Weekly Anime Round-Up: May 20th – May 26th

Anime fans that still rely on Toonami will be pleased/infuriated to know that Sword Art Online will be gracing the Toonami lineup.  Yes, last year’s greatest train wreck is now Toonami’s problem thanks to the fact that SAO somehow became one of the most popular anime series outside of the big 3.  Ugh…  In other news, Nyarlko is finally back, and I dropped Red Data Girl because I was one of the only viewers left that hadn’t dropped Red Data Girl.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge:  Episode 8
(The Severing Crime Edge)
Rule book is kinda like the Cheshire cat, but with more strangling.

Strangely enough, Kiri and Iwai’s visit to a secret organization of murderers is much safer than anyone would have imagined…  And then Rulebook shows up, proving that he just can’t resist choking people in the name of justice.   Will Kiri live to obsess over hair cutting another day?

Date a Live:  Episode 8
Must… resist… the… dark side…

Shido has been presented with a challenge no man should ever take on under any circumstances: taking 3 girls on a date at the same time, without any of them knowing about the other dates.  This challenge is further complicated by the fact that he is going on dates with a deadly swordswoman, a mass murderer, and a highly-trained combatant.  Should anything go wrong, countless lives are at stake.  No pressure, right?

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 8
Will command find a way to screw up using a brand new superweapon?

The Battle of Ceres has begun, with a bit of a shaky start thanks to the higher-ups in command doing what they do best: making stupid decisions.  The ultimate result is actually the most amazing episode of MJP of all time.  Mecha fans will be treated to an orgy of space warfare in an episode that is pretty much one huge action scene.  The action is all fairly cliché, but that is to be expected at this point, and the magnificent CG used in this episode raises the bar for TV anime.

Haiyore! Nyarlko-san W:  Episode 7
(The Crawling Chaos Nyarlko-san W)
This is either an animated special on sex offenders, or Nyarlko-san is back!

Mahiro’s mom wins a pass to the local water park during a shopping spree in Monster Hunter…er… work.  This means that, for the second season in a row, it’s time for another swimsuit episode!  Come for the sexiness, stay for endless parodies and crushing loss of sanity points!

Hataraku Maou-sama!:  Episode 8
(The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
Why aren’t you eating at MgRonalds?

Sadao’s new neighbor is surprise, yet another visitor from his home world looking to keep tabs on him. Her unusual level of friendliness has Emi and Chiho watching with jealous eyes (even though Emi will never admit she is jealous.)  The real problem at hand, however, is a certain fried chicken joint with a creepy manager is stealing away business from MgRonalds right as Sadao starts his new position!

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko:  Episode 7
(The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat)
The Steel King attempts to explain her stash of siscon photos.

Another poorly thought-out wish made with the stone cat has Youto trapped inside Tsukiko’s house, alongside her sister and Azusa.  This shows unusual blend of comedy, drama, and insane levels of cuteness all come together in a really awesome way this week.  Get ready to have some truths about Tsukiko brought to light towards the end of this episode.

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride:  Episode 8
It is also a good chance to squeeze in some perverse tentacles.

The deadline for the fight with the Dark Samurai is approaching, but there are rumors around the city of a murderer wandering the streets.  The murderer is some form of dark shadow spirit tentacle-thingy, and since this is an ecchi show you should all know where this is going.  This still makes more sense than Valvrave.

Kakumeiki Valvrave:  Episode 7
(Valvrave the Liberator)
Very convenient, considering there is no gravity in the room…

Ah, it’s time for everyone’s favorite train wreck of the season (perhaps of the entire year,) the show labeled by its own fan base as “so bad it’s good.”  The madness starts early this week, with a brief and seemingly unnecessary time-skip of Saki fighting the bad guys, 200 years in the future.  Things quickly return to current events, when the enemy makes a counterattack.  Get ready to rage when the audience is expected to believe that Haru is pinned down by a heavy beam- in a room with no gravity.  This scene set off a shit-storm between critics and diehard fans of the show… oh internet.

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san:  Episode 8
Yes, Muromi also hates penguins.

Muromi ponders why she can’t seem to get Taku to fall for her, and this somehow causes her to swim to the Antarctic.  Here she encounters yet another fish-craving arch-nemesis, penguins.  As an added surprise, Leviathan returns!

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.:  Episode 8
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA:  Oreimo 2)
Kuroneko performed a magical class change into a holy angel warrior for her first date.  C’mon “real” girls, are you even trying?

Kyousuke and Kuroneko go on their first date as a couple, and when dating an otaku, cosplay is bound to be involved.  This was a really fun, cute episode.  Then there was the last 5 seconds… we must wait until next week to see what becomes of such shocking information!

Red Data Girl:  Episode 8
Fucking dropped.

My original plan was to keep plugging away at this show to the bitter end for the sake of the article, considering I will even sit through a train wreck of a show for this piece.  However, when this episode caused me to actually fall asleep when I was planning on using that time to watch far better anime, I decided it is time for RDG to go.  Even shows that have become as silly as Valvrave still have some form of entertainment value.  RDG’s slow pacing and bland use of Japanese mysticism are the anime equivalent of Ambien, so for the rest of this season I’m going to make better use of the 23 minutes per week this show stole from me.

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 8
(Attack on Titan)
A sound battle strategy.

Just when it seems everyone is screwed, a rather odd titan appears, and it seems to love killing titans.  There is some awesome fighting between humans and titans, along with some pretty badass titan vs. titan combat on the side!  The end of this episode is ultra-shocking, and now we all have to eagerly wait for next week’s episode.

Suisei no Gargantia:  Episode 8
(Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet)
Who wants to stay on a ship full of hippies and Hideuze sympathizers?

Gargantia’s leader has passed away, just as some of the ships and their people begin to demand to leave.  With a fresh leader in place, many now see Gargantia as an easy target for pirates and are making preparations to leave the fleet, while others are planning on using Ledo’s mecha to fight the “whalesquids” and salvage lost technology they seem to be guarding.  We are long overdue for a dose of suffering in the near future.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 7
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Kuroko… Kuroko never changes…

Misaka still seems to be pissed off about having her DNA used for a brutal experiment instead of a cure for muscular dystrophy, so she has begun her hunt for every lab involved in the experiment.  As scientists around the city try to figure out why electricity keeps blowing up all of their stuff, Misaka’s friends at Judgment are trying to figure out what she has been doing every night.  Kuroko also continues to do what Kuroko does best…

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