Weekly Anime Round-Up: June 17th – June 23rd

This week a couple shows in the round up have finished up, and most of the others will follow next week.  A newcomer to streaming simulcasts, Daisuke.net, has brought out the big guns for the summer anime season by announcing they will be doing a simulcast of Monogatari’s second season.  I’m planning on including this show in the round up, so keep your eyes open out there.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge:  Episode 12
(The Severing Crime Edge)
Her parents would have been so proud to have a daughter with such a badass fighting stance.

It’s finally time for Kiri to face his deadliest enemy of all time, in what is one of the craziest match-ups for a fight scene since Kill Bill.  The intense battle and the fact that a little girl is about to slaughter him has Kiri questioning whether or not Greyland (the spirit behind his Killing Goods) was even a real murderer.  Needless to say, that question is answered.  Next week we find out how this madness turns out in the final episode!

Date a Live:  Episode 12 END
Can best girl/spirit beat the AST’s ultimate weapon?

Date a Live’s last episode ends the only way this show can properly end, with the final date followed by the final battle.  Like the rest of this show, this episode is cute, fun, and completely awesome.  The best part?  The episode ends with a formal announcement for season 2 to continue the story, along with a preview of what to look forward to.  This was one of my favorite shows of this season, and I couldn’t be happier to hear that there will be even more of this in the future.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 12
I don’t think I was sick, but for some reason I do feel better right now.

With another successful mission completed, the GDF has decided to go on yet another bragging campaign to remind the world that the MJP are the only ones that can do anything.  This means we have a filler-esque episode showing what the team is doing with the bit of free time they have before missions.  This wasn’t a fantastic episode, but it was certainly watchable, especially when compared to typical mecha anime filler stuff.

Haiyore! Nyarlko-san W:  Episode 11
(The Crawling Chaos Nyarlko-san W)
Big surprise, Nyarlko is having lewd thoughts.

Mahiro’s Mom takes yet another break from monster hunting, this time to take everyone on a camping trip.  This eventually leads us to Mahiro running through a haunted house and trying to get away from the entire female cast of the show that accidentally became drugged with love-potion chocolates.  This always happens on camping trips, right?

Hataraku Maou-sama!:  Episode 12
(The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
Even the Devil himself can’t stand to lose his bicycle.

So now it seems the sketchy owner of the fried chicken chain is an evil archangel looking to destroy both the hero and devil while they are weak in order to rule Ente Elsa.  Naturally the demon lord Satan isn’t quite willing to give up his simple new life of managing a burger joint and possibly hooking up with delicious Chiho, so it is time for some serious ass kicking.  Prepare for some awesome fighting and even more working-class humor.

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko:  Episode 11
(The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat)
Tsukiko now takes the title for the world’s first time-travelling shotacon.

The evil wish granting cat god is still around, and a few misplaced words send Youto and Tsukiko 10 years into the past.  Tsukiko decides to take advantage of this to learn the truth about her mother, and maybe even fiddle with the past a bit.  We also learn that Tsukiko’s Mom has a thing for beer and… traps?

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride:  Episode 12 END
 It’s final battle time.  Sexy final battle time.

The big baddie has finally shown up to destroy the spirit stone, and so we have the stage for the final fight.  We also get to see what and who the samurai bride is.  This show was fun at times, but it certainly wasn’t as good as the first season.  There was a lot of build up for this last episode, but none of it really panned out into anything great.  There are better ecchi/action shows out there, and the disappointing final episode makes this show tough to recommend even to fans of the first season.

Kakumeiki Valvrave:  Episode 11
(Valvrave the Liberator)
The most awkward date in all of fiction.

Just when I thought Valvrave couldn’t top itself after the insanity of last week’s events, it brings out the big guns this week.  Right off the bat we get a NEET having a psychological meltdown for pretty much no reason, and with even less relevance to the events of this episode.  There is a big, important battle, but the highlight of this episode is Haruto’s decision to take Saki on a date to say “sorry I raped you.”  I’m blown away by the fact that this story somehow became animated, and with a high budget at that, but I have to admit, this is fun to watch for all the wrong reasons.

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san:  Episode 12
Surely we can expect mermaids to enjoy cucumbers like mature adults, right?

This episode is almost entirely focused on Fuji’s obsession with trying to fix Muromi’s tail, and Muromi’s anger with Fuji’s breast size.  The “tail-ripping” scene is probably one of the most depraved, screwed-up moments in all of anime.   I know it should be obvious at this point, but mermaids are seriously fucked up people.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.:  Episode 12
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA:  Oreimo 2)
Don’t hate the playa, hate the game.

A simple house-warming party becomes crazy due to the fact that Kyousuke has unknowingly assembled a harem of girls that want him, and they are his only friends.  Not that I feel sorry for him, but I begin to feel even less sorry for Kyousuke when Kirino appoints one of her model friends to live with him as a caretaker until the test.  And so the race is heating up…

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 12
(Attack on Titan)
Well, so much for this idea.

Just when it seems humanity may finally catch a break, the plan to use Eren’s titan form instantly becomes FUBAR.  With hungry titans all over the place, the troops must decide if they should call this mission a loss are keep fighting in hopes that Eren will get his shit together.  As usual, we must wait and see what happens.

Suisei no Gargantia:  Episode 12
(Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet)
Robot god demands loyalty!

Ledo’s happy reunion and return to Alliance work are cut short by the fact that his old friend has decided to attack and enslave Gargantia.  Life in the Commander’s happy little cult also seems to suck, which means only one thing… it’s time for rebellion.  Now Ledo, Pinion, and the sexiest lesbian pirate captain of all time have waged war on a cult that has been hording advanced technology.  The conclusion awaits us next week!

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 11
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Aw yeah, it’s time to shatter some motherfucking illusions!

Just as Misaka hobbles back to school from her battle with ITEM, she runs into an old… friend?  Meanwhile, the rest of the girls wonder if Misaka has a boyfriend, because it’s not like she could be spending all her free time committing acts of terrorism, right?  On the more serious side of things, Misaka discovers that her efforts to stop the Level 6 experiment may have been meaningless.  If only there was some unlucky fool that could help her save the MISAKA clones…

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