These series are getting better every week as they approach their finales, with at least one of the anime in my lineup set to finish next week! This definitely seems to impact the rankings, with shows moving up and down a lot more than they did mid-season!
1 - Zetsuen no Tempest ep 21 (↑ 3)
2 - Psycho-Pass ep 20 (↑ 4)
3 - Robotics;Notes ep 20 (↓ 2)
5 - Shin Sekai Yori ep 22 (↓ 2)
6 - Minami-ke Tadaima ep 9 (↓ 4)
8 - Magi ep 21 (↑ 6)
9 - Hunter x Hunter ep 69 (↑ 4)
10 - Ixion Saga DT ep 21 (↑ 6)
11 - Tamako Market ep 9
12 - Bakuman S3 ep 22 (↑ 3)
13 - Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT ep 9 (↓ 3)
14 - JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure ep 21 (↓ 6)
16 - Little Busters! ep 21 (↓ 6)
17 - Cuticle Tantei Inaba ep 9 (↓ 5)
Zetsuen no Tempest finally took the top spot for the first time this season, which makes me happy, as if I’d done similar weekly rankings for last season, it would likely have been in first place every week! In comparison to the show’s strong start, the second half has been weak up until last week, when we finally met Fuwa Aika outside of a flashback. A great character, shame to see her die so soon afterwards… but if she hadn’t, there wouldn’t be a story.
I’ve been picking on Magi a lot recently, but this week’s episode reminded me why I picked the show up in the first place: dungeons and djinni! Monsters, traps (no, not that kind) and tons of action! Have to admit I prefer this kind of thing to the politics of recent episodes. Even better was prince Hakuryuu’s tantrum, which (aside from being completely unexpected and hilarious) destroyed my image of his character, but made him more likable in my opinion.
Yet another series that has been getting a lot of flak from me for not living up to previous seasons is Hunter x Hunter, but that also bounced back this week. I said I wanted more action and less training/card hunting, and that’s exactly what the dodgeball game offered. Hisoka’s presence always seems to make things more interesting too. It’s hard to imagine how their makeshift party will overcome this challenge, but I can’t see Gon backing off a second time!
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT has been slowly dropping in my rankings for a couple of weeks now, the reason being the inevitable shift from comedy to romance as we approach the end of the season. I was hoping for a fun movie filming episode to rival the exploits in The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, but instead all the focus was on Kodaka and Sena, the rumour that they were dating, and the sudden revelation that they’re both childhood friends and fiancés. Somehow, I find myself not caring.
Chihayafuru 2 is still up there in my top 5, having only left it once in nine weeks… it is one of the most consistently good series I’m watching, but is unlikely to take first place again this season while the majority of other shows are building up to strong endings, especially while Mizusawa are still in the early stages of the team tournament. Plenty of drama in this episode, however, as it looks likely that Arata will be disqualified from the individual tournament!