This week there is yet another show added to the weekly round-up, and so far most of the shows are living up to their expectations, or even surpassing them. So far this has been yet another great season, and this time around there is something for everyone, ranging from slice of life and ecchi shows to the gritty and violent stuff more casual anime fans tend to go after. There was a lot going on this week, so let’s get this thing started.
Haru’s suspicions of the new student around school being a Burst Linker turn out to be correct, but this student has somehow found a way to conceal his Brain Burst avatar to avoid duels. As Haru continues to investigate the situation he soon finds out that he is up against a sophisticated enemy. And now poor Chiyuri is going to learn a very hard lesson about the true nature of Brain Burst and those who play it. On a side note, there is a new opening sequence for the rest of the season, and it shows off a taste of things to come for this half of the series.
The understudies have finally been given a chance to make their debut, and they even get to show off back on their homeworld, Lancastar. This home reunion is far from happy, however, as Lancastar has become even more dreary than ever thanks to the DES and the military-industrial complex that dominates this world. Things get worse when the girls find out exactly what their friends back home have been working so hard to make at the factories of Lancastar.
As Felicitia becomes more concerned about losing her freedom to the victor of Papa’s recently announced Arcana Duello, she decides to show her independence by taking over part of the Famiglia’s operations. Most of this episode is devoted to more world building and character development, and the highlight of this episode is solving the mystery of a stray cat. Nothing too spectacular happened this week, but it seems this show has a lot of potential for things to come.
As the “war” between Biscotti and Galette continues, Princess Couver (an adorable squirrel-girl) decides she wants to join in on the fun, and takes on Becky as the hero of her land. While this show still maintains the same light-hearted mix of fighting and humor, the ecchi factor has been turned up a notch. Becky’s transformation scene was so depraved I almost felt sorry for her after it was over… almost. While I don’t mind this show having a heavier dose of fan service than the last season, some fans are already complaining about it. (C’mon internet, get over yourselves.)
This week Yuuki decides he is fed up with the food research club forcing him to run for student council president, and is willing to quit the club to avoid it. As he contemplates his decision, he bumps into the current president, who seems to have some rather heavy security for simply being part of student government. Also, prepare for yet another overzealous panty-shot censoring. You will know when it happens because HALF THE FUCKING SCREEN TURNS WHITE. Seriously TBS, one little beam of light will do the job, and even that is kind of silly.
As Shougo gets invited to a dance by his new “cream puff friend”, he continues to investigate the true identity of his sister. Eventually he runs into an informant that mentions the girl claiming to be his sister is probably keeping her identity secret so she can marry Shougo and tarnish the reputation of his company, causing the conglomerate to fall apart. Oh, and for those that are here for the ecchi, don’t worry, there is yet another awesome bath scene with another one of the girls. Enjoy!
This week the crew continues their battle to reach the island nation of Britain, and they are pitted against the wacky interpretations of British historical figures. Keep in mind; this is a show where writers and merchants are deadly warriors, so anything goes. The insanity continues in yet another awesome episode of Horizon!
The anime industry has demonstrated that they will stop at nothing to turn anything into a story about cute girls. Last season taught us that Lovecraftian abominations and assault rifles can be moe, and this season is going to bring us the story of Nobunaga’s Ambition, with everyone swapped out for cute girls. This show is about a young man named Sagara that somehow gets trapped in the Sengoku era. He quickly becomes mixed up with a woman named Oda Nabuna, a female version of Nobunaga. Fortunately Sagara happens to be a huge fan of a video game based on the story of Nobunaga’s Ambition, but is it enough to help him survive?
While this may not be a high-budget, visual extravaganza, Muv Luv has certainly delivered some of the most brutal action I have seen in anime in a long time. This episode makes it very clear how brutal and devastating the war with the BETA really is. Characters die as quickly as they are introduced, and every small victory is met with a demoralizing blow. The action ranges from mecha combat to gory horror in the fight to save Japan. While this was a very violent episode, it turns out there are “uncut” versions of the show that have popped up for those willing to wait a few more days after the simulcasts.
Testing adventure time continues, and the effects of isolation have begun to take their toll on the weaker minded team members. Tensions flare up more than ever before when a random alarm begins to go off at night, and people begin to point fingers at one another because of it. It also seems the JAXA instructors have begun to suspect the truth behind Mutta’s ability to solve the task of figuring out the time when the testing began. Things get even more intense when someone breaks the clock in team A’s chamber, and only Mutta knows who the real culprit is.
Over 2000 players have died so far, and no one has been able to complete the first floor. Players have become divided, as the newer players have begun to blame their troubles on the beta testers of the game for not sharing their knowledge and taking the good quests and items. When one of the players arranges for a raid to fight the boss of the first floor, Kirito forms a party with a mysterious girl that is a solo player like himself. The battle with the 1st floor boss was awesome, and there was some really nice animation here and there. This show has become one of my favorites from this season already.
This week the girls have a series of misadventures, including ridiculous nicknames, invasions of snakes and censored cockroaches, and suggestions for preventing the common cold. This season is keeping the tradition of delivering light-hearted humor just as well as the first season did. Don’t forget: Prepare for cold season with Imaginary hula-hooping!