Annotated Anime Roundup: Spring 2014 Week 1


This segment is MINE alllll MINE!!!!

Since we're in the middle of that weird season-opener grace period where most of the previous season's shows have ended, but all the new shows are still in First Impressions territory, the only episodes eligible for the roundup this week are Yowapeda 25 and Tonari no Seki-kun 14. This means that this installment of Annotated Anime is all mine, a prospect which excites me so much that I actually bothered to look up how to spell the word "eligible."

In all seriousness, we're still working out behind the scenes which shows are destined for the roundup and which ones will be getting the solo treatment, so as of right now, no one knows what this feature will contain next week. It could be athletes, could be giant robots, could be schoolgirl assassins, it's all up for grabs; the future is, as of yet, unwritten. I'm getting chills.

And if you're looking to get our at the real new shows of Spring and the last word on winter's leavings, check out our First Impressions and Final Impressions, going up throughout the week!

Yowapeda Episode 25

Manly men

As we return to Ridiculous Time Dilation Cycling, enemy sprinter Izumida's time in the sun can't end without more information about his amazing pecs, Andy and Frank, who have become the stars of the show recently. Apparently, one pec is defensive and one pec is offensive, and they give Izumida advice on how to conduct his races by...pulsing, or something. I feel like I should have some kind of derisive comment here, but really, where do you start with that? Everybody think about sentient, magical pectoral muscles and make up your own jokes, I'm busy here.

While the three sprinters are pretty evenly matched, it turns out that Izumida just doesn't have the will to win that Tadokoro and Naruko do; he hasn't lost often enough to develop that hunger for victory, since he's spent so much of his time conditioning his body instead of competing. So when a stray wind blows some construction cones out onto the road, Izumida breaks to avoid them -- costing him this leg of the race-- while the other two take their cones to the face, without slowing down, like the manly men they are. So, the moral of the story is, proper men don't break for obstacles, or something.

Actually, I'm fine with the "losing actually build character" arc they had going on here, because I think it's true and often goes unmentioned, but this just took soooo long. Can it be Manami-kun's turn next?

Tonari no Seki-kun Episode 14


Have I mentioned that I'm sorely tempted to cover every episode of this show by simply saying, "Now that was genius?" Because I am.

This week Seki-kun gives us an Attack on Titan parody, and it's glorious. Seki-kun pretending to be a Titan while he eats his lunch shouldn't be hilariously funny, but the way the personified hotdogs seem to band together to fight the monster is just so perversely charming. I like to think that Seki has been doing this with his lunch all along, and Yokoi has only just noticed; maybe he's been parodying Game of Thrones with peanut butter and jelly sandwich cutouts on the sly. Hey, it's Seki-kun, anything's possible.

If you're not watching this show, get your priorities straight, ladies and gents. I don't think there's anything more clever on the air.

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