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Hanasaku Iroha Episode 7 Review – All About Tomoe

Hanasaku Iroha

Jaw-dropping

Ain’t Monday a drag? Well, if any of you are feeling the Monday blues, you guys lucked out. ‘Cuz hey, you know what? Hanasaku Iroha comes out today. And what a pleasure this week’s episode was. Though it focuses mostly on Tomoe and her midlife crisis, it keeps with the show’s lighthearted and comedic aesthetic that’s sure to please many long-time followers. Hell, this might even be the episode to bring in more viewers. Heh, but look at me talk, let’s get on with it.

Hanasaku Iroha

I feel for ya

If you’re looking for deep story development that moves the plot along, you’re looking in the wrong place at the wrong time. This episode is all about Tomoe and her exploits to get fired in order to attend a marriage meeting. Pfffftttt. I know, right?

Hanasaku Iroha

"Sparkles not included"

But this episode does serve to give us some insight into Tomoe’s thoughts, particularly about the future, marriage, and the girls who she thinks of as little sisters. Along with that, it’s pretty damn entertaining, and my favorite aspect of this episode had to be the “Survival Gamers”. Oh man, those guys were a riot. And despite Tomoe’s best efforts to get fired from Kissuiso, she ended up pleasing the customers so much that she got praised. Weird how the opposite of what you want usually happens , huh?

Hanasaku Iroha Tasty Riceballs

I lol'd

Anyways, this episode had some hidden meanings as well. Behind all the fun and games, we get the sense that Tomoe belongs at Kissuiso. The only thing was that she didn’t realize it yet. Her attempts at getting the “Survival Gamers” to complain about her failed. In fact, it did the opposite by improving her job performance and her standing amongst the other waitresses and Minchi. I think this was key, it’s definitely debatable, but important nonetheless. Nakochi, Ohana, and Minchi obviously respect Tomoe-neesan and need her to serve as a sort of guide in life, she’s someone to look up to, a pillar of support. And what are the girls to Tomoe? Well, they’re people that Tomoe wants to spend time with and teach. She’s attached to them.

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Nichijou Episode 7 er… Review?

Nichijou Episode 7 Hakase playing baseball with a cat

"You're doing it wrong"

Is anyone else at a loss for words after watching this episode? I mean, what was with the whole King Albert and wooden cube stuff? Was it supposed to be some kind of wooden All-Spark? No? Just a hairpin? Okay, got it. But you’ve got to admit this show is pretty weird and that a lot of the jokes are now getting stale or they just sail over my/your/everyone’s head.

At least we get some semblance of normalcy when we watch Yuko. She’s a normal girl from what I watched so far. Oh, and you can’t forget Takasaki’s crush on Sakurai, a normal situation if I ever saw one.

Ao no Exorcist Episode 5 Review

Ao no Exorcist I'll kill Satan, says Rin

Typical shonen, but it's not bad, is it?

Oh boy, I’m getting all giddy with excitement. I know I wrote this anime off as being typically shonen, full of the pumped up shouting and all, but that doesn’t make it a bad show at all. And now with some of the recent developments in this week’s episode we see the establishment of several plot points that will surely play a huge role in the future.

Ao no Exorcist Tiger vs Dragon?

The sparks fly

First off, we get the hot-blooded rivalry between two like-minded individuals. Rin’s rival comes in the form of Ryuji Suguro, the son of a “cursed” temple who’s determined to kill Satan to restore his family name. Oh, and on that note, it’s nice that we finally got some background information surrounding the events that took place before the show started. We realize now that the temple full of burning priests in the first episode was the incident which tarnished Ryuji’s family name and condemned the temple. All the villagers ridicule Ryuji as they believe him and his family to be cursed.

Ao no Exorcist Suguro is hated by his village

Much like a certain orange-garbed ninja...

Don’t forget Shiemi, though, because it seems that Rin has an avid interest in her. And he’s interested in more than being friends, methinks. However, when Shiemi asks Rin for friendship, he gets embarrassed in front of Ryuji and flat out rejects her. Huh, ain’t that teenage drama? Anyways, Shiemi was obviously hurt and you could see it in her face. Rin, you idiot, I thought you had an interest in this girl.

Ao no Exorcist Mephistopheles looking at Tokyo

Mephistopheles meeting someone over Tokyo, this doesn't bode well

Now, I’m by no means an expert in demonology and all those occult-related names, but if I remember correctly, Mephistopheles was a demon or human that was really cruel in the past. He loved death and even enjoyed it, but feel free to correct me if any of you out there has more credible information than me. With that in mind, I think it’s safe to say that Mephistopheles is more than the hyperactive principal he first appeared to be. I have an inkling that he’s going to betray everyone or at least play a part in a demon invasion of the human world. And without a doubt, he’s going to try use Rin to do so.

That’s all just foreshadowing on my part, though. What does Mephistopheles have to do with Satan and the demons, and is Rin’s familial line of demons going to cause him problems down the road?

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