Winter 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 10

Week 10, and unlike last season none of the shows I’m watching have ended yet, nor do any look as though they’ll be finishing next week either. Depending on how things go, I may have to make my Week 12 post longer than usual to fit in my thoughts on all the finales!

Fair play to Hooumaru for remaining calm under (blood) pressure. :P

Fair play to Hooumaru for remaining calm herself under such (blood) pressure. 😛

1 – Kill la Kill ep 22 (↑ 2)

2 – Hunter x Hunter ep 120

3 – Love Song of a Certain Pilot ep 10  (↓ 2)

4 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 22 (↑ 3)

5 – Noragami ep 10

6 – Magi: The Kingdom of Magic ep 22

7 – Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren ep 10 (↑ 1)

8 – Space Brothers ep 97 (↑ 2)

9 – Hozuki no Reitetsu ep 10

10 – Golden Time ep 22 (↑ 1)

11 – Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil ep 10 ( 3)

12 – Hamatora ep 10 ( 5)

13 – Gin no Saji S2 ep 9 (↓ 9)

14 – Samurai Flamenco ep 20 (↓ 1)

15 – Nobunaga the Fool ep 9 (↑ 1)

16 – Nagi no Asukara ep 23 (↓ 4)

17 – Witch Craft Works ep 10 ( 2)

18 – Phi Brain S3 ep 23

I don't think I've seen such creepy facial expressions since Attack on Titan!

I don’t think I’ve seen such creepy facial expressions since Attack on Titan!

Moving up:

I expected Yowamushi Pedal to rise quickly up my rankings once the inter-high started… but who knew the build up to it would be so dramatic!? The appearance of Midousuji Akira instantly made the episode that much more memorable, and creepy! The things he said, the way he moved, and those facial expressions… :O I felt the long, pointy tongue was overkill though, surely we’d all gotten the point by then? 😛 Should be even more interesting to see him race – we already know he’s willing to use underhanded tactics to win, but the fact that he’s Kyoto Fushimi’s ace suggests he has some athletic skill as well.

Things are really heating up in Hamatora! With the existence of minimum holders now revealed to the public, fear and discrimination are running rampant. The ‘Association for Health, Protection and Equality of Youths’ rears its head once again, making public protests against minimum holders, and ‘rescuing’ the children from Three’s orphanage; meanwhile, those who prefer to vent their fury behind the protective anonymity of the internet find their details being leaked, and are hunted down shortly afterwards by gangs of holders. The episode ends with Nice and Moral finally meeting face to face – I can’t wait to see what happens next!

This ep also featured the return of (a now much calmer) Takahiro, whose only wish is to get into cinemas at student prices. :P

This ep also featured the return of (a now much calmer) Takahiro, whose only wish is to get into cinemas at student prices. 😛

Moving down:

Gin no Saji S2 has taken a more serious tone following the revelation that Komaba’s farm has gone bankrupt, and that Mikage’s family are also caught up in it, owing to the fact they acted as guarantors for the loan. The fact that the series focuses on all areas of livestock farming is one of its strengths, and the financial side is of course vitally important… it’s just not the most interesting subject to me, personally. Of course, all this drama should provide Hachiken with the perfect opportunity to get closer to Mikage! Should be interesting to see how her family react to the news that she doesn’t plan on taking over the farm, too. 🙂

Every little helps? :P

Every little helps? 😛

General comments:

Golden Time is remaining fairly consistent, even if the character’s relationships, moods and appearances are forever changing~ At the end of the previous episode, Koko broke up with Banri, but when they met up the next day she apologised for the way she acted, and carried on as if nothing had changed between them. So it’s fairly understandable when Banri is stunned for a second time, after she announces to their group of friends that they’re no longer a couple! The drama intensifies when Linda hears the news, and Banri also reveals the truth of his past relationship with Linda to Mitsuo. Quite a mess, but there’s still a few episodes left for them to sort it all out. 😛

This week’s Phi Brain S3 took a break from deadly puzzles, a calm before the inevitable storm that will come when Kaito and Raetsel face Orpheus’ Puzzle of God. It was standard slice of life/filler fare, complete with cookies, festival, and Girl’s Night #2. Baron tells everyone that Rook, Freecell and Gammon are alright, to ensure that no one tries to stop Kaito facing the puzzle, but they’re still unaccounted for – in virtually any other series I’d get annoyed if they brought characters back from the dead without good reason, but in this case I’m both hoping and expecting they’ll show up eventually.

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