Weekly Anime Round-Up: July 29th– August 4th

This coming week is a big one for fans of Japanese games.  Both Tales of Xillia and Dragon Crown come out on August 6th in the US, so be sure to check them out when you aren’t getting your weekly dose of anime.  As for anime, a few shows have some pretty shocking events this week, so be sure to catch up on your favorites!

Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation:  Episode 4
(Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation)
Every time a little sister transforms, Bob Mackey cries bitch tears.

Arfore has trapped all of the Goddesses with the crystals she has collected, leaving behind IF, Compa, and the CPU candidates.  If you played Neptunia Mk.2, you should know where this is going.  This week’s episode ends with a pretty nice action scene, and the show continues to deliver beyond my expectations.

Danganronpa:  The Animation:  Episode 5
Touko is also the member of a KISS cover band.

There is nothing like a dead trap in the locker room to put a damper on everyone’s day.  This only means one thing:  It’s time for another classroom trial.  The typical events of this trial are spiced up when a series of disturbing secrets about some of the students are revealed.  Be sure to stick around for another of Monobear’s elaborate punishments!

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Ilya:  Episode 4
Ilya learns the importance of hiding your powerlevel amongst normals.

Ilya and Miyu team up for their first fight together, which ends in brutal defeat.  Everyone decides the best way to beat this opponent involves using magical flight, a skill Ilya takes to easily, while Miyu struggles with the concept.  Unfortunately for Miyu, learning to fly will involve being tossed out of a helicopter and watching a marathon of anime.   This week’s episode is lots of fun, and the awesome fight scene at the end is the icing on the cake.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 17
No, but you do hold the title for best rack, Tamaki.

The Wulgaru have discovered the academy that trained the pilots of MJP is also home to the GDF’s genetic engineering program, and they are racing to the earth to steal the genetic data.  Meanwhile, the remainder of GDF’s fleet is being annihilated on the front lines.  Can Team Rabbits save the academy and the rest of the Earth from being harvested by the Wulgaru?  .

Highschool DxD NEW:  Episode 5
No, Issei is THE man.

Rias and her minions are up against one of the most powerful fallen angels, as well as the rogue Excalibur swords, and one mistake will result in Issei’s hometown being wiped off the map.  There is lots of action in this episode, and just in case you were worried, the geniuses behind this show still managed to deliver on boobs.  This episode was nothing short of awesome, a shining example of how a good ecchi anime is done.  There are people out there that will tell you shows like this are killing the artistic integrity of anime, and those are the kind of people you should ignore at all costs.

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen:  Episode 4
(The World God Only Knows:  Season 3)
This isn’t going well…

Kaima continues his efforts to reawaken the Goddesses.  Tough times lie ahead for our unwilling ladies’ man, as he faces jealousy from a girl with telekinetic powers.  And people wonder why Kaima prefers 2D girls…

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi:  Episode 5
(The Sunday without God)
Scar tells it like it is.

Strangely enough, Ai’s visit to Ortus has been rather safe, considering she is in “enemy” territory.  Ai continues to explore Ortus, learning about its people and the disturbing origins of her new friend, Kiriko.  The mystery grows deeper when Scar develops a strange illness and Ai manages to visit the Princess of Ortus.

Monogatari Series: Second Season:  Episode 5
The final, FINAL confrontation with Hysteria tiger.

Tsubasa has finally decided to face the tiger, for real this time.  Now that she has come to terms with the fact that this is the SECOND oddity born from her shitty personality, she summons the aid of her “other” self, the first oddity born from her shitty personality.  This episode not only wraps up this story arc, but 5 episodes in the main character finally arrives.  Yay!

Ro-Kyu-Bu!  SS:  Episode 5
Bow before the might of Gilgamesh, filthy mongrels!

Everyone has begun training in hopes of defeating Subaru’s old enemy in a rematch.  Of course this involves a few awkward and easily misunderstood situations before the match.  Can Subaru and his league of lolis defeat the king of kings?  Will fansub groups be able to resist using the word “mongrel?”  Watch and find out!

Rozen Maiden (2013):  Episode 5
Suigintou returns with her delightful charm.

While Jun toils away at work for his douchebag of a boss, Suigintou shows up to cause some trouble.  Much of this episode is focused on Suigintou’s story of how she found her servant, which is very similar to what happened in the original series.  So far this has been the best episode of this show, and it looks like there is still much more to look forward to.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear G:  Episode 5
This guy fucking LOVES science.

I’m not going to candy coat things for fans that haven’t watched this yet.  This episode is infamous for its shocking ending, and even with this knowledge, your jaw will drop to the floor.  I’m not going to spoil anything, but prepare for despair.  I guess SnK isn’t the only show looking to dish out sadness this season…

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 17
(Attack on Titan)
Will Sasha survive to steal more potatoes?

The mission to venture deep into titan territory finally begins, with a creative formation tactic being used in hopes of keeping everyone alive.  Everything seems to be going great until a very unique “abnormal” titan shows up, because there is always the need for more despair in this show.  Be sure to watch and see how many troops meet an untimely and gruesome death this week!

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 17
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Kuroko demonstrates polite behavior in a family restaurant as an upstanding member of Judgment.

Now that the sisters are safe and getting properly cared for, Misaka can finally hang out with her friends and relax.  This week’s episode also features a new OP animation, which gives a little taste of things to look forward to for the rest of the season.  In the meantime, enjoy the cute and fun antics of Misaka and friends, including a hilariously awkward moment where Misaka runs into a couple members of ITEM in a family restaurant.

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!:  Episode 4
(It’s Not My Fault I’m Not Popular!)
AKA: Watamote
Hindsight is always 20/20.

Tomoko’s insanity grows worse by the minute, as this time she becomes jealous of another student that was molested on the local train.  Tomoko soon goes on a quest to find out if anyone would really want to molest her, in what is perhaps one of the worst ideas of all time.  If this wasn’t bad enough, all she learns is that maybe guys would like her more if she wore expensive panties…

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