Winter 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 11

Not a lot of big changes to report in my blog rankings this week, but this late in the season that’s probably a good thing – the shows currently at the top are building up towards strong endings, and it’d be a huge shame to see them fall at the last hurdle. Who knows though, there’s always the chance Phi Brain could leap up out of nowhere and take 1st place… it has happened before! 😛

Speaking of ‘ 😛 ‘… can’t say I’m a huge fan of WordPress’ new look emoticons, but that won’t stop me from over-using them~

This week's #1 was a bit more predictable than that. :razz:

This week’s #1 was a bit more predictable than that. 😛

1 – Love Song of a Certain Pilot ep 11 (↑ 2)

2 – Kill la Kill ep 23 (↓ 1)

3 – Hunter x Hunter ep 121 (↓ 1)

4 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 23

5 – Noragami ep 11

6 – Gin no Saji S2 ep 10 (↑ 7)

7 – Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren ep 11

8 – Space Brothers ep 98

9 – Hamatora ep 11 (↑ 3)

10 – Hozuki no Reitetsu ep 11 (↓ 1)

11 – Golden Time ep 23 (↓ 1)

12 – Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil ep 11 (↓ 1)

13 – Magi: The Kingdom of Magic ep 23 (↓ 7)

14 – Nagi no Asukara ep 24 (↑ 2)

15 – Nobunaga the Fool ep 10

16 – Samurai Flamenco ep 21 (↓ 2)

17 – Phi Brain S3 ep 24 (↑ 1)

18 – Witch Craft Works ep 11 ( 1)

The second half of the Mikage family (+Hachiken) meeting was far less depressing.

The second half of the Mikage family (+Hachiken) meeting was far less depressing~

Moving up:

This week in Love Song of a Certain Pilot, Benji and Noriaki risked their lives to report the location of the enemy. At first, their allies don’t trust the information coming from ‘mere students’, but Claire eventually convinces the commander to believe in her friends. Unfortunately, the duo are shot down while transmitting the coordinates; fortunately, they parachute to safety and are later rescued, though not without great injuries in Benji’s case. 😮 The Luna Barco also sustains heavy damage, and looks certain to crash – Claire takes this opportunity to apologise to Kal-el (who is flying nearby) for what happened to his parents, as well as confessing her love. He responds by telling her to live… and live she does, her lost wind powers suddenly resurfacing, allowing her to defeat enemy planes and lower the ship to safety.

I covered Gin no Saji S2 last week, but since it’s the only series that’s moved up significantly, I’ll happily post about it again. 😀 Though the revelation that Mikage doesn’t intend to inherit the farm must have come as a shock to her family, they calmly move on to discuss her other options for the future. Eventually, they settle on the compromise that she can work in Ban’ei racing if she’s able to get a university qualification, ensuring she has a back-up plan in case the industry fails. But since she’s not the most academically gifted of people, it falls to Hachiken to tutor her. Luckily, he quickly susses out that she’ll remember anything so long as he can tie it to horses in some way. 😛 A much more light-hearted and optimistic episode, hence the jump in rankings.

10,000 Dark Djinns? No threat for our heroes!

10,000 Dark Djinns? No threat for our heroes!

Moving down:

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic has been ranking highly for the last few weeks, due to the battle between the forces of the Reim Empire and Magnostadt, as well as all the interesting drama going on behind it all – the revelations about Mogamett, Titus and Sheherazade’s pasts, for example. But with the former two now dead, and the magoi furnace still churning out Dark Djinns at an alarming rate, former enemies begin to work together to prevent the destruction of the world itself. Sounds interesting enough, but all it really amounted to in this episode was a bunch of powerful characters showing off their various powers in order to defeat hoards of generic monsters. Seemed like the animation quality was slipping in places, too…

Hozuki is scary!!

Hozuki is scary! Still one of the season’s best characters IMO, even if the series is slowly moving downwards.

General comments:

After starting the season at the top of my rankings, Hozuki no Reitetsu dropped to the middle a few weeks ago, and so far hasn’t managed to recover. Anyone who’s followed my blog through previous seasons will know that comedy series tend to do that – a good laugh may impress me early on while the more plot-driven shows are slowly building their worlds and characters, but they eventually get overtaken. Hozuki no Reitetsu is still good, but I can’t say there have been as many laugh out loud moments in recent episodes as there were at the beginning, either.

Witch Craft Works is now bringing up the rear – as I’ve said in previous posts, this is one series I preferred when it was focusing on comedy. I just can’t seem to stay interested in the plot, and the rapid introduction of new characters seemingly every episode, while amusing at the start, is just adding to my confusion at this stage, and is preventing the longer-standing members of the cast from developing at all. Another case where there’s simply too much happening at once for my liking. 😕

When all other cures fail...

When all other cures fail…

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