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I can't believe that I let myself get an episode behind for the blog last week.
I can't believe that I let myself get an episode behind for the blog last week.

Welcome back to "By The Week"! The ship is strong with this one.

Disclaimer: This blog will contain major spoilers for the episode! Read at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to Crunchyroll or FUNimation if you're subscribed to either one. After a week passes, it will be free for all users (which it already has as of this post!).

Breakdown and Thoughts

This time, the Student Council makes TWO attempts to get the Earth Defense Club dissolved: they jack up the rules by adding a "preferred average" to the guys' test scores and manage to persuade everyone's favorite money lover, Io to become the treasurer of the Student Council. They also manage to make the top test scoring student's day a lot worse for him than before by turning him into a (literally) screwed up tank monster.

This round of humor was well done like some of the other episodes, and when the predicaments that the Student Council put them were applied, things only got a little more interesting for the Earth Defense Club. They even get to meet the Council in their villainous Four Heavenly Kings-like guise (with their faces blurred out, of course) and spark up some potential on a major battle. Also, to some people that ship Io and Ryuu already: This is your episode and judging from how Ryuu gets rescued from the Screw Tank, more ships could be about for those kind of fans. Episode 7 has arrived already and this is one of the few times that I'm excited for "the beach episode" since forever.

Highlights

Please don't ask Old Man Google that. He'll head you to something nasty.
Please don't ask Old Man Google that. He'll head you to something nasty.
Good-ass anime had us like...
Good-ass anime had us like...
It's too late, man. The nudes of you and your girlfriend are all over the internet.
It's too late, man. The nudes of you and your girlfriend are all over the internet.
Sounds like the start of almost every porno ever made.
Sounds like the start of almost every porno ever made.
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Screw that dagger, you need the Ultima Weapon to kill THAT Heartless!
Screw that dagger, you need the Ultima Weapon to kill THAT Heartless!

Welcome back to By The Week! Protip: Be careful about doing push-ups on your co-worker's balcony. You do that on the living room floor near the TV.

Disclaimer: This will majorly spoil the episode in question since I will talk about some major (and rather graphic) parts! Read this at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to FUNimation or Hulu if you're a subscribed member. After a week passes, it will be free for all viewers.

Breakdown and Thoughts

After the two-episode long war zone, as we notice Kaneki just writhing in pain on his recent transformation (probably indigestion from eating Shinohara's armor instead of his body as confirmed by the top of the show), we get more backstory on Juuzo (also, I apologize on screwing up his name entirely on the last blog) and how he had such a crazy personality to him (being raised by ghouls for killing people for sport and getting your nuts plucked out(?) can do that to you). We also get more on Amon and Akira, whom are still shaken by Kureo's death, but seem to be getting along together.

I admit that the story has been all over the place since the start (and that I was enjoying the battles like no tomorrow), but everything's being placed rather nicely here in comparison to the breakneck pacing from season one, but they need to be careful about creating more plot holes (and the return of the heavy black mist censorship) from here on, especially considering that the CCG plans to get back at Aogiri by going to their hideout as stated in this episode. I consider this a real good episode, but I hope that there will be a good medium (if at all) for this story in the next episode.

Highlights

Yeah, I had no clue how your hand pulled a Melodias either.
Yeah, I had no clue how your hand pulled a Melodias either.
Another protip: There IS a wrong place and time to back your ass up.
Another protip: There IS a wrong place and time to back your ass up.
Aaaaall aboard the ship! An interesting ship!
Aaaaall aboard the ship! An interesting ship!
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Having to place your portfolio under a template that your teacher failed to mention to everyone sucks major centipede.
Having to place your portfolio under a template that your teacher failed to mention to everyone sucks major centipede.

Welcome back to By The Week (and sorry for the long wait)! We have a lot to talk about over here. A LOT.

Disclaimer: This will majorly spoil the episode in question since I will talk about some major (and rather graphic) parts! Read this at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to FUNimation or Hulu if you're a subscribed member. After a week passes, it will be free for all viewers.

Breakdown and Thoughts

The continuous of the jailbreak battles kick off with the Ghoul Twins, Nashiro and Kurona fighting Rei which picks up a flashback of all three of them as classmates of Mr. Amon and following after, the death of the Twins' friend, Shizuku and the crazy side of Rei unraveling before coming back into the battle at hand. Meanwhile, the (apparent) father-son fight of Ayato and Mr. Shinohara gains a rather sudden conclusion with one of the victors having to fight off Kaneki in an more powerful, centipede-like form, whom afterwards, must deal with Amon, whom becomes a shocking bombshell for those who watched Season One and forgot Black-Haired Kaneki's ideals until right there. This sounds like a battle chain, but some of them happen around the same time as the other, more relevant battles.

Let's get one thing out there first: I do understand that Japan recently had that horrible ISIS-related incident where a reporter was killed (assumed via beheading) under a hefty ransom to the country for trying to rescue a comrade, but the censorship of the knife-related violence in the first battle was still in very poor taste, especially considering that there was only one bit of censorship in the show (when Akira Mado sliced the top part of a ghoul's head off on last episode). All of the battles were very good here, except for the Ayato/Shinohara battle, which honestly ended rather weakly.

Right after Kaneki does what Shinohara could've done to Ayato (which was to kill him. Shinohara's not a ghoul) the moment that his feelings took over him, was when Amon reminded me of the ideals that he was told during the last fight that he had with Kaneki and how they were tarnished under the insanity and power that the white-haired powerhouse had been subjected to at season one. (And him eating Shinohara like a dinner from the mall.) One other thing that was dismissed was the info on the CRC gas that wasn't considered until after Amon's battle against Kaneki shifted into his side. That was the other thing that bothered me, but it was a solid fighting sequence to end off a rather solid episode. Let's hope that the next one delivers (and explains) very nicely.

Highlights

Relax. There's plenty for everyone! <3
Relax. There's plenty for everyone! <3
Cool new mask, but the Persona 5 Protagonist already has you beat.
Cool new mask, but the Persona 5 Protagonist already has you beat.
Good luck explaining THIS to the D.E.A.
Good luck explaining THIS to the D.E.A.
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Not with THAT big ass camera!
Not with THAT big ass camera!

Welcome back to By The Week! Five episodes in and we're getting a sub-group within the villainous Student Council side. How does this fare, though...

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 a rainy day with the Earth Defense Club, we get a rather unconventional visit by the Press Club (whom were arranged by the Earth Conquering Club, AKA The Student Council) to get some dirt on the Defense Club. And boy, were they trying hard at that, even to the point of literally invading their time at the bathhouse. Within, the humor ended up escalating in these points, including Wombat's nasty burn at Yumoto and the battle against the Remote Control monster from an earlier joke when Ryuu was calling one of his (many) hoes.

While the battle was actually handled in under three minutes, it was actually entertaining alongside all the funny (and borderline creepy) events from the Press Club and how they were annoying the hell out of everyone. It was very good. The improvements in said humor are welcoming, so I hope it continues onward from here and I hope something big comes out of this whole shebang later.

Highlights

Shit, they caught us!
Shit, they caught us!
An outie WHAT!? Somebody get the burn heal.
An outie WHAT!? Somebody get the burn heal.
To take pics of nude guys? Why not?
To take pics of nude guys? Why not?

Screw King of "Seven Deadly Sins", this guy's the pure embodiment of Sloth.

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We'll see indeed!
We'll see indeed!

Welcome back to By The Week. The early mid-life crisises (or crises) are real here, somehow...

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. Note that as of writing this, FUNimation was late on their simulcast of this episode. Talk about being exposed.

Breakdown and Thoughts

Before the start, we have two of the guys wishing on the stars as a cuteness break before the episode. Afterwards, we have a usual foray at the bathhouse and it looks like there are a lot of early mid-life crises for some of the guys, and whom was revealed to be this episode's monster character. While they're piecing together the events slowly, the atmosphere changes a lot of the guys of the school to little kids, but that didn't stop the Earth Defense Club from delivering justice to the tormented soul in a cute, yet rather uncomfortable way.

The fanservice was also real this time, but don't worry, It's not overwhelming. Despite that, the pieces are coming together (somewhat) and the humor on this one was still very good. Hopefully, the next episode can be even better from here onwards as it seems to look like from the preview.

Highlights

Yeah, I know this was late. Bear with me.
Yeah, I know this was late. Bear with me.
Yes, he does have an old face, but his pupils are shining black. That's WAY more of a concern than your face.
Yes, he does have an old face, but his pupils are shining black. That's WAY more of a concern than your face.
Cutest group I've seen all year so far!
Cutest group I've seen all year so far!

Yep. Definitely looks like Utena Tenjou's son. Seriously, that's a real cool look to him!

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