Week 3, and despite my comment at the start of the season that there wasn’t a lot separating each series, the majority of them aren’t moving around much. Not that stability is a bad thing when it comes to the anime series themselves… just makes for rather boring weekly rankings posts.
Also, I’ll be shortening ‘Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru’ to just ‘Sakurako-san no Ashimoto’ from now on; the long name was fine while it wasn’t moving, but once I had to put an arrow next to it, it was forced onto two lines, which just looks messy. 😛 And the English title (official or direct translation) aren’t much shorter either.
1 – Subete ga F ni Naru ep 3 (↑ 2)
3 – Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ep 3 (↓ 2)
5 – Noragami Aragoto ep 3 (↑ 6)
8 – Dance with Devils ep 3 (↑ 1)
9 – Young Black Jack ep 3 (↑ 3)
10 – Lupin III (2015) ep 3 (↓ 2)
11 – Yuru Yuri San Hai! ep 3 (↓ 1)
12 – Comet Lucifer ep 3 (↑ 2)
14 – Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen ep 3 (↑ 1)
15 – Osomatsu-san ep 3 (↓ 10)
16 – Ushio to Tora ep 16
As I predicted last week, the plot for Noragami Aragoto escalated quickly, and its ranking shot up as a result. The uneasy peace in Bishamon’s camp finally shattered, resulting in Kazuma being exiled – much to the amusement of Kugaha, who is proving to be an excellent villain. Bishamon is already unstable, and many of the shinki outside of her core group seem to be putting on a brave face while secretly feeling neglected. She’s in a dangerous enough situation without losing her second in command, and without an evil doctor stirring up further trouble! The end of the episode was also action-packed, seeing Hiyori and Kazuma captured by Kugaha and Aiha… will Yukine be in any state to help save them, having just learned of his friend’s death? 😮
I’m really enjoying Young Black Jack so far. It suffers from a lot of the troubles most episodic series do (short, rushed plot-lines etc), but I’m a fan of medical-themed anime and manga, and there really aren’t many out there, so it scores points for that. Also, the late 60s setting, and the fact that Black Jack is still an intern trying to get a legal medical license, add even more originality. Episode two saw Hazama perform a heart transplant at a time when the procedure was still poorly understood, while this week he was pressured into performing cranial surgery on a Vietnam war deserter, again with no prior experience and without proper equipment. So far, a great origin story for one of Tezuka’s most memorable characters! 🙂
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto drops from first place, but was still highly enjoyable. I guess after the excitement of last week’s episode, a long dead body with a clear cause of death wasn’t quite as interesting… my apologies to Yuriko’s grandmother. 😛 A bittersweet story, and very well animated once again. The slower pacing allowed for some development outside of the ‘corpse of the week’, too – we learned that Soutarou was Sakurako’s dead brother, and that the still living Shoutarou reminds her of him. Whether or not Sakurako-san recovers in my rankings or not will likely depend on how formulaic the anime becomes; for now, it’s still surprisingly varied for an episodic series.
Lupin III (2015) was always going to be formulaic and episodic. The animation quality and Italian/San Marinian setting may be different, but other than that it feels largely the same as the original 1971 series. Still, the addition of a few new characters (Lupin’s wife Rebecca, and MI6 agent
James Bond Nix) provide some novelty value – whether or not they’ll prove to be anything beyond that remains to be seen. I’m really enjoying this series, the old cast are brilliant, and the various heists are wacky enough that it never gets boring… but I can’t see it entering my Top 5 anytime soon.
Second from bottom for a second week is Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou… there’s a lot going on, potentially interesting, but the time skips and pacing make it difficult to follow. Worse is that I’m starting to feel as though I don’t care enough about the plot or characters to make the effort to even try and follow it. Apparently we’ve seen events from a total of five different years within just three episodes!? Clearly a lot happened in the void between ‘past’ and ‘future’ that caused characters to change alliances, that much I’m still curious about. I’ll be keeping it on for now (if only because it’s so pretty!), so hopefully it’ll win me over eventually.
Finally this week, Haikyuu!! S2 is another series that hasn’t really changed from its first season, aside from the addition of new manager Hitoka (and the fact that old manager Shimizu is suddenly far more talkative 😛 ). Most of these early episodes have gone towards introducing her character, with this week’s focusing on her home life, and her insecurities over whether she’s qualified for the position or not. Aside from that, there’s been plenty of silly faces again, and a lot of humour stemming from Hinata, Kageyama, Nishinoya and Tanaka studying for their final exams. With this being a weaker season overall, I could see Haikyuu! placing in my Top 5 once the matches properly get going, and the tension starts to ramp up!