Weekly Anime Round-Up: July 16th – July 21st

Outside of the usual events of the round up, there is only one major change this week.  By now most Horizon fans know that Crunchyroll has a delay of a few days after the original airing.  I have unfortunately lost my ability to get my hands on early subs of the show, so that means I have to wait just like everyone else.  This means Horizon will not be in this week’s round-up, as I will have to align the show with Crunchy’s schedule.  Boo, Crunchyroll, Boo.  There is also a possibility that a couple shows may be dropped due to time constraint and lack of personal enjoyment- I’m looking at you, Arcana Famiglia and Space Brothers.

Accel World:  Episode 15

Haru’s confrontation with his most dangerous enemy yet results in him losing his ability to fly.  Haru now finds himself broken in both the real world and accel world, and Chiyuri is now at risk of becoming a “pet” of their newfound enemy.  As Haru contemplates giving up on Brain Burst altogether, he challenges his first opponent in a fight of desperation, only to find a new comrade in the accelerated world…

AKB0048:  Episode 12

Just about everything that can possibly go wrong on Lancastar, goes wrong.  The DES isn’t playing games anymore, and their determination to destroy fun is more vicious than ever.  I don’t want to spoil anything for the fans that have made it this far into the show, so I’m not going to give a rundown of the events this week.  Check out this week’s episode… and prepare for a dose of despair.

Arcana Famiglia:  Episode 3

This week was yet another uneventful episode with the Famiglia.  The gang hangs around church telling ghost stores and goofing off, likely for the sake of character development and introduction.  Depending on how the next episode of this goes, this could wind up like Medaka Box from last season.  That’s right Arcana Famiglia, you are on notice.

Dog Days Season 2:  Episode 3

Becky finally gets to show off her new powers after her over the top transformation from last week.  Once the war is over, celebrations begin in the nations of Galette and Biscotti to mark the arrival of heroes new and old.  The show returns to the usual pace of light-hearted fun and insane amounts of cuteness.  Also, Becky survives the entire episode without having to suffer another transformation sequence.

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate:  Episode 3
(Love, Election, and Chocolate)

Now that it’s been decided Yuuki will run for student council president, it’s time to come up with a strategy.  Fortunately for Yuuki, it seems they will easily get the support of clubs that are also threatened by the proposed budget cuts of the other candidate.  However, they soon discover they are going to have to work hard to get the rest of the votes they need.  An unlikely group has offered to help the food research club find those votes, but what ulterior motives could they be hiding?

Kono Naki ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru!:  Episode 3
(One of Them is my Little Sister!)

When Konoe and Miyabi stumble upon Shougo having a close encounter with Mr. (Miss) X, they are quite concerned that Shougo could have a thing for men.  Since this would be a big problem for a couple of girls looking to get into the wealthy family, Konoe and Miyabi decide they will “cure” Shougo of his yaoi fetish.  Now poor Shougo has to compose himself from letting loose as the girls feed him aphrodisiacs and force themselves into bed with him.  Since Shougo still does not know which of these girls is his sister, he must resist at all costs…

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Season 2:  Episode 3
(Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere)

Delayed until next week.  Blame Crunchyroll.

Oda Nabuna no Yabou:  Episode 2
(The Ambition of Oda Nabuna)

Yoshiharu makes the foolish mistake of striking Nabuna’s brother, causing a dispute within the Oda clan and getting himself put up for execution.  Nabuna gives him the chance of avoid execution by being promoted to a general, but only after coming up with 8,000 koku (Old Japanese unit of measurement, about 1 cubic meter) of rice.  Using a money making strategy from the Nobunaga’s Ambition game he used to play, he finds himself practically swimming in money.  Now to get the rice and quell a civil war…

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse:  Episode 3

With Japan now captured by the BETA, one of the survivors moves on to Yukon Base in Alaska, where a project to advance TSF technology is taking place.  Now a crew of top TSF pilots competes amongst each other for the purpose of testing TSF units for the UN’s project Prominence.  This episode is kind of like Top-Gun, but with mecha. The one American pilot is even given the nickname, Top Gun…

Space Brothers:  Episode 16

If you guessed this week’s episode of Space Brothers is about being in isolation again, you are right.  I’m not going to lie, this shit is getting old.  The isolation chamber arc of this show also isolates the viewers from anything interesting that has been happening with other characters, which is one of the best parts of this show.  This is starting to remind me of the Endless Eight episodes of Haruhi- everyone wanted them to be over and yet they just kept coming.  Please get these people the fuck out of this thing.  Oh yeah, they are now running out of food.  Yay.  I really want to keep watching this, especially since I am so far into the series, but I may drop this show if this story arc lasts much longer.

Sword Art Online:  Episode 3

Kirito finally decides to join a guild, but he decides to keep his true level a secret from everyone.  This proves to have dire consequences later on, leaving Kirito to become a solo wanderer yet again.  When a new event tied to Christmas Eve promises the arrival of a boss that brings a rare drop, Kirito sets out to fight the new enemy by himself in hopes of finding redemption for his terrible mistake.

Yuru Yuri Season 2:  Episode 3

This week put’s the spotlight on Himawari and Sakurako, and their Tsundere-style relationship.  (If you don’t know what tsundere means and you are watching currently-airing anime, then google it.)  While the main group of girls does not get as much screen time this week, the typical humor of the show is still intact.  Say what you will about Yuru Yuri, but anyone that can get through an episode of this without a few laughs or a smile on their face is probably dead inside.

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