By trying to do too much at once, this week’s episode of Tokyo Ghoul: re suffers from a lack of cohesion. Although each part of the grander puzzle is interesting on its own, the way the pieces are jammed together without fitting into their own place makes it so that it’s hard to appreciate the drips of information that are being fed to us. There has to be a way of covering this section of the story more elegantly. At least we get to see a few more familiar faces even though they don’t quite get a chance to shine.
This week, Legend of the Galatic Heroes: Die Neue These gives us the first episode fully devoted to developing the backstories of both the main characters on the Imperial side, as well as the universe at large. While this does help solve some of the issues I have had with Die Neue These‘s minimal attempts to endear you to the characters thus far, there are several ways that they could have saved precious time while still portraying the events clearly and giving the viewer a full understanding of the characters’ motivations.
So we’re already into the second week of Spring anime! After all those First Impressions posts (which I kinda fell down on towards the end… there’s so much stuff and I got sick halfway through the first week!) I already feel exhausted. To keep myself from watching too much stuff, I need to be more picky about what I will and will not continue. I’ve already dropped a handful of series that showed promise in their first episode due to not delivering fast enough, and I expect that to continue over the next couple of weeks. For brevity, I haven’t included anything where only the first episode is out, because I have already covered those in excruciating detail!
So, what second episodes have I watched this week? What did I love, what was just okay, and which series have I had to ultimately say goodbye to? See below to find out!
In addition to the multitudes of full-length anime this season, we also have a handful of shorts! Here’s the rundown on what I think it worth watching, and what can easily be skipped.
Episode two of Hinamatsuri widens its focus from Hina and Nitta and introduces us to more of its cast. In doing so, we learn more about the two main characters’ lives and how they have changed since they first met each other. Although it doesn’t do much to establish a main plotline, this episode still delivers two enjoyable vignettes that are just as fun as the one before it.
After getting dumped by her hot normie boyfriend, yaoi otaku Narumi Momose runs away and changes jobs to hide her shame. What were the chances that her childhood friend and hardcore game otaku, Hirotaka Nifuji, would be working there as well? The two spend their days working together at the office and their nights at the bar, drinking beer, eating meat and grinding for rare materials. Narumi is desperate for a boyfriend, but never considered the idea of dating a fellow otaku. Will Hirotaka’s offer change her mind?
By giving us more insight into the new key players while also bringing back some all too familiar faces, Tokyo Ghoul: re‘s second episode balances intrigue and fanservice to keep us viewers on the edge of our seats. When will Haise learn what’s really going on, and how big will the fallout be when he does?
Through the use of a discreet mouthpiece called an SCM, anybody can turn a person into their slave through defeating them in a game. The only way for the slave to be freed is for their master to release them. Eia, a young woman described as cold and distant by her peers, first meets Yuuga Ohta when he breaks up with her best friend. The two instantly form a connection, and Yuuga, who wishes to participate in high stakes battles with other SCM users, confides in Eia, asking her to be his partner and to promise to defeat his captor if he is ever enslaved while participating in these dangerous games. Although Yuuga could see a part of Eia that nobody else could, she would soon come to regret meeting him with all of her heart.
Haru, Choco, Liza and Gajeru are a group of brave heroes known as Periods, who work for the Arc End Branch Office #8 in the city of Hopeless exterminating the enigmatic monsters known as Spirals. When their office’s treasury gets stolen, their homes and belongings repossessed, and their branch closed, the four have to take on jobs to make ends meet. Will they be able to scrape together the money to restore their branch to its former glory? Well, maybe they could if they had enough AP!
The first and second episodes of Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These marks the third time that the Battle of Astarte has been adapted for the screen. Each adaptation has presented this all important skirmish that sets the dramatic, galaxy-spanning events of this space epic into motion in their own unique way. Unfortunately, this latest version chose to set things off with a whimper; by reducing one of Yang’s long-time friends, who is a key source of his initial character development, to a twenty-second cameo, Die Neue These rids itself of a key opportunity to get the viewers invested in one of its main protagonists.