This week saw the end of the Uchuu Kyoudai recap episodes, which means it finally returns to my weekly rankings lineup! Coincidentally though, this week’s episode of Chihayafuru 2 was recap, so we won’t have all eighteen anime series competing against each other for at least another week.
2 – Suisei no Gargantia ep 4 (↑ 1)
3 – Kakumeiki Valvrave ep 4 (↑ 1)
5 – Hataraku Maou-sama! ep 4 (↓ 3)
6 – Date A Live ep 4 (↑ 5)
7 – RDG: Red Data Girl ep 4 (↑ 1)
8 – Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000% ep 4 (↓ 1)
9 – Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride ep 4 (↑ 3)
11 – Mushibugyou ep 4 (↑ 6)
12 – Hunter x Hunter ep 77 (↑ 3)
13 – Karneval ep 4 (↓ 7)
14 – Aku no Hana ep 4
15 – Devil Survivor 2 The Animation ep 4 (↓ 6)
17 – Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W ep 4 (↓ 4)
After a slow start, Suisei no Gargantia has been gradually working its way up my rankings, and now places a strong second. This week’s episode took a break from the action of the previous three, and the tension between Ledo and the residents of the Gargantia seems virtually gone now that he’s protected them from pirates, and has leant them his mech for manual labour. I like that Ledo is gradually learning their language, managing small, simple sentences unaided, but still relying on Chamber’s translations for detailed conversation – it feels more natural than the rapid jump in Hataraku Maou-sama!’s characters’ language skills. 😛
I enjoy Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride for the comedy more than anything else. It has fanservice, but is nowhere near as extreme as some of ARMS’ other series, and even manages to be stylish with its greyish colour scheme and ink blots. It has a plot… but though the enemies were introduced right at the beginning, they’re keeping their distance for now, and when they do approach, it’s mostly for the purposes of comedy. 😛 In episode 4 we learned what the titular ‘Samurai Bride’ is – an advanced form of the Master Samurai powers the girls already posses. I’m looking forward to seeing what these new powers are like, and whether they come with new costumes and weapons!
Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge can breathe a sigh of relief for a third week running, as Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W comes last this time, for a couple of reasons. Too much focus on the bland, boring side characters, and even when Mahiro and his harem were given screentime, it was the same recycled jokes all over again. It just didn’t feel like a very good episode. Admittedly, a story arc which focuses on Hasta-kun is a tough act to follow, virtually anything would feel underwhelming compared to that… but this ep didn’t even make me laugh. 😦
Plummetting even further to make its red zone debut is Devil Survivor 2 The Animation. Before it aired, and for the first couple of eps, I assumed it would be like Persona 4 – interesting premise, fun characters and monster battles. The monster battles are still a thing… but the script is a bit boring, and there’s been little character development so far, which means that the show’s habit of killing/nearly killing characters off every five minutes is largely wasted on me. I’m hoping it’ll improve once we learn more about the demons – what exactly they are, and how/why our protagonists can summon them etc.
Uchuu Kyoudai is back! Its high ranking this week may be partly because I’ve not watched it for ages, but the episode itself was good too. The desert survival training is over, and their next task is to build a rover capable of being launched into the air, parachuting safely to the ground, and moving towards a goal after landing. Sounds great fun! Unfortunately for Mutta’s team, they’ve ended up with a supervisor who really doesn’t care whether they succeed or not… interesting characters have always been one of the series’s strongest points! To make matters worse, Mutta is still a bit feverish, and (judging by Amanti’s reaction to his question), he has further bad luck to come! 😮