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!

Weekly Anime Round-Up: April 1st – April 7th

Just as the last of the winter shows featured in the round up is ending, the spring anime season has come out in full force.  Last spring’s anime season was great, but this spring is looking to be awesome.  A few big names in anime have come back for second seasons, and there is a huge variety of new stuff to go around as well.  I picked up a lot of shows this season, and I’m going to try and do my best to include everything I’m watching into the roundup right off the bat.  This week’s roundup is the biggest one ever, and there are still a few shows that have yet to air!

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge:  Episode 1
(The Severing Crime Edge)
Yes, murderers are now moe.

This is an unusual, yet very interesting show I have been waiting to watch for a while now.  The story is about a boy named Kiri that happens to have an irresistible urge to cut hair.  Wait, it gets even stranger from here.  When Kiri runs into a girl with “cursed” hair that cannot be cut, one thing leads to another and Kiri discovers he is among a group of people that possess “Killing Goods”, mysterious tools handed down to the descendants of infamous murderers.  This is probably going to be one strange trip.

Date a Live:  Episode 1
Beware of the deadly imouto wake up call.

Date a Live is a show that dares to ask the question: what can be done to make the romance comedy genre totally fucking awesome?  In Date a Live, powerful beings known as “Spirits” are responsible for a destructive phenomenon known as time-space quakes.  There are only two known ways to stop them: fight them off with swarms of cute girls in sexy, high-tech combat gear, or… date them.  The first episode was completely ridiculous… and it was ridiculously entertaining.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 1
It’s time for robots, friendship, and justice!

Mecha anime doesn’t come around very often any more (Outside of the Gundam franchise), but for whatever reason there is a handful of them all in this season.  Majestic Prince is perhaps the most basic of them all, as it seems it is only setting out to be a typical “hot-blooded” mecha anime with a light-hearted approach.  This show was neither amazing nor disappointing in its first outing, but the mechanical designs and fight scenes alone make it seem like this will be a fun show to watch.

Haiyore! Nyarlko-san W:  Episode 1
(The Crawling Chaos Nyarlko-san W)
Nyarlko is back, as lewd as ever!

My wish for a second season of Nyarlko has been granted, almost exactly one year later.  Everyone’s favorite adorable and perverse abominations have returned for more of the craziness that made them so loveable in the first place; and with an opening theme song that is somehow even catchier that the first one.  I’m truly overjoyed to have this show to look forward to each week this season.

Hataraku Maou-sama!:  Episode 1
(The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
This is an excellent question.

What would another season of anime be without at least one comedy that has a concept of pure absurdity?  The first several minutes of this show reveal the epic rise and fall of Satan himself before he is banished from a realm of magic to our boring modern world.  Now Satan and his personal minion must struggle to survive as low-wage workers until they can gain their powers back and conquer the world.  This show is a fine example of anime’s knack for executing off-the-wall ideas into great entertainment, as the first episode completely caught me off guard with how good it was.

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride:  Episode 1
When all else fails, maid café!

Just as I began to miss the large breasted ninja’s of Senran Kagura, here comes some large breasted Samurai to fill the void!  This is the sequel to Samurai Girls, and to those not familiar with this series, it is basically about a group of girls with master samurai spirits dwelling within them, and naturally the only way to power them up is by making out with them.  This show is pretty much an ecchi harem with action and comedy, and a unique animation/coloring style.  If you are expecting a serious samurai drama, you came to the wrong place.  If you are expecting hot girls, boobies, and panty-shots, you will be delighted.  The best part?  This is airing on AT-X, meaning it is completely uncut!

Little Busters!:  Episode: 26
Fun Fact: Your friends will never be as awesome as the Little Busters.

It is nearly time for the big game, and now Riki has been assigned to lead the Little Busters to victory.  While this ends this particular story arc, the true secrets of the world have yet to be answered.  No worries though, “Little Busters: Refrain” has already been announced.  From the preview at the end of this episode, it looks like Key’s special blend of sadness and suffering is waiting for us.  At least there is time to stock up on Kleenex.

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san:  Episode 1
Is your body ready for moe mermaids?

Muromi-san is a cute and downright hilarious show hidden amongst the bigger shows of the season.  It is the story of a boy spending his days fishing until he encounters Muromi, an insane mermaid that decides to hang around him, and eat his fishing bait, each day.  Did I mention Muromi is crazy?  Each episode is about 12 minutes long, and you will be laughing your ass off the entire time.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.:  Episode 1
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA:  Oreimo 2)
Everyone’s favorite eroge-gaming, perverted imouto is back!

This is the long awaited sequel to Oreimo, a slice of life/comedy about a high-school student named Kyousuke and his younger sister Kirino.  On the surface, Kirino is a popular and athletic girl that works as a clothing model.  However, Kirino is a master of hiding her powerlevel: in reality, she is obsessed with anime, manga, and sis-con eroge games.  The comedy is clearly aimed at those in the know about “otaku” culture, and has a similar vibe to shows like Lucky Star and Comic Party.  This picks up right where the last season left off, so hopefully we will get some answers to some of the burning questions last season left us with!

Red Data Girl:  Episode 1
Let’s just keep using science and hope for the best.

Red Data Girl is another show based off of a novel, and there has been a lot of buzz going on about it.  After being pleasantly surprised with how Shinsekai Yori turned out, I decided to give this show a shot as well.  It is about a girl named Suzuhara that mysteriously destroys any electronics she uses.  There appears to be much more going on than what appears on the surface, and it seems like this is going to be a really interesting story as it develops.

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 1
(Attack on Titan)
Oh shit…

I wasn’t sure if I was going to pick this show up, until I came across a scathing review on Anime News Network that literally bashed the show for being “too awesome.”  (Protip:  ANN hates anime, unless a paid advertiser suggests otherwise.)  The show takes place in a world where mankind hides behind massive walls, because there are giants outside of those walls that love snacking on humans.  This is pretty brutal for TV anime, so I don’t recommend this if you are squeamish.

Suisei no Gargantia:  Episode 1
(Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet)
Friends don’t let friends pilot mecha drunk.

This is perhaps the most anticipated anime of the entire season, especially since there are some big names behind its writing, design, and production.  The first part of this episode shows a massive space battle that was one of the most awesome scenes of its kind; which leads us to the story of how our protagonist, a pilot named Red, becomes stranded on a seemingly primitive world.  This show has a lot of hype behind it, so things can go either way, but this first episode was really amazing.