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Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen: Two countries are at war for the dominance over the continent. Tokimune is a mecha pilot out in the field, and when the defense line falls, his unit has to regroup. En route, they see a civilian truck being attacked by mecha of the other country, and he goes against his orders to defend the truck. Turns out that the truck is carrying a new, experimental mecha, and Tokimune ends up in the pilot seat.
Most mecha series are about a few hot-shot pilots who do whatever they want to do, but this one is different. There is a command structure, the unit has scouts, the commanding officer makes the decisions, etcetera. And I don't think I've ever seen a first episode where it made so much sense for the main character to end up in the pilot's seat of the new type of mecha! The framing conflict between the two nations is interesting as well.

Magimoji Rurumo: Kouta has a (not really undeserved) reputation as a pervert at his high school. So when he summons a witch, he chooses some perverted wishes. The witch is not impressed, but when it turns out that his wishes have brought her in trouble, Kouta tries to help her. In return, he gets a booklet of 'magical tickets' that are good for one wish each -- but when he runs out, he will die.
There's not much to say about this. Bad jokes and a main character who can't be true to himself. And the witch doesn't have a sparkling personality either...

Ai-Mai-Mi: Mousou Catastrophe: A three-and-a-half minute episode that made no sense and wasn't funny or interesting.

Persona 4 The Golden Animation: First there was Persona 4, the game. Then there was an anime made of this game (which we've seen completely, and liked a lot). Then there was a remake of the game, called Persona 4 The Golden. It had an added character that interacted with the main character -- she starts out in the Velvet Room. And then that got turned into an anime as well, resulting in Persona 4 The Golden Animation. I strongly suspect that they've taken the original series and re-cut it to accomodate the extra animation for the extra character.
I'm conflicted about this one. I really like the Persona anime, but I'm not sure I could watch this again for the extra character -- I remembered the events in the first episode, so it wasn't really exciting. But if you haven't seen the original Persona 4 animation, then this is your (second) chance!

Zankyou no Terror: Two highschool age boys have been trained as terrorists -- and that's what they do. During a school trip to the observation decks of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (we've been there!) they plan a bombing attack. They coerce one of their classmates to participate, and now they've got themselves an accomplice!
Really interesting. The two boys are really twisted, and I wonder what they hope to accomplish with their bombings. As an intellectual excercise, it's really interesting to see how such an attack could be planned and executed. The addition of the 'normal' girl as a wildcard is sure to shake things up as well.

Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus: More Black Butler! Re-introduces all the important characters and shows a single, busy day in the life of Sebastian, the demonic butler of earl Ciel Phantomhive. If you're a die-hard fan of Sebastian, then you want to see this. Otherwise, it promises to be more of the same, which might put you off.

Tokyo ESP: ESPers are discriminated against, and using your powers is (mostly) illegal. Then a group of ESPers decides to strike back, levitating the diet building up above Tokyo and taking the members hostage. At the same time, other ESPers conduct terrorist strikes against various targets in the city. Of course, it takes a team of other ESPers to stop them!
Lots of property damage and rather senseless killing of unsuspecting civilians. The villains don't seem to have a plan, they merely want to provoke. It could have been interesting, but the writers seemed more determined to make it a blood-soaked violence-fest instead of adding some depth to the story. And that made it hard to watch.
Tags: anime, first episode review

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