Weekly Anime Round-Up: April 22nd – April 28th

Things are moving along nicely in the fourth week of this very awesome spring anime season.  I have an awesome addition to the round up this week, as the Japanese BD of Evangelion 3.33 has been around for about a week.  The official US release is still a couple months away, but never forget, when it comes to anime, when there is a will there is a way…

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge:  Episode 4
(The Severing Crime Edge)
The worst cop ever?

Things have been quiet for a couple months thanks to Kiri’s first victory.  As Kiri and Iwai enjoy the peace, trouble is still brewing.  After all, who can resist getting all their wishes granted for the simple task of murdering a little girl?  This week Kiri also runs into another Author, a twisted judge, and his “Instead”, an inept policewoman.  Oh, and a really nice couple that runs a tiny café…

Date a Live:  Episode 4
Your little sister will never be this cool.

Shidou has captured the heart of a spirit, effectively sealing her power away.  Just as it seems things are safe, Shidou has to deal with the jealously of his new spirit girlfriend and a certain sexy mecha girl.  And now another spirit shows up, because things just can’t be that easy.

Evangelion 3.33:  You Can (NOT) Redo
Pirate Asuka>>>>>>Asuka

Fans around the world have already figured out how to watch this film one way or another, and with that there is both joy and controversy.  I’m going to do my best to avoid spoiling things, but this movie is crazy enough that nearly everything is a surprise to some extent.  Anyone who has seen the first two films should have noticed by the end of the second film that this series is taking a departure from the original storyline laid out by the TV series.  The third film takes off from that radical departure, which has some fans in a bit of an uproar since Evangelion is perhaps one of anime’s most cherished franchises.

That being said, this movie is still “Evangelion”, with much of the universe and it’s “feel” still intact, but nonetheless this is still a very different story.  With all that out of the way, I can say that this was a really great movie.  The story opens up lots of interesting possibilities and sets the stage for the final movie.  As expected of theatrical anime, the art and animation are nothing short of superb.  I really can’t stress enough how incredible the visuals of this film are, as there are some “sets” that are simply amazing to look at for their sheer awesomeness in design.  I had a great time watching this, and the preview for the fourth and final film has left me dying to see more.  This is a must see for fans of Evangelion, regardless if you think you will love it or hate it.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 4
I would give all of my money to her to fix my car.

Thanks to a grand screw-up from a douchebag in command, a “simple” mission against a supply route turns into an encounter with elite forces.  This week we learn a little more about the origins of the MJP team, along with the results of this dangerous encounter.  It looks like we may have an inevitable training story arc ahead of us.

Haiyore! Nyarlko-san W:  Episode 4
(The Crawling Chaos Nyarlko-san W)
This was all part of Nyarlko’s plan to bang Mahiro…

Now that peace is once again restored to the universe, Nyarlko is back to her usual task of trying to get some from Mahiro.  Poor Nyarlko is out of luck though, especially now that Mahiro has discovered a place to buy cheap forks.  And thus the sanity-depleting fun continues.

Hataraku Maou-sama!:  Episode 4
(The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
Satan is now a hero.  Checkmate, Christians.

After an both the “hero” and an earthquake come to cock-block Maou from getting himself some top-tier coworker lovin’, the most loveable dark lord of all time uses his powers to save people trapped in the rubble.  Emi finds herself shocked to see that the person she fought so hard to destroy has suddenly turned a new leaf.  There also seems to be some more visitors from the realm of magic on the way…

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko:  Episode 3
(The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat)
Everyone loves that stony cat!

As Youto and Azusa patch things up and make good with the cat god, poor Tsukiko is still stuck being unable to show her emotions.  Tsukiko has discovered that her inability to show emotion has hindered one of her favorite activites, and turns to Youto for help.  Being light-hearted, fun, and incredibly cute is the formula of this show, and it is terrifyingly effective.

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride:  Episode 4
As soon as the concept of marriage is introduced the girls INSTANTLY go insane.

The evil and incredibly lewd Gisen has returned, claiming loyalty now that her real master cannot return for hundreds of years from now.  Just as the girls are ready to toss Gisen out to avoid even more competition, Gisen mentions a rumor that becoming a samurai bride to a general yields even more power to a master samurai.  The catch is, only one master samurai can become a samurai bride.  And so the harem turns to the game of “which girl will win.”  Also, there are boobs.  Have fun!

Kakumeiki Valvrave:  Episode 3
(Valvrave the Liberator)
Say, do you mind if I harvest your blood and steal your body?

Haruto has become a hero to his classmates and his nation, and social networks all over the Dyson Sphere have been singing his praises.  Meanwhile, everyone in military prison gets an important lesson:  L-Elf is nothing to fuck with.  Once again, Valvrave delivers even more action.

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san:  Episode 4
And so we learn a lesson about the ecosystem and yetis, harpies, and mermaids.

Muromi invites yet another old friend, this time a yeti from the Himalayas.  The usual antics ensue, made worse by the appearance of a harpy that is loathed by Muromi since she hates birds.  There are important lessons about the food chain of mythical beasts.  Take notes.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.:  Episode 4
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA:  Oreimo 2)
I love classy otaku entertainment.

Kirino invites her rival from America to stay in her home, in hopes of beating her in another race.  When the petite Ria arrives and starts getting clingy with Kyousuke, Kirino immediately berates her brother for being a lolicon, then drags both of them back out into Akihabara.  I hope none of you are offended by a bit of shimapan…

Red Data Girl:  Episode 4
 This is what old people think the internet can do.

Suzuhara quickly finds out that her new school is just as, if not even more so, dangerous than her old one.  It isn’t long before Suzuhara notices dark shadows coming for her, and more supernatural craziness ensues.  The pacing is really picking up, and I think things are going to get really interesting very soon.

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 4
(Attack on Titan)
Sasha is quickly working her way up as best girl.

Now that training is finally over, Eren and company have high enough scores to choose a comfortable life behind the center wall, or a chance for revenge.  By this point I think we all know what Eren will do.  The next episode is going to be awesome, or devastating, or both.  On a side note, the opening theme song from this show has started a meme over in Japan.  Just like the “Guile’s theme goes with everything” meme, the same has been done with the opening to Attack on Titan.  Check YouTube and Niconico for the AoT theme being played alongside everything from Madoka Magica and K-ON to ramen noodles being cooked and Snuggle fabric softener ads.  Trust me, its loads of fun.

Suisei no Gargantia:  Episode 4
(Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet)
Ledo discovers Earth girls ARE easy.

Ledo has proven himself enough to earn the right to stay on Gargantia, but not without first getting a bill for breaking a hangar roof in the first episode.  This episode is focused on world building, but the interesting twist is the audience learns about both Gargantia and the Galactic Alliance that Ledo has come from.  I would also like to point out that Amy’s friends are hot.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 3
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Without Misaka around, poor Kuroko is reduced to dry-humping her stuffed animals.

Fans of Index should already have realized that this season of Railgun takes place during the “Sisters” arc, told from Misaka’s perspective.  What is really cool about this is that many for the little gaps in the Sisters arc are filled by this story.  I really wish I could see the faces of Railgun-only fans when Accelerator shows up.

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