Weekly Seasonal Watches: Winter 2023 Anime Season Week 5

Seasonal Watches

So how are we five weeks into this season? How did that happen? I am going to have to start making that mid season post soon.

Vinland Saga Season 2 Episode 4

One banger after another, huh? Yeah, this episode was based around Einar and Thorfinn after Thorfinn finally revealed how difficult his life has been and how many people he has killed through out his life. Especially after the mercenaries that were looking to just kill them because they can and Thorfinn defended his self with skills he hasn’t revealed until then.

So the question is that now that Thorfinn is everything that Einar hates, will he kill Thorfin or accept him. It was great that during Thorfinn’s nightmares, Einar woke Thorfinn up and just decided to accept him. Could be because they were friends or it could be because being alive is suffering enough. Regardless, this is a great and such an exceptional episode.

High Card Episode 4

This is the designated Waifu episode of this show. Wendy is a powerful sword user who doesn’t have an easy life as she suffers from the teachings her father gave her, anxiety, and her alcoholism. So she is going to connect to a lot of people and this felt ok at presented her in being eager to help out at Pinochole. Then there as that moment when Wendy’s sword demanded blood and she became another waifu that people wants. It was an decent episode in a decent show that went for what it was aiming for. Yup.

Kubo Won’t Let Me be Invisible Episode 4

There are certain parts of these episodes that get so spicy compared to the rest of it. Like, the episode start where Shiraishi and Seita were doing Kamen Rider poses was cute. Same with Kubo making Shiraishi a Valentine’s day cookie and Kubo’s attempt at getting indirect kisses from Shiraishi which never happened there too because he knew her game. But the moment between Shiraishi’s socks being mismatched sizes and Kubo’s tights came into being and that sense of flirtation between the two was a huge deal for them at play here too. But it’s a very comfy episode with these two still feeling each other out. I can dig it.

Tsurune – The Linking ShotEpisode 5

Good tension releasing episode. Especially between Nao and Onogi’s relationship caused by Minato messing up his timing during the tournament. Pictures of their childhood appeared when Onogi helped Nao as a kid to that tension of Onogi not being able to release his emotions. The tension itself was fun as well as Minato learning something about his form. So yes, just good and beautiful stuff through out. But that last moment when Nao and Onogi released their tension firing arrows in Kyudo was great. Another just really good episode.

Tomo-Chan is a Girl Episode 5

In this episode, Tomo-chan visits everyone’s house and she continually gets confused for being a boy until she isn’t. Which is apart of the show, but we get to see how these characters live so we can understand them more. Carol’s house was pretty goofy and huge with Carol’s mom just being like her in bubble headed personality. Then the study over with Tomo-chan and Carol as Gundo’s house went as expected with Gundo’s mom being the exact sort of logical like Gundo is.

Following those two home visits is the night of Tomo-chan and Jun at Jun’s house where there is no mother there. It’s just the two of them playing video games with each other and then falling asleep next to each other. There is some spicy stuff here and no wonder that would create a massive amount of awkwardness between the two after it. Jun does notice Tomo-chan as a girl, he just can’t tell Tomo-chan about it at all. Very interesting episode in all of this.

Bofuri Season 2 Episode 4

Just another episode of action scenes for this entire event. Sally and Maple just going on adventures and facing opponents in their event from day to day. Most of them were easy challenges that Sally and Maple could solve themselves. The final battle itself showed Maple and Sally actually putting in every single skill they had to defeat the dark souls boss. Plus the administrators just having a fun time watching Maple and Sally and others defeat their creations. It’s another good sense of time there too.

Urusei Yatsura (2022) Episode 16

Well, this show explores a lot of things here too. Enter the gang (Lum, Shinobu, Ataru, and Mendo) appeared on a beach somewhere where it seems like a father and son are arguing with each other at a beach shack. One which the father owns and wants the actual girl raised as a boy to run in when she doesn’t. That girl is Ryonosuke and she dreams of wearing a sailor uniform. Well, Ataru obviously ruins everything as usual and now Ryonosuke is at school and is kind like a prince. And she is also just hanging around Ran to learn some more femininity. Really goofy and comfy energy through out there too. So an interesting introduction to a new phase of this show.

Trigun Stampede Episode 5

Another episodic story in Trigun right here too. One that doesn’t feel like it should be apart of Trigun’s all over scheme, but it still is. The gang of four stop in the middle of a desert to a small town where Vash either forgot about or never got the chance to help again. A monstrous creature starts attacking Vash out of nowhere. As Vash and Wolfood draw the fire from it do Robert and Meryl can escape. So through out all of that, we start to learn that Vash planned on returning to this place to save it later and the creature that is attacking them name is Rolo. A child chosen for a regeneration formula and was a failed experiment. So that reveal of him and then Wolfwood being a successful part of that experiment is huge. All of this is just nuts.

The Fire Hunter Episode 4

Man, the action directional choices in this episode were so weird. So Toko, Kaho, Kanata the dog, and that random worker on the train escape the dragon god destroying the train that is supposed to make it to the capitol and are helped by the tree people. The escape portion in the animation was so awkward with letter boxes and camera focuses was so bad and frustrating that they need an action director to put it together for them on it or something.

Otherwise, the show is so interesting. While that fantasy adventure is happening with Toko who is trying to survive in this world, we get a lot more exploration of this world and why it is falling apart. Koshi learning about what fire is and what it represents to this world while also seeing the philosophy and world construction behind why the world is falling apart. If a Guardian is attacking humans, then society really is falling apart isn’t it? So almost everything in this is interesting besides some bad directional choices. I still think the audience is just me though.

Weekly Ratings

Last year, I started a small graph system that I used to rank the weekly episodes I’ve watched. I’m going to bring it back for this season and see how it goes. I just want to make my opinions a bit more clearer other then “I really like this anime episode that did those things?”. If this helps at all.

Now, this doesn’t mean that the episode on the bottom is bad. Just that that it wasn’t as good as the others. That’s it really. In the end, this is all arbitrary after all just like most of what I blog anyway. It’s just another thing, what is the difference?

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