Weekly Anime Round-Up: January 21st – January 27th

In terms of anime-related news, this has been a fairly quiet week.  This week’s round up will contain a double-dose of Senran Kagura, because I have been able to get in an extra episode this week thanks to finding an alternative source for it.  If you live in the northeastern US, chances are it’s pretty damn cold outside, so turn on that heat, grab a snack and have a seat- it’s time for some anime.

AKB0048:  Episode 17
I’m gonna let you finish, but first I’m going to cry.

This episode is entirely devoted to going over the results of the elections.  Since describing or discussing the events would pretty much do nothing but spoil the episode, I’m not saying a damn thing.  Just stop reading this and go get your idol on.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT:  Episode 3
(I Don’t Have Many Friends)  AKA: Haganai
Kobato doesn’t have time for noobs.

The first half of this episode contains the tale of Maria being dumped onto Kodaka’s doorstep for a sleepover with her arch-nemesis: Kobato.  For the second half of the show, the neighbor’s club decides to play King’s court for a club activity, a game where an appointed “king” gives out orders that must be obeyed.  Considering the nature of the neighbor’s club members, one can only imagine how this could go wrong…

Little Busters!:  Episode16

As Haruka reminisces over some memories of her favorite hangout spot around the school, Kanata and the disciplinary committee decide to literally smash her memories.  To make matters worse, Kanata decides it is time to reign in Haruka the “outlaw” and bring her under the full wrath of the committee.  Why is it that Kanata abuses her powers on the disciplinary committee to treat the otherwise playful Haruka like criminal scum?  Will Haruka be able to withstand such scathing accusations without unleashing the beast within?  Yeah, this was one hell of an episode.

Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru:  Episode 4
(My Girlfriend and my Childhood Friend Fight Too Much) AKA: Oreshura
Cute little Chiwa also happens to be one badass motherfucker.

Now that Chiwa has finally spilled her guts to Eita, she sets out on her “date” the club worked so hard to help her arrange.  When Chiwa’s date turns out to be a douchebag jock/bully, Eita decides to unleash his “imaginative” side to save poor Chiwa.  Things only get crazier from here.

Psycho Pass:  Episode 14
Crime helmets are all the rage these days.

A rash of crimes begins around the city involving criminals that wear special helmets that can trick the scanners of the Sybil system.  As usual, this is yet another scheme to shake up the faith that people have in Sybil’s ability to maintain order.  Be warned, this episode has some very brutal and shocking scenes.

Robotics;Notes:  Episode 14
NEVER take booze away from robots.

Now that Frau has been framed for setting thousands of robots into a berserk rage, her despair begins to get the best of her.  Now it’s up to Kaito to help her find a way to stop the rampaging robots before the cops bust down her door.  Strangely enough, it seems the only way to stop the corrupted robotics OS is a friendly game of Kill Ballad.

Senran Kagura: Episode 3&4
This is important for ninja training.

This show is moving along right into the obligatory beach/swimsuit episode, but don’t worry, it is a very important part of ninja training.  It would seem that each episode seems to ramp up the levels of fan service and innuendo a bit more each time.  The fourth episode has a battle with an evil ninja loli that fights with a machinegun-umbrella, and can pull a mini fighter jet out of a dimensional rift from beneath her skirt; officially making her the most insane villain I have seen since I was watching Horizon.  Seriously, I’m not making this up.

Shinsekai Yori:  Episode 17
(From the New World)
Alright, who’s the asshole that gave those creepy little fuckers guns?

And now we have another timeskip.  Now Saki is 26, and she now has a career working for her village’s “Exospecies” control agency, a fancy name for the supervisors of queerat activities.  An unexplained clash between two queerat colonies causes the village to hold an emergency meeting.  This means more dealings with sketchy Squeeler, or Yakomaru as he now calls himself.  And now the queerats have guns, because someone though those creepy little bastards needed guns.

Vividred Operation:  Episode 3
In the future, all school uniforms are designed for maximum fanservice.

It’s time once again for high-tech magical girls and DAT ASS.  Since a laser blast blew up the old schoolhouse the girls were attending, they have been transferred to a new school with the most perverted/awesome design for school uniforms of all time.  When Akane’s hoverbike breaks down on the way to school, she has a bad run in with the Kendo club’s top student, while giving a random nod to Gurren Lagann.  This episode is a little rushed, since they introduce a new character and have her quickly fight off a random monster towards the end; but it’s always best to remember this is just a fan service-packed magical girl/sentai show to begin with.

Zetsuen no Tempest:  Episode 15
AKA: The Civilization Blaster
She learned that from Kobato.

Mahiro has finally tracked down the “mage of exodus”, but it seems unlikely that this meek boy could be a cold-blooded killer.  All of the alliances from before have changed around, and now it seems old enemies have become new friends and vice versa.  It also seems the government has something for the mage of exodus to do for them…

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