This season is well underway, and so far I have to say this one is off to an even better start than the summer. To answer the question that keeps being asked in online anime communities, yes, Kill la Kill did save anime, deal with it. In other news of the week, fans of studio Trigger’s Inferno Cop (myself included) were misled into thinking that a second season was in the works when the official twitter account changed its name to “Inferno Cop 2”, but sadly, it was just a joke. Monogatari isn’t in the round up this week because there is yet another recap episode. For whatever reason SHAFT feels the need to have a recap episode every time a story arc changes, so there likely will be at least one or two more, and for obvious reasons I won’t cover those, either. Even without Monogatari, there is still a lot of great stuff to watch this week, so let’s get down to business.
A mysterious man has been travelling the wastelands and delivering goods to the small handful of survivors, and the girls are sent to track him down. Everyone is in for a big surprise when they find out this man was the engineer that designed the power plant that started this mess. There is an even bigger surprise when the girls discover a B2 Bomber flying around the city…
Just when you began to think the E-Pandora project is pushing the definition of scientific research to include hot girls in swimsuits, science happens. Unfortunately, it’s evil science. The higher-ups aren’t happy with the poor performance of the E-Pandora’s, so they decide to use this untested and probably dangerous drug known as Mark IV. As expected, shit happens.
The Ferrari sisters have survived assassins, drones, and sky pirates up to this point. Now they have to deal with corrupt cops, evil corporations, and secret organizations. Watch this week and see why a loli with a flying goldfish mecha and a powered suit should not be trifled with.
The school festival is underway, and the big surprise of this episode is the unique take on Cinderella. Yes, the lovely ladies of this school perform Cinderella just as you remember it, complete with assassins, snipers, knife fights, mortar fire, and deadly traps. Take notes, Broadway, this is how theater is done.
It’s time again for the adventures of everyone’s space vampire/mecha pilots and their angst-fuelled robots. This time around a simple procedure to descend to Earth is screwed up when Akira’s brother decides to make a call using a national frequency… right in the middle of enemy territory. This gives an excuse to show off a new toy in the Valvrave arsenal, the “Familiar.”
This week everyone learns about what the Ultima uniforms and Godrobes really are, leading up to one of the craziest fight scenes in all of anime, and at this point none of us expected anything less. Be warned, the over-the-top and zany action is meshed with equal parts of over-the-top, zany fanservice, which seems to be upsetting to some for whatever reason. This episode sets the stage for the rest of the series, and I’m looking forward to Ryuuko’s future battles against the ENTIRE school.
A powerful phantom is approaching the city, and it is so dangerous every spirit hunter is ordered to avoid it at all costs. However, this phantom is responsible for the tragic events of Mirai’s past, so she’s dead set on fighting it. The fight scene at the end of this episode is really awesome, and I’m glad to see Kyoani putting their animation muscle to good use in this show. On a somewhat sad side note, KnK went from being a highly anticipated show, down to the underdog of the season because of all the buzz surrounding other shows. Don’t let that deceive you; this is a really cool supernatural anime.
The plan to hook Riki up has a side effect no one could ever see coming: everyone has suddenly become trapped in a time loop. The next seven episodes are planned to follow this time loop again and again, with vague differences in each episode up until the very end… nah, just kidding. What is certain is that the strange course of events proves that this world isn’t quite what everyone thinks it is. Fans of the visual novel games already know what’s going on, but please, do fans of the anime a favor and let them find out the shocking truth on their own.
Raishin and Yaya confront the man they came to the academy to hunt down, and quickly learn why he’s no one to mess with. Afterwards, things get steamy with Yaya, because Yaya is a pervert. I’m almost willing to say Yaya is even more perverse than Kuroko from Railgun, if that is even possible. Oh, there is also something about hunting down a murderer that targets dolls and eats the components that give them life. More on that next week, apparently.
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru (AKA Noucome): Episode: 2
(My Mental Multiple-Choice Power Is Completely Ruining My School Romantic Comedy)
The insanity of Kanade’s life becomes even more intense when he gets stuck with a girl that fell from the sky and a phone call from god himself. With the help of god and the very lovely Chocolat, a plan is put into effect to remove Kanade’s curse of “absolute choice.” Just to clear things up, the events of this episode are far more ridiculous than I can describe. This is tons of fun to watch.
Shinichi goes to work on his first task, overseeing the construction of a school to teach Japanese to children, so they can read manga and watch anime, a perfectly valid reason to develop and education system. Unfortunately, the peaceful days of reading Attack on Titan are soon to be disturbed by… terrorists? That’s right, people that hate anime and manga are racists and enemies of freedom. Never forget.
Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita (AKA Yuushibu): Episode: 3
(I Couldn’t Become a Hero, so I Reluctantly Decided to get a Job)
It’s time for more sexy adventures at magical Best Buy! Corporate is concerned about low sales, so they decide to stock the store with a greater selection of low cost appliances. A defective air purifier somehow turns the store into a battleground of perverse, murderous magic tentacles, which leads to some pretty cool action scenes… and lots of lewd groping.