This week is a fairly quiet one in terms of anime news. The official US release of the first season of “A Certain Magical Index” came out this week, but be warned, I do not recommend it due to some heavily butchered dialogue (in both the dub and the sub versions) according to the few episodes I watched on Funimation’s website. Also, there is a fairly large storm that is supposed to cause trouble here in the Northeastern US, so if you have electricity it’s a great week to stay inside and watch some anime.
The hard-working “master” of the shinki’s has been toiling away, trying to find a way to afford a vacation for himself and his little helpers. The ever-diligent shinki’s are not content with simply leaving this task for their master, and have entered a race made by and for the shinki’s in hope of winning the grand prize: a vacation to Okinawa. It soon becomes evident that the shinki race judges don’t really care about any of the rules of race they created, so naturally all hell breaks loose.
When Yuuta is approached by the girl he has a crush on for a weekend date, he has to find a way to keep Rikka and her “disciple” busy so they won’t embarrass him. It turns out there is more to his crush than meets the eye, and it would also seem that she has ulterior motives for joining the club and meeting up with Yuuta to begin with. This episode only goes to show that “normals” have nothing better to do that ruin everyone else’s good time.
It’s time for more cute girls in cute tanks. With their first combat exercise behind them, the girls must prepare for their next challenge. A rival school has proposed a tank battle, so the girls are drawing up tactics for how to handle their opponent. I’m still not sure how I feel about this show, but so far it is just silly and entertaining enough to keep me watching.
This episode opens with a short appearance of the fan-favorite character from the VN game, Kud, and her interesting takes on foreign language. Most of this episode is centered on Komari, whom seems to have some emotional struggles hidden beneath her cheerful exterior. Eventually Komari and the rest of Busters happily sign up to do something you will never see western high schoolers do: volunteer at a nursing home. While I expected this part of the episode to get somewhat preachy, it actually turned out to be even more buster antics, and a surprising discovery…
The first rounds of the TSF tournament have begun, and the Scarlet twins have already shown one team their dominance of the battlefield. While all this is going on, it seems there is plenty of shady business going on amongst the nations developing TSF’s, as it seems this project isn’t just about learning new ways to defeat the BETA. Meanwhile, Yuuya finally faces off with his cute new “challenger” from China.
This week the enforcers investigate an accident at a drone factory they suspect to be a murder. The problem is, the building is shielded from outside networks, meaning the Sibyl system and the Enforcer weapons are useless. This episode has a very big “Ghost in the Shell” vibe to it, along with a demonstration of just how powerful the enforcer arsenal really is.
The Robotics One tournament has begun, and the club has a secret weapon up their sleeve: a control system based on the video game Kaito plays all the time. While the tournament plays out, it would seem that there is much more going on than meets the eye, and it also seems there is a group observing Kaito’s ability. As the tournament continues, it seems a mysterious masked man is the final obstacle to the victory of the robotics club…
Ah, it’s time for this week’s episode of “what the hell is going on?” The man that has sealed away the powers of the students ends up getting killed defending the group from the seemingly endless swarm of monsters attacking them, leaving the students to fend for themselves without their powers. While this show is very interesting, many viewers, myself included, find themselves scratching their heads at the end of each episode. I’m not sure if this is because the story has yet to unfold all of the secrets it has to offer, or if this is the result of poor storytelling. I guess only time will tell.
In his usual fashion, Kirito shows that he happens to know a thing or two about fighting in online games. Naturally, this causes yet another female gamer to become attracted to him. And as a result, he now has a guide to help him fight his way to the Yggdrasil tower to rescue Asuna. Meanwhile, atop the tower, Asuna struggles to deal with her captor and learns of his plot to use the online technology of this game for human experimentation.
With no way to warn others about the “black iron syndrome” thanks to the government cover up, Yoshino and Mahiro decide to take shelter and plan their next move. This episode is all about the past between Yoshino and Mahiro, and how their “friendship” was formed. Other than that, there isn’t much to talk about for this week’s fairly unremarkable episode.