This week it was announced that 3 anime films managed to make the grade for Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations. These films include Kaze Tachinu, Momo e no Tegami, and… the third Madoka film. That’s right, everyone’s favorite tale of magical girls and despair is up for an Oscar (don’t get your hopes up for any of these films to win.)
Now that the girls are up against a rouge military unit, another Coppelion has been sent to help them, a member of the “cleanup crew.” If you are expecting some guy with a mop and a bucket, you will be quite wrong. By the end of this episode you will be left with even more questions, and maybe even a bit of shock.
Satellizer arrives at the prestigious El Bridget family house to find a way to stop the E-Pandora project. Too bad her half-brother has a thing for abusing Satellizer in every way imaginable. Once again, ecchi, comedy, and action take a backseat for some very intense and shocking drama. Stay strong, Setellizer-sempai!
The quest for Galileo’s sketches continues, leading the girl’s right into the territory of a pirate faction that loves stealing methane hydrate from the Adnimoon Company. Fortunately they welcome the Ferrari sisters with open arms. Prepare for suffering.
Ichiga is assigned to a mission to protect new IS suit prototypes from thieves. Of course heavily-armed thieves show up. What no one really would expect is that the fight has some strange side effects on Ichiga’s IS… and Charlotte’s panties. It’s science, they ain’t gotta explain shit.
After failing to clearly explain the power source of Valvraves, Runes, several times over the course of the show, everything is finally cleared up. We also learn that the secret society of space vampires also enjoy runes. This somehow leads to the Valvrave WTF moment of the week, when Haruto triggers a VOLCANIC ERUPTION to destroy a wave of enemies attacking the transport; which somehow only seems to target the enemy, because we all know how much lava hates space Nazis.
Ryuuko has her first encounter with one of the academy’s four divas, and manages to get by with a victory. Unfortunately, her enemy is quick to come back for revenge. This is a really awesome episode, don’t miss it!
Mirai is finally allowed to hunt phantoms again, and just in time, since rent is due. Her need for quick cash leads her to fight against a hard to catch phantom that defends itself by flooding the area with noxious smelling fluid. This episode is mostly focused on comedy, and even a few bits of tame fanservice. Naturally, the denizens of the internet have decided to cry foul, because everything Kyoani studio does is under constant scrutiny by idiots. If you have more than three brain cells, you will likely see through the noise and enjoy this episode.
Just when you thought this show had delivered enough Key-brand sadness, the shit hits the fan. I’m not going to say anything to avoid spoilers, since this could ruin the entire story. Get a box of tissues, and watch the saddest game of baseball in the rain.
Raishin has been targeted by an assassin that wants him out of the upcoming mage competition. Fortunately, she is really terrible at being an assassin, and very cute to boot. Lots of goofiness and bits of ecchi fill this episode, but things get serious at the end.
This week Araragi and Shinobu continue to talk about the darkness. The rest of the episode involves Araragi being sketchy towards the trio of lolis around him until some stuff happens. I’m not going to lie; I really fucking hate this story arc.
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru (AKA Noucome): Episode: 5
(My Mental Multiple-Choice Power Is Completely Ruining My School Romantic Comedy)
The new quest given by god demands Kanade to get all of his female friends to confess to him before time is up. His group of friends, known around school as the “Reject Five,” is joined by Kanade’s childhood friend, a crazy girl that refers to everyone as her older brother/sister. As usual, awkward choices must be made at random, as if things weren’t crazy enough.
Arguments between elves and dwarves over yaoi and moe lead Shinichi to believe that there may be too much racial tension for otaku education to proceed safely. He decides a soccer match would be a great way for everyone to let off some steam, not taking into account that everything he knows about sports comes from manga and anime. When two races possessing powerful magic and superhuman strength face off in a game of soccer, being guided only by an otaku and a fujoshi, the situation quickly escalates out of control. This episode was great.
Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita (AKA Yuushibu): Episode: 6
(I Couldn’t Become a Hero, so I Reluctantly Decided to get a Job)
This week’s episode of “Hot anime girls selling appliances in a fantasy setting” comes with unexpected commentary on real world issues. The evils of retail conglomerates, sweatshop factories, and abusive labor practices are also problems in a “modern day” world of magic. Don’t worry, they still find an excuse to make a monster explode into white goo that splatters all over Fino again for our enjoyment, because that is still funny no matter how many times I’ve seen it.