Winter 2023 Anime Episode Reviews: Week 7

Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by Anime Rants. I apologize for not writing much the last two weeks but I haven’t felt the creative writing urge lately. I did want to at least try to keep up with the episode reviews, however. So with that in mind, let’s begin.

Bungou Stray Dogs 4th Season: Episode 7

It’s likely that the rest of the season will focus on the Detective Agency escaping and battling with the Bloodhounds, the military’s strongest unit of ability users who have never failed to apprehend or kill their targets. In this episode, the chase began. Things are currently not looking good for the Detective Agency. The Bloodhounds caught up to them and cut them all down. Just when they were about to behead Dr. Yosano, Chuuya from the Port Mafia appeared and saved her. He’s been ordered by the boss to help the Agency.

In addition to all the action and chaos, this episode introduced four new characters: the bloodhounds. I assume that each is named after a Japanese literature author, as is usually the case in this anime. However, I’m not personally familiar with any of the names. I do like the characters so far, partly because I’m interested in the seiyuus who voice them. (For example, Yuki Kaji voices the blind ability user, Jono Saigiku.) I absolutely love the “ferocious little girl” type, so I’m also excited to see more of Teruko.

Koori Zokusei Danshi to Cool na Douryou Joshi
(Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague): Episode 7

After a stressful few nights of bad dreams, I was a little leery of the idea of watching only intense and violent anime this week. That’s why I was very glad to enjoy a fun episode of Ice Guy. Most of it was about the Halloween costume party at the office. Fuyutsuki and company dressed as vampires and all of them looked fabulous. They won the runner up prize. The actual contest winners were Katori and Otonashi with their mummy costumes. As usual, watching this anime made me smile and appreciate all the small moments of cuteness and fun.

Mononogatari: Malevolent Spirits: Episode 6

So far, this was my favorite episode of Mononogatari. I enjoyed the bits of mythology/lore about marebito and tsukumogami. Furthermore, I really like Botan and it was good to learn more about her and the burdens she carries. That being said, I’m still not impressed with this anime overall. The quality is subpar. In this day and age, the visuals need to be a few steps better to win my approval (in most cases). The music is nothing special, and the voice-acting could be better too. The story is also a bit of a drag in terms of action and plot twists. It’s a slow-moving story for sure. All in all, however, I’m willing to keep watching. I have a lot of time on my hands, so I might as well.

Nokemono-tachi no Yoru (Tale of Outcasts): Episode 6

I have mixed feelings about this episode, but overall, I found more to enjoy than to complain about. Miraculously (and rather unbelievably), Diana is alive. While waiting for her regain consciousness and reign in Naberius’s rampage, Wisteria and Marbas fight to keep the giant demon at bay. Wisteria did extremely well unleashing and guiding Marbas’ powers. She’s a great demon master despite looking so little and frail. Eventually, Dianna called to Naberius and succeeded in returning him to his humanoid wolf form.

The armored commander is also still alive, since he’s immortal. Instead of continuing the fight, however, he decided to leave Diana alone and tell the Queen that she’s dead. The commander is named Sol Adams who gained his amazing strength and immortality by wishing to a certain demon. With the battle finally over, Wisteria and Diana both get treatment and begin their recovery. Some things in this episode were terrible, like the sound effects for Naberius’ claw swipes, or the unbelievability of Diana being alive and walking around after being shot through the chest. Still, though, I like this anime. The fluffy demons are amazing.

TenTen Kakumei (Magical Revolution): Episode 7

A little over half of the episode was spent resolving the issues surrounding Lainie. She will now live at the villa with Anis and Euphie until she can control her power. The experiments done by Tilty revealed that Lainie is a vampire. This turn of events seemed sudden and random at first, but the lore behind it was explained well.

For the last third of the episode or so, the focus was on Anis’ lecture to the Ministry of Magic. The Ministry is made up of a boomers who think Anis is a crazy heretic. They don’t want her using the dragon materials for her weird research. However, Euphie took over the lecture and did a great job convincing the ministry to allow the research to continue. It was very sweet to see Euphie defending Anis. There was also a really cute scene where Anis asks to sleep in Euphie’s bed with her after their stressful day. It was super gay and I loved it.

Vinland Saga Season 2: Episode 6

After spending a bit of time on Canute last week, this week’s episode went back to the slaves on Kentil’s farm. Thorfinn and Einar were able to borrow a horse from an old man named Sverkel, who was later revealed to be Kentil’s father. The horse made it easier to pull up stumps and till the soil. Now, the two young men are well on their way to starting their own little farmland. As time passes, Thorfinn learns more and more about farm work and life in general. I think he’s starting to loosen up, but he’s still very unmotivated. I’m dreading something terrible happening in the next episode because this week’s installment was so calm and peaceful.

Thank you so much for reading and please enjoy your weekend!

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