This week’s Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis was a recap episode, which I’ve neither watched or included in this week’s list. So we’re temporarily down to just thirteen shows… the majority of which aren’t moving much…
5 – Akame ga Kill! ep 20 (↑ 1)
6 – Amagi Brilliant Park ep 7 (↑ 1)
7 – Selector Spread WIXOSS ep 7 (↑ 5)
9 – Akatsuki no Yona ep 7 (↑ 2)
10 – Shirobako ep 7 (↓ 1)
11 – Gugure! Kokkuri-san ep 7 (↓ 1)
12 – Donten ni Warau ep 7 (↑ 1)
13 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 7 (↑ 1)
Climbing further still is Selector Spread WIXOSS. Plot-wise, Iona remembered that Mayu ‘gave birth’ to both the Girl of Darkness (Iona herself) and the Girl of Light (Tama), but Mayu soon put a stop to any further, bigger revelations. However, it’s Ulith’s character that’s responsible for the jump in rankings: this week we learned that she was originally human like most other LRIGs, and that all she’s ever wanted in life is to ‘break’ things. Especially people. Which is the sole reason she takes part in WIXOSS – she WANTS the cycle to continue, so that she can spread suffering to as many people as possible. Nice to know that somebody’s actually enjoying this twisted game! 🙂
No flashbacks in episode seven of Akatsuki no Yona, just slow plot progression. The pacing is my only real issue with this show; it has a good story, but is taking a very long-winded and roundabout way to tell it. Though given the extent of Hak’s injuries, maybe I should be thankful that they’re moving on from the priest’s house as quickly as they are! Said priest told Yona of the legendary dragon warriors who served her ancestor, the first king of Kouka… they’re the colour-coded bishounen from the OP, so no doubt they’ll be joining her party soon.
As I feared, Gugure! Kokkuri-san is starting to get a little repetitive, despite the introduction of new character Tama (ANOTHER creepy stalker, this time with a doll obsession) this week. I wouldn’t mind if the fake Kohina doll ended up as a recurring character though, her antics were amusing! Gender-bending Kokkuri-san in the second half resulted in fairly predictable gags, and apparently there’s more of this to come next week… meh. The series still gets the occasional laugh out of me, but nowhere near as much as in early episodes.
No change to Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road‘s rankings, or any of my other Top 4 over the past three weeks for that matter. The series itself is feeling quite different at the moment though, the third day of inter-high seems like a whole new competition! Getting the whole team across the finish line is no longer a priority, rivals Sohoku and Hakone are working together to catch up with their aces… and though Midousuji is still taking part, the main ‘villains’ this time come in the form of the Hiroshima team and its captain Machimiya Eikichi. After uniting the pack and having it engulf pretty much all the competition, his team eventually took off and abandoned them. And if they haven’t been riding at full force since the start, they could be a genuine threat to the exhausted leaders.
Just ahead is Hitsugi no Chaika – Avenging Battle, and the plot developments keep coming! While Toru and Akari try (and fail) to infiltrate the castle and steal the Emperor’s remains, Niva leaves the party voluntarily with Guy, seemingly to join Stephan Hartgen, whose goal it turns out is to start a new war. Oh, and Stephan has a THIRD Chaika hidden away. Our Chaika enters the tournament with Toru, and Akari with Fredrika, and the Red Chaika Bohdan and Gillett Corps have their own teams, though King Hartgen is well aware of their presence and plans to have the Chaikas (including Vivi) fight each other. Plenty of great fight scenes in this episode, both in the tournament itself and between the saboteur siblings and their former mentor Shin, currently another of Hartgen’s lackeys.