7 Days of Anime August 1-7

7 Days of Anime (7DA) is a column by the mangatron where he grades the episode of the week for the series’ that he follows. Grades are done with 3 things in mind: 1) How well the episode fits into the current pacing [of the main story], 2) How well it maintained a viewers interest, and 3) overall enjoyment level (Animation quality, sounds of music and voice, and use of story elements).

Legend:
A = Time well spent
B = If it’s your cup of tea, drink it
C= Only the fans will enjoy it regardless
+ = And then some
– = Something is missing…

Asobi ni Ikuyo! Episode 04

 Yet another strange group of people, and the shopping episode. I think these are just as regular as the festivel episode, the swimsuit episode, etc. With the typical “lead male is useless” thing again. I hope this isn’t the sterotyping of the glasses dude…

Grade: C-
Pros: … Honestly, this is typical Asobi ni Ikuyo stuff. So I didn’t see anything “awesome” about this ep…
Cons: Last episode you get the idea that they are using real bullets (we know rubber bullets can’t give a car a flat, ja? Considering they were handguns) but now are we supposed to think they are using real bullets or training rounds or rubber bullets? What if Manami killed someone? Does that give her a free seat in the next CIA boot camp?

Strike Witches Episode 05

Oh look it’s another shopping episode. This one though is a Lucchini episode, I guess 1st season viewers were expecting this. Wait, this is like the second time the shopping was incomplete…

Grade: B
Pros: I know this is a Lucchini ep, but dere-dere Trudy and Trudy wearing a dress was just lollygagging hilarious.
Cons: Well, Lucchini was being Lucchini, not so bad. Let’s see, a Con would be she spent all the money on a girl a heck of a lot more richer than her! Har har har.

Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi Episode 06

 Ahum, this be ye flashback episode. Going all the way back to how Harry met S-… er I mean how Ringo met Ryouko, and… gettin’ a little R&R going, yeah! Heh.

Grade: B
Pros: Hmm, Ryouko wearing a dress? What’s up with this week? Girls wearing things we normally don’t see them wear…
Cons: Ringo-chan never grew an inch. Think about that you loli lovin’…..

Amagami SS episode 06

Ooh, continuing the escapades of our lovely haired girl and her love interest. I gotta say, from the roof, to the library, ro the park area, what a fun ride. And now we know what color Kaoru’s pantsu was last ep during the sneek peak of Juni.

Grade: A
Pros: I absolutely loved the roof scene. Or maybe I’ve been reading too much Amagami doujins… Then there’s the library scene, probably the best payback a girl would have to pay if the feelings are mutual, and, as a leg lover, I had a blast when Kaoru rode Juni’s shoulders.
Cons: They didn’t do it on the roof! Blasphemey! Yeah, I read too much doujins. Forget I said anything.

Shukufuku no Campanella Episode 06

Let’s give everyone their own ep, ja? Seems to be the theme this week, and it’s infecting my Shukufuku as well! But I like this one, because the spotlight centers mostly around Chelsea-chan, and…. wait for it, here we go again, a girl wearing something you don’t see her wear everyday. Character specific episodes, girls wearing what they normally don’t, shopping episodes, etc. This is one strange week.

Grade: B-
Pros: Chelsea wearing a dress. Wow, this get’s Pro twice already. Or was this 3 times?
Cons: You can only get teased, ain’t no panchira for you today, boy.

Highschool of the Tot Episode 05

Imagine the movie ‘The Fugitive’, where the bus is at a rest stop, and the criminals in the bus start talking about life, romance, their crappy situation, etc. I think that’s the best way I can describe this ep lol.

Grade: C
Pros: Probably the only thing that will occupy the “Pro” slot for HotD is “them jigglies”…
Cons: Let me tell you something, when a bullet zips by your head, you will not turn your head in the direction the bullet is traveling, you will either duck or close your eyes. Remember what I said previously about “getting out of the way”? I don’t need to remind you that he was still traveling on the motorcycle, so jerking your neck backwards has the neck say “snap me”, and that the fat dude was rather close to him, where powder burns were sure to get in his face. You’re probably wondering why am I picking on this series for things like this? Well, as a reader of the manga, I like the detail of the weapons. But you take a giant shit on them by showing these matrix effects and not treating these weapons as real as they are drawn. Want to screw them up? Might as well drew them like toy guns. /rant

Yeah, I’m supposed to watch it for the boobies, right? Right….

Seitokai Yakuindomo Episode 06

I am so enjoying this series. The opening scenes were hilarious, from the horror, to the giant robots, to the tiny Suzu remote wrestling her glamorous bodied mother, to the regular Ousai Academy Student Council rule (Shino sounded so desperate lol). Moving on to the actual episode itself, the fun continues with the horror stories of Ousai, Suzu’s continuing height dilemma and fears, Shino’s hiccups and body worries and Aria’s glamorous body continues to, how shall we say, impress 😉

Grade: A
Pros: Hata-chan’s horror stories sounded so convincing, I proudly admit I fell for both of them. Aria’s breast bounce with the box was a laugh too.
Cons: You gotta feel sory for Tsuda somewhat. This guy has it hard er I mean tough dealing with these girls. It seems undoubtly that Suzu is the only female level head around him.

Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ Episode 05

 Er, wow. It looks like Kagari will have 3 episodes to “its” winging. Can somebody tell me the real gender of this… “thing”? lol

Grade: C+
Pros: Oh, I know Kagari’s gender. It’s female, because as long as I think so, she will be a she. Who says you have to be an ashikabi. And, I just love the above pic. I’ve seen many a tsundere, but for some reason Tsukiumi is quite a tolerable one. She says funny things… Fight scenes this ep foreshadow an interesting next ep.
Cons: I still don’t know what gender to label Kagari as…

Weekly Research:

Those clothes.
This week we see some rather nice girls wearing something we usually don’t see them wearing, from Strike Witches Trudy in a dress to a very girly Ookami-chan to an voluptuous Chelsea of Shukufuku. In many cases, anime doesn’t give any more than 3 common outfits for a girl, the common 3 being school uniform (ha), pajamas, and swimsuit. The interesting thing to note is that rarely does anime give us a look into a girl wearing something we would least expect her to wear, for example, Misaka Mikoto wearing pantsu-only no shorts (er…), or Majo-chan from Ookami-san wearing a maid uniform (well they ALL did), or Lacus Clyne wearing a…. you get the idea. I have to say though, Trudy wins this week in this regard.

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