Weekly Anime Round-Up: April 22nd – April 28th

Things are moving along nicely in the fourth week of this very awesome spring anime season.  I have an awesome addition to the round up this week, as the Japanese BD of Evangelion 3.33 has been around for about a week.  The official US release is still a couple months away, but never forget, when it comes to anime, when there is a will there is a way…

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge:  Episode 4
(The Severing Crime Edge)
The worst cop ever?

Things have been quiet for a couple months thanks to Kiri’s first victory.  As Kiri and Iwai enjoy the peace, trouble is still brewing.  After all, who can resist getting all their wishes granted for the simple task of murdering a little girl?  This week Kiri also runs into another Author, a twisted judge, and his “Instead”, an inept policewoman.  Oh, and a really nice couple that runs a tiny café…

Date a Live:  Episode 4
Your little sister will never be this cool.

Shidou has captured the heart of a spirit, effectively sealing her power away.  Just as it seems things are safe, Shidou has to deal with the jealously of his new spirit girlfriend and a certain sexy mecha girl.  And now another spirit shows up, because things just can’t be that easy.

Evangelion 3.33:  You Can (NOT) Redo
Pirate Asuka>>>>>>Asuka

Fans around the world have already figured out how to watch this film one way or another, and with that there is both joy and controversy.  I’m going to do my best to avoid spoiling things, but this movie is crazy enough that nearly everything is a surprise to some extent.  Anyone who has seen the first two films should have noticed by the end of the second film that this series is taking a departure from the original storyline laid out by the TV series.  The third film takes off from that radical departure, which has some fans in a bit of an uproar since Evangelion is perhaps one of anime’s most cherished franchises.

That being said, this movie is still “Evangelion”, with much of the universe and it’s “feel” still intact, but nonetheless this is still a very different story.  With all that out of the way, I can say that this was a really great movie.  The story opens up lots of interesting possibilities and sets the stage for the final movie.  As expected of theatrical anime, the art and animation are nothing short of superb.  I really can’t stress enough how incredible the visuals of this film are, as there are some “sets” that are simply amazing to look at for their sheer awesomeness in design.  I had a great time watching this, and the preview for the fourth and final film has left me dying to see more.  This is a must see for fans of Evangelion, regardless if you think you will love it or hate it.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 4
I would give all of my money to her to fix my car.

Thanks to a grand screw-up from a douchebag in command, a “simple” mission against a supply route turns into an encounter with elite forces.  This week we learn a little more about the origins of the MJP team, along with the results of this dangerous encounter.  It looks like we may have an inevitable training story arc ahead of us.

Haiyore! Nyarlko-san W:  Episode 4
(The Crawling Chaos Nyarlko-san W)
This was all part of Nyarlko’s plan to bang Mahiro…

Now that peace is once again restored to the universe, Nyarlko is back to her usual task of trying to get some from Mahiro.  Poor Nyarlko is out of luck though, especially now that Mahiro has discovered a place to buy cheap forks.  And thus the sanity-depleting fun continues.

Hataraku Maou-sama!:  Episode 4
(The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
Satan is now a hero.  Checkmate, Christians.

After an both the “hero” and an earthquake come to cock-block Maou from getting himself some top-tier coworker lovin’, the most loveable dark lord of all time uses his powers to save people trapped in the rubble.  Emi finds herself shocked to see that the person she fought so hard to destroy has suddenly turned a new leaf.  There also seems to be some more visitors from the realm of magic on the way…

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko:  Episode 3
(The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat)
Everyone loves that stony cat!

As Youto and Azusa patch things up and make good with the cat god, poor Tsukiko is still stuck being unable to show her emotions.  Tsukiko has discovered that her inability to show emotion has hindered one of her favorite activites, and turns to Youto for help.  Being light-hearted, fun, and incredibly cute is the formula of this show, and it is terrifyingly effective.

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride:  Episode 4
As soon as the concept of marriage is introduced the girls INSTANTLY go insane.

The evil and incredibly lewd Gisen has returned, claiming loyalty now that her real master cannot return for hundreds of years from now.  Just as the girls are ready to toss Gisen out to avoid even more competition, Gisen mentions a rumor that becoming a samurai bride to a general yields even more power to a master samurai.  The catch is, only one master samurai can become a samurai bride.  And so the harem turns to the game of “which girl will win.”  Also, there are boobs.  Have fun!

Kakumeiki Valvrave:  Episode 3
(Valvrave the Liberator)
Say, do you mind if I harvest your blood and steal your body?

Haruto has become a hero to his classmates and his nation, and social networks all over the Dyson Sphere have been singing his praises.  Meanwhile, everyone in military prison gets an important lesson:  L-Elf is nothing to fuck with.  Once again, Valvrave delivers even more action.

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san:  Episode 4
And so we learn a lesson about the ecosystem and yetis, harpies, and mermaids.

Muromi invites yet another old friend, this time a yeti from the Himalayas.  The usual antics ensue, made worse by the appearance of a harpy that is loathed by Muromi since she hates birds.  There are important lessons about the food chain of mythical beasts.  Take notes.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.:  Episode 4
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA:  Oreimo 2)
I love classy otaku entertainment.

Kirino invites her rival from America to stay in her home, in hopes of beating her in another race.  When the petite Ria arrives and starts getting clingy with Kyousuke, Kirino immediately berates her brother for being a lolicon, then drags both of them back out into Akihabara.  I hope none of you are offended by a bit of shimapan…

Red Data Girl:  Episode 4
 This is what old people think the internet can do.

Suzuhara quickly finds out that her new school is just as, if not even more so, dangerous than her old one.  It isn’t long before Suzuhara notices dark shadows coming for her, and more supernatural craziness ensues.  The pacing is really picking up, and I think things are going to get really interesting very soon.

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 4
(Attack on Titan)
Sasha is quickly working her way up as best girl.

Now that training is finally over, Eren and company have high enough scores to choose a comfortable life behind the center wall, or a chance for revenge.  By this point I think we all know what Eren will do.  The next episode is going to be awesome, or devastating, or both.  On a side note, the opening theme song from this show has started a meme over in Japan.  Just like the “Guile’s theme goes with everything” meme, the same has been done with the opening to Attack on Titan.  Check YouTube and Niconico for the AoT theme being played alongside everything from Madoka Magica and K-ON to ramen noodles being cooked and Snuggle fabric softener ads.  Trust me, its loads of fun.

Suisei no Gargantia:  Episode 4
(Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet)
Ledo discovers Earth girls ARE easy.

Ledo has proven himself enough to earn the right to stay on Gargantia, but not without first getting a bill for breaking a hangar roof in the first episode.  This episode is focused on world building, but the interesting twist is the audience learns about both Gargantia and the Galactic Alliance that Ledo has come from.  I would also like to point out that Amy’s friends are hot.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 3
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Without Misaka around, poor Kuroko is reduced to dry-humping her stuffed animals.

Fans of Index should already have realized that this season of Railgun takes place during the “Sisters” arc, told from Misaka’s perspective.  What is really cool about this is that many for the little gaps in the Sisters arc are filled by this story.  I really wish I could see the faces of Railgun-only fans when Accelerator shows up.

Weekly Anime Round-Up: April 15th – April 21st

The third week of the spring anime season has come and gone, and at this point most shows have laid out the groundwork for things to come.  While I (obviously) enjoy anime in general, this is perhaps one of the greatest seasons to come around in long time.  If anyone out there can seriously look at this season and still cry about anime being “dead”, please just move along to another hobby, the rest of us are having plenty of fun without you.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge:  Episode 3
(The Severing Crime Edge)
Iwai struggles with lewd thoughts during her first sleepover.

Another “Author” has come to town, armed with a sledgehammer as his Killing Goods.  Kiri decides to spend the night at Iwai’s home to protect her, and inevitable fan service occurs.  Kiri finally has his first real fight against another Author, and it was as awesome as a fight between someone with scissors and someone with a sledgehammer could possibly be.  Anime, you so crazy.

Date a Live:  Episode 3
Jealous women can be dangerous, jealous women with mecha combat armor and sniper rifles are deadly.

Shidou’s first date with a spirit begins, with the full crew of the Ratatosk behind him.  This is a fairly typical “date” episode, until you take into account that if the date goes wrong the entire city will be destroyed, and that there is an entire squad of girls in mecha-suits waiting to strike.  The most dangerous part?  Tohka has discovered she can’t resist human cuisine!

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 3
 Too bad no one loves a clinger.

There are lots of good reasons that members of an elite military squad should not be put out for public display.  One of those reasons is that one failed mission has made the MJP the laughing stock of the galaxy.  The higher ups decide to give everyone on the team a short vacation before their next mission, but can the “failure five” actually relax during their break?

Haiyore! Nyarlko-san W:  Episode
(The Crawling Chaos Nyarlko-san W)
By their powers combined…

As expected of every villain in this show, yet another nonsensical plan to destroy…er annoy the universe has been hatched.  This time the bad guys have found a book that allows them to make anything they want, and in this case it is a monster that resembles the giant sayan apes from Dragon Ball Z.  Why?  So they can make up endangered species for sake of receiving donations for an organization to save them.  As always, there are more references strewn about than can be counted, and the comedy just keeps on coming.

Hataraku Maou-sama!:  Episode 3
(The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
You will never see a girl this cute working at a fast food joint.

Dark lord Satan has encountered yet another trial from our world: His first date!  Strangely enough, this date concerns some rather serious business.  Low wages and a high cost of living are not the only villains of this show, apparently, as yet another traveler from the realm of magic arrives!

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko:  Episode 2
(The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat)
At least Youto made it about five minutes on the date before this happened.

Youto takes advantage of his urge to say what is on his mind by asking Azusa out on a date, in hopes of finding a way to reverse the power of the stone cat.  The insanely cute character designs have already made this show a fan favorite this season.  The OP and ED sequences alone have nearly cause countless moe-related heart attacks.  Enjoy!

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride:  Episode 3
Naoe finally gets her transformation.

Naoe hatches a scheme to get the dojo’s recent newcomer, Sasuke, thrown out, a sales competition for the maid café.  Unfortunately, Naoe underestimated how cute a monkey that transforms into an even cuter cosplay-maid girl is, and her plan backfires.  And it also seems that one of the dark samurai are on the prowl…

Kakumeiki Valvrave:  Episode 2
(Valvrave the Liberator)
Standing on a giant robot as it starts up isn’t going to stop it.  Just saying.

Haruto is just starting to notice some strange side-effects to the injection he was given upon starting up Valvrave; most noticeably a case of immortality and the ability to possess the bodies of other people.  This episode has lots of action and even more surprises.  This one is a must see for fans of action and sci-fi.

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san:  Episode 3
Muromi-san is what you get if It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia had a cast of drunken, immortal mermaids.

This week Muromi’s friends try to cure her racism against sea mammals, especially dolphins.  Poor Muromi had a bad romance with a newly-evolving species millions of years ago, so naturally she is disgusted by any sea creature that breathes air.  Good anime comedy is hard to come by, but this is top-shelf stuff, folks.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.:  Episode 3
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA:  Oreimo 2)
Behold- the ultimate otaku lair!

This episode looks into the origins of Saori, the leader of Kirino’s otaku club.  This episode added some much-needed background about one the most mysterious characters of the show.  You will know how devoted a fan you have become of all things manga and anime depending on how jealous you are of Saori’s sister’s meeting place.

Red Data Girl:  Episode 3
Evil spirits are so pretty when they get exorcised.

After a strange trip to the city, things get even weirder at home.  It seems that familiars get jealous rather easily, and don’t mind a bit of killing to satisfy their rage.  Get ready for some thrills and lots of eastern-style mystic craziness.

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 3
(Attack on Titan)
Even in anime, Drill Instructors are great with insults.

Eren and his friends have made their commitment to take revenge on the titans by joining the military.  This episode shows the typical military training scenario seen in countless films, complete with a foul-mouthed, wisecracking Drill Instructor.  It was actually really interesting to see the medium of anime take on this sort of thing, and it made for a surprisingly entertaining episode.

Suisei no Gargantia:  Episode 3
(Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet)
Congratulations anime, you just found a way to make pirates more awesome.

The citizens of Gargantia are both disappointed and scared shitless of Ledo’s ability to vaporize pirates, creating a tense situation, and some seriously pissed off pirates.  When the sexiest pirate leader of all time shows up for revenge, the people of Gargantia reach out to Ledo one more time, hoping he can hold back the urge to instantly kill everything in sight with his amazing space mech.  This episode has sparked controversy amongst viewers, with some fans questioning why the people of Gargantia aren’t just relying on Ledo to slaughter ALL pirates, because that seems like a sound plan.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 2
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Just when you think you are safe… BAM! KUROKO!

The girls have already returned to their bad habit of researching urban legends that wind up being both real and dangerous; this time they get involved with someone that is mysteriously leaving behind pre-paid cash cards with random amounts of money on them.  This seemingly innocent, perhaps benevolent prank can only be the work of someone terrible, which is par for the course in Academy City.  On a side note, I’ve noticed some pretty hefty upgrades to the art and details, so it seems like JC Staff has brought out the big guns for the second season of Railgun.

Weekly Anime Round-Up: April 8th – April 14th

All of the shows I’ve picked to watch this season have already aired, and are included in the biggest anime roundup of all time!  Yet another personal favorite, Railgun, is back for a long-awaited second season, but this season overall is one of the best I have seen in a long time.  There is something for just about any kind of anime fan, and some shows that are bound to become huge hits, for better or worse.  A lot of translators are working out the bugs from their scripts since the season has just begun, so if you notice any naming discrepancies between this article and last week’s article that is why.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge:  Episode 2
(The Severing Crime Edge)
The same thing happens to me whenever I order out for pizza.

This week we learn some more about the true nature of the Killing Goods and a twisted assassination game that surrounds their existence.  As I predicted last week, this unusual show is a roller-coaster of emotions.  One moment things seem cute and upbeat, the next moment things turn to murderous insanity.  One thing is for sure though, this show is certainly engaging.  There is a lot of awesome potential here, and I’m looking forward to more.

Date a Live:  Episode 2
Finally, a hero I can relate to.

The second episode of Date a Live had me both thoroughly entertained and laughing hysterically, which is good news for a show with a concept this strange.  Shidou’s venture to protect humanity from spirits is a trial by fire, when the spirit he encountered before arrives at his school.  The introduction of a “crack team” of love experts to assist Shidou was one of the funniest parts of this episode, but the strangeness of the entire premise alone is still enough to keep me watching.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 2
Protip: A press gathering is not an appropriate venue to display your fanfiction.

After a team of rookies has somehow managed to defend a colony that was going to be abandoned out of desperation, the MJP team has reached “rockstar” status among the people of the galaxy.   For whatever reason, this military-industrial complex isn’t afraid to sell out for extra income, and they have taken on corporate sponsorship, all the way to putting decals on the MJP team’s mecha.  Unfortunately, the enemy has decided to deliver a big slice of humble pie…

Haiyore! Nyarlko-san W:  Episode 2
(The Crawling Chaos Nyarlko-san W)
Everyone is enjoying the local library.  Are you?

Nyarlko has an overdue library book, but it’s no problem, she only borrowed it from a library a few hundred light years away from earth!  Of course, no visit to the library would be complete without a visit from monstrous terrorists, right?  As a special bonus for fans, there is a delicious shower scene featuring Nyarlko… yes that is important enough to mention.

Hataraku Maou-sama!:  Episode 2
(The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
I REALLY wish I could be this enthusiastic about my job.

The devil has encountered the hero that has defeated him in the realm of magic.  Fortunately for him, she has been reduced to a call center employee/knife wielding vagrant.  This show has a strange way of pointing out how vital, yet mundane our day-to-day struggles really are, with an immensely humorous tone.  This anime was practically made to put a smile on the face of any working-class wage slave.

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko:  Episode 1
(The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat)
Wait, both of these choices are terrible!

The title to this anime is likely to let down countless teenage boys across the globe, hoping they found anime porn with incredibly cute girls.  In reality, this is a comedy about two individuals that pray to a stone cat, without realizing the consequences.  The story is centered on a perverted high school student that loses his ability to keep his thoughts to himself.  Think about something similar to the film “Liar Liar” but with a perverted Japanese boy in the place of a really fucking obnoxious Jim Carrey.  This show is packed with comedy and ULTRA cute girls, and an awesome voice cast to tie it all together.

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride:  Episode 2
This is what women think happens to men after a few months of seclusion.

Ecchi fans will be thrilled with the generosity of this show’s creators and the AT-X network.  I was seriously surprised by the amount of fan-service and nudity in this episode.  There is tons of sexy samurai comedy to be had this week, enjoy!  On a serious note, however, anyone likely to be offended by sexual content in anime (a.k.a. “pussies”) should steer clear of this show.

Kakumeiki Valvrave:  Episode 1
(Valvrave the Liberator)
This should be rephrased as “do you want to be badass?”

Valvrave is another original anime for this season I have been eagerly awaiting.  There are some big names in the industry behind this, and this show gives off a vibe very similar to Code Geass.  The first episode was nothing short of awesome.  Be sure to watch after the ending sequence, some serious shit goes down.

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san:  Episode 2
Levia-san don’t give a fuck.

Muromi decides to hang out with her old friend Levia-san this time.  Levia-san is much older than she appears, as she has been hanging out since biblical times, getting drunk, destroying continents, and watching civilizations burn to the ground.  Lesson of the week:  Don’t fuck with mermaids.  EVER.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.:  Episode 2
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA:  Oreimo 2)
She is just as bad as I am every time I play a game published by NISA.

Now that Kirino has returned from Akihabara with the spoils of Otaku goodness, her friends have become concerned with her recent attachment to a new dating game.  Kyousuke ends up being caught in the crossfire, only to find himself getting hooked on the game.  Will anyone be able to resist the lure of virtual girlfriends?

Red Data Girl:  Episode 2
From what I hear, this is the best end to a TSA search at an airport.

As expected of an anime based off of a novel, there is a lot that happens this episode that seems confusing until further explanation comes later on.  What seems like a simple meeting with a trip on an airline become much more than it appears.  There are lots of thrills and plenty of questions to go with this week’s episode, so just watch and see.

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 2
(Attack on Titan)
It’s kinda like Evangelion, except the Eva’s attack people with medieval technology.

This episode devotes itself to some more world-building and development towards how our main cast becomes devoted to slaying giants.  I can already see how this show has the potential to become something either really amazing or another train-wreck like Sword Art Online, but either way, this is going to be fun to watch.  No matter what happens, we will see this through to the end.

Suisei no Gargantia:  Episode 2
(Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet)
Problem, pirates?

Ledo has finally begun to communicate with the people of Earth, a planet thought to be lost by his people long ago.  Earth is now a water world, and the “city” Ledo is stuck on is a colony of old container ships.  This entire thing reminds me of the “Thames” ship from the Xenogears video game, without the walrus-man captain.  No adventure on the sea would be complete without pirates, and now we get to see what happens to pirates when the mess with an incredibly advanced war machine…

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 1
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Beware of teleporting lesbians.

Explaining the backstory behind this massive anime franchise would mean explaining the entire “Raildex” universe, something that I should never have to explain to any anime fan that has not been living under a rock for the past few years.  This is the second season of “Railgun”, a spinoff from the popular “A Certain Magical Index” series.  This has been in the works for a long time, and a rabid horde of fans have been eagerly awaiting this show, myself included.  Don’t worry, Railgun fans, this episode will either meet or exceed your expectations.  Enjoy!