TI mentioned before that I didn’t want to see Koguma and Reiko have any kind of romance: I wanted to see them be two kindred souls who found a deep friendship. I still feel this, even as a devout fan of Yuri and a queer writer. There’s something beautiful about a series where female friendship is simply allowed to exist: it’s truly special that Koguma and Reiko just get to be friends without any heavily gendered tropes. Instead of having an episode where they fight, the girls simply talk things out, and communicate. Instead of jealousy, the girls uplift one another. And by episode 10, those elements have evolved to a tangible love between the girls, a connection that makes their friendship feels so intimately genuine. That deep platonic love is so evident in this episode, especially when Koguma laughs and becomes incredibly playful. After seeing Koguma as a genuinely lonely young woman, it feels utterly joyful to see her so intensely happy.
In Let’s Make a Mug Too Episode 10, Himeno faces her most difficult decision to date: choosing the glaze to decorate her ceramic cushion with!REVIEW: ‘Let’s Make a Mug Too,’ Episode 10 – “Hime-chan Is Doing Her Best” — But Why Tho? A Geek Community
In Tropical-Rouge PreCure Episode 15, the responsible and reserved Minori switches bodies with playful mergirl Laura for some Freak Friday-esque hijinks!REVIEW: ‘Tropical-Rouge PreCure,’ Episode 15 – “Minori is Laura, Laura is Minori?!” — But Why Tho? A Geek Community
In Let’s Make a Mug Too Episode 9, the plot returns as Himeno struggles to design her ceramic cushion for the 41st Minoware Contest.REVIEW: ‘Let’s Make a Mug Too,’ Episode 9 – “Pound, Stretch, Subtract, and Add” — But Why Tho? A Geek Community
In Tropical-Rouge PreCure Episode 14, the Tropical Club head to the Shirokumo Preschool for a day in the life of a preschool teacher!REVIEW: ‘Tropical-Rouge PreCure,’ Episode 14 – “Leave It To Us! Tropica-shining Preschool Teachers!” — But Why Tho? A Geek Community
A lot happens in episode 21: the barrier falls, the invasion finally commences, and the plot grows ever more complex. At this point, I have very few worries for Kumoko, but so many for Shun and the elves. For an episode without Kumoko, it remains solidly entertaining, delivering plenty of food for thought to chew on here, especially with regards to the Administrators (but can we trust Oka’s information?). While I do miss Kumoko’s antics, it was nice to see the show shift gears and become a bit more action-oriented in a different direction. Though that’s not why I’ve stuck around; It’s the complexities of the plot, and all those juicy nuggets of worldbuilding, that keep me interested.
I’ll admit that initially, I had my misgivings, painting this as a potential 22/7-esque idol anime. I was put off my Mana being shifted to the forefront, and wasn’t sure how the show would wrangle ten idols across two units. I was expecting little more than a perfectly average idol show.
I was absolutely wrong.
The trio isn’t quite a genuine girl gang yet. There’s still a good deal of cohesion that hasn’t happened. Shii is their friend, true, but she’s not as close as Koguma and Reiko are. Yet Shii slots into their dynamic so well that it feels like it won’t be long before she’s on a cub of her own. I’d really like to see Shii become just as close as Koguma and Reiko. She’s the perfect balance to their dynamic, and fits like a glove… almost. But almost is a word heavy with potential, and there’s so much potential in every single episode of Super Cub. I get the feeling that next week’s episode -episode 10- will be another Shii-centric episode, and maybe… she’ll upgrade her bike to a cub.
Episode 20 was really, really good. It was complex and raises the stakes ahead of the finale. Last week, I pondered why I still adore this series and feel excited to engage with it, and I think the answer is how the series mixes and remixes familiar elements and tropes, how it keeps the plot fresh despite being another entry in the oversaturated isekai genre . Now that it’s getting really twisty and even more fascinating, I find myself increasingly drawn to the series. It’s all I can do to not pick up the novels, since I’m already busy enough. Still, episode 20 served as incredibly tempting bait, and I have to tell you: I’m here for these final four episodes ahead of us. Reel me in, So I’m a Spider, So What? because you’ve got me hooked! I genuinely can’t wait until Spider Friday rolls around again.
Episode 8 makes it clear that this ain’t your momma’s Reaper Game. The dramatic stakes here are higher than even the previous episode, which was one of the most exciting episodes of the series. Even with Beat’s comedic outbursts, episode 8 feels like End Game content, the final stretch in TWEWY the Animation‘s story. Neku and Beat have quite the challenge ahead of them if they’re going to survive both the games and Miss Konishi’s machinations. Thank goodness Neku’s a different person from who he was at the beginning of this series or else he’d be in trouble. Even knowing how things end, I truly hope that Neku is strong enough to see this final week through and bring all those loose plot threads together.