The final week is upon us… Who is the champion, who will reign supreme?!
This week’s challenge: It’s the last week of Simulblast, so, as per tradition, this challenge needs to be incredibly challenging! In fact, I don’t think it gets much harder than last finale! So let’s do it again! Write your summary without using the letter u! You may replace the letter U in proper nouns with an asterisk, but that’s the only time!
But let’s raise the stakes a little! If you fail this challenge, you’ll definitely lose all of your tokens, 100 points of yours will be given to the player below you, and each of your items has a chance to disappear!
Chaika ~The Coffin Princess~ Avenging Battle (Review)
Now that I’ve had two weeks to let the series swim in my head, it’s given me time to really process everything that happened. Watching Chaika from the first to second season was an voyage, it was entertaining, and somewhat refreshing. Realistically, I wish it had kept its dark themes that are more present in the very first episode, yet I feel these were cast aside to a certain degree with standard anime clichés. There was a really deep, interesting story there that was bogged down by some pointless reprises in relaxation and light-hearted twists.
To preface, I wasn’t expecting gore or anything extremely violent. In fact, several episodes in the second season had some fairly major events that were nothing except sad. The Fayla being experimented on as well as Gilette’s arm being chopped off. Both these events were morbid and yet they felt swept aside after a bit. The island was left destroyed however they got Niva, and that made the trip a “good” trip. There was no real investigation over the difference between demons and people that might have made those episodes have a bit more depth. Also, Gilette kinda says, “I can’t fight! I can wield a pen now!” which was extremely disappointing.
Many of these events have to do with the hasty and stereotypical happy ending. The creators tied this entire story into a neat little bow in less than sixty seconds. That ending has afflicted me since I’ve finished the series, and it’s been exasperating. I felt there were many problems I never got answers to like who exactly is G*y, did Chaika keep any of her memories, what the heck happened to all the rest of the Chaikas’ that Gaz released onto the world, and how exactly does Tor* do his day to day motions as a dragoon now? I’ve heard there is a manga, perhaps it does into these types of details a bit more, yet I have to ask: Was I the only one who felt this way?
Otherwise, as a show simply for entertainment, it does the job it needs to do. The art never has horrible dips that make it cringe-worthy (*eyes Wake-*p, Girls threateningly*) nor does it have any animation errors that are really noticeable when battle scenes happen. The OST is good, granted I liked the first season better than the second. I also loved a lot of the characters. Chaika speaks in broken sentences and yet over time I discovered this endearing only since she has a naive personality. Contrasting her, Red Chaika gets on my nerves when she’s doing the hot and cold game the entire time. Tor* is also appealing as a male character since he gets things done and doesn’t let the plot happen nearby him. He did have moments of anger that seemed somewhat artificial, yet otherwise I totally approve. The villains were the right kind of evil besides Shin who seems like an extra for Tor* to overcome him.
Chaika is a series I will recommend to others regardless. The trip was engaging and I really did like watching it every week. My only regret is I wish there was more and desire that it shoved some of the limitations of the world. Perhaps I will look forward to additional media on the series… so for now I have to accept what exists in the present.
After three attempts, Kana stole Elk’s Color-Of-Blood Shell!
Kana throws a Color-Of-Blood Shell at Elk! He loses 225 points!
Denki-Gai (Episode Twelve)
Sho did not make the deadline this week and earns no points for this week!
Gundam Build Fighters Try (Episode Twelve)
Hello everyone! Welcome to episode 12 of Gundam Build Fighters Try! I used a power to change this episode’s challenge to an old one, which will be all male characters names must be ALL CAPS!
We open where we left off. everyone is in awe of the Perfect Gundam III, TATSUYA’s red Warrior. We quickly OP Break though.
SEKAI had just been defeated by YUUMA’s old enemy. YUUMA is still catatonic by the way. The androgynous triplets, the two long haired dudes, ALLAN and RAL all monologue about TATSUYA.
The man in the souped up hand face Gundam however wants to test his might against TATSUYA. The MEIJIN pretty much calls him unskilled, causing him to attack. TATSUYA easily parries all the attacks with little effort and pin point precision. Just as ADOU is about to use his final attack ALLAN stops the fight. MEIJIN tells ALLAN to teach his team to be less arrogant in battle. YUUMA runs off like a little girl, and SEKAI is once again passed out post fight. TATSUYA compliments SEKAI on his pure feelings.
TATSUYA goes after YUUMA, bringing the Lightning Gundam, which YUUMA had left behind. He takes YUUMA on his red motorcycle to a local Gunpla shop/battle arena. Meanwhile, the blonde from earlier in the series who Hoshino idolized stops her from going after them. She is Lady Kawaguchi, and she tells Hoshino she is lacking, and she takes Hoshino to show her what that is.
YUUMA and MEIJIN fight it out, but MEIJIN uses the Lightning Gundam, and YUUMA uses the Perfect Gundam III. Of course, TATSUYA wins regardless, to show him that it’s not his skills as a builder that are lacking, or his skills in the arena, but his attitude to Gunpla battle. YUUMA fights to not lose, instead of fighting to win. He makes excuses about trying hard instead of trying to surpass his limits. After the fight YUUMA asks for another, realizing he can improve by changing his attitude.
At the same time, Hoshino and Lady Kawaguchi are fighting, and Lady Kawaguchi wins easily, despite all the surprise weapons and attacks Hoshino had. In the end, Hoshino couldn’t control the power of her beam cannon, and Lady Kawaguchi called her inability to handle her own weapons disgraceful. Hoshino is upset by the loss, but seems to understand after some thought what she lacks.
After those battles, SEKAI finally wakes up. RAL tries to tell him he’s too amateur to fix the Build Burning, but he’s too excited by his loss against ADOU to listen. He rushes to the Gunpla building center in Neilson Labs, where he’s kind of awestruck by a mysterious white haired girl who says his Gunpla is beautiful.
So… It seems the SEKAI Hoshino pairing is in jeopardy, with the addition of the cliche mysterious Gundam female. All the ladies want SEKAI in this series.
MINATO wants to join a school’s Gunpla battle club, because he needs to fight against YUUMA. Next episode is a battle royale with one member from each qualifying team. the series is really starting to kick into gear now, which is hilarious, since this is the last episode of this season of Simulblast. Do not worry though, as I’ll be continuing with it next season for sure.
Kana throws a Color-Of-Blood Shell at Elk! He loses 225 points!
Your Lie In April (Episode Twelve)
Kayarath did not make the deadline this week and earns no points for this week!
World Trigger (Episode Twelve)
Tyler has exhausted all of his chances, and is now out of the competition!
Wolf Girl and Black Prince (Episode Twelve)
Player: Bobby Henshin
The final episode is here. This season actually went by pretty fast. I’m just glad this anime wasn’t longer then 12 episodes. Last time, we found the main characters in Kobe visiting Kyoya’s mother. Instead we were met with a towering cross dresser with blonde hair that Kyoya’s sister was calling Mama. I am all kinds of not knowing what is going on right now.
This person is called Big Mama and is not related to them at all. Erika, and I think the rest of the world, gave a sigh of relief. Instead we are met with a normal looking, middle aged woman with short blonde hair. she is even shorter the Erika. Now we get to have some back story for Kyoya. It is given right away with no lead to at all. Kinda bad writing if you ask me. The snowmen symbolized in earlier episodes were him remembering the divorce that his parents had, which lead to his behavior towards women and other people.
Sadly, for a final episode, nothing of great importance happens. After the talk, Erika and Kyoya’s sister dress in kimonos and head for a festival that is being held by the river. Kyoya didn’t want to go at first but in his mind he was thinking that other guys might hit on her or she might get into disarray, so he tags along. They go from stand to stand as Erika tries to hatch a plan to have Kyoya and his mother make amends and be a family again. Did I forget to mention that? yeah it’s extremely easy to miss and thrown in the faces of the viewers that it was hard to process at first. I think the creators wanted to get it over with as fast as I wanted it too.
Erika decides to just say it and tells Kyoya that he needs forgive his mother. Kyoya tells her to stop and calls her an idiot. Model boyfriend material here. I hope we feel my joking manner here. She is angry now and goes off to the bathroom by her self. All according to plan. She has dealt with Kyoya’s personality to a point where now she can know his thinking and sets her plan into motion. She calls his mom saying that Kyoya and his sister have gotten into a big fight and she needs to come right away. As she is saying this, a very mean set of ladies slam into her and makes it look like she was in pain. This makes Kyoyas’ mom bolt over there. When Erika ends the call, she looks down to find that the heart on her necklace broke off. She sees the chain next to the trash can and starts looking.
Kyoya’s mom meets with them as they can not find Erika anywhere. They yell for her and start looking when they find her looking at the trash in the trash can. Kyoya tells her to stop, it was just a trinket. She starts crying, saying that that was the first gift she received from him and it is extremely important to her. Kyoya starts looking with her, his mom and sister follow him. Kyoya’s mom finds it between the trash cans and they all head home. After well deserved showers, Kyoya and his mom find themselves alone in the kitchen. Kyoya thanks her for the help and says they he will make a bigger effort to come and visit her. This makes her extremely happy. The episode ends as the credits roll with them showing all the characters we have met in the series.
They are on the roof of the school after. Kyoya is deleting a photo from Erika’s phone. She took a photo of one the the photos of Kyoya when he was little. Erika is sad, then Kyoya leans in and kisses her. Then he says a line that was pretty smooth and sent all the fan girls in the comment sections into a frenzy.
“Don’t need a photo when you have the real thing right here.”
Still hate his personality. He is getting better as a character. Looking at the season I was really mad at it. Erika had nothing to her character except that she loved Kyoya and was dealing with hardships to keep a lie and then to make him fall in love with her. Kyoya is just a jerk. Over all this wasn’t a good shoujo series. It probably has more story in the manga and I don’t feel like finding it. This series, over all, gets a 5/10 from me and that is being nice. I hope we enjoyed this season. And let’s hope I don’t get another shoujo series, or I at least get a good one.
Rage of Bahamut: Genesis (Episode Twelve)
Episode 12 is a whole lot of fighting to increase tension going into the finale. Kaiser and friends face off against Big Bad, demon-potion person, and Favaro while evil Jeanne massacres most of the gods with names we’ve seen in the series before having a showdown with Rita and the alcoholic god. Not a lot is resolved this episode leaving me with little to say other than to watch it to see all the sword swinging and laser shooting showdowns.
The one thing of note that does happen before the end credits is the de-demonification of Jeanne by Gabriel. As he is dying, Gabriel forces Jeanne to drink a potion that Rita created to negate the potion created by the demon-potion person in the last episode. The scene is a bit weird as ends with Gabriel dying while offering something like a love confession to Jeanne. It seemed a bit strange and wasn’t clear to me if it was meant as a generic “I’m a god and I love all people” type of thing or as something more romantic.
Regardless, with all the heroes seemingly disheartened or defeated by the end of the episode what hope do they have of preventing the end of the world? Will everyone die and make this anime have a complete downer ending? Probably not.
Demon Favaro, who is probably not even really a demon, still has the dragon-who-shall-not-be-named claw sword that I’m pretty convinced will be the tool someone leverages to destroy the foe. We’ll have to wait and see who does the slaying at the moment as Favaro, Kaiser, Jeanne, and even Amira are all candidates at this point.
Week 012 Tally
- Kanashimi: 1103
- Sho: 969
- Elk: 899
- Kayarath: 763
- Bobby Henshin: 669
- Whiskahs: 594
- The Editor: 439
Week 012 Token Counts
- Kanashimi: 4 Tokens
- Bobby Henshin: 0 Tokens
- Elk: 4 Tokens
- Kayarath: 3 Tokens
- Sho: 5 Tokens
- Whiskahs: 0 Tokens
- The Editor: 5 Tokens
Tyler: 0 Tokens