Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle – Rhyme Anima Episode 8
Well, I’ll be honest. This episode was pretty underwhelming. I didn’t think we were going to get both MTC and FP in the episode so that just meant that we either got simple stories, or just stories that were solved quickly. I’m not sure if there’s some favoritism with Buster Bros as they had another episode to themselves while the other divisions only got half an episode. Hmm, not sure.
So I was hoping maybe, just maybe, we could get a deeper dive into Jyuto’s character but that didn’t really happen at all. Jyuto gets a case at the last minute and he gets the help of his bois, but he also gets unexpected help from Iris and her cool bike. And apparently she’s a hacker. I find it hilarious that she’s actually hacker friends with Saburo, who’s posing as someone from Dubai while she’s posing as a man in his 50’s who owns a ramen joint. I also think it’s even funnier that MTC got the help of Buster Bros without them even knowing. Samatoki would have lost his damn mind. In the end, Iris helps them out in showing which cops were trying to screw Jyuto over and MTC deals with them easily with their rap. I did like this rap better than their first one quite a bit. The “fuck tha police” line cracked me up more than it should have, only because YOU ARE THE POLICE. Well, at least one of you are and Jyuto doesn’t call himself Mr. Dirty Cop for nothing. Case is solved and MTC wins their qualifier and all is good. Yay.
Second half we have Dice getting screwed over from his horrible gambling problems, but what else is new? I do think there must be something going on with Fling Posse, or at least with Ramuda after what Rex said last time. That quiet shot of Ramuda on the couch felt a little too significant to ignore. Either way, Ramuda gets a call that Dice screwed up and they need to fork over some money, so he and Gentaro find the place that they’re at. Of course handing over the money would be too easy and boring so they…bet to get out of the bet. The word bet is just giving me stress now. Apparently these dudes bet against Fling Posse on their rap battle and lost so they hold animosity towards them, which is funny because it’s not even their fault. Betting their voices by burning it with a hairdryer (what am I even typing), they bet through whoever gets the highest sum with dice. Of course these guys cheat with weighted dice but somehow Dice wins through slamming the dice down and having one die face up all weird so three sides would face up. Agreed, it wasn’t even a roll but the rules were the number of pips facing up so…yay. But it’s rap time and of course Fling Posse make it out okay and they win their qualifier as well. Rex was the only one of the trio that didn’t really get to do anything this time but he took pictures at least? Also typing dice and Dice over and over is hilarious.
And that’s that. The four groups have been chosen and we even got our brackets, very obvious ones. I’m really looking forward to it, and I wonder if the anime will do its own thing or follow the main plot of the series when it comes to the winners and losers. I’m also just excited to see more cross interaction between the divisions as it’s only been the leaders talking to each other (Ichiro/Ramuda, Samatoki/Jakurai, etc.) I’m curious to see how the other members will interact with each other. This episode was a bit of a dud so I’m hoping next time things will get exciting.