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Catching Up With the Weekend Simulcasts

Posted on: January 18, 2010

It's not gay if your swords don't touch, guys, remember that.

The weekend’s always a busy time for anime, since so many popular shows air on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Three of the big streaming highlights were the usual shounen fare, but there are some hidden gems with a lot of potential that you should keep an eye on, too.

The giants of the weekend are One Piece, Fairy Tail, and InuYasha: The Final Act, which all had pretty solid episodes. One Piece episode 434 had plenty of action and excitement as the big bossman Magellan came down to fight Luffy. Fairy Tail episode 14, meanwhile, was a fan service-fest as girls wearing short skirts brawled and got wet. InuYasha: The Final Act episode 16 had a much stronger concept of girl power, as Kagome awakened the sacred powers of her bow and got pretty much the whole episode to herself.

The other simulcasts that went up this weekend are new Winter shows that have some promise – Sora no Woto episode 3 is mildly promising as the fluffy and cute show of the season progresses, but it’s also kind of boring. The jarring visual rift between the ultra-detailed backgrounds and the cutesy, underdeveloped foreground characters makes it weird to watch, too.

Durarara, meanwhile, looks like it could be easily the best show of the season with a strong episode 2.

Check out these anime and more, the season may not be as doom-and-gloom as the naysayers believe! (Note: I reserve the right to take this back if I watch Seikon no Qwaser for some reason).

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