Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4 Review: When Your Powers Don’t Work, Throw A Shoe!

After making me admit my wrongdoing towards the show, Battle Game in 5 Seconds seems to be heading in a fantastic direction right now. Let’s see if the anime can maintain the hot streak that it has managed to create.

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4- Overview

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4 Title
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Battle Game in 5 Seconds is a Death Game style anime produced by Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions in collaboration with Studio A-CAT. Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions is known for producing several well-known anime series of the past, such as Monster and Pokemon, to name a few. On the other hand, Studio A-CAT is mostly an unproven commodity whose prior outputs have all been on the receiving end of criticism. The series is based upon a web manga written by Saizou Harawata.

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The series is known by multiple names, some of them being- Battle in 5 Seconds After MeetingDea5, and Deatte 5-byou de Battle in original Japanese. If you want to catch up on our previous reviews of the series, you can do so by clicking here.

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4- Plot and Characters

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4 Characters
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The earlier episodes have officially been left in the dust, as Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4 was able to continue being a decent, watchable show. The episode was funny, well thought out, and creative in more than a few ways. The story continued with the team battle that started with the previous episode, with the score between the two teams an even 1-1.

The best thing about this episode was how Akira, the protagonist, was able to find out exactly what his power did through a clever set of moves. He got lucky that his opponent was as weak as he was, although that’s anime protagonist power for you. Those who underestimated Yuuri were also in for a rude surprise, as a surprise visitor from her past also tried to test her resolve.

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4 Akira and Rin
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Mion continues to be an unwatchable presence every time she comes on the screen, just as she was in Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4. Akira is now less boring and appears to display some of the ingenuity he is capable of. Some other, more intriguing characters have entered the picture now, including Tatara and Rin that I mentioned in the previous review. The fight scenes were alright, but I laughed my ass off when Akira defeated his opponent by throwing a shoe at his face.

Overall, the story of Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4 was great, and I am excited to watch what comes next.

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4 Review- Art and Music

It is bland. I’m sorry, I had to say it. It is undeniable that A-CAT made the show on a limited budget. Still, I lie in the camp that if a show has a good story and characters, the overall quality of the animation doesn’t matter much. The lack of a good soundtrack always hurts, but I would rather have a good story with lousy animation than a bad story and good animation.

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The opening and ending themes are delightfully weird and very catchy. It always takes me a while to articulate my thoughts on an OST since I’m not a music person. What I have realised in 4 episodes is that the opening has too much going on, while the ending is just weird in a good way. They’re both still good, and you should check them out if you haven’t.

Verdict

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4 is just as good as its previous episode, and the series seems to have found a groove that it is comfortable with. If you look past the bland animation and music, you’ll find that there is an excellent show hiding somewhere underneath. We could be looking at a future pick in the “Most Underrated Anime” list.

If you liked this review of Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4, you will also enjoy our review of the next episode in the series. Be sure to check it out!

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SUMMARY

In Battle Game in 5 Seconds Episode 4, If you look past the bland animation and music, you'll find that there is an excellent show hiding somewhere underneath.

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