oprainfall Week in Anime: Feb 13 – 19

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We here at oprainfall don’t just love video games: we’re big fans of anime, too. So in celebration of the medium, we’re here to give you our thoughts on what we’ve been watching each week as we watch it. Old, new – anything goes.

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My Dress-Up Darling

My Dress-Up Darling oprainfall animeNow that he’s agreed to help Juju with her own cosplay, Gojo takes on the monumental task of binge-watching 126 episodes of “Flower Princess Blaze!!” so he can make accurate cosplays. This show continues to nail the comedic timing and expressions, especially when Gojo actually realizes how long the show he just said he’d watch is. But it also shows his commitment to making his cosplays as accurate as possible, since he wants to make sure he has the right fabric and feel for the designs. It’s also sweet how quickly he’ll participate in Kitagawa and Juju’s hobbies. Having someone take a genuine interest in your likes is really meaningful, and Gojo’s enthusiasm is wholesome. As it so happens, Kitagawa has the entire DVD box set of the show, so Gojo heads to her place to pick it up, only to be invited into Kitagawa’s room for an impromptu watch party. Not only is the situational comedy here great, but sitting down and watching anime together with my friends in high school is a cherished memory, so it ended up being nostalgic, too. I love that Kitagawa is the one head-over-heels for the guy, and her inner dialogue is amazing. I have to give a shout out to the subtitles here, too, because this is the first anime I recall where a keysmash as a sub is both accurate and hilarious. I just love this show. – Leah

– You can watch My Dress-Up Darling on Crunchyroll.

Sabikui Bisco

Sabikui BiscoWith their original plans to enter the subway station dashed by an errant rocket from a giant crustacean, Bisco and Milo need to make their way on land farther north to another junction where they can get on the proper line to complete their journey to Weeping Child Ravine. As it so happens, they stumble across Jellyfish, the half-frozen attempted assassin turned merchant who just days earlier tried killing Bisco and his mentor. Milo thaws her out and there’s a genuinely sweet moment between them as she opens up a little about what she’s done to survive in post-apocalyptic Japan. The show doesn’t dwell on it overlong, but it does give the moment enough time to really sit with you before Bisco insults her and the mood returns to normal. I still have so many questions about this world and how Japan came to have giant flying fish and helicopters made out of slugs and arrows that explode into fungus, but these little moments of character depth help ground the story and keep it from becoming so unwieldy it’s hard to care. I’m as invested in Bisco and Milo obtaining the Rust Eater as they are, despite my questions regarding what happened to the world. Thankfully for our intrepid duo, Jellyfish knows a thing or two about machines and is able to get one of the rail cars moving. They part ways and the boys make it most of the way out of the tunnel before they’re beset by monsters. Bisco shows some true leadership skills, and the two are out of the frying pan and into the fire as they arrive at the Ravine, only to immediately come face-to-face with the giant worm that supposedly creates the Rust Eater. Not only that, but Milo’s sister Pawoo shows up intent on murdering Bisco, leaving us on a pretty thrilling cliffhanger. I’m really, really loving Sabikui Bisco and can’t wait to see where it goes. – Leah

– You can watch Sabikui Bisco on Crunchyroll.

Princess Connect! Re: Dive

Princess Connect! Re: Dive KuukaThis episode introduced two sets of story that intertwine with the Gourmet Guild. First is the one with the members of Nightmare chasing down a mysterious assailant. The other is about Monika and her group, which is much less serious. I feel they grab the most attention, especially with how Monika has to deal with all their misfortune and unique personalities. The eventual battle, like many of the others in the series, looks great. I hope to see Monika and the others make a return later on, then again I feel that way about most of the characters anyway. – Walter

– You can watch Princess Connect! Re: Dive on Crunchyroll.

In the Land of Leadale

In the Land of Leadale Fairy CensorCayna returns to the capital to get another quest and quickly gets introduced to another character. She has Lonti and her friend – who ends up being the kingdom’s princess – accompany her. Relaxing with the two, she finds out that someone is interested in one of her sons and teases about it. Like always, she ends up impressing others with all her abilities and skills, such as her summons. While a pretty simple quest occurs for her, we end up focusing a bit on a seemingly random character at the guild. He ends up recognizing one of the kingdom’s knights and it gets revealed that the two are players like Cayna. We hear their side of the story, which isn’t too much more enlightening than Cayna’s, except they were not in her predicament in real life. They just found themselves inside the game, though the time that’s elapsed is different between each other. The episode ends on a cliffhanger with a monster appearing after something seemingly insignificant, the cause of which will be interesting to find out about. – Walter

– You can watch In the Land of Leadale on Crunchyroll.

What anime are you watching? Let us know in the comments!

You can read previous Week in Anime entries here!