Spring 2012 Episode Rankings – Week 1

As promised, a personal ranking of the first episodes of every new series this season that I’ve picked up – if a series isn’t on the list, you can assume I haven’t picked it up. I realize many of these series are on their second, even third eps by now; hopefully I’ll get around to those a bit quicker now that I’ve caught up with everything else. 🙂

Starting with the best – the opposite of how I normally rank things, but as this is just a plain old list, I see no need to build up suspense:

1 – Tsuritama

2 – Fate/Zero S2

3 – Sakamichi no Apollon

4 – Eureka Seven AO

5 – Sankarea

6 – Tasogare Otome x Amnesia

7 – Jormungand

8 – Uchuu Kyoudai

9 – Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead

10 – Nazo no Kanojo X

11 – Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A

12 – Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 2

13 – Upotte!!

14 – Acchi Kochi

15 – Zetman

16 – Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan

17 – Queen’s Blade Rebellion

General comments:

  • Tsuritama was the surprise hit of the season for me – VERY similar to the first episode of Apollon, but the bright colours and insane characters won it for me.
  • Acchi Kocchi is no Nichijou, but it fills the comedy/4-koma slot quite nicely this season. Hoping it’ll improve in time, if/when we get some running gags.
  • Fate/Zero is, of course, the best of the sequel/spinoff group, but Eureka Seven, Kore wa Zombie and even Phi Brain S2 impressed me. Queen’s Blade… not so much.
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5 Responses to Spring 2012 Episode Rankings – Week 1

  1. Robert Tene says:

    That’s a really nice list and it’s pretty much very similiar to mine as well. Altough I like Space Brothers more than Sankarea.

    • Thanks. 😀 I think Space Brothers may have suffered a bit from airing so long before the other first eps, so Sankarea and especially Tasogare Otome x Amnesia were fresher in my mind. But there’s not much separating those I’ve rated 4 – 8 anyway.

      I made a point of watching episode 2 late, at the same time as most of the other 2nd eps, so hopefully that bias will be gone from my Week 2 post. 🙂

      • Robert Tene says:

        Ah, I see. Sankarea and Tasogare are based on fanservice and I tend to hate when they do it excessively. Kind of ironical because the stories involve zombies and ghosts. And you definetly don’t think of zombies and ghosts that way! xD

        • The Sankarea protagonist’s zombie fetish isn’t my thing, I’ll put it that way! But I can’t say the fanservice has been bothering me in it, and my early impressions of the premise and characters were much better than I was expecting!

          Tasogare’s first episode impressed me with the same scene, different viewpoint idea – I like things that are different like that. The second episode didn’t quite live up to it in my opinion though – I don’t know whether there was more fanservice in it, or whether it was simply more noticable because I wasn’t distracted by it being shiny and new. 😛

  2. […] means big changes to this blog. Weekly rankings post have been a major feature here since 2012, although they were shorter and notably lacking in screenshots. Eh, it got one like at least, and I’d nailed the format by the time 2013 came around. 😛 […]

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