Meeting Date: 5/23/2020

Disclaimer: The Herald Anime Club discusses shows as they’re airing. Naturally, there will be spoilers for a given episode. You have been warned!

Samantha Ferreira: Hi everyone, and welcome to the Herald Anime Club! I’m Samantha, and I’m here with Anthony and L.B.

L.B. Bryant: Hello

Anthony Simpson: Evening

Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re heading back to Taisho-era Tokyo for Sakura Wars (2019) the Animation episode 8: “The one with the A+ face game.”

An exaggerated version of a red-haired woman's face, superimposed over a dimly lit stage.

L.B. Bryant: This was such a silly episode that left me with so many questions.

Anthony Simpson: I have questions as well.

Samantha Ferreira: Oh?

L.B. Bryant: Let’s start from the beginning… did I miss something with this contest? I don’t remember it being mentioned in last week’s episode so it felt like it totally came out of left field.

If I’m misremembering, please feel free to remind me.

Anthony Simpson: The challenge letter was shown at the end right before the credit if I remember correctly

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah. The challenge letter was sent out at the end of the last episode, which is where Sumire went before the big day-off hi jinks

A kimono-clad woman in brown hair angrily holds up an envelope.

L.B. Bryant: Got it. I couldn’t remember that happening. Thanks for the reminder.

Samantha Ferreira: It definitely sank into the background against the big Gintama send-up

L.B. Bryant: So with that out of the way, was this really the best way to settle their beef with each other? A dance off and a bread eating race? I know that I’m missing the decisive round in that but I’ll get to that in a bit.

The way the first two played out, it felt like such a big time waste just to get the main event.

Samantha Ferreira: It was meant to be played out for entertainment. The dance content makes sense, given the dual nature of the Combat Revues

The bread-eating race was apparently just a spectacle for Oba to sell more bread rolls at the shop or something. That said, Oba and Reiji are amazing together

A man in a mechanic's jumper yells excitedly, as an orange-haired girl in a kimono stares in shock.

Anthony Simpson: They play well off each other.

L.B. Bryant: That was one highlight of the episode. I loved their commentary, lol

Samantha Ferreira: They just dive right in and they’re so fun – I’m glad they’re getting more time in the spotlight

L.B. Bryant: So… did they have worldwide live broadcast abilities in the Taisho era? That also struck me as a bit peculiar.

Samantha Ferreira: They have smartphones, so I just kind of rolled with it, lol

Anthony Simpson: I mean you have flying ships so I wouldn’t say that would be out of place in this setting.

Samantha Ferreira: That too. We have a literal skyhook run by ballerina robots

L.B. Bryant: Okay, I have other questions about the final third of the episode but I’ll save those for later when we get there. I’ve monopolized early conversation enough I think heh

A red-haired woman dressed as a shrine maiden smiles as she looks up. She's holding a bell and a leaf.

Samantha Ferreira: Bah, it’s fun to talk about this stuff

L.B. Bryant: I will say that I agree with Sam’s statement earlier; it was nice to see the character’s faces express some genuine feelings this episode :)

Anthony Simpson: Same it was good to see that.

Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. Also, the outfits from the various cast members were outstanding. Like, Margarethe in the suit, or Lancelot in her casual outfit.

A blonde woman and a red-haired girl wearing casual clothes sit in leather chairs.

L.B. Bryant: So, ignoring all the issues I had with the first two thirds of the episode… the final act this week was really quite good.

Samantha Ferreira: It really was. The escalation was fantastic… and they found a use for Reiji’s goofy robot!

L.B. Bryant: lol I was wondering about that. I couldn’t remember when in the series we had seen it before. I think this is another case of a joke that will play out better in future marathon re-watches.

I do have to question the wisdom of putting Klara into a glass box with giant-ish robots fighting around her though. Poor girl could’ve lost an eye!

Anthony Simpson: She could have, but with her powers I think she could have found a way to heal herself

A brown-haired woman stares intently at three monitors, which feature images of people on them.

L.B. Bryant: Yeah but no one from the Flower division knew about her powers at the time so it still felt a little odd to me.

Speaking of her powers… I’m very curious about next week to find out what tf is up with that and her sister.

Anthony Simpson: Given that God was mentioned I believe they’re angels/fallen angels. I think

L.B. Bryant: I was going to ask Sam to explain but I think I’d rather wait and let the series attempt to answer all my questions.

Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. I’m thinking the show will answer that one, since it’s not 100% clear They appear to be high Kouma or fallen angels, though… And the “False God M” ties into this – who, I’m still expecting to be a big throwback reveal.

A golden robot stands atop another robot, plunging a sword into its back.

Samantha Ferreira: So, what do you think the deal with Kaminsky will be?

L.B. Bryant: He’s got kind of a complex going but I have no guesses on what his overall deal is yet.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah…

L.B. Bryant: He certainly has enough issues to start a subscription plan though.

Samantha Ferreira: That’s saying it lightly

Anthony Simpson: I don’t know what his deal is either.

Samantha Ferreira: We should just start calling him Kindle with all the issues he has.

L.B. Bryant: lol

Samantha Ferreira: But yeah… any other thoughts this week?

L.B. Bryant: No Moon division this week. Sadness.

A blonde man stares at the camera with a sinister grin.

Anthony Simpson: None from me

Samantha Ferreira: Very sad. They need to come back

L.B. Bryant: Agreed there.

Samantha Ferreira: But that’ll do it for this week. ‘til next time, remember: Reiji and Oba are best announcers.

Have a great night!

L.B. Bryant: Laters :)

Anthony Simpson: Goodnight

A brown-haired woman in a kimono stands beside a black-haired woman with glasses

After the meeting…

Samantha Ferreira: Oh god, this is the same plot structure as the games.

The next 4 episodes are probably going to be nuts.

L.B. Bryant: lol, sweet

Samantha Ferreira: lol, Buckle up.

L.B. Bryant: My body is ready.

Samantha Ferreira: Sakura Wars plots are… special. That’s all I’ll say

L.B. Bryant: If it’s anything like the plot of the OG TV series, yeah we’re in for a wild final act.

Samantha Ferreira: Yuuup. Even the games, they know how to escalate