Anime Highlights Week 8

So, we’re way behind on the highlights but just because we had done them just not finished them we’ll be posting what we have got and then continuing hopefully with this weeks one up to date.

So here is our highlights from a few weeks ago!

THAT Cliffhanger!

The King of Cliffhangers for the winter season, The Promised Neverland, was OVERTHROWN by the God of taking EVERY SINGLE GENRE AND ARTISTIC STYLE EVER THROWING IT INTO A BLENDER AND BEING ONE OF THE GODDAMN GIFTS ON THIS PLANET.

Yes Mob Psycho toppled nearly everything The Promised Neverland does week in and week out to give us the heart blowing cliffhanger at the end of episode 8 which could very possibly change the entire landscape of that series or just lead to a really decent blow out for season 2. Either way whilst The Promised Neverland delivers every single week Mob’s cliffhanger this week wins out in my heart because it was something completely out of the blue and against the feeling not just of this heart warming and loving episode but the series as a whole.

Heart Warming Friendships ❀

Whilst the Cliffhanger obviously was the big talking point for Mob this week let us not forget EVERYTHING that came before that was the most heart warming and wholesome experience you might get. It was all about a group of very different people coming together to help the one thing that connects them. Mob.

Not to be upstaged Dororo had its own heart warming moment when Hyakkimaru finally uttered some more words, that being Dororo’s name as they left behind a huge dead centipede and cleared up a cloud. Even the story of Saru and his big sis was heart warming.

RANPO! RANPO HAS A WHOLE HALF EPISODE! HE’S AGAINST POE! EVERYONE GET EXCITED!!!

This season of Bungou Stray Dogs (which actually aired in 2016…) has lacked my favourite character so far.

Due to anime I’ve fallen in love with the writer Edogawa Ranpo so he was always ALWAYS going to be a favourite of mine but the actual character of Ranpo in this series is just adorable. He is childlike but he’s also super smart, everything about him just screams my kind of character.

This episode actually was all about Ranpo though as he ended up in a fight with his American counterpart Edgar Allan Poe. Being drawn into a story and taken away from his “powers” he is forced to realise that actually he is just a genius and doesn’t need his glasses or anything else.

Shame it was so short.

Shield Hero? More like the Cleaner Hero!

So whilst the Heroes are running around doing whatever they want Naofumi seems destined to arrive just after them and have to clean up whatever mess they have left the villages and nearby areas in.

This week it was Ren, he had killed a Dragon and left the body to rot which made the people in a nearby village ill, his inability to see the world as a real world left a lot of people dying and of course Naofumi went straight up to clean up his problems putting himself and his part at risk.

It is a interesting story to watch play out if for no other reason we’ll see how the world changes its mind on Naofumi because of his actions and we’ll see people noticing how his actions and the rumours/news on him don’t match what they see. Whilst the other heroes are being heroes Naofumi is very much being the hero of the people and that has to have a impact on the story somehow.

Two different uses of music, one works the other doesn’t…

To be honest this was left as a bullet point so I’m writing this a few weeks after the show but I’m pretty certain like most of the time when I’m talking about music we’re looking at the Promised Neverland.

Episode 8 was the ending of Krone, look at the next highlight, and it was in the middle of a group of episodes that had gone from using really good music to build drama and a wonderful use of silence and ambient noises as well to having really weird and out of place music for really random moments.

This episode I do remember had a great backing track over the top of Krone’s demise and life story but I’m sure it probably also had bad use of music in it too because at this point in the show it was very hit and miss.

Give it up for Krone!

This week saw Krone finally lose to Isabella.

She was creepy and she was a very obvious threat compared to the composed Mom but now she’s gone forever and her story filled a few blanks that we needed answered to be honest.

We saw how she was picked, had lessons and just basically was groomed to be where she was, it was a beautiful sequence that humanised a cartoonishly villianous bad guy whilst showing that she had a lot of heart. Knowing she was going to die she didn’t just sit back and let it happen but attacked, she left something behind for the kids and in the end she was the one that possibly helped them the most.

The entire death sequence was one of the best moments of the season, a grand end for a wonderful foe.

 

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