Week 2! I’m still getting to know the series I’ve picked up, and the characters that inhabit them, so as usual you can expect some radical changes in my opinions during these early stages. Though looking at some of the madcap series in my lineup this season, I wonder whether the rankings will ever settle down into a more normal, predictable pattern. 😛
2 – Galilei Donna ep 2 (↑ 6)
3 – Kyousougiga TV ep 1 (↑ 12)
4 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 2 (↑ 2)
5 – Kakumeiki Valvrave S2 ep 2 (↑ 8)
6 – Coppelion ep 2 (↑ 1)
7 – Little Busters! Refrain ep 2 (↓ 4)
8 – Space Brothers ep 77 (↑ 1)
9 – Samurai Flamenco ep 2 (↓ 5)
10 – Hunter x Hunter ep 100 (↓ 5)
11 – Outbreak Company ep 2 (↑ 1)
12 – Golden Time ep 2 (↓ 1)
13 – NouCome ep 2 (↓ 11)
14 – Phi Brain S3 ep 2 (↓ 4)
15 – Magi: The Kingdom of Magic ep 2 (↑ 2)
16 – Nagi no Asukara ep 2
17 – Meganebu! ep 2 (↑ 1)
18 – Non Non Biyori ep 2 (↓ 4)
I mentioned last week that my main worry about Kyousougiga was that I didn’t have any idea what was going on, but the first all-new episode of the TV series went back to the start and answered a lot of questions. So a Buddhist monk fell in love with a sentient picture of a rabbit that he drew, which is now borrowing the body of a bodhisattva. He drew them three children, and a crazy replica of the city of Kyoto for them to live in, and all was good… until the rabbit started having worrying premonitions, so both ‘parents’ ran off somewhere. Then, some time later, our protagonist and her strange brothers show up, and hilarity ensues. It all makes such perfect sense now… I think? Either way, I really enjoyed this episode!
After a disappointing start to the second series, Kakumeiki Valvrave reclaimed its place in my Top 5 with a (relatively, and surprisingly) sane episode focusing on Akira’s back story – what led to her awkward relationship with her brother, and why she shut herself away from society. Hopefully she’ll open up a bit more in the coming episodes. 🙂 I’m also looking forward to seeing what’ll happen now that they’ve blown off course and landed in Dorssia!
NouCome entertained me last week with what had to be one of the funniest first episodes of the year… which was always going to be a tough act to follow. Episode 2 tried its best, and had some fantastic moments – the laid back god, a briefly gender-swapped protagonist, and of course his ongoing issues with the ‘absolute multiple choice’ curse – but his attempts to get classmate Yukihira to laugh were no more successful on me than they were on her (maybe the jokes were lost in translation, or maybe they were just that bad). On the more serious side, it seems that Kanade isn’t the only one with problems – his teacher seems to have suffered the same curse as him in the past, and there seems to be a reason why Yukihira behaves so oddly around him too… I just hope it doesn’t get overly serious, I mainly picked this up for a laugh.
Samurai Flamenco dropped in my rankings for similar reasons. A strong first episode and a seemingly interesting premise… but do I really want to watch a whole series of Hazama telling people off for littering, or taking out their rubbish 30 minutes too early? 😛 It’s still early days though, and there’s a lot going on in the background that hints at good things to come – he’s gaining a reputation as a troublemaker, his umbrella rant has gone viral, and his hobby-hating manager might be among the first to uncover his secret identity!
I didn’t get around to mentioning Golden Time last week, as while it fills the romcom/drama slot nicely (and looks a lot more promising than Kimi no Iru Machi), there wasn’t much that made it stand out from other series of its genre. Aside from the fact that the characters are studying law at university, as opposed to the usual high school setting. But in terms of the character’s personalities, and what with the huge focus on clubs, even this setting didn’t feel all that different. What DID turn out to be very different this week was the ACTIVITIES of said clubs… because adults can drink. 😛 It was a fun episode, but faced tough competition this week.