Spring 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 6

Here we are at the mid-season point! And the results of my Spring season pick up and/or drop are… all previous series survive, and after revisiting eight of the shows I initially skipped, I decided to add Black Bullet to the lineup. 😀

While chibi Youpi is just cute, Pouf's many clones strike a weird balance between adorable and terrifying. Not sure if want.

While chibi Youpi is just cute, Pouf’s many clones strike a weird balance between adorable and terrifying. Not sure if want.

1 – Hunter x Hunter ep 129 ( 1)

2 – Sidonia no Kishi ep 6 ( 1)

3 – Break Blade TV ep 6 ( 1)

4 – Hitsugi no Chaika ep 6 ( 1)

5 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 31 ( 1)

6 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders ep 6 ( 1)

7 – Gokukoku no Brynhildr ep 6

8 – Haikyuu!! ep 6

9 – Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin ep 6

10 – Black Bullet ep 6

11 – Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii ep 6 ( 1)

12 – Mushishi Zoku Shou ep 6 ( 3)

13 – Akuma no Riddle ep 6 ( 3)

14 – Isshuukan Friends ep 6 ( 1)

15 – Selector Infected WIXOSS ep 6 ( 2)

16 – Nobunaga the Fool ep 18 ( 5)

17 – Date a Live II ep 6 ( 5)

18 – Blade and Soul ep 6

19 – Mekaku City Actors ep 6 ( 5)

Tina Sprout, skilled sniper and assassin.

Tina Sprout, skilled sniper and assassin.

I initially dropped Black Bullet as I was already watching several action series, and was worried that protagonist Rentarou’s 10 year old ‘Initiator’ Enju would turn out to be annoying and/or used for fanservice, but my fears were soon put to rest. It enters the rankings at an unremarkable 10th, disappointing since the first arc could well have placed in my Top 5 – the masked Kagetane and his yandere daughter were great villains. In this arc, Rentarou and Enju are in charge of protecting the ruler of the Tokyo Area, Seitenshi, from assassin Tina Sprout, another one of the ‘cursed children’, who Rentarou happened to have befriended beforehand. It’s alright, though far more predictable than the first arc, and there’s been more in the way of generic harem-style jokes on the side (from characters of Rentarou’s own age, at least).

Moving up:

I was seriously considering dropping Akuma no Riddle, but a stronger episode this week was enough to save it. Breaking the weekly formula of ‘one assassin tries to kill Haru, fails, and leaves the academy alive’, episode 6 saw THREE of the twelve assassins eliminated, and two of them actually died! Can’t say I ‘liked’ Namatame and Kirigaya, since character development in this show is virtually non-existent until it’s squeezed in a few minutes before they die, but they were among the more ‘intriguing’ members of the cast, so I hope the remaining assassins don’t disappoint. I also hope the reason why all this has been set up in the first place just to kill Haru is a good one!

Ken'mochi was poisoned before we even got to know what her motives were - wasn't expecting that!

Ken’mochi was poisoned before we even got to know what her motives were – wasn’t expecting that!

Moving down:

Nobunaga the Fool has definitely been stronger this season than last, placing higher against tougher competition. This week’s episode bored me for some reason, though, and it’s not as though nothing of importance happened – the Western Star invaded the Eastern Star, with casualties on both sides. Then we got to see Nobunaga face off against Alexander the Great, and lose, with Hideyoshi also receiving a mortal wound in an attempt to avenge him! This should have been more entertaining than it was, and I can’t put my finger on exactly where it went wrong. 😕

Mekaku City Actors is this season’s ‘yoyo’ series, constantly moving up and down the rankings. That’s pretty much the only reason I didn’t drop it this week, as the terminally dull, out of sequence events of episode six may eventually fit into place and make the overall story far better. At least we got to learn a bit more about Ene – she was human at some point, and her more familiar computer program form seems to have originated from her avatar in this shooting game. Who knows what happened to Haruka’s appearance and personality between then and the (chronologically) later episodes, though!

From the name of the school, the black uniforms and the personalities of some the members, it's hard to believe that these are our protagonists!

From the name of the school, the black uniforms and the personalities of some the members, it’s hard to believe that these are our protagonists!

General comments:

I’m still really enjoying Haikyuu!!, but don’t have a lot to say about it at this point, other than that the character interactions and facial expressions (mostly Hinata’s) are hilarious, particularly this week – I was almost tempted to go with Haikyuu!! screencaps for every image in this whole post. 😛 Good to see that Hinata and Kageyama are starting to get along and work well as a team, but without losing all their amusing antagonism. 😀 As with several other good anime in previous seasons, it’s probably only being held back in the rankings by my preference for action over comedy.

I accept that Gokukoku no Brynhildr isn’t the strongest series in my lineup plot-wise, but the shock factor of the witches’ powers combined with their horrible weakness of being dependant on the drug is proving to be enough to keep it up. This time the enemy was Kikako, a witch whose ability allowed her to fire death rays from her mouth… yes, really. 😛 She was eventually defeated by teamwork between a hung-up Neko acting as a decoy, and Kotori, who tied herself to a pole then switched places with Kikako. Simple, but effective. It now seems highly unlikely that Kotori plans to kill any of them as was originally feared, though it does mean they’ll have to be careful how they interpret Kana’s predictions in future.

I’M A’ CHARGIN’ MAH LAZER

I’M A’ CHARGIN’ MAH LAZER

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