Back to Sunday, but I’m a creature of habit, so that’s fine with me! There weren’t many big jumps or drops this week, now that the introductions are mostly out of the way, and I know roughly what to expect from each of the series. Which is fine for the ones high up on my list, but those in the red zone could be in danger if they don’t start working their way out of it, like the first couple of anime I’ll be looking at managed to do!
3 – Ore Monogatari!! ep 3 (↑ 5)
6 – Plastic Memories ep 3 (↓ 2)
9 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu ep 14 (↑ 1)
10 – Hibike! Euphonium ep 3 (↑ 2)
11 – Show By Rock!! ep 3 (↓ 2)
12 – Owari no Seraph ep 3 (↓ 1)
13 – DanMachi ep 3 (↑ 5)
14 – Gunslinger Stratos ep 3 (↓ 1)
15 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 27 (↓ 1)
16 – Oregairu Zoku ep 3
18 – Re-Kan! ep 3 (↓ 3)
I’m still largely undecided about DanMachi. The setting should appeal to me, and it is already packed with action and drama thanks to the early emergence of a villain with an interest in Bell. His battle with the silverback in episode 3 certainly looked good, and is the main reason the show escaped my bottom 5 this week. Despite that, I still don’t feel very enthusiastic about the show. I think that the main problem is that characters still haven’t won me over, though the OP and ED suggest there will be more joining Hestia’s Famiglia eventually, and for all I know they might make all the difference – it happened with Nanatsu no Taizai, after all!
Hibike! Euphonium certainly looks safer, now that it’s in the top 10… hard to imagine that such an unenthusiastic bunch of characters in a setting as overdone as a school club have won me over more than the cast of DanMachi, but they have! Most anime of this kind choose between ‘enthusiastic club where everybody wants to win’, or ‘club with no real goal other than having fun’, but Hibike! Euphonium is currently in a grey area. Learning to play an instrument is hard (I know from experience), and for those who signed up to the club just to pass the time, last week’s decision to aim for the national competition hasn’t been a popular one. But their apathy and bad playing is spoiling things for those who truly want to compete, and their club advisor has no intention of intervening. It feels more realistic… but in reality people would start dropping out, and I hope that doesn’t happen!
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders S2 hasn’t made my Top 5 this season yet, but this week’s episode dropped further as it felt… not all that bizarre. Never mind that D’Arby’s younger brother (more name censorship for copyright reasons!) pulled Jotaro, Joseph and Kakyouin through a hole and onto a desert island that’s actually part of Dio’s mansion, before showing them his creepy doll collection. All that build-up, and all he’s having them do is play video games with him (wagering souls, of course). Kakyouin challenges him to racing game F-Mega, and though the game had a few weird mechanics, it still seemed all too normal compared to what they’ve faced in the real world up until now!
Leaving my Top 5 is Plastic Memories… episode 3 was weird, but fun. 😛 Tsukasa moves in with Isla, but all the latter seems to do in her spare time is sit and stare at the wall! Our protagonist tries to get her to open up, but throughout the first half all his efforts end with him in some sort of dodgy-looking situation just as Michiru opens the door. Hilarious, if slightly repetitive towards the end. Overall, the focus has been far more on Isla and Tsukasa than on their job and clients so far, which I didn’t expect – I assumed the revelation that Isla was approaching the end of her service life herself would come much later, but they got that out of the way in episode 2. The balance of feels and comedy is still working well, at least.
Despite it being my most anticipated series of the season, its high rankings, and it effectively deciding what day my blog posts go out, I’ve not talked about Sidonia no Kishi – Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki here yet! As I mentioned back when the first series aired, I am familiar with the original manga, and this adaptation continues to faithfully stick to it. Though the many plot developments and twists won’t be taking me by surprise a second time around, it is fun to see it all animated and voiced. The big addition for this sequel is new human/gauna hybrid Tsumugi, one of my favourite characters! Interesting that they went with an unaltered voice for her; the manga uses a different font when she talks, so I assumed she’d sound non-human in some way, but that doesn’t bother me.
Kekkai Sensen is a weird one. I still don’t fully know what’s going on, but it’s just so stylish and beautifully animated that I don’t mind! This week’s episode involved a dangerous drug that allowed those who took it to survive serious wounds, but rather than going out and fighting its users or tracking down its sources though more traditional means, we were instead treated to Klaus playing a chess-like game called Prosfair against an Otherworld boss who was basically a mass of brains, gambling his own life in exchange for information about the drug. ‘Complex’ doesn’t begin to describe Prosfair, which even changes its rules to match the skill of the players, but despite the fact the episode didn’t even attempt to explain to the viewer how it worked, the awesome visuals and brilliant accompanying soundtrack ensured I was far from bored. 😀