By Operation Rainfall / October 10th, 2021
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.
The Way of the Househusband
Since I’ve become a new fan and fallen in love with the Yakuza game series, whenever I started to see stuff about The Way of the Househusband online for the very first time, I found myself intrigued. It appeared to be a series that I would enjoy. There’s just something entertaining about watching these tough yakuza guys be regular people and go on wacky adventures. After watching season 1 earlier this year, it turns out that I do enjoy The Way of the Househusband. I’ve seen criticism for how it’s basically still a manga, just with the added sounds and voice acting, but I don’t mind that at all. About the only disappointing part of it is every episode being so short. It would be nice if it had been built upon and turned into a full fledged anime. Regardless, I enjoy it as is. On account of it being so short, I won’t go too into detail and spoil season 2 for anyone, which just came out this past week. However, I will say that it’s just as hilarious and entertaining as the first season. Tatsu goes on even more crazy househusband adventures and the hilariousness of this tough, menacing guy doing everyday tasks continues. We get to enjoy watching him teach Masa new things, Masa teaching him some new things as well, plus, there’s plenty more of Tatsu enjoying time with his wife, Miku. If you can get past the bare bones animation and simply enjoy it for what it is, The Way of the Househusband is a fantastic bite-sized anime. – Jenae
You can watch The Way of the Househusband on Netflix.
In complete honesty, the only reason I even checked this show out was because the opening song, “Sense,” is sung by Band-Maid, who are one of my favorite acts in the last, like, decade. And I’ve got to say, the opening is probably the best part about this show, at least as of episode one. I’m usually a sucker for wing motifs and twisting theological concepts, but not only did this episode move at a breakneck pace, making it disorienting, I still spent most of it bored. The premise is interesting enough: Special angels save distraught humans from suicide in order for them to compete to see who can be reborn as the next god, gifting them with wings and the power to control other people’s minds. I’m on board for that. But the main character is nothing but walking melodrama and I don’t really care about him. I also found the character designs to run from bland to awful (I’m looking at you, Nasse). I’m still willing to give the show a few more episodes to see if anything sticks (and to write up my thoughts about it for our oprainfall anime reviews), but right now, it’s just sort of meh. – Leah
– You can watch Platinum End on Crunchyroll.
The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!
This week we get to see Jahy’s magical girl rival get quite a bit of time on screen, not to mention a cameo of the other magical girl too. Starting off, this magical girl saves Jahy’s friend Kokoro from one of anime’s most dangerous forces: a truck driving down the street. Feeling jealous, Jahy decides to show off in front of the girl and – like what usually ends up happening with her plans – things go wrong. Even with Jahy not exactly being a child, it’s nice to see how she seems to enjoy time with Kokoro, either with them spending time at the swings or looking for Jahy’s mana crystals. While there are no moments with the landlord, we get on with the manager as Jahy contemplates her position. We then see her track the magical girl on a seemingly normal day when she isn’t transformed as she deals with the effects of the mana crystals. Her attempts of course fail and her childlike appearance of course gets some attention. This week’s episode seemed to have a little bit less going on as a big focus was on the misfortune hitting the magical girl. It was still an entertaining enough episode, though and I hope to see a bit more with the magical girls later on. – Walter
– You can watch The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! on Crunchyroll.
86 EIGHTY-SIX (2nd Cour)
The first two episodes of the second half of 86 take place after the tense conclusion of the first half. The episodes showcase Lena’s current actions, introduce new characters, and reveal a new nation, the Federacy of Giad (formerly the Empire of Giad). I found it interesting seeing the differences in how the Republic of San Magnolia and the Federacy treated their people. The Federacy seems to treat all their citizens as equals, unlike the Republic which treats the Eighty-Six as less than human. Also, it does not seem like the Federacy is falsifying what occurs in the war like the Republic, they appear to take it more seriously. It was refreshing to see that not all people have rid themselves of their morals. However, it felt like the Federacy was still hiding something, based on how certain officials were acting, but I’ll just have to wait and see if my hunch turns out to be true. I was surprised Lena didn’t get much screen time in these two episodes (none at all in the second), so I’m hoping they showcase her actions more in the next few episodes. I think the episodes did a good job of setting the stage for this half, but I’m hoping the story starts to heat up from here on out. In terms of the opening and ending themes, I felt the new opening song is definitely more of a banger than the first one, but the new ending theme felt like a downgrade. But to be fair, not many songs can top one as good as “Avid.” I can’t wait to see where this series goes from here. – Patrick
– You can watch 86 EIGHTY-SIX on Crunchyroll.
What anime are you watching? Let us know in the comments!
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