Week 2, and the cracks are starting to show at the bottom of what initially appeared to be a fantastic lineup. Have I made some poor decisions this season? Only time will tell, as I’ll be giving everything at least until the middle of the season to prove otherwise.
2 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis ep 2 (↑ 1)
3 – Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road ep 2 (↓ 1)
5 – Hitsugi no Chaika – Avenging Battle ep 2 (↑ 3)
8 – Gugure! Kokkuri-san ep 2 (↓ 2)
11 – Selector Spread WIXOSS ep 2 (↑ 4)
12 – Shirobako ep 2 (↑ 1)
13 – Kaitou Joker ep 2 (↑ 3)
14 – Donten ni Warau ep 2 (↑ 3)
15 – Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu ep 2 (↓ 3)
16 – Nanatsu no Taizai ep 2 (↓ 2)
17 – Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo ep 2 (↑ 1)
18 – Grisaia no Kajitsu ep 2 (↓ 7)
Hitsugi no Chaika – Avenging Battle rises back into my Top 5! 😀 This episode managed to fit in so many things – a fantastically animated battle between Chaika’s party and the Hero Claudia, the return of the Red Chaika, and rumours of the Emperor’s treasure hidden on an island, among other things. The list of names and possible locations of the remaining heroes should make things a lot easier too; but for now, Chaika seems more concerned about who (or what) she really is, so a diversion may be in order.
In Selector Spread WIXOSS, cards shuffle you! 😛 Which has led to a lot of dynamic changes between last season and this one – Yuzuki is now Hitoe’s LRIG, Iona is Ruuko’s LRIG, Iona’s former LRIG Ulith is now inhabiting Iona’s former body, and nobody knows where Tama is. This week, Akira returned to WIXOSS with a new LRIG of her own… but she’s being manipulated by Ulith, who showered her with love then threatened to take it away. Ulith herself seems to still be following Iona’s orders, granting her wish to see two ultimate WIXOSS players face off against each other. Confused yet? I look forward to seeing just how dark this series is willing to become, with so many mysteries surrounding the game that have yet to be revealed.
I found the second episode of Grisaia no Kajitsu really dull. Since we only got brief introductions to the girls in the first episode, it was obvious that it would have to take a few episodes to build up the relationships between them and our equally mysterious main character Yuuji before getting to their more interesting secrets. But, more than anything else, the episode seemed desperate to make us acquainted with their underwear. We also got to meet Yuuji’s boss/guardian, though their conversation was pretty boring. On the more positive side, Yuuji’s attempts to befriend Yumiko (or at least to stop her trying to kill him on sight) felt like they were leading somewhere. Meh, I’ve seen worse, and am willing to give this more of a chance.
Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu also flipped its plot/action : fanservice ratio for this episode… in small quantities, Thouars’ teasing might have actually been funny, but this episode laid it on so heavily that I may grow tired of her sooner rather than later. However, Ultimaguil’s actions did make me laugh. In order to decide which of the invaders (and their fetishes) would steal the world’s twintails next, they hold a game of Jenga. And after they finally decide, with only 30 seconds of the episode remaining, ‘Turtle Guildy’ is instantly KO’d. So, technically still a ‘monster of the week’ show.
Nanatsu no Taizai was one of the few new series I didn’t mention last week, as the first episode didn’t leave much of an impression on me. Can’t say the second episode did either. I like Hawk the talking pig, and Hawk’s mother the giant green hill-pig, but that’s about it at this early stage. It’s very standard shounen fare at the moment, marred by fanservice as with most of my Bottom 5 this week, but hopefully it’ll get going once Meliodas and Elizabeth meet more allies and major villains.
I didn’t expect Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road to fare this well against other sequels such as F/SN and Psycho-Pass, but at this stage it is easily the more entertaining. Though, it does have the advantage of resuming right at the climax of an exciting race. Midousuji Akira’s antics remain the highlight of this arc, with his reckless and not-exactly-pretty-looking tactics certainly giving him an edge over his opponents… but Sohoku and Hakogaku aren’t out yet, with aces and rivals Kinjou and Fukutomi closing in on his lead! 😀