One third of the way through the season already! Anime seasons always seem to fly by so quickly… *resists urges to look up Autumn’s lineup*
1 – Shingeki no Kyojin ep 16 (↑ 2)
2 – Gatchaman Crowds ep 4 (↑ 7)
3 – Genshiken Nidaime ep 4 (↓ 2)
4 – Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi ep 4 (↓ 2)
5 – Free! ep 4 (↑ 1)
6 – Hunter x Hunter ep 90 (↓ 1)
7 – Senki Zesshou Symphogear G ep 4 (↑ 1)
8 – Danganronpa: The Animation ep 4 (↓ 4)
9 – Space Brothers ep 67 (↓ 2)
10 – Gin no Saji ep 4 (↑ 3)
12 – Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen ep 4 (↓ 2)
13 – Love Lab ep 4 (↓ 1)
15 – Uchouten Kazoku ep 4
17 – Mushibugyou ep 17
18 – Blood Lad ep 4
Jumping seven places this week is the intriguing Gatchaman Crowds! There’s been a lot going on in just a month’s worth of episodes, and this week a lot of my questions were finally answered. The Galax app always seemed too good to be true, and since the power behind it also seems to come from the same alien that’s causing most of the chaos in the first place, it probably is. I’m assuming it’s going to stop working entirely once people become too reliant on it, or something to that effect. Meanwhile, we also got to learn more about the other Gatchamans (Gatchamen?) – Utsutsu can clone herself, at the cost of being unable to touch people; O.D is apparently OP, and Jou seems to have a very different alter-ego when not on the job!
Re-entering the Top 10 is Gin no Saji! I’ve always felt bad about rating this so low, when it hasn’t done anything wrong, but I suppose its asking too much for an educational series about farming and agriculture to be as entertaining as the action-heavy and/or hilarious comedy anime that have been placing higher. This week’s pizza episode was good fun, though, and it finally seems as though Hachiken is starting to settle down and enjoy himself there, while his (admittedly very impressive) test results don’t mean so much to him anymore.
I realize I haven’t said much about the series that dominated my rankings for the first three weeks, Genshiken Nidaime. Besides all the pictures of Hato-kun, that is. 😛 An anime about anime fans was always going to appeal to me, even if the focus has been more on drawing and selling doujinshi this time around. But as well as all the amusing references and comedy, the characters really stand out from other series. Maybe with the exception of Kuchiki, the rest of the cast feel very human, each with their own likes, dislikes, opinions, and flaws. I’m looking forward to learning more about them as the series progresses!
Not a lot of movement at the bottom of the rankings… Blood Lad is actually starting to become painful to watch; Mushibugyou is marginally better, maybe only because I know and like the characters from last season; I feel like I’m laughing at Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku as opposed to with it, but any laughter is better than none I guess; and Uchouten Kazoku, while being on a completely different level from the shows below it production-wise, just doesn’t stand out in any way for me.
Topping the Bottom 5 for the second week in a row is Stella Jogakuin Koutouka C³-bu, which actually started off quite well, but moe girls firing non-lethal weapons at each other soon started to get old. One of the things I liked from the beginning, however, is Yura’s Chuunibyou-style delusional depictions of their survival games as real battles/wars. Needless to say I was very surprised to find out this week that these may not be imaginary after all – Yura does actually have the power to create alternative dimensions, travel through time and change historical events. Suddenly, a flagging series gains a supernatural element… didn’t Kitakubu’s fourth episode poke fun at series that do that? 😛 Either way, this unexpected twist could make things interesting, even if the rest of this week’s episode was a bit boring.