Weekly Anime Round-Up: April 30th-May 6th

Week 5 of the spring anime season has come to pass, and this week a new show was picked up.  AKB0048 has joined the watch list, if anything for its unusual concept. (What else is new this season?)  Let’s get down to business and see what happened last week…

Accel World:  Episode 5

This week Haru finds himself face to face with his old friend Takumu, AKA “Cyan Pile.”  This entire episode surrounds the fight between Silver Crow and Cyan Pile, with a few surprises here and there.  On an interesting side note, it’s interesting to see all the buzz on forums of people that are angry that short, pudgy Haru has gained the affection of Kuroyukihime.  Haters gonna hate.

Picked Up:
AKB0048  Episode 1

The popular Japanese Idol group, AKB48, is now part of a sci-fi anime series about outlaw idol singers.

After Earth lies in ruin from a massive war during the early 21st century, mankind has colonized new worlds.  Unfortunately some of these worlds are led by oppressive regimes that place heavy restrictions on entertainment.  A rebellious idol group known as AKB0048 is mankind’s last hope in… escaping boredom.  The silly concept of this show gets even better when a “guerrilla” idol concert erupts into a battle between mecha and shock troops with lightsabers.  I picked this up just to see the ridiculous spectacle, but it was actually very fun to watch.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-San:  Episode 4

Japan’s goofy take on Cthulu Mythos carries on in yet another crazy episode.  This week viewers finally get to see the origin of Mahiro’s fork-wielding when his monster-hunting mother returns home from work.  This week yet another alien joins the crew, a small boy named Hastur, however his powers have yet to be revealed.  Looks like we will have to wait until next week to see if Hastur can tear up monstrosities as well as Nyaruko and Kuuko.

Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?  OF THE DEAD:  Episode 5
(Is This a Zombie?  2nd season)

When Sera leaves the house for “vampire-ninja” business, Haruna is put in charge of holding up the fort, even though it’s Ayumu’s house.  A lazy day around the house of chores and eating tangerines is shaken up by Eu falling ill.  Get ready for some good laughs when Ayumu seeks out advice on how to take care of an ill denizen of the underworld.

Natsuiro Kiseki:  Episode 5
(A Summer-Colored Miracle)

This week’s episode surrounds Yuka and Rinko.  Rinko catches a cold from wandering in the summer rain, so Yuka stay’s by her side.  Things get strange when it’s revealed that Rinko hallucinates and sees a whale whenever she has a fever, and it turns out these visions surround the events that brought the 4 girls together as friends when they were younger.  This week’s episode was one of the weaker runs of this show, especially since it was lacking the “silly wish of the week.”

Sankarea:  Episode 5

This time Chihiro finds himself trying to find a way to keep Rea’s body from rotting away, as well as dealing with her rigor mortis.  As Chihiro discover’s his senile grandfather may have invented the zombie potion, poor Wanko winds up in a rather unusual situation.  Prepare yourself for the last few minutes of this episode when the most unusual zombie attack of all time happens…

Upotte!!:  Episode 5

The assault rifle tournament is in full swing this week, making this one of the most action-packed episodes of the show so far.  Get ready to see M-16 show off her stuff as she faces two opponents by herself while suffering from a rifle malfunction.  Even more “shock and awe” comes up later on during a disturbing battle between FNC and the batshit-crazy Sako.

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