This is the last and smallest anime round-up of the year folks. We are currently in that funk caused by the transition into the new season, compounded by many studios taking time off for the holidays. Most shows won’t air for a couple weeks, but fear not, I’ve dug up a few surprises for the week, including a brief recap of a couple other shows I finished from this season that were not included in the round-up. Happy Holidays, and enjoy!
The grand finale of Muv-Luv is finally here, with mixed results. While the conflict at hand is wrapped up, most of the story is left completely up in the air, to be tackled by a highly-unlikely second season. This show has been a strange roller-coaster of awesomeness and disappointment, all the way to the end, but it was still entertaining enough for me to power through the entire thing and not feel awful about it. In the end, this show did a fair job of introducing the Muv-Luv Alternative universe, but as many others have warned me, the VN game is the superior experience by far. The game was never licensed for the west (meaning no one will be upset with you for downloading it outside of Japan), and fans have lovingly crafted excellent English patches for the game, so anyone interested should certainly check it out.
As promised, I’m covering the BD version of TLR Darkness as it comes out for all you ecchi fans out there. For those not in the know, this takes place after the second season, and is all about Momo Deviluke’s “evil” plan to convince Rito to become the new king of Deviluke, and use his power to have a harem she can be included in. Unfortunately for Momo, she has to deal with a group determined to convince the famed (and adorable) assassin “Golden Darkness” to complete her mission of killing Rito. Will Momo be able to defend Rito from the dangers of the universe and achieve her goal of being the most awesome woman/greatest bro in all of fiction, or will Rito simply be slaughtered by the universe’s cutest assassin? We will have to be patient and find out as the BD’s are published in all their uncut glory. There is also an OVA DVD episode that popped out recently and has some VERY extreme content. Ecchi fans, rejoice!
Other Shows I Watched This Season:
This is probably the year’s 4th or 5th “Imouto” fanservice show with a long fucking title, and the best of which I already covered in the round-up earlier this year. This one is about a student named Akito that must constantly defend himself against the advances of his perverted sister, and a group of five other girls determined to “seduce” Akito away from any possibility of developing a sister complex. This show has nothing more to offer than typical harem antics with the whole “imouto” fetish tossed in, along with the usual dose of fanservice. That being said, this is a good time if the viewer doesn’t try to get anything more out of this beyond that. There are also some fun characters and lots of humor to be had for those with an open mind. In all honesty, anyone watching ecchi/harem shows for “the plot” are already doing it wrong to begin with.
Teekyuu is a sports comedy anime about four girls in a Tennis club. Don’t let the Tennis thing fool you; this anime is pure comedy, through and through. Each episode ranges from about 2-5 minutes including the mesmerizing opening song, and is often described by fans as an “anime on crack.” The dialogue moves at an insane pace as the show crams all the humor it can into the small time slot it has been allotted. While this may not be for everyone, I had a lot of fun watching this, and anyone with a thing for “random” humor in anime will enjoy it as well.