The next wave of shows to finish up this week has arrived, and as always, I will keep the spoilers to a minimum. Railgun, Titan, and MJP are expected to continue airing into the summer without interruption as far as I can tell, and some of the summer anime will begin to air next week, so we shouldn’t have much of a slowdown. MJP is taking a break for this week however, and will air again on July 4th. I’d also like to mention that this was a fantastic season for anime overall, with several shows that are serious AOTY contenders… and the summer lineup is looking impressive as well! This is going to be a tough year of choices, which is for certain.
Kiri has finally gotten in touch with his inner murderer… and I’m still not quite sure if that was a good thing. Anyway, this episode wraps up the current story arc, tells the story behind “made to order” type Authors, and sets the stage for the rest of the story; which will continue in another season previewed at the end of the episode. This show is perhaps one of the strangest anime I have ever seen, and while it has many highs and lows, sometimes dipping into extreme absurdity, it was fun to watch and strangely addictive. The story has captured my interest enough to pick up the second season when it arrives, so this show will likely return to the round-up at some point.
A new mechanical guard for the Dreamlands has been finished ahead of schedule, unexpectedly. Since Nyarlko and friends are only allowed to be on Earth to protect the Dreamlands, they will have to return to space or be labeled as criminals. Nyarlko obviously isn’t going home without a fight, and so we have the stage for the finale. This season wasn’t quite as good as the first, but if you enjoyed the kind of humor that was in the first one there is plenty more here, along with plenty more perverse, yet adorable abominations.
Sadao has exhausted his magic by cleaning up the mess from the recent battle, but a new danger has arrived at the stronghold: A bill that exceeds the household budget! This show finishes up with the same humor and story that made it so surprisingly good to begin with, and there is nothing wrong with that. This was one of my favorites of the season, and one of the most unique and entertaining shows of the year.
Youto and Tsukiko’s time travel adventure continues as they try to make right what went wrong with Tsukiko’s mother 10 years ago. This episode was funny, a little sad at times, and of course, incredibly cute. This was another great addition to this simply amazing season of anime.
Big chemical-weapon spewing drills. Awkward confessions. Secret space vampire societies. The rise of the NEET. This is how Valvrave ends the first half of the story. Valvrave will be taking a break during the summer (probably so the writers can have their meds adjusted), with the next half returning in October. This is perhaps one of the most ridiculous, absurd, and poorly-written anime I have ever seen in my life. And on that note, I can’t fucking wait for October.
Poor Takkun is pondering his future, and of course Muromi is around to give advice. The surprising fact is that her advice did not involve drinking or sexual advances for once. But that doesn’t matter, because with the arrival of both Christmas and New Year’s, the mermaids can return to… drinking and sexual advances… Despite a couple weak episodes, this was a hilarious and very original comedy, one that brings out the laughs with its goofy cast instead of relying on parody, like most anime comedies.
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.: Episode 13
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA: Oreimo 2)
This is technically the final episode for this season, but much like the original series, the story isn’t over. Episodes 14-16 are expected to air in August, so we will finally figure out which girl wins. In the meantime, this episode looks back into Kirino’s past and how she began to admire her brother, along with how she became hooked on eroge. At this point I have to admit I had much more fun watching the first season; since most of the otaku humor that made the original so good has been pushed aside for the melodrama of what has become a train wreck of romance. Let’s all just hope this gets wrapped up nicely when the concluding episodes air in August.
The good news about this week’s episode is that we finally get a break from the slower pacing and an action-packed episode. The bad news is this episode is full of laggy scenes, random stills, and bits of unfinished CG caused by what Production IG blames on a lack of animation staff. Considering the sloppy messes also left in Gargantia by Production IG, it seems their reputation is on a very rapid downward spiral. That grumbling aside, this was still a good episode thanks to the sheer awesomeness of Titan. Next week is going to be a recap episode (ugh), so let’s hope the staff uses this time to get their shit together and give us some better quality for the second half.
The final battle between Gargantia and an insane cult led by a robot with a god complex is finally upon us. I won’t say much, but know one thing is for certain: Chamber is a bro. Overall, Gargantia was a pretty decent anime that presented a vast world and interesting characters. Unfortunately this show would have been much better if they trimmed down the episode count and didn’t allow so many frames of sloppy, lazy art to get into the final product. Production IG has shit up yet another show from this season, and that makes me sad. If you missed this show but you are still interested in watching it, I would advise waiting until the BD’s come out due to the poor production quality of the TV version.
As Touma wanders around the city having misadventures with a MISAKA clone (which should be all too familiar for Index fans), Mikaka plans her next move. Without having enough time to destroy the hundreds of facilities involved in the Level 6 experiment, Misaka’s next target is the Diagram Tree, a powerful supercomputer that watches over the activities of Academy City. It looks like the Sisters arc will be coming to a close soon, which means a really awesome fight should be coming our way!
Other Noteworthy Shows of the Season:
Romance comedies are a dime a dozen in the realm of anime and manga, but this is a show that comes forward to shake things up a bit. This is the story of Hikigaya Hachiman, a student with a skewed view on life. Hikigaya is disgusted by the world around him, and sees his peers as nothing more than “liars.” One of his teachers forces Hiki into a club she created, with a member that just so happens to be a socially awkward, yet very popular girl around school. While most anime would tell a story about how the main character changes his ways and warms up to a new social life, SNAFU features a main character willing to piss on anyone’s parade as long as they know the harsh truth of reality.
Hiki has been nicknamed the “Dark Knight” of romcom protagonists by fans because of his willingness to take the role of a villain and tell people off in order to make things right when they go wrong. Just as the title describes, any expectations of a typical romcom anime go out the window, making this show yet another must see show from this season. I wasn’t able to include this show in the round-up because I jumped into it later than other shows, but don’t let that lead you to believe this show isn’t anything short of excellent.