This was yet another great week of anime. There were quite a few pleasant surprises this week, and this season just keeps getting better and better. Also, if anyone has noticed that my coverage of TLR: Darkness has been lagging behind by about 2 volumes now, you are right. I’m planning to catch everything up after the final BD comes out, and I may possibly just include it in another article about ecchi shows, since the ecchi crowd is amongst our largest group of visitors here at Varms.
Kiri and Iwai set out for a school camping trip, and Kiri tests the waters to see if he has something going on with Iwai that is more than just a friendship. Just as camp has already become a negative experience of awkward situations, it also turns out that Kiri and Iwai have gone to camp with some more perverted murderers. Ready yourself for the random appearance of rape zombies. Yeah, I have to admit I wish I was making that up.
I have to admit, Shido is perhaps the most badass protagonist of a harem anime. The main character of most harem shows only has to worry about getting yelled at and/or beaten when his circle of girls become upset. When spirits become mad at Shido, there is the potential for hundreds, possibly thousands of lives to be lost. Shido shows he has a pair by willfully trying to “save” Hermit while also trying to stay on the good side of Tohka and avoiding the advances of his heavily-armed stalker from the AST. (If you noticed the change of spelling for Shido, it is intentional. As of now this is the generally accepted Romanization by translators.)
The MJP has begun training alongside of an elite team named the Dobermans. After a bit of team “bonding” ends with hilarious results, MJP is sent out on a joint mission with the Dobermans. As usual, the intel for this “easy” mission is a bit off…
Mahiro finally puts his foot down and demands that his house guests/abominations finally set up their own bedrooms using the odd dimensional-pocket creating device Nyarlko ordered from… space. After taking a look into the disturbing living spaces of his outer god companions, Mahiro is greeted by yet another madness-inducing visitor: Kuuko’s obsessive lesbian cousin. And with that even more sides are added to the screwed up love-triangle of this show, forming some sort of disturbing love-polygon.
Lucifer and a rogue high-priest have come to Earth, and they have discovered a way to regain their magic. A completely unexpected and very awesome battle of supernatural powers erupts in the middle of the city, and yet the show is somehow able to maintain its own formula of comedic charm at the same time. This episode reminded me of an anime version of Dogma, minus the pot-smoking antics of Jay and Silent Bob.
Youto continues to try and find a way to get Tsukiko’s expressions back from the stone cat, but things get complicated when he discovers her sister is his deadliest enemy: the Steel King. I nearly died of laughter at the end of this episode when the “Steel King” explains her rude behavior towards her sister. As usual, you should also prepare to have your heart destroyed by maximum moe levels, this time mixed with a couple tidbits of fanservice for good measure.
The girls have decided to take a break from fighting sexy mystical warriors and running a maid café to partake in another time-honored samurai tradition: a swimsuit competition! This episode comes with everything there is to expect from a typical swimsuit episode within an ecchi show, so if you expecting some serious samurai action… wait, why are you watching this if you expected serious samurai action?
Just as everyone thinks they are safe, the students quickly learn one of life’s universal truths: politicians are lying assholes. Luckily they have a friend with a really sweet mecha that doesn’t seem to give a shit about politics. Oh, and L-Elf is trying to get help with some sort of rebellion.
As Muromi loses her cool with Fuji for being the bustiest amongst her circle of mermaid friends, Fuji tries to convince Muromi to stop going on land because it tears apart her tail. In the end all they do is demonstrate that they are both crazy, and that perhaps it is a bad idea for mermaids to drink all the time. Meanwhile, poor Takurou finds himself having to dodge awkward questions about boobs and having fun on land in hopes of staying out of the insane arguments between alcoholic mermaids.
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.: Episode 5
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA: Oreimo 2)
A modeling scout is trying to get Kirino to go overseas again, even though she can’t bear to leave behind her otaku lifestyle again. Now Kirino has to blow off her boss in a way that will still allow her to get other jobs in order to pay for her eroge gaming habit. Somehow this involves making her brother pretend to be her boyfriend. And of course, no anime about otaku life would be complete without a visit to Comiket…
With a bit of help, Izumiko takes care of another group of malign deities trying to toy with her. There is some more stuff revealed about Izumiko’s power and the consequences of unleashing it this week. This is by far the slowest of all the shows in the round-up, but I have been told by viewers of the webcast that there is a big payoff for sticking with this show. (There is an offical web stream of this show that is a few weeks ahead of the TV broadcast, but it is a low-res stream, so I am only covering the TV version.)
Eren and his friends have just started their new jobs in the military, but the behemoth titan has returned to make for a rough first day. This episode opens right up with a brief but very awesome fight between Eren and the behemoth. Prepare for suffering.
I have to admit, I did not see this show doing a swimsuit episode, and yet here we are. As Ledo ponders taking on a career that does not involve killing, the Gargantia fleet stops for maintenance. During this time most of the crew enjoys some R&R, and an excuse to see Amy and her friends in bikinis. Regardless of how you may feel about this type of episode popping up in a show like this, this week’s bikini-clad romp still made for an enjoyable episode with some bits of comedy here and there.
Misaka and her friends have decided to go out for a day of shopping in Academy city. Meanwhile, science is hard at work, secretly pumping out Misaka clones… for science. This episode is Railgun’s trademark mix of cute girls doing cute things and evil scientists doing science things. Gee, I wonder what someone could possibly want with all of those Misaka clones…