Weekly Anime Round-Up: December 10th – December 16th

This week has brought some bad news for GuP fans.  It seems there are even more setbacks in production, meaning that the show will have some rather hefty delays.  Episode 10 will air next week, even though the production team has already stated there will be some touchups needed for the BD version.  The following episode to air for this year will be episode “10.5” another recap episode (that I won’t be covering).  Episode 11 has been delayed all the way until march, but there are promises for several bonus OVA’s being added to the BD version for loyal fans.  Anyway, there was still a lot of fun to be had with the anime that aired this week, so let’s get started!

Busou Shinki:  Episode 11
Even shinki’s know alcohol is the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.

While the girls plan a surprise party for Strarf, one of their friends has decided to enter a shinki tournament.  When the tournament goes wrong, the shinki’s do the same thing the rest of us do when things go bad: get drunk.  While the rest of the shinki’s are getting loaded, Strarf decides to visit a man that claims to be her original owner…

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!:  Episode 11
(Despite My Adolescent Delusions, I Want To Date!)
Sanae dares to ask the question:  Why so serious?

Rikka has begun to come to terms with her past, and has finally removed her eye patch and started acting like a normal girl.  The problem is, now Rikka has become a soulless shell of her former self, and her best friend and “servant” Sanae has been shattered by the sudden change.  I have to admit this was a tear-inducing episode.  Will Rikka and Yuuta fall into a spiral of misery and depression for the sake of fitting in, or is it time for the Dark Flame Master to revive the power of the Tyrant’s Eye?  We will have to find out next week.

Girls und Panzer:  Episode 9
Submit to the Groove-a-tron and DANCE!

Now that the girls are cornered by adorable Soviets, they must plan a way to escape and win this battle, or their school-carrier ship will be lost forever.  With so much on the line, the girls have decided to refuse the offer to surrender, risking their lives for the school they love.  This episode is packed with that one-two punch of cuteness and awesome tank battles that have made this show such a hit.

Little Busters!  Episode: 11
Scenes from this episode should be made into a music video with the Ghost Busters theme song.  Get on it, internet.

The Little Busters have decided to take a break from Baseball and problem solving, to do the one other task they are good at: screwing around.  The Busters have decided to roam around the school at night for a spooky “test of courage”, to look into some of the rumors of hauntings at the school.  When it turns out there may be something that actually goes bump in the night, the Little Busters take on the role of Ghost Busters.

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse:  Episode 22
And now for what we all came here to see, big robots and explosions.

This week terrorists learn that taking over a base full of the world’s best TSF pilots may have been a dumb idea.  While firefights and geo-political backstabbing ravage the base, it seems someone was crazy enough to set loose some laser-class BETA from a research lab to spice things up a bit.  Will our beloved pilots of “Top-Tsun” be able to survive the chaos?

Psycho Pass:  Episode 10
When latent criminals tell cute girls to strip, they listen.

When Akane’s friend suddenly calls her to come out to strange part of the city, she decides to have Shinya tag along.  As expected, it turns out all of this was just a trap to lure out Shinya and pit him against that creepy-ass cyborg with a shotgun.  And, as usual, Ginoza is a dick.

Robotics Notes:  Episode 10
It’s always best to leave behind scientific discoveries worth millions to go back to building shitty robots.

This episode starts off with the gang discovering a strange stone that falls from the sky, described by Airi as a monopole.  The show goes off on a long tangent explaining what a monopole is, and how important it is, just for everyone to forget about it and go back to that robot thing they keep messing with.  One strange thing about this show that has been getting on my nerves is that it seems to have two plots.  Every time something really strange happens everyone just seems to ignore it and go back to video games and hobby robots.  This would be fine for the first few episodes, but now that the show is halfway through, it just seems really strange that the story can’t seem to get up off of the ground.

Shinsekai Yori:  Episode 12
(From The New World)
Psychic powers are way more fun when used to blow people up.

The Ethics committee has summoned Saki, and seeing as she “knows too much”, this is a rather frightening ordeal.  Lucky for her, they are more interested in offering her a deal instead of just killing her outright.  Saki also learns a lesson about the dangers of Fiends and Karma Demons.  While this episode was not too dramatic, there is a lot of interesting things going on, as well as further explanation to some of the shows more “WTF” moments from earlier episodes.

Sword Art Online:  Episode 24
Fun Fact: Asuna’s character in this story arc is only around to be raped.

Kirito has finally used enough bad plot devices to find his way to Asuna, where he finally confronts his enemy.  After a little bit of Asuna abuse, it’s time for what has to be one of the lamest confrontations for a final battle in all of fiction, along with even more bullshit/”miracles”.  We have one more episode of this left, and even if it consisted of the entire female cast having an orgy in a bathhouse I would still be disappointed.  We have all come this far, so we might as well finish what we started…

Zetsuen no Tempest:  Episode 11
(Blast of Tempest/ AKA The Civilization Blaster)
Bouncing boobs are the motivation of any hero.

Yoshino has finally figured out a way to bring the princess back to the future.  Unfortunately, he still has to stall the mage clan while keeping Mahiro from making any crazy moves.  Meanwhile, the military continues to blast away the barriers surrounding the tree of exodus, and a certain breast-loving hero shows up to help my favorite secret agent fighting on the front lines.

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