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Review: Nobunagun, Episode 11: Operation Stone Forest, Part 1

Review:

That was a pretty decent mix of strategy and action. At first, we’re forced to sit through a bit of a recap from the previous episode (well, okay, forced is a bad choice of words, since skipping is always an option) before we actually get back to the continuing plot. Post-intro, we get a bit of an ominous scene, hinting at something more powerful to come, before we get back to the plot at hand. Throughout the episode, we’re shown a mix of scenes, some of which take place in the present time and some of which are flashbacks, showing how Sio laid out the plan of attack. It all plays into the unraveling plan of defeating the Evolutionary Invasion Objects.

Part of the fun of this episode is seeing where things are going to go. Since they don’t lay the plan out all at once, we get to see how it goes step-by-step, and we get to see how the different E-gene holders play into the plan. Eventually, we switch over to more action than backstory (or drama or whatever you want to call it), all of which ends up showing just how clever of a strategist Sio is (or, perhaps, Nobunaga is). Of course, some of the seriousness gets wrecked right at the end, when a female character gets bound up by some tentacles. This, in and of itself, wouldn’t be so bad, except that they took it to the point of two tentacles groping her breasts and one tentacle appearing to worm its way into the crotch of her uniform. Of all the unnecessary things….

A Christian Perspective:

Well, you’ve already read about the tentacles, which would be the biggest issue this episode has from a Christian perspective (in my opinion, at least). Beyond what’s shown in the episode, there are also a couple scenes that show the same character still bound by the tentacles, with another scene showing her red-faced and seemingly breathing heavy.

Everything else is pretty much par for the course with this show. Of course there are violent scenes, along with a little bit of blood, and there are a few occurrences of foul language, with one occurrence of blasphemy. There are a few euphemisms sprinkled throughout, too, depending on how you feel about them. Also, three characters are shown playing Texas Hold’em while they wait for their turn to fight, so if you don’t like depictions of gambling, then that’s there.

For a more positive Christian perspective, though, how about this: This episode is a good example about a diverse group of people working together towards a common goal. Each one has a different ability, and by utilizing that ability in tandem with the other users, they are able to work together to accomplish the common goal. This is the same thing we are called to do as Christians: we each have different roles, abilities, talents, etc., but we are all part of one body–the Body of Christ–and we are to work together to fulfill Christ’s purposes here on earth.

Romans 12: 4-5 : For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (ESV)

See Also:

1 Corinthians 12

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “j**z”, 1 “p***es”, 1 “d**ned”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: A character is shown getting wrapped up by an EIO’s tentacles, two of which wrap around her breasts and, one of which appears to make its way into the crotch of her uniform; the same character is shown still bound by the tentacles in the episode preview, and is shown red-faced and seemingly breathing heavy–the same character is shown from a bottom-up angle, with the camera showing between her legs (although she’s wearing her battle uniform, so you don’t actually see anything)

Violence: A compilation of fight shots after the opening; gunfire; EIOs are sliced apart; more gunfire; tank cannon fire; an EIOs tentacles explode; tentacle being shot and exploding; EIOs explode; EIOs are shot and explode; an EIO is shown being shot and having different bits of its flesh blown away

Blood/Gore: There appears to be some blood on the ground at one point; blood from a shot tentacle

Other: Characters are playing Texas Hold’em

Review: Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions! REN, Episode 10: Gauntlet of Rain [or] A Midsummer Night’s… Rain and Whips

Review:

Here comes the drama! Last week’s episode started the drama of Shichimiya realizing her feelings for Yuta, and this week continues that plot thread, full blown. Of course, the episode still has some of its own funny moments, such as when Dekomori get a surprise attack in on Nibutani. Shichimiya’s emotional torment is definitely the crux of the episode’s focus, though, and to some degree you have to feel sorry for her. I mean, sure, she made her own decisions and denied her own feelings for the sake of living in a delusion, but still…

Honestly, I expected the episode to end with Rika discovering Yuta and Shichimiya talking, misunderstanding the situation, and ultimately causing drama. The fact that the episode didn’t end that way was a surprise for me, though. Of course, in all of this, poor Yuta is completely lost. It seems everyone else knows about Shichimiya’s feelings except for Yuta and Rika, the two other people who actually stand to be affected by those feelings. There are certainly some issues with this episode, as seen in the Christian Perspective, but the dramatic relationship side of things remains interesting.

I’d like to actually see some kind of deeper insight into these delusions. Do these characters truly believe they are “wicked lords” and “magical devil girls”, or are they aware that these are simply delusions that they are escaping into? Even Yuta mentions something to the effect of he stopped believing in his own powers, which seems to counteract my thought that he outgrew his delusions. Or maybe that’s what he was saying, just in a more cryptic way. Will we ever find out? Maybe, maybe not.

A Christian Perspective:

Well, early on the episode has a pool scene, so we see Rika, Shichimiya, and a host of background characters in bikinis. The little girl from last episode also shows up in a one piece, but there’s nothing particularly fanservicey about her, although at one point she does latch on to Rika and starts doing something that causes Rika to comment, “Not there.” Shichimiya’s bikini strap starts to fall off her shoulder at one point, the in-between shots show Shichimiya and Rika in their bikinis, and Rika is shown to have her umbrella strapped to her thigh. I realize that this is relatively mild in regards to fanservice, but just because one person doesn’t stumble over something doesn’t mean another won’t.

More concerning for me was Shichimiya’s “prayer” at one point. She says things like, “In the Devil’s name” and “In the profane name of the Angel Lucifer”. In a previous episode she declared something “in Satan’s name”. I don’t know if this all has something to do with her being a “magical devil girl”, but should we really be comfortable with a character exalting the name of the enemy of our souls, even if it is in a fictitious setting born of a delusion? It raises the question of how much we should, or perhaps can, tolerate before we start becoming desensitized to it.

Beyond that was some light violence, mainly in playful ways.

Content Guide:

Language: None, unless we count euphemisms

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Rika in a bikini; female characters in the background in bikinis; Cento is holding onto Rika, doing something, and Rika comments, “Not there”; Shichimiya in a bikini; Shichimiya’s bikini strap starts to slide off her shoulder; Dekomori is wearing a tube top; the in-between shots are of Shichimiya and Rika in their bikinis; Rika throws her kimono open to reveal her umbrella strapped to her thigh

Violence: A character is flicked in the forehead; two characters have a water balloon fight; two characters are hit in the head off screen, although we see lumps on their heads afterwards; a character is grinding his fists into another character’s head; a character grinds the handle of an umbrella into another character’s head

Blood/Gore: None

Other: Shichimiya is “praying”, and says things like, “in the Devil’s name” and “In the profane name of the Angel Lucifer”

Review: Golden Time, Episode 22: Paradise Lost

Review:

Well… last week’s episode preview trolled me! I thought for sure the cliffhanger was spoiled by a scene in that preview, and then this episode actually came along and told me I was wrong. No, it didn’t just tell me I was wrong, it shoved my face in it, rolled it around a bit, and then held it there for a whole…. twenty-two minutes? Okay, maybe not that long since it wasn’t until later into the episode that I found out I was wrong. Anyway….

This is one of those times where it would probably be easier to review this episode in light of the whole plot. Right now, I’m left wondering, “Why?” in relation to a lot of things, and one thing in particular. Without seeing how the whole thing will play out, I can’t really comment on whether the current events make any sense, whether they were necessary, or whether they were well done. Of course, the benefit is that it leaves me in suspense, and will ultimately leave me with something to look back on once I know the whole story.

Honestly, I can’t think of a bad thing to say about this episode. After Koko’s decision last week, it seems that everything finally falls apart. Maybe all of these relationships equaled little more than a house of cards. It wouldn’t necessarily be hard to believe when you consider that Banri was keeping his illness a secret along with his past. Things certainly didn’t get any easier with time, at least. He befriended Yana, who fell in love with Linda, whom Banri had (and possibly still harbors) feelings for, while Linda harbors unrequited and unadmitted love for Banri (my guess). This already put strain on Banri and Koko’s relationship, and we have yet to see what the revelation will do to his and Yana’s relationship. Ironically, this whole thing seems to be bringing him closer to Chinami, if even just a bit, despite the previous “argument” between them. Of course, as we now know, that was Chinami’s fault, so maybe that wound was already healed anyway.

The episode’s kind of abrupt ending will probably leave you wanting more, but of course we must wait until next week. Let’s look forward to seeing where it goes!

A Christian Perspective:

The worst thing that happens in this episode is that two characters get into a pretty serious fight, although even then they don’t really seem to be intent on hurting each other. There are some other mildly violent scenes, such as a character being put in a headlock. Beyond that is one instance of slight fanservice, where Koko is shown wearing a shirt that shows some cleavage. There are also two instances of language.

Content Guide:

Language: 2 “h**l”

Alochol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: In the in-between shot, Koko is wearing a top that shows some cleavage

Violence: A character is put in a headlock; a character is grabbed by the front of his shirt; a character is shoved; a character is grabbed by the sides of his shirt; a character’s hands are slapped away; two characters shove each other, and one grabs the other’s hair; a character knocks another to the ground and begins beating him, although it doesn’t appear to be hard

Blood/Gore: None

Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 10: I Looked Up The Term “Time Of Dere”

Review:

Is it wrong that I find yandere Benio to actually be less creepy than “normal” Benio? Well, anyway, we get a mix of the two in this episode, and I really don’t know which side is exposed more. Hopefully we’ll eventually see Benio actually become normal, but somehow I doubt that. Poor Mashiro will probably just end up bearing the brunt of Benio’s attention.

Moving past that, though, there were some pretty good moments in this episode. One of the best (and cutest) was probably Hakuya’s devotion to finding a gift that he could match with Kobeni. It’s nice to see him becoming more “expressive”, or at least getting more screen time. I wonder what this series would be like if it was actually shown through Hakuya’s eyes. At any rate, his scenes still end up being amusing, such as one scene where he refers to Kobeni as “mai waifu”. Hakuya is not the character you would expect that to come from, so it was extra funny (even if it only came from him searching the internet).

On top of that was the scene with what I’ll call “Kobeni’s stare of doom”. I can’t recall seeing Kobeni getting angry in this series, but this episode certainly got close to it, at least. It was definitely enough to scare Benio and Mashiro… maybe that will teach them to spy on the odd couple. Honestly, Kobeni and Hakuya’s relationship really ends up being the most entertaining part of this series, and maybe that’s because it’s not the only focus. Instead of the whole show being focused on their progress, it’s broken up between characters, with sections focused on Suetsugi and Niko, not to mention other characters. I don’t think this series will be worthy of any “season’s best” titles, but the parts of it that I enjoy I really enjoy. It probably would have been better without Benio, or at least without her tendencies. A simple over-protective sister would have worked just as well.

A Christian Perspective:

Leaving aside Benio—because by now we know she’s creepy by Christian, and really any, standards—there are only a few things to be concerned about. In terms of fanservice, there really isn’t any, although there are some weird camera angles. One shot, for example, is focused on Benio’s butt, although she’s wearing a skirt, so you don’t actually see any of her butt or anything fanservicey. Another scene is focused on Suetsugi’s thighs. Again, you don’t see anything fanservicey, but it’s a weird angle. Outside of that, there is one mildly violent scene (a character slams into another) and a few instances where a character has blood coming from her mouth.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: There is a scene where the camera is focused on Benio’s butt–she’s wearing a skirt, and there’s nothing particularly sexual about the shot (as in, you don’t actually see her butt or anything), but know that it happens; another weird camera angle where the camera is focused on Suetsugi’s thighs (again, nothing that’s actually sexual is shown); an extended shot of Kobeni nervously shaking her hips while she talks (the camera is far back and not zoomed up on her, but it feels like they keep that shot up for a while)

Violence: A character slams into another character

Blood/Gore: A character has blood running out of her mouth (I think the same character also had a bit of blood spray from her mouth directly before this scene; the same character also has a line of blood running down the corner of her mouth later on, too

Other: A character imagines some sort of energy manifesting around her hand

Review: Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions! REN, Episode 9: Resort – Last Resort

Review:

Oh, of course we couldn’t get through a season without a beach episode, so prepare for bikinis and cleavage. That said, at least this episode actually had a plot. In the beginning, it does play more like a typical, “Oh, we’re going to the beach and doing a random side job” episode, but it ends up actually having a point. At least it makes the episode more than just mere fanservice, although with the majority of screen time spent at the beach there are bikinis a-plenty.

The way this episode went, though, seems to destroy my previous line of thinking. Originally, I thought the point would be that Rika would be cured of her chunibyo by her relationship with Yuta. After the way this episode resolved, though, that may not be the case. In any event, the episode resolves by creating another point of drama, which, I suppose, will begin to play out next episode.

A Christian Perspective:

Plot or not, this episode is chock full of fanservice. To be honest, though, it doesn’t feel like they play it up, i.e., it didn’t really seem like they went out of their way to sexualize the fact that the female characters were in bikinis. Regardless, though, there were female characters in bikinis, and there was lots of cleavage. To make matters worse, there are times where the camera is basically zoomed in so what we see is a bust shot (chest on up) of the female characters, which places the subtitles more or less across their breasts, which makes averting your eyes from the cleavage very difficult. There are some other camera shots to be aware of, as well, which can be seen in the Content Guide. Outside of that, there was one instance of harsh language and some violence, both real and imagined.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “h**l”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Beach episode, so you know the trappings: girls in bikinis and cleavage, both within the main cast and random extras; several times, the camera presents us with a bust shot, which places the subtitles right across the female characters’ breasts; woman in a bikini in the second in-between still photo; there are some iffy camera angles, too–at one point, Deko is doing a sort of dramatic pose thing, and the camera briefly focuses on her bathing suit-clad butt; another time, Deko is preparing to jump, and the camera zooms in on her from behind (thus, again, camera on her butt, though I think the intention was probably more to focus on the fact that she was about to jump); as she’s attacking, the camera sort of pans up her body (again, not really anything sexual, per se, but just know it’s there); there is a scene where a female character is “powering up”, so to speak, and the camera focuses on her lower region briefly, and also on her chest briefly (she’s wearing a bikini); in another scene, a bikini-clad girl is rubbing her chest over her heart, which means a close up of cleavage

Violence: A character is hit in the head with a ladle; a character is hit over the head with a wooden sword… twice; a character is hit on the head with a ladle; two characters are fighting

Blood/Gore: None

Review: The Pilot’s Love Song, Episode 10: Sky of Courage

Review:

Well, that takes care of Ignacio’s back story. Seriously, does anyone in this show have a happy past? Granted, this does make it more interesting as to why he seems to be going out of his way to help Kal. Once that’s over, we get a resolution to last week’s ending, and then more plot happens. The happy moments may never return to this show, as our characters are yet again sent out like sheep to the slaughter as another enemy attack is coming. This time, though, we see divisions caused, especially with the military staff, and a large portion of the student base actually flees. Only two pairs of pilots actually fly out. One pair is probably protected by plot armor, but the other duo… I don’t expect them to make it back alive.

Where the show will go from here is anybody’s guess. It seems a little soon to have another heavy tragedy on our hands, so maybe my prediction about character deaths won’t come true. The battle seems believable enough, as they are pretty much in enemy territory. The bigger problem, though, will probably be the internal struggles that will result from the military’s decision to again use students in battle, despite the previous battle’s losses. That’s… about it, really. I’m short on commentary for this episode.

A Christian Perspective:

While it’s not used in a sexual sense, there is some partial female nudity near the beginning of the episode. A woman has a blanket(?) draped around her shoulders, so a portion of her breasts is exposed. Other than that, there is no nudity or sexual content to this episode, but there is some cussing, including one use of the Lord’s name in vain, and of course there is violence. There is also a scene where a character seems to hear a deceased character speaking to him, kind of like how Luke Skywalker heard Obi-Wan tell him to “use the force” in the first Star Wars movie. A little supernatural there, if that kind of stuff makes you nervous.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “h**l”, 1 “j**z”, 2 “d**n”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: A woman is showed with only a blanket draped around her, exposing part of her front, including a portion of her breasts

Violence: A character is punched, kneed in the stomach, and back-handed, and punched, kneed, and punched some more; a man is thrown to the ground; another man is detained by two guards; heavy aerial fire, a plane getting shot down; air combat, planes shot down

Blood/Gore: None

Other: A character seems to receive inspiration from a deceased character in an Obi-wan “use the force, Luke” kind of way

Review: Nobunagun, Episode 10: Dogoo

Review:

Well, this episode proved to be a good effort at teasing the audience. In truth, I had forgotten about the end of last week’s episode, which was probably a good thing, as that plot line doesn’t pick back up until somewhere near the middle of the episode. The first portion instead devotes itself to the Commander’s past, how she met Kyubey’s bulked up cousin and Saint Germain, and how she actually became the Commander. I don’t really feel like it added anything significant to the plot, and it very well may have been little more than filler, but it was interesting enough to not be boring.

When we pick back up with the present time and our main cast, we first get to see what’s happening between Jack and Sio. Elsewhere, we see characters observing the battleship class EIO while others strategize how to go about defeating it. Without spoiling anything, the episode kind of continues in this vein, becoming more intense as more realizations are made and as strategies are planned. The climax of the episode comes when everyone is in position, the plan is just commenced, and then it ends. That’s right. You’ll have to wait until next week to see this operation put into play. As frustrating as it is, I think it was well done. It built up the tension and prepared the viewer for the upcoming battle, leaving us eager for the next episode.

With the way things are going, I’m going to estimate twelve or thirteen episodes for this one. If this has been confirmed elsewhere, then feel free to ignore me. The current mission seems to be building towards a climax, and I’m not sure where they could go from here, especially if they manage to wipe out what appears to be the nest of original cells. I could be proven wrong, though.

A Christian Perspective:

In comparison to previous episodes, the content isn’t as bad this time around, but there are issues to be concerned with. A young female character is shown nude three times, although the degree of depiction never gets worse than, say, a Sailor Moon transformation scene (except without the sparkly lights). There are some violent depictions too, although that’s definitely nothing new for this show, and there are a few scenes with blood. Cursing is present this time, too, but not nearly as much as it has been before. There are some supernatural elements to this episode, too. At one point, a character cries, and her tears land on some kind of talisman that she’s holding, which causes another character to appear. Also, a different character seems to be immortal (and may very well be within the show, if he’s based off of the historical figure that some Crunchyroll users seem to think he is).

As for lessons a Christian could take from this episode: One character seems to get a burst of inspiration after tapping into the e-gene inside of them. Much like these characters possess the genes (and maybe the souls?) of deceased historical figures, so Christians possess the Holy Spirit. Of course, the Holy Spirit is obviously greater than any human being, but the purpose wasn’t to compare the two, but simply to say that as this character listened or tapped into or otherwise interacted with the e-gene inside themself, so Christians should be listening and responding to the Holy Spirit. Much like this character was inspired by the e-gene, so should we be inspired by the Holy Spirit. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26, NIV)

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “p***es”, 1 “s**t”, 1 “h**l”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: A young female character is shown naked, though in a non-descript manner, three times, and her second and third appearances are a little more descript

Violence: Scenes of samurai fighting and archers firing arrows; someone is impaled; a village is destroyed; cannon fire; a pile of dead bodies; a container bounces off a character’s head

Blood/Gore: Blood spray can be seen coming from a character who is impaled with a sword; blood is shown running along the ground

Other: A village is shown littered with dead bodies; a character’s tears land on some charm-looking things, which seems to summon another being; some possible supernatural elements in regards to one character’s seemingly endless life

Review: Golden Time, Episode 21: I’ll Be Back

How you may feel at the end of this episode. Screenshot taken from: http://www.crunchyroll.com/golden-time/episode-21-649605

How you may feel at the end of this episode.
Screenshot taken from: http://www.crunchyroll.com/golden-time/episode-21-649605

Review:

Episode 21 starts us off some time after Banri’s break down at the end of the last episode. The Festival Club is in trouble, and Banri is scared of disappearing. In retrospect, it’s actually kind of a somber start to the episode, before turning into something a little more cheerful. Banri and Koko finally decide to expose the truth about Banri’s condition to everyone over food. We also get to find out why, exactly, Oka has been acting the way she has towards Banri, along with what her true feelings are. Amidst all this is more drama, more friendship, and en ending that will possibly leave you angry, sad, confused, or a mixture of those and more.

It’s nice to see this show finally back in its stride. At the beginning of the series, I was a bit lukwarm, until the third episode. The start of the second half/season/what have you was kind of lackluster, too, but I’ve really enjoyed the show recently. Well, that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it up until this point, too, but I feel like this is certainly better. The only complaint I can really file against this episode is that the preview kind of breaks some of the tension, because it appears to show something of a resolution to this episode’s cliff hanger. I won’t say anything, but you’ll understand when you watch it. So, yeah, that’s about it. Golden Time, Episode 21. Watch it.

A Christian Perspective:

This was a mild episode, in terms of content. In terms of fanservice, Koko wears a shirt that reveals a bit of cleavage at one point, though it’s not a lot. There are a couple scenes of mild violence, too, particularly when a character stops someone with a headbutt (which also causes a little blood to be spilled). That’s about it.

In terms of theme, I think a good verse to apply here is: ” One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24, NIV). When one character is going through a tough episode in this…. episode… two friends make it a point to catch up to him and find out what’s wrong. Granted, they could have gone about this in a better way, but they could have simply ignored their friend who was obviously distraught. How many of us are guilty of being bad friends and turning our backs on a friend when they’re in need?

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: A shirt Koko wears shows a bit of cleavage

Violence: A character is slapped and knocked to the ground; a character is headbutted in the face

Blood/Gore: A bit of blood is seen coming from the nose of the character hit in the face; a character has a bloody tissue sticking out of his nose

Review: Engaged to the Unidentified, Episode 9: How Humiliating, I’m So Embarrassed

Review:

Well, I was hoping to see a whole lotta nope in response to that marriage proposal, but I suppose the end result is still the same. We all know that the love rival never has a chance, yet we’re still entertained by any rollercoaster rides that may come with it. Truly, we see the same trope played out in various ways through different shows, and yet we never seem to tire of it. Well, maybe never isn’t quite accurate, but isn’t the love rival a typical occurrence in romantic comedies (or straight romance shows), and don’t they always lose? Really, though, it feels like Engaged to the Unidentified included a love rival for the sake of fulfilling an obligation rather than actually creating any kind of rivalry. Let’s face it: Hakuya is all about Mashiro, and Konoha just doesn’t get the kind of attention to make her seem like a serious love rival.

That said, this episode was a weird mix of drama and comedy. The comedic side of things worked really well, but the dramatic side kind of left me scratching my head. Maybe Konoha’s inclusion was simply to shake Kobeni up and make her realize how she really feels about Hakuya, but I still don’t get the scene where Kobeni started crying. The following scene–where Benio overreacts to the excuse given for Kobeni’s crying, which causes Hakuya to overreact right along–was quite funny, though. It was also amusing to watch Mashiro create more of a predicament for herself in her attempt to ruin Konoha’s interest in Benio. Speaking of Benio: yes, she was still creepy in this episode (though not as much as others), but one must wonder if she’s something of a yandere after she briefly snaps near the end of the episode. It will be interesting to see if they play that up or not.

So yeah, Engaged to the Unidentified continues to be an interesting show for me. On the one hand, I enjoy watching it every week. On the other hand, there isn’t really anything in particular that I would say draws me to it. There’s nothing that really makes me say, “You need to watch this because _____” or “I really like this because ____”. Basically, I like it, and yet I can’t really say why I like it. It seems possible that we might actually start moving towards more romance, given the way this episode ends, though. Maybe. Also, you have to love how the little sister is more observant than the older brother.

A Christian Perspective:

In comparison to previous episode’s, this one was rather mild. There were still scenes with Benio being her old creepy self, such as when she offers to “take responsibility” and then proposes marriage to Mashiro (of course, you know the answer to that), and there was the other obsession of Konoha towards Benio, particularly when Konoha is shown nuzzling a picture of Benio. There weren’t as many stand out moments, though, so I don’t know if they’ve toned down the Benio stuff or if I’m becoming desensitized to it. Hopefully it’s the first one and not the second. Beyond that, there was a scene where the camera is moving down Benio’s body, and it pauses briefly on her breasts. She’s wearing her uniform, and there’s nothing particularly sexualized about the scene, but it still is a camera shot of Benio’s breasts. In the episode preview, Benio also comments that Mashiro has kittens or kitties on her panties. Also, there is one scene with minor violence when one character shoves another one down.

So, while it looks like a lot when typed out above, this episode really was mild in comparison. Benio still is, and probably always will be, the most uncomfortable portion of the show, although Konoha may be a close second. If you’ve been able to stomach Benio up until this point, though, then this episode should be an easy one.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The camera is moving down Benio at one point, and briefly pauses on her breasts (she is clothed); in the preview, Benio pops up and comments that Mashiro has two kittens or kitties (not sure which) on her panties

Violence: A character is knocked to the ground

Blood/Gore: None

Other: Konoha gets giddy over a picture of Benio; Benio offers to “take responsibility” and asks Mashiro to marry her

Review: The Pilot’s Love Song, Episode 9: Your Name

Review:

Hey, what’s that sound? Yeah, that whistling sound, what is it? Oh, right, that’s the sound of the Feels Train coming into station. Seriously, I felt myself tear up a bit when everyone was mourning the loss of their friends, and the episode just keeps it up from there. Of course, I think last week’s preview sort of ruined the big “reveal” of this episode, if I remember correctly, but seeing how it plays out is still worth seeing, and a bit unexpected, although I don’t quite get how the two characters who connect the dots between Claire/Nina Viento actually manage to do so. Their revelations are just kind of… there, but it’s possible that I’ve missed something. There was actually a discussion about this in regards to one of the characters in the CrunchyRoll comments section (yes, I do spend some time there), but I won’t regurgitate that here.

So yeah, we’re left with the remainder of our cast broken-hearted, our hero dismayed, and our heroine not exactly in good shape, either. Where this is all going is anyone’s guess, although next episode’s preview shows us a flight pairing that I didn’t exactly expect. It’s also interesting to see just how much Ignacio is opening up as a character. While the flower scene turned out to not be exactly what I thought it was (I assumed he brought the flowers of his own volition, but that appears to be wrong), his actions to help another character part way through the episode, as well as his actions at the end of the episode, seem to suggest that he might have a heart in there somewhere. What his overall role in the story will be, I don’t know, but right now he certainly appears to be more friend than foe, and hopefully it’ll stay that way.

I’m going to predict that this will be a full 25-26 episode series, as I really don’t see how they can tie this story up in three or four episodes, at least not without it being a rush job. It still continues to be an enjoyable show, and I look forward to seeing what happens next week. I wonder which train will come into the station then?

A Christian Perspective:

There wasn’t much concerning content in this one. The worst was the violence, most of which was in the form of flashbacks, although there is something of a beat down at the end of the episode. Honestly, though, if you were fine with the previous episode, then the violence in this episode should be tolerable. Truth be told, I’m not quite sure how Christians are supposed to feel about violent content like this. I mean, obviously we shouldn’t encourage violence, but at the same time this is a show with war, and war means violence. It’s never been much of a concern for me, as violent content has never been much of an issue, but since there are Christians opposed to violent content it does make me wonder.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: None

Violence: A flashback shows a pilot falling to his death; flashbacks of plans–and their pilots and gunners–being shot; planes are shown flying in the sky, with explosions below, and presumably surface-to-air fire being sent up; a character kicks a door open, then proceeds to yank the room’s occupant up by his shirt and punch him in the stomach; a character is thrown into water and kicked in the face

Blood/Gore: There may have been a bit of blood in the flashback