Weekly Anime Round-Up: April 15th – April 21st

The third week of the spring anime season has come and gone, and at this point most shows have laid out the groundwork for things to come.  While I (obviously) enjoy anime in general, this is perhaps one of the greatest seasons to come around in long time.  If anyone out there can seriously look at this season and still cry about anime being “dead”, please just move along to another hobby, the rest of us are having plenty of fun without you.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge:  Episode 3
(The Severing Crime Edge)
Iwai struggles with lewd thoughts during her first sleepover.

Another “Author” has come to town, armed with a sledgehammer as his Killing Goods.  Kiri decides to spend the night at Iwai’s home to protect her, and inevitable fan service occurs.  Kiri finally has his first real fight against another Author, and it was as awesome as a fight between someone with scissors and someone with a sledgehammer could possibly be.  Anime, you so crazy.

Date a Live:  Episode 3
Jealous women can be dangerous, jealous women with mecha combat armor and sniper rifles are deadly.

Shidou’s first date with a spirit begins, with the full crew of the Ratatosk behind him.  This is a fairly typical “date” episode, until you take into account that if the date goes wrong the entire city will be destroyed, and that there is an entire squad of girls in mecha-suits waiting to strike.  The most dangerous part?  Tohka has discovered she can’t resist human cuisine!

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 3
 Too bad no one loves a clinger.

There are lots of good reasons that members of an elite military squad should not be put out for public display.  One of those reasons is that one failed mission has made the MJP the laughing stock of the galaxy.  The higher ups decide to give everyone on the team a short vacation before their next mission, but can the “failure five” actually relax during their break?

Haiyore! Nyarlko-san W:  Episode
(The Crawling Chaos Nyarlko-san W)
By their powers combined…

As expected of every villain in this show, yet another nonsensical plan to destroy…er annoy the universe has been hatched.  This time the bad guys have found a book that allows them to make anything they want, and in this case it is a monster that resembles the giant sayan apes from Dragon Ball Z.  Why?  So they can make up endangered species for sake of receiving donations for an organization to save them.  As always, there are more references strewn about than can be counted, and the comedy just keeps on coming.

Hataraku Maou-sama!:  Episode 3
(The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
You will never see a girl this cute working at a fast food joint.

Dark lord Satan has encountered yet another trial from our world: His first date!  Strangely enough, this date concerns some rather serious business.  Low wages and a high cost of living are not the only villains of this show, apparently, as yet another traveler from the realm of magic arrives!

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko:  Episode 2
(The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat)
At least Youto made it about five minutes on the date before this happened.

Youto takes advantage of his urge to say what is on his mind by asking Azusa out on a date, in hopes of finding a way to reverse the power of the stone cat.  The insanely cute character designs have already made this show a fan favorite this season.  The OP and ED sequences alone have nearly cause countless moe-related heart attacks.  Enjoy!

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride:  Episode 3
Naoe finally gets her transformation.

Naoe hatches a scheme to get the dojo’s recent newcomer, Sasuke, thrown out, a sales competition for the maid café.  Unfortunately, Naoe underestimated how cute a monkey that transforms into an even cuter cosplay-maid girl is, and her plan backfires.  And it also seems that one of the dark samurai are on the prowl…

Kakumeiki Valvrave:  Episode 2
(Valvrave the Liberator)
Standing on a giant robot as it starts up isn’t going to stop it.  Just saying.

Haruto is just starting to notice some strange side-effects to the injection he was given upon starting up Valvrave; most noticeably a case of immortality and the ability to possess the bodies of other people.  This episode has lots of action and even more surprises.  This one is a must see for fans of action and sci-fi.

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san:  Episode 3
Muromi-san is what you get if It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia had a cast of drunken, immortal mermaids.

This week Muromi’s friends try to cure her racism against sea mammals, especially dolphins.  Poor Muromi had a bad romance with a newly-evolving species millions of years ago, so naturally she is disgusted by any sea creature that breathes air.  Good anime comedy is hard to come by, but this is top-shelf stuff, folks.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.:  Episode 3
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA:  Oreimo 2)
Behold- the ultimate otaku lair!

This episode looks into the origins of Saori, the leader of Kirino’s otaku club.  This episode added some much-needed background about one the most mysterious characters of the show.  You will know how devoted a fan you have become of all things manga and anime depending on how jealous you are of Saori’s sister’s meeting place.

Red Data Girl:  Episode 3
Evil spirits are so pretty when they get exorcised.

After a strange trip to the city, things get even weirder at home.  It seems that familiars get jealous rather easily, and don’t mind a bit of killing to satisfy their rage.  Get ready for some thrills and lots of eastern-style mystic craziness.

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 3
(Attack on Titan)
Even in anime, Drill Instructors are great with insults.

Eren and his friends have made their commitment to take revenge on the titans by joining the military.  This episode shows the typical military training scenario seen in countless films, complete with a foul-mouthed, wisecracking Drill Instructor.  It was actually really interesting to see the medium of anime take on this sort of thing, and it made for a surprisingly entertaining episode.

Suisei no Gargantia:  Episode 3
(Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet)
Congratulations anime, you just found a way to make pirates more awesome.

The citizens of Gargantia are both disappointed and scared shitless of Ledo’s ability to vaporize pirates, creating a tense situation, and some seriously pissed off pirates.  When the sexiest pirate leader of all time shows up for revenge, the people of Gargantia reach out to Ledo one more time, hoping he can hold back the urge to instantly kill everything in sight with his amazing space mech.  This episode has sparked controversy amongst viewers, with some fans questioning why the people of Gargantia aren’t just relying on Ledo to slaughter ALL pirates, because that seems like a sound plan.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 2
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Just when you think you are safe… BAM! KUROKO!

The girls have already returned to their bad habit of researching urban legends that wind up being both real and dangerous; this time they get involved with someone that is mysteriously leaving behind pre-paid cash cards with random amounts of money on them.  This seemingly innocent, perhaps benevolent prank can only be the work of someone terrible, which is par for the course in Academy City.  On a side note, I’ve noticed some pretty hefty upgrades to the art and details, so it seems like JC Staff has brought out the big guns for the second season of Railgun.

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