Noragami – Episode 8 Desire

After watching the best episode yet of Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta, I really didn’t know if Noragami could top that plot filled episode. Even Buddy Complex had a good week so its been a fun night for the Darbee. Noragami had an epic episode and even have an OVA episode to cover later this week(whenever I get it written). Noragami did a great job of showing the breakdown of Yukine and the opposite of him in the episode.

School Job

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Everything starts in the girls bathroom! Hiyori walks in to find Yukine, Yato and some kid in the girls bathroom so she beats them up before they could talk out of it. Random humor to ease us back into the story. Yato is on a school job helping a kid that is being bullied outside of class. It has gotten so bad that he has called on the help of a god. Yukine looks down on the poor guy being picked on to the point that Yato calls it on him. Saying that he shouldn’t the hate when he is just like him. Yato is right as always, Yukine acts just like the kid in the episode in the beginning. Asking why him out of all the kids in the school, hating his surroundings and doing nothing about it(yet).

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Blight Hunting

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Hiyori asks why he can’t just cut the ties like he has in the past and Yato says he can’t because she beat him up so badly in the bathroom. He goes to lay down to rest “off” the wound. Later Hiyori is looking for him so they could end the job but is having a hard time finding him because she can’t smell him like normal. She finds him in the nurses office sleeping when she remembers that if a blight is untouched it will spread and take over the host body till it dies. She’s worried about Yato and he’s sleep so why not take a look? haha He wakes up mid peek! No blight to be seen though. My idea on this is he could hide the blight via the well water we see coming up. Show hasn’t said anything about gods being able to hide their aura.

Meanwhile in Kofuku World

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Lady Bishamon comes to visit Kofuku at her house. The last two episodes Bishamon has been busy killing all the phantoms that came from the vent opened by Kofuku when she stopped the fighting of Bishamon and Yato. Today she comes to Kofuku to get an augury. An augury is a sign of what will happen in the future; an omen, Kofuku can see where other vents are going to open. Because of this Bishamon thinks maybe Kofuku is opening the vents on purpose to keep her busy so she doesn’t have time to hunt Yato. Seeing the two of them crash could be very dangerous, though I’m happy to see Kofuku stand up to Bishamon. She has a great evil look on her.

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Desire

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Lets back up to Yukine before we get too far. Yukine is the other side of Manabu, the same in many ways but he can’t move pass what has happened to him. We get to see what Manabu and Yukine both desire the most… Friends. Yukine wants someone who he can call a friend and be like the other kids at the school. He hates that he can’t join the living and have friends. Cursing his surroundings and putting the fault on Yato. Manabu also hates his surroundings and desires friends. Manabu even when a phantom is pushing him to kill/cut one of the boys that was bullying him he has the will to stop. That bullying a bully isn’t how you should stop bullies. If he had cross the line and cut/killed the kid he wouldn’t have been human anymore in his eyes.  Yato is proud of Manabu and tells him he only needs to find one completely unique friend. Then it doesn’t matter what others say or do as long as you have that one unique friend by your side.

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Yukine is the one that doesn’t have the will to stop. He is dead and trying to still be able to be alive is something he can’t do. Can’t cross a line that has been crossed. Yukine detonates to the pressure and starts breaking all the windows in the school. This causes Yato to almost pass out from the pain of the blight.

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911

When shit gets bad you call 911 and for Hiyori that would be to go to Kofuku’s place. We really get to see the biggest jump in Hiyori’s character in these last few minutes. She really grows up in seconds and takes control of the scene. She has some crazy will power on her, carrying Yato all the way to Kofuku. Laying down the law with Yukine telling him straight up that this is all his doing and he must be judged for his actions. I can’t even see if he’s sorry for his actions, looked like he was just going to push it off on Nora or something else. Yato dying to the blight opened Hiyori eyes to how she should have agreed with how Yato wanted to deal with Yukine.

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Hiyori gets to Kofuku’s place but nothing goes as hoped. Daikoku makes a borderline to keep Hiyori and Yato away from Kofuku. Makes it seem that they are not going to help and watch Yato and Hiyori die.

Episode Rating: 10/10

Didn’t know which last screenshot I liked the most so enjoy all 3 of them in order of the cliffhanger! Really hate Yukine now btw.

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Nisekoi – Episode 7 The fun starts now!

Great episode! Easily the best episode of the series so far in every way. Tsugumi really helps on the character interaction that was lacking in areas. Only so much you can stand of the main three characters. Episode really seemed long, covered a lot of chapters. I kept waiting for the end after the duel but then it goes for another chapter.

Tsugumi – First of many

Tsugumi is the first of many side characters to enter the scenes of Nisekoi. Tsugumi is the “Bodyguard” for Chitoge that was raised by Claude under special training. She’s a tom-boy so much that Claude doesn’t even think she’s a girl. Easy to see that she really didn’t look like a girl when she first transferred into the school. Wearing a boy’s uniform and challenge Ichijo to a Duel over who can protect Chitoge better.

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Duel and Weakness

Ichijo fights in the duel mostly because he gets baited into it. Seeing that Chitoge wanted him to win keeps him from backing out. The duel… well it was mostly Ichijo running away from Tsugumi. I’d run to if someone pulls out machine-guns and rockets to a fist fight! The whole scene was very enjoyable to watch to myself. The art style of Shaft helped the fight showing it in a carefree light. Anyways Ichijo wins by jumping into the pool since Tsugumi can’t swim. 

Being the nice guy he is he takes Tsugumi to the men’s locker room to change his clothes so he doesn’t did a cold. You would think putting a towel on the “guy” would work too but that is no fun in manga. Surprise, Surprise! Ichijo learns that Tsugumi is a girl and before he can work out the miss understanding, Chitoge and the others come rushing to the locker rooms. They hide out in a locker since he doesn’t want Chitoge to think something wrong and Tsugumi didn’t want Chitoge to see her in a negative light aka “Losing the Duel”. Locker scenes mostly fanservice but the important thing we learn is Tsugumi’s weakness. Weakness is to being seen as a girl in any way since forever everyone has only seen her has a boy or a hit-man for the gangsters.

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Promises

After the duel everyone sees the big change of boy to girl Tsugumi. To make sure she never forgets that she’s a girl Chitoge gives her a blue ribbon to wear in her hair. Ichijo says its cute and boom! We’ll never see it off now lol. Since Tsugumi has known Chitoge from when she was little she knows about the promise Chitoge made to her first love. Chitoge may have not remembered it but Tsugumi will be the gate way to learning more about the promise Chitoge made.

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Episode Rating: 8/10

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Weekly Ratings 2/15/14-2/22/14 (Week 7)

Even with a surprise ending in Hamatora and the action picking up, both Hamatora and Toaru Hikuushi slide back in the rankings. While Space Dandy and D-Frag doing the same mindless episodes and move up the ladder. I’ll never understand mal ratings by people.

Hoozuki is really funny or I’m enjoying the show a lot. It’s this week’s best mover by moving 168 places. Worst on the ratings this week was Mahou Sensou, gaining 300 places. The shorts haven’t been that good this winter, we have Seki-kun which is good but then everything else is so so or very bad. Pupa btw is still falling to the bottom.

Random facts for the season so far: Saki: Zenkoku-Hen is the least watched show and Noragami is the most watched. Biggest mover as in positive is Hoozuki no Reitetsu. Week 1 it was 3868 and now its 2450, on track to break 2k by week 11 based on this pace. Worst mover in placement isn’t pupa (that was bad from the start), but it’s not really a shocker as it is Mahou Sensou. Madhouse doesn’t always make winners.

Episode of the Week: Golden Time 

Name Genre Week 7 Rating Week 7 Popularity Week 6 Rating Week 6 Popularity Rating Changed
Gin no Saji 2 Comedy/Slice of Life 220 1179 229 1203 -9
Noragami Adventure/Shounen 350 356 367 390 -17
Chuunibyou demo Comedy/Drama/Romance 409 491 407 513 2
Nisekoi Comedy/Romance 449 477 437 500 12
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei Romance/Comedy 973 1026 974 1071 -1
D-Frag! Comedy/School 992 886 1014 916 -22
Space Dandy Comedy/Space 1142 815 1172 844 -30
Tonari no Seki-kun Comedy/School 1214 1105 1247 1123 -33
Hamatora the Animation Superpower/Mystery 1248 769 1217 800 31
Saki: Zenkoku-Hen Game 1306 2019 1367 2031 -61
Sakura Trick Romance/Yuri 1393 884 1302 909 91
Witch Craft Works Fantasy/Supernatural/Action 1672 817 1706 857 -34
Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Adventure/Romance 1825 1094 1760 1118 65
Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku Fantasy/Action 1978 1079 1976 1106 2
Hoozuki no Reitetsu Comedy/Slice of Life 2450 1483 2618 1523 -168
Buddy Complex Mecha/Sci-fi 2751 1401 2726 1433 25
Nobunagun Shounen/Action/Supernatural 3025 1173 2891 1201 134
Mahou Sensou Action/Fantasy 3053 729 2753 761 300
Wake Up, Girls Music/Slice of Life 3075 1575 3056 1607 19
Nobunaga the Fool Mecha/Sci-fi 3223 1019 3156 1043 67
Wizard Barristers Magic/Sci-fi 3690 1248 3497 1285 193
Pupipo! Slice of Life/Supernatural 3843 2300 3815 2315 28
Onee-chan ga Kita Sienen/Comedy 4055 1445 3977 1478 78
Z/X Ignition Game/Adventure 4085 1764 4077 1796 8
Saikin, Imouto no Yousu Comedy/ Romance 4577 1056 4500 1073 77
SoniAni Music 5656 1334 5585 1353 71
Go Go 575 Music 5904 2720 5913 2750 -9
Strange+ Comedy/Slice of Life 6165 1929 6113 1945 52
Pupa Horror/Psychological 6780 728 6761 745 19
Fall Continues
Kuroko no Basket 2 Sports 18 463 18 477 0
Hajime no Ippo:Rising Sports/Shounen 37 1440 41 1458 0
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Fantasy/Adventure 69 534 69 545 -8
Log Horizon Fantasy/Adventure/Romance 284 243 295 253 -13
Nagi no Asukara Drama/Fantasy 361 452 376 473 -20
Kill La Kill Action 371 143 397 151 -28
Diamond no Ace Sports 465 1260 464 1278 47
Yowamushi Pedal Sports 491 1215 504 1238 -1
Golden Time Romance/Comedy 576 326 559 334 20
Tokyo Ravens Supernatural/Shounen 938 579 935 588 0
Strike the Blood Fantasy/Shounen/Action 1017 366 992 378 -1
Gundam Build Fighters Mecha 1062 2029 1076 2050 -41
Phi Brain 3 Game/Action 1674 2025 1614 2030 6
Samurai Flamenco Action 3328 845 3284 849 29
Ratings Taken Every Saturday Night Bold=Sequel, Italic= Shorts

Hamatora Episode 7 – Well damn

I didn’t see that coming…. Thinking this best shown through some great screenshots.

Episode Rating: 8/10

Moral at Art's brother's grave with black cosmos.

Moral at Art’s brother’s grave with black cosmos.

Not even surprised to see Art, been waiting for him

Not even surprised to see Art, been waiting for him

Art knows Moral is the killer, but why didn't he call for backup?

Art knows Moral is the killer, but why didn’t he call for backup?

Well shit, now everything makes sense in my stupid brain.

Well shit, now everything makes sense in my stupid brain.

Moral stole powerful minimum so he can be Nice's "Equal".

Moral stole powerful minimum so he can be Nice’s “Equal”.

Glad Art didn't give in to Moral's taunt.

Glad Art didn’t give in to Moral’s taunt.

Not looking good but he going to get saved right? -My thoughts

Not looking good but he going to get saved right? -My thoughts

Damn, there goes Art. Will Moral use his face?

Damn, there goes Art. Will Moral use his face?

Noragami Episode 7 – Yukine is Trash

Trash

Trash

I can see why the manga readers hate Yukine so much, he is 100% useless. This episode he runs away from home twice, steals once, and gets so moody that Yato can barely kill the phantom at the end! Running off to ask to work for Tenjin is just rude and down right detestable. Ugh I’m just really tired of his mood swings.

Mayu had the best line :)

Mayu had the best line 🙂

Nora isn’t a name! Well not a name like I and hopefully you were thinking, Nora is the name given to Regalias who have more than one master at a time. Tenjin says they are a disgrace of the gods and gods only use them for jobs not right for normal Regalia like mass murder maybe. At the end of the episode we got to see one of the other masters for “Nora”.

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Hiyori really steps up this episode I feel as being the one trying to make Yato understand Yukine and accept him as his regalia. She now knows that if Yukine doesn’t start to shape up that he could kill Yato with the spreading of the bright. Which is spreading very quickly, by the end of this week’s episode its to his hands. Hiyori got to Yato and he is trying in his own way to accept Yukine and teach him to do right. So he doesn’t have to dispose of him like Bishamon’s regalia told Hiyori that he should.

Yato not in the clear yet but they heading in the right direction now. Hopefully Yukine learns to grow up!

Episode Rating: 9/10 

Bishamon is so Rich, many Regalias

Bishamon is so Rich, many Regalias

Poor Kofuku

Poor Kofuku

"Dispose of him at once"

“Dispose of him at once”

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Teamwork! It can work...maybe

Teamwork! It can work…maybe

Nisekoi – Episode 6 Saying Thank You is Hard

Why is saying thank you so hard? Chitoge spends the episode trying in her own best way to thank Raku for saving her last episode. Takes four times before she gets it out and thanks him. Chitoge even fixes his pendant when it breaks. The act of fixing his pendant really shows she does care inside but chooses not to show others normally.

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Biggest news in the episode is Chitoge tells Onodera and Ruri that she’s not really dating Raku but they faking it because of her family. So knowing they not really dating Ruri pushes Onodera to tell Raku how she feels…. which is a huge fail of course. In other news Chitoge remembers she promised a boy when she was little too. “Zawsze in Love”

"always in love" in Polish language

“always in love” in Polish language

Next episode we start to get all the other girls in Nisekoi, it’s going to get overwhelming in about eight episodes. Though Tsugumi is one of ones I like more out of the girls we about to get. She’ll have the spotlight for the next episode!

Episode rating: 7/10

Tsugumi!

Tsugumi!

Hamatora Episode 6 – Side Story Trap

Filler episode in almost the whole sense. Brings back memories of the tons of filler episodes I’ve watched in Detective Conan. The side stories about the kids or detective Moore background. Hell most of the DC filler are random cases that are solved. This episode of Hamatora is just a random case that Doc and Birthday solve.

Female artist kidnapped and rival set up to take the fall. Case was a little simple or maybe DC is spoiling me too much. We do get to learn why Doc and Birthday work together. Birthday living through cancer and beating Doc’s minimum so Doc could start living his life truly. His new “life” as he sees it. I don’t mind that we learning back story on the different Hamatora teams but do dislike non moving plot episodes for a show that is only one cour. Looking that Moral will be the only main boss in the series.

Overall wasn’t a big fan of this episode, I’d skip it if I rewatch the series in the future.

Episode Rating: 5/10

Weekly Ratings 2/8/14 – 2/15/14 (Week 6)

Week over finally! I’ve been pretty busy the last four or five days. Really has delayed my watching overall and my Hamatora post. Think I ended up watching most of the week’s shows yesterday in a five hour sitting. Outside of the airing episodes I’ve started watching Baccano, which is very good. No its damn good.

Watching like forty airing shows a week has its up and downs. One of the ups is it makes it easy to recommend shows to my friends that don’t have the time or patience to look for the diamonds in the rough. The worst down is watching shows just seeing disappointments in shows that had good outlines. There’s three airing shows like that for me this season. We do have six weeks for them to turn it around, though I’m not that hopeful. The three are:

1. Mahou Sensou

2. Nobunaga the Fool

3. Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

I’ll more likely touch on them at the end of season, for now I’d recommend staying away from them based on my taste. Mahou sensou just happens to also be the worst mover this week. Nobunagun and Wizards also didn’t have a very good week as they dropped at least 100 ranks. Hoozuki did the best this week with D-Frag, Nisekoi, and Mikakunin also doing well.

Episode of the week: Noragami

Name Genre Week 6 Rating Week 6 Popularity Week 5 Rating Week 5 Popularity Rating Changed
Gin no Saji 2 Comedy/Slice of Life 229 1203 261 1224 -32
Noragami Adventure/Shounen 367 390 394 427 -27
Chuunibyou demo Comedy/Drama/Romance 407 513 395 530 12
Nisekoi Comedy/Romance 437 500 410 535 27
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei Romance/Comedy 974 1071 1061 1129 -87
D-Frag! Comedy/School 1014 916 1091 953 -77
Space Dandy Comedy/Space 1172 844 1193 883 -21
Hamatora the Animation Superpower/Mystery 1217 800 1172 836 45
Tonari no Seki-kun Comedy/School 1247 1123 1277 1148 -30
Sakura Trick Romance/Yuri 1302 909 1245 945 57
Saki: Zenkoku-Hen Game 1367 2031 1338 2053 29
Witch Craft Works Fantasy/Supernatural/Action 1706 857 1729 896 -23
Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Adventure/Romance 1760 1118 1732 1143 28
Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku Fantasy/Action 1976 1106 1997 1145 -21
Hoozuki no Reitetsu Comedy/Slice of Life 2618 1523 2816 1566 -198
Buddy Complex Mecha/Sci-fi 2726 1433 2619 1446 107
Mahou Sensou Action/Fantasy 2753 761 2415 786 338
Nobunagun Shounen/Action/Supernatural 2891 1201 2697 1214 194
Wake Up, Girls Music/Slice of Life 3056 1607 2996 1634 60
Nobunaga the Fool Mecha/Sci-fi 3156 1043 3154 1058 2
Wizard Barristers Magic/Sci-fi 3497 1285 3384 1313 113
Pupipo! Slice of Life/Supernatural 3815 2315 3845 2326 -30
Onee-chan ga Kita Sienen/Comedy 3977 1478 3934 1509 43
Z/X Ignition Game/Adventure 4077 1796 4144 1831 -67
Saikin, Imouto no Yousu Comedy/ Romance 4500 1073 4437 1091 63
SoniAni Music 5585 1353 5508 1378 77
Go Go 575 Music 5913 2750 5848 2782 65
Strange+ Comedy/Slice of Life 6113 1945 6023 1964 90
Pupa Horror/Psychological 6761 745 6726 757 35
Fall Continues
Kuroko no Basket 2 Sports 18 477 18 485 0
Hajime no Ippo:Rising Sports/Shounen 41 1458 41 1477 0
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Fantasy/Adventure 69 545 77 556 -8
Log Horizon Fantasy/Adventure/Romance 295 253 308 257 -13
Nagi no Asukara Drama/Fantasy 376 473 396 482 -20
Kill La Kill Action 397 151 425 157 -28
Diamond no Ace Sports 464 1278 417 1294 47
Yowamushi Pedal Sports 504 1238 505 1252 -1
Golden Time Romance/Comedy 559 334 539 343 20
Tokyo Ravens Supernatural/Shounen 935 588 935 599 0
Strike the Blood Fantasy/Shounen/Action 992 378 993 385 -1
Gundam Build Fighters Mecha 1076 2050 1117 2067 -41
Phi Brain 3 Game/Action 1614 2030 1608 2041 6
Samurai Flamenco Action 3284 849 3251 857 29
Ratings Taken Every Saturday Night Bold=Sequel, Italic= Shorts

Noragami – Episode 6 – God of Calamity?

Man what an episode! Its going to be hard for anything to beat Noragami this week. Ended up watching the episode twice before I went back for screenshots. Just that good. Nothing wasted, all plot which was good. I was starting to wonder how they were going to fit any main story line into the one cour with the pace they have been moving.

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Yukine is really shaken by last episode, the phantoms are starting to form cracks in his heart. Hiyori trying her best to keep up his spirit by making him cookies and being there. Sadly it’s not just the phantoms that are getting to Yukine. Hiyori and Yato are treating him like a child which pushes him to stealing the skateboard in an act of rebellion. He is a child still though and shown to him any more when Hiyori covers for him by saying she bought the skateboard for him. He even doesn’t think his important to Yato since he “has” Nora in the background just waiting for the tag-in. Yukine has being an ass from the being, now his just a child who is breaking down from stress of his surroundings. The breaking down started about three episodes ago and this episode is near the peak.

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Yato and Yukine run into or its more like Bishamon a god of war runs into them. She has been hunting Yato for years trying to kill him for killing her regalia. Seems I was way off on my guess on the regalia that Yato killed unless Nora was Yato’s and Bishamon’s regalia, but that be a pretty big twist. Man does Bishamon have too many regalias? It would be a woman with a crazy number of regalias. Lets count: Belt,Whip (Kinuha), Lion (Kuraha), Gun #1 (Gaiki), Gun #2 (Suki), Ear ring(Kazuma), and Clothes?

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During the fight with Bishamon Yukine is slowing breaking down even more. Doesn’t even think he should be there. Blaming  it all on Yato for killing her regalia which Yato says he did it because he felt like it. Pretty easy to see that he was lying on that. Bishamon calls Yato a god of calamity or one that causes disasters. This would be supporting him as a god of war that we learned from Kofuku.

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Speaking of Kofuku, got to see her in a fight this episode. Well it was more of her just making more harm than being helpful by opening a vent to the far shore.

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Hiyori-Yato was pretty strong in this episode. From Yato telling Hiyori to be quiet when Bishamon acts to Hiyori being able to track Yato down via (nice) smell so she could save him. Yato even when in the middle of the fight is thinking of how to keep Hiyori safe and the connections being them low so Bishamon doesn’t found out. The calm and clear mind of Yato really surprises me each week.

Lastly Nora is back just in time to really be the one that saves Yato from Kuraha (lion). With all the problems with Yukine, Nora could have a small chance of getting inside of Yato’s head. I would think about it if that big problem of a regalia is slowing giving me a blight that is taking over my body and can’t cleanse it.

Episode Rating: 10/10

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Nisekoi Episode 5 – Fan service is Powerful

What's this? Episode on Juice boxes?
What’s this? Episode on Juice boxes?
Nope! Fanservice for everyone!
Nope! Fan service for everyone!
Bikini vs School Swimsuit, Not even a fair fight.
Bikini vs School Swimsuit, Not even a fair fight.
Onodera can't Swim? That is okay we only here for the photo shoot anyways.
Onodera can’t Swim? That is okay we only here for the photo shoot anyways.
Best butt shot of 2014?
Best butt shot of 2014? Round 1 goes to Onodera with the Butt.

 

Round 2! Fair Fight this time.
Round 2! Fair Fight this time or we think so.
Chitoge plays the drowning card and its super effective!
Chitoge plays the drowning card and its super effective!
1-1 Scores all  even.
1-1 Scores all even.
Bonus round started by a FAN! Can Raku man up?
Bonus round started by a FAN! Can Raku man up?
Crap, She woke up! Game Over final score 1-1.
Crap, She woke up! Game Over, final score 1-1.
Till next week! Hope you enjoyed the different style this week.
Till next week! Hope you enjoyed the different style this week.

Episode Rating: 6/10