Summer 2015 Episode Rankings – Week 10

My desktop PC broke. 😕 So I’m currently posting this from (and watching all new episodes on) my recently purchased tablet. A bit fiddly, but better to share my thoughts on these episodes while they’re still fresh in my mind.

Anyway, a weird week for my Top 5! Durarara!! x2 Ten and Gangsta aired recap episodes, freeing up the spots they’ve held onto more or less all season, but even if their 10th episodes had aired this week, they’d certainly have faced tougher competition than usual!

No change to #1, however - Rokka no Yuusha seems untouchable.

No change to #1, however – Rokka no Yuusha seems untouchable.

1 – Rokka no Yuusha ep 10

2 – Gatchaman Crowds Insight ep 9 (↑ 4)

3 – Overlord ep 10 (↑ 1)

4 – Gakkou Gurashi! ep 10 (↑ 8)

5 – Arslan Senki ep 22 (↑ 2)

6 – Jitsu wa Watashi wa ep 10 (↑ 12)

7 – Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri ep 10 (↑ 1)

8 – Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX ep 10 (↓ 3)

9 – Tide-Line Blue ep 10 (↑ 1)

10 – Shokugeki no Souma ep 22 (↓ 1)

11 – Aoharu x Kikanjuu ep 10 (↑ 6)

12 – Non Non Biyori Repeat ep 10 (↑ 1)

13 – Classroom Crisis ep 10 (↑ 1)

14 – Chaos Dragon: Sekiryu Seneki ep 10 (↓ 3)

15 – Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace ep 10 

16 – Ore Monogatari!! ep 23 

17 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 46 (↑ 2)

18 – Ushio to Tora ep 10 (↑ 2)

A sound argument!

A sound argument! Now pass the opium!

Moving up:

Over the past few eps of Gatchaman Crowds Insight, we’ve seen Gel’s leadership and the general voting population’s apathy slowly become more concerning… then these Kuu-chan creatures showed up, and actually started enforcing the ‘all become one’ ideal by eating anyone who doesn’t fit in. Initially criminals and troublemakers, then later people who simply disagree with a majority opinion or decision. I don’t like them at all, yet I still can’t hate Gel – his heart’s in the right place. Glad that Tsubasa saw sense and stopped blindly following him, though. Nice action scenes for the first time in a while, too!

As often happens in shows set during a zombie apocalypse, Gakkou Gurashi! escalated quickly! One member of the main cast dead (and undead), another infected, and Megu-nee’s zombie stands between the girls and the one possible cure, like the ultimate last boss. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the school’s defenses are also failing, resulting in a large hoard of other zombies breaking in. And Yuki slowly seems to be escaping from her delusions… probably a good thing, no amount of positive thinking is going to make their situation any better now, but another rationally thinking mind could make all the difference!

The fact that the zombies in this series aren't *totally* mindless, that they still cling to old memories and behaviours, makes the whole thing even more tragic.

The fact that the zombies in Gakkou Gurashi! aren’t *totally* mindless, that they still cling to old memories and behaviors, makes the whole thing even more tragic.

Moving down:

Not much to say about Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX that I didn’t cover in my last post, except, as suspected, the autoscorers’ hit and run tactics were never meant to defeat the Gear users. Instead, they’ve been recording the EX forms’ songs for use in Carol’s final plan. Unsurprisingly, Carol had been able to gain access to all S.O.N.G’s intelligence, as she can see and hear everything that her hormunculus Elfnein can, but this isn’t the most serious of series, so they decide to prioritize friendship over tactical secrecy. Now that the final battle is looming, hopefully we’ll see some variation once again.

Most of the comments I’ve read regarding the tenth episode of Chaos Dragon: Sekiryu Seneki lament the death of Ulrika, and are filled with hatred towards Lou… but personally, I always found Ulrika a bit of a bland non-character, whereas Lou and her talking sword are always interesting to watch. Their battle, while quite nicely animated, was rather long, with the same short track looping in the background throughout. And the first half of the episode was a bit boring, apart from Inori’s scheming. Maybe I’m just watching this for the crazy villains at this stage, who knows?

Lou's sword is more potent than the One Ring!

Lou’s sword is more potent than the One Ring!

General comments:

Ore Monogatari!! hasn’t fared well this season. It makes for passable viewing, and puts a smile on my face, but there’s not much complexity to the characters or their relationships, or variation to the series’ formula. What little drama there has been is always quickly resolved with a happy ending. And now there’s only one episode left, so I assume the same will happen with this new Ichinose character – despite Takeo’s insecurities, and lack of cake knowledge, I can’t see the egotistical patissier posing much of a threat to his relationship with Yamato.

Another series that is full of slow-paced, heart-warming scenes is of course Non Non Biyori Repeat, though since it isn’t constrained by the romance genre, it can and has provided much more diversity from episode to episode. Brilliant facial expressions from Renge, as Konomi convinced her via a simple thumb trick that she was a monster. The latter two segments focused on Kaede and Renge, as the former helped the latter learn how to ride a bike. No real laugh out loud moments from this episode, but very enjoyable nonetheless. 🙂

He knows when you are sleeping...

He knows when you are sleeping…

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