TFo0 F 3-4: Good Charlotte

The Familiar of Zero F episodes 3-4 review

Tfo0 F 4

These episodes were good fun, like the series usually is. First you’ve got episode 3, where Saito saves Louise from the clutches of the villain, whose name I already forget. That’s not good news when I can’t remember a character’s name, but that wasn’t the key to the episode. The main stuff is when Saito and Louise get back in episode 4, and then there’s tons of harem action.

Tabitha’s mother (not sister, as I reported incorrectly last week) is given a cure to her insanity, which makes her a normal human again, but she also wants Tabitha (aka Charlotte) to take over as queen of her land. Obviously since every chance you have to become queen you have to turn it down, Tabitha refuses. She decides she’s instead going to sleep with Saito. And so is Siesta, for the heck of it.

It may not sound like it, but I loved these episodes, particularly episode 4. They were just a lot of fun.

Episode 3 rating (out of four stars): ***

Episode 4 rating: ***1/2

S7 3-4: Champloo-esque

Samurai 7 episodes 3-4 review

S7 3

Samurai 7 seems to be a carbon copy of Samurai Champloo. There’s a quest to find the sunflower samurai to hire samurai to protect the rice fields. In between, there’s all this silly stuff going on. We had two instances, one per episode, where a samurai made a bet that his opponent couldn’t kill him by shooting arrows or some other sharp object at him. Both times, of course, the bet was won, because samurai are faster than the speed of light. But in neither case did the losing side pay up.

These episodes really hurt my interest in the show. Samurai Champloo worked because it was funny. And again, as I say so many times, a show does not need to be funny in order to be good. But if you’re not going to make any progress as to the main plot of the show, then I need something else to keep me hooked. Instead we’re just having samurai make bets against other samurai.

Episode 3 rating (out of four stars): **

Episode 4 rating: **

Kare Kano 3-4: The Confession

His and Her Circumstances episodes 3-4 review

Kare Kano 3

“Would you say that Adams is a pretty unlucky fellow?” – The Thin Blue Line

These episodes were great. Episode 3 looked into Arima’s past, how he was abused as a child and how that affects him now. No, I don’t mean that his being abused was great, I just mean that the episode was great because it showed a side of him that we hadn’t seen yet.

Episode 4 where Yukino spends a half hour and in reality a whole week trying to confess to Arima, well, it’s even better. I know exactly how she feels. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an anime find a way to make something like a love confession be so funny yet feel so real. Clearly, Kare Kano is a keeper, and it makes me wonder why I haven’t watched it sooner.

Episode 3 rating (out of four stars): ***

Episode 4 rating: ****

HxH 79: Koala Ant

Hunter x Hunter episode 79 review

Koala Ant

Getting into the NGL, where the Chimera Ant outbreak is, is almost impossible. You’ve got to go through an embassy that makes the Berlin Wall look like a piece of paper. No electronics of any sort are allowed, nor is anything metal. Gon and Killua of course pass with flying colors, though. Some of Kite’s gang must go home, which is better for their sake.

Meanwhile, Ponzu and the other guys are trying to get into this thing too, but their part in this story feels about as pointless as that casino portion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not really sure what purpose they are serving.

And finally, you’ve got a Koala Ant going up and shooting humans to death. I get it, the purpose is to show that A) metal has made it into NGL somehow and B) the Chimera Ants are reproducing at a ridiculous rate. Even so, this particular character seems kind of ridiculous. A Chimera Ant who’s a mob boss? Seriously, let’s think up a more reasonable type of character.

Character of the episode: Ponzu

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***