Toonami fans will have a lot to look forward to in December, as Cartoon Network announced they will play an anime feature film each week. The lineup includes Akira, Summer Wars, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa, and Trigun: Badlands Rumble. It is likely that most hardcore anime fans have already seen these, but now just about anyone with cable will have the chance to check out these awesome films. As for currently airing stuff, the season is right around the halfway mark for most shows, so things are getting pretty intense.
The leader of the rogue “1st Division” has been captured, and interrogating him only brings bad news. Even though the world is in danger, Japan’s government is too busy showing off for a global conference to really care, so the Coppelion will have to keep working without any kind of backup. Just when it seems things are really heating up, it looks like next week’s episode is going to be pure awesome.
Satellizer is finally standing up to her asshole half-brother, but now she has to fight against one of the most powerful Pandora’s from the western branch of Genetics. There will also be plenty more sadness/anger inducing scenery, because we haven’t had enough of that lately. Will Satellizer find the strength to defeat one of the worst scumbags in all of anime? Watch and find out dear friends.
This week we learn all about Adnimoon’s #1 hit man, and why he doesn’t seem to mind slaughtering people everywhere he goes. We are also treated to a deeper look at this bleak future where mankind is forced to fight over the last few bits of energy left. Those of the faint of heart should be warned this is a very brutal episode, with a level of violence that is uncommon for most TV anime.
IS theft by armed criminals is now a thing, so the academy is having a tournament to sharpen the skills of the cadets for future battles. Ichika must find a partner for the tournament, but his sister/instructor insists he teams up with a shy girl that resents him for using the IS that was meant for her. We can all rest assured that this girl will eventually join the rest of the girls chasing after Ichika, because this is how life works in anime.
A series of events leads to Haruto being reunited with his father. I won’t spoil the true nature of his occupation, but I will tell you that he has the dumbest looking mustache I have ever seen. We also get to learn about the dirty secrets of the Valvrave project and what L-Elf has been plotting all this time.
Ryuuko is sick of being attacked by club presidents from clubs that seem to be made up on the whims of anyone looking for a fight. Her solution? Ryuuko creates the “Fight Club”, with the sole purpose of fighting other clubs. Strangely enough, the success of Ryuuko and Mako’s club falls into the academy’s “caste” system, and Mako’s family gets a taste of wealth. Will Mako fall into the rank and file of the academy and give up helping Ryuuko on her quest for revenge? Only a really awesome and over-the-top fight will answer that question.
Sakura is still looking for revenge against Mirai, and she continues to hunt spirits in order to strengthen her weapon. Prepare to be treated to a beautifully animated fight between two incredibly cute girls. It would also seem there is some evil scheming behind the scenes…
The sadness continues as Riki finds himself back at the beginning, now standing only with the original four members of the Little Busters, including himself. I’m going to be honest and admit the events of this episode are a bit confusing, but it seems like something caused Riki and everyone else to forget the times when the Little Busters formed a baseball team and had good times. Will Riki ever discover the secret of the world? Should he?
Raishin continues with his mission to spy on a British doll-part manufacturer, but unbeknownst to him poor Yaya is fighting for her life after she is attacked by an assassin. I don’t want to spoil the events of this episode, so I’ll keep quiet until next week.
What’s the best way to end off a dialogue-driven story arc? Well, apparently with more dialogue, and a shocking, sad ending. I honestly felt this whole story arc could have been slimmed down to maybe one or two episodes, but I’m sure the more devoted fans would burn me at stake for saying that. Chances are next week will be another recap episode, because SHAFT doesn’t trust its viewers to remember what happened over the course of four episodes. See you in two weeks when the next arc begins.
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru (AKA Noucome): Episode: 6
(My Mental Multiple-Choice Power Is Completely Ruining My School Romantic Comedy)
Kanade continues the “harem” quest from god, and he has been making rather decent progress considering how crazy his task is. This was a really fun episode full of the odd situations that make this show so funny. It is even better if you like big boobs, and I do mean big.
Shinichi is disgusted by the incompetence of the soldiers assigned to bring anime and manga, mostly because they have shit taste. He offers to take a trip back to Japan so he can procure the “learning materials” he needs for his students. Miusel finds a way to follow him through the gate, and spends a day in Akihabara with him, increasing her already high “best girl” potential. (Who am I kidding, all the girls are best girl in this show.)
Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita (AKA Yuushibu): Episode: 7
(I Couldn’t Become a Hero, so I Reluctantly Decided to get a Job)
Leon’s struggle against the behemoth appliance megastore continues, as a “double booking” for an air conditioner installation places Raul’s hot sale in danger. We learn more about superior customer service and lewd magic-eating slimes, and we even get more random bits of Fino being lewd, because Fino is awesome. Enjoy!