This week Ilya wraps up, but with the promise of a new season. Monogatari doesn’t air this week, but I’ve got a bit of a bonus for the next few weeks. As usual, I picked up a few shows that I didn’t include in the round-up for various reasons, but I’m going to mention some of the ones I really enjoyed as an extra feature at the end of the article. I’d also like to put out a reminder that I’m taking suggestions for shows to include in the fall 2013 round-up, so hit up the comments. The guidelines for suggestions are in last week’s round up, so check it out. (Yes, it went up late. Blame Gillman. Seriously, he demands the motivation.)
Yellow Heart continues her dominance over Gameindustri, and Neptune finds herself helpless to fight against a dear friend. Can the other goddesses protect Gameindustri and convince Nep-chan to stand up and fight for her people against titty-monster tyranny? Watch and find out, dear friends.
The mysterious sixteenth student was found dead without anyone even seeing his or her face, and a hasty classroom trial has begun. Nothing seems right about any of this, and Monobear is rushing the trial. Will anyone survive to solve the mysteries of this screwed up academy?
Ilya joins the fight against the terrifying berserker, prepare yourselves for MAXIMUM FRIENDSHIP. This episode concludes the show, which left me with a much better impression than I expected. This show played with themes and characters from the Fate universe in a whimsical manner, and it all resulted in pure fun, with a few awesome fight scenes as an unexpected bonus. I really enjoyed watching this, and apparently lots of viewers in Japan have as well, because the second season is formally announced at the end of this episode!
The incredible fight to save mankind continues. The big news this week is Izuru manages to sweet-talk his way back onto the battlefield despite his medical concerns; which also means we get to see him go another round with his Wulgaru rival. Next week is the final episode!
The peace summit between the three divine superpowers has begun. Of course something like this is just bound to run into a couple snags. Can Issei and his master save the summit and bring peace to Earth? Will there be any opportunities for random nudity? Watch and find out, dear friends.
Vintage is making its move, so Kaima has to hurry and revive the final goddess. Since all of this hinges on dealing with romance caught between two best friends with a crush on the same person, of course this is going to be difficult. Good thing Earth happens to have an expert on the case.
Alis explains more about this strange, time-looping realm to Ai, along with his plan to free everyone from it. Unfortunately, someone keeps coming along and “fixing” everything Alis tries to change. Watch and find out which student has a thing for time-loops…
Rena, slayer of loliballers, has infuriated the 5th graders to the point where they are willing to unite with their rivals for vengeance. Can the veterans teach their new team members the true art of loliballin’? We’ll have to watch next week for the conclusion of this week’s game!
Everyone is left standing in a mess of time and space created from the chaos, and now they have to find a way out. For being so close to the end of this story, things really aren’t that interesting. It also seems that fans agree; as rumor has it this show has performed so poorly there is talk of it being cancelled. While this would be an odd decision, seeing as there are only two episodes left, I can understand why it could come to this. At this point I’m only sticking through because of how much I enjoyed the original series.
We should all be thankful that there are subtitles this week, because we are entering the final episodes of this awesome show! Things are very interesting this week, but it’s likely you will notice this episode suffered from some production issues. Let’s all hope the conclusion to this doesn’t suffer the same fate.
It doesn’t seem much is going on in this episode, but the last bit at the end is where everything comes together. You better believe there are spoilers, which means I’ve got nothing more to say. Next week’s episode should be pretty damn awesome.
Misaka has a bittersweet reunion with one of Academy City’s finest, in hopes of digging up some information to save Febri. It seems that the league of evil scientists behind Febri’s creation has also gone on bad terms with ITEM, and as a bonus we can all enjoy, we get a bit of ITEM-service this week. Unfortunately for the girls, it seems even scientists without any esper abilities are nothing to mess with.
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!: Episode 10
(It’s Not My Fault I’m Not Popular!)
After a disappointingly uneventful summer, Tomoko returns to school. A sudden change to seating in class leaves her without a place to eat her lunch, which eventually leads her on a quest to find a special place to be alone. To be honest this is one of those episodes that seems more sad than funny, depending on how you look at it.
Gatchaman Crowds is a very radical reboot of the 70’s Gatchaman TV series, known in the US as G-Force. That being said, this show has almost nothing in common with its predecessor. Crowds is a strange tale about the “Gatchamen”, specially chosen heroes that do battle with aliens in secret. This appears to be a very plain superhero story, but don’t let that fool you- this show is as unusual as it gets, in a good way. The Gatchamen are a rather strange and flamboyant collection of characters, even by anime standards, and the world they fight in is even stranger and more mysterious. Crowds has an odd, yet bold and colorful art direction, a storyline so strange you can’t seem to stop watching it, and what has to some of the catchiest music in all of anime. Even though I didn’t include this show in the round-up on a weekly basis, this is one of my favorites of the season. If you’re open minded and looking for something fresh and unique, I highly recommend this show.