Last Week in Anime: Big Talk Edition
The best clips from last week's episodes
Welcome to Last Week in Anime, where we look at some of the greatest clips from the last seven days! The week before last we saw some major destruction and this week we’re keeping things going with some clips of people being destroyed, not in the literal sense, but metaphorically. There was a lot of big talk this week with some mixed results. A few made it out looking like champions while others were quickly put in their place. Without further ado, let’s get into this week's most severe verbal devastation!
As MEGALOBOX headed into its final match and Yuri made his preparations to make sure the battle would be the greatest showdown in Megalo Boxing history, Joe got some unexpected help from a familiar face. Aragaki’s subplot may have been the best of the entire series so it was nice to see he hadn’t entirely retired from the sport. Even better was the immediate light-hearted shit talking the two fell into once they were in the ring. I would have been perfectly happy if they devoted the entire episode to the two working out their frustrations after their bouts anticlimax. The musical lead-in ending the episode was great too.
I’m devastated HINAMATSURI is over, but not nearly so much as Mao’s martial arts teacher who thought they’d trapped her into never leaving their school. Faced with a souped-up Mechazawa capable of destroying head-sized rocks, they thought even a practitioner of supernatural martial arts would back down. The only thing better than watching their faces when she punched their extremely expensive kung fu robot through the wall was the almost off-handed joke when some of them got pelted by debris and did their best to pretend they weren’t in pain. We also got to see the full version of Mao's fight against her school's enforcers.
I have to admit I really like Hiro/Zero Two. It’s probably the best part of DARLING in the FRANXX. I can definitely respect his decision to brave the vacuum of space by himself in a valiant attempt to bring her back into the story, but it was still satisfying to see Hiro get called out by his squad. Goro pointing out his single minded obsession with his girlfriend over the wellbeing of basically every single one of the side characters was ambrosia for the spirit. The rest of the main cast get the raw end of the deal and haven’t had the same opportunities to shine as the central couple of the series so Goro’s words (and fist) really hit home for me, even if he was talking about something else. Anyway, they still decide to go to space with him.
Not gonna lie, watching Bakugo get owned in any situation is great, but being embarrassed by his mom in front of his childhood idol was some chef’s kiss content. This whole episode was great, providing a bit more time with the character’s parents to flesh out the characters by giving a look into their upbringing and the setting by showing their parents perceptions of all of the villainous attempts on UA. While Inko’s scene was the most important, Mitsuki may be the most unforgettable. A room full of murderous villains couldn’t faze Bakugo, but his mom had him shaking in fear. Even while you’re laughing she really shines a light on what must have gone wrong with the volatile child. I’m praying she has plenty of return appearances.
While a latecomer to the series, Fukaziroh quickly became one of my favorites with her obliging acceptance of her friend LLENN’s bizarre deathpact and the absolute irreverence with which she treats the game that everyone else takes way too seriously. Her heroic moment was made hilarious when she decided to take the opportunity to pose as a guy picking up a girl in his sports car even while a murderous Pitohui is putting bullet holes in her back bumper. Definitely the MVP of Squad Jam 2 in more ways than one.
That's all for last week! What was your favorite moment that you'd like to watch on repeat? Did any moments leave you pitying a poor victim? Let us know in the comments below!
Peter Fobian is an Associate Features Editor for Crunchyroll, author of Monthly Mangaka Spotlight, writer for Anime Academy, and contributor at Anime Feminist. You can follow him on Twitter @PeterFobian.