From now on, I will also include my individual episode scores, as well as the season average. I was keeping track of those anyway, so I might as well add them. All the scores for this season might look pretty low, and… well, they are. But by my standards a 6.5/10 show is still watchable, even if I’m not really invested in it. And that sums up most of these shows pretty well.
1. Angolmois (6)
The cracks are beginning to show. It’s not that it suddenly got worse, but the already-existing problems are starting to wear on me and making this show less enjoyable than it could’ve been. The action just looks too bad to feel any kind of excitement, and there’s no tension when the main characters can just charge into a rain of arrows and survive unscathed.
Leaving aside the actual combat, I do like the plans they have to come up with in order to fight a much stronger foe. This time, they left a pile of loot behind, and the Goryeo and Mongol troops ended up fighting each other over the spoils.
At the end of the episode, Kuchii Jinzaburou is taken to the top of a mountain in order to meet the emperor, who came to this island that’s under siege for some reason? Uh, okay. That seems unwise.
Episode Score: 6.5
Season Average: 6.92
2. Sirius the Jaeger (-)
The subs for episode 6 didn’t come out in time, so no update this week. On the bright side, now I can post the next updates earlier in the week since Sirius is the only show left that comes out after Tuesday.
Episode Score: —
Season Average: 6.90
3. Hanebad! (7)
This episode actually followed the exact same pattern as the last one. The protagonist is up against someone better than her, and despite all her efforts she falls short in the end. It was even worse than last week, because some of her teammates were actively cheering against her, and her opponent won’t give her any respect either. What a tragedy.
Except that the protagonist in question is Kaoruko, the character I’ve been hoping to see losing horribly ever since she was first introduced. What, I’m supposed to sympathize with her now? You’re seriously trying to show me sad flashbacks? Fuck it, she deserved everything she got.
It’s ironic. I was waiting for an uplifting moment from this show, but the first time we really get to see one of the Kitakomachi girls triumph, we’re watching it from the other side so it’s still not a happy ending. At least it was a good match.
Also, I don’t think playing badminton is good for Ayano’s sanity.
Episode Score: 6.5
Season Average: 6.54
4. Planet With (6)
Oh right, Soya was about to fight Takezou, the old man. Most of the paladins were no match for Soya, but Takezou pulled out his secret weapon and revealed himself to be stronger than anyone realized, so I’m sure we’ll actually get a good fight this time, right?
What did you say? He’s defeated in one attack? All right, then.
But the real focus is on the other fight we were promised, between Takashi and Shiraishi. The exposition suggests that Takashi is the very same dragon who destroyed Soya’s planet, or at least a reincarnation of it. The dragon was originally part of Nebula, but it crossed the line by destroying Sirius and was sealed away.
The structure of this show is incredibly weird. Up till now, I felt like it was taking its sweet time going anywhere. Sure Soya was taking out the paladins one by one in quick succession, but he did that so effortlessly that it didn’t seem very significant. But this episode is the opposite: it almost seemed like a finale. Not just because the battle against Takashi felt climactic, but because it seemed to wrap up too much. We’re six episodes in, and one of the two opposing forces has been completely wiped out. It was a pretty good battle, but it didn’t have much emotional force behind it.
It seems obvious that the paladins will end up joining forces with Soya and getting back in action, but only because otherwise it would’ve been a waste of time to introduce all those characters. But I don’t know exactly where it’s going next, and I don’t care that much either.
Episode Score: 6.5
Season Average: 6.5
5. Island (7)
So much to unpack in this episode.
Let’s start with what we learned this week: five years ago, after Setsuna fell into the sea, he didn’t actually die. Rinne jumped after him, and they both woke up on the island of Borjyujima, a mysterious island that only appears after a storm and everyone knows about but has never come up before. There they lived together for some time, until Setsuna found a boat only big enough for one person, and insisted Rinne take it. She remembers nothing after that, but found herself back on the main island, six years later, despite being no older. This happened a month before the anime began.
I’m really confused. Is this show gaslighting me? I keep wondering if I missed something vital and it’s not just pulling shit out of nowhere. Rinne only came back a month ago? And no one knows where she went or why she didn’t age? Why didn’t we hear about this before? I’m pretty sure all we were told is that Rinne lost her memory of the past six years. Did she not know either? It clearly wasn’t a secret, since there was a big article about it in the newspaper, and the policeman doesn’t hesitate to show it to Setsuna. Wouldn’t this have been huge news on such a small island? Why did no one bring this up before? Why did no one mention this huge thing that happened very recently to the girl that Setsuna is living with?
Anyway there’s a lot of melodrama that might work if you care about these characters or the plot. Sara comes up with a theory that Setsuna is stuck in some kind of time loop where he’s trying to fix everything, but why are these people taking her word for anything? This is the girl who was convinced she was going to travel back in time to become her own mother. I’d get a second opinion if I were you.
Remember how this mystery island only appears after a storm? Well there’s a storm happening right now. How convenient. Rinne goes a little crazy and runs off. Last week we discovered Rinne is telekinetic, but it turns out she is also The Flash, because even though Setsuna and Sara chase after her, when the reach the beach they find a boat missing and no sight of Rinne. Not only did she outrun them, but she was able to row out of vision range before they got caught up.
Anyway I guess the plot twist is that the titular island is actually a different island. Mind blown.
Episode Score: 3.5
Season Average: 3.93