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I find myself to be into messy hair a lot more often since 2011.
I find myself to be into messy hair a lot more often since 2011.

Welcome back to By the Week! Let's cut to the chase because I'm gonna need to get this out of my chest right now.

Disclaimer: This will mildly spoil the episode. To watch the episode in question, You can legally watch this via FUNimation.com or via Hulu provided that you're subscribed to either one (or when a week passes for those episodes to be available for free).

Breakdown and Thoughts

More is brewing, but a lot is already happening. We get some Aogiri action in the beginning in the form of the rescue of a nutcase that was a servant to someone. While there, a rumor about Kaneki eating the hostage's superior was popped up by the gourmet ghoul in the aftermath of the rescue (I could never remember that jerk-off's name). Meanwhile, Touka gets to visit the college that Kaneki used to attend since season one, before and after the tragic accident that turned him into a ghoul and looks interested, despite the fact that she's shaken about his change in teams, which poor Hinami is unaware about once a newscast about him surfaces. We also get the glimpse of an author of the rather suspicious books Kaneki and Hinami were reading in Season One.

This is actually having me on the edge of my seat about the non-Ainteku side of the ghouls. Since this is confirmed not to be based on the manga at all from here on, it adds even more mystery to the show for me. I want to see how farther things go here, provided that a new major battle might surface for Aogiri Tree, The Mysterious Ghouls and Kaneki.

Highlights

Nah, man. You didn't have to push it down. Normally, you raise that way up.
Nah, man. You didn't have to push it down. Normally, you raise that way up.
The weatherman didn't note us about THIS kind of storm!
The weatherman didn't note us about THIS kind of storm!
Is it just me, or does that look a bit straightforward?
Is it just me, or does that look a bit straightforward?
Even these two are suspecting something about the last pic!
Even these two are suspecting something about the last pic!
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No, I haven't. If I had checked out the most generic show this season, THEN you can say that.
No, I haven't. If I had checked out the most generic show this season, THEN you can say that.

Welcome back to By The Week! The third episode of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE has arrived and it looks like I fell in love with the series fully. (Well, damn.)

Disclaimer: This will mildly spoil the episode. You can legally watch this via Crunchyroll and FUNimation, provided that you have subscribed to either one for this episode until a week passes.

Breakdown and Thoughts

During the days of the preparation of a “Mr. World”-esque pageant that happens to be monthly, there's an ace ballet dancer who happens to be full of himself. So full of himself, that he's advertising his club in the worst way possible. While the Earth Defense Club find some funny and interesting ways to draw in their own possible voters, the Student Council chooses the next monster, whom becomes a Black Swan which has a low-key reference to both Rue Kuroha of Princess Tutu (whom references a raven instead, though) and someone in particular from Madoka Magica: The Rebellion Story due to its design.

In the aftermath of all of this, the humor was a step up from last episode and a lot more fun, questionable moments aside. While there is some background to the vices of some of the Earth Defense Club members, there's also the Narcissus reference from the Ballet Ace himself, but his case was the complete opposite of the lore. (Most likely the ones I read about in the Shin Megami Tensei games). It's being really fun so far and I hope that it gets more fun from here.

Highlights

Protip: One of the places not to do a Pirouette is a BATHHOUSE. With only a towel.
Protip: One of the places not to do a Pirouette is a BATHHOUSE. With only a towel.
Thanks, but you&squot;re doing the mime for "Love" completely wrong!
Thanks, but you're doing the mime for "Love" completely wrong!

(Here's the correct one via TheDanceBuzz)

Should be safe. At least he doesn&squot;t have Giselle&squot;s Deadly Flowers. That&squot;s on the "Do Not" list for hugging!
Should be safe. At least he doesn't have Giselle's Deadly Flowers. That's on the "Do Not" list for hugging!
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SO glad that I got to this in time. Thank you!
SO glad that I got to this in time. Thank you!

Welcome back to By The Week! Here, I continue on to the second episode of Tokyo Ghoul Root A and see what the tale will bring this time...

Disclaimer: This will mildly spoil the episode. You can legally watch this via FUNimation.com or via Hulu provided that you're subscribed to either one.

Breakdown and Thoughts

It appears that we're in the aftermath of the storm. While Aogiri is planning something mysterious, we get some development involving Ainteiku and the CCG. While the former is just resuming their business as usual with nothing out of the ordinary (except for a birthday, a suspicious invite and some college exams), the latter has a lot more going on. Amon gets to look after the daughter of Mado, his previous mentor and we get some small reveals on Aogiri's side afterwards. The biggest focus was on the CCG side due to their new members and the plans of hunting the Rabbit (Touka) and the Eyepatch (Kaneki) while doing some research about the aftermath of Binge Eater case from Season One.

As for how I feel about the development, it's pretty solid on the get-go and there were some moments that were fun (not every day that you get to ask a mentor out that happened to be your former superior's daughter.) I do get the feeling that Touka seems like she's escaping from something on her end from continuing her studies, but as it seems, something interesting may go down in the next episode after all of this.

Highlights

The face when you find that no good person at school for the new semester/quarter.
The face when you find that no good person at school for the new semester/quarter.
I'd actually marvel my own modifications too.
I'd actually marvel my own modifications too.
Actually, She's rather cute, but she has things in her sleeve. I can sense it.
Actually, She's rather cute, but she has things in her sleeve. I can sense it.
The face when you're broke AF and the food's too high.
The face when you're broke AF and the food's too high.
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I came across some info about this show via RocketNews24 about a comedy series about a quintet of Magical Guys. Yes, we got a Magical Girl parody show where the mains are all male. The premise did get some controversy involving target audiences in some sites, including AnimeNewsNetwork, but I thought it would end up being very fun despite being a 23-year old male. Turns out after two episodes...

Disclaimer: This will mildly spoil the episodes. Please watch the episodes in question starting with the first one via Crunchyroll.com.

Breakdown and Thoughts

“Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!” is about an sudden encounter by a strange animal at the school that warns five guys from a school club that's literally just a hangout about an evil force that's turning people that have lost their resolve or are in despair and turn them into monsters that plan to destroy or transform all of humanity. They end up being bound by a force that transforms the quintet into Magical Guys to take care of these monsters and restore the balance with the enhanced power of “Love”. Yes, you read that right. There's also a rival gang that's causing the trouble around the school.

I came in thinking that it won't be as funny, but I was relieved after seeing that the first two episodes were hilarious. The introductions to both groups were handled well and there were a lot of funny moments already. There are also references to the Sailor Moon and Pretty Cure franchises in terms of the character designs and some of their actions. Don't worry about having to see a bunch of Magical Girl shows before this since the show happens to be casual-friendly instead of being heavily referenced.

I hope this show ends up being one of the best comedy shows I've seen as this progresses. I know that's going a bit far since 2015 just started, but it's that fun to me.

Highlights

Well, I can get used to this.
Well, I can get used to this.
Love's a hell of a drug.
Love's a hell of a drug.
Hate when that happens.
Hate when that happens.
I guessed right when I asked if he was "flavoring" the tea.
I guessed right when I asked if he was "flavoring" the tea.
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First of all, Hello. It's been literally too long since I first covered an episode of a series like this. WAY too long. I hope to do more of these blogs onwards. Let's get my extended response started.

Disclaimer: First off, this will mildly spoil the episode. Please watch the episode in question (can be legally watched via FUNimation's site) before reading this and leave your thoughts here if you have the time and check out the Tokyo Ghoul Discussion to talk about the show and how it's going so far. One thing that I will point out that this episode's uncensored. Yes, the hype is too real. (blushes)

Breakdown and Thoughts

Exibit A. Also, if it were like last time, it would look like he was eating a Neoshadow from Kingdom Hearts 2.
Exibit A. Also, if it were like last time, it would look like he was eating a Neoshadow from Kingdom Hearts 2.

Tokyo Ghoul Root A (or Tokyo Ghoul 2 in some areas) starts where season 1 leaves off: the continuous of the Aogiri Tree battle after Kaneki's drastic change. Now he's completely serious and isn't taking anything anymore. He aids part of the battle out of nowhere when Touka was a second from being killed while looking for answers about Aogiri Tree, and we got to see more rivaling ghouls, including some immensely strong ones. It was noted that Amon also has a bit of development as well here, even though it's a small piece of it. After the battle, a shocking decision was made that could be reckless, but is also interesting at the same time.

I was amazed at pretty much everything that happened, especially on Kaneki and his new path and I'm anticipating on what will be done from here onwards. A bit of a side note, I remember being on Volume 3 of the Tokyo Ghoul manga when college kicked me hard in the nuts, so this is still either a blind run to me, which I don't mind doing. Then again, it might be its own story instead of continuing from the manga. Either way, I hope the show ends up becoming really good from here onwards.

Highlights

The NFL's not gonna approve any of that armor for play...
The NFL's not gonna approve any of that armor for play...
Haven't seen white hair look this dope in years.
Haven't seen white hair look this dope in years.

What I thought was going on during this OP sequence right here. XD (Don't panic! It's a song and lyrics YouTube video, but it's NSFW due to language. I also apologise if that made you feel old considering that it was released in the early 2000's. XD)

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