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「アニケン, ヤットハイブ」 (Aniken, Yatto Haibu)
“Anime Club Finally Falls”

As it seems, the Principal’s decision to end the anime club was a red herring towards the real mystery behind his behavior; his role as the creator of Minoa’s favorite anime! Minoa tripping through the crawl space to his office began with the Principal being openly offended by the anime short, but as their conversation continues, he slowly unravels until the truth is out. This episode was very effective in how it revealed the Principal’s motivations and identity as he kept leaving a trail for Minoa and the club to track down the anime he directed, beginning from his familiarity with what Minoa was talking about via his other inspirations (If you wanna feel old, RahXephon was one of the anime that inspired the show Minoa loved as a toddler). I enjoyed how his taste in anime matches the shows he grew up with as Macross, Sailor Moon, and Urusei Yatsura appear in his thoughts.

It was pleasant to see how they establish quickly that the Principal isn’t outright malicious, and from his perspective, he was just a hardcore anime fan who happened to become disillusioned when the show he directed was cancelled in its first episode. His pain is relatable, at least to Miko, and his willingness to talk with Minoa about his passion for anime and have her take notes on how to look at it from a different angle make him extremely likable. He does leave by the end of the episode, but it would’ve been nice to see him helm the school being the passionate anime fan he is, especially since he regains his positivity after seeing that there were other people than Minoa who were huge fans of his cult classic.

Whereas the Principal is going along with everything merely because he wasn’t a fan of the anime short, Kouki is the real mastermind holding the reins towards the anime club’s demise. Even after the anime club falls for his obviously fake sob story to rejoin the club, he continued to look as sketch as possible about any development to find out the anime the Principal made (Kudos to the show for having 2chan save the day). However, their alliance looks like it won’t last so long knowing that Minoa just found out that a boy that looks like the split image of Kouki was one of the Principal’s classmates when he was a part of that anime club. What this means for the anime club, and how we’ll find out how Kouki kept his looks all these years will hopefully be reveled by the next ep. And if the OP is of any indicator, I’m wondering if Yui will have a deeper role in the future of the show, or if her memetic status as the show’s choice for tasteful fanservice will continue carrying on the tradition.

December 11, 2017 at 7:04 am
  • December 11, 2017 at 7:50 amFabio

    Loved the Urusei Yatsura and Kimagure Orange Road references. :)

  • December 11, 2017 at 8:00 amMarina2

    The story in this ep. is totally unexpected. I like how Arisu live steam made online community helped them found the name of that legendary anime. And that OP, they really know we want.

    BTW, are you not going to comment on the fact that Principal’s dark aura, dark cloud, rain and thunder are all real?

    • December 11, 2017 at 1:19 pmPuffles

      The aura and rainstorm was the kind of weirdness I’ve been sort of expecting for a while now. Made me smile. The story looks set to get even weirder too.

  • December 11, 2017 at 9:30 amWorldwidedepp

    Look how is there on this Picture…

    Not only the Principal and our Kouki.. no.. look closer.. Look left… Bingo!!

    • December 11, 2017 at 9:36 amWorldwidedepp

      Perhaps my Path of “Why did she choose this Boy over me!? I am Mr. Loverboy on this School i get all Girls!” can be right. Bit i admit, i way thinking of the principal, not of Kouki

      See what unrequited love can do? He sabotage the Club or Company, and still have this grudge

      • December 11, 2017 at 9:41 amWorldwidedepp

        But then, how Old is he really? he must be the same age as the Principal and someones Daddy

        Also, perhaps he wants revenge. Because he see their “Love child” everyday in front of him. Deep Grudge indeed. Or this Son looks like his father and took his venom. “He got poor and got sick and died of sickness. It is your fault!”.. But then why they got cut after only 1 Episode? Someone insisted or forced the ones in charge to shut it down

        Last comment

  • December 11, 2017 at 1:13 pmHalfDemonInuyasha


    …huh, what? What were you saying something?

    They must have heard my want of more Yui from a couple episodes ago given she COMPLETELY HIJACKS THE OP SEQUENCE! (WHY NO IMAGES?!) <3 XD

  • December 11, 2017 at 1:22 pmPuffles

    I also laughed at the show making otaku on the internet look like a giant bunch of plebs. I love it when anime takes little digs like that, Girlish Number did it too. Obviously they’re not including gentlemanly individuals with patrician tastes like me, of course.

  • December 11, 2017 at 3:16 pmOne Pinch Man

    Yui replaces everyone but Neko-senpai in the OP. Everyone knows Neko-senpai can talk. Nakano-senpai has been living since a long time. The principal can conjure rain. That’s it, Minoa is living in a Truman Show-style anime.

  • December 11, 2017 at 6:08 pmRandom Human

    Am I the only one who understood the Osomatsu reference in Kouki Story?
    From one moment to another this show turned into an Anime of cliche, even they added the “obligatory” drama from the 3-4 last episodes of the season that a lot of animes (ab)uses
    Maybe when they opened the door all started to change

  • December 12, 2017 at 7:52 amUsagi

    Dome, Mikan, Slam Dunk, Captain Tsubasa, Lamu, RahXephon … I’m getting old because i understood all the “old school” references ^^; …

    This anime is cute even if i see what’s probably going to happen … I even liked Samurai Flamenco anime ^^; haha …

    Happy New Year everyone! ^^ .

  • December 12, 2017 at 4:35 pmAriff

    So nobody want to comment about Maaya Asagaya shirt? It’s interesting for someone to wear a Resistance conductor logo on their shirt


  • December 13, 2017 at 1:04 amUsagi

    Maybe Nakano-senpai is an anime character that came alive and he was modeled after that club member that looks like him. He is probably a nice one who wants to protect Minoa and everyone from that ¨Metallia¨ evil aura that is going around there XP …

  • December 13, 2017 at 9:47 amRenaSayers

    So I’m suspecting Kouki who orchestrated this entire attack on Anime Club, came from that strange closet. Does this mean Erika also came from that weird closet? It’s kind of odd Erika shows up out of no where and builds a club for Anime.


  • December 17, 2017 at 9:37 amWorldwidedepp

    Ep 11:

    I still have this feeling like the Girl in this Episode..

    But… As if someone is watching.. many “hints” of this episodes reminds me of someone…

    asking if Aurora-senpai has older Siblings and such…

    Well, i am surprised. Yes, you got me…. But admit it, you run out of ideas or i hit every jackpot you planed for the future episodes…

    Well, you want to be some sort of Shirobako…

    • December 17, 2017 at 9:51 amWorldwidedepp

      The Crew smoked weird things…

      • December 17, 2017 at 9:53 amWorldwidedepp


        even i was not able to say this someday…but…

        WTF!? Did i just watch!?

      • December 17, 2017 at 10:06 amWorldwidedepp

        where is this one, that mentioned that in episode 1 she put this hat on her head, all began there.. where you the script writer?…

        Mommy.. i need my mega strong chill pill express delivering