I-Chu has the potential to be more than the sum of its parts, but failed to capitalize on it and ended up largely forgettable as a result. Unlike HYPNOSIS MIC or Ensemble Stars!, I-Chu lacks that final spark to make it genuinely engaging or distinctive. Instead, it’s often a slog of a watch despite its solid animation, which is a shame given how rare all-male idol anime are compared to their all-female counterparts.
Episode 8 is soundly the food episode, in my book, even if food isn’t the sum total of the episode. It’s even better than episode 4’s okonomiyaki, which lives rent free in my mind. Food fills this episode like buns in a basket, warming up the soft, quiet moments shared between Koguma, Reiko, and even Shii as the series brings in a new character to fill out the main cast. Speaking of Shii, she gets amazingly dynamic character growth in this episode. She’s no longer just the kind, serious member of the student council. She’s a fully fleshed out character with her own life, her own mannerisms, and ultimately, a life outside of school, just like Koguma and Reiko. I really hope that Shii will one day get her own cub: I want this gang of two to grow to three, especially since Shii is the happy medium between quiet Koguma and the more brash Reiko.
In Let’s Make a Mug Too Episode 8, the plot steps back from the 41st Minoware Contest for a bit of magical realism aIn Let’s Make a Mug Too Episode 8, the plot steps back from the 41st Minoware Contest for a bit of magical realism and… eels? Yes, eels.REVIEW: ‘Let’s Make a Mug Too,’ Episode 8 – “Kukuri of the Strange River” — But Why Tho? A Geek Community
Episode 19 gives a lot of good plotty tidbits that continue to shape the world of So I’m a Spider, So What? into one of the most creative isekai I’ve enjoyed to date. Kumoko even does double duty this episode, delivering on both comedy and action. And gosh does the plot thicken this episode, with lots of little threads flung out that will hopefully get connected and woven into the overarching story. It’ll be truly fascinating to see how the next episode goes, especially since there’s a scant five episodes left. There are definitely lots of loose threads I’d like to see get wrapped up, enough to hopefully set up a third cour. I’m not sure I’m ready to leave Kumoko and her world behind quite yet.
Episode 7 is perhaps the best episode of the series to date. The pacing feels good, the action is solid, and there’s enough to keep you excited for the final five episodes of this series. In many ways, this is what I initially wanted from the show: an action-adventure series that took from the source material, remixed things to make them fit, and ultimately, created just as emotional an experience as the game. Episode 7 proves that this can be done, and if wary viewers stuck it out until now, I think they’ll see what I mean.
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In Tropical-Rouge PreCure Episode 13, the Tropical Club hits the airwaves when they join the Broadcast Club for a surprising lunchtime radio show!REVIEW: ‘Tropical-Rouge PreCure,’ Episode 13 – “School Broadcast Flurry! Hit It, Mermaid’s Song!” — But Why Tho? A Geek Community
Caitlin, Dee, and Mercedez continue their exploration of CLAMP’s foray into battle shounen with the fighting robot series Angelic Layer!Chatty AF 140 Angelic Layer Watchalong – Episodes 14-19 — Anime Feminist
There are so many little things in this episode that remind me why I love writing about Super Cub: details like Reiko’s torn gloves, Koguma’s shivers at the coming autumn, a golden ginkgo leaf signaling the latter months of the year; the subtle thrill of hosting the school festival in the second semester, the girls drinking espresso while leaning on their cubs. As always, it’s a beautifully sculpted twenty-four minute experience that almost always brings me to tears at some point during my watch. Thankfully, they’re always happy tears, especially for best bike girl Koguma.