I went back and corrected a few wrong episode numbers in last week’s post – I knew Shingeki no Bahamut being an episode behind and Parasyte being an episode ahead was going to cause chaos with the others. 😮 Hopefully I’ll be able to keep count for the few remaining weeks of the season – either way, I’ll have one less series to keep track of!
3 – Parasyte -the maxim- ep 11 (↓ 1)
8 – Shirobako ep 10
10 – Amagi Brilliant Park ep 10 (↑ 2)
11 – Akatsuki no Yona ep 10 (↑ 2)
12 – Donten ni Warau ep 10 (↓ 1)
13 – Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ep 9 (↓ 3)
14 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 10 (↓ 1)
The final episode of Hitsugi no Chaika – Avenging Battle felt rushed, as with so many other anime endings… maybe I’m finally getting used to that, hence why I can rate it highly regardless? 😛 The episode had plenty of good battles, resolved the main plotline by defeating Emperor Gaz, and featured a brief ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ epilogue, but I still think the series would have benefited from those extra two/three episodes. In particular I’d have liked to see Niva and Chaika talk together more… both in general, because their styles of speech are hilarious, but also to make the gundo’s decision to abandon her master and creator more understandable.
The search for the Four Dragons is on in Akatsuki no Yona! And thanks to the priest’s help, they’re quickly able to track down the White Dragon, who in turn can act as a GPS to locate the others. Convenient, but better that than having the characters wander around, get lost, and have more flashbacks to happier times. 😛 The episode largely focused on introducing Ki-Ja’s character – he immediately pledges his loyalty to Yona, and immediately develops a rivalry with Hak. Nothing overly original there either, but their arguments should bring some additional entertainment to the show.
Finally down in the red is Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works… slow episode was slow. The one real highlight was Matou Shinji being invited back into the grail war and receiving a new servant from Kotomine Kirei, though only one half of that discussion was what you’d call entertaining, because everything that Shinji says just irritates me. Aside from that, strip-searching Issei to eliminate him as a potential Master, followed by discussions about Shiro’s past and his reasons for wanting to be a hero of justice… MEH. Despite all this, I’m predicting there will be a mid-series climax in the coming episodes, which will likely be enough to make me want to pick it up again after it finishes its Winter hibernation.
The latest episode of Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road showed us Arakita’s back story – which we’ve already seen a little of in the previous series, but this ep went into more detail. Forced to give up on his initial sporting dream of becoming a baseball pitcher, he became a delinquent, until he was given a new goal by Fukutomi, and learned to trust others again. When a series can pull off a flashback episode (that’s partly recap!) and still have me rate it highly, you know it’s doing something right! 😀 Surprised and a little disappointed that Machimiya’s team have given up already after all that build-up – clearly he’s not as much of a villain as he seemed to be.
As expected, Akame ga Kill! is heading towards an ‘EVERYBODY DIES!’ ending. This week, the one person who I thought would be safe from that (at least until the final episode) was killed off – male lead Tatsumi, following a great showdown with a crazed, mech-piloting Emperor. And so the focus turns to Akame… her name’s in the title of the show, fair enough, but aside from her rivalry with her sister Kurome which has now been resolved, I feel as though she’s had next to no presence throughout. Najenda is Night Raid’s leader, Mine was Tatsumi’s love interest, and Akame has just… been there. I almost want Esdeath to win their coming duel, as I feel I know her character better. But either way, should make for a good fight!