No Kaitou Joker this week, apparently baseball stole its timeslot. Doesn’t seem like the kind of behaviour a phantom thief would tolerate! I just hope they left a note giving advanced warning. Anyway… business as usual with the seventeen shows that did air~
1 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis ep 4 (↑ 2)
2 – Psycho-Pass 2 ep 4 (↑ 2)
4 – Hitsugi no Chaika – Avenging Battle ep 4 (↓ 3)
5 – Parasyte -the maxim- ep 4 (↓ 3)
7 – Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road ep 4 (↓ 2)
8 – Amagi Brilliant Park ep 4 (↑ 1)
9 – Gugure! Kokkuri-san ep 4 (↓ 2)
10 – Donten ni Warau ep 4
11 – Akatsuki no Yona ep 4 (↑ 1)
12 – Selector Spread WIXOSS ep 4 (↓ 1)
13 – Nanatsu no Taizai ep 4 (↑ 2)
14 – Shirobako ep 4 (↓ 1)
15 – Grisaia no Kajitsu ep 4 (↑ 1)
16 – Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo ep 4 (↑ 2)
So far, Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis has provided the most laughs out of my current lineup, and it actually has a decent story and some amazing action to go with it. It likely only lost out to Parasyte and Chaika in previous weeks because they were able to fit more weird and wonderful happenings in, but this time Bahamut wins in that regard too. I don’t know where to begin describing episode four, but highlights included pirate zombies, a gigantic crab, and even-more-gigantic sky tentacles! Tentacles which snatched away Kaisar and Amira to the world of demons. What awaits them there, and what Favaro will do in the meantime should make for more fun viewing. 😀
Psycho-Pass 2 has a more complex plot than the rest of my Top 5, so despite being consistently strong, the slower build-up and lack of comedy has left it overshadowed a bit until now. The Sibyl System is struggling to deal with a new threat, the seemingly invisible Kamui, who can somehow lower people’s crime coefficients to ‘safe’ levels while they go on murderous rampages, the surviving victims becoming targets for enforcement instead! He’s no Makishima so far, but I’ll reserve judgement until we find out his methods and motives. The characters we know more about remain one of the show’s main strengths – Akane is great as the new leader of Unit 1, and though new recruit Shimotsuki Mika is a little irritating with her argumentative attitude towards her superior, I guess it’s helpful to have one inspector who insists on following the rules, if only to remind us the viewer of what those rules are.
I was worried this might happen, but Gugure! Kokkuri-san is starting to get repetitive already. Kohina’s deadpan insistence that she is a doll may still have some scope for comedy, but surely there’s only so many times you can take away her instant ramen before that gets old. Kokkuri tries to take care of her, but often comes over as creepy; Inugami takes that to a more extreme level, and the two have a burning hatred for each other. And this week, the cast was joined by a stingy tanuki and a nice schoolboy who happens to look a bit like an alien, both of which feel like they’re out of tricks already. Looking at the OP, it seems there are plenty of other new characters to come, but I hope that isn’t the show’s only plan to keep things going.
The second day of the race is over, and Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road predictably drops out of my Top 5 for this much calmer, analytical episode. It may well have stayed up there had Kinjou/Sohoku won, but it was a narrow victory for Fukutomi and Hakogaku that settled their old rivalry. And now that it is settled, coincidentally ( 😛 ) it looks as though Kinjou won’t be in full form for the third and final day, which should give the younger team members a chance to shine! Disappointed to hear that Midousuji doesn’t intend to continue with the race, as even if his role as a major rival is over, it’d be a shame to see him quit the sport entirely, but hopefully his team mates will be able to talk him back into it.
It’s about time I focused on Akame ga Kill! again, easy to forget it amongst all the shiny new shows! But there it is, narrowly missing out on my Top 5 again. Weird to think that this time last season it was ranked 12th! I’ve developed some respect for the series – it’s about assassins, who must kill or be killed, and the anime isn’t afraid to sacrifice major characters to remind us of this fact. The animation quality seems better now too, far fewer static shots during battle scenes, which is always a plus! This week featured casualties on both sides: after losing his Imperial Arms, Bols wasn’t going to be of much use to the plot, so he was predictably killed off by Chelsea… she then went after Kurome, but underestimated her opponent’s abilities and ended up without a head. Not much else to say, a few tragic death scenes will always result in a series placing highly in my lists.
With the rush to complete episode 4 of Exodus out of the way, the focus of Shirobako could finally turn away from animation production and towards Miyamori’s former animation club friends… hence the small drop. While still much better than the fanservice threesome propping it up, it’s the anime side of things that I’m interested in seeing from this show – I can’t help but wonder whether P.A.Works has had any similar setbacks while making Shirobako itself! My immediate though when it came to the reunion was ‘oh no, MORE faces to remember’ (names, I’ve long since given up on for this show). 😛 Still, if these characters can give us a glimpse into the world of voice acting, 3D modelling and script-writing in addition to what we’ve already seen, I’m sure all will be forgiven!