Railgun and Monogatari are taking a break this week, so things will be a bit slow. I’d like to take this opportunity to mention that I’ve had trouble getting around to watching the Madoka films, so the likelihood of them being covered in this article by now is pretty much zero. I know I said I would cover them, but a seemingly endless series of mishaps (including a pair of broken glasses I have been dealing with for over a week) has pretty much prevented me from getting to them in a timely manner; and I’m sure they have been discussed to death everywhere for weeks now. The good news is, I’m still nice enough to watch tons of anime from this week and write about it while dealing with severe eye strain and headaches, just for you. You’re welcome.
The little sisters continue their fight to rescue their goddess siblings, each one learning to transform along the way. This episode is heavy on the action, something that was surprising even to me. It looks like the storyline is going to get into some stuff from Neptunia V, especially since a new character appears this week!
This week monobear has added more incentive to encourage murder: a huge cash prize. It isn’t long before two, yes I said two, students are killed. Now that the show has begun to follow a set formula, one of its glaring flaws is becoming more apparent, in that this show has been ridiculously predictable. I’m not saying this isn’t fun to watch, but I will say that you will know which students will die this week in less than 10 minutes.
Ilya and Miyu defeat caster only to end up against a ridiculously overpowered Saber. “Dark” Saber is apparently nothing to mess with, forcing the girls to come up with some crazy ideas in hopes of simply making it out alive. Fun Fact: The occupation of magical girl takes second place for deadliest occupation next to crab fishing.
This week has one of the best fight scenes in MJP yet, and even more jaw-dropping fighting animation from this show’s awesome CG team. This show still has several more episodes to air, and I can already say this has been one of the best mecha anime (outside of Gundam) to air in a long time. Everyone that is sticking with this keeps getting rewarded, and those that didn’t should certainly give this show another look.
The battle to save the city continues, and the perverse antics take a backseat for even more action. Don’t worry, I’m still sure you don’t go a span of more than 3 minutes without seeing a bare breast. There are some pretty big spoilers this week, so I won’t go into detail about what happens. Next week is a swimsuit episode, and considering how hot the cast of characters is, yes, that was important enough to mention.
The god of conquest has run into a unique target: A girl that is looking to conquer him. Since this girl is tomboyish enough to wear men’s clothing, Kaima has to up the ante and show up to school in a dress. Try not to die of laughter during an entire episode of Kaima’s becoming a cute girl.
Ai’s adventures in the city of Ortus continue. There is a lot of interesting stuff that goes on in this episode, and I feel I should the show speak for itself this week, especially due to some spoilers. Don’t miss this one.
A recap episode, in case you can’t remember how boring this story arc was. Ugh.
Summer break has come and Aoi has won a vacation for two in Kyoto. Of course she is going to take Subaru along, and maybe even some sleezy underwear. Just when she thinks she can finally get his attention for a few days, it seems that the girls from Subaru’s team are also going to the same hotel. There will be misunderstandings.
While the dolls continue to squabble with one another, Jun begins to realize how much his life sucks in this timeline. Now that he knows it is possible to travel to different timelines, Jun wonders if it is possible to change the past, and hopefully not end up working for a dickhead manager at a bookstore. I guess that is as good enough an excuse for time travel as any other one…
It should be fairly predictable as to what happens when Hibiki gets mad by now, but I’m going to err on the side of caution and not give anything away. This was another interesting episode, but there are some pretty big spoilers everywhere. I’ll be nice enough to let my fellow Symphogear fans catch up before continuing discussion next week.
The “female” titan has proven to be one of the deadliest titans to appear. She understands the tactics and 3D maneuver gear well enough to fend off any kind of attack, and she responds with brutal retaliation to any attacks. Can a detour through an ancient forest make a difference in the fight against one of the deadliest titans of them all?
Railgun isn’t airing this week, but I’m making mention of that here because they aired a special in its place. The special is a 22 minute long preview for the upcoming Index movie, which looks like it will be pretty damn awesome. If you are interested in watching it, you will have to jump through some hoops, but there are some cool dudes out there nice enough to make subtitles for the special. Episode 18 of Railgun airs next week.
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!: Episode 5
(It’s Not My Fault I’m Not Popular!)
Tomoko’s plans to become popular continue, this time with some inspiration from anime. Tomoko decides that she should be able to pull of the “cute, quiet” (AKA Dandere) character type, because what works in anime must work in real life, right? This somehow turns into a series of serious mental breakdowns in assorted locations. Another great episode.