Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa (Middle Manager Tonegawa) – Episodes 14 & 15

I thought the Ootsuki spin-off would be its own series, but it starts at episode 14 in Middle Manager Tonegawa. I expected to see Kaiji instead, so I was a little disappointed. Nonetheless, I’m still enjoying this anime because I love FKMT and it’s really funny. This anime might be harder to understand if you have not watched Kaiji seasons 1 or 2. Ootsuki appears in Kaiji season 2, so I think you should watch both seasons before you watch Middle Manager Tonegawa.

Synopsis: Ootsuki works at the underground labour camp because he has a lot of debt and in this show, we get to see what he does when he uses his “One-Day Outing Ticket.” Essentially, he has a free day and he can do whatever he wants. Ootsuki is a food lover so you can expect him to enjoy and savour food in every episode.

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Episode 14

Ootsuki likes to take his time and rest… After he is relaxed, he eats food… then sleeps… It’s very relaxing to watch.

Most people run after the clock starts and try to win money from casinos to get out of the labour camp. Ootsuki, on the other hand, is totally calm! He loves to eat food!

Episode 15

The episode is divided into three parts. In the first part, Ootsuki spends his free day with a labour camp mate. Ootsuki teaches him how he spends his free days.

In the second part, Ootsuki spends his free day with a blacksuit (one of the men in black suits). The blacksuit is very skeptical of Ootsuki at first but they become best buddies at the end of the day.

In the last part, Tonegawa walks into a restaurant and ends up in a food eating contest with Ootsuki. It was awesome seeing the two of them meet and I liked how Tonegawa didn’t disappear from the show completely.

This anime has a lot of the same elements from Kaiji, such as a narrator, zawa zawa, and awesome music. The opening song is so good!

Overall, this is still one of the shows I look forward to the most each week. I want Kaiji to appear, but I’m satisfied with Ootsuki and Tonegawa. I used to hate both of them because they were antagonists but this show is showing us different sides of them, making them seem human and likable.

I blogged about Middle Manager Tonegawa in which the episodes were focused on Tonegawa. You can read that here.

Fall 2018 Anime – What I’ve Watched

The Fall anime season is here! The first episode for most shows are out, and I’m continuing a couple of shows from the last season. I’ll probably watch a few more shows from this season.

Attack on Titan Season 3 (continuing) – episode 11

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Episode 11 came out yesterday and it’s a great episode. The focus was on the backstory of Keith Sadies. I was surprised that he had this connection with Eren and his parents. I felt pretty neutral about Sadies in the first season but I like him now. This episode was a nice break from titan action.

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Middle Manager Tonegawa (continuing) – episode 13

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Things are getting really good because we are finally seeing some familiar players from Kaiji Season 1. Yes, it’s the Restricted Rock Paper Scissors game! They are keeping the comedic elements so it’s still fun to watch. I blogged about this show and you can read about it here.

Phoenix Wright Season 2 – episode 1

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This was an early drop, and I explained my reasons for dropping this anime in my latest blog post. You can read that here.

Goblin Slayer – episode 1

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The AniBlogger community kept talking about the show, so I had to watch it. It looks cute in the beginning, but it’s pretty dark. Fair warning: The show has heavy subject matter like rape and murder. I wouldn’t go as far as telling people who enjoyed it that they are terrible people.

The protagonist is so unlikable. After everything that happened to her group, she wants to go back to the goblin cave. Another thing she did irritated me greatly, but I don’t want to spoil too much. I might watch a couple more episodes of this, but I didn’t love it.

Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. – episode 1

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This is a yaoi series and I’ve actually read the manga. It’s not my favourite yaoi manga, but I still like it. I’m actually liking the anime more than the manga so far. There aren’t too many BL anime to begin with (in comparison to other anime genres and the wide selection of BL manga) so it’s good to have more BL anime series.

Other Episodes

Violet Evergarden Special Episode

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The Special was amazing! I reviewed this special episode and you can find that post here.

Plan to Watch

Ootsuki Spin-off

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Even though I hated Ootsuki, I am excited to watch this because I’m a huge FKMT fan and am willing to watch anything related to Kaiji. I’ll probably review this in the future. I think it’s great that series such as Middle Manager Tonegawa and Ootsuki Spin-off have anime adaptations because FKMT characters rock and also because the Kaiji manga was published in 1996. When will Madhouse give us Kaiji season 3?


The two shows the AniBlogger community are talking about the most right now, in my opinion, are Goblin Slayer and the new Sword Art Online anime. It’s not cool to hate on SAO just for views. The “SAO sucks” thing is getting really old! I’m personally not a fan of SAO, so I’m not going to watch it. It’s as simple as that.

Review: Phoenix Wright Season 2 – Episode 1

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I reviewed the first season (post here) and gave it a good review. However, I don’t think I will be continuing this one because I wasn’t too impressed with how the first episode was handled.

I didn’t like the pacing of the first episode. It was very rushed. A criticism I had in my review on the first season appeared again because Phoenix figured out contradictions really fast. It makes the case seem so easy, but the game is a bit harder. I think they could have showed us Phoenix’s thought process more, instead of having him point out contradictions immediately.

It also didn’t sit right with me that there was such an energetic mood, even though someone had just been murdered. Maggey Byrde seemed a little too happy, even though the victim was her boyfriend. Then Gumshoe sends her roses at the end of the episode which was funny, but too soon! What kind of mood are they going for? The exaggerated effects made me laugh, so I guess they want the audience to laugh while watching this court case.

The focus of season 2 is on the third game in the Phoenix Wright game, Trials and Tribulations. However, the first episode is on the first case in the second case. This makes sense because the first case in the third game is a bit heavy and may draw watchers away. Episode two will be on the second case of the third game, so maybe the first case will be in a future episode.

I love the opening theme because Yamashita Tomohisa (Yamapi) sings it. I recognized his voice right away because he was my idol when I was in high school. This was one of the best parts of the show.

Final verdict: Dropped.