Autumn 2014 Episode Rankings – Week 12

Here we are, the final Weekly Rankings post of 2014, though no doubt I’ll keep this up next year too. I won’t be doing a Week 13, my green and red zones are already down to a nostalgic three, and I’ve got other lists to think about. Namely, my Top 12 Anime of the entire year! Expect that at some point after the final episode of Shingeki no Bahamut airs. 🙂

Its chances are looking pretty good right now!

Its chances are looking pretty good right now!

1 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis ep 11 

2 – Amagi Brilliant Park ep 12 (↑ 7)

3 – Parasyte -the maxim- ep 12 

4 – Shirobako ep 12 (↑ 3)

5 – Selector Spread WIXOSS ep 12 

6 – Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road ep 12 (↓ 2)

7 – Gugure! Kokkuri-san ep 12 (↑ 1)

8 – Donten ni Warau ep 12 (↑ 2)

9 – Akatsuki no Yona ep 12 (↑ 2)

10 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 12 (↑ 2)

11 – Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ep 11 (↓ 5)

Complicated feelings towards Shirasu from the siblings at the end, wanting to see him again despite feeling as though they could never forgive him.

Complicated feelings towards Shirasu from the siblings at the end, wanting to see him again despite feeling as though they could never forgive him.

Ending:

The final episode of Donten ni Warau was pretty much what I expected it would be. With the brothers reunited, Soramaru is freed from the curse of the Orochi… which of course rises against them and starts destroying everything in typical last-boss style. But through the power of teamwork, the heroes are able to defeat the formidable snake relatively easily, along with the remainder of the Fuuma Clan. Overall, Donten felt like an average series in an above-average lineup; the plot had potential, and it got better towards the end, but the script and character development weren’t up to the same level as other currently airing shows. I’ll probably forget all about it in a season or two.

Gugure! Kokkuri-san suffered the same fate as so many other comedy series in my weekly rankings – no matter how funny a show is, if the jokes or style of humour aren’t varied enough, eventually I’ll start getting bored and ranking anything with half-decent plot progression above it. The last ep was very good though, that work-obsessed lawyer was a great character. And who wouldn’t want radio controlled cup noodles? 😛 The regular cast were all great, with the wannabe-doll Kohina and the long suffering Kokkuri-san remaining my favourites until the end. 🙂

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

A happy ending for Selector Spread WIXOSS! I mean, it seemed to be heading that way, but with this series you can never be certain. 😮 Ruuko’s LRIGs Tama/Shiro and Iona/Kuro/Yuki combined to create a new LRIG, Mayu (good thing this was the last ep, or that would have gotten confusing), and ended their battle against Evil-Ghost-Mayu and Ulith with a different kind of game: Ruuko had to guess the colour of a card Evil-Mayu picked, and correctly identified it as colourless (symbolic of her life without choices, and of the end of everything). Finally, everyone affected by the game was restored to their original bodies, and lived happily ever after (except for poor Ulith 😛 ). A satisfying, if slighly rushed, conclusion. 🙂

Less focus on the game itself, and more on the plot and characters made Spread the stronger series of the two for me.

Less focus on the game itself, and more on the plot and characters made Spread the stronger series of the two for me.

Moving up:

Amagi Brilliant Park‘s main story also ended this week, but the show continues for a 13th episode, which hopefully won’t feel like an unnecessary extra. The 12th episode was fantastic, however! Having failed to make their target thanks to no-show ticket holders for the football game, the entire theme park cast started phoning all their friends, relatives, classmates, fans, mistresses, mistresses’ husbands… and were somehow able to reach 500,000 without a second to spare. Plenty of suspense, emotion, and of course the comedy that this series does best.

Moving down:

I’ll give F/SN a break this week (don’t have much to say besides ‘meh’ anyway)… so, Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road! Strange to see it outside of the Top 5, especially with most of the regular high scorers finished, but this episode felt slower and less eventful than the ones before it. Onoda has caught up with his team, Machimiya’s Hiroshima team are defeated, and Arakita, the person who helped both these things to happen, has effectively retired from the race. Compared with his exit, that of his Hakone team mate Izumida (and his abs, Andy & Frank) didn’t have as much impact. This ep mostly served as a long-winded reminder than Sohoku will likely also have to start dropping members for the good of the team… a sad though. 😦

Sweet victory!

Sweet victory!

And to finish off, here’s how everything I watched from beginning to end/most recent episode ranked on average over the past 12 weeks:

1 – Parasyte -the maxim-

2 – Psycho-Pass 2 

3 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis 

4 – Hitsugi no Chaika – Avenging Battle 

5 – Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road 

6 – Akame ga Kill! 

7 – Amagi Brilliant Park 

8 – Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works

9 – Gugure! Kokkuri-san 

10 – Selector Spread WIXOSS 

11 – Shirobako 

12 – Akatsuki no Yona

13 – Donten ni Warau  

14 – Tribe Cool Crew 

Fate/stay night benefited from a strong start and the odd really good episode, but I was glad to see the more consistent Amagi Brilliant Park beat it, only just. And it’s a shame that Shirobako couldn’t escape the red on the strength of its more recent episodes, but TBH I didn’t know what to make of it for the first few weeks! The important thing is that it escaped my mid-season drop-a-thon – honourable mentions go to Cross AngeGrisaia no KajitsuKaitou JokerNanatsu no Taizai and Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu, some of which I may go back and finish one day. 😛

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