Anime Review Weekly: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 3, Mekakucity Actors 2

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Miyuki anime
IMOUTO GODDESS.

Can the wincest get more wincest?
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 3 Review
Mekakucity Actors Episode 2 Review

I missed out on the much needed glorious Miyuki imouto appreciation last week so I’ll do that here this week, but aside from that, I thought I’d give my own take on the controversial opening two episodes of Mekakucity Actors. Some people absolutely despise it for the SHAFTNESS, and others find it decent. Has SHAFT taken its style a bit too far or is something aside from this unique way of portrayal that’s causing this mix of opinions?

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 3 Review

MORE LIKE BONA FIDE TATSUYA STU TECHNIQUE.

I WONDER WHO THAT GUY COULD POSSIBLY BE?

Ichihara Suzune

TATSUYA STU IS EVEN MORE STU THAN MEETS THE EYE?

GETREKTNOOBDON’TEVENGETUP.
STAYDOWNANDGET”WASTED.”

What the fuck.
Miyuki, WHY ARE YOU BOWING MORE THAN THIS FUCKING PLEB?
Fuck. This guy needs to be pummeled into the ground more.

The other guy is just totally jelly that “Big sis” isn’t smacking him in the head.

PHENOM?
MORE LIKE STUNOM.

“… IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, ONII-SAMA.”

WINWINWINWIN-

Shiba Miyuki and Tatsuya incest

Good lord. So embarrassed she’s pressing her boobs against him like that.

OH GOD.
TOO LEWD.
SHOULD HAVE CENSORED. SORRY GUYS.

TATSUYA STU IN TROUBLE.

TATSUYA STU HAS ERRORS BECAUSE OF MIYUKI.
THE STU IS FALLING.
SASUGA GODDESS IMOUTO.

HANAHNAHNAHNHANAZAWAAIDOFAJPS.

Sneaky imouto best imouto.

ALL ACCORDING TO KEIKAKU.

OH YES.
HE WANTS TO BE PUNISHED.

Yes, you didn’t fully accept the imouto goodness.
Now do it.

Shiba Tatsuya badass

Bitch, I’m fabulous.

LOLNOOBPLSGO.
2STU4U.

Chiba Erika blushing

KEIKAKU DOORI.

ALMOST AS HARD AS-

Soundtrack and sound assets are great.

Kirihara Takeaki

2STU4U.

Not even trying.
Get destroyed, plebs.

(Some lewd pics were removed. You can thank Google Adsense.) While watching this episode, I was wondering just how much Tatsuya Stu’s blood sugar levels have risen from being tempted by the imouto goddess that is Miyuki Sue. I have to admit that even my levels were rising to unprecedented heights in more ways than one during the wincest scene which made me truly feel for the first time in my life completely and utterly jelly at Tatsuya Stu’s luck in the Mahouka animu world. Perhaps I should have smacked myself in the face for not feeling jelly sooner as the head patting, hand to cheek touching, and wincest (holy fuck it’s Hanazawasddjfpdaosi) in the first episode should have already overwhelmed my soul. But worry not, I have now seen the light. I espoused the wincest faith long ago, but alas I had not fully converted myself! How blasphemous it is for one to not understand and appreciate the very ideologies that he or she embraces?! Fathers, mothers, children, and grandpas of future generations, it is time for you to turn to the sublime Miyuki (I mean just look at dat ass) for ultimate wincest guidance. For far too long have we fought over the treacherous battles of deciding who is the best girl. Throw down your weapons! This ends today! Today, we have found the idol that we can all revere when our hearts become hesitant and uneasy at the thought of others selfishly deciding that their girl is the best girl. There is no longer a need for such silly battles when we can now look to one figure as a testament to our commonality and thus quell all unrest at the once perilous question of, “Who is the best girl?” that would have had only resulted in furious typing and eventually the dreaded ALL CAPITAL LETTERS COMMENTS. Keyboards will be saved, computer monitors will no longer have to endure the wrath of rapidly accelerating saliva, and tables will remain the way they are. Today, we reach beyond our differences. Today, Mahouka no Wincest has shown us the way. Today, we shake the foundations of the animu world. Today, we witness the beginning of Mahouka no Wincest’s climb to the pinnacle of wincest. Will you be merely left by the side while we make history? No, you will stand by us and be in awe of the one and only dazzling, sublime, heavenly, superb, almighty, divine, gorgeous, splendid, marvelous (fuck, I’m running low on adjectives), transcendent, and glorious imouto, Miyuki.

Mekakucity Actors Episode 2 Review

This part was pretty good.

Tateyama Kenjirou

Wow.
SHAFTPLS.

Kisaragi Momo

Was this your face during the episode?

BLU-RAY 06. 25
BUT WHO’S BUYING?

What is up with her eyes?
Looks like she’s stoned.
She might as well be with the visual style.
Just like SHAFT’s staff.

YOU FUCKING ATE HIM LIKE HOW YOU ATE THE TEXTBOOK. WHAT A MONSTER.

God dammit, at least all the nutrition went to your butt.

2DEEP4ME.

MOM IS GOING TO GET EATEN.

lol.

A single tear for SHAFT fans.

Mekakucity momo anime

A second reaffirmation. Great.

Kido Tsubomi anime

THE PLOT MOVES.

The visual style should remind you a lot of the Monogatari Series. However, it doesn’t mean that it works just as well in this anime. At least, not the way SHAFT has done it in this episode. What made the style work so well in the Monogatari Series is that it added a lot of flavor to the dialogue which was already interesting in and of itself. The dialogue is witty in that series, and still moves the story forward a decent amount while providing a good amount of characterization and thematic depth. I could have watched the banter between Senjougahara and Arararagi even if SHAFT didn’t animate it the way they did, but it certainly did help. The biggest problem of Mekakucity Actors so far is probably the pacing. Did we really need six minutes of dialogue between Momo and the teacher from the outset that is purely about how Momo failed her test? Shouldn’t they, you know, have condensed that part and moved straight into her backstory? A lot of what made the dialogue between the characters in Monogatari interesting was because of how likable the characters were. When they talk about a subject that doesn’t push the story forward like this without giving us any exposure to these characters beforehand makes it difficult for me to find their conversation engaging. That’s not to say that they couldn’t pull it off later on. They could. Just not right off the bat. At least not with these two characters.

I don’t know about the light novel, but the manga also didn’t show her backstory when the anime shows it. I’m not sure if adding it to this episode is the right move. This part is supposed to make me feel sorry about how Momo has this “curse,” but honestly, I didn’t really care because I just met her this episode, and for what minutes I saw her, it was a conversation about how she failed a test. There’s just not enough to this character yet that makes me want to feel bad for her. At least the song reminded me that I saw a guitar cover of it that I really enjoyed listening to. Overall, this episode felt like it could have been done with a lot less, and I don’t think it’s the animation style that is the primary concern here. Perhaps once SHAFT fixes the pacing then we can better judge if the animation style is negatively affecting the anime or not. The next few developments in the manga hold promise, but who knows how SHAFT will adapt it with what they’ve done these past two episodes? I’ll be sticking around until the end whether it gets better or worse as the ride will be just as interesting either way. Seeing SHAFT flop would be quite entertaining in its own right.

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NO SPOILERS PLEASE!!!

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  • Drig

    Imouto-san sure got the moves.

    On a related note, is it just me or does anyone else get Ayase OreImo vibes from her chara? It’s like this is OreImo done right lol.

    Still can’t get over that…….

    Anyways, I’mm hoping things pick up soon though. I’ve heard the enrollment arc is pretty much the weakest and huge character development is in store soon but so far, I don’t see why it’s been hyped beyond belief. It’s been decent so far.

    BTW, have you gotten around to watching Ping Pong yet? The animation looks jarring yet I find myself drawn towards it………

    • The Atomic Dwarf

      The voice actors for the main cast are from OreImo, and Imouto has the same yandere personality as the Godess Ayase herself! There’s no other trait to add which Entrav hasn’t mentioned already (dude has a rich vocabulary).

      I jumped out of my seat when she “punished” him for his infidelity. If it wasn’t for his Gary Stu OP healing at that moment, I’m sure he’d be dead. Can’t wait for next week’s episode of this marvelous comedy dramatic anime.

      • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

        The anime didn’t do a good job of portraying that scene. He was supposed to have just hit his head and just went unconscious or something like that.

        • Ian Anthony

          “Spring has finally come to this old senile”
          Boom! The “Mr. Tsukimoto”.

          Pingpong Animation ftw.

          • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

            Yeeeehhh good stuff.

          • George Ivascu

            M3 is out- u going to share your opinion?

          • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

            Not worth doing a review on it right now. My opinion on it right now is that the “dark” developments are very banal. The overall show feels very uninspired with awkward pacing. I don’t want to spoil anything here, but some of the developments just made me go, “Really? They’re going to pull that kind of revelation in the first episode?”

        • yaminogame96

          actually it did a great job portraying that scene, in the light novels she did use magic.

          • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

            Not that. It didn’t even show him hitting his head on the ground so anime viewers may be confused as to what actually happened and why he’s lying down on the floor like that.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      IT’S HYPED BEYOND BELIEF BECAUSE OF THE WINCEST (At least for me). The LN is just really popular in Japan due to the absurdities and the incestuous goodness, and the west picked up on that I suppose.

      Yeah, I watch Ping Pong every week. It has solid character development in the second episode. The reason you’re drawn towards it is probably because of the director. He did a lot of great stuff in the past.

    • MgMaster

      It’s like this is OreImo done right lol.

      There’s no Kirino-like character,so all’s right in the world.

  • zztop

    Mahouka’s soundtrack and OP are one of the best this season.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      The soundtrack is great indeed. The sound assets when they use magic though… Those are real nice.

  • sweN

    GLORIOUS IMOUTO ! And with Ayase’s voice, a dream ! *.*
    So far, Mahouka is pretty good and it’s great to finally see an overpowered MC lol

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      I’m just waiting to see overpowered TATSUYA STU face some overpowered antagonists. That would be something to see.

    • George Ivascu

      No game No life, Sora is very op MC , isn’t he?

      • sweN

        He is probably but we did not see how strong he is yet. Sora is way funnier than Tatsuya and his sister is SOOO CUTEEEE (Loli lover spotted)

  • Josh Herbert

    mekakucity actors put me to sleep this week.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Can’t blame you.

  • MgMaster

    Dat Mahouka speech. Entrav4president!

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      I SHALL SPREAD THE MIYUKI WINCEST FAITH TO ALL.

  • James Du

    “… IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, ONII-SAN.”

    Correction- she always calls him -sama, “Onii-sama!”

    She wants him to be her lord and master. If you know what I mean.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      MY BAD. FIXED.

      • James Du

        You know, Mayumi is also so fucking adorable too.

        Hard not to root for her, lol.

  • George Ivascu

    long dialogue bored me- in monogatari even if a 60 minutes dialogue would keep my face stuck to the screen