Winter 2013 Episode Rankings – Week 8

This is the first week since I became unemployed again that I haven’t had something going on (friends visiting, the Telford Expo etc)… and I now remember how long the waits for new episodes can seem when you’ve not got much else to do with your free time. 😛 Take Tuesdays for example, nothing I’m watching is released on a Tuesday, and Wednesday isn’t much better with only Tamako Market airing. Of course, I’ve got plenty of older series to marathon quiet days like those… but I’m a little out of practice!

So, I might start pouring some of this free time into my blog, write some more ‘overlooked and underrated’ posts or something as it’s been ages since the last one. It’s just a case of getting back into the habit, and finding something I actually want to write about of course. I’ll try my best! 🙂

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1 –  Robotics;Notes ep 19 (↑ 2)

2 – Minami-ke Tadaima ep 8 (↑ 5)

3 – Shin Sekai Yori ep 21 (↓ 2)

4 –  Zetsuen no Tempest ep 20 (↑ 2)

5 – Chihayafuru 2 ep 8 (↓ 1)

6 – Psycho-Pass ep 19 (↓ 4)

7 – Uchuu Kyoudai ep 46 (↓ 2)

8 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure ep 20 (↑ 2)

9 – Little Busters! ep 20 (↑ 5)

10 – Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT ep 8 (↓ 2)

11 – Tamako Market ep 8 (↓ 2)

12 – Cuticle Tantei Inaba ep 8 (↑ 6)

13 – Hunter x Hunter ep 68 (↑ 2)

14 – Magi ep 20 (↑ 3)

15 – Bakuman S3 ep 21 (↓ 2)

16 – Ixion Saga DT ep 20 (↓ 5)

17 – Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? ep 8 (↓ 1)

18 – Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ep 8 (↓ 6)

[Commie] Psycho-Pass - 19 [55C3D16B].mkv_snapshot_07.17_[2013.03.02_11.07.39]

General comments:

Well this week was certainly dynamic… everything has changed position, and most of them by at least two places! At the top, this is mostly due to series which have been building up for ages finally reaching their peaks (e.g. Robotics;Notes), while others that were full of action until recently have quietened down, presumably to build up to epic conclusions in a month or so (e.g. Psycho-Pass). Lower down, it’s still more a case of which episode was least boring this week.

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Moving up:

Minami-ke Tadaima episode 8 was perfect. Not only did we get to see more of Hosaka-sempai being Hosaka-sempai, HE SANG AGAIN. TWICE. The barbecue insert theme made what would otherwise have been a fairly standard scene absolutely hilarious, and his vegetable song duet with Chiaki at the end was even better! And this is why I’ve kept coming back for four series. Songs about food and vegetable hypnosis. 😛

It may have been a comparatively small jump, but this week’s Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure delivered on what it does best: making everything as over the top as possible. As tragic as Caesar’s death was, having him flattened beneath a stone cross which then proceeds to bleed right after Jojo and Lisa Lisa have resolved not to cry for him but to focus on recovering the Stone of Aja instead… I’m sorry, but I found it as hilarious as it was saddening. 😮

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Cuticle Tantei Inaba recovered after a couple of bad weeks – back to the winning formula of two half-episodes, one of which focused on Yuuta… what’s not to like about that? 😛 The second half of the episode was very different, however, turning away from slapstick comedy and becoming quite dark and serious for the first time. This story continues in episode nine though, so it remains to be seen whether this show can pull it off, or whether there will be punchline after all.

Moving down:

Uchuu Kyoudai couldn’t quite compete with the increasing competition for the top spots, but this episode was far from bad. It was nice to learn a bit more about Ena at last, since the other new Japanese astronauts had already received plenty of development just through being close to Mutta during the interview process. This Vincent Bold character who’s been chosen to instruct the rookies looks as though he’ll make things interesting, too. 😀

[Commie] Space Brothers - 46 [72B20B0E].mkv_snapshot_05.10_[2013.03.02_11.45.28]

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