I don't even know what to write here, as Hajime no Ippo totally stole the show this week, and will be the brightest star in anime until the end of this season. If you read the manga, you know what I'm talking about. And if you don't know why I'm so hyped about this, you should just watch this week's episode and the next ones. It feels like a little less sad Grave of Fireflies
with a lot more punching in it.
No, wait, it doesn't feel like Grave of Fireflies at all.
Sorry, I'm so excited to see this arc being adapted to anime that I don't even know what I'm saying anymore. Well, it's a post-WWII story set in Japan about manly tears. Holy mother of anime, ending a season with Ippo and starting the next one with Jojo must be one of the best periods in japanese animation.
Hajime no Ippo Rising episode 22
Finally! After a rather lackluster title match between Takamura and Eagle, we finally see the quality that makes Hajime no Ippo so epic coming back to our screens. The timing is different from what happens in the original manga, but now we get to know Coach Kamogawa's past, his days of youth with his rival and friend Nekota, during times when Japan was rebuilding right after World War II.
Japan, and boxing itself, were completely different from what they are nowadays. Boxers could fight several times in a short few days, and the sport was called "prize fighting" rather than boxing. There were almost no rules, with every match ending only when one or both fighters couldn't stand anymore. And there were no weight divisions, so everyone could fight anyone. This, in Japan, as boxing was already closer to what we know in the US.
This is the scenario to one of the best and most touching arcs in the 20+ years of Hajime no Ippo. This is where we see how Kamogawa and Nekota get to know Yuki, a woman who, contrary to the majority of the japanese population, wouldn't throw away her pride. Kamogawa and Nekota stand in sgt. Anderson's way and defend Yuki against him, but both get knocked down by Anderson's more refined boxing techniques. Being able to run away thanks to her new friends, Yuki, with nowhere to go, start to live together with them.
Seeing how well developed this episode is, I wonder how Kamogawa's past would fare as a separated movie. It's a beautiful tale of love, friendship and the renewal of a whole country and its population. It has everything to be a great movie. Regardless, this was an awesome episode, and I'm hyped to see the whole story closing Rising stronger than any other season of Hajime no Ippo.
Magi season 2 episode 22
Kouen's army showed up and stole Alibaba's spotlight right when he was about to unleash his Extreme Magic. Kouen's men quickly deal with all the Black Djinns, and Kouha's injuries are healed by one of his brother's Metal Vessels. Alibaba introduces himself to Kouen as one of Balbadd's princes, and states that he came to the battlefield to protect Kouha, making them allies. Sorta.
Sheherazade and Reim's army are being attacked by Mogamett's Black Djinns, and the still recovering fanali army has trouble fighting them off. Titus, encouraged by Marga's words, goes to confront Mogamett, trying to convince him to stop with his evil acts. To fend off the gathering of more Dark Rukh, Titus releases the magoi that was inside his body, but sacrifices his life in the proccess. Touched, Mogamett stops to produce Black Djinns, but the Dark Rukh is acting by itself now, draining all of Mogamett's magoi and killing him. And thus begins Gyokuen's and Al-Thamen's plans to bring the end of the world.
Log Horizon episode 23
Continuing from last week, most of this episode is filler, again. We see Minori recovering from her broken heart, Naotsugu wandering and eating everything he can, Henrietta playing dress-up with Akatsuki, Maryelle running away from her duties, Nyanta dealing with troublesome people, and some conspiracy in the background.
Helping with the paperwork, Minori notices that some numbers are off, and after stopping a bad customer, Shiroe uncovers an ongoing plan to attack Akihabara somehow. The episode ends with a creepy clown commanding his ship and probably heading over to start trouble in Akiba. Creepy clowns are the worst.
Noragami episode 10
Being exorcized in last episode, now Yukine is free of sins and became a good boy, helping Koufuku's store and Yato's odd jobs. Yato then goes to Tenjin's temple to thank him for lending one of his Regalias the other day, and also to ask for advice regarding Hiyori's problem. Mayu explains to Hiyori and Yukine that emoness is contagious, so one of Tenjin's Regalias got infected by Yukine's emoing and was then banned.
During New Year's first visit to the temple, Hiyori is unable to meet Yato, as he spends all night fighting ghosts. Instead, she encounters Nora, who somehow erases her memories about Yato, and Hiyori can't recognize him later. Oh, and there's an assassin god walking around and killing both people and gods, so take care about that.
Witch Craft Works episode 10
Kagari and Takamiya make their way out of the prison, only to find the city in ruins. The barrier protected every normal person from any harm, but now Kazane is out of the game, and without a barrier, no Workshop Witch can use their magic. They are safe inside their base, but Weekend captures some girls and attach bombs to them, demanding the Workshop Witches to give her Takamiya or else everyone will die.
Takamiya himself and Kagari go to the city's heart to make a contract and build another barrier. They are ambushed by a witch in their way, but even without using magic, Kagari defeats her stone golem with an old school knee to the face. Rinon is negotiating with Weekend, and exactly when the bombs are about to explode, Takamiya rebuilds the city's barrier and Rinon is able to disable the bombs and defeat Weekend.
Or so it seemed. Not every witch relies on their magic, and Weekend let herself to be captured just to explode regular bombs inside the Workshop Witches' base, knocking out Rinon and her friend. Takamiya uses his new acquired powers to heal them, and Kagari goes to confront Weekend.
Personally, I'm still enjoying Witch Craft Works, but I liked it better when it was 100% crazyness without much plot. There's still some funny moments, but when even Tanpopo is taking things seriously, you know this show isn't the same anymore. On the other hand, it was good to see that magic isn't everything in this world, and Weekend's trump card was using regular bombs, but shouldn't Weekend herself, Rinon and the other girl be in pieces after those explosions?
Also, Weekend is voiced by Aya Hirano. How is that even possible? Her voice is so different here... read