Winter 2015 Episode Rankings – Week 11

It’s the penultimate week of the season, and unusually I’ve still got a full lineup continuing into next week! No early-ending 10 or 11 episode series this time around, so chances are my post next week will be a big one, focusing entirely on final episodes. 🙂

Absolutely no underage smoking going on in this anime, none whatsoever. I mean, Jotaro doesn't even have a mouth!

Absolutely no underage smoking going on in this anime, none whatsoever. I mean, Jotaro doesn’t even have a mouth!

1 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders S2 ep 11

2 – Durarara!!x2 Shou ep 11

3 – Nanatsu no Taizai ep 22 (↑ 1)

4 – Death Parade ep 11 (↑ 1)

5 – Parasyte -the maxim- ep 23 (↓ 2)

6 – Shirobako ep 23 (↑ 5)

7 – Tokyo Ghoul √A ep 11 (↓ 1)

8 – Junketsu no Maria ep 10 (↓ 1)

9 – Akatsuki no Yona ep 23 (↓ 1)

10 – Rolling Girls ep 11 

11 – Aldnoah Zero S2 ep 11 (↑ 1)

12 – Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road ep 22 (↓ 3)

13 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu ep 10 (↓ 1)

14 – Yuri Kuma Arashi ep 10 (↓ 1)

15 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 22 (↑ 3)

16 – Yoru no Yatterman ep 10 (↑ 1)

17 – The IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls ep 10 (↓ 2)

18 – Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! ep 11 (↓ 2)

Howdy.

Howdy.

Moving up:

Shirobako bounces back up to where it’s spent most of the season, just outside of my Top 5, which isn’t bad for a series without death or (serious) action! Though we did get to see director Kinoshita use some highly effective special attacks in order to infiltrate Yotaka Booksellers, get past the annoying editor, and finally meet with the author of The Third Aerial Girls Squad. And once the director understands exactly what the problem is with his anime-original ending script, he quickly comes up with a satisfactory conclusion, while also inspiring Nogame-sensei himself! These script changes result in the creation of a new character… and Shizuka finally lands a voice acting role. Definitely one of the series’ stronger and funnier episodes. 😀

The only other series that’s really moved up much is Tribe Cool Crew, with what was definitely one of the series’ weirder episodes! Due to a blocked road and heavy rain ruining their travel plans, Master T and the rest of the party end up at some clearly-not-haunted inn, where they’re treated to a meal consisting entirely of pickled vegetables. Which is surprisingly fine with all the youngsters… but not with Master T, who had a traumatic experience with pickles during his childhood. And after everyone else then transforms into vegetables, ready to be pickled by the innkeeper, it’s unlikely he’ll be recovering from said trauma any time soon! Of course, this was all a dream. 😛

Tribe Cool Crew: An anime series about dancing.

Tribe Cool Crew: An anime series about dancing.

Moving down:

After a strong start, Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! finally got a bit too repetitive for me over the past few weeks. The villains didn’t seem as amusing as those of earlier episodes, and neither did the characters’ conversations outside of battle, which was always one of the series’ strongest points IMO. What caused the show to drop to last place this week was the sudden revelation of the Defence and Conquest club members’ identities to each other – all because of curry, which was also the reason Atsushi and Kinshiro fell out in the past. On the one hand, the stupidity of it all fits the series’ sense of humour spot on, but on the other hand it felt very rushed, and now there’s only one episode left to wrap everything up!

I’ve said it before, but it remains true: I hate having to move Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road down the rankings, though it’s hard to justify rating it higher when it’s progressing in such a predictable and increasingly slow-paced manner. Granted, I didn’t know how Akira and Imaizumi were going to drop out of the running, so the series fared a bit better in the weeks when those plot developments occurred, but it still obviously had to happen in order to set up the Onoda vs Manami race for the finish that had been all-but promised early in the first series. But despite all my complaints about how predictable it all is, I won’t be happy if Onoda doesn’t win. No plot twists needed there, thank you very much! 😛

I'm particularly interested to know what's going on with the fish Hireashi and the Press Society - possible villains for a second series?

I’m particularly interested to know what’s going on with the fish Hireashi and the Press Society – possible villains for a second series?

General comments:

Here I’ll focus on series that (as far as I know) aren’t ending next week… so lets start with Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. Yet another series that’s a bit formulaic, with virtually every episode following a ‘character tries to seriously assassinate Koro-sensei, ends up liking him instead’ pattern. It’s amusing, heart-warming, but could soon get repetitive if it continues like this for another season. The occasional hints about Koro-sensei’s past offer some hope that there may be more of a plot yet to be developed, but the manga is long and ongoing, and I’m always wary of anime-original endings (even after watching Shirobako) – in summary, I don’t know what I want from Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, but some sort of variation would be nice!

Nanatsu no Taizai is listed at 24 episodes, so likely won’t feature in my mega-ending-post next week. I do hope it’ll get another series once there’s more manga material, though; even if the Sins manage to defeat the current big-bad Hendrickson, the introduction of characters such as King Arthur and Merlin, not to mention the still-absent Seventh Sin, suggest that there are other interesting things going on outside of the current situation in the Liones Kingdom! This week’s episode ranked slightly higher, as the (now-postponed) infighting between Meliodas and Ban added some unexpected drama, and watching the Sins gang up on Hendrickson at the end was also highly entertaining. 😀

Bringing Helbram back *again* was unexpectedly cruel.

Bringing Helbram back *again* was unexpectedly cruel!

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