Weekly Anime Round-Up: January 28th – February 3rd

Another cold winter week has gone by, but the anime is still hot and ready!  Slower shows from last season such as Shinsekai Yori and Robotics;Notes have been getting really good lately, and almost everything else this season has either met or exceeded my expectations so far.  As a bonus for this week’s round-up, I have coverage of the 2nd BD volume of TLR: Darkness!

AKB0048:  Episode 18
Fun will rise again!

With the elections over, a new attack concert has been arranged, featuring the top 10 girls from the elections.  In the meantime, the rest of the girls are sent on an undercover mission to gather intel from a DES space station.  Within the station the girls find out the DES’s dirty little secrets.  Also, enjoy more idol combat.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT:  Episode 4
(I Don’t Have Many Friends)  AKA: Haganai

When Sena gets a ticket for six for the local amusement park, she naturally uses this as an opportunity for some “quality time” with Kobato.  Her plan is quickly thwarted when the rest of the neighbor’s club decides to tag along.  Rika’s ramblings during the roller coaster scene were one of the most hilarious moments in all of anime.  Be sure to check out this week’s episode if you really need a good laugh.

Little Busters!:  Episode17
We Little Busters.  We ride together, we die together.

Haruka finally reveals her sad past, and I learned an interesting fact about sluts and twins.  The Little Busters are never willing to let down one of their own, so they have decided to help Haruka confront her ex-con father.  With the Little Busters protecting Haruka, just how far is Kanata willing to go to ruin her sister’s life?

Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru:  Episode 5
(My Girlfriend and my Childhood Friend Fight Too Much) AKA: Oreshura
The new face of evil.

Just as it seems Eita’s life couldn’t become any more hectic, he discovers a love letter in his locker.  While Eita tries to figure out who the third love interest could possibly be, Masuzu’s little sister suddenly shows up to add to the chaos.  On an additional note, the constant references to JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure have nearly convinced me to pick up the new series.

Psycho Pass:  Episode 15
The coolest-looking building in the city probably wasn’t the best hiding spot for a super-secret, really important computer.

Criminals wearing helmets that fool the Sibyl system have been rampaging through the city, leaving the citizens to defend themselves at the risk of clouding their own psycho-passes.  Falsified rumors and misleading information plastered all over the internet have added to the problem, and now the entire city has fallen into a riot.  Now the Bureau and its enforcers must face a city full of criminals that are immune to their most powerful weapons, as Makishima finally makes his move against the Sybil system itself.

Robotics;Notes:  Episode 15
For better or worse, Frau is back to her normal self.

With the robot riot finally quelled, it much of the network and most of the computers in Japan are damaged by the solar flare.  When Frau learns that the “normalfags” are going to reset most of Japan’s servers on Christmas Eve, she warns Kaito that this could possibly delete the AI Airi from the network.  Since Airi is the only key to finding the secret reports, Kaito rushes to finish the requirements needed to unlock them, while at the same time learning the secrets behind Airi.

Senran Kagura: Episode 5
How did that happen?

The “dark” ninjas have decided it’s time to go on the offensive, and have infiltrated Hanzou academy.  If you came into this show hoping to see a brawl between sexy ninja girls, this is the episode you have been waiting for.  There will be punching, kicking, bouncing, and lots of shredded clothing to go around this week.  Enjoy!

Shinsekai Yori:  Episode 18
(From the New World)
Fucking queerats.  Every time…

The village council has begun to suspect Yakomaru of deceiving the council about the colony war, and even worse, he may have had human help.  Now the queerats have decided to take revenge on their human masters, and have begun to attack the village.  Is Yakomaru acting alone, or does he have help from former members of the village?

To Love Ru: Darkness: Episodes 3&4 (BD Version)
Do you think this is a motherfucking game?

As Momo proceeds with her plan to get Rito laid by every decent looking girl he comes across, trouble comes to Earth.  Another assassin has come looking for revenge on Golden Darkness, and will stop at nothing to redeem herself.  Episode 4 had a surprisingly decent fight scene for an ecchi show, and there is plenty of “convenient” shredding of clothes to go with it.  Be warned, much like the last volume, this show is as ecchi as it gets without crossing the border into hentai, and even then I could say there is more nudity packed into each episode than some hentai I have seen.

Vividred Operation:  Episode 4
And now we have the sentai thing going on for us.

This week the girls gain a new ally, a hacker/NEET that is obsessed with the manifestation engine.  This episode follows the formula from last week of introducing the next member of the team, having her fight, and having her “dock”.  This week’s outing was predictable but fun, and it looks like next week’s episode is going to be awesome.

Zetsuen no Tempest:  Episode 16
AKA: The Civilization Blaster
Old women are perverts.

This week’s episode was not very noteworthy, as this episode just seems to be reiterating the events and themes of the last episode.  Aside from a flashy government-staged display of the mage of exodus’s power, the rest of the episode consists of everyone going over the same thoughts and feelings as they have been for the past couple episodes.  This is the only show that seems to be struggling with its pacing so late in the series, but I imagine things will heat up again soon enough.

Weekly Anime Round-Up: December 24th – December 30th

This is the last and smallest anime round-up of the year folks.  We are currently in that funk caused by the transition into the new season, compounded by many studios taking time off for the holidays.  Most shows won’t air for a couple weeks, but fear not, I’ve dug up a few surprises for the week, including a brief recap of a couple other shows I finished from this season that were not included in the round-up.  Happy Holidays, and enjoy!

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse:  Episode 24
Are we kawaii?  Uguu~!

The grand finale of Muv-Luv is finally here, with mixed results.  While the conflict at hand is wrapped up, most of the story is left completely up in the air, to be tackled by a highly-unlikely second season.  This show has been a strange roller-coaster of awesomeness and disappointment, all the way to the end, but it was still entertaining enough for me to power through the entire thing and not feel awful about it.  In the end, this show did a fair job of introducing the Muv-Luv Alternative universe, but as many others have warned me, the VN game is the superior experience by far.  The game was never licensed for the west (meaning no one will be upset with you for downloading it outside of Japan), and fans have lovingly crafted excellent English patches for the game, so anyone interested should certainly check it out.

To Love Ru Darkness:  Episodes 1&2
BD of Freedom and Justice Edition!
Momo isn’t just the best girl, Momo is a fucking bro.

As promised, I’m covering the BD version of TLR Darkness as it comes out for all you ecchi fans out there.  For those not in the know, this takes place after the second season, and is all about Momo Deviluke’s “evil” plan to convince Rito to become the new king of Deviluke, and use his power to have a harem she can be included in.  Unfortunately for Momo, she has to deal with a group determined to convince the famed (and adorable) assassin “Golden Darkness” to complete her mission of killing Rito.  Will Momo be able to defend Rito from the dangers of the universe and achieve her goal of being the most awesome woman/greatest bro in all of fiction, or will Rito simply be slaughtered by the universe’s cutest assassin?  We will have to be patient and find out as the BD’s are published in all their uncut glory.  There is also an OVA DVD episode that popped out recently and has some VERY extreme content.  Ecchi fans, rejoice!


Other Shows I Watched This Season:

Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!  (12 Episodes)
(AKA: Oniai)
I’ll give you 3 guesses as to why I watched this…

This is probably the year’s 4th or 5th “Imouto” fanservice show with a long fucking title, and the best of which I already covered in the round-up earlier this year.  This one is about a student named Akito that must constantly defend himself against the advances of his perverted sister, and a group of five other girls determined to “seduce” Akito away from any possibility of developing a sister complex.  This show has nothing more to offer than typical harem antics with the whole “imouto” fetish tossed in, along with the usual dose of fanservice.  That being said, this is a good time if the viewer doesn’t try to get anything more out of this beyond that.  There are also some fun characters and lots of humor to be had for those with an open mind.  In all honesty, anyone watching ecchi/harem shows for “the plot” are already doing it wrong to begin with.

Teekyuu (12 Episodes)
This is your brain on Teekyuu.

Teekyuu is a sports comedy anime about four girls in a Tennis club.  Don’t let the Tennis thing fool you; this anime is pure comedy, through and through.  Each episode ranges from about 2-5 minutes including the mesmerizing opening song, and is often described by fans as an “anime on crack.”  The dialogue moves at an insane pace as the show crams all the humor it can into the small time slot it has been allotted.  While this may not be for everyone, I had a lot of fun watching this, and anyone with a thing for “random” humor in anime will enjoy it as well.

Weekly Anime Round-Up: October 8th – October 14th

The fall anime season is finally in full swing, and all of the shows I am planning on watching have at least aired their first episodes at this point.  This week MuvLuv did not air, and I dropped To Love Ru Darkness since even the AT-X airing was a butchered mess of censorship.  I plan on covering the Blu-ray of TLR in a future article about ecchi anime at some point, but don’t hold your breath on that since it will be a long time for those disks to come out.  Despite that little disappointment from the fall season, there are still lots of really awesome shows to watch, so let’s get started…

Busou Shinki:  Episode 2

This week’s episode of a glorified toy commercial has a new Shinki joining the crew.  Unlike the rest of the girls, it would seem the new model isn’t quite satisfied living a simple life around the house, as she has a thirst for combat.  While the other three girls literally risk their lives to surprise their master with a home cooked meal, they soon will appreciate having someone around that lives to fight!

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!:  Episode 2
(Despite My Adolescent Delusions, I Want To Date!)

This week we are introduced to the “villain” within Rikka’s delusional game of pretend, her sister.  There are all sorts of craziness that goes on when Rikka fights off her sister in brilliantly animated fight sequences of her delusions, all for the sake of keeping her pet “chimera”, (a cat.)  This is the most fun I have had watching an anime from Kyoto Animation in a long time, and I already recommend this show to anyone looking for a unique take on slice of life shows.

Girls und Panzer:  Episode 1

Even though Uppotte turned out to be a commercial disappointment, it would seem the anime industry is not done trying to bring out some stuff for that breed of otaku with a love for cute girls and weapons.  This is yet another anime that had such a silly concept I at least had to check it out.  This anime is about an alternate world where tanks are not as much used as tools of war, but instead are used for a type of sport for young women to earn respect and discipline through tank combat; almost like a ritual for entering adulthood.  No, I’m not making this up, in this world, tanks are for girls… in fact they even laugh at the notion of men using tanks right in the first episode.  I have no idea how this show is going to turn out, but I’m giving it a shot out of pure curiosity.

Little Busters!  Episode: 2

This week the Little Busters continue their hunt for new members so they can form a proper Baseball team, simply because it’s something to do.  Unfortunately for them, the only new recruit to show up thus far is a cute, yet athletically inept girl from another class.  However, it seems the Buster’s don’t really care, and happily add her to the crew.  The show has a really goofy, light hearted atmosphere about it, and it’s made me laugh out loud on several occasions.  I’m loving this so far, and I can’t wait for more next week.

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse:  Airing Next Week…

Psycho Pass:  Episode 1

Psycho pass could best be described as a cross between The Minority Report and Ghost in the Shell.  It takes place in a future where science has such a vivid understanding of the human mind that computers can judge how a person will behave.  This judgment is based on a reading called a “psycho pass”, which is taken by scanners all around the city.  When someone’s psycho pass changes for the worst, they are hunted down by the police, with deadly force if necessary.  This first episode opens up with some great world building and action, and will have viewers asking questions right off the bat.  Oh, did I mention they have guns that make people explode?  Yeah, there’s that.  Have fun!

Robotics Notes:  Episode 1

This anime takes place in the same universe as Steins;Gate and Chaos Head, so I decided to try it out.  I should warn anyone going into this thinking that this show is a “sequel” to Steins;Gate will be disappointed, as the only thing that these shows really share are a couple themes that usually only get mentioned briefly at some point.  (Chaos Head and Steins;Gate are so dramatically different, most viewers would never really know they are even remotely related.)  Anyway, this show takes place in a near future where advanced smartphones/tablets, and robotics are becoming commonplace tools in the lives of regular people.  The story is about a pair of students in the “Robotics Club”, who hope to build a giant robot based on a robot from a world-renowned anime.

Shinsekai Yori:  Episode 3
(From The New World)

Much like last week, this episode opens with another “history lesson,” featuring samurai fighting off psychics.  Once things catch back up to the “modern” world, the children set off on their canoeing/camping trip.  What starts as a seemingly normal camping trip soon makes a turn for the strange when the students encounter yet another mysterious creature of the new world.  The end of this episode is guaranteed to make anyone ask, “What the fuck is going on?”

Sword Art Online:  Episode 15

Okay, I’m going to be nice and warn anyone reading this to stop if they have not watched the show up until now, since they will be spoiled.  Okay, with that out of the way, Kirito has begun to rehabilitate his atrophied muscles and is adjusting to being back in the real world.  Even better, he has found Asuna.  The problem is, not only is Asuna still in a comatose state, it seems there is a scheme by the owner of a tech firm to take advantage of the unusual legal situation caused by Asuna’s unconsciousness.  He plans to marry her, and did I mention he is a complete creep that likes to poke, prod, and sniff comatose girls?  He’s pretty much a well-dressed version of the sketchy trucker from Kill Bill, so be ready to be disgusted.

Zetsuen no Tempest:  Episode 2
(Blast of Tempest/ AKA The Civilization Blaster)

This week there is a bit of explanation about the events unfolding around the world along with even more magical fighting.  To make things even more interesting, the well-armed assassin from the first episode returns for some revenge.  Also, I thought I was going crazy because I thought there were a few references to Shakespeare throughout the episode, but after doing a bit of research it turns out the author had a thing for Shakespeare’s stuff.

Weekly Anime Round-Up: October 1st – October 7th

This has been a really crazy week for anime, now that the new season is getting in gear, last season’s shows are wrapping up, and the shows that are still running have been getting even better.  There are still a few more shows to come that I plan to cover in the round up this fall, so expect even more shows to pop up next week.    Here is how the fall is shaping up so far:

Busou Shinki:  Episode 1

This is a show I was not planning to pick up, but there was a lot of buzz about it being “surprisingly” good from all over the internet.  I had poor expectations of this because this show is essentially a toy commercial for Konami’s line of super popular (and super expensive) action figures called “Busou Shinki” (which roughly translates to “armed divine princesses”).  Busou Shinki figures are 15cm tall, highly-customizable cute anime girls in high-tech combat armor.  In the show, Shinki are sentient robots that assist their masters, and for whatever reason, they fight each other with high-tech weapons.  This show combines cute slice of life moments with remarkably awesome fight scenes, and some tidbits of fan service on the side.  I honestly did not expect this show to be so fun and entertaining, and I’m actually looking forward to more of this.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!:  Episode 1
(Despite My Adolescent Delusions, I Want To Date!)

During his middle school years, Yuuta Togashi had what the Japanese call “chuunibyou”, or adolescent delusions.  He often role-played as the “Dark Flame Master”, a character he made up that seemed to be based on a character from a fighting anime.  Now that he is going to a new high-school where no one knows him, he has decided to start over, put aside his childish behavior and try to finally fit in.  Everything seems to be going to plan until he runs into a cute girl named Rikka, which claims to have a power she calls “The Tyrant Eye of Truth.”  Even worse, she knows about Yuuta’s past as the “Dark Flame Master,” and she wants him to play along with her.  This anime is done by Kyoto Animation, a studio famous for high-quality animation and several critically acclaimed hits, such as Lucky Star, and K-ON!  While I am not nuts about everything this studio does, (I actually passed on their hit from last season, Hyouka.) I really enjoyed this.  The strange situation and Rikka’s wacky behavior have already given this slice of life show a unique and fun twist.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Season 2:  Episode 13 END
(Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere)

The crew of the Musashi is now in the final stretch in their fight against the Spanish Armada.  As is the style for Horizon, the frenzied action continues all the way to the conclusion.  This story arc is now wrapped up, here’s to hoping that they will keep pumping out seasons of this show until the main storyline is complete!

Little Busters!  Episode: 1

This is a story adapted from a hugely popular visual novel, and the anime adaptation is one of the most anticipated shows of this year.  The story is about a boy named Riki that fell into a deep depression when his parents died, but soon befriended a group of kids calling themselves the “Little Busters” that changed his life to a happy one.  This show carries the brand of the visual novel company Key, and anyone familiar with their works should know how this will go… a mix of slice of life, comedy, romance… and the inevitable sadness.  Key productions are emotional rollercoasters, but they are unforgettable.  I never played the visual novel, (I know, I’m a filthy secondary.) so I’m not sure what to expect, but as a fan of anime with the Key brand, I have high hopes for this show.

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse:  Episode 14

Just as it seems Yuuya is finished, he is saved by an unlikely group of friends, er, comrades.  But this is Muv-Luv, it’s never that simple, so it’s time for more Soviet backstabbing and the arrival of the deadly laser-class BETA.  A whole lot of things happen this week, and once again I’m going to wrap this up to avoid spoilers.

Shinsekai Yori:  Episode 2
(From The New World)

This week things start off with a disturbing look at some events from 500 years ago, and then moves on to fun and games at school.  This is a really interesting show, because every time you become calmed by the slice of life type of stuff, some kind of strange, mysterious, and potentially disturbing element of the society pops up and gets the viewer guessing at what is really going on.  Oh, get ready for rat people, the future of labor.

Sword Art Online:  Episode 14

So are you one of the many fans out there watching this?  If you are, and you have not watched this week’s episode, stop reading this and go fucking watch it.  There is absolutely NOTHING I can say about this week without spoiling something.  I will say this however, keep in mind at the end of this episode that this show is only halfway over.

To Love Ru Darkness (Brightness?):  Episode NOPE

If anyone bothered to read my articles on ecchi shows, I made a promise to cover this show in the round-up.  Unfortunately, there is a problem:  this show got extremely heavily edited by censorship, and to be honest, I sort of expected it thanks to all the pressure the Japanese government has been putting on the anime industry over sexual content.  Pretty much everything is covered up by bright beams of light and steam, so this is now an ecchi show, without ecchi.  That is like ordering a cheeseburger and getting and empty bun.

I didn’t even waste my time watching this, since all the fun has been stripped right out of the show.  I do however, have a backup plan.  A premium network known as AT-X in Japan usually airs uncut versions of some anime shows a few days after airing on major networks, and I will start to cover the show if they manage to air the uncut version of this.  Unfortunately, some studios like the censorship because it increases Blu-ray sales, and if there is no airing of the uncut version, I will have to wait for the Blu-ray.  If that happens, I will likely just cover this show in another one of my articles about ecchi anime in the future.

 Zetsuen no Tempest:  Episode 1
(Blast of Tempest/ AKA The Civilization Blaster)

I have been looking forward to this show since it comes from Bones studio, a studio that puts out some really great action shows.  This is a story about a high school student named Mahiro who is trying to find the killer of his parents, and he also happens to be a badass mage.  This episode has already delivered on my expectations with a really awesome fight scene and an intriguing storyline.  I’m excited to see much more of this in the weeks to come.

5 More Ecchi Anime Series That Push the Limits

If the website traffic of Varms.net has taught me anything, it is that the internet is a gathering of depraved perverts.  It seems my first handful of ecchi shows was not enough to satisfy my fellow fans of boobies and pantsu, so this time I have scoured the earth looking for some seriously depraved anime.  Also, be sure to check out my weekly Anime-Round up, where I talk about the currently airing shows I’m watching.  This fall I will be covering To Love Ru Darkness as it airs, a show that is guaranteed to be a treasure trove of ecchi-harem goodness.  I would also like to mention that if you have any suggestions for ecchi shows you would like to see in this feature, post ‘em in the comments section, and I will check them out when I get the chance!

5. Freezing

This show is probably the tamest entry on this list, so I will get it out of the way for now.  Freezing is an ecchi action show about specially trained/engineered girls called Pandora’s, created to fight an alien menace known as the Nova.  In the end, this is all just an excuse to have a bunch of schoolgirls with superhuman abilities beat each other up so their clothes will rip apart.  Each and every fight means there will be nudity, as it seems the uniforms of the “Genetics” academies are made out of tissue paper.  One word of caution, however, the fights between these girls get rather brutal, so be prepared to see cute girls tearing each other’s limbs off as well as their clothes (don’t worry, they can regenerate body parts).  This show delivers heavy doses of action and fan service, and is more fun that it should be.

4. Ladies Versus Butlers

This delicious title is produced by studio Xebec, and is famous for having a super-moe art style featuring voluptuous girls.  The story is about a school that has students training to become the servants of the upper-class students, in order to ensure the audience will get to see some of the girls in maid outfits whenever possible.  There is a fairly balanced cast of girls to satisfy a wide variety of 2D fetishes, with everything from clumsy, busty maids, to reverse traps.  The fan service can get fairly extreme at times during the regular show, but things get cranked up a notch during the “specials” that come with the Blu-ray/DVD.  These special episodes are only a few minutes long, but each one features one or two of the girls doing the equivalent of a playboy-style video shoot.

3. Asa Made Jugyou Chu!

It’s kind of unfair to put this in an article about ecchi series when it is only a one episode OVA, but this one episode packs in so much ecchi content; some consider it to be a hentai anime.  This is the story of a boy named Yuuki that ends up having to stay in the girl’s dormitory of his school and live with his super-busty teacher, because that is how school works.  Yuuki’s teacher decides to “take responsibility” for him, which somehow turns into a series of very sexy situations while they are living together.  One review for this OVA on an anime forum named this, “Viagra: The Anime”, and rightfully so.

2. Kiss x Sis

Keita has a problem that most men could only dream of.  He has older, non-blood related, twin stepsisters that live with him, and they are madly in love with him.  Not only are they in love with him, they are also devilishly perverted and horny.  This is one of the most extreme ecchi shows I have ever seen.  This is probably the only TV anime to feature handjobs AND footjobs, along with massive amounts of very creative perverted situations.  While the TV show seemed very extreme, there is an ongoing series of OVAs that come with special editions of the manga that takes things up another level.  If you love ecchi, this show is a MUST SEE.

1. Seikon no Qwaser

Seikon no Qwaser is about “Qwasers”, individuals that can control a single element of the periodic table to fight.  While this seems like a fairly basic sci-fi anime plot, this is where the ecchi comes in.  Qwasers get their power from a woman’s life force, called “soma”, and there is only one way to get it: by suckling on some titties.  No, I’m not making this up.  Whenever the heroes (or bad guys) need to power up, they find a girl and suck on some super-powered breast milk.  This anime was created with the breast fanatic in mind- there are girls with boobs in every shape and size, ranging from massive cow tits to DFC, and all of them shall be tasted.  As ridiculous as the plot of this show sounds, it is actually really entertaining, and the constant, over-the-top ecchi content is guaranteed to keep any lover of breasts occupied.  There are two seasons of this show, but it should be noted that the second season isn’t quite as good as the first, though it still has some decent ecchi scenes.