Weekly Anime Round-Up: April 8th – April 14th

All of the shows I’ve picked to watch this season have already aired, and are included in the biggest anime roundup of all time!  Yet another personal favorite, Railgun, is back for a long-awaited second season, but this season overall is one of the best I have seen in a long time.  There is something for just about any kind of anime fan, and some shows that are bound to become huge hits, for better or worse.  A lot of translators are working out the bugs from their scripts since the season has just begun, so if you notice any naming discrepancies between this article and last week’s article that is why.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge:  Episode 2
(The Severing Crime Edge)
The same thing happens to me whenever I order out for pizza.

This week we learn some more about the true nature of the Killing Goods and a twisted assassination game that surrounds their existence.  As I predicted last week, this unusual show is a roller-coaster of emotions.  One moment things seem cute and upbeat, the next moment things turn to murderous insanity.  One thing is for sure though, this show is certainly engaging.  There is a lot of awesome potential here, and I’m looking forward to more.

Date a Live:  Episode 2
Finally, a hero I can relate to.

The second episode of Date a Live had me both thoroughly entertained and laughing hysterically, which is good news for a show with a concept this strange.  Shidou’s venture to protect humanity from spirits is a trial by fire, when the spirit he encountered before arrives at his school.  The introduction of a “crack team” of love experts to assist Shidou was one of the funniest parts of this episode, but the strangeness of the entire premise alone is still enough to keep me watching.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 2
Protip: A press gathering is not an appropriate venue to display your fanfiction.

After a team of rookies has somehow managed to defend a colony that was going to be abandoned out of desperation, the MJP team has reached “rockstar” status among the people of the galaxy.   For whatever reason, this military-industrial complex isn’t afraid to sell out for extra income, and they have taken on corporate sponsorship, all the way to putting decals on the MJP team’s mecha.  Unfortunately, the enemy has decided to deliver a big slice of humble pie…

Haiyore! Nyarlko-san W:  Episode 2
(The Crawling Chaos Nyarlko-san W)
Everyone is enjoying the local library.  Are you?

Nyarlko has an overdue library book, but it’s no problem, she only borrowed it from a library a few hundred light years away from earth!  Of course, no visit to the library would be complete without a visit from monstrous terrorists, right?  As a special bonus for fans, there is a delicious shower scene featuring Nyarlko… yes that is important enough to mention.

Hataraku Maou-sama!:  Episode 2
(The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
I REALLY wish I could be this enthusiastic about my job.

The devil has encountered the hero that has defeated him in the realm of magic.  Fortunately for him, she has been reduced to a call center employee/knife wielding vagrant.  This show has a strange way of pointing out how vital, yet mundane our day-to-day struggles really are, with an immensely humorous tone.  This anime was practically made to put a smile on the face of any working-class wage slave.

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko:  Episode 1
(The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat)
Wait, both of these choices are terrible!

The title to this anime is likely to let down countless teenage boys across the globe, hoping they found anime porn with incredibly cute girls.  In reality, this is a comedy about two individuals that pray to a stone cat, without realizing the consequences.  The story is centered on a perverted high school student that loses his ability to keep his thoughts to himself.  Think about something similar to the film “Liar Liar” but with a perverted Japanese boy in the place of a really fucking obnoxious Jim Carrey.  This show is packed with comedy and ULTRA cute girls, and an awesome voice cast to tie it all together.

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride:  Episode 2
This is what women think happens to men after a few months of seclusion.

Ecchi fans will be thrilled with the generosity of this show’s creators and the AT-X network.  I was seriously surprised by the amount of fan-service and nudity in this episode.  There is tons of sexy samurai comedy to be had this week, enjoy!  On a serious note, however, anyone likely to be offended by sexual content in anime (a.k.a. “pussies”) should steer clear of this show.

Kakumeiki Valvrave:  Episode 1
(Valvrave the Liberator)
This should be rephrased as “do you want to be badass?”

Valvrave is another original anime for this season I have been eagerly awaiting.  There are some big names in the industry behind this, and this show gives off a vibe very similar to Code Geass.  The first episode was nothing short of awesome.  Be sure to watch after the ending sequence, some serious shit goes down.

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san:  Episode 2
Levia-san don’t give a fuck.

Muromi decides to hang out with her old friend Levia-san this time.  Levia-san is much older than she appears, as she has been hanging out since biblical times, getting drunk, destroying continents, and watching civilizations burn to the ground.  Lesson of the week:  Don’t fuck with mermaids.  EVER.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.:  Episode 2
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA:  Oreimo 2)
She is just as bad as I am every time I play a game published by NISA.

Now that Kirino has returned from Akihabara with the spoils of Otaku goodness, her friends have become concerned with her recent attachment to a new dating game.  Kyousuke ends up being caught in the crossfire, only to find himself getting hooked on the game.  Will anyone be able to resist the lure of virtual girlfriends?

Red Data Girl:  Episode 2
From what I hear, this is the best end to a TSA search at an airport.

As expected of an anime based off of a novel, there is a lot that happens this episode that seems confusing until further explanation comes later on.  What seems like a simple meeting with a trip on an airline become much more than it appears.  There are lots of thrills and plenty of questions to go with this week’s episode, so just watch and see.

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 2
(Attack on Titan)
It’s kinda like Evangelion, except the Eva’s attack people with medieval technology.

This episode devotes itself to some more world-building and development towards how our main cast becomes devoted to slaying giants.  I can already see how this show has the potential to become something either really amazing or another train-wreck like Sword Art Online, but either way, this is going to be fun to watch.  No matter what happens, we will see this through to the end.

Suisei no Gargantia:  Episode 2
(Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet)
Problem, pirates?

Ledo has finally begun to communicate with the people of Earth, a planet thought to be lost by his people long ago.  Earth is now a water world, and the “city” Ledo is stuck on is a colony of old container ships.  This entire thing reminds me of the “Thames” ship from the Xenogears video game, without the walrus-man captain.  No adventure on the sea would be complete without pirates, and now we get to see what happens to pirates when the mess with an incredibly advanced war machine…

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 1
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Beware of teleporting lesbians.

Explaining the backstory behind this massive anime franchise would mean explaining the entire “Raildex” universe, something that I should never have to explain to any anime fan that has not been living under a rock for the past few years.  This is the second season of “Railgun”, a spinoff from the popular “A Certain Magical Index” series.  This has been in the works for a long time, and a rabid horde of fans have been eagerly awaiting this show, myself included.  Don’t worry, Railgun fans, this episode will either meet or exceed your expectations.  Enjoy!

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