Spring 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 12

June 25, 2017

It’s the end of the season~ Usually that means an extra-long final post… but since only seven of the series in my lineup ended this week, it won’t be all that different from usual. 😛 At least I have my average rankings for the entire season at the end to bulk it out a bit!

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A somewhat unexpected #1 for Little Witch Academia, at the end of a lower-scoring second season. It seems all the fuss about the words was worth it after all!

1 – Little Witch Academia ep 24 (↑ 3)

2 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul ep 12 (↑ 1)

3 – Boku no Hero Academia S2 ep 12 (↑ 2)

4 – Shingeki no Kyojin S2 ep 12 (↓ 3

5 – Alice to Zouroku ep 11 (↑ 4)

6 – Fukumenkei Noise ep 11 

7 – Berserk (2017) ep 12 (↓ 5

8 – Seikaisuru Kado ep 11 (↓ 1

9 – Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho ep 11 (↑ 1)

10 – Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation ep 24 (↑ 3)

11 – Renai Boukun ep 12 (↑ 6)

12 – Granblue Fantasy The Animation ep 12 

13 – Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism ep 12 (↓ 5)

14 – Re:Creators ep 12 (↑ 1)

15 – Kabukibu! ep 12 (↓ 1

16 – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine ep 12 (↓ 5)

17 – Danmachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria ep 11 (↓ 1

18 – SukaSuka ep 11 (↑ 1)

19 – Sakura Quest ep 12 (↓ 1

20 – Clockwork Planet ep 12 

[HorribleSubs] Shingeki no Kyojin S2 - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_12.38_[2017.06.25_13.15.31]

Eren became aware of yet another power – seems he can literally direct titans into attacking whatever he wants. Useful… and it explains why he’s a target. That’s one answer, at least!

Ending:

Starting at the top, we (perhaps unsurprisingly) have Shingeki no Kyojin S2! This series, we learned that there are titans EVERYWHERE – in the villages within the walls, inside of the walls themselves, and in about 1 in 3 of Eren’s Training Corps buddies. There was a lot of saving people, only for them to be recaptured, and so on and so forth. Big events and major questions… but few answers as of yet. We still don’t know the purpose of Reiner and Bertold’s infiltration – do their side really just want to massacre all the humans within the walls? We didn’t see much of the intriguing Beast Titan in the latter half either, but his brief appearance at the end of this week’s ep suggests he’ll be back for the next series (which has been confirmed). An enjoyable series after a long wait for more.

At the other end of the rankings, Clockwork Planet‘s ending wasn’t the worst I’ve ever seen – it made sense, provided closure, and wasn’t horribly rushed. But neither was it particularly exciting; at this point Naoto and Marie’s clockwork repair powers were ridiculously over-powered, while AnchoR and RyuZU were always over-powered, so the poor disappointing final villain in his electromagnetic mech didn’t stand a chance. The story arcs weren’t very interesting, original or well-written. Characters were amusing, but lacked even the slightest depth. Animation and music didn’t stand out either. It probably wasn’t worth the second chance I gave it in the end, and I’ll likely have forgotten all about the series by next week, but at least it means I don’t have to call Haine the season’s weakest ending. 😛

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As much as I preferred Guri’s usual, wacky angel form’s personality, her demon side certainly had the cooler character design.

As is so often the case with comedy series, especially ones that try to turn serious later on, Renai Boukun went from my Top 5 in the first week to my Bottom 5 towards the end of the season. Later episodes certainly didn’t make me laugh as much, and I’m not sure they were even trying TBH. The whole ‘cupids making couples’ plotline that seemed central to the series in its early episodes seemingly went up in smoke with Guri’s paper Kiss Note! But on the other hand, the characters’ personalities were so ridiculous that it was hard to take any real attempts at romance seriously, so I’m glad it ended with a return to their old harem situation. Unlike Clockwork Planet, I think there were enough good parts early on to ensure I’ll look back on it fondly… it just didn’t end up going in a direction I liked.

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine followed the same pattern in my rankings, placing strongly in the first three weeks, then dropping sharply and never really recovering. Unlike Renai Boukun though, the series itself was pretty consistent – the comedy was there from start to finish in the Princes’ personalities and interactions with their tutor, and while there was drama as Count Rosenberg tried to sabotage their attempts at becoming more suitable heirs, it felt a lot less forced and a lot more interesting. The ending was well-paced and concluded the series well… the reason I rated it so low was because it was also VERY predictable. I think that was what led to the series’ drop to be honest; aside from Haine’s background, which it did a good job of keeping mysterious, the series didn’t throw any curve-balls.

[HorribleSubs] Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.08_[2017.06.25_13.17.10]

Even the expressionless, monotonous Haine shed a tear at seeing his pupils’ progress, and hearing their heartfelt requests for him to return. ❤

What is there to say about Berserk (2017) that I haven’t already said, really? The manga is one of the most highly-rated of all time, and I feel the anime would be held in the same regard if it weren’t for the 3D CG animation, as all other aspects (pacing, music, voices etc) are solid. I’ve gotten used to the style, and it seemed to have improved for this second attempt, but I do feel it could have been my #1 for this season if it had SnK’s budget (but certainly not it’s pacing!). Schierke was a great addition to the cast, and while 2017 lacked the presence of a real ‘big villain’ such as 2016’s Mozgus, it instead managed to provide a new threat almost every week, whether it was trolls, ogres, kelpies, golems or new members of the reformed ‘Band of the Hawk’. Assuming this gets a 2018 series, I will of course go back for more. 😀

Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism‘s finale was a little bit rushed, though not enough to spoil it. The fight against Amou was short but decent… shame the Empress herself was barely given any attention until right at the end though, I feel she could have been built up much better as a main villain/rival. I’m also slightly disappointed that we didn’t get to see Nomura face off against Inaba, but I can see why they shied away from having a high school boy beat up a blind middle school girl… even if she is ridiculously powerful. Heck, a series where competent male and female martial artists fought fairly without holding back is a rare thing to begin with, so I can’t complain too much. Aside from that, all was good – Amou’s kiss before departure was a nice surprise, Nomura avoided expulsion and got all his stamps (at the cost of becoming Inaba’s disciple) – very nicely wrapped up. 🙂

[HorribleSubs] Berserk (2017) - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.14_[2017.06.25_13.19.28]

Ah, the old ‘opposing sides unknowingly befriending each other’ development… always a shame to see their friendships ruined afterwards. 😦

And finally, Kabukibu! Kurusu’s Kabuki Club faced all sorts of challenges from Day 1 – gathering the initially reluctant members, finding an instructor and gaining acceptance as an official school club, fighting for a stage, covering for members’ unexpected illnesses or absences, making kabuki appeal to a younger audience who don’t understand what’s going on… and in this episode, I feel they achieved their biggest goal yet, in convincing Ebihara to act with them. 😀 On paper, this finale was perhaps one of the best of the season; unfortunately, it seems Kurusu still has a way to go when it comes to making kabuki appeal to me. The second half, which was dominated by their performance to the new students, dragged on painfully for me as the five bandits made their slow and overly-dramatic introductions. Still, a good school club series, and underrated IMO.

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They certainly all looked impressive together – virtually impossible to recognize who was who without listening to their voices, though!

And finally, here are these series’ average rankings throughout the whole season:

1 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul (2.83)

2 – Shingeki no Kyojin S2 (3.00) 

3 – Seikaisuru Kado (4.55) 

4 – Berserk (2017) (5.17) 

5 – Boku no Hero Academia S2 (5.25)

6 – Fukumenkei Noise (6.86) 

7 – Little Witch Academia (7.00)

8 – Alice to Zouroku (8.18)

9 – Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (9.27)

10 – Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism (10.29)

11 – Renai Boukun (10.83)

12 – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (11.33)

13 – Re:Creators (11.42)

14 – Danmachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria (13.09) 

15 – Kabukibu! (13.42) 

16 – Granblue Fantasy The Animation (13.58)

17 – Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation (14.25)

18 – Clockwork Planet (15.27)

19 – SukaSuka (15.55)

20 – Sakura Quest (16.67) 

The two Shingekis were literally neck-in-neck at the end of Week 11, so it all came down to their 12th episodes, with Bahamut’s second chaotic jail break attempt winning over Hannes’ tragic but predictable death. Sakura Quest brings up the rear, but with an average score far higher than 20, showing that there really wasn’t a stand-out terrible series in my final lineup. I feel this season could do well in my end of year rankings – as things stand right now, I’d gladly include any of the top 8!

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Spring 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 11

June 18, 2017

Okay WordPress, you win. I’m writing this post on the ‘new, improved’ editor (though it has been out for years now). My main complaint, the lack of ability to copy existing posts to easily re-use the formatting, seems to have been fixed at some point, and seeing as it also lets me change font colours and underline text a whole lot easier than the increasingly-nerfed old editor now, there’s little reason to keep stubbornly resisting.

It’s all very… white, though. And it’s hard to see where my post begins and ends, since it doesn’t have borders around anything. Very unusual design choice, presumably it makes things easier on smartphones or something. They’re another thing I’ll probably give up on resisting at some point. 😛

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Nice work by Armin this week! We’ve not seen much of him this series.

1 – Shingeki no Kyojin S2 ep 11 (↑ 6)

2 – Berserk (2017) ep 11 (↓ 1

3 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul ep 11 (↑ 1)

4 – Little Witch Academia ep 23 (↑ 2)

5 – Boku no Hero Academia S2 ep 11 (↓ 3) 

6 – Fukumenkei Noise ep 10 (↑ 3)

7 – Seikaisuru Kado ep 10 (↓ 4

8 – Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism ep 11

9 – Alice to Zouroku ep 10 (↓ 4

10 – Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho ep 10 (↑ 10)

11 – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine ep 11 (↑ 7)

12 – Granblue Fantasy The Animation ep 11 (↑ 4)

13 – Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation ep 23 (↑ 1)

14 – Kabukibu! ep 11 (↓ 3

15 – Re:Creators ep 11 (↓ 5

16 – Danmachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria ep 10 (↑ 3)

17 – Renai Boukun ep 11 (↓ 4

18 – Sakura Quest ep 11 (↓ 1

19 – SukaSuka ep 10 (↓ 4

20 – Clockwork Planet ep 11 (↓ 8

[HorribleSubs] Granblue Fantasy The Animation - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.23_[2017.06.18_13.03.36]

Rosetta’s certainly an intriguing character, but seems trustworthy after this episode. Yggdrasil is just cute.

Moving up:

As usual, since next week’s rankings post will be my last for this season, I’ll focus on series that won’t be ending then: Granblue Fantasy The Animation isn’t continuing into the Summer, but goes on just one episode longer than most of the rest of my lineup. A shame really, as it feels like it’s just starting to get good. Gran now has a decent-sized party of fun characters, and their interactions are always amusing… it’s just the plot that needed to get a move on, and these recent eps that have focused on Lyria’s past and inner struggle to accept herself have been a real improvement. Great action this week too! Overall though, the series hasn’t offered much in the way of original content, just a pleasant generic fantasy romp with a neat animation style. I’ll probably check out any sequel it gets, which is apparently likely to happen given the series’ huge sales in Japan.

Danmachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria is only 12 eps long, but is of course an episode behind due to its late start. It’s certainly less generic than Granblue Fantasy, and has scored better on average, but as we approach the end of the season I have to say I’m enjoying this the far less of the two. Though the plot showed promising signs at times (almost entirely involving Ais), the episodes in between that focused on Lefiya were not brilliant IMO. This week’s episode ended on a dramatic confrontation between Bell and yet another minotaur… but of course we’ve seen all that before in the first Danmachi anime. With a lot of recap/retelling that didn’t add much to the original, and a lot of weak new material, I’m not sure Sword Oratoria’s good parts were worth the time; of course, it still has two episodes left to prove me wrong.

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Nice to learn of Finn’s reason for fighting… unless they’ve mentioned it before and I forgot about it. 😛

Moving down:

As I thought back in Week 7, SukaSuka clearly just isn’t my kind of series. I went in expecting grand fantasy battles AND tragic character developments, but most of the former has happened off-screen, and most of the latter hasn’t been good enough to make up for it IMO. I feel terrible about Chtholly’s loss of memory (and sense of self?), but I just can’t seem to care about her relationship with Willem – I think he and Nygglatho would make a far more interesting couple! The addition of two new leprechauns to the already huge cast at this late stage hasn’t added much yet, aside from the erotic massage scenes. And then came the revelation that the Beasts that destroyed the world were originally humans. No, really? I was sure they’d be pandas. Quite a predictable and underwhelming revelation to make such a big fuss over, really.

Re:Creators really should be my kind of series, and I feel that there must be a certain amount of subconscious bias at work here to explain how it’s avoided the red zone for 11 weeks. Great premise, slow and clumsy execution, as again I’ve mentioned in earlier posts. Still, at least this week Souta FINALLY revealed to the wider cast that he knew Altair’s creator! When she nearly fell off that balcony after he suggested they go up there for a better look at the panel, I half-expected that to be how he ‘killed her’. 😛 Glad it was nothing that silly, though I can pretty much guess how the story is going to go from here based on his earlier conversations with Meteora and Magane. Earlier in the episode, a lot more talking as Rui took Souta for a mech ride. Unlike the three above, Re:Creators is continuing into the Summer, so there’s certainly time for it to improve.

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These two made for a surprisingly fun duo!

General comments:

The cast of Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul have spent a lot more time in prison than I was expecting! But these character meetings / reintroductions were the perfect excuse for some great flashback eps, allowing us to see what happened to Favaro and Jeanne between series (as well as Nina and Mugaro’s pasts). This week, Nina and Jeanne finally attempted a breakout, but it didn’t go too well – Charioce always seems to be one step ahead. It’ll be interesting to see how the realization that the tyrant king was the same person she fell in love with will affect Nina, who until now has been an unstoppable positive force – judging by her reaction to seeing Rita after the credits, hopefully not a lot has changed. 🙂 With the next episode being titled ‘The Great Escape’, I look forward to their second attempt, while the guards are presumably still on high alert!

Despite my lower impression of Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation compared with previous series, I’m still sad we couldn’t see the whole interhigh from beginning to end without a break – presumably it’ll pick up wherever it leaves off in a 4th series, much like what happened with the first anime and Grande Road. And no doubt I’ll watch it, I need to see what devious tactics Midosuji has up his sleeve this time around. 😀 Him simply being in this episode certainly helped its rankings, and though Onoda didn’t fall for his tactics this week, there’s no way that’ll be the last we see of him. Yama was an interesting addition – despite being given the role of ‘Midosuji’s conscience’ by the team’s former captain, he clearly doesn’t want the role or feel up to it… presumably he’ll make a comeback later, at some critical point in the series.

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Onoda’s Hime Climb was another highlight of this week’s ep – I loved the other riders’ misinterpretations of what he was saying, too. 😀

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Spring 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 10

June 11, 2017

It was Berserk’s turn to air a recap episode, adding to what must now be a record-breaking number of them for a single season… thankfully, I’ve been an episode behind since it aired two at once in Week 1, so now it’s just gone from being one of the first things I watch each week to one of the last. No gaps in my lineup this time!

Plenty of nice 2D shots in this week’s episode.

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Spring 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 9

June 4, 2017

I don’t know what WordPress have done to their old editor now, but it’s suddenly REALLY hard to format these posts in the way I always have. I mean, removing the ‘underline’ button from the toolbar a while back was an odd thing to do (haha I still have keyboard shortcuts so screw you!), but this latest improvement feature arbitrary change means I can no longer highlight and recolour hyperlinks in one go. I have to virtually do each word individually. Here’s hoping that the last few weeks of the season bring few changes to my Top or Bottom 5…

That means no more surprise drops, SnK! Reiner suddenly giving away his identity makes a lot more sense following this episode.

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Spring 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 8

May 28, 2017

All twenty shows aired as normal, and everything’s as it should be once again. 😀 Apart from my Top 5, which is missing one of its regular inhabitants…

The sheer scale and gruesome nature of the battles in Berserk keep it at #1 again this week~

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Spring 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 7

May 21, 2017

This time, it was Seikaisuru Kado‘s turn to take a break, leaving me with only 19 episodes to watch once again. If this continues, I’m going to have to find a new hobby to fill all the extra spare time. 😛

Berserk keeps on rising! I loved the kelpie.

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Spring 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 6

May 14, 2017

It’s week six, and the series that I’m dropping from my lineup… don’t include Alice to Zouroku. That just didn’t air this week. No, the shows I’ve dropped are far more predictable: Sagrada Reset for being unbelievably boring despite its great premise, and Hinako Note because the scarecrow thing and lack of acting were getting very dull.

Replacing them will be Fukumenkei Noise and Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, but more on them below~

FINALLY, a change in the #1 spot! So many amusing faces from Nina this week ❤

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