Less movement this week, and most of those that have moved are series I’ve already talked about a lot… with only a few weeks left to go, I guess I’d better give the others some attention, even if they’ve hardly budged. 😛
4 – Arslan Senki ep 9 (↓ 2)
5 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu ep 20 (↑ 3)
6 – DanMachi ep 9 (↓ 1)
7 – Shokugeki no Souma ep 9 (↑ 3)
8 – Hibike! Euphonium ep 9 (↓ 1)
9 – Etotama ep 9 (↓ 3)
10 – Show By Rock!! ep 9 (↑ 4)
11 – Ore Monogatari!! ep 9 (↑ 1)
14 – Re-Kan! ep 9 (↑ 2)
16 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 33 (↑ 1)
17 – Plastic Memories ep 9 (↓ 8)
18 – Owari no Seraph ep 9
Re-Kan! is still in or around the red zone each week, though it has climbed slightly from its 18th place start. Partly because other series that impressed me early on have started to show flaws, but Re-Kan! itself has also improved as its cast has grown, and with the introduction of running jokes such as the ‘Flame-Haired Messiah’. 😛 I’m glad the Ko-gal spirit stuck around, she and the ‘Roll Call Samurai’ make a great comedy duo!
Glad that Shokugeki no Souma did eventually bounce back to the position it held early on in the season! I was worried the novelty was starting to wear off, but this current training camp has rekindled my interest. Having to source their own ingredients from the surrounding environment was an interesting challenge, and the introduction of an amusing new rival from a similar background is another plus. Loved the humming of the ED at the end as well. 😀
I really didn’t want to rate Plastic Memories so low… despite a recent run of less-good episodes, its strong start meant it was still in my Top 5 in terms of average rankings. Not a lot happened in this episode though, just dealing with the aftermath of Tsukasa’s rejection, and building up towards Isla’s imminent end of service. Not terrible, just uneventful. Hopefully the last few episodes will push it back up there, though I can’t see it having a happy ending. 😦
Oh dear, the art in this week’s Arslan Senki was particularly derpy. If anything stops this series from making my all-time Top 50 anime list, it’ll be the production values and pacing, as so far everything else has been perfect. At least the animation looked great when it had to, the sword fights nearer the end of the episode looked fantastic as usual.
One minute DanMachi is lucky to avoid getting dropped, the next it’s unlucky to be missing out on a Top 5 ranking. It’s the same kind of reversal that happened with Nanatsu no Taizai a few seasons back, and it’s happened largely for the same reason: an interesting cast of side characters joining the party, putting an end to the boring interactions of the main duo! But to be fair, I’m starting to like Bell a lot more now that he’s quickly starting to power up. I look forward to seeing what Freya will throw at him next. 🙂
Gunslinger Stratos is proving to be one of the most stable series in this season’s rankings, proving just entertaining enough to avoid the red zone most weeks, while posing no real threat to anything higher up. I’ve grown to like its weird mix of predictable plot twists (saw the two Odhners teaming up a mile off) and ones so weird nobody could have predicted them (the Time Keepers are a gestalt conciousness made out of sand!?). Characters continue to get killed off each week, but they’ve seen so little development that I hardly care – that to me remains the series’ main flaw.