Weekly Anime Round-Up: December 3rd – December 9th

The winter anime season is nearly upon us, and this year’s announcements for next year’s anime are already making 2013 into a pretty solid year for anime.  In the meantime, I’m already looking over this year’s shows for my next article featuring my picks for the top 10 anime of 2012.  Be sure to keep your eyes open for my 2012 anime of the year article coming in January 2013!

Busou Shinki:  Episode 10
Merry Kurisumasu!

This wouldn’t be a proper glorified toy commercial without a Christmas special, but a Christmas special about cute girl robots is a treat in itself.  This week Ann gets recruited by a shinki Santa that delivers gifts from a major shinki part manufacturer.  Will they be able to fulfill the Christmas wishes of shinki’s around Japan with parts and weapons used to fight each other in brutal combat?  Find out in the kind of Christmas special only anime can deliver.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!:  Episode 10
(Despite My Adolescent Delusions, I Want To Date!)
Best couple right here.

Rikka and Yuuta have finally hit it off, but there is still one small problem: finding a way to heal the wounds of Rikka’s past that have caused her to live in a perpetual fantasy.  For better or worse, the show has taken on a much more serious tone, and I’m sure shit is going to get real in the upcoming episode for next week.  Hold on to your butts, the weekly moe-verdose is in for some turbulence…

Girls und Panzer:  Episode 8
Moe communists will crush your heart with cuteness.

This week the girls must fight a crucial tank battle for the survival of their school, against the most adorable Communists the world has ever known.  A scene with the Commies rolling off to battle while singing in Russian was perhaps one of the best moments in this entire show.  It was one of those strange times in anime that are inexplicably awesome.  Don’t let the cuteness of these bloodthirsty reds fool you…

Little Busters!  Episode: 10
A quiet girl with no athletic ability, the perfect recruit for the Little Busters baseball team.

The Little Busters still need one more recruit to have a proper baseball team, and as usual, Riki is sent out to scout for new members.  This week’s potential recruit is a dainty, quiet girl that carries around a parasol, par for the course in terms of the Little Busters team recruitment standards.  Watch and see if the Little Busters can make their final addition to the world’s most ridiculous baseball team of all time.

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse:  Episode 21
Who needs the BETA to screw over humanity when there are plenty of humans to get the job done?

The battle to regain control of the base from terrorists continues, but now the pilots must face off against a legion of TSF’s on auto pilot that have been turned against them.  Meanwhile, the few good people left in command are trying to figure out who could be truly pulling the strings behind all this chaos.  It also seems that anyone hoping for more fights against BETA may soon be getting their wish granted…

Psycho Pass:  Episode 9
This dude has the creepiest fucking stare of all time.

The newest “murderer of the week” has shown up, this time it’s a crazy old man that has a cyborg body and loves “hunting” humans with a shotgun.  It seems this fellow is a proponent of “cyberization”, and is obsessed with using it to achieve immortality.  This guy also has a stare which will give you nightmares.  I have no Idea why they let him on television to promote anything at all.

Robotics Notes:  Episode 9
My car runs better than this robot.

It’s time to put the global conspiracy aside, because Gunpro-1 is finally finished!  After all years of hard work and warnings from her sister to abandon the project, Akiho has finally stood against all odds and completed the giant robot her sister started building.  Now it’s time for a public showing of Gunpro-1’s first steps.  Will Gunpro-1 dazzle the crowd and its sponsors, or will it prove to be a waste of time and metal?

Shinsekai Yori:  Episode 11
(From The New World)
Here, have some random yuri from this episode.  You deserve it.

Saki has somehow safely made it home from the crazy events she experienced, but something isn’t right.  Saki and her friends have already notice that their memories seem muddled, and there is something important that they just can’t seem to recall.  I honestly have no idea what will happen from this point forward, but I’m willing to bet things are going to get really intense pretty soon.

Sword Art Online:  Episode 23
Only a good set of plot-armor will get someone past this situation.

This week’s episode of SAO has so many plot-holes and awful writing issues, all but the most hardcore fans had trouble defending it.  Pretty much everything they explained that can’t happen in this game world just happens with no explanation or reasoning behind it.  On top of that, the writers heaped-on massive amounts of overly-dramatic plot devices to keep this ball rolling with laughable results.  I’ve dismissed a lot of negative criticism of this show during the earlier episodes as nothing more than trolling, but this show has really fallen apart towards the end of its run.  I’m too far along to drop this, so let’s all just sit back and watch this train wreck in awe and dismay for the fun of it, shall we?

Zetsuen no Tempest:  Episode 10
(Blast of Tempest/ AKA The Civilization Blaster)
U mad?

Yoshino has decided to call out the bad guys on their bullshit, and it seems to be working quite well.  He thinks there is a way to save the princess from this time paradox, and judging from the situation he may very well be right.  While this standoff of wits continues, it seems America’s military might is starting to prove they have spent enough borrowed money on weapons to kill magic, because America, Fuck yeah!

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