Weekly Anime Round-Up: September 24th – September 30th

This week most shows in the round-up come to an end.  Most of the new shows for the Fall season will be starting up next week, but this week we already have a new show to add to the round-up.  There is also some great news this week:  a second season of everyone’s favorite moe abomination comedy,    Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, has been officially announced!

Dog Days Season 2:  Episode 13 End

This week Shinku and company say their goodbyes and return home… and that’s pretty much it.  While I loved the first season of this show, this season seemed to be really confused with what direction they were going to go with.  The first season’s formula of cute, fun, and action has been changed around with rather poor results.  This time it felt like they flirted with making this an ecchi comedy, slice of life, and adventure show all at the same time, without pulling off any of these changes effectively.  There are already rumors buzzing about a third season, and after seeing this mess of a season, I literally face palmed.

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate:  Episode 12 End
(Love, Election, and Chocolate)

The show about the most intense school election is finally over, and what an amazing ending.  (Your thoughts may vary, depending on what girl you were rooting for…)  I really did not know what to expect from this show at all when I first started watching it, but eventually it became one of my favorites of the season.  This show had a great mix of slice of life antics, romance, drama, and political intrigue that got better with each episode up to the very end.

Kono Naki ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru!:  Episode 12 End
(One of Them is my Little Sister!)

The true imouto is finally revealed! (For real this time!)  Now Shougo can safely bang his classmates without fear of committing an act of incest and losing a corporate empire!  I was a little disappointed by the “open” ending of the show, but I still enjoyed it.  The first volume of the Blu-ray is packed with all the naughty content that was censored in the TV version, just in case anyone wanted to do more research on creampuffs.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Season 2:  Episode 12
(Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere)

The battle against the Spanish armada continues, yet again.  (Were you expecting everyone to just sit down and have tea?)  This week money, baseball bats, and perverts are all used as weapons, along with the traditional anime staples of swords, guns, and giant robots.  Enjoy yet another dose of crazy, fast paced fighting this week.

 Oda Nobuna no Yabou:  Episode 12 End
(The Ambition of Oda Nobuna)

This episode sums up the current story arc, but remains open ended, implying the possibility of another season.  None of the questions I had this season ever got answered, (Such as how the hell Sagara went back in time, or how/if he ever goes back to the future.) and I felt a bit disappointed with the show overall.  I picked this up thinking this was going to be an action-packed show with cute samurai girls, and instead I got incompetent Japanese warriors getting humiliated by little girls.  It was entertaining enough to keep me watching, but just barely.

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse:  Episode 13

Yuuya has come to the rescue, but unfortunately even more BETA are rushing to the hanger where Yui is located.  It seems the production values have bumped up a bit for the second half of the season, and there has been much more action in these past few episodes.  While this show had a fairly weak start, I’m already much more impressed with the pacing of the show for this half of the season.

Shinsekai Yori:  Episode 1
(From The New World)

From the New World takes place 1000 years into the future.  It seems the event of people discovering psychic powers in the 21st century did not work out very well for civilization, and Japan now seems to resemble the feudal days.  The story revolves around a group of students attending a school that trains people in the use of their psychic powers.  While things seem cheery and peaceful on the surface, it would seem there are some very dark mysteries surrounding the school and modern society in general.

Sword Art Online:  Episode 13

Kirito and Asuna’s leave of absence from the guild is cut short when they are summoned back to headquarters.  A team sent to clear the 75th floor has disappeared from the boss room, so a massive raid party is assembled to investigate and fight the boss.  Before setting out to fight the boss, Kirito begins to wonder if he is simply better off staying in the game world, while Asuna becomes concerned about what could be happening to their bodies back in the real world.

Weekly Anime Round-Up: September 17th – September 23rd

The summer season is coming to an end, and on that note two awesome shows aired their last episodes this week.  Accel World and Yuru Yuri are over, and both shows will be missed.  The weekly round-up may start to trim down for a bit during these next couple weeks as more shows finish up, but don’t worry, they will soon be replaced by a handful of new shows I plan on watching for the Fall season.

Accel World:  Episode 24 End

The final battle is Dusk Taker is underway, and now the pressure is on Haru to prove his worth to the Nega Nebulous legion.  As this story arc comes to an end, it seems there are still many questions left behind about the true nature of Brain Burst.  This show is selling reasonably well, and even has an upcoming PSP game in Japan; so there is a good chance we will get another season down the road.  This was one of my favorite shows of the year so far, and a big contender for my top 10 shows of the year.

Dog Days Season 2:  Episode 12

With only one episode left, the action and drama is getting intense for Shinku and friends.  Nah, just kidding- like the rest of this season, not much of interest happens this week.  It may seem premature to criticize this show before it’s finished, but I’m going to say this was one of the biggest flops of the season, and a huge disappointment.  I honestly have contemplated dropping this a few times over the course of the season, but I held on purely due to my love of the first season.  The cute, fun, and light-hearted nature of the original has somehow been confused with filler-grade fluff this time around, and this episode was more of it.  Even a mind-blowing final episode next week won’t make up for this season, but I’ll be sure to gripe about it when the time comes.

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate:  Episode 11
(Love, Election, and Chocolate)

Now that Yuuki knows the truth behind the so-called “Public Safety Committee”, he finds out his political career may be over before it has even started.  There is a lot that happens this week, and this article would be spoiler-tastic if I went on about what happened.  Stop reading this and go watch, NOW.

Kono Naki ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru!:  Episode 11
(One of Them is my Little Sister!)

As “Mister X” continues to help Shougo stop the plot to take over the company, Miyabi has decided to step up her game and ask Shougo on an actual date.  Unfortunately, Shougo’s doubts about the girls he had finally begun to trust are becoming more intense as new facts come to light.  Will Shougo ever be able to get some without ruining a chance to run a massive corporation and become stupid rich?  Hopefully we will find out next week!

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Season 2:  Episode 11
(Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere)

As Tenzou races to save his love interest, the battle against the Spanish Armada continues at a furious pace, and this is only the first half of the fight!  If there is one thing that is certain, this season of Horizon is certainly not lacking in the action department.  The entire second half of this season has been nothing but Horizon’s trademark wacky combat, and this has been one hell of a fun ride.  Next week will likely wrap up this story arc, so get ready for things to get even crazier.

Oda Nobuna no Yabou:  Episode 11
(The Ambition of Oda Nobuna)

Word has reached Nobuna that Sagara did not survive his last battle (?), and she is not taking it well.  Now the rest of the crew has to find a way to calm Nobuna’s rage before she uses her military might to crush the will of the people she was working to unite.  Next week is the final episode, so we will have to see what happens then…

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse:  Episode 12

Yui desperately struggles to find a way to destroy the radiation cannon in order to keep it out of Soviet hands, while also dealing with a horde of BETA without a TSF.  Can Yui survive a swarm of hungry, hungry BETA long enough to accomplish her mission?  Will she ever just admit that she secretly wants to bang Yuuya?  We have yet another half of this season to find out!

Sword Art Online:  Episode 12

A member of the Liberation Army requests help from Kirito and Asuna to rescue someone who has been trapped in a secret dungeon beneath Beginner Town.  A sudden encounter with a high level monster reveals the shocking truth behind the mysterious girls Kirito and Asuna have been taking care of.  On a side note, it seems the popularity of this show has spawned an equal amount of haters out there.  The funny thing is, even though this show is only halfway over, I’m already considering it for an AOTY contender.  Haters gonna hate…

Yuru

This time the Yuri’s have decided to do Snow White and the 7 Dwarves for a school play.  This ridiculous rendition of a fairy tale classic turned out to be a hilarious way to end the season.  I had almost as much fun watching this as I did watching Nyarlko from the spring season, and I will surely miss the joy of Yuru Yuri Mondays.

[Not Very] Weekly Anime Round-Up: August 27th – September 16th

Okay anime fans, I messed up.  The boring and wretched toils of real, non-2D life got ahold of me for a few weeks, so the “weekly” round-up did not happen for a bit.  A combination of working massive amounts of overtime, moving to a new city, and waiting to have precious internet installed had forced me to put the round-up on a temporary hiatus.  Fortunately I found a way to marathon 3 weeks’ worth of anime and get caught up with the important things in life, such as futuristic online gaming, mecha combat, and teenage time-traveling lesbians.  For the sake of brevity and brining things back to the status quo, I’m going to jump right into the current episodes.

Accel World:  Episode 23

Now that Haru has figured out the secret behind Dusk Taker’s ability to stay hidden from match lists, he has finally decided to confront him before his master returns.  Dusk Taker has challenged Haru and Taku to a match that will put everyone’s burst points on the line- the winner will take a huge pile of burst points, the loser will lose everything and have Brain Burst forcefully uninstalled forever.  I also discovered something interesting during the past few episodes:  it turns out this show and Sword Art Online both take place in the same universe, and both franchises were written by the same author.

Dog Days Season 2:  Episode 11

Now that the “war” between the three kingdoms has come to pass, it will only be a matter of time before Shinku and company will have to return to Earth.  Naturally, this means it’s time for a body-switching episode, since no one has used that cliché for a while.  This episode was filler-tastic, which is pretty disappointing considering this season may only have one or two episodes remaining.  However, there is some fun in watching Shinku try and deal with being stuck in the body of a large-breasted ninja…

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate:  Episode 10
(Love, Election, and Chocolate)

After Yuuki survives his close brush with death, he now has to deal with a literal “clinger”.  To make matters worse, Yuuki has discovered that the group sponsoring his candidacy has a rather shady background.  This episode of full of drama and political thrills, not to mention some shocking revelations…

Kono Naki ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru!:  Episode 10
(One of Them is my Little Sister!)

Shougo has finally found his real sister, and has decided to go back to finding a bride.  Unfortunately, his bride hunt will have to wait until he deals with that little conspiracy take control of his father’s company.  Can Shougo foil the plot to steal what is rightfully his before it is too late?  Looks like we will have to watch and see!

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Season 2:  Episode 10
(Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere)

The battle with the Spanish Armada is finally underway, and even though the Spanish fleet is destined to “lose” this battle according to the plan, they intend to sink the Musashi no matter what.  As the battle rages on, some of the crew has moved into England in order to help Tenzou save his newfound love… and get some revenge on the Trumps of England.  Prepare yourselves for even more spectacular, over-the-top action this week!

Oda Nobuna no Yabou:  Episode 10
(The Ambition of Oda Nobuna)

Sagara is beginning to feel the consequences of tampering with the past, as he finds the events around him are growing more difficult to predict.  Just as he begins to question how he can still be useful to Nobuna without being able to use knowledge of the future, one of the most critical battles in this era is about to take place.  There are some really crazy things that happen during this episode, so to avoid any nasty spoilers I’m not going to say anything else.

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse:  Episode 11

A swarm of BETA rushing the base seems to be bad enough news, but things go from bad to worse when everyone figures out that the Soviets “allowed” this to happen.  It seems the Reds really want Japan’s shiny new radiation cannon for themselves, and will do anything to have it.  Can the team figure out a way to fight off the BETA and keep those dirty commies from stealing that really awesome gun?

Sword Art Online:  Episode 11

Kirito and Asuna have finally tied the knot, or at least they have in the virtual world.  In order to celebrate, they have decided to take a temporary leave from the guild and buy a home together.  As they go about enjoying their new lives together, they stumble upon a mysterious lost girl that has no name or stats, unlike a normal player.  Now the newlyweds have set out to return this lost girl home, and hopefully find her parents in the game world.

Yuru Yuri Season 2:  Episode 11

This week the girls discover a time machine just lying about the clubhouse for absolutely no reason.  Naturally, this causes Akari to accidentally get sent 1 year into the past.  Akari ends up trapped in the past when she finds out the time machine is broken, and she will need the help of a certain explosion-loving scientist in order to get back to the future.  In the meantime, Akari makes several attempts to alter her past in hopes of securing her place as the “main character” of the group.  The only bad thing about this episode is knowing there will only one more episode of this show left.

Weekly Anime Round-Up: August 19th – August 26th

This week Kono Naki plays catch-up by delivering a double dose this week to make up for the time lost to the Olympics.  We are finally entering the second half of this season, and the hype for the fall season is already building up.  In other news, it was recently announced that the Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise of RPG’s will be getting the anime treatment, a nice tidbit of news for those overlapping fans of anime and video games.

Accel World:  Episode 20

With the side story from the last two weeks finally over, we finally get to see what becomes of Haru and Taku as they fight Dusk Taker… and Chiyuri.  The intensity of the fight causes Haru to unleash a frightening new power, just as the match ends due to time.  There is plenty more rage to be had when Haru and Taku confront Chiyuri about her betrayal.

Dog Days Season 2:  Episode 8

As the three kingdoms prepare for a major event, Becky and Biscotti have a chat about where they stand about pursuing a relationship with Shinku.  Meanwhile, a lost spirit now turned into a literal cat burglar plagues the kingdom with a taste for all things shiny and expensive.  This felt a lot like a filler episode, but next week there should be some great action when the “war” begins again.

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate:  Episodes 7
(Love, Election, and Chocolate)

With a victory in the primaries in the bag, the gang prepares for their next step in the election.  In the meantime, Yuuki has an interesting confrontation with Chisato in the bath, and then finds himself in a huge bind when he tries to help his drunken teacher.  What is the lesson of the day?  Leave drunk people alone.

Kono Naki ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru!:  Episode 6&7
(One of Them is my Little Sister!)

Shougo eliminates yet another girl from the list of potential imoutos… but he is still full of doubts about the entire situation.  He finally decides to do the smart thing and employ DNA testing in order to find some relief, and possibly score.  Leave it to the creative minds of the Japanese to find a way to make a DNA cheek swab perverse…  Oh, and brace yourself for some heavy-handed censorship in episode 6.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Season 2:  Episode 7
(Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere)

As the dust settles from the huge fight with the Trumps of England, the crew decides to make their plea to gather the Armaments of deadly sins.  The tension rises as the execution of Bloody Mary draws closer and a war for the purpose of re-creating history is brewing. Unfortunately, the crew of the Musashi will have to bargain with England’s queen, and she is not amused.

Oda Nobuna no Yabou:  Episode 7
(The Ambition of Oda Nobuna)

Nobuna continues her conquest, and attempts to fill in a power vacuum left by a fallen shogunate.  Sagara uses some spare time to wander about, only to run into a nun in distress and yet another young warrior.  Altogether this was a fairly uneventful episode.

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse:  Episode 8

The team arrives in the Soviet Union and is preparing to test a new TSF weapon in live combat against the BETA.  Unfortunately it would seem there are members of the Soviet Union should not be considered “comrades”, as poor Inia discovers.  It seems next week we will finally be able to see some decent fighting against the BETA, so look forward to it.

Sword Art Online:  Episode 8

Two years have passed in the game at this point, and it seems most of the players have adjusted to their new lives.  There are growing signs that many players have grown complacent, and have even lost their desire to finish the game and return to reality.  Kirito eventually finds himself having to help Asuna deal with an obsessive guild member that challenges him to a duel.

Yuru Yuri Season 2:  Episode 8

Kyouko and the girls are working on her manga, while trying to ensure that Chinatsu does not “help”.  The girls also go out for some karaoke, and Chinatsu goes on a “date”.  Chinatsu hatches a plan to go to a horror movie in order to make a move, only to have it horribly backfire.

Comcast’s Xfinity Service Conveniently Has No Bandwidth Cap

Comcast’s new Xbox 360 app, Xfinity TV, has raised some questions about their practice of managing network traffic.  Usage of this service does not count towards a customer’s broadband cap, and the service is provided from a separate “lane” of broadband on the Comcast network.  The way Comcast is managing network traffic has caused some critics to question if what they are doing is a violation of FCC regulations.

FCC regulations prohibit an ISP from “prioritizing” certain kinds of traffic over others on a public network.   Comcast claims the Xfinity service uses a “separate but equal” lane of traffic.  Even if this is true, it still seems unfair that customers using other video on demand services such as Netflix or Hulu will gobble up their bandwidth caps, while users of Xfinity TV get a free pass.

Source:  Ars Technica