Summer Season 2012: The Rest

So I can’t possibly cover everything in the season…that’s just crazy talk. However, I usually do end up watching a lot of other shows (which is totally normal, right?), so let’s check up on how they’re all doing. It’ll take too much time to review all of them, so I’ll just go over them briefly.

  • Muv-Luv Alternative – Didn’t get too far with this one. I got to episode three and basically gave up. I may go back to it another time, but it’s not very high on my priorities. From what I saw, it wasn’t bad in terms of mecha battles…mass genocide was a nice touch too. It just wasn’t enough for me to commit to it with the other stuff I was watching.
  • Yuru Yuri S2 – What can I say? More of the same stuff. Which isn’t exactly a complaint. It’s why we watch this, right? They tried to give Akari the spotlight a bunch, which may have turned out a bit excessively, but all in all, I liked probably as much as I liked the first season.
  • Binbou-gami ga – I tried to cover this one, but just eventually ran out of things to say. It’s actually pretty entertaining…just hard to cover. There’s a lot of really blatant references everywhere (like a Death Note one that went a lot longer than I was expecting). I wasn’t a huge fan of the idea of “Fortune Energy” or basically liquid luck. I felt like they didn’t really get their idea across because you could always argue that Ichiko caused all of the problems that she solved with her Fortune. Still, I may give the manga a shot if time permits.
  • Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru – I swear this show was trying to troll everyone. Every arc was “oh this girl’s my sister…oh wait, no she isn’t, but I’m going to solve her problems anyway.” Eventually, they just ran out of people that it could be. They tried to throw a twist in the end, but I feel like it shouldn’t have had anyone fooled.
  • Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate – Drama, elections, chocolate…stuff like that. I wonder if maybe they tried to do too much with the elaborate espionage operation within the school. It had its moments, but not all that strong. Romantically, the ending felt like a bit of a stretch to me…I was kinda hoping for something else, but oh well.
  • Hagure Yuusha no Estetica – I totally thought this was going to be some RPG-esque story when I first saw it. Then I watched it…then I immediately stopped watching. And at someone else’s request, I continued watching. Then I was committed, so I kept watching. Sigh…
  • Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon S2 – It’s amazing they said. You already watched the first season they said. Because I totally needed to see a season with Toori naked about 80% of the time. Oh well…at least Tenzo got his moment.
  • Oda Nobuna no Yabou – Okay…this one was actually pretty cool. I delayed watching it for so long (probably due to emotional scarring from Sengoku Collection). But now I’m watching and I have no problems…although I’m only on episode 6. Still, I’d say go for this over Sengoku Collection if you want Sengoku era heroes as girls (I have a friend who is obsessed with the Sengoku era…that’s why I say this).

So yeah…that’s what I’ve been doing. For anyone reading that feels left out when I cover the other shows, now’s your chance to speak up.

Yuru Yuri Final Episode

Yeah...I know it's a preview pic from last week, but I don't care.

Final episode bringing out the big guns! Mari doing the intro! Anyways, as for the episode itself, we start off with everyone planning an overnight stay in the Amusement Club room (and by everyone, I mean everyone…even Matsumoto and Nishigaki). While Matsumoto and Nishigaki are setting up what ends being a bathing area outside, everyone else has an Amusement Club vs. Student Council contest. However, since there are five Student Council members to the four Amusement Club members, Kyoko recruits Matsumoto for the final challenge, which ends up being one of Nishigaki’s experiments. However, the experiment explodes (of course). While everyone is bathing, Akari’s “tub” malfunctions (you have to see it…really) and she rolls away, leaving Kyoko and Ayano with only one tub that they have to share. While they’re bathing outside, Chitose shows off one of her hidden powers: the Yuri sense, as she has her yuri fantasies without even seeing that Kyoko and Ayano are together. Later, when Kyoko offers her a chocolate, Chitose kisses Ayano. Chizuru arrives to reveal that she is always like that when she eats chocolate, as Chitose continues to kiss the other girls. In order to stop Chitose, Yui comes up with the idea to force her to have nosebleeds until she’s worn out, which also means that Ayano has to kiss Kyoko. The series ends with another one of Nishigaki’s experiments blowing up and making everyone think Akari is dead (which she isn’t). Sigh…it’s over. Chitose really is the hero of this show…it’s not even right.

Yuru Yuri Episode 11

This episode starts goofy, as per usual. Kyoko, Yui, and Akari reminisce to when they were kids (Kyoko’s pretty cute as a kid), telling Chinatsu about a time when they fought with a strange and obnoxious pink-haired girl (where have we seen someone like that before?). Of course, only Akari notices who the pink-haired girl actually is, and keeps it to herself. Akari, Yui, and Chinatsu start to talk about Kyoko when she was younger, saying that her attitude was much better, which causes her to storm out. However, she starts to adopt her former personality (model student). When the other girls question her, she tells them about her falling down the stairs earlier, but she is unaware of any change in her personality. They enlist the help of the student council girls to change Kyoko back (Ayano’s reaction is absolutely priceless). Unable to think of a way to fix her, everyone decides to accept the new Kyoko. However, as time goes on, they begin to miss the old Kyoko (Chizuru’s reaction to the new Kyoko is hilarious too). Eventually, Kyoko tries to end the Amusement Club, which is the final straw for Yui, who whacks Kyoko in the head and changes her back. The episode ends with Akari walking in, having fallen down the stairs, and everyone in the room draws their weapons. Say what you will, I thought this episode was genuinely hilarious (if a tad overdramatic at times).

Yuru Yuri Episode 7

Woot! It’s Christmas!! …wait a second. Anyways, in honor of Christmas couples, Kyoko decides to pair everyone up for dates for Christmas Day (please remember that they’re all girls O.o). And because random lotteries in anime are always indisputably random, Ayano is unable to get Kyoko and gets Yui, Chinatsu is unable to get Yui and gets Kyoko, and Himawari manages to get Sakurako (of course, rounding it off, Chitose gets Akari). Akari and Chitose have a nice chat at a coffee shop. Kyoko takes Chinatsu on sort of a proper date (movie, arcade, etc.). Sakurako and Himawari eat at a family restaurant together much to their dismay. Finally, Yui and Ayano end up sitting awkwardly on a park bench until they talk about their relationships with Chitose and Kyoko and bond a bit. Finally, we see the four main girls each celebrating New Years’ at their respective houses.

Definitely nice to see that the support characters have their own themes for the commercial breaks. Also, it looked like Akari’s sister and Chinatsu’s sister were friends, which I’m sure will come back some time in the future. Interesting episode this week, especially with Chinatsu finally warming up to Mirakurun.

Yuru Yuri Episode 6

This episodes starts with Kyoko drawing a story based around Yui falling in love with her. Chinatsu’s not too happy about this, of course, so she tries to draw her own (with shocking results). The other main thing that happens in this episode is that everyone goes to Yui’s house again to meet a relative of hers named Mari. Turns out that Mari is a big fan of Miraku-run, which leads Chinatsu to dress up in the outfit (Kyoko finally gets her to wear it). Looks like Christmas stuff next week…should be fun.

Yuru Yuri Episode 5

The girls go to Comiket (I’m so jealous). Well, not all the girls. Just Ayano, Chitose, Kyoko, and Yui. Wait a second…you’re releasing Chitose into a giant room filled with people selling doujinshi, most of which might be perverted? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?????? So, who wants to split a room with me in Japan? I must see this Comiket >.>

AWKWARD!!!!!

On an unrelated note, WHY ISN’T SACRED SEVEN OUT YET?