Spring 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 7

The start of this week was slightly less busy than usual, with both Mushishi Zoku Shou and Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii taking a break, but since their 7th episodes aired before I got around to writing this, I’ve included them anyway. 🙂

I imagine having their door broken down by a bear would bring most people back to their senses. :razz:

I imagine having their door broken down by a bear would bring most people back to their senses!

1 – Sidonia no Kishi ep 7 ( 1)

2 – Break Blade TV ep 7 ( 1)

3 – Hunter x Hunter ep 130 ( 2)

4 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 32 ( 1)

5 – Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin ep 7 ( 4)

6 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders ep 7

7 – Hitsugi no Chaika ep 7 ( 3)

8 – Black Bullet ep 7 ( 2)

9 – Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii ep 7 ( 2)

10 – Haikyuu!! ep 7 ( 2)

11 – Date a Live II ep 7 ( 6)

12 – Gokukoku no Brynhildr ep 7 ( 5)

13 – Mushishi Zoku Shou ep 7 ( 1)

14 – Mekaku City Actors ep 7 ( 5)

15 – Akuma no Riddle ep 7 ( 2)

16 – Selector Infected WIXOSS ep 7 ( 1)

17 – Nobunaga the Fool ep 19 ( 1)

18 – Isshuukan Friends ep 7 ( 4)

19 – Blade and Soul ep 7 ( 1)

There were several more dramatic screenshots I could have taken this week... but this is my blog, so have Livi in a dress instead.

There were several more dramatic screenshots I could have taken this week… but this is my blog, so have Livi in a dress instead. 😛

Moving up:

Thanks to its one week hiatus, Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii is now the last episode to air before I write these… it’ll be interesting to see if that affects its standing in any way, despite my efforts to be unbiased. 😛 The slight increase this week is largely down to the shock ending of the episode, however. After half an episode of fairly standard ‘new character shows up, causes friction between main couple’ fare, we’re reminded that Livius is both a short-tempered child and an absolute monarch – when he finds Nike and Prince Bard alone together in a bedroom, it’s off to the dungeons with them! And not before he’d grabbed his princess by the hair and threatened to destroy her home country, either.

I’m definitely preferring this second arc of Date a Live II, though it’s still proving a disappointing sequel to a series that just missed out on a place in my Top 12 Anime of 2013 list. 😕 And it’s apparently ending in three episodes, not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing at this point. Anyway, it’s moving up, so I’ll try and focus more on the positives! Kurumi is back in the show, and things don’t get much more positive than that – for some reason, the dangerous spirit that once came close to consuming Shidou decides to side with him against Miku, who by now controls almost all the humans and spirits who were within earshot of her Gabriel ability. All this because her school lost to Shidou’s in the festival popularity rankings! :O

...sorry, I just can't help myself.

…sorry, I just can’t help myself.

Moving down:

Hitsugi no Chaika leaves my Top 5… the ep wasn’t bad, just a little bit on the generic side, though the usual fantastic production values and fun characters ensured it didn’t drop any lower. The battle between Chaika’s party and Gillette’s forces was good, but was quickly brought to an end – shame they had to leave the vehicle behind, I loved the design. 😛 Afterwards, Tooru fell into a chasm filled with hallucinogenic fog, and we saw a scenario where he and Chaika (now able to speak fluently, which was the immediate give away) act as a lovey-dovey couple… until she randomly elopes with Gillette. After Akari slaps some sense into her brother, they find the source of the fog – one of the legendary heroes, who fell into madness after being similarly betrayed himself, and used a machine powered by the Emperor’s remains to create the fog and share his misery. They take the body part with no real resistance. At least these legendary heroes and their present day situations are proving to be varied. 🙂

Gokukoku no Brynhildr dropped this week because it focused on building up the setting and story, a slow-paced break from the (censored) gore and (censored) fanservice in the episodes that preceded it. Plot developments included the revelation that the drug used to sustain the witches is, unsurprisingly, too complex to analyse and replicate in a hurry, so they’ll continue to be constrained by their dwindling supplies, and may eventually have to make another raid on the lab. Then there’s the mysterious ‘alien egg’ and ‘ruins’, which will no doubt become more important as the story progresses.

Chaika's usual speech is far more endearing.

Chaika’s usual speech pattern is far more endearing.

General comments:

On the subject of censorship, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and the 2012 series before it are offering great insights into what can and cannot be shown on Japanese TV uncensored. Nazi salutes? Nope. Underage shower scenes? Yes. Underage smoking? Nope. Orangutans smoking? Yes. I could go on, but I’m supposed to be focusing on episode seven. 😛 So, the orangutan. Just when I thought nothing in this series would ever surprise me again, we’re given an orangutan with an attraction to human women and a Stand that takes the form of an entire ship. Then you’ve got the smaller but equally hilarious things, like when Strength showed his stomach to indicate surrender, and Jotaro is suddenly revealed to be an expert on orangutan body language. Please, keep the weirdness coming!

Blade and Soul is improving. Ep 5 confirmed my suspicions that there’s way more to proprietress El Karen than meets the eye, while ep 6 revealed that Jin Varel and her Flower Monks aren’t popular with the rest of the Palam empire – they’re the two eps that ensured I didn’t drop this mid-season. The ‘plot’ is slowly thickening and the characters slowly developing – not enough to save it from the Red Zone, as the standard this season is unusually high, but it’s still exceeding my expectations. Episode 7 saw the return of Morii, the girl whose village was wiped out in the first episode. She is now part of the religious group called the ‘Boat of Cleansing’, and invites Aruka to join them… turns out their a creepy cult which brainwashes members with deafening music and sacrifices humans to ‘cleanse their impurity’, which Morii is more than happy to do in the name of vengeance! Thankfully, our protagonist is saved by travelling merchant Lan, who sees her as too much of a valuable source of income to lose.

The constant sound of the bells ringing gave this episode a chilling atmosphere.

Still fairly generic with the evil cult setting, but the constant sound of the bells ringing gave this episode a chilling atmosphere.

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