Winter 2015 Episode Rankings – Week 7

This was my first real week watching all the 18 series in my new lineup as they came out… surprisingly, it didn’t make all that much difference to my usual schedule. Most of the new additions seem to air on Saturday or Sunday, leaving the rest of the week largely unchanged. Despite that, I think I’ll resist the urge to pick up even more anime. For now. 😛

Still the cast of Durarara grows!

Still the cast of Durarara grows!

1 – Durarara!!x2 Shou ep 7 (↑ 3)

2 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders S2 ep 7 (↑ 3)

3 – Parasyte -the maxim- ep 19 (↓ 1)

4 – Nanatsu no Taizai ep 18 (↓ 1)

5 – Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road ep 18 (↑ 2)

6 – Death Parade ep 7 (↓ 5)

7 – Shirobako ep 19 (↓ 1)

8 – Rolling Girls ep 7 (↑ 2)

9 – Akatsuki no Yona ep 19 

10 – Tokyo Ghoul √A ep 7 (↓ 2)

11 – Yoru no Yatterman ep 6 (↑ 1)

12 – Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! ep 7 (↑ 5)

13 – Junketsu no Maria ep 6 (↓ 2)

14 – Aldnoah Zero S2 ep 7 (↑ 1)

15 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu ep 6 (↑ 1)

16 – Yuri Kuma Arashi ep 7 (↓ 3)

17 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 18 (↓ 3)

18 – The IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls ep 7

This episode was mostly fanservice.

What an episode…

Moving up:

This week’s Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! was mostly fanservice. There was the hilarious used toothbrush mystery, and we were given confirmation that Tawarayama-sensei is in fact still alive… but everything else was fanservice. If this show is a parody of the magical girl genre, then this episode was a parody of the generic beach episode, and made for a refreshing change from the ‘monster of the week’ format. 🙂

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders also had its fair share of fanservice, with Joseph and Avdol finding themselves LITERALLY magnetically attracted to each other. 😮 As is usual for this series, things went from bad to worse when a crowd gathered, an old lady started beating them up, and their attempts to break apart only forced them into even more awkward positions. Not quite as pretty as Binan Koukou, but much funnier, and though the enemy stand users are effectively monsters of the week/fortnight, I’ll never get bored as long as they’re this varied and Bizarre!

All those blank stares...

All those blank stares…

Moving down:

Another character and world development episode of Death Parade; always interesting, if not as dramatic as the judgement games. We got to meet the former bartender/arbiter of Quindecim, who seemed quite expressive for a supposedly emotionless dummy! But Nona wants an arbiter who truly has human emotions – guess that’s what our female protagonist is there for, to influence Decim. Meanwhile, Ginti seems to have acquired his own un-arbitrable human… exactly why Mayu is sticking around has yet to be revealed, but she was hilarious in the previous episode, so I’m happy to see her join the main cast!

In Tribe Cool Crew, the dance group who’ve been through so much and bonded so well over the past season and a half came scarily close to breaking apart… due to an argument over which snack tastes better, ‘Squidles’ or ‘Squerenades’. Could have been worse, I guess – Rolling Girls’ ‘Momiage Hammers’ apparently split due to the style of their vocalist’s sideburns! 😮 A light-hearted lesson about what to do in a situation where both parties feel the argument is stupid, but neither wants to apologise first: hold your ground and wait for the other person to admit they’re wrong, according to Haneru’s father and the twins. 😛

Must have been a lot harder to correct mistakes in the days of film and cels!

Must have been a lot harder to correct mistakes in the days of film and cels!

General comments:

Shirobako has taught me a lot about how anime is made these days, but with so much of the work now being done on computers, what on earth was it like a few decades ago? Episode nineteen gave us a very brief look, in the form of a visit to the headquarters of the now-defunct Musashino Pictures, where things flashed back to President Marukawa’s days on the production desk for Andes Chucky. While I’d have preferred a full episode in this setting, there’s work to be done back in the present at Musashino Animation, and Miyamori’s now in the right mindset to push on with it!

More drama and less chibis in the latest Akatsuki no Yona, which apparently balances out, making it one of the few series not to move at all. 😛 Yona is tasked with retrieving a medicinal herb, that’s conveniently only found in a small cave in a sheer cliff face, accessible only via a narrow ledge. She makes it there fine, but has to be saved by Jae-ha on the way back… fortunately, pirate captain Gi-gang acknowledges her bravery and determination. Yona’s relationship with Hak became a bit more awkward towards the end of the episode, while the green dragon is unsurprisingly starting to waver in his determination not to follow her.

Shame she couldn't have shown this aggressive side to the captain, maybe she wouldn't have had to fetch the senjuso to begin with! :razz:

Shame Yona couldn’t have shown this aggressive side to the captain, maybe she wouldn’t have had to fetch the senjuso to begin with!

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