Little Witch Academia, Episode 5: Kick Back, Relax, and Shoot Some Dragons

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This episode of Little Witch Academia was a lot of fun, with plenty of explosive action and comedic dialogue to get the momentum of the narrative rolling. But for as whimsical as the plot may seem—and believe me, the show revels in it—there’s some strong hints at the depths of drama the show is capable of handling.

The show persisted with its whimsical tone through the colorful cast of characters. There’s a whole lot of personality to these seemingly simple girls and it’s the small things like how they interact with their environments that reveal it. We start with an unexpected homage to the Powerpuff Girls, but with its own hilarious twist. Kagari concocts the formula with vicious delight: “Sugar, spice, and everything nice.” The cake batter erupts onto her face, covering her in a thick layer of goo. Things like Sucy taking a lick of Kagari’s failed experiment, Jasminka hounding away at a bag of potato chips, and Constanze using a microwave to show off her resourcefulness add a layer of delight to the already joyful atmosphere. They’re all characters that are awesome in their own right.

Constanze pulls out a friggin’ magic shotgun to blast dragons later on in the episode.  Amanda churns in for some playful banter, teasing Kagari’s ineptitude as a witch. She’s just kicking back and relaxing while Kagari is taking everything seriously. Their banter escalates and they inevitably find themselves at each other’s throats. Joyful music began to contrast Kagari’s plight to hint at an impending subtle drama that’s about to unfold.  There’s a lot of underlying friction between the two, but its explored and handled in consistency with the shows lighthearted feel. Continue reading “Little Witch Academia, Episode 5: Kick Back, Relax, and Shoot Some Dragons”

ACCA, Episode 4: A Brief Lull

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This week’s ACCA felt as though it took a break from its main storyline. We still had some of the excellent storytelling components of earlier episodes: The aura of mystery, vibrant color palettes, and the suspense of impending doom, but they largely felt subdued and less focused. Scenes like Nino in the background snooping around didn’t stay long enough to make any lasting impressions on what was going on. Instead, the focus was a snippet into the history of the small, traditional town of Suitsu district and its own civil unrest. Continue reading “ACCA, Episode 4: A Brief Lull”

March Comes in like a Lion, Episode 16: There’s No Shame in Asking for Help

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March Comes in like a Lion was unexpectedly calm this week. The explosive fight between Shimada and Gotou in episodes prior had me under the belief that this next battle of theirs would be one of equal magnitude. Instead, the focus wasn’t on the battle itself (the match had virtually no screen time), but on the preparations of what’s to come. Continue reading “March Comes in like a Lion, Episode 16: There’s No Shame in Asking for Help”

Little Witch Academia, Episode 4: The Adorable Dork that is Lotte

Little Witch Academia takes a detour this week from Kagari’s role as a lead to dive into Lotte’s world.  As a result, Lotte dazzled us with her command of the narrative in dweebish fashion. If you needed any convincing as to why she’s such a likeable character, then look no further than this episode. Lotte’s infectious charm is on full display.

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Scum’s Wish Episode 4: Despicable Characters and The Things They Do

Whew, was this episode of Scum’s Wish a doozy. It’s official — Everyone’s situation has turned into a big heaping pile of crap. Continue reading “Scum’s Wish Episode 4: Despicable Characters and The Things They Do”

Scum’s Wish Episode 3: The People We Love

This week’s installment of Scum’s Wish had some very uncomfortable moments in love as characters began to express their curiosity for each other in daring and bold ways. We built up to the moments that led up to last episode’s cliffhanger, seeing just what exactly drove Ecchan to give into her desires. Continue reading “Scum’s Wish Episode 3: The People We Love”

March Comes in like a Lion Episode 15: Mirrored Selves

This week’s episode of March Comes in like a Lion focuses on Rei’s renewed fascination with the world of shogi. With the help of his friends and loved ones, we’re beginning to see Rei loosen up. Shimada’s overwhelming victory over him has set the gears in motion for a burning desire to improve within himself. Continue reading “March Comes in like a Lion Episode 15: Mirrored Selves”