Spring 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 4

There were a couple of big ranking changes this week, but I feel I’ve focused enough on Mekaku City Actors and Gokukoku no Brynhildr over the past few weeks. Meanwhile, there are several series that have barely moved, and that I haven’t even mentioned once outside of the list itself. So this week I’ll look at those non-movers. 🙂

Good thing Nagate recently tested all those rails! They still look a bit too flimsy for comfort, though.

Good thing Nagate recently tested all those rails! They still look a bit too flimsy for comfort, though.

1 – Sidonia no Kishi ep 4 ( 1)

2 – Hitsugi no Chaika ep 4 ( 2)

3 – Hunter x Hunter ep 127 ( 2)

4 – Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin ep 4 ( 3)

5 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 29

6 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders ep 4 ( 2)

7 – Break Blade TV ep 4 ( 2)

8 – Gokukoku no Brynhildr ep 4 ( 5)

9 – Haikyuu!! ep 4 ( 1)

10 – Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii ep 4 ( 1)

11 – Mushishi Zoku Shou ep 4 ( 1)

12 – Nobunaga the Fool ep 16 ( 2)

13 – Isshuukan Friends ep 4 

14 – Date a Live II ep 4 ( 3)

15 – Mekaku City Actors ep 4 ( 9)

16 – Akuma no Riddle ep 4 (↓ 1)

17 – Selector Infected WIXOSS ep 4 (↓ 1)

18 – Blade and Soul ep 4

As much as I'm cheering for Souhoku to win every stage of the race in my heart, setbacks and losses always make things much more exciting from a plot point of view.

As much as I’m cheering for Souhoku to win every stage of the race in my heart, setbacks and losses always make things much more exciting from a plot point of view.

Green Zone:

Sidonia no Kishi hasn’t moved much because there hasn’t been a bad episode so far, and I can’t rank it any higher. 😛 This week’s episode was the best so far though – I’ve read the manga chapters, of course, but seeing the effects and aftermath of the Sidonia’s uneven acceleration animated left much more of an impression. Prior to this the subjugation squad were wiped out, and the retrieval squad sent to collect one of their kabizashi didn’t fare much better, with only Nagate’s garde still functioning by the end of the episode… and this is all because of a single gauna! Makes you realise how much of a disadvantage humanity is at against them.

Yowamushi Pedal has also remained in my Top 5 all season so far, with the inter-high bringing out the best in Souhoku’s team (both in terms of teamwork and competitiveness), while also developing their weird and wonderful (but mostly weird) rivals from other schools. After Onoda overtook 100 racers to resume his role of pulling the rest of the team along, Makishima was finally free to challenge Toudou in the race for the peak… and though he lost, that’s surely still better than living with the regret of not getting to face his rival at all.

Guess what I'll be watching immediately after posting this?

Guess what I’ll be watching immediately after posting this?

Mid-table:

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders will likely return to my Top 5 eventually, once the ridiculous stand battles really get going again – possibly next week, judging by the promising end of the fourth episode! I’m already vaguely familiar with the characters of Stardust Crusaders, having watched the 1993 OVA, but (while very fun to watch) that dumped us part way through the arc with little explanation of who these people were and what the hell was going on, so it’s nice to finally get that background. Love the choice of ending theme as well!

Mushishi Zoku Shou is difficult to fault; it’s just not my cup of tea, a bit slow-paced and episodic. I picked it up anyway for a change of pace in this largely action-focused season, and it does that job perfectly. The last couple of episodes have featured mushi with much darker, creepier effects, hence the slow climb out of the Red Zone… but while it does a far better job of starting and ending a story in 20 minutes than a lot of other episodic series/oneshot OVAs, there’s still a limit to the complexity of the stories and characters you can develop under such constraints. I’d love to see a two or three episode arc around a particularly interesting mushi, but since there wasn’t one throughout the whole of the first season, I doubt we’ll get one in Zoku Shou.

Aruka was unusually talkative in this episode! :razz:

Aruka was unusually talkative in this episode! 😛

Red Zone:

Despite placing last every week so far, Blade and Soul is also filling its role as my guilty pleasure of the season very well indeed. It requires little brain power, has a generic storyline, shallow characters and dubious animation, but I still can’t hate it (though I can hardly justify ranking it any higher in a season this good, either). It’s even surprisingly low on fanservice; aside from the skimpy costumes and that short, conveniently censored bathing scene from the first episode, it’s been pretty restrained in that sense. The perfect show for when I’m too tired to focus on anything more complicated. 🙂

Selector Infected WIXOSS continues to disappoint. I still think it’s the card battles that are holding it back – I don’t understand the rules, because they were never explained properly, so how am I supposed to find the matches interesting? Considering the whole premise of the show revolves around them, I can’t see it improving much. The majority of the selector’s wishes that have been revealed so far aren’t that interesting either; Hitoe’s wish is to be able to make friends – already granted without having to win the game. Meanwhile, protagonist Ruuko doesn’t know what she wants, and there’s no Kyubey-like character to tempt her with cake. The only thing keeping this out of last place is the inescapable feeling that things are going to get a lot darker very soon.

No doubt the card game spawned from WIXOSS will be more fun - makes me want to play MTG again!

No doubt the card game spawned from WIXOSS will be more fun than the anime – makes me want to play MTG again!

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