Winter 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 4

I had the draft version of this post ready a full week ago… kept meaning to write it up and post it, but suddenly I found myself spending my evenings playing through The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, barely leaving enough time to watch anime, let alone write about it! Fortunately, I finished the game on Friday (it was no Link’s Awakening, but was still pretty good), so am back to the usual schedule. 😛

So much for the plan... Should be a good fight, though!

So much for the plan… Should be a good fight, though!

1 – Hunter x Hunter ep 114

2 – Magi: The Kingdom of Magic ep 16 & 17 (↑ 5)

3 – Kill la Kill ep 16 ( 1)

4 – Love Song of a Certain Pilot ep 4 (↑ 2)

5 – Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren ep 4 ( 2)

6 – Hozuki no Reitetsu ep 4 ( 2)

7 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 16 ( 2)

8 – Space Brothers ep 91 

9 – Gin no Saji S2 ep 4

10 – Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil ep 4

11 – Golden Time ep 16 ( 2)

12 – Nagi no Asukara ep 17 ( 1)

13 – Space Dandy ep 4 ( 4)

14 – Hamatora ep 4

15 – Samurai Flamenco ep 15 ( 3)

16 – Nobunagun ep 4 ( 1)

17 – Nobunaga the Fool ep 4 ( 1)

18 – Phi Brain S3 ep 17 ( 2)

This guy is basically Dumbledore-Hitler.

This guy is basically Dumbledore Hitler.

Moving up:

There were two episodes of Magi: The Kingdom of Magic this (okay, last) week, which may have given it an advantage, but that’s not the only reason the show made its Top 5 debut. It was mostly the development of Chancellor Mogamett’s character and motives that impressed me. Starting in episode 15, we learned how he considers the non-magical Goi to be sub-human, little more than an energy source. Yet, his love for the wizards of Magnostadt is deep and sincere – when Titus broke down over the fact he was a clone of Scheherazade, doomed to live a short life, Mogamett was the one who swore to help him, even going as far as to declare war on the Reim empire! I’ve said it before, but powerful characters like this who aren’t obviously ‘good’ or ‘evil’ really interest me. I wouldn’t want to live in Magnostadt, though.

Okay, episode four of Space Dandy was very funny. It got off to a usual, quite slow start, but the second half was something special. Dandy, Meow and QT all ended up zombified, but the episode went on to show us that undeath isn’t so bad – they’re not rotting, they’re fermenting! It then turned into some sort of documentary on what has to be the most apathetic zombie apocalypse ever, with the number of infected spreading rapidly, but no fear or action taken to prevent it (aside from by life insurance companies not wanting to have to pay out). 😛 Here’s hoping the rest of the series will be as good, since one decent episode out of four isn’t a promising ratio.

Hooray for equality! ...I think?

Hooray for equality! …I think?

Moving down:

Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren was also fantastic, only dropping because of the developments in other series. As with Space Dandy, this was an episode that changed in the second half. It started with Nibutani’s decision to run for student council president, something that her nemesis Dekomori was determined to prevent from happening. However, when Dekomori sees photographic proof that Nibutani was indeed her idol Mori Summer, she goes through quite a transformation. Hanging around Nibutani, showering her with praise and earnestly helping her with her campaign for presidency… or so it seemed. Unfortunately for Nibutani, her endorsement speech transforms into a sermon, complete with a reading from Mori Summer’s Mabinogion! Nibutani breaks down, loses the election, and the usual rivalry is restored.

Phi Brain S3. Oh dear. I honestly don’t know what I want from this series. I complained when it descended into puzzle and villain of the week episodes, despite knowing from the previous two series that it was inevitable… and even after the show takes a break from this formula to develop the ‘plot’, I’m not satisfied because the plot is even more generic and boring. Hence the low rating. But I still love Phi Brain. I look forward to each new episode, even knowing that it’ll likely be as bad as the previous one. And while a fourth season seems unlikely since they’re finally dealing with Jin’s memory loss and last-boss Orpheus, I know I’d end up watching one if it got announced. I think this is probably the biggest puzzle of all. 😛

A truly touching scene, even though the outcome was predictable. :razz:

A truly touching scene, even though the outcome was predictable.

General comments:

Hamatora isn’t really wowing me at the moment. It makes for okay viewing, but the weekly ‘mysteries’ are lacking, and while the eccentric characters are fun to watch, there’s not been a huge amount of development so far. Even the introduction of a main(?) villain capable of creating artificial minimum holders from the brains of natural holders hasn’t really piqued my interest all that much, nor has the revelation that protagonist Nice was the top ranked graduate of Facultas Academy. At this point I’d say Hamatora still has potential, but I’d like to see some more action and better plots, or else I may start to get bored of it. 😕

The trailer made me laugh, though I feel sorry for poor Murasaki.

The trailer made me laugh, though I feel sorry for poor Murasaki.

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