86 special: Episode 21.5

After more than two months off, 86 is finally returning this Saturday (March 12th) and next Saturday (March 19th) for its two-episode finale. So, naturally, that means yet another recap episode precedes it. This time, though, I will begrudge the production team this recap. It does not provide any new content beyond somewhat in-character narrationContinue reading “86 special: Episode 21.5”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 22

This series has always been deliberate and thorough at examining economic issues for its fantasy setting, so I suppose that it eventually getting around to dealing with a thornier issue like slavery shouldn’t be a surprise. What I did not expect was that the series would take a mostly bottom-up angle on the matter. ToContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 22”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 21

Rating: 3.5 Last week I made a number of suppositions about why Roroa appeared before Kazuya and offered to become his wife and why he would probably accept the offer. This episode proved virtually all of those suppositions to be correct, even the ones about how Roroa still planned to continue her mercantile practices asContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 21”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 20

Rating: 3.5 Last episode, I surmised that bringing up the pilfered dragon bones was going to set up an arc where the dragon shown in the opener comes into play. The issuance of a diplomatic message to the Star Dragon Mountain Range about the bones (apparently originally unearthed during a construction project) still suggests thatContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 20”

Special: So I’m a Spider, So What? and Its Continuation in the Novels

Note: This commentary, which was inspired by the recent release of novel 13 in English, is designed to be accessible to those who have seen the entirety of the anime series and/or read the first five novels but are not familiar with the novel content beyond that. It deals with the structure of the storyContinue reading “Special: So I’m a Spider, So What? and Its Continuation in the Novels”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 18

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) With this episode, the series ties up the final bit of loose ends from the Elfreiden revolt, while also making official that Kazuya has a harem. But before we get to the latter, let’s look at the final clean-up effort, as that had some minor surprises of its own. Last episodeContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 18”

Review: Interspecies Reviewers steelbox BD

Rating: 4 (of 5) Note: To see episode-by-episode commentary that I did as the series was airing, go here. This review offers more of an overview instead. Any adult who has ever played tabletop and/or electronic fantasy RPGs has probably wondered at some point where the sex is in the setting. After all, a diverseContinue reading “Review: Interspecies Reviewers steelbox BD”

Winter ’22 Preview: Salaryman’s Club

Note: Since this title is coming in so much later than the rest of the Winter 2022 Preview Guide, I am making it a separate entry. Streams: Crunchyroll on Saturdays Rating: 4 (of 5) The title on this one can be a little misleading, as while all of the main cast members are, indeed, salarymen,Continue reading “Winter ’22 Preview: Salaryman’s Club”