Half-way through the season, which means changes to my lineup! Less change than I expected, however- several series I’d all but written off managed to impress me enough this week to keep them on after all. I only hope that it isn’t all downhill from here on after these mid season peaks…
Unsurprisingly, Oregairu Zoku gets the chop. A highly-rated and quite cleverly written series that just wasn’t for me. Replacing it is Etotama, a low-rated series packed with gag comedy and animal girls that appeals to my sense of humour far more. Which tells you all you need to know about my tastes, really. 😛
2 – Kekkai Sensen ep 6 (↑ 1)
5 – Arslan Senki ep 6 (↓ 4)
6 – Show By Rock!! ep 6 (↑ 1)
7 – Hibike! Euphonium ep 6 (↑ 2)
8 – Plastic Memories ep 6 (↓ 4)
9 – Ore Monogatari!! ep 6 (↑ 3)
10 – DanMachi ep 6 (↑ 8)
11 – Etotama ep 6
12 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu ep 17 (↓ 1)
13 – Re-Kan! ep 6 (↑ 1)
14 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 30 (↓ 4)
15 – Shokugeki no Souma ep 6 (↓ 9)
17 – Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku ep 6 (↓ 4)
18 – Owari no Seraph ep 6 (↓ 3)
I was definitely too hasty in writing off Etotama in the first week of the season. The only real complaint I had was that it seemed so similar to Show By Rock!! – what are the chances of two series featuring anthropomorphic characters and catgirl leads who have alternate 3D chibi forms airing in the same season!? Aside from that and their fast-paced and wacky feel though, the two shows don’t have all that much in common. Nyaa-tan’s mission is to take ‘Sol/Lull seals’ from the members of the Chinese zodiac, so that she herself can gain membership. The ‘battles’ to gain these seals have been anything from actual fights to games of kick the can or tag, so it doesn’t get repetitive. The 3D animation is really good, comedy makes me laugh, and it frequently breaks the 4th wall, definitely my kind of series!
A series at #1 that isn’t Arslan or Sidonia!? This latest episode of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders S2 deserves the high praise, however. Vanilla (sorry, I’m not calling him ‘Cool’) Ice is terrifying! For the most part, the villains in this Egypt Arc have been more comedic than in the first half, which made the change in tone all the more shocking. His brutal attacks have left both Iggy and Polnareff seriously injured, and Avdol presumed dead (again!), while his over-powered ability means that they can’t damage or even see him without using clever tricks. The only moment in this dark episode which did make me laugh was when the handsome Polnareff considered his three options, as Vanilla Ice rolled ever closer to him… yet again, I don’t remember how this encounter ended in the OVA, so I get to enjoy the surprise a second time around!
After my rant about the characters last week, I was fully prepared to drop DanMachi. Then, it had to go and break into my top 10 with an episode high on action, drama, and emotion from one of the few characters who does interest me. Still intent on taking Bell’s magic weapon, Lili lures him into a dangerous part of the dungeon, steals the blade, and abandons him to his fate. She is then ambushed and robbed by another member of the Soma Familia, who himself is then betrayed by his own party… this, together with Lili’s depressing back story at the start, and the revelation that the Soma Familia literally worship a type of wine as their god, hence why they’re always so desperate for money to fund their addiction… clearly this world isn’t as perfect and happy as it seems on the surface. Okay, you have my interest again – more of this and less generic romance, please!
A big drop for Shokugeki no Souma, through through no fault of its own. Yet another build-up episode – now that we’ve been introduced to the titular ‘shokugeki’ or food wars, Souma wastes no time in getting involved in one himself, jumping to the aid of the doomed Donmono Research Society. We got introduced to ‘meat master’ Ikumi, who will be their opponent, but that was about it, the rest of the time simply going into trying different udon recipes and strategizing. I guess it shows how close things are this season, when good, necessary but comparatively uneventful episodes keep dropping so far! No doubt Shokugeki no Souma will recover.
Despite the drop, Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku was also saved from the firing line by its 6th episode. It’s the comedy I’m liking the most, mostly originating from Eruna’s positive, hyper and perverted-but-harmless ravings, though the other characters have their moments – the surprise party held to celebrate Eruna getting past round 2 was hilarious. This side cast continues to develop, with both Akama and this week Kuzuryuu revealed to have had sad backstories, before being helped by Eruna. No doubt this trend will continue for the other club representatives, though hopefully with better pacing next time. 😛 And finally, the purple-haired character who features so prominently in the OP has finally made an appearance in the show itself, so I look forward to finding out what role she has to play in things.
Yet another anime surviving Week 6 is Gunslinger Stratos. I asked for the characters of the two warring dimensions to interact with each other more, and this episode gave me just that, so I can’t complain. 😛 ‘Main Character Tohru’ found himself in enemy territory, but thankfully ‘Alternate Universe Kyouka’ didn’t kill him, and instead we got to see how things were in their world. Unlike the advanced but totalitarian ’17th Far East Imperial City Management District’, this world never fully recovered from the earthquakes that destroyed Japan, and is full of isolated groups living in crumbling ruins. This Kyouka constantly teased Tohru (apparently in this world they’re a couple!), and their interactions were fun, but now that they’re parted they return to being enemies. Meanwhile, the other Tohru also got switched, which led to all sorts of drama in the end! 😮