The Week That Was #4

Arcana Famiglia, Hagure Yuusha, and Oda Nobuna

Even though it’s more like The Two Weeks That Was, let’s catch up on some other series!

La Storia della Arcana Famiglia – Episodes 6 and 7

It seems the entire family is shipping the Nova – Fel – Liberta triangle, and it really seems like all thoughts the others might have had about winning the Duello (and consequently, Felicita as a wife) have gone out the window. In these two episodes, we’ve seen plots by Dante and Luca / Mama to get Liberta, Nova, and Fel closer together, and we really haven’t seen much in the way of pushback from the rest of the characters, except maybe Jolly, who nobody can figure out at this point. While I appreciate that they’re seemingly limiting the love interests, it really seems odd that guys like especially Debito are going along with these plans. I had thought they’d bring some more characters up in competition, but that really seems like it’s not going to happen. There’s also a lot of talking about Nova and Liberta getting stronger, but so far it seems like it’s all just talk, since they don’t really seem to *do* anything.

Temperature: Chilly

Hagure Yuusha no Estetica – Episodes 5 and 6

Episode 5 – Maybe Akatsuki’s powers to remove lingerie come from his in-depth knowledge of the subject, since he turns into a bra salesman for Miu as all the girls go shopping, and take Akatsuki along because he’s the main character of the show. This gives Akatsuki the chance to sexually harass Miu as he fits her into a bra, and also to make another excellent impression on Vice-Prez Haruka, who just coincidentally is trying on bustiers across the hall, in the hopes that she can find something that Akatsuki can’t magic off of her. Oh Haruka, when will you learn? So if you wanted your fill of Miu’s boobs, this is the episode to watch, but if you want to learn about bra fitting, there are other animes to watch.

Episode 6 – Akatsuki gets a motorbike! And not just any motorbike, a semi-sentient spirit-powered one with 16.77 million horsepower (and I can’t say that without putting a pinky at the edge of my mouth and doing a Doctor Evil voice)! And typical of a motorbike of Akatsuki’s, it takes the opportunity to sexually harass Vice-Prez Haruka, by destroying all her clothes when she comes to give him a hard time for making too much noise by breaking the sound barrier around the school’s racetrack.

(Science Moment: At this juncture, I’d like to point out that Thrust SSC was able to break the sound barrier with a mere 110,000 horsepower. You’d think Akatsuki should be able to go at least Mach 5 or so with 168 times  that amount.)

Meanwhile, there’s some hostage plot going on across town, and of course the police turn handling it over to the high school students. And again, Akatsuki saves the day. Raise your hand if you’re surprised… The episode ends with Haruka returning his jacket, which he chivalrously gave her after his motorbike vaporized her clothes, and declining Miu’s dinner invite although it’s pretty obvious now that she’s totally got the hots for Akatsuki.

Temperature: Back up to Lukewarm, mostly because of how ludicrous this show is.

Oda Nobuna no Yabou – Episodes 1 through 6

Because I stole two of the previous Week That Was shows to do episodics on, I thought I ‘d add Oda Nobuna no Yabou in here. I’ve never seen, read, heard anything about the Sengoku period of Japan’s history, but after some initial confusion with the series, I’m starting to get the hang of it. The gist is that a modern high school boy has been transported to an alternate universe version of the Sengoku Period, where some of the daimyo are now girls (but not all of them).  The boy, Sagaru (called Saru – “monkey” – by all the characters) is a huge fan of Sengoku games, and knows what’s supposed to happen from his history, so he immediately starts changing history through the course of helping Oda Nobuna conquer Japan.

There are a lot of characters, a lot of things going on, and a lot of names thrown around, but the series has been engaging so far, not too farfetched, and has a nice romantic subplot going throughout. I like that the art is engaging, the story is interesting, the values of Oda Nobuna are very modern and mesh well with Saru’s, and the character designs are interesting – with one caveat. The main thing I don’t like is that apparently 2/3 of all the girls from the time are lolis. Loli ninjas, loli generals, loli tacticians, loli innkeepers, loli daimyo. It’s a little much on the loli side, but thankfully, none of them are a serious love interest, which just raises the squick factor too much for me. So far they are loyal to Saru, and admiring of Saru, but not attracted to him.

Temperature: Slowly Simmering

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