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Hamatora – 7

Right from the beginning, this episode had the machinations to be the end of Art. It’s never a good thing when your episode begins with major flashbacks and exposition of a character’s motivations and reasons for “trying so hard” and etc.

Our friend Art is not exempt from this rule, as it so turns out.

A confrontation set in motion since Art and Morale’s meeting in the third episode comes to a very final conclusion in this one. Art is revealed by Honey to have been the first and likely only person to graduate from the Minimum Academy that has never been able to manifest a minimum. If this guy isn’t brooding an extreme inferiority complex then he’s a strong ass dude. But as the past has shown us, he in fact has fought that urge as anyone in his shoes would.

Honey’s partner in crime actually took Art under his wing as his kouhai in physical combat; Art was hoping to compensate for his lack of a supernatural ability by strengthening his bare-handed combat. Congratulating him on a job well done, they take a break.

Art, still determined to keep Nice and Morale from ever meeting, connects Morale and his latest hits with a graveyard. Surely enough, Morale was waiting. Attempting to discern what Morale’s true intentions are by pumping out non-innate minimum holders is, he finally tells all. It’s lonely at the top and at the top, there are no equals. His ultimate goal is to become Nice’s equal and “save” him from that despair. Having none of Morale’s bullshit, Art rushes him and is easily conquered.

And here comes what I’m sure everyone saw coming. Morale offers Art the chance at having a minimum of his own. Art clearly contemplates but declines (Nice going, Art!). Ultimately, it doesn’t matter; he is stabbed and shot, repeatedly. Art meets his untimely demise while reaching for his phone to answer Nice’s call.

Art couldn’t stop Morale and Nice from meeting each other. Nice is going to have a bone to pick with Morale and I’m sure it’s not going to be pretty. I except to go straight into the endgame at this point. I must also say that the pacing for this series has been pretty damn solid and I’ve been presently surprised with how uninterested it is in sitting on it’s laurels. Brace yourself, Morale; with blood on your hands, your days are numbered.

Witch Craft Works – 7

Kagari’s intentions for hiding Medusa (and the other jobber witches) have finally been revealed, although I suspect many of us had already guessed as to why that is.

In order to keep their mouths shut about the release of the white witch (which would subsequently send Kazane after their asses, daughter or not), Kagari figures the best way to keep watch on them is to have them in her sights. In their house. Yikes. Medusa is surprisingly diplomatic about the whole “losing” thing and decides to follow through with her wishes, given their aims coincide.

It was amusing to watch the jobber witches wait for Kagari to fall asleep only to be sorely disappointed that she never sleeps.

It isn’t long before Kagari’s intentions to hide Takamiya from her mother and her fellow work shop witches is laid bare when the other witches try to apprehend Takamiya. Openly defying her mother, she fuses with Medusa and attempts to subdue her mother with little success; for the first time ever, Kagari gets her ass kicked. They awaken in a punishment chamber that looks as though it jumped out from Virtue’s Last Reward. Damn. What kind of lady is Kazane?

The lines between good and evil are further blurred (Or maybe the show is mocking itself?) as we see Kazane playing what appears to be chess with the semi-competent, significantly more frightening witch who works with the alligator guy. We also find out that Kazane released the jobber witches. I know they’re not much of a threat but aren’t they enemies? It’s almost like it’s their job or they are playing a game where they punch in and out everyday, but there are no hard feelings. Perhaps this is just the tone of the show and it doesn’t give a shit.

It was still a great episode. Incoming drama between Kagari and her mother.

Saki – Zenkoku-hen 1

Yeah, that’s right. The time has finally come.

Kiyosumi is finally going to the nationals. And this time, they play for keeps.

Saki is convinced to find her sister, Nadoka is convinced to see things through in the nationals with Saki, Hisa has her dream of winning the nationals with her friends in arms reach, Mako has helped Hisa achieve that goal, and Yuuki is just, er, Yuuki. Henceforth she will be referred to as Tacos.

Episode 1 convinced me we’re in for quite the ride. Rather than focusing on the mahjong battles of dragonball z proportions that we are familiar with, zenkoku-hen gently sowed the seeds for further conflict, showing us our new cast (and having us reconcile with some old ones. I miss you Toki!)

Particularly unsettling was the characterization of the Achiga girl’s school who we have become intimately familiar with thanks to Saki’s previous installment. Usually portrayed as the adrenaline-happy-go-lucky undisciplined girl’s school, we are given a stark contrast where they are seen as both intimidating and in the case of our friend Shizuno, oppressively intimidating. You may recall this scene occurred in Achiga-hen right as the girls arrived at Nationals, where the situation was reversed portraying Saki as the monster. In truth, she was just looking for the bathroom. Absolutely hilarious.

I’d also like to point out how it’s nice the better characters from the first season won’t be going away just because they’re defeated. Mihoko has especially grown on me. Hope she takes individuals! Oh wait, Teru plays individuals. Rip Mihoko.

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