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.

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