Winter 2013 Episode Rankings – Week 3

This season is an interesting one, as so far there’s no single series standing out from all the others. Last spring Sakamichi no Apollon came in first most weeks, while after a slow start Natsuyuki Rendezvous went on to dominate the summer rankings. This winter though, there’s really not much separating the top EIGHT shows! I wouldn’t want to have to predict next week’s number 1, that’s for certain.

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1 – Psycho-Pass ep 14 ( 6)

2 – Robotics;Notes ep 14 

3 – Uchuu Kyoudai ep 41 (↓ 2)

4 – Chihayafuru 2 ep 3

5 – Zetsuen no Tempest ep 15 (↓ 2)

6 – Cuticle Tantei Inaba  ep 3 (↓ 1)

7 – Shin Sekai Yori ep 16 (↓ 1)

8 – Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT ep 3

9 – Bakuman S3 ep 16 (↑ 3)

10 – Minami-ke Tadaima ep 3 (↓ 1)

11 – Magi ep 15 (↓ 1)

12 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure ep 15 (↓ 1)

13 – Hunter x Hunter ep 63 ( 1)

14 – Little Busters! ep 15 ( 1)

15 – Ixion Saga DT ep 15 ( 1)

16 – Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ep 3 (↓ 3)

17 – Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? ep 3

18 – Maoyuu Maou Yuusha ep 3

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Moving up:

After last week’s character building episode, Psycho-Pass got straight back into the action. And this time the criminals all had masks preventing their true psycho-passes from being read! With this flaw in the Sybilla system exploited, automated police scanners and drones failed to react, human police officers and enforcers were limited as their dominators no longer worked, and worst of all, it became apparent that most civilians couldn’t even recognize a crime if it was carried out right in front of them!

Ashirogi Muto may have failed to take first place from Niizuma Eiji in Bakuman, but at least they rose up in the rankings (both here and in the series itself :razz:) with a great end to a great arc. I’m glad Eiji gets to finish Crow at its peak, the way he wants to, instead of having it drag on simply because it’s popular… I have to wonder how many real life manga-ka have faced that problem.

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Moving down:

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai impressed me early on with all the usual SHAFT quirks: weird characters, weird direction and tons of style. It continues to stand out for these reasons… but that’s about it. I’m starting to worry it may be all style and no substance, as when we finally got to learn this week who the characters were and what was going on, I found that I didn’t really care. I’m hoping they’ll start to develop the characters soon, especially the three ‘sisters’.

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General comments:

Shin Sekai Yori remains easily the most sinister of all the series I’m watching – I’d choose Psycho-Pass’ future ‘utopia’ over theirs any day! What started as a group of six friends has now become just two, with only Saki and Satoru now remaining… just how long will they last? Looks like there’s another time skip coming up, but I doubt their futures are going to be much brighter.

Sadly, the jokes in Ixion Saga DT seem to be getting a little repetitive by now, as was the case with many similar RPG/fantasy parody series I’ve watched, hence why it’s been stuck in the red zone. I want to rank it higher, but can’t really justify it since all the other comedy series make me laugh far more often. 😕 It does have something of a plot, but it’s certainly not strong enough to carry the show on its own, and I don’t think it’s meant to be. 😛

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