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This week brings us the first taste of summer, as the old makes way for the new shows of the season. Right now we're just holding out with the second-half stalwarts as well as the last hangers-on, such as AKB0048, Accel World, Space Bros., Phi Brain, Eureka Seven: AO and Hyouka. In the meantime, you can also check out our opening thoughts on summer's latest arrivals, and spring's last departures below, with more to come soon!
Phi Brain Season 2 Episode 13
Jikugawa uses his time with the beta Orpheus armlet to conduct several, highly important experiments. However, it is to his dismay that he discovers no one is even remotely interested in seeing if he can use it to become the main character, thus his puzzle remains unsolved and hundreds of students are killed in the resulting explosion.
[You could watch this on Crunchyroll, or you could do something more fun, like eat enough hair gel to see if you become naturally glossy]
Space Bros. Episode 14
I like this weeks episode for a few reasons, but primarily because it deals with a realistic issue in a pretty hostile environment. Sure, it doesn't seem like too much of a big deal that the old man's glasses were broken by accident, but should this have been an actual mission, it would severely of hampered his effectiveness. It's a simple problem, but a very real one.
Of course, for the purpose of a simulation, JAXA would be well within their rights to ignore requests for another pair, but even so it seems that the two crew members involved are too stubborn to even try asking. It's a pretty fun episode where we get to see more of the two relatively unknown members of the group, which even resolves pretty nicely too.
[This show is blasting off again via Crunchyroll]
Accel World episode 12
The first half of the series comes to a close as the crew take down the Catastrophe Armor - or more accurately, Haru takes down the Armor, while Niko gets a cheap backstab in on Snow Black in the name of competition. Ah, the young fool. Doesn't she remember that they're all sitting around the same kitchen table in real life? If Snow Black wasn't so forgiving (or if she had gotten killed from the backstab), she could just clock Niko one up the back of the head.
Speaking of real life, the conversations to be had suggest just how insular the world of Brain Burst is, restricted as it is to location-based matchmaking (barring remote access hooks) and personal, by-invitation-only membership. I've found that that seems to be a uniquely Japanese way of looking at persistent games. I'd still play it, though.
AKB0048 episode 10
Despite leading to an awesome story about the show's attempts to whitewash haters and wota, the first "beach" episode of the series was actually a bit of a fakeout, so it was about time that the series made good on such er, "terms of service", if you will.
They do, but still manage to cram some hilarious plot development into the proceedings, including stuff about the power of the now-defunct Center position, as well as on Tsubasa's past. Also, the first time Atsuko Maeda speaks! Two sentences, courtesy of Miyuki Sawashiro. Rejoice|
Eureka Seven: AO Episode 11
It's funny, but almost kind of amazing, how hard this show is trying to pass Elena off as a cool, important character. Frankly, this episode was plentiful of dropping some hints on the relationship between Ao, Elena and Eureka, but the fact that it was so unexpected was what's interesting about it. How Ao and Elena figure into the already crazy world of Secrets, Coralians, and Truth is yet to be known, but this week nonetheless spruces up a series that's been modestly lulling itself quite a bit this past month.
But seriously? Elena?! Are you serious?! To try and turn the initially annoying, forgettable, moe-pandering third wheel Chanfag into a surprise "deep character" adjustment just didn't really sit well with both me and the increasingly melodramatic story. It's not that I don't think Elena can't be a character with her own fair share of complicated shit, but it's really odd how the lack of any foreshadowing or deduction concerning the Elena / Miller connection comes off as both out-of-fucking-nowhere as well as really obvious by the standards of this anime. Even though I'm cool with the idea of a stronger, deeper, and -- with all things considered, better -- Elena, I think this show shouldn't try to push itself to be "edgy" and "dark" before it gets its basic episode pacing issues taken care of.
Unrelated, but I personally think it would be interesting to have listened in on whatever meeting was held to decide that the name "Miller" was a perfect fit for an idols name. Fucking Miller are you serious geeeeeeezzzz.................
Hyouka Episodes 10-11
Okay, so we all have (a similar) opinion of Hyouka and the lack of events that take place each week by this point, so I'm going to shift my focus this week away from mysteries and shit and talk about how Houtarou is a dumb piece of shit this week:
oh jeesus, i can't believe you fell for that you stupid idiot you fucking scum of the earth how could you let her walk over you like that GOOD JOB DOING THAT BITCH'S WORK FOR HER YOU SHITHEAD what a joke you are sick and fucked. go die in a grave and piss yourself, you dumpster baby turd-eating fuck stamp. Go fishing for attention elsewhere, because your jive-ass self just got busted, you turkey. JEEEZUUUZZZ UUUGGGGHHHHH HOW LONG IS THIS SHOOWWW
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