The fall anime season is finally in full swing, and all of the shows I am planning on watching have at least aired their first episodes at this point. This week MuvLuv did not air, and I dropped To Love Ru Darkness since even the AT-X airing was a butchered mess of censorship. I plan on covering the Blu-ray of TLR in a future article about ecchi anime at some point, but don’t hold your breath on that since it will be a long time for those disks to come out. Despite that little disappointment from the fall season, there are still lots of really awesome shows to watch, so let’s get started…
This week’s episode of a glorified toy commercial has a new Shinki joining the crew. Unlike the rest of the girls, it would seem the new model isn’t quite satisfied living a simple life around the house, as she has a thirst for combat. While the other three girls literally risk their lives to surprise their master with a home cooked meal, they soon will appreciate having someone around that lives to fight!
This week we are introduced to the “villain” within Rikka’s delusional game of pretend, her sister. There are all sorts of craziness that goes on when Rikka fights off her sister in brilliantly animated fight sequences of her delusions, all for the sake of keeping her pet “chimera”, (a cat.) This is the most fun I have had watching an anime from Kyoto Animation in a long time, and I already recommend this show to anyone looking for a unique take on slice of life shows.
Even though Uppotte turned out to be a commercial disappointment, it would seem the anime industry is not done trying to bring out some stuff for that breed of otaku with a love for cute girls and weapons. This is yet another anime that had such a silly concept I at least had to check it out. This anime is about an alternate world where tanks are not as much used as tools of war, but instead are used for a type of sport for young women to earn respect and discipline through tank combat; almost like a ritual for entering adulthood. No, I’m not making this up, in this world, tanks are for girls… in fact they even laugh at the notion of men using tanks right in the first episode. I have no idea how this show is going to turn out, but I’m giving it a shot out of pure curiosity.
This week the Little Busters continue their hunt for new members so they can form a proper Baseball team, simply because it’s something to do. Unfortunately for them, the only new recruit to show up thus far is a cute, yet athletically inept girl from another class. However, it seems the Buster’s don’t really care, and happily add her to the crew. The show has a really goofy, light hearted atmosphere about it, and it’s made me laugh out loud on several occasions. I’m loving this so far, and I can’t wait for more next week.
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse: Airing Next Week…
Psycho pass could best be described as a cross between The Minority Report and Ghost in the Shell. It takes place in a future where science has such a vivid understanding of the human mind that computers can judge how a person will behave. This judgment is based on a reading called a “psycho pass”, which is taken by scanners all around the city. When someone’s psycho pass changes for the worst, they are hunted down by the police, with deadly force if necessary. This first episode opens up with some great world building and action, and will have viewers asking questions right off the bat. Oh, did I mention they have guns that make people explode? Yeah, there’s that. Have fun!
This anime takes place in the same universe as Steins;Gate and Chaos Head, so I decided to try it out. I should warn anyone going into this thinking that this show is a “sequel” to Steins;Gate will be disappointed, as the only thing that these shows really share are a couple themes that usually only get mentioned briefly at some point. (Chaos Head and Steins;Gate are so dramatically different, most viewers would never really know they are even remotely related.) Anyway, this show takes place in a near future where advanced smartphones/tablets, and robotics are becoming commonplace tools in the lives of regular people. The story is about a pair of students in the “Robotics Club”, who hope to build a giant robot based on a robot from a world-renowned anime.
Much like last week, this episode opens with another “history lesson,” featuring samurai fighting off psychics. Once things catch back up to the “modern” world, the children set off on their canoeing/camping trip. What starts as a seemingly normal camping trip soon makes a turn for the strange when the students encounter yet another mysterious creature of the new world. The end of this episode is guaranteed to make anyone ask, “What the fuck is going on?”
Okay, I’m going to be nice and warn anyone reading this to stop if they have not watched the show up until now, since they will be spoiled. Okay, with that out of the way, Kirito has begun to rehabilitate his atrophied muscles and is adjusting to being back in the real world. Even better, he has found Asuna. The problem is, not only is Asuna still in a comatose state, it seems there is a scheme by the owner of a tech firm to take advantage of the unusual legal situation caused by Asuna’s unconsciousness. He plans to marry her, and did I mention he is a complete creep that likes to poke, prod, and sniff comatose girls? He’s pretty much a well-dressed version of the sketchy trucker from Kill Bill, so be ready to be disgusted.
This week there is a bit of explanation about the events unfolding around the world along with even more magical fighting. To make things even more interesting, the well-armed assassin from the first episode returns for some revenge. Also, I thought I was going crazy because I thought there were a few references to Shakespeare throughout the episode, but after doing a bit of research it turns out the author had a thing for Shakespeare’s stuff.