Spring 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 5

Almost half way through the season – time to think about the Spring series I’ve skipped over, and which of them (if any) might be worth a second look. If anybody reading has any feedback to offer about new anime not on the list below, let me know in the comments! But for now, the lineup is the same as ever, and there’s still time for the shows at the bottom to win me over… very little movement down there this week, though.

Last week they faced the active threat of the gauna; this time they nearly died due to limited resources. Yeah, life in space isn't all it's made out to be!

Last week they faced the active threat of the gauna; this week they nearly died due to limited resources, while waiting for help that may never have come. Yeah, life in space isn’t all it’s made out to be!

1 – Sidonia no Kishi ep 5

2 – Hunter x Hunter ep 128 ( 1)

3 – Hitsugi no Chaika ep 5 ( 1)

4 – Break Blade TV ep 5 ( 3)

5 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders ep 5 ( 1)

6 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 30 ( 1)

7 – Gokukoku no Brynhildr ep 5 ( 1)

8 – Haikyuu!! ep 5 ( 1)

9 – Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin ep 5 ( 5)

10 – Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii ep 5

11 – Nobunaga the Fool ep 17 ( 1)

12 – Date a Live II ep 5 ( 2)

13 – Isshuukan Friends ep 5 

14 – Mekaku City Actors ep 5 ( 1)

15 – Mushishi Zoku Shou ep 5 ( 4)

16 – Akuma no Riddle ep 5

17 – Selector Infected WIXOSS ep 5

18 – Blade and Soul ep 5

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I still like that the golems shatter when hit, as opposed to crumpling or exploding as in other mech shows – they’re made of magically manipulated quartz, after all!

Moving up:

Break Blade TV makes its Top 5 debut! I’ve only seen the first two movies, so now the recap’s over and we’re into material that’s all new to me. That’s not the reason behind the rankings increase, though, that’s all down to the dramatic combat at the end! Rygart has already cost the life of one of his allies by showing mercy to an enemy mech pilot, so he resolves to fight to kill – but that’s easier said than done when the enemy pilot is an old friend. He aims instead to disable his opponent’s gun, but Zess is too skilled a fighter and dodges out of the way, leading Rygart into the range of his subordinates’ golems… except that doesn’t go to plan either. Due to Rygart’s quick reflexes and the Delphine’s ridiculous power, Zess’s machine takes a direct hit right in the cockpit. We don’t know yet whether the blow was fatal, but it didn’t look good. 😮

It’s only a small increase, but it was enough to get Date A Live II out of the red. The twins’ arc is now over, and played out almost exactly as I predicted it would. Will this new arc be any better? The first episode showed some promise – the spirit that Shidou has to tame this time around is Diva (Izayoi Miku), and since she’s a lesbian and also hates men with a passion, the usual date tactic isn’t going to work here. The solution? Dress Shidou up in women’s clothing, then proceed as normal. I’m okay with that. 😛 Diva isn’t the nicest of people, though – her power means that regular humans will follow any command she gives, an ability she’s been using and abusing for selfish reasons. She’s also not afraid to cause timespace quakes in populated areas just so she can sneak into a stadium and sing to herself on stage. Scary!

This episode also sees the return of the dating sim style multiple choice questions, which are as inappropriate as ever. :razz:

This episode also sees the return of the dating sim style multiple choice questions, which are as inappropriate as ever. 😛

Moving down:

The mushi looked at in this week’s Mushishi Zoku Shou lives in reflective pools of water, steals the reflections of any who look at it, proceeds to follow their target around, slowly becomes more like them, and eventually takes on their image completely, replacing the original and banishing them to a dark limbo. But it comes with a weakness – the instant before it takes over its victim, if it is shown its reflection, it will lose its form. And as we learned in this episode, even the reflection in a person’s eyes is enough to do the job. The focus of the episode was largely about how powerful people and other advanced forms of life are compared to the mushi, simply because we have physical bodies. A thought-provoking message… but a fairly boring episode aside from that in my opinion.

Shame to see Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin drop so much the week after it finally made my Top 5, but the ruins, treasures and Nanana’s past are where most of my interest lies, and they were largely put to one side in this episode. Instead, we got to see Juugo take on a shady job from the school’s underground Guild in order to pay his room’s ridiculously high electricity bill. This job involved taking a dubious-looking briefcase to a dubious-looking group located in a dubious-looking district of the island. Part of me wishes they hadn’t revealed that the contents of the briefcase (which we never got to see, but which made Juugo and Shuu recoil in horror), were actually flour, instead leaving it to our imaginations, but I suppose they had to assure the viewers that our protagonist wasn’t getting involved in anything worse. 😛

We did get to see some amusing expressions from Daruku, though. :razz:

We did get to see some amusing expressions from Daruku, though. 😛

General comments:

I haven’t mentioned Hitsugi no Chaika since back in Week 1, but the show remains a constant highlight of the season! The plot continues to thicken – we heard that there may be multiple girls claiming to be the emperor’s daughter, and this week we got to meet one. Following a short (but fantastically animated as ever) fight scene, the two groups end up taking each other’s Chaika hostage, and though this ‘red’ Chaika refuses to talk at first, a round of torture (eating delicious food in front of her) gets her to open up a bit. While similar to the ‘white’ Chaika in appearance and speech pattern, her motive for obtaining all her father’s body parts is different; she is seeking revenge against his killers. Makes me wonder whether all these Chaika are different parts of the same personality, separated somehow, but I could be completely wrong.

Finally, Hunter x Hunter needs a mention. The first half of the episode. Where Pouf and Youpi appeared to be in ecstasy while feeding themselves to the dying Meruem, after which the king gave glowing praise for his meal, the likes of which I haven’t heard outside of Toriko. I had to pause the video and take a moment to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. What was I watching? The events of the episodes before it were so dark and serious. The events of THIS episode SHOULD probably have been dark and serious. But instead, we got this jarring change in tone, where everything seemed bright and happy and wonderful for a time, while being equally disgusting if you actually stop to think about what was happening. I honestly don’t know what to make of the ep, but it stood out, and that’s never a bad thing. 😮

Chibi Youpi was surprisingly cute!

Chibi Youpi was surprisingly cute!

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