Summer 2015 Episode Rankings – Week 7

I’m off on my annual trip to Reading next Friday, which usually causes some disruption to my blogging schedule. Hopefully not this year though, with the latest airing episodes coming out on a Thursday instead of the weekend, I should be able to post Week 8 right before I leave. Watching 20 episodes in two or three days to get Week 9’s post out on time after I get back might be more of a challenge, but I’ve done similar things before. 😛

Mikado is definitely better suited to leading from behind the scenes...

Mikado is definitely better suited to leading from behind the scenes…

1 – Durarara!!x2 Ten ep 7 

2 – Gangsta ep 7 

3 – Rokka no Yuusha ep 7 

4 – Arslan Senki ep 19 

5 – Gatchaman Crowds Insight ep 7 (↑ 2)

6 – Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX ep 7 (↓ 1)

7 – Aoharu x Kikanjuu ep 7 (↑ 7)

8 – Tide-Line Blue ep 7 (↑ 2)

9 – Gakkou Gurashi! ep 7 (↓ 1)

10 – Non Non Biyori Repeat ep 7 (↓ 1)

11 – Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri ep 7 (↓ 5)

12 – Jitsu wa Watashi wa ep 7 (↓ 1)

13 – Classroom Crisis ep 7 (↑ 2)

14 – Ore Monogatari!! ep 20 (↓ 2)

15 – Shokugeki no Souma ep 19 (↑ 2)

16 – Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace ep 7  (↑ 2)

17 – Chaos Dragon: Sekiryu Seneki ep 7 (↓ 1)

18 – Overlord ep 7 (↓ 5)

19 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 43 (↑ 1)

20 – Ushio to Tora ep 7 (↓ 1)

Names can be misleading.

Names can be misleading.

Moving up:

The only really significant jump this week comes from Aoharu x Kikanjuu – Finally, we’re getting to see Toy Gun Gun take part in a serious survival game tournament, and they’ve been immediately drawn against arch-enemies Hoshishiro! I can’t see Tachibana and Co. beating them this early on, with no other rivals or powerful teams having been introduced, every match afterwards would surely be anticlimactic, so I’m predicting a loss and early exit. Still, it’ll be interesting to see how much Tachibana can learn before that, both in terms of survival game strategy, and about her opponents themselves. Something about Yukimura’s explanation of why they hate each other (and why women are banned from TGG) definitely doesn’t add up.

Another genuine crisis in Classroom Crisis! Angelina and Iris end up hitching a lift on a privately chartered space flight after missing their own, only to become involved in a hijacking by people claiming to be from Earth. Thankfully, Angelina managed to show us her more awesome side by quickly dispatching the gunmen, and using her body as a shield to protect Iris. We got to learn a bit more about Iris’ mysterious past as well, both from Angelina and from Iris’ own flashback. And then, Nagisa’s eldest brother made an appearance at the end, adding another level to the sibling rivalry and struggle for power. Possibly the best episode so far, and a reminder of just how much is going on behind the scenes in this series.

Needs more jellyfish!

Needs more jellyfish!

Moving down:

Catgirl sighted in Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri! I’m surprised they fulfilled that wish so early, seems more like the kind of thing they’d throw in during the last episode. 😛 Generally a slower episode than last week’s siege/massacre though, focusing more on the diplomacy side of things as Pina Co Lada (what a name…)’s knight Bozes managed to violate their peace treaty hours after it was signed. Now the two of them, as well as the three girls who’ve been tagging along with the JSDF, will be heading to Japan for further talks. Should be interesting to see how that goes, though I hope for their world’s sakes that there’s less bloodshed.

My opinion of the season’s other person in a strange world show, Overlord, is starting to drop. Several episodes, this one included, have done little else besides focus on how OP Momonga is. Which is the point, I guess, his goal is to make his name well known throughout the land by performing amazing deeds and defeating strong enemies, on the off-chance that someone he knew from his world hears about him. But I’d like to see more of a story develop, as these episodes are starting to feel like side quests. Character development would be nice too, I want to see more of the NPCs he’s left behind to house sit! Hopefully this Clementine character who they’ve been teasing at the end of each ep for a few weeks will bring some variety.

Tuka's magic seemed surprisingly powerful!

Tuka’s magic seemed surprisingly powerful!

General comments:

The pacing in Rokka no Yuusha has slowed right down since the seven gathered together, but the increase in tension has prevented that from causing the show to drop in my rankings. The fifth episode with its introductions and interrogations remains my favourite (possibly of the whole season) so far, but the events since Adlet fled have made for great viewing as well, particularly learning more about his and Fremy’s pasts. Since we the viewer know that Adlet is innocent, right now I’m in agreement with Nashetania that Hans looks the most suspicious… but at the same time, I really don’t want it to be him, he’s too awesome! Presumably all seven will make it out of this situation alive though, the feeling of mystery and doubt is too good to lose so early on.

Arslan Senki is the second of now only two anime that have yet to leave my Top 5 all season, the lack of movement is probably why I haven’t mentioned it much. Nice to see the focus switch away from Arslan temporarily, now that the succession crisis in Sindhura is over, and towards the conflicts going on within Pars. Despite the fact Hermes has been built up as quite the villain so far, it’s still easy to side with him and Sam against the crazy archpriest Bodin. Meanwhile, Guiscard secretly hopes their two sides will destroy each other, while he looks for a chance to take power from his brother the Lusitanian king. Another series with a huge amount of complex relationships going on, far more than just Arslan vs Lusitania. 😀

I love Hans' and Adlet's fighting styles. :D

I love Hans’ and Adlet’s fighting styles.

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