Thanks For Playing
- Fun and Lighthearted Opening (and the underlying tension).
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
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.
- Fun, but tense dinner scene.
- Yukimura v. Matsuoka.
- Plenty of laughs.
- A new direction?
- Interrupting Hotaru.