Summer 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 10

Still down to just seventeen series, with Nobunaga Concerto taking the week off, and with two series ending here, we won’t be returning to a full lineup this season!

For anyone interested, I put together an Autumn season preview thread over on The Student Room forums. Should be interesting to see how much my want to watch list there resembles what I actually pick up. 😀

NO! BAD KILLUA! :(

NO! BAD KILLUA! 😦

1 – Hunter x Hunter ep 146 (↑ 3)

2 – Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus ep 10 

3 – Zankyou no Terror ep 9 

4 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders ep 23 ( 1)

5 – Tokyo Ghoul ep 10 (↑ 7)

6 – Aldnoah Zero ep 10 (↓ 5)

7 – Barakamon ep 9

8 – Free! Eternal Summer ep 10 (↑ 3)

9 – Re:␣Hamatora ep 10 (↓ 2)

10 – Haikyuu!! ep 23 (↓ 2)

11 – Akame ga Kill! ep 10 (↓ 5)

12 – Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun ep 10 ( 1)

13 – Tokyo ESP ep 10 (↓ 4)

14 – Love Stage!! ep 10 (↓ 4)

15 – Sabagebu! ep 10 (↑ 1)

16 – DRAMAtical Murder ep 10 (↓ 1)

17 – Bakumatsu Rock ep 10 

Pouty-faced Izumi~

Pouty-faced Izumi~

Ending:

Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus is a rare example of a good 10 episode series, presumably because the manga arc was completed, and they were able to plan and pace it well to that many episodes. None of the usual rushed ending feel. Can’t really call it a happy ending, since I did like most of the members of the circus troupe… but my rankings over the last couple of weeks are proof that I enjoyed seeing the Phantomhive servants go all out against them in spite of that. 😛 I’d be very interested in more Kuroshitsuji anime in the future.

I wouldn’t say that Love Stage!!‘s ending felt rushed either, though I wasn’t expecting it this week. It was a fairly generic episode, with Izumi finally accepting his feelings for Ryoma, and (belatedly) confessing them. At least he didn’t turn into clouds for the finale’s sex scene. 😛 A bit disappointed that we didn’t get to see more of their awkward interactions now that they’re officially a couple, but there’s always the chance of a sequel if/when there’s enough manga material. 🙂

'Smile' finally lives up to his stage name. :D

‘Smile’ finally lives up to his stage name. 😀

Moving up:

Hunter x Hunter takes first place for the first time since the end of the Chimera Ant arc! The conclusion of the election was hilarious, Pariston really was just trolling the whole Hunter world throughout – and what makes it even better is that he got away with it, since the electorate were too busy hating on Ging to care! 😛 It was the latter part of the episode that secured it the top spot, though… Killua and Alluka/Nanika’s exchange left me very emotional.

Free! Eternal Summer continues to climb, with more drama this week, but also some good results. 🙂 The rest of Sousuke’s team learn of his shoulder injury, but are unable to put him off of entering the relay – he in fact convinces them to let him enter regardless. And Samezuka do well, finishing a close second. But it’s the Iwatobi swim club that take first and qualify for the nationals, in an event where Haru can swim with his friends. Definitely my favourite episode of this sequel so far. 😀

Facial expressions seems to be this week's theme... and I'm not even discussing Haikyuu!!

Facial expressions seems to be this week’s image theme… and I’m not even discussing Haikyuu!!

Moving down:

A slower episode of Aldnoah Zero this week (by the show’s usual standards, at least) – glad to see Asseylum isn’t dead, both for her sake and that of the whole Earth… but with her message not reaching the people of the Vers empire, the state of war looks set to continue. Despite him being the villain who started all this, I don’t dislike Saazbaum – at least he’s nicer to Slaine than Cruhteo was (though I’m guessing he’ll regret sparing the boy’s life, can’t see him betraying the Princess and changing sides). I hope they manage to give this series the conclusion it deserves, with so much going on and so few episodes remaining, though I wouldn’t say no to a sequel either~

General comments:

It’s been a while since I last talked about Barakamon! It’s not in my Top 5 this week, but it’s doing well for a comedy. I love all the characters, and the style of comedy is a perfect match for my weird sense of humour. This week, Sensei and Hiro were called in as reinforcements in a battle over the playground, and it was hilarious. All manner of dirty tactics were employed, from threatening to phone the police from a dead mobile, to games of dodge ball with *accidental* face hits. I don’t want it to end!

Handa Seishuu. Who could ask for a better role model for these kids?

Handa Seishuu. Who could ask for a better role model for these kids?

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