Spring 2013 Episode Rankings – Week 12

So here we are, the final weekly rankings post of Spring 2013! While a lot of the series on my list are continuing for another week, I’ve already fallen behind following a long weekend away from the internet, and am eager to make a start on the new Summer shows. 😛 I’ll be focusing largely on those anime that ended at 12 episodes, but if you want to know my overall thoughts on any of the others, ask in the comments and I’ll let you know after I’ve finished them. 🙂

Kugel doesn't look so good, but Suisei no Gargantia just gets better and better!

Kugel doesn’t look so good, but Suisei no Gargantia just gets better and better!

1 – Suisei no Gargantia ep 12 (↑ 1)

2 – Shingeki no Kyojin ep 12 ( 1)

3 – Hunter x Hunter ep 85 (↑ 1)

4 – Date A Live ep 12 (↑ 5)

5 – Chihayafuru 2 ep 24 ( 2)

6 – Hataraku Maou-sama! ep 12 (↑ 4)

7 – Kakumeiki Valvrave ep 12 ( 1)

8 – Uchuu Kyoudai ep 63

9 – Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge ep 12 (↑ 2)

10 – Mushibugyou ep 12 ( 3)

11 – Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride ep 12 ( 6)

12 – Karneval ep 12 (↑ 2)

13  Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko ep 12 (↑ 3)

14 – Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000% ep 12 (↑ 1)

15 – Aku no Hana ep 12 ( 2)

16 – Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W ep 11 ( 4)

17 – Zettai Bouei Leviathan ep 12

18 – RDG: Red Data Girl ep 12 

Kotori was pretty sinister in full 'Efreet' mode, shame she had to be sealed. :razz:

Kotori was awesome in full ‘Efreet’ mode, shame she had to be sealed. 😛

Moving up:

Date A Live‘s season finale focused on the conflict between Origami and Kotori, with Shido trying to convince them both to stop. The fight was well-animated and exciting, but the drama and character interactions were also good, hence why it places much higher than Hyakka Ryouran. The fact that a sequel has already been announced means I don’t need to worry about so much being left unresolved, and when that sequel comes around, I’ll definitely be watching it!

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko‘s ending wasn’t too bad, resulting in the series’ first (and last) movement up my rankings. After a string of increasingly poor episodes, I’d gotten to the point where I didn’t find it funny, or even care about any of the characters anymore, but (younger) Yokodera giving up his memories of Tsukasa to Tsukushi was a touching end to the arc, and resolved everything nicely.

Well, if you're going to be a hikkikomori, there are worse places to live than the cockpit of a giant robot! :D

Well, if you’re going to be a hikkikomori, why not live in the cockpit of a giant robot? 😀

Moving down:

Episode 12 of Kakumeiki Valvrave ended on a huge cliffhanger, following yet more ridiculous plot twists and unexpected new mech pilots. It was a surprise to see the usually calm and composed L-elf panic when faced with his former commander, Cain, but since the guy seems to be invulnerable (and a member of some secret organisation that rules the world, to boot), his fear is understandable. 😛 Highly entertaining as usual, and I look forward to its continuation.

I got my hopes up for Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride, and at first it looked as though the ending would be surprisingly good for an ecchi battle anime. The fights were good, the enemy formidable, and major characters were killed off! Plus we got to see Jubei’s Samurai Bride form – silver hair, fox ears and a jet pack? My kind of combo! 😀 Unfortunately, it all came crashing down in the final moments… with the big battle taking up the entirety of the episode, the ‘closure’ was limited to just two minutes of “The world is saved! And look, all the dead people have come back to life! Woo!” 😕 Abrupt, weak and generally unfulfilling, but at least it looked pretty.

Okay, now she's just copying Tsukishima Jinbei. :razz:

Also, it somehow felt as though she was copying Tsukishima Jinbei from last week’s Mushibugyou. 😛

Finally over:

Not much more to be said about Red Data Girl really; the final episode was at least consistent with the rest of the series, in that the pacing was weird and I had no idea what was going on. One reviewer on MAL, Toucanbird, summed up the series’ main flaw well in my opinion with the following sentence: ‘too much data and not enough storage’. Though if the ‘data’ is the series’ many complex plot threads, and the ‘storage’ is my brain’s ability (or lack thereof) to remember, follow and understand it all, maybe I should look into getting an upgrade. 😛

In fairness, RDG was also consistently one of the best looking series of the season.

To be fair, RDG was also consistently one of the best looking series of the season.

So that’s Spring more or less finished! Will Shingeki no Kyojin outshine even the shiny new shows and dominate for a second season? Will Senki Zesshou Symphogear G meet the ‘high standards’ set by the first series? And will I ever get around to posting anything else between these episode rankings!? Only time will tell. 😀

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3 Responses to Spring 2013 Episode Rankings – Week 12

  1. Suisei no Gargantia is perhaps my favorite show of the season. I do have a weakness for characters who start out cold and become more human as the series progresses. I just thought the end to this series was overly simple, but it had me hooked just about the entire way through.

    • I’ve since watched the 13th episode, and I know what you mean. A bit of an abrupt ending, without much closure. I’d have liked to know a bit more about what happened to Kugel/Striker’s religion after losing their ‘god’, things like that, but once the final battle was over there was barely enough time for the short ‘…and they all lived happily ever after’ montage. 😛 A great series overall, though, in my opinion.

  2. Yeah, they should have given us more information about what happened to the Striker cult after mass disillusionment set in. After all, one of the major themes of this series centered on the inherent dignity of man, of which that religion effectively stripped its adherents. One imagines that disillusionment hit them hard. Certain people must have taken it in stride–happy to be freed of its tyranny, another sort might have held on in denial, and a third forming a literary cadre similar to the Lost Generation dedicated to producing melancholy fiction about the loss of meaning in the world.

    That might be a good subject for a fan fiction, right? 🙂

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