And so we reach the double digits! Some series are due to end this time next week, and today I took my first proper look at the new shows that will be popping up to replace them, as I researched and composed my Summer Anime Preview on The Student Room’s forums. The ‘want to watch’ list I’ve made there is subject to change depending on how much I like their first episodes though. 🙂
3 – Kakumeiki Valvrave ep 10 (↑ 4)
4 – Suisei no Gargantia ep 10 (↑ 1)
5 – Mushibugyou ep 10 (↑ 4)
6 – Hunter x Hunter ep 83 (↓ 3)
7 – Date A Live ep 10 (↓ 1)
8 – Uchuu Kyoudai ep 61 (↓ 4)
9 – Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride ep 10 (↑ 4)
10 – Hataraku Maou-sama! ep 10 (↓ 2)
11 – Aku no Hana ep 10 (↑ 5)
12 – Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000% ep 10 (↓ 2)
13 – Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge ep 10 (↑ 1)
14 – Zettai Bouei Leviathan ep 10 (↑ 3)
15 – Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W ep 9 (↑ 3)
16 – Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko ep 10 (↓ 1)
17 – Karneval ep 10 (↓ 6)
18 – RDG: Red Data Girl ep 10 (↓ 6)
Mushibugyou placing in my top 5 wasn’t something I could have predicted last week, but episode 10 was the best of the series so far in my opinion. Aside from the fact it was jam-packed with great battles, it was the Mushibugyou herself, Kuroageha, that stood out for me. After spending the last episode in a confused state, wondering why Jinbei would go so far to protect her, she reaches the conclusion that he must be a spy – which is quickly disproved when the Mushikari leave him on the brink of death. After this, Kuroageha feels bad for having lost faith in him (and humanity in general)… and brings out her full powers against the Mushikari. Then, even after being left powerless due to their trickery, she still tries to carry the unconscious Jinbei to safety. Great stuff, I just hope the series stays as good, since apparently it’ll be carrying on into next season!
Zettai Bouei Leviathan couldn’t quite escape the red zone, since the episode was basically a dull fetch quest – thankfully shortened as Leviathan, Jormungandr and Bahamut split up to find the three items, and we didn’t have to watch them travel to the far North, South and East of the land to find them. 😛 The characters and their interactions are still fun to watch, though. The series moves up mostly because of the (obviously CG, but very well animated!) dragon master of the volcano, ‘Fire Drake’ – he was just really cute!
Red Data Girl is at the bottom of the pile again… mostly because I failed to see the point of this episode at all. It didn’t seem to forward the plot in any way (though by this point I understand said plot so little anyway, I can’t be certain of that), and yet I couldn’t enjoy it as a regular slice of life school festival episode because of all the mentions of curses and the like, as well as the tensions between characters. I think I’ve actually given up on this show mentally by this point, but with two eps to go, might as well finish it now.
I haven’t spoken much about Shingeki no Kyojin, despite it repeatedly placing first in my rankings. That’s mostly because I have nothing but praise for the show, as it has remained consistently spectacular from the first episode up to this near-midway point. As well as all the human vs titan, titan vs titan and human vs human conflicts in recent episodes, Eren’s new power is a very interesting twist, while Armin’s realization that he’s not completely useless should improve his character a bit. Can’t wait to find out what’s hidden in the basement of Eren’s old home…
Just missing out on a top 5 place once again is Date A Live. Kurumi and Kotori’s battle was nothing short of epic… but all over in about 5 minutes. After that, we got some explanation about Kotori’s spirit powers, though she herself doesn’t really remember how she got them. Following this, Shido visited Origami in hospital, where she manipulated him into doing all sorts of ecchi things… before suddenly becoming serious, and revealing that her parents may have been killed by Kotori. There’s a lot going on in this anime, and it has more than exceeded the expectations I had at the start of the season, but unfortunately all the plot revelations this week couldn’t compete with the more exciting action and drama of the series I rated higher.