Spring 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 10

It’s been a busy weekend for me, composing posts about anime instead of actually watching it – here’s my thoughts on the upcoming Summer season on The Student Room’s forums, if anyone’s interested. 🙂 And here are my thoughts on this week of the Spring season, with series already starting to end! 😮

This episode was basically just there to reinforce how awesome Girge really is. It worked.

This episode was basically just there to reinforce how awesome Girge really is. It worked.

1 – Break Blade TV ep 10 ( 1)

2 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders ep 10 ( 2)

3 – Hunter x Hunter ep 133 

4 – Sidonia no Kishi ep 10 ( 3)

5 – Yowamushi Pedal ep 35 

6 – Hitsugi no Chaika ep 10

7 – Mekaku City Actors ep 10 (↑ 2)

8 – Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii ep 10

9 – Akuma no Riddle ep 10 (↑ 4)

10 – Haikyuu!! ep 10 ( 3)

11 – Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin ep 10 ( 1)

12 – Mushishi Zoku Shou ep 9 

13 – Selector Infected WIXOSS ep 10 ( 2)

14 – Blade and Soul ep 10

15 – Black Bullet ep 10 (↑ 3)

16 – Isshuukan Friends ep 10 ( 1)

17 – Nobunaga the Fool ep 22

18 – Date a Live II ep 10 ( 2)

19 – Gokukoku no Brynhildr ep 10

If the movie focuses on Kurumi, I'll watch it.

If the movie focuses on Kurumi, I’ll watch it.

Ending:

As expected, the conclusion to Date A Live II was rushed and confusing, and posed more questions than it provided closure. Touka got ‘inverted’, there were fights, some other stuff happened, then Touka wasn’t inverted anymore. And they all lived happily ever after. Including Diva, who underwent a complete change in personality after being saved by Shido. MEH. A movie has been announced, so the story isn’t over yet, but I’m not sure whether I care enough about it at this point.

Moving up:

The last of Akuma no Riddle‘s assassins (Hanabusa Sumireko) got her chance this week, and for the most part this episode followed the same pattern as the others. We knew nothing about Hanabusa before the start of the episode, and by the time she was dead at the end of the episode, we still only knew the bare minimum needed to give her a reason for fighting. In terms of action, though, this episode and it’s attempted assassination was by far my favourite. Featuring mechanized puppets of the former classmates (along with the real Takechi Otoya, who returned to the school after escaping prison for another shot at Haru), falling chandeliers, guns, grenades and other flashy stuff like that, it was much more dynamic than earlier episodes. And we actually got to see Haru fight… she has quite a merciless side to her, it seems! 😮

Just Tokaku, Haru and Nio left in the class... and we still don't know anything about the latter two's pasts or motives.

Just Tokaku, Haru and Nio left in the class… and we still know very little about the latter two’s pasts or motives.

Only a slight increase for Mekaku City Actors this week, but it has gradually been climbing each week after placing last at the mid season point. It’s still confusing, but the mysteries are starting to come together now that the link between the story of the ‘monster’ at the end of each episode and the main plot is being established. It’s certainly not gone the way I thought it would after the first episode, though – I assumed the Mekakushi Dan would continue to use their powers to fight crime, evil organisations or some other generic enemy. 😛 I really enjoyed the 10th episode. 🙂

Moving down:

Haikyuu!!‘s drop is mostly as a result of the above two series moving up, and was no better or worse than usual IMO. In fact, Haikyuu!! is probably one of the most stable series of the season. The character’s interactions and facial expressions are entertaining to watch, but so far it lacks any real drama or excitement to push it nearer my Top 5. I think this might be partly due to the sport, volleyball. Compared with Yowamushi Pedal, where we’ve seen rivals literally racing side by side over long distances, I’m finding it hard to get as excited by two teams tossing a ball over a net.

Seriously though, I could watch it for the facial expressions alone!

Seriously though, I could watch it for the facial expressions alone!

General comments:

I meant to write about Mushishi Zoku Shou last week, after its break ended, but I ended up being distracted by Break Blade’s Girge… just as well really, because this week’s episode was weirder, and therefore more interesting. I mean, a mushi parasite that turns mothers into breast milk. WTF. 😮 Much like the previous episode, this was an example of a human using mushi for their own benefit, though as we know well by now, doing so invariably comes with long term risks. Glad this guy seemingly made the right choice in the end. 🙂

The plot developments keep coming in Hunter x Hunter! Despite Pouf’s best efforts, Meruem is one step away from remembering Komugi… but an even bigger problem appears to have presented itself. Youpi is dead, but we don’t know the exact turn of events leading up to it, only that Welfin targeted him with his ‘Missileman’ ability shortly beforehand. What he asked and where he went afterwards is a mystery, but we know he now views Meruem as his enemy. We also see Youpi and Meruem suddenly start bleeding from their nose, and later Pouf coughs up blood… could this be the effects of radiation poisoning? Either way, Palm (observing Pouf using her ability) is now convinced the king won’t be around for much longer, so she and Ikalgo hide Komugi in the hopes that they can outlast him. This arc is simply amazing.

Delicious milky tears... and that, friends, is why you don't feed your child random substances you stumble across in forests.

Delicious milky tears… and that, friends, is why you don’t feed your baby random substances you stumble across in forests.

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  2. Wow, I’m shocked that you placed Gokukoku no Brynhildr so low! Of course, the anime can be pretty slow. I think that they made a mistake to follow the manga so religiously. What worked in manga format drags on screen.

    Just wait for the big villain to show up. Then, the animators will have to try pretty hard to make it boring. xD

    • I think I was over-rating Brynhildr for a few weeks before this, to be honest, simply because of the strong premise… which seems to be getting increasingly sidelined in favour of fitting in as much generic harem antics and censored nudity in as possible. The scripts aren’t fantastic either, in my opinion.

      I’m still hoping it’ll manage to work its way back up, though, and the most recent episode (12) was an improvement on the last few.

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