Not much movement this week, but at least everything aired, and we’re back to twelve series! This number will increase further in next week’s mid season shakeup, though how much by, I’ve not decided yet (a lot of series I’d planned on picking up have proven disappointing). 😦
This week’s post will focus on series I haven’t mentioned in a while, since it could well be the last time I talk about some of them…
2 – Durarara!!x2 Shou ep 5 (↓ 1)
3 – Parasyte -the maxim- ep 17 (↓ 1)
4 – Death Parade ep 5 (↓ 1)
5 – Shirobako ep 17
9 – Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! ep 5 (↑ 1)
10 – Aldnoah Zero S2 ep 5 (↓ 1)
12 – Yuri Kuma Arashi ep 5 (↓ 1)
Unsurprisingly, Durarara!!x2 Shou is in no danger of being dropped. The series remains as interesting as ever, by taking the amazing cast from the first series, along their already complicated relationships, and adding new wacky groups and individuals every week! The Dollars are due to be attacked by another rival gang, Celty got
decapitated de-helmetised, and now some crazy child is trying to kill Shizuo! At least he was able to hold himself back from going berserk on this occasion. I also like that getting Shinra and Celty involved seems to have become the default solution to every problem that the others find themselves facing. 😛
Death Parade is also safe. So far, the episodic judgements have been varied enough to prevent the series from getting repetitive, which was my main worry. Last week’s arcade episode was particularly good. This week, however, we got introduced to more of the staff of this limbo/place of judgement, as well as learning that our female protagonist (who I’ve only just realised has no name other than ‘Kurokami no Onna’) is a human who could not be judged, as she already knew she was dead. Seems her past has something to do with this Chavvot story… hopefully it’ll make for a good conclusion to the series.
Aldnoah Zero S2 hasn’t been performing anywhere near as well as I hoped and expected. I honestly don’t know whether this second half is worse than the first, or whether it’s just dragged on long enough that I’ve gotten bored and am less forgiving of flaws that were always there. This week’s episode forwarded the plot by having Inaho convince a captured Versian noble that his Princess was in another castle, before helping him escape to investigate the matter further, while His Excellency Count Slaine Saazbaum-Troyard may be in danger of losing control over Lemrina, as he’s challenged to a duel by Marylcian. It didn’t have any of the predictable battles I’ve been rolling my eyes at… so why don’t I like this more? 😮
Most seasons seem to have that one anime series at the bottom of the pile that just can’t seem to climb any higher – this season it’s Yuri Kuma Arashi. It feels very much like the director’s previous works (Utena, Penguindrum), but not as good. If there’s any symbolism there (aside from the lilies and nectar licking), it’s lost on me, and still wouldn’t change the fact the characters don’t interest me. Plot-wise, things are starting to make more sense as the flashbacks fill in the gaps, I’d say that’s the one area in which this series is improving. Am I still intrigued enough to see this through to the end? Honestly, I’m undecided.
Gau! Shock! Kuma Shock!
Bears are in the human world!
For Medieval Otaku. 😛