We are at the halfway mark of the spring season, and this week brings us laughter, fun, some action… and maybe even some things that are a little disturbing. This week’s episode of Railgun is a probably the big controversy of the week, since the show has taken a very jarring change of tone that Railgun-only fans likely did not expect. In other news, it has been announced that the first two Madoka Magica films will be coming out on Blu-ray here in the states by the end of June; which is great news for those of us not lucky enough to catch these films in a major city when they were showing. The catch is this is an Aniplex release, meaning that it comes with wallet-crushing, Japanese-style pricing.
Poor Iwai must fight for her life from a swarm of… zombies that only assault girls. Don’t worry, if that concept is too unusual for you just wait until the hair cut/NTR (look it up. It’s a thing.) scene comes around. I’m still having fun watching this show, but the problem is I’m laughing at times I shouldn’t be. The strangeness of this show has been creeping along the borders of cheesiness for a while, even by anime standards, but this episode really crossed the line. While this isn’t a train wreck of Sword Art Online proportions, we certainly have a contender for this year’s “So Bad its Good” category when AOTY comes around.
The spirits have decided they want Shido to take them to some hot springs for a new experience. The problem is, the AST is also on their way to the very same location for some relaxation. What would normally have been a typical hot-springs episode is quickly turned upside down when a tantrum over head-patting during the drive to the springs turns the city into a warzone. This episode is full of even more of this show’s odd brand of goofiness, and that is a good thing.
Even winning the war’s first major victory isn’t enough to repair the damaged reputation of MJP as “Fail Five.” MJP parts ways with the Dobermans to return to the academy for ridicule… and a rushed graduation to bring them into the main army. As usual, Earth politics behind the scenes are already seeking out ways to take advantage of the technology used by team MJP’s mecha.
Kuuko now has to find a way to convince her cousin that she is in love with someone on Earth, and admitting she wants to hook up with Nyarlko would disgrace her family. Her only option is to go on a pretend date with Mahiro, sending Kuuko’s cousin and Nyarlko into a rage. After a heavy helping of the typical reference comedy expected for this show, we get a bit of a serious moment between Nyarlko and Mahiro. How much longer can Mahiro hold onto his sanity?
After an epic battle of might and magic in the streets of Tokyo, Satan now has a new roommate, and another mouth to feed. The devil and his minions have decided to invest in a laptop and an internet connection in order to research friendlier ways of gaining magic power. All of this somehow leads to breaking into the local High School to search for a haunted classroom. This was yet another amazingly hilarious episode. Forgive the terrible reference, but I’m lovin’ it.
Azusa and a couple of her friends have gone on a trip to Okinawa, but Azusa is too busy brooding near hell cell phone waiting for Youto to call. Meanwhile, Youto has a bigger problem: even though the stone cat lost its power, something has caused his home to disappear. Unable to contact his family because they are working outside of the Japan, Tsukiko decides to take Youto in. Just as Youto thinks a bath at Tsukiko’s house is going to fulfill his perverse fantasies, he is quickly reminded that he is also within the territory of the Steel King…
A win at the swimsuit competition has awarded enough money to pay off the debts of the dojo, so the girls have decided to shut down the maid café and focus on training. Strangely enough, video from the swimsuit competition has given them a clue to fighting the dark samurai, the power of qi. Unfortunately for Muneakira, the world’s greatest master of qi hates men. Fortunately for us, however, that means we get some bonus yuri action.
Now that Valvrave has cut the module free from the dyson-sphere, the craziness of a city occupied primarily by high-school students ensues. The delicate balance of a virtual anarchy led by teenagers is quickly revealed when the power grid has a hiccup. I was actually annoyed when the students went out of the way to find a geeky student as an “expert” to fix the power grid, all for a repair that literally was done by pushing a huge red button. While still very entertaining, things get pretty silly in this week’s episode, right up to an unexpected and out of place idol musical that pops up out of nowhere. While it isn’t unheard of for even the most serious of anime shows to take a break for fanservice and comedy, it felt like this episode was trying to cram in everything anime fans enjoy from every kind of show all at once. Fortunately it seems this is more of just a fluke episode versus an actual trend for the show.
Taku brings in a big catch, a rare, unemployed oarfish that lost his job during the recession. Taku soon discovers that the woman working at the bait & tackle shop was once an undersea princess and the oarfish’s disgraced former employer. As usual, Muromi can’t resist trash-talking the princess and more ocean madness ensues.
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.: Episode 6
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA: Oreimo 2)
A successful year at comiket strangely turns sour when Kirino introduces her “boyfriend.” This leads to a mess of drama, including a botched otaku meeting and a proud father reduced to pounding down shots of sake alone in his bedroom. Can Kyousuke stop his sister from tossing aside her friends and hobbies for something as shallow and unfulfilling as a relationship?
Izumiko and her friends are going out of town for what seems to be a friendly barbeque party. But when your classmates consist of spirits and minions of assorted deities fighting one another for power, the term “friendly” is just for show. And just for the hell of it, someone has decided to spike the punch bowl.
The surviving soldiers from the wall breach continue to fight off the titans while citizens evacuate behind the next wall. During the battle Mikasa reminisces about the brutal tale of how lost her family and met Eren for the first time. Questions from the last week’s cliffhanger ending are still up in the air, but this was still an interesting episode.
Ledo has been getting paid for all of the work Chamber has been doing on Gargantia, but he has no idea what to do with the money. Ledo is also still hoping to find some work for himself instead of letting Chamber do everything the crew wants. In the meantime, Gargantia is having a festival to celebrate a bountiful fishing season. This somehow turns into an incredibly sexy belly-dancing scene featuring Amy and her friends that has already driven fans everywhere into a frenzy of delight. And then there is the end of this episode… It looks like things are going to get serious again very soon.
The Sisters experiment has begun and Accelerator has arrived. This episode shocked fans around the world for having some unexpectedly violent scenes in a show better known for its cuteness, so be prepared. For those of you in the know, sit back and watch the experiment, it’s time for science.