New computer GET! And less than 24 hours after I ordered the last one. What a wonderful world we live in!
The final episode of Ore Monogatari!! has been delayed until Week 12, which is when most of what I’m watching is due to end – expect an extra long post then as usual! One other series has ended this week though, so the change in season is already underway…
2 – Gakkou Gurashi! ep 11 (↑ 2)
3 – Gatchaman Crowds Insight ep 10 (↓ 1)
4 – Gangsta ep 10
5 – Jitsu wa Watashi wa ep 11 (↑ 1)
6 – Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX ep 11 (↑ 2)
7 – Arslan Senki ep 23 (↓ 2)
8 – Overlord ep 11 (↓ 5)
12 – Shokugeki no Souma ep 23 (↓ 2)
13 – Non Non Biyori Repeat ep 11 (↓ 1)
14 – Tide-Line Blue ep 11 (↓ 5)
15 – Classroom Crisis ep 11 (↓ 2)
16 – Chaos Dragon: Sekiryu Seneki ep 11 (↓ 2)
17 – Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace ep 11 (↓ 2)
18 – Tribe Cool Crew ep 47 (↓ 1)
19 – Ushio to Tora ep 11 (↓ 1)
The final episode of Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace was much like the rest of the series – stylish, with fantastic visuals and music… but very predictable plot-wise. Sadly, the choice to focus almost all screen time on the underwhelming mysteries and fairly boring villain(s) in Twenty Faces meant that the main cast didn’t receive as much development as I’d have liked, and I found myself not caring about them much. Not a terrible series, but highly forgettable in a strong season such as this one, which is a shame.
Not a huge amount of upward movement thanks to Gangsta and Durarara!! returning from a week’s absence, and I’ve already covered Gakkou Gurashi! and Symphogear for two weeks in a row… so Jitsu wa Watashi wa it is then. 😛 Just as well, since it isn’t ending next week, and it finally got the Top 5 debut it deserved! This was largely thanks to Akane using her powers to impersonate Kuromine and troll Shiragami, the Principal has been a great addition to the cast. Aside from the comedy, which remains very much to my taste, romance is coming to the forefront as well, with three characters starting to realize their true feelings for Kuromine…
Also continuing for 13 episodes, so missing out on my end of season post next week, is Classroom Crisis. I’d say it has suffered from a lot of the same flaws as Ranpo Kitan, with the plot taking the focus away from the cast, leaving less time for character development. The main difference, however, is that Classroom Crisis has been anything but generic and predictable. I’ve enjoyed watching A-TEC struggling to keep their class running in spite of budget cuts and the threat of closure, with Kiryuu Nagisa (or the character we believed to be Nagisa!) falling for their charms and becoming their ally. A great insight into corrupt business and politics as well – hard to believe it isn’t set on Earth!
Thirteen episodes isn’t long enough for Overlord, it’s just starting to get good! And is still introducing new characters! Finally, an opponent who actually has Ainz worried, though we don’t know who they are yet. Likely another former player trapped in the game, but will it be someone Ainz knows? Or is it in fact an unusually powerful native? All the weak enemies so far may have lulled him into a false sense of security. Overlord has had its ups and downs, but I would like to see where it goes next, so hopefully it’ll get a sequel or several. 🙂
I’ve barely mentioned Gangsta all season, despite its high rankings. I don’t know exactly why that is, possibly because it hasn’t moved up or down much, or because so much about Ergastulum and its inhabitants has remained a mystery, to the extent that I often wonder whether I’ve missed something. 😛 Information on the gangs, the handymen and Twilights in general are still being drip-fed to us though, usually just the right amount of info at just the right time. Can’t fault the character development in this show, which has certainly helped its score… shame the animation has been a bit dubious in places, but it’s better than Arslan!
Speaking of which, Arslan Senki‘s continuing into ‘Week 13’ too. The battle for Saint Emmanuel’s Keep has begun, and as thousands of badly animated CGI warriors jerkily hit each other with swords and spears, Etoile manages to find and infiltrate Arslan’s true camp. As fun as it was to keep having him run into Arslan, completely unaware that he was the prince of the heathens that he hated so much, keeping it up much longer would have been ridiculous. I look forward to seeing what the Luscitanian will do now – will he hold onto his belief that all heathens are evil, or will Arslan win him over as he has so many others?