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

Three of shows have come to an end this week, and almost all of them will finish up next week.  Things will be slow for the next couple weeks, but there is some good news:  Girls und Panzer has returned!  The conclusion to one of the biggest shows of last year is finally upon us!  Mahou shoujo fans also have a special treat this week, as the Lyrical Nanoha A’s movie finally came out on BD, with English subtitles included!  Naturally, I added this awesome movie to this week’s roundup, enjoy!

AKB0048:  Episode 25
Look out!  That fun is comin’ right for us!

As the girls rehearse for the concert to take back Akibastar, things on their home world are nothing short of terrible.  A strange phenomenon causes the girls to take a peek into the hidden world where the “center nova” disappear into, and learn a bit about their true origin.  Prepare for a cliffhanger ending.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT:  Episode 11
(I Don’t Have Many Friends)  AKA: Haganai
Even when sick, Rika maintains her elegant passion for romance.

Being the only person capable of spicing up Sena’s ridiculous movie with high-quality CG special effects has taken a toll on Rika, causing her to fall ill.  The Neighbors club decides to cancel the film screening for the festival, so they call all enjoy the movie together as… friends.  Just as the festival finishes up, jealousy gives birth to the greatest enemy the Neighbors club has ever faced, and things wrap up with a shocking event!  Get ready for the shocking conclusion next week!

Girls und Panzer:  Episode 11
Can the girls of Oarai stop moe Nazis?

The much anticipated conclusion to last year’s biggest hit is finally here!  The wait was long, but kudos to the team behind this show for admitting they needed more time to deliver an awesome ending.  This episode is packed with tons (forgive the pun) of tank action, and a powerful reminder of how awesome this show can be.  The cliffhanger at the end will leave you begging for next week to get here.

Little Busters!:  Episode: 24
I’m not sure if they are determined or angry.

Now that another member of the Little Busters has had their problems solved, it’s time for yet another mysterious mission from the cat master!  This time the gang has been assigned the simple task of putting on a puppet show.  While looking through some children’s stories written by Komari, Riki is disturbed by what seems to be an ominous foretelling in one of the stories.  What is going to happen when Rin and Riki discover the true secrets of their world?

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s
Magical rocket-powered sledgehammers are the solution to any problem.

For those not familiar with the series, Lyrical Nanoha is a magical girl show in a world where magic, science, and advanced technology are all mixed together.  These movies are a retelling of their respective television series.  This is the second installment, based on the second TV series, and the third and final movie covering the third TV series has been announced at the time of this article.  These films are awesome because they are the pure essence of anime at its finest:  that strange yet amazing blend of being both incredibly cute and awesomely badass all at once.

This film takes place a couple years after the first, as Nanoha is reunited with Fate after she has repaid her debt to society and the Time-Space Administration Bureau.  Not long after the happy reunion, a group of powerful mages attack with the intention of stealing their linker-cores, the source of their power as mages.  This movie is packed with awesome, over the top fight scenes, amazing animation, incredible music, and everything else one would expect from an anime made for the cinema.  This movie was so good; a Japanese police sergeant was arrested for recording a cam-rip of this film just to watch at home.  Fortunately, thanks to the fact that English subtitles are included on the Japanese BD’s, (and the fact that the internet is your best friend) you can enjoy this movie at home without the threat of incarceration!  Don’t miss this one!

Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru:  Episode 12
(My Girlfriend and my Childhood Friend Fight Too Much) AKA: Oreshura
Anime Fact:  Men naturally reach for the nearest pair of breasts whenever they fall down for safety reasons.

Eita and the girls have arrived at the beach house to get settled in before the contest.  If you haven’t realized it yet, it is time for the inevitable beach episode and the usual antics that come with it.  A surprise encounter with Mana and Masuzu finding an important passage in Eita “8th grader syndrome” notebook serve to add more fuel to the fire of “which girl will win?”  I’m personally hoping for orange to come out and win, but smart money is on silver right now.  Place your bets!

Psycho Pass:  Episode 22 END
Time for a good ol’ fashioned knife fight.

This week we finally find out if someone can stop Shougo from ruining everyone’s delicious hyper oats and bringing down Sybil with chaos caused by mass starvation!  I honestly didn’t expect this show to end as well as it did with only one episode to wrap up so many events, but they somehow managed to pull off a really satisfying ending.  This was one of the best original series I have seen in a long time, and a serious AOTY contender.

Robotics;Notes:  Episode 22 END
Can Gunpro-1 save mankind?

The final battle between the rebuilt Gunpro-1 and Exoskeleton’s high-tech war machine has finally begun!  This show had a lot of ups and downs, but it was worth watching to the end.  This is a “must watch” for fans of Science Adventure visual novels and anime shows (Chaos; Head, Steins; Gate), but it should be said that no one should go into this expecting another Steins; Gate.  Just for the record, I still say Frau was best girl.

Senran Kagura:  Episode 11
I hate bean sprouts, but I would eat bean sprouts with her all day every day.

The great ninja clash has begun!  Once again, the girls each face off with their own arch enemies, hoping to dish out some payback for last time.  Meanwhile, Hibari must escape from her holding cell so she can tell her friends about the terrible curse placed on the students of the dark faction.  Will the balance between light and darkness be restored?  Will we finally get a bath scene with the girls from the light AND dark factions bathing together?  All questions will be answered next week when we finally get to the conclusion of the breast ninja film of all time!

Shinsekai Yori:  Episode 25 END
(From the New World)
Even after attempted genocide, Squealer delivers the laughs.

The final episode of Nightmare Fuel: the Anime is finally upon us.  Discussion of what happened during this episode would actually spoil the ENTIRE series, so I’m keeping my lips sealed.  Don’t worry; you will be thoroughly disturbed when this is over.  This show wasn’t a spectacular anime, but it was fascinating, unique, thought provoking, and deserving of much more praise than it has received in both Japan and the west.  While this has been a commercial failure, this show is a hidden gem that is worth watching by anyone looking for something that breaks away from typical anime formulas.

Vividred Operation:  Episode 11
I’m not sure if this was an intentional reference or not…

The UN has arrested Rei and taken her to a special detention facility, because it seems the UN doesn’t care for acts of terrorism against critical energy infrastructure.  Despite knowing Rei is their enemy, Akane and friends just simply can’t resist friendship; so they make the sound decision to suit up and fight their way into the UN detention facility for one last talk with Rei.  What could possibly go wrong?

Zetsuen no Tempest:  Episode 23
AKA: The Civilization Blaster
This is the best possible response to getting caught with pornography.  10/10

The final preparations for the attack on the tree of Genesis are being made, but not without some more drama from the lovely princess, of course.  The last half of this episode features mages vs. naval battleships, and I have to admit I have forgotten how awesome the fights are in this show when they actually happen.  The grand finale airs next week!

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