And it is good. Good in the good-bad sense that, it’s really nothing anything else than a show that’s absurd no matter how you spin it. The show doesn’t seem to be taking itself that seriously. So you shouldn’t either. At first, I thought they were going to have the main character become a trap. But instead, they’re pulling a Kämpfer on us all. However, the atmosphere is decidedly more sentai and silly, two qualities that were missing from Kämpfer. Instead of making me groan every five seconds, I was mildly enjoying the show.
Should you watch it? Probably not. If you don’t care about finding bad anime, then you’ll probably be able to stomach a few episodes. I really can’t avoid this show anymore if the MC is going to transform into a twintailed loli. That’s okay with me.
Everyone should totally call it I Am Become Twintails. Because otherwise it sounds less interesting, and no more Oppenheimer/Bhagavad Gita reminders for me.
Imagine the joy I had when the VA for the Strawberry Twin background character was Kugimiya Rie. It’s almost as if she was asked in person to be involved with the show somehow, no matter how little the contribution. Totally called it.
Oh, little fortune cookie. How much energy and fate did you spend to receive a cameo in a random anime?
Sometimes I just sigh at minor details like this. It won’t deter me from enjoying the rest of Hitsugi no Chaika, but when there’s been very little development on the world building side of an anime, something like a fortune cookie never sits right with me. Let’s say the real world game Cookie Clicker has caused a large enough rift in the noosphere, resulting in that the concept of fortune cookies have manifested into other dimensions through artifact memories which invade a person’s DNA, ready to bring a flash of insight to a would be baker to a new culinary delight. The discovery of the fortune cookie would result in an uprising due to a huge culture turnover to the sugar empire. Old economies are destroyed, and created anew. Riots spawn all over the planet, all because there weren’t enough fortune cookies. Lives are lost. And so is my last train of thought.
In any case, go buy fortune cookies. Sometimes happiness comes in the form of fortunes with printing mishaps and your fortune says, “Get out your clothes.”
The low intensity of episode 9 might get people’s panties in a bunch. The kind that’s probably not sexy. Or is it? Doesn’t matter. I got to see loli Akari. I surprisingly haven’t had suffer any nutbladder attacks recently, so this was a decent dosage.
On a more serious note, we get some story on the Acura saboteur village, which Tohru and Akari are from. Finally! I mean, it’s one thing to be watching and getting info dumps left and right because the show wants you to understand everything as soon as possible, because ‘Our universe is awesome, so learn it’. It’s another to be information starved, which I was. Tohru and Akari were veritable treasure chests of lore and character development. It’s been 9 episodes of the Acura two siblings being doubtful, skeptical, and pragmatic (mostly). You don’t get that kind of professional vibe from a happy-go-lucky village of butter .. smiths. Butter meisters? What’s the occupational title for one who makes butter?
I’ve been hard derailed due to fortune cookies and butter. I should have expected this, since I’ve been binging on episodes of Good Eats featuring Alton Brown. Man’s a master chef, it’s gotta be said.
I actually had a large post ready to be uploaded, but I realized I was just typing for the sake of getting some kind of article up that was supposed to sound professional.
After a single proofread, I deleted it.
Instead, here’s a series of short sentences that describe the current anime season from the narrow viewpoint of yours truly.
K-ON! Season 2 is Kyoto Animation giving us our weekly moe blob injections. Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou is the sequel to Seitokai no Ichizon. Working!! is for people who either like minimal story settings or have worked in the service industry. Kaichou wa Meido-sama is our seasonal JC Staff production with lovely watercolor/pastel background scenery porn. Angel Beats has the OP with a girl playing a piano. Heroman takes place in California. B Gata H Kei has Yukari Tamura. Ookiku Furikabutte is a baseball sports anime with a competent animation team. I don’t care about Major (another baseball series). Arakawa Under the Bridge is done by SHAFT. Mayoi Neko Overrun is love, since it has loli and zettai ryouiki. House of Five Leaves is a bakery and samurai talk boxes without any actual cooking. Kiss X Sis is for perverts. Senkou no Night Raid replaced Sora no Woto.
And I think Da Capo is happening again. (Yay!)
Picture of Kanata doing it wrong done by broiler (WARNING: Link is NSFW!)