This may be the biggest post I ever wrote, at least in these Staff's Rejects series. Yes, folks, we have 5 shows being covered here! And I have absolutely no right in complaining about writing this much, as it's been a joy to follow both old favorites and new surprises.
If you don't want to read everything, I'll make a quick resume. Takamura is an ass, Sheherazade is not so evil anymore, Lenessia is lazy, Yukine is emo and Kagari does a dragon punch. Now, if you want more words, keep reading and follow me through these worlds of punches, magic or both combined.
Hajime no Ippo Rising episode 20
Takamura is a counter-puncher's dream match
Being honest here, Takamura x Eagle doesn't look like a fight between two world champions at all. It's all muscle and no brain. Takamura keeps throwing those huge swings, Eagle continues to counter, but it's like Eagle's punches have no effect and Takamura is absolutely certain he will win somehow. Nothing wrong in being confident, but there's no sense of danger whatsoever.
Ok, so those swings served for Takamura close the distance, he gets Eagle in the corner and in the next round, he scores a down. When Takamura is about to end the fight, one of Eagle's punches opens a cut above Takamura's left eye, but the Golden Eagle refuses to take advantage of that, hitting Takamura's body instead of going for a "dirty" win.
Takamura, on the other hand, opens a similar cut on Eagle's face by headbutting him. It's like Takamura became Bryan Hawk, throwing punches from weird positions and fighting dirty, even if he said it wasn't on purpose. Now on equal footing, they go for another round of brawl. Really, what's up with this fight? It doesn't even look like Volg and Miyata live in the same universe as these two champions. Even Ippo fights in a smarter way than what Takamura is showing here.
Magi season 2 episode 20
You haven't even seem my bankai yet
I'm kinda disappointed with this episode. Not that it was bad, but I was expecting more action. Mu Alexius releases his Djinn Equip, and with that, he is capable of piercing through the barriers and defeat Aladdin. When he is about to deliver the fatal blow, Alibaba steps in and parries Mu's strike with his new and improved Amon sword. Now, I was hoping to see an awesome battle between two full Djinn Equips, but that's when all the war comes to a halt.
First, the fanalis are not the powerhouses I thought they were. They may be physically strong, but it's not just Morgiana who lacks magoi, it's all her race, so even if Barbatos is a powerful weapon, Mu can't keep his Equip for a long time. Also, Alibaba said Amon can cut through anything, including Barbatos, so I wonder if Mu could put up a fight against Alibaba's new powers.
This woman is 268 years old
Well, Magi is not a battle focused series, and things are not aways solved via fighting to death. Sheherazade finally shows herself, proposes a truce and calls Aladdin, Alibaba and Titus to talk. First, Aladdin and Alibaba completely ignores her and go on about how they have (or not) changed during the time they were separated. Then, Sheherazade reveals she is a clone, just like Titus, and her original body is than 268 years old.
Aladdin tells how Solomon's Wisdom revealed in his dreams how the world before this one came to an end, and how Al-Thamen plans to bring chaos once again. Titus and Sheherazade both have little more time left to live, because Sheherazade's original body will soon die, and while she reveals she's not so evil, it turns out Kou Empire wouldn't sit still and is planning an attack. Also, Mogamett has his finger on the trigger of the weapon that will destroy the world.
Log Horizon episode 21
Living the dream
The war is over, but instead of defeating the King Goblin, Shiroe decides it's better to tighten the relationship with the People of the Land. How? By throwing a party, of course! Though the man himself is still learning about how this world functions. Talking to Regan, Shiroe learns that a new event is happening in the west, and that an Adventurer created a new kind of magic, just like Shiroe himself did when he saved Rundel Haus.
Meanwhile, there's dancing and eating. Isuzu leaves Crescent Moon Alliance and joins Log Horizon to stay close to Rudy, but Serara can't do the same to be near her beloved Nyanta. It's also decided that Lenessia will be Ambassadress of the League of Freedom Cities Eastal, living in Akihabara, so she will be able to do nothing all day, like she aways wanted.
Maryelle desperately needs a FESTIVAL!
Another clever move by Shiroe was to spread a rumor about how Adventurers lose part of their memory if they die, which prevents major panic, but creates certain doubt in the minds of everyone. And Maryelle, as the most carefree person around, plans a festival. Gotta love her.
Noragami episode 08
This scene contains so much cuteness and badassness together...
Yato's current job is to help a bullied student at Hiyori's school. Things hit too close to home for Yukine, so he goes all emo, as aways, and he goes to wander around the school and be jealous about how everyone has friends and he has none. Maybe it would help if he wasn't a little annoying crybaby, who knows.
Bishamon goes to ask Kofuku about where the next ghost vortex will appear, and it's funny how she gets more clothes when she stops using her jacquet-shaped Shinki. Yato's solution to stop bullying is giving utility knives to the boys and make them fight to the death, but luckily, the bullied one decides to not kill his bully, though he succeeds in making him piss his pants, so he got that for himself.
That's not how you make friends, Yukine
Yukine, on the other hand, decides that the solution to being alone is breaking windows with a baseball bat. Good one, Yukine. This negative feelings take its toll on Yato's body, covering him with black spots and menacing his life. Hiyori carry him to Kofuku's house, hoping to get help, but instead, Daikoku puts a barrier between them.
I just wish Yukine to be gone already. If he weren't around, we could get more Bishamon on screen and less emo'ing. Ok, I get it, Yukine probably was a lonely boy and commited suicide or something like that, Yato will need to solve Yukine's inner conflicts and everything, but Noragami is better when there's this badass god riding a lion and shooting things with dual pistols.
Witch Craft Works episode 08
Need a fork to help cut that chicken?
In the middle of all this crazyness, I can safely say Witch Craft Works is the show I'm enjoying the most right now. Yes, including Ippo. Things are so absurd in this show that I can't help but laugh. This episode presented a flashback to when Kagari was a middle school student. She was kinda like a robot, doing only what was told by her "manager", Houzuki, one of the girls that Kagari's mother asked to follow her daughter. The only thing Kagari did by own will was to search for something in nearby schools, until she found Takamiya.
Back to present days, the school council's ex-president convinced the toughest girl in the school to make a rebellion against Takamiya, challenging him to a duel. As bear-killer Rinon asked Takamiya to meet her alone, Kagari can't protect him this time. But he gets an advice: Rinon's finishing move would be a straight punch when she dragged her fist back, so all Takamiya had to do was to counter that. Obviously, he can't punch a girl, but Kagari shows up and saves the day with a flaming Shoryuken. Ken would be proud.
Still looks better than my class in high school
I wish Witch Craft Works' title was something I could abbreviate to WTF instead, because it would be perfect for this show. Things look so random, yet everything, absolutely everything is so damn funny! From the school council's ex-president's talk to Rinon at the bar, to Rinon herself being named "bear-killer" for KOing a tiger, and of course, the Tower Witches! I don't know her name, but I just love that witch with the cat ears, that one who summons killer robot bunnies. Even her voice is funny!
And the little details, too. Everything is so colorful and full of personality, even people who appear at the background and doesn't say a thing during some scenes. Such as one of the Tower Witches cutting the chicken with a katana, or the girl who loves ice cream having everything ice-themed.