No Kekkai Sensen in my lineup this week, since it was a recap episode, taking us down to 17 series for the first time all season. And with the first couple of shows ending this week, there’ll be even less in the 12th and final Spring post. 🙂
4 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu ep 22 (↓ 1)
5 – Show By Rock!! ep 11 (↑ 4)
6 – Arslan Senki ep 11 (↑ 1)
7 – Hibike! Euphonium ep 11 (↓ 1)
8 – DanMachi ep 11 (↓ 3)
9 – Etotama ep 11 (↓ 1)
10 – Shokugeki no Souma ep 11 (↑ 1)
11 – Owari no Seraph ep 11 (↑ 7)
12 – Ore Monogatari!! ep 12 (↓ 2)
13 – Re-Kan! ep 11 (↑ 2)
14 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 35 (↑ 2)
15 – Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku ep 11 (↑ 2)
16 – Gunslinger Stratos ep 11 (↓ 2)
17 – Plastic Memories ep 11 (↓ 5)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders S2 was the first anime in my lineup to end, and should prove a tough act to follow! Most of the episode was of course dedicated to the final showdown between Jotaro and Dio, which was brilliant, but the remaining eight minutes or so did a very good job of wrapping everything up and providing a sense of closure. I liked that the survivors could look back on their journey and say it was fun, despite all the hardship and sacrifices along the way. Unlike the first David Production adaptation, this part didn’t end with a ‘to be continued’ message, but I remain hopeful that ‘Diamond Is Unbreakable’ (or just any more JJBA, really) will get adapted eventually. 🙂
The first series finale of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu was also good, for largely the same reasons as JoJo’s – we had the serious showdown between Nagisa and Takaoka-sensei, the former obviously finishing the enemy without killing him, but there was enough time afterwards for more of the light-hearted fooling around that made up the majority of the earlier episodes. Turns out the virus wasn’t too serious, and the other hired assassins were surprisingly nice people in the end. 😛 This series will be getting a sequel at some point next year, and there’s a good chance I’ll be watching it, as though it didn’t do so well back in my Winter rankings, I’ve grown to like the characters a lot as they’ve developed since then.
Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works S2 shoots back up, as it has a tendency to keep doing. This would honestly be one of my favourite series of the season, if only the good parts were a bit more evenly distributed between the episodes! Instead, to get to this point I had to sit through so many boring episodes of characters talking about whether Shiro’s approach to being a hero was right or wrong, which has left me jaded about the whole series. But, credit where credit is due, this episode was fantastic. Saber vs Assassin, Shiro vs Gilgamesh, and the horrifying Grail itself were brilliantly animated.
This week’s slightly more surprising leap came from Owari no Seraph, which aside from having a bit more actual animation and better pacing than its other recent episodes, also featured interesting plot twists! 😮 Turns out the humans, with their demonic weapons and dubious performance-enhancing drugs, might not necessarily be the ‘good guys’ after all, as Yuu seems to have been experimented on, almost going completely berserk! If Guren isn’t responsible, at the very least he knows something about it. Still, all the more reason to prefer the vampires. 😀 An enjoyable episode, but I imagine it’ll prove to be too little, too late. Week 12’s finale is it’s last chance to win me over and convince me to watch Autumn’s sequel…
The only major drop this week comes from Plastic Memories. After last week’s awkward, belated confession, Isla and Tsukasa began life as a couple… and that’s about all that happened this week. Cute couple doing cute things, except Ore Monogatari!! did it better. I guess it was nice to see them put aside their worries about Isla’s imminent end of service, and just have a good time making omurice and holding hands, but it wasn’t an eventful episode. A happy build-up before the inevitable tear-jerker ending, assuming they don’t have Isla survive somehow. Part of me wouldn’t mind seeing that sort of happy ending, but it’d definitely be a cop-out.
This could be my last chance to talk about Re-Kan!, since it’s apparently going on for 13 episodes, and my final Spring season post next week will likely just focus on the shows that are finishing. Plenty of the usual comedy and teasing that I’ve grown to love over the course of the series this week, but bitter-sweet towards the end as Amami finally got to meet the ghost of her own mother on Tanabata. Great to see all her ghost friends chip in to make that happen. 😀 But having her suddenly lose the ability to see ghosts at the end was a surprise… I’m guessing the next episode will be a bit more serious than usual, at least until things are back to normal (and I really hope they DO go back to normal!). A fun series, if nothing special.