Spring 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 8

No Mushishi Zoku Shou again, and I’m not delaying the post a whole week, so we’re temporarily back to *just* 18 series. Aside from that there haven’t been many huge changes to my rankings, but such stability makes for a good anime season, even if it makes my posts more boring than usual. 😛

An old man carrying a baby and a human-bear hybrid with one hand fight against swordsmen and archers... IN SPACE! If you're not watching Sidonia no Kishi, you should be!

An old man carrying a baby and a human-bear hybrid with one hand fight against swordsmen and archers… IN SPACE! If you’re not watching Sidonia no Kishi, you should be!

1 – Sidonia no Kishi ep 8 

2 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders ep 8 ( 4)

3 – Hunter x Hunter ep 131 

4 – Break Blade TV ep 8 ( 2)

5 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 33 ( 1)

6 – Hitsugi no Chaika ep 8 ( 1)

7 – Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin ep 8 ( 2)

8 – Haikyuu!! ep 8 ( 2)

9 – Date a Live II ep 8 ( 2)

10 – Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii ep 8 ( 1)

11 – Gokukoku no Brynhildr ep 8 ( 1)

12 – Akuma no Riddle ep 8 ( 3)

13 – Mekaku City Actors ep 8 ( 1)

14 – Black Bullet ep 8 ( 6)

15 – Isshuukan Friends ep 8 ( 3)

16 – Nobunaga the Fool ep 20 ( 1)

17 – Selector Infected WIXOSS ep 8 ( 1)

18 – Blade and Soul ep 8 ( 1)

Devo's cursed doll was great fun. :D

Devo’s cursed doll was great fun. 😀

Moving up:

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders returns to my Top 5, thanks to a particularly amusing villain. Devo himself may have been no match for the orangutan in terms of weirdness (it was a tough act to follow!), but the foul-mouthed doll’s ‘battle’ against Polnareff was fantastic. Pinned under a bed, blinded with shampoo and faced with imminent electrocution, Polnareff still manages to beat his nimble opponent, killing the Stand’s user in the process. And while all this was going on, the rest of the JoJo’s party held a strategy meeting on how to defeat Devo should he appear. 😛

This week’s Akuma no Riddle proves once again that a slight change to the formula is all it takes for me to enjoy the show – a survival game featuring skilled assassins really should be placing higher, but it’s been so repetitive! Though episode 8 mostly just set the scene for the next episode, it saw Haru targeted by two assassins at once – Isuke, who figures out Tokaku’s weakness (that she lacks the resolve to kill her enemies), and Bamba’s ‘Shinya’ personality, who wields a giant hammer! 😀 It also featured background and development for characters who didn’t die this week! Here’s hoping the 9th episode doesn’t ruin it all.

What an entrance! :D

What an entrance! 😀

Moving down:

Black Bullet isn’t turning out to be the amazing late addition to my weekly rankings that early episodes suggested it might be… but I’m not too bothered about that, just proves that I made all the right choices first time around! 😛 It’s currently suffering from the same problem as Nobunaga the Fool, in that no matter what huge plot developments occur, I can’t bring myself to care. In six days the only barrier protecting the Tokyo area from the threat of the Gastrea is set to collapse, and Rentaro has been put in charge of assembling an elite team of civil officers to prevent this from happening – yet my only reaction is ‘meh’. 😕

General comments:

I really, really, REALLY wanted to be able to rank Yowamushi Pedal higher this week, but the competition between my Top 5 was closer than it has been all season. BUT! Seeing the huge, muscular, manly sprinter that is Tadokoro Jin joining Onoda in a rendition of the ‘Love Hime’ opening theme was hilarious. And effective, as he was able to find his rhythm and make up for lost time despite his illness. This is a much better scenario than the one I imagined – when Tadokoro first collapsed, and again when he failed to start the race with the others, I could only assume he’d be forced to retire.

And to my head. And my soul.

And to my head. And my soul.

This week’s Hunter x Hunter was an episode that I probably SHOULD have ranked higher, but DIDN’T want to. These are my personal rankings, and even though I can appreciate a good episode when I see one, my personal preferences usually get the final say. I had two main issues with the episode – the first being that I don’t like it when characters pull new abilities or powers out of thin air, though in this case the downsides of Gon’s insta-ageing may be enough to counteract that, but we’ll see. The second issue is simply that I liked Pitou, and didn’t want to see them die in such a horrible way. 😦 Aside from that, though, what a fantastic episode! 😛

Finally, Sidonia no Kishi takes the #1 spot again, and is currently enjoying the strongest run of any series since Attack on Titan. As usual, a lot was crammed into one episode, but it didn’t feel rushed – we got to see Tanikaze and Co. battle multiple Gauna-created clones of the late Hoshijiro, capable of emulating her speech (albeit with the addition of a creepy laugh) and combat abilities. This ended with Tanikaze capturing one of them as a ‘sample’, while another (given the nickname of Benisuzume) managed to escape. Then, we learned about Tanikaze’s origins, and got a lot of background info about Hiyama and Captain Kobayashi in the process.

Gon's power may now be equal to that of the King, but will he have any left after this 'fight'?

Gon’s power may now be equal to that of the King, but will he have any left after this ‘fight’?

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4 Responses to Spring 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 8

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  2. In episode 8 of KoS, that battle with bows and arrows and katana was ridiculous! You’d think that nothing like that would be left at that point in the future! But, that fight was one of the best I’ve seen all season.

    I’m still trying to puzzle out why the author decided to call the space colony Sidonia. Sidon is the name of an ancient Phoenician city after all. The Phoenicians were famous for being traders and for their alphabet. The space colony Sidonia doesn’t seem like a very mercantile place!

    • I’ve seen a few sci-fi/space opera series that have opted for more primitive weapons when fighting onboard ships, despite all the technology available to them. Legend of the Galactic Heroes’ use of battle axes is the other obvious one that springs to mind. I always assumed it was to avoid damage to the ship from stray bullets/laser beams or whatever else they might use, since damaging the wrong pipe or cable could have catastrophic effects.

      I’m not sure what meaning there is behind the name Sidonia (if any), though a friend with more knowledge of music than me was quick to point out that ‘Knights of Cydonia’ is a song by the band Muse, who are apparently popular in Japan. Early scanlations of the manga actually went with the Cydonia spelling, before the official romanised spelling was provided. Could just be a coincidence, or perhaps the name is a combination of more than one reference?

      • I should also mention that Cydonia is a region of Mars, which would fit in with the whole ‘seed ship searching for a second home for humanity’ theme… slightly… maybe. I’m probably overthinking this.

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