Epsiode Focus: Scum’s Wish episode 8, Sweet Refrain

And to think I was disappointed with Mugi last week.

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This weeks episode of Scum’s Wish saw the culmination of the plan for our two protagonists to confess to Akane and Narumi. And in a totally unsurprising turn of events, things did not turn out how Hana and Mugi expected them to. What’s worse is that Mugi – who takes the role of colossal anime idiot #1 – was completely aware of the situation, but went ahead with it anyway.

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Episode Focus: Scum’s Wish episode 7, Lots of Love

Ah, shit. Now every member of the cast is officially in the gutter.

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I feel like I say this every time I write an episode focus on Scum’s Wish, but this show is grim. Before this episode, the only example of happiness so far has come via Akane’s twisted satisfaction with ruining Hanabi’s dream of a perfect first love with Narumi. Episode 7 gave us a second, equally distasteful, moment as Moka apathetically dreams her way into a perfect date with Mugi.

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Top 5 anime for Valentine’s cynics

Valentine’s Day has come and gone again for another year. For some people it is a day of romance and affection while for others it is abhorred as a disgusting lovey-dovey, excuse for spending money and sickening PDA’s. This is an article for those of you in the second group: these are five anime where a perfect romance is not all that it’s cracked up to be (expect major spoilers throughout).

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Episode Focus: Scum’s Wish episode 5, Destruction Baby

About three weeks ago I wrote a first impressions for the Winter 2017 season and to be honest, I wasn’t that impressed. With one exception – Scum’s Wish (or Kuzu no Honkai).

Five episodes later I can’t say anything else from this season has grabbed me at all but Scum’s Wish is proving that I was right to be excited about it. From the outset, you could see that it was a show that was going to be dark, depressing and devoid of any hope or redemption for it’s main characters. Not only has this tone been maintained, but episode 5 has definitely been the darkest so far.

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This episode is one full of desperation. Hanabi is desperate for anyone to the point where it has become hard to tell if she still has genuine feelings for Narumi at all. After sleeping with a past lover, Mugi begins to question the extent for his feelings for Hanabi which, of course, are thoroughly rejected in the way that we have come to expect from our lead female and narrator.

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January in Review

There’s something quite exciting about the start of a new anime season, and winter 2017 was no exception especially as I was just getting this blog back up and running again! January saw me finish a few shows as well as pick up some new titles as well some that have been on my plan to watch list for a while. Before I get into any opinion, analysis or otherwise paragraphed writing, let’s do some stats.

In January…

I posted 18 new articles

Completed 10 anime tv shows or movies…

Was given 47 WordPress user likes

And had 8 new followers.

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Quite the improvement, right?

Despite writing more articles in January than any other month I’ve had this blog, I haven’t really watched that much anime. Though I’ve completed 10 anime according to MAL, 4 of them were movies or specials and 3 had been shows that I’ve been watching for a while.

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Kuzu no Honkai Episode 1 and a comment on Winter 2017

Over the past two weeks the Winter 2017 season’s shows have been airing their first episodes and the anime community has reacted largely with disappointment. Unfortunately I can’t help but agree with the majority of people and say that original shows this January are a huge let down – though there are some big name titles getting sequels that have helped lessen the issues (KonoSuba, Blue Exorcist and Chaos;Head most notably).

On the one hand we’ve got some bland rom-coms like Masamune-Kun’s Revenge (if that’s even a romance!?) or Fuuka (which I’ve yet to start but appears underwhelming even from the promo material). Then at the other end of the spectrum we’ve got ridiculous fantasy shows epitomised by the abhorrent Hand Shakers (the article on that one will be scathing, I promise).

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But this evening I saw the proverbial silver lining to this season in Scum’s Wish or Kuzu no Honkai. Having seen and then ignored the manga on Crunchyroll, I was eager to have a look at what sounded like an interesting premise for anime adaptation.

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