Weekly Anime Round-Up: June 25th – July 1st

The spring season is finally wrapping up, and some shows from the summer season should be starting next week.  Whatever shows I decide to pick up for the summer season will be added here as they pop up, and Accel World, AKB0048, and Space Brothers will continue to air into the next season.  Three shows have come to an end this week, so let’s see how things have wrapped up…

Accel World:  Episode 12

This week was yet another excellent episode.  The big showdown with the Chrome Disaster is finally here, and this fight won’t disappoint.  Haru finally gets serious and proves his worth, amidst his own issues of self-esteem and even a bit of betrayal.  Unfortunately for Haru, it would seem he may have some new problems coming his way, but at least he got some cookies out of the deal…

AKB0048:  Episode 9

After fighting off the DES in space, everyone has finally made it to a planet in dire need of some, dare I say it, fun.  This sad, snowy world is like some sort of Soviet dystopia, full of misery and poverty.  The girls devise a new tactic to deal with the increased DES presence, involving “mini concerts” around the town to distract the police and entertain the townspeople until the real concert begins.  This show has stayed true to the formula of being both ridiculous and entertaining.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-San:  Episode 12 END

As Mahiro discovers how bland his life is without his fan club of adorable abominations, he soon finds out he has fallen into an enemy trap.  A terrible group of monsters wants Mahiro dead so they can indulge in erotic video games, because world domination is so cliché these days.  This show was a blast to watch from beginning to end, and was one of the best shows of the season.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that they will do another season of this show.

Natsuiro Kiseki:  Episode 12 END
(A Summer-Colored Miracle)

This time the rock traps the girls into a time loop of an endless summer vacation.  Don’t worry; this isn’t as torturous as the infamous Endless Eight.  The girls make a few more attempts at the idol audition, and even squeeze in some extra fun until they decide to find a way to escape the endless summer.  This show didn’t end the way I wanted it to, it did wrap up everything as best as it could.  While I did enjoy this show, it should be noted that this was a very average slice of life show that had a lot of ups and downs throughout the series.

Sankarea:  Episode 12 END

Now that things are settled with Rea’s crazy father, Chihiro is back to dealing with the issue of finding out how to preserve Rea’s body.  I’m not going to lie; the ending to this show was pretty awful.  Nothing is concluded.  You won’t find out if Chihiro can extend Rea’s life, and you won’t find out if Rea or Wanko ever win over Chihiro.  Something really strange happens at the end and the show suddenly stops, with no explanation at all.  This show managed to keep me watching each week, but between the lousy ending and some pacing issues, this turned out to be one of the bigger disappointments of the season.

Space Brothers:  Episode 13

This week the testing continues within the isolation chambers.  As the candidates are given a series of unusual tasks, rivalries have begun to form and some of the candidates are growing judgmental of their teammates.  This story arc is a bit of a low point for this show, as it seems that “slice of isolated life” just isn’t very interesting.

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