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

Collectors of anime figures and toys should know that this week was the Wonderfest, which is basically the E3 of wallet-destroying plastic.  This week also marks the first victim of the fall anime season, as I decided to drop one of the shows.  Try to guess which one!  … Or you can just read on and find out, I guess.

Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation:  Episode 3
(Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation)
The first gaming peripheral to bear the official NSA seal of approval.

This time the goddesses continue their world tour in the lovely nation of Leanbox.  As the girls pitch in to fix up the party Vert botched by sitting around playing an online RPG, evil is brewing.  It looks like the CPU candidates will have to step up very soon.

Danganronpa:  The Animation:  Episode 4
Best girl detected.

As everyone tries to deal with the insane results of the trial, benevolent Monobear opens up access to another floor of the academy.  Monobear soon grows bored with everyone simply exploring the new facilities, so he decides to give out everyone’s personal secrets in hopes of inspiring some more murderous fun.  As expected, there will be murder.  Be sure to tune in and find out who dies!

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Ilya:  Episode 3
The magical wands aren’t as malicious as Kyubey, but they make up for it by being annoying.

Ilya now has competition for the class cards, and like any other magical girl show, she is also the mysterious new transfer student.  The show is uses these cliché’s as part of its self-aware humor, for better or worse.  This episode is mostly devoted to explaining how the class cards work and setting up some future events, so it wasn’t exactly thrilling.  Fortunately there was just enough humor around to keep this episode enjoyable.

Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou: Il Sole Penetra le Illusioni:  Episode 4
(Day Break Illusion)

This episode pretty much dashed any hopes I had from last week about this not being a Madoka clone.  Fans of the show around the internets love to complain about everyone comparing this show to Madoka, while at the same time praising it for being like Madoka.  These fans will not be pleased with where this conversation is going.  Once the “monster of the week” appears, there is no denying the style and design are nothing more than a lame look-alike of a witch from Madoka.  The clichéd, sloppy storytelling and the boring, repetitive action sequences aren’t helping this show out, either.  Dropped.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince:  Episode 16
Surely the government of the future has great ideas.  Right?

Izuri has recovered, but his friends and superiors have growing concerns about the side-effects of the Julia System.  As the members team Rabbits rest up, the Nations of Earth gather together to squabble over weapons deals and mining rights with mankind’s true enemy literally at their doorstep.  Of course this isn’t going to go well…

Highschool DxD NEW:  Episode 4
Must… resist… incredibly hot Christians…

Issei and his friends finally track down Freed, only to lose him once again and get caught making deals with the church behind Rias’s back.  There will be sexy cooking time, and yes, it was vital that I mention this.  Things get pretty serious this week, and so the battle between good and evil (more like somewhat good and really fucking malicious) is about to begin!

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen:  Episode 3
(The World God Only Knows:  Season 3)
The only man who has figured out women.

Kaima begins his plan to romance 5 girls at once to awaken the goddesses and save Kanon.  As expected, nothing goes quite as planned, and time is running out.  Can Kaima pull off what countless selfish teenagers, wealthy playboys, and politicians have tried to do for centuries?

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi:  Episode 4
(The Sunday without God)
I’m sure it’s lovely this time of year.

Ai’s journey to save the world begins, strangely enough in a VW minibus.  Whey they discover a stowaway passed out in the backseat of the van, their travels turn to a place known as “the city of the dead.”  There is no false advertising here, as this city is a gathering place for the dead that is over a million strong, a place where gravekeepers are killed on sight and the living aren’t welcome.  And of course, Ai wants to check it out anyway…

Monogatari Series: Second Season:  Episode 4
I don’t think anyone in this show is ever ordinary

Well, here we are four episodes in, Tsubasa is still aimlessly pondering what to do, and the main character still hasn’t shown up yet.  This series was never known for quick pacing, but this has to be the worst story arc of them all.  It looks like it is drawing to a close, and I honestly can’t wait (maybe I’m just biased, because I don’t really care much for Tsubasa in comparison to the other characters).  I’m only holding on to this show because of how much I loved the rest of it, but the molasses-slow pacing of this story arc has been a bit too much.

Ro-Kyu-Bu!  SS:  Episode 4
Subaru’s arch nemesis:  Gilgamesh, king of all kings.

Subaru gets a chance to meet Airi’s older brother, which somehow results in a swift punch to the face.  Things go from bad to worse when Subaru’s old rival shows up with a pair of middle school girls to destroy him on the court.  It’s gonna take a montage…

Rozen Maiden (2013):  Episode 4
Now I remember why porcelain dolls scare the shit out of me.

Future Jun has figured out how to finish the temporary vessel for Shinku, but he has also become involved in much more than he could possibly expect.  He quickly learns that Shinku is an adorable, yet harsh mistress, whom has a zero-tolerance policy towards shit tea.  Just when it seems getting yelled at by a doll to make tea seems bad enough, there is a creepy-ass doll stalking him through mirrors.  She probably isn’t looking for tea.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear G:  Episode 4
Fine’ ain’t nuthin’ to fuck with.

Another week, another awesome episode of Symphogear.  The battle from last week’s episode continues, in another action-packed frenzy of over-the-top fighting to the tune of Idol music.  We are also treated to the cuteness of Chris-chan being put on the spot to sing for the school’s talent competition.

Shingeki no Kyojin:  Episode 16
(Attack on Titan)
It’s really a wonderful kingdom, except for the man-eating titans everywhere.

An investigation begins to find out who killed the captured titans, and it seems the new recruits are under the most scrutiny.  Meanwhile, the rest of the recruits are faced with the decision of which branch of the military to join.  I think by now we all know where a few of them are bound to go…

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:  Episode 16
(A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Now the MISAKA’s are free to do what they do best: Embarrass Biribiri.

Touma has finally taught Accelerator how to live his life correctly, and he can finally return to his unlucky life of being bitten by Index and punching assholes in the face wherever they stand.  Meanwhile, Misaka finally gets the chance to spend time with her “sisters” and be incredibly cute and tsundere whenever Touma is around.  It looks like things will go back to some more lighthearted fun around Academy City with the girls for a bit, and to be perfectly honest, I’m totally okay with that.

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!:  Episode 3
(It’s Not My Fault I’m Not Popular!)
AKA: Watamote
Because every high school girl dreams of becoming a professional sniper.

As usual, Tomoko’s terrible social skills and constant fear of her fellow students get the best of her.  Tomoko copes with this in the only way that she can, through self-indulgent fantasies of becoming a professional assassin out of an anime and her incredibly angry inner dialogue.  Tomoko is a terrible person in dire need of psychotropic medication, and that is what makes her so wonderful.

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