Weekly Anime Round-Up: September 16th– September 22nd

Hell yeah motherfucker!

This week there is an official announcement that music-festival mascot “Super Sonico” is getting her very own anime.  Why is it important to mention some random mascot is getting an animated series based on little more than heavy merchandizing and tons of random artwork?  Because she is really hot, that’s why.  This season is finally reaching the end, with only one week left.  This means there is still one week remaining to put up suggestions for the fall anime season!  Remember, no insanely long shonen (Big 3) stuff.  At this point I’ve pretty much set out my plans for what I’m planning to include in the round-up, but I’m still willing to make room for a suggestion or two.  As usual, I’ve got a little of something for everyone.  Oh yeah, no Symphogear this week due to a lack of subtitles (again, ugh…), because we can’t have nice things.

Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation:  Episode 11
(Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation)
Social justice: Not even once.

Victory from the war with Eden has caused a surge in shares for Planeptune, and Neptune is planning a festival to celebrate.  Unfortunately, all the other nations suffered a huge drop in shares, which is creating enough tension to put the peace treaty in danger.  Just when things seem like they couldn’t get any worse, a certain “social activist” escapes from prison.  Some fans of this show are upset by the sudden “serious” turn the show has taken, I honestly felt most of the complaints are blown way out of proportion; especially since this show has already gone through a “serious” story arc.

Danganronpa:  The Animation:  Episode 12
He’s so considerate for a sociopathic mastermind.

Monobear has changed the rules of the game.  Now the students must properly solve the last murder from the “mistrial”, AND solve the mystery of this screwed up academy.  Even with the mystery solved, things are only going to get crazier.  The final episode airs next week!

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 24 End
She truly was the greatest mechanic of all time.

We will finally see if mankind manages to defeat the Wulgaru menace in the solar system.  I started watching this with very low expectations (and I thought Valvrave was going to be MUCH better), but this show turned out to be one of the best mecha anime I have seen in a long time.  Valvrave is the mecha show everyone is talking about this year, and while it may be very entertaining; the one advantage MJP has over Valvrave is that the storyline won’t leave you banging your head against the wall.  MJP is a fairly traditional mecha anime that pays homage to many of the great shows that came before its time, with battles brought to life through some of the best CG I’ve seen in TV anime.  Mecha anime outside of the Gundam franchise are hard to come by in recent years, so it’s good to see some great shows come around this year to represent the genre.  This show really doesn’t get the credit it deserves, but we also live in a world where a sizable chunk of anime fans think Sword Art Online was the best anime of 2012.

Highschool DxD NEW:  Episode 12 End
Where do I apply to become a demon?

The time has come for Issei to throw down against his antithesis, Albion.  This battle unfolds in a manner of ridiculous absurdity that can only be found in DxD.  Watch as Issei proves he is a hero above all heroes by fighting to keep breasts as large as possible.  Seriously.  This show was nothing but lewd, low brow humor aimed at the lowest common denominator.  That is why it is a masterpiece.

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen:  Episode 11
(The World God Only Knows:  Season 3)
This episode really is that shocking.

Kaima has one night to finish his conquest of Ayumi, or Vintage wins.  To make matters worse, Chihiro is still upset with Kaima for toying with her, and now she’s meddling in his plans.  Will Kaima be able to save Earth from rouge demons, or will mankind be extinguished because of the raging emotions of heartbroken teenage girls?

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi:  Episode 12 End
(The Sunday without God)
Aw crap, Dee went crazy.

It’s time for the final episode in this crazy trip through post-apocalyptic wastelands and strange landmarks.  This episode has some big surprises, so I won’t give anything away.  This is a really cool story, and I would love to see more, but since the anime was produced just to promote the source material, that isn’t likely.  Either way, this one is worth a look for anyone interested in something a little different.

Monogatari Series: Second Season:  Episode 12 (11 was another recap)
Little girls shouldn’t play with oddities.

Now that adventures in vampire time travel are finished, it’s time to move on to the next tale of oddities and crazy girls.  This time Nadeko is back, because this girl just can’t seem to stop messing with snakes.  It seems crucifying all those snakes back in the first season has come back to haunt Nadeko, literally.

Ro-Kyu-Bu!  SS:  Episode 11
Not in my house!

The final game is underway, and Rena soon realizes she don’t know shit about loliballin’.  That doesn’t mean that the rest of her team is going to hand over victory, however.  Next week we see the conclusion to this intense game (and maybe even figure out what Tomoka is planning.)!

Rozen Maiden (2013):  Episode 12
Remember when this was actually ABOUT the Alice game?

This week the show is tying up its loose ends in the slow, painful death that has become the ending.  There is lots of discussion about the Alice game, even though it is pretty obvious the show isn’t going to cover that story arc. There is still one episode left, but the preview for next week pretty much killed any hopes of something interesting happening.  I could honestly drop this without a second thought, but I’ll stick through it since I’ve made it this far.

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 24
(Attack on Titan)
Dis gon’ be good.

I’ll be nice to the slowpokes that aren’t keeping up, so I won’t divulge the identity of the female titan.  With the covert operation to capture here gone terribly wrong, another battle unfolds within one of the “safest” parts of the kingdom.  Next week is the final episode, and that makes me really sad.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 23
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Mental illness and illusions of grandeur are prerequisites for any science major.

The quest to save Febri has uncovered a conspiracy of scientists planning a revolution in Academy City.  Time is running out, so Misaka and her friends have no choice but to face the STUDY Corporation and its army of 20,000 robots by themselves; because Academy City is the most morally bankrupt place on earth.  Can Misaka, a pocket full of loose change, and some cute friends save the city from corporate terrorism?

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!:  Episode 11
(It’s Not My Fault I’m Not Popular!)
AKA: Watamote
I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m not really sure Tomoko DESERVES to have friends.

Much like swimsuit episodes and hot springs episodes, the school festival is an inevitable tradition for any anime that takes place during high school.  The interesting thing about this school festival episode is that it comes from the perspective of someone with a severe social anxiety problem and a terrible attitude.  Tomoko invites her old friend to join in on the fun… and creepiness.

Extra Anime of the Week:
Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu
(Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C³)
Would you?

This is a show I wasn’t originally planning on picking up, but after reading a summer preview article written by Anime News Network’s professional troll, Zac Bertschy, I just had to watch this.  Why?  Because the Author made the audacious claim that a show about cute girls playing airsoft is a form of gun fetishism that potentially causes the mass shootings that plague America, and I had to see exactly how full of shit this douchebag really was.  (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2013/the-summer-anime/zac  Seriously, give this thing a read for some great laughs.  It gets really good when he previews Free and goes on a tirade about how fanservice aimed at males is for creeps, but fanservice aimed at females and homosexual men is fun and charming.  How progressive!)

So what did I find when I picked up an anime that some idiot blames for a social/political problem that has existed for decades in a nation on the other side of the globe?  A really great show, actually.  Stella is the latest entry tapping into the military/moe/sport craze that recently blew up thanks to Girls und Panzer.  It is pretty much a show about cute girls playing airsoft, but thanks to the brilliantly animated “imagination” of the main character and some really interesting character development, this show fleshes out to become much more than meets the eye.  The subject of airsoft itself seems to be fairly well researched, and the show may even have the potential to spark some interest in the game for some people.  An interesting cast of characters and a series of odd events and developments keep things entertaining beyond all the airsoft; but the “battles” and the over-the-top “gunplay” make this show really fun to watch.  This anime seems to attract the crowd of fans that enjoyed shows like Upotte and Girls und Panzer, and I can say this show may be your cup of tea if you enjoyed that stuff.

Weekly Anime Round-Up: September 9th– September 15th

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.)

Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation:  Episode 10
(Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation)
This should be the first sign that Iris Heart is nearby.

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.

Danganronpa:  The Animation:  Episode 11
Somehow I doubt that.

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?

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Ilya:  Episode 10 End
Friendship is the nuclear weapon for magical girls.

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!

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 23
Red 5 is back!

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!

Highschool DxD NEW:  Episode 11
Truly the greatest of all demon powers.

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.

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen:  Episode 10
(The World God Only Knows:  Season 3)
Watch out for that conquest…

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.

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi:  Episode 11
(The Sunday without God)
These are my thoughts every time they visit another place.

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…

Ro-Kyu-Bu!  SS:  Episode 10
B-but that’s not the true spirit of basketball!

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!

Rozen Maiden (2013):  Episode 11
And now it’s time for adventures in… clock repair?

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.

  Senki Zesshou Symphogear G:  Episodes 11
Tales of Symphogear

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.

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 23
(Attack on Titan)
Wait, what’s so funny?

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.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 22
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Nothing like hanging out with an old friend…

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!)
AKA: Watamote
Well, at least Tomoko made a new friend…

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.

Extra Anime of the Week:
Gatchaman Crowds
Yes, this is somehow Gatchaman.  Yes, it is actually really good.

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.