Aoharu x Kikanjuu (Aoharu x Machinegun) Episode 12 Review

It Was Aight…

Hotaru Tachibana Versus Masamune Matsuoka

Finales are hard to do, and it’s even harder to make them effective. A good ending leaves a viewer, reader or gamer a lasting impression of an experience, may it be watching a show, reading a book or a playing videogame. There needs to be some sort of impact, whether it’s emotional or exciting. And whatever the ending is, it needs to leave the audiences feeling either satisfied or wanting for more, because the opposite causes groans, complaints and dissatisfaction.

Your audience has been hooked and has been with you from the beginning, the least you could do is not leave them hanging. An anime with a non-ending (or at least a bad ending) is like setting up a joke without a Punchline or pay off.

Hotaru Tachibana fights to be let into Toy Gun Gun.

Hotaru Tachibana fights to be let into Toy Gun Gun.

The ending to Aoharu X Kikanjuu’s first season (assuming that it’s going to be picked up for a 2nd season) wasn’t the worst ending I’ve ever encountered in an anime, but it did feel somewhat lacking. I’ve gotten over the fact and accept that this show was an over-the-top and overly melodramatic anime about people who shoot each other with airsoft guns. I enjoy it for what it is (for the most part) but that doesn’t mean that I still won’t look at it through a critical eye.

Masamune Matsuoka, kind of lame personality-wise, but cool design.

Masamune Matsuoka, kind of lame personality-wise, but cool design.

Most of this finale was good. It still had it’s comedic moments and though the final duel between Hotaru and Matsuoka was a little underwhelming, it did help build up an emotional finish. Most of it echoed the first episode, from the moment where Hotaru punched the door to the moment Matsuoka shot and easily beat Hotaru and to the moment where they eventually made up. I like all of that, it’s good and it worked for the most part. Would I have wanted a cooler finale with awesome survival game duels? Yes. Would it have made sense? No. So though I still kind of wanted more of the awesome showdowns I’ve come to love about this show, I was satisfied with this more intimate and personal duel.

Masamune Matsuoka’s Struggle

Speaking of things that are intimate and personal…

Masamune wants Hotaru out of the team.

Masamune wants Hotaru out of the team.

A good majority of this episode was devoted to Matsuoka’s personal struggles. It dealt with him slowly giving up and not wanting to play survival games anymore and it dealt with his fear of loss, which were all fine, but… and I know I might get hate for this, but Matsuoka’s just not that good of a character to me. Fangirls and fanboys might think that he’s hot and cute or whatever, but compared to Yukimura, Midori or even Fujimon, there’s just nothing about this guy that’s that interesting.

Yes, yes it is.

Yes, yes it is.

Which means that if you revolve a finale (or whole show) on the weakest part of your cast, the product as a whole might not be as satisfying. And yes, I do think that AxK did revolve around Matsuoka. Think about it!

How did Hotaru get forced into TGG? Because she was forced by Matsuoka.

Why did they want to go up against Hoshishiro? To satisfy Matsuoka.

Why did Hotaru feel extra depressed? Because Matsuoka.

Who does Yukimura follow to the ends of the earth? Matsuoka.

Matsuoka, Matsuoka, MATSUOKA!

Is he a bad character? No, I don’t think so, but he’s just really not that interesting. He has a goal, he has fears and he even has an arc, and in the end of the day, this one’s probably just my preference. For a Matsuoka fan, this ending might have been a better affair, but for those who are like me and didn’t enjoy his character too much, this episode might be a bit of a let down simply because you might not have cared as much about what was happening.

Okay he's not that bad.

Okay he’s not that bad.

Now, I said that it was A BIT of a let down, because even though I’m not a big fan of Matsuoka, I did like his internal struggle. It didn’t make me like his character even more, but I thought that it worked at evolving his character. I understood and felt his fears and pain, and I ultimately liked how everything concluded.

Little Matsuoka cries.

Little Matsuoka cries.

From the back and forth with himself and to the exchanges he had with Hotaru, Matsuoka’s personal struggle worked and his final resolution was satisfying for his character.

Matsuoka thinks about his childhood and his mother leaving.

Matsuoka thinks about his childhood and his mother leaving.

Hotaru Tachibana

Hotaru, next to Yukimura and Midori, have always been my favorite parts of this show. She’s cute, funny and a fun character to watch, especially in her bloodlust mode. Yes she’s a bit over the top, but she still had an enjoyable personality.

Hotaru you monster!

Hotaru is like a monster!

And I like that in this episode, she broke a bit. Not in the sense that she went crazy, but in the sense that she tore down her holier-than-thou sense of justice and admitted that she was selfish, that she doesn’t care if Matsuoka becomes happy and beats Hoshishiro with a new third member, all she cared about was being with her friends again and having a good time with them. When Hotaru said all that stuff, I was thrilled, I felt a shudder and in my head I kept thinking, “FUCK YEAH HOTARU TACHIBANA!”

Hotaru Tachibana is selfish. But that's fine.

Hotaru Tachibana is selfish. But that’s fine.

The one thing that did leave me a tad disappointed was how Hotaru never got to tell Matsuoka and Yukimura the truth. I was curious and wanted to see their reactions, but I guess that’ll be saved for the next season… (again, assuming that we’re even going to get one—think BTOOOM!).

You badass you!

You badass you!

Shipper’s Delight

There was a little moment near the very end of the episode where Matsuoka swooned a bit and felt a little drumming in his heart. I’m more of a Hotaru x Yukimura guy (maybe even Hotaru x Midori), but I liked it. The one thing that I’ve always hated about anime (at least one’s led by a female protagonist) are the inexplicable romances. Like, you have two characters that have just met for the first time and all of a sudden they’re in love now, or one of them is.

They started of wanting to kill each other.

They began fighting.

I was waiting for that moment when any of the guys would fall for Hotaru, because you knew that it was going to happen. It’s not something you hope for, what you do hope for is that it doesn’t suck or feel forced, and this one didn’t suck or feel forced, so I kind of want to see more of where this goes.

Hotaru, you're so cool.

Hotaru x Matsuoka… Yeah I ship this.

Yuuki!

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Yukimura Tooru is still my favorite from this show.

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Trolls.

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LOL YUUKI!

LOL YUUKI!

Yukimura had a small role in this episode, but in every scene that he’s in I smiled a bit and thought of how funny and endearing his character was.

VERDICT

I liked Aoharu x Kikanjuu, but I’m not sure if I’m going to be recommending this to anyone. It felt like a friend was telling me a very disappointing story about a girl he took out on a date last night. The girl was funny, cute, pretty and smart. They had great chemistry and even had a bit of an adventure during the evening. And the whole time she kept on leading him on, made him think that something kinky might happen that evening… but when they got to her place, she said goodnight and gave him a peck on the cheek before leaving him outside.

It’s a good show, no doubt about that, but it’s going to have to be an acquired taste… I might do a full review just to really try and figure out who this might be recommended for, but right now, if you like hot guys and fun times in your anime, this one has definitely been great.

Score: 8/10 Great 

  • PROS
    • Hotaru vs. Matsuoka
    • Hotaru Tachibana
    • Hotaru X Matsuoka
  • CONS
    • Matsuoka as the focus. (He’s just too weak of a character in comparison to the others.)
Maybe Hotaru, maybe.

Maybe Hotaru, maybe.

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Aoharu x Kikanjuu (Aoharu x Machinegun) Episode 11 Review

“Mattsun is obsessed with Midori.”

Midori-San

I probably have a crush on Midori-san by now due to the number of times I add him in as a positive to these reviews of AxK, but I have to admit, even in this episode he was just ‘okay’. Aoharu x Kikanjuu has never been a great show in my eyes—it’s filled with overly dramatic moments and plenty of bad writing, but the one thing that’s always interested me in this show was the inevitable showdown that was to come between Toy Gun Gun and Hoshishiro. And then it happened. The battle at TGC was really fun, but after that, the show has kind of just dipped in fun factor.

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Midori-san… I’m a rebellious boy.

I’m actually disappointed by this, because even though I’ve never liked how overly dramatic Aoharu x Kikanjuu is, it was still a pretty fun show to watch. But now it’s just kind of lame. The build up to TGC was part of what made the show fun and exciting, and when we did get there Aoharu x Kikanjuu did not disappoint.

However, now that the build up and excitement is gone, the show’s been pretty boring. Even episode 11’s Midori scenes were kind of lame. They were still fun in the sense that I enjoy how the doctor toys with the people around him in a sadistic fashion, but a part of me thought of how ultimately pointless that entire first half was. We already know that Hotaru is a bad shot and we already know that she’s depressed—we learned very little and it ended in a pretty lame and extremely predictable manner.

Hotaru sucks, unless someone triggers her bloodlust.

Hotaru sucks, unless someone triggers her bloodlust.

Seriously, you knew that Hotaru was going to get that headshot.

Toy Gun Gun’s Lie

When Hotaru battled against Fujimoto in TGC, we were given a hint that maybe Yukimura and Matsuoka were lying about their true motivations for wanting to beat Hoshishiro and in episode 11 we learned exactly what happened all those years ago. And not only that, we also learned about the OTHER, ex-Toy Gun Gun team member. We didn’t learn about their names, but what we learned in this episode was pretty interesting and does open up to new possible story threads.

Hey it's that guy from the last episode! ... I think.

Hey it’s that guy from the last episode! … I think.

Matsuoka’s obsession with Midori is a good enough motivation for me, after all they did have a close bond when they were younger, but what I liked about these revelations the most was the fact that both Matsuoka and Yukimura lied to Hotaru. It shows us that the show isn’t as black and white as it might seem at times—Matsuoka is selfish, he used the two ex-members of his team, he used Hotaru and in a way he’s also using Yukimura. This gives us a whole new look at Matsuoka’s character and it gives a new dimension for his goals.

However… much like the boring Midori-san scene, this one also suffered from severe and lengthy lulls. Yes we learned new fascinating information about Matsuoka’s past, but it was done in such a static, unexciting and exposition-laden way. I’m not saying that scenes like this need to be action packed or filled with jokes, but it does need to be engaging and not boring… and sadly, it was kind of boring.

I'm sorry Hotaru, this episode just didn't do it for me. Maybe the finale might be fun and awesome.

I’m sorry Hotaru, this episode just didn’t do it for me. Maybe the finale might be fun and awesome.

VERDICT

This episode is probably my least favorite episode of the series, and I kind of wish that I didn’t dislike it as much because we did learn new interesting things and because I really do like this show. But the truth is, I was bored and that’s that.

Score: 6.5/10

  • PROS
    • Midori-San (sort of).
    • Toy Gun Gun’s lie.
  • CONS
    • Felt too long and boring.
This girl was cute. I don't know who she is, but she's pretty cute.

This girl was cute. I don’t know who she is, but she’s pretty cute.

Aoharu x Kikanjuu (Aoharu x Machinegun) Episode 10 Review

Thanks For Playing

PROS

  • Fun and Lighthearted Opening (and the underlying tension).
He already is Yuki.

He already is Yuki.

To me, Aoharu x Kikanjuu has always been a light-hearted show about a group of friends who play survival games with each other. Yes I’m aware that there’s plenty of drama and intense scenes in the show, but nothing really ever felt too heavy for me and maybe that’s because a part of me never really bought AxK’s serious tone—ever since the first three episodes I always thought that the show was a little cheesy.

But cheesy or not, I still like this show and more recently (past episode six) I’ve grown to take the show more seriously, if just a bit. I no longer had these little groans I’d make whenever AxK tries to be cool, I was just along for the ride the whole time and was enjoying it.

Because Food Wars wasn't making me hungry enough!

Because Food Wars wasn’t making me hungry enough!

That said, though AxK goes back to a familiar and chummier tone for me, it was clear that this episode had plenty of intense dramatic scenes in it. The first half of the episode where Matsuoka, Yukimura and Hotaru were all having dinner was fun and amusing, but it was obvious that there were a lot of things not being said for a majority of that scene which helped make it uncomfortable.

Hotaru struggles to let it all out.

Hotaru struggles to let it all out.

I liked that a lot. Part of why I liked it was because if there’s one thing AxK does great and it’s having fun and likable characters (except maybe Matsuoka—not hating on him fangirls, it’s just compared to Yukimura, Fujimoto and Midori he’s kind of meh personality-wise). And it’s because I liked these characters a lot that even though we’re given a fun and charming dinner scene a part of me was worried what their glances and gloomy looks meant—and when Matsuoka inevitably kicked Hotaru off the group I was a little sad, and delighted.

Not because I wanted Hotaru off the team, no, I was delighted because it steered the show into a direction that’s a little less predictable… but we’ll get to that later.

Goodbye Hotaru.

Goodbye Hotaru.

  • Yukimura v. Matsuoka

After the dinner scene there was a little back and forth between Yukimura and Matsuoka. It wasn’t the most dramatic scene ever portrayed in an anime, but there was something about the way they argued (Yukimura mostly since Matsuoka just sulked) that I liked. It was a good scene where one friend talks some sense into someone he cares about to solve a problem, nothing more, nothing less, but I liked it all the same.

Oh Yuki you bad bad boy!

Oh Yuki you bad bad boy!

  • Comedy Is Still A Thing

And as always wit AxK, there was plenty of comedic scenes either from Fujimoto and Yukimura and this time these scenes blended in rather well with what was happening in the story. Though I did like how psychotic Hotaru was acting with all of her attempts to try and take Midori’s head.

  • THIS GUY
Maybe I'm just speculating too much, but who are you strange hooded man?

Maybe I’m just speculating too much, but who are you strange hooded man?

Who is that? So far we’ve only heard of an old female member of Toy Gun Gun, but now it’s revealed that maybe there was another ex-member of the team between the orange haired girl and Hotaru. The season’s almost over so I’m not sure what role this character will play, but I’m thoroughly intrigued.

CONS

  • Hotaru Interrupted

One complaint, and this really annoyed me: I found it irksome that Hotaru wasn’t able to speak her piece about her being a girl. I get that she was too scared to say any of it and that in order for the story to move to the direction it’s going at the moment they needed to hold off Hotaru revealing to Matsuoka and Yukimura her true gender, but man did it feel a bit forced and disappointing.

VERDICT

It was a good episode that went into directions that I wasn’t expecting and it didn’t hurt that it was very amusing and fun. Not much else to say about it right now, because there’s more questions than answers given to us–which I liked.

Score: 8/10

  • PROS
    • Fun, but tense dinner scene.
    • Yukimura v. Matsuoka.
    • Plenty of laughs.
    • A new direction?
  • CONS
    • Interrupting Hotaru.
I approve of this.

I approve of this.

Aoharu x Kikanjuu (Aoharu x Machinegun) Episode 9 Review

Hotaru’s So Super Cool

PROS

  • The 2nd to 3rd Act Transition.

In almost every narrative (of any genre or medium), there’s a point in the story where the protagonist(s) would encounter some great force that would bring them to their knees and wallowing in despair. It’s the turning point in the story where we see our protagonist at their lowest and most vulnerable. And we always expect them to come out of this point in the story having learned their lesson and ready to face the villain a second time.

Using the Avengers as a quick reference, this is the scene in the movie where all hope seems to have been lost and the team torn apart—so after Loki’s little game of mayhem in the Helicarrier and during the part where Cap and Tony look a bit distraught and hopeless by their loss.

In a different show these would have been tentacles.

In a different show these would have been tentacles.

The very beginning of this episode showed us that Hotaru was greatly distraught by what’s happened in TGC. Her will has been shaken and she blames herself for their loss. But we expect her to get out of her stupor, if not this episode then maybe on the next one.

Hotaru don't!

Hotaru don’t!

This episode could have just depicted all three members of Toy Gun Gun dealing with defeat in their own separate ways without having any kind of resolution and I would have been fine with that. But instead the episode focused on Hotaru, which again I don’t mind. The episode revolved around her and her friend Kanae, who, despite being against Hotaru being a tomboy who enjoys survival games, decided to pick her friend back up and motivate her to stay true to herself.

I liked Kanae—we don’t know much about her, but we know enough. She’s Hotaru’s girly friend and that’s all we need to know about her character really. I liked both of their talks to each other and I buy Hotaru’s heel-turn back to being her old cool self again.

However… Even though I buy Hotaru’s heel-turn, the way Kanae decided to go about it (the 50-meter dash race bit) did feel a little hokey to me. Not that hokiness and cheesiness are alien to this show. But still, I couldn’t help but think that maybe they could have done something better.

Eh...

Eh…

  • Kanae Yajima

Side-Note: Everyone should just go gay in this show. Matsuoka should just go for Yukimura, Midori should have both Fujimoto and Ichi and Hotaru should just have Kanae. GAYNESS FOR EVERYONE!

I ship this.

I ship this.

  • Everyone Else Not Hotaru

Now speaking of those other characters, all their bits in this episode was very funny and amusing…

I want this manga.

I want this manga.

CONS

  • Pointless Scenes

… But ultimately pointless. I was fine with the length of Yukimura’s scene as the episode did establish a Hotaru focus early on, but I couldn’t help but think of how pointless the scenes with team Hoshishiro was. It was funny and amusing, but what was the point?

FANSERVICE!

FANSERVICE!

Now not every scene has to be riveting or even have a point, but the scenes with them just felt a bit too long for me—especially since we barely got any Matsuoka in this episode. And that’s probably why I’m peeved that there was so much more focus on Hoshishiro over him.

VERDICT

It wasn’t a bad episode by any means, but I didn’t like the lack of Yukimura and Matsuoka in it. The Hoshishiro scenes were funny and I like the Hotaru x Kanae speeches (but not the running thing too much). Still, I’m eager to see what happens next after all this.

Score: 7.5/10

  • PROS
    • Hotaru’s transition from depression to cool.
    • Kanae Yajima
    • Some funny scenes.
  • CONS
    • Racing bit.
    • Lack of Matsuoka and Yukimura.
Fujimon... You need help.

Fujimon… You need help.

Aoharu x Kikanjuu (Aoharu x Machinegun) Episode 8 Review

I WILL CONDEMN YOU!

PROS

  • Midori-Sensei (again!)

A well-written and sympathetic villain is often to be desired in a story to create greater tension and drama, but ultimately the villain needs to serve one crucial goal in the story, and that’s to be an obstacle for the protagonist(s) to overcome. Sometimes you don’t need a villain to be super fleshed out or even sympathetic to be a good character. Sometimes all you need is someone who seems impossible to overcome and someone that the viewers, readers or gamers to hate.

Midori-sensei: Sadist and overall jackass.

Midori-sensei: Sadist and overall jackass.

Midori-sensei has always had a very ominous air about him, but on episode 8 of Aoharu x Kikanjuu we see just why Matsuoka and Yukimura fears him so much. He’s a manipulative sadist who enjoys inflicting physical and emotional pain onto others—(not to mention a really skilled player in the survival games). And even though that’s all there is to him, that’s perfectly fine because it works. The past few episodes has done a great job of making all members of TGG to be very likeable and enjoyable to watch, and watching him torment Matsuoka and Yukimura is kind of hard to watch because we understand how much they hate this guy and how much pain he’s caused both of them in the past.

We want them to win because we like Matsuoka and Yukimura and when they lose to the doctor it’s kind of sad.

  • Hotaru Tachibana Versus Nagamasa Midori
PEW! PEW!

PEW! PEW!

After watching the fight between Hotaru and Fujimoto, I expected the fight between Hotaru and Midori-sensei to be as intense or better. And though I’m not sure if I’d say this battle was better, I still enjoyed it a lot. It showed that Hotaru can go toe to toe with Midori and it showed (though we’ve already seen it multiple times) just how much Hotaru cares about Matsuoka and Yukimura, but it also showed that she’s still very much open to being exploited and tormented by the sadistic doctor. He knows that she’s a girl and he knows that if Matsuoka and Yukimura finds out they might kick him out of the group and he uses this knowledge to his advantage—and uses it in a cheap and very underhanded way, as expected from Midori’s character.

It caught her off guard. Hotaru got sniped by Ichi. Midori’s team won. It’s a bit of a downer ending yes, but it’s that point in the story where the characters encounter some sort of dark period in their life that they need to overcome in order to move on and be better people. I’m not sure how each member of Toy Gun Gun’s going to come out of defeat, but it’s clear that every one of them has issues that they need to let go if they want to win against Hoshishiro.

JUSTICE!

JUSTICE!

  • Matsuoka’s Past With Midori

Minus the previous female member of TGG being tortured, we learn in this episode that Matsuoka and Midori were once really good friends—which I thought was a great addition for Yaoi fans out there. But I also thought that this added more to both of their characters as well as Yukimura’s. Minus the torment done to them in the past, now there’s a backstabbing/betrayal element to it that makes things between Toy Gun-Gun and Hoshishiro even tense!

That's adorable.

That’s adorable.

CONS

  • Time

The one complaint I have for this episode is that there were some lulls in it for me. I’m thinking mostly back to when Midori was torturing Matsuoka and Yukimura. I know that I praised the doctor for his sadistic ways and effectiveness as a villain and I’m not complaining about this because I felt bad for our protagonists and couldn’t stand to watch them be tormented. No, I’m complaining about this because I got bored watching it. The scene felt like it went too long for me to the point of boredom. It did what it had to for the story fairly quickly, but I guess they just felt the need to show more of it and frankly it didn’t work. I’m not saying that they should have just made the fight between Hotaru and Midori longer instead, no, I believe that most of the time less is better. Too much of a good thing can be sickening or, in this case boring. Maybe they should have made the fight between Matsuoka and Midori last a little bit longer instead, mostly just for pacing really. Still, the episode was still all pretty good and enjoyable as a whole.

There should have probably been more Yukimura or Matsuoka fighting against Midori.

There should have probably been more Yukimura or Matsuoka fighting against Midori.

VERDICT

It was a good episode overall. Probably not as enjoyable as the previous one, but I still liked it a lot and even with the lull in the former half of the episode I still had fun. This was more of a character centric episode, but the pacing and timing wasn’t handled too effectively. Either make the Matsuoka fight longer or maybe delve deeper into the flashback stuff.

Score: 8.5/10 Great!

  • PROS
    • Midori-sensei as a bad guy.
    • Hotaru versus Midori
    • More Midori stuff from the past.
  • CONS
    • Lulls in the first half.
Don't worry Hotaru, you'll get him next time!

Don’t worry Hotaru, you’ll get him next time!

Aoharu x Kikanjuu (Aoharu x Machinegun) Episode 7 Review

Toy Gun Gun Versus Hoshishiro!

Pros

  • Midori-san
Midori-san: Doctor by day, sadist by noon and probably booty hunter by night.

Midori-san: Doctor by day, sadist by noon and probably booty hunter by night.

Midori-San isn’t my favorite character in the show, but I do enjoy him as a villain. I love his murderous aura and I love his absolute cockiness—and I thought it was hilarious how Ichi and Fujimoto just swooned over him when he told them how he wants to just straight up destroy Matsuoka’s crew.

  • Sniper Battle
Yukimura of Toy Gun Gun: Manga artist, sniper, loyal friend and creepy pervert.

Yukimura of Toy Gun Gun: Manga artist, sniper, loyal friend and creepy pervert.

I thought that the sniper battle between Yukimura and Ichi was absolutely awesome and fun. I enjoyed their little chess game and how they both kept trying to outsmart and outmaneuver each other. But… as awesome that fight was… I didn’t think that it was as awesome as Hotaru’s duel with Fujimoto.

Ichi Akabane: Hiroshiro's adorable psycho nurse and sniper.

Ichi Akabane: Hoshishiro’s adorable psycho nurse and sniper.

  • Hotaru Vs. Fujimoto

Let me start by saying that I love short battles just as much as I like long and epic battles. But maybe more. They don’t take up too much screen time-and they don’t get in the way of the story and if done right, a short battle ought to do the following…

  1. A good battle scene done right should show off our protagonist’s skills.
  2. Depending on the show and characters involved, there needs to be a high degree tension.
  3. And lastly, it needs to be enjoyable and fun.

The Hotaru vs. Fujimoto fight did all of this right for me.

The fight alone showed what Hotaru can do and did an amazing job of setting up Fujimoto as the Assault Destroyer—and based on the stuff show on the episode I bought it.

The tension was also there. It’s obviously not as heart pounding as a battle between rivals might have since this is the first time these characters have met, but regardless, Fujimoto still proved to be a worthy adversary for our protagonist. He was a believable threat and when Hotaru faced off with him and took him head-on, it was intense and exciting.

Takatora Fujimoto: Assault Destroyer and uke.

Takatora Fujimoto: Assault Destroyer and uke.

Which brings me to the fun factor and enjoyment one gets out of a show… I had a lot of fun with this episode overall, and this duel was definitely one of the main reasons why I enjoyed it… In fact, Hotaru’s duels with people are the main reason why I watch this show.

DIE, ASSAULT DESTROYER!

DIE, ASSAULT DESTROYER!

  • Teamwork

I have a number of issues with AxK, but the one thing that I always liked about this show was the relationship and chemistry of each TGG member.

Many stories, and this isn’t exclusive to just anime, that has a group dynamic to them tend to force this bond between characters. There’s usually the illusion of friendship and camaraderie that the show wants to trick viewers into believing…

But in AxK I don’t see that…I buy the relationships between each member of TGG and believe how much they like and care for each other.

Toy Gun Gun: Poor quality art, but great quality chemistry.

Toy Gun Gun: Poor quality art, but great quality chemistry.

Cons

I don’t really know if there was anything I didn’t like in this episode… It did everything it could and it’s gotten me real excited for the next episode. Still, it’s not perfect or a masterpiece.

Verdict

This episode was everything that the latter half of the series has been setting up—Hotaru gets to experience her first TCG and it’s just as epic as the show promised. Now I can’t wait for them to show us how deadly awesome the battle against Midori-san’s going to be.

Score

9/10 – Excellent!

  • Pros
    • Midori-san
    • Sniper Battle
    • Hotaru vs. Fujimoto
    • Teamwork and Group Chemistry
Hoshishiro!

Hoshishiro!

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