Autumn 2013 Episode Rankings – Week 11

Week 11, and back down to 18 series! I have a few days off between now and the end of the month for Christmas, which I’ve been using to marathon older anime series in an attempt to clear my backlog and start a whole load of new ones in the new year! Does mean I’m spending less time blogging and watching this season’s shows, but better late than never~

That's what I'd like to know!

That’s what I’d like to know!

1 – Samurai Flamenco ep 11

2 – Kill la Kill ep 11 ( 1)

3 – Hunter x Hunter ep 109 ( 1)

4 – Kakumeiki Valvrave S2 ep 11 ( 2)

5 – Little Busters! Refrain ep 11 (↑ 3)

6 – Kyousougiga TV ep 9 ( 1)

7 – Coppelion ep 11 (↑ 3)

8 – Nagi no Asukara ep 11 ( 2)

9 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 11 

10 – Outbreak Company ep 11 (↑ 4)

11 – Space Brothers ep 86 

12 – Golden Time ep 11 

13 – Galilei Donna ep 11 ( 2)

14 – Magi: The Kingdom of Magic ep 11 (↓ 7)

15 – Non Non Biyori ep 11 (↓ 2)

16 – Phi Brain S3 ep 11 ( 3)

17 – Meganebu! ep 11 (↑ 1)

18 – Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! ep 11 ( 1)

The scenes with the elderly lawyer were a little more amusing when watching a second time around, after his identity had been revealed. :razz:

The scenes with the elderly lawyer were a little more amusing when watching a second time around, after his identity had been revealed. 😛

Ending:

Considering my mixed feelings about Galilei Donna, the ending wasn’t THAT bad, either as a conclusion to the series or as an episode in its own right. Rushed, as with the finales for most 11 ep noitaminA series, but the courtroom scene was a nice change of pace, and a real chance for Hazuki to show off her skills. Though I’m not entirely sure how they got away scot-free after Hozuki admitted to building and piloting a mech armed to the teeth with missiles… Anyway, my overall thoughts on the series remain pretty much the same as before – it had a great concept, but was executed poorly and marred with pacing issues. Don’t think it’ll be be a particularly memorable anime. 😕

Matoba opened his eyes... something tells me Shinichi is in very big trouble.

Matoba opened his eyes… something tells me Shinichi is in very big trouble.

Moving up:

Outbreak Company took a much more serious turn this week, as the government’s motives for introducing otaku culture to the land of Eldant were finally revealed: after making the masses dependant on anime, manga, light novels and games in order to function, they would begin to limit their supply, effectively making the whole population their slaves. All without the JSDF having to fire a single shot, thus avoiding trouble from other nations in our world. Reading that back, it sounds ridiculous, but I know I wouldn’t react well at all if I was suddenly deprived of anime… just thinking of all the manga series I had to drop thanks to their US publishers going bust brings a tear to my eye… Shinichi’s counter-attack, proposing that Eldant produce their own media, was simple, but I doubt it’ll make him popular with his own country.

Despite the fact that it’s still very formulaic and predictable, Phi Brain S3‘s ranking increased slightly this week. Episodes focusing on Ana tend to have that effect… though to be honest, it was the robotic Iwashimizu that stole the show this time around. Though it can get a bit annoying at times, repeating the same words over and over again (this series does like its repetition…), its rescue of Ana and Cubic from the latest puzzle/Master Brain combo was hilarious. 😀

That raincoat just made it all the more amusing.

That raincoat just made it all the more amusing.

Moving down:

Another bad week for Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, the only series to drop more than two ranks, though this time it was more to do with other series increasing in quality than Magi itself being bad. Focusing on Morgiana and her quest to find her homeland and other Fanalis, the episode lacked the fantastic battle scenes that featured in Alibaba’s storyline over the past couple of weeks, though it had its own good points – seeing former villain Abhmad and his brother Sabhmad happily living with and studying the Torran tribes made a pleasant change from some of the more gruesome fates that characters have met in the series in the past, while Morgiana’s plunge into a seemingly bottomless ravine was very scary. 🙂

General comments:

Enjoying a second week at the top is Samurai Flamenco! This week’s episode was certainly something. I was wondering what direction it could possibly take after the end of King Torture, but really, the answer should have been obvious. Up until now, Hazama has been fighting alone (occasionally being helped out/upstaged by the Flamenco Girls), but now he can finally call himself the leader of a Super Sentai team, the Flamengers! So THAT’S what Kaname was up to all this time… I honestly thought he was just running away whenever any actual trouble started. 😛 I really wouldn’t want to guess where this series will be heading in its second half, but in the short term, I’m looking forward to learning about the other Flamengers! 😀

Yunan seems like another really interesting character. I have to wonder what it is about the 'other side' that makes him reluctant to offer a return journey...

Yunan seems like another really interesting character! I have to wonder what it is about the ‘other side’ that makes him reluctant to offer a return journey…

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