It’s time for my mid-season ‘swap-n-drop’, where I replace an anime that hasn’t been impressing me much over the past 6 weeks with one that I never really gave a chance. Unlike last season, there hasn’t been a title that’s stood out as being much worse than the others – in fact, the lowest ranked series has been different every week so far! Something had to go though, and I can now reveal that the series I’ve stalled… is NOT Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W. That just didn’t air this week. 😛 Nah, it’s Devil Survivor 2 The Animation that gets cut. While far from the weakest series statistically, going by my own rankings, it just doesn’t stand out in any way IMO. Everything else is either stronger plot-wise, character-wise, or simply makes me laugh more (whether intentional or not).
So, what am I picking up instead? I gave Arata Kangatari another chance, but it didn’t do anything for me – weirdly paced, and a bit dull. Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince was a little better, or certainly appealed more to my tastes at least… but I felt that there was nothing about this slapstick rainbow-coloured-mecha-sentai show that Kakumeiki Valvrave wasn’t already doing better. Which left me with Zettai Bouei Leviathan. Low budget moe fantasy show featuring cute dragon girls doing stupid things? Meh, it’s certainly different to the rest of my lineup. Leviathan, Bahamut, Jormungandr and Syrup’s antics brought a smile to my face more than once during my 6 episode catch-up marathon, and while I’m not expecting it to top my rankings any time soon, it is at least more fun to watch than Devil Survivor, so is already fulfilling its purpose. 🙂
1 – Shingeki no Kyojin ep 7 (↑ 1)
2 – Suisei no Gargantia ep 7 (↑ 4)
3 – Kakumeiki Valvrave ep 7 (↓ 2)
4 – Chihayafuru 2 ep 19 (↑ 3)
5 – Hataraku Maou-sama! ep 7 (↓ 1)
6 – Hunter x Hunter ep 80 (↑ 6)
7 – Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000% ep 7 (↑ 8)
8 – Uchuu Kyoudai ep 58 (↓ 3)
9 – Karneval ep 7 (↑ 9)
10 – Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride ep 7 (↓ 2)
11 – Aku no Hana ep 7 (↑ 6)
12 – Date A Live ep 7 (↓ 9)
13 – Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko ep 7 (↑ 1)
15 – RDG: Red Data Girl ep 7 (↓ 5)
16 – Mushibugyou ep 7 (↓ 7)
17 – Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge ep 7 (↓ 6)
Zettai Bouei Leviathan: Syrup the fairy establishes the Aquafall Defence Force in order to fight against evil. Main heroine Leviathan and two other dragon girls are unwillingly drafted into this defence force… and since then the main plot has been pushed to one side, as they head on various RPG-style side quests and generally fool around. This week they spent most of the episode trekking through a desert in search of Leviathan’s precious spear, which threw at a giant monster, only for said monster to run off with it. They navigate with only the advice of some random kid, Leviathan’s dreams and the power of luck to guide them. It’s stupid, but fun. I’ve enjoyed seeing the character’s friendship slowly develop – at the start they were complete strangers, and its only at this midway point they’ve started referring to each other by nicknames. 🙂
Last week’s underwhelming finale to a boring arc resulted in Karneval coming last… hopefully the next arc will be better. However, this week’s episode was an in-between, filler-like comic relief ep, which is fine by me! Seeing the characters dressed up for the parade was fun, especially when Gareki was forced to don the Nyanperona costume. 😛 The real highlight was Gareki and Nai’s poor, spur of the moment acting as they saved Tsukumo, as well as Iva’s punishment of poor Jiki.
Suisei no Gargantia has also placed lower over the past few weeks, as while the slow-paced, peaceful slice of life episodes were amusing and great for world and character development, they lacked the excitement of the early stand-off and the pirate attacks that followed. The tension soon picked up again in this episode though, with the revelation that the Hideauze are already on Earth! But are they really the enemy of all Humanity, or do the just want to be left alone?
Also moving up (finally) is Aku no Hana. With Kasuga finally snapping, and writing all over the classroom that he’s a creepy pervert who stole Saeki’s gym clothes, we reach the point where the plot really starts to get good – assuming it continues to faithfully (if slowly) follow the manga. Loved the new, slowed down version of the ED theme, though Saeki’s version of the OP isn’t as good as the first two IMO. As for the animation, I’m completely used to it at this point!
I’ve been more than happy to overlook the fact I’ve had no idea what’s going on in Red Data Girl up until now. The series has still somehow managed to remain entertaining for half a season, as well as looking and sounding amazing. However, it seems I’ve finally reached the point where my brain hurts trying to make sense of what’s happening. Mayura and her fanclub randomly attack Miyuki in order to test him, then act afterwards as though nothing happened. Then Soda’s horse dies, and he rides off into the distance on some sort of phantom horse? Something to do with their undead brother only being able to exist while the two living siblings share the same image of him? Argh, I get headaches just typing about it!