Autumn 2013 Episode Rankings – Week 7

Week 7! It’s starting to feel like Winter here, and the temperature in my bedroom is averaging at about 9°C… Best keep typing, in case my hands freeze~

No Kyousougiga TV this week – I did watch and enjoy the live-action tour of Kyoto, but ranking it as though it was a regular anime episode would be silly. It’ll be back next week, though!

No, their weak point is at the back of their necks!

No, no, their weak point is at the back of their necks!

1 – Kakumeiki Valvrave S2 ep 7 (↑ 3)

2 – Kill la Kill ep 7 ( 1)

3 – Hunter x Hunter ep 105 ( 2)

4 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 7 ( 1)

5 – Samurai Flamenco ep 7 ( 3)

6 – Magi: The Kingdom of Magic ep 7 

7 – Coppelion ep 7 (↑ 1)

8 – Nagi no Asukara ep 7 (↑ 3)

9 – Golden Time ep 7 (↑ 4)

10 – Space Brothers ep 82

11 – Outbreak Company ep 7 (↓ 2)

12 – Non Non Biyori ep 7 (↑ 5)

13 – Galilei Donna ep 7 (↓ 6)

14 – NouCome ep 7 ( 2)

15 – Meganebu! ep 7 (↑ 3)

16 – Phi Brain S3 ep 7 ( 1)

17 – Little Busters! Refrain ep 7 ( 1)

18 – Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! ep 7 ( 4)

How long has it been since the last catgirl screenshot? Too long.

How long has it been since the last catgirl screenshot? Too long.

Moving up:

Kakumeiki Valvrave S2 is impressing me a lot at the moment, though that might just be because it’s one of the few shows airing that has any real drama going on – if nothing else, characters are being killed off on a virtually weekly basis! In episode 7 we learned exactly what the Magius are: strange extraterrestrial lifeforms that got separated from the rest of their kind after crash landing on Earth (original…), and had to ‘possess’ the bodies of other life forms in order to survive. The plot thickens when the similarity between these Magius and Haruto’s vampiric body snatching abilities becomes apparent… perhaps the ‘super humans’ that Haruto’s father and the other researchers have been working on are some sort of hybrid between the two species?

Non Non Biyori escaped the red zone for the first time this season! This week’s episode was fairly standard, perhaps a little funnier than usual, but I’d put its rise in the rankings down to the other series’ being disappointing this week more than anything. The segment where Renge and Hotaru were trapped in the rabbit pen was amusing, though – loved the trollface from the rabbit who locked them in there to begin with, and the whole 50/50 eggs joke made me laugh a lot for some reason. 🙂

Take that, ancient artifact!

Take that, ancient artifact!

Moving down:

I’m struggling to comprehend how a series featuring sky pirates, a goldfish mech and a treasure hunt for a secret left by Galileio using clues found in his sketches of the moon could be so uninteresting to watch… but that’s my opinion on Galilei Donna at this midway point. Largely because this ‘search’ seems to largely involve landing in random places and meeting random people, who happen to have, or know the location of, the next sketch. How they’ve remained hidden for so long if they’re so poorly hidden is the real mystery. I can’t say I’m finding the mech/ship battles that interesting either, and the whole thing is so rushed that there’s little time for any real character development. 😕

Episode 7 of Samurai Flamenco was WEIRD. I like the strange characters that have gathered around Masayoshi as the series has progressed, most recently the weapon stationary developer, but their rise in fame and (eventually) efficiency has resulted in a drop in crime, and that resulted in them being as bored as I was watching the first half. Then, we learn that Masayoshi’s parents were actually murdered, and I braced myself for the show to take a darker turn as he struggles to balance his own sense of justice with his desire for revenge… but no, that didn’t happen – he barely knew his parents, and felt no strong desire to avenge them. So far, still meh. Then suddenly, Guillotine Gorilla. Suddenly, the series has actual super villains… or does it? I don’t know, but the sheer WTFness of it all made me want to rate the ep highly. 😮

Seven episodes were spent building up a realistic world with realistic vigilante heroes... then suddenly, Guillotine Gorilla.

Seven episodes were spent building up a realistic world with realistic vigilante heroes… then suddenly, Guillotine Gorilla.

General comments:

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic always seems to fall just short of my Top 5, despite some very good episodes. This week, the party (minus Hakuryuu, who dramatically left in the previous episode) finally go their separate ways, and from now on the anime will be following Aladdin’s story in Magnostadt, the titular Kingdom of Magic. He hitches a lift there in a carriage, hired by a mysterious noble… whose identity is revealed about 5 minutes later. 😛 He’s Ren Kouha, another prince of the Kou Empire… and he seems to enjoy going on rampages with his giant metal vessel. A very fun character indeed. 😀 Here’s hoping we’ll see more of him later, but for now Aladdin is alone again, as the two part ways upon arrival at Magnostadt. Looking forward to seeing where the story will go from here!

*is not sure whether to go with this, the catgirl or Guillotine Gorilla for the Facebook thumbnail*

*is not sure whether to go with this, the catgirl or Guillotine Gorilla for the Facebook thumbnail*

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