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. 🙂
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)
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)
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.
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.
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. 😛
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. 😀