Spring 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 9

Mushishi is back, and no other series took a break this week, so everything’s finally returned to normal! Not a lot of movement at the top of the rankings, which have remained fairly stable all season so far, but lower down there have been plenty of plot twists, and changes aplenty…

First place for Izana's pouty face~

First place for Izana’s pouty face~

1 – Sidonia no Kishi ep 9

2 – Break Blade TV ep 9 ( 2)

3 – Hunter x Hunter ep 132 

4 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders ep 9 ( 2)

5 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 34 

6 – Hitsugi no Chaika ep 9

7 – Haikyuu!! ep 9 ( 1)

8 – Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii ep 9 ( 2)

9 – Mekaku City Actors ep 9 (↑ 4)

10 – Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin ep 9 ( 3)

11 – Selector Infected WIXOSS ep 9 (↑ 6)

12 – Mushishi Zoku Shou ep 8 

13 – Akuma no Riddle ep 9 ( 1)

14 – Blade and Soul ep 9 ( 4)

15 – Isshuukan Friends ep 9 

16 – Date a Live II ep 9 ( 7)

17 – Nobunaga the Fool ep 21 ( 1)

18 – Black Bullet ep 9 ( 4)

19 – Gokukoku no Brynhildr ep 9 ( 8)

Finally, all is revealed...

In this card game, it’s the player’s personalities that are shuffled…

Moving up:

In this week’s Selector Infected WIXOSS we finally learn the true nature of the card game, the creepy reveal it has been building up to right from the start: Selectors who win enough battles don’t become ‘infinite girls’ whose wishes are granted, they instead become LRIGs. Meanwhile, their own LRIGs take over their bodies and their lives, granting the wishes for themselves. Why would Hanayo do this to Yuzuki, when the two seemed to get along quite well? Presumably because life inside a playing card isn’t very fun – I can see why the energetic Tama likes battling so much now! Anyhow, LRIG-form Yuzuki is now in the possession of poor, forever alone Hitoe, and Ruuko is once again tempted back into the game.

First time out of the red zone for Blade and Soul… and even then I might have been a bit generous. The pacing and direction of the series is all over the place, but as I’ve said before, the plot and it’s recent developments are surprisingly good! Following Jin Varel’s defeat and Yuu’s death, Aruka questions her cold, emotionless assassin’s way of life up until now. She is eventually taken in by El Karen, who gives her a room and a job at the inn. There, she befriends another worker, Miharu… who doesn’t last until the end of the episode. Just when it seems Aruka is starting to enjoy life, it is revealed that El Karen holds a *little bit* of a grudge towards her – turns out she killed the proprietess’ husband as one of her many jobs. And as we soon learned, El Karen is NOT somebody you’d want holding a grudge against you!

I would love to know what part of El Karen's husband was in the box... though maybe not knowing makes it creepier?

I would love to know what part of El Karen’s husband was in the box… though maybe not knowing makes it creepier?

Moving down:

A huge drop for Gokukoku no Brynhildr this week, but while episode 9 was particularly bad, in hindsight it should have dropped a long time ago. I’ve gone easy on it because the plot (that is, powerful but drug-dependant witches being hunted down by the lab that produced them) is really good. But increasingly, this plot is being sidelined. At this point, the plot is basically boobs. This ep introduced Nanami, a witch who can read, erase or rewrite the memories of anyone she makes eye contact with. She achieves said eye contact by raising her skirt in public places. Despite proving skilled enough to re-write a girl’s mind so that she thought they were old friends, when Nanami finds herself in need of funds, she feels she has no alternative but to get naked for her former handler. Then, after she eventually meets and mind-wipes our generic protagonist (but he’s okay, because he has a photographic memory…?), he runs back to inform Kuroneko and Co… who are all bathing. Less of this, please.

Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin is suffering from a severe lack of puzzles lately, which is the main reason behind its slow drop. Focus has instead switched to former Adventure Club leader and generic bad guy Ikusaba Hiiyo, who has managed to anger pretty much everybody and who claims to have some sort of relationship to Yun, though she doesn’t recognise or remember him at all. Maybe I’ll regain interest once some of the questions posed by his return are answered, but with only two episodes to go after this one, I’m more worried about how they’re going to wrap everything up at the end!

What did Hiiyo DO to Kagetora!? I like how they left his weird hair mandibles visible so we could tell who he was, though. :razz:

What did Hiiyo DO to Kagetora!? I like how they left his weird hair mandibles visible so we could tell who he was, though. 😛

General comments:

Isshuukan Friends is suffering in the rankings simply because of its slow pace – take any of this week’s Top 5, and I assure you there would be more noteworthy developments in 5 minutes of any of them than in a whole episode of Isshukan Friends. 😛 But building friendships can be a slow process, and Fujimiya has certainly come out of her shell compared with how she was at the start of the series, with even her memory starting to show improvement (or could it be that she’s no longer thinking of Hase as just a ‘friend’?)… However, the introduction of a new character at the end of the episode seems to have caused her to take a huge step back; he claims to know her, and that she broke her promise to him. Not enough of a plot twist to escape the Red in this week full of plot twists, but I’ll be intrigued to see where this goes.

It’s been a while since I last said anything about Break Blade TV, but it’s now celebrating its 5th week in my Top 5, and looks set to stay there! A large part of its high score is due to the mech battles, which are brilliantly choreographed and animated, and I love the fact that the golems and their weapons are brittle and prone to shattering as I’ve mentioned before. However, the series’ characters are pretty good too – of particular interest is Girge, the most controversial member of Narvi’s unit. The son of General Baldr, imprisoned for killing a fellow soldier during a training mission but later released due to his exceptional piloting skills, his unpredictable nature should make the upcoming battles even more interesting. 😀

Good-looking, too. :razz:

Good looking, too~

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