As promised last time, I finally got around to watching the first few episodes of three series I skipped at the beginning of the season (they were Kotoura-san, GJ-bu and Tamako Market). While I liked all three, I found Kotoura-san and GJ-bu a bit too similar to other shows I was already watching (mostly Haganai and Minami-ke), so its Tamako Market that will be featuring in my weekly rankings from now on! It will be replacing Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Maoyuu has been bottom of the pile for four weeks running.
Anyway, the sooner I post this, the sooner I can catch up on Week 7’s episodes, so here we go!
1 – Shin Sekai Yori ep 19 (↑ 3)
2 – Psycho-Pass ep 17 (↓ 1)
4 – Robotics;Notes ep 17 (↓ 1)
5 – Uchuu Kyoudai ep 44 (↓ 3)
6 – Zetsuen no Tempest ep 18 (↓ 1)
8 – Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT ep 6 (↑ 1)
9 – Minami-ke Tadaima ep 6 (↓ 2)
12 – Hunter x Hunter ep 66 (↑ 2)
13 – Magi ep 18
14 – Bakuman S3 ep 19 (↓ 2)
15 – Ixion Saga DT ep 18
18 – Cuticle Tantei Inaba ep 6 (↓ 10)
A 7th place debut for Tamako Market is not bad at all considering that it’s quite episodic, whereas the series ranked above it are at the peak of fantastic arcs they’ve been building up to for weeks. I was worried I’d over rate it since I only watched the first five episodes back to back last week, so it’s still shiny and new, but I think it deserves this rank. It got more laughs than Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai in 8th and Minami-ke Tadaima in 9th, for example. Also, the characters are all really likable!
Shin Sekai Yori easily took the top spot this week – that episode was TERRIFYING! All of a sudden the scenario has changed from a war against the Bakenezumi to a survival horror, as a Fiend proceeds to pick off the members of Saki and Satoru’s makeshift party one by one. Only our main characters are able to escape… but the Fiend is still following right behind them!
Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? may have only moved up one place, but this episode was still notably better than the five before it in my opinion. We got to learn a bit more about Asuka, we got to see Kurousagi get angry, and it also set up a number of interesting sounding Gift Games for later episodes. I hope they continue to develop the ‘problem children’ as the series progresses, though, as we really don’t know much about these protagonists yet!
The curse of the comedy series has finally hit Cuticle Tantei Inaba: if an episode doesn’t make me laugh, what else does it have going for it? Not a lot, unfortunately, hence why it’s in last place. This episode was split into three segments as opposed to the usual two, and none of them were particularly brilliant. I’m a little worried about the next episode too, as the preview seemed to suggest it would be split into FIVE parts…
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai wasn’t much better. My main problem with it is the first half of the episode, which sees Sasami wander around town with her mother (who happens to be deceased), doing all the things a normal girl would do… and it’s only when the question of her being dead is raised that said mother goes on to condemn her for leaving the shrine, forcing her back. Would a rotting corpse with limited time and no interest in the outside world really take so long to get to the point?