Weekly Anime Round-Up: July 15th – July 21st

The third week of this anime season is here, and most of the shows featured here have set the stage for things to come.  There are lots of surprises in many shows this week, so be sure to catch your favorites!  Fans of the long running manga and anime racing series, Initial D, will be happy to hear that a final anime season and animated film have been announced now that the manga is wrapping up.  The BD’s for the first two Madoka Magica movies have come out this week, so when I get my hands on them I will be sure to mention them in the round up.  Keep your eyes open for it!

Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation:  Episode 2
(Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation)
BEST. MARIO. REFERENCE. EVER.

The goddesses have decided to gather in Lowee for some fun at a new theme park.  Then CFW Trick shows up for a visit.  Fans of the game should know what this means… Hide yo lolis, hide yo waifu, ‘cuz he be lickin’ errybody out here!  Once again, this anime does a great job of capturing the strange brand of humor from the games, and of course, there will be lots of fanservice.

Danganronpa:  The Animation:  Episode 3
Jury duty isn’t nearly as fun.

Now that everyone has finished their investigation, Monobear summons the students to the trial room.  The trial sequence reminds me of a twisted version of the Pheonix Wright trials, which I assume was the intent of the game’s creators.  By the end of this episode, we all learn that Monobear has way too much time on his hands…er… paws?

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Ilya:  Episode 2
 Sometimes life can be THAT absurd.

Now that Ilya has been completely scammed by the talking magical wand into becoming a magical girl, the concept has begun to grow on her.  With much of the introductory stuff out of the way, we are finally getting to the meat and bones of this show, which is a fun mix of comedy and really cool action.  The main storyline is basically a parody of Cardcaptor Sakura, but the collectable cards feature the servants from the Fate series.  If this episode was a taste of things to come, this should be a really awesome show.

Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou: Il Sole Penetra le Illusioni:  Episode 3
(Day Break Illusion)
Surely that won’t have any consequences.

Now that the third episode of this has come to pass, the show has grown on me a bit more as it begins to stand on its own.  Akari gets mixed feelings about fighting Daemonia when she discovers that killing them also means killing the person they have possessed.  She decided to take this confusion a step further by defending one after hearing it speak, which ultimately lands her behind bars.  Things get strange when her superiors claim it is impossible for anyone to hear the voice of a Daemonia.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 15
Being cool is a clear indication Izuru is severely ill.

Izuru has fallen into a coma after pulling off a mecha berserker mode that would make Id from Xenogears jealous; but the real concern comes when Izuru wakes up as a badass.  You read that correctly:  The otherwise dorky Izuru is now calm, cool, collected, attractive to women, and even his manga is worth reading, a clear cause for concern.  There is no rest for the weary, however, since the Wulgaru have returned for another attack on the mining colony.

Highschool DxD NEW:  Episode 3
In his defense, Issei is a demon.

Issei and Yuuto have decided to dual with the Excalibur-wielding church members, and naturally this means it is time for sexy fighting.  The highlight of the battle comes when Issei explains his passion behind his signature move, “Dress Breaker.”  Oh and there is some stuff about trying to band together and destroy the rouge Excalibur users, too…

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen:  Episode 2
(The World God Only Knows:  Season 3)
Pimpin’:  It’s not easy.

The rebellious demons from hell have made their first strike, and now Kanon’s life is in danger.  Now Kaima has only a week to find the four remaining goddesses and their hosts.  This means that Kaima not only has to figure out which of his potentially angry “conquests” still remember him, but now he has to get them to fall in love with him… again.  To make matters worse, he has to romance all of these girls simultaneously to revive the goddesses within.  Just think, some guys do this just to get laid.

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi:  Episode 3
(The Sunday without God)
Being dead is no excuse to not trim your nails.

Ai and Hambart continue their travels, but soon they are separated by a sudden ambush.  There would actually be a lot of spoilers if I explained too much about the events of this episode, so I won’t go into detail.  It should be mentioned however, that this was a great episode, with a surprisingly awesome action scene towards the end.

Monogatari Series: Second Season:  Episode 3
Shinobu appears, and of course it is strange.

Tsubasa seems to be homeless again, until the Fire Sisters and their devotion to justice fix that for her.  As Tsubasa lets her feline side come out again, she wonders what to do about the tiger spirit.  It also seems she may be getting some help from everyone’s favorite little vampire…

Ro-Kyu-Bu!  SS:  Episode 3
Nah, this one is too easy.

It’s time for more moe NBA fun!  The big match up for the “dojo challenge” is well underway, and just as it seems the girls have this one in the bag, a guest coach arrives!  Now Subaru and his father must face off in a battle of coaching tactics.  Tune in to find out if the girls keep the gym for practice, and stick around for Tomoko’s birthday party during the second half; because there is always room for more comically awkward misunderstandings and near-lethal doses of cuteness.

Rozen Maiden (2013):  Episode 3
… And now we know why Jun stopped going to school.

This week on Stein’s Ga… um Rozen Maiden, Jun continues to send emails to himself in the past in order to finish making the Shinku Doll.  We also get the treat of learning a bit more about Jun’s past, and why he quit going to school as child, something the original series never really touched on in detail.  By now the difference between this and the original is so large I have no idea what to expect, but it is still very interesting up to this point.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear G:  Episode 3
Best girl finally gets a high-budget transformation scene.

I don’t think I can stress enough how much this show has improved in the second season; it is simply amazing how much difference has been made with a bigger budget and more TLC from the animation crew.  In this episode, the girls hunt down the hideout of the world’s new enemy, Fine’, only to find they have been led into a trap.  This was another great episode this week, and lots of foreshadowing of events to come.

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 15
(Attack on Titan)
Be afraid Eren, be very, very afraid.

Eren has finally arrived at a castle the Scouting Legion uses as a forward base.  Levi puts Eren and everyone to work cleaning the base up until the operation begins.  Eren’s greatest fear, however, is when a certain scientist with a thing for titans signs him up for the next set of experiments…

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 15
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
The TouMAN has arrived.

This episode is a remake of the fight between Touma and Accelerator, this time with some extra TLC (and budget) from JC Staff.  Even knowing what happens, the upgrade to overall animation quality and the musical score make this fight worth watching all over again.  Enjoy the greatness of the most scientific street brawl of all time!

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!:  Episode 2
(It’s Not My Fault I’m Not Popular!)
AKA: Watamote
You’ll never make friends with such casual, shit taste, Tomoko.

Tomoko’s high school misery continues when an old friend from middle school calls and asks to hang out in a week.  Now Tomoko is desperate to make something interesting happen in school that she can show off to her new friend.  Once again, Tomoko’s bitter thoughts and deranged fantasies will have viewers laughing throughout the episode if they dig this kind of humor.

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