Weekly Anime Round-Up: February 18th – February 24th

This has been a rather odd week for anime, so I will open with some good news:  The Evangelion 3.0 BD will be out in April, meaning those of us that don’t speak Japanese will be one step closer to being able to see it.  This week’s episode of Psycho Pass had a mishap that will be explained when we get to it, but the saddest news is that Senran Kagura will not be included in this week’s round up.  Senran Kagura is only available at this time through a small handful of fansubbers, none of which are in a hurry to put out this week’s episode.  Should this trend keep up, I will be forced to revert to including Senran Kagura 1 week behind as I was originally.  Sorry big-titty ninja fans, but that’s the way it goes…

AKB0048:  Episode 21
I hate to use this reference, but the empire strikes back…

Fun has been reaching an all-time high on Akibastar, and the anti-fun space marines aren’t having it.  An all-out assault has begun on one of the last free worlds of fun and entertainment, and the situation gets ugly fast.  Can fun rise again?

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT:  Episode 7
(I Don’t Have Many Friends)  AKA: Haganai
This is how Rika plans out a shopping trip for a birthday party.  Seriously.

Kobato’s 14th birthday is coming, so the neighbor’s club has decided to go on a shopping trip for her party.  Most of this episode is full the craziness that happens when the socially-inept neighbors club wanders around a crowded shopping center.  Also, I hope you like sexy nun fanservice…

Little Busters!:  Episode20
Sadly enough, this really was how to get girls when I was in high school.

Kud’s story arc is put on hold this week for OTHER important Little Buster business: completing missions attached to random stray cats!  This time the mysterious cat-master tasks Rin with helping a fellow student hook up with her arch enemy, Sasami.  I nearly died of laughter during the “rap” scene.  Just watch it.

Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru:  Episode 8
(My Girlfriend and my Childhood Friend Fight Too Much) AKA: Oreshura
I love the subtle references in this show.

Eita’s plans of avoiding girls to acquire knowledge have gone up in flames at this point, especially now that Masuzu has begun scheming Gendo Ikari style. Now Eita is being forced to go on a date with Ai to the movies to dig up more dirt, with Chiwa tagging along.  Of course, this situation quickly gets out of hand.

Psycho Pass:  Episode 18
This was the least fugly screencap I could get.

Time constraints caused this episode to skip the quality checking process before airing, with disastrous results.  The level of QUALITY in this week’s episode is laughably bad, especially for a show with such a high budget.  The poor animation actually caused the director of the show to post an apology on Twitter, making anime news headlines this week.  This episode still had some important stuff going on in terms of the storyline, and at the very least you will get a few laughs out of the off-model art.

Robotics;Notes:  Episode 18
Well, this can’t be good.

Despite being warned by the school and JAXA to scrap Gunpro-2, Akiho and Kaito simply said “fuck it”, and rebuilt Gunpro-2, just in time for the robotics expo!  Unfortunately, it seems the crowds are turned off by Gunpro-2’s resemblance to Gunvarrel, now made infamous by the “secret” episode that went public recently.  To make matters worse, it seems that Exoskeleton, the manufacturer of robots and murderous prosthetics, has brought their own giant robot to the show

Shinsekai Yori:  Episode 21
(From the New World)
Finally, something we can all agree on.

Saki’s lesbian ex-girlfriend has finally returned… too bad she’s now a murderous fiend that is pretty much unstoppable.  The queerats have decided they are sick of being slaves, so they have unveiled their new plan to mass-produce fiends to destroy the entire human race.  Just for the record, I hated them from the very beginning.

Vividred Operation:  Episode 7
It really is annoying when your friends come over to your house only to try to bang your little sister.

All of the ecchi from recent episodes has almost caused me to forget that this show is about fighting the monstrous alone.  This week a powerful new alone threatens to not only destroy the Manifestation Engine, but the core of the Japanese government as well.  The fighting and animation in this episode is nothing short of spectacular, to the point of being pleasantly surprising.  This show may be ridiculous, but damn, it’s like purified, concentrated anime entertainment.

Zetsuen no Tempest:  Episode 19
AKA: The Civilization Blaster
This is when people stop being polite, and start acting REAL.  MTV presents, The Real World:  Mages

Mahiro and Yoshino FINALLY discuss the subject of Yoshino dating Mahiro’s sister, as if they couldn’t drag that whole thing out any longer.  Now everyone is moving in together for some reason.  I honestly have no fucking clue where this show is going.  I’m really fighting the urge to drop this and add GJ-Bu or Mondaiji-tachi to the round-up in its place since I’m watching and loving both of those shows right now as well; but if I sat through the last half of Sword Art Online, I guess I can man-up and finish this.

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