Weekly Anime Round-Up: March 11th – March 17th

A delicious Hibari figure made by Phat Company.  U Jelly?

A couple shows on the round up will be ending soon, meaning that the winter anime season will be drawing to a close in the next couple weeks.  This week I have an episode of Senran Kagura to add to the lineup, and I have an extra surprise as well: a wonderful series from this season ended this week, so I’ve added a little piece about it in the round-up.  In other news, Senran Kagura has caused me to splurge on an ultra-cute figure of Hibari, and at some point this week I should be getting my hands on a copy of Hyperdimension Neptunia V.  Expect delays.

AKB0048:  Episode 24
The Zodiac Corporation: A world leader in manufacturing big robots, oppression, and daddy issues.

Chieri and Nagisa have stowed away on a ship travelling to a planet where the HQ of the Zodiac Corporation is in hopes of trying to stop Chieri’s father from turning the “center nova” phenomena into another weapon to sell to the DES.  In the meantime, the rest of the idols aboard the Flying Get are preparing a plan to retake Akibastar.  This episode is pretty much a build up for things to come, but not without a big surprise at the end…

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT:  Episode 10
(I Don’t Have Many Friends)  AKA: Haganai
It turns out Meat wasn’t Yozora’s true enemy.

After all the hard work of filming Yozora’s movie for the festival, the club discovers Yozora ripped-off an obscure movie and was hoping no one would notice.  Now the Neighbor’s club has started a new movie from scratch, using a ridiculous script written by Sena.  Strangely enough, Rika puts on her serious face in this episode and even goes far enough to confront Kodaka about some issues she has with him!

Little Busters!:  Episode23
Hey wait, this isn’t moe anymore!

As if the whole nuclear-powered rocket exploding wasn’t enough to ruin Kud’s day, an armed rebellion breaks out just to spice things up a bit.  I have to admit, I didn’t see anything coming in this episode.  Do you think you’ve been through a lot?  Do you think you’re tough?  You ain’t got shit on Kudryavka.

Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru:  Episode 11
(My Girlfriend and my Childhood Friend Fight Too Much) AKA: Oreshura
Fun fact: Video games are the only way to truly understand women.

Eita’s aunt suddenly shows up, and she instantly calls out Masuzu for being a “fake”.  One thing leads to another, and then the girls decide to sign up for a competition set up by the video game company Eita’s aunt works for.  Eita’s aunt insists the winner of the contest is the one girl that will be “truly” in love with Eita.  Now that Masuzu’s pride is injured by the fact that someone can actually see through her trolling, she’s decided to enter the contest as well.  Will best girl win?  Place your bets and find out!  (Or we will just get the typical indecisive ending and never know…)

Psycho Pass:  Episode 21
Agricultural science is way more fun than it should be.

Shougo has finally made his way to the building that controls the crop defense virus, but so has everyone that is hunting him down.  A lot of things happen in this episode that I really should keep to myself to avoid spoiling anything.  The conclusion airs next week, so get ready!

Robotics;Notes:  Episode 21
This is the only proper way to end any romantic scene.

This is pretty much just the buildup before the final episode, but it wasn’t exactly uneventful.  This episode features the wondrous and shocking phenomenon in anime where we finally find out which girl wins.  My horse in this race was a loser, but I’ll be damned if she isn’t ideal waifu material.  Oh, and hopefully we find out if they save the human race next week.

Senran Kagura:  Episode 10
Eating phallic food is a secret of true ninja warriors.

Okay, we have some subs for last week’s episode, so now we can finally find out how Hibari is doing!  Hibari continues her scary, yet sexy adventures within the school of the dark faction.  Meanwhile, the rest of her friends are preparing to infiltrate the dark faction and rescue everyone’s favorite bunny-riding ninja.  (Or at least Yagyuu’s favorite.)

Shinsekai Yori:  Episode 24
(From the New World)
Biological weapons are known for such pretty colors.

Now that Saki finally has the psychobuster, an opportunity to end this whole mess and crush the queerat rebellion shows itself.  The question is, does Saki have the guts to finish the fight?  We shall have to watch and see…

Vividred Operation:  Episode 10
Oh the fun of taking screenshots out of context…

Strangely enough, in a show no one expected to have a storyline worthy of spoilers; we get an episode full of storyline that would be rude to spoil.  All kinds of questions are answered this week, especially about Rei’s reasons for travelling from the future to destroy the Incarnate Engine, and a bit about what happened to Professor Isshiki when he first encountered the Alone.  And of course, we end with Akane coming to a shocking revelation about a certain friend…

Zetsuen no Tempest:  Episode 22
AKA: The Civilization Blaster
Ugh… yeah, it’s time for some QUALITY.

Hakaze has returned to the present to bring everyone the bad news.  This is another episode for building up for things to come at the ending, but with lots of QUALITY.  This one was almost as bad as Psycho Pass’s infamous 18th episode, but no one noticed since this show isn’t nearly as good during the second half.  Let’s all just hope we get a spectacular fight scene and a brief ending to this one.

 

Worth Watching:

Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?
(Problem Children are coming from another World, Aren’t They?)
This bunny girl and the fact that Satomi Arai was doing the voice of a character in this show made me pick this up.

As indicated by the absurdly long title of this show, this is an adaptation of a light novel.  This show is a bit of a hidden gem from this season, as there wasn’t much buzz about it either here or in Japan.  This is about three teenagers with the powers of gods that have been summoned to a world called the “little garden” to participate in the gift games.  Explaining the entire thing about how communities in the little garden and gift games work would take some time, but it could best be thought of as a world where people battle for wagers of territory and powers.

The show takes place in an interesting setting with a fun cast of unique and charming characters.  There is a good deal of world-building, action, drama, and even a few bits of fanservice that can keep any anime fan interested.  This show was completely worthy of being part of the weekly roundup, and was set to replace Zesuen no Tempest for quite some time; but I wanted to finish Tempest and I like to limit the roundup to around 10 shows in order to leave leeway for oddball shows, OVA’s or movies that may show up at any given point in time.  Anyways, I had tons of fun watching this, and I think this would be right up the ally of anyone that wants to watch something with a bit of a fantasy flair going for it.

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