinking how much more interesting/potentially humorous Japanese Hell seems to be compared to Western Hell. I can’t get enough of this show–it’s funny as hell.