Catching up on anime
Here are the latest recaps of the anime currently being broadcast in the U.S. Some series have been wrapping up this week.
Assassination Classroom Episode 24
The Fandom Post said, "We’ve finally reached Assassination Classroom’s pentlumate episode, and with Korosensei in the middle of his toughest battle yet, it was a good chance for the show to deliver on some of the themes it’s been setting up. Instead, the show ends up falling back into old habits by giving Korosensei an easy way out, and while it worked when it was being done for laughs, here it just kills the entire set-up, and ruins the opportunity to properly delve into some of Korosensei’s flaws. There’s still some hope that the grand finale will do a better job of saying what the show needed to, but with how consistent the show’s been for the last few episode, it really sucks to see it drop the ball so close to the end. " Read more.
Bakuon!! Episode 12
The Fandom Post said, "If you can come to care, even a little, about the characters, it’s all that much more easy to bring you on board for the humor and absurdity that Bakuon!! featured this season. It’s not quite the best show of this season, but it was a very enjoyable one that even may be worth a rewatch in future. Any show with rewatch value these days is one that deserves some praise." Read more.
Big Order Episode 10
Anime News Network said, "I struggle to recall an anime that has been quite so frustrating an experience, so all-encompassing in its badness. Whatever potential it showed in the beginning was almost immediately wasted, and things were all downhill from there. It has been fun to write about, and I've loved seeing other viewer's responses to the show and these reviews, but the show itself was a complete failure. It's been quite the ride, and I'm glad we could take it together, but it's time put this miserable series to bed once and for all." Read more.
Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 11
The Fandom Post said, "Following up the major plot developments of the past few episodes, this one is split between a throwaway look at a member of the antagonists and an introduction to another member of the team, leading into the season finale with jokes but not a clear idea of how things will end for now." Read more.
Concrete Revolutio Episode-24
Anime News Network said, "Still, I'm willing to forgive a lot for a show with interesting ideas, and Concrete Revolutio has consistently delivered. Every episode has been like a puzzle to solve, trying to piece together all the references and metaphors to find out what the show is trying to say. Not many anime reward viewers with that kind of intellectual engagement on a regular basis. That made it one of my favorite shows to review, even when I didn't love the episode itself, because it's always such a rich show to analyze. So I was initially disappointed that it settled on such a simple theme in the end, but I think Concrete Revolutio would be weaker if it tried to go for something highly specific rooted to its time period. It used superheroes like the ones in 1960s-70s anime to explore why people in such turbulent times were attracted to these simple heroes of justice. At the same time, it needed a takeaway that would resonate with 21st-century audiences, and I think that Concrete Revolutio's faith in hope, justice, and the goodness of humans (super or otherwise) more than delivered. I will miss writing about this show, but I'm happy that it went out on such an uplifting note." Read more.
Crane Game Girls Episode 11
The Fandom Post said, "Crane Game Girls sets things up for the big attack and works to bond the girls together more. It covers a lot in the short running time that it has as about half of it is spent with the boss and the reveal of the opponent being the Dark Gorilla, so there’s definite fun there. But it really is just more of the same in that it’s weird throwaway humor and silliness that may not connect but you can’t help but to look at week after week if you managed to survive the first episode or two." Read more.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable Episode 12
The Fandom Post said, "Akira is one of those enemies that’s able to take the essence of what makes the series great, and delivers in every way possible. His fight against Josuke was a treat just based on banter alone, and seeing him immediately switch to a more comic and pathetic role near the episode’s end just works. The re-introduction of Joseph to the cast also feels like the perfect way to end the episode, allowing for a sweet moment before the next big enemy makes their presence known." Read more.
Koutetsujou no Kabaneri Episode 10
The Fandom Post said, "Biba continues to be the big bad to the point of no ambiguity not only for himself but for anyone else in the cast, and effectively removing Kabane from relevance for now. He leaves things in a state that seems irreversible, but of course things will work out in the end. It’s not that amazing." Read more.
Kumamiko - Girl meets Bear Episode 12
Anime News Network said, "I found a lot to enjoy about Kumamiko over the course of its run, but it's hard not to feel like that was completely spoiled by its ending. Whatever I enjoyed so much about the show, Kumamiko ultimately had other plans; its purpose was to search for the most twisted gag it could in the end, implications and consequences be damned." Read more.
My Hero Academia Episode 12
Anime News Network said, "The arc isn't over yet, however. All Might may have defeated the most threatening of the main baddies, but he's hitting his time limit on One For All. The episode ends with him facing the final two enemies, back to his usual smile. He admits loud and proud that he's not as strong as it used to be, counting on his confidence to scare his opponents away before he has to shrink. Will he be able to bluff his way out?" Read more.
Naruto: Shippuden Episode 465
The Fandom Post said, "With a temptation sliding into the mix as the dark and mysterious side is making its play towards the children, most of what we get here is just boilerplate material that doesn’t stand out or do anything unique. It’s mostly just a dull affair with lifeless characters in a setting that doesn’t engage. If the intent is to make me far more engaged and invested when the final fight comes, it’s actually managing to do the opposite of that right now and I’m just hoping for a quick end to bring it all to conclusion." Read more.
One Piece Episode 746
The Fandom Post said, "I like what we get across the board but it is fairly disjointed since it’s trying to cover several areas and there really isn’t any strong connection or theme with it. It’s solid and does what it has to do and sets the stage a bit more for what’s to come." Read more.
Onigiri Episode 11
The Fandom Post said, "Again, Onigiri is predictable as hell within the short running time with what it does and there are no surprises in seeing everyone come together to deal with the threat at hand. Nor is it a surprise that there’s no dialogue on the conflicting message that Shizuo presents here with her mission. Where the show works in its own vapid way is just in the enjoyment of the animation and how big it goes because it does it in a great way here with the various sequences each of them gets and just the detail and fluidity of it all to drive it home in a great way." Read more.
Rainbow Days Episode 22
The Fandom Post said, "The dance continues between Natsuki and Anna and that’s all this really is. There are a few nice moments to be had but you partially get a little frustrated because you think Anna is finally getting it only to realize that she’s still not sure and kind out confused about the whole thing. Some of that is just her charm to be sure but it can also be frustrating. At least Natsuki is unaware and is just beating himself up for something that he didn’t do that he actually did do and didn’t get to enjoy." Read more.
Re:Zero Episode 12
The Fandom Post said, "After Episode 12, the Mansion Arc seems like a parenthesis of the main story as Arc 3 brings previous characters and plot points from Arc 1 back. It’s still hard to guess what Arc 3 will really be about, but it certainly seems like it will be much bigger and involve many more different characters than what the first half of the season has." Read more.
Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 38
Anime News Network said, "So now the glaive has been swung, Sailor Moon has been swallowed by the darkness, and the world is done. This would be a good time to recall that death marks the start of a new world in many mythologies, as well as the fact that we have one last episode to set this world to rights. The impending last-minute save seems like a foregone conclusion, which leaves us only to hope that Sailor Moon Crystal does it right." Read more.
Saki Episode 10
The Fandom Post said, "There was far less play in this episode and a lot more side action, which worked to balance things well. The cutaway scenes also provided a good look into the “backstage” lives of the teams as the final match of the tournament is ongoing. Unfortunately for Mako, this round did not go well for her, as the presence of the complete beginner Kaori Senou of Tsuruga Academy ruins her normal style of play, which is to act based upon the normal behavior of more seasoned players. It looks like Hisa is going to have a lot of hard work to try to stop Kiyosumi’s dream of making the National Tournament from being crushed." Read more.
Shonen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan Episode 9
The Fandom Post said, "Shonen Ashibe has its own particular tune that it marches to and there are some very cute moments here as Ashibe’s life goes in these directions for the worst reason of all; a terrible singing voice. Goma-chan doesn’t get too much to do here but I like the restaurant stuff, the family that we get to meet, and just some of the quirks of it all as it unfolds. Light and silly but not quite as strong as it could be." Read more.
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless Episode 11
Anime News Network said, "All in all, this episode has the most fun with its theme, which may be in part because the school festival is such a staple of anime and manga. There's plenty of room for gentle ribbing without going overboard, which has been one of this show's strengths all along." Read more.
The Asterisk War Episode 24
Anime News Network said, "The Most Annoying Voice in Anime (i.e., Flora) is also back, though that stupid maniacal laugh by Magnum Opus isn't far off on the irritating front. And if Ayato's sister put herself in suspended animation then why is she naked? That might make sense if someone else had done it, but was she taking a bath when she did it? Too many unanswered questions, but hopefully there will be more animated to answer compelling mysteries like that." Read more.
Ushio & Tora Episode 38
The Fandom Post said, "Ushio and Tora’s battle against Hakumen reaches it’s climax, as the duo finds themselves locked in a one-on-one battle with the monster. While Hakumen’s powers initially prove to be more than the two of them can handle, it’s the strength displayed how much they’ve helped others, that gives them the opening they need to strike back. That strength proves to be the show’s biggest message here, and now that it’s managed to sell it, it’s finally time for everything to come to a close." Read more.
Wagamama High Spec Episode 10
The Fandom Post said, "Of course, since the episode is done and over in two minutes, it doesn’t overstay its welcome so you don’t become frustrated with it. It has a “pat on the head” kind of feeling when all is said and done. There are some cute bits to how it plays out and the overall enthusiasm, but there’s not much here beyond that, like the previous episodes for the most part. It’s utterly harmless but leaves you wishing it had a bit more meat on its bones." Read more.
Joker Game Episode 12
The Fandom Post said, "It meant to show us a world of spies and that is exactly what we got. We’re not supposed to know too much because that wouldn’t be realistic, that is not how a real spy would operate. And in case you have doubts this was their intention, I’ve actually found out the original novels don’t even tell you which spy is on which mission. They just introduce them in the first chapters and afterward it’s all fake names and shadows. So yes, I think the anime accomplished this beautifully, even giving each of the boys a chance at the (very dim) spotlight." Read more.