Weekly Anime Round-Up: August 5th – August 11th

The Olympics are finally over, so next week’s round up will finally be whole again.  This week however will be another week without brutal schoolyard politics and gold-digger harem antics.  In the meantime, most shows are hitting the halfway mark for the summer season, so let’s see how things are coming along this week!

Accel World:  Episode 18

There is bad news and good news for Accel World fans this week.  After the rage-inducing cliffhanger we were all left with last week, this episode is taking a step back from current events to tell the story of Kuroyukihime and her vacation in Okinawa.  While this may seem annoying, this was actually a fun episode.  Kuroyukihime surprisingly encounters a pair of Burst-linker’s during her vacation that makes a foolish mistake of challenging her.  When the fight is over, they make a request of the Black Queen to help their fallen master.  This is a two-part episode, so we will have to wait another week to see what became of Haru and Taku.

Dog Days Season 2:  Episode 6

When Couvre and Shinku visit a shrine where the Demon King and Hero King slumber, they attempt to break the seal in order to create a “miracle.”  Instead, they end up breaking the seal on the Demon King… but fortunately for them the demon king’s first order of business… is to peep into the women’s bathhouse, causing his lewd antics to awaken the hero king.  Will this pair return to their peaceful slumber, or will they stick around for the fun?

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Season 2:  Episode 5
(Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere)

As the festival begins, the “Trumps” of England begin to challenge the crew of Musashi to duels.  Have you ever seen a witch fight a swimmer in a giant orb of water?  How about a pair of Japanese warriors fighting on a soccer field?  How about a mage fighting a werewolf that spits laser beams?  You’re not on drugs; you are just watching another episode of Horizon.  This episode is loaded with the weird, zany action that only the creators of Horizon can conceive.

Oda Nabuna no Yabou:  Episode 5
(The Ambition of Oda Nabuna)

When the Oda clan finds they are at a stalemate dealing with the genius tactician Hanbei, Sagara once again tries to use is knowledge form the games he played to bring Hanbei to their side.  It turns out that Hanbei’s true form is not what it seems when it is revealed the mysterious man is actually yet another young girl.  Watch as ancient Japanese warriors lose both their lives and their dignity as they are brutally defeated by a group of young girls and a gamer from the future…

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse:  Episode 6

This week Yuuya and his unit go out on a UN sponsored morale boosting activity… the technical term for “this is our excuse for having an obligatory beach episode.”  There is no mecha/ Top Gun drama or BETA warfare this week… it’s just a fairly generic fanservice episode.  The fun in the sun comes to an abrupt end when the group is separated by a storm…

Sword Art Online:  Episode 6

Kirito finally figures out the secret behind the assassinations within safe zones after being inspired by… a dropped sandwich.  He eventually uncovers the truth behind a guild driven to madness by a rare drop, and even darker secrets of a married couple that fell apart in the game world.  And it seems all this talk of marriage within the game has a certain someone offering Kirito a friend request…

Yuru Yuri Season 2:  Episode 6

The girls are off to Comiket this week, as Kyouko sets up to sell her doujin books and an anime she made.  This is the kind of comiket episode that pops up in many slice of life/ otaku humor shows, but with that distinctive Yuru Yuri flavor.  Kyouko’s ridiculous fan-made version of the Mirakurun anime makes this episode worth it by itself, but there is plenty more fun in the rest of this episode as well.

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