Five weeks into the season is the time when I really start thinking about what deserves to be in my lineup and what doesn’t – are the series at the bottom of my rankings likely to improve in time, or will they stay the same, or even get worse? And is there anything potentially better amongst the rest of the Autumn offerings that I could be watching instead? Expect some changes in Week 6~
1 – Psycho-Pass 2 ep 5 (↑ 1)
2 – Parasyte -the maxim- ep 5 (↑ 3)
3 – Hitsugi no Chaika – Avenging Battle ep 5 (↑ 1)
4 – Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road ep 5 (↑ 3)
5 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis ep 5 (↓ 4)
7 – Gugure! Kokkuri-san ep 5 (↑ 2)
9 – Akatsuki no Yona ep 5 (↑ 2)
10 – Shirobako ep 5 (↑ 4)
11 – Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ep 4 (↓ 8)
12 – Donten ni Warau ep 5 (↓ 2)
13 – Selector Spread WIXOSS ep 5 (↓ 1)
14 – Nanatsu no Taizai ep 5 (↓ 1)
15 – Kaitou Joker ep 4
16 – Grisaia no Kajitsu ep 5 (↓ 1)
18 – Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo ep 5 (↓ 2)
Big plot developments in Parasyte – the maxim! Unfortunately part of it was spoiled for me beforehand, but that didn’t make it any less dramatic to watch. So, Shinichi’s mother is now a host! Something which he seems unable or unwilling to comprehend, despite her obvious parasyte-behaviour and Migi’s warnings. The episode ends with him sustaining what could well be a mortal wound, so I can’t wait to see how he gets out of this one! Meanwhile, his father is missing, presumed dead, having already been attacked…
Shirobako has been in or near the red zone since the start of the season, so it’s timed its improvement well! Though to be honest, the show’s anime production premise and educational value would likely have saved it anyway. I do hope that locking directors in cages isn’t standard practice in the industry, though! 😮 Much of this week’s episode focused on 2D vs 3D animation, the pros and cons of each. While there have been debates raging on anime fan forums for a long time, it was interesting to see things from the points of view of the animators themselves.
I can’t exactly skip over the huge drop in Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works‘ rank! This series is progressing very slowly, which means that while some episodes are entirely taken up by epic fight scenes (episode 3 was glorious), others (like this one) simply involve characters sitting/walking/standing around and talking. The plot-relevant stuff I already know, and the rest of the character interactions aren’t overly original. Expect this series to bounce up and down all season like a yo-yo.
The writing is on the wall for Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo. It was bad from the start, but I stuck with it in the hopes that it would go full circle into ‘so bad, it’s good’ territory. But it hasn’t. The pacing is all over the place, the plot (if there is one) has yet to really present itself, as these early episodes have instead focused on ‘developing’ Ange’s character, badly. It seems to be relying purely on shock factor and fanservice. My curiosity is satisfied, watching any more would be torture.
Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu really isn’t that much better – in fact I rated it lower than Cross Ange last week. Souji won’t shut up about twintails, the monsters won’t shut up about their own fetishes, and Thouars… just needs to shut up in general. Aika and Erina aren’t bad, at least comparatively, but in this week’s script they were reduced to just ‘the flat chested character’ and ‘the character that develops big breasts upon transformation’. I feel I’m only delaying an obvious decision until next week out of tradition, here.
On a more positive note, Amagi Brilliant Park has been consistently placing in the top half of my rankings. I haven’t talked about it since the season’s first post, probably due to lack of movement, combined with the fact that it’s usually the first thing I watch at the start of each week (and a distant memory by the weekend). Episode 5 was probably my favourite so far though, as Kanie, Sento and the mascots braved a dungeon filled with clichéd traps in search of a legendary treasure trove… and they found one, though it wasn’t what they expected it to be! 😛