This week comes with some odd, yet interesting, news. The Japanese government apparently hands out “medals of honor” to individuals, who make great contributions to society and culture. Two persons receiving this award include Katsuhiro Otomo, the director of the anime classic, Akira, and Hiroyuki Itou, the president of Crypton Media, the company that brought us Vocaloid software and Hatsune Miku. This weekend was also a rather amusing time for me, since I was able to see the reactions of Toonami viewers that just witnessed the end of Sword Art Online’s first story arc. The funny thing is, they are already shocked by how things turn out… too bad they have yet to see how terrible things are about to get in the second half. Those poor bastards. Anyway, let’s move on and check out this week’s anime.
Just when it seems the girls have taken care of all of the survivors, they discover even more… along with even more crazy people with guns. Unfortunately, these aren’t the typical “wasteland raider” variety of psychos, these guys are the remnants of a heavily armed military unit. Meanwhile, it is revealed that the government is full of shady, incompetent fools, but some say that is to be expected from most governments I suppose.
Elisabeth decides to make her move against her superiors and leak information about the Mark IV injections. This does not go well. I’m not gonna candy coat anything, this episode is fucking DARK. The first season wasn’t exactly a happy-go-lucky ecchi romp, but wow, this season is downright evil when it wants to be. Don’t get me wrong, things are getting really interesting, but this some heavy stuff for an ecchi show.
The Ferrari sisters begin their quest to find the Inheritance of Galileo, in hopes that they get it before the evil corporations, governments, and sky pirates that all want them dead over it. Their first stop to find the next clue and resupply leads them to run into a filthy hobo with a thing for science, and of course, sky pirates. This actually turns into a pretty intense episode, not that this show every really slows down for very long.
Ichiga’s birthday is here, and the girls celebrate by kidnapping him and presenting timed “service” sessions. This entails each girl dressing in a sleazy outfit with cute animal ears and attempting to seduce him within a certain time limit. I’m not sure what any of this has to do with mechanized combat armor, but it sure was awesome. If fanservice bothers you (and if so, why are you watching this?) you may want to pass on this episode, as for everyone else, enjoy!
Even with Valvrave’s the enemy is close to wiping the gang out. Meanwhile, Haru learns one of his classmates was the original test pilots for his machine, and why she never became a full-fledged pilot. We also learn that Valvraves aren’t just powered by blood, angst, suffering, and rape, but also sweet memories. I’m completely serious. Fuck you, Valvrave.
This week the school is attacked by a member of a mysterious rebel group that exists to destroy the academy’s lifethread uniforms. He also happens to be packing a SMG that shoots anti-lifethread needles, capable of taking out a Godrobe. Unfortunately for Ryuuko, Senketsu is his first target…
The organization that regulates spirit hunters isn’t happy with Mirai’s actions, so she has been suspended. Desperate for a way to pay for food and rent, she has no choice but to take on a side job. Yes, this involves cosplay, very, very cute cosplay.
Riki and Rin receive yet another mysterious mission to reveal the secrets of the world, and this is the final one. Unfortunately, the results of this mission may tear apart Riki and Rin’s new relationship. Many secrets are revealed this week.
Raishin and Yaya are in for the fight of their lives, against a doll that devours the hearts of dolls. While I have griped about the use of CG in this show’s first episode, this week they did a great job using it for Yaya’s fast-paced, high-impact fighting style. This week we all learn that adorable Yaya is one badass motherfucker.
The story in this week’s episode consists of an interesting tale of Shinobu’s past. The problem is, about 90% of the episode consists of still frames and scrolling images. Monogatari has always been known to rely heavily on this sort of stuff, but this week it really felt like the animation staff was abusing the technique for the sake of cutting corners.
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru (AKA Noucome): Episode: 4
(My Mental Multiple-Choice Power Is Completely Ruining My School Romantic Comedy)
Kanade’s quest to free himself from “Absolute Choice” only gets stranger. Now Chocolat has joined his class under the self-proclaimed title of “study assistance pet”, and a new Absolute Choice offers the promise of a harem. Of course this will only turn out terrible for him.
Otaku education is in full swing, and if anything, it seems to be working too well. Between students arguing over which galge (dating sim) is superior, knights reading BL manga, to the Empress demonstrating how well she can pull off being a tsundere, Shinichi is beginning to wonder if he’s gone too far. Shinichi also begins to show concern about his new houseguest, dog-girl/spy/artist, Erubia.
Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita (AKA Yuushibu): Episode: 5
(I Couldn’t Become a Hero, so I Reluctantly Decided to get a Job)
When the kingdom’s biggest magic appliance chain store opens a new branch, low sales threaten to close Leon. Fino and Raul decide to go undercover and visit the new store during the grand opening in hopes of finding a way to give the Leon chain an advantage. Can Fino and Raul find a way to keep the kingdom’s sexiest chain of magic appliance stores open? We can only hope.