A fair bit of movement in this week’s rankings, as is usual for the start of any season when I’m just getting to know all the new series. Rather than going straight into the usual ‘moving up’, ‘moving down’ etc, though, the focus of this post will be on the new sequels, since conveniently there’s four of them as well~
1 – Durarara!!x2 Shou ep 2 (↑ 1)
2 – Parasyte -the maxim- ep 14 (↑ 1)
3 – Death Parade ep 2 (↓ 2)
5 – Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road ep 14 (↑ 4)
6 – Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! ep 2 (↑ 1)
7 – Shirobako ep 14 (↑ 1)
8 – Tokyo Ghoul √A ep 2 (↓ 2)
9 – Aldnoah Zero S2 ep 2 (↓ 5)
It was really only a matter of time before Durarara!!x2 Shou took first place. I rewatched the first series a few weeks ago, and I’m glad I did otherwise I’d probably be lost already under all the complex character relationships, who’s in the Dollars, what exactly Saika’s power is etc. This continuation is off to a good start, with the introduction of Izaya’s equally dangerous twin sisters, some other random first year pupil who’s taken an interest in both them and Mikado, and more trouble for Celty who’s gained both a 10 million yen bounty and a mother-in-law who’s about as crazy as Shingen himself. 😛
More lessons in censorship from this week’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders S2 – red bleeding holes in the head are apparently fine now, but being impaled on a telephone pole is only acceptable in manga form with pink blood. And of course names have to be changed for the sake of copyright, even if they’re right there on the screen in English already… Let’s not forget all the cruelty Iggy was subjected to either, even if he did give as good as he got. 😮 As for the actual story of the episode itself, this encounter was my introduction to the world of JJBA, as it made up the first two episodes of the 1993 OVA! So plenty of nostalgia there, though I slightly preferred the OVA version.
After the first series ended on a fantastic note, but also part-way through a major Ghoul vs CCG battle, I was really looking forward to its resumption in Tokyo Ghoul √A… but the focus has very much turned away from Kaneki since he got ‘upgraded’ and randomly joined Aogiri Tree (an anime-original development, guessing the title stands for ‘anime route’ or ‘Aogiri route’, or possibly both). Instead, the last two episodes largely showed us things from the investigators’ point of view. This week’s episode in particular featured a lot of people sitting down and talking about stuff, but it had its entertaining moments thanks to Juuzou, and the introduction of a new fun character, Mado Akira. 😀
Finally, from top four to bottom four drops Aldnoah Zero S2! I probably overrated last week’s episode, in hindsight, but it was so painfully bad that it looped around and became good again in my eyes. Nobody actually died during Sir Slaine’s murder spree at the end of last series, which just goes to show how competent he really is. Now he’s working with Saazbaum again for the sake of Mars… but not the Vers Emperor and his power-hoarding regime. Inaho is alive and like everyone else is unchanged in spite of the time-skip, other than that he’s even more perfect now because he has a magic eye. And this week, the two of them clashed IN SPACE… great music as usual, but the action didn’t seem as well animated as in the terrestrial battles.